Christians Receiving Joy & Strength
Piles of Bricks Staged At Protest Sites Across The Country ...
6-1-20, U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- An unknown group or groups have left pallets of bricks at the sites of the civil unrest from coast to coast. These pallets seem to have appeared overnight, and no one knows the source of the pallet of bricks. In a weird coincidence, former US Pres Obama tweeted that he has put out resources to “help young activists sustain the momentum by channeling their energy into concrete action” -- the day after people found the bricks at protest sites. See video pallets bricks here
Piles of BRICKS mysteriously sprouting up near riot hotspots ...·
6-2-20, RT.COM -- It’s not every day one sees a stack of bricks just lying around unattended, especially when there’s no construction to be seen – but a rash of reports of pallets of bricks turning up as if by magic in over half a dozen cities over the weekend has investigators trying to get to the bottom of who’s seemingly giving would-be rioters the tools they need to turn what began as peaceful ... See video here
Jul 17, 2008 - Is Obama planning to have a Civilian Security Force in addition to the military?
1-19-20, PatriotsForTruth -- What is the Obama Youth Corps? Homeland Security graduates first Corps of Homeland Youth. October 7, 2012. Vicksburg. The federal government calls them FEMA Corps; but they conjure up memories of the Hitler Youth of 1930’s Germany.
Is Obama's 'civilian national security force' finally here?
9-4-17, WND.com -- On July 2, 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama issued a declaration that made my head spin, yet no one, and I mean no one, took notice. In a long campaign speech in Colorado Obama dropped this little bomb: "We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."
What became of that idea? Many people are wondering if we're now seeing the realization of Obama's concept in the streets of America – from Berkeley to Charlottesville. Could the Antifa thugs, anti-Semite leftists and Black Lives Matter racists represent what Obama had in mind?
There's little question these groups are being paid, though not necessarily with our tax dollars. Don't be surprised, however, if we find out years from now that government transfers of wealth have actually found their way into some of these group's coffers. But we know some of George Soros' billions have.
North Carolina: Black Lives Matter Rioter Accidentally Lights ...
5-31-20, GatewayPundit -- Violent protests have spread across the nation since May 25, 2020 when a Minneapolis police officer, Derick Chauvin criminally and brutally killed a black man named George Floyd. Black Lives Matter thugs and Antifa terrorists are using George's as an excuse to cause mayhem across America as they loot, destroying businesses and raze buildings to the ground.
President Trump Showing Strength Against Evil Doers
God's Word clearly opposes and 'Hates' shedding of innocent blood and feet that run to do evil.
6-2-20, By President Trump holding up almighty God's Holy Word during the vicious violence now in the USA; I think he's saying God does not want evil doers to go unpunished. The innocent whose livelihood is being destroyed by the wicked arsonists, rioters and looters must be stopped and ... yes using force ... it's not against God's precepts.
Reportedly President Trump Proves He's Not Hunkering Down in Fear Hiding from Thugs
He Walks Over to Church and proclaims 'America greatest country in the world; we'll keep it safe.'
6-1-20, It has been leaked that President Trump was enraged by coverage of him hiding and sheltering in a bunker during protests around the White House. Media has claimed Pres Trump did a photo op at a nearby church to demonstrate that he was not afraid to be seen in the open; he walked across the street to the Episcopal Church and did a photo op with a Holy Bible that the liberal, leftist haters are calling a 'prop.'
Trump Hater Female Rev Budde objected to tear gas apparently ...
Female Episcopal Bishop Mariann Budde, of the diocese of Washington, DC said, "I wasn’t informed that they would be clearing with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop. Holding a Bible, one that declares that God is love and when everything he has said and done is to enflame violence. I am beyond."
Foreign Policy Declares Holding Up a Bible Un-American apparently ...
Foreign Policy Claims that President Trump Holding a Bible is Un-American
6-2-20, ForeignPolicy.com - U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a Bible outside St John's Church...
Fauci on Masks, First he said, 'wear em!' Now he says, 'Not necessary.'
5-28-20, New American --One thing about our Dr. Anthony Fauci is that he really does have something for everyone: If you don’t like his position, just wait a bit — he’ll change it.Just consider face masks. Fauci now says that everybody should wear one in public, that he does as a “symbol” of right action, and that it shows “respect for another person.” On March 8, 2020 he said, "No, right now, people should not be wearing — there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask,” he told CBS’s 60 Minutes. Then in early May, Dr Fauci stated during remote Senate testimony that people should wear masks whenever they can’t socially distance. “We don’t want to call it a mask because back then we were concerned we would be taking masks away from the healthcare providers”
Surgeon general: Data doesn't back up wearing masks in public ...
3-31-20, FoxNews -- Recently the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said that “the data doesn't show” that wearing masks in public will help people during the coronavirus pandemic.He said: “It's important to understand that we are looking at the data every single day and we make the best recommendations to the American people we can based on what we know. What the World Health Organization [WHO] and the CDC [The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] have reaffirmed in the last few days is that they do not recommend the general public wear masks.” In February Adams tweeted on Twitter: “Seriously people - STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk! Only sick people need to wear masks.'
World Without End
“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him.”
2-23-20, Henry Morris, PhD -- This beautiful Old Testament promise has been appropriated by Paul (1 Corinthians 2:9) and applied to the New Testament believer guided by the indwelling Spirit of God. It looks forward to the ages to come when all those “things which God hath prepared for them that love Him” will be given in their fullness.
It is noteworthy that both “the beginning of the world” in our text (Isaiah 64:4) and “world without end” (Isaiah 45:17) are translations of the same Hebrew word, olam, which means essentially “indefinitely long ago” or even “eternity.” Thus, the wonderful plan God has prepared for His people, to be implemented and enjoyed in eternity future, was formulated by Him in eternity past.
We were then chosen “in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love” (Ephesians 1:4). He had even planned our redemption from sin through His Son, “with the precious blood of Christ, . . . Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” (1 Peter 1:19-20).
We may not, in this life, really comprehend with our minds such marvelous things, but we who are born again in Jesus [John 3:3, 7] “wait for Him” can believe them with rejoicing in our hearts, for “God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10). Thus, we can unite with thankful and understanding hearts in Paul’s great doxology: “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Ephesians 3:21). Source
Remains of an Administration: Scandals & Failures of Obama
5-26-20, Victor David Hanson – Barack Hussein Obama entered office to gushes that he was a living god & the smartest man ever to enter the White House. He quickly won the Nobel Peace Prize [for nothing] & was courted internationally through a series of overseas tours. His brand was - not so much a citizen of an unexceptional America - but as a citizen of the now globalized world. However, now as the Obama administration fades into the past, its wrongdoings have come back to the present. After years of media & govt suppression, the events of 2009-2016 are now being revealed and the list is so overwhelming and bizarre that it either reminds or informs Americans of how corrupt the years were; -->
<-- and how untruthful media coverage of such institutionalized wrongdoing was. There is nothing left of the Obama creed of the “most scandal-free” administration. Before the collusion/obstruction Russia hoax , the Horowitz report, the failed Mueller Russia investigation and the ambush interview of Gen Michael Flynn with the administration’s fraud perpetrated on the FISA courts, there was:
Currently and occasionally Obama ventures out going through feeble motions of defense of what is becoming an increasingly discredited administration. [..snip] The remains of the Obama team (Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, Hillary Clinton, John Brennan, James Comey, Samantha Power) are not offering much of a defense either —as now they are too busy scrambling to hide their own exposure and legal culpability.
Obama entered the White House with a super majority in the Senate and a large majority in the House, with the likelihood of remaking the Supreme Court. When, eight years later, he left losing both houses of Congress, the Supreme Court for a generation and more than 1,000 state and local offices. [..] List of failures:
The current Covid virus epidemic put an end to much of Obama lore:
The scandal list could be expanded, but could be summed up as Obama himself likely knew of the efforts to surveil, disrupt, destroy the Trump campaign and transition. Clearly he knew that no one would pursue the fact of his knowledge. Either his subordinates would provide a firewall around his divinity, or if they would or could not, the public could not absorb the idea that the Obama’s administration was the most corrupt and scandal-ridden in memory.
 Mueller none of Trump’s associates guilty of crimes involving Russia here
*Excerpted and adapted full original report from Victor Davis Hanson NRO contributor, the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author here
 How Obama Forced NASA to became utterly dependent on Russia for space travel - the USA Pays Russia $70 million per travel ticket to ITT
5-5-14, Vox.com --Russia, for its part, depends on the US segment of the space station for the electricity provided by its solar panels. And NASA, for its part, has no way of getting its American astronauts to and from the space station — or anywhere else in space, for that matter. So it pays $70.7 million for each one-way ticket on Russian rockets. The earliest that could possibly change? 2017. [..] Bush's moon program was cancelled by Obama in 2010 and replaced with a plan for private companies to shuttle astronauts. Meanwhile, NASA's budget requests to pay for the new program were repeatedly underfunded by Democrat controlled Congress. [..] As of 2014, thanks to Obama, the USA and NASA is in a vulnerable position being dependent on Putin and Russia. Congress needs to make the USA independent in space again.
US AG Bill Barr says violence by Domestic Terror Group Antifa and others exacerbating violence & riots
5-30-20, WashExaminer -- Attorney Gen Bill Barr declared that the violence being “instigated and carried out” by "Antifa and other similar groups" in connection to nationwide rioting is “domestic terrorism." In "many places" across the USA we're seeing violent protests spurred by "anarchic" and "far-left extremist groups." Many of them are traveling from out of state and such people could be committing federal crimes and asserted that authorities will be enforcing the law.
Barr recently said “it is time to stop watching the violence and to confront and stop it” and that “federal law enforcement actions will be directed at apprehending and charging the violent radical agitators who have hijacked peaceful protest and are engaged in violations of federal law.” He added that the Justice Dept would be using its network of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces to “identify criminal organizers and instigators” as the DOJ works with states and cities.
Pitttsburg: Peaceful Protest honoring George Floyd ends in destruction not supported by protest organizers
5-30-20, PGHCityPaper -- Today, thousands gathered and marched in Downtown Pittsburgh, joining demonstrations being held across the USA protesting the way Minneapolis citizen George Floyd was brutally killed by police. However, before the evening ended, the demonstration became a riot by outsiders. The peaceful protesters went home as some people in the crowd start to damage property.
Chaos, Mayhem Blasphemies in the United States
CoronaRiots & 'Planned e Monium'
"In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills. Howl, ye inhabitants ..."
"Near is the great day of the Lord,
Near and coming very quickly;
Listen, the day of the Lord!
In it the warrior cries out bitterly.
A day of wrath is that day,
A day of trouble and distress,
A day of destruction and desolation,
A day of darkness and gloom,
A day of clouds and thick darkness"
5-31-20, This week Ohio attorney and Bible teacher John Haller opines on how amazing it is that the Covid virus scare is suddenly taking a backseat being tossed aside as the United States suffers yet another horrific event ... rioting, arson, looting with mass burglaries, destruction and mayhem.
Recently Mr. George Floyd was wrongfully and brutally killed by a Minneapolis police officer, Derick Chauvin and his memory deserves better; and so do the citizens in all the states where apparently terror group Antifa and their minions [there is a great population of Muslim immigrants from Somalia in the group supported by Congresswoman Omar - they've rioted before in Minnesota] have staged "planned protests." Many participants are out of state [paid] professional instigators whose actions overwhelm the local peaceful protesters who simply want George to be remembered, honored and for change to occur.
A world without God looks exactly like what it is becoming, and unfortunately, it will likely get much worse. The seeds of discord were planted when the leader of a former administration [Obama, 2/5/08 here] assured us that "fundamental change was coming to America." And so it has. However, we as believers in Christ, have the assurance that our God has not, does not and will not change.
The Lord is Savior to all who repent and call on Him for salvation [Romans 10:13]; He is also judge and jury bringing swift and harsh eternal punishment to wicked [John 3:36; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10], anti-Christ, arrogant and prideful people who have decided their lives are controlled only by them.
Sadly many lost sinners believe that Jesus is simply a crutch for the weak. From here on out, it may not get "better" until the Lord makes it so. Until then, we must endure.
Even so, Come Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20
Video: One hour nine minute here
Beautiful Instrumental Hymns
Peaceful Piano & Flute
"Morning Peace" Tim Janis
Two hour non stop peaceful inspirational worship hymns here
Pres Trump Targets Twitter's Legal Shield - 1996 Law
5-29-20, KPBS.org - Twitter has been screening Pres Trump's comments [aka 'tweets']; so he has targeted the social media's Legal Shield; Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a law passed by Congress in 1996 under Bill Clinton. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., introduced a bill last year aimed at ending the legal protections for tech companies unless they agreed to an independent audit to ensure they were moderating content without political bias [see on Twitter] as has been common thus far.
Twitter fact-checks Pres Trump, slaps warning labels on his tweets
5-26-29, CNBC -- Pres Trump tweeted about Democrats potential fraudulent voter plan of mail in ballots -- Twitter posted warning labels below 'warning' tweets may have misleading claims.
Bible Verses: Dealing With Evil People
v44 "Ye are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it. v26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked [is as] a troubled fountain and a corrupt spring. v10 O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?"
5-30-20, Currently in the USA the wicked are raging in the streets; who can deny they are of their father the devil?
John 8:44; Proverbs 25:26; Acts 13:10
Isaiah 48:22 - The Lord said: "[There is] no peace, unto the wicked."
Romans 12:19 - Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, the Lord said: "Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay."
Revelation 21:8 - The fearful, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, whore mongers, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Ephesians 6:12 - For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].
1 Timothy 5:8 - But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 - This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
James 1:19-20 - Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Rioting & Mayhem: Claim ‘George Floyd’s Murder’
Twelve Cities with All But One Democrat Mayors; All But One Democrat Governors
- Minneapolis, MN - Mayor Jacob Frey (D), Gov. Tim Walz (D) called in the National Guard on Thursday, 5/28/20 as looting broke out in St. Paul. The building of the Minneapolis Police’s 3rd Precinct was overtaken by rioters and burned down; they then converged near the 5th Precinct building. The Pentagon has been ordered to prepare troops to intercede in Minnesota.
- Detroit, MI - Mayor Mike Duggan (D), Gov Gretchen Whitmer (D) Police Chief James Craig said one person was killed and more than 40 people were arrested. He said at least three-fourths of the demonstrators were from outside of the city.
- Portland, OR - Mayor Ted Wheeler (D), Gov Kate Brown (D) Rioters smashed store windows and broke into the Multnomah County Justice Center, where office cubicles were set ablaze.
- Los Angeles, CA - Mayor Eric Garcetti (D), Gov Gavin Newsom (D) Dozens of rioters blocked Highway 101. The demonstrations turned violent when police worked to disperse crowds in downtown Los Angeles. Multiple businesses were looted. Hundreds were arrested and at least five police officers were injured.
- Oakland, CA - Mayor Libby Schaaf (D), Gov Gavin Newsom (D)
- Chicago, IL - Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (D), Gov J. B. Pritzker (D) Dozens of rioters wearing face masks. Illinois State Police assisted Chicago police "with several crowds of rioters.
- Atlanta, GA - Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D), Gov Brian Kemp [R] In Atlanta hundreds of rioters converged outside CNN’s downtown headquarters spray-painting a large CNN logo outside the building, broke a window, and tagged doors. Police was pelted bottles. Protesters used an accelerant to burn an American flag.
- Washington, D.C. - Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), Angry protesters arrived at Pennsylvania Avenue, sparking a lockdown at the White House.
- Denver, CO - Mayor Michael Hancock (D), Gov Jared Polis (D) Denver Police Dept used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse rioters outside the State Capitol who were throwing rocks at police officers, setting fires, breaking windows and damaging cars. Three officers were injured and that 13 people were arrested.
- New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), Gov Andrew Cuomo (D) Rioters set fire to police dept. Dozens were arrested; officers and protesters injured. Rioters threw debris at the Barclays Center.
- Louisville, KY - Mayor Greg Fischer (D), Gov Andy Beshear (D)
- Las Vegas, NV - Mayor Carolyn Goodman (I), Gov Steve Sisolak (D)
Unemployment 20%: Expect more shocking economic data
5-29-20, CNBC -- Rising tensions between Washington and Beijing could become an increasing headwind for stocks, particularly the technology sector, which is most exposed on a revenue basis and through its supply chain.
The May 2020 employment report will be released Friday, May 29, 2020 and is expected to show unemployment about 20% - it was 14.7% in April.
Pedictions from Seventeen Experts: When Economy Will Bounce Back
5-29-20, Yahoo Finance -- The US economy is unlikely to bounce back quickly & that the travel industry will be especially slow. Paul Miller, CPA and founder of the accounting firm Miller & Company LLP predicts that it will take at least a year for employment numbers to go back to pre Covid virus lockdown levels. He said, “No one actually knows what businesses will survive this storm. A lot of companies will file for bankruptcy.”
Godly Response to Criticism
"The LORD is far from the wicked: but He heareth the prayer of the righteous. The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart and a good report maketh the bones fat. The ear that heareth the reproof [criticism] of life abideth among the wise. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility."
5-29-20, Charles Stanley -- No one likes criticism, but encountering some is inevitable, so we need to learn how to respond in a godly way. Although we might be tempted to become defensive or angry, we must always remain calm and listen to what they are saying. The words may hurt, but great benefits come to those who carefully consider what is said.
If we refuse to accept reproof [criticism, scorn or scoffing], we'll limit our potential for Christlike character development and spiritual growth. Some of life's best lessons come through difficult experiences. Whether the criticism is valid or not, whether it's delivered with kindness or harshness, your goal should always be to respond in a way that glorifies the Lord Jesus. Remember that you are responsible only for how you handle yourself, not for how the other person is acting.
Every rebuke is an opportunity from God. While we are being mocked or criticized we should just be quiet and listen until the he/she has finished. Make direct eye contact to show attentiveness and respect. When your critic finishes, thank them for bringing their concerns to your attention, and tell them that you'll consider what they said. Ask the Lord if the accusation is valid. Let Him search your heart and either affirm your innocence or convict you. Study God's word to find answers to the charges made. It's a chance to let your Christian character shine by showing love to your critic.
Minneapolis Police Officer Who Apparently Was Responsible for the Death of George Floyd Arrested Charged With Third Degree Murder or Manslaughter
Former MPD Officer Derek Chauvin Arrested In Custody
5-29-20, MINNEAPOLIS (VBS, WCCO) — Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested four days after George Floyd’s fatal arrest; under suspicion of passing counterfeit $20 currency.
Officer Derick was taken into custody Friday, 5/29/20 by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension; charged with third-degree murder or manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. George's family believes all four officers should be arrested.
Minneapolis is Burning - Soros Paid Antifa Gangs & Somali Immigrants Involved
5-29-20, Journalist Andy Ngo specializes in domestic terrorist groups claims that the mass arson attacks, looting and vandalism on 5/27/20 were largely perpetrated by paid Soros gangs. He tweeted, “Antifa have joined forces with BLM [Black Lives Matter] again to carry out mass carnage and violence. Antifa accounts are encouraging and celebrating the violence in Minneapolis. They’ve even started a jail fund for those who may get arrested. They are calling it a ‘freedom fund.’”Riots took place in District 5, the seat of Muslim Congresswom Rep. Ilhan Omar, who tweeted, “Our anger is just. Our anger is warranted. And our priority right now must be protecting one another.”
Omar’s teenaged daughter, Isra Hirsi retweeted a list of supplies needed by rioting “comrades”. The original thread came from the Twin Cities Democrat Socialist Party, who were actively coordinating support efforts for the rioters, including car rides out of the area.
George Floyd & Officer Derek Chauvin once worked security at same restaurant
5-29-20, NYPost -- George Floyd and Derek Chauvin — the now-fired Minneapolis cop caught on viral footage pinning his knee on Floyd’s neck that apparently caused George's death, both worked security at the El Nuevo Rodeo Club on Lake Street in south Minneapolis.
According to former club owner Maya Santamaria who told local outlet KSTP that during the past year:
“Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open. They were working together at the same time — it’s just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside.”
She couldn't definitively say they
did know each other....
Joe Biden's 'you ain't black' comment is voter intimidation
5-25-20, USAToday, Paris Dennard -- These are not gaffes. Democrats like Joe Biden are running scared because the Trump administration has been good for African Americans. The bigoted comments former Vice President Democrat Joe Biden made during his Friday, 5-22-20, interview with “The Breakfast Club” when he had the audacity to say "Well I tell you what, If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black.
As a black man who voted for Donald Trump in 2016, and plan to do so in 2020, no 77-year-old white man from Delaware has the right, authority or rationale to question my blackness or the blackness of millions of Americans exercising our God-given right to be free and exercise our constitutionally granted power to vote for whomever we want, even if they are Republican. See the interview here where Biden literally tried to convince black America that our communities weren't destroyed, black families weren't ripped apart and black wealth was not stifled for generations because of a bill he designed.
Practical Ways to Bear Burdens: Ours & the Brethren
The Apostle Paul said, "Know them which labor among you, are over you in the Lord and admonish you. Esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves. We exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. The very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calleth you, Who also will do it."
5-20-20, Pastor Charles Stanley -- There are hurting people everywhere, but at times we just don't know what to say or do to ease their pain. God's word has suggestions to help others especially those of the faith [Galatians 6:9-10]; here are six practical ways to bear someone else's burden.
- Be there. At times the best "method" of helping is simply to be present. During our darkest hours, we don't need someone who tries in vain to fix everything; we just need a friend.
- Listen. Don't attempt to give answers or tell people what to do next. Injured souls frequently want simply a listening ear so they can express what's on their mind.
- Share. Never parade yourself as someone who has all the answers; instead, allow your own pain and failures to help others.
- Pray. There is power in speaking people's names before the Lord. When they hear someone talk to Jesus on their behalf, healing often starts taking place.
- Give. Sometimes helping others involves more than a handshake or warm hug. Maybe they need something financial or material. One of the best measures of sincerity is how much we're willing to give to others.
- Substitute.You may know an individual who bears the burden of caring for someone else. If you step in and take his or her place for a while, you are emulating your Savior--He, too, was a substitute.
China Expands Airbase Near Ladakh,
Fighter Jets On Tarmac Near India Border
The images have emerged amid a standoff between Indian and Chinese forces near Ladakh,
described as India worst border tension since Kargil in 1999
India claims right to use nuclear weapons ...
5-26-20, New Delhi: Satellite images show massive construction activity at a high altitude Chinese air base, located just 200 kilometres away from the Pangong Lake, the site of the skirmish between forces of India and China on May 5-6, 2020. Two images show the Ngari Gunsa airport in Tibet. The first image is dated April 6, 2020 while the second one, dated May 21, 2020 showing massive construction activity including the addition of what appears to be a second taxi-track or a secondary tarmac to position helicopters or combat aircraft. A third image shows a close-up of the main tarmac at the airport with a line-up of four fighter jets believed to be either J-11 or J-16 fighters of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force. The current standoff between Indian and Chinese forces is described as India/China worst border tension since Kargil in 1999.
India-China Border Tensions
5-27-20, Time.com -- As precursors to possible nuclear war go, fistfights and stone throwing aren’t exactly the first things that come to mind. However, along India and China’s long 2000 mile contested border, that’s exactly what's been happening.
Recently the saber rattling has prompted US President Trump to offer to mediate what he called a “now raging dispute” between Asia’s two major military and nuclear powers.
Tensions along the two borders have been high for decades, with the Indian government reporting more than 1,000 mostly minor incursions by Chinese troops between 2016-18. Currently hostilities have increased following large Chinese troop movements into previously Indian-controlled territory and the enlargement of the Chinese Airbase ...
A Nuclear War Between India and China?
9-30-19, NationalInterest -- War Between India and China Could Go Nuclear Millions could Die. A hypothetical war between India and China would be one of the largest and most destructive conflicts in Asia. It would/could rock the Indo-Pacific region taking a significant toll on the global economy. India and China border one another in two locations, northern India/western China and eastern India/southern China, with territorial disputes in both areas. China attacked both theaters in October 1962, starting a month long war that resulted in minor Chinese gains on the ground. Both countries have a “No First Use” policies regarding nuclear weapons but that debatable; both countries have such large populations, each over 1.3 billion, that they are essentially unconquerable...
India & Pakistan: Why India wants to break its decades-old nuclear pledge with Nuclear Armed Pakistan
Aug 22, 2019 - India's re-evaluation of its "no first use" nuclear pledge has implications for ... a furious reaction from Pakistan, which, like India, claims the entire territory. ... all reserved the right to use nuclear weapons first in a severe conflict. India's defense minister recently suggested that the country may re-evaluate its "no first use of nuclear weapons" doctrine, raising the stakes at a time of high tension with its nuclear-armed neighbor Pakistan.
Shortly after India tested nuclear weapons in May 1998, senior Indian officials declared India would follow a no-first-use doctrine. In 2003, India revised that commitment in releasing a revised official doctrine that explicitly maintained the option to retaliate with nuclear weapons in the event of a chemical or biological weapons attack. While many noted that India's move to "no first use of weapons of mass destruction" was a less expansive commitment than it had originally made, it was not regarded as a major shift. In 2016, India's then-defence minister Manohar Parrikar wondered why India should "bind" itself by declaring no-first-use. Better, Mr Parrikar argued, for adversaries not to know what India might do
Apple iOS 13.5 Is Ready For Covid-19 Contact Tracing —Are You?
5-21-20, Forbes -- One of the new buzzwords that has become synonymous with the Covid virus scare is "contact tracing" or the process of identifying & monitoring contacts of infected individuals. It's a combination of investigative journalism & detective work. On May 20, 2020 Apple & Google released their Bluetooth-based contact tracing solution, which has since been dubbed exposure notification. There are skeptics ...
Here's How Contact Tracing Will Work on iPhones
5-7-20, PCMag.com -- Google and Apple are working with government health organizations on contact-tracing apps. Recently they provided details on how that will work. You can turn it on or off - and currently YOU have to download install the app. More here: https://9to5mac.com/2020/05/19/how-to-turn-on-off-covid-19-contact-tracing-iphone-ios/
Now With Jesus in New Pain Free Body
Christian Evangelist Ravi Zacharias
Is More Alive Than He Has Ever Been
"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. v26 Last enemy to be destroyed is death."
"God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."
Revelation 21:4; Isaiah 25:8
5-22-20, * -- Three short months ago, I received an encouraging text from my friend Ravi Zacharias. Now, as if in a blink of an eye, he has passed from this earth. Along with countless thousands, I grieve.
When he wrote, he was reeling from excruciating back pain, but wholly unaware of the cancer diagnosis that would soon follow. Despite his suffering and his onerous schedule, he shared that he was praying for my brother, Rush, who also had just been diagnosed with cancer.
Ravi was a unique Christian who presented the Gospel of Christ so cogently and winsomely. I first became aware of Ravi before I was a believer and when I was still struggling with doubts. I watched in awe as he explained during a television interview Christianity’s basic truths of Christ free gift of salvation [Ephesians 2:9-10] in a way I had never heard. He exuded a confident mind tempered by a humble heart.
I remember thinking to myself, “Wow, I’d like to see any Christian skeptic listen to this man and dare claim that intellectuals can’t be Christians, or that Christians can’t be intellectual.” He was so obviously a deep thinker and gifted communicator. This brief exposure to Ravi was one of the pivotal seeds planted on my path to faith in Christ.
Ravi’s faith journey began when, at age 17, he found himself in a New Delhi hospital recovering from a suicide attempt. Someone read him Jesus’ words in the Gospel of John: “Because I live, you will also live.” At that moment, he immersed himself in prayer, promising God that if he were to leave the hospital, he would vigorously pursue God's truth. Upon discovering the truth of the Gospel, he spent the rest of his life fulfilling that pledge.
Ravi had a heart for defending the Christian faith against challenges and taking the Gospel to unbelievers. He firmly believed that we are called upon to love the Lord not only with all of our heart, soul, and strength - but also all of our mind, as Jesus instructed. Contrary to cynics who dismiss Christianity as anti-intellectual, Ravi knew Christianity’s truth claims could withstand the scrutiny of rigorous intellectual inquiry, and he devoted his life to demonstrating it.
He knew you couldn’t argue someone into the Kingdom of God, but he recognized that certain questions plagued doubters and that answering those questions was often an important step in removing obstacles to faith. He took seriously the Apostle Peter’s admonition: “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
Unlike some, Ravi didn’t ignore the last part of Peter’s teaching. He always approached doubters with grace. It is sheer joy to watch internet videos of his many question-and-answer sessions with university students. In every encounter, Ravi treated skeptics as he would a lifelong friend whose eternal destiny was his driving concern. You could see God working in these exchanges, which were never contentious and were always overflowing with good cheer.
One hallmark of Ravi’s ministry is his credo that when anyone asks a believer a question about the Christian faith, the believer must focus on the questioner as much as the question. Ravi wrote:
“I have reminded myself over the years to never forget that behind every question is a questioner and behind every questioner is a network of assumptions, hurts, struggles and often prejudices.”
The purpose is never to win a debate or humiliate the questioner. It is to offer the questioner a rational basis for our faith in Christ. We must try to understand that person’s mindset and tailor our response to meet him where we find him.
As brilliant as Ravi was, he knew that even the best of finite human minds could not fully comprehend the infinite mind of Christ. He marveled at the story of Jesus explaining the Scriptures to men on the road to Emmaus in one of His resurrection appearances as “their hearts burned within them.” Luke 24:32
Ravi asked: “Who would not like to interview Jesus Christ? It is not possible to live without asking questions — and what better source for the answers than the One who claimed to be the Way, the Truth and the Life? [John 14:6] If one could only be face to face with Him from whom life comes, whom to know means Truth and to follow means direction, how delightful would be those moments when the most confounding questions of life are raised.”
Ravi is now face-to-face with His Savior; our Lord Jesus Christ in a new pain free body, surely the Lord Jesus believes he was a 'good and faith servant.' Luke 19:17 And although he is gone from this Earth, his legacy and his indispensable ministry, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, or RZIM, will continue.
2 Timothy 1:9-10
Please join us on May 29, at 11:00 am ET for a livestreamed memorial service honoring the life and ministry of Ravi Zacharias here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBZxZG9nkC0&feature=youtu.be
*Excerpted and adapted from David Limbaugh, full original message here
David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney @davidlimbaugh www.davidlimbaugh.com.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
5-14-1948, ADL.org -- Following the defeat of the Ottoman [Islamic] Empire in World War I, the British assumed control of Palestine. In November 1917, the British government issued the Balfour Declaration, announcing its intention to facilitate the "establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."
In 1922, the League of Nations [since 1942 "United Nations"] granted Britain a mandate over Palestine facilitating Jewish immigration and encouraging Jewish settlement on the land.
In 1936 the Arabs [Muslims] were opposed to the Jewish people returning back to their historical homeland and stepped up their attacks against the Jews. Following an increase in Arab attacks, the British appointed a royal commission to investigate the Palestine situation. The Peel Commission recommended the partition of the country between Arabs and Jews. The Arabs rejected it while the Jews accepted the principle of partition.
At the end of World War II, in 1945, the British persisted in their immigration restrictions and Jewish survivors of the Holocaust were violently turned away from their homeland while Jews continued to be smuggled in. The British concluded that they could no longer manage Palestine and handed the issue over to the United Nations.
On November 29, 1947, after much debate and discussion, the UN recommended the partition of Palestine into two states one Jewish and one Arab. The Jews accepted the UN resolution while the Arabs rejected it. [...] The British mandate over Palestine officially terminated at midnight, May 14, 1948.
Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the re-creation of the State of Israel. On May 15, 1948 the USA, under Democrat Pres Truman, recognized the State of Israel and soon after also the Soviet Union.
5-13-20, ForeignPolicy.com -- U.S. Sec of State Mike Pompeo in Israel ... he said the visit was to discuss President Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan face-to-face. “I want to bring them [Netanyahu and Gantz] up to speed on the progress we think we are making on President Trump’s Vision for Peace.” The most pressing issue affecting that peace plan is the impending annexation of the West Bank, which could be up for a vote in Israel’s Knesset as soon as July 1, 2020. Critics say the trip is little more than a chance to bestow the United States’ blessing on such a move.
God’s Final Trumpet
Rapture of the Church “At Hand?”
“The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. v8 Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh [near]. V7 Therefore, be clear-minded and sober, so that you can pray. V19 What is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”
5-24-20, Scripture tells us that "The coming of the Lord is at hand;" but thousands of years have passed without the Lord’s coming. We must remember that one thousand years are like one day to God (Psalm 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8). The rapture will happen without warning at any time and believers in the Lord Jesus must be ready at all time. Certain current events cause us to believe we are near the Lord’s trumpet call and that the rapture of the church is ‘at hand:’
The promotion of peace and safety in Israel is a major sign of the end times (Revelation 3:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:3) and President Trump's peace proposal has accelerated the unrest in the Jewish state.
The good news is that in the Old Testament the prophet Joel tells us a day of reckoning is coming - the Day of the Lord is coming and surely it is near. (Joel 3:2, 21; Psalm 9:11-12; 2 Peter 3:10, 9)
God gives believers peace and offers hope to individuals that do not know the Savior Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Hebrews 6:4, 6). Truly accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior - becoming ‘born again’ - is the only way to be saved (John 3:3, 7, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Titus 2:13). Salvation is being confident that we are trusting in Jesus alone and that we have repented of our sins [Luke 13:3; Joel 2:11-13). When we are God’s children it matters not what man can do to us; Jesus said, ‘Fear not!' [Psalm 56:11; Luke 12:5] Today is the day of salvation; now's the time to act. [2 Corinthians 6:2]]
Big Brother is Watching Us: New Contact Tracing Tactic
5-17-20, RouteFifty -- Some USA state and local governments are deploying a tactic known as 'contact tracing' to monitor American citizens. And if there's a connection to a positive virus case, it would require businesses to collect data about their customers and turn it over to health departments. It's raising privacy concerns. [..] The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Carpenter v. United States, established greater digital privacy rights protections.
County attorneys have been asked to explain why plaintiffs would not have standing to challenge the third-party disclosure of their personal information. One said that when customers enter a public business, their expectation of privacy is diminished. “You cannot voluntarily enter a place where there are people around and claim it is private.” Another countered: “You don’t give up your rights when you venture out into the public. You still have Fourth Amendment rights.”
Big Brother Wants To Track Your Location And Health Data
4-16-20, NBC -- Privacy advocates are watching closely the proposed 'contact tracking' intentions of US governments. ... longtime public health strategy, “contact tracing,” involves identifying individuals who have contracted the covid virus [..] The stated purpose is for the public health officials to be better equipped to track who has the coronavirus and warn those who have been in contact so they can self-isolate. Also, state and local governments can determine whether stay-at-home orders are effective pinpointing emerging hot spots. However, privacy experts say these measures should be taken only if responsible consumer protection policies are put in place: obtaining clear consent from users, ensuring public presentation of data remains anonymous and implementing limits on what data is gathered and how long it is held. Many admit that after this crisis ends, it will be a struggle to recover the protections and privacy -- once lost it stays lost.
Pilgrims on the Earth
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down His life for His friends. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, embraced them, confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country."
In America we annually celebrate, honor and remember the sacrifices of the many thousands of soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their 'friends.' We call it Memorial Day.
5-25-20, Henry Morris, PhD -- In Hebrews 11:13-14 we learn the heart-touching testimony of the great “heroes of faith.” The experiences of all these godly men and women of the past are outlined as an example for us as we pass through the years of our own “pilgrimage” on the earth.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us…run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1
On Memorial Day in the USA, we remember in a special way those who died in defense of our own country. They had seen its promises and embraced them and were willing to die for them. Many of those were also Christians, and they loved their country, especially because of its unique Christian heritage and its freedom to practice and propagate their faith.
As we remember them, we surely must remember, with even greater love and appreciation, the One the Lord Jesus Christ, who made the greatest sacrifice of all:
“Looking unto Jesus the author and Finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
- sad, John 14:1
- have sinned, Psalm 51:1
- facing danger, Psalm 91:1
- faith needs stimulation, Hebrews 11:1
- alone and sad, Psalm 23:1
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