How Can We Come Close To God?

May 26, 2020 hephzibahgarden

Honestly speaking, the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32 is surely a replica of our own lives; referring to the times we had gone away from Jesus, did our own will and lost everything we once had! This parable narrated by Jesus Himself is quite thought provoking and very much applicable, even till date! The story is about the return of the Lost Son to his dad, a boy who took all his wealth and went away to a far country. There he wasted his wealth with riotous living and became miserable; until one day he decided to COME BACK TO HIS DAD!! ❤️

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you… James‬ 4:8

Well, the verse itself specifies clearly that when we take that one step of Faith and draw nigh to God; He will come running to us like this dear dad! Let me take you to the 5 ways how we can draw close to God.

  • By the Blood of Jesus – But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Ephesians‬ ‭2:13‬. We have redemption through the blood of Jesus, even the forgiveness of sins. And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. Colossians‬ ‭1:20‬. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.
  • By Him – Jesus lives to make intercession for us. Therefore all those who come to God by Him, He is able to save them to the uttermostLets therefore run this race patiently, looking into Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John‬ ‭14:6.
  • By faith of Him – Refers to the faith of the Son of God. We must NOT have little faith, nor worry, or fear, or doubt, or reason among ourselves seeing the circumstances that arise against us. Jesus overcame the world promised us that we can also overcome the world through Him. Let’s believe and press forward. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
  • Access by His Spirit – For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Ephesians 2:18. The Lord has poured His love into our hearts through the Anointing of the Holy Spirit. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 1 John 2:27
  • By Hope – Hope on God, never puts a person to shame. All those who put their trust on God are made steadfast and immovable by Him. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. Hebrews 7:19.

Be blessed 💕


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VIDEO Responding To The Riots – Color, Communism, and Common Sense


This isn’t a rant. It’s just a few thoughts I (Jason) jotted down on Facebook this morning as I tried to make sense of the craziness I saw in the streets of America last night.

This also isn’t about how broken I felt for George Floyd and his family. I posted my thoughts on that the day after he died. I still can’t stop thinking about how he called for his momma moments before he passed. Gut-wrenching. So if you wanna un-friend me because I’m writing about the riots please be my guest. But read my last paragraph before you go.

My brain can’t handle all the big words and articulate arguments I see on TV, so I have to boil things down very simply before I can understand stuff.

What I saw in the streets last night was not just a clash between angry people and the police – it was a clash of worldviews. What I know from studying history is that the only way one worldview can overthrow another is for two things to happen:

1. History must be rewritten
2. Words must be redefined

Neither of these are good, but they are strategies used in effort to topple truth throughout the centuries.

Socrates said, “If you wish to converse with me, define your terms.”

If he were alive today, his response to these riots would first require us to define some terms. So I’m gonna give this a stab.

Emotion is an impulse to act.
Anger is an emotion with a purpose.
Anger’s purpose is to see that justice is done.

Justice means “to make right.”

You cannot have justice without first defining what is “right.”
You can’t define what’s right w/out a basis for truth.

Today, we see people fighting for “justice” who have different definitions of what’s “right” because they don’t agree on the standard of truth.

One side says, “Truth is what I want it to be.”

The other side says, “Truth is defined by a higher power (God).”

Separating the two schools of thought is one very important word – ACCOUNTABILITY.

For those in the first camp, they’re accountable to themselves to help themselves….to whatever they want.

For those in the second camp, they’re accountable to God to help others.

Problem – so many people today were taught that truth is relative (there’s no real right or wrong). But when they live out this worldview on the streets they seek for justice by destroying things. This, in their minds, will make “right” what happened to George Floyd.

But for there to be true, lasting change – the kind of change we’d all like to see – we have to first agree on the standard of truth (God), let Him define for us what is right, and operate our lives by His power so we can control our emotions.

Then, when something evil happens – like what happened to George Floyd – our anger will cause us to RESPOND in love with a heart of compassion rather than REACT in hate with a heart of destruction. This compassion will move us to action so we can help the people who are being mistreated.

This was lived out in the 60’s when you saw the difference between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Both men were just as angry and emotional about the racial inequities in culture, but their responses were vastly different. Why? Because they had different standards of truth.

MLK held a Bible. MX held a Quran.

I’ll let you guess which one’s worldview was better. If you’re not sure, it’s the one who has streets all over the country and a Holiday named after him.

We can make things right. But it will require us to first do business with God. As Dr. Tony Evans posted, “This is a time for a national reset…based on a spiritual foundation influenced by a repentant, obedient, and unified church…Pray for peace. Pray for unity. Speak truth, in love, but still speak. Then, act. Together, we can effectuate positive change if we pursue it with wisdom, tenacity, and strength.”

Oh, and one more thing. For those who are going on an “unfriend” rampage, it’s time to move out of the 7th grade and jump onto a field where ideas can clash and hearts unite at the same time. If you’ve ever been married for longer than a year you’ll know this is entirely possible, but only when you control your emotions and operate out of….wait for it….a heart of love.👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨

Responding To The Riots

Color, Communism, and Common Sense by Manning Johnson

Manning Johnson Exposes Communism, Farewell Address 1959

Racism, Color, Communism, & Common Sense: 619-768-2945


BLM co-founder partners with communist China group

White student told she can’t express opinion because of her race

Two Brands of Bread- Seeing vs Believing


During Passover, God instructed the Israelites to eat ‘bread made without yeast’ (Exodus 11:8). The Feast of Unleavened bread lasted seven days and ‘whoever eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel’ (v19). In the same Chapter and in other subsequent Chapters, the Lord insists that they must eat bread without yeast, unleavened bread, as they observe the month of Abib- the month the Israelites made exodus out of Egypt. The Israelites, not fully knowing why they had to do this, did it anyway. As I also wonder why, the Lord reveals that He did not prohibit the Israelites to eat bread with yeast because of an allergic reaction, but as a symbolic revelation. No wonder the ordinance was to last generations to come. However, when Lord himself came down, all He did was talk of yeast.

In the third Parable Jesus gave according to the Gospel of Matthew, He talks of the mustard seed and the yeast. Jesus likens the Kingdom of heaven like ‘yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough’ (Matthew 13:33). One quality of yeast is that it ought to be given time until it works through the dough. In a yeastly manner, the Kingdom of God works the same way, in its due time. During the Passover which the Lord instructed to ‘Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover’ (Exodus 12:11), shows the Kingdom of God was not yet. God displayed His great miracle saying ‘I will make a distinction between my people and your (Pharaoh’s) people’ (Exodus 8:23). To the Israelites, this signified that the kingdom of Israel would be established, but God had a bigger picture in mind.

So when Jesus came talking about yeast and the Kingdom of God, it took aback the Jews who were avoiding yeast and anticipating their own kingdom. On one occasion when Jesus was teaching about the Kingdom of God, the chief priests and elders asked, ‘And who gave you this authority?’ (Matthew 21:23). Unlike the unleavened bread eaten in a time of miracles and wonders, the Kingdom of God seemed unpalatable for the Jews, because they could not see that the Kingdom of God was among them and that it was starting to work as in yeast through a dough. This was because they were spiritually blind and bound by the tradition of their forefathers in eating bread without yeast physically, and now took it further and did the same spiritually.

After Jesus had fed 4,000 people with seven loaves of bread and a few fish, ‘the Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven’ (Mark 8:11). The Pharisees, like their forefathers who ‘were a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God’ (Psalms78:8) and ‘wilfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved. They spoke against God saying, ‘Can God spread a table in the desert?’ (v18-19). Even after God miraculously provided for them in the desert, ‘In spite of all this, they kept sinning; in spite of wonders, they did not believe’ (v32). In the same way, the Pharisees after seeing Jesus’s miracles, still did not believe of who He said He was and when they asked for another miracle, ’Jesus sighed deeply and said, ‘why does this generation ask for a miraculous sign?’ (Mark 8:12).

Sometimes like the Pharisees, we ask God for a sign in order to believe in Him. In our ignorance we say, if God is real, why is there…why am I…why can’t He… why did He and so we continue to harden our hearts to receive the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ. ‘Be careful, Jesus warned them (his disciples). ‘Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod’ (v15). The disciples were clueless of what Jesus was talking about prompting Jesus to ask, ‘Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? (v17-18).

‘And don’t you remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?’

‘Twelve’, they replied.

‘And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?’

They answered, ‘Seven’

He (Jesus) said to them, ‘Do you still not understand?’


Some, instead of partaking of the Bread of Life partake that of the Pharisees and wait for world peace or some other miraculous phenomenal before accepting to believe in God. However, the Kingdom of God is based on faith. In fact, to top the Word becoming flesh, the air we breathe and everything around us is a miracle. Paul writes, ‘For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse’ (Romans 1:20).

We receive by faith through believing in Jesus, whom ‘though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with inexpressible and glorious joy’ (1 Peter 1:8). No wonder the Israelites ate bread without yeast because the yeast had not yet been revealed to them and so they lacked faith which can only come through accepting the Bread of Life. Once we receive Jesus, we are saved by faith and the faith works in us the Kingdom of God like yeast works through all the dough. In the same way, like yeast working quietly in a dough, ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength’ (Isaiah 30:15). Once we follow Christ, miracles, signs and wonders follow us and not the other way round- for Christ did not accompany miracles but miracles accompanied Christ. (Mark 16:20)

Why Do I Need to Be Saved?

John Piper
Founder & Teacher,

Audio Transcript

On this podcast we frequently return to fundamental realities, essential truths, things most precious to us, like the glory of God and the cross of Jesus Christ. If you get these fundamentals right, everything else eventually falls into place. Get the fundamentals wrong, and nothing will fall exactly into place. Something will always be off.

In light of this, some of the most essential questions include these: Why, in the first place, do I need to be saved? Saved from whom? Saved from what? What is my problem? And how does God, and specifically Christ, address my problem? To explain, I love this following sermon excerpt from a 2009 message delivered at a Campus Crusade event in Minneapolis. There Pastor John expounded Romans 3:23–26, in which the apostle Paul says this:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

A glorious text of essential, must-know truth. Here’s Pastor John to explain it.

“Whom [referring to Christ] God put forward as a propitiation . . .” (Romans 3:25). Propitiation means a sacrifice that removes wrath. So, the wrath of God is absorbed by Christ when he dies in our place. Propitiation is the removal of the wrath of God off of us, though we deserve it.

“Condemnation happened at the cross. Whose? Mine. In whose flesh? Not mine.”

“Whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood [his death], to be received by faith.” That’s how you receive a gift: faith is a receiving; it’s not a doing.

“This was to show God’s righteousness . . .” Oh, really? Really? This putting Christ forward “was to show [God’s] righteousness, because in his divine forbearance [patience] he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:25–26).

I don’t think there’s a more important paragraph in the Bible than that right there. I mean, there may be some competing, but that’s just about as close to the center as you can get.

Cursed for Us

Take it apart for just a few minutes with me. God put Christ forward as a propitiation by his blood. Romans 8:3: “God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh.”

Whose sin? Mine. Whose flesh? Christ’s. That’s an amazing statement. Condemnation happened at the cross. Whose? Mine. In whose flesh? Not mine. This is propitiationPropitiation is the drawing away of condemnation from me. How can this be? How can it go there, on Christ? It belongs here, on me.

Galatians 3:13: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.” Whose curse? God’s curse. He’s the one who backs up the law. The law is his word. If there’s a curse in the law on me, it’s coming from God. And Jesus becomes my curse.

So all that to say yes to propitiation; don’t translate it some other way. Don’t use expiation, which simply means “removal of guilt.” Don’t translate it merely as living sacrifice or sacrificial offering. It’s the removal of God Almighty’s just, holy condemnation and wrath, which belongs to me.

Glory Is Gone

Why did he need to do it that way? Why did Christ need to die in order to placate God’s wrath?

“This was to show God’s righteousness.” So, Christ died; God put him forward to die. This was to show God’s righteousness. Why did he need to show his righteousness? That’s a pretty high price for a demonstration of righteousness. Why did he need to show his righteousness?

“Because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.” Well, why does passing over sin make it necessary to demonstrate righteousness? Now we’re ready to see verse 23 and the nature of sin: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like I want you to feel now about the connection between sin and the glory of God. “All have sinned and fall short.” Fall short is an old-fashioned translation. The literal meaning is “they lack,” “they’re without.” In what way are we without? Romans 1:23 says we have exchanged the glory of God for the glory of created things. So, we had it; it was our treasure. When Adam and Eve were created, it was our treasure: we loved God, we cherished God, we esteemed God, we respected God; we were in awe of God and worshiped God and praised God and glorified God. And then we traded God.

“In that very moment of upholding his glory, God made it possible to save sinners.”

You’ve all done it; you do it every day. We embrace other values, other treasures, other desires that are so much stronger in our hearts than God is. We traded him, and so we lack God’s glory. It’s not our treasure; we’ve just thrown it away. And sin is anything you do in that process. Anything that reflects that God is not your treasure is sin. So, all have sinned and lack, throw away, exchange, demean, belittle, trample the infinite value of the glory of God.

Guilty Go Free

Now, why does that call the righteousness of God into question when he passes over such sin? Because when God, as he does for all of his people, passes over — does not condemn — sinners who have trampled his glory and demean his glory every single day of our lives, it looks as though he thinks that’s no big deal: to trample the glory of God is no big deal.

It would be like a judge sitting at a bench who’s got a murderer and a rapist in front of him. He says, “We’ll just let it go. We’ll just pass over the murder and the rape this time; we’ll just pass over it.” And everybody in the courtroom would say, “No way! You can’t do that and sit on that bench and be a just judge and say you’re just going to pass over this thing.”

And so, God knows that he would be unrighteous, he would be wrong, unjust, if he treated his glory as though it were so worthless that he could just pass over the trampling of his glory in his people. And so he doesn’t just pass over it; he sends his Son into the world to demonstrate his righteousness.

You see, if you understand Romans 3:23–26, what happened at the cross was the loudest statement imaginable: I love my glory. And in that very moment of upholding his glory, God made it possible to save sinners: “so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

The Unthinkable for the Undeserving

So, in John 17, Jesus expresses this idea: “I want them to see me — I want them to see me risen, triumphant, glorious, all-satisfying in my glory, so that my glory will continue to be exalted forever, and their joy would be full” (see John 17:24).

And at the center is the cross, making that possible for sinners. As God says, “I put my Son forward to demonstrate my righteousness. My righteousness is my unwavering commitment, always and everywhere, to uphold the infinite worth of my glory. And if I am bent on saving sinners who have trampled my glory, which I most certainly am, I will not do it in any way that calls my love for my glory into question. I will do the absolutely unthinkable. I will put my Son on the gibbet, and he will be tortured, and he will bear my wrath to make plain: I don’t sweep God-belittling sins under the rug of the universe when I save sinners.”

VIDEO Freedoms Are Not Taken Away by Communists, but Given Away by Our Surrender



The loss of freedom requires its surrender from an acquiescent citizenry, warned actor Jim Caviezel, best known for portraying Jesus in The Passion of the Christ and who plays the lead role in the forthcoming film Infidel, offering his remarks on Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

“It’s not going to be some communist or Nazi that takes away your freedoms. It’s going to be you giving them away,” said Jim Caviezel.

Caviezel addressed the growth of left-wing political censorship and intimidation. He said combating “cancel culture” is one of the reasons he starred in Infidel.

Infidel‘s website describes the movie as “a contemporary Middle East thriller starring Jim Caviezel as an American kidnapped while attending a conference in Cairo, who ends up in prison in Iran on spying charges. His wife goes to Iran, determined to get him out.”

“That’s why I wanted to do this movie: because this character is not that guy [who surrenders],” Caviezel said. “One of the interesting things about this script is that he stands up for what he believes in, and that is something lacking today in terms of cancel culture.”


Caviezel described diminished human connectivity in Hollywood driven by cultural, political, and technological shifts over the past decades. He identified social media as a contributing factor to the increasing atomization of people.

“When I first came into this industry, you would see people sitting together, reading books, and saying, ‘Oh, what book are you reading?’ getting each others’ addresses, talking, [and] communicating,” recalled Caviezel. “It’s not that way anymore. Their heads are in their phones. Their heads are, ‘How many people are following me?’ And I would say a lot of that has to do with wanting to be liked very badly, but they’re so misinformed.”

Caviezel continued, “When you look at what Jesus spoke about — what love really is — yes, you can be loved by the world, but do you want to be liked by many or loved by one?”


Marlow asked, “You’re a man of obviously outspoken faith. How has that affected your career, particularly [after] The Passion of the Christ?”

Caviezel described a de facto blacklisting he was subjected to within Hollywood after the success of The Passion of the Christ. He replied, “I had no choice. I had to defend it. I had to fight to survive. The film exploded. It was off the charts. You’d think, ‘Oh, you’re going to work a lot.’ No, I didn’t. I was no longer on the studio list. That was gone.”

Caviezel continued, “Because of what I do as an actor — that’s my skill — it was given to me from God. I didn’t give it to myself, but it’s something in which I have a great range. … I really felt that faith was much bigger than the industry and Hollywood and bigger than the Republican or Democratic Party or any of that.”

Political corruption has entered American churches, lamented Caviezel.

“[Many] politicians are so corrupt, and I see it in the church,” remarked Caviezel. “Oh my God, everywhere: Bishops — I’m a Roman Catholic — bishops, they have done nothing, pastors, priests, but there are a few phenomenal ones. … but you don’t hear about them in the media. You hear about the corrupt ones. There is a lot of evil going on in the world, but there are a few of us doing the right thing.”

Continual appeasement of expanding left-wing demands will destroy Christian life in America, determined Caviezel. He addressed the inclination to avoid discussion of politics and religion as “appeasement” of “secular extremists.”

Caviezel stated, “A lot of people sit there and say, ‘I don’t want to talk about religion or politics.’ Well, I say, ‘If we don’t discuss it at some point, we’re going go from bad to worse.’ At some point, the bombs were falling on Germany. They were hitting in Hamburg, and I’m sure they didn’t want to discuss it.”

Caviezel cautioned against “appeasement that we as Christians [extend to] secular extremists.” He added, “That’s a war — if you want to get into one — that’s a war we should get in and must be won. We need to win that because this way of life that we have as Christians … in the United States [will end].”

Caviezel concluded, “The way of life we’re living right now is not going to be a Christian way of life if we don’t stand up and start fighting back.”

Infidel debuts in theaters on September 18.

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How Is Your Zest For This Life?

June 30, 2020 Nehemiah Zion

We are so passionate when we need to be, right? While passion is great, if it isn’t directed in light of the Word of God then we are living a dangerous life. Sometimes our passion get’s the better of us when we end up biting more than we can chew. Limited beings as we are, it’s necessary that our zeal is according to knowledge.

Israel has a zeal for God, but without knowledge (Romans 10:2). Paul himself, had a zeal for God without knowledge. What happened? A personal encounter with Jesus transformed him completely.

How was his zeal prior to Christ? He persecuted Christians. Organising murders and attacks against the children of God.

Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. (Philippians 3:6)

And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. (Galatians 1:14)

How was his zeal after knowing Jesus?

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)

How was the zeal of the Thessalonian church?

We’ve always studied the zeal of the more popular heroes of faith. While reading Paul’s writing to the Thessalonians, I was amazed by his commendation about the believers in Thessalonica.

You became imitators of us and [through us] of the Lord, after you welcomed our message in [a time of] great trouble with the joy supplied by the Holy Spirit; so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has resounded from you and has echoed [like thunder], not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place [the news of] your [great] faith in God has spread, so that we never need to say anything about it. (1 Thessalonians 1:6-8)

The believers in Thessalonica were zealous believers. They accepted the word of God in a time of extreme persecution (1 Thessalonians 2:14). Being idol worshippers (1 Thessalonians 1:9) themselves before coming to Christ, their conversion stirred the world around them. Macedonia, Achaia and places further got to hear about the faith of the Thessalonian church.

How is your faith today, dear believer? Turn to Jesus. He still loves you; and only needs you to begin walking in His Word. The Heavenly Father is the only ONE we can trust in Jesus. Let your zeal in Christ stir those around you to know Jesus more. Put aside all anger, hatred and bitterness from your heart. That’s what’s primarily causing all the mental anguish and emotional suffering. Look ahead, look to Jesus, be ignited in the Lord for His glory.

Let your salvation reveal the work of Christ in you; what carefulness, what holiness, what indignation against evil, what fear, what vehement desire for the Lord.

How Is Your Zest For This Life?

AUDIO How US Marshals Rescued 39 Missing Children in Georgia

Rachel del Guidice / @LRacheldG / September 09, 2020

The U.S. Marshals Service found 39 missing children in Georgia over two weeks in a mission called Operation Not Forgotten. The rescued children “were considered to be some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area,” the agency said.

How did Georgia state officials work with the Marshals Service to rescue these children, many of whom were being sold for sex? Georgia Attorney General Christopher Carr joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss.



Rachel del Guidice: I’m joined today on “The Daily Signal Podcast” by Georgia Attorney General Christopher Carr. Attorney General Carr, it’s great to have you on “The Daily Signal Podcast.

Christopher Carr: Rachel, thank you so much for having me. It’s an honor to be on.

Del Guidice: Well, thanks for making time to be with us. So, I’d love to talk about what happened recently. The U.S. Marshals Service recently found 39 missing children in Georgia over a two-week period in a mission of theirs called Operation Not Forgotten. Can you start off by telling us about what Operation Not Forgotten was?

Carr: Absolutely. Operation Not Forgotten was designated to locate and recover missing and endangered children in Georgia and beyond, including some that were known to be victims of sex trafficking.

The important thing, from my perspective, is there were 39 missing child recoveries, of which 15 we know are suspected of being sex trafficking victims. So those children’s lives are going to be forever changed and it’s … a result of the partnerships that we really created.

I commend the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, our new Human Trafficking Prosecutions Unit, but also the nonprofits that are there to help rehabilitate the kids. And that’s Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, it’s Wellspring Living—great partnerships. But that’s what happens when you have good partnerships and you rescue children.

Del Guidice: You had mentioned sex trafficking and I know a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service said that the missing children who were found were considered to be at some of the most high-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area. So along with sex trafficking, can you tell us what some of those other high-risk cases were?

Carr: Absolutely. You had cases where children were being exploited, you had sexual abuse, you had physical abuse, you had some children that either had medical or mental health conditions.

So in some form or fashion, they were high risk, they had been identified by local law enforcement, by agencies or others, and were given to the Marshals Service to make sure, to check in on their well-being, or in some cases rescue and recover.

So it was a broad-based operation and again, some of our most vulnerable children … were rescued, recovered, and made sure that they were safe.

Del Guidice: Can you kind of give us a little bit of a perspective or look behind the scenes into how an operation like this is successfully executed and what kind of things go into the background and in the execution to do something incredible like this?

Carr: Sure. And I don’t want to get too much into the details of the specifics, but from a high-level perspective, it takes a lot of preparation. It takes a lot of coordination, again, between local agencies and our state agencies.

We had the Department of Family and Children’s Services, for example, that were a part of it and had concerns about some of the children that may have been in their purview. We had local enforcement and others that had identified and provided the names to this … group and for this operation.

But at the end of the day, it takes coordination. It takes preparation. The children that were found in this particular operation were anywhere between 3 and 17 years old. Many were found in Georgia, but others were found as far north as Michigan, some down in Florida, as far west as Oklahoma, and even a couple were identified as being overseas. So that takes preparation, coordination, logistics.

Again, you need law enforcement, you need nonprofits to be able to care for the needs of the children that are found. So it’s an operation, but … partnerships, collaboration, and coordination between these agencies was critical.

Del Guidice: You mentioned partnerships from different agencies and services, state and local. What can you tell us too about how your office was involved in this operation?

Carr: Absolutely. We have a new Human Trafficking Prosecutions Unit. A year ago, July, we started due to the support of Gov. Brian Kemp and the first lady who have made human trafficking a priority for the state, for them personally, our Legislature funded it.

So we … started in September of 2019 with 16 members that included a couple of prosecutors, an analyst, a victim advocate, and an investigator. And for this particular operation, we were in on the front end of it, to make sure that, particularly as it relates to human trafficking and the suspected human trafficking victims, … law enforcement were helping us hold accountable those that were abusing children.

So making sure that we had the right evidence, making sure from a legal perspective for the cases that would be brought in state court in Georgia that we did it the right way. We provided guidance, our investigator was a part of it as well. So really a seamless transition between state, federal, and local law enforcement.

And to be in on the front end from our team’s perspective is invaluable. Because again, we’ve got to make sure that we not only indict, but we convict those that are abusing our children, that are buying and selling children for sex.

Del Guidice: On that note, Attorney General Carr, we’ve talked about how some of these children were rescued due to sex trafficking, they were victims of that, child exploitation, sexual abuse, other different conditions. How widespread, when we look at the problem of the child sex trafficking, is this issue?

Carr: Well, unfortunately, it’s one of those crimes that hides in the shadows. It’s very hard to get the data for exactly how many children have been abused, but this is one of those … crimes against humanity that it’s just morally abhorrent.

I’ve always said one child that we rescue from a life of being abused and trafficked for sexual purposes is a good day. In this particular case, we had 15. But the point is there are more, and oftentimes Atlanta and Georgia seem warrant to a hub for sex trafficking.

Well, it’s hard to know where we fall in the line, because as I said, it’s hard to get the data, but there’s sex trafficking all across the state of Georgia, there’s sex trafficking all across the country, and it’s a global problem.

But I do know this: When you start putting resources together, like we have, you got the state that is now committed to a human trafficking prosecution unit, when you’ve got focus through our Georgia Bureau of Investigation—I’ve said it before, when governors and presidents make issues issues, it matters.

President [Donald] Trump has made this an issue and has put resources … through the federal government toward this issue. Ivanka Trump has become the point in the administration.

I mentioned before Gov. Brian Kemp and the first lady. The first lady has created a commission, called the Grace Commission. That’s bringing all the experts to the table to say, “What are we doing? And what do we need to do next? And what do we need to do better?”

That shows the importance of this issue and the focus on this issue because it’s very difficult to find out what the specific numbers are.

We’re trying to all do better to coordinate so that we are data-driven and we are evidence-based. But at the end of the day, again, one child that’s being abused like this, where we can come in and make a difference and rescue them and hold accountable those that are committing these atrocious crimes, is good as far as I’m concerned.

Del Guidice: On a similar note, Attorney General Carr, as an attorney general of the state, what is your message to other states as well as other attorneys general about the importance of operations like this one?

Carr: Well, the beauty of this initiative and what has happened on the issue of sex trafficking and human trafficking is it’s brought everybody together.

This is an issue where attorneys general talk about this issue, coordinate on this issue, collaborate on this issue. At the national level, regionally, there are conversations that are being had because again, we all recognize the horrific nature of what we are dealing with.

And my background, I was the commissioner of economic development, where you had good success the more people worked together on an issue because no one agency had everything that was needed or any one city or one state. But when you start leveraging the resources that each of us have, you start having great outcomes. And that’s what you see here.

You see law enforcement working together, again, in a regional basis, in a national-type platform, but you also see attorneys general, you see others, you see governors working on this issue.

The other important piece of this really is training and education and awareness in the private sector. Because the more eyes we have on this issue, the more people feel like they can contact law enforcement and say, “Hey, this just doesn’t look right.”

When you see an older adult and a child and they’re not making eye contact or something just seems out of place, it would be better to be wrong than let one more child be in a situation where they’re being abused. And so this has just become an issue that’s gotten into the national consciousness, the national conversation. And that’s a good thing because we don’t need children to be abused.

The average age of sex trafficking victims are 12- to 14-year-old girl. It’s not just girls. It’s also boys. That’s a sixth- to an eighth-grader. They shouldn’t be in a situation where they’re being bought and sold for sex. They should be in school. They should be playing sports. They should be on the theater on the stage. They should be partaking in things that are fun for those in middle school and early high school to be doing, they shouldn’t be abused.

So this is just one of those issues that everybody’s come to the table. And that’s a good thing.

Del Guidice: You had mentioned the importance of training people in the private sector. Are you doing any particular things on that? And if so, what does that look like for you guys, as you reach out to those in the private sector?

Carr: Well, we are, and this is a great example. Just to give you two private sector examples, one, Delta Air Lines, which is headquartered in Atlanta. They have committed as a company to be the eyes in the sky. They’re training all their flight attendants. They’ve been absolutely fantastic.

We’ve got UPS also headquartered in Atlanta that is spearheading truckers against trafficking, doing training programs.

And when you think about it, Delta Air Lines flies all around the world, flies all around, obviously, the United States, they have a reach that’s unbelievable. UPS is in every neighborhood in the world. And so when you train all of your drivers to be aware of the red flags as it relates to trafficking, that’s a good thing.

The state of Georgia, the first lady has implemented a training program for all state employees. Our office works with nonprofits like Wellspring Living and Street Grace to coordinate trainings with our Criminal Justice Coordinating Council at the state level, also with the GBI.

So there’s a number of training programs people can get either through industry, through nonprofits, or through the state of Georgia. Because again, if we could have all 10.6 million Georgians aware of this issue, again, we will be a lot more successful in protecting children.

Del Guidice: Well, that’s incredible. Thank you for sharing that. As we wrap up here, I did want to ask, you all are super busy and I just wanted to ask and see if your office, if there’s anything else you all are working on that you’d like to highlight as the attorney general of Georgia? Would love to hear about that.

Carr: Sure. Well, from Operation Not Forgotten, we have five arrests already and other investigations that are going on as it relates to sex trafficking, and we anticipate that other arrests will be made. And so that relates specifically to that.

But I told you our Human Trafficking Prosecutions Unit is only a year old, but in the one year they’ve been up and really fully staffed and operational.

We’ve placed 18 victims already in a rehabilitation center, such as the state’s Receiving Hope Center, which is operated by Wellspring Living. We’re working cases in 11 of Georgia’s counties. We’ve already indicted five traffickers and have eight ongoing investigations. And we’re about to add another prosecutor to the team.

So we feel very good about where we are, but I think the future is bright as it relates to rescuing victims. And if you are committing acts of sex trafficking, whether you’re a buyer or seller in Georgia, you need to think twice about it because we’re coming after you.

Del Guidice: Well, Attorney General Carr, thank you so much for joining us. There’s been so much bad news lately, and I feel like this is such good news that everyone can really be encouraged by. So thank you for joining us and speaking with us and sharing.

Carr: Absolutely. Thanks, Rachel. Appreciate your interest on this issue.

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VIDEO California Judge Orders NO Indoor Worship Services for John MacArthur and Grace Community Church

By Jesse T. Jackson -September 11, 2020

Grace Community Church


A California judge from the Los Angeles Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction (which can be read here) against John MacArthur and Grace Community Church on Thursday, September 10, 2020. The preliminary issue sides with Los Angeles county’s desire to shut down Grace Community Church’s indoor worship gathering because it violates the county’s COVID-19 mandatory regulations.

According to Thomas More Society’s press release, the judge’s order prohibits Grace Community Church from “conducting, participating in, or attending any indoor worship service.” They state that the order also “bans outdoor worship unless onerous restrictions are followed,” saying that the judge’s order is a “heavy-handed move against the internationally known preacher and his congregation.”

After the order was issued, special counsel Jenna Ellis said,

“Although this is a temporary setback, we will continue to fight for Pastor MacArthur and Grace Community Church’s constitutionally protected right to hold church. While the judge did go out of his way to repeatedly state that he is not ruling on the merits, only a ruling at this very preliminary stage, Pastor MacArthur is still harmed because he has every right to hold church. Church is essential, and no government agent has the runaway, unlimited power to force churches to close indefinitely. The County’s argument was basically ‘because we can,’ which is the very definition of tyranny. Without limiting government’s power in favor of freedom and protected rights, we have no liberty. We will fight for religious freedom, as our founders did when they wrote the First Amendment.”

John MacArthur and Jenna Ellis joined Shannon Beam from Fox News @ Night on Thursday after the ruling. Beam asked MacArthur what his plan for Sunday was going to be after the judge’s order was passed. Pastor MacArthur responded without hesitation, “We’re gonna have church on Sunday. There is absolutely no reason not to have church as far as safety goes. A statistic 1/100 of 1 percent of Californians have COVID, that’s the number, and yet no one in the entire state of California is allowed to go inside a church. That doesn’t make sense. Of course we are under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and He says have church, and we are going to have it.” Pastor MacArthur told his congregation earlier this month that ‘There is no pandemic.’

The Judge said in his order that “County Health Order does not discriminate on its face…limited religious worship only because it applies to all ‘events and gatherings’ – regardless of their purpose…The County Health Order allows worship to occur outdoors, virtually through the internet and any manner that is not indoors with a large gathering of people.”

Beam asked special counsel Ellis, “Essentially there the judge is saying it’s not targeted (the County Health Order) at religion. We’re not allowing bars and other places for people to gather in large groups…it’s not just about targeting churches. How do you respond?”

Ellis response was, “It certainly is targeting churches because we don’t see these types of restrictions and enforcement against a large protest and other political statements that the county has actually lauded on their own Twitter and encouraged participation. And it certainly is also discriminatory enforcement here…the ruling didn’t really even consider a lot of the constitutional arguments that we claimed. But the bottom line here…is that when the government is allowed types of broad and arbitrary unlimited definite power then our rights become mere privileges. For the judge to characterize this as simply the county allowing these types of worship services, that’s not for the county to decide. That’s why our founders put free exercise of religion as a fundamentally constitutional and protected right. So we are going to stand up for Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church because he’s absolutely right. He gets to hold church.”

Ellis told Beam after being asked if they were going to appeal the judge’s order, “Absolutely!” she said. The appeal will be filed as soon as Friday.

Special counsel Charles LiMandri said, “The court also did not properly consider the medical and scientific evidence that the current number of people with serious COVID-19 symptoms no longer justifies a shuttering of the churches. Nor do we believe that the court gave adequate consideration to the fact that churches have been treated as second-class citizens compared to the tens of thousands of protesters. More than ever, California’s churches are essential.”

John MacArthur posted on Twitter that #CHURCHISESSENTIAL and that fellowship can’t happen online or across dozens of outdoor, distanced services.

Special counsel Charles LiMandri said, “The court also did not properly consider the medical and scientific evidence that the current number of people with serious COVID-19 symptoms no longer justifies a shuttering of the churches. Nor do we believe that the court gave adequate consideration to the fact that churches have been treated as second-class citizens compared to the tens of thousands of protesters. More than ever, California’s churches are essential.”

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9/11 Proclamation: ‘We Are Reminded that Good Triumphs over Evil’


President Donald Trump remembered the fallen heroes of the 9/11 terror attacks on Friday, urging Americans to do the same.

“In 2001, our Nation, united under God, made an unbreakable promise never to forget the nearly 3,000 innocent Americans who were senselessly killed on September 11,” Trump wrote in his 9/11 proclamation for Patriot Day.

Congress passed a joint resolution on December 18, 2001, declaring September 11th as Patriot Day in America.

Trump’s statement recalled the heroism of Americans at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and those aboard Flight 93 that crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

“The courage, heroism, and resilience Americans displayed on 9/11, and in its aftermath, are perpetual testaments to the spirit of our country,” the statement continued.

The president spoke about America’s character and how it rose to meet the horrific violence perpetrated on our country.

“Heroes sprang into action in the face of great peril to help save their fellow Americans,” he wrote. “Many laid down their lives.”

He asked Americans to “reaffirm” their dedication to American values of grit, determination, and freedom.

“As we recall the images of our American Flag raised from the ashes of Ground Zero and the Pentagon, we are reminded that good triumphs over evil,” he wrote. “We recommit ourselves to fortifying our cherished American values so that future generations will know in their souls that the United States is the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

VIDEO A Quiet Hope


This is the testimony of seven Vietnam veterans who talk openly about their experience in the Vietnam War. They speak of their innocence and how they had to face fear, pain, and guilt. Through their own words and tears, they offer a complete and total healing to other Vietnam veterans and their families through the love of Jesus Christ. Some speakers include: Pancho Juarez, Gary Ruff, Ron Wilkins, and Raul Ries.