When a man truly sees himself, he knows nobody can say anything about him that is too bad. ―D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Jan. 21, 2015
President Obama didn’t give a listing of detailed policy proposals in his first speech to a Congress with both chambers controlled by Republicans. Instead, he outlined the rationale for an agenda that reflects a shift in the final two years of his presidency from spurring a tepid recovery to promoting a vision for reshaping the U.S. economy as it gains strength.
President Obama asked Congress to authorize military action against Islamic State extremists, saying the U.S. can defeat them without being “dragged into another ground war in the Middle East.”
President Obama declared the U.S. economy healed and said the nation now must begin work to close the gap between the well-off and the wanting.
Greg Abbott, Texas’s first new governor in 14 years, takes over as an oil boom that helped stoke the economy and tax collections shows signs of fading.
A day after China said its economy expanded at the slowest rate in 24 years, its central bank governor expressed willingness to sacrifice growth for stability.
New residential construction in the U.S. rose more than forecast in December, capping the best year since 2007 and signaling the industry will probably keep expanding this year. Housing starts increased 4.4 percent to a 1.09 million annual rate.
For IBM, converting to the cloud is taking a toll. Even though it’s necessary to drive future growth, the company has to sacrifice profits for now.
Brazil’s real climbed 0.7 percent to 2.5942 per U.S. dollar, to a six-week high, on speculation the central bank will raise borrowing costs by another half-percentage point and make the nation’s assets more attractive to international investors.
Copper futures fell for the second straight day as output rose to a record in China and Goldman Sachs said a weak property market in the Asian country will damp metal demand.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is leaving the door open to a possible 2016 White House bid.
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Russia hit back at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, saying it showed the United States believes it is “number one” and seeks world domination.
Warning alarms in AirAsia flight QZ8501 were “screaming” as the pilots desperately tried to stabilize the plane just before it plunged into the Java Sea last month, a crash investigator said Wednesday.
A cardiac surgeon at a major Boston hospital died of gunshot wounds on Tuesday evening, hours after he was shot by a man who opened fire inside the medical center and later killed himself, officials said.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Wednesday that Israel will be punished for killing one of its generals in an airstrike in Syria that also killed six Lebanese Hezbollah fighters.
Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch called for lone-wolf attacks against the United States and the West in a video posted Tuesday, days after the group claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo killings.
The UN on Tuesday decried numerous executions of civilians in Iraq by the Islamic State group, warning that educated women appeared to be especially at risk.
A volcanic eruption in Tonga has created a new island – although one scientist said Wednesday it could soon disappear.
The US Air Force’s nearly 130,000 pages of UFO records have hit the Internet. There are countless bizarre sightings, hundreds with no explanation, and they are now easy to find online thanks to UFO enthusiast John Greenewald, who posted the entire collection for the first time last week on his site The Black Vault.
Russia sounded the alarm as water levels in Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake, dropped to record lows, with environmentalists blaming dry weather and overuse by local industry.
A leading Islamic organization has called on the United Nations to make “contempt of religions” illegal and urged the West to protect Muslim communities following the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
France will create 2,680 new jobs and boost spending by €425m (£325m) to bolster counter-terrorism efforts after Islamist militant attacks in Paris.
The highest-ranking US delegation to visit Cuba in 35 years is holding talks with Cuban officials about migration and bilateral ties.
The Catholic Church in DR Congo threw its weight behind protests against President Joseph Kabila’s apparent attempt to extend his 14-year rule.
Bangladesh has arrested more than 7,000 opposition activists in the past 15 days, as they struggle to stop nationwide protests.
Police around the country are using more and more technologies to monitor Americans in their homes, often without probable cause, and privacy advocates warn Americans are on the verge of losing all privacy from their local governments.
Walmart will turn tax refunds into immediate green this year by offering cash refunds at all of its stores, the retailer said Tuesday.
Ten states now have taken the first step toward limiting the power of the federal government. Officials from Arizona, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia and Wyoming have filed resolutions calling for a convention of states that would propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution with the express purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. Article V of the Constitution gives the states the power to call such a convention.
Is Barack Obama Actually Trying To Help ISIS Take Over Syria?
That headline sounds crazy, right? It must be untrue, right? Well, read on, because you might be absolutely shocked by what you learn. As you will read about below, the Obama administration has used al-Qaeda fighters and other radical Islamic groups in the past to topple governments. And without a doubt, Barack Obama is absolutely determined to oust Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. In fact, he came dangerously close to taking us to war with Syria earlier in his presidency before backing down in the face of overwhelming public pressure. But what Obama wants to do in Syria has not changed, and he is using the same playbook that he used in Libya and elsewhere to get it done. (Read More…)
12 Signs That The Economy Is Really Starting To Bleed Oil Patch Jobs
The gravy train is over for oil workers. All over North America, people that felt very secure about their jobs just a few weeks ago are now getting pink slips. There are even some people that I know personally that this has happened to. The economy is really starting to bleed oil patch jobs, and as long as the price of oil stays down at this level the job losses are going to continue. But this is what happens when a “boom” turns into a “bust”. Since 2003, drilling and extraction jobs in the United States have doubled. And these jobs typically pay very well. It is not uncommon for oil patch workers to make well over $100,000 a year, and these are precisely the types of jobs that we cannot afford to be losing. The middle class is struggling mightily as it is. And just like we witnessed in 2008, oil industry layoffs usually come before a downturn in employment for the overall economy. So if you think that it is tough to find a good job in America right now, you definitely will not like what comes next. (Read More....)
January 21, 2015
“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” –Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1735
If you’re like most Americans, you didn’t sit through another round of Obama’s statist State of the Union rhetoric. So Mark Alexander did the dirty work for you. Don’t miss his succinct analysis of the more egregious deceptions from the teleprompters — 2015 SOTU: “Mission Accomplished — I’m Just Awesome!”
TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
The oil boom blindsided Barack Obama. In his 2012 re-election campaign, the president said the adage “Drill, baby, drill” would never bring about $2 gas. So when he described America’s oil boom, he couched the success of the free market in leftist terms. “We believed we could reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect our planet,” Obama crowed during last night’s State of the Union. “And today, America is number one in oil and gas. America is number one in wind power. Every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008. And thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save $750 at the pump.” Obama’s green energy has not propelled Americans down the roads, and it won’t unless the government massively manipulates the markets. Despite oil production on federal land being stifled 16%, the federal government snatching up tracts of land, and an Environmental Protection Agency hostile to conventional sources of energy, America’s oil production continues to grow in the private sector. In spite of Obama trying to orchestrate his “middle-class economy,” free enterprise brought a true benefit to the American people.
Perhaps H&R Block is just calling it as it is, or perhaps it’s getting an early start on advertising for business, but the nation’s largest tax preparation service is warning people that ObamaCare has made the already complex tax code incomprehensible. “Now that the Affordable Care Act has made health care a tax issue, no one can understand it,” H&R Block says in a video on its specially dedicated ObamaCare web page. ObamaCare rules that take effect for this tax filing season amount to “the biggest tax code change in the last 20 years.” Now that individuals have been enrolled in ObamaCare for the first time, subsidies — based on income — play a role in tax filing. Some estimates put the number of people who will be forced to repay those subsidies at over three million. Other taxpayers will receive smaller refunds after their penalty tax is confiscated. According to The Daily Caller, “Penalties for non-compliance with Obamacare have tripled since 2013, from $95 to an average of $301.” In short, it’s going to be a painful tax season, because, if you like your refund, you can’t have all of it. More…
The “Affordable” Care Act demands not only more money, but people’s privacy. It’s not exactly clear why Healthcare.gov needs to share sensitive health information it has trolled from millions of users with web marketing companies. While the government told the Associated Press the web marketers analyze the data to “improve the customer experience,” there is little information about what is shared and how it is used. The AP reports, “[I]t can include age, income, ZIP code, whether a person smokes, and if a person is pregnant. It can include a computer’s Internet address, which can identify a person’s name or address when combined with other information collected by sophisticated online marketing or advertising firms.” According to Peter Suderman at Reason the health care website has had a dismal record protecting people’s data — the Government Accountability Office has proved that. Three can’t keep a secret. Especially if one doesn’t care about privacy and the other is compelled to disclose their private health information by government diktat.
The real estate company owned by Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband is about to get a windfall thanks to the government-run economy. Here’s what the New York Post’s Richard Johnson had to say about it: “The US Postal Service plans to sell 56 buildings — so it can lease space more expensively — and the real estate company of the California senator’s husband, Richard Blum, is set to pocket about $1 billion in commissions. Blum’s company, CBRE, was selected in March 2011 as the sole real estate agent on sales expected to fetch $19 billion. Most voters didn’t notice that Blum is a member of CBRE’s board and served as chairman from 2001 to 2014.” Apparently, deals like this have been going to the Feinsteins for years. Once again, Feinstein has found a loophole to direct taxpayer money to her husband and the companies owned by his friends. Even while Feinstein says the bidding processes were competitive, her husband has scored military construction contracts, and CBRE was positioned in such a way to catch the windfall from the senator’s tampering with the real estate market. While leftist elite decry the “One Percent,” they don’t mind being part of it themselves. More…
In September 2014, Barack Obama announced that Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIL would not be like Iraq. It would be like Yemen. “I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Obama said. “It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.” So how about a check-up on that success? The Washington Post reports, “Shiite insurgents overran Yemen’s presidential palace and shelled the president’s residence Tuesday in an escalating offensive striking at the heart of the Western-allied government. … A government collapse could send the country into full-scale civil war and raise fears of militant factions cementing control of key territory in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula.” Oh. Well, then, Obama might need to look for another model. In all seriousness, this is not good for the fight against terrorism.
During his lame-duck term, Barack Obama intends to pursue what he calls “middle-class economics,” i.e., proposals to reduce income inequality through taxation. Apparently a one-trick pony, Obama is back to raising taxes on the rich.
In last night’s State of the Union Address, Obama explained “middle-class economics” as “the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, everyone plays by the same set of rules. We don’t just want everyone to share in America’s success, we want everyone to contribute to our success.”
Except his policies don’t give everyone a fair shot, or set the same rules for everyone. And only a few at the top “contribute to our success.”
The Hill calls him Robin Hood, taking from the rich and giving to the poor and middle class. But that’s misrepresenting his theft. The idea of Obama’s “giving” anything to the American middle class, for whom his enmity is all but palpable, is ridiculous, but the notion of his playing Robin Hood insults our intelligence. During the Obama era, both the middle class and the poor have lost more ground economically than during any time in the last four decades, yet suddenly along comes Robin Hood to right the wrongs of his first six years.
As Rush Limbaugh astutely explained Monday, Robin Hood did not steal from the rich to give to the poor. According to legend, Robin Hood reclaimed the excessive taxes extorted by the sheriff of Nottingham from the commoners in his shire. In modern parlance, Obama is the sheriff, not the woodsman.
Yet Obama’s appeal to those who believe the wealthy steal from the rest of society has served him well. Rush alluded to exit polls in the 2012 presidential election that showed 81% said they voted for Obama because he “cares about people like me.” For decades, the Left has sweetly whispered into the ears of the unhappy, the aggrieved and the gullible, telling them the rich have stolen everyone else’s wealth. If only the playing field could be equalized, if only everyone had an equal share, all would be peachy.
The socialist utopian dream just will not die because there is always wealth to be redistributed. Obama claims tax hikes will help balance wealth distribution, but not a dime will ever reach a single productive person. Ironically, much of what’s not swallowed by the gaping maw of government will likely go to Obama’s buddies in Big Business, purportedly the Left’s most hated foe.
The Left has seized upon a recent study by two neo-socialist economists, who claim the top 1% (written “0.01” to increase its impact) hold 80% of the wealth in the United States. But like all lefties in good standing, they leave out relevant facts. In this case, they ignore the wealthiest sector of the nation: the United States government.
The federal government forcibly extracted more than $3 trillion from American citizens in 2014 — the first time it crossed that threshold. The study’s authors complain about billionaires but say not a word about the trillionaire in the room. And according to the latest Forbes list of worldwide billionaires, the aggregate wealth of them all totals only $6.4 trillion, barely enough to finance the U.S. government for a year-and-a-half. It’s also less than a third of federal debt. Added to the federal government, the states have their own billionaire club, particularly California, which has one of the largest economies (and hence, governments) in the world.
Enhancing its rather extravagant income, the federal government owns vast swaths of real estate inside our borders (including 87% of the land in the West), an asset of enormous value. So in comparison, the wealthy in our country, two-thirds of whom according to Forbes earned their wealth, could be among the lowest 1% when compared to government.
The authors conclude that the “public will favor more progressive taxation only if it is convinced that top income gains are detrimental to the 99%.” So keep feeding them class envy.
We don’t mean to be apologists for wealthy corporatists, some of whom — such as George Soros and Tom Steyer — use their wealth to buy our political system. (This while leftists hypocritically attack the Koch brothers or other conservative financiers, whose contributions are dwarfed by leftists.) Of course, others are admirable people who’ve made a fortune by grit and guts. This nation’s founding principles guarantee every person the right to the fruits of his labor. Since the 16th Amendment passed, however, that principle has been turned on its head by busybody activists and government officials — hypocritical officials, we might add.
Inside the most exclusive club in the world, congressmen and women “earn” more than several average families combined — on average, just one of them surpasses 18 families’ incomes. And the Redistributionist in Chief lives the life of royalty on a scale never before witnessed, jetting around in the world’s most expensive plane with entourages of hundreds in tow. Where does he — the laughable “savior” of the 99% — get off demanding higher taxes from a “10% family” earning 225,000 badly devalued dollars?
Unfortunately, as long as Democrats can buy votes with taxpayer money, the class warfare of “middle-class economics” will live on. All Obama did Tuesday night was preview the central message of the 2016 presidential campaign.
The late Chris Kyle is an American legend, joining the likes of Jim Bowie, Daniel Boone and Alvin York. When a solider suffering from PTSD killed Kyle at a gun range in 2013, Kyle’s legacy as one of the great American snipers, with nearly 160 confirmed kills in Iraq, was already cemented into the annals of American war. And when “American Sniper,” the film depicting Kyle’s life, blew out the box office this past weekend, Kyle’s reputation was preserved as an American icon.
To put “American Sniper” in perspective, its opening weekend earned the film $89.5 million. Usually, only superhero movies like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” do this well. But Americans wanted to see the biopic of a real hero. It’s Kyle’s story — with its focus on the cost of war and the struggle he had balancing duty to country with duty to family — that resonated with the American audience. After all, it’s an American story.
The film, starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, was nominated for six Academy Awards, but that didn’t stop (or perhaps led to) some members of Hollywood’s leftist elite lambasting the film. Actor Seth Rogen said, “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.” Did Rogen just compare the life of Chris Kyle to a Nazi propaganda film? Rogen is about as moronic as the character he plays in the assassination-comedy “The Interview,” which is being used as anti-North Korean propaganda.
Anti-gun documentarian Michael Moore mocked Kyle as a coward: “My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse.” The only coward here is the one who does his sniping from behind a camera — using a high-capacity magazine full of made-up “facts,” we might add.
Run-of-the-mill liberals also joined in the clamor against “American Sniper,” saying the film is racist because Kyle describes jihadis as savages in the movie, or that Kyle is a war-drunk killer.
There is a difference between Chris Kyle the man and Chris Kyle the legend. The Leftmedia could dredge up enough valid dirt on the man, but they attack the legacy of the fallen sniper because of the American values Kyle represents. Kyle, like any man, was flawed. For example, he was perhaps prone to exaggerated braggadocio, likely fabricating some stories — including having punched former pro-wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in the face. Ventura won a defamation suit over it, which is difficult to do.
But Kyle didn’t return to Iraq again and again because he was arrogant or gloried in killing. According to Kyle, he returned to protect his brothers in arms. “The ideal thing would be if I knew the number of lives I saved, because that’s something I’d love to be known for,” Kyle said in 2012. “But you can’t calculate that.”
If that isn’t an American ideal, what is?
Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, took to Facebook to express how overwhelmed she was that “American Sniper,” an “honest” depiction of her husband’s life, was so successful in movie theaters.
“Thank you for being willing to watch the hard stuff,” she wrote, “and thank you for hearing, seeing, experiencing the life of our military and first responders. I put them together because the battlefields may be different but the experience is the same on many spiritual levels.”
If Kyle has become our hero, he shows the values America still holds dear on and off the battlefield. We laud the man who runs toward the sound of chaos, who handles a gun with ease, yet is still gentle enough to hang up the weapons of war to be with wife and children.
Violence comes at a price, as Eastwood explores in his cannon of films, and that may cost a man his soul or his mind. For thousands of American soldiers, war is a hell that rages in their minds in the form of PTSD. Yet as Kyle shows, that is a burden the American hero bears out of love of country.
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- John Stossel: Restate of the Union
- Terence Jeffrey: Obama’s Tax on Stay-at-Home Moms
- Stephen Moore: Private Sector, Not Obama, Created Lower Gas Prices
- Jacob Sullum: The Persistence of Policing for Profit
- Walter E. Williams: Will the West Defend Itself?
OPINION IN BRIEF
American author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862): “The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals.”
Columnist John Stossel: “Obama sure is consistent. His State of the Union address sounded like his other speeches: What I’ve done is great! America is in a much better position. We’ve created a manufacturing sector that’s adding jobs. More oil is produced at home. I cut deficits in half! Give me a break. The deficit is lower now not because of any prudence on Obama’s part but merely because the $800 billion stimulus spending blowout didn’t continue. All the president does is increase spending: free community college, free Obamaphones, free birth control, etc. Yes, our annual deficit is lower, but it’s still $488 billion! Our $18 trillion national debt increases by $3 million every minute! Yes, more oil is produced at home, but that’s in spite of the administration. Oil production is down on public land. Yes, the manufacturing sector added jobs, but that’s mostly because of cheaper natural gas created by fracking, which Obama’s cronies opposed. Also, America is finally recovering from recession. Obama’s policies probably slowed that recovery. Does the President delude himself when he takes credit for oil production, lower deficits, etc.? Or does he mislead on purpose? I don’t know.”
Columnist Terence Jeffrey: “God’s commandment says: Honor your father and mother. Obama supports policies that deny a child the ability to even know a mother. Thus, it should come as no surprise that as he closes out his presidency Obama is proposing a new policy that discriminates against married stay-at-home mothers and provides an incentive for mothers not to take care of their own children. The president’s tax proposal would ‘streamline child care tax benefits and triple the maximum child care credit for middle class families with young children, increasing it to $3,000 per child,’ says a White House statement on Obama’s new proposal to adjust the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. … Who would this tax scheme help and who would it hurt? For starters, an IRS webpage on the Child and Dependent Care Credit stresses: ‘The care provider cannot be your spouse.’ So, one beneficiary is daycare centers. … The perversely logical corollary to Obama’s desire to structure the tax code to the disadvantage of stay-at-him mothers is his desire to use tax dollars to replace working fathers with the government itself.”
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Posted: 21 Jan 2015 07:51 AM PST
Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, warns that the NHS needs a complete transformation. He goes on to say that if changes are not made, “it may be forced to abandon free healthcare for all.” Americans must take a good look at this situation. Here is a modern, developed, Western country that instituted socialized medicine, and it is collapsing around them. If the Brits can’t get this right, what is the future for socialized medicine in America? As Western populations age, it is a common thread that their healthcare systems will come under enormous strain. Simply put, there are less working men and women to support a large number of older, more expensive patients. This is not rocket science. No matter what costs are taken out of the system, it is a fact that healthcare will have to be rationed. The death panels under a socialized system will become a reality. I recently spent a week in a Russian hospital due to a kidney stone and experienced socialized medicine (the real thing) first hand. The people were generous, hard working, and compassionate. However, they did not have enough resources to do the job. Of course, if you have a lot of money, you can get admitted to a private hospital, but that is not where they took me when I collapsed at a flat in the center of Moscow. More
|CNN’s Anderson Cooper Calls Out Charisma Column Over ‘Gay Agenda’
Posted: 21 Jan 2015 07:45 AM PST
Larry Tomczak’s words are being broadcast from national television, first by Ellen DeGeneres and now by Anderson Cooper. Tomczak says the two are responsible for an avalanche of immoral programming sweeping television. After DeGeneres fired back last week, Cooper addressed the gay agenda. Watch the video to see his response. Unless otherwise specified, the opinions expressed are solely the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of Charisma Media. Charisma
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|GOG N MAGOG WATCH – Russia And Iran Forming A Military Alliance, Prophecy Unfolding
Posted: 21 Jan 2015 07:39 AM PST
Iran and Russia signed an agreement Tuesday to expand military ties in a visit to Tehran by the Russian defense minister. Sergei Shoigu, in remarks carried by Russian news agencies, said Moscow wants to develop a “long-term and multifaceted” military relationship with Iran. He said that the new agreement includes expanded counter-terrorism cooperation, exchanges of military personnel for training purposes and an understanding for each country’s navy to more frequently use the other’s ports. Iran’s Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan urged greater cooperation as a means of opposing American ambitions in the region. Moscow and Tehran have staunchly supported Syrian President Bashar Assad throughout Syria’s civil war, while Washington advocates regime change and supports rebel groups. “Iran and Russia are able to confront the expansionist intervention and greed of the United States through cooperation, synergy and activating strategic potential capacities,” Dehghan said. “As two neighbors, Iran and Russia have common viewpoints toward political, regional and global issues.” Russia has maintained friendly ties with Iran and has built its first nuclear power plant. Last fall, it signed a deal to build two more reactors in Iran. More
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|Student trapped in déjà-vu time loop for 8 years
Posted: 21 Jan 2015 07:35 AM PST
A 23-year-old British student has spoken of being “trapped in a time loop” after one of the most unusual cases of extreme déjà vu has crippled the last eight years of his life. The unnamed male, whose experiences formed a case study in the Journal of Medical Case Reports, has been forced to drop out of university, stop reading newspapers or magazines, watching television or listening to the radio – because he believes that he’s seen it all before. French for ‘already seen’, the man said his feelings of déjà vu were not those of familiarity but of him relieving the past moment by moment, and were sometimes so intense that the man describes them as “frightening”. His case has baffled and intrigued doctors who examined the 23-year-old, who first experienced the sensation in 2007, shortly after he started university, because he does not exhibit any of the other neurological conditions usually associated with those who suffer from déjà vu. More
|Biblical text found in Egyptian mummy mask
Posted: 21 Jan 2015 07:29 AM PST
A fragment of what could be the earliest copy of the Gospel of Mark – the oldest of the four canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and central to the belief system of Christianity – is set to be published after being discovered in the face mask of an Egyptian mummy. Not all mummies were created equal – we’re used to seeing them contained by stunning sarcophagi and masks coated in gold, but only Egyptian royalty were honoured with such finery. When regular citizens died and were mummified, their masks were made from simple papyrus – a plant-based, paper-thin material – which was glued together in layers and painted. And while papyrus was obviously a whole lot cheaper to produce than gold, it came in limited supply, so people often recycled it, just like how kids use old newspapers to make Papier-mâché. Now, researchers have figured out how to loosen the glue that holds these papyrus layers together, thousands of years after it was applied, so they can be extracted from the mask with the original ink writings still intact. More
|New ‘Cyberbullying’ Law Will Force Illinois Students to Give Up Social Media Passwords.
Posted: 21 Jan 2015 07:25 AM PST
Students suspected of “cyberbullying” could face criminal charges under a new Illinois state law if they refuse to reveal their social media passwords to school administrators. According to the new rule, all forms of “digital harassment,” whether done on or off campus, will now be investigated as a violation of school disciplinary rules and procedures. Parents and students in several districts were informed of the new policy, which began at the start of the year, after receiving letters from school officials earlier this month. One such letter obtained by Motherboard states that administrators may demand passwords from any student deemed to have “evidence” relating to suspected cyberbullying. “If your child has an account on a social networking website, e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, ask.fm, etc., please be aware that State law requires school authorities to notify you that your child may be asked to provide his or her password for these accounts to school officials in certain circumstances,” a letter to parents in the Triad Community Unit School District states. “School authorities may require a student or his or her parent/guardian to provide a password or other related account information in order to gain access to his/her account or profile on a social networking website if school authorities have reasonable cause to believe that a student’s account on a social networking website contains evidence that a student has violated a school disciplinary rule or procedure.” More
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|2008 Dream of Mega-Quake Striking the New Madrid Fault Line
Posted: 21 Jan 2015 07:19 AM PST
Pastor Jim and Lori Bakker welcomed Pastor John Kilpatrick back for a second day in which he discussed a troubling “God dream” he had in 2008. In it, he found himself suspended over a peaceful river that suddenly expanded, leaving him unable to see any land borders. The scene of the dream then shifted to him and a fellow church member running through a small, one room schoolhouse. The building began to buck like a horse and toss the men around like rag dolls. Pastor Kilpatrick said his teeth were hurting during the dream from clapping back and forth from the fierce shaking that took over the building. At the dream’s close, he saw an ancient-looking map with the words Indianola and Europa on it. After awakening, he called to his wife who found him shaking and disturbed by the dream. He asked her to look up the name Indianola on the computer and she found five cities under that name, two of which saw destruction as the result of hurricanes. Three American states also claimed cities by the same name: Illinois, Texas and Mississippi. When looking at a map later, Pastor Kilpatrick noticed a line extending from Indianola, Illinois and running close to Europa, Missouri. A friend, after hearing the dream and searching for more information, found that the two cities and Indianola, Mississippi lie directly on the New Madrid Fault, which cuts through five states. Upon learning this, the Pastor knew the dream signaled a great and catastrophic earthquake to happen. However, he believes the occurrence of a New Madrid eruption will only take place if America pushes for the dividing of Jerusalem. Should this earthquake happen, he suggests it will divide America in two physically. More in video below
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|The Four Horsemen Of Russia’s Economic Apocalypse
Posted: 21 Jan 2015 07:08 AM PST
The closing of the sale of TNK-BP, Russia’s third-biggest oil company, 50% owned by British Petroleum and 50% by the Russian billionaires, marked another move by Vladimir Putin to centralize power. Rosneft Chief Executive Igor Sechin, often described as Russia’s second-most-powerful man behind Putin and sometimes called Darth Vader, was the central figure behind the deal. He sometimes seemed to want to remind the oligarchs of their rank by tormenting them during the negotiations, arriving late to their Moscow meetings. As if it were being played out in a James Bond thriller, a neutral location was selected for the closing: Frankfurt, Germany, continental Europe’s financial capital. Shareholder representatives insisted that they be able to immediately verify, in real time, the transfer of cash and stock certificates into an escrow account controlled by the billionaires, says a person familiar with the events . Only after a screenshot was taken showing the new balance of $27,778,900,132.16 was the transaction considered final. More
|Is Dollar Next? Investors Reassess After Swiss Shock
Posted: 21 Jan 2015 07:02 AM PST
After Switzerland shocked markets by scrapping its currency cap, investors are beginning to ask whether a policy surprise may be lurking for the dollar, too. Samson Capital Advisors LLC said the Swiss move, which sent the franc surging as much as 41 percent against the euro last week, was “a good reminder” of the risks of following the herd, just as speculators pushed bets on a dollar rally to a new high. A shock from the Federal Reserve, such as raising interest rates less quickly than investors expect, may derail the greenback after it advanced to the highest in a decade, State Street Global Advisors Inc. warned. “People have to be re-assessing what their positions are,” Jonathan Lewis, chief investment officer at New York-based Samson, which has $7.4 billion in assets, said by phone on Jan. 16. In the case of Switzerland, “people were betting billions of dollars on the kindness of strangers, people they’d never met, whose names they couldn’t pronounce.” More
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|Volcanic eruption in Tonga creates new island
Posted: 21 Jan 2015 07:00 AM PST
A volcanic eruption in Tonga has created a new island — although one scientist said Wednesday it could soon disappear. The volcano has been erupting for a month in the ocean about 65 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of the capital, Nuku’alofa. Last week it disrupted international air travel to the Pacific archipelago for several days. New Zealand volcanologist Nico Fournier said he traveled by boat to within about a mile of the new island on Saturday to take a closer look. He said it’s made mainly of loose scoria and its dimensions are about 1.8 kilometers (1.1 miles) by 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles), and that it rises about 100 meters (109 yards) above the sea. “It’s quite an exciting site, you get to see the birth of an island,” he said. “Visually it was quite spectacular, but there was no big sound coming with it, no boom. It was a bit eerie.” He said that once the volcano stops erupting, it will likely take the ocean no more than a few months to erode the island entirely. He said it would need to be made of lava or something more durable to survive. More
In Israel, Jewish Victims of Paris Terror Attack Find Peace :: Spyer in Weekly Standard
by Jonathan Spyer
The Weekly Standard
January 13, 2015
“Does Europe Have No-go Zones?” – Pipes in The Blaze, #1386
by Daniel Pipes
January 20, 2015
Model Awareness: Cosmo UK’s Bold Honor Killing Cover :: Chesler in Breitbart
by Phyllis Chesler
January 20, 2015
Female Genital Mutilation a Growing Problem in Iran :: Alawi and Schwartz in Weekly Standard
by Irfan al-Alawi and Stephen Schwartz
The Weekly Standard
January 20, 2015
Netanyahu invited to address Congress on Iran and radical Islam on February 11
President Obama warned Congress last night that he would veto any sanctions legislation on Iran, saying it would derail U.S. negotiations with the Middle East. But John Boehner isn’t ready to sit out the battle over Iran’s nuclear program, and on Wednesday, he invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress next month.
Gallup: Obama Plummets to Lowest Annual Approval Rating Ever
With six years down and just two left in which to build a legacy, President Barack Obama has posted his lowest-ever average annual approval rating. A Gallup poll finds that Obama, in the one-year period between Jan. 20, 2014, and Monday, posted an approval average of just 42.6 percent.
Markell: America believes in our country, not in Mohammad
“I think we’re tired of the mentality that says that someone who was a part of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center should be a respected member of any activity in America,” Markell tells OneNewsNow.
She says she was pleased that thousands showed up to protest the conference, including one individual who held up a sign that read, “Go home and take Obama with you.”
Government monitoring every aspect of your life?
‘They can fly over your home and scan you inside your home’
Police around the country are using more and more technologies to monitor Americans in their homes, often without probable cause, and privacy advocates warn Americans are on the verge of losing all privacy from their local governments.
The latest flashpoint in this debate came in Tuesday’s edition of USA Today in which a story detailed a fairly new type of radar that allows police to closely monitor activity in any home they wish to investigate.
Economic Crisis or World Government?
It is a well-known fact that many of the global elite have long believed that a global economic crisis could be a major step toward the establishment of a New World Order (one-world government).
For example, as far back as 1994, David Rockefeller said, “We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.” He didn’t identify what this needed “major crisis” would be—but others have indicated that they think a major economic crisis would work.
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.
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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Saudi Arabia Kingdom Building 600 Mile Long ‘Great Wall’ To Keep Out Advancing ISIS
Saudi Arabia building a great wall to insulate themselves from Islamic militants
ISIS has set a pretty impressive goal for themselves, they desire to take the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As crazy as that seems, given the Islamic State’s recent spate of military successes, the Saudis are taking no chances. They have begun construction of a 600 mile long, 1,000km, wall and moat-like ditch that will be designed to insulate themselves from from Iran to the north and Syria to the northwest.
The wall will feature 40 watchtowers equipped with Airbus SPEXER 2000 radars, day/night cameras, seven command-and-control centers, 38 separate communication towers and 32 military response stations. Whew! Do you think they sense a legit threat?
Last week’s attack by ISIS that killed a general and two other Saudi soldiers, was no random act of Islamic violence. The ISIS jihadists were trying to stop construction of the wall that will protect Saudi Arabia from ISIS-controlled Iraq immediately to the north.
ISIS is as great a threat to the Middle East in 2015 as Hitler’s Nazis were to Europe in the 1940’s. The Saudi kingdom is very wise in building this wall, let’s hope they get to finish it in time.
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Shock As John Boehner Opens House Session With Islamic Prayer To Allah (VIDEO)
Islam slowly creeping into all three branches of our government
Years from now, when people look back on America, historians will write endless amounts of books and papers on the precise time when America gave into the relentless creeping Sharia and our democratic republic was destroyed. That time is now…right now. Historians will be very careful to note that our nation was not destroyed from outside forces, but was betrayed from forces within, namely our elected leaders.
On November 13, 2014, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt and House Leader John Boehner invited Imam Hamad Ahmad Chebli, religious leader of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey (ISCJ) in Monmouth Junction, to give the opening prayer in the House of Representatives.
The opening prayer asked for the “blessings” of Allah “the most merciful” to fall upon America. Boy, talk about inviting a curse! You could expect this nonsense if it was Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi, but this was done by the hands of Republicans.
In 2015, the only difference between the two parties is how they spell their name, and whether they use the color red or blue on their logo. The so-called “Republican Landslide” from November 4th is a meaningless distinction that will amount to nothing to champion any Christian values or Conservative causes.
The Islamization of America, at the hands of our own leaders, proceeds at full speed.
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Help evangelist Tony Miano put the Bible into the hands of 44 people
Tony’s ministry is endorsed by people you’ve heard of (and some you may not have). This is a good cause – please go help Tony out.
Tyndale’s justification for not withdrawing Boy-Back-From-Heaven book: if we don’t publish, someone else will
Silence Of the Shepherds
by R.C. Sproul Jr.
Pastors don’t preach against abortion for the same reason people procure abortions: fear, shame, and a lack of faith.
Emails Suggest Lifeway President Was Alerted to Heaven Scam Book By Worldview Weekend Radio & TV Host Justin Peters Months Before Finally Pulling Book
We are told that “Lifeway was informed last week that Alex Malarkey has retracted his testimony about visiting heaven as told in the book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven. This is not true. In May of 2014, Justin Peters, a highly respected apologist who has toured the country giving apologetic and discernment presentations to tens of thousands of Christians, reached out to Thom Rainer, President of Lifeway. Also interestingly, Justin Peters is a former trustee of Lifeway, hence his relationship with Rainer.
Justin Peters is known for his meticulous documentation of heresy and error, as well as his excellent and detailed use of audio and video clips of the person he is discussing to let his audience members see and hear for themselves the theological weaknesses and spiritual poison that is invariably being peddled. Justin Peters emailed Thom Rainer and Ed Stetzer to address his concerns about the books that Lifeway was selling and promoting, and provided Tom Rainer with the documentation. In this email exchange from 8 months ago, Justin Peters, Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer go back and forth about the merits,value, and purpose of Lifeway carrying these books
WVW-TV Presents: Islamic Lies About The Bible & The Quran with Usama Dakdok. Watch now before this rolls into the Situation Room for members only. Click here to watch now:
WVW-TV Presents: The Danger of Experientializing and Individualizing The Scripture with Justin Peters. Watch now before this rolls into the Situation Room for members only. Click here to watch now:
WVW-TV: Why America is Decreasing, Who is Bringing Her Down, and How the Financial, Religious, and Political Power is Shifting to a Euro-Centric Empire (Part Two)
‘Limits On Free Speech’ – The Pope’s Latest Effort To Bring Muslims And Catholics Closer Together
Should criticism of Islam be banned? Should the kinds of cartoons depicting Muhammed that were published by French magazine Charlie Hebdo be against the law? In recent days, there has been a massive outpouring of support for free speech in the western world in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. But there have also been a few dissenting voices. One of these dissenting voices belongs to Pope Francis. He has publicly stated that “there is a limit” to free speech and that “you cannot insult the faith of others”. So obviously he does not approve of the cartoons of Muhammed that Charlie Hebdo has been publishing. By taking this kind of public stand, the Pope is going to further endear himself to the more than one billion Muslims in the world. Since he was elevated to Pope, he has been doing more than any of his predecessors to build bridges to Islam. So precisely why is he doing this? Why is he working so hard to bring Muslims and Catholics together? Could it be possible that he is laying the groundwork for a future one world religion?
WVW-Financial News and Information: Guest Craig Smith. Craig Smith is often a guest on Fox Business and Fox News Channel. Craig is the author of the book Don’t Bank on It. Craig joins us for this financial update to discuss the following: Topic: Is the stock market based on reality? Topic: Is JP Morgan having financial issues and what does that mean for the other big banks? Topic: Which is the only big bank to not be in trouble financially due to derivatives? Topic: What just happened in Switzerland and how did it impact the world economy? Topic: America is going to either have a controlled financial crash or a crash and burn crash. Which one will it be and how should you prepare for either event? Click You can also call 1-877-864-1072 to get your free copy of the book Don’t bank on it. Click here to listen now:
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.
Fuzzy Math in Unemployment Statistics
The Department of Labor announced that 252,000 new jobs were added to the U.S. economy in December. The Obama Administration is trying to pander to voters by touting a recent decline in government unemployment figures, but the official unemployment figure is dishonest because it excludes from the count the million unemployed Americans who have given up looking for a job. You don’t count as “unemployed” unless you are actively looking for a job.
Worldview Radio with Brannon Howse:
Topic: Ever heard the Word of Faith and NAR preachers shouting about how God is doing a new thing? Hear one WOF preacher using Isaiah 43:19 completely out of context and apply it to the prosperity gospel. Isaiah 43:19 and Isaiah 42:9 is about the new prophecies that that will be fulfilled in the millennial kingdom. Brannon uses lots of Scripture from Isaiah 35, 43 and 42 to prove that the context of Isaiah 42:9 and 43:19 is not now but in the future and is largely being applied to Israel. Topic: Tired of being told you are a bad Christian if you are not involved in fighting the culture war, establishing the kingdom of God on earth here and now and involved in social justice activities? Tired of being made to feel like you are a bad person and even a bad Christian for having a home, a car, taking a vacation and providing for your family while others do without? Welcome to the growing guilt campaign of modern-day evangelicals that are holding one conference after another and writing one book after another about the need to restore all things and establish the kingdom and transform the culture and have transformational church. Why is the completely unbiblical? Topic: What was Paul saying in 1 Corinthians 4:10 when he spoke of being a fool for Christ? How is this text often taken out of context? Topic: Listen to Pastor Mike Abendroth take on the spontaneous baptism that turn out to be anything but spontaneous. Topic: We take your calls.
Encounter God’s Truth with Dr. John Whitcomb:
Major teaching from the Minor Prophets.
That is what we begin this week on Encounter God’s Truth, as Old Testament scholar Dr. John Whitcomb opens Part 3 of his series from the longest book in the Minor Prophets Zechariah: The LORD Remembers. We will ponder many details about the Messianic Kingdom during this study, and this message begins the introduction to this latest volume.
Whitcomb Ministries wishes to thank Middletown Bible Church in Middletown, Connecticut, for allowing us to further the impact of these sermons, which were first delivered there.
Women with the Master with Susan Heck:
Eight Excellent Mandates for Young Timothy!
I Timothy 4.12-16
No Compromise Radio with Mike Abendroth:
Please open your Bible to Romans 8 and listen along as Pastor Mike preaches this recent sermon from Bethlehem Bible Church, West Boylston, MA. We live in a security conscious world. This chapter of Romans gives us a good dose of God’s security found in Christ Jesus as Romans 8 talks about the Perseverance of the Saints. Listen in to learn about seven indestructible promises that will forever guide your walk of faith.
Search the Scriptures with T.A. McMahon:
Dave and Tom continue to discuss key events through history as related to the Bible.
Prophecy Today with Dr. Jimmy DeYoung:
On today’s edition of PTIB Jimmy DeYoung talks with Ken Timmerman in Washington about geo-political activities around this world that seem to be setting the stage for the prophetic scenario found in Bible Prophecy to be fulfilled. Jimmy and Ken will discuss the resumption of the US-Iran nuke talks; Nigeria’s Boko Haram’s barbaric massacre with hundreds killed and Syria may be developing a nuclear WMD.
Immanuel with Jesse Johnson:
A True Church (Selected Scriptures)
Proclaiming the Gospel with Mike Gendron:
Paul warned that some would come and preach another Jesus (2 Cor. 11:4). So it should not surprise us that the Jesus of the Catholic Church is not the same Jesus as revealed in the Bible. In this broadcast, Mike shows from the Catechism of the Catholic Church how the Catholic Jesus is an imposter, a counterfeit Christ that cannot save anyone. The Catholic Jesus returns every day to continue the work of redemption on altars throughout the world. His death on Calvary’s cross merely opened the gates of heaven such that Catholic must attain their own salvation and at the same time cooperate in saving their brothers (CCC, 1477). The Catholic Jesus Is not the only sinless mediator because Catholics also have another Mary who became the cause of salvation for herself and the whole human race (CCC, 494). Share this broadcast with your Catholic friends so they will know the true Jesus and not die in their sins (John 8:24).
Noise of Thunder with Chris Pinto:
THE SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE GAY MARRIAGE
Chris discusses the most recent update on the gay marriage debate, as it has now been determined that the U.S. Supreme Court will finally decide the issue. Many voices seem to predict that the decision will come down in favor of Sodomite unions, and against the traditional values of our once Bible based society. But what does the Scripture say about a nation that forsakes the laws of God?
The Danger Zone with David Farnell
Those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat past failures. Today’s program is part 1 of a 2 part series on how the 21st Century Church is just like the 20th Century church in that we are repeating the failures of the past. We take evidence from a book that is used to train Seminary and Bible College student that repeats failures of the past.
Steel on Steel with John Loeffler:
In this week’s boralogue, John recalls the ups and downs of the financial markets in the past decade and looks at the impending currency crisis coming in 2016-2020. The first rumblings of this disaster can be seen in this week’s decision by Switzerland to pull their currency from the swiftly collapsing Euro market.
The Justin Peters Program:
Alex Malarkey and LifeWay’s Cover-up
It is reported that on Wednesday of this week the biggest news story in the United States if not in the world was that of Alex Malarkey’s open letter to LifeWay and other “Christian” retailers stating that the story told of him in the book “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” is not true. When Alex’s letter was posted the book’s publisher, Tyndale, and LifeWay put out statements saying that this was news to them as well and they proceeded to pull the book from their shelves. Justin reveals why he believes both Tyndale and LifeWay are not being honest because of email exchanges that Phil Johnson and Justin had with each of them respectively. Justin will discuss this situation, read to you the emails, and then discuss the ramifications. They are many. It is a sad day for Tyndale and especially LifeWay but praise the Lord for Alex Malarkey.
The Truth About Islam with Usama Dakdok:
The False Prophets
Running to Win with Dr. Erwin Lutzer:
As we run life’s race, we need a God who knows when we’re going to cross the finish line. Erwin Lutzer brings what for some is a theological debate down to where you and I really live. What does God’s foreknowledge really mean?
Cold Case Christianity: Why Would A Good God Allow Moral Evil? (Video)
Many people believe that the presence of moral evil in the world proves an all-powerful, all-loving God simply doesn’t exist, but there may be a relationship between genuine love and free agency requiring the possibility of evil. If this is true, what role does God play in the story of humanity and how will justice be served?
Health Warning: Faith-Myopia is on the Rise
by A. Maeve McDonald
There is a deadly epidemic that is currently sweeping the Church. The condition primarily affects the heart, mind, and soul of its victim, and can lead to serious, even fatal, spiritual health problems if left untreated. Today, millions of Christians in America are at risk of developing faith-myopia. The implications of this have the potential to be catastrophic. Faith-myopia will continue to spread if not contained. Please read and distribute the following spiritual health warning below.
Gay-rights activists have mocked the idea that gay marriage threatens religious liberty. But what they mean by religious liberty is no such thing.
R.C. Sproul and Lee Webb interview Peter Jones to discuss the theme of his teaching series Only Two Religions. Together they discuss the fundamental religious convictions that drive modern culture, demonstrating that in the final analysis there can be only two religions—worship of the Creator or worship of creation.
In a few years, our sons and daughters won’t remember all the stories and adventures they made up. But I hope they remember that their parents were there, and they lov…
A recent poll showed that over two thirds of professing Christians support the torture of terrorist suspects, compared with just 41% of nonbelievers. Would Jesus appro…
Marriage is resilient. God created it to be so. The Supreme Court could make a decision that hurts a lot of people. I pray not. But if they do, let’s be a church that …
In the midst of life’s challenges, try to find a few moments to turn your heart to God in prayer. You might listen to an audio recording of Scripture while you’re dri…
Time magazine is attempting to pull off a sneaky ruse on Evangelical Christians with an article headlined, “How Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds On Gay Marriage.”
As the nation celebrates what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 85th birthday, but would the worldview that he put forth in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” …
What Mayor Reed’s decision means for you, dear Christian reader, is that simply believing your Bible amounts to discrimination. Heaven help you if you hold a public po…
A Colorado church cancelled a funeral service for a lesbian woman minutes after it was scheduled to start. Let’s state the obvious. This was a mess. So how we can avoi…
It’s what we were made for, it’s what we crave, and it’s what we manage to mess up in some way almost every day. What’s the struggle? The struggle for glory.
In Which I Try to Be Prudent, But May Fail
I certainly do not think that one must be young-earth to be a Christian, examples abound: see C.S. Lewis. I think one should be a young-earth creationist, because it is the most natural reading of the text of Sacred Scripture, the nearly uniform teaching of the Church Fathers and Mothers, and an intellectually interesting alternative viewpoint.
Why We Must Read Like Bereans
Sometimes, trash is just trash: Truthfully, there are some things that are just not worth reading at all. There is nothing redeemable about it. Pray for God to give you wisdom to know how to identify such things. There are some things that only glorify sin and encourage readers to walk in sin. As Paul wrote in Ephesians, “Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret” (5:8-12).
Young Prophet Syndrome
Young Prophet Syndrome is no cure to the problem. So how do we cure the YPS? There probably is no cure. But I would simply suggest to those who feel the YPS call (yes, you know who you are) to rethink the call. I have found a particular Polish proverb very helpful here. “Not my circus; not my monkeys.” Ask yourself, “Is this really my circus?” If not, then leave it to someone whose circus it is. Remember, Christ cares far more for his church than you do, and he will take care of these things in his time and in his way.
A Statement by the SCBC President Regarding ‘Problematic Positions and Statements’ by NewSpring Church Pastor
Ezekiel 33 calls us all to be watchmen over souls and lives our Lord and Savior died for on a blood-stained cross one Friday over 2,000 years ago. All church leaders must take seriously their responsibilities to present well-thought and biblically based sermons and teaching that come from God’s infallible, inerrant Word and lead the lost to Christ. Therefore, we as South Carolina Baptists must publicly state and remove ourselves from these positions and problematic statements and call for NewSpring to correct these positions if it chooses to say that it affiliates with South Carolina Baptist churches.
The Church Is Called To Be Churchy, So Deal With It
“But what if non-Christians don’t like us?” I hear. If someone doesn’t like us, then that’s no reason to change who you are. Now, if you’re a jerk, then, by all means, stop being a jerk. But, don’t stop being the church. Those who don’t like us must not dictate who we are. That’s like allowing a blind man to lead a seeing man through the gauntlet.
A Solid Worldview Won’t Save My Kids
Worldview is important, but it’s only one part of the equation. A biblical worldview helps a person think correctly. But we are not purely intellectual beings. We don’t operate solely based on ideas and thoughts. We are flesh and blood, with passions, desires, and longings. We feel things deeply and desire things strongly. Our intellects and desires are intricately interwoven, interacting with and informing each other.
How Incest Exposes the Emptiness of “Marriage Equality”
This story about incest exposes the fact that consent alone is not enough to ground a sexual ethic. Nor is it sufficient to define who should be allowed to marry. It also shows that when proponents for “marriage equality” say that any two people who love each other ought to have the right to marry, they don’t really mean it. The possibility of state-sanctioned incest proves that.
Women’s Discipleship and the Mommy Blogosphere
As a general rule, ideas circulate differently among women than they do among men. Women encounter and embrace new ideas through their social networks, both virtual and physical; they are also more likely to share ideas the same way. The conversations that happen at play group or in the comment section of their blogging communities are just as real and just as influential as the conversations a pastor will have with his staff or formal mentoring group. This means that Christian women are more likely to encounter problematic teaching through their online homeschool group than by reading Rob Bell’s latest offering.
Christian and Counterculture
There are no safe places to raise Christian kids in America other than the countercultural places we make for ourselves, together. If we do not form our consciences and the consciences of our children to be distinctly Christian and distinctly countercultural, even if that means some degree of intentional separation from the mainstream, we are not going to survive.
Q. My sister is a Jehovah’s Witness to whom I have witnessed to for over thirty years to no avail. I’m aware that Jehovah’s Witnesses believe they have replaced Israel as God’s people/witnesses. My sister recently used the term ‘spiritual Israel’ in regard to herself and other Jehovah’s Witnesses and my response was that I did not believe in a spiritual Israel. I do not subscribe to Replacement Theology in any form, believing that God will keep every promise He has made including those made to the nation of Israel and the Jews as a people. My questions are 1) who specifically are Abraham’s children by circumcision of the heart, and what and who could be spiritual Israel if there is such a people?
Has The Stage Been Set?
Q. I’ve read where some other prophecy teachers say the world is now at the point where Ezekiel 38-39 wars and/or Psalm 83 wars could happen, everything in perfect alignment, but before the next steps, the Rapture. In a nutshell, do you believe the world stage is now set for these wars, or do you believe there are still other conditions that need to be met?
Finding My Relatives
Q. Re: The Genesis Narrative. In that ebook you have Noah saying: “Just for kicks, see if you can figure out which of my sons you’re descended from. If you’re a human being on planet Earth, you only have three choices. Then see which of Earth’s 70 families you belong to.” How do I do that?
Our Time is Short
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