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News from the Supreme Court

1. U.S. Supreme Court Reinstates Most of the President's Temporary Travel Ban, Will Hear Case First in the Fall - Breaking Christian News

Typically, court panels will issue what is known as a per curiam opinion or order when there is little room to argue about the merits of a case, and the court holds a unanimous opinion.

So, at first, it seemed that's what the U.S. Supreme Court did when it allowed President Donald Trump's travel ban executive order to go into effect, except in cases where a person has a legitimate reason for entering the country. The court also scheduled to have the case heard during the first session of the new term that begins in the fall. Monday was the last day of the current term for the high court.

But upon further review, it seems the court was clearly divided. Associate justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch joined together in their own opinion, which was authored by Thomas . . .

The decision is a victory for the president, but as Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch correctly pointed out, the Supreme Court's decision still leaves an enormous loophole through which the nation's security can be compromised. Further, the decision appears to infringe upon the very separation of powers the Trump administration has been attempting to rectify by going to the high court. (Read more here)

- Praise the Lord! Thank You, Father, that most of the travel ban has been reinstated by the Supreme Court. We pray Your protection and power over this situation, that You will block any more attempts to thwart the President from keeping America safe.

- "In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, for You will answer me." (Psalm 86:7)

2. Supreme Court Rules 7-2 in Favor of Missouri Church for Public Funding Access - Breaking Christian News; Fox News

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Missouri church that sued the state after being denied taxpayer funds for a playground project because of a provision that prohibits state funding for religious entities.

The ruling was 7-2.

The case, one of the most closely watched of the term, pitted two parts of the First Amendment against one another - freedom of religion and separation of church and state.

The dispute involved Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Mo., and the state of Missouri.

In 2012, the state launched an initiative to encourage schools to use recycled tires to produce softer playground surfaces. Trinity, which runs a preschool, was denied a state grant to participate in the program -- and lawyers for Trinity argued the state discriminated against the school based on religion. (Read more)

- Thank You, Lord for yet another victory for the church in America against those who are continually trying to take away from it.

- "Keep sound wisdom and discretion; so they will belief to your soul and grace to your neck. Then you will walk safely in your way." (Proverbs 3:21:b,22,23a)

3. Supreme Court to hear case of baker's refusal to make wedding cake for gay couple - Fox News

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will hear the case of a suburban Denver baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple on faith-based grounds, in the latest religious freedom case to be considered before the nation's highest court.

Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, had refused to sell a customized cake for a gay couple's union, claiming a religious exemption to the state's anti-discrimination law.

State courts had ruled against the businessman. The high court will now decide whether applying Colorado's public accommodations law to compel the baker to create "expression"-- a wedding cake -- violates his constitutionally protected Christian beliefs about marriage.

Phillips told the Supreme Court he has free speech and religious rights under the First Amendment that should protect him. He said he should not be compelled to bake a cake specifically to honor a same-sex marriage. (Read more)

- Father, we pray that You will grant favor to these bakers over their Religious Freedom. Let no more any Christians who refuse to do something be punished for standing for the truth.

- "His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." (Psalm 30:5)

4. Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch Blast SCOTUS for Refusing to Hear Major Second Amendment Case - Reason.com

Today the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a major case out of California that asked whether the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms includes the right to carry firearms in public. By refusing to get involved, the Court left in place a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit that denied constitutional recognition to the right to carry.

Writing in dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justice Neil Gorsuch, blasted the Court for its failure to act and for its "distressing trend" of treating "the Second Amendment as a disfavored right."

According to Thomas, "the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense. I do not think we should stand by idly while a State denies its citizens that right, particularly when their very lives may depend on it."

Thomas added, "even if other Members of the Court do not agree that the Second Amendment likely protects a right to public carry, the time has come for the Court to answer this important question definitively." (Read more)

- Father God, we thank You for Justice Clarence Thomas and for Justice Neil Gorsuch, who are both adhering to the Constitution and our right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. We ask that You would bring a new case to the docket of the Supreme Court speedily when the Court reconvenes next year; and that this ruling will then be overturned at that time. In Your name we pray, amen.

- " . . . all [His] works are truth, and His ways justice.' (Daniel 4:37)

5. Anthony Kennedy retirement watch at a fever pitch - CNN

Justice Anthony Kennedy, the man who so often determines the outcome of the most controversial Supreme Court cases, is himself the center of brewing speculation.

Will he stay or will he go?

The rumors have swirled for months and the 80-year-old justice has done nothing either personally or though intermediaries to set the record straight on whether he will step down.

Helping drive the speculation, dozens of Kennedy's former law clerks traveled to Washington this weekend to participate in a private clerk reunion that occurs regularly -- and many of them wondered if it will be their last chance to meet with him while he is still on the bench.

At the end of a dinner with the former clerks Saturday night, Kennedy addressed the crowd, saying he had heard some speculation about an announcement tonight, "and here it is," he said: The "bar will be open after dinner."

But sources close to Kennedy say that he is seriously considering retirement, although they are unclear if it could occur as early as this term. (Read more)

- Lord, this would be a great opportunity to set the Supreme Court for decades to come. We ask that You would touch Mr. Kennedy's life in a major way regardless of whether he retires or not.

- "Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set." (Proverbs 22:28)

Focus on Israel

1. Israel retaliates to further wayward projectiles by striking Syria - YNET News

The IDF on Sunday said it attacked a series of targets belonging to the Syrian military

A leftist bloc will be formed, with or without Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog said on Sunday.

Speaking to Channel 2 News on Saturday, Lapid, whose party is growing in popularity, said he would not join "a left-leaning bloc" trying to bring down Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

"I won't stop the left from forming a bloc, if that's what they want to do. We're not left, we're center, and we won't form a bloc with them," he claimed.

(Read more)

2. After IDF retaliates for spillover, Syrian army warns Israel - Times of Israel

The Syrian army on Sunday issued a warning to Israel, following two IDF retaliatory strikes on its territory in as many days for spillover fire from the war-torn country.

The regime said that three Syrian soldiers had been killed by Israeli fire.

Around 10 mortar shells from Syria struck the Golan Heights on Saturday, prompting an Israeli response that reportedly killed two Syrian soldiers. On Sunday, several more projectiles hit Israel, in what the army said was spillover fire.

(Read more)

3. Ahead of UNESCO vote on Hebron, Israel bars fact-finding mission from city - Times of Israel

Israel on Friday denied a fact-finding mission entry to the West Bank city of Hebron ahead of a Palestinian effort to have the Tomb of the Patriarchs inscribed on a UN list of threatened sites.

A group of independent scholars from the International Council on Monuments and Sites had been trying to gain access to the disputed holy site since the Palestinian Authority announced in April its plan to have it added to UNESCO's list of endangered world heritage sites.

However, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided not to grant them the required permits.

(Read more)

4. Herzog: 'Leftist bloc' will be formed with or without Lapid - Israel National News

A leftist bloc will be formed, with or without Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog said on Sunday.

Speaking to Channel 2 News on Saturday, Lapid, whose party is growing in popularity, said he would not join "a left-leaning bloc" trying to bring down Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

"I won't stop the left from forming a bloc, if that's what they want to do. We're not left, we're center, and we won't form a bloc with them," he claimed.

(Read more)

5. Decision to nix Western Wall compromise riles Diaspora - Israel Hayom

The government on Sunday shelved a long-overdue plan to open a mixed-gender prayer area at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a major policy reversal that infuriated the liberal streams of Judaism that represent most Jews in the United States.

The egalitarian prayer plan was approved in January 2016 as a compromise reached after years of negotiations between liberal Israeli and American Jewish groups and the Israeli authorities. It was seen as a significant breakthrough in promoting religious pluralism in Israel, where the ultra-Orthodox establishment controls every facet of Jewish life.

But the program was never implemented as powerful ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism threatened a coalition crisis if any progress on the plan was made on the ground.

(Read more)

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1. Senate health-care bill faces serious resistance from GOP moderates - Washington Post

A small group of moderate Republican senators, worried that their leaders' health-care bill could damage the nation's social safety net, may pose at least as significant an obstacle to the measure's passage as their colleagues on the right.

The vast changes the legislation would make to Medicaid, the country's broadest source of public health insurance, would represent the largest single step the government has ever taken toward conservatives' long-held goal of reining in federal spending on health-care entitlement programs in favor of a free-market system.

That dramatic shift and the bill's bold redistribution of wealth - the billions of dollars taken from coverage for the poor would help fund tax cuts for the wealthy - is creating substantial anxiety for several Republican moderates whose states have especially benefited from the expansion of Medicaid that the Affordable Care Act has allowed since 2014. (Read more)

See also: CBO Report Complicates GOP Support for Health Care Bill - NBC News (Go here)

See also: White House criticizes CBO report, cites 'history of inaccuracy' - Fox News (Go here)

- Father God, we continue to pray in the Spirit over this extremely contentious issue. We take note that Nancy Pelosi has twisted the narrative surrounding this bill, even calling the Republican Party the "death party."

Father, we ask You to forgive her and all others who are speaking lies and untruths about the many aspects of this bill, and that You would make a way where there seems to be no way for Congress to create a health care system that will, indeed, meet the needs of the American people. In Your name, amen.

- "Call upon Me, and I will show you great and mighty things that thou knoweth not" (Jeremiah 33:3)

2. Trump Breaks Two-Decade Tradition, Skips Ramadan Dinner Celebration At White House - Daily Wire

The year after Islamic terrorists bombed the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, killing more than 3,000 people, President George W. Bush held a dinner at the White House to celebrate the end of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month. He praised Islam as "a religion of peace" and called upon all to celebrate. The annual tradition actually stretches back to Bill Clinton - 20 years in all - but on Sunday, that ended.

President Trump, who stayed over at the White House for the weekend, did not hold an iftar dinner to commemorate Ramadan. Instead, he issued a statement Saturday morning to celebrate the occasion, which marks the end of the holy month. "On behalf of the American people," President Trump said in the statement, "Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr."

Over the years, the dinners, attended by leaders of the Muslim community, foreign diplomats and members of Congress, have grown odd, given the nonstop Islamic violence spreading across the world. Ramadan brings even more terror as Muslim attackers are seen as martyrs during Ramadan, and supposedly win greater rewards in the afterlife.

And 2017 set a new record for terror attacks during Ramadan, which ran from May 26 to June 24. There were 174 Islamic terror attacks that left 1,595 people dead and 1,960 wounded, reports Religion of Peace. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You that President Trump did not bend to the pressure to "celebrate" Iftar. We pray for Your Holy Spirit to move across the Islamic community, bringing the truth about the Messiah, Jesus.

- "For they have shed innocent blood in their land." (Joel 3:19c)

3. IBD: Trump Is Right, Illegals Cost Him in Popular Vote - Newsmax

President Donald Trump's famous claim illegals voting against him cost him the popular vote has more support, despite the mainstream media claims it was merely a "Twitter-born conspiracy theory," according to an Investors Business Daily editorial this week.

The editorial cited a study by Just Facts Daily, a libertarian think tank. A Harvard/you.Gov poll had as many as 5.7 million non-citizens saying they had cast votes in former President Barack Obama's first election, and that number was 3.6 million in 2012.

With 21 million American adults in the 2016 Census - up from 19.4 million in 2008, the start of the Obama administration - "it is therefore highly likely that millions of non-citizens cast votes in 2016," according to the study.

"Democrats had extensive get-out-the-vote campaigns in areas heavily populated by illegal aliens," according to the IBD editorial this week. "As far back as 2008, Obama made sure that those who wanted to vote knew it was safe, announcing that election records would not be cross-checked with immigration databases. (Read more)

- Lord, we pray that You will stop this flood of illegals that has tainted our election process.

- "And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil." (Proverbs 16:6c)

4. House Republicans Plan to Vote on Pair of Bills That Tackle Illegal Immigration - Washington Free Beacon

House Republicans are hoping to move forward a pair of bills that tackle illegal immigration next week to carry out President Donald Trump's agenda of enforcing federal immigration laws.

One of the bills would boost penalties for deported immigrants that try to re-enter the country and the other would target so-called sanctuary cities, Politico reported.

The former bill is named "Kate's Law" after a young woman named Kate Steinle, who was shot and killed in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant who repeatedly was deported but returned. The latter bill, targeting cities and counties that do not cooperate with federal immigration officials, is called "No Sanctuaries for Criminals Act." (Read more)

- Lord, we pray for the strength of Republicans to pass a bill that stops illegal criminals from harming US citizens. We also ask that You move across Congress, bringing repentance to every member of every party affiliation.

- "Arise, of Lord! O God, lift up Your hand! Do not forget the humble." (Psalm 10:12)

5. GuideStar Puts It Back in Neutral - Family Research Council

It hasn't been a good two weeks for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) -- or its dwindling number of allies. Late Friday, a week after a second politically-motivated shooter was linked to SPLC, the organization suffered a huge embarrassment when the leadership of GuideStar pulled its "hate group" banners from its charity index. After users flooded the nonprofit tracker with complaints, CEO Jacob Harold announced that it would take down the labels from the pages of organizations like FRC. Ironically, Harold himself has become an issue since GuideStar has held itself out as politically and culturally neutral at the same time as he's tweeting photos of himself at the anti-Trump Women's March.

. . . It was another major blow to SPLC's credibility, which continues to suffer, even in the mainstream media. While the losses pile up for the so-called "civil rights" group, GuideStar learned a hard lesson about joining forces with an organization highlighted by the assailants in two cases of domestic terrorism. Harold's group could have avoided this entire controversy if it had stuck to the objectivity that made it one of the country's top charity raters in the first place. (Read more)

- Father God, we thank You for this report, and to know that Guidestar is no longer calling good, evil . . . and evil, good. May they continue to be "true to the true" in all they publish from this day forward, in Your name, amen.

- "Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another." (Leviticus 19:11)

6. '2 potential witnesses' in DNC-rigging lawsuit 'both died' - WND

Lawyers and plaintiffs suing the Democratic National Committee for rigging the 2016 presidential election say they're being harassed with threatening messages and "freaky" encounters and they fear for their safety - particularly in the wake of the mysterious and unsolved murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich - but a federal court has denied their request for protection.

"We filed the motion because we do feel that not only us, but our staff and the plaintiffs, are deserving of a motion," attorney Elizabeth Beck, who is litigating the case, told WND. "But our court system does not have the resources to do so."

She continued: "The court, in denying our motion for protection, stated in its order that the federal Marshals Service doesn't have enough resources to devote that amount of protection." (Read more)

- Lord, we hear these kinds of stories and are concerned about the depths of the attacks against Conservatives and those who are trying to release the US from the grip of evil. We ask Your supernatural blocking of any attempts to harm them.

- "Remember, Lord, the reproach of Your servants - how I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the many people with which Your enemies have reproached, O Lord." (Psalm 89:50,51)

7. New study of Seattle's $15 minimum wage says it costs jobs- AP

A new study of Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage law says it costs jobs, contrary to another new study released last week. The Seattle Times reports a University of Washington team found the law boosted pay in low-wage jobs since 2014 but that it also caused a 9 percent reduction in hours worked. For an average low-wage Seattle worker, that's a loss of about $125 per month.

The study says there would be about 5,000 more low-wage jobs in the city without the law. Seattle was one of the first U.S. cities to adopt a $15 minimum wage law. It is raising the minimum to $15 by 2021.

A review last week by University of California at Berkeley economists found the law raised pay without hurting jobs in the restaurant industry.(Read more)

- Lord, this fact is something that should have been easy for legislators to see before they passed it. We pray for a real move of Your Spirit in US leadership to have foresight before allowing such bills to be passed.

- "For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it." (Ecclesiastes 7:12)

8. U.S. government websites hacked with pro-ISIS rant, officials say - CBS News

Government websites, many of them in Ohio, were hacked Sunday with a message that purports to be supportive of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A message posted on the website of Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich said, "You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries." The message, left by "Team System Dz," also ended, "I love the Islamic state."

The same message also infiltrated government websites in the town of Brookhaven, New York, according to news reports in that state, as well as the website for Howard County, Maryland. In the past, the group also claimed responsibility for similar hacks in the past in Richland County, Wisconsin, and in places such as Aberdeen, Scotland, and Sweden. (Read more)

- Lord, we pray that You will find the perpetrators of these hackings and bring them to justice swiftly.

- "But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates." (Psalm 11:5b)

9. Russian submarine successfully test-fires Bulava intercontinental missile- Tass

The Russian Northern Fleet's Project 955 underwater missile cruiser Yuri Dolgoruky has successfully test-fired a Bulava missile from the Barents Sea and hit all the designated targets at the Kura practice range in Kamchatka, Russia's Defense Ministry reported on Monday.

"The Project 955 Borey-class underwater missile cruiser Yuri Dolgoruky has made a successful launch of a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile from the designated area of the Barents Sea towards the Kura practice range in Kamchatka. The launch was made from the submerged position in compliance with a combat training plan," the Defense Ministry said.

"The parameters of the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile's flight trajectory were practiced in the normal regime. According to the confirmed data of the registering equipment, the warheads of the intercontinental ballistic missile performed a full cycle of the flight and successfully hit the designated targets at the practice range," the Defense Ministry said. (Read more)

- Father, once again we pray protection of US interests and a move of Your Spirit over Russia.

- "No weapon formed against you shall prosper." (Isaiah 54:17)

10. Russian envoy to US reportedly headed back home - Times of Israel

Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, has reportedly been called back to Moscow amid mounting scrutiny over his contacts with senior members of US President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team now under investigation by the FBI and the US Congress.

These members include senior aide Jared Kushner, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, all of whom have failed or have refused to disclose meetings and conversations with Kislyak and other Russian officials at various times.

The US-Russia Business Council is set to hold a going away party on July 11 for Kislyak, who has served as Russia's envoy to Washington since 2008, according to Buzzfeed which cited three unnamed individuals familiar with the events. The shindig will reportedly take place at the St. Regis Hotel.

The Russian envoy has become an intriguing figure in the wider probes into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign to sway the presidential elections in 2016. (Read more)

- Father, whatever is going on in this continual hunt for "collusion" we pray that You would stop it. It has continued to divide the US and has attempted to remove a duly-elected President.

- "When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and perish at Your Presence."
(Psalm 9: 3)

12. Oil truck fireball kills 153 in Pakistan as crowd races to get free fuel - NY Daily News

More than 150 people, many of them collecting fuel leaking from an oil tanker that crashed in eastern Pakistan on Sunday, were killed when the truck exploded and spread a wall of fire across the road, officials said.

Another 100 people were injured in the blast near Bahawalpur, and at least 40 of the villagers treated at a nearby hospital suffered burns on at least 70% of their bodies, according to medical workers.

The death toll of 153 was expected to rise, officials said. (Read more)

- Father, we pray Your comfort and Presence for these people who may not know You. You alone can reveal yourself to them at this difficult time.

- "For God so loved the word that He gave His only Begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

The Daily Jot

Monday, June 26, 2017

Of fake news and fake investigations

Two recent polls indicate that Democratic Party rhetoric is backfiring on them. A Harvard poll shows that Americans believe it's time to move on from the Russian influence narrative, and a YouGov poll indicates that Americans are wary of fake news. Driving the rhetoric on both these fronts is the radical left and the Democratic Party, which has caused violence and continues unabated even after a man influenced by the rhetoric created a hit list and attempted to assassinate Republican members of Congress. The New York Post is reporting that the dossier on Donald Trump that started the FBI Russian investigation was a product of people who were financed by and supported the Clinton campaign.

The Harvard-Harris poll of 2,258 Americans indicated that 68% of the country believe the Russian investigation is hurting America. Some 62% believe the investigation will end without accomplishing anything with 38% expecting the investigation to end in impeaching the President. Interesting that the political weight of the poll was 35% Democrat, 30% Independent and 29% Republican-meaning that the Democrat respondents are hoping for impeachment while the rest of the country just wants the investigations to end and to move on to important matters. Meanwhile, the New York Post report shows that the Democrats, specifically the Clintons, were behind those that started the whole Russian investigation.

Another poll conducted by YouGov indicates that 70% of the general public agrees that news organizations are subject to partisan agendas. The public however is divided along the lines of politics as to whether people trust the reporting by news organizations-52% of Democrats believe that the news media is influenced by those who fund them, and 85% of Republicans believe the media is influenced by those who fund them. 83% of Democrats are more likely to trust traditional news sources compared with 58% of Republicans. These statistics may indicate that people in general are getting tired of the fake news narrative and that Democrats are more likely to believe it than Republicans.

Over the weekend, CNN-often accused as the leader in fake news and of being an ardent supporter of the Democratic Party's "Resist" agenda-fully retracted a story linking the Congressional investigation of a Russian investment fund to Trump officials. As it ends up, the story was a lie as held accountable by Breitbart News. CNN to date has refused to address how it was written and published. The Democratic Party propagandists are behind both the Russian narrative and the fake news propagated by left leaning media. Americans appear to be catching on. As Jesus said in Matthew 10:25-26, "If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Therefore Fear them not: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known."

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

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"Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body." (Hebrews 13:3)

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Classic Hymns:


"Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith." (Hebrews 10:21-22)


Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.


This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.


Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.



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Music: Phoe­be P. Knapp

About the hymn:

"During the re­cent war in the Trans­vaal," said a gen­tle­man at my meet­ing in Ex­e­ter Hall, Lon­don, in 1900, "when the sol­diers go­ing to the front were pass­ing ano­ther bo­dy of sol­diers whom they re­cog­nized, their greet­ings used to be, 'Four-nine-four, boys; four-nine-four;' and the sa­lute would in­var­i­a­bly be an­swered with 'Six fur­ther on, boys; six fur­ther on.' The sig­nif­i­cance of this was that, in 'Sac­red Songs and So­los,' a num­ber of co­pies of the small edi­tion of which had been sent to the front, num­ber 494 was 'God be with you un­til we meet again;' and six fur­ther on than 494, or num­ber 500, was 'Bless­ed As­sur­ance, Je­sus is mine.'" - Ira Sankey

Signs and Wonders

Severe weather slams both coasts

There's severe weather on both coasts this first weekend of summer. In the west - the extreme heat is still on -- and it's fueling an outbreak of wildfires in several states. In the east, what's left of Tropical Storm Cindy has left a big mess to clean up.

Torrential rain drenched the Northeast with up to three inches falling in parts of New Jersey, a powerful punch from what's left of Tropical Storm Cindy, two days after it made landfall along the Gulf Coast.

The massive storm left a trail of destruction and even spawned a tornado in Pennsylvania, which snapped trees around Jim Linley's home.

"I tried to step out the door -- everything was spinning," Linley said. "I saw pieces and parts of trees, it was so black, you couldn't even see through it." (CBS News) Read more.

Heat and Wildfires Continue to Ravage the Western US
Wildfires Burn in Seven States

The record-breaking heat wave unfolding from Texas through California is recipe for disaster, firefighter said. (See video here.)

The Good News Corner

Court upholds law protecting Christians who oppose gay 'marriage' in Mississippi

JACKSON, Mississippi, June 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - A federal appeals court upheld Mississippi's Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act on Thursday that is considered one of the broadest religious objections measures enacted by any state.

The measure ensures Christians and those who object to same-sex "marriage" will not be forced to violate their sincerely held beliefs.

District Judge Carlton Reeves had blocked the 2016 religious freedom law from going into effect, declaring it unconstitutional, but a three-judge panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overruled the district judge's declaration.

The Fifth Circuit panel noted that those against the law "have not clearly shown injury-in-fact," which means they did not show how those who favor same-sex "marriage" are harmed by allowing those with contrary beliefs to live consistently with their beliefs.

Nevertheless, the law will not go into effect until appeals are exhausted.

The law protects from discrimination those who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, that sex is to be reserved for heterosexual marriage, and that gender is determined biologically and not up to the feelings of individuals. (LifeSiteNews) Read more.

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