Daily Archives: March 17, 2021

Optical illusion triggers Biden conspiracy theory – YouTube

People are now wondering if Joe Biden is a green-screen president after a weird optical illusion appeared on a video of him leaving the White House.

When one of the journalists asked, “Do you have any plans to travel to the southern border?” Biden replied, “Not at the moment.” But it was not his response that got attention on social media. Rather, it was the video of the exchange, in which it looks like Biden’s hand goes right through two microphones as though they weren’t even there.

Naturally, the video sent social media into a conspiracy frenzy, with people once again raving about Biden being a hologram and others believing that his entire presidency is just one big green-screen production. Although, in these turbulent times it is somewhat comforting to know that some things just don’t change.

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ALIEN INVASION Dinesh D’Souza Podcast Ep48 – YouTube

In this episode, Dinesh exposes the alien invasion, a swarm of illegals who travel to the US border in caravans organized and subsidized by the international Left.  Taking up economist Larry Kudlow’s statement that the federal government could get more revenue by lowering taxes on the rich, Dinesh explains the basic idea of the Laffer curve. Dinesh continues his discussion of the roots of “woke supremacy.” An Iranian Muslim denounces the immorality of “The Great Gatsby,” and Dinesh thinks he might have a point.  And Danielle D’Souza Gill comes on to talk about two very strange creatures: the Georgia Secretary of State and a group called Evangelicals for Biden.

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CBN NewsWatch PM: March 17, 2021 – YouTube

Details on the mass shooting in Atlanta that left eight people dead – and why the shooter said he did it. President Biden talks about problems at the border and a House Committee investigates the issue. Plus, President Biden’s plan for tax hikes…

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McConnell: The People Did Not Give Biden A Mandate To Transform The Country In Every Way Liberals Want | Video | RealClearPolitics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said President Joe Biden and Democrats were not given a mandate by the people “to completely transform the country” in an interview with FOX News host Harris Faulkner on Wednesday.

HARRIS FAULKNER, FOX NEWS ANCHOR:  Joining me now with reaction, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican from Kentucky.

Great to see you today.

I want to jump right in with the stakes and what they are and why Democrats are doing this now, Senator.

SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY):  Well, they’re very anxious, Harris, to transform the country immediately, even though the American people sent a 50/50 Senate and a narrowly divided House.

I don’t think they were sending a message that it was a mandate to completely transform the country in every way liberals want to do that. And so they view the Senate rule, which has been there forever, that requires a supermajority of 60 to do most of the things we do, as an unnecessary inconvenience.

Now, bear in mind, this is the same Dick Durbin who two years ago was defending this as absolutely the essence of the Senate.

FAULKNER:  Right.

MCCONNELL:  So, I guess where they stand depends on where they sit.

And so, when they are in a position to advance the ball, they don’t care. In contrast, President Trump tried to get me to orchestrate the elimination of the filibuster for a number of years, even tweeted about it.

I said:  No, Mr. President, that’s not in the best interests of the institution and actually not in your best interests either. I said no.

They are — they are prepared to steamroll the Senate into a majoritarian body, just like the House because it inconveniently gets in the way of all they want to do…

FAULKNER:  So…

MCCONNELL:  … to run up the debt, to raise taxes.

And you have seen the disaster at the border.

FAULKNER:  Well, look, Senator, I’m taking a look at what the plans are to spend a lot more money on infrastructure. And that’s something that Republicans and Democrats might agree on. But that price tag, that is something else.

So, look, you mentioned it yourself, that you were asked to do this by the former president. Here are Democrats on the filibuster back when Trump was president:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

STEPHANOPOULOS:  What about that nuclear option, doing away with the filibuster?

DURBIN:  Well, I can tell you, that would be the end of the Senate as it was originally devised and created going back to our founding fathers.

SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-MN):  The point is, we still left the 60 votes in place…

CHUCK TODD, MSNBC HOST:  Right. Would you bring it back? Yes.

KLOBUCHAR:  … for the Supreme Court, and Mitch McConnell changed that.

I would prefer to bring it back.

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY):  Without the 60-vote threshold for legislation, the Senate becomes like a majoritarian institution like the House, much more subject to the winds of short-term electoral change.

No senator would like to see this happen.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

FAULKNER:  End of the Senate. You called it scorched earth.

What is all of that about? How bad is it about to get if this happens?

MCCONNELL:  Well, Schumer had it right two years ago. That’s what he thought then.

But he is yielding to the pressure of the hard left to turn the Senate into a speedway, as opposed to a place where things are paused and thought over.

The Senate was created on purpose, Harris, not to function like the House, to slow things down, to kill bad ideas, to force bipartisanship, all the things that the Democrats believed in, as long as there was a Republican in the White House, or conveniently thrown aside as soon as they think there is a chance that they can advance their steamroller agenda, which the American people, by the way, certainly did not give them a mandate to pursue in last November’s election.

FAULKNER:  Senator, scorched earth, what is that to you?

MCCONNELL:  Well, I think what I predicted our reaction to them fundamentally turning the Senate into the House would be to make it difficult for the Senate to function.

For example, in a 50/50 Senate, it will still be hard for them to achieve things. It takes 51 to make a quorum. Without 51 votes, you can’t do business.

Almost every day, most of the things we do, Harris, are about consent. You hear senators saying:  I ask unanimous consent that we do this, that or the other. Any one senator can object to a consent request.

My point being that the fact that they get rid of the filibuster doesn’t mean the Senate will work better. It means the Senate will work worse. And it is a step in the wrong direction for the institution and for the country.

I hope Senator Manchin and Senator Sinema, who have similar views to mine, will stand strong, protect the institution.

FAULKNER:  Interesting.

MCCONNELL:  It’ll be in the best interests of both parties in the long run.

FAULKNER:  Well, and I know Kyrsten Sinema, voted, when she was a congresswoman, with Donald Trump before she became a senator, 60 percent of the time. So, you may get some movement there.

If you don’t, are you going to be blocking President Biden?

MCCONNELL:  Well, so far, the president is not supporting things that many Republicans think are a good idea.

We certainly will oppose the things that we feel are not in the best interests of the country, whether we are able to do that by requiring 60 votes, or whether it’s done with a simple 51.

What we sign up for with the Biden administration will depend on what they try to do. You mentioned infrastructure. If it’s infrastructure, that’s one thing. If it’s a Trojan horse that includes a massive tax increase, that’s another.

And that’s exactly what I think, Harris, they have in mind, is to call it an infrastructure bill, but, in fact, in it, they will have a massive tax increase to, in effect, reverse the tax reform that we enacted in 2017, when we had an entirely Republican government.

FAULKNER:  Oh, that’s interesting, yes, kind of like what they’re doing at the border, which I want to get to in just a second.

I have a quick question before we leave this relationship within the Senate.

You have known this president for, what, four decades, back when he was a senator. Is this the person that you thought he would be as president? He promised unity, bipartisanship. That is not what the American people are watching him deliver.

MCCONNELL:  Yes, you’re right.

Joe Biden is a really nice guy. Everybody liked him. I never remembered him as a moderate. So, Harris, I’m not surprised that he’s not a moderate. He just seemed moderate, I guess, running for the nomination, compared to everyone else who wanted to be president.

So, I’m not surprised that this is a left-wing administration. I anticipated it. And that’s why it’s going to be very difficult to craft bipartisan agreements, because they want to jam things through their way, hard left, which I don’t think the American people expect any bipartisanship to support.

FAULKNER:  Yes.

Well, 2022 is going to be here in no time. And I can imagine you and other Republicans will work on the numbers in the House and Senate.

I’ll move to this.

House lawmakers have been grilling Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas right now on why the administration won’t call the border situation a crisis. Here’s what he said just a few minutes ago.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS, U.S. SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY:  If we want to speak of language, then let me speak of language.

I will share with you how I define a crisis. A crisis is when a nation is willing to rip a 9-year-old child out of the hands of his or her parent and separate that family to deter future migration. That, to me, is a humanitarian crisis.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

FAULKNER:  Senator, your response?

MCCONNELL:  My definition of a crisis is when you send the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which only goes to emergencies, down to the border, it is, by definition, an emergency.

This administration walked away from the policy the previous administration was able to negotiate with the Mexican government, where people are detained on the other side of the border. That allows that influx into our country, and then they’re caught up in the system, which is largely going to remain under this administration a catch-and-release approach.

Certainly, we want to take care of the children. But this is about a lot more than these youngsters. This is about whether or not the federal government will contain the border. The previous administration did an excellent job on border security. This administration is stopping funding for the wall, as an example.

How’s that helpful? Stopping the agreement with the Mexican government to contain people on the other side of the border, how is that helpful?

FAULKNER:  Yes.

MCCONNELL:  This is a crisis. I don’t care what the secretary of homeland security wants to call it. It’s a crisis that they created, this administration.

FAULKNER:  Real — my time with you — my time with you is short, so I want to get this in.

When you see the situation at the border, and all the other things that are coming down the pike from what you said you expected this to be, a left, liberal government under Biden, how mighty is the fight for you in leadership and Republicans to make sure that there is balance, and that the agenda gets even approaching what those 75 million people wanted who voted for Trump and didn’t vote for Biden?

MCCONNELL:  Well, we’re going to do everything we can to force this administration to the middle.

If they eliminate the filibuster, we will make it difficult still in a 50/50 Senate for them to pass hard left legislation. And, hopefully, there will be some Democrats who agree with us that America did not, last November, give a mandate to all the left-wingers who dominate in the Biden administration and who clearly predominate in the House, and a majority of the Democrats in the Senate.

We will be looking for moderate Democrats who want to stop the steamroller, with or without the continuation of the legislative filibuster.

FAULKNER:  Are you — last question.

Are you disappointed in how this president has chosen to go forward?

MCCONNELL:  Yes, I’m disappointed, but not surprised.

The definition of bipartisanship is to meet in the middle. And, Harris, so far, they haven’t chosen to do that on anything I can think of.

When they do want to meet us in the middle, we will be happy to talk. If they’re trying to jam a hard left agenda through the American — through the American — to put that on the American people, a hard left agenda, you can expect us to put up a stiff fight with the 50 Republican senators that the American people sent us last November.

FAULKNER:  That sounds, in fact, like a warning.

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With US immigration crisis escalating, Biden administration attempts to ban Border Patrol agents from talking to media – reports — RT USA News

With US immigration crisis escalating, Biden administration attempts to ban Border Patrol agents from talking to media – reports

Child migrants take shelter from the rain in the back of a US Border Patrol vehicle on Sunday after crossing the border into Texas.  © Reuters / Adrees Latif

One of President Joe Biden’s latest tactics in dealing with a growing flood of illegal aliens – especially unaccompanied child migrants – is reportedly to muzzle Border Patrol agents, banning them from speaking to reporters.

Biden’s administration has verbally passed down an unofficial “gag order,”NBC News reported on Wednesday, citing two current and two former US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials. CBP agents and section chiefs are essentially banned from speaking to media outlets and have been instructed to deny all requests from journalists for ride-alongs. 

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Biden tells migrants ‘Don’t come over,’ downplays own DHS chief’s warning of biggest immigration surge in 2 decades & blames Trump

Those who are allowed to speak can only use “approved messaging,” the Washington Examiner reported, while NBC said that even local reporters in border areas are referred to CBP’s Washington office for answers to their questions.

The crackdown comes as Biden is being accused by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, of “destroying our country” with policies that are spurring a surge in illegal immigration. With the number of unaccompanied minors arriving daily at the southern US border jumping about ninefold since the first week in January, to an average of 435 in the past few weeks, Biden’s administration is struggling to manage the influx.

The new president is even drawing some criticism from a normally Democrat-friendly White House press corps, after it came to light that some migrant children have been sleeping on the floor, going hungry and being deprived of seeing the sun for several days.

Most of the children are being held longer than the government’s 72-hour limit for getting minors transferred from CBP to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) to help get them settled in the US. The administration has rented emergency shelter space at a Dallas convention center for as many as 3,000 migrant teenagers.

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Biden administration to house up to 3,000 migrant kids in Dallas convention center turned into ‘decompression’ facility – reports

The gag order is similar to another unofficial ban, which the Obama-Biden administration imposed on Texas CBP agents amid a border crisis in 2014. Biden later called Trump’s immigration policies a “moral and national shame,” but back in 2014, he said the parents of unaccompanied children being sent across the border were being “reckless and dangerous.”

— Read on www.rt.com/usa/518413-biden-hushes-border-patrol/

Families send thousands of kids alone across border due to Biden policy | WND

Immigrants from Central America making their way to the U.S. border (Screenshot CNN)

Central American families whose asylum claims have been rejected are exploiting Biden administration rules, sending their children alone across the border because unaccompanied minors won’t be turned away.

A person familiar with discussions at the Department of Homeland Security, confirming an NBC News report, said the loophole is putting the children at risk, the Washington Examiner reported.

Last month, 8,000 of the more than 18,000 family units that illegally came across the border were sent back, according to federal data.

In January, the Biden administration chose not to return unaccompanied children from the border as the Trump administration had done.

13,000 children in custody

CBS News reported, citing sources, that more than 13,000 unaccompanied migrant children are now in U.S. custody.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who has refused to call the surge a “crisis,” acknowledged Tuesday that more migrants are crossing the border than at any time in the last 20 years.

He called the the situation “difficult.”

“We are expelling most single adults and families. We are not expelling unaccompanied children,” Mayorkas said in a statement.

The unaccompanied minors are being held an average of 120 hours in Border Patrol facilities, which is far longer than the 72 hours allowed by law, CBS reported.

Reporter Mireya Villarreal spoke to a 10-year-old Honduran boy who was walking alone. The boy said he had traveled to the Texas border without any family.

See the CBS News report:

https://youtu.be/cjWatkb8oqo

‘Gag order’

The Biden administration is restricting the information Border Patrol agents and sector chiefs can share with the media, according to four current and two former Customs and Border Protection officials who spoke with NBC News.

The officials said colleagues refer to the restriction as a “gag order.” NBC News said requests for access to, or photos from, inside overcrowded border processing facilities holding unaccompanied migrant children have been denied.

The network noted that at the height of the Trump administration’s child separation policy in June 2018, officials allowed media to tour facilities where the children were held.

‘Immediately surge to the border

In a Democratic primary debate in September 2019 focused on immigration, Biden said that under the Obama-Biden administration “we didn’t lock people up in cages.”

Biden said that if elected, he would “make sure that we immediately surge to the border all those people who are seeking asylum.”

“They deserve to be heard. That’s who we are. We’re a nation that says if you want to flee, and you’re fleeing opression, you should come.”

He also said he would also reverse a Trump policy that barred domestic abuse as justification for granting asylum.

Asylum seekers must establish that they fear persecution in their home country and prove they would be persecuted on the basis of at least one of five protected grounds: race, religion, nationality, political opinion or social group.

See Biden’s remarks in the ABC News debate:

— Read on www.wnd.com/2021/03/families-sending-children-alone-across-border-due-biden-policy/

With 13,000 ‘Kids In Cages’, We Remember When Biden Vowed To “Flood The Border” When Elected | ZeroHedge

As Congressional GOP push the line that President Biden created the current border crisis thanks to his early executive actions on immigration and a ‘pathway to citizenship,’ and White House officials insisting it isn’t a crisis, let’s first take a trip down memory lane and review what Biden said during the first Democratic primary debate.

In response to a question on immigration, Biden said that he would make sure there would be an “immediate surge to the border.” While it’s unclear from his answer who exactly would be doing the surging, he also insisted that ‘people seeking asylum deserve to be heard.’

Watch:

Fast forward to today, as the border crisis – which is exactly what it is – worsens:

As Summit News’ Steve Watson detailed earlier, the crisis at the border continues to accelerate, as CBS News reported Tuesday that there are now more than 13,000 unaccompanied migrant children being held in prison like cells by US authorities.

The report notes that many more are being turned back every day, and that there are now so many trying to cross the border that the US is on track this year to encounter more illegal immigration than in the past TWENTY YEARS.

The kids are being held in squalid conditions, sleeping on concrete floors without any sunlight for up to five days, according to the report, well over the legal limit of 72 hours.

When asked again yesterday if he has plans to go to the border, Biden replied “not at the moment”.

Kamala Harris, who decried “babies in cages” during the presidential campaign, also avoided the issue telling reporters as she traveled “I haven’t been briefed on anything today about it.”

Thousands of migrant children are set to be housed at the Dallas convention center, with talk of juvenile centers also said to be being prepared:

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

The new revelations come as DHS head Alejandro Mayorkas announced an EXPANSION of the Central American Minors program, which he said “creates a lawful pathway for children to come to the United States without having to take the dangerous journey. Under this expansion, children will be processed in their home countries and brought to the United States in a safe and orderly way.”

In other words, the Biden administration is opening the floodgates even further, which will do nothing to stem the flow of migrants who believe they can now walk into the US unhindered.

In fact it will encourage more illegal immigration.

The New York Times reported that migrants are gathering in huge numbers at the border because they expect a Biden presidency to mean they will easily be able to get across.

“Biden promised us that everything was going to change,” one of the migrants, Gladys Oneida Pérez Cruz. told The New York Times. “He hasn’t done it yet, but he is going to be a good president for migrants.”

As previously reported by CBS News, just under one month ago there were only NINE children being held in Border Patrol facilities, yet now there are over 13,000.

This is an unprecedented crisis caused directly by the undoing of President Trump’s border policies and the Biden administration either refuses to address it, or blames Trump himself.

In fact, they are putting out “leaks” that reveal their intentions to continue an open border policy, with the intention to integrate 117,000 migrant youths and children this year alone.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/political/cbs-reports-there-are-now-13000-kids-cages-border

JoeBama Administration Blocks Journalists From Reviewing Evidence of Ongoing Massive Border Crisis – The Last Refuge

The same thing happened in 2014 when Obama blocked the media from reporting on the escalating border crisis.  Breitbart news then came under attack for independently talking to border patrol and documenting the crisis.  In the 2021 version the JoeBama administration is back to their old tricks.

Journalists are not being allowed to review or document the escalating crisis at the southern U.S. border.  No pictures are allowed, and the Biden crew has instructed all government officials not to talk to reporters or journalists.  They are hiding their motives behind the justification of COVID.  NBC carefully attempts to call them out.

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is restricting the information Border Patrol agents and sector chiefs can share with the media as a surge of migrants tests the agency’s capacity at the southern border, according to four current and two former Customs and Border Protection officials.

[…]  Multiple news organizations, including NBC News, have requested access to or photos from inside overcrowded border processing facilities holding unaccompanied migrant children; they have been denied. The DHS press office released one photo late Tuesday of a mother and child undergoing a health screening inside a border facility, but no wider shots to show conditions or sleeping arrangements.

At the height of the Trump administration’s child separation policy in June 2018, it allowed media to tour facilities where separated children were held.

The new restrictions have been passed down verbally, not through an official memo, the officials said. (read more)

— Read on theconservativetreehouse.com/2021/03/17/joebama-administration-blocks-journalists-from-reviewing-evidence-of-ongoing-massive-border-crisis/

Ron DeSantis: Florida Schools Will Not Teach Critical Race Theory

DeSantis took aim at critical race theory, which has picked up steam since President Joe Biden rescinded a Trump order banning it in federal agencies.

Biden bait & switch? Almost HALF Americans think someone else is making the president’s decisions — RT USA News

Biden bait & switch? Almost HALF Americans think someone else is making the president’s decisions

Who’s pulling whose strings? © Reuters / Kevin Lamarque

As many Americans believe someone other than President Joe Biden is making the important day-to-day decisions in the White House as believe Biden’s the man in charge, according to a recent Rasmussen poll.

Just 47% of American voters believe President Joe Biden is actually calling the shots regarding his presidential duties, according to a Rasmussen pollpublished on Tuesday. That’s the same number of respondents – 47% – who believe other officials, like Vice President Kamala Harris, are making those decisions behind the scenes.

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No-show Joe? VP Harris continues high-level talks without Biden, speaks to Israeli PM Netanyahu

The poll results certainly raise an eyebrow or two, given the widespread discussion of Biden’s mental state ahead of November’s election. Rumors that the 78-year-old politician – the oldest man to be elected president in US history – suffered from dementia or some other incapacitating mental condition were widespread in the runup to November’s vote, fueled by frequent gaffes in which Biden seemed to forget where (and when) he was, as well as important names and events.

In one particularly egregious slip-up, he referred to former President Barack Obama – under whom he served as vice president and whose reputation he essentially ran on – as “President My Boss,” laughing it off after a strained pause.

The poll responses also raise questions about the role of Harris, who was so widely disliked as a presidential candidate in her own right that she actually dropped out of the Democratic primaries before states began voting, after Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard exposed some of the stains on the California senator’s record on the debate stage. In a year where the country’s reckoning with police abuses featured front and center among election issues, Harris’ term as California’s top prosecutor suggested she was in every way the wrong woman for the job.

Having covered up for dirty cops, advocated for the imprisonment of truant children’s moms, suppressed exonerating evidence, let mortgage fraudsters off the hook, and kept nonviolent prisoners locked up past their parole dates in order to use them to fight wildfires on the cheap, Harris had nothing in common with the image overhaul Democratic voters seemed to be seeking in their 2020 candidate, in Gabbard’s estimation. Sneaking her into the White House as Biden’s diversity-box-checking sidekick – a role she was clearly selected to play after Biden promised to specifically name a “woman of color” as his VP candidate – represents little more than a slap in the face to voters, especially those progressive Democrats of color who elected Biden under the (false) understanding they were being offered a chance to renegotiate their relationship with the police.

 Also on rt.com

Tara Reade: With their crumbling image and internal bickering, Democrats should beware the Ides of March

Further muddying the waters, the media establishment – so keen to dig up scandal in the Trump White House – has contented itself in the early days of Biden’s presidency to report on dog-bite injuries and self-congratulatory speeches, minimizing coverage of Harris seemingly horning in on more important presidential duties.

The VP took Biden’s place in a recent phone call with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as recent calls with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, Australian PM Scott Morrison, and World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. According to CNN, Harris is making a point of “beefing up” her work on foreign policy and national security – two key fields for any candidate seeking the presidency. The VP’s frequent Freudian slips – in which she has referred to a “Harris administration” – and the media’s fawning over everything from her footwear to her favorite songs suggest a made-to-order leader delivered without the benefit of a vote.

 Also on rt.com

Kamala Harris, not Joe Biden, makes some of the latest calls to world leaders, White House readouts reveal

— Read on www.rt.com/usa/518412-biden-harris-decisions-presidential/

March 17 Evening Quotes of The Day

What to Look for in a Wife
Genesis 24:3–4, 37–38; Proverbs 18:22; 31:10

If you are a man of holiness, you must look more for a portion of grace in a wife than for a portion of gold with a wife. You must look more after righteousness than riches, more after piety than money, more after what inheritance she has in heaven than what possessions she has on earth, more at what interest she has in Christ than at what interest she has in creatures, more at her being new-born than at her being high-born, more at her being good than at all her worldly goods.

THOMAS BROOKS

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Fasting Is a Subordinate Aid to Worship
Ezra 8:23; Isaiah 58:5–7; Luke 2:37; Acts 13:3; 14:23

Prayers belong strictly to the worship of God. Fasting is a subordinate aid, which is pleasing to God no farther than as it aids the earnestness and fervency of prayer. We must hold by this rule, that the duties of men are to be judged according as they are directed to a proper and lawful end. We must hold, also, by this distinction, that prayers are a direct worship of God; while fastings are a part of worship only on account of their consequences.

JOHN CALVIN

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Afraid to Die? You’re Probably Not a Christian (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S7E03) — Cold Case Christianity

There are many reasons why people fear death, but recent studies reveal an interesting truth: Some people fear death less than others. What makes the difference? Why are some people more afraid of dying then others? J. Warner answers these questions in this episode of the NRBtv Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast.

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I Am With You — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish” Isaiah 41:10-11

Thought

Not only does God’s blessing rest on us, his presence goes with us. We cannot ever be in a place where he is not with us (see Psalm 139). His presence and power will uphold us and strengthen us. No matter what may happen in our physical bodies or our physical worlds, God has given us the ultimate triumph over every enemy and all wickedness in Jesus. Even Jesus’ doubters and enemies will worship our Lord and kneel at his feet and will recognize that our faith is not only appropriate, but it is victorious (cf. 1 Thessalonians 1).

Prayer

Thank you, dear Father! You are not only the God of the heavens, but you are also my God. You know me and care about me. You hear my cries for help and mercy. You share my struggles and burdens. Please deliver me from every enemy, both physical and spiritual, and give me boldness to stand firm in my faith in you. In Jesus’ name I ask this. Amen.

By Phil Ware
Used by Permission
From: http://www.verseoftheday.com


FURTHER READING

•  Praying with Confidence
•  Foundational Core Truths about Prayer by Sylvia Gunter

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: https://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/

I Am With You — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

March 17 Evening Verse of The Day

16:25 The Lord anticipates two hindrances to discipleship. The first is the natural temptation to save oneself from discomfort, pain, loneliness, or loss. The other is to become wealthy. As to the first, Jesus warned that those who hug their lives for selfish purposes would never find fulfillment; those who recklessly abandon their lives to Him, not counting the cost, would find the reason for their existence.[1]


25. For whoever would save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake shall find it. This is the grand paradox of 10:39 and similar passages. It is held by some that the substitution of “save” here in 16:25 for “find” in the first clause of 10:39 (“He who finds his life shall lose it”) makes the present passage even fuller and more forceful, as if, in distinction from merely trying to “find” his life, that is, attaining to what he considers a richer, happier life, the man described in 16:25 puts forth every effort to “save,” that is, “rescue” his self, and having done so, to cling to it by every possible means. Whether this distinction can be sustained is debatable. In view of the fact that in both passages the antonym is “lose,” it may well be that the difference between “finding” and “saving” is very slight. At any rate we may be sure that in both cases the person who is condemned is the selfish person, the individual who is turned in upon himself, and the one who is commended is the outgoing person, the one who, for the sake of the love of Christ shown to him, now in turn loves the Lord and all those whom the Lord wants him to love, and who, in the process of doing this is even willing to suffer extreme personal affliction and, if need be, even death. That person’s life shall be marvelously enriched, says Jesus.

A few examples of the persons here condemned: envious Cain (Gen. 4:1–8; 1 John 3:12), greedy Ahab and Jezebel (1 Kings 21), haughty Haman (Esther 3:5; 5:9–14), vengeful King Herod I (Matt. 2:3, 16), perfidious Judas Iscariot (Matt. 26:14–16; Luke 22:47, 48). See also the story of “the rich young ruler” (Matt. 19:16–22).

A few examples of those here commended: self-negating Judah (Gen. 44:18–34), noble Jonathan (1 Sam. 18–20), the Good Samaritan of the parable (Luke 10:29–37), men like Epaphroditus (Phil. 2:25–30) and Onesiphorus (2 Tim. 1:16; 4:19), who were willing to risk everything for the sake of Christ’s cause, and humble, self-sacrificing Paul (Rom. 9:3; Gal. 4:19, 20; 6:14). In all of these the spirit of Jesus Christ himself was reflected (2 Cor. 8:9).[2]


Ver. 25. For whosoever will save his life.

Losing the soul to save it:—One of the moral paradoxes of Scripture—the most decided, the most contradictory, the most reckless (if we may so say) of them all. A complete inversion of language. And it is no isolated expression. It is forced on our attention again and again. We cannot wander far in any direction without encountering this startling signpost, announcing the path of destruction as the only high-road to salvation. The context, moreover, enhances the paradox. We are told that a man’s life (or soul, for it is the same word in the original) is absolutely priceless to him; that no exchange can be an equivalent; that no compensation will requite him for the loss: yet in the same breath we are bidden to despise it, to abandon it, to fling it away like a broken potsherd or a rank weed. The contradiction is direct and positive; and in this contradiction the lesson is to be sought.

  1. What is meant by this soul or life of man? It is the living principle; the centre of man’s capacities, passions, energies; the very seat of his personality. A man’s soul is everything to him. Obviously, then, the health or sickness, the saving or the losing, the life or death of this soul, must be a matter of infinite moment, both in time and eternity; for it guides his actions, regulates his affections, influences his feelings. It is to his whole being what the mainspring is to a watch.
  2. What are the faculties and duration of the soul? This question cannot be evaded; it must be faced. Its practical consequences are too momentous to admit of delay. If this life which we call “life” is only a passing moment of an infinite future, only the seed-time of a heavenly harvest, the infancy of an eternal manhood,—then treat it as such, educate and discipline it as such. You cannot go on drifting through life, till you find yourself at the edge of a cataract. No man going on a journey neglects so to arrange his route that at nightfall he shall halt at some place where food and shelter will be obtained. Darkness will overtake him, perhaps, in any case, for even the grateful interposition and warning of the twilight may not be sufficient; but what sane man would not shrink from finding himself in the darkness in a barren, trackless desert, exposed to the pitiless storm?

III. How is the soul to be saved? By losing it. The meaning of these words in their primary application is simple. To Christ’s disciples and their immediate followers, no comment was necessary. In an age of persecution, the willingness to lose the lower life for the salvation of the higher would be only too often tested in a literal sense. And the corresponding application now need create no difficulty. Whoever purchases ease by dishonesty, or comfort by neglect of duty, or popularity by concession of principle—preferring self where truth, honour, love, purity, or reverence demands self-negation, self-abandonment—that man loses his soul, loses his life, by saving it.

  1. But though the man who saves his soul is sure to lose it, the converse does not necessarily follow. Here an important proviso comes in—“for My sake.” There are many ways of losing the soul; but only one way of losing it so as to save. The profligate libertine squanders his means, and neglects his health, and flings himself away; but he does it selfishly, and to him the promise does not apply.
  2. Loss for Christ’s sake is gain. This does not merely apply to sacrifices made consciously and directly in the cause of Christianity. If Christ be (as we believe) the very and eternal Word of God; the very expression of the Father’s truth, righteousness, purity, love; then the sacrifice of self to any one of these things is a saving of the soul by losing it; then the martyr to truth, to holiness, to purity, to love, may claim his portion along with the martyr to religion, for he has thrown himself away, has lost his soul for Christ’s sake.
  3. The same contrast and the same alternative may exist within the sphere of religion itself. It is possible to be anxious about saving the soul, to be extremely religious in a certain sense, but yet to risk the losing of it in the very desire of saving it. The soul must brace itself by vigorous exercise—spend and be spent. The true method of salvation is a great venture of self, a forgetfulness of self, a going out of self. Lose your soul in energy; spend yourself in alleviating some misery, instructing some ignorance, or reforming some vice. Fling your soul away, that, after many days, you may recover it again, purified, strengthened, renewed, living once more. (Bishop J. B. Lightfoot.)

Temporal gain eternal loss:—It hath cost many a man his life, when his house has been on fire, to attempt through covetousness to save some of his stuff; venturing among the flames to preserve this, he has perished himself. Many more have lost their souls, by attempting to carry some of their own stuff—their own self-righteousness—with them to heaven. O sirs! come out, come out; leave what is your own in the fire; flee to Christ naked! (Gurnall.)

Life lost in the effort to save it:—It is reported, in connection with a railway accident that happened a few years ago, that the only person who lost his life was a gentleman who jumped out of the train with a view to save it; all the other passengers who kept their seats were preserved.

Temporal loss eternal gain:—God can infinitely more than counterbalance all temporal losses by the larger and richer outpouring of His Spirit on the soul. He may demand our worldly wealth; but if He increase our spiritual riches, are we not therein great gainers? Can He not, by the consolations of His Spirit, raise us far above all temporal distresses; and, by opening up a prospect beyond the grave, make us to glory in all tribulations (Romans 5:3–5). It was thus that St. Paul took, as he strongly phrases it, pleasure in infirmities, and persecutions, and distresses, for Christ’s sake. It was thus that, in ancient days, they took cheerfully the spoiling of their goods, knowing that they had in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Even so may we expect it to be with us in this world. If our afflictions abound, even so shall also our consolations abound by Christ. And the consciousness, the comfortable reflection, that with a single eye we have sought God’s glory, will make every pain a pleasure, every loss a gain. (R. B. Nichol.) Losses and gains connected with religion.

  1. The things of this life men may obtain by rejecting the religion of Christ. They may obtain a considerable portion of earthly riches; the sensual gratifications of life; the distinctions of worldly honour and praise.
  2. In what respect these advantages shall be lost to them. They shall often be interrupted in their enjoyment of them. Sometimes they are overtaken with overwhelming calamities. They must all necessarily be forfeited at death. They produce the most appalling consequences in the eternal world.

III. What we may be called to sacrifice in becoming the disciples of Jesus. Christ called His disciples to lose all will and choice with respect to this world’s good. We may be called to lose the approbation of friends; to endure the frowns of the world; lose life itself.

  1. In what respects we shall find again the things we sacrifice. In the midst of these sacrifices—we have what is better than life; we are attaining a greater assimilation to the life of Christ; all our sacrifices terminate at death; we shall be super-abundantly rewarded at the last day. (J. Burns, D.D.)[3]

25. For he that would save his life shall lose it. It is a most appropriate consolation, that they who willingly suffer death for the sake of Christ do actually obtain life; for Mark expressly states this as the motive to believers in dying—for my sake, and for the sake of the Gospel—and in the words of Matthew the same thing must be understood. It frequently happens that irreligious men are prompted by ambition or despair to despise life; and to such persons it will be no advantage that they are courageous in meeting death. The threatening, which is contrasted with the promise, has also a powerful tendency to shake off carnal sloth, when he reminds men who are desirous of the present life, that the only advantage which they reap is, to lose life. There is a contrast intended here between temporal and eternal death, as we have explained under Matthew 10:39, where the reader will find the rest of this subject.[4]


A Twofold Declaration (16:25)

‘For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.’ These words recall the very similar warning and promise of Matthew 10:39. Here, as there, Jesus is spurring disciples to heed the preceding call. But matters are now more urgent. As noted, the command implicit in 10:38 is explicit in 16:24. The ‘for’ (gar) of verse 25a—a conjunction lacking in 10:39—strengthens the link between the command (16:24) and the reasons for obeying it (16:25). The reasons are now more compelling than before: 1. In Matthew 16:25a, Jesus underscores 10:39a by warning that a certain kind of person will lose (the verb apollymi in the active voice) his life (psychē). But he also amplifies his earlier statement: the life this person obtained (heuriskō, ‘find’), he seeks to preserve (sōzō, ‘save’). But such efforts are futile: the one who spurns Jesus’ summons in order to save his life will lose it nonetheless—and will begin to do so even while he lives (compare the language used in v. 24). 2. The promise of 16:25b is virtually identical to that of 10:39b. He who loses (apollymi) his life (psychē) for Jesus’ sake will find (heuriskō) it—and will begin to do so even amid his daily experience of dying. Yet the phrase ‘for my sake’ (heneken emou) now means more than before: for the speaker has just been acclaimed ‘the Christ, the Son of the living God’ (16:16). Jesus’ promise of life (psychē) can also be better understood now: for he has just prophesied his bodily resurrection—the event on which his people’s future life depends. 3. The reasons stated in 16:25 are reinforced in verse 26—a text which has no counterpart in chapter 10.[5]


25 The idea of “taking up the cross” is now more explicitly spelled out. The play on the range of meanings of psychē (“life,” “soul”) is similar to that in 10:39, but will be further developed in v. 26. See comments on 10:39, and also p. 399, n. 4 for the meaning and translation of the word. 10:39 was a simple contrast between “finding” and “losing” the psychē, expressed reciprocally. Here the first clause speaks not of “finding” life but “wanting to save it,” thus underlining the volitional aspect already expressed in v. 24, “If anyone wants.…” A clear choice is thus offered between self-preservation at all costs and the risky business of following Jesus. But the self that is preserved by such a “safe” option is not worth preserving, since the true self is lost. By contrast, the loss of psychē (in the sense of physical life) is the way to find psychē (in the contrasting sense of the true life which transcends death). As in 10:39, the key to this conundrum is the phrase “because of me.” Loss of life as such is no gain; it is life lost out of loyalty to Jesus which ensures that true life is gained.[6]


[1] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1268). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, pp. 656–657). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[3] Exell, J. S. (1952). The Biblical Illustrator: Matthew (pp. 356–357). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

[4] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 2, pp. 304–305). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Chamblin, J. K. (2010). Matthew: A Mentor Commentary (p. 837). Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[6] France, R. T. (2007). The Gospel of Matthew (p. 638). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publication Co.

The Promise of Hope — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Hope is a command, the promise of God, and a position in Him. Last week we look at the command to hope. This week we will enter in to the promise, and next week the position.

Hear God’s Word for you in Isaiah 49:23.

Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”

And Romans 12:12.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

The presence of the Holy Spirit lives in you, filling you with assurance that God cannot disappoint you. Be blessed with confidence that the sovereign Lord of your life is in charge of your circumstances. When expectation delays, when your hope is waiting without fulfillment, when disappointment tries to overwhelm you, you can have confidence in your Father, because you know that He is in control. He is Lord; He can’t get it wrong. When you are tempted with hopelessness, your Father says that those who wait for Him, those who hope in Him, will never be put to shame.

The psalmist said,

One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving” (Psalm 62:11-12).

Your confidence in Him will never disappoint you, because He is strong and loving. Be blessed with security and safety because your hope is anchored in your Father’s unchanging love and strength.

Be blessed with the truth of Psalm 16:5-6.

He is my portion… He maintains my lot.

Your Father’s eyes are on those who hope. Be blessed to submit your soul to Him, because your soul will ask the wrong questions. The question is not “Why?” Be blessed with asking your Father the right question as your gaze is fixed on Him. The right question is “How?” Be blessed with knowing that He is your “how.” Be blessed with this dialogue with your soul. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul. “Therefore I hope in Him!” (Lamentations 3:24).

God dwells with those who Hope in him, and He is enough. Your Father speaks hope to you, hope in Him that does not disappoint, because He dearly loves you. Be blessed in God’s promise that the desire He gives leads where He wants you to go: learning to endure, developing strength of character, in confident expectation of seeing the glory of His purposes for you and in His joy in hope. Jesus is your promised hope.

Receive the prayer of Paul in Ephesians 1:18-21.

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when he raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given…

You are seated in heavenly realms in hope, in the name of your glorious Father.

Be blessed in the name of the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know your Promise of hope (Ephesians 1:17).

By Sylvia Gunter
Used by Permission


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• God Knows Everything
• What the Lord Values

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The Promise of Hope — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Dear Desponding Christian — The Fight of Faith

“You are complete in Him!” -Colossians 2:10

Oh desponding Christian, is not your grief caused by looking within yourself? Is not that miserable feeling of failure and disappointment, caused by your strange fixation upon your hollow heart of iniquity? You look within, hoping to find something good, something pure, something precious, something clean, but what do you see? Nothing but sin! To stare into one’s self, is to stare into a bottomless pit of despair and hopelessness! “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked!” Jeremiah 17:9

Will we ever learn this? There is nothing within us to give us hope, rest, or peace. Have we ever found anything within us that gave us joy? Of course not! Then why do we continue to stare into the darkness? All that we see within is foul, ugly, and grim! One glance within ought to sicken us. We would sooner find diamonds in a dunghill or roses growing in a sewer than find goodness dwelling within!

In ourselves we are sinful, guilty, and vile! But bless God forever! Our standing before God is not in ourselves; it’s in Christ! He is our Salvation, our Righteousness, our Hope, our Holiness, and our Acceptance with God!

Change the direction of your gaze and look up! Stop staring into the empty void of your heart, and fix your eyes upon Jesus your Lord, in whom all fullness dwells. Our hope is not within, but without, seated at the right hand of the Father! Lift up your head that is bowed down with guilt and shame! Behold Christ your Savior! Behold your glorious Redeemer! Bid sorrow goodbye and fear depart! Rejoice, for “You are complete in Him!”

Believers are perfect in Christ. To be complete in Christ is to be perfect in Christ. Perfect is not something that we will be, or strive to be, but something that we are right now, by virtue of our eternal union with God’s darling Son.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, we are, by the free grace of God, complete in Christ our Savior! We lack nothing! All that He is, we are in Him! All that He has, we have in Him! All that He has done, we’ve done in Him! We possess the infinite fullness of eternal life and everlasting salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord!

We are completely righteous in Him! We are completely holy in Him! We are completely forgiven in Him! We are completely accepted in Him! We are completely, everlastingly, perfectly sinless in Him!

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus!” Hebrews 12:2

-Frank Hall

Dear Desponding Christian — The Fight of Faith

March 17 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Doubtful about Truth, Undoubting about Self
Matthew 14:31; 28:17; Luke 24:38; John 20:27

A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed.

G. K. CHESTERTON

Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

The Importance of Perseverance
Matthew 24:13; Romans 5:3–4; James 5:10–11

Without perseverance the soldier does not obtain victory, nor the victor his crown. It lends vigor to the will and perfects all virtues, it is the nurse to merit and the mediator between the battle and the prize. Perseverance is sister to patience, the daughter of constancy, the bosom-friend of peace, the cementer of friendships, the bond of harmony, the bulwark of holiness. Take away perseverance, and obedience loses its reward, well-doing its grace, and fortitude its praise.

BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.