Daily Archives: September 20, 2021

The Genuine Article (Part 1 of 2) | Truth For Life Daily Program

 If it were possible to avoid suffering, most of us would. In this world, however, adversity is unavoidable. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing! The way we face challenges reveals a lot about our faith. Hear more on Truth For Life with Alistair Begg.

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Creeds Every Christian Should Read — Credo Magazine

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In the latest issue of Credo Magazine, we are meditating on some of the best early creeds and confessions of the Church’s history. We believe that self-consciously standing on the faithful foundation of those who have gone before us in the faith is one of the best ways to guard the deposit of faith, once for all delivered to the saints (cf., Jude 3). Therefore, we have included some of these “greatest hits” here. Below, you will find The Apostles CreedThe Nicene Creed (381), The Definition of Chalcedon (451), and the canons of The Council of Orange (529). We commend them to you for your edification.

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. Click To Tweet
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Click To Tweet

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.

The Definition of Chalcedon

We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man, of a reasonable soul and body; the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man Click To Tweetconsubstantial with us according to the manhood; in all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the virgin Mary, the mother of God, according to the manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten, God the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the prophets from the beginning have declared concerning him, and the Lord Jesus Christ himself taught us, and the Creed of the holy Fathers has handed down to us.

The Canons from the Council of Orange

CANON 1. If anyone denies that it is the whole man, that is, both body and soul, that was “changed for the worse” through the offense of Adam’s sin, but believes that the freedom of the soul remains unimpaired and that only the body is subject to corruption, he is deceived by the error of Pelagius and contradicts the scripture which says, “The soul that sins shall die” (Ezek. 18:20); and, “Do you not know that if you yield yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are the slaves of the one whom you obey?” (Rom. 6:16); and, “For whatever overcomes a man, to that he is enslaved” (2 Pet. 2:19).

CANON 2. If anyone asserts that Adam’s sin affected him alone and not his descendants also, or at least if he declares that it is only the death of the body which is the punishment for sin, and not also that sin, which is the death of the soul, passed through one man to the whole human race, he does injustice to God and contradicts the Apostle, who says, “Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned” (Rom. 5:12).

CANON 3. If anyone says that the grace of God can be conferred as a result of human prayer, but that it is not grace itself which makes us pray to God, he contradicts the prophet Isaiah, or the Apostle who says the same thing, “I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me” (Rom 10:20, quoting Isa. 65:1).

CANON 4. If anyone maintains that God awaits our will to be cleansed from sin, but does not confess that even our will to be cleansed comes to us through the infusion and working of the Holy Spirit, he resists the Holy Spirit himself who says through Solomon, “The will is prepared by the Lord” (Prov. 8:35, LXX), and the salutary word of the Apostle, “For God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).

CANON 5. If anyone says that not only the increase of faith but also its beginning and the very desire for faith, by which we believe in Him who justifies the ungodly and comes to the regeneration of holy baptism — if anyone says that this belongs to us by nature and not by a gift of grace, that is, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit amending our will and turning it from unbelief to faith and from godlessness to godliness, it is proof that he is opposed to the teaching of the Apostles, for blessed Paul says, “And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6). And again, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8). For those who state that the faith by which we believe in God is natural make all who are separated from the Church of Christ by definition in some measure believers.

CANON 6. If anyone says that God has mercy upon us when, apart from his grace, we believe, will, desire, strive, labor, pray, watch, study, seek, ask, or knock, but does not confess that it is by the infusion and inspiration of the Holy Spirit within us that we have the faith, the will, or the strength to do all these things as we ought; or if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, “What have you that you did not receive?” (1 Cor. 4:7), and, “But by the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor. 15:10).

Creeds Every Christian Should Read — Credo Magazine

September 20 Evening Quotes of The Day

A Resurrection Both of Bodies and Credits
Job 9:4; Psalm 76:10; Matthew 16:27; John 5:29; Revelation 12:7–9; 20:11–12

There shall be a resurrection not only of bodies but of credits. Can we think that he that threw the angels out of heaven will suffer dust and worms’ meat to run a contrary course, and to carry it away always so?

RICHARD SIBBES

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

Nothing Is So Abominable as Idolatry
Deuteronomy 4:19; 17:3; 29:17; 2 Kings 23:5; Jeremiah 8:2; Romans 1:25

Whatever resemblance created nature may have to its Creator—and although the most trifling things, and the smallest and the vilest portion of the world represent at least by their unity the perfect unity that is found only in God—we cannot legitimately bear to them sovereign respect, since there is nothing so abominable in the eyes of God and man as idolatry, because it renders to the creature the honor that is due to none but the Creator.

BLAISE PASCAL

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

Four Biblical Truths about Sickness and Death — Bible Gateway Blog

By Costi W. Hinn

Why do people get sick? This is one of the most pressing questions when it comes to healing, and it must be answered by using the Scriptures. Opinions and abuses abound, so the only way to address this question is to cement ourselves in the truth of God’s unchanging Word.

I’ve seen it time and time again, and I’m sure you have too. A world-renowned faith healer hits the news after promising to heal people, but only if they pay up first. Some even go so far as to say that God is going to pour down judgment on people if they don’t give a certain amount of money. These “healers” appear to have all the answers for sickness. Years ago I sat through many services in which a faith healer explained to people why they were sick. Some people were told that they weren’t giving enough money, others apparently were not forgiving people, and others had been spending time with negative people. Not only that but some were said to be sick because they just didn’t have enough faith. This sort of guesswork breaks hearts, leads lives astray, and spiritually abuses desperate people.

Thankfully, the Bible breaks such deceptive bondage. If you’ve ever been confused about why people get sick or you know someone who needs answers, the following truths will be a soothing balm to a weary soul.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: An Interview with Costi W. Hinn]

Truth 1: Sickness and Death Entered the World through Original Sin

On the sixth day of creation, the Bible tells us, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). Notice it doesn’t say “some of what he had made was very good.” It says all. There was no sin in the world, sickness did not exist, and Adam and Eve were set to enjoy a flawless life complete with a perfect relationship with God.

Instead they were deceived by the serpent and disobeyed the one command God had given them to follow. This is what is called “original sin,” because it was the first sin the world had ever known, and it resulted in a fractured relationship between God and his creation (Gen. 3:1–19).

Because of sin, fear and shame came upon humanity (vv. 7, 10), marital relationships experience conflict (v. 16), women experience pain in childbirth (v. 16), and work became incredibly difficult (vv. 17–18). Worst of all, death entered the scene and humankind would return to dust (v. 19). Sickness and death are the result of sin and the fallen world we live in. Because of sin, we need a savior. And while true Christianity looks forward to that day when Jesus will return and restore all things, until then we must realize that sickness and death are part of this temporary life. Thankfully, eternal life knows nothing of such things.

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Truth 2: Sickness and Death Can Strike Us Because of Our Own Sin

Using the Bible again, let’s face the truth that sickness and death can strike us through our sin. In 1 Corinthians 11:27–30, Paul says that taking communion in an unworthy manner is the reason why some people are weak, sick, or “asleep” (a biblical expression for death). This is a statement made directly to the New Testament church. Taking communion unworthily includes not taking it seriously, not examining oneself as Paul instructs (v. 28), having impure motives, having unconfessed deliberate sin, and being embittered and unforgiving toward others (the very opposite of what communion represents, since we’ve been forgiven).

Another reason why sickness and death can result from sin is based on the law of consequences, the idea that “a man reaps what he sows” (Gal. 6:7). If you do drugs, drink and drive, act foolishly and belligerently, take poor care of your body, engage in rampant and casual sex outside of marriage, might you not at some point experience sickness or death (often prematurely)? Sin often does lead to these things. Therefore when we examine our lives and the reason for some unfortunate experiences, we must be sure to know the difference between what is self-inflicted sickness or death and what is a genuine trial or tribulation that we did nothing to cause (James 1:2–4Rom. 5:3–5). Should you find yourself convicted by the Holy Spirit concerning sin that is causing your sickness, take hold of Jesus’ beautiful grace. Confess your sin and he will forgive you and cleanse you (1 John 1:9), and then you should go to the elders of your church and ask them to pray for you, as well as confess your sin and be honest with them about your situation (James 5:13–16). God’s Word says that in this context, “the prayer of a righteous person has great power” (v. 16 ESV).

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, What Does the Bible Say about Wealth and Prosperity?]

Truth 3: Sickness and Death Are Not Always the Result of Our Sin

It’s impossible to diagnose the reason for everyone’s sickness, but we could certainly say that most if not all of God-loving, sin-confessing, Jesus-believing Christians who are sick fall into this third category. If original sin isn’t the only culprit, then a certain situation in Jesus’ ministry can shed some light on why some are sick. The Gospel of John recounts the story.

As [Jesus] went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing JOHN 9:1–7

This story is an incredible lesson to all of us that what we might think is the reason for sickness isn’t always the reason. Our finite human wisdom gets us only so far. Jesus makes it clear that God’s purposes and ways are far above our pay grade and that we do not control his plan and schedule. Sometimes God allows certain things or determines how long a circumstance will last so he can showcase his infinite power and wisdom and reveal more of himself to us. We wouldn’t praise him for his mercy if we weren’t aware of his wrath. We wouldn’t appreciate his love for sinners if we didn’t realize his hatred of sin. In the same way, we couldn’t begin to glorify him for his healing hand if we didn’t experience (or see) sickness.

This leads to the fourth and final truth. Buckle up. You may not like it—at first.

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Truth 4: God Can Use Sickness and Death for His Glory and the Good of Others

Just because God is not the cruel originator of sickness does not mean he can’t use it. He is God, and nothing is outside of his scope of authority. Sin may have brought sickness into this world, but God gets the final word.

You might be thinking I’ve lost my mind to think that God could somehow bring something good out of sickness, but before you give up on me, let’s dig deeper. For starters, nowhere in Scripture do we find God to be a cosmic abuser who gets joy out of striking his children with sickness in the name of growth and glory. That is not what this truth means. However, the Bible does give us a hopeful perspective about sickness, suffering, trials, and even death that helps us sift through the broken pieces these often leave at our feet.

God is strong enough, wise enough, and powerful enough to bring purpose out of our pain, even if he doesn’t take us out of the pain right away.

You and I experience this more often than we realize. Whenever someone we know dies, it can lead either to bitterness toward God or to our appreciation of the gift of relationships and the life we’ve been given. Of course, the grieving process may be arduous, but he never leaves us there alone. Furthermore, our grief often matures us to a place where we are able to encourage and support others when they go through what we have gone through.

Romans 8:28 says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This passage is often thrown around as a broad promise that everything is going to turn out the way we want it to. But God wants us to understand important truths from it before we jump to conclusions. First, “all things” means the good, the bad, and the ugly. I think sometimes we miss that fact and jump right to thinking, “God is going to make everything perfect.” God doesn’t promise that nothing bad will happen to us, but he does promise that all those things “work together for good” (ESV). And remember, whose definition of good are we talking about here? His! Which means that however God chooses to define good is what is ultimately best, even if we don’t always understand it at the time. “All things” includes a cancer diagnosis, and “good” could mean that you are going to pray more than ever before and be closer to Jesus than you’ve ever been. “All things” includes losing a loved one, and “good” could be the opportunity you have to share the hope and saving love of Jesus Christ at the funeral. “All things” includes the loss of a child, and “good” could mean the beginning of a ministry to parents who are grieving the loss of children.

The ability to surrender our lives to Jesus is the mark of spiritual maturity. The right perspective on who Jesus is will cause us to raise our hands in surrender, saying, “Jesus, this situation hurts and I don’t know all the answers, but I know that you can take pain and turn it into purpose. So have your way. Thy will be doneYou are the potter; I am the clay. Turn this situation around so that it brings blessing to others and glory to your name. Whatever that looks like is fine with me.”

These four biblical truths are helpful, but they are also extremely humbling. In the end, we won’t always have the answers, but we can certainly have the Answer. Jesus can and will cause anything and everything to work out for good. We must remember what that means.

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More Than a Healer

Adapted from More Than a Healer: Not the Jesus You Want, but the Jesus You Need by Costi W. Hinn. Click here to learn more about this book.

Find hope that lasts beyond earthly pain and spiritual encouragement to lead you into a deep relationship with the Healer himself.

Our hearts, our bodies, and our world are desperate for healing. Whether we are experiencing physical, emotional, or financial brokenness, we rightfully look to Jesus to perform a masterful restoration. But how does healing fit into God’s will, especially when God doesn’t heal? And how do we catch ourselves from slipping into the trap of seeking God for what he can do for us, and not for who he really is?

Author, pastor, and frequently sought speaker Costi Hinn provides clarity through thoughtful answers and biblical truths about Jesus and his healing ministry. Growing up immersed in one of the world’s leading faith-healing dynasties, Costi witnessed the tragedy of people chasing after healing more than the Healer. And now he shares with others the true power and hope that comes from a genuine relationship with God.

With captivating stories—beginning with the vivid memory of the night he discovered his son’s cancer diagnosis—Costi empathetically unpacks the layered feelings and questions we have about God and his healing power and provides practical principles for growing close to Jesus. With gentle clarity and biblical wisdom, Costi explains how to pray for healing while submitting to God’s sovereignty, navigate tough conversations about the topic, and hold on to faith even in the most painful trials.

More than chasing after the Jesus we want, this hopeful and encouraging book will guide us to discovering the Jesus we truly need.

Costi W. Hinn is the president and founder of For the Gospel, a ministry that provides sound doctrine for everyday people through weekly videos, articles, and a podcast. He is a graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as a pastor in Arizona, where he resides with his wife and four children.

Four Biblical Truths about Sickness and Death — Bible Gateway Blog

A Call to Repentance — Christian Research Network

8 He came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king. 9 For on the first of the first month he began to go up from Babylon; and on the first of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, because the good hand of his God was upon him. 10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel. Ezra 7:8-10 (NASB) 

If we study God’s Word from cover to cover we will find that only God is perfect. He is Sovereign. He is Holy. He is complete and perfectly righteous….

On the other hand, people are none of the above. We are a fallen race who, even after God’s gracious regeneration of our hearts, must continually work our salvation with fear and trembling. That implies that we still sin. We still fall into temptation and become entangled. Even when God graciously allows us to walk in victory for awhile, we get our eyes off of Him and onto ourselves and begin to believe that we are invulnerable to the worst our flesh can throw at us. That, of course, sets us up for a next stumble. View article →

A Call to Repentance — Christian Research Network

September 20 Evening Verse of The Day

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12:4 varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. Apparently, the Corinthians exaggerated the importance of the gift of tongues, so Paul must remind them that one and the same Spirit distributes a variety of gifts to His people. The added references to “the same Lord” (v. 5) and “the same God” (v. 6) reflect the importance of the doctrine of the Trinity for Paul; they also support his concern for unity within diversity.[1]

12:4 varieties of gifts The Corinthian believers overemphasized the gift of tongues in worship (14:18–19). Paul reminds them that there are various kinds of spiritual gifts—all of which come from the Holy Spirit.

The Greek word for “gift” here is charisma, which means “something given by grace.” Paul uses it 16 times in his letters. His broad use of the term indicates it is not a technical term for “spiritual gifts.” Believers should use whatever gifts they have received in a way that serves others and reveals God’s grace to them.[2]

12:4 gifts. These categories of giftedness are not natural talents, skills, or abilities, such as are possessed by believers and unbelievers alike. They are sovereignly and supernaturally bestowed by the Holy Spirit on all believers (vv. 7, 11), enabling them to spiritually edify each other effectively and thus honor the Lord. The varieties of gifts fall into two general types, speaking and serving (see vv. 8–10; cf. Ro 12:6–8; 1Pe 4:10, 11). The speaking, or verbal, gifts (prophecy, knowledge, wisdom, teaching, and exhortation) and the serving, nonverbal gifts (leadership, helps, giving, mercy, faith, and discernment) are all permanent gifts that will operate throughout the church age. Their purpose is to edify the church and glorify God. The list here and in Ro 12:3–8 is best seen as representative of categories of giftedness which the Holy Spirit draws from to give each believer whatever kind or combination of kinds He chooses (v. 11). Some believers may be gifted categorically similar to others but are personally unique as the Spirit suits each grace gift to the individual. Miracles, healing, tongues, and the interpretation of tongues were temporary sign gifts limited to the apostolic age and have, therefore, ceased. Their purpose was to authenticate the apostles and their message as the true Word of God, until God’s written Word was completed and became self-authenticating. See notes on vv. 9, 10.[3]

12:4 Paul next shows that while there is a variety of gifts of the Holy Spirit in the church, there is a basic, threefold unity, involving the three Persons of the Godhead.

First of all, there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. The Corinthians were acting as if there was only one gift—tongues. Paul says, “No, your unity is not found in the possession of one common gift, but rather in possession of the Holy Spirit who is the Source of all the gifts.”[4]

12:4 “gifts” This is a different word than the one used in v. 1. This is the Greek term charisma. This is from the root term chairō, which means to rejoice, or be full of joy (cf. 7:30; 13:6; 2 Cor. 2:3; 6:10; 7:7, 9, 16 and the compound with sun in 12:26 and 13:6). From this develops several concepts.

1.    chara—joy, rejoicing

2.    charis—generous gift (cf. 16:3; 2 Cor. 8:4, 6)

a.    grace (cf. 1:4; 15:10)

b.   thanks (cf. 15:57)

3.    charizomai

a.    give generously

b.   forgive (cf. 2 Cor. 2:7–10; 12:13)

c.    cancel a debt

4.    charisma—a free gift (cf. Rom. 5:15, 16; 6:23; 2 Cor. 1:11) or divinely conferred adornment (cf. 12:4, 9, 28, 30, 31)

God has freely gifted His church. The gifts are for building up and growing the body of Christ. In reality they are the work of Christ divided among His followers. Believers must unite their giftedness with love and cooperate with each other so that the church may win and disciple a lost world (cf. Matt. 28:19–20).[5]

4. Different kinds (diaireseis) is from a root expressing the idea of division. It might mean ‘apportionment’ (Orr and Walther) or ‘distribution’ (Barrett), though most take it as niv. Gifts renders charismatōn, the usual word for the extraordinary endowments the Spirit confers on chosen people. The word is from the same root as ‘grace’ (charis). It points to the freeness, the bounty of the gift. It might be used in a general sense of God’s good gifts (Rom. 11:29), or of the ‘spiritual gift’ Paul wanted to impart to the Romans (Rom. 1:11). But characteristically it is used, as here, for the special operation of the Holy Spirit within people. The Corinthians had evidently regarded the possession of such gifts as a matter for pride and had set one believer against another on the basis of the possession of this or that gift. They had created division. Paul insists that this is the wrong attitude. There is diversity in the endowments the Spirit gives, but it is the same Spirit, and the Spirit does not fight against himself. All the gifts are to set forward the same great divine purpose.[6]

4. Now there are diversities of gifts. The symmetry of the Church consists, so to speak, of a manifold unity,2 that is, when the variety of gifts is directed to the same object, as in music there are different sounds, but suited to each other with such an adaptation, as to produce concord. Hence it is befitting that there should be a distinction of gifts as well as of offices, and yet all harmonize in one. Paul, accordingly, in the 12th chapter of Romans, commends this variety, that no one may, by rashly intruding himself into another’s place, confound the distinction which the Lord has established. Hence he orders every one to be contented with his own gifts, and cultivate the particular department that has been assigned to him. He prohibits them from going beyond their own limits by a foolish ambition. In fine, he exhorts that every one should consider how much has been given him, what measure has been allotted to him, and to what he has been called. Here, on the other hand, he orders every one to bring what he has to the common heap, and not keep back the gifts of God in the way of enjoying every one his own, apart from the others,4 but aim unitedly at the edification of all in common. In both passages, he brings forward the similitude of the human body, but, as may be observed, on different accounts. The sum of what he states amounts to this—that gifts are not distributed thus variously among believers, in order that they may be used apart, but that in the division there is a unity, inasmuch as one Spirit is the source of all those gifts, one God is the Lord of all administrations, and the author of all exercises of power. Now God, who is the beginning, ought also to be the end.

One Spirit. This passage ought to be carefully observed in opposition to fanatics, who think that the name Spirit means nothing essential, but merely the gifts or actions of divine power. Here, however, Paul plainly testifies, that there is one essential power of God, whence all his works proceed. The term Spirit, it is true, is sometimes transferred by metonymy to the gifts themselves. Hence we read of the Spirit of knowledge—of judgment—of fortitude—of modesty. Paul, however, here plainly testifies that judgment, and knowledge, and gentleness, and all other gifts, proceed from one source. For it is the office of the Holy Spirit to put forth and exercise the power of God by conferring these gifts upon men, and distributing them among them.

One Lord. The ancients made use of this testimony in opposition to the Arians, for the purpose of maintaining a Trinity of persons. For there is mention made here of the Spirit, secondly of the Lord, and lastly of God, and to these Three, one and the same operation is ascribed. Thus, by the name Lord, they understood Christ. But for my part, though I have no objection to its being understood in this way, I perceive, at the same time, that it is a weak argument for stopping the mouths of Arians; for there is a correspondence between the word administrations and the word Lord. The administrations, says Paul, are different, but there is only one God whom we must serve, whatever administration we discharge. This antithesis, then, shows what is the simple meaning, so that to confine it to Christ is rather forced.[7]

Ver. 4.—Diversities. This word is used in each of these verses. Gifts; charismata; endowments imparted by the Holy Spirit. The word is rendered “free gift” in Rom. 5:15. The same Spirit. The gifts of the Spirit are not uniform, but display diversity in unity Just as the sunlight playing on different surfaces produces a multiplicity of gleams and colours, so the Holy Spirit manifests his presence variously, and even sometimes with sharp contrasts, in different individualities.[8]

Varieties of Gifts

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. (12:4)

Charisma (plural, gifts) means essentially “gift of grace” or “free gift,” and in sixteen of its seventeen New Testament uses is connected to God as the Giver. In Romans, Paul uses it in reference to the gift of salvation (5:15–16; 6:23), the blessings of God (1:1; 11:29), and divine enablements for ministry (12:6). Every other use of the word by Paul, and the one by Peter (1 Pet. 4:10), relates it to the divine enablements for believers to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Spiritual gifts are not talents. Natural talents, skills, and abilities are granted by God just as everything good and worthwhile is a gift from Him. But those things are natural abilities shared by believer and unbeliever alike. An unbeliever can be a highly skilled artist or musician. An atheist or agnostic can be a great scientist, carpenter, athlete, or cook. If a Christian excels in any such abilities it has nothing to do with his salvation. Though he may use his natural talents quite differently after he is saved, he possessed them before he became a Christian. Spiritual gifts come only as a result of salvation.

Spiritual gifts, however, are not natural, but rather are supernaturally given by the Holy Spirit only and always to believers in Jesus Christ, without exception (v. 7). Spiritual gifts are special capacities bestowed on believers to equip them to minister supernaturally to others, especially to each other. Consequently, if those gifts are not being used, or not being used rightly, the body of Christ cannot be the corporate manifestation of its Head, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the work of God is hindered.

Essential to unity is diversity. Unity of spirit and purpose can be maintained only through diversity of ministry. But unity is not uniformity. A football team whose players all wanted to play quarterback would have uniformity but not unity. It could not function as a team if everyone played the same position. That is Paul’s point here. God gives His people varieties of gifts just as players on a team have varieties of positions.

Varieties (diaireseis) basically means “apportionments,” “allotments,” or “distributions,” with the derived idea of varieties. God distributes His gifts in many forms, in many varieties, to His children. He has a multiplicity of gifts, which are given to every believer. They fall into two general types, speaking gifts and serving gifts (see 1 Pet. 4:11).

The New Testament contains several lists of the categories of spiritual gifts, one of which is here in 1 Corinthians 12:8–10, 28 (see also Rom. 12:6–8; cf. 1 Pet. 4:11). Bible scholars do not agree on the exact number and distinction of kinds of gifts. Because the scriptural lists are not identical, it seems clear that God did not intend to give His church either a rigid or a precise and exhaustive compilation, but rather general categories. One should be careful not to over define the gifts. Because they may resist over-classification, there is not much value in taking tests, formal or informal, to determine what spiritual gifts we have. A believer’s gifts can be an overlapping combination, taken in different proportions from the categories of gifts. One person may be obviously strong in a single gift, such as teaching. Another may not be strong in any one gift but have some measure of three or four categories. It is best to see each person’s gift as a unique blend of the categories of giftedness, granted to that individual in connection with his or her traits and experiences and the needs of the church. Each believer becomes as unique spiritually as his fingerprints are physically.[9]


[1] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1660). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (1 Co 12:4). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (1 Co 12:4). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1790). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] Utley, R. J. (2002). Paul’s Letters to a Troubled Church: I and II Corinthians (Vol. Volume 6, pp. 141–142). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[6] Morris, L. (1985). 1 Corinthians: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 7, p. 164). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[7] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians (Vol. 1, pp. 397–399). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[8] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). 1 Corinthians (p. 397). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[9] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (pp. 290–291). Chicago: Moody Press.

The Sting of Death — Reformedontheweb’s Blog

When I select such a text as this, I feel that I cannot preach from it. The thought overmasters me, my words do stagger: there are no utterances that are great enough to convey the mighty meaning of this wondrous text. If I had the eloquence of all men united in one, if I could speak as never man spake, (with the exception of that one godlike man of Nazareth) I could not compass so vast a subject as this. I will not therefore pretend to do so, but offer you such thoughts as my mind is capable of producing To night we shall speak of three things: first, the sting of death; secondly, the strength of sin; and thirdly, the victory of faith.

I. First, THE STING OF DEATH. The apostle pictures death as a terrible dragon or monster, which, coming upon all men, must be fought with by each one for himself. He gives us no hopes whatever that any of us can avoid it. He tells us of no bridge across the river Death; he does not give us the faintest hope that it is possible to emerge from this state of existence into another without dying: he describes the monster as being exactly in our path, and with it we must fight, each man personally, separately, and alone; each man must die; we all must cross the black stream; each one of us must go through the iron gate. There is no passage from this world into another without death. Having told us, then, that there is no hope of our escape, he braces up our nerves for the combat; but he gives us no hope that we shall be able to slay the monster; he does not tell us that we can strike our sword into his heart, and so overturn and overwhelm death; but pointing to the dragon, he seemed to say. “Thou canst not slay it, man, there is no hope that thou shouldst ever put thy foot upon its neck and crush its head; but one thing can be done-it has a sting which thou mayest extract; thou canst not crush death under foot, but thou mayest pull out the sting which is deadly, and then thou needst not fear the monster, for monster it shall be no longer, but rather it shall be a swift winged angel to waft thee aloft to heaven.” Where, then, is the sting of this dragon? Where must I strike? What is the sting? The apostle tells us that “The sting of death is sin.” Once let me cut off that, and then, though death may be dreary and solemn, I shall not dread it; but holding up the monster’s sting, I shall exclaim, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” Let us now dwell upon the fact, that “the sting of death is sin.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- Thoughts on the last battle, A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Evening, at Exerter Hall Strand, May 13, 1855

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Lessons from the Wind — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’” Matthew 8:26

It was St. Patrick’s Day weekend and I was halfway through my second triathlon. Fifty-mile-per-hour winds whipped across North Texas in winter’s final appearance of the season. Throughout the cycling portion of the event, there were times when the best I could do was brace myself against a wind gust that threatened to blow me to the curb. My clothes, still damp from the swim, made the temperatures feel even colder.

As I began the second loop of the course, the wind picked up even more. I gripped my handlebars tighter. I thought about pulling over into the fast food joint on the next block and calling it a day. But I pushed on and kept going.

Through clenched teeth I started to pray, “Lord, you are God of the wind. You calmed the Sea of Galilee in the storm. Have mercy on me and stop this wind!”

And just as I had articulated the last word of that prayer, the wind blew harder. “Not funny, Lord!” I said.

I can look back and smile on that experience now. I believe God showed me something important in that moment. “I’m not going to take it easy on you, Debbie,” He said. “An easy life makes a weak person. Just trust me. I’ll get you through and make you stronger.”

In my battle with depression and anxiety, He has done just that. He has strengthened my mind and my faith. So don’t despise the storm. Let Him make you stronger through it.

Lord, I like things that are easy. But I also know that it’s during difficult experiences when I have the chance to get better, stronger, and closer to the person You want me to be. Help me not to avoid or despise the storms in life, but to hold on to You and learn the things You want to teach me. Amen.

Whether you are in a storm, coming out of a storm, or going into one, consider that part of the purpose may be to make you stronger and to prepare you for something in the future. Stop and thank God for the lessons from the storms.

By Debbie West
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•  How to be fill with the Holy Spirit
•  Elma’s Story – Nothing Left To Give in my Marriage
•  Salvation Explained

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September 20 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

No Crown-Wearing without Cross-Bearing
Matthew 27:32; Mark 15:21; Luke 14:27; 23:26

There are no crown-wearers in heaven who were not cross-bearers here below.

CHARLES SPURGEON*

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

Grace Perfects Nature
2 Corinthians 10:5; 12:9

Since therefore grace does not destroy nature, but perfects it, natural reason should minister to faith as the natural bent of the will ministers to charity.

THOMAS AQUINAS*

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

September 20 – Ripe for picking — Reformed Perspective

All of your fortresses are like fig trees with first-ripe figs—if shaken they fall into the mouth of the eater. – Nahum 3:12

Scripture reading: Heb. 2:1-9

Perhaps it is because I am not a farmer, nor have I lived where fig trees grow, that what is described in our text today was basically meaningless to me. I have learned it is difficult to determine when figs are ripe. Those that are on the ground quickly rot. Those that are on the tree should not be plucked because their ripeness is not easily discerned. The best way to gather figs is this: spread out a large cloth around the base of the tree and shake the trunk of the tree. The ripe figs will readily drop onto the cloth.

The Assyrians are now ripe for plunder. At the lightest touch of their enemies, they will fall. The enemy is described as the “eater”. With hardly any force or effort, the nation will fall into destruction.

Perhaps by now you are getting a bit weary of all these references to plunder, ruin and destruction? I know writing these devotions has been a bit of a challenge because of the repetition. Then I realized how stubborn my own heart was. When I was a child, my parents would say to me, “If I have told you once, I have told you a thousand times, don’t do that!” Like the Assyrians, and like children, we need to hear the repeated warnings of God in order that we will not drift away in our sins, but will be redirected towards His mercy, and in view of His mercy, serve Him with our whole heart, mind, and strength.

Suggestions for prayer: Offer up to God in prayer where in your life you are drifting and needing to heed God’s warning to repent and stay true to Him in all you do and say; also pray for those among your family and friends who need to hear the message not to drift.

Rev. Richard T. Vander Vaart serves as a visiting prison chaplain in Moncton, New Brunswick for Redemption Prison Ministry. A few years ago he and his wife Carolyn became members of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. They both enjoy hosting friends for dinner and games nights. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.

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20 Sep 2021 News Briefing

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War Drums – The US May Not Be Able To Avoid Conflict With China
The relationship between our two nations continues to deteriorate, and we are now closer to a war with China than we have ever been since the end of the Korean War. In fact, if you put together a list of all the issues that the American people are concerned about, war with China would probably not even make the top 1000. Here in the United States, it is pretty much a non-issue, because the vast majority of the population does not think that such a war will ever happen in their entire lifetimes. But over in China they see things very differently. In fact, state-controlled media outlets openly talk about an invasion of Taiwan and a future military conflict with the United States.

Broad coalition asks Supremes to restore Constitution protection against rogue agents
A broad coalition has developed in a case that requests the Supreme Court to overrule the creation of a “Constitution-free” zone where a federal officer can threaten an innocent bystander with putting a bullet through his skull, try to break a car window and actually fire a weapon trying to kill him. And get off with no punishment.

Teen accused of killing mother for taking away cell phone
Shawn Tyler Willis was charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing his mother. He is currently booked in the Anderson County Jail, officials confirmed.

Last two Gilboa Prison escapees recaptured in Jenin
The two remaining terrorists from among the six who escaped the Gilboa Prison on Sept. 6 were captured in the Palestinian Authority city of Jenin late Saturday night, the Israel Defense Forces reported on Sunday.

Major Asteroid to whiz by Earth on Sukkoth: ‘A prelude to Gog and Magog’, says rabbi
Asteroid 2021 NY1 is predicted by NASA to whiz past Earth at almost 21,000 miles per hour on Wednesday. The asteroid, measuring between 427 and 984 feet wide, will come within 930,487 miles of hitting the planet.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz: I’m not afraid of having a haredi Prime Minister
“I have no problem with a haredi prime minister,” Gantz said. “But I have no more faith in Netanyahu, after he twice broke his promises to me. The current government is a complex one, but it is still functioning well.”

‘Politically explosive secret’: Republican’s case against major media jumps forward
The legacy media have been on a campaign over recent years to attack and make insinuations about conservative leaders, including those members in Congress. But the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has found that’s exactly what Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has done in his case against Esquire and one of its reporters.

Minnesota mom says CRT teaches her kids ‘they’ll never be able to make it’
A Minnesota mom recently told her local school board that critical race theory teaches her black children “that they will never be able to make it.”Kofi Montzka, an attorney and mother of three children, urged the Roseville Area Schools Board to “stop promoting critical race theory and Black Lives Matter” in the classroom. “People who support CRT think people like me and people who are against CRT are racist. That’s their only defense. Yet CRT is racist.

Meet Esmaeil Khatib, Iran’s New Spymaster
The new president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, has selected cleric Esmail Khatib as Minister of Intelligence. Khatib is a radical Islamist with close ties to both Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Ohio ISIS sympathizer sentenced to 20 years in prison for mass shooting plot
Damon M. Joseph, aka Abdullah Ali Yusuf, 23, of Holland, Ohio, was arrested on Dec. 7, 2018, moments after he grabbed a duffel bag that contained two semi-automatic rifles from an undercover FBI agent’s car. The weapons had been disabled by FBI agents. He pleaded guilty in May to charges of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization and attempting to commit a hate crime.

J6 ‘Chaos’ Total Bust For Media As Cops, Journalists And FBI Appear To Outnumber Protesters
Saturday’s “Justice for J6” rally appears to have been – in the words of Donald Trump, “a setup” – after police, journalists and FBI agents appear to have been the main attraction, while just a few hundred protests appeared to support those who were detained following the Jan. 6 Capitol breach. Of the four arrests made, one of them – a man dressed in ‘Antifa’ clothing – was an undercover member of law enforcement who was detained and then led away by police.

Mystic Rabbi: COVID in place of Gog and Magog, will end by Hanukkah
The rabbi noted that the gematria of the word עין (ayin, eye) is 780, corresponding to the year 5780. But the next word, בעין (b’ayin, in the eye) is 782, i.e. the new year of 5782. Rabbi Rosenbaum predicted that the pandemic would last for two years, beginning on Sukkoth of 5780 and ending after Sukkoth 5782. “By Hanukkah, the pandemic will be over,” Rabbi Fish said. “This will end the two years of ‘birthing’ of the Messiah.”

Former US intel officers served as cyber spies for UAE
Three ex-US intelligence officers confessed to engaging in acts of cyber espionage against US systems, purportedly on the behalf of the United Arab Emirates, Reuters reported this week. Marc Baier, Ryan Adams and Daniel Gericke admitted they hacked US computer networks and exported cyber tools, official court documents showed.

Palestinian State in process, funded by 3b Euros from the European Union
Area C is under effective Israeli control and in the event of a future peace deal will likely be included within Israel’s sovereign borders. This hasn’t stopped countries like Germany and Great Britain from transferring huge sums of money to the PA to be used for Palestinian construction in Area C. The latest instalment of a hundred million Euros comes from Germany, and on the Israeli side, no one is doing anything about it whatsoever.

Boom-like sounds associated with fireball over northern Virginia and eastern West Virginia, U.S.
There are many reports of ‘boom-like’ sounds associated with a couple of fireball sightings from northern Virginia around 14:30 UTC on September 17 (10:30 EDT). It’s possible this event produced meteorites in the northern Virginia/eastern West Virginia area.

Eruption begins at Cumbre Vieja volcano, the first since 1971 — La Palma, Canary Islands
A new eruption has begun at Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma, Canary Islands around 14:12 UTC on September 19, 2021. The Alert Level has been raised from Yellow to Red. This is the first eruption at the volcano since 1971 (VEI 2).

Intense earthquake swarm continues at Cumbre Vieja, deformation reaches 15 cm (5.9 inches) — La Palma, Canary Islands
An intense seismic swarm continues under Cumbre Vieja volcano, La Palma, the Canary Islands since 03:18 UTC on September 11, 2021, with more than 25 000 low-magnitude earthquakes detected to September 19. Of those, more than 1 450 were located, with the maximum magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale on September 19.1 The Alert Level is still at Yellow for the municipalities of El Paso, Los Llanos de Aridane, Mazo, and Fuencaliente de la Palma.

Vaccines in your salad? Scientists growing medicine-filled plants to replace injections 
Vaccinations can be a controversial subject for many people, especially when it comes to injections. So what if you could replace your next shot with a salad instead? Researchers at the University of California-Riverside are working on a way to grow edible plants that carry the same medication as an mRNA vaccine.

Kids under 16 can take puberty blockers without parents’ consent
In a controversial case concerning the use of puberty blockers for children who are confused about their gender, the British Court of Appeal ruled Friday that doctors can prescribe such experimental drugs without parental consent.

California Wildfires Scorch Giant Sequoias And Threaten Ancient Grove
Two lightning-sparked wildfires in California merged and made a run to the edge of a grove of ancient sequoias, momentarily driving away firefighters as they try to protect the world’s tallest tree by wrapping its base in protective foil.

The Vaccinated Sheep Are Being Taken For a Ride— How Long Before They Jump Off The Train? Never?
..Do you watch football? This past weekend, as college and NFL games, swung into action, HUGE CROWDS of unmasked spectators filled the stands all over the country…So how do you like THAT? You’re acting like a good little sheep, you took your shots, but millions of people were attending football games, shouting and screaming, sitting cheek to jowl, with no masks on.

A Huge Wake Up Call: The Globalists Just Showed Us Their Cards
We’ve recently published several stories on ANP about the massive labor shortages hitting industries across America as an entire police department in Missouri has resigned at the same time, nurses are stepping down from long held jobs rather than taking the mRNA injection (that is quite literally killing people) and a huge school bus driver shortage is hitting America as drivers step down rather than taking the jab, and now we see how the globalists will handle this unfolding mess.

COVID Propaganda Roundup: The ‘Safe and Effective’ Narrative Implodes
The latest updates on the “new normal” – chronicling the lies, distortions, and abuses by the ruling class.

Funeral Director Blows The Whistle On COVID-19
“I told them (loved ones of the deceased) don’t worry, and I washed, and dressed them, whether or not they were labeled with “covid”, because that’s what they deserved”.

Huge Mistake? – Teen Requests Flu Shot, Then Told To Come Back For Her Second Dose: “I Never Gave Consent For The COVID-19 Vaccine To Be Injected Into My Body”
A girl from Scottsdale, Arizona alleged she was slipped a COVID-19 vaccine without her knowledge at a Walgreens in Fresno, California. Savannah Courtland made a post to Instagram detailing this horrifying experience in hopes of sharing the truth and preventing this from happening to others.

Sunday Live: Biden Surrenders Southern Border for U.N. One-World Government Takeover
Guest host Owen Shroyer breaks down how the Biden administration has forsaken the southern border as tribute to the globalists’ One World government takeover. Meanwhile, the U.N. elite are exempted from New York City’s vaccine mandate as they prepare to gather for the General Assembly to discuss COVID restrictions for the rest of the world.

Immunization expert: ‘Unvaccinated people are not dangerous; vaccinated people are dangerous for others’ 
World Health Organization European Advisory Group of Experts in Immunization former Vice President Professor Christian Perronne yesterday said that all vaccinated people must quarantine over the winter months or risk serious illness.

U.S. touts new project to bolster Tajik-Afghan border, as Biden abandons U.S. border wall
While the Biden administration halted construction of the border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the United States is funding border security efforts for Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic trying to keep Afghan insurgents and refugees out.

It Is Time to Paralyze the Criminal Biden Adminstration with Civil and Criminal Lawsuits
The areas of legal vulnerability stem from a variety of areas: 1-There are significant 14th Amendment issues related to the mandated jab. The Biden cabal has exempted Congress and Federal judges, as well as their families from the mandatory vaccine. These are the very people that will make an unconstitutional ruling, or create unconstitutional legislation to preserve the illegal mandates.

What Is The Great Resignation
What is the great resignation? Millions of people are looking for more satisfying jobs even if it means lower pay. People want to work from home. Hundreds of thousands of workers are thinking of quitting their jobs in a phenomenon that is being cited as ‘The Great Resignation’ of 2021.

Texas Abortionist Says He’s Already Violated the New ‘Heartbeat’ Law
Alan Braid, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Alamo Womens Reproductive Services in San Antonio, wrote an essay that was published in the Washington Post admitting to performing an abortion past the legal limit in the state.

Bizzarro World: Haitians Cross Back and Forth Over Texas Mexico Border
Shocking footage from Del Rio, Texas, shows thousands of Haitian migrants crossing back and forth across the Rio Grande river as they please.

BREAKING: Dr. Fauci Funded 60 Projects at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and All Were in Conjunction with the Chinese Military
New revelations have come out about Anthony Fauci, the mad medic, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Chief Medical Advisor to the President.  This time from Australia.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2021/09/20/20-sep-2021-2/

Pastor Greg Laurie claims we are on the ‘On the precipice of a great, Global Revival’Posted: 20 Sep 2021 07:16 AM PDT(OPINION) In just two weeks, the much-anticipated SoCal Harvest will take place at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. where attendees can expect a night full of worship, encouragement, and revival.Pastor Greg Laurie with Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside is hosting the event on Oct. 3rd at 7:00 pm PT. After postponing in 2020 due to COVID, Harvest is excited to bring the event back in person. “I’ve never in my entire life and ministry encountered more hearts awakened to the Gospel,” said Laurie.Continue reading Pastor Greg Laurie claims we are on the ‘On the precipice of a great, Global Revival’ at End Time Headlines.
US death toll from Covid on verge of surpassing that of 1918-19 Spanish FluPosted: 20 Sep 2021 05:51 AM PDTThe United States’ known death toll from COVID-19 will surpass the number of dead from the Spanish Flu within the next day or two, according to the side-by-side numbers — though a direct comparison between the raw numbers doesn’t give the whole story, medical experts and statisticians say.What is clear is that the sheer numbers, given the modern-day tools that combat such illnesses, are a heavy burden. COVID-related U.S. deaths as of Sunday night are at 673,763, according to Johns Hopkins University data.Continue reading US death toll from Covid on verge of surpassing that of 1918-19 Spanish Flu at End Time Headlines.
PFIZER is now saying their vaccine is safe for kids 5 to 11 years oldPosted: 20 Sep 2021 05:37 AM PDTA smaller dose of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine is safe and generates a “robust” immune response in a clinical trial of kids ages 5 to 11, the drugmakers announced Monday.The news couldn’t come any sooner for parents anxious to get their children vaccinated as kids start the new school year with the delta variant surging across America. Children’s Covid cases remain disturbingly high with 243,000 new infections during the week ended Sept.Continue reading PFIZER is now saying their vaccine is safe for kids 5 to 11 years old at End Time Headlines.
DEVELOPING: Global Markets have been rocked on start of trading week, Dow futures plummetPosted: 20 Sep 2021 05:31 AM PDTGrowing investor angst about China’s real estate crackdown rippled through markets on Monday, adding pressure on Xi Jinping’s government to prevent financial contagion from destabilizing the world’s second-largest economy.According to Yahoo News, Hong Kong real estate giants including Henderson Land Development Co. suffered the biggest selloff in more than a year as traders speculated China will extend its property clampdown to the financial hub. Intensifying concerns about China Evergrande Group’s debt crisis dragged down everything from bank stocks to Ping An Insurance Group Co.Continue reading DEVELOPING: Global Markets have been rocked on start of trading week, Dow futures plummet at End Time Headlines.
Doctor blasts health care workers who don’t want to treat the unvaccinatedPosted: 19 Sep 2021 05:51 PM PDT(OPINION) In recent weeks there have been some discussions online about doctors and hospitals turning away unvaccinated Americans for COVID-19 treatment.In August, a physician in Alabama declared that he would not treat unvaccinated patients. Earlier this month, a primary care doctor in Florida announced that she would not see patients who are not vaccinated, and berated them for having a “lack of selflessness.”However, one doctor in Canada is appalled at the idea of not providing medical treatment to those in need, and says everyone deserves medical attention no matter a person’s vaccination status.Continue reading Doctor blasts health care workers who don’t want to treat the unvaccinated at End Time Headlines.
Scientists just created holograms that can be touched and feltPosted: 19 Sep 2021 05:38 PM PDTResearchers have developed a hologram that allows you to reach out and “feel” it — not unlike the holodecks of “Star Trek.” University of Glasgow scientists have created hologram system that uses jets of air known as “aerohaptics” to replicate the sensation of touch, according to Ravinder Daahiya, a researcher who worked on the project.He said that the air jets can allow you to feel “people’s fingers, hands, and wrists.” The team published a paper of their findings in Advanced Intelligent Systems.Continue reading Scientists just created holograms that can be touched and felt at End Time Headlines.
NFL star offers to buy tickets for UNVACCINATED fans…Posted: 19 Sep 2021 05:17 PM PDT(OPINION) NFL star and anti-vaxxer Cole Beasley have offered to buy unvaccinated fans tickets to Bills games away from home. Wide receiver Beasley, 32, along with side’s long snapper Reid Ferguson, 27, made the gesture after the Buffalo Bills issued a mandate saying the proof of vaccination was required to attend games held at Highmark Stadium.Fans who have refused to get the coronavirus vaccine have been planning to support their team at away games.Continue reading NFL star offers to buy tickets for UNVACCINATED fans… at End Time Headlines.
Milwaukee facing worst violence in modern historyPosted: 19 Sep 2021 11:52 AM PDTJeremiah Hughes was mowing a lawn on a Wednesday afternoon when two men barged through an alley gate. They were armed. Shots rang out. Hughes died in the yard and was taken to the morgue and then to El Bethel Church of God in Christ, where days later he lay in an open, emerald-green casket as muffled cries rose through a hymn on a loudspeaker.He was 24 and had his mother’s name — Gwen — tattooed on his left hand.Continue reading Milwaukee facing worst violence in modern history at End Time Headlines.
DEVELOPING: Volcano erupts on Canary Island of La Palma following 25k quakes in past 9 days, fears of landslide and mega-tsunami could be on the horizonPosted: 19 Sep 2021 11:39 AM PDTA volcano erupted on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma on Sunday, sending jets of lava and a plume of smoke and ash into the air from the Cumbre Vieja national park in the south of the island.According to Reuters, Authorities had begun evacuating the infirm and some farm animals from surrounding villages before the eruption at 3:15 p.m. (1415 GMT) on a wooded slope in the sparsely populated Cabeza de Vaca area, according to the islands’ government.Continue reading DEVELOPING: Volcano erupts on Canary Island of La Palma following 25k quakes in past 9 days, fears of landslide and mega-tsunami could be on the horizon at End Time Headlines.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Sept. 20, 2021

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An Open Border With … Haiti?

Nearly 15,000 Haitian migrants cross our border, taking advantage of Biden’s welcome mat.

Nate Jackson

Why are there thousands of migrants from Haiti suddenly crossing the Texas border, and how did they get here? These questions are the latest prompted by Joe Biden’s intentional border crisis. Quick, someone find “border czar” Kamala Harris so we can quote her laughing.

Officials in Del Rio, Texas, population 35,000, estimate that perhaps 15,000 migrants crossed into the town in recent days, and most of them are from Haiti. The U.S. Border Patrol mobilized a seemingly impressive effort to address this caravan. The first flights deporting them back to the Caribbean island departed Sunday with more to come, but according to federal authorities, most of those are single adults, not families, who may be allowed to stay. Border Patrol Chief Raul L. Ortiz wants all of the migrants removed by the end of the week. But removed where? The truth is that most will be released with a temporary permit and a court date — for which most won’t appear.

Remember, these migrants are just part of the 1.3 million who’ve been caught illegally crossing the border in 2021.

“Once one of the Border Patrol’s sleepiest sectors, Del Rio has become a favored destination for migrants and their smugglers,” reports The Wall Street Journal. “It is now the second busiest of the Border Patrol’s nine southern border sectors, behind only the Rio Grande Valley. Since October, the start of the government’s budget year, agents there have made nearly 215,000 arrests, a record for the area.”

As for Haiti, many people left following the recent massive earthquake, but thousands more left after the earthquake in 2010, which drove Haitians to South America and now northward. It appears that a large number of this group of Haitian migrants came from places like Brazil.

It also appears that Mexico, which had been detaining them in its own southern town of Tapachula, sent the migrants north. At least that’s what migrants told the Center for Immigration Studies. Maybe — just maybe — Mexico knows that Biden is a pushover.

Indeed, after the recent assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, Biden extended Temporary Protected Status to Haitians so they can live here without legal status. And until this weekend, Biden had suspended repatriation flights back to Haiti. All migrants had to do was get across our open border. They and the Mexican government knew it.

“But this is not about Haiti,” writes political analyst Byron York. “While the latest flare-up of the border crisis involves thousands of Haitians, the fact is, over the last several months, Border Patrol officials have detained people from at least 90 countries all around the world crossing illegally into the U.S. It’s not just Mexico or the Northern Triangle area, either. Ninety countries.”

The message from Team Biden has been wide open borders with a few halfhearted pleas that migrants shouldn’t come. Would-be migrants know which message to believe.

“When you have open borders, this is what you get,” said Texas Senator Ted Cruz . “This is wrong. This is not humane. This is not compassionate. This is lawless, and it is inviting suffering. This needs to end.”

Speaking of inhumane, while U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that COVID vaccinations will be mandatory for immigrants beginning October 1, guess which group is excluded. That’s right, people crossing the border illegally. So, guess which way unvaccinated migrants will choose…

Finally, if you want to know how Biden and his congressional Democrat partners plan to address this crisis, look no further than their efforts to sneak a path to citizenship into their $3.5 trillion spending monstrosity. Fortunately, the Senate parliamentarian blocked that effort, but our bet is that Democrats will keep looking for ways to push amnesty.

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Biden’s AFG Drone Strike Distraction

This trigger was pulled by political pressure.

Mark Alexander

As if Joe Biden’s disgraceful and deadly surrender and retreat from Afghanistan could not have been worse, it actually was. We now know, as we posited at the time, that Biden’s politically motivated diversionary drone strike in Kabul did NOT kill an ISK “high value” terrorist, or anyone affiliated with ISK. Biden’s strike did kill Zemari Ahmadi, a longtime U.S. aid worker, and nine other civilians, seven of whom were children. Ahmadi, who was among the Afghan people hoping to immigrate to safety, was bringing water to his family and neighbors.

News of this “mistake” was intentionally timed for a Friday afternoon news dump, when it would miss the week’s primary news cycle.

The 29 August strike that killed Ahmadi was the second high-profile drone strike against what Biden assured were high-value terrorist targets associated after the 26 August murder of 13 American military Patriots and more than 100 Afghan citizens. Their blood was already on Biden’s hands, the consequence of his abject ineptitude.

On 28 August, after Biden authorized the first strike against undisclosed targets in Nangarhar Province a day earlier in an “over-the-horizon counterterrorism operation … against an ISIS-K planner,” he declared in George W. Bush-ease: “We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.” Biden, endeavoring to look presidential, added: “I said we would go after the group responsible for the attack on our troops and innocent civilians in Kabul, and we have. This strike was not the last. We will continue to hunt down any person involved in that heinous attack and make them pay.”

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby insisted, “The fact that these individuals are no longer walking on the face of the Earth [is] a good thing for the people of Afghanistan, and it’s a good thing for our troops and our forces at that airfield.”

At the time, because the Department of Defense refused to identify these terrorist “planners and facilitators” of the attack on our forces, we speculated that some goat herders paid a heavy price for being on a hillside in Nangarhar region where he had some association with ISK adherents.

After the 29 August drone strike Biden authorized in an urban section of Kabul, where civilian casualties were guaranteed, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley declared: “We know from the variety of other means that at least one of those people that were killed was a ISIS facilitator. Were there others killed? Yes, there are others killed. Who they are, we don’t know. We’ll try to sort through all that.” He concluded that it was “a righteous strike.”

The same day, I noted that I am aware of the complexities of these operations and the potential for collateral civilian deaths. However, given our concern that these targets were not high-value ISK terrorists, particularly since DoD has refused to release their identity, it is likely that these strikes were political fireworks to distract from Biden’s surrender and retreat disaster. I also noted that if the Kabul target was not high value, the civilian casualties are inexcusable.

On 31 August, two days after the Kabul drone strike, Biden celebrated the final flight out from Afghanistan — despite leaving Americans and thousands of our Afghan allies behind, the latter to be systematically sought and slaughtered by the Taliban. Still hoping to salvage his chances for a 20th anniversary 9/11 victory lap for having ended “America’s longest war,” the political photo op upon which Biden’s whole compressed AFG retreat timeline was predicated, he had the boldfaced audacity to call that exit “an extraordinary success.”

Biden then declared: “We will maintain the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan. … We just don’t need to fight a ground war to do it. We have what’s called over-the-horizon capabilities, which means we can strike terrorists and targets without American boots on the ground. … We’ve shown that capacity just in the last week. We struck ISIS-K remotely, days after they murdered 13 of our servicemembers and dozens of innocent Afghans. And to ISIS-K: We are not done with you yet.”

I bet the Taliban and ISK are shaking in their boots…

His mouthpiece, Jen Psaki, echoed that message: “And what we’ve seen over the past week is that our over-the-horizon capacity can work and has worked in going after ISIS targets and killing people who went after our troops. So, that’s where our resources and our focus is going to be on at this point in time.”

Then, last Friday afternoon, after Biden left for the beach, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of United States Central Command, offered an apology: “I am now convinced that as many as 10 civilians, including up to seven children, were tragically killed in that strike. We now assess that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K or a direct threat to U.S. forces. I offer my profound condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed.” McKenzie then pledged that the Biden administration would examine ex gratia payments to the relatives of the deceased killed by the Kabul strike.

Asked if anyone would be held responsible, McKenzie responded, “We are in the process right now of continuing that line of investigation, and I have nothing for you now because that involves personnel issues.”

For his part, Milley now says of the “righteous strike”: “In a dynamic high threat environment, the commanders on the ground had appropriate authority and had reasonable certainty that the target was valid, but after deeper post-strike analysis, our conclusion is that innocent civilians were killed. This is a horrible tragedy of war and it’s heart-wrenching and we are committed to being fully transparent about this incident.” But again, as I noted previously, there was no question that “innocent civilians” would be killed in an urban airstrike. The fact is that the “high-value target” was a civilian.

So, who will be held responsible?

Perhaps when Milley testifies before Congress on 28 September about a laundry list of his failures — his emphasis on “diversity and equity” rather than military readiness, his role in the catastrophic AFG exfil, the deaths of our military personnel in Kabul, the political drone strikes, and his alleged offer of advance notice to the ChiComs — he will show up with resignation in hand.

But I doubt it. I expect that this once-loyal and honorable warrior — before he contracted “Potomac Fever” — will pass the buck.

I should note that somewhere there is an Air Force remotely piloted aircraft controller who is feeling the weight of the world on his or her shoulders right now, even though drone operations are based on “intel” from higher up. This is not the fault of that RPAS operator — that trigger pull was ordered as a result of political pressure from the Biden administration to save face with some retaliatory strikes.

As our national security analyst, Gen. B.B. Bell (USA, Ret.), declared before these strikes, based on Biden’s “shameful presidential dereliction of duty” regarding the surrender to the Taliban and retreat from Afghanistan, not only should Biden’s military leaders resign, starting with Milley, but “he should be impeached and removed from office immediately, and criminal charges should be considered.” That clarion call should be louder now — but it will be suppressed.

Finally, make no mistake, Biden’s retreat from AFG may be complete, but the war is not over.

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FDA Panel Rejects Biden’s Political Vax Booster

Thomas Gallatin

Joe Biden and his handlers love to assert that they are simply “following the science” when it comes to defending their draconian COVID policies. However, as many conservatives and others truly following the science observe, it’s political gamesmanship rather than scientific data that directs Biden’s COVID response.

The latest instance of politicization came a couple weeks back when Biden announced boosters would be offered to all inoculated Americans ages 16 and up. With the lasting effectiveness of novel COVID vaccines apparently diminishing over a mere few months, and just as the Delta variant has caused a spike in new cases across much of the country, the plan from the Biden administration was to make sure millions of people got a third jab.

Well, a pretty sizable wrinkle was thrown into the plan when a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel overwhelming voted against a booster for anyone under the age of 65 except for those with a high risk of serious disease. The 18-member panel voted 16-2 to reject recommending the booster to younger, healthier Americans, though the panel did vote 18-0 in favor of recommending a booster to Americans 65 and older.

The main reasons cited by the FDA panel was the lack of safety data and the questionable value of hitting everyone with boosters versus a more targeted approach. In a letter to the Biden administration explaining its decision, the panel wrote: “Current evidence does not … appear to show a need for boosting in the general population, in which efficacy against severe disease remains high. Even if humoral immunity appears to wane, reductions in neutralising antibody titre do not necessarily predict reductions in vaccine efficacy over time, and reductions in vaccine efficacy against mild disease do not necessarily predict reductions in the (typically higher) efficacy against severe disease.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also expected to offer its opinion on boosters this week, but it is rumored to be leaning toward the FDA panel’s recommendation of the targeted approach.

Unsurprisingly, Biden got ahead of the “science” on this. His administration had already scheduled September 20 (today) as the start date for rolling out boosters, clearly expecting to get a rubber stamp from the FDA. But there had been warning signs coming out of the FDA that Biden’s booster push was not going over well. Two top FDA officials resigned over the issue, with Politico characterizing their objections as “lack of autonomy” and feeling “cut out of key decisions,” all in service to a plan they thought was “premature and unnecessary.”

Biden may have won the 2020 election in large part by convincing American voters that Donald Trump had mishandled the crisis, but it was Trump who delivered the vaccines and Biden who politicized them. That gross politicization is now costing him and the country dearly.

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The Democrats Are Coming for Your Wallets

Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan has an enormous price tag attached to it.

Douglas Andrews

Joe Biden has been desperate to change the subject of late, but this might not be what he had in mind. The Democrat-controlled House Ways and Means Committee finally put forth the awful truth about Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan — which of course neither builds nor betters any good thing.

That awful truth is that your taxes are about to go up. And not just yours, Mr. Richy Rich. No, no, we’re looking at you, too, Mr. Middle Income.

“On Tuesday, we will continue our work on the Build Back Better Act,” said Massachusetts Democrat Richard Neal, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, “with the consideration of investments to provide critical support to families, spur the development of clean energy, reinstate Build America Bonds, and improve Americans’ ability to afford health care.”

With the consideration of investments, eh? If we didn’t know better, we’d swear “investments” were just a euphemism for “spending.” And how do they plan to pay for this wish list that adds up to an appalling $3.5 trillion? As our Thomas Gallatin wrote: “The obvious answer is that they don’t. Deficit spending was already over $3 trillion last year alone, and it’s another $2.3 trillion this year. The cumulative federal debt approaches $29 trillion. Democrats do, however, plan to erect a facade of responsibility by raising taxes. Of course, talk of raising taxes is never popular, so Democrats run their usual “tax the rich” class warfare tactic — complete with expensive galas and dresses — even as they’re looking to levee one of the biggest tax hikes on Americans since 1968.“

To the Democrats’ credit, they want to at least give us the appearance of fiscal sanity. But that means foisting upon us the largest tax increase in more than half a century.

The tax bill itself is an 880-page obscenity with more than $2 trillion in tax increases — more than four times the amount of the job-killing, economy-stagnating ObamaCare tax increase of a decade ago. So far, the bill includes 40 new taxes, and, as National Review’s Rich Lowry notes, “The individual tax rate would increase from 37 percent to 39.6 percent, the capital-gains rate from 20 percent to 25 percent, and the corporate-tax rate from 21 percent to 26.5 percent, among sundry other provisions befitting the hideously complex U.S. tax regime.”

The bill would also increase the onerous capital gains tax from 20% to 25%, and it’ll target married couples by ensuring that the tax hikes hit them at lower thresholds than comparable individual earners.

Further, the bill proposes to raise the corporate tax rate to 26.5%, well above the European average of around 20%, and above the 25% rate of communist China. This will make our nation’s business climate less attractive and less competitive, and the brunt of it will be borne, as it always is, by wage earners rather than the Democrats’ ostensible targets, which are the CEOs and the shareholders.

Remember when Joe Biden pledged not to increase taxes on any couple making less than $400,000 per year? Well, he lied. As The Daily Signal reports: “The official scorekeepers at the Joint Committee on Taxation show that the Build Back Better Act would in fact raise taxes on middle-income Americans. Under the proposal, taxes would go up for families bringing home $50,000 or more per year, far below what Biden promised.”

Of course, Biden and his fellow Democrats will stress that they’re targeting “The Rich,” and that’s certainly true to an extent. No one knows how big our tax code is these days, but we do know that it’s already extremely progressive. In 2018, for example, the top 1% of earners brought home 21% of income and paid 40% of all federal income taxes, while the bottom 50% paid just 3% of taxes.

But “The Rich” and “Big Business” don’t have enough money to fund the Democrats’ statist dreams. There simply aren’t enough of them. Only the massive middle class has that kind of capital. So hang onto your wallets, folks, because the Democrats are coming for them.

Where’s a good Tea Party revolt when we need one?

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FBI: Rotten to the Core, or a Few Bad Apples?

The FBI and USA Gymnastics colluded to keep Larry Nassar’s abuse quiet.

Emmy Griffin

Some of you may remember last year’s Netflix documentary “Athlete A.” It chronicles the struggles of many female gymnasts to get Dr. Larry Nassar convicted for sexual abuse.

For those who are unaware of the circumstances of the case, Dr. Nassar was employed as an athletic trainer for USA Gymnastics, during which time he used his position of power to sexually abuse and prey on these women and girls — all in the name of treating them. He was finally arrested in 2016 and pleaded guilty in 2017. However, it wasn’t the FBI that solved the case; it was a local investigator in Michigan who brought Nassar to justice. The FBI could and should have intervened. After all, Nassar was reported to the bureau as early as 2015. During that year-plus of inaction, there were at least 70 confirmed victims, though possibly as many as 120, who suffered at the hands of Larry Nassar. These women were disregarded by the FBI and their cases swept under the rug.

These are not low-profile women, either. In a hearing before the Senate last week, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols, Aly Raisman, and Simone Biles testified about how the FBI completely mishandled and botched the case. Maroney and Raisman were made to feel like their abuse was unimportant and “not a big deal” when they first reported it to the FBI. Raisman said that the FBI pressured her into accepting Nassar’s plea deal. Maroney recalled, “After telling my entire story of abuse to the FBI in the summer of 2015, not only did the FBI not report my abuse, but when they eventually documented the report 17 months later, they made entirely false claims about what I said.”

Biles points out that there was collusion between some of the FBI agents and USA Gymnastics to keep it quiet. In her statement she said, “To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar, and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse.”

Even FBI Director Chris Wray stated: “I want to be crystal clear: The actions — and inaction — of the FBI employees detailed in this report are totally unacceptable. These individuals betrayed the core duty that they have of protecting people. They failed to protect young women and girls from abuse.”

Director Wray went on to claim that these were the actions of a few bad actors in an otherwise diligent and ardently dedicated band of officers and agents. But that assertion rings hollow. The failures on the part of the FBI were by multiple agents in different offices of the bureau.

The bipartisan horror was a unifying moment among the senators. They joined the gymnasts in questioning why the FBI’s negligence wasn’t addressed by the Justice Department earlier. To date, only one FBI agent has been fired in conjunction with this failure.

The condemnation from the Senate was bipartisan. Democrat Richard Blumenthal said: “It’s not only that the FBI failed to do its job, systematically and repeatedly. It is also … the cover-up that occurred afterwards.” Republican Chuck Grassley stated that this was a “pattern of unresponsiveness” with the FBI, citing an earlier pattern of this behavior regarding leaks to media outlets regarding Joe Biden’s embattled son, Hunter.

So is it really just a few bad apples, as Director Wray claims, or is a larger problem in the FBI? The bureau’s pattern of injustice and inaction would seem to suggest the latter.

In any case, it is the wish of all the athletes involved that the rest of those “bad apples,” along with anyone else who helped to cover up the abuse, are prosecuted. As Biles put it: “A message needs to be sent: if you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences will be swift and severe. Enough is enough.”

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American Retreat: The Untold Story

Biden and his administration lackeys blame Trump, but let’s imagine that alternative.

Robin Smith

Though most Americans would never use the word “retreat,” the president demanded immediate action removing thousands of American troops from Afghanistan. This swift exit served as an adequate distraction during the upsurge of the COVID pandemic.

A well-deliberated plan was in place that would ensure the safety of Afghani citizens from the Taliban and ISIS-K, protect the rights of women and our allies from terror cell activity, and instigate a retreat that would happen literally in the cover of darkness. Despite the president having this withdrawal plan, the decision was made to close a key military asset almost 60 days in advance, not only leaving innocent Americans and allies stranded, but also putting our inventory into the hands of terrorists. Around $85 billion in advanced military equipment was left by the president to bulk up terrorist armaments and be sold to the highest bidder — likely China, Russia, or Iran, all of whom want to reverse engineer U.S. weapons and technology for their own benefit to defeat Americans.

Imagine reading any Republican name after the word “president” in this story. It would be the top headline in every paper and the source of unending debate on television news. Conversely, this is an almost untold story simply because it happened with President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

During the first days of July, despite the August 31 deadline to remove troops from Afghanistan, American Armed Forces left an intelligence asset and key geographic location — Bagram Air Force Base — in the hands of the Afghan Army surrounded by the muscle of the Taliban with what Reuters called a promise “not to allow international terrorists to operate from Afghan soil.” The Taliban, fueled with our weapons and supplies, continue to refuse to work toward a ceasefire.

In testimony before both the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week, Secretary Blinken described this clear American retreat as a “heroic effort” in keeping with the “success” talking points issued by the Biden White House. Blinken also whined about “an inherited deadline” for withdrawal, pointing fingers at the Trump administration while ignoring the truth that the negotiated plan was mostly ignored.

The House Foreign Affairs ranking Republican Michael McCaul accurately declared: “The American people don’t like to lose, especially not to the terrorists. But this is exactly what has happened.”

Idaho Senator James Risch ripped the Biden administration’s decision to ignore the facts that the jihadists had not met the specific conditions of the 2020 negotiated plan, making our leaving a surrender to terrorists. Biden “presented the American people with a false choice in Afghanistan and the rushed and embarrassing retreat is a stain on America’s credibility that will have implications for years to come,” Risch declared. “The administration patting itself in the back for this evacuation is like an arsonist taking credit for saving people from the burning building he just set on fire.”

Again, if it had been any Republican president, there would be accountability for this military failure. Yet the Biden administration will only be praised for strengthening the Taliban, allowing America to undo its progress of 20 years, and turning the tables to distract and blame Trump. Will there be accountability for this military failure? Not likely.

Whether its Benghazi for Obama/Clinton or Afghanistan for Biden/Blinken, the common theme is dismissing the danger of terrorists and jihadists. Every win for these terrorists is a huge loss for America and its allies in the battle for freedom.

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No Love Lost in Virginia Gubernatorial Race

Former Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe aims to thwart GOP challenger Glenn Youngkin’s plans.

Thomas Gallatin

Virginia is one of those few states that holds its gubernatorial election in off-years, of which 2021 happens to be. Furthermore, according to state law, no one holding the office of governor is allowed two consecutive terms, so current Governor Ralph “Blackface” Northam is out. However, the law does not preclude an individual who previously held the office from seeking to hold it again for a later term, which is exactly the case with Democrat candidate Terry McAuliffe, who was governor prior to Northam.

Republicans have chosen former Carlyle Group CEO Glenn Youngkin. Unlike McAuliffe, Youngkin is not a career politician. That said, Youngkin has more than held his own, raising over $35 million to McAuliffe’s $33 million.

Recent polling has the two in a near dead heat, with McAuliffe holding a slight edge.

On the major issues, the two couldn’t be more different. McAuliffe favors COVID vaccine mandates as well as masking mandates for all school children irrespective of vaccine status. Youngkin is a vocal vaccine proponent but has steadfastly rejected any vax or mask mandates. In their recent debate, Youngkin deftly undercut any spurious claims that he was against vaccines by chiding McAuliffe for failing to join him in offering a public service announcement to encourage Virginians to get the COVID vaccine. McAuliffe blew it off as a mere political stunt.

The issue of taxes also provides a major departure point between the two. Youngkin favors eliminating the commonwealth’s 2.5% grocery tax as well as advocating a one-year suspension on the 12.6 cents per gallon tax on gas.

McAuliffe, like any big government Democrat, can’t seem to raise taxes high enough. He advocates for a “substantial tax” on drug companies and raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

A contentious issue that has become particularly heated in northern Virginia is Critical Race Theory in schools. Loudoun County has become the epicenter for outraged parents clashing with school boards over the issue. While avoiding offering any explicit support for CRT, McAuliffe’s advocacy for an “education equity commission” demonstrates that he favors the ideology. Meanwhile, Youngkin has called for banning CRT education from classrooms and expanding the number of charter schools in the state.

Republicans have not won a statewide office in Virginia since 2009. The once solidly red state has shifted blue with the rapid growth of the Washington, DC, suburbs of northern Virginia, coupled with a dwindling population across the more conservative rural parts of the state. But despite losing out in California last week, Republicans may actually have a real shot in Virginia.

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On the Web

EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • Big blow to Democrats: Senate parliamentarian rules citizenship for illegals cannot be in reconciliation bill (Daily Wire) | Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell cheers: “I’m glad it failed” (Daily Wire)
  • Pentagon admits August 29 drone strike in Kabul killed only civilians (Roll Call)

Politics

  • The photo that sums up the “Justice for J6” rally that irrationally terrified DC and liberal America (Townhall)
  • Pandemic shutdowns wiped out small businesses and lined the pockets of billionaires, and Joe Biden is shocked (Not the Bee)
  • Ohio Congressman Anthony Gonzalez won’t run for reelection, opening door for Trump-endorsed candidate Max Miller (Newsweek)
  • Seven ways Democrat liars would raise taxes on people making less than $400,000 (Daily Wire)
  • We’re shocked — shocked! AOC “tax the rich” dressmaker a tax deadbeat (Washington Times)

Health

  • FDA panel overwhelmingly rejects Biden’s booster shot plan for all Americans (The Federalist)
  • Pfizer says COVID vaccine is safe for children 5-11 (WSJ)
  • Twenty-four state attorneys general challenge Biden’s vaccine mandate for private sector employees (Just the News)

Security

  • France recalls ambassadors to U.S. and Australia over nuclear sub deal (AP)
  • Texas law enforcement storm border in Del Rio, secure area (Daily Wire) | Feds launch mass expulsion of Haitian migrants from Texas (AP)
  • Governor Abbott signs $1.8 billion border security bill amid illegal migrant crisis (Hot Air)

Heartland

  • Human remains believed to be Gabby Petito are found in Wyoming (NYT) | Florida police search for Gabby’s fiancé (The Guardian) | Ex-homicide detective slams Florida police’s handling of disappearance (NY Post)
  • Double standards: San Francisco mayor defiant after being caught maskless in nightclub despite mandate: Don’t need “fun police” (Fox News)
  • Honorable Ohio mayor orders school board to resign or face criminal charges over “child pornography” taught in schools (Christian Post)

Notables

  • Karma: “The Handmaid’s Tale” sets record for most Emmy losses (21) in a single season (Decider)
  • Russian pro-Putin party wins majority after crackdown; foes cry foul (Reuters)
  • Europe’s energy mess gets worse — a lesson the U.S. looks set to ignore (National Review)

Closing Arguments

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Never trust governments absolutely and always do what you can to prevent them from doing too much harm.” —John Arthur Passmore (1914-2004)

“The court was thought to be the least dangerous branch, and we may have become the most dangerous.” —Justice Clarence Thomas

“I think we should be careful destroying our institutions because they don’t give us what we want, when we want it.” —Clarence Thomas

“The Biden administration deciding to tranche out monoclonal antibodies based on ‘equitable distribution’ rather than need is just the latest evidence that their politics is about political hatred rather than saving lives. For example, the Biden administration’s response to unvaxxed in red states — which seems to be, ‘Go ahead and die’ — and Nicki Minaj, who receives sycophantic White House phone calls after distributing pure idiotic vaccine misinfo, is rather striking.” —Ben Shapiro

Friendly fire: “I have to cite a survey that was in The New York Times, which is a liberal paper so they weren’t looking for this answer. But they were talking about — the question was, what do you think the chances are that you would have to go to the hospital if you got COVID? … The answer is between 1% and 5%. Forty percent of Democrats thought it was over 50%. Another 28% thought it was 20% to 49%. So 70% of Democrats thought it was way, way, way higher than it really was. Liberal media has to take a little responsibility for that. For scaring the s—t out of people.” —Bill Maher

Lack of self-awareness: “I know many Americans are still struggling to make it through each day. For too many, it’s harder and harder to pay the bills: food, gas, rent, healthcare.” —Joe Biden

Braying jenny: “I say to my Republican friends, and I do have some: Take back your party. You’re the Grand Old Party of America. You’ve done wonderful things for our country. You have now been hijacked by a cult that is just not good for our country. Take back your party. Do not let it be dominated by those who want to suppress the vote because they have no positive message to win.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Non compos mentis: “I still think [General Mark] Milley has to testify in the open — no national security veil, no closed meeting, open meeting. … Even better, he should come here. I’ll give him the full hour to explain. And there won’t be competing agendas going on. We can get after the truth, without that toxic, two-side play going on.” —CNN’s Chris Cuomo

Bluster: “I was [vaccine] hesitant. When Donald Trump was out there controlling the CDC and controlling the FDA and manipulating them and making them put out falsehoods, anybody rational was hesitant.” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid (“Biden literally announced a date he wanted to start boosters while FDA said they weren’t justified.” —Phil Kerpen)

And last… “Maybe a thousand American residents are still being held hostage in Afghanistan, and it’s barely a story anymore.” —David Harsanyi

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Your Church Needs NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH — ChurchLeaders

Throughout our global society, truth is ill-defined and in short supply. Is truth yours, mine, or ours? Should it be politically modulated or is the very concept of truth so politically incorrect that it should be avoided? Is truth extinct? 

According to Barna Group research, 70% of Americans believe there is NO absolute truth. Even in the Church, the concept of truth has been tarnished by secular confusion—damaging our harmony and diminishing our witness.

There may be no greater threat to Christianity than a world that cannot comprehend truth combined with a Church that fails to stand up for it.

It’s imperative, perhaps now more than ever, that the Church shift her focus from the world’s conceptual struggle with truth to the definable and victorious PERSON of TRUTH, answering Pilate’s throw-away question “What is truth?” with a resounding one-word declaration: Jesus!

Pastor Adrian Rogers, the founder of our ministry at Love Worth Finding, taught faithfully from the timeless truth of the Word of God, and long-recognized the erosion of truth in our culture as a great danger for the Church and for our nation. “We’re only one generation away from paganism,” he correctly forecasted prior to his death in 2005. He also said, encouragingly, “If only 10 percent of the people who call themselves Christians were on fire for the Lord Jesus Christ, we’d change this nation.”

We’re calling the 10 percent, and then some! This is the passion behind the new documentary film, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH (www.NBTTmovie.com), and a new church package on truth called THE CHURCH EXPERIENCE.

The truth—as presented in the Person of Jesus Christ and revealed in the Word of God—is the unashamed focus of every piece of sound reasoning in the film offered by Pastor Rogers along with such respected voices as Lee Strobel, Dr. Tony Evans, Dr. Al Mohler, Ed Newton, Len Munsil, Dr. Johnny Hunt, Dr. Robert Jeffress, Mike Huckabee, Jenifer Rothschild, Trillia Newbell, Ken Whitten, Jonathan Falwell, Dave Ramsey and others.

The film is now available for digital or DVD purchase, and has already been shown to hundreds of congregations at no cost as part of THE CHURCH EXPERIENCE from Love Worth Finding. The vision is for churches to set aside a period of time to learn, discuss, and promote truth.

The EXPERIENCE, available at lwf.org/nbtt/church-experience, includes:

  • a limited license to show the film
  • a seven-day email challenge focused on TRUTH in daily living (available to those inside and outside your church)
  • four-week, small-group discussion guides and film clips (one set for adults and one for children and youth); these are suitable for use in Sunday schools, small-group meetings, and even homeschool sessions
  • a bonus fifth week to the discussion guides that provides a presentation of the Gospel and invites people to come to faith in Christ
  • sermon outlines, overviews, and transcripts that pastors and teachers may utilize as needed to develop or supplement targeted messages about TRUTH; these may stand alone or may be used in a series
  • digitally downloadable promotional material churches may use to invite members and others to events

Churches are already reporting back to Love Worth Finding about their special events and the valuable dialogue opening up in families, small groups and Sunday school classes.

“Laura” in Tennessee wrote to us after moderating a four-week, small-group discussion series related to the film: “We discovered that facts change but real truth from the Word of God never changes. We had really healthy discussions, and sometimes disagreements, but we learned to look at those things we disagreed about in light of God’s Word.”

As Mike Huckabee said so well in the film, “If I’m God, what I think really matters. If I’m God, what I believe really matters. If I’m God, what I feel really matters. But if I’m not God, I need to make sure that what I think, what I believe, and what I feel matches up to something bigger than me.”

Together, the NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH film and THE CHURCH EXPERIENCE are leading churches into a season of dialogue about:

  • the conflict between biblical truth and individually-determined truth
  • the erosion of truth in our culture (backed up with research from Barna Group)
  • the Christian’s susceptibility to the same lies bought and sold by those who don’t claim Christ
  • our responsibilities as Christian citizens
  • contending for the faith
  • sharing truth in love
  • recognizing Jesus as THE TRUTH

As Jennifer Rothschild says in the film: “You can’t replace lies with the truth unless you know the truth. …Ultimately Jesus is truth. …People talk about their own truth. …I do not want my own truth because I don’t trust me enough to have my own truth. I have decided that I’m going to find the truth according to the one who proclaimed to be the truth. When I put my life and my thoughts up against His life and His teaching, then I’m really able to know the truth and that truth sets me free.”

We at Love Worth Finding are praying that this film will open the eyes of those who do not yet know the Lord to see Jesus as the way, the TRUTH, and the life, and that it will help believers replace lies with truth in their thinking, live truthfully in marriage, and influence the next generation to live for and stand for the TRUTH of the Gospel.

Pastor Rogers taught, “We’re to praise our country when it does right; we’re to preach to our country when it does wrong.” NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH can help pastors and church members alike “preach” (literally, and in their day-to-day interactions) to a country that has turned away from the truth—using cogent arguments and a winsome voice.

Your Church Needs NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH — ChurchLeaders

US Equity Indices Crash Below Key Technicals | ZeroHedge News

Well that escalated quickly… US equity markets are plunging this morning, led by a 3% plunge in Small Caps (Dow and S&P down 2%)…

All the major indices have broken below key technical levels…

Nasdaq is back below its 50DMA (14,875); S&P is testing down towards its 100DMA (4327); The Dow has broken its 100DMA and is looking down at its 200DMA (33179); and the Russell 2000 has broken below its 200DMA (2202).

VIX is back above 26…

This could never happen again, right?

But a drawdown is well overdue…

Is everyone now holding their breath for Beijing to bail the world out?

Source: US Equity Indices Crash Below Key Technicals

Jim Rogers: The ‘Worst Bear Market Of Our Lifetime’ Is Nearing Fast | Debt, Inflation & Crisis (PT1)

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But given today’s macroenvironment, he’s more concerned about the market’s future prospects than he’s ever been before. In fact, he confidently predicts we will experience a massive economic and financial correction that will result in the biggest bear market of our lifetime.

Too much debt. Rising inflation. Currency debasement. Malinvestment. Central bank intervention. Geopolitical stress. The current macroeconomic environment has it all. Rogers predicts collapse will begin in the weaker countries/companies first, and then cascade it way towards the US, eventually plunging the entire system into deep recession, if not a downright Depression.

Here in Part 1 of our interview with Jim, he explains how bad he thinks things will get and why. And in Part 2, he shares the asset classes he thinks will fare best in preserving wealth during the tribulations to come.

Monday Briefing, September 20, 2021

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DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING
PART 1 (0:0 – 3:55):
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Snap Election in Canada: Canadians Face A Choice With Big Worldview Implications — And the World Watching

ABC NEWS (ROB GILLIES)
EXPLAINER: What Are the Issues in Canada’s Close Election?

PART 2 (3:56 – 9:33):
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More Than Submarines at Stake Here—Shift in Shape of Global Politics As AUKUS Alliance Created to Curve the Global Expansion of China

PART 3 (9:34 – 15:37):
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AUKUS Alliance Made Up of Nations From “The English-Speaking Peoples” — It Matters

PART 4 (15:38 – 22:52):
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War Over Pronouns Is Coming For You — Virtue Signaling of a Quintessential Sort As Yale Law School Professor Calls for Use of ‘They’ For All People Unless Told Otherwise

WASHINGTON POST
Until I’m Told Otherwise, I Prefer to Call You ‘They’

Source: Monday, September 20, 2021

[VIDEO] Babylon Bee Remakes John Lennon’s Famous Song Into “Imagine Communism” | Red Voice Media

The Babylon Bee is the best, isn’t it?

They have overtaken the Onion as the greatest online parody news site of all time.

But nowadays, it’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference between real life and parody – the left has gone so hog wild that reality and parody are now almost neck and neck.

Can you imagine someone like JFK looking at the Dem Party today and what he would think?

He’d be horrified. 

And speaking of “imagine,” the Babylon Bee just took the famous John Lennon “liberal/hippy” song and gave it a 2021 makeover that is far more fitting for today’s communist liberal.

“Imagine Communism.”

That’s right, the Bee rewrote Lennon’s famous song and gave it a new, progressive update…and I gotta say, the guy singing it does a darn good job.

I think you’re going to like this one a lot…the Brian Stelter part is my favorite – absolutely hilarious.

You can watch the video below:

Yes, while this is very funny and well done, we must also remember, this isn’t THAT far from reality.

We’re heading in a terrifying direction, and that is no laughing matter.

But, as always, humor is a great way to share a message and get people’s attention.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used with permission.

Source: [VIDEO] Babylon Bee Remakes John Lennon’s Famous Song Into “Imagine Communism”