Daily Archives: August 20, 2020

2020 Is An Economic Nightmare – And Things Just Got Even Worse | The Economic Collapse

More than a million Americans were not supposed to be losing their jobs every week by the time we got to the middle of August.  By now, vast hordes of unemployed Americans were supposed to be returning to their old jobs and economic activity was supposed to be returning to normal levels.  But it hasn’t happened that way.  Instead, the U.S. economy continues to unravel at a steady pace.  Every week more businesses go under, more layoffs are announced and more people get behind on their bills.  What we have already been through has been far worse than anything that we experienced during the last recession, and it appears that this new economic downturn is entering yet another new phase.  On Thursday, we learned that another 1.106 million Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week…

The number of people filing for unemployment benefits last week was greater than expected, raising concern about the state of the economy as lawmakers struggle to move forward on a new pandemic stimulus package.

The Labor Department said Thursday that initial jobless claims for the week ended Aug. 15 came in at 1.106 million. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected a total of 923,000. Initial claims for the previous week were also revised higher by 8,000 to 971,000.

Instead of going down as most analysts were anticipating, the number of initial claims shot way back above a million.

And this means that we have now gotten a number that is above a million for 21 of the last 22 weeks.

Prior to 2020, the worst weekly number in all of U.S. history was 695,000.  To absolutely dwarf that old record for 22 weeks in a row should be almost theoretically impossible.  If you would have asked me last year what it would take to have the kind of unemployment numbers that we are seeing now, I would have probably suggested that it would take something like a world war or a major asteroid strike to produce such figures.  The numbers that we keep getting week after week are simply absurd, but they just keep coming.

After all this time, the number of Americans filing for unemployment should be falling back below record levels, but instead last week we got a number that was more than twice as high as anything that we witnessed during the last recession…

“However, the number of individuals claiming benefits remains extraordinarily high – more than twice the peak of the great recession – underscoring that the labor market is a long way from being healthy,” economist Nancy Vanden Houten wrote in a note to clients.

It would be difficult to overstate the scale of the economic devastation that we are witnessing.

Do you remember Hurricane Katrina?  It was the worst natural disaster in the history of Louisiana, but in 2020 the state has lost twice as many jobs as it did after Hurricane Katrina.

Just think about how crazy that is.

Overall, 57.3 million Americans have filed new claims for unemployment benefits over the past 22 weeks.

57 million.

We’ve never seen anything like this in our history.  For a while, our unemployed workers were being kept afloat by a 600 dollar a week federal supplement, but now those extra benefits have expired

Those recipients who are receiving unemployment on an ongoing basis are now getting far less aid because a $600-a-week federal benefit has expired, which means the unemployed must now get by solely on much smaller aid from their states.

The loss of the federal benefit has deepened the struggles for many, including a higher risk of eviction from their homes.

President Trump has signed an executive order that would provide payments of 300 dollars a week to unemployed workers, but many states have chosen not to participate in that program.

So we should expect the level of economic suffering in this country to go up even more.  At this point, tens of millions of Americans are unable to pay their bills, and that number will almost certainly increase in the months ahead.

Meanwhile, we are seeing businesses fail at a rate that is absolutely unprecedented.  For example, the hotel industry is warning that close to a quarter of all hotels in the United States “are at risk of foreclosure”

In a desperate plea for help, the hotel industry said it faces a default disaster, in which 25% of hotels are at risk of foreclosure.

The report, sent to Congress this week and compiled by Trepp, shows that the percentage of hotel loans 30 or more days delinquent is 23.4% as of last month — the highest percentage on record. By comparison, the percentage of hotel loans that were 30 or more days delinquent at the end of 2019 was just 1.3%.

The hotel industry wants a federal bailout, but of course just about every other major industry wants one as well.

In the end, Congress is going to decide where the money goes, and not everyone will come out a winner.

The overall global economy is deeply struggling as well.  In fact, the level of merchandise trade around the world just fell to the lowest level on record

“This reading – the lowest on record in data going back to 2007, and on par with the nadir of the 2008-09 financial crisis – is broadly consistent with WTO statistics issued in June, which estimated an 18.5% decline in merchandise trade in the second quarter of 2020 as compared to the same period last year,” the WTO said.

This is what an economic collapse looks like, and the entire planet is being hit extremely hard.

But at least the U.S. stock market is doing well.  Stock prices have been absolutely soaring in recent weeks, and according to Forbes the market is now “about 77.0% overvalued”

According to the popular market cap to GDP ratio, the U.S. stock market, collectively, is about 77.0% overvalued. Despite the worst economic backdrop since the Great Depression, stocks have held up reasonably well since the March 23 bottom. While it’s true that the stock market has disconnected from the underlying economy, it has also done so in the past. With such an extreme level of overvaluation, it does beg the question, “Are we witnessing the formation of another bubble?”

So for the moment, America’s financial idol is safe.

Unfortunately, this stock market bubble is going to be a whole lot shorter than the last one.

Thanks to unprecedented intervention by the Federal Reserve, stock prices have been pumped up to record levels, but we are only in the early chapters of this economic storm.

Much worse is coming, and without a doubt the Fed will try to keep asset prices inflated, but in the end it will be a losing battle.

As we keep getting hit by one crisis after another, eventually investors are going to figure out that the future ahead of us is not a positive one, and when confidence about the future disappears so will the bubble.

2020 Is An Economic Nightmare – And Things Just Got Even Worse

As Joe Biden Accepts Democrat Nomination His Son Hunter’s Company Still Is on the Boards of Two China Companies | The Gateway Pundit

Hunter Biden still is on the Board of China companies he made billions from during his father’s term as Obama’s Vice President.

Hunter Biden, the Democrat’s Presidential Candidate’s son, made millions from foreign countries like Ukraine and China while his father was Obama’s Vice President.  Young Biden, who’s had a problem with drug addiction and who impregnated a stripper recently while he was dating his dead brother’s wife, is suspected of partaking in massive corruption with his father during the Obama Administration.

The Washington Examiner reported on July 6, 2020:

Documents show Hunter Biden still controls a stake in a Chinese investment firm despite his promise to resign from the company’s board and a pledge from his father Joe Biden that no one in the family will have foreign business entanglements if he is elected in November.

The troubled son of Joe Biden, a former vice president who is now the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, holds a 10% equity stake in the Chinese government-linked Bohai Harvest RST (Shanghai) Equity Investment Fund Management Company, according to Chinese business records first reported by the Daily Caller.

Through his lawyer, Hunter had promised to leave the board of the Chinese firm by the end of October 2019, but his resignation was only submitted to China’s National Credit Information Publicity System this spring. Two Chinese business websites run by Baidu and Qixin both show updates with Hunter’s name being removed from the BHR board of directors in April, but both also show an LLC owned solely by Hunter — Skaneateles — as still being a “sponsor/shareholder” with 3 million yuan invested in the company, purportedly comprising the 10% stake in the China-based business venture.

We looked tonight and see that the younger Biden’s company Skaneateles still shows on the Board of Baidu

And Hunter’s company also still shows on the Board of Qixin:

President Trump knows Joe and Hunter Biden took advantage of the American people while Joe worked as Obama’s Vice President, and at the same time China took advantage of the Bidens and America:

Biden’s involvement in massive corruption is why Americans voted for President Donald Trump:

The Bidens are not for Americans they are for themselves.

As Joe Biden Accepts Democrat Nomination His Son Hunter’s Company Still Is on the Boards of Two China Companies

August 20 Seek to Serve Our Redeemer


Romans 6:18

Having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

As familiar as many of us are with the Passover and Exodus, one aspect of that great event is often overlooked: God redeemed His chosen people from bondage to Pharaoh for the purpose that they might become servants (slaves) to Him. Freedom for the sake of absolute freedom from all responsibility was never God’s purpose. The children of Israel, once they came out of Egypt, did not suddenly scatter to the four points of the compass to do whatever they wished. God’s desire was that they might walk in His will and invest their freedom from bondage in obedience to His will. Why? So He might bless them! When they failed to obey Him, He did not revoke their redemption and send them back into bondage—but they did miss out on the temporal blessings of continued obedience.

The parallel between the nation of Israel in the Old Testament and the individual believer today is inescapable. We should invest our freedom from slavery to sin, not in indulging the whims of the flesh, but in seeking to serve the God who redeemed us.[1]


[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 243). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

BREAKING: John MacArthur wins another round in LA court | The Capstone Report

Oops! Los Angeles County told Court would not find John MacArthur in contempt of court because no court order was in place to prevent indoor worship services at Grace Community Church. 

The County of Los Angeles asked a Los Angeles Superior Court to find Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church in contempt of court for holding indoor worship services. There was only one problem: there was no court order against indoor services. So, the court rejected this attack on Pastor MacArthur and Grace Community Church’s religious liberty. 

This is the third time Los Angeles County has hauled John MacArthur and Grace Community Church into court, according to Thomas More Society Special Counsel Jenna Ellis and Charles LiMandri, who are representing the church.

Ellis accused Los Angeles County of continuing a policy of harassment against Pastor MacArthur and Grace Community Church. 

Ellis responded to the judicial finding in a statement: “We are pleased with the outcome today. Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff correctly found there is no court order prohibiting Grace Community Church from holding indoor services. LA County continues to harass and target Pastor MacArthur. Having failed to get a court order to shut down the church they have sought three times, they’re going to try again by hauling us back into court. Ironically, LA County said in its application for contempt that, ‘Grace Church cannot thumb its nose at the court when decisions don’t go its way,’ yet that’s precisely what LA County is now doing themselves. We will simply continue to defend our client’s constitutionally protected rights because church is essential.”

BREAKING: John MacArthur wins another round in LA court

“129 Ways To Get A Husband” – A Magazine Article From 1958 Shows How Much Life In America Has Changed | TMIN

In 1958, McCall’s published an article entitled “129 Ways To Get A Husband”, and right now it is spreading like wildfire on social media.  I am sure that you will chuckle at many of these pieces of advice, but this list also shows how dramatically America has changed since the 1950s…

“129 Ways To Get A Husband” – A Magazine Article From 1958 Shows How Much Life In America Has Changed

August 20th The D. L. Moody Year Book


Let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall.—1 Corinthians 10:12.

TWENTY-FIVE years ago—and for the first five years after I was converted—I used to think that if I were able to stand for twenty years I need fear no fall. But the nearer you get to the Cross the fiercer the battle. Satan aims high. He went amongst the twelve, and singled out the treasurer, Judas Iscariot, and the chief apostle, Peter.

Most men who have fallen have done so on the strongest side of their character. I am told that the only side upon which Edinburgh Castle was successfully assailed was where the rocks were steepest, and where the garrison thought themselves secure. If any man thinks that he is strong enough to resist the evil at any one point he needs special watch there, for the tempter comes that way.[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. 144–145). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

August 20, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

Christ, the Faithful Lord

But the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me, in order that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was delivered out of the lion’s mouth. The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (4:17–18)

Empire-wide persecution of the church had begun and Paul was on trial for his life. He stood before the dreadful Roman tribunal, perhaps before Nero himself. The court would have been jammed with spectators, much as in the trials of famous people in our own day, except that none of the spectators in Rome was on Paul’s side (cf. Acts 23:11).

Verses 17–18 form the apex of this passage, testifying to the faithfulness of Christ, the Lord [who] stood with [Paul] and strengthened [him]. He stood there not only or even primarily for Paul’s sake but that through the apostle the proclamation of the gospel might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Paul was the unique and divinely appointed apostle to the Gentiles (Rom. 11:13), and it was above all for their salvation and for the Lord’s glory that the apostle himself ministered (cf. Acts 9:15; 22:21; 26:17).

Paul often had been delivered out of the lion’s mouth, a common figure of mortal danger (see Ps. 22:21; 35:17). It also was the specific danger into which the Lord allowed Daniel to be placed and from which He miraculously delivered the prophet (Dan. 6:16–23). An immeasurably greater threat—for Paul and for every believer—comes from Satan himself, our “adversary, the devil, [who] prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Yet even the devil has no ultimate power over those who belong to Christ.

Paul did not fear physical danger. Many times he had faced death, and at least once was left for dead (see Acts 14:19). “Whatever I face,” he declared, the Lord will deliver me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom. He knew that the completion of his own salvation was nearer than when he first believed (cf. Rom. 13:11) and preferred “rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8). For Paul, as for every believer, “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). And although the apostle would not give up the battle until the Lord took him home, his loneliness, pain, deprivation, and desertion made the prospect of heaven all the more appealing.

For that and for everything the Lord had done, was doing, and was yet to do, Paul exulted, To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.[1]

18 Although Paul was clearly hurt by the fact that no one in the Roman church stood by him at his first defense, he is convinced that the Lord (Christ, cf. vv. 8, 14; cf. Ac 23:11) will not fail him: he will “rescue [him] from every evil attack” (cf. Mt 6:13)—whether by physical deliverance or spiritual preservation—and “bring [him] safely [sōzō, GK 5393; cf. 1 Ti 2:15; 4:16] to his heavenly kingdom [basileia, GK 993; cf. v. 1].” Earthly kings may persecute him, but the apostle knows his eternal destiny in Christ’s heavenly kingdom (cf. 1 Th 4:13–18). As he waits for Timothy during the delay in legal proceedings against him, Paul reaffirms that his entire life and ministry are dedicated to the glory of Christ: “To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (a standard doxology: cf. Ro 9:5; Php 4:20; 1 Ti 1:17; 6:15).[2]

4:18 / In typical fashion the recent rescue from immediate peril is reflected on theologically. The Lord who rescued me will always rescue me, not from death necessarily, but from every evil attack (cf. the final petition of the Lord’s Prayer), and will bring me safely to (better, “save me for,” or “unto”) his heavenly kingdom. The phrase from every evil attack (lit., “every evil deed,” the opposite of “every good deed,” 2:21; 3:17) can scarcely mean “from the effects of every evil machination,” as the eschatological conclusion of the sentence makes clear, but “from any real power of evil to destroy me.” The reason is simple; the Lord will save me for his own heavenly kingdom. Once again the focus of the letter is on eschatology, in the form of one of Paul’s triumphant certainties: What God has already accomplished in Christ, he will see through to final consummation; the salvation he has begun he will indeed complete.

Such a note of eschatological triumph, not to mention past victories, calls for a doxology (cf. 1 Tim. 1:17; 6:15–16): To him be glory forever and ever. Amen. Both the location and the language of this doxology are reminiscent of Philippians 4:20. What a fitting note on which to conclude, given the continuing urgencies of his and Timothy’s present situation![3]

4:18. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and will save me into his heavenly kingdom; to him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

God’s faithfulness during his trial assures Paul that the Lord will be faithful to the end of his life. Paul has made it clear that he expects to be martyred (cf. 4:6). When he says that ‘The Lord will rescue [him] from every evil deed’, he is not talking about physical deliverance from imprisonment and death. Rather, he is referring to the spiritual evils of apostasy, denying the faith and turning from the proclamation of the truth—real temptations when one is faced with the choice of physical life or death. This interpretation is clear from the next line, where Paul employs the language that he typically uses with respect to spiritual salvation: ‘… and [the Lord] will save me into his heavenly kingdom.’ He fully expects that God will preserve him spiritually and that he will be with the Lord for ever. He certainly knows the promises of Jesus that no one will snatch his sheep from his hand. He has experienced God’s strengthening and faithfulness time and again. This faithfulness gives him confidence for the future. This latter phrase also reflects Paul’s abiding conviction that, from beginning to end, salvation is wholly the work of a sovereign God. It is not based on any merit in Paul.

This thought causes Paul to break into doxology: ‘To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.’ We have seen similar doxologies in 1 Timothy, where the thought of God’s saving work brings forth praise to God (cf. 1 Tim. 1:12–17; 6:14–16). If salvation is the work of man, then man is exalted. But if salvation is wholly the work of God, then man is humbled and God alone is glorified for all eternity. Paul’s letters consistently teach the latter of these two options: ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast’ (Eph. 2:8–9).[4]

Ver. 18.—The Lord for and the Lord, A.V. and T.R.; will for shall, A.V.; save for preserve, A.V.; the glory for glory, A.V. Deliver me … save me (see preceding note). The language here is also very like that of the Lord’s Prayer: Ῥῦσαι ἡμᾶς ἀπὸτοῦπονηποῦ σοῦ γὰρ ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία … καὶἡ δόξα, εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας. Ἀμήν (Matt. 6:13). Every evil work. Alford goes altogether astray in his remarks on this passage. Interpreted by the Lord’s Prayer, and by its own internal evidence, the meaning clearly is, “The Lord, who stood by me at my trial, will continue to be my Saviour. He will deliver me from every evil design of mine enemies, and from all the wiles and assaults of the devil, in short, from the whole power of evil, and will bring me safe into his own kingdom of light and righteousness.” There is a strong contrast, as Bengel pithily observes, between “the evil work” and “his heavenly kingdom.” A triumphant martyrdom is as true a deliverance as escape from death. Compare our Lord’s promise, “There shall not an hair of your head perish” (Luke 21:18 compared with ver. 16). St. Paul’s confidence simply is that the Lord would, in his own good time and way, transfer him from this present evil world, sad from the powers of darkness, into his eternal kingdom of light and righteousness.[5]

18. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work. He declares, that he hopes the same for the future; not that he will escape death, but that he will not be vanquished by Satan, or turn aside from the right course. This is what we ought chiefly to desire, not that the interests of the body may be promoted, but that we may rise superior to every temptation, and may be ready to suffer a hundred deaths rather than that it should come into our mind to pollute ourselves by any “evil work.” Yet I am well aware, that there are some who take the expression evil work in a passive sense, as denoting the violence of wicked men, as if Paul had said, “The Lord will not suffer wicked men to do me any injury.” But the other meaning is far more appropriate, that he will preserve him pure and unblemished from every wicked action; for he immediately adds, to his heavenly kingdom, by which he means that that alone is true salvation, when the Lord—either by life or by death—conducts us into his kingdom.

This is a remarkable passage for maintaining the uninterrupted communication of the grace of God, in opposition to the Papists. After having confessed that the beginning of salvation is from God, they ascribe the continuation of it to free-will; so that in this way perseverance is not a heavenly gift, but a virtue of man. And Paul, by ascribing to God this work of “preserving us to his kingdom,” openly affirms that we are guided by his hand during the whole course of our life, till, having discharged the whole of our warfare, we obtain the victory. And we have a memorable instance of this in Demas, whom he mentioned a little before, because, from being a noble champion of Christ, he had become a base deserter. All that follows has been seen by us formerly, and therefore does not need additional exposition.[6]

The forward look (4:18)

18. The key to the understanding of this verse lies in the obvious associations in thought between the aorist I was delivered of verse 17 and the future The Lord will rescue me. If these two verbs are both taken in the literal sense of deliverance in this life, there can be no doubt that Paul had a firm conviction that he would be released. But this seems contrary to the resignation to his fate in verses 6–8. The deliverance in this verse is reminiscent of the Lord’s prayer, which is clearly intended in a spiritual manner, and it seems most reasonable, therefore, to suppose that a similar meaning is attached to the words here. The past physical deliverance reminds him of constant spiritual deliverances and raises his confidence for the future.

Not only is he confident that the Lord will deliver, but that he will also bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. The verb used is the usual word ‘to save’ (sōzō), but here in the more specific sense of ‘keeping safe’. The use of the adjective ‘heavenly’ (a characteristic Pauline word) draws attention to the emphatic contrast between God’s kingdom and the present earthly circumstances of sorrow and suffering. It is strongly reminiscent of the Lord’s teaching about the kingdom of heaven. It is no wonder that contemplation of it raises in the apostle’s mind a doxology in which he ascribes eternal glory to the Lord. His mind is clearly centred more on eternal realities than on any hopes of further release.[7]

4:18 “the Lord” In this verse (and v. 14), this could refer to YHWH, but in verse 17 (and v. 1) it refers to Jesus. Jesus is the best option for all the occurrences in chapter 4.




“rescue me from every evil deed”




“deliver me from every evil work”




“rescue me from every evil attack”




“rescue me from all evil”




“rescue me from all evil attempts on me”


Paul knew that the Lord was with him, for him and in him. He also realized that human opposition had a Satanic or demonic origin. The proclamation of the gospel is always accompanied by evil opposition!

This phrase is all the more striking and paradoxical when it occurs so close to Paul’s execution!

© “will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom” See Special Topic: This Age and the Age to Come at 2 Tim. 3:1.

© “to Him be glory forever and ever” Paul often breaks into doxologies of praise (i.e. two good examples, Rom. 11:36; Eph. 3:14–21).

© “Amen” See Special Topic at Titus 2:12.[8]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1995). 2 Timothy (pp. 213–214). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Köstenberger, A. (2006). 2 Timothy. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 599). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Fee, G. D. (2011). 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus (p. 298). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Barcley, W. B. (2005). A Study Commentary on 1 and 2 Timothy (pp. 301–302). Darlington, England; Webster, NY: Evangelical Press.

[5] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). 2 Timothy (p. 62). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[6] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon (pp. 271–272). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[7] Guthrie, D. (1990). Pastoral Epistles: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 14, pp. 195–196). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[8] Utley, R. J. (2000). Paul’s Fourth Missionary Journey: I Timothy, Titus, II Timothy (Vol. Volume 9, p. 176). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

August—20 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion


A good man shall be satisfied from himself.—Proverbs 14:14.

My soul! what is the scripture, and what is the design of the Holy Ghost in it? Art thou satisfied in thyself? Alas! every day makes me more and more dissatisfied with myself. How can I, indeed, be satisfied, who carry about with me such a body of sin and death, which is everlastingly fighting with, and opposing, my better part? What satisfaction, then, is it that is here meant? Scripture is best explained by scripture; hence the satisfaction that a believing soul finds from himself, is not from his own attainments, nor his own righteousness, but from the witness of the Holy Ghost, that he is born of God, and brought out of nature’s darkness into God’s marvellous light. The apostle John hath given, in a single verse, a full illustration of what the wise man here saith, of a good man (that is a child of God) being satisfied with himself: “He that believeth on the Son of God,” saith the apostle John, “hath the witness in himself.” (1 John 5:10.) Here is the grand source of all his satisfaction. The holy Ghost witnesseth to the soul of the believer, that he is new born; that he is passed from death to life; that Jesus is precious, and his salvation very dear to them. The heart of such an one is brought to know and feel his own wants by reason of sin, and the infinite suitableness of Jesus to answer all those wants, and to be to him all he stands in need of. The poor creature, thus taught of God, is satisfied with the blessed discovery he hath made of Jesus, and his salvation; and rests wholly in it, as one perfectly satisfied, and desires no other; yea, renounceth every other. Hence he is satisfied from himself, and his own feelings, and not from what others have taught him, that Jesus is all he needs. My soul! hast thou arrived to this blessedness? If so, praise that distinguishing grace, by which, in the midst of self-loathing on account of thy sin, thou hast a self-satisfaction on account of having found Jesus and his righteousness. Let Jesus have all the praise, and do thou live as one eternally satisfied with his person and righteousness.[1]


[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, p. 247). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

August 20 Life-Changing Moments With God


God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent.

Lord God, You are the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Your truth, God, shall be my shield and buckler.

You, Lord, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of Your counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for You to lie, I might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before me.

You, faithful God, keep covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love You and keep Your commandments. All Your paths, Lord God, are mercy and truth to me if I keep Your covenant and Your testimonies. I am happy for I have You, the God of Jacob, for my help, whose hope is in You, the Lord my God, who keeps truth forever.

Almighty God, You do not change—nor does Your truth. Great is Your faithfulness, and great is my love for You, my Fortress, my Shield, my Rock.

Numbers 23:19; James 1:17; Hebrews 13:8; Psalm 91:4; Hebrews 6:17–18; Deuteronomy 7:9; Psalm 25:10; Psalm 146:5–6[1]


[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 251). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Tara Reade speaks out on Democratic convention, says party ‘complicit’ in ‘gaslighting’ survivors

Tara Reade, who rocked the presidential primary race early this year with sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden before her story faded from the headlines in the face of adamant denials, voiced disappointment in the Democratic Party’s handling of claims from her and other survivors as its convention draws to a close.

Source: Tara Reade speaks out on Democratic convention, says party ‘complicit’ in ‘gaslighting’ survivors

Democratic convention down 48 percent in TV viewership compared to 2016 | LifeZette

Television viewers don’t seem half as interested —literally— in the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC) as they did in the Democrats’ 2016 convention.

Nielsen Media Research ratings reveal that during the first two nights of the DNC, viewership dropped significantly from how many people were watching when Hillary Clinton topped the Democratic presidential ticket back in 2016.


Only 6.13 million people watched the network broadcasts of the convention on CBS, ABC, and NBC during nights one and two this week, which is a 48% drop from four years ago.

The first two nights featured speakers like former First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among other prominent Democrats.

On the first night of the convention, the ratings went down 28% compared to 2016 and continued to plummet on night two.


On night two (Tuesday), alongside Jill Biden, Joe Biden officially accepted the party’s nomination.

National press secretary for Biden’s campaign, TJ Ducklo deflected when addressing the poor viewership numbers and said that digital viewership was up because more and more people use streaming services as opposed to traditional network television.

“28.9 million Americans tuned in to @DemConvention last night across TV & digital platforms, up from 2016 & shattering the previous record for digital streams, which totaled 10.2m even as numbers still come in,” Ducklo tweeted on Tuesday. “We are producing a digital convention, and people are watching.”


Republicans are scheduled to have their national convention next week. President Trump has said some of the speeches will be held on the White House lawn, where supporters of the president could be in attendance.

“I’ll probably be giving my speech at the White House because it is a great place,” Trump said to the New York Post.

“We could have quite a group of people,” Trump added. “It’s very big, a very big lawn. We could have a big group of people.”


This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

Source: Democratic convention down 48 percent in TV viewership compared to 2016

The Case Against Kamala Harris: What You Did Not Know — David Fiorazo

Kamala Harris, the woman that, if Joe Biden becomes president, would be a heartbeat away from the most powerful position in the free world. Who is she? Harris is one of the most liberal senators in the U.S. – and in 2020, that’s saying something! She proudly supports abortion on demand – through birth, and not only that, she wants to force taxpayers to fund the slaughter of pre-born babies.

Last year, she touted Medicare for All. Harris plans on forcing taxpayers to fund transgender surgeries, but she’s really a political chameleon; an opportunist willing to do and say whatever will help her gain power. Don’t be fooled by some of the Democrat media saying she’s a moderate. Harris may be even more progressive than Bernie Sanders.

Kamala Harris is just one election away from becoming president, I mean, vice president.

She was raised Hindu and her husband is Jewish. Her mother, Shyamala, is from India; her father, from Jamaica; they met as graduate students at, drum roll, the far left University of California, Berkeley. The name, Kamala, means “lotus” in Sanskrit, and is another name for the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity known as Lakshmi.

It’s common knowledge that Kamala Harris began her career in an adulterous affair with former San Francisco Mayor, Willie Brown, who then appointed her to at least one position in government. Brown was 60 years old and Harris was just 29 at the time.

So Kamala Harris, the strong, outspoken feminist candidate talking about the ‘year of the woman’ had a little help early in her career. Interesting.

A PAC called, “Women Speak Out” already have an ad in seven battleground states blasting Biden and Harris as “pro-abortion fanatics.” Kamala Harris voted last year with Senate Democrats to block a GOP bill requiring doctors to treat infants born alive after botched abortions. Just let the baby die on a table.

Many faith leaders are speaking out in the hopes of informing voters that the 2020 Democrat ticket of Biden/Harris is the most pro-abortion presidential campaign in history.

President of Samaritan’s Purse, Evangelist Franklin Graham said as a follower of Jesus Christ, he is pro-life and believes every life is precious to God, and that the extreme abortion-on demand ticket of Biden/Harris should be a great concern to all Christians.

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president, Albert Mohler said Harris consistently has chosen “the sexual revolution over religious liberty.” More on that in a minute.

National director of Priests for Life, Father Frank Pavone states :

“Democrat extremism doesn’t end with abortion. In this election, voters will choose between a free market or socialism; prosperity or a ruined economy; a secure nation or open borders; the Constitution or judicial tyranny.”

Kamala Harris has even gone so far as to compare ICE to the KKK, and seems to be unapologetically catering to her hard left, anti-Christian base. She supports the Green New Deal and mandatory gun buy-backs. It almost makes sense that Biden picked her as a running mate at this time in political history.

During a Democrat debate last year, Harris responded to a question saying that as president, she would use the Justice Department to strike down state pro-life laws. That means she would abolish laws that were enacted by legislators – who were duly elected by the people.

When she announced her run for president, journalist, David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) tweeted :

It’s a bad joke for @KamalaHarris to say she’s running for “truth, justice, decency, equality, freedom, democracy” when she weaponized the powers of law enforcement to attack my 1st Amendment civil rights as a citizen journalist at the bidding of her @PPact donors and backers.

In 2016, as CA Attorney General, Kamala Harris personally met with executives from Planned Parenthood and ordered a search warrant to steal David Daleiden’s videos and documents. CA law protects citizen journalists, but the heavily-armed raid was carried out anyway – at his home at six in the morning.

The lead investigator under Harris at the time testified that he did not examine the evidence, but simply did what he was instructed to do by the AG’s office. And here’s your takeaway: Harris launched an investigation – not into the trafficking of aborted baby body parts which is a federal crime– but into the citizen journalists who exposed the corruption!

Harris has received over $81,000 from Planned Parenthood so far, and the abortion giant is spending $45 million dollars to help elect Democrats in November. It’s astounding they still receive federal funding.

If it wasn’t bad enough that Kamala Harris was a ringleader in the character assassination attempt of Justice Bret Kavanagh, she also believes that Catholics and Christians are unfit to serve in our nation’s courts. In 2018, Harris attacked a district court nominee from Nebraska, Brian Buescher, about his membership in the Knights of Columbus, which has been an important charity in the U.S. for more than a century.

In one of her questions to him at the time, Harris stated:

Since 1993, you have been a member of the Knights of Columbus, an all-male society comprised primarily of Catholic men. …Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman’s right to choose when you joined the organization?

Harris kept pressing him, criticizing biblical teachings on basic moral issues and asked  Buescher whether he was aware that they also opposed “marriage equality,” – same sex “marriage” – when he joined the organization.

Harris also co-sponsored the so-called “Equality Act” to score points with Nancy Pelosi. For one thing, that horrible bill would force public schools to allow transgender athletes to play the sport of their preferred gender. Translation: biological boys who identify as girls would compete on girls’ teams and be free to use their locker rooms.

In Connecticut for example, two boys have already won 15 track state titles. Is this fair?

Next, Kamala Harris said in an interview last year she would legalize prostitution as long as it was consensual. How does this protect women and young girls who are afraid to speak up against their abusers? Wow.

Having no problem discriminating against Christian businesses, Harris filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to refuse Hobby Lobby’s request to deny women coverage for contraception because of the store owner’s religious beliefs. In the landmark decision, the Court ruled that family-owned corporations can’t be forced to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act if it offends their religious beliefs.

Kamala Harris started her legal career prosecuting child sexual abuse cases, but survivors of clergy abuse and their attorneys say her ‘tough-on-crime’ ex-prosecutor record fails to paint an accurate picture.

Even the liberal Associated Press reported Harris was silent on the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal when she was San Francisco DA and California Attorney General. Why? She received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from PR firms linked to the Jesuit order of the Catholic Church in San Francisco. Harris then sealed records of sex abuse victims and refused to investigate pedophile priests.

One victim ignored by Harris was Joey Piscitelli. He said she never responded to him when he wrote to tell her a priest who had molested him was still in ministry at a local Catholic cathedral. Other survivors abused by Catholic priests say Harris resisted requests to help them with their cases and she refused to release church records on abusive priests.

Ironically, when running for president she often tried using the gospel parable of the good Samaritan. She endorses social justice activism and said she hopes America will overcome injustices, but every time you put a word in front of ‘justice,’ you’re probably talking about something else.

Last year at a Democrat fundraiser she stated:

“Economic justice is on the ballot. … Health care justice is on the ballot. … Education justice is on the ballot. … Reproductive justice is on the ballot. … Justice for children is on the ballot. …

In 2015, you may remember Mexican national, deported felon Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, shot and killed Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier. What did CA Attorney General Kamala Harris do? She defended the sanctuary city policy.

Then, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people and wounded 22 in San Bernardino, CA. A year later, Harris finally issued a statement on what she called a “devastating and tragic terrorist attack,” but failed to name the Islamic terrorists and their motive for the mass murder.

Kamala Harris has yet to denounce the violence and rioting in many American cities, the more than two dozen deaths now since the Floyd murder in Minneapolis, and the mob intimidation carried out by the protest arm of the Democrat Party.

Harris recently referred to November’s election as “a moment of real consequence for America.” I agree, because we all know elections have consequences. Harris stated:

“The president’s mismanagement of the pandemic has plunged us into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and we’re experiencing a moral reckoning with racism and systemic injustice that has brought a new coalition of conscience to the streets of our country, demanding change,”

Moral reckoning? Systemic injustice? Coalition of conscience? 

The contrast is incredibly clear in November: law and order or lawlessness; religious freedom or discrimination against Christians and churches, support of righteousness or endorsing godlessness, support Israel or oppose our great ally; tax cuts or high taxation and regulation.

She now considers herself a “Black Baptist,” and in past speeches, Harris has invoked liberation theology, which emphasizes social concern and political activism to liberate oppressed people. It’s Marxist in nature in assuming oppressed people and oppressors.

Black liberation theology focuses on the plight of poor, African-Americans in particular being liberated from social, political, economic, or religious bondage and injustice, whether real or perceived.” It is the belief that black humanity are victims of white supremacy and must be freed. It is a highly selective interpretation of the Gospels in an attempt to co-opt Christianity to promote a form of Marxism.

Democrat deconstructionists are dismantling America’s heritage and contaminating our culture in order to continue radically transforming this republic under God. Don’t let them. Vote. Pray. Share this! Only you can prevent social disorder, communism, Marxism, Democrat socialism, and the destruction of America.

Video courtesy of freedom Project Media

The Case Against Kamala Harris: What You Did Not Know — David Fiorazo

Mid-Day Snapshot · Aug. 20, 2020


“With those who wish to think amiss of me, I have learned to be perfectly indifferent; but where I know a mind to be ingenuous, and to need only truth to set it to rights, I cannot be passive.” —Thomas Jefferson (1804)

DNC Day Three: Worst of the Worst

Hillary Clinton reminded Americans why they voted for Donald Trump.

Trump Won’t Disavow QAnon, Yet Dems Still Promote Debunked Russiagate

The Russiagate conspiracy theory has done the most damage to our institutions.

Twitter Ignores Its Own ‘Civic Integrity Policy’

Yet another case of a social media giant applying a double standard to censorship.

‘Transitioning’ — From Decency to Decadence

Yet again, an eight-year-old boy is subject to child abuse over biological anatomy.

Republicans for Biden Show Why Trump Was Necessary

Dems aren’t fooling anyone by trotting out one-time Republicans in support of Biden.

California Blackouts: A Warning Against the Green New Deal

The Golden State’s ecofascist polices are entirely to blame for its power woes.

The Lie of Going High

A former first lady fails to acknowledge her own team’s record of cheap shots.

Teens Hailed as Heroes for Saving Deputy’s Life

They intervened as a drunk driver tried to choke a female deputy sheriff.

Video: STOP! Hey, What’s That Sound? Everybody Look Biden’s Going Down

The DNC’s opening night contained an element of comic relief.

John Stossel Video: Big Spending Biden

Joe Biden ran as a “moderate” in the primary, but now he wants more than a trillion in new spending each year.


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It’s Time to Rethink Campus Policies
Empathy and Elegance vs. Policy and Performance
A Sort-of Goodbye to Germany?
The Wretched Ghislaine Maxwell, Friend of Bill
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Thursday Executive Summary

Clinesmith pleads guilty, Operation Legend Sweep arrests, DNC updates, and more.

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Allie Beth Stuckey, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and more.


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Democrats Omit God From Pledge Multiple Times at DNC — Faithwire

By: David Brody

CBN News has learned that the words, “under God” were left out of the Pledge of Allegiance at least twice at public meetings during the Democratic National Convention. 


AJ Durrani, the moderator for the DNC’s Muslim Delegates & Allies Assembly, left the words out as their meeting got underway. There was no verbal resistance to the move at the time. Featured speakers at the virtual meeting included DNC Chairman Tom Perez, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib. 

Dennis Prager Explains Importance of Religion in Society: ‘Remove God and Society Will Crumble’


Separately, at the LGBT Caucus Meeting, Dr. Marisa Richmond, a DNC delegate who identifies as transgender and teaches women’s studies at Middle Tennessee State University, led the Pledge of Allegiance but paused silently in the place of the words, “under God.” She was holding both the American flag and the gay pride flag, which dropped to the floor in the middle of the pledge. 

CBN News has reached out to the Democratic National Committee for a response, which so far at least, has yet to come. 

Democratic LGBTQ Platform Leaves Little Room for Religious Liberty


This isn’t the first time Democrats have come under criticism on the God and political issue. As CBN first reported back in 2012, God’s name was removed from the Democratic National Committee platform. The words, “God-given” were taken out, despite being in the party platform in 2008. At the time, the DNC said it was much ado about nothing, citing the platform’s section on faith.  

With their, “Believers for Biden” effort, Joe Biden’s campaign is making a more concerted attempt to court faith voters in 2020 than Hillary Clinton’s try, or lack thereof, in 2016.

Exit polls showed she only received 16 percent of the white evangelical vote. The Biden campaign hopes to improve on that number by appealing to evangelical millennials and women in the suburbs. 

Democrats Omit God From Pledge Multiple Times at DNC — Faithwire

Trump Hits Joe And Hunter’s China Malarkey In New Campaign Ad | ZeroHedge News

The Trump reelection campaign is out with a new ad attacking Joe and Hunter Biden’s close ties to China.

The two-minute ad spotlights Joe Biden’s cozy relationship with Chinese President Xi, interspersed with clips of destitute Americans whose jobs were outsourced during the Obama-Biden years.

It then puts Hunter’s China profiteering on blast – including footage of both Bidens denying they’ve ever spoken of his lucrative dealings, such as a trip he took to China to establish a joint investment fund with a Chinese bank.

Then, the clip features House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) admitting in an interview that China and Iran prefer Biden over Trump.


Source: Trump Hits Joe And Hunter’s China Malarkey In New Campaign Ad

Joe Biden’s Flip-Flops Prove He’s Not Running His Own Campaign

After watching Biden over his career, and more closely this year, I’m left feeling like a panelist on the old ‘To Tell the Truth’ TV show. Somebody please say it: ‘Will the real Joe Biden please stand up?’

Source: Joe Biden’s Flip-Flops Prove He’s Not Running His Own Campaign

Please clap: DNC mocked for failing to find 30 people to cheer for Kamala Harris as duplicates spotted on live feed | RT – Daily news

Please clap: DNC mocked for failing to find 30 people to cheer for Kamala Harris as duplicates spotted on live feed

When Kamala Harris was receiving applause at the end of her DNC speech, it became apparent that some of the virtual clappers seemed just to have been duplicated images of the same audience members, leading to a laugh riot online.

The vice presidential nominee’s address to the Democratic National Convention was supposed to be the grand finale of Wednesday’s event as she accepted the much-hyped vice-presidential nomination. Because the gathering was virtual, due to Covid-19 safety measures, Harris was provided with an online video audience to applaud and underscore the speech’s importance.

Having delivered it, the senator turned around to clap along with her 30 supposed listeners, whose images were projected onto a giant screen in a grid.

However, three of the virtual clappers appear to have been simply screen duplicates of other applauding viewers.

Comedically minded netizens could not let go of this incident, and found much mirth riffing on the idea that the Democratic Party was unable to “find enough [people] that like Kamala.”

Joe Biden’s VP pick did have her fair share of defenders, though, with some Twitter users trying to make light of the entire situation.

It’s unclear what prompted one of the two major US political parties to add what amounted to three duplicated audience members onto the screen. At the same time Twitter jokes may not have been entirely unwarranted, as lack of voter enthusiasm has been a recognized problem for Biden’s campaign since the Democratic primaries.

Even though the convention seems to have given the Biden/Harris ticket a boost in that regard, they are still more than 10 points below their opponent, President Donald Trump.

Source: Please clap: DNC mocked for failing to find 30 people to cheer for Kamala Harris as duplicates spotted on live feed

As Covid Hospitalizations Disappear, Authoritarians Refuse To Give Up

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 • Ron Paul Liberty Report

As the “Sun Belt” wave of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations burns itself out – as is always the case with a virus – those authoritarian politicians still clinging to the ability to push their citizens around refuse to give up. As in the Lord of the Rings, they cannot bear letting go of the ring of power. But what will it take for them to finally relinquish their stranglehold on our lives? Many hospitals are now suffering from a lack of patients and deaths among those under 50 years of age remain nearly non-existent. When is this over? What’s the end game?

VIDEO: Media Have Spent Decades Covering For Biden’s Gaffes | Newsbusters

When Republicans make a mistake, they get pilloried by the national press. But when Democrats blunder and fumble, they can usually count on a friendly news media to help them clean up the mess. Which is good news for Joe Biden.

TV journalists have been excusing Biden’s gaffes for as long as he’s been making them. The self-described “gaffe machine,” depends heavily on the sympathetic news media to forgive his frequent missteps.

To Biden’s maid brigade in the media, he’s “Uncle Joe,” the well-intentioned, lovable everyman who just happens to put his foot in his mouth every so often. NBC political director Chuck Todd summarized this attitude perfectly on the September 9, 2019 edition of Meet the Press: “There’s a part of Biden that feels more Reagan-esque that way. You’re like, ‘Eh, it’s Grandpa, it’s Uncle Joe. Whatever that is, let the old man do it,’ you know?”

Over the years, journalists have variously spun Biden’s verbal incompetence as “authentic,” “charming,” “part of who he is,” “almost endearing” and “appealing to a lot of voters.” To see how far the media will go to repair the political damage of Biden’s many gaffes, watch the video below:



When Biden told a man in a wheelchair to “stand up” back in 2008, CNN absurdly praised him as “the master of the quick recovery.”

When Biden that same year failed to accurately count how many letters the word “jobs” contained (he said three; for those curious, the answer is four), broadcast networks turned a blind eye, despite having savaged Republican Vice President Dan Quayle for misspelling “potato” back in 1992.

And when Biden told an audience of mostly black voters in 2012 that his rival Mitt Romney would “put y’all back in chains,” journalists disingenuously pondered whether the remark even “had anything to do with race.”

Biden’s allies in the media even defended his bizarre on-camera fondling of Stephanie Carter back in 2015, during her husband’s swearing-in ceremony as Secretary of Defense. On February 18 of that year, prominent Democratic donor and CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King remarked defensively: “Well, everybody knows he’s a touchy-feely guy, and he’s just very friendly.”

King’s colleague Norah O’Donnell added hastily: “And it is important to know the background, that the new Defense Secretary’s wife actually fell on the ice and was hurt pretty badly. So I think he was comforting her.”

That same day the media also gave Biden a pass for getting unnervingly handsy with the daughter of Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). On ABC’s Good Morning America, co-host Amy Robach rationalized, “Coons said [his daughter] Maggie was not uncomfortable at all.”

Is this the face a child makes when she’s comfortable?



Since the 2020 campaign began, the media’s cover operation for Biden has grown even more shameless. Take for example Politifact’s ruling on whether Biden once worried that his children would grow up in a “racial jungle.” The article’s summary outright admits: “In 1977, Joe Biden warned that without ‘orderly integration,’ his children would grow up in a ‘racial jungle,’…” Yet through a bizarre combination of mental gymnastics and repetition of the word “context,” the site tried to get away with rating the claim “Half True.”

Back in February, Biden was caught on camera shouting expletives at an auto worker who had questioned his stance on gun control. While some journalists did their best to hurry past the story, others like CNN’s John King attempted to spin it as a potentially positive development: “Some people see that as charming, a candidate who’s willing to air it out face to face with a guy.” King also acknowledged that some people might be turned off by Biden’s behavior.

ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd was not one of those people. When asked to analyze the interaction on ABC News Live, the visibly giddy Dowd opined: “When I saw that moment, I thought, this is gonna be a net plus for Joe Biden.”

On the August 12 edition of CNN’s Cuomo Prime TimeNew York Times columnist Thomas Friedman tried to argue on that Biden had survived decades’ worth of gaffes not because the media were trying to help him, but rather because he was just such a darn good person: “Biden’s Teflon up to now is, people think he is a decent person. So when he says some kind of crazy stuff sometime, or stuff that doesn’t seem to add up, people give him the benefit of the doubt because they think, at heart, he’s a good and decent man.”

Tonight, Joe Biden will be accepting the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States. He should thank his saviors in the media, for without their ultra-friendly spin, he’d have been retired to Delaware years ago.

Source: VIDEO: Media Have Spent Decades Covering For Biden’s Gaffes

The rapture happened, what now?

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

Where did they go?

If you are reading this, then it means that the rapture occurred. The rapture is a term for the moment Jesus calls to His believers, resurrecting the dead in Christ and bringing the already living believers up to heaven to be with Him. Here it is in scripture:

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
“For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we…

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