The weakest faith gets the same strong Christ as does the strongest faith. —Sinclair Ferguson
Jan. 12, 2015
Ahead of President Obama’s visit to the Federal Trade Commission, the White House released details about privacy and cybersecurity proposals Obama will discuss there and in his State of the Union speech on Jan. 20.
About 1 million people marched in Paris on Sunday after France’s worst terror attack in more than half a century, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and King Abdullah of Jordan. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley represented the U.S.
Drivers paid an average of $2.2021 a gallon for regular gasoline at U.S. pumps last week, the lowest level for this time of year since 2009.
Japan plans a record budget for next fiscal year to support an economy that fell into recession after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government increased the sales tax.
Hungary’s prime minister and the Czech president demanded a tougher stance on immigrants to the European Union as fallout from the terrorist attacks in France last week spread to former communist countries.
European officials reignited a debate over the reach of the state into citizens’ lives as they respond to the worst terror attacks in France in more than half a century.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s European dark pool had no trading at the open today as its technology provider Euronext NV suffered from a connectivity problem.
The hostility toward New York Mayor Bill de Blasio that led police officers to stop enforcing laws on minor crimes and traffic violations will continue even after arrests and summonses start to climb, union leaders said.
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Divers retrieved one black box Monday and located the other from the AirAsia plane that crashed more than two weeks ago, key developments that should help investigators unravel what caused the aircraft to plummet into the Java Sea.
France ordered 10,000 troops into the streets Monday to protect sensitive sites after three days of bloodshed as it hunted for the accomplices to the Islamic militants who left 17 people dead as they terrorized the nation.
The U.S. Supreme Court, which is in the midst of deciding whether to take up the issue of gay marriage, on Monday declined to take an early look at a challenge to Louisiana’s state ban. The court took no action on four other pending cases concerning gay marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, but could act on those cases as soon as later this week.
Democratic congressional leaders plan on Monday to unveil proposed legislation to boost the middle class by giving many families a tax cut that would be countered by a fee on financial transactions and reduced tax benefits for the top 1 percent of earners.
Survivors of an assault by Islamic militants that killed hundreds of civilians in Nigeria have described days of relentless violence in which, one witness said, some people were slaughtered “like insects.” The accounts, reported by Nigeria’s Premium Times newspaper, were given by villagers who fled the carnage in and around Baga, a town in Borno state that lies in the northeastern corner of Nigeria near the border with Chad. The killing unfolded over several days after Boko Haram fighters seized a key military base there on Jan. 3 in a surge of insurgent activity.
A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has whipped up controversy by issuing a religious ruling forbidding the building of snowmen, described them as anti-Islamic.
The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State forces in 27 air strikes in Iraq and Syria in a 24-hour period, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Monday.
The Cuban government released more opposition activists, in what is believed to be part of an agreement with the US to have diplomatic links restored.
The number of people killed after drinking a “poisoned” homemade beer in central Mozambique rises to 69, state radio reported.
Google has created a doodle to honor a Kenyan believed to be the oldest person to have enrolled in primary school. The doodle on the internet giant’s Kenya home page marks the 11th anniversary since Kimani Maruge went to school for the first time, aged 84. Mr Maruge, who died in 2009, said when he started lessons that he wanted to learn to read the Bible and to count.
An Afghan government of unity was announced after months of negotiations between new President Ashraf Ghani and defeated rival Abdullah Abdullah.
Pupils and teachers returned to a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar where more than 150 people died in a Taliban attack in December.
Interpol placed deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on its wanted list, almost one year after he fled to neighboring Russia.
Opposition challenger Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic becomes the first female president of Croatia, winning by the narrowest of margins.
John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, warns we may see Paris-like terror attacks or worse in the U.S. unless President Obama recognizes the West is “at war” with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, and acts accordingly.
Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal told me we will not see $100-a-barrel oil again.
The flu vaccine this season has been particularly ineffective, largely because the virus has mutated to a virulent strain of the H3N2 virus that is not included in the vaccine. About two-thirds of the H3N2 viruses analyzed this season are different from the H3N2 virus that is included in this year’s CDC-approved flu vaccine.
January 12, 2015
“Tyranny has perhaps oftener grown out of the assumptions of power, called for, on pressing exigencies, by a defective constitution, than out of the full exercise of the largest constitutional authorities.” –James Madison & Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 20, 1787
TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
On Sunday, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Attorney General Eric Holder, “Is the U.S. at war with radical Islam?” Holder replied, “Well, I certainly think that we are at war with those who would commit terrorist attacks and who would corrupt the Islamic faith in the way that they do, to try to justify their terrorist actions.” The administration always tries to define Islamic faith as “peaceful,” seeking to separate jihadis from “legitimate” Islam. But either way, Holder says, we’re winning. “[W]e have decimated core al-Qaida,” he said, repeating a tired refrain, “and I think we have decreased if not eliminated their ability to do the kinds of things that they did on September the 11th.” He then pointed again to “lone wolf” attacks as the future. He’s probably correct that the types of attack we’ve seen in Paris, Australia and Canada, as well as Fort Hood and Boston, are indeed the future — as opposed to flying airliners into buildings — but that doesn’t mean these jihadis are “lone wolves.” On the contrary, they are united by radical Islam. On a final note, the Obama administration couldn’t even be bothered to acknowledge our oldest ally, France, by sending a representative to the weekend rally in Paris — and Holder was in Paris for an anti-“violent extremism” summit. So they coddle enemies and snub allies. Par for the course.
The man who attacked a Kosher grocery store in Paris, killing four hostages and a policewoman in violent support of the jihadis who attacked the office of Charlie Hebdo, declared allegiance to ISIL. In a YouTube video, he said, “What we are doing is completely legitimate.” With al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula allegedly funding and directing the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office, the Director General for MI5 (British intelligence) made a rare appearance to warn, “A group of core al-Qaida terrorists in Syria is planning mass casualty attacks against the West.” The Canadian Prime Minister also didn’t mince words about the threat of Muslims waging jihad against the West: “They have declared war on any country like ourselves that values freedom, openness and tolerance.” But the United States, the home of the free and land of the brave, is still waffling on whether the Paris attacks were perpetrated by jihadis. U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf said, “First, I think, again, there are a lot of unknowns here. We’re certainly not jumping to conclusions.” Heaven forbid she call a spade a spade.
Even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has tried to work with Democrats in the upper chamber, the Democrat Party has dug in and started to filibuster the bipartisan bill authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline. “The proceedings represented a role-reversal from the last Congress,” The Washington Times reports, “when Democrats tried to push bills to the floor only to face a GOP filibuster. In many of those cases, however, Republicans said they were filibustering because Democrats — led by Sen. Harry Reid — blocked out all amendments. This time around, Mr. McConnell promised to allow amendments from all sides.” It seems like Democrat senators are trying to defend Barack Obama from conservative legislation, which is puzzling. Obama has unsheathed the veto pen and he loses nothing politically by using it. Yet Democrats have decided this is the legislation on which to begin their campaign as obstructionists — a term they used to label Republican lawmakers for years. Hypocrisy at its finest. At this point, the GOP is only four votes shy of being able to override a veto. More…
“Don’t buy something you can’t afford.” That was Barack Obama’s advice to home buyers as he announced a plan to cut mortgage insurance rates through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. “That $900 can go toward grocery, gas [or] children’s education. … That’s money back in the economy,” he said. Of course, the irony of this president lecturing people on what they can’t afford is rich. He began his presidency with a near-trillion dollar boondoggle called the “stimulus” that not only failed to boost the economy but jacked up federal spending and deficits to record highs. Translation: He bought something all of us put together couldn’t afford, so don’t take financial advice from him. More…
ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber said in 2009 the “Affordable” Care Act “really doesn’t bend the cost curve.” Today, skyrocketing prices are being felt by Americans who go to work, earn a paycheck and have health insurance (i.e., middle class America). The law is compelling millions of Americans to get more coverage, which in turn is taking a bigger bite out of paychecks. The Chicago Tribune reports, “Workers continue to be squeezed by rising insurance costs, eroding benefits and stagnant wages, the report from the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund found. Nationwide, the average contribution an employee made to an insurance premium in 2013 and the average deductible together represented 9.6% of the median income of American households with members under age 65.” In 2003, Americans were spending 5.3% of their income on health insurance. Gruber was right. And while Americans are compelled to spend almost 10% on health care, the government still demands its share of earnings. More…
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While the world remained transfixed on the atrocities perpetrated by radical Islamists in Paris, a far more extensive slaughter was being conducted in Nigeria. The African Islamofascist terrorist group Boko Haram killed as many as 2,000 people in horrific attacks on northern Nigerian villages that left bodies scattered as far as the eye could see.
On Saturday, Nigerian government spokesman Mike Omeri reported that fighting continues for Baga, a town that sits on the border with Chad. Boko Haram terrorists had seized a military base in the town Jan. 3 and initiated further attacks last Wednesday. “Security forces have responded rapidly, and have deployed significant military assets and conducted air strikes against militant targets,” Omeri said in a statement.
Those counter-attacks mattered little to Baga’s women, children and elderly, killed when they were unable to flee in time. “The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous,” said Muhammad Abba Gava, a spokesman for a poorly armed civilian defense group that fights the terrorists.
District head Baba Abba Hassan tried to diminish the scope of the atrocity. “To say 2,000 people were killed is on the high side. The death toll could run into several hundreds,” he insisted, adding that an official body count had yet to be undertaken. But he also noted these Islamic thugs were not content with murder alone. “To add to our misery, Boko Haram fighters who remained in the area went on a burning spree, setting fire to our homes after looting them,” he revealed.
Musa Bukar, chairman of the local government where Baga is located, was not quite as sanguine. “Dead bodies litter the bushes in the area and it is still not safe to go and pick them [up] for burial,” he explained. “Some people who hid in their homes were burned alive.”
And while the world collectively mourns the 17 people killed in Paris over the course of three days, Boko Haram slaughtered more than 10,000 Nigerians in 2014, according to a count by the Council on Foreign Relations in November. In other words, more than 27 Nigerians were killed on average every day of the year.
Moreover, that carnage doesn’t include the spate of kidnappings also perpetrated by the terror group, including another 200 people from the village of Gumsuri in December, following the abduction of 276 schoolgirls from a boarding school in Chibok last April. Those kidnappings have subsequently resulted in hundreds of young girls being enslaved, raped, beaten, used as decoys in military operations — and now as suicide bombers. In the city of Maiduguri, a girl who may have been as young as 10 killed up to 20 and wounded several others at a crowded market Saturday when she detonated explosives hidden under her veil.
The West’s response to the initial kidnapping spree? A Twitter campaign that has since been forgotten. If there is anything that epitomizes the kind of feel-good-about-myself impotence of the West’s response to terror better than #BringBackOurGirls, one is hard-pressed to imagine what it is.
British writer James Delingpole penned a brilliant column last week explaining how the West will respond to the carnage in Paris — in all its multi-culti, hand-wringing, morally relative, bankrupt glory. Delingpole enumerates the machinations of a poisonous ideology that once again suggests it is Western society as a whole, or even the victims themselves, who bear a certain level of responsibility for inciting Islamofascist rage. The column ends with a well-deserved swipe at the contemptible denial that forms the heart of such bankruptcy:
“Within a month, the [Paris] incident will largely be forgotten. Just like the Mumbai and Nairobi massacres were. Sophisticated commentators will recognise that though, of course what happened was pretty frightful and all that, it’s important to appreciate that your chances of being killed in a terrorist incident are way smaller than being, say, run over by a bus and that actually all we’re doing when we overreact to such incidents is placing undue emphasis on what are, after all, just rogue criminal acts and not the end of civilization.”
It is far worse than that. There is one — and only one — common denominator that links the atrocities in Paris and Nigeria: radical Islam. If only 5% of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims have been radicalized, then there is an army, 80 million strong, yearning for the West’s submission to Sharia Law at best, or our complete annihilation at worst.
Nonetheless, we are supposed to be comforted by the notion that “moderate” Islam has our backs. Perhaps that is true, but it is of little comfort because so-called moderate Muslims are viewed as every bit the apostates by their radicalized brethren as any Jew or Christian — which is why they are also slaughtered with impunity, just as French policeman Ahmed Merabet was.
And that’s if moderates exist at all. As Front Page’s Daniel Greenfield so deftly points out, moderate or secular Islam “is not the religion of Mohammed, the Koran, the Hadiths, the Caliphs or its practitioners in such places as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq or Indonesia.” It is the one concocted by Western progressive apologists who require its existence lest “nationalism returns, borders close and the right wins,” and the Left’s “Socialist Kingdom of Heaven on Earth has to go in the rubbish bin.”
Perhaps nothing better explains the Left’s despicable “lone wolf” exhortations that inevitably follow each new atrocity.
Make no mistake: There is a war against an Islamic cancer far more reaching and deadly than the gaggle of Neville Chamberlain-like Western leaders are willing to countenance. Those leaders recoil from the proactive response such a threat desperately requires. Until an epiphany occurs, the body count of innocents across the globe will continue to multiply.
“The future does not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,” said our feckless president at the United Nations in 2012. The hell it doesn’t — unless the freedom to criticize, satirize and ridicule all religions and prophets is extinguished by force. Or by self-imposed cowardice.
What do you get when you take a 24-year incumbent as House speaker leading a band of politicians more worried about their number of Twitter followers and media appearances than standing on principle, and add a vocal, empowered electorate? The 114th Congress.
On Nov. 4, 2014, American voters from East Coast to West soundly rejected the policies of a dysfunctional Barack Obama and the concrete wall of the Democrat Senate.
The calendar then flipped to December when lame-duck lawmakers passed the “CRominbus” spending bill (part continuing resolution, part omnibus), which funded ObamaCare and gave limited funding to Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty.
While voters demanded stronger opposition to both ObamaCare and amnesty, politicians only made more promises to fix things in the upcoming session of Congress.
Then, on Jan. 4, John Boehner won his third term as speaker, though just barely, as 25 Republican dissenters cast their ballots against him. The GOP then spent the ensuing days having a “family discussion” about the party’s future.
Rep. Pete Sessions, chairman of the House Rules Committee, vented his irritation with conservatives fed up with the empty promises made to the base of the Republican Party: “The onslaught … has taken a number of members by storm. Their district offices, their Capitol Hill offices have been inundated by people who seemingly drew conclusions that we didn’t even have time to go home and defend.” Imagine that declared with a furrowed brow and a stern voice.
Well, cry us a river.
For the last four years, Republicans from the moderates to the right-wingers have campaigned on the undoing of ObamaCare. Millions of dollars have been spent on advertisements pledging that a smaller, more accountable government is best and the only ones that can possibly ever make that happen are, you guessed it, incumbent Republicans.
Memo to Republicans: It’s time to articulate and work to develop a plan to animate the principles of Essential Liberty that should guide the party.
Those who are elected, appointed or in some other manner selected to lead, need to be completely honest, trustworthy and dependable with their words and deeds. Many who’ve loyally supported candidates, worked in campaigns on the grassroots level, and given their most valuable treasure — their time and talent — are palpably fed up with those who fail this test.
As the adage goes, “Never push a loyal person to the point where they no longer give a damn.” The elected officials who run as Republicans had best be figuring out how to govern as Republicans or they can look forward to emptying out their offices after the next elections.
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- Peggy Noonan: Salman Rushdie, Meet Charlie Hebdo
- Ken Blackwell: A Time to Act on Energy Security
- Larry Kudlow: Corker’s Folly
- Jeff Jacoby: Justices Don’t Belong at the State of the Union Pep Rally
- Tony Perkins: Cities Throw in the Towel on Bathroom Bills
OPINION IN BRIEF
The Gipper: “Our task is far from over. Our friends in the other party will never forgive us for our success, and are doing everything in their power to rewrite history.”
Columnist Peggy Noonan: “In the late 1980s, Andres Serrano produced ‘Piss Christ,’ a photograph of a small crucifix submerged in the artist’s urine. That didn’t go over well with a lot of Christians. … But the protests were peaceful, and no one even dreamed of harming the artist. In the late 1990s it was Chris Ofili, whose painting ‘The Holy Virgin Mary’ depicted Mary surrounded by pornographic images and smeared with elephant dung. … There were protests and arguments, the mayor withheld funds, the museum sued him and won. No one ever dreamed of harming the artist. … A singular feature of extremist Islamists is that they are not at all interested in persuasion. They don’t care about winning you over, only about making you submit. They want to menace and threaten. They want to frighten. They enjoy posing with the severed head. It is the West’s job not to be overcome by fear, not to give an inch. Steady is the word.”
Columnist Ken Blackwell: “Although the United States now claims the position of top global oil producer, 90 percent of all proven reserves still remain under the control of national oil companies, many within the OPEC cartel. This fact alone illustrates how little control we have when we let the oil market determine our economic fate. … We have a unique opportunity to act quickly during this period of lower oil prices. Historically, we have moved on energy policy only in times of crisis, reacting after the damage has already been done. This was the case during the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo, and it will be the case again when the next oil price spike inevitably arrives. We should seize this moment, working from a position of strength to lay the foundations for real, lasting U.S. energy security. We have a chance to pass effective supply-side and demand-side legislation that both sides can rally behind, putting us on the path towards an America that is more economically resilient and better protected from its enemies — and that’s a good deal for all of us.”
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Obama, Holder, Kerry and Biden Refuse To Attend Paris Unity Rally For Muslim Terror Victims
Obama, Holder, top U.S. officials no-shows at Paris unity rally
As the leaders of the free world assembled over the weekend in France to show a combined, united front against Muslim terror, guess who didn’t attend? (Oh come on, guess!) And why didn’t he or his buddies attend? It’s because of a promise he made back in 2008, remember this one?:
“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” Barack Hussein Obama
This weekend in Paris, as even Netanyahu and Abbas put aside their differences to attend, Obama kept that promise to always stand on the side of the Muslims. What was Obama doing the night of the rally? Nothing scheduled. Where was Holder? He was in France attending some other meeting. The message that Obama sent by not attending or sending any meaningful representative of the United States should make it crystal clear whose side he is on in the ” war on terror”.
More than 40 heads of state came together in Paris to denounce a wave of terrorism that defiled the City of Light last week — yet there was one glaring exception: The U.S. sent only a low-level official.
“I was ashamed of our leaders…I say this as an American — not as a journalist, not as a representative of CNN — but as an American: I was ashamed.” – Jake Tapper, CNN
French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and dozens of other world leaders all took part in the powerful denunciation of last week’s terror attacks that left 17 innocents dead.
Even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas set aside their differences to march together on Boulevard Voltaire.
But the nation that stands as the symbolic face of the war on terror was nowhere in sight.
Neither President Obama nor Vice President Biden showed up — and in fact, America’s only representative was its relatively unknown and low-profile ambassador to France. source
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Muslim Brotherhood Founded 50% Of The Mosques In The West
A prominent Muslim leader in the United Kingdom with links to the Muslim Brotherhood estimates that half of the mosques in the West were founded by Brotherhood members. The Brotherhood presents itself as moderate, but it supports violent jihad and is the parent organization of Hamas …………. Click here for full story
American Fear: 74% See ‘Catastrophic Terrorist Attack’ Inside United States
Americans are deeply worried that the a “catastrophic terrorist attack” by Islamic militants, like the one Wednesday on a Paris magazine staff, will happen in the United States, according to a new poll………. Click here for full story
Nordic Countries Point The Way To Cashless Societies
Nordic countries are leading a shift by rich nations towards cashless societies, providing a test case for whether the lower cost and convenience of using cards and smartphones for payments outweigh the risks of fraud and some people being left behind………. Click here for full story
Rise Of Connected Homes Raise Security Concerns
“It’s a frightening day in the United States when a person cannot express their faith without fears of persecution following,” White told me. “It’s persecution when a godly fire chief loses his job over expressing his Christian faith.”……….. Click here for full story
Celebrating Evil – Kansas Church Invites Community To Come Celebrate 42 Years Of Abortion In America
According to recent reports, St. James Episcopal Church in Wichita, Kan., is preparing to mark the 42nd anniversary of legalized abortion with a chili dinner on church grounds later this month ……… Click here for full story
Ridiculing Islam Starts at Home :: Bekdil in Hürriyet Daily News
by Burak Bekdil
Hürriyet Daily News
January 7, 2015
Fulfilled Prophecies of the Last Days
This is the first time in history that all of the prophetic scenarios that the prophets predicted are actually in view. We are being plunged into a period of time about which the Bible says more than about any other period in history, including the time when Jesus walked the shores of Galilee and climbed the mountains of Judea.
Everything is now coming together in the perfect prophetic storm. We are, quite literally, being plunged into the climax of human history.
Last Days Financial Wonders
The Hand of God is the only explanation for how the interlocked global economic system has for seven years now avoided a financial debacle. There has never been a time where the markets have become so ripe for calamity, and yet somehow—they hold together. We currently have a host of economic perils that have no comparison in history. Here are four that stand out:
Christianity Is Exploding In China And The Communist Party Isn’t Happy
While Christianity is waning in many parts of the world, in China it is growing rapidly – despite state strictures. The rise in evangelical Protestantism in particular, driven both by people’s spiritual yearnings and individual human needs in a collective society, is taking place in nearly every part of the nation.
|US slams North Korea offer on nuclear tests as ‘Implicit Threat’
Posted: 11 Jan 2015 06:25 AM PST
The United States slammed an offer by North Korea to suspend future nuclear tests temporarily if Washington cancels military drills with the South as an “implicit threat.” Pyongyang was “inappropriately” linking routine military exercises between Washington and Seoul to the possibility of a nuclear test, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Saturday. “A new nuclear test would be a clear violation of North Korea’s obligations under multiple UN Security Council resolutions,” Psaki told reporters travelling with US Secretary of State John Kerry to India during a stopover in Munich. North Korea’s proposal was passed to the US side through a “relevant channel” on Friday, the North’s official KCNA news agency said Saturday. More
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|What Shall Befall The Jews And Israel In The Last Days?Posted: 11 Jan 2015 06:22 AM PST
“AND JACOB CALLED UNTO HIS SONS, AND SAID, GATHER YOURSELVES TOGETHER, THAT I MAY TELL YOU THAT WHICH SHALL BEFALL YOU IN THE LAST DAYS.” GENESIS 49:1
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|Vladimir Putin Sets Stage For World War 3, Expands Russia’s Nuclear Weapons Defenses Near EuropePosted: 10 Jan 2015 05:12 PM PST
RUMORS OF WAR – Setting the stage for World War 3, Russian leader Vladimir Putin is threatening to expand Russia’s nuclear weapon defense systems near Europe in response to efforts by NATO and the United States to extend air and anti-missile defense coverage over Europe. In a related report by the Inquisitr, President Obama is also considering giving Ukraine military support and lethal aid as required by the Ukraine Freedom Support Act. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warns that World War 3 and a major nuclear war could start over the Ukraine war. This past fall, the number of Russian nuclear weapons surpassed the United States for the first time in 40 years. The development of a new Russian cruise missile which could strike Europe has U.S. officials claiming that Russia is in violation of the 1987 intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) treaty. In response, the Pentagon is considering deploying U.S. cruise missiles in response to Vladimir Putin’s nuclear missile threats. The day after Christmas, Putin enacted a new Russian military doctrine that calls for a more aggressive stance against NATO, increases the presence of the Russian military in the north due to the Arctic oil, and also strengthens ties with China and India. More
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|Are we on the verge of seeing a 1984 vision of a Future Nuclear War between Russia and America Come to Pass?Posted: 10 Jan 2015 04:47 PM PST
September, 1984 – Late one night, I could not sleep, The children were sleeping on the luggage. My wife and daughter were crying, I went outside and walked around. I didn’t want them to see me cry. I walked around the building, crying and saying, “God! Why did you punish me? Why did you bring me into this country? I can’t understand anybody. If I try to ask anybody anything, all I hear is, “I don’t know.” I stopped in front of the apartment and sat on a large rock. Suddenly a bright light came toward me. I jumped to my feet because it looked as if a car was coming directly at me, attempting to run me down! I thought the Romanian Secret Police had tracked me to America, and now they were trying to kill me. But it wasn’t a car at all. As the light approached, it surrounded me. From the light I heard the same voice that I had heard so many times in prison. He said “Dumitru, why are you so despaired?” I said, “Why did you punish me? Why did you bring me to this country? I have nowhere to lay my head down. I can’t understand anybody.” He said, “Dumitru, didn’t I tell you I am here with you, also? I brought you to this country because this country will burn.” I said, ‘then why did you bring me here to burn? Why didn’t you let me die in my own country? You should have let me die in jail in Romania! He said, “Dumitru, have patience so I can tell you. Get on this.” I got on something next to him. I don’t know what it was. I also know that I was not asleep. It was not a dream. It was not a vision. I was awake just as I am now. More
|More people have liver cirrhosis than previously thoughtPosted: 10 Jan 2015 03:56 PM PST
Researchers from the Loyola University Health System have discovered that liver cirrhosis, which can lead to liver cancer and liver failure, is more common than previously thought. After examining information from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), they found that more than 633,000 adults are affected with the disease and that — to their surprise — 69 percent of the adults in this first-ever general population study about the prevalence of the disease likely weren’t even aware they had liver cirrhosis. The information that was studied involved a representative sample of United States adults. More
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|Why did this reporter “disappear” after predicting the collapse of oil prices?Posted: 10 Jan 2015 03:52 PM PST
He managed to forecast the current collapse in oil prices, and then he went missing. It’s been a year now. His name is David Bird, and he is a reporter who covered energy markets for The Wall Street Journal. First, some background. According to the blog Wall Street on Parade, Bird told his wife on a wintry afternoon about a year ago that he was headed out the door for a walk. He left his Long Hill, New Jersey, home in a red jacket with yellow zippers. Despite this colorful outerwear, and despite the searching by hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement officers, as well as the FBI, Bird disappeared without a trace. More
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|Whooping cough explodes in California as researchers admit vaccines are failingPosted: 10 Jan 2015 03:49 PM PST
The worst whooping cough epidemic in seven decades has hit California this year, with nearly 10,000 cases having been reported by the end of November Experts are warning that the vaccine currently being used to prevent the disease is partly to blame for the outbreak. A whooping cough, or pertussis, vaccine was introduced in the 1940s, but only after the mortality rate from the disease had already begun to decline sharply, likely due to better care of infected patients and the natural development of immunity. The vaccine appeared to be effective in reducing the incidence of pertussis, but it also produced significant side effects, including pain and swelling. More
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|Five things you are doing that are weakening your immune systemPosted: 10 Jan 2015 03:47 PM PST
From everyday airborne allergens to countertop bacteria, your immune system is a complex network that is constantly battling to keep you safe from countless pathogens. It’s common knowledge that washing your hands before eating is a great way to help keep your immune system, because hand washing eliminates germs. Sometimes, though, we do things that weaken the immune system even though we’re not fully aware that this is what we’re doing. Enjoying a favorite food or beverage may remind you to watch your waistline. Many comfort foods and drinks are packed with fat and sugar. Naturally, this makes one think of the weight gain enjoying that certain food will bring. However, the effects of sugar and fat on the immune system may not necessarily dawn on most. A sedentary lifestyle, social isolation and even constipation can also weaken the immune system. More
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|Scotland battered by 113 Mph winds, 100 Thousand without Power, worse to comePosted: 10 Jan 2015 03:35 PM PST
Hurricane force winds left tens of thousands of Scottish homes without electricity on Saturday with conditions expected to worsen over the weekend. Trees were uprooted and train and ferry services disrupted as winds of up to 113 mph (181 km/h) battered the Highlands and islands of Scotland Around 100,000 were left without power at one point, but Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) said they had restored power to 73,000 homes despite difficult conditions. “Our electricity network was battered continuously by hurricane winds for eight hours on Thursday night and during much of Friday,” explained Alan Broadbent, Director of Engineering. More
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|DAYS OF LOT – Irish priest receives standing ovation after revealing he is gay.Posted: 10 Jan 2015 03:24 PM PST
A Catholic priest in Dublin has receiving a standing ovation from members of his church after revealing he is gay during mass. Father Martin Dolan, who has served the inner-city Church of St Nicholas of Myra for the past 15 years, made the unusual step of coming out in support of gay marriage and added: I’m gay myself”. Speaking to the Irish Sun, community youth worker Liz O’Connor said: “We are all very proud of Father Martin. Because he has admitted that he is gay he doesn’t change the person that he was before it.” A source within the Catholic Church said “It was very brave. He said he was gay. That was it…no bones about it.” “He was just doing his service, it was part of his homily, and that’s it. If he feels strongly about something, Martin just says it. A referendum on the issue is expected in May and a recent poll showed that nearly 70% of people in Ireland are in support of gay marriage. Enda Kenny, the country’s prime minister, has said he will canvas in support of the proposed new legislation. More
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Posted: 12 Jan 2015 07:00 AM PST
Recently my long time friend, Lee Grady, highlighted in print the deaths of notable Christians. Ann B. Davis, beloved actress, was one of them. Yet at the same time in a publication on newsstands is the headline that she was really a lesbian! I don’t believe it. In theaters across America right now is a movie called “Foxcatcher” dealing with the true story of multimillionaire John DuPont’s killing of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz. The movie also implies a homosexual relationship between John and Dave’s brother Mark. The latter categorically denies any such involvement. NFL castaway, Michael Sam, who unashamedly kissed his “lover” on national TV, was interviewed recently by Oprah Winfrey and celebrated the fact that many NFL players call him and admit they’re gay but just haven’t come out yet. Regularly on TV celebrities and “experts” celebrate the “fact” that probably 25-30 percent of Americans are really gay. Accurate statistics don’t bear this out as the actual figure is somewhere between 2-3 percent. American Idol is launching its new season amid declining viewership. More
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|Atheists from ‘Better News Club’ Launch Program to Counter Christian ‘Good News Club’Posted: 12 Jan 2015 06:57 AM PST
In response to a Christian Good News Club held after school at an elementary school in New York, professing atheists from the “Better News Club” have launched a similar program to counter the gospel offering. The Good News Club, affiliated with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), is offered as an after school program at Fairbanks Elementary School in Churchville. Parents grant permission for their children to attend the club, which teaches lessons from the Bible using music, games and other activities. “Our ministry is dedicated to helping children in 150 countries around the world to know God and learn from the Bible,” a permission slip from the organization reads. However, when local atheists found out about the program, they decided to launch an after school group of their own for children. The Better News Club is now offering the program Young Skeptics to elementary school students, likewise with the permission of parents. “The organization was created first as an alternative to the Good News Club, a Christian evangelical group who enters public schools to proselytize to children and, according to their own materials, declares them all sinners in need of salvation,” the website for the group outlines. The Better News Club states that they see the Good News Club as “a form of psychological abuse, akin to telling small children they’re flawed or evil, and must subscribe to a dogma in order to avoid eternal punishment.” “We felt it was harmful to children and we wanted to do something about it,” Kevin Davis of the Atheist Community of Rochester told the Democrat and Chronicle. More
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|Alabama Officials Pass Resolution Declaring Winfield a ‘City Under God’Posted: 12 Jan 2015 06:53 AM PST
Officials in an Alabama city recently passed a resolution declaring the municipality of Winfield a “city under God.” The resolution was passed in late December at the prompting of Mayor Randy Price, who urged city council to make the statement and take a stand for Christ. “I feel like we need to stand up for what is right,” he told AL.com. “Our forefathers said ‘One nation under God’ and we went so far away from that. There are not enough godly people involved in day-to-day decisions.” “Whereas we acknowledge God is the owner of the City of Winfield and that it is a City under God. We acknowledge that at all times, He is in control,” the resolution reads. “Whereas, we acknowledge that through His leadership, the mayor and city council will seek his wisdom and knowledge to be good stewards of the city.” “Whereas, we acknowledge that though prayer, with His guidance and presence, that we will be able to trust that no problem will be too large or too small to overcome,” it continues. “Whereas, we acknowledge that the City of Winfield is where it is today because of God’s grace and mercy. Whereas, we acknowledge that at all times and in all circumstances, His will shall be done. Whereas, we acknowledge that to God be the glory.” Some expressed support for the statement following passage. “[W]e like the idea that God is acknowledged and that He is given the glory,” reads an editorial in the Marion County Journal Record. “Mind you, some of other religions—or no religions—might fuss, but if our coins can say, ‘In God We Trust,’ we see no harm in acknowledging the Almighty…” More
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|Ukraine to participate in 11 NATO war games in 2015Posted: 12 Jan 2015 06:47 AM PST
The Ukrainian army will take part in 11 international military drills this year to bolster NATO standards in troops. Despite economic crisis, Kiev will still use 5.2 percent of its 2015 budget on the army. Ukrainian servicemen will appear at seven military drills in Europe, while four maneuvers will be hosted in Ukraine, the Ukrainian defense minister assistant, Viktoria Kushnir, said on Monday. “These exercises are going to finalize a stage of combat training to boost NATO standards in our troops,” Kushnir said. The largest drills will be the Ukrainian-US Rapid Trident maneuvers for ground troops and Sea Breeze, a naval exercise in Ukraine. This exercise was held as recently as last September, when NATO dispatched 700 weapons units and 50 vehicles. The US sent 200 servicemen. More
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|Austria detains teen girls who wanted to marry ISIS fighters.Posted: 12 Jan 2015 06:27 AM PST
Austria has detained two teenage girls after they tried to travel to Syria to marry fighters of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS), a spokesman for the prosecution said on Sunday. The girls, aged 16 and 17, had been sent back to Austria from Romania, where they were picked up by authorities on a train on Dec. 30 as they tried to make their way to Syria to marry IS fighters there. Around 170 people, many from Eastern Europe, have traveled to the Middle East from Austria to join Islamist militant groups, according to the Interior Ministry. Austrian authorities in October detained on terrorism-related charges a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly planning to travel to Syria and had researched on the Internet how to build bombs. The parents of the girls had handed over the phone of the 16-year old to Austrian authorities when she went missing in December. Data taken from a Russian chat application on the phone showed conversations about the girls’ plans, a spokesman for the prosecutors in Salzburg said. More
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|Smartphones cause drooping jowls and ‘tech-neck’ wrinkles in 18-39 year-oldsPosted: 12 Jan 2015 06:22 AM PST
Dermatologists are blaming smartphones and tablets for causing sagging skin and wrinkles in younger generations, including a wrinkling condition dubbed “tech neck”. The latest ailment to result from modern technology can be found mostly in people aged 18 to 39 who own an average of three devices. Tech neck refers to a specific crease just above the collar bone that is caused by repeated bending of the neck to look at the screen of a portable device. “The problem of wrinkles and sagging of the jowls and neck used to begin in late middle age but, in the last 10 years, because of ‘tech neck’, it has become a problem for a generation of younger women,” said Dr Christopher Rowland Payne, a consultant dermatologist at The London Clinic. “Neck skin is exposed to sun every day because of low neckline, especially in women, but people are less inclined to think of protecting their necks than their faces. “This is bad news for neck skin as it starts off finer and sun thins it further. Finer skin wrinkles more readily and the fat of the neck may sag.” More
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|2015 Will Be All About Iran, China and RussiaPosted: 12 Jan 2015 06:16 AM PST
Fasten your seatbelts; 2015 will be a whirlwind pitting China, Russia and Iran against what I have described as the Empire of Chaos. So yes – it will be all about further moves towards the integration of Eurasia as the US is progressively squeezed out of Eurasia. We will see a complex geostrategic interplay progressively undermining the hegemony of the US dollar as a reserve currency and, most of all, the petrodollar. For all the immense challenges the Chinese face, all over Beijing it’s easy to detect unmistakable signs of a self-assured, self-confident, fully emerged commercial superpower. President Xi Jinping and the current leadership will keep investing heavily in the urbanization drive and the fight against corruption, including at the highest levels of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Internationally, the Chinese will accelerate their overwhelming push for new ‘Silk Roads’ – both overland and maritime – which will underpin the long-term Chinese master strategy of unifying Eurasia with trade and commerce. Global oil prices are bound to remain low. All bets are off on whether a nuclear deal will be reached by this summer between Iran and the P5+1. If sanctions (actually economic war) against Iran remain and continue to seriously hurt its economy, Tehran’s reaction will be firm, and will include even more integration with Asia, not the West. More
|Oil prices sink further and give boost to European sharesPosted: 12 Jan 2015 06:06 AM PST
Oil prices showed no sign of escaping their downward spiral on Monday and signs emerged that cheap crude may have a positive impact on the European economy, with airlines and the auto industry leading the region’s shares higher. The U.S. dollar edged higher as the majority of investors who expect a stronger greenback were given a chance to reload after a weakening in the aftermath of a surprise fall in U.S. wages on Friday. German airline Lufthansa rose 2.5 percent after saying it expects the lower price of oil to cut its fuel bill for 2015 by 13 percent after the cost of hedging, setting it on course for a rise in profit this year. More
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|Saudi cleric condemns snowmen as Anti-IslamicPosted: 12 Jan 2015 06:03 AM PST
A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has whipped up controversy by issuing a religious ruling forbidding the building of snowmen, described them as anti-Islamic. Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for their children after a snowstorm in the country’s north, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid replied: “It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun.” Quoting from Muslim scholars, Sheikh Munajjid argued that to build a snowman was to create an image of a human being, an action considered sinful under the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Sunni Islam. “God has given people space to make whatever they want which does not have a soul, including trees, ships, fruits, buildings and so on,” he wrote in his ruling. More
|BREAKING NEWS – Crude Oil Is Crashing AgainPosted: 12 Jan 2015 06:01 AM PST
It is a new week and crude oil is making new lows. Near 8:10 am ET on Monday morning, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil was down more than 3% to below $47 a barrel, hitting as low as $46.77 as WTI closes in on another multi-year low. The latest drop in crude on Monday morning comes after a research note from Goldman Sachs saw the firm put a 6-month price target on WTI of $39 a barrel. Last week, US stocks lost ground in the first full trading week of 2015 as oil was again a loser on the week. Here’s the latest leg lower in crude. Business Insider
WVW-TV: What Does A Preterist Believe & Why Does Dr. Ice Say They Are Mistaken?
by Worldview Weekend News Team 
January 10, 2015
WVW-TV: What Does A Preterist Believe & Why Does Dr. Ice Say They Are Mistaken? Watch this program now before it rolls into the Situation Room for members only. Click here to watch now:
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WVW-TV: Aliens UFOs and the Bible
by Worldview Weekend News Team 
January 11, 2015
Aliens UFOs and the Bible:
Is there really intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? What about all the claimed UFO sightings? Has NASA made contact with alien life? In this session Mike examines these questions and more. Based on the laws of science and logic, is it possible for alien life to travel vast distances across the universe? Mike also addresses the question, “Did God create life elsewhere in the universe?” Watch now before this rolls into the Situation Room for members only. Click here to watch now:http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/aliens-ufos-and-bible 
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WVW-TV: Mike Abendroth on Why The World Hates The Cross
by Worldview Weekend News Team 
January 11, 2015
Why the World Hates the Cross. Watch NoCo-TV with Mike Abendroth before this program rolls into the Sitaution Room for members only. Click here to watch now: http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/why-world-despises-cross-christ 
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False teacher Beth Moore objects to being called a false teacher
File this one under, ‘Well she would, wouldn’t she?’
Erin Benz of Do Not Be Surprised… gets to the heart of the problem with Moore in her post, Why Beth Moore and Not Me? The Danger of Claiming to Receive Direct Revelation. Do Not Be Surprised… has extensive additional coverage of Beth Moore, as does Pastor Chris Rosebrough’s Fighting for the Faith programme.
Albert Mohler Blog: “Religious Liberty vs. Erotic Liberty — Religious Liberty is Losing”
In his recent blog essay, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. responds to the recent firing of Chief Kelvin Cochran for expressing his views on homosexuality and other recent threats to religious liberty. Mohler writes:
“Liberties do not exist in a vacuum. In any historical moment, certain liberties collide with other liberties. We are now witnessing a direct and unavoidable collision between religious liberty with what is rightly defined as erotic liberty — a liberty claimed on the basis of sexual identity and activity. Religious liberty is officially recognized in the Bill of Rights — even in the very first amendment — and the framers of the American order did not claim to have established this right to free religious expression, but to have recognized it as a pre-existent right basic to citizenship.”
WHICH PROMISES ARE FOR ME?
Not many things are more comforting than a promise made and kept. And not many things are more hurtful than a promise broken. Knowing we worship a God who keeps his promises is a source of deep joy. But misapplied, this knowledge can also lead us to treasure-hunt Scripture for promises in problematic ways.
How can we know which promises are for us? How can we lay claim to the promises of the Bible without overstepping their application? Here are some common pitfalls to keep in mind as you study.
The Character of a Christian Leader: Above Reproach and Pure
by David Huffstutler
copo-de-leiteThis post is part of a series and begins a thematic look at 1 Timothy 3:1–7, Titus 1:5–9, and 1 Peter 5:1–4 to examine character traits necessary to being a Christian leader.
Are You Charlie? – Church & Culture Blog
By now the echoes of the murders in France have reverberated around the world. Twelve people were slaughtered in the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
In solidarity, the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie (I am Charlie) has gone viral, echoing the famed rallying cry “We Are All Americans Now” from the French newspaper Le Monde following the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
But are we truly ready as an American culture, much less a global one, to mean such a thing? To say “je suis Charlie” is to say that all voices are meant to be free, regardless of what that voice might say. Charlie Hebdo, after all, was not a tame publication. It took on religion in all its forms, not just Islam, and was equally mocking of it all.
by R.C. Sproul Jr.
A culture that feels more than it thinks will always reduce to a culture of tyranny.
Ultimately, humility, we must understand, isn’t reducing your truth claims down to your own feelings, rather humility is submitting your feelings to the truth, and your ideas to actual scrutiny.
Truth and Encouragement In Song
by Bill Muehlenberg
As many of you might know, I am no great fan of contemporary Christian music: far too much silly repetition, vacuous choruses, and theological anaemia for me. Give me the great old hymns of yesteryear which were so very rich in biblical and theological truth.
hymnBut I have spoken about all this elsewhere: http://billmuehlenberg.com/2012/02/15/hymns-theology-and-spirituality/
I bring this again up because I was just recently listening to a bunch of Christian music. The story goes like this. I knew that my 8-hour flight to Singapore on an el-cheapo, no frills airline could be a long haul, so I got my sons to help load some Christians songs and hymns onto my phone.
Boko Haram May Have Just Killed 2,000 People: ‘Killing Went On And On And On’
A video recently emerged, Genocide Watch report, that shows gunmen shooting civilians as they lay face down in a dormitory. A local leader explains they are “infidels,” even though he admits they’re Muslim: “We have made sure the floor of this hall is turned red with blood, and this is how it is going to be in all future attacks and arrests of infidels. From now on, killing, slaughtering, destruction and bombings will be our religious duty anywhere we invade.”
A Sophisticated Way of Denying the Gospel
I wish I knew what Peter was thinking when he was looking at Paul–a ministerial acquaintance at best–who was now confronting him publicly. Yes, publicly. At least some portion of the Antioch Church was looking on as it unfolded. Was Peter shocked, dumbstruck, mouth agape? Was he incredulous, tight-fisted? Was he broken and penitent like a man shaken awake from a bad dream?
Freedom is a Joke. Specifically, a Satirical Joke.
Given all this, it makes perfect sense that the enemies of democracy and classic liberalism would strike at a satirical magazine. Satire has often been the first and most discerning enemy of power and tyranny which is why it is so hated by the powerful and the tyrannical . And it is also thrives upon the most basic of liberal freedoms, that of speech. Think of Karl Kraus and his satirizing of the Nazis.
The Ineptitude of Moral Equivalence
But this stark contrast—a contrast between violence in the name of a prophet and forgiveness in the name of a savior—is as politically incorrect as it is obvious. For example, yesterday the Associated Press (the largest news wire service in the world) explained that it was banning cartoons that are offensive to Muslims from its wire. Its explanation was that “it has been our policy for years that we refrain from moving deliberately provocative images.” Yet that never stopped them from running pictures of the Virgin Mary covered in feces, or a picture of Jesus being splattered with urine—to give just two examples that come immediately to mind.
Flirting with the Law
When the law is our guide more than Jesus Christ, we narrow the prohibitions of Scripture to the point where we can satisfy them (e.g., Matt. 5:21-22), and we ignore the more positive commands such as purity, love, and meditation on things that are godly and edifying (Gal. 5:23). In other words, the righteousness of Christ is not our foundation and the holiness of Christ is not our aspiration.
A Letter to the Doubting Christian
Rather, my concern lies in a different quarter. Namely this, many are choosing doubt. Of course, they gloss it over with words like “authenticity,” “generous orthodoxy,” “spacious,” “open minded,” and so forth. But these seem to me, in the final analysis, to be an excuse for doubt. The birds of doubt land in the tree and build a home there. They ask questions but never have answers. Some even act as if the greatest vice of Christianity is conviction, confidence, and certainty, while its greatest virtue is doubt.
Dangerous Cliques: The Good Ol’ Boys Club
To enter into the GOBC, you just have to exist in the church for a long time with the other GOBCs. Christianity really isn’t all that important to you. You exist simply by being there for long periods of time and looking the other way when Joe Bob, or Jim Bob act indiscriminately. In fact, the unforgivable sin for members of the GOBC is for someone, especially the preacher, to point out the sin of those inside the GOBC. It’s OK for the preacher to talk about how sinful other people are, like those others across town, or on the wrong side of the tracks. But to mention sin inside the GOBC will get a preacher hypothetically tarred and feathered and realistically, fired.
Perry Noble and the Ten Whatevers
The second fundamental problem with Noble’s rewriting is the direction he takes the commandments. In both Judaism and Christianity, the Ten Commandments have been understood as the foundation of moral law. In Matthew 22:36-40 Jesus sums up the commandments (using the word “commandment,” by the way) as duty to love God and to love one’s neighbor. Thus, the commandments direct us outward, away from ourselves. But Noble’s rewriting (see the second link above) makes all of the commandments all about me.
Perry Noble, for those who don’t know, is the Senior Pastor of the multi-site megachurch Newspring Church in Anderson, SC. On Christmas Eve, he preached a sermon that, to put it mildly, did some funny things with the Ten Commandments. The blogosphere lit up. He addressed the fallout here and here. I had not intended to get into the mess because it’s not my circus, they’re not my monkeys. But a couple of folks I know who have connections to that church have asked me to comment.
Law and Gospel: Luther’s Small Catechism on the Ten Commandments and the Apostles’ Creed
by Daniel Neades
Following a period where the Ten Commandments have been much abused, discern.org has a helpful corrective.
How to Call a Pastor
The Rev. Charles Cummings was an Irishman by birth, and came to America in early manhood. He was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Hanover on April 18, 1767. He had received a good education, was capable in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, and for a minister of his day, possessed a rather sizable and valuable library. In 1772 he accepted a call from the Sinking Spring and Ebbing Spring congregations, and served these congregations until his death in 1812. It is that call that draws our attention today, as a well-crafted plea for the ministerial services of a sought-after pastor. I dare say they don’t write them like this now.
When Hollywood Celebrated Christmas and Marriage
What strikes me about these and other films from Hollywood’s Golden Age are two things: First, Hollywood once made lots and lots of major films with major stars celebrating Christmas. Second, in each case, no matter how different the plot, there was always a common end-goal: marriage. From the outset, marriage is the assumed, unquestioned objective, from the moment the guy and gal catch one another’s eye or heart. The goal isn’t a one-night stand or wild weekend or trip to Vegas, or living together to try out each other for a few months or years.
A few days before Christmas, I checked the schedule for Turner Classic Movies, one of the few TV channels I watch. I was looking for Christmas movies, maybe the 1938 Reginald Owen version of “A Christmas Carol” or something like that—something for the family. I was pleased to find three favorites back-to-back that I’ve seen with my wife and daughters, all nice Christmas romances—and all with a similar happy ending.
The Church and the Dissolving American Family
Christians have to face facts: broken families are no longer anomalous in America. More than ever, new people coming to your church will be keenly aware of their need for restored community and family support. More than ever, the church will serve functions reminiscent of what two-parent and extended families have historically served. In coming decades, churches will need to become alternative, redeemed communities of gospel proclamation, loving assistance, and healing for those hurt by the dissolution of America’s families.
A new Pew report has confirmed what we’ve known was coming for the American family: a majority of American children now live in homes without married parents in their first marriage. The reasons behind this “new normal” of the broken American family are complex but are certainly related to factors including the “sexual revolution” that began in the 1960s, the advent of no-fault divorce, and generational patterns of people having children out of wedlock.
Persecution Of Christians Reached Historic Levels In 2014. Will 2015 Be Worse?
Open Doors USA released its annual World Watch List on Wednesday (Jan. 7): Christian persecution reached historic levels in 2014, with approximately 100 million Christians around the world facing possible dire consequences for merely practicing their religion, according to the report. If current trends persist, many believe 2015 could be even worse.
(RNS) From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, more Christians worldwide live in fear for their lives than at any time in the modern era.
That’s the message from Open Doors USA, which released its annual World Watch List on Wednesday (Jan. 7). Christian persecution reached historic levels in 2014, with approximately 100 million Christians around the world facing possible dire consequences for merely practicing their religion, according to the report. If current trends persist, many believe 2015 could be even worse.
Pairing Cherry Coke with Filet Mignon in Worship
In the interest of doing everything we do in word and deed as we sing Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in the name of Jesus (Colossians 3:16-17), a Christ-centered liturgy would do well to include neither the composer’s name nor the poet’s name in the progression through the printed guide to worship.
“Beautiful music,” said Luther, “is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” Polarized as we are in the church over what music qualifies as beautiful, I do wonder what Luther would have to say after he had a good listen to some of our sung worship today.
In the last fifty years church music has undergone a radical metamorphosis. While most Christians applaud these unprecedented changes, I sometimes feel like many efforts to blend the timeless truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ with pop music modeled after the entertainment industry work about as well as pairing Cherry Coke with filet mignon.
The Cosmology of Killing—Part 3
We must speak out against a culture of death and declare the gospel of life. Moreover, we must serve life in our families and churches by being the alternative to death and meeting the needs of those in crisis. The cosmology of compassion demands that we reveal the love and mercy of the triune God.
In contrast to the pagan cosmology of death, Christians have a cosmology of life and compassion. We are pro-life because God is life and the author of life. God’s very being and nature is defined bybegetting. The incarnation reminds us that the Son, though born into the world at a certain point in history, is the eternally begotten of the Father. The wonder here is that the unity of the Trinity is a self-giving familial community of love. In the incarnation, where “veiled in flesh the godhead see,” we discover this divine community. As creatures made in God’s image, his familial nature is reflected in the human family, where out of the union of male and female, made in the image of God, begetting takes place and generation occurs and brings life. To abort begetting is thus contrary to the very nature of God who has revealed himself in the familial categories of Father and Son. In the antithetical view, the cosmology of killing, there is no eternal begetting. Ultimate reality is not the triune God, a personal divine community, but only an impersonal, empty and lifeless unity of being or non-being. Hence death and annihilation is the goal of existence in pagan thought. Consequently abortion becomes logical in an anti-Christian worldview. We can see from this that when opposing abortion we are not moralising, we are applying theological reality by describing the true God and the nature of the world he has made.
Barna Group Surveys and Statistics Challenged
To start with, was there possibly some confusion among the respondents? An unusually high number were unsure of their response to Evangelicals, answering with a “don’t know.” This number was twice as high as it was for any other category. The reason for this confusion may have been that the question appears to have been worded peculiarly, for it asked about Evangelicals, not evangelical Christians. Perhaps some respondents thought the survey was asking about evangelists—the people who knock at your door when you’re just sitting down for dinner.
Spurgeon was not known for commenting very much on the end times. Indeed, he recognised his own guilt in saying too little rather than too much. However, he made it clear he believed that before the end, the world would experience a moral and spiritual downward spiral, and that the only hope of stemming that decline would be the divine intervention of the Second Coming.
It is not widely known that the eminent Baptist preacher C. H. Spurgeon was deeply interested in Jewish mission and, in particular, our own society. In April 1934, on the hundredth anniversary of Spurgeon’s birth, our magazine The Jewish Missionary Herald ran an article which noted that the great London minister had preached the Annual Sermon for our society on no fewer than four occasions. On 13th May 1859, Spurgeon preached on the text, ‘He shall see of the travail of his soul and be satisfied’ (Isaiah 53:11) and in 1864 and 1865 he preached on our behalf at the Metropolitan Tabernacle on Ezekiel 37. In 1878, he again approved our cause when he addressed his vast congregation on ‘The Vine of Israel’ from Psalm 80:14.
Law and Gospel: Luther’s Small Catechism on the Ten Commandments and the Apostles’ Creed
Martin Luther’s Small Catechism demonstrates his pastor’s heart. The sections on the Ten Commandments and the Apostles’ Creed are introduced with the exhortation, ‘As the head of the family should teach them in a simple way to his household.’
Taking each commandment in turn (according to the Lutheran numbering scheme), Luther explains not only what is forbidden, but also the corresponding positive obligations that are implied (and taught elsewhere in Scripture). In this way, Luther gives a simple explanation of the Moral Law – God’s pattern for how we should order our lives.
By showing us how we ought to live, the Ten Commandments inevitably accuse us, demonstrating as they do how far short we fall of God’s standards. And, as James wrote, ‘whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all’ (James 2:10). The Law thus shows us our sinful, fallen state before a just and holy God. It demonstrates that we are deserving of His eternal condemnation.
Our sin having been revealed by the Law, we realize that we are unable in any way by our actions to earn or merit God’s favour. Apart from Christ, we are ‘by nature children of [God’s] wrath’ (Eph. 2:3). We begin to understand that we need Someone who will take away our sins, Someone whose perfect obedience will be counted as ours, so that we can stand without fear of condemnation before Almighty God. The sternness of the Law, then, makes us ready to hear the Good News of the Saviour whom God Himself has in His love, grace and mercy provided for us – even Jesus, His only begotten Son.
It is therefore no accident that Luther in his Small Catechism places the Apostles’ Creed immediately after the Ten Commandments. The second article of the Creed presents to us the answer to the Law’s demands: the life, death and resurrection of Jesus for us.
The Seven Letters To Seven Churches
Q. Can you tell me where the idea came from that the seven churches in Revelation are seven church ages, and does the word of God teach this? continue reading
Did The Holy Spirit Abandon Jesus On The Cross?
Q. Is it is possible that Jesus was abandoned by the Holy Spirit in his last hours on the cross? My idea is that he was abandoned just like many people are going to find out that the Holy Spirit is no longer among them after the rapture. What is your opinion on this please?
Where Is The Church In Rev. 5?
Q. I had a question concerning Revelation chapter 5, I know tradition says that the Church is in heaven in chapter 5 because of the rapture in chapter 4 verse 1. I think this view is held because of reading the Revelation strictly from a chronological perspective as opposed to reading it first from a spiritual perspective. I read chapter 5 backwards and forward and didn’t see the Church when the living creatures the 24 four elders and the angels are praising the Almighty. continue readingb
Can We Sell Our Soul To The Devil?
Q. I pray that God blesses you and your family greatly for all the insight you share with all of us on a daily basis!
I have a question. Do we own our souls or are they God’s property? What I’m really asking is, can a person “sell their soul” to the devil?
The Lord’s “Reluctance”
Q. One of the arguments you use that Jesus was willing for us to be healed was when the man asked “Lord, if you are willing…” in Mathew 8:1-3 and the Lord’s answer was “I am willing”.
However, it seems the Lord was not always willing in all cases. For instance concerning the Cananite woman in Mathew 15:22-28. Even though in the end he does heal her daughter, at first He was reluctant. Would this reluctance continue with all gentiles, or was this limited only to his earthly ministry before his death and resurrection? continue reading
Asking For Prosperity
Q. Other than Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:9-10) Can you give me scriptural evidence of anyone in the Word of God asking for financial prosperity? Is it not God who chooses to bless us as long as we remain in Him and and seek His Kingdom and His righteousness. I believe prosperity is a by-product or benefit of a relationship with God not the center piece of it. I believe God wants us to ask Him for a humble heart. Look at King Solomon. He asked for wisdom! Every time we see someone getting blessed it is because God did the blessing out of His Love, not because the “blessee” asked for it.
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