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January 20, 2014: Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Report

We are not primarily called to do something or go somewhere; we are called to Someone. —Os Guinness

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Jan. 20, 2015

BLOOMBERG

President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday to a populace that has grown increasingly disinterested with the speech. Nielsen ratings for the speech have been in decline over the course of the past three presidential administrations, including Obama’s. In 2009, Obama’s first State of the Union address drew 52.3 million viewers, but 2014’s had just 33.3 million viewers, a personal worst and the lowest since 2000, the Washington Post reported.

Governor Andrew Cuomo will propose a bill of rights for health-care workers and volunteers returning to New York after treating Ebola victims in Africa that’s designed to protect them from housing, credit and other discrimination.

Credit Suisse, the country’s second-biggest bank, indicated Monday that currency swings after the Swiss National Bank’s surprise decision may hurt profit depending in part on “any offsetting management actions.” It said the volatility has “not materially impacted” capital ratios, a measure of financial strength. The full force of the decision won’t be known for months and is “closer to a nuclear explosion than a 1,000-kilogram conventional bomb,” Javier Paz, senior analyst in wealth management at Aite Group,

Brazil’s government will raise taxes on fuel, imports, credit and cosmetics as part of efforts to restore confidence in its fiscal discipline, Finance Minister Joaquim Levy said.

South Sudan should boost agricultural output and reduce its reliance on imports to salvage an economy hit by conflict and a plunge in global oil prices, the country’s finance minister said.

Policy makers from Poland to Hungary meet Tuesday in Vienna for a conference, two days before the European Central Bank is due to discuss monetary stimulus that may trigger inflows into currencies such as the Swiss franc. For eastern Europe, the move may help keep deflation at bay and economic growth ticking over, trumping the risk of asset bubbles, bankers and analysts from London to Prague say.

Thousands of Argentines protested Monday night calling for justice after a prosecutor investigating President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was found dead.

Nigeria’s central bank ignored pressure to devalue the currency at a second consecutive meeting, keeping monetary policy unchanged before next month’s election. The benchmark interest rate was left at a record 13 percent.

AP Top Stories

The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless it receives a $200 million ransom within 72 hours, but Tokyo vowed Tuesday it would not give in to “terrorism”.

The fate of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes ultimately hangs on whether the jury thinks he was sane or insane at the time of the rampage. The process to decide who those dozen jurors will be begins Tuesday afternoon when the first wave of an unprecedented 9,000 prospective jurors reports to the Arapahoe County Justice Center.

Canadian Special Forces exchanged gunfire with Islamic State fighters in Iraq in recent days, in the first confirmed ground battle between Western troops and IS, a senior officer said Monday.

The number of anti-Muslim incidents in France has soared since the Islamist attacks in Paris two weeks ago, an organization that tracks Islamophobia said Monday.

A six-month-old boy became the seventh member of an Armenian family on Monday to die after a killing spree blamed on a Russian soldier that has strained ties between Moscow and Yerevan.

A plane with the top speed of a homing pigeon is set to embark on a landmark round-the-world flight powered only by the sun’s energy. Solar Impulse 2, the first solar-powered plane to be able to fly for several days and nights, will land 12 times along its roughly 22,000 mile trip — including a five-day stretch above the Pacific Ocean without a drop of fuel.

China’s working-age population continued to fall in 2014, the government said, as Beijing struggles to address a spiraling demographic challenge made worse by its one-child policy.

Iran and Russia signed an agreement Tuesday to expand military ties in a visit to Tehran by the Russian defense minister.

The Information reports that Google is planning to invest in SpaceX “to support the development of SpaceX satellites that could beam low-cost Internet around the globe to billions who don’t have it.”

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Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen have entered and taken control of the presidential palace in the country’s capital Sanaa, reports said.

Indonesia’s transport minister said AirAsia flight QZ8501 climbed too fast just before it stalled, crashing into the sea with the loss of 162 lives.

Four people were killed in protests in DR Congo over claims that President Joseph Kabila is seeking to extend his rule by delaying next year’s elections.

India hailed a “huge success” in tiger conservation as the latest census showed a population increase of 30% since 2011.

WND

ISIS jihadists publicly executed 13 teenage boys for watching a soccer match. The young fans were reportedly watching an Asian Cup match between Iraq and Jordan on TV last week when they were caught by the militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance.

Seven homeschooled children in an Arkansas family have been taken into custody by deputies after authorities reported they found in their home a mineral supplement that was not approved by the federal government. According to Health Impact News, the product, called MMS, can be purchased online and used to purify water. The family said the water was used on the garden.


 

Daily Digest

January 20, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“Amplification is the vice of modern oratory.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to David Harding, 1824

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Whatever Happened to the Scientific Consensus?

The alarm dial cranked to full throttle Friday after NOAA released its much-anticipated “bombshell” report analyzing last year’s climate numbers. According to NOAA, at 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit (0.69 degrees Celsius) above average, global temperatures sizzled to a value unmatched by previous years. We preemptively debunked the report in December and cautioned against falling for the dubious data crunching methods employed by federal agencies. But did the government actually come to the conclusion it’s claiming? Not exactly. The report “failed to mention … that the alleged ‘record’ amounted to an increase over 2010, the previous ‘warmest year’, of just two-hundredths of a degree — or 0.02C,” the Daily Mail revealed. That’s important because “[t]he margin of error is said by scientists to be approximately 0.1C — several times as much.” The Mail continued, “As a result, GISS’s [Goddard Institute for Space Studies] director Gavin Schmidt has now admitted [government officials believe] the likelihood that 2014 was the warmest year since 1880 is just 38 per cent.” And you can bet they’ll take that “consensus” to the bank. More…

Sandy Hook Panel to Recommend More Gun Control

After the horrific murders in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, Democrat Gov. Dannel Malloy and the state legislature exploited the emotional panic to enact strict gun control measures. Malloy also set up a commission to investigate what further gun measures the state could employ to make people safer infringe the Second Amendment. The full report isn’t due until Feb. 14, but at last Friday’s meeting the 16-member panel decided to recommend — surprise! — even stricter gun control. Reuters reports the details: “Its recommendations included banning the possession of guns or ammunition clips [sic — they’re magazines] holding 10 or more bullets [sic — bullets are only part of a round], and expanding a 2013 law that prohibited the sale of such weapons but allowed continued possession. The panel dropped a recommendation that would have allowed Connecticut gunmakers to continue manufacturing such weapons for sale out of state.” Many, if not most, handguns hold more than 10 rounds and that’s not, as Reuters calls it, “high capacity” — it’s standard capacity. Naturally, law enforcement will be exempt, which seems to indicate that more than 10 rounds might come in handy when battling a criminal who’s not abiding by the law in the first place. Leftists like to yammer about “common sense,” but we don’t hold out much hope for that in the Constitution State. More…

State Dept. to Undermine Obama’s Keystone Veto Threat?

Barack Obama may have greeted the 114th Congress with threats to veto the Keystone XL pipeline, but the State Department signaled it’s wrapping up its review of the project, possibly undermining the president’s threat. Obama’s reasoning for threatening the veto was because the executive branch hasn’t reviewed the project — as if Obama cares about the separation of powers. Now, State has set a deadline for Feb. 2 to gather the executive branch’s thoughts on Keystone. “Fox News has learned eight agencies have been asked to provide their views. The State Department has been wading through a review process for months and in setting a deadline, signaled it was preparing to make a final decision.” The Fox News report continued, “That is important because the White House had said previously that it was waiting for the agency to conclude its probe before President Obama decides whether to support the project.” The State Department’s move seems to weaken Obama’s stance, but we expect them to find environmental reasons for ditching the pipeline, thereby giving the president even more ammo. More…

Canadian Firefight in Iraq Indicates U.S. Mission Slip

In an instant, the Canadian Special Forces, who were only in Iraq to train the Iraqi Army to fight ISIL, found themselves in a firefight with jihadists. Canadian Brigadier General Michael Rouleau told AFP, “My troops had completed a planning session with senior Iraqi leaders several kilometers behind the front lines. When they moved forward to confirm the planning at the front lines in order to visualize what they had discussed over a map, they came under immediate and effective mortar and machine gunfire.” It took some Canadian sniping to “neutralize both threats,” according to the general, which we infer means Canadian snipers — boots on the ground — sent a few ISIL soldiers to meet their 72 virgins. Increasingly, the 2,200 American soldiers who also advise Iraqi troops are coming under ISIL mortar fire themselves. If the distinction between Obama’s military advisers who have “no boots on the ground” and active soldiers is a firefight, America is creeping towards another campaign in Iraq. More…

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Does Anything But

In Orwellian fashion, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau does not protect consumers’ finances, but wastes them. In starting luxurious renovations on its building — which include a glass staircase and a water wall — the bureau ignores the fact that consumers are taxpayers. And they are wasting the taxpayers’ money. “A government report pegs the price of the work at $210 million — $120 million more than initial estimates, with off-site leasing costs included,” Watchdog.org reports. “‘That’s more per square foot than the Bellagio hotel-casino in Las Vegas,’ said John Berlau, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. And, critics add, CFPB doesn’t even own the building.” The bureau is less than five years old (the bureau was created in response to the 2008 financial crisis), but it’s already become a monument to big-government narcissism and inefficiency. Too big to fail, indeed. More…

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

America Brimming With Anticipation for Another Obama Speech

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The State of the Union Address tonight is part of a long presidential tradition, but to call Barack Obama’s speech highly anticipated is a stretch. The administration has spent much time since New Year’s jetting the president around to various campaign stops to preview his address. Sure, there might be a surprise announcement, but after six years of Obama’s SOTU speeches there is already a strong sense of what the president will say.

He will propose tax hikes. Every single Obama SOTU address has included calls for tax hikes on the “wealthy,” corporations, banks or all of the above. This time around, it will be a sharp increase in capital gains and dividend taxes, which economists routinely warn are the worst kinds of tax hikes if you want to grow the economy.

Then there will come the giveaways. This year it’s “free” community college, which will supposedly be paid for with the aforementioned tax increases. He also wants to use tax hikes on the “wealthy” to pay for tax breaks for the middle class, including a new $500 credit for households with two incomes. Too bad for you, stay-at-home moms and dads.

The president will also spend some time talking about himself, as he always does, and how he won’t allow the Republican Congress to stand in the way of his agenda. Despite the electorate’s clear rejection of his policies, the president will offer nothing but more Obama.

He will claim the state of the union is strong and rattle off a series of economic statistics about low unemployment, low oil prices, high investment and a strong stock market. He will not, however, mention the historically low labor participation rate, the still-shaky housing market or the flight of investment capital. And he is also unlikely to spend much time talking about his failed foreign policy record, though what he does mention will be chest-thumping spin.

The pomp and circumstance associated with the SOTU since the days of Franklin Roosevelt has long given way to sheer political theater in an age of over-stimulated and dangerously cynical citizens. For many of the first hundred-plus years of this country, the SOTU was little more than a letter the president sent to Congress, meeting an obligation laid out in Article II of the Constitution to update the legislative branch “from time to time” on the state of the union. It wasn’t until Woodrow Wilson decided to give his report in the form of a speech that we came to expect the president to make an annual trek down Pennsylvania Avenue.

But the SOTU has suffered steadily declining viewership since Bill Clinton’s presidency. With few exceptions — George W. Bush’s 2002 SOTU and Obama’s first address in 2009 — the event seems to draw little excitement from the country at large.

Obama is unlikely to change the SOTU’s viewing trends this year or next. His own aides admit there is little political value to it, which means that they’re going to put forth the minimum effort. Obama has pretty much already announced what he’s going to talk about, and, by pre-announcing vetoes to the Republican agenda for 2015, there almost doesn’t seem any need to give a SOTU address at all. If it weren’t for the fact that Obama loves few things more than the sound of his own voice, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he just sent Congress a sternly worded letter.

So, if you, like the vast majority of your countrymen, decide to skip the speech in favor of important things like rewinding your CD collection, Mark Alexander will persevere through the speech and offer his annual rebuttal tomorrow. After all, the speech still lays out the president’s agenda. Stay tuned.

Supreme Court Agrees to Define Marriage

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For Americans who maintain that marriage is between one man and one woman, gear up for the next battle. On Friday, the Supreme Court announced it had agreed to hear cases regarding same-sex marriage. Given the track record of activist judges on the High Court, we are not overly optimistic the justices will rule in favor of the third pillar of Liberty.

In October, the Supreme Court declined to hear cases from five states seeking to preserve their lawful, voter-approved definitions of marriage. By choosing not to take on those cases, the Supreme Court left in place lower court rulings overturning laws on same-sex marriage.

And two years ago, the Supreme Court tossed Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that the federal government is bound to recognize same-sex marriages from states in which they are legal. The justices did not, however, go so far as to declare same-sex marriage a right — yet.

The result of that decision led to most of the lower courts striking down numerous state bans on same-sex marriage.

There was one exception: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld traditional marriage laws in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Judge Jeffrey Sutton said in that ruling it was not the place of the courts to decide such an important social issue. What a novel concept. “When the courts do not let the people resolve new social issues like this one, they perpetuate the idea that the heroes in these change events are judges and lawyers,” Sutton wrote. “Better in this instance, we think, to allow change through the customary political processes, in which the people, gay and straight alike, become the heroes of their own stories by meeting each other not as adversaries in a court system but as fellow citizens seeking to resolve a new social issue in a fair-minded way.”

Given the split among the circuit courts, it was almost certain the Supreme Court would step in to settle the dispute.

It’s worth noting the timing of the Court’s announcement. There is growing capitulation among Republicans on the issue, and the party’s candidates offered little debate over marriage during the campaign season. The GOP’s new congressional majorities are occupied with other agenda items. Should the Supreme Court rule to redefine marriage (as many political pundits presume it will), the GOP could be further divided on this issue leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

Regardless of whether the Supreme Court discovers a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, any Republican candidate who has or continues to oppose same-sex marriage will be portrayed as a bigot. But a Court ruling could move the needle further. There will also be many potential candidates who would argue that, since the Court ruled, the matter is settled.

On the other hand, there could also be ample opportunity for candidates to stand firmly on principle. Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review notes, “If the Supreme Court does issue such a ruling, Republicans in the presidential primaries will be under a bit more pressure to say that they back a constitutional amendment reversing the decision and to say explicitly that they’ll appoint justices who don’t tend to agree with that sort of decision.”

Aside from the political fallout for the GOP from a Supreme Court decision that is presumed to side with the homosexual agenda, the greater impact will be on the people. A majority of voters in a majority of states have said that marriage is a sacred institution that does not change at the whim of progressive lobbyists and activist judges. Their voice will have been rejected.

And don’t think for a moment that a ruling redefining marriage will have no impact on churches and religious liberty in America. If the Supreme Court can redefine marriage, then is that same Supreme Court not powerful enough to impose its will on those who preach, teach and believe that the only true marriage is that between one man and one woman? Where does it end? Bakers, florists and photographers are already under assault — just wait until same-sex marriage is a “constitutional right.”

America had better wake up, because regardless of which way the Court rules the issue of what constitutes marriage isn’t going away any time soon.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964): “I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.”

FRC president Tony Perkins: “Terror swept across Africa and Asia over the weekend, as radical Muslims set fire to churches, smashed glass, destroyed villages, and brutally murdered innocent Christians in protest of France’s Charlie Hebdo. … Meanwhile, the media seems quick to rally around Charlie — but what have they said about these Christians? Will there be protests and newspaper headlines across Europe and the U.S. for the tens of thousands of Christians brutally slaughtered, tortured, or forced to flee their country for their faith? While it’s important to stand up for our freedoms, we cannot ignore the one from which all others spring: the freedom of religion. President Obama is particularly guilty of this, as his administration continues its own march to sanitize the public square of faith. Yet on occasions like Friday’s Religious Freedom Day, words hardly matched up to the White House’s actions. ‘The First Amendment prohibits the Government from establishing religion,’ the President proclaimed. ‘It protects the right of every person to practice their faith how they choose, to change their faith, or to practice no faith at all, and to do so free from persecution and fear… Promoting religious freedom has always been a key objective of my administration’s foreign policy…’ Could have fooled us.”

Columnist Cal Thomas: “Here’s a suggestion for Joni Ernst, the new Republican senator from Iowa, who will deliver the GOP response to the State of the Union address Tuesday night. Get a chorus together and open with this old Sammy Cahn-Jule Styne number: ‘It seems to me I’ve heard that song before; it’s from an old familiar score, I know it well, that melody.’ Advance leaks of the president’s address indicate he will call for higher taxes on the wealthy and successful in order to pay for programs for the poor and middle class. This is boilerplate Democratic wealth redistribution we’ve heard since New Deal days, which appeals more to emotions than it does to principles with a long history of success. … Leaders should inspire others to follow examples of people who have succeeded in life. Instead, the Democrats’ mantra has been that the poor and middle class can’t succeed without government help. If that were true, the money spent on programs aimed at the poor and middle class would have succeeded by now. It’s long past time for a new direction and for a new ‘song’ with different words. In the month we observe the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., how about ‘We HAVE overcome’?”

Comedian Conan O’Brien: “After the State of the Union Address, President Obama plans to sit down with three YouTube celebrities. That’s right — the President is going to have lunch with a cat, a bear, and a waterskiing squirrel.”

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January 19, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — So we will all live happily ever, right? A U.S. president seems to be giving us that assurance as he’s set to make nice with Fidel Castro. President Obama is making himself “relevant” in the only way a spoiled child knows how to make the kind of attention-getting noise whose message is “Hey! Don’t forget me. I’m here.”… (more)

January 19, 2015
ALAN KEYES — My latest blog entry is a video inspired by a headline I saw in a newsletter from MichaelSavage.com. The headline said that John Boehner’s re-election as House speaker proves that America has become an oligarchy. I was encouraged to see this, because it means that people are finally starting to focus on the real nature of the crisis we face as a free people… (more)

January 19, 2015
PATRICK GARRY, RA ANALYST — The argument used by liberals since the New Deal is that a bigger federal government is a necessary aid to the poor and average American… (more)

January 19, 2015
NEWSMAX — “American Sniper” hit the bullseye, earning an astonishing $90.2 million in its debut weekend. It is now on pace to decimate records for the Martin Luther King holiday and for the month of January, pulling in $100 million or more over the four-day period. It’s also a new high-water mark for director Clint Eastwood, whose previous weekend record was the $29.5 million wide-release opening for 2008’s “Gran Torino.” At 84, he’s still got it…. (more)


January 19, 2015
ROBERT KNIGHT — The massacre in Paris by Muslim militants at the Charlie Hebdo magazine office was about much more than freedom of speech. After all, militants also killed four hostages at a Jewish market, and that was not about freedom to buy kosher food…. (more)

January 19, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — The independent Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi, or CCB, has been doing its own investigation and working behind the scenes for the past year and a half to make sure Congress does the job the executive branch has failed to do: Namely, to get to the truth of what happened and to hold people accountable…. (more)

January 19, 2015
AARON KLEIN — When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi selected the first Muslim ever to serve on the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, she chose a man with a history of questionable associations…. (more)

January 19, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — As talks over Iran’s nuclear program resumed Sunday in Geneva, lawmakers in Congress moved forward with legislation to impose new sanctions on Tehran, defying a veto threat from President Obama…. (more)

January 19, 2015
DAILY MAIL — The NASA climate scientists who claimed 2014 set a new record for global warmth last night admitted they were only 38 per cent sure this was true. In a press release on Friday, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) claimed its analysis of world temperatures showed ‘2014 was the warmest year on record’…. (more)

January 18, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — You’re not going to like this. Our commander-in-chief is recklessly releasing jihadists from Guantanamo Bay. The president’s Bush-deranged base is buoyed by the all-out effort to fulfill his vow to shut down the detention camp. But the vast majority of Americans remain opposed, and increasingly alarmed…. (more)

January 18, 2015
BRYAN FISCHER — The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide the issue of whether states can be compelled, against the will of the people and their elected representatives, to accept sodomy-based marriage…. (more)

January 18, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — In a story about Bret Baier’s withdrawal from a Catholic conference, where he was planning to speak about his Catholic faith, the website known as Mediaite noted that Republican Governor Bobby Jindal (LA) was going to go through with his appearance at the event. But the website warned him about the consequences of offending the homosexual lobby…. (more)

January 18, 2015
CBS – PHILADELPHIA — A young South Jersey mother is in jail, charged with the burning death of her newborn baby Friday night. Authorities say 22-year-old Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier of Pemberton Township, Burlington County doused her newborn baby with a flammable liquid then set the child on fire in the middle of a road…. (more)

January 18, 2015
NEWSMAX — Tea party faithful have gathered at a South Carolina coastal resort to talk about how conservatives can maximize their influence in the 2016 presidential election. Several possible White House contenders will address 1,500 attendees at the annual tea party convention in Myrtle Beach…. (more)

January 17, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina’s fiery conservative, took to the House floor to deliver an impassioned speech that brought on cheers and applause from fellow lawmakers, telling them that the time has surely come to rein in President Obama via the constitutional power of the purse…. (more)

January 17, 2015
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE — Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) urged colleagues not to oppose the House-passed legislation blocking President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, warning that Congress will be “a museum piece” if they do…. (more)

January 17, 2015
MICHELLE MALKIN — I stand with the Santa Barbara News-Press. How about you? The newspaper is under fire for refusing to kowtow to left-wing word police and militant propagandists who demand unfettered illegal immigration. Last week, in the wake of angry protests against the publication, vandals threw paint bombs and spray-painted graffiti on its offices… (more)

January 17, 2015
NEWSMAX — Academy Award nominations for “American Sniper,” about real-life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, point to a total turnaround in public attitude toward battle-hardened U.S. troops since the days when Vietnam returnees were spat on by anti-war protesters and portrayed as butchers in popular media, The Washington Times reports…. (more)

January 17, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — WND reported on Tuesday that the FBI knew of at least 22 paramilitary Islamic communes in the U.S. run by the shadowy Pakistan-based Jamaat al-Fuqra and its American branch, Muslims of the Americas, and the questions those locations give rise to…. (more)

January 17, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — This year’s showdown on same-sex marriage was set Friday as the Supreme Court agreed to review an appellate court ruling that affects marriage laws in four states…. (more)

January 16, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — The Republican party’s conservative base has a major problem. In assessing the 2014 midterm elections, a tidal wave in which the base propelled the GOP to substantial majorities in both houses of Congress, conservatives are in full agreement with President Obama and completely at odds with Republican leadership…. (more)


January 16, 2015
SELWYN DUKE — It’s so often the case that the best thing a person can do to improve his reputation is die. John F. Kennedy is now a legendary president, but would he be estimated so highly if he’d been able to end his political career as a man and not a myth? Ah, the power of martyrdom…. (more)

January 16, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Obama’s public approval rating has dropped to just 37 percent, with 55 percent disapproving of his job performance, according to the first Reuters/Ipsos political tracking poll of the year…. (more)

January 16, 2015
NEWSMAX — Republican officials have tapped newly elected Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst to deliver the party’s formal response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Ernst was elected to her seat in November, capturing it after years of Democratic control. She is also the first woman to represent her state in Congress…. (more)

January 16, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Mitt Romney has shot to the top of GOP primary polls, but the potential for his third presidential bid isn’t playing as well among Republican Party leaders and activists who are no longer sold on him, and say he’s far from a shoo-in to win their nomination again…. (more)


Iran And Hezbollah Planning Joint Invasion Of Northern Israel

Iran on Monday promised that Hezbollah would deliver “crushing response” to the Israeli attack over the weekend, which killed six Iranian agents, including a top-level commander, and five Hezbollah members.

Iran and Hezbollah were planning an invasion of Northern Israel, right up to the moment that their combined task force of high-ranking generals and senior leaders were blown to pieces by a surgically-timed missile strike by the IAF on the car they were riding in. When it was over, 11 militants were dead and the plan to invade Israel effectively stopped. For now.

The Israeli strike came just days after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declared that the terror group was preparing for a war in Israel’s northern Galilee region.

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It also occurred just a week after Iranian military leaders announced that they are operating missile sites in Syria, which potentially include a nuclear facility.

Senior Iranian and Hezbollah commanders were likely planning a sophisticated invasion of Israel’s northern border in the weeks before they were killed by an Israeli airstrike over the weekend, according to Major General Eyal Ben Reuven, the former deputy head of the Israeli Defense Forces Northern Command.

The accuracy of Israel’s strike and the high-level nature of those Iranian and Hezbollah commanders killed indicates planning for a militant incursion into Israel’s northern region, according to Reuven, who said the airstrike shows a “very high level of intelligence” on Israel’s part.

The high-level nature of the Iranian and Hezbollah operatives targeted by Israel suggests that an attack on Israel was imminent, according to Reuven, who handled top intelligence in the region during his time serving in the IDF.

“If the highest level of Hezbollah commanders were in the Golan Heights and the high level of Iranians, it means that their idea, [what] they’re planning could be a kind of operation, an act against Israel on a high level,” Reuven said during a conference call Monday organized by the Israel Project (TIP). “It’s significant, the high level of this meeting, of this reconnaissance of the Iranians and Hezbollah.”

“It says something about what they plan, what kind of operation they planned,” he added. “If Israel has intelligence that says there is a kind of operation on the way to act against Israel, I think Israel would have a legitimate [reason] to do all we can to prevent it.”

The strike that killed these 11 militants was “very, very professional,” according to Reuven, and would require “very, very high level intelligence” and “very accurate” targeting information.

Iran quickly confirmed that one of its top commanders had been killed in the strike, according to Farsi language reports.

Multiple state-controlled Iranian news agencies confirmed that Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi had been killed by “a military helicopter of the Zionist regime during a visit to the ‘Quneitra’ region of Syria.”

“As a result of this crime, this heroic general along with several members of Hezbollah reached martyrdom,” the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) wrote in a Persian language report independently translated for the Washington Free Beacon by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

Allahdadi had been sent to Syria by top Iranian commanders “so that he could combat the Zionist regime in Lebanon and Syria,” according to the Iranian media.

The IRGC official press organ also confirmed the death in a statement published by Iranian news outlets.

Read the rest of the story on Washington Free Beacon…

 

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Could Islam Experience a Jesus Reformation?

Posted: 20 Jan 2015 07:02 AM PST

Muslims-praying-YouTube-Abu-MuslimWith the continued rise of violent Islamic extremism around the world, many today are calling for a Reformation of Islam such as happened with Christianity in the 16th century. Commenting on the call of Egypt’s president for a theological “revolution” within Islam, Mayor Rudi Giuliani, in an interview on Fox News, concurred saying that Islam needs a Reformation such as Christianity experienced. Others within Islam, such as Dr. Zudhi Jasser, are also calling for a Reformation within Islam that will deal with the radical extremism. Can it happen? More

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Iceland’s lava field now extends 33 square miles: Why are Earth’s volcanoes suddenly oozing so much lava?Posted: 20 Jan 2015 06:58 AM PST

ring-of-fireHAWAII – The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports an active breakout of the Kilauea Volcano lava flow that began June 27 advanced about 120 yards toward Highway 130. An update Saturday from the Hawaii County Civil Defense said the original flow front and south margin breakout remain stalled. However, a breakout along the north side of the flow remains active and has advanced down slope below an area near the stalled front. The leading edge of the breakout was 0.4 miles from Highway 130 and west of the Pahoa police and fire stations. The Civil Defense agency says dry weather is likely to keep brush fires a concern.
Tonga underwater volcano creates new island: A Tongan volcano has created a substantial new island since it began erupting last month, spewing out huge volumes of rock and dense ash that has killed nearby vegetation, officials said on Friday. The volcano, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of the South Pacific nation’s capital Nuku’alofa, rumbled to life on December 20 for the first time in five years, the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry said. It said the volcano was erupting from two vents, one on the uninhabited island of Hunga Ha’apai and the other underwater about 100 meters (328 feet) offshore.
The ministry said experts took a boat trip to view the eruption on Thursday and confirmed it had transformed the local landscape. “The new island is more than one kilometer (0.6 mile) wide, two kilometers (1.2 miles) long and about 100 meters (328 feet) high,” it said in a statement. “During our observations the volcano was erupting about every five minutes to a height of about 400 meters (1,312 feet), accompanied by some large rocks… as the ash is very wet, most is being deposited close to the vent, building up the new island.”
It said ash and acidic rain was deluging an area 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) around the volcano, adding: “Leaves on trees on Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai have died, probably caused by volcanic ash and gases.” A number of international flights were cancelled earlier this week amid concerns about the volcano’s ash plume but they resumed on Wednesday, with authorities saying debris from the eruption was not being thrown high into the atmosphere. “Tonga, which is almost 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles) northeast of New Zealand, lies on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where continental plates collide causing frequent volcanic and seismic activity.
Iceland volcano still erupting: Five months after it sparked fears of aviation disruption in Europe, this aerial footage shows the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland continuing to magnificently erupt. Seismic activity from the volcano has continued since August last year, with small earthquakes occurring daily in the area, according to a report by the Icelandic Met Office. The Holuhraun lava field is now around 85 square kilometers (33 square miles), NASA has said.
 It is Iceland’s largest baslatic lava flow since the Laki eruption in 1783-1784, with lava flowing at an estimated 50 to 70 cubic meters per second over the last few weeks. High levels of sulphuric dioxide are still being recorded in the area, which has triggered evacuations of villages. Air exclusion zones were put in place when the volcano first began to erupt on 27 August. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano closed much of Europe’s air space for six days. – Extinction protocol

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Tumbling Russian rouble pulls European coal prices with itPosted: 20 Jan 2015 06:45 AM PST

RUSSIA-ECONOMY-FOREX-RUBLEEuropean coal prices have struggled much more than other global benchmarks this year, catching many traders by surprise. Dispatches from a few trading houses now say cheap Russian cargoes have been a major cause. A near 50 percent decline in the Russian rouble against the dollar since June, following Western sanctions against Moscow over its involvement in the Ukraine crisis and a fall in oil and gas prices, has made the country’s coal extremely competitive in Europe. “Russia is Europe’s biggest coal supplier, and their dumping has pulled down the market much further than in other market regions such as Asia,” said a coal analyst with a major trading house, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Prices of coal arriving at Europe’s main import terminals in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp have shed over 20 percent in value this month. They are now at a discount of almost $15 per tonne versus coal exported from major global producer Australia. More

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Strong 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Santa Maria Chiquimula, GuatemalaPosted: 20 Jan 2015 06:04 AM PST

Strong 4.4 Magnitude Earthquake has struck offshore Greenfield, California – Possible Tsunami WarningPosted: 20 Jan 2015 06:00 AM PST

Check out the Message Portrayed from the Pope’s PlanePosted: 19 Jan 2015 09:07 PM PST

pope-francis-papal-plane-catholic-church-one-worldWATCHING AN UNSAVED WORLD PREPARING TO GO THROUGH THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE

“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” Revelation 13:11 

Pope Francis has an official papal plane that transports him across the world, provided to him by the Vatican. As such, his plane bears the official Vatican seal, their coat of arms. (The Vatican does not own this plane, but when the Pope flies on it, it is reserved exclusively for him and his entourage.) Directly under the Vatican seal, is a seal of another sort. This seal proclaims that the One World Religion spoken up by Daniel the prophet and picked up again in the book of Revelation is indeed the goal of this pope and of the Vatican system. It is just by coincidence, of course, that the Vatican loves to use One World Air to ferry the Pope around in though, I’m sure. When Francis steps off his plane, wearing his flowing white dress, the Vatican wants you to know and understand that their goal and mission is to bring the entire world together under the banner of Roman Catholicism and thereby create the One World Religion that the pope will be the False Prophet of. They know that their time is now, no more reason to hide their true intentions or beat around the bush. More

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17 Year Old Teen poses as hospital physician for a monthPosted: 19 Jan 2015 09:00 PM PST

6459640_GJust like Doogie Howser, this teen doctor wasn’t real either. A 17-year-old boy dressed in a white lab coat, face mask and stethoscope around his neck told West Palm Beach police he was a doctor at St. Mary’s Medical Center and had been practicing for years, according to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun. But Dr. Sebastian Kent and several nurses immediately contacted police Tuesday after seeing the young man — who isn’t much older than the fictional TV character Doogie Howser — when he entered their OB/GYN office. “He presented himself with a patient of our practice and introduced himself as Dr. Robinson,” Kent told TV station WSVN. “The first thing I thought was, ‘I am really getting old because these young doctors look younger every year.’” The teenager was able to fool a lot of people and went undetected by staff — including the hospital’s security officers — for a month, police report. Staff told officers they had seen him walk around the facility and the teenager would be referred to as “doctor.” The hospital supplied surveillance footage that showed him walk around the hospital’s wings but never entering a patient’s room, police said. More

 

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Studies show that olive oil benefits our heart and mindPosted: 19 Jan 2015 08:50 PM PST

Natural-Raw-Olive-Oil-Green-LeafOlive oil, which is obtained by pressing the fruits of the olive tree, is considered to be one of the most nutritious oils in the world. According to Hippocrates, it could heal a large number of serious ailments, including mental illness. The ancient Greeks and Romans generously poured olive oil over their food, cherishing it for its pleasant taste and medicinal qualities. Even in the contemporary Western world, where fats have been demonized for decades, most experts acknowledge that olive oil — especially extra virgin olive oil — is good for you. Let’s find out why. More

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing epidemic of infant deaths in India may spread globallyPosted: 19 Jan 2015 08:45 PM PST

Bacteria-BlueAn antibiotic-resistant “superbug” epidemic which is killing thousands of newborns in India may prove to have a global impact. India’s infant mortality rate is staggering, accounting for nearly a third of the yearly world total. Of the 800,000 infant deaths per year in the country, around 58,000 are caused by antibiotic-resistant infections. A number of factors have contributed to the epidemic — poor sanitation, crowded hospitals and overuse of antibiotics are among them. Although antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains are a growing problem in every part of the world, the situation in India is rapidly spiraling out of control. It’s a vicious cycle — because infections are so prevalent among newborns in India, antibiotics are routinely and indiscriminately administered to them at birth. This overuse of antibiotics in turn leads to the evolution of bacteria which are immune to their effects. The occurrence of bacterial infection in India is among the highest in the world, and Indians take more antibiotics per capita than anyone else. Antibiotics are freely sold over the counter in India, and despite efforts to curb their overuse, experts concede that a large percentage of bacterial strains in the country are now resistant to nearly all drugs. More

 

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Connecticut kidnaps teen for refusing chemo treatment, injects her with chemicals against her willPosted: 19 Jan 2015 08:42 PM PST

Doctor-Chemotherapy-Drug-BagWhen it comes to medical authorities, human rights no longer exist, especially if you are under the age of 18. Competent young people with informed objection to medical advice no longer have a choice or say over what is forcibly pumped into their bodies. Their parents have no say in what happens to their child anymore either. State departments threaten to take adolescents away from parents if they do not force their child to comply with medical treatment dictates. If a state-licensed doctor makes a cancer diagnosis on a 17-year-old, they will require specific treatment, chemotherapy and/or radiation. They give no other options and force the “treatments” even though it is not their body or their property to own and control. On top of that, both methods of cancer suppression management are toxic to patients’ bodies, and the general population is waking up to this fact, but if a parent or the adolescent disagrees with the medical authority, it doesn’t matter what they know — they are forced to succumb anyway. More

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Swiss Shocker Triggers Gigantic Losses For Banks, Hedge Funds And Currency Traders

The absolutely stunning decision by the Swiss National Bank to decouple from the euro has triggered billions of dollars worth of losses all over the globe. Citigroup and Deutsche Bank both say that their losses were somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 million dollars, a major hedge fund that had 830 million dollars in assets at the end of December has been forced to shut down, and several major global currency trading firms have announced that they are now insolvent. And these are just the losses that we know about so far. It will be many months before the full scope of the financial devastation caused by the Swiss National Bank is fully revealed. But of course the same thing could be said about the crash in the price of oil that we have witnessed in recent weeks. These two “black swan events” have set financial dominoes in motion all over the globe. At this point we can only guess how bad the financial devastation will ultimately be. (Read More….)


Region Prepares For Israel/Hezbollah Conflict After Israel Airstrike Kills Hezbollah Commander

Lebanon is bracing for an attack from Israel if the Iranian-backed Hezbollah retaliates for an Israeli military helicopter strike last week on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. The attack killed five Hezbollah fighters, including Jihad Imad Muganiyeh, 25, the son of Imad Muganiyeh, a top Hezbollah commander who was killed reportedly by Israelis in Syria in 2008. …………. Click here for full story


Share Your Faith – Lose Your Job: Christian Nurse Sacked For Praying For Muslim Colleague

A Christian health worker has accused the NHS of making her look like a ‘religious nutcase’ after she was branded a bully for praying for a Muslim colleague ………. Click here for full story


New Police Radars Can ‘See’ Inside Homes

At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance………. Click here for full story


What Church Planters Can Learn From Target’s Failure In Canada

Target has failed in Canada. And I can’t say that I’m surprised. Target tried to open American stores in Canada. That sounds a bit silly when I write it out but here’s what I mean: Americans often tried to start American churches in Canada. They wanted churches that looked like American churches and they wanted people who thought like Americans. And then there would be frustration because we weren’t, well, American. ……….. Click here for full story


Big Brother Moves Into The Passenger Seat

The Obama administration wants to mandate that all new cars come equipped with vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, so the car can send signals to and receive messages from street lights and other infrastructure. Now the California Air Resources Board is considering regulations requiring that all cars monitor their owners’ driving habits, including but not limited to how many miles they drive, how much fuel they use, and how much pollution or greenhouse gases they emit. Put these all together and you have a system in which the government will not only know where your vehicle is at all times, but can turn off your vehicle if it decides you are driving too much. ……… Click here for full story


The McAvany Intel Memo

The Middle East has been violent, unstable, and tumultuous for centuries. Does anyone doubt that the Middle East is the single most unstable region in the world (even more unstable than the Balkans and sub-Saharan Africa – which have been racked by tribal, ethnic, and religious bloodletting for centuries) and has been throughout thousands of years of recorded history? The Arab peoples have been an unstable, warring group of tribes since the days of Ishmael (Abraham’s son born from Hagar). This instability grew geometrically with the advent of the Islamic faith in the 7th century, which justifies (according to Muhammad’s own sacred writings in the Koran) violence, bloodshed, and annihilation of the enemies of Allah and Islam in Holy War or Jihad.

Of the world’s 1.2 billion Muslims, it has been estimated by Islamic researchers that 85% are moderate and peaceful, and about 15% are radical, hate Western culture (which they believe is evil and degenerate), and wish to destroy America (the focal point of their anger and hatred). They believe in their heart of hearts that the US is “the Great Satan.” They also hate and want to destroy Israel.

Fifteen percent of 1.2 billion would be 180 million radical fundamentalists Muslims (spread around the world) of the kind that are murdering Israelis and moderate Palestinians in Israel, blowing up airliners, beheading Christians across the Middle East, and causing havoc, death, and destruction in Syria and Iraq today. And though most of those 180 million radical fundamentalists are not yet suicide bombers or terrorists, many of them are sympathetic to the cause of violent jihad against America, Israel, and Western culture, and provide a vast reservoir of recruits from all over the world for that Holy War against Western civilization.

…[R]egardless of the actual number, tens of millions of these Islamic fundamentalists are now scattered across Europe, the UK, America, and most of the West, and represent a jihadist fifth column whose influence is growing almost geometrically….

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, August 2014


Same-sex couple married in pagan first

by Marsha West

According to BBC News:

Two male witches in Edinburgh have tied the knot in the UK’s first pagan same-sex marriage. Tom Lanting, 34, and Iain Robertson, 39, were married in a ceremony in the 16th-century vaulted cellars of Edinburgh’s Marlin’s Wynd.

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“Is Sisi Islam’s Long-Awaited Reformer?” – Pipes in NRO, #1385

by Daniel Pipes
National Review Online
January 19, 2015
http://www.danielpipes.org/15430/sisi-islam-reform


Reframing the Enemy after France’s 9/11 :: Herf in Times of Israel

by Jeffrey Herf
The Times of Israel
January 17, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/4982/reframing-the-enemy-after-france-9-11


Buyer Beware: The Value of Near-Death Accounts

Clearly, Kevin Malarkey concocted a story to capitalize on the phenomenal public interest in near-death accounts. Since Native American Betty J. Eadie’s 1992 “Embraced by the Light,” books describing journeys to heaven and back have sold millions. Especially popular has been Todd Burpo’s “Heaven is for Real,” the story of his 4-year old son’s trip to the other side, which was made into a movie last year. Meanwhile, two books published in 2012—Mary Neal’s “To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again” and Eben Alexander’s “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife”—have given near-death accounts more credibility.

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Fire chief’s ouster beginning of the end for Christians?

Atlanta official issues ‘warning to all Americans’

The plight of Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has caught America’s attention, but he is just the latest Christian to have his career vaporized by something that was said or written, according to religious liberty advocates.

But unlike the dozens of other Christians who have lost jobs or businesses because they dared to violate the sensitivities of the LGBT community, Cochran’s firing became a national story.

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Obama Prepares to Polarize

Obama’s speech will be a buffet of misdirection calculated to make the audience forget that Obama is now, at least in theory, a lame duck president facing newly resurgent Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress. What he says shouldn’t count for much, assuming there is a vibrant opposition party in Congress willing to challenge his radical, transformative vision of what America should be.

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America in Bible Prophecy

For the last 67 years, the United States has supported Israel diplomatically, economically, and militarily. The U.S. has still served as a shelter for her people as well. But as we approach the seventieth year, events are already in play, which seem to point to changes in things to come. It would seem that the United States has run her course in usefulness, in regards to God’s prophetic calendar. Consider these four truths:

– The US has incurred an insurmountable debt problem.
– The US is losing political credibility at pace faster than she can recoup from.

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Army commanders order removal of ‘God and country’ recruiting sign

(And we wonder why America has internal problems that we cannot solve . . .)

An Army recruiting station has been ordered by higher ups to shelve a sidewalk sandwich board with the wording “On a mission for both God and country.”

The order went out Friday to a recruiting station in Phoenix that had been displaying the outdoor sign since at least October. The sign board also shows an image of a Special Forces patch and Ranger, Airborne and Special Forces tabs.

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Israel’s Top Threats in 2015

“The most significant threat to Israel’s very existence is the possibility that some time in 2015, Iran will reach a deal with the West that would allow it to pursue some form of nuclear military capability. This process will not come to fruition this year, but a bad deal with the superpowers would be an important milestone for Tehran,” Amidror warned.

But there are other threats.

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Pastor Robert Jeffress: Book was a fraud, but heaven isn’t

“[Paul] was told not to repeat anything of what he saw – and he certainly was told not to come back and write a bestselling book about his experience,” the pastor notes. “I believe everything God wants us to know is already deposited in the Bible, and we don’t need any further extra-biblical revelation about heaven.”

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Seeking With All The Heart

by David de Bruyn

Many a Christian has some habit of private devotions, attends church, and perhaps tries to connect the mundaneness of life to his walk with God, but often sees little of God’s beauty. Why is this? Again, the posture of the Christian life is faith rightly responding to who God is, and rightly situating itself to keep seeing who he is. Wrong postures interrupt communion and distort the sight of God. For many a Christian, there is little in the way of the ‘life-posture’, the resurrection-like posture of vigorous, zealous seeking of God.

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What Did Jesus Mean?

What did Jesus mean when he said we would do greater work than he would do? Here’s R.C. Sproul’s explanation.

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Undeveloped World War II Film Discovered

You might like this video in which the Rescued Film Project discovers and processes 31 rolls of film shot by an American WWII soldier over 70 years ago.


This Will Revolutionize Education

“Many technologies have promised to revolutionize education, but so far none has. With that in mind, what could revolutionize education?”


Sanctity Of Life Sunday

by R.C. Sproul Jr.

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Preaching against abortion is not a distraction from the Gospel, but is preaching the Gospel.

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On the Spanish Inquisition

by Bill Muehlenberg

The record of Christian history over the past two thousand years is of course a mixed bag, with so much good at times offset with incidents of evil. Fallen individuals, even redeemed fallen individuals, can and do get things wrong. And of course many things done in the name of Christianity were done by those who were Christians in name only.

So not everything done for the past two millennia was done by actual Christians, and if they were true believers, they have at times gotten things wrong. The Spanish inquisition is a case in point here. Of course the critics of Christianity – be they atheists, secular humanists, etc – love to raise this issue, along with the Crusades and the witch-hunts of the past.

But as with these other two incidents, there is so much hype, falsehood, exaggeration and misinformation swirling all around that some qualifications and corrections need to be offered to clear up the record. I do not do this as an excuse, but to offer some historical accuracy and balance to what has often been an emotive and wildly misunderstood topic.

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UCLA Broadcasting Muslim Call to Prayer Declaring ‘Allah is Great’ on Campus

by Marsha West

According to Christian News Network:

Less than a week after controversy erupted over an announcement that a Muslim call to prayer would be broadcast at North Carolina’s Duke University, it has come to light that students at UCLA in California have been doing so for some time.

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30 contemporary Christian music artists stand “united” – with New Age sympathizer Roma Downey?

by Marsha West

Stand Up For The Truth reports:

On January 21st, about 30 of contemporary Christian music’s best-known singers from the last four decades will be joining New Age sympathizer and devout Roman Catholic Roma Downey for a special live online concert called “We Will Stand.” The concert is being presented by CCM United and has a motto of “One Message, Many Voices.’” According to an article titled “We Are United: The Story Behind ‘The Greatest Night In Contemporary Christian Music,’” there could be over a million viewers with a potential reach globally of 40 million.

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Pope: Catholics need not breed “like rabbits”

by Marsha West

USA Today reports:

Pope Francis, after a visit to the largest Catholic nation in Asia, says Catholics may have a moral responsibility to limit the number of their children and need not reproduce “like rabbits.”

But the pope also reaffirmed the church’s ban on artificial means of birth control and said Catholics should practice “responsible parenting.”

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

by Marsha West

In 2011 Rick Warren, who is the pastor of a megachurch in California and the author of the popular “Purpose-Driven” books choose to enter into a partnership with a man who’s steeped in New Age/New Thought spirituality. Warren elicited the aid of Dr. Mehmet Oz to come up with a health and fitness plan for his church. CRN correspondent Marsha West has learned that a recent study by the British Medical Journal showed that “Half of Dr. Oz’s health advice is bad.”

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The moral revolution threatens religious liberty

 

Religious liberty is one of the hallmarks of the American constitutional order and a matter of Christian conviction. Far too many Christians fall into the trap of believing religious liberty is somehow granted by the United States Constitution. The framers of that Constitution understood, to the contrary, they were merely recognizing a right that had been granted by our Creator. In 1808, President Thomas Jefferson stated the matter clearly: “I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises.”

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On the Crusades

by Bill Muehlenberg

If there is a constant and major objection raised to Christianity, it is the topic of the Crusades. Critics claim that this was a terrible blight on Christianity, and demonstrates that this is an evil and bloody religion, just as bad as Islam or other evil movements.

But as is often the case, we tend to hear a rather biased and distorted picture of what the Crusades in fact were all about. Here I want to offer of few remarks challenging much of the mythology out there. Of course much ink has been spilt on this topic, so I can only hope to offer the briefest of commentary here.

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Eight Reasons Why Some Full-time Pastors and Staff Should Go Bivocational

Some of you reading this post may need to get a new job. At least you may need to get an additional job.

Without a doubt, many churches will always need full-time vocational pastors and church staff. I am not suggesting all of you, even the majority of you, should go bivocational. But I do believe more of you should consider this path. Allow me to offer eight reasons why:

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 The Most Segregated Hour, Still

Martin Luther King Jr.’s observation about the church is still largely true, but it doesn’t seem to bother us. Maybe it should.
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The Average College Freshman Reads At 7th Grade Level

“We are spending billions of dollars trying to send students to college and maintain them there when, on average, they read at about the grade 6 or 7 level, according to Renaissance Learning’s latest report on what American students in grades 9-12 read, whether assigned or chosen.”

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What’s The Problem With Christian Books?

“Too many Christian books are more concerned with warning about something bad than encouraging the enjoyment of something good. This tends to be the case even when the book purports to be written to help the reader understand something that is good. Too many Christian books seem to be written because the author is irritated about something, rather than invested in something.”

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Remember The Lord And Fight For Your Family

“Instead of fearing men, let us fear God. This is the beginning of wisdom, and this will keep us on the right path. We are his people. We are his possessions. He is the Sovereign Master, and we are his servants. Our duty is not to understand what he is doing, but to merely obey what he says. Let us never confuse his commands with suggestions. And in the process of our obeying him, let us be strengthened by meditating upon his awesome greatness.”

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Parents, Don’t Let Your Kids Use This Phrase

“When we say, “That’s not fair,” we are saying to God, “You haven’t distributed things as evenly as I would. Even though I’m a sinful human, I know much more about what is just and right than you.” That’s a dangerous position to be in because we know from Scripture that God is our perfect heavenly Father and to trust ourselves to our own care and our own lordship only spells disaster.”

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The KKK, Selma, and Southern Christianity

“I am struck with the absence of Southern evangelical resistance to the Klan. Rev. Lance Lewis, an African American Presbyterian minister asked, “How is that you simply allow the demonic use of the cross in this way while at the same time telling your children that the cross is our most precious symbol of God’s love for us?” That is, how could evangelicals let the cross of Jesus Christ be so publicly defiled in that way while associated with domestic terrorism?”

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Dear Church, Here’s Why People Are Really Leaving You

“Church, you talk and talk and talk, but you do so using a dead language. You’re holding onto dusty words that have no resonance in people’s ears, not realizing that just saying those words louder isn’t the answer. All the religious buzzwords that used to work 20 years ago no longer do.”

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Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope For Those Who Suffer From Depression

“Spurgeon’s Sorrows takes a balanced approach to the role of diet and medicine to relieve some of the symptoms of depression, in some people, some of the time. However, the author also wisely concludes, as did Charles, that dietary or medicinal relief is not a solution in and of itself and should not be pursued alone, apart from the deeper, more important work of the Spirit in the soul.”

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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

 

 

January 20, 2014

 

When I meditate, I go to that place where truth lives. I can see what reality really is, and it is so much easier to form good relationships then. ~ Dr. Mehmet Oz

 

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

Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, author and host of a successful TV show, has involved himself in some, um, questionable cures for what ails you.   According to a Fox News report, a recent study showed that “Half of Dr. Oz’s health advice is bad.”

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The massacre in Paris by Muslim militants at the Charlie Hebdo magazine office was about much more than freedom of speech. After all, militants also killed four hostages at a Jewish market, and that was not about freedom to buy kosher food.

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Writes Kutner: “Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) is a term used to describe intense, almost obsessive romantic and sexual feelings that estranged relatives often feel for each other upon reunion – yes, I said ‘often.’ According to the Guardian, ’50 percent of reunions between siblings, or parents and offspring, separated at birth’ result in GSA – a much higher proportion than one might expect.” …

 

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Mark Steyn has made the point in his series of best-selling books that Europe is dominated by Islam and that in anywhere from 40 to 75 years, there will be a continent that he calls Eurabia. Others, of course, have similarly prophesied. Mr. Steyn’s look into that future is simply more vivid. …

 

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Duke University to Broadcast Muslim Call to Prayer Declaring ‘Allah Is Great’

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Homosexual Promiscuity: Breeding a national health problem

Speaking of Homosexuality

Big ‘Gay’ Brother is Watching You

Truth-Telling and Homosexuality

 

New

Same-sex couple married in pagan first

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-30885393

Two male witches in Edinburgh have tied the knot in the UK’s first pagan same-sex marriage.

Tom Lanting, 34, and Iain Robertson, 39, were married in a ceremony in the 16th-century vaulted cellars of Edinburgh’s Marlin’s Wynd.   The couple, who have been together for 12 years, are both hedge witches, who use herbal remedies to deal with medical and spiritual ailments.   The ceremony included handfasting, the sharing of mead and jumping the broom.

 

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

 

New

Pastors, Prophets and Preachers

http://www.gcmwatch.com/11453/pastors-prophets-and-preachers

I hear all the time “my pastor preaches HARD against homosexuality!” That is to say that when you do talk about it, you give it the smack-down treatment. I understand your need to beat it down. But after you finish beating down sin, you must lift up the sinner or the struggler. Lift them up not just with platitudes but with real solutions including recommending they seek out specialized discipleship and accountability from ministries [wait for it] like the one God anointed me to do. …

 

LEFT-WING MEDIA

New

CBS This Morning Blames Cancellation of Muslim Prayer Event at Duke on Franklin Graham

http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-morning-blames-cancellation-muslim-prayer-event-duke-franklin-graham

 

LIFE & DEATH – Research Links

 

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

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

Abortion, Depression, Suicide

 

New

When Does Life Begin?—Dr. Tommy Mitchell

https://answersingenesis.org/sanctity-of-life/when-does-life-begin/

Where is the starting point? If life is indeed a continual process, can we not just work backward to its beginning? There are a variety of opinions about life’s beginnings. Many say life begins at conception. Others argue strongly that life does not start until implantation in the womb. Still others say that human life begins only when the umbilical cord is cut, making the newborn child an independent agent. How is fact separated from opinion? …

 

MARRIAGE & FAMILY

 

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

 

Ryan Anderson explains why gay marriage doesn’t exist

Our last chance to save traditional marriage

 

New

Catholic Bishop on SCOTUS: ‘Hard to Imagine How Essential Meaning of Marriage Could Be Declared Illegal’

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/lauretta-brown/catholic-bishop-scotus-hard-imagine-how-essential-meaning-marriage-could

 

CHECK OUT THE BOOK STORE

 

RELIGION

 

OF INTEREST

New

Liberalism and Christianity?—J. Gresham Machen

http://www.whitehorseinn.org/resources/free-articles/318-machen-liberalism-and-christianity

The attack upon the fundamentals of the Christian faith is not a matter merely of theological seminaries and universities. It is being carried on vigorously by Sunday School “lesson-helps,” by the pulpit, and by the religious press. The remedy, therefore, is not to be found in the abolition of theological seminaries, or the abandonment of scientific theology, but rather in a more earnest search after truth and a more loyal devotion to it when once it is found.

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

http://discern.org/2015/01/boy-who-came-back-from-heaven-recants-story-rebukes-lifeway-and-other-buyerssellers-of-heaven-tourism/

 

LifeWay returns ‘Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ books to publisher. Why, though, was it ever selling them?

http://discern.org/2015/01/lifeway-returns-boy-who-came-back-from-heaven-books-to-publisher-why-though-was-it-ever-selling-them/

 

CREATION VS EVOLUTION – Research links

 

Why is biblical Creationism so important?

The Giraffe: God’s Outstanding Animal

 

New

Responding to Athiest propaganda—Ken Ham

https://answersingenesis.org/countering-the-culture/responding-to-atheist-propaganda/

Public school textbooks are using the same word science for observational and historical science. They arbitrarily define science as naturalism and outlaw the supernatural. They present molecules-to-man evolution as fact. They are imposing the religion of naturalism/atheism on generations of students …

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

Previous

Report: Global Persecution of Christians Reached Historic Levels in 2014

http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/01/2015-forecast-bloody-violent-persecution-christians/

 

TEACHING/DEVOTIONAL

New

Do Not Love the World Or The Things Of the World—Mike Ratliff

https://mikeratliff.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/do-not-love-the-world-nor-the-things-in-the-world/

 

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

Disturbing History of AA

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

 

Previous

Pro-A.A. authors Dick B., Ken B., misrepresent “born again” quote about A.A. co-founder

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/01/09/pro-a-a-authors-dick-b-ken-b-misrepresent-born-again-quote-about-a-a-co-founder/

 

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

 

Previous

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

http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2014/01/why-beth-moore-and-not-me-danger-of.html

 

“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

 

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

 

New

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

http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/01/skeptical-dr-ozs-remedies-rick-warrens-plans/

 

Circus by the Glades

http://discern.org/2015/01/circus-by-the-glades/

With their cover of Britney Spears’ Circus, Church Circus by the Glades illustrates the point of the article, The Church Growth Movement: innovating like it’s 1894.

 

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

 

New

Spiritual Formation: An interview with Dr. Gary Gilley—SUFTT

http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/01/spiritual-formation-interview-dr-gary-gilley/

We’re talking about Spiritual Formation, and it is something that has taken the modern church by storm in just about every denomination – from those considered to be seeker-driven and even those considered to be conservative.

 

Ecumenism

 

Rick Warren’s 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

How Evangelicals [emergents] Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage

http://time.com/3669024/evangelicals-gay-marriage/

Previous

The Emerging Global Church—Berit Kjos

http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/peace-un.htm

Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan & UN Goals – Part 1

 

Perry Noble Rescinds the Ten Commands for 2015

http://www.pajamapages.com/noble-rescinds-the-ten-commandments-for-2015/

Noble rewrites the Ten Commandments….oops! “Promises.”

 

Hillsong Church

 

Hillsong NYC’s “biblical” silence about homosexuality

Hellsong – The Music of Hillsong – In Praise of Folly

 

New

Warner Bros pulls Hillsong movie from schedule

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/warner.bros.pulls.hillsong.movie.from.schedule/46030.htm

According to Christian Today “Hillsong – Let Hope Rise,” which is based on the infamous Australian-based Hillsong church and one of the world’s biggest worship bands, has been pulled from the Warner Brothers schedule. No explanation was given as to why the documentary was pulled.

 

“Jesus Calling” – Research Links

 

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

In Jesus Calling: Jesus Contradicts Himself

Is Hit Book “Jesus Calling” Pushing New Age?

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

in Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling” devotional

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

 

Joyce Meyer

 

The Prosperity Priestess and the Pied Piper of IHOP

Joyce Meyer’s teaching

 

Kay Arthur

 

Kay Arthur With Erroneous Contemplative Interpretation of Psalm 46:10

Christian Meditation: What’s Biblical and What’s

 

Mark Driscoll

 

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

 

Mormonism — Research Links

 

Mormon Church Admits Founder Joseph Smith Had About 40 Wives

Was Joseph Smith Really a Prophet from God?

What is Mormonism – What do Mormon’s Believe

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

 

New Age Movement/New Thought/Spirituality — Research Links

 

New Age Pandemic In The Church

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

Mysticism & Global Mind Change

Panantheism

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

 

New

30 Contemporary Christian Musical Artists Stand “United”——With New Age Sympathizer Roma Downey?–SUFTT

http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/01/30-contemporary-christian-musical-artists-stand-united-new-age-sympathizer-roma-downey/

 

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

http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/01/skeptical-dr-ozs-remedies-rick-warrens-plans/

 

New Apostolic Reformation/Dominionism – Research Links

 

We have had enough of false prophets

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

What is an Apostle?

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

 

Previous

“Apostle” Barb gets a brand new Mantle

http://mywordlikefire.com/2014/12/28/apostle-barb-gets-a-brand-new-mantle/

 

Occult – Research Links

Previous

This site is not recommended

Death-Switch: The Latest Attempt to Reach Beyond the Grave

http://thinkchristian.reframemedia.com/deathswitch-the-latest-attempt-to-reach-beyond-the-grave

 

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?

 

Previous

Pope Francis: You Cannot Be A Christian Outside the Church

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/01/11/pope-francis-you-cannot-be-a-christian-outside-the-church/

 

Pope Francis on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to free expression

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/01/15/pope-on-charlie-hebdo-there-are-limits-to-free-expression/21130272/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl7%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D599200

 

Social Justice/Progressive Christianity

 

Shameful Social Gospel

The Social Justice Gospel, Yesterday and TodayPart 2

 

New

How Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage

http://time.com/3669024/evangelicals-gay-marriage/

 

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

New

Same-sex couple married in pagan first

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-30885393

 

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

Hollywood stars smear ‘American Sniper,’ label Kyle a coward, Nazi

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/01/19/hollywood-smears-american-sniper-labels-kyle-coward-nazi/

While Americans embrace “American Sniper,” some in Hollywood are condemning the film – accusing director Clint Eastwood of “celebrating a killer.”

 

HEALTH

 

Previous

CDC urges early flu treatment as study shows low vaccine effectiveness

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/01/15/cdc-urges-early-flu-treatment-as-study-shows-low-vaccine-effectiveness/

 

MUSIC


 

Preparing For Marriage

Q&A-chalkboard

Q.  My girlfriend and I have been praying and talking with God about marriage and have been following His guidance throughout our relationship. I wanted to ask if you had any recommendations on some resources (books, sites, etc.) we could look into about preparing for marriage as a couple seeking Christ.  We both realize that is a very large step for our spiritual lives and each other. Naturally, neither of us having been married before we realize that we don’t have any experience or insight about marriage and know that rather than just building upon a good foundation, we have the opportunity to allow God to build a great one. Thanks so much! continue reading


 

The Holy Spirit, Now And Then

Q&A-chalkboard

Q.  When we get to heaven , will we still have the Holy Spirit indwelling us?

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Worship In Heaven

Q&A-chalkboard

Q.  I am a born again Christian and have been for many years.  I love the Lord and I know he is the only answer.  However, I know how God loves a humble heart and can’t stand people who are high on themselves. By us worshiping God forever and all the time, is God saying he wants us to be humble but yet he covets all the worship all the time?  I know no one else deserves worship, but does God have any humbleness about him?  Will we get to do other things in heaven and not just worship him all the time? I know this question might sound bad of me, but i was just hoping that God wasn’t someone who wanted to be exalted all the time.

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Must I Re-Marry?

Q&A-chalkboard

Q.  I lost my wife 4 months ago and I very much want to go and be with her in heaven. In fact I’ve been praying for that to happen.  Until it does, I’ve decided to remain alone.  But I’ve been told that’s wrong, and that I should look for another woman to marry.  Where does God’s word say I need to remarry? If I wish to remain unmarried until I leave this world, what’s wrong with that?

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Can A Person Walk Away From God?

Q&A-chalkboard

Q. I am going through the book of Mark on your web site. You say in chapter 3 that anyone who is a believer can never blaspheme the Holy Spirit. I understand that but, What if  that person decides in his heart that he no longer is a believer and turns away and becomes a agnostic or atheist. Is he ever able to turn back to Christ? continue reading


Taking The Chip

Q&A-chalkboard

Q. Now that national health care has been forced upon us in the US, I see the verichip following close behind, as an excuse to keep all of our medical information supposedly accessible through it. I see this as the mark of the beast, and will refuse it even if it costs me my life. What are your views on the “chip”?

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 Christians to the Closet?

Gay-rights activists have mocked the idea that gay marriage threatens religious liberty. But what they mean by religious liberty is no such thing.
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Our Time is Short

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


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SUFTT: 30 Contemporary Christian Musical Artists Stand “United”——With New Age Sympathizer Roma Downey?

As a followup to our interview last Friday with Warren B. Smith (see, A false revival is coming. Do you hear laughter?), we share this: have kindly given us permission to re-post this update on their research.

Contemporary Christian Musical Artists Say: We Will Stand “United”——With New Age Sympathizer Roma Downey?

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Cold Case Christianity: How Can We Answer the Challenge of Pain and Suffering?

224The economy is in tough shape. The culture seems to be more and more hostile to Christianity. Many regions of the world appear to be on the brink of war with growing turmoil in North Korea, Syria and Iran. Some of our friends are ill or suffering loss. How are we, as Christians, to respond to the pain and suffering we see all around us? Many skeptics point to this suffering as an evidence that God does not exist. If there is an all-powerful and all-loving God, why would he allow His children to suffer so? This objection is perhaps the most common complaint that non-believers level at Christians, and PleaseConvinceMe.com would like to offer a few thoughts to help you respond to the challenge. Along the way, we also hope to stimulate your own thinking as you try to make sense of a world where God seems to allow significant suffering.

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GTY Blog: Rightly Handle God’s Word

Code: B150119

 

by John MacArthur

Churches suffer when pastoral search committees are informed more by the corporate world than by the Word of God. Preferences concerning style, personality, appearance, speaking ability, management skills, and sense of humor often factor too heavily in the decision-making process, obscuring clear instructions from God’s Word about the qualifications for church leaders. The tragic result is often that the church can’t tell the difference between unqualified hirelings and true shepherds.

But it doesn’t need to be that way. Christians have the advantage of knowing in simple terms what God wants them to look for in a shepherd. In 1 Timothy 3:2-3, Paul spells out God’s standards for shepherds, summed up by the phrase “above reproach.” That passage clearly shows out that God is primarily concerned with a pastor’s moral character rather than his abilities. Nonetheless, He does include one crucial skill—the ability to teach.

Some may wonder why Paul features this qualification in a list of moral qualities. He does so because effective teaching is woven into the moral character of the teacher. What a man is cannot be divorced from what he says. “He that means as he speaks,” writes Richard Baxter, “will surely do as he speaks.”

An elder must be a skilled and effective teacher, who works hard in his studies and proclamation (cf. 1 Timothy 5:17). That is the one qualification that sets him apart from a deacon. Since the primary duty of the overseer is to preach and teach the Word of God, being gifted for that is crucial.

To preach and teach God’s Word is the primary task of elders (1 Timothy 4:6–16; 2 Timothy 2:15). It was for that purpose that they were given to the church (Ephesians 4:11–12). While all believers are responsible to pass on the truths they have learned in God’s Word, not all have gifts for preaching and teaching (1 Corinthians 12:29). Those who aspire to pastoral duty, however, must be so gifted.

What criteria identify a man as a skilled teacher?

First, as noted above, a skilled teacher must have the gift of teaching. It is not merely natural ability that makes one a good teacher; the biblical gift of teaching is the Spirit-given enablement to teach effectively the truths of God’s Word (1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6).

Second, a skilled teacher must have a deep understanding of doctrine. Paul instructed Timothy that, “A good servant of Christ Jesus, [is] constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:6). Richard Baxter put it this way,

He must not be himself a babe in knowledge, that will teach men all those mysterious things which must be known in order to salvation. O what qualifications are necessary for a man who hath such a charge upon him.

The deeper the reservoir of doctrinal knowledge a man has, the more skilled and applicable will be his teaching.

Third, a skilled teacher must have an attitude of humility. To teach the truth with an arrogant attitude would only serve to undermine the very truths being taught. The pulpit is not a platform for pastors to play pope. The abundant media coverage of pastors behaving like dictators only serves to reinforce the need for humility in our pulpits. Those who are properly skilled in handling God’s Word will be properly humbled by it.

Paul reminded Timothy that,

The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 2:24–25)

Fourth, a skilled teacher is marked by a life of holiness. Paul tells Timothy that “discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness” (1 Timothy 4:7), and to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11). He must be credible and live what he teaches. Paul exhorted Timothy to “in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:12). The teacher must be the prototype of what he asks his people to be.

Fifth, a skilled teacher must be a diligent student of Scripture. In the familiar passage in 2 Timothy 2:15, Paul writes, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”

Sixth, a skilled teacher must avoid error. It is tragic when men seeking preparation for the ministry attend schools that don’t honor God’s Word. The pressure to abandon biblical convictions is often overwhelming and many get swept away in the academic tide of liberal apostasy. Paul repeatedly warned Timothy to avoid false doctrine (1 Timothy 4:7; 1 Timothy 6:20; 2 Timothy 2:16). It’s wise counsel for us as well.

Finally, a skilled teacher must have strong courage and consistent convictions. He must not abandon the truth and shipwreck his faith (cf. 1 Timothy 1:18–19). At the close of his ministry, he should be able to say with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).

In summary, the man who is an able teacher of God’s Word must be spiritually gifted to do so, have a deep understanding of biblical doctrines, teach in a spirit of genuine humility, model holy living, diligently study Scripture, avoid false doctrine, and be a man of strong courage and consistent convictions.

The pulpit is not an outlet for egotistical visionaries who are the heroes of their own illustrations. God is the central character of His own revelation and qualified preachers are only those who rightly expound what God is saying to us in His Word.

The call to teach God’s Word is a high calling demanding rare expertise in handling God’s written revelation to man. It should always be met with trepidation because those who teach stand under God’s stricter judgment (James 3:1).

 

(Adapted from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: 1 Timothy.)


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Russia & Iran forge military compact as Iran & Hezbollah vow massive attacks on Israel’s northern tier. Here’s the latest.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

(Costa Mesa, California) — Are we heading towards another war between Israel and Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed terror movement in Lebanon? Tensions are rapidly rising. Israeli intelligence indicates that Iran and Hezbollah have been planning a series of major attacks against civilians along Israel’s northern border. Now, Israel appears to have taken pre-emptive action, killing an Iranian general and several of his top operatives in an airstrike. Iran and Hezbollah are vowing revenge.

If that weren’t troubling enough, Russia and Iran have just signed a dramatic military agreement that bodes ill for Israel and the epicenter, something I have been writing and warning about for many years.

I’m here in Costa Mesa today and will be speaking here Wednesday evening as part of The Third Target book tour. But here are the stories I’m tracking today:

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Tyndale and Lifeway Knew ‘The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ Was Deceptive- But they Sold it Anyway

Zwinglius Redivivus

Lifeway has become simply despicable.  And shameful.  Tyndale has been that way for a good while.

The producer and one of the largest retailers of the book “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” were warned over a year ago that the story was false, however, both continued to profit off the popular best-selling book despite the mother’s concerns.

The Christian publishing company Tyndale House Publishers, the producer of the popular 2010 book, was warned at least two years ago that the book was not based on a true story, like it claims, and that the premise of the book was false. However, Tyndale failed to stop producing the book when the mother of the child co-author reached out to recant his story.

And

“For the record, Tyndale House Publishers knew full well more than two years ago that Kevin Malarkey’s book contained fabricated stories,”Johnson wrote. “I…

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A Navy Seal’s Story

The Reformed Reader

Since I’m interested in military history, when I that saw The Last Rescue by former Navy Seal Howard Wasdin was available to review through the BookLook program, I requested it immediately.  I wasn’t disappointed!  It is a fascinating autobiography of Wasdin’s hard but grace-filled life.  God has brought this man through a lot, that’s for sure!

In these 250+ pages, Wasdin talks about his difficult childhood in some detail, and how it affected him negatively and positively.  He also takes some time to discuss his experiences with the Seals.  I haven’t seen the movie “Black Hawk Down,” but Wasdin was involved in that operation; since I learned that, I bought his other book, Seal Team Six (it’s inexpensive on Kindle).  But this book (The Last Rescue) isn’t only about his experience in the Navy Seals.  Wasdin also talks about his roller coaster life after the Seals, including…

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Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” shows why America goes to war

WINTERY KNIGHT

Chris Kyle, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, Navy SEAL

John Nolte explains why so many people are going to see it.

He writes:

“American Sniper” opens during the worst days of Fallujah in Iraq. Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is the eye in the sky watching his fellow warriors through a sniper scope and protecting them when necessary with the kind of precision shooting that will quickly make him a legend (and target).

Through a door, an Iraqi woman emerges with a boy who can’t be older than 10. They walk towards a group of Marines. She hands the boy a large grenade. Kyle has been told by his superiors that what happens next is his call.

Before Kyle can make what seems like an impossible choice (“I’ve never seen such evil,” Kyle says later), Eastwood and his screenwriter Jason Hall take us back in time with one of the best flashback sequences you’ll ever see. The…

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After Hit Job, Newsweek Runs Michael Brown’s Rebuttal to Anti-Bible Story

Steak and a Bible

I’ve posted several critiques of the shoddy anti-Christian Newsweek story attacking the Bible. Now, to the magazine’s credit it has at least published a rebuttal by Dr. Michael Brown. It’s a fantastic piece.

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Derailing the “God Told Me” Train

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely...

train-crash

A short while ago, Dan Phillips posted over at the CrippleGate and shared some great thoughts about the idea of God speaking outside Scripture.  It got me thinking and reminded me of a rather startling interaction I recently had with a charismatic fellow online.  Seeing that I’m running out the door in a few minutes and just pounding something out, I’ll copy and past the interaction.  It was quite revealing to see how it played out as I tried a new way of derailing the “God told me” train:

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End Times Prophecy Headlines: January 20, 2015

End Times Prophecy Report

Bible prophecy in Today's news headlines Bible prophecy in Today’s news headlines

End Times Prophecy Report
HEADLINES
January 20, 2015

CommentaryAnd OPINION

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FRANCE: French President: The Illuminati did this, Muslims did not do it. – Interesting.

ISRAEL: Israeli helicopter kills Iranian general with Lebanese fighters in Syrian territory

ISIS: ISIS plans on killing hundreds of millions in religious cleansing – Sounds like big talk from an outfit which can’t even handle war-torn Iraq and Syria.

ARGENTINA: Prosecutor who claimed government cover-up found dead – From time to time, the mystery of iniquity sacrifices one of their own to further a story line.  Of course, if the government wanted to REALLY cover up a story, the media wouldn’t print it.  In fact, you would never hear of it if it was a REAL cover up.

GREAT BRITAIN: Male Witches celebrate first same-sex pagan wedding – Historic!

World War 3 Watch: December 29, 2014

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The message to the Church in Philadelphia

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: (Revelation 3:7 NASB)

One of the big errors of our time in the visible Church of the 21st Century is the misguided concept that truth is subjective. In other words, truth is what you want it be. This concept is, of course, simply borrowed from the world, which loves it. While I do not contend that I know when our Lord will return, I do know that it will be at the end of this age prior to the age to come. I know that He has been given a people for Himself from the Father. I know that His blood purchased them at the cross. I know…

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