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Sunday Devotional: The call of God is irrevocable

Matthew 15:21-28

At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 
And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out,
“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! 
My daughter is tormented by a demon.” 
But Jesus did not say a word in answer to her. 
Jesus’ disciples came and asked him,
“Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.”
He said in reply,
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But the woman came and did Jesus homage, saying, “Lord, help me.” 
He said in reply,
“It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.” 
She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps
that fall from the table of their masters.” 
Then Jesus said to her in reply,
“O woman, great is your faith! 
Let it be done for you as you wish.” 
And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.

As the above passage from Matthew 15 indicates, Jesus told the Caananite woman — a Gentile — that He was sent only to Israelites, i.e., Jews, not Gentiles. But Jesus was moved and persuaded by the woman’s faith in Him, and so He granted her request and exorcised the demon from her daughter.

That is one of the great mysteries of humankind — why Jews not only rejected Jesus the Christ, despite the many foretellings of His coming in the Torah, the Hebrew Bible and Christianity’s Old Testament, their leaders actually demanded that He be put to death, although Jesus had committed no crime. Not just put to death, but executed by the cruelest method that the Romans reserved for the worst criminals — crucifixion.

All of which raises the question of why most Jews, then and now, refuse to believe that Jesus is who He said He is.

Among the reasons why they don’t, according to the article “Why Don’t Jews Believe In Jesus?,” are:

  • The Jewish Messiah must be descended on his father’s side from King David, but Jesus was not because Christians say he was the product of a virgin birth and therefore had no father. (Hmm, does that mean Jesus is not Jewish?)
  • Jews don’t believe in miracles: “Even if the individual claiming personal revelation performs miracles [as Jesus did], there is still no verification that he is a genuine prophet. Miracles do not prove anything. All they show—assuming they are genuine—is that he has certain powers. It has nothing to do with his claim of prophecy. Judaism, unique among all of the world’s major religions, does not rely on ‘claims of miracles’ as the basis for its religion. In fact, the Bible says that God sometimes grants the power of ‘miracles’ to charlatans….” (Hmm, but don’t Jews believe in the miracles of  Moses parting the Red Sea, and the manna from Heaven during the time Moses led Jews wandering in the desert?)

Now you see why the Talmud, the collection of the sayings and writings of rabbis regarded as superior even to the Torah, calls Jesus a “bastard,” “fool” and “charlatan,” His mother Mary a “whore,” and Christians “idolators” and less than human. (See Rev. I. B. Pranaitis, The Talmud Unmasked: The Secret Rabbinical Teachings Concerning Christians; first published in St. Petersburg in 1892.; and “Truth About the Talmud“.)

Jews really should heed this:

But the rejection by Jews turns out to be to our benefit. As St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, said in Romans 11:11-12, 15, 19-20, 23, 28-29:

But through their transgression
salvation has come to the Gentiles…

their transgression is enrichment for the world…
their rejection is the reconciliation of the world….
Indeed you will say, “Branches were broken off
so that I might be grafted in.”
That is so.
They were broken off because of unbelief,
but you are there because of faith.
So do not become haughty, but stand in awe….
And they also, if they do not remain in unbelief,
will be grafted in,
for God is able to graft them in again….
In respect to the gospel, they are enemies on your account;
but in respect to election,
they are beloved because of the patriarchs.
For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.

So if you hear His call, do not harden your heart.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Elite vampirism: Dead at 97, media mogul Sumner Redstone thought he would live forever by drinking a ‘certain wine’

Sumner Redstone, born in 1923, was a media mogul who was the majority owner and chairman of the board of the National Amusements theater chain, and the former executive chairman of CBS and Viacom.

A longtime Democrat supporter and donor, On August 11, 2020, Redstone died yesterday, August 11, at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 97.

Reporting for Fox Business, anchor Maria Bartiromo said:

“Media mogul Sumner Redstone died yesterday. The industry giant was 97 years old. He built Viacom, CBS and Paramount Pictures. I’ve had many interviews with him over the years, and he would always tell me that he drank this certain wine and he would get to stay alive forever. 

“This certain wine” — adrenochrome or young blood?

See also:

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Young Israeli Jewish woman finds Jesus Christ

Suzie, an Israeli Jew, was incensed that her two sisters converted to Christianity. So, to refute them, she read the New Testament, but was shocked to discover that all her life, she had been told lies about the Bible and about Jesus.

So she asked God for guidance, and she received it. She now is a Christian and movingly speaks of loving Jesus the Messiah.

H/t From Rome

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: I am the gate

John 10:7-10

So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
I am the gate for the sheep.
All who came before me are thieves and robbers,
but the sheep did not listen to them.
I am the gate.
Whoever enters through me will be saved,
and will come in and go out and find pasture.
A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy;
I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

In John 10:7-10 and in John 14:6, Jesus made clear that He is “the gate” and “the way” to the Father:

“No one comes to the Father except through me.”

In so doing, Jesus made clear not only His divinity, but also drew a clear line of demarcation from Judaism — that the church He founded is the one true Church, whereas rabbis and leaders of other religions are false shepherds (“thief” and “robber”) who can only lead the people (“sheep”) astray.

As recounted in John 10:1-6, an astonishing passage in its boldness and implications:

Jesus said:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate
but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber.
But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice,
as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has driven out all his own,
he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him,
because they recognize his voice.
But they will not follow a stranger;
they will run away from him,
because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”
Although Jesus used this figure of speech,
the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them.

And this is precisely why although Jesus, in the words of 1 Peter 2:22, “committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth,” and although Pontius Pilate had found Jesus not guilty, the Pharisees and other Jewish leaders insisted that Jesus be put to death by the Romans’ most extreme form of execution, reserved only for the worst criminals (John 19: 6-7):

“Crucify him! Crucify him!
…because he called himself the Son of God.”

1 Peter 2:23-25

When he was insulted, he returned no insult;
when he suffered, he did not threaten;
instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly.
He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross,
so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness.
By his wounds you have been healed.
For you had gone astray like sheep,
but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Like Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein also had deformed genitalia — tiny egg-shaped penis

During the recent trial of now-convicted Harvey Weinstein, 67, more than one of his victims testified that the former Hollywood producer-mogul had deformed genitalia — that he appeared to be an intersex hermophrodite with a vagina, a penis that required injections to maintain an erection, but no testicles.

See “Actress raped by Harvey Weinstein testifies he smelled no poop, had no testicles but had a vagina

Although this news is old, I only just discovered that another (((Khazar))) sex-abuser, the Arkancided Jeffrey Epstein, 66, also had a deformed penis.

Weinstein and Epstein were friends for years. Belows is a pic of the two rapists/sex abusers at the 2006 18th birthday bash of Prince Andrew’s daughter, Princess Beatrice, at Windsor Castle, England. I don’t know why Epstein was wearing a U.S. Navy Seals uniform; he had never served in the military.

During a September 2016 deposition that lasted only two minutes, the prosecutor asked Epstein:

“Is it true, sir, that you have what’s been described as an egg-shaped penis?”

Epstein refused to answer, while his attorney objected to the question and threatened to immediately end (“adjourn”) the deposition.

Undeterred, the prosecutor repeated his question:

“Sir, according to the police department’s probable cause affidavit, one witness described your penis as oval-shaped, and claimed when erect, it was thick towards to bottom but was thin and small towards the head portion, and called it egg-shaped. Those are not my words, I apologize, but as Mr. [inaudible] has stated that a….”

At this point, Epstein snatched the clip-on microphone off his shirt and left the deposition.

For his book, Filthy Rich: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein, best-selling crime-fiction writer James Patterson partnered with ex-cop John Connolly and interviewed many people, including families of Epstein’s victims and law enforcement officers.

In an account of the book, Brandy Zadrozny of the Daily Beast writes:

Epstein between the years 1998 and 2007 ran a kind of depraved pyramid scheme, paying young girls $200 (or more if they would “do more”) to give him sexual massages, and recruiting them to bring other young girls into the fold. These messages—which would occur up to three times a day, with different girls each time—were just a way to get high-school girls through the door, however. Once inside his room, a naked Epstein would grab them, masturbate, and sometimes penetrate them with his fingers, a vibrator, or his oddly-shaped penis, according to the girls.

Strangely, Epstein’s penis is the rare instance where the book is large on details. Lingering on his anatomy in several sections—calling it “egg-shaped,” “very tiny,” “some sort of birth defect,” “like a teardrop, like a drop of water … really fat at the bottom and skinny at the top where it’s attached. And it never gets fully hard, ever.”

~Eowyn

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Michael Bloomberg: elderly cancer patients should be denied treatment to cut costs

What is it about Democrats being heartless and pro-death?

Not only is every one of the 2020 Democrat presidential candidates pro-abort up to and even after delivery, Bernie Sanders the socialist is also pro-euthanasia.

See “Why you should be concerned that the largest U.S. nursing association endorses socialist pro-euthanasia Bernie Sanders for President”.

Now comes news that 78-year-old billionaire Michael Bloomberg, the 12th richest person in the world with a net worth of $64 billion, said elderly cancer patients should be denied treatment in order to cut health care costs.

LifeNews reports, Feb. 18, 2020, that in 2011 while visiting a grieving family whose brother had died after reportedly waiting 73 hours in an emergency room, then-New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said:

“All of these costs keep going up, nobody wants to pay any more money, and at the rate we’re going, health care is going to bankrupt us. We’ve got to sit here and say which things we’re going to do, and which things we’re not, nobody wants to do that. Y’know, if you show up with prostate cancer, you’re 95 years old, we should say, ‘Go and enjoy. Have a nice [inaudible]. Live a long life. There’s no cure, and we can’t do anything.’ If you’re a young person, we should do something about it. Society’s not ready to do that yet.” 

Here’s the video:

Hey, Bloomberg:

So who should have the authority to determine and what age should be the cutting point for denying medical treatment to an elderly cancer patient? 95? 90? 85? 80?

How about 78, your age?

See also “Bloomberg Bloomies: Elitist racist Democrat billionaire Michael Bloomberg wants to be your nanny

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Bloomberg Bloomies: Elitist racist Democrat billionaire Michael Bloomberg wants to be your nanny

Bloomy (adj.): covered with fruit; fruity.

Michael Bloomberg, 78, the 12th richest person in the world with a net worth of $64 billion, is spending $millions in his quest to be the Democrat Party’s 2020 presidential nominee.

But Bloomberg is an elitist who has only contempt for the “little people”. Here’s the damning evidence:

(1) Contempt for American farmers:

In 2018, there were 2,029,200 farms in the United States, with farmers numbering in the millions, making them a significant voting bloc. But America’s elites, who cluster in coastal, metropolitan regions and in IT jobs, have only contempt for America’s farmers who feed and nourish us.

Their contempt is epitomized in their portrayal of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) –who was a farmer before he became a Congressman, with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and a master’s degree in agriculture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo — as stupid and ignorant because he’s a farmer. Here are two examples (source: Victor Davis Hanson, The Case for Trump, p. 50):

  • MSNBC analyst Elise Jordan asked why Republicans invest confidence in Devin Nunes, “a former dairy farmer who…has no idea what’s going on.”
  • Roll Call‘s David Hawkings said: “The mismatch between his [Nunes’] backstory and his prominence [as then-House Intelligence Committee chairman] seems wholly incongruous and helps underscore the perception that Nunes is cavalierly playing at a very high-stakes game while in way over his head.”

See also Elites’ contempt for America’s white middle class

Being the elitist that he is, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, too, portrayed farmers as stupid, lacking in “grey matter”. In a recently-surfaced 2016 video, Bloomberg said:

“The agrarian society lasted three thousand years, and we can teach processes. I can teach anybody…to be a farmer! It’s a process: you dig a hole, you put a seed in it, put dirt on top, add water, and out comes a corn. The information economy is fundamentally different, you have to a different skill-set, you have to have a lot more grey matter.”

(2) Racist:

In a 2011 PBS interview, then-NYC Mayor Bloomberg made remarks about blacks and Latinos which, if said by President Trump or a non-Democrat, would be trounced on as “Racist!” by the Left and their complicit media. Bloomberg said:

“Blacks and Latinos score terribly in school testing compared to whites and Asians. If you look at our jails, it’s predominantly minorities. Virtually all [perpetrators and victims of crime were minorities.] But, nevertheless, there’s this enormous cohort of black and Latino males aged, let’s say, 16 to 25 that don’t have jobs, don’t have any prospects, don’t know how to find jobs, don’t know that the — what their skill sets are, don’t know how to behave in the workplace, where they have to work collaboratively and collectively.”

(3) Hypocrite Nanny Bloomberg:

When he was nanny-mayor of New York, Bloomberg sought to ban — among many, many other bans — the sale of soda drinks larger than 16 ounces.

 

But for Michael Bloomberg — so typical of elitists — it’s always “Do as I say, not as I do”.

A case in point: Bloomberg is strongly pro-gun control, so much so that he founded the non-profit Everytown for Gun Safety to advocate and push for gun control, and match the National Rifle Association (NRA) in political influence. But like other pro-gun control elites, Bloomberg enjoys the protection of 17 armed personal security guards. He just doesn’t want you to have the same protection.

~Eowyn

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Bernie Madoff, who defrauded investors of $6.5 billion, wants early release from prison because he’s dying

Bernard “Bernie” Madoff, 81, is the former investment advisor and financier currently serving a 150-year federal prison sentence — the maximum allowed — for the largest Ponzi scheme in world history, and the largest financial fraud in U.S. history, totaling $64.8 billion.

U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin, who sentenced Madoff, said that Madoff had not been forthcoming about his crimes — “I have a sense Mr. Madoff has not done all that he could do or told all that he knows.” The judge called the fraud “extraordinarily evil”, “unprecedented”, “staggering” and “off the charts” since federal sentencing guidelines for fraud only go up to $400 million in losses.

Judge Chin said more than 100 victims had written letters to him. One letter  from a widow said she went to see Madoff two weeks after the death of her husband, who had invested their life savings with Madoff. Putting his arm around the widow, Madoff said, “Your money is safe with me.” (Wall Street Journal)

In a new legal filing in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Wednesday, February 5, claiming that he is dying from kidney disease and has “less than 18 months to live,” Madoff is seeking an early release from prison on compassionate grounds so that he can die at home.

Dan Mangan reports for CNBC that Madoff told The Washington Post: “I’m terminally ill. There’s no cure for my type of disease. So, you know, I’ve served. I’ve served 11 years already, and, quite frankly, I’ve suffered through it.”

In the legal filing, Madoff’s lawyer Brandon Sample said that a prison term that was “just and proportionate at the time of sentencing may become disproportionately severe based on changed circumstances, such as terminal illness. This Court must now consider whether keeping Madoff incarcerated, in light of his terminal kidney failure and a life expectancy of less than 18 months, is truly in furtherance of statutory sentencing goals and our society’s value and understanding of compassion.”

His attorney Brandon Sample told CNBC: “Mr. Madoff has terminal kidney disease. The federal prison system acknowledges that he has only months left to live. The compassionate release statute is precisely for situations like Mr. Madoff’s. Mr. Madoff has been punished significantly for his crimes. He has been in prison for over 10 years and holds deep remorse for his conduct. He should be allowed to spend the few remaining moments he has on this earth with the people who — despite his mistakes — still love and care for him.”

Although the U.S. Bureau of Prisons says Madoff “meets the criteria for a reduction of sentence based on his end-stage renal disease,” the government has denied his request for compassionate release. However, he has been moved to palliative care in the Federal Medical Center prison in Butner, N.C.

Last July, Madoff asked President Trump to reduce his sentence.

To date, the Madoff Trustee has recovered more than $14.3 billion for Madoff’s victims, or more than 75 cents for ever dollar of claims filed by victims of the scam.

Among the lives ruined by Bernie Madoff were those of his two sons, who died in the years after Bernie pleaded guilty to 11 crimes. Mark Madoff killed himself in December 2010 on the second anniversary of his father’s arrest; the other son, Andrew, died in 2014 from cancer.

Peter Chavkin, a lawyer for Madoff’s wife, Ruth Madoff, declined to comment. As dif the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which prosecuted Madoff, and the Madoff Trustee, who is responsible for recovering funds for victims of his Ponzi scheme.

Should Bernie Madoff get a compassionate early release from prison?

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~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: Simeon and Anna recognized the child Jesus as Christ

Malachi 3:1

Thus says the Lord GOD:
Lo, I am sending my messenger
to prepare the way before me;
And suddenly there will come to the temple
the LORD whom you seek,
And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.
Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.

Luke 2:22, 25-38

When the days were completed for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord….
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout,
awaiting the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death
before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go
in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined
for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
–and you yourself a sword will pierce–
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
There was also a prophetess, Anna,
the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
She was advanced in years,
having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She never left the temple,
but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time,
she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

The above passage from Malachi 3 is only one of many foretellings of the coming of Jesus Christ in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), the textual source for the Christian Old Testament.

Some of the other foretellings are:

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Jeremiah 23:5

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

Micah 5:2

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Numbers 24:17

there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

Psalm 22:1, 16, 18

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

they pierced my hands and my feet.

Zechariah 9:9

behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Zechariah 11:12

So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

All of which raises the question of why most Jews, then and now, refuse to believe that Jesus is Messiah, unlike, as Luke 2 recounted, Simeon and Anna the prophetess in the Temple who immediately recognized the child Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Among the reasons why they don’t, according to the article “Why Don’t Jews Believe In Jesus?,” are:

  • The Jewish Messiah must be descended on his father’s side from King David, but Jesus was not because Christians say he was the product of a virgin birth and therefore had no father, which would mean Jesus was not descended from David.
  • Jews don’t believe in miracles: “Even if the individual claiming personal revelation performs miracles [as Jesus did], there is still no verification that he is a genuine prophet. Miracles do not prove anything. All they show—assuming they are genuine—is that he has certain powers. It has nothing to do with his claim of prophecy. Judaism, unique among all of the world’s major religions, does not rely on ‘claims of miracles’ as the basis for its religion. In fact, the Bible says that God sometimes grants the power of ‘miracles’ to charlatans….”

Now you see why the Talmud, the collection of the sayings and writings of rabbis regarded as superior even to the Torah — the first five books (Pentateuch or five books of Moses) of the 24 books of the Hebrew Bible– calls Jesus a “bastard,” “fool” and “charlatan”; His mother Mary a “whore”; and Christians “idolators” and less than human. (See Rev. I. B. Pranaitis, The Talmud Unmasked: The Secret Rabbinical Teachings Concerning Christians; and “Truth About the Talmud“.)

Zechariah 7:12

They made their hearts like flint so that they could not hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prohpets

In his 1991 essay in First Things, “When Jews Are Christians,” David Novak, a Jew, explains that there are three types of Jewish converts to Christianity:

  1. Fake converts: “Secret Jews” who converted to Christianity not out of a genuine belief, but for self-interested opportunistic reasons — to escape persecution (as during the Inquisition), or for social and/or economic gain.
  2. Genuine converts: Jews who sincerely believe Christianity is the true faith, and no longer think of themselves as Jews.
  3. Jewish Christians, aka Messianic Jews: Novak identifies this group as a new kind of Jewish converts to Christianity who believe in Christ but claim to be Jews and practice Judaism, insisting they are practicing the true Judaism. The State of Israel rejects these Jewish Christians or Messianic Jews as Jews. In 1989, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled against two Jewish Christians, Jerry and Shirley Beresford, who petitioned for Israeli citizenship as Jews under the Law of Return, which guarantees immediate Israeli citizenship to every Jew. The Court rejected their petition on the grounds that the Law of Return specifically precludes any Jew who has affiliated with another, non-Jewish, religious community, never mind the fact that the Law of Return is applied to Jewish atheists although atheism, arguably, is a form of religion.

Novak takes a different position than the Israeli Supreme Court. Claiming to speak for “normative Judaism,” Novak maintains Jewish Christians are still Jews because:

“Jewish status is defined by the divine election of Israel and his descendants. One does not become a Jew by one’s own volition. Even in the case of converts to Judaism . . . [a] gentile’s choice to become a Jew is a necessary but not sufficient condition of conversion . . . the convert’s choice is not sufficient to make him or her a Jew: it only makes one a candidate for conversion. The actual conversion itself is the act of an authoritative Jewish Tribunal who . . . [l]ike God . . . is under no compulsion to elect, which is to say convert, anyone. Since Jews are elected by God, there is absolutely nothing any Jew can do to remove himself or herself from the Covenant.”

All of that only works if the Jews of today are actually biological descendants of the ancient Hebrews with whom God had made His covenant. The problem is there is compelling DNA evidence that Ashkenazi Jews, who comprise 90% of the world’s (and U.S.) Jews, are biological descendants of the Khazars, an amalgam of Turkic clans that settled the Caucasus in the early centuries CE and converted to Judaism in the 8th century. See:

Revelation 2:9

I know the blasphemy of them
which say they are Jews, and are not,
but are the synagogue of Satan.

Remember to tell the Triune Godhead you love Him with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength, and may the love and peace of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Pentagon bans Bible verses on dog tags, while Pres. Trump upholds right to pray in public schools

No Bible Verses on Soldiers’ Dog Tags

The Pentagon caved in to (((Mikey Weinstein))) of the atheistic Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) again.

Caleb Parke reports for Fox News, Dec. 3, 2019, that for the past 20 years, U.S. military members have been able to wear dog tags with Bible verses on them, giving them light and hope in some of their darkest times. For some Gold Star families, this is one of their most cherished possessions to remember their loved one who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Founded by Kenny Vaughan in 1998, Shields of Strength is a Texas-based company that makes Christian jewelry, beginning with a dog-tag with a Bible scripture which Vaughan had made for himself. The company now makes dog-tags with Bible verses for military members and their family, as well as other Christian-theme jewelry and apparel.

After Fox News reported on Shields of Strength last July, Weinstein complained to the Department of Defense (DOD), demanding the DOD ban the Bible verses dog-tags. “Soon after,” each military branch pulled or threatened to pull the trademark licenses that had been issued to Kenny Vaughan from Shields of Strength.

Berry, a Marine Corps combat veteran who served in Afghanistan, told Fox News: “Just when I didn’t think Mikey Weinstein could stoop any lower, he pulled a stunt like that. He’d rather take it away from them just to raise his own publicity than support our service members … that’s pretty cowardly and that’s cruel.”

Vaughan said he’s seen soldiers, who have to leave their Bible behind, carry their Shields of Strength dog-tags with them; oftentimes, the soldiers would stand in line for hours just to get one: “The love of Jesus changed my life forever. It’s the most valuable thing I have to offer anyone is God’s Word. No one needs it more than a young man or woman fighting for our freedom and we’re going to fight for them.”

An acquaintance of mine who’s a Constitutional Law attorney, says:

“While I would absolutely oppose the military issuing such tags (even with a request from the servicemember) it is outrageous that servicemembers can’t voluntarily inscribe their own tags. From a legal point of view, if the military allows any inscriptions at all (like “I Love Mom”) then banning religious ones is content discrimination. That triggers strict (constitutional) scrutiny.”

Prayer in School

Meanwhile, on January 16, 2020, President Trump followed through on his promise to the Evangelicals for Trump rally in Miami on January 3 to “safeguard students’ and teachers’ First Amendment rights to pray in our schools” through a directive from the Department of Education.

As reported by the AP and Christianity Today, the Department of Education issued a guidance on school prayer, the first updated guidance since 2003. The directive orders states to verify that school districts have no policies limiting constitutionally protected prayer, refer violators to the Education Department, and provide ways for making complaints against schools.

From the Department of Education’s press release of January 16, 2020:

[F]or the first time since 2003, the Department will …issue today updated guidance on constitutionally protected prayer in public elementary and secondary schools. The Department is required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, to update this guidance every two years. The guidance explains the ESEA’s requirement that states report which local educational agencies have not certified that they do not have any policy that prevents, or otherwise denies participation in, constitutionally protected prayer. The ESEA also requires states to report complaints against a local educational agency that allegedly denies a person, including a student or employee, the right to engage in constitutionally protected prayer. The guidance clarifies that the ESEA requires states to provide a clear process for students, parents, and teachers to report violations of their right to pray. Under the ESEA, states must fulfill these reporting requirements by November 1 of each year.

Christianity Today reminds us that public schools have been barred from leading students in classroom prayer since 1962, when the Supreme Court said it violated a First Amendment clause forbidding the establishment of a government religion. Later decisions extended the ban to school graduation ceremonies and, under certain circumstances, school athletic games.

Civil liberties groups say the firewall protects religious minorities and ensures fair treatment of all faiths. But many Christians say courts and schools have pushed too far against the right to free religious expression. Surveys find that Americans remain largely in favor of prayer in public schools:

  • According to General Social Survey data analyzed by political scientist Ryan Burge, just 20–35% of Christians support a ban against requiring reading the Lord’s Prayer or the Bible in public schools, and the religiously unaffiliated are evenly divided on the question.
  • A 2019 Pew Research Center survey found 41% of teens in public schools, including 68% of evangelicals, said they view teacher-led prayer in class as appropriate. A majority of teens in general (82%) and evangelical teens (64%) say there are no religious support or prayer groups that meet in their school.

South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem, 48, is also fighting back against the Left’s tyranny.

In March 2019, Noem signed a law requiring every public school throughout the state to display an “In God We Trust” sign on their premises beginning in the fall semester. The law went into effect last July. (H/t Tom Wigand)

~Eowyn

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