AP/Reuters wrote: US President Donald Trump has responded on Twitter to a New York Times report about his taxes, saying he has "paid many millions of dollars in taxes" but is entitled to depreciation and tax credits. Key points:
â˘ The report says Mr Trump had hundreds of millions of dollars in debt amid chronic business losses â˘ He has reportedly used those losses to avoid paying tax â˘ Mr Trump's lawyer says "most, if not all, of the facts appear to be inaccurate"â .... During his first general election debate against Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, Ms Clinton said perhaps Mr Trump was not releasing his tax returns because he had paid nothing in federal taxes.
Mr Trump interrupted her and said: "That makes me smart."ââ ....
excerpt from, "Donald Trump tweets he has 'paid many millions in taxes', in response to New York Times story"
While some religious organizations are still offering online-only services, there have been some establishments that have decided to open. Before attending church, make sure your establishment is implementing the guidelines suggested by the CDC. Social distancing may be tough, especially in a large organization, but it's important to help stop the spread.Â
Religious organizations should remain "consistent with applicable federal and State laws and regulations," according toÂ the CDC. If your church doesn't seem to be following these guidelines, you may want to skip Sunday service for a while....
excerpt from, " 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID"
Christine Douglas-Williams wrote: .... In February, the Trump Administration launched the first-ever International Religious Freedom Alliance, which 26 countries joined: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, The Gambia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Togo, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom....
excerpt from, 'Nigeriaâs president: Trump âlooked at me in the face. He said âwhy are you killing Christians?'â'
I hope the other countries have decided to do something other than to ask questions â
Well strange behavior considering Africans did a good job of controlling the virus outbreak
Karen Attiah wrote: .... As the United States approaches 200,000 [+] deaths, the West seems largely blind to Africaâs successes. In recent weeks, headline writers seem to be doing their hardest to try to reconcile Western stereotypes about Africa with the reality of the low death rates on the continent. The BBC came under fire for a since-changed headline and a tweet that read âCoronavirus in Africa: Could poverty explain mystery of low death rate?â The New York Post published an article with the headline, âScientists canât explain puzzling lack of coronavirus outbreaks in Africa.â
Itâs almost as if they are disappointed that Africans arenât dying en masse and countries are not collapsing. While Black Americans have been disproportionately contracting covid-19 and dying, Africaâs performance shows, as I quoted a Kenyan anthropologist saying in May, âbeing a black person in this world doesnât kill you, but being a black person in America clearly can.â...
excerpt from, "Africa has defied the covid-19 nightmare scenarios. We shouldnât be surprised."
The pity we didn't have a black leader for President.
Dr. Rugh wrote: Godly sorrow will always bear the fruit of repentance. This sorrow over sin goes beyond mere regret over sin and the resulting consequences. The repentance godly sorrow produces results in a real and actual change of life, ceasing from sin, and turning from sin. Repentance from sin is in effect a change in thinking about sin and that change in thinking results in a change in conduct. The repentance from sin included in initial saving faith then continues ongoing as the believer lives in pursuit of holiness and spiritual growth.
summary for, "Godly Sorrow Leads to Repentance"
Dr. Rugh has done an excellent sermon on repentance and why it is necessary for a Christianâđ There's certainly non-Christian repentance, but some haven't even reached that stage yet.
Ben Sales wrote: .... The QAnon theory has become increasingly popular and visible in recent months, in the United States and abroad. According to NBC, its Facebook groups boasted millions of members in early August. Republican candidates for Congress have supported it, and people wearing or carrying Q slogans have shown up to mainstream political rallies. Even as some Republican leaders have condemned the theory, Trump has declined to disavow it....
excerpt from, "QAnon is an old form of anti-Semitism in a new package, experts say"
"Exposing Hidden Anti-Semitism in the Church"
By the way John of UK, my last message pointed out that repentance is a requirement to being saved âđ
19. serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears, and with trials which happened to me by the plots of the Jews; 20. how I didnât shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, teaching you publicly and from house to house, 21. testifying both to Jews and to Greeks repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus.
14. Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15. and saying, âThe time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.â
but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.
Nancy it's just paying attention to the Pope-in at least one area anyway. There's more than abortion at stake, for Catholics anyway
AP wrote: Pope Francis called George Floyd by name, twice, and offered support to an American bishop who knelt in prayer during a Black Lives Matter protest. .... ... in a U.S. election year, the intensity and consistency of the Vaticanâs reaction suggests that, from the pope on down, it is seeking to encourage anti-racism protesters while making a clear statement about where American Catholics should stand on President Trumpâs bid for a second term in November.
Francis âwants to send a very clear message to these conservative Catholics here who are pro-Trumpers that, âListen, this is just as much of an issue as abortion is,'â said Anthea Butler, a presidential visiting fellow at Yale Divinity School.
Butler, who is African American, said the Vatican is telling Catholics âto pay attention to the racism that is happening and the racism that is in your own church in America.â...
excerpt from, "Scholars says Pope Francisâ unusually frank political statement was meant to remind U.S. Catholics that issues other than abortion are important."
Doesn't it warm your heart to see how earthy the Vatican government is âđ
US News & World Report wrote: ....
Becciu was long known to have clashed with Francis' first economic czar, Cardinal George Pell, who was brought in to reform the Vatican's opaque finances and impose international accounting standards across the Curia, or bureaucracy.
Pell greatly irritated the Vatican's old guard, Becciu included, and he issued a statement Friday congratulating Francis for finally taking action....
excerpt from, "Vatican Cardinal Pushes Back After Pope Fires Him in Scandal"
This Pope says a lot of strange things doesn't he, Chris GP?
Associated Press wrote: .... Francis laid out his appeal for greater involvement and influence of the United Nations in protecting the poor, migrants and the environment in a videotaped speech Friday to the United Nations General Assembly, held mostly virtually this year because of the pandemic.
Francis said the world has a choice to make as it tries to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis and address the grave economic impact it has had on the planetâs most vulnerable: greater solidarity and multilateralism, or a self-retreat into greater âindividualism and elitism.â... ....
excerpt from,"The Latest: EU leader blasts Britain over withdrawal treaty"
Considering there are so many queer priests setting bad examples in the Romish Church, this doesn't come as a surprise.
Chris GP, you're lucky to have A prime minister who suffered severely from the Covid-19 virus, and thankfully survived it. He knows the seriousness of the situation.Is a pity other world leaders don't. It's "U.S. faces a smoldering COVID-19 pandemic nationwide as flu season starts"
Thailand was indeed fortunate were fortunate to take decisive action quickly. You at least have a prime minister, Chris GP, who knows enough now not to procrastinate on handling pandemicsâ đ
Quint Forguy wrote: .... Cases of election fraud in the United States are exceedingly rare, although some expertsÂ acknowledgeÂ there are slightly higher risks with mail-in balloting when proper security measures are not implemented. A study earlier this yearÂ foundÂ that, on the whole, voting by mail does not benefit one party over another.
Until Thursday, the most prominent, recent examples of voter fraud had been committed by Republicans. In 2019, an election for a North Carolina House seat wasÂ tossed outÂ after a GOP operative illegally collected ballots, and last week, Rep. Steve Watkins (R-Kan.) wasÂ chargedÂ with three felony counts of voter fraud related to the 2019 municipal elections.
excerpt from, " Former congressman indicted on voter fraud, bribery charges"
Chris GP, most assuredly would be hard to have a church outside during the winter time . but even your own country is planning even greater lockdown because of the increase of covid-19 cases which apparently will be out of control if something isn't done.
unlike Catholic churches, Protestants can skip meeting together for a while. also, if they can find some way to keep virus infections, specifically covid-19 stopped while having in-church services fine. however I never seen them able to stop headcos from being sped around in church during the winter?
Warren Throckmorton wrote: When MacArthur explained to Phil Johnson why Grace Community Church was not meeting in person in April, MacArthur told Johnson (entire video is here) https://tinyurl.com/y3qd3onc :
" The other thing that we talked about with the elders was if we defy this and if we say weâre going to meet anyway, we run the risk of exposing people to this illness needlessly. And why would we want to do that? Because this is a health issue, this is a health crisis. And since like any church, many of the people in our church are older. We wouldnât want to expose them to that. Weâve only had, as far as I know, and this was up to yesterday, weâve only had one couple in our church in the Spanish ministry who actually got the coronavirus. But that couple, and not an older couple either, wound up in the hospital because it was such a virulent experience for them."
excerpt from, "In August, John MacArthur Denied COVID-19 at Grace Community Church; In April, He Said Members Had Been Hospitalized"
Would you have heard of any complaints if these ballots were for Biden?
Carrie Johnson wrote: ..... Voting rights experts and Justice Department veterans immediately reacted to Freed's unusual press statement.
Justin Levitt, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said the timing of the announcement alone raises many questions.
"It is the vital duty of government not to announce partial facts and 'potential issues' in pending investigations," Levitt said in an email interview. "Indeed, it's quite improper to announce the fact of an inquiry. And grotesquely improper to announce whom the ballots were cast for, as if that mattered in the investigation."...
Noah Higgins-Dunn wrote: .... âTo those who argue that the lockdown flattened the curve in New York and New Jersey, the evidence argues otherwise,â Paul said, accusing Fauci of being a âbig fanâ of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Yorkâs âshutdownâ despite its high number of Covid-19 deaths.Â
âNo, you misconstrued that senator, and youâve done that repeatedly in the past,â Fauci responded at the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing.
âThey got hit very badly, they made some mistakes. Right now if you look at whatâs going on right now, the things that are going on in New York to get their test positivity 1% or less is because they are looking at the guidelines that we have put together from the task force of the four or five things of masks, social distancing, outdoorsâ more than indoors, avoiding crowds and washing hands,â said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases....
excerpt from, "You are not listening,â Fauci tells Sen. Rand Paul during a Senate hearing on the coronavirus"
â I see no reason why this church shouldn't have outdoor meetings if that's the way they can do it.
Kate Shelnutt wrote: .... Instead, Thailand is now being praised https://tinyurl.com/y6jush6u as one of the only places that was able to effectively contain the pandemic. After a countrywide lockdown in the spring and continued precautions, it celebrated 100 days without a case COVID-19 at the start of September.
Later that week, an evangelical church-planting movement in central Thailand celebrated a milestone of its ownâone that wouldnât be possible without the word of mouth conversations, house gatherings, and in-person testimonies it relies on to spread the gospel....
excerpt from, "Sermon Audio article"
Isn't it a pity that some American pastors couldn't contain their greed and wait for a while when things settle down far as the virus was concerned? Also they should have been pushing the government to do something about the problem â đ