Daily Archives: January 9, 2022

Conservatives Split From Reformed Church in America over LGBTQ Issues — The Aquila Report

The new denomination, besides not affirming same-sex marriage or ordination of LGBTQ individuals, will have a strong emphasis on church planting and feature a flexible organizational model meant to foster theological alignment and efficient decision-making, according to leaders with the Alliance of Reformed Churches.

On New Year’s Day, 43 congregations of the Reformed Church in America split from the national denomination, one of the oldest Protestant bodies in the United States, in part over theological differences regarding same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ clergy.

The departure of the theologically conservative congregations to the new group, the Alliance of Reformed Churches, leaves some who remain in the Reformed Church in America (RCA) concerned for the denomination’s survival. Before the split, the nearly 400-year-old denomination had fewer than 200,000 members and 1,000 churches.

At least 125 churches from various denominations are in conversation with Alliance of Reformed Churches leaders about joining.

“Realistically, it’s a large group of conservative churches that are also providing a lot of income to the denomination. I really think the mass exodus of all these conservative churches is going to throw the RCA into a really difficult financial situation,” said Steven Rodriguez, an RCA church planter in Brockport, New York. “I doubt the RCA will be financially sustainable for much longer.”

The Alliance of Reformed Churches (ARC) logo. (Courtesy image)

The move follows the RCA General Synod’s October decision to adopt measures for “grace-filled separation” with departing churches and to appoint a team to develop a restructuring plan for those that remain.

The new denomination, besides not affirming same-sex marriage or ordination of LGBTQ individuals, will have a strong emphasis on church planting and feature a flexible organizational model meant to foster theological alignment and efficient decision-making, according to leaders with the Alliance of Reformed Churches.

“We have a passion for this remnant of believers to become a part of reformation and revival in the Northern Hemisphere,” said Tim Vink, the new denomination’s director of spiritual leadership and outreach. “Part of our strategic thinking is designing things for the 21st century that allows a multiplication of gospel-saturated churches and a multiplication of disciples.”

Other conservative-leaning churches in the RCA, as well as those in the Presbyterian Church in Canada, Christian Reformed Church in North America and Presbyterian Church in America, are also discerning whether to join the Alliance of Reformed Churches (ARC), according to Vink.

Other groups, such as the Kingdom Network, a group of five churches in Indiana and Illinois, have formed and expect to absorb conservative churches leaving the RCA.

Vink said the new alignment will promote growth. “We want to be a safe landing pad for churches in the near term, but in the long term, want to be a serious launching pad for the church, in mission, to the world,” he said.

The launch of ARC is part of a larger realignment within North American Protestantism. The last two decades have seen conservative Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Lutherans form their own denominations over LGBTQ inclusion and sexuality, and the United Methodists are scheduled to consider a denominational split in the fall.

A theologically and politically diverse denomination that dates to the arrival of Dutch settlers in Manhattan in the 1620s, the RCA has been debating sexuality and LGBTQ inclusion since the 1970s. In 2018, the RCA’s General Synod formed a team charged with discerning whether the RCA should stay together, restructure or separate. The team ultimately suggested a path involving all three avenues, but the meeting to vote on the team’s proposals was delayed for 16 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Conservatives Split From Reformed Church in America over LGBTQ Issues — The Aquila Report

CDC Director Lets It Slip, ‘Conspiracy Theorists’ Were Right About Key Point In COVID Deaths [VIDEO] — LifeZette

The correlation between mortality rates regarding COVID and comorbidities has been a topic of concern – but also rarely mentioned in mainstream media – since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020.

Yet, during a January 7th appearance on Good Morning America, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky admitted that the vast majority of deaths attributed to COVID involved people who hosted “at least four comorbidities.”

When the Good Morning America host asked Dr. Walensky “is it time to start rethinking how we’re living with this virus, that it’s potentially here to stay” the CDC director responded by proclaiming most deaths involved those who were “unwell to begin with” and promoted getting the COVID jab and booster shots.

“The overwhelming number of deaths, over 75%, occurred in people who had at least four comorbidities. So really these are people who were unwell to begin with. And yes, really encouraging news in the context of Omicron – this means not only to get your primary series but to get your booster series. And yes, we’re really encouraged by these results.”

This piece was written by Gregory Hoyt on January 9, 2022. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.

CDC Director Lets It Slip, ‘Conspiracy Theorists’ Were Right About Key Point In COVID Deaths [VIDEO] — LifeZette

CDC Director Walensky Won’t Say How Many Americans Died “From” Covid vs. How Many Died “With” Covid — The Gateway Pundit

The world is finally waking up to what we reported a year and a half ago – there is a difference between someone dying from COVID and someone dying with COVID.

When the corrupt US Government addressed COVID they put in place unique ways of reporting deaths.  They began by claiming every death where someone was suspected of having COVID when they died was to be recorded as a COVID death.

This resulted in thousands of deaths being reported as COVID deaths that were not.  We reported on this in August 2020.

SHOCK REPORT: This Week CDC Quietly Updated COVID-19 Numbers – Only 9,210 Americans Died From COVID-19 Alone – Rest Had Different Other Serious Illnesses

Our article received a huge amount of attention as word got out that only 6% of all deaths reported as COVID deaths were actually due to COVID only.  The remaining 94% of the deaths reported as COVID deaths were deaths with COVID where those who died had multiple other co-morbidities as well.  On average, those who were labeled as dying from COVID had more than two other co-morbidities.

President Trump shared this story as well as his son Don Jr and many others on Twitter.  “6%” was shared all over the Internet and into the mainstream.  We at TGP were attacked and criticized for making the claim that only 6% of COVID deaths died from COVID only, even though the information came from the CDC’s site.

Last Weekend We Posted a Viral Report on COVID-19 Numbers that Was Tweeted by the President – Now Democrats, Their Media and Fact Checkers Are Smearing Us – Here’s Our Response

By late 2020 the number of fatalities that were counted as COVID deaths that died from only COVID was down to 5% per the CDC.

WE WERE RIGHT: In August 2020 TGP Reported Per the CDC That Only 6% of All COVID-19 Deaths Were Caused EXCLUSIVELY by the COVID-19 Virus – Today It’s Down to 5%!

Today the Head of the CDC was asked how many people died from COVID and how many with COVID of the reported 836,000 COVID deaths.

It looks like FOX News has now opened up to our reporting and the CDC is still messing with numbers and not answering questions accurately.  

CDC Director Walensky Won’t Say How Many Americans Died “From” Covid vs. How Many Died “With” Covid — The Gateway Pundit

CDC Website Reveals Police Power Will be Used at Quarantine Stations for the “Benefit of Society” — The Gateway Pundit

Cambodia quarantine camp (satyobchod)

The CDC stated on its website (last reviewed Sept. 2021) that to control the spread of disease within their borders, states have laws to enforce the use of isolation and quarantine. The law also includes the use of police power functions in their quarantine stations.

“In addition to serving as medical functions, isolation and quarantine also are “police power” functions, derived from the right of the state to take action affecting individuals for the benefit of society,” CDC stated on their website.

More from CDC:

States have police power functions to protect the health, safety, and welfare of persons within their borders. To control the spread of disease within their borders, states have laws to enforce the use of isolation and quarantine.

These laws can vary from state to state and can be  specific or broad. In some states, local health authorities implement state law. In most states, breaking a quarantine order is a criminal misdemeanor.

Tribes also have police power authority to take actions that promote the health, safety, and welfare of their own tribal members. Tribal health authorities may enforce their own isolation and quarantine laws within tribal lands, if such laws exist.

Who Is in Charge:

1. The federal government

  • Acts to prevent the entry of communicable diseases into the United States. Quarantine and isolation may be used at U.S. ports of entry.
  • Is authorized to take measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases between states.
  • May accept state and local assistance in enforcing federal quarantine.
  • May assist state and local authorities in preventing the spread of communicable diseases.

2. State, local, and tribal authorities

  • Enforce isolation and quarantine within their borders.

It is possible for federal, state, local, and tribal health authorities to have and use all at the same time separate but coexisting legal quarantine power in certain events. In the event of a conflict, federal law is supreme.

The quarantine stations are located at 20 ports of entry and land-border crossings where most international travelers arrive as stated on the website. It seems like illegal immigrants are exempted in this case.

According to its authority and scope, CDC has the legal authority to detain any person who may have an infectious disease that is specified by the Executive Order to be quarantinable.

CDC may issue a federal isolation or quarantine order if a quarantinable disease is suspected or identified. Federal isolation or quarantine order was last enforced during influenza.

As stated above, some states, local health authorities implement state law. TGP’s Alicia Powe reported that the Washington State Board of Health may soon amend state law to authorize the involuntary detainment of residents as young as 5 years old in Covid-19 “internment camps” for failing to comply with the state’s experimental vaccine mandate.

Bill Filed In Washington Would Authorize ‘Strike Force’ To ‘Involuntarily Detain’ Unvaccinated Families: ‘They Have Already Set Up The Internment Camps’

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CDC Website Reveals Police Power Will be Used at Quarantine Stations for the “Benefit of Society” — The Gateway Pundit

Study Finds Supreme Court Has Now Shared More COVID Misinformation Than Your Crazy Facebook Aunt — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—A landmark study conducted by Columbia University has found that The U.S. Supreme Court has now spread more COVID misinformation than your crazy aunt who shares conspiracy theories on Facebook. 

“This is very startling,” said Dr. Holson Bogtruggles, who conducted the study. “Because your Facebook Aunt is insane. Facebook has an entire department dedicated to monitoring the sheer volume of misinformation she shares, and the Supreme Court topped her in one day.” 

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor dismissed the study, saying: “With more than 32 trillion people and 12 billion malfunctioning toaster ovens dying of COVID every three seconds, I think we have more important things to worry about here.”

Social media platforms have warned users against sharing any quotes from the oral arguments on Biden’s vaccine mandate this week, warning that such posts will be deleted, and possibly cause for suspension. “One cannot overstate how dangerous these deranged conspiracy theorists on the Supreme Court are,” said Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. “I hope they’re not, like, in charge of interpreting the law of the land or anything.” 

Study Finds Supreme Court Has Now Shared More COVID Misinformation Than Your Crazy Facebook Aunt — The Babylon Bee

Fox News anchor confronts CDC director on how many deaths are ‘from COVID’ versus ‘with COVID’ — but she can’t say — Conservative Review

Fox News anchor Bret Baier confronted CDC Director Rochelle Walensky Sunday over several topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including whether she could explain how many COVID deaths in the United States are “from COVID” versus “with COVID.”

What is the background?

More than 836,000 Americans have died from COVID, but the government has yet to distinguish deaths from COVIDand deaths with COVID. The key difference being: Did the person die from their COVID infection or did they die for another reason, but tested positive for COVID before they passed away?

In fact, the CDC explains that up to 95% — or perhaps even more — of all COVID deaths happened in Americans with co-morbidities or other conditions.

“There were co-morbidities or other conditions listed on the death certificate for as many as 95% of all COVID-19 deaths,” the CDC explains. “The other 5% of death certificates in which COVID-19 was the only condition listed was likely related to a lack of detail listed about other conditions present at the time of death.”

What happened Sunday?

During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” anchor Bret Baier confronted Walensky about whether she could explain how many Americans have died from COVIDversus with COVID.

“How many of the 836,000 deaths in the U.S. linked to COVID are ‘from COVID’ or how many are ‘with COVID,’ but they had other co-morbidities? Do you have that breakdown?” Baier asked.

Walensky, however, failed to provide the breakdown.

“Yes, of course with Omicron we’re following that very carefully,” Walensky said “Our death registry, of course, takes a few weeks to — and is a — takes a few weeks to collect, and of course, Omicron has just been with us for a few weeks, but those data will be forthcoming.”

Later in the interview, Baier asked Walensky if her leadership has eroded the public’s trust in the CDC, which she promised to repair when Joe Biden appointed her to lead the agency.

“Do you think that it’s fair to say that the trust and confidence the public has gone down with the CDC?” Baier asked.

In response, Walenksy noted how “hard” her job has been.

“You know, this is hard,” Walenksy said. “We have ever-evolving science with an ever-evolving variant and my job is to provide updated guidance in the context of rapidly rising cases. And that is what we’ve done and I’m here to explain it to the American people and I’m committed to continuing to do so and to continuing to improve.”

Fox News anchor confronts CDC director on how many deaths are ‘from COVID’ versus ‘with COVID’ — but she can’t say — Conservative Review

Beware the Enneagram — CultureWatch

Stay away from this occultic tool:

Many Christians are getting into the Enneagram. They shouldn’t be. Folks may claim that this is just a personality test and self-discovery tool, that it has Christian roots, and that it is harmless, but all three of these claims are false, as I will explain shortly.

But for those not in the know, the Enneagram is simply a geometric figure, or diagram – a circle with nine points, meant to represent nine different personality types (ennéais the Greek word for ‘nine’). While plenty of secular businesses and others make use of it, sadly some Christians over the past few decades have been promoting this as something quite useful for believers.

Indeed, consider two key evangelical publishers (Zondervan and IVP) that have been pushing this, as evidenced by the key ‘Christian’ books that enthusiasticallypromote the Enneagram:

-Heuertz, Christopher, The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth. Zondervan, 2017.
-Rohr, Richard and Andreas Ebert, The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective. Crossroad, 1999, 2001.
-Stabile, Susan, The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery. IVP, 2016.

Heuertz and Stabile are both students and disciples of Rohr. Worse yet, in 2020 Zondervan actually was going to release the “first-ever Enneagram film”: NINE: THE ENNEAGRAM DOCUMENTARY. See an update on this here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/june/christopher-heuertz-enneagram-zondervan-brene-brown-abuse-p.html

So far the only major full-length Christian critique of this is NOT from a major evangelical publishing house. It is this book:

Marcia Montenegro, Don Veinot and Joy Veinot, Richard Rohr and the Enneagram Secret. MCOI Pub., 2020.

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Richard Rohr and the Enneagram Secret by Veinot, Don (Author), Veinot, Joy (Author), Montenegro, Marcia (Author), House, H. Wayne (Foreword)

Because the roots of the Enneagram are actually in the occult and New Age spirituality, biblical Christians must be aware of what this is all about. Here I will mainly draw from the Montenegro and Veinot book, although a number of good articles and videos can also be appealed to, some of which I will list at the end of this article.

The authors are well-placed to discuss this matter. Montenegro had been heavily involved in occult practices and the New Age Movement (NAM) before becoming a Christian, and the Veinots have long been involved in ministering to those in cults and New Religious Movements.

In this very well documented volume, the authors explode the three myths I mentioned above, and others. As to this just being a simple personality test, they make it clear there is no psychological validity to it, and no solid social science evidence to support it.

Moreover, those behind it say otherwise. One of its main proponents, Richard Rohr has admitted to this: “The purpose of the Enneagram is not self-improvement, which would be our ego’s goal. Rather, it is the transformation of consciousness so that we can realize our essence, our True Self.”

Hmm, sounds just like the sort of stuff I used to read when I as into the NAM. It is all about self, self-realisation, and cosmic consciousness. This has nothing to do with either biblical Christianity, or ordinary personality tests such as the Myers-Briggs test. And even that has been questioned by some: http://www.vox.com/2014/7/15/5881947/myers-briggs-personality-test-meaningless

As to the claim that this practice goes back to some fourth century church fathers, this is patently false. The authors carefully trace the lineage of this through to some well-known occultic and spiritist figures of the past 150 years such as George Gurdjieff, P. D. Ouspensky, and Claudio Naranjo. These names were certainly familiar to me when I was into the NAM.

Say the authors: “In summary, the origins of the Enneagram are in mysticism, occultism, and New Age. It has no origins in history prior to the early twentieth century. In fact, it is not based on empirically validated psychological theories or psychometric studies. It is based on the intuitive and occult-based mystical experiences of one man: Claudio Naranjo. The Enneagram is no more valid than Astrology, and… may be more dangerous.”

And as to the claim that this is harmless, and something Christians can get involved with, the authors show how very wrong this is. Simply consider the main ‘Christian’ promoter of this, Richard Rohr. He is a Catholic priest who has made it quite clear over the years that he has nothing to do with biblical Christianity. Indeed, simply consider his recent book, The Universal Christ.

It is about as heretical as you can get, pushing pantheism, universalism, self-salvation, and various bits of New Age mumbo jumbo. See here for one good critique: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/universal-christ-richard-rohr/

Consider just one area: sin. Anyone familiar with Eastern thought and New Age views knows that the main point is to understand that we are already one with God. – indeed that we ARE God. Overcoming our false idea that we are somehow separate from God is a common teaching here.

And Rohr pushes the very same thing, claiming that sin is simply thinking we are distinct from God. But Scripture makes it clear that we are NOT God nor part of God. We are created beings who are separate from God both because we are created beings, and because we are fallen sinners. We do not find God by looking within – we find God by looking to Christ, and turning away from sin and self.

Conservative Catholics also are quite critical of Rohr. The authors quote one of them who says, “The Christ whom Rohr preaches is not the authentic Jesus … that the Church has proclaimed and safeguarded for 2,000 years with the power of the Holy Spirit. As a result, Rohr remains an unreliable and spiritually dangerous guide for Catholic and non-Catholic alike.”

The authors have a chapter on whether something like the Enneagram can be ‘Christianised’ and whether God can redeem everything. They write:

God’s word is quite clear that God will redeem those who have trusted in Christ; and He will redeem creation – make a “new heaven” and “new earth” (see Revelation 21:1). However, He will not redeem other things, but rather cast them into the Lake of Fire: Satan’s angels, death, and those who have rejected him (Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:10, 14-14; 21:8).

Will witchcraft be redeemed? No.
Will sorcery be redeemed? No.
Will astrology be redeemed? No.

In truth, as the authors insist, the “Enneagram is not spiritually neutral. Having myself (Marcia) been involved in the occult practices of Astrology, contacting the dead, using divinatory tools (Numerology, Astrology, Tarot), and having spirit guides, I can say with 100% confidence that nothing that is a product of these practices or of New Age beliefs is beneficial for anyone; and it is always spiritually harmful at the least.”

Let me conclude with their closing paragraphs:

Rohr is a huge reason why and how the Enneagram came into the church – first in the progressive church and then in the church at large. Since then, it has gained rapid momentum due to books published, classes, seminars, and retreats taught by Rohr’s students and disciples….


If the Enneagram had stemmed from scientific, psychological studies, testing, and research and afterward had been used in the New Age, one could, perhaps, argue that Christians could still use it by going back to its original model. But there is no such model for the Enneagram. It originated with occult mystic George Gurdjieff, and it had no personality types. (Astrology also originally had nothing to do with personality.) Perhaps a final word from the Scriptures is in order:


“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 19:31).

For further reading and viewing

There are a number of good articles available on this. Here are just two of them. A good critique by Fr. Mitchell Pacwa, S.J.: http://www.equip.org/article/tell-me-who-i-am-o-enneagram/

And an article by Montenegro: http://www.christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_Enneagram.html

And these three videos are well worth watching. The first one provides a 9-minute overview from a Christian apologist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYKlUR-3Vxo

And this one features Montenegro taking a brief historical look at the Enneagram: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_jhVaxpswY

Finally, an hour-long interview Montenegro has with Alissa Childers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqh4XTDVboc

Beware the Enneagram — CultureWatch

The Bible and its Story: Joshua’s Great Day

That day of victory at Gibeon has been called “Joshua’s great day.” On it he rose to his greatest height of glory and of confidence in God. As he stood upon the mountain heights and watched the terrified Canaanites flee away before him beaten and buffeted by the storm, he felt himself more than man, felt that the elements themselves were subject to him. He must have time, time and daylight sufficient utterly to destroy all these evil men of Canaan. So he looked up to God in heaven and made his celebrated outcry to the sun and moon to stand still and aid his vengeance. “And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed.”

‎Many Bible students take this as a mere poetic figure, meaning that the day was long enough to complete the victory. Others read it as an actual lengthening of the terrestrial day, and there can be no question that the writer of the Book of Joshua so regarded it, and gloried in the miracle. He cries out in triumph “And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man.”

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

He Acts on Honest Confession — VCY America

He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not; he will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light. Job 33:27-28 This is a word of truth, gathered from the experience of a man of…

He Acts on Honest Confession — VCY America

The Holiness of God | White Horse Inn

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We live in an age where God is trivialized. God is seen as a friend, one whom I can have a personal relationship with, and although God is a friend of sinners, has the church lost sight of the significance of this truth? Has the Evangelical Church taken God’s kindness for granted? On this episode of the White Horse Inn our hosts discuss the Holiness of God showing that though God is a friend to sinners who have trusted in Jesus for their salvation, God is still Holy and wrathful against sin. It is only when we recognize that God is holy that we can see his amazing grace toward sinners who trust in Jesus (originally aired 01-06-91).

Source: The Holiness of God

January 9 – Devote yourself — Reformed Perspective

“Until I come, devote yourself to…” – 1 Timothy 4:13 

Scripture reading: 1 Timothy 4:1-16

The letters to Timothy were written to encourage him in his work as a pastor. When you skim through them, you will immediately notice the wide range of instruction such as dealing with false teachers, prayer and instructions for both the church leadership and the life of the church.

In our Scripture lesson today Timothy is encouraged to devote himself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and to teaching. To devote oneself is to concentrate on a particular pursuit, occupation, purpose, or cause. It is to be dedicated to our calling.

Our Scripture lesson warns that some will depart from the faith because they have devoted themselves to “deceitful spirits and teaching of demons” (verse 1). The Christ-follower, however, presses forward in the faith delivered once for all. The believer understands that life is a journey that by God’s grace leads to the world to come, a journey that is fraught with danger and difficulty. To navigate that journey as good servants of Jesus Christ requires devotion.

Today is already the second Lord’s Day in this new calendar year. God’s people will attend their local house of worship to give special attention to the Word of God. Will you devote yourself to receiving the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching? And for each day that follows?

Suggestions for prayer

Pray for God’s continued blessing on devoted public worship and devoted daily service.

Rev. Peter Vellenga is presently serving as itinerant preacher waiting upon Lord for continued assignment.

January 9 – Devote yourself — Reformed Perspective

More Valuable — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

We are of more value to God than many of the creatures He cared for today.

I sit here looking out at a white-covered world and ice-laden tree branches.

It’s beautiful.

And life has stopped for its beauty.

A hummingbird tries to pierce its beak into the red wall of ice that fills the feeder.

It tries in vain and lands on a branch to rest.

Will he survive this storm?

“Your heavenly Father feeds them,” I remembered (Matthew 6:26).

Hummingbirds, sparrows, chickadees, and all the other creatures are somehow finding their way in this frozen world.

Because our heavenly Father is feeding them . . . somewhere . . .somehow.

I know, because hours later, when the snow melted, that hummingbird came back.

“Are you not of more value than they?” Jesus asked (Matthew 6:26).

So do not fear.

“Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask” (Matthew 6:8).

“Your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things” (Matthew 6:31).

We are of more value to Him than many of the creatures He cared for today.

“How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him” (Matthew 6:11).

By Bethany Hayes
Used by Permission

Further Reading

 Something Beautiful of my Life

• Sacred Romance

•  Salvation Explained

More Valuable — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

The Bible and its Story: Flight of the Canaanites

When news of Israel’s alliance with Gibeon spread through Canaan, there was new matter for anxiety in the land; for Gibeon was one of its greatest cities, and would furnish the invaders a secure stronghold and centre for their attacks. Immediate action was taken. All the chief city-kings of southern Palestine united their forces and marched against Gibeon, hoping to destroy it before Joshua could come to its aid.

‎The Gibeonites sent hurried word to their ally, and he at once set out with all his forces to the rescue. Gibeon stood high up among the mountains not far north of Jerusalem. From the valley camp at Gilgal this was a long hard night’s journey for the Israelites; but they accomplished it successfully, heroically, and in the early dawning rushed upon their astonished enemies.

‎This was Joshua’s greatest battle. The Canaanites fled and Israel pursued. The heavens also took part in the dread conflict; for as the Canaanites rushed away, a terrific storm of hail burst upon them, and beat them down. “They were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.”

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

Worldview and Apologetics in the News | Truthbomb Apologetics

Spider-Man, the Multiverse, and Intelligent Design

Courage and Godspeed,
Our last edition is here.

Source: Worldview and Apologetics in the News

9 Jan 2022 News Briefing


21 freeze to death after heavy snow traps thousands of cars in Murree, Pakistan
At least 21 people, including 9 children, have died of hypothermia overnight Saturday, January 8, 2022, after heavy snow trapped thousands of vehicles in Pakistan’s mountain resort of Murree. The resort, located about 45 km (28 miles) N of the capital Islamabad, recorded more than 1.2 m (4 feet) of fresh snow overnight. More than 23 000 cars were evacuated from the area on Friday.

Record snow cuts off Seattle from Washington state, U.S.
Washington State Governor declared a State of Emergency on Friday, January 7, 2022, after a series of severe winter storms struck Washington State beginning on December 17, 2021, producing extensive rain and snow and causing hazardous driving conditions, flooding, and extended road closures on mountain passes and other roadways throughout the lowlands and high elevations statewide.

Pope praises dissident nun for years of LGBT activism
ope Francis has again written a letter to a Catholic nun who openly defies Church teaching on sexuality, praising her for her “50 years of ministry,” which has been mostly devoted to promoting the normalization of homosexuality within the Church.

NASCAR goes gay: Every American sport league is now actively, unashamedly pro-LGBT 
NASCAR, the nation’s premiere stock car competition organization featuring the biggest names in auto racing, announced Wednesday that it has partnered with an LGBTQ+ organization to “promote diversity, equity, and inclusion training.”

“Every Shot, I Can’t Breathe” – Fully Vaccinated Tennis Star Nikoloz Basilashivili Drops Out of Sydney Cup Due to Breathing Difficulties
Georgian tennis star Nikoloz Basilashvili was forced to drop out of the Sydney Cup due to breathing difficulties and needing treatment from a doctor during his singles match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Dems Forcing Change on America–And It’s All Bad
nder the guise of ‘protecting our democracy’, Democrats are intentionally destroying that democracy, that self-government ‘experiment’ our founders fought and died to create. From election fraud to pandemic and vaccine tyranny, to the contortion of voting rights, to the disintegration of our great cities, immigration laws and beloved military, they no longer are willing to compete in the contest of ideas. We even have political prisoners, non-violent Trump supporters, à la Communist China. They languish in prison without bail, without trial. It’s their way of attempting to murder MAGA.

Fox News Fake Headline Screams That Transgender Amy Schneider Is The ‘First Woman To Win $1 Million On ‘Jeopardy’ But Amy Is 100% Still A Man
I very happily jumped off the Fox News media deception a number of years ago, the only thing I can still stomach on there is Tucker, and then only in isolation through YouTube segments. God help you if you are still getting your news from Fox because they aren’t giving you any. Fox News is so corrupt and devoid of either morals or intellect that they cannot discern between what constitutes a man and a woman. They are not the same, and one cannot become the other. ‘Amy’ Schneider was born a man and will spend the rest of his days as a man, albeit as ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’.

You Likely Haven’t Heard Of Ultra-Wideband Technology, But It’s Here And Poised To Take Society A Giant Step Closer To The Mark Of The Beast
In order for something like the Mark of the Beast to function well and be effective as it’s allowing you access to global ‘buying and selling’, it’s going to take a superior wireless technology to power it. The internet and social media didn’t really come into its own until broadband internet was available to most people. Remember when downloading a 5MGB file was an occasion to leave, get a cup of coffee and come back? I sure do. Now no one bats an eye sharing 100MGB videos through standard text messaging. Ultra-Wideband Technology is going to be a paradigm shift in how we use not only the internet, but the internet of things.

Wuhan was a fentanyl capital. Then coronavirus hit 
For drug traffickers interested in getting in on the fentanyl business, all roads once led to Wuhan. The sprawling industrial city built along the Yangtze River in east-central China is known for its production of chemicals, including the ingredients needed to cook fentanyl and other powerful synthetic opioids.

Biden to Distribute Additional $4.5 Billion to Help Low-Income Families Cover Heating Costs After He Blew Up US Energy Prices
The Biden Regime will distribute an additional $4.5 billion to help “low-income” families cover heating costs. It costs Americans a lot more money to keep their homes heated this winter thanks to Joe Biden.

The Free North Declaration
Canadian lawyers on Covid regulations, the rule of law and where Canada is headed and what we need to do to change course. “We are Canadian lawyers. In our country, civil liberties are under unprecedented attack. Governments, public health authorities, universities, public and private employers, municipalities, and businesses are trampling Canadians’ rights and freedoms. Our free society is at risk.”

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/01/09/9-jan-2022/

Headlines – 1/9/2022

In hopes of postponing next war, Israel lets Gazans back in after 15 years

National blackout hits Lebanon; power company blames protester sabotage

UN Announces Sudan Talks Aimed at Salvaging Political Transition

1 million sign petition to strip Tony Blair of knighthood over Iraq War

Lapid speaks to Macron, calls for pressure on Iran as Vienna nuclear talks continue

Iran says military drills are acting as deterrent against Israel’s ’empty threats’

Iran Revolutionary Guard commander says ‘revenge’ coming for Soleimani strike from ‘within’ US

Iranian-made UAVs are in Venezuela, 1,200 miles from Miami’s skyscrapers, expert reveals

Taliban FM makes first trip to Iran since group seized control of Afghanistan

Tigray rebels claim dozens killed in strike on civilian camp in Ethiopia

Kosovo seizes hundreds of cryptocurrency mining devices; one person arrested

U.S. plans to discuss missile deployments with Russia as part of effort to defuse Ukraine crisis

Kazakhstan adds uncertainty to talks with Russia on Ukraine

Bad Timing: Kazakhstan Intervention Presents Unwelcome Distraction for Putin

Taliban ‘Concerned’ Situation in Kazakhstan May Be Too Volatile

Moscow Blasts U.S. After Antony Blinken Questions Russian Troops in Kazakhstan

Blinken to Kazakhstan: It’s hard to get Russians to leave once they’re in your home

Putin dreams of a Russian ‘sphere of influence.’ Kazakhstan’s protesters are the latest to push back.

Protest-roiled Kazakhstan settles into edgy calm, amid signs that rift between autocrats contributed to chaos

Ex-Kazakh security chief and former prime minister Karim Masimov arrested on suspicion of ‘high treason’

Flashback: Photo shows Joe Biden meeting Hunter’s alleged business partner from Kazakhstan and Karim Masimov

Flashback: Hunter Biden ditched Secret Service as he sought Kazakhstan energy deal with then-prime minister of Kazakhstan, Karim Massimov

Lithuania Will Stand With Taiwan, Won’t Let China Decide Fate Like ‘Stalin or Hitler’, Says MP

China’s Sharp Economic Slowdown Threatens to Constrain Xi in 2022

Beijing Communists Fine 7-Eleven Thousands of Dollars for Calling Taiwan a Country

UK Border Force Threatens Strike over Plan to Make Them Enforce Border

Cartel Gunmen Dump 9 Bodies in Coastal State, Implicate Government Officials

Upstate NY Democrats Hold January 6 Vigil, Accuse Rioters of Treason: ‘A Consequence of Treason Is Death’

Watch ‘Day of Outrage’ Expose Jan. 6 ‘Big Lie’

Hawley: FBI, Biden Admin Using 1/6 as an ‘Excuse’ to Go After Law-Abiding Citizens, Shut Down Speech

Lawyer: J6 Detainee Treatment Totally ‘Abnormal’; Film Director: Nobody ‘Immune to Lies’

As Georgia ballot harvesting probe starts, some election evidence has vanished already

Pelosi Makes Millions on Tech Stocks, Scoffs at Ban on Congressional Trades

Commentary: One Year Ago, Big Tech Declared Open War On America. Here’s What’s Next

Google, Twitter employees flood Democrats with donations as companies are accused of censoring conservatives

Rand Paul Slams Big Tech’s Crackdown on COVID ‘Misinformation’ – ‘The impulse to censor people’s speech is actually illiberal’

Finance CEO Blasts Facebook: Won’t Advertise ‘Alongside Scammers’ Who Target ‘the Savings of Our Customers’

‘Dark Patterns:’ France Fines Google, Facebook for Using Confusing Design to Trick Users

Operation Tulip: Inside Facebook’s Secretive Push To Build Holland’s Biggest Data Center

FAA Releases List of 50 Airports That Will Have ‘Buffer Zones’ When AT&T and Verizon Roll Out 5G

Disclosure or deception? New UFO Pentagon office divides believers

Giant rock dislodges in Brazil canyon, killing at least 6, injuring several others

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near New Britain region, Papua New Guinea

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pondaguitan, Philippines

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft

22 Tourists Freeze to Death in Vehicles Amid Heavy Snowstorm in Pakistan

‘Bomb Cyclone’ Threatens East Coast, Dropping Heavy Snow on NYC

A growing global potato shortage is affecting french fries from Japan to Kenya after a bad frost and excessive rains in South Africa

Turkmenistan’s leader wants ‘Gates of Hell’ fire put out

Teacher Convicted of Killing Man He Met for Sex to Live Out ‘Cannibalism Fantasies’

Son of Texas woman stabbed to death by man arrested 67 times and out on bail urges change: ‘No accountability’

Austin sees hundreds of sex offender cases removed from police officer supervision due to defunding

Pope Francis writes to controversial nun, thanking her for 50 years of LGBTQ ministry

Penn’s Transgender Swimmer Lost To Yale’s Transgender Swimmer In A Hotly Contested Women’s Ivy League 100 meter Race

Oklahoma GOP Lawmaker to Introduce Texas-style Abortion Bill

TikTok Promotes ‘Gender Reassignment’ Surgery, Transgender Lifestyle

Dennis Prager on ‘Fact Checkers’: If Men Giving Birth Is a Fact, Facts Mean Nothing

New Hampshire House votes to legalize marijuana

Sci-fi types of medical implants will be here soon

Pills Equipped With Sensors To Digitally Track When And If You Took The Drug Approved By FDA In 2017

Judge Gives FDA 8 Months to Release Pfizer Vaccine Data After Agency Requested 75 Years

Triple Vaccinated Swiss Olympic Athlete Fabienne Schlumpf Diagnosed with Myocarditis – May Never be Able to Compete Again

Qatar: Another Young Soccer Star Collapses on Field, Suffers Heart Attack

“Every Shot, I Can’t Breathe” – Fully Vaccinated Tennis Star Nikoloz Basilashivili Drops Out of Sydney Cup Due to Breathing Difficulties

Whole Foods Claims Constitutional Right to Disallow ‘Black Lives Matter’ Masks

Mask Strike? English Schoolchildren Refusing to Wear Masks, Unions Complain

Teacher Facing 4 Years Jail Time For Vaccinating Teen Without Parental Consent

Is Pfizer Using Children As Legal Human Shields To Get Full Authorization For COVID Vaccines?

Mother Separated from Children After Trying to Flee Country to Stop Vaccination

Anti-vax protesters tell France’s Macron: ‘We’ll piss you off’

Alan Dershowitz: Congress, Not Biden, Has Authority on Vaccine Mandates

GOP Rep. Harris: Biden Could Have Gone to Congress on Vax Mandate, But Didn’t Because He Knew It Wouldn’t Pass

MO A.G. Schmitt: Upholding Vax Mandate Opens Door to ‘Draconian’ Regulations on Climate ‘Emergency’

MO A.G. Schmitt: If SCOTUS Upholds Vax Mandate, Bureaucrats Could Dictate ‘Mass Mail-in Balloting’ and Voting Changes

Iowa Labor Commissioner Refuses to Enforce Biden Vaccine Mandate: ‘It Is Not Necessary’

Biden’s admission to ‘no federal solution’ to pandemic inconsistent with federal vaccine mandates: Pirro

Curley: Sotomayor COVID lie is natural result of media fibs

Illinois: New state QR Code aids vaccination verification

Chicago Public Schools closed despite receiving nearly $2.8B in federal COVID funding

Blackburn: School Districts That Aren’t Open Should Give Funds to Keep Schools Open Back

Chicago teacher battling cancer shows up to school despite canceled classes, warns against people using teachers unions as a ‘tool for political gain’

Atlantic writer: I’m not sure I’m a Democrat anymore thanks to their awful COVID school policies

Biden administration guidance prioritizes race in administering COVID drugs

Hospitals across the U.S. turning to foreign nurses as healthcare workers are fired over vaccine mandates

California, New Jersey Activate National Guard to Help With COVID-19 Response

Omicron explosion spurs nationwide breakdown of services: ‘Everybody’s working ’round the clock’

28,000 canceled flights later, airlines still looking for upper hand against omicron, weather

New York Port Hustles to Cut Rare Logjam Amid Covid Labor Woes

‘Malarkey’: Joe Biden Snaps at Claim He Is Not Focused on Inflation

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

“Crimes in the Name of Religion”: The Persecution of Christians, November 2021 | Gatestone Institute

  • “The servants of Allah entered my house in order to remove the clothes which they were wearing, because they were soaked in blood, and said that they had killed an infidel, hence Allah will reward them….” — Morning Star News; November 14, 2021; Uganda.
  • “The United Nations has estimated that since 2011, Boko Haram has killed more than 15,200 Nigerians and forced 1.7 million others from their homes as it has sought to turn Nigeria into an Islamic nation ruled by Sharia law.” — Catholicherald.co.uk, November 5, 2021; Nigeria.
  • On November 17, the U.S. removed Nigeria from its list of Countries of Particular Concern, meaning nations that engage in, or tolerate violations of, religious freedom. Nigeria was the country with the most Christians killed (3,530) for their faith in 2020….. “If the U.S. CPC list means anything at all – an open question at this point – Nigeria belongs on it.” — Hammurabi Human Rights Organization, quoting Christian Solidarity, Nigeria.
  • “[I]n recent weeks there have been cases in which the terrorists have first been asking whether the owner [of cattle] is a Christian or a Muslim…. ‘If the owners were Christians the attackers didn’t consider it necessary to count their animals, because they said that they didn’t just want to take their animals, but also to kill the owners….'” — churchinneed.org, November 5, 2021; Nigeria.
  • “They also tried to force my wife and our four children to convert to Islam, but when they refused to convert, they shot my wife in the head while our four children were cut into pieces with a Somali sword… the rebel militants intend to establish an Islamist state ruled by sharia [Islamic law].” — Morning Star News, December 1, 2021, for November 20-25, 2021; Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • According to a separate, November 19 report, in just the first half of 2021, in Pakistan’s Punjab Province alone, 6,754 women were abducted. Out of those, 1,890 were raped, 3,721 were tortured and 752 children were raped. The same report notes that “over 1,000 girls belonging to Hindu and Christian communities are forcefully converted to Islam every year in Pakistan.”
  • “Mareeb is only 12 years old, and she cannot marry. The perpetrators commit these crimes in the name of religion.” — Pastor Zahid Augustine, asianews.it; Pakistan.
  • Ramy Kamel, a Christian activist arrested two years earlier for reporting on the persecution of the nation’s indigenous Christian minority, the Copts, remained under arrest—mostly in solitary confinement, and sometimes under torture—beyond the maximum amount of time permitted by law. “Furthermore, Ramy Kamel’s case is not unique. There are many other Egyptian activists, journalists, politicians, and regular citizens who are suffering under Egypt’s sham of a judicial system.” — copticsolidarity.org, November 29, 2021; Egypt.
  • Based on a new law that came into effect on November 1, converting out of Islam has become illegal in Malaysia’s Kelantan State. Apostates now face prison, fines, and/or caning. Other sharia-compliant mandates that also came into effect in November include laws against disrespecting Ramadan, misrepresenting Islam, getting tattoos or plastic surgery, engaging in sexual intercourse with corpses and non-humans, and witchcraft. — thestar.com.my, November 2, 2021; Malaysia.

Source: “Crimes in the Name of Religion”: The Persecution of Christians, November 2021

The Crisis That Didn’t Go to Waste | Harbingers Daily

Jan Markell

For almost two years, the globalists have been conducting an experiment on us. It has been Satanically- inspired. The last two years have been a check to see how obedient we will be! In short, how much we will absorb without objection and even pushback. Many are behaving like sheeple, obeying every order, while others are willing to risk all for freedom and liberty.

The scheme was likely in the works for years or decades, but officially was launched at “Event 201” in October of 2019. This was a conference organized by the Gates Foundation, comprised of billionaires, bankers, and global elites. They even gave out stuffed Covid toys!

They simulated a worldwide pandemic and contemplated the destruction of economies and how to respond. They visualized a new world order where there is no poverty, a much smaller world population, and where they rule indefinitely.

But they needed a fear-induced crisis. And then the pandemic hit and changed the lifestyle of people in almost 200 nations. The result of this engineered crisis is lawless mandates and rising tyranny.

The result is good employees being unemployed for avoiding vaccine mandates and horrific division in families, churches, and all of society. In essence, a two-tiered society has emerged of the vaccinated vs. the unvaccinated. Whoever could have imagined?

Some have called this a “plandemic” and have called it the most horrific scheme and experiment in human history. The early request for fifteen days to slow the spread morphed into “two jabs or lose your job.” The American government said they would never mandate vaccines, but changed their tune quickly.

But if you listen to the global elite, they have a glorious future planned for humanity. Understand that the government will take care of everything and you will own nothing and be happy. But we will have peace and safety if we follow our leaders. And good health.

In December, the pandemic became more apocalyptic. Some nations toyed with the idea of embedding Covid vaccine passports under the skin in your hand. Sweden announced they were implementing this. Now images from the book of Revelation are leaping out at us.

John Whitehead, head of the respected Rutherford Institute, has been sounding an alarm. He has warned of the overreach of government, starting with Australia’s quarantine camps.

He states, “We have a system just begging to be abused by power- hungry bureaucrats desperate to retain their power at all costs. It’s happened before. As history shows, the U.S. government is not averse to locking up its own citizens for its own purposes.

“We only need to go back to the 1940s when the federal government proclaimed that Japanese- Americans were dangerous, labeled them dissidents, and put them in internment camps based only upon their ethnic origin. Here we see the lengths governments will go to maintain ‘order’ in the homeland.”

Whitehead concludes, “The U.S. Supreme Court validated this program if governments need to ensure safety of the country. It can then trump all personal liberties.”

Austrians are pleading for help as they face huge fines and one year in jail for refusing an experimental vaccine. The perpetrator also has to pay for his food and his prison cell. The Austrian government does not ask murderers, rapists, or pedophiles to pay the cost of their incarceration. However, they will now demand prison payments for those not following the Covid agenda, starting with the vaccine.

Millions are demonstrating in two- dozen countries demanding their governments back off and let them live free once again. Parts of Australia are a gulag as leaders there know no shame and are proud of their authoritarianism. It’s for the greater good.

Dr. Anthony Fauci now admits, “We’re going to have to start living with Covid. I believe that’s the case because I don’t think we’re going to eradicate it.” That means that there isn’t going to be an end to the vaccine passports, the mandates or the injections. You are going to keep getting shots year after year after year in order to keep earning the “privileges” that you have been granted by these elitists. “Going back to normal” may be a pipedream.

A Mr. Fix-It is waiting in the wings, eager to take advantage and turn the masses towards him. Before that can happen, the Church must disappear in what is known as the Rapture. What we see happening now reminds us to relax our grasp on the things of this world and to watch as never before for our departure to the place our Savior is preparing for us.

Source: The Crisis That Didn’t Go to Waste

Yale Epidemiologist: COVID-19 Is A Pandemic Of Fear Manufactured By Authorities | Geller Report

I don’t expect he’ll be at Yale much longer.

COVID-19 Is A Pandemic Of Fear Manufactured By Authorities Says Yale Epidemiologist
December 8, 2021

According to Dr. Harvey Risch, an epidemiologist at Yale University, the COVID-19 pandemic was one of fear, manufactured by people in nominal positions of power as the virus spread around the world last year.

Risch, professor of epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, argued that majorly, the general characteristics of the pandemic has always been a “degree of fear and people’s response to the fear”. He did so on Epoch TV’s program “American Thought Leaders”.

“Overall, I’d say that we’ve had a pandemic of fear. And fear has affected almost everybody, whereas the infection has affected relatively few,” said Risch.

“By and large, it’s been a very selected pandemic, and predictable. It was very distinguished between young versus old, healthy versus chronic disease people. So we quickly learned who was at risk for the pandemic and who wasn’t.

“However, the fear was manufactured for everybody. And that’s what’s characterized the whole pandemic is that degree of fear and people’s response to the fear.”

Source: Yale Epidemiologist: COVID-19 Is A Pandemic Of Fear Manufactured By Authorities

Hamburg sees largest anti-COVID restrictions protest to date with thousands of demonstrators

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Hamburg on Saturday to denounce COVID restrictions and show their opposition to vaccination requirements to access leisure activities in the northern German port.

Source: Hamburg sees largest anti-COVID restrictions protest to date with thousands of demonstrators

Belgium: Thousands march in anti-vaccination pass protest in Brussels

Thousands of protesters held a mass anti-vaccination pass demo called ‘Year of Freedom’ in Brussels on Sunday. In December last year, several violent protests took place in Belgium after the government announced strict measures to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including mandatory mask wearing for primary school children and a lengthening of the school holidays, in addition to the obligation to present COVID-19 passes in order to access bars and restaurants, which was introduced in October.

Source: Belgium: Thousands march in anti-vaccination pass protest in Brussels