April 25, 2015 Daily Devotional Guide Collection

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April 25

HE LIVES

Alfred H. Ackley, 1887–1960

He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. (Matthew 28:6)

“Why should I worship a dead Jew?”

This challenging question was posed by a sincere young Jewish student who had been attending evangelistic meetings conducted by the author and composer of this hymn, Alfred H. Ackley. In his book, Forty Gospel Hymn Stories, George W. Sanville records Mr. Ackley’s answer to this searching question, which ultimately prompted the writing of this popular gospel hymn:

He lives! I tell you, He is not dead, but lives here and now! Jesus Christ is more alive today than ever before. I can prove it by my own experience, as well as the testimony of countless thousands.

Mr. Sanville continues:

Mr. Ackley’s forthright, emphatic answer, together with his subsequent triumphant effort to win the man for Christ, flowered forth into song and crystallized into a convincing sermon on “He Lives!” In his re-reading of the resurrections of the Gospels, the words “He is risen” struck him with new meaning. From the thrill within his own soul came the convincing song—“He Lives!” The scriptural evidence, his own heart, and the testimony of history matched the glorious experience of an innumerable cloud of witnesses that “He Lives,” so he sat down at the piano and voiced that conclusion in song. He says, “The thought of His ever-living presence brought the music promptly and easily.”

The hymn first appeared in Triumphant Service Songs, a hymnal published by the Rodeheaver Company in 1933. It has been a favorite with evangelical congregations since that time.

I serve a risen Savior; He’s in the world today; I know that He is living, whatever men may say; I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, and just the time I need Him He’s always near.

In all the world around me I see His loving care, and tho my heart grows weary I never will despair; I know that He is leading thru all the stormy blast; the day of His appearing will come at last.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King! The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find, none other is so loving, so good and kind.

Chorus: He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart ! You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

For Today: Job 19:25; Romans 6:9, 10; Philippians 3:10, 11; Revelation 1:18

Determine to greet everyone in such a way that they will know unmistakably that Jesus is alive and living in your life. Sing as you go—[1]


April 25: Bound for the Promised Land

Joshua 14:1–15:63; 2 Corinthians 11:16–23; Psalm 54:1–7

Faith is not just about being faithful; it’s also about trusting in God’s faithfulness.

For years God dealt with the confused and waning nature of His people while they were in the wilderness. They wondered, “Will God actually do what Moses has told us?” They had seen God repeatedly act on their behalf, but they continued to grow frightened and faithless. In return, the first generation that left Egypt never saw the promises of God. Instead, a later generation witnessed His faithfulness.

In Joshua 14:1–15:63, we see God fulfilling His words. Caleb and Joshua get a chance to witness this faithfulness, but the Hebrews who doubted that God would act on their behalf did not (Josh 14:6–15; also see Num 13:25–14:45). This is an incredible moment: these two men had watched the failures of their elders and led their peers and people younger than them so that they could witness the faithfulness of God together. You can almost hear them singing, “It is well with my soul.”

Faith is a two-way street. We are to be faithful, but we must also have faith in God’s faithfulness. God will do what He has told us He will do. He will act upon His word like He did with Joshua and Caleb.

We will be able to look back upon the events in our lives and say, as the psalmist does, “I will freely sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O Yahweh, because it is good. Because he has delivered me from all trouble” (Psa 54:6–7).

Since we know that day will come, why should we not freely sacrifice to Him now? He will overcome our opposition. Why should we not boldly proclaim, as the old hymn says, “I am bound for the promised land,” and use it as leverage to say, “God will be faithful, so there is no reason why we shouldn’t be”?

God has bound us to His faithfulness; Christ’s death and resurrection shows that He blesses us beyond measure. So let’s be bound to God with the knowledge that we are bound for the heavens that He has promised.

In what ways has God been faithful to you? How can these moments be a reminder to you now to be faithful?

John D. Barry[2]


April 25

Intro

Welcome to Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Today’s reading is Psalm 91 through 95. Our lesson is from Psalm 95:1–2, “O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” (NASU)

Lesson

Today’s psalm is about praise and worship. But it also warns the people of God not to imitate Israel’s murmuring at Meribah when they tested the Lord. Let’s look at these verses.

The psalmist’s first invitation is to sing to the Lord. The Psalms are songs. Sometimes we do not realize the importance of music and especially song. All cultures have songs, although some may appear to sound strange to our ears. Songs are an expression of the heart. The beauty of the Psalms is that in the hands of a capable composer, they can be sung in many different cultures. These different cultural expressions anointed by the Holy Spirit are wonderful ways to spread the kingdom of God.

The psalmist’s second invitation is to shout joyfully to the Lord. Just like other songs, some are joyful and upbeat; others express sadness or any other human emotion. But this psalm is a summons to shout joyfully. It is an animated way of demonstrating an interior emotion. Some people do not care for this enthusiasm or think that a church service must be somber. There is room for both. At times solitude and quietness are appropriate. At other times, celebration should be expressed. In all, we must make sure that respect and honor of God prevail.

The psalmist’s last invitation is to show gratitude to the Lord. Thanksgiving is a display of genuinely being appreciative of what the Lord has done for us. There are so many things to be grateful for. Just take a moment to reflect on God’s grace and mercy in your life. You’ll probably have a list a mile long! There is no way that we could ever repay Him for what He has done for us. He truly is an unbelievably generous and giving God!

Let’s summarize. The psalmist’s invitation is to sing to the Lord. The psalmist’s invitation is to shout joyfully to the Lord. And the psalmist’s invitation is to show gratitude to the Lord.

May we be a people who love to praise and worship the Lord in all circumstances and in diverse ways. Let us not be limited by our own cultural expressions in worship.

Try to find a psalm sung in another language and listen to it. Another suggestion is to see if you can locate a recording of a psalm with a Middle Eastern flavor to it. Learn to appreciate different cultural expressions. Enjoy praising the Lord!

End

It has been a pleasure to share with you Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Tomorrow’s Bible reading is Psalm 96 through 100. Let’s not forget the words of the psalmist, “The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” Until tomorrow and may God bless you in abundance as you study the Word of God.[3]


April 25

Messengers of Peace

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9).

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You are a messenger of peace!

When Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God,” He was referring to a special group of people whom God called to restore the peace that was forfeited because of sin. They may not be politicians, statesmen, diplomats, kings, presidents, or Nobel prize winners, but they hold the key to true and lasting peace.

As a Christian, you are among that select group of peacemakers. As such you have two primary responsibilities. The first is to help others make peace with God. There is no greater privilege. The best way to do that is to preach the gospel of peace with clarity, so people understand their alienation from God and seek reconciliation. Romans 10:15 says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings of good things!” The early church preached peace through Christ, and that is your privilege as well.

Your second responsibility is to help reconcile believers to one another. That’s a very important issue to God. He won’t accept worship from those who are at odds with each other. They must first deal with the conflict (Matt. 5:23–24). That is especially true within a family. Peter warned husbands to treat their wives properly so their prayers wouldn’t be hindered (1 Peter 3:7).

Peacemakers don’t avoid spiritual conflicts. Rather, they speak the truth in love and allow the Spirit to minister through them to bring reconciliation. If you see someone who is alienated from God, you are to present him or her with the gospel of peace. If you see two Christians fighting, you are to do everything you can to help them resolve their differences in a righteous manner.

Of course, to be an effective peacemaker you must maintain your own peace with God. Sin in your life will disrupt peace and will prevent you from dispensing God’s peace to others. Therefore continually guard your heart and confess your sin so God can use you as His peacemaker.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Pray for those close to you who don’t know Christ. Take every opportunity to tell them of God’s peace.

For Further Study: Read 2 Corinthians 5:17–21. ✧ How did Paul describe the ministry of reconciliation? ✧ What was Christ’s role in reconciling man to God?[4]


April 25

Doing Our Part

I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart.

Psalm 40:8

What is the way out of a circumstance created by an unwise decision? A wise decision. And who is primarily responsible for meeting the need? The person who has made the unwise decision.

What is God’s role in this?… I believe that God will give daily guidance to any person who requests it, and that He will give courage, fortitude, and willpower to any person who requests these qualities.…

He will not do our part, but He will assist us so that our efforts will succeed and we will have both the courage and the endurance necessary to see a problem resolved fully or a need fully met.[5]


April 25

The Risen Christ

Scripture reading: Acts 2:23–24, 32–36

Key verse: 2 Timothy 2:9

The word of God is not chained.

In her book, Shadow of the Almighty, Elisabeth Elliot offers penetrating insights into the life of her husband and missionary martyr, Jim Elliot. Ever the seeker, Elliot disliked any attempt to contain or confine the fires of God in the human life. He wrote this while a student at Wheaton College:

2 Timothy 2:9 says, “The word of God is not bound.” Systematic theology—be careful how you tie down the Word to fit your set and final creeds, systems, dogmas, and organized theistic philosophies!

The Word of God is not bound! It’s free to say what it will to the individual and no one can outline it into dispensations which cannot be broken. Don’t get it down “cold,” but let it live—fresh, warm, and vibrant—so that the world is not binding ponderous books about it, but rather the world is shackling you for having allowed it to have free course in your life.

Although Jesus was not a revolutionary, what He began on Resurrection Sunday has transformed millions of men and women through the centuries.

When you are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, you are filled with the power of the risen Christ. You are joined with a Savior with whom nothing is impossible. Never be surprised at what He will do next.

Father, I claim the power of the risen Christ in my life. Renew my strength by Your Spirit.[6]


April 25

Staying Alive

But made alive in the spirit.

1 Peter 3:18, nasb

Today’s verse makes a specific reference to the life of Jesus’ spirit—it does not refer to the Holy Spirit. The apostle Peter is contrasting what happened to the flesh (or body) of Jesus with what happened to His spirit. His spirit was alive but His flesh was dead.

Some think “made alive in the spirit” refers to Christ’s physical resurrection, but that would necessitate a statement like, “He was put to death in the flesh but made alive in the flesh.” The resurrection was a spiritual and physical occurrence. Thus Peter’s point has to be that though Christ was physically dead, His spirit was still alive.

On the cross, Christ’s spirit experienced brief separation from God. He said, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46). The separation ended quickly, however, for shortly after our Lord’s lament, He said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:46). Then, His spirit was no longer separated from God; it was committed to the Father.[7]


April 25        God Is for You

scripture reading:
Romans 8:31–39

key verse:
Exodus 14:14

The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.

Not only is God’s Spirit in you, but also God is for you. There are amazing power and freedom in knowing that almighty God is now on your side.

Have you blown your marriage due to immorality? If you are a believer, God is still for you.

Have you backed off from your commitment to God? Have you ignored His counsel, refused His direction? As staggering as it seems, God is still for you.

Here’s why. When Christ died, God’s judgment was fully executed on His Son. His wrath against sin was vented. God’s love is steadfast for those who receive the gift of eternal life by faith in Christ Jesus. You may sin and rebel, but His love for you does not change.

Yes, He will discipline you; yes, He will chastise you if necessary. But all correction is filtered through His loyal, blessed love.

God is for you, not against you. Because of the Cross, you can abide in His presence permanently and experience His love by personal faith in Jesus Christ. Paul declared that nothing can “separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39).

Thank You, Father, that even when my commitment to You is feeble, You are still for me. Thank You that nothing can separate me from Your love.[8]


April 25

Contentment in All Circumstances

Scripture reading: Philippians 4:11–19

Key verse: Philippians 4:19

My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Our materially oriented culture is programmed to generate discontentment. That is why each year brings new cars, new fashions, new improvements, all designed to make us dissatisfied with our present status or possessions.

Cultivating contentment in the Christian life begins with understanding that things never define your value. Your job, neighborhood, or net worth does not figure into God’s equation for value and worth. Your value lies in your priceless relationship with God as your Father.

Still more, you can counter the anxious and stressful tug of discontentment with a solid understanding of several basic scriptural truths.

God cares for you. Because you are His child, He has assumed responsibility for providing for your emotional, spiritual, and physical needs. He will do so as you trust Him without reservation while you go about the routine tasks of each day.

God is in control. When a job is terminated, a mate quits, a friend deserts, God is quietly but sovereignly at work for your good. You are not a victim of the economy or another’s decision.

You can be content in any circumstance when you are sure of God’s unceasing care and absolute control of every detail. Rest in His ability, and contentment will follow.

Father, I am so thankful that You are in control of every circumstance of my life. You care for me and have assumed responsibility for me as Your child.[9]


April 25

Forever Is Guaranteed

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:26

The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.

It’s a cold winter day. The canvas awning under which you sit flaps roughly. The people behind you cry silently. Those gathered around the sides are red-eyed and somber.

In front of you a preacher stands next to the casket of your loved one—the one with whom you ate, laughed, walked, and communed for all these years.

Long minutes pass. It is over. Friends hug you; the preacher consoles you; and you return to your car for the lonely trip home.

In this setting of grim, undeniable reality lie the profound and majestic hope, comfort, and assurance of the Christian faith—forever set in the scriptural jewel of John 11:25 (nasb): “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.”

Death isn’t the final act. It isn’t the ultimate farewell scene.

Because Jesus confronted death and emerged the Victor, we who believe in Him also will live—even though we die. Because of Christ’s resurrection, our forever is guaranteed. Our faith is valid; our hope is sure; our expectations are fulfilled. Christ, the Death Slayer, has won the ultimate battle and invites all who believe in Him to experience the delightful fruit of His victory—eternal life.

Dear God, I praise You that my forever is guaranteed. My spiritual journey will not end with death. It will continue for eternity.[10]


April 25

After the Cross

Scripture Reading: John 14:16–19

Key Verse: John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

It is possible that we can walk away from the Holy Spirit’s control and endure a life that is less than Spirit filled. This is one of the reasons many believers endure defeated lives even after experiencing great joy for a period after salvation.

The Spirit-filled life is not about how much of the Holy Spirit a believer can gain. At salvation, God indwells you fully, forever, with His Holy Spirit. The Spirit-filled life is about how much of you the Holy Spirit can gain.

Many believers are defeated because they have not been properly taught about the Holy Spirit. Some refer to the Holy Spirit as an “it” and fail to recognize Him as a person. He is a person of the Trinity who comes into the life of the believer at the moment of salvation. There doesn’t have to be an accompanying experience, feeling, or manifestation.

The Bible clearly states that the Holy Spirit is a person, and God is not going to equip you with a partial person or with a person who darts in and out of your life based on your successes or failures in the Christian walk. But if we are not taught properly, or if we burn out by attempting to walk and serve in our own power, we naturally are going to become discouraged and defeated.

Praise the Lord that the role of the Spirit is to enable us to live as God desires, after our lives are changed at the Cross.

Holy Spirit, help me to seek not what I can get from You, but what Your power can enable me to do for You.[11]


April 25

The Resurrection: So What?

“If we have only hoped in Christ in this life, we are of all men most to be pitied.”

1 Corinthians 15:19

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Without Christ’s resurrection, our individual Christian lives would be pathetic exercises in futility.

In ancient times the strongest swimmer among the sailors on a ship was called the archegos, a Greek word that means “front–runner” or “pioneer.” If as the ship approached shore, it got caught in waves so strong that a safe landing was doubtful, the archegos would fasten one end of a long rope to the ship, tie the other end around himself, jump into the water, and guide the ship to land. Once on land, he would secure the rope to a rock or tree. Then the other passengers could disembark and use the rope as a safety tether to reach the shore.

Jesus is our archegos. If He didn’t overcome death and make a way possible for us to do the same, we would have nothing more to look forward to than life on earth, which would leave us with no brighter hope than the typical unbeliever (Rom. 6:23).

The archegos illustration shows us once again the crucial importance of Christ’s rising from the grave. Without the Resurrection, Christianity loses its doctrinal strength, as we saw in yesterday’s study. Furthermore, the Christian life would become futile and pathetic if we could not point to the truth of the Resurrection. If our Lord were still in the tomb, He could not help us regarding eternity or our earthly ministry. We would have nothing to justify our efforts in Bible study, preaching, teaching, witnessing, or any activity of Christian service.

However, God the Father did raise “Jesus our Lord from the dead, He who was delivered up because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification” (Rom. 4:24–25). Because Christ lives, we too shall live (John 14:19). This great certainty should give us all the confidence and motivation we’ll ever want or need as we serve our Lord and risen Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Based on the reality of the Resurrection, ask God today to give you fresh incentive to be His faithful servant.

For Further Study: Read Luke 24:1–12. What immediate effect did knowledge of Jesus’ resurrection have on Mary Magdalene and the other women? ✧ How did their reaction differ from most of the disciples’?[12]


April 25

Numbers 2; Psalm 36; Ecclesiastes 12; Philemon

Among the insights the Psalms convey, some of the most penetrating deal with the nature of wickedness and of wicked people. Rarely are these put into abstract categories. They are almost always functional and relational.

What lies at the heart of the “sinfulness of the wicked”? “There is no fear of God before his eyes” (Ps. 36:1). This means something more than that the wicked person is foolishly unafraid of the punishment that God will finally mete out (though it does not mean less than that). It means that the wicked are so blind that they do not see the ultimate realities. They either do not see God at all, or, scarcely less horribly, they do not see God as he is.

All appropriate behavior and outlook for human beings made in the image of God find their reference point and measure in God himself. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of both knowledge (Prov. 1:7) and wisdom (Prov. 9:10), for “knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Prov. 9:10). The converse is utter folly: “fools despise wisdom and discipline” (Prov. 1:7). Small wonder the psalmist insists that it is the fool who says, “There is no God” (Ps. 14:1). Scarcely less foolish is the conjuring up of domesticated gods we can manage, or of savage gods that are brutal and immoral, or of impersonal gods that depersonalize God’s image-bearers. When one is blind to the true God, including his glorious holiness that must rightly instill fear in image-bearers as rebellious as we, there is no stopping place in our descent into the abyss of folly.

The blindness of the wicked extends to their assessment of themselves. “For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin” (Ps. 36:2). If he could see well enough to detect his sin, to see it for what it is—rebellion against the living God—and hate it for its sheer vileness and utter arrogance before the majestic holiness of his Maker, inevitably he would also fear God. The twin blindnesses are one.

This, of course, is why philosophical debates about the existence of God can never be resolved by reason alone. It is not that God is unreasonable, still less that he has left himself without witness. Rather, the tragedy and ignominy of human sin leave us, apart from God’s grace, horribly blind. Yet this blindness is culpable blindness: the wicked have no fear of God before their eyes. Paul understands the point so well that he makes this the culminating proof-text in his proof of human lostness (Rom. 3:18). Thank God for the next thirteen verses the apostle pens.[13]


April 25

Numbers 2; Psalm 36; Ecclesiastes 12; Philemon

Although the teacher never arrives at the fullness of perspective that characterizes the writers of the new covenant Scriptures, his skepticism now shrinks as he encourages some fundamental stances that depend absolutely on a just God who knows the end from the beginning, even if we do not. In this vein, he has already told his readers two things: (a) refuse to live just for today; boldly invest in the future, remembering that this world is God’s (11:1–6); (b) live gratefully and joyfully with the good gifts you have received (11:7–10).

In Ecclesiastes 12, Qoheleth offers one final exhortation: be godly, beginning in your youth; for whether or not we find meaning “from below,” we may be certain that God brings everything to judgment. “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth” (12:1), the Teacher writes. To “remember” God is not simply to recall the bare fact of his existence, but to abandon all illusions of independence and self-sufficiency as God regains his rightful centrality in our lives. God made everything, he alone sees the entire pattern, he is the One who has put eternity into our hearts (3:11). He is the One who made everything good, and we are the ones who have done so much damage with our schemes (7:29).

So remember him, Qoheleth exhorts us, “before the days of trouble come” (12:1)—and then in graphic terms he spells out what old age looks like. In advanced years we may no longer find pleasure in our days (12:1). We reach the winter of life (12:2); we become like an old, decaying house, falling apart, with only a few relics left (12:3). Our hearing fades (12:4b); instead of robust walking or skipping over rocks, we are afraid of heights and fearful of being jostled in the streets. The almond tree has a dark head in winter and turns white with spring blossoms, just as our hair turns white (12:5). Suffering from arthritis and worn-out joints, we hobble along like an ungainly grasshopper (12:5). The silver cord is probably the spinal cord, the golden bowl the skull; the pitcher is the heart: everything decays, and we return to the dust from which we sprang—as God himself, this side of the curse, has said we would (Gen. 3:19). It is far from clear that by “our eternal home” (12:5) and “the spirit returns to God who gave it” (12:7) Qoheleth means everything that New Testament writers mean by such expressions, yet even he is now quite certain that “God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing” (12:14). So, “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (12:13).[14]

 


April 25 – A Perspective on Non-Retaliation

“‘You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, do not resist an evil person’” (Matthew 5:38–39).

Christians are to “resist the devil” (James 4:7; cf. 1 Peter 5:9) and all that his evil world system stands for (Matt. 6:13; Rom. 12:9; 1 Thess. 5:22). This proves that, although Jesus refuted the Jewish leaders’ wrong teaching that people should take revenge in personal matters, our Lord did not teach that His followers simply had to tolerate all sorts of sinful misconduct and evil.

The resistance of evil and wrong, if done properly, will occur within the church. Jesus’ instruction on church discipline concludes with this command: “If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector” (Matt. 18:17; cf. 1 Tim. 5:20). A sinning member who rejects one-on-one reproof as well as reproof from two or three others and from the entire church must be excluded from the fellowship. Concerning unrepentant immorality in the church, Paul instructed—quoting the Old Testament—“Remove the wicked man from among yourselves” (1 Cor. 5:13).

In contrast to this, Jesus clarifies that His followers must not resist or take vengeance regarding supposed harm done to them personally. Such retaliation has no place in society at large, much less among Christians. Paul later wrote, “Never pay back evil for evil to anyone” (Rom. 12:17; cf. v. 19). Instead, God calls us to overcome others’ bad treatment of us by doing good to them (Rom. 12:21).

Ask Yourself

What are the main reasons for this kind of rebuke and discipline? What are its goals and objectives? When do circumstances become necessary to perform it?

From Daily Readings from the Life of Christ, Vol. 1, John MacArthur. Copyright © 2008. Used by permission of Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL 60610, http://www.moodypublishers.com.


Reading for Today:

Judges 15:1–16:31
Psalm 51:1-6
Proverbs 14:31-32
Luke 18:1-23
Notes:

Judges 16:20 he did not know that the LORD had departed from him. Here was the tragedy of the wrath of abandonment. His sin had caused him to forfeit the power of God’s presence. This principle is seen throughout Scripture (Gen. 6:3; Prov. 1:24–31; Matt. 15:14; Rom. 1:24–32).

Judges 16:24 they praised their god. It is tragic when a person’s sin contributes to the unsaved community’s giving praise to a false god, for God alone is worthy of praise.

Psalm 51:1 lovingkindness. Even though he had sinned horribly, David knew that forgiveness was available, based on God’s covenant love.

Psalm 51:4 Against You, You only. David realized what every believer seeking forgiveness must, that even though he had tragically wronged Bathsheba and Uriah, his ultimate crime was against God and His holy law (see 2 Sam.11:27).

Psalm 51:5 brought forth in iniquity. David also acknowledged that his sin was not God’s fault in any way (vv.4b, 6) nor was it some aberration. Rather, the source of David’s sin was a fallen, sinful disposition, his since conception.

DAY 25: Why is human righteousness so insufficient for salvation?

The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in Luke 18:9–14 is rich with truth about the doctrine of justification by faith. It illustrates perfectly how a sinner who is utterly devoid of personal righteousness may be declared righteous before God instantaneously through an act of repentant faith. The parable is addressed to Pharisees who trusted their own righteousness (vv. 10, 11). Such confidence in one’s inherent righteousness is a damning hope (see Rom. 10:3; Phil. 3:9), because human righteousness—even the righteousness of the most fastidious Pharisee—falls short of the divine standard (Matt. 5:48). Scripture consistently teaches that sinners are justified when God’s perfect righteousness is imputed to their account (see Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:4, 5; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 3:4–9)—and it was only on that basis that this tax collector (or anyone else) could be saved.

For the Pharisee to fast twice a week (v. 12) was more than is required by any biblical standard. By exalting his own works, the Pharisee revealed that his entire hope lay in his not being as bad as someone else. He utterly lacked any sense of his own unworthiness and sin.

The tax collector’s humility is notable in everything about his posture and behavior (v. 13). Here was a man who had been made to face the reality of his own sin, and his only response was abject humility and repentance. He contrasts with the Pharisee in virtually every detail. “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” He had no hope but the mercy of God. This is the point to which the law aims to bring every sinner (see Rom. 3:19, 20; 7:13; Gal 3:22–24). He was “justified” (v. 14), i.e., reckoned righteous before God by means of an imputed righteousness.

From The MacArthur Daily Bible Copyright © 2003. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson Bibles, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc, Nashville, TN 37214, http://www.thomasnelson.com.


 

[1] Osbeck, K. W. (1996). Amazing grace: 366 inspiring hymn stories for daily devotions (pp. 128–129). Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.

[2] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] Venditti, L., & Venditti, N. (2012). Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 128). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[5] Stanley, C. F. (2004). God’s way day by day (p. 126). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 120). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 130). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

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April 24, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

Be careful what books you read, for as water tastes of the soil it runs though, so does the soul taste of the authors that a man reads. —John Trapp

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Apr. 24, 2015

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Days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage, Senator Ted Cruz has filed two bills to protect states that bar gay couples from marrying.

Purchases of new U.S. homes slumped more than forecast in March from a seven-year high, a sign progress in the industry will be halting. Sales dropped 11.4 percent to a four-month low.

The number of Americans getting fired is hovering near the lowest levels in almost 15 years, indicating the slowdown in hiring last month will prove temporary. An average 284,500 workers a week filed claims for jobless benefits over the past month.

The debut of Apple Inc.’s first new device in five years is looking more like an event from the fashion world rather than the tech world. This time, there won’t be long lines of faithful gadget lovers waiting for hours and days to buy the latest product. The Apple Watch ranges in price from $349 to $17,000 for a gold version. Apple Stores are only showcasing the device, and the company is urging customers to place orders online.

The chances of Greece missing some of its debt payments in the coming weeks are 40 percent, while the probability of an exit from the 19-nation currency bloc stands at 30 percent, according to median estimates in a Bloomberg survey of 29 economists. Almost four in five respondents said a default won’t trigger an exit.

Orders for business equipment unexpectedly fell in March for a seventh consecutive month, a sign business investment will remain sluggish.

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The 100th anniversary of the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire will be commemorated on April 24, and Pope Francis recently referred to it officially as “the first genocide of the 20th century.” The mass killings, which began in 1915, have long been a topic of controversy between Turkey and Armenia.

The students of Johns Hopkins University have a message for Chick-fil-A: No, thank you. The university’s Student Government Association approved a resolution this week saying that university officials should pick “other non-discriminatory options” and rule out any “current and future Chick-fil-A development plans” if searching for new dining vendors on campus.

The killing of an American who directed al Qaeda’s media campaign from his Pakistani hideout is likely to be a blow for the militants, especially as they wage a propaganda war with Islamic State.

An Iranian ship convoy suspected of carrying weapons for Shiite rebels in Yemen has turned back, US officials said, as Saudi-led warplanes kept up air strikes on the anti-government forces.

Indonesia is expected to soon execute by firing squad a group of 10 convicts, most of them foreigners, for drug offences on the prison island of Nusakambangan in Central Java.

Taliban insurgents shot rockets onto a U.S. base outside Kabul and targeted Afghan government buildings in a provincial capital on Friday, as they officially launched their spring offensive in a year that has already seen fierce fighting.

Nigerian troops were forced to retreat from Boko Haram’s Sambisa Forest stronghold in the restive northeast after a landmine blast killed one soldier and three vigilantes.

The parents of Teddy Houlston, a twin boy born without a brain, decided to donate his organs when he died just 100 minutes after his birth, making him the youngest organ donor in Britain.

The chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday called Hillary Rodham Clinton to testify at a public hearing next month, setting up a high-profile showdown over the Democratic presidential candidate’s use of a private email account and server while she was secretary of state.

The trial of German former SS officer Oskar Groening, dubbed the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, heard horrific descriptions Wednesday of the Nazi death camp, from prisoners’ arrivals to grisly “medical” experiments.

One of Greece’s largest banks says it will wipe away the debts of clients who owe up to $21,600 in a one-off gesture to ease the burden on its crisis-hit customers.

Saudi Arabia has a response to the global surplus of oil: Raise output to near-record levels and then pump even more.

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David Petraeus, a retired US four-star general and former CIA director, has been put on probation and fined for leaking material to his mistress. He was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $100,000.

The man accused of captaining a boat that capsized off Libya with the loss of more than 750 lives has appeared in court on the Italian island of Sicily.

Russia and Argentina have signed a series of framework agreements on economic and energy co-operation following talks in Moscow.

Niger has begun a mass vaccination campaign as it struggles to control a meningitis outbreak that has now killed 129 people.

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Underneath the bubbling geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming sits a volcanic hot spot that has driven some of the largest eruptions on Earth. Geoscientists have now completely imaged the subterranean plumbing system and have found not just one, but two magma chambers underneath the giant volcano.

Any New Jersey school that fails to have 95 percent of its students take the PARCC exams will be placed on a corrective action plan, and schools with especially high opt-out rates could have state funding withheld.

One week before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on the controversial issue, The New England Journal of Medicine, published since 1812, oldest medical journal in the U.S., has taken an editorial position in support of same-sex marriage.


3 Earthquakes Rattle Northern Idaho
Three Earthquakes were recorded near Sandpoint, ID Thursday night and early Friday Morning. The most recent was a magnitude 3.3 recorded at 1:28 AM Friday morning 8 miles East Southeast of Sandpoint, ID.   

Researchers Discover New Tick-Borne Disease
Ticks can carry more than Lyme disease, as a newly published study reminds us. Researchers from China and the University of Maryland School of Medicine uncovered a previously unknown tick-borne illness after last spring examining 477 Chinese patients who had suffered tick bites.   

Iranian Warships Halt near Yemen Port
Iranian warships neared the southern Yemen port of Aden Thursday despite the presence of several U.S. warships in the area as well. It is believed the Iranian vessels are carrying weapons to re-arm the Shiite Houthi rebels who have seized control over the port city and the nation’s capital, Sa’ana. The Iranian vessels since have stopped approaching Aden, but reports that they have turned back have not been confirmed,.   

Russia Backs Down and Says Iran Won’t Get S300 System in ‘Near Future’
Russia has backed down on delivering the advanced S-300 advanced anti-missile system to Iran in the “near future,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Russian media on Thursday Moscow announced two weeks ago that it was lifting the bean of selling Iran the S-300, causing “concern” in Washington and fierce anger in Jerusalem. Netanyahu told Russian president Vladimir Putin last week that Israel would bomb the S-300 systems if Iran were to ship them to Syria or the Hezbollah in Lebanon.   

Poll Shows Most People Don’t Trust Clinton
A Quinnipiac University published on Thursday revealed that only 38 percent of the respondents trust Clinton, while a majority of 54 percent thinks she is not honest or trustworthy.   

Dear Churches in America: Prepare to Be Treated Like 1st Century Christians in Rome
The United States Supreme Court may soon liberate the biblically conservative church from old “prejudices” that should have long ago been “jettisoned,” forcing it into “rightly bowing to the enlightenments of modernity,” in the words of a recent writer in The New York Times.   

Taliban launch spring offensive with rocket attack on US base
Taliban insurgents shot rockets onto a US base outside Kabul and targeted Afghan government buildings in a provincial capital on Friday, as they officially launched their spring offensive in a year that has already seen fierce fighting.   

Evolutionary Embarrassment: Part of Famous ‘Ape-Man’ Skeleton Actually Came from Baboon
Last week, scientists announced that the famous skeleton includes at least one bone that likely came from a baboon. According to New Scientist, Gary Sawyer and Mike Smith at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, along with New York University’s Scott Williams, came to this conclusion after they analyzed the Lucy specimen and “noticed something odd.” “Mike pointed out that one of the [vertebra] fragments, which no one, including me, had really paid close attention to, looked fairly small to fit with the rest of Lucy’s vertebral column,” Williams said.   

German parliament to label mass killing of Armenians as genocide
Germany’s parliamentary speaker says the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks 100 years ago was genocide, saying Germany’s own past makes it important to speak out.   

Italian Police Foil Al Qaeda Attack on Vatican
Police raids in Italy may have been targeting 18 Al Qaeda-linked suspects who were planning an attack on the Vatican, a state prosecutor revealed Friday. Chief Prosecutor Mauro Mura revealed to Reuters that the suspects had been planning a bomb attack at the Catholic spiritual center and that a suicide bomber had arrived in Rome.   

VOLCANIC LIGHTNING
For the first time in more than 42 years, the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted. Two blasts in 24 hours on April 22nd sent plumes of ash and volcanic gases shooting at least 33,000 feet high, well into the altitudes where planes fly. One of the eruptions occured at night and put on a spectacular display of volcanic lightning:   

Strong earthquake rocks New Zealand
A strong 5.9-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand on Friday, seismologists said, panicking shoppers and residents but causing no major damage.   

Winter makes an annoying comeback with late April snow
Late April is starting to feel more like mid-winter for many parts of the U.S. this week. The Great Lakes and Northeast woke up to snow on Thursday morning and for some, it was actually the fourth day in a row of the wintry weather. Since Sunday, it has snowed in at least 23 states, as far south as New Mexico, according to the national snow analysis from the National Weather Service.   

Peering Inside Yellowstone’s Supervolcano
A giant reservoir of magma and hot rock beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano has been found and imaged. The newly found reservoir lies 12-28 miles below the surface, and is four-and-a-half times larger than the shallower, hot melted rock zone that powers current Yellowstone geysers and caused the caldera’s last eruption some 70,000 years ago.   

Yemen conflict: Over 115 children killed, UN says
At least 115 children have been killed and 172 maimed in a month of fighting and air strikes in Yemen, the UN children’s agency Unicef says. About half were killed by coalition bombing, the agency said, and others by mines, gunshots, and shelling. The Saudi-led coalition has continued air strikes on rebel forces, despite announcing the end of its air campaign.   

Calbuco volcano blankets towns in Chile with ash
Residents and emergency workers in southern Chile have been clearing ash that rained down on towns after an eruption of the Calbuco volcano. The volcano, which had been dormant for four decades, erupted on Wednesday, sending a plume of smoke and ash 10km (6 miles) into the sky. Authorities evacuated people living within a 21km (13 mile) radius.   

Ongoing tensions over Temple Mount stoked by Jordanian-funded carpet
Tensions over limited Israeli archeological preservation and oversight on the Temple Mount flared once again this week, when the Muslim Wakf religious trust replaced the worn carpeting inside the Dome of the Rock without first alerting the Antiquities Authority. The renovation…renewed concerns…of Muslim indifference and destruction of Jewish antiquities at the contested holy site.   

U.S. Officials: Iranian Ships Moving Away From Yemen
U.S. officials say Iranian ships suspected of carrying weapons for Shi’ite Huthi rebels are moving away from Yemen. The unidentified officials were quoted as saying that the nine-ship convoy had turned around and headed north, away from the war-torn country.   

With the latest anti-Assad offensive, Syria’s civil war is reaching a tipping point
Rebels led by the Al-Nusra Front have launched a blistering three-pronged offensive aimed at consolidating their Idlib victory and rolling back the regime in northwest Syria.   

This is why red light cameras are doomed
Authorities across the country are increasingly putting the brakes on red light cameras. Opposition to the hated devices may finally have reached a tipping point as lawmakers in Illinois, Texas and California move toward legislation to ban them on both civil rights grounds and monetary reasons.   

Largest Bank In America Joins War On Cash
The war on cash is escalating. Just a week ago, the infamous Willem Buiter, along with Ken Rogoff, voiced their support for a restriction (or ban altogether) on the use of cash (something that was already been implemented in Louisiana in 2011 for used goods). Today, as Mises’ Jo Salerno reports, the war has acquired a powerful new ally in Chase, the largest bank in the U.S., which has enacted a policy restricting the use of cash in selected markets; bans cash payments for credit cards, mortgages, and auto loans; and disallows the storage of “any cash or coins” in safe deposit boxes.  


Rape Culture, Feminism, And The Shocking Truth That You Aren’t Being Told

Does a “culture of rape” exist in the United States? For years, feminists have been speaking of a “rape culture” that exists in this country. They claim that rape has become “pervasive and normalized due to societal attitudes about gender and sexuality“. But what they won’t tell you is that the “sexual revolution” that they championed back in the 1960s and 1970s is at the very root of the explosion of sexual violence that we have seen in this nation since that time. Once upon a time, you could actually let your kids run over to the local playground and play for hours unattended. I know, because that is what my parents did with me when I was growing up. But now you have to watch your children like a hawk because there are hundreds of thousands of sexual predators running around out there. Today, the average American spends more than five hours watching television, and most of the “programming” that Americans allow to be poured into their minds is hypersexualized. The filth that spews forth from our television sets teaches us that the value of a woman is in how she looks, that the number one goal in life for men is to “score”, and even our children are taught to “dress sexy”. Our hypersexualized culture is constantly fanning the flames of sexual desire while at the same time teaching us to disregard all of the traditional boundaries for sex. Needless to say, the results have been absolutely disastrous. (Read More…)


11 Signs That We Are Entering The Next Phase Of The Global Economic Crisis

Well, the Nasdaq finally did it. It has climbed all the way back to where it was at the peak of the dotcom bubble. Back in March 2000, the Nasdaq set an all-time record high of 5,048.62. On Thursday, after all these years, that all-time record was finally eclipsed. The Nasdaq closed at 5056.06, and Wall Street greatly rejoiced. So if you invested in the Nasdaq at the peak of the dotcom bubble, you are just finally breaking even 15 years later. Unfortunately, the truth is that stocks have not been soaring because the U.S. economy is fundamentally strong. Just like the last two times, what we are witnessing is an irrational financial bubble. Sometimes these irrational bubbles can last for a surprisingly long time, but in the end they always burst. And even now there are signs of economic trouble bubbling to the surface all around us. The following are 11 signs that we are entering the next phase of the global economic crisis… (Read More….)


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April 24, 2015

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Drone Killed American Hostage and Obama Barely Apologizes

In January, the U.S. drone program killed three American citizens in Pakistan, one of them Maryland doctor and al-Qaida hostage Warren Weinstein. After piecing together drone footage and intercepted jihadi communications, U.S. officials concluded that a “signature strike” killed hostages Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian. A signature strike is a drone attack where the CIA doesn’t know exactly who is on the ground, yet they take action based on suspicious activity.

Officially, Barack Obama apologized. “As president and as commander in chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations, including the one that inadvertently took the lives of Warren and Giovanni,” he said. “I profoundly regret what happened.” But then Obama spokesman Josh Earnest and the CIA undermined the executive’s apology by insisting Obama didn’t sign off on this particular strike. What a stark contrast to Obama’s obnoxious victory laps after Navy SEALs dispatched Osama bin Laden.

The other two Americans killed in January strikes were al-Qaida jihadists — one of them the first American convicted of treason since World War II. Yet because the strike killed hostages it raises questions about Obama’s management of the U.S. drone program itself — his signature counter-terrorism strategy. That said, it’s an effective tool that’s far more precise than conventional World War II bombing raids or coating Vietnam forests with Agent Orange, though as long as jihadis hide among civilians, avoiding civilian casualties will be difficult. And Obama isn’t doing nearly so well at it as he claims. More…

Did the IRS Intentionally Provoke Customer Service Woes?

Remember when federal agencies were ordered to intentionally manipulate the impacts of the government “shutdown” to take political advantage? The Internal Revenue Service is apparently borrowing from the same playbook. Commissioner John Koskinen testified that stringent budget cuts by Congress have hampered the agency’s ability to adequately handle certain functions, like customer service. Just recently the Treasury’s inspector general found that before March 7 nearly 4 in 10 customers who called into the agency never reached a representative — a drastic spike from the 1-in-10 ratio of a decade ago — and those that did waited an average of 25 minutes. A headline from The Hill described it as “IRS service worse than expected,” but a new report suggests the abysmal service was self-inflicted — and potentially strategically implemented.

Here’s how: “While congressional funding for the IRS remained flat from 2014 to 2015, the IRS diverted $134 million away from customer service to other activities,” reports John McCormack of The Weekly Standard. “In addition to the $11 billion appropriated by Congress, the IRS takes in more than $400 million in user fees and may allocate that money as it sees fit. In 2014, the IRS allocated $183 million in user fees to its customer service budget, but allocated just $49 million in 2015 — a 76 percent cut.” In other words, the agency could have helped more Americans with our complicated tax-filing system but instead diverted funds elsewhere (perhaps toward targeting conservative groups?). At best, it’s government inefficiency, and, at worst, the agency is caught in more malfeasance. Considering its track record, forgive us for assuming the latter. More…

Parents of Michael Brown File Civil Suit Against Ferguson

Michael Brown’s mother and father won’t stop until they see their definition of “justice” carried out. First, a grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the self-defense shooting death of their son. Then, Eric Holder’s race-baiting Department of Justice not only declined to charge Wilson on civil rights violations but vindicated his actions. Still eying the prospect of winning the legal lottery, however, Brown’s parents are going to try one more time. They filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday against the City of Ferguson, former police chief Thomas Jackson and Wilson. The suit seeks $75,000 and changes in the way the city conducts policing, because the Ferguson Police Department “had a custom or policy of negligently hiring and retaining officers, failing to property train and/or supervise officers in the use of deadly force,” the suit reads. The lawsuit builds off the DOJ’s report, which found the city practiced racial bias, with employees distributing racist jokes by email, for example. There are examples of the Ferguson PD seemingly abusing its power, such as one woman’s illegally parked car turning into a six-month legal battle, $1,000 in fines and six days in jail. Abusive systems should certainly be reformed. But how many times must Darren Wilson prove his innocence? More…

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Rubio, Walker Struggle With Immigration Footing

By Lewis Morris

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Walker and Rubio

Immigration is likely to become a major issue in the 2016 presidential race, which is a good thing because the nation’s immigration policies could use some reform. Unfortunately, any attempt at discussing reform will bring bombast, pandering rhetoric and misstatements of the facts.

GOP candidates Marco Rubio and Scott Walker have already been caught up in the debate, taking heat from all sides for their recent statements. And the changing positions these two men have held on the issue hasn’t done either of them any favors.

Right now, the focus is on Barack Obama’s amnesty plan, which thankfully has been stalled in the courts. Given Obama’s habit of thumbing his nose at the Constitution and circumventing the law to suit his political needs, we can be sure the matter won’t end there. But there is a larger issue at play than just the 12 million illegals being recruited to join Democrat ranks.

Recently released U.S. Census figures reveal America is in the midst of an immigration wave unlike any the country has ever experienced. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, “Absent a change in current policy, the Census Bureau projects that in 2023 the nation’s immigrant population (legal and illegal) will reach 14.8 percent (51 million) of the total U.S. population — the highest share ever recorded in American history.” And by 2060, one in five people in the U.S. will be an immigrant.

These are astounding numbers, and, while America is a nation of immigrants, such a large influx raises questions. What will the impact be on American workers, our schools and our infrastructure? How will we be able to assimilate all these new arrivals? What if they don’t want to assimilate? After all, the Left tells them not to. Thanks to our current lack of direction on immigration policy, there are no sure answers.

One thing is certain: The American people are concerned. Every major polling organization from Pew to Gallup and beyond indicate Americans want to see some level of restrictions on immigration. They are concerned about the impact on their ability to get jobs, the downward pressure mass immigration puts on wages, and what will happen to an entitlement system already stretched to the breaking point.

For his part, Rubio has recently voiced support for an enforcement-first immigration policy that includes an E-Verify system in which all businesses large and small would take part. But, to many conservatives, Rubio’s bona fides were sullied by his involvement in crafting the Gang of Eight’s plan that eventually turned into an elaborate mask for amnesty. Rubio originally participated because he was motivated by the idea of comprehensive immigration reform, although he walked away from it after realizing (or perhaps we should say proving) Democrats couldn’t be trusted. Piecemeal reform, starting with enforcement and border security, is really the only way to go, he now says.

CBS’s Bob Schieffer tried to catch Rubio in a gotcha moment with the question of whether a President Rubio would sign into law the Gang of Eight bill he once championed. Rubio ducked by saying, “That’s a hypothetical that will never happen,” because such a bill would never survive the House. True enough, but a simple yes or no answer that more clearly illustrated his current position could have mitigated the appearance of pandering.

Walker has similarly taken heat from all sides because of recent statements on his immigration position. In an interview with Glenn Beck, Walker asserted, “The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages.”

That makes sense, and it’s in line with what the vast majority of Americans believe. However, The Washington Post accused Walker of being protectionist, and others have accused him of being a flip-flopper because he had previously suggested support for a path to legalization for illegal immigrants. Of course, his idea of legalization didn’t approach amnesty, but his position has been rather hard to pin down.

The vitriol Rubio and Walker face is due in large part to voicing the idea that legal immigration needs to be curbed and illegal immigration needs to be dealt with by enforcement before any other means. (No doubt they’re both moving Right for the primary.) While a majority of Americans, as well as a sizable number of recent immigrants, hold these views, the “enlightened” leftist elites in Washington don’t think this is the answer. And that’s only because they see a fresh block of voters who will support Democrats indefinitely if they can get them securely into the U.S.

Standing with the majority of Americans on immigration is a good start for both Rubio and Walker. But they will also need to be clearer in their messaging and remain consistent if they hope to be taken seriously.

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“Between 2001 and 2013, Bill Clinton earned more than $100 million in speaking fees, $26 million of which came from donors to the Clinton Foundation. What’s more, the foundation itself has accumulated $250 million in assets, much of it from foreign donors, The New York Times has reported. The Times … described the ‘special ethical challenge’ the foundation faced accepting huge sums of money ‘even as (Bill Clinton’s) wife helped steer American foreign policy as secretary of state, presiding over decisions with the potential to benefit the foundation’s donors.’ The Times piece focused on the possible role that cash paid to the foundation and to Bill Clinton personally might have played in a deal that handed Russia effective control of 20 percent of the United States’ uranium reserves. … [I]t gave the Russians control over uranium mines and exploration in several Western states. As a result, Russia now controls 20 percent of U.S. uranium. Hillary Clinton’s campaign would like to ignore this story. But it is unlikely … that they can sweep it entirely under the rug. But who knows? Does anyone even remember that the Whitewater investigation was sparked not by sex between a president and a White House intern, but by a land deal meant to enrich then Gov. Bill Clinton and his wife?”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.” —Columbia University professor Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948)

Race bait: “‘Those six [Baltimore] police officers acted like a lynch mob against Freddie Gray. … The police [have] been ISIS to us. We’ve been terrorized with no accountability.” —Rev. Jamal Bryant, Empowerment Temple AME Church

Demo-gogues: “When people say this [Trans-Pacific Partnership] trade deal is bad for working families, they don’t know what they’re talking about. I take that personally. My entire presidency has been about helping working families. … I’ve got some of these folks who are friends of mine, allies of mine, saying this trade deal would destroy American working families, despite the fact that I’ve done everything in my power to make sure that working families are empowered.” —Barack Obama

Village Idiots: “At this point there has not been any evidence presented that would prompt the president or anybody at the White House to be unsettled by Secretary Clinton’s conduct as secretary of state. In fact, everyone here at the White House including the president continues to be very proud of her service to this country as secretary of state of the United States.” —Josh Earnest, denying the cloud of corruption surrounding the Clintons

Braying Jenny: “America moves forward when all women are guaranteed the right to make their own health care choices, not when those choices are taken away by an employer like Hobby Lobby.” —Hillary Clinton

And last… “A new study shows that President Obama’s new coal-plant-killing EPA rules could destroy up to 300,000 jobs. So, only marginally worse than the programs he passes to save jobs.” —Fred Thompson

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11 Signs That We Are Entering The Next Phase Of The Global Economic Crisis

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 09:43 PM PDT

11 Signs That We Are Entering The Next Phase Of The Global Economic CrisisWell, the Nasdaq finally did it. It has climbed all the way back to where it was at the peak of the dotcom bubble. Back in March 2000, the Nasdaq set an all-time record high of 5,048.62. On Thursday, after all these years, that all-time record was finally eclipsed. The Nasdaq closed at 5056.06, and Wall Street greatly rejoiced. So if you invested in the Nasdaq at the peak of the dotcom bubble, you are just finally breaking even 15 years later. Unfortunately, the truth is that stocks have not been soaring because the U.S. economy is fundamentally strong. Just like the last two times, what we are witnessing is an irrational financial bubble. Sometimes these irrational bubbles can last for a surprisingly long time, but in the end they always burst. And even now there are signs of economic trouble bubbling to the surface all around us. The following are 11 signs that we are entering the next phase of the global economic crisis…FULL REPORT

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Houthis threaten to attack Saudi Arabia if bombing continuesPosted: 23 Apr 2015 09:40 PM PDT

Houthis threaten to attack Saudi Arabia if bombing continuesYemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels have threatened to launch an attack on Saudi Arabia if the bombings in Yemen do not stop. The Zaidi group has sent the warning to Riyadh and demanded that UN-brokered political dialogue be resumed in Yemen. The Houthis “will carry out a military attack on Saudi Arabia, if the airstrikes on Yemen don’t come to an end,” Mohammed Bahiti, member of the Ansar Allah movement, told TV channel Al Mayadeen.Bahiti stressed that the Houthi rebels “do not require missiles” to carry forward with their promise, referring to Yemeni military depots destroyed in the airstrikes. He also rejected claims that Operation Decisive Storm, led by Saudi Arabia, was able to successfully destroy the Houthi rebels’ military capabilities. FULL REPORT

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California’s ‘Big One’ could trigger super cycle of destructive quakesPosted: 23 Apr 2015 09:37 PM PDT

California’s ‘Big One’ could trigger super cycle of destructive quakesA major earthquake – the Big One – is statistically almost certain in California in the coming decades, and there is even worse news below the ground: it is likely to be followed by a series of similar-sized temblors, according to a leading seismologist. The current relatively quiet seismic period – in which “far less” energy is being released in earthquakes than it is being stored from tectonic plate motions “cannot last forever,” said University of Southern California earth sciences professor James Dolan while delivering a new paper during the Seismological Society of America conference in Pasadena. “At some point, we will need to start releasing all of this pent-up energy stored in the rocks in a series of large earthquakes,” Dolan stressed. The earthquake could spark a “super cycle,” meaning “a flurry of other Big Ones, as stresses related to the original San Andreas fault earthquake are redistributed on other faults throughout Southern California,” he said.While there would not be a literal cannonade of destruction, the earthquakes could come just decades apart, like, for example, the 7.5 major quake in 1812 on the San Andreas fault, followed by a 7.7 in 1857. FULL REPORT

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Powerful Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes New Zealand, Felt in Multiple CitiesPosted: 23 Apr 2015 09:32 PM PDT

Powerful Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes New Zealand, Felt in Multiple CitiesBREAKING NEWS – A strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake has hit 40 kilometers off the New Zealand town of Kaikoura, GeoNet reports. Witnesses reported feeling tremors as far as Auckland. The earthquake was clearly felt in the cities of Wellington and Christchurch. The quake centered in Nelson region at the depth of 80 kilometers, according to GeoNet. The US Geological Survey, meanwhile, reported a lower magnitude of 5.9 at the epicenter. There were no immediate reports of any major damage caused by the quake, however, local public transport services were temporarily halted. The power of the earthquake’s tremors knocked off food items from their shelves in the stores and set off alarms. FULL REPORT

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Rabbi Jonathan Cahn Addresses United Nations About Christian ‘Holocaust’Posted: 23 Apr 2015 09:25 PM PDT

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn Addresses United Nations About Christian ‘Holocaust’Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, The New York Times best-selling author of The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemitah, addressed the United Nations on Friday about the worsening persecution of Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world. Cahn, the senior rabbi at the Beth Israel Worship Center in Wayne, New Jersey, was invited along with other Jewish and Christian leaders, businessmen and high-ranking military officials, to speak at the conference entitled, “The Persecution of Christians Globally: A Threat to International Peace and Security.” It is April, 2015. Seventy years ago, this spring, the concentration camps of the Third Reich were liberated. In their liberation, the allies forced the nearby townsfolk to walk through the camps to face the unimaginable depths of horror that Nazism had led to. But for most of those who lived in those towns by the camps and, for that matter, throughout Germany, it was not unexpected. It was well-known that the Jews were being hunted down and taken in cattle cars to concentration camps where horror and likely death awaited them. They knew it, but did nothing to stop it. They themselves weren’t in danger. Why should they have risked their comfort, their safety, their well-being for those who were? FULL REPORT

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Washington Earthquake’s Mysterious Source DiscoveredPosted: 23 Apr 2015 09:21 PM PDT

Washington Earthquake's Mysterious Source DiscoveredGeologists have finally solved a 142-year-old earthquake mystery in central Washington state. Until now, no one knew the source of a powerful earthquake that rattled windows from Washington to Montana on Dec. 14, 1872. The quake’s size, based on historical accounts, was magnitude 6.8. At the time, newspapers put the epicenter in several areas, from underneath the Puget Sound north to Vancouver, British Columbia. But Washington’s eyewitness reports, slower to arrive in the sparsely populated state, centered the most intense damage east of the Cascades, near Wenatchee, where a giant landslide temporarily dammed the Columbia River. FULL REPORT

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Chechnya leader gives ‘shoot to kill’ orders on Russian forcesPosted: 23 Apr 2015 09:16 PM PDT

Chechnya leader gives 'shoot to kill' orders on Russian forcesChechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Thursday ordered his troops to “shoot to kill” if they encountered any unauthorised Russian forces on the territory of the small republic in the volatile North Caucasus region.”I am officially stating that if (a soldier) appears on your territory without authorisation, whether he comes from Moscow or Stavropol, shoot to kill,” the Kremlin-loyal strongman said in a video broadcast by the local Grozny TV station. “They need to take us into account,” he added.Kadyrov appeared to be speaking at a gathering of representatives of the special forces in the mainly Muslim autonomous region, where separatists fought two wars against Russia in the 1990s.”We don’t have the right to leave our territory to conduct anti-terrorist operations against extremists in Ingushetia,” Kadyrov said, referring to a neighbouring region. “If you are the masters of your territory, then you need to watch over it.”Russia’s interior ministry called the remarks “unacceptable”, while a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin declined to respond directly to the Chechen leader’s remarks. FULL REPORT

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Minnesota declares state of emergency over bird flu in poultryPosted: 23 Apr 2015 09:09 PM PDT

An egg-producing chicken farm run by Sunrise Farm is seen in this aerial photo in Harris, Iowa, April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Ahlquist

An egg-producing chicken farm run by Sunrise Farm is seen in this aerial photo in Harris, Iowa, April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Ahlquist

BREAKING NEWS – The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of bird flu has been identified on 46 Minnesota farms in 16 counties and affected more than 2.6 million birds in the state. State health officials said they were expediting prescriptions for the antiviral drug Tamiflu for farm workers and others who have been in direct contact with infected flocks. No human infections have been reported in this outbreak. “There’s no reason for anybody in the state of Minnesota to be concerned about their own health,” Governor Mark Dayton said at a press conference on Thursday after declaring the state of emergency. Federal and local public health authorities have said the risk of human infection is low. The state’s action to provide antiviral drugs follows recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Minnesota’s health department approached 140 farm workers and others who had been in direct contact with infected birds and advised 87 of them to take the Roche antiviral medication as a preventative measure, the department’s spokesman Michael Schommer said. Seventy of them took the drug, he said. Of the 62 people that state health officials have followed up with so far, none have been infected by the virus, Schommer said. FULL REPORT

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Lightning Strikes One World Trade Center in Stunning Earth Day 2015 DisplayPosted: 23 Apr 2015 09:05 PM PDT

Lightning Strikes One World Trade Center in Stunning Earth Day 2015 DisplayMother Nature’s magnificent power was on full display when lightning struck One World Trade Center in New York City during late afternoon storms Wednesday, on Earth Day. The New York City skyline provided the perfect backdrop as a cold front moved through the metro area, producing a few lightning strikes, said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce. As skies darkened, New York amateur photographer Max Giuliani captured the remarkable moment when the lightning bolt struck the top of the skyscraper. “Whenever there is a thunderstorm in the area, I grab my camera and hit Hudson River Park,” he told the New York Daily News. Despite how threatening Giuliani’s photograph appears, a Port Authority spokeswoman told the Daily News there was no damage to the building. Thousands of miles away, another stunning Earth Day display shook Chile, where the Calbuco volcano erupted twice and sent thick smoke and ash plumes skyward. FULL REPORT

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Support for Gay Marriage Reaches Record HighPosted: 23 Apr 2015 09:00 PM PDT

Support for Gay Marriage Reaches Record HighA week before a closely watched U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the issue, public support for gay marriage reached a new high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with 61 percent of Americans – more than six in 10 for the first time – saying gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry legally. Identical or similar majorities favor gay marriage on two key issues before the court: Sixty-one percent oppose allowing individual states to prohibit same-sex marriages. And 62 percent support requiring states to recognize gay marriages performed legally in other states. These views extend a dramatic, decade-long evolution in public attitudes on gay marriage – one of the most remarkable re-evaluations of views on a basic social issue in more than 30 years of ABC/Post polling. As recently as June 2006, just 36 percent of Americans said it should be legal for gays and lesbians to marry. That advanced to 49 percent in 2009, reached a majority, 53 percent, in early 2011, and, as noted, 61 percent now. Further, “strong” support for allowing gay marriage exceeds strong opposition by 15 percentage points in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, matching the largest pro-gay marriage margin in intensity of sentiment on record. In a similar question in 2004, by contrast, strong opposition exceeded strong support by 34 points. FULL REPORT

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NTEB Exclusive Interview With Author And Activist Pamela Geller

 

Sounding the alarm to wake a sleeping America

This afternoon, NTEB invited Pamela Geller into our studios for an exclusive interview. Believe us when we tell you that she is an amazingly busy and accomplished person. Pamela is the founder, editor and publisher of Atlas Shrugs.com and President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA).

She is the author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America, with Robert Spencer; Freedom or Submission: On the Dangers of Islamic Extremism and American Complacency; and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. She is also a regular columnist for World Net Daily, the American Thinker, Breitbart.com and various other publications.

As she visited in our studios, we had some important questions for her that our readers have wondered about over the years, and she graciously took the time to answer them.

NTEB Question #1: In your opinion, what is the greatest threat to worldwide peace and safety, and why do you think that?

Pamela Geller: Islamic jihad is the main issue. Over 25,000 lethal jihad attacks have been carried out worldwide since 911, each with the imprimatur of a Muslim cleric. There is no other group carrying out attacks on such a scale. Meanwhile, jihad leaders openly boast about their coming conquest of the West, and our leaders are in denial or are compromised.

NTEB Question #2: President Obama tells us that we can successfully make a deal with Iran to ensure that they will never get a nuclear weapon. Do you think that’s true, and why do you think that?

Pamela Geller: No. Even as he has negotiated with Iran, the Supreme Leader has screamed, “Death to America!” They’ve also made their genocidal intentions toward Israel abundantly clear. There is no reason to think Iran has abandoned these views and will abide by any agreement, and considerable evidence that it won’t.

Pamela Geller Counters Attacks on AFDI Islamic Jew Hatred Bus Ads:

NTEB Question #3: Your latest bus ad campaign really has people talking, tells us what it’s about and why you are doing it.

Pamela Geller: It is about calling attention to the genocidal statements of Hamas, and to Islamic antisemitism in general. It is scandalous that even one penny of American aid goes to these people who nurse this genocidal blood-lust.

NTEB Question #4: People say that the only Muslims we have to worry about are the ones who have been radicalized. What do you think?

Pamela Geller: How can you tell a Muslim who may be “radicalized” from one who never will be? There is no way. The Quran is what “radicalizes” Muslims, and all devout Muslims read it.

NTEB Question #5: Do you receive death threats, and if so how do you handle that?

Pamela Geller: Yes. I turn some over to the FBI, and when I speak, I have guards. This is the life anyone who speaks the truth about the jihad threat has to live.

NTEB Question #6: Tells us about what your “great passion” is right now, what’s your 5-year plan for the work you do?

Pamela Geller: My great passion is freedom; telling the truth and combating lies and disinformation. In five years I’d like to see our ads blanketing the nation.

Pamela Geller on Hannity discussing Hillary Clinton, Foreign Cash, and Saudi Women’s Rights:

NTEB Question #7: Your book, “Stop The Islamization Of America” woke a lot of people up to the threat of Islam. How close are we to a fully-Islamized America?

Pamela Geller: The main problem is our clueless and compromised authorities. We would have no problem regarding Islamization were it not for them.

NTEB Question #8: How do you feel about the leadership of PM Netanyahu in Israel, are they on the right track? In not, what could they be doing differently?

Pamela Geller: He is a great statesman who sees the threat clearly. He faces stiff opposition from the Israeli left and from Obama.

NTEB Question #9: What type of President would Hillary Clinton make? And if you could place anyone into office, who do you think would make the best president for America?

Pamela Geller: Disastrous. John Bolton would make an excellent president.

Thank you, Pamela, for taking the time to visit with us today. Much appreciated!

 

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Russian Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation After Hillary Approved Uranium Mine Sale

In a shocking story, broken by none other than the NY Times, it is being reported that the Clinton Foundation received steady cash payments as Russians pressed for and got control of a uranium mining company.

“Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand. And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage. Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.”
Micah 2:1-3 (KJV)

I recently wrote a piece on the long list of dead bodies linked to the Clintons, during their many years on the political stage in the U.S. It seems that now we can add a scandal exposing the Clintons as traitors and thieves.

Sleeping with the enemy does not go over well — not even with those who would have Hillary Clinton as the next president. The Clintons are professional criminals. They have made it through their scandals unscathed. Perhaps this is the SCANDAL of scandals, which will finally bring down the Clinton empire. If justice is served, Bill and Hillary Clinton will spend the rest of their lives in a prison.

The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when the newspaper served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.”

The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.

But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one.

At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family. Members of that group built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One.

Beyond mines in Kazakhstan that are among the most lucrative in the world, the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies. Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.

And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

At the time, both Rosatom and the United States government made promises intended to ease concerns about ceding control of the company’s assets to the Russians. Those promises have been repeatedly broken, records show.

The New York Times’s examination of the Uranium One deal is based on dozens of interviews, as well as a review of public records and securities filings in Canada, Russia and the United States. Some of the connections between Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation were unearthed by Peter Schweizer, a former fellow at the right-leaning Hoover Institution and author of the forthcoming book “Clinton Cash.” Mr. Schweizer provided a preview of material in the book to The Times, which scrutinized his information and built upon it with its own reporting.

Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown. But the episode underscores the special ethical challenges presented by the Clinton Foundation, headed by a former president who relied heavily on foreign cash to accumulate $250 million in assets even as his wife helped steer American foreign policy as secretary of state, presiding over decisions with the potential to benefit the foundation’s donors.

In a statement, Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign, said no one “has ever produced a shred of evidence supporting the theory that Hillary Clinton ever took action as secretary of state to support the interests of donors to the Clinton Foundation.” He emphasized that multiple United States agencies, as well as the Canadian government, had signed off on the deal and that, in general, such matters were handled at a level below the secretary. “To suggest the State Department, under then-Secretary Clinton, exerted undue influence in the U.S. government’s review of the sale of Uranium One is utterly baseless,” he added.

American political campaigns are barred from accepting foreign donations. But foreigners may give to foundations in the United States. In the days since Mrs. Clinton announced her candidacy for president, the Clinton Foundation has announced changes meant to quell longstanding concerns about potential conflicts of interest in such donations; it has limited donations from foreign governments, with many, like Russia’s, barred from giving to all but its health care initiatives. That policy stops short of Mrs. Clinton’s agreement with the Obama administration, which prohibited all foreign government donations while she served as the nation’s top diplomat.

Either way, the Uranium One deal highlights the limits of such prohibitions. The foundation will continue to accept contributions from foreign individuals and businesses whose interests, like Uranium One’s, may overlap with those of foreign governments, some of which may be at odds with the United States.

When the Uranium One deal was approved, the geopolitical backdrop was far different from today’s. The Obama administration was seeking to “reset” strained relations with Russia. The deal was strategically important to Mr. Putin, who shortly after the Americans gave their blessing sat down for a staged interview with Rosatom’s chief executive, Sergei Kiriyenko. “Few could have imagined in the past that we would own 20 percent of U.S. reserves,” Mr. Kiriyenko told Mr. Putin.

Now, after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in Ukraine, the Moscow-Washington relationship is devolving toward Cold War levels, a point several experts made in evaluating a deal so beneficial to Mr. Putin, a man known to use energy resources to project power around the world.

“Should we be concerned? Absolutely,” said Michael McFaul, who served under Mrs. Clinton as the American ambassador to Russia but said he had been unaware of the Uranium One deal until asked about it. “Do we want Putin to have a monopoly on this? Of course we don’t. We don’t want to be dependent on Putin for anything in this climate.”

Donations to the Clinton Foundation, and a Russian Uranium Takeover

The path to a Russian acquisition of American uranium deposits began in 2005 in Kazakhstan, where the Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra orchestrated his first big uranium deal, with Mr. Clinton at his side. Uranium investors’ efforts to buy mining assets in Kazakhstan and the United States led to a takeover bid by a Russian state-owned energy company. The investors gave millions to the Clinton Foundation over the same period, while Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s office was involved with approving the Russian bid.

The two men had flown aboard Mr. Giustra’s private jet to Almaty, Kazakhstan, where they dined with the authoritarian president, Nursultan A. Nazarbayev. Mr. Clinton handed the Kazakh president a propaganda coup when he expressed support for Mr. Nazarbayev’s bid to head an international elections monitoring group, undercutting American foreign policy and criticism of Kazakhstan’s poor human rights record by, among others, his wife, then a senator.

Within days of the visit, Mr. Giustra’s fledgling company, UrAsia Energy Ltd., signed a preliminary deal giving it stakes in three uranium mines controlled by the state-run uranium agency Kazatomprom.

If the Kazakh deal was a major victory, UrAsia did not wait long before resuming the hunt. In 2007, it merged with Uranium One, a South African company with assets in Africa and Australia, in what was described as a $3.5 billion transaction. The new company, which kept the Uranium One name, was controlled by UrAsia investors including Ian Telfer, a Canadian who became chairman. Through a spokeswoman, Mr. Giustra, whose personal stake in the deal was estimated at about $45 million, said he sold his stake in 2007.

Soon, Uranium One began to snap up mining companies with assets in the United States. In April 2007, it announced the purchase of a uranium mill in Utah and more than 38,000 acres of uranium exploration properties in four Western states, followed quickly by the acquisition of the Energy Metals Corporation and its uranium holdings in Wyoming, Texas and Utah. That deal made clear that Uranium One was intent on becoming “a powerhouse in the United States uranium sector with the potential to become the domestic supplier of choice for U.S. utilities,” the company declared.

Still, the company’s story was hardly front-page news in the United States — until early 2008, in the midst of Mrs. Clinton’s failed presidential campaign, when The Times published an article revealing the 2005 trip’s link to Mr. Giustra’s Kazakhstan mining deal. It also reported that several months later, Mr. Giustra had donated $31.3 million to Mr. Clinton’s foundation.

Though the article quoted the former head of Kazatomprom, Moukhtar Dzhakishev, as saying that the deal required government approval and was discussed at a dinner with the president, Mr. Giustra insisted that it was a private transaction, with no need for Mr. Clinton’s influence with Kazakh officials. He described his relationship with the former American president as motivated solely by a shared interest in philanthropy.

As if to underscore the point, five months later Mr. Giustra held a fund-raiser for the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, a project aimed at fostering progressive environmental and labor practices in the natural resources industry, to which he had pledged $100 million. The star-studded gala, at a conference center in Toronto, featured performances by Elton John and Shakira and celebrities like Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Robin Williams encouraging contributions from the many so-called F.O.F.s — Friends of Frank — in attendance, among them Mr. Telfer. In all, the evening generated $16 million in pledges, according to an article in The Globe and Mail.

“None of this would have been possible if Frank Giustra didn’t have a remarkable combination of caring and modesty, of vision and energy and iron determination,” Mr. Clinton told those gathered, adding: “I love this guy, and you should, too.”

But what had been a string of successes was about to hit a speed bump.

Arrest and Progress

By June 2009, a little over a year after the star-studded evening in Toronto, Uranium One’s stock was in free-fall, down 40 percent. Mr. Dzhakishev, the head of Kazatomprom, had just been arrested on charges that he illegally sold uranium deposits to foreign companies, including at least some of those won by Mr. Giustra’s UrAsia and now owned by Uranium One.

Publicly, the company tried to reassure shareholders. Its chief executive, Jean Nortier, issued a confident statement calling the situation a “complete misunderstanding.” He also publicly contradicted Mr. Giustra’s contention that the uranium mining deal had not required government blessing. “When you do a transaction in Kazakhstan, you need the government’s approval,” he said, adding that UrAsia had indeed received that approval.

But privately, Uranium One officials were worried they could lose their joint mining ventures. American diplomatic cables made public by WikiLeaks also reflect concerns that Mr. Dzhakishev’s arrest was part of a Russian power play for control of Kazakh uranium assets.

At the time, Russia was already eying a stake in Uranium One, Rosatom company documents show. Rosatom officials say they were seeking to acquire mines around the world because Russia lacks sufficient domestic reserves to meet its own industry needs.

It was against this backdrop that the Vancouver-based Uranium One pressed the American Embassy in Kazakhstan, as well as Canadian diplomats, to take up its cause with Kazakh officials, according to the American cables.

“We want more than a statement to the press,” Paul Clarke, a Uranium One executive vice president, told the embassy’s energy officer on June 10, the officer reported in a cable. “That is simply chitchat.” What the company needed, Mr. Clarke said, was official written confirmation that the licenses were still valid.

The American Embassy ultimately reported to the secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton. Though the Clarke cable was copied to her, it was given wide circulation, and it is unclear if she would have read it; the Clinton campaign did not address questions about the cable.

What is clear is that the embassy acted, with the cables showing that the unnamed energy officer met with Kazakh officials to discuss the issue on June 10 and 11.

Three days later, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rosatom completed a deal for 17 percent of Uranium One. And within a year, the Russian government would substantially up the ante, with a generous offer to shareholders that would give it a 51 percent controlling stake. But first, Uranium One had to get the American government to sign off on the deal.

The Power to Say No

When a company controlled by the Chinese government sought a 51 percent stake in a tiny Nevada gold mining operation in 2009, it set off a secretive review process in Washington, where officials raised concerns primarily about the mine’s proximity to a military installation, but also about the potential for minerals at the site, including uranium, to come under Chinese control. The officials killed the deal.

Such is the power of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The committee comprises some of the most powerful members of the cabinet, including the attorney general, the secretaries of the Treasury, Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce and Energy, and the secretary of state. They are charged with reviewing any deal that could result in foreign control of an American business or asset deemed important to national security.

The national security issue at stake in the Uranium One deal was not primarily about nuclear weapons proliferation; the United States and Russia had for years cooperated on that front, with Russia sending enriched fuel from decommissioned warheads to be used in American nuclear power plants in return for raw uranium. Instead, it concerned American dependence on foreign uranium sources. While the United States gets one-fifth of its electrical power from nuclear plants, it produces only around 20 percent of the uranium it needs, and most plants have only 18 to 36 months of reserves, according to Marin Katusa, author of “The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped From America’s Grasp.”

The Russians are easily winning the uranium war, and nobody’s talking about it,” said Mr. Katusa, who explores the implications of the Uranium One deal in his book. “It’s not just a domestic issue but a foreign policy issue, too.”

When ARMZ, an arm of Rosatom, took its first 17 percent stake in Uranium One in 2009, the two parties signed an agreement, found in securities filings, to seek the foreign investment committee’s review. But it was the 2010 deal, giving the Russians a controlling 51 percent stake, that set off alarm bells. Four members of the House of Representatives signed a letter expressing concern. Two more began pushing legislation to kill the deal.

Senator John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming, where Uranium One’s largest American operation was, wrote to President Obama, saying the deal “would give the Russian government control over a sizable portion of America’s uranium production capacity.”

“Equally alarming,” Mr. Barrasso added, “this sale gives ARMZ a significant stake in uranium mines in Kazakhstan.”

Uranium One’s shareholders were also alarmed, and were “afraid of Rosatom as a Russian state giant,” Sergei Novikov, a company spokesman, recalled in an interview. He said Rosatom’s chief, Mr. Kiriyenko, sought to reassure Uranium One investors, promising that Rosatom would not break up the company and would keep the same management, including Mr. Telfer, the chairman. Another Rosatom official said publicly that it did not intend to increase its investment beyond 51 percent, and that it envisioned keeping Uranium One a public company

Among the Donors to the Clinton Foundation

  • Frank Giustra: $31.3 million and a pledge for $100 million more He built a company that later merged with Uranium One.
  • Ian Telfer: $2.35 million. Mining investor who was chairman of Uranium One when an arm of the Russian government, Rosatom, acquired it.
  • Paul Reynolds: $1 million to $5 million. Adviser on 2007 UrAsia-Uranium One merger. Later helped raise $260 million for the company.
  • Frank Holmes: $250,000 to $500,000. Chief Executive of U.S. Global Investors Inc., which held $4.7 million in Uranium One shares in the first quarter of 2011.
  • Neil Woodyer: $50,000 to $100,000. Adviser to Uranium One. Founded Endeavour Mining with Mr. Giustra.
  • GMP Securities Ltd.: Donating portion of profits. Worked on debt issue that raised $260 million for Uranium One.

American nuclear officials, too, seemed eager to assuage fears. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission wrote to Senator Barrasso assuring him that American uranium would be preserved for domestic use, regardless of who owned it.

“In order to export uranium from the United States, Uranium One Inc. or ARMZ would need to apply for and obtain a specific NRC license authorizing the export of uranium for use reactor fuel,” the letter said.

Still, the ultimate authority to approve or reject the Russian acquisition rested with the cabinet officials on the foreign investment committee, including Mrs. Clinton — whose husband was collecting millions of dollars in donations from people associated with Uranium One.

Undisclosed Donations

Before Mrs. Clinton could assume her post as secretary of state, the White House demanded that she sign a memorandum of understanding placing limits on her husband’s foundation’s activities. To avoid the perception of conflicts of interest, beyond the ban on foreign government donations, the foundation was required to publicly disclose all contributors.

To judge from those disclosures — which list the contributions in ranges rather than precise amounts — the only Uranium One official to give to the Clinton Foundation was Mr. Telfer, the chairman, and the amount was relatively small: no more than $250,000, and that was in 2007, before talk of a Rosatom deal began percolating.

But a review of tax records in Canada, where Mr. Telfer has a family charity called the Fernwood Foundation, shows that he donated millions of dollars more, during and after the critical time when the foreign investment committee was reviewing his deal with the Russians. With the Russians offering a special dividend, shareholders like Mr. Telfer stood to profit.

His donations through the Fernwood Foundation included $1 million reported in 2009, the year his company appealed to the American Embassy to help it keep its mines in Kazakhstan; $250,000 in 2010, the year the Russians sought majority control; as well as $600,000 in 2011; and $500,000 in 2012. Mr. Telfer said that his donations had nothing to do with his business dealings, and that he had never discussed Uranium One with Mr. or Mrs. Clinton. He said he had given the money because he wanted to support Mr. Giustra’s charitable endeavors with Mr. Clinton. “Frank and I have been friends and business partners for almost 20 years,” he said.

The Clinton campaign left it to the foundation to reply to questions about the Fernwood donations; the foundation did not provide a response.

Mr. Telfer’s undisclosed donations came in addition to between $1.3 million and $5.6 million in contributions, which were reported, from a constellation of people with ties to Uranium One or UrAsia, the company that originally acquired Uranium One’s most valuable asset: the Kazakhstan mines. Without those assets, the Russians would have had no interest in the deal: “It wasn’t the goal to buy the Wyoming mines. The goal was to acquire the Kazakh assets, which are very good,” Mr. Novikov, the Rosatom spokesman, said in an interview.

Amid this influx of Uranium One-connected money, Mr. Clinton was invited to speak in Moscow in June 2010, the same month Rosatom struck its deal for a majority stake in Uranium One.

The $500,000 fee — among Mr. Clinton’s highest — was paid by Renaissance Capital, a Russian investment bank with ties to the Kremlin that has invited world leaders, including Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, to speak at its annual investor conference.

Renaissance Capital analysts talked up Uranium One’s stock, assigning it a “buy” rating and saying in a July 2010 research report that it was “the best play” in the uranium markets. In addition, Renaissance Capital turned up that same year as a major donor, along with Mr. Telfer and Mr. Giustra, to a small medical charity in Colorado run by a friend of Mr. Giustra’s. In a newsletter to supporters, the friend credited Mr. Giustra with helping get donations from “businesses around the world.”

A Renaissance Capital representative would not comment on the genesis of Mr. Clinton’s speech to an audience that included leading Russian officials, or on whether it was connected to the Rosatom deal. According to a Russian government news service, Mr. Putin personally thanked Mr. Clinton for speaking.

A person with knowledge of the Clinton Foundation’s fund-raising operation, who requested anonymity to speak candidly about it, said that for many people, the hope is that money will in fact buy influence: “Why do you think they are doing it — because they love them?” But whether it actually does is another question. And in this case, there were broader geopolitical pressures that likely came into play as the United States considered whether to approve the Rosatom-Uranium One deal.

Diplomatic Considerations

If doing business with Rosatom was good for those involved with the Uranium One deal, engaging with Russia was also a priority of the incoming Obama administration, which was hoping for a new era of cooperation as Mr. Putin relinquished the presidency — if only for a term — to Dmitri A. Medvedev.

“The assumption was we could engage Russia to further core U.S. national security interests,” said Mr. McFaul, the former ambassador.

It started out well. The two countries made progress on nuclear proliferation issues, and expanded use of Russian territory to resupply American forces in Afghanistan. Keeping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon was among the United States’ top priorities, and in June 2010 Russia signed off on a United Nations resolution imposing tough new sanctions on that country.

Two months later, the deal giving ARMZ a controlling stake in Uranium One was submitted to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States for review. Because of the secrecy surrounding the process, it is hard to know whether the participants weighed the desire to improve bilateral relations against the potential risks of allowing the Russian government control over the biggest uranium producer in the United States. The deal was ultimately approved in October, following what two people involved in securing the approval said had been a relatively smooth process.

Not all of the committee’s decisions are personally debated by the agency heads themselves; in less controversial cases, deputy or assistant secretaries may sign off. But experts and former committee members say Russia’s interest in Uranium One and its American uranium reserves seemed to warrant attention at the highest levels.

This deal had generated press, it had captured the attention of Congress and it was strategically important,” said Richard Russell, who served on the committee during the George W. Bush administration. “When I was there invariably any one of those conditions would cause this to get pushed way up the chain, and here you had all three.”

And Mrs. Clinton brought a reputation for hawkishness to the process; as a senator, she was a vocal critic of the committee’s approval of a deal that would have transferred the management of major American seaports to a company based in the United Arab Emirates, and as a presidential candidate she had advocated legislation to strengthen the process.

The Clinton campaign spokesman, Mr. Fallon, said that in general, these matters did not rise to the secretary’s level. He would not comment on whether Mrs. Clinton had been briefed on the matter, but he gave The Times a statement from the former assistant secretary assigned to the foreign investment committee at the time, Jose Fernandez. While not addressing the specifics of the Uranium One deal, Mr. Fernandez said, “Mrs. Clinton never intervened with me on any C.F.I.U.S. matter.”

Mr. Fallon also noted that if any agency had raised national security concerns about the Uranium One deal, it could have taken them directly to the president.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, the State Department’s director of policy planning at the time, said she was unaware of the transaction — or the extent to which it made Russia a dominant uranium supplier. But speaking generally, she urged caution in evaluating its wisdom in hindsight.

“Russia was not a country we took lightly at the time or thought was cuddly,” she said. “But it wasn’t the adversary it is today.”

That renewed adversarial relationship has raised concerns about European dependency on Russian energy resources, including nuclear fuel. The unease reaches beyond diplomatic circles. In Wyoming, where Uranium One equipment is scattered across his 35,000-acre ranch, John Christensen is frustrated that repeated changes in corporate ownership over the years led to French, South African, Canadian and, finally, Russian control over mining rights on his property.

“I hate to see a foreign government own mining rights here in the United States,” he said. “I don’t think that should happen.”

Mr. Christensen, 65, noted that despite assurances by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that uranium could not leave the country without Uranium One or ARMZ obtaining an export license — which they do not have — yellowcake from his property was routinely packed into drums and trucked off to a processing plant in Canada.

Asked about that, the commission confirmed that Uranium One has, in fact, shipped yellowcake to Canada even though it does not have an export license. Instead, the transport company doing the shipping, RSB Logistic Services, has the license. A commission spokesman said that “to the best of our knowledge” most of the uranium sent to Canada for processing was returned for use in the United States. A Uranium One spokeswoman, Donna Wichers, said 25 percent had gone to Western Europe and Japan. At the moment, with the uranium market in a downturn, nothing is being shipped from the Wyoming mines.

The “no export” assurance given at the time of the Rosatom deal is not the only one that turned out to be less than it seemed. Despite pledges to the contrary, Uranium One was eventually delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange and taken private. As of 2013, Rosatom’s subsidiary, ARMZ, owned 100 percent of the company.” [1] – source

 

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Arrest of ‘Flash Crash’ instigator exposes critical need for trust for economic success

‘Flash Crash’ arrest shakes investors’ confidence, USA Today (Kaja Whitehouse)

2) Chinese scientists manipulate human genome in attempt to redefine the species

 The rumors were true: Scientists edited the genomes of human embryos for the first time, Washington Post (Rachel Feltman)

3) Tendency of media to celebrate violence result of allure of sin in fallen world

What’s the allure of graphic images?, USA Today (Rem Rieder)

4) Scalia tribute to Ginsberg asserts value of learning from those who disagree with you

The 100 Most Influential People, TIME
In other news…

Killing of Americans Deepens Debate Over Use of Drone Strikes, New York Times (Mark Mazzetti)

Poll: Gay-marriage support at record high, Washington Post (Scott Clement and Robert Barnes)
British Teen Charged With Inciting Terrorism, Wall Street Journal (Alexis Flynn)
Ariz. same-sex couples can again adopt, foster together, The Arizona Republic (Alia Beard Rau and Yvonne Wingett Sanchez)

Michael Brown’s family files wrongful-death lawsuit, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Staff)America’s transgender moment, CNN (Brandon Griggs)

Why the Stakes in 2016 Are So High, Wall Street Journal (Fred Barnes)

Creflo Dollar: The devil is trying to discredit me over jet campaign

Atheists Outnumber Southern Baptists in US Military

Head transplant doctor admits aim is immortality


James Dobson: Christians soon to be ‘hated minority’

James Dobson hosted a panel of Christian leaders on his “Family Talk” radio show Wednesday and warned that Christians are about to face a new status in America as a “hated minority” if the U.S. Supreme Court decides, as many expect, to mandate same-sex “marriage.”

“The heart of what’s happening is an attempt to impose a new morality on all of America,” said Maggie Gallagher, a traditional-marriage advocate for 25 years.

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Marriage Ordained by God, Redefined by the SCOTUS?

Will this pivotal decision be the Roe v Wade of marriage? Similar to that tragic turning point in our nation back in 1973, many of us believe redefining marriage is way outside the authority of government. It will only lead to a chaotic, genderless institution where anything goes including polygamy, pedophilia, cohabitation, open marriages, and other societal problems.

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The Reality of Heaven

In the previous article, we looked at the biblical evidence for the sad reality of hell. There is another reality……one that will be the eternal home for everyone who loves God. Let’s look together at the beautiful reality of heaven. We will begin by looking at some popular beliefs about heaven and eternity held by many in the world. Then we will look at what believers in the past and the Bible tell us about heaven. We’ll finish by looking at the close proximity of eternity to every person in the world. The future for every believer is glorious.

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Holder’s Corrupt Legacy Lives On in Loretta Lynch

In short, the Senate has confirmed someone as racially polarizing and constitutionally contemptuous as Eric Holder.

No doubt some of the Republicans who voted for her believe that since the alternative to Lynch would be Holder remaining on board, they might as well replace the man who was held in contempt of Congress, hoping Lynch will turn out better. Or perhaps they took the advice of presumptive GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush who insisted “presidents have the right to pick their team in general.”

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The Clinton Cash-for-Favors Program

Professional leftists are going berserk over a yet-to-be-released book documenting the breathtaking graft and anticipatory bribes that foreign governments and mega-multinationals gave the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton’s years at the State Department.

This progressive apoplexy is being generated by a bombshell of a book that won’t even hit the bookstands for another 10 days. The opus terrifying left-wingers is Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, by acclaimed best-selling author Peter Schweizer.

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Christian Headlines

Top Headlines

Former ‘Real World’ Star Thinks Christianity Has Become Too ‘Feminized’

New Research Says No Link Exists Between Autism and MMR Vaccine

Somali Christian Gives Up Family, Education, Safety for Faith

Poll Claims Most Americans Accept Legalized Gay Marriage

Will Drop in International Adoptions Lead to More In-Country Placements?

1 Dead, 20 Sick After Eating Church Potluck

Navy Chaplain Told to Stop Praying in Jesus’ Name

Court Rules ‘Killing Jews is Worship’ Ad Allowed on Buses

Americans Observe Earth Day with Lifestyle Changes that Cut Waste and Save Money

Update: Charles Stanley Declines Award after Jews Question His Views on Gays

Opinion

Christians Thrown Overboard by Obama

How Christianity invented children

I’m Kimmy Schmidt, Minus the ‘Unbreakable’

A Gospel Movement Changing a City

Scientists Turn to Intelligent Design


Israel Celebrates 67 Years After Its Dramatic, Prophetic Rebirth

Today, Israelis are celebrating our Independence Day. On the Western calendar, we remember May 14th, 1948. But on the Jewish calendar, today marks 67 years since the dramatic, prophetic rebirth of the Jewish State …………. Click here for full story


Why Is Obama So Silent About The Vicious Persecution Of Christians All Over The Globe?

As you read this article, Christians are being openly persecuted in more than 60 nations. Churches are being burned, believers are being hunted down and imprisoned, and violent mobs are beating and killing those that dare to say that Jesus is Lord. And thanks to ISIS, the persecution of Christians has risen to frightening new levels in 2015……….. Click here for full story


Will History Repeat Itself? Lessons From The Armenian Genocide

Could it happen again? That’s the question many ask when contemplating the Armenian Genocide on this, its official 100th anniversary. Could the Islamic world, now 1.5 billion strong, again turn on its Christian neighbors in a massive way as it did so horrifically in Turkey during World War I? And could the government of Turkey actually make it happen again? ……….. Click here for full story


Navy Chaplain Censored: ‘Don’t Pray In The Name Of Jesus’

A Navy chaplain who faces the end of a stellar 19-year career because of his faith-based views on marriage and human sexuality was told by a base commander to refrain from offering a prayer in the name of Jesus, according to attorneys representing the chaplain ……….. Click here for full story


The $18 Billion Arms Race Helping To Fuel Middle East Conflict

The Middle East is plunging deeper into an arms race, with an estimated $18bn expected to be spent on weapons this year, a development that experts warn is fuelling serious tension and conflict in the region ………. Click here for full story


Our Time is Short

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Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

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Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

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On Jonathan Crombie, Gilbert Blythe, Anne Shirley, and Stay at Home Daughters

Any Christian man worth his salt is going to want a strong woman who will confront him in love when he is wrong. In fact, I would counsel any young woman contemplating marriage to a man who doesn’t encourage this to run far, far away! Any Christian man should want his wife to be confident in her abilities and gifts. He should see himself as one who encourages her to be all she can be, even if that means she overshadows him in certain areas. If he is strong in Christ, this won’t be a problem for him.

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Fire? No. Repentance? Yes.

The souls of men and women are at stake. Certainly we must meet sinners with kindness and compassion. We must remember that we are saved sinners whose only hope is the mercy of a sovereign and gracious God. Thankfully I see a great deal of kindness in the church. But I do not understand how being silent or even unclear about a sin that the Bible holds forth as particularly damaging could be construed as kind or loving.

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Messy Community

When a friend is suffering and their life is falling to pieces or when they are trapped in sin and the fallout is great or when there is conflict and unkind words or when they’ve hit a wall in their faith, that’s when friendship gets messy. And how we react to seeing our friend at their worst shows more about the depth of our friendship than anything else.

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Why Following Your Heart Is a Really Bad Idea

This is the method that God has given us in making decisions when asking those all-important questions: What should I do? When should I stay, or when should I go? When do I speak up, and when do I listen? Jesus has given us His Spirit. The Spirit (our Helper) that now dwells inside of us speaks to us through His Word. He leads me. He answers my questions, and shows me the truth of the Bible.

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Truth in Beauty: Cinderella and Frozen

Movies have power. It’s refreshing to see that power used to portray truth with such stirring beauty and artistry. I’m glad these are my daughter’s favorite movies. They’re teaching her to have courage, to be kind, to forgive and to put others ahead of herself. Not bad for Disney!

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The Creedal Imperative

Thus, my response to the biblicist pastor would simply be this: do not precipitately abandon creedal formulations which have been tried and tested over centuries by churches all over the world in favor of your own ideas. On the whole, those who reinvent the wheel invest a lot of time either to come up with something that looks identical to the old design or something that is actually inferior to it.

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Grace, the Two Covenants, and Merit

This is why the clear commitment in our confessional tradition to the two-covenant scheme, in which the covenants of works and grace are categorically distinguished and contrasted is so important to theological discussions of merit and grace. The two covenant scheme of the Westminster Standards has been absolutely essential in combating the Neonomianism of both Norman Shepherd and the Federal Vision, not to mention Roman Catholicism.

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Perspective is Key

We are being sanctified through our suffering. One of the chief ways that God grows His people is through suffering. The writer of Hebrews ties together the suffering that the Hebrew Christians are enduring with the loving chastening of God (Heb. 12:3-11). They were tempted to turn back to a ritualistic religion that avoided suffering, but God was using the suffering to keep them close to Christ. So it is with all the challenges and hardships that we are called to endure.

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Whatever Happened To Conservative Political Parties?

by Bill Muehlenberg

That there are such things as conservative political parties and politicians is not in doubt, but the quality and number of them is getting to be a worry. As an American living in Australia, let me limit my remarks to just those two countries (although what I say would be true of many Western countries).

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Celebration, Affirmation, or Rejection: What Happened to Tolerance?

by Ben Edwards

There have been two subtle but significant developments in our society in recent years in our response to people and ideas. The first is a growing inability to distinguish between ideas and the people who espouse them. Rather, debates about the merits of a particular position in public discussion quickly moves to discussions of the persons who espouse those positions.

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Reaching Youth While remaining True to the Gospel

Posted by Mike

What “version” of Christianity are we passing down to our next generation? Biblical Christianity built on the solid rock of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the infallibility of the Bible? Or a “Christianity” that can be formed and molded into a religion that suits the beliefs and desires of the individual, allowing them to […]

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How Do You Know You’re Repentant? – Jared Wilson offers 12 signs we have a genuinely repentant heart.


Why Naturalism is Simply Unbelievable

by Lenny Esposito

Naturalism is simply unbelievable. I don’t mean unbelievable in the fantastical sense, although I do think there’s a lot of hand-waving that goes on to try and excise any supernatural explanation as to why we exist. I mean, the viewpoint is unbelievable in that its own assumptions destroy itself. It is illogical to hold to naturalism.

The naturalist wants us to believe that the natural world is all that exists; we came about through evolutionary processes and our minds are one of the products of that process. Given the survival of the fittest paradigm that rives evolution, the naturalist must also assert “What your beliefs are don’t matter nearly as much as what the survival value of your actions are.” In fact, they do this when discussing religion all the time. Religion isn’t true, they would assert, but it served an evolutionary purpose.

To use an example, picture an overweight man who is running. Now, the man may believe he has a better chance at survival if he runs because he puts his body in better shape, reduces the chances of heart attacks, and is generally more fit for the tasks of survival. However, the man may equally believe that running is an act of worship to the life-god and it drives out the fat demons that plague much of his tribe. Either belief produces the same result: the man runs and the man has an increased chance of longevity. Either belief helps him survive equally well. It doesn’t matter which is true on an evolutionary worldview because evolution is all about survivability.

Reason Offers No Evolutionary Advantage

Because all evolution cares about is the survival of the individual, reason alone offers no evolutionary advantage. In fact, evolutionary theory proves this. According to all New-Darwinian models, there was a time on the earth where there existed no rational thought whatsoever! Animals were primitive and they had no capacity to reason, yet they survived just fine. They mere responded to external stimuli and adjusted their behavior. They don’t know why the water is here and not somewhere else; they simply desire water…

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Marriage Ordained by God, Redefined by the SCOTUS?

by David Fiorazo

Who will ultimately decide the policy debate over marriage? On Tuesday, April 28, the nine justices on the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding the definition of marriage. The consolidated cases will be coming from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (MI, OH, KY, TN). We can and should pray, but we must […]

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Be Careful with His Heart

by Jennifer Case Cortez | 4/23/15

I have three very handsome sons. I know I’m not totally objective, but I’m pretty sure they’re cute. Two of them are in middle school. Neither one seems to have an interest in being anyone’s boyfriend yet, but I know that day is coming. I’m trying really hard not to freak out about it—really, really hard.

There is innate power in our femininity, as such, we must be careful with the hearts of those around us—especially the masculine ones.
So girls, I’d like to ask you for a favor. If you happen to be the one who turns one of my son’s head someday, would you please be careful with his heart?

He’s a tender soul—a man-in-the-making who bears the image of our Creator. He’s strong and smart (and he may seem tough), but he has vulnerabilities, too. He’s got a masculine way of seeing things, so he’ll have some blind spots that you won’t have. (And you’ll have different ones.) He’ll need your help keeping his heart and body whole.

Have you thought about how powerful you are? If you haven’t, here are three things to keep in mind when you’re the important girl in a guy’s life.

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Are You a Mentoring Momma? (True Woman 201, part 9)

As a new believer and young mom, I yearned for a godly woman to mentor me. Even though I didn’t know the term “spiritual mothering” at the time, my need to be nurtured ran deep.


Scientists Turn to Intelligent Design

We keep hearing that intelligent design theory isn’t science. But many of these scientists proclaiming this use intelligent design all the time — including to detect fake science.
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Amy Grant Joins Catholic “Sisters” as “Thousands Flock to Michigan for Faith-filled Family Concert”

LTRP Note: The following news story is posted for informational and research purposes only and not as an endorsement of the content. This is another example of how Christian leaders and figures are leading the way in bringing the evangelical/Protestant church “back to the Roman Catholic Mother Church.” It was just a few months ago that Amy […]


Can You Pass the Objective / Subjective Truth Test? (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast #27)

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Podcast, J. Warner Wallace makes a case for the evidential nature of Christian truth claims. He then reviews the nature of objective and subjective truth claims and offers a brief test to see if you can distinguish the differences.


A Sad Day for America AND Israel

I’d like you to have a look at this article in Newsmax about the relationship between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. While I, as a journalist, would be reluctant to use words like “hate” unless I knew the hearts of both gentleman, I think the article does a service in highlighting the awful state of relations between the current Administration and our closest ally in the Middle East.

I’ve always said on this blog, on the air, and in personal discussions that my support of Israel did not mean that I have agreed with everything done by an Israeli government, whether headed by Likud or Labour. But my support for Israel as a nation, her people, and her right to exist is unwavering. The main reason is biblical and theological, but right up there with theology is basic Western values.

While I am always an eternal optimist, I am a temporal pessimist. I do not know if America will ever be able to recover from the damage the Obama Administration has done to the country. But the Obama Administration would never have been able to get in office to do the damage if the country was not already ailing in the spiritual department. We can partially blame a compliant, sycophantic media for not vetting Obama in the first election. But we also have to blame ourselves for being complacent, inattentive, apathetic, lazy citizens. We have to blame ourselves for not remembering the country’s founding principles and passing them on to our children. We have to blame ourselves for not keeping an eagle eye on the educational establishment—from primary and secondary education all the way through to college, university, and graduate school. We have to blame ourselves for letting television, radio stations, and newspapers fall into the hands of those who do not have this country’s best interests at heart.

We have to blame many pastors and churches for abandoning sound doctrine as taught in the Word of God. That is central. We have become worse than Laodicean. It’s a crying shame, and the bill is about to be paid in full.

Unless we humble ourselves and pray. Then, it is possible God will heal and restore our land. But my hope for that, quite frankly, isn’t high. Sooner or later the cup of iniquity runs over and the Lord has to get the rod of judgment out.

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Bathroom Privacy Initiative in California

LTRP Note: Posted for informational purposes. SACRAMENTO /Christian Newswire/ — Privacy advocates have taken the first step to prohibiting unwanted intrusions in California bathrooms, showers and locker rooms.


America’s decay is speeding up, and more links to edifying essays

Here are some interesting links for you.

I don’t think anyone would disagree with this first article-

America’s Decay is Speeding Up

As one who loves America — not only because I am American, but even more so because I know (not believe, know) that the American experiment in forming a decent society has been the most successful in history — I write the following words in sadness: With few exceptions, every aspect of American life is in decline. “Decay” is the word.

Yup.

I’m not a huge fan of the magazine below but this article is good-

7 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe

We don’t often stop to consider the magnitude of what the Bible represents. It is literally God revealing Himself and communicating Himself to mankind in written word. Orthodox Christianity teaches that the Bible was inspired and authored by the Holy Spirit of God using human instruments. And many Christians believe that—in its original languages of Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic—it is without error and fault. However, there are many things that Jesus-following, Church-going, Bible-believing Christians believe that are completely unbiblical. How does this happen? Often, we’ll hear someone quote a statement that sounds nice to us, and we’ll begin repeating it as though it’s biblical truth without ever researching it in Scripture.

You’re a theologian, OK?

3 Reasons Why You Aren’t Allowed to Be Theologically Dumb

The Christian cannot be a passive theologian who has idle thoughts about God here and there. Christians are called to be active theologians who are constantly trying to learn more about the God we worship.   …  It’s about time Millennial evangelicals start loving the God who created them more than a god they’ve created.

I love Dr Robin Schumacher’s articles. His blog at The Christian Post is titled The Confident Christian-

Predestination and God’s Sovereign Choice

Dan Delzell’s Christianpost article, Predestination and God’s Desire to Save Everyone, reminded me of a statement made by theologian Loraine Boettner in his classic book on predestination: “The doctrine of Predestination has been made the subject of almost endless discussion, much of which, it must be admitted, was for the purpose of softening its outlines or of explaining it away.”[1]  I mean no disrespect at all to Mr. Delzell when I say that, only that his article – written from the Arminian point of view – is definitely something crafted to take the punch and sting out of what I believe the Biblical doctrine of predestination truly means.

Ugh, it sickens me to see what is being sold in Jesus’ name-

The Marketing And Exploitation Of The Cross: Commercializing Christianity

The gospel in America has been hijacked, replaced with another gospel, a gospel of greed. When news broke regarding Creflo Dollar’s plea for Christians (namely those who follow him) to donate to the purchase of a 65-million dollar jet, it not only raised eyebrows, it settled within the hearts and minds of the faith’s leading accusers that Christianity has become nothing but an ends to gaining great wealth at the expense of its followers. And they would be right, to a degree.

Re-posting a testimony, but deliberately deleting references to Jesus-

His Absence Changes Everything

… I battled against that bottle for hours – finally flinging it aside, not from a place of faith that things would get better in life, but from one of fear that I would fail in my attempt and find myself in even worse straits than the current moment contained.

Moms…

These Aren’t The Best Years of Your Life

A friend with a stroller was walking through town when an older woman stopped her to see the baby. After admiring her, the granny said, “These are the best years of your life; too bad you’re too tired to enjoy them!” Mothers with small children often hear this–at least the first part.

Truth in the church is so yesterday-

Contend Mondays: Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies
As I’ve mentioned, not only is the world a mission field, but the visible church is as well. The battle is for truth through rightly divided scripture and sound doctrine. If you’ve tried to correct a brother or sister in Christ, you are familiar with the desire to set them free from lies. … Exposing error seems to have no place in the church these days despite what scripture says (Ephesians 5:11).

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Made to Radiate Beauty (True Woman 201, part 10)

I’m really good at that focused, eyes-squinted, critical stare into the bathroom mirror. The one where I’m displeased with how my hair seems to have fallen flat again and the way my face lacks that desired glow.


What to Do With Church Bullies – Rainer on Leadership #118

Podcast Episode #118

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Church bullies are a real problem in many—if not all—churches. While you can attempt to safeguard your church through membership classes and high expectations, you will likely have to deal with a church bully at some point in your ministry. In today’s episode, we discuss what to do with church bullies and even how to prevent them from doing damage in a church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Most church bullies would never think that they are bullies.
  • Church bullies rarely work alone. They make alliances to attempt to control the church.
  • High expectation churches are less likely to have problems with church bullies.
  • Low expectation churches lead to bullying because you don’t have strong members to stand up to them.
  • Church membership classes often weed out church bullies at the beginning.
  • Bullies are always active in shaping a church to their preferences.

Here are the nine traits of church bullies we discussed on the podcast:

  1. They do not recognize themselves as bullies.
  2. They have personal and self-serving agendas.
  3. They seek to form power alliances with weak members in the church.
  4. They tend to have intense and emotional personalities.
  5. They are famous for saying “people are saying.”
  6. They find their greatest opportunities in low expectation churches.
  7. They are allowed to bully because church members will not stand up to them.
  8. They create chaos and wreak havoc. A church bully always has his next mission.
  9. They often move to other churches after they have done their damage.

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Going To Hell For Suicide?

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Q.  I was raised in the Catholic church and never understood the concept of purgatory and the belief that if you committed suicide you would go there. After the Judgment of the Bema seat took place, then you would be sent to hell because you took your own life.  now I attend Bible believing churches and  have learned that a believer does not go to hell because they committed suicide. Once saved always saved. Please help me to understand this.

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Loss Of Free Will. Follow Up

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Q.  I saw in a post where you told a person who asked about the loss of free will that we wouldn’t be robots, Free will is what makes us Us, take away free will and we are just puppets on a string who will perform as God wills us to perform.  Even in Heaven, it means I will live out eternity with out a choice and be happy for it. Not because I’m really happy, but because God tells me I’m happy so I am.   I’m sorry. I guess my sin nature is speaking because that sounds horrible.

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More On Near Death Experiences

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Q.  I have read and heard people speak about near death experiences and it is usually recounted as a joyful feeling. I am wondering if the bible says anything about when judgement comes? Do non-believers get to experience this joyful time before being cast out? Or is judgement first and people who experience this joyful reunion with family are entering their eternal reward in heaven to stay?

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


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Who do you think that I am?

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April 24, 2015 EMB Newsletter

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What doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. ~ Micah 6:8

April 24, 2015

 

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MARSHA WEST’S COLUMN

Glenn Beck receives a “mantle” from a false prophet

Chuck Pierce claims he’s a “prophet” in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) or what many refer to as Dominionism. Because of Pierce’s elevated status, he recently bestowed a “new mantle for the future” on Glenn Beck, popular TV/radio host, author and speaker. “Prophet” Pierce presented the mantle to Beck at Global Spheres Center in Corinth, Texas as Mrs. Beck looked on.

Pitiable Capitulating Pro-family Leaders Part 1  Part 2 

Finding God’s Will Is No Deep Dark Secret! Part 1  Part 2

 

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FEATURED ARTICLES

New

Loretta Lynch vs, the Constitution—Andrew McCarthy

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417344/lynch-vs-constitution-andrew-c-mccarthy

Although Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Republicans who control the Senate are under no obligation to do so, they have agreed to grant a confirmation vote to Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as United States Attorney General. Ms. Lynch has testified that she supports and would implement President Obama’s executive action providing de facto amnesty to illegal immigrants. This edict, which blatantly violates Obama’s oath to execute the laws faithfully, also unconstitutionally confers positive legal benefits on illegal aliens, something only Congress has the authority to do.

 

The Humanist Religion—Le Duigon

http://www.newswithviews.com/Duigon/lee299.htm
And so they have to un-create, and then re-create, the family, the political and economic systems of nations first, and then the world, and even the climate of the planet (oh, they think they can!) and the genetic makeup of the human species: and while they’re at it, they can change your sex.

 

WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

New

Liberalism

VENICE BEACH VOTES IN TOPLESS SUNBATHING, ‘IT’S AN EQUALITY ISSUE’

http://www.breitbart.com/california/2015/04/22/venice-beach-votes-in-topless-sunbathing-its-an-equality-issue/

 

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NEWS TO KNOW

New

Tangled Clinton Web: Foundation received millions from investors as Russia acquired part of US uranium reserves

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/04/23/tangled-clinton-web/

 

Petraeus To Be Sentenced for Leaking Military Secrets
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/US-Petraeus-Sentencing/2015/04/23/id/640222/

 

Rick Perry: Secure the Border With Fencing, ‘Boots on the Ground’
http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Rick-Perry-immigration-reform-border-security/2015/04/21/id/639929/

Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos

http://www.nature.com/news/chinese-scientists-genetically-modify-human-embryos-1.17378

 

State Department Won’t Rule Out $50 Billion ‘Signing Bonus’ For Iran

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/state-department-wont-rule-out-50-billion-signing-bonus-for-iran/

 

HEALTH

Previous

When supplements can do more harm than good: Taking too many vitamins ‘increases risk of heart disease and cancer’, study warns
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3047416/Supplements-increases-risk-heart-disease-cancer-study-warns.html#ixzz3XtkaXshA

CULTURE CLASH

 

CULTURE

New

Transgender teen can wear makeup in South Carolina DMV photo

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-south-carolina-dmv-transgender-20150422-story.html

 

EDUCATION – Research Links

Dangerous:  Common Core

 

New

Frat boys spit on wounded vet, urinate on American flag

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/04/23/frat-boys-spit-on-wounded-vet-urinate-on-american-flag/

Investigations have been launched at two universities over accusations that fraternity members taunted wounded war heroes, urinated on an American flag, and spit on a wounded veteran and his service dog in Panama City Beach, Florida.    The April 17 incident, involving Zeta Beta Tau fraternity members from the University of Florida and Emory University, has infuriated residents of Panama City.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Previous

Scroll down to watch the video

Watch Taya Kyle Introduce Garth Brooks and Honor The Troops at The 2015 ACM Awards

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2015/04/20/watch-taya-kyle-introduce-garth-brooks-at-the-acm-awards-in-dallas-n1987472

 

Review: ‘A.D.’ The Heresy Continues—Sunny Shell

http://www.sunnyshell.org/2015/04/review-ad-heresy-continues.html

 

Fifty Shades of Grey

Find answers here

 

LGBT ISSUES — Research Links

 

The revolution of the family: the Marxist roots of ‘homo-sexualism’

Porn may be only place gay youth see gay sex portrayed ‘positively’: UK ‘sex health’ charity head

300 Articles You Have to Read to Understand Homo-fascism

‘Gay’ Promiscuity: Breeding a national health problem

Big ‘Gay’ Brother is Watching You

Truth-Telling About Gays

 

New

How Elena Kagan helped “queer” Harvard Law School

http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen/10b/kagan/index.html

A few years ago Mass Resistance reported how Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan helped “queer” Harvard Law School.  In this updated version they wonder if she will now help “queer” the US Supreme Court’s decisions.

Previous

Male stripper performs at gay journalism event—Cliff Kincaid

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/kincaid/150420

 

EX-GAYS/EX TRANSEXUALS

 

Trouble In Transtopia: Murmurs Of Sex Change Regret

Truth Matters In Ex-Gay Debate

Nine fallen ‘exgay’ leaders seek spotlight with therapy ban alliance

Why Gays Cannot Speak for Ex-Gays

120 EX-GAY video testimonies

 

Previous

Repentant Transsexual Crusades Against ‘Quick Fix’ Reassignment Surgery

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/04/01/repentant-transsexual-crusades-against-quick-fix-reassignment-surgery/

 

LEFT-WING MEDIA

New

Top Clinton Foundation Donor May Have Violated Iran Sanctions; Networks Ignore

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/curtis-houck/2015/04/23/top-clinton-foundation-donor-may-have-violated-iran-sanctions-networks

 

LIFE & DEATH – Research Links

 

Parents Release Photo of Daughter Born at 24 Weeks to Stop Late-Term Abortions

Amazing Video Shows Life Before Birth: “Everything a Newborn Baby Does, a Fetus Has Already Done

Abortion, Depression, Suicide

 

New

Why Do People Continue Applauding Peter Singer’s Views Supporting Infanticide?

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/06/why-do-people-continue-applauding-peter-singers-views-supporting-infanticide/

 

CHECK OUT THE BOOK STORE

 

MARRIAGE & FAMILY

 

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. ~ Heb 13:4

 

The Purpose of Marriage

Understand the Same-Sex Marriage Issue

Ryan Anderson explains why gay marriage doesn’t exist

Our last chance to save traditional marriage

 

Previous

On Attending Homosexual Weddings—Bill Muhlenberg

http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/04/17/on-attending-homosexual-weddings/

I have written on this subject before in bits and pieces, but since it keeps coming up for debate, and since I do not have an entire piece devoted just to this, let me do so here. The latest trigger for this was a very recent remark made by Presidential hopeful and Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

 

RELIGION

 

OF INTEREST

New

What Heaven Will Be Missing–Nathan Busenitz

http://thecripplegate.com/what-heaven-will-be-missing/

Because there actually are some significant aspects of our current experience that will be absent from heaven. If we are to rightly understand just how wonderful heaven is going to be, we not only need to know what will be there … we also need to know what will be missing. …

Previous

“But did you pray for the wolf?”—Defending/Contending

http://bereanresearch.org/but-did-you-pray-for-the-wolf/

 

17 signs that your church is becoming secular

http://bereanresearch.org/17-signs-that-your-church-is-becoming-secular/

 

CREATION VS EVOLUTION – Research links

 

Why is biblical Creationism so important?

The Giraffe: God’s Outstanding Animal

 

Previous

DVD Series Documents Homeschooling Family’s Creation Evangelism in Remote Jungle

http://christiannews.net/2015/04/20/dvd-series-documents-homeschooling-familys-creation-evangelism-in-remote-jungle/

 

TEACHING/DEVOTIONAL

New

The Authority of Jesus Christ the Son of God—Mike Ratliff

https://mikeratliff.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/the-authority-of-jesus-christ-the-son-of-god/

 

WATCH OUT—APOSTASY ALERT!

 

A discerning Christian is one who seeks to walk in repentance for he or she will be in a constant state of self-examination. ~ Mike Ratliff

 

Where do Christians get solid food? From voices in their heads, intuition, imaginations, flights of fancy, signs, wonders? No. Solid food is consumed by feeding on the meat of

the written Word of God. ~ Sandy Simpson

 

Alcoholics Anonymous

Disturbing History of AA

New Booklet Tract: The Spiritual Truth Behind Alcoholics Anonymous–And Why Christians Should Think Twice About Joining A.A.

 

Previous

The Idols of Alcoholics Anonymous—John Lanagan

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/03/28/the-idols-of-alcoholics-anonymous/

 

Angels – Research links

 

Three Reasons You Should Not Try To Bind Satan

Unbiblical ideas About Angels

 

Ann Voskamp

Loving God is not erotic (no matter what Voskamp says)

Romantic Panentheism, a Review of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Christianized Version of “Sexytime” with Ghosts?

 

Beth Moore

 

Why Beth Moore and Not Me? The Danger of Claiming to Receive Direct Revelation

Has so-and-so false teacher always been false, or did it just start now?

The Low-Information Evangelical, Part 1  Part 2

Examining Beth Moore’s teaching

 

 “Blood Moons”

 

Is Jesus going to return during the blood-red moon of 2015?

Divine Sign for Israel? Hagee Explains Blood Moons

Will Lunar Eclipses Cause Four Blood Moons in 2014 and 2015?

 

Books on Heaven

 ‘Boy who came back from heaven’ recants story, rebukes LifeWay and other buyers/sellers of ‘heaven tourism’

LifeWay returns ‘Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ books to publisher

 

Charismatic Movement

 

Strange Fire Q&A: Answering the Critics—Phil Johnson interviews John MacArthur

Where is IHOP Going? An interview with Sarah Leslie

 

Christians and Conspiracy Theories

Sola Sisters has compiled articles that were written in order to biblically address the reality of conspiracy theory websites that Christians are sometimes drawn to, but which we feel are unbiblical and cause Christians to become unbalanced and unsteady in their walks. Be blessed.

http://www.solasisters.com/2015/02/christians-and-conspiracy-theories.html

 

Church Growth Movement/Seeker/Market-Driven

 

Church of Tares: Purpose Driven, Seeker Sensitive

Be Skeptical of Dr. Oz’s Remedies and Rick Warren’s “Plans”

Straight Talk About the Seeker Church Movement

Why this pastor left the church-growth model

Who is Peter Drucker, and what did he do with our church?

Rick Warren’s Catholic television interview

 

Previous

The year Rwanda goes Purpose Driven, UN begins biometric registration of citizens

http://bereanresearch.org/the-year-rwanda-goes-purpose-driven-un-begins-biometric-registration-of-citizens/

 

Contemplative Prayer – Research Links

 

The “Tree of Contemplative Practices” – Is Your Church Practicing Some of These?

What Is Spiritual Formation and Why Does It Matter?

Contemplative Terms

 

Previous

Tim Keller promotes Catholic mystic, rejects Genesis 1 as literal truth—John Lanagan

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/04/13/tim-keller-contemplation-and-teresa-of-avila/

There is an additional concern concerning Tim Keller. Keller considers Genesis 1 a poem, rather than a literal account of creation. …

 

Ecumenism

 

Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With Catholics, ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns

 

Emergent Church – Research Links

 

The Emerging Global Church

McLaren’s CANA Initiative marks new era for Neo Emergents

Listen: Emergent Church finally shows its real intentions!

Emerging towards convergence

Emergent /Emerging Church Documentary

 

Previous

Why Christians should vote for Hillary—Tony Campolo

http://bereanresearch.org/why-christians-should-vote-for-hillary/

Over at Religion News, Emergent Church leader and former adviser to Bill Clinton, Tony Campolo, has written a piece urging Christians to vote for Hillary Clinton.  Campolo lays out his reasons why a pro-abortion, pro gay “marriage” Democrat would make a good president.

 

Hillsong Church/Music

 

The Hillsong cult’s “infallible” prophets? (Part 1)  (Part 2)

Why Hillsong music is dangerous to sing in your church

Hillsong NYC’s “biblical” silence about homosexuality

Hellsong – The Music of Hillsong – In Praise of Folly

 

Previous

Brian Houston insisting Christians take the wide road

http://churchwatchcentral.com/2015/04/08/brian-houston-insisting-christians-take-the-wide-road/

The question that Hillsong members need to be asked is this: Does Brian Houston know the gospel? …

 

Gay activist says church leaders “must be made to take homosexuality off the sin list”—John Lanagan

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/04/09/gay-activist-says-church-leaders-must-be-made-to-take-homosexuality-off-the-sin-list/

 

“Jesus Calling” – Research Links

 

Jesus calling messages compared to channeled spirit messages

Changing “Jesus Calling”—Damage Control for a False Christ

In Jesus Calling: Jesus Contradicts Himself

Is Hit Book “Jesus Calling” Pushing New Age?

Articles and links exposing the New Age “Jesus” and New Age teachings

in Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling” devotional

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses Research Links

Previous

Hermeneutics and Blood Transfusions–Bill Muehlenberg

http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/04/09/hermeneutics-and-blood-transfusions/

Proper hermeneutics is absolutely vital for all sorts of reasons, including the obvious need to avoid bad interpretation. We want to read and understand the word of God properly, as it was intended to be understood. When we don’t, we can get into all sorts of trouble.

 

Joyce Meyer

 

The Prosperity Priestess and the Pied Piper of IHOP

Joyce Meyer’s teaching

 

Kay Arthur

 

Kay Arthur With Erroneous Contemplative Interpretation of Psalm 46:10

Christian Meditation: What’s Biblical and What’s

 

Mark Driscoll

 

Part 1: “We Are Not ABANDONED”   Part 2: “Under the Bus” and “Off the Map” – The Out-of-Control Bus That Runs Over Sheep  Part 3: The Culture Which Gave Rise to Driscoll

 

“The Message” Bible

 

Eugene Peterson’s “The Message” is a parody of the Bible

 

Previous

Gay activist says church leaders “must be made to take homosexuality off the sin list”—John Lanagan

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/04/09/gay-activist-says-church-leaders-must-be-made-to-take-homosexuality-off-the-sin-list/

It is no coincidence that Pastor Cliff Lentz of Hillsong NYC uses The Message so much. Hillsong seeks to please the world by remaining silent on the issue of homosexuality.

 

Mormonism — Research Links

Why I Am Not A Mormon

Mormonism’s Pre-existence

Mormon Church Admits Founder Joseph Smith Had About 40 Wives

Was Joseph Smith Really a Prophet from God?

What is Mormonism – What do Mormon’s Believe

 

New

Glenn Beck receives a “mantle” from a false prophet—Marsha West

http://bereanresearch.org/glenn-beck-receives-a-mantle-from-a-false-prophet/

Chuck Pierce claims he’s a “prophet” in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) or what many refer to as Dominionism. Because of Pierce’s elevated status, he recently bestowed a “new mantle for the future” on Glenn Beck, popular TV/radio host, author and speaker. “Prophet” Pierce presented the mantle to Beck at Global Spheres Center in Corinth, Texas as Mrs. Beck looked on.

Previous

NAR Kabbalist Chuck Pierce “mantles” Mormon Glenn Beck

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/03/24/nar-kabbalist-chuck-pierce-endorses-mormon-glenn-beck/

 

About the “mantle” NAR’s Chuck Pierce gave to Glenn Beck

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/03/25/about-the-mantle-nars-chuck-pierce-gave-to-glenn-beck/

 

New Age Movement/New Thought/Spirituality — Research Links

 

Roma Downey posting this quote on her Facebook page

“An angel can illuminate the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power

of vision.” ~ St.Thomas Aquinas

 

Be Skeptical of Dr. Oz’s Remedies and Rick Warren’s “Plans”

New Age Pandemic In The Church

The New Age Peale Factor: Norman Vincent Peale and the Occult, Part 1  Part 2

Mysticism & Global Mind Change

Panantheism

What is “The Secret”? What is the “Law of Attraction”?

 

Previous

David Jeremiah calls Roma Downey’s A.D. Film “The revolution that changed the world.”

http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/therevolution/coming_soon.aspx?goto=interview&tid=email_2015mar26ADINT

 

New Apostolic Reformation/Dominionism – Research Links

 

Voice of the [false] Apostles 2015 conference

New Apostolic Reformation in Your Church

We have had enough of false prophets

Bethel Church’s “Apostle” Bill Johnson: A Comedy of Errors Part 1  Part 2

What is an Apostle?

Rick Joyner’s alleged visit to heaven where he claims he met Enoch

 

New

Glenn Beck receives a “mantle” from a false prophet—Marsha West

http://bereanresearch.org/glenn-beck-receives-a-mantle-from-a-false-prophet/

Chuck Pierce claims he’s a “prophet” in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) or what many refer to as Dominionism. Because of Pierce’s elevated status, he recently bestowed a “new mantle for the future” on Glenn Beck, popular TV/radio host, author and speaker. “Prophet” Pierce presented the mantle to Beck at Global Spheres Center in Corinth, Texas as Mrs. Beck looked on.

 

New Apostolic Reformation using Empowered21, Assemblies of God, to further agenda?—John Lanagan

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/04/21/new-apostolic-reformation-using-empowered21-assemblies-of-god-to-further-agenda/

Previous

Power of Love School (Power of Satan…)

http://powerandlove.org/

Watch the videos, especially the one of Lou Engle. Why does his body constantly rock back and forth?  This school is rife with the worst kind of false prophets.

 

Occult – Research Links

 

Previous

Exorcists warn Vatican over ‘beautiful young vampires’ and satanic yoga

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/exorcists-warn-vatican-over-beautiful-young-vampires-and-satanic-yoga-10174001.html

“There are those who try to turn people into vampires and make them drink other people’s blood, or encourage them to have special sexual relations to obtain special powers,”…“These groups are attracted by the so-called beautiful young vampires that we’ve seen so much of in recent years.”

 

Perry Noble

Perry Noble Rescinds the Ten Commands for 2015

Perry Noble’s apology

 

Praise & Worship Music (Hillsong & Jesus Culture)

Previous

Worship Pastors—Glenn Chatfield

http://watchmansbagpipes.blogspot.com/2014/09/worship-pastors.html

 

Bill Johnson, Jesus Culture and Bethel Church

https://shepherdguardian.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/heresy-alert-bill-johnson-jesus-culture-and-bethel-church/

 

Roman Catholicism

 

Pope Francis: You Cannot Be A Christian Outside the Church

Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With Catholics, ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns

The Papacy of the Roman Catholic Church

Do eucharistic miracles really happen?

 

Previous

Pope Francis Urges Quick Action On Climate Change…Official Church Position

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Pope-Francis-Climate-Change-Global-Warming-Encyclical-Catholics-Environment-298530081.html

 

Social Justice/Progressive Christianity

 

Shameful Social Gospel

The Social Justice Gospel, Yesterday and TodayPart 2

 

Previous

Pitiable Capitulating Pro-family Leaders – Part 1  Part 2—Marsha West

I don’t believe for one minute that the Lord would have those who say they represent Him resort to cleverly contrived manipulation tactics to accomplish His work. The God I serve would never condone the maneuvering that goes on behind the scenes to get people to part with their money. And as I stated earlier, many LIE-celebs call themselves Christians, when what they actually are is GOP political operatives.

 

Transhumanism/Nephilum

 

Spiritual Seduction

Extraterrestrials, Noah’s Flood, Pseudo-Humans, Pseudo-Science,

Nephilim and Space Alien DNAPart 2

Previous

“Demons, Daughters and DNA”: A Sequel and Response—Larry DeBruyan

http://herescope.blogspot.com/2015/03/demons-daughters-and-dna-sequel-and.html

Back in June of 2011, I wrote a paper presenting the results of my study regarding the antediluvian Nephilim titled “Demons, Daughters and DNA.”[1] Admittedly, the study was written in part to defend Gaylene Goodroad who had been a member of the church I pastored before retirement, and whose expose of the new prophetic paradigm was being questioned and discredited. …

 

Vision Casting

 

Casting a Vision of Commandeering Control

Previous

The Hillsong cult’s “infallible” prophets? (Part 1)  (Part 2)

http://churchwatchcentral.com/2015/02/09/the-hillsong-cults-infallible-prophets-part-1/

So what does it mean when God gives Brian Houston a God-given vision? What does it mean when God gives Bobbie Houston a God whisper? What does this mean for Hillsong? …

 

Witchcraft – Research Links

 

Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel — Research Links

 

Why the Prosperity Gospel Is the Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever

Bethel Church’s “Apostle” Bill Johnson: A Comedy of Errors, Part 1   Part 2

The True Origins of the Prosperity Gospel

T.D. Jakes and Joyce Meyer teaching word-faith “Little Gods” doctrine

 

New

‘You Cannot Stop Me': Televangelist Creflo Dollar Defies Opponents in Effort to Buy $65 Million Jet dismay

http://christiannews.net/2015/04/23/you-cannot-stop-me-televangelist-creflo-dollar-defies-opponents-in-effort-to-buy-65-million-jet/  

April 24, 2015 RenewAmerica Newsletter

RENEWAMERICA — Liberty Tree Alliance, a nonprofit educational organization of Dr. Alan Keyes, has released a new e-booklet, How the Claim to ‘Homosexual Rights’ Destroys the Logic of Liberty, in an effort to challenge the growing myth that same-sex marriage poses no substantial threat to the existence of God-ordained natural marriage… (more)

ALAN KEYES — In my WND column, I apply the logic of America’s founders to the constitutional issue raised by Obama’s refusal to defend the DOMA signed into law during the Clinton era… (more)


April 23, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Although Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Republicans who control the Senate are under no obligation to do so, they have agreed to grant a confirmation vote to Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as United States Attorney General. Ms. Lynch has testified that she supports and would implement President Obama’s executive action providing de facto amnesty to illegal immigrants… (more)

April 23, 2015
BOB UNRUH — James Dobson hosted a panel of Christian leaders on his “Family Talk” radio show Wednesday and warned that Christians are about to face a new status in America as a “hated minority” if the U.S. Supreme Court decides, as many expect, to mandate same-sex “marriage.”… (more)


April 23, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — Glenn Beck said that his “Restoring Honor” rally was going to be non-political, but Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., must not have gotten the memo. Speaking from the podium in front of hundreds of thousands of people, she declared that “the procreative foundation of marriage is being threatened,” referring to the advancing homosexual agenda; said that the “womb war” must be ended in favor of life for innocent unborn children; and called for prayer to be brought back to the public square and the schools…. (more)

April 23, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — The Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation – – already under scrutiny for foreign donations – – is now being accused of fraudulent and possibly criminal mismanagement…. (more)

April 23, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Legal and illegal immigrants will hit a record high of 51 million in just eight years and eventually account for an astounding 82 percent of all population growth in America, according to new U.S. Census figures…. (more)


April 23, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Thomas Malthus was a 19th-century professor who believed poverty and hunger were symptoms of a population crisis, and the solution was to prevent the growth in the numbers of certain groups of people…. (more)

April 22, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — As we get closer to WND’s 18th anniversary as the first independent online news agency, I have been reflecting on what I’ve witnessed as far as the changing landscape of the Internet. One story over the weekend caught my eye – – about the implosion of MSNBC ratings…. (more)


April 22, 2015
AMY CONTRADA AND BRIAN CAMENKER — UPDATED April 20, 2015 – Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is committed to the radical campaign pushing acceptance of homosexuality and transgenderism as “civil rights.” Her unprecedented activism supporting that view as Dean of Harvard Law School (2003-2009) calls into question her ability to judge fairly and impartially on same-sex “marriage” and other homosexuality- or transgender-related issues that may come before the nation’s highest court…. (more)


April 22, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — A leading defender of Christians in the military says the crackdown on the free religious expression of Christians in uniform is increasing despite Pentagon assurances to the contrary, leading active-duty personnel to re-evaluate their careers and young Americans and their parents to reconsider service at all…. (more)

April 22, 2015
NEWSMAX — The Obama administration has failed at protecting Christians and other religious minorities around the globe from persecution and it’s time for Congress to step in and take action, former Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf said Tuesday on Newsmax TV’s “America’s Forum.”… (more)

April 22, 2015
NEWSMAX — The Obama administration has estimated for years that Iran was at most three months away from enriching enough nuclear fuel for an atomic bomb. But the administration only declassified this estimate at the beginning of the month, just in time for the White House to make the case for its Iran deal to Congress and the public…. (more)

April 22, 2015
NEWSMAX — The elusive leader of the jihadist terrorist Islamic State (ISIS) was wounded in a U.S.-led coalition air strike in Iraq last month, two reports say. Citing unnamed sources, the Guardian reports Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was seriously hurt in a March 18 strike near the Syrian border, suffering life-threatening injuries from which he’s made a slow recovery – – though he hasn’t resumed control of ISIS…. (more)

April 22, 2015
US NEWS — A poll of Americans and people living in nine other Western countries has found exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden is far more popular abroad than he is at home…. (more)

April 22, 2015
NEWSMAX — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry tells Newsmax on Tuesday that unless the nation’s borders are secured, “all of this talk about immigration and immigration reform is a waste of time.” “You have to secure the border,” Perry, 65, told J.D. Hayworth on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV. “The American people are not going to trust Washington, D.C., until you secure the border.”… (more)


April 22, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Declining SAT scores. Falling literacy rates. Reduced critical thinking ability. American children today appear to be getting dumber – – and that’s exactly how the government wants it, according to one journalist who has covered education topics extensively…. (more)

April 22, 2015
BREITBART — A large fire occurred yesterday at Hove Town Hall caused by a faulty solar panel on the roof of the building. No-one was hurt. Locals have been quick to take aim at the Green party with jibes over their record in office at Brighton and Hove city council, which owns the building…. (more)

April 22, 2015
BBC — A 93-year-old former Nazi SS guard, known as the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” has admitted he is “morally” guilty. Oskar Groening spoke at the beginning of his trial for being an accessory to the murder of at least 300,000 Jews at the concentration camp…. (more)

April 21, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — Well, we know what the No. 1 gotcha question for Republican presidential candidate will be this year: “Is homosexuality a choice?” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was the first victim on “Face the Nation” Sunday when Bob Schieffer hit him right between the eyes…. (more)

April 21, 2015
BOB UNRUH — The rapid expansion of same-sex “marriage” state by state has been fueled by federal court rulings that conflict with voter initiatives. But as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the issue, some state judges are fighting back, arguing that the institution that predates government should not be cast aside for current social trends…. (more)

April 21, 2015
HUMAN EVENTS — Approximately two months after the Islamic State (IS) published a video depicting its members slaughtering 21 Coptic Christians in Libya, on Sunday, April 19, the Islamic jihadi organization released another video of more Christians in Libya being massacred, this time for not paying jizya – -extortion money demanded of the “People of the Book” according to Koran 9:29…. (more)

April 21, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Declaring President Obama and other world leaders must no longer tolerate the ongoing slaughter of Christians by ISIS, a prominent media figure is calling for at least 1 million Americans to peacefully march on Washington, D.C., and demand action…. (more)

April 21, 2015
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Jade Helm 15 is set to kick off in seven states this summer, sending Special Operations forces from all four main branches of the military onto civilian soil to conduct hostile take-over training – – and civil-rights advocates are sounding the alarms…. (more)

April 21, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee accused the FBI on Monday of not cooperating with the Department of Justice’s top watchdog in the investigation of the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, among others, endangering Congress’s ability to be a check on the administration’s actions…. (more)

April 20, 2015
ALAN KEYES — From their inception as a nation, the people of the United States have upheld a standard of God-endowed unalienable right. In light of that standard, they recognize and mutually commit to respect the provisions of “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” by which human beings are bound to do what preserves and perpetuates human existence, for individuals and for humanity as a whole… (more)

April 20, 2015
LARRY KLAYMAN — This week we were forced to witness the true colors of our ultra-socialist and pro-terrorist President Barack Hussein Obama again. Fresh off of his capitulation to his Muslim brothers in Tehran with regard to the sham nuclear negotiations that threaten the annihilation of not just Israel but also our own country, he seized the opportunity at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, to advance his dastardly plan to open full diplomatic relations with the Communist island of Cuba… (more)

 

April 24, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

Operation Nehemiah: News Update #181

France – Islamic extremist planned to attack churches in Paris
An Islamic extremist was arrested for attempting to attack churches in Paris last Sunday (19 April) but shot himself in the leg and called an ambulance.


Uzbek believer in hiding after police attempt arrest

Enduring months of police harassment, Uzbek authorities attempted to arrest believer Guljahon Kuzebayeva on 24 February in her home in Karshi, in Uzbekistan’s Kashkadarya province, but were unable find her.


As centenary commemoration approaches, Europe urges Turkey to recognise Armenian genocide

A European Parliament (EP) motion passed in Brussels on 15 April calls on Turkey “to come to terms with its past, to recognise the Armenian genocide and thus pave the way for a genuine reconciliation between the Turkish and Armenian peoples”.


New Islamic State video shows militants killing 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya

“To the nation of the cross, we’re back again,” says a masked Islamic State (IS) fighter on a video posted on social media sites on Sunday (19 April), just before 30 Ethiopian Christians are brutally executed on screen.


Medical fund for pastors and their families

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literature/materials are under tight regulation by governments in Central Asia
and church leaders are often harassed by authorities, which can cause…


Christians in Pakistan Fear More Persecution Following Wave of Attacks on Christian Children

ICC Note:

Over the past month, a series of attacks on Christians has many in Pakistan afraid of greater persecution to come in the near future.


Suspect Accused of Involvement in Lahore Church Bombings Arrested in Pakistan

ICC Note:

Pakistani security agencies have arrested a suspect accused of involvement in the twin suicide bombings of two churches in Lahore’s Christian dominated neighborhood of Youhanabad.


Christians in India Shutdown Christian Hospitals and Schools to Protest

ICC Note:

Christians in India have decided to shutdown Christian hospitals and other institutions such as schools in protest today. Emergency services to hospitals will remain in service, but Christians are hoping to draw attention the the drastic increase in persecution under the new BJP-led government.


Eritrean Teen Migrant Forced to Witness Libya ISIS Massacre – ‘I Watched IS Beheading Christians’

ICC Note: In the wake of the release of the grisly ISIS video depicting the execution of nearly 30 Ethiopian and Eritrean Christians on April 19, one Eritrean ISIS escapee says the militants forced him to watch the killings.


Christians in Niger Still Recovering From Attacks on Churches After Charlie Hebdo Massacre

ICC Note: Persecution of Christians in Niger is one of the forgotten tragedies around the world. Much of the Western media ignores persecution of Christians in Africa, in general, while the Church in the developed world largely remains ignorant.


Special Delivery for A Family in Need!

ICC and our partners in Iraq were able to make a special delivery for one young family who was forced to leave her home because of ISIS and flee to Iraqi Kurdistan.


 

Mitt Romney: Hillary’s Clinton Foundation Uranium One scandal “looks like bribery”

Originally posted on Wintery Knight:

What looks like bribery? Well, read this story from the radically leftist New York Times, of all places. It should be the end of Hillary’s campaign.

Excerpt:

The headline in the website Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when its precursor served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.”

The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.

But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like…

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The Sweet Direction of the Law

Originally posted on The Reformed Reader:

Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Volume 2 Historic Reformed theology teaches that the law is useful for the Christian in two main ways: 1) to show him his need for Christ by convicting him of sin and 2) to guide him in thankful living for the glory of God (see Westminster Confession of Faith 19.6).  Below are some quotes showing how Francis Turretin (d. 1687) discussed the use of the law for the regenerate.  I appreciate the fact that a clear law/gospel distinction goes hand in hand with the law as a guide for living the Christian life (a “sweet direction” as Turretin calls it).  Here’s Turretin:

“[The law] serves (a) to convince and humble man so that – his own misery and weakness being felt – he despairs of himself and renounces confidence in his own righteousness and merit and rests upon the mercy of God alone.  (b) To lead men to Christ… inasmuch as it…

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Lessons From a Blind Beggar (Luke 18:35-43)

Originally posted on Joe Quatrone, Jr.:

lead-me-to-the-cross-1None of us have ever seen Jesus with our physical eyes and we are blind until we come to Him, but Jesus is able to hear your cry from the roar of the crowd. He is listening for your voice, and will stop and respond to you. In this message, we are going to examine an encounter a blind beggar had with Jesus. Let’s read about it in Luke 18:35-43:

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be…

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The seven fatal flaws of moral relativism

Originally posted on Wintery Knight:

Moral relativism is the view that moral values and moral duties do not exist in reality, but only exist as opinions in people’s minds. When you ask a moral relativism where the belief that stealing is wrong comes wrong, he may tell you that it is his opinion, or that it is the opinion of most people in his society. But he cannot tell you that stealing is wrong independent of what people think, because morality (on moral relativism) is just personal preference.

So what’s wrong with it?

I found this list of the seven flaws of moral relativism at the Australian site Faith Interface.

Here’s the summary:

  1. Moral relativists can’t accuse others of wrongdoing.
  2. Relativists can’t complain about the problem of evil.
  3. Relativists can’t place blame or accept praise.
  4. Relativists can’t make charges of unfairness or injustice.
  5. Relativists can’t improve their morality.
  6. Relativists can’t hold meaningful moral discussions.
  7. Relativists…

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Marriage Ordained by God, Redefined by the SCOTUS?

Originally posted on Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America:

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Who will ultimately decide the policy debate over marriage? On Tuesday, April 28, the nine justices on the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding the definition of marriage. The consolidated cases will be coming from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (MI, OH, KY, TN). We can and should pray, but we must realize the battle will not end with marriage regardless of what the Court decides. The full agenda is to uproot America’s moral anchors.

Will this pivotal decision be the Roe v Wade of marriage? Similar to that tragic turning point in our nation back in 1973, many of us believe redefining marriage for the entire country is way outside the authority of government. It will only lead to a chaotic, genderless institution where anything goes including polygamy, pedophilia, cohabitation, open marriages, and other societal dangers.

The burden should be on those suing to overturn lawful…

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Responding to Dear Believer: Why Do You Believe?

Originally posted on THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM:

This is a popular clip that tries to provoke some thought about why religious people believe what they believe. Do we know why we belive what we believe? If the clip wants people to examine what they believe I am all for it.

However, this clip attempts to point out that there is no way test a revelatory model. Furthermore, what about all those contradictory revelations?  Is there one God who gives a clear revelation? Or, is there a God, or “god” who gives conflicting and contradictory revelations? Futhermore, if religious people start with their Holy Book (The Bible, The Quran, The Book of Mormon), they are begging the question as to how they know their sacred text has it right. Furthemore, everyone seems sincere about what they believe. So is sincerity a test for truth?  No, I am afraid not. I seem to recall that there have been alot of…

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Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage

Originally posted on Biblical Spirituality:

On April 28 of this year the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court will see whether marriage equality is a Constitutional right or not. It will determine whether states have the duty to conduct same-sex marriages and whether the states that ban equal marriage should to accept same-sex marriages conducted in other states. Currently, there are 13 states (Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Ohio, and Tennessee) that still prohibit same-sex marriages. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality, all these 13 states will be obligated to conduct same-sex marriages.

Now, this issue that we are facing as a nation is not really cultural or political but religious, for it relates directly to what the Bible teaches regarding marriage. As a Christian, I uphold traditional marriage (a marriage between one man and one…

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April 24, 2015 Daily Devotional Guide Collection

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April 24

CHRIST AROSE

Robert Lowry, 1826–1899

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, He cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over Him. (Romans 6:8, 9)

Alleluia, He is Risen!” “Alleluia, He is Risen Indeed!” If you and I had been living during the early Christian era, this undoubtedly would have been our greeting to one another as believers on an Easter Sunday. For the past century, however, many evangelical churches have been inspired anew in celebrating this triumphant day by singing “Christ Arose”, written and composed by Robert Lowry in 1874.

Robert Lowry is a highly respected name among early gospel hymn writers. He served for a time as a professor of literature at Bucknell University, pastored several important Baptist churches in the East, and then became the music editor of the Biglow Publishing Company. It has often been said that the quality of Lowry’s numerous publications did much to improve the cause of sacred music in this country.

During the Easter season of 1874, while having his devotions one evening, Robert Lowry was impressed with the events associated with Christ’s resurrection, especially with these words recorded in Luke 24:6, 7:

He is not here, but is risen; remember how He spoke unto you when He was in Galilee, saying, the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

Soon Robert Lowry found himself seated at the little pump organ in the parlor of his home, and in a very spontaneous fashion, the words and music of “Christ Arose” gave expression to the thoughts that had been uppermost in his mind. The hymn was published the following year and has been an inspirational favorite with God’s people ever since.

Low in the grave He lay—Jesus, my Savior! Waiting the coming day—Jesus, my Lord!

Vainly they watch His bed—Jesus, my Savior! Vainly they seal the dead—Jesus, my Lord.

Death cannot keep his prey—Jesus, my Savior! He tore the bars away—Jesus, my Lord!

Chorus: Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o’er His foes; He arose a Victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever with His saints to reign: He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

For Today: Matthew 27:5–66; John 19:41, 42; 1 Corinthians 15:4

Allow the truth of Christ’s resurrection to thrill your life anew. Sing with triumph as you go—[1]


April 24: Tongues, Flames, and Other Things That Devour

Joshua 12:1–13:32; 2 Corinthians 11:7–15; Psalm 52:1–53:6

I’d like to skip over the description of the “mighty man” in Psa 52. Of all of his destructive influences, the mighty man is most judged for his use of words. The psalmist’s words burn because I’ve set more than a few forests ablaze with careless words (Jas 3:5). So how should someone like me respond to the psalmist’s judgment?

“Why do you boast about evil, O mighty man? The loyal love of God endures continually. Your tongue plans destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceit. You love evil more than good, a lie more than speaking what is right. You love all devouring words, O deceitful tongue” (Psa 52:1–4).

Prideful self-reliance is at the root of the evil man’s devouring, razor-sharp tongue. He boasts to make himself appear mighty. He takes “refuge in his destructiveness” (Psa 52:7). In contrast, the psalmist finds refuge in God, in the sanctuary of His loyal love: “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God. I trust in the loyal love of God forever and ever” (Psa 52:8).

On my own, I’m more like the mighty man than the stable and prosperous olive tree. I can try to manage my words, fabricating my sense of security on the basis of good behavior. But efforts born out of self-reliance—the root problem of my flippant speech—always fail me. Unless I recognize the foolishness of my pride, I cannot see my desperate need for God. Without hope in Jesus, who provided refuge through His sacrifice, I’ll never resemble the psalmist’s prosperous olive tree.

Oftentimes, the places where we fail so miserably, where we need the most grace, are also the places we see God’s work all the more. His Spirit changes us into people who bear the fruit of thankfulness. It makes us ever more eager to say with the psalmist: “I will give thanks to your forever, because of what you have done” (Psa 52:9).

Where do you see pride and self-reliance taking root in your life?

Rebecca Van Noord[2]


April 24

Intro

Welcome to Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Today’s reading is Psalm 86 through 90. Our lesson is from Psalm 86:6–7, “Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; And give heed to the voice of my supplications! In the day of my trouble I shall call upon You, For You will answer me.” (NASU)

Lesson

According to tradition, King David authored our Psalm. He was known as a man who had a heart for God. David lived a life full of violence and suffered much anguish. He was a shepherd, soldier, writer and worshipper of the Lord. He became king of Judah and later of Israel. Something that comes across very clearly is his passion for God. Today’s verses are no exception. Let’s view the three “s” in our outline.

The first “s” is King David’s supplication. From the beginning of the psalm, the king implores for an audience with God. We do not know the specific details but we can be certain of David’s earnest desire for God to answer his petition.

Some people refuse to call on God because either they do not believe in Him or they think it is a waste of time because He is inaccessible. Not so with King David. He is confident that the Lord responds to prayer.

The second “s” is King David’s situation. The psalmist writes “in the day of my trouble I shall call upon You.” Verse 14 helps us to see the gravity of the king’s situation. His enemies rose up against him and his life was threatened. David understood that the difference between him and his enemies was that he was trusting in God. His state of affairs was frantic and troubling but he called on the Lord to alleviate the circumstances.

The final “s” is for King David’s sanctuary. A sanctuary is a place of refuge and comfort from danger. Although he felt threatened, he knew that the Lord would respond to his petition. King David was assured of God’s intervention on his behalf that brought about great relief. Although he had not yet received the answer to his prayer, his confidence and trust was in the Lord. God had been faithful to David many times; he knew that he could trust in the Lord.

In summary, we have seen David’s supplication. We have seen David’s situation. And finally, we have seen David’s sanctuary.

When the day of trouble becomes too much for us to bear, let’s learn to lean on the strong arm of the Lord. It worked for King David and can work for us.

If you find yourself in a crisis and need the Lord’s help, take a moment to call on His name. There is power to overcome whatever situation you may be in. God’s arm is not short and He can reach toward you right now.

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It has been a pleasure to share with you Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Tomorrow’s Bible reading is Psalm 91 through 95. Let’s not forget the words of the psalmist, “The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” Until tomorrow and may God bless you in abundance as you study the Word of God.[3]


April 24

Christ Is Our Peace

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9).

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Christ’s atonement made it possible for man to be at peace with God.

After World War II the United Nations was created to promote world peace. But since its inception in 1945 there has not been a single day of global peace. That’s a sad commentary on man’s inability to make peace. In fact, someone once quipped that Washington D.C., has so many peace monuments because they build one after every war!

It hasn’t always been that way. Prior to the fall of man, peace reigned on the earth because all creation was in perfect harmony with its Creator. But sin interrupted peace by alienating man from God and bringing a curse upon the earth. Man couldn’t know true peace because he had no peace in his heart. That’s why Jesus came to die.

I once read a story about a couple at a divorce hearing whose conflict couldn’t be resolved. They had a four-year-old boy who became distressed and teary-eyed over what was happening. While the couple was arguing, the boy reached for his father’s hand and his mother’s hand and pulled until he joined them.

In a sense that’s what Christ did. He provided the righteousness that allows man and God to join hands. Romans 5:1 says that those who are “justified by faith … have peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.” Colossians 1:20 says that God reconciled all things to Himself through the blood of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

Yet on the surface, the scene at the cross wasn’t peaceful at all. Pain, sorrow, humiliation, hatred, mockery, darkness, and death were oppressively pervasive. But through it all Christ was doing what He alone could do: making peace between man and God. He paid the supreme price to give us that precious gift.

In the future Jesus will return as Prince of Peace to establish a Kingdom that will usher us into an eternal age of peace. In the meantime He reigns over the hearts of all who love Him. Let His peace reign in your heart today!

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Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God for the peace of heart that comes from knowing Christ.

For Further Study: Read Philippians 4:6–9. What must a person do to know God’s peace?[4]


April 24

Choose God’s Way

It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Philippians 2:13

how can you determine if you should continue walking on the path God has set you on?

Get God’s viewpoint.

Do what the Word of God tells you to do.

Follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Determine in your heart that you will choose God’s way over your own way.

Persevere in what God directs you to do. And you will walk in wisdom … all the way to eternity’s door.[5]


April 24

Take a Closer Look

Scripture reading: John 3:1–19

Key verse: John 3:5

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

Many scholars believe Nicodemus eventually became a secret follower of Jesus, while a few cite a lack of evidence concerning his conversion. Considering the consequences, Nicodemus took a huge risk in coming to Jesus that evening. Had his peers found out, he could have faced banishment from the Sanhedrin.

Each time Nicodemus heard Jesus speak, the message pointed in one direction: The kingdom of God was now among them. But how could that be? And if it was, how did one gain access?

Jesus’ answer was baffling: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5 nasb). Christ was speaking of a spiritual rebirth, something Nicodemus had never heard before.

There is only one way to enter the kingdom of God, and that is through faith in His Son and the finished work of the Cross. We know Nicodemus took a critical look at his faith because the next time he is mentioned, he was preparing the Lord’s body for burial.

Only one thing could move a man to join in such an effort, and that is the love of God. Have you taken a critical look at your faith? Is Jesus the central focus of your life? Anything less demands a closer look.

Jesus, You are the central focus of my life. Thank You for the finished work of the Cross.[6]


April 24

A Real Death

Being put to death in the flesh.

1 Peter 3:18

Today’s verse indicates that Jesus Christ’s physical life ceased. Some dispute the resurrection of Christ from the dead by claiming that He never died but only fainted. Supposedly He was revived by the coolness of His tomb, got up, and walked out. But Peter is clear: Jesus was dead—the victim of a judicial murder.

Christ’s Roman executioners made sure He was dead. They broke the legs of the thieves crucified alongside Him to hasten their deaths. (A victim of crucifixion could postpone death as long as he could elevate himself on his legs.) However, they didn’t bother to break Christ’s legs since they could see He was already dead. To verify His death, they pierced His side, out of which came a flow of blood and water—only blood, not water, would have come out if Jesus had been alive (John 19:31–37). Christ was surely dead. And that means His resurrection was real.[7]


April 24        Where Your Victory Was Won

scripture reading:
Luke 23:26–46

key verse:
Romans 11:36

For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.

The cross of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of God’s plan for salvation through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son. That is why the Lord Jesus Christ cried, “It is finished!” (John 19:30) as He drew His final breath on Golgotha. Prophecy was fulfilled; redemption was accomplished.

Also the Cross is the keystone for individual destiny and deliverance. Your eternal state rests on your acceptance or rejection of God’s redemptive work on Calvary. There your sins were forgiven because God’s Son was sacrificed in your stead and on your behalf.

There your sin nature was judged and rendered powerless; and your archenemy, Satan, was defeated. God dealt with the old person by crucifying it with Christ so that you may enjoy a new quality of life.

You experience the transforming power of the Cross when your faith is anchored in its truth. By faith in Jesus, you are saved from eternal death and delivered from sin’s domain. You overcome all obstacles, all barriers, all habits, all circumstances, by total reliance on the conquering Christ who shattered sin’s penalty and power on Calvary. Christ’s cross secured it all.

Hallelujah! Victory is mine through the Cross. O God, I anchor my faith in its truth. I rely on its power to overcome all obstacles, barriers, habits, and circumstances in my life.[8]


April 24

Strength for All Times

Scripture reading: Isaiah 40:28–31

Key verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9

He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

When the Bible talks of strength, it means inner fortitude of spirit, mind, will, and emotion. It is the actual energizing work of the Holy Spirit to undergird and sustain us. We receive God’s strength when we are weak. Isaiah encouraged us that God “gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength” (Isa. 40:29). Paul said that “strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).

The emotionally drained believer doesn’t have to be swept into the undertow of stressful times. God will give you the strength you don’t have if you will lean fully on His resources.

You experience the strength God gives as you praise Him. Something about praise is invigorating and enlivening. Although it is the very thing you don’t feel like doing, praise is God’s way to spiritually nourish you. Nehemiah declared that the “joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10).

In your weakest moments, when you feel like giving in to temptation or just giving up, realize your weakness is your opportunity to draw upon God’s supernatural strength. Praise Him, as feebly as that may be, and you will be renewed and restored. His Word is His sure bond.

Thank You for Your strength, dear Lord. In my weakest moments, remind me that Your strength is my inheritance, and help me to draw upon it.[9]


April 24

Validated by God

Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:1–10

Key Verses: Romans 1:3–4

Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

You have just finished eating in a nice restaurant. Before exiting, you make sure your parking ticket is validated so that the parking attendant will allow you to leave without a charge. The validation is the key to verify your visit. The dictionary defines validation as “to give legal force to; to legalize; authoritative; sustainable in law.”

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the binding validation, or proof, of Jesus’ deity. The bodily resurrection of Christ testifies beyond doubt that Christ was “the Son of God with power” (Rom. 1:4). He can no longer be thought of as a mere prophet, a deluded evangelist, a wise teacher, or just the son of Mary and Joseph.

His resurrection also validates the truthfulness of all that Jesus said. Throughout His ministry, Christ foretold His death and resurrection. The angel at the vacant tomb announced, “He has risen, just as He said” (Matt. 28:6 nasb).

Jesus said that He would conquer death, and He did. Because He fulfilled that bold claim, we can rely on every word He uttered and every deed He accomplished. If you are looking for compelling evidence of Jesus’ deity and authority, the Resurrection is sufficient.

O Lord, I believe! You have conquered death. You have risen, just as You said. Let me live in the power of Your resurrection and share its message with others.[10]


April 24

A Personal Message from God

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:10–12

Key Verse: Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a Child is born,

Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The cross of Jesus Christ is a sacred symbol to Christians, as it represents everything in which we believe. To truly understand the message of this symbol, we must increase in knowledge about the purpose of the Cross, which leads to a question: What personal message from God can be found in the event of Christ’s death on the cross?

  • The Cross reveals God’s unconditional love for you. Though it was the collective sin of the human race that deserved punishment, God chose to lay this great debt upon one Man—His own Son. He did this as an act of love for you.
  • The Cross exemplifies God’s awesome power. Jesus’ death and resurrection symbolize His ultimate triumph over eternal condemnation. His blood established a new covenant and a chance for all people to spend eternity in the presence of God.

As you meditate upon the event of the Cross, consider God’s love, righteousness, faithfulness, and power. In one time-altering moment on the cross, His greatest blessing was poured out to a world thirsty for the saving grace of the one, true God.

Father, thank You that the cross links humanity from Genesis to Revelations and that in doing so it exemplifies your righteousness and faithfulness.[11]


April 24

The Resurrection: A Belief that Matters

“How do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?”

1 Corinthians 15:12

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Without the truth of bodily resurrection, the Christian faith would not make sense.

Even though Paul and the other apostles made the resurrection of Christ and His followers from the dead a central part of the gospel message, some new Gentile converts (the Corinthians especially) had difficulty accepting the idea of bodily resurrection. That struggle resulted mainly from the effects of Greek dualism, which viewed the spiritual as inherently good and the physical as inherently bad. Under that belief, a physical resurrection was considered quite repulsive.

The only way for the doubting Gentiles to accommodate their dualism was to say that Jesus was divine but not truly human. Therefore, He only appeared to die, and His appearances between the crucifixion and ascension were manifestations that merely seemed to be bodily. But Paul knew that was bad doctrine. He wrote to the Romans, “Concerning His Son … born of the seed of David according to the flesh … declared with power to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead” (Rom. 1:3–4).

To deny the actual, bodily resurrection of Christ creates some very significant doctrinal problems. Without His resurrection, the gospel is an empty message that doesn’t make sense. Without the Resurrection, Jesus could not have conquered sin and death, and thus we could not have followed in that victory either.

Without physical resurrection, a life of faith centered on the Lord Jesus is worthless. A dead savior cannot provide any kind of life. If the dead do not rise bodily, Christ did not rise, and neither will we. If all that were true, we could not do much more than conclude with Isaiah’s Servant, “I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity” (49:4). But the glorious reality is that we can affirm with Job, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and … .without my flesh [after death] I shall see God” (Job 19:25–26).

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Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God that the truth of the Resurrection makes our theology credible and the gospel powerful.

For Further Study: Sometimes Jesus’ closest followers have doubts about the Resurrection. Read John 20:19–29. How did Jesus prove to the disciples that it was really Him? ✧ What else did Jesus implicitly appeal to when He confronted Thomas’s doubts?[12]


April 24

Numbers 1; Psalm 35; Ecclesiastes 11; Titus 3

Psalm 35 is one of the psalms given over to the theme of vindication (see also the meditation of April 10). They make many Christians uncomfortable. The line between vindication and vindictiveness sometimes seems a little thin. How can the line of reasoning in this psalm ever be made to square with the teaching of the Lord Jesus about turning the other cheek (Matt. 5:38–42)? Isn’t there an edge of, say, nastiness about the whole thing? After all, David does not just ask that he himself be saved from the ravages of those who are unjustly attacking him (e.g., 35:17, 22–23), he explicitly asks that his enemies “be disgraced and put to shame” (35:4), that they be ruined and ensnared by the very nets they have laid for others (35:8).

Two reflections:

(1) On some occasions David is not speaking only out of a sense of being threatened as an individual, but also out of a sense of his responsibilities as king, as the Lord’s anointed servant. If he is being faithful to the covenant, then surely it is the Lord’s name that is on the line when God’s “son,” the Lord’s appointed king, is jeopardized. For the Lord “delights in the well-being of his servant” (35:27), and David recognizes that his own preservation is bound up with the well-being of “those who live quietly in the land” (35:20). At issue, then, is public justice, not personal vendetta, against which the Lord Jesus so powerfully contends in the words already quoted.

(2) More importantly, although Christians turn the other cheek, this does not mean they are slack regarding justice. We hold that God is perfectly just, and he is the One who says, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay” (Deut. 32:35). That is why we are to “leave room for God’s wrath” (Rom. 12:19). He is the only One who can finally settle the books accurately, and to think otherwise is to pretend that we can take the place of God. All David is asking is that God perform what he himself says he will ultimately do: execute justice, vindicate the righteous, defend the covenantally faithful.

The last chapter of Job is not an anticlimax for just this reason: Job was vindicated. The sufferings of the Lord Jesus fall into the same pattern. He made himself a nobody and suffered the odium of the cross, in obedience to his Father (Phil. 2:6–8), and was supremely vindicated (Phil. 2:9–11). We, too, may suffer injustice and cry for the forgiveness of our tormentors, as Jesus did—even as we also cry that justice may prevail, that God be glorified, that his people be vindicated. This is God’s will, and David had it right.[13]


April 24

Numbers 1; Psalm 35; Ecclesiastes 11; Titus 3

“warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him” (Titus 3:10). It is worth reflecting a little on what this does and does not mean, and how it fits into broader streams of biblical theology.

First, the passage is written to a church leader responsible for maintaining church discipline. It does not sanction a personal vendetta: Christian X decides that Christian Y is rather divisive and therefore decides to have nothing further to do with Y. (Indeed, that itself would exemplify a divisive spirit!) This is written to a Christian who has responsibility for leading and disciplining the church.

Second, the passage focuses on discipline at the local level; it is not introducing infinitely broad approval of all ecumenical thrusts—a kind of condemnation of anyone who does not approve the latest inter-church project or confession. Of course, there may be implications for the broader work of the Gospel, but we must above all grasp what force the text has in its own context.

Third, the immediate evidence of a divisive spirit, in this context, is an unrepentant argumentativeness about peripherals: Christians must “avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless” (3:9). Undoubtedly there is some common understanding between Paul and Titus on these matters that is a little difficult to probe. Paul is certainly not saying, for instance, that every question about the Law is a waste of time; he himself elsewhere discusses the subject. But controversies calculated to divide Christians without producing any gospel strength or moral improvement are “unprofitable and useless.” One begins to suspect that those who are stirring up such strife have invested so much of their own egos in their eccentric positions that they can neither be corrected nor back down.

Fourth, if “have nothing to do with him” entails excommunication from the local church (as I think it does), we should reflect on the categories of sin that call forth this sanction in the New Testament. One is major doctrinal aberration, especially among teachers; a second is major moral defection, such as the case described in 1 Corinthians 5; and the third is here—a loveless, untransformed stance that refuses to see the centrality and glory of the Gospel but proves so divisive, despite repeated warnings, that the only solution is to cut the canker from the body. These three categories are the inverse of the patterns of life set out as the three primary tests of genuine Christianity in 1 John: doctrinal probity, moral conformity, and love for the brothers and sisters.[14]

 


April 24 – Jesus on Genuine Truthfulness

“‘But let your statement be, “Yes, yes” or “No, no”; anything beyond these is of evil’” (Matthew 5:37).

Keeping your word is the mark of a genuine worshiper and demonstrates that you, as a child of God, hate lies. Everything in God’s kingdom is sacred and all truth is His truth, so truth has no degrees or shades. Thus even what seems to be the most minor false statement dishonors God’s name.

The Lord has never had any standard other than absolute truthfulness. He wants every one of us to possess “truth in the innermost being” (Ps. 51:6). And it follows that “lying lips are an abomination to the Lord” (Prov. 12:22; cf. 6:16–17; Ps. 58:3–4).

Because God has the ultimate criterion of complete truthfulness, even our most routine conversations should be truthful and dependable in every detail. Our everyday talk ought to be plain and straightforward, uncluttered by qualifiers, exaggerations, or hedges on the truth. Our word must be as good as our bond or as any vow or oath we ever make. James’s admonishment agrees with Jesus’ teaching, “But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment” (James 5:12).

Ask Yourself

Truth and honesty will never be your default setting until you pursue it deliberately—spending your words carefully and keeping your word completely. In what particular areas of your life is it hardest for you to keep your promises?

From Daily Readings from the Life of Christ, Vol. 1, John MacArthur. Copyright © 2008. Used by permission of Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL 60610, http://www.moodypublishers.com.


Reading for Today:

Judges 13:1–14:20
Psalm 50:16-23
Proverbs 14:29-30
Luke 17:20-37
Notes:

Judges 13:5 Nazirite. The word is from the Hebrew “to separate.” For rigid Nazirite restrictions, such as here in Samson’s case, see Numbers 6:1–8. God gave 3 restrictions: no wine (vv. 3, 4), no razor cutting the hair (v. 5), no touching a dead body and being defiled (v. 6). Such outward actions indicated an inner dedication to God.

Judges 14:1–4 she pleases me well. The Philistines were not among the 7 nations of Canaan which Israel was specifically forbidden to marry. Nonetheless Samson’s choice was seriously weak. Samson sins here, but God is sovereign and was able to turn the situation to please Him (14:4). He was not at a loss, but used the opportunity to work against the wicked Philistines and provided gracious help to His people. He achieved destruction of these people, not by an army, but by the miraculous power of one man.

Luke 17:20 when the kingdom of God would come. They may have asked the question mockingly, having already concluded that He was not the Messiah. does not come with observation. The Pharisees believed that the Messiah’s triumph would be immediate. They were looking for Him to come, overthrow Rome, and set up the millennial kingdom. Christ’s program was altogether different. He was inaugurating an era in which the kingdom would be manifest in the rule of God in men’s hearts through faith in the Savior (v. 21; see Rom. 14:17). That kingdom was neither confined to a particular geographical location nor visible to human eyes. It would come quietly, invisibly, and without the normal pomp and splendor associated with the arrival of a king. Jesus did not suggest that the Old Testament promises of an earthly kingdom were hereby nullified. Rather, that earthly, visible manifestation of the kingdom is yet to come (Rev. 20:1–6).

Luke 17:22 The days will come. This introduces a brief discourse that has some similarities to the Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24 and 25. you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man. I.e., desire to have Him physically present. This suggests a longing for His return to set things right (see Rev. 6:9–11; 22:20).

DAY 24: What about those who claim to see a wide gap between Luke’s theology and Paul’s theology?

Although Luke, more than any of the other Gospel writers, highlighted the universal scope of the gospel invitation, some have questioned why a companion of Paul’s would use so little of Paul’s language in explaining the process of salvation. But a difference in vocabulary does not necessarily imply a difference in thought or underlying theology.

Luke certainly wrote in his own style. He was an astute observer and careful thinker. In writing the Gospel, he was careful not to insert Pauline language back into the Gospel account. The theology of Luke’s record parallels Paul’s exactly. Luke repeatedly related accounts of Gentiles, Samaritans, and other outcasts who found grace in Jesus’ eyes. This emphasis not only records Jesus’ appeal, but also proves to be precisely what we would expect from the close companion of the “apostle to the Gentiles” (Rom. 11:13).

A compelling illustration of this parallel involves Luke’s treatment of the centerpiece of Paul’s doctrine—justification by faith. Luke highlighted and illustrated justification by faith in many of the incidents and parables he related in his Gospel. For example, the account of the Pharisee and the publican (18:9–14), the familiar story of the prodigal son (15:11–32), the incident at Simon’s house (7:36–50), and the salvation of Zacchaeus (19:1–10) all serve to demonstrate that Jesus taught justification by faith long before Paul wrote about it.

From The MacArthur Daily Bible Copyright © 2003. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson Bibles, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc, Nashville, TN 37214, http://www.thomasnelson.com.


 

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[2] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] Venditti, L., & Venditti, N. (2012). Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 127). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[5] Stanley, C. F. (2004). God’s way day by day (p. 125). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 119). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 129). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

[8] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[9] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 119). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[10] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 119). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[11] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 119). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[12] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[13] Carson, D. A. (1998). For the love of God: a daily companion for discovering the riches of God’s Word. (Vol. 1). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[14] Carson, D. A. (1998). For the love of God: a daily companion for discovering the riches of God’s Word. (Vol. 2, p. 25). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Christians are quickened together with Christ

Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:

by Mike Ratliff

8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. 9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; 11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven…

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Apologetics Dood’s Animated Dialogues on Presuppositional Apologetics

Originally posted on The Domain for Truth:

Here are some animated Youtube video by “Apologetics Dood” that is pretty much a skit of what Presuppositional apologetics (Van Tillian) dialogues look like in action.  They have been loaded up recently.

I like the back and forth exchange that raises objections one commonly see when one engage an unbeliever with Presuppositional apologetics.

As more is being loaded online I hope to add more to them here.

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Seventh Day Adventist to Speak at SBC2015

Originally posted on :

“Unity which is not based upon the truth of God is not communion, but rather a conspiracy.” Spurgeon, April 1887

Ben Carson, who first made waves by a politically incorrect speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013 and potential candidate in the Republican primary for president, has been invited to speak at the Southern Baptist Pastor’s Conference. Carson, a surgeon and stalwart defender of religious liberty, happens to be a Seventh Day Adventist.

Seventh Day Adventists, if you are unaware, have an aberrant theology. The “Adventist” in their name refers to 1843, when followers of William Miller (the “Millerites”) believed his prophecy, that Jesus would return that year. After the failed prophecy, Miller – like modern day Harold Camping – blamed the failure on his math and made a subsequent prophecy for 1844. After that failed prophecy regarding Christ’s advent, the Millerites broke up.

The Millerites, however, needed somewhere…

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How Can You Be Sure that You Will Spend Eternity with God? (Dr. Erwin Lutzer) – Video Series

How Can You Be Sure that You Will Spend Eternity with God?/Program 1


How Can You Be Sure that You Will Spend Eternity with God?/Program 2


How Can You Be Sure that You Will Spend Eternity with God?/Program 3


How Can You Be Sure that You Will Spend Eternity with God?/Program 4


Hope for Those Who Doubt Their Salvation/Program 1


Hope for Those Who Doubt Their Salvation/Program 2


Hope for Those Who Doubt Their Salvation/Program 3


Hope for Those Who Doubt Their Salvation/Program 4


Why is it Important to Be Sure Where You Will Spend Eternity?

By: Dr. Erwin Lutzer

Why Is it Important to Be Sure Where You Will Spend Eternity? Is the faith that people have in God going to get them into Heaven ? Matthew 7 says, ‘I’m sorry. I never knew you,’ here’s what His message is.” What are two ways that Jesus talked about misplaced faith.


Why Is Grace So Amazing?

By: Dr. Erwin Lutzer

Ephesians 2:8 says: “For by grace are ye saved through faith, that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.” Why is Grace So Amazing?


What is Justification?

By: Dr. Erwin Lutzer

Understanding the importance of the doctrine of salvation. If the righteousness of Christ, is applied to me legally the moment I put my faith in Him, does that mean that I can accept Christ and then live like the devil?”


What Does the Bible Teach About Being Born Again?

By: Dr. Erwin Lutzer

In our society when so many people say, “You know, he was born again,” what really does the Bible teach about being a “born again” Christian?


Held in God’s Hands: The Doctrine of Eternal Security

By: Dr. Erwin Lutzer

Held in God’s Hands: The Doctrine of Eternal Security. Do We need to be saved again and again?


Saved for Sure: Overcoming Doubt

By: Dr. Erwin Lutzer

How do you overcome those doubts–to be brought to the point where you say, “Yes, I know it’s okay. I’m going to Heaven.


For Doubters Only

By: Dr. Erwin Lutzer

There are still some people who have a tough time in having confidence in their salvation. What do those folks need to do?


Dr. Erwin Lutzer’s Personal Testimony

By: Dr. Erwin Lutzer

Dr. Erwin Lutzer’s personal testimony.

April 23, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

The opposite of love is not correction but indifference. —Anthony Thiselton

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Apr. 23, 2015

BLOOMBERG

President Obama’s efforts to complete a significant trade accord during the final two years of his term were boosted by a U.S. Senate panel that advanced legislation strengthening his negotiating authority. The Senate Finance Committee approved a compromise “fast-track” bill that would let the president submit trade agreements to Congress for an expedited up-or-down vote without amendments.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign signaled Wednesday that it will respond aggressively to continued Republican pressure on the 2012 Benghazi attacks, calling a House committee’s timeline that could stretch into 2016 “the most telling evidence yet that their investigation is solely about playing politics in the 2016 presidential campaign.”

The Senate cleared the way for a vote Thursday on confirming Loretta Lynch as the first black woman to become U.S. attorney general, more than five months after she was nominated. Senators voted 99-0 Wednesday to pass a bill to curb human trafficking, a measure the chamber’s majority Republicans insisted on completing before they would allow a vote on Lynch.

A psychiatric hospital has asked a U.S. court to let John W. Hinckley Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, live full-time with his mother in Virginia, a federal judge said.

The Defense Department is seeking a new collaboration with Silicon Valley to gain access to the latest technology and talent as the U.S. seeks to prevent catastrophic cyber-attacks.

Consumer confidence retreated for a second week after reaching an almost eight-year high as lower- and middle-income Americans’ views of their financial well-being dimmed.

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits held below 300,000 for the seventh straight week, pointing to a rebound in payrolls after hiring eased last month. Jobless claims increased by 1,000 to 295,000 in the week ended April 18.

Deutsche Bank AG was ordered to pay a record $2.5 billion fine and fire seven employees to settle U.S. and U.K. investigations into its role in rigging Libor.

In the three months since the Swiss National Bank scrapped the franc’s ceiling against the euro, it’s intervened in currency markets, cut interest rates and on Wednesday made more depositors subject to its negative rates.

Apple Inc.’s iOS operating system contains a bug that lets attackers crash iPhones and iPads within range of a wireless hotspot, security company Skycure Ltd. said.

An American and an Italian held hostage by al-Qaeda were accidentally killed during a raid by U.S. counterterrorism force, the White House said. Two other Americans linked to the terrorism group also were killed.

AP Top Stories

Frail and tired of leading a secret life for four decades, 66-year-old Clarence David Moore called police this week to surrender. The deputy who answered thought it was a prank. It wasn’t.

Honda unveiled its first private jet before it hits the market this summer, as the Japanese giant, better known for making cars, targets deep-pocketed business flyers.

Nigerian forces backed by warplanes invaded Islamist group Boko Haram’s last known stronghold, the Sambisa forest, in an effort to finally defeat their six-year-old insurgency.

A California man who was freed after serving 34 years of a life sentence for murder had the charges formally dismissed Wednesday.

Volcano Calbuco in southern Chile erupted for the first time in more than five decades, sending a thick plume of ash and smoke several kilometers into the sky.

Chinese nuclear experts believe North Korea may already have a nuclear arsenal of 20 warheads and the uranium enrichment capacity to double that figure by next year.

Chechnya’s leader told his security forces to open fire on Russian federal troops if they operate in the region without his approval.

Brent crude oil rose more than a dollar to above $64 a barrel on heightened concerns over the security of Middle East supplies as a civil war escalated in Yemen.

At least 42 fighters were killed in 24 hours of fierce fighting between Islamist rebels and the Islamic State group in Syria’s Damascus province.

BBC

Funerals for 24 people killed in the worst ever recorded capsizing of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean have been held in Malta.

Pope Francis will travel to Cuba in September ahead of his visit to the US, the Vatican has announced.

An experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the Ebola virus, US-based scientists have said. The treatment, known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea, targets the Makona strain of the virus, which caused the current deadly outbreak in West Africa.

Saudi-led coalition warplanes have struck Houthi rebels across Yemen in fresh raids, two days after announcing the end of a month-long air campaign.

WND

In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported editing the genomes of human embryos. The results are published in the online journal Protein & Cell and confirm widespread rumors that such experiments had been conducted-rumors that sparked a high-profile debate last month about the ethical implications of such work.

Legal and illegal immigrants will hit a record high of 51 million in just eight years and eventually account for an astounding 82 percent of all population growth in America, according to new U.S. Census figures.

A Valdosta State University student at the heart of a flag-burning incident on campus that led to the very public arrest of one objecting female veteran is a self-declared “terrorist,” on the run and hiding from police.


The Number Of Volcanoes Erupting Right Now Is Greater Than The 20th Century’s YEARLY Average
according to Volcano Discovery there are 36 volcanoes erupting around the world right now. In other words, the number of volcanoes erupting as you read this article is greater than the 20th century’s yearly average. And all of this is part of a larger trend.   

Report: Obama ‘Obscured’ Iran Nuclear Breakout Time for Years
Obama has known for years that Iran needed only 2-3 months to produce enough fuel for a nuclear bomb, but purposely avoided saying so publicly, stressing instead that a full year was needed for Iran to build a nuclear bomb. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Monday acknowledged that the US has known for years that Iran is just two to three months form having enough fissile material for a nuclear bomb. When asked how long the Obama administration has known this, he responded, “Oh, quite some time.   

US: Russia Ready to Reignite Ukraine Conflict
the BBC reports. A department spokeswoman says Russia now has more troops and equipment along the border since October last year, when fighting was heavy. And training missions in eastern Ukraine, some involving Russian drone aircraft, leave “no doubt” that Moscow’s forces are present on the other side of the border, the Los Angeles Times reports.   

As Russia Sought Uranium Deal, Cash Rolled to Clintons
Between 2009 and 2013, Russia’s state atomic energy agency took control of Canadian company Uranium One, which controlled some 20% of America’s uranium deposits. The deal was approved by several US government agencies, including the State Department, then headed by Hillary Clinton. The New York Times takes a look at the money that then flowed from the Russians to the Clinton Foundation in an expose, spurred by Peter Schweizer’   

Rush Limbaugh: Democrats hate Christianity
They resent it gives people ‘something other than government’ They view Christianity as an evil majority. … They hate Christianity just in and of itself. They hate what Christianity is.   

Obama: Critics Need Perspective, The World is Less Violent Now
Obama has faced growing criticism over his administration’s foreign policy, which has presided over the rise of ISIS, the emboldening of Iran through a nuclear deal branded dangerous by its critics, and isolating many of the US’s key allies including Israel and the Sunni Arab states. (video)   

James Dobson: Christians soon to be ‘hated minority’
James Dobson hosted a panel of Christian leaders on his “Family Talk” radio show Wednesday and warned that Christians are about to face a new status in America as a “hated minority” if the U.S. Supreme Court decides, as many expect, to mandate same-sex “marriage.”   

Erdogan: ISIS is a ‘Virus’ Working to Destroy Muslims
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday referred to the Islamic State (ISIS) group as a “virus” working to destroy the Muslim community, in one of his strongest attacks yet against the jihadist group. ISIS “is an important virus that is working to divide and destroy the Ummah,” Erdogan told reporters, using the term for the global community of Muslims.   

CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low
Federal officials said Wednesday they’re taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that’s slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk.   

Chaos in Middle East could last for ‘at least a decade,’ expert tells ‘Post’
Shmuel Bar, a senior research fellow at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, said we are witnessing the failure of the nation-state in the Middle East, and people are reverting back to families and tribes.   

China warns on rising North Korea nuclear capability
Chinese nuclear experts have warned that North Korea may already have 20 nuclear warheads and the capability to produce enough weapons-grade uranium to double its arsenal by next year, The Wall Street Journal reported.   

US earthquakes pose risk to record 140 million Americans:
More than 143 million people in 48 neighbouring states across the United States are at risk from earthquakes, experts said on Wednesday. As many as 28 million people are likely to experience strong tremors in their lifetime and the value of building losses from earthquakes is estimated at $4.5 billion per year in the long term, the (USGS), California Geological Survey and(FEMA) said in a joint report.   

New eruption at Turrialba produced ash column reaching more than 6,500 feet
Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano erupted again Tuesday afternoon, producing a column of ash, gas, and water vapor that reached some 6,500 feet over the volcano’s crater, according to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica   

Calbuco Volcano Erupts in Chile, and Nearby Town Evacuated
The Calbuco volcano erupted Wednesday for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile.   

US General Tells Senate North Korea Can Hit US With Nuclear ICBM
“I believe they’ve had the time and the capability to miniaturize” a nuclear weapon to arm North Korea’s new KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missiles, Army Gen. Curtis M. “Mike” Scaparrotti told the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC).   

Earthquake ‘super-cycle’ patterns on the Garlock fault
The findings are part of an increasing body of evidence that suggests there may be large-scale coordination of earthquakes in time and space, which can cause large earthquakes to cluster in time along a single fault system, for instance. The Garlock fault runs along the northern border of the Mojave Desert in southern California.   

Obama’s executive action rollouts increasing in pace
As President Obama stood in an Everglades swamp to speak on climate change…the White House rolled out a package of eight executive actions…to “protect the people and places that climate change puts at risk.” …White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the actions were…to deal with the impacts of climate change “even in the face of pretty significant opposition from Republicans in Congress.”   

‘Killing Jews is Worship’ posters will soon appear on NYC subways and buses
New Yorkers are used to aggressive advertising. Banners for breast implants. Billboards for condoms. But a federal judge’s ruling has opened the door for far more controversial posters on buses and subways across the city. “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah,” reads one such ad next to the image of a young man in a checkered headscarf. “That’s His Jihad. What’s yours?”   

Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos
In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported editing the genomes of human embryos. The results are published1 in the online journal Protein & Cell and confirm widespread rumours that such experiments had been conducted—rumours that sparked a high-profile debate last month2, 3 about the ethical implications of such work.   

Evacuation as Calbuco volcano erupts in Chile
The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted twice in the space of a few hours – having lain dormant for decades. Footage from the area shows a huge column of lava and ash being sent several kilometres into the air. The authorities have declared a red alert and evacuated more than 4,000 people within a 20km (12 mile) radius.   

Ukraine truce: US accuses Russia of violating deal
The US has accused Russia of deploying more air defence systems in eastern Ukraine in breach of a ceasefire deal. The state department also said Russia was involved in training separatist forces in the area and building up its forces along the border. The Kremlin has not yet responded to the claims.   

France ‘foils five terror attacks’ – PM Valls
French police have foiled five terror attacks in recent months, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said. He said the latest was a planned attack on churches in Villejuif outside Paris. An Algerian man was arrested on Sunday over the alleged plan, after he apparently shot himself by accident and called an ambulance.   

Arms experts warn of ‘Faustian bargain’ with Iran
“At a fundamental level what the deal … signifies is acceptance by the international community of Iran as a nuclear weapons threshold state,” he told the House foreign affairs committee, only days after lawmakers reached a deal with the Obama administration to have a say on the final accord.   

Census: Record 51 million immigrants in 8 years, will account for 82% of U.S. growth
Legal and illegal immigrants will hit a record high of 51 million in just eight years and eventually account for an astounding 82 percent of all population growth in America, according to new U.S. Census figures.   

Police foil new terror plot in Paris
An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of heavy weapons planned an imminent attack on one or more French churches, France’s top security official said, announcing the arrest of the man who is also accused in the death of a young woman.   

Palestinian reconciliation hits rock bottom
A year after rival Palestinian nationalist movements Hamas and Fatah agreed to end their bitter divisions, the unity deal they signed appears to be on the brink of collapse.   

China warns on rising North Korea nuclear capability: WSJ
Chinese nuclear experts have warned that North Korea may already have 20 nuclear warheads and the capability to produce enough weapons-grade uranium to double its arsenal by next year, The Wall Street Journal reported.   

Navy Chaplain Censored: ‘Don’t pray in the name of Jesus’
A Navy chaplain who faces the end of a stellar 19-year career because of his faith-based views on marriage and human sexuality was told by a base commander to refrain from offering a prayer in the name of Jesus, according to attorneys representing the chaplain.


Why Is Obama So Silent About The Vicious Persecution Of Christians All Over The Globe?

As you read this article, Christians are being openly persecuted in more than 60 nations. Churches are being burned, believers are being hunted down and imprisoned, and violent mobs are beating and killing those that dare to say that Jesus is Lord. And thanks to ISIS, the persecution of Christians has risen to frightening new levels in 2015. In recent months, our news sources have been filled with headlines about Christians that are being beheaded, crucified and buried alive by ISIS. According to U.S. Representative Frank Wolf, what is happening to Christians in the Middle East actually meets the United Nations definition of “genocide”. So what is Barack Obama doing about all of this? Sadly, he is essentially doing next to nothing. He has been nearly silent as the acts of mass violence just keep piling up. This silence has outraged many on both the left and the right, and yet Obama just continues to keep quiet. What are we supposed to make of that? (Read More…)


Hopium: How Far Can Irrational Optimism Take The U.S. Economy?

If enough people truly believe that things will get better, will that actually cause them to get better? There is certainly something to be said for being positive and thinking that anything is possible. And as Americans, optimism seems to come naturally for us. However, no amount of positive thinking is ever going to turn the sun into a block of wood or turn the moon into a block of cheese. Any good counselor will tell you that one of the first steps toward recovery is to stop being delusional and to come to grips with how bad things really are. When we deny reality and engage in irrational wishful thinking, we are engaging in something called “hopium”. This is a difficult term to define, but the favorite definition of hopium that I have come across so far goes like this: “The irrational belief that, despite all evidence to the contrary, things will turn out for the best.” In hundreds of articles, I have documented how the U.S. economy is mired in a long-term decline which is about to get a lot worse. But most Americans see things very differently. In fact, according to a brand new CNN/ORC poll, 52 percent of Americans describe the U.S. economy as “very” or “somewhat good”, and more than two-thirds of all Americans believe that the U.S. economy will be in “good shape” a year from right now. But if you asked most of those people why they are so optimistic, they would probably mumble something about “Obama” or about how “we’re Americans and we always bounce back” or some other such gibberish. Well, it’s wonderful that so many people are feeling good and looking forward to the future, but are those beliefs rational? (Read More….)


Daily Digest

April 23, 2015

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Clinton Foundation Profited While Russia Seized U.S. Uranium

Today, Russia controls a fifth of the uranium production in the United States, according to The New York Times. Needless to say, this is the bitter fruit of the Obama administration’s foolish “Russian reset.” Thanks, Hillary Clinton. While a Russian company was taking over energy company Uranium One from 2009 to 2013, millions of dollars tied to the company’s previous owners ended up in the Clinton Foundation’s coffers. When the deal was made public, Bill Clinton was invited to speak to a Kremlin-linked bank that was promoting the stock of Uranium One. He was paid $500,000. So not only did the Clintons profit off of Russia, but Hillary did so while damaging national security in her critical position at the State Department.

Obama spokesman Josh Earnest wouldn’t deny that Clinton Foundation activity influenced the former secretary of state’s actions, saying, “I’m not going to be in a position here where every time someone raises a spurious claim that I’m going to be the one to sit down here and say it’s not true.” But the Clinton Foundation is refilling its tax returns because there were “errors.” Apparently, the nonprofit didn’t properly disclose donations from U.S. and foreign governments from 2010 to 2012 — y’know, when Clinton was secretary of state. That’s a tacit admission there’s much more here than a vast right-wing conspiracy, and the nonprofit may be the thing that finally brings Clinton’s career to a close. More…

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VA Helped ATF Seize Veterans’ Guns

By now, most everyone knows about the Veterans Affairs wait-time scandal. But health care isn’t the only thing for which the VA is making our veterans wait. The Daily Caller reports, “The Department of Veterans Affairs is disarming America’s veterans by getting them placed on the FBI’s criminal background-check list. The VA sends veterans’ personal medical and financial information directly to the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which can seize their guns in home raids.” Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding to know why “99.3% of all names reported to the NICS list’s ‘mental defective’ category were provided by the Veterans Administration (VA) even though reporting requirements apply to all federal agencies.” That’s a great question, and one that we’re not holding our breath for Holder to answer. Disarming the public — even veterans specifically trained to use weapons — is a key objective for the Obama administration, and they’ll use whatever means necessary. More…

Cleveland Recreates Gun Offender Registry

Thumbing its collective nose at Ohio state law, the city of Cleveland passed a battery of gun control laws April 20. Among the changes, the city plans on running a gun-offender registry, requiring residents to notify police when they sell firearms and jailing anyone for six month who doesn’t secure guns to the extent the city deems they should. The measures overreach the state’s gun laws. The editorial board of The Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group supported the gun control ordinances. “The legislation also is a direct challenge to state lawmakers who have sought at every turn, abetted by misguided Supreme Court rulings, to deny Ohio cities their constitutionally guaranteed home-rule rights when it comes to gun laws,” the board wrote. “In 2010, the state high court overturned a Cleveland ban on assault weapons as well as city handgun registration requirements. This legislation could be challenged on similar grounds. But until then, it is law.” On April 21, Ohioans For Concealed Carry sued the city over the ordinances. “Shall not be infringed” doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for anti-gun cities to create a patchwork of laws that make a constitutionally sanctioned act criminal in one zip code but not the next. More…

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Read Earth Day, the EPA and Regulatory Tyranny, on how this leftist celebration is about economic centralization, not environmental protection.

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Democrats Trade Blows Over Trade

By Allyne Caan

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When Republicans disagree with Barack Obama, it’s par for the course; when Democrats revolt against their dear leader, it’s downright entertaining. Obama, who once could do no wrong, now has congressional liberals bucking his bid to push forward a free-trade agreement with 12 Pacific Rim nations via fast-track legislation.

At issue is bipartisan, bicameral trade-promotion authority (TPA) legislation, introduced last week by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI). It would give the president authority, within the parameters of certain rules, to negotiate the Asian trade agreement and present it to Congress for an up-or-down vote, no amendments allowed. Obama claims such authority is necessary to close negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12-nation free-trade deal that some say would be jeopardized if the participating nations think Congress may amend the deal after terms are finalized.

But while Republicans generally favor free trade, many high-powered liberals oppose Obama and are saying “not so fast,” despite the fact that almost every president since FDR has had similar authority. One reason for the opposition could be that the powerful AFL-CIO, which, according to OpenSecrets.org, spent $1 million supporting Democrat candidates in the 2014 election cycle and an equal amount opposing Republicans, has not only come out strongly against TPA but also announced it is suspending campaign contributions to federal candidates in order to fight the White House trade plans.

Obama promised he will sign his name only “to an agreement that helps ordinary Americans get ahead.” But Democrats opposing him aren’t buying it. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), for example, said, “All evidence I’ve seen is that this hurts middle-class incomes,” and as a result he “can’t be for it.”

Former Maryland governor and potential Democrat presidential candidate Martin O’Malley also declared his opposition to TPP, writing in an email to supporters, “To me, opposing bad trade deals like TPP is just common sense.”

Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who championed an Asian trade pact while secretary of state, hasn’t yet taken a public position on TPP. After all, any AFL-CIO contributions may have to outweigh whatever the Clinton Foundation brought in. Hillary’s positions go to the highest bidder.

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) believes only a quarter of Senate Democrats are with the White House. In Durbin’s words, “A fourth, hell no; a fourth, lean yes; and a big group undecided.” At least one of those “hell no’s” comes from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who said of supporting the TPA, “You couldn’t find a person to ask this question who feels more negatively about it than I do. … So the answer is not only no, but hell no.”

Also in Reid’s camp is Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who wrote a scathing opposition to the TPP and fast-track legislation, claiming the government doesn’t want Americans to see what’s in the deal. For Democrats, that’s usually a plus (think ObamaCare), but how do the arguments change when Warren tries to fight a trade deal.

Of Warren specifically, and of TPA and TPP’s detractors generally, Obama said they are “wrong on this,” adding that while “some of the information that has been getting thrown out there plays into legitimate fears that Democratic voters have, and progressives have, it’s simply not true. It’s simply not the facts.”

Come on. When have “progressives” ever cared about facts?

The Senate Finance Committee approved TPA Wednesday night by a vote of 20-6, and the bill now moves to the full Senate, where most believe it will pass. On the House side, however, the outcome is less certain, as the vote count is tighter. Some House conservatives are (understandably) hesitant about giving Obama any additional power, meaning at least some Democrat “yes” votes will be needed.

But with the intraparty fight in full swing, it’s a question all its own whether Democrats will pause long enough to cast those votes.

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FRC president Tony Perkins: “Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) chief Michele Leonhart [is] stepping down after a Department of Justice Inspector General’s (IG) report documented that DEA agents in Colombia had participated in ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes — in some cases hired by the very drug cartels the agents were supposed to be fighting. This comes following a similar well-publicized scandal in Colombia (where prostitution is tolerated) involving Secret Service agents, but the IG report covered problems of sexual harassment and misconduct not only in the DEA, but also in the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Meanwhile, the Defense Department continues to struggle with problems of sexual assault and pornography in the military. White House spokesman Josh Earnest insisted, ‘The president … maintains a very high standard for anybody who serves in his administration.’ Perhaps, however, what President Obama needs to do is engage in some soul-searching about his party’s unqualified affirmation of the values of the sexual revolution — namely, sex without boundaries (such as homosexuality) and without consequences (hence the necessity of abortion). If it is not permissible for the society or culture to demand sexual self-restraint from anyone, it inevitably makes it harder to demand such restraint even in the professional context of the military or law enforcement, which by now, should be very evident.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” —British statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Dezinformatsia: “[V]ery few people stop to think: [Hillary] Clinton has been in our faces for 20-plus years. Where is any evidence of real corruption? I don’t mean stuff you may not have liked or that kinda looked funny. I mean actual, Rhode-Island-style, steal-a-hot-stove corruption.” —The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky in his piece, “The Clintons Still Aren’t Corrupt”

Non Compos Mentis: “[W]e do not as a country, in our culture, have any collective acknowledgment that slavery happened, that it built our economy and that every single one of us … are shaped by the legacy of racism in this country.” —Heather McGhee, president of Demos (*The problem is that today’s race-baiters want us to remain slaves to the past. Some folks will never move on…*)

Alpha Jackass: “Policy makers who deny basic scientific truth should also be denied penicillin, horseless carriages, [and] air time on the magic box of shadows.” —Hollywood director Joss Whedon on climate change

Demo-gogues: “[Y]ou do not have time to deny the effects of climate change. Folks are already busy dealing with it. And nowhere is it going to have a bigger impact than here in south Florida. No place else. It has to be paying closer attention to this and acknowledging it, and understanding that if we take action now we can do something about it.” —Barack Obama on Earth Day

And last… “[For Earth Day] Obama flew a jet all the way to the Everglades then rode in a massive SUV motorcade to tell you to cut carbon emissions.” —twitter satirist @hale_razor

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Ark Of The Covenant Coverup?

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 06:47 AM PDT

Ark Of The Covenant Coverup?An unauthorized project by Muslim authorities on the Temple Mount has revealed the existence of previously undocumented ancient floor designs at the site thought to be where the Bible’s First and Second Temples once stood, but Israeli archaeologists were denied the opportunity to view them. Nearly two weeks ago Israel National News reported the Waqf, the Muslim authority that administers the Temple Mount, had brought a small tractor into the famous gold-domed Dome of the Rock and dug and removed earth there, claiming the project was to “replace carpet.” The required permission from and supervision by the Antiquities Authority, as well as approval from the Ministerial Committee on Archaeological Digs in Holy Sites, was never obtained. The Waqf denied doing any destructive work. The Dome of the Rock is believed to stand over the site of the two Temples’ Holy of Holies. Word of the new floor mosaics sparked speculation they could point to the location where the golden Ark of the Covenant was hidden 2,500 years ago. “Something is there. I don’t know what. But something is hidden there,” Israeli archaeologist Zachi Dvira, who studies the site, told the London Daily Mail. FULL REPORT

 

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New eruption at Turrialba produced ash column reaching more than 6,500 feet

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 06:40 AM PDT

New eruption at Turrialba produced ash column reaching more than 6,500 feetCosta Rica’s Turrialba volcano erupted again Tuesday afternoon, producing a column of ash, gas, and water vapor that reached some 6,500 feet over the volcano’s crater, according to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI). The eruption began at 4:04 p.m. and continued for 22 minutes, according to OVSICORI. Constant seismic activity has been recorded at the volcano since Saturday, and local residents have reported a strong smell of sulfur for the last several days.San Jose’s Tobias Bolanos Airport announced a partial closure of the airport Tuesday evening due to potential ashfall, but was back to normal operation by Wednesday morning. An eruption of similar magnitude most recently occurred on Tuesday, April 7th. One of Costa Rica’s most well-known volcanologists, Gino Gonzalez of the National Seismological Network (RSN), said in December that Turrialba could remain active and belching ash for as long as two years. Extinction Protocol

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Nevado de Ruiz volcano shaken by earthquake swarm, ash emissions

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 06:34 AM PDT

Nevado de Ruiz volcano shaken by earthquake swarm, ash emissionsNevado del Ruiz – Activity at the volcano has increased during the past week. Accompanied by elevated seismic activity, ash emissions have been occurring since 14 April. The strongest phase of activity was on 19 April, when ash plumes rose to estimated 900 meters above the summit. The Ingeominas volcano observatory in Manizales reported a change in seismicity detected since 12 April, when an increase in volcanic-tectonic (rock-fracturing) signals was detected, signs of pressurization and possible magma intrusion at depth. Extinction Protocol 

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Evacuation of 4000 as Calbuco volcano erupts in Chile after 40 Years of Silence

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 06:29 AM PDT

Evacuation of 4000 as Calbuco volcano erupts in Chile after 40 Years of SilenceThe Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted twice in the space of a few hours – having lain dormant for decades. Footage from the area shows a huge column of lava and ash being sent several kilometres into the air. The authorities have declared a red alert and evacuated more than 4,000 people within a 20km (12 mile) radius. The Calbuco volcano is one of the most active in Chile, but its eruption took officials in the area by surprise. Alejandro Verges, an emergency director for the region, said Calbuco had not been under any special form of observation.The inhabitants of the nearby town of Ensenada – along with residents from two other smaller communities – have been ordered to evacuate their homes. Schools in the area have been shut and some flights cancelled. FULL REPORT

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US Steel Warns Of Layoffs In Arkansas And Texas As Trans-Pacific Partnership Looms

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 09:37 PM PDT

US Steel Warns Of Layoffs In Arkansas And Texas As Trans-Pacific Partnership LoomsUnited States Steel Corporation issued layoff notices to 1,404 workers in the latest sign of struggle for the American steel industry. The missives went out in recent days to workers producing pipe and tube products that are used in the oil and gas sector. Job cuts could come as early as June for 17 to 579 employees at a plant in Lone Star, Texas, 166 at a factory in Houston, 255 at a mill in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and 404 managers across the company’s tubular operations nationwide. Since last June, the company has informed 7,800 employees of potential job cuts, a tally from Pittsburgh Business Times indicated. U.S. Steel spokeswoman Sarah Cassella said the ongoing layoffs are the result of “challenging market conditions and global influences in the market including a high level of imports, reduced prices for oil and natural gas and reduced steel prices.” Looming in the distance is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim countries that includes major steel producers like Japan and South Korea, and has the support of the White House. Critics say it could exacerbate domestic steel’s woes. FULL REPORT

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Man arrested in France in plot to attack churches

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 09:13 PM PDT

Man arrested in France in plot to attack churchesA 24-year-old man is in custody after he called for an ambulance, only to have French authorities come and discover weapons, ammunition and evidence of his plans to target churches — an attack that someone in Syria requested, a top prosecutor said Wednesday. The man was identified later as Sid Ahmed Ghlam, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told television broadcaster TF1. Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said Ghlam asked for medical help at his home in Paris’ 13th district Sunday morning, claiming he had accidentally injured himself when he mishandled a weapon. FULL REPORT

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The Big One could trigger series of large earthquakes, study finds

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 08:10 PM PDT

The Big One could trigger series of large earthquakes, study findsA new research released Wednesday suggests that the shaking from “the Big One,” the long-predicted major earthquake on the San Andreas fault, could trigger additional large temblors on nearby faults, intensifying the overall seismic impact. The study suggests that such a quake “could presage a flurry of ‘other Big Ones’ on other faults,” said USC earth sciences professor James Dolan, “as stresses related to the original San Andreas fault earthquake are redistributed on other faults throughout Southern California.” The study, being presented by Dolan on Wednesday at a meeting of the Seismological Society of America in Pasadena, focuses on whether earthquakes are generated in “super-cycles.” An earthquake “super-cycle” refers to when a large number of earthquakes rupture on a single fault system in a relatively short period of time, like over a matter of decades or a few centuries. The concept of more than one Big One in a lifetime might feel outlandish to Californians today. But it wasn’t so long ago when this state had more powerful earthquakes more frequently. The San Andreas fault, for example, suffered two major ruptures in the 19th century: an earthquake of about magnitude 7.5 in 1812 and a much worse 7.9 earthquake in 1857. FULL REPORT

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New England Journal of Medicine comes out of the closet

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 07:18 PM PDT

New England Journal of Medicine comes out of the closet One week before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on the controversial issue, the oldest medical journal in the U.S. has taken an editorial position in support of same-sex marriage. The New England Journal of Medicine, published since 1812, today called on the court to rule on behalf of same-sex marriage advocates, saying to do so is “a matter of justice” and “a measure that promotes health.” “A fundamental tenet of all medical care is the acceptance of patients as they are, for who they are, with respect and without prejudice or personal agendas,” read the editorial. “Medicine and psychiatry once saw homosexuality as deviant behavior and produced many baseless, foolish theories to explain it. Until 1987, it was included (albeit increasingly less prominently) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. And there are still health-care providers who offer ways to ‘treat’ homosexuality as if it were an illness.”This move to endorse what have been the political demands of militant-homosexual activists would come as no surprise to Dr. Nicholas Cummings. FULL REPORT

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Christians facing new status as ‘hated minority’

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 06:51 PM PDT

Christians facing new status as 'hated minority' James Dobson hosted a panel of Christian leaders on his “Family Talk” radio show Wednesday and warned that Christians are about to face a new status in America as a “hated minority” if the U.S. Supreme Court decides, as many expect, to mandate same-sex “marriage.” “The heart of what’s happening is an attempt to impose a new morality on all of America,” said Maggie Gallagher, a traditional-marriage advocate for 25 years. The author of “The Case for Marriage,” Gallagher is co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage and a senior fellow with the American Principles Project. Homosexual advocates have no interest in a “live and let live tolerance,” she said. “After redefining marriage, the next thing on their agenda is to redefine Christianity.” Under the new regimen there will be no difference between man and woman, husband and wife, she said. The attitude is that if you “see something different, there’s something morally wrong with you.” Christianity, she said, “will enter a new phase, as a hated minority group.” She and several others joined Dobson to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court case in which justices, including Elena Kagan and Ruth Ginsburg, who already publicly have endorsed same-sex marriage, will hear arguments April 28. FULL REPORT

 

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Iranian Warships Arrive Near Yemen

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 06:40 PM PDT

Iranian Warships Arrive Near YemenBREAKING NEWS – A fleet of Iranian warships arrived near the southern coast of Yemen on Wednesday in a move likely to add greater tension in a developing U.S.-Iranian standoff in the region, according Iranian military leaders. Just days after the United States announced it would send its own warships to Yemen in order to prevent Iran from smuggling weapons to terror forces fighting there, a flotilla of Iranian destroyers docked in the same area. Iran’s military moves are likely to increase tensions between the two countries as each seeks to bolster opposing sides in the fight currently unfolding in Yemen. An Iranian fleet including a destroyer warship and a helicopter-carrying warship arrived in the waters off the southern tip of Yemen on Wednesday, according to Iranian state-controlled media. The warships will “protect [Iran’s] cargo ships and oil tankers against pirates,” according to Iran’s Fars News Agency. The United States and other countries fear Iran is using these cargo ships to deliver weapons and other deadly hardware to opposition forces in Yemen. The Iranian warships will remain in the area for at least three months, according to Fars. FULL REPORT

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Federal Judge Orders NY Transit Authority To Display ‘Hamas Killing Jews’ Ad On Buses

A federal judge in NY ordered NY’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to display on their buses a very controversial ad. The ad refers to Muslims killing Jews. The judge rejected the argument that displaying the ad might incite terrorism or put people in harms way.

EDITOR’S NOTE: To those of you who are confused by this story,  you are not alone. These ads were not placed by a Muslim group, they were placed by AFDI, a group run by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. Even I wasn’t quite sure immediately what was happening here. These ads are a reaction to a previous ad campaign that was run by Muslims called “What’s Your Jihad?“. 

“U.S. District Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan said the ad from the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which had previously run in Chicago and San Francisco, was protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

 

The ad portrays a menacing man wearing a scarf around his head and face, includes a quotation “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah” attributed to “Hamas MTV,” and then states, “That’s His Jihad. What’s yours?”

Koeltl said he was “sensitive” to the security concerns, but noted that the MTA and Chairman Thomas Prendergast “underestimate the tolerant quality of New Yorkers and overestimate the potential impact of these fleeting advertisements. It strains credulity to believe that New Yorkers would be incited to violence by ads that did not incite residents of Chicago and San Francisco.”

MTA buses and subways are often forums for policy debates. The agency has accepted other ads from the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which is characterized as an anti-Muslim group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Koeltl delayed enforcing his preliminary injunction by 30 days so the MTA could decide whether to appeal.

Adam Lisberg, an MTA spokesman, said: “We are disappointed in the ruling and are reviewing our options.” The ad includes a disclaimer that its display does not imply an MTA endorsement.

The MTA said the ad did not meet standards it adopted in 2012 after a judge, in another lawsuit by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, said its earlier ban on ads that demeaned people based on race or religion violated the First Amendment.

Koeltl, however, said the MTA did not show that the latest ad could prompt imminent violence, noting that none occurred in Chicago and San Francisco, or that New York City should be treated differently because it is a more prominent terrorism target.

David Yerushalmi, a lawyer for the American Freedom Defense Initiative, said the decision follows similar rulings in Washington and Philadelphia.

“There is no question that transit authorities have the right and duty to protect their riders from violence,” Yerushalmi said in a phone interview. “They do not have the right to give terrorists or potential terrorists a ‘heckler’s veto.’ source

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PayPal Working On ‘Natural Body Identification’ Via Implantable Microchips

PayPal is working on a new generation of embeddable, injectable and ingestible devices that could replace passwords as a means of identification.

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16,17 (KJV)

Jonathan LeBlanc, PayPal’s global head of developer evangelism, claims that these devices could include brain implants, wafer-thin silicon chips that can be embedded into the skin, and ingestible devices with batteries that are powered by stomach acid.

These devices would allow “natural body identification,” by monitoring internal body functions like heartbeat, glucose levels and vein recognition, Mr LeBlanc told the Wall Street Journal.

Over time they would come to replace passwords and even more advanced methods of identification, like fingerprint scanning and location verification, which he says are not always reliable.

“As long as passwords remain the standard methods for identifying your users on the web, people will still continue to use ‘letmein’ or ‘password123′ for their secure login, and will continue to be shocked when their accounts become compromised,” said Mr LeBlanc.

Mr LeBlanc said PayPal is already working with some partners on developing vein recognition technologies and heartbeat recognition bands, and is also working with developers on prototypes of futuristic ID verification techniques. source

 

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Human trafficking bill finally passes in Senate despite conflict over abortion restriction

Senate, Clearing Hurdle, Sets a Thursday Vote on Loretta Lynch, New York Times (Emmarie Huetteman and Jennifer Steinhauer)

2) Republican candidates’ approach to same sex marriage reveals tension between two values

Republicans in knots over gay marriage ahead of supreme court decision, The Guardian (Sabrina Siddiqui and Nicky Woolf)

3) Americans approve gay marriage legalization on basis of practicality, not Constitution

Poll: No turning back on gay marriage, USA Today (Susan Page)

4) Editorial dismisses religious liberty concerns while attacking religious liberty

The Guardian view on religious liberty: Christians in the west have nothing to fear, The Guardian (Editorial Board)
In other news…

Joyce Meyer/Brian Houston Featured at ARC Conference – tickets only $129 per person

Creflo Dollar Slams Critics: ‘If I Want to Believe God for a $65M Plane, You Can’t Stop Me’

Video – Actual Ad for D.C. ‘Abortion Spa’

Navy Chaplain Censored: ‘Don’t pray in the name of Jesus’

Earth Day: 18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions made around 1970…

Poll: Israel is One of the World’s Least Religious Countries


Interview with Raymond Ibrahim: Mideast a Preview for Western Christians :: National Review

by Kathryn Jean Lopez
The National Review
April 21, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/5195/ibrahim-interview-christians


Michele Bachmann: ‘Rapture of The Church’ Is ‘Coming Faster Than Anyone Can See,’

Former U.S. congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann claimed that the “rapture of the Church” is looming and will be brought to reality due to the foreign policies of president Barack Obama, and added that God will punish the United States for disobeying His will.

As previously reported by The Christian Post, the 59-year-old Minnesotan recently spoke with Jan Markell on the “Understanding the Times” radio program and labeled Obama’s foreign policy — specifically his desire for a nuclear deal with Iran – as being “pro the goals of Islamic Jihad.” She added that Obama’s foreign policy will lead to the coming of the Islamic Messiah (Mahdi) and the return of Jesus Christ.

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Is there anything good happening? – Farah

Joseph Farah responds to reader’s request for more positive news

The other day, “Greg” sent this pithy contribution to my inbox.

“I am a staunch conservative and Christian, and I enjoy and appreciate WND’s reporting of the news. But, I have to ask, is there anything GOOD happening that you might report on? Every day it seems like we’re one step closer to a police state or LGBTs taking over the country. The Bible says that where sin increases, grace superabounds. So in the midst of the darkness, please throw in some rays of light that glorify God and the finished work of His Son. … it can’t all be bad!”

Now there’s a challenge!

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How to know when migrant gravy train arrives in your town

White House report provides clues to watch for

What are the signs that your community has been secretly selected for an infusion of refugees from Muslim nations like Syria or Somalia, or migrant workers from Central America?

The Obama White House released a report last week on the integration of immigrants and refugees that provides some clues.

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The War On Cash: JPMorgan Chase Bans Storage Of Cash In Safety Deposit Boxes

Some JPMorgan Chase customers are receiving letters informing them that the bank will no longer allow cash to be stored in safety deposit boxes …………. Click here for full story


Is The Number Of Volcanic Eruptions Worldwide Increasing?

All over the planet, volcanoes that have long been dormant are beginning to wake up, and this is greatly puzzling many scientists. Fortunately, most of the eruptions in recent years have been relatively small. But scientists tell us that if we do see a VEI 7 or a VEI 8 eruption today, the amount of energy that would be released would be somewhere in the neighborhood of a million nuclear bombs going off all at once, and such an eruption would completely transform our civilization almost overnight……….. Click here for full story


Paypal: Embeddable, Injectable And Ingestible Devices Are The Future For Commerce

The payments firm says people will start inserting security devices into their body to enable their unique bodily characteristics to let them into their PayPal accounts, which are commonly targeted by hackers and phishers ……….. Click here for full story


Poll: Israel Is One Of The World’s Least Religious Countries

Perhaps it’s the Jewish state, but the state of Judaism in Israel might raise a few eyebrows: according to an international Gallup poll, Israel is now one of the world’s least religious countries ……….. Click here for full story


19 Statistics About Abortion That Every American Should Know

Every single day a tragedy greater than 9/11 takes place, but hardly anyone is talking about it anymore. Today, the United States has the highest abortion rate in the entire western world, and hardly anyone makes a fuss about it anymore. In fact, a lot of Americans laugh about it, and some even do comedy skits about it………. Click here for full story


Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

Jesus Booklet
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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April 23, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Christian Blogroll Collection

The opposite of love is not correction but indifference. —Anthony Thiselton

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College Students and the Church (1)

If our church life is exclusively or even primarily segregated, it is difficult for a student to pursue inter-generational relationships with the rest of the congregation, at precisely the time when such relationships are most needed. To be sure, a college-and-career group or young adults group can be valuable. But it can also be a distraction from what is really most needed: older men being an example for the younger, older women teaching the younger, all in the course of real everyday life, following Paul’s instructions to Titus.

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The Elephant In The Room

God’s creative design is irrevocable. To demand he changes it is not in step with the Civil Rights Movement. The blank check society is writing the LGBT community is extremely dangerous. It shows a serious ignorance of the core tenets of the Civil Rights Movement, a hijacking mentality in politicians and businesses who are seeking personal gain. It sets a dangerous precedent for tomorrow’s pseudo-civil rights movement.

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Princeton Votes For Academic Freedom

Although members of the University community are free to criticize and contest the views expressed on campus, and to criticize and contest speakers who are invited to express their views on campus, they may not obstruct or otherwise interfere with the freedom of others to express views they reject or even loathe. To this end, the University has a solemn responsibility not only to promote a lively and fearless freedom of debate and deliberation, but also to protect that freedom when others attempt to restrict it.

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“Religion in the Oval Office”: An Interview

I want readers to understand that faith matters. It significantly shapes the thought and actions of many Americans. Few of their biographers have recognized how powerfully their faith affected our chief executives. Only a handful of scholars have comprehended how much the religious convictions of presidents helped shape their policies.

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First Presbyterian, Columbus, GA, Separation Proposal Defeated

The 900-member congregation, which has been divided over gay marriage and other doctrinal issues, voted 266 to 146 in favor of the measure. But the number fell short of the 274 votes needed for dismissal from the denomination, which required a two-thirds vote. Some members were seeking to separate from the national denomination, which has become more liberal about same-sex marriage and other doctrinal issues in recent years. They had hoped to join the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians, a new denomination formed out of churches that have separated from the national church.

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ISIS and The USA In Review

It is also right for us, as our Lord’s church, to send our sons and daughters with the Sword of the Spirit and the Gospel to encourage His people and to reach His enemies. While remembering we too, were enemies of Christ when the Gospel came to us through His people proclaiming Jesus who will redeem His enemies and bring them into His family by delivering us from sin’s deception and power as well as its guilt and shame. All of this is made possible because of His atoning death upon the Cross and His triumph over the grave.

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Wife of American Pastor Saeed Abedini Says Prison Guards in Iran Say He Will Never Go Free Until He Denies Christ
by Dominic Aquila
According to the pastor’s wife, her husband thanks all the people who have be working to support him through his imprisonment. “He wanted to thank you all for your continued prayers. Knowing that he is not forgotten and believers around the world continue to remember him in prayer and advocate for him has encouraged him to continue in this difficult journey and to hold on to hope,” she said.

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From DG Hart on Can Humans Merit Before God

Does Jones really want to maintain that the fathers of the reformation, who together wrote the Protestant Creeds, along with all their spiritual sons, men like Turretin, Hodge, Berkhof, and John Murray, have all misread Scripture and have all misunderstood the doctrine of justification by faith alone? Those of us who read you fear that the answer is yes.

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On scolding Christians

Today we’re going to cover an interesting story about prayer, faith, scolding and fleecing the flock. One popular Prosperity/name-it-claim-it pastor recently made a very public announcement that he is trusting God to give him a 65 million private jet. Today he is scolding all those Christians who criticized his campaign, and said that there’s no […]

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Is “cultural transformation” part of a church’s mission?

by Scott Aniol

There is a lot of talk today about cultural transformation. This has led to discussions about whether such a thing is part of the mission of the church. Is it a church’s job to transform culture?

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The Daily Discovery (April 23, 2015)

Suicide Solution – “A group calling itself the Optimum Population Trust claims humanity is having way too many babies.  All the extra children are badly ruining the carbon offset of our planet and hence having an impact upon global warming.”

Dear New Seminarian . . . Sincerely, Your Baptist Brother – “I understand you intend to enroll in seminary this fall. You’ve asked if I might recommend a few books for you to read before beginning your studies. Of course, your appetite for reading will be sated—and then some—in your first year of study (interestingly, you will also find that your capacity will grow along with your appetite over the course of your degree program!).”

The Truth About Lies – “Isn’t it true that we all see lying as a harmless sin? Of all the sins we can commit, lying seems the smallest of all to us. Reaching for a lie is so natural to us like reaching for that second piece of bread at dinner. It seems so harmless, that only a few understand how grave a sin it is. Lying is not an insignificant matter before God, so much so that He lists it along with murder, adultery and sorcery, because it is as grave as those, and is used in each.”

When Ministry Success Becomes An Idol – “I remember exactly where I was when I lost interest in professional sports.  In 1998 the World Cup was in France, and the player to watch was Michael Owen, starting forward for England. He was that country’s youngest player ever to participate in a World Cup. I was 16. Michael Owen was 18. I was in my parent’s basement in mid-Missouri. He was in the Stade de Toulouse in France. I played JV soccer, defense specifically, because I couldn’t score. But Owen was scoring goals against the best players in the world. He was internationally famous. I was moderately popular in my high school.”

8 Lies Christians Believe About Success – “I have spent my whole life trying to be successful. I thought it was what we were supposed to do. Worse than that, I thought success was the mark of a blessed Christian.  If God loves you he’ll bless you, says the prayer of Jabez and North America’s favorite verse,Jeremiah 29:11. His desire is to prosper us, not to harm us—to give us hope and a future.”


SERMON:

Todd Friel – The Biblical Cure for Anxiety


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Don’t Expect a Perfect Repentance

John Barros on RC Sproul and St. Andrews pro-life endeavors


“If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism but deception.” – John Piper

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Can You Pass the Objective / Subjective Truth Test? (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast #27)

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Podcast, J. Warner Wallace makes a case for the evidential nature of Christian truth claims. He then reviews the nature of objective and subjective truth claims and offers a brief test to see if you can distinguish the differences.


The glorious freedom of not mattering

Michael Kelley:

When I feel small, there is the gospel that reminds me that my size and worth is determined by that which was sacrificed for me. And there is no greater sacrifice than that which has been given. Thanks to that sacrifice – His sacrifice – I am not small. I matter. I matter in the kingdom, and I matter in the world. And when you matter these challenges are not to be shrunk away from out of fear but are to be counted with courageous hope.

8 Lies Christians Believe About Success

Emily Wierenga:

If God loves you he’ll bless you, says the prayer of Jabez and North America’s favorite verse, Jeremiah 29:11. His desire is to prosper us, not to harm us—to give us hope and a future.

Just look at all those megachurches, with their million-dollar sanctuaries. Look at all those bestselling Jesus-loving authors and speakers.

But then there are the 21 Egyptians, or the 30 Ethiopians, martyred recently for their Christian faith. There are the faithful pastors who don’t have megachurches, who suffer heartache and setbacks. And there is my own journey as a Christian author, through anorexia, miscarriage, and anxiety. And there are countless other believers who do the right thing, who say the right prayers, who believe, and yet who know the anguish of Job.

Sex Appeal and Female Christian Artists

Mike Leake:

I’m not much of a fan of CCM (mainstream Christian music) in the first place. But I haven’t entirely thrown the baby out with the bath water. There are some phenomenal Christian artists who God uses to engage my heart in worship. I’m grateful for music with biblical lyrics that encourage my walk with Jesus.

But there is something I’ve noticed with the promotion of female artists that really annoys me. Here is another one of those areas where I believe CCM follows culture a bit too much.

The New Rules of the Secular Left

Albert Mohler:

Business, political, and civic leaders piled on in a mass act of political posturing. The federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act became law in 1993 in a mass act of bipartisan cooperation. The Act passed unanimously in the House of Representatives and with 97 affirmative votes in the Senate. President Bill Clinton signed the bill into law, celebrating the Act as a much needed protection of religious liberty. Clinton called religious liberty the nation’s “first freedom” and went on to state: “We believe strongly that we can never, we can never be too vigilant in this work.”

But, that was then. Indiana is now.

How Do We Keep Our Possessions from Possessing Us?

S.D. Kelly:

Here’s the problem: while I might feel superior to the hoarder, I don’t believe any more than the hoarder does that love is actually enough. In addition to love, I need things. What gets confusing is knowing the difference between the things we need and the things we don’t need. The basics are shelter, food, and clothing. But what happens after I have the things I absolutely need? What should I be acquiring? As a culture, we seem to be incapable of answering those questions. Actually, we don’t even try to answer them. We’re too busy shopping. Maybe because, in economic terms, supply relentlessly exceeds demand. From Dollar Tree to Neiman Marcus, Freecycle to Craigslist to the mighty Amazon, we are swimming in stuff, with the Container Store at the ready with attractive bins and baskets to put it all in.

In Praise of Hymns

This is a nice piece on the Gettys.

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Do You Need Your Hope Restored?

Restored HOPE is a desperate need of our world today. Doesn’t someone you know need hope restored? Do you?

Dr. Ron Allchin, D. Min. shares…


Little Boy

Little Boy: Believe the Impossible
An interaction with issues raised by a Roman Catholic Film

Little Boy Trailer: http://littleboymovie.com/#

By Pastor Larry DeBruyn

For truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you’.


How To Win Your Crowns

many-crowns

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

So, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained. (Phil 3:13-16)

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8 Lies Christians Believe About Success

I have spent my whole life trying to be successful. I thought it was what we were supposed to do. Worse than that, I thought success was the mark of a blessed Christian.


Holding A Non-Believer Accountable

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Q.  Could you please refer me to verses that deal with holding a ‘non believer’ business accountable for un-ethical behavior, where people are lied to and taken advantage of? I need to be clear as to how God desires that I proceed. Several years ago, a large sum of money (that was owed to me) was never given to me after I left the company.  The business is still in operation and still deceiving people. Do I have a responsibility to act on behalf of those who do not know what is being done?

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Rapture And Other Questions

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Q.  If the new man and the old man in the believer still exist in a sinful body how can the HS continue to reside there, and why the difference between the  old and new  testament  saints?  When the rapture occurs will God divide the old man from the new man and leave the old man and the sin stained body to die and take the new creation with a new body with HIM to heaven? Where does it say in the bible that the rapture is going to be a  visible disappearance?

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Loss Of Free Will

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Q.  I was reading a previous post of yours saying those in heaven will lose their free will.  Were you speaking just of the sin nature or will those in heaven  have absolutely no free will? I get in heaven not wanting/being able to sin but surely once we’re there we will still be individually unique and won’t just be robots, right?

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

Jesus Booklet
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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GTY Blog: The Christlike Husband

Ephesians 5:26-28

Code: B150422

by John MacArthur

Ask the typical man on the street to give one word that embodies the essence of leadership, and he’ll probably suggest words such as authority, control, or power.

Scripture’s view of leadership is characterized by a different word: love.

Godly leadership is always driven by love, and it is uniquely and clearly displayed in God’s design for marriage. God divinely ordered the relationship between husbands and wives to be a reflection of Christ’s relationship to the church. The wife’s submission to the husband is designed as a living illustration of the church’s submission to her Lord. The husband, conversely, is supposed to be a living illustration of Christ, who “loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25, emphasis added). Notice that the stress is entirely on Christ’s sacrifice and service for the good of the church.

That He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies.” (Ephesians 5:26–28)

Paul’s whole point here is that a husband best shows Christlike headship by voluntary, loving sacrifice and service for the good of his wife.

The sinful tendency of fallen men is to dominate their wives by brute force. Even some Christian men are guilty of being too aggressive with their authority in the home. But dictatorial despots and heavy-handed husbands are antithetical to the pattern of headship Christ gives us.

Christlike Love

Authentic love is incompatible with a despotic or domineering approach to headship. If the model of this love is Christ, who “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28), then the husband who thinks he exists to be served by his wife and children couldn’t be farther off the mark.

Consider the implications of a command to love. This suggests that genuine love is not merely a feeling or an involuntary attraction. It involves a willful choice. Far from being something we “fall into” by happenstance, authentic, Christlike love involves a deliberate, voluntary commitment to sacrifice whatever we can for the good of the person we love.

When Paul commanded husbands to love their wives, he was calling for all the virtues outlined in 1 Corinthians 13, including patience, kindness, generosity, humility, meekness, thoughtfulness, liberality, gentleness, trust, goodness, truthfulness, and long-suffering. It is significant that all the properties of love stress selflessness and sacrifice. The godly husband and father must make himself servant of all (cf. Mark 9:35).

Christlike Pattern

How, in practical terms, should a husband demonstrate his love for his wife? Christ’s love for His church is the perfect pattern and prototype for every husband’s relationship with his wife. That elevates the husband’s love for his wife to a high and holy level. The husband who abuses his role as head of the family dishonors Christ, corrupts the sacred symbolism of the marriage union, and sins directly against his own Head, Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3).

So the husband’s duty to love his wife in a Christlike manner is of supreme importance. No one in the family is given a greater responsibility (Paul’s exhortation to husbands is the longest and most detailed section of Ephesians 5:22–6:9).

Christ’s love was a self-sacrificial love. He “loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25). Jesus Himself indicated that of all love’s qualities, a willingness to sacrifice self is the greatest: “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life” (John 15:13). Authentic love is always self-sacrificial.

The person who loves sacrificially is humble, meek, and concerned more with others than with self. Again, Christ is the model. Though He existed eternally as God and was therefore worthy of all worship and honor, He laid all that aside in order to come to earth and die for sinners. Scripture says:

[He] emptied Himself, taking the form of a [slave], and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:7–8).

The demands on husbands are not nearly so severe. Yet we need to have the same willingness to make any sacrifice necessary for the sake of our wives and children. Anything less is not godly leadership.

(Adapted from The Fulfilled Family.)


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GTY Blog: The Ministry of a Godly Wife

Selected Scriptures

Code: B150420

by John MacArthur

Postmodernism has left many scars on modern evangelicalism. One that is particularly deep is the practice of defining biblical concepts in our own terms. Bible studies often revolve around the question: “What does this verse mean to you?” Sermons and Bible lessons begin with the phrase: “To me this means . . .” And “context” has more to do with the interpreter and not what’s being interpreted.

The postmodern reader exercises authority over the text, functioning like God’s editor. As a result, many biblical doctrines have been rewritten or expunged. Prominent among those is the biblical role of women.

Tragically, the biblical prohibition against women assuming church leadership roles are often misunderstood or rejected entirely. Some have misapplied that prohibition and impeded a woman’s ability to minister in any capacity, forcing them to cede all ministry work to men. Others take it as a stripe of chauvinism running throughout Scripture that must be cut out and cast aside for the Bible to be applicable and relevant in a postfeminist culture.

But the role of women in the church cannot be defined merely by the prohibitions against eldership and pulpit ministry. The sad irony is that those who supposedly champion the cause of women in the church are the ones trampling and belittling God’s true, high calling for women. The narrow, misguided focus on women preaching has led many to completely overlook the vital ministry roles that God specifically designed women to fulfill.

Winning the Unbelieving Husband

To begin with, the godly woman has a full-time ministry to the unbelievers in her home—particularly an unbelieving husband. The apostle Peter said it like this:

Wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. (1 Peter 3:1–2)

Pastors and counselors commonly hear women protest against this principle. “Look, you don’t know my husband. He refuses to obey God. He is not a Christian. How can I submit to such a man?” But that type of situation is precisely what Peter was dealing with: “Even if any of them are disobedient to the word,” submit anyway. There is no exemption for wives who are married to unbelieving husbands. In fact, far from making such wives an exception to the rule, Peter used them as an example of what godly submission can accomplish in a marriage. The submissive wife may be God’s chosen means for winning an unbelieving husband.

A believing wife by her submission can have a more powerful influence on her unbelieving husband than she ever will by nagging or sermonizing. By her conduct, Peter said, she may win him to Christ “without a word” (1 Peter 3:1). What kind of conduct? “Chaste and respectful behavior” (1 Peter 3:2). Purity of life coupled with deep respect (a kind of reverential “fear”) for the husband: that is how a godly wife shows submission.

Displaying Godly Beauty

Notice also the corollary: “Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses” (1 Peter 3:3). Peter’s words could not be more timely today. Women shaped by contemporary society’s values tend to be obsessed with external adornment. But Peter said that is not where a woman’s priorities should be focused (Paul said something similar in 1 Timothy 2:9–10).

Don’t misunderstand what this means. The apostles were not completely forbidding jewelry, stylish hair, or other feminine adornments; they were simply saying those things are not what is most important. The way a woman looks is not the measure of her true beauty, and attempts to call everyone’s attention to the way she looks is actually showing a lack of submission to her own husband.

Instead, Peter said, women first of all need to cultivate inner beauty. They should be primarily concerned with “the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God” (1 Peter 3:4). It’s hard to imagine anything Peter might have said that would be more out of step with twenty-first-century notions of political correctness! He was saying that women ought to be gentle and quiet and submissive, not loud and boisterous and pushy. They ought to be concerned with their own character, and not with the world’s fashion. In other words, the real attractiveness of a godly woman—and her true strength—is that she is supportive of her husband and submissive to him, and she shows that submission through gentleness and serene stillness. That may not play well in a feminist culture, but it is what the Bible says.

Holiness Through Submission

Peter certainly wasn’t teaching that women must blindly follow everything their husbands say—as if they could never offer a contrary opinion or think for themselves. But he was suggesting that a godly woman will seek to “win” her husband by quiet, gentle, respectful means—not by rebelling against him or by trying to take over his place as head of the family.

Peter then set all of this in a biblical and historical perspective:

For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear. (1 Peter 3:5–6)

Peter was not making any new rule. And regardless of what modern notions of political correctness might suggest, these aren’t outmoded principles, either. Holiness is what godly women have always been most concerned with.

Teaching in a Vital Role

Women who fulfill God’s high calling in submission to their husbands also become qualified for a vital teaching ministry.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. (Titus 2:3–5)

The expression “older women” refers to mature women—not necessarily elderly women, but veteran wives and mothers who are already experienced at raising families and keeping a household in order. The duties Paul gave them are simple and straightforward. They are to be women of holy character (“reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine”). And they are to be teachers (“teaching what is good”). Whom are they to teach? Younger women. What are they to teach? Paul listed a series of simple duties for wives.

This section of Titus gives a beautiful pattern for women seeking a ministry where they can put their gifts to the best use. Older women should teach younger women the skills and disciplines needed to have a successful home and marriage. Experienced wives and mothers will find their greatest avenue of ministry in teaching younger wives what they need to know to be effective wives, mothers, and homemakers.

Overseeing the Home

Notice, by the way, that all the woman’s biblical priorities are centered in the family and the home: “to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands” (Titus 2:4–5). The starting point is love—the woman’s love for her own husband and children. And she expresses that love in her virtue and her self-sacrifice, chiefly in the arena of her own family home. The home is where the truly godly woman flourishes. It’s where she finds her greatest joy. And it’s where she has her most important influence.

All of that is wrapped up in what Paul meant when he urged wives to be subject to their own husbands (Ephesians 5:22).

Next time, we’ll look at his instructions to husbands.

(Adapted from The Fulfilled Family)


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Left uses stories and peer-pressure to indoctrinate children to support same-sex marriage

Originally posted on Wintery Knight:

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This is a striking story from Life Site News. It talks about how the school system gets pro-same-sex-marriage speakers to teach the children to support same-sex-marriage.

It says:

A primary grade lesbian teacher from an Ontario public school revealed in a workshop at a homosexual activist conference for teachers earlier this month how she uses her classroom to convince children as young as four to accept homosexual relationships.

“And I started in Kindergarten. What a great place to start. It was where I was teaching. So, I was the most comfortable there,” Pam Strong said at the conference, attended by LifeSiteNews.

The conference, hosted by the homosexual activist organization Jer’s Vision, now called the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, focused on the implementation of Bill 13 in Ontario classrooms. Bill 13, called by critics the ‘homosexual bill of rights,’ passed in June 2012 and…

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