Daily Archives: August 13, 2020

08/13/2020 — Wretched

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•How do you feel Christian? Do you have joy?
•With all the junk going on in our culture, maybe we’re not enjoying God the way we should.
•There is a cost to progress. It has a price tag.
•Christians shouldn’t be seeing everything happening in every zip code.
•Have we forgotten we are not God?
•In Titus 1:12 was Paul speaking with racism or giving an accurate observation?
•In general, like Paul, it’s okay to identify a people group without being racist.
•God created a really diverse world and that’s a good thing.
•Are there any members of your church espousing a different view on social justice than you?
•Justice is biblical – social justice is not.
•With God there’s either justice or injustice – there’s never social justice.

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Biden: ‘A Black Woman Will Become President Over My Dead Body’ — The Babylon Bee

WILMINGTON, DE—In a campaign speech today, presidential candidate Joe Biden, with running mate Kamala Harris at this side, debuted his hopeful new slogan. “I want to be absolutely clear,” Biden announced. “I’ll be dead in the cold, cold ground before a black woman becomes president!”

“I mean it: A black woman will become president over my dead body!”

Some thought maybe the statement was just another racist gaffe from Biden, but Dems applauded the statement, much to Biden’s confusion.

The new slogan, which outlines how the U.S. would achieve the milestone of having a black woman as president if Biden was elected, received huge cheers, especially from Kamala Harris herself. “That’s right!” Biden continued shouting. “I’ll be in a coffin before we see someone like her become president!” He then pointed to Harris, who gave him a thumbs-up, eliciting more cheers.

“Not while I’m alive! Not while I’m alive!” Biden finished his speech before going into a coughing fit, which earned him a standing ovation. “Over my dead body! Over my dead body…”

via Biden: ‘A Black Woman Will Become President Over My Dead Body’ — The Babylon Bee

Time to Unplug? Screen Time is Taking a Toll — David Fiorazo

In 1985, the average American family spent about 5 hours a day watching television, which adds up to 35 hours a week and 1,082 hours a year. If you do the math, that equals 75 full days each year doing nothing but watching TV. 

That seems like a lot of time. But wait. This is 2020, and there’s a reason we’re feeling bombarded by bad news and endless information. That was 35 years ago, before the Internet and before I-phones. I hope you’re sitting down!

A recent study by Vision Direct reveals some alarming findings. During the typical adult lifespan – and this year has been anything but typical – for business, home, and entertainment, a person will experience more than 13 hours a day of screen time. And since teenagers use overlapping forms of media throughout the day, they are often plugged into something for up to 18 hours a day!

There are many Bible verses having to do with managing our time and loving God more than the things of this world. Ephesians 5:15-17 states:

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 

You might say, ‘but in those days, people didn’t even have electricity let alone I-phones.’ You’re right. And they probably had more peace and less stress in their lives.

Back to this study. The findings conclude that when we die, “the typical person will spend a staggering 34 years looking at phones, computers or televisions.”

We were already glued to some form of technology or communication BC – Before the Coronavirus – so now, screen times have spiked even higher.

With all the “safer at home” propaganda and public ordinances, there are fewer opportunities to get out of the house to school, sporting events, concerts, work, and even for church activities.

Health concerns don’t stop with our sedentary lifestyle and our mental health, but what about our eyes? People admit that screens are straining their eyes, but just four out of ten said they rarely stop to give their eyes a rest. 

Today’s kids often spend more time on their devices without breaks. But since many parents have a similar issue or maybe even a tech addiction, only one third of moms and dads surveyed said they felt empowered to tell their children to take a break and turn off their screens.

I think we all could use a break from the noise and distractions of the day.

For help with your kids, Focus on the Family has A Parents Guide to Screen Time During Coronavirus.” There’s practical advice on how to set boundaries regarding devices and some suggestions on what to do instead.

Here are some quick tips we can all do today to at least rest our eyes. Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Vision Direct recommends for every 20 minutes on a device, look away from the screen for 20 seconds – at something that’s 20 feet away. Your eyes will thank you.

But there’s a bigger problem with how technology affects our overall health. God didn’t wire us to bear the burdens of the world’s evil. With the 24-7 news cycle and some kind of bad news taking place in some part of the world every day, even every hour, our awareness of this can weigh us down.

It’s enough to worry about your family’s immediate concerns and about your community. We weren’t supposed to carry and respond to so many other burdens. Technology is a blessing and often helps us, but it also creates issues with people’s mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

In a thought-provoking article at Stand To Reason, Alan Shlemon notes that because of the internet and social media, technology has given us front row seats to every event, tragedy, and evil act that happens in any part of the planet. That’s not something we’re created to handle.  He writes:

No matter where it happens, we see it. It’s like we’re everywhere; …Finite humans, though, are not God. We don’t have the capacity to handle inordinate amounts of evil; Because we “witness” these events, we’re expected to know the truth about what happened…

While I agree it’s important to learn from tragic events that occur outside our immediate community, we can become overwhelmed by the barrage of negative news.

I don’t doubt that scientific advancements have helped us communicate, protect people, care for vulnerable people, and do many other good things. …Progress, though, often comes with a price. 

Experience tells us that evil takes a toll on our souls.

Only God is all-knowing and capable of handling the world’s cares, which is why the Bible teaches us not to conform to this world and be overcome by evil. We are to overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:2, 21)

Then there’s the online debating and commenting on everything from mask mandates, power-hungry governors and the National Anthem, to religious freedom, church issues, Biden, Trump, and the 2020 election.

Things can pile up quickly adding another layer of stress. So here are some suggestions:

  • Unplug from the internet and/or social media – and not only when your phone is charging.
  • Plan times to get up and walk away without taking sneak peeks.
  • Spend time outside, preferably in nature. Take-in God’s creation.
  • Pray, really, about when you can shoulder other people’s burdens, and find friends who can help carry yours. This is a biblical mandate.

Consider this a reminder about better time management in this high-tech age, and understand we were created to work and worship, not bear the world’s burdens.

The Bible tells us to bear one another’s burdens – which is hard to do when we’re weighed down by the world – and to give thanks in all things.

Jesus is the ultimate burden-bearer because His shoulders were the only ones big and strong enough to take on the sins of the world that we might be saved. He promises us rest for our weary souls if we would just come to Him. (Matthew 11:29-30)

Video courtesy of Freedom Project Media

ARTICLES referenced:

A Parents Guide to Screen Time During Coronavirus – Focus on the Family resource

How 2020 is Taking a Toll on your Soul

via Time to Unplug? Screen Time is Taking a Toll — David Fiorazo

THIS IS BIG: Legal Expert Claims Kamala Harris Doesn’t Qualify for Vice Presidency – She’ll Have To Be Replaced — The Gateway Pundit


(Above Kamala Harris with her father.)

Here we go again.  Kamala Harris is next politician to run for office who doesn’t qualify for the position she is running for.

Senator John McCain was born outside the US and because of this, investigated when he ran for the Presidency and eventually determined eligible.  Then came Barack Obama, who many to this day don’t believe was eligible for the Office of the Presidency due to the unusual circumstances concerning his birth (See Jack Cashill’s book: Deconstructing Obama). Many conservatives didn’t support Senator Ted Cruz due to his birth in Canada.  And now we have a new birther issue, Senator Kamala Harris and her eligibility for Vice President of the United States.

According to an op-ed in Newsweek, Kamala Harris likely does not qualify for the Office of Vice President.  Professor John Eastman, Professor of Law at Chapman University and Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute raised these concerns based on evidence known to date. 

Newsweek starts the article with an editorial disclaimer:

Editor’s note: Some readers reacted strongly to this essay, seeing it as an attempt to ignite a racist conspiracy theory. That is entirely inaccurate, as this Note explains.

But surprisingly Newsweek left this article up.  The piece begins with this from Professor Eastman [emphasis added]:

The fact that Senator Kamala Harris has just been named the vice presidential running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has some questioning her eligibility for the position. The 12th Amendment provides that “no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.” And Article II of the Constitution specifies that “[n]o person except a natural born citizen…shall be eligible to the office of President.” Her father was (and is) a Jamaican national, her mother was from India, and neither was a naturalized U.S. citizen at the time of Harris’ birth in 1964. That, according to these commentators, makes her not a “natural born citizen”—and therefore ineligible for the office of the president and, hence, ineligible for the office of the vice president.

Wow – that blew the lids off of the heads of many liberals which no doubt led to the disclaimer.  Eastman adds:

The language of Article II is that one must be a natural-born citizen. The original Constitution did not define citizenship, but the 14th Amendment does—and it provides that “all persons born…in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens.” Those who claim that birth alone is sufficient overlook the second phrase. The person must also be “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States, and that meant subject to the complete jurisdiction, not merely a partialjurisdiction such as that which applies to anyone temporarily sojourning in the United States (whether lawfully or unlawfully)…

So before we so cavalierly accept Senator Harris’ eligibility for the office of vice president, we should ask her a few questions about the status of her parents at the time of her birth.

Were Harris’ parents lawful permanent residents at the time of her birth? If so, then under the actual holding of Wong Kim Ark, she should be deemed a citizen at birth—that is, a natural-born citizen—and hence eligible. Or were they instead, as seems to be the case, merely temporary visitors, perhaps on student visas issued pursuant to Section 101(15)(F) of Title I of the 1952 Immigration Act? If the latter were indeed the case, then derivatively from her parents, Harris was not subject to the completejurisdiction of the United States at birth, but instead owed her allegiance to a foreign power or powers—Jamaica, in the case of her father, and India, in the case of her mother—and was therefore not entitled to birthright citizenship under the 14th Amendment as originally understood.

Interestingly, this recitation of the original meaning of the 14th Amendment Citizenship Clause might also call into question Harris’ eligibility for her current position as a United States senator.

Professor Eastman finishes with this, stating with foreign powers still so influential in the world today, the rationale behind the making of the law applies as much today as in the past:

But the concerns about divided allegiance that led our nation’s Founders to include the “natural-born citizen” requirement for the office of president and commander-in-chief remain important; indeed, with persistent threats from Russia, China and others to our sovereignty and electoral process, those concerns are perhaps even more important today. It would be an inauspicious start for any campaign for the highest offices in the land to ignore the Constitution’s eligibility requirements; how else could we possibly expect the candidates, if elected, to honor their oaths to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and…to the best of [their] Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States?”

How can we expect our politicians to uphold the rule of law when they, themselves, don’t uphold the law?  This must be addressed, sooner rather than later.

via THIS IS BIG: Legal Expert Claims Kamala Harris Doesn’t Qualify for Vice Presidency – She’ll Have To Be Replaced — The Gateway Pundit

Tucker Carlson: Kamala Harris May End Up Running The Country — The Most Important News

In less than three months, Joe Biden could be elected the next president of the United States. But will he be the one running the country? In this video, Tucker Carlson gives us his thoughts.

via Tucker Carlson: Kamala Harris May End Up Running The Country — The Most Important News

“Without a Doubt Hydroxychloroquine Protocols Helped Me – I Was Symptom Free in 4 Days” – Congressman Louie Gohmert Speaks Out on His Bout with COVID-19 — The Gateway Pundit

Texas Republican Louie Gohmert announced in July he had tested positive for the China conservative.

Rep. Gohmert later announced he will be taking hydroxychloroquine to battle COVID-19 after being diagnosed with the virus.

The Texas Republican, 66, said he and his doctor agreed that he should begin taking the anti-malarial drug, which some doctors believe can reduce the effects of the coronavirus.

“My doctor and I are all in,” Gohmert said in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “I got a text before I came on from a friend doctor who just found out he had it, and he started the regimen, too — zinc and hydroxychloroquine. And that will start in a day or two, so thank you.”

Gohmert said while he was diagnosed with the virus, he is asymptomatic.

On Wednesday Congressman Louie Gohmert updated The Gateway Pundit on his condition:

“Without a doubt, the hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) protocols helped me. I was prescribed hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and a steroid nebulizer. I also took zinc and some vitamins. I was still pretty weak but was completely symptom free in four days. It is a shame some people are politicizing the use of HCQ protocols and citing some debunked studies to claim HCQ is unsafe and should not be utilized as a treatment for coronavirus.”

This is good news for patriotic Americans.
So happy for Louie and his family.

It’s too bad this will not make any headlines?

via “Without a Doubt Hydroxychloroquine Protocols Helped Me – I Was Symptom Free in 4 Days” – Congressman Louie Gohmert Speaks Out on His Bout with COVID-19 — The Gateway Pundit

Former Congressman: ‘Social Justice’ undermining liberty, rule of law and the Gospel in SBC — Capstone Report

Former Congressman, Falkirk Center Executive Director join Conservative Baptist Network Steering Council

A former Congressman and the Executive Director of the Falkirk Center joined the Conservative Baptist Network Steering Council today. Former Congressman Bob McEwen and Liberty University Vice President of Communications and Public Engagement Ryan Helfenbein expand the leadership council to 52 for the CBN. And both issues strong statements deploring the Leftward Drift of the Southern Baptist Convention.

“I saw what so-called ‘social justice’ did to the peoples of Eastern Europe. There is no justice, much less Bible, anywhere in it. It is a slickly marketed cultural Marxism, and it is undermining the foundations of liberty, the rule of law, and of the gospel in profound and devastating ways,” Bob McEwen said. “These ideas are not tame: they are insidious, they fool the unwary, and their price is civilizational in scope. I am very grateful there’s a Conservative Baptist Network to stand for our SBC institutions, for the Gospel, and for the foundations of our freedom.”

The former congressman is Executive Director the Council for National Policy. It is described by the CBN as “prestigious.” And the Left despise the group of conservative leaders. In fact, the infamously bad book the Power Worshippers mentions both the Council for National Policy and McEwen extensively—and deride them as right wing.

In other words, this is someone with impeccable conservative credentials who is widely respected both inside and outside of Washington, DC.

Helfenbein is another strong conservative addition. The Falkirk Center is one of the most important new conservative organizations. Helfenbein is a graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He taught Sunday School for four years with Dr. Al Mohler, and was a pastoral intern for Dr. Kie Bowman. He holds an M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Helfenbein’s comments focused on the challenges of Neo-Marxism infiltrating the church and preserving the SBC’s focus on the Great Commission.

“The new threat of liberalism challenges our Convention in ways that Criswell, Stanley and Rogers didn’t have to face,” Helfenbein said.  “The rise of the Marxist threat both inside and outside the local church means that stronger leadership and more focused accountability is needed to ensure our SBC institutions are prepared and our churches are equipped to face those challenges.

“As a lifelong Southern Baptist, I am immensely grateful for our Convention’s stewardship of the Gospel, and its longstanding commitment to Biblical Inerrancy and the Great Commission. My generation must not lose this on our watch.”

Are you involved in fighting the Leftward Drift of the Southern Baptist Convention? If not, then consider joining the Conservative Baptist Network.

via Former Congressman: ‘Social Justice’ undermining liberty, rule of law and the Gospel in SBC — Capstone Report

Don’t Be An Almost Christian — Wretched

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Segment 1 (00:15) Phil Johnson joins Todd in studio for an interview. They discuss trendiness in evangelicalism. Alistair Begg clips: There are a lot of “almost Christians” that know about Christ but have not surrendered to his lordship.

Segment 2 (08:57) There is a difference in believing that a thing can do something and surrendering to that thing to do what you believe it can do. How do we go from head knowledge of Christ to accepting him into our hearts? If you are a real Christian, you will bear good fruit. The fruit is not what saves you, but it is a result of your salvation.

Segment 3 (18:02) A person who truly believes in Christ is devoted to him. We need to love Christ more than the wickedness that we used to love. Jesus needs to be precious to us. Love is more than the heart fluttery emotion people feel when they first fall in love. People have to have a correct knowledge of Jesus, of themselves, and of what Jesus did for them, then they will need to be conformed to the will of God. Their affections and devotions need to change as well.

Wretched Surprise! (24:50) Jesus calls us to full devotion to him that supersedes everything else in our lives.

via Don’t Be An Almost Christian — Wretched

Today’s Announcement Of The Chrislam ‘Abraham Accord’ Between Israel And UAE Was Missing Link Needed To Launch Vatican Abrahamic Faiths Initiative — Now The End Begins

The ‘Abraham Accord’ Will Connect Israel And Abu Dhabi Where The Chrislam Headquarters Known As The Abrahamic Faiths House Is Located

Today’s announcement of a peace treaty between the Jews and Arabs contained within the ‘Abraham Accord’ brokered by Jared Kushner and the Trump administration sent shock waves throughout the bible prophecy world today. But it is only many hours later, as the dust begins to settle, that the true picture of what actually took place this morning comes fully into view. The ‘Abraham Accord’ is the missing link the Vatican needed to complete its launch of Chrislam, otherwise known as the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative.

“Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” Isaiah 28:15,16 (KJV)

When you lay all the cards out on the table, the picture becomes absolutely stunning. Take a look at the rough timeline leading up to the announcement of the ‘Abraham Accord’, and you tell me if it all connected or not. Chrislam, the One World Religion from Revelation 13, goes by many names, and you will see most if not all of them listed below. Whether they called it the ‘Abraham Accord’, the ‘Abrahamic Family Initiative’, or any such variation, it all means Chrislam. That is what took place this morning in the White House.

Now we have in a direct spiritual/religious connection the Jews, the Muslims and the Roman Catholic Church, all working together to bring about the One World Religion and the false peace of Antichrist. The table is set, let’s take a look at the twin timelines that brought us to the moment. I highly urge you, dear reader, to click all the linkspresented below and read all the connected articles. When you do that, all doubt about where we are on the end times timeline, if you still possess any, will be erased. I promise you that. Ready? Let’s begin!

The Timeline Of The Vatican And Pope Francis In Creating Chrislam Known As The Abrahamic Faiths Initiative

 This timeline covers only the key moments relating the work of the Vatican and Pope Francis in the creating of Chrislam, otherwise known officially as the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative. For a full and complete Chrislam timeline dating all the way back to Rick Warren and those early efforts, please visit our NTEB Chrislam Archives here. 

  • January 11, 2016: Pope Francis Releases A One World Religion Prayer Video Saying All Faiths The Same. Pope Francis has sent the first shot across the prophecy bow for 2016, clearly stating his desire to unite the world’s religions and create a one, global religion that will combine elements from Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Judaism. Francis repeatedly states that “we are all children of God” no matter what our faiths or religious beliefs might be.  This is in direct opposition to the Bible which states that only when born again in Jesus Christ alone can we ever be called God’s children.
  • May 23, 2016: Pope Francis And Sunni Islam’s Top Imam Hold Historic Meeting At Vatican. The first Vatican meeting between the leader of the world’s Catholics and the highest authority in Sunni Islam marks the culmination of a significant improvement in relations between the two faiths since Francis took office in 2013. “Our meeting is the message,”Francis said in a brief comment at the start of his meeting with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Vatican officials told a small pool of reporters covering the event. In a statement on the trip, Al-Azhar, an institution that also comprises a prestigious seat of learning, said Tayeb had accepted Pope Francis’s invitation in order to “explore efforts to spread peace and co-existence.”
  • February 10, 2019: Vatican Officially Releases Chrislam Logo For Pope Francis Upcoming ‘Servant Of Hope’ Tour To The Muslim Nation OF Morocco. The Holy Father is making the Apostolic Visit in response to the invitation of King Mohammed VI and the Bishops of the country.  The trip to the Muslim-majority nation includes the cities of Rabat and Casablanca, and will be the Pope’s 26th outside Italy. The official logo of the Pope’s visit was chosen from about 50 entries in a competition. An explanatory note accompanying the logo’s release says that a cross and a crescent in the logo are symbols of Christianity and Islam which highlight the interreligious relations between Christians and Muslims.

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Pope Francis Issues The Order To Create Global Committee To Implement His Decree On 'Human Fraternity For World Peace' Signed In United Arab Emirates In February

UAE to open synagogue, part of Chrislam interfaith compound, in 2022

The Timeline Of The Trump Administration Signing On To Supporting And Advancing The Abrahamic Faiths Initiative

The above timeline gives you all the major events by Pope Francis and the Vatican creating the One World Religion of Chrislam, with a signed covenant called the Declaration of Human Fraternity, over the past 4 years. There is a corporate committee, there is massive financing, there is a gorgeous multi-faith Chrislam headquarters being built in Abu Dhabi, and there is now the most important element of all – the full and complete cooperation of the United States of America. Now you will see how today’s announcement of the ‘Abraham Accord’, uniting the Jews and Muslims, is Pope Francis’ wildest end times dream come true. See for yourself.

  • January 14, 2020: Ambassador Brownback Travels to Vatican City and Turkey. Ambassador Brownback will begin his trip in Rome and Vatican City, January 14-16, where he will participate in the launch of the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative, a dialogue led and organized by religious leaders of three Abrahamic faith traditions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, working together to emphasize the peaceful expression of faith and the renunciation of violence.  This dialogue, the first of many, seeks to foster mutual respect, tolerance, and understanding between the Abrahamic faith traditions in the quest for greater religious freedom, stability and peace around the world.
  • January 20, 2020: United States Commits To Fully Supporting The Chrislam Abrahamic Faiths Initiative As VP Mike Pence Prepares For Private Meeting With Pope Francis At Vatican Next Week.The woman in the main photo is U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich, wife of former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. She, on behalf of the United States, is spearheading what is officially known as the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative. Bible believers, of course, have a different name for it. We call this Chrislam, and so it begins. And just as we also told that Chrislam would include Judaism alongside of Islam and Catholicism, that has now been taken care of as well. All systems go for Chrislam. “The Abrahamic Faiths Initiative, in short, is predicated and built upon a message of hope. Your actions this week will serve as a powerful demonstration to the rest of the world that, through interreligious dialogue, peace is possible. The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See will continue to proudly support and promote these efforts. We are committed to working with you to advance our shared goals of mutual respect, religious freedom, and peaceful coexistence.”

Mike Pence to meet Pope Francis in Vatican next week to discuss the Chrislam Abrahamic Faiths Initiative.

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  • June 4, 2020: President Trump Signs Executive Order ‘Advancing International Religious Freedom’ After Visiting The Idol Of Saint John Paul II. On Tuesday, President Trump and the First Lady visited the shrine of Saint John Paul II, something as idolatrous as anything the Jews in the Old Testament had going on in the groves that God hates so much, and bowed before his idol and gave tribute. That really happened – but wait, it gets worse yet. Then Trump returned to the White House and signed an executive order that gives strength and power to the One World Religion of Chrislam. It provides for “promotion of interfaith dialogue to solve problems and promote greater inter- and intra-religious understanding.” How broad must be the smile on the face of Pope Francis today.
  • August 13, 2020: Trump Brokers Deal Between Israel And The United Arab Emirates To Create Full Diplomatic Relations Between The Two Nations. Netanyahu tweeted an Israeli flag with a short message in Hebrew: “Historic Day.” The joint statement from the U.S., the UAE and Israel said delegations would meet in the coming weeks to sign deals on direct flights, security, telecommunications, energy, tourism and health care. The two countries also will partner on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. “Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East’s most dynamic societies and advanced economics will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation and forging closer people-to-people relations,” said the statement by Trump, Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the day-to-day ruler of the UAE. It said the leaders had a three-way call discussing the deal.

The ‘Abraham Accord’ Will Connect Israel And Abu Dhabi Where The Chrislam Headquarters Known As The Abrahamic Faiths House Is Located

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: The agreement will include establishing embassies and exchanging ambassadors, investments into the Israeli economy, trade, direct flights between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi, an investment in Israeli efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine – as first reported in The Jerusalem Post last month – and cooperation in matters of energy and water. An important element of the deal for the UAE is the expectation that its citizens would be able to visit the Al-Aksa mosque in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal “full, formal peace” with “one of the strongest countries in the world.”

“Together we can bring a wonderful future. It is an incomparably exciting moment,” Netanyahu said. “I have the great privilege to make the third peace treaty between Israel and an Arab country, the UAE.”

Netanyahu wished Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed “Salam Aleykum v’Shalom Aleynu – peace unto you and peace unto us.” READ MORE

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27 (KJB)

There can be no denying what is plain and obvious and right before our eyes, so we say with complete certainty that the ‘Abraham Accord‘ announced this morning is absolutely the culmination of all the work done by Rick Warren, Pope Francis and the Vatican in creating the One World Religion of Chrislam. Today Chrislam took a giant step forward in realizing the signing of what will culminate in the 7-year covenant foretold in Daniel 9:27. We are that close. Now let’s see how Macron will fit into all of this, that will be the truly fascinating part.

Many thanks for NTEB’ers Penny, Lori D and Pam for bringing much-needed information to my attention. 

White House Press Briefing — August 13, 2020

Start watching around minute 21:00

via Today’s Announcement Of The Chrislam ‘Abraham Accord’ Between Israel And UAE Was Missing Link Needed To Launch Vatican Abrahamic Faiths Initiative — Now The End Begins

AG Barr: There Will Be an Announcement of a “Development in Durham Case” on Friday (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Attorney General Bill Barr joined Sean Hannity on Thursday to announce the new program Operation Legend to fight violence crime.

AG Barr was then asked about the developments in the John Durham probe.

Bill Barr said there will be an announcement on Friday.

AG Bill Barr: I’ve said the American people need to know what actually happened. We need to get the story of what happened in 2016 and 2017 now. That will be done. If people crossed the line if people involved in that activity violated the criminal law they will be charged. And John Durham is an independent man. Highly experienced… As I’ve said there’s going to developments, significant developments before the election… We’re aware of the election. We’re not going to do anything inappropriate before the election… And there will be developments. Tomorrow there will be a development in the case.

The Attorney General also said the results will be released but did not put a timeline on it. Barr did say the Durham probe will not interfere with the 2020 election.

Via Hannity:

via AG Barr: There Will Be an Announcement of a “Development in Durham Case” on Friday (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

100,000 Pasta Boxes And Enough Peanut Butter To Make Nearly 3 Million Sandwiches — The Economic Collapse

If everything is going to be just fine, why are officials spending millions of dollars to stockpile giant mountains of food?  What has just been revealed about the “new food warehouse” in Washington state should be a major red flag for all of us.  Most Americans seem to believe that the COVID-19 pandemic, the enormous economic problemsthat have erupted and the nightmarish civil unrest that has been raging in our major cities are all just temporary phenomenons and that life will eventually get back to normal.  Meanwhile, authorities in Washington state are acting as if what we have experienced so far is just the beginning.  According to the Seattle Times, stockpiles of food are being stacked all the way to the roof in “Washington state’s new food warehouse”…

In Washington state’s new food warehouse, there’s enough Jif peanut butter to make nearly 3 million sandwiches.

Barilla pasta boxes stretch to the ceiling, 100,000 in all. Large stacks of TreeTop applesauce, pancake mix and canned green beans sit on pallets, like soldiers waiting to be sent into duty.

That seems like quite an odd thing to do if happy days are right around the corner.

So what prompted authorities in Washington state to do this?

Well, we are being told that the purpose is to “ward off a shortage in the months ahead”

After seeing food banks struggle to meet demand once the pandemic hit and the economy tanked, the Washington state Department of Agriculture (WSDA) began preparing to buy and stockpile tons of food to ward off a shortage in the months ahead.

A “shortage” of food in the months ahead?

That is quite a statement to make.

In a previous article, I detailed that we are already witnessing periodic shortages of aluminum cans, soda, flour, canned soup, pasta and rice.  But what is happening in Washington makes it sound like they believe that what is ahead will be far, far more severe.

Up to this point, Washington state has spent a total of 6.1 million dollars on 4,000 pallets of food, but only about one-fourth of the orders that they have placed have already arrived.

So why hasn’t the rest of the food arrived yet?

Could it be possible that the other 49 states and the federal government are doing the exact same thing?

Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer to that question today.  If anyone out there has any leads or intel that will help me to answer that question, please let me know.

Meanwhile, we continue to see unprecedented lines at food banks all over the nation.  On Tuesday, vehicles lined up “for a mile” to receive free food at a distribution event in Dallas…

Thousands of people have lined up at a Texas food bank, with cars stretching for a mile as the state struggles with being the third worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Fair Park in Dallas County held its fourth food drive since the pandemic was declared in March but the event on Tuesday was the first mega distribution that offered an option for several hundred walk-up clients without transportation.

As I discuss in my new book, we were specifically warned in advance that this was coming, and it certainly appears that poverty is only going to continue to grow in the months ahead.

One man that was interviewed by the local CBS affiliate said that his family would “probably go hungry” if it wasn’t for food distribution events such as this…

“If it wasn’t for this, we’d probably go hungry,” shared Richard Archer.

Archer says his daughter heard about the food giveaway on the news and sent him to get food.

“With unemployment benefits cut, her husband’s been laid off for three months. So, it’s just been a struggle. If it wasn’t for church, and food giveaways, the kids would be going hungry.”

So many families are deeply struggling out there right now, and they need our prayer.

Food supplies are tight nationwide, and they are only going to get tighter.  And this week food production was hit by another substantial blow when an extremely powerful derecho roared through several important farming states in the middle of the country…

The rare storm known as a derecho hit Monday, devastating parts of the power grid, flattening valuable corn fields and killing at least two people. It produced winds of up to 112 mph near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and toppled trees, snapped poles, downed power lines and tore off roofs from eastern Nebraska to Indiana.

“It feels like we got kicked in the teeth pretty good,” said Dale Todd, a member of Cedar Rapids’ city council. “Recovery will be methodical, and slow. But right now, everybody is working to ensure the critical services are restored.”

As I discussed yesterday, millions upon millions of acres of crops were ruined.  In fact, 10 million acres were affected in the state of Iowa alone

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said Tuesday that about 10 million acres of Iowa’s nearly 31 million acres of agricultural land sustained damage. About 24 million acres of that is typically planted primarily with corn and soybeans.

In addition, tens of millions of bushels of grain that were stored at co-ops and on farms were damaged or destroyed when bins blew away.

Throughout 2020, we have been hit by one disaster after another.

We keep being told that everything will “return to normal” soon, but meanwhile authorities in Washington state are stockpiling food on a scale that we have never seen before.

And if we discover that officials in other states are doing the same thing, that would suggest some sort of nationwide pattern.

I have never used Washington state as a positive example before, and I may never do it again, but in this instance I would recommend doing exactly what they are doing.

Stockpile food while you still can, because very difficult times are approaching.  Yes, things are already quite chaotic out there, but I would use the month of August to finish your preparations because things are only going to get even crazier in the months ahead.

via 100,000 Pasta Boxes And Enough Peanut Butter To Make Nearly 3 Million Sandwiches — The Economic Collapse

How 29-year-old Kamala Harris began an affair with powerful San Francisco politician Willie Brown, then 60 and married, who appointed her to two lucrative positions only to dump her after he was voted first black mayor of the city — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris had an affair with San Francisco’s first black mayor Willie Brown in the 1990s, while he was still married but separated from his wife. Brown is 31 years Harris’ senior and she was his ‘constant companion’ on the campaign trail. They met while he was 60 and Harris was 29. But when Brown was inaugurated in 1996, his estranged wife Blanche was by his side after ‘splitting’ two years prior. Brown was State Assembly Speaker for 15 years and appointed Harris to both the unemployment insurance appeals board and California medical assistance commission, both lucrative positions. Brown is notorious for his love of sports cars, flashy designer suits and for being named one of the world’s 10 sexiest men by Playgirl magazine. He had also been seen with a ‘succession’ of beautiful women despite having been married for 25 years, being dubbed ‘the real Slick Willy’ by Bill Clinton.

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via How 29-year-old Kamala Harris began an affair with powerful San Francisco politician Willie Brown, then 60 and married, who appointed her to two lucrative positions only to dump her after he was voted first black mayor of the city — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

August 13 You Can’t Know All God’s Secrets

 

Deuteronomy 29:29

The secret things belong to the Lord our God.

We would be less than honest if we denied the tension that exists between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. God is in control, but man is responsible. An old Puritan preacher had a wise perspective on the dilemma. He said he just preached them both as hard as he could—God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. In Luke 22:22, Jesus said, “And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!” Do you see both parts of the tension in this verse? It was determined by God that Jesus should be betrayed—but “woe to that man” who does the betraying.

A key verse in all these matters is Deuteronomy 29:29: “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” The secret things are God’s determined, sovereign purpose. Our problem is wanting to know all God’s secrets. But our responsibility is to take what God has revealed and work to understand it and implement it with all our heart—and leave everything else to God.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 236). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

August 13th The D. L. Moody Year Book

 

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.—1 Corinthians 2:9, 10.

IT is said by travellers that in climbing the Alps the houses of far distant villages can be seen with great distinctness, so that sometimes the number of panes of glass in a church window can be counted. The distance looks so short that the place to which the traveller is journeying appears almost at hand, but after hours and hours of climbing it seems no nearer. This is because of the clearness of the atmosphere. By perseverance, however, the place is reached at last, and the tired traveller finds rest.

So sometimes we dwell in high altitudes of grace; heaven seems very near, and the hills of Beulah are in full view. At other times the clouds and fogs caused by suffering and sin cut off our sight. We are just as near heaven in the one case as we are in the other, and we are just as sure of gaining it if we but keep in the path that Christ has pointed out.[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. 139–140). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

August 13, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

the good shepherd loves his sheep

“I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.” (10:14–15)

It is because the Lord loves His own that He gave His life for them. The word know is used here to denote that love relationship. In Genesis 4:1, 17, 25; 19:8; 24:16; and 1 Samuel 1:19 the term know describes the intimate love relationship between husband and wife (the nasb translates the Hebrew verb “to know” in those verses “had relations with”). In Amos 3:2 God said of Israel, “You only have I known of all the families of the earth” (nkjv), speaking not as if He were unaware of any other nations, but of His unique love relationship with His people. Matthew 1:25 literally reads that Joseph “was not knowing [Mary]” until after the birth of Jesus. On the day of judgment, Jesus will send unbelievers away from Him because He does not know them; that is, He has no love relationship with them (Matt. 7:23). In these verses, know has that same connotation of a relationship of love. The simple truth here is that Jesus in love knows His own, they in love know Him, the Father in love knows Jesus, and He in love knows the Father. Believers are caught up in the deep and intimate affection that is shared between God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (cf. 14:21, 23; 15:10; 17:25–26).[1]


14–15 Again Jesus declares that he is “the shepherd,” i.e., “the good one” (the repetition of the article places the adjective in apposition). Consequently, his sheep know him. The verb ginōskō (“to know,” GK 1182) occurs four times in vv. 14–15: Jesus knows his sheep and his sheep know him, the Father knows Jesus and Jesus knows the Father. Of the 222 occurrences of the verb in the NT, 82 are found in the Johannine literature (57 in the fourth gospel alone). While the Greeks held that knowledge of God was attainable by philosophical-theological contemplation of the divine reality, the Hebrews viewed knowledge as the result of entering into a personal relationship with God. The relationship between shepherd and sheep is like that between Father and Son. They know one another in the fullest sense of the word. Three times in a span of eight verses Jesus stresses that, as the good shepherd, he lays down his life for his sheep (vv. 11, 15, 17). It is the willingness of the shepherd to put his own welfare aside and to give himself without reservation for the benefit of his flock that defines what it means to be a good shepherd. This “goodness” is the self-emptying concern for others that was modeled by Jesus in his life and death. It is the expected lifestyle of all who bear his name. Whether or not we are in the family of God is evident by the degree of family likeness we bear.[2]


14–15 Again comes the majestic assertion that Jesus is the Good Shepherd, this time not directly linked with his laying down of his life. Instead there is first put forward the relationship between the Good Shepherd and his sheep and arising from that a reiteration of his determination to lay down his life for them. Being the Good Shepherd, he knows his sheep. And his sheep know him (cf. v. 4). There is a relationship of mutual knowledge, a reciprocal knowledge that is not superficial but intimate. It is likened to the knowledge wherewith Jesus knows the Father and the Father knows him. It may be that the love implied in this relationship elicits the following statement that Jesus lays down his life for the sheep.46 Or it may be a simple addition. Either way it is the culmination of this part of the discourse. Jesus here speaks directly in the first person, “I lay down my life,” whereas in verse 11 he has used the third person, “the good shepherd lays down his life.”[3]


14–15 Again (as in v. 9) Jesus repeats the “I am” expression: “I am the good Shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father” (vv. 14–15a). Here the metaphor of shepherd and sheep begins to give way to the characteristic pairing of Jesus with “the Father.” We have heard nothing of “the Father” since 8:54, but from here to the end of the chapter he will be very much a part of the discussion (see vv. 17, 18, 25, 29, 30, 32, 36, 37, 38). That “I know mine and mine know me” builds (albeit vaguely) on the notion in the introductory parable that “the sheep hear his voice,” and that the shepherd summons them “by name” (v. 3). The neuter pronoun for “mine” probably has as its antecedent “the sheep” or “his own sheep” from that scene (vv. 3, 4) and from the later contrast between the shepherd and the hireling (v. 12; see also v. 27). Yet “the Father” is no necessary part of the imagery of shepherd and sheep, and the analogy between the mutual knowledge of Father and Son and of the Son and his disciples is by no means dependent on the Son being visualized as Shepherd and the disciples as sheep (see, for example, Mt 11:27 and Lk 10:22). It is the Father, in fact, who makes it possible for Jesus to make the role of a “good shepherd” (v. 11) his own: “And I lay down my life for the sheep” (v. 15). But this time Jesus is not simply telling what any “good shepherd” customarily does for his sheep (as in v. 11), but is instead revealing what he himself does as “good Shepherd.” The verb “I lay down” is present (as in v. 11), but points toward the future, when Jesus will give himself over to arresting authorities in order to spare his disciples (18:8), and eventually give himself up to death on the cross (19:30). Still, it is not exactly a futuristic present, for Jesus’ life is already at risk, and has been ever since “the Jews began pursuing” him (5:16), and “kept seeking all the more to kill him” (5:18; see also 7:1, 19, 25; 8:37, 40).[4]


Vers. 14, 15.—The Lord resumes: I am the good Shepherd. He now makes his discourse more explicit. He almost drops the allegory, and merely adopts the sacred metaphor. His self-revelation becomes more full of promise and suggestion for all time. He takes up one of the characteristics of the shepherd which discriminated him from “hireling,” “thief,” or “robber.” And I know mine own, and my own know me, even as the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father. This more accurate text, translation, and punctuation of the Revised Version brings into living comparison the mutual knowledge of Christ and his own sheep, with the mutual knowledge of Christ and the Father. Christ’s personal knowledge of his people is that which comes into their religious consciousness. They know his knowledge of them. They know him to be what he is—to be their Lord God, as they realize his personal recognition and care. The one involves the other (see Gal. 4:9; 1 Cor. 8:3). The particle of transition is more than a mere illustration (καθώς) is more than ὥσπερ̀ κάθώς introduces not infrequently an explanation, sometimes a causal consideration, or an illustration which accounts for the previous statement; see ch. 15:12; 17:21, 23). The knowledge which the sheep have of the Shepherd corresponds with the Son’s knowledge of the Father, and the Shepherd’s knowledge of the sheep answers to the Father’s knowledge of the Son; but more than this, the relation of the Son to the Father, thus expressed, is the real ground of the Divine intimacies between the sheep and the Shepherd (cf. ch. 15:10; 17:8). Then the Lord repeats and renews the solemn statement made at the commencement of the sentence, And I lay down my life for the sheep. Such knowledge of the peril of “his own” involves him in sacrifice. Whereas in ver. 11 this is attributed to the “good Shepherd,” now he drops the first part of the figure, and says, “I am laying down my life.”[5]


14. And I know my sheep, and am known by mine. In the former clause, he again holds out his love towards us; for knowledge proceeds from love, and is accompanied by care. But it means also that he utterly disregards all who do not obey the Gospel, as he repeats in the second clause, and confirms what he had formerly said, that—on the other hand—he is known by the sheep.

  1. As the Father knoweth me. It is unnecessary, and is not even expedient, that we should enter into those thorny questions, How is it that the Father knows his Wisdom? For Christ simply declares that, so far as he is the bond of our union with God, he is placed between Him and us; as if he had said, that it is no more possible for him to forget us, than that he should be rejected or disregarded by the Father. At the same time, he demands the duty which we mutually owe to him, because, as he employs all the power which he has received from the Father for our protection, so he wishes that we should be obedient and devoted to him, as he is wholly devoted to his Father, and refers everything to him.[6]

14–15. Contrasting himself with Jewish leaders who were like hired hands, Jesus said, I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. Unlike the Jewish leaders who did not ‘know’ the people, Jesus knew his people and they knew him. When Jesus spoke about the Father ‘knowing’ him, he did not mean that he knew about him, or was acquainted with him, but that he enjoyed an intimate personal relationship with him. It is amazing that Jesus said his knowledge of his disciples and their knowledge of him involved a similar intimate personal relationship.

Jesus reiterated what he had said earlier (11) by saying, I lay down my life for the sheep. The imagery is the same: those who shepherd in the open country must be prepared to lay their lives on the line for the sheep. Jesus said he would actually lay down his life for the sake of his sheep (the disciples). It was his love that led him to do this for them (cf. 15:13: ‘Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends’), and his love made him the ‘good shepherd’.

References to Jesus as ‘the good shepherd’ recall Jeremiah 23:2–4, where God himself promises to gather the scattered people Israel, and Ezekiel 34:11–16, where God promises to look after his sheep, providing them with good pasture, caring for the injured and weak, and shepherding the flock with justice. There are also possibly allusions to Psalm 23, in which God is again depicted as the good shepherd. So Jesus’ claim to be ‘the good shepherd’ was more than a claim to do what the national leaders of his day failed to do. It was also a claim to be one with God the Father, who is ‘the good shepherd’ of his people.[7]


14, 15. I am the good shepherd, and I know my own, and my own know me, just as my Father knows me and I know my Father, and I lay down my life for the sheep.

Here we have an emphatic repetition and amplification of the preceding. Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.” This is a repetition of 10:11 (see explanation of that verse). Here (in verse 14 and 15), however, the matter is not merely stated but fully set forth. Jesus—and he alone—is the good shepherd, for:

  1. in distinction from the Pharisees viewed as strangers (10:5), he knows his sheep. Note: “I know.” See 10:27; 2 Tim. 2:19. He knows the name (10:3) and nature of each sheep, and the sheep have an experiential knowledge of their shepherd (10:3, 4).
  2. in distinction from the Pharisees viewed as thieves and robbers (10:1, 8, 10), he owns his sheep. He calls them: “my own.” See 6:37, 39; 17:6, 24.
  3. in distinction from the Pharisees viewed as hirelings (10:12, 13), he loves his sheep, even to the point of offering himself as a sacrifice in their behalf and in their stead. He says, “I lay down my life for the sheep.” For explanation of this sublime statement see on verse 11. (Note, however, the difference: in verse 11 the third person is used; here in verse 15 the first person; hence verse 15 explains verse 11).

Note also the chiastic arrangement of the parallelism which we have in these verses:

  1. I know my own
  2. my own know me
  3. (just as) my Father knows me, and
  4. I know the Father.

In a. and d. Jesus, the good shepherd, is the subject: the action proceeds from him. In b. and c. he is the object: the action proceeds from the sheep and from the Father.

What Jesus states in these verses cannot mean that the fellowship which is found on earth (between good shepherd and sheep) is just as close as is that which is found in heaven (between the Father and the Son), but that the former is patterned after (is a reflection of) the latter. For the closeness of the fellowship between the Father and the Son see 10:30, 38; 14:11, 17, 21; also Matt. 11:27.

Four times in these two verses the verb know (γινώσκω) occurs. See on 1:10, 31; 3:11; 8:28. It is here a knowledge of experience and of loving fellowship. Jesus acknowledges his own (as his true disciples); they acknowledge him (as their Lord). Nothing could be more wonderful! Thus also the Father acknowledges the Son; the Son acknowledges the Father.[8]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). John 1–11 (pp. 432–433). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 503). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Morris, L. (1995). The Gospel according to John (p. 455). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[4] Michaels, J. R. (2010). The Gospel of John (pp. 587–588). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[5] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). St. John (Vol. 2, pp. 45–46). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[6] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Gospel according to John (Vol. 1, pp. 405–406). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[7] Kruse, C. G. (2003). John: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 4, pp. 233–234). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[8] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to John (Vol. 2, pp. 112–113). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

August—13 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die.—Deuteronomy 21:20, 21.

My soul! pause over this Jewish precept. What a thundering command must it have been to flesh and blood! Think how agonizing to the feelings of tender parents, to have come forth as the accusers of rebellious children, and gluttons, and drunkards! What comfort could such have concerning them in their welfare of the life that now is, and what hope for that which is to come? But, as if these distressing feelings were not enough, it is they, the very parents, which are here commanded to bring forward the charge to the elders against their own bowels, and they are to be the means of bringing them to death. But, painful as it must have been to flesh and blood, such were the triumphs of grace, that, by virtue of it, “all Israel was to hear and to fear;” and if God was honoured, and the evil of rebellion put away, the close was glorious. Better to follow a child to the grave, than to follow that child to hell. Better to root out a noxious weed from Christ’s garden, the Church, than that it should live, and bring forth and spread its deadly fruit. And is there not a sweet spiritual lesson in all this? Look at it, my soul, and see. Hast thou a stubborn and rebellious lust warring against the law of thy mind, and bringing thee into captivity to the law of sin, which is in thy members? and dost thou groan, as Paul groaned, under it? Is it like a child in thine affection, that to destroy it is like plucking out an eye, or cutting off an arm? Do by it as the Lord commanded the poor oppressed father with his son. Bring it, be it what it may, not before the elders of thy people indeed, but before the Lord of heaven and earth; bring it to Jesus, and tell him of thy burden, and show to him thy sorrow. I venture to believe, that he will give grace to crush it, and strength, like so many stones of the people, to beat it down in thine heart, and it will be to his glory, and to thy joy. Oh! the blessedness of bringing all to Jesus! He can, he will subdue the stubborn heart, break the power of the rebellious heart, restrain the propensity of the gluttonous or sottish heart, and give suited help to the several necessities of his people, so as to make the soul cry out, under the blessed strength imparted to our weakness, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengtheneth me.” Help me, then, dear Lord! and help all thy children, under their several infirmities, by thy Spirit, “to mortify the deeds of the body, that we may live.”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, p. 241). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

August 13 Life-Changing Moments With God

 

He has prepared a city for them.

Lord Jesus, You, have gone to prepare a place for me, and will come again and receive me to Yourself; that where You are, there I may be also. An inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away is reserved in heaven for me. Here I have no continuing city, but I seek the one to come.

Jesus, You were taken up from earth into heaven, and You will so come in like manner as the apostles saw You go into heaven. Therefore I will be patient until Your coming. The farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. I also will be patient. I will establish my heart, for Your coming, my Lord, is at hand. Yet a little while, and You who are coming will come and will not tarry.

Those who are alive and remain shall be caught up together in the clouds with the dead in Christ, to meet You, Lord Jesus, in the air. And thus I shall always be with You, Lord. We comfort one another with these words.

Thank You, Jesus, for preparing an eternal home in Your glorious presence.

Hebrews 11:16; John 14:3; 1 Peter 1:4; Hebrews 13:14; Acts 1:11; James 5:7–8; Hebrews 10:37; 1 Thessalonians 4:17–18[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 244). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Biden-Harris ticket is ‘Trojan horse for socialism,’ says Marc Thiessen

The mainstream media is trying to portray presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as moderates, which is false, Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen told “America’s Newsroom” Thursday.

Source: Biden-Harris ticket is ‘Trojan horse for socialism,’ says Marc Thiessen

Prominent author posts Kamala Harris’ family history of owning slaves | WND

 

Dinesh D’Souza

Dinesh D’Souza, a prominent author and filmmaker whose political critiques have gotten much attention in recent years, has posted online what he explains is his documentation of the 200 slaves owned by Kamala Harris’ great-great-great-grandfather.

D’Souza, whose recent work includes the book the “United States of Socialism,” recently was on Fox with Laura Ingraham to explain his research.

“African-American in the American context generally means having a direct relationship to the experiences of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow so on,” he told her. “Very interestingly, Kamala Harris’ father, Donald, a Stanford professor, wrote an article in a Jamaican magazine several years ago, claiming, in fact sort of boasting, that he was descended from the largest slave owner, slave owner in Jamaica, one of the largest slave owners in Jamaica, a fellow named Hamilton Brown.

“The point I want to make and the reason this is interesting is because there’s been this effort in the Democratic Party and on the left to eradicate all connections to the slave plantation. And the point I’m trying to make is that Kamala Harris seems to be descended less from the legacy of, let’s say, Frederick Douglass, than she is from the legacy of the plantation itself.”

D’Souza, who came to the U.S. as an exchange student, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth and became a citizen later, has been called one of the ‘top young public-policy makers in the country.”

 

He then posted online his research regarding the “names of the 200+ slaves owned by Kamala Harris’ ancestor Hamilton Brown in Jamaica in 1817. One of the largest planters in Jamaica, Brown now has a town named after him, Brown’s Town.”

 

 

The posting comes at a time when racial strife has been elevated in the United States because of the riots that followed the death, at the hands of police in Minneapolis, of a black man, George Floyd.

Hundreds of cities have seen “protests” that have turned into riots, with blocks of buildings destroyed and people dead in the violence. Among the topics now in the headlines is the discussion about paying reparations to those who descended from ancestors who were in slavery.

At a DJHJMedia newsletter, was the comment, “The Democrat and media allies are showing stunning hypocrisy with wall to wall fawning over far-left radical Democrat Kamala Harris since Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden announced her as his vice president pick.”

“Typically the media would marginalize anyone whose family line included racism or owning slaves. It is telling that journalists choose to completely ignore the candidate the Democrats and media allies are pushing on black American women, refusing to address the fact Harris is a descendant of a major African slave owner.”

The leftist “fact-check” site Snopes addressed the issue of Harris’ ancestors, calling it “unproven,” but D’Souza jumped on the organization’s uncertainty.

 

“Snopes makes a characteristically clumsy attempt to cover for Kamala Harris and dispute her dad’s claim that the family is descended from one of the largest slaveowners in Jamaica,” he wrote. “They cannot offer one iota of proof to the contrary.”

Source: Prominent author posts Kamala Harris’ family history of owning slaves