Reactions to President Trump’s Speech Reveals a Divided Country and World

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In my opinion, President Trump made one of the best speeches of his life at the UN. It was incredibly bold, powerful, and brutally true. He held nothing back.  He tore into North Korea as a brutal dictatorship; he at length revealed the evils of Iran; and he denounced the recent overthrow of Venezuela and the present socialist dictatorship.

Many praised Trump’s speech. Benjamin Netanyahu said that he spoke the truth about the great dangers facing our world. Mitt Romney said that he gave a strong and needed challenge to UN members.  But others said that he was shockingly reckless and had dangerous rhetoric. One article I saw called the speech “terrifying” and “delusional.”

So it seems obvious that not all people agree with what President Trump said. In fact, his speech reveals that our country (and the world) is quite divided.  We are divided in many ways, but…

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Continue to Pray for Victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma

 

I want to urge all believers to continue in prayer for the victims of Harvey and Irma. We should pray, first of all, that God would be close to them and that they would trust Him—for He is a Father of mercy and comfort, who will comfort us in all our afflictions. Then, as the scriptures tell us, we who are comforted will be able to comfort others (read 2 Cor. 1:3-4). I’m sure we have seen this already, as many are so thankful to God that they are alive. And they, in thanks, are reaching out to help each other. It is a wonderful thing to see.

 

We must continue to pray for all the victims for encouragement, strength, and unity, as it will take much time and effort to clean up and rebuild. Pray also for all the volunteer workers. Thanks to God for groups like Samaritans Purse, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and many church groups. And pray for all Americans who are able to give of their time and money, that they would do just that. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if so much money would come in to support these Christian groups that the government wouldn’t have to give anything! I really think that’s the way it should be.

 

 

I heard just today that Florida’s agriculture has been severely damaged by all the flooding. This will impact all Americans. Pray that we would not complain about higher prices.

Believers, be encouraged. As we continue to see tragedy all around us, know that “your redemption is drawing near” (Lu. 21:28). So be encouraged; for without encouragement how can we be effective in helping others? Yes we must stay strong in these last days!

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6 Prayer Requests Regarding North Korea

The world has been on edge since North Korea has been rapidly developing and testing it missiles with nuclear capabilities. Something needs to be done.  We  need to pray!  Here are six prayer requests:

1. That North Korea’s Goals will not be realized. North Korea continues to develop and test missiles with nuclear capabilities. It is clear that their goal is to continue developing nukes and to be a nuclear power. According to an article by Sue Mi Terry, Ph.D. at Columbia University Weatherhead East Asian Institute, entitled North Korea’s Strategic Goals and Policy toward the United States and South Korea, North Korea has three goals:

(1) The pursuit of nuclear weapons program in order to gain international acceptance of the North as a bona fide nuclear weapons state; (2) securing a peace treaty in an effort to remove U.S. forces from the Korean Peninsula; and, (3) reunification with South Korea on its own terms. These goals stated here are very brief, but we know that their main goal, being a Communist country is to continue their Communist ideals.

 

2. That North Korean Communist ideals would be abandoned by its people and leaders, because they would no longer be regarded as good and true, but would be seen as very evil. According to the same author as above,

…North Korea is without equal in this world—the unique political system its leaders, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il have built (and one that Kim Jong-un is now continuing) is the sole Communist-Confucian hereditary dynasty and the world’s most cultish, isolated, and nationalistic nation. North Korea has a repressive, totalitarian system that keeps hundreds of thousands of its citizens confined to slave-labor camps while all others are in constant terror by the secret police and informants in their midst. It has the distinction of having gone from an industrialized state in 1945 to one where famine is a constant danger, making this the world’s only industrialized/urbanized peacetime economy that has suffered constant and persistent widespread famine. As perhaps the most militarized society in the world, North Korea possesses the world’s largest military in terms of manpower and defense spending proportional to its population and national income. It also has the most distorted economy in the world, a country that spends billions of dollars in armaments while at the same time watching its people starve. Living standards among the North Koreans citizens are among the lowest in the world (North Korea’s 2012 GDP per capita, based on purchasing power parity, estimated by the Central Intelligence Agency as 197th in the world).1 In short, North Korea is an unparalleled model of failure in contemporary history.

The highest priority of the North Korean state has always been its own survival in the face of what it perceived, and still perceives today, as an extremely hostile security environment, a perception exacerbated by the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union and its client states between 1989 and 1992. The regime also operates according to certain ideological assumptions which have not changed much since 1948. It believes that the North is the true representative of the Korean people, that the government in the South is a puppet regime backed by an antagonistic United States, that the continued U.S. presence on the Peninsula constitutes a severe threat to the very existence of North Korea, that the South Korean people (as opposed to their government) would welcome unity with their Northern brethren and would be much more sympathetic towards the North were it not for the indoctrination by their government and U.S. propaganda, and that, ultimately, the North’s position will prevail because it is morally virtuous and will gain support from the people of the North and South. These principles have led the North to assume that it must have a strong defense at all costs, given American and South Korean hostility; that this defense is not just military but also ideological, that is, the people of North Korea must be protected from any ideological infection of the U.S. or South Korean capitalism; and that continuing tension on the peninsula remains an indispensable means to both keep control of its own population and deal with the North’s enemies in Washington, Seoul, and elsewhere. (bold added for emphasis)

 

In short, please pray that the North Korean people and leader would see that their communist ideals are not morally virtuous, rather that they are evil—as seen by the nations poverty and by the cruel abuse and terror inflicted by its leaders.

 

3. For wisdom. That our leaders and Generals would see the best solutions on how to proceed with North Korea. Let us pray according to James 1:5-6.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

 

4. That all other nations would not support North Korea, but would discontinue all trade with them. Let this be a way of shaming them for their immoral practices. Since China is also Communistic, this may be difficult for them, but we must also pray that China would see that Communism is not the best way—that their system, like North Korea’s, is also very repressive and evil.

5. That the United States and our allies would be given wisdom and know how to stop North Korea from selling weapons to any other nations (like Iran or Pakistan).

 6. If it come to war, that the United States and its allies would know the best options of warfare—so that, (1) North Korea will not have a chance to fire any nuclear weapons; (2) to give us the best chance of not having many casualties; and (3) that we will be able to take out their key leaders, again, without causing unnecessary casualties. Ideally, we want to spare all the dear, abused North Korean people as well as the South Korean people.

 

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What Really Happened in Charlottesville

 

According to what most Americans have heard from the media, almost all the violence should be charged to the evil white supremacist group that came to Charlottesville to spread their racial doctrine. And they are appalled by what President Trump said—that there is blame for the violence on many sides.  Well, to be fair, let’s look at the evidence and make our conclusions based on the facts.

1. The white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville for a rally—and they had a permit. They had permission to hold the rally based on the first amendment. And yes, I oppose what they believe and what they were going to do at the rally. Nevertheless, they should be permitted to speak (without violence against them) as it is everyone’s right.

2. The rally was not a secret. People knew about it and many groups planned to confront it, and to counter protest. Many even planned to engage them. Here are some of the groups that came to counter protest:

  • Ordinary residents of Charlottesville. They came because they wanted to show their disdain for this racial group.
  • A group that called themselves Solidarity Cville. This is a group of activists and clergy members, mostly from Charlottesville, that came together to urge people to show their righteous opposition to white supremacy.

The next three groups we could call “professional anarchists,” many who were hired and paid by George Soros to resist and do violence.

  • A group called antifa, who identify themselves as anti-fascist’s. They came with weapons to physically confront and intimidate the white supremacists.
  • The Redneck Revolt. An anti-racist, anti-capitalist group, who are dedicated to uniting working-class whites and oppressed minorities. This group came to Charlottesville carrying rifles and formed a security perimeter around the counter protesters in Justice Park.
  • Black Lives Matter. This group, as you know, are known for their hatred of the police and for their hateful and taunting speech—a group backed by the Democrats and President Obama.

3. Why didn’t the police stop the violence? Here are a couple different stories. One story is that they were told to stand down because they were outgunned. Another story, according to witnesses, is that the police seemed to side with the counter protesters and so the police were there to insure that the white supremacists were beat up and run out of town! One witness even said that the police were pushing the groups together as to incite violence. It was said that police were allowing Antifa, who were armed with bricks, pepper spray, Molotov cocktails, and tear gas to march throughout the city; they were given full control of the city.

4. Could the Governor have done anything different? Some suggest that none of the violence would have happened if it wasn’t for the actions of the Virginia governor. In fact, some have said that Governor Terry McAuliffe’s ultimate goal was to blame the violence on Trump—that the whole thing was a trap to blame the President.

5. What is Black Lives Matter demanding now? Well they are using this Charlottesville situation to stress the need to ban Confederate flags and tear down statues. According to Newsweek Magazine, the group is saying that,

The fact that the Confederate flag & statues permeate the south is evidence that white supremacy was never overthrown in the United States.

 

6. Was President Trump right or wrong in what he said in regard to Charlottesville? I think he was exactly right. Many sides were to blame for violence. But he didn’t go far enough. I think he should have put most of the blame on the governor for not preventing it.  I also think that he should try to do more to stop any group or individual who tries to destroy and tear down statues.  They are part of our history.

Final thoughts. I understand why most people see the white supremacists as mostly to blame for the violence. What happened to the Jews was terrible. And racism and slavery is terrible. But evil has many sides, and we must deal with it in whatever form it takes. We must come together in love and unity to defeat it.

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins (1 Pt. 4:8).

 

 

Sources:

New York Times:   Who Were the Counterprotesters in Charlottesville?

Newsweek: Black Lives Matter Calls for U.S. To Ban Confederate Symbols After Charlottesville Violence

Quartz: The complete story of what happened in Charlottesville, according to the alt-right

 

 

 

 

 

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What Has President Trump Done In His First 6 Months in Office? 93 Accomplishments!

Many liberal are saying that he has done nothing! They look only at health care, which he can’t really control; a few Republican senator and all Democratic senators are to blame for that.

But despite our lame congress and senate, he has done a lot.

 

Here are 93 accomplishments:

1. Jobs are way up. The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs in July (2017), a second straight month of gains.

2. Unemployment is way down. The unemployment rate dropped to 4.3% matching a 16-year low.

3. Many Federal judges appointed and confirmed. Trump in on a faster pace than Obama or Bush.

4. Appointment of Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court!

5. Continual records set on Wall Street. The Dow Jones has reached an all-time record of 22,000!

6. U.S. stocks have gained approx. $3.7 Trillion in value since Election Day. Analysts predict the market and economy will continue to grow, as Trump plans to deregulate Wall Street.

7. Illegal border crossing are way down.

8-48. Trump has signed 41 executive orders.

 

  1. Executive Order on January 20, 2017. Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal
  2. Executive Order on January 24, 2017. Executive Order Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects
  3. Executive Order on January 25, 2017. Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
  4. Executive Order on January 25, 2017. Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements
  5. Executive Order on January 27, 2017. EXECUTIVE ORDER: PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES
  6. Executive Order on January 28, 2017. Executive Order: ETHICS COMMITMENTS BY EXECUTIVE BRANCH APPOINTEES
  7. Executive Order on January 30, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs
  8. Executive Order on February 03, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System
  9. Executive Order on February 09, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on a Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety
  10. Executive Order on February 09, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking
  11. Executive Order on February 09, 2017. Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice
  12. Executive Order on February 24, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda
  13. Executive Order on February 28, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States” Rule
  14. Executive Order on February 28, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on The White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  15. Executive Order on March 06, 2017. Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States
  16. Executive Order on March 13, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch
  17. Executive Order on March 27, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on the Revocation of Federal Contracting Executive Orders
  18. Executive Order on March 28, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth
  19. Executive Order on March 29, 2017. Presidential Executive Order Establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis
  20. Executive Order on March 31, 2017. Presidential Executive Order Regarding the Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits
  21. Executive Order on March 31, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice
  22. Executive Order on March 31, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Establishing Enhanced Collection and Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties and Violations of Trade and Customs Laws
  23. Executive Order on April 18, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American
  24. Executive Order on April 21, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens
  25. Executive Order on April 25, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America
  26. Executive Order on April 26, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act
  27. Executive Order on April 26, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing Statutory Prohibitions on Federal Control of Education
  28. Executive Order on April 27, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs
  29. Executive Order on April 28, 2017. Presidential Executive Order Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy
  30. Executive Order on April 29, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Establishment of Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy
  31. Executive Order on April 29, 2017. Presidential Executive Order Addressing Trade Agreement Violations and Abuses
  32. Executive Order on May 01, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on the Establishment of the American Technology Council
  33. Executive Order on May 04, 2017. Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty
  34. Executive Order on May 11, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure
  35. Executive Order on May 11, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on the Establishment of Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
  36. Executive Order on June 15, 2017. Presidential Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America
  37. Executive Order on June 21, 2017. Presidential Executive Order Amending Executive Order 13597
  38. Executive Order on June 30, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Reviving the National Space Council
  39. Executive Order on July 11, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Allowing Additional Time for Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Amending Executive Order 13761
  40. Executive Order on July 19, 2017. Presidential Executive Order Establishing a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure
  41. Executive Order on July 21, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States

 

49-92. As of August 4th, Trump has signed into law 44 pieces of Legislation, including the authorization of the Keystone pipeline; a bill extending the veterans choice program; he signed a measure imposing a 5-year ban on lobbying the Government by former White House Officials.

  1. Trump created a Task Force on crime reduction and public safety.

 

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Weekly Bible Studies In the White House

I was so encouraged to hear the news—that there has been weekly Bible studies in the White House, in which twelve cabinet members (most of them) have been attending.

Some on the left are probably enraged at this, believing that there should be total separation of church and state.

But that will not be true for this white House. God is clearly welcome. In fact, President Trump encourages the Bible Studies, and though he hasn’t attended, he is getting the Bible Study notes.

Similarly, it is reported that Donald Trump has a lot of peace, especially when he is around evangelicals.

What great news this is to me (and to many Christians) as I (and we) have been praying for this President and for the country!

Though our enemies are raging, God is on His throne and His people are asking Him to do a mighty work—in the President, in our country, and for many people in the world.

 

Psalm 2

Why are the nations in an uproar,

And the peoples devising a vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth take their stand,

And the rulers take counsel together

Against the Lord and against His

Anointed:

3 “Let us tear their fetters apart,

And cast away their cords from us!”

 

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,

The Lord scoffs at them.

5 Then He will speak to them in His anger

And terrify them in His fury:

6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King

Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

 

7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:

He said to Me, ‘Thou art My Son,

Today I have begotten Thee.

8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Thine inheritance,

And the very ends of the earth as Thy possession.

9 ‘Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron,

Thou shalt shatter them like earthenware.'”

 

10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;

Take warning, O judges of the earth.

11 Worship the Lord with reverence,

And rejoice with trembling.

12 Do homage to the Son, lest He become angry, and you perish in the way,

For His wrath may soon be kindled.

How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

 

Please continue to pray for President Trump, His cabinet, and for this government, that they would be able to do many wonderful and great works, in spite of many enemies that are constantly critical. And let God be praised for all that is done.

 

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Pray for the President: for Encouragement, Humility, and Wisdom

All eyes and ears are on the President lately, to see what he will tweet next, or what he will say in a speech or briefing.

Some, perhaps many, are waiting for him to fail and be impeached. But many are also quietly rooting for him and praying for him to act with wisdom and humility.

In regard to what the President has publically tweeted about AG Sessions, all are waiting to see what will happen—whether Sessions will eventually resign, whether Trump will fire him, or whether, hopefully, they will work things out.

Much prayer is needed at this time for our President.

  1. Pray that God will speak to him, touch him, and encourage him.
  2. Pray that he would trust the Lord and humble himself. That he would seek God in every decision he is faced with.
  3. That he would listen to wise counselors. Proverbs 11:14 says,

 

Where there is no guidance, the people fall,

But in the abundance of counselors there is victory.

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Pray for Hopefulness In Light Of Recent Failure of Healthcare Bill

There is always a reason to hope, even in failure. In fact, sometimes our greatest victories and achievements will grow out of failures.  Please let us pray that we all, especially our leaders, will not despair over this latest failure.  Pray that good will come out of it, that we will eventually, in God’s timing, see a great healthcare bill.

We should also pray for other things going on:

Pray for those the President will nominate for key administration posts, CLICK HERE. Pray that they will do their jobs well and in unity with the President’s goals.

Pray for the hearings going on related to the unmasking’s by Susan Rice, that the truth would be revealed.

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Persistent Prayer Requested for America: 9 Prayer Requests

Oh, there is so many things believers need to keep praying about concerning President Trump and America. Here is a list of nine prayer requests:

1. Keep praying for Congressman Steve Scalise, that his body would continue to fight off infection, and that the Lord would give him a full recovery.

2. Pray for America’s relationship with all other countries. Pray especially for how President Trump and Secretary Tillerson communicates with country leaders, that they would show leadership with wisdom.

3. Russia: pray for how America deals with Russia, that we would be strong yet wise.

4. North Korea: pray for how America deals with North Korea; that we would know what to do. Pray also that we would know how to interact with surrounding countries, especially China.

5. Trade: Pray that we (America) would be wise in all our trade deals.

6. Health care: Pray that our leaders will come up with a good health care bill. Help them all to be able to see things clearly and to see the best plan going forward.

7. Pray that our leaders would come up with a good tax plan that would be good for businesses as well as individuals.

8. Pray for our nation’s spending, to have good and wise plans for how we spend our money and invest in our nation’s future—for roads, bridges, flight plans, the wall, etc.

9. Pray that President Trump and all our nation’s leaders will know how to endure negative attacks from those that disagree with them. Pray that God will give them strong armor. And pray that they will not be discouraged and know how to respond to, or endure, the attacks.

 

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chron. 7:14).

 

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Punishment for Sanctuary City Criminals Is the Best Thing for Them

 

It is absolutely wrong for Governors and Mayors to provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants, especially for those who have committed crimes. They are doing them no favors by harboring them; for it is God’s will that they receive whatever punishment is due them under the law.

Nahum 1:3 says, “The Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.”

Yes, God in His justice will punish the guilty, if not now then later. But He desires that it be as soon as possible. That is why He has appointed our earthly governing authorities to execute the punishment (His punishment) of criminals. Thus we all are to be subject to our governing authorities as to God (Rom. 13:1-4).

Now the reason I am suggesting that it is the best thing for those who have committed crimes to receive their punishment as soon as possible, is because, first of all, it is God’s will. And whatever is His will is best—even though we may not understand. But beyond that, though we all know that all punishment is painful, if there is an acknowledgment of sin, God will bring peace and cleaning to the heart (1 Jn. 1:9).

Those governors and Mayors who think they are doing illegal immigrants a favor by harboring them in sanctuary cities are dead wrong. The best thing they can do for them is to hand them over to the Federal authorities—ICE, where they will receive the opportunity to correct whatever wrong they have committed.

We need to pray for our authorities to do what is right and to be wise.

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