NASA IS WORRIED ABOUT SPACE JUNK AKA ORBITAL DEBRIS
9-28-18, Currently, there are about 4,000 intact spacecraft living in orbit around Earth, only 1,800 of which are operational. Yet, many companies want to dramatically increase that number. Satellite operators are eager to launch thousands of probes that can beam internet connectivity down to Earth, providing global coverage. SpaceX has filed applications with the FCC to launch nearly 12,000 internet-beaming satellites — first, an initial constellation of 4,425 probes, followed by a constellation of 7,518. Meanwhile, the European company OneWeb received approval to launch up to 720 satellites from the FCC, and it recently requested permission to launch an additional 1,260.
Board games don't just bring us together
11-24-14, Guardian -- With so much concern about screen time, board games are a sociable reminder of the real dynamics of family life but sadly many of today's children have never enjoyed them. Board games teach useful lessons about taking turns and handling defeat. They provide an outlet for tension and rivalry. They require family members to sit down and interact with each other – increasingly important in a world where we spend much of our time in separate rooms, triple-screening and arguing over Skype about whose turn it is to change the toilet roll. But perhaps best of all, they remind us how to play.
War Hawk John Bolton is Fired [finally]
9-13-19, Fox News -- The departure of National Security Adviser John Bolton this week was the culmination of months of conflicts between Bolton and officials at all levels of Pres Trump's administration who were lobbying for his ouster. ... Sec State Mike Pompeo is poised to exert even more influence on foreign policy now that Bolton is gone with the possibility of him assuming the role of national security adviser on top of his current position. This would follow what's called the "Kissinger model" [in reference to when Henry Kissinger served in both roles under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford].
WHEN STRONG WINDS BLOW
TONIGHT: Thursday, Sept 12, 2019 Democrat debate.
9-11-19, Vox -- The third Democrat debate airs on ABC Network, Thurs, Sep 12, 2019 — will be a three-hour extravaganza. It'll feature ten candidates on one night: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar and Julián Castro.
Kansas vaping death: 6th person in USA dies from lung illness
9-11-19, USAToday -- A 50-year-old Kansan became the sixth person in the USA to die of a vaping-related lung illness, an outbreak that has ramped up health concerns nationwide and prompted President Donald Trump to call for a ban on thousands of e-cigarette...
9-9-19, FoxNews -- In Afghanistan the Islamic terror group, Taliban killed twelve people - ONE AMERICAN, Sgt. 1st Class Elis Angel Barreto Ortiz - as their leaders were scheduled to travel to the USA to meet with President Trump at Camp David. President Trump canceled the meeting saying, “If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people..."
Why Does Almighty God Allow Horrible Things to Happen?
The Apostle Paul said, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh.” Galatians 5:13 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.”
9-11-19, God created mankind to have a free will. We human beings are pretty much free to do as we choose; Jesus said:
“Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:34-36
We might wish that God established a set of boundaries, beyond which people would be punished. Ok, what should God do with, say, people who are verbally abusive? Words can wound deeply, what about adultery, stealing, murder - salvation? The potential for mankind's wickedness is far reaching; where would we want God to draw the line? Should He force people to believe in Him?
God has revealed to us how to best live our lives to honor and glorify Him; and as a teaching tool He gave us His TEN Commandments [Exodus 34:28], but because of our free will – many would rather live for Satan. What??!! We may say – I don’t believe in God or trust Jesus, but I don’t live for Satan! The Bible says we do. “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.” John 8:44
John 3:18 “Whoever believes in Jesus is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the only begotten Son of God." [Also see John 5:24; Mark 16:16]
The good news is we can be born again; Jesus invites us to repent of our sin and receive Him into our hearts, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in…” [Revelation 3:20, John 14:6]
Jesus laid down His life for us on the cross; He did so because He loves us.
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13]
Excerpted and adapted full original message here
The September 11, 2001 Hijacked
Airplane Attacks on the USA
9/11 is the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history and the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States
A series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 killing 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. Additional people died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks.
Four passenger airliners operated by two major U.S. passenger air lines were hijacked by 19 Muslim terrorists all of which departed from airports in northeastern United States bound for San Francisco and Los Angeles.
- Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed. Debris and the resulting fires caused a partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the World Trade Center complex, including the 47-story 7 World Trade Center tower, as well as significant damage to ten other large surrounding structures.
- A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense) in Arlington County, Virginia, which led to a partial collapse of the building's west side.
- The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was initially flown toward Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its heroic passengers thwarted the hijackers.
Although not confirmed, there is evidence of Saudi Arabian involvement in the attacks. More here
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com › news › 18-years-later-a-trial-date-i...
9-11-19, WashExaminer -- Islamic terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, described as “the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks” and a close ally of Islamic terrorist and al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, will be on trial alongside four others accused of facilitating the terrorist plot. “I was the operational director for Sheikh Osama bin Laden for the organizing, planning, follow-up, and execution of the 9/11 operation.” The trial would begin Jan. 11, 2021. Outrageous!!
6-25-19, Investopedia -- Socialism is a populist economic and political system based on public ownership (also known as collective or common ownership) of the means of production. Everyone is the same no incentive to work hard - no rich people. ... Communism and socialism are umbrella terms referring to two left-wing schools of economic thought; both oppose capitalism. 5 min Prager video here
3-5-19, Middle East Forum -- In the modern era Christians in Islamic nations are persecuted more than ever before; this year  is expected to be worse: Open Doors reports: "In 2018 over 4,000 Christians were killed for faith-related reasons and thousands of Christians were detained without trial, arrested, sentenced and imprisoned. Over 1,000 churches or Christian buildings were attacked."
“My Joy…Your Joy”
Joy Not Same As Happiness
Jesus said, "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." v8 "Jesus Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:"
What was the joy that Jesus had?
Joy should not be confused with happiness.
It's an insult to Jesus Christ to use the word happiness in connection with Him. The joy of Jesus was His absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice to His Father— the joy of doing that which the Father sent Him to do.
“…who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross…” (Hebrews 12:2)
“I delight to do Your will, O My God…” Psalm 40:8
Jesus prayed that our joy might continue fulfilling itself until it becomes the same joy as His. 1 Peter 1:8 Living a full and overflowing life does not rest in bodily health, wealth, circumstances, nor even in seeing God’s work succeed, but in the perfect understanding of God and in the same fellowship and oneness with Him that Jesus Himself enjoyed. However, the first thing that will hinder this joy is the subtle irritability caused by giving too much thought to our circumstances. Jesus said, “…the cares of this world,…choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” (Mark 4:19) And before we even realize what has happened, we are caught up in our cares. All that God has done for us is merely the threshold— He wants us to come to the place where we will be His witnesses and proclaim who Jesus is as we are surrounded in His 'JOY!'
Archives of Oswald Chambers here
Poll: Trump Better for Blacks Than Obama
6-17-19, RasmussenReports -- With unemployment for black Americans at an historic low, voters continue to believe President Trump has been better for young blacks than Obama...
Black Trump Supporter Said His Friends Told Him Not To
9-9-19, Daily Caller -- A black man who supports President Trump was waiting in line at the rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina reporting that his friends don’t want him to wear a red MAGA hat; "So I bought the “biggest” one MAGA hat I could find!"
Black Woman Candace Owens is the new face of black conservatism.
3-6-19, WashPost -- The Democrat Party-as-plantation line has deep roots. Owens, a 29-year-old rising right-wing star and communications director for conservative student group Turning Point USA, is agitatedly giving directions to the crew at the Globe Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. This is the inaugural rally of Blexit, her three-month-old campaign to encourage African Americans (and Latinos, and other minorities) to leave the Democratic Party — that is, mount a massive “black exit” from the left. For too long, Owens tells me, African Americans have been “mentally enslaved” on the Democratic plantation, and it’s high time they became “free.” “Sixty years black people have been voting the same. What have we gotten back?”
9-7-19, Pro-Trump vloggers, Diamond and Silk have threatened to sue two bloggers unless they take down unflattering posts about them being BlackWhite supremacists. Bianca DeLaRosa wrote:“I have long despised both trolls; I’ve hated their hair, their animal print, their dumb facial expressions, their jiggin’ and jivin’, but most of all? I have hated the way they prop up the most vile white supremacy in our government, and it’s time to start calling that s**t out."
And with that… Lynette Hardaway (Diamond), and Rochelle Richardson (Silk), had their legal team fire off a notice telling DeLaRosa that they plan to sue her for defamation; but DeLaRosa was unmoved by the threat...
1-26-18, NPR -- A Census Bureau announcement about the race and ethnicity questions for the 2020 census cause no outcry ... although the hysteria remains about the citizenship question. Spokesman for the Bureau said that the upcoming national head count 2020 census will keep the same racial and ethnic category questions used for the Obama's 2010 census. The race questions ranged from broad racial groups like "white" and "American Indian or Alaska Native" to specific ethnic groups like "Filipino" and "Samoan." Many Latinos have either left the race question blank or checked off "some other race," which was the third-largest racial group reported in census results for 2010.
8-24-18, TheMaineWire -- The belligerent and arrogant Miss Cortez shows how ignorant she truly is. The former bartender is always on display making an abject fool of herself especially when trying to fake her way through a discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and claiming the care of the illegal migrants at the border is like a Nazi concentration camp where they had to drink out of toilets. No matter how much she wants to call herself a Socialist, she's not. She's a big government statist who believes in confiscatory taxes, bloated spending, and a government program for every problem in America.
Only Christ Was Sinless
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
8-25-19, Henry Morris, PhD -- Here John is writing to Christians, and his epistle is full of exhortations to the Christian to purge sin from his life, with grave warnings to any who do not. Yet, he also says that for a Christian to claim sinless perfection is self-deception. “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:10).
Only by Jesus Christ Himself could such claims be truly made. The greatest theologian, Paul, said concerning Christ that He “knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). His closest friends, Peter and John, said that He “did no sin” (1 Peter 2:22) and that in Him is no sin (1 John 3:5). His betrayer, Judas, said, “I have betrayed the innocent blood” (Matthew 27:4); His condemning judge, Pilate, said, “I find in him no fault at all” (John 18:38); and His executioner said, “This was a righteous man” (Luke 23:47).
Christ Himself claimed human perfection:
“For I do always those things that please Him.”
Jesus Christ alone was sinlessly perfect in His human life, and it was because of this that He could die for our sins.
It's arrogant for one of us to claim a state of perfection, thus leading such a person into repeated assertions of boasting and self-justification, trying to explain why apparently sinful behavior is not really sinful. [Ecclesiastes 7:20] Even Paul himself acknowledged:
“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect.”
Between these two key verses in John’s epistle, he gives us the moment-by-moment remedy for sin in a godly believer’s life:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9
“The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
1 John 1:7
President Trump Here
In August 2005, US President George W. Bush convinced Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to remove all 9,000 Jews from Gaza turning it over entirely to the Muslims [aka Palestinians]. It was called 'Israeli Disengagement' or 'Gaza Expulsion.'
On August 23, 2005 Sharon was praised by the US Pres Geo W. Bush claiming the Palestinians should have their own state. And on that precise day Hurricane KATRINA originated over the Bahamas making landfall as a Category 3 hurricane. In southeast Louisiana [New Orleans] it hovered over the USA from August 29th lasting until August 31, 2005.
And soon thereafter Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a debilitating stroke that he never recovered from and finally - after nine years in coma - in 2014 passed into eternity.
"'WE Won't Turn THIS Around'
“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. ... in the last days perilous times shall come. For people shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof."
9-8-19, In this week's prophecy update, John Haller paints a rather bleak picture. The world is being groomed at many levels to accept falsehood over truth:
- exponential increase of referrals to pediatric clinics for gender confused children
- increasingly complex and constantly changing alliances in the Middle East
- the adversary and author of confusion is assailing men and women all over the globe to swallow poisenous positions that are leading us into a devolving moral and military state that has no point of return
While "WE Won't Turn This Around", we have faith in the ONE who can and will ... our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When He returns, the folly of the world's leaders who are following the spirit of deception will be overwhelmed with the Spirit of Truth, and all injustices committed thoroughout the ages will be avenged.
In the meatime, our mission, should we choose to accept it, it to stand strong in our faith until that day when we shall see Him face to face.
One hour 26 minute video here
"For at that time there will be great tribulation, unmatched from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be seen again."
"For in those days there will be tribulation unmatched from the beginning of God's creation until now, and never to be seen again."
"These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb [Jesus]."
Sunday Worship Hymns
"I'll Fly Away!"
Some bright morning when this life is over
I'll fly away
To that home on God's celestial shore
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
When the shadows of this life have gone
I'll fly away
Like a bird from these prison walls I'll fly
I'll fly away
Oh how glad and happy
When we meet I'll fly away
No more cold iron
Shackles on my feet I'll fly away
Just a few more weary days and then
I'll fly away
To a land where joy will never end
I'll fly away
Playlist Classic Old Fashioned Hymns of Christian Faith here
Christian Hymn Writer was born near Spiro, Oklahoma on October 29, 1905. Pre-Dustbowl Oklahoma was primarily made up of sparse agricultural communities; Brumley's family was no different. He spent much of his early life chopping and picking cotton on his family's farm.
In 1926, he enrolled in the Hartford Musical Institute of Hartford, Arkansas, and studied there through 1931. He wrote over 800 songs and established the Albert E. Brumley Sundown to Sunup Gospel Sing (now Albert E. Brumley Gospel Sing) in 1969 in Springdale, Arkansas. Brumley has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
"I'll Fly Away,"
"Turn Your Radio On,"
"If We Never Meet Again (This Side of Heaven),"
"I'll Meet You In The Morning,"
Mrs Biden defends goofy husband, Joe. She said, 'You may like another candidate better' but ...
8-19-19, NBCNEWS --MANCHESTER, N.H. — Jill Biden told Democrat voters in New Hampshire they should get behind her husband, Joe, for the 2020 presidential race - not necessarily because he is the best candidate, but because he's the most electable. She said:"I know that not all of you are committed to my husband, and I respect that, but I want you to think about your candidate, his or her electability, and who’s going to win this race. You know you may like another candidate better but you have to look at who’s going to win, Joe is that person.”
Obama's Trying To Take Credit For Trump's Booming Economy
9-11-18, Investors.com -- For eight years, Obama presided over the worst economy in modern times. For 6 years, he blamed Congress' Republicans for thwarting his spending agenda hampering growth. In last 2 years, he claimed that 2% GDP was the best we could ever hope for. His last year, while the economy remained dismal, he claimed that candidate Trump's planned tax cuts & deregulation would make things worse. Now that we're in the midst of record breaking good employment numbers & a booming economy — which kicked in after Trump reversed almost all Obama's economic policies — Obama now claims HE deserves all the credit for the 3+ GDP. Laughable.
Chinese Christian Pastor Han Chung-Ryeol Was Assassinated
However, before his departure from earth, he shared Christ with appx 1,000 North Koreans
Jesus said, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."
9-5-19, Fox News -- A defector Sang-Chul reports that in 2016 Chinese citizen Christian Pastor Han Chung-Ryeol shared his faith with at least 1,000 North Koreans in the Hermit Kingdom. Since 1990 Pastor Chung-Ryeol ministered, fed and sheltered thousands of North Koreans; many of whom had fled the famine-stricken country in search of food and jobs. Reportedly Pastor Han has been on Pyongyang's most-wanted list as early as 2003 for his Christian faith-based charitable work. One North Korean defector, Sang-chul, shared his story in a documentary on The Voice of the Martyrs, as a way to encourage believers around the world. He said:
"In North Korea primary school, we were taught that all Christian missionaries were terrorists; that a missionary will be nice to you at first, but when they get you into their homes, then they will kill you and eat your liver." Sang-chul knew something was different when the pastor didn't cheat him out of any money, but he wondered why a Chinese citizen would help him, knowing the danger.
And then one day Han told him: "God is real. There is hope for every person," but he wondered why he would say "Hananim, [the word for God] I could not believe he would say that word, 'God.' Nobody says that word. We know that it is an act of treason ... and can lead to soldiers coming in the night."
Eventually, Sang-chul asked Han for a Bible and shared about the gospel with his wife and best friend, who both found hope before he received the tragic news that Han was stabbed and axed to death by North Korean assassins.
"Pastor Han gave his life, but he gave hope to me and to many other North Koreans. And despite the ever-present danger, many of us will continue to share the message that God is real. We hope that our sacrifice, when the day comes, will be worthwhile, just like it was for Pastor Han. It is because I am a Christian." -- Sang-Chul
Climate Change Hysteria Hoax
Humans would be much better off not overestimating their power, our place in the world and assuming what we do, or don’t do, can affect the Earth's weather.
8-30-19, Natural News -- For more than 60 years, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has known that the changes occurring to planetary weather patterns are completely natural and normal. For whatever reason the space agency has chosen to let the man-made global warming hoax persist and spread, to the detriment of human freedom. [..snip] The biggest factor influencing weather and climate patterns on earth is the sun, period. Depending on the earth’s position to the sun at any given time, climate conditions are going to vary dramatically, and even create drastic abnormalities that defy everything that humans thought they knew about how the earth worked.
Rather than embrace this truth, today’s climate “scientists,” joined by leftist politicians and a complicit mainstream media, insist that not using reusable grocery bags at the supermarket, straws and not having an electric vehicle are destroying the planet so quickly that we absolutely must implement global climate taxes as the solution.
The climate change debate is not about science. It is an effort to impose political and economic controls on the population by the elite. And it’s another way to divide the population against itself, with some who believe in man-made global warming and some who don’t, i.e. divide and conquer.
Climate change hoax COLLAPSES as new science finds human activity has virtually zero impact on global temperatures
7-12-19, Natural News -- All the human activity targeted by radical climate change alarmists — combustion engines, airplane flights, diesel tractors — have virtually no measurable impact on the temperature of the planet. Finnish scientists spearheaded the research, releasing a paper entitled, “No Experimental Evidence for the Significant Anthropogenic Climate Change.”Analysis of global temperatures suffers from a glaring error — namely, failure to account for “influences of low cloud cover” and how it impacts global temperatures. Natural variations in low cloud cover, which are strongly influenced by cosmic radiation’s ability to penetrate Earth’s atmosphere due to variations in the strength of our planet’s magnetosphere, account for nearly all changes in global temperature.
Al Gore, 2006 NYU Law Global Warming Warning
9-18-2006, Al Gore speech at the NY Law School ... Many scientists are now warning that we are moving closer to the north polar cap melting, continuing a trend of the past several years that now confronts us with the prospect that human activities, if unchecked in the next decade [10 years], could destroy one of the earth’s principle mechanisms for cooling itself.
9-4-19, Tammy Tong, a nutritional epidemiologist at the Nuffield Dept of Population Health at the University of Oxford in England research found that vegetarians and vegans had a 20% higher risk of stroke than meat-eaters, particularly hemorrhagic stroke -- caused when blood from an artery begins to bleed into the brain. This translates to 3 more cases of stroke per 1,000 people over 10 years. [Fish eaters had less.] "The exact reasons for this higher risk found in vegetarians are not clear. It is possible that this is due to "very low cholesterol levels or very low levels of some nutrients [like B12]."
Is it worth debating "vegans" on their narrow-mindedness?
8-22-19, Quora.com -- It depends on the outcomes, the intent, and other factors. If I had ... who was vegan, and I saw it was slowly and increasingly damaging their health, I would find a way to get through to them. ... Do vegans really force their beliefs on other people who aren't vegan? ... I've found trying to talk or debate with this type is pointless.
Annoying Things Elitist Vegans Do
9-2-19, Elitist vegans! Always judging me for what I put in my mouth. It’s my body, my personal choice. What gives them the nerve? Always coming at me with their "facts." As if that means anything. I’m gonna need more evidence that animals feel pain before I give up my bacon sandwiches. Bigger correlation between colorectal cancer and meat consumption please. Climate change who?
One of the most familiar Bible stories is that of Yeshua (Jesus) feeding the five thousand. This is the only one of Messiah’s miracles recorded in all four gospels. He demonstrated compassion, ability to meet human needs and perform an amazing miracle that only God could do.
Archaeologists Find Mosaic On Floor of 6th Century Church
9-5-19, JERUSALEM -- Israeli archaeologists discovered an unusually well-preserved mosaic apparently depicting the miracle of the Lord Jesus Christ feeding the 5,000 as recorded in all four of the New Testament Gospels. The excavation is called "Hippos-Sussita" excavation site.
The mosaic floor of an early 4th century Christian Church overlooking the Sea of Galilee was discovered; it is well preserved because it was covered with the ash from the church being burned. When archaeologists broke through the ash layer, they found a colorful mosaic depicting images of baskets with loaves and fish, a miracle that is believed to have occurred close to the Sea of Galilee.
Dr. Michael Eisenberg, head of the excavation team in Hippos on behalf of the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa, Israel said, "There can certainly be different explanations to the descriptions of loaves and fish in the mosaic, but you cannot ignore the similarity to the description in the New Testament: for example, from the fact that the New Testament has a description of five loaves in a basket or the two fish depicted in the apse, as we find in the mosaic." More here and here
"The apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told Him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. 31And He said unto them, "Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat." 32And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. 33And the people saw them departing, and many knew Him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. 34And Jesus, when He came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and He began to teach them many things. 35And when the day was now far spent, His disciples came unto Him, and said, "This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: 36Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat." 37He answered and said unto them, "Give ye them to eat. And they say unto Him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?" 38He saith unto them, "How many loaves have ye? go and see." And when they knew, they say, "Five and two fishes."
39He commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. 40And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. 41And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, He looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided He among them all.
42And they did all eat, and were filled. 43And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. 44And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men." [plus women and children] Mark 6:30-44
5-1-19, Fairus.org -- Many countries maintain border walls or fences, including Israel, the UK (Northern Ireland), Spain, Greece, Hungary and India. As of May 2018, there were at least seventy-seven border walls or fences around the world. However, in America, Congress has impeded progress of completion of the southern border security barrier; therefore because of its inaction and obstruction, in Feb 2019, President Trump declared a national emergency to jump start the border wall. Few important facts:
1. In 1996 Congress and Pres Clinton [Dem] passed the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA)” to construct a southern border fence: 14-mile, triple-layered fence between San Diego & Tijuana
2. By 2004, only nine miles of fencing were completed so Congress passed the Secure Fence Act of 2006 [double-layered fencing along the border, augmented by manpower and technology and directed Homeland security to construct “reinforced fencing along not fewer than 700 miles of the southwest border]
3. As of May 2015 there was only 350 miles of fencing … Currently there is approximately 700 miles of fencing and barriers along the 1,954-mile USA border with Mexico majority is only for vehicles not foot traffic.
4. In 2019 the Dept of Defense (DOD) redirected funds from existing programs for the purposes of border wall construction under the authority of President Trump’s emergency declaration [In July 2019 Supreme Court approved here]
5. The estimated cost of the wall is between $15 and $25 billion
6. After initial construction, especially if high-tech monitoring devices are installed, there will be annual maintenance costs [estimated in 2006] from a low of $115 million to a high of $1.2 billion in FY 2008 before eventually stabilizing at around $400 million in FY 2012. [The overall construction and annual maintenance costs pale when compared to the annual $116 billion FAIR estimates illegal immigration costs American taxpayers.
7. Securing the southern border is a sound fiscal investment. Besides helping stem the tide of illegal immigration, it also limits the ability of drug cartels, human traffickers, terrorists and other national security threats to access the United States from Mexico and the rest of Central and South America. More here
The Glory of God is Departing America
Moses warned that disobedience to God would lead to God’s punishment:
“It shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee and overtake thee:”
9-5-19, If God punished His chosen Hebrew people for disobedience; why does wicked mankind believe He won’t punish America? Scripture says:
Deuteronomy 28:15-19, “Cursed shalt thou be:
• in the field, in basket and thy store
• in the fruit of thy body [children], the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine [cattle] and the flocks of thy sheep
• when thou comest in and goest out
Deuteronomy 28:20-29, “Because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken God; the LORD shall send upon thee until thou be destroyed with:
• cursing, vexation & rebuke in all that thou settest thine hand to do
• pestilence cleave unto thee until removed from the land
• consumption, with a fever, an extreme burning shall smite thee
• the sword, blasting and mildew shall pursue thee
• rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed
• thy carcass shall be meat unto all fowls of the air and unto the beasts of the earth
• with the emerod, boils, scab, itch, whereof thou cannot be healed
• with madness, blindness and astonishment of heart
• thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness
• thou shalt not prosper, shalt be only oppressed and no man shall save thee
Deuteronomy 28:37, 45, “And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee. V45 45Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed.”
“Because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded thee.”
Scripture proves time and again the truth of the great hymn: “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it; prone to leave the God I love.” [From Hymn: ‘Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”]
The truth that mankind is prone to wander away from God is not just for individuals; sadly it also relates to peoples and nations. Kingdoms, city-states, and nations rise and fall. History tells us that there is yet to be a nation that has not wandered away from our Creator God. Societies that once reverberated with Christian obedience to God’s precepts throughout the Western world have succumbed to a post-Christian ambivalence toward Him. Many blaspheme and scoff at His holy name.
Currently the United States of America seems to embody the people the Lord Jesus spoke of in Mark 8:18 when He quoted from Jeremiah 5:21: “Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see; who have ears but do not hear.”
Many end time students of the Bible believe that judgment is long overdue for America. Every indicator screams that we are accelerating away from the living God and into a hellish abyss. Abandoning the God of our fathers, our nation seems determined to embrace the sexual revolution and killing a resulting baby casting our lot with post-Christian secular Humanism. We are a living fulfillment of Romans 1:28 and God is undoubtedly giving us over to our own depraved minds. [Democrat platform removes God again more here]
Is there hope for America as she teeters on the brink of the almighty righteous God’s dire judgment? I am convinced that the glory of God is leaving America. What was once a shining city on a hill has become a twisted caricature of unholy self righteousness. Like the ancient Israelites of Deuteronomy 28:15-19, we think we are immune from harm because we like to think of ourselves as a Christian nation; God will not be mocked [Galatians 6:7-8].
Applicable today as it was two thousand years ago when Jesus said:
“You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me'.” Matthew 15:7-8 [Obey God! Acts 5:29-32]
Jesus said: Luke 12:39, 17:24-29, 34:36; Matt 24:36, 37-41, 42-51; John 14:1-3; 1 Thess 4:16-17, 5:4
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