Four more times the Democrat message turned into Anti-Americanism

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Snuffing out the freedom of religion, step by step

  1. California’s Governor forbids Christians from singing in church houses

Christian Broadcasting Network shows us how churches now have to decide whether to obey God or Governor Newsom of California.

GavinNewsomGolden State Christians have been ordered by California’s governor to stop singing in church. This is a direct assault on the First Amendment, as I warned folks about in my new book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation.” Click here to read.

“Californians are still free to attend their house of worship. But they’re forbidden from singing or chanting,” read the lead paragraph in a story published by the Sacramento Bee. 

The new guidance for places of worship was issued on July 1.

“Discontinue singing (in rehearsals, services, etc.), chanting, and other practices and performances where there is increased likelihood for transmission from contaminated exhaled droplets. Consider practicing these activities through alternative methods (such as internet streaming) that ensure individual congregation members perform these activities separately in their own homes,” the 14-page order reads.

The previous guidelines only encouraged churches to “strongly consider” ending corporate worship, the Sacramento Bee reported.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

In the early history of the church (Acts of the Apostles, chapter 5), a similar event happened.

Peter and the apostles were confronted with a similar command by a similar governmental leader. In Acts 5:29, Peter and the apostles responded:
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord, Selah. (Psalms 68:32 NASB)

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

We have the same choice. We can let the government mandate that we abandon our Biblical acts and beliefs or we can follow the Word of God. We can we can kowtow to a more politically-correct message or choose to share the good news of the gospel. We can hold our praise and singing or we can obey the mandates in the Psalms. We can ignore the Bible and go the World’s way or we can follow what we read in the Bible.

By the way, since this article centers on singing, here are some of the Psalm verses commanding Christians to sing praises to God:

  • Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm. (Psalms 47:6‭-‬7 NASB)
  • My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! (Psalms 57:7 NASB)
  • All the earth will worship You, And will sing praises to You; They will sing praises to Your name.” Selah. (Psalms 66:4 NASB)
  • Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord, Selah. (Psalms 68:32 NASB)
  • Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord , all the earth. (Psalms 96:1 NASB)
  • I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, To You, O Lord , I will sing praises. (Psalms 101:1 NASB)
  • Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. (Psalms 105:2 NASB)
  • Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre, (Psalms 147:7 NASB)

Believe me, there are multiple other verses.

Nike hopes that the silent majority will visit their stores when based on Nike’s silence

  1. Nike remains quiet after Kaepernick calls Independence Day a ‘Celebration of White Supremacy’

Breitbart points out the silence of Nike as they ignore their spokesperson’s words on Independence Day.

NikeKaepernickNike has not responded to a request for comment after Colin Kaepernick, one of their leading pitchmen, called Independence Day a “celebration of white supremacy.”

On Saturday afternoon, as 4th of July festivities were getting underway across the country. Kaepernick took to Twitter and accused America of having “dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized” black people for centuries.

(Read more at Breitbart)

This ignores stories like that of Richard Allen: From slave to pastor to founder of AME church to Founding Father and many other firsts

Kaepernick’s narrative ignores the true potential of America. Kaepernick’s narrative says: “Look over here at these cases of injustive.” Never mind that America elected a Black President for two terms. Never mind that people like Oprah Winfry, General Colin Powell, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, and many others enjoy success in America. However, even from the beginning, some have been able to apply the teachings of the Bible and the principles of the Declaration of Independence to the betterment of all. For example, the Christian Broadcasting Network recounts the accomplishments of Richard Allen, a Black founding father.

From his young years, Richard Allen knew the humiliating and dehumanizing pain of being a slave. Born in 1760, his entire family was sold from his first master to another. And when that second master fell on financial hard-times, he divided the family by selling Richard’s mother and three of his siblings to another plantation.

Then the teenager known as “Negro Richard” went on in toil and drudgery with just one of his brothers and sisters still with him. That’s when he met the Lord Jesus Christ when listening to the preaching of an abolitionist pastor. He and his brother decided their best Christian witness would be to serve their master all the more and with excellence.

Richard then got his slave master to listen to that preacher too, and his master also came to know the Lord. One of his Christian deeds was to offer Richard his freedom within five years if Richard could pay for that freedom. Throwing himself into odd jobs for cash, Richard managed to buy his way out of slavery in just one and a half years.

He educated himself and became an itinerant preacher in the mid-Atlantic states, changing his name from Negro Richard to Richard Allen. He thought soul-saving would now be the major mission of his life. But he also frequently advocated for an end to the enslavement of the colonies’ 700,000 black people, even as America was fighting for its liberty from Britain.

A Methodist Episcopal church in Philadelphia asked Allen to preach on a more regular basis. His sermons became so popular that black people began to flood the church to overflowing. The church built a new balcony area and then tried to force the African Americans to worship there, separated from their white Christian brothers and sisters. It literally picked some blacks up off their knees and dragged them away from praying with those whites.

Allen and many of his fellow congregants decided to walk out of that church. He decided they needed their own house of worship.

Dr. Peter Lillback founded and heads up the Providence Forum, a group that wants to keep in Americans’ hearts how much God and faith figured into the founding of their nation and the forming of its values.

Lillback said of Allen, “This now former slave who’s been educated is going to establish a church that reaches out to the African Americans.”

The popular pastor had earlier purchased land in 1787 with the help of George Washington and Declaration of Independence signer Dr. Benjamin Rush.

Allen eventually bought a blacksmith’s shop, and in 1794 had it dragged by horses to this property, which has become the piece of land continually in the possession of African Americans longer than any other real estate in the US. He turned that blacksmith shop into a church, meant to be for blacks only so they wouldn’t have to deal with the degrading prejudice of whites and being pushed around by them in the holy space of a church.

But white Methodist leadership in Philadelphia fought back and demanded control over aspects of Allen’s church. He finally took them to court and what’s come to be known as Old Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church won its independence.

This became the nation’s first major African-American church. Then Allen convinced several other black congregations in the region – who also wanted to be free of racist overseers – to join with his church. In 1816, they became the African Methodist Episcopal Church, America’s first independent black denomination and oldest formal institution in the US for African-Americans.

Allen was named its first bishop. The AME now has 2,500,000 members in more than 7,000 congregations in 39 countries spread across five continents. And Allen’s Old Mother Bethel is still a lively church within that denomination.

Those weren’t Allen’s only firsts. He was the first black activist invited into a US president’s home. He was the first African American to write a copyrighted pamphlet; the first black to write a eulogy for George Washington (and the only person at that time to write of Washington emancipating slaves).

“If you love the God of love,” he wrote in 1794, “clear your hands from slaves, burden not your children or country with them.”

Allen also helped put together the first convention of African American activists. Conventions became a major place for blacks to push for reforms, abolition and civil rights.

He and fellow reformer Absalom Jones formed the Free African Society to benefit blacks. And he made his own church a major place to educate African Americans and help them improve their place in the young nation. That church harbored more than 30 Jamaicans who’d escaped their slave masters. It became an early stop on the Underground Railroad and helped finance it.

He went on to influence major black reformers in the 1800s like Frederick Douglass and such civil rights activists in the 1900s as Martin Luther King Jr.

While slave owners were using the Bible to justify slavery, Allen was using that same Bible and the Declaration of Independence to battle against racism and men owning their fellow men.

Frederick Douglass went so far as to say that what Allen preached about freedom and equality for his fellow African Americans formed “a new Declaration of Independence.”

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

Corporate Cancel Culture forces a communications exec to resign for stating the military’s official position when he was a Navy pilot

  1. Boeing forces Golightly to resign for an op-ed in a Navy internal publication 35 years ago

The New York Post reports on the forced resignation of Neil Golightly.

BoeingBoeing communications boss Niel Golightly has resigned over a sexist article he wrote three decades ago opposing women’s service in the military.

His exit leaves the embattled planemaker searching for a new top spokesman as it works to get its troubled 737 MAX jet flying again.

Golightly stepped down Thursday as Boeing’s senior vice president of communications following an employee complaint about the 1987 article, which he called “embarrassingly wrong and offensive.”

“At issue is not whether women can fire M-60s, dogfight MiGs, or drive tanks,” Golightly, then a US Navy lieutenant, wrote in a US Naval Institute magazine. “Introducing women into combat would destroy the exclusively male intangibles of war fighting and the feminine images of what men fight for — peace, home, family.”

Golightly, who had only been with Boeing about six months, said he decided to resign for the company’s sake even though the article does not reflect his current views.

“My article was a 29-year-old Cold War navy pilot’s misguided contribution to a debate that was live at the time,” Golightly said in a statement. “The dialogue that followed its publication 33 years ago quickly opened my eyes, indelibly changed my mind, and shaped the principles of fairness, inclusion, respect and diversity that have guided my professional life since.”

Boeing said it disagreed with the content of Golightly’s article and that it has started a search for his successor. Greg Smith, Boeing’s chief financial officer and executive vice president of enterprise operations, will oversee communications in the meantime, the company said.

Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun talked with Golightly about the article and its implications for his role as the company’s top spokesman, Calhoun said. He added that Boeing has an “unrelenting commitment to diversity and inclusion in all its dimensions.”

“I greatly respect Niel for stepping down in the interest of the company,” Calhoun said in a statement.

(Read more at the New York Post)

Everybody thinks their sins are too small to be noticed and their accomplishments are too big to ignore

We are all self-centered. We all think too highly of ourselves (and we know it, unless we have become self-deluded and have begun to drink our own Kool Aid).

However, from God’s perspective, our best deeds are like a dirty diaper or used bandage.

For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (Isaiah 64:6 NASB)

Therefore, maybe these punks are letting us know something that any Bible-reading Christian knows: we have feet of clay (we sin, we are fallible).

However, this makes me wonder what these self-righteous Marxists will think in 10 or 20 years when people change values and destroy their icons. Hey, maybe it won’t even be that long. Maybe the next generation will value babies and wonder how America could sacrifice over 60 million to Molech.

Maybe the next generation will find itself knee deep in debt and will wonder why we squandered our economy for a cold.

Cancel Culture creeps into the Church

  1. Indiana Priest Suspended for Condemning BLM’s Violence, Marxism and Destruction — BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades!

As I first found at BUNKERVILLE, an Indiana priest has been reported to have suspended for condemning BLM‘s violent Marxism. Here is part of Bunkerville’s assessment:

We are witnessing the wholesale capitulation of the bishops before the Marxist mob.

Father Theodore Rothrock from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel, Indiana was suspended this week after his condemnation of the radical Black Lives Matter protest movement published in the parish’s Sunday bulletin on June 28, 2020.  Liberal media outlets almost immediately published excerpts from the bulletin article and called for Rothrock’s removal.

Here is the Father Rothrock’s column in its entirety:

The lady (doth) protest too much, methinks

Today in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
28 June 2020

This dialogue from Hamlet is taken from Act 3, scene 2 and is a response to Hamlet’s query: “how like you this play?” The line suggests a hidden agenda that is revealed in the objections, where the accuser is actually the perpetrator. History is replete with examples of misdirection. In 2001 the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamyan, the 6th century monumental statues of Gautama Buddha in central Afghanistan, claiming them to be pagan idols. The world was horrified, but did nothing about it.

Despots and tyrants have always employed accusation and distortion to achieve all manner of mischief in an effort to shape and mold public opinion. Anyone currently doing business with Amazon could not help but notice the prominent banner headline from the internet giant touting their proud support for “Black Lives Matter.” But do those black lives really matter to the community organizers promoting their agenda? Is “Antifa” concerned with the defeat of fascist right-wing nationalism or more interested in the establishment of left-wing global socialism?

The brutal murder of a black man in police custody has sparked a landslide of reaction to the alleged systemic racism in America. We are being told that the scars of race relations in this country are really unhealed wounds that continue to fester and putrefy; amputation is required! Reforms must be sweeping and immediate to crush the rising wave of racism that pervades the nation and perverts the body politic.

On the heels of the Covid sequestration, the bottled-up tension of an isolated population has exploded into riots and demonstrations that we have not seen the like in fifty years. What would the great visionary leaders of the past be contributing to the discussion at this point in time? Would men like Fredrick Douglas and the Reverend King, both men of deep faith, be throwing bombs or even marching in the streets? Would they be pleased with the murder rates in our cities or the destruction of our families by the welfare system? Would they see a value in the obliteration of our history to re-write a future without the experience and struggles of the past? Would we tear down their monuments?

Who are the real racists and the purveyors of hate? You shall know them by their works. The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own. They are wolves in wolves clothing, masked thieves and bandits, seeking only to devour the life of the poor and profit from the fear of others. They are maggots and parasites at best, feeding off the isolation of addiction and broken families, and offering to replace any current frustration and anxiety with more misery and greater resentment.

The message of peace that comes to us in Christ is the gospel we carry in common with the Orthodox Churches and other Christians. We must stand in solidarity with our brethren across the world to oppose this malevolent force. Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the other nefarious acolytes of their persuasion are not the friends or allies we have been led to believe. They are serpents in the garden, seeking only to uproot and replant a new species of human made in the likeness of men and not in the image of God.  Their poison is more toxic than any pandemic we have endured. The father of lies has not just been seen in our streets, we have invited him into our home. Now he is prowling like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith.

On Tuesday, Fr. Rothrock was forced to issue an apology, stating “It was not my intention to offend anyone and I am sorry that my words have caused any hurt to anyone.”Apparently this was not enough for the “frothing at the mouth” Marxists calling for his removal.  On Wednesday, Bishop Timothy Doherty removed Fr. Rothrock from public ministry.

(Read the statement from the church on Fr. Rothrock’s removal at BUNKERVILLE)

Since I come from a denomination that has leading factions that have promoted “gospel diversity” and other idiocy, I don’t point to a perfect church

Since my church includes the likes of Russell Moore, JD Greear, and other inventors of attempts to pull the world’s philosophies into the church, I cannot claim to have a perfect church.

With that said, this act against Fr. Rothrock seems to be like a huge step back toward liberation theology.

May Jesus come soon.

Open Letter To The Black Community – Part 1

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From the desk of Bishop E.W. Jackson Sr.

Dear Fellow Americans (of African descent):

I write to you with great concern for the future of our country and the black community. Like most Americans, I too am angry over the killing of George Floyd. His death was a monstrous act, and former police officer Derek Chauvin deserves to have the full weight of the law brought against him. If the video we witnessed is accurate, Mr. Chauvin must be imprisoned for a long time.

However, my sadness reaches well beyond this single tragedy. The riots, looting and violence which have occurred in cities across the country will not reform, heal, unify or improve the lives and safety of black Americans. In fact, these actions are radically regressive and self-destructive.

Black businesses are burned down, the owners are assaulted and essential grocery stores and pharmacies are destroyed. Cops and innocent bystanders are victimized and killed. The irony is that the victims are primarily those for whom the rioters claim to be seeking justice. History teaches us that communities wracked by riots and looting do not recover easily, if at all. They tend to become more impoverished and dangerous than they were before the upheaval.

The Proverb says, “where there is no vision, the people perish.” The last time curfews were necessary to quell violence across the country was fifty-two years ago in 1968. A half a century later, we face the same destructive reaction to racial grievance. It will not lead to one black child getting a better education. Not one black worker will get a better job, and not one inner city family will live in a safer community. If police departments are defunded, as Black Lives Matter is demanding, look for an outbreak of crime and violence in the inner city like nothing we have ever witnessed before.

The purpose of peaceful protests should be to secure a better life for those trapped by inner-city violence, drugs, gangs, and lack of educational and economic opportunity. If we are having the same violent protests over the same issues with the same negative consequences as 50 years ago, something is wrong with our approach.

There is a way out of this vicious cycle, but it is hard medicine. Black citizens must stop voting for a political party that espouses nothing more than racial demagoguery. Al Sharpton, a proven charlatan with zero credibility, is trotted out to speak for the victims. No solutions are offered and no long term progress is ever made. Social and racial justice are popular slogans, but they are not a strategy for improving the lives of people.

Education has been used to uplift every demographic group that has come to America. However, inner city children whose ancestors are among the earliest to arrive on this continent, are trapped in failing schools. Educational choice offers a real solution, but black Democratic politicians block it at every turn. They send their children to the finest schools available while leaving the children of their constituents trapped in dead-end institutions.

Their betrayal doesn’t end with education. These black politicians go to church every Sunday, and some of them are pastors. Yet they disregard the sin of abortion and its impact on the black community. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a rabid racist who admired Adolph Hitler and consorted with the Ku Klux Klan. She would have liked to exterminate black people, but satisfied herself with suppressing the growth of the black population through abortion. When eugenics proved unmarketable, she changed her brand to “planned parenthood” which sounds benign unless you know the truth. With the full cooperation of many black leaders, Sanger’s genocide against the black community continues to this day.

Finally, the single greatest social problem facing the black community is the destruction of the nuclear family. The out-of-wedlock birth rate has exploded to 72%. In some cities such as Richmond, Virginia it is 80%. The young men, born to single mothers, unwanted by their fathers, grow up with anger and abandonment issues. Desperately wanting to be wanted, they are easy recruits into a brotherhood of gangs, crime and violence. The streets are an outlet for their anger.

Leftists complain that the criminal justice system tracks young black men from the school house to the jail house. But the “progressive” welfare policies of the Democrat Party put them on that track. Instead of encouraging stable, two-parent families, they incentivize single, female-headed households. They’ve been doing this since the 1960s, with horrific results.

Where is the plan for reversing the crisis of these communities? Where is the vision for a better future? Democratic leaders have led the black community to the brink of destruction with no hope for a better life. The black Democrat elites on the other hand experience the best America has to offer while leaving their fellow black citizens utterly hopeless.

Living posh lives, these so called black leaders and their white leftist counterparts tell black voters to hate and fear Donald Trump because he is their problem. He is the enemy. His rhetoric does at times make it easy for them to mischaracterize him. Nevertheless, Donald Trump has accomplished some remarkable things to benefit the black community. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) have faced financial hardship for decades, and he is the first president to provide a permanent funding solution.

He established Opportunity Zones for the inner cities to help spur economic development. He presided over an economy that saw the lowest unemployment rates ever for black and Hispanic Americans. He shepherded the Criminal Justice Reform Bill through Congress, correcting the legacy of the Clinton era overreaction to the crack cocaine epidemic.

President Trump is actually doing something about the problems the black community faces while Democrats do nothing.

Democrats hope that if they can keep black voters fixated on hating Donald Trump and the boogey man of racism, they won’t notice that the leaders they elected and the party they support are doing nothing. The voters won’t notice that over 7000 young black people die in inner city violence every year. They won’t notice the failing schools or the dropout rates. They won’t notice the the continuing decimation of the nuclear family, once the bedrock of the black community. The black Democrat politicians do not want black voters to notice that they are enriching themselves with blood money from Planned Parenthood. That organization kills around 400,000 black babies every year. The black population would be double what it is today were it not for the abortion industry and the Democrats they pay to keep quiet about the genocide.

It is time for black citizens to turn away from such corrupt leaders. It is time to denounce the rioting, violence and the anti-Christian philosophy of the Democratic Party which is only destroying black people.

We must come together with other citizens around a vision for the future of our community and our country that is rooted and grounded in faith. We’ve come this far by faith, but Democrats would have us burn the bridge that brought us over. That is suicide.

As America goes, so goes the black community. Black veterans fought under the same American Flag and took the same oath to the Constitution. While they did not always receive the respect and gratitude they were due, it is nonetheless true that no people of African heritage anywhere on earth are more free or better off than we who are blessed to be Americans. America is still the last best hope for all of us, regardless of race.

We cannot change the past. However, we can change the future. It is time to come together across all racial and cultural lines to renew the American vision of “one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” It is within our grasp if we do not allow the radical elements among us to destroy it forever. We are at the precipice. There are those who would like to push us over the cliff into chaos. They think they will be there to pick up the pieces and create a socialist utopia, but history proves it will be a totalitarian nightmare.

Let us, as free black Americans, pull back from the precipice, push back against the anarchists and embrace the legacy of freedom, justice and hope for ourselves and the generations to follow.

Restoring America’s Vision,
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Bishop E.W. Jackson Sr.

Bishop E.W. Jackson is the President and Founder of STAND – Staying True to America’s National Destiny; Presiding Bishop of The Called Church and host of The Awakening on American Family Radio.

For the original of this letter, go to https://www.standamerica.us/.

Two instances of police violence that did not cause riots

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  1. Tony Timpa died pinned to the ground by Dallas police

With a hat tip to the NWO Report, we find that the Dallas Morning News reported in 2016 that an unarmed White man was killed by Dallas police in a method similar to that employed against George Floyd.

Tony TimpaTony Timpa wailed and pleaded for help more than 30 times as Dallas police officers pinned his shoulders, knees and neck to the ground.

“You’re gonna kill me! You’re gonna kill me! You’re gonna kill me!”

After Timpa fell unconscious, the officers who had him in handcuffs assumed he was asleep and didn’t confirm that he was breathing or feel for a pulse.

As precious minutes passed, the officers laughed and joked about waking Timpa up for school and making him waffles for breakfast.

Body camera footage obtained Tuesday by The Dallas Morning News shows first responders waited at least four minutes after Timpa became unresponsive to begin CPR. His nose was buried in the grass while officers claimed to hear him snoring — apparently unaware that the unarmed man was drawing his last breaths.

The officers pinned his handcuffed arms behind his back for nearly 14 minutes and zip-tied his legs together. By the time he was loaded onto a gurney and put into an ambulance, the 32-year-old was dead.

The News obtained Dallas Police Department body camera footage after a three-year fight for records related to Timpa’s death. A federal judge ruled Monday in favor of a motion by The News and NBC5 to release records from his death, saying “the public has a compelling interest in understanding what truly took place during a fatal exchange between a citizen and law enforcement.”

Timpa called 911 on Aug. 10, 2016, from the parking lot of a Dallas porn store, saying he was afraid and needed help. He told a dispatcher he suffered from schizophrenia and depression and was off his prescription medication. The News first reported Timpa’s death in a 2017 investigation that showed Dallas police refused to say how a man who had called 911 for help ended up dead.

The newly obtained video and records, part of a lawsuit filed by Timpa’s family in federal court alleging excessive force, contradict key claims Dallas police have made in defending the officers’ actions.

Police incident reports recounting the officers’ version of events claim Timpa’s behavior that night was aggressive and combative. The video shows Timpa writhing at times and clearly struggling to breathe, asking the officers to stop pinning him down.

(Read more at the Dallas Morning News)

Similarly, the neck of Timpa was pressed into the ground

Unlike George Floyd, Tony Timpa was not listed as a criminal. George Floyd had the police called on him because a cashier suspected that he had passed a counterfeit $20 bill.

Tony Timpa felt that his schizophrenia might be resurfacing and he had not taken his medications; therefore, he called police for help.

Why weren’t there riots in response to this death? Certainly Mr. Timpa’s life was precious. Furthermore, his life was important to someone with some degree of power, since the police took some sport at pointing out the high-class neighborhood indicated by his drivers license.

The first reason that nobody rioted or protested in response to Tony Timpa’s death centers on how well it aligns with the current goals of the Democrat party (or whatever the liberal cause du jour has surfaced within the press). We did not get outraged over this death because we never heard about it. Additionally, there is the possibility that we only hear about it now because it helps advance the narrative that police are acting altogether too violently and causing the deaths of too many.

A second reason, however, that the conservative (as opposed to the liberal) might have a large Christian component. Due to this leaning, Christians within the conservative movement might consider that the government as ministers of general justice (as outlined in Romans 13:1-5 below).

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. (Romans 13:1‭-‬5 NASB)

Additionally, Christians would (hopefully) follow the command of God to not exact our own revenge (as given in Romans 12:19-21 below).

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine , I will repay ,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry , feed him , and if he is thirsty , give him a drink ; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head .” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:19‭-‬21 NASB)

Finally, (although Christians are not sinless, only forgiven) I would hope that Christians might work to avoid the fleshly tendencies listed in Galatians 5:19-21.

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 NASB)

Of course, the commands often fall into the realm of ideals (because, yes, Christians fail). And the deeds of the flesh sometimes turn into a litany of events from the previous night. Still, for the most part, I believe that many Christians do hold to these actions.

That is why conservatives don’t riot.

  1. Justine Damond was shot by Mohamed Noor

As posted on this blog last year, OneNewsNow originally reported on the murder of Justine Damond.

Justine DamondJustine Damond was shot by Mohamed Noor through the driver’s side window of the police car while he was seated in the passenger side.

Damond had called 911 about what she thought sounded like a sexual assault.

Noor, who has refused to explain why he shot Damond when she approached the squad car, is charged with third-degree murder and second degree manslaughter.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

Marches for Justine Damond may have occurred, but not riots

Maybe because she was Australian-American. Maybe because she was a pretty, blonde 40-something woman who was about to get married, she did not fit with the press narrative or the Democrat talking points.

Since her death occurred as the Kavanaugh hearings were in the beginning of their death throws and the public was getting tired of hearing claims from women (even though Damond’s case was a straight-forward victimization by a Muslim cop and Blasey-Ford’s case was a unsubstantial case that even her closest friends would not back up).

Otherwise, I am not sure why #MeToo did not pick up the case of Justine Damond (other than maybe they felt they could not juggle the ball of Blasey-Ford and Damond at the same time).

Then again, maybe the press did not want to take a stand against a Muslim even when he shot a defenseless woman.

Peace with God, but …

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First, the most important point — peace with God

During these days of layoffs, stay-at-home orders, and release of thousands of felons, it seems that we have continual war with the world. Truthfully, we do, but — for all who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior — we have peace with the winner of the total conflict. We have peace with God.

Because we did nothing to earn salvation, we can do nothing to lose it. So we can rest in our salvation (and that means no more fighting with God).

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Of course, we cannot claim being the source of even the faith needed for salvation

We got the faith we needed for salvation through God’s undeserved grace toward us. Because of that, we can shout joyfully since we stand in the promise of God and are covered by His glory.

through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.

Considering all of this, we can be happy when problems come from the world

wp-1588900799918.jpgAs shown by the repeated attacks on Jack Phillips and Samaritan’s Purse, the world is all too ready to go out of its way to attack Christians even after the Christians do good things for the world. Still, we must rejoice about this, because it teaches us to live with persecution.

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;

With this, we not only learn to live with persecution, but we build a reputation that can speak for Christ

Once we show that we can live through persecution, we prove our character. With that, we show the message and promise that we have within us.

and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;

God’s message never disappoints. God’s love pours over us, the Holy Spirit has been given to us, and our hearts are filled.

The promises and messages of God never disappoint. Not only has His love been poured out on us when we did not deserve it, His Holy Spirit came to us.

and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:1‭-‬5 NASB

For a more in-depth version of this on video, go to the preaching of Pastor Marcus Hayes at:

Pray without ceasing


This post was taken almost completely (with the exception of two or three extended verses and a few changed sentences) from a lesson provided by Mark Ramsey. Therefore, if a Bible passage seems too long or a sentence does not make sense, blame it on me.

Pray without ceasing

In the midst of this crisis, I have prayed that people who do not know the Lord may approach Him through prayer and supplication. Maybe they might find a Bible in their home and begin to read it. Possibly someone might join a friend in an online Bible study. Through prayer, may it be that this unprecedented may draw people closer to the Lord than ever before. Of cours, Satan is hard at work to prevent that from happening. This is evident in the main stream media — which

  • Emphasizes that it is the Christian gatherings which have helped spread the virus
  • And convinced the President to delay the proper procedures to protect the public.

Clearly, there is disdain by the media for Christians. Just witness the attacks on Mike Lindell of My Pillow, who is converting his factories to make masks, but had the audacity to encourage the public to read the Bible and pray. None of this is surprising to us, though.

We do know an interesting fact — the vast majority of people in pain and fear all do one thing: pray! Even people who don’t typically pray will pray during crisis.

As a Christ follower, this principle is a no-brainer. But, the Bible teaches by precept and practice two broad types of prayer:

  1. Quiet time prayer (which refers to daily devotional time set aside to worship and fellowship with the Lord through prayer and scripture reading — emphasizing an intimacy with the Lord)
  2. Crisis time prayer (in which you are seeking help from the Lord).

Quiet Time Prayer

This is a good point to pause before we look at the crisis time prayer.

How is your quiet time prayer life? Is it consistent, difficult, or nonexistent?

Do you think it is important to continue consistent quiet time prayer in the midst of our crisis? Why?

Crisis Time Prayer

Now, how about your crisis time prayer: What is the content of your crisis time prayer?

Over and over again, the Bible calls us to pray. Prayer keeps us focused, centered, with our hearts tuned into the One Who can truly help us. Prayers in the closet, on the rooftop, alone, with others, out loud, quietly, short, long, weeping, laughing — this is God’s way of communicating to us. Too often, we try to figure out things on our own and then we seek God’s blessing on our choice/decision. Our job is to get on our knees, seek His face, and let Him guide our steps.

Saturate your mind with these scripture verses:

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16‭-‬18 NASB)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 NASB)

Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. (James 5:13 NASB)

For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And H is ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil .” (1 Peter 3:12 NASB)

Now examine these crisis time prayers:

Then Hannah rose after eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the temple of the Lord . She, greatly distressed, prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. She made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head.” Now it came about, as she continued praying before the Lord , that Eli was watching her mouth. As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk. Then Eli said to her, “How long will you make yourself drunk? Put away your wine from you.” But Hannah replied, “No, my Lord, I am a woman oppressed in spirit; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have poured out my soul before the Lord . Do not consider your maidservant as a worthless woman, for I have spoken until now out of my great concern and provocation.” Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.” She said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. Then they arose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord , and returned again to their house in Ramah. And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked him of the Lord .” (1 Samuel 1:9‭-‬20 NASB)

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish, and he said, “I called out of my distress to the Lord , And He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice. For You had cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the current engulfed me. All Your breakers and billows passed over me. So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Your sight. Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.’ Water encompassed me to the point of death. The great deep engulfed me, Weeds were wrapped around my head. I descended to the roots of the mountains. The earth with its bars was around me forever, But You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. While I was fainting away, I remembered the Lord , And my prayer came to You, Into Your holy temple. Those who regard vain idols Forsake their faithfulness, But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord .” Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land. (Jonah 2:1‭-‬10 NASB)

They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region; They did not find a way to an inhabited city. They were hungry and thirsty; Their soul fainted within them. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses. He led them also by a straight way, To go to an inhabited city. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men! (Psalms 107:4‭-‬8 NASB)

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, And He brought them out of their distresses. He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed. (Psalms 107:28‭-‬29 NASB)

When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He *said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Matthew 8:23‭-‬27 NASB)

One of the synagogue officials named Jairus *came up, and on seeing Him, *fell at His feet and *implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.” (Mark 5:22‭-‬23 NASB)

As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord. (Exodus 14:10 NASB)

And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:29‭-‬30 NASB)

The common theme in these requests is distress. We come to a point where there is very little we can do except plead to God.

Cameron Thompson authored the book, Master Secrets of Prayer, and he wrote this:

There comes a time, in spite of our soft, modern ways, when we must be desperate in our prayers, when we must wrestle, when we must be outspoken, shameless and importuneate (persistent). Many of the prayers in scripture are “cries” and the Hebrew and Greek words are very strong. Despite opinions to the contrary, the Bible recognizes such a thing as storming heaven – “praying through.” The fervent prayer of a righteous man is might in its working.

This time is such a time for this crisis prayer – yes, quiet time prayers , but also crisis time prayers. This time is urgent and we must cry out to the Lord earnestly, humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand that He may lift us up and cast our anxieties on Him because He cares for us.

Won’t you join me as we cry out to the Lord in our distress and ask for His intervention that He may be glorified?

Acknowledge the crisis, but fix your eyes on Christ


This post was taken almost completely (with the exception of two or three extended verses and a few changed sentences) from a lesson provided by Mark Ramsey. Therefore, if a Bible passage seems too long or a sentence does not make sense, blame it on me.

Acknowledge the crisis, but fix your eyes on Christ

We find it so natural to fix our eyes on the current crisis, because it affects us all — our health, our jobs, our food and essentials, our socialization, our time to worship, and our time to serve together (and the list goes on). The government issues mandates to stay home and to social distance. Not only do we experience the economic and health issues of the coronavirus, but we read about the locust plague causing food concerns in East Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. We fix our eyes on the crisis, because it is so immediate and frightening.

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his servants had a change of heart toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” So he made his chariot ready and took his people with him; and he took six hundred select chariots, and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he chased after the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out boldly. Then the Egyptians chased after them with all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and they overtook them camping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon. (Exodus 14:5‭-‬9 NASB)

But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” (Exodus 14:13‭-‬14 NASB)

Focus on the words “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord …”

Do we really believe this when we fix our eyes on the crisis?

Here is our problem — we often get the central principle of this lesson backwards. We acknowledge the Lord, but fix our eyes on the crisis. Far better to acknowledge the crisis and fix our eyes on Jesus. It is not difficult to acknowledge the crisis as it surrounds us like the Egyptian army. But how hard is it to fix our eyes on our Savior?

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 NASB)

Hebrews 12:2 tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, as we run this race we call life. The word “fix” means to “look away from all else and set one’s gaze upon.” Greek scholars say that this present participle means attention focused “constantly during the entire struggle.”

So, how do we apply this in a practical, everyday way? We have all probably heard the phrase, “fix your eyes on Jesus” for most of our Christian life.

First, let’s look at what the Bible says about our eyes and the eyes of the Lord.

Our eyes

I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me. (Psalms 101:3 NASB)

There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, (Proverbs 6:16‭-‬17 NASB)

Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. (Psalms 119:18 NASB)

For my eyes are toward You, O God , the Lord; In You I take refuge; do not leave me defenseless. (Psalms 141:8 NASB)

To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens! (Psalms 123:1 NASB)

Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. (Psalms 25:4 NASB)

My eyes are continually toward the Lord , For He will pluck my feet out of the net. (Psalms 25:15 NASB)

The Lord’s eyes

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness, (Psalms 33:18 NASB)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. (Psalms 32:8 NASB)

For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord , And He watches all his paths. (Proverbs 5:21 NASB)

For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:12 NASB)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 NASB)

For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.” (2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB)

Now that we have examined the scripture about eyes – think about a time or times when you locked eyes with someone you loved. What did you communicate? “I love you. It’s going to be ok. I’ve got your back, don’t worry. I am here with you.”

We are called to lock eyes with the One who saved our soul for all eternity. When we do that, we have such a connection with Him that everything about us abides in Him and He in us (John 15:4-5).

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. (John 15:4‭-‬5 NASB)

With this coronavirus pandemic surrounding us and a stimulus package of over $2 trillion passed (with unknown consequences), how do we keep our eyes locked on the eyes of Jesus when life as we knew it before seems to be falling apart?

Steps for keeping our eyes on Jesus

  1. Focus on who God is:
    • Our Savior

      for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11 NASB)

    • Our Redeemer

      Our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name, The Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 47:4 NASB)

    • The Anchor of our soul

      This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, (Hebrews 6:19 NASB)

    • Our Stronghold

      The Lord also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble; (Psalms 9:9 NASB)

    • Our Shelter

      The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalms 18:2 NASB)

    • Our Rock

      He said, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; (2 Samuel 22:2 NASB)

    • Our Living Hope

      Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3 NASB)

    • Our Father

      I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30 NASB)

    • Our Creator and Maker

      for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. (Hebrews 11:10 NASB)

    • Our Comforter

      “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4 NASB)

    • Our Everlasting Peace

      And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 NASB)

  2. Focus on your time with Him — Begin every day with Him through prayer, quiet time, and reading His Word.
  3. Focus on who you are in Christ:
    • Blessed

      Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. (Luke 6:21 NASB)

    • Chosen

      So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; (Colossians 3:12 NASB)

    • Redeemed

      Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3:13 NASB)

    • Saved

      For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; (Ephesians 2:8 NASB)

    • Adopted

      He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, (Ephesians 1:5 NASB)

    • Loved

      But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37 NASB)

    • God’s Workmanship

      For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 NASB)

    • A new creation

      Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB)

    • Forgiven

      Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32 NASB)

    • Born again

      for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. (1 Peter 1:23 NASB)

    • Free

      It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1 NASB)

    • Sealed by the Holy Spirit with a guaranteed inheritance

      who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge. (2 Corinthians 1:22 NASB)

  4. Focus on His promises:
    • He will never leave you or forsake you

      Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you , nor will I ever forsake you ,” (Hebrews 13:5 NASB)

    • Every good thing comes from Him

      Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:17 NASB)

    • He will pick us up when we fall

      The Lord sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down. (Psalms 145:14 NASB)

    • You will never be alone

      In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord , make me to dwell in safety. (Psalms 4:8 NASB)

    • He is our Advocate

      My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; (1 John 2:1 NASB)

    • He is our High Priest and we can approach the throne with confidence

      And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 5:9-10 NASB)

    • He has a special place for you in heaven

      In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2 NASB)

    • He is coming again!

      If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:3 NASB)

  5. Focus on His call on your life:
    • An ambassador for Christ

      Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20 NASB)

    • His light

      Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 NASB)

    • His salt

      Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” (Mark 9:50 NASB)

    • A disciple maker

      Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19 NASB)

Convert worries to prayers and fears to faith


This post was taken almost completely (with the exception of two or three extended verses and a few changed sentences) from a lesson provided by Mark Ramsey. Therefore, if a Bible passage seems too long or a sentence does not make sense, blame it on me.

Convert worries to prayers

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NASB)

Jesus tells us we will have trials in this world (but he gives us peace, because he has overcome the world). In the book of Revelation, we, as Christ followers, receive the name of Overcomers. Through the unblemished Lamb of God, we are saved and overcome the things of this world.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 NASB)

Think on how this verse applies to the workings of your life. Do you have a practical belief in Philippians 4:7? Do you experience His peace?

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. (Psalms 145:18 NASB)

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8 NASB)

How do you draw close to the Lord?

Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Tell the sons of Israel to turn back and camp before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea; you shall camp in front of Baal-zephon, opposite it, by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the sons of Israel, ‘They are wandering aimlessly in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’ Thus I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord .” And they did so. Then the Egyptians chased after them with all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and they overtook them camping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon. As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord . But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land. The angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Thus the one did not come near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. Then the Egyptians took up the pursuit, and all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots and his horsemen went in after them into the midst of the sea. At the morning watch, the Lord looked down on the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and brought the army of the Egyptians into confusion. He caused their chariot wheels to swerve, and He made them drive with difficulty; so the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from Israel, for the Lord is fighting for them against the Egyptians.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their horsemen.” So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state at daybreak, while the Egyptians were fleeing right into it; then the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, even Pharaoh’s entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained. (Exodus 14:1‭-‬4‭, ‬9‭-‬10‭, ‬13‭-‬16‭, ‬19‭-‬28 NASB)

In the story above, God lead the Israelites to the Red Sea. So, does God lead His people to experience difficulties?

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2‭-‬4 NASB)

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. (1 Peter 4:12‭-‬14 NASB)

What do these verses tell you about life’s problems?

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. (Romans 8:28‭-‬30 NASB)

What does Romans 8:28‭-‬30 teach us about life’s problems and God’s sovereignty? Is it difficult to embrace without some of our struggle? Remember, as we study these principles, our desire is to encounter the Lord in our personal lives on an intimate level. If this is difficult, take it to the Lord on a personal/intimate level.

Someone defined worry as a small trickle of fear that meanders through the mind, cutting a channel into which all other thoughts flow. “Worry is putting question marks where God has put periods.” Bishop Fulton Sheen said “worry is a form of atheism, for it betrays a lack of faith and trust in God.”

But, you say that we have never seen anything so catastrophic as this in our lives. How can you not worry?

The Lord instructs us to seek His face and His Word. He calls us to convert worry to prayers and fears into faith. Meditate on the following verses:

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad. (Proverbs 12:25 NASB)

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6‭-‬7 NASB)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 NASB)

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6:25‭-‬27 NASB)

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. (John 14:27 NASB)

Transform your worries into prayers before the Lord.

Fear into Faith

Meditate on the following scriptures and transform your fear into faith:

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” {Deuteronomy 31:6 NASB)

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3 NASB)

Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:10 NASB)

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord , the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. (Isaiah 40:28‭-‬31 NASB)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NASB)

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9‭-‬10 NASB)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6 NASB)

The righteous cry, and the Lord hears And delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalms 34:17‭-‬18 NASB)

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. (John 14:26‭-‬27 NASB)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3‭-‬4 NASB)

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16‭-‬18 NASB)

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1‭-‬3 NASB)

The Lord promises to never leave us or forsake us. He will never forget us or abandon us. His love never ceases and His light never dims.

If we trust in God’s sovereignty, it diminishes our fear, worry, and panic.

Let us take whatever faith we have, however weak or small it may be, and place it in the hands of the Lord God Almighty. Let us allow Him the opportunity to prove He can be trusted in all of our circumstances. Let each of us surrender to the Lord’s sovereignty and His goodness.

 

Four stories on the problems of Mayor Pete Buttigieg


  1. Buttigieg Says He Won’t Be ‘Lectured On Family Values’ By Rush Limbaugh Or Trump Supporters

The Daily Caller points out that Mayor Pete has rejected the criticism of various people.

MayorPete2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Sunday that he will not be “lectured on family values” by the likes of radio host Rush Limbaugh or Trump supporters.

The former South Bend, Indiana, mayor spoke on “Fox News Sunday” with anchor Chris Wallace, who brought up separate comments Limbaugh and “America First” host Sebastian Gorka made on Feb. 12 about Buttigieg’s stances on abortion and electability.

“A gay guy, 37 years old, loves kissing his husband on debate stages. Can you see [President Donald] Trump have fun with that?” Limbaugh asked, while Gorka questioned, “Why is a homosexual man lecturing us about the sanctity of life in the womb? Just a little curious there, strange.”

“What is your reaction to those comments?” Wallace asked Buttigieg.

The gay presidential candidate responded: “I am in a faithful, loving, committed marriage. I’m proud of my marriage, and I’m proud of my husband.”

He added:

And I’m not going to be lectured on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh or anybody who supports Donald J. Trump as the moral as well as political leader of the United States. America has moved on, and we should have politics of belonging that welcomes everybody. That’s what the American people are for. And I am saddened for what the Republican Party has become if they embrace that kind of homophobic rhetoric.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

This seems like a return to the times before the Israelite kings and the times of the Proverbs

This does seem like a return to the times of the Septuagint. You see, in the days before the kings, “every man did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6 NASB). Likewise, Solomon observed this binary nature of the paths we can take:

Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts. (Proverbs 21:2 NASB).

Like the men of those earlier times, Mayor Pete only wants to do things his way. He would rather ignore the counsel of both the Old and New Testaments concerning homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-28; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 7:2; 1 Timothy 3:2-3; 1 Timothy 1:8-11; and Jude 1:5-8). Likewise it seems that he would ignore the verses limiting marriage to one man and one woman (such as Matthew 19:4-6). Like many others, Buttigieg would like to focus on a a message that offers the love and forgiveness of God without requiring repentance. Sorry to say, but that adulterates the entire message of the Bible. Therefore, this has become one step too far.

You might ask why anyone would bother pointing out this discrepancy. Normally, politicians build coalitions based on shared goals of various groups they may claim allegiance. In this case, Buttigieg claims to be a Christian. Mind you, this type of Christianity falls outside of most Christian orthodoxy. Nonetheless, it would seem that an aspiring politician would do everything to build commonalities between himself and the large groups. Not so in this case, which does not seem so wise — which brings up back to Solomon.

Solomon also reminded us:

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. (Proverbs 12:1 NASB).

It seems to me that Mayor Pete might want to listen to someone who does not exactly mirror his own views.

  1. Buttigieg Scorns Pro-Life Votes

Lifezette reports that Mayor Pete calls for Democrat purity on the pro-abortion topic.

ButtigiegScornsProLifeVotesAt a Fox News town hall appearance on Sunday Democrat presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, IN, read out of his party anyone who supports the rights of the unborn and who disdains infanticide.

He instead hoped they could work together on other issues, he responded to a pro-life Democrat who queried him on the matter.

Democrats for Life of America leader Kristen Day said on Fox & Friends on Tuesday, “But I would first of all say that when I asked him the question, I didn’t ask him where he stood on abortion. And the fact that he took that opportunity to double down and sort of alienate pro-life Democrats even further just showed me that he did not — he does not want our vote. And, you know, I’m willing to discuss platform language with, but…he could say that and reinforce that he is pro-choice and…let’s find ways that we can work together,” Day also said.

“The people will have to go to the polls and decide, but I know for sure a lot of Democrats did not go out and vote for Hillary Clinton because of her extreme stance on abortion,” Day concluded.

(Read more at Lifezette)

If Buttigieg and Bernie want to turn their backs on pro-life votes, there is room elsewhere

If Mayor Pete and Senator Sanders would like to make commitment to abortion a Democrat litmus test, then I wish them all the power they need. There is room in the conservative ranks for debate on various issues and we can welcome any degree of pro-life supporters that want to join.

  1. Media Ignores Buttigieg Refusing To Say He Does Not Support Infanticide

The Daily Caller points out how other outlets have ignored Mayor Pete’s refusal to say he does not support infanticide.

Establishment and liberal media failed to cover a presidential candidate refusing to say he does not support infanticide.

2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg refused to come out against late-term abortion or infanticide Thursday, speaking to The View’s Meghan McCain. Yet establishment and liberal media, including CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, HuffPost and Vox, did not cover Buttigieg’s remarks. None of these publications responded to requests for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

McCain reminded Buttigieg that he once suggested unborn babies can be aborted up until they draw their first breath, and offered Buttigieg a chance to walk back the statement.

Buttigieg said “it shouldn’t be up to a government official to draw the line. It should be up to the woman.” When McCain pressed him on this, specifically asking if he would be comfortable with a situation where a “woman wanted to invoke infanticide after a baby was born,” Buttigieg still didn’t distance himself from infanticide.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

Does anyone expect the media to come out against a Democrat?

I cannot express any surprise that the media that carried San Fran Nan’s message of “it’s for the children” now kow-tows to the abortion until birth mantra.

  1. Queer community isn’t happy with Mayor Pete

Townhall points out that Buttigieg doesn’t hold universal support among the gay community.

The LGBTQ community in San Francisco isn’t happy with former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. They feel as though he fails to represent their community. On Friday, two protestors were booted from a fundraiser at the National LGBTQ Center for the Arts for attempting to ask him a question. When it became obvious that they were protestors, supporters began chanting “Boot-Edge-Edge! Boot-Edge-Edge!”

“I’m definitely proud of the fact that a gay candidate has made it thus far, but it’s hard to enjoy or appreciate when his stances are so middle of the road and speak to a predominantly white, upper class audience,” Celi Tamayo-Lee, one of the women who was kicked out of the event, told The Guardian.

Those who feel he’s too moderate take issue with Buttigieg not supporting Medicare for All, free college tuition, his issues with the black community and his ties to billionaire donors. There are issues that don’t impact the LGBTQ community as a whole but impact individuals who are also queer.

(Read more at Townhall)

While I have seen the purity test play out in the Tea Party, I have seen it even more in liberal groups

Over the past few years, it seems that many liberal groups have called for ideological purity (refer to Bernie’s call and Buttigieg’s call for abortion purity). Hence, I expect this to continue and certain groups to tear themselves apart.

To those who find themselves victims, please hear this: every person was made in the image of God. All of us have messed something up, but each of us can be forgiven when we ask for that forgiveness.

Six stories on Biden idiocy


  1. Joe Biden Links President Donald Trump to KKK in Sermon to Black Church

Breitbart reports in a 19 January 2020 article that, when speaking at a Black church, Joe Biden associated Donald Trump to the KKK.

BidenLiesToChurchFormer Vice President Joe Biden linked President Donald Trump to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in a sermon on Sunday in a black church in South Carolina on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“We can defeat this moment of hate. … This president and his — the Ku Klux Klans and the rest of them, they think they’ve beaten us again. But they have no idea — we’re just coming back. God love you all,” Biden told the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina.

In a halting speech, Biden also repeated the false claim that President Donald Trump had referred to white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville as “very fine people” in August 2017.

“They asked the president what he thought, and he said, ‘There are very fine people on both sides’,” Biden claimed.

In fact, Trump specifically condemned those groups, as the transcript of his remarks reveals.

Trump had praised non-violent protesters on either side of the removal of a Confederate statue as “very fine people,” contrasting them with violent rioters, and saying neo-Nazis and white nationalists should be “condemned totally.”

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(Read more at Breitbart)

This causes me to ask two questions. Biden, why smear President Trump with lies? Christians, why applaud pandering?

Why should a former Vice President stoop to lying about his competition? Unless his accomplishments are so dubious, why lie and smear?

Additionally, to the Christians in the audience at that church, why did you clap? Didn’t you realize that Joe Biden was lying to you?

  1. Biden Campaign Video Features Ukrainian Activist Who Said Hunter ‘Did A Very Bad Thing’

The Daily Caller fills us in on the Biden campaign video that shows a Ukrainian activist who implicated Hunter Biden.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign released a video Tuesday that quoted a Ukrainian anti-corruption activist who said in 2019 that Hunter Biden “did a very bad thing” by working for Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings.

The campaign released the video, narrated by rapid response director Andrew Bates, in order to push back on Trump allies’ allegations that Biden pressured the Ukrainian government in 2016 to fire prosecutor Viktor Shokin in order to shut down an investigation of Burisma, where Hunter Biden was a director.

The video quoted Daria Kaleniuk, an activist with the Anti-Corruption Action Centre, criticizing Shokin as maintaining a “Soviet system of prosecution which intimidates people.”

But the Biden campaign appears to have overlooked another target of Kaleniuk’s scrutiny.

“I think Hunter Biden did a very bad thing and he was very wrong. He allowed his name to be abused,” she told ABC News in an interview that aired June 20, 2019.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

Maybe this constitutes an attempt to get in front of the Burisma accusations

If Joe Biden has decided to use this as his means of answering the Burisma problem, he has some additional problems coming. As you will see by reading the articles on Frank Biden, James Biden, and others — greed ran rife in Biden circles (but, experience, not so much).

  1. Joe Biden Says ICE Shouldn’t Deport Drunk-Driving Illegal Aliens

The Daily Caller details how Uncle Joe wants to coddle drunk illegals rather than hold them to the law non-politicians must obey.

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that he would not allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to deport illegal aliens who get caught drunk driving.

Biden said during a 2020 election forum with Vice News that if he wins the presidency he will issue an executive order that only allows ICE agents to deport individuals who have committed felonies — “and I don’t consider drunk driving a felony,” Biden clarified.

“I would hold ICE agents accountable if in fact they stepped over my executive orders, which is no arrest of any kind outside of the schools,” Biden said. “You know, look at the — one of the things that’s happening is, particularly for the latino and hispanic kids, is the incredible pressure on them in terms of their sense of security.”

“You change the culture by saying, ‘you’re gonna get fired.’ ‘You’re fired,’ if in fact you do that,” the Democratic presidential candidate explained. “You only arrest for the purpose of dealing with a felony that’s committed, and I don’t consider drunk driving as a felony.”

10,497 people died in drunk driving related car accidents in 2016, according to the Center for Disease Control, which accounts for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. States issue a variety of different penalties for drunk driving, ranging from fines to jail time to license suspension.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

This should not come as a surprise. Democrats support criminals, not American victims

Considering that angel parents have never been able to get an audience with Democrats, this desire of Joe to decriminalize drunk driving should come as no surprise. Additionally, considering the fact that Trump (not Obama) created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement office, nobody should expect Democrats to start supporting Americans over criminals.

As previously blogged at this site, Pelosi and other Democrat representatives have refused to see angel moms and angel dads who came to first Ms. Pelosi’s office and then to other offices. Since the Democrats have laser-focused their gaze on impeachment, they will not consider concepts that could be considered Republican (even through they are really just topics of common concern).

Joe Biden spreads money to Frank Biden, Hunter Biden, James Biden, and others

  1. NY Post: ‘Profiles in Corruption’ Reveals How the ‘Biden Five’ Made Millions Off Joe Biden Connections

Breitbart summarizes a report by the New York Post where we find that the “Biden Five” made millions from the connections created by Joe Biden’s political position.

BidenProfilesInCorruptionFive family members of former Vice President Joe Biden have scored “sweetheart deals” and “favorable access” thanks to their connection to the 2020 Democrat White House candidate, reveals the forthcoming investigative book Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite by five-time New York Times bestselling author and Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer.

The New York Post reports:

The Biden family’s apparent self-enrichment involves no less than five family members: Joe’s son Hunter, son-in-law Howard, brothers James and Frank, and sister Valerie.

When this subject came up in 2019, Biden declared, “I never talked with my son or my brother or anyone else — even distant family — about their business interests. Period.”

As we will see, this is far from the case…

Joe Biden’s younger brother, James, has been an integral part of the family political machine from the earliest days when he served as finance chair of Joe’s 1972 Senate campaign, and the two have remained quite close. After Joe joined the U.S. Senate, he would bring his brother James along on congressional delegation trips to places like Ireland, Rome and Africa.

When Joe became vice president, James was a welcomed guest at the White House, securing invitations to such important functions as a state dinner in 2011 and the visit of Pope Francis in 2015. Sometimes, James’ White House visits dovetailed with his overseas business dealings, and his commercial opportunities flourished during his brother’s tenure as vice president.

(Read more at Breitbart)

When I first heard that Hunter Biden earned millions per year without experience, I wondered what percent went to his dad

The first time that I heard of the millions Hunter made without experience, I wondered what percentage of the money was going from the drug-addled son to the power-hungry dad. When I heard of the threats Joe made against the Ukrainian government, I was sure of the money flow.

How much better it is to get wisdom than gold

Solomon reminds us of the central importance of a knowledge of God when he worked as the conduit for God’s Word and the book of Proverbs.

How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver. (Proverbs 16:16 NASB)

  1. Joe Biden’s brother Frank linked to projects receiving $54,000,000 in taxpayer loans from the Obama administration—despite no experience

Breitbart reports in a 20 January 2020 article that Frank Biden received $54 million in loans from the Obama administration (despite a total lack of experience.

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Frank Biden

Frank Biden, the youngest brother of former Vice President Joe Biden, saw his business interests benefit from millions of dollars in taxpayer loans to Caribbean nations during the Obama years.

The extensive overlap in Frank Biden’s dealings and Obama-Biden foreign policy in Central America is exposed in Peter Schweizer’s new book—Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite.

Frank Biden first set his sights on the region in 2009, as the Obama administration began to repair the U.S. relationship with Costa Rica. Tensions between the two countries flared under President George W. Bush, most notably on how to deal with drug trafficking.

When President Barack Obama entered the White House, he set out to mend fences in the region in hopes of inaugurating a new era of global cooperation. Leading the charge on that front was Joe Biden, who had long standing ties to the region from his tenure leading the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Shortly after the new administration took office, Frank Biden began scouting real estate opportunities in Costa Rica. A lawyer by training, Frank was undeterred by his lack of background in international development and decades old legal troubles at home.

As Schweizer notes, despite the professional and personal handicaps, business opportunities were plentiful for Frank, especially after his brother paid a visit to the country.

“Just months after Vice President [Joe] Biden’s visit, in August, Costa Rica News announced a new multilateral partnership “to reform Real Estate in Latin America” between Frank Biden, a developer named Craig Williamson, and the Guanacaste Country Club, a newly planned resort,” Schweizer writes in his book, a copy of which was exclusively obtained by Breitbart News.

The venture—officially sold to investors and the public as an opportunity to protect Costa Rica’s “breathtaking beauty”—amounted to little more than decimating the country’s natural wilderness to build a luxurious resort for wealthy foreigners.

(Read more at Breitbart)

In the second out of the series of five, there are many commonalities with the Hunter/Burisma case

Just as with Hunter’s case, Frank Biden got this high-paying position because Joe Biden was the Vice President of the United States. Never mind that Frank had no experience in development. Never mind that Costa Rica was pushing to get on the good side of the United States government.

So, based on nothing but the Biden name (and Joe’s link to the Obama administration), Frank was able rake in $54 million in U.S. taxpayer-financed loans.

  1. James Biden’s Firm Got $1.5 Billion in Government Contracts Despite Zero Experience

Breitbart reports in a 20 January 2020 article on how James Biden got $1.5 million in government contracts without any experience.

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James Biden

A firm employing James Biden, the younger brother of former Vice President Joe Biden, received more than $1.5 billion in government-backed contracts during the Obama administration.

The dovetailing of James Biden’s professional life with his brother’s political influence is extensively detailed in Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elitea new book by Peter Schweizer, senior contributor at Breitbart News and president of the Government Accountability Institute (GAI).

In 2010, shortly after a disastrous attempt at running a hedge fund with his nephew Hunter, James Biden entered the construction and international development industry. Even though he lacked background in either, James secured a position as executive vice president at the newly formed HillStone International, LLC. The firm, which was a subsidiary of the long struggling Hill International, was unique for a multitude of reasons.

“The president of HillStone International was Kevin Justice, who grew up in Delaware and was a longtime Biden family friend,” Schweizer writes in his book. “He was friends with lots of Bidens, especially Joe’s sons Hunter and Beau.”

Under Justice’s leadership, the company was setting out to pursue technology and construction projects in the Middle East. Of particular interest to the company were the millions being given to government contractors for the rebuilding of war-torn Iraq—an endeavor Joe Biden was tasked to oversee by President Barack Obama.

It was likely with such projects in mind that Justice headed to the White House in November 2010. During the visit, the HillStone executive met with Michele Smith, a top aide to then-Vice President Joe Biden. Smith, a fellow Delaware native, was serving as the vice president’s liaison to “global government officials and business executives.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

The broken record skips to the same old few tracks again – Biden, no experience, money

In geometry, we only need two points to draw a line. These three points (out of a claimed five) point toward corruption in the Biden family.

If Hunter, Frank, and James Biden all benefited financially when Joe Biden came into a high governmental job, then we might have good reason to think that Joe Biden and the rest have become corrupted.

Three stories on how Soros made inroads to groups who are mostly conservative


  1. Soros-Linked group gets six GOP governors to resettle more refugees

Breitbart reports in a 11 January 2020 article that Soros has found a way to bend some GOP members.

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G. Soros

A pro-mass immigration organization with links to billionaire George Soros has successfully lobbied six Republican governors to resettle more refugees in their states.

For Fiscal Year 2020, President Donald Trump will continue cutting refugee admissions by reducing former President Barack Obama’s refugee inflow by at least 80 percent. This reduction would mean a maximum of 18,000 refugees can be resettled in the U.S. between October 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020. This is merely a numerical limit and not a goal federal officials are supposed to reach.

Coupled with the refugee reduction, Trump signed an executive order that gives localities, counties, and states veto power over whether they want to resettle refugees in their communities.

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Jenny Yang, World Relief

Executives at World Relief and the Evangelical Immigration Table — an organization with links to the Soros-funded National Immigration Forum — have been lobbying governors across the country to bring more refugees to their states. So far, six Republican governors have signed off to resettle refugees in their states, including North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

The New York Times notes:

Jenny Yang, vice president for advocacy at World Relief, an evangelical agency whose work includes resettlement, has been steering an effort to lobby governors to keep their states open to refugees. [Emphasis added]

She said about 16 governors have submitted written consent, six of them Republicans. Gov. Doug Ducey, Republican of Arizona, agreed after receiving a letter supporting resettlement signed by 250 evangelical leaders. Gov. Greg Abbott, Republican of Texas, who leads the state that received the most refugees last year, has not yet offered his view, despite a plea from the mayor of Fort Worth to continue accepting refugees. [Emphasis added]

Refugee contractors, like the Lutheran Social Services organization, have deployed a campaign to get mayors, local officials, and governors to admit more refugees to their states. Those contractors’ budgets every year are reliant on ensuring that as many refugees are resettled across the U.S. as possible.

It remains unclear which six Republican governors, aside from Burgum and Ducey, have been successfully lobbied by the Soros-linked group.

This week, the Evangelical Immigration Table sent letters to the governors of California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin to ask them to bring refugees to their states.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Regarding the quote from the NYT, Governor Abbott has declined refugees

Texas side-step: First to decline refugees, utilize Trump order

I am glad to reference a OneNewsNow to show how Texas Governor Abbott took President Trump’s invitation to refuse the importation of additional refugees.

Texas has become the first state to opt out of resettling refugees via a new order signed by President Donald Trump –giving states the freedom to accept or decline new refugees.

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Governor Abbott

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) notified the Trump administration of his choice for his state to forgo participating in the federal government’s refugee resettlement program for the 2020 fiscal year because Texas already has enough issues to contend with.

“Texas cannot consent to initial refugee resettlement,” Abbot wrote Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a letter TheBlaze obtained on Friday.

He said United States citizens in need – along with existing immigrants in Texas – should take precedence over new arrivals from abroad.

“In addition to accepting refugees all these years, Texas has been left by Congress to deal with disproportionate migration issues resulting from a broken federal immigration system,” Abbot added. “[T]he state and nonprofit organizations have a responsibility to dedicate available resources to those who are already here, including refugees, migrants and the homeless – indeed, all Texans.”

He then stressed how his choice to opt out does not preclude any refugees from entering the U.S. – nor does it keep them from moving to the Lone Star State in the future after settling in a different state.

States know best

Last year, Trump issued an executive order that requires states to confirm in writing their desire to opt in to the refugee resettlement program administered by the federal government.

“In resettling refugees into American communities, it is the policy of the United States to cooperate and consult with State and local governments, to take into account the preferences of State governments, and to provide a pathway for refugees to become self-sufficient,” the White House announced in its order in September.” These policies support each other. Close cooperation with State and local governments ensures that refugees are resettled in communities that are eager and equipped to support their successful integration into American society and the labor force.”

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

God bless Governor Abbott

You cannot know how much I thank God for his leadership.

When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan. (Proverbs 29:2 NASB)

  1. Article by Pulpit and Pen shows link between Soros and two Southern Baptist Convention organizations

Pulpit and Pen reported in a 30 September 2019 article how two organizations headed by Russell Moore and Jim Wallis seem to have links to George Soros.

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Russell Moore

As many might already know, Russell Moore and Jim Wallis run the Evangelical Immigration Table for George Soros, who founded and funded their open borders ministry organization. Russell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the SBC. What you might not know is that the recent “whistleblower report” against Donald Trump was provoked by the evangelical Left’s best friend, George Soros.

According to One News Now

An investigative journalism group funded by leftist billionaire George Soros is reportedly responsible for sections of the whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump that allege he put pressure on Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son for political gain.

In fact, Breitbart first tied the whistleblower report to Soros. According to Aaron Klein of Breitbart, “Even though the statement was written in first person – ‘multiple U.S. officials told me’ – it contains a footnote referencing a report by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).”

The OCCRP, according to World Net Daily, had Soros’ Open Societies Foundation as its second-largest donor (in some years OSF has been its largest donor). In other words, it has the same financial backing as the SBC’s and ERLC’s Evangelical Immigration Table.

World Net Daily has pointed out that the “OCCRP is cited in a key section of the complaint that claims Ukrainian officials followed up on Trump’s request for Ukraine to investigate allegations of corruption by then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was receiving $50,000 monthly from a natural gas company despite having no experience in the industry.”

The SBC has been weaponized against Donald Trump for the upcoming 2020 election. Lifeway recently released a poll sponsored by the ERLC that alleged (laughably) that evangelical voters care more about “racial justice” than abortion and that they want their politicians to be nicer (an obvious “dig” on the POTUS). ERLC research fellows like Thomas Kidd are daily attacking Trump in social media. The SBC president, JD Greear, recently commended Christians who vote Democrat. Many SBC leaders have been begging evangelicals to stop being loyal to the Republican Party.

(Read more at Pulpit and Pen)

There are those who deny the reports offered by Breitbart

If you read Baptiat Press or SBC Voices, you will see strong denunciations of these reports and the reporters. However, what you will not see is anything to counter the arguments put forward by Breitbart or OneNewsNow.

Additionally, if you expand your review of the information at hand to include input from an 18 April 2018 post at Janet Mefferd Today, you will find more proofs of the cooperation between the government, Russell Moore’s groups, and rich atheists.

Sadly, the more the same message comes from unrelated groups, the more that message becomes corroborated. Although I celebrate the truth, I mourn the fact that some who purport to stand for Christ would stand in a lie.

  1. Jim Wallis, progressive ‘cleric,’ tortures the Bible to promote intolerant Islam

Breitbart points out through a 13 September 2015 article how Wallis bent the Bible to try to convince Christians to support Islam.

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Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis, the far-left founder of Sojourner Magazine and beneficiary of George Soros donations who has built a career out of subverting constitutional liberty in America by quoting the Bible out of context, is at it again.

In his latest effort in transparent left-wing propaganda, Wallis extends his love for open borders from the huge populations of Middle East and Africa to the United States to all of Europe.

At The Huffington Post, the self-proclaimed “Christian leader for social change,” preaches to both sides of the Atlantic. “In Europe and in the U.S. — we must welcome the stranger,” he writes.

In the United States, that means, Wallis—acting in his capacity as a self proclaimed divine prophet on earth—commands us to open our borders to illegal aliens from every country on earth.

His command to European countries is clear: They “must welcome … between 360,000 and 500,000 [Syrian] refugees.”

But several evangelical leaders are calling Wallis out for his distortions of the Bible that promote a left-wing “pseudo-Christian” theocracy.

“It is curious to me that these refugees are almost entirely Islamic even though Christians are the ones in most mortal danger by Islamists,” Kelly Monroe Kullberg, founder of the Veritas Forum and author of Finding God at Harvard, tells Breitbart News. “The ‘refugees’ are not mostly sweet children, but adult Muslim males who are unscreened,” she said, adding  Islamizing America [and Europe] is cultural injustice and suicide, not stewardship, beauty and progress.”

“Hijrah (pronounced: Hish-ra) is the Muslim doctrine of migration to spread Islam throughout the world,” Kullberg says. “By the Hijrah,” Kullberg explains, “ Europe and America are to be conquered demographically as well as politically. This strategy appears in the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Memorandum” on “civilization jihad” of 1991 and elsewhere.”

“At this point, it should not be a secret unknown to us. The vast majority of sensible human beings do not want to leave Sharia law to their grandchildren. We do not want the USA to become the ISA, their goal of an Islamic States of America,” Kullberg, who founded the ad hoc group Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration, says.

Wallis reverts to form by citing a Bible verse out of context to justify his recommendation that European countries sacrifice their sovereignty to hundreds of thousands of immigrants, many of them likely supports of Sharia and the Islamization of Europe.

“Matthew 25 teaches us that how we welcome the stranger into our midst is literally how we treat Christ himself. So the response by Christians here and in Europe must become more in line with the welcoming tone of hospitality called for by Pope Francis,” Wallis writes at the Huffington Post.

Mark Tooley, President of the Institute of Religion and Democracy, has seen Wallis try this trick before. “As usual, Jim Wallis asserts that public policy can be decided by a few out of context Bible verses that affirm politics of the Left,” Tooley tells Breitbart News.

“So immigration policy is all about Matthew 25 and Christian hospitality, with skeptics of open borders motivated only by bigotry and greed,” Tooley says of Wallis’s argument. “This view is simplistic and sanctimonious,” Tooley says.

“The Bible doesn’t articulate details of modern immigration law. And Christians can extend love and generosity for refugees without obligation to open national borders to whomever,” Tooley notes.

Kullberg also criticizes Wallis for presenting false theology as political propaganda.

“In the actual Bible, we find teachings about kindness to the well-meaning foreigner who comes lawfully as a blessing and convert, such as Ruth or Rahab. Jesus himself highlights the good Samaritan, to be honored,” she says.

“We also find in Scripture the book of Nehemiah (the Left is silent about this book), about a Godly leader leading Israel in the project of rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem to cultivate the good and protect the people from harmful foreigners. God does not call us to cultural suicide, but only to wise welcome. Breaking down boundaries for foreign faiths and customs was not a commandment, but a curse,” Kullberg notes.

Wallis goes beyond citing Matthew 25 out of context in his latest Huffington Post article. This time, he resorts to flim-flammery that would make that fictional religious con man Elmer Gantry blush.

“Yesterday, in that spirit and in recognition of the pope’s impending visit, a broad coalition of allies representing both secular and religious organizations released a Unity Statement, rededicating ourselves to the fight to pass comprehensive immigration reform. We are calling for a national day of prayer for immigrant families, Congress, and for our nation to take place on Sept. 24, in conjunction with the pope’s visit,” he writes.

Wallis disingenuously fails to inform readers that the press conference held by this “broad coalition of allies representing both secular and religious organizations” was organized by a highly partisan left-wing group, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, that is founded, led, and funded by LaRaza and the SEIU.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Odd that a secular Breitbart would be more Biblical than “spiritual” Sojourner

The fact that a secular Breitbart would correctly report on the Biblical texts when a “spiritual” Sojourner founder would twist those texts speaks to the high levels of journalistic integrity at Breitbart.