Daily Archives: January 1, 2021

Amid crises and pandemic, Pelosi chooses to focus on new Congress rules that ELIMINATE ‘gendered terms’ | RT USA News

Amid crises and pandemic, Pelosi chooses to focus on new Congress rules that ELIMINATE ‘gendered terms’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has revealed that she intends to continue her party’s embrace of symbolic wokeness into the new year, with a rules package that eliminates “gendered terms” like “mother” and “father” from the House.

Despite underperforming at the polls in November, Pelosi’s Democratic Party managed to hold onto their slim majority in the House of Representatives, and Pelosi to her leadership of the House. The California Democrat unveiled a rules package for the 117th Congress on Friday that, among other ethics and accountability measures, bakes virtue-signaling wokeness into official procedure.

The proposed rules “honor all gender identities by changing pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender neutral.” This means that members of Congress will no longer speak about “mothers” and “sons,” but of “parents” and “children.” “step-brother” and “step-sister” will become “step-sibling.” “Himself or herself” will be replaced with “themselves.”

In an official press release, the House Rules Committee said that the changes ensure that “we are inclusive of all Members, Delegates, Resident Commissioners and their families – including those who are nonbinary.”

Furthermore, the new rules will require all standing committees to report on how their work addresses “issues of inequities on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or national origin.” They also call for the establishment of a permanent “Office of Diversity and Inclusion.”

That Pelosi’s party would engage in such performative identity politics is no surprise. Earlier this year, the speaker led a gathering of House and Senate Democrats in taking a symbolic knee to honor George Floyd, with the group all clad in traditional African garb. After the photo opportunity, Pelosi repeatedly told the House that “Black Lives Matter” during a speech urging members to pass a police reform bill.

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Likewise, Pelosi hasn’t missed an opportunity to take the exact opposite stance to President Donald Trump since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. A month after Trump banned incoming flights from China, Pelosi urged tourists to visit San Francisco’s Chinatown, telling them it was “very safe to be in Chinatown.” Amid changing CDC guidance on mask wearing, Pelosi wore a mask during every public appearance once it emerged that Trump was less keen on donning his.

The 117th Congress will vote on the new rules package once it convenes in January.

Source: Amid crises and pandemic, Pelosi chooses to focus on new Congress rules that ELIMINATE ‘gendered terms’

January 1, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

12:24 With Herod out of the way, there were fewer hindrances to the spread of the good news, which flourished and multiplied.[1]


12:24 word of God In contrast to the speech of Herod that brought on his destruction, the word of the true God—that is, the proclamation of Jesus’ death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins and new life in the Spirit—continues to grow and spread.[2]


12:24 the word of God increased. No power can triumph over the word of God (cf. 6:7; 13:49), and those who attempt to harm God’s people will in the end face judgment themselves.[3]


12:24. In contrast to the mortal consequence on Herod, the word of God grew and multiplied. With this progress report Luke concludes his fourth major division. The nation’s leaders (or the nation) clearly align themselves with the wicked Herod (who rightly suffers God’s righteous judgment) and thus they clearly reject the Messiah and God’s plans for them. The church nevertheless established itself in Jerusalem with the presence of the apostles and the leadership of James. Furthermore, a Gentile outreach began with the Gospel’s reception among the Hellenists.[4]


12:24 Meanwhile, the gospel expands its outreach continually. God makes the wrath of man praise Him, and the remainder of wrath He restrains (Ps. 76:10). He makes the devices of the people of no effect, but the counsel of the Lord stands forever (Ps. 33:10, 11).[5]


The prosperity of the church (12:24).

12:24. But the Word of God continued to increase and spread (cf. similar wording in 6:7; 13:49; 19:20). In spite of opposition and persecution the Lord sovereignly prospered the work of His church. With this progress report Luke brought another section of his work to a conclusion (cf. 2:47; 6:7; 9:31; 12:24; 16:5; 19:20; 28:30–31). From Antioch the gospel message was now ready to go to Asia Minor.[6]


12:24. Though Herod attempted to eliminate the church’s leaders, in the end, he was eliminated. His death made it possible for the Word of God to continue its advance.

God’s sovereignty is a mystery. James was executed, but Peter was miraculously released. Why God did not intervene to rescue James is a mystery that defies finite understanding. The mystery continues today. We still do not understand why God delivers some believers from danger and even death, but not others. Christians who suffer and die, sometimes as martyrs, are not notorious sinners. They are godly and love the Lord, yet the Lord allows the enemies of Christianity to persecute them. In many places in the world today, Christians suffer and die for their faith. Stott, however, has reminded us that the victory of tyrants is temporary. He said, “Tyrants may be permitted for a time to boast and bluster, oppressing the church and hindering the spread of the gospel but they will not last. In the end their empire will be broken and their power abased” (Acts, 213).

We do not know what would have happened to Peter if the church had not prayed. We are not even certain that they were praying for his release, since they seem to have been embarrassingly surprised when he suddenly appeared at the house where they were meeting. Like God’s sovereignty, prayer is also somewhat of a mystery. Scripture makes it clear that we ought to pray and that prayer does make a difference. God answers prayer. But contrary to what some believe and teach, we do not need to have a gigantic measure of faith, only enough to believe that God will hear us and answer according to His sovereign and unalterable purposes.[7]


24. But the word of God continued to increase and multiply.

After Herod’s death, the Roman emperor appointed a governor to rule the land of the Jews. The Christians once again enjoyed freedom from persecution. As a result, the church continued to increase numerically. Luke implies that the messengers of the gospel went everywhere with the Good News. Wherever these ministers proclaimed the message of salvation, there the church was strengthened in the faith and supported by numerous additional believers. At the beginning of his book, Luke mentions figures to indicate the phenomenal growth of the church. But as the church expanded in ever-widening circles, Luke speaks only in generalities and states that “the word of God continued to increase and multiply” (see 6:7; 19:20).[8]


Growth of the Word of God (v. 24). Occasional summary statements are a characteristic feature of the Book of Acts (cf. 6:7; 9:31). Verse 24 is such a summary. It presents a vivid contrast: the tyrant, eaten by worms, dies (v. 23); “but the word of God grew and multiplied” (v. 24). “Gave up the ghost” (v. 23), translating an aorist tense (point action), signifies the death of opposition. “Grew” and “multiplied” are both present tenses and speak of the continuing growth, etc., of the word. “Meanwhile the Lord’s Message kept extending, and spreading far and wide” (tcnt).[9]


24. At intervals Luke has commented briefly on the progress of the church (6:7; 9:31), and he now does so once again, to demonstrate that despite the attacks on the church from outside, the word of God continued to spread (for the language see 6:7). This was more important than the fact that the persecutor of the church suffered retribution for his deeds. The work of God went on despite the death of James and the departure of Peter.[10]


24. And the word of God. When the tyrant was once taken out of the way the Church was suddenly delivered, as it were, out of the jaws of the wolf. Therefore, though the faithful be accounted as sheep appointed to be slain, (Psalm 44:23,) yet the Church doth always overlive her enemies; and though the word of God seem oftentimes to be oppressed with the wicked tyranny of men, yet it getteth up the head again by and by, (Rom. 8:37.) For Luke determined not only what had happened after that Herod was dead, but also by this example to encourage us, that we may be assured that God will do that, in all ages, which he then did, to the end the gospel may at length break through all impediments of the enemies, and that the more the Church is diminished, it may the more increase through the heavenly blessing.[11]


Ver. 24.—The word of God grew and multiplied in Jerusalem and the neighbourhood, in spite of Agrippa’s persecution. The blood of the martyr James was the seed of the Church, and the speedy vengeance taken by God upon the persecutor doubtless gave fresh courage to his people to confess the Name of Jesus Christ. As regards the preceding account of Herod Agrippa’s death, it is corroborated in the most remarkable manner by the narrative in Josephus (‘Ant. Jud.,’ xix. viii. 2). He there tells that when he had been three years King of all Judæa (see ver. 1, note) he went to Cæsarea. And that on occasion of a festival celebrated “for the safety of Cæsar” (some think to celebrate his return from Britain, while others, as Wieseler think that they were the ordinary Quinquennalia, celebrated in the provinces), he exhibited games and spectacles in honour of Claudius. On the second day of these games, when a vast number of people were assembled in the theatre, Agrippa came in, clothed in a garment wholly made of silver, which reflected the rays of the morning sun with a most dazzling and awful brilliancy. Whereupon his flatterers cried out that he was a god, and offered prayer to him. The king, he adds, did not rebuke them nor reject their impious flattery. He was presently seized with a violent pain in his bowels, which soon became so intense that he was carried out of the theatre to his palace, and expired after five days of excruciating pain. It is curious that in the above account Josephus says that Agrippa saw an owl sitting over his head, which he recognized as a messenger (ἄγγελον) of evil to him. Eusebius, quoting Josephus (‘Eccl. Hist.,’ ii. x.), leaves out the owl, and says that Agrippa saw an angel sitting over his head, whom he recognized as the cause of his sufferings. Whiston, in a note, seeks to exonerate Eusebius from unfairness in the quotation, by suggesting that the manuscript of Eusebius is in this place corrupt; but Bede quotes Josephus just as Eusebius does, unless perchance he is quoting him at second hand from Eusebius.[12]


12:24 / So died the church’s persecutor. Meanwhile the church itself continued to prosper—another of Luke’s summary statements (see disc. on 2:42–47). “The seed is the word,” said Jesus (Mark 4:14), and Luke tells us now that the seed continued to increase and spread. In the Greek text, this verse is identical with the first part of 6:7 (cf. also 19:20).[13]


Summary Statement (12:24)

24 Luke’s third panel on the Christian mission within the Jewish world ends with a summary statement comparable to the summaries that concluded the two preceding panels at 6:7 and 9:31. In its immediate context, v. 24 contrasts the progress of the gospel to the awful end of the church’s persecutor Herod Agrippa I. More broadly, it implies that though Luke’s attention throughout the remainder of Acts will be focused on the advances of the gospel to Gentiles, within the Jewish world “the word of God continued to increase and spread.” In other words, God was still at work in behalf of the Jerusalem church and its ministry and was still concerned for his ancient people Israel.[14]


God’s Purposes Cannot Be Frustrated

But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied. And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their mission, taking along with them John, who was also called Mark. (12:24–25)

Again Luke keeps us on track with the church’s growth by reporting that despite the furious opposition of men, the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied. They could no more stop its spread than King Canute could stop the tide from coming in.

After stating the fact that God’s purposes cannot be frustrated, Luke cites as an example Barnabas and Saul, who returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their mission. They had completed their mission of bringing famine relief to the Jerusalem church (11:30). That mission took place after Herod’s death. He died, but the church he persecuted lived on.

Luke notes that John, who was also called Mark, accompanied them. From Colossians 4:10 we learn that he was Barnabas’s cousin. As he accompanied them on their relief mission to Jerusalem, so he would accompany them on their first missionary journey (13:5). His defection during that journey (13:13) would eventually lead to a rift between Paul and Barnabas (15:36–40).

Verses 24–25 mark an important transition in Acts. They introduce again the apostle Paul, with whose ministry the rest of the book will be primarily concerned.[15]


[1] Sills, M. D. (2017). Opportunities and Challenges in Global Missions. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1739). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ac 12:24). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2108). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Valdés, A. S. (2010). The Acts of the Apostles. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 547). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[5] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1618). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[6] Toussaint, S. D. (1985). Acts. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 385). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[7] Marty, W. H. (2014). Acts. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (p. 1699). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[8] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Acts of the Apostles (Vol. 17, p. 447). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[9] Vaughan, C. (2009). Acts (p. 88). Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press.

[10] Marshall, I. H. (1980). Acts: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 5, p. 225). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[11] Calvin, J., & Beveridge, H. (2010). Commentary upon the Acts of the Apostles (Vol. 1, p. 495). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[12] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Acts of the Apostles (Vol. 1, p. 381). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[13] Williams, D. J. (2011). Acts (p. 218). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[14] Longenecker, R. N. (2007). Acts. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 907). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[15] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1994). Acts (Vol. 1, p. 328). Chicago: Moody Press.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR JAN 1, 2021 Introduction and Comprehensive Petitions Conclusion 6.0 | ESV

Matthew Henry’s Method for Prayer 

Pray The Bible: Promoting, Encouraging, and Assisting God's People in Biblical Prayer

Of the Conclusion of our Prayers

We are commanded to pray at all times, Luke 21:36(ESV) to pray without ceasing, 1 Thessalonians 5:17(ESV) to continue steadfastly in prayer, Colossians 4:2(ESV) because we must always have in ourselves a disposition to the duty, must be constant in it, and never grow weary of it or give it up; and yet, we cannot be always praying, we must come down from this mount. Nor may we be over long, so as to make the duty a task or toil to ourselves or those who join with us. We have other work that calls for our attendance. Jacob wrestles with the angel, but he must go for the day breaks. Genesis 32:24(ESV) We must therefore think of concluding. The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, must come to an end. Psalm 72:20(ESV) But how shall we conclude so as to have the impressions of the duty kept always in the imagination of the thought of our heart?We may then sum up our requests in some comprehensive petitions, as the conclusion of the whole matter.

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip us with everything good that we may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 13:20-21(ESV)

Now may the Lord direct our hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:5(ESV)

And the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after we have suffered a little while, restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish us. 1 Peter 5:10(ESV)

And now, O Lord, what do we wait for? Truly our hope is in you; Psalm 39:7(ESV) and on you do we depend to be to us God Almighty, a God all-sufficient. Genesis 17:1(ESV)

Do for us far more abundantly than all that we are able to ask or think, according to the power at work within us: Ephesians 3:20(ESV) and supply all our needs according to your riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19(ESV)

Source: Introduction and Comprehensive Petitions (campaign-archive.com)

January 1 – Welcome to the Challenge! — VCY America

January 1
Genesis 1:1-2:25
Matthew 1:1-2:12
Psalm 1:1-6
Proverbs 1:1-6

Welcome to the 2019 Bible Reading Challenge! We’re glad you’re joining with us in 2019 to read thru the Bible. The first day of year is a new day – we can move past the failures of the past and start the year right – and what better place to start the year than in God’s Word as we begin 2018!

Genesis 1:1 talks about where the world began. If you’ve been to the Creation Museum, you’ve seen an incredible exhibit on the amazing work of God. If you were in the planetarium and saw the Created Cosmos presentation, you saw how amazingly immense the universe is – and yet the universe is so insignificant to God He just says he “created the heaven.”

Genesis 1:3 – If you’re wondering how you can have light before the sun – ICR’s Defender Study Bible notes:

The existence of visible light prior to the establishment of the sun, moon and stars (Genesis 1:16) emphasizes the fact that light (energy) is more fundamental than light givers. God could just as easily (perhaps more easily) have created waves of light energy as He could construct material bodies in which processes function which generate light energy. The first is direct (since God is light!), the second indirect. For the creation of such light generators, see note on Genesis 1:14.

https://www.icr.org/bible/Genesis/1/3

Matthew 1 – Congrats on making it thru your first set of genealogies! While many skim thru the genealogies – there’s some interesting names you can catch – 1:3 – Tamar, 1:5 – Ruth,  1:6 – Uriah; these three people would not be found in an elitist pedigree (each brings up a embarassing story), but God in His mercy allowed them to be part of the family tree of His Son!

Psalm 1 – Here’s an outline of the chapter – notice the parallelism of the contrast:

By the way – did you catch the blessing God has for you in Psalm 1? If you delight in His law – God has a blessing for you! (And if you want to memorize Psalm 1 – Patch the Pirate has a great song to help you!)

And if you need wisdom, Proverbs 1 reminds you that’s what this book is about.

Welcome to the 2019 Bible Reading Challenge – I’m excited to travel with you!

-Randy

Share how reading thru the Bible has been a blessing to you! E-mail us at 2018bible@vcyamerica.org or call and leave a message at 414-885-5370.

January 1 – Welcome to the Challenge! — VCY America

Deposition Reveals Seth Rich Communicating With Wikileaks & Requesting Payment – Memory-Holed By FBI

The name Seth Rich keeps coming up years after his murder. Many still believe he was at the center of the massive document dump to Wikileaks in 2016, which occurred only days after his murder. However, a newly released deposition by an award winning journalist from earlier this summer demonstrates that Rich was in contact with Wikileaks and requesting payment.

Source: Deposition Reveals Seth Rich Communicating With Wikileaks & Requesting Payment – Memory-Holed By FBI

2020’s most shocking ‘cancel culture’ stories

(CAMPUS REFORM) – The year 2020 was the year of the coronavirus pandemic, racial unrest, and racial unrest. Just as the pandemic and racial unrest had a significant impact on campus life, so too did cancel culture.

Campus Reform is counting down the 20 most shocking cancel culture stories of 2020.

1. Dean fired after saying ‘EVERYONE’S LIFE MATTERS’ in email

The nursing school dean at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell was fired after sending an email to students including the phrase “Everyone’s life matters.” After students aired their frustrations over social media and to the school’s administration, the school decided to end Leslie Neal-Boylan’s employment.

Read the full story ›

Source: 2020’s most shocking ‘cancel culture’ stories

You Will Reap What You Sow | The Puritan Board

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Galatians 6:7

Those who are wise will reap the benefits of such wisdom. This biblical principle is profitable for Christians and non-Christians. The action we take today affect tomorrow. The opening words of the verse teach us the root cause of a careless method of decision making. Unwise decisions are made by those who are deceived and believe not the truth. Here the Apostle Paul is talking about spiritual decision, but this can also be applied to secular matters.

The principle that you will reap what you will sow is good news for those who sow righteousness, holiness and godliness. However, those who sow sinfulness and wickedness this principle is a frightening thought. It is a true saying that we cannot live with the Devil and expect God to pay the rent. Do not deceive yourself. You shall reap the harvest of your life.

Every choice has a consequence. If we make a godly decision the Lord will bless our faithfulness. As we start new year may we remember that our actions have consequence, our decisions affect the future and the lives we led today are signify our future.

Source: You Will Reap What You Sow

OUTRAGE: Federal judge orders group that exposed sale of baby body parts to pay millions to Planned Parenthood

(Natural News) In what is no doubt only the latest secular government attempt to stifle Christian principles as well as common decency, a federal judge has handed down an outrageous decision, ordering a group that exposed the sale of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood affiliates to pay the national organization $13.6 million.

Source: OUTRAGE: Federal judge orders group that exposed sale of baby body parts to pay millions to Planned Parenthood

Shocking Number of Front Line Health Care Workers Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine | The Gateway Pundit

Front line health care workers are refusing to take the COVID-19 China coronavirus vaccine in large numbers, with Ohio reporting a 60 percent refusal rate among nursing home workers. In southern California anywhere from 20 to 50 percent of health care workers are reported to have refused the vaccine.

Two weeks ago when the first vaccines were deployed, staff at Boston Medical Center held a video dance party that was posted online by BMC CEO Kate Walsh (Note: There are no reports on the refusal rate at BMC.)

 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) spoke about the shocking vaccine refusal rate at a press conference Wednesday. Excerpt from the Ohio Capital Journal:

Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday said that a whopping 60% of nursing home workers who have been offered the vaccine have refused it.

…“Our bigger concern is the amount of staff who are not taking it,” DeWine said. “I don’t have data in front of me, but anecdotally, it looks like somewhere around 40% of staff at nursing homes are taking the vaccines and 60% are not taking it.”

Those figures are disturbing not only because of what they might say about attitudes toward the vaccines among the larger population. They also mean that most staffers will be unprotected as they move between the outside world and nursing homes filled with vulnerable people — some of whom will not be able to take the vaccine for medical reasons.

Even so, DeWine said he isn’t going to make anybody take it.

“I’m not going to compel anybody to do it, but I’m urging people to take that vaccine,” he said. “It’s very important,”

The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday on the high rate of vaccine refusal among health care workers in Southern California (excerpt):

They are frontline workers with top-priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine, but they are refusing to take it.

At St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Tehama County, fewer than half of the 700 hospital workers eligible for the vaccine were willing to take the shot when it was first offered. At Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, one in five frontline nurses and doctors have declined the shot. Roughly 20% to 40% of L.A. County’s frontline workers who were offered the vaccine did the same, according to county public health officials.

So many frontline workers in Riverside County have refused the vaccine — an estimated 50% — that hospital and public officials met to strategize how best to distribute the unused doses, Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari said.

The vaccine doubts swirling among healthcare workers across the country come as a surprise to researchers, who assumed hospital staff would be among those most in tune with the scientific data backing the vaccines…

…The first allocations of the vaccine made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech arrived last week in Tehama County, home to 65,000 people.

Dr. Richard Wickenheiser, the Tehama County health officer, said 495 doses were first made available to healthcare workers at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, but the hospital “basically returned 200 back to us.”

The refusal rate among front line workers was foretold in a survey of New York City firefighters released in early December that showed about 55 percent would refuse the vaccine (via WNBC-TV):

More than half of the FDNY firefighters who answered an internal survey said they won’t take the coronavirus vaccine once it becomes available to first responders in a couple of weeks, the union representing New York City’s firefighters said over the weekend.

Uniformed Firefighters Association President Andrew Ansbro said of the 2,053 firefighters surveyed in recent days, roughly 55 percent said they would not get the vaccine. Ansbro believes a large number of the firefighters resistant to the vaccine share concerns of trying a new vaccine or have limited information of its effectiveness.

“You also have to keep in mind that 35 percent of New York City firefighters have been infected and have overcome the virus. A lot of these members feel that they have antibodies and are not an at-risk category,” Ansbro said at a press conference Sunday.

The surveyed firefighters represent approximately a quarter of the union’s overall membership…

Source: Shocking Number of Front Line Health Care Workers Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

Coronavirus means life won’t go back to normal until fall 2021, despite vaccines: Fauci

Top White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that life in the U.S. will not get back to normal until fall 2021.

Source: Coronavirus means life won’t go back to normal until fall 2021, despite vaccines: Fauci

Since No One Seeks after God, Why Do So Many Unconverted People Come to Church? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Many churches prioritize worshiping in a way that is attractive to the unconverted instead of worshiping in a manner that is pleasing to God. From one of our live events, H.B. Charles Jr. and Steven Lawson call us to solemnly consider the true calling of the church.

To ask a biblical or theological question, just visit ask.Ligonier.org or message us on Facebook or Twitter.

Read the Transcript

Since No One Seeks after God, Why Do So Many Unconverted People Come to Church? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

‘Death sentence’: Repairman behind Hunter Biden laptop says he had to share hard drive info after ‘proper authorities’ failed him | RT USA News

‘Death sentence’: Repairman behind Hunter Biden laptop says he had to share hard drive info after ‘proper authorities’ failed him

John Paul Mac Isaac, the computer repairman at the center of the Hunter Biden laptop story, says Twitter labeling him a “hacker” has destroyed his business and he plans on refiling a dismissed lawsuit against the company.

“Being labeled a hacker is a death sentence in my industry, and I was just trying to do the right thing,” Isaac told Fox News on Thursday. “I don’t have a business anymore. As long as I’m labeled a hacker, I won’t be able to be trusted in this industry.”

Social media platforms, including Twitter, blocked users from sharing an October New York Post story based on material from the laptop Isaac claims belonged to Hunter Biden. That material included sexually explicit photos, as well as business emails that implied Joe Biden was involved in his son’s foreign business dealings when he was vice president, which he continues to deny.

Also on rt.com

Secret Service brings back old guard for Biden’s comfort ‘amid concerns’ over Trump loyalists in ranks – media

Twitter’s explanation for blocking the sharing of the story was that it was based on “hacked materials” that Isaac said had savaged his business and were the motivation behind pursuing a $500 million defamation suit against the company. That suit was dismissed this week, but Isaac’s lawyer said the dismissal was based on a technicality and they planned to refile.

“We think that Twitter defamed our client, and that is what caused all of his injury,”attorney Brian Della Rocca said, adding that further suits against other companies might be considered “down the line.”

Before the Post published materials from the laptop – which Isaac took ownership of after Hunter Biden allegedly dropped it off at his Delaware shop and never returned to pay the bill – Isaac gave them to Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, which he said he did only because the “proper authorities” had failed him.

Also on rt.com

Repairman who procured Hunter Biden’s laptop sues Twitter for defamation, claims company labeling him ‘hacker’ ruined his business

“Well, I needed to get this to the proper authorities,” Isaac said, “and when I felt like the proper authorities failed me, then that gives me the opportunity to get that to the people … the last person on the list was lawyers or the president.”

Isaac said he handed the laptop materials over to the FBI before he contacted Giuliani. He claims to have received numerous death threats since the Post story broke. On top of the $500 million, he also wants a public retraction from Twitter.

Source: ‘Death sentence’: Repairman behind Hunter Biden laptop says he had to share hard drive info after ‘proper authorities’ failed him

RNS reporters on the big stories they expect to cover in 2021

(RNS) — How will America’s religious landscape recover from 2020 and who will lead faith issues in new directions in the new year? The post appeared first on Religion News Service .

Source: RNS reporters on the big stories they expect to cover in 2021

New Analysis Finds Mask Mandates Not Stopping CCP Virus Surge — Christian Research Network

“Governments should undertake more effective interventions. These include adopting better measures to protect nursing home residents, enabling nationwide screening through the widespread use of rapid self-tests, and establishing voluntary isolation centers where infected people can recover, rather than exposing their families to infection.”

(Mark Tapscott – Epoch News)  There may be more effective interventions to control the spread of the CCP virus in the United States and elsewhere than government-ordered mask mandates, the authors of a new study say.

The 25 U.S. counties with the highest number of officially reported cases of CCP virus, which causes the disease COVID-19, have rigorous mask mandates in place, as do 97 of the top 100, according to the study by the Heritage Foundation.

“From October 1 through December 13, the U.S. saw an increase of 8.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases,” the conservative foundation’s Center for Data Analysis (CDA) reported in a study made public on Dec. 27. View article →

New Analysis Finds Mask Mandates Not Stopping CCP Virus Surge — Christian Research Network

Weekly Watchman for 01/01/2021

John Haller: Good-Bye 2020, Hello Covid, Cancel Culture, & Communist Policy

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Gary Kah: Vaccines, Mandates, and Manipulation

The godless left is driving the media manipulation as part of a global agenda, and citizens of the divided states are feeling the crisis fatigue. In these uncertain times in which we live, be reminded to cultivate an eternal perspective and to feed your faith, not your fear!

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Scott Lively: Why Christians Must Resist the Devil, Fight Evildoers

After all that’s occurred in 2020, we need to cultivate an eternal perspective and pray for wisdom to see world events through the lens of Scripture. Wickedness is rampant and lawlessness is increasing.

Should believers in Christ fight evildoers and if so, how?

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