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6. HONG KONG PROTESTS INTENSIFY WITH MOLOTOV COCKTAILS AND ARROWS (NPR)

“Violence erupted this weekend around a besieged Hong Kong university, as protesters threw petrol bombs and fired arrows at police in an attempt to keep control of the campus.
“Hong Kong police appealed to protesters early Monday, local time, to leave the scene of an intense stand-off and threatened to respond with live bullets if protesters continue to use what they called "lethal weapons." The warning came as a fiery clash between protesters and police outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University entered its second night. Protesters have been hurling gasoline bombs while police have answered with tear gas and water cannons.”

  • China views Hong Kong’s flourishing as a threat. In turn, Chinese officials have sent troops over to squelch the movement and also pressure Hong Kong officials to silence the movement.

  • “Absolutely no mercy.” Over the weekend, the NY Times published more than 400 pages of internal Chinese documents that reveal their governing strategies. Reminded of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Chinese Pres. Xi views risks to China as a result of “ideological laxity and spineless leadership.”

  • Similar to Pharaoh, Pres. Xi appears strong but is no match for God. The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord. He channels the water whichever way he pleases. Phillip Yancey put it well: “God's terrible insistence on human freedom is so absolute that he granted us the power to live as though He did not exist, to spit in His face, to crucify Him.” (Pro. 21:1)

5. TRUMP TELLS KIM JONG UN THAT JOE BIDEN IS 'SOMEWHAT BETTER' THAN A 'RABID DOG' (USA TODAY)

“President Donald Trump on Sunday told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that his regime was overstating when it called former Vice President Joe Biden a "rabid dog."
“Mr. Chairman, Joe Biden may be Sleepy and Very Slow, but he is not a 'rabid dog'," the president tweeted in a tepid defense of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. He added that Biden is "actually somewhat better than that." Last week, North Korean state media hurled a series of insults at Biden and said, "Rabid dogs like Biden can hurt lots of people if they are allowed to run out of control." The statement said that such dogs "must be beaten to death with a stick, before it is too late.”
"North Korea on Monday responded to a tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump that hinted at another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying it has no interest in giving Trump further meetings to brag about unless it gets something substantial in return."

  • A 2014 report documented how believers were being “hung on a cross over a fire, crushed under a steamroller, herded off bridges, and trampled underfoot.” If guards can get a Christian to recant their faith, they receive a promotion.

  • Despite the circumstances, Christians “quietly sing hymns” and “cower under a blanket or in the toilet to pray.” We may wonder why God allows such evil but we can trust he will judge such evil (1 Cor. 4:5).

4. BISHOP CHOSEN TO INVESTIGATE CHURCH SEX ABUSE IS HIMSELF ACCUSED (FOX NEWS)

“A bishop tapped by Pope Francis to investigate the Roman Catholic Church's response to sex abuse allegations in Buffalo, N.Y., has himself been accused of sexually abusing a child decades ago.
“The bishop was selected by Francis last month to investigate the church's Buffalo Diocese, where Bishop Joseph Malone has come under fire for his handling of a clergy abuse scandal… Garabedian said he is preparing a lawsuit on behalf of his client, Mark Matzek, 56, who said DiMarzio molested him in the mid-1970s as a priest in Jersey City, N.J. The lawsuit will ask for $20 million in compensation.”

  • From July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, 1,385 adults came forward with 1,455 allegations of abuse. Last year, there were 693 allegations. Catholic dioceses and religious orders spent $301.6 million during that period on payments to victims, legal fees, and child-protection efforts.

  • A Gallup poll found that 37 percent of U.S. Catholics are considering leaving the church because of the sex abuse crisis. In 2002, 22 percent of Catholics said they were contemplating leaving.

  • “Take heed lest ye fall. (1 Cor. 10:12)” When preaching on that verse, C.H. Spurgeon said: “The vices are the counterfeits of virtues. Whenever God sends from the mint of heaven a precious coin of genuine metal, Satan will imitate the impress, and utter a vile production of no value… God bestows courage. Satan inspires foolhardiness. The saving grace of faith ripens into confidence. Satan palms upon us the vice of presumption.”

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3. KANYE WEST CALLS HIMSELF 'THE GREATEST ARTIST THAT GOD HAS EVER CREATED' AT JOEL OSTEEN SERVICE (USA TODAY)

Kanye West took the stage at Houston megachurch pastor Joel Osteen's service Sunday, zigzagging through an interview about his shift to a much more religious ideology, his Sunday Service performances and new gospel album, "Jesus Is King."
“In the 20 minute message, Kanye mentioned how God sent him a vision about starting a church a few years back and how he's now in full service to God… All of that arrogance and confidence and cockiness that yall seen me use before, God is now using for him," Kanye said.”

  • Mr. West may not be the greatest artist but sanctification is a life-long process. He is rough around the edges but Christ has saved him to his very core.

  • Martin Luther on sanctification: “This life is not godliness, but growth in godliness; not health, but healing; not being, but becoming; not rest, but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way; the process is not yet finished, but it has begun; this is not the goal, but it is road; at present all does not gleam and glitter, but everything is being purified.”

  • The longer we walk with Jesus, the more we become like Jesus. (Pro. 4:18, Rom. 8:27)

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2. DAD GOES VIRAL FOR COPYING HIS NEWBORN DAUGHTER’S ‘MILK DRUNK’ FACES IN FUNNY VIDEO (YAHOO!) 

  • Watch it here. “You are to imitate me, just as I imitate Christ. (1 Cor. 4:16)”

1. SOUTHERNER GOES TO NEW YORK 

  • Watch it here. “The LORD had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you. (Gen. 12:1)”

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