Most people are brought to faith in Christ, not by argument for it, but by exposure to it. —Samuel Shoemaker
Dec. 5, 2014
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a potential presidential candidate in 2016, said the U.S. government’s delay in approving TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline “is no way to treat a friend.”
A broad-based November hiring surge ranging from factories to offices and retailers powered the U.S. economy to create the largest number of jobs in almost three years, triggering long-awaited wage gains.
NASA successfully launched the new Orion spacecraft into orbit on its first test flight after a one-day delay, starting an unmanned venture that marks a critical initial step in the quest to carry humans to Mars.
Canadian employment fell in November on drops in retail and professional services and part-time positions.
The trade deficit was little changed in October as an improving U.S. economy caused imports to climb to a record while exports also rose. The gap narrowed by 0.4 percent to $43.4 billion from the prior month’s revised $43.6 billion.
Amazon is getting $5 million in tax credits from New York state to bring 500 jobs to a property across the street from the Empire State Building.
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About 50 people protesting the police shooting of Michael Brown are expected to arrive at Jefferson City, the Missouri Capitol, after a 130-mile march from the shooting site in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
U.S. employers added the largest number of workers in nearly three years in November and wage gains picked up, a sign of economic strength that could draw the Federal Reserve closer to raising interest rates. Nonfarm payrolls surged by 321,000 last month, the most since January 2012
An Oregon hospital is acknowledging that it administered the wrong medication to a patient, causing her death.
Russia, after recently expanding its authority over the Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia, now plans a similar move in South Ossetia, the Georgian president said Friday.
This year’s flu vaccine may not be strong enough to fend off the current strain of influenza that’s causing coughs and sore throats this season. The Centers for Disease Control said that the virus that it was designed to defeat has mutated, rendering flu shots markedly less effective.
France’s defense minister suggested on Friday that two warships ordered by Russia may never be delivered because of its actions in Ukraine.
AT&T has been taking heat for throttling the data speeds of some users who supposedly have grandfathered “unlimited” data plans.
Puerto Rico on Thursday welcomed one of the world’s largest cruise ships, a vessel that can carry more than 6,000 people.
A ship that sailed more than 1.3 million miles in the name of science is back at port for the last time. The research vessel Knorr is being decommissioned after more than 40 years as the workhorse of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution research fleet. It docked for good Wednesday to fireworks and a cannon salute.
A Washington state woman claimed a $90 million Powerball lottery jackpot after buying a ticket for the first time, and said she would quit her job and buy a new Subaru.
Fast-food workers and others in low-pay jobs on Thursday launched one-day strikes and protests across the United States demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage and union rights. Organizers said workers at major chains like McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Taco Bell walked off their jobs in more than 190 cities, from Los Angeles and Phoenix to Chicago, New York and Washington.
More Americans are falling behind on their car loan payments. But they’re still doing a much better job of keeping up with their car loans than with their mortgages or credit card payments.
President Obama has officially nominated former Pentagon official Ashton Carter as the new US defense secretary.
The Nobel Prize gold medal awarded to the US scientist James Watson for discovering the structure of DNA has sold at auction for $4.8m. The medal is the first Nobel Prize to be put on sale by a living recipient.
Reported sexual assaults in the US military rose by 8% this year to 5,983, with nearly two-thirds of those who reported saying they faced retaliation.
About 100 Nigerian medical workers are expected to arrive in Sierra Leone to help with the response to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.
Authorities in India’s Punjab state are probing claims that a number of patients who underwent free cataract operations have lost their sight.
The Maldives government declared an emergency after fire at a water treatment plant cuts off drinking water to 100,000 people in the capital Male.
Professional leftist organizers apparently are attempting to pass themselves off as ordinary protesters angry over a grand jury decision not to indict a white New York City police officer for killing an unarmed black male in Staten Island.
UK – A school that banned Red Bull and other energy drinks has seen the number of pupils being given detentions plunge by a third.
Andrew White, an Anglican priest known as the “vicar of Baghdad” has recounted atrocities inflicted on Christian children by ISIS. “They chopped all their heads off.”
Daily Digest for Friday
December 5, 2014
“The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our people, in a great measure, than they have it now, they may change their rulers, and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.” –John Adams, letter to Zabdiel Adams, 1776
TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
Another twist in the Eric Garner saga. According to New York Congressman Peter King, “The district attorney of Staten Island is a man of unimpeachable integrity. … The highest ranking officer at the scene was an African-American female sergeant [Kizzy Adoni]. She was there the whole time. The reason that the cops were there that day is the local merchants — this is a minority neighborhood, these are minority business people — went to police headquarters and the chief of the department, who is an African-American. They complained that Eric Garner was disrupting the area and preventing people from coming into their stores. [Police] were there at the request of minority shop owners, under the direction of an African-American police chief, and under the supervision of an African-American sergeant.” King added, “I’ve seen a number of people taken down — this was a takedown. If someone is resisting arrest it often takes four or five cops to get them down. You have to subdue the person on the ground. The officers said, ‘Put your hands behind your back,’ and he wouldn’t. … I’ve seen guys held down. … If they had let up on the tension and he got up it would’ve started all over again.” If those facts don’t undermine the Left’s race-bait narrative, we don’t know what does.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says that Eric Garner’s death was tragic because it’s part of a large and long-term pattern of racism in our nation. “It’s a conversation that’s really much less about any one case,” de Blasio said. “It’s something much bigger. … It’s kind of tragic that we are not surprised when one of these tragedies occurs, you know. And by the way, even beyond the question of racism in America — and I’ve said very very clearly in these last days, let’s be clear about, this is not based on decades of racism, this is based on centuries of racism — we’ve become somehow used to the notion that these tragedies will occur.” Garner’s death had nothing to do with race, but leftists really want this round peg to fit into their square hole. As National Review’s Kevin Williamson writes, “For the Left, this is all tribal, white hats vs. black hats.” If you’re on the “wrong side,” you’re racist — end of debate. And, for leftists, police happen to be on the wrong side. We refer the mayor to Peter King’s comments about the black police sergeant overseeing the takedown.
If you think Michael Brown’s death was justified, the Left says you’re racist. And if you’re a white person who doesn’t think that and wants to show solidarity with black protesters, well, get to the back of the bus. The College Fix reports, “Organizers of a recent Ferguson protest at the University of Missouri requested ‘only people of color’ take part in the event’s ‘die-in,’ one element of a larger demonstration that prompted at least two classes to be shelved so students could participate. ‘During the demonstration we will hold a “die-in” in the student center. We are asking that only people of color be the ones to do so,’ event organizers stated in an email obtained by The College Fix. ‘We are asking non-people of color to stand holding hands in solidarity.'” Do they also have to drink from separate water fountains? More…
The November jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics gave some cause for hope: Hiring jumped during November (which makes 2014 the best year for hires since 1999), even while the unemployment rate froze and wages barely rose to float above inflation. Here’s what BLS disclosed: “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 321,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8 percent. … Job gains were widespread, led by growth in professional and business services, retail trade, health care, and manufacturing.” The U-6 measure of unemployment ticked down one-tenth of a percent to 11.4%. In the hiring statistic, 50,000 jobs were added to the retail industry, but how many happened because of seasonal hiring? Some stores start hiring early for the holiday boom — which didn’t really happen this year — in October. More…
Barack Obama said he would fundamentally change America, and he has. New data reveal that China, a close Russian ally that has done its own fair share of saber rattling, finally overtook the United States as the world’s top economic powerhouse. This marks the first time America has relinquished this ranking since Ulysses S. Grant occupied the Oval Office. According to MarketWatch, “The International Monetary Fund recently released the latest numbers for the world economy. And when you measure national economic output in ‘real’ terms of goods and services, China will this year produce $17.6 trillion — compared with $17.4 trillion for the U.S.A. As recently as 2000, we produced nearly three times as much as the Chinese. To put the numbers slightly differently, China now accounts for 16.5% of the global economy when measured in real purchasing-power terms, compared with 16.3% for the U.S.” Obama’s all-out attack on American exceptionalism has us increasingly looking up at our adversaries. Most sobering of all, the U.S. could easily recapture this title — if only Obama would loosen the regulatory shackles. More…
The battle over illegal immigration has been raging for years, so it’s no surprise that the issue is at the forefront in Washington. The main driver now, of course, is Barack Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty order and the Republican plan to stop it.
In the spring and summer of 2013, Congress seemed on its way to passing amnesty with the “Gang of Eight” bill. But while the Senate sold out, the House stood strong. Since then, the lower chamber has been the backstop against Democrats’ desire to add a huge new class of government-dependent voters to its ranks, as well as an influx of low-wage workers to satisfy big business interests such as those represented by the national Chamber of Commerce.
The House’s unwillingness to bend to Barack Obama’s demands led the president to break his constitutionally sworn oath to faithfully execute the laws by unilaterally giving “*permisos*” to nearly five million illegal immigrants, for whom existing immigration law would not be enforced.
That planned back-door amnesty, when coupled with the ongoing budgeting by continuing resolution (CR) that expires next week, gave Republicans an opportunity to flex their muscles going into a term in which they will regain the majority in the Senate to match the one they currently enjoy in the House. While conservatives lament the need to address the budget during a lame-duck session of Congress, the one slight advantage it might have became apparent when Obama took immigration into his own hands last month.
A weak-kneed Republican plan for resisting Obama’s immigration overreach has now emerged. Step one was passing a meaningless fig leaf of a bill sponsored by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), which would make it illegal for Obama to change immigration law via executive authority. That bill passed the House on Thursday by a 219-197 vote, which included three Democrat votes.
According to The Hill, “The seven Republican no votes were Reps. Mike Coffman (Colo.), Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.), Jeff Denham (Calif.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.) Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) and David Valadao (Calif.). With the exceptions of Gohmert and Stutzman, who thought the bill did not go far enough, these Republicans are supportive of immigration reform.” Several of them have large Hispanic constituencies.
Regardless, the Senate won’t take up the bill. Even if it did, Obama would surely veto it. The Yoho bill simply provides cover for Republicans to say they voted against the Obama amnesty. Hey, it wasn’t their fault the Senate did nothing.
The GOP’s next step in this charade is to pass what’s being called the CRomnibus, a spending bill that funds all of the government through Sept. 30 (the omnibus part) except the Department of Homeland Security, which is extended only through a short continuing resolution (the CR part). Terrified of being blamed for another government “shutdown,” Republicans are punting their budgetary leverage away with the DHS exception. But it appears to be a bill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can live with, and that’s the important hurdle to cross right now, particularly as Senate Republicans aren’t very willing to stand up against amnesty.
So far, things have played out more or less as we thought they would. Of course, the Left would blame any government shutdown on Republicans, but at this point it’s beginning to look like immigration reform by fiat may be Barack Obama’s hill to die on, not the House GOP’s.
This fight will demand even more vigilance. A big drawback to this strategy is that Democrats essentially maintain control of the purse strings until September, when the 2016 election will be in sight (although, to be sure, passing the budget in regular order earlier this year would have achieved the same result). Beginning in January, though, the GOP can create its own budget priorities and deliver them on schedule — something unseen in Washington in quite some time. Assuming they pass a package with funding for executive amnesty stripped out, it will be Obama holding the country hostage by having flouted the Rule of Law.
Operation Inherent Resolve, Barack Obama’s haphazard and half-hearted effort to degrade and destroy the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant, got a little more bizarre this week as it was made known the Obama administration is close to a deal that would bring Turkey into the fight against the terrorist group. From the beginning, Obama’s only “inherent resolve” is to avoid doing as much as possible and let others take the lead. One might even call it Operation Incoherent Resolve.
The plan calls for a buffer zone along a portion of the 500-mile western border between Syria and Turkey in which Syrian rebels could move freely. In exchange, U.S.-led air strikes originating from Incirlik Air Base would execute pinpoint strikes on ISIL forces in that zone.
Allowing the U.S. over-flight rights from inside Turkey can make for a more effective air campaign against ISIL forces on the ground. To this point, aircraft had to fly their sorties from the Persian Gulf, nearly 1,000 miles away. Now, planes can stay in the air up to an additional six hours, remaining “on station” to locate and strike targets called out by drones or from the ground.
However, Turkey’s inclusion doesn’t necessarily signal a positive turning point. In fact, things are likely to get even more complicated. Turkey’s relative indifference to ISIL’s rise helped create the situation in the first place. The Turkish government was eager to see the fight against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad succeed, so it was content to see ISIL fighters launch attacks against Assad from positions along the Turkish border.
To this point, U.S. forces have been walking a fine line between supporting Syrian rebels in their fight against ISIL while trying not to engage with Assad’s forces, which are also fighting against the rebels. Some in Washington worry that this new deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could lead to direct confrontation between U.S. and Syrian forces. U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIL targets inside Syria constantly run the risk of setting off Syrian air defense forces against U.S. planes, forcing the air campaign to operate within guidelines too strict to lead to success. Erdogan heralded his talks with Joe Biden for leading to a new level of cooperation, but he has also railed against Western leaders who “like the conflicts, fights and quarrels of the Middle East” because they work to Western advantage.
It’s difficult to judge just how much Turkey can be trusted as an ally in this fight. Israeli intelligence recently indicated that Hamas has moved its outside-Gaza headquarters from Damascus to Istanbul. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned in a meeting with former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Turkey has close ties to Hamas. If that is true, and the Turkish government remains complicit in Hamas launching terrorist attacks from its new Istanbul base, then Turkey could officially be considered a state sponsor of terrorism.
Further complicating matters is the involvement of Iran in the fight. Eager to see the destruction of ISIL to prevent a greater Sunni presence in the region, Iran has engaged in a number of airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq, in proximity to the U.S.-led campaign. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed U.S. knowledge of the Iranian campaign, but insists there is no cooperation with Iran. Essentially, Kerry says, we’re fighting on the same side with Iran, but we’re not fighting alongside them.
In fact, the Iranians have had better success in their proxy war against ISIL than we have to this point. Iraqi forces scored notable victories against the Islamic State with Iranian air support and military aid. Even Iran’s terrorist proxy, Hezbollah, may have pitched in to help win the fight.
Furthermore, Russia has gotten in on the act. Long a supporter of the Assad regime, Moscow has been prodding Assad officials and some rebel leaders to cobble together an agreement to leave Assad in power and effectively neutralize anti-Assad rebel groups. This would create an alliance of forces against ISIL, but it would do so on Russian terms.
Russian and Iranian actions could sideline American attempts to lead the fight against ISIL — which would seem to suit Obama just fine. So far, the U.S. coalition has amounted to pretty much what Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called it: “empty, shallow and biased.” Obama’s actions in the Middle East throughout his presidency — the so-called “red line” against Syria, foolish back channel talks with Iran, pulling out of Iraq only to send forces back in — have led many to question America’s stance like never before.
The Obama administration destroyed U.S. credibility in the region because it doesn’t have a coherent policy. Obama has gone back on his word and contradicted himself too many times. He has allied with known terrorist supporters to fight other known terrorists, all of whom, with the exception of Turkey, America has been in conflict with at some point in the last 15 years. The situation is so confused, and the payoff so far away, it’s worth questioning just what exactly we are trying to accomplish in the Middle East. The White House doesn’t seem to know.
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- Jonah Goldberg: Cig Taxes Factored Into Garner’s Death
- David Harsanyi: Yes, Stupid Laws Help Kill People
- Linda Chavez: Ferguson vs. New York City
- Tony Perkins: Babies ‘R’ U.S.?
- Arnold Ahlert: Rushing the National Defense Authorization Act
OPINION IN BRIEF
British economist Herbert Spencer (1820-1903): “That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labors under coercion to satisfy another’s desires. The relation admits of many gradations. Oppressive taxation is a form of slavery of the individual to the community as a whole. The essential question is — How much is he compelled to labor for other benefit than his own, and how much can he labor for his own benefit?”
Columnist Jonah Goldberg: “[R]easonable people can disagree on whether illegally excessive force was to blame [for Eric Garner’s death]. … But you know what reasonable people can’t dispute? New York’s cigarette taxes are partly to blame for Eric Garner’s death. … You can talk all day about how ‘government is just another word for those things we do together,’ but what makes government work is force, not hugs. If you sell raw-milk cheese even after the state tells you to stop, eventually people with guns will show up at your home or office and arrest you. If you resist arrest, something very bad might happen. You might even die for selling bootleg cheese. Everyone agrees: No one should die for selling bootleg cigarettes. But if you pass and enforce a law against such things, you increase the chances things might go wrong. That’s a fact, whether it sounds callous to delicate ears or not.”
Columnist David Harsanyi: “Garner wasn’t targeted for death because he was avoiding taxes, but nonetheless, prohibitive cigarette taxes unnecessarily generate situations that make events such as this possible. We frame violence in this way all the time. We often talk about unintended consequences. When we discuss how women who immigrated to this country illegally can be the helpless victims of domestic violence, we also blame unfair laws for creating the situation. When we talk about the war on drugs and how it creates millions of nonviolent criminals and needless abuse by the Drug Enforcement Administration and others, liberals have little problem blaming the underlying policy that makes all of that possible.”
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Obama Discussing Sanctions Against Israel Over Judea And Samaria Construction
The United States is considering taking “harsher action” against Israeli construction efforts in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria, reports Thursday said
“Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.” Psalm 129:5
According to the report in Ha’aretz, the White House has been discussing taking “active measures” to discourage Israeli construction, instead of just issuing condemnations, as it has done until now. But commentators on Israel’s right dismissed the story as “political scare tactics” in the wake of upcoming elections in Israel.
The report said that senior American officials asked about the report “did not deny this, but refused to disclose more details.” According to the report, “a discussion on such a sensitive and politically-loaded issue in the White House is extremely irregular and shows to what extent relations between the Obama administration and Netanyahu government have deteriorated.”
According to the report, the White House decided on this new policy after the recent meeting between US President Barack H. Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The meeting occurred as Peace Now announced that Israel had approved the construction of 1,600 homes in Jerusalem’s Givat Hamatos neighborhood, and activists moved intohomes in the City of David neighborhood.
The report said that American actions could include abstaining in votes condemning Israel at the UN Security Council, instead of vetoing them, or banning funding of projects in Judea and Samaria.
Read the rest of this story on Israel National News…
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Young Christians in Iraq are taking a stand against the Islamic State (ISIS)– even if it costs them their life
When ISIS militants gave four Iraqi children the choice of converting to Islam or death by beheading, the children chose to follow Jesus, the Vicar of Baghdad, Canon Andrew White, stated in an interview with the Orthodox Christian Network.
“Islamic State turned up and said to the children, you say the words that you will follow Mohammed,” White stated. “The children, all under 15, four of them, said ‘No, we love Yesua (the Iraqi name for Jesus), we have always loved Yesua, we have always followed Yesua, Yesua has always been with us.'”
Obama set on obstructing Netanyahu’s re-election
The White House is still working on a detailed plan of action, but has lost no time in setting up appointments for the president to receive heads of the parties sworn to overthrow Netanyahu – among others, ex-minister Lapid, opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog of Labor and Tzipi Livni (The Movement), who was fired this week as Justice Minister along with Lapid.
Welcome to Laodicea
What is it about Bible prophecy and end times dialogue that sets some Christian’s teeth on edge? The reason I’m asking the question is because I can’t remember a time when apathy regarding the Lord’s return has been so widespread. If we were talking about a pagan view of the last days…the previous statement wouldn’t seem so provocative. We are discussing apathy of so many in the Church…..that is why the matter is of deep concern. A few months ago, I defended the importance of Bible prophecy and it’s not my intent to review the subject. What I want to bring to our attention today is a ‘heart’ issue. I want to make a clear distinction between those who ‘love His appearing’ and those who to be blunt…..couldn’t care less.
11 Facts About the Eric Garner Case the Media Won’t Tell You
The evidence that doesn’t fit the leftist narrative
Sources in the mainstream media expressed outrage after a grand jury declined to indict a New York City policeman in the death of Eric Garner, but there are 11 significant facts that many of them have chosen to overlook:
‘You Just Can’t Say That’: ‘Pope Francis’ Asserts Islam Can’t Be Equated With Violence
On his flight back to Rome after visiting Turkey, the Roman Catholic Pontiff known as Pope Francis told reporters that Islam should not be equated with terrorism and violence–a statement that some may disagree with considering the teachings of the religion.
“On Islamophobia, it is true that when one sees these terrorist acts, not only in this region, but also in Africa, there is this reaction [of], ‘If this is Islam, I am going to get angry,'” he said. “And so many Islamic people are offended.”
Southern Baptist Pastor Chides Evangelicals for Promoting Racial Justice as ‘Gospel Demand’
Southern Baptist pastor Randy White of First Baptist Church in Katy, Texas, says the pursuit of racial justice is not a “Gospel demand,” disagreeing with fellow Southern Baptist leader Matthew Hall who penned a blog post last week stating that seeking racial justice is indeed a Gospel demand.
“Ferguson, Missouri, has erupted in barbaric violence that should cause all law-abiding citizens to demand the restoration of the rule-of-law, but the Evangelical world is preaching kum-ba-ya sermons about race-relations. I’ve gotta say, I just don’t get it,” said White in an op-ed posted to his website last Wednesday.
Rob Bell on Whether or Not He Still Considers Himself an Evangelical
The new series will have a self-help focus. A press release from OWN says Bell “shines a bright light on the topics we most want to talk about but don’t know where to begin.”
“The special focuses on the universal desire to create a life of meaning, hope, and joy –- making peace with your past, living and thriving in the present right here, right now,” adds the press release. “Whether you’re spiritual, cynical, religious, or not quite sure, Rob invites you into the questions, wrestling with what it all means and why we find spiritual topics so fascinating.”
Rob Bell gets his “OWN” TV show
by Marsha West
Stand Up For The Truth writes:
OWN television has just announced the premiere of its new series titled, The Rob Bell Show. The same Rob Bell who challenges the truth of the Bible and continues to influence millions of fans around the world (having just returned from a national tour with New Agers Deepak Chopra and Oprah), despite his fall from biblical Christianity. The same former pastor of Mars Hill church who denies the doctrine of a real Hell (making him a heretic in the true sense of the word). He is the author of many books pushing unscriptural doctrine including Velvet Elvis, Love Wins and his new The Zimzum of Love, giving people a “startling new way of looking at marriage.” (Bell has come out in support of homosexual marriage.)
Legal group: repeal of D.C. amendment will have ‘severe impact on religious liberty’
by Marsha West
According to Christian News Network:
A Christian legal organization is warning that the recent repeal of an exemption that allowed private schools in Washington, D.C. to adhere to their convictions about sexuality will have a “severe impact on religious liberty.”
Liberty Counsel reports that the D.C. City Council passed the Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014 this week, which does away with an exemption afforded to faith-based schools to live out their beliefs on homosexuality. The exemption is better known as the Armstrong Amendment, which was passed by Congress in the 1980’s.
King Abdullah: Battling ISIS ‘Is Our Third World War’.
Jordan’s King Abdullah believes battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other terrorist groups is “our third world war.” Speaking to “CBS This Morning,” Abdullah stated that ISIS is a Muslim problem that they need to take ownership of. “We need to stand up and say what is right and what is wrong. This is no reflection of our religion. This is evil and all of us have got to make that decision,” Abdullah, who is in Washington to meet with President Barack Obama, said. “We have to stand up and say this is the line that is drawn in the sand and those that believe in right should stand on this side and those that don’t have to make a decision should stand on the other. It’s clearly a fight between good and evil. I think it’s a generational fight. As I said to President Putin, I think this is our third world war by other means.” More
Police Protests, Spread Shut Major Bridges
New York prepared for the funeral Friday of a man apparently inadvertently shot by a policeman in a dark stairwell, after further protests over a grand jury decision not to indict another officer for the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. The city has seen two nights of largely peaceful demonstrations after no charges were brought against New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo for his role in a confrontation that killed Eric Garner, a father of six. A bystander recorded the incident on video. The reaction to 43-year-old Garner’s death echoes the outrage that followed a grand jury’s decision not to indict another white policeman for killing an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. More
Pentagon gives California police grenade launchers, snowshoes
Southern California is mired in more than three years of drought, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is prepared for snowy conditions after it received 1,600 parkas for camouflage, 500 snowshoes and 132 snow trousers in March from the U.S. Department of Defense. The gear was listed in data recently released by the department detailing the transfer of surplus military equipment to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies across the country. More than $160 million in equipment has gone to agencies in California, with some small towns like Santa Maria receiving grenade launchers, the data show. The vast majority of the equipment was given since 2006. California agencies have also received meals, office supplies, night vision goggles, high-powered military rifles, x-ray machines and a boat. More
Cutting Russia out of SWIFT banking system would mean ‘war’ – head of VTB
Excluding Russia from the global SWIFT banking transactions system is another form of sanctions and would mean “war,” said Andrey Kostin, head of VTB Russia’s second largest bank, adding that should it happen Russia has a “Plan B.” “In my personal opinion, if such a sanction is introduced it would mean war,” Kostin said in an interview with Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper. If Russian banks no longer have access to SWIFT, the American ambassador would leave Moscow the same day, he said. Kostin added that the banking system is highly dependent on the dollar and euro, and is the most vulnerable part of the Russian economy. However, he said Russia has an alternative should the SWIFT system be no longer available to Russia. Last month the Bank of Russia said it’s going to launch an alternative for financial transactions in May 2015. More
8 Contrasts Between the Confessing Church and the Compromising Church
During the days of Nazi Germany there arose a Confessing Church movement that rose against the German Church movement, which became the religious arm of the Fascist Nazi Socialist movement. Of the 18,000 pastors in Germany during that time (from 1933 to 1945), less than 5,000 were aligned with the Confessing Church. Hence, only a remnant held fast to the biblical position, with about half of the churches conforming due to political and societal pressure. Unfortunately, this demonstrates that when push comes to shove, a large percentage of pastors, churches and so-called Christians will probably bow to pressure and allow the norms of culture to become their credo for Christianity. More
Find out why a vitamin K deficiency threatens bone and heart health
Globally speaking, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually – affecting about 200 million women with an osteoporotic fracture every 3 seconds! Yet, most women are never told that a vitamin K deficiency can cause weakening of the bones, chronic inflammation plus a host of degenerative diseases. More
Church Bells Now Silent in Iraq
At least 100,000 Christians fled the Plain of Nineveh last summer. The Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group has since invaded northern Iraq and occupies both the churches and homes of Christians. Only the Kurdish autonomous region is still a safe area for Christians and other minorities. Matthea Vrij, a Dutch reporter, went to look for the displaced in Erbil, Kurdistan. She had an unexpected encounter with an old acquaintance. More
‘Near Perfect’ Indicator That Precedes Almost Every Stock Market Correction Is Flashing A Warning Signal
Are we about to see U.S. stocks take a significant tumble? If you are looking for a “canary in the coal mine” for the U.S. stock market, just look at high yield bonds. In recent years, almost every single time junk bonds have declined substantially there has been a notable stock market correction as well. And right now high yield bonds are steadily moving lower. The biggest reason for this is falling oil prices. As I wrote about the other day, energy companies now account for about 20 percent of the high yield bond market. As the price of oil falls, investors are understandably becoming concerned about the future prospects of those companies and are dumping their bonds. What is happening cannot be described as a “crash” just yet, but there has been a pretty sizable decline for junk bonds over the past month. And as I noted above, junk bonds and stocks usually move in tandem. In fact, junk bonds usually start falling before stocks do. So does the decline in high yield bonds that we are witnessing at the moment indicate that we are on the verge of a significant stock market correction? More
New Poll Reveals 60% of Israelis don’t want Netanyahu anymore
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chances of coasting to an easy victory in the March 17 election took a surprising hit on Thursday when a Panels Research poll taken for The Jerusalem Post and its Hebrew sister newspaper, Ma’ariv Sof Hashavua, found that a hefty majority of Israelis want him to lose.
The poll, taken on Wednesday among 500 respondents representing a statistical sample of the adult population, indicated that the election could end up being close and assumptions that Netanyahu cannot be defeated may be incorrect. More
The Koran and Eternal War
by Raymond Ibrahim
Veritas International Enterprise
7 Reasons Why BioLogos Is A Threat to Classical Christian Education
Before getting into the thicket, let me briefly define my terms and say a few preliminary things about my concerns. First, by BioLogos I mean this particular project as an attempt to harmonize biological evolution and Christian faith. Second, while I believe that this attempt (however well-intentioned) is a threat to every form of Christian education, I am focusing on classical Christian education because that is where my labors have largely been. And third, nothing said here is intended to question the sincerity or niceness of any particular BioLogos brothers and sisters. I believe their vision is destructive, but if a destructive vision is being promulgated here by very nice people, it wouldn’t be the first time.
Reports: Obama Mulling Sanctions On Israel
The Obama administration is refusing to discuss reports that emerged early Thursday claiming that the White House is considering imposing sanctions on Israel for continuing construction on Jewish homes in Jerusalem …………. Click here for full story
Rick Warren’s Call For Christians To Unite With Catholics, ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns
In a new video, megachurch leader and author Rick Warren is calling for Christians to unite with Roman Catholics and “Pope Francis,” who Warren recently referred to as the “Holy Father”—a move that is raising concerns among Christians nationwide and is resulting in calls for Warren to repent ……… Click here for full story
Security Warning: Churches A Rising Target For Attack
Churches are meant to be sanctuaries from all the evil that happens in the outside world. But for many reasons, churches in America today are becoming targets for protests, predators, and maybe even terrorists………. Click here for full story
What Ever Happened To Rob Bell, The Pastor Who Questioned The Gates Of Hell?
Rob Bell was once the evangelical It Boy, the hipster pastor with the thick-rimmed glasses and the skinny jeans whose best-selling theology was captured in books with names such as “Velvet Elvis” and “Sex God.”………. Click here for full story
The Implications Of Robots Replacing Men
We are all quite used to, and at ease with the benefits of robots: they automate tasks that are repetitive, delicate, and dangerous for humans, or too labor intensive to be economical. They are now quite commonplace, especially in manufacturing plants where cars are assembled, in hospitals to assist in various surgical procedures, rescue missions, in military attacks and even research where human intervention is known to be inadequate ……… Click here for full story
In U.S., 42% Believe Creationist View of Human Origins
PRINCETON, NJ — More than four in 10 Americans continue to believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago, a view that has changed little over the past three decades. Half of Americans believe humans evolved, with the majority of these saying God guided the evolutionary process. However, the percentage who say God was not involved is rising.
5 Ways to Break Up with Porn
This post is going to a broad guideline to help you, a friend, or a family member abstain from the harm and affliction of porn. And, regardless if you have a problem with it or not, it can still be used as a precautionary foundation for your future.
Participating in Gathered Worship: Worship in Spirit and in Truth
What would you consider essential to worship? What is truly necessary if true worship is to occur? Is it a certain style of preaching? Is it a certain type of music? Jesus points us to something deeper at the heart of worship.
When God Comes Down
The high and exalted Lord stoops. He lives with the lowly and oppressed. He comes down. God condescends to us.
40 Books Every Christian Should Read
I believe that reading books written by other, wiser Christians is one of the most effective ways to grow as a Christian. But with millions of books available and thousands more being written every year, how can you know which ones to read?
Awe-Inspiring Version Of ‘Mary, Did You Know?’
The talented ensemble of Pentatonix just took this classic and completely NAILED it. I could listen to their amazing voices all day. What a way to spread Christmas joy!
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Headlines of Interest
‘We love Jesus!’ – Iraqi children proclaim love for Christ in face of Islamic beheading
by Marsha West
Christian News Network reports:
Four Iraqi children firmly declared their love for Jesus in the face of death when Muslims in the country recently demanded that they convert to Islam.
Andrew White, chaplain of St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, relayed the story in a recent video as he shared both about the persecution that Christians face in the country and the bravery of the children in standing up for their faith despite the consequences.
Court orders school district to pay $75,000 for denying boy use of girls’ restroom
by Marsha West
According to Christian News Network:
The Supreme Court of Maine has ruled that a local school district discriminated against a male student that identifies as a female when it denied him from using the girls’ restroom.
The court ruled 5-1 on Thursday that the Orono School District violated the Maine Human Rights Act when it offered then-5th grader Wyatt Maines the use of the staff bathroom, but barred him from using the restroom for female students.
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WVW-Radio: Topic: Pope Francis calls for the end of extreme fundamentalism within all faith groups. How as the word fundamentalist been used as a pejorative within evangelicalism? Aside from the legalism of some fundamentalists, why is it essential that we defend the fundamentals of Biblical Christianity? What is the history within evangelicalism of fundamentalist versus the modernists of the 1950s and 1960s? What battle rages now within evangelicalism between those that defend the fundamentals of the faith and the post-modernists? Topic: While the Pope is calling for interfaith consensus, Rick Warren is doing the same in an interview with the Catholic News Service. Hear the audio of Rick talking about how we are all on the same team if we say we believe the Bible and say we love Jesus. Rick talks about how the church is growing but does Rick realize that it is the false church that is growing? Topic: Many Christian colleges were started in the early 1900s by men that were concerned about the attack on the Bible. Today many of those colleges are now actually attacking the Bible. Topic: We take your calls.
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Ferguson and the Soft Bigotry of America’s Leading Evangelicals
Michael Gerson, an op-ed columnist for the Washington Post and former speech-writer for President George W Bush is credited with coining the phrase, “The soft bigotry of low expectations.” Gerson, who also is a member of the “evangelical intelligentsia” – an elitist group of evangelical Christians who excel in various fields of academia – designed the phrase to articulate a widely-understood but rarely asserted reality; racism is not always overt, but rather is often displayed in a politically-correct, yet patronizing acceptance of bad behavior or lowered standards.
There is No Climate Crisis by Ken Ham
The co-founder of the Weather Channel caused quite the stir when he wrote that “there is no climate crisis . . . the science is not valid.”
Thinking biblically about riots: #Ferguson
Yesterday I was interviewed at The Daily Signal for a churchman’s perspective on the Ferguson rioting. I chose to limit my responses to the riots—as I think it is foolish to try and relitigate the guilt or innocence of Wilson or Brown. After all, one man is believed until he is cross examined (Prov 18:17), and there are only a few people in the world who have heard from the witnesses on both sides of this case.
White Reds Exploiting Blacks in Ferguson
If Ferguson 2014 is remembered on an objective basis by our media, we will be reminded of an unprovoked attack on a white policeman by a black thug named Michael Brown, who was high on drugs; Michael Brown’s stepfather Louis Head (a convicted marijuana distributor ) yelling, “Burn the bitch down;” the burning and looting of local businesses, including black-owned businesses; and the indictment  of two blacks for plotting to kill St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson.
Open Letter to Senator McConnell and Speaker Boehner:
President Barack Obama proudly announced that his policies would be on the ballot in the November 4 midterm elections. He got his answer loud and clear: the American people said, “No thanks.”
Do You Want to Understand The Times Through a Biblical Worldview?
The Worldview War on America’s Border; The Dangerous Worldview Behind White Privilege Education; What Would Jesus Say to Today’s Religious Leaders; The Danger of Pastor Rule; Pride, Pragmatism & Profit: The Three Snares That Have Compromised Evangelicalism; A Biblical Response to Bill O’Reilly’s Book “The Killing of Jesus” The Biblical Model of The New Testament Church and more:
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TT: Many people think personal discipline is opposed to grace. Is this true? If not, why? JB: The reason many people think personal discipline is opposed to grace is because they believe that the practice of the disciplines earns them favor with God. Personal discipline is not opposed to grace. Instead, as someone has well said, grace does not eliminate the need for personal disciplines but rather makes them effective.
Five Points for Parents who Want to Pass on the Faith
How is religion passed down across generations? That’s the theme of the new book Families and Faith by Vern L. Bengtson (with Norella M. Putney and Susan Harris). As an exercise in statistical and sociological research, there is nothing particularly biblical or spiritual about the book (though, interestingly, the author describes how at the end of the project he started going to church again and now is an active part of a local congregation). And yet, this doesn’t mean there is nothing to learn from books like this.
Stubbornness is seen in slowness to repent. Any and all delay in repentance is the stubbornness God graciously warns us against. How many times do you need to hear that particular sermon before you run to God for forgiveness and help? How many times do you need to be confronted with particular sins or sinful patterns until you relax your grip on your own desires? Any sin is one too many, of course. But let’s not make it exponentially worse by holding on to our guilt and shame one minute, one second longer than we need to. There is no mandated waiting time for forgiveness, there is no waiting line for God’s grace. He is ready to immediately and gracious forgive and restore. What are you waiting for?
What Ever Happened To Rob Bell, The Pastor Who Questioned The Gates Of Hell?
Now, the man who built a church of an estimated 10,000 people isn’t even attending an organized church. Instead, he surfs the waves near Hollywood and has teamed up with the goddess of pop theology, Oprah Winfrey. Exchanging his evangelical bona fides for the blessing of Oprah may yet prove to be his most unforgivable sin, at least in some circles. Which is not to say that Bell cares very much what anyone says these days.
Pluralism in Turkey: A Fairy Tale
by Burak Bekdil
The Gatestone Institute
‘Islamophobia’ Joins the Rainbow Coalition
by Andrew Harrod
Do Not Be Surprised… James White on Rick Warren’s Capitulation to Rome
Further Reading Rick Warren at the Vatican Humanum Conference: “We All Love Jesus Christ” Pope Francis: “When We Encounter the Cross, We Turn to Mary” Pope Francis Does Not Know God On Praying for the Papal Vote with Rick Warren
‘Twas the Night Before the Last Christmas!
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