Daily Archives: December 7, 2021

The Bible and its Story: The Rod Becomes a Serpent

This Moses of the desert who thus received the divine command was not the youthful Moses of the court. He had grown wiser and more humble. “Who am I” he answered God, “that I should go unto Pharaoh?” And when the Lord promised him divine help, and foretold all the disasters which He would bring upon Egypt, Moses still asked for some visible sign, by which he could convince the Israelites that he was no false prophet, that God had really appointed him.

‎Then came the miracle of the magic rod. The Lord bade Moses cast down the stick that he held in his hand. When he obeyed the stick became a living serpent; “and Moses fled from before it.” Encouraged by a divine command, he ventured to return and seize the threatening snake by the tail, whereon it became again a rod in his hand. Then God palsied the hand of Moses with leprosy and made it well again. These signs He promised that Moses could repeat at will. Yet the shepherd still hesitated and would even have declined the mission, pleading his aloofness from the life of cities, his lack of eloquence. So at length God relieved him of some part of the weight of his duty, telling him he should have Aaron, his brother, a man of ready words, to speak for him.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

Immediately Present — VCY America

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:1

A help that is not present when we need it is of small value. The anchor which is left at home is of no use to the seaman in the hour of storm; the money which he used to have is of no worth to the debtor when a writ is out against him. Very few earthly helps could be called “very present”: they are usually far in the seeking, far in the using, and farther still when once used. But as for the Lord our God, He is present when we seek Him, present when we need Him, and present when we have already enjoyed His aid.

He is more than “present,” He is very present. More present than the nearest friend can be, for He is in us in our trouble; more present than we are to ourselves, for sometimes we lack presence of mind. He is always present, effectually present, sympathetically present, altogether present. He is present now if this is a gloomy season. Let us rest ourselves upon Him. He is our refuge, let us hide in Him; He is our strength, let us array ourselves with Him; He is our help, let us lean upon Him; He is our very present help, let us repose in Him now. We need not have a moment’s care or an instant’s fear. “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”

Immediately Present — VCY America

December 7 – Saviour of many  — Reformed Perspective

“…as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” – Genesis 50:20

Scripture reading: Genesis 50:15-21

In the Old Testament, the people of Israel often found themselves in trouble. There were famines, plagues, wars and exiles. In these times of crisis, however, God repeatedly raised up saviors for His people. There were great leaders who ruled wisely or fought battles with courage. 

The first of these “national” saviors was Joseph. An unlikely candidate, Joseph was a younger brother and disliked by his siblings. His brothers were so evil that they even sold him into slavery, to be taken into a far-away land. Then, things got even worse for Joseph: he was falsely accused and thrown in prison! Yet the Lord blessed him and made him a wise counselor and an interpreter of dreams. Joseph eventually became the prime minister of Egypt, preparing that nation for a famine. His wisdom was used so that his own family could be provided with food! His brothers, however, began to fear Joseph. They expected that after their father died, now-powerful Joseph might take revenge. But Joseph understood that God meant his trials for good so that he could save his family. God had taught him, and was now teaching his brothers, that they needed a savior. They needed one who would suffer for them and have wisdom that was greater than theirs. They needed a savior who could feed them and “save many people alive.”

What a privilege it is to know the Saviour Who went to a lower place than Joseph did for sinners, Who is perfectly merciful and patient, and Who nourishes our souls!

Suggestion for prayer

Pray for grace and patience to forgive those that have wronged you in the past. Pray for the wisdom to see that God’s difficult providences will work for the good of His people.

Pastor Robert VanDoodewaard currently serves the Free Reformed Church in Powassan, Ontario, Canada as a minister of the gospel.

December 7 – Saviour of many  — Reformed Perspective

The Bible and its Story: The Command of God

Having summoned Moses to the burning bush, God delivered into his ears the beautiful address which forms the bulk of the third chapter of Exodus. He spake of the misery of the Israelites, which had been brought upon them by their sins, and declared His intent to deliver them out of Egypt and lead them to a land “flowing with milk and honey,” the land of Palestine. Moses was commanded to be their leader and to demand their release from Pharaoh. So here unexpectedly there was come to the poor shepherd a divine command to fulfill the very mission he had attempted of his own strength forty years before, and had failed to achieve.

‎When the awe-struck man asked, wondering, by what name he should announce this dread God to the people in a land believing in many gods, the Lord answered him, “I AM THAT I AM. Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” The name has been made the basis of a thousand solemn teachings. “I AM!” that is, God is the one surely existent truth in a world of doubt, the one persisting being in a world where all else changes. Men’s hearts change, their wills waver, and their bodies fade and perish. God alone remains unchanging and unending.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

The Power of His Kindness — The Master’s Seminary Blog

Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? – Romans 2:4

Believers have the privilege of seeing all of life as designed and ordained by the sovereign will of God. By that sovereignty, each person’s eternity is set (Rom. 9:18). By that sovereignty, all our troubles and woes serve a purpose (Gen. 50:21, Eph. 1:11).

By that same sovereignty, sinful people across the world live to see another day. “He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matt. 5:45). Instead of blotting out humanity due to its rebellion against Him, God does not simply tolerate the lives of sinful people. He grants favor upon them, because God’s sovereignty is tethered to God’s benevolence. The Lord surely does all that He pleases (Ps. 145:3), and it pleases Him to be “kind to ungrateful and evil men” (Lk. 6:35).

The kindness of God is impartial, powerful, and always purposeful. His kindness is not random or inconsistent with His character. “The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His works” (Ps. 145:17). God’s people have always extoled and worshipped Him in accordance with His everlasting, unchanging benevolence. The chief psalm of praise is anchored in God’s loving-kindness (חֶסֶד). “Give praise to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever” (Ps. 136:1). God’s kindness is not pithy, uncalculated, or unintentional. Kindness is who He is. God is חֶסֶד. He is merciful, good, benevolent, and kind.

The certainty of wrath and condemnation for sinners in the future does not negate the reality of God’s kindness and hospitality toward them in the present. The simplicity of a verse like Romans 2:4 is profound in that it allows us to see the depth of God’s goodness for what it is: present and purposeful.

Romans 2:4 sits as a diamond amid a heap of coal. In the first chapter of this epistle, Paul lays out the imminent wrath that is coming for the ungodly and unrighteous (Rom. 1:18). Having developed the downward spiral of a pagan culture, Paul turns to the “foolish person”—one who rightly perceives the immorality of the world, condemns it, all the while living in the same filth (Rom. 2:1-3). It is the believer who sees the sin in everyone but not in himself. He has a high moral code but a broken spiritual compass.

How does someone get to that place, you might ask? Paul’s answer is straightforward: through a diminishment and disregard for the kindness of God. These believers “think lightly” of the riches of His goodness.


Where the benevolence of God is undervalued and underestimated, sin and deception will abound.


In the words of Pastor John, “Sinners get used to goodness. They become comfortable with goodness. They become comfortable with kindness and grace.”[1]

We are so prone to miss His kindness. We grow accustomed and desensitized to it, we don’t have a palate for it, and we don’t appreciate that under God’s reign we are afforded His goodness day-in and day-out. Worst of all, we forget that we do not deserve any kind consideration from the Lord, be it through the gospel of Christ or through the breath in our lungs.

Awaking us from spiritual slumber or, at the very least, warning us of its danger, Romans 2:4 pleads that we do not abuse the good and perfect gifts that comes from above (Js. 1:18). The implied message of Romans 2:4 is that one who regards and recognizes the fresh mercies of God day-after-day is known by sweet communion with Christ through repentance. Those who have experienced God’s kindness feel less and less entitled to it. Charles Spurgeon said it this way:

The dearer Christ is to us, the blacker is sin in our sight. The sweeter the love of God is to us, the more bitter is the thought of having so long sinned against it. The more you see, in these shoreless, bottomless deeps, what divine grace has done for you, and to you, the more you smite upon your breast, and cry, “How could I ever have sinned against the Lord as I have done; and how can I sin against him as I still continue to do?”[2]

In other words, experiencing the goodness of God purifies us. It causes us to see ourselves for who we are, in light of who He is. Those who have tasted of His goodness are both regenerated and renewed (Titus 3:4-7). They are satisfied in Christ and dissatisfied with themselves. Perceiving His kindness, we ought to be moved toward holiness. As believers ever-growing in the knowledge of God, we should also long to grow in His grace. Our affections and devotions to Christ will be cultivated insofar as we understand God and experience His mercies anew every morning (Lam. 3:22-23).

What are you to do today with His mercy, goodness, and kindness? Will it be of use to you? Perhaps today you are to repent before God for the first time. Perhaps the thousandth time. Nonetheless, in this very moment, the King of Heaven has decreed that His goodness would be yours. I pray that you would not waste it. I pray that you would see His kindness as the means by which He seeks to turn you away from all unrighteousness and unto Himself.

[1] https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/90-400/abusing-the-goodness-of-god

[2] https://www.spurgeon.org/resource-library/sermons/gods-goodness-leading-to-repentance/

The Power of His Kindness — The Master’s Seminary Blog

7 Dec 2021 News Briefing

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Japan PM Puts “Strike Option” On Table In 1st Since WW2 Amid China, Russia Provocations
Japan’s prime minister Fumio Kishida has laid out bold new plans to drastically ramp up the country’s defense posture, including for the first time since its defeat in WWII acquiring strike capabilities against foreign enemy bases. He unveiled in a wide-ranging speech before the National Diet (or national legislature) that a fundamental shift in defense strategy will be implemented within the next 12 months, following in November a record high national defense budget of a total more than 6 trillion yen being formally approved

Doctor Banned For Questioning Efficacy Of Masks Wins High Court Case
Dr. Samuel White was slapped with and 18 month ban by the GMC after he posted a video to Instagram and Twitter in June questioning the efficacy of face coverings. In the video, White said why he could no longer tolerate working in his previous roles because of the “lies” around the NHS and the government’s response to the pandemic, which were “so vast” he could no longer “stomach” them. White also committed the ultimate sin of remarking, “masks do nothing” to stop the spread of COVID,

Oregon Moves To Make Indoor Mask Mandate Permanent
Authorities are progressing in making compulsory face coverings an indefinite mandate and have taken “the first step in making the rule permanent,” reports KATU. “The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) convened a Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) on Thursday. The RAC provided feedback on the indoor mask rule. The point of the committee is to suggest what should and shouldn’t be included in the ruling and discuss the impact it will have on the public.” Dr. Paul Cieslak, the medical director for communicable diseases and immunizations with OHA, defended the proposal by ludicrously attempting to argue that permanent doesn’t mean permanent.

Security Heightened At Major Store Chains After Series Of ‘Flash Mob’ Robberies
Critics are blaming the increase in serious property crimes on left-wing district attorneys and permissive policies by state governments that encourage such activities.

“Absolute And Unmitigated Liars”: Former DC National Guard Official Says Generals Fabricated January 6th Account
A former DC National Guard official has accused two senior Army officials of lying to Congress about the circumstances surrounding the January 6th Capitol riot in order to protect a top Army official who didn’t want to send the Guard to the Capitol, Politico reports. Col. Earl Matthews – who held high-level National Security Council and Pentagon positions under Trump – accused Army General Charles Flynn and Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt of being “absolute and unmitigated liars” for how they characterized the events of Jan. 6.

Rep. Devin Nunes Will Retire from Congress to Join Trump Social Media Company
Nunes said: Recently, I was presented with a new opportunity to fight for the most important issues I believe in. I’m writing to let you know I’ve decided to pursue this opportunity, and therefore I will be leaving the House of Representatives at the end of 2021. I will deeply miss being your congressman.

Contract on Russian-Indian JV envisions manufacturing of 600,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles – Kalashnikov Group
“A contract was signed today, on December 6, during a meeting between the Russian and Indian defense ministers in Delhi on the delivery of over 600,000 AK-203 assault rifles manufactured in India to the Indian Defense Ministry,” it said.

China Prepares To Set Up First Military Base In The Atlantic
China is attempting to establish its first military base in the Atlantic Ocean, potentially allowing the communist regime to rearm and refit warships opposite the East Coast of the U.S., The Wall Street Journal reported.

Suspected Jihadists Kill At Least 30 In Central Mali
Suspected jihadists in Mali killed at least 30 civilians in an attack on a passenger vehicle in the volatile central town of Mopti, officials said Saturday. Mali’s transitional government said in a statement broadcast on state TV that 31 people were killed and 17 injured and vowed to do everything necessary to “arrest and punish” the perpetrators.

How Long Will COVID Last? Former UK Leader Says Population Must Learn To ‘Live With COVID’
May and other senior Conservative MPs have criticized the current COVID response, saying “variants will continue to appear year after year” so “stopping and starting sectors of our economy” is not an effective long-term strategy to maintain the nation’s safety and prevent its economy from collapsing.

The Virtual Land Rush: What Makes Metaverse Appealing To Investors?
The virtual real estate market is on the rise, with investors ready to pay millions in fiat money to secure their spot as a rightful owner of land in the metaverse — a world where virtual personalities interact, build assets and connect with others in their digital avatars. Decentraland, a virtual world comprising 90,601 parcels of land, had on Nov.23 made headlines when the Metaverse Group purchased a patch of land in the 3D virtual world for 618,000 MANA or $2.43 million. Seriously?

BitMart Confirms Hackers Stole Almost $200M Worth Of Cryptocurrencies During Security Breach
BitMart, a popular cryptocurrency trading platform, has disclosed in a recent statement that it lost millions of dollars due to a “large-scale security breach” executed by hackers.

Three missionaries released in Haiti following October kidnapping
Three missionaries who were kidnapped in Haiti in October have been released, the U.S. State Department and the Ohio-based missionary group that organized the group’s trip to the Caribbean nation said on Monday.

Biblical system of witnessing the new moon recreated in Jerusalem, as in time of Sanhedrin
On Monday night, a remarkable event took place, recreating the declaration of the new month as performed by the Sanhedrin in Temple times. On Monday night, torches, referred to as masuot, were set up in a chain from the Mount of Olives, recreating the system that was used in the times of the Temple to announce the sighting of the new moon. The mausuot were lit at the time that it was possible to witness the new moon however no actual sighting was made or reported to the Sanhedrin.

Israel will ‘protect itself’ in the face of Iranian threats – even if it must do so alone
Echoing the warnings of multiple Israeli officials, Herzog warned that the Jewish state would do whatever it takes to neutralize the Iranian nuclear threat if international diplomatic efforts fail. “In the case of a failure to achieve such a solution, Israel is keeping all options on the table and it must be said that if the international community does not take a vigorous stance on this issue – Israel will do so,” Herzog said. “Israel will protect itself.”

Rosenberg warns ‘we’re on the verge of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine’ as Putin increases troops on border from 92,000 to 175,000
Americans are so internally focused on their economic and domestic problems at home that they are not paying close enough attention to very real and rising threats overseas, including those from Russia, Iran, China and North Korea.

Hawaiʻi Blizzard Continues, “Catastrophic Flooding” Possible
A Flood Advisory was posted for the entire island of Hawaiʻi on Sunday morning, while a Blizzard Warning remained in effect for the summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa, as widespread heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, “capable of producing catastrophic flooding”, threatened the State of Hawaiʻi.

Storm Barra to impact Ireland and UK with strong winds, heavy rain and snow
A deep low-pressure area moving in from the Atlantic Ocean this week has been named Storm Barra by Met Éireann on Sunday, December 5, 2021, due to the level of impacts expected for the Republic of Ireland. After impacting Ireland, Barra will bring strong winds and rain to the United Kingdom, with the rain turning to snow across northern England and Scotland. Barra is the second named storm of the 2021/22 season, which runs from September 2021 through the end of August 2022.

The New COVID Variant Scam was Simulated in Israel Weeks before it was “Discovered”The flames
of “COVID fear” are being stoked again, as the Big Pharma Globalists unleash their new plan to increase profits and exert more tyrannical control over populations by using their corporate media and puppet politicians in an attempt to extend the false “COVID pandemic.”

Pastor in Nepal sentenced for saying prayer can heal COVID-19
A court in Nepal has sentenced a pastor to two years in prison under the country’s harsh anti-conversion law for merely saying that prayers can heal COVID-19, according to reports.

RFK Jr.: CIA-led ‘Military Response’ to Pandemic Was Meant to Drive Democracy From the World and Usher in Global Totalitarianism 
…The attorney and public-health activist called out the players who have been pushing the fear narrative that has been, since February 2020, built around the “public health emergency” known as Covid-19 and basically led to a suspension of the U.S. Constitution.

80 Republicans Vote to Fund Federal Vaccine Database to Spy on Americans
Eighty House Republicans voted with Democrats on Tuesday to pass the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act, which if passed by the Senate and signed into law would fund a federal vaccination database.

Extreme covid fascism in Lithuania is making it impossible for the unvaccinated to live
The Baltic country of Lithuania has entered its eighth week of highly restrictive “Covid Pass” tyranny, and the fascism is off the charts.

Insanity . . . Farmers’ Land Confiscated for ‘Carbon Pipeline’ Through Corn Belt 
It’s becoming obvious that “they” are intentionally trying to damage food production and supply in the US, all in the name of reducing CO2 emissions. Like Christian says in this video, it’s madness. These people need to be stopped ASAP . . .

Shocking: Quarantine Camp Prisoner Shares Details from Her 14-day Detention
Police were deployed to remove Hayley Hodgson from her home and lock her in a quarantine camp. A twenty-six-year-old Australian woman, Hayley Hodgson, moved from Melbourne to Darwin to escape the endless Covid lockdowns. However, despite not having the virus, she was forcibly imprisoned in a Covid quarantine camp for two weeks.

Over 100,000 psychiatric disorders like hallucination & suicide reported after COVID vaccination
As reported by GreatGameIndia earlier, a shocking case of vaccine adverse event was documented where a healthy 20 year old young woman suffered acute psychosis one week after receiving Pfizer COVID vaccine.

Covid-19 outbreak on cruise ship with 100% fully vaccinated
Experts say it’s just the latest example showing the fallacy in claiming vaccination halts Covid infection or spread: Covid has proven not to be a pandemic of the unvaccinated, as some had claimed.

Switzerland Legalizes 3-D Printed At-Home Assisted-Suicide ‘Pods’ 
Australian doctor Philip Nitschke has announced that 3-d printed devices that are being coined “euthanasia pods” — a coffin-like device that makes assisted suicide accessible for nearly anybody and without medical intervention — will soon be available in Switzerland. Nitschke has said his purpose for making the devices is so that anybody can commit suicide with little medical assistance.

Canadian gov’t pouring millions more into ‘voluntary’ COVID isolation sites 
The money will be used for sites where temporary foreign workers can isolate and for virus camps.

EU Commission president suggests for mandatory COVID vaccination throughout the continent 
‘I think it is understandable and appropriate to lead this discussion now [about] how we can encourage and potentially think about mandatory vaccination within the European Union.’

New York City Becomes First To Force Private Companies To Forcibly Inject Their Employees With COVID ‘Vaccine’
His words were a stunning throwback to 1933 Nazi Germany. “We in New York City have decided to use a preemptive strike, to really do something bold to stop the further growth of COVID and the dangers it’s causing to all of us,” de Blasio said in an interview with MSNBC. “So as of today, we’re going to announce a first-in-the-nation measure. Our health commissioner will announce a vaccine mandate for private sector employers across the board.”

One of Florida’s Biggest Hospital Systems Suspends All Covid Vaccine Mandates
One of Florida’s biggest hospital systems suspended all of its Covid vaccine mandates. Advent Health will no longer require its 83,000 employees to be vaccinated against Covid.

Biden Admin Plans ‘Imminent’ Booster Expansion; Orders 10M Courses Of ‘Pfizermectin’
As governments worldwide continue to ratchet up authoritarian punishments for the unvaccinated and undervaccinated.

Holocaust Survivor Pleads: ‘Wake Up, Please – We Are Losing Our Freedoms’
Nick Hope, a 97-year-old Holocaust survivor imprisoned at the Nazi concentration camp Dachau, is warning against the Austrian government’s authoritarian and totalitarian Covid measures. “When I look at the news in Austria, I see the spirit of Hitler, the spirit of force coming there,” he says in a video message.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2021/12/07/7-dec-2021/

Headlines – 12/7/2021

Panel delays East Jerusalem Atarot airport housing project that sparked US ire

GOP senators introduce bill targeting Palestinian ‘martyr payments’

Algeria pledges $100 million to cash-strapped Palestinian Authority

Israel joins EU scientific research program that excludes settlements

Amid fallout from NSO scandal, Israel imposes new restrictions on cyber exports

Hamas threatens renewed ‘escalation’ with Israel, slams Egypt over Gaza role

Netanyahu claims Iran, international community ignoring ‘weak’ Israeli government

Israel Coy over ‘Huge Explosion’ at Iran’s Natanz Nuke Site

Syria says Israeli warplanes attacked Latakia port

Ethiopian forces recapture two key towns from rebels, gov’t says

Mass starvation looms in Afghanistan as half the country faces hunger under Taliban rule

Russian forces at the ready near Ukraine border, new satellite images show

Kremlin calls U.S.-Russia ties ‘ quite lamentable’ on eve of Putin-Biden call

Putin expected to demand guarantee in Biden call that NATO won’t expand east

Biden will lay out in a call with Putin the U.S. response if Russia invades Ukraine

Putin and Xi Working Together to Force Biden into a Two-Front Crisis He Can’t Win

China Seeks First Military Base on Africa’s Atlantic Coast, U.S. Intelligence Finds

U.S. needs to go ‘scorched earth’ to deter attack on Taiwan by China, military paper warns

US plans diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Kamikaze drones: A new weapon brings power and peril to the U.S. military

Former D.C. National Guard official says generals lied to Congress about Jan. 6

Marc Short, VP Pence’s Chief of Staff, Set to Cooperate on Jan. 6 Subpoena

Kamala Harris described as a ‘bully’ and ‘soul-destroying’ boss

Kamala Harris ‘elevated above her ability’ as office turmoil ensues: Devine

Trump draws attention with admission he ‘fired Comey’

Trump media venture eyed by regulators; names Nunes CEO

GOP Rep. Devin Nunes resigns from Congress to become CEO of Trump’s media company

Startup valued at $7B gets flak as CEO lays off hundreds over Zoom

Microsoft seizes control of websites used by China-backed hackers

SolarWinds hackers have a whole bag of new tricks for mass compromise attacks

Tesla shares fall into bear market territory after SEC reportedly opens probe into solar panel defects

Musk accused of manipulating search results to bury whistleblower story

China’s New Moon Landing Schedule Escalates Race With U.S.

Comet Leonard appears in morning sky

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Mid-Indian Ridge

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits south of Africa

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Naze, Japan

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Suwanosejima volcano on Japan erupts to 14,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 13,000ft

Volcano rescue workers dig through thick layers of hot ash in Indonesia after Mount Semeru erupts

Hawaii at risk of ‘catastrophic flooding’ from storms, National Weather Service warns

China Used Cloud Seeding to Ensure July Political Event Was Pollution-Free

Security Heightened At Major Store Chains After Series Of ‘Flash Mob’ Robberies

Tourists bask on a battlefield as drug gangs fight over Mexican resort town

Professors Face Prosecution for Study Finding Migrants Commit More Rapes

Man arrested for threatening to attack LGBTQ community with guns, bombs

‘West Side Story’ Banned in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Over LGBTQ Character Played by Nonbinary Actor

White House warns art world rife with money laundering as Hunter Biden sells paintings for $500,000

Don Lemon Accuser: CNN Is a Predator Protecting Machine, Rife with Perverts

Chris Cuomo prepping to sue CNN for more than $18M over contract

Chris Cuomo alleges Jeff Zucker knew about involvement with Andrew Cuomo sex scandal

Jussie Smollett Tells Court He Had Cocaine-Fueled Gay Bathhouse Escapades with Alleged Attacker

British woman testifies about being groomed for Jeffrey Epstein

Maxwell accuser testifies she had sexual contact with Epstein at 17

Ghislaine Maxwell asked teen to recruit others for oral sex: witness

JPMorgan Banker Testifies Epstein Wired Maxwell $31 Million

‘Significant’ human smuggling ring taken down as part of US-Brazil investigation

‘Rife’ cocaine use reported in U.K. Parliament – just as Boris Johnson announces crackdown on drug crime

We are all turning into cyberpunks – Debates over ‘xenobots’ and abortion are making it harder to know what is human

Why the Supreme Court may look to China as it reconsiders Roe v. Wade

3D-printed suicide pods are now legal in Switzerland

New Pfizer Board Member Is Ex-Facebook Director

WHO: No ‘doomsday,’ but malaria fight disrupted by pandemic

Moderna President Says All Vaccines’ Efficacy May Struggle Against Omicron

The omicron variant is another excuse for government meddling

Australia: Patients Waiting for Life-Saving Organ Transplant to Be Denied Treatment Unless Vaccinated

The Unvaccinated: An Inconvenient Control Group in a Sinister Social Experiment

Fauci did ‘immeasurable harm’ with premature warnings on omicron: Pavlich

Fauci says officials feel ‘very badly’ about African travel ban, will reevaluate policy

Airline stocks enjoy big, broad bounce after Fauci’s encouraging comments on omicron variant

UK Covid red list criticised as ‘travel apartheid’

Senior Tory MP Accuses Own Govt of ‘Waging’ Coronavirus ‘Propaganda War’

Italian Govt Strips Unvaccinated of Freedoms over Christmas Holidays

Conor McGregor Slams EU, Declares ‘Forced Vaccine Is a War Crime’

South Korea Prompts Nationwide Parent Outrage with Child Vaccination Mandate

NYC Announces First-In-The-Nation Vaccine Mandate For Private Companies

NYC Expands Vaccine Mandate to Whole Private Sector, Ups Dose Proof to 2 and Adds Kids 5-11

NYAG Letitia James Backs NYC Vaccine Mandate – and Wants a Statewide Mask Requirement

Bill De Blasio Calls for Vaccine Passport Programs in Other Parts of the Country

Cotton Hits De Blasio over ‘COVID Theatrics’ – Vaccine Mandate ‘a Counterproductive Overreach’

Over 200 UMass Memorial Health Employees Fired After Not Receiving COVID Vaccine

Report Shows Nearly 300 Athletes Worldwide Collapsed or Suffered Cardiac Arrests after Taking COVID Vaccine This Year – Many Died

Biden Still Can’t Figure Out Cargo Ship Crisis in LA – Record Number of Ships Waiting to be Unloaded Offshore

Biden administration unveils new strategy to counter corruption and illicit finance

Biden Plan to Combat Corruption Includes New Real Estate Rules

Evergrande shares plummet 20% to new record low as default fears resurface

Shock to Crypto Daredevils Joins List of Scary Market Omens

Source: http://trackingbibleprophecy.org/birthpangs.php

Mid-Day Snapshot · Dec. 7, 2021

“From The Patriot Post (patriotpost.us)”

THE FOUNDATION

“Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.” —Joseph Warren (1775)

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IN TODAY’S DIGEST

Pearl Harbor at 80

The deadly sneak attack may seem a distant, dying memory, but we must never forget, nor ever become complacent.

Douglas Andrews

Eighty years ago today, John W. Finn was under fire. A chief petty officer in charge of an ordnance crew at the naval air base at Kanoehe Bay, Hawaii, Finn had been awakened by a popping noise, so he hopped into his car and headed to the air hangars a mile away to investigate. Then a fighter plane with a red meatball on it roared past him, and he knew his nation was under attack.

When he got to the hangar, most of the PBY patrol planes there were already on fire. So he grabbed a makeshift gun mount, hauled it into an area that gave him clear visibility — and gave the Japanese clear visibility to strafe him — and fired belt after belt of .30 caliber rounds at the enemy’s fighters and bombers.

Two-and-a-half hours later, when it was finally over, Finn had 21 shrapnel holes in his body, in addition to a bullet hole that went through his foot. For his actions on December 7, 1941, he was awarded the first Medal of Honor of any American in World War II.

Finn lived a long, rich life, passing away more than a decade ago at age 100. Indeed, today’s ceremonies at Pearl Harbor, which will be attended by 101-year-old former Navy Seaman 1st Class David Russell, who survived the bombing of the U.S.S. Oklahoma — a bombing that 429 of his fellow sailors and Marines did not survive — may well be the last major ceremony include living veterans from that infamous day.

Today, just a single World War II Medal of Honor recipient — 98-year-old Herschel “Woody” Williams, a Marine Corps corporal who grabbed a flamethrower on Iwo Jima and braved withering machine gun fire to systematically destroy a series of deadly Japanese pill boxes — is still with us.

As we note on our Patriot Post reference page, the events of 80 years ago were nothing short of devastating: On December 7, 1941, more than 350 Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing 2,390 American servicemen and civilians and wounding 1,282. The attack sank or damaged eight battleships, three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer, and destroyed 188 aircraft.

“Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us,” said President Franklin Roosevelt as he addressed the American people in the wake of the attack. “No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory. … With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounded determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.”

The sustained sense of purpose that we, the American people, felt during World War II has never been replicated since. Today, we’re troubled to report that a recent survey by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation found that the number of Americans who said they have a lot of confidence and trust in the military has dropped from 70% to 45% in just the past three years — including a stunning 11-point drop since February of this year. We know well the causes of this collapse, and, for the sake of our nation, we must correct them.

Pearl Harbor may seem a distant, dying memory, but history tells us that we must never forget, nor ever become complacent. It is with honor and respect for those who died or suffered terrible injuries that Sunday morning that we should never again fall into the slumber that led to the attack of December 7, or the attack of September 11. Doing otherwise will only invite the next attack — by an enemy yet named, against a target yet known, on a date yet written.

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Biden’s Social Justice Department Sues Texas … Again

Lone Star State redistricting is “racist,” explain the race-hustlers on Team Biden.

Thomas Gallatin

Joe Biden’s Department of Justice, or rather Department of Social Justice, filed a lawsuit against Texas on Monday claiming that the state’s planned redistricting map violates the Voting Rights Act. As Attorney General Merrick Garland explained, “The complaint we filed today alleges that Texas has violated section two by creating redistricting plans that deny or abridge the rights of Latino and Black voters to vote on account of their race, color, or membership in a language minority group.”

This is now the second lawsuit Biden’s DOJ has raised against Texas over its election laws. Earlier this year, the DOJ sued the Lone Star State over its election integrity law, asserting completely without merit that the law is “racist.” This second lawsuit levels that same vacuous “racism” charge.

The suit alleges that “soon after the release of 2020 Census data, the Texas Legislature enacted redistricting plans for the Texas Congressional delegation and the Texas House through an extraordinarily rapid and opaque legislative process.” Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta further argued: “These redistricting plans will diminish the opportunities for Latino and Black voters in Texas to elect their preferred representatives. And that is prohibited by federal law.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton responded to the suit by stating: “The Department of Justice’s absurd lawsuit against our state is the Biden administration’s latest ploy to control Texas voters. I am confident that our legislature’s redistricting decisions will be proven lawful, and this preposterous attempt to sway democracy will fail.”

This latest move by Biden’s DOJ only serves to cement the reality that it is beholden to the Democrats’ political concerns rather than the impartial enforcement of the law. And it’s a concerted effort. “The Biden administration has said it would challenge Republican-backed changes to state voting procedures across the U.S.” reports The Wall Street Journal. “The Justice Department in June sued the state of Georgia, alleging its new voting law aims to restrict the rights of Black voters, among other moves.”

Texas is high on the Biden administration’s target list due to the fact that it picked up two congressional seats following the 2020 Census, even as deep-blue California lost a seat. The last thing Democrats want is for a red state to increase its Republican footprint on Capitol Hill. Hence they’ve contrived a frivolous lawsuit to dubiously paint this as a fight against racism, turning back the clock as if this were America circa 1963.

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Gosh, the Media Shouldn’t Be So Hard on Biden

A Washington Post columnist argues that coverage of Biden is far more negative than that of Trump.

Nate Jackson

In February 2017, just weeks after President Donald Trump took the oath of office, The Washington Post for the first time in its history created a motto for itself. “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” it nobly proclaimed, as if its job was henceforth to speak truth to power and save the country from the forces of evil. Well, nearly five years later, a columnist for socialist billionaire Jeff Bezos’s rag circumspectly argues that the media is being too hard on the president. Joe Biden, that is.

We’re sorry — we should have given you a warning not to spew your coffee.

Post opinion columnist Dana Milbank has always been a leftist hack not to be taken seriously. His “analysis” is routinely more indicative of mental illness than acuity. But he’s taken his Trump Derangement Syndrome to new lows with his latest effort over the weekend. “The media treats Biden as badly as — or worse than — Trump,” his headline reads. “Here’s proof.”

The “proof” Milbank earnestly offers begins with a few phrases from one publication, Politico’s Playbook newsletter. Words like “hard questions” and “freakout” and “Biden dithers” have the Post’s hyperventilating scribe reaching for the brown paper bag. But “it isn’t just Politico,” he warns. You see, he employed some algorithms that “combed through more than 200,000 articles … from 65 news websites” to evaluate the “sentiment” of news coverage. Brace yourselves, because it’s worse than you think.

“The findings,” he says, “painstakingly assembled by FiscalNote vice president Bill Frischling, confirmed my fear: My colleagues in the media are serving as accessories to the murder of democracy.”

The Leftmedia is the “enemy of the people,” but Milbank means something different.

His whole argument is that democracy is being murdered because “Biden’s press for the past four months has been as bad as — and for a time worse than — the coverage Trump received for the same four months of 2020.”

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Milbank proceeds to remind us just how much the Bad Orange Man deserved even more negative coverage, and he’s aghast that the media was so nice to a man who “actively subverted democracy.” His readers likely agree, of course, because his paper is a leading voice in Big Leftmedia, which serves to grossly misinform millions of willing dupes. Yet perhaps Milbank is unaware that coverage of Trump was more than 90% negative — and not just negative but “Trump is Hitler” insane. In Biden’s first 100 days, by contrast, coverage was only 19% negative. Coverage has gotten more negative in recent months, but it never seems to dawn on Milbank that this is because Biden is doing a horrific job as president. When the news is surrendering Afghanistan, aggression from China and Russia, rampant inflation and disruptions in supply chains, and woefully underwhelming employment growth, is the media supposed to spin that positively?

“I suspect my peers across the media have fallen victim to our asymmetric politics,” Milbank muses. “Biden governs under traditional norms, while Republicans run a shocking campaign to delegitimize him with one fabricated charge after another.”

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Just as one example, Trump spent four years under a cloud because of the entirely fabricated “collusion with Russia” hoax. Milbank himself spent years writing columns breathlessly spreading those lies. Part of the outflow of that coup attempt was that Trump was impeached for what Biden actually did, all in a transparent attempt to delegitimize Trump.

Meanwhile, Biden is a swamp creature who delegitimizes himself with myriad autobiographical lies and corrupt family dealings. But because the media literally refuses to cover such things while Big Tech censors silence those who do, Milbank has somehow convinced himself that Trump is worse. He wants readers to share his derangement, and he pats himself on the back for taking such “a stand.”

The Patriot Post was founded in 1996 to do the difficult work of combatting the monolithic Leftmedia monopoly on public opinion. Naturally, leftists who think their propaganda constitutes “democracy” aren’t terribly happy with even the existence of alternative voices like ours. But that only belies their utter lack of journalistic ethics and integrity. Just imagine, as our publisher Mark Alexander did when he launched this venture 25 years ago, if media coverage was actually neutral. What would the American political landscape look like? For starters, Joe Biden wouldn’t even be president, much less have to worry about whether some third-rate pundit thinks coverage of him is too negative.

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Comrade Bill’s Big Stick

Outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio can’t resist getting in one last jab on behalf of statist tyranny.

Douglas Andrews

When it comes to assessing the idiocy of the masses, it’s hard to beat the pithy and cynical wisdom of 17th-century French diplomat Joseph de Maistre: “Every country,” he said, “has the government it deserves.”

The same holds true for states and cities, of course — which is why New Yorkers were forced to suffer through more than a decade’s worth of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and why Gothamites are still suffering through the second term of Comrade Mayor Bill de Blasio, who won reelection in 2017 despite the fact that just 8.5% of New York City’s residents voted for him.

De Blasio will leave office on January 1, but not before leaving his constituents with a lovely parting gift. In what he called “a preemptive strike” against a virus that continues to strike irrational levels of fear into shockingly large cadres of leftists, de Blasio on Monday issued a directive that all of the city’s private-sector employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We’ve got Omicron as a new factor,” he told Mika Brzezinski and the lemmings of “Morning Joe.” “We’ve got the colder weather, which is going to really create additional challenges with the Delta variant. We’ve got holiday gatherings. We in New York City have decided to use a preemptive strike to really do something bold to stop the further growth of COVID and the dangers it’s causing to all of us.”

One wonders who he means when he says “We.” But perhaps the city’s residents aren’t yet ready to move beyond the Democrat-driven permanent pandemic. De Blasio seemed to be bragging when he called his vax mandate a “first in the nation measure.” Indeed, it’ll cover all private-sector employers and employees in the city, and it’ll be effective beginning December 27, just a few days before he leaves office. As Fox News reports:

De Blasio’s office also said it is broadening “Key to NYC,” its program requiring proof of vaccination for indoor dining, fitness and entertainment — expanding the measure to include 5- to 11-year-olds. De Blasio’s office said approximately 20% of that age group is vaccinated in New York City.

Beginning December 14, the program will require children aged 5-11 to show proof of one vaccination dose for those venues, and starting December 27, New Yorkers aged 12 and older will be required to show proof of two vaccine doses, instead of one, except for those who have received the [single-shot] Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The requirement that children ages 5-11 be vaccinated seems especially appalling, since the threat of death or even severe illness posed by COVID-19 to those in this age group is minuscule. It’d be one thing if these vaccines were being forced on a population that’s particularly vulnerable, but the data have shown all along that young people are the least vulnerable among us. In the hard-left wasteland of San Francisco, for example, which recently enacted a similar mandate, not a single one of the 664 city residents who’ve died from the virus was under 21.

Zero, incidentally, is the exact same number of young people who’ve been done in by runaway streetcars and falling safes. And one therefore wonders: Why aren’t big-city tyrants like de Blasio and San Francisco Mayor London Breed asking themselves whether allowing kids to travel in automobiles is really worth the risk?

Sadly, not even the children of leftists are immune from Pfizer and BioNTech and their fellow vaccine pushers.

“Democracy,” said the iconoclastic Henry Louis Mencken, “is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” Sadly, nothing could be more true about the sheepish citizens of New York City and San Francisco, who seem to enjoy their democracy good and hard.

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The Moral Idiocy of the Left’s Policies

From demonizing cops to abortion to even enabling the Waukesha killer, the Left’s commitment to utopia is killing us.

Emmy Griffin

There is a battle going on for the very soul of our country. Good is called evil and evil good. The voices of the victims are drowned out by the voices of those who have trespassed against them, and it can all be traced back to the moral idiocy of the Left.

The men and women who make up our law enforcement have borne the brunt of this moral idiocy. The job of policing is a very difficult one, but theirs has been made intolerable in many Democrat-run cities. The sins of a few demonize the entire institution, leading to calls to defund the police, vaccine mandates (which further drive able-bodied cops out of the force), and by extension a recruitment crisis. The workload of cops has become increasingly heavy with riots and, more recently, organized looting and violent crimes. This is due to poor leftist policies like that in California, where looters won’t be stopped if their burgled goods ring up to less than $1,000. This crime wave has also proven deadly. This year will go down in the books as one of the deadliest for cops, already surpassing both 2019 and 2020.

The moral idiocy here lies in the policies that seek to fix a perceived wrongdoing or inequity. Instead of fixing the problem, they exacerbate it. But it’s not just in the way leftist policies are shabbily dealing with the police force. Leftists’ moral idiocy extends to the criminal as well. Take the sad case in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The criminal who blatantly drove his SUV through a Christmas parade, killing six and injuring dozens more, should not have been a free man. And yet he was allowed to go free from other horrific crimes because of terrible leftist policies that advocate for the criminal and not for the victim.

Adding insult to injury, the perpetrator’s mother blames the system for not giving her son the help he needed. Even the criminal blames everyone but himself, claiming that he has been demonized and dehumanized. Of course, there’s a legitimate debate to be had regarding mental illness and the way our system handles it. But at the same time, grandmothers and a child are dead because of this man, and yet the stories we hear attempt to make us feel sorry for him?

Regardless, leftist politicians, instead of acknowledging the wrong (i.e., their pernicious soft-on-crime policies) and working toward protecting the innocent, are doubling down on their stance. Amazingly, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asserts, “A lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out.”

The secularization of America has dragged us down to these hellish depths of depravity and the Left keeps pushing us further. It’s not satisfied with dismantling once-great cities; it even has the audacity to advocate for more lenient policies for criminals after their own policies have inflicted damage on communities. As outraged as this insane, prideful destruction can make us, that outrage doesn’t do any good unless we, the American people, do something about it. Some constructive ways to fight against these leftist policies is to vote for people who want to fix the problems using methods that actually work (incarceration serving as deterrence, higher bails, three-strikes rule, etc.). And as individual citizens, we must stand up for the vulnerable and the marginalized. America is still a land of great people, if only we have the courage to fight back and reclaim it.

“We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. There is nothing progressive about being pig-headed and refusing to admit a mistake. And I think if you look at the present state of the world it’s pretty plain that humanity has been making some big mistake. We’re on the wrong road. And if that is so we must go back. Going back is the quickest way on.” —C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.

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Ignoring Global Threats Would Be a Mistake

American leftists are a threat to Liberty, but so are a myriad of other players around the world.

Harold Hutchison

There has been an understandable focus on the long list of abuses and hate speech and intimidation (to put it mildly) that leftists have engaged in. There’s no denying that their hatred poses a threat to Liberty.

Grassroots Patriots would be making a big mistake if they just focused only on the Left, though. The fact is, there are threats to freedom across the globe, some of which stem from the dishonorable debacle caused by Joe Biden’s betrayal of Afghanistan, but others from enemies that Donald Trump was putting in check, until Biden let them off the ropes.

Mitigating the Afghanistan debacle and addressing the other threats won’t just involve rejecting foolish policy proposals, but a full-spectrum effort involving military preparedness, foreign policy, and other national security matters. Biden’s pullout from Afghanistan has already encouraged actions from Belarus and Russia. That’s just in Europe.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden is following Barack Obama’s massively foolish Iran policy. What part of the Iranians’ desire to carry out a second Holocaust is that administration collectively missing? It isn’t just that track record. Their stooges fired missiles at the USS Mason in 2016. Under Trump, America was rightly backing the Saudi-led effort, which had the bonus of avoiding a major commitment of American military resources. The UAE recently made a big purchase of French Rafale fighters — probably because our allies question if America can be counted on.

Then there’s China. The fact that the governing body of professional tennis for women is acting in a manner that suggests it has more balls than the Biden administration, America’s national security establishment, and major American-based corporations is in one sense refreshing, but also alarming. Even after the initial cover-up of COVID-19 demonstrated the depraved indifference to human life of the Xi Jinping regime, none of the establishment seems to be willing to make Communist China pay.

All of this is bad enough, but we have a military in desperate need of massive modernization and expansion. China and Russia are moving to deploy hypersonic missiles while the Biden administration seems more interested in waging a culture war on the half of America that backed Trump. Pronouns won’t stop incoming hypersonic missiles; proper defenses and having a force structure that can shrug off an initial hit and still be able to punch back hard will.

Prior to that, the purported leaders in the national security establishment were unable or unwilling to address the “Resistance” to Trump from bureaucrats who should have been doing their jobs addressing the global threats that are metastasizing.

America can’t afford isolationism, nor can it afford to not be ready. When people volunteer to serve in the military, America assumes obligations to them, and grassroots Patriots need to make sure those obligations are met.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Security

  • Joe “Paper Tiger” Biden to warn Vladimir Putin of “very real costs” if Russia attacks Ukraine (New York Post)
  • “U.S. will pay a price”: China issues statement after U.S. launches pathetically weak diplomatic boycott of Olympics (Daily Wire)
  • Remember how Scranton Joe abandoned Afghanistan to the Taliban? The country is now on the brink of mass starvation. A million children might starve to death this winter. (Not the Bee) | Meanwhile, Biden misses congressional deadline to disclose Afghan airlift details (Washington Examiner)

Politics

  • Backfire: President’s judicial commission rejects Supreme Court packing, term limits (Free Beacon)
  • White House working with Leftmedia reporters “to reshape coverage” of economic woes under Biden as approval sinks (Daily Wire)
  • “That it is not our preference”: Jen Psaki annoyed Biden admin is forced to restart commonsense “Remain in Mexico” policy per court order (PM)
  • Follow the Science™: FDA pressured Google to take down YouTube video on monoclonal antibody drug (The Federalist)

“Social Justice”

  • Critical Race trove from California district tells students how to use witchcraft on people who say “All Lives Matter” (The Federalist)
  • Fairfax County residents oppose renaming Lee Highway, but unelected bureaucrats are changing it anyway (The Federalist)

Non Compos Mentis Awards

  • Twitter slapped a warning on a link from the American Heart Association that discussed side effects from the vax (Not the Bee)
  • San Fran is finally cutting taxes … on weed shops. This will help them “compete with drug dealers.” (Not the Bee)

Profiles of Integrity Award

  • Catholic University student government votes to remove painting depicting George Floyd as Jesus Christ (National Review)

Notables

  • “There was no hoax”: Jussie Smollett spins elaborate alternative explanation for late-night attack (National Review)
  • David Perdue joins Georgia governor’s race, setting up GOP showdown with Brian Kemp (NBC News)
  • Devin Nunes to become CEO of Trump’s media group (PM)
  • Chris Cuomo out at SiriusXM radio show (Daily Wire) | Cuomo, CNN “lawyering up” ahead of brewing $18 million legal battle over firing (Fox News)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The realistic path to deterring China (National Review)
  • Humor: Mirror brought into courtroom so Jussie Smollett can face his attackers (Babylon Bee)

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Insight: “Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intelligence.” —Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Gratuitous: “Bob Dole, who endorsed and voted for Trump twice, and called himself a ‘Trumper’ as recently as July, has passed away.” —MSNBC anchor Mehdi Hasan

Gratuitous II: “Bob Dole went all-in with Trump: ‘I’m a Trumper.’ He knew better, but this is what he chose in his final years. So, I’m going to hold off on the predictable whitewashing of our elected officials’ actions” —Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali

Gratuitous III: “Accurate reporting on former Senator Bob Dole’s life will note he served his country admirably for decades, as a soldier and elected leader, before casting his lot with Donald Trump and maintaining that support, even after the insurrection against the United States on January 6th.” —former Obama HUD official Brandon Friedman

The BIG Lie: “A lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out.” —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Non sequitur: “We have the votes in the House and the Senate for a universal background checks bill. We have a president who will sign it. It’s the rules of the Senate that prevent us from passing it. We probably have 52, 53, 54 votes in the Senate for this. So the rules right now are what prevent us from being able to enact the will of the public.” —Senator Chris Murphy

Braying jenny: “It is not our preference to be reimplementing and reinstituting [‘Remain in Mexico’]. … We still feel the program is inefficient, inhumane, and we … did not eagerly reimplement it.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

Non sequitur: “I worked full time, Monday through Friday, and took weekend classes to get my law degree. And still, close to $200,000 in debt. And I still owe over $70,000 and most of it was interest.” —Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (“She’s a perfect example of why we shouldn’t forgive student loans. She makes 175,000 a year and wants the tax payer to assume her debts? No, pay your bills you deadbeat. Student loan forgiveness is upper class welfare.” —Matt Walsh)

Non Compos Mentis Award: “In 2020, Trump presided over a worst-in-world pandemic response that caused hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths; held a superspreader event at the White House and got covid-19 himself; praised QAnon adherents; embraced violent white supremacists; waged a racist campaign against Black Lives Matter demonstrators; attempted to discredit mail-in voting; and refused to accept his defeat in a free and fair election, leading eventually to the violence of Jan. 6 and causing tens of millions to accept the ‘big lie,’ the worst of more than 30,000 he told in office. And yet Trump got press coverage as favorable as, or better than, Biden is getting today.” —Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank

And last… “We sure moved fast from ‘mask up to protect the elderly when no vaccine is available’ to ‘give your five-year-old a shot or you can’t take her to a restaurant.’” —Ben Shapiro

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Tuesday Briefing, December 7, 2021 | AlbertMohler.com

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DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING
PART 1 (0:0 – 17:34):
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Adoption as Morally Suspect and Abortion as Moral Good? The Truth Revealed About the Abortion Rights Movement’s Rejection of Adoption

NPR (MARY LOUISE KELLY, ASHLEY WESTERMAN, AND SARAH HANDEL)
Sociologist Says Women are More Likely to Choose Abortion over Adoption

NEW YORK TIMES (ELIZABETH SPIRES)
I Was Adopted. I Know the Trauma It Can Inflict.

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A Story of Service, Military Service, Patriotism, and American Politics: Senator Robert Dole Dies at Age 98

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‘A Day that Will Live in Infamy’: Remembering the Attack on Pearl Harbor 80 Years Later

CNN (LAUREN M. JOHNSON)
101-Year-Old Pearl Harbor Survivor Will Attend the 80th Memorial Service Thanks to His Daughter and Dozens of Kind Strangers

ASSOCIATED PRESS (AUDREY MCAVOY AND GILLIAN FLACCUS)
101-Year-Old Returns to Pearl Harbor to Remember Those Lost

Source: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

What Does the Bible Say about the Incarnation? | Crossway

This article is part of the What Does the Bible Say? series.

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Definitions and Summary

In a Nutshell — The incarnation means that God’s Son, who was a Spirit and never had a body, took on a human body and life just like ours.

Summary — When God first created humanity, he gave them a law to obey. If they obeyed it, they would know eternal blessing. If they disobeyed it, they would know eternal death. Sadly, our ancestors disobeyed, shattering our relationship with God.

But because of his great love our creator made a way to repair our relationship with him. God’s Son took to himself our human nature: He had a body and a soul just like ours and lived an entire human life like us, except instead of disobeying, he would love God and his neighbor perfectly. And he would do it without any special assistance from his divine nature. He would be hungry and tired just like us. He would be tempted to sin just like us. He would have relationships that blessed and saddened him, just like us. And yet he always loved his heavenly Father and his neighbors, just like we had failed to do. God was born as the man, Jesus, so that one of us would finally live in obedience.

In addition, it was also necessary for God the Son to become human because as one of us he needed to bear our punishment for disobedience: death. He needed to die, but of course as God, that was impossible, since God cannot die. Someone, no matter how loved, would have to die for our disobedience, only a human could do that. And, because Jesus was also God, he was the only one strong enough to bear up under the wrath that we deserved.

As the incarnate God/man, Jesus lived the life we should have lived and died the death we deserved. And he continues to represent us, still incarnate, as the God/Man standing in heaven for us.

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Why the Incarnation Matters for Everyday Life

Although many Christians fail to consider the incarnation except during Christmas when they’re reminded by the little baby in the manger, it’s one of the most encouraging and important facets of our faith. Here’s why: Jesus knows by experience what it’s like to be you. And he loves you so much that he was willing to bear all the punishment you deserve for all the ways you’ve failed to love–doing it all as a human, just like you.

Let’s unpack those two thoughts now. First, when we’re walking through difficulties, when we feel abandoned or betrayed, when we’re experiencing pain, or falling into that sin once again, we need to know that we’re not alone, that we haven’t been abandoned by the Lord. We need to know that God not only understands our suffering because he’s omniscient, but he also understands it because he’s experienced it. Jesus knows what it’s like to be a child misunderstood by his family and friends. He knows how a single head of a household feels because he was one for many years. He understands how it feels to have your friends misunderstand you while your leaders despise you. He understands loneliness. He knows what it is to be betrayed. He also understands physical pain that is endured for love’s sake. He gets what it is to be you.

He also knows what it’s like to be abandoned by someone you’ve built your life around. He experienced that on the cross so that you can know of a certainty that you’ll never be abandoned.

Your assurance today doesn’t rest on your ability to do all the things right. No, your assurance before a holy God rests upon the fact that Jesus the God/Man lived perfectly in your place, died shamefully in your place, and is watching over every facet of your life right now so that you’ll soon be united with him.

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Key Passages about the Incarnation

  • Galatians 4:4: “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law…”. By the power of the Holy Spirit, God the Son was conceived and then nourished as an embryo in the body of a young virgin girl. He was born, grew, and lived just as we do. He did this because we needed a stand-in who would perfectly and finally fulfill all the law in our place. His incarnation brings us redemption from the curse of disobedience that has hung over us.
  • Hebrews 2:14: “Since therefore the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” It was only as a flesh-and-blood human that Jesus could destroy Satan’s power over us by perfectly obeying God’s law in our place and dying the death that hung over us all because of our sin. Satan’s power to accuse us of sin and to insist on our condemnation, has been completely overcome by the forgiveness of all our sins and the imputation of Christ’s record in the place of ours.
  • Hebrews 2:17-18: “Therefore he had to be made like his brothers and sisters in every respect so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted he is able to help those who are being tempted.” We needed a sinless high priest, one who differs from all others, to represent us before God. He did this because he is merciful and faithful and has born all God’s wrath in our place. He knows what it is to suffer under temptation, so he knows how to help us when we do.
  • Hebrews 4:16: Because of the incarnation, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Because of the incarnation, our record of sin and unbelief has been overwritten by the perfect record of the God/Man. Jesus has made the way for us to boldly come to our Father when we’re in need and we can know that he’ll have mercy and grace for us always.
  • John 1:14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” We would never have known what the Father was like, his grace and his truth, if we hadn’t seen the glory of the God/Man, Jesus Christ.

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FAQ About the Incarnation

Q: What is the incarnation?

A: God the Son became the Man, Jesus, and lived a perfect human life in our place.

Q: Why do Christians insist that the man Jesus was also God?

A: Because if he wasn’t also God, he would not be free from all sin or able to bear up under the full wrath of the Father.

Q: What might stop some people from believing in the incarnation?

A: Jesus is the only one of his kind, so it’s hard for people to believe that a miracle like that actually happened. They might also find belief difficult because Jesus died a shameful death and they can’t imagine that happening to God.

Q: If Jesus was also God, why did he die?

A: He died because he was the only sinless human who ever lived. Every other person who died was receiving punishment for their own sin. But Jesus never sinned, so he could stand in as our righteous representative and he willingly took on himself all the punishment we deserved so that we could go free.

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For Personal Reflection

  1. Write your own definition of the incarnation.
    a. How important do you think it is?
    b. How important has it been to you personally?
    c. What confuses you about it?
  2. Why is the incarnation important to your salvation and faith?
  3. Why is the incarnation important to you personally when you struggle?
  4. We know that Jesus lived a full human life obeying in everything in our place. Can you think of times when his obedience is especially comforting to you?
  5. Because of the incarnation, God the Son was able to pay the price for your sin. How does that assure you of God’s continued love even when you fail?
  6. Jesus is reigning in heaven right now, still incarnate. How does that truth encourage you now?
  7. Why is it important that Jesus is still the God/Man and not a Spirit?

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Elyse Fitzpatrick is the author of Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ.


Elyse Fitzpatrick (MA, Trinity Theological Seminary) is a counselor, a retreat and conference speaker, and the author of over twenty books, including Because He Loves MeComforts from the Cross; and Found in Him.

Source: What Does the Bible Say about the Incarnation?

Advent, Thirty Days of Jesus: Day 11, He was obedient

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

With today’s post, we’ve now flowed through the first section of this series, in looking at verses that prophesy Jesus’ coming, His arrival, and His early life.

Starting tomorrow, from Day 12-16 we will look at verses that focus on Jesus as The Son.

From Day 17-26, verses will focus on the preeminence of the Son, His works, and Ministry.

Days 27-36, His resurrection, ascension, and return.

Yes, there are more than 30 verses, lol. There’s a postlude.

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Top 10 Best Christmas Songs of All Time

Michelle Lesley

Originally published December 11, 2015

Christmas songs. Everybody’s got a favorite or two, or ten! I’ve given you my list of the ten worst (and volume 2!). Now, in no particular order (mostly), and according to nothing other than my own preferences, here are my nominations for the ten best Christmas songs ever.

(Note: I do not necessarily endorse all of the songwriters or performers listed below, the churches/organizations they represent, any other songs they may have written or performed, or their theology. If you decide to follow any of these people or groups, check out their theology first to make sure it’s biblical.)

Need a playlist? Here you go!

1. Hark the Herald Angels Sing-Ok, so this oneis in a particular order. It’s my favorite because of the awesome gospel theology wrapped in ribbons of beautiful wording. Just a few of my favorite phrases:

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‘Fully vaccinated are a major source of COVID virus transmission’: virologist, former HHS advisor

Countries which have implemented mass vaccination programs have created the conditions as excellent breeding grounds for more infectious variants.

Source: ‘Fully vaccinated are a major source of COVID virus transmission’: virologist, former HHS advisor

CBN NewsWatch AM: December 7, 2021

THREE MORE MISSIONARIES HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM HAITIAN GANG MEMBERS. WILL PRESIDENT BIDEN BE ABLE TO PREVENT A RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE? THAT’S THE ISSUE AT HAND TODAY AS THE TWO LEADERS PREPARE TO MEET OVER A HIGH-STAKES VIDEO CALL.

Source: CBN NewsWatch AM: December 7, 2021

CNN’s Don Lemon blasted for not mentioning his own key role in Jussie Smollett drama

CNN host Don Lemon covered his pal Jussie Smollett’s trial on his late-night show — without mentioning his own central role in tipping off the “Empire” star that he was being investigated by police.

Source: CNN’s Don Lemon blasted for not mentioning his own key role in Jussie Smollett drama

This advice from the U.S. government during the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak is “more holistic than everything we have been fed for the past 2 years”

A lot can change in 100 years, and not always for the better.

Source: This advice from the U.S. government during the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak is “more holistic than everything we have been fed for the past 2 years”

White House Admits Hunter Biden Is Engaged In Industry Ripe For Money Laundering — Conservative Review

The White House warned that the lucrative art industry is ripe for money laundering schemes as Hunter Biden sells paintings for half a million dollars.

White House Admits Hunter Biden Is Engaged In Industry Ripe For Money Laundering — Conservative Review

To Save Time, Ghislaine Maxwell Just Lists The Hollywood Celebs And Politicians Who Didn’t Visit Epstein Island — The Babylon Bee

NEW YORK, NY—The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell is underway but began to get bogged as Maxwell listed the names of people who had flown on Lolita Express and visited Epstein Island. Now, in order to save time, she will just list the names of Hollywood celebs and politicians who didn’t.

“Um, there are only, like 3 or 4 who didn’t,” said Maxwell, looking at the ceiling. “Let’s see, there’s, uh… Mel Gibson and Kirk Cameron… oh yeah, Keanu Reeves. Ron Paul. There were a few others, but that’s most of the big ones, I think.”

With this new testimony, almost every single elite celebrity and politician has been outed as a sex predator, confirming what every person on earth already suspected.

According to sources, FBI leadership in D.C. was going to open investigations into the political and Hollywood elites implicated in the testimony, but they quickly dropped all cases once they remembered that they themselves were also creepy sex predators who had visited Epstein Island.

Americans are demanding the firing of every politician in government and replacing all of them with Keanu Reeves. 

To Save Time, Ghislaine Maxwell Just Lists The Hollywood Celebs And Politicians Who Didn’t Visit Epstein Island — The Babylon Bee

Child sex abusers at CIA avoiding prosecution: What we know | RT USA News

Child sex abusers at CIA avoiding prosecution: What we know

A scolding expose based on a trove of internal CIA documents indicates an apparent pattern of failure by the federal government to prosecute CIA employees and contractors suspected of child sex abuse crimes.

The article published by BuzzFeed is based on over 3,500 pages of declassified materials it obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

How many pedophiles are we talking about?

At least 10 cases of credibly suspected crimes were identified over the course of 14 years, according to BuzzFeed.

The trove of documents details investigations by the CIA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The spy agency watchdog deals internally with all sorts of crimes, including those committed by third parties, like possession of a fake agent badge. The documents were heavily redacted and the release of some pages under FOIA was fully denied.

BuzzFeed focused its investigation on alleged sexual crimes involving minors. Of the 10 identified individuals, one admitted to sexually abusing two girls aged two and six. Most cases involve crimes related to child pornography, like possession, smuggling, and procurement of outlawed content.

Was the self-confessed child abuser prosecuted?

The documents state that the CIA employee in question admitted to the OIG that he had engaged in “inappropriate sexual activity” involving a two-year-old girl and had “inappropriate sexual contact” with a six-year-old girl on two occasions. The first victim was not identified. The second one apparently was. The employee was also “found to have extensively downloaded child pornography” and admitted to searching for abuse images featuring 12 to 14-year-old victims.

In August 2009, an assistant US attorney declined prosecution “based on taint issues” and “the lack of previously identified child pornography victims” in videos found in the man’s possession. In March of the same year, the CIA decided to terminate the employee and revoke his clearances.

Why no federal prosecution for CIA employees?

The US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, which declined prosecution, would not comment on individual cases, but said that “the occupation or employer of the suspect does not factor” in its decision of whether to file charges. The reference to “taint issues” may indicate mishandling of evidence, BuzzFeed suggested.

A CIA insider told the outlet that the agency is concerned that in a criminal trial, classified information may be disclosed. “We can’t have these people testify, they may inadvertently be forced to disclose sources and methods,” the former official was cited as saying.

No prosecutions resulted from the sex scandals at all?

BuzzFeed identified two such cases, in which both of the prosecuted individuals were also accused of mishandling classified materials. One was an unidentified contractor, who was found to have on his private laptop personal data of “Agency-affiliated individuals” and technical files “related to Agency systems.” They were discovered during a child porn probe. The FBI took over as the primary investigator of the case.

Another one involves Joshua Schulte, the former CIA technical specialist accused of leaking the agency’s hacking tools dubbed ‘Vault 9’ to transparency organization WikiLeaks. Last year, he was convicted of contempt of court and making false statements to the FBI, but the jury got deadlocked on the more serious leaking allegations. He pleaded not guilty over the child pornography possession charges. A separate trial for those allegations is pending.

What about the other alleged sex offenders?

Five of the 10 people spotlighted by BuzzFeed were fired or resigned. Five others were referred to a personnel board or the Office of Security, which handles the security of CIA facilities. The outcome of one case could not be learned from the released documents.

In an eleventh case, the OIG found no direct evidence of any crimes, but said the subject had “consistent interest” in the topic of sexual abuse of minors, which the office believed to be concerning. The part explaining how the agency handled the situation was redacted.

BuzzFeed said the CIA’s record of dealing with suspected offenders as described in the documents “marks a striking deviation from how sex crimes involving children have been handled at other federal agencies.”

Source: https://www.rt.com/usa/541974-cia-child-sex-crimes/

Biden’s Border Crisis Is Killing More Americans Than Ever With Spike In Drug Trafficking — Conservative Review

Cartels are taking advantage of law enforcement weaknesses and policy failures to smuggle record amounts of fentanyl into the United States.

Biden’s Border Crisis Is Killing More Americans Than Ever With Spike In Drug Trafficking — Conservative Review