Daily Archives: June 13, 2020

June 13 God’s Favor

 

For it is time to show favour.
(Psalms 102:13, NIV)

The favor of God will carry you from your present situation to your God-ordained destiny. You can’t get there without it. It’s that simple! In spite of his family’s rejection and the lies Potiphar’s wife told, the favor of God took Joseph from a prison to a palace in less than 24 hours (see Genesis 41). God’s favor can change your situation in an instant! Look at Ruth; widowed, impoverished, and living in a foreign country, she remained faithful to God. Instead of giving in to despair and resentment, she decided to get up and start again. Before it was over, she became “the boss’s wife” (see Ruth 4:13). That’s favor! Your Bible is filled with such stories.

Favor is not an accident or “a lucky break.” Listen: “All these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God” (Deuteronomy 28:2). Obedience brings the favor of God! Ask Him today to help you see the areas where His favor is already at work in your life. As you acknowledge it in small things, it will increase. Who is God using to bless you right now? Stop building walls to keep them out. Open your arms to them. If there is known sin in your life today, get rid of it!

 

Release all your fears and get ready to receive His favor—He longs to show it to you today![1]

 

[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 164). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

June 13 Diligent in All Things

 

Proverbs 21:25

The desire of the lazy man kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.

Billy Graham tells this of his upbringing: “I was taught that laziness was one of the worst evils, and there was dignity and honor in labor. I could abandon myself enthusiastically to milking the cows, cleaning out the latrines, and shoveling manure, not because they were pleasant jobs, but because sweaty labor held its own satisfaction.”

Through godly rearing, Billy Graham developed the valuable character quality of diligence. A diligent man is one who works hard at every task, no matter how important or how menial. He uses his time efficiently and always puts forth his best work. Though he may feel sluggish at times, he refuses to be a sluggard. He is a man ruled by discipline, not feelings.

Against the backdrop of people who avoid work, cut corners, and do half-hearted jobs, a diligent man stands out. Practicing diligence is an excellent way to stand out for Christ at home, in the workplace, and even at church. Today, complete each one of your tasks, however big or small, with diligence.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 172). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

June 13, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

7 The construction of the opening colon gives the essential point of the verse, which is then enlarged through the metaphor of the sheep. That point is made through the joining of the finite verb he was oppressed with the participle “he was being afflicted” or, better, he was humbling himself. The construction gives a sense of contemporaneous action: he was oppressed, while humbling himself.21 Thus Skinner suggests: “Though he was oppressed, he was submissive.…” oppressed carries with it the idea of harsh physical treatment at the hands of others (Exod. 3:7, “taskmasters”; see also Isa. 3:5, 12; 58:3). But the Servant does not fight against this fate; rather, he gives himself willingly to it. Thus he is not a victim caught in the great gears of a remorseless destiny, but a person of worth and dignity even in the most degrading of circumstances. One thinks of Jesus “setting his face” to go to a Jerusalem where even the densest of his disciples understood that death awaited him (Luke 9:51).

It is difficult to escape the conclusion that it is not accidental that the only extended metaphor in this poem involves sheep, the primary animals of sacrifice. The Servant is to be struck down on account of the rebellions of his people (v. 8), and he will go as a lamb to the slaughter. If the author did not intend his readers to think in terms of sacrifice, he certainly made a major blunder in his choice of metaphors. Many commentators (cf. C. K. Barrett; R. Schnakenburg) agree that this verse is a primary source of John’s ejaculation, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

Interestingly, Jeremiah uses the metaphor of the lamb led to the slaughter to describe himself in 11:19, but there the context shows that the point is one of trusting naïveté in which the animal has no idea of what is about to happen to it. Here the issue being emphasized is not unknowingness, but willing submission to what lies ahead. The sheep that is to be slaughtered, the ewe that is to be shorn, does not protest what is about to take place. Israel has protested that God has forgotten her and is not doing right by her (40:27; 49:14; 63:15); but the Servant, who has much greater cause to protest, does not do so at all. This is entirely consistent with the picture of the Servant already presented (42:2–3; 50:5–7). Even when he is tempted to despair over the apparent failure of his mission (49:4), he takes heart in the certain purpose of God (49:5–9). It is also notably consistent with the demeanor of Christ when he was tried (Matt. 26:63; 27:12–14; Mark 15:5; Luke 23:9; John 19:9).[1]


Ver. 7.—He was oppressed. As Israel under the Egyptian taskmasters (Exod. 3:7). The cruel ill usage in the high priest’s house, and before Herod is, perhaps, specially pointed at. He was afflicted; rather, he abased himself (comp. ch. 31:4 and Exod. 10:3). The position of the emphatic pronoun (hu’) between the first participle and the second detaches the second clause from the first and conjoins it with the third. Otherwise the rendering of the Authorized Version might stand. Translate, He was oppressed, but he abased himself and opened not his mouth. The silence of Jesus before his judges (Matt. 26:22, 23; 27:14), when he could so easily have vindicated himself from every charge, was a self-abasement. It seemed like an admission of guilt. He opened not his mouth (comp. Ps. 38:13, 14; 39:2, 9). The contrast of the Servant’s silence and passivity with men’s ordinary vehemence of self-assertion under ill usage is most striking. Who was ever silent but he under such extremity of provocation? (For a contrast, see the account of the Jewish martyrdoms in 2 Macc. 7) He is brought as a lamb; rather, as the lamb. The Paschal lamb is, perhaps, intended, or, at any rate, the lamb of sacrifice. The prophet has often seen the dumb, innocent lamb led in silence to the altar, to be slain there, and thinks of that touching sight. It was probably the use of this imagery here which caused the Baptist to term our Lord “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). As a sheep before her shearers. A second image, a reflex of the first, somewhat weaker, as so often in Isaiah (ch. 1:22, 30; 5:18, 24; 8:14; 10:24, 27, 34; 11:8; 13:14; 24:13; 25:7, etc.).[2]


7. He was punished. Here the Prophet applauds the obedience of Christ in suffering death; for if his death had not been voluntary, he would not have been regarded as having satisfied for our disobedience. “As by one man’s disobedience,” says Paul, “all became sinners, so by one man’s obedience many were made righteous. (Rom. 5:19.) And elsewhere, “He became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philip. 2:8.) This was the reason of his silence at the judgment-seat of Pilate, though he had a just defence to offer; for, having become answerable for our guilt, he wished to submit silently to the sentence, that we might loudly glory in the righteousness of faith obtained through free grace.

As a lamb shall he be led to the slaughter. We are here exhorted to patience and meekness, that, following the example of Christ, we may be ready to endure reproaches and cruel assaults, distress and torture. In this sense Peter quotes this passage, shewing that we ought to become like Christ our Head, that we may imitate his patience and submissiveness. (1 Pet. 2:23.) In the word lamb there is probably an allusion to the sacrifices under the Law; and in this sense he is elsewhere called “the Lamb of God.” (John 1:29, 36.)[3]


7. Oppressed: e.g. Exodus 3:7. Afflicted is the verb used in verse 4d, but what was imposed there is voluntarily accepted here. The verbal form here (reflexive niphal), with an emphatic pronoun, means ‘but he for his part submitted himself’. Did not open … silent … did not open: animals go as uncomprehending to slaughter as to shearing, but the Servant who knew all things beforehand (John 18:4) went to his death with a calm silence that reflected not an uncomprehending but a submitted mind and tongue. Lamb … sheep: the former was used in the sacrifices (Gen. 22:7–8, etc.), though not the latter, but this is of no significance. Verses 4–6 have already established that we are to think of the Servant’s death in terms laid down in the levitical sacrifices. The point here is the contrast between the silence of ignorance and the silence of deliberate self-submission. Yet a great principle of the sacrificial system is involved. Verses 4–6 first established our sinfulness (4–5), and then revealed it as our common folly (6a) and our individual culpable choice (6b). This is to say, sin involves the will. But this is precisely the point at which animals can only picture the substitute we require and cannot actually be that substitute: they have no consciousness of what is afoot nor of any deliberate, personal, self-submissive consent to it. Ultimately only a Person can substitute for people. This is the importance of the stress in verse 7 on the Servant’s voluntariness expressed in the acceptance of humiliation and the deliberately maintained silence.[4]


7 The opening of the stanza focuses attention on the manner of harsh and unjust treatment given to the servant. His oppression is described by use of the verb that is employed in Exodus 3:7 to denote the harsh treatment measured out to Israel in Egypt (nâgas). It implies the use of physical violence. The next phrase is made emphatic by the use of the personal pronoun ‘he’, while the form of the Hebrew verb (‘ânâh, Nif.) certainly allows for a reflexive meaning: ‘and he allowed himself to be afflicted’ (cf. Jesus’ insistence that he gave his life freely for his sheep, John 10:14–18). The death of the servant is depicted in sacrificial terms, emphasising his silence in comparison to a lamb or adult sheep being slaughtered. The figure of a dumb sheep appears elsewhere in Jeremiah 11:19. The servant unresistingly stands before his persecutors, uttering not a word in his own defence. Peter seems to have this passage in mind when he speaks of the meek endurance of Christ (1 Pet. 2:23). While the servant is depicted as a lamb, it is only in the New Testament that the phrase ‘lamb of God’ appears (John 1:29; see also Acts 8:32–33, 35; 1 Pet. 1:18–19).[5]


7. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted. Lowth, after Cyril, translates, ‘It was exacted (niggas), and He was made answerable’ (na’aneh). The former verb means, to have payment of a debt sternly exacted (Deut. 15:2, 3), and so to be oppressed in general; the exaction of the full penalty for our sins in His sufferings is probably alluded to. and he was afflicted, yet he—or, and yet He suffered, or bore Himself submissively and, &c. (Hengstenberg and Maurer.) Lowth’s translation, ‘He was made answerable,’ is hardly admitted by the Hebrew [עָנָה], which is not used elsewhere, of legal responsibility. Symmachus and Vulgate (‘ipse voluit’) support, ‘He suffered submissively:’ ‘He submitted Himself.’ The niphal has the reflective meaning (cf. Phil. 2:8). opened not his mouth—Jeremiah in Jer. 11:19, and David in Ps. 38:13, 14; 39:9, prefiguring Messiah (Matt. 26:63; 27:12, 14; 1 Pet. 2:23). In this verse the one and only point of comparison is to the sheep’s voiceless endurance of shearing; not that Christ’s suffering is from this to be regarded as not penal and sacrificial, because the sheep is not spoken of as being killed. But what the sheep is in being sheared, that Christ was in being killed.[6]


[1] Oswalt, J. N. (1998). The Book of Isaiah, Chapters 40–66 (pp. 391–392). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[2] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1910). Isaiah (Vol. 2, p. 296). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[3] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Vol. 4, p. 119). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] Motyer, J. A. (1999). Isaiah: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 20, p. 379). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[5] Harman, A. (2005). Isaiah: A Covenant to Be Kept for the Sake of the Church (p. 366). Scotland: Christian Focus Publications.

[6] Fausset, A. R. (n.d.). A Commentary, Critical, Experimental, and Practical, on the Old and New Testaments: Job–Isaiah (Vol. III, p. 731). London; Glasgow: William Collins, Sons, & Company, Limited.

June—13 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

The golden pot that had manna.—Hebrews 9:4.

There is somewhat very blessed in the account given concerning the furniture of the second tabernacle. Some few evenings since, my soul, a glance was taken of the candlestick, the table, and shew-bread, in the first tabernacle. Perhaps the Lord the Holy Ghost will open to thy meditation some edifying considerations in the view of the contents of the second. The golden pot, which preserved the manna pure, that in itself was soon subject to corruption, was unquestionably a beautiful emblem of the divine nature of Jesus, imparting durableness and dignity to his human nature. We are told concerning the manna, that if the Israelites kept it, though but for a day, (except when miraculously preserved pure on the Sabbath-day, to remind them of that ordinance,) it bred worms, and stank. (Exod. 16:20.) But in this golden pot, an omer-full of manna put therein was laid up before the Lord as a memorial, and preserved pure. Precious Lord Jesus! do I not learn from hence, that it is thou, and thou alone, who givest life, and purity, and sweetness, to our poor persons and offerings? Every thing in us, and from us, must, like ourselves, be corrupt, and is indeed part of ourselves, and subject to putrefaction; but in thee, and by thee, as the manna was preserved in the golden pot, we are preserved, made clean and holy, in thy holiness and purity. And surely, Lord, I learn, moreover, from this part of the furniture, in the second tabernacle, that as thou art entered into the holy place, there to appear in the presence of God for us, so, by this emblem of the golden pot, is set forth the sweet communion and fellowship which thy people now are privileged to enjoy, in thee, and from thee, and with thee! Yea, Lord, thou art still the bread of God, the living bread, which that manna represented: and still dost thou feed thy Church above, and lead them to fountains of living waters. And surely, Lord, thou wilt no less feed thy Church below, which yet remains in this dry and barren wilderness, “where no water is.” I hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches, and I feel delight: “To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna.” (Rev. 2:17.)[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, p. 182). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

June 13th The D. L. Moody Year Book

 

To every man his work.—Mark 13:34.

IF you notice that verse carefully it does not read “to every man some work,” or “to every man a work,” but “to every man his work.” And I believe that every man and woman living has a work laid out for them to do; that every man’s life is a plan of the Almighty, and that away back in the councils of eternity God laid out a work for every one of us. There is no man living who can do the work that God has for me to do, no one but myself. And if any man’s work is not done, he will have to answer for it when he stands before the bar of God.[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.) (p. 102). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

June 13-14, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

Weekend Snapshot · June 13, 2020 – Top Stories This Week

Flag Day and U.S. Army Birthday

Celebrating Liberty in more than one way — honor the flag and wish the Army a happy 245th!


The Left’s Insane New Cry: ‘Defund the Police’

Leftists demanding this nonsense are fomenting anarchy for power and profit.


Policing Ends, Minorities Hardest Hit

Grandstanding Democrats introduce a plan to “fundamentally transform” the police.


Seattle’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ Experiment

Radical leftists have taken over six blocks of the city, declaring it autonomous from the U.S.


Slave-Trader Garb and Juneteenth Flap Reveal Democrat Hypocrisy

Democrats show the wrong kind of “solidarity” pretty much all the way around.


Poor Minorities Hurt Most by Violent Protests and Looting

Access to food is going to be harder for many black Americans in the coming months.


Talking With a Democrat About ‘Systemic Racism’

The cognitive versus emotive interpretation of events often creates the disconnect regarding race-relations between Right and Left.


A Worthy Martyr?

George Floyd’s funeral occurred yesterday, but there are men more worthy of the accolades.


Cotton Gins Up Cancel Culture

Fallout continues — Tom Cotton’s op-ed results in firings and “reassignments.”


Corporations Have Appropriated ‘Pride Month’

Ironically, socialists don’t mind shaking down capitalists if it suits their cultural agenda.


Playing Favorites Is How Science Loses Credibility

Don’t gather in large groups, say the “experts.” Unless you’re protesting “systemic racism.”


Of Course COVID-19 Cases Will Rise — Chill Out

The pandemic curve has been flattened as intended. It’s time to ride out this virus.


Kristi Noem: Standing Alone for Her People

South Dakota’s governor resisted calls from the New York-based media to shut down.


A Not-So-Peachy Election in Georgia

The disaster at polling places in Atlanta Tuesday was largely the fault of local Democrats.


Appease the Mob, Destroy the Nation

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” —Winston Churchill



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“Kneeling in African scarves will never make up for the damage Democrats have done to black America for the past 175 years.” —Charlie Kirk

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 06/13/2020

Indian Christian Teen Stabbed and Stoned to Death for His Faith   Jun 11, 2020 04:21 pm

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Incited by Hindu extremists, followers of traditional tribal religion in eastern India last week stabbed and stoned a 16-year-old Christian boy to death for his faith, sources said. The mutilated body of Sambaru Madkami was found on Friday, buried in the jungle of Malkangiri, about six kilometers (less than 4 miles) from his…

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Latest Bloodshed in Nigeria Claims Pastor, Pregnant Wife   Jun 10, 2020 08:39 am

(Mission Network News) — A Nigerian pastor and his pregnant wife were laid to rest on Friday, leaving behind eight children between the ages of one and 19 years old. It’s the latest in a barrage of ethnic and religious violence overwhelming Nigeria. “It’s frustrating,” Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs USA says. … Bloodshed is increasingly…

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Mich. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Declares June ‘Pride Month,’ Urges Residents to ‘Promote Self-Affirmation’   Jun 11, 2020 06:25 pm

LANSING, Mich. — Controversial Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a proclamation declaring June “Pride Month,” as “Michigan celebrates LBGTQ+ individuals during this month.” She also recorded a video for social media stating that she is “honored” to be an ally to the homosexual and transgender population and that she will “always have your back.” “Michigan…

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Appeals Court Rules Ky. Law Prohibiting Dismembering Unborn Alive in Womb ‘Burdens’ the ‘Right to Choose’   Jun 08, 2020 08:05 am

Photo Credit: Vidal Balielo Jr./Pexels CINCINNATI, Ohio — The Sixth Circuit of Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling striking down a Kentucky law that prohibited abortionists from dismembering unborn children alive in the womb, ruling that the restriction “imposes substantial burdens on the right to choose” because it amounts to a ban on second…

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Veto-Proof Majority of Minneapolis City Council Vows to ‘Dismantle’ Police Dept. Led by First Black Police Chief   Jun 07, 2020 09:25 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council announced their support for de-funding the Minneapolis Police Department and replacing it with a community-based public safety model at a rally in Powderhorn Park Sunday afternoon. At the end of the rally, the council members and some community activists committed to ending the Minneapolis Police…

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NYC Mayor de Blasio ‘Moving Funding’ From Police Dept. to Youth Initiatives and Social Services   Jun 08, 2020 02:21 pm

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday that he plans to take an undisclosed amount of funds away from the city’s police department and redistribute it to youth initiatives and social services in order to prevent crime. “e will be moving funding from the NYPD to youth initiatives and social services,” he outlined, as part of his…

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City in Illinois Has Cross Erased From Mural Following Complaint From Freedom From Religion Foundation   Jun 06, 2020 05:43 pm

Effingham CrossPhoto Credit: FFRF EFFINGHAM, Ill. — A depiction of the “Cross at the Crossroads” that was included in a mural on a headwall on city-owned property in Effingham, Illinois has now been painted over. The erasure comes months after receipt of a letter from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which claimed that the inclusion was…

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Wash. Gov. Sued for Limiting Church Services to 25% Capacity While Pot Shops, Breweries Deemed ‘Essential’   Jun 09, 2020 11:52 am

SPOKANE, Wash. — A church in Washington state has filed suit against Gov. Jay Inslee to challenge his recent order limiting indoor church services to 50 people or 25% capacity, whichever is smaller. It says that the limitation is unequal as restaurants, retail stores and other locations are allowed to hold a greater capacity, and even cannabis retailers, breweries…

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Appeal Hearing for Iranian Pastor, Wife Sentenced to Prison for House Church Activities Canceled   Jun 07, 2020 02:54 pm

(Church in Chains) — The appeal hearing for Pastor Victor Bet-Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Issavi Khabizeh and three Christian friends, scheduled for June 1, has been canceled, with no new date set. Each of the five Christians has been sentenced to at least ten years in prison because of their house-church activities, and their appeal hearings were previously…

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Court of Appeals Rules Against Satanic Temple Member Who Said Abortion Law ‘Violates Her Satanic Beliefs’   Jun 11, 2020 01:29 pm

Photo Credit: Jonathan Borba/Pexels ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a Satanic Temple member who challenged Missouri regulations that require abortion-minded mothers to obtain an informational booklet and an ultrasound before proceeding with the murder of their unborn child 72 hours later. The woman had asserted that the…

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Hungarian foreign minister meets with Jared Kusher to discuss peace plan
Hungary’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Péter Szijjártó spoke with US senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner to discuss international relations and pandemic defense against the coronavirus, as well as the “Deal of the Century” and the situation in the Middle East regarding Israel, the Budapest Business Journal reported on Thursday.

CDC warns U.S. may reimplement strict coronavirus measures if cases go up ‘dramatically’
States may need to reimplement the strict social distancing measures that were put in place earlier this year if U.S. coronavirus cases rise “dramatically,” a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said Friday. “Right now, communities are experiencing different levels of transmission occurring, as they gradually ease up onto the community mitigation efforts and gradually reopen,”…

Minneapolis City Council Unanimously Votes To Get Rid Of Police
The Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted Friday to “dismantle” the city’s police department as their solution to police violence after George Floyd’s death. The City Council passed a resolution to focus on a community-based public safety system…council members made the announcement at a rally Sunday afternoon, saying they plan to “dismantle” their police department.

Taiwan fires missiles as it prepares for possible Chinese invasion of its island
Taiwan has fired missiles off its coastline as it boosts the island’s defence against the increasingly aggressive China. The test is understood to have taken place off the coast of the easterly Taitung county and at the Jiupeng military base in the southernmost county of Pinging on Thursday. Taiwan is an island of the south-east coast of China which is independent from the superpower.

Lebanon protests: Hundreds take to streets for second night
Hundreds of people have protested in cities across Lebanon for a second night over the handling of the country’s economic crisis. The Lebanese pound has fallen to record lows, having lost 70% of its value since October when protests began. The financial crisis has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S.’s Pompeo to meet China’s top diplomat in Hawaii seeking to ease tensions: media
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Hawaii, trying to ease tensions between the world’s two largest economies over various issues, according to media reports. Pompeo was planning the trip “quietly” and the arrangements were not yet finalized, Politico said.

Russia launches nuke-powered submarine as fears rise of Moscow’s growing arsenal
Russia launched a nuclear-powered submarine today amid growing concerns of a developing arms race between Moscow and the West. The Knyaz Vladimir (Prince Vladimir) – designed to carry Bulava intercontinental nuclear missiles – was enrolled into the navy during Friday’s Russia Day celebrations. Russia’s announcement comes against the background of a rift with Western powers over Ukraine and fears of a burgeoning arms race…

Putin Says ‘Majority’ Back Plan to Change Russian Constitution
President Vladimir Putin said Friday an “absolute majority” of Russians back his controversial plan to change the Constitution, as he made his first public appearance after weeks of lockdown. Russia, which has the world’s third-largest coronavirus caseload, this week lifted tight restrictions as Putin set the stage for a vote on July 1 that could extend his hold on power until 2036.

Severe weather damages camps hosting 140 000 IDPs in Burkina Faso and Nigeria
Heavy rains since early June 2020 have triggered widespread floods in West Africa, causing damage particularly to camps accommodating more than 140 000 Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Nigeria and Burkina Faso.

Nearly 2 months’ worth of rain in just 4 hours inundates Ajaccio, Corsica
Heavy flooding hit the capital city of Ajaccio in the French Mediterranean island of Corsica on Thursday, June 11, 2020, sweeping away vehicles and trapping motorists on the roads. According to Meteo France, 44 mm (2 inches) of rain fell in just four hours, which is almost twice the country’s average rainfall for the entire month of June.

BREAKING: Trump finalizes rollback of Obama-era LGBTQ patient protections
The Trump administration is eliminating an Obama-era regulation prohibiting discrimination in health care against patients who are transgender.

Far-Left Laodicean Magazine ‘Christianity Today’ Demands That America’s Christian Churches Pay Reparations To Blacks For Slavery
Champions of the far-Left Laodicean Church, a magazine called Christianity Today and started by Billy Graham, has decided to throw their hat into the ring surrounding the discussion on racial tensions and domestic terror organization, Black Lives Matter. Their solution? America’s Christian churches need to pay reparations, or financial compensation, to descendants of black slaves from the 18th and 19th centuries. When all else fails, pay people off.

Military nurse at COVID epicenter hospital: ‘it’s murder’
Her name is Erin Marie Olszewski.  She’s a military nurse.  She worked at the hospital that’s touted as being at the very center of the global pandemic, in terms of numbers of cases and deaths.

Emmanuel Macron Resurfaces Defiantly Saying ‘There Is No One Opposite Me’ As Rumors Swirl He Plans To Resign Then Run For Reelection
The motto of the 33rd degree Freemasons is from the Latin ‘Ordo Ab Chao’ which translated means ‘order out of chaos’, meaning that they are the ones who will bring ‘order’ out of the chaos that they themselves have created. The New World Order operates this way though something known as the Hegelian Dialectic, from the German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. This is where False Flags come from and all the other tools used so effectively by the New World Order.

Report: National Guard Members Found Glass in Their Pizza from DC Restaurant While Deployed to DC to Save National Monuments from Leftists
..The South Carolina National Guard reportedly ordered pizza from a local restaurant. The pizza contained glass pieces according to guard members.

They All Lied To Us About Coronavirus To Justify The Global Lockdowns, Here Is What Will Likely Happen Next
We were told that we would not be allowed into the hospital to say goodbye to our dying loved ones because it was ‘too dangerous’, yet tens of thousands of rioters flood the streets with the government’s approval. We were told that funeral would not be allowed because of ‘social distancing safety precautions’, then watched at George Floyd was given 4 funerals attended in huge numbers with almost no one social distancing or wearing a mask. Starting to feel like you’ve been lied to? It gets worse.

Court Dismisses Satanist’s Challenge to Abortion Law
On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, in a 3-0 decision, dismissed the lawsuit filed by “Judy Doe,” who claimed a state law requiring abortion clinics to present women with a booklet that states life begins at conception violated her religious beliefs.

When America Is No Longer America: The Fall of the Empire
..small sample of what we spoke about..inevitability of full-blown civil war..soon-to-be escalation of the present conflict into mass casualty events as well as assassinations..overt attempt to eviscerate the church because as Bob correctly states, the Satanic Left can’t handle the power of Jesus Christ. Antifa’s Occupation of the heart of Seattle as the police are nowhere to be found. Extreme food inflation. The coming use of food as a weapon against the people and much, much more.

Meet a Vietnam vet became a diver in Israel 
Would you like to meet a man who fought in the Vietnam War, spent time on an Israeli kibbutz, served in the UN as a representative of the US Marine Corps, served as a UN observer on the Lebanon border, worked with explosives off US coastal waters, owns part of a diamond quarry which he works yearly, trims branches off trees overhanging sukkahs, and works as a lifeguard at the Dead Sea?


Headlines – 6/13/2020

400 Jewish studies scholars denounce annexation as a ‘crime against humanity’

Already neglected, Jordan Valley Palestinians fear Trump plan will confine them

Refusing tax revenues and loans from Israel, PA on brink of major fiscal crisis

PA to stop getting IDs authorized by Israel, in move that could strand thousands

Syrian protesters call for Assad’s downfall as economic crisis deepens

US ‘Caesar Act’ sanctions could devastate Syria’s flatlining economy

Turkey slams ‘propaganda machine’ Twitter over removal of accounts

North Korea threatens ‘disgusting’ US to keep out of its spat with South Korea

Beijing sends warplane to buzz Taiwan after missile test

Chinese Media Brands U.S. Statue Hysteria ‘America’s Cultural Revolution’

Boris Johnson says attacking statues is ‘lying about our history’

Britain delays border controls to soften Brexit blow to its crashing economy

French police throw down handcuffs, ‘insulted’ after being accused of brutality, racism

George Floyd: Trump told to back off Seattle’s Chaz police-free zone

Seattle Police Chief Tells Officers She’s ‘Angry’ City Ordered to Abandon Precinct: ‘An Insult to You and Our Community’

Seattle Police Chief: ‘We’re Not Able to Get to’ 911 Calls for ‘Rape, Robbery’ in Autonomous Zone

Seattle Protesters Negotiate Over Leaving ‘Autonomous Zone’

Dispatch from ‘CHAZ’: Tweets call for guns, Gatorade and cigarettes as cops struggle to figure out who’s in charge

Trump vows he won’t ‘let Seattle be occupied by anarchists,’ will ‘straighten it out’ if local leaders don’t

Nashville autonomous zone ‘will not be tolerated,’ Gov. Bill Lee says as one is planned for state Capitol

Minneapolis council votes to replace police with new community safety department

Two-thirds of Americans oppose ‘defund the police’ movement: poll

Christianity Today calls for churches to pay reparations to black people: “Repentance is not enough”

Following Amazon, Microsoft will no longer sell facial-recognition software to police

Trump’s Actions Rattle the Military World: ‘I Can’t Support the Man’

John Bolton Book Claims Impeachable Offenses Across ‘Full Range’ of Trump’s Foreign Policy

Bolton makes his move: Memoir to claim Trump misconduct went beyond Ukraine, slam ‘reelection calculations’

Trump responds to Biden’s claim that he’ll try to steal the election: ‘Joe’s not all there’

‘We’re going to have a catastrophe’: US faces November election fiasco

Political Polarization Peaking In America? Voters Embrace ‘All Or Nothing’ Mentality Along Party Lines

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near East London, South Africa

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kachatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Tropical Storm Nuri sets course for southern China

2 months’ worth of rain in a few hours devastates Corsica’s capital city

Pandemic shuts Earth’s eyes on the skies

Top airlines take UK government to court over ‘devastating’ quarantine

Fauci ‘concerned’ that Floyd protests could lead to coronavirus spike, but has no comment on Trump rallies

Downplaying virus risk, Trump gets back to business as usual

‘There is no emergency’: W.H. economic advisers shrug off feared ‘second wave’ of coronavirus

New coronavirus spread isn’t the feared ‘second wave’ – it’s still the first, researchers say

CDC warns U.S. may reimplement strict coronavirus measures if cases go up ‘dramatically’

State Bar Group Calls for ‘Mandatory’ COVID-19 Vaccinations, Regardless of Objections

Fired Florida scientist goes rogue, publishes her own COVID-19 data with grimmer outlook than the state’s

College officials say they won’t bring students back to campus this fall without expanded coronavirus testing and tracing

More than half of students probably can’t afford college due to Covid-19

Dow rises more than 400 points, but Wall Street clinches biggest weekly loss since March

The Pandemic Is Propelling a New Wave of Automation

Emails Reveal Chaos as Meatpacking Companies Fought Health Agencies Over COVID-19 Outbreaks in Their Plants

Cult leader among 21 people arrested on Hawaii Island for violating quarantine orders

Some strip clubs offering ‘coronavirus-free lap dances’

Trump administration revokes Obama-era protection for transgender Americans against health care discrimination


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

Defund the Police? — Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Defund the police is one of the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement.  Is that the right solution to racism in the police force?  Should we defund all doctors if some commit malpractice? What does BLM believe?  How do they compare with the teaching of Christ?  Can you believe that black lives matter yet oppose some of BLM’s political goals?  Frank looks at human nature, crime stats, and the scriptures to get some answers.  He also addresses some of the contradictory assertions we hear from Left.  This is an important show for these tense times! 

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Coronavirus ‘Second Wave’ – Or Is CDC Lying Again?

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They blame states for opening up “too soon” – but they haven’t blamed the protesters and rioters for spreading the bug. What’s behind all the hysteria? The CDC has botched every aspect of this outbreak should we believe them this time? Plus…anyone want to move to Seattle’s new “cop free” zone?

David Dorn: The Hero Whose Funeral You’ll Never See

Without fanfare or media frenzy, Capt. David Dorn was memorialized Tuesday. At the same time, Al Sharpton was eulogizing someone he never met, George Floyd, a man whose death has gripped the country, and whose unjust killing sparked an array of riots — one of which resulted in Dorn’s murder last week.

Source: David Dorn: The Hero Whose Funeral You’ll Never See

Groups laud Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era rule that redefined sex

Conservative groups are applauding the Trump administration’s announcement on Friday that it’s scrapping an Obama-era federal regulation requiring healthcare providers and insurers to perform gender-transition procedures and abortions against their medical judgment or religious convictions.

Source: Groups laud Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era rule that redefined sex

Twitter Reinstates Zerohedge After Admitting It Made An “Error” | ZeroHedge News

133 days after Twitter “permanently” banned Zero Hedge on January 31, the social network has reinstated us after admitting it made an error.

As a reminder, what happened in late January was confusing. Shortly after we asked if “This [Is] The Man Behind The Global Coronavirus Pandemic“, referring to Wuhan Institute Of Virology scientist Peng Zhou (who three months later was being investigated by western spy agencies for his role in creating Covid) and some low-grade “reporter” from Buzzfeed decided to report us  to Twitter for “doxxing” Zhou using publicly available information, Twitter told us that the account had been suspended for “violating Twitter rules against abuse and harassment”, which was false as we neither incited abuse nor harrassment, but merely asked questions. But the confusing part is that at the same time, Twitter fabricated an entirely different explanation for its decision when speaking to outside media, telling them the suspension was due to “platform manipulation” –  whatever that means.

An odd mix of conflicting explanations but in any case, neither was true as we said at the time,  and as we further told Bloomberg, the suspension was “unjustified, and likely motivated by reasons other than the stated ones” adding that “we are confident that we did not violate any of the stated Twitter terms: we neither incited harassment, nor did we ‘dox’ the public official, whose contact information is as of this moment listed on the Wuhan institute’s website.”

Fast forward to late Friday night, when unexpectedly we received a brief email from Twitter Support informing us that “we made an error in our enforcement action” as a result of which “we have unsuspended your account.”

Speaking to Bloomberg, a Twitter spokesperson said that “we made an error in our enforcement action in this case. Based on additional context from the account holder in appeal, we have reinstated the account. We have a dedicated appeals process for all account holders.”

Funny how mistakes happen when you ban first and ask questions later (and only when prompted to do so).

In any case, no bad blood right – honest mistake? Well, not really: before all this happened, none other than Twitter’s CEO was following us.

Not anymore.

The @zerohedge account also remains highly shadow banned (try searching for the actual zerohedge account on twitter, good luck), perhaps as an innocuous consequence of the “error.”

That’s OK though, we never expected an apology. We are just glad that we will be able to share facts and perspectives with our now 700K Twitter followers, a number which has spiked by more than 30K in just the past few hours since the suspension was overturned.

Source: Twitter Reinstates Zerohedge After Admitting It Made An “Error”

Did You Know That Today On Twitter Is #ExposeBillGates Day? Celebrate This ‘New Normal’ Holiday By Sharing This Article With Everyone You Know — Now The End Begins

 

The world has woken up to the fact that nerdy software billionaire Bill Gates is actually a nasty, little eugenicist bent on abortion, depopulation and implanting a digital ID into the body of every soul on planet earth. Today is #ExposeBillGates day, how are you celebrating it?

On Twitter today, the hashtag #ExposeBillGates is trending right now, a testimony to the fact that sites like Now The End Begins and countless others have done an excellent job revealing his New World Order depopulation agenda, and his demonic drive to implant digital identification into every soul on earth. I honestly think our relentless pursuit of exposing the truth of who he really is and what he is really up to took him a little by surprise. But rest assured, he will circle back around shortly, with an even deeper intensity to carry out his master plan.

“Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” Revelation 12:12 (KJB)

So in honor of my new favorite holiday, international #ExposeBillGates day, here is an eye-popping review of Bill Gates end times nastiness for you to share with everyone on your social media channels. Paul says we are called “to be soldiers” on the front lines of the end times. That’s exactly what NTEB is, the front lines of the end times. Welcome to the fight.

The NTEB Top 5 Bill Gates Articles:

Bill Gates, his global vaccinations, ID2020 digital identification and the coming Mark of the Beast. Don't take it.

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Bill Gates hosted Event 201, a COVID-19 coronavirus global pandemic exercise.

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The ID2020 Alliance has launched a new digital identity program at its annual summit in New York, in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, vaccine alliance Gavi, and new partners in government, academia, and humanitarian relief.

20 world leaders and global health figures held the first New World Order virtual COVID-19 response meeting, run by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and the population control eugenicist Bill Gates.

If you read the 5 articles on Bill Gates at the top, and watched the 3 Bill Gates videos at the bottom, then you now have an excellent understanding of who Bill Gates is, what Bill Gates true agenda really is, and what you can expect from him in the future. Once the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church takes place, end times players like Bill Gates will be able to function unhindered, but until then…to the fight!!

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via Did You Know That Today On Twitter Is #ExposeBillGates Day? Celebrate This ‘New Normal’ Holiday By Sharing This Article With Everyone You Know — Now The End Begins

BREAKING REPORT: Ukrainian Law Enforcement Arrest Individual Allegedly Attempting to End Investigation Into Burisma and Hunter Biden with $6 Million Bribe — The Gateway Pundit

An individual was reportedly arrested by Ukrainian Law Enforcement who was attempting to bribe government officials with $6 million to end an investigation into Burisma and Hunter Biden.

It was first reported yesterday that:

This evening Ukrainian investigators seized $6 million in cash and arrests were made in an alleged bribe to Ukrainian prosecutors to halt investigations into the Burisma group of companies and involvement with Hunter Biden, the son of Democrat Presidential Candidate Joe Biden, CDMedia has learned. The bribes were allegedly to the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Office of the Special Prosecutor (SAP). This information was posted on official NABU social media. We are told the operation had been under way for 2 weeks and is still ongoing.

The Facebook pictures of the event show law enforcement standing over $6 million in cash:

Per an update at CD Media yesterday:

Andrei Kicha, who handled the bribe and is detained, works as Deputy Director for Legal Affairs of Burisma.

Local press: $6 million record bribe: details of high-profile detention

The first deputy head of the Kiev tax Nikolay Ilyashenko tried to bribe the leadership of NABU and SAP for closing criminal proceedings against the largest Ukrainian gas producing private company Burisma, which was owned by former Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Nikolai Zlochevsky, writes Obozrevatel.

This was announced on Facebook by journalist Yuri Butusov. According to him, among the detainees Ilyashenko himself and Andrei Kicha, director of legal affairs at Burisma.

“(They gave money) for the fact that the special anti-corruption prosecutor Nazar Kholodnitsky will close the case of the infamous Burisma company, which was owned by oligarch Nikolai Zlochevsky, and whose supervisory board was the son of Joe Biden, a former US vice president and, in the near future, a probable candidate for US president from the Democratic Party, “the journalist wrote.

Of course, if there is corruption in the Ukraine, it involves Obama or the Bidens.

via BREAKING REPORT: Ukrainian Law Enforcement Arrest Individual Allegedly Attempting to End Investigation Into Burisma and Hunter Biden with $6 Million Bribe — The Gateway Pundit

Toppling Statues, a Historical and a Biblical Perspective

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

The anarchy continues. Riots, takeovers, protests. Now the lawless rioters are demanding to defund the police, dictating that Rhode Island drop the “plantations” from its full name, and toppling statues. Because, racism. The statues to which these anarchists object are Confederate statues, Christopher Columbus, or politicians.

In another case, police stood by in Portsmouth VA as rioters defaced a statue, and when they began to topple part of it, a man was hit with chunks and put into a coma.

Elsewhere, they defaced Philadelphia’s Matthias Baldwin statue, apparently ignorant of the fact that Baldwin was an abolitionist 30 years before the Civil War, advocated for freedom of blacks, advocated for them being allowed to vote, and hired them in his shops.

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Now Comes The Proof That George Soros And His Open Society Foundation Have Been Funnelling Money To The George Floyd Rioters — Now The End Begins

It didn’t take long to reveal the financial ties to current riots and to show that Open Society Foundation and George Soros directly support the Black Lives Matter movement today.

From the first day the race riots started in the wake of the protests surrounding the death by police of George Floyd, I made you two promises. I promised you that George Soros was helping to finance the looting, burning destruction of property and killings in cities across America, and secondly, I promised you that proof would shortly be forthcoming. You didn’t have to wait long, here it is. George Soros and Open Society Foundation, his social justice NGO that he has given billions in funding to, is now helping to fund the riots all across the country.

“The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.” Job 24:14 (KJB)

Giving to the poor, helping the homeless, and fostering charitable organizations can be a good thing, and on some levels is evidence of Christian charity we read about in the bible. But it can also be an excellent cover for nefarious groups to spread mayhem behind the scenes while looking righteous on the surface. On the Open Society Foundation site, they say about themselves that they are “One of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world, we care about freedom, democracy, and human rights.”

That all sounds great until you realize it’s a cover for a fascist and highly-funded domestic terror agency dedicated to the overthrow of the United States. Why won’t you read about that in the New York Times? Because George Soros bought a controlling interest in the NYT, and they only publish articles favorable to the New World Order villian.

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Yes, George Soros Sent Money to Fund the ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter Riots—and So Did Taxpayers

FROM PJ MEDIA: Ever since the protests turned to riots over the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, rumors have flown that George Soros and his Open Society Foundation had to be involved. After all, OSF funded Black Lives Matter in 2015. It didn’t take long to reveal the financial ties to current riots and to show that OSF and George Soros directly support the movement today. Particularly infuriating are the taxpayer-funded grants received in conjunction with the Soros funding.

Daniel Bice of the Milwaukie Journal-Sentinel reports that a group called Freedom, Inc. has received grants from the Wisconsin Department of Justice:

The Madison-based nonprofit has advocated for the release of all African Americans from jail and the defunding of police departments. As for the current protests, the group’s leaders say “all actions against racist state violence are justified.”

“Stop murdering black people, and your glass will be safe,” Monica Adams, co-executive director for Freedom Inc., said while leading the third day of police protests in the state’s capital on Monday.

“Thank all the youth freedom fighters who were in the streets fighting (Sunday) night and Saturday night,” said Mahnker Dahnweih, community power-building coordinator for Freedom Inc. “Every action is a contribution to liberation.”

So where does a group like this get the money it needs to promote its agenda?

A lot of it comes from you.

Records show that the state has awarded contracts and grants worth $3.6 million to Freedom Inc., which advocates for minority and LGBTQ communities, over the past five years.

That includes $876,674 in federal grants awarded by the state Department of Justice since January 2019, when Attorney General Josh Kaul took office. The state Department of Children and Families has paid out $732,403 to Freedom Inc. under Gov. Tony Evers over the past 1½ years.

Bice expresses righteous outrage over a radical group using taxpayer funding to advocate for the abolition of police forces altogether, and using that money to organize riots and looting:

State Sen. Steve Nass, a Whitewater Republican, said he was concerned that state tax dollars may be going to help Freedom Inc.’s “radical” political agenda. He called on the governor and attorney general, both Democrats, to investigate.

“The taxpayers of Wisconsin should not be funding any group that supports rioting, looting and actions to terrorize citizens with street violence,” Nass said.

“Governor Evers and Attorney General Kaul have the duty to determine that the grant funds they issued to this extremist group are not being used in any way to subsidize the street violence of the last several days.”

It wasn’t just Nass, however, who was upset with Freedom Inc.’s words and actions.

John “Sly” Sylvester, a liberal radio talker for WIBA-FM (101.5), went off on Adams and her group for blocking John Nolen Drive in Madison for eight hours on Monday.

“M. Adams, who wears an ‘I hate pigs’ tee-shirt, is calling for total elimination of our police force,” Sylvester wrote on Facebook. “She also said your windows will be safe when we get our way. I am a fighter for all workers, that includes police officers.”

A dive into Freedom, Inc.’s finances also reveals a direct link to OSF. One organization that has provided grants to Freedom, Inc. is Borealis Philanthropy. READ MORE

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American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp on whether it’s ethical for George Soros to give $18 billion to his open foundation.

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New Video Exposes the Armed Antifa ‘Militia’ Who Want to Abolish the Police — Christian Research Network

“The revelation of antifa’s armed “militia” should terrify Americans — but it also reaffirms conservative opposition to gun control. The Redneck Revolt is correct in its suspicions that restrictions on gun ownership trace back to a desire to prevent black Americans from being able to defend themselves. It seems ironic that so many leftists who insist police are racist seem opposed to the idea of black people arming themselves for defense against them…”

(Tyler O’Neil – PJ Media) On Tuesday, Project Veritas released the third of its antifa video exposes. This undercover video exposes the armed branch of antifa who want to abolish the police and identify as the leftist movement’s “militia.”

“Redneck Revolt,” also known as the “John Brown Gun Club,” identifies itself as the “militia wing of antifa.” A Project Veritas journalist infiltrated the North Carolina chapter in 2018.

While Redneck Revolt supports gun ownership, local leaders condemned the National Rifle Association.

In the video, a Redneck Revolt leader insists, “I hate the NRA. The NRA is a white supremacist terrorist organization.”

“This particular group sees themselves as armed revolutionaries. They’re all about the working class,” the Project Veritas journalist explains. “So they share these communist, anarchist ideals that the working class should run the country with no government and they believe in total abolition of everything, including the police.”  View article →

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#IStandWithTuckerCarlson: Conservatives Rally to Fox Host’s Defense — Christian Research Network

“This may be a lot of things, this moment we are living through,” said Carlson on Monday. “But it is definitely not about black lives and remember that when they come for you, and at this rate, they will.”

(Breitbart) “#IStandWithTuckerCarlson” trended on Twitter today as conservatives rallied to Carlson’s defense after a coordinated attack on the Fox Host’s advertisers by the woke leftist mob.

Leftists targeted Carlson over his coverage of Black Lives Matter and the George Floyd riots, which has focused on acts of violence and criminal behavior as America’s cities descended into chaos over the past two weeks.

On June 2, at the height of the riots, Carlson devoted a segment to the murder of retired police officer David Dorn.  View article →

via #IStandWithTuckerCarlson: Conservatives Rally to Fox Host’s Defense — Christian Research Network

Robin Collins and atheist Peter Millican discuss the fine-tuning of the universe for life

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You might remember Peter Millican from the debate he had with William Lane Craig. I ranked that debate as one of the 3 best I have ever seen, along with the first Craig  vs Dacey debate and the second Craig vs Sinnott-Armstrong debate.

Details:

Science has revealed that the fundamental constants and forces of the cosmos appear to be exquisitely fine-tuned to allow a universe in which life can develop. Is God the best explanation of the incredibly improbable odds of the universe we live in being a life-permitting one?

Robin Collins is a Christian philosopher and a leading advocate of the argument for God from cosmic design. Peter Millican is an atheist philosopher at Oxford University. They debate the issues.

From ‘Unbelievable?’ on ‘Premier Christian Radio’, Saturday 19th March 2016.

The debate:

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When the Church Parsonage Looks Like a Mansion — Christian Research Network

“Through legislation Congress established the clergy housing allowance in 1921. The original goal was to assist small churches in providing financially for their ministers. Churches unable to provide a full-time salary, could often provide a place for the minister to live. The clergy housing allowance was amended in 1954 to allow clergy to set aside part of their compensation as a housing allowance and it would be exempt from the federal income tax.”

(Barry Bowen – Trinity Foundation)  Televangelist Kenneth Copeland lives northwest of Fort Worth, Texas, near the shore of Eagle Mountain Lake in a “church parsonage” that can easily be described as a mansion or palace. The extravagant home fits Copeland’s theology as he teaches his church and TV audiences “to live like a king.”

Eagle Mountain International Church (EMIC) owns the 18,279 square-foot home currently appraised for $10,825,462. A road connects the home to the Kenneth Copeland Airport.

In 2007, Senator Charles Grassley surprised the religious establishment by launching an inquiry into six TV ministries. Grassley asked for EMIC and Kenneth Copeland Ministries to provide housing allowance information to the Senate Finance Committee. View article →

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Update on coronavirus and its global effect — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Guests wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, pose for a photograph at Ocean Park in Hong Kong, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Hong Kong Ocean Park reopened Saturday after nearly four months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The animal and nature-themed attraction combines pandas, penguins, roller coasters and other rides, and has been a Hong Kong icon since its opening in 1977. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

 

— Lives Lost: Weatherman built career on skills learned in war

— France has millions of unsold face masks after virus crisis

— Treasury chief refusing to disclose recipients of virus aid

— In the sprawling refugee camps of Sudan’s Darfur, officials say people are falling sick and dying at astonishing rates. Humanitarian workers and medical personnel believe the coronavirus is spreading unchecked and untracked through Sudan’s most marginalized territory. Medical facilities are few and far between in the large western territory.

— Most Americans say they are wearing masks. They are still by and large avoiding restaurants. And the vast majority are still staying at least six feet from others. A new poll finds most Americans aren’t ready to abandon precautionary measures in response to the coronavirus, even as states and metropolitan areas relax restrictions.

— In the battle against COVID-19, public health workers spread across states, cities and small towns make up an invisible army on the front lines. But that army is under assault when it’s needed most. Elected officials and members of the public frustrated with lockdowns and safety restrictions have turned public health workers into politicized punching bags, battering them with angry calls and physical threats.

HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING TODAY:

MOSCOW — Ukraine has recorded its highest daily count of new coronavirus infections for the third day in a row, more than double the count earlier in the month.

The health ministry on Saturday reported 753 new cases, compared with 683 the previous day.

In early June, Ukraine was recording fewer than 350 new cases a day. Overall, Ukraine counts 30,506 confirmed infection cases and 880 deaths.

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JOHANNESBURG — South Africa says the average delay in obtaining coronavirus test results from public labs has risen to 12 days amid backlogs and shortages of testing materials.

South Africa represents well over a quarter of Africa’s virus cases, with more than 61,000. The country has conducted about a third of the virus tests in Africa, and countries with fewer resources could face similar delays or worse.

The longer it takes to confirm a positive case, the greater the risk that an infected person is unknowingly spreading the virus.

South Africa’s latest weekly report by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, issued late Friday and ending June 6, says the average time to process tests at public labs has grown from a little over two days a month ago.

Public labs earlier were handling three-fourths of coronavirus testing but that dropped to just over one-fourth as of June 6. Turnaround time in testing by private labs is less than two days.

South Africa’s overall number of tests conducted has dropped since mid-May, also likely reflecting shortages. The African continent overall has more than 225,000 cases.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic has challenged many assumptions.

In a message for the 4th World Day of the Poor, which will be celebrated Nov. 15, the pope said that “we feel poorer and less self-sufficient because we have come to sense our limitations and the restriction of our freedom.”

He said the loss of jobs along with the chance to spend more time with loved ones ’’suddenly opened our eyes to horizons that we have long since taken for granted,” and that the period of lockdown allowed many to rediscover ‘’the importance of simplicity, and of keeping our eyes fixed on the essentials.’’

He also said that the pandemic ”has made us all the more aware of the presence of the poor in our midst and their need for help,″ and that its sudden arrival sparked ‘’a powerful sense of bewilderment and helplessness’’ that also demonstrated ‘’our own need for an outstretched hand.’’

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistani authorities have identified and sealed off nearly 1,300 hot spots to contain the rising trajectory of new coronavirus infections.

The sealing of high-risk area comes as Pakistan reported 6,472 news cases on Saturday, the country’s highest single-day total. Pakistan has confirmed a total of 132,405 cases, including 2,551 deaths.

Pakistan put its entire population of 220 million under lockdown in March. The government has since eased restrictions, saying it was necessary to save the country’s economy, but it has caused a surge in infections.

Prime minister Imran Khan has resisted demands from experts to reinforce the lockdown.

Authorities, however, are now using the term “smart lockdown” to close shops and markets and force people to stay home in areas where confirmed cases have increased in recent weeks. Some residential areas were also sealed in the capital, Islamabad, to contain the spread of the virus.

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BEIJING — The Chinese capital has locked down 11 residential communities near a wholesale food market to try to stem a new outbreak of COVID-19.

Beijing officials said Saturday that 45 workers at the Xinfadi market tested positive for the coronavirus, though they showed no symptoms. That was in addition to an earlier announcement of seven people with symptoms who had visited or worked at the market.

Forty environmental samples taken at the market also tested positive, city officials said.

The Beijing News newspaper said in a social media post that Communist Party members and volunteers were being organized to shop for food and other daily necessities for the affected residents.

The city, which had not had a locally transmitted infection in more 50 days, reversed some recent moves to relax coronavirus restrictions.

Authorities delayed the planned reopening of schools on Monday for first to third graders and suspended athletics events. One immediate casualty was an orienteering race slated for Saturday, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The National Center for the Performing Arts, which had just reopened on June 2, reclosed, according to a media report.

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NEW DELHI — India reported another record daily spike in coronavirus infections as the country passed the grim milestone of 300,000 cases.

The Health Ministry reported 11,458 new cases on Saturday and 386 deaths, driving the toll of fatalities up to 8,884.

India’s total caseload reached 308,993, the four-highest in the world, including more than 150,000 recoveries.

The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a nationwide in late March. India’s caseload jumped by about 100,000 cases in a week, which coincided with the reopening of shopping malls, houses of worship and restaurants.

In the capital of New Delhi, most public hospitals are full, and crematoriums and graveyards are struggling to manage a rash of bodies. Delhi’s government has projected that cases in the capital area alone could expand to more than half a million by late July, and is considering taking over luxury hotels and stadiums to convert into field hospitals.

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UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. secretary-general says COVID-19 travel restrictions have left hundreds of thousands of the world’s 2 million seafarers stranded at sea for months, and is calling on countries to designate them and other marine personnel as key workers.

Antonio Guterres also called on nations to ensure that crews can leave vessels and be replaced safely, according to a statement Friday from U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

The U.N. chief said the maximum time for seafarers to spend at sea under international conventions is being ignored, with some marooned on vessels for 15 months.

Guterres said U.N. agencies, including the International Labor Organization and the International Maritime Organization, have worked with the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers Federation to develop protocols for crew changeovers, “taking full account of public health concerns.”

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BEIJING — Beijing closed the city’s largest wholesale food market Saturday after the discovery of seven coronavirus cases in the previous two days.

The Xinfadi market, which has 4,000 tenants, will be disinfected after workers tested positive and the virus was found in the environment, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The National Health Commission said that six new cases were confirmed in Beijing on Friday. Another case was reported Thursday. They are the first locally transmitted cases in the Chinese capital in more than 50 days.

Attention focused on the market after the discovery of the first three cases. Two of the infected people had been to the market, and the third worked with one of them at a meat research institute, according to Chinese media reports.

City officials said late Friday that all the workers were being tested for the coronavirus. They also ordered the testing of food and environmental samples from all the city’s wholesale food markets.

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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 49 new coronavirus cases.

Most most of them are in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where health authorities have been struggling to slow transmissions linked to entertainment and leisure activities, church gatherings and low-income workers who can’t afford to stay home.

The figures released Saturday brought national totals to 12,051 cases and 277 deaths.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 44 of the new cases are in greater capital area, which is home to half the country’s 51 million people.

Agency director Jung Eun-kyeong is urging residents in the capital area to stay home over the weekend, saying there is “high concern” that increased public activity will lead to widespread circulation of the virus.

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GUATEMALA CITY — The spread of the coronavirus is encroaching on Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei.

He says 58 employees in the presidential offices have tested positive for the virus, up from 18 on Sunday.

Those who have tested positive include people from administration and security areas. Giammattei says he has been tested multiple times, but always has come out negative.

On Friday, Guatemala reported more than 8,600 infections and 351 deaths.

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BEIJING — Officials in China’s capital are moving quickly to stem a new coronavirus outbreak after the discovery of seven cases the past two days.

The National Health Commission said six of the cases were confirmed in Beijing on Friday, a day after the first was reported. They are the first locally transmitted cases in the city in more than 50 days.

Chinese media said at least two of the infected people had visited a wholesale market dealing in fresh food. Authorities said all workers at the Xinfadi market were being tested for the virus and testing of food and environmental samples had been ordered for all Beijing’s wholesale food markets.

Earlier, the city said it was delaying the planned reopening of school Monday for first to third graders because of the new cases.

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SAN DIEGO — A top U.S. Border Patrol official says coronavirus cases are on the rise in certain pockets of the agency.

Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz said Friday that 93 Border Patrol employees and 16 people in custody have tested positive for the virus. He says that is “relatively low” but adds that “we are not out of the woods just yet.”

Ortiz tells employees that there have been “indications of localized increases” among Border Patrol personnel. He doesn’t say where in an email to agents that was obtained by The Associated Press, and the agency didn’t immediately respond to questions.

AP reported Thursday that border states Arizona and Texas have seen a recent rise in coronavirus cases.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Daily coronavirus hospitalizations in Texas have reached a new high for a third time in four days as state officials continue to loosen restrictions on public activities.

Health officials said Friday that 2,166 patients were in Texas hospitals with COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. That is 13 more than the previous high reached Wednesday.

Nineteen more COVID-19 deaths also were reported Friday, bringing the state’s overall toll to 1,939.

Officials said almost 2,100 new coronavirus infections had been confirmed, bringing the state’s total to 83,680.

The actual number is likely higher because many people have not been tested. Studies have found that many people can be infected and not feel sick, so may not seek testing.

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Source: Associated Press

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