Daily Archives: March 14, 2023



“NIH Director Francis Collins Wins $1.3M Templeton Prize in 2020”

Rev Thomas Littleton 


As if the damage that Francis Collins and Tim Keller have done to Christian faith through Bio-Logos push for theistic evolution /merging science and faith/ assault on Genesis 1-11 were not enough-the influential pair and the organization Collins founder is promoting the new UN High Seas Treaty.


Collins was not only the long time head of NIH ,appointed by Obama administration and overseeing the launch of the Covid Pandemic response and Vaccine roll out -he was also discovered to have colluded with Anthony Fauci to fund the Chinese lab “Gain of Function” research from which Covid has now been confirmed to have leaked. Even Federal agencies are admitting this once denied reality. Collins and Fauci were grilled by Congressmen about the content of their emails and use of “burner phones to communicate on questionable activities of their organizations leading up to and during the Pandemic. Collins NIH budget exceeded $40 billion annually during the Pandemic.He has since been forced to resign and works as a senior Healthcare advisor on the Biden Cabinet so he has not left Washington or the federal payroll. 


BIO-LOGOS STORY “High Seas Treaty Opportunity for the Church to Lead”


Robert D Sluka on March 14, 2023

High Seas Treaty Opportunity for the Church to Lead

“We are called to protect 100% of God’s planet, but often the oceans have been overlooked. The recent High Seas Treaty is an opportunity for us to do our part.”


“Through his Spokesperson, Mr. Guterres said the treaty is crucial for addressing the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. “

“It is also vital for achieving ocean-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework,” said the statement, referring to the so-called ‘30 by 30’ pledge to protect 30 per cent of the planet’s lands and inland waters, as well as of marine and coastal areas, by 2030 made by a historic UN conference in Montreal this past December. “


“The Third Lausanne Congress of Christian leaders in Capetown finally recognized creation care as an important Christian issue alongside evangelism, social justice, and other traditional concerns. A subsequent meeting was convened in Jamaica to determine how to move ahead with creation care within the Lausanne Movement. It would be codified in the book Creation Care and the Gospel with no intentions of including anything on the ocean, despite the ocean occupying 71% of the surface and 99% of the habitable space of the planet. Thankfully, I was able to co-write a chapter with oceanographer Meric Srokosz; we knew the editors and convinced them of the shortcoming, and we were able to get our article included in the book.”


“Followers of Christ are called to protect 100% of God’s planet, but too often in conservation and creation care work, the oceans have been neglected. An important new treaty that protects biodiversity in international waters has just been signed by delegates to the UN. This is an important step in recognizing the value of marine life. But it is not enough on its own to protect these creatures and the well-being of the planet. Will the church lead the way and model as God’s image bearers how we ought to care for corals, clams, crabs, and the rest of God’s creatures in the sea? Our history has not been great in this respect.”


“Overlooking the ocean is not only found among creation care practitioners. It may seem ludicrous, but the majority of the ocean has little to no protection from human impacts until this new UN Treaty on the High Seas, passed on the 4th of March 2023. Why this neglect of the ocean?”

“The treaty does not do the actual conservation itself. The sea is just as imperiled today as it was yesterday. But there is a glimmer of hope.”


“But will it matter? The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals include specific reference to the ocean in Goal 14. A plastic treaty is in the works to try and combat international plastic pollution. The Biodiversity Conference of Parties meets regularly to negotiate issues related to biodiversity conservation, including the ocean. Many are cautiously hopeful. The High Seas Treaty could provide coverage and international agreement on a large portion of the ocean that isn’t effectively governed. It sets the stage for working together to protect areas that are common to all and owned by all or none, depending on your point of view”


Click to access Ocean-fact-sheet-package.pdf

More than 3.5 billion people depend on the ocean for their primary source of food.”

“Oceans, coastal and marine resources are very important for people living in coastal communities, who represent 37 per cent of the global population in 2017.”

 The ocean is vast, covering 140 million square miles (363 million square km), equivalent to approximately 72 per cent of the earth’s surface.
 More than 600 million people (around 10 per cent of the world’s population) live in coastal areas that are less than 10 meters above sea level.
 Nearly 2.4 billion people (about 40 per cent of the world’s population) live within 100 km (60 miles) of the coast.
 Oceans, coastal and marine resources are very important for people living in coastal communities, who represent 37 per cent of the global population in 2017.
Health and nutrition
 Human health is being impacted by the enhanced survival and spread of tropical diseases due to increasing ocean temperatures.
 Fish is one of the most important sources of animal protein. It accounts for about 17 per cent of protein at the global level and exceeds 50 per cent in many least-developed countries.
 The nutrients found in fish are important for optimal neurodevelopment in children and for improving cardiovascular health.”

“Shipping is responsible for more than 90 per cent of the trade between countries. The global oceans based economy is estimated at $US3 trillion a year, which is around 5 per cent of global GDP.
 Approximately 50 per cent of all international tourists travel to coastal areas. In some developing countries, notably Small Island Development States, tourism accounts for over 25 per cent of GDP”


“In its resolution 72/249 of 24 December 2017, the General Assembly decided to convene an Intergovernmental Conference, under the auspices of the United Nations, to consider the recommendations of the Preparatory Committee established by resolution 69/292 of 19 June 2015 on the elements and to elaborate the text of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, with a view to developing the instrument as soon as possible.”

“The first session was convened from 4 to 17 September 2018, the second session from 25 March to 5 April 2019 and the third session from 19 to 30 August 2019. The fourth session, which was postponed by decisions 74/543 and 75/570 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, was convened from 7 to 18 March 2022. A fifth session of the Conference was convened from 15 to 26 August 2022 pursuant to General Assembly decision 76/564 (available as A/76/L.46). On the last day of that session, the Conference, in considering the way forward, decided to suspend the fifth session and resume it at a later date to be determined. In this connection, in its resolution 77/248Opens a new window  on “Oceans and the law of the sea”, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to convene the resumed fifth session of the Conference at United Nations Headquarters from 20 February to 3 March 2023.”

“In accordance with resolution 72/249, the Conference held a three-day organizational meeting in New York, from 16 to 18 April 2018, to discuss organizational matters, including the process for the preparation of the zero draft of the instrument.”


The Parties to this Agreement,
Recalling the relevant provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law
of the Sea, including the obligation to protect and preserve the marine environment,
Stressing the need to respect the balance of rights, obligations and interests set
out in the Convention,
Recognizing the need to address, in a coherent and cooperative manner,
biodiversity loss and degradation of ecosystems of the ocean, due to, in particular,
climate change, pollution and unsustainable use,
Stressing the need for the comprehensive global regime to better address the
conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond
national jurisdiction,
Recognizing the importance of contributing to the realization of a just and
equitable international economic order which takes into account the interests and
needs of mankind as a whole and, in particular, the special interests and needs of
developing States,
Recognizing also that support for developing States Parties through capacitybuilding and the development and transfer of marine technology are essential
elements for the attainment of the objectives of the conservation and sustainable use
of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction,
Recalling the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
Affirming that nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as diminishing or
extinguishing the existing rights of Indigenous Peoples or the interests of local
[Recognizing the obligation to assess the potential effects on the marine
environment of activities that may cause substantial pollution of or significant and
harmful changes to the marine environment regardless of whether these activities are
conducted in or beyond the areas where sovereign rights are exercised in accordance
with the Convention,]
[Mindful of the obligation to ensure that pollution arising from incidents or
activities does not spread beyond the areas where sovereign rights are exercised in
accordance with the Convention,]
Desiring to act as stewards of the ocean in areas beyond national jurisdiction on
behalf of present and future generations by protecting, caring for and ensuring
responsible use of the marine environment, maintaining the integrity of ocean
ecosystems and preserving the inherent value of biodiversity of areas beyond national
Respecting the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of all
[Recalling, with respect to non-parties to the Convention, that Part III,
Section 4, of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties sets out the rules on
treaties and third States,]
Committed to achieving sustainable development,
Aspiring to achieve universal participation,
Have agreed as follows:

Article 2
General objective
“The objective of this Agreement is to ensure the conservation and sustainable
use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, for the
present and in the long term, through effective implementation of the relevant
provisions of the Convention and further international cooperation and coordination.”
Article 3
“This Agreement applies to areas beyond national jurisdiction.”
Article 3 bis
Sovereign immunity
“This Agreement does not apply to any warship, military aircraft or naval
auxiliary. Except for Part II, this Agreement does not apply to other vessels or aircraft
owned or operated by a Party and used, for the time being, only on government non –
commercial service. However, each Party shall ensure, by the adoption of appropriate
measures not impairing the operations or operational capabilities of such vessels or
aircraft owned or operated by it, that such vessels or aircraft act in a manner
consistent, so far as is reasonable and practicable, with this Agreement.”


Article 5
General principles and approaches
In order to achieve the objective of this Agreement, Parties shall be guided by
the following:
(a) The polluter-pays principle;
[(b) The principle of the common heritage of mankind;]
(c) Option 1: The principle of equity;
Option 2: The fair and equitable sharing of benefits;
[(d) The application of precaution;]
(e) An ecosystem approach;
(f) An integrated approach;
(g) An approach that builds ecosystem resilience to the adverse effects of
climate change and ocean acidification and restores ecosystem integrity;
(h) The use of the best available science and scientific information;
(i) The use of relevant traditional knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and local
communities, where available;
(j) The respect, promotion and consideration of their respective obligations
relating to the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities when taking action
to address the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas
beyond national jurisdiction;


Given the mantra of “protecting the high seas is one more rung in the United Nations climate change power grab- there is certainly more to the effort that meets the eye or appears in the current hype and celebrations- NEVERTHELESS Bio-Logos has fully embraced , celebrated and endorsed it . 

More on the UN celebrations and forthcoming regulations:

“Noting that the BBNJ decision builds on the legacy of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the Secretary-General commended all parties for their ambition, flexibility and perseverance, and saluted Ambassador Rena Lee, of Singapore, for her leadership and dedication.  “

“Ladies and gentlemen, the ship has reached the shore,” Ms. Lee said last night, announcing the agreement to an extended standing ovation in the meeting room. Delegations will reconvene later to formally adopt the text. ”  

“The statement issued by the UN Spokesperson said the Secretary-General also recognized the critical support of non-governmental organizations, civil society, academic institutions and the scientific community. “


“International treaties are an important component that can be used to work with governments, local communities, businesses, and NGOs to determine how to move forward globally so major issues that impact large areas, such as the high seas, can be tackled. The High Seas Treaty is good news, but we need to see how we can implement it and also if anything has been left out. You or your church can join us at A Rocha by volunteering, becoming a research partner, visiting one of our global centers, following our media, or donating to our conservation projects. Followers of Christ are called to protect 100% of God’s planet—Let’s do our part”


According to Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology – Religious people should be fully on board with the Sustainability Goals 


“In September 2020, UNEP’s Faith for Earth Initiative, the Parliament of the World’s ReligionsUnited Religions Initiative, and Bhumi Global published a report to celebrate the five year anniversary of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The report featured data they had collected on faith-based organizations around the world doing work that fell within the scope of the environmental SDGs”

“Only a fraction of the collected data was used in the written report, so these organizations partnered with the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology to bring the complete information to the public here on this site as a living, evolving, searchable database.”




Bio-Logos attributes its directives toward “Creation Care” and immediate commitment to the UN High Seas Treaty to its ties to the Lausanne Movement. Lausanne has long endorsed UN Sustainable Development Goals 






He Never Fails — VCY America

I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. (Joshua 1:5)

This word to Joshua is often quoted; it is the basis of that New Testament word “He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Beloved, a life of warfare is before us, but the Lord of Hosts is with us. Are we called to lead a great but fickle people? This promise guarantees us all the wisdom and prudence that we shall need. Have we to contend with cunning and powerful enemies? Here is strength and valor, prowess and victory. Have we a vast heritage to win? By this sign we shall achieve our purpose; the Lord Himself is with us.

It would be woe to us indeed if Jehovah could fail us; but, as this can never be, the winds of disquietude are laid to sleep in the caverns of divine faithfulness. On no one occasion will the Lord desert us. Happen what may, He will be at our side. Friends drop from us, their help is but an April shower; but God is faithful, Jesus is the same forever, and the Holy Spirit abideth in us.

Come, my heart, be calm and hopeful today. Clouds may gather, but the Lord can blow them away. Since God will not fail me, my faith shall not fail; and as He will not forsake me, neither will I forsake Him. Oh, for a restful faith!

He Never Fails — VCY America

C.H. Spurgeon: ‘Tender Comfort’ — Reformed Christian Studies

“As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you” — Isaiah 66:13

A mother’s comfort! Ah, this is tenderness itself. How she enters into her child’s grief! How she presses him to her bosom and tries to take all his sorrow into her own heart! He can tell her all, and she will sympathize as nobody else can. Of all comforters the child loves best his mother, and even full-grown men have found it so. Does Jehovah condescend to act the mother’s part? This is goodness indeed. We readily perceive how He is a father; but will He be as a mother also? Does not this invite us to holy familiarity, to unreserved confidence, to sacred rest? When GodHimself becomes “the Comforter,” no anguish can long abide. Let us tell out our trouble, even though sobs and sighs should become our readiest utterance. He will not despise us for our tears; our mother did not. He will consider our weakness as she did, and He will put away our faults, only in a surer, safer way than our mother could do. We will not try to bear our grief alone; that would be unkind to one so gentle and so kind. Let us begin the day with our loving God, and wherefore should we not finish it in the same company, since mothers weary not of their children?

Source: SermonAudio – Daily Devotional

C.H. Spurgeon: ‘Tender Comfort’ — Reformed Christian Studies

David’s Dying Song: C. H. Spurgeon Sermon — Banner of Truth USA

A Sermon




‘Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.’—2 Sam. 23:5

THESE be the last words of David; so we read at the commencement of the chapter. Many have been the precious sentences which have fallen from his inspired lips; seraphic has been the music which has dropped from his fingers when they flew along the strings of his harp; but now that sweet voice is to be hushed in death, and now the son of Jesse is to sleep with his fathers. Surely it were well to press around his bed, to hear the dying monarch’s last testimony; yea, we can conceive that angels themselves would for an instant check their rapid flight, that they might visit the chamber of the dying mighty one, and listen to his last death song. It is always blessed to hear the words of departing saints. How many choice thoughts have we gained in the bedchamber of the righteous, beloved? I remember one sweet idea, which I once won from a death-bed. A dying man desired to have one of the Psalms read to him, and the 17th being chosen, he stopped at the 6th verse, ‘Incline thine ear unto me and hear my speech’, and faintly whispering, said, ‘Ah, Lord, I cannot speak, my voice fails me; incline thine ear, put it against my mouth, that thou mayest hear me.’ None but a weak and dying man, whose life was ebbing fast could have conceived such a thought. It is well to hear saints’ words when they are near heaven—when they stand upon the banks of Jordan. But here is a special case, for these be the last words of David. They are something more than human utterances; for we are told that the Spirit of the Lord spake by him, and his word was in his tongue. These were his closing accents. Ah! methinks, lisping these words he rose from earth to join the chorus of the skies. He commenced the sentence upon earth, and he finished it in heaven. He began, ‘Although my house be not so with God;’ and as he winged his flight to heaven, he still sang, ‘yet hast thou made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure’: and now before the throne he constantly hymns the same strain—‘yet hast thou made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure’. I hope, my friends, there are many of us who can join in this verse this morning, and who hope to close our earthly pilgrimage with this upon our tongue.

We shall notice first, that the Psalmist had sorrow in his house—‘Although my house be not so with God.’ Secondly, he had confidence in the covenant—‘yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant’. And thirdly, he had satisfaction in his heart, for he says—‘this is all my salvation, and all my desire’.

I. The Psalmist says he had sorrow in his house—‘Although my house be not so with God.’ What man is there of all our race, who, if he had to write his history, would not need to use a great many ‘althoughs’? If you read the biography of any man, as recorded in the sacred word, you will always find a ‘but’, or an ‘although’, before you have finished. Naaman was a mighty man of valour, and a great man with his master, but he was a leper. There is always a ‘but’ in every condition, a crook in every lot, some dark tint upon the marble pillar, some cloud in the summer sky, some discord in the music, some alloy in the gold. So David, though a man who had been raised from the sheepfold, a mighty warrior, a conqueror of giants, a king over a great nation, yet, had his ‘althoughs’, and the ‘although’ which he had, was one in his own house. Those are the worst troubles which we have in our own household. We love not an evil beast abroad, but we hate the lion most when it prowls upon our own estates, or croucheth on the floor of our dwelling. The greatest trouble with the thorn is when it lieth in our bed, and we feel it in our pillow. Civil war is always the fiercest—those are foes indeed who are of our own household. I think, perhaps David intended, when he said ‘Although my house be not so with God’, to speak partly of his affairs. If any man else had looked at David’s affairs—the government of his country—he would have said, ‘David’s government is the mirror of excellence.’ His house was so rightly ordered, that few of his subjects could murmur at him; but David recollected that a greater and keener eye than that of man rested on him; and he says, speaking of his empire and his house—for you know the word ‘house’ in Scripture often means our business, our affairs, our transactions (‘Set thine house in order, for thou must die, and not live’,)—he says, although before man my house may be well swept, and garnished, yet it is not so with God as I can desire.

Oh, beloved, there are some of us who can walk before our fellow-men conscious of innocence; we dare defy the gaze of our fellow-mortals; we can say, ‘Lord! thou knowest I am not wicked’; we are blameless before this perverse generation: we walk amongst them as lights in the world, and God has helped us, so that we are clean from the great transgression; we are not afraid of a criticism of our character, we are not fearful of being inspected by the eyes of all men, for we feel that through God’s grace we have been kept from committing ourselves; he has kept us, and the evil one toucheth us not. But with all this conscious innocence—with all that dignity with which we stand before our fellows—when we go into God’s sight, how changed we are! Ah, then, my friends, we say not, ‘Lord! thou knowest I am not wicked’; but rather we fall prostrate, and cry, ‘Unclean, unclean, unclean’; and as the leper cools his heated brow with the water running in the cool sequestered brook, so do we lave our body in Siloa’s stream, and strive to wash ourselves clean in the water and blood from Christ’s riven side. We feel that our house is ‘not so with God’; though in the person of Jesus we are free from sin, and white as angels are; yet when we stand before God, in our own persons, we are obliged to confess, that honest as we may be, upright as we have been, just and holy before men, yet our house is ‘not so with God’.

But I imagine that the principal meaning of these words of David refers to his family—his children. David had many trials in his children. It has often been the lot of good men to have great troubles from their sons and daughters. True, we know some households that are the very image of peace and happiness; where the father and mother bend the knee together in family prayer, and they look upon an offspring, numerous or not, as it may be, but most of them devoting their hearts to God. I know a household which stands like a green oasis in the desert of this world. There be sons who preach God’s gospel, and daughters who are growing up to fear the Lord, and to love him. Such a household is indeed a pleasant halting-place for a weary soul in its pilgrimage through this wilderness of life. Oh! happy is that family whom God hath blessed. But there are other houses where you will find the children are the trials of the parents. ‘Although my house be not so with God’, may many an anxious father say; and ye pious mothers might lift your streaming eyes to heaven, and say, ‘Although my house be not so with God.’ That firstborn son of yours, who was your pride, has now turned out your disgrace. Oh! how have the arrows of his ingratitude pierced into your soul, and how do you keenly feel at this present moment, that sooner would you have buried him in his infancy; sooner might he never have seen the light, and perished in the birth, than that he should live to have acted as he has done, to be the misery of your existence, and the sorrow of your life. O sons who are ungodly, unruly, gay, and profligate, surely ye do not know the tears of pious mothers, or ye would stop your sin. Methinks, young man, thou wouldst not willingly allow thy mother to shed tears, however dearly you may love sin. Will you not then stop at her entreaties? Can you trample upon your mother? Oh! though you are riding a steeplechase to hell, cannot her weeping supplications induce you to stay your mad career? Will you grieve her who gave you life, and fondly cherished you at her breast? Surely you will long debate e’er you can resolve to bring her grey hairs with sorrow to the grave. Or has sin brutalized you? Are ye worse than stones? Have natural feelings become extinct? Is the evil one entirely your master? Has he dried up all the tender sympathies of your heart. Stay! young prodigal, and ponder!

But, Christian men! ye are not alone in this. If ye have family troubles, there are others who have borne the same. Remember Ephraim! Though God had promised that Ephraim should abound as a tribe with tens of thousands, yet it is recorded in 1 Chronicles 7:20–22: ‘And the sons of Ephraim; Shuthelah and Bered his son, and Tahath his son, and Eladah his son, and Tahath his son, and Zabad his son, and Shuthelah his son, and Ezer and Elead, whom the men of Gath that were born in that land slew, because they came down to take away their cattle. And Ephraim their father mourned many days, and his brethren came to comfort him.’ Abraham himself had his Ishmael, and he cried to God on account thereof. Think of Eli, a man who served God as a high priest, and though he could rule the people, he could not rule his sons; and great was his grief thereat. Ah! some of you, my brethren in the gospel, may lift your hands to heaven, and ye may utter this morning these words with a deep and solemn emphasis—you may write ‘Although’ in capitals, for it is more than true with some of you—‘Although my house be not so with God.’

Before we leave this point: What must I say to any of those who are thus tried and distressing in estate and family? First, let me say to you, my brethren, it is necessary that you should have an ‘although’ in your lot, because if you had not, you know what you would do; you would build a very downy nest on earth, and there you would lie down in sleep; so God puts a thorn in your nest in order that you may sing. It is said by the old writers, that the nightingale never sang so sweetly as when she sat among thorns, since say they, the thorns prick her breast, and remind her of her song. So it may be with you. Ye, like the larks, would sleep in your nest did not some trouble pass by and affright you; then you stretch your wings, and carolling the mating song, rise to greet the sun. Trials are sent to wean you from the world; bitters are put into your drink, that ye may learn to live upon the dew of heaven: the food of earth is mingled with gall, that ye may only seek for true bread in the manna which droppeth from the sky. Your soul without trouble would be as the sea if it were without tide or motion; it would become foul and obnoxious. As Coleridge describes the sea after a wondrous calm, so would the soul breed contagion and death.

But furthermore, recollect this, O thou who art tried in thy children—that prayer can remove thy troubles. There is not a pious father or mother here, who is suffering in the family, but may have that trial taken away yet. Faith is as omnipotent as God himself, for it moves the arm which leads the stars along. Have you prayed long for your children without a result? and have ye said, ‘I will cease to pray, for the more I wrestle, the worse they seem to grow, and the more am I tried?’ Oh! say not so, thou weary watcher. Though the promise tarrieth, it will come. Still sow the seed, and when thou sowest it, drop a tear with each grain thou puttest into the earth. Oh, steep thy seeds in the tears of anxiety, and they cannot rot under the clods, if they have been baptized in so vivifying a mixture. And what though thou diest without seeing thy sons the heirs of light? They shall be converted even after thy death; and though thy bones shall be put in the grave, and thy son may stand and curse thy memory for an hour, he shall not forget it in the cooler moments of his recollection, when he shall meditate alone. Then he shall think of thy prayers, thy tears, thy groans; he shall remember thine advice—it shall rise up and if he live in sin, still thy words shall sound as one long voice from the realm of spirits, and either affright him in the midst of his revelry, or charm him heavenward, like angel’s whispers, saying, ‘Follow on to glory, where thy parent is who once did pray for thee.’ So the Christian may say, ‘Although my house be not so with God now, it may be yet’; therefore will I still wait, for there be mighty instances of conversion. Think of John Newton. He even became a slaver, yet was brought back. Hope on; never despair; faint heart never winneth the souls of men, but firm faith winneth all things; therefore watch unto prayer. ‘What I say unto you, I say unto all, watch.’ There is your trouble, a small cup filled from the same sea of tribulation as was the psalmist’s when he sung, ‘Although my house be not so with God.’

II. But secondly: David had confidence in the covenant. Oh! how sweet it is to look from the dulness of earth to the brilliancy of heaven! How glorious it is to leap from the ever tempest-tossed bark of this world, and stand upon the terra firma of the covenant! So did David. Having done with his ‘Although’, he then puts in a blessed ‘yet’. Oh! it is a ‘yet’, with jewels set: ‘He hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure.’

Now let us notice these words as they come. First, David rejoiced in the covenant, because it is divine in its origin. ‘Yet hath he made with me an everlasting covenant.’ O that great word he. Who is that? It is not my odd-father or my odd-mother who has made a covenant for me—none of that nonsense. It is not a covenant man has made for me, or with me; but ‘yet hath he made with me an ever­lasting covenant’. It is divine in its origin, not human. The covenant on which the Christian rests, is not the covenant of his infant sprinkling: he has altogether broken that scores of times, for he has not ‘renounced the pomps and vanities of this wicked world’, as he should have done, nor ‘all the lusts of the flesh’. Nor has he really become regenerate through those holy drops of water which a cassocked priest cast on his face. The covenant on which he rests and stands secure, is that covenant which God has made with him. ‘Yet hath he made.’ Stop, my soul. God, the everlasting Father, has positively made a covenant with thee; yes, that God, who in the thickest darkness dwells and reigns for ever in his majesty alone; that God, who spake the world into existence by a word; who holds it, like an Atlas, upon his shoulders, who poises the destiny of all creation upon his finger; that God, stooping from his majesty, takes hold of thy hand and makes a covenant with thee. Oh! is it not a deed, the stupendous condescension of which might ravish our hearts for ever if we could really understand it? Oh! the depths! ‘He hath made with me a covenant.’ A king has not made a covenant with me—that were somewhat: an emperor has not entered into a compact with me, but the Prince of the kings of the earth, the Shaddai, the Lord of all flesh, the Jehovah of ages, the everlasting Elohim. ‘He hath made with me an everlasting covenant.’ O blessed thought! it is of divine origin.

But notice its particular application. ‘Yet hath he made with me an everlasting covenant.’ Here lies the sweetness of it to me, as an individual.

Oh how sweet to view the flowing

Of Christ’s soul-redeeming blood,

With divine assurance knowing,

That He made my peace with God.

It is nought for me that he made peace for the world; I want to know whether he made peace for me: it is little that he hath made a covenant, I want to know whether he has made a covenant with me. David could put his hand upon his heart and say, ‘Yet hath he made a covenant with me.’ I fear I shall not be wrong in condemning the fashionable religion of the day, for it is a religion which belongs to the crowd; and not a personal one which is enjoyed by the individual. You will hear persons say, ‘Well, I believe the doctrine of justification; I think that men are justified through faith.’ Yes, but are you justified by faith? ‘I believe,’ says another ‘that we are sanctified by the Spirit.’ Yes, all very well, but are you sanctified by the Spirit? Mark you, if ever you talk about personal piety very much, you will always be run down as extravagant. If you really say from your heart, ‘I know I am forgiven; I am certain that I am a pardoned sinner’;—and every Christian will at times be able to say it, and would always, were it not for his unbelief—if you say ‘I know in whom I have believed; I am confident that I have not a sin now recorded in the black roll; that I am free from sin as if I had never transgressed, through the pardoning blood of Jesus’, men will say it is extravagant. Well, it is a delightful extravagance, it is the extravagance of God’s word; and I would to God more of us could indulge in that holy, blessed extravagance. For we may well be extravagant when we have an infinite sum to spend; we may well be lavish when we know we never can exhaust the treasure. Oh! how sweet it is to say, ‘Yet hath he made with me an everlasting covenant.’ It is nought that you talk to me of my brother being saved. I am very glad that my friend should get to glory, and I shall rejoice to meet you all; but after all, the thing is, ‘Shall I be there?’

Shall I amongst them stand

To see his smiling face?

Now, Christian, thou canst apply this personally. The covenant is made with thee. Man, open thine eyes; there is thy name in the covenant. What is it? It is some plain English name, perhaps. It never had an M.P. nor an M.A. after it, nor a ‘Sir’ before it. Never mind, that name is in the covenant. If you could take down your Father’s family Bible in heaven, you would find your name put in the register. O blessed thought! my name—positively mine! not another’s. So, then, these eyes shall see him, and not another’s for me. Rejoice, Christian; it is a personal covenant. ‘Yet hath he made with me an everlasting covenant.’

Furthermore, this covenant is not only divine in its origin, but it is everlasting in its duration. I have had some very pretty letters sent me from anonymous writers who have listened to me; and being great cowards (whom I always abhor) they cannot sign their names. They may know what fate they receive; the condign punishment I appoint to them. I cut them asunder, and thrust them into the fire. I hope the authors will not have a similar fate. Some of them, however, quarrel with me, because I preach the everlasting gospel. I dare not preach another, for I would not have another if it were offered to me. An everlasting gospel is the only one which I think worthy of an ever­lasting God. I am sure it is the only one which can give comfort to a soul that is to live throughout eternity. Now, you know what an ‘ever­lasting covenant’ signifies. It meant a covenant which had no beginning, and which shall never, never end. Some do not believe in the everlasting nature of God’s love to his people. They think that God begins to love his people when they begin to love him. My Arminian friends, did you ever sing that verse in your meeting?—of course you have—

O yes, I do love Jesus,

Because he first lov’d me.

That is a glorious Calvinistic hymn, though we know whose hymn book it is in. Well, then, if Jesus loved you before you loved him, why cannot you believe that he always did love you? Besides, how stupid it is to talk so, when you know God does not change. There is no such thing as time with him; there is no past with him. If you say, ‘He loves me now’, you have in fact said, ‘He loved me yesterday, and he will love me for ever.’ There is nothing but now with God. There is no such thing as past or future; and to dispute about eternal election and so on, is all of no avail; because, if God did choose his people at all—and we all admit that he chooses them now—I do not care about whether you say he did so ten thousand thousand years ago, because there is no such thing as the past with God; with him it is all now. He sees things, past and future, as present in his eye. Only tell me that he loves me now; that word ‘now’, in God’s dictionary, means everlasting. Tell me that God has now pardoned my sins; it means, that he always has, for his acts are eternal acts. Oh how sweet to know an everlasting covenant! I would not barter my gospel for fifty thousand other gospels. I love a certain salvation; and when I first heard it preached, that if I believed, God’s grace would keep me all my life long, and would never let me fall into hell, but that I should preserve my character unblemished, and walk among my fellow creatures pure and holy, then said I, ‘That is the gospel for me, an everlasting gospel.’ As for that sandy gospel, which lets you fall away and then come back again, it is the wickedest falsehood on earth. If I believed it, I would preach the gospel and be holy on the Sunday, and fall away on the Monday, and be a Christian again on the Tuesday; and I should say, ‘I have fallen from grace and have got up again.’ But now, as a true Calvinistic Christian, I desire to have in myself, and see in others, a life of constant consistency; nor can I think it possible to fall away, and then return, after the many passages which assert the impossibility of such a thing. That is the greatest safeguard on earth— that I have something within me that never can be quenched; that I put on the regimentals of a service which I never must leave, which I cannot leave without having proved that I never was enlisted at all. Oh! that keeps me near my God. But once make me doubt that, and you will see me the vilest character living under the sun. Take from me the everlastingness of the gospel, and you have taken all. Dear old Watts Wilkinson once said to Joseph Irons, ‘I love you to preach the covenant everlasting nature of God’s love’,—‘Ah,’ said the old saint, ‘What is there else in the gospel if you do not preach it?’ Brother, what is there else? If we do not preach an everlasting gospel, the gospel is not worth tuppence. You may get anything uncertain anywhere else; it is in the Bible alone that we get everlasting things.

I to the end shall endure

As sure as the earnest is given;

More happy, but not more secure,

Are the glorified spirits in heaven.

But notice the next word, for it is a sweet one, and we must not let one portion go. ‘It is ordered in all things.’ ‘Order is heaven’s first law’, and God has not a disorderly covenant. It is an orderly one. When he planned it, before the world began, it was in all things ordered well. He so arranged it, that justice should be fully satisfied, and yet mercy should be linked hand-in-hand with it. He so planned it that vengeance should have its utmost jot and tittle, and yet mercy should save the sinner. Jesus Christ came to confirm it, and by his atonement, he ordered it in all things; he paid every drop of his blood; he did not leave one farthing of the ransom-money for his dear people, but he ordered it in all things. And the Holy Spirit, when he sweetly applies it, always applies it in order; he orders it in all things. He makes us sometimes understand this order, but if we do not, be sure of this, that the covenant is a well-ordered covenant. I have heard of a man who bought a piece of land, and when the covenant was being made, he thought he knew more about it than the lawyer; but you know it is said that when a man is his own lawyer he has a fool for his client. In this case the man had a fool for his client; and he drew up the covenant so badly, that in a few years it was discovered to be good for nothing, and he lost his property. But our Father’s covenant is drawn up according to the strictest rules of justice; and so is ordered in all things. If hell itself should search it—if it were passed round amongst a conclave of demons, they could not find a single fault with it. There are the technical terms of heaven’s court; there is the great seal at the bottom, and there is the signature of Jesus, written in his own blood. So it is ‘ordered in all things’.

That word things is not in the original, and we may read it persons, as well as things. It is ordered in all persons—all the persons whose names are in the covenant; it is ordered for them, and they shall come according to the promise: ‘All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.’ O my beloved Christian, stop at this promise a moment, for it is a sweet well of precious water to slake thy thirst and refresh thy weariness. It is ‘ordered in all things’. What dost thou want more than this? Dost thou need constraining grace? It is ‘ordered in all things’. Dost thou require more of the spirit of prayer? It is ‘ordered in all things’. Dost thou desire more faith? It is ‘ordered in all things’. Art thou afraid lest thou shouldst not hold out to the end? It is ‘ordered in all things’. There is converting grace in it; pardoning grace in it; justifying grace, sanctifying grace, and persevering grace; for it is ‘ordered in all things, and sure’. Nothing is left out, so that whene’er we come, we find all things there stored up in heavenly order. Galen, the celebrated physician, says of the human body, that its bones are so well put together, all the parts being so beautifully ordered, that we could not change one portion of it without spoiling its harmony and beauty; and if we should attempt to draw a model man, we could not, with all our ingenuity, fashion a being more wondrous in workmanship than man as he is. It is so with regard to the covenant. If we might alter it, we could not change it for the better; all its portions are beautifully agreed.

I always feel when I am preaching the gospel covenant that I am secure. If I preach any other gospel, I am vulnerable, I am open to attack; but standing upon the firm ground of God’s covenant, I feel I am in a tower of strength, and so long as I hold all the truths, I am not afraid that even the devils of hell can storm my castle. So secure is the man who believes the everlasting gospel; no logic can stand against it. Only let our preachers give the everlasting gospel to the people, and they will drink it as the ox drinketh water. You will find they love God’s truth. But so long as God’s gospel is smothered, and the candle is put under a bushel, we cannot expect men’s souls will be brought to love it. I pray God that the candle may burn the bushel up, and that the light may be manifest.

But now, to wind up our description of this covenant, it is sure. If I were a rich man, there would be but one thing I should want to make my riches all I desire, and that would be, to have them sure, for riches make to themselves wings, and fly away. Health is a great blessing, and we want but to write one word on it to make it the greatest blessing, that is the adjective ‘sure’. We have relatives, and we love them; ah! if we could but write ‘sure’ on them, what a blessed thing it would be. We cannot call anything ‘sure’ on earth; the only place where we can write that word is on the covenant, which is ‘ordered in all things and sure’. Now there is some poor brother come here this morning who has lost his covenant, as he thinks. Ah! brother, you once had peaceful hours and sweet enjoyment in the presence of God, but now you are in gloom and doubt; you have lost your roll. Well, let me tell you, though you have lost your roll, the covenant is not lost, for all that. You never had the covenant in your hands yet; you only had a copy of it. You thought you read your title clear, but you never read the title-deeds themselves; you only held a copy of the lease and you have lost it. The covenant itself, where is it? It is under the throne of God; it is in the archives of heaven, in the ark of the covenant; it is in Jesu’s breast, it is on his hands, on his heart—it is there. Oh! if God were to put my salvation in my hands, I should be lost in ten minutes; but my salvation is not there—it is in Christ’s hands.

You have read of the celebrated dream of John Newton, which I will tell you to the best of my recollection. He thought he was out at sea, on board a vessel, when some bright angel flew down and presented him with a ring, saying, ‘As long as you wear this ring you shall be happy, and your soul shall be safe.’ He put the ring on his finger, and he felt happy to have it in his own possession. Then there came a spirit from the vasty deep, and said to him; ‘That ring is nought but folly’; and by cajolery and flattery the spirit at last persuaded him to slip the ring from off his finger, and he dropped it in the sea. Then there came fierce things from the deep; the mountains bellowed, and hurled upward their volcanic lava: all the earth was on fire, and his soul in the greatest trouble. By-and-bye a spirit came, and diving below, fetched up the ring, and showing it to him, said, ‘Now thou art safe, for I have saved the ring.’ Now might John Newton have said, ‘Let me put it on my finger again.’ ‘No, no; you cannot take care of it yourself’; and up the angel flew, carrying the ring away with him, so that then he felt himself secure, since no cajolery of hell could get it from him again, for it was up in heaven. My life is ‘hid with Christ in God’. If I had my spiritual life in my own possession, I should be a suicide very soon; but it is not with me; and as I cannot save myself, as a Christian I cannot destroy myself, for my life is wrapped up in the covenant: it is with Christ in heaven. Oh, glorious and precious covenant!

III. Now to close our meditation. The psalmist had a satisfaction in his heart. ‘This is,’ he said, ‘all my salvation, and all my desire.’ I should ill like the task of riding till I found a satisfied worldly man. I suspect there is not a horse that would not be worn off its legs before I found him; I think I should myself grow grey with age before I had discovered the happy individual, except I went to one place—that is, the heart of a man who has a covenant made with him, ‘ordered in all things, and sure’. Go to the palace, but there is not satisfaction there; go to the cottage, though the poet talks about sweet retirement and blest contentment, there is not satisfaction there. The only solid satisfaction—satisfying the mouth with good things—is to be found in the true believer, who is satisfied from himself, satisfied with the covenant. Behold David: he says, ‘As for my salvation, I am secure; as for my desire, I am gratified: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire.’ He is satisfied with his salvation.

Bring up the moralist. He has been toiling and working in order to earn salvation. Are you confident that if you died you would enter into heaven? ‘Well, I have been as good as other people, and, I dare say, I shall be more religious before I die’; but he cannot answer our question. Bring up the religious man—I mean the merely outwardly religious man. Are you sure that if you were to die you would go to heaven? ‘Well, I regularly attend church or chapel, I cannot say that I make any pretensions to be able to say, “He hath made with me an everlasting covenant.”’ Very well, you must go. So I might introduce a score of men, and there is not one of them who can say, ‘This is all my salvation.’ They always want a little supplement, and most of you intend making that supplement a little while before you die. An old Jewish Rabbi says, that every man ought to repent at least one day before his last day; and as we do not know when our last day shall be, we ought to repent today. How many wish they knew when they were going to die, for then they fancy they would be sure to repent, and be converted a little while before. Why, if you had it revealed to you, that you would die at twenty minutes past twelve next Sunday, you would go on in sin up till twelve o’clock, and then you would say, ‘There are twenty minutes more—time enough yet’; and so until the twenty minutes past had come, when your soul would sink into eternal flames. Such is procrastination. It is the thief of time; it steals away our life; and did we know the hour of our dissolution, we should be no more prepared for it than we are now. You cannot say, can you, that you have all your salvation? But a Christian can. He can walk through the cholera and the pestilence, and feel that should the arrow smite him, death would be to him the entrance of life; he can lie down and grieve but little at the approach of dissolution, for he has all his salvation; his jewels are in his breast, gems which shall shine in heaven.

Then, the psalmist says, he has all his desire. There is nought that can fill the heart of man except the Trinity. God has made man’s heart a triangle. Men have been for centuries trying to make the globe fill the triangle, but they cannot do it; it is the Trinity alone that can fill a triangle, as old Quarles well says. There is no way of getting satisfaction but by gaining Christ, getting heaven, winning glory, getting the covenant, for the word covenant comprises all the other things. ‘All my desire’,—says the psalmist.

I nothing want on earth, above,

Happy in my Saviour’s love.

I have not a desire; I have nothing to do but to live and be happy all my life in the company of Christ, and then to ascend to heaven, to be in his immediate presence, where

Millions of years these wondering eyes

Shall o’er my Saviour’s beauties rove,

And endless ages I’ll adore

The wonders of His love.

Just one word with my friends who do not agree with me in doctrine. I am sure, my dear friends, that I wish not to anathematize any of those whose creed is the reverse of mine; only they must allow me to differ from them and to speak freely; and if they do not allow me they know very well that I shall. But I have this much to say to those dear friends who cannot bear the thought of an everlasting covenant. Now, you cannot alter it, can you? If you do not like it, there it is. ‘God hath made with me an everlasting covenant.’ And you must confess, when you read the Bible, that there are some very knotty passages for you. You might, perhaps, remove them out of your Bible; but then you cannot erase them out of divine verities. You know it is true, that God is immutable, do you not? He never changes—you must know that, for the Bible says so. It declares that when he has begun a good work, he will carry it through. Do not get reading frothy commentators any longer; take the Bible as it stands, and if you do not see everlasting love there, there is some fault in your eyes, and it is a case rather for the Ophthalmic hospital, than for me. If you cannot see everlasting, eternal security, blood-bought righteousness, there, I am hopeless altogether of your conversion to the truth, while you read it with your present prejudices.

It has been my privilege to give more prominence in the religious world to those old doctrines of the gospel. I have delighted in the musty old folios which many of my brethren have kept bound in sheepskins and goatskins, on their library shelves. As for new books, I leave them to others. Oh! if we might but go back to those days when the best of men were our pastors—the days of the Puritans. Oh! for a puritanical gospel again; then we should not have the sleepy hearers, the empty chapels, the drowsy preachers, the velvet-mouthed men who cannot speak the truth; but we should have ‘Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, and good-will towards men.’ Do go home and search. I have told you what I believe to be true; if it is not true, detect the error by reading your Bibles for yourselves, and searching out the matter.

As for you, ye ungodly, who hitherto have had neither portion nor lot in this matter, recollect that God’s word speaks to you as well as to the Christian, and says, ‘Turn ye, turn ye; why will ye die, O house of Israel’? graciously promising that whosoever cometh to Christ he will in no wise cast out. It is a free gospel, free as the air, and he who has but life to breathe it may breathe it; so that every poor soul here, who is quickened, and has a sense of his guilt, may come to Christ.

Let not conscience make you linger,

Nor of fitness fondly dream.

All the evidence you require is to feel your need of Christ; and recollect, if you only once come, if you do but believe, you will be safe through all eternity; and amidst the wreck of matter, the crash of worlds, the conflagration of the universe, and the destruction of all terrestrial things, your soul must still be eternally secure in the covenant of God’s free grace. God enable you now to become his adopted children by faith in Jesus.

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David’s Dying Song: C. H. Spurgeon Sermon — Banner of Truth USA

Learning to be Content — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

For I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquietedin whatever state I am” Philippians 4:11 (Amplified).

Contentment in all situations is the goal.

Learning how to be content is the challenge, and that only happens when we realize that “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” (Philippians 4:12)

Contentment is born from a constant yielding and acceptance that the Lord is Sovereign over and in all things. Someone said,

If He is not Lord of all, He is not Lord at all.

When bad things happen to us, we desperately want to change them. It is hard to accept with contentment a loved one who is sick and dying, a child who has decided to stray from the Lord, an estranged relationship, a loss of a career you love, financial hardships, and the aches and pains of an aging body, and younger people who aren’t interested in learning from your experiences (just as we weren’t).

However, as we journey through the pain of these experiences, if we lean hard on Jesus’ grace and sufficiency, we become more content, until finally we accept them. We become quiet – we are no longer disturbed. We rest in Him. We can say with confidence, “

The Lord will accomplish what concerns me.” (Psalm 138:8)

Father, thank You for caring about us and all things that come into our life. Thank You for helping us trust in Your sovereignty and enabling us to be content in whatever state we are in. Amen.

By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission

Further Reading

•  Practicing the presence of God

•  Something Beautiful of my Life

•   Keep Yourselves in God’s Love

Learning to be Content — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

14 Mar 2023 News Briefing

In the next 75 years, Israel needs to focus on ushering in the Spiritual Redemption
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All that remains for the Jewish People to accomplish nationally is to shift from our preoccupation with building our Physical Redemption, to using the same determination and self sacrifice to focus on ushering in the Spiritual Redemption.

Alien mothership may be sending probes to Earth, Pentagon UFO chief posits with Harvard professor in draft paper
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The TRUTH About Nord Stream And Who Was REALLY Behind It…
Here’s what we know for sure… President Biden has ALWAYS opposed the Nord Stream pipeline, considering it a direct threat to U.S. energy exports to Europe Three weeks BEFORE Russia invaded Ukraine, Biden told reporters, “If Russia invades Ukraine… there will no longer be a Nord Stream 2.” Russia invades Ukraine on Feb. 24th, 2022 ……

1,000+ migrants rush border; riot squad deployed
A crowd of migrants estimated to be at least 1,000 strong attempted to rush a border crossing in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday, triggering a riot control response seen in dramatic footage shared online. The standoff halted traffic on the Paso Del Norte Bridge for about five hours and saw riot-gear-clad agents with Customs and Border Protection block the crowd with barricades topped with barbed wire, El Paso Times

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The Pentagon on Monday asked Congress to approve bulk buys of five types of missiles that the U.S. military would use to fight China, according to defense officials and budget documents. The multiyear procurements are part of a $30.6 billion munitions spending request that’s up $5.8 billion, nearly 25 percent, from the previous year. It’s all part of the Biden administration’s $842 billion 2024 Pentagon budget proposal that was sent to lawmakers on Monday.

The Biblical Worldview Is ‘Shuffling Toward Edge of the Cliff’
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Israeli banks unlikely to fail like U.S. lenders, economist says
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The Big List of U.S. companies going crazy woke for LGBT
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The Zombie Apocalypse of Leftist Institutions
American government is almost wholly run by specialists, a massive administrative state whose employees are virtually impossible to fire, and an elected class of officials with near universal law degrees, without character or virtue, for the sake of the collective good. As they understand it. Our institutions are useless and mistrust is universal because we have run out of objective truths. Institutions and intellectual systems don’t function without objective truths. Neither do people.

Opponents of Judicial Reform are Supporting an Iranian Model for Israel
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Norway joins Finland, Sweden, and the UK in denouncing puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and ‘sex changes’ surgeries for minors with confusion about their gender.

Cyclone Yaku hits Peru, leaving 6 people dead, 5 missing, and over 2 000 homes severely damaged
Peru has been hit hard by Cyclone Yaku over the past few days, with the country’s northern regions experiencing severe flooding and significant damage. The cyclone, which has caused at least six deaths, has been described by the director of civil defense, César Sierra, as an unusual phenomenon causing intensifying rains in the north.

Another atmospheric river set to move across California, bringing heavy rain and snow 
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Coastal low pressure to develop into major nor’easter with heavy snowfall and strong winds, U.S.
Residents along the northeastern United States are being urged to brace themselves for a major Nor’easter that is set to impact the region beginning late Monday, March 13, 2023, through Wednesday. The coastal low-pressure system is predicted to strengthen rapidly overnight on Monday and will have significant impacts on the Northeastern region.

Record floods hit parts of northern Queensland, Australia
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Enemies Within: Biden Puts Muslim Brotherhood in Key Diplomatic and Intelligence Roles
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A tornado tore through the village of Pontarion in Creuse, central France, around 17:00 LT on Thursday, March 9, 2023, leaving behind a trail of destruction to infrastructure and buildings. The violent weather caused significant damage to a number of houses, leaving roofs and windows shattered, while telephone lines were also damaged.

Chinese Illegal Alien Encounters Jump 800%
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Africa’s Food Crisis Caused by the West. 278 million Africans— One in Five —are Facing Hunger
While the COP 27 environmental summit ended without significant achievements, Africa is in the grip of its worst food crisis ever, driven by a perfect storm of climate crisis conditions— drought and floods—along with raging armed conflicts and spiraling grain import prices. A record 278 million Africans— one in five—are facing hunger. The number of East Africans in this predicament has gone up by 60% in 2021 alone and it has gone up by 40% in West Africa.

Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants Storm Border At Texan Port Of Entry
The stampede incident started at the Paso Del Norte International bridge entry point in El Paso, Texas, around 1.30 p.m. local time. Hundreds attempted to forcefully cross the entry point to the bridge at Juarez, Mexico.

Biden’s 2024 Funding Proposal Is a War Budget and He Is Leading Us to War 
From Aug. 7, 1789 when it was created, to September 18, 1947, the American people knew that their government had a Department of War, and that it had an Army and a Navy for that purpose, both to defend the country against attack, as it did in 1812, and to make war, as it did in the Barbary War of 1801-1805.

New TikTok Trend Of ‘Trad Wife’ Catches On As More And More Women Showing Interest In Traditional And Biblical Marriage Roles For Men And Women
It’s quite interesting to see how that, in this plastic and highly-artificial world we’ve created for ourselves, from time to time there is a stirring to return to purity and wholesomeness even if it’s just a temporary trend on TikTok.

US TikTok User Data Has Been Repeatedly Accessed From China, Leaked Audio Shows
“I feel like with these tools, there’s some backdoor to access user data in almost all of them,” said an external auditor hired to help TikTok close off Chinese access to sensitive information, like Americans’ birthdays and phone numbers.

Canada’s police chiefs want to expand DNA collection laws to non-violent offenders
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has put its support behind a Senate bill that would allow those convicted of non-violent crimes to have samples of their DNA taken and stored in a government database.

Lindsey Graham Says He’ll Introduce Bill to ‘Set the Stage to Use Military Force’ in Mexico
Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Monday he is prepared to introduce legislation to pave the way for the president to potentially use military force in Mexico to combat drug cartels.

Collapse of the COVID Truth Regime
California’s new misinformation law aims to silence dissenting medical opinions while allowing state-sponsored falsehoods to proliferate unchecked

The Non-Bailout BAILOUT commences – total system collapse temporarily averted with emergency liquidity flood 
Three US banks collapsed last week (Silvergate, Silicon Valley Bank and Signature). Contagion took hold and quickly began to spread to other banks

Sarah Huckabee Sanders signs law restricting LGBT ideology, CRT, sexual materials in schools 
Arkansas Republican Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed a new law Wednesday to formally prohibit Critical Race Theory (CRT) and LGBT indoctrination in the state’s public schools.

NTEB PROPHECY NEWS PODCAST: This Week Is The Three Year Anniversary Of ’15 Days To Flatten The Curve’ And The End Times Action Is Off The Charts
Three years ago, on March 16th of 2020, President Trump stood side by side with Anthony Fauci, and they announced that America would be locking down in order to stem the tide of the SARS-cov-2 coronavirus that had just been intentionally released from the Wuhan lab in China

The Real Inflation Figure in the UK is now over 35% 
A lot of rubbish is being talked about inflation figures. The aim, of course, is to reduce the demands of workers who want pay rises.

WHO pushes for a One World Government by issuing guidance to national parliamentarians

Yesterday, World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced “with great pleasure” a joint project of the IPU Parliament and WHO, “which can guide parliamentarians along the path towards health for all, including on law-making, finance, taxation and accountability.”

Panama Supreme Court rejects legalization of same-sex ‘marriage,’ says it’s not a ‘human right’
The court said the idea of homosexual unions ‘lacks conventional and constitutional recognition’ and upheld the country’s law prioritizing traditional marriage and family structures.

ISIS: Killed Over 35 ‘Christians’ in Congo 
The Islamic State group has issued a statement claiming responsibility for killing more than 35 people and wounding dozens in eastern Congo.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2023/03/14/14-mar-2023/

Headlines – 3/14/2023

On trip to the US, high-level IDF veterans issue warning against judicial overhaul

Knesset advances override clause in 1st reading, in major step for judicial overhaul

Opposition heads vow to boycott final votes on overhaul; PM attacks ‘leftist’ media

Bill protecting PM from impeachment submitted to Israeli parliament

As Saudis sidle up to Iran, some see US apathy, Israeli political chaos to blame

China and Russia Mock Biden Administration’s ‘Sour Grapes’ on Iran-Saudi Deal

Saudi Arabia Blocks Israelis From Attending UN Event

Italy ‘asked IAEA chief to do everything to prevent nuclear Iran’ – FM

EU action in Palestinian conflict encourages terror, Israel tells Italy

Moroccan palace asks Islamist party to stop criticizing ties with Israel

FBI reveals hate crimes at levels not seen in over 20 years – Updated data finds antisemitic hate crimes against American Jews increased nearly 20 percent in 2021

Report: Pakistani Taliban Terrorists Using U.S. Weapons Biden Abandoned in Afghanistan

Iran’s Judiciary Says It Pardoned 22,000 Jailed Protesters

Iran to purchase Su-35 fighter jets from Russia

ICC to open war crimes cases on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

‘Navalny’ wins the Oscar, and director Daniel Roher blasts Putin and the war in Ukraine

Zelensky: Ukraine seeks ‘spiritual independence,’ acts against church

Thousands Of Orthodox Ukrainians Gather To Pray As Zelenskiy Closes Centuries Old Ukrainian Orthodox Christian Monastery

China’s Xi to meet Putin in Moscow, speak to Zelenskyy: reports

GOP Senators Accuse Pentagon Official of Leaking Classified Information on Chinese Spy Balloons

Biden, Allies Unveil Australia Submarine Deal, Part of Trilateral Pact Aimed at Countering China

Silicon Valley Bank Sued by Shareholders For Securities Fraud

SVB Failure Sparks Blame Game Over Trump-Era Regulatory Rule

Barney Frank blames crypto panic for his bank’s collapse. Elizabeth Warren blames Trump.

Warren: Congress Needs to Roll Back Trump’s ‘Bank Regulation Reliefs’

Biden blames bank failures on Trump signing 2018 bill passed with significant Democrat support

Third Bank to Collapse Is Same One That Closed Trump’s Accounts after January 6

Democratic Senator Floats Social Media Censorship as Third Bank Collapses, Lawmaker Says

As losses mounted, Silicon Valley Bank doubled down on woke investments and left-wing rhetoric

Crypto Scours the Globe for Banks to Replace Collapsed US Lenders

SVB collapse: Bank fallout shines spotlight on $620 billion hole in banking sector

First Republic drops 60%, leads decline in bank stocks despite government’s backstop of SVB

The German Branch Of Silicon Valley Bank Has Been Ordered Closed By Germany’s BaFin

Biden Angles to Avert Banking Crisis and Avoid the Word ‘Bailout’

Congress eyes next steps after dual bank failures

Federal Reserve Announces It Is Conducting Review Into Its Own Regulatory Failure of Silicon Valley Bank

Fed Caught in a Bind Post-SVB Collapse, Trying to Maintain People’s Trust in the System: Economist

Nolte: Biden Rushes to Rescue Silicon Valley After Ignoring East Palestine

Fed’s New Backstop Shields Banks From $300 Billion of Losses

FDIC has only about half the cash needed to cover roughly $264B in deposits at failed banks, report

Regional banks are seeing flight of deposits to too-big-to-fail megabanks

Carney on ‘Kudlow’: ‘We Could Be on Tenterhooks All Week’ to See if Other Banks Collapse

Morgan Stanley Warns Investors to Sell Stock Rebounds That May Follow Government Intervention in SVB Collapse

Market stress indicators react sharply after U.S. bank failures

Shares drop by 75%, trading halted on dozens of banks after Biden declares ‘US banking is safe’

2-year Treasury yield posts biggest 3-day decline since aftermath of 1987 stock crash

Steve Cortes: “The bond market is revolting against Biden’s inflationary policies. Inflation is out of control, and it’s going to get worse.”

Fed Battle Plan for Inflation Shredded by Financial Turmoil

Tucker Carlson Goes There: “If People Don’t Start Making a Lot of Noise – It Will Mean Digital Currency – If You Want to Make a Run on the Banks This Is How You Talk”

The government may stop issuing Social Security payments after the debt limit is hit – here’s why

Garbage lines Paris streets amid pension strikes

House Oversight Committee Subpoenas Bank of America in Biden Family Business Probe

Jan. 6 defense attorney moves to dismiss case amid allegations FBI altered evidence

Footage Shown by Tucker Carlson Doesn’t Exonerate Jan. 6 Defendants: Prosecutors

DOJ Responds to Tucker Carlson Video Footage of Peaceful Q-Shaman Being Escorted Through US Capitol – Says It “Lacks Context”

MSNBC’s Wallace: FNC’s Tucker Carlson Attempted ‘Orwellian Rewrite’ of January 6

Judge Denies Requests from Jan. 6 Defendants to Cross-Examine FBI Agent on Leaked Messages

McCarthy Says He Will ‘Slowly Roll Out’ Jan. 6 Footage to News Outlets

‘Democratic Party Icon’ Naomi Wolf Apologizes to Conservatives After Release of January 6 Footage

Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Tucker Carlson and January 6th Political Prisoners At Oscars

NBC’s Todd: DeSantis Teaching Dangers of Communism is ‘Politicizing’

Matt Taibbi torches Democrats for ‘comically inept’ attacks during Twitter Files hearing

S1 – Minor solar radiation storm after full-halo CME associated with solar activity on the far side

Asteroid the size of 69 American alligators to pass Earth Tuesday – NASA

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits the eastern New Guinea region, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Catamarca-La Rioja region, Argentina

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Sama Grande, Peru

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Lata, Solomon Islands

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador eruptsto 16,000ft

Merapi volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Sheveluch volcano in Russia erupts to 13,000ft

Major eruption at Merapi volcano produces very large pyroclastic flow, Indonesia

Small earthquake swarm at Katla volcano, Iceland

Cyclone Freddy Kills at Least 99 in Malawi

Cyclone Yaku hits Peru, leaving 6 people dead, 5 missing, and over 2,000 homes severely damaged

Coastal low pressure to develop into major nor’easter with heavy snowfall and strong winds, U.S.

New York Gov. Hochul declares state of emergency and mobilizes National Guard ahead of storm

Treacherous flooding is about to get worse in California as another atmospheric river closes in on storm-battered residents

Record floods hit parts of northern Queensland, Australia

Tornado rips through village in central France, causing significant damage

California cancels rest of salmon season over lingering drought issues

Giant seaweed blob twice the width of the US takes aim at Florida

Republicans Ask Energy Secretary to Retract ‘Alarming’ Praise of China’s Climate Efforts

Biden OKs Alaska oil project, draws ire of environmentalists

AOC, top Democrats issue stinging rebuke of Biden over failed climate promises

Mexican president claims country ‘safer’ than US following death and kidnappings of Americans

Michael W. Smith Believes a Worldwide Revival Is Breaking Out: ‘What We’ve Prayed for’ Is Happening

Pope Francis approaches lifting ban against celibacy for Catholic priests, calling it ‘a temporary prescription’

Wild sex claims revealed at ‘cushiest’ prison as 18 female guards fired, quit: report

Sex Ed Promoting Inappropriate Content: Expert

Drag Queen Taught 11-Year-Olds About Anal Sex, Parent Complains

Kansas Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Women’s Sports

Devout Catholic Joe Biden Calls for Federal Legislation to Block “Cruel” and “Close to Sinful” State Laws Protecting Children from Transgender Medical Abuse

West Virginia Legislature Passes Bill Protecting Children from ‘Transgender’ Drugs, Procedures

Norway Medical Watchdog: ‘Not Enough Research’ on Trans Drugs for Kids, Should Be Considered Experimental Treatment

Jane Fonda says suggestion to ‘murder’ pro-life advocates ‘obviously made in jest’

Supreme Court Requests Security Funding Boost Amid Abortion Protests, Assassination Threats

South Carolina Bill Would Label Abortions As Homicide – Make Participants Eligible for the Death Penalty

Abortion Rights Moves One Step Closer to Ohio Ballot

Newsom’s former chief is repping Walgreens in abortion pill fight

Arizona warns Mexican cartels are lacing fentanyl with animal tranquilizer

Ghost submarine with $87.7 million of cocaine and two bodies aboard seized off coast of Colombia

Pfizer to buy cancer drug maker Seagen for $43 bln

Judge declines to dismiss Moderna patent infringement case involving COVID-19 vaccine

Moderna Fails to Convince Judge that US Government Should Have Been Sued for its COVID-19 Vaccine Patent Not Them

Whitmer says her COVID restrictions in hindsight ‘don’t make a lot of sense’

Ric Grenell on the Lou Dobbs Show: “Every Single Intelligence Agency Signed Off” on a Statement in April 2020 Declaring China Responsible for COVID Pandemic – It Was a Cover-Up

After He Was Caught Bribing Medical Experts – Dr. Fauci Now Claims COVID-19 Lab Leak Could Still be Considered a ‘Natural Occurrence’

Top Lawmaker On Intel Committee: It’s ‘Incredibly Frustrating’ To Watch Fauci Say Things That Are ‘Not Reflected’ In Intel

Report: U.S. Govt. Made Duplicate Payments to Wuhan Lab in China, Potentially Losing Tens of Millions of Dollars

Marburg virus outbreaks are increasing in frequency and geographic spread – three virologists explain

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

Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 14, 2023

 “From The Patriot Post (patriotpost.us)”.


“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” —Thomas Jefferson (1824)



Dems Create and ‘Solve’ the Banking Crisis

It’s all about Democrat regulators and politicians saving Democrat investors.

Nate Jackson

Joe Biden is bailing out his too-big-to-fail wealthy investor friends in Big Tech and Big Climate. If you understand that, you get the big picture with his rescue of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank in recent days.

Big Tech firms not only give Democrats an awful lot of money, but they stand as the Praetorian Guard for the flow of information. No one circles the wagons for Democrats like social media “fact-checkers.” That is an invaluable contribution to Democrats. Indeed, the censorship of the story about Hunter Biden’s laptop and Joe Biden’s corruption likely saved Biden from losing the 2020 presidential election. He is, of course, grateful.

As for the ecofascists, Mark Alexander notes in his in-depth history of this collapse: “SVB banked for Biden’s favorite business constituency — more than 1,550 ‘climate change’ technology firms developing solar, hydrogen, and battery storage. SVB issued them billions in loans, and many were profiting on the tax credits included in Biden’s co-called Inflation Reduction Act.”

These Democrat allies aren’t exactly your average middle-class Joes, either. According to Jim Geraghty, “As of the end of last year, 93 percent of the money in Silicon Valley Bank was above that $250,000 threshold and not covered by the FDIC.” Maybe the vast majority of those accounts are held by small businesses, but maybe not. Either way, the money above that $250,000 per account, Geraghty says, “will come from the Deposit Insurance Fund of the FDIC,” which is ultimately taxpayer-backed.

It’s hard to overstate the future consequences. Philip Klein notes that this bailout “has created a huge moral hazard by signaling that the $250,000 FDIC limit on deposit insurance does not exist in practice.”

In 2010, when he signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Barack Obama promised, “There will be no more tax-funded bailouts — period.”

Biden effectively reiterated that yesterday: “No losses will be borne by the taxpayers.”

The truth is, American taxpayers will bear the financial burden of two big banks overextending themselves to Democrat allies. The Wall Street Journal editorial board calls it “an income transfer from average Americans to deep-pocketed investors.” The overextension, in turn, goes back to Democrat regulation of the banking industry.

Notably, one Democrat who bears more responsibility than most is Barney Frank, the man hilariously parodied by the late Rush Limbaugh as the “banking queen.” Frank was, along with Chris Dodd, the author of the biggest financial regulatory behemoth in American history. While creating a half-trillion-dollar bailout for banks, the law essentially codified “too big to fail,” which was the very thing Democrats promised to end.

Oddly enough, reports The Washington Times, Frank “was a director at Signature Bank until the New York Division of Financial Services took it over Sunday and gave control of it to the FDIC.”

So what does Banker Frank say caused this collapse? “Digital currency,” a.k.a. cryptocurrency, which he called “a new and destabilizing — potentially destabilizing — element” in the system.“ What he didn’t tell you is that Signature Bank was increasingly dealing in crypto under his direction.

Ultimately what we have here is Democrats in Congress legislating in ways that favor Democrat investors and then when things go sideways Democrats step in to save the day. Democrats create a problem, then Democrats “solve” a problem while blaming someone else. Same as it ever was.

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Is Biden Really Drilling the Greens?

The administration’s approval of a huge new energy project has angered the environmentalists.

Douglas Andrews

The Biden administration has authorized a major oil drilling project in northern Alaska, and environmental groups aren’t happy about it. They say the president isn’t living up to his campaign promises and his climate commitments.

It’s unlikely, though, that Biden has simply decided to stick it to his party’s “green” wing. Instead, he may sense a bipartisan win with an election year looming, especially given his abysmal record on energy.

In approving the Willow Project, Biden breaks a core climate pledge to not approve any new oil or natural gas drilling on federal land. “But,” as The Washington Times reports, “breaking that promise gives him new ammunition in a 2024 reelection run to fend off accusations that he is anti-oil and responsible for high gasoline and energy prices.”

As the Washington Examiner notes: “The Interior Department approved a scaled-down version of ConocoPhillips’s Willow Project in northern Alaska, allowing the Houston-based company to develop three out of five drilling well pads it had initially proposed. Interior also ‘indefinitely’ banned oil and gas leasing on more than 2 million acres nearby in a nod to conservationists.”

The Associated Press adds: “The project could produce up to 180,000 barrels of oil a day, according to the company — about 1.5% of total U.S. oil production. Willow is currently the largest proposed oil project on U.S. public land.”

Alaska Republican Senator Dan Sullivan said the development could be “one of the biggest, most important resource development projects in our state’s history.” His Republican colleague, Senator Lisa Murkowski, concurred: “We finally did it, Willow is finally reapproved and we can almost literally feel Alaska’s future brightening because of it. I thank the administration for listening to Alaskans, rejecting false claims meant to sink this project and having the courage to make the right decision on Willow.”

Not everyone was as pleased as Sullivan and Murkowski. A Change.org petition in opposition to the project has so far gotten nearly 3,400,000 signatures.

In Congress, a group of “green” Democrats issued a joint statement noting that the Biden administration’s decision “ignores the voices of the people of Nuiqsut, our frontline communities, and the irrefutable science that says we must stop building projects like this to slow the ever more devastating impacts of climate change. … The only acceptable Willow project is no Willow project.”

Margie Alt, director of the Climate Action Campaign, offered more environmental bromides: “Today’s decision to approve the Willow Project in Alaska will lock in decades of dirty and dangerous oil and gas production and drown out the tremendous environmental and economic opportunities available from transitioning to a clean economy.”

The federal oil reserve that will host the project is roughly the size of Indiana, and supporters say it’ll provide “an economic lifeline for Indigenous communities in the region.” For that reason, the project has bipartisan support within the state, including within the indigenous Nuiqsut community mentioned by the Democrats.

“Today, the people of Alaska were heard,” said Democrat Congresswoman Mary Peltola, who’s also one of those indigenous Alaskans. “After years of consistent, determined advocacy for this project, from people all across the state and from every walk of life, the Willow Project is finally moving forward.”

Angry Democrats will no doubt challenge the project in court, and they might even challenge Biden from the environmental Left, but we suspect he already weighed all this before making his decision.

The project is obviously good news for those who value cheap and abundant energy, but Republicans are wrong if they think Biden has turned over a new pro-energy leaf. “The Biden Administration remains hostile to nearly all domestic fossil-fuel production,” write the editors of the Wall Street Journal editorial page, “and political realism says Willow is the exception that proves that rule. The White House knows a primary challenge from the left is unlikely, and its bigger concern is the opening for a GOP challenger if there is a surge in oil prices after Mr. Biden has sat on all drilling in the U.S.”

Regardless, the Willow Project is win for the American people.

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Santa Clara County Still Seeking $2.87M From Church

The crime? Going to church during COVID lockdowns.

Emmy Griffin

When the country locked down in March 2020, little could we imagine what sort of tyranny was about to be unleashed. California became particularly nasty with its mask, social distancing, and vaccine mandates on top of draconian lockdowns. Perhaps the most notorious and arbitrary of the rules was that people were allowed to go to the liquor store but not to church. In fact, churches were a particular target for the COVID health department zombies.

Calvary Church San Jose was one of the churches targeted by law enforcement.

Black Lives Matter riots? Nah. Homelessness and debris cluttering this city? Nah. Churches and people who continued to worship were the real criminals according to the Santa Clara County law enforcement. Specifically, the health department used the Business Compliance Unit to surveil church congregants and keep track of COVID mandate violations.

According to David Zweig, an independent reporter:

On the first visit they entered the premises, observed the congregants, and then left to write up a Notice of Violation for masking, gathering, singing, and distancing violations. When the officers returned shortly after to deliver the Notice they were denied entry and told to get off the property. From then forward, each Sunday the enforcement officers were locked out of Calvary. But this did not stop them.

Barred from the premises, the Unit struck an agreement with the law-abiding church next door to Calvary for the officers to set up camp there for their operations. Enforcement officers, often working in pairs, conducted dozens of stakeouts, spying on Calvary staff and members by peering at them through a chainlink fence from the adjacent property.

So, not only did the county betray this church by denying its religious freedom rights, but a neighboring “law-abiding” church let government goons use its property to set up surveillance and spy on Calvary. These inspectors often worked in pairs and conducted stakeouts on the “disobedient” church. It’s important to note that these enforcers cost $219 an hour.

This was not the worst of it, however. The enforcers apparently used a geofence to track cellular traffic in and out of the church. They even hired a professor at Stanford Law to analyze the data and aggregate the daily attendance of people at Calvary. This cost Santa Clara County taxpayers $800 an hour. This data shows that church attendance exploded during the pandemic, with a peak of 1,700 people daily in early 2021.

Between the “violations” the health department was able to surveil via neighbor church stakeouts and the data collected via geofence about daily attendees, Santa Clara County demanded Calvary Church pay for all the fines it had accumulated. Calvary refused.

That’s when the county sued the church to the tune of $2.87 million.

This case has been ongoing since December 2020 and is expected to be decided this spring.

It would be very surprising and unconstitutional if the authoritarians got their way. For precedent’s sake, Grace Community Church (Pastor John McArthur’s church) has already won a similar case in LA County and was in fact awarded $800,000 in settlement. In February 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down California’s unconstitutional ban on church gatherings.

Santa Clara County’s case shouldn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell. Hopefully come spring, that prediction will come to fruition.

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Executive News Summary

Inflation report, Biden’s gun executive order, DeSantis fights for kids, and more.

Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler


  • Inflation report … matches expectations: The inflation rate for February rose 0.4% and is up 6% over last year at this time, coming in almost exactly at what was anticipated for a change. The annual rate of inflationary growth has slowed somewhat, though we’re still a long way from economic health. The Federal Reserve will meet this month and is expected to continue its recent practice and raise interest rates another quarter-point. However, the recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank might induce the Fed to hit the pause button on another rate hike.
  • Still understaffed three years later: Three years after “15 days to slow the spread,” the food service industry is still struggling to find workers. Nearly 60% of restaurants report being understaffed. As of last December, the food service industry had a whopping 1.7 million job openings, despite the fact that the number of restaurants currently operating still hasn’t returned to pre-pandemic levels. So where have all the workers gone? Interestingly, the majority of these missing workers are Millennials and Gen Xers, generational demographics that have both listed a litany of reasons for leaving the workforce, some of which appear more legitimate than others. What can be done to change this problem remains unclear, but the IRS wanting to keep tabs on the tip jar certainly won’t help matters.
  • Biden’s gun EO: Joe Biden is infringing on Americans’ Second Amendment rights yet again as he plans to sign another executive order targeting firearms. According to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Biden’s order will target gun dealers who break the law in an effort to move “the U.S. as close to universal background checks as possible.” Biden’s EO directs Garland to clarify who is “engaged in the business” of selling firearms. As an administration official explained: “Number one, to make it clear that those who are willfully violating the law need to come into compliance with the law and, number two, to make it clear to people who may not realize that, under that statutory definition they are indeed in the business of selling firearms, they must become federally licensed firearm dealers and they must run background checks before gun sales.” The order is also reported to include a “safe storage” directive. One thing’s for certain: This is not about keeping Americans safe but about expanding the government’s control over law-abiding Americans and shrinking their freedom.
  • Biden crime family update: Over the weekend, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) revealed that “four individuals who had ties [to] the Biden family on their various schemes around the world” are working with the committee. Comer further asserted: “So now we have, in hand, documents that show just exactly how the Biden family was getting money from the Chinese Communist Party, and I will tell you, it’s as bad as we thought. … It’s very concerning.” Comer claims the committee now has “bank records in hand” that demonstrate that Beijing was sending money to the Bidens. It will be interesting to see how Joe Biden attempts to spin his claim of no foreign business deals.
  • DeSantis fights for kids: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis set the record straight by effectively turning the tables on the Leftmedia’s intentionally misleading coverage of his “book ban.” Holding a press conference, DeSantis expertly exposed the blatantly false narratives surrounding his signing bills that aim to prevent pornographic and sexually explicit materials from being allowed in Florida’s K-12 public schools. Standing behind a podium affixed with the sign “Exposing the Book Ban Hoax,” DeSantis began reading excerpts from several books that had been found in some classrooms across the state — excerpts that were so pornographic and sexually explicit in nature that several news feeds cut away their coverage of the event. DeSantis contended, “Exposing the ‘book ban’ hoax is important because it reveals that some are attempting to use our schools for indoctrination.” Since the law has taken effect, a total of 175 books have been removed from schools across the state, and 153 of those books “were identified as pornographic, violent, or inappropriate for their grade level.” Meanwhile, the Leftmedia doesn’t bat an eye when there are calls to ban classic books like To Kill a Mockingbird from schools.


  • SVB collapse only “the tip of the iceberg” under Biden spending policies, economist warns (Fox News)
  • Biden promises “your deposits will be there” amid banks’ collapse (Politico)
  • Supreme Court requests more funding to protect justices (Hot Air)
  • Stanford apologizes after conservative federal appeals judge is heckled during Federalist Society talk (ABA)
  • All Democrats on Homeland Security Committee pull out from attending hearing in field on border crisis (Daily Wire)
  • Michigan governor admits some COVID restrictions didn’t “make a lot of sense” (Epoch Times)
  • “Hate crimes” jumped nearly 12% in 2021, new FBI figures show (NBC News)
  • Vermont Christian school barred from future tournaments after forfeiting game against team with “trans” student (Fox News)
  • Women now binge drinking more than men for first time in history (Washington Examiner)
  • Policy: Biden is trying to have it both ways on Arctic drilling (The Federalist)
  • Humor: Silicon Valley Bank assures customers that everyone who lost their life savings will receive a free ballpoint pen (Babylon Bee)

For more editors’ choice headlines, click here.

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The Left Now Wants Our Washing Machines

First it was our gas stoves; now the Biden administration is setting its sights on our laundry rooms.

Michael Swartz

Not long after threatening the existence of the gas stove as a “hidden hazard” in the kitchen, the Biden administration is looking to make doing the laundry more expensive and time-consuming. It’s all in order to “confront the global climate crisis.”

Manufacturers of these appliances had a brief victory with relaxed standards for certain machines under the Trump administration. It was a rollback the Natural Resources Defense Council called “ridiculous,” claiming the Trump decision was “needlessly increasing consumer water and energy bills and climate-warming carbon pollution while exacerbating water shortages.” The NRDC eventually sued the Trump administration, demanding action on that and other appliance standards.

Clearly, the Biden regime got the memo.

On the other hand, when it comes to washers and dryers, consumers demand products that actually clean and dry clothes and aren’t a waste of money in the service of “high efficiency.” Manufacturers know this, too, and that’s why they’re questioning the need for new regulations when appliances are already significantly more efficient than they were a generation ago.

The Biden Department of Energy claims consumers will save $295 over the 14-year life of a new washer, but that estimate obviously fails to factor in the extra detergent and rewashing necessitated by loads of laundry that still reek.

A federal law passed during the Ford administration, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, was the initial camel’s nose under the regulatory tent for appliance makers, with the nascent DOE created under Jimmy Carter being placed in charge of the program soon after its formation. Since then, appliance makers have been placed under a labeling law (those yellow stickers you see on all those appliances detailing their energy use is a part of this), and the Energy Star program was eventually created.

Needless to say, appliances are far more energy efficient than they were a half-century ago (and in some cases are cheaper in real, inflation-adjusted dollars), but the tradeoff seems to come in an almost planned obsolescence, where appliances that are “smarter” thanks to all their computer programming seem to barely make it to the end of their extended warranties before going haywire. (Meanwhile, millions of garages and basements have “dumb” 30-year-old backup refrigerators and 20-year-old washer/dryer combos still going strong.)

The Biden washing machine rules are part of a mandatory DOE review process slated every six years, but apparently skipped under Donald Trump as the previous review came in 2012. While washer manufacturers did get a break, the appliance industry would still prefer the rule period be lengthened or simply abolished. “They keep tightening the standards, and I’m not sure their reasoning makes sense anymore,” said Travis Fisher of the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment.

Given the recent claim by the appliance industry that Biden’s proposed gas stove rules would wipe out 96% of the market, it can be safely assumed that washer and dryer manufacturers will need to completely retool their products by the time the proposed rules would take effect in 2027. The Energy Department admitted as much, stating that manufacturers may need to “invest” up to $2 billion over the next three years to have products ready for the new regulations.

And that $295 savings the DOE is promising you? It’ll surely be outweighed by companies that, rather than eating their research and development expenses, will simply pass them on to the consumer.

When the idea of gas stove regulations first surfaced a few weeks ago, our Nate Jackson wrote: “There is NO constitutional authority for the administration to regulate what kind of stoves Americans buy. Yet there’s also no authority to regulate lightbulbs, or toilet flushes, or any number of other awful policies implemented by Democrats and Republicans alike.”

Ultimately, we can’t count on the Regulatory Commissars to get our clothes clean. But those old-school washers and dryers still do the job — and the extra dollar or two they add to the utility bill seems a small price to pay.

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‘Good’ Rioters and ‘Bad’ Ones

The difference in sentencing between Capitol trespassers and anti-Trump rioters and leftist firebombers is glaring.

Douglas Andrews

“I hope they burn everything down,” said Urooj Rahman to Colinford Mattis in a message hours before they took to the streets of Brooklyn to rage on behalf of George Floyd. “Need to burn all the police stations down … probably all the courts too.”

It was strange sentiment for one lawyer to express to another — especially that last part. Some might even call it violent insurrectionist sentiment.

But here they were, these two lawyers — Rahman, then 31, having graduated from Fordham University Law School, and Mattis, then 32, a proud graduate of both Princeton and NYU Law School — talking about burning down the instruments of civilized society that they’d sworn to uphold.

When Rahman joined protesters that night, she wrote to Mattis: “Throwing bottles and tear gas … lit some fires but were put out … fireworks goin and Molotovs rollin.”

The highlight of this night of mayhem was when Rahman stepped out of Mattis’s tan minivan and Rahman hurled one of those Molotov cocktails into an empty NYPD vehicle outside the 88th Precinct station house, torching it.

For this, she was sentenced to 15 months, while Mattis got one year and one day. Nice sentencing if you can get it.

Then there were the hundreds of rioters who burned cars and smashed storefronts in DC in 2017 during President Donald Trump’s inauguration — and had their charges dropped altogether by the Department of Justice. All of them. Think we’re exaggerating? Go ahead, look it up.

And then there’s Navy veteran Jacob Chansley, 33, the guy best known as the fur-bearing, horn-helmeted QAnon Shaman of January 6 infamy. Indeed, his was the very face of that mostly peaceful non-insurrection that took place inside the Capitol — as opposed to the thuggish behavior of those outside the Capitol grounds who climbed walls, broke windows, and skirmished with cops.

“Virtually every moment of his time inside the Capitol was caught on tape,” said Tucker Carlson upon revealing video of that day which, thanks to the rigged January 6 Committee, had never been seen before by the public.

“The tapes show the Capitol Police never stopped Jacob Chansley,” Carlson continued. “They helped him.” Indeed, they walked him past seven other cops milling around outside the Senate chamber, who barely give Chansley a second look. And yet, as Carlson continues, “Jacob Chansley became the face of January 6, a dangerous conspiracy theorist dressed in an outlandish costume who led the violent insurrection to overthrow America’s democracy.”

“The one very serious regret that I have,” said Chansley in a jailhouse interview, “is believing that when we were waved in by police officers, that it was acceptable.”

There are conflicting accounts of Chansley’s activities that day. As the Washington Examiner reports: “The footage, released by Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday, does not include most of the evidence that is damaging to Chansley, according to the filing by prosecutors of Proud Boys member Dominic Pezzola, who was also sentenced for his involvement in the Capitol riot. Of the footage that Carlson has shown, the 10-page filing read, all of it took place between 2:56 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Jan. 6, even though Chansley had already breached a police line at 2:09 p.m. and then entered the Capitol.”

One thing we’re not hearing from credible sources, though, is that Chansley behaved violently. In fact, he’s on video tape reading then-President Donald Trump’s tweet and telling the crowd: “Everybody go home. We made our points.”

And for that, Jacob Chansley got 41 months in prison. And that was after having done 10 months in solitary confinement.

As free-thinking independent journalist and one-time leftist Glenn Greenwald put it at the time, “Only a sick, punitive society imprisons non-violent protesters for years in harsh conditions — or one that regards particular ideologies as inherently criminal.”

Just think: Chansley would’ve been better off tossing a Molotov cocktail into a cop car.

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  • Silicon Valley Bank Collapse — Patrick Bet-David, Barry Habib, Adam Sosnick, and Tom Ellsworth dig into how Dodd-Frank contributed to the SVB collapse.
  • Did the DOJ Withhold Evidence? — What happened with the QAnon Shaman January 6 video in court?
  • Exposing the CRT Scam — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Christopher Rufo highlight a viral video clip of the Stanford DEI director dressing down a Fifth Circuit Court judge who had been invited to speak.
  • Lying Liars — How many times can someone lie to you before you stop believing him? Podcaster Tim Pool applies this question to a source you might be trusting a little too much.


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For the Record

“It’s true that smuggling precedes Biden, and every death is not on his hands. It’s a problem that has been on the rise since 2013. He was well aware of that, being vice president back then, and yet he opened the border anyway. Ergo, Biden most certainly bears a good bit of blame for the humanitarian crisis that is our southern border.” —Nate Jackson

“The FDIC will reopen [Silicon Valley Bank] under the wing of a larger, healthier bank, but for sure, American taxpayers will be paying for the losses of depositors who made bad business decisions to leave all their cash in one bank, uninsured.” —Mark Alexander

“Taxpayers may not officially be picking up the tab [for the SVB collapse], but everyone else who uses a bank will pay for this down the road in the form of higher fees with their bank.” —Jim Geraghty

“I had no right to overturn the election and his reckless words endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol that day, and I know that history will hold Donald Trump accountable.” —Mike Pence

A Blind Squirrel Finds a Nut

“Literally 100 million Americans are on TikTok an average of 90 minutes a day. That data is residing in China no matter what TikTok says, and the truth is TikTok can be used as a propaganda mechanism for the Communist Party of China. That I believe is a national security concern.” —Democrat Senate Intel Chairman Mark Warner


“Nothing makes [troops] feel more like home than their access, you know, to American television programming, and a popular channel is Fox News. And, again, I don’t want to get in the business of telling troops what they can and cannot watch, but if you have a news station that a court is going to rule is … perpetuating dis- and misinformation, I don’t know if I disagree with VoteVets, who is saying that we need to take a look at, you know, how this is being broadcast to our troops.” —Congressman Eric Swalwell


“During the Obama-Biden administration, we put in place tough requirements on banks … to make sure that the crisis we saw in 2008 would not happen again. Unfortunately, the last administration rolled back some of these requirements.” —Joe Biden

The BIG Lie

“Take-home pay for workers is going up, especially for lower- and middle-income workers.” —Joe Biden

Belly Laughs of the Week

“Social media companies are not biased against conservatives.” —Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

“I think China … has been very sensitive and has actually invested a lot in their solutions to achieve their [climate] goals. So we’re hopeful that, you know, we can all learn from what China is doing.” —Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm

And Last…

“The only way I know how to improve the president’s budget is with a shredder.” —Senator John Kennedy

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Obama official, Hillary donors, improv actor: Meet SVB’s board of directors

Among the 12 directors who were supposed to oversee fallen Silicon Valley Bank — and prevent the catastrophic errors on Friday threw the entire banking system into jeopardy — there’s only one real banker in the bunch.

Source: Obama official, Hillary donors, improv actor: Meet SVB’s board of directors

‘The Killers’: Here Are the Foods to Avoid and the Right Foods to Eat for Heart Health

Heart disease is America’s leading cause of death, accounting for 20 percent of all fatalities. In fact, the CDC estimates one person dies every 34 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.

Source: ‘The Killers’: Here Are the Foods to Avoid and the Right Foods to Eat for Heart Health

House committee discovers ‘troubling path’ linking Biden family to China

Rep. Nick Langworthy, R-N.Y., says the House Committee on Oversight and Reform has revealed ‘greatly troubling’ banking connections between Hunter Biden and China. #FOXBusiness

Source: House committee discovers ‘troubling path’ linking Biden family to China

LIVE: Hearing on the Border Crisis at it’s Epicenter – 3/15/23 | Right Side Broadcasting Network

Join the U.S. House Select Security Committee as they begin their investigation on the border crisis created by the Biden Administration in McAllen, Texas.

Stream expected to begin at 10:15 AM ET

Source: LIVE: Hearing on the Border Crisis at it’s Epicenter – 3/15/23

The Breastplate of St. Patrick | D. James Kennedy Ministries

On March 17th of each year, we honor the memory of St. Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland. Dr. Jerry Newcombe looks at a beautiful statement of faith attributed to this bold missionary.

#StPatrick #Missionary #FGAC #Christianity #ForGodAndCountry #Ireland #JerryNewcombe #StatementOfFaith

Source: The Breastplate of St. Patrick

‘Unfixable’: New York City Cops Are Fleeing the Force in Droves — Conservative Review

New York City police officers are resigning in record numbers, the New York Post reported last week, with January and February seeing the highest number of resignations in over a decade.

The post ‘Unfixable’: New York City Cops Are Fleeing the Force in Droves appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

‘Unfixable’: New York City Cops Are Fleeing the Force in Droves — Conservative Review

Whitmer Admits Her COVID Restrictions Didn’t ‘Make a Lot of Sense’ — Conservative Review

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer (D.) admitted Sunday that her COVID-19 lockdown orders—some of the strictest in the country—were excessive and “in retrospect don’t make a lot of sense.”

The post Whitmer Admits Her COVID Restrictions Didn’t ‘Make a Lot of Sense’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Whitmer Admits Her COVID Restrictions Didn’t ‘Make a Lot of Sense’ — Conservative Review

Russia shares Nord Stream communications with UN – top diplomat | RT Russia & Former Soviet Union by RT

Germany, Denmark and Sweden have allegedly failed to keep Moscow informed about their investigations

Russia shares Nord Stream communications with UN – top diplomat

Russia has released its communications with Denmark, Sweden and Germany regarding the Nord Stream sabotage to members of the UN Security Council, a senior diplomat has said.

“Those documents allow our colleagues at the UN to confirm that the claims by these nations that they were informing us about their investigations are not true,” Dmitry Polyansky, the deputy head of the Russian mission to the UN, explained on Tuesday.

He announced Russia’s intention to share the messages with the Security Council last week, as Moscow pushes for an impartial UN-backed investigation into the incident.

The Nord Stream pipelines, which were built to supply Russian natural gas directly to Germany under the Baltic Sea, were blown up in late September. Germany, as well as Denmark and Sweden, in whose territorial waters the sabotage took place, are conducting separate probes into the incident. Russia’s requests to participate in the investigations have been rejected.

While the Western media were initially quick to accuse Russia of destroying its own infrastructure, European investigators reportedly found no evidence to support this theory. Moscow claimed the US was the party that benefited most from the “terrorist attack.”

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FILE PHOTO: Dmitry Polyansky speaks during a press conference.
Moscow to expose Nord Stream stonewalling – official

Veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reported last month that the operation to destroy the Russian-German gas link had been ordered by US President Joe Biden and conducted by a joint US-Norwegian team. Both nations have denied the allegation.

A series of reports in Western media last week suggested an alternative explanation, involving a private “pro-Ukrainian group,” possibly funded by a wealthy Ukrainian individual, planting explosives on the pipeline from a rented yacht. The group was not connected to any government, according to the reports.

Nikolay Patrushev, the secretary of the Russian national security council, argued that this theory could only convince people who “cannot think logically,” considering the specialized equipment and expertise that the sabotage of Nord Stream required.

Polyansky warned that if the international community does not get to the bottom of the incident and hold the culprits accountable, a new dangerous age may dawn, in which nations consider clandestine attacks on their rivals’ critical infrastructure permissible.

Source: Russia shares Nord Stream communications with UN – top diplomat