Daily Archives: January 26, 2015

January 26, 2014: Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Report

God is as much, if not more, interested in doing a great work in us as he is in doing a great work through us. —Mike Ayers

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Jan. 26, 2015

BLOOMBERG

Russia is under increasing pressure from world leaders to help stop the violence in Ukraine, where fighting intensified along the front line between government troops and pro-Russian rebels. The U.S. and the European Union warned that Russia may face further repercussions after a rocket attack on the port city of Mariupol on Saturday.

President Obama’s decision to ask Congress to designate 12.28 million acres in addition to the 7 million acres already designated parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, putting the land off-limits for oil drilling, is not going over well with Republicans in the state, to say the least.

In Japan, the birthrate is falling fast. By 2060, the population is expected to go down by a third, and, by 2100, if trends continue, by 61 percent. In 2011, sales of adult diapers in Japan exceeded those of baby diapers. It’s an urgent national problem: there isn’t enough procreation.

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is temporarily handing off control of the chamber to a group of top members so he can fight federal corruption charges.

In just a few years’ time, political reporters will have a new place to turn if they run into such roadblocks: Younger, Internet-savvy versions of the candidates themselves. Chances are, anyone who attended a school dance where Lil’ Jon’s “Yeah” played will have created an extensive online record of their formative years. Here’s a peek at where journalists of the future (not to mention opposition researchers) could dig up dirt.

Atlantic City, New Jersey’s struggling gambling hub, had its rating cut six levels deeper into junk to Caa1from Ba1by Moody’s Investors Service after Governor Chris Christie appointed an emergency-management team.

Spanish producer prices plunged the most in more than five years last month, adding to concerns that the economy risks falling into a deflationary spiral.

Sight deposits at the Swiss National Bank increased nearly 8 percent last week, suggesting the central bank continued to buy foreign currency after it abandoned its cap on the franc.

Employers in the U.S. are taking longer to fill job openings, a sign that the labor market is tightening as companies compete for talented workers. Fifty-seven percent of positions went unfilled 30 days after being posted in the three months through October, a 0.8 percentage-point increase from the same period in 2013.

The lack of running water killed more people in Nigeria last year than Boko Haram.

Investors’ desire for precious metals is deepening after Mario Draghi’s $1.2 trillion pledge drove gold to a five-month high and silver to the brink of a bull market.

AP Top Stories

The Islamic State group has said it executed one of two Japanese hostages it has been holding, in an apparent beheading that has been slammed by leaders around the world.

Iraqi forces have “liberated” Diyala from the Islamic State jihadist group, retaking all populated areas of the eastern province, a top army officer said.

The Church of England consecrated its first woman bishop on Monday, the culmination of years of efforts by Church modernizers to overcome opposition from traditionalists – one of whom briefly shouted a protest during the service.

A device, possibly an unmanned aerial drone, was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night while President Obama and the first lady were in India, but his spokesman said Monday that it posed no threat.

Russia blamed Kiev for a surge in fighting in Ukraine and warned the West that any attempt to increase economic pressure on Moscow would be “absolutely destructive” blackmail.

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

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President Obama began the second day of his visit to India by becoming the first US head of state to attend the Republic Day parade.

A journalist believed to have been the first to report the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman said he has fled Argentina, fearing for his life.

Dozens of police commandos are killed as they stormed a village controlled by Islamist rebels in Maguindanao province, southern Philippines, said officials.

Pakistan worked to restore power after a suspected rebel attack at the weekend causes a huge blackout across the country.

An Egyptian doctor was convicted in a landmark appeal of carrying out female genital mutilation surgery, a campaign group and lawyer said.

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Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is stepping up his criticism of President Obama’s plan to regulate the internet, warning that new rules will lead to the types of taxes and fees slapped on telephones and cable service.

Former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit suggested Iran may have “directly or indirectly” murdered an Argentine prosecutor who threatened the blow the lid off Iran’s involvement in a pair of deadly bombings in Buenos Aires.

Europe is being swept by a wave of popular disenchantment and revolt against mainstream political parties and the European Union. In 2007, a majority of Europeans – 52 per cent – trusted the EU. That trust has now fallen to 35 per cent.

A sixth-grade teacher in upstate New York tearfully asked the local school board to be reassigned due to her objections to teaching using “Common Core” standards. Jennifer Rickert called the testing requirements “cruel and harmful” and her speech was met with a standing ovation by parents and teachers in the audience.


Daily Digest

January 26, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all citizens.” –Thomas Jefferson, Note in Destutt de Tracy, 1816

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Obama to Clog Alaska Oil Drilling

It’s come to the point where the executive branch, with the swoop of a pen, can doom the entire economy of a state. The Department of the Interior released a revised conservation plan of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Sunday, which proposes a prohibition of oil and gas production on 13 million acres of federally owned land in Alaska. The economy of Alaska is already struggling thanks to low oil prices and lower extraction rates in the state. “What’s coming is a stunning attack on our sovereignty and our ability to develop a strong economy that allows us, our children and our grandchildren to thrive,” Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski said in a statement responding to Interior’s plan. In his State of the Union address, Barack Obama boasted, “We are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we’ve been in almost 30 years. … Today, America is number one in oil and gas. … And thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save about $750 at the pump.” With proposals such as the one from Interior, we’re reminded quite clearly that the boom is no thanks to him. More…

Jobs Boom Thanks to Ending Unemployment Benefits Extension

“After a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999,” Barack Obama boasted in his State of the Union address. Indeed, he mentioned “jobs” some 19 times. The trouble is, it’s not his policies that are growing the job market — it’s the end of his policies. Democrats have long claimed that paying people not to work creates jobs, but as Ronald Reagan once quipped, “Our liberal friends … know so much that isn’t so.” According to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, roughly 60% of 2014’s job growth came because Democrats’ lavish unemployment benefits were not extended again. The study is by no means the last word on the subject, as there are innumerable factors that go into something so complex as the job market. But as National Review’s Patrick Brennan summarizes: “The general economic consensus has always been that unemployment insurance slightly boosts the unemployment rate. … [W]e still have unemployment insurance, of course, because we want a safety net for people in the event of job loss. That just has to be balanced against the costs that the program imposes on the labor market.” More…

Oh, Now Healthcare.gov Will Protect Privacy?

Even after last year’s dismal launch of the federal health insurance exchange website, the government still can’t learn from its mistakes and build a website that doesn’t harm those who use it. Last week, news broke that the government was sharing with third parties the sensitive health information of Americans who used the federal exchange. Now, the Associated Press reports the government has stopped the practice. But the government went into damage control by not speaking to the AP reporter, as if protecting the image of the administration is more important than the privacy of millions of Americans. Still, it’s not clear how much information the government was sharing, what that data was used for, and if there was any abuse. It’s not even clear if they can protect the privacy of Americans. The Department of Health and Humans Services fired CGI Federal for creating the original, unworkable website. But now, the IRS has hired the contractor to help with its ObamaCare tax enforcement. The government can’t even hire a competent IT firm. Why do we think it will successfully protect Americans’ privacy? More…

Al Gore Wants No Cars in Major Cities

Al Gore and Felipe Calderon, former president of Mexico, have hit upon a grand plan to save the world from global warming: a massive social engineering scheme that will make cities denser. For $90 trillion, the climate-fighting duo proposed at the World Economic Forum ripping up neighborhoods and squeezing together millions of people so tightly that cars won’t be used in major cities. The Daily Caller reports, “Calderon and Gore argued that $90 trillion is going to be spent anyways in the coming decades upgrading cities around the world. They argue that it should be spent on making cities more climate friendly. ‘The mistake we made in Mexico was to let cities develop however they want, and it’s a mess,’ Calderon told Business Insider.” The duo can pontificate, but while they’re proposing restricting the mobility of millions of people worldwide, Gore for one isn’t about to give up his mansion in Tennessee, nor his private jet. How else would he travel the world blowing smoke about global warming? More…

Fun With Federalism

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Democrats don’t often like federalism, and, when they do, you have to wonder what they’re smoking. Speaking of that habit, Barack Obama weighed in on the controversy over legalized pot, saying, hey, it’s a states’ rights issue, man. “[W]hat you’re seeing now is Colorado [and] Washington — through state referendum — they’re experimenting with legal marijuana,” he said. “The position of my administration has been: We still have federal laws that classify marijuana as an illegal substance, but we’re not going to spend a lot of resources trying to turn back decisions that have been made at the state level on this issue.” That’s funny — when he’s not forcing states to do his bidding via ObamaCare he’s lobbying the courts to overturn their marriage laws or suing them over voter ID laws and immigration enforcement. Talk about making a hash out of policy.

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

The GOP Applicant Pool

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A large part of the Republican presidential field got a test run during this weekend’s Iowa Freedom Summit. In other words, the GOP presidential primary has begun. And a large field of candidates will face a skeptical primary voting base.

It should be abundantly clear after the last four years of GOP leadership in Congress that politicians will “refine” their message to mobilize a specific audience for a specific window of time. Saying that which tickles the ears and soothes the anger — yet with no results — has been the playbook for the DC GOP. It has now sown a thread of distrust throughout the tapestry of the Party of Reagan.

Analysis of voting records, previous electoral performance and conservative rankings all seem important in a GOP primary, but this early in the game the key factors are structural and strategic. Much has been written about the internal race for the “Establishment” among Governors Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie. The Establishment brings money and a national network of consultants and strategists who tap into the aristocracy of the center-right.

The remainder of the field will divide the “Not-Establishment” vote. In years past, that has meant divide and conquer fall.

The Not-Establishment GOP voter will look to candidates such as Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Scott Walker. There are others, but for now let’s take a quick peak at these three gents.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, in his first term in the upper chamber, is articulate, passionate, youthful and experienced. A son of Cuban immigrants who fled Fidel Castro’s brutal regime and became naturalized American citizens, Rubio has lived the ideals of the Republican base regarding the headlining immigration issue. Raised by God-fearing parents who obeyed the law, Rubio was educated in public school, conferred his degrees in state universities and paid his school loans off in 2012.

His very presence in the public arena is an existential threat to those who argue the legal immigration process is impossible. Perhaps that guided his participation with the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” in trying to cobble together “comprehensive immigration reform,” even though “comprehensive” is virtually never the way to go. Rubio’s public service, reaching back to his time as a commissioner in West Miami, has no sniff of family dynasty or anything shy of personal grit, political savvy and an eye for opportunity.

However, Rubio isn’t the Grand Old Party’s only Latino senator looking toward the White House. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, also in his first term, has found an intense base of support — the most passionate element of the Tea Party. Cruz has successfully positioned himself as the Tea Party rebel who enjoys the game of chicken in government shutdowns, drawing attention through filibuster speeches, and becoming the Right’s tireless campaigner.

But Cruz’s electoral history is thin. While having a record of public service, it had been through appointed positions until he ran for Kay Bailey Hutchison’s open Senate seat in 2012, which he won in a run-off with Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. And that’s the extent of his campaign history — something that may hurt him in the free-for-all presidential primary.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has done what neither Rubio nor Cruz can claim — balanced budgets, defeated public unions, cut taxes, reduced spending and excelled in a state that has not voted for a GOP presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan’s 1984 landslide. It was his standoff with public unions that brought him to national prominence.

He’s also the quintessential DC-outsider. And he has a successful electoral history, though he has spent the majority of his time as governor defending his seat. Walker has won political campaigns on the local and state levels since 1993. As the son of a Baptist minister, his Christian conservative credibility is solid.

Rubio, Cruz and Walker would likely share much in the basis of policy. But their approach to governance would quickly separate the three based on their histories and their current roles.

Critical questions remain: Can any or all of these men raise the $50-plus million anticipated to keep their viability? Will any of these men have the ground game and network necessary to emerge as a winner? Will any of these men convince a jaded Republican base that the empty promises of the last two election cycles won’t be repeated? And can conservatives rally around a champion to avoid another Establishment candidate?

No Nuke Netanyahu vs. Obama the Appeaser

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Barack Obama is furious. A president who embellished the truth so often during his State of the Union address that the Associated Press felt compelled to fact-check his speech wants no interference — more commonly known as congressional input — in his effort to reach an agreement with Iran.

“New sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails  — alienating America from its allies and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again,” Obama said during his address. “It doesn’t make sense. That is why I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress.”

Yet for the first time in recent memory (or perhaps ever), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) decided an opposing viewpoint on this highly critical issue would be appropriate, especially one coming from an individual well-versed in Islamofascism and Iran’s murderous ambitions. Thus Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on March 3.

Boehner offered up his rationale for the invitation. “[Obama’s] exact message to us was, ‘Hold your fire.’ He expects us to stand idly by and do nothing while he cuts a bad deal with Iran,” Boehner said. “Two words: ‘Hell no!’ We’re going to do no such thing.”

And lest anyone think it’s strictly Boehner and the GOP who are upset by Obama’s stance, think again. “The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran. And it feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization, when they are the ones with original sin, an illicit nuclear weapons program going back over the course of 20 years that they are unwilling to come clean on. So I don’t know why we feel compelled to make their case,” said Sen. Robert Menendez, ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Furthermore, 11 other Senate Democrats have previously cosponsored legislation to impose sanctions on Iran — meaning the Senate is dangerously close to having the necessary two-thirds majority to override an Obama veto. And maybe an inspirational speech by Netanyahu might be just the impetus to get them across the finish line, allowing Congress to set the agenda and defy a president who has made a habit, often unconstitutional, of ignoring the legislative branch altogether.

The story given to the American public was quite different. Press Secretary Josh Earnest contended Boehner’s invitation is a breach of normal diplomatic protocol. Apparently Earnest forgets former Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi breached normal diplomatic protocol during a visit to Syrian dictator and Iranian ally Bashar al-Assad in 2007. Proving progressives were no less naive then than they are now, Pelosi insisted at the time, “The road to Damascus is a road to peace.” And that’s as far as an apples-to-apples comparison goes, given the inconvenient reality that Netanyahu is a staunch ally while Assad is a terrorist-enabling Islamic thug.

According to Haaretz, Obama, along with Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden, will shun Netanyahu during his visit, a snub Earnest claims is nothing more than a desire not to influence Israel’s upcoming elections. However, an unnamed senior U.S. official illuminated the administration’s real response: “We thought we’ve seen everything, but Bibi managed to surprise even us. There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.”

It would be far better for Americans to remember Obama’s strategy of blatant appeasement. One that allows Iran to continue enriching uranium to 3.5% purity in unlimited quantities, approximately 60% of the purity needed to produce weapons-grade material. Its development of ICBMs also continues apace, as does its plan to build two more light-water plutonium reactors. Meanwhile, negotiations have continued with the world’s foremost sponsor of state terrorism for more than 10 years.

Bottom line: Obama wants a “legacy moment” even if it means endangering our national security and engendering a nuclear arms race in the world’s most unstable region. Netanyahu, Senate Republicans and a number of Senate Democrats oppose him. Yet our reliably arrogant commander in chief and his clueless administration are determined to shut them down with a pre-announced veto aimed at Congress and back-channel threats aimed at Netanyahu for nothing more than daring to speak the truth. As of now, none of it is flying.

That’s why Obama is furious.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

The Gipper: “Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefitting from their success — only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, progressive, and free. Trust the people. This is the one irrefutable lesson of the entire postwar period contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development.”

Economist Larry Kudlow: “[A]ccording to the Tax Policy Center, the top 1 percent of Americans paid 33.4 percent of their expanded cash income in federal taxes in 2014. Meanwhile, Americans in the middle 20 percent paid only 13.7 percent of their income in federal taxes, while the poorest paid 3.1 percent. You’d think a good class warrior such as Obama would like these numbers. Apparently not. Why? He wants more money for government spending. A partial list includes more spending on childcare, sick leave, equal pay, lower mortgage premiums, a higher minimum wage, student-debt forgiveness, tax credits and free community college. Some say this could wind up costing $500 billion. So there’s a lesson here for congressional Republicans and some of my fellow conservatives: Do not get sucked into this class-war politics. You will never outbid the Democrats on middle-class benefits. And take a cue from Ronald Reagan, who rejected class politics and argued that his policies would increase prosperity for all Americans.”

Columnist Jeff Jacoby: “For any large political party, a boisterous battle over policy and principle is a sign of fitness, not feebleness. While ‘diversity’ is a sacred cow on the left, it is on the right where real diversity — diversity of ideas and viewpoints — has most often been showcased. In the 1970s, Ronald Reagan famously debated William F. Buckley Jr. on whether the United States should relinquish the Panama Canal. In the 1980s, Bob Dole and Newt Gingrich fiercely clashed over supply-side tax cuts. More recently, Republicans have gone at each other over war in Iraq, education reform, and ‘enhanced interrogation.’ However disconcerting in the short run, the right’s current rumble over immigration policy is heartening, especially when the argument focuses on ideals and values, and reflects a thoughtful interest in crafting wise, not merely popular, public policy. … It’s true: Republicans and others on the right, battling it out over immigration, seem awfully fractious and confused these days. For those who take their ideas seriously, that’s often how the democratic process works.”

Humorist Frank J. Fleming: “Is there a good example of someone who never earned more than minimum wage for years and years? Inequality in the U.S. is millionaires whining and crying they’re not billionaires.”

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Winds knock out power to 55,000 in Southern California

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 07:22 AM PST

ca244170e0d12a036c0f6a7067007d16Powerful Santa Ana winds with gusts topping 89 mph toppled trees and power poles in Southern California on Saturday, leaving tens of thousands of people without electricity. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said more than 54,000 customers — mostly in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles — lost power shortly after 3 a.m. The winds downed a large billboard in Burbank, and knocked a large tree into the kitchen of a house in Van Nuys. Scattered outages left 1,700 Southern California Edison customers without power in Fontana and Ontario east of Los Angeles. The National Weather Service says a gauge in the mountains near Julian in San Diego County registered a gust of 89 mph at 7:30 a.m. An 82 mph wind gust was recorded in the Malibu hills Saturday afternoon. The winds kicked up Friday night and were expected to die down later Saturday. A high-pressure ridge caused record-breaking highs in several cities. Newport Beach had a high of 80 — one degree hotter than the 1990 record. Laguna Beach’s 82 tied a 1968 record. Santa Maria’s 82 tied a 1935 record. The Santa Anas are generated during cooler months when westward currents reach fierce speeds as they squeeze through Southern California mountain ranges, lowering humidity and making vegetation susceptible to fire. More

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Mountain-Size Asteroid Flies By Earth Today: Watch It Online

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 07:19 AM PST

Mountain-Size_Asteroid_Flies_By_Earth-1f6a8d0840b4945c9ebf9e40bf0cd1deA huge asteroid will become the largest space rock of its kind to pass closest to Earth until 2027 today (Jan. 26) when it zooms safely by Earth beyond the orbit of the moon, and you can see the space rock’s flyby live online. The mountain-size asteroid 2004 BL86 will star in a live webcast at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) by the online Slooh observatory and may even be visible to observers with binoculars or a small telescope because of its significant size – about a third of a mile wide. At its closest approach, the asteroid will be about 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from Earth and poses no danger of hitting our planet, according to NASA scientists. The Slooh webcast will be available free on Slooh.com at and feature live commentary from NASA near-Earth object expert Paul Chodas and NASA research scientist Lance Benner, and be hosted by Will Gater and Slooh astronomer Bob Berman. You can also watch the asteroid 2004 BL86 flyby on Space.com, courtesy of Slooh. [Photos: Potentially Dangerous Asteroids] “We have some really heavy hitters with this,” Berman said, referencing special guest Paul Chodas, manager of JPL’s Near-Earth Object Program Office. “I’m really proud of this one. This is going to be a show where you get it from the horse’s mouth.” More

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Malaysia Airlines website targeted by hacker group ‘Cyber Caliphate’Posted: 26 Jan 2015 07:15 AM PST

072114malaysiaplaneA group calling itself “Official Cyber Caliphate” said it hacked on Monday the official website of national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS), but the airline said its data servers remained intact and passenger bookings were not affected. The website, http://www.malaysiaairlines.com, showed a photograph of a lizard in a top hat, monocle and tuxedo, surrounded by the messages ’404 – Plane Not Found’ and ‘Hacked by Lizard Squad – Official Cyber Caliphate’. A rap song could be heard. In a statement, MAS said the website was not hacked, but that users were redirected to a hacker website. It said the official site would be back up within 22 hours. “Malaysia Airlines assures customers and clients that its website was not hacked and this temporary glitch does not affect their bookings and that user data remains secured,” it said. More

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“Meteorological Bomb” Set to strike NorthEast! History Could Be Made

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 07:11 AM PST

Winter WeatherWhile millions of Americans gear up for likely historic snowfall this week, they should also prepare for a blizzard of the latest meteorological buzzword: bombogenesis. In simple terms, bombogenesis is the equivalent of a “meteorological bomb,” according to The Weather Channel’s Kevin Roth. It occurs when a storm’s area of lowest pressure experiences a rapid drop of more than 24 milibars in 24 hours. “This turns a routine storm into an intense storm very quickly,” Roth told NBC News. While not uncommon for this time of year, a period of bombogenesis between midday Monday and midday Tuesday could trigger record snow. More than two feet of snow is expected to bring “paralyzing, crippling” conditions for a 250-mile stretch from Philadelphia, through New York and Boston to northern New England. “This storm has a bundle of energy,” Roth said. When bombogenesis starts to happen, coupled with the cold air over the U.S. hitting the warm Gulf Stream, “that’s when the show will really begin,” he added. NBC News

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Dozens of Dogs Have Vanished in One Texas County and No One Knows Why

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 07:05 AM PST

Screen-Shot-2015-01-26-at-7.24.49-AMIs man’s best friend being hunted down in one Texas county? Dozens of dogs in Wise County, Texas, have gone missing over the past two months — but law enforcement has no idea where the pets are going, KXAS-TV reported.  “I think it’s very suspicious that three very large, friendly dogs disappear from the same neighborhood at the exact same time,” Robin Lewis, whose black lab Jack is among the missing dogs, told KXAS. According to the Wise County sheriff, 40 dogs have gone missing since November. For families like Lewis’, the situation is tragic. “It’s been really difficult trying to explain Jack’s gone, and are we ever going to see him again?” said Lewis. “They’re heartbroken. I’m heartbroken. My husband’s heartbroken.” More

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Drone crash lands on White House lawn.

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 06:56 AM PST

6537143_GA spokesman for President Barack Obama says a “device” has been found on the grounds of the White House but that it poses no threat. Spokesman Josh Earnest says Secret Service agents recovered the object but that early indications are that it does not pose a threat to anyone in the building. FOX 5 has listened to radio transmissions which indicate crews were called out because of a reported ‘drone.’ Obama and his wife, Michelle, are on a three-day visit to India, with a stop planned in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday before they return to Washington. The White House was dark during Monday’s pre-dawn hours and emergency vehicles with lights flashing were clustered near the southeast entrance to the mansion. A security perimeter had been set up around the White House to restrict access. More

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EX devout Muslim Warns of End Times and arrival of the Antichrist

Posted: 25 Jan 2015 09:02 PM PST

Fantasy_art_horses_nazgul_ringwraith_lord_of_the_rings_online_1920x1080_wallpaper_Wallpaper_1680x1050_www.wallmay.net_-_CopyWalid Shoebat is an Ex Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and terrorist and ex devout Muslim turned Christian, , here he tells of critical links between Islam and the Bible’s prophetic timeline, explaining current events as disturbing signs of the Last Days… Talks about Israel, Greece, Turkey, Islam, America, Antichrist.

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Is Jezebel in Your Church?

Posted: 25 Jan 2015 08:28 PM PST

defeating-the-spirit-of-jezebel-spiritual-warfare-spiritual-warriors-guide-to-defeating-jezebelRevelation 2: 18 -23 – “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: 19 “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. 20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. 22 Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their[g] deeds. 23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.

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Epic Snowstorm affecting 50 Million Follows White House Spout with Netanyahu

Posted: 25 Jan 2015 08:06 PM PST

GTY_winter_traffic_holland_tunnel_jt_150125_16x9_992 copyOnce again we see a heated feud between the Obama Administration and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continue as The public spat between the two escalated further Friday evening, with US officials reportedly charging that it will be “hard to trust” Netanyahu again, following the fallout from the announcement Wednesday that the PM would address Congress in two months, a move he failed to coordinate with the White House. “It will be difficult to trust Netanyahu in the future,” unnamed senior US officials told Channel 2. Now within the days of this statement the National Weather Service is warning of a Major Nor’easter that will Disrupt Travel for nearly 50 Million,  Bringing Heavy Snow, Blizzard Conditions and could break records!

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Radical Leftists Win Election In Greece – Future Of Eurozone In Serious Jeopardy

Radical leftists have been catapulted to power in Greece, and that means that the European financial crisis has just entered a dangerous new phase. Syriza, which is actually an acronym for “Coalition of the Radical Left” in Greek, has 36 percent of the total vote with approximately 80 percent of the polling stations reporting. The current governing party, New Democracy, only has 28 percent of the vote. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras is promising to roll back a whole host of austerity measures that were imposed on Greece by the EU, and his primary campaign slogan was “hope is on the way”. Hmmm – that sounds a bit familiar. Clearly, the Greek population is fed up with the EU after years of austerity and depression-like conditions. At this point, the unemployment rate in Greece is sitting at 25.8 percent, and the Greek economy is approximately 25 percent smaller than it was just six years ago. The people of Greece are desperate for things to get better, and so they have turned to the radical leftists. Unfortunately, things may be about to get a whole lot worse. (Read More….)


QE…D: Why Printing Money will end badly for the US

You may have heard the news, the European Central Bank have started up the printing press. They are soon to print upwards of €60 Billion a month. The crowds of economic pundits have collectively cheered. Europe stands to enjoy significant near term benefits, but at what cost?

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Profs on Paris Attacks: Je Suis NOT Charlie!

by Cinnamon Stillwell
FrontPage Magazine
January 26, 2015
http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/cinnamon-stillwell/profs-on-paris-attacks-je-suis-not-charlie/
http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/14455


Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?, The Guardian (Oliver Burkeman)


No Worship Services in Public Schools, New York Mayor Tells Supreme Court, Christianity Today (Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra)


No Worship Services in Public Schools, New York Mayor Tells Supreme Court, Christianity Today (Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra)


Same-Sex Marriage and the Evangelical Church: A Symposium, Breakpoint (John Stonestreet)

ATS Dean Ron Walborn Recommends Bill Johnson’s Bethel Church Podcasts for Pastors


A point-by-point response to Christian Today’s defence of Perry Nobel

James Duncan, long-time observer of Perry Noble and NewSpring, has written a detailed rebuttal to a missing-the-point opinion piece by Mark Woods published on the Christian Today website.


The rising tide of anti-Semitism

In the wake of this month’s attacks in Paris, anxiety is running high in Jewish communities across Britain and new figures are expected to show a significant rise in anti-Semitic attacks. (Gilligan, The Telegraph)

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Nudity doesn’t shock us anymore

It’s a clear sign that we’re a culture so overexposed that we’ve got no other choice but to up the stakes at every turn. We are becoming — have become — immune to that which was previously surprising/revolting/ awe-inspiring. (Drexler, CNN)

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Jim Wyckoff: Gold Has Hit Bottom, New All-Time Highs On Horizon


Speculators Looking for Havens from Slowing Growth are Piling Into Silver


The Paranormal Invasion

Jan Markell, Jill Martin Rische, and Eric Barger spend the hour discussing the end-time paranormal invasion of all things, even the church. We carry Eric’s book, “Entertaining Spirits Unaware” here. The Bible gives clear warnings about occult involvement yet it saturates even the church. You will hear stunning sound bites that support the discussion. We use the mobile app found on the Home page of http://www.oneplace.com.

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Leading Evangelism Movement Slams Christian Zionism

The Lausanne Movement, the world’s leading Christian evangelism movement, has once again taken aim at what it believes to be the sinful practice of Christian support for the State of Israel, or Christian Zionism.

“For over 60 years, many evangelicals have clung to a very narrow theological narrative that weds Christian theology with a political ideology known as Zionism,” writes Steve Haas, vice president of World Vision US, in the latest issue of Lausanne Global Analysis.

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The Dangers of Obama’s Cognitive Dissonance

There are many moments from the past 6 years that demonstrate the criminal incompetence of this president and his administration. But for me, Obama’s interview with GloZell––whose claim to YouTube fame comes from eating Cheerios in a bathtub filled with milk––represents best the essential emptiness, triviality, and sheer dumbness of this president. Imagine Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 being interviewed by a carnival geek, and you can gauge just how low the most consequential political office in the world has sunk.

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A survivor looks back on Auschwitz 70 years later

Seventy years ago I was in a Nazi concentration camp.

Since then, I’ve seen tyrants and dictators enter and exit the global stage. Yet as the world prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation, it is perhaps well and right that we reflect on how the Holocaust shocked the moral imagination on a scale the world could scarcely fathom.

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Living in the Bible

It’s probably no surprise to you, but biblical ignorance is running rampant — even in the church. And while I’m at it, how are you doing in the Word?
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All Paths Lead to God

Kevin DeYoung:

All paths lead to God, but only one path will present you before God without fault and with great joy.

Pick a path, any path–it will take you to God. Trust me: you will stand before Him one day. You will meet your Maker. You will see the face of Christ.

There are many ways up the mountain, but only one will result in life instead of destruction.

 


Headlines of Interest

Buff Scott Jr.  – Understanding the Language of the Prophets 

Fisking Christianity Today’s defense of Perry Noble

A.D. : Will Your Church Be Buying the Roma Downey Sermon Kit?

Rob Bell Promotes ‘Mother God’ and ‘Apophatic Meditation’ in New Liturgists Show

Church ordered to keep the noise down after complaints over ‘rowdy parties’

Tending the ‘Stolen’ Sheep in Latin America’s Booming Bible Belt

Modesty, #ChristianCleavage and me


WVW-TV Presents: Testimony of Jason Pratt a Former Atheist & Real Rocket Scientist That Went From Attacking The Bible To Contending for the Faith

by Worldview Weekend News Team [1]
January 24, 2015

WVW-TV Presents: Testimony of Jason Pratt a Former Atheist & Real Rocket Scientist & Navy Test Pilot That Went From Attacking The Bible To Contending for the Faith. Watch now before this rolls into the Situation Room for members only. Click here to watch now:
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/testimony-jason-pratt-former-at… [2]

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[3] http://www.worldviewweekend.com/topics/atheism
[4] http://www.worldviewweekend.com/topics/creation
[5] http://www.worldviewweekend.com/topics/evolution
[6] http://www.worldviewweekend.com/topics/operational-science


WVW-TV: Why You Should Not Respect C.S. Lewis & What is the Gospel?

by Worldview Weekend News Team [1]
January 23, 2015

Why You Shoud Not Respect C.S. Lewis & His Theology and What is the Gospel. These are just a few topics covered in this episode of NoCo-TV. Watch now before this program rolls into the Situation Room for members only. Click here to watch now: http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/why-you-should-not-respect-cs-l… [2]

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[3] http://www.worldviewweekend.com/topics/cs-lewis


The Techniques of a Sexual Predator

I hate to bring bad news on the best day of the week, but I think this merits attention. In his book On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Children Abuse at Church, Deepak Reju provides a look at the techniques of a sexual predator, and focuses on the way a predator will prepare or groom an entire church so that he can take advantage of its children. His words are worth reading and worth considering.

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I’ve Sinned. Now What?

We aren’t free to willfully sin so that we get God’s forgiveness. We’re not free to shrug at sin as if it isn’t any big deal. Nor are we to happily embrace our failure and nonchalantly admit that we deserve hell. Scripture repeatedly encourages us to take drastic measure. Run from the sin. Plan to turn from it. Actively excise it from your life. Like the man forgiven at the pool of Bethesda, we find God’s grace exceeds our ability but we still receive the mandate to “go and sin no more” and to “keep his commandments”. And yet, in all of this, take comfort that God has poured out the Holy Spirit within you so that you can stand in the day of trial and trouble.

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The Measure You Use

This is not social commentary. This is not political prescription. There is time for both of these things, but this post is about something else. It’s about taking Matthew 7:2 as a starting point (not the end, but the beginning) for living out and living into the picture of racial harmony we will rightfully hear so much about on MLK Day.

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Preaching: More Than Teaching

“If the goal [of preaching] is solid biblical teaching, then a sermon full of the truth always comes up trumps. But if the goal of expository preaching is that God’s Word changes lives – converting sinners and sanctifying saints – then, all of the sudden, the stakes are much higher…. If the point of preaching is that people, through the Word of God proclaimed by the preacher, hear the very voice of Christ in a life-impacting way, then far more is called for than biblical faithfulness. Application is required.”

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Downton Abbey — What Are Americans Really Watching?

There are countless lessons for American Christians to observe as we watch Downton Abbey. But we ought not to miss the larger story of which tales like Downton are only a part. The world that was passing away was not only a world of footmen, but also of faith. Britain would never be the same again, and that loss of faith and certitude would eventually become a tide that would sweep across every aspect of British culture.

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The Grover Dill and Scut Farkus of Patriarchy

The Bayly Boys, Tim and David, are pastors and patriarchs who blog at the BaylyBlog. They are great believers in and practitioners of patriarchy which they define as “father rule” and its corollary fertility. Both were at one time involved with the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Tim as the Executive Director and David as a volunteer. Both left because they found the Council not sufficiently committed to patriarchy and came to believe that “complementarianism” is a weasel word.

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Why Church?

Still, a whole lot of my personal friends have abandoned the faith over the years and I’ve watched hundreds leave the church and several even go from “Bible geek” to “raging atheist”. A while ago, I ran across an article that talked about the importance of Christians being part of a church and it brought this topic to mind. The writer listed several reason why people mightbe part of a church and several reasons why people might remove themselves from a church, and didn’t cast any judgment on their biblical validity…but this was his comprehensive list.

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Is It Possible for Christians to Idolize the Bible?

Simply put, the Bible is the voice of God. The Father breathes out the Word. The Son is the Word incarnate. The Holy Spirit carried along the biblical authors so that they would speak “from God”. The Bible is the voice of God – not just the red letters – the whole Bible. As such, the question “Is it possible for Christians to idolize the Bible?” is inaccurate, because it forces us to drive a false wedge between God and his voice. Prioritizing God’s voice is prioritizing God, and thus prioritizing his voice cannot be thought of as idolatry.

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The Missing Strand

We need each other. We are stronger together. We survive better together. Even if friendship or companionship is reduced to having only one other person, two are stronger than one. God, the great weaver of the world, puts individuals together in their mothers’ wombs, puts them into families, into marriages, into friendships. Even in the Old Testament and in this particular passage, it would seem as if God is inextricably weaving Himself into the fabric of our lives. Is this the mystery of the third strand?

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Ask Celebrity Pastor: How Do I Energize My Dead Worship Service?

Tyler Hawk is the Lead Visionary Imagineer at Saddlevation Summit Church. He is the best selling author ofThe 42 Indispensable, Undeniable, 360 Degree, Risky Laws Of Leadership and Crazy Wild: Doing Ministry On The Bleeding Edge. He has 4.5 million followers on Twitter and regularly speaks at conferences such as Catalyst, fUEl, and ReLiveinate. Tyler has kindly agreed to answer your questions about leadership.

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Edom, Moab, and Ammon

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A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Here’s a brief summary of the history and prophecy concerning these three neighbors of Israel who always seem to wind upon the wrong side of things where the Lord is concerned.

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The Seed Of The Woman

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Q. I know Genesis 3:15 is the first reference to a coming redeemer, but my question relates to the comment in that verse where I understand God is speaking to Satan and says “And I will put enmity…between your seed and her seed”.  I know what “her seed” is, in reference to many generations to follow.  But what does it mean when God says of “your seed” (Satan’s)?

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Why The Rapture Will Precede Ezekiel 38

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Q.  I have long believed (because of my previous denominational upbringing and family influence) that the events of Ezekiel 38 would happen before the Rapture, which of course wouldn’t happen until the preaching of the Gospel to the world was complete. This site has effectively changed my mind on the stance of the preaching of the Gospel issue. I really would like to believe that the Rapture is going to take place before Ezekiel 38’s events take place, but I need more just Romans 11:25 to go on.  Can you provide more basis for this claim (either in a direct response or point me to where it currently exists on the site?) I would like to know how you came to this conclusion.

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Prophecy Interrrupted

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Q.  When I compared Luke 4:18-21 with Isaiah 61:1-2 I discovered it was incomplete.  Why did the Lord stop reading before the end of the passage?

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Dumb Maxim: “There are only two things in life that are sure—death and taxes.” Plenty of people avoid taxes; none avoid death (see Hebrews 9:27). The Bible calls death an “appointment,” and after that appointment comes the Judgment. You can avoid the Judgment of God by repentance and faith alone in Jesus.

If you are interested in avoiding Hell, see http://www.needGod.com

 


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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Which Bible Translation Is Best? by John MacArthur

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Which Bible Translation Is Best? An article by John MacArthur:

“The common question of which Bible translation to use is very important–it concerns the most important words ever spoken, the words of God the Creator. It’s crucial to understand at the outset that behind each version is a fundamental philosophy of Bible translation. You want to make sure the version you use reproduces in your own language what God actually said.

Translation Philosophy

You can separate modern Bible translations into two basic groups–formal equivalency and dynamic equivalency. Formal equivalency attempts a word for word rendition, providing as literal a translation as possible. Dynamic equivalency is more like a paraphrase, trying to convey ideas thought by thought.

Since no one language corresponds perfectly to any other language, every translation involves some degree of interpretation. A translation based on formal equivalency has a low degree of interpretation; translators are trying to convey…

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Southern Seminary: Religious liberty and persecution: a global perspective

Pressure on all sides

For many Christians in North Korea and in other countries where Christians are persecuted, societal pressure follows closely on the heels of government regulation as family, friends, religious fanatics, community leaders, and criminal mobs intimidate, threaten, harm, or kill men, women, and children who profess a certain faith. Such pressure accounts for much Christian persecution today. Syrian rebels disproportionately target Syrian Christians, abusing, raping, murdering, and beheading them. During one month alone in Egypt in 2013, 38 churches were destroyed, 23 others were vandalized, 58 were burned, 85 shops were looted, seven Christians were kidnapped, and six Christians were killed. The following month witnessed the worst attack on Christians in Pakistan’s history as suicide bombers exploded shrapnel-laden vests outside All Saints’ Church in Peshawar, murdering 81 church members and wounding more than 100. All of these stories, reported by The Gospel Coalition, represent persecution of Christians by people outside the official governments of these countries.

Related: Read the full issue of the winter issue of Southern Seminary Magazine titled Religious Liberty Imperiled 

According to Open Windows, on the whole, an average of 100 Christians around the world are killed every month for their faith in Christ (and some estimates have this number much higher). Literally countless others are persecuted through abuse, beatings, imprisonment, torture, and deprivation of food, water, and shelter. Each occurrence of religious oppression represents an individual story of faith tested amid fire and trial. But these are not merely stories on a page for me. These are my friends. And I praise God for how they have endured the fire faithfully.

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A form of sound words must be one that exalts God and puts down man

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CharlesSpurgeonThis morning I shall first attempt to tell you what I conceive to be a “form of sound words,” which we are to hold fast. In the second place, I shall endeavor to urge upon you the strong necessity of holding fast that form. In the third place, I shall warn you of some dangers to which you will be exposed, tempting you to give up the form of sound words. Then, in the last place I shall mention the two great holdfasts, faith and love in Christ Jesus, which are the great means of “holding fast the form of sound words.”

What is a “FORM OF SOUND WORDS?” Ten thousand persons will quarrel upon this. One will say, “MY creed is a form of sound words;” another will declare that his creed also is sound if not infallible. We will not, therefore, enter into all the minute, which distinguish…

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The Cripplegate: Heaven: From someone who’s been there

Claims of sight-seeing return trips to Heaven and Hell are still in vogue among publishers today. However, I swear A Visitor’s Guide to Hell (Sterling Ethos, NY, 2014) is not a book vying to join that growing club. Launching from Jesus’ teaching about the rich man in Hell and Lazarus in Heaven the book explores the biblical descriptions of the afterlife.VGTH

Frankly, I’m surprised that the claimants of these apparent short-term visits to Hell don’t bother conforming their descriptions to what we have revealed in the Bible. It would make their stories more credible. If you were going to lie about a trip to Paris surely you’d at least peruse a guidebook to check your details line up with reality? Anyway, here is a brief excerpt from the chapter on Heaven titled “Alternate destination.”

(The ellipses represent large chunks missing for the sake of brevity; and so you’ll buy the book!)

Been there done that

Unlike Hell, the road to Heaven is not strictly a one-way street. There have been three credible people in history who have seen glimpses of Heaven, and been allowed to talk about some of what they saw. In this chapter we will draw from what these eye-witnesses saw.

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HeadHeartHand Blog: 10 Ways To Hate God

“If we are unconverted, one thing is absolutely certain: we hate God. The Bible is unambiguous at this point. We are God’s enemies. We are inwardly sworn to His ultimate destruction. It is as natural for us to hate God as it is for rain to moisten the earth when it falls.” (R C Sproul).

Yes, by nature, you and I are haters. We are born haters and hating (Titus 3:3). Which would be great if it was evil that we hated. But it’s not. It’s the epitome of all good that we hate – God (Roman 8:7). In chapter nine of The Holiness of God, R C Sproul wrote:

“By nature our attitude toward God is not one of mere indifference. It is a posture of malice. We oppose His government and refuse His rule over us….It is not enough to say what the natural human mind views God as an enemy. We must be more precise. God is our mortal enemy. He represents the highest possible threat to our sinful desires….We despise his very existence and would do anything in our power to rid the universe of His holy presence…If God were to expose His life to our hands, He would not be safe for a second. We would not ignore Him; we would destroy Him.”

You’d think that such unprecedented intense hatred would be obvious to us, but it’s not. It’s one of the greatest triumphs of the devil that he stirs up this hatred in us, while at the same time blinding us to it. What’s worst of all, is that some of this natural hatred remains even in the Christian who has been given a new and supernatural love for God.

To help both believers and unbelievers better detect and root out this hatred from our hearts, here are ten ways in which we hate God.

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Institute for Nouthetic Studies: Counseling by Cliché

How is nouthetic counseling different from just coming along side of those who are struggling and building relationship and speaking into their lives?

This was the question that was put to one of our students as he explained to his church elders his goal to complete his studies with us and seek certification. Though framed many different ways it is a common question—why the need for formal training and formal counseling? Why can’t our church people just help each other with problems informally? Isn’t this just the “one anothering” the Bible talks about?

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HeadHeartHand Blog: My Favorite Joel Osteen Quote

“He’s called El Shaddai, the God of more than enough. He’s not El Cheapo, the God of barely enough!” (Joel Osteen)

Pretty good quote isn’t it.

The problem is that like so much of what Joel Osteen writes in Your Best Life Now, it’s followed by a deduction that is totally false. Here’s the fuller quote:

“He’s called El Shaddai, the God of more than enough. He’s not El Cheapo, the God of barely enough! Don’t let anybody convince you that God wants you to barely get by in life.”

So from “the God of more than enough” we suddenly jump to God wants you to have more than enough, that barely getting by in life is not God’s will for you. Quite the personal guarantee, isn’t it!

Breaking The Barriers Of The Past
But let’s back up a bit to the beginning of this fourth chapter, Breaking The Barriers Of The Past, because the chapter starts with a powerful and persuasive illustration of how mental barriers can hinder progress.

Osteen describes how, for hundreds of years, no one thought running a four-minute-mile was possible. Roger Bannister didn’t accept that thinking, and within ten years of him smashing the four-minute barrier, 336 other runners had done the same. Osteen concludes:

“The barrier to running a four-minute mile was in the athletes’ minds. For all those years, runners believed what the experts were saying. They were convinced that it was impossible to run a mile in less than four minutes.”

Osteen then applies this to our own lives and says:

“You will never go beyond the barriers in your own mind. If you think you can’t do something, then you never will. The battle is in your mind. If you are defeated in your mind, you’ve already lost the battle…The barrier is in your mind.”

Devastating Negativity
We have to admit, there’s a lot of truth in this. If we haven’t experienced the disabling power of negativity ourselves, then we certainly know people who have, and still do. No question, a pattern of negativity and defeatism devastates human potential.

Sometimes we are not entirely to blame for this. As Osteen explains, if we’ve had a terribly critical person in our upbringing, or if we are constantly around such a person, their negative words are going to damage us.

Other times, we are entirely to blame, and we have to take ourselves in hand, rebuke ourselves, and challenge ourselves to think more positively by thinking more truthfully, accurately, and realistically, a pattern we also see in the Psalms (e.g. Pss. 42, 73, 77).

A Necessary Challenge
A large part of the counseling I do with depressed Christians is focused on this particular area; the battle in the mind to break untrue and damaging patterns of thinking and replace them with true and energizing patterns. As Osteen says, we must work not to let our past determine our future:

“You can’t have a victim mentality and expect to live in victory. You can’t live in a perpetual pity party and then wonder why situations aren’t improving in your life…No matter what anybody in your family has or hasn’t done, don’t let that impose limitations on you. Make up your mind that you are going to be the one to set the new standard. Be the one to affect generations to come.”

Osteen’s right to challenge people to take responsibility to change the pattern of their lives, even of their family and of future generations, by refusing to pass down an attitude of failure and defeat to the next generation.

The problem is what he does next, which is promise if we do that, we will definitely see massive change in our lives and in that of future generations. Some examples:

“If you’ll break through the barriers in your mind and start stepping out in faith, you will go beyond those old barriers, and the same thing will happen in your family…Your children, grandchildren, and future generations will continue to race past those barriers.”

“The Bible promises that God will give us “a twofold recompense for our former shame” (Isa. 61:7). That means if you’ll keep the right attitude, God will pay you back double for your trouble. He’ll add up all the injustice, all the hurt and pain that people have caused you, the abuse and embarrassment, and He’ll pay you back with twice as much joy, peace, and happiness. That is God’s desire for you.”

He describes those who are accepting sub-standard marriages, health, jobs, and income and says:

“This is not the lifestyle God intends for you. God wants you to live an overcoming life of victory, He doesn’t want you to barely get by. He’s called El Shaddai, the God of more than enough. He’s not El Cheapo, the God of barely enough! Don’t let anybody convince you that God wants you to barely get by in life.”

Recognize that quote? Doesn’t look quite so good now, does it? God can give us more than enough, and often does. But His promises extend only to sufficiency (2 Cor. 12:9). Osteen then goes from bad to worse:

“Don’t just accept whatever comes your way in life. You were born to win; you were born for greatness; you were created to be a champion in life.”

“Many times, we pray almost as though we are inconveniencing God. We say, “God , would You please give me a bit bigger apartment? I don’t want to bother You for too much.” No, God wants to give you your own house. God has a big dream for your life.”

Ungrounded Promises
As these are merely Joel Osteen’s promises, not God’s, they have no foundation whatsoever. Yes, God calls us to great faith and to expect much in prayer, but there’s nothing in the Bible that warrants us giving others such personal guarantees as:

  • Your children and grandchildren will do even better than you.
  • God does not want you to barely get by in life.
  • You were born to win.
  • You were born for greatness.
  • You were created to be a champion in life.
  • God wants to give you your own house.
  • God will give you twice as much joy, peace, and happiness as pain you have suffered.

Yes, it’s right for a Christian to have a positive, optimistic, hopeful attitude (if it’s based on the character of God and the Word of God). And yes, such an expectant outlook of faith will generally lead to a better life: spiritually, physically, relationally, and even financially. However, we can’t go around guaranteeing ourselves or anyone else that. Every prayer and desire must be prefaced and postscripted with, “Not my will, but your will be done,” or “If it be your will” (not “Because it’s Joel’s will”).

As many Christians can testify (and many have testified), sometimes the best thing that could ever happen for us spiritually is to lose our friends, our finances, our health, and just about everything else too. When we lose everything, but win Christ, God has truly repaid us double and even triple for our losses.

“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yes indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:7-8).

This is the fifth post in a series on Joel Osteen’s book, “Your Best Life Now.” Previous posts were A Book That Begins With A LiePositive NegativityYour Average Life Now, and The Worst Ever (Mis)Quotation Of The Bible.

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Humor: Superbowl hijinx

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Jan 25, 2015
Bill Nye “the science guy” took issue with Bill Belichick’s scientific explanation of how the suspect footballs became underinflated.
In response, Ken Ham immediately challenged Nye to a DeflateGate debate. Ham blamed DeflateGate on diabolical hijinx. The Archfiend is attempting to disqualify or at least discredit the Patriots in advance of the Superbowl.
Ham has chartered Joyce Meyer’s Gulfstream IV to fly Brynne, Tess, and Savannah Larson to the Superbowl to intercept the deflationary demon by anointing each football with holy toenail polish.
Joseph Prince will be in attendance, with his Kato suit and rakish hairdo, to bind the deflationary demon while posing for selfies.
Finally, the Winchester brothers will paint a Devil’s trap, in the form of a Heptagram, on the ceiling of each team’s locker room to forestall any diabolical preplayoff hijinx.
Between these precautionary measures, Ham assured his audience that the best team should win. Asked if the Seahawks was going to win, he said the question was redundant. After all, he already said the best team should win.

Principles vs. Practices – Church & Culture Blog

One of the most glaring divides in the life of many churches is the divide between principles and practices.

A principle is an understanding about how to do things; a fundamental truth about the way things ought to be. A practice, of course, is what you actually do – and ideally, as a result of a guiding principle.

Here’s the breakdown: a leader will know a principle, espouse a principle, even believe they are following a principle, but in reality (practice) they are not.

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Do Not Be Surprised… Why the Malarkey/Tyndale/Lifeway Scandal Matters

The following was written by Pastor Don Green of Truth Community Church. Pastor Green has been quite vocal on his Facebook page about the scandal surrounding the book, The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven. In this post, he once again details exactly why this is a situation that is not to be ignored. I urge you to read it and share it.
Yes, the Tyndale House Publishers and LifeWay Christian Resources scandal matters because of their lies, their subsequent cover-up, and their exploitation of Alex Malarkey.

But it matters for a much greater reason. It is a proxy battle over accountability in the dissemination of biblical truth. Tyndale and LifeWay prefer the present international embarrassment because it is less costly to them than actually eliminating other spiritual tripe from their inventory.

They cannot acknowledge even the most minimal doctrinal responsibility without threatening their business model.

This proxy battle plays out closer to home, too. Other than John MacArthur and Phil Johnson, it’s hard (if not impossible) to find a nationally-recognized Christian leader speaking out about this scandal.

Who knows why. Even as an obscure pastor of a small church in the Midwest, I realize you can’t get swept up in the latest gossip on Twitter and Christian blogs. There’s not time for it and it distracts you from your pulpit.

But isn’t it odd that those same men have had time to pontificate on the Ferguson riots, the latest news on the homosexuality front, and most anything else that is socially fashionable? Why is that?

Here’s a potential news tip. Many of these men have books in print by the same jokers that brought you The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Heaven is for Real, Left Behind, and on it goes. Go to most any nationally-known Christian publisher’s website and review their list of authors. You’ll see what I mean.

Publishers don’t flinch at publishing Kevin Malarkey alongside your favorite Bible teacher. It’s about multiplying revenue streams. But for the author/Bible teachers whom we otherwise respect, they face a dilemma. Do they publicly criticize the publisher with whom they have a business lunch scheduled later that month? Do they jeopardize their place on the conference speaking tour or their next book contract by going on the record with a secular reporter who wants a quote for the scandal?

Given a choice, Christian authors with a national audience don’t want a smaller publisher who actually cares about doctrine. Smaller publishers lack the marketing and distribution horsepower to push the author up the bestseller list.

So they join forces with the big-name publishers and assume that no one will ever connect the dots.

It’s at a time like this when the chickens come home to roost. At a time that most CRIES OUT for a moral voice to unconditionally condemn these publishing hucksters, the Bible teachers who are best able to be heard and could actually influence the direction this scandal takes are nowhere to be found.

So while every major newspaper in North America and Europe has reported on the Tyndale crisis, go to the blogs, websites, and Twitter feeds of your favorite Bible teachers today and you’ll find nothing about it.

The one thing you won’t have trouble finding is links to their latest books.

I don’t believe it’s an overt conspiracy. But it’s certainly the unspoken culture. Corrupt publishers and otherwise good men have a common interest in seeing this go away.

It’s socially uncomfortable and financially unprofitable to say and do the right thing. It would be bad business for author and publisher alike to do anything that suggested that they were accountable to a higher authority than their sales reports and marketing department. In the meantime, a moral opportunity of great consequence for the true Church of Jesus Christ slowly slips into the night while the suits patiently wait for business to return to normal.

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JAS: The Imminent Rapture

Scholars often speak of the Rapture as an “imminent” event, but what does this mean? In this week’s John Ankerberg Show, the discussion will focus on this important term that describes the teaching of the Rapture happening at “any moment” along with the biblical passages that emphasize this aspect of the Rapture.

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Katy Perry and the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show

Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

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How far will Katy Perry go and do people even care? There is no denying Americans have become super-desensitized to godlessness. What we accept as ‘normal’ entertainment today was considered immoral a hundred years ago – or even fifty. Many have learned the hard way if we don’t teach our children to believe in and live for Jesus Christ, the world will definitely teach them not to. So, what messages are typically promoted during a Super Bowl?

By selecting Perry, the NFL again revealed their lack of concern for young children who will be watching. Money, ratings, and pleasing their advertisers are priorities. (We could also discuss commercials but that’s for another time.) The NFL’s endorsement of evil and their ignorance of spiritual things is problematic. Perry recently suggested the NFL knows she likes to walk the line of what is acceptable and what is offensive. So much for being…

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With U.S.-Israeli relations heading for a train wreck & threat of Radical Islam rising, what’s next? Where do we go from here? Video of my interview with Greg Laurie.

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Pastor Greg Laurie and I discuss the future of America, Israel and the threat of Radical Islam. Pastor Greg Laurie and I discuss the future of America, Israel and the threat of Radical Islam.

(Riverside, California) — It pains me to say it but I believe it is true. U.S.-Israeli relations are heading for a train wreck.

At one end of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., the leaders of Congress have invited the Prime Minister of Israel to address a Joint Session of Congress, and the American people, in early March. These leaders want to hear from the Prime Minister on how we can best work together to protect ourselves from the growing and grave threat of Radical Islam, from crushing ISIS to decisively acting to prevent the mullahs in Iran from building nuclear weapons.

At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the President of the United States flat out refuses even to meet with the Israeli Prime Minister.

The Scriptures indicate that eventually every nation will abandon…

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The Gospel and the Kingdom of God

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Throughout each year, I am always reflecting on some of the main reasons we should want to share the Gospel. The first question is how we define the narrative or storyline of the Bible. I know there are many themes of the Bible., Hence, perhaps it can’t be reduced to one thing.  Here is what I see Christians have been saying about the main message of the Bible for a long time. It can be explained as:

  • God’s love for humanity
  • Salvation: “Getting saved” and going to heaven or hell
  • Redemption
  • Forgiveness
  • “Getting Right with God”
  • God’s relationship with the world
  • Good and Evil

While it is quote common to hear these, one of the main themes of the Bible is the reign of God. We see the following:

  • Act One:  We See God Creates His Kingdom
  • Act Two: There is rebellion in God’s Kingdom
  • Act Three: …

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