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July thru September, 2017


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July 21, 2017

Sean Spicer
Sean Spicer
Anthony Scaramucci
Anthony Scaramucci
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Sarah H. Sanders
The White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, resigned today.  He formally will step down from that position next month.

Spicer’s resignation comes after Anthony Scaramucci was named as the new White House Communications Director.  Sarah Huckabee Sanders will replace Sean Spicer as the new White House Press Secretary.  She is the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush, said that Spicer’s resignation is an “unsettling” development for President Trump’s team.  Fleischer has said that he “wouldn’t be surprised if other people leave.”  I wouldn’t either.

Spicer resigns: Ex-press secretary
Fleischer calls move 'unsettling'


July 18, 2017

Passage of a new health care bill in the U.S. Senate has reached an impasse.  Senators Rand Paul (KY) and Susan Collins (ME) have stated for awhile that they would not vote for the bill.  Last night, they were joined by Jerry Moran (KS) and Mike Lee (UT), which prevents the Senate from reaching the 50-vote threshold.

Now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling for a vote on “a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care.”  President Trump agrees that “Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!”

McConnell calls for Obamacare
repeal vote after replacement plan fails

There is no straightforward process for repealing and replacing the extremely complex and complicated disaster known as Obamacare.  I suspect that it simply will experience a catastrophic collapse.  This probably will be more devastating to the U.S. healthcare system than repealing it and then working on replacing it with a new system.


July 17, 2017

Adrian RogersOne of my favorite pastors of all time was Adrian Rogers.  I used to enjoy very much listening to his messages, and I also liked his conservative views.  His recorded sermons still can be found at the Love Worth Finding website.

I was reminded of Adrian Rogers when I was emailed the following statements, which are some of his famous quotations:

  • You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
  • What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
  • The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
  • When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend is the beginning of the end of any nation.
  • You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

I totally agree with all of those statements.  It seems to me, that for several years, the USA has begun to go down a path that these statements warn about.  Obamacare is a definite example of this.

The ultimate endpoint of this is what has happened to socialistic nations like Venezuela, which is in the middle of a severe socio-economic disaster with no turnaround in sight.  I don’t know if Trump and the Congress can reverse this trend or not, but I hope so.


July 15, 2017

Nabeel QureshiOn Fortress of Faith radio this morning, I listened to a 14-minute audio, with a 1½-minute introduction at the beginning by Tom Wallace.  The speaker is Nabeel Qureshi, 34, who was raised a devout Muslim who studied the Qur´an.  He has an M.D. and two M.A. degrees and is highly intelligent and very articulate.

Nabeel talks about how, growing up, he would have discussions with Christians, putting doubts in their minds about the deity of Jesus and other aspects of their faith.  He found that most Christians with whom he had conversations were unprepared to defend their faith.

In college, he met a Christian, David Wood, with whom he developed a friendship.  Their common interest was their strong convictions about their Creator and Sustainer, whether He be Allah or God.  They enjoyed debating and arguing with each other about their beliefs.

Eventually, Nabeel converted from Islam to Christianity.  Basically, while seeking after Allah, he found Jesus, which is the subject of one his books and video study:

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesusbook | video study

So, rather than practicing his profession of a medical doctor, Nabeel has made the spreading of the Gospel message about Jesus to others, including Muslims, his primary focus in life.  Additional interesting information can be found at Nabeel’s website:

http://www.nabeelqureshi.com

He has several YouTube videos here: NQMinistries.  Below is a 13-minute video, recorded less than 2 weeks ago, featuring Nabeel and his best friend David.  You can see that Nabeel has lost his hair due to treatments for advanced stomach cancer, which was diagnosed near the end of August, 2016.

Nabeel has a Go Fund Me page to help with costs related to his cancer: Nabeel Qureshi Cancer Fund.  I have no doubt at all that God is able to heal Nabeel completely and permanently of his cancer, which happens to be a very painful type when he eats or even drinks small amounts.

I will be praying that it could be God’s will for a miraculous healing to take place.  I would like to see Nabeel continue reaching countless others, including Muslims, with the saving knowledge of our Messiah, Lord and Savior Yeshua/Jesus.


July 14, 2017

Selfie of two of the assailants, posted to Facebook just prior to the attackAn attack this morning at the Lion’s Gate, near the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, left two Israeli police officers dead.  Another officer was wounded.

The three assailants were shot dead on the Temple Mount.  They were Israeli-Arab cousins from the city of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel.

As a result of the attack, the compound, sacred to both Jews and Muslim, was shut down for Muslim prayers, only the third time since 1967.  Jews still are not permitted to pray on the Temple Mount.

Several minutes before the attack, a selfie of two of the terrorists was posted to Facebook, taken with the Dome of the Rock in the background.  The (translated) caption read, “Tomorrow’s smile will be the most beautiful, with the help of Allah.”

Two Israeli Police Officers Killed in
Temple Mount Shooting, Another Wounded


In other news, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 21,600 for the first time ever.  It was the third record high in three consecutive days.

Today, the Dow was up 0.39% to 21,637.74.  The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.47% to 2,459.27, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 21,637.74   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,459.27
Dow Jones Industrial Average record high July 12: 21,532.14
July 12
Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index July 12: 2,443.25
July 12
  Dow Jones Industrial Average record high July 13: 21,553.09
July 13
Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index July 13: 2,447.83
July 13

July 11, 2017

Today is All American Pet Photo Day.  I do not have any pets myself, but I do like other people’s pets.  I like dogs and cats equally.  They almost always like me because I find their favorite spots to be rubbed and scratched: ears, cheeks, chin, neck and/or back.

Below is a collection of some of the photos I’ve taken of various pets over many years.  It really is only a small fraction of all the pet pics that I have.

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           
3¼-minute slideshow

July 8, 2017

Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, IsraelYesterday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had a secret vote.  It named one of the holiest Jewish sites, the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, a Palestinian site.  The resolution passed 12-3, with six abstentions.

Israel has lambasted the decision.  Furthermore, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cut $1 million of the membership funds that Israel pays to the United Nations.  This follows the $1 million cut from the U.N. in May due to UNESCO’s condemnation of Israel’s actions in Jerusalem and Gaza.

Israel reduces UN funding after
Hebron shrine declared Palestinian

The leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations have responded to this.  They have condemned UNESCO for declaring Hebron an “endangered Palestinian heritage site.”

Conference of Presidents
condemns UNESCO

July 7, 2017

Following President Trump’s successful visit to Poland yesterday, he now is in Hamburg, Germany, for the annual G20 summit.  Today, Trump and Russia’s President Putin met in person for the first time.  Their meeting lasted about 2 hours 15 minutes.

According to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Trump pressed Putin on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, but Putin denied that this had happened.  Also, Trump and Putin agreed that a cease-fire in southwest Syria will begin on July 9.

Trump presses Putin on Syria, US
election meddling in first meeting

July 4, 2017

America’s 241st Birthday

   
9-second slideshow

We attended a party at the home of some friends.  There was lots of great food and fun.  A few activities included trampoline jumping, bow and arrow shooting and playing UNO emoji.

       

       
25-second slideshow

Later, everyone walked a few blocks away to watch an outstanding public fireworks display.  Before the show, we saw a small object flying back and forth in the distance.  Everyone agreed that it must have been a drone, but we didn’t know if it belonged to the city or to an individual.

       

       

       

       
50-second slideshow

Bill of Rights    Lord’s Prayer

July 2, 2017

Didymos A & B asteroidsFor the first time ever, NASA is planning to design a spacecraft that will attempt to shift the orbit of a small asteroid in our solar system.  The test will be called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART).

If the project goes as planned, the spacecraft will be sent to a double asteroid system, Didymos A and Didymos B.  The length of Didymos A is about a half-mile, and the length of Didymos B is about 530 feet, with Didymos B orbiting around Didymos A.

The idea is to change the orbit of Didymos B around Didymos A and then to observe and study this change.  The information gathered by doing this may enable NASA to intercept and change the path of an asteroid, in the future, that appears to be headed for a collision with the earth.

NASA's First Asteroid Deflection
Mission Enters Next Design Phase

All of this reminds me of the second Trumpet Judgment in the Book of Revelation:

The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea.  A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. (Revelation 8:8,9)

To me, that always has sounded like an asteroid falling into an ocean.  If so, I hope it isn’t human intervention with objects in space—which God has placed exactly where they should be—that ultimately causes one of those objects to crash into the earth and cause great destruction.


July 1, 2017

Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.When times are difficult, many of us wish that we could return to a time in the past when things were better, happier or more fulfilling.  If we dwell on that too much, it can become what I call “living in the graveyard of the past,” since the past is “dead” and cannot be revived, nor can we return to it.  We need to “let go” of it.

It also is common, even normal, to worry about tomorrow and the future.  Yet, unforeseeable things are going to happen, whether we like them or not.  For the most part, there is nothing we can do about this, since everything that God has predestined to take place is going to happen.  Jesus talked about this in Matthew 7:25-34, the last portion of which is here:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 7:33,34)

Therefore, I try to focus on my faith in God, which is one of the gifts of the Holy SpiritFaith is the ability to believe in the one, true God and to accept His purposes and gifts, overcoming human doubts, disbelief, and faulty intellectual reasoning which stem from the natural.

True faith enables us to accept things as they are and to look forward, with great anticipation, to the time when Jesus will bring the Kingdom of God to earth at the beginning of the Millennium.  At that time, He will rule and reign in righteousness and with perfect justice.  When that happens, we never will have the urge to “live in the past,” and we never will worry about the future.  The world will be better than it’s been in human history; we will be happier and more fulfilled than ever before, and this never will end. 

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