Daily Archives: January 25, 2020

January—25 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

As the apple-tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons.—Song 2:3.

My soul! if the Church found so much blessedness in making comparisons between her Lord and any of the beautiful objects of nature around her, see if thou canst raise a subject for thy meditation, this evening, from the statement she hath made in this lovely verse. Why should not Jesus be in thy view as in hers? Doth he not infinitely transcend all sons, of whatever descriptions or character, that can be found? Angels, no doubt, by creation may be called “the sons of God;” and when God had finished the works of his hands, we are told that “the morning-stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” But Jesus as far excels all angels of light as the apple-tree the trees of the wood: for “he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” Neither did God at any time say unto the angels, “Sit thou on my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” But to our Jesus he said, “Thy throne, O God! is for ever and ever, a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” And to show at once the infinite superiority of the Lord Jesus, when he bringeth in the first-begotten into the world, he saith, “And let all the angels of God worship him.” Therefore if by sons it could be supposed that angels are meant, well might the Church declare Jesus her beloved to be above them. And if by sons the sons of men be meant, what is the whole Church of saints compared to Jesus? Though the Church, by the comeliness her Lord hath put upon her, shines like a beautiful constellation among the heavenly bodies, yet all her glory and lustre is derived from Jesus, the Sun of righteousness. Pause, my soul, over this view of thy Lord. And when thou hast feasted thyself with the sweet subject, go on, and mark some of the many beauties contained in this comparison between the apple-tree and the trees of the wood. In our cold country, the apple-tree, in its best appearance, affords but a poor resemblance to what naturalists relate of the pome-citron, as it is called, of the warm Eastern climates. It is said of the apple-tree of those countries, that it is a lofty, majestic, stately tree, abundantly fruitful, and yielding both shade and fruit to the traveller. Some assert that it continues bearing fruit the whole year, and is never without blossom. If so, without going farther, we may discover enough to understand the beautiful allusion the Church hath made of it, in this verse, to her Lord. Jesus is all this, and infinitely more. He is indeed the Tree of Life, in the midst of the Paradise of God. And he bears fruit every month, and the leaves of this tree are for the healing of the nations. Precious Jesus! thou art the fairest and the chiefest among ten thousand! Be thou to me, Lord, as the fruitful bough which the dying patriarch blessed by the well, whose branches ran over the wall. And, oh! do thou give strength to my poor, feeble faith, to gather all the rich fruits of thy righteousness for the healing of my soul, that I may daily sit down under thy shadow with great delight, and thy fruit be sweet to my taste![1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 29–30). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

January 25 Streams in the Desert

Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psa. 23:4.)

AT my father’s house in the country there is a little closet in the chimney corner where are kept the canes and walking-sticks of several generations of our family. In my visits to the old house, when my father and I are going out for a walk, we often go to the cane closet, and pick out our sticks to suit the fancy of the occasion. In this I have frequently been reminded that the Word of God is a staff.

During the war, when the season of discouragement and impending danger was upon us, the verse, “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord,” was a staff to walk with many dark days.

When death took away our child and left us almost heartbroken, I found another staff in the promise that “weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

When in impaired health, I was exiled for a year, not knowing whether I should be permitted to return to my home and work again, I took with me this staff which never failed, “He knoweth the thoughts that he thinketh toward me, thoughts of peace and not of evil.”

In times of special danger or doubt, when human judgment has seemed to be set at naught, I have found it easy to go forward with this staff, “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” And in emergencies, when there has seemed to be no adequate time for deliberation or for action, I have never found that this staff has failed me, “He that believeth shall not make haste.”—Benjamin Vaughan Abbott, in The Outlook.

“I had never known,” said Martin Luther’s wife, “what such and such things meant, in such and such psalms, such complaints and workings of spirit; I had never understood the practice of Christian duties, had not God brought me under some affliction.” It is very true that God’s rod is as the schoolmaster’s pointer to the child, pointing out the letter, that he may the better take notice of it; thus He pointeth out to us many good lessons which we should never otherwise have learned.—Selected.

“God always sends His staff with His rod.”

Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.” (Deut. 33:25.)

Each of us may be sure that if God sends us on stony paths He will provide us with strong shoes, and He will not send us out on any journey for which He does not equip us well.

Maclaren[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 28–29). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

January 25th The D. L. Moody Year Book

O Lord, open Thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise!—Psalm 51:15.

IT is a very sad thing that so many of God’s children are dumb; yet it is true. Parents would think it a great calamity to have their children born dumb; they would mourn over it, and weep, and well they might; but did you ever think of the many dumb children God has? The churches are full of them. They can talk about politics, art, and science; they can speak well enough and fast enough about the fashions of the day; but they have no voice for the Son of God.

Dear friend, if Christ is your Saviour, confess Him. Every follower of Jesus should bear testimony for Him. How many opportunities each one has in society and in business to speak a word for Him! How many opportunities occur daily wherein every Christian might be “instant in season and out of season” in pleading for Jesus! In so doing we receive blessing for ourselves, and also become a means of blessing to others.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (pp. 22–23). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

25 Jan 2020 – Rapture Ready News

Amir Peretz slams Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century
Labor-Meretz chairman Amir Peretz was a guest at a cultural event in Hadera on Saturday and attacked US President Donald Trump’s peace plan known as the “Deal of the Century.” “Our position is that negotiations should be conducted on the basis of a two-state solution for two peoples, with the principle of land swaps. We oppose any unilateral move,” Peretz said.

Analysis: The Pentagon has a credibility problem, and it’s only getting worse
Americans breathed a collective sigh of relief when, the morning after Iran’s Jan. 8 ballistic missile attack on Al Asad air base in Iraq, Defense Department leaders said there were “no casualties.” That initial assessment hasn’t held up, and neither have the department’s varying statements on the matter since then.

At March for Life, Trump gets an enthusiastic reception
President Donald Trump, seeking to court evangelical voters, addressed thousands of activists gathered Friday on the National Mall for the nation’s largest annual anti-abortion rally. Trump, who this week revealed his “Pro-Life Voices for Trump” coalition for his 2020 reelection campaign, has strong ties to the anti-abortion community and is the first president to speak onstage at the event.

‘This time I’m scared’: experts fear too late for China virus lockdown
China’s bid to contain a deadly new virus by placing cities of millions under quarantine is an unprecedented undertaking but it is unlikely to stop the disease spreading, experts warn. The contagious virus has already reached elsewhere in China and abroad, and even an authoritarian government has only a small timeframe in which trapped residents will submit to such a lockdown, they say.

Pence to Pope Francis: ‘You have made me a hero’
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, a former Catholic, held an unusually long meeting with Pope Francis on Friday and quipped that he emerged from the encounter feeling like “a hero”. Pence’s talks with Francis in the papal library lasted about an hour, twice as long as the meeting between the pope and U.S. President Donald Trump in the same frescoed room in May 2017.

Turkey earthquake: At least 22 dead as buildings collapse
At least 22 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured in a powerful earthquake in eastern Turkey. The magnitude-6.8 quake, centred on the town of Sivrice in Elazig province, caused buildings to collapse and sent residents rushing into the street. Thirty-nine people have been pulled from the wreckage, with more than 20 feared to remain trapped, rescuers say.

Huge rally as Iraqis demand US troops pull out
Huge crowds have taken to the streets of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, to demand that US forces leave Iraq. Powerful Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr earlier called for a million people to join Friday’s march, close to the US embassy in the capital. Iranian-backed militias were among those protesting in the city.

Article 13: UK will not implement EU copyright law
Universities and Science Minister Chris Skidmore has said that the UK will not implement the EU Copyright Directive after the country leaves the EU. Several companies have criticised the law, which would hold them accountable for not removing copyrighted content uploaded by users, if it is passed. EU member states have until 7 June 2021 to implement the new reforms, but the UK will have left the EU by then.

Cut meat and dairy intake ‘by a fifth’, report urges
People should cut the amount of beef, lamb and dairy produce they eat by a fifth to combat climate change, a report says. It says public bodies should lead the way by offering plant-based options with all meals. But it says if people don’t cut consumption willingly, taxes on meat and dairy might be needed.

Russia to Install ‘Spiritual’ Domestic Apps – Vedomosti
Russian authorities will give priority to “spiritual values” when deciding which Russian-made apps should come pre-installed under a controversial law banning smartphone sales without domestic software, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Thursday. From July 1, smartphones will be required to go on sale with pre-installed apps approved by the Russian government.

Source: 25 Jan 2020

Watch Live: GOP Senators Say Sekulow ‘Shredded’ Impeachment Case; Schiff Calls A ‘Distortion’ | ZeroHedge News

Watch Live: GOP Senators Say Sekulow ‘Shredded’ Impeachment Case; Schiff Calls A ‘Distortion’

Watch Live:

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Update (0130ET): The word of the day is “Shredded” – as in, several Republicans have described the White House counsel’s presentation as having shredded House Democrats’ impeachment arguments.

“In two hours, the White House counsel entirely shredded the case by the House managers,” said Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) in a statement to reporters. “What we saw today was factually relevant … and (we) saw there were a lot of half-truths from the House managers and, frankly, pushed by the media.”

Rep. Elise Stafanik (R-NY) offered similar comments – saying “It took less than two hours to completely shred and eviscerate Adam Schiff’s failed case for impeachment,” adding “There is no case for impeachable offenses here. And it took less than two hours to do so. I think the American people understand that.”

While Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said “3 days of Democrat arguments were just shredded 2 hours.”

Rep. Adam Schiff, meanwhile, says the White House counsel is trying to “deflect” away from Democrats’ claims that President Trump abused his office, according to The Hill.

“After listening to the President’s lawyers opening arguments, I have three observations: They don’t contest the facts of Trump’s scheme. They’re trying to deflect, distract from, and distort the truth. And they are continuing to cover it up by blocking documents and witnesses,” Schiff tweeted on Saturday.

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Update (1130ET): Trump’s lawyers began their opening arguments Saturday by slamming Democrats for having “no evidence” to support their argument that Trump’s conduct with Ukraine warrants impeachment and removal.

“They’re asking you not only to overturn the results of the last election but, as I’ve said before, they’re asking you to remove President Trump from the ballot in an election that’s occurring in approximately nine months,” said White House counsel Pat Cipolline, adding “I don’t think they spent one minute of their 24 hours talking to you about the consequences of that for our country.”

Cipollone began on Saturday by reading directly from the transcript of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky – claiming Democrats misrepresented it. In particular, the White House counsel played a clip of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) reading a ‘parody’ of the call.

The use of the clip is likely to satisfy Trump. The president spent the days after Schiff made the comments calling for the congressman’s resignation and suggesting he committed treason. Even months after the September hearing, Trump continues to bring up Schiff’s comments in interviews when railing against the impeachment proceedings.

Trump in his call with Zelensky asked the foreign leader to investigate a debunked theory about 2016 election interference and to probe Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s dealings in Ukraine. The call triggered a rare intelligence community whistleblower complaint claiming that Trump solicited foreign interference in a U.S. election, with the complaint being a key piece of evidence in the Democrats’ impeachment case. –The Hill

Following Saturday arguments, Trump’s lawyers will pick up again on Monday.

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After three days of “why”, here comes the “why not”

Beginning at 10am ET, White House lawyers began their defense of the President on Day 5 of the Senate Impeachment Trial.

The Trump lawyers are expected to speak for upwards of three hours after Democrats wrapped up their opening arguments on Friday night.

A member of the legal team, Jay Sekulow, referred to Saturday’s session as “a trailer” of “coming attractions” for next week’s sessions.

Source: Watch Live: GOP Senators Say Sekulow ‘Shredded’ Impeachment Case; Schiff Calls A ‘Distortion’

BRUTAL! White House Counsel Opens Defense Arguments with Adam Schiff’s Fake Call and Transcript He Read During Impeachment Hearing! (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Deputy White House Counsel Mike Purpura opened the White House defense of President Donald Trump with video of Adam Schiff’s fake call and transcript he read during the House impeachment proceedings.

It was all a lie.
Schiff got caught and then said it was satire, a joke.

But it was a lie. It was all made up.
Democrats think impeachment is funny.

Mike Purpura played the video immediately after taking the podium on Saturday.

THIS WAS BRUTAL!

Schiff got caught.
And now his lies are coming back to haunt him.

Breaking: President Trump Calls for Adam Schiff’s Immediate Resignation After He Got Caught Attempting to Defraud the American Public

 

via BRUTAL! White House Counsel Opens Defense Arguments with Adam Schiff’s Fake Call and Transcript He Read During Impeachment Hearing! (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Adam Schiff fudged facts eight ways in prosecuting Trump’s impeachment

ANALYSIS: Rep. Adam B. Schiff arrived in the Senate this week as an impeachment trial manager, leaving the House with a trail of inaccuracies, conspiracy theories and attempts at obstruction, the record shows. Liberal media have bathed the California Democrat in praise.

Source: Adam Schiff fudged facts eight ways in prosecuting Trump’s impeachment

Trump’s legal team launches first day of impeachment defense: ‘The president did absolutely nothing wrong’

President Trump’s legal team launches first day of impeachment defense: “The president did absolutely nothing wrong.”

Source: Trump’s legal team launches first day of impeachment defense: ‘The president did absolutely nothing wrong’

Trump team opens defense blasting Dems for ‘massive election interference’ with impeachment

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone on Saturday opened the defense case at President Trump’s impeachment trial by accusing the Democratic prosecutors of attempting the biggest election meddling scheme in U.S. history.

Source: Trump team opens defense blasting Dems for ‘massive election interference’ with impeachment

Trump’s lawyers make Adam Schiff’s credibility part of defense strategy

President Trump’s defense team hit lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff over his contacts with the alleged whistleblower Saturday, suggesting Mr. Schiff’s conduct at the start of the impeachment inquiry in the House will be a sticking point in the defense’s strategy.

Source: Trump’s lawyers make Adam Schiff’s credibility part of defense strategy

Trump attorney blasts Dems over ‘completely out of place’ quote from founding father against Trump | WND

Democrats who use comments from Founding Father Alexander Hamilton to buttress their attacks on President Donald Trump are taking Hamilton’s words out of context, according to one of Trump’s attorneys.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff of California and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York have each used Hamilton’s words during Trump’s Senate impeachment trial.

Hamilton, then the treasury secretary, was writing to then-President George Washington in 1792 on a variety of issues, including the possibility that America could become a monarchy, when he wrote the words currently being cited by the Democrats.

“When a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper, possessed of considerable talents, having the advantage of military habits — despotic in his ordinary demeanor — known to have scoffed in private at the principles of liberty — when such a man is seen to mount the hobby horse of popularity — to join in the cry of danger to liberty — to take every opportunity of embarrassing the General Government & bringing it under suspicion — to flatter and fall in with all the nonsense of the zealots of the day — It may justly be suspected that his object is to throw things into confusion that he may ‘ride the storm and direct the whirlwind,'” Hamilton wrote.

Using the quote was “inapplicable and completely out of place,” Sekulow told reporters Thursday, according to The Washington Post.

Democrats “used this famous quote from Alexander Hamilton about impeachment,” Sekulow said, as Fox News reported.

“It wasn’t about impeachment. It was a letter regarding policy disputes between Hamilton and Washington 5 years after the Constitution was adopted.”

“So they’re not only taking the wrong law, they’re taking the wrong quotes from the Founding Fathers,” he said.

“It would be really appropriate if they cited the right provisions and what the Founding Fathers were actually talking about,” Sekulow added.

Hamilton has been quoted by Republicans as well:

In a Jan. 7 Op-Ed for Fox News, Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah wrote, “In Federalist 66, Alexander Hamilton argued that dividing the power of impeachment and removal between the House and Representatives and the Senate would ‘guard against the danger of persecution, from the prevalency of a factious spirit’ in either chamber.”

“Considering how deeply divided our nation is, there can be little doubt that a ‘factious spirit’ is driving this impeachment,” Lee wrote.

“It was both prescient and providential that our founding fathers saw fit to guard against this by placing the final say on conviction and removal not in the hands of the House of Representatives, a court, some specialized tribunal, or even a jury, but in the Senate.”

Elsewhere in his Op-Ed, Lee noted that impeachment was inextricably linked to politics.

“[T]he authors of the Constitution knew impeachment — for good or ill — was an inherently political act,” he wrote.

“James Wilson, one of the nation’s first Supreme Court justices and one of the principal architects of the Constitution, described impeachment as “confined to political characters, to political crimes and misdemeanors, and to political punishments.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Source: Trump attorney blasts Dems over ‘completely out of place’ quote from founding father against Trump

President Trump’s Defense Team Hit Dems So Hard That Even CNN Admits, ‘The President is Winning’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

You know it’s bad for the Dems when even CNN admits President Trump is winning in the impeachment trial.

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin admitted on Saturday that President Trump and the Republicans are destroying the Democrats.

“I just think that the Republicans are winning here. The President is winning here,” CNN’s chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said on Saturday.

WATCH:

President Trump’s defense team methodically shredded the Democrats’ impeachment case by rebutting Schiff’s lies.

Trump’s defense team completely destroyed 3 day’s of Adam Schiff’s lies in just two hours.

Deputy White House Counsel Mike Purpura opened the White House defense of President Donald Trump with video of Adam Schiff’s fake call and transcript he read during the House impeachment proceedings.

GOP Senator John Barrasso said Schiff was so freaked out when Trump’s lawyers confronted him about his fake call and transcript that the blood drained from Schiff’s face.

Jay Sekulow dunked on the Democrats and brought a copy of the Mueller report.

Deputy White House Counsel Patrick Philbin obliterated Pelosi and said she had no authority to launch the impeachment inquiry without the full House vote.

Mr. Philbin also played several videos of Adam Schiff changing his story on the whistleblower.

Trump’s lead impeachment lawyer Pat Cipollone closed the day with a devastating blow to the Dems.

And today was just the appetizer — Trump’s defense team is reportedly gearing up to go scorched earth on the Bidens on Monday.

via President Trump’s Defense Team Hit Dems So Hard That Even CNN Admits, ‘The President is Winning’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

In Major Deal, The Babylon Bee Purchases Competing Satire Site CNN | The Babylon Bee

U.S.—The Babylon Bee has been the world’s best satire site for thousands of years, spawning dozens of secular knock-offs that just aren’t quite as good.

The site announced a new acquisition this week, one that immediately made the site the largest satirical site on the planet: a purchase of competing satire site CNN for $12 billion. The move more than quadrupled the site’s catalog of hilarious, satirical articles.

“We’ve long admired CNN’s ability to parody leftist media organizations so effortlessly, and we’re thrilled to have them under The Babylon Bee’s umbrella,” said site CEO Seth Dillon. “When you can’t compete with hilarious satire like CNN, you obviously look for ways to get them on your team, and an acquisition seemed to make the most sense.”

The new conglomerate organization will be called BNN. CNN writers and hosts will be instructed to simply keep doing what they’re doing.

“We don’t want them to change anything since you don’t try to fix satirical content that’s already incredible,” Dillon said. “They’ll just keep churning out incredibly skewed content in order to satirize the leftist media’s inability to report anything without bias or prejudice.”

Brian Stelter will produce satirical videos for The Babylon Bee, moving the site into the realm of video content for the first time. Again, though, his show’s content will remain unchanged.

CNN will also benefit, as their content will now be clearly labeled satire, protecting them from getting sued to high heaven for their skewed coverage.

Site founder Adam Ford was against the move, but nobody listens to him anymore.

Source: In Major Deal, The Babylon Bee Purchases Competing Satire Site CNN

Pro-abortion researcher finally admits in new study: preborn babies ‘may’ feel pain — Christian Research Network

Until now, most pro-abortion researchers were comfortable claiming that babies are incapable of feeling pain before 24 weeks’ gestation, which is, conveniently, the legal limit for most elective abortions in the United Kingdom.  Breaking with the majority and questioning the bias, Derbyshire [pro-choice] and his co-author Bockmann, who appears to be Pro-Life, write that the recent studies of prenatal sensory development show “that the consensus is no longer valid.” 

(Texas Right To Life)  Biased, pro-abortion researchers have long denied the reality of fetal pain.  In 2013, Texas successfully passed legislation protecting most babies from abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation, the time at which babies feel pain, although there is evidence that they feel pain much earlier….

The law remains unchallenged by the abortion industry, an indication that the science is sound and the abortion industry knows how bad abortion activists look when describing the killing of pain-capable, defenseless babies in the womb.

In a surprising development, Stuart Derbyshire, a researcher in the United Kingdom who has aided the abortion industry in denying the reality of fetal pain, appears to have changed his mind.  Derbyshire is not simply a casual abortion supporter; the professor has served as a consultant for anti-Life groups including the Pro-Choice Forum in the UK and Planned Parenthood, America’s biggest abortion business.  Despite claiming in the British Journal of Medicine in 2006 that ignoring the pain of preborn babies killed in abortion was “sound policy based on good evidence that foetuses cannot experience pain,” Derbyshire and fellow-researcher, John Bockmann, have a much different take now.  View article →

Abortion – Pro-life  Issues

via Pro-abortion researcher finally admits in new study: preborn babies ‘may’ feel pain — Christian Research Network

Tony Perkins: Evangelicals opposing Trump on Pro-Life issues will give an account one day — Christian Research Network

“Perkins delivered some additional good news during his conversation with Todd Starnes. Perkins said the Trump Administration will help combat abortion and fight for the Right of Conscience for churches in states like California.”

(Capstone Report)  Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council appeared on the Todd Starnes Radio Show Friday and blasted Never Trump Evangelicals like ERLC Research Fellow Thomas S. Kidd for misleading the public about President Donald Trump.

Starnes asked about the disgusting tweet from Southern Baptist ERLC Research Fellow and Church History professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Thomas S. Kidd. Kidd suggested in a tweet that Trump wasn’t good enough to attend the annual March for Life.

Starnes asked Tony Perkins,

“There are still a lot of Never Trumpers out there. I just don’t get these folks. There is a guy named Thomas Kidd of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission—he is one of their fellows. They are part of the Southern Baptist Convention. He put out a tweet yesterday. He said, ‘Hopefully it will be good for Trump personally to attend the March for Life. It isn’t good symbolically for the pro-life movement to be associated with him.’ What do you make of that?”

Perkins replied,

I don’t get it either. I am at a loss too. I am having this discussion with not a lot of people because most people who are honest and will think through this process look at what this Administration has done. The evidence is irrefutable…  View article →

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Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

Abortion – Pro-life  Issues

via Tony Perkins: Evangelicals opposing Trump on Pro-Life issues will give an account one day — Christian Research Network

56 Million Chinese On Lockdown As Virus Spreads To Australia, Malaysia | ZeroHedge News

As we move into Saturday evening on the ground in Wuhan, it’s becoming increasingly obvious to the broader global community that China’s authoritarian government has failed to contain this viral outbreak.

Chinese authorities expanded the travel restrictions on Saturday to cover 56 million Chinese, Al Jazeera reports. At least 18 cities in central Hubei are now dealing with at least some level of travel restrictions.

Unsurprisingly, some of the roadblocks remind us of ‘Mad Max’.

In Wuhan, the situation looks grim. The number of confirmed cases is exploding: another 300 were announced on Saturday, while the death toll is steady at 41. Yesterday, videos flooded western social media (after being assiduously removed from Weibo and the rest of the Chinese Internet) purporting to show bodies piling up in hallways in Wuhan, with rumors that a doctor had succumbed to the virus.

Those rumors have now been confirmed: A doctor who worked at a hospital in Wuhan, China, where coronavirus patients are being treated died Saturday morning, according to the Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, a two-year-old Chinese girl has become the youngest to be diagnosed with the virus.

As it has all week, the South China Morning Post has kept an up-to-date running total of the confirmed cases & deaths. As of 10 am ET on Saturday, the total number stood at exactly 1400.

A map of the various cases shows the spread, though even the most up-to-date maps by Western news agencies appear to already be out of date, including this one by BBG.

Though China has pledged transparency, some suspect that the true tally of cases within Wuhan is much higher. With the epidemic spiraling out of control, President Xi called a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee, a group of China’s top leaders, to discuss a response to the virus. At the meeting, the Communist Party set up a group to manage the response to the virus. The group will comprise members of the Party’s Central Committee, while being directed by the Standing Committee. During the meeting, President Xi said various ethnic groups must work together to contain the spread of the deadly virus. Xi also ordered party authorities to ensure that there are enough medical supplies in Wuhan – the capital of Hubei province and a city of 11 million five times the size of London and bigger than any US city.

“Party committees and governments at different levels have to make proper plans to contain the virus under the guidance of the Central Committee,” he was quoted as saying.

China’s National Health Commission announced on Saturday a nationwide plan to identify suspected cases of the deadly virus on trains, airplanes and buses. Inspection stations will be set up and passengers with suspected pneumonia will be “immediately transported” to a medical center. In the city of Haikou, the authorities said they would set up a 14-day observation center for all tourists who came from Hubei. They will not be allowed to leave the hotels where they are staying. At least 450 additional military and medical personnel have been deployed in Hubei to help with the situation.

Following reports last night of a suspected case in Sydney, Australian authorities have confirmed the first case of the virus. Yesterday, several cases were also identified in France. But that’s not all: Malaysia has confirmed that three cases of the virus have been detected. Japan is now up to three cases, all Chinese nationals, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

Following reports that the virus may have originated from people eating bats or rats, the party has ordered more inspections of agricultural products, and has temporarily banned the trade in wild animals. It has also shut down movie theaters, LNY-related events and other mass gatherings across the country, warning that people should avoid coming together en mass until the outbreak is contained.

Qinghai province in northwestern China confirmed its first case on Saturday, leaving Tibet as the only administrative area of China that remains virus-free.

In Wuhan, the horror stories are getting worse: One woman told the SCMP that her husband was turned away by several hospitals despite coughing up blood, a sign of very advanced pneumonia.

“I have nothing. No protective clothing, only a raincoat, and I am standing outside the hospital in the rain,” said the woman, who gave her name as Xiaoxi.

“I am desperate, I have lost count of time and days. I don’t know if we will both live to see the new year.”

The rapid rise in the number of cases doesn’t necessarily mean the outbreak is getting worse, according to a spokesman from the WHO. Instead, it could reflect better monitoring and intervention by government authorities. As far as determining the severity of the epidemic, it’s still too early to say.

“It’s still too early to draw conclusions about how severe the virus is because, at the beginning of any outbreak, you would focus more on the severe cases,” said Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesman for the World Health Organization in Geneva.

Video from inside Wuhan, a city that has been nearly entirely sealed off from the outside world, the situation appears increasingly dire.

A lot of attention has been paid in the Western press about the effort to build a new, 1,000 bed hospital in Wuhan as the city’s current health-care infrastructure has been completely overwhelmed. They’re hoping to finish the building in under a week, an astonishing pace. State media reported Saturday that a second hospital will also be built.

Foreign governments including the US and Russia are hatching plans to air-lift their citizens out of Wuhan. This could include journalists covering the outbreak, meaning the flow of information out of the city could soon slow to a trickle. Meanwhile, scientists are scrambling to determine the virus’s infectious potential before victims start showing symptoms. If it’s confirmed that the virus spreads in this way, than that would make full containment virtually impossible.

Source: 56 Million Chinese On Lockdown As Virus Spreads To Australia, Malaysia

IT’S ON!… Trump White House Counsel Cipollone Delivers Opening Arguments: Democrats Want to Remove Trump from 2020 Ballot (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Now it’s Trump’s turn!
For the first time in months President Trump’s White House Counsel was able to respond to the attacks and smears by power hungry Democrats.

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone opened up for the Trump Defense Team on Saturday morning at 10 AM ET.

In his opening statement Cipollone accused Democrats of the most massive election interference in US history.

Cipollone accused Democrats and House Managers of wanting to remove President Trump from 2020 ballot.

The

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Alice Bailey’s 10 Point Plan to Destroy Christianity — Christian Research Network

“Let us bear in mind that the 10 Point Plan was formulated in the early 20th Century –- many decades before such a strategy was even conceivable within culture and society at the time. If one makes an objective observation it would be easy to conclude that this 10 Point Plan is definitely being implemented at the highest cultural, spiritual and political levels within the world. Why? Probably because Alice Bailey is regarded by New Agers and occultists as one of the “prophetesses” of the New Age Movement.”

(Inspired Walk)  Alice Bailey is known as one of the founders of the New Age Movement. She was a writer who lived between 1880 and 1949 and she is the person who is known for creating the term “New Age” in her books which mostly focus on the subject of theosophy.

Britannica describes theosophy as an occult movement originating in the 19th century with roots that can be traced to ancient Gnosticism. The term theosophy is derived from the Greek theos (“god”) and sophia (“wisdom”), is generally understood to mean “divine wisdom.”… The international New Age movement … originated among independent theosophical groups

Alice Bailey is known as one of the prophetesses of the New Age Movement. Her teachings and writings are viewed as foundational and authoritative within the New Age Movement. She described the majority of her work as having been telepathically dictated to her by a Master of Wisdom, or spirit entity identified as Djwal Khul.

Alice Bailey’s writings are so revered and authoritative to such an extent that her New Age views and philosophies have a social, spiritual and political impact on politicians, various nations and also the United Nations. Alice Bailey also founded The Lucis Trust which was formerly known as Lucifer Publishing Company in 1922 and her organization has influence within the United Nations.

One of the main agendas of the New Age Movement is to become the dominant religion or lifestyle within the entire world. Therefore in order for New Age philosophies to become dominant, then all other religions especially Christianity must either be destroyed or become less of a spiritual influence within society and in the individual lives of people. It is from this desire to see the dominance of the New Age movement that Alice Bailey wrote a 10 Point Plan / Charter to destroy Christianity so that New Age philosophies may become the one world religion for the world

The main purpose of the 10 Point Charter / Strategy is to either destroy Christianity or to convert the nations to New Age philosophies.

The 10 Point Charter by Alice Bailey is as follows:  View article →

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H/T Kim Olsen

via Alice Bailey’s 10 Point Plan to Destroy Christianity — Christian Research Network