Daily Archives: October 4, 2021

October 4 Evening Quotes of The Day

The Evil of Grasping at the World
Matthew 4:8–9; Luke 4:5–7; 1 Timothy 6:10; 2 Timothy 4:10; 1 John 2:15–17

Thorns will not prick of themselves, but when they are grasped in a man’s hand they prick deep. So this world and the things thereof are all good, and were all made by God for the benefit of his creatures, if our immoderate affection did not make them hurtful, which indeed embitters every sweet unto us. This is the root of all evil. When once a man’s heart is set upon the world, how does he set light by God, and the peace of his conscience, to attain his ends!

RICHARD SIBBES

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

Sooner Endure Persecution Than Lead an Easy Life
Matthew 13:21; 16:26; Mark 4:17; 8:36; Luke 8:13; 9:25; Romans 8:35; 2 Corinthians 11:23–29; 2 Timothy 3:12

We will sooner endure, in our mortal bodies, misery, poverty, tribulation, hunger, thirst, heat, cold, bonds and death, and adhere to the word of the Lord, than lead secure easy lives with the world, and for the sake of a short and temporal life, ruin our souls.

MENNO SIMONS

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

What is the greatest difference between Reformed theology and non-Reformed theology? | Ligonier Ministries

What distinguishes Reformed theology from the doctrine held by other Christian groups? From one of our Ask Ligonier events, W. Robert Godfrey explains that being Reformed involves much more than a rejection of Arminianism.

If you have a biblical or theological question, just visit ask.Ligonier.org to ask your question live online.

Source: What is the greatest difference between Reformed theology and non-Reformed theology?

A letter from Hell | The Christian Post

Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, Shusha, Azerbaijan
A man prays in Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in Shusha, Azerbaijan after it was partly destroyed by shelling in October 2020. Christian Solidarity International

It still both terrifies and convicts me every time I watch it.

A Letter from Hell! is a very short video that fictionalizes an exchange between a young guy named Josh who resides in hell and his friend Zach who is still alive on earth. Josh’s letter to Zach decries his friend’s neglect where telling him about Jesus is concerned. Josh’s agony and fury at his friend are summed up at the end where he writes, “P.S. Wish you were here.”

Even though I used the video nearly a decade ago when teaching through the subject of hell, it continues to chill me when I listen to it. It reminds me of the seriousness of hell and my responsibility to warn unbelievers about it.

A frightening reality

In a New York Times opinion piece, theologian/philosopher David Bentley Hart writes: “The idea of eternal damnation is neither biblically, philosophically nor morally justified.” Hart (a universalist) has plenty of company these days, which is not so surprising considering the very first Christian doctrine to be denied was judgment:

“The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die … The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die!” (Gen. 2:16-17; 3:4).

Lots of people say the same thing today. Even C.S. Lewis admitted, “There is no doctrine I would more willingly remove from Christianity than [hell], if it lay in my power…”

But hell is there in black and white in both the Old and New Testaments. Contrary to what some think, hell is referenced a number of times in the Old Testament (e.g., Dan. 12:2, Is. 66:24, Ps. 9:17, Ps. 16:10). Hell is also referenced by name 15 times in the gospels and mentioned in other ways too (e.g., eternal fire, outer darkness). We also find it in the epistles as well as the book of Revelation.

Simply put, there is no expunging hell from Scripture. It’s as if the Bible is impressing upon us that you cannot tell a person to be saved without answering the question, saved from what?

As to the charge that hell is not morally justifiable (a belief shared by many), the argument fails to recognize that God’s nature consists of attributes that are equal in kind. God is indeed love, but He is also righteous and just; He is not more loving than He is just.

Moreover, understanding the antecedent and consequent wills of God helps to negate the not-morally-justified contention. Thomas Aquinas explains it this way: “Hence it may be said of a just judge, that antecedently he wills all men to live; but consequently wills the murderer to be hanged.  In the same way God antecedently wills all men to be saved, but consequently wills some to be damned, as His justice exacts.”

Scripture and theology proper (the study of God) show hell to be a frightening reality and one that has no contradiction with Christian teaching. On an American troopship, soldiers crowded around their chaplain, asking, “Do you believe in hell?” “I do not”, he replied. The soldiers responded, “Well, then, will you please resign, for if there is no hell, we do not need you, and if there is a hell, we do not wish to be led astray.”

Our duty

Charlie Peace was a notorious English criminal who lived in the 1800’s. When he was being taken to the gallows, a priest followed him reading about heaven and hell.

At the mention of hell, Peace reportedly said: “Sir, if I believed what you and the church of God say that you believe, even if England were covered with broken glass from coast to coast, I would walk over it, if need be, on hands and knees and think it worthwhile living, just to save one soul from an eternal hell like that!”

Charles Spurgeon captures that same sense of gravity when he says, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”

This doesn’t mean that we necessarily sit unbelievers down and read through Jonathan Edwards’ Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God message, but rather that we move ourselves far beyond the flippant take-it-or-leave-it attitude we often have about others’ salvation. As A. W. Tozer wrote, we shouldn’t think of ourselves as neutral diplomats “but prophets; we are not delivering a compromise, but an ultimatum.”

That sounds arrogant at first, but properly understood, it is anything but. In discussing the thorny subject of hell with others, it’s important that we convey to them that, contrary to what many believe, hell is not a place where God sends people who are especially bad. The truth is, it’s everyone’s default destination (including us).

Even so, many will bristle at the thought they deserve hell, but that’s been the historical reception to the warnings of all God’s prophets. For example, when Ahab finally came face to face with Elijah he said, “Is this you, you troubler of Israel?” (1 Kings 18:17).

That said, it helps when people get that the “ultimatum” we bring has the fear of hell as secondary, and the love/grace of God as primary. As I tell folks when we get on the subject, it’s not that I’m trying to scare you with hell, but more persuade you about heaven – an eternity with God, which is something so good I don’t want you to miss it.

Of course, there is a cost that comes from following Jesus (Luke 14:25-33), but as Søren Kierkegaard said, “It costs a person even more to go to hell.” That being true, it’s my hope that we all can take the subject serious enough so that we never are in a position to receive a loved one’s letter from hell.

 

 

Robin Schumacher is an accomplished software executive and Christian apologist who has written many articles, authored and contributed to several Christian books, appeared on nationally syndicated radio programs, and presented at apologetic events. He holds a BS in Business, Master’s in Christian apologetics and a Ph.D. in New Testament. His latest book is, A Confident Faith: Winning people to Christ with the apologetics of the Apostle Paul.

Source: A letter from Hell

October 4 Evening Verse of The Day

12:9 The sufficiency of divine grace may be easier to grasp intellectually than through experience, especially for those who are naturally inclined to self-reliance. God ensured that Paul never got away from grace (see note at 1:2). God’s glorious power is more evident when it is displayed in weak vessels (see note at 4:7).[1]

12:9 Here is recorded one of the greatest spiritual truths in all of Scripture: God’s strength is made perfect (complete, mature) in our weakness. Verse 10 expresses it again in summary fashion: “For when I am weak, then I [through Christ’s power] am strong.”[2]

12:9 my power is made perfect in weakness. God will accomplish His purposes without taking from His servant the thorn that seems to hinder him. Despite human weaknesses, God’s grace attains His purposes in a fallen world. This promise from God no doubt gave Paul strength and encouragement in subsequent sufferings. Paul shortly ties the general principle to its source—the cross of Christ (13:4). Paul’s whole response to attacks on his apostolic authority has been patterned consciously on Christ, and Him crucified, and not on the so-called “Jesus” and the different “gospel” that his opponents have foisted on the erring Corinthians (11:4 note).[3]

12:9 grace In this context, the Greek word used here, charis, refers to Christ’s power to help Paul endure hardship, be strengthened when struggling (physically, mentally, or spiritually), or experience forgiveness.

God’s grace enables Paul to participate in Christ’s sufferings for the gospel and the Church and to still demonstrate God’s power despite his weaknesses. Despite Paul’s troubles, God will help him. Paul acknowledges this to set up a contrast between his ministry and that of the so-called super-apostles. Paul does his work because God chose to empower Him. The super-apostles emphasize self-sufficiency (see note on 2 Cor 11:5).

power is perfected in weakness Weakness provides the opportunity for God to show His power. For this reason, Paul can boast about his weaknesses even though others may mock him (see 10:10).[4]

12:9 My grace is sufficient for you. The present tense of the verb translated “is sufficient” reveals the constant availability of divine grace. God would not remove the thorn, as Paul had requested, but would continually supply him with grace to endure it (cf. 1Co 15:10; Php 4:13; Col 1:29). power is perfected in weakness. Cf. 4:7–11. The weaker the human instrument, the more clearly God’s grace shines forth.[5]

12:9 — Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

The gospel is full of seeming contradictions. If you want to be first, you must be last. If you want to save your life, you must lose it. And if you want to be strong, you must glory in your weakness.[6]

 
What value could there possibly be in weakness?  
2 Cor. 12:9  
None of us can escape the pressures of life. Most of us know what it feels like to be disappointed. We know the painfulness of embarrassment, the sting of rejection, and the sorrow of failure. There always comes a time when the lids come boiling off the pots and pans and crash to the floor. What pots are boiling out of control in your life? Is there a financial need? Maybe you face a relationship crisis and are urgently praying for God’s wisdom. Regardless of your situation, you can trust this principle: Whatever brings you to your knees in weakness carries the greatest potential for your personal success and spiritual victory. Even though Paul could have listed many personal accomplishments, he chose to tell his audience what he saw as the key to experiencing a victorious life: accepting his weakness so that the strength of Christ might live fully in him. “I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor. 12:9). We do not know the trial that Paul faced; he called it a “thorn in the flesh” (v. 7). In the Greek, the word thorn means a stake used for torturing or impaling someone—no gentle affliction! He writes that it buffeted him, indicating that the trial was either ongoing or recurring. When Paul felt he could no longer withstand the blows, God reassured him that His grace was sufficient for anything he faced. Strength that withstands the stresses and blows of this life comes from only one Source—the eternal, indwelling presence of God. What the world views as strong is really nothing more than weakness under wraps. When we accept our weaknesses and the fact that we cannot handle life on our own, God goes to work. He sends encouragement and a sense of creativity, helping us to try new avenues that lead to hope and fresh beginnings. Are you weary from trying? Has exhaustion left its mark? Are you afraid others will see your weaknesses and laugh? Could a thorn in your life expose your deepest fear? Let it go. Release your fears to Jesus who loves you. Let Him strengthen you. Nothing compares to the freedom that waits for you within His loving arms. Nothing will ever bring more completion to your heart and soul than knowing the unconditional love of God. It is yours today—if you choose it.[7]  

12:9 infirmities … power: When believers are without strength and look to the Lord (v. 8), He provides power by His grace.[8]

12:9 Paul’s prayer was answered, but not in the way he had hoped. In effect, God said to Paul, “I will not remove the thorn, but I will do something better: I will give you grace to bear it. And just remember, Paul, that although I have not given you what you asked for, yet I am giving you what you need most deeply. You want my power and strength to accompany your preaching, don’t you? Well, the best way to have that happen is for you to be kept in a place of weakness.”

This was God’s repeated answer to Paul’s thrice repeated prayer. And it continues to be God’s answer to his suffering people throughout the world. Better than the removal of trials and sufferings is the companionship of the Son of God in them, and the assurance of His strength and enabling grace.

Notice that God says, My grace IS sufficient for you. We don’t have to ask Him to make His grace sufficient. It already IS!

The apostle is completely satisfied with the Lord’s answer, so he says, “Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

When the Lord explained the wisdom of His actions, Paul said in effect that that was the only way he would want it to be. So instead of complaining and grumbling about the thorn, he would rather boast in his infirmities. He would get down on his knees and thank the Lord for them. He would gladly endure them if only the power of Christ might rest upon him. J. Oswald Sanders puts it well:

The world’s philosophy is, “What can’t be cured must be endured.” But Paul radiantly testifies, “What can’t be cured can be enjoyed. I enjoy weakness, sufferings, privations, and difficulties.” So wonderful did he prove God’s grace to be, that he even welcomed fresh occasions of drawing upon its fullness. “I gladly glory … I even enjoy”—my thorn.”

Emma Piechynska, the wife of a Polish nobleman, led a long life of frustration and disappointment. Yet her biographer paid a remarkable tribute to her triumphant faith: “She made magnificent bouquets out of the refusals of God!”[9]

12:9 “He has said” This is PERFECT TENSE, idiomatic for “He said finally.”

© “My grace is sufficient for you” God’s character and presence are all Paul needs. I think Paul may have been thinking of 1 Kgs. 8:27. This is one of the places in the OT where the phrase “heaven and the heaven of heavens” is used, which may be the source of Paul’s “third heaven” in v. 2. Solomon’s prayer speaks of both the transcendence of God’s “highest heaven” and His immanence in the Temple. Paul was not to dwell on the majesty of the third heaven, but on God’s gracious nature and personal presence with him daily.

© “power is perfected” This is a PRESENT PASSIVE. God’s power operates by different criteria than mankind’s. God receives the glory when the human vessel is weak and incapable of meeting his/her needs. God’s power is His unchanging character!

This phrase may have reminded Paul of 1 Cor. 2:5; 2 Cor. 4:7 and is simply unrelated to the false teachers’ emphasis on human performance or merit.

© “boast about my weakness” Here is the contrast. The false teachers boast in their credentials and rhetorical style, but Paul knows the value of “weakness.” Notice how often these terms (or their various forms) are used in I and II Corinthians.

Boast  Weak  
1 Corinthians 1:29, 31  1 Corinthians 1:25, 27  
3:21  2:3  
4:7  4:10  
5:6  8:7, 9, 10, 11, 12  
9:15, 16  9:22  
2 Corinthians 1:12, 14  11:30  
5:12 (twice)  12:22  
7:4, 14 (twice)  15:43  
8:13  2 Corinthians 10:10  
9:2, 3  11:21, 29, 30  
10:8, 13, 15, 16, 17  12:5, 9, 10 (twice)  
11:12, 16, 17, 18, 30  13:3, 4 (twice), 9  
12:1, 5, 6, 9     

© “that the power of Christ” Notice it is God’s power! It is Christ’s power! Christ is God!

©     
NASB, NRSV  “may dwell in me”  
NKJV, NJB  “may rest upon me”  
TEV  “feel the protection … over me”  

This is the Greek term episkēnoō (epi plus skēnē [tent]) which is metaphorical for “overshadow” or “abide upon.” This same root is used of the virgin birth of Jesus (cf. Luke 1:35) the transfiguration of Jesus (cf. Matt. 17:5), and of the Apostles’ shadows falling on people and their being healed (cf. Acts 5:15).

Paul knew that the rabbi’s called the cloud during the wilderness wandering period (cf. Exod. 40:35) “the shekinah cloud of glory.” Shekinah means “to dwell with permanently.” Paul wanted God’s personal presence, fully and completely revealed and embodied in Christ, with him. This is the goal of Christianity, not personal power, personal prestige, a special knowledge or experience (“To know Him came through weakness and suffering,” cf. Phil. 3:10).[10]

9. He said to me. It is not certain, whether he had this answer by a special revelation, and it is not of great importance. For God answers us, when he strengthens us inwardly by his Spirit, and sustains us by his consolation, so that we do not give up hope and patience. He bids Paul be satisfied with his grace, and, in the mean time, not refuse chastisement. Hence we must bear up under evil of ever so long continuance, because we are admirably well dealt with, when we have the grace of God to be our support. The term grace, here, does not mean here, as it does elsewhere, the favour of God, but by metonymy, the aid of the Holy Spirit, which comes to us from the unmerited favour of God; and it ought to be sufficient for the pious, inasmuch as it is a sure and invincible support against their ever giving way.

For my strength. Our weakness may seem, as if it were an obstacle in the way of God’s perfecting his strength in us. Paul does not merely deny this, but maintains, on the other hand, that it is only when our weakness becomes apparent, that God’s strength is duly perfected. To understand this more distinctly, we must distinguish between God’s strength and ours; for the word my is emphatic. “My strength,” says the Lord, (meaning that which helps man’s need—which raises them up when they have fallen down, and refreshes them when they are faint,) “is perfected in the weakness of men;” that is, it has occasion to exert itself, when the weakness of men becomes manifest; and not only so, but it is more distinctly recognised as it ought to be. For the word perfected has a reference to the perception and apprehension of mankind, because it is not perfected unless it openly shines forth, so as to receive its due praise. For mankind have no taste of it, unless they are first convinced of the need of it, and they quickly lose sight of its value, if they are not constantly exercised with a feeling of their own weakness.

Most gladly, therefore. This latter statement confirms the exposition that I have given. I will glory, says he, in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Hence, the man that is ashamed of this glorying, shuts the door upon Christ’s grace, and, in a manner, puts it away from him. For then do we make room for Christ’s grace, when in true humility of mind, we feel and confess our own weakness. The valleys are watered with rain to make them fruitful, while in the mean time, the high summits of the lofty mountains remain dry. Let that man, therefore, become a valley, who is desirous to receive the heavenly rain of God’s spiritual grace.

He adds most gladly, to show that he is influenced by such an eager desire for the grace of Christ, that he refuses nothing for the sake of obtaining it. For we see very many yielding, indeed, submission to God, as being afraid of incurring sacrilege in coveting his glory, but, at the same time, not without reluctance, or at least, less cheerfully than were becoming.[11]


[1] Easley, K. H. (2017). 2 Corinthians. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1853). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., 2 Co 12:9). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1687). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (2 Co 12:9). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (2 Co 12:9). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (2 Co 12:9). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[7] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (2 Co 12:9). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[8] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1511). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[9] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 1865–1866). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[10] Utley, R. J. (2002). Paul’s Letters to a Troubled Church: I and II Corinthians (Vol. Volume 6, pp. 294–295). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[11] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians (Vol. 2, pp. 377–379). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

People Need Loving — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“People need loving the most when they deserve it the least.”


The above quote by John Harrigan has become a principle of life for me.  At the same time, it’s one of the hardest things for most of us to do, in our humanness, to love someone when they deserve it the least.

Have you ever had times when your behavior was so out of control that you couldn’t stand yourself?  When I was a young mother and wife, there would be one day most months when I was “PMS”ing, in which I would find myself either yelling and screaming uncontrollably all day, or crying all day.  I was so miserable I couldn’t stand myself, I felt just plain unlovable!  It’s times like that when I think if someone had been able to just grab me and hug me it would have helped to get me out of that nasty mood, in spite of the hormones that were working against me.

I believe that loving someone to that extent takes a supernatural love. It takes the love of Christ flowing through us to be able to reach out to the unlovable.  Jesus was criticized often for associating with “sinners,” those people who others thought of as unlovable, not worthy of their time and attention – tax collectors, prostitutes, lepers, etc.

The Bible says in 1 John 1:19, “We love because he first loved us.

Christ died for the ungodly.  Romans 5:6

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Jesus said, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”  Luke 6:32 & 35.

PrayerMost gracious and loving Lord, how grateful I am that the you loved me enough to die for my sins, so that through you, I am able to stand before a just God and live in His presence throughout eternity.  I thank you that your love compels me and pray that by the power of the Holy Spirit within me, you will enable me to love those who seem unlovable, as you have loved me.  Through your power grant me the grace to extend mercy to all. Amen.

by Sherry Yarger
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•  Random Acts of Kindness it is amazing how random acts of kindness affect those around you.
•  Love Your Neighbour
•  Salvation Explained

People Need Loving — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Love Like Jesus — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“We love because he first loved us”. 1 John 4:19


Thought

We love others because God has first loved us. Our Heavenly Father taught us how to love in Jesus. Our Abba Father has given us security and confidence so we can love more fully. Our Holy and Almighty God loved us boldly and sacrificially so we could properly understand and define love. We are not the source of love: God is. We are not the great example of love: God is. We tend to be careful and share our love with only those with whom we want to share it: God’s love is expansive and open to all. We love because he first loved us.

Prayer

Forgive me, Righteous Father, for the times that I have been careful and guarded with my love of your children. Please help me to love others as you have loved me. I ask especially for today, that I might touch someone’s life with love that especially needs it whether they respond favourably to that love or not. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

By Phil Ware
Used by Permission
Phil’s daily devotionals on http://www.verseoftheday.com


Further Reading

•  Whatever You Do...
•   19 Ways to Encourage Others
•  Salvation Explained

Love Like Jesus — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

October 4 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Sure of What God Has Revealed
Matthew 24:35

When I was young, I was sure of everything: In a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before. At present I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to man.

JOHN WESLEY*

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

Society Impossible Without Truthfulness
Zechariah 8:16; Ephesians 4:25

Since man is a social animal, one man naturally owes another whatever is necessary for the preservation of human society. Now it would be impossible for men to live together, unless they believed one another, as declaring the truth one to another.

THOMAS AQUINAS*

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

The Gospel of God in the Psalms of David: Knowing God — Reformed Christian Studies

By Dr. Sinclair Ferguson – Posted at Sermon Audio:

https://embed.sermonaudio.com/player/a/229121128291/

Scripture Text:

Psalm 19: 1-14 KJV
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

The Gospel of God in the Psalms of David: Knowing God — Reformed Christian Studies

4 Oct 2021 News Briefing

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‘Ready for war!’ Taiwanese Minister warns his country will defend itself from China
“The defence of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. “I’m sure that if China is going to launch an attack against Taiwan, I think they are going to suffer tremendously as well.”

Pelosi’s archbishop: Abortion bill is what you’d expect ‘from a Satanist’
One Catholic Bishop has come out strongly against an abortion bill, and he’s not holding back, calling it “child sacrifice.” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, issued a statement that many view as a rebuke of Nancy Pelosi, who hails from the Archbishop’s diocese. Indeed, HR 3755 is surely the type of legislation one would expect from a devout Satanist, not a devout Catholic.”

US Supreme Court Gets Set to Address Abortion, Guns & Religion
The Supreme Court begins its annual term on October 4, 2021, with a packed agenda highlighted by three claims of violations of constitutional rights. One is about religious rights. A second is about gun rights. And the biggest case this year is a challenge to abortion rights.

Reports Of Military Planes At Bagram Air Base Fuel Speculation Of Chinese-Afghan Alliance
the planes landing at Bagram belong to the Chinese army, their arrival follows the resumption of power at the airfield for the first time since U.S. forces departed in August. The resumption of operations at Bagram follows Taliban forces blocking off public access to the Chinese Embassy in Kabul. The fortification of that embassy is reported to have been in advance of meetings between Taliban Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani and Chen Wenqing, the Minister of State Security for the Chinese since 2016.

Corporate Insiders With Impeccable Trading Records Send Clear Signal “Stock Market Is Rigged”
It comes as no surprise that insider activity may sometimes be a good indication of the future price movement of a particular stock mainly because those in the know are likely basing decisions off nonpublic information, which outlines what our readers have known all along: the stock market is not a level playing field. Mississippi College School of Law professor John Anderson said, “it’s really easy to say that our markets should be a level playing field, but the reality is that they never have been.”

The Next “Lehman Moment” – Will China Try To Create A Dangerous Diversion?
The happy talk out of Wall Street would have you believe that the Evergrande financial collapse in China is under control and that responsible parties have taken steps to avoid a “Lehman moment” in Chinese capital markets. Western analysts don’t understand this dynamic because they view events through the lens of Wall Street and Washington norms. But the Communist Party of China does not care if Chinese oligarchs or investors in BlackRock ETFs lose money. That suits them fine. They’re communists.

90,000 Educators Beg Biden: We Need FBI Protection From “Mobs” Of Parents Irate Over Mask Mandates
The National School Boards Association, which represents more than 90,000 school officials, “begged” President Biden on Wednesday for FBI and Secret Service agents to help protect against “mobs” of angry parents protesting the mandates, according to the Daily Mail. The NSBA wrote a letter asking the government to stand up against “mobs of angry parents”, labeling them “domestic terrorism” and “extremist hate organizations”.

Panama Official Warned Biden Admin Months Before Haitian Migrant Surge
Panamanian Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes told Axios that Panama warned the Biden administration months in advance about a surge of Haitian migrants headed toward the southern border. Mouynes also said Wednesday that another wave of migrants from Haiti, this one numbering as many as 60,000, is currently headed toward the United States.

Dealings of Jordan’s King, Former Jerusalem Mayor Among Those Exposed by ‘Pandora Papers’
Jordan’s King Abdullah II, former Jerusalem Mayor and current Likud MK Nir Barkat are among hundreds of top-flight global leaders whose affairs were exposed Sunday by the publication of the “Pandora Papers”. According to the report, the monarch secretly owned 14 luxury homes in the UK and US, worth a total of more than $106 million, in addition to at least 36 front companies in tax havens. The purpose and/or assets of some of the companies is unclear.

Pro-Trump candidate could win Brooklyn council seat
Candidate Inna Vernikov, a 37-year-old lawyer and Jewish Ukrainian native, is running against Democrat Steve Saperstein in the 48th Council District. Both are vying to succeed ex-Councilman Chaim Deutsch, who forfeited his seat earlier this year after getting convicted of tax fraud.

Israeli businessmen targeted by attempted assassinations in Cyprus
According to the report, a 38-year-old Russian national of Azeri descent is suspected of plotting to assassinate a number of Israeli businessmen living in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia. The case is being kept tightly under wraps due to national security concerns, according to Kathimerini.

Fmr Google executive warns: “We’re creating God” via artificial intelligence
A former Google exec described how one experience developing artificial intelligence frightened him, forcing him to realize that the new technology was God-like and, as such, a threat to humanity. “And I suddenly realized this is really scary,” Gawdat said. “It completely froze me. Like we had those things for a week. And they’re doing what children will take two years to do. And then it hit me that they are children. But very, very fast children. “The singularity is approaching,” he stated adding that it threatens humanity.

Actual location of Mt Sinai discovered, researchers now claim
The Doubting Thomas Research Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to investigating the historicity of Biblical accounts, claims to have found the location of Biblical Mount Sinai. The foundation claims the true location is Jabal Maqla, which lies in the Jabal al-Lawz mountain range in northwestern Saudi Arabia.

Trump asks judge to force Twitter to restore his account
President Donald Trump has asked a federal judge in Florida to force Twitter to restore his account, which the company suspended in January following the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol. Trump’s attorneys on Friday filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Miami seeking a preliminary injunction against Twitter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey. They argue that Twitter is censoring Trump in violation of his First Amendment rights, according to the motion.

China sends more warplanes into Taiwan’s defense zone; 93 in 3 days
On Sunday, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) sent 16 warplanes into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), continuing a trend of daily military flights around Taiwan that has continued for months but which seen a recent uptick in intensity in recent days. In the last three days, China has sent at 93 warplanes into Taiwan’s ADIZ.

Minnesota Motorist Survives Lightning Strike
It was a close call for a Minnesota motorist. The Minnesota State Patrol sent one of its troopers to check a report of a stalled vehicle in the town of Lengby. The trooper arrived to find the vehicle was stalled for a good reason – it had been hit by a bolt of lightning.

Food inflation in Canada could be as much as twice what official figures say
A new study suggests that the Canadian government is vastly underestimating changes in food costs, and that the real prices increases may be double what has been reported.

South Pole posts most severe cold season on record, an anomaly in a warming world 
Amid a record hot summer in large parts of Northern Hemisphere, beset by devastating fires, floods and hurricanes, Antarctica was mired in a deep, deep freeze. That’s typically the case during the southernmost continent’s winter months, but 2021 was different.

Major oil spill hits Orange County coast, California
A major oil spill, believed to have originated from a pipeline leak, hit parts of California’s Orange County, including Huntington Beach on October 2, 2021. The event triggered coastal closures and emergency responses. Wildlife officials warned residents not to approach wildlife affected by the oil slick.

Sen. Ron Johnson: There is not an FDA approved COVID vaccine in the US
Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., claimed that the U.S. still doesn’t have an FDA-approved vaccine as he exposed what was really approved by the government agency on “Fox News Primetime.”

COVID, The Grinch Who’s Stealing Christmas
COVID doesn’t go to church, and yet more than a year and a half after its outbreak,  people can’t get into a church in their home towns without being ‘registered’ or are held back from worship of God by other government virus ‘restrictions’. COVID doesn’t hang out down at town and city liquor stores, which have been doing brisk business ever since the pandemic first broke out

NY Gov Hochul Fires Health Care Workers En Masse Amid ‘Pandemic’ For Refusing Vaccines ‘From God’
New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) ordered thousands of health care workers be fired at midnight on Monday amid a “pandemic” after giving a speech saying Big Pharma’s shots were given to us by “God” and anyone who refuses them is not “listening to God and what God wants.”

Regulations Are STOPPING Doctors From Treating COVID — and People Are Dying
It’s an all-too-common story. A teen I know currently has COVID-19 and is fairly sick. After an emergency-room examination yesterday, he was released from the hospital and he and his mother were simply told, “There’s no treatment protocol for COVID.” Actually, there are effective treatments for COVID.

Mainstream Filth: NBC Contributor Becomes Spokesman for Murky Organization, Attempts to ‘Normalize’ Pedophilic Thoughts
The progressive left has, for too long, dismissed conservative claims that the LGBT agenda normalizes the sexualization of children as “homophobic” or “bigoted.” Yeah … about that. An NBC contributor and vocal proponent of the LGBT movement has been slated as the spokesman for an organization with uncomfortably close ties to the sexualization of children.

Unvaccinated Students Told to Wear Different Coloured Wristbands So They Can be Identified 
First year students at the University of Bath have been given armbands by authorities to signal whether they’ve been double-vaccinated, with unvaxxed students having to wear a different colour.

Dissident Catholic Archbishop Viganò Warns Pope Francis is a “Zealous Cooperator” of “Great Reset” Globalist Agenda 
A dissident Catholic Archbishop who formerly served as the church’s Apostolic Nuncio to the United States has accused Pope Francis of complicity with a globalist “great reset” coronavirus agenda. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is widely known for accusing Vatican officials of covering up for pedophile Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and exposing financial corruption at the Vatican bank in 2012.

Scenes in Australia Now Look Like Dystopian Horror Flick – And Lt. General Promises EVERYONE Will Have First Dose of Vax by Christmas (VIDEO)
Another violent weekend in the penal colony.
Scenes in Australia today look like some horrific scene from a Hollywood flick.

Pope Francis And The Vatican Will Bring The One World Religion Of Chrislam To The United Nations COP26 Climate Change Conference In Glasgow 
If you are a regular reader of Now The End Begins, this article will not come as a surprise to you, but as a beautiful confirmation regarding everything we have already told you concerning Pope Francis, the Vatican, it’s connection to Climate Change, and the coming One World Religion of Chrislam. But even so, you better buckle up, because it’s about to ‘hit the fan’.

D’oh: Twitter Fact Checkers Just Revealed Their Whole Entire Backside as Shameless Shills For Big Pharma
Fact checkers at Twitter and elsewhere furiously took to their keyboards yesterday in defense of America’s Big Pharma Covid profiteers. This time, the fact checkers circled the wagons around Pfizer, which is developing an expensive drug that serves a suspiciously similar function to the cheap, time-tested, generic drug ivermectin. This time, Twitter’s approved fact checkers trafficked in deception, misinformation, and carefully worded lies, as they so often do, in order to “debunk” an article from ZeroHedge.

Breaking: Lights at Bagram Airbase Turned On – Chinese Military Planes Reportedly Seen Landing at Abandoned US Airbase in Afghanistan #BidenEffect
China military planes reportedly landed at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan.  This is after Biden abandoned the base in its hasty surrender of the country.

More US Airlines Impose Vaccine Mandates: American, Alaska, JetBlue
More U.S. air carriers—American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and JetBlue—have announced that they’ll be requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Taiwan Says 77 Chinese Warplanes Enter its Defense Zone in the Span of Two Days
China sets a new high of incursion to Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) for over two days, the defense ministry in Taipei said on Saturday.

Orwell’s Covid USA! Killer Hospitals, Gov-Induced Socio-Economic Disaster
George Orwell’s 1984 is the script for what is happening today in America. An all-powerful government that is dictating life-and-death decisions upon the uneducated masses who appear powerless or unwilling to exercise their God-given and Constitutional rights to life, liberty, and happiness.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2021/10/04/4-oct-2021/

Playboy releases October cover featuring a man dressed in women’s lingerie and heelsPosted: 04 Oct 2021 07:13 AM PDTGay Filipino social media influencer Bretman Rock, 23, has taken the cover of Playboy’s 2021 digital issue. The men’s lifestyle magazine in 2020 featured singer-songwriter Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio on a cover, making him the first-ever male cover star aside from the magazine empire’s founder, the late Hugh Hefner.Playboy debuted the cover on Friday and in a tweet captioned it, “It’s Bretman, bitch. Introducing the October 2021 digital cover with icon @bretmanrock.” Rock on the cover can be seen dressed as a Playboy bunny, wearing bustier-style lingerie, towering platform-style heels, black bunny ears, a bowtie, and a cottony whitetail.Continue reading Playboy releases October cover featuring a man dressed in women’s lingerie and heels at End Time Headlines.
A Christian adoption agency has been ordered by UK Court to place children with Same-Sex couples despite their religious viewsPosted: 04 Oct 2021 07:07 AM PDTAn evangelical adoption agency in the United Kingdom has vowed to challenge a decision by the Court of Appeal requiring the organization to violate its biblical beliefs and place foster children with same-sex couples.In Friday’s ruling, Cornerstone (North East) Adoption and Fostering Service was permitted to work exclusively with Christian caregivers, however, the married couples seeking to adopt can’t be exclusively heterosexual.Simon Calvert with The Christian Institute, which is representing Cornerstone said, “What the court has done today, in the name of opposing discrimination, is actually to support discrimination by a powerful state regulator against a small voluntary group.”He continued, “This shocking defence of state over-reach in religious matters fundamentally misunderstands the nature of Christianity.” The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) downgraded Cornerstone from “good” to “requires improvement” in 2019 after accusing the agency of discriminating against LGBT couples.Continue reading A Christian adoption agency has been ordered by UK Court to place children with Same-Sex couples despite their religious views at End Time Headlines.
New York Governor tells megachurch that the vaccine is God’s “answer to prayers”Posted: 04 Oct 2021 06:42 AM PDTNew York state’s freshly-minted and first female Gov. Kathy Hochul praised the Lord and wielded her faith at the Brooklyn-based Christian Cultural Center on Sunday, telling congregants that vaccines against COVID-19 are God’s answer to “our prayers” and urged them to become her apostles by encouraging others to get their shots.“We are not through this pandemic. I wished we were, but I prayed a lot to God during this time and you know what, God did answer our prayers.Continue reading New York Governor tells megachurch that the vaccine is God’s “answer to prayers” at End Time Headlines.
(VIDEO) State Revokes Employees’ Religious Exemptions in 11th Hour, Forcing Them to Choose Between Jobs, VaccinationPosted: 04 Oct 2021 06:35 AM PDTWashington state employees previously granted religious exemptions from a statewide COVID-19 vaccination mandate found out this week those exceptions have been revoked, giving them just days to choose between taking the shot or losing their jobs.Nearly a dozen employees with the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife received letters this week telling them their reasonable accommodations permissions had been rescinded.One of those workers, 20-year agency veteran Brad Otto, was granted an exemption on Sept.Continue reading (VIDEO) State Revokes Employees’ Religious Exemptions in 11th Hour, Forcing Them to Choose Between Jobs, Vaccination at End Time Headlines.
(VIDEO) A Canadian pastor who was arrested at an airport is warning Americans: ‘You’re next’Posted: 04 Oct 2021 06:19 AM PDT(OPINION) Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski, who was recently arrested on the airport tarmac upon his return home from a trip to the U.S., has issued a warning to Americans: “You’re next.”According to the Christian Post, The Canada Border Services Agency arrested the pastor last week for two outstanding warrants — one for not wearing a face mask and another for holding a church service in June. He has an upcoming court hearing on Oct.Continue reading (VIDEO) A Canadian pastor who was arrested at an airport is warning Americans: ‘You’re next’ at End Time Headlines.
Now they are telling us to expect to see a shortage of canned foods during the Holiday SeasonPosted: 04 Oct 2021 06:07 AM PDT(OPINION) Now even the mainstream media is admitting that the shortages are going to get even worse. Earlier this year, the talking heads on television were assuring all of us that the U.S. economy would be “booming” by the end of 2021, but obviously, that hasn’t happened. Instead, we are facing growing shortages and rampant inflation.In fact, one measure of inflation just hit the highest level in nearly 40 years. But of more immediate concern is the fact that shortages are intensifying all over the nation.Continue reading Now they are telling us to expect to see a shortage of canned foods during the Holiday Season at End Time Headlines.
Fearful Sights and Great Signs from Heaven: A massive comet as large as a small planet is barreling toward our solar systemPosted: 04 Oct 2021 05:55 AM PDTA massive comet — so large that scientists had previously mistaken it for a dwarf planet — is hurtling through space toward our solar system and is expected to arrive in about 10 years, new research revealed.The Bernardinelli-Bernstein comet is estimated to be 60-120 miles across, 1,000 times larger than a traditional comet, astronomers said when its discovery was first announced in June. It is arguably the largest comet discovered in modern times, scientists said.Continue reading Fearful Sights and Great Signs from Heaven: A massive comet as large as a small planet is barreling toward our solar system at End Time Headlines.
Russia has just test fired a submarine-launched hypersonic Tsirkon missile for the first timePosted: 04 Oct 2021 05:46 AM PDTRussia said on Monday it had successfully test-launched a Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile from a submarine for the first time, a weapon President Vladimir Putin has lauded as part of a new generation of unrivaled arms systems.The defense ministry, which tested firing the Tsirkon missile from a warship in July, said that the Severodvinsk submarine had fired the missile while deployed in the Barents Sea and had hit its chosen target.Continue reading Russia has just test fired a submarine-launched hypersonic Tsirkon missile for the first time at End Time Headlines.
(VIDEO) Canary Islands volcano enters more aggressive eruption prompting Spain to release emergency funds, residents told to lock downPosted: 03 Oct 2021 05:03 PM PDTThe Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma is now erupting even more aggressively after weeks of gushing lava, Spain’s Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN) said Sunday.The volcano’s activity “continues to be intense” and a new crater was discovered Saturday, the Canary Islands government and IGN said in a joint statement. “It doesn’t look like it’s close to ending yet, because of the millions of cubic meters of lava that the volcano is throwing out,” said Canary Islands President Ángel Víctor Torres at a press conference Sunday.Continue reading (VIDEO) Canary Islands volcano enters more aggressive eruption prompting Spain to release emergency funds, residents told to lock down at End Time Headlines.
WAR DRUMS: Taiwanese Foreign Minister warns his country is preparing for war with China, Situation very concerning to the USPosted: 03 Oct 2021 04:50 PM PDTTaiwan’s Foreign Minister warns his nation is preparing for war with China and urges Australia to increase intelligence sharing and security cooperation as Beijing intensifies a campaign of military intimidation.Dozens of aircraft from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have flown sorties into Taiwan’s Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) since Friday, prompting the self-ruled island to scramble its own military jets.According to Australian News, Speaking to the ABC’s China Tonight program, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu declared that if the PLA were to launch an actual strike, his democratic state would be ready to repel it.Continue reading WAR DRUMS: Taiwanese Foreign Minister warns his country is preparing for war with China, Situation very concerning to the US at End Time Headlines.
(VIDEO) Biden says: “It doesn’t matter whether it’s in 6 minutes, 6 days or 6 weeks.” “666”Posted: 03 Oct 2021 04:13 PM PDT(OPINION) President Biden was asked how long would it take in regards to passing the infrastructure bill where he responded with “It doesn’t matter when. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in 6 minutes, 6 days, or 6 weeks. We’re gonna get it done.” (666)Continue reading (VIDEO) Biden says: “It doesn’t matter whether it’s in 6 minutes, 6 days or 6 weeks.” “666” at End Time Headlines.
(VIDEO) Dr. “Doom” Fauci says it’s “too soon to tell” whether Americans should avoid gathering for ChristmasPosted: 03 Oct 2021 04:02 PM PDT(OPINION) Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Biden, said Sunday it’s too early to say whether Americans should avoid larger family gatherings for Christmas, while the nation experiences an uptick in new COVID-19 infections among children alongside lagging vaccination rates.According to CBS News, In an interview with “Face the Nation,” Fauci said it’s “just too soon to tell” whether holiday gatherings should be limited for the second year in a row due to the ongoing pandemic, but said Americans need to focus on lowering the number of new infections and hospitalizations.Continue reading (VIDEO) Dr. “Doom” Fauci says it’s “too soon to tell” whether Americans should avoid gathering for Christmas at End Time Headlines.
Pressure is growing on Biden to remove Trump’s tariffs as supply chain problems continue to worsenPosted: 03 Oct 2021 01:14 PM PDTThere’s a quick move President Joe Biden could make to immediately help relieve the stress the pandemic-related supply chain crisis is having on US companies: Lift the tariffs imposed by former President Donald Trump.Trump put tariffs on roughly $350 billion of Chinese-made goods — and despite the change in administrations, those duties remain in place. American importers have paid more than $106 billion to cover the cost of those levies to date, and many of them are now facing skyrocketing shipping costs.Continue reading Pressure is growing on Biden to remove Trump’s tariffs as supply chain problems continue to worsen at End Time Headlines.
DEVELOPING: Explosion targeting mosque in Kabul has taken the lives of multiple victimsPosted: 03 Oct 2021 12:55 PM PDTAn explosion ripped through a crowd outside the entrance of a mosque in central Kabul on Sunday, leaving a number of people dead, a senior Taliban spokesman said.According to CNN, The blast targeted the gates of the Eidgah Mosque in the Afghan capital, where a funeral service was being held for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Muhajid, who tweeted that the blast had claimed the lives of civilians.It was not immediately clear how many people were killed or injured in the attack.Continue reading DEVELOPING: Explosion targeting mosque in Kabul has taken the lives of multiple victims at End Time Headlines.
Massive 126,000 gallon oil spill off California Coast has killed scores of marine life, Potential ecological disasterPosted: 03 Oct 2021 12:41 PM PDTCrews raced Sunday to contain the damage from a major oil spill off the Orange County coast that left crude spoiling beaches, killing fish and birds, and threatening local wetlands.According to Yahoo News, The oil slick, first reported Saturday, originated from a broken pipeline less than three miles off the coast of Huntington Beach connected to an offshore oil platform known as Elly. The rupture has poured more than 126,000 gallons of crude into coastal waters and seeped into the Talbert Marsh, a 25-acre wetland in Huntington Beach, officials said.Continue reading Massive 126,000 gallon oil spill off California Coast has killed scores of marine life, Potential ecological disaster at End Time Headlines.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Oct. 4, 2021

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Fauci Moves the Goalposts Again

His job has devolved into little more than continuously feeding COVID panic.

Thomas Gallatin

Dr. Anthony Fauci continued his long-running routine of moving the COVID goalposts when he was asked over the weekend about the prospect of Americans “gathering for Christmas.” Fauci dropped what has become his go-to phrase, saying it’s “too soon to tell,” before offering the always moveable goal: “We have to concentrate on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time.”

Fauci’s “wait and see” language is deliberate for two reasons. First, he wants to avoid the problem of declarations that don’t aren’t allowed to come to pass. Recall that Joe Biden declared on July 4: “Today, while the virus hasn’t been vanquished we know this: It no longer controls our lives. It no longer paralyzes or nation. And it’s within our power to make sure it never does again.” A mere two months later, Biden was ordering his infamous vaccine mandate, threatening Americans’ freedoms and livelihoods all in the name of combating COVID.

Biden was inadvertently right about one thing: It’s not COVID that’s controlling Americans’ lives; it’s his authoritarian diktats. The American spirit that Biden ironically invoked in his Independence Day speech is a spirit that is opposed to precisely the kind of government tyranny his administration has pushed. And one of the biggest supporters of Biden’s authoritarianism has been Fauci.

Fauci’s second reason for using “wait and see” language is that it keeps the COVID panic alive. Keep people scared, because it’s easier to control them.

There are many ways to do that, but Fauci dropped what might be the most chilling statement yet from a government bureaucrat. Defending Biden’s COVID vaccine mandates — mandates, by the way, that just months prior Fauci claimed would never happen — Fauci said, “There comes a time when you do have to give up what you consider your individual right of making your own decision for the greater good of society.”

There hasn’t been a single tinpot dictator in world history that wouldn’t wholeheartedly agree with Fauci. This is the very hubris undergirding every authoritarian’s justification for power lust. This view epitomizes the mindset of an elitist.

Fauci was recently confronted by radio host Hugh Hewitt, who wanted to know if Fauci would essentially put into practice what he was calling on all Americans to do. After listing the myriad of examples in which Fauci has been demonstrably and repeatedly wrong throughout the COVID pandemic, Hewitt asked, “Is there a point where you will say: ‘I have done more harm than good because people don’t listen to me anymore’ and step aside?” Fauci answered, “No. Absolutely, unequivocally no.”

Fauci’s failure to acknowledge his own complicity in undermining Americans’ trust in government officials, medical professionals, and scientific research is reason enough to place him in lockdown until this era of government malfeasance has passed.

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Phony Pulitzers, Fake Fact-Checks, and #FJB

It’s been one banner day after another for our hopelessly biased mainstream media.

Douglas Andrews

By now, the only people who believe there was any legitimacy to the whole Trump-Russia collusion story are Flat-Earthers, 9/11 Truthers, Detroit Lions Dead-Enders, and members of the Pulitzer Prize Board. And it’s this last group, this most credulous group of the four, that we want to focus on.

Yesterday, former President Donald Trump called on the Pulitzer Board to rescind the 2018 “National Reporting” awards it bestowed upon The New York Times and The Washington Post for their coverage of the phony, fake, false, fraudulent, fabricated “Russian” “collusion” “story,” which Trump rightly says was built upon one shoddy piece of reporting after another. Or, as an indignant elf might put itThese reporters sit on a throne of lies.

In an open letter to interim award administrator Bud Kliment, Trump wrote:

The coverage was no more than a politically motivated farce which attempted to spin a false narrative that my campaign supposedly colluded with Russia despite a complete lack of evidence underpinning this allegation. … It has since been confirmed that the allegations were false and I have been exonerated of these charges. Most recently, John Durham’s indictment of former cybersecurity attorney and Hillary Clinton Campaign attorney Michael Sussman serves as a damning repudiation of the media’s obsession with the collusion story. The indictment pointedly accuses Mr. Sussman of making false statements to the FBI when he presented “evidence” purporting to show secret communications between my organization and the Russia-based Alfa Bank.

Trump closes by calling on the reporters themselves to do the right thing: to voluntarily surrender their prizes, noting that the Pulitzer is supposed to symbolize work that’s “credible, well-sourced, and trustworthy.” You know, just like the Nobel Peace Prize is supposed to symbolize those “who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations” — those like Yasser Arafat, Al Gore, and Barack Obama.

We can’t imagine Trump is holding his breath. These are the Leftmedia and its sycophants, after all. But perhaps rather than calling for an outright rescission, Trump might instead ask Mr. Kliment to simply reassign the awards within the Pulitzer Board’s fiction category.

In other disgraceful journalistic behavior from The Washington Post, we learned that the newspaper’s vaunted fact-checker, Glen Kessler, couldn’t summon the integrity to award Joe Biden a full four Pinocchios for the administration’s oft-repeated whopper that his Bernie Sanders’s ruinous $3.5 trillion spending plan “costs zero dollars.”

Instead, Kessler gave our cognitively declining and compulsively lying president a paltry two Pinocchios, rendering all but meaningless straight-up doubled-down falsehoods such as, “My Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars.” Instead, Kessler hedged because the details aren’t worked out yet.

And Biden didn’t misspeak. He also said: “We talk about price tags. It is zero price tag on the debt. We’re paying — we’re going to pay for everything we spend.” This from a guy who’s poised to push our national debt to over $29 trillion — which is more than $86,000 per citizen, or $228,000 per taxpayer.

And last, as proof that lefty journalists are conditioned to hear only what they want to hear, consider what happened this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, where Xfinity Series race winner Brandon Brown was being interviewed by a NBC sports reporter.

While fans are clearly yelling the newly popular “f*** Joe Biden” chant overtaking sports stadiums everywhere, NBC’s reporter lamely attempted to claim they were cheering for Brown.

No, ma’am, no. They’re definitely not chanting, “Let’s go, Brandon!”

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Build BS Better — The Real Biden Plan

The supposed infighting is just theater meant to disguise just how radical an agenda it is.

Nate Jackson

When Joe Biden first pitched the idea that his massive spending agenda would actually cost “zero dollars,” most Americans laughed. Then people realized he was serious, and other Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi began repeating it. Then the Leftmedia “fact-checkers” hedged, calling the claim misleading but essentially insisting Biden needs time to see how things shake out before declaring it the whopper it really is. For the moment at least, whether Biden intends to spend $0, $3.5 trillion, or the more realistic $5-6 trillion, his agenda is stalled on Capitol Hill.

We’ll admit the bickering between Democrat factions has been entertaining, though we’re also keenly aware that it’s mostly theater. Bernie Sanders and his faithful Socialist Squad disciples are pushing hard for a big agenda. They know that even if Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema succeed in reducing the price tag, even by a couple of trillion dollars, they will have built or introduced the entitlement state objectives they set.

The story of ObamaCare over the last decade proves how difficult it is to end a new entitlement.

Let’s be clear: Biden outsourced his agenda to Sanders. Even though he began his presidency by championing the “infrastructure” spending bill — only a fraction of which is actually infrastructure — he has now thrown it under the bus in favor of Sanders’s larger bill. According to Fox News, “Biden now claims that his Build Back Better agenda does not include the bipartisan infrastructure bill but only the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, even though Democrats have attempted to use the former to pass the latter.”

So-called Democrat moderates must be feeling some whiplash. They’ve been demanding the bipartisan infrastructure package pass before even considering anything further. The radical leftists who actually run the party want just the opposite, and Biden has joined them.

“I wrote the damn bill,” Biden insisted of the larger one when he traveled to Congress to twist some arms. “Even a smaller bill can make historic investments in child care, day care, clean energy. You get a whole hell of a lot of things done.” He told them he doesn’t mind sacrificing infrastructure on the altar of socialism.

But can Democrats get this done? Despite a public pledge to hold a vote by September 27, Pelosi keeps having to delay a vote on the “infrastructure” bill that already passed the Senate because the far-left wing is holding it hostage to the bigger bill. Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have now extended the debate for another month.

Meanwhile, leftist activists are chasing Sinema into a bathroom and kayaking to Manchin’s houseboat to heckle and harass them. Neither senator seems phased — other than doubling down.

Pelosi, Schumer, and Biden have all seemingly concluded that losing their congressional majority in 2022 is likelier than not, so they better enact their fundamental transformation now. And as for the supposed conscientious objectors in the middle, they may talk a tough game, but it’s largely a theatrical farce.

Veteran political analyst Philip Klein zeroed in on Manchin, writing: “To sum up, in the past year and a half, Manchin has already voted in favor of $6.5 trillion worth of spending, and he has indicated a willingness to vote for at least another $1.5 trillion, which would bring the total to $8 trillion. And he is trying to portray himself as the voice of fiscal sanity, because he is not willing to go from $8 trillion to $10 trillion. Call Manchin whatever you want, but responsible budget hawk, he is not.”

Democrats have the votes to pass whatever they like, and the bickering is little more than theater to make the final product seem somehow less radical. That’s why Democrats chose Joe Biden instead of Bernie Sanders — only to allow Sanders to steer the ship from the Senate Budget Committee anyway. Fighting over a trillion bucks here or there is just for show.

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Is Hollywood a Good Influence? Hardly

The rulers of the silver screen hold too much power and wealth to be redeemed anytime soon.

Emmy Griffin

Hollywood and the actors and actresses are the original “influencers” of our society. They have a platform based on fame and varying amounts of talent that they use to hawk political opinions. But all that fame and influence has done them no good at all.

According to a recent Rasmussen survey, the public isn’t at all impressed by Hollywood’s activism — in fact, most respondents thought it was not a positive influence on society. Of course, this isn’t shocking to anyone who’s not part of this country’s elite class. Aside from Hollywood’s political activism, the core concepts and ideas it depicts in its films and the out-of-touch lives that actors lead contribute to this sentiment.

Most respondents to the Rasmussen survey (56%) recognize that Hollywood is full of political leftists. To be sure, its political activism ranges from completely nonsensical to outright evil. Take actress Busy Philipps, who back in 2020 screamed her abortion in front of the Supreme Court building, saying any success she had was because she had an abortion at 15 years of age.

Or take vocal actresses Alyssa Milano and Amy Schumer of the #MeToo movement, which claims to support women who are victims of sexual assault … yet is now deafeningly silent as horrors are enacted on the women of Afghanistan. Most recently, actress Uma Thurman reacted to Texas’s Heartbeat Act by first saying she herself had an abortion and that she regrets it and mourns the loss to this day — and yet she condemns the legislation. Each of these women in their own way has declared that their worldviews are based on getting ahead career-wise.

Hollywood hasn’t put out a truly worthwhile film in many years. Not only is it ruining old films with remakes by infusing woke agendas (i.e., “A Wrinkle in Time” and “Beauty and the Beast”), but films with fresh ideas are hard to watch because the content is hopeless (i.e., “Our Friend” and “Judas and the Black Messiah”). The vision of the world it tends to portray is often the most dark and least wholesome. Furthermore, films that are marketed for teens and children have mature themes and profane language that would have warranted an R rating in a bygone time. Naturally, audiences are tired of it.

Hollywood bigwigs no longer understand how to communicate with the average American. Their solutions to some of the perceived problems in this world illustrate as much. Joaquin Phoenix said in a recent Oscar speech: “We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth, we steal her baby. We take her milk that’s intended for her calf, and we put it in our coffee and our cereal. And I think we fear the idea of personal change because we think that we have to sacrifice something.” Such condescension is typical for people like him who don’t live in the real world. Going vegan or buying milk alternatives is not always a viable option for the average American — nor is it necessary or somehow the “moral” choice. This is just one of many examples of these celebrities’ comically obtuse attitudes.

Hollywood is a bad influence on culture, and most of the “bourgeoisie,” if you will, recognize this fact. America needs a renaissance in our filmmaking, and we need a media that doesn’t reward the Hollywood elite with attention to their bad ideas. Sadly, though, the rulers of the silver screen hold too much power and wealth to be redeemed anytime soon.

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VP Harris Is MIA

Joe Biden’s inept and unpopular vice president has been keeping a low profile, and it’s paying off.

Douglas Andrews

Distance makes the heart grow fonder — at least that’s the thinking in the Kamala Harris camp. How else to explain the vice president’s disappearing act during the most trying time of Joe Biden’s presidency?

Whatever the reason for her recent invisibility, it appears to be working. A September 22 Gallup poll showed 49% of folks approve of the job she’s doing, which is six points higher than Biden’s 43%. But it’s not hard to poll higher than Scranton Joe these days. According to Gallup, he’s dropped six points since August and a whopping 13 points since June, which is about what we’d expect for a guy whose presidency has gone off the rails.

Of course, Harris, who herself has managed to become remarkably unpopular in relatively short order, hasn’t done Biden any favors. She cackles, and she condescends, and she fails miserably as our nation’s Border Czar — although a strong counterargument can be made that she’s succeeding wildly in this role, since her party’s unstated goal is to keep the borders open and permanently change the nation’s demography.

Surely her handlers know that every time she appears in public, she loses a few points of popularity. The most recent example of this occurred just last week, when she made a surprise visit to a political science class at nearby George Mason University. What could go wrong, right? Well, if you’re Kamala Harris, plenty. When a student claimed that Israel is engaged in “ethnic genocide and displacement of people, the same that happened in America,” Harris neither corrected the petulant child’s slander against Israel nor the one against her native land. Instead, she shamefully threw up a straw man and then dutifully knocked it down: “Unity should never be at the expense of telling anyone personally that, for the sake of unity, ‘Oh, you be quiet about that thing. You suppress that thing. Let’s not deal with that thing.’ That’s not unity. True unity is everyone in that room has a voice.”

Huh? Who said anything about being suppressed? Answer: no one. Harris’s handlers did a fine cleanup on Aisle 6 afterward, but she’d already shown her true colors — the colors of an America-hating San Francisco leftist.

Harris’s seeming inability to keep from rubbing folks the wrong way might be one reason why she’s hired two seasoned flacks, Lorraine Voles and Adam Frankel, “to help finesse messaging and long-term planning after a rocky first nine months in office.” Voles is a crisis communications expert, and Frankel is a former speechwriter for Barack Obama.

We’re not sure what sort of “long-term planning” these spin doctors have in mind for Harris, but they might want to hedge their bets. A July survey of likely voters found that 59% of respondents were “not confident at all” that she’s ready to be president “based on her performance as vice president,” and an additional 5% said they were “not very confident” in her. Thus, nearly two-thirds of likely voters had significant concerns about the woman who’s one heartbeat away from the presidency.

Call her Joe Biden’s impeachment insurance.

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Durham Investigation Heating Up

Subpoenas have been issued to several members of the Democrat law firm Perkins Coie.

Thomas Gallatin

Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origin of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax finally appears to be picking up some steam. Just two weeks ago, Durham indicted longtime Democrat lawyer Michael Sussmann for lying to the FBI. Sussmann’s indictment represents only the second individual charged thus far in Durham’s two-plus-year investigation, the first being the FBI’s Kevin Clinesmith. Both indictments center on lying — lying to build arguably the biggest hoax our nation has ever seen.

Now we’ve learned that Durham has issued several subpoenas to individuals working for Sussmann’s former law firm, Perkins Coie. That’s the same law firm that happens to represent the Democratic National Committee and represented Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign. And by “represented,” we mean she funneled money through the firm to get the collusion hoax off the ground.

While Sussmann’s charge for one count of lying to the FBI appears to be rather small potatoes, Durham’s unusually long 27-page indictment reveals that the special counsel is looking to put together a much bigger conspiracy. That’s underscored by the news of the subpoenas, and it may indicate that more charges are coming against Sussmann.

However, the bigger fish that both Sussmann and Perkins Coie establish is their direct connection to the Clinton campaign. We already know that the bogus anti-Trump dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele and used by the FBI to secure a FISA warrant to surveil Trump’s campaign adviser Carter Page was paid for by the Clinton campaign.

We now know that Sussmann, who also happened to be employed by the Clinton campaign, shared what turned out to be bogus information with the FBI — a concocted story about an alleged covert connection between the Trump campaign and Kremlin via the Russian-owned Alfa Bank. Sussmann billed his client for this service while denying to the FBI that he had any connection to Hillary.

What we don’t know yet is how many more individuals connected to Clinton’s campaign are in Durham’s crosshairs, though it’s abundantly clear that those responsible for originating the Trump/Russia collusion hoax sit squarely in the Clinton camp. It’s as simple as this: Hillary, stinging from Donald Trump mocking her over her illegal server scandal and FBI investigation, worked hard to tie him into a Russia scandal and FBI probe of her own making.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Politics

  • Team Biden spin doctors cling to reconciliation bill zero-cost claim (Fox News) | WaPo runs interference for Biden, gives him just two Pinocchios for the “zero dollars” whopper (Washington Post)
  • “We can get you out of office if you don’t support what you promised us”: Kyrsten Sinema pestered by immigration activists (Fox News) | “This is insane”: Outrage erupts after Sinema chased into bathroom and recorded (Daily Wire)
  • Dems tuck multibillion-dollar handout to illegal immigrants into reconciliation (Free Beacon)
  • Friendly fire: House Democrats blast Nancy Pelosi after spending bills holdup (New York Post)

Health

  • U.S. reaches 700,000 COVID deaths (The Hill)
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci isn’t sure that you can gather for Christmas, but he is sure that you must give up your individual rights (American Thinker)
  • California first state to require coronavirus vaccinations for K-12 students (Fox News)
  • CDC implements gun violence study after wrongly naming it a “public health threat” (PM)

Security

“Social Justice”

  • Salvation Army imposes racial wokeness within church’s ranks (Daily Signal)
  • Woke infighting: Women’s March cancels “Handmaid’s Tale” imagery over its use by white women (PM)

Notables

  • Facebook whistleblower trashes the social media giant on “60 Minutes” ahead of her congressional testimony (New York Post)
  • Trump asks U.S. judge to force Twitter to restart his account (CNBC) | He also demands revocation of 2018 Pulitzer Prize, cites Russian collusion fibs (Washington Examiner)
  • Seven of the 10 states in worst financial condition are run by Democrats (Just the News)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • Self-proclaimed shaman accused of starting California fire said she was trying to boil bear urine (Washington Examiner)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: New Supreme Court term set to be one for the ages (National Review)
  • Policy: An argument for Section 230 reform (AEI)
  • Satire: Thief assures victim robbery will cost $0 since victim is paying for it (Babylon Bee)

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Insight: “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” —Pericles (495-429 BC)

“If Biden fires the Border Patrol Officers who were securing the border on horseback, Texas will offer them a job. They can bring their horses too.” —Texas Governor Greg Abbott

“This freight train of big-government socialism, the price tag of which is maybe $5.5 trillion — probably many times that at the end of the day — is just one more example of that kind of politics that really is grinding everything to a halt and represents a failure of leadership by the administration, by the president, and by the soon-to-be former speaker of the House.” —Mike Pence

“Senators Manchin and Sinema are not a pair of uninvited interlopers who are unexpectedly gumming up the gears; they, themselves, are among the gears. This being so, the duo cannot be said to be ‘blocking’ the Democrats’ de facto Senate majority so much as they are sustaining the Democrats’ de facto Senate majority. Why? Because their decision to caucus with the Democrats rather than the Republicans is the only reason that majority exists in the first place. To hear progressives talk, one would assume that in order to take one’s place within the firmament one must first swear a blood oath to Dick Durbin. Shockingly enough, one is obliged to do no such thing.” —Charles C. W. Cooke

“Only in America would an illegal alien be able to attend a taxpayer funded university, chase a US Senator into a bathroom to harass her, brag about it publicly, and be praised rather than instantly deported. Seriously, if an American went to any foreign country and tried something like this, they would be arrested and deported. And that would be fair. Also, the illegal immigration activists in this video are saying that they knocked on doors to get Sinema elected in the first place. How is that NOT foreign election interference, if they aren’t citizens? Did they vote?” —Ron DeSantis Press Secretary Christina Pushaw

“An illegal alien is stalking a US Senator to demand passage of Biden’s reconciliation bill b/c it includes mass amnesty for illegals. In a functioning democracy, ICE would swiftly deport this person, but under Biden’s new edict (as the lawbreaker knows) she’s immune from removal. We’re now the sole country in world where illegal aliens freely harass lawmakers, demand lavish benefits, & do so with total impunity from removal. As this appalling video shows, the ‘build back better’ plan is a Trojan Horse for amnesty & sovereign dissolution.” —Stephen Miller

Friendly fire: “Senator Sinema has been treated like a head of state. I’ve never requested or met with the president in the Oval Office. I meet with his staff. She meets with him like every other day.” —Congressman Ro Khanna

Non sequitur: “2 senators cannot be allowed to defeat what 48 senators and 210 House members want. We must stand with the working families of our country. We must combat climate change. We must delay passing the Infrastructure Bill until we pass a strong Reconciliation Bill.” —Senator Bernie Sanders (“Um the Senate has 100 members and the House has 435 members. So Bernie is saying that 48% of the Senate and House should now make policy. Which is pretty good news for Republicans, who have 50 seats in the Senate and 212 seats in the House, I guess!” —Ben Shapiro)

Braying jenny: “We’re in the middle of a pandemic, which, by the way, we would’ve made progress on had the former president actually addressed the pandemic and not suggested people inject bleach.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

What could possibly go wrong? “There comes a time when you do have to give up what you consider your individual right of making your own decision for the greater good of society.” —Dr. Anthony Fauci

Nanny state: “I believe parents are important stakeholders, but I also believe educators have a role in determining educational programming.” —Education Secretary Miguel Cardona

You’ve been warned: “As governor, I vetoed every single piece of legislation that would have restricted abortion access here in Virginia. I will always defend your right to choose.” —gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

Irony alert: “In the midst of an ongoing global pandemic that robbed us of more than 690,000 lives and disproportionately impacted our most vulnerable and black and brown communities, anti-abortion legislators in 47 states focused on legislating hurt and harm to push this critical health care out of reach.” —Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley

Theater of the absurd: “These misguided [abortion] bans will not actually prevent all abortions. They simply put safe and necessary abortion care out of reach for our most vulnerable, specifically our lowest income sisters, our queer, trans and non-binary siblings, black, LatinX, AAPI immigrants, disabled, and indigenous folks. And none of this is happenstance. It is precise. Like the roots of the antiabortion movement, these bans are rooted in patriarchy and white supremacy.” —Ayanna Pressley

Non compos mentis I: “I know firsthand that abortion saves lives. For the thousands of people I’ve cared for, abortion is a blessing, abortion is an act of love, abortion is freedom.” —Texas OB-GYN Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi

Non compos mentis II: “Our country is actually founded on reproductive control and coercion of enslaved Africans and of indigenous people. So this is actually a historical tactic in our country and a method of upholding white supremacy, so that has not changed and continues today.” —Ghazaleh Moayedi

Non compos mentis III: “I do not regret any of my abortions. I do regret my experience at the crisis pregnancy center. The most traumatic part of my experience was one of those centers and how I was treated there, and I hope that they all shut down because they exist to manipulate and prey on vulnerable pregnant people. And I just wanted to acknowledge a lot of people are being left out of this conversation today because, as we know, people get pregnant and not just women.” —abortion activist Maleeha Aziz

Non compos mentis IV: “Historically, the anatomy and physiology of bodies with vaginas have been neglected.” —the once-esteemed Lancet medical journal

And last… “What does ‘economic justice’ mean, except that you want something that someone else produced, without having to produce anything yourself in return?” —Thomas Sowell

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Here’s the full “60 Minutes” interview with that Facebook whistleblower

The whole world’s talking about it today. And Facebook stock is down 6%. And Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp sites have been down half the day. Rough day for Zuck.

Source: Here’s the full “60 Minutes” interview with that Facebook whistleblower

Our Woke National Icons — Christian Research Network

Milley, Fauci, and Biden are soulless men who reveal the bankruptcy of our ruling class.

(Victor Davis Hanson – American Greatness)  As we watch events unfold in 2021, obvious questions about the fitness of our national leaders present themselves. Who are these new woke national icons and how did they come to lord it over the rest of us? Here are some observations by way of preliminary explanation.

The Strategist

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley conceded to Congress last week that he has been an anonymous source to controversial “inside” progressive muckrakers detailing the supposed dysfunctions of the prior administration. He strangely characterizes such anonymous, self-serving, behind-the-scenes leaking as some sort of public-service transparency. Evidently, it is now a part of the chairman’s duties to serve the media.

Among the many “background” quotes that Milley provided to meet his journalistic obligations were his various comparisons of his commander-in-chief to Nazis—a violation of Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He reportedly offered further allegations to journalists that news outlets like the Epoch Times and Newsmax were “terrorist” organizations. When pressed on such details the usually punctilious Milley shrugs, in the fashion of James Comey’s under-oath testimonies, that he does “not recall” such specifics.  Such is the honor of the nation’s most visible military officer.  View article →

Our Woke National Icons — Christian Research Network

Five Bible Verses to Remember When You’re Overwhelmed by the News — Faithwire

Social media can be great; it provides a bridge to people with whom we might otherwise rarely — if ever — connect. As believers, it can also give us access to specific details, so that our prayers can be more attuned to the myriad needs that exist in the world. But if ever there was a double-edged sword, this is it.

There is all kinds of research showing social media use is inextricably linked to increases in depression and anxiety. It’s no wonder: we’re trying to force a round peg into a square hole. As image bearers of God, we are designed to be co-creators through communication, but social media is a poor tool for that. Rather than establishing space to create, social media calls upon our worst instincts: to react, repress, and retreat.

We are unendingly assailed by the churn of social media, constantly bombarded with discouraging, complex, and sometimes even scary information, left with only a small arsenal of often unhelpful options: reacting rather than acting, repressing rather than expressing and processing, and retreating or isolating instead of pressing in and adapting.

Human beings weren’t designed to take in so much information, particularly when there is little immediate action we can take to address it. There’s no doubt in social media’s usefulness, but we have to learn to master it so it doesn’t master us, and that starts with setting boundaries, such as taking time away from it all, limiting who we follow, and remembering we don’t always have to engage, and focusing on our purpose, which is to glorify God in all things, to simply do the next right thing in front of us, and take our burdens to the Lord in prayer.

The 20th century pastor and author A.W. Tozer once wrote, “Sometimes, when we get overwhelmed, we forget how big God is.” What a profound truth, particularly in the social media age.

Below are five Bible passages to keep in mind as you use social media:

PHILIPPIANS 4:6

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Main takeaway: We don’t have to carry our concerns, worries, and fears in isolation. The Apostle Paul said that in every single circumstance, we can tell God what we are feeling and, as a result, the Lord will protect our hearts and minds from the weight of this world.

ROMANS 8:26

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

Main takeaway: More often than not, it seems, the issues before us are too complex and troubling to understand. In this passage, Paul made it clear the Holy Spirit helps us communicate our requests to GodWe can rest assured He is advocating for us in our confusion and lack.

COLOSSIANS 3:1-2

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Main takeaway: While we should certainly be informed and engaged, we should not despair as if we have no hope. Ultimately, as Paul wrote, our lives are not determined or controlled by forces on this earth. Our security is in Jesus, and that should guide our thinking.

MATTHEW 6:30

“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you — you of little faith?”

Main takeaway: Even if His provision doesn’t look the way we think it should, God can be trusted to meet our greatest needs. If He cares enough about the earth to cover it in brilliant colors that quickly fade, how much more does God care for you, for whom He sent His Son, Jesus, to die?

ROMANS 12:2

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

Main takeaway: While we certainly ought to engage in the world, Paul warned against becoming so consumed by its trappings that we begin to mirror it. Instead, we should set boundaries and see the temporary circumstances around us through the lens of our renewed minds, which come through sanctification as a result of salvation through Jesus.

The Lord is eager to meet us in every situation and circumstance, including when we’re overwhelmed by the constant flow of information fed to us by our newsfeeds. Take some time today to turn off your phone and focus on our priority: Jesus.

As long as Peter kept his eyes fixed on Him, he was able to walk on the water.

Five Bible Verses to Remember When You’re Overwhelmed by the News — Faithwire

Americans sour on Biden plan if it raises taxes and debt, says conservative group poll

Seven in 10 Americans are less likely to support President Biden’s proposed $3.5 trillion budget bill if they hear it increases taxes and the national debt, a conservative group said Monday after polling more than 1,000 likely general election voters.

Source: Americans sour on Biden plan if it raises taxes and debt, says conservative group poll

750 Bases in 80 Countries Is Too Many for Any Nation — But Just the Right Number for a Planetary Empire | Anti-Empire

President Joe Biden did what his three predecessors could or would not: halt a seemingly endless war. It took two decades, but American troops no longer are fighting in Afghanistan.

An important aspect of the US withdrawal was closing Washington’s bases, which once spread across the country. Uncle Sam left Bagram Air Base, America’s biggest facility in Afghanistan, on his way home.

However, some 750 American military facilities remain open in 80 nations and territories around the world. No other country in human history has had such a dominant presence. Great Britain was the leading colonial power, but its army was small. London had to supplement its own troops with foreign mercenaries, as in the American Revolution. In wars with great powers Britain provided its allies with financial subsidies rather than soldiers.

Previous empires, such as Rome, Persia, and China, were powerful in their own realms but had little reach beyond. The latter never reached outside Asia. Persia was twice halted by the Greek city states. As great as Rome became, its writ never went much beyond the Mediterranean, with Central Europe, North Africa, and the Mideast its boundaries. The New World remained beyond the knowledge let alone control of all three.

A new Quincy Institute study by American University’s David Vine and World Beyond War’s Patterson Deppen and Leah Bolger details the global US military presence. Washington has nearly three times as many bases as embassies and consulates. America also has three times as many installations as all other countries combined. The United Kingdom has 145. Russia two to three dozen. China five. Although the number of US facilities has fallen in half since the end of the Cold War, the number of nations hosting American bases has doubled. Washington is as willing to station forces in undemocratic as democratic countries.

The study figures the annual cost of this expansive base structure to be about $55 billion. Adding increased personnel expenses takes the total up to $80 billion. Wealthier countries, which needlessly enjoy what amounts to defense welfare, typically cover a portion of the cost through “host nation support.” Not so Washington’s newest clients. Indeed, through the Global War on Terror over the last two decades the US military spent as much as $100 billion on new construction, mostly in countries, like Iraq and Afghanistan, which were financial black holes.

Although American bases face intense local opposition in some areas, such as Okinawa, facilities are seen as welcome money-makers in others. When President Donald Trump proposed pulling US forces out of Germany many locals’ greatest concern was economic. Indeed, the whining of local politicians who saw America’s presence as a financial rather than security issue was loud enough to heard across “the Pond.” [That’s one way to justify their servility.] Not only did they believe that Americans owed them military protection. In their view Americans also had a duty to bolster their economies.

However, the price of Washington’s globe-spanning is more than economic. Explained Vine, et al.: “These bases are costly in a number of ways: financially, politically, socially, and environmentally. US bases in foreign lands often raise geopolitical tensions, support undemocratic regimes, and serve as a recruiting tool for militant groups opposed to the US presence and the governments its presence bolsters. In other cases, foreign bases are being used and have made it easier for the United States to launch and execute disastrous wars, including those in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya.”

Perhaps the most expensive installations were those established in Saudi Arabia after the first Gulf War. By renting out members of the US military as bodyguards for the Saudi royals Washington underwrote one of the most vile dictatorships in existence, a veritable totalitarian state with no political, religious, or social liberty. Although Crown Prince Mohammed “Slice & Dice” bin Salman, responsible for the murder and dismemberment of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi three years ago, has loosened some social strictures, he has greatly tightened political controls.

Worse from a foreign policy standpoint, America’s presence is one of the grievances which motivated Osama bin Laden to target the US Then Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz admitted in February 2003, before the invasion of Iraq, that America’s regional presence had cost “far more than money.” US bombing of Iraq and US troops in Saudi Arabia had “been Osama bin Laden’s principal recruiting device.” After the planned invasion, he added: “I can’t imagine anyone here wanting to … be there for another 12 years to continue helping recruit terrorists.”

Perhaps the most serious price of endless bases has been endless wars. Obviously, causation is complex. However, going to war usually leads to creation of new facilities. Such installations encourage a continuing military presence. Existence of nearby bases reduces the marginal cost of intervening and increases the maximal temptation to make new commitments, meddle in local controversies, and enter nearby conflicts. Observed the Quincy study: “Since 1980, US bases in the greater Middle East have been used at least 25 times to launch wars or other combat actions in at least 15 countries in that region alone. Since 2001, the US military has been involved in combat in at least 25 countries worldwide.”

American military facilities also raise expectations of host and neighboring nations. After Iran attacked Saudi oil facilities in September 2019 the well-pampered Saudi royals expected US retaliation but were sorely disappointed. Although President Donald Trump was right to allow the Saudis to “fight their own wars,” as he had tweeted five years before, America’s military presence, which Trump had increased, encouraged Riyadh to expect more – and might have motivated a more conventional president to act.

Vine, et al. point to other costs as well. The Department of Defense is a terrible environmental actor. Although its practices have much improved in recent years, the accumulated damage is enormous. There also are questions about Washington’s tendency to load up US territories, such as Guam, with military installations. Such areas are not exactly foreign, but the Quincy report contended that the heavy base presence “helped perpetuate their colonial relationship with the rest of the United States and their peoples’ second class US citizenship.”

Alas, DOD is less than forthcoming about the number of bases it maintains overseas. According to the report: “Until Fiscal Year 2018, the Pentagon produced and published an annual report in accordance with US law. Even when it produced this report, the Pentagon provided incomplete or inaccurate data, failing to document dozens of well-known installations. For example, the Pentagon has long claimed it has only one base in Africa – in Djibouti. But research shows that there are now around 40 installations of varying sizes on the continent; one military official acknowledged 46 installations in 2017.”

The Biden administration should make rationalizing the US base network a priority. Indeed, this should be an integral part of the Global Posture Review that the president announced in his February speech to State Department employees. He explained that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin would lead the process “so that our military footprint is appropriately aligned with our foreign policy and national security priorities. It will be coordinated across all elements of our national security.”

The initial task should be publicly listing military installations and their purposes. Then facilities should be consolidated, even if doing so angers local politicians and communities. After all, this process should be relatively painless overseas, in contrast to domestic base closures, which inevitably trigger fevered local and congressional opposition.

The next step would be tougher but necessary. The administration should rethink the underlying commitments used to justify the bases. Europe has no need of a US military presence for defense: the continent enjoys an 11-1 economic advantage and more than 3-1 population edge over Russia. South Korea has a 55-1 economic and 2-1 population superiority over the North. The Mideast Gulf monarchies are well-armed and now working with Israel as well as each other. Washington’s presence in Iraq is unnecessary, since it and its neighbors could together confront any remaining threats from the Islamic State. America’s intervention in the Syrian civil war never made sense. The Marine Expeditionary Force stationed on Okinawa is tied to Korean rather than Chinese contingencies and America’s bases there unfairly burden the local population.

Ending US security guarantees and avoiding fights not America’s own would allow Washington to shutter many existing military facilities. Halting endless wars in the Mideast would diminish the importance of logistical nodes in Germany and elsewhere. In appropriate cases the US could replace its bases with emergency access to foreign facilities to deal with unexpected contingencies. In broad sweep Washington should move from frontline to reserve status around the world.

The international threat environment has changed dramatically since the end of World War II, yet America’s global network persists. The impact of the Soviet collapse and Warsaw Pact dissolution was too great not to have eliminated some US facilities, but otherwise the Pentagon has been reluctant to leave existing bases.

The only sure way to close a local installation, it seems, is to lose a war, as in Vietnam and Afghanistan. That needs to change. America no longer can afford to garrison the globe. The Biden administration should make the US into a normal country again. And that means no more imperial legions stationed around the world for purposes other than America’s defense.

Source: Antiwar.com

Source: 750 Bases in 80 Countries Is Too Many for Any Nation — But Just the Right Number for a Planetary Empire

Monday Briefing, October 4, 2021

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DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING
PART 1 (0:0 – 11:42):
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U. S. Controversy Over Abortion Heats Up As House Panel in Washington Hears Pro-Life and Pro-Abortion Testimonies and a Federal Court Considers the Texas Abortion Bill

NEW YORK TIMES (SHERYL GAY STOLBERG)
A Congresswoman’s Story: Raped at 17, ‘I Chose to Have an Abortion’

CNN (CHANDELIS DUSTER)
Top Democrats Disagree On Including Hyde Amendment In Economic Bill

PART 2 (11:43 – 17:36):
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Logic of the Culture of Death In Mexico As Elites Pressure Popular Culture To Present Abortion As A ‘Right’ And A ‘Choice’

NEW YORK TIMES (MELISSA AYALA)
This Is for All the Girls Who Grew Up Thinking Abortion Meant Death or Jail

PART 3 (17:37 – 21:22):
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Abortion in China: As Totalitarian Seeks to Restrict Abortion, It Shows that Anti-Abortion Does Not Always Mean Pro-Life

NEW YORK TIMES (VIVIAN WANG)
China’s Vow to Reduce Abortions Sparks Public Worries

PART 4 (21:23 – 24:3):
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Coming To A School District Near You: LGBTQ Inclusivity Guidelines — for 4-year-olds

TELEGRAPH (DANIEL SANDERSON)
Scottish Four-Year-Olds Can Change Gender At School Without Parents’ Consent

Source: Monday, October 4, 2021