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No Opting Out of LGBT History Instruction? — David Fiorazo

Public schools in three states so far have decided to teach elementary school children LGBT history in multiple subjects. It began in California last year, the trend-setting state, and others are jumping on board with the latest being New Jersey.

According to reports, school districts in Rockland, CA, require students in kindergarten through fifth grades to learn about the contributions of LGBT individuals in history and social studies curriculum, and many parents are upset there is no opt-out for their children.

This is just the beginning, and this is what happens when radicals are in control of the education machine in America.

How can such a small percentage of citizens influence the entire curriculum of a school district, a state, and eventually a country? California parents protested, urging the school board not to push this curriculum through, but they did it anyway.

But check out their response. When the board approved the new curriculum that includes LGBT history, parents of more than 700 students kept their children home in protest. Other concerned states should take their cue from these parents.

At the time, a spokeswoman for Informed Parents of Rocklin, Rachel Crutchfield stated:

“We believe that anyone who has made a significant contribution to society should, of course, be included in our history textbooks; however, the concept of sexual orientation is far too complex of a topic for elementary-aged children to be introduced to at school. … Let’s let kids be kids.”

But that’s part of the agenda, isn’t it? Reach and indoctrinate kids at the youngest ages possible to condition them against God. Amy Bentley, a math teacher in Rockland argued in favor of the new gay history and wants it taught at the elementary level because, “Many students enter middle school already knowing they’re different…”

What? Define ‘different.’ So, is she suggesting these young children think they are gay, lesbian or transgender, so they must be conditioned and reaffirmed? God created them, male and female, in His image, unique, and yes, different.

How do children know or understand they’re different unless adults teach them what to believe?

Family groups say the LGBT history contradicts biblical teachings on creation and sexuality, that it will be taught in multiple subjects, and the scope of the changes will impact every subject in school.

Illinois also joined the party deciding to implement the curriculum. The Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey launched a petition to urge the governor and legislature to allow parents to opt their children out. They object, as we all should, to their tax dollars being used for what is basically an assault on religious liberty.

His response? Democrat Governor Phil Murphy signed the new law requiring public schools to teach children about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”

At a January 4 conference in Flemington, New Jersey, parental rights activists from grassroots group, Protect Your Children, were there to testify against the new law. But the president of the NJ State Board of Education, Kathy Goldenberg, told parents the board was not empowered to make any policy changes with regard to the curriculum focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.

She explained:

“The law was enacted by the state Legislature, and it did not grant the board a policymaking role with this law,”

So progressive politicians are making decisions which cannot be challenged? Hopefully, you’ve been praying for America’s children, especially for the majority of families who disagree with our children being taught not only LGBT history but the radical sex education and perversion that’s been in schools for decades.

Prayer is good. But now it’s time to take action.

The issue of parental rights will continue to be one of the many education battles across the country. What about Bible history? The Scriptures have proven by archaeology, science, and secular historians to be accurate, reliable, and true. But you won’t find teachers opening up the Bible in government-run public schools.

Once again it seems Christians are left out. In fact, one of the new school history lessons is “about the memoir of a boy forced into conversion therapy.” That’s code by the way, for ‘Christians are intolerant, they should leave people alone, and their God has no power to change anybody.’

By the way, the New Jersey LGBT group behind the enforcement of the policy actually has someone in a position called, “safe schools and community education manager.” Safe schools? They’re teaching young children things they should not have to hear and more importantly, against the family values and the will of most parents. What do they mean by “safe”?

It’s time for concerned parents to get involved and slow down this madness and indoctrination.

via No Opting Out of LGBT History Instruction? — David Fiorazo

The impeachment trial as a Rorschach test: Three rules of engagement for Christians — Denison Forum

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President Trump is speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos this morning. Meanwhile, the Senate is preparing to launch only the third impeachment trial of a president in history.

According to a recent Gallup poll, 51 percent of Americans would like the Senate to vote against conviction, while 46 percent want the Senate to convict the president and remove him from office. Unsurprisingly, 93 percent of Republicans are opposed to convicting the president, while 84 percent of Democrats are in favor of doing so.

These positions reflect the president’s overall popularity: 88 percent of Republicans approve of the job he is doing, while only 10 percent of Democrats agree.

A Rorschach test for our country 

Hermann Rorschach developed the instrument that bears his name in 1921 after noting that schizophrenia patients often interpreted the things they saw in unusual ways.

The participant is shown a series of ten inkblot cards and asked to describe what they see. However, there are no objectively correct answers. What we see says more about us than about the inkblots we are interpreting.

Impeachment functions in much the same way in our culture today. It would be difficult to live in America without having an opinion about President Trump. A statistical analysis found that the media has given three times as much airtime to his presidency as to President Obama’s. Our culture seems to be consumed daily with who he is and what he does.

Predictably, those who support the president believe the evidence supports his acquittal. Those who oppose him believe the evidence supports his conviction.

We can discuss this issue as long as we wish, but few seem open to changing their minds about President Trump. However, the way Christians discuss this divisive issue can change how people see our Lord.

Just as the US Senate is following rules of engagement for the weeks to come, so should followers of Jesus. Let’s consider three biblical principles today.

One: Focus on eternity 

There have been nineteen impeachment trials in US history—fifteen for federal judges, one for a senator, one for a Cabinet officer, and two for presidents. President Johnson’s 1868 trial took nearly two months; President Clinton’s 1999 trial lasted about one month.

However long this impeachment trial takes, remember that your relationships will endure when it is over. And every person you know will spend eternity either with God in heaven or separated from him in hell.

As a result, we should filter everything we say about impeachment through this fact: we are “ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Helping people follow Jesus is our eternal calling and highest privilege.

Two: Speak the truth in love 

Ninety-three percent of Americans say we have a civility problem. According to 63 percent of us, social media contributes directly to this problem. It is easy to be anonymous on social media, saying things about people we would never say to them.

By contrast, Jesus calls us to go directly to those with whom we disagree (Matthew 5:23–24; 18:15). Imagine a culture in which everyone chose “to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people” (Titus 3:2).

What if others slander us or our beliefs? “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31–32).

We should hold our beliefs strongly and defend them courageously, but we should do so “with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). “Speaking the truth in love” must be our mantra and mission (Ephesians 4:15).

Three: Build bridges with those with whom you disagree 

The partisan divides in our country are wider and deeper than I have ever seen them. For example, the percentage of Democrats and Republicans who would be displeased if their child married someone of the opposite party has escalated tenfold since 1960.

At the same time, it is becoming easier than ever to curate the news feeds with which we agree, so that we hear and read only what we want to hear and read. The result is that we seldom engage positions or people with whom we disagree.

By contrast, Jesus befriended Samaritans (John 4) and Gentiles (Matthew 15:21–28). He called a tax collector by name and went to his house (Luke 19:5). And he called his followers to do the same (Acts 10:15, 34–35).

Who do you know with whom you disagree about impeachment? How will you build a relationship with this person for the sake of your continued witness and their eternal soul?

How to store up treasure in heaven 

If Christians focus on eternity, speak the truth in love, and build bridges for the gospel, the Holy Spirit will use this chapter of American history to advance the kingdom of God.

Rick Warren was right: “The way you store up treasure in heaven is by investing in getting people there.”

How much treasure in heaven will you store up today?


via The impeachment trial as a Rorschach test: Three rules of engagement for Christians — Denison Forum

Getting Rich from the Gospel — Thinking Out Loud

Quickly scanning a list of of the highest paid Christian ministry executives released a few days ago by Ministry Watch, I couldn’t help but notice the irony of seeing this the day after the book review I published yesterday.

The article noted, “We are not calling this list the ’50 Highest Paid Christian Ministry Executives’ because we know that many pastors and other church leaders who might make more are not on this list, because churches are not required to make their Form 990s available to the public.”

This would include Focus on the Family. which, as we noted a few days back, is willing to perform all manner of legal contortions in order the have itself classified as a church. Guess they don’t want their key people to turn up on lists like this one. 

If there is a ‘crime in progress’ here, it would be concerning The Inspiration Networks. No less than ten execs from The Inspiration Networks appear on the list, including the #1 spot, but those numbers are, frankly speaking, too heartbreaking to reiterate here. (Don’t want to raise your blood pressure, but the top spot, belonging to David Cerullo, is well over $3.5M and the #2 on the list from the same organization is their General Counsel at $1,521,741.) Moving forward, this is an organization worthy of far greater scrutiny from the media; both Christian media and the mainstream press. The compensation packages in total are just obscene.

But it wasn’t the only organization listed more than once. Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice was #3 at $1,421,188, while “spokesperson” Kim Sekulow was #5 with $1,053,432, and Gary Sekulow, CEO/COO was #7 at $985,847. (And their ‘Senior Counsel’ was also on the list at #21.) (All figures U.S. dollars.) 

Also in the top ten was Jerry Falwell, Jr., president of Liberty University, at $1,018,527.

Curriculum Publisher David. C. Cook’s CEO Chris Doornbos is listed as having CEO salary and other compensation totaling $361,532. While that places him in position #50 on the list, it fails to provide context since we don’t know executive salaries at other Christian publishers such as Zondervan, Tyndale, Baker, etc. Additionally, David C. Cook COO Scott Miller received $336,760.

For the groups that do relief and development charity, it also failed to provide the overall income of the organizations in question, which provides necessary context. For example, I had never heard of Food for the Poor, but its senior exec received $469,654, money which, the cynic in me noted, could have been spent on food for the poor. Since I was unfamiliar with their work, I wondered what the total compensation was as a percentage of the total income.

Richard Stearns of World Vision was listed at $534,505, while at Compassion, Mark Hanlon was last on the top sixty list at $302,481.

Charles Stanley of In Touch Ministries was listed at $375,672, while Philip Bowen, the CEO was listed at $371,140. (Here’s an organization that really could list itself as a church and avoid public declaration, but they chose not to.)

On the entertainment front, Ryan Durham of Integrity Music was listed at $312,619, position #57. Michael Novak of the Educational Media Foundation, which operates radio station K-LOVE, ranked #17 at $580,628.

Also, “This information comes from the most recent Form 990 available on For some ministries the most recent year available was 2016. For most years, the most recent year available was 2017…”

Again, you may read the list for yourself at this link. An article like this can’t replace the impact you get when you look at the list as a whole.

via Getting Rich from the Gospel — Thinking Out Loud

Todd White: “Just Trust Me and My Famous Friends” — The Messed Up Church

Here’s a new Messed Up Church video that explains the manipulation techniques used by Todd White and others:

via Todd White: “Just Trust Me and My Famous Friends” — The Messed Up Church

William Lane Craig lectures on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus


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Here is Dr. William Lane Craig giving a long-form argument for the historical event of the resurrection of Jesus, and taking questions from the audience.

The speaker introduction goes for 6 minutes, then Dr. Craig speaks for 35 minutes, then it’s a period of questions and answers with the audience. The total length is 93 minutes, so quite a long period of Q&A. The questions in the Q&A period are quite good.


  • Many people who are willing to accept God’s existence are not willing to accept the God of Christianity
  • Christians need to be ready to show that Jesus rose from the dead as a historical event
  • Private faith is fine for individuals, but when dealing with the public you have to have evidence
  • When making the case, you cannot assume that your audience accepts the Bible…

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President Trump Slams Climate Change Alarmists at Davos: “We Will Never Let Radical Socialists Destroy Our Economy, Wreck Our Country or Eradicate Our Liberty” — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Tuesday, proclaiming the comeback of the American economy under his leadership while calling out hoax climate change activists as tyrannical socialists who seek to dominate and control “every aspect of our lives”. Trump also mocked them as “perennial prophets of doom and “heirs of fortune tellers” who falsely predict crisis after crisis that never occur.

Trump on the economy:

Trump on climate change activists:

“…But to embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse. They are the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune tellers. And I have them, you have them, and we all have them. And they want to see us do badly, but we don’t let that happen. They predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation crisis in the ’70s and an end of oil in the 1990s. These alarmists always demand the same thing: Absolute power to dominate, transform and control every aspect of our lives. We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country or eradicate our liberty.”

Complete speech by President Trump:

via President Trump Slams Climate Change Alarmists at Davos: “We Will Never Let Radical Socialists Destroy Our Economy, Wreck Our Country or Eradicate Our Liberty” — The Gateway Pundit

Trump Touts America’s ‘Blue Collar Boom’ to World Leaders in Davos — National Review

“ Today, I’m proud to declare that the U.S. is in the midst of an economic boom, the likes of which the world has never seen before,” Trump said.

via Trump Touts America’s ‘Blue Collar Boom’ to World Leaders in Davos — National Review

“This Is Going to be Like Killing a Fly with a Sledgehammer – It’s Going to Get Ugly” – Rep. John Ratcliffe DESTROYS Sham Impeachment — The Gateway Pundit

On Monday the Trump Defense Team announced several House Republicans will join their team to defend President Trump in the US Senate Trial.
Joining President Trump’s Legal Team:

Jim Jordan
Lee Zeldin
Elise Stefanik
Debbie Lesko
Mark Meadows
John Ratcliffe
Doug Collins
Mike Johnson

On Tuesday morning Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) joined America’s Newsroom to discuss the upcoming Senate trial.

Rep. Ratcliffe, a former US Attorney from Texas, described the upcoming trial as “killing a fly with a sledgehammer.”

Rep. Ratcliffe: Some of the reason we are there is to hold the House managers accountable, especially the lead House manager, Adam Schiff… I don’t think there are going to be any witnesses called. There is not a witness who can be called who can fix this process. There’s not a witness on either side that you can call that can inject fairness and due process into a process that had none. I think one of the things that your listeners are going to hear this week is the comparison between what happened, the disparity in the way President Clinton and President Nixon were treated in their impeachment inquiries as opposed to President Trump. The Nixon and Clinton lawyers were allowed to participate every single day from the very beginning to the very end… By comparison, President Trump through the 78 day impeachment inquiry, his lawyers were forbidden, forbidden, for the first 71 of the 78 day process… That’s a lack of due process and fairness that I think all senators, Republican and Democrat are going to be surprised to learn. And I think as a result of that they are not going to want to hear any witnesses because the Senate isn’t going to be able to fix what happened in the House…

…People are going to find it ironic that the House Democrats are wanting to impeach for Obsstruction of Congress, a term the founders referred to as the Separation of Powers. They can’t make constitutional arguments because they don’t have any. This impeachment fails. It fails factually, it fails legally. It fails constitutionally. This is going to be like killing a fly with a sledgehammer. The House Democrats had a weak case even on a slanted playing field where they made the rules, changed the rules and broke the rules.

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) is simply THE BEST!
The man is a huge asset on the Senate Defense Team.

Via America’s Newsroom:


via “This Is Going to be Like Killing a Fly with a Sledgehammer – It’s Going to Get Ugly” – Rep. John Ratcliffe DESTROYS Sham Impeachment — The Gateway Pundit

Do Southern Baptists want a Never Trumper as SBC President? — Capstone Report

Should a Never Trump theologian lead the nation’s largest Evangelical denomination? For Conservative Christians who are Pro-Life and Pro-Religious Liberty, the answer should be to reject Albert Mohler’s candidacy for Southern Baptist President in 2020.

Everyone knows Russell Moore is a rabid Never Trumper. It is hardly surprising. He was a notorious Democrat even when working at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jack Richardson IV revealed that Moore’s opposition to Trump has deep roots, “he was always fond of reminding me that he was a Democrat.”

However, many don’t know that Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a candidate for SBC president in 2020, opposed Donald Trump in the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton.

Mohler argued in the Louisville newspaper that the Republican Party deserved to lose in 2016. He opined:

“I know what is at stake, and I can only believe that the Republican Party forfeited this election through the nomination of a candidate that would be repudiated by many of its own leaders and would crash the hopes of so many who have worked for conservative causes for so long. They deserve far better.”

Who knew—Dr. Mohler likes to virtue signal. What else can you call it when you put your personal piety over saving babies and preserving religious liberty?

A longtime member of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Foundation board blasted back in the Louisville paper:

“Not all opinions are equal. Some are informed, many are not.  Mohler’s and Moore’s ‘Never Trump’ position I find borne of false piety and self-righteousness. In this election, the premise is not based upon the greater righteousness or sinlessness of one candidate over another. The correct premise is comparing the policies of each candidate and how that will impact the nation.

“Trump was not my choice, but he is now.”

Mohler’s opposition to Trump shows he failed not only as a political leader, but a theologian. The truly great Evangelical thinkers like Norman Geisler, Wayne Grudem and William Lane Craig understood what was at stake and rejected these arguments of personal piety over duty.

Now Mohler seeks to lead the Southern Baptist Convention.

In an election year.

He wasn’t a leader in the 2016 election.

Hey, he wasn’t even a leader in Birmingham when the Resolution Committee and messengers approved the infamous Resolution 9—the resolution that approved Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality as “analytical tools” for use by Christians.

Mohler’s lame response was a podcast a few days later.

There was no rush to the floor microphone.

There was no public plea on social media to stop its passage.

He cowered.

He let Dr. Tom Ascol and Dr. Tom Buck take the heat.

Is this the type of leader Southern Baptists need during this critical time?

The election of Albert Mohler as SBC President will fracture the already breaking Southern Baptist Convention. That means in 2020 the very future of the SBC is in the balance. As Richardson warned:

“The big question I have is how many of the donors and those on the Seminary’s Foundation Board are aware of the political positions Mohler and Moore have taken.  How many throughout Baptist congregations would continue to support the institutions they lead?”


When the rank-and-file Southern Baptists learn what type of “leader” Albert Mohler is, then his election as SBC president will only serve to push more conservatives out of the Southern Baptist Convention.

However, Southern Baptists can stop the slide. They can reject Dr. Mohler in Orlando.

via Do Southern Baptists want a Never Trumper as SBC President? — Capstone Report

Nation Immediately Forgets All About Historic Impeachment Trial After Realizing It’s Taco Tuesday — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—President Trump’s historic impeachment trial began today, but nobody noticed as everyone was too excited about Taco Tuesday to care.

“Oh, I guess there’s some impeachment thing happen–oh man! I almost forgot: it’s taco Tuesday!” one man in New Mexico remarked. “Man, as soon as I get off work, I’m going to get some delicious street tacos for half-off. I can never decide between the carne asada and the pork. Ugh–aw, who am I kidding? I’ll get both!”

Similar sentiments were expressed by Americans everywhere as people checked the news and were irritated by another mention of impeachment but then were happy when they remembered it was Taco Tuesday at Mexican restaurants all around the nation.

“This is a historic day — I think I’m gonna go ahead and splurge on the guac for the first time,” said Stacy in Texas. “Truly a momentous day for our nation.”

Frantic impeachment managers thought about pushing things back a day so as not to be eclipsed by Taco Tuesday, but then impeachment would just be eclipsed by Wing Wednesday.

via Nation Immediately Forgets All About Historic Impeachment Trial After Realizing It’s Taco Tuesday — The Babylon Bee

January 21, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the Democratic-led House of
Representatives’ impeachment charges and called for their immediate
dismissal by the Republican-led Senate in a memo offering a legal and
political case against his removal.

The U.S. Senate will hear opening arguments in an impeachment trial to
determine whether to remove President Donald Trump from office on charges
that he abused his power and obstructed Congress in its investigation of
his dealings with Ukraine.

North Korea said on Tuesday it was no longer bound by commitments to halt
nuclear and missile testing, blaming the United States’ failure to meet a
year-end deadline for nuclear talks and “brutal and inhumane” U.S.

The world needs to prepare for a surge in refugees with potentially
millions of people being driven from their homes by the impact of climate

The death toll from a mysterious flu-like virus in China climbed to six on
Tuesday as new cases surged beyond 300 and authorities fretted about the
added risk from millions of Chinese traveling for the Lunar New Year

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told a news conference that
operations to control the flow of migrants at the country’s southern border
were to protect them.

An Iranian lawmaker offered a $3 million reward to anyone who killed U.S.
President Donald Trump and said Iran could avoid threats if it had nuclear
arms, ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday amid Tehran’s latest standoff
with Washington.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday let residents of Flint, Michigan pursue a
civil rights lawsuit against the city and government officials that accused
them of knowingly allowing the city’s water supply to become contaminated
with lead.

AP Top Stories

There were nearly 35,000 murders in Mexico in 2019, the highest rate since
1997, the first year for which there is an official record.

Britain will introduce tougher jail sentences for convicted terrorists and
will end early release as part of a series of measures to strengthen its
response to terrorism.

A new CNN poll out Monday shows that 51 percent of Americans think the
Senate should vote to convict and remove President Trump from office during
his upcoming impeachment trial. Meanwhile, 45 percent believe the Senate
should vote against conviction and removal. Almost 69 percent say the trial
should include testimony from new witnesses who did not appear before House
impeachment investigators. Republicans are split on whether there should be
witnesses in the trial – 48 percent are in favor of new witnesses, while 44
percent are not.

A S. Korean anti-piracy unit temporarily expanded its mission to the Strait
of Hormuz, a vital global oil route at the center of soaring tensions
between Iran and the United States.

China says its newest destroyer is capable of launching land-attack
missiles. That puts China in a select club. The Tomahawk land-attack cruise
missile has been a favorite tool of U.S. foreign policy and warfighting for
30 years, fired at everything from military bases in Iraq and Syria, to a
failed 1998 attempt to kill Osama Bin Laden at his Afghan lair. Russia also
has used them: in 2015, Russia fired Kalibr cruise missiles at Syrian
rebels from warships stationed a thousand miles away in the Caspian Sea, in
a demonstration of the long arm of the Kremlin. Now, China has the option
of using them to flex its muscles.

A fight is coming to California over whether to list one of the world’s
most common over-the-counter drugs as a carcinogen, echoing recent
high-profile battles over things like alcohol and coffee. The drug is
acetaminophen. It is the basis for more than 600 prescription and
over-the-counter medications for adults and children, found in well-known
brands like Tylenol, Excedrin, Sudafed, Robitussin and Theraflu.

Iran confirmed two missiles were fired at a Ukrainian airliner brought down
this month, in a catastrophic error that killed all 176 people on board and
sparked angry protests.

The rapidly changing circumstances for Isabel dos Santos, widely known as
“Africa’s richest woman,” is evident by her absence at the World Economic
Forum in Switzerland.


The Portuguese bank EuroBic has announced it will end its business
relationship with Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos. The move
follows a BBC investigation which uncovered a number of questionable deals
by the billionaire.

President Trump decried climate “prophets of doom” in a speech at the World
Economic Forum in Davos, where sustainability is the main theme. He called
for a rejection of “predictions of the apocalypse” and said America would
defend its economy. He did not directly name the teenage climate activist
Greta Thunberg, who was in the audience.


The uniforms for the U.S. Space Force have been released and there are
plenty of scoffers. Part of the reason there are plenty of jokes, of
course, has to do with the fact that the uniforms are camouflage. It looks
similar to Army gear, which is curious when you consider the fact that
there isn’t any foliage in space.

Indiana will be losing a piece of its history next month as its oldest
state worker retires. Bob Vollmer will be retiring Feb. 6 at the age of

Josie Totah, an 18-year-old transgender female actor, has been cast as the
star of the new “Saved by the Bell” reboot, which will premiere this year
on NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service called Peacock.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Jan. 21, 2020

The Foundation

“The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.” —James Madison (1788)

Impeachment Trial Day 1: The Senate Begins

McConnell releases proposed trial rules and Trump’s legal team releases its brief.

Virginia 2A Rally Peaceful, Democrats and MSM Disappointed

Law-abiding gun owners turned out en masse to protest infringement of their rights.

Bloomberg’s Attack on Man Who Stopped Church Attack

From behind his own armed security team, the billionaire anti-gun activist lobs bombs.

Refugees From Socialism Give a Needed Warning

We can either listen and learn or we’ll have to experience the disaster firsthand.

Robert E. Lee

Remembering the birth of a great military commander and a good man.

Stonewall Jackson

Today we mark the birth anniversary of Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson (1824-1863).

Man Returns $43K He Found in Secondhand Couch

“It belonged to them, and I’m glad I was able to give it back to them.”

Video: How to End White Privilege

How can you be forgiven for something that doesn’t even exist? Brandon Tatum on “the notion of white privilege.”

Video: Virginia 38th State to Ratify Equal Rights Amendment

But the deadline to make it the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution expired years ago.

Today’s Opinion

Cal Thomas
The Show Trial Begins
Tony Perkins
The Conscience and the State
Stephen Moore
Working Hard Versus Hardly Working
Dennis Prager
Why Are So Many Young People Unhappy?
Guest Commentary
Whatever Happened to Civics?
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Tuesday News Executive Summary

Impeachment trial preparations, church-state separation, ObamaCare, and more.

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Erick Erickson, AOC, Adam Schiff, Matt Walsh, and more.

Today’s Meme

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

Today’s Cartoon

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

Headlines – 1/21/2020

The team behind the US ‘Deal of the Century’ is heading to Israel

Tibi issues threats forcing Israel to relinquish land

Majority of Israelis fear for Jews living in France

Pope Condemns ‘Barbaric Resurgence’ of anti-Semitism

Pope denounces populism as fertile ground to foment anti-Semitism

World Leaders Descend on Israel for Holocaust Memorial

With 10,000 officers, police gear up to protect massive Holocaust commemoration

Israel said to warn Hamas against disrupting world leaders’ Holocaust gathering

Many leaders, but few actual survivors invited to landmark Holocaust event

Cluster of explosive devices land near Jerusalem

IDF said to strike Hamas border post after apparent balloon attack from Gaza

Israel to allow Qatari aid into Gaza despite explosive balloon attacks

Honduras officially declares Hezbollah a terrorist organization

Over 560 Attacks Against Israelis Thwarted in 2019, Shin Bet Chief Says

EU preparing to expand sanctions on Turkey over gas drilling off Cyprus

Intel Report Warns US Troops in Germany Face ‘Possible Imminent’ Threat of Attack

Two rockets hit near US embassy in Baghdad: Security sources

Iran threatens to quit global nuclear pact if Europeans turn to Security Council

Iran threatens to exit major nuclear treaty if EU backs sanctions

Eight countries support a European-led naval mission in Hormuz: France

Seoul to send vessel to Strait of Hormuz after US pressure

Violent unrest grips Beirut as ‘week of rage’ escalates

Lebanon officials vow to deter ‘infiltrator’ attacks after weekend violence

Alleged ISIS bride’s return causes Norway’s ruling coalition to collapse

Setback for Boris Johnson as Lords amend Brexit bill

World’s richest 2,000 people hold more than poorest 4.6 billion combined: Oxfam

World economy to rebound as US-China trade tensions cool: IMF

Mexico Murders Rise to Record in AMLO’s First Year in Office

Virginia pro-gun rally draws thousands, ends peacefully

MLK’s daughter weighs in on her father’s dream in a polarized America

Senate resolution sets a fast pace for Trump impeachment trial

Trump team calls ‘flimsy’ impeachment ‘dangerous perversion of the Constitution’ in lengthy filing

Will the Senate impeachment trial lead to TV fireworks?

Maher Interviews Pelosi on Trump Impeachment, Warns of Civil War

CBP Expands Facial Recognition for Global Entry Travelers

Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, report says

Hospitals Give Tech Giants Access to Detailed Medical Records

Facebook apologizes after translating Chinese president’s name as ‘Mr S–thole’

Schools Took Away Students’ Phones. Now They’re Treating Separation Anxiety

If You Aren’t Paying Attention to the Latest UFO News, You Really, Really Should Be

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Shishaldin volcano in the Aluetian Islands erupts to 30,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Phivolcs: Taal recharging for ‘powerful eruption’

Philippine volcano recharging, scientist says, as shops, hotels told to keep shut

Troops arrive in Newfoundland to assist after historic blizzard

Israel’s recent storms cause billions in damage to property, infrastructure

Staggering images show apocalyptic dust and hail storms in Australia as extreme weather continues to hit country

Platypuses at risk of extinction due to Australia’s devastating drought

Highest Atmospheric Pressure in More than 300 Years of London Recordkeeping

RBA warned to ‘mobilise all forces’ to save the economy from climate change-induced disaster

Climate refugees cannot be sent back home, United Nations rules in landmark decision

FAO warns ‘ravenous’ locust outbreak threatening East Africa

Human-to-human transmission confirmed in China coronavirus

Coronavirus Is Spreading Quickly Across China as Confirmed Cases Triple

As virus spreads to more Chinese cities, WHO calls emergency meeting

A video of medics in hazmat suits scanning plane passengers for China’s mysterious Wuhan virus is stoking fears of a global epidemic

China Says ‘No Need to Panic’ as Deadly Virus Goes International

China virus outbreak spooks global markets as fourth death reported

Vaccine for new Chinese coronavirus in the works

Pharmaceutical stocks spike after China reports new coronavirus cases

Antibiotic resistance: scientists are reengineering viruses to cure bacterial infections

Sperm donation after death should be allowed, advocates urge

SBA List launches $52M effort to reelect Trump, ‘most pro-life president in history’

Denver Post Columnist Fired After Arguing There Are Two Sexes

AG says Jerusalem municipality was wrong to order removal of anti-LGBT ads

Mike Pence called ‘one of the most persecuted Christians in America’ at church MLK celebration

Popular End Times Televangelist Jack Van Impe Dies at 88-Years-Old

Apostasy Watch

Mysticism in the Church: 10 Things to Watch For

The dangers of ‘charismatic conditioning’

Bethel Pastor Bows at the Feet of Roman Catholic Priest, Praises God for Their Idolatry

Tornado Lips: Todd White Thinks Your Lips Might Accidentally Cause A Tornado

Study: The Religious Left Is ‘The Most Active Group in American Politics’

Inside the Religious Death Cult That Massacred Seven in Panama

Canada Euthanized 5,000 Patients Last Year, Has Killed 13,000 People Since Legalization

Monday 1-20-20

The Forever Word

Anthony Wade – Jennifer LeClaire + The Law of First Mention = Prophetic Idiocy

Rapture Preacher Jack Van Impe dead at 88

MinistryWatch List: 50 Highly Paid Christian Ministry Executives

Already facing 2 lawsuits, pastor John Gray’s TV show gets canceled by Oprah Winfrey Network

Best Path to a Younger Flock? Church Asks Older Members to Worship Elsewhere

Panel on Idaho faith healing devolves after audience, speakers clash over vaccines

NYC art exhibit stresses that ‘abortion is normal,’ raises funds for Planned Parenthood

At Shiloh, archaeologist finds artifacts hinting at biblical Tabernacle

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Tuesday Briefing January 21, 2020 –


 Formal Proceedings of the Impeachment Trial Begin Today in U.S. Senate: How Did We Get to This Point and What Should We Expect as the Trial Begins?


 Supreme Court to Hear Case on Indirect Public Funding of Private Schools: A Reminder That When Religious Liberty Is Compromised for Anyone, It Is Violated for Everyone


 Trump Administration Announces New Guidance on Religious Expression in Public Schools: An Important Policy Statement with Much at Stake




January 21 – Proverbs on giving — Reformed Perspective

“He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.” – Proverbs 22:9

Scripture reading: Proverbs 19:14-17

Most Christians accept that they should tithe and give to the poor, but giving goes beyond those things, to other causes.

First, why give? Solomon said God says so. But there is more. Giving shows you are thankful for God’s love for you. Giving shows your love for your brother. Giving brings rewards.

You start giving by giving to those closer to you: God, your family, relatives, and friends. Give to strangers also. Give to proper needs. This means you must investigate. Don’t simply give because others are giving to an organization. Check them out. Find out how much money goes to administration and to the main cause. Remember, the money is not yours, but the Lord’s. You are merely stewards of those gifts. And don’t boast about giving.

“Whoever falsely boasts of giving is like clouds and wind without rain” (Prov. 25:14).

You must give much more than money. Money is relatively easy to give. Getting your hands down and dirty is much more difficult. Isn’t that true? It is easy to give $4.50 to Scott’s Mission downtown Toronto for a Thanksgiving meal for the homeless, but would you go and help feed the homeless, especially on Thanksgiving Day? Speak for the poor.

“Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:9).

Give of your talents. If able, give advice on personal life, marriage and finances. Give training to a youth. Give of your time. Give support to struggling businesses.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray that you will help without expecting anything back and that you will be generous and not hoard.

This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional. Rev. Mitchell Persaud is pastor of New Horizon URC in Scarborough, ON, a mission church under the oversight of Cornerstone URC in London, ON. He was born in Guyana, South America, into a Hindu home, baptized Roman Catholic, raised Pentecostal and then became Reformed.

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Put Your Guilt to Rest — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 3:13, 14

In my work as a nurse with seniors, I’ve sometimes witnessed the power of a past sin that keeps robbing my patient of present blessings. Although the incident happened many years ago, it’s being rehearsed as though it happened yesterday. How sad!

Is it possible to erase all memories of the past?  No! Paul never forgot past activities he was now ashamed of. Yet, the past did not have a stranglehold on him. He did not cling to it in senseless rehashing. Why? He had released the past to God. How can we do that?

Admit past wrongs and let Christ forgive us and clear us of all guilt.

Forgiveness is immediate upon a contrite confession. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross paid for the entire sin-debt.

“If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong” (1 John 1:9 NLT).

“The blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7 NIV).

Paul embraced this fact with joy. Likewise, we must accept Christ’s gracious offer of forgiveness and begin to think and act forgiven.

Depend on Christ for daily righteous living

Instead of hanging onto energy-sapping remorse, Paul used past failures as a powerful motivator to live for God in the present. “I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven” (Philippians 3:14 NLT).

Paul majored on God’s grace and forgiveness, not on his failures.

God is bigger than our failures.

When we give our failures to him, he will weave them into his perfect plan for our lives. After Chuck Colson’s release from prison, he founded Prison Fellowship, an international ministry to prisoners in many countries of the world. “God used my greatest failure to bring about His greatest good,” he writes. In my own life also, God has used failures, my own and others, to bring about his good purposes.

Although we can’t undo past failures, we can let go of guilt and remorse. We can turn our failures over to God and watch him make something beautiful out of them. The choice is ours.

Father, thank you that You remember my sins no more. I also want to let go and think and live as a forgiven person.

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Pressing Undo — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“If the anger of the ruler flares up against you, do not resign from your position, for a calm response can undo great offences.”  Ecclesiastes 10:4

Many items of computer software have an “undo” button. It allows us to erase forever your most recent action and redo it the way you first intended or should have attended. It allows you to dismiss mistakes and proceed as if nothing wrong had happened. It also allows you to restore something you mistakenly deleted. It is so easy.

Real life is so much more difficult. You can’t un-cook an apple or take back and forever erase words you have said and things you have done. We all make wrong decisions at some point in our lives. What’s worse is that no matter how much we repent and ask God for His forgiveness, what’s done is done and cannot be undone. While God in Heaven will forgive us, the consequences on earth are still there.

Many of us feel condemned by what we have done.

We fail to understand when God forgives our sins, He also forgets them. He never condemns us for something He has already forgiven.

What many of us do not understand, however, is the fact that while God’s forgiveness erases our offences from His sight, we still have to face the consequences of our wrong decisions. Life is not as easy as a computer program.

When we have done or said or written the wrong thing, we need to do what we can to right the wrong.

Often is not easy and something the world says is unnecessary, but the Bible teaches us it is. So, whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.James 4:17

One thing I learned as a pilot is that I should always be looking for a place to land. Life is like that. Whenever we make mistakes, we should always be looking for how to right our wrongs as best we can. Sometimes it is embarrassing. Sometimes it is expensive, but it is always the right thing to do.

We go through life making mistakes, some accidental and some foolishly intended. I have done my share and so have you. To err is human; to forgive, divine. (Alexander Pope 1711). The key is how we follow up. Young sailors are taught how to ride out a storm by heading into the wind, not from it. Don’t run from your mistakes; confront them head on. Try to undo as best you can.

As you ask forgiveness of others, ask forgiveness also of God, the ultimate forgiver. We do not earn our forgiveness. We do not pay for our own forgiveness. Jesus died for it before we ever committed a wrong. Unlike our forgiveness of others, He blots it out forever.

God’s love can never be taken away from you, ever. Romans 8:37-39

By John Grant
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1/21/20 Praying Long Prayers —

READING: Genesis 30-31, Psalm 11, Mark 12

I can still remember the prayers of some of our church pastors and deacons as I was growing up. I remember them because the same leaders prayed essentially the same prayers every time they prayed publicly. Whether the prayer was an invocation, a blessing, or a benediction, I generally knew what direction the prayer would take. I understand that approach to prayer, though; because praying publicly can be anxiety-producing, it’s usually easier to follow a pattern that’s familiar to you.

Those men were honest men of God who prayed the best way they knew. The religious leaders of whom Jesus spoke in Mark 12, though, were less than honest men. In fact, Jesus warned that they “say long prayers just for show” (Mark 12:40). They were religious—going through the motions and actions of religion—but they did what they did for the wrong motive. Their prayers were not a cry to communicate with God, but instead a clamoring for recognition and esteem. They would be judged more harshly for wearing a religious mantle while also seeking glory and mistreating others.

Here’s the question that echoes in my heart today, though: do I ever change the way I pray publicly based on the nature of the event or the names of the people in the room? I fear it’s easy, in our weakest moments, for many of us to adjust our public prayers so others will be impressed.

PRAYER: “Lord, guard my heart against praying so others will hear my voice. Forgive me.”

TOMORROW’S READING: Genesis 32-34, Psalm 145, Mark 13

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21 Jan 2020 – Rapture Ready News

Australia weather: Melbourne battered by golf ball-sized hail as extreme conditions persist
Golf ball-sized hailstones fell from the sky and dust storms blocked out the sun as extreme weather swept southern Australia over the weekend.

Newfoundland asks for military help after record blizzard
Newfoundland’s premier asked for the Canadian military’s help Saturday as residents of the province’s capital struggled to tunnel out from homes buried by the heaviest snowfall ever recorded in St. John’s.

China confirms person-to-person spread of new virus as fourth death reported
The Chinese official investigating a pneumonia outbreak stemming from a new coronavirus said the disease can spread from person to person but can be halted with increased vigilance, as authorities on Tuesday confirmed a fourth death.

Virginia Democrats’ Gun Control Plan Backfires as Gun Sales Hit Near All-Time Record
Radical anti-Second Amendment measures, currently being pushed by Virginia’s Democrat-controlled state government, appear to be backfiring as gun sales have reached near all-time record highs, according to reports.

Minnesota Church Works to Attract Younger Congregants…By Banning Old People
A Minnesota church is employing a bold new strategy to attract younger families and congregants…banning old people.

Hospitals Across The US Make Deal To Sell Your Medical Records To Technology Giants Like Microsoft, Amazon And IBM In $3 Trillion Dollar Healthcare Boom Market
We all have either heard the stories or experienced it ourselves. Someone stays overnight in a hospital and when they review thier bill on checkout, they see things like a $45 charge for two Tylenol. Funny thing is, when my oldest brother was born back in the 1950’s, my mom’s entire bill for the labor, delivery and a two-day stay was only $50, for all of it. Somewhere between then and now hospitals and hospital care have become a huge racket, and now, hospitals want even more.

Antifa terrorists a NO SHOW at the Virginia pro-2A rally… deep state BACKS DOWN in presence of overwhelming patriot presence
The overwhelming numbers of armed patriots at the pro-2A rally in Richmond, Virginia has apparently caused Antifa terrorists and deep state operatives to back down from their plans to instigate staged violence for CNN’s cameras. While an estimated “tens of thousands” of armed patriots peacefully demonstrated at the Virginia capitol today, there were no reports of Antifa terrorists on the scene.

Historic blizzard sets new all-time daily snowfall record — Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
A powerful blizzard brought intense winds and record-breaking snowfall to parts of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador on Friday and Saturday, January 17 and 18, 2020. “It’s snow and a hurricane, and snow and a hurricane shuts down a city,” Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan said, referring to the scale of the blizzard and epic snowfall rates in the province’s capital, St. John’s. One person is missing.

Red alerts issued as major storm hits Spain with hurricane-force winds and heavy snow
Powerful Storm Gloria hit Spain on Sunday, January 19, 2020, prompting red weather alerts for intense snow, freezing temperatures, and high winds. There are fears this could be Spain’s ‘most intense’ snowfall on record.

Anti-Gun Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam Declares ‘State Of Emergency’ As Thousands Descend On Virginia Capital In Pro-Gun Rally Defending Second Amendment Rights
Perhaps you have heard the expression ‘Molon Labe‘, and wondered what it meant, and wondered even more why you see a lot of American patriots using that expression. Molon Labe comes from the Greek and it means literally ‘come and take it’, and is a classic expression of defiance. Tens of thousands of American patriots are in Virginia right now to defend the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution against a democratic governor who is looking to take it away for the residents of that state.

Iran Now Threatening Withdraw From Landmark 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty
If Europeans refer “violations” to UN Security Council, “we will withdraw from the NPT.”

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Christian Conceit — The Fight of Faith

“Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them.” Luke 22:24

We see in this passage how firmly pride and love of preeminence can stick to the hearts of Christian men. The strife was one which had been rebuked by our Lord on a former occasion. The Lord’s Supper which the disciples had just been receiving, and the circumstances under which they were assembled–made the strife particularly inappropriate.

And yet at this very season, the last quiet time they could spend with their Master before His death, this little flock begins to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest!

Such is the heart of man–ever weak, ever prideful, ever ready, even at its best times, to turn aside to what is evil!

The sin before us is a very old one. Ambition, self-esteem, and self-conceit–lie deep at the bottom of all men’s hearts, and often in the hearts where they are least suspected! Thousands imagine that they are humble, who cannot bear to see an equal more honored and favored than themselves. Few indeed can be found who rejoice heartily in another’s promotion over themselves.

If we make any profession of serving Christ, then let us live on our guard against this great evil. The harm that it has done to the Church of Christ, is far beyond calculation. Let us learn to take pleasure in the prosperity of others, and to be content with the lowest place for ourselves. The rule given to the Philippians should be often before our eyes, “In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.” The example of John the Baptist is a bright instance of the spirit at which we should aim. He said of our Lord, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

-J.C. Ryle

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President Trump Adds MAGAnificent Seven to Impeachment Defense Team… — The Last Refuge

The gang is getting back together again.  Representatives Jim Jordan, John Ratcliffe, Mark Meadows, Debbie Lesko, Elise Stefanik, Lee Zeldin and Doug Collins have been selected as additions to President Trump’s impeachment defense team. UPDATE: and Mike Johnson

The MAGAnificent Seven

WHITE HOUSE – Today, President Donald J. Trump announced that the following Members of the House of Representatives will serve as part of his team working to combat this hyper-partisan and baseless impeachment. This initial list includes the following Members:

♦ Congressman Doug Collins
♦ Congressman Jim Jordan
♦ Congresswoman Debbie Lesko
♦ Congressman Mark Meadows
♦ Congressman John Ratcliffe
♦ Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
♦ Congressman Lee Zeldin
♦ ¹Congressman Mike Johnson

Throughout this process, these Members of Congress have provided guidance to the White House team, which was prohibited from participating in the proceedings concocted by Democrats in the House of Representatives. The President looks forward to their continued participation and is confident that the Members will help expeditiously end this brazen political vendetta on behalf of the American people. (link)

UPDATE – Oh man, they messed up my “MAGAnificent Seven” slogan by unexpectedly having eight. LOL.  Oh well, “Elite Eight” (pictured below) because it makes sense to include an actual constitutional attorney ¹Mike Johnson.  This is a big honor.  These names will appear in history books generations from now.

…And not Matt Gaetz LOL

“The Elite Eight”

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Who is the antichrist?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. 1 John 2:18-20 (NASB) 

The doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church says that it is the only true church while all others are false. At the same time most solid evangelical Christians I know hold to the truth that the Pope, the Bishop of Rome, is an “antichrist.” The word that is translated from the Greek that is…

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