Daily Archives: May 9, 2022

Words of Life | Today in the Word Devotional

Relationships change us. If we have a close friend or spouse that we share life with, it is inevitable that they will impact how we think and behave. In Psalm 119, the author has had a close relationship with God through studying His Word. He has immersed himself in Scripture and now crafts a poem testifying the enormous impact Scripture has had on him. How has he been changed? The Psalmist recognizes his deep dependence upon God for all things, even asking God to help him understand His Word. He declares, “I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes” (v. 125). As he grew in his knowledge of God’s Word, his dependence upon God for understanding grew as well (v. 105). The Psalmist delighted in and loved Scripture. Ten times he uses the word “delight” in reference to God’s Word. He regularly confesses that he loves Scripture, “Oh how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long” (v. 97). Or, “their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law” (v. 70). The wicked here are described as unfeeling, while the Psalmist is filled with delight. Apart from God, people tend to love the wrong things. One of the benefits of meditating on God’s Word is that we grow to love what God loves and hate what He hates. The author expresses a whole-hearted devotion to Scripture. This means that he does not just crack it open once in a while, but it is his persistent meditation. He reflects on it at night (v. 55), midnight (v. 62), all day long (v. 97), and even seven times a day (v. 164). >> When you are devoted to someone, you spend time with them, listen carefully to them, and really seek to understand them. That is the kind of devotion the Psalmist expresses here. May we also grow in our love for God’s Word and allow it to change us!

The Covenant of Redemption | Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul 

God’s plan of salvation does not find its origin in Israel or even in the Garden of Eden, but in eternity itself. Today, R.C. Sproul discusses the covenant made by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit before time began.


The Bible and its Story: God’s Omnipresence

The hundred and thirty-ninth psalm is a marvel of poetic appreciation of God’s immensity. Its theme is His omnipresence and omnipotence.

‎“If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

‎“Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”

‎Awe overwhelms the psalmist, the weight of omnipresence becomes almost a fear. “If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me: even the night shall be light about me.

‎“Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.”

‎The singer cries in amaze,

‎“For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.”

‎“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.”

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

Holy Foresight — VCY America

Nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of Heaven. (Matthew 26:64)

Ah, Lord, Thou wast in Thy lowest state when before Thy persecutors Thou wast made to stand like a criminal! Yet the eyes of Thy faith could see beyond Thy present humiliation into Thy future glory. What words are these, “Nevertheless-hereafter!” I would imitate Thy holy foresight, and in the midst of poverty, or sickness, or slander, I also would say, “Nevertheless-hereafter.” Instead of weakness, Thou hast all power; instead of shame, all glory; instead of derision, all worship, Thy cross has not dimmed the splendor of Thy crown, neither has the spittle marred the beauty of Thy face. Say, rather, Thou art the more exalted and honored because of Thy sufferings.

So, Lord, I also would take courage from the “hereafter.” I would forget the present tribulation in the future triumph. Help thou me by directing me into Thy Father’s love and into Thine own patience, so that when I am derided for Thy name I may not be staggered but think more and more of the hereafter, and, therefore, all the less of today. I shall be with Thee soon and behold Thy glory. Wherefore, I am not ashamed but say in my inmost soul, “Nevertheless-hereafter.”

Holy Foresight — VCY America

Sola Scriptura and Spiritual Worship — Grace to You Blog

Sola Scriptura and Spiritual Worship — Grace to You Blog

Years ago, when I first preached the series that became the primary basis for this blog series, my own study of the biblical expression “worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24) affected me as profoundly as any sermon I have ever prepared. It forever changed my perspective on what it means to worship.

Those sermons on worship also signaled the beginning of a new era for our church. The worship in our Sunday gatherings took on a whole new depth and significance. People began to be conscious that every aspect of the order of service—the music, the praying, the preaching, and even the offering—is worship rendered to God. They began to look at every kind of superficiality as an affront to a holy God. They saw worship as a participant’s activity, not a spectator sport. Many realized for the first time that worship is the church’s ultimate priority—not public relations, social activities, or boosting attendance figures—but worshiping God.

Furthermore, as our congregation began to think more earnestly about worship, we were continually drawn to the only reliable and sufficient worship manual: Scripture. If God desires worship in spirit and truth, and if worship is something offered to God—and not just a show put on for the benefit of the congregation—then every aspect of our worship must be pleasing to God and in harmony with His Word. So the effect of our renewed emphasis on worship was that it heightened our commitment to the centrality of Scripture.

Sola Scriptura

A few years after that series on worship, I preached through Psalm 19. It was as if I saw for the first time the power of what the psalmist was saying about the absolute sufficiency of Scripture:

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;

The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;

The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;

The judgements of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.

They are more desirable that gold, yes, than much fine gold;

Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

(vv. 7–10)

The point of the passage, quite simply, is that Scripture is wholly sufficient to meet every need of the human soul. It suggests that all essential spiritual truth is contained in the Word of God. The truth of Scripture can restore the sin-damaged soul, confer spiritual wisdom, cheer the downcast heart, and bring spiritual enlightenment. In other words, the Bible sums up everything we need to know about truth and righteousness. Or, as the apostle Paul wrote, Scripture is able to equip us for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17).

That series on Psalm 19 marked another decisive moment in our church’s life: It brought us face to face with the Reformers’ principle of sola Scriptura—Scripture alone. In an age when many evangelicals seemed to be turning en masse to worldly expertise in psychology, business, politics, public relations, and entertainment, we were pointed back to Scripture as our only source for infallible spiritual truth. That had an impact on every aspect of our church life—including worship.

Scripture as Regulation

How does the sufficiency of Scripture apply to worship? The Reformers answered that question by applying sola Scriptura to worship in a tenet they called the regulative principle. John Calvin was one of the first to articulate it succinctly:

We may not adopt any device [in our worship] which seems fit to ourselves, but look to the injunctions of him who alone is entitled to prescribe. Therefore, if we would have Him approve our worship, this rule, which he everywhere enforces with the utmost strictness, must be carefully observed…God disapproves of all modes of worship not expressly sanctioned by his word.[1] John Calvin, The Necessity of Reforming the Church (Dallas: Protestant Heritage Press, 1995 reprint), 17–18.

Calvin supported that principle with a number of biblical texts, including 1 Samuel 15:22, “To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.” And Matthew 15:9, “In vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.”

An English contemporary of Calvin, John Hooper, stated the same principle this way: “Nothing should be used in Church which has not either the express Word of God to support it, or otherwise is a thing indifferent in itself, which brings no profit when done or used, but no harm when not done or omitted.”[2] John Hooper, “The Regulative Principle and Things Indifferent,” in Iain H. Murray, The Reformation of the Church (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1965), 55.

And nineteenth-century Scottish church historian William Cunningham defined the regulative principle in these terms: “It is unwarrantable and unlawful to introduce into the government and worship of the church anything which has not the positive sanction of Scripture.”[3] William Cunningham, The Reformers and the Theology of the Reformation (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1989 reprint), 27.

The Reformers and Puritans applied the regulative principle against formal ritual, priestly vestments, church hierarchy, and other remnants of medieval Roman Catholic worship. The regulative principle was often cited, for example, by English Reformers who opposed elements of High Church Anglicanism that had been borrowed from Catholic tradition. It was the Puritans’ commitment to the regulative principle that caused hundreds of Puritan pastors to be ejected by decree from Church of England pulpits in 1662.[4] The Act of Uniformity (1661) was given royal assent by Charles II shortly after the restoration of the English monarchy, It required every minister in the church of England to declare unfeigned support of everything prescribed in the new edition of the Book of Common Prayer. Many ministers who dissented objected to the use of vestments and other extrabiblial prescriptions for how worship services were to be conducted. These men were summarily ejected from their pulpits and their livelihoods because of their stand for the principle of sola Scriptura.

Furthermore, the simplicity of worship in Presbyterian, Baptist, Congregational, and other evangelical traditions is the result of applying the regulative principle.

Evangelicals today would do well to recover their spiritual ancestors’ confidence in sola Scriptura as it applies to worship and church leadership. A number of harmful trends in the church these days reveal a diminishing evangelical confidence in the sufficiency of Scripture. On the one hand, there is almost a circus atmosphere in some churches where pragmatic methods that trivialize what is holy are being employed to boost attendance. On the other hand, growing numbers of former evangelicals are abandoning simple worship forms in favor of high-church formalism. Some are even leaving evangelicalism altogether and aligning with Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism.

Meanwhile, some churches are opting for a brand of sheer mysticism that is turbulent, emotional, and devoid of any rational sense. You see evidence of this in the rise and fall of movements such as the “Toronto Blessing” and the “Pensacola Revival”—and then again in more overtly sinister forms, such as “the Lakeland Revival” and the Sons of Thunder (whose trademark is acting tipsy and labeling their behavior “Drunken Glory”). People in these movements laugh uncontrollably, bark like dogs, roar like lions, cluck like chickens, jump, run, and convulse—or worse. They see all of this as evidence that the power of God has been imparted to them.

None of these trends are being advanced for solid biblical reasons, of course. Instead, their advocates cite pragmatic arguments, or seek support from misinterpreted proof texts, revisionist history, or ancient tradition. It is precisely the mindset the Reformers rejected.

A new understanding of sola Scriptura—the sufficiency of Scripture—ought to spur us to keep reforming our churches, to regulate our worship according to Scripture, and to passionately desire to be those who worship God in spirit and truth.

In the days ahead, we’ll take a closer look at the details of biblically defined worship.

(Adapted from WorshipThe Ultimate Priority).

May 9 Evening Verse of The Day

50:34 redeemer Compare Isa 41:14. Yahweh is frequently pictured as Redeemer in Isa 40–66.

Yahweh of hosts A title identifying God as leader of the heavenly armies. See note on Jer 6:6.[1]

50:34 Redeemer. A kinsman who avenged, protected, secured release, and retained property for a relative (Lev. 25:23–34, 47–55). plead their cause. Act as Israel’s advocate in a legal case. rest to the earth. From Babylon’s oppressive ways. unrest to … Babylon. Lit., “shake” Babylon with war and destruction.[2]

50:34 Redeemer. The OT concept of kinsmen-redeemer included the protection of a relative’s person and property, the avenging of a relative’s murder, the purchase of alienated property, and even the marriage of his widow (cf. Lv 25:25; Nu 35:21; Ru 4:4).[3]

Ver. 34. Their Redeemer is strong, the Lord of hosts is His name.—The kinsman Redeemer:—

Among the remarkable provisions of the Mosaic law there were some very peculiar ones affecting the next-of-kin. The nearest living blood-relation to a man had certain obligations and offices to discharge, under certain contingencies, in respect of which he received a special name; which is sometimes translated in the Old Testament “Redeemer” and sometimes “Avenger” of blood. What the etymological signification of the word may be is, perhaps, somewhat doubtful. It is taken by some authorities to come from a word meaning “to set free.”

I. The qualifications and offices of the kinsman-redeemer. The qualifications may be all summed up in one—that he must be the nearest living blood relation of the person whose Goel he was. He might be brother, or less nearly connected, but this was essential, that of all living men, he was the most closely connected. That qualification has to be kept well in mind when thinking of the transference of the office to God in His relation to Israel, and through Israel, to us. Such being his qualification, what were his duties? Mainly three. The first was connected with property. One great purpose steadily kept in view in all the Mosaic land laws was the prevention of the alienation of the land from its original holders, and its accumulation in a few hands. The obligation on the next-of-kin to buy back alienated property was quite as much imposed on him for the sake of the family, as of the individual. The second of his duties was to buy back a member of his family fallen into slavery (Lev. 25:39). The last of the offices of the kinsman-redeemer was that of avenging the blood of a murdered relative. The law of blood-feud among the Hebrews was all in the direction Of restricting the “wild justice of revenge,” and of entrusting it to certain chosen persons out of the kindred of the murdered man. The savage vendetta was too deeply engrained in the national habit to be done away with altogether. All that was for the time possible was to check and systematise it, and this was done by the institution in question, which did not so much put the sword into the hand of the next-of-kin as strike it out of the hand of all the rest of the clan.

II. The grand mysterious transference of this office to Jehovah. This singular institution was gradually discerned to be charged with lofty meaning and to be capable of being turned into a dim shadowing of something greater than itself. You will find that God begins to be spoken of in the later portions of Scripture as the Kinsman-Redeemer. I reckon eighteen instances, of which thirteen are in the second half of Isaiah. The reference is no doubt mainly to the great deliverance from captivity in Egypt and Babylon, but the thought sweeps a much wider circle and goes much deeper down than these historical facts. There was in it some dim thought that though God was separated from them by all the distance between finitude and infinitude yet they were nearer to Him than to anybody else; that the nearest living relation that these poor persecuted Jews had was the Lord of hosts, beneath whose wings they might come to trust. Therefore does the prophet kindle into rapture and triumphant confidence as he thinks that the Lord of hosts, mighty, unspeakable, high above our thoughts, our words, or our praise, is Israel’s Kinsman, and, therefore, their Redeemer. How profound a consciousness that man was made in the image of God, and that, in spite of all the gulf between finite and infinite, and the yet deeper gulf between sinful man and righteous God. He was closer to a poor struggling soul than even the dearest were, must have been at all events dawning on the prophet who dared to think of the Holy One in the Heavens as Israel’s Kinsman.

III. We have the perfect fulfilment of this Divine office by the man Christ Jesus. He is nearer to each of us than our dearest are. He loves us with the love of kindred, and can fill our hearts and wills, and help our weakness in better, more inward ways than all sympathy and love of human hearts can do. Between the atoms of the densest of material bodies there is an interspace of air, as is shown by the fact that everything is compressible if you can find the force sufficient to compress it. That is to say, no particle touches another in the material universe. And so in the spiritual region there is an awful film of separation between each of us and all others, however closely we may be united. We each live on our own little island in the deep “with echoing straits between us thrown.” The solemn consciousness of personality, of responsibility unshared by any, of a separate destiny parting us from our dearest. Arms may be twined, but they must be unlinked some day, and each in turn face the awful solitude of death, as each has really faced that scarcely less awful solitude of life alone. But “he that is joined to the Lord is one flesh,” and our kinsman, Christ, will come so near to us, that we shall be in Him, and He in us, one spirit and one life. He is our nearest relation, nearer than husband, wife, parent, brother, sister, or friend. He is nearer to you than your very selves. He is your better self. This is His qualification for His office. Because He is man’s kinsman, He buys back His enslaved brethren. The bondage from which “one of his brethren” might “redeem” the Israelite was a voluntary bondage into which he had “sold himself.” And such is our slavery. None can rob us of our freedom but ourselves. The world and the flesh and the devil cannot put their chains on us unless our own will hold out our hands for the manacles. And, alas! it is often an unsuspected slavery. “How sayest thou, ye shall be made free? We were never in bondage to any man,” boasted the angry disputants with Christ. And if they had lifted up their eyes they might have seen from the Temple courts in which they stood, the citadel full of Roman soldiers, and perhaps the golden eagles gleaming in the sunshine on the loftiest battlements. Some of us are just as foolish, and try as desperately to annihilate facts by ignoring them, and to make ourselves free by passionately denying that we are slaves. But “he that committeth sin is the slave of sin.” Did you ever try to kill a bad habit, a vice? Did you find it easy work? Was it not your master? You thought it was a chain no stronger than a spider’s web that was round your wrist till you tried to break it; and then you found it a chain of adamant. Many men who boast themselves free are tied and bound with the cords of their sins. Dreaming of freedom, you have sold yourself, and that “for nought.” Is that not true, tragically true? What have you made out of sin? Is the game worth the candle? Will it continue to be so?—“And ye shall be redeemed without money, for Jesus Christ laid down His life for you and me, that by His death we might receive forgiveness and deliverance from the power of sin.” And so your Kinsman, nearer to you than all else, has bought you back. (A. Maclaren, D. D.)

Another pleads for us:—

Says Charles Garrett: “During the cotton famine I went to many a man in need and said: ‘Why don’t you go to the committee and get what you require?’ And the reply was, ‘I can’t, I have never asked for help in my life. If I were to try to speak for myself I should be choked. I can’t do it; I’ll starve first.’ And I have said, ‘I don’t want you to speak.

I only want you to come. I will do all the talking,’ and at the appointed time he has come, and I have said, ‘This is the person of whom I spoke,’ and they at once relieved him.”[4]

Ver. 34.—That he may give rest to the land; rather, to the earth. Babylon was one of the great world-empires; we can hardly dispense with this convenient Germanism. It was the wont of the Chaldeans, as Habakkuk puts it (1:6), “to walk through the breadth of the earth, to possess dwellingplaces that were not theirs.” Observe the striking contrast—“rest” to the world which has been too long deprived of it, and “disquiet” to those who have hitherto spread it far and wide (comp. Isa. 14:2, 3).[5]

50:34 their Redeemer is strong. “Their” refers to the people of Israel and Judah (50:33). “Redeemer” (go’el) refers to one who rescues a family member from a difficult legal situation. That is, God takes this personally. The family connotations of this word are strong, and thus some translations opt for “Kinsman-Redeemer.” This is a startling concept: the Lord Almighty acts like a close relative to Israel and seeks to intervene on its behalf to deliver it from a difficult legal situation.

He will vigorously defend their cause. The legal terminology used here continues the legal setting implied by the term go’el (“Redeemer”) used above, and the Hebrew legal term rib is used three times. The noun form refers to a legal case (NIV: “cause”). The verb form refers to trying the case or contending with someone in court. The grammatical form of the verbs stresses the certainty or full extent of the verb (NIV: “vigorously defend”). God, the “close relative” of Israel, will most certainly and powerfully present his case, thus delivering Israel and bringing turmoil to Babylon.[6]

34. But in the trial of strength there is no doubt about the outcome. There is another factor to be reckoned with in the situation, and that is the involvement of a third party, one who is introduced asyndetically to effect a decided contrast. Yet their Redeemer is strong. ‘Strong’ (ḥāzāq) picks up the theme of ‘hold fast’ in the previous verse. ‘Redeemer’ (<√gāʾal, cf. 31:11) pinpoints the motivation of the Lord in acting on behalf of the people: he acknowledges a kinship relationship with them. The kinsman-redeemer was the one whose duty it was to avenge a murder and serve as a protector (Lev. 25:25; Num. 35:21; Ruth 4:1, 8). Here the Lord presents himself as the kinsman-redeemer voluntarily committed in covenant bond to champion Israel’s cause (cf. 31:11). This designation of the Lord is frequently found in Isaiah (41:14; 43:14; 44:6, 24; 47:4; 48:17; 49:2, 26; 54:5, 8; 59:20; 60:16; 63:16), but it is also used much earlier in Exodus 6:6; 15:13, and it is probably that connection that is foremost here as the Lord acts on behalf of his oppressed people to assert their rights and freedom. The Lord Almighty is his name. The divine designation is deliberately used to assert not only God’s willingness to act on behalf of his own, but also to indicate the resources at his disposal to ensure that his actions are effective. He will vigorously defend their cause so that (ləmaʿan, introducing a clause of purpose) he may bring rest to their land, but unrest to those who live in Babylon. The Lord acts as their legal representative to plead their cause (‘powerful advocate’ REB). The outcome of the matter will be twofold, and the verbs are chosen to indicate the opposite impact. Though for the first verb ‘bring rest’ the REB has ‘give distress’, it is only in the qal that rāgaʿ means ‘to shake, rouse’; the hiphil, which is the form used here, means ‘to come to rest’ (Deut. 28:65; Jer. 31:2. Possibly there are two roots, HALOT 1188). The second verb, ‘bring unrest’ (<√rāgaz, cf. 31:2), sounds very similar, and this serves to emphasise the contrasting outcomes. The extent of the rest and relief the Lord’s intervention brings is specified as to ‘the land’ (ʾereṣ), though ‘earth’ is the rendering favoured by the NRSV and NASB. However, the focus here is not on Babylon as the universal destroyer but on her role against the Lord’s people.[7]

34 Comparing this to Proverbs 23:11 (with v. 33 being the equivalent of Pr 23:10), we must ask which way the borrowing went. Presumably Jeremiah cites a well-known proverb or principle of Israelite society, wherein the strong גּוֹאֵל, gôʾēl, takes up the cause of the oppressed.[8]

[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., Whitehead, M. M., Grigoni, M. R., & Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Je 50:34). Lexham Press.

[2] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1466). Crossway Bibles.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Je 50:34). Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Exell, J. S. (1905). The Biblical Illustrator: Jeremiah (Vol. 2, pp. 303–304). Fleming H. Revell Company; Francis Griffiths.

[5] Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. (1909). Jeremiah (Vol. 2, p. 274). Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[6] Hays, J. D. (2016). Jeremiah and Lamentations (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.; p. 315). Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

[7] Mackay, J. L. (2004). Jeremiah: An Introduction and Commentary: Chapters 21–52 (Vol. 2, pp. 538–539). Mentor.

[8] Brown, M. L. (2010). Jeremiah. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Jeremiah–Ezekiel (Revised Edition) (Vol. 7, p. 544). Zondervan.

Let God’s Light Through — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“Jesus said “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:5

“Jesus also said that “You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:14

Imagine a lamp. God is like the light bulb, the source of light, and we are like the lampshade. While it may seem strange to compare God to a light bulb, we’re told in scripture that “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5). And while I admit it may be difficult to imagine yourself as a lampshade, stay with me.

You know him [the Holy Spirit],” Jesus tells us, “for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:17) God dwells within you. While no one who looks directly at God’s face and His absolute holiness and power could possibly survive (Exodus 33:20), His glory can manifest itself in many ways, including through His children, you and I. Therefore, as much as you are able to allow God’s light to shine through you, His glory will be revealed to the world.

This is why John the Baptist said, regarding Jesus, “He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:30) John recognized that for Jesus’ interests to shine, John’s own self-interest must decrease. We are like the lampshade to God’s light; the thinner the lampshade is, the more the light will shine through. So let yourself become thinner, weaker, and more transparent, so that God’s light will shine more brightly into the world, and so the world will not be able to ignore it!

The apostle Peter has some excellent practical advice on how to let God’s light shine through your life:

Be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.”

Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you.

Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies.

Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.” (1 Peter 4:7b-11, NLT)

Question: How can you see God’s light shining through your life right now? How could you allow it to shine even more?

By Darren Hewer
Used by Permission

Let God’s Light Through — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Be the Light — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you; God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”  1 John 1:5

As we journeyed on our boat ride through the spectacular winding rooms at Waitomo Caves in New Zealand, we were amazed with the abundance of glow worms that lit up the dark, damp and sheltered cave. The glowworms’ bio luminescent tails generated a beautiful bright light.

At that very moment, while floating along in the boat I began to ponder about the light of Christ in this otherwise dark world, and how Isaiah had prophesied that out of a darkened Galilee would come a great light for everyone (John 1:9). Christ would be the “light of the world”, the One in whom there is “no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

The scriptures tell us we are the light that Christ has sent to this dark world (Matthew 5:14). One of our tasks as Christians is to shine brightly so our Savior can be known to others and be glorified.
One of our tasks as Christians is to shine brightly so our Savior can be known to others and be glorified.

Are you a representation of God’s light in the world? Are you exposing the darkness through the truth and bearing fruit for his Kingdom? Today, let his mercy, grace and goodness overwhelm you, and allow God’s presence to fill you so others can see the light he provided the world.

Dear God, thank you for sending your son, Jesus Christ to save us from the darkness of sin. Help us to fathom how we can share your light to others in our world. May we be grateful for your presence and use the tools you gave us to represent you. Amen.

By Julie Lairsey
Used by Permission

Further Reading

•  Pressing the RESET button on our lives 

•   Keeping Yourself in God’s Love – even during painful times in your life

•  Salvation Explained

Be the Light — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

The Bible and its Story: By the Waters of Babylon

This celebrated psalm represents the lamentation of the unhappy Hebrew captives in Babylon. Torn from the circle of their families, impoverished, desolate, enslaved, they were bidden by their captors to furnish entertainment. The temple hymns became the play-toys of the heathen. The psalm tells how in the huge brick-built city of Babylon “We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

‎“For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

‎“How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?”

‎Then the psalmist vows with loving constancy, “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

‎“If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.”

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

Heidelminicast: Heidelberg Catechism 80—The Difference Between The Lord’s Supper And The Pope’s Mass — The Heidelblog

The Heidelberg Catechism is one of the most beloved and well used catechisms to emerge from the sixteenth and seventeenth century Reformation. Published in its final form in 1563, the catechism has been used by millions of Christians to teach the faith to children and adults alike. Arranged in 52 Lord’s Days (Sundays) the catechism takes the Christian through the basics of the Christian faith (our creation, fall, redemption, new life in Christ, and glorification). It explains the Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer. It is a treasure. To encourage listeners and readers, we expect to post one question and answer a day on the HB. If you are subscribed to the Heidelcast or the Heidelblog (see below) you will receive these episodes automatically.

Heidelminicast: Heidelberg Catechism 80—The Difference Between The Lord’s Supper And The Pope’s Mass — The Heidelblog

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The Exasperated American — Christian Research Network

“Bullied Americans are angry that people who control the nation’s institutions deliberately mislead them and do so because they hate them…Let us hope that they channel this historic exasperation in November in a manner we have never seen before in the modern era.”

(Victor Davis Hanson – American Greatness) A large majority of Americans now have no confidence in Joe Biden and his administration, which often polls below 40 percent, with negatives nearing 60 percent. Despite the 15-month catastrophe of his regime, the level of his own unpopularity remains understandable but still remarkable….

After all, in 2020 voters already knew well of his cognitive deficits and the radicalism of his agenda. They saw both clearly starting in 2019 and during the 2020 Democratic primaries, the primary debates, and the general election.

So what did Biden’s voters imagine would happen when a cognitively challenged president, controlled by hard-Left subordinates, entered office—other than what he has done? View article →

The Exasperated American — Christian Research Network

9 May 2022 News Briefing

The Recipe for an Explosion on the Temple Mount: Israel and the Palestinians Live in Parallel Worlds
… many Palestinians, along with many Israeli Arabs and Muslims worldwide, plus international actors mainly on the Left, see the existence of the nation-state of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel as lacking all justification.

Sinjar Becomes Latest Flashpoint For Iran-Turkey Tensions In Iraq
Clashes between Iraqi security forces and a Yazidi militia known as the Shingal Resistance Units (YBS) may represent one of several new fronts in escalating tensions between Iran and Turkey in Iraq.

Buy a pair of Levi’s, help murder an unborn child
The “Unzipped Staff” at Levi Strauss & Co. just announced that every purchase of Levi’s jeans from here on out will help pay for some woman’s abortion.

FDA Investigating Reports Of COVID Relapses Following Use Of Pfizer’s Pill
In a recent preprint case report, Veterans Affairs researchers reported that a 71-year-old male who took the pill, also known as nirmatrelvir, experienced a “rapid and progressive reduction” in the viral load of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. But four days after completing the treatment course, there was a “surprising rebound of viral load and symptoms,”

‘Criminal, Inhumane And Unethical’: EU Passes Resolution Condemning Chinese Regime’s Forced Organ Harvesting
The European Parliament has adopted a resolution voicing “serious concerns” about the Chinese regime’s ongoing forced organ harvesting, while calling on its member states to publicly condemn the abuse. “Parliament expresses serious concern about reports of persistent, systematic, inhumane and state-sanctioned organ harvesting from prisoners in China, and more specifically from Falun Gong practitioners,”

‘Stop asking why’: Shanghai tightens COVID lockdown, Beijing keeps testing
“This is so that we can thoroughly remove any positive cases,” one of the officers is heard saying. “Stop asking me why, there is no why. We have to adhere to national guidelines.” Wait … what? malls and offices that have been sealed, and their apps might mark them as close contacts if they came,” said a barber surnamed Song, referring to the mobile monitoring software all residents must use.

You Cannot Maintain Biblical Morality If You Have Subverted Biblical Authority
Why do moral progressivism and theological liberalism go hand in hand? The quick answer is that both impulses are rooted in an attempt to escape or undermine Scripture. The long answer is more complicated—but really interesting.

Syrian president meets Iranian leader in Tehran
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited his closest regional ally Iran on Sunday for talks with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during which both leaders called for stronger ties between Tehran and Damascus, Iranian state media reported. “Today’s Syria is not what it was before the war, although there were no destructions then, but the respect and prestige of Syria is greater than before, and everyone sees this country as a power,” Khamenei told Assad, according to Iran’ state TV.

Ukraine: 3 Russian ships by Snake Island destroyed with Bayraktar drone –
Russian and Ukrainian forces clashed once again around Snake Island in the Black Sea on Saturday, with Ukraine claiming drone strikes successfully destroyed a Serna-class landing craft and two Raptor-class patrol boats, as well as damaging a third, according to Ukrainian Operational Southern Command.

On World War Two anniversary, Zelensky says evil has returned
Zelensky said on Sunday evil has returned to Ukraine as he gave an emotional address for Victory Day, when Europe commemorates the formal surrender of Germany to the Allies in World War Two. “The evil has returned. Again!” Zelensky said. “In a different form, under different slogans, but for the same purpose.”

New trend: “Saint Zelensky” Votive candles turn Ukraine president into deity
After taking up a gun to lead his country’s battle against the invading Russian army, Ukraine’s Jewish Presiden, Volodymyr Zelensky, became an international hero. But recently, he has become a religious icon, with some people even lighting votive candles to “Saint Zelensky.”

Arab arsonists hit Tomb of Benjamin
“The Third Temple is prophesied to stand on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem,” Rabbi Berger said. “This is inevitable, but all of the forces in the world that don’t want the prophecies to manifest are fighting with all of their might against these prophecies.

Biden’s new press secretary accused of “anti-Semitic hostility towards Israel”
Karine Jean-Pierre, who currently serves as principal deputy press secretary, will be the first black and LGBTQ person to hold the position. After the president’s announcement on Thursday afternoon, Jean-Pierre, a Haitian American, was brought to the White House’s daily briefing by Psaki. Jean-Pierre will assume the role after Psaki’s exit on May 13.

Jordan’s decision on Temple Mount to determine if Israel goes to elections
The chairman of the Arab Ra’am party, Mansour Abbas, posted on his Arabic language Facebook page that his party’s position regarding the Temple Mount and their position within the coalition will follow the dictates of the King of Jordan.

California energy officials warn of possible blackouts this summer for up to 4 million people 
California had blackouts in 2020 when a heat wave meant there was insufficient power available as the sun went down and renewable sources shut down. Now California’s energy officials are predicting a repeat this summer if anything unexpected happens.

Democrats Quietly Scrub Abortion Bill Language Saying Men Can Get Pregnant
The latest version of the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), which would effectively make abortion a statutory right, scrubbed references to transgender and nonbinary people’s pregnancies as well as language related to “reproductive justice.”

NY Teachers Fulfill Requirements for Learning to Indoctrinate Students
Teachers in New York State can receive credits needed to maintain their employment status by attending events hosted by far-left activists that teach educators how to indoctrinate their students.

As NBC Calls Elon Musk a Danger, Their News Director Was Busted Trying to Meet a Child for Sex
It is no secret that Elon Musk is shaking up the established order. What seemingly started as a joke about buying Twitter has morphed into reality and the establishment left is in complete panic over the fact that they may soon have to defend their ideas in the public sphere.

We are at war already
We are at war; we are not getting ready for war, and it is not eminent.  Your government is at war against you. This war is going on now, and you need to understand that we are in an unusual place in recorded history. The current ruling world empire, the United States and its ally, Western Europe, is dying. As all dying empires do, we are seeing the powers to be trying to retain its control domestically and internationally through an increased use of brute force.

Labor Costs Jumps 11.6 % As Productivity Falls 7.5%, Biggest Decline Since 1947
Worker productivity fell 7.5 percent in the first three months of the year, the sharpest decline since 1947, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday.

Buy a pair of Levi’s, help murder an unborn child 
The “Unzipped Staff” at Levi Strauss & Co. just announced that every purchase of Levi’s jeans from here on out will help pay for some woman’s abortion.

Official U.S. Government data suggests Fully Vaccinated Americans are developing Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome 
Official data made available by the U.S. Government and Centers for Disease Control strongly suggests that fully vaccinated Americans are developing Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.

Alarming: Two Electric Buses Spontaneously Explode, Entire Fleet Taken Off the Road in City
A state-owned public transport operator in Paris, France, the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens, has pulled out 149 electric buses from its fleet after two of them spontaneously exploded within the same month.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/05/09/9-may-2022/

Headlines – 5/9/2022

Bennett: There won’t be any foreign interference in decisions regarding Temple Mount

Amid deadly terror wave, Bennett calls for creation of civil national guard

More attacks follow forces’ capture of terrorists after three-day manhunt

Police officer stabbed in neck at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate; attacker shot

Palestinian shot dead after infiltrating West Bank settlement with knife – IDF

Palestinian terrorists believed to have hidden in nearby school after Elad attack

Netanyahu said to insist he won’t sign plea deal in corruption trial

Church of England apologizes to Jews 800 years after laws that led to expulsion

Islamic state claims responsibility for attack on Egyptian troops in Sinai

Saudi king Salman hospitalized for colonoscopy, instructed to rest for ‘some time’

St. Louis hopes to boost its population by importing Afghan refugees

Syria’s Assad meets top Iranian leaders in surprise Tehran visit

Russia said to pull troops from Syria to bolster forces in Ukraine

Russia readies massive Victory Day parade, seeking to legitimize war with Ukraine

On World War II anniversary, Zelenskyy says evil has returned

Putin vows that ‘as in 1945,’ Ukraine will be liberated from ‘Nazi filth’

Day 74 of Putin’s war. Ukraine’s army moves away from Popasna to stronger position, Zelensky reminds world of phrase ‘never again’

Bombing of school in Ukrainian town kills two, 60 more under debris: Governor

Russian space agency chief boasts nuclear capabilities, claims NATO would lose ‘in 30 minutes’

‘Let’s Take Out Putin’: Graham Doubles Down on Ukraine War ‘Off-Ramp’

Ukraine’s Ports Must Be Reopened or Millions Face Starvation Warns UN

Biden, G7 Leaders Pledge Further Economic Isolation of Russia

White House to impose new sanctions on Russian companies and citizens

US diplomats return to Ukrainian capital for first time since invasion

Jill Biden, Justin Trudeau, U2’s Bono and The Edge Visit Ukraine on Same Day

Jill Biden makes surprise visit to Ukraine, says she wanted to come on Mother’s Day

Canada’s Trudeau announces new weapons for Ukraine in visit to Kyiv

Pope Francis Presents ‘Tears of the Ukrainian People’ to the Virgin Mary

Zelensky’s iconic fleece sold for over $100,000 at Ukraine fundraiser

“If I Die Under Mysterious Circumstances, It’s Been Nice Knowing Ya” – Elon Musk Posts Response After Russia Threatens Starlink Founder for Assisting Ukraine

Gordon Chang: Be ‘Very Concerned About Beijing’s Designs’ on Taiwan

Australia PM to ‘ensure’ no Chinese base on Solomon Islands

Setback in Durham Probe After Judge Limits Prosecutor’s Evidence

Tech Giants Are Censoring, Blacklisting and Banning Posts on the “2000 Mules” Ballot Trafficking Documentary Across Social Media Platforms

Investigator Gregg Phillips: FOX’s Lawyers Are Keeping “2000 Mules” Off of the Channel

Billionaire George Soros dumps $1M into Stacey Abrams campaign

Soros floods cash into Arkansas prosecutor race

Trump Jr.: American People See ‘They’ve Been in a Rigged Game’

Conservatives eye government shutdown to ax Biden DHS ‘disinformation’ board

World’s First Outer Space Hotel Scheduled to Open in 2025

May 2021: Rare “super flower blood moon” lunar eclipse captured in stunning photos from around the world

May 2022: May’s full Flower Moon will be a super blood moon total lunar eclipse

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 23,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

New Mexico wildfire scorches about 275 square miles, fueled by strong winds and high temperatures

Lake Mead drought exposes more human remains

Food Crisis: German Farmers Warn of Drought-Related Crop Failure on Top of Grain, Fuel, Fertiliser Woes

Israel advances its first Climate Bill in bid to hit emission goals

Grid operators warn of electricity shortage amid switch to renewables: Report

Why Energy Prices Are Projected to Increase 50% in 2022 – After Doubling Last Year

‘How to Murder Your Husband’ novelist accidentally confessed to killing real-life chef husband: prosecutor

New York subway shooting suspect indicted on terrorism charge

Mexican tiger fight ritual draws blood to bring rain

Police: Multicultural Sweden Has Become Scandinavia’s Drug Hub

Dr. Ben Carson: Celebrating Abortions Is ‘Pure Evil’

Left-wing protesters torch pro-life organization office with Molotov Cocktails

Godless Pro-Abortion Group Announces Latest Assault on Christians: “We Will Be Burning the Eucharist to Show Our Disgust”

Radical Abortion Activists Gather Outside Supreme Court Justices’ Homes

Pelosi Admits Democrats Are Working to Change SCOTUS Draft Decision on Roe v Wade as Leftists Protest Outside Homes of Conservative Justices

Maher: I Didn’t Know Until This Week That Many European Countries Have ‘Way More Restrictive’ Abortion Laws Than the U.S.

Corporations Stay Quiet on Abortion After Disney’s Disastrous Tangle with DeSantis

Hutchinson: National Abortion Ban ‘Inconsistent’ with GOP State’s Rights Position

LA High School Promotes Abortion Resources to Students, Parent Permission ‘Not Required’

NJ transgender woman who forced daughter into child porn operation sentenced with 3 others

Democrats in 19 States Want to Offer Legal Refuge to ‘Trans’ Youths

107 Florida congregations leaving UMC to join new conservative church network amid LGBT debate

More than half a million pounds of precooked chicken recalled over salmonella concerns

Oh, rats! As New Yorkers emerge from pandemic, so do rodents

Study Finds More Than 25% Increase Emergency Cardiovascular Events in 16–39 Age Group During COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout in Israel

Israel to scrap mandatory airport COVID testing on May 20

COVID-19 cases climb after White House media dinner

Fully Vaccinated and Boosted NY Governor Kathy Hochul Tests Positive for Covid-19

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

Mid-Day Snapshot · May 9, 2022

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“[Judges’] minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man, or body of men.” —John Adams (1776)



Supreme Spin After Court Leak Yields Mob

White House condones protests at justices’ homes, Leftmedia warns of violence from “far-right groups.”

Nate Jackson

Justice Clarence Thomas doesn’t speak all that often, so when he does, his words carry even more weight. He spoke Friday into the roiling debate over the blockbuster leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s purported majority opinion striking down Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the upcoming Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision. “We can’t be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want,” Thomas argued. “The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that.”

Thomas was addressing the 11th Circuit judicial conference, which is somewhat remarkable in and of itself given that Alito canceled a planned speech to the Fifth Circuit’s conference over concerns about reaction to the leak. Beyond that, why would Thomas be compelled to address this issue publicly?

Because the mob is terrorizing some of the justices.

Which ones? CNN guest host Alex Marquardt worries that “law enforcement is bracing for potential violence … being organized by far-right groups.” To be sure, admitted correspondent Whitney Wild in response, “There are no specific credible threats. However, social media chatter is being taken much more seriously in the wake of January 6th.” Ah yes, the all-purpose bogeyman of January 6.

Being a leading purveyor of fake news, CNN’s hysterical reporting gaslighting could be laughed off except for the actual mob on the Left.

The Daily Signal’s Douglas Blair reported at the scene of a raucous protest outside of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home. He later called it “an attempt at intimidation” and said that seeing people “yell and scream and try and change the vote” on a hugely consequential Supreme Court case “was genuinely one of the scariest things I’ve ever witnessed.”

The home of Chief Justice John Roberts was also targeted by leftist protesters. There have been no such protests reported outside the homes of left-wing justices — well, unless you count Roberts.

What about violence? “A Wisconsin pro-life group’s office was set on fire early Sunday and vandalized with abortion-themed graffiti in what authorities are investigating as an arson,” reports The Washington Times in just one example of left-wing violence.

In the face of this reality, NPR’s Nina Totenberg, a mainstay of the taxpayer-funded network’s Court reporting, opined on the identity of the leaker: “The leading theory is a conservative clerk who was afraid that one of the conservatives might be persuaded by Chief Justice Roberts to join a much more moderate opinion.”

Was this a plausible theory last Monday? Maybe. Not anymore. The folks outside the homes of Kavanaugh or Roberts weren’t holding pro-life signs. Thomas wasn’t warning pro-life protesters to stop the intimidation campaign. And Alito didn’t cancel a speech because of a right-wing mob.

The White House also gave a major clue, condoning “peaceful protest” filled with understandable “passion.” As for whether those protests should extend beyond the Supreme Court building to the Virginia and Maryland homes of the justices, Jen Psaki gave a wink and nod: “I don’t have an official U.S. government position on where people protest.” Besides, she argued, they’re totally justified to protest because they’re “worried about their fundamental rights” and are “unhappy” and “scared.”

Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley rebuked his own side, calling Psaki’s “nonposition” on “targeting of justices at their homes … one of the lowest moments in American politics.” He added, “We have finally hit the bedrock of rage in American politics.”

But why would Psaki condemn such protests now? Then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer practically threatened such things two years ago. “I want to tell you, [Neil] Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh: You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price!” he thundered to a mob on the steps of the Court. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions!”

Former Attorney General Bill Barr says he’s “appalled” at the White House response, but he acknowledged that’s political reality. “The Left has been tolerant of violence for some time now,” he said. “It’s becoming increasingly shameless.”

To recap, conservative justices are canceling speeches, being targeted in their homes, and condemning the leak and the attempted intimidation. The Leftmedia is busy gaslighting about right-wing violence and blaming a right-wing leaker. And the White House is practically approving of the mob and sitting on its hands regarding prosecuting the leaker. Every day that goes by waiting on the Court to issue its opinion is fraught with political peril.

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A Sobering ‘Victory Day’ for Russia

Today’s Russian holiday is being met with ferocious resistance from the neighboring state it chose to invade.

Douglas Andrews

Today, May 9, is Victory Day in Russia. It commemorates the signing in 1945, at Soviet Premier Josef Stalin’s insistence, of a surrender agreement by German Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel in Berlin in 1945. (A day earlier, German General Alfred Jodl had signed surrender papers in Reims, France, which was good enough for the rest of the Allied Powers, and which is why we observe VE Day on May 8, a day earlier than the Russians observe their Victory Day.)

Those signings marked the end of the war in Europe, and the end of the Soviet Union’s Great Patriotic War with Nazi Germany, a war whose human costs were appalling. It’s estimated that 27 million Soviets — only about a third of them military personnel — lost their lives. For perspective, the U.S. lost about 420,000, nearly all of them warriors.

Thus, while Western history books tell us that the D-Day invasion at Normandy on June 6, 1944, was the turning point of the war, the Russian people have been steeped in a far different history. It’s true that the Allied invasion of occupied France opened up a new front against the Nazis, but by that time, the Russian people had been hard at war with their Wehrmacht invaders for three bloody years at places like Leningrad, Stalingrad, Moscow, and Kursk.

So it goes.

And so it was today with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who commemorated the day with a brief speech while he continues to wage a brutal war of Nazi-like aggression against neighboring Ukraine. As the Washington Examiner’s Jamie McIntyre reports:

Moscow’s Red Square was filled today with the usual pomp despite the circumstances in Ukraine, where Russian troops remain mired in the deadly ebb and flow of artillery battles in the eastern Donbas region … [while] a defiant Putin accused NATO and the West of “preparing for the invasion of our land, including Crimea,” and said he had no choice but to launch his “special military operation” to defend “the motherland” from “the revival of Nazism.”

“In Kyiv they were talking about the possible acquisition of nuclear weapons — the NATO block started actively developing territories adjacent to us and therefore, in a planned way, were creating an absolutely unacceptable threat immediately next to our borders,” Putin said. “Russia repelled this aggression in a timely way. It was the only correct decision.”

So, according to Putin, the West is engaging in nuclear blackmail, and the “revival of Nazism” is taking place under the leadership of Ukraine’s democratically elected Jewish president. Uh-huh.

As for the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenksy, he had a different message for his people as he strolled down an empty street in Kyiv, sleeves rolled up, dressed in his customary olive drab: “On the Day of Victory over Nazism, we are fighting for a new victory. The road to it is difficult, but we have no doubt that we will win,” Zelensky said. “There are no shackles that can bind our free spirit. There is no occupier who can take root in our free land. There is no invader who can rule over our free people. Sooner or later we win.”

Elsewhere in Ukraine, in the obliterated city of Mariupol, the last civilians were successfully evacuated from the massive steel plant there, leaving only Ukrainian troops in its maze of underground tunnels. Their numbers are estimated to be around 1,000, and a deputy commander there said they’ll fight to the death.

This may be Victory Day in Russia, but Vladimir Putin is a long, long way from victory in Ukraine.

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Executive News Summary

Dr. Oz has some explaining to do, Navy pulls racist “antiracist” books, women of Afghanistan can “thank” the women who voted for Biden, and more.

Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • Pompeo says Dr. Oz has some explaining to do: “There are still things we don’t know about his connections to the Turkish government,” Mike Pompeo said of Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz. Oz, who holds duel U.S. and Turkish citizenship, is running neck and neck with Dave McCormick in the state’s Republican primary. Pompeo, Donald Trump’s former secretary of state, further noted that Oz had failed to vote in a Republican primary election for New Jersey’s Senate back in 2018, but just days later he did take the time to enter a vote in Turkey’s presidential election at the Turkish consulate in New York City. Pompeo also questioned Oz’s claim to have “never been politically involved in Turkey in any capacity,” arguing that Oz’s “campaign owes the people of Pennsylvania an explanation for this.” Oz has promised to renounce his Turkish citizenship should he win election in November. Meanwhile, concerns have also been raised over Oz’s business ties with China. Oz has pulled in millions of dollars thanks to a TV deal he signed with the communist country, and he also has investments in a Chinese health and wellness company. Pompeo, who is backing McCormick and is said to be considering a 2024 presidential run, may be sending an early salvo against Trump, as the former president has thrown his support behind Oz.
  • Navy pulls racist “antiracist” books from reading list: Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday recently released an updated list of books for the U.S. Navy’s Professional Reading Program. The latest list is noteworthy not for what it includes but rather for what has been omitted. Last year’s list sparked controversy over the inclusion of leftist books that several Republican lawmakers rightly contended were “explicitly anti-American.” Gone are several of these books including How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, and Sexual Minorities and Politics by Jason Pierceson. Last year, Gilday defended the controversial list and specifically the inclusion of Kendi’s book by arguing that “it evokes the author’s own personal journal in understanding barriers to true inclusion, the deep nuances of racism and racial inequalities.” Regarding this year’s less controversial list, Gilday stated: “We are driving a fleet-wide campaign of self-improvement. We must foster an organization that supports and empowers Sailors to have an independent quest for knowledge through reading and information sharing.”
  • Women of Afghanistan can “thank” the women who voted for Biden: The Taliban’s Ministry for the Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue recently issued new decrees mandating that all women must be veiled when in public. While the new “advice” does not require Afghan women to wear a full burka, the complete body covering garment that was required during the Taliban’s rule in the 1990s, women once again will be required to wear a full head and face covering. Failure to comply will be met with an escalating set of punishments. Of course, Afghan women would not be facing this return to the Taliban’s imposition of draconian extremist Islamic rules had Joe Biden not become president. Thanks to his feckless leadership and his decision to surrender Afghanistan to the Taliban, an entire generation of young Afghan women who never knew such draconian restrictions to their freedom are now being forced into submission. And they have the largest voting demographic that supported Biden — American women — to thank for it. As Barack Obama said, “Elections have consequences.”


  • Can’t make it up: After Roe leak, CNN warns of violence from “the far Right” (Not the Bee)
  • Pro-abortion activists descend upon homes of SCOTUS justices (PM)
  • Clarence Thomas says Supreme Court can’t be “bullied” (Fox News)
  • Nancy Pelosi, already scheming to undermine House Republicans after they win in November, announces $45,000 minimum salary for staffers (The Hill)
  • Birds of a feather: AP style guide adds phrase “pregnant people” (Fox News) | Team Biden prescribes use of singular “they” in “gender inclusive” policy (Daily Signal)
  • Five radical facts about incoming White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre (Breitbart)
  • Elon Musk reportedly planning to clean house at Twitter by firing 1,000 staff on his way to signing up 69 million paying subscribers (Not the Bee)
  • White House denies reports that U.S. intelligence helped sink Russian ships (Washington Examiner)
  • Vladimir Putin accuses the West of backing threats of “nuclear war,” provoking Ukraine conflict (Fox News)
  • Policy: Americans are struggling in Biden’s economy (RNC)
  • Humor: Dunkin’ Donuts opens new Sprinklin’ Donuts for Presbyterians (Babylon Bee)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit Headline Report.

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Biden’s BIG Deficit Lie Hits Your Wallet

Not only is his claim false, but his spending is why you’re paying so much more for everything.

Lewis Morris

President Joe Biden has been talking up his deficit reduction skills lately, hoping to reframe the prevailing narrative — which is that he and his fellow Democrats have tanked the economy. Unfortunately for Biden, this latest iteration of The BIG Lie isn’t going well. Even Leftmedia “fact-checkers” are calling him on it.

Take, for instance, what he recently told a crowd in Portland, Oregon: “We didn’t increase the deficit a penny [in 2021]; we reduced it by $350 billion.”

The Congressional Budget Office does record that the deficit for fiscal 2021 was about $360 billion less than in fiscal 2020, but this had nothing to do with reduced government spending. The drop occurred because most of the COVID relief measures enacted in 2020 came to an end last year, including extended unemployment benefits, various tax rebates, and stimulus checks. And let’s not forget that many Democrats didn’t want to see those perks end. A revved-up economy (remember that brief, shining moment?) also contributed more tax revenue to government coffers, mildly offsetting the epic 2020 spending spree.

Here’s the kicker. If Biden hadn’t signed the leftist grab bag of giveaways commonly known as the American Rescue Plan into law in March 2021, the budget deficit for last year would have dropped by $1 trillion, not $350 billion.

But let’s hear more from Belt-Tightening Biden: “This year, we’re on track for $1.3 trillion in cuts,” he said in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “And look, that would be the largest debt reduction in American history.”

Again, this has nothing to do with Biden or Congress taking any steps whatsoever to reduce the deficit. It’s just more fiscal sleight of hand. Yes, deficits are projected to decline from $2.8 trillion in 2021 to $1.4 trillion in 2022, but this is because of the expiration of COVID relief packages.

While one could make the case that deficit spending technically declined for two straight years, it must also be acknowledged that deficit spending broke all prior records during the height of the pandemic. And does anyone even care that we’re now in the realm of annual multitrillion-dollar deficits? Cutting the deficit by a third of a trillion dollars is easy if you’re grossly overspending in the first place.

Biden thus has as good a grip on deficit spending as he has on inflation. Which is to say: none. And one feeds the other. The reckless spending of Team Biden is a key reason why the economy is circling the drain. Fox News’s Brit Hume may have said it best: “The deficit and the national debt are issues that worry voters, but they don’t feel it. What they feel is inflation, and they all feel it — every single voter in the country.”

People are certainly feeling inflation at a much higher rate than 8.5%. The Bureau of Labor Statistics took a look at the average price of some basic staples, and the crunch is clear to see. Ground beef is up 14.9%, eggs 25.9%, milk 17%, and fuel oil 71.5%. The list goes on.

Never fear, though: The Biden administration and congressional Democrats are at the ready with a slew of bad ideas. After pumping too much money into the economy, the Fed is attempting to put the brakes on by raising interest rates for the first time in 20 years. A necessary step, some will argue, but it has roiled the stock market, which last week spiked by 900 points then promptly lost that gain the very next day.

Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is proposing raising corporate and high-income individual taxes, but all this will do is suppress private-sector growth at a time when the federal government is trying to reduce its stake in the economy. Ditto the $15 minimum wage, which has already proven to be extremely damaging to small businesses that are the lifeblood of the American economy.

Biden and his fellow Democrats will do anything to duck responsibility for their crippling budget deficits and this lousy economy — anything, that is, except engage in sane spending and sound monetary policy. Biden can portray himself as a deficit hawk, and some of his lickspittles in the mainstream media will surely go along. But nothing could be further from the truth.

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The Coming Food Shortage Crisis

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has only exacerbated an already troubled global supply train, and things will likely get worse before getting better.

Thomas Gallatin

Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) recently warned: “You can find different numbers on this, but roughly 25% of all the wheat exports in the world come from Ukraine and Russia. About 20% of all the corn exports in the world [and] 90% of the sunflower cooking oil comes from there, and a lot of fertilizer comes from there, right now from Ukraine, which is the bigger partner in that food distribution of the two countries.”

Blunt then observed: “And nothing is coming out of Ukraine. Nothing is coming out of the port at Odessa. Nothing is coming out of the port at Mariupol and hasn’t since the Russian invasion began.”

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also noted: “There is really no true solution to the problem of global food security without bringing back the agriculture production of Ukraine and the food and fertilizer production of Russia and Belarus into world markets despite the war.”

Beyond the war in Ukraine, one of the world’s largest food producers, India, is currently suffering from a serious heat wave that will likely negatively impact crop yields this year, making the prospect of India being able to help make up for global wheat losses improbable. In fact, India is now considering restricting its wheat exports.

Worse than the global wheat shortage may be the fertilizer shortage. Russia and Belarus are major exporters of fertilizers, a source that has significantly diminished thanks to Vladimir Putin’s war. A lack of fertilizer equates to lower crop yields, which in turn leads to higher food prices.

Just one example comes from Carmel Township, Michigan. The local NBC affiliate there reports, “Fertilizer prices have tripled from where they were in 2021 and it’s forcing Mid-Michigan farmers to change how they grow their crops.” Repeat that many times across America’s Heartland and you have a real problem.

It’s true that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has been a major factor in the global food supply crisis, but it’s far from the only cause or even the primary one. Supply chain issues and COVID-related economic lockdowns had already inflicted significant damage to the global food supply.

Newt Gingrich recently surmised that we’re going to continue seeing higher prices “every place, from going to the gas station to going to the grocery store,” which he says “by September will be a bigger story than gasoline.” He added: “Food prices are going to go up all summer on a worldwide basis. They’re going to be a genuine crisis. … The longer they wait on inflation, the deeper the recession is going to be.”

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Misdemeanor for Chappelle’s ‘Knife Gun’ Attacker?

Apparently, LA is the place to be if you want to get away with a violent crime.

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Dave Chappelle, touted as one of the greatest comedians of our time, was attacked while he was finishing his set last Tuesday. He was performing at the Hollywood Bowl when an audience member rushed the stage and tackled the comedian. Chappelle’s bodyguards, actor/comedian Jamie Foxx, and others rushed to his defense. The assailant was dragged backstage. Chappelle was unharmed by the incident.

The attacker, a young man named Isaiah Lee, was armed, though his didn’t actually wield the weapon he had on him. The tool in question was a “knife gun.” That’s correct — a knife concealed in a fake gun. Talk about the element of surprise.

Lee was charged with felony assault by the arresting officers. Unsurprisingly however, the George Soros-funded district attorney of Los Angeles, George Gascón, has elected to only charge Lee with four misdemeanors. Bail was set at $30,000. The outcry has been loud indeed.

Fellow comedian and cancel culture victim Joe Rogan called out the injustice of the LA district attorney’s filing. He wrote: “When you see that a person commits a clear crime, and does it to one of the most loved performers alive, and does it in a very high profile public setting, and it gets captured on video, and you don’t charge that person for what they obviously did, it’s the kind of thing that makes people lose faith in law enforcement.”

Lee is also apparently mentally unwell. Chappelle asked Lee why he did it before the cops took him away. Lee claimed that it was to protest his mother being evicted from her house in Brooklyn due to gentrification. Lee’s brother, Aaron Lee, explained to reporters that his brother was on medicine to help with his mental instability but was in and out of homeless shelters in LA for several years. (Homelessness is a huge problem in LA, and people in this community commit a lot of crimes.) Through this transient lifestyle, Isaiah Lee had some contact with the “transgender” community.

This last revelation may explain what really motivated the attack on Chappelle, who took the “controversial” position in his Netflix special “The Closer” stating that men are men and women are women. This triggered the Rainbow Mafia.

Another theory has been dubbed “The Will Smith Effect.” Basically, it was a copycat attack on a comedian since the comedian said something his attacker didn’t like. This is something comedians have been afraid would happen since the infamous slap at the Oscars. Chris Rock, who was the original victim of “The Will Smith Effect,” was at the Hollywood Bowl and joked after Lee was subdued, “Was that Will Smith?” Chappelle, for his part, joked: “I’ve been doing this for 35 years. I just stomped a [N-word] backstage. I’ve always wanted to do that.”

Comedians are, once again, showing America how to laugh and be consummate professionals in the face of adversity.

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“One of the most pathetic — and dangerous — signs of our times is the growing number of individuals and groups who believe that no one can possibly disagree with them for any honest reason.” —Thomas Sowell

“It is impossible for ideas to compete in the marketplace if no forum for their presentation is provided or available.” —Thomas Mann (1875-1955)

Re: The Left

“Biden boasted [Friday] in a statement that he’d created 8.3 million jobs since taking office, though that’s largely an accident of timing — he took office when the economy was recovering from losing 20 million jobs in two months. That didn’t stop him from gleefully taking credit: ‘This is a direct result of the American Rescue Plan, our COVID vaccination program, and my plan to grow our economy from the bottom up and middle out.’ The truth is all of those policies have made the economy weaker, not stronger. (Firing unvaccinated people created jobs? Come on, man.)” —Nate Jackson

“For all those who have spent the last year and a half believing that American democracy is under attack and that the events of January 6, 2020, constituted an insurrection, where is the outrage about the clear insurrectionist intention of whoever decided to break the sanctity of the decision-making process of the United States Supreme Court?” —Pennsylvania Senate candidate George Bochetto

“Democrats today hold the most unequivocally, unapologetically, and grotesquely radical line on abortion of any major political party in the Western world. So, President Biden, tell us again — and speak slowly, so we can understand: Who, exactly, is ‘the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history’?” —Nate Hochman

For the Record

“We can’t be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want. The events from [last] week are a symptom of that.” —Justice Clarence Thomas

“Any perspective that argues that all women should consider treating their unborn children as their mortal enemies rather than as the most important gift they will ever receive is perverse and evil. The whole purpose of being a good adult is to protect children. Turning the preborn into enemies so as to preserve adult ‘life aspirations’ is the height of moral turpitude.” —Ben Shapiro

“If aborted babies were merely clusters of cells, there’d be no reason for social media companies to censor images of their lifeless, mutilated bodies. The censorship is a tacit admission of the brutality and gruesomeness of the procedure.” —Seth Dillon

“‘When you have sex, don’t have murder as your backup plan’ is not a huge ask.” —Frank J. Fleming

A Trip Down Memory Lane

“I want to tell you, Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch, you have unleashed a whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.” —Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer, March 2020

Cheering Them On

“The president — for all those women, men, others who feel outraged, who feel scared, who feel concerned — he hears them, he shares that concern and that horror of what he saw in that draft opinion.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki when asked about threats against SCOTUS

Admit Nothing, Deny Everything, Make Counter Accusations

“Capitol police are warning the far Right is calling for violence against a religious group planning to rally for abortion rights.” —CNN’s Jim Sciutto

“U.S. Capitol police are bracing for large demonstrations that are being organized by far-right groups to protest abortion rights.” —CNN’s Alex Marquardt

“Law enforcement sources … tell us that they are closely monitoring social media chatter that suggests that there’s a potential for violence against abortion clinic providers, abortion clinic staff, members of the judiciary.” —CNN’s Whitney Wild

Village Idiots

“I don’t think anybody actually believes fetuses are people. I think they’re lying. There are almost 1,000,000 miscarriages each year in America, it happens to almost everybody. But we’re not constantly getting invited to the funerals. … They’re devastating, but not because of souls. Nobody talks about how they can’t wait to be reunited with their fetus in heaven because they don’t actually believe that.” —”comedian” Alex Falcone

“Fundamentally, Republicans don’t give a rip about women. … Is there anything we can do to men that even comes close to forcing a woman to have a baby?” —Senator Mazie Hirono


“I feel like that’s an oxymoron, the black Republican. … I don’t understand black Republicans and I don’t understand Latino Republicans.” —”The View’s” Sunny Hostin

Race Bait

“Elon Musk grew up in elite white communities in South Africa, detached from apartheid’s atrocities and surrounded by anti-Black propaganda. He sees his takeover of Twitter as a free speech win but in his youth did not suffer the effects of misinformation.” —The New York Times

And Last…

“They put up a wall around the U.S. Capitol to protect politicians. They put up a wall around the Supreme Court to protect justices. But they can’t build a wall at the southern border to protect you.” —Congressman Jim Jordan

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CBN NewsWatch AM: May 9, 2022

Newswatch AM May 9th: protestors angry about the coming reversal of Roe vs Wade go to the homes of Supreme Court Justices, pro-life offices in Wisconsin were set on fire, and the possible impact of the Court’s ruling on the midterms, and the Democrats set a Senate vote for this week on a federal bill protecting abortion, but it’s expected to fail; Israeli forces capture two Palestinians suspected of carrying out a terrorist attack last Thursday that killed three Israelis; the impact of rising interest rates on consumers; Vladimir Putin blames Western policies for the Russian invasion of Ukraine; CBN’s Operation Blessing is providing translators for Ukrainian refugees; how you can help Operation Blessing in its Disaster Relief efforts; critics warn the Biden Administration’s new Disinformation Governance Board could censor speech the government doesn’t like; a look at the history of Israel, told in photographs, from a Jewish organization that helped to develop the Jewish state; actor Chad Michael Murray says he puts on his spiritual armor every morning by reading the Bible, and that he and his wife teach their kids about Jesus and go to church.

Source: CBN NewsWatch AM: May 9, 2022

FCC Commissioner slams Biden’s ‘disinformation board’ as ‘Orwellian’ and ‘unconstitutional’

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr argues the misinformation board ‘was always going to be a dumpster fire,’ but the director that was chosen ‘is jsut throwing more gas on it.’

Source: FCC Commissioner slams Biden’s ‘disinformation board’ as ‘Orwellian’ and ‘unconstitutional’