Chaos, Mayhem Blasphemies in the United States
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)
Comics, 5-30-20: US Economy
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
Comics, 5-28-20: Contact tracing
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.”
Doctors [500+] Sign Letter to President Trump
Proclaiming Death & Despair Caused BY Shutdown
5-25-20, WesternJournal * -- With unemployment caused by the government's dictate to shutdown businesses and force the workforce to stay home over the Covid virus scare; it's estimated that there's 20 percent death of despair creeping higher everyday. Five hundred plus medical physicians have written a letter to President Trump calling the shutdown what it is: “a mass casualty incident.”
The letter was written by Dr. Simone Gold, an emergency medicine specialist in Los Angeles, CA:
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“During a mass casualty incident, victims are immediately triaged to black, red, yellow or green. The first group, triage level black, includes those who require too many resources to save during a mass crisis. The red group has severe injuries that are survivable with treatment, the yellow group has serious injuries that are not immediately life threatening and the green group has minor injuries. The red group is the one that gets the most attention. Do you think the coronavirus lockdowns will end up costing more lives than they save? Millions of Americans are already at triage level red - these include:
“We are alarmed at what appears to be the lack of consideration for the future health of our patients. The downstream health effects of deteriorating a level are being massively under-estimated and under-reported. This is an order of magnitude error. It is impossible to overstate the short, medium and long-term harm to people’s health with a continued shutdown.
“Losing a job is one of life’s most stressful events and the effect on a person’s health is not lessened because it also has happened to 30 million other people. Keeping schools and universities closed is incalculably detrimental for children, teenagers, and young adults for decades to come. The millions of casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight, but they will be called alcoholism, homelessness, suicide, heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure. In youths it will be called financial instability, unemployment, despair, drug addiction, unplanned pregnancies, poverty and abuse.
"Yes, the number of people who have died of the coronavirus is massive. However, the number of those who will end up dying from a complete shutdown is, as of yet, unknown — and it could end up being just as problematic.
"When stroke evaluations drop 40 percent during the COVID-19 epidemic, there’s a real problem. It’s not that we were suffering from too many stroke evaluations before the virus struck. Instead, it’s caused people to put off necessary medical care, either because of fears of the disease or because that care simply isn’t available.
"Make no mistake: This is a crisis. It’s already too late to stop the deaths of despair and neglect of health that this will cause. The question now is how deep it goes."
Contact information for Dr Gold here
*Excerpted and adapted full original report here
See actual letter here and here
Comics, 5-25-20: "Obama-gate"
Judge Sullivan Hires Personal Lawyer to Defend HIMSELF in His Decision in Gen Flynn's Case
5-23-20, SFGate.com -- WASHINGTON - Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan who refused a Justice Dept request to immediately drop the prosecution of former Trump adviser & retired Army Lt General Michael Flynn has hired a high-profile trial lawyer Beth Wilkinson to argue his refusal to accept the dismissal; was it ppropriate?
In a rare step Wilkinson is hired to represent him to defend his decision to a federal appeals court.
This year, after Mueller completed his investigation and disbanded his team, AG Bill Barr sought to scrap the case, arguing the agents who questioned Gen Flynn about his contacts with the Russian ambassador didn't have a legitimate investigative or counterintelligence basis to do so, so any lies Flynn may have told were neither important nor criminal.
'OBAMAGATE' EXPOSED: How Michael Flynn was set up by the FBI
5-14-20 Glenn Beck reported on new evidence proving that many of the big players in Pres Obama's admin were colluding with America's intelligence community to illegally launch an investigation into retired Gen. Michael Flynn, a 30-year combat veteran and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, for no other reason than he was a member of President Trump's team.
Copies of two recently released communications show the FBI bureau's justification for opening an investigation into Flynn revealed a recently declassified document from the FBI dated Jan. 4, 2017, that made clear that investigators found that Gen. Flynn was "no longer a viable candidate" in the Russia investigation and cleared him of any wrongdoing. See source materials mentioned in this report here.
JUSTICE for Gen Mike Flynn: Unmaskings EXPOSED
5-15-20, JudicialWatch -- No wonder the DOJ and FBI resisted the public release of this infamous “electronic communication” [EC] that “opened” Crossfire Hurricane – that shows no serious basis for the Obama admin to launch an unprecedented spy operation on candidate Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. 'Crossfire Hurricane' was a scam, based on absurd gossip and innuendo it's the worst corruption scandal in American history,. Exhibit A shows how Att Genl Barr & U.S. Att Durham are right to question the predicate of this spy operation. [..] The 144 pages of emails between FBI Agent Strzok & former FBI attorney Lisa Page when the EC was discussed reveals that on July 31, 2016, Strzok sent an email with subject line “Opening EC” to Jonathan Moffa, a deputy assist dir in the FBI, Lisa Page & unidentified FBI Ofc of Gen Counsel official the exchange:
Plans, Plans We All Have Plans
God Also Has Plans For US He said:
Unto all that are captives whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon. Build houses, dwell in them plant gardens, eat the fruit thereof, take wives & have children & grandchildren. Seek the peace of the city & pray to the Lord for it. Let not your diviners deceive you nor hearken to your dreams for they falsely proclaim in MY name - I have not sent them! After 70 years I will visit you & perform My good word toward you causing you to return to this place. I know My thoughts & intents for you; thoughts of peace & not evil to give you an expected end.
5-24-20, John Haller's weekly prophecy update speaks about all our plans; everyone has them:
- John Steinbeck had "the best laid plan(s)
- Wiley Coyote has plans to catch the ever-elusive RoadRunner
- We plan to stay healthy, but are inevitably struck with illness
- We plan to stay financially solvent; but then our business is locked down or we loose our job over a suspected world virus
Of course, we should always strategize and plan for our future days on this earth ... but we also need to be nimble and flexible enough to change direction if needed; especially in the current upheavals of the ever changing world around us.
See one hour twenty-five min video here
'I'll Fly Away!'
In 1929 Albert E. Brumley wrote this optimistic song about an earthly death or a snatching away in what many call the 'Rapture of the Church.' Where believers in Christ will have everlasting life in glory with Christ. It is based on the Bible verse:
"Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord. "
Some glad morning when this life is o'er,
I'll fly away;
To a home on God's celestial shore,
I'll fly away (I'll fly away).
I'll fly away, Oh Glory
I'll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I'll fly away (I'll fly away).
When the shadows of this life have gone,
I'll fly away;
Like a bird from prison bars has flown,
I'll fly away (I'll fly away)
Just a few more weary days and then,
I'll fly away;
To a land where joy shall never end,
I'll fly away (I'll fly away).
Nonstop playlist here
THE LAND OF ISRAEL BELONGS TO THE HEBREWS who entered the holy land of Israel in the year 1406 BC [before Christ]
In terms of our current and modern dating system, the year that Joshua and the Hebrew nation cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan was 1406 BC.
Also, that year would be the first Jubilee year have occurred. [Leviticus 25:1-4,8,9]
From The Pattern of Prophecy: We know this date from a key chronological marker recorded in the book of 1 Kings 6:1. The year Solomon began to build the Jewish Temple is given both in terms of the exodus from Egypt as well as the year of Solomon’s reign.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre | History, Significance, & Facts
5-24-20, Britannica.com -- In the Old City of Jerusalem the Capitol of the Jewish State of Israel is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It lies in the northwest quarter of the of Jerusalem.
In 1988 the Muslim from Egypt, Yassar Arafat, Declared Independence wanting the land of the Jews ISRAEL
On November 15, 1988 in the Algerian capital of Algiers, the Muslim from Egypt Yassar Arafat declared - at a meeting of the Palestinian National Council [ the Palestinian parliament in exile]:
“In the name of God and in the name of the Palestinian Arab people, the National Council declares the creation of the State of Palestine on our Palestinian land with noble Jerusalem as its capital.”
Scripture for Today, 5-23-20: Work
Work is Good for Us
God’s word says: “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways and be wise: He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”
Proverbs 6:6, 10:4
5-23-20, * -- Currently many of the world’s governments are forcing the land to “lie fallow” without their citizens working. It’s un-natural for mankind not to work. It’s unhealthy. God created man in His image with characteristics like Him (Genesis 1:26-31). He created man to work with Him in the world. God planted a garden and put Adam in it to cultivate and maintain it (Genesis 2:8, 15). Additionally, Adam and Eve were to subdue and rule over the earth humans are to:
Now, Proverbs has endless wisdom on the value of hard work; but also has surprise insight about laziness. The “slack hand” in the first clause is easy to understand on its surface; being lazy doesn’t help success.
God’s gave us a perfect model for work at His work of creating Heaven, Earth, Mankind, Animals and everything else on Earth. Did the Lord model unending work? On the seventh day God rested and so should we.
Here’s the model we learn both in today’s verse and in God’s example of work:
*Excerpted and adapted full original message here
 More here: https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-work.html
George Orwell’s ‘BIG BROTHER’ is here!
Reportedly Spy Drones Used to Monitor Instructing Citizens
Stated Reason? Covid Virus
‘Maintain 6 ft distance – thank you we’re all in this together’
4-27-20, CBSNews -- Worldwide public health officials are employing drones to flyover us monitoring public spaces enforcing social distancing rules with the stated reason to help slow the Covid virus. Recently citizens of New York are seeing a drone buzzing above a the City park & it has a loudspeaker broadcasting a message: "This is the Anti-COVID-19 Volunteer Drone Task Force. Please maintain a social distance of at least six feet. For your own safety & your family's safety, please maintain social distancing. Thank you for your cooperation; we are all in this together."
Sergeant Tim Ehrenkaufer of Daytona Beach, Florida said they are one of 43 agencies in 21 states to receive a donations from drone manufacturer DJI, which gave away 100 as part of its disaster relief program. We’ve tested, but not deployed, other drone-backed technologies, like measuring body temperature. "It's equipped with a FLIR, the Forward Looking Infrared Camera, which can detect heat signatures as well. ... You still have the FAA & local laws that guide us. It doesn't matter if I'm using a drone, a telescoping antenna, or if I'm flying a kite with a camera on it. I don't have a right to look in your backyard without a search warrant." [Book: 1984]
In Connecticut the Westport Police Dept planned a drone program to monitor heat signatures and track distances between people. It could even recognize if someone coughed. However, because of privacy concerns, it wasn’t activated as there is too much potential abuse. Jeramie Scott, senior counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center said, "You could add the ability to do facial recognition, or the ability to do license plate reading, [or] thermal imaging cameras that can essentially see through walls"
CBS reporter asked: "Some people might say, 'Look, these extreme measures are just being used during this pandemic. Why should we worry?'" Scott said, "Then, there should be no issue with stating that & providing certain protections, saying this information is only being used in response to the public health issue & won't be used for other purposes." [Note: Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. -- Milton Friedman]
Sergeant Ehrenkaufer says drones are limited to public spaces: However, currently no federal regulations exist that limit data collection – only "voluntary best practices." More here
Comics, 5-23-20: Virus Baloney
States That Have Reopened - 87% Voted For Trump
5-5-20, Forbes -- Eight of the ten states with the highest number of Covid virus cases per capita voted for Mrs Clinton in 2016. Pres Trump recently told the New York Post on it would be unfair to Republicans if Congress helps bail out states with federal aid because the states that would benefit most are run by Democrats. “It’s not fair to the Republicans because all the states that need help—they're run by Democrats in every case. "
Covid Virus Lockdown Orders Primarily in Democrat Led States
3-30-20, Axios -- Just 21 states have ordered people to stay home and businesses to close. Most of those are states with Democrat governors; only six have Republican governors — Ohio, Indiana, Idaho, West Virginia, Massachusetts and Vermont. Some Republican governors, like Greg Abbott of Texas, have resisted calls to issue statewide stay-at-home orders.
GOD'S STRONG DELUSION
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
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