Monthly Archives: November 2014

Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. (1 Peter 2:17 NASB)

There is a false belief in much of 21st Century Christianity that grew out of the late 20th Century push to merge Fundamentalism with Conservative politics. That false belief is that the U.S. Government is somehow supposed to be Christian and should govern this country within that framework. Is this the role that God gave government? What about the Christian’s role in politics? Should Christians labor and give large sums of money for political purposes or should those resources and effort be used for God’s Kingdom instead? Martin Luther was often caught in the middle between Kings, Emperors, Popes, and what he believed God willed for him to do. How did he handle this?

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GodLife: Do You Have to Go to Church?

Scripture: “Do not give up meeting together as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25

There are church services on television and the Internet. But is it ok to stay at home and watch a church service? Or do we have to go to a physical church building? Let’s find out the true meaning of church.

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Counseling: Depression, Part 2

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Counseling

Counseling: Depression, Part 1

PART TWO: Read God’s Word.

Introduction:

Please read Psalm 119 everyday throughout the week. Pray while reading Psalm 119. Psalm 119 is a powerful chapter that displays the glories of God’s Word. Since the psalmist had a high view of God’s Word, you too, need to have a high view of God’s word in order to effectively battle the blues. God’s Word cleanses the soul and spirit. Also please make great effort in trying to memorize Psalm 119:25-32.

Action:

  • What was your mentality of obeying God’s Words at the time of your blues?
  • Where you happy in terms of your relationship with God when you were in your blues?
  • Was there a desire in terms of conforming to God’s Word at the time of your blues?
  • Before you desired to receive counseling, what was your priority in terms of obedience to God?
  • Read the…

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Rick Warren’s Roman Catholic Affinity

Truth in Grace

This video reveals the long standing intent and affinity of Rick Warren with Roman Catholics. This is nothing new since Rick Warren has been trying to unite Islam, Roman Catholicism, and Protestants for several years now. However, this video candidly reveals his judgment on major, doctrinal matters. At one point Rick Warren states, “…if you love Jesus, we are on the same team.” This, of course, is meant that if you profess to love Jesus we are on the same team, not if you are genuinely born again by the Spirit of God through faith alone. This kind of mixing of poisoned waters is dangerous! I love Roman Catholics. I love them so much I will tell them the truth of justification by faith alone through Christ’s finished work on the cross. According to Warren, though, we are on the same team. However, in order to be on the same team, we…

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These People Are Completely Ignorant of The Teaching of Scripture

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The Devil is trying to test me sore today.  Just when I was settling down after a nice cup of tea to do some editing onto my facebook feed plops this slab of fly infested anti-theological pandering horse manure:

As church attendance falls, one US group has come up with a novel idea to fill the pews: it’s raising funds to put a McDonald’s franchise inside a place of worship.  The McMass group believes people might be more inclined to attend prayers if physical as well as spiritual nourishment were on offer.

It sounds like a hoax, but the multi-denominational group has already launched a page on the IndieGoGo crowdfunding site with the aim of raising $1 million to build the first McDonald’s church.  McMass is headed up by Paul Di Lucca, a creative director at the church branding agency Lux Dei design, reports the LA TImes.  Di…

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4 Great Doctrines To Always Keep in Mind by Bishop J. C. Ryle

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4 Great Doctrines To Always Keep in Mind by Bishop J. C. Ryle:

“I feel that we all need more and more of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, to guide, to teach and to keep us sound in the faith. There are certain great truths, which, in a day like this [written in1874!], we are especially bound to keep in mind. I believe there are times and seasons in the Church of Christ when we are bound to tighten our hold upon certain great leading truths, to grasp them with more than ordinary firmness in our hands, to press them to our hearts and not let them go.”

#1: The Total Corruption of the Human Nature

“The corruption of human nature is no slight thing. It is no partial, skin-deep disease, but a radical and universal corruption of man’s will, intellect, affections, and conscience. We are…

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The Second Coming Of Christ by Charles H. Spurgeon

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In 1896 Moody Press issued a book “The Second Coming Of Christ”.  The book had 8 chapters written by different authors, one of which was Charles Spurgeon whose chapter formed the title “The Second Coming Of Christ”.  Some people have misrepresented Spurgeon’s position on eschatology. He was without a doubt a Historic Premillennialist (see Dennis Swanson’s essay on Spurgeon and his eschatology here).

The chapter by Spurgeon was worth the price of the entire book! Download a copy of the e-book:

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William Lane Craig on Information Overload

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Here is William Lane Craig’s response to a relevant issue.

I also have noted that there are 6 things that impact discussions on the existence of God.

1. Proofs and evidence are person-relative. While one proof or a line of evidence  may be a home run for one person, it may result in little more than contempt  for someone else. How may times have both sides looked at the other and said “Don’t you think that is a convincing argument?” ” How can you reject such a sound argument?”

2. An individual’s presuppositions play a large role in how they evaluate the evidence for God. A presupposition is something assumed or supposed in advance. If someone presupposes that God must not exist or that miracles are not possible, in many cases they will seek out evidence that confirms their hypothesis, and dismiss evidence that might challenge or overturn their position.  Likewise, if someone presupposes that God…

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November 28, 2014: Truth2Freedom Daily Headline Alerts Collection

An ineffably holy God who has the utmost abhorrence of sin was never invented by any of Adam’s descendants. —A.W. Pink

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Nov. 28, 2014

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Demonstrators protesting the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown disrupted some early holiday shopping, showing up en masse at about a half- dozen shops and malls across greater St. Louis.

A proposed new law would require cell phone vendors to include an information sheet for customers warning them of potential cell phone health risks.

A video released by police shows an officer firing twice on the 12-year-old within 1.5 seconds of his stepping out of the squad car. The shooting has prompted two nights of protests in Cleveland, with many protesters noting that Tamir was black and the rookie officer, Timothy Loehman is white, and linking the incident to the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

Stephen Sweeney, New Jersey’s highest-ranking elected Democrat and a potential candidate for governor in 2017, called for the replacement of a rail tunnel to New York City.

Canada’s economy grew faster than economists forecast in the third quarter as exports of crude oil grew and consumers opened their wallets for cars and other big- ticket items.

Western Europe’s biggest crude producer said it won’t adjust spending to match any decline in oil revenue after a decision by OPEC to maintain supply levels triggered a slump in the price of oil.

OPEC’s decision to cede no ground to rival producers underscored the price war in the crude market and the challenge to U.S. shale drillers. We are entering a new era for oil prices, where the market itself will manage supply, no longer Saudi Arabia and OPEC.

Russia will sink into recession at a Urals price of $80 a barrel, seven years after its economy grew 8.5 percent when its chief export oil blend averaged near $70. Urals at $80, or about $3 cheaper than its average in the month through November 15, will tip Russia into a contraction.

India, the world’s second-biggest user of gold, eased regulations on imports to remove distortions in shipments and curb smuggling.

For the world’s largest oil companies, the accelerating crash in crude prices will probably mean scrapping investments from America’s shale fields to the seas off Brazil as CEOs protect dividend payments.

Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, called for peace in Syria and Iraq, saying that “gross violations” against minorities by Islamist militants aren’t diminishing. “Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes” in order to be “faithful to their religion,” the pope said.

China increased its fuel-consumption tax the first time in five years amid falling global oil prices as part of steps to fight pollution and cut carbon emissions.

AP Top Stories

Stores are welcoming a second wave of shoppers in what has become a two-day kickoff to the holiday shopping season.

Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks.

Hindu temple officials herded thousands of animals into pens in a remote corner of Nepal in final preparations for a mass slaughter Friday, defying a growing chorus of protests.

Russian warships have entered the English Channel to wait out a storm following a week of maneuvers in the North Sea, the latest in a string of Russian military exercises this year.

Police in Austin shot and killed a man who opened fire on a U.S. federal courthouse, Mexican consulate and police headquarters in the Texas capital in an attack that appears to be politically motivated.

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Dozens were killed and many more hurt in explosions during Friday prayers at one of the biggest mosques in Nigeria’s city of Kano.

Mexico’s president announced plans for a massive overhaul of police, in the wake of the disappearance of 43 students in September.

French President Francois Hollande visited Guinea on the first trip by a Western leader to a country at the center of the West African Ebola outbreak.

South African opposition party leader Julius Malema and 11 of his MPs were suspended from parliament without pay for heckling the president.

Thailand’s parliament voted to ban commercial surrogacy following international outrage over the largely unregulated trade.

A Christmas display of more than 1.2 million LED lights in the Australian capital, Canberra, has set a new world record.

After days of heavy rain, the UN declared a state of emergency amid severe flooding in the Gaza Strip, still damaged from the summer war.

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Connecticut said on Wednesday that it will provide special driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants starting next week to help stop them from driving the state’s roads unregistered and uninsured.

The U.N. Committee Against Torture says police shootings of black suspects in the U.S. and a failure to hold police accountable violates an international treaty banning torture.

Crude oil just broke $70 for the first time since June 2010. West Texas Intermediate crude futures are below $70 after Thursday’s OPEC meeting resulted in the oil cartel announcing that it will not cut production.

The first human trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine has produced promising results, U.S. scientists said, raising hopes that protection from the deadly disease may be on the horizon.


November 27, 2014
DR. ALAN KEYES — Let us give thanks to Almighty God on this day of Thanksgiving for our manifold blessings, even as we as citizens and families seek to discern God’s will for our nation in these troubled times… (more)

November 27, 2014
The sin of ingratitude
JERRY NEWCOMBE — Joey Adams told a joke that goes like this: Did you ever hear about the ungrateful lady at the beach who had a little child with her? She was too close to the water, and a big wave came in. By the time the water went back into the sea, she realized her son was missing…. (more)


November 27, 2014
Politicians and media incite violence in Ferguson
CLIFF KINCAID — With Ferguson in flames and mobs running rampant, it became apparent to everyone – – except the liberals and libertarians – – that the media-hyped “militarization” of the police was not the problem. Instead, the problem in Ferguson was, and is, a criminal element doing drugs and determined to engage in anti-police violence. An additional problem is outside agitation…. (more)


November 27, 2014
Image of Ferguson: mob beats, carjacks, runs over elderly man on oxygen
WORLDNETDAILY — While businesses burned to the ground and black mobs ran wild through the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday night, an elderly white man, dependent on oxygen to breathe, strolled out to his car in the parking lot of a pizza joint to retrieve an oxygen tank from his car…. (more)


November 27, 2014
Report: Congress can block Obama’s immigration mandate
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service says Congress has the power to block funding for President Obama’s executive action on immigration, refuting a position taken by the top House appropriator…. (more)

November 27, 2014
Obamacare offers firms $3,000 incentive to hire illegals over native-born workers
STEPHEN DINAN — Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare…. (more)


November 27, 2014
Chuck Schumer: Passing Obamacare was a mistake
NEWSMAX — Democrats made a mistake by passing President Barack Obama’s health-care law in 2010 instead of focusing more directly on helping the middle class, third- ranking U.S. Senate Democrat Charles Schumer said today…. (more)


November 26, 2014
George Stephanopoulos interviews police officer Darren Wilson
ABC NEWS — In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, police officer Darren Wilson breaks his silence about the shooting of Michael Brown. Wilson told ABC News that he did not execute Brown on August 9 but was in fear for his life and was just doing his job…. (more)


November 26, 2014
Legal scholars praise Ferguson grand jury for fairness beyond the norm
WASHINGTON TIMES — Legal experts across the country agree that while the process that led to a grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, was unusual, it was not unfair. Rather if it was anything unusual, it was in its fairness and openness…. (more)


November 26, 2014
Lt. Gov: Obama pressured Missouri governor to make National Guard troops STAND DOWN while Ferguson burned
TOP RIGHT NEWS — Dozens of businesses were looted, burned, and destroyed in Ferguson last night. Hundreds of gunshots were fired by so-called “protesters.” But despite mobilizing the National Guard for more than a week in preparation for this expect chaos, Gov. Jay Nixon (D) told them to stand down…. (more)


November 26, 2014
Ferguson riots are Obama’s legacy
CHARLES HURT — To quote the cheery, lighted banner twinkling though the tear gas in Ferguson on Monday night, “Season’s Greetings, America.” It is so wonderful in these troubling times that town elders and the politicians who are running this show didn’t hang up something offensive, like “Happy Thanksgiving.” Or “Merry Christmas.”… (more)


November 25, 2014
Obama puzzled by pro-amnesty hecklers: ‘I just took an action to change the law!’
BREITBART — President Obama was slightly annoyed after illegal immigration advocates interrupted him during his speech on his executive actions on immigration reform. “Don’t just start yelling, young ladies,” Obama said as multiple women stood up to demand that Obama stop deporting people…. (more)

November 25, 2014
Opposition to Common Core spurs jump in homeschooling
FOX NEWS — The home-schooling boom is getting a new push due to opposition to Common Core, the controversial national education standard that some parents claim is using their children’s public school lessons to push a political agenda, according to critics of the Washington-backed curriculum…. (more)

November 25, 2014
Missouri burning: Looting after cop cleared
JEROME R. CORSI — Triggering violent protests, fires, looting and more than 100 gunshots reportedly fired in escalating mayhem, a St. Louis County grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black teen Michael Brown Jr., the prosecutor’s office announced Monday evening…. (more)

November 25, 2014
Does the Fifth Amendment grand-jury protection still matter?
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — A number of commentators have argued tonight, with no challenge by their media interviewers, that even if the evidence was insufficient to indict Officer Darren Wilson, justice would have been better served if the grand jury had indicted anyway. That way, the reasoning goes, we could have had a public trial in the light of day where everyone could have seen that the case was insufficient. That, we are to believe, would have made it easier for the community to accept the result…. (more)

November 25, 2014
Black-crime explosion: ‘America’s worst city’ revealed
WORLDNETDAILY — Before Ferguson exploded in reaction to the August shooting of black teen Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, the St. Louis police chief raised eyebrows when he called for the use of drones to monitor high-crime areas…. (more)

November 25, 2014
Hagel out–latest in long line of Obama advisers to turn against national security policy
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Obama accepted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation Monday, marking the latest washout of the president’s tenure and raising questions about whether he’ll be able to put the right team in place for his final two years in office…. (more)


November 25, 2014
5 ‘significant problems’ with GOP’s new Benghazi report
AARON KLEIN — A House Intelligence Committee report on the Benghazi attack released Friday makes numerous problematic assertions, a WND review of the 37-page document has found. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Sunday slammed the new House Committee Intelligence report as being “full of crap” and “garbage,” while complaining the committee “is doing a lousy job policing their own.” Graham was speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union.”… (more)

November 25, 2014
Obama’s immigration order regresses America
ROBERT KNIGHT — As President Obama with a single order created what he hopes will be an eventual new electorate via millions of illegal aliens, he did not break new ground; he put America on very old and dangerous ground: government by decree…. (more)

November 25, 2014
Ted Cruz on Obama immigration move: ‘For anyone concerned about liberty, it’s just dangerous’
WASHINGTON TIMES — Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, said President Obama’s move to shield nearly 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation is “just dangerous” for anyone concerned about liberty…. (more)

November 25, 2014
Heritage Foundation expert: Amnestied immigrants to cost taxpayers $2 trillion
BREITBART — The undocumented immigrants granted amnesty by President Barack Obama’s executive orders will likely cost taxpayers $2 trillion, according to Heritage Foundation poverty expert Robert Rector…. (more)

November 25, 2014
Memo to GOP leaders: Emulate 80th Congress
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY — President Barack Obama proudly announced that his policies would be on the ballot in the Nov. 4 midterm elections. He got his answer loud and clear: The American people said, “No thanks.” The voters gave Republicans a big majority equal only to the stunning congressional victory 68 years ago in 1946. That Congress, known as the 80th Congress, which elected 57 new Republican House Members and 13 new Republican senators, should serve as a model to the members elected in 2014 for what a courageous conservative Republican Congress can accomplish…. (more)

November 25, 2014
Obamacare guru worked on Romney’s universal health care
WORLDNETDAILY — Earlier efforts at health-care reform under the Clinton administration and subsequent initiatives in Massachusetts were aimed at “moving toward universal coverage,” because “everyone had lots of money,” MIT professor Jonathan Gruber stated in a 2011 interview unearthed by WND…. (more)

November 25, 2014
IRS sued for monitoring U.S. churches
BOB UNRUH — In a lawsuit settlement with the atheist Freedom from Religion Foundation, the Internal Revenue Service admitted it had monitored churches for allegedly illegal political activity, but the details never were released because the group withdrew its complaint…. (more)

November 24, 2014
BOOK REVIEW: ‘Stop the Coming Civil War’
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Michael Savage is not the only writer to conclude this nation is more divided now that at any time since the Civil War. However, the author/radio talk-show host has explored in-depth America’s step-by-step removal from the ideal of “one nation, indivisible.”… (more)


A small village in Nepal is set to make the largest animal sacrifice in the world

Evangelicals with gay children challenging church

The evangelicals who believe they can raise the dead

Faith healer who made cancer claims vows to keep practising despite health findings


Number of Ebola cases nears 16,000 as Sierra Leone loses ground

The death toll in the world’s worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries by Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Almost all cases and all but 15 deaths have been in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – the three hardest-hit countries, which reported 600 new cases in the past week, the WHO said in its latest update. “The total number of cases reported in Sierra Leone since the outbreak began will soon eclipse the number reported from Liberia,” it said. The former British colony has reported 6,599 cases against 7,168 in Liberia. Read More


Mike and Cindy Jacobs call for prophetic prayer over US cities

“The racial tension in the United States right now is very real and warrants our cry to the Lord for peace and healing,” the two said in an email to the organization’s supporters. They pointed readers to a previously published article, Shields Up Over Our Cities, which gives a prophetic perspective on prayer applicable to the Ferguson situation. “For the past five years, the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders (ACPE) has repeatedly brought up the number of dreams and visions they have received concerning the cities of America on fire with riots. As far as we could trace, some were as far back as 1983 when Elizabeth Alves had gone away for a season of fasting and prayer. During this time she had a very disturbing vision with similarities to the current situation in Ferguson, Missouri, that erupted following the grand jury’s decision after a young African-American was shot by a white policeman. Read More


Russia To Test-Fire Bulava Ballistic Missile From Nuclear Submarine On Nov. 30

Russia will test-fire its Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile from the Alexander Nevsky, a nuclear-powered submarine, on Sunday, Nov. 30, the Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union, also known as TASS, reported Thursday. According to the report, based on “a source in the Northern Fleet headquarters,” the nuclear-powered submarine will make a single test-launch of the Bulava missile in the Barents Sea on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East. “According to updated reports, the Alexander Nevsky is due to test-launch Bulava in a time interval between 12.00 and 3pm Moscow time (9am-12.00 GMT) on November 30,” the military source told TASS. “The test-launch will be made from the Barents Sea at the Kura firing range on the Kamchatka Peninsula from a submerged position.” Read More


Report Claims Putin Has ‘Secret Plot’ to Rule Europe

A report is claiming Russian President Vladimir Putin has far-reaching plans to secretly rule Europe via a covert operation with the title: “Putin: the new leader of international conservatism.” Sources in the German intelligence agency said the country’s eurosceptic party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), is being convinced by Russian secret agents as part of a wider-reaching plan to “to construct a network of right-wing populism in western Europe,” reported The Express, citing German newspaper BILD. BILD reported that Moscow’s Centre for Strategic Communications drafted up a blueprint for the covert operation with the title, “Putin: the new leader of international conservatism.” “In Europe Putin dreams – and he has said this publicly – of having a sphere of influence across the continent all the way down to Portugal,” BILD states. Read More


1 in 5 Households Will Celebrate Thanksgiving on Food Stamps.

Nearly one in five U.S. households will celebrate Thanksgiving on food stamps this year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on participation in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program. Back in fiscal 2000, there were 106,061,000 households in the United States and, according to a USDA report published in November 2012, there was a monthly average of 7,335,000 households—or 6.9 percent—getting food stamps that year. Read More


Flying robots to start serving in restaurants by end-2015.

Restaurant-goers in Singapore can expect to be served by autonomous flying robots – the world’s first commercial attempt – by the end of next year. Infinium-Serve, the autonomous flying robotic waiters, will be first launched at one of Timbre Group’s five outlets in Singapore. Infinium Robotics CEO Woon Junyang estimated the project to cost a “low seven-figure sum” for the five outlets, subject to final negotiations and certain variables of the actual deployment of the robots. Infinium Robotics signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Timbre Group on Oct 31. Both companies are seeking productivity-related government grants to help offset deployment costs. Mr Woon said he is confident that such robotic solutions will help alleviate the Singapore’s labour crunch. Introducing this technology into restaurants would take away mundane tasks of serving food and drinks, and allow human waiters to focus on higher-value tasks such as getting feedback from customers, he said. Read More


Oil tumbles as Opec keeps 30m output target

The price of Brent crude fell to a fresh 4-year low after Opec announced it would rollover its 30m barrel a day production target for the coming 6 months. ICE January Brent fell as much as $3.39 to $74.36 a barrel – a four-year low. US oil prices also fell with Nymex January West Texas Intermediate falling $3.18 to $70.51 a barrel. The Vienna meeting is the most crucial since the financial crisis, with the price of oil having slumped by more than 30 per cent since mid-June. “We’re going to produce 30m for the first half of the year,” said Abdalla El-Badri, Opec secretary-general. Read More


Scientists on brink of creating artificial life.

With 100 billion neurons and 37 trillion cells, the human body is simply too complex to be artificially designed by modern computers. But in the quest to create artificial life, what if we started a lot smaller? That’s what team of scientists has done, creating a replica of the simplest form of life we know. The worm Caenorhabditis elegans has just 300 neurons and around 1,000 cells – and now a robot has been created that mimics the actions of this simple organism. Read More


Almost a Quarter of American Families Have Turned to Church Food Pantries for Help

A September Lifeway Research survey reveals that nearly a quarter of Americans have received food from a church-run food pantry. Minorities and churchgoers commonly benefit from church pantries, according to the survey. The Nashville-based Christian research firm polled 1,158 respondents about church food pantries and found that 22 percent said they have relied on a church program to feed their families. Of those who have received food from a church pantry, 26 percent were churchgoers. Over a third identified as evangelical. More than one in three church pantry users (37 percent) were African Americans, 25 percent were Hispanic while 19 percent of the pantry users were Caucasian. Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research, said of the survey’s results, “There is an abundance of food in the U.S., but plenty of people still go hungry.” Read More


HBO Documentary Exposes Scientology’s Hold on Hollywood Stars

Words to alert lawyers (and maybe unnerve Tom Cruise): HBO is finishing up a tough documentary on the Church of Scientology. The Hollywood Reporter says that a “bombshell” film on Scientology and its hold on some Hollywood stars will air in 2015. HBO confirmed only that Oscar winner Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) is doing the film and HBO plans to run it. The film is expected to feature new revelations about the controversial church and its famous followers, such as Cruise and John Travolta. If it’s finished in time, it will be submitted to the Sundance Film Festival in January. THR says the film is based on the book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright. Read More


Headline Brief

A Lifestyle, Not a Holiday – “If it is true that all men exist—were made to glorify God—our gratitude failure is not simply a failure of manners, akin to forgetting to write a thank-you card for a gift. Instead it is like adultery, like murder, like cosmic rebellion.” While you’re on Ligonier’s site, you can get these free Thanksgiving messages from R.C. Sproul.

Recovering Scripture – Michael Horton says that recovering Scripture is the church’s only hope.

Why I Believe the Jury Got It Wrong – Thabiti Anyabwile explains why he thinks the jury got it wrong in Ferguson. This article takes a very different perspective from Voddie Baucham’s did yesterday. You may also want to read Dan Phillips’ excellent Seven Revelations of Ferguson.

The Most Satisfying Occupations – Well look what made #1 on the list…

A Thanksgiving Assessment – Paul Tripp has a Thanksgiving assessment for you.

Why You Paid More – “You paid $400 for your flight. The person next to you paid $250. Here’s why that makes sense—and benefits everybody.”

Opposition to Common Core Sparks Jump in Homeschooling

Christian Leaders Respond to Ferguson Events

BioLogos Foundation Pushing to Change the Way Christians Read Genesis and View Adam and Eve

How to Adapt a Dysfunctional Family into a Community


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November 26, 2014: Truth2Freedom Daily Headline Alerts Collection

I am going to judge my circumstances by Jesus’ love, not Jesus’ love by my circumstances. —Tim Keller

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Nov. 26, 2014

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President Obama acknowledged the anger of minority communities over their treatment by police and urged them not to let their frustrations boil over into the kind of violence that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri.

Michele Flournoy has withdrawn herself from consideration as the next Secretary of Defense, a person familiar with her decision confirmed. She had been considered the most likely prospect for a female successor to outgoing Secretary Chuck Hagel, who announced his resignation Monday. There are a number of women in the conversation, a testament to the growing diversity in the armed services community.

Citing the “unrest in our community,” the city of St. Louis has decided to postpone its annual Thanksgiving Day parade.

Consumer spending in the U.S. climbed in October at the same pace as incomes, showing households are staying within their means as the holiday- shopping season begins.

Orders for U.S. business equipment such as machinery and electrical gear unexpectedly declined in October, a sign that recent increases in corporate investment may not persist.

No matter what OPEC countries decide tomorrow about cutting oil output, U.S. producers already know what they’re going to do: drill on.

Treasuries advanced, pushing 10-year yields to a one-month low, after claims for jobless benefits in the U.S. unexpectedly increased by 21,000 to 313,000 in the week ended Nov. 22.

Gold futures were steady as investors assessed equities near record highs against signs that improvement in the U.S. job market has stalled.

AP Top Stories

NATO’s top military commander said during a visit to Kiev on Wednesday that Russian forces were still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the “backbone” to separatist rebels fighting government forces.

Some half a million cases of cancer a year are due to people being overweight or obese, and the problem is particularly acute in North America, the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency said on Wednesday.

A global glut of oil will rise further next year, Iran’s oil minister said here Wednesday on the eve of OPEC’s meeting to decide on whether to cut its output.

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced that he is reappointing Republican Trey Gowdy of South Carolina to head the Select Committee on Benghazi next Congress. The problem, however, is that by doing so, Boehner named a chairman to a panel that does not yet exist. Because the Benghazi committee is select and not permanent, the House will have to vote again to re-create it when Congress returns for a new session in January.

A 40-year-old quadruple amputee on Tuesday thanked the Boston surgeons who performed a rare dual arm transplant on him last month and described the experience of getting the new limbs as surreal.

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Almost 100 people are now believed to have died in a series of government air strikes on the Islamic State-held northern city of Raqqa on Tuesday.

Nigeria has devalued the naira, saying a drop in oil prices has been making it hard to defend its currency.

Burial workers in the Sierra Leonean city of Kenema dumped bodies in public in protest at non-payment of allowances for handling Ebola victims.

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Police in Hungary were accused of blaming victims of sexual assault after releasing advice that warns young women of the risks of flirting.

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In a shocking revelation, the Treasury Inspector General has identified some 2,500 documents that “potentially” show taxpayer information held by the Internal Revenue Service being shared with President Obama’s White House.

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The History and Legacy of Thanksgiving

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” —Psalm 100:4-5

Thanksgiving, as introduced by European explorers and settlers in the “New World,” was a time set aside specifically for the purpose of giving thanks to our Creator for His manifold blessings.

The earliest record of a thanksgiving in America is 1541 by Spanish explorer Coronado at Palo Duro Canyon in what is now Texas. French Protestant colonists at Charlesfort (now Parris Island, South Carolina) held a thanksgiving service in 1564. In 1607, the Jamestown settlers held thanksgiving at Cape Henry, Virginia, and there are many other records of such hallowed observances.

The first call for an annual Thanksgiving was at Berkeley Plantation, Virginia, in 1619, when Captain John Woodlief and 38 settlers aboard the ship Margaret, proclaimed, “Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrivall at the place assigned for plantacion in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.”

But the contemporary celebration of Thanksgiving across our nation has its roots in the first “harvest feast” celebrated in 1621 by religious refugees, Pilgrims, who established the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, in the year 1620. According to the fact that most history books following the War Between the States were written by Northern historians, it is that iconic event which is most directly associated with the current traditions for our national Day of Thanksgiving.

The Pilgrims

Who were these “freedom men”?

They were Puritan “separatists” — Calvinist Protestants, most under the leadership of pastor John Robinson, church elder William Brewster, and William Bradford. They rejected the institutional Church of England, believing that worshipping God must originate freely in the individual soul, without coercion.

Suffering persecution and imprisonment in England for their beliefs, these separatists fled to Holland in 1608. There, they found the spiritual liberty they sought, but amid a disjointed economy and a dissolute, degraded, corrupt culture that tempted their children to stray from faith. Determined to protect their families from such spiritual and cultural degradation, the Pilgrims returned to Plymouth, England, where they arranged for passage to the New World.

Their long and dangerous voyage was funded by the London Company, the “merchant adventurers” (investors) whose objective was to establish a communal plantation “company” upon which the “planters” would be obligated to work for seven years in order to return the investment with premium. “The adventurers & planters do agree that every person that goeth being aged 16 years & upward … be accounted a single share…. The persons transported & ye adventurers shall continue their joint stock & partnership together, ye space of 7 years … during which time, all profits & benefits that are got by trade, traffic, trucking, working, fishing, or any other means of any person or persons, remain still in ye common stock…. That all such persons as are of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all provision out of ye common stock & goods…. That at ye end of ye 7 years, ye capital & profits, viz. the houses, lands, goods and chattels, be equally divided betwixt ye adventurers, and planters.”

On September 6th, 1620, aboard a 100 foot ship named Mayflower, 102 Pilgrims and 30 crew members departed for America, a place that offered the promise of both civil and religious liberty. Among those in command of the expedition were Christopher Martin, designated by the Merchant Adventurers to act as Governor, and Myles Standish, who would be the colony’s military leader.

After an arduous eight week journey, on November 11 they dropped anchor at Provincetown Harbor off the coast of what is now Massachusetts.

On 11 December 1620, prior to disembarking at Plymouth Rock, they signed the Mayflower Compact, America’s original document of civil government. It was the first to introduce self-government, and the foundation on which the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were built. Plymouth Colony’s Governor, William Bradford, described the Compact as “a combination … that when they came a shore they would use their owne libertie; for none had power to command them.”

The First Harvest Thanksgiving Feast

Upon making landfall, the Pilgrims conducted a prayer service and quickly turned to building shelters. They committed all their belongings to a “comone wealth.” Under harrowing conditions, the colonists persisted through prayer and hard work, but the Winter of 1621 was devastating and only 53 of the original party survived. William Bradford wrote, “of these one hundred persons who came over in this first ship together, the greatest half died in the general mortality, and most of them in two or three months’ time.”

However, with the help of the indigenous “Indians” in the region, the summer of 1621 was productive as recorded by Bradford in his diary: “They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion. All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees). And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides, they had about a peck a meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to the proportion.”

In addition to their regular expressions of reverence and thanksgiving to God, by the Autumn of 1621 the surviving 53 Pilgrims had enough produce to hold a three day “harvest feast.” That feast was described in the journal of Edward Winslow: “Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruits of our labor. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which we brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”

The Pilgrims endured another harsh winter, but had put up enough stores to survive.

The Collectivist Plantation Plan

Endeavoring to improve the production at Plymouth Plantation for its second growing season in 1622, Governor Bradford implemented a collectivist policy, and noted that to increase production, he allotted each family a plot of land, and mandated that “all profits & benefits that are got by trade, working, fishing, or any other means” must be forfeited to a common storehouse in order that “all such persons as are of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all provisions out of the common stock.”

In theory, their Governor thought the colony would thrive because each family would receive equal share of produce without regard to their contribution. Unfortunately, then as always, collectivism only works in theory, and the new policy almost destroyed the Plymouth settlement. Indeed, collectivism is antithetical to human nature, and destined to fail, as Plato’s student Aristotle observed in 350 BC: “That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it.” But to this day, many still fail to grasp the “tragedy of the commons.”

After abysmal results in 1622, Bradford realized that his collectivist plan had undermined the incentive to produce. He wrote, “The failure of that experiment of communal service … the taking away of private property, and the possession of it in community, by a commonwealth … was found to breed much confusion and discontent; and retard much employment which would have been to the general benefit…. For the young men who were most able and fit for service objected to being forced to spend their time and strength in working for other men’s wives and children, without any recompense…. The strong man or the resourceful man had no more share of food, clothes, etc., than the weak man who was not able to do a quarter the other could. This was thought injustice. The aged and graver men, who were ranked and equalized in labor, food, clothes, etc., with the humbler and younger ones, thought it some indignity and disrespect to them.”

The women “who were obliged to do service for other men, such as cooking, washing their clothes, etc., they considered it a kind of slavery, and many husbands would not brook it….”

“If all were to share alike, and all were to do alike,” wrote Bradford, “then all were on an equality throughout, and one was as good as another; and so, if it did not actually abolish those very relations which God himself has set among men, it did at least greatly diminish the mutual respect that is so important should be preserved amongst them. Let none argue that this is due to human failing, rather than to this communistic plan of life in itself….”

The Free Enterprise Plan

Responding to the failed economic plantation plan, the Colony leaders “began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery,” Bradford recorded in his journal. “At length after much debate of things, (I) (with the advice of the chiefest among them) gave way that they should set corn every man for his own particular, and in that regard trust to themselves. And so assigned to every family a parcel of land.”

They decided to trade their collectivist plan for a free market approach, and in 1623, Bradford wrote, “This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any other means the Governor or any other could use. … Women went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn. Instead of famine now God gave them plenty and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many. … Any general want or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day.”

Property ownership and families freely laboring on their own behalf replaced the “common store,” but only after their ill-advised experiment with communism nearly wiped out the entire settlement.

The Colony celebrated a much greater Harvest and Thanksgiving Day in 1623 as called for by Bradford’s proclamation:

“Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience. Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.”

After the Pilgrims were given liberty and incentive to be industrious, the Colony thrived, and by 1624, production was so abundant that the Colony exported corn back to England. For generations since, to the extent men have been set at perfect liberty to establish free enterprise, to produce goods and services without having profits seized for redistribution, our nation has thrived.

The Pilgrims’ Legacy of Civil Liberty

The Puritans seeded democratic self government and free enterprise in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, but demonstrated much of the same religious intolerance they had fled in England. Having broken ground for religious Liberty, at least for themselves, in the 20 years following the establishment of Plymouth Plantation, more than 25,000 men, women and children followed them to the New World, seeking first and foremost, religious Liberty. The second great immigration of Puritans came after Charles II was restored to the Crown in 1660, and Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan reformists fled for their lives. They brought with them a much more legalistic religious intolerance, and displayed bigotry for those who did not practice there particular Christian traditions and practices.

However, the promise of civil and religious Liberty drew hundreds of thousands of other seekers to east coast settlements, and they formed the bedrock of our nation. The crossroads of civil and religious Liberty was outlined in the central tenant of our Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

That eternal truth is the basis for the enumerated restrictions against government outlined in the First Amendment of our Constitution’s Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The prohibition against any “establishment of religion” appears first in order of importance, because our nation was largely founded by those seeking Liberty from oppression of the wedded church and state of England.

Though we are not a “Christian nation” as some would suggest, clearly most of our Founders understood that American Liberty has its roots in the Liberty of the Christian Gospel. The Father of our Country, George Washington, wrote, “To the distinguished Character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to add the more distinguished Character of Christian. The signal Instances of providential Goodness which we have experienced and which have now almost crowned our labours with complete Success, demand from us in a peculiar manner the warmest returns of Gratitude and Piety to the Supreme Author of all Good.”

Historic American Thanksgiving Proclamations

During the American Revolutionary War the Continental Congress designated days of thanksgiving each year. The First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving was made in 1777:

“FOR AS MUCH as it is the indispensable Duty of all Men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude their Obligation to him for Benefits received, and to implore such farther Blessings as they stand in Need of: And it having pleased him in his abundant Mercy, not only to continue to us the innumerable Bounties of his common Providence; but also to smile upon us in the Prosecution of a just and necessary War, for the Defense and Establishment of our unalienable Rights and Liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased, in so great a Measure, to prosper the Means used for the Support of our Troops, and to crown our Arms with most signal success: It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive Powers of these UNITED STATES to set apart THURSDAY, the eighteenth Day of December next, for SOLEMN THANKSGIVING and PRAISE: That at one Time and with one Voice, the good People may express the grateful Feelings of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the Service of their Divine Benefactor; and that, together with their sincere Acknowledgments and Offerings, they may join the penitent Confession of their manifold Sins, whereby they had forfeited every Favor; and their humble and earnest Supplication that it may please GOD through the Merits of JESUS CHRIST, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of Remembrance; That it may please him graciously to afford his Blessing on the Governments of these States respectively, and prosper the public Council of the whole: To inspire our Commanders, both by Land and Sea, and all under them, with that Wisdom and Fortitude which may render them fit Instruments, under the Providence of Almighty GOD, to secure for these United States, the greatest of all human Blessings, INDEPENDENCE and PEACE: That it may please him, to prosper the Trade and Manufactures of the People, and the Labor of the Husbandman, that our Land may yield its Increase: To take Schools and Seminaries of Education, so necessary for cultivating the Principles of true Liberty, Virtue and Piety, under his nurturing Hand; and to prosper the Means of Religion, for the promotion and enlargement of that Kingdom, which consisteth in Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost.”

Of that proclamation, Samuel Adams wrote to another Declaration signer, Richard Henry Lee, noting the specificity of the language that, “the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and join … their supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ.”

Liberty’s Bounty

In 1789, after adopting the Bill of Rights to our Constitution, among the first official acts of Congress was approving a motion for proclamation of a national day of thanksgiving, recommending that citizens gather together and give thanks to God for their new nation’s blessings.

The first Thanksgiving Day designated by the United States of America was proclaimed by George Washington on October 3, 1789:

“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

“Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

“And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

“Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.”

Then-governor Thomas Jefferson followed with this 1789 proclamation in Virginia: “[I] appoint … a day of public Thanksgiving to Almighty God … to [ask] Him that He would … pour out His Holy Spirit on all ministers of the Gospel; that He would … spread the light of Christian knowledge through the remotest corners of the earth; and that He would establish these United States upon the basis of religion and virtue.”

Governor John Hancock proclaimed, “[I] appoint … a day of public thanksgiving and praise … to render to God the tribute of praise for His unmerited goodness towards us … [by giving to] us … the Holy Scriptures which are able to enlighten and make us wise to eternal salvation. And [to] present our supplications … that He would forgive our manifold sins and cause the benign religion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to be known, understood, and practiced among all the inhabitants of the earth.”

Thanksgiving celebrations were irregularly proclaimed in the years that followed until the War Between the States. After 1863, presidents issued annual proclamations of Thanksgiving.

Norman Rockwell, 1943

In 1941, with World War II on the horizon, the Senate and House approved the fourth Thursday of November as a National Day of Thanksgiving, perpetuating the observance annually.

Thanksgiving and our Legacy of Liberty

Appropriately crediting the Pilgrims for chartering the path of American Liberty through self government, President Ronald Reagan made frequent reference to John Winthrop’s “shining city upon a hill.”

As Reagan explained, “The phrase comes from John Winthrop, who wrote it to describe the America he imagined. What he imagined was important because he was an early Pilgrim, an early freedom man. He journeyed here on what today we’d call a little wooden boat; and like the other Pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free.”

Closing his farewell address in 1989, President Reagan asked, “And how stands the city on this winter night?”

Contemplating our Legacy of Liberty this Thanksgiving, more than two decades after President Reagan left office, how stands the city on our watch?

My fellow Patriots, never in the history of our country has there been such an acute, coordinated and vicious assault upon Liberty and the Rule of Law enshrined in our Constitution. From individuals, to state governments, to federal institutions initiated at the dawn of our Constitution, nothing, absolutely nothing, is sacred to the current statist hegemony seeking to dispense with our Constitution.

But take heart, for as George Washington wrote in the darkest days of our American Revolution, “We should never despair, our Situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new Exertions and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times.”

Of such exertions, Washington wrote, “It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.”

Of the incredible obstacles overcome in the American Revolution to establish Liberty, Washington declared, “The hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.”

So it is that on Thanksgiving Day, we are called to pause and take respite in order to acknowledge the gift of Liberty as “endowed by our Creator,” and the Divine intervention throughout the history of this great nation; in order to recommit ourselves to obeisance of His will; in order to express our gratitude and give Him all thanks and praise for the bounty which He has bestowed the United States of America — land of the free, home of the brave, that shining city on the hill; and in order to all the more humbly implore that He protect us and grant us much favor in our coming struggle to re-establish Rule of Law over rule of men.

In his first Thanksgiving proclamation, President Reagan wrote: “America has much for which to be thankful. The unequaled freedom enjoyed by our citizens has provided a harvest of plenty to this Nation throughout its history. In keeping with America’s heritage, one day each year is set aside for giving thanks to God for all of His blessings. … As we celebrate Thanksgiving … We should reflect on the full meaning of this day as we enjoy the fellowship that is so much a part of the holiday festivities. Searching our hearts, we should ask what we can do as individuals to demonstrate our gratitude to God for all He has done. Such reflection can only add to the significance of this precious day of remembrance. Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people.

This is the genuine spirit of Thanksgiving.

I humbly thank you for the honor and privilege of serving you as editor and publisher of The Patriot Post. On behalf of your Patriot team and our National Advisory Committee, I wish you a peaceful Thanksgiving, and God’s blessings to you and your family.

Pro Deo et Constitutione — Libertas aut Mors
Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis

Mark Alexander
Publisher, The Patriot Post

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Albert Mohler Blog: “The Ferguson Moment—A Moral Test for the Nation”

In his recent Blog Essay, “The Ferguson Moment—A Moral Test for the Nation,” Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. comments on the recent decision made by the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri in the case of Daren Wilson. Mohler writes,

“From time to time, every nation, every people, and every community faces a series of tests—moral tests, economic tests, political and social tests. These events represent a huge moral test for America. Ground Zero of that test is the community of St. Louis, Missouri—especially the neighborhood of Ferguson. But intelligent Christians operating out of a biblical worldview know that this is not just a problem for Ferguson. It is the problem of the human heart. As Christians, we understand that the Bible and the Bible alone gives us an adequate understanding of where these problems reside, where they come from, and how they can only be solved. These tests can bring out the best or the worst in a people, a community, or nation. As we look at the situation in America, let us fervently pray that this test will bring out the best and not the worst of all the American people.”

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Spiritual Research Network New Podcast: Spiritual Maturity and Biblical Discernment

Hello!

Happy Thanksgiving! We do have so much to be thankful for, all of us – especially Christians who have yielded their lives to Jesus, the Greatest Gift of all. I am deeply grateful and thankful for all that the Lord has done for me, for us as a family, for each of you who are able to be a part of supporting our ministry, and for all whom our ministry reaches. Praise the Lord for His Goodness and Faithfulness!!!

Following is a newly posted audio message from a few years ago. We continue to digitize audio messages from cassettes to MP3’s in hopes that these can be of help to others. Thousands of people have been listening to these, and I do hope they can be of help to more of you. The message is about 60 minutes long. God bless!

PODCAST DESCRIPTION:
“Christian discernment begins first with salvation in Christ (Hebrews 5:13-15), and then maturing as a believer through the teaching of God’s Word (1 Timothy 4:1-8). As the believer grows one ought to be able to discern between both good and evil, and to separate from spiritual error and false teachings.

Subjects covered in this message include ‘contending for the faith’, patience and kindness, the dangers of redefining biblical terminology, Christian bookstore and book endorsement issues, the danger of pastoral vagueness in not naming the names of false teachers, and confusion in the body of Christ as a result of sharing speaking platforms with known false teachers. Various illustrations include the dangers of redefinition of terms in pseudo-Christian Cults and in the Church, the dangers of yoga, Harry Potter witchcraft, vampirism, bloodlust, Oprah Winfrey and friends (Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, Eric Butterworth, A Course in Miracles,), astrology and the occult, Worldview confusion, false christ’s, false anointed ones, and more.”

PODCAST LINKS:

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10 Signs That Russia Is Preparing To Fight (And Win) A Nuclear War With The United States

If the United States and Russia fought a nuclear war, who would win? You might be surprised by the answer. Under the Obama administration, the rapidly aging U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal has been shrinking. Meanwhile, the Russians have been developing an entirely new generation of bombers, submarines and missiles that have the capability of delivering an absolutely crippling first strike. At this point, most Americans consider a full-scale nuclear war to be inconceivable. But in Russia attitudes are completely different. To the Russians, the United States is enemy number one these days and the Russians are feverishly preparing for a potential military showdown. Of course the Russians don’t actually want to have to resort to nuclear war. Such an event would be an unspeakable horror for the entire globe. But if one does happen, the Russians want to make sure that they are the ones that come out on top. (Read More…)


Did They Want More Violence In Ferguson? 10 ‘Coincidences’ Too Glaring To Ignore

Was it a conspiracy or was it incompetence? Those appear to be the only two alternatives that we are left with after the horrific violence that we witnessed in Ferguson on Monday night. The first round of Ferguson rioting back in August took everyone by surprise, but this time authorities had more than three months to prepare. They had the ability to control precisely when the grand jury decision would be announced and how many cops and National Guard troops would be deployed on the streets. But despite all this, the violence in Ferguson on Monday night was even worse than we witnessed back in August. Either this was a case of almost unbelievable incompetence, or there was someone out there that actually wanted this to happen. If someone out there is actually trying to provoke more violence in Ferguson, then the rioters are being played like a fiddle. Most of them have no idea that they could potentially just be pawns in a game that is far larger than they ever imagined. The only other alternative to explain what we just saw is incompetence on a level that is absolutely laughable. Something definitely does not smell right about all of this, and let us hope that at some point the American people get the truth. The following are 10 “coincidences” from Monday night in Ferguson that are too glaring to ignore… (Read More….)


15 Blessings You Should Never Take for Granted

At the beginning of this month, two Pakistani Christians—a husband and his pregnant wife—were beaten for three days, stoned by an angry mob and dragged behind a vehicle. Finally they were thrown into a brick kiln and burned alive. The crime: Shahzad Masih, 28, and Shama Bibi, 25, were falsely accused of desecrating a copy of the Quran. More than 100 people participated in this brutal murder on Nov. 4 in the Pakistani city of Kasur. It’s unlikely that anyone will be convicted for the attack. That’s because freedom of religion—something Americans have enjoyed for more than 200 years—is not guaranteed in Pakistan. As you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I hope you are grateful that someone cannot drag you into an oven heated to 1,470 degrees simply because they believe you blasphemed their holy book. I encourage you to make a list of blessings you may take for granted. My list for 2014 might help you think of others: Read More


7 Subtle Health Warnings You Should Never Ignore

Men are notorious for ignoring health problems. Complaining about aches and pains somehow seems unmanly to many guys. That’s one reason men are far more likely than women to avoid going to the doctor, surveys consistently show. “Three out of four people who have not seen a doctor in more than five years are men,” says Will Courtenay, M.D., a San Francisco-area psychotherapist and author of the book “Dying to Be Men.” “Men balk at going to the doctor because they like to see themselves as independent and self-reliant,” Dr. Courtenay tells Newsmax Health. This attitude is admirable in many areas of life, but it can be fatal when it comes to health. Here are seven subtle symptoms men should never, ever ignore: Read More


What President Lincoln Taught Us About Giving Thanks

The year that is drawing towards its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Read More


Nor’easter Threatens Thanksgiving Travel Chaos for East Coast

A Holiday storm system played havoc Wednesday with the Thanksgiving travel plans of tens of millions of people — wiping out more than 200 flights in the Northeast, dumping rain on busy roads and threatening more than a foot of snow in some places. Rain fell on drivers getting an early start from the big cities — Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington — into the Carolinas. It was expected to change to snow later in the day. “If this was any other day of the year, it would be a pretty big storm but nothing too out of the ordinary,” said Kevin Roth, a meteorologist at The Weather Channel. “But it’s come at one of the worst possible times, the day before Thanksgiving. It’s going to be very, very tricky for anyone planning to travel today.” Read More


US Army may station tanks in Eastern Europe

The US Army plans to deploy about 150 tanks and armored vehicles to NATO countries next year and some of the heavy armor may be stationed in Eastern Europe, a top American general said Tuesday. The move is part of a US effort dubbed “Operation Atlantic Resolve” in the Baltic states and Poland to reassure allies anxious about a resurgent Russia, with American troops deploying for several months at a time to conduct joint exercises. Nearly 50 armored vehicles are already in place and another 100 M1 Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles will be “pre-positioned” in Germany and possibly elsewhere for the US troops conducting drills with NATO partners, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges told AFP in a phone interview from Estonia. Read More


New Russian Nuclear Submarine Ready To Launch, Armed With 12 Nuclear ‘Bulava’ Missiles

A new Russian nuclear submarine is set to launch on December 19, setting sail with as many as 16 of Russia’s next-generation nuclear missiles on board as President Vladimir Putin continues to rebuild his country’s nuclear defenses. The new sub, named K-551 Vladimir Monomakh, already conducted a successful test firing of an ICBM which, when the vessel officially launches, would carry a nuclear warhead. The test firing happened on September 10, when the nuclear submarine fired a single “Bulava” ballistic missile from a position in the White Sea at a target inside Russian territory. The K-551 Vladimir Monomakh will become the third nuclear submarine in the state-of-the-art Borei-class sub series, each armed with 12 or, according to some sources, up to 16 nuclear missiles. By the year 2020, Russia plans to have added eight of the Borei-class nuclear submarines to its fleet. Read More


North Korea says the U.S. is doomed just like the Roman Empire

On Nov. 15, President Obama was speaking at the University of Queensland in Australia when he began to talk about the present day’s place in history. “I often tell young people in America that, even with today’s challenges, this is the best time in history to be alive,” the president said. The president’s speech was then followed by one by then-Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who explained how the U.S. military would need to reform to keep this place in history. Weeks later, these speeches may be forgotten by many, but not in North Korea. In a new commentary published by the state-run Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday, these two speeches are described as the “poor shriek of those facing ruin” and a “recognition of the dark reality in the U.S. as it is a reflection of extreme uneasiness and horror-phobia.” Read More


The top 4 reasons to avoid processed, conventional meat

While the meat packers kill the “24 hour sickness” with chemicals so you won’t get it, your cells are being destroyed and mutated by industrial chemicals NEVER meant for mankind to consume. The conventional meat industry is SO POLLUTED that they have to bleach the meat to kill bacteria, viruses and especially E-coli and Salmonella. This goes for infected cows, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and even fish that are shot up with artificial growth hormones and antibiotics. Ammonia is also used for the same reasons. Flavors and color are easily added back in using MSG, red dyes, nitrates, and other poisons on top of the fact that you’re eating TOXIC meat from animals that most likely led horrendous lives full of pain, misery and shock upon their day of death. Read More


Obama to Introduce Sweeping New Controls on Ozone Emissions

The Obama administration is expected to release on Wednesday a contentious and long-delayed environmental regulation to curb emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death. The sweeping regulation, which would aim at smog from power plants and factories across the country, particularly in the Midwest, would be the latest in a series of Environmental Protection Agency controls on air pollution that wafts from smokestacks and tailpipes. Such regulations, released under the authority of the Clean Air Act, have become a hallmark of President Obama’s administration. Read More


What the Earliest Non-Biblical Authors Say About Jesus (Free Bible Insert)

by J Warner Wallace

What would we know about Jesus if we lost every Biblical manuscript on the planet? Could we have any certainty Jesus actually lived, and would we be able to re-capture any of the details of his life or nature? As it turns out, there are several ancient sources of information about Jesus. Some of these […]

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Sorry, Mr. President. You’re Wrong on Exodus and Immigration

President Obama is drawing on Exodus 23:9 to make his case for shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation: “You shall not oppress a stranger; you know the heart of a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

Some object, but is there a problem here? After all, he’s already made public use of the Bible, without controversy. Speaking in Cairo in 2009, he quoted from the Beatitudes along with selections from the Talmud and Quran to appeal for harmony among Christians, Jews and Muslims. At one of his Christmas tree lightings, he recounted the Nativity, calling it “a story that lights the world,” and then summarized our duty to love both God and neighbor.

There is, however, a difference between these latter two citations and the immigration debate.

In Cairo, he was making a general call for peace, and, at the White House, a general call for beneficence. But in his Nov. 20 immigration speech, he was making a very particular policy application and thus raised the accountability stakes much higher.

If, in Cairo, the president had quoted the Beatitudes (“Blessed are the peacemakers …”) in arguing that drone flights over Gaza should cease, we’d get twitchy. Similarly, if his Christmas remarks included, “Just as Jesus was exalted from humble birth, we should restrict high office to those born into households below the national median income,” the outcry would be justified.

Yet, in invoking Exodus to push his immigration policy, that is the sort of thing he just did. He ran roughshod over context.

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10 Signs That Russia Is Preparing To Fight (And Win) A Nuclear War With The United States

If the United States and Russia fought a nuclear war, who would win? You might be surprised by the answer. Under the Obama administration, the rapidly aging U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal has been shrinking …………. Click here for full story


Study: Nearly Half Of Americans Believe Natural Disasters Are Rising Due to ‘End Times’ Not Climate Change

Nearly half of Americans now believe that the recent surge in natural disasters is the result of biblical “End Times” than climate change, and more than two-thirds of white evangelical Protestants hold this belief, according to a new study ……… Click here for full story


ISIS’ Global Network Expands: At Least 12 Military Allies In 9 Countries Beyond Iraq, Syria

The Islamic State terrorist organization now has at least 12 known military allies, operating in nine countries outside of Iraq and Syria, that have publicly pledged their allegiances to the caliphate of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi………. Click here for full story


How Israel’s Restoration Signals The End

The biblical prophets predicted a series of restorations that will unfold prior to the return of the Messiah. When these predictions begin to come to pass, it is a major witness that the closing out of the end of the age is at hand and the kingdom of the Messiah is over the horizon. The first major event would be the reestablishing of Israel as a nation……….. Click here for full story


Church Leaders Alarmed That IRS Agents Could Pose As Clergy To Access Privileged Information, Enforce Birth Control Mandate

Church leaders are upset after a recent article in The New York Times revealed that the Internal Revenue Service can use undercover agents disguised as members of the clergy as a means to gather privileged information ……… Click here for full story


Why?

Why? It’s a question that we encounter so often – as a friend, as a co-worker, as a pastor, as a loved one.

“Why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?”

“Why is this happening to me, and why now?”

“Why doesn’t God seem to be answering my prayers?”

“Why on earth does a good God send people to hell?”

James Emery White examined what Scripture had to say about all of these questions in a message series at Mecklenburg Community Church. We heard from so many people that the series had such an impact on their lives, and how they felt it came at just the right time for them.

We believe you will find this series a helpful resource should you wish to develop a similar set of sermons. This series is available on the Message Downloads page of the ChurchandCulture.org site in both PDF and mp3 formats.


COMPLAINTS OR THANKS?

Every day of your life you’ll find reasons to complain, and every day of your life you’ll have reasons to be thankful. Notice the distinction: you’ll FIND reasons to complain and you’ll HAVE reasons to be thankful.

These two themes, complaint and thankfulness, tug at the heart of each of us. They form fundamentally different ways of viewing the world because they’re rooted in fundamentally different ways of viewing yourself.

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The Transforming Power of Thanksgiving and Forgiveness

Forgiveness is harder than thanksgiving, and for that reason it is even more powerful. To forgive someone is to release them from the debt they owe us. It is to surrender our claim to vengeance. Forgiveness is hard, but it is easier when I realize how much I have been forgiven. Forgiveness is powerful in my life for two reasons: It reminds me that I am not God and it releases me from the trap of bitterness.

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CultureWatch: Islamists and Their ‘Moderate’ Muslim Supporters

by Bill Muehlenberg

So, are most Muslims moderates? Yes. So, does that let them off the hook? No. To the extent that they sit by as the Islamists kill and terrorise with impunity, they are just as guilty. When the so-called moderates effectively allow the jihadists to do their thing, then they are a part of the problem, not the solution.

gabrielBut here I want to allow two experts to speak on this. The first is Lebanese-born Brigitte Gabriel, President of Act! for America. Speaking at a Heritage Foundation event dealing with Benghazi’s unanswered questions on June 16, 2014, she gave a classic response to a question from a Muslim woman. I have shared the video of this often, but here is the actual transcript which I present in full:

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Homosexual activist arrested for child rape was called ‘great friend and supporter’ by President Obama

Christian News Network reports:

A prominent homosexual activist who was arrested for child rape last week was once called by Obama a “great friend and supporter,” and has raised over a million dollars toward his election efforts since 2007.

As previously reported, Terrance Bean, 66, of Portland was taken into custody at his home last Wednesday by the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit following an indictment by a Lane County Grand Jury. He was booked at the Multnomah County Jail and released after posting 10 percent of his $50,000 bail.

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The Hound of Heaven

If you’ve ever found yourself fleeing from God, a forgotten poetic gem and its story will sound familiar. Stay tuned to BreakPoint.
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Pyromaniacs: Seven revelations of Ferguson

by Dan PhillipsI was just as happy to have my plans to write on this yesterday curtailed by Frank’s post, as I usually am. It gave me a day more to ponder. That done — the ponderation having been ponderously pondered — I’ll offer some thoughts, which in intent will be very like those I offered about “the Florida revival.” That is, they will be Biblical principles whose application is I think fairly obvious.Frank’s focus was on the undeniable human tragedy. I won’t reinvent that wheel, but will focus on other aspects. I hope the posts will be complementary. Don’t blame his post for not being mine, nor mine for not being his. Fair enough?

To the seven revelations of Ferguson:

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Words of Comfort: Wet when it rains.

“Most atheists want proof of God. That should be real easy to do. Find the one true religion that has a lower rate of people getting cancer, and a higher percentage of those people surviving it. Or a group that shows a lower rate of divorce. That is just a couple of examples, you can use any death percentage or lower percentage of people committing any sin. Atheists prepare to find the truth. Christians I await your proof.” Harold Buskirk

Your theology is bad. Christians get wet when it rains, they bruise when they fall, are killed in car accidents, and die of cancer. The difference between them and the “lost” is that God has granted them forgiveness of sins, and the gift of everlasting life. You will understand this completely on Judgment Day. I hope you are saved on that Day. Please see http://www.needGod.com

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National homosexual activist organization targets Christians in latest campaign

According to Christian News Network:

A homosexual activist organization whose co-founder was recently jailed for sex abuse charges has launched an aggressive campaign to convert Christians to the same-sex ‘marriage’ cause.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) describes itself as a “civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.” With over 1.5 million members and supporters, the HRC is the largest such organization in the United States.

http://christiannews.net/2014/11/24/national-homosexual-activist-organization-targets-christians-in-latest-campaign/


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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

THANKING GOD FOR HIS ABUNDANT BLESSINGS

 November 26, 2014

 

The problem is that you know I’m the President of the United States. I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed, and Congress right now has not changed what I consider to be a broken immigration system. ~ President Obama on Feb. 14, 2013

MARSHA WEST’S COLUMN

Revisited Would the Son of God Contradict the Father?

Is it true that Jesus never mentioned anything about homosexuality?  That He never brought it up, even once?  Most of us have heard the argument that the Gospels have no record of Jesus condemning homosexuality.  There are individuals, especially from the militant homosexual rights movement,  who utter this fabrication with all the raw hostility of liberals who think abortion is their God given right.

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

Christian Meditation: What’s Biblical and What’s Not

 

FEATURED ARTICLES

New

Forgotten Americans—Victor Davis Hanson

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/393377/forgotten-americans-victor-davis-hanson

Political analysts still are arguing over why the Democratic party was washed away in the midterm election. Since 2008, ascendant progressives had been crowing over a fresh mosaic of energized minorities, newly franchised immigrants, single young urban women, greens, gays, and — less often mentioned — upscale professionals and the 1-percenter super-wealthy.

 

May I Present Our Emperor-in-Chief: His Highness Barack Obama—Joe Messina http://barbwire.com/2014/11/25/0650-may-present-emperor-chief-highness-barack-obama/

When you say “I’m the President of the United States. I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed….” but then you go on to make or change a law to the point where it no longer resembles the original law, then you have appointed yourself emperor by your own words and deeds. …

WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

New

Student mugged, says he deserved it because of his ‘privilege’

http://campusreform.org/?ID=6097

“Who am I to stand from my perch of privilege, surrounded by million-dollar homes and paying for a $60,000 education, to condemn these young men as ‘thugs?’ It’s precisely this kind of “otherization” that fuels the problem.”

 

NEWS TO KNOW

New

 

Where Were They? Missouri Lt. Gov.: Did The White House Stop The National Guard From Intervening Last Night?

http://dailycaller.com/2014/11/25/missouri-lt-gov-criticizes-absence-of-national-guard-where-were-they-last-night-video/

 

In interview, Darren Wilson says there was ‘no way’ Michael Brown had his hands up during shooting

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/11/25/in-interview-ferguson-cop-darren-wilson-says-there-was-no-way-michael-brown-had/

 

On CNN, Gingrich Blasts Obama’s Speech: ‘This Was a Gruber Speech’; ‘Simply Not Telling the Country the Truth’

http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-gingrich-blasts-obamas-speech-was-gruber-speech-simply-not-telling-country-truth

 

The 15 Most Liberal Senators

http://www.nationaljournal.com/pictures-video/the-15-most-liberal-senators-20140206

 

CULTURE CLASH

 

CULTURE

New

Attorney’s Lie to Schools, Say They Must OK Gender Confusion—Linda Harvey

http://barbwire.com/2014/11/25/1000-attorneys-lie-schools-say-must-ok-gender-confusion/

The depraved “gay” agenda continues to corrupt our nation’s youth, and the jaw-dropping irony is that activist groups are empowered by the financial and legal support of prestigious firms.

But it’s time to call these people to conscience. Several recent controversies may jumpstart the great awakening of America to the gruesome consequences of “tolerance” and “diversity.”

 

EDUCATION – Research Links

New

Opposition to Common Core spurs jump in homeschooling

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/11/25/opposition-to-common-core-spurs-jump-in-homeschooling/

 

HOMOSEXUALITY — Research Links

 

The revolution of the family: the Marxist roots of ‘homosexualism’

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 Homofascism

Homosexual Promiscuity: Breeding a national health problem

Speaking of Homosexuality

Big ‘Gay’ Brother is Watching You

Truth-Telling and Homosexuality

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Homosexual Activist Arrested for Child Rape Was Called By Obama ‘Great Friend and Supporter’

http://christiannews.net/2014/11/24/homosexual-activist-arrested-for-child-rape-was-called-by-obama-great-friend-and-supporter/

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Homosexual HRC Founder Arrested for Raping 15-year-old boy—Barbwire

http://barbwire.com/2014/11/20/homosexual-hrc-founder-arrested-raping-15-year-old-boy/

 

EX-GAYS/EX TRANSEXUALS

 

Truth Matters In Ex-Gay Debate

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

Why Gays Cannot Speak for Ex-Gays

120 EXhomosexual video testimonies

 

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Trouble In Transtopia: Murmurs Of Sex Change Regret—Stella Morabito

http://thefederalist.com/2014/11/11/trouble-in-transtopia-murmurs-of-sex-change-regret/

 

LEFT-WING MEDIA

New

Chuck Todd Asks If GOP Should ‘Drop the Benghazi Conspiracy Theories?’

http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/chuck-todd-asks-if-gop-should-drop-benghazi-conspiracy-theories

 

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

 

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Surprise! New Obamacare Rule Means You Won’t Know if You’re Paying for Abortions

http://www.lifenews.com/2014/11/25/surprise-new-obamacare-rule-means-you-wont-know-if-youre-paying-for-abortions/

 

MARRIAGE & FAMILY

 

Ryan Anderson explains why gay marriage doesn’t exist

Our last chance to save traditional marriage

 

New

National Homosexual Activist Organization Targets Christians in Latest Campaign

http://christiannews.net/2014/11/24/national-homosexual-activist-organization-targets-christians-in-latest-campaign/

A homosexual activist organization whose co-founder was recently jailed for sex abuse charges has launched an aggressive campaign to convert Christians to the same-sex ‘marriage’ cause.

 

RELIGION

 

OF INTEREST

New

Ferguson and the Soft Bigotry of America’s Leading Evangelicals—JD Hall

http://pulpitandpen.org/2014/11/24/ferguson-and-the-soft-bigotry-of-americas-leading-evangelicals/

As Ferguson erupts in riotous violence, America’s leading evangelicals – like Southern Baptists Russell Moore and Ed Stetzer – are falling over themselves to prove who is the most thoughtful, compassionate, and sympathetic to the racial tension and tragedy that the community has come to typify. In their race to win the racial sensitivity award, what they’re demonstrating is the soft bigotry of low expectations. …

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A Profile of Integrity—Mike Riccardi

http://thecripplegate.com/a-profile-of-integrity/

 

CREATION VS EVOLUTION – Research links

 

Why is biblical Creationism so important?

The Giraffe: God’s Outstanding Animal

 

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My pastors don’t believe Genesis. Should I leave my church?

http://creation.com/my-pastor-doesnt-believe-in-genesis#.VGmPI-0EAIM.facebook

 

PERSECUTION

New

Islamists Linked to Obama’s Kenyan Family Hijacked Bus, Killed Dozens

http://www.newswithviews.com/NWV-News/news414.htm

 

TEACHING/DEVOTIONAL

New

Obedience, A Word Study—Mike Ratliff

http://mikeratliff.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/obedience-a-word-study/

 

WATCH OUT!

 

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

 

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

 

Previous

Yes, AA’s cofounder was a freemason—John Lanagan

http://mywordlikefire.com/2009/10/26/yes-aas-cofounder-was-a-freemason/

 

Angels

 

Three Reasons You Should Not Try To Bind Satan

Unbiblical ideas About Angels

 

Ann Voskamp

 

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

 

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?

 

Charismatic Movement

 

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

Where is IHOP Going? An interview with Sarah Leslie

Previous

Pa$$ The Plate And Let Us Prey–SUFTT

http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/10/pa-plate-let-us-prey/

Should we impart an anointing of the Spirit on someone’s head?  Does the Holy Spirit posses us, or indwell us?  Yes, big difference between these two terms.

 

Church Growth Movement/Seeker/Market-Driven

 

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

 

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

Ravi Zacharias on Henri Nouwen – “I regret having said that” “Henri Nouwen Was One of the Greatest Saints In Our Time”—Lighthouse Trails

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16369

 

Ecumenism

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Does Rick Warren want you to “come home” to the Catholic Church?—Amy Spreeman

http://standupforthetruth.com/2013/06/does-rick-warren-want-you-to-come-home-to-the-catholic-church/

You’ve heard about the Purpose Driven Life for Catholics, but did you ever think it would lead to a major evangelization project by the Church of Rome that targets Protestant Christians?

 

Emergent Church – Research Links

 

Listen: Emergent Church finally shows its real intentions!

Emerging towards convergence

Emergent /Emerging Church Documentary

 

New

The morphing of the Emergent movement: Can you see it now?–SUFTT

http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/11/the-morphing-of-the-emergent-movement-can-you-see-it-now/

 

Hillsong Church

 

Hellsong – The Music of Hillsong – In Praise of Folly

 

Previous

Hillsong NYC’s “biblical” silence about homosexuality—John Lanagan

http://mywordlikefire.com/2014/11/04/hillsongs-carl-lentz-uses-non-existent-scripture-the-message-to-justify-silence-on-homosexuality/

Eugene Peterson’s The Message “bible” flat out deletes homosexuality as sin from two key New Testament passages, and gives a politically correct spin to a third

 

“Jesus Calling” – Research Links

 

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

One Woman’s Story About Jesus Calling: A Surprise I Never Expected That Changed My Life

 

New

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

http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/11/changing-jesus-calling-damage-control-false-christ/

 

Jonathan Cahn

 

“Rabbi” Jonathan Cahn’s Most Recent Duping of the People of God: “The Mystery of the Shemitah”

 

Joyce Meyer

 

The Prosperity Priestess and the Pied Piper of IHOP

Joyce Meyer’s teaching

 

New

Joyce Meyer cancels speaking engagement at IHOP-KC Onething 2014

http://mywordlikefire.com/2014/11/21/joyce-meyer-cancels-speaking-engagement-at-ihop-kc-onething-2014/

 

Kay Arthur

 

Kay Arthur With Erroneous Contemplative Interpretation of Psalm 46:10

Christian Meditation: What’s Biblical and What’s

 

Mark Driscoll

 

5 Early Leadership Lessons from the Dissolution of Mars Hill Church

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

 

Previous

Mars Hill Church lists more than $25 million worth of property as bankruptcy rumors fly

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2014/11/mars-hill-church-lists-more-than-25-million-worth.html

 

Sources: Mark Driscoll Considering a Return to Ministry http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2014/11/09/sources-mark-driscoll-considering-a-return-to-ministry/

 

“The Message” Bible

 

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

 

Previous

Hillsong NYC’s “biblical” silence about homosexuality—John Lanagan

http://mywordlikefire.com/2014/11/04/hillsongs-carl-lentz-uses-non-existent-scripture-the-message-to-justify-silence-on-homosexuality/

Eugene Peterson’s The Message “bible” flat out deletes homosexuality as sin from two key New Testament passages, and gives a politically correct spin to a third.

 

Mormonism — Research Links

 

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

The Mormon version of “Holy, Holy, Holy” is missing something

 

New Age Movement/New Thought/Spirituality — Research Links

 

Mysticism & Global Mind Change

Panantheism

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

 

Previous

The New Age Peale Factor: Norman Vincent Peale and the Occult Part 1  Part 2—Warren B. Smith

 

New Apostolic Reformation/Dominionism – Research Links

 

What is an Apostle?

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

 

Previous

Written in 2008.  Posting it as reminder of who these people are.

We have had enough of false prophets—Marsha West

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/mwest/080830

People in this movement believe that the Apostles and Prophets have authority over the Church. Even though they hold a high office, the “apostles” and “prophets” don’t see eye to eye on everything. It has now come to light that some of the “apostles” were concerned about the possible dangers of commissioning Todd Bentley and warned other “apostles” but they were rebuffed — and they’re not taking it lying down….

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Bethel Church’s “Apostle” Bill Johnson: A Comedy of Errors Part 2 http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/11/bethel-churchs-apostle-bill-johnson-comedy-errors-part-2/

Before I report on Apostle Bill’s endeavor to involve his followers in his “grave sucking,” undertaking, I must tell you a brief story that involves an angel, a gift, and slaying a dragon.

Read Part 1

 

Roman Catholicism

 

The Papacy of the Roman Catholic Church

‘Secrets of the Vatican’ exposes moral crises facing Catholic Church’s new pope

Do eucharistic miracles really happen?

 

Previous

Cardinal’s demotion helps Pope Francis quell ‘conservative backlash’ — for now

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/11/20/cardinal-stunning-demotion-helps-pope-francis-quell-conservative-backlash-for/

 

Social Justice/Progressive Christianity

 

Shameful Social Gospel

The Social Justice Gospel, Yesterday and TodayPart 2

 

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How progressive Pharisees brutalize the Bible—SUFTT

http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/11/progressive-pharisees-brutalize-bible/

 

Transhumanism/Nephilum

 

Spiritual Seduction

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

Nephilim and Space Alien DNAPart 2

 

Vision Casting

 

Casting a Vision of Commandeering Control

 

Witchcraft – Research Links

 

Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel — Research Links

 

The True Origins of the Prosperity Gospel

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

 

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Televangelist pastor accused of forcing vasectomies and abortions on church members

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Bethel Church’s “Apostle” Bill Johnson: A Comedy of Errors Part 2 http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/11/bethel-churchs-apostle-bill-johnson-comedy-errors-part-2/

Before I report on Apostle Bill’s endeavor to involve his followers in his “grave sucking,” undertaking, I must tell you a brief story that involves an angel, a gift, and slaying a dragon.

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Bill Cosby Leaked Story About Daughter’s Drug Use to Cover-Up Sex Scandal

http://dailycaller.com/2014/11/25/bill-cosby-leaked-story-about-daughters-drug-use-to-cover-up-sex-scandal/

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Worthless Exercises You Probably  Do

http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/list/201303/6-worthless-exercises-you-probably-do

 

Abuse of sleep, anti-anxiety drugs a growing issue among teenagers, study shows

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/11/24/abuse-sleep-anti-anxiety-drugs-growing-issue-among-teenagers-study-shows/

 

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The stupid stuff we fight about.

Turning Trials into Triumphs: Part 1 (James 1:2–3)

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

Count-It-All-JoyPerhaps you have seen the bumper sticker that reads: “When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade!” It is easier to smile at that statement than to practice it, but the basic philosophy is sound. In fact, it is biblical. Throughout the Bible are people who turned defeat into victory and trial into triumph. Instead of being victims, they became victors.

James tells us that we can have this same experience today. No matter what the trials may be on the outside (James 1:1–12) or the temptations on the inside (James 1:13–27), through faith in Christ we can experience victory. The result of this victory is spiritual maturity.

If we are going to turn trials into triumphs, we must obey four imperatives: count (James 1:2), know (James 1:3), let (James 1:4, 9–11), and ask (James 1:5–8). To…

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November 25, 2014: Truth2Freedom Daily Headline Alerts Collection

Let us learn a lesson of humility from our Saviour; let us never court great titles nor proud degrees. —C.H. Spurgeon

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Nov. 25, 2014

BLOOMBERG

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered more National Guard troops to Ferguson as chaos erupted after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Businesses were looted, police cars burned on the street and a dozen buildings torched. Crowds that had gathered near the Ferguson Police Department scattered as authorities shot canisters of gas.

Forty-five percent say President Obama should issue an executive order if Congress fails to act on the immigration issue—as he did last week—while 48 percent say he should not. Obama announced plans to take action to protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation provided they meet certain criteria.

New York incurred a record $732 million in legal costs in the last fiscal year, mostly from claims of police abuse, negligence and hiring discrimination, expenses that accelerated under Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Republicans in the U.S. Congress stepped up calls for new Iran sanctions after negotiators extended nuclear talks until July, ensuring an uphill fight next year against opposition from some Democrats and a threatened presidential veto.

South Africa’s economy grew 1.4 percent in the third quarter after platinum mines restarted production following a five-month strike.

So much money is chasing after China’s next round of initial public offerings that the nation’s $4.3 trillion stock market has become hostage to the fundraising plans of companies seeking just $1.3 billion.

The economy in the U.S. expanded at a 3.9 percent annualized rate, more than previously estimated in the third quarter, reflecting bigger gains in consumer spending and business investment and capping the strongest six months of growth in a decade.

Nigeria’s central bank raised its benchmark interest rate 100 basis points, to a record high 13 percent, for the first time in three years and devalued the naira as tumbling oil prices sent the currency to an all-time low.

Home prices in 20 U.S. cities advanced at a slower pace in the 12 months through September as the housing market continued to make gradual progress.

AP Top Stories

OPEC’s biggest crude producer Saudi Arabia will have its sights set on the upstart US shale oil business at a crucial cartel meeting to debate possible output cuts on Thursday.

Britain announced it had signed a contract with US manufacturer Lockheed Martin to buy the first of 14 F-35B combat jets.

Chinese ships returned to territorial waters around islands at the centre of a dispute with Japan on Tuesday, the coastguard said, the first incursion since a Sino-Japanese summit aimed at reducing tensions.

A U.S. judge sentenced a reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to 22 years in prison on Monday for his role in a $1 billion conspiracy to traffic narcotics to Chicago and other cities.

Antarctica’s ice paradox has yet another puzzling layer. Not only is the amount of sea ice increasing each year, but an underwater robot now shows the ice is also much thicker than was previously thought, a new study reports.

A California man who spent more than 30 years in prison for a 1978 murder walked free on Monday after a judge overturned his conviction based on new DNA analysis and investigative reports that were withheld from his defense.

Apple’s oldest artifacts have become some of the most coveted technological relics in the world, but the company’s two remaining co-founders haven’t reached a consensus on whether or not they’re surprised by the rabid attention surrounding each and every auction that springs up.

A man who broke both legs when he fell into a northwestern New Mexico ravine crawled out onto a highway nearly three days later and was helped by a driver, authorities said.

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A group of seven Yemenis and a US military expert kidnapped by al-Qaeda-linked militants were freed by Yemeni forces.

Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a crowded market in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing at least 30 people.

The US and Iran said they were confident of reaching a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program after agreeing a seven-month extension to talks.

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In a lawsuit settlement with the atheist Freedom from Religion Foundation, the Internal Revenue Service admitted it had monitored churches for allegedly illegal political activity, but the details never were released because the group withdrew its complaint.

President Obama and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) are among GQ magazine’s “30 Least Influential People of 2014.”

Likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul today released his draft of a “declaration of war” resolution against ISIS, expanding his foreign policy efforts. “When Congress comes back into session in December, I will introduce a resolution to declare war against ISIS. I believe the president must come to Congress to begin a war and that Congress has a duty to act. Right now, this war is illegal until Congress acts pursuant to the Constitution and authorizes it.”

Conakry, Guinea: Guinea said on Monday a cooler carrying a stolen blood sample infected with the deadly Ebola virus, stolen en route to a test centre, was unlikely ever to be found.


Daily Digest for Tuesday

November 25, 2014

THE FOUNDATION

“[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” –Samuel Adams, essay in The Public Advertiser, 1749

EDITOR’S NOTE

We lead today with special commentary by Mark Alexander on a grand jury’s decision to forgo charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

Ferguson: A Race Bait Case Study

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By Mark Alexander

As anticipated, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced Monday night that the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was justified self defense. “[The grand jury] determined that no probable cause exists to file any charge against officer Wilson, and returned a ‘No True Bill’ on each of the five indictments,” said McCulloch. In fact, Brown’s autopsy determined he was facing Wilson when shot, and one of Brown’s wounds was at close range inside Wilson’s patrol vehicle, the result of Brown’s attempt to reach through the driver’s door window and take the officer’s gun after having assaulted Wilson.

Predictably, Barack Obama and his dependable stable of “race bait” surrogates immediately set about to convert the verdict into political capital. Of course, the 24-hour news recycling talking heads, all vying for advertising market share, provided the race agitators a very big stage, and will continue to do so as long as they can stir up enough protestors.

For his part, Obama claimed the racial anger was “understandable,” but, given that there is no upcoming election, he left the constituent building to his race baiting attorney general, Eric Holder, who ensured the nation that the Justice Department investigation remains open: “While the grand jury proceeding in St. Louis County has concluded, the Justice Department’s investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown remains ongoing.”

Holder is a master race baiter, and, when joined by race hustlers, including Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and legions of lesser useful idiots, they have become very effective at promoting hate crime hoaxes in order to foment discontent and rally black constituents.

Ahead of the 2012 presidential election, Holder and company set the race bait by vowing to “seek justice” after a “white-Hispanic” man, George Zimmerman, shot and killed, in self-defense, a black teenage thug named Trayvon Martin.

Ahead of the 2014 midterm election, Holder promised to “seek justice” in the shooting of another black teenage thug. In both cases, for political expedience, Holder assumed the shooters were guilty until proven innocent. Obama even suggested in an address to the UN that the Ferguson shooting could be seen in the same light as atrocities committed by ISIL cutthroats.

Among the more visible racists in Ferguson immediately after the shooting were the Black Panthers, who coined the chant, “What do we want? — Darren Wilson! — How do we want him? — Dead!”

Missouri Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon, who is fishing for a 2016 veep slot under Hillary Clinton, joined that chant, referring to Brown as an “unarmed teenager” and promising “to achieve justice for Michael Brown,” but omitting any reference that Wilson’s actions might have been justified.

Having worked as a uniformed officer in two states while completing my undergraduate degree, I take great offense at the constant description of Michael Brown as an “unarmed teenager.” No law enforcement officer should ever approach a suspect or assailant, whether in a vehicle or on a street, with the assumption he or she is “unarmed.” I would not be writing these words had I wavered from that precautionary training. The fact that Brown did not possess a weapon is hindsight 20/20, not something Wilson knew at the time of the altercation.

For the record, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, over the last decade there were an average of 58,261 assaults against law enforcement personnel each year, resulting in 15,658 injuries and more than 150 deaths per year.

Now, after three Brown autopsies and copious deliberations, the verdict is in — the shooting was justified. But don’t expect the facts to get in the way of the race bait political agenda.

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Racial Narrative Succeeds in Destroying Ferguson

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced Monday night what the police in riot gear, the activated National Guard and the delayed press conference already said hours before: “[The grand jury] determined that no probable cause exists to file any charge against Officer [Darren] Wilson, and returned a ‘No True Bill’ on each of the five indictments.” The grand jury reviewed three autopsies and heard more than 70 hours of testimony, and in the end they found insufficient evidence for any charge — that’s significant, as a grand jury needs only probable cause, not proof “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Yet “protesters” were prepared to immediately become rioters and loot everything from alcohol to TVs from local businesses and then set fire to those businesses. The Left has sufficiently propagandized the black community so that they see injustice around every corner. Are there injustices? Absolutely. Is the Ferguson Police Department blameless? Absolutely not. But the violent and destructive results of this irresponsibly fomented anger are plastered across our TV screens.

As Ferguson Burns, Obama Calls Anger ‘Understandable’

In his statement following the St. Louis County grand jury announcement that officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted for the death of Michael Brown, Barack Obama accepted the ruling of the grand jury and made calls for peaceful protest and action, even as some television networks showed pictures of an erupting riot in Ferguson. “First and foremost, we are a nation built on the Rule of Law,” Obama said. “And so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make. There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It’s an understandable reaction.” Obama continued, saying Ferguson highlighted the problems in race relations and policing strategies: “So, to those in Ferguson, there are ways of channeling your concerns constructively and there are ways of channeling your concerns destructively.” As Martin Luther King once said, rioting and violence are used by people who feel they have no other ways to redress their grievances: “A riot is the language of the unheard.” Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have fomented racial grievances all along, both in Ferguson and in the case of Trayvon Martin. To call for calm now is a bit disingenuous.

Holder Says It’s Not Over

While the streets of Ferguson erupted into fiery violence last night, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson is not the end of the legal circus surrounding the shooting. In September, the Department of Justice opened two investigations, one into possible civil rights violations in the Ferguson Police Department, and another into Wilson himself. “While the grand jury proceeding in St. Louis County has concluded, the Justice Department’s investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown remains ongoing,” Holder said in a statement. “Though we have shared information with local prosecutors during the course of our investigation, the federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now. Even at this mature stage of the investigation, we have avoided prejudging any of the evidence. And although federal civil rights law imposes a high legal bar in these types of cases, we have resisted forming premature conclusions.” Is this Holder’s way of “having a conversation” on race? He has inserted the federal government into the situation, keeping anger high by implying justice has not yet been served. More…

Failure to Launch: No Nuke Deal With Iran

As the weekend progressed, it became clear that any chance of reaching a nuclear deal with Iran — what little chance there was, anyway — was next to zero as the Monday deadline neared. Yesterday officials confirmed that negotiators failed to come to an agreement, which means essentially nothing changes. Iran will continue masquerading its uranium enrichment program with promises of cloture and the can is once again kicked further drown the road. According to The Washington Free Beacon, “The parties now claim that last-minute progress in the talks warrant an extension into December — and likely thorough July 2015 — though the sides have yet to decide upon a location for continued negotiations, according to a Western source cited by the Associated Press.” Right — “last-minute progress.” The only nation making progress is Iran, whose charade ensures that it gets ever closer to the goal of attaining a nuclear warhead. Real progress looks unattainable as long as the Obama administration is calling the shots. The question is, can Israel survive two more years of obfuscation? More…

Executive Power for Me but Not for Thee

In a sit-down interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Barack Obama explained that his abuse of executive power should not be exploited by his successors in the Oval Office. The emperor was asked, “How do you respond to the argument, a future president comes in, wants lower taxes. Doesn’t happen. Congress won’t do it — he says I’m not going to prosecute those who don’t pay capital gains tax?” Naturally, the president circumvented the question the first time around by defending his amnesty diktat, prompting Stephanopoulos to inquire once again, “So you don’t think it’d be legitimate for a future president to make that argument?” Responded Obama: “With respect to taxes? Absolutely not.” If only Democrats could follow their own advice. To be fair, he was asked about unilaterally lowering taxes, not raising them. He might have a different answer to the latter.

RIGHT ANALYSIS

Benghazi Report Leaves Some Questions Unanswered

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After two years and two elections, yet another House report on the incidents and decisions surrounding the attack on our compound in Benghazi, Libya, excuses the Obama administration from answering allegations of covering up the incident to avoid embarrassment less than two months before Barack Obama’s prospective re-election.

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released its report on the 2012 attack Nov. 21 and found that the intelligence community did nothing wrong when responding to the terrorist attack that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead by al-Qaida hands. In a joint statement, committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Ranking Member Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) said, “Based on the testimony and the documents we reviewed, we concluded that all the CIA officers in Benghazi were heroes. Their actions saved lives.”

But the report doesn’t answer how the Obama administration covered up the attack for political gains, and the Leftmedia was all too eager to report that the Benghazi report was a non-story. For example, CBS News gleefully reported, “[T]he two-year investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.” So Obama is in the clear, right?

Not so fast. We still don’t have all the answers. The report states, “[T]he Administration’s initial public narrative on the causes and motivations for the attacks were not fully accurate.” Remember, the administration blamed a YouTube video for the “demonstration” that turned violent. Problem is, those who knew the score — such as the deputy CIA director — didn’t seem willing to tell the unvarnished truth as they changed talking points to better suit a narrative.

As political commentator Mollie Hemingway notes, “[M]aybe when you’re, I don’t know, trying to ‘underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy’ because you’re focusing on campaigning more than truth-telling, you end up underscoring something that isn’t true.”

But this report makes some new facts public. It reveals a drone strike that killed Abu Yahya al-Libi, a top al-Qaida operative who perished in Pakistan earlier on Sept. 11, 2012, could have been to blame, as various groups aligned with al-Qaida carried out the attack on the Benghazi compound. We also learned that one purpose of the CIA presence in Benghazi was to try and keep tabs on weapons moving from Libya to Syria — a Predator drone that arrived on-scene after the attack began was diverted from a mission in Derna, a coastal city thought to be a transfer point for weapons.

And while the report finds the CIA “could have placed more weight on eyewitness sources on the ground and should have challenged its initial assessments” about the incident, the House Committee “found no evidence of an intelligence failure” based in part on an “internal CIA analytic review.” As if the agency isn’t in full CYA mode.

Yet at the time we were spoon-fed the narrative about the video. While the evidence mounted that the protest was really a coordinated al-Qaida attack, the media became less and less curious as to how the group that was supposedly “decimated” by the death of Osama bin Laden had the resources to carry out such an operation. But, to borrow a line screeched by Hillary Clinton, what difference, at this point, does it make? Four good men are dead, the president who failed to act more decisively in the matter and then lied about it was re-elected, and the secretary of state who stood idly by aims to succeed him.

Something else that died in the Benghazi aftermath was any notion the Leftmedia doesn’t simply serve as a cheerleader for the statist team in charge. The media that once hounded a president out of office for a criminal cover-up that was heinous but not fatal now can’t be bothered with rooting out the real story in this case. If a Benghazi-style attack had happened in September 2004, Bob Shrum would have been right because that would have been the lead story all the way to November. But journalism passed away about the time the keys to the White House were handed to Barack Obama, and we’re all the worse off for it.

However, the investigation into the Benghazi scandal is not over. The Select Committee on Benghazi, led by Trey Gowdy (R-SC), continues its investigation into the attack. Maybe it can cut through the political fog to find the political motivation for why the Obama administration lied to the American people and dishonored the death of four Americans in Libya.

Hagel Was the Wrong Guy for the Job

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Chuck Hagel’s resignation, well, ouster, as secretary of defense is nothing if not a clear repudiation of the defense policy of his soon-to-be former boss, Barack Obama. When Obama chose Hagel two years ago, he did so because he was looking for someone who would implement a two-pronged strategy of shrinking America’s military while simultaneously disengaging it from world affairs. Not exactly a task for someone genuinely concerned about the threats this country faced. But Hagel was not a genuinely concerned kind of guy.

Hagel, technically a Republican while he was in the Senate, was a loud voice against the Iraq war who aligned himself with then-Senators John Kerry and Barack Obama in claiming the war against Jihadistan was not worth fighting. Without rehashing that old debate, it’s safe to say this stance was based on a wrong-headed view of the world. Hagel did not believe that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, that Saddam Hussein was supporting international terrorists, or that losing Iraq to sectarian and terrorist strife would be disastrous to our Middle Eastern policy. All of these views have come to be disproved in grand style.

Obama chose Hagel, who was not known for possessing keen leadership skills, because Hagel fit his mindset. Hagel was reportedly often silent at meetings, not offering any constructive opinions. He functioned mostly as a conduit for Obama’s wishes. He never balked at the social engineering Obama wanted to inject into the military, nor did he put up much protest when it came to drawing down American forces to dangerously low levels. Hagel defended the latter policy by citing concerns related to budgets over those related to growing threats on numerous strategic fronts around the world.

But Hagel never quite fit in with Team Obama. The Chicago mob surrounding the president in the White House and the left-wing intelligentsia didn’t trust the man, who they viewed as a Republican latecomer to the party.

It was only in recent weeks that Hagel seemed to get his head on straight. He started opposing Obama’s security strategies. White House officials claim he attempted to stall the closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay because of his concerns about the security risks posed by releasing detainees. He also butted heads with National Security Adviser Susan Rice over policy on Syria, claiming it was in danger of coming apart because there were no clear objectives laid out.

And while Obama wished to slowly chip away at ISIL with little U.S. involvement, Hagel saw a much more serious threat. “ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen,” Hagel said in August. “They are beyond just a terrorist group. … I think the evidence is pretty clear. Yes they are an imminent threat to every interest we have whether in Iraq or anywhere else.”

It would figure in the Obama White House that, as soon as Hagel showed signs of coming to his senses, his days were numbered. It also figures that after a bruising midterm repudiation of his presidency, Obama would fire the only Republican in his cabinet. It’s certainly true the administration is in need of a foreign-policy team shakeup, but ousting Kerry, Rice or any of the other members of the team was never going to be an option.

Hagel was never a good choice for the position of secretary of defense. His level of competence was far below that required to fulfill the duties of his post, and his worldview remained skewed by a prejudice that America’s challenges were forged solely by America’s involvement in foreign affairs. Yet his failure in the position was not his alone.

Hagel was tasked with executing a series of bad decisions that only further compounded America’s problems overseas — pulling out of Afghanistan, cutting troop strength, cutting procurement orders and implementing social policies that have no business in the military. The list is long and infuriating. In short, Hagel failed in large part because he was in a no-win situation.

Potential replacements include Michele Flournoy, a former undersecretary under Leon Panetta who embraces the small military model, and Ashton Carter, an academic considered to be an expert on budgets and weapons in the Pentagon. The primary element of success for a secretary of defense is serving a president who has an obvious dedication to America’s national security and a clear understanding of world affairs. We’re not going to see that for at least a couple of years.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013): “We want a society in which we are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. That is what we mean by a moral society — not a society in which the State is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the State.”

Columnist Dennis Prager: “If the truth here accords with what … police officer [Darren Wilson] said, he did not commit an immoral act when he shot Michael Brown. On the other hand, if he shot the young man for no good reason, he committed an immoral act. But according to the it’s-all-a-matter-of-perceptions view, there is no moral truth, only black perceptions and white perceptions. This all accords with the left’s views of truth and morality. Neither exists. Visit any university to confirm this. … Morality is entirely subjective. ‘Good’ and ‘evil’ are individual or societal preferences. No more, no less. Like truth, morality is just a perception, one determined by an individual’s race, gender, and/or class. That is why, for the left, no man can judge any abortion, no matter how late in pregnancy and no matter the reason — because men do not possess a uterus.”

Columnist Thomas Sowell: “Jonathan Gruber’s several videotaped remarks about the gross deceptions that got ObamaCare passed in Congress should tell us a lot about the Obama administration. And the way that the mainstream media hesitated for days to even mention what Professor Gruber said, while they obsessed over unsubstantiated charges against Bill Cosby, should tell us a lot about the media. Whatever did or did not happen between Bill Cosby and various women is not likely to affect the lives of 300 million Americans. But ObamaCare does. … Whether the issue is ObamaCare, amnesty for illegal immigrants or ‘global warming,’ when you hear that ‘all the experts agree,’ that may mean nothing more than that the fix is in. And ‘all’ may mean considerably less than 100 percent — or even 50 percent. … Jonathan Gruber’s notion that the people are ‘stupid’ is not fundamentally different from what Barack Obama said to his fellow elite leftists in San Francisco, when he derided ordinary Americans as petty people who want to cling to their guns and their religion. We need to see through such arrogant elitists if we want to cling to our freedom.”

Humorist Frank J. Fleming: “What I’m hearing is that a lot of black people are feeling powerless today … except for one who is bypassing Congress with executive actions.”

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November 24, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Michael Savage is not the only writer to conclude this nation is more divided now that at any time since the Civil War. However, the author/radio talk-show host has explored in-depth America’s step-by-step removal from the ideal of “one nation, indivisible.”… (more)

November 24, 2014
Emperor, president: either way, we must impeach
Amnesty move ‘lends the force of law to a de facto invasion’
ALAN KEYES — Barack Obama says that he is president of the United States, not an emperor. Anxious to prove that Obama is a sociopathic liar (a point plainly in evidence in the wake of Jonathan Gruber’s arrogantly frank revelations about the Obama faction’s preparation of the Obamacare legislation), Rush Limbaugh counters that Obama lies. He is an emperor… (more)

November 24, 2014
Obama’s immigration plan: don’t fix the leaky roof, just get more buckets
MAUREEN SCOTT — So Obama’s plan is to grant amnesty to four or five million (a one million difference, mind you…not a number to sneeze at!) illegal aliens who come forth from the shadows, to register and get a Green Card, and become legal immigrants in the U.S. The Liberals’ hearts are warmed. But have any of them, including Obama and his cohorts in the federal government, really thought about how this is going to be an amount that can be certified as correct?… (more)

November 24, 2014
Chuck Todd and other media dimwits
CLIFF KINCAID — As “Dumb and Dumber To” hits theaters, Newsmax has headlined an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd: “Six Years Later, We Still Don’t Know Obama.” He’s hawking his book about Obama titled The Stranger. In effect, Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” is saying he can’t figure Obama out. He’s pleading ignorance… (more)

November 23, 2014
Obama formally signs immigration executive action
WASHINGTON TIMES — Upon landing in Las Vegas Friday afternoon, President Obama officially signed two memoranda to carry out his executive actions granting legal status and work permits to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants…. (more)

November 23, 2014
Alinsky does amnesty
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — President Obama is an Alinskyite.​ That assertion is not an epithet – – well, not primarily. True, I would not describe someone I admired as an “Alinskyite.” Saul Alinsky was a loathsome figure – – a radical statist who whose toxic brew of thoroughgoing deceit and brass-knuckles extortion (“direct action”) has become a part of mainstream politics. But in tying the president to the seminal community organizer whose theories and tactics so influenced him, my purpose is more to decode than to insult him…. (more)

November 23, 2014
What Obamacare was really about
MONICA CROWLEY — “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” – – Sir Walter Scott. Last week, we saw the key intellectual and practical architect of Obamacare, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, reminding us on tape that the entire Obamacare house of cards was built on deliberate lies…. (more)

November 23, 2014
Cornered but unbound by nuclear pact, Israel reconsiders military action against Iran
JERUSALEM POST — Historic negotiations with Iran will reach an inflection point on Monday, as world powers seek to clinch a comprehensive deal that will, to their satisfaction, end concerns over the nature of its vast, decade-old nuclear program…. (more)

November 23, 2014
Author Phyllis Chesler: Obama ‘seems to be siding with the jihadists’
NEWSMAX — The United States can never defeat the Islamic State and other terrorist groups until President Barack Obama realizes “that war has been declared against us,” author Phyllis Chesler said on Saturday…. (more)

November 23, 2014
Admitted al Qaeda member released from Guantanamo
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The Obama administration on Saturday announced that a Saudi detainee who was an admitted al Qaeda member and helped plan the assassination of Afghan warlord Ahmad Shah Massoud would be sent home from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba…. (more)

November 23, 2014
FBI arrests two would-be Ferguson bomb suspects: law enforcement source
REUTERS — Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told Reuters…. (more)

November 22, 2014
Tom Tancredo: GOP leaders secretly approve of Obama action
NEWSMAX — Republican leaders have a dirty little secret – – they’re actually delighted President Barack Obama used his executive powers to help millions of illegal immigrants, former Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado says…. (more)


November 22, 2014
King Barack’s doddering effort at amnesty slaps workers in the face
CHARLES HURT — In his immigration lecture Thursday night, President Obama revealed himself as a man politically broken, isolated from any sense of normal reality and completely unspooled from logic. The man who once unified this country with elegant, daring and powerful speeches was ashen, confused and doddering…. (more)

November 22, 2014
Obama’s amnesty is a never-ending cycle
DICK MORRIS — President Obama’s decision to grant amnesty to between 4 and 5 million people is really part of an ongoing cyclical process of immigration-amnesty-more immigration. He intends this amnesty to provoke a new wave of illegal entry into the United States, creating a new pool of illegal immigrants awaiting their own amnesty…. (more)

November 22, 2014
Palin wants Congress to impeach Obama over immigration
NEWSIOSITY — President Obama should be impeached for taking executive action on immigration, Sarah Palin declared Thursday. In a video message, the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate declared that the president is “betraying our trust” by going “against the wishes of the American people,” Breitbart reported…. (more)

November 22, 2014
Schlafly: Obama’s election strategy for Ferguson flops
WORLDNETDAILY — Some analysts believed President Obama waited until after the midterm elections to announce his unilateral immigration-reform package to give Democrats a better chance to keep control of the Senate…. (more)

November 22, 2014
Obamacare architect Gruber called to testify before Congress
NEWSMAX — Controversial Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber has been called to testify about “repeated transparency failures and outright deceptions surrounding Obamacare,” the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced Friday…. (more)


November 22, 2014
IRS finds 30,000 Lois Lerner emails, enraging Conservatives
NEWSMAX — Five months after the Internal Revenue Service deemed that emails sent by former official Lois Lerner had been lost forever, the Treasury Department’s inspector general told Congress on Friday that as many as 30,000 might have been found – – and conservatives were outraged…. (more)

November 21, 2014
Obama provides amnesty for 5 million illegal immigrants
NEWSMAX — President Barack Obama said he’ll defer deportations and open the chance of better jobs for about 5 million undocumented immigrants, ending months of build-up and initiating a showdown with congressional Republicans…. (more)


November 21, 2014
Sen. Sessions: We must stop Emperor Obama
SEN. JEFF SESSIONS — Americans defeated President Obama’s disastrous amnesty plans both in Congressand at the voting booth. Tonight, President Obama defied an entire nation and declared that he will impose his rejected amnesty through the brute force of executive order…. (more)

November 21, 2014
Laws emanate from the White House now
MARK KRIKORIAN — Obama’s speech announcing his immigration diktat was the usual pabulum: “our immigration system is broken,” can’t let illegals “remain in the shadows,” “commonsense middle-ground approach,” blah, blah, blah. ​If I didn’t have to go on TV right afterwards, I would have played a drinking game…. (more)

November 21, 2014
No,’prosecutorial discretion’ does not justify Obama’s lawless amnesty
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Can the president make fraud and theft legal? How about assault? Cocaine use? Perjury? You’d have to conclude he can – – and that we have supplanted the Constitution with a monarchy – – if you buy President Obama’s warped notion of prosecutorial discretion…. (more)

November 21, 2014
Pentagon got duped, made ransom payment for Bowe Bergdahl to con man
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Pentagon is under fire for making a ransom payment to an Afghan earlier this year as part of a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to U.S. officials…. (more)

November 21, 2014
Jeb Bush doubles down in defense of Common Core, risking conservative ire
WASHINGTON TIMES — Even before the 2016 presidential campaign truly begins, division lines between Jeb Bush and his potential foes in the Republican primary already have been drawn. The former Florida governor signaled in a Washington speech Thursday that he is prepared to fight the base in his own party over the increasingly unpopular Common Core education standards, arguing that they are vital to improving the quality of education and, by extension, improving children’s chances to succeed in today’s economy…. (more)

November 20, 2014
Reagan’s ‘A time for choosing’–an open letter to the GOP
STEFANI WILLIAMS — This month marks the 50th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s pivotal speech “A Time for Choosing” – – the speech that propelled Reagan onto the national political stage in 1964, and which in many ways articulated the definitive substance of conservatism: protection of unalienable rights, limited government, a strong national defense, individual responsibility, personal morality, and adherence to the U.S. Constitution… (more)

Top Healthy Foods for Kids

Little girl with a bowl of vegetablesETH Health and WellnessTeaching kids the importance of eating healthy foods now can set them on the right course for life, but if you’re not a health guru, educating your kids can be a challenge. That’s why we asked health and nutrition experts to weigh in on the 10 healthiest foods your kids need to be eating now. Discover their top picks, plus helpful shopping tips and advice. When writing your grocery list, keep these important tips in mind:

Focus on fresh. According to Dr. Timothy Harlan (also known as “Dr. Gourmet”), medical director of the Tulane University School of Medicine, the freshness of the foods you prepare for your kids is key. “If the food has been processed, it’s likely not very good for your kids,” he said. “Make your own macaroni and cheese — don’t get it out of a box. Don’t get fruit roll-ups — instead, buy fresh or dried fruit.”

Kids need fiber. According to Ashley Koff, RD, celebrity nutritionist and featured nutrition expert on the CW’s upcoming “Shedding for the Wedding,” fiber is a vital nutrient for your little one’s diet. “They need fiber — the real stuff — not the synthetic stuff added to junk cereals, so that would mean an apple, ground flaxseeds, fruits and vegetables,” she said.

Now that you know what to look for on your next shopping trip, read on to discover the 10 healthiest foods your kids need to be eating. Read More


ISIS’ Global Network Expands: At Least 12 Military Allies in 9 Countries Beyond Iraq, Syria

isis-supporters-in-libyaThe Islamic State terrorist organization now has at least 12 known military allies, operating in nine countries outside of Iraq and Syria, that have publicly pledged their allegiances to the caliphate of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

As Islamic State leadership continues to call on extremists worldwide to wreak havoc on the West, NYMag.com’s Daily Intelligencer reports that the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC) has identified 12 international militia organizations that are now affiliating their efforts with the Islamic State’s jihad and could help expand the group’s caliphate.

Militia allies in Pakistan, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Indonesia, Lebanon, Philippines, Jordan and Gaza/Israel have all announced some sort of cooperation with the Islamic State and al-Baghdadi. Many of these organizations were recently affiliated with Al Qaeda and have since switched to ISIS allegiances over the summer and into the fall.

In the latest edition of ISIS’ English language online magazine, Dabiq, the group details its plans for its expansion into North Africa and the Arabian Peninsuala.

“On the 17th of Muharram 1436 (Muslim year), the world heard announcements from the mujāhidīn of the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen, Sinai, Libya, and Algeria, pronouncing their [allegiances] to the Khalīfah of the Muslims, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the Dabiq article states. “All of them announced uniformly: We call the Muslims everywhere to give bay’ah to the Khalīfah and support him, in obedience to Allah and actualization of the unheeded obligation of the era.” Read More


Are the Biblical End Times Upon Us? New Research Reveals Where Americans Stand on Natural Disasters and the Apocalypse

A majority of Americans believe (62 percent) that climate change is causing natural disasters, but a substantial proportion of the nation also thinks that these calamities are the result of the “end times” (49 percent) as recounted in the Bible, according to the Public Religion Research Institute. The research firm — which published the findings in its new report — “Believers, Sympathizers & Skeptics,” noted in its analysis that this end times proportion is up five percentage points from 2011, when just 44 percent agreed that natural disasters are evidence of the apocalypse. The percentage was highest in the latest wave of research among white evangelicals (77 percent), who favored the “end times” over climate change (49 percent) when it came to assessing causal factors for recent events. Read More


7 Disturbing Realities About Teen ‘Sexting’ Trend

You’re sitting in the Publix parking lot at dusk and notice the unsupervised 12-year-old riveted to his iPhone with his wide-eyed friend looking on. Walking through the mall you see three teen girls seemingly oblivious to surroundings as they stroll together each focused on their phones. Munching their curly fries at Arby’s, each one of five youths are simultaneously engaged with their phones. Stopping at the intersection you glance over and observe a pre-teen in the back seat basking in the glow of her phone. Read More


Intercessors Win Major Prayer Battle in Colorado Supreme Court

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday upheld the right of Colorado Governors to issue proclamations calling for state days of prayer, upholding an earlier ruling by the Colorado District Court, and overturning a subsequent ruling by the Colorado Court of Appeals. This case began in 2008 against former Governor Bill Ritter by a small group of atheists headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. Judge Mullins of the District Court in Denver, Colorado, originally dismissed the case on Oct. 28, 2010, declaring “[T]here is nothing controversial about a restatement of a right protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. … The proclamation [does] not have the force and effect of law, and even if [it] did, the language does not support the foundation for a state religion, but only an acknowledgment of the rights of the citizenry as recognized as far back as the Declaration of Independence.” Read More


Water wars begin in California as thieves tap fire hydrants

Western states have been suffering through one of the country’s worst droughts on record, but conditions have been particularly dreadful in the state of California, with its massive population and heavy agricultural production. In fact, drought conditions have gotten so bad that theft of water is now becoming more and more common. As reported by CBS San Francisco, some of the worst theft is occurring in Clayton, California, in Contra Costa County, “a city that remains true to its western roots.” Read More


St. Luke’s hospital invests in organic farm to provide health-promoting food to patients

Serving mystery meat, French fries, sugar drinks and Jell-O on a tray is no standard of care, especially for a hospital, which should be leading the way — boosting patients’ ability to heal with the most nutrient-dense foods. Sadly, hospitals have evolved into conveyor belts over time, serving processed foods en masse, foods that must ache from their lack of nutrition. The ache and the void are passed to the patient, limiting their ability to recover and heal. Read More


German bank begins charging customers negative interest as economic collapse approaches

In a sane world, developed countries consider financial debt to be a bad thing, especially when it comes to consumer debt, because overwhelming consumer debt is bad when governments are trying to grow their economies. Growing economies solve a lot of problems for government officials and elected leaders — growing economies provide governments with funding so the government can do the things that its citizens expect it to do: defend them, provide basic infrastructure and perform other services endemic to a modern society. Read More


California’s dry, overpopulated situation resembles the collapse of the Assyrian Empire

Researchers are pointing to overpopulation and drought — two issues which are very familiar in today’s world, especially in California — as the reasons for the collapse of the Assyrian Empire, which used to be a flourishing hub in the 7th century BC. The fall of the powerful empire left many people, even to this day, asking what could have led to its demise. Now, experts are saying that the same issues that are currently plaguing California and many other parts of the world are the very same ones that likely led to the collapse of the once-thriving Assyrian Empire. Read More


Protesters threaten to boycott black Friday, Hit America where it hurts

Momentum is building on social media to boycott the Black Friday sales in order to hit corporate America “where it hurts” over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. The Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition is organising the ‘No Justice, No Profit’ boycott campaign on Thanksgiving Day (27 November), through to Sunday. Black Friday is traditionally the day that kicks off the Christmas buying period with retailers across America offering big discounts to jump-start the busiest shopping days of the year. Dacia Polk, of the New Black Panther Party, said the coalition wants the whole of St Louis to participate in the boycott this weekend. Read More


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Half of Americans, Majority of White Evangelicals Believe Natural Disasters Due to ‘End Times’ Not Climate Change


Christians Urged to Defend the Duggars

Unfortunately for the Duggar Family, not everyone is smitten with their lifestyle. In August a petition was launched demanding TLC take the Duggars off the air. At the moment, the document has garnered about 120,000 signatures. In response to this attack, conservative leaders are urging Duggar fans to step forward and defend the family. According to CharismaNews, support is be led by a number of conservative religious figures.

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Rewriting America’s Thanksgiving History to Remove God Is a Tragic Deception

As Americans mark Thanksgiving this week, one thing noticeably absent from public discourse is our nation’s first Thanksgiving celebration—and the One to Whom those early American settlers gave thanks. Instead, talk of “Pilgrims” is taboo, and talk of giving thanks to God even more so.

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Banking culture breeds dishonesty, scientific study finds

Researchers in Switzerland studied bank workers and other professionals in experiments in which they won more money if they cheated, and found that bankers were more dishonest when they were made particularly aware of their professional role.

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We Have a Moral Divide, Not a Racial One

It is, we are told over and over, all about “perceptions” — a “black-white divide” in the way each race perceives racial matters. This is how it works:

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When Do You Leave a Church?

“It seems in our self-intoxicated, consumer-driven evangelical culture, what is often referred to as “church hopping” seems to have reached a virtual epidemic. There are a number of reasons for this reality with biblical illiteracy, a loss of a robust ecclesiology, a distaste for authority, the disappearance of church discipline and the decay of meaningful church membership ranking high among them.”

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The Transformation Of The Homosexual: What Change Looks Like

“Change for those struggling with same-sex attraction occurs on the level of: 1. behavior, 2. belief, 3. identity, and 4. desire. It may also involve deliverance from demonic strongholds and family-line curses, the unmasking of hidden roots of idolatry, fear, unbelief, unforgiveness, the renouncing of ungodly judgments and vows, the healing of emotional wounds, as well as the impartation of missing developmental pieces, such as affirmation and love.”

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How To Distinguish The Holy Spirit From The Serpent

“How, then, does the Spirit act on the believer? The Spirit comes to us as an earnest, a pledge, a down payment on final redemption. He is here and now the foretaste of future glory. But His presence is also an indication of the incompleteness of our present spiritual experience.”

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CultureWatch: Tremendous News For Muslims

by Bill Muehlenberg

We all know about the Islamic State and its reign of terror, and of how all over the world people are being killed, tortured and enslaved in the name of the political ideology of Islam. And with creeping sharia also in the West, we are under no illusions that we most certainly are in a very real war.

But behind all this is of course a spiritual war, and there are some other very important things that we need to be aware of. Indeed, there is some tremendous news here. God of course loves Muslims, and is seeking to draw them to himself. And incredibly, many, many Muslims are coming to Christ – in record numbers.

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Cold Case Christianity: The Case For Truth (Video)

In this video, J. Warner Wallace teaches high school and college students at Summit Worldview Conference in Manitou Springs, CO. What is the nature of truth? What is the difference between objective and subjective truth and why does it matter? J. Warner talks about three lies related to truth and offers a proper definition of truth for his students. For more information about Summit Worldview Conference and their fantastic two week programs, please visit: http://www.summit.org/

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