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The Daily Brief
Streamlined Edition
"Praying for All in Authority"
Monday, July 23, 2018

"A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench;
He will bring forth justice for truth.
He will not fail nor be discouraged,
Till He has established justice in the earth;
And the coastlands shall wait for His law."
(Isaiah 43:2,3)

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L.A. Shooting

Suspect in Trader Joe's deadly shooting ID'd; held on $2 million bail

A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after he shot and killed a Trader Joe's employee Saturday when he held workers and customers hostage during a more than two-hour standoff.

Gene Evin Atkins is being held on a $2 million bail, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department website stated. Atkins was taken into custody around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, more than two hours after he ran into the Trader Joe's in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles and barricaded himself.

About two hours before, Atkins shot his grandmother seven times and wounded another woman, who he forced into a car. Atkins drove to the supermarket and ran inside after crashing his vehicle into a pole. He barricaded himself inside and held dozens of employees and customers hostage.

Moments after shots rang out in the supermarket, employee Sean Gerace and helped several of his colleagues escape. Gerace told NBC Los Angeles he was working in the backroom when he heard the commotion around 3 p.m. He and his colleagues ran to an upstairs storage area for safety.

"I grabbed an emergency ladder, barricaded the hallway, grabbed a weapon, put the ladder out the window, and just tried to get the attention of a SWAT officer," Gerace recalled.

Gerace was seen on video signaling to police officers at the scene before he and other employees climbed down the ladder. He helped other workers out of the building before running to safety.

Meanwhile, gunfire erupted between the suspect in the store and police officers outside.

"It was a matter of split seconds between the time he got out, the boom-boom-boom and him running into the store," Dan Zito, who was outside of the store when the incident occurred, told the Los Angeles Times.(Read more)

- Father God, first we ask that You comfort the family and friends of the woman who was killed in this horrific shooting incident. Lord God, we thank You that this shooter was apprehended, and that no one else was killed. Lord God, we pray for safety for the citizens in our cities in America, and ask, in repentance, for Your sovereign hand of mercy, grace and protection to rest upon each one of us, in Your name, amen.

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

Focus on Israel

1. Demonstrators Flood The Streets Demanding Equal Rights For Gays- Jerusalem Post

For members of the LGBT community, the surrogacy law was the last straw.

In a rainbow-colored show of support, tens of thousands of people around the country on Sunday went on strike in protest over a law passed on Thursday that extended the right of state-funded surrogacy to single women, but denied it for single men and homosexual couples. Protesters considered this discriminatory.

"I think it's the most basic thing that a human being can ask for himself is to be a parent. It's absurd that it even came to that we need to protest for our basic human rights."

State funding for surrogacy was previously only given to heterosexual couples, and is still denied for gay couples. It is legal for lesbian couples because they are considered to be single females.

(Read more)

2. PA warns against escalation, Hamas threatens - Israel National News

The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Friday warned against the escalation in the Gaza Strip and called upon the international community to intervene in order to prevent further escalation.

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas "has begun to hold talks with elements in the region and in the world to contain the escalating crisis," the statement said, according to Yediot Aharonot.

Hamas, meanwhile, warned that it will continue to defend the interests of the Palestinian Arab people.

"We have the right to defend ourselves. (Our) national duty is to defend our people's interests, and establish the deterrence equation according to which bombardment will be met with bombardment," said the terrorist group, which controls Gaza.

(Read more)

3. Arab nations slam Israel's 'racist, discriminatory' Jewish nation-state law - Times of Israel

Saudi Arabia slammed a controversial Israeli law as "perpetuating racial discrimination" against Palestinians by defining the country as the nation state of the Jewish people, state media reported.

The law passed early Thursday enshrines Israel for the first time as "the national home of the Jewish people" in its quasi-constitutional Basic Laws, setting Hebrew as the national language, while affording Arabic a lower "special" status.

Citing a Saudi foreign ministry source, the official Saudi Press Agency said late Friday the kingdom "rejects and disapproves" of the new legislation which it argued contradicts international law.

(Read more)

4. Egypt: Israel's Jewish Nation-State Law Undermines Middle East Peace - Jerusalem Post

CAIRO - Egypt on Saturday said a new Israeli law giving Jews the exclusive right to self-determination in the country undermined the chances for peace in the Middle East and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes.

The law, which was passed on Thursday, has drawn rebuke from the European Union and was denounced by the Palestinian Authority and Arab citizens of Israel as racist legislation.

"The Arab Republic of Egypt announces... its rejection of the law passed by the Israeli Knesset on the 'national state for the Jewish people' law... for its ramifications that consecrate the concept of occupation and racial segregation," the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.

"It undermines the chances for achieving peace and reaching a just and comprehensive solution for the Palestinian issue," it said.

It said the law would also have a potential impact on the right of Palestinians displaced from their homes in 1948 when Israel was founded, and their descendants, to return to their homes under United Nations resolutions.

(Read more)

5. IDF believes Gaza snipers used Iranian armor-piercing rifle to kill soldier - Times of Israel

An initial investigation by the IDF has concluded that Staff Sgt. Aviv Levi, killed Friday by Palestinian sniper fire on the Gaza border, was hit by an armor-piercing bullet fired from an Iranian-manufactured rifle, Hadashot TV news reported Sunday.

The gun used in the attack was said to be an Iranian replica of an Austrian Steyr rifle.

According to the report, the IDF was aware Hamas was in possession of such weapons, which can penetrate the standard ceramic vests used by the majority of soldiers.

However, given the low likelihood of the rifle's use, and the heavier weight of vests capable of protecting from such bullets, more specialized protective wear is only used in special cases.

(Read more)

The Daily Brief

1. Trump's 'economic miracle' threatened by tariff wars, Fed interest rate hikes - Washington Times

A jobs boom has driven unemployment to record lows and bolstered the president's pro-worker agenda, but tariff wars and a likely Federal Reserve interest rate hike are darkening the horizon for the Trump economy. President Trump's rollback of federal regulations and enactment of the biggest tax cuts in U.S. history ignited the economy. More Americans are working, wages ticked up and gross domestic product is headed toward an eye-popping 4 percent annual rate in the second quarter, according to some estimates. It is one of the brightest spots so far for the Trump presidency and has confounded critics of his tax cuts and economic agenda. Mr. Trump called it an "economic miracle."

"We're in the longest positive job growth streak in American history," Mr. Trump declared at a White House event Thursday to spur training, apprenticeships and vocational education needed for an evolving workforce. In the first 18 months of Mr. Trump's presidency, employers added nearly 3.5 million jobs as the unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent, near the lowest level since 1969.

"There are certainly clouds on the horizon, and one of them is the tariffs," said Stephen Moore, an economic policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation. "Those could knock as much as a half a percentage point off of growth if this doesn't get resolved, so that is certainly a problem area." Another bump in the road is more interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve that could slow growth. The Fed raised interest rates twice this year, and two more increases are likely before the end of the year. (Read more)

- Almighty God, we praise You for guiding President Trump to bring such a positive change to the job availability and more are working in jobs that were formerly jobless. Thank God. Now, Father, we pray that all the federal enemies in the shadow government will be held at bay and unable to move to disrupt or penalize this miraculous upswing in the job market. We pray in the Name of Jesus and believe it so.

- "God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him." (Psalm 67:7)

2. Trump invites Putin to visit Washington, White House says - Fox News

President Trump has asked his White House to extend an invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington later this year, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday. Trump and Putin met in Helsinki, Finland on Monday. Earlier Thursday, Trump called the summit "a great success" and said he looked "forward to our second meeting."

Meanwhile, the White House sought Thursday to tamp down another firestorm that broke out in the wake of Trump's summit this week with Putin, making clear the president does not support the Russian leader's proposal to allow his government to interview American officials. "It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it," Sanders said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

The Russian leader on Monday had proposed an unusual quid pro quo, offering to let the special counsel team question newly indicted Russian officers as part of the election meddling case, if Russians could question certain U.S. individuals. But the plan swiftly set off alarm bells in Washington, especially among Putin's apparent targets. The first individual Putin voiced interest in questioning was Bill Browder, a prominent critic despised by the Kremlin for his role in pushing sanctions legislation around the world.

Browder, the CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital, has worked for years to advocate on behalf of his associate Sergei Magnitsky, whom he had hired to uncover massive financial fraud in Russia. Magnitsky died in Russian police custody nearly a decade ago, allegedly beaten to death. Browder later successfully pushed Russia sanctions legislation named after Magnitsky in the U.S. and beyond. (Read more)

- Almighty God, we trust You will guide President Trump regarding any and all involvement with the Russian president. Give him keen discernment and wisdom that will keep him always knowledgeable of the thoughts and hidden intents of President Putin. Bind and break any evil inroads by the Blood of Jesus that deception could cause. We pray in the Name of Jesus.

- "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds: Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." (II Corinthians 10:4-5)

3. Trump: Defending NATO Countries May Spark 'World War III' - NewsMax

President Donald Trump says defending NATO countries, including the tiny Balkin sovereign state of Montenegro, could possibly trigger "World War III." The commander in chief made the explosive remark on Fox News on Tuesday night as he and host Tucker Carlson discussed Trump's demand NATO countries pay their fair share to belong to the peacekeeping group.

"Membership in NATO obligates members to defend any other member that's attacked - so, let's say Montenegro . . . why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?" Carlson asked, referring to the tiny, fiercely independent country bordered by Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania. "You know, Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people . . . By the way, they are very strong people, they are very aggressive people. They may get aggressive, and congratulations, you're in World War III. Now, I understand, but that's the way it was set up. Don't forget, I just got here a little more than a year and a half ago." (Read more)

- Father, we pray for peace and not war. Lead President Trump to hear the word of the Lord in this matter. In the Name of Jesus we pray.

- "The righteous also, shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands shall be stronger and stronger." (Job 17:9)

4. Pompeo to Highlight Specific Examples of Iranian Regime Corruption - FreeBeacon

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver a major address Sunday aimed at pressuring the Islamist government in Tehran and supporting protests by the Iranian people against government corruption, the strongest internal unrest the regime has faced since 2009. While the speech will not directly advocate regime change, it will support the "legitimate demands of the Iranian people, especially their economic demands for a better life" as part of the U.S. policy of "maximum diplomatic pressure and isolation" of Tehran, a senior administration official said Thursday.

The administration has invited several prominent members of the Iranian-American community to the gathering Sunday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., where Pompeo will deliver the speech titled Supporting Iranian Voices." Rep. Ed Royce (R., Calif.), who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) also plan to attend.

California is home to 250,000 Iranian-Americans, many of whom emigrated to the United States 40 years ago during the Islamic revolution. Pompeo plans to speak directly to these Iranian-Americans and tap into their desire for a better life for their relatives and friends who remain in their home country. Pompeo also will highlight specific examples of corruption by regime elites and build on a promise in a May 22 speech to "advocate tirelessly for the Iranian people." (Read more)

- Father God, we trust you will move upon the Iranian people to be loyal to the United States where they have found freedom and a new life. Instill faithfulness in all 250,000 to stand with the leaders who address their cause. Put up a shield of righteousness against all evil that would exhibit lawlessness from them. In the Name of Jesus we pray.

- "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
(I Corinthians 15:57)

5. Limbaugh: 'You heard him, President Obama is responsible' - WND

Now we know. It was President Obama who sparked the whole mess. The Russia collusion claims, the spying on the Trump campaign, the special counsel, the focus on the Trump campaign's connection to Russia rather than Hillary Clinton's. That's according to talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, who Thursday cited former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper claim that Obama ordered the crucial intelligence assessment.

"With respect to the Russian meddling, "Clapper said, "if it weren't for President Obama, we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today, notably Special Counsel Mueller's investigation. "President Obama is responsible for that and it was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place. I think that's an important point when it comes to critiquing President Obama," said the former DNI.

Limbaugh reacted: "Wait a minute. Did he really mean to say this? Did he really mean to say that Obama ordered all of this? Because that's what he said. You heard him. 'President Obama is responsible for that.' 'We set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today,' i.e., Mueller's investigation. President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place." (Read more)

- Almighty God, we pray that You will bring about events that will hold past president Obama responsible for all the false charges, false accusations and dishonesty regarding the Russian collusion claims and the spying on the Trump campaign's connection to Russia rather than Hillary Clinton. Expose all this evil from the bowels of the earth. In the Name of Jesus we pray.

- "Thus says the Lord unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the Lord does not accept them; He will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins." (Jeremiah 14:10)

6. Robert Mueller offers Tony Podesta immunity to testify against Paul Manafort - Washington Examiner

Tony Podesta, founder of the now-shuttered Podesta Group and brother to former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, has been offered immunity by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, according to a report. Manafort, currently in jail awaiting trial, faces charges related to money laundering, failing to register as a foreign agent, and tampering with government witnesses, as part of Mueller's Russia inquiry. Manafort has pleaded not guilty.

Fox News' Tucker Carlson announced on his show Thursday evening that two separate sources confirmed the offer. "In other words, for a near identical crime, Bill and Hillary's friend could escape and emerge completely unscathed while Paul Manafort may rot in jail. Only one of them made the mistake of chairing Donald Trump's presidential campaign," Carlson said.

Manafort and Podesta's firms worked together in a public relations campaign for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine nonprofit, which was believed to be backed by the pro-Russian and oligarch-funded Ukrainian political group Party of Regions. Sources who spoke with NBC News in October said the Podesta Group became of significant interest because it may have violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act. FARA states Americans who lobby for foreign governments, leaders, or political parties must disclose their activities with the Justice Department. (Read more)

- Lord God, we pray that immunity will not be granted Mr. Podesta, but shall be held accountable for all his crimes. We ask that no pardon be granted him and the power of God stand against him. Let righteousness and right judgment prevail. In the Name of Jesus we pray.

- "The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down. For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walks upon a snare. Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet." (Job 17:7, 8, 11)

7. Firing a Bad Federal Employee May Get a Little Easier - Daily Signal

Holding federal employees accountable is essentially impossible. They have the highest job security of any sector of the economy. In fact, out of a federal non-military workforce of 2.1 million, only 11,046 persons-or 0.5 percent-were fired in 2017. One reason for this is the cumbersome process managers must endure to fire a single employee. Multiple appeals involving as many as four separate agencies, as well as union representatives, are not uncommon. This process can last years even in the most cut-and-dry cases. Faced with such obstacles, federal managers often let misconduct go unaddressed.

But two bills moving through Congress now would make it much easier for federal managers to take action when an employee is simply not getting the job done. The Modern Employment Reform, Improvement, and Transformation (MERIT) Act and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) Reauthorization Act would strip away several layers of red tape that insulate federal employees from accountability.

The cost of unaddressed misconduct and poor performance is hard to calculate. Not only do bad employees draw a paycheck, but permit applications fall through the cracks, welfare fraud goes undetected, and government projects run over budget because of employee negligence. All of that creates a drag on the economy.

Not only do American people deserve better, but so do diligent and competent public servants. Good workers do not want to be dragged down or asked to pick up the slack for bad employees. In fact, when President Donald Trump recently issued three executive orders that made it easier to fire poorly performing government employees, a majority of public-sector workers were on board. (Read more)

- Almighty God, we trust You to oversee all the federal government and bring more Executive Orders to be signed by President Trump that will eliminate this lawlessness by holding federal employees accountable for their job performance. God, we ask that You will move powerfully to bring this reform to pass. For we pray in Jesus' Name.

- "Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction." (Proverbs 10:14)

8. Trump administration introduces proposal to roll back Endangered Species Act protections - The Hill

The Trump administration is proposing significant changes to the way it enforces the Endangered Species Act (ESA), saying they are a needed modernization of decades-old regulations. Endangered species are plants and animals at the brink of extinction, while threatened species are likely to become endangered in the near future. Sheehan says that codifying the rule would make it more "predictable."

In a call with stakeholders on Thursday, Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Deputy Director Greg Sheehan called the proposal a way of "providing clarity." He said the changes would help the agency meet the Endangered Species Act's main goal of "species recovery" so that animals and plants could more easily be removed from endangered and threatened species lists. "When ESA has done its job and a species is no longer at risk for extinction, it should be delisted," he said.

Another proposal centers on quickening the consultation process between other federal agencies - such as the Department of Transportation and the Army Corps of Engineers - and the Interior Department on whether planned projects may affect protected plants and animals. Officials want to explore an "alternative" or "expedited" consultation process, such as completing one consultation for an entire program instead of multiple ones for various pieces of the program. Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt told reporters on a call Thursday that the revision to consultations would be one of the biggest benefits of the proposed rule. "I really think when the public goes through these proposals . . . that they will see a very serious effort to lay out innovative ideas regarding improving the current interagency consultation process," he said. "We have some ideas on alternatives to traditional consultation while maintaining the services' respective roles in those processes." (Read more)

- Father in heaven, we pray that President Trump's proposal to roll back Endangered Species Act protections will become law. We also ask that the revision to consultations be enacted speedily so that animals and plants be removed from endangered and threatened species lists. Protect that which You have created, O God. In the Name of Jesus we pray.

- "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." (Genesis 1:29)

9. Iowa tornado damage takes forecasters by surprise - Des Moines Register

It's no surprise for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to rake the state of Iowa during summer. But it is surprising not to have warning of such weather at least several hours in advance. That's precisely what happened Thursday as a number of supercell storms suddenly formed over Iowa, taking weather forecasters at the National Weather Service in Des Moines by surprise.

Alex Krull, a meteorologist with the service in Des Moines, said Thursday afternoon that forecasting models produced in the morning showed only a slight chance of strong thunderstorms later in the day. "This morning, it didn't look like tornadic supercells were possible," Krull said. "If anything, we were expecting we could get some large hail, if strong storms developed." And develop, they did. Three to four supercell storms formed over central Iowa, including at Bondurant north of Des Moines, producing funnel clouds and spinning off numerous tornadoes, Krull said. News organizations in the area reported damage to houses and cars in and around Bondurant. Another strong tornado was reported northeast of Pella. It's not often the National Weather Service is caught off guard by tornadoes, Krull said, but it does happen. (Read more)

- Father in heaven, the Word of God states that in the last days there will be many signs in the heavens that are uncommon heretofore. We pray that this will be used to alert the people of the power of the living God over all the earth and heavens and many shall turn their lives to God and repent of sin. We ask in the Name of Jesus.

- "By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the warts is straightened. Also by watering He wearieth the thick cloud: He scatters His bright cloud, and it is turned round about by His counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commanded them upon the face of the world in the earth." (Job 37:10-12)

10. Bible Study Ban Crosses the Property Line - Family Research Council

If the government can ban Bible studies on private property, what's next? That's what a couple in the Pittsburgh area is wondering after they were ordered by Sewickley Heights Borough officials to "cease and desist" from using their 35-acre property to host Bible studies, worship events, and other religious activities or face a daily $500 fine -- plus court costs.

Despite the borough's threats, however, the couple isn't backing down. The Independence Law Center has filed a lawsuit on their behalf against the city for violating the couple's religious freedom as well as their freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and equal protection. As Jeremy Samek, Senior Counsel for the Independence Law Center pointed out, "Government should not target religious activities for punishment, particularly when similar secular activities are permitted. In America, no government can categorically ban people from assembling to worship on one's own property."

The borough's order claims that the couple is in violation of zoning restrictions that are in place for "Places of Worship." But as Samek points out, secular activities like political fundraisers, Super Bowl parties, and book clubs aren't banned. On top of that, the couple and the previous owner of the property have reportedly been using it to host religious events for decades without a single issue!

While we continue to witness a persistent rise in religious persecution around the world, this latest incident in Pittsburgh is a sobering reminder that persecution is also happening in our own backyard. That's why the couple's stand against the borough is all the more important -- to make government officials think twice before pursuing unconstitutional legal action against people of faith. (Read more)

- Father in heaven, we pray You protect this religious freedom through the covering of the Blood of Jesus. May the Holy Spirit surround the 35-acre property to seal it to be used for God's purpose without interference of the Borough officials. Bring conviction upon the souls of these officials for resisting God and His work on the earth. We pray they never prosper in anything until they repent and turn from their wicked ways. We pray in the Name of Jesus.

- "Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from God's testimonies. I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not Your Word." (Psalm 119:157-158)

The Daily Jot

Friday, July 20, 2018

​​​​​​America lost in a generation

Growing up in Northeastern Ohio in the 50s and 60s was a picture of a much simpler time. There were eight farms on our road. We rarely saw a car go by. The mornings before school were early because we had livestock to feed, chores to do. The evenings were sometimes late, depending on the weather, in getting the livestock fed and settled. The nearest store was about five miles away. It was a picturesque place-bench out front and Cokes could be bought from the vending machine for a nickel. Griff's store had creeky floors, was narrow to maneuver and we went there often because it also was the post office. Griff would be storekeeper then slide around to be postmaster. 'Seemed like he was two different people.

The people were friendly. We knew each other. In fact, many of us were related-the result of an old farming community of Welshmen that was settled around the turn of the century-the 1800s. One schoolhouse. Two protestant churches-Baptist and Methodist. There was a Catholic church in another town. We were all pretty close knit. The Wayland Town Hall was across from Griff's store in front of the volunteer fire station. All the meetings were at the Town Hall-Grange, 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Ruitan, Ladies' Auxiliary, Trustees, and whoever else wanted to meet there. There was no division because of politics. Democrat or Republican, everybody pretty much believed the same with different approaches.

We also didn't care if you were black or white or Welsh or Polish or Hungarian. Everybody worked hard and kept to themselves unless somebody needed some help. Then everyone pitched in. This was the America in which I grew up. It was what shaped my worldview. It was as Jesus said in Luke 6:31, "As you would that men should do to you, do you also to them likewise." Our school teachers were also our Sunday School teachers. The men and women with whom my parents were close friends were also like parents to me. I write this because I want you to see where I'm coming from. We worked hard for what we had. We cared for others. We were taught responsibility. And these things were Christ-centered.

My son recently recalled a TV show where a homosexual man admitted to a friend that he went to church. Sometime later, the person posted that information on social media. The homosexual called his friend and said that he had "outed" him in a terrible way because, "Now everyone knows that I am a Christian, and that's worse than coming out as gay." We can debate all the various religious and political inferences in that exchange, but it doesn't change that this is the America we now live in. To me, this is the clash between those who want to destroy the nation and the "church" which hasn't remained relevant. Overcoming evil with good isn't compatible with emotional, extra-biblical, self-indulgence. The condition of our nation is a reflection of the condition of the church. As God's people, we can do better.

​​​​​Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

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