Daily Archives: May 21, 2022

The Bible and its Story: The Visions of Amos

Though expelled from Samaria, Amos continued to proclaim his warnings to its people, speaking through his writings. In the latter portion of his book, he describes vision after vision which came to him, visions in parable, which God interprets to the prophet. He sees a basket of summer-fruit, and knows that the wickedness of Israel is ripe, and the land shall soon be fallen and decayed. He sees the Lord or one of His messengers standing upon an altar, and is bidden break down this temple; for thus, declares God, will He beat down Israel, though He had chosen its people and built them up to be His temple. Amos beholds also a devouring fire come against Israel, and a plumbline measuring its cities for destruction.

‎At the very close, the seer looks beyond the downfall of Israel. Her people shall all be captives of their enemies, yet shall the good be saved, and the land repeopled. The “tabernacle of David” shall be raised again. “The mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.” Hence even this earliest of the books to proclaim the terrible disaster, hanging over the Israelites, has for its last verse a promise of joy. “And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.”

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

No Cause to Blush — VCY America

Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed. (Isaiah 54.4)

We shall not be ashamed of our faith. Carping critics may assail the Scriptures upon which we ground our belief, but every year the Lord will make it more and more clear that in His Book there is no error, no excess, and no omission. It is no discredit to be a simple believer; the faith which looks alone to Jesus is a crown of honor on any man’s head and better than a star on his breast.

We shall not be ashamed of our hope. It shall be even as the Lord has said. We shall be fed, led, blest, and rested. Our Lord will come, and then the days of our mourning shall be ended. How we shall glory in the Lord who first gave us lively hope and then gave us that which we hoped for!

We shall not be ashamed of our love. Jesus is to us the altogether lovely, and never, never, shall we have to blush because we have yielded our hearts to Him. The sight of our glorious Well-beloved will justify the most enthusiastic attachment to Him. None will blame the martyrs for dying for Him. When the enemies of Christ are clothed with everlasting contempt, the lovers of Jesus shall find themselves honored by all holy beings, because they chose the reproach of Christ rather than the treasures of Egypt.

No Cause to Blush — VCY America

May 21 Evening Verse of The Day

122:1 The pilgrim psalmist reflected on the joy he felt when it was time to go to the holy city to observe the annual festivals. These times of celebration could extend for a week or more. Now the pilgrim found himself standing in the city, marveling at all its features.[1]

122:1 This is the beautiful testimony of a genuine child of God regarding the matter of public worship (cf. 120:title, note).[2]

122:1 I. David is the speaker, although the circumstances of composition are not revealed. Later the psalm would be appropriate for pilgrims going to Jerusalem, as for one of the major festivals (Ex. 23:14–19).[3]

122:1 I rejoiced The psalmist states his affection for the worship site and the city of Jerusalem before explaining his feelings. He will develop his view of Jerusalem throughout the rest of the psalm.

the house of Yahweh Refers to the Jerusalem temple. In the ot, the temple was place where Yahweh’s dwelled on earth.[4]

122:1 Joy in experiencing the presence of God in his house anticipates the joy of the presence of God in Christ (John 1:14; 15:11; see note on Ps. 27:4).[5]

122:1 the house of the Lord. A term used of the tabernacle (cf. Ex 23:19; 34:26; 2Sa 12:20), not the temple that would be built later by Solomon.[6]

122:1 — I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.”

What made the psalmist glad? First, he saw it as an opportunity to meet with God. Second, he considered it a chance to worship with friends. Third, it fulfilled the purpose for which God had created him.[7]

122:1 I was glad: The Hebrew verb for laughter and delight is used to describe the attitude of the pilgrim who arrives in Jerusalem to worship the Lord. The joy of the pilgrim in this psalm contrasts strongly with the sorrow of those who were not able to come to worship God, because of personal (42:1–3) or national exile (137:1–3).[8]

122:1 David caught the scent of that pure delight when the reminder was passed to him by God-fearing Jews that it was time to go to the feast in Jerusalem. He was glad. It was no burdensome duty or dreary routine. In going to the temple to worship he found fulfillment and gladness.[9]

1. “I was glad when they said unto me. Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Good children are pleased to go home, and glad to hear their brothers and sisters call them thither. David’s heart was in the worship of God, and he was delighted when he found others inviting him to go where his desires had already gone: it helps the ardour of the most ardent to hear others inviting them to a holy duty. The word was not “go,” but “let us go”; hence the ear of the Psalmist found a double joy in it. He was glad for the sake of others: glad that they wished to go themselves, glad that they had the courage and liberality to invite others. He knew that it would do them good; nothing better can happen to men and their friends than to love the place where God’s honour dwelleth. What a glorious day shall that he when many people shall go and say, “Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” But David was glad for his own sake: he loved the invitation to the holy place, he delighted in being called to go to worship in company, and, moreover, he rejoiced that good people thought enough of him to extend their invitation to him. Some men would have been offended, and would have said, “Mind your own business. Let my religion alone” but not so King David, though he had more dignity than any of us, and less need to be reminded of his duty. He was not teased but pleased by being pressed to attend holy services. He was glad to go into the house of the Lord, glad to go in holy company, glad to find good men and women willing to have him in their society. He may have been sad before, but this happy suggestion cheered him up: he pricked up his ears, as the proverb puts it, at the very mention of his Father’s house. Is it so with us? Are we glad when others invite us to public worship, or to church fellowship? Then we shall be glad when the spirits above shall call us to the house of the Lord not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

“Hark! they whisper: angels say,

Sister spirit, come away.”

If we are glad to be called by others to our Father’s house, how much more glad shall we be actually to go there. We love our Lord, and therefore we love his house, and pangs of strong desire are upon us that we may soon reach the eternal abode of his glory. An aged saint, when dying, cheered herself with this evidence of grace, for she cried, “I have loved the habitation of thine house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth,” and therefore she begged that she might join the holy congregation of those who for ever behold the King in his beauty. Our gladness at the bare thought of being in God’s house is detective as to our character, and prophetic of our being one day happy in the Father’s house on high. What a sweet Sabbath Psalm is this! In prospect of the Lord’s day, and all its hallowed associations, our soul rejoices. How well, also, may it refer to the church! We are happy when we see numerous bands ready to unite themselves with the people of God. The pastor is specially glad when many come forward and ask of him assistance in entering into fellowship with the church. No language is more cheering to him than the humble request, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.”[10]

1. Beside the general title of this psalm as a song of degrees, it is added of David: by which we are to conclude that David was the author of it. And indeed it should seem probable from another consideration that he was the writer of it: for it was in the days of David that Jerusalem was first recovered out of the hand of the Jebusites. See 2 Sam. 5:6. Hence, therefore, from that time Jerusalem became the sacred spot of worship in the Zion of God. Hence, as Moses had foretold, the Lord chose to put his name there. Deut. 12:11. This may serve to explain to us the cause of that holy joy, which all Israel felt and expressed in going up to worship. Reader! may we not gather a sweet lesson from it? Ought we not to catch the same flame and delight, both to go ourselves, and to invite every child of God to go with us, to the ordinances of Jesus? And both in going and in coming, ought not our conversation to be about Zion’s king. Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? Have you seen the king in his beauty? Was he held by you in the galleries of his ordinances? Family worship, and public worship, ought to distinguish the followers of Jesus. It is sad to see a place vacant which God’s people occupied. Psalm 87:2.[11]

122:1 Let us go to the house of the Lord. This psalm follows the blessing of the pilgrim(s) in Psalm 121 (see the comments at the beginning of “Understanding the Text” in the unit on Ps. 121), and the pilgrim (“me”) has now become the pilgrims (plural: “let us” [122:1], “our feet” [122:2], “our God” [122:9]) who are on their journey to Jerusalem and who imagine themselves (or perhaps already are) “standing in your gates, Jerusalem” (122:2).[12]

[1] Cabal, T., Brand, C. O., Clendenen, E. R., Copan, P., Moreland, J. P., & Powell, D. (2007). The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (p. 898). Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J., eds. (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Ps 122:1). Thomas Nelson.

[3] Sproul, R. C., ed. (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 851). Ligonier Ministries.

[4] 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 (Ps 122:1). Lexham Press.

[5] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1103). Crossway Bibles.

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ps 122:1). Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ps 122:1). Nelson Bibles.

[8] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 730). T. Nelson Publishers.

[9] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments (A. Farstad, Ed.; p. 750). Thomas Nelson.

[10] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 120-150 (Vol. 6, pp. 26–27). Marshall Brothers.

[11] Hawker, R. (2013). Poor Man’s Old Testament Commentary: Job–Psalms (Vol. 4, p. 579). Logos Bible Software.

[12] Bullock, C. H. (2017). Psalms 73–150 (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.; Vol. 2, pp. 389–390). Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

Overcoming Offenses — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

When we study what Jesus taught, it is obvious to me that He came to make us “unoffendable.” Consider: He says that if someone slaps you on one cheek, offer him the other (Luke 6:29). He said to love our enemies and bless those who curse us (Luke 6:27-28). What He’s really doing is showing us how an unoffendable heart of love overcomes all adversity.

We pray, “Lord, I want to change.” To answer our prayer, He sometimes must put us in situations that perfectly offend us. The offense itself awakens our need of grace. Thus, the Lord precipitates change by first offending the area of our soul He desires to transform. He does not expect us to merely survive this adversity but to become Christlike in it.

Ask Joseph in the Old Testament: the land of offense became the land of his anointing and power because he possessed an unoffendable heart. He never stopped trusting God in spite of the injustices and trials he faced.

Listen my friends: the destiny God has for us unfolds or withers at the junction of offense. How we handle offense is the key to our tomorrow.

Those who love [God’s] law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble” (Psalms 119:165).

Lord, grant me that new creation heart that can walk as Jesus walked through a world of offenses without stumbling. I want to see everything as an opportunity to pray, everything as an opportunity to become Christlike. Lord help me to interpret offenses as opportunities that lead to transformations. Grant me, Lord Jesus, the pulse and beat of Your unoffendable heart. Amen.

By Francis Frangipane
Used by Permission

Further Reading

•   Going Deeper with God

•   Forgiveness – Yourself and  Others

•  Salvation Explained

Overcoming Offenses — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Unreciprocated Love — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?”   Matthew 5:46

I recently had a conversation with a friend who was struggling to love a domineering church member. Another friend, hurt by someone she tried to help in the past, is now hesitant to reach out to others in Christian love. At the same time, I grapple with loving an extended family member who openly expresses animosity towards me.

Maybe you also wrestle with loving those who don’t reciprocate. Yet God wants us to. It’s his desire that we love the most difficult people in our lives. But how? Christ teaches us to love one another by emulating his actions, not merely by a display of emotions. When we act in love, we are worthy of a reward.

There was a time when I thought I’d be a hypocrite if I showed love to those who I didn’t feel very lovingly towards. Then I read Romans 5:8: God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. That’s not an emotional response to a need; it’s an incredible act of love.

It’s crucial for us to love like God loves if we are to be witnesses to the lost.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another (John 13:34-35).

That’s a directive, not a choice. And it isn’t dependent on the object of our love’s response.

Thank you, Father, for demonstrating your underserving love for us. Teach me to demonstrate sacrificial love to others and use me to display your love to those who desperately need you. Amen.

As difficult as it may be, ask God to give you opportunities to meet needs of those you struggle to love. Then, depend upon him by his Holy Spirit to enable you to meet that need. Regardless of their response, your actions will be worthy of reward. By keeping his commandment, you may see them come to know Christ as Savior or develop a more intimate relationship with him.

By Veda Lucas
Used by Permission

Further Reading

 Dealing with Inner Turmoil

 The Power of Forgiveness

•  Salvation Explained

Unreciprocated Love — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

The Bible and its Story: Amos Driven from Israel

At First the rebukes of Amos were directed against vice in general; but as he went on from day to day, his prophecies of approaching disaster became more specific, his denunciations attacked individuals high in Israel. A plague of grasshoppers, he declared, would sweep over the land and impoverish it; fire from the Lord would almost destroy it. Finally Amos assailed the king directly, declaring that God would avenge this wickedness upon the entire race of Jeroboam.

‎At this, the high-priest of the land went to Jeroboam and reported that Amos conspired against his sovereignty, and that the people were so aroused that “the land is not able to bear all his words.” Amos defended himself viy-orously, declaring he was no conspirator but a prophet, that God had laid the future bare before him, and what he saw he must foretell; Israel was doomed to captivity. Even the high-priest himself, said Amos grimly, should encounter hideous misfortunes and at length “die in a polluted land.” With this defiant leave-taking, Amos was driven out of Samaria.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

Heidelminicast: Heidelberg Catechism 91—What Are Good Works? — 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 91—What Are Good Works? — The Heidelblog

21 May 2022 News Briefing

Sanhedrin rules: Forbidden for Israel to sign WHO resolution
The Sanhedrin just released an official ruling on the upcoming vote by the World Health Organization on resolutions that will give them emergency powers over any country they choose. The State of Israel is a Jewish state, a state of law and a democratic state. If the State of Israel joins this global health organization, then they will be violating many of laws of Israel. “The laws of Israel state that harming or degrading the sovereignty of the state or its completeness, is categorized as treason. “By signing this resolution, the state of Israel is transferring their faith from God to this foreign organization.”

“How sweet it is to kill Jews” – Palestinians chant at funeral of Al-Jazeera journalist Abu Akleh
Palestinians at one of the funeral processions held for the journalist openly expressed their ideology: “How sweet it is to kill Jews.”

Despite the enemy’s best efforts: New record number of Jews on Temple Mount
A historic record was set on Thursday on the Temple Mount with the ascent of 29,215 Jews to the Temple Mount since the beginning of the year. This is the largest number of Jews ascending to Judaism’s holiest site since the liberation of the Temple Mount, and probably also since the destruction of the Temple.

Whistleblowers: Convicted criminals allowed to remain on streets after violating parole
Across Minnesota crimes are surging, carjackings are at an all-time high, and Minneapolis alone is on a record pace for homicides this year. Minnesotans have had enough and some whistleblowers have turned to Alpha News to sound off about the MN Department of Corrections (DOC) which allows repeat offenders to “get a slap on the wrist” and be released. Stories like Devon Dwayne Glover, who violated his release term are prime examples of DOC’s apparent failure to keep dangerous criminals off the streets.

Biden’s approval dips to lowest of presidency: AP-NORC poll
Only 39% of U.S. adults approve of Biden’s performance … Overall, only about 2 in 10 adults say the U.S. is heading in the right direction.

Damaging tornado rips through Levin, New Zealand 
A damaging tornado hit the town of Levin, New Zealand’s North Island on May 20, 2022, causing widespread damage and injuring several people. New Zealand’s Met Service recorded a wind gust of 140 km/h (86 mph) in the town. However, at the time of press, it was still not able to determine whether it was indeed a tornado that caused the damage, or a thunderstorm collapsing on itself.

Kamala Harris finally finds her role: Defending the legalized slaughter of the unborn
It is unsurprising that, as the Biden Administration braces for the possible overthrow of Roe v. Wade, Vice President Kamala Harris is front and center. This week, she hosted a virtual conversation with abortionists from Kansas, Texas, Missouri, and Montana. If Roe falls, Harris said, “It would be a direct assault on the fundamental right of self-determination, to live and love without interference from the government.”

BREAKING: Washington gas stations run out of gas, one adds extra digit in anticipation of $10 dollar prices
A spokesperson at 76 confirmed to The Post Millennial that the gas pumps were reprogrammed to allocate for double-digit pricing.

Pfizer Document Dump Shows Doctor With Ties to Gates Foundation Deleted Trial Participant’s Vaccine Injury
An 80,000-page cache of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine documents released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sheds light on Pfizer’s extensive vaccine trials in Argentina, including the unusually large size of the trials and the story of a trial participant whose vaccine reaction was deleted.

Johns Hopkins Hires Desgraced Former Professor Who Advocated For Destimatizing Pedophila
A transgender assistant professor who was forced to resign after she openly advocated for the destigmatization of pedophilia has now been hired by Johns Hopkins University.

Is the “Great Replacement” really just a “theory?” No – Americans really are being replaced with migrants 
…What the theory suggests is that the Democrat left has been using mass immigration to literally change the face of our country by watering down and eliminating the ‘evil white majority’ and replacing it with third-world poor migrants of color who will, theoretically, support Democratic policies that include welfare, dependency and a lack of upward mobility.

SOURCES: China preparing for “D-Day” INVASION of the continental United States, with forces to land on the beaches of California, as Biden and Newsom serve as China’s accomplices
Leaked audio that appears to have originated from a meeting of China’s top war generals reveals elaborate plans for a land invasion in the near future, waged by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and augmented with cyber warfare, orbital space weapons and the activation of CCP civilians currently embedded in corporations and governments around the world.

All Life Insurance Companies Are Experiencing a 40% Rise In The Death Rate. People Are Dying From the Vaccine. “All Vaccinations Must be Stopped”
One America is a large life insurance company in Indianpapolis. The chief executive officer, Scott Davison just announced that judging by policy claims Americans of working age are suddenly dying in unprecedented numbers.

Moderna Patented CANCER GENE is in Sars-Cov-2 “Spike Protein”
…We do not yet know which of these possibilities is right. What we DO know is that everything else about Sars-Cov-2 was extremely thoughtfully and professionally done, such as HIV fragments added to it. Why should we assume that a cancer-causing mutation code from a cancer-related Moderna patent, was inserted into just the perfect location on the spike, purely by chance?

Uganda Will Harvest the DNA of its Citizens Under National ID Program
The East African nation of Uganda is announcing plans to begin harvesting and tracking the DNA and biometric data of its citizens under an updated version of the country’s national ID program, which will see genetic information added to the ID cards that Ugandans are legally required to obtain.

WHO Warns Summer Festivals, Mass Gatherings Could Accelerate Spread of Monkeypox
The WHO is warning that summer festivals and mass gatherings could accelerate the spread of monkeypox in the first indication that health technocrats may once again attempt to impose restrictions in the name of stopping the spread of a virus.

Emmy Griffin: Disney’s Drastic Drop in Approval
Disney’s approval rating is dropping like a sinking stone. Media strategist Giancarlo Sopo wrote: “Yikes. I’ve polled Disney and cannot emphasize enough how abysmal these numbers are for them. Disney’s name ID is 100%. Their fav/unfav rating was 77-21 (+56) last year. Their pos-neg rating is now 33-30 (or +3). Entertainment brand ratings shouldn’t be on par w/ politicians.” In other words, for a company that everyone knows to drop from a 77% approval rating to 33% is a disaster.

BREAKING: 9 European Nations Suspend Experimental AstraZeneca COVID Vaccines Due to Fatal Blood Clots
Earlier this week we reported that Austria had stopped injecting people with AstraZeneca’s experimental COVID vaccines after two nurses developed blood clots, with one of them dying.

Covid Truths: Tools of Indoctrination 
The designers of this pandemic anticipated a pushback by the public and that major embarrassing questions would be asked. To prevent this, the controllers fed the media a number of tactics, one of the most commonly used was and is the “fact check” scam.

Covid Lies: Asymptomatic Spread and PCR Tests Identify Infections 
“Given the foregoing, it is no longer possible to view the last two years as well-intentioned errors. Instead, the objectives of the perpetrators are most likely to be totalitarian control over the population by means of mandatory digital IDs and cashless central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).” – Dr. Mike Yeadon

Children’s risk of Death increases between 8100% and 30,200% following Covid-19 Vaccination compared to Unvaccinated Children according to official ONS data
The Office for National Statistics has revealed without meaning to that children are 82 to 303x more likely to die following Covid-19 vaccination than children who have not had the Covid-19 vaccine.

Soon america will be under medical martial law imposed by the world health organization! Ebola small pox will complete economic destrouction of USA (part 1)
..The public is unaware of how serious the discovery of the recent, and if we were to believe the CDC and the mainstream media, viles of smallpox that were discovered in Philadelphia. Further, the media is reporting that the smallpox is stored only at the CDC. So, is the naive public to believe that the germ warfare boys, the best in the world, would allow only the CDC to store such a deadly pathogen.

Chick.com: Could Proposed Law Decriminalize Infanticide? (Killing of babies)
Murdering babies before birth is not a crime. Now, some people are wanting laws changed to allow it after birth as well.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/05/21/21-may-2022/

Headlines – 5/21/2022

Meretz MK who quit coalition says ‘alternative to existing government much worse’

Joint List MK to submit bill to begin process of dissolving Knesset next Wednesday

‘It’s not over’: Despite MK’s defection, Lapid says too early to eulogize coalition

Bennett: Government faces ‘a machine of poison and lies’

57 House Dems call for US probe into killing of Al Jazeera journalist

US drops ‘foreign terrorist’ designation from Israeli, Basque, Egyptian groups

Syria says 3 soldiers killed in Israeli missile strikes near Damascus

Syria lambasts Turkey’s Erdogan plan to return million refugees

Syrian man stabs wife and a man in Norway domestic dispute: Police

IDF: Soleimani’s son-in-law using civilian flights to smuggle weapons to Hezbollah

State Department calls on Lebanese leaders to work with ‘urgency’ to rescue economy

Stephen Colbert on Bush’s Iraq gaffe: ‘A refreshingly lighthearted confession to war crimes’

Revealed: CIA-Trained Militia Used US-Made Weapons in Deadly Attack in Somalia

Tunisia’s President Saied excludes parties from preparing new constitution

‘We are going to die’: Sri Lanka warns of food shortages

New military bases in western Russia in response to NATO expansion: Defense minister

In rare victory, Russia claims to take full control of Mariupol

Russia says ‘nearing’ full control of Ukraine’s Lugansk

Struggling in Ukraine, Russia paves way to sign up over-40s for army

Putin promises to bolster Russia’s IT security in face of cyberattacks

Millions rushed to leave Ukraine. Now the queue to return home stretches for miles

EU Exploring Ways to Use Russian Oligarchs’ Frozen Assets to Rebuild Ukraine

Canada bans luxury goods trade with Russia, punishes more oligarchs

New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight ‘inflation storm’

Biden’s push for more government spending, more regulation will be ‘jet fuel’ on inflation: Ryun

US Senate Rejects $48 Billion Aid Package For Small Businesses and Restaurants Just Hours After Approving Another $40 Billion for Ukraine

Russian gas flows to Finland to stop on Saturday: State-owned Gasum

G7 wants to cap Russian oil price – US Treasury

Josh Hawley grills Biden’s energy sec for blaming Putin for skyrocketing gas prices

“With All Due Respect Your Answers Are Insulting” – Senator Josh Hawley Destroys Obama’s Energy Secretary Who Denies High Gas Prices Are Due to Biden’s Actions

China boosts energy imports from Russia – Purchases of oil, gas and coal soared 75% in April, data shows

‘Deadly serious’: U.S. quietly urging Taiwan to follow Ukraine playbook for countering China

China’s Most Powerful Bombers Buzz US Military Bases In Japan

China launches South China Sea military drills as US President Biden visits Asia

US President Biden touts South Korea’s role in securing global supply chain

Joe Biden Refers to South Korea’s New President as Previous Leader in Gaffe-Filled Speech

Biden Secret Service agents sent home after drunk assault report in South Korea

NBC – Another legacy media outlet concedes Hunter Biden laptop story real

Clinton campaign manager drops ‘bombshell’ exposing Clinton and media mob’s years-long Russia hoax – Mook is trying to turn a case about evidence and law into pure politics for an acquittal, says Jarrett

Durham alert: Top Clinton campaign official Robby Mook testifies that Hillary approved giving Alfa Bank story to the media

Robby Mook throws Clinton allies under the bus, testifies Hillary ‘agreed’ to leak Trump-Russia allegation to media

Clinton team ‘did not trust’ FBI in 2016, blames ‘most damaging days of campaign’ on Comey: Mook testimony

Top 5 revelations from trial of ex-Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann

Report: Three Clinton Donors on Sussmann Jury in D.C.

Pelosi-aligned dark money nonprofit received $3 million from group fueled by Swiss billionaire

Madison Cawthorn says it’s time for ‘Dark MAGA,’ ‘new right’ to take over after scandal-propelled primary loss

Minnesota GOP apologizes for video showing Soros as puppetmaster over Jewish Dems

Holder: There Will Be ‘High-Level Prosecutions of People Close to Donald Trump’

Rep. Markwayne Mullin Introduces House Resolution to Expunge Trump’s ‘Politically Motivated’ 2nd Impeachment

Ohio GOP House candidate J.R. Majewski called for secession in livestream following 2020 election

Ginni Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, pressured Arizona lawmakers on 2020 election

U.S. Senate Hopeful Lamon: I Would Not Have Voted to Certify Arizona’s Electors Jan. 6, 2021

Mail-In Ballot Use Down 90% In Georgia

‘Direct Interference in UK Elections’ – EU Threatens to Target Pro-Brexit Politicians over Northern Ireland Dispute

UK’s Johnson vows to resolve Northern Ireland’s Brexit-related kosher food shortage

Trump Torches Musk: Elon Wants to Join GOP Because of Issues with ‘Probably Illegal Purchase’ of ‘Fake Twitter’

Elon Musk blasts Biden administration, Democrats on Twitter over ‘hate,’ sidelining of Tesla

Twitter Will Now Suppress ‘False’ and ‘Misleading’ Tweets Under ‘Crisis Misinformation’ Policy

Jankowicz Says Americans Criticizing Biden’s Disinformation Governance Board Are “Endangering Our National Security”

Tech stocks are mired in their longest weekly losing streak since dot-com bust

Miami’s mayor backed MiamiCoin crypto – then its price dropped 95%

Toddler Playing with Mom’s Phone Accidentally Orders Over 30 Cheeseburgers Through DoorDash

Mastercard launches tech that lets you pay with your face or hand in stores

Voyager is sending ‘impossible data’ back to Nasa from the edge of the Solar System

M3.0 solar flare erupts from geoeffective AR 3014, follows M5.6 on May 19

Asteroid 4 times larger than Empire State Building to fly past Earth

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Coquimbo, Chile

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near north of Svalbard

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Al Hoceima, Morocco

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits north of Svalbard

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

Seismovolcanic crisis continues at Sao Jorge Island, Azores – 33,000 earthquakes in 2 months

Earthquake swarm in the Reykjanes Peninsula, uplift around Svartsengi up to 2.5 cm, Iceland

Earthquake swarm in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Eyes on the tropics: Potential for pre-season storm

Damaging tornado rips through Levin, New Zealand

A tornado swept through Paderborn, Germany, and injured at least 30 people, authorities said

One dead, more than 40 injured as Michigan tornado causes ‘catastrophic’ damage

Possible tornado touches down in New Hampshire, driver captures terrifying dashcam video

Colorado to Experience Weather Whiplash as Heavy Snow Follows Temperatures Near 90

NYC heat wave coming this weekend, temperatures could shatter records

Saharan Dust and Wildfire Smoke Heads for Southeast

Fire next to Geneva airport disrupts flights

Man sentenced to 24 years for setting Big Sur wildfire that killed 12 endangered condors

Harris to announce $500 million school bus rebate program to replace diesel with electric, low emissions buses

Yellen’s global tax plan meets resistance abroad and at home

AI may be searching you for guns the next time you go out in public

House Passes Domestic Terrorism Bill to Use the FBI to Silence Conservatives Who Disagree With Them

Red Alert: Breaking Dem Legislation Could End Gun Sales to All Current Firearm Owners Forever, Require DOJ License

Clyburn says ‘the country is in danger of imploding’ while weighing in on the Buffalo, N.Y., shooting

Mass shooting in Chicago leaves 2 dead, 7 hurt near Magnificent Mile

California: Thieves Steal $1 Million in Daylight Smash and Grab

Pastor stabbed to death, set on fire and left in van by man she was trying to help, police say

White ‘replacement theory,’ the racist, antisemitic belief fueling deadly attacks

Non-binary in Iraq: ‘People get killed’

National Science Teachers Association’s ‘Gender-Inclusive Biology’ Calls Women ‘People with Ovaries’

Australian Transgender Surfer Crushes the Competition in Open Women’s Divisions

GOP Drafts ‘Women’s Bill of Rights’ To Fight Transgender Ideology

Disney Releases LGBTQ Pride-Themed Toys Marketed to Children

Disney Giving ‘Pride Collection’ Profits to Groups Fighting Florida’s Anti-Grooming Law

Bill Maher challenges LGBTQ orthodoxy: ‘It’s OK to ask questions’ – especially when it involves kids

At least 135 teachers, aides charged with child sex crimes this year alone

Texas Teen Goes to Bathroom at NBA Game, Is Found 10 Days Later Sold for Sex in Oklahoma Hotel

Texas girl, 15, trafficked from Mavericks game in Dallas; 8 arrested in Oklahoma: police

Woman Makes Sexual Misconduct Claim Against Elon Musk

A SpaceX flight attendant said Elon Musk exposed himself and propositioned her for sex, documents show. The company paid $250,000 for her silence.

Elon Musk denies he harassed flight attendant on private jet

Justice Thomas: ‘We Are in Danger of Destroying the Institutions Required for a Free Society’

DHS warns of threats to burn down Supreme Court, kill justices as abortion decision looms

Religious backers of abortion rights say God’s on their side

San Francisco archbishop bars Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion due to abortion support

Archbishop Cordileone tells priests that Nancy Pelosi Communion denial is ‘pastoral, not political’

Abortionist Accuses Rep. Chip Roy of ‘Inflammatory Language’ When He Describes What Actually Happens to an Unborn Baby During Abortion

Oklahoma Democrat Suggests Mandatory Vasectomies in Response to Restrictive Abortion Law

Facebook Tells Employees to Stop Discussing Abortion at Work

AOC Mocks Christians For Opposing Abortion, Rants About How Babies in the Womb Are Not a Life

Abortion Pill Kills Woman, Drug Caused Sepsis Infection That Took Her Life

Marijuana slowly becoming New England’s newest cash crop

FDA Approves World’s First Pill with an Embedded Sensor

Biden’s Plan to Surrender U.S. Health Sovereignty to ‘Corrupt, Chinese Communist Party Entity’ World Health Organization Draws Fire

Gooden leads GOP pushback demanding Biden oppose WHO global surveillance system

Commentary: The WHO’s Death Trap for the US

Emergency WHO meeting over Monkeypox spread: ‘We should take it seriously’

WHO to Convene Emergency Meeting on Monkeypox After UK Cases Double to 20

African scientists baffled by unusual spread of monkeypox cases in Europe, US

Dubai to ‘enhance surveillance’ over globally rising monkeypox cases

FDA Approves New Intravenous Monkeypox Drug Treatment From Pfizer-Linked SIGA Technologies

U.S. Buys $119 Million Worth Of Monkeypox Vaccines After First Case Diagnosed In Massachusetts

Bavarian Nordic shares surge on order for monkeypox vaccine amid Europe outbreaks; one case in the U.S.

Sixth child in US dies of unexplained hepatitis as global cases top 600

U.S. Bioethics Chief, Who Happens to be Fauci’s Wife, Published a New Paper Telling Corporates They Can Ethically ‘Pressure Employees’ And ‘Embarrass Vaccine Resistors’

(NIH Journal Entry) COVID Update: What is the truth? The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most manipulated infectious disease events in history, characterized by official lies in an unending stream lead by government bureaucracies, medical associations, medical boards, the media, and international agencies

Primary source of COVID misinformation is the feds, scientists and scholars tell surgeon general

Another Study Confirms Wearing Masks Increases COVID Infection

Report: NPR Opens Mask ‘Snitch’ HR Hotline

Lockdown Forever! German Court Finds Forced Vax for Caregivers Constitutional

National Border Patrol Council President Predicts 230,000 Migrants Will Be Released into U.S. Next Month When Title 42 Goes Away

Federal judge blocks Biden admin from ending Title 42 border expulsions

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

Weekend Snapshot · May 21, 2022

“From The Patriot Post (patriotpost.us)”

Honoring the Service and Sacrifice of Those Who Have Earned It

“Never take for granted the people God places along your path.”

Don’t Buy the Democrats’ ‘Greedflation’ Lie

When Americans demand accountability, all Democrats can supply is deceitful blame-shifting.

Joe Lied. Hunter Made $11 Million in China.

Even such late-to-the-game lickspittles as NBC News are now coming to grips with the truth.

BLM Tax Filing Reveals Scandalous Grift

Cofounder Patrisse Cullors claims there was no misappropriation. Humph.

Half of American Infants Depend on the Welfare State

With the baby formula shortage comes other unwelcome news about the sorry state of the American family.

The Awful Symbolism of a Baby Formula Shortage

Few things are going right in Joe Biden’s America, and voters should remember come November.

Busting Biden’s Buffalo Bluster

The rare instance of white supremacist violence is a Demo dog whistle diversion from the real disparity in interracial violence.

Dr. John Cheng: The Hero of Laguna Woods

When confronted with the ultimate fight-or-flight moment, a brave American man chose the former.

Biden’s DHS Feigns Concern Over Pro-Life Violence

A leaked memo suggests that the most likely source for violence following SCOTUS’s Dobbs decision will come from the Right.

Yes, the FBI Targeted Concerned Parents

A whistleblower gave evidence to the GOP proving the DOJ’s abuse of power.

About That $40 Billion for Ukraine…

It’s a lot of money, and it doesn’t do anything to alleviate the suffering here at home.

The Biden Diesel Hike

It’s not just gas prices hitting records, and everything you buy is costing significantly more to transport.

Did Fauci and Collins Collect Big Pharma Royalties?

Records show that NIH researchers received over $350 million in royalty payments from 2010 to 2020.

Bernie Brings Back Medicare for All

What better time than during rampant inflation to turn over one-fifth of the economy entirely to the government?

Disney’s Drastic Drop in Approval

The Happiest Place on Earth is finding out what happens when it alienates parents.

Netflix Memo to Employees: Get Tolerant or Get Lost

Big Business might just be seeing that going woke is bad for the bottom line.

Scary Mary Gets the Gate

To no one’s surprise except perhaps her own, erstwhile Disinformation Czar Nina Jankowicz is out of a job.

‘Election Denier’ Is the New Media Talking Point

In an effort to discredit Republicans, Leftmedia outlets have found a new buzzword.

PGA Snubs Trump

Jack Nicklaus rebukes the PGA for joining the Left’s cancel culture in moving its Championship tournament away from a Trump-owned course.

Elon Musk Goes Republican

The mercurial entrepreneur and Big Tech titan says he’s had enough of Joe Biden and the Democrats.

The ‘Groomer’ ‘Fact-Checkers’ Are Onto Us

PolitiFact and its censorship minions are fact-checking the word “groomer.”


For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.
“I will absolutely leave the Court when I do my job as poorly as you [the media] do yours.” —Justice Clarence Thomas

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Roe v. Wade Decision Could Be Released Monday – Biden Admin Preparing For Violence — The Gateway Pundit

The Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade could be released as early as Monday, according to a new report.

A draft version of the opinion was leaked in early May and showed the Supreme Court was set to overturn Roe.

From Fox News:

The Supreme Court could issue a ruling on abortion as soon as Monday, which would be days after a memo leaked from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reveals the Biden administration is preparing for a nationwide wave of violence following the decision on the future of Roe v. Wade.

A leaked draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito signaling the high court plans to overturn landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade sparked pro-choice protests nationwide and an uptick in violence. Protesters have targeted the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices and vandals have targeted at least five pro-life crisis pregnancy centers across the U.S. and Catholic churches have been threatened and vandalized.

A  leaked DHS Memo showed that the Biden administration is preparing for violence after the decision is officially released.

The threats cited are against justices, clerks, and the Supreme Court itself.

From The Daily Wire:

Pro-abortion extremists are reportedly threatening to burn down the Supreme Court building and murder justices and the clerks, prompting law enforcement to ready itself for political violence should Roe v. Wade be overturned.

A May 13 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo obtained by Axios revealed that government officials are investigating threats to the justices, the clerks, to places of worship, and to abortion clinics.

These threats “are likely to persist and may increase leading up to and following the issuing of the Court’s official ruling,” the memo said.

For the antidote to media bias, check out ProTrumpNews.com!

Roe v. Wade Decision Could Be Released Monday – Biden Admin Preparing For Violence — The Gateway Pundit

DAILY BRIEFING: Reconfiguring Reality | Lionel Nation

#LionelNation #TheNewRenaissance #AmericanFocus If you think you’re going to even approximate the truth regarding the Buffalo tragedy or the Russo-Ukrainian military op on social media platforms you’re sadly mistaken. Let me show you reality.

Source: DAILY BRIEFING: Reconfiguring Reality

The Globalists: Here is the Full Roster of Davos 2022 Attendees

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 • Ron Paul Institute – Jordan Schachtel

The infamous World Economic Forum (WEF) will host its annual meeting in Davos next week, and we are going to make sure you know who is attending the invite-only gathering.

For those of you who are new to this nefarious organization:

The World Economic Forum (WEF), through its annual Davos conference, acts as the go-to policy and ideas shop for the ruling class. The NGO is led by a comic book villain-like character in Klaus Schwab, its megalomaniac president who articulates a truly insane, extremist political agenda for our future.

Heard one of your politicians declaring support for the “Build Back Better” agenda?


Full list of confirmed attendees of 2022 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

Here’s the PDF File in case the link goes down.

Laptop repairman details ‘pay-to-play scheme’ found on Hunter Biden’s laptop

‘Fox & Friends Weekend’ host Will Cain sits down with laptop repairman John Paul Mac Isaac to discuss his journey through the Hunter Biden case.

Source: Laptop repairman details ‘pay-to-play scheme’ found on Hunter Biden’s laptop

The Bible and its Story: Amos Rubukes Israel’s Luxury

‎The career of Amos was not unlike that of the earlier and more celebrated Elijah, Just as Elijah had appeared suddenly before King Ahab over a century before, so Amos now stood among the rich nobles and mighty priesthood of the court of Jeroboam. This period seems to have been that of Israel’s greatest material splendor; the ivory palace and other gorgeous structures of King Ahab had been added to, until Samaria was one of the most imposing cities of the world. Hut wealth and ease, alas, had bred as they so often must, a people languishing in idleness, seeking excitement in physical excesses or in cruelty, and dwindling into spiritual death.

‎Amos did not begin by denouncing the Samarians. First he denounced their enemies. Damascus had savagely plundered Samaria, so Damascus should perish; Tyre had been false and treacherous, she should perish; Amnion had been brutish; Judah had neglected to worship God. Then suddenly, as the Samarians listened in satisfaction, Amos turned upon them. They had committed all these crimes in fuller measure than any of their foes. In vivid words the prophet pictures Israel’s idleness, and cruelty and debauchery. He points to the inevitable result: “The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?”

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

“Do You Think I Came to Bring Peace?” – Programs – Truth For Life

The Old Testament said Christ would be called the Prince of Peace. But in the New Testament, Jesus admits He comes to bring division! Is He contradicting Himself? Find out as we investigate another question God asks, on Truth For Life with Alistair Begg. 

May 21: 1 Chronicles 3–5; John 8:1–20 | ESV: Read through the Bible

Morning: 1 Chronicles 3–5

1 Chronicles 3–5 (Listen)

Descendants of David

These are the sons of David who were born to him in Hebron: the firstborn, Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelite; the second, Daniel, by Abigail the Carmelite, the third, Absalom, whose mother was Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur; the fourth, Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith; the fifth, Shephatiah, by Abital; the sixth, Ithream, by his wife Eglah; six were born to him in Hebron, where he reigned for seven years and six months. And he reigned thirty-three years in Jerusalem. These were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon, four by Bath-shua, the daughter of Ammiel; then Ibhar, Elishama, Eliphelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet, nine. All these were David’s sons, besides the sons of the concubines, and Tamar was their sister.

10 The son of Solomon was Rehoboam, Abijah his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son, 11 Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son, 12 Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son, 13 Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son, 14 Amon his son, Josiah his son. 15 The sons of Josiah: Johanan the firstborn, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, the fourth Shallum. 16 The descendants of Jehoiakim: Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son; 17 and the sons of Jeconiah, the captive: Shealtiel his son, 18 Malchiram, Pedaiah, Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama and Nedabiah; 19 and the sons of Pedaiah: Zerubbabel and Shimei; and the sons of Zerubbabel: Meshullam and Hananiah, and Shelomith was their sister; 20 and Hashubah, Ohel, Berechiah, Hasadiah, and Jushab-hesed, five. 21 The sons of Hananiah: Pelatiah and Jeshaiah, his son1 Rephaiah, his son Arnan, his son Obadiah, his son Shecaniah. 22 The son2 of Shecaniah: Shemaiah. And the sons of Shemaiah: Hattush, Igal, Bariah, Neariah, and Shaphat, six. 23 The sons of Neariah: Elioenai, Hizkiah, and Azrikam, three. 24 The sons of Elioenai: Hodaviah, Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah, and Anani, seven.

Descendants of Judah

The sons of Judah: Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur, and Shobal. Reaiah the son of Shobal fathered Jahath, and Jahath fathered Ahumai and Lahad. These were the clans of the Zorathites. These were the sons3 of Etam: Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash; and the name of their sister was Hazzelelponi, and Penuel fathered Gedor, and Ezer fathered Hushah. These were the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah, the father of Bethlehem. Ashhur, the father of Tekoa, had two wives, Helah and Naarah; Naarah bore him Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni, and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah. The sons of Helah: Zereth, Izhar, and Ethnan. Koz fathered Anub, Zobebah, and the clans of Aharhel, the son of Harum. Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.”4 10 Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm5 so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked. 11 Chelub, the brother of Shuhah, fathered Mehir, who fathered Eshton. 12 Eshton fathered Beth-rapha, Paseah, and Tehinnah, the father of Ir-nahash. These are the men of Recah. 13 The sons of Kenaz: Othniel and Seraiah; and the sons of Othniel: Hathath and Meonothai.6 14 Meonothai fathered Ophrah; and Seraiah fathered Joab, the father of Ge-harashim,7 so-called because they were craftsmen. 15 The sons of Caleb the son of Jephunneh: Iru, Elah, and Naam; and the son8 of Elah: Kenaz. 16 The sons of Jehallelel: Ziph, Ziphah, Tiria, and Asarel. 17 The sons of Ezrah: Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. These are the sons of Bithiah, the daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered married;9 and she conceived and bore10 Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah, the father of Eshtemoa. 18 And his Judahite wife bore Jered the father of Gedor, Heber the father of Soco, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah. 19 The sons of the wife of Hodiah, the sister of Naham, were the fathers of Keilah the Garmite and Eshtemoa the Maacathite. 20 The sons of Shimon: Amnon, Rinnah, Ben-hanan, and Tilon. The sons of Ishi: Zoheth and Ben-zoheth. 21 The sons of Shelah the son of Judah: Er the father of Lecah, Laadah the father of Mareshah, and the clans of the house of linen workers at Beth-ashbea; 22 and Jokim, and the men of Cozeba, and Joash, and Saraph, who ruled in Moab and returned to Lehem11 (now the records12 are ancient). 23 These were the potters who were inhabitants of Netaim and Gederah. They lived there in the king’s service.

Descendants of Simeon

24 The sons of Simeon: Nemuel, Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, Shaul; 25 Shallum was his son, Mibsam his son, Mishma his son. 26 The sons of Mishma: Hammuel his son, Zaccur his son, Shimei his son. 27 Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters; but his brothers did not have many children, nor did all their clan multiply like the men of Judah. 28 They lived in Beersheba, Moladah, Hazar-shual, 29 Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad, 30 Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag, 31 Beth-marcaboth, Hazar-susim, Beth-biri, and Shaaraim. These were their cities until David reigned. 32 And their villages were Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Tochen, and Ashan, five cities, 33 along with all their villages that were around these cities as far as Baal. These were their settlements, and they kept a genealogical record.

34 Meshobab, Jamlech, Joshah the son of Amaziah, 35 Joel, Jehu the son of Joshibiah, son of Seraiah, son of Asiel, 36 Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asaiah, Adiel, Jesimiel, Benaiah, 37 Ziza the son of Shiphi, son of Allon, son of Jedaiah, son of Shimri, son of Shemaiah—38 these mentioned by name were princes in their clans, and their fathers’ houses increased greatly. 39 They journeyed to the entrance of Gedor, to the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks, 40 where they found rich, good pasture, and the land was very broad, quiet, and peaceful, for the former inhabitants there belonged to Ham. 41 These, registered by name, came in the days of Hezekiah, king of Judah, and destroyed their tents and the Meunites who were found there, and marked them for destruction to this day, and settled in their place, because there was pasture there for their flocks. 42 And some of them, five hundred men of the Simeonites, went to Mount Seir, having as their leaders Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi. 43 And they defeated the remnant of the Amalekites who had escaped, and they have lived there to this day.

Descendants of Reuben

The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s couch, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel, so that he could not be enrolled as the oldest son; though Judah became strong among his brothers and a chief came from him, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph), the sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. The sons of Joel: Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son, Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son, Beerah his son, whom Tiglath-pileser13king of Assyria carried away into exile; he was a chief of the Reubenites. And his kinsmen by their clans, when the genealogy of their generations was recorded: the chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah, and Bela the son of Azaz, son of Shema, son of Joel, who lived in Aroer, as far as Nebo and Baal-meon. He also lived to the east as far as the entrance of the desert this side of the Euphrates, because their livestock had multiplied in the land of Gilead. 10 And in the days of Saul they waged war against the Hagrites, who fell into their hand. And they lived in their tents throughout all the region east of Gilead.

Descendants of Gad

11 The sons of Gad lived over against them in the land of Bashan as far as Salecah: 12 Joel the chief, Shapham the second, Janai, and Shaphat in Bashan. 13 And their kinsmen according to their fathers’ houses: Michael, Meshullam, Sheba, Jorai, Jacan, Zia and Eber, seven. 14 These were the sons of Abihail the son of Huri, son of Jaroah, son of Gilead, son of Michael, son of Jeshishai, son of Jahdo, son of Buz. 15 Ahi the son of Abdiel, son of Guni, was chief in their fathers’ houses, 16 and they lived in Gilead, in Bashan and in its towns, and in all the pasturelands of Sharon to their limits. 17 All of these were recorded in genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel.

18 The Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh had valiant men who carried shield and sword, and drew the bow, expert in war, 44,760, able to go to war. 19 They waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. 20 And when they prevailed14 over them, the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hands, for they cried out to God in the battle, and he granted their urgent plea because they trusted in him. 21 They carried off their livestock: 50,000 of their camels, 250,000 sheep, 2,000 donkeys, and 100,000 men alive. 22 For many fell, because the war was of God. And they lived in their place until the exile.

The Half-Tribe of Manasseh

23 The members of the half-tribe of Manasseh lived in the land. They were very numerous from Bashan to Baal-hermon, Senir, and Mount Hermon. 24 These were the heads of their fathers’ houses: Epher,15 Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, and Jahdiel, mighty warriors, famous men, heads of their fathers’ houses. 25 But they broke faith with the God of their fathers, and whored after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them. 26 So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, the spirit of Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and he took them into exile, namely, the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the river Gozan, to this day.


[1] 3:21 
[2] 3:22 
[3] 4:3 
[4] 4:9 
[5] 4:10 
[6] 4:13 
[7] 4:14 
[8] 4:15 
[9] 4:17 
[10] 4:17 
[11] 4:22 
[12] 4:22 
[13] 5:6 
[14] 5:20 
[15] 5:24


Evening: John 8:1–20

John 8:1–20 (Listen)

but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]]

I Am the Light of the World

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father1 who sent me. 17 In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.


[1] 8:16



May 21 Morning Verse of The Day

4:18 Jesus’s ministry throughout Galilee demonstrated that the Spirit of the Lord was on him (v. 14). As Messiah, he was anointed as the rightful king of Israel. But here the anointing was as a prophet (to preach good news). Even though the message Jesus preached was first to those who were captivated by sin, the mention of the poor … the captives … the blind, and the oppressed is in keeping with Luke’s emphasis on the poor and downtrodden.[1]

4:18 Jesus reads from Is. 61:1, 2 and interpolates a phrase from Is. 58:6, following the LXX. By stopping in the middle of Is. 61:2, Jesus calls attention to “the acceptable year of the Lord,” which compares the blessings of His ministry to the ancient Year of Jubilee.[2]

4:18. Jesus began to read from Isa 61:1 which identifies the Messiah as One empowered by the Holy Spirit, and then delineates His mission. Up to this point Luke has not recorded any of Jesus’ miraculous works. His ensuing ministry would validate His Messiahship.[3]

4:18 “This is a partial quote of Isa. 61:1–2 from the Septuagint with the omission of verses 1c and 2b, but with an insertion of a verse from Isa. 58:6d. The combining and editing of OT texts was common in rabbinical Judaism.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me” Notice the different divine Persons. See Special Topic: The Trinity at 3:22. The new age of righteousness is the Age of the Spirit.

“He anointed Me” This Hebrew word is the same root as “Messiah.” In Greek the term “Messiah” is translated “Christ.” This was a way of denoting God’s calling and equipping of leaders. In the OT prophets, priests, and kings were anointed. See Special Topic: Anointing in the Bible at 2:11.

“preach the gospel” At this point the full gospel is not yet available. Only after Jesus’ death and resurrection did His actions and teachings come into perfect focus.

“poor … captives … blind … downtrodden” Notice the types of people that Jesus came to help. His care for these fulfilled many prophetic texts.[4]

18. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. These words inform us that, both in his own person and in his ministers, Christ does not act by human authority, or in a private capacity, but has been sent by God to restore salvation to his Church. He does nothing by the suggestion or advice of men, but everything by the guidance of the Spirit of God; and this he declares, in order that the faith of the godly may be founded on the authority and power of God. The next clause, because he hath anointed me, is added by way of explanation. Many make a false boast, that they have the Spirit of God, while they are destitute of his gifts: but Christ proves by the anointing, as the effect, that he is endued with the Spirit of God. He then states the purpose for which the graces of the Spirit were bestowed upon him. It was, that he might preach the Gospel to the poor. Hence we conclude, that those, who are sent by God to preach the Gospel, are previously furnished with necessary gifts, to qualify them for so important an office. It is, therefore, very ridiculous that, under the pretence of a divine calling, men totally unfit for discharging the office should take upon themselves the name of pastors. We have an instance of this in the Papacy, where mitred bishops, who are more ignorant than as many asses, proudly and openly vaunt, that they are Christ’s Vicars, and the only lawful prelates of the Church. We are expressly informed, that the Lord anoints his servants, because the true and efficacious preaching of the Gospel, as Paul says, does not lie “in the enticing words of man’s wisdom,” but in the heavenly power of the Spirit.

To the poor. The prophet shows what would be the state of the Church before the manifestation of the Gospel, and what is the condition of all of us without Christ. Those persons to whom God promises restoration are called poor, and broken, and captives, and blind, and bruised. The body of the people was oppressed by so many miseries, that these descriptions applied to every one of its members. Yet there were many who, amidst their poverty, blindness, slavery, and death, flattered themselves, or were insensible to their condition. The consequence was, that few were prepared to accept this grace.

And, first, we are here taught what is the design of the preaching of the Gospel, and what advantage it brings to us. We were altogether overwhelmed by every kind of evils: but there God cheers us by his life-giving light, to rescue us from the deep abyss of death, and to restore us to complete happiness. It tends, in no ordinary degree, to recommend the Gospel, that we obtain from it inestimable advantage. Secondly, we see who are invited by Christ, and made partakers of promised grace. They are persons, who are every way miserable, and destitute of all hope of salvation. But we are reminded, on the other hand, that we cannot enjoy those benefits which Christ bestows, in any other manner, than by being humbled under a deep conviction of our distresses, and by coming, as hungry souls, to seek him as our deliverer: for all who swell with pride, and do not groan under their captivity, nor are displeased with their blindness, lend a deaf ear to this prediction, and treat it with contempt.[5]

Ver. 18.—The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. St. Luke here quotes, with a few unimportant variations, from the LXX of Isa. 61:1, 2. The clause, “to set at liberty them that are bruised,” does not occur in the present text of Isaiah. The bright, comforting words of the great prophet the Lord chose as giving a general summary of what he designed to carry out in his ministry. It could be no undesigned coincidence that the opening words of the passage contain a singularly clear mention of the three Persons of the blessed Trinity—the Spirit, the Father, and the Anointed (Messiah). Because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, etc. The common interpretation referred this passage to the state of the people on the return from the Captivity. Nothing, however, that the people had yet experienced in any way satisfied the brilliant picture painted in the great prophecy. A remnant certainly had returned several centuries back from their distant exile, but the large majority of the chosen people were scattered abroad; their own land was crushed under what seemed a hopeless servitude; poverty, ignorance, universal discontent, reigned alike in Jerusalem, garrisoned with Roman legionaries, and in the most distant of the poor upland villages of Galilee. Only could deliverance come and a golden age of prosperity return with the promised Messiah. This was the interpretation which the choicest spirits in Israel applied to the great Isaiah prophecy read that sabbath day in the little synagogue of Nazareth. This was the meaning which Jesus at once gave to it, only he startled his hearers by telling them that in him they saw the promised long-looked-for Deliverer. We only possess, it is evident, the very barest abstract of the words of the Teacher Jesus on this occasion. They must have been singularly eloquent, winning, and powerful to have extorted the wonder and admiration alluded to in the twenty-second verse.[6]

4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me. The opening of the Isaiah text echoes Jesus’s experience at 3:22, which has already been reiterated in Luke’s comment that Jesus began his ministry “in the power of the Spirit” (4:14). The following clauses make it clear that this endowment is specifically for the unique mission of preaching and deliverance that Jesus has come to fulfill, as he will declare in 4:21.

There is no record that Jesus literally freed prisoners (though such events will occur in Acts 5:19; 12:6–11), and Luke is probably thinking here of Jesus’s exorcisms (of people “held captive” by a demon) and healings (note the language of “setting free” in 13:16). But the later history of Jesus’s followers contains fine examples of the literal application of this principle, notably in relation to the abolition of slavery.[7]

4:18 / The Spirit of the Lord is on me … he has anointed me: Tannehill (pp. 58–59, 62–63) has argued that Jesus’ anointing (which refers back to the baptism, 3:22) is royal, not simply prophetic (contra Fitzmyer, pp. 529–30). I agree. It is his anointing that makes Jesus “Messiah,” and in being presented as Messiah, Jesus is presented as David’s successor, Israel’s long-awaited king.[8]

18 The “good news” Jesus was to proclaim recalls both the joyful announcement in 1:19 and the frequent use of the term elsewhere in Luke. It also builds on Isaiah 40:9; 41:27; and especially 52:7. The concerns for the “poor,” like the “prisoners,” the “blind,” and the “oppressed,” point then to Luke’s (and Isaiah’s) focus on the theme of reversal when those humbled ones will be blessed (see comments at 1:53; 6:20).[9]

[1] Luter, A. B. (2017). Luke. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1610). Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J., eds. (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Lk 4:18). Thomas Nelson.

[3] Valdés, A. S. (2010). The Gospel according to Luke. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 242). Grace Evangelical Society.

[4] Utley, R. J. (2004). The Gospel according to Luke: Vol. Volume 3A (Lk 4:18). Bible Lessons International.

[5] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 1, pp. 228–229). Logos Bible Software.

[6] Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. (1909). St. Luke (Vol. 1, p. 89). Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[7] France, R. T. (2013). Luke (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.; p. 70). Baker Books.

[8] Evans, C. A. (1990). Luke (p. 73). Baker Books.

[9] Liefeld, W. L., & Pao, D. W. (2007). Luke. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 105). Zondervan.

God is Not Angry with You — Key Life

God is Not Angry with You

We’ve all tried to connect the dots between our present circumstances and our past sins. We’ve looked to our circumstances to decipher what God is trying to “tell” us. There are obvious earthly consequences to some of our choices. But we need to be really careful about “reading the tea leaves” to see what God thinks of us: Is God mad at me? Is He getting me back for what I did?

It’s tempting to lose sight of the truth that God is never angry with you (Romans 5:9). You may easily forget there’s no condemnation or punishment from God for your sins. But reality still stands: God is always on your side and in your corner.

While Planet Earth comes at you with all kinds of trouble, God is not the author of that trouble. He is not hurling disaster at you to teach you a lesson. Jesus’s death on the cross was the full punishment for your sins, so you can let go of the concept of “Christian karma” from God: God is not out to get you!

When bad things happen, it doesn’t mean God has deserted you. It means you live in a fallen world. It doesn’t mean God doesn’t care for you. It simply means God is good and the world is not.

In Acts 5, a married couple named Ananias and Sapphira lie about how much they donated to the church. Next thing you know, they’re dead.

Maybe you’ve heard if you sin against God, He may take you out like Ananias and Sapphira. Note the passage never says God killed them, only that they “fell down” and “died.” To go any further is to read something into the text that’s not really there.

A recent news story broke about a pastor on the East Coast who fell down and died of a heart attack at church when his adultery was discovered. It’s possible that Ananias and Sapphira suffered the same fate upon being discovered in their lie. We simply can’t know for sure.

More importantly, we should note the Bible never says they were believers. In fact, it says Satan filled their hearts, which is good evidence they were not. Satan can’t fill the heart of a believer. We have new, obedient hearts (Romans 6:17), we are sealed by God’s Spirit (Ephesians 4:30), and the evil one cannot touch us (1 John 5:18).

Acts is a history book, not a doctrinal book. In Acts, tongues of fire fell on those first believers. That’s a historical fact, not a doctrine. In other words, we shouldn’t conclude that, without tongues of fire falling on us, we’re not genuinely saved. It happened once in the book of Acts, and that makes it history, not doctrine. In the same way, the fact that a married couple fell dead one time in the book of Acts doesn’t mean we fashion a doctrine that says God will kill you if you tell a lie. If that were true, church buildings everywhere would be filled with dead bodies!

According to the law of gravity, what goes up must come down. However, we look up and see objects traveling across the sky: birds, insects, airplanes. To the naked eye, they appear to supersede the law of gravity.

The Bible speaks of the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1–2), which is quite simple: Sin deserves death. But we see a second law that supersedes or overrides the law of sin and death: … because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death(Romans 8:2)

This second law has freed us from the first. You’re not under the law of sin and death anymore. When you sin, you don’t receive the punishment you deserve.

You may quench or grieve God’s Spirit when you choose sin (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19). And yes, there are earthly consequences (Galatians 6:8). You drive too fast, you get a speeding ticket. You act cruelly to your spouse, your marriage struggles. But thank God you never receive the spiritual consequence of sin: death.

The law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death!

Dr. Andrew Farley is a best-selling author, the Lead Pastor of The Grace Church and president of The Grace Message, which exists to proclaim the finished work of Jesus Christ and the love and grace of God with boldness and clarity. This is an exclusive excerpt of his new book, The Grace Message, for Steve Brown, etc. The Grace Message, from Salem Books, releases March 8. Learn more about Dr. Farley at http://www.andrewfarley.org.

God is Not Angry with You — Key Life

May 21 – Twisted Loyalties — VCY America

May 21
1 Samuel 29:1-31:13
John 11:55-12:19
Psalm 118:1-18
Proverbs 15:24-26

I Samuel 29:8 – Loyalty is good, but when the enemies of your boss are God’s people, there’s a problem. Thankfully God worked in the hearts of the Philistines to kick David out of the army (I Samuel 29:4).

I Samuel 30:9 – Thankfully David is back to talking to the LORD!

I Samuel 30:23 – David is reminding the troops, they did not get the victory by their strength, but by the LORD’s provision.

The Roman Ruins of Bet-Shean

I Samuel 31:12 – Why did the men of Jabesh-Gilead rescue the bodies of Saul and his sons? In I Samuel 11:11, Saul delivered the men of Jabesh-Gilead from the Ammonites who would only accept surrender upon them surrendering their right eyes.

John 12:3 – Imagine if Mary said, “I can do this next time Jesus passes thru town.” If God lays something on your heart, do it today!

John 12:10 – This is one of the funniest verses in the Bible… Didn’t they think Jesus might raise him again?

Psalm 118:5 – Praise the LORD for when He has delivered you from distress.

Proverbs 15:26 – Are you getting the idea that God hates sin?

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May 21 – Twisted Loyalties — VCY America

May 21 – Living a life of gratitude — Reformed Perspective

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” – Romans 12:1 

Scripture reading: Romans 12:1-21

In Romans 12, the apostle paints a picture for us of what a life of gratitude looks like. Gratitude is more than syllables from our lips; gratitude must be expressed by the way we live our lives. After urging us to live lives that are sacrifices of praise to God (v. 1, 2), the apostle describes specific ways to live out that gratitude.

In verses 3 to 13, he points out our need to humbly evaluate ourselves and the gifts God has given us. He points out that we don’t all have the same gifts, but we all have gifts. Did you notice how diverse the gifts are? They include, among other things, teaching, contributing financially, cheerfully doing acts of mercy and extending hospitality. In other words, as you look at yourself, and look around at others in the church and the community where you live, you will see many practical ways to express gratitude to God. We express gratitude by using our time and gifts for God’s glory and the good of others.

As the chapter closes it stresses that we are not to take revenge. Few things rob us of gratitude more than the feeling that we have been wronged and a desire to retaliate. Instead, we are to express gratitude to God, recognizing that He will right all wrongs; and in the meantime, we are to overcome evil with good.

Syllables of praise are necessary and good, but actively living a life of gratitude is too!

Suggestions for prayer

Pray that as He sanctifies us, God would enable us to use the gifts He has given (4-8), focusing on love for Him and others (9-13). And pray that He would guard us from retaliation and enable us to overcome evil with good (14-21).

Pastor Ted Gray is a retired minister in the United Reformed Church of North America. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com.

May 21 – Living a life of gratitude — Reformed Perspective