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Sin will usher in the greatest and the saddest losses that can be upon our souls. —Thomas Brooks

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Jan. 27, 2015


Obamacare, as it is commonly known, will cost 20 percent less than previously projected over the next decade, the CBO said Monday. The reason for the revised estimate is a result of a decline of healthcare inflation. In addition, the number of uninsured Americans has fallen by 12 million, and an additional 12 million are expected to gain insurance by the end of 2016.

The operator of a remote-controlled copter that landed on the White House lawn has come forward and told Secret Service agents that the breach was accidental, the agency said.

The U.S. budget deficit will shrink for a fifth straight year in 2016, marking the longest span of improvement since the surpluses of the late 1990s, as falling unemployment helps increase revenue, the Congressional Budget Office said. The fiscal shortfall this year will decline to $468 billion, or 2.6 percent of gross domestic product, compared with $483 billion in the year ended Sept. 30 and $469 billion forecast in August.

Hungary’s central bank left its main interest rate at a record low for a sixth month as the European Central Bank’s decision to start quantitative easing failed to trigger a resumption of rate cuts. Policy makers kept the two-week deposit rate at 2.1 percent.

Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose at 4.3 percent, a slower pace in the year ended in November, a sign the industry struggled to find momentum even amid low mortgage rates.

Orders for business equipment unexpectedly fell in December for a fourth month, signaling a global growth slowdown is weighing on American companies.

Purchases of new homes in the U.S. increased 11.6 percent in December to a 481,000 annualized pace from a 431,000 rate in the prior month.

An oil tanker that hauled 1 million barrels of Kurdish crude to the U.S. six months ago didn’t unload its cargo and is now making a return trip across the Atlantic Ocean with the shipment still on board.

The New York region lurched back to life after a storm advertised as a potentially life-threatening blizzard ended up as a mundane winter snowfall.

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Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Libya’s capital Tuesday, killing at least five foreigners and three guards, authorities said.

Democrats in the U.S. Senate blocked the Keystone XL pipeline bill from moving forward, but supporters of the project vowed to push ahead and eventually get a vote on the measure.

After a top ratings agency cut Russia’s credit grade to “junk” status, the government in Moscow on Tuesday announced a plan that will see the economy return to a budget surplus in 2017.

A former employee of a Fox television station in Texas shot himself to death outside the company’s New York headquarters Monday, shortly after handing out fliers saying the company had ended his career, police said.

Investigators have found the unidentified bodies of a male and a female, as well as an SUV owned by a Georgia couple who vanished last week while going to meet someone to buy a vintage car they found on Craigslist.

Kurdish fighters expanded their offensive Tuesday after driving Islamic State militants from the Syrian border town of Kobani the previous day, to retake dozens of surrounding villages still held by the militants, activists and officials said.

Saudi Arabia on Monday executed a man convicted of raping several girls in a case that has captured the kingdom’s attention and marks the first beheading carried out under the newly enthroned King Salman.

China will this year hold its first large-scale military parade since 2009, reports said on Tuesday, with one key goal described as being to “frighten Japan”.

U.S. consumer confidence strengthened to its highest level in more than seven years in January on growing optimism about the jobs market and the overall economy.


Some 300 Auschwitz survivors returned to the site of the Nazi death camp in southern Poland to mark 70 years since its liberation by Soviet troops.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner announced plans to dissolve the country’s intelligence agency after the mysterious death of a prosecutor.

Thousands took part in marches in Mexico City to demand a full investigation into the disappearance of 43 students four months ago.

China is investigating allegations that officials ate a rare giant salamander at a lavish banquet, and that journalists who took photos were beaten up.

President Obama cut short an India trip to lead a bipartisan delegation to Saudi Arabia following the death of King Abdullah.


A terrorist attack on the Pakistani national grid plunged more than 140 million people into darkness before power was restored, prompting U.S. experts to warn that terrorist cells and “lone wolves” in the United States could cause similar damage to the vulnerable national electric-grid system.

Minneapolis -A volley of gunfire erupted outside the New Hope City Council meeting when a man shot at a group of police officers, injuring two of them. Officers returned fire, killing the man.

President Obama has stated that homosexuals make a “lifestyle choice” with their sexuality and even when people disapprove of that, they should be willing to treat them fairly.

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January 27, 2015


“In such a performance you may lay the foundation of national happiness only in religion, not by leaving it doubtful ‘whether morals can exist without it,’ but by asserting that without religion morals are the effects of causes as purely physical as pleasant breezes and fruitful seasons.” –Benjamin Rush, letter to John Adams, 1811


Economy OK Now, but the Social Security Bill Will Come

The economy will have three years of growth before the government’s deficit weighs the country down, according to a report on the nation’s economic outlook issued by the Congressional Budget Office. By 2025, the federal budget may be returning to a $1 trillion deficit, mostly thanks to an increase in entitlement spending due to ObamaCare and the Baby Boomer generation collecting Social Security. In the short term, the economy will grow because of low oil prices, higher hourly compensation, and more people returning to the workforce and starting households. But the CBO revised its August prediction to say the GDP will only grow 2.5% per year instead of 2.7% because it overestimated how many people are leaving the workforce permanently — possibly for retirement. As James Pethokoukis writes for the American Enterprise Institute, “Let me boil it down for you: These are the good times. Enjoy them because things are unlikely to get much better. In fact, they are likely to get worse.” The economy will shift as the White House administration turns over. Hopefully by then, Washington leadership has enough economic acumen to tackle the deficit, regardless of how it may affect political careers. More…

ObamaCare: The $2 Trillion (and Counting) BIG Lie

$2 trillion. That’s what the Congressional Budget Office now says ObamaCare will cost over the next decade. If that figure sounds a bit higher than you remember in the 2009 sweep of Hope ‘n’ Change, that’s because it’s more than double what Democrats told us it would cost. The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein writes, “When Obama pitched the healthcare law to Congress, he said it would cost ‘around $900 billion’ over 10 years. But his statement was misleading because the way the law was designed, the major spending provisions didn’t kick in until 2014. This meant that 10-year estimates at the time the law was passed in 2010 were artificially low, because they included four years (2010 through 2013) in which spending was negligible.” Democrats told the BIG Lie because they needed the American people to swallow ObamaCare, and keeping it in the “few hundred billion dollar” range was critical to helping the medicine go down. And for all that, 31 million people will remain uninsured 10 years from now. It was never about insurance, though — it was and is about control. More…

Just Lower Your Standard of Living

Billionaire Jeff Greene, who Bloomberg News describes as having “amassed a multibillion dollar fortune investing in real estate and betting against subprime mortgage securities,” has a pessimistic view of the U.S. economy. “Our economy is in deep trouble,” Greene said. “We need to be honest with ourselves. We’ve had a realistic level of job destruction, and those jobs aren’t coming back.” Because of that, he argues, “America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence. We need to reinvent our whole system of life.” To highlight his hypocrisy, he made the comments after having flown his wife, children and two nannies on a private jet (just one of about 1,700) to the climate confab in Davos, Switzerland. But we’re the ones who need to tighten our belts. By the way, Greene is a Democrat who ran for the Florida Senate seat currently held by Marco Rubio.


Dangerous Fruits of the Bowe Bergdahl Trade

The trade of Bowe Bergdahl for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners set a dangerous precedent in the White House where terrorists — if detained for a few years — are viewed as harmless relics of the War on Terror. The sleeper agent for al-Qaida, Ali Saleh Al-Marri, was released with no oversight from Congress at the request of Qatar. As Noah Rothman at Hot Air points out, the trade may have been illegal because Obama broke the law by not informing Congress 30 days before he released the Gitmo prisoners. Ultimately, the administration’s trade of Bergdahl has only yielded bitter fruit. Bergdahl will be charged with desertion, a charge Obama would rather keep buried for political reasons. “This is shaping up to be a titanic struggle behind the scenes,” retired Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer told Fox News. “Believe me, the Army here wants to do the right thing. … And the White House, because of the political narrative, President Obama cozying up to the parents and because he, President Obama, releas[ed] the five Taliban. … The narrative is what the White House does not want to have come out.” It’s always cynical politics for Obama.

Democrat Supports More U.S. Involvement Against ISIL

First, the good news: Thanks to U.S. airstrikes and Kurdish boots on the ground, ISIL has been almost repelled from Kobani. Taking back the Syrian town at the border with Turkey is mostly symbolic, but after the summer’s news of ISIL winning victory after victory this turnaround, however small, is welcome. The bad news is that ISIL has roughly doubled its territory since August despite U.S. bombings. The overall conflict has digressed so much that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, broke from the White House’s saccharine foreign policy rhetoric. “I think the deteriorate and destroy of ISIL [sic] has had some victory,” Feinstein said. “I don’t know whether 6,000 ISIL people have been killed or not, but that’s the figure that’s been floated around. But that’s not going to do it. So where [Senator John] McCain is right, I do think we need some Special Operations [Forces] in these countries, on the ground, more than just advisers. And I think we need to protect our allies — that’s Israel, that’s Jordan, that’s Saudi Arabia — and be more pronounced about it.” You know the Obama administration is failing miserably when a Democrat calls for sending troops. More…

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Obama Says ‘No’ to Oil Production in Alaska


Over the last several months, Americans have enjoyed paying much lower prices at the gas pump than they did the previous five years. While the relief at the pump is a welcome reprieve to Americans who have struggled to make ends meet, there’s trouble on the horizon.

During the State of the Union address, Barack Obama proudly announced, “We are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we’ve been in almost 30 years. … And thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save about $750 at the pump.” While this is welcome news, the truth is, to borrow his own phrase, Obama didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

Rebutting Obama’s claim, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said, “Our nation’s energy industry deserves the credit for the growth we see today. We are experiencing an energy revolution in spite of the president’s policies that are intended to stifle the development of our domestic resources.”

At least someone in Washington is willing to give credit where it is due.

Obama made clear during the SOTU that he would veto any legislation concerning the Keystone XL pipeline, which doesn’t comport with his frequent rhetoric about creating jobs. Senate Democrats followed the Pied Piper and temporarily blocked Republican legislation on Keystone Monday. But Obama isn’t just stopping with Keystone.

In a recent video depicting the beautiful wilderness in Alaska, he announced — from gas-guzzling Air Force One, no less — “I’m going to be calling on Congress to make sure that they take it one step further … designating it as a wilderness so that we can make sure that this amazing wonder is preserved for future generations.” That’s right, he wants Congress to designate the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as a wilderness, so that it can never be used to drill for oil.

His Interior Department proposed on Sunday preserving more than 12 million of the 19.8 million acres of land in ANWR, which includes approximately 1.5 million acres believed to contain an abundance of oil and natural gas. Consistent with Obama’s contempt for Congress, The Wall Street Journal notes, “This abrogates a 1980 deal in which Congress specifically set aside some of this acreage for future oil and gas exploration.”

It’s worth mentioning that Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has pushed for ANWR to be opened for drilling to boost Alaska’s economy and allow for America to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. “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,” Murkowski said in a statement. But Democrats and now the president have said “no.”

Certainly, the Republican-led 114th Congress will reject any such proposal, so what’s the big deal? In short, Obama doesn’t think he needs Congress. According to another Wall Street Journal story, “[T]he proposed move puts the area into a state of de facto designation as wilderness and would prevent drilling.” Worse, the move could endanger the Alaska oil pipeline itself.

Clearly, the president lied to America when he said he wanted to work with Congress.

America has so much land full of natural resources such as oil and natural gas that can be extracted safely while doing minimal damage to the environment. And yet we can’t expect the price of oil to remain low, in part because Obama’s regulatory bonanza will always put ecofascism and his climate change agenda ahead of economic growth.

John Hofmeister, founder and chief executive of Citizens for Affordable Energy, warns that Americans are likely to see $5 per gallon of gas later this decade. Oil prices fluctuate and, although we are enjoying the benefits of an increase in American production and an increase in the global supply that has driven prices down, it would be naive for us to think that these prices will stay this low forever.

Put simply, government needs to get out of the way. Rather than creating regulations and job-crippling policies that impede our nation’s advance toward acquiring untapped sources of energy, it needs to allow ANWR and other federal lands to be put to use. Our economic future depends on it. And, by the way, there will still be plenty of wilderness left for caribou, polar bears and future generations to enjoy.

Obama Joins Iran in Opposing Sanctions


In case there were any remaining doubters, Barack Obama’s remarks on Iran during his State of the Union speech last week made it perfectly clear he believes reaching a deal is more important than the content of the deal. But he’s facing increasing opposition in Congress — even from his own party.

Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) have co-sponsored a bill that would ramp up the sanctions pressure on Iran, rightly judging that Iran has no reason to cooperate absent significant outside pressure. Even Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) may hop on board. The president threatened to veto any such legislation, claiming new sanctions “will all but guarantee diplomacy fails, alienating America from its allies and ensuring Iran starts up its nuclear program again.”

Perhaps it has escaped Obama’s attention that we have already alienated our key Middle East allies and friends when it comes to Iran, including Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. They all look with growing alarm at Iran’s progress toward nuclear capability at a time when Iran is expanding and consolidating its influence throughout the region. Yemen’s government could not be reached for comment, having just been toppled by Iranian-backed Houthi militants. Israel’s government will soon speak when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress, despite petulant objections from the White House.

Perhaps it also eluded Obama’s notice that Iran cannot “re-start” its nuclear program — because it has never been stopped. Iran retains all the components needed to produce nuclear weapons, a situation the current Joint Plan of Action essentially concedes to Iran. Despite five different UNSC Resolutions between 2006 and 2010 requiring Iran to cease uranium enrichment activities, Iran has not only continued those activities but has dramatically increased its enrichment infrastructure.

Despite the president’s claim that we have “reduced [Iran’s] supply of nuclear material,” we have in fact done no such thing. Iran has merely changed the chemical composition of some of its nuclear material, a process that is reversible at any time. Despite UN insistence that Iran halt work on the heavy water reactor at Arak, it is now physically complete and ready for initial testing.

After 12 years of lying, cheating, threatening, obfuscating and general misbehavior, Iran still faces no serious impediment to its nuclear program. U.S. and European sanctions targeting Iran’s oil industry — virtually the sole source of Iran’s economy — had been the only successful means of gaining cooperation from Tehran. But sanctions were cast aside just as they were showing real results, and the prospect of restoring them seems remote.

With oil prices the lowest they have been in years, Iran’s economy is showing signs of extreme stress even without sanctions. Restoring sanctions would thus be even more effective today than when they were imposed in 2013. But with a president apparently determined to achieve literally any deal he can get, don’t hold your breath on new U.S. sanctions — or any change in Iran’s behavior.



Senator Daniel Webster (1782-1852): “If the States were not left to leave the Union when their rights were interfered with, the government would have been National, but the Convention refused to baptize it by that name.”

Columnist Cal Thomas: “[I]f Republicans are serious about advancing protection for the unborn in the age of Obamacare, they will adopt a different strategy. They might start by looking back 50 years to the civil rights movement. People who are old enough to remember, or have seen the film ‘Selma,’ recall how pictures and personal stories helped move the hearts and change the minds of many Americans in support of civil rights legislation. Pictures of blacks being beaten by white police officers or being denied service at lunch counters or forced to use separate restrooms — even murdered — shocked much of the nation. As Black History Month begins next week, the Republican Congress should hold a series of hearings on the impact the elimination of 55 million unborn lives has had on our culture. They can begin with testimony from black women and men like J. Kenneth Blackwell, a former Ohio secretary of state and currently a policy board member of the American Civil Rights Union. … If ‘black lives matter’ — and they do and should — they need to be protected in the womb, as well as in the streets.”

Columnist Thomas Sowell: “When someone tries to lay a guilt trip on you for being successful, remember that your guilt is some politician’s license to take what you worked for and give it to someone else who is more likely to vote for the politician who plays Santa Claus with your money. … Some people see discrimination when schools punish black students more often than white students. But schools punish white students more often than Asian students. Lenders turn down black applicants for loans more often than white applicants — but they turn down whites more often than Asians. Most statistics on such things omit Asians, rather than spoil a politically correct story. … President Obama may have gained something politically or ideologically by recognizing Cuba, but just what did the United States gain? Like so much that has been done by this administration, the diplomatic recognition of Cuba demonstrates how safe it is to be our enemy, while our policies toward Ukraine and Israel demonstrate how risky it is to be our ally.”

Comedian Argus Hamilton: “Joe Biden acknowledged to reporters that he might run against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, and cited his foreign policy experience. Last spring, the U.S. traded five Taliban prisoners for one American POW. Originally the deal included Biden, but the Taliban said no.”

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January 26, 2015
ALAN KEYES — Obama’s recent State of the Union speech to Congress, and the GOP responses to it, put me in mind of the famous observation, sometimes attributed to Benjamin Franklin: Democracy is like two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. But in our day, the wolves have increased in cunning and declined in forbearance. To describe contemporary politics, the saying would have to be revised… (more)

January 26, 2015
STEFANI WILLIAMS — During the first week of January, something extraordinary happened. Droves of Republican voters, unhappy with the status quo in Washington, took to social media, email, mail, faxes, and their phones to voice their dissatisfaction with GOP House Speaker John Boehner, and to insist he be replaced as Speaker. The public rejection of Boehner as Speaker was virtually unheard of… (more)

January 26, 2015
USA RADIO NETWORKS — USA RADIO NETWORKS is syndicating “THE DR. LAURIE ROTH SHOW” for 1-4 pm (ET) weekdays beginning FEBRUARY 2nd. Chief Content Officer TIM MARANVILLE said, “Dr. ROTH covers the issues driving the conversation in AMERICA like no other radio host… (more)

January 26, 2015
ROBERT KNIGHT — Fresh from offering “free” health care, “free” phones and “free” food to the masses, he’s upped the bribery to “free” community college tuition and “free” child care. It’s not that the Clintons oppose any of these; they just need to affect moderation in case Hillary runs for president and has to knock back boilermakers again with the good old boys in Pennsylvania taverns…. (more)

January 26, 2015
SEN. TED CRUZ — Last Tuesday night, President Obama assured the American people that their nation is secure because of his leadership. His “steady, persistent resolve,” Mr. Obama proclaimed in his State of the Union speech, has resulted in a “safer, more prosperous world.”… (more)

January 26, 2015
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER — American Sniper has set its sights on another record: Within a matter of days, it will overtake Steven Spielberg’s WWII classic Saving Private Ryan to become the top-grossing war-themed film of all time in North America, not accounting for inflation…. (more)

January 26, 2015
NEWSMAX — President Barack Obama will propose blocking 1.4 million acres (556,000 hectares) of Arctic refuge from oil and gas drilling, The Washington Post reported on Sunday. The administration plans to propose designating the area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, the highest level of federal protection that would ban oil and gas drilling, the newspaper reported, citing people briefed on the plan…. (more)

January 26, 2015
NEWSMAX — President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech last week seemed “detached from reality,” former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday on “The Cats Roundtable” on AM 970 in New York. “The president’s State of the Union speech was pessimistic in my opinion,” Perry told host John Catsimatidis, noting that Obama made no mention of al-Qaida and the activities of other terrorist groups around the world. Nor did he mention “our friends, and our great democracy in the Middle East, Israel.”… (more)

January 25, 2015
NEWSMAX — There will be many Republicans seeking the presidential nomination in 2016, and one of the potential candidates, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, urged conservatives gathered at the Iowa Freedom Summit Saturday to demand their choice demonstrate a track record of accomplishment…. (more)

January 25, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Border Patrol agents’ labor union announced their opposition Friday to the House GOP’s new border security bill, calling it “window dressing” that doesn’t add any new agents or updated their firepower to get the job done in sealing off the U.S.-Mexico border…. (more)

January 25, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — As Barack Obama was delivering his State of the Union Address, a 68-year-old man led Capitol Police on a high-speed chase through the streets of Washington, nearly hitting officers, refusing to stop for almost eight minutes…. (more)

January 25, 2015
NEW YORK TIMES — Japan’s prime minister expressed outrage on Sunday at an image released Saturday that appeared to show the decapitated body of one of two Japanese hostages captured by Islamic State militants, and President Obama condemned what he called a “brutal murder.”… (more)

January 25, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Footballs are deflating, the president is detached from reality, the Saudi king is deceased, and the sharia state next door, Yemen, is descending into bloody chaos. With mere anarchy loosed upon the world, it would be easy to miss the fact that, in England this week, Bobby Jindal gave as important and compelling a speech as has been delivered in years about America – – our leadership role on the world stage, our preservation as a beacon of liberty…. (more)

January 24, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — A group of Senate Republicans pressed Attorney General Eric H. Holder on Friday to explain the administration’s policy for U.S. fugitives in Cuba, including a convicted cop killer, following President Obama’s announced normalization of relations with the communist island nation…. (more)

January 24, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — A columnist is urging people to contact UCLA officials to protest a Muslim call to prayer broadcast on the campus of a “publicly funded institution.” “This in an act of Islamic supremacism,” writes Carol Brown for the American Thinker. “If Muslim students at UCLA can’t figure out how to tell time or keep track of when they need to pray, that’s their problem.”… (more)

January 24, 2015
TELEGRAPH — American spies secretly intercepted communications between those involved in the murder of Alexander Litvinenko and provided the key evidence that he was killed in a Russian-backed “state execution”, The Telegraph can disclose…. (more)

January 24, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Mary Cheney, the younger of two daughters born to former Vice President Dick Cheney – – and the one who’s openly gay – – told a small group of students at American University that it’s high time for the Republican party to embrace same-sex marriage…. (more)

January 24, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The fastest growing states in the U.S. also tend to be ones with lower-than-average rates of union membership, according to an analysis of data released on Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of the states (including the District of Columbia) with the top 10 fastest-growing populations, nine have union membership rates in the single digits. Nevada is the only state to be top 10 in population growth from July 2013 to July 2014 with a unionization rate above the nationwide rate of 11.1 percent…. (more)

January 23, 2015
BOB UNRUH — The “no-go zones” in some Western nations, where law enforcement has lost control because of the influence of Islamic law, are coming to America. That’s according to several Islam experts interviewed by WND who believe the kind of Muslim enclaves that have developed in Europe due to a lack of assimilation will eventually arise in the U.S. as the Muslim population grows…. (more)

January 23, 2015
NEWSMAX — Iran has produced an intercontinental ballistic missile – – an act that poses a threat to the United States due to its expanded range, according to a report. The Jerusalem Post reports that Iran has a missile measuring 27 meters in length (88.5 feet) on a launch pad just outside its capital city of Tehran. The missile had never before been seen in public, reports the Post…. (more)

January 23, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — As the allied bombing of Libya began in 2011, the Obama administration rejected an offer by Moammar Gadhafi to engage in negotiations to abdicate, according to a retired U.S. Navy officer who says he was prepared to broker the deal…. (more)

January 23, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — The military commanders on the Citizens Committee on Benghazi reacted with skepticism to the announcement Thursday afternoon that the House Select Committee on Benghazi has scheduled a hearing, contending the congressional panel led by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., is not uncovering the truth behind the deadly episode that resulted in the death of an American ambassador…. (more)

January 23, 2015
MICHELLE MALKIN — When President Obama declares something a “success story,” you know it has “TOTAL FAILURE” embedded in its DNA. Four months ago, America’s King Midas in Reverse crowed about the fruits of his triumphant foreign policy in jihad-infested Yemen. A “light footprint” approach to counterterrorism operations, he claimed, was the most effective path to stability. In addition, Obama has shoveled nearly $1 billion in American tax-subsidized foreign aid to Yemen…. (more)

January 23, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — He’s already boasted of wielding power through a pen and a phone. Now President Obama wants to add a rubber stamp to his desk set – – and the rubber stamp would be named “U.S. Congress.” Buried in his State of the Union address, Obama said he will ask Congress to give him “trade promotion authority.”… (more)

January 22, 2015
NEWSMAX — Alan Keyes, a former UN ambassador and three-time GOP presidential candidate, says President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Speech was dishonest and smacked of “dictatorial arrogance.”… (more)

U.S.-Israeli relations heading for a train wreck & threat of Radical Islam rising, what’s next?

Posted: 27 Jan 2015 08:13 AM PST

greglaurie-rosenbergIt 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 and turn against Israel. We’re not there yet, and we must pray America doesn’t turn against Israel and the Jewish people on our watch. That said, we’ve never seen an American President of either political party as consistently antagonistic towards our faithful ally Israel — and as sympathetic to our enemies like Iran — as we see today. More

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ISIS mobilizes 20,000 foreign fighters in Syria and IraqPosted: 27 Jan 2015 08:07 AM PST

BrainTrust_WarWithISISThe number of foreign fighters who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight in the Muslim-vs.-Muslim civil war there now has been estimated at 20,730, making it the “largest mobilization of foreign fighters in Muslim majority countries since 1945,” according to a new report.  And officials with the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence, a project of London’s King’s College, the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University and the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel, say the combatants have been involved with either ISIS or Jabhat al-Nusra, a branch of al-Qaida. The organization said the figures also were reached after consultation with the Munich Security Conference. The fighters are identified as coming from 50 different nations, including some 4,000 from the dozen-plus nations of Western Europe. “This is nearly double the figure we presented in December 2013, and exceeds the latest estimates by European Union officials,” the report said. The report said 1,200 of the fighters have come from France, and another 500-600 each from the United Kingdom and Germany. But Belgium produced the highest per capita participation, with 40 fighters per million population, it said. “With up to 11,000, the Middle East remains the dominant source of foreigners in the conflict. Another 3,000 were from countries of the former Soviet Union,” the report said. More


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DEA spies on millions of Vehicles in U.S.Posted: 27 Jan 2015 08:02 AM PST

iStock_000003131055_MediumThe Justice Department has been secretly gathering and storing hundreds of millions of records about motorists in an effort to build a national database that tracks the movement of vehicles across the country, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The newspaper said the main aim of the license plate tracking program run by the Drug Enforcement Administration was to seize automobiles, money and other assets to fight drug trafficking, according to one government document. But the use of the database had expanded to include hunting for vehicles linked to other possible crimes, including kidnapping, killings and rape suspects, the paper said, citing current and former officials and government documents. More


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Mexico’s Volcano of Fire erupts againPosted: 27 Jan 2015 07:52 AM PST

_80524368_80524367Dramatic video caught on webcam showed eruptions with clouds of smoke rising above the crater of the Volcan del Fuego (Volcano of Fire), set between the states of Colima and Jalisco. Three separate bursts were seen on Wednesday (January 21), Sunday (January 25) with a nocturnal one yesterday. Webcams de Mexico.com captured the dramatic images. The 9,939-feet above sea-level (3,860-meters) Volcan del Fuego, one of Mexico’s most active, has frequent moderate explosions. Activity at the volcano was also reported in January. TimesofMalta.com

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Iran Is Ditching The Dollar In Foreign TradePosted: 27 Jan 2015 07:45 AM PST

Iran_Is_Ditching_The_Dollar-03bca6f6f2b9a70f0e40270cb3d04d82Iran is no longer using the US dollar in foreign-trade transactions and is replacing it with other currencies, t he deputy governor at the Iranian Central Bank Gholami Kamyab said, according to Sputnik News . “In trade exchanges with the foreign countries, Iran uses other currencies including Chinese yuan, euro, Turkish lira, Russian ruble, and South Korean won,” Kamyab reportedly said. He also reportedly added that Iran was considering bilateral currency-swap agreements, which would allow partners to exchange one foreign currency for the equivalent in the other currency. He did not explicitly name partners, however. Although nuclear sanctions imposed on Iran over the years are meant to deter the state from building up its nuclear-arms program, they could also be the catalyst that is pushing Iran to look for new economic partners. As Ian Bremmer noted, the glaring drawback of using coercive sanctions (and other weaponizations of finance) is that the targeted countries can and will increasingly diversify away from the dollar. And over the past few years, Iran has been strengthening economic and military ties with others countries (including China and Russia) in an effort to circumvent the Western-imposed sanctions. Turkey ran an extensive gas-for-gold scheme with Iran, which ran from about March 2012 to fall 2013 and yielded Iran more than $13 billion amid crippling sanctions implemented by the US over the country’s perceived nuclear program. More

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State Department Official Wants Disney’s ‘Frozen’ to Teach Kids About Climate ChangePosted: 27 Jan 2015 07:42 AM PST

frozenA high-ranking State Department official wants to enlist Princess Elsa and a talking snowman to teach the American public about the Arctic. Adm. Robert Papp, the U.S. special representative for the Arctic, told an audience at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Norway this week that he met with a Disney executive to discuss raising awareness about the polar region using characters from the wildly popular movie Frozen. You can’t be in this business and not see Frozen, Papp said, adding that he has watched the movie at least 20 times thanks to his two young granddaughters. A staffer from his office came up with the idea for Disney to create public service announcements focused on the Arctic starring the movie’s main characters: Elsa, a princess with powers over ice and snow; her younger sister, Anna; a reindeer named Sven; and Olaf, a talking snowman who loves summer. “I said, you’ve taught an entire generation about the Arctic,” Papp said, describing his exchange with the Disney executive. “Unfortunately, the Arctic that you’ve taught them about is a fantasy kingdom in Norway where everything is nice. What we really need to do is educate the American youth about the plight of the polar bear, about the thawing tundra, about Alaskan villages that run the risk of falling into the sea because of the lack of sea ice protecting their shores.” But Papp said the pitch didn’t go over so well because Disney prefers happier tales. “As I continued to talk, I could see the executive getting more and more perplexed, and he said: ‘Admiral, you might not understand: Here at Disney it’s in our culture to tell stories that project optimism and have happy endings.’ ” More

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WARNING: Flu Shot Drug Pandemrix Will Destroy Your LifePosted: 27 Jan 2015 07:38 AM PST

flu-shot-drug-vaccine-pandemrix-causing-narcolepsy-sleeping-sickness-gsk-glaxo-smith-kline“..And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot.” 2 Kings 4:40

Just imagine…instead of being inconvenienced with the flu for a few days, you can become a victim of narcolepsy and be unable to function for the rest of your life. And the best part? Look at the end of the article where is says that the CDC recommends giving this poison to babies as young as six months old. Step right up and gets yours today!

EDINBURGH, U.K. (CBS Atlanta) — A 15-year-old girl is reportedly falling asleep up to 30 times a day after getting a flu shot. Australia’s News Limited reports Chloe Glasson began suffering from narcolepsy four months after being injected with Pandemrix, a vaccine to combat against swine flu, in November 2009. She is one of at least 100 people to suffer from the sleeping disorder after getting vaccinated with Pandemrix.  “She has gone from being a bright, outgoing girl to one who cannot go out on her own,” Rebecca Glasson, Chloe’s mother, told News Limited. “She doesn’t doze for more than a couple of hours at a time, but she can have disturbing dreams.” Chloe Glasson will begin a new treatment of the specialist drug sodium oxybate at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, U.K., in hopes to get back to a normal sleeping pattern. “I am putting a lot of faith in the treatment,” Chloe told News Limited. “While the tablets won’t cure me, they may offer the chance of a more normal life.” More

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For First Time, ‘Alien’ Space Signal Detected Live by Scientists — And They Aren’t Sure What It IsPosted: 27 Jan 2015 07:31 AM PST

shutterstock_152362094-620x413An unknown signal emitting from space was detected by astronomers live for the first time ever, scientists announced in a journal this month. The radio burst was detected on May 15, 2014 by astronomers in Australia but just reported in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Fox News reported. “The burst was identified within 10 seconds of its occurrence,” said Emily Petroff, a PhD student at Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology, according to Fox News. “The importance of the discovery was recognized very quickly and we were all working very excitedly to contact other astronomers and telescopes around the world to look at the location of the burst,” she added. Scientists have long used equipment to search for radio signals, hoping to find signs of extraterrestrial life. The bursts, which emit as much energy in a few milliseconds as the sun does in 24 hours, have been detected before, Petroff told Fox News. And, while they were just detected here on Earth, the bursts actually took place a long time ago. More

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Is ISIS On The Road To Damascus?Posted: 27 Jan 2015 07:26 AM PST

ISIS already controls parts of northern Syria, and now seems to have set its site on Damascus, Syria’s capital city. Damascus is the subject of a 2700 year old prophecy written in Isaiah 17. The prophecy says that Damascus will someday cease from being a city. Is it possible that this prophecy is about to find its fulfillment? And, will ISIS have anything to do with it? ISIS and the ISAIAH prophecy are the primary subjects of this edition of the Prophecy Update Radio program. Bill Salus and his good friend Bible prophecy expert and evangelist Al Gist explore the possible connections. This program also briefly explains the origins of this dangerous ISIS terrorist organization. Al Gist is the founder of  Maranatha Evangelistic MinistriesCLICK HERE to listen to this timely and important radio show. Al Gist travels throughout the country speaking at conferences and churches. He also leads tours to Israel. Click HERE contact Al Gist. More

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Obamacare costs $50,000 per taxpayerPosted: 27 Jan 2015 07:19 AM PST

111014obamapensIt will cost the federal government – taxpayers, that is – $50,000 for every person who gets health insurance under the Obamacare law, the Congressional Budget Office revealed on Monday. The number comes from figures buried in a 15-page section of the nonpartisan organization’s new ten-year budget outlook.  The best-case scenario described by the CBO would result in ‘between 24 million and 27 million’ fewer Americans being uninsured in 2025, compared to the year before the Affordable Care Act took effect. Pulling that off will cost Uncle Sam about $1.35 trillion – or $50,000 per head.  The numbers are daunting: It will take $1.993 trillion, a number that looks like $1,993,000,000,000, to provide insurance subsidies to poor and middle-class Americans, and to pay for a massive expansion of Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) costs. Offsetting that massive outlay will be $643 billion in new taxes, penalties and fees related to the Obamacare law. That revenue includes quickly escalating penalties – or ‘taxes,’ as the U.S. Supreme Court described them – on people who resist Washington’s command to buy medical insurance. It also includes income from a controversial medical device tax, which some Republicans predict will be eliminated in the next two years. If they’re right, Obamacare’s per-person cost would be even higher. More

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The Shemitah: The Biblical Pattern Which Indicates That A Financial Collapse May Be Coming In 2015

Does a mystery that is 3,500 years old hold the key to what is going to happen to global financial markets in 2015? Could it be possible that the timing of major financial crashes is not just a matter of coincidence? In previous articles on my website, I have discussed some of the major economic and financial cycle theories and their proponents. For example, in an article entitled “If Economic Cycle Theorists Are Correct, 2015 To 2020 Will Be Pure Hell For The United States“, I examined a number of economic cycle theories that seem to indicate that the second half of this decade is going to be a nightmare economically. But the cycle that I am going to discuss in this article is a lot more controversial than any of those. In his most recent book, Jonathan Cahn has demonstrated that almost all of the major financial crashes in U.S. history are very closely tied to a seven year pattern that we find in the Bible known as “the Shemitah”. Since that book was released, I have been asked about this repeatedly during radio appearances. So in this article I am going to attempt to explain what the Shemitah is, and what this Biblical pattern seems to indicate may happen in 2015. If you are an atheist, an agnostic, or are generally skeptical by nature, this article might prove quite challenging for you. I would ask that you withhold judgment until you have examined the evidence. When I first heard about these things, I had to go verify the facts for myself, because they are truly extraordinary. (Read More….)

Scientology doc ‘Going Clear’ shocks Sundance filmgoers

Among the bombshells asserted by eight former church members: Scientology intentionally broke up Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman; it tortured some of its members in a prison known as “the hole” and subjected others to hard labor; it harassed those who left the organization and forced their family members to cut off all contact. (Puig, USA Today)

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A No-go Zone for Truth

by Cliff Kincaid [1]

January 26, 2015

Accurately reporting on no-go zones dominated by Muslims in Europe is now a no-go zone. Our media have made a mess of the whole issue and are now afraid to dig themselves out. What a disgrace and disservice to news consumers.

Jumping on the pile, the left-wing Politico has published a story [2] [1] accusing Louisiana Republican Governor and possible presidential candidate Bobby Jindal of telling a “lie” about the no-go zones by saying they exist. But the story is itself based on a lie. Things are so twisted that Politico is doing the lying by denying that the no-go zones exist. How did we get in such a mess?

Let’s understand that the method in this madness is to accommodate the radical Muslim lobby and demonize politicians who talk about the jihad problem.

First of all, the evidence shows that the zones or areas do exist. We cited evidence [3] [2] for them, and numerous other outlets have done so as well. The confusion stems from a Fox News apology over the matter that should never have been made.

Steve Emerson made a mistake on one Fox show in saying that “in Britain, it’s not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.”

Acknowledging his error, Emerson tells WorldNetDaily that he is nevertheless appalled that the media have now decided that any and all reporting on no-go zones is wrong. “It’s outrageous for media outlets to apologize, saying ‘no-go zones’ don’t exist in Europe, when even the New York Times for years has published articles documenting Muslim ‘no-go zones’ do exist in European countries like France,” he tells [4] [3] WND reporter Jerome Corsi.

Corsi notes that “NBC News, the New York Times, the Associated Press and others were using the term ‘no-go’ zones for Muslim-majority neighborhoods in Paris when Muslim youth gangs were rampaging through the streets and setting cars on fire.”

We made the same point in our treatment [3] [2] of the issue, noting that Fox News suddenly altered its reporting of the Muslim riots in France in 2005, determining them to be “civil riots” instead. We saw then the power of the Islamists to alter Fox’s coverage.

Fox News media reporter Howard Kurtz had a great opportunity on his Sunday show “Media Buzz” to set the record straight. Instead of confronting his own channel over the unnecessary apology, Kurtz praised CNN’s Anderson Cooper for making the same kind of apology. But then he mentioned that other outlets have been reporting on the no-go zones for years. So an apology wasn’t necessary after all! “The subject is complicated,” he said. No it’s not. Just tell the truth.

If all of this is unnecessarily confusing, it’s clearly because of the unnecessary Fox apology. It was a political apology. There is no other explanation. It is this kind of pandering that is becoming a pattern at Fox, which had earlier yanked anchor Bret Baier from a Catholic conference under pressure from the homosexual lobby.

Liberal special interest groups should not have this kind of influence on a news organization, especially one claiming “fair and balanced” coverage that is also supposed to be accurate.

Journalism 101 teaches that corrections or apologies are called for when errors are made. Since no-go areas do in fact exist, according to numerous sources, no apology was necessary. Yet, Fox News offered the view that since the no-go zones are not “specific” or “formal” entities, they really don’t exist. Fox was wrong. This is complete nonsense and a gross distortion of the concept.

Robert Spencer makes the observation [5] [4], “The Fox apology is all the more curious in light of the fact that others, even on the Left, have noticed the no-go zones in France before some Fox commentators began talking about them in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.”

Citing just one example of many, he notes that David Ignatius had written [6] [5] in The New York Times back in 2002, “Yet Arab gangs regularly vandalize synagogues here, the North African suburbs have become no-go zones at night, and the French continue to shrug their shoulders.”

Spencer notes that Fox’s apology “only plays into the hands of leftists and Islamic supremacists who have a vested interest in rendering people ignorant and complacent about the reality of what is going on in these areas.”

He suggests that Fox “apologize for its apology.” That would perhaps further confuse matters, but it is the right thing to do.

Without an apology for the apology, those who apologize for the Islamization of Europe like Arif Rafiq will continue to claim, as he did in Politico, that Jindal, by even discussing the no-go zones, “has been repeating a lie that even Fox News was forced to apologize for.” The Fox News correction, or apology, though unwarranted, is now being cited as the media standard.

Politico headlined the piece, “Bobby Jindal’s Muslim Problem,” as if the governor has a bias against Muslims. So a Fox News apology has now been transformed into an indictment of a conservative political figure. Soon, Jindal will be denounced as an “Islamophobe,” another smear term used by the radical Islam lobby.

The liberal media won’t believe any of Fox’s normal day-to-day reports. But when the channel claims to have made an error that makes the rest of the media look good by comparison, that suddenly becomes the truth and the channel has to be believed. This is how reality is turned upside down.

The real story is why Fox made this unnecessary correction. The clout of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Council on American-Islamic Relations is the most likely explanation. Fox has undermined its own credibility by apologizing for something that was true. It is bizarre and was absolutely unnecessary.

Pamela Geller is correct [7] [6] that the major media are “failing us.” It’s terribly tragic that at a time when we were depending on one channel, Fox, to tell the truth, it has failed us, too.

Article printed from Accuracy In Media: http://www.aim.org [8]

URL to article: http://www.aim.org/aim-column/a-no-go-zone-for-truth/ [9]

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[1] story: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/bobby-jindals-muslim-prob… [2]

[2] evidence: http://www.aim.org/aim-column/fox-news-apologizes-to-radical-islam/ [3]

[3] tells: http://www.wnd.com/2015/01/media-have-reported-no-go-zones-for-a-decade/ [4]

[4] the observation: http://www.jihadwatch.org/2015/01/robert-spencer-in-frontpage-no-no-go-z… [5]

[5] written: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/27/opinion/27iht-edignatius_ed3__0.html [6]

[6] correct: http://www.jihadwatch.org/2015/01/pamela-geller-inside-frances-sharia-no… [7]

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Enormous Hope, Unchanging Vice

If one man stands clearly apart from the entire western world, alone in his unwillingness to utter the simple phrase “radical Islamic extremism”, why on earth should Americans expect this same man to utter the simple phrase “personal responsibility” when facing racial issues; those not exclusively in our black communities, but within all American communities?

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America’s Enemies in Hollywood Then and Now

With the war on Islamic terrorism being portrayed as a righteous cause in “American Sniper,” the Clint Eastwood film breaking box office records, a book which documents the days when Hollywood was a mouthpiece for communist propaganda might seem out of date. But Allan H. Ryskind’s book, Hollywood Traitors, is a reminder that Hollywood can’t always be counted on to take America’s side in a war, even a World War when the United States faced dictators by the names of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

The Ryskind book, published by Regnery, documents how the much-maligned House Committee on Un-American Activities, known as HUAC, uncovered dramatic communist infiltration of Hollywood and forced the studios to clean house.

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Obama’s Bloody Yemen Disaster

By Michele Malkin

The counter-terrorism model he boasted about in September isn’t looking so good now.

When President Obama declares something a “success story,” you know it has “TOTAL FAILURE” embedded in its DNA.

Four months ago, America’s King Midas in Reverse crowed about the fruits of his triumphant foreign policy in jihad-infested Yemen. A “light footprint” approach to counterterrorism operations, he claimed, was the most effective path to stability. In addition, Obama has shoveled nearly $1 billion in American tax-subsidized foreign aid to Yemen.

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United States of Antichrist

Author’s note: My latest book, Antichrist Chronicles, set for release the week of January 26 details, in-depth, issues and events of these pre-Tribulation times. None of the prophetic signals occurring almost hourly more powerfully illustrate how near the rise of Antichrist this world is at present than does the subject of the following article, in my view.

The rise of the first beast of Revelation chapter 13 is on fast-track to fulfillment. The son of perdition’s kingdom is almost complete –the 666 economic power base I term the United States of Antichrist nearly in place.

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Kudos to Congress and Netanyahu

By David Limbaugh

I wholeheartedly disagree. Netanyahu’s speech will put the spotlight on the substance of his arguments. Netanyahu will have the world stage, and he’ll make a powerful case that Iran is going full-bore and that at stake is not just Israel’s security but also that of the United States. In the past few days, Israeli media have claimed that satellite images show new long-range ballistic missile launch sites near Tehran.

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13 Ways You Waste Your Money

About once a year I go through a phase—a deliberate phase—in which I evaluate our family finances to see where we’re doing well and where we aren’t doing so well. I especially look for places we are spending money we don’t need to spend—bills that are too high, subscriptions we no longer need, and all of those little money-wasters that eventually add up. And over the years, I’ve collected quite a list of ways that we, and perhaps you, waste money. Here are some of them:

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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:
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Heaven: From Someone Who’s Been There | Worldview Weekend

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.

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Deeply Humiliated

Mark Jones

We hate to be humiliated in any way. But our sin forfeits our right to honor and praise. Consider who we are: in ourselves, fully leprous in our souls and deserving of shame. But we crave praise, honor, and glory. Consider who Christ is: in himself, fully righteous and deserving of praise, honor, and worship. But he received shame and ridicule in every way. Jesus entered the world in poverty, then lived and died in the same (2 Cor. 8:9). Bernard of Clairveaux (1093-1153) once said, “By how much the viler he was made for me, by so much dearer he shall be to me.” Indeed. There are so many statements in God’s Word that would shock us if we actually thought deeply concerning what they communicate. Deep meditation upon a verse – paying attention to its context, of course – at times yield a great deal more fruit in our lives than reading several chapters of God’s Word in one setting. Continue Reading

Conviction: Out of Step

by David de Bruyn

As we live with God in communion, his holy nature begins to identify ways that we displease him. We act in certain ways, think certain thoughts, or desire certain things that are offensive to our heavenly Indweller. In response, he does the work of conviction. God identifies something he wants us to confess to him so that we can keep enjoying the joy of communion. Sometimes this occurs through his Spirit’s whispered displeasure, and calls to confess. Sometimes this occurs through the sheer contrast between God and ourselves, when we encounter him. Either way, this is conviction.

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Wisdom from Tyler Hawk, Celebrity Pastor

by Christopher Ames

Is your church stuffy? Many assume that mine is, primarily because I hang out with the Religious Affections crowd. I admit that in my weaker moments I worry about such things. What if nobody buys into my Hundred Year Plan? What if people are only singing the Psalms because they don’t want to offend my tender spirit?

Well, in those weaker moments, I furtively peruse the megaworks of megachurch megapastors. They megaknow what they are megatalking about when it comes to making a church worship service go bang.

The Aquila Report | How Do I Energize My Dead Worship Service?


If the Lord Marks Iniquity – R.C. Sproul: “The Psalmist asked the question: ‘If the Lord marks iniquity, who should stand?’ This query is obviously rhetorical. The only answer, indeed the obvious answer is no one.”

But God – “Revel in these two priceless words…”

Will Christians Be Allowed To Serve as Judges? – Denny Burk writes about an alarming bit of news from California.

Often Unnoticed Marks of Godliness – I enjoyed this one—a challenge for each one of us.

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Millennials bucking trends on abortion approval

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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?

Why We Choose to Follow Christ

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Why the Prosperity Gospel Is the Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever

After being enlightened by the truth of Scripture that the prosperity gospel is false, a pastor now shares 3 reasons why it’s the worst pyramid scheme ever.

NEW BOOKLET TRACT: The Catholic Mary & Her Eucharistic Christ

LTRP Note: In view of the many occurrences where evangelical leaders are publicly giving a pass to Roman Catholicism, in particular the recent concert with over 30 major Christian musicians who shared the platform with Roman Catholic movie actress and producer Roma Downey—who admits to praying to Mary (see article), this new Booklet by Roger […]

Tough Times for Christian Lawyers up North

There’s nothing like a good lawyer joke if you want to get a chuckle. But what Christian lawyers are facing in Canada is no laughing matter.

The Shemitah: The Biblical Pattern Which Indicates That A Financial Collapse May Be Coming In 2015

Does a mystery that is 3,500 years old hold the key to what is going to happen to global financial markets in 2015? Could it be possible that the timing of major financial crashes is not just a matter of coincidence? …………. Click here for full story

Israel/Hezbollah Shadow War Bringing Both Sides To The Brink

The Israeli-Lebanese border build-up may be moving from high tension to a violent eruption as ominous events proliferate. A mysterious explosion was one of the events occurring Sunday, Jan. 25, along with rapid Israeli and Hizballah military movements, troop buildups on both sides of the border, bulwarks trucked in to protect Israeli locations, an Israel warning to Hizballah not to harm Israel’s overseas institutions, and persistent rumors of secret Hizballah tunnels ………. Click here for full story

Meet The “Jewish Indiana Jones” Searching For The Lost Ark Of The Covenant

The Ark of the Covenant has inspired a whole sector of humanity to chase after one of the world’s most treasured – and missing – items. In what is known today as the Lost Ark, the search continues for Judaism’s most holy and significant artifact of religious and historical importance……….. Click here for full story

Bill Gates Pushes Cashless Society

Bill Gates is now promoting “digital currency” in third-world countries, which will make the poor even more dependent on central banks while also turning them into guinea pigs for the development of a “cashless society” in the U.S. and Europe……….. Click here for full story

The 10 Most And Least ‘Bible-Minded’ Cities In America: Did Yours Make The List?

Is your hometown one of the most — or least — “Bible-minded” cities in the nation? The American Bible Society has the answer with the release of its latest report that ranks 100 U.S. cities based on residents’ devotion to reading the Bible and their overall opinion of the Christian scriptures. ……… Click here for full story

No Worship Services in Public Schools, New York Mayor Tells Supreme Court

Bill de Blasio campaigned on the promise of letting churches rent school space. Now he’s asking the Supreme Court to prohibit it.

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Islam: A Brief, Christian Critique – Saints and Sceptics

We’re more than a little concerned by Christian critiques which attempt to “expose” Islam as a religion of violence*. This leaves the question: what exactly is your problem with Islam, then? Why are you not Muslims? Or why do you not worship with Muslims? And our answer is “Islam does not have the way, the truth and the life!” We’re not foolish enough to believe that an entire religion can be defeated in one brief article. However, we think that the standard Muslim objections to Christianity are very weak; and we believe that Islam has to answer some very serious challenges from Christianity.

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Needed: A Healthy Dose of Reality

by Bill Muehlenberg

Christians of all people should be realists. We should not be overly optimistic, nor should we be overly pessimistic – we should just be realistic. We should seek to look at the world as it really is – indeed, as God sees it. That of course is not always easy to do, must we must try to do this anyway.

There are millions of people who do not see the world accurately. And they get into all sorts of trouble as a result. It is incumbent upon all of us to see things as accurately and realistically as possible. We all know the importance of this when it comes to actual physical vision.

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What doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. ~ Micah 6:8


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“Be wise as serpents” without becoming one. ~ Brent J. Bielema



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

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

New Age Pandemic In The Church

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Needed: A Healthy Dose of Reality—Bill Muehlenbrg


Christians of all people should be realists. We should not be overly optimistic, nor should we be overly pessimistic – we should just be realistic. We should seek to look at the world as it really is – indeed, as God sees it. That of course is not always easy to do, but we must try to do this anyway.




Christian Worship Service?–Video


This video was taken at Perry Stone’s Church. We’re pretty sure this isn’t a Christian form of worship. In fact, it resembles the type of worship used for the Golden Calf. But, this time the Golden Calf has been replaced with a replica of the Ark of the Covenant.




CBS Panel Blasts Obama’s ‘Extraordinary Disconnect,’ ‘Question if WH Knows What’s Going On’



3 charged in connection with Russian spy ring in New York



Obama to Propose Protecting 1.4 Million Acres of Arctic Refuge


Malaria-Carrying “Super Mosquitoes” Resist Insecticide









Fox News “apologizes” to radical Islam—Cliff Kincaid


The disease known as political correctness has infected Fox News. First, anchor Bret Baier withdrew from a Catholic conference under pressure from his management and the homosexual lobby. Now, Fox News has bowed to pressure from the Muslim Brotherhood lobby, issuing an embarrassing “correction” that was not warranted for having reported factually on the existence of Muslim-dominated “no-go zones” in Europe.


EDUCATION – Research Links


Shut-up, White Boy! Professors: White Men Should Speak Last


We look to a day when people will not be judged by the content of their character, but by the color of their skin.

And the configuration of their chromosomes.


HOMOSEXUALITY — Research Links


The revolution of the family: the Marxist roots of ‘homosexualism’

Porn may be only place gay youth see gay sex portrayed ‘positively’: UK ‘sex health’ charity head

300 Articles You Have to Read to Understand Homofascism

Homosexual Promiscuity: Breeding a national health problem

Speaking of Homosexuality

Big ‘Gay’ Brother is Watching You

Truth-Telling and Homosexuality



CNN’s Anderson Cooper Responds To Anti-Gay Pastor





Trouble In Transtopia: Murmurs Of Sex Change Regret

Truth Matters In Ex-Gay Debate

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

Why Gays Cannot Speak for Ex-Gays

120 EXhomosexual video testimonies



Pastors, Prophets and Preachers


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




Surprise: 200,000-person Pro-life March Dismissed by Media as Non-Event



LIFE & DEATH – Research Links


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

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

Abortion, Depression, Suicide



Former Olympic Gymnast Pregnant With Triplets Refuses Doctors’ Advice to Abort





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


Ryan Anderson explains why gay marriage doesn’t exist

Our last chance to save traditional marriage



Why ‘gay marriage’ is evil—Matt Barber


Marriage is the God-ordained, lifelong, covenantal union between man and wife, designed to provide men, women and children optimal stability and overall well-being. Marriage is that biologically, spiritually and morally centered institution calculated to ensure responsible procreation and perpetuate the human race. Marriage, real marriage, represents the fundamental cornerstone of any healthy society (any society that hopes to survive, at least). …


Obama Calls Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ a ‘Story of Freedom’ in State of Union Address









“Why is church attendance / going to church important?”—Got Questions



Is [the late] Dallas Willare a Universalist?—Christine Pack





Why is biblical Creationism so important?

The Giraffe: God’s Outstanding Animal



Are Stars Still Forming Today?—Danny Faulkner


Most astronomers believe that the universe began in a big bang nearly 14 billion years ago, but they believe most stars can’t be that old because they would burn out. So astronomers generally assume that most of today’s stars formed after the origin of the universe. Indeed, they take it for granted that many stars are still forming even today.




Court Unanimously Bans Judges from Working with Boy Scouts Over Stance on Homosexuality


The proposed rule change had been open for public comment last year, but the amount of response from California citizens is not known, nor whether there were those who expressed opposition to barring judges from being involved with youth organizations that decry sexual activity between those of the same gender. However, the California Judges Association offered its support for the removal of the exception…




The King of Heaven Humbles Those Who Walk In Pride—Mike Ratliff





Where do Christians get solid food? From voices in their heads, intuition, imaginations, flights of fancy, signs, wonders? No. Solid food is consumed by feeding on the meat of the written

Word of God. ~ Sandy Simpson


Alcoholics Anonymous

Disturbing History of AA

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



Channeled Book “God Calling” Spiritually Influenced A.A.—John Lanagan



Angels – Research links


Three Reasons You Should Not Try To Bind Satan

Unbiblical ideas About Angels


Ann Voskamp


Romantic Panentheism, a Review of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Christianized Version of “Sexytime” with Ghosts?



Loving God is not erotic (no matter what Voskamp says)–Mike Abendroth



Beth Moore


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

Has so-and-so false teacher always been false, or did it just start now?

The Low-Information Evangelical, Part 1  Part 2

Examining Beth Moore’s teaching


 “Blood Moons”


Is Jesus going to return during the blood-red moon of 2015?

Divine Sign for Israel? Hagee Explains Blood Moons

Will Lunar Eclipses Cause Four Blood Moons in 2014 and 2015?


Books on Heaven


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



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



Charismatic Movement


Strange Fire Q&A: Answering the Critics—Phil Johnson interviews John MacArthur

Where is IHOP Going? An interview with Sarah Leslie


Church Growth Movement/Seeker/Market-Driven


Straight Talk About the Seeker Church Movement

Why this pastor left the church-growth model

Who is Peter Drucker, and what did he do with our church?

Rick Warren’s Catholic television interview



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



Circus by the Glades


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


Contemplative Prayer – Research Links


The “Tree of Contemplative Practices” – Is Your Church Practicing Some of These?

What Is Spiritual Formation and Why Does It Matter?

Contemplative Terms



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


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




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


Emergent Church – Research Links


The Emerging Global Church

McLaren’s CANA Initiative marks new era for Neo Emergents

Listen: Emergent Church finally shows its real intentions!

Emerging towards convergence

Emergent /Emerging Church Documentary



Rob Bell promotes “Mother God” and “apophatic meditation” in new “Liturgists” show—Amy Spreeman


In addition to (or perhaps because of) his new The Rob Bell Show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel, Rob Bell has been busy with his ZIMZUM of Love book promotions and now his new The Liturgists program, a podcast he has quietly launched with a dozen or so other theological partners who “do not actively promote our names and personal images” for ego reasons.


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



Hillsong Church


Hillsong NYC’s “biblical” silence about homosexuality

Hellsong – The Music of Hillsong – In Praise of Folly


“Jesus Calling” – Research Links


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

In Jesus Calling: Jesus Contradicts Himself

Is Hit Book “Jesus Calling” Pushing New Age?

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

in Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling” devotional

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


Joyce Meyer


The Prosperity Priestess and the Pied Piper of IHOP

Joyce Meyer’s teaching


Kay Arthur


Kay Arthur With Erroneous Contemplative Interpretation of Psalm 46:10

Christian Meditation: What’s Biblical and What’s


Mark Driscoll


5 Early Leadership Lessons from the Dissolution of Mars Hill Church

Part 1: “We Are Not ABANDONED”   Part 2: “Under the Bus” and “Off the Map” – The Out-of-Control Bus That Runs Over Sheep  Part 3: The Culture Which Gave Rise to Driscoll


“The Message” Bible


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


Mormonism — Research Links


Mormon Church Admits Founder Joseph Smith Had About 40 Wives

Was Joseph Smith Really a Prophet from God?

What is Mormonism – What do Mormon’s Believe

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



Mormonism’s Pre-existence



New Age Movement/New Thought/Spirituality — Research Links


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

New Age Pandemic In The Church

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

Mysticism & Global Mind Change


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



“United We Stand” Aftermath–SUFTT



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



New Apostolic Reformation/Dominionism – Research Links


We have had enough of false prophets

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

What is an Apostle?

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



Book review: God’s Super Apostles—Tim Challies



Occult – Research Links


This site is not recommended

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



Perry Noble


Perry Noble’s apology



Perry Noble Rescinds the Ten Commands for 2015


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


Roman Catholicism


Pope Francis: You Cannot Be A Christian Outside the Church

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

The Papacy of the Roman Catholic Church

‘Secrets of the Vatican’ exposes moral crises facing Catholic Church’s new pope

Do eucharistic miracles really happen?



SF Archbishop on Pelosi: No Catholic Can Dissent from Church Teaching on Abortion



‘Limits On Free Speech’ – The Pope’s Latest Effort To Bring Muslims And Catholics Closer Together—Michael Snyder



Social Justice/Progressive Christianity


Shameful Social Gospel

The Social Justice Gospel, Yesterday and TodayPart 2



How Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage





Spiritual Seduction

Extraterrestrials, Noah’s Flood, Pseudo-Humans, Pseudo-Science,

Nephilim and Space Alien DNAPart 2


Vision Casting


Casting a Vision of Commandeering Control


Witchcraft – Research Links


Same-sex couple married in pagan first



Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel — Research Links


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

The True Origins of the Prosperity Gospel

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





‘Are We Significant?’ New Christian Film Challenges Secular Premises on Earth’s Uniqueness



‘I’m Now An Atheist’: Newsboys Co-Founder Renounces Christianity






Dementia ‘linked’ to common over-the-counter drugs


Divided By Reason (Book Review)

“Worthen finds this intellectual project of postwar evangelicalism largely to be a failure, and she explains why. It produced pseudo-intellectuals like Lindsay and Schaeffer. It fashioned a theological scheme of inerrancy that seemed primarily intended to police ecclesiastical boundaries. And, in the end, the movement’s constituents did not agree on much.”

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The Audacity Of Jeb Bush: A Governor Goes All In On The Terri Schiavo Case

“Time has moved on, but the Schiavo ordeal is a stark reminder of how conservative the governor was and how he could dig in when he felt he was right, as was almost always the case. The most wrenching and human crisis Bush endured in his two terms provides a window into a leader who was as commanding as he was polarizing.”

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We Confess A Holy Catholic Church

“According to Ignatius, the defining characteristic of catholicity, i.e., of truly universal Christianity is the presence of Christ. There’s little evidence that he conceived the office of overseer (επισκοπος) in monarchical or hierarchical terms. There’s no evidence of the supremacy of the pastor of the Roman congregation.”

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Christian Lawyers And Doctors Need Not Apply

“This direct attack on Christian lawyers is meant to create a chilling effect in the legal profession. Lawyers who work for law firms seeking to do business with these corporations will hesitate, and perhaps even be barred from voicing their religious and moral beliefs, or for acting for religious clients in human rights cases dealing with these issues. It’s a scary time to be a Christian lawyer in Canada.”

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Nakedness Equals Shame

“The motif of clothing and nakedness is at the heart of our understanding of redemption. Our own righteousness, we are told, is like rotten, filthy rags (Isa. 64:6). The only way any of us can stand in God’s presence is to be stripped of those rags and then clothed afresh in the garments of Christ’s righteousness.”

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Evangelical Anti-Abolitionists

“Some conservative white evangelicals believed that the Bible endorsed some systems of slavery but not that found in America. Most, however, felt that any sort of vigorous opposition to slavery struck at the biblical bedrock of their faith. And therefore they could not embrace true antislavery positions.”

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Cross Fit Godliness

“With CrossFit-like enthusiasm, in 1 Timothy 4:7–8, Paul calls his son in the faith and other readers to the gym, and distinguishes useless workouts from useful ones. “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” Two bold points emerge. First, real godliness rejects sham training programs. Second, real godliness requires rigorous workouts, real sweat, and uncompromising discipline.”

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“Top Down” or “Grassroots” Ministry?

“Broader churches often tend to focus on “every member ministry”–while minimizing the need for robust pastoral ministry–while more stringently Reformed churches tend to focus on the primacy of pastoral ministry–to the minimizing of vibrant congregational life and ministry. Both approaches often appear to be overreactions to perceived deficiencies or abuses in the outworking of the opposite approach.”

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Shrinking Job Descriptions in the Church

“We have been focused on golden-tongued speakers, impressive and comfortable buildings, and membership growth, and have forsaken the personal touch. We are better known as preachers and speakers, and lesser known as shepherds and pastors. And our elders are viewed more as members of boards of directors and not as brothers who shepherd.”

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Confronting And Convicting


Q. I met a  Muslim girl who attends a great Baptist college here in the US.  She expressed to me that she is Muslim, but was having spiritual issues.  She came to this university hoping to resolve them, but is still Muslim after attending this university for three years.  I told her that I believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah, she just looked at me and nodded her head.  I felt ashamed because I just dropped it.  Please give me words/ scriptures that I can quote to get her attention.  I need to know to “hook” her to read the Bible.  We really are strangers, but she keeps popping up in my mind.  I do not want to lose her!

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What If The Lord Comes While I’m Sinning?


Q. If am saved, born again and Christ comes and finds me in sin like anger or evil desires or in adultery then does it mean I will not go to heaven? continue reading

Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit


Q.  Matthew 5:3 says “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”   This almost indicates those poor in spirit will go to Heaven while I have always believed to go to Heaven you must accept Christ as your savior which would indicate one must have spirit.

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Use of the Law

“To slay the sinner is then the first use of the Law, to destroy the life and strength wherein he trusts and convince him that he is dead while he lives; not only under the sentence of death, but actually dead to God, void of all spiritual life, dead in trespasses and sins.” John Wesley



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GTY Blog: Be Peaceful and Not Pugnacious

Code: B150127


by John MacArthur

The church’s highest office demands the highest moral character. And one of the most accurate indications of a man’s true character is how he responds when he is challenged or criticized. That is why Paul excludes pugnacious people from the office of elder or pastor.

An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. (1 Timothy 3:2–3, emphasis mine)

Pugnacious literally means “a giver of blows,” or “a striker.” A leader in the church must not be one who reacts to difficulty with physical violence. He must not settle disputes with fighting.

Likewise, an elder must not have a propensity to anger. Pugnacious people normally have a “short fuse” and are easily provoked. But those who lead God’s people must react to situations calmly and with gentleness (cf. 2 Timothy 2:24–25).

Instead of being pugnacious, a leader must be gentle. Gentle describes the person who is considerate, genial, forbearing, and gracious, who easily pardons failures and mistakes. Such a person remembers good, not evil. A godly leader, when wronged, must have no thought of retaliation.

Far from looking for revenge, the godly shepherd is peaceful and reluctant to fight—in Paul’s words, he is peaceable. More specifically, he is not an argumentative person. To have a contentious man in leadership will result in disunity and disharmony, seriously hindering the effectiveness of that leadership team. “The Lord’s bond-servant,” on the other hand, “must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged” (2 Timothy 2:24).

As James points out, “The anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). The qualified pastor must carefully guard against a spirit of hostility, resentment, and anger—even when everything in the church seems to be going the wrong way and the people are critical or indifferent.

Too many pastors have ruined their ministry by building up a file of wrongs done to them. I have known men who abandoned their churches and left the ministry because they cannot get over the fact that somebody criticized them, said something against them, or did something that upset them. They carry around a list of grievances that eventually makes it impossible for them to serve and lead.

Others today adopt an immature machismo. They love and celebrate brashness and violence as a measure of their manliness. They talk and act tough to combat the influence of a feminist culture. But their volatility and swagger have nothing in common with biblical manhood, and prevents them from faithfully shepherding God’s people.

Instead, the godly shepherd is gentle and peaceable, leading the church with kindness and patience. Rather than looking for a fight, he’s looking to serve. Setting aside his own ego, pride, and self-interest, he joyfully submits to God and graciously sacrifices for his congregation.

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

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TGC: 9 Things You Should Know About Auschwitz and Nazi Extermination Camps by Joe Carter

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz. The first extermination of prisoners took place in September 1941, and Auschwitz II–Birkenau went on to become a major site of the Nazi “Final Solution to the Jewish question.” Here are nine things you should know about the Nazi extermination camps:

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Pyromaniacs: Red lights (false teacher warning-signs)

by Dan Phillips

It occurred to me that many might be served if we offered warning-signs of (at worst) false or (at best) unreliable teachers. Here are a number of such indicators. Some are instantly obvious; others only over the passage of time (cf. 1 Tim. 5:24).

Any one of these should signal alarm. Found all together in the same person, trainwreck is assured.

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Quick Thoughts: Two Short Updates:

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely...


Before the Strange Fire conference in 2013, I did a rather extensive primer on the Charismatic Movement as represented in the top 50 largest churches in the US as represented by Outreach Magazine.  Here’s the links in case you have a few hours to burn going over what was hundreds of hours of research and writing:

The New Apostolic Reformation
The Outreach Top 50: #1-5
The Outreach Top 50: #6-10
The Outreach Top 50: #11-15
The Outreach Top 50: #16-20
The Outreach Top 50: #21-25
The Outreach Top 50: #26-30
The Outreach Top 50: #31-35
The Outreach Top 50: #36-40
The Outreach Top 50: #41-45
The Outreach Top 50 #46-50
The Largest Churches in Africa
Only a few of the Largest Churches in Asia

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The Master’s College Evangelism Society’s Videos on Motive for Evangelism and Presuppositional Apologetics

The Domain for Truth

Master College Evangelism SocietyOver at The Master’s College they have a campus club called Evangelism Society.  According to their own description of themselves online:

The Evangelism Society is one of many societies at The Master’s College and consists of students who seek to grow in their understanding of the gospel, apologetics, and evangelism by holding fast to the inerrant Word of God and obeying, by His grace.

Last week they have begun loading some short videos on Youtube concerning motives for evangelism and Presuppositional apologetics.  Here are the two videos below:


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Early Manuscripts of Biblical Writings? What’s at Stake?

Larry Hurtado's Blog

In light of the renewed hubbub about a supposed first-century fragment of the Gospel of Mark, I’ll offer some comments about why people get all excited (or exasperated) about the matter and other such incidents.

For any text of antiquity, scholars prize early copies, the earlier the better.  In the transmission process (hand-copying) every copy to be made presented the possibility of accidental or deliberate changes (variants) being introduced.  So, in principle, the closer we can get to the origin of the text, the fewer such opportunities we have to consider, and the closer we might get to the text as it originated.

To take a well-known example, until the Qumran find, the oldest copy of the Hebrew scriptures we had was from the 10th century AD.  In the Qumran manuscripts, however, scholars found copies of writings of the Hebrew scriptures that were dated (palaeographically) to the 1st century BC, i.e., some…

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Some thoughts on my visit to Auschwitz. Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 70 years ago, Auschwitz was liberated. Remembering four heroes who escaped.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

My visit to the Nazi death camp in southern Poland led me to write "The Auschwitz Escape." My visit to the Nazi death camp in southern Poland led me to write “The Auschwitz Escape.”

(Naples, Florida) — Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Today is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death campin southern Poland. Indeed, this year marks 70 years since the defeat of the Nazi reign of terror, the end of World War II, and the end of the Holocaust that led to the systematic murder of six million Jews.

Let us take some time today — and throughout this year — to remember the horrors of what really happened. Let each of us take time to remember the heroes who fought the Nazis and survived and won the war. Let us also consider lessons learned from that darkest of eras in human history, and recommit ourselves to never letting it happen again.

Have you visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., or

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The Christward Collective: Divine Mathematics of Salvation

More than ever before, we desperately need to answer the question, “What does Modern Judaizing look like?” The Judaizers were, of course, false brethren who–in the days of the Apostles–secretly came into a newly found church to spy out the freedom that Christians had in Christ. We don’t have people creeping into our churches insisting that we need Christ plus circumcision to be saved. We naively laugh at the idea that such nonsense could ever happen in Calvinistic and Reformed churches today. So, can we simply wipe our brows with a sigh of relief and go forward knowing that we are not susceptible to such a perversion of the Gospel? Do we only see in the doctrine of Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses a false Gospel and “another Jesus?” How are we to apply the teaching of Galatians to our own lives? Is it to be found in certain ecclesiastical settings in which doctrinal distinctions are taken seriously by men who profess to believe them–as some have recently suggested? How are we to understand in a careful manner a modern application of the problem of the Judaizers?Read more

The Cripplegate: Answering Attacks on Biblical Prophecy

Fulfilled prophecy is one of the strongest evidences for the truthfulness of the Bible and the authenticity of Jesus Christ.

Numerous Old Testament predictions were fulfilled perfectly in Christ. As the apostle Peter preached: “To Him all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name” (Acts 10:43).

Our Lord Himself, on the road to Emmaus, demonstrated how the Old Testament pointed to Him as the Messiah. “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27). Jesus’ life, which culminated in His death, burial, and resurrection, was the perfect fulfillment of God’s prior revelation (Matt. 5:17); everything took place “according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3–4).

Though the evidence is overwhelming, unbelieving critics and skeptics raise objections nonetheless. In their unwillingness to embrace the truth, they propose alleged “problems” with biblical prophecy. But how are Christians to answer those kind of critical attacks?

In this post, I’d like to briefly respond to five common objections to biblical prophecy:

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A First-Century Copy of the Gospel of Mark?

Larry Hurtado's Blog

In the last week or so I’ve had a number of inquiries about news stories of the discovery of a fragment of the Gospel of Mark dating to the first century AD.  Actually, this isn’t a new claim, but instead a rehashing (or belated notice) of a story that initially appeared back in early 2012.  But, thanks to an article more recently in “Live Science” (here) the story has taken on renewed life.  Concerns and critiques have been offered in news outlets as well, this one instance here.  So, I’ll offer some comments in what follows.

First, some background.  The original news derived from a public debate held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina between Dan Wallace and Bart Ehrman, during which Wallace mentioned that he’d been told that a first-century fragment of Mark had been identified.   That generated some excitement and critical comments, such as those from…

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Authentic Christians, apostates, and antichrists

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29 I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears. (Acts 20:28-31 NASB)

True, genuine, authentic Christianity is exclusive. It is not a smorgasbord or buffet of options from which men may take what they like while rejecting the rest and still call themselves Christians. While a statement like that may not be popular in this post-modern, politically correct, 21

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The World’s Smallest But Largest Troublemaker (James 3:1–12)

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

big_tongueJames has explained to us two characteristics of the mature Christian: he is patient in trouble (James 1) and he practices the truth (James 2). In this section, he shares the third characteristic of the mature believer: he has power over his tongue.

A pastor friend told me about a member of his church who was a notorious gossip. She would “hang on the phone” most of the day, sharing tidbits with any and all who would listen.

She came to the pastor one day and said, “Pastor, the Lord has convicted me of my sin of gossip. My tongue is getting me and others into trouble.”

My friend knew she was not sincere because she had gone through that routine before. Guardedly he asked, “Well, what do you plan to do?”

“I want to put my tongue on the altar,” she replied with pious fervor.

Calmly my friend replied…

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Luther: On the Sale of Books for Wealth

Zwinglius Redivivus

“God is the guardian and steward of the poor. I know this for certain from my experience, for I spend far more than I get from my stipend. So far I’ve not written anything, lectured, or preached for compensation. The two hundred gulden that I get from the prince I have and receive by his indulgence. He who has Christ has enough. I have not wanted to do anything for money, although I might have become rich. I wanted to scrape the money together.”

Luther isn’t like those moderns who write for money or fame.  Consequently, he isn’t like 99% of those who write.  Luther wrote and taught and preached because it was what he believed Christ wished.  If money came his way, ok, and if not, that was ok too.

Go ahead, measure yourself by Luther.

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Shrinking Job Descriptions in the Church

Unfathomable Grace

Preaching is one of the roles of the pastor, and a good argument can be made that it is the minister’s primary responsibility. However, preaching is not an end in itself, but it is the means to an end. One is careful to deliver a sermon because he is consumed with growing disciples. One is a speaker because he is a shepherd. A man preaches from behind the sacred pulpit because he has been called to pastor those in the sacred pews. Therefore, while the faithful minister loves his Bible, his books, his computer, his pulpit, and his ecclesiastical institution, he loves his people even more. He is a preacher because he is a pastor; he is concerned with the what [preaching] because he is consumed with the Who [God] and the who [people].

Likewise, governing is one of the roles of the elder or presbyter. Administrative oversight is the responsibility of the man called by God and God’s congregation. Institutional health and…

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