Daily Archives: December 13, 2014

December 13-14, 2014: Truth2Freedom Weekend Headline Alerts Collection

When sin lets us alone we may let sin alone. —John Owen

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Words of Comfort: Arabs and Jews


In the Book of Beginnings, in Genesis 16:12, God said that Ishmael (the progenitor of the Arab race, see Time, April 4, 1988) would be a “wild man…and every man’s hand [will be] against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” Almost four thousand years later, who could deny that this prophecy is being fulfilled in the Arab race? The Arabs and the Jews are “brethren” having Abraham as their ancestor. The whole Middle East conflict is caused by their dwelling together.

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Stunning Events: 2014 – 2015

OUR CURRENT RADIO PROGRAM

Jan Markell and Eric Barger spend two segments talking to White House correspondent Bill Koenig about a few of the most significant events of 2014. They also project into the new year and talk about at least one possibility: An Israeli strike on Iran. They discuss the ecumenical push taking place right now heavily led by Pope Francis but evangelicals are cooperating. Then Jan talks to Pastor Steven Khoury in Israel. There is unusual tension going on there. Steven gives an insider’s opinion as he is a Jerusalem pastor. We use the mobile app found on the Home page of http://www.oneplace.com.

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Israel and the ISIS Threat

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS is on a massive land grab in the Middle East. Along the way they are stealing millions, brutalizing civilians, and slaughtering anyone who stands in their way. Much of the northern half of Iraq is in their control along with large parts of Syria. There are continued reports of ISIS fighters in the vicinity of the Golan Heights and incursions into Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. What do these developments mean for Israel and are they prophetically significant? We will look at the realities on the ground and in the Bible to find answers to the question of Israel and the ISIS threat.

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Enhanced Torture of Homeless Veterans

As we know, there’s been a flood of politicians and bureaucrats on TV, cable, radio, newspapers and Internet reporting that the CIA purportedly tortured a few terrorist enemy combatants, and the reporting has been pouring down with more inundation than a torrential monsoon. The incessant sympathy toward a few terrorist thugs whose sole mission is to destroy America and our citizenry is considered newsworthy because they were apparently subjected to a form of torment based on the CIA’s “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques.” Read more


Update: 7 more states join lawsuit to stop Obama’s amnesty – total up to 24

Earlier this month we talked about a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General and Governor-elect Greg Abbott. The suit seeks to stop Obama’s amnesty actions before they’re implemented. At the time, 17 states had joined the suit. Read more


Traditional Christmas Tunes Were Just Given a Major ‘Progressive’ Makeover

YouTube star Jon Cozart released “Progressive Christmas Carols” on Thursday, a video that features him singing amended, politically themed versions of some of the holiday season’s biggest hits. From Santa making a list of “gluten-free foods” to a quip about Jesus supporting the NRA, the lyrics are sure to stir some debate. “Progressive Santa’s coming to town. He’s 50 different races, and all for tax reform. He’ll protect all your children — well as long as they’ve been born,” Cozart sang during his brief rendition of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” And that’s only one example from the nearly five-minute clip, which has already attracted more than 500,000 views on YouTube. Race is just one of the other themes that emerges, with his version of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” proclaiming, ”Don’t walk the streets of Whoville. You might fight a cop the Whos will not indict.” More


6 Things for Men to Do With and Without Their Doctor in 2015

Men are notoriously bad at taking care of themselves. They often need a nudge from their spouse, partner or doctor to keep them healthy. Dudley Seth Danoff, M.D., FACS, men’s urologist and expert for more than 30 years, says that men have a tendency to ignore health issues and hope they go away on their own. Of course, this doesn’t happen. For that reason, here are some suggestions for men to stay healthier in the coming year: More


Atheist Invokes Mother Earth, Zeus, Satan, Krishna During City Commission ‘Prayer’

An atheist recently led a Florida commission meeting in “prayer” to a variety of entities from across the spectrum of religions, invoking the names of Mother Earth, Allah, Zeus, Satan and Krishna in addition to Jesus. As Preston Smith stepped to the podium to deliver the invocation on Dec. 2, a number of commissioners stepped out of the room so they would not be participants in what was about to take place. Mayor Mayor Pam Triolo also left the room as well, but told local television station WPTV that she did not do so because Smith is an atheist, but rather because he had mocked Scripture on Twitter earlier this year and did not wish to hear what he might say next. “Free speech works both ways,” Triolo told the outlet. “You can say what you want and I can choose to leave.” As Smith observed the mayor and three commissioners leave the room, he commented, “Duly noted,” and then proceeded with his statements. More


Jordanian King Warns Of Impending World War III

When OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, imposed an oil embargo on the West for its support of Israel in the October 1973 Arab-Israeli war, the French came out with a series of public service announcements on how to save oil. The 30-second ads gave consumers advice on various ways to economize gas and oil consumption. And the announcements would end with a voice saying: “In France we don’t have oil, but we have ideas. Today, much the same can be said about Jordan. The country is the only one in the region not producing oil. Its neighbors – Iraq, Syria, Israel and Saudi Arabia, all produce oil to varying degrees, except for Jordan and Palestine. More


US Congress moves to approve Russia sanctions, arms for Ukraine

American lawmakers defied President Barack Obama and approved fresh economic sanctions against Russia, prompting swift criticism from Moscow Friday over toughening the US response to a Kremlin-backed separatist insurgency in Ukraine. The legislation also authorizes — but does not legally require — Obama to provide lethal and non-lethal military aid to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons, ammunition and “tactical troop-operated surveillance drones.” The sanctions bill was passed unanimously Thursday in the Senate and House of Representatives. Because of a technical issue it returns to the Senate, where aides say there likely will be unanimous consent for final passage as early as Friday. More


U.S. seeks to defuse tensions over Israeli-Palestinian resolutions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday the United States was seeking to defuse tensions over proposed U.N. resolutions to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during talks in Europe next week. Kerry will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome on Monday and senior European officials to discuss possible resolutions, which would require a vote in the U.N. Security Council where the United States holds a veto. More


Oil plunges again, reaches recession-level depths

Another forecast of weak global demand, another nosedive for oil. A 6-month rout in the price of oil accelerated this week, culminating in a 4 percent drop Friday — its third such drop in 5 days — to its lowest level since May of 2009, when the U.S. was still in recession. Friday’s trigger was a lowered expectation for oil consumption from the International Energy Agency. The benchmark U.S. oil price closed down $2.14 to close at $57.81 a barrel in New York. It is now 46 percent below its late-June high for the year of $107.26. Brent crude, the international standard used to price oil purchased by many U.S. refineries, fell 77 cents to close at $61.85. More


Assertive Russia causes military rethink in Sweden

With an assertive Russia next door, Sweden has started to beef up its military after a decade of downsizing, but a credible deterrent may take years to achieve, analysts warn. In one of Sweden’s most dramatic steps since the end of the Cold War, it has brought back the option of using reservists to boost its military force, making no attempt to hide the fact that the main motivation behind the move is Russia. Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist went on TV this week to argue the move was necessary against the backdrop of Russia’s rearmament and its annexation of Crimea, as well as the Ukrainian conflict. More


Canada’s currency at 54 mo low as oil prices collapse below $60

The Canadian dollar is taking spill with falling oil prices, and traded at a new low of 86.58 cents against the US dollar Friday. Canada has the world’s third largest proven oil reserves, and relies on oil and gas exports for 30 percent of GDP. The ‘Loonie’, as the currency is called in Canada, hit a 5-year low in October, and continues to sink along with oil prices, which have lost more than 43 percent from their June peak. Brent crude, the global benchmark, was trading at $62.95 per barrel at 13:15 MSK. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures slipped to $59. More


Radical Hindus Push Christian ‘Purification,’ Converting Churches to Temples

Hindu radicals in India are intensifying their religious purification practices, amping up cleansing, reconversion and converting Christian churches in the state of Uttar Pradesh to turn it into a Christian-free zone. The brutal religious cleansing attacks that have engulfed the Christian community have left many Christians feeling like they are facing a life and death struggle in the world’s largest democracy. More


Kirk Cameron, Former Evangelical Pastor Take to TBN to Make Case for Santa Claus

(CN) — Actor and filmmaker Kirk Cameron recently invited a former evangelical pastor to TBN to make the case for Santa Claus as Cameron promotes his new film “Saving Christmas,” which seeks to convince Christians who choose not to celebrate the holiday.

Cameron shared a segment of the interview on his Facebook page on Tuesday, in which he spoke with historian William Federer, a former evangelical minister and political candidate. Sporting the Liberty University logo embroidered on his shirt, Cameron invited Federer to outline the history of Saint Nicholas and other items found in his book “There Really Is a Santa Claus: The History of Saint Nicholas & Christmas Holiday Traditions.”

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‘Pope’ Claims Mary Was Conceived ‘Without Original Sin’ During Feast of Immaculate Conception

(CN) — In one of the feasts and celebrations marked on the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar leading up to Christmas, Catholics around the world observed the Feast of Immaculate Conception on Monday, a day in which those who follow the religion commemorate their belief that Mary was born without sin.

The pontiff known as Pope Francis led Catholics in the annual observance of the holiday, delivering an Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square.

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Texas Police Looking for Answers Following Slaying of Christian Music Teacher

(CN) — Police in Texas are searching for answers after a Christian music teacher was found slain in her Austin home.

Kathy Blair, 53, who ran the Christian Choral Society of Austin, was found dead by family members on Saturday, and was believed to have been killed by blunt trauma caused by an undisclosed weapon.

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‘I Do It to Please God’: Missouri Christian Cleans Up Ferguson Following Riots

(CN) — A Missouri man is making headlines after he was seen cleaning up the streets of Ferguson, and is telling reporters that he believes that he was led by God to do something positive in the community.

Terrance Williams, 23, is from St. Louis and aspires to become a police officer. Williams says as he watched the rioting on television, his heart broke. He prayed and asked God what he should do.

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Other Top News Stories of Interest:

New Jersey Town Agrees to Pay Millions to Buy Land for Muslims to Build Mosque

Fox Blasphemes Jesus Christ in Airing Family Guy’s ‘2,000 Year Old Virgin’ Episode

‘This Will Not End Well’: School Board Allows ‘Transgender’ Males to Play on Girls’ Teams

Michigan House Approves Religious Freedom Restoration Act Despite Opposition


Osteen Says He Doesn’t Listen To Criticism – Or Praise

“He’s not bothered by this — not even those “Joel Osteen: America’s Most Worthless Preacher” blog posts littering the Internet. “I don’t really focus on the praise or the criticism, I just try to run my race and do what God’s called me to do,” Osteen said. “The Scripture says people will know you by your fruit. People are coming to the Lord. I can’t go anywhere without someone saying, ‘Joel, you helped me change my life.”

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Don’t Get Used to Cheap Oil

by Gal Luft
Journal of Energy Security
December 11, 2014
http://www.meforum.org/4926/dont-get-used-to-cheap-oil


Sola Sisers: Christmas & Christian Liberty

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“One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind.” (Romans 14:5)

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.” (Colossians 2:16)

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If at Christmas time, a Christian is going into profound debt in order to acquire things they don’t need (and which will all burn up in the end anyway), or is being gluttonous with food, or is training their children in the love of the world and things of the world, that would be sinful. But not all Christians who celebrate Christmas do so in that way. There are plenty of Christians who are in awe that God was made flesh, and who celebrate Christmas with great joy, giving God and our Savior glory all along the way, thanking and praising our Lord for the blessings of special gatherings and delicious food and Christmas carols and the beauty of decorated trees and sparkly lights.

As believers, we are commanded to pray for wisdom, and we are expected to exercise God-given wisdom and make judgments on all manner of things, including the celebration (or not) of festivals and special days (Rom 14:5, Col 2:16). Let us not look with disdain upon one another, regardless of what choice we make in this area. Here’s what that looks like: the one who celebrates the Lord’s birth should not look with disdain or judgment on those who don’t, but neither should the one who chooses not to celebrate Christmas look with disdain or superiority on the one who does. Peace.

 Additional Resources 

Should Christians Celebrate Christmas? (Dr. John MacArthur, GTY)

The Best Gift I Can Give Christian Christmas Haters
 (Cripplegate)

God Came Near (Sola Sisters)

The Glory of Jesus (Sola Sisters)

Should We Have A Christmas Tree? (Got Questions?)

Christian Christmas Grinches (Kevin DeYoung)

Christmas is Just A Christianized Pagan Celebration? Not So Fast….. (Sola Sisters)

Exposé of Alexander Hislop’s The Two Babylons (UK Apologetics)


Lighthouse Trails Newsletter:

Mennonite Magazine Offers: “Find Yourself a Thin Place this Christmas”
An Insider’s View of Oprah’s Life You Want Weekend Tour 2014 With Rob Bell – Bringing Americans to the New Age “Christ”
Letter to the Editor: Miraculously Delivered From New Age, But Where are the Voices Warning?
‘Pope Francis’ Bows Head in ‘Silent Adoration’ Beside Islamic Grand Mufti in Turkey’s Blue Mosque
A Native American Who Wished to Leave the “Old Way” and Follow the Christian Way
Does God Sanction Mystical Experiences?
Pope Francis Elected After Supernatural “Signs Says Cardinal—The Role His Jesuit Contemplative Ways Play

The most dangerous people in the world

There are dangerous people in the world. We know that some are more dangerous than others. Some people are extremely dangerous. Dictators can be considered among the world’s most dangerous people. Pol Pot, Hitler, Lenin, Idi Amin, Muammar Gaddafi among many others through time go down into the history books as heinous criminals committing mass murder.
Terrorists are certainly dangerous. The 9/11 terrorists who killed 3,000 people by suicide bombing via airplane were shockingly absent of any sense of conscience whatsoever. The 9/11 terrorist leader who organized the US terror attack Osama Bin Laden was supremely dangerous.The ISIS militants are a dangerous group, beheading with impunity and terrorizing populations all throughout the Middle East.Sociopaths/serial killers are among the most dangerous people on the planet, also. We shudder at the very thought that we might be captured and tortured all for the corrupt whims of a conscience-less, evil mastermind.

Throughout history, the names of Ted Bundy, Adolph Hitler, bin Laden, Jack the Ripper, Al Capone, Charles Manson remain shudder-worthy because their crimes of evil were so shocking.

But none of those are the most dangerous people on the planet. It seems crazy to even think that there is a more dangerous class of person more devastating than a war-starter, dictator Hitler. That there is a more sinister evil among a community than serial killer Ted Bundy. There truly is is a more dangerous person in the world.

Who could it be? Who is worse than the man known for burning millions of people alive in a gas oven? Worse than the serial killer’s evil at the end of a sharp knife? Worse than a terrorist whose very name indicates their putrid heart filled with terror and crime? Who??

Beth Moore.
Pope Francis.
Rick Warren.
Billy Graham.
Ellen G. White.
Creflo Dollar.
Aimee Semple McPherson.
Joel Osteen.

False teachers within Christianity. No dictator, serial killer or terrorist can hold a candle to the evil that false teachers do. Why? Read more here


W4YW: Foster Care, Godly Sleep, & Rob Bell’s Strange Journey

Wisdom For Your Weekend: your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading around the web.

Interview of the Week

The Tragic Prevalence of Sexual Assault, Tim Challies, interviewing Justin Holcomb. “Though the incidence of sexual assault is high, the rate of conviction is low. The majority of sexual assault goes unreported and the majority of those who commit sexual assault go unpunished. While the law needs to protect those who are unjustly accused, in cases of sexual assault it seems like the process of law can actually re-victimize the victims. And this helps explain why victims can be so hesitant to report the crime, and why accusations can take many years to come to light. The sin is awful and the aftermath can be excruciating.”

“Pastor Justin Holcomb has given a great deal of attention to this topic over the past few years, and I recently spoke to him about sexual assault in light of today’s headlines.”

Articles of the Week

Dear Mr. Anxious, Kyle Borg. “Mr. Anxious, I would have you always remember this one great truth–all that concerns a believer is in the hands of God. You were not made the recipient of every spiritual blessing in Christ that you might fret and fear, worry and be anxious. That’s a burden you aren’t meant to bear. I know the world will laugh at this. ‘Blind faith’ they cry! ‘Irrational,’ others will say. But let me remind you, faith is a shield and no soldier is mocked for bringing a shield to the fight. May God grant you what the world cannot.”

Six Things Foster Care Has Taught Me, Jason Johnson. As a church, we at the Summit have identified five areas of great need in our community. We want to consider these people our people, going to them as Christ came to us. One area we hope to grow in is foster care. Most kids in foster care have living family members, but have been removed due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Foster care is as messy as ministry gets. But as Johnson points out, it has much to teach us, too.

The Strange Oprahfication of Rob Bell, Samuel James. “Those who most benefited from Bell’s ministry are not the people who instinctively turn to Oprah Winfrey and Joel Osteen for spiritual guidance.  I feel a measure of sadness for those people; they have to feel a bit betrayed right now. Even if he was wrong in crucial ways, there was a time when Bell had something to say. I don’t think that’s the case right now.”

How Do You Sleep? Jen Thorn. Charles Spurgeon once said that there are only two ways people sleep: with unholy presumption or with holy confidence. As it turns out, the way we rest hints at the way we view God. Sleep, it would seem, is about much more than just recharging our bodies’ batteries. Thorn helps explain what Spurgeon was getting at. Have a read to decide if that afternoon nap is in order.

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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

 

December 13, 2014

 

As you get older; you’ve probably noticed that you tend to forget things. You’ll be talking with somebody at a party, and you’ll know that you know this person, but no matter how hard you try, you can’t remember his or her name. This can be very embarrassing, especially if he or she turns out to be your spouse. ~ Dave Barry

 

MARSHA WEST’S COLUMN

Fight the spiritual forces of wickedness — and win!

Some of the news headlines this past week gave me reason for concern. …Satanism…religious liberty…beheadings…gender confusion…ecumenicalism. My tendency is to fret about such things, even though God reminds us in His Word: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Would the Son of God Contradict the Father?

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

 

TAKE ACTION

STOP OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

Call your Representatives and tell them to oppose John Boehner’s plan to surrender to President Obama. Tell Congress to block funding for Obama’s lawlessness. As it exists now, Boehner’s plan (which has Harry Reid’s seal of approval) will fund Obama’s open-borders agenda.

Call: (855) 827-2356

This number will connect you to an automated system which will allow you to enter your zip code and will connect you directly to your House Rep.

 

FEATURED ARTICLES

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When liberal preferences meet Islamic principles—Selwyn Duke

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/duke/141211

There was a recent scandal that, as much as anything else, illustrates the intellectual emptiness and moral ennui of the modern liberal man. It occurred in Britain but reflects a wider phenomenon; what can be said about it can be said about happenings in Sweden, France, Holland, Canada or Belgium – or the United States.

Obama opens fraud-ridden benefits programs to illegal immigrants—Byron York

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obama-opens-benefits-programs-to-illegals/article/2557286

President Obama’s unilateral executive action on immigration will make hundreds of thousands, perhaps more than a million, illegal immigrants eligible for federal transfer payments. That will be done primarily through two widely used programs — the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, and the Additional Child Tax Credit, or ACTC

 

WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

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Georgetown basketball team sports ‘I can’t breathe’ shirts

http://campusreform.org/?ID=6139

 

NEWS TO KNOW

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Sony’s Hacking Nightmare Gets Worse: Employees Medical Records Revealed

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-11/sony-hack-reveals-health-details-on-employees-and-their-children.html

 

With Obama’s Help, House Passes Boehner’s Amnesty-Funding Cromnibus Bill

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/12/11/Obama-Passes-Boehner-s-Amnesty-Funding-Cromnibus-Bill

 

Time Capsule Found At Massachusetts State House

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/12/12/time-capsule-found-at-massachusetts-statehouse/

 

Chaplain punished for sharing his faith in suicide prevention class

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/12/09/chaplain-punished-for-sharing-his-faith-in-suicide-prevention-class/

 

CULTURE CLASH

 

CULTURE

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Target and the Real War On Women—Bill Muehlenberg

http://billmuehlenberg.com/2014/12/06/target-and-the-real-war-on-women/

There are some things that elevate the status of women, and some that denigrate and demean women. Here I want to mention three such things. And they all have to do with the retail chain store Target. The three diverse elements I seek to bring together here are Christianity, Islam and violent video games.

 

EDUCATION – Research Links

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Are You Absolutely, Positively Sure You Want Your Kids in Public School?—Lee Duigon http://barbwire.com/2014/12/11/absolutely-positively-sure-want-kids-public-school

So you still don’t believe the public schools go far out of their way, on purpose, to warp children’s minds and character?

Well, consider this news report from Acalanes High School in northern California, “Parents angry after school tells 13-year-olds they can have sex, choose gender.”

 

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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Salvation Army Promotes Homosexuality

http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/nodiscrimination

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Warning: I do not recommend the Daily Beast

The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/08/the-rise-and-fall-of-chris-hughes-and-sean-eldridge-america-s-worst-gay-couple.html

 

EX-GAYS/EX TRANSEXUALS

 

Trouble In Transtopia: Murmurs Of Sex Change Regret

Truth Matters In Ex-Gay Debate

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

Why Gays Cannot Speak for Ex-Gays

120 EXhomosexual video testimonies

 

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‘Nobody is born gay’ billboard stuck over Virginia highway until next year

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/outrage-born-gay-billboard-va-highway-article-1.2042003

The billboard along Richmond’s I-95 is paid for by the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and uses a pair of twins as an example that nobody is born gay. ‘No young person should be driving down the road and see something that says they are not alright as they are,’ says Beth Panilaitis of Rosmy.

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Former Lesbian Turned Christian: ‘We’ve Made God Little if We Believe He Cannot Change People’

http://christiannews.net/2014/11/28/former-lesbian-turned-christian-weve-made-god-little-if-we-believe-he-cannot-change-people/

 

LEFT-WING MEDIA

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MSNBC Reporter to Rick Perry: ‘Are You Smart Enough’ to Be President?

http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbc-reporter-rick-perry-are-you-smart-enough-be-president

In a Tuesday interview with Texas governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Rick Perry aired on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday, political reporter Kasie Hunt questioned the Republican’s intelligence: “Are you smart enough to be President of the United States?”

 

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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Woman Has Abortion at 28 Weeks Because Baby Would Have “Deformed” Left Hand

http://www.lifenews.com/2014/12/12/woman-has-abortion-at-28-weeks-because-baby-would-have-deformed-left-hand/

 

MARRIAGE & FAMILY

 

Ryan Anderson explains why gay marriage doesn’t exist

Our last chance to save traditional marriage

 

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Former director of ‘ex-gay’ ministry Love in Action marries same-sex partner

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/ex-gay-minister-marries-same-sex-partner-article-1.2021030

 

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RELIGION

 

OF INTEREST

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Russell Moore is an evangelical theologian, ethicist, pastor and President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission – and he’s also a close associate of Albert Mohler’s.  So this is a really BIG deal.

Russell Moore Says He Is Unsure of Differences Between His and Pope’s Gospel Focus—JD Hall

http://pulpitandpen.org/2014/12/11/3295/

Am I living in an alternate universe or something? This is just surreal. While Moore is quick to relieve charges of social gospel from the Pope – saying “I don’t think Francis is a liberal Episcopalian in disguise,” he charges him with the sin of inaccessibility? Are we missing something? Like the Gospel, maybe? …

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The Best Gift I Can Give Christian Christmas Haters—Clint Archer

http://thecripplegate.com/the-best-gift-i-can-give-christian-christmas-haters/

 

CREATION VS EVOLUTION – Research links

 

Why is biblical Creationism so important?

The Giraffe: God’s Outstanding Animal

 

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When and How Did the Grand Canyon Form?—Andrew Snelling

https://answersingenesis.org/geology/grand-canyon-facts/when-and-how-did-the-grand-canyon-form/

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

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Christian Company Ordered to Print Pro-Homosexual T-Shirts Files Appeal

http://christiannews.net/2014/12/11/christian-company-ordered-to-print-pro-homosexual-t-shirts-files-appeal/

 

TEACHING/DEVOTIONAL

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Conviction Based On God’s Word—Ray Stedman

http://www.raystedman.org/daily-devotions/romans-9to16/conviction-based-on-gods-word

 

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.

 

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

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

 

Angels – Research links

 

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

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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

 

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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

New

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

http://christiannews.net/2014/12/02/rick-warrens-call-for-christians-to-unite-with-catholics-holy-father-raising-concerns

 

Emergent Church – Research Links

 

McLaren’s CANA Initiative marks new era for Neo Emergents

Listen: Emergent Church finally shows its real intentions!

Emerging towards convergence

Emergent /Emerging Church Documentary

 

New

Let’s Stop Petting the Wolves—Amy Spreeman

http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/12/lets-stop-petting-wolves/

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Controversial pastor [?] Rob [No Hell] Bell and wife, Kristen, share new view on marriage

http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2014/12/02/rob-bell-kristen-marriage-advice

 

Hebrew Roots Movement

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It’s Christmas time and that can only mean one thing: the Hebrew Roots folks are busy telling Christians they are sinning if they celebrate Christmas—Christine Pack

http://www.solasisters.com/2014/12/its-christmas-time-and-that-can-only.html

 

Hillsong Church

 

Hellsong – The Music of Hillsong – In Praise of Folly

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

“The Message” Bible

 

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

 

Previous

The “Message Bible”: A Breach of Truth—John Lanagan

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16449

 

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

A big evangelical stood up to Glenn Beck

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppnYKHAZQ1I#t=26

 

Why Mormons Now Want to be See As Christian–SUFTT

http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/12/why-mormons-now-want-to-be-seen-as-christian/

Previous

Did Polygamy Accomplish the Purpose Given in LDS Scripture? http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2014/11/did-polygamy-accomplish-the-purpose-given-in-lds-scripture.html

 

New Age Movement/New Thought/Spirituality — Research Links

 

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

Mysticism & Global Mind Change

Panantheism

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

 

Previous

Controversial pastor [?] Rob [No Hell] Bell and wife, Kristen, share new view on marriage

http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2014/12/02/rob-bell-kristen-marriage-advice

 

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 as a 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….

Previous

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

 

Occult

Previous

This Year’s Christmas Must Have A…Ouija Board–SUFTT

http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/11/years-christmas-must-ouija-board/

 

Roman Catholicism

 

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

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?

 

New

Pope Says All Dogs Go To Heaven

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/12/12/pope-francis-dogs-can-go-to-heaven/20296955/

Previous

Written by a Roman Catholic

The “diminished and distorted” Christ of Pope Francis—Louis Verrecchio

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/verrecchio/141205

 

Social Justice/Progressive Christianity

 

Shameful Social Gospel

The Social Justice Gospel, Yesterday and TodayPart 2

 

Previous

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

 

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

The True Origins of the Prosperity Gospel

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

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

New

Kirk Cameron, Former Evangelical Pastor-Turned-Catholic Take to TBN to Make Case for Santa Claus

http://christiannews.net/2014/12/11/kirk-cameron-former-evangelical-pastor-turned-catholic-take-to-tbn-to-make-case-for-santa-claus/

Actor and filmmaker Kirk Cameron recently invited a former evangelical pastor who converted to Roman Catholicism to TBN to make the case for Santa Claus as Cameron promotes his new film “Saving Christmas,” which seeks to convince Christians who choose not to celebrate the holiday.

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Kirk Cameron’s ‘Saving Christmas’ Film Won’t Be Saved from Lowest Rating Ever in IMDB

http://christiannews.net/2014/12/08/kirk-camerons-saving-christmas-film-wont-be-saved-from-lowest-rating-ever-in-imdb/

 

HEALTH

 

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Smoking still a large contributor to US cancer deaths, study says

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/12/09/smoking-still-large-contributor-to-us-cancer-deaths-study-says/

 

MUSIC


TGC Spotlight 12.12.14

TGC Spotlight highlights TGC articles from earlier in the week, previews articles coming next week, and links to items around the web that you might have missed. 

Around the Web

Six Key Points from the C.I.A. Torture Report

report released this week by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence discloses new details about the C.I.A.’s torture practices and claims the agency mislead the government and the American people on the effectiveness of the program.

Here are six key points from the report:

1. The report claims the C.I.A.’s interrogation techniques were more brutal than had been previously admitted and that they were employed more extensively than the agency portrayed. The report includes details from C.I.A. documents that outline some of the torture detainees were subjected to:

  • Forced to stand on broken limbs for hours, sometimes with their arms shackled above their heads (p. 130). One detainee had been chained to a wall in the standing position for 17 days (p. 79).
  • Kept in total isolation, complete darkness, and subjected to “auditory overload” (p. 83).
  • Deprived of sleep for up to 180 hours (7.5 days), sometimes standing and with their arms shackled above their heads (p. 119).
  • Subjected to “rectal feeding” without medical necessity. Rectal exams were also conducted with “excessive force.” (p. 102) (The report highlights one prisoner who was later diagnosed with anal fissures, chronic hemorrhoids, and “symptomatic rectal prolapse.”)
  • Detainees were stripped naked and doused in ice water “baths.” (p. 13)
  •  Subjected to mock executions (p. 85), Russian roulette (p. 453), and mock burial (p. 61).
  •  One medical officer observed that “in the new [waterboarding] technique we are basically doing a series of near drownings.” (p. 115)
  •  Threats were made to slit the throat of a detainee’s mother, sexually abuse another and threatened prisoners’ children (p. 13).
  •  One prisoner died of hypothermia brought on in part by being forced to sit in a cold room on a bare concrete floor without pants (p. 83).

2. The report uses the C.I.A.’s internal records to present 20 case studies to support its conclusion that the most extreme interrogation methods played no role in disrupting terrorism plots, capturing terrorist leaders, or even finding Bin Laden. (This week C.I.A. Director John Brennan said it was “unknowable” whether “enhanced interrogation techniques” yielded useful intelligence.)

3. The report claims senior C.I.A. officials — including former directors George J. Tenet, Porter J. Goss and Michael V. Hayden — repeatedly inflated the value of the program in secret briefings both at the White House and on Capitol Hill, and in public speeches.

4. The report claims many C.I.A. interrogators were untrained, unqualified, or unfit for the duty. A legal advisor for the military even warned his superiors that because of the illegal torture tactics being used military participation in the interrogation of some prisoners would “involve risks for the U.S. military.” (p. 82)

5. According to internal documents, some C.I.A. personnel reported being disturbed by the new tactics. As stated in one C.I.A. memo (p. 73),

“Today’s first session. . .had a profound effect on all staff member present. . . it seems the collective opinion that we should not go much further. . . everyone seems strong for now but if the group has to continue. . . we cannot guarantee how much longer.”

“Several on the team profoundly affected. . . some to the point of tears and chocking up.”

6. The report claims C.I.A. officials asked officers to “compile information on the success” of the program to be shared with the news media in order to shape public opinion. The C.I.A. purportedly also mischaracterized events and provided false or incomplete information to the news media in an effort to gain public support.

See also: 7 Things Christians Should Know About Torture

Quick Takes

• “We hire our pastors and staff to do that,” and nine other troubling statements church leaders and members make.

• Hannah Anderson considers fidelity and romance in the Digital Age.

• Let chef Gordon Ramsay show you how to make perfect scrambled eggs.

• NFL star gives it all up to be a farmer and feed the poor.

(For even more links, see the “Remainder Bin” at the end of this post.)

Featured TGC Articles

The Missionary Life: No Shortcuts | Evan Burns

I would soberly admonish any missionary candidate that the mission field is not all romance and radical adventure; it is also mingled with heartbreak, loss, and self-denial.

 

Eve’s Daddy Issues and Ours | Jasmine Holmes

Ultimately our trust issues don’t stem from daddy issues, broken families, or broken hearts, but from a lack of submission to the Father.

 

The Role of Singing In the Life of the Church | Rob Smith

Congregational singing is a gift to treasure dearly, engage in regularly, use wisely, and protect carefully.

 

Romantic Love is Not Enough | Dave Dunham

Our celebration of marriage is a good thing, but it can easily become an idolatrous thing.

 

How Education Can Serve a Divine Purpose for Human Culture | Bethany Jenkins

It is imperative that a warmer, bolder interest in learning should awaken among God’s people, in order to get scholarship back on its God-given track and to refute the lie that faith hates scholarship.

 

Featured TGC Contributor Articles

A 20th Century Classic: “The Master Plan of Evangelism” | Justin Taylor

In 1963 Coleman published his book on The Master Plan of Evangelism, which boasts over 3.5 million copies sold.

 

Is the State of Michigan Considering a “License to Discriminate”? | Kevin DeYoung

In the last few days, we’ve seen a lot of local news (and some national press attention) about the Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (MiRFRA). The bill has passed the Michigan House of Representatives and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

 

Time to Move Beyond “Defending” Marriage to “Rebuilding” Marriage | Trevin Wax

There is an ever-deepening divergence between the church’s understanding of marriage and the culture’s understanding. With the rise of no-fault divorce, common cohabitation, and same-sex marriage, many evangelicals are wondering what we do next.

 

8 Suggestions for Applying the Gospel in Light of Brown, Grant, Gurley, Rice and Others | Thabiti Anyabwile

Yesterday following the morning service a dear and faithful brother approached me at the door. In his customarily intense way, he looked me in the eyes and thanked me for the sermon. He expressed his appreciation for how the gospel was present throughout the exposition. Then he moved from appreciation to loving critique.

 

Strength in integrity | Ray Ortlund

The word “integrity” is the key word in Proverbs 10:9. A secure walk is not a matter of clever politics but of personal integrity. But what is integrity?

 

An Advent Prayer: Knowing and Treasuring Jesus | Scotty Smith

Dear Lord Jesus, this Scripture is crammed so full of holy mystery and immeasurable grace. You, the very God who created and sustains all things, who feeds birds and clothes the fields—you drew nourishment from a young maiden’s breast.

 

Remainder Bin

American Culture

Why Pastors Should Pay Attention to the Torture Report
Steven Dilla, OnFaith

Three ways forward for leaders of Christian communities.

Time’s Person of the Year: The Ebola Fighters
Nancy Gibbs, Time

They risked and persisted, sacrificed and saved. Editor Nancy Gibbs explains why the Ebola Fighters are TIME’s choice for Person of the Year 2014.

U.S. Sees Decline in Births for Sixth Year
Tamar Lewin, New York Times

The number of women in the United States who gave birth dropped last year, according to federal statistics released Thursday, extending the decline for a sixth year.

Chimpanzees Are Not Entitled to Human Rights, New York Court Says
Elizabeth Barber, Time

The chimpanzee at issue is not entitled to a writ of habeas corpus allowing him freedom from his cage.

Bioethics

Most American Agree With Right-To-Die Movement
Dennis Thompson, Healthday

An overwhelming 74 percent of American adults now believe that terminally ill patients who are in great pain should have the right to end their lives, the poll found. Only 14 percent were opposed.

Abortion Is Out; Single Moms Are In
Nicole Russell, The Federalist

New data show fewer abortions and marriages, meaning many more single moms.Those who love life should start supporting good marriages and parenting.

Making Super-Mice: First, You Take an Aborted Human Baby
Susan E. Wills, Aleteia

The ever-shifting boundaries of research ethics.

Christianity and Culture

Church Giving Tops $50 Billion A Year In U.S.—And Its Future Is Not A Collection Plate
Ruth Graham, Fast Company

“Churches are no different than any other operation in that they need to be relevant and convenient,” said RaeAnn Slaybaugh, editor of Church Executive magazine, who has reported on new giving options. “The difficulty is in capitalizing on a moment of generosity.”

9 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About the Persecution of Christians
Rick McDaniel, OnFaith

Is discrimination against Christians an acceptable form of prejudice?

Should Children Make Up Their Own Minds About Religion?
Jason Stubblefield, First Things

Teaching our children a particular form of religious expression may seem something like teaching them to eat only one kind of cheese on a smorgasbord of limitless options. With so many religious alternatives, how can we help our children choose?

Crime

Body Cameras Worn by Police Officers Are No ‘Safeguard of Truth,’ Experts Say
Vivian Yee and Kirk Johnson, New York Times

No consensus has emerged about when officers should turn on their cameras, which could leave departments open to accusations of selective recording. And tapes do not always lead to universally shared conclusions.

Not Just a Rape Culture: The University’s Rape System
Greg Forster, Public Discourse

Only political reform can fight the system that protects rapists on college campuses.

Officer Fatally Shoots Man After Stabbing at Brooklyn Synagogue
Marc Santora and Joseph Berger, New York Times

A New York City police officer shot and killed a man who stabbed an Israeli rabbinical student at a Brooklyn synagogue early Tuesday morning, according to the police.

The Tragic Prevalence of Sexual Assault
Tim Challies, Challies.com

Sexual assault is all over the news today. Headlines in the United States tell of a long list of woman who have accused Bill Cosby of assault, and tell of college campuses where rape is shockingly common.

Drugs and Alcohol

Why Colleges Haven’t Stopped Binge Drinking 
Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Education

Despite decades of research, hundreds of campus task forces, and millions invested in bold experiments, college drinking remains as much of a problem as ever.

Family Issues

To Fight Child Homelessness, Strengthen Families
Alysse ElHage, Family Studies

The link between single mothers and child homelessness is one more reason the decline of marriage should alarm us.

Five Things I’ve Learned from Kids with Autism
Cameron Doolittle, Desiring God

Here are five things children with autism have shown me about the Christian life.

What Do Employers Owe Pregnant Employees?
Melissa Langsam Braunstein, Family Studies

To what extent must employers accommodate pregnant workers’ limitations? The Supreme Court is mulling that question.

Health Issues

Obese lose up to eight years of life
James Gallagher, BBC

Being severely obese can knock up to eight years off your life and cause decades of ill health, a report says.

Patients Prescribed Narcotic Painkillers Use More of Them for Longer, Study Finds
Katie Thomas, New York Times

While a major public health campaign has had some success in reducing the number of people who take potentially addictive narcotic painkillers, those patients who are prescribed the drugs are getting more of them for a longer time, according to a new study.

Government

Here Are The Federal Government’s New Guidelines Against Police Profiling
Colin Campbell , Business Insider

Attorney General Eric Holder unveiled updated guidelines on Monday that directly prohibit federal agents from profiling members of the public except when necessary to identify a suspect.

International Issues
American, South African hostages die in rescue attempt in Yemen
Mohammed Ghobari and Mohammed Mukhashaf, Reuters

U.S. special forces stormed a walled compound in a remote Yemeni village early on Saturday in an attempt to free Western hostages held by an al Qaeda unit, but an American journalist and a South African teacher were killed by their captors, officials said.

As Ebola Rages, Poor Planning Thwarts Efforts
Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times

Half of the patients in some front-line Ebola clinics do not even have Ebola, but their test results take so long that they end up lingering for days, taking beds from people whose lives hang in the balance and greatly increasing their own chances of catching the virus in such close quarters.

64 countries have religious symbols on their national flags
Angelina Theodorou, Pew Research

A third of the world’s 196 countries currently have national flags that include religious symbols, according to a new Pew Research analysis. Of the 64 countries in this category, about half have Christian symbols (48%) and about a third include Islamic religious symbols (33%), with imagery on flags from the world’s two largest religious groups appearing across several regions.

Marriage Issues

Time to Challenge No-Fault Divorce
Thomas F. Farr and Hilary Towers, First Things

State laws on divorce began to be implemented in the late 1960s, but today have been absorbed into the legal and cultural mainstream nationwide.

Religious Liberty

In Seven States, Atheists Push to End Largely Forgotten Ban
Laurie Goodstein, New York Times

Maryland and six other states still have articles in their constitutions saying people who do not believe in God are not eligible to hold public office. Maryland’s Constitution still says belief in God is a requirement even for jurors and witnesses.

The Case for Religious Freedom
Zenit

“Where any of these fights on religious freedom are going to go, will in great part depend upon whether people of faith will stand up and speak now, or will they sit in silence. The outcome is up to you”

Sexuality Issues

The New College Counterculture
Ryan Shinkel, First Things

When I first heard of Anscombe Societies, I recalled another generation of students: the ’60s counterculture student radicals. What formed their habits was a warlike refusal of silence. The dominant university culture of their time consisted of a form of technocratic liberalism.

The rape culture that everyone ignores
Michael Brendan Dougherty, The Week

While many are eager to put a spotlight on the problem of campus rape, fewer are concerned about a prison system that all but encourages sexual assaults.

Seven Things I Wish My Pastor Knew About My Homosexuality
Jean Lloyd, Public Discourse

May I make two requests? Love me, but remember that you cannot be more merciful than God. It isn’t mercy to affirm same-sex acts as good. Don’t compromise truth; help me to live in harmony with it.

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Do Not Be Surprised… This ‘n’ That

  • GetFed Online has announced their newest course offering: Dividing and Delivering God’s Word with Dr. Patrick Slyman. My two cents? If you have the time and some Christmas cash, this would be a good use of both.

 

  • Guaranteed to make you want to slam your head against the wall.
  • You know how sometimes you’re researching or reading on the internet and you end up traveling down a wormhole of tangents, gleaning all kinds of worthless information from the various sites you encounter? Yeah, so, that happened to me last weekend. The result? Two words: vulture vomit. And I love you too much not to share it with you.
  • In case you aren’t weary of hearing about Mars Hill and Mark Driscoll, here’s some more commentary. It would hold a little more weight if someone would take a red editing pen to it, though. Just saying.
  • Denny Burk and Charles Hodge on whether same-sex attraction is sinful.
  • Why is the virgin birth of Christ so important?
  • The ‘genderbread‘ person. Just one more reason to keep your kids out of the public schools.
  • Five disturbing things about attending a Benny Hinn faith-healing service (yes, only 5. The author would still be writing if he listed them all, I’m sure).
  • I really do pray that someone is reaching out to Kirk Cameron and calling him to repentance.
  • A bit about Aimee Semple McPherson—one of the most stunningly deceptive false teachers of the twentieth century.
  • Sigh. I actually was not anticipating this, and I’m not sure why I wasn’t. I guess I’m just slipping.
  • Did the earliest Christians really think Jesus was God?
  • Steve Lawson teaches from Luke 2:

Some here, some there — December 12, 2014

by Dan PhillipsIf you’re one of those misguided souls who only drops by on Fridays, be sure to see the extra-edition SHST posted last Tuesday. I think many missed it.So, let’s see… what day is it today? Oh yeah.

On with it:

whether she’s struggled similarly to put her finger on just what she believes about rape, murder, Arianism, Roman Catholicism, lying, theft and other sins. Like when she mentions a “celibate homosexual Christian” friend — does she have child-molestor-Christian friends, atheist-Christian friends, murdering-Christian friends, Sabellian-Christian friends?

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Blogs of Interest

Jesus and Abraham – Reformation21 Blog

Jesus in the Old Testament: Adam – Reformation21 Blog

Heaven Kissed Earth: The Incarnation – Reformation21 Blog

The Underbelly of Revival? Five Reflections on Failure Among the ‘Young, Restless, Reformed’ | Desiring God

The Church and Mental Illness Part 1: Aspirations v. Reality | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

Depression, Dementia, and Heavenly Relief

Why Christians Care About Sex | Andrew Walker | First Things

Is same-sex attraction sinful? Charles Hodge sheds biblical light. | Denny Burk

Five Things I’ve Learned from Kids with Autism | Desiring God

Read More: The Simple System I Use to Read 30+ Books/Year

151 Secrets of the Most Productive People – What’s Best Next

When God Doesn’t Zap Away Our Sin

Tim Challies:

God gives that grace, but for some reason—his good reasons—it rarely comes in the form we would prefer. God gives it not in the form we want but in the form we need. We want God to zap away our sin, to instantly and permanently remove it. Those desires, those addictions, those idolatries—we want them to be lifted and to be gone that very moment.

The Greatest Need Of Young Mothers Is…

David Murray:

I am absolutely convinced that one of the greatest needs in the church these days is for older women to help young mothers get some time on their own without their kids.

I’m not talking about older women mentoring younger women. What most young mothers need is not more teaching and nagging to do better, but simply to be “delivered” from their homes and children for a couple of hours a couple of times a week.


‘Twas the Night Before the Last Christmas!


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Counseling: Depression, Part 3

The Domain for Truth

Counseling

Counseling: Depression, Part 2

STEP THREE: Study God’s Words.

Introduction:

Studying God’s Word is crucial because it provides illumination. Without studying, we will not be able to have proper discernment and wisdom. Studying God’s Word allows you to take your thoughts captive to Christ, be complete in Christ, learn how to trust and obey, mortify idols in your heart, and to have joy in His word as seen in the psalmist when he wrote Psalm 119.

Also, please continue to memorize Psalm 119:25-32 if you have not done so.

Action (depression):

  • Please list down the activities that need to be eliminated or decreased in order to mortify your sin (s) (Wayne A. Mack, 168).
  • Please study these following verses and try to understand what the author is speaking about and see how they apply to you. List down things that you believe causes your depression (Psalm…

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Bible study: responsibilities and obligations in Philippians 1-4

WINTERY KNIGHT

Here are some parts of Philippians that speak to an issue that I think is a problem today for many Christians – self-centeredness. I have three parts of Philippians to present below on that topic.

1) The importance of fellowship – preparing to work together with other Christians towards some end:

Phil 1:3-11:

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all,in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense…

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GotQuestions.org: Christmas Questions and Resources

Here are some helpful and thought provoking articles dealing with Christmas from GotQuestions.org:

What is the True Meaning of Christmas?

How Should Christians Respond to the “War on Christmas?”

Do some Christmas Traditions have Pagan Origins?

Should we have a Christmas Tree?

Does Giving Gifts take away from the True Meaning of Christmas?

Why is the Virgin Birth so Important?

Was Jesus born on December 25th?

What does the Bible say about the Three Wise Men?

What Should Parents tell their children about Santa Claus?

What is an Advent Calendar? How does it relate to Christmas?

What was the Star of Bethlehem?

Does Luke’s Claim that Jesus was born in Bethlehem at the time of Quirinius census match the historical record?

Why did the Maji bring gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Jesus?

Is it wrong to say “Xmas” instead of ‘Christmas?”

NTEB News: 10,000+ Member PEGIDA Takes To Streets To Protest Islamization Of Germany

Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the Occident

When Muslims begin to grow in number in any country, they also begin demanding special laws and rights to be present for themselves as well. Muslims are on a conquest mission to “claim the world for Islam” via Sharia Law. Any nation that allows them to gain power, like England has done to their great regret, will suffer as a result. Here is what you need to know about Sharia Law.

Berlin – They march in their thousands every Monday evening, wave German national flags and angrily protest against “criminal asylum seekers” and the “Islamisation” of their home country. In recent months, Germany has witnessed the emergence of a far-right populist movement that has drawn support from hardcore neo-Nazis and also a small but growing anti-euro party, the AfD.

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Germany was rattled this week when the latest in a series of marches in the eastern city of Dresden by the “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Occident”, or PEGIDA, drew over 10,000 people.

The group’s name is in itself “a veritable call to arms by far-right populists”, evoking echoes of Christian crusaders and Nazi propaganda, said Hajo Funke of Berlin’s Free University.

“It’s about the mobilisation of resentment, about establishing an enemy. It becomes dangerous if it turns into contemptuous aggression and the awakening of mob instincts,” the political scientist told AFP.

PEGIDA, launched in October, has grown and spawned smaller copycat groups nationwide, provoking much soul-searching in a country haunted by its history of Nazi terror and the Holocaust.

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An Easter thought on Christmas!

A Twisted Crown of Thorns ®

IMG_5006.JPGAt Christmas the time of the year when most people are setting up nativity scenes not many set up a bloodied cross or an empty tomb to celebrate the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ yet his birth goes hand in hand with his death. Only true Christians know the immense and infinite significance of Christ’s death…He came as a lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. He came to die!
Imagine Christ, the sin bearer, approaching that hour…the hour of his appointed death. Is that a “Christmasy” thought? You bet! It gets better when you understand the reason why his death was was necessary.
Horatius Bonar puts it this way…

The feelings of the trembling sinner, when awakened under the terrors of the divine law, and made alive to the hell of sin within him, may help to give us some faint idea…

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Public schools telling 13-year-olds they can have sex and choose their own gender

WINTERY KNIGHT

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Yes, Planned Parenthood is involved. Fox News reports.

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Students at one northern California high school are learning more than just the birds and the bees.

Along with local area groups, some parents are irate that their children’s sex ed class at Acalanes High School in Lafayette is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood without their prior knowledge. They are also fuming over the methods and materials being used, including a checklist that asks students if they are “ready for sex” and another worksheet that describes how to give and obtain consent, as well as a diagram that uses a “genderbread” person for lessons in gender identity.

“[Parents] are very concerned,” Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, a non-profit legal organization that is assisting the concerned parents, told FoxNews.com. “Planned Parenthood is not exactly the best when it comes to putting young…

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America entering End Times? Greg Laurie says yes

Dec. 12, 2014 – World famous pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie recently told his congregation that we are entering the End Times. Some of the biblical predictions have already passed, including the return of Israel as a nation in 1948, Islamic jihad, the alignment of Russia with Iran, and the acceptance of immoral behavior worldwide (abortion, homosexuality, fornication, etc.)
Laurie also spoke about prophecies concerning the rise of anti-Semitism, the absence of America, a new one-world government, the Rapture, the Tribulation, and beyond.

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The Moment of Truth: Its Reality – ligonier blog

“Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). In that statement, Jesus claims to have a monopoly on the truth. He is the truth. There is no truth outside of the Lord Jesus Christ. And there is no way to be on the way except to believe the truth, and there is no way to have the life except to receive the truth.”

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NTEB News: ‘Nobody Is Born Gay’ Billboard Campaign Raises LGBT Anger

PFOX billboard in Virginia ignites firestorm of controversy

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” Romans 1:26-28

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) is a national non-profit organization committed to helping ex-gays and parents and friends of gays who want help, hope and community, so says their info the About Us section of their website. They go on to say that PFOX exists to educate, support, and advocate for individuals and parents on the issue of same-sex attraction, and increase others’ understanding and acceptance of the ex-gay community. Now their billboard campaign has ignited a firestorm of controversy in Virginia with people on both sides of the issue sounding off.

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Many ex-gays will tell you that at one point in their life they thought they were “born gay.”, PFOX states. The reality is that no scientific evidence has established a genetic cause for homosexuality or found a “gay gene.” There is no DNA or medical test to determine if a person is homosexual. Sexual orientation is a matter of self-affirmation and public declaration. “Gay” is a self-chosen identity. According to the American Psychiatric Association, there are no replicated scientific studies to support that people can be born “gay” or that homosexuality is innate.

According to the American Psychological Association, “although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors.”

LGBT spokesperson Beth Panilaitis, Executive Director at Rosmy, an organization that supports LGBTQ youth, said  “I am shocked and really disappointed that at the end of 2014, we have a billboard in the middle of our city that says that kind of hate.”

NTEB reviewed the claims of PFOX, and found nothing “hateful” anywhere on the site. Certainly, in a free and open society, opposing views are allowed or should be allowed as part of the national conversation. But it is a typical tactic of the LGBT Mafia to out-of-hand dismiss any and all dissent to their position as “hateful and intolerant”. The LGBT does not allow for any points of view that run contrary to their message. Either you agree with them or they attack you by any means they have at their disposal.

Stories that highlight the massive intolerance and hate wielded by the LGBT Mafia include stories like the Colorado Christian Baker Forced To Make A Gay-Themed Wedding Cake, the Lost Reality Show Of The Benham Brothers, the Attack On Duck Dynasty, the Massive Fine Levied To Christian Farm Owners, the draconian Chase Bank LGBT Employee Survey Question, and the list goes on and on.

NTEB applauds PFOX for presenting their message in an articulate and intelligent fashion without resorting to emotional attacks or rebuttals. Clearly this conversation is not over.

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