Biden administration to send long-range rocket system to Ukraine as part of new aid package

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will send Ukraine a long-range rocket system as part of a new $700 million security package that’s is going to be announced Wednesday.

Ukrainian officials have been asking for longer-range systems to defend themselves from Russia’s ongoing attacks. The announcement comes a day after Biden said the United States was not going “to send to Ukraine rocket systems that can strike into Russia.”

© Provided by USA TODAY President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at Akasaka Palace, Monday, May 23, 2022, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden wrote in an opinion piece in the New York Times that he “decided that we will provide the Ukrainians with more advanced rocket systems and munitions that will enable them to more precisely strike key targets on the battlefield in Ukraine.”

“America’s goal is straightforward: We want to see a democratic, independent, sovereign and prosperous Ukraine with the means to deter and defend itself against further aggression,” Biden wrote.

Senior administration officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said Tuesday the U.S. would be sending HIMARS (High Mobility Rocket Systems) to Ukraine. The officials said in a call with reporters that Ukrainian officials have given the United States assurances that the rockets will only be used in Ukraine and will not be used on Russian territory.

An official said the HIMARS rocket system range is about 80 kilometers or roughly 48 miles. 

The officials said the administration will also provide air surveillance radars, additional javelins, as well as anti-armor weapons.

This is the eleventh security package that the Biden administration has sent to Ukraine.

The United States committed to sending an additional $40 billion in support to Ukraine after Congress passed a bipartisan aid package in mid-May

The package, which Biden signed on a plane during his trip to Asia earlier this month, is intended to get Ukraine through September as the Russian invasion approaches its fourth month. 

The aid package included more than $20 billion for the Pentagon to provide weapons, intelligence and training, and nearly $14 billion for the State Department for food aid, refugee assistance and other diplomatic programs.

Alexander Dvornikov, the brutal general heading up Putin’s war in Ukraine

Alexander Dvornikov, a relentless general

He was appointed head of the “special military operation” in Ukraine in mid-April when it became clear that Russia had made numerous strategic mistakes on the ground. Putin turned to one of his most loyal men, who has a reputation as a tough guy among tough guys and whose biography has an aura of mystery about it.

Scout Willis steps in LA after dad Bruce Willis’ aphasia diagnosis.

Scout Willis cut a casual figure in an Elton John t-shirt and plaid pants on a coffee run at a Starbucks in Los AngelesCalifornia on Saturday afternoon.

While strutting down the sidewalk holding a green matcha tea latte in one hand and an iced coffee in the other, the Brown University graduate, 30, appeared relaxed as she wore her dark brown hair in a single braid. 

She accessorized her laid-back look with a brown tote bag, which carried her red sweatshirt and other essentials.  

The outing comes less than a month after her father’s 67-year-old Bruce’s Aphasia diagnosis revelation – language abilities deteriorate.

Scout’s older sister, Rumer, announced the diagnosis via her Instagram on behalf of herself, Bruce’s wife Emma Heming, ex-wife Demi Moore, Scout, and other daughters Tallulah, Mabel, and Evelyn.

In the statement she shared, Rumer wrote: ‘To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family, we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.

‘As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,’ the statement continued.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford’s wife, Kelly, has shared adorable pictures of their kids dressed up in team outfits ahead of this Sunday’s Super Bowl showdown against the Bengals – after opening up about how the couple overcame relationship struggles when they first moved to Los Angeles last year.

The family is now apparently focused on treasuring the upbeat memories they can create together.

The day after Rumer’s announcement, she shared a heartfelt post thanking fans for their outpouring of support and love.

I didn’t know how it would be received, there is always an unknown when sharing out so vulnerably into the world,’ she captioned a snap of her and Bruce together 

‘Yesterday was so surreal, sharing something so personal. I didn’t know how it would be received, there is always an unknown when sharing out so vulnerably into the world,’ she captioned a snap of her and Bruce together.

She continued: ‘I’d hoped for some love and compassion, I truly NEVER could have anticipated the depth and breadth of the love we received as a family yesterday.’ 

‘It kept hitting me yesterday how much love, energy, and prayers were now being sent to my daddio and just humbling me in a way that brings tears as I write this. I am so grateful for your love, I’m so grateful to hear about what my papa means to you. Thank you so much to everyone who reached out to me yesterday, I love and I appreciate you with all my heart!’ the actress concluded. 

FAKE Christianity DOES provide its adherents.

Pretend (Fake) Christianity DOES provide its adherents a small measure of comfort. Pretend (Fake) Christianity usually goes by the Biblical name of the tares. “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” –Matthew 13:24-30 “Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom, but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be at the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” –Matthew 13:36-42 And so, the tares are the MANY traveling the broad way to destruction. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” –Matthew 7:13-14 During a recent discussion about the FEW who are Christians and the MANY who are tares, it was brought up that the tares DO enjoy some comfort from their pretend behavior.  There are several reasons for these comforts–which, although they provide SOME comfort, do NOT provide the assurance of eternal life as does REAL Christianity–and a few of those reasons follow. 1- The safety of the herd A great many take comfort in thinking the same way as most others think; a great many take comfort in acting in much the same way as others; a great many take comfort in being part of the MAJORITY. 2- The world’s acclaim Those who attempt to rise to the top of the tare pile many times receive the accolades of their fellows. It is NOT because of their righteousness they are applauded, but because of their APPEARANCE of being righteous (though the two are very often confused). 3- The small comfort of false assurances Though many are workers of iniquity (who know better), a great many of the tares suffer from DECEPTION and believe they are really doing God’s will. Because they believe the deceiving stories of men over the Word of God, these tares will ultimately reap the harvest of their deception. 4- Receiving, during this VERY short life, the benefits of the world Because many of the tares suffer from deception, they mistakenly equate the success they enjoy in this world as PROOF they will enjoy success in the next life. “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” –James 4:4 5- NOT believing the Word of God, many live for the creature comforts of today over the possible benefits of tomorrow  These are chiefly the workers of iniquity. And so, although they do NOT enjoy the ULTIMATE benefit of eternal life, the tares DO enjoy SOME comfort being a tare. The million-dollar question–which will not be answered until the tares’ exit from this world: Are these supposed benefits enough? WHAT does the reader believe? It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ, and enter the kingdom of heaven. DOES the reader believe he is saved?

 Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved? Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you, first of all, that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen by James; then of all the apostles. And last, of all, he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ” –1 Corinthians 15:1-8 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” -–Romans 1:16 A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report [Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times

Priti Patel accuses BBC of ‘undercurrent’ of xenophobia over Rwanda migrants deal.

Priti Patel has accused the BBC of displaying an “undercurrent” of xenophobia in its reporting of the Government’s new immigration deal with Rwanda.

The Home Secretary said she was “taken aback” by the tone of some references by BBC journalists to the African country when she announced the agreement earlier this month.

She acknowledged “there are always going to be critics” but said she identified “undercurrents” in criticism from MPs in the Commons.

Labour described the Rwanda deal as “unethical”, with one backbencher warning of the dangers of subjecting migrants to “an authoritarian regime with one person in power for 30 years”.

But Ms. Patel told The Sunday Telegraph: “I was in Parliament on Tuesday, and there are undercurrents, if I may say so, of just sheer xenophobia, which I think is absolutely appalling… For others, who speak in disparaging, belittling, and prejudicial, ignorant ways about a country that is our partner, quite frankly [it] is offensive, but I think also based on ignorance as well.”

Asked about the BBC’s coverage of the issue, Ms. Patel said: “I was questioned by them last week, in [Rwanda]. They had a traveling delegation with us. And I was quite taken aback just by the tone of references to Rwanda.

“I’ve already referenced the type of undercurrent, without actually understanding the details, and not even recognizing the resettlement work of Rwanda first and foremost, the track record, and how recent that has been, and how the EU has funded that as well, just even some of the details. From my perspective, it’s a shame.”

Responding to Ms. Patel’s comments, a BBC spokesman told the paper: “The government’s agreement to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda led to considerable public debate.

“Journalists from the BBC and other media were there to report the story and ask questions about the plan.”

Related video: Theresa May questions legality and ethics of plan to send migrants to Rwanda (Evening Standard)

The Home Secretary defended the controversial agreement as being “very unique” and “not like a trade deal”.

Ms. Patel also repeated her argument that the Nationality and Borders Bill, which is edging closer to becoming law, was not comparable to Australia’s arrangement with Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

“It’s not like a trade deal … We brought migration and economic development together for a migration and economic development partnership with Rwanda,” Ms. Patel told the Sunday Telegraph.

“It is so different to Australia’s model, for example, with how they have outsourced, so to speak. It’s not like-for-like, this is a very, very unique model.”

Following the £120 million economic deal being struck, cash for each removal is expected to follow.

Since 2012, asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat without valid visas have been subject to offshore processing in Nauru or on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

Offshore processing involves asylum seekers being detained and undergoing health, security, and identity checks in Australia, before being forcibly transferred to Nauru or Papa New Guinea at the earliest possible opportunity and undergoing refugee status determination in those countries.

The Rwanda agreement has been criticized by senior Tories, Labour, and church figures including the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Conservative former prime minister Theresa May has questioned the “legality, practicality and efficacy” of the plan, and Mr. Welby described it as “the opposite of the nature of God”.

Ms. Patel, however, said the deal was concerned with trying to “empower” asylum seekers.

“It’s always been a partnership based on resettlement, rebuilding lives. Investing in people,” she told the Telegraph.

“We empower people through how we invest in them.”

EU sets new online rules for Google, and Meta to curb illegal content.

Alphabet unit Google, Meta, and other large online platforms will have to do more to tackle illegal content or risk hefty fines under new internet rules agreed upon between European Union countries and EU lawmakers on Saturday.

The agreement came after more than 16 hours of negotiations. The Digital Services Act (DSA) is the second prong of EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager’s strategy to rein in Alphabet unit Google, Meta, and other U.S. tech giants.

Last month, she won backing from the 27-country bloc and lawmakers for landmark rules called the Digital Markets Act (DMA) that could force Google, Amazon, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft to change their core business practices in Europe.

“We have a deal on the DSA: The Digital Services Act will make sure that what is illegal offline is also seen and dealt with as illegal online – not as a slogan, as reality,” Vestager said in a tweet.

EU lawmaker Dita Charanzova, who had called for such rules eight years ago, welcomed the agreement.

“Google, Meta, and other large online platforms will have to act to better protect their users. Europe has made clear that they cannot act as independent digital islands,” she said in a statement.

In a statement, Google said: “As the law is finalized and implemented, the details will matter. We look forward to working with policymakers to get the remaining technical details right to ensure the law works for everyone.”Under the DSA, the companies face fines of up to 6% of their global turnover for violating the rules while repeated breaches could see them banned from doing business in the EU.

The new rules ban targeted advertising aimed at children or based on sensitive data such as religion, gender, race, and political opinions. Dark patterns, which are tactics that mislead people into giving personal data to companies online, will also be prohibited.

Very large online platforms and online search engines will be required to take specific measures during a crisis. The move was triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the related disinformation.

The companies could be forced to hand over data related to their algorithms to regulators and researchers.

The companies also face a yearly fee of up to 0.05% of worldwide annual revenue to cover the costs of monitoring their compliance.

EU lawmaker Martin Schirdewan criticized the exemption granted to medium-sized companies.

“Under pressure from the conservatives, an exception rule for medium-sized companies was integrated, this is a mistake. Due to the large number of companies that fall under this definition in the digital sector, the exception is like a loophole,” he said.

The DSA will be enforced in 2024.

Do You Know How to Increase Your Faith?

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 (KJV)

The knowledge of God’s Word that you have in you will give you the victories you need when you put it to work. The opening scripture is clear on how faith comes about: faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Dear beloved, do you lack the faith to get answers from God? Do you want to increase the level of your faith? If your answer is yes, then you need to create an atmosphere of hearing God’s Word. The act of hearing is a door to your heart; therefore, the more you hear God’s Word, the more you position your heart to increase in faith (Acts 14:9–10). Beloved, get more audio messages to listen to, speak the Word of God to yourself, and apply what you have heard—your faith will grow from strength to strength (Mark 11:23). Remember that what you direct your eyes to see or watch can also either increase your faith or create doubt in you. Therefore, direct your eyes to the Holy Scriptures and meditate on them day and night while practicing them, and your faith will increase. Beloved, increasing your belief to a level of strong faith makes you unshakable forever (Romans 4:19–22). Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!

Prayer Point:

Dear precious Father, thank You for teaching me how to increase my faith. I want my faith to be strong, thus I’m mindful of what I hear and watch. Please lead me to listen to words of faith from Your Word, and direct my eyes to the Holy Scriptures, meditate on them, and keep practicing them to get solutions to all my needs in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Be Filled with Joy and Peace!

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13 (KJV)

Apostle Paul was a man of insight; he prayed for the Roman Church to be filled with joy and peace in believing. This is what we need to pray for as children of God. We are serving a God of hope and our hope must be kept alive by continually believing in the Word of God. Beloved, continually believing in the Holy Scriptures will keep your joy and peace in Christ alive (Mark 11:23–24). The number one goal of the enemy is to kill your joy and peace by throwing many challenges at you. You must not allow him to win over you. Sustain your joy and peace by reading the portions of scriptures that keep your hope alive, such as the Psalms; Psalms 27 and Psalms 8, for example, will inspire you to continually hope in God. Listen to inspiring songs and messages that provide hope and comfort. Fellowship with people who keep your faith alive (Hebrews 10:25). Put your mind in a position where you will not be discouraged, so that you can always abound in joy, hope, and peace. No wonder the Word of God wants us to think about things that are true, noble, just, pure, love, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). Thus, godly thoughts will make it easy for God to fill you with joy and peace. Hallelujah! God bless you!

Prayer Point:

Dear heavenly Father, I believe in You and trust You with my life. Please fill my heart and mind with Your joy and peace, to continually abound in hope till my hope is fulfilled in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Keep Your Anger Under Control!

“In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.” Isaiah 54:8 (KJV)

The children of God must be alert in their spirit to learn from the LORD. Learning from God is the beginning of exercising control over anger. God has his anger under control and so does He expect His children to have control over their anger. In the opening Scripture, we see God having a little wrath: this means that God does get angry and reacts to whoever or whatever is making Him angry. He reacts by hiding His face from the culprit, which means that, as children of God, when we make Him angry, He withdraws Himself from us until we come to our senses to apologize to Him. Afterward, He showers us with His everlasting kindness and mercy; how wonderful to hear this from our Maker: He is just wonderful! As children of God, we must also learn to react to anger in a loving way and have a forgiving heart when the culprit comes to apologize. Yes, our anger should have a limit; it shouldn’t last long, to give an opportunity for the enemy to use it against us or against our offenders (Ephesians 4:26–27). God does not wait for us to apologize but points to us our mistakes; so should we also point to our offenders their mistakes so that the unity and fellowship of the brethren are not affected by offenses (Matthew 5:23-24). Dear beloved, do you get angry? Get angry for the right course, just like Jesus Christ did when He drove out all those who sold in the temple so that the temple could remain sanctified unto the LORD (John 2:14–16). Hallelujah! Glory to the Highest!

Prayer Point:

My dear heavenly Father, thank You for educating me on how to treat anger. Please lead me to use my anger for the right course in order to be a blessing to You and to my brethren in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Is It Possible to Be Immortal?

“And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11:26 (KJV)

Many people have come to believe that all men will die one day, but this is not what the Holy Scriptures teach. Even many believers in Christ Jesus believe that all believers will one day die, which is contrary to the teaching of Christ Jesus. The opening Scripture is not only talking about eternal life after death, but it is also talking about immortality here on earth. If you believe in Christ Jesus so much to also believe that you have attained immortality, He will reward you with immortality (2 Timothy 1:10). Immortality is rewarded to those who not only believe but go the extra mile to develop the heart of God – the heart of goodness and showing kindness to all men, a forgiving heart – and leave vengeance to God alone. If Enoch and Elijah were rewarded with the gift of immortality under the old covenant, then God is more willing to give this gift to we Christians who are under the new covenant (Genesis 5:24, 2 Kings 2:11). Beloved, if you can work on your faith to please God and walk with Him, you will qualify for this gift. The time has come for Christians to believe in the highest teaching of immortality so that they can attain it. Praise the LORD! You are an overcomer!

Prayer Point:

My faithful Father, Your Word indeed is the light of the world. Please guide and lead me to work on my faith to a level that qualifies me for the gift of immortality in Jesus’ name. Amen!

It Is Good to Be Righteous!

“For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.” Psalms 5:12 (KJV)

To be righteous according to God’s standard is imitating God. It simply means loving what God loves, doing what God does, and hating what God hates. God loves His Son, Jesus Christ, and He loves human beings. God loves doing good, and God hates sin of all kinds (1 John 2:16). The Holy Scriptures say how God anointed Jesus Christ of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power, and He went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). As a child of God if you claim you are anointed by God and you are not doing good, then your anointing is questionable. The children of God who are doing good position themselves for blessings, and God showers them with favor round-about like a shield. Whatever they do is blessed and favored. Hallelujah! Dear beloved, do you want to be blessed and favored? If your answer is yes, then it’s time to live a righteous life. Love people and be kind and gracious to them. Remember that some might hurt you along the way, but that shouldn’t stop you from being nice to people. You need to always ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen you and lead you in the quest for doing good. He will comfort you in difficult times so that you don’t compromise and find yourself living in sin. Even if you sin, repent and ask for His forgiveness and He will forgive you and give you the grace to continue in well-doing. Remember that righteous living is filled with countless blessings and favor. Hallelujah! You are an overcomer!

Prayer Point:

My heavenly Father, I’m thankful for Your having made me righteous through Jesus Christ. I’m determined to live a righteous life. Please lead me to love people and be kind to them even in difficult times in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Help the Weak!

“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 (KJV)

There is a need for the children of God to identify the weak people in society and help them. Supporting the weak in society creates an atmosphere to walk in continual blessings. The weak and vulnerable people in society are children, pregnant women, lactating mothers, the aged, the sick, accident victims, the orphans, the poor, poor widows and widowers, etc. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said the weak and vulnerable will always be in our midst (Mark 14:7). Thus, we must position ourselves to help them, fulfilling the will of the Master. Remember that Jesus Christ always had compassion for the weak and vulnerable people in society; He made time to support such people. No wonder He said He came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). In order to help the weak, we need to be laboring or hardworking so that we can acquire financial and other resources to help them. The weak and vulnerable need our love and care to feel that the gospel is still relevant in this current dispensation. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ went on further to explain that it is more blessed to give than to receive, meaning that the giver is a channel of blessing and will never lack any good thing in life. Praise the Lord! Dear beloved, are you supporting the weak and vulnerable in society? It shouldn’t take much to support them. Never say you have nothing—you can start by praying for them. Then ask God to give you the grace to support them materially. Remember that sharing the gospel with them and comforting them in their situation is key in meeting the spiritual needs, so make yourself available and God will use you to bless them. Hallelujah! Glory to God!

Prayer Point:

My dear heavenly Father, thank You for enlightening me by Your Word. I pray for every weak and vulnerable person in the world, that Your grace will strengthen them and comfort them. Please equip me and lead me to support them materially as well in Jesus’ name. Amen!