Monthly Archives: February 2015

February 28 – March 1, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend Briefing Report

A loving God who has no wrath is no God. He is an idol of our own making as much as if we carved Him out of stone. —R.C. Sproul

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Netanyahu And Obama On Collision Course 6 Years In The Making

The age-old battle of good versus evil continues

“Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:” Daniel 2:20,21 (KJV)

We believe that both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American President Barack Hussein Obama were placed into the offices they hold by the will of Almighty God. Netanyahu as God’s man at the helm of Israel to steer her through troublous times, and Obama as the leader of the United States working from within to tear it down in a traitorous of betrayal. 2 very different men, both chosen by God, but for two very different reasons.

On Monday in Washington, DC, their two paths will cross in what promises to be an epic showdown. Obama is furious that Netanyahu has the audacity to confront him on Iran’s nuclear program, so look for all sorts of nasty little tricks up his sleeve.

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For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions, a high-stakes endeavor both men see as a centerpiece of their legacies.

The coming weeks will put the relationship between their countries, which otherwise remain stalwart allies, to one of its toughest tests.

Netanyahu is bound for Washington for an address to Congress on Tuesday aimed squarely at derailing Obama’s cherished bid for a diplomatic deal with Tehran. At the same time, Secretary of State John Kerry and other international negotiators will be in Switzerland for talks with the Iranians, trying for a framework agreement before a late March deadline.

In between are Israel’s elections March 17, which have heightened the political overtones of Netanyahu’s visit to Washington.

The prime minister is speaking to Congress at the request of Republicans. His visit was coordinated without the Obama administration’s knowledge, deepening tensions between two leaders who have never shown much affection for each other. source

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Obama Administration Says That Right-Wing Extremists Are The Real Terror Threat

Despite the fact that 99% of all terrorist attacks since 9/11 have been perpetrated by Muslims, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have once again issued a statement that they view the threat of domestic terrorists to be equal to, or even greater than the threat of an Islamic attack in this country.

They’re focused on domestic terror threats from “right-wing sovereign citizen extremists” who view all government as the enemy, and refuse to recognize local and national authority. There have been 24 violent sovereign citizen related attacks across America since 2010. That’s a slow afternoon for ISIS.

When the DHS was initially organized, one of its early reports caused an uproar from millions of Americans. The agency named who they considered to be the most serious threats to national security: Conservatives, right-to-lifers, Evangelical Christians, 2nd Amendment adherents, Constitutionalists, as well as those who viewed the power of the Federal government as a threat to freedom. Nary a word about Muslims!

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Anyone who is awake can see that the Globalists are actively dismantling the government of the United States so their totalitarian New World Order, headed by the Beast/Antichrist, can rise. They know they must subdue the American people because we won’t give up our freedoms without a fight, but every time they pull a false-flag attack to persuade us to give up our weapons, it backfires. Much to their consternation, we stubbornly run out and buy more guns and ammo.

Knowing this, the U.S. Army is preparing for what seems to be an inevitable showdown with the American people. In February 2014, Infowars.com reported that a 300 acre ‘fake city’ was built in Virginia, complete with a sports stadium, school, underground subway, bank, churches and road signs written in English, designed to train troops for future combat scenarios.

This complex, which cost $96 million dollars and took two years to complete, was supposedly built to prepare troops to occupy foreign cities and train for house-to-house combat. In 2013, former Navy SEAL Ben Smith warned that the Obama administration asked top military commanders if they would be comfortable with disarming U.S. citizens, a litmus test that included firing on fellow Americans. Those who refused were forced out, resulting in the most prolific purge of top military officers from every branch of service in this nation’s history.

A 2012 academic study about the future use of the military as a peacekeeping force within the United States depicted a shocking scenario in which the U.S. Army is used to restore order to a town that had been seized by Tea Party ‘insurrectionists. source

This study dovetails with a leaked U.S. Army manual that reveals plans for the military to carry out “Civil Disturbance Operations” in which troops would be used domestically to quell riots, confiscate firearms and even kill Americans during mass civil unrest. source

And, to round off the plans the wonderful luciferian elite have for us pesky, freedom-loving Americans, the manual also describes how prisoners will be processed and ‘re-educated’ in the numerous FEMA camps, scattered all over the country. source

Of course, all of this is in direct violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, passed in 1878, which limits the power of the Federal government in using military personnel to enforce state law. But then again, the Occupant of the White House has a phone and a pen, so what do silly laws matter?

Speaking of which, The Washington Examiner reported today that the Occupant is planning to use that pen of his to ban one of the most-used AR-15 bullets used by sportsmen and target shooters. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is proposing a ban on 5.56 M885 bullets by classifying them as ‘armor-piercing’ ammunition, despite absolutely no evidence this is true. Of course, this is nothing more than an attempt by this increasingly tyrannical administration to impose yet another backdoor method of gun control.

The government has spent the last few years hoarding untold billions—yes, that’s ‘billions’ with a ‘B’—of bullets, causing shortages for police forces and the general public, as well as driving the price of ammunition through the roof. I think it would be wise for any gun lovers out there start buying up all the rounds you can get your hands on. It appears you may need it to defend your family and your freedoms one of these days. God help us.

Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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Iran’s Second Front Against Israel :: Spyer and Weinthal in PJ Media

by Jonathan Spyer and Benjamin Weinthal
PJ Media
February 26, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/5058/iran-second-front-israel


Empowering Jihad: The Deadly Myth of a ‘Root Cause’ :: Chesler in New York Post

by Phyllis Chesler
The New York Post
February 26, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/5059/jihad-root-cause-myth


Hatred as an Article of Faith :: Durie in Quadrant

by Mark Durie
Quadrant
February 23, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/5060/hatred-as-an-article-of-faith


Markell: Betrayal the Likes of Neville Chamberlain

“I do believe Barack Obama and probably [senior advisor] Valerie Jarrett are entering into a phase of negotiations never seen since the days of [British Prime Minister Neville] Chamberlain in World War II entering into an arrangement with our archenemy,” she laments. “Every Iranian missile has two destinations written on it: Israel and America.”

The ministry leader finds it unfortunate that many of the American Jews in attendance at AIPAC will swallow the administration’s agenda – hook, line, and sinker.

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A Deal With the Devil

What are the prophetic implications of the events in Europe, Israel, DC, and Iran? We cannot be certain because only God knows the exact way things will unfold. There is certainty in scripture and when we look at what the Bible says about Iran we can know that we are nearing the end times. Ezekiel 38 gives us the panorama of a large coalition of peoples coming down upon Israel from the north to invade Israel. Ultimately, Russia will be on the move against the land of Israel but it will be accompanied by other nations including Persia (Iran). These invaders will be coming against a land of unwalled villages and people who are dwelling securely.

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Thank You, Israel, for Lending Us Bibi

But millions of Americans, and others around the world will be grateful: to the nation of Israel, to Prime Minister Netanyahu, and to Speaker Boehner and the lawmakers of both parties who will welcome him.

They’ll be grateful because they are hungry to hear the truth spoken at the highest levels of international discourse –thankful that at least one leader (there may be others; Canada’s Stephen Harper comes to mind) is willing to speak the truth on the world stage when the spirit of hatred and murder is on the loose, radiating from the Middle East to every continent.

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Franklin Graham: Muslims Have Infiltrated Washington, D.C.

“One of the problems we have in the West is our governments, especially in Washington, have been infiltrated by Muslims who are advising the White House,” Graham tells O’Reilly.

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Remaking America for Global Governance

A plethora of global-change events should come as no surprise to students of the Bible. Last-day theology is a major theme throughout the poetic books, major- and minor- prophets, Pauline- and general- epistles, and gospels, not to mention the book of Revelation. Signs of the times are likened to birth pangs—ever increasing in intensity and earmarked by political-economic upheavals, armed conflicts, racial unrest, drug abuse, natural calamities, consensus, and totalitarian world order enforced in the bogus name of peace, but destined instead to mass destruction.

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Obama Blatantly Deceiving The American People About Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions

Obama is neither delusional or incompetent, his continued acts of deception when it comes to Iran are willful and planned.

Barack Obama wants us all to simmer down about Iran. He wants Senator Bob Menendez, a fellow Democrat, and the donors he represents to butt out of the sanctions debate. He wants Republicans to quit crying wolf about Iran’s nuclear weapons program. He wants the media to stop hyping terror threats. He wants the American people in the dark about the secret correspondence he’s had for years with Iran’s supreme leader. He wants John Boehner to be mindful of protocol. And most of all, he wants Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop questioning his accommodationist approach to Tehran.

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With the breezy confidence that is his trademark, the president has repeatedly delivered a reassuring message on Iran to the country and the world: Trust me.

With respect, Mr. President: No.

From the earliest moments of his first term, Obama sought to convince the country that threats from our erstwhile enemies were overblown. He forged an approach to jihadist attacks and rogue regimes meant to be a stark contrast from that of his predecessor. He ended the war on terror, quietly sought rapprochement with radical Islamist movements like the Muslim Brotherhood and the Taliban, and ostentatiously undertook a more conciliatory approach to terror-sponsoring regimes like Syria and Iran.

Notwithstanding periodic drone strikes on bad guys, Obama has demonstrated repeatedly that his instinct is to ignore, dismiss, or downplay threats to the United States and its interests and allies. The record over six years is a long list of mistaken judgments, awkward euphemisms, and false assurances.

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FBI Admits That ISIS Is Active In All 50 States In America Right Now

One day after Egypt and Israel expressed their alarm at Obama, for including high ranking members of the Muslim Brotherhood in his “War on Terror” event, the director of our FBI declares that ISIS is now operating in all 50 states.

“FBI Director James Comey told the National Association of Attorneys General that ISIS is a “chaotic spider web” that avidly uses social media to radicalize people across the United States.

We have investigations of people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states,” said Comey, adding, “This isn’t a New York phenomenon or a Washington phenomenon. This is all 50 states and in ways that are very hard to see.” [1] – source

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This IS alarming, but should we be at all surprised? The POTUS has close ties and very good friends in the Muslim Brotherhood organization. These terrorists come to the White House on a regular basis. At one event recently, the press was banned!

Obama’s dearest friend, Mohamed Morsi, sits in a prison cell in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood is outlawed in Egypt!! As they say — what is wrong with this picture?

The FBI Director Comey:

“Those people exist in every state. I have homegrown violent extremist investigations in every single state. Until a few weeks ago there was 49 states. Alaska had none which I couldn’t quite figure out. But Alaska has now joined the group so we have investigations of people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states,” Comey said.

“ISIL in particular is putting out a siren song with their slick propaganda through social media,” the FBI Director added.

In describing the jihadist group’s message, Comey said, “Troubled soul, come to the caliphate, you will live a life of glory, these are the apocalyptic end times, you will find a life of meaning here, fighting for our so-called caliphate. And if you can’t come, kill somebody where you are.”

The FBI director noted that the message “resonates with troubled souls, people seeking meaning in some horribly misguided way.”

But he still will NOT say Islamic Terrorist. As long as the narrative reads that we are not in a war with Islam, we are DONE.

God please help us.

MARANTHA.

 

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The Gathering Storm

Jan talks to Dr. Robert Jeffress for two segments about radical Islam, end-times, and current events in light of the Bible. We carry his new book, “Countdown to the Apocalypse: Why ISIS and Ebola are Only the Beginning.” Find ite here. With everything falling apart, Dr. Jeffress reminds us to be salt and light. Then Jan Markell gives a short commentary about the importance of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress March 3. Obama continues to turn on old allies and befriend terrorists. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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Atlanta’s Former Fire Chief Sues The City, Says He Was Fired Because of Religious Beliefs

“Cochran, who is an evangelical Christian, was terminated in January after a city investigation pertaining to his self-published book, “Who Told You That You Were Naked,” a Bible study-style text that covers a range of his personal religious beliefs.”

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Fukushima Has Been Leaking Radioactive Water Since May, But Tepco Didn’t Tell AnyonePosted: 27 Feb 2015 08:24 PM PST

Fukushima Has Been Leaking Radioactive Water Since May, But Tepco Didn't Tell Anyone

Workers in protective suits and masks wait to enter the emergency operation center at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, November 12, 2011. DAVID GUTTENFELDER/POOL/REUTERS

A new report from Newsweek might explain the Mass Animal Deaths happening to much Ocean Life in various locations around the World! According to reports Tepco announced it had detected elevated levels of radiation in rainwater pooling on the roof of a plant building back in May, but had failed to disclose the finding until now, according to NBC News. The radioactive water had likely leaked into the sea through a gutter when it rained, Tepco announced. Tepco has been “aware since last spring” that the rainwater pooling in one corner of the roof contained 23,000 becquerels per liter of radioactive material cesium 137, which is more than 10 times more radioactive than samples of water taken from other parts of the roof, Reuters reports. FULL REPORT

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Chicago nears fiscal free fall with latest downgrade, two steps above junkPosted: 27 Feb 2015 08:15 PM PST

Chicago nears fiscal free fall with latest downgrade

Reuters/Reuters – The Chicago skyline is seen above a partially frozen Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois, January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Things just got a lot more chilly for Chicago after after they drew closer to a fiscal free fall on Friday with a rating downgrade from Moody’s Investors Service that could trigger the immediate termination of four interest-rate swap agreements, costing the city about $58 million and raising the prospect of more broken swaps contracts. The downgrade to Baa2, just two steps above junk, and a warning the rating could fall further still, means the third-biggest U.S. city could face even higher costs in the future if banks choose to terminate other interest-rate hedges against fluctuations in interest rates. All told, Chicago holds swaps contracts covering $2.67 billion in debt, according to a disclosure late last year. FULL REPORT

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Microchipped office workers feel ‘very modern’ using hand-implanted chips to open doorsPosted: 27 Feb 2015 08:01 PM PST

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“You have your own identification code and you’re sending that to something else which you have to grant access to, so there’s no one else that can sort of follow you on your ID, so to say. It’s you who decides who gets access to that ID,” Mesterton said.

Would you Microchip your hand to make it more convenient to open doors and operate machines and equipment? Would you put a chip under your skin in the name of “Convenience”? Well that’s what’s happening in Stockholm At the newly opened Epicenter office complex in central Stockholm. Office workers have been opening doors and operating the photocopier with a chip implanted in their hands. Now if you have any knowledge of the Word of God you will immediately think of a verse mentioned in the Book of Revelation Chapter 13!

Revelation 13:16-17  – He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Now you may say “Wait a minute, This isn’t the Mark of the Beast mentioned in that verse”! No, It may not be the Mark of the Beast but I would say it’s safe to say that this technology is paving the way for humanity to embrace this system when it is introduced by the Antichrist and the False Prophet in the future! The radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip is made from Pyrex glass and contains an antenna and microchip, with no need for batteries. Instead of using identification cards and pass codes, all the staff at companies based in the Swedish tech business incubator Epicentre are using microchips implanted into their hands to get into and around the workplace. According to this report All each member of the staff has to do is wave their hand in front of a sensor and the door opens. Speaking of “Open Doors” I believe this story is a perfect example of how the “Door” will be “Opened” in the future to openly accept something placed in the Forehead and / or the Forehand! – Source

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Presbyterian Church USA Voting on Redefining MarriagePosted: 27 Feb 2015 07:43 PM PST

Presbyterian Church USA Voting on Redefining MarriageDid you ever believe the day would come where a “Church” would actually vote on whether or not to “Change the definition of Marriage“? Well welcome to 2015! According to a report from Christian News Network the Regional presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) are voting on whether to ratify a vote taken by the General Assembly and regional delegates last year to change the definition of marriage in its law book and to allow ministers to perform same-sex “marriages” in states where the practice is legal.  Not only is it shocking that we are actually voting on such apostasy but the majority in this particular topic voted in favor of this abomination!  As previously reported, last June, the General Assembly of PCUSA, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, voted 76-24 to allow licensed ministered to officiate such ceremonies. Delegates within the denomination also approved a proposal to change language in the PCUSA Book of Order to redefine marriage from being a union between “a man and woman” to rather only “two persons.” FULL REPORT

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Iran Test-Fires ‘New Strategic Weapon’ to Destroy AmericaPosted: 27 Feb 2015 07:27 PM PST

Iran Test-Fires ‘New Strategic Weapon’ to Destroy AmericaWhile America is busy throwing Israel under the bus and laying the welcome mat down for Iran, a massive naval and air defense war games was just conducted by Tehran by successfully test-firing a “new strategic weapon,” which the country says will play an important role in the future battle against the US.  The test was performed on the final day of the Great Prophet 9 exercises, which above other activities included a simulated attack on an American aircraft carrier. So let’s summarize this real quick! While America is busy stabbing the back of Israel, Iran is carrying out War Games simulating the destruction of America! Anything wrong with this picture to you? FULL STORY

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Rev. Graham: ‘Washington Has Been Infiltrated by Muslims Who Are Advising the White House’Posted: 27 Feb 2015 07:14 PM PST

Rev. Graham: ‘Washington Has Been Infiltrated by Muslims Who Are Advising the White House’In a recent interview with Reverend Franklin Graham on the Feb. 26 edition of The O’Reilly Factor , Graham was asked whether Western countries can unite to defeat Islamic radicals, Rev. Franklin Graham said one of the major problems is that Western governments have “been infiltrated by Muslims,” and in the United States in particular Muslims “are advising the White House.” They “are part of the problem,” said Rev. Graham. “And we see this also in Western Europe. They have gotten into the halls of power and they are an influence.” “We need God’s help,” he said. “This is a huge crisis. This isn’t something small. This is huge.” said Graham. – FULL STORY

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The Sun Is Extremely Quiet, Scientists Worry We Are Entering Ice AgePosted: 27 Feb 2015 07:03 PM PST

The Sun Is Extremely Quiet, Scientists Worry We Are Entering Ice AgeScientists are sounding the alarm that Humanity could be headed for another “Ice Age” A new report is indicating that for the 6th day in a row, solar activity remains very low. No sunspots are flaring, and the sun’s X-ray output has flatlined” says spaceweather.com Scientists say that if the solar flatlining continues it may be an indication we are about to enter into a mini ice-age. “The main driver of all weather and climate, the entity which occupies 99.86% of all of the mass in our solar system, the great ball of fire in the sky – has gone quiet again during what is likely to be the weakest sunspot cycle in more than a century,” “Not since cycle 14 peaked in February 1906 has there been a solar cycle with fewer sunspots. We are currently more than six years into Solar Cycle 24 and today the sun is virtually spotless despite the fact that we are still in what is considered to be its solar maximum phase.”  Jesus indicated that there would be “Signs in the Sun” – LUKE 21, Prior to his Coming! Full Report

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Never Seen Before Comet survives encounter with Sun, Heads towards Earth, Scientists BaffledPosted: 27 Feb 2015 06:51 PM PST

Never Seen Before Comet survives encounter with Sun, Heads towards Earth, Scientists BaffledJesus told us in Luke Chapter Twenty One that there would be “Signs in the Heavens” Prior to his return and that there would be Signs in the Sun, Moon and Stars! A report from Daily Mail is reporting a story that defines that warning. According to a report an unusual comet that is unlike anything seen before by scientists is expected to become visible from Earth in the coming weeks. Nasa and the European Space Agency’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, also called SOHO, spotted the comet as it skimmed past the sun. This comet is not thought to belong to any known family of comets and scientists have been left baffled as to how it survived its close encounter with the sun.  Most comets that come that close do not survive the trip, according to solar scientists who study images beamed back by SOHO. FULL STORY

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Where would you go when civilization collapses?Posted: 27 Feb 2015 01:19 PM PST

New Study Reveals Where To Go When Civilization Collapses: "Head For The Hills"Where would you go if there was economic collapse, a massive natural disaster, cyber attack or widespread pandemic? Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that there would be millions of people looking for food, clean water and other essential resources?  The cities will be plagued with violence and supply shortages. Government officials will, as Homeland Security has previously admitted, not be able to provide any meaningful support. The masses will be left to fend for themselves. So where would there be any Safe Havens? FULL REPORT

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Iran cleric vows to ‘raise flag of Islam on White House’Posted: 27 Feb 2015 01:10 PM PST

Iran cleric vows to 'raise flag of Islam on White House'Iran is at it again with their threats to America! the latest comes as A Senior Iranian Cleric with close ties to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Friday that “we will raise the flag of Islam over the White House” in response to the killing of Hezbollah and Revolutionary Guards operatives on the Golan Heights last month. The cleric, Ali Shirazi, made the remarks to the official Revolutionary Guards web site. His comments were reported by the Saudi-owned news network Al Arabiya. FULL REPORT

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‘Love Not Limited?’: Three Thailand Men ‘Marry’ Each Other, Photos Go Viral

(CN) — Photos of three Thailand men who recently “married” each other have gone viral, garnering societal support for the concept of same-sex “throuples” worldwide, but also generating remarks from Christians about the confirmation of the slippery slope that has long been predicted.

The men, who have only been identified as Joke, Belle and Art Thani, reportedly participated in a traditional water-pouring ceremony on Feb. 15 and had photographs taken of their union. However, the act was more of a symbolic gesture as neither homosexuality or polygamy are legal in Thailand.

Alabama Governor at Odds with Own Pastor’s Sermon Opposing ‘Gay Marriage’ Ruling

(CN) — A recent sermon delivered by the pastor of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley reveals that Bentley’s recent decision to follow a federal court ruling striking down the state’s Sanctity of Marriage Act as being unconstitutional is at odds with his church’s teachings on obeying God rather than men.“Here’s what I said to our governor yesterday,” Gil McKee, pastor of First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa, told the congregation on Feb. 8. “‘Governor, I don’t care if all 49 states go for this same-sex marriage business, let’s be different in the state of Alabama. Let’s do what we know is the right thing to do. If you’ll just step up and lead out in this thing, if you’ll give the word to our chief justice to call all our probate judges … and say, ‘Don’t you issue one single license until the federal government does their thing and until we decide whether we’re going to follow that or not; don’t issue one of them,’ I’m telling you the people of this state would rally behind that.”

Archaeologists May Have Uncovered Ruins of Important Old Testament City

(CN) — Archaeologists are increasingly confident that they have discovered the remains of Libnah—an ancient city in Israel that is mentioned multiple times in the Bible.Since 2009, researchers have studied the remains of an ancient village at a dig site named Tel Burna, located 20 miles southwest of Jerusalem. The area was once a strategic border region between ancient Israel to the east and the Philistines to the west.

‘Hasten to Heaven’: Islamist Video Calls for Attack on Mall of America, Other Western Malls

(CN) — Officials with the Mall of America are taking extra security precautions after an Islamic terror group considered to be an affiliate of al Qaeda released a video calling for attacks on malls in the Western world.Al-Shabaab released the video online on Saturday, citing three specific malls in the footage: the Oxford Street shopping strip in London, England, the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada and the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

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February 28 – March 1, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend Blogroll Collection

The Daily Discovery (February 28-March 1, 2015)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Political Bullying and Intimidation Over Evolution – “The topic of evolution, especially regarding how politicians have responded when asked if they believe in evolution or not, has been in the news lately. The very liberal Huffington Post published an article on the topic stating the following…”

Beware the “Gospel In A Bottle” – “It is beautiful.  It is captivating.  It boasts an inspiring, powerful message presented in the most stirring of words  – language more than capable of making eyes weep and chins quiver with emotion.”

Conditional Faithfulness – “The Bible continually discusses God’s faithfulness and the need for us to have complete faith in Him. But what exactly does the Bible say about the faith we are to have in God? And what about God’s faithfulness? Does His faithfulness extend to all people? All believers unconditionally? Or is God’s faithfulness conditional at times based on our behaviors?”

Announcement: We’ll be Blogging through Shepherd’s Conference 2015 Inerrancy Summit Next Week! – “We’re trying to wrap our blog series on the Christian worldview, film and Comics soon because next week all three bloggers from Veritas Domain would reunite at The Shepherd’s Conference. This year’s theme is on Inerrancy and is the biggest ever. They have called it The Inerrancy Summit and have brought many different speakers that normally don’t come out but they are for this occasion such as Kevin DeYoung and Carl Trueman.”

The Word-less “Church” – “Many American churches are in a mess. Theologically they are indifferent, confused, or dangerously wrong. Liturgically they are the captives of superficial fads. Morally they live lives indistinguishable from the world. They often have a lot of people, money, and activities. But are they really churches, or have they degenerated into peculiar clubs?”


SERMON:

John MacArthur – The Grim Reality of the last days


VIDEOS:

Is your government school teaching Buddhism?

President Obama visits Planet Reality.

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Albert Mohler Blog: “The Table of the Nations, the Tower of Babel, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb: Part 2”

In this new blog essay, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. reproduces the second half of this year’s convocation address on the Table of Nations and racial reconciliation. Mohler writes:

“Sin explains confusion and difficulty in communication. Sin explains hatred and animosity, racism and ethnocentricity. Seen in the light of the gospel, racial and ethnic differences are not accidental. They reflect the perfect plan of a perfect God. And they are not overcome by the gospel — they are glorified by the gospel. The community of the New Covenant looks like this people preparing for this second table, the table of the Lamb. The New Covenant community lives not by avoiding diversity of ethnicities, but by embracing and celebrating it. The New Covenant community lives looking forward to the marriage supper of the Lamb when men and women from every tongue, tribe, people, and nation will gather around the table of the king.”

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10 Biblical Formulas To Change Your Life

“Every formula is in “greater than” format. For example, the formula Good News > Bad News, based on Phil. 4:8, is saying make an effort to increase your intake of good news and reduce your intake of bad news in order to produce more of God’s peace in your lives.”

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When Africa Bleeds

“As the attacks have accelerated in recent weeks, leaders from various Christian denominations in Nigeria have called on their Christian brothers and sisters in the West, along with all people of goodwill, to speak out against the mounting violence in their country.”

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The Most Ignored Commandment

“In today’s 24/7 world, Sabbath-keeping is countercultural; it doesn’t just happen by default. If you long to lay down your heavy burdens, you’ll need to be more intentional about your time the other six days of the week.”

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American Crusades and Existential Threats

The Obama administration’s refusal to recognize the existential nature of the threat posed by Islamic fanaticism does not make that threat less real. Given their apocalyptic vision, if al Qaeda’s rapidly metastasizing franchises obtain weapons of mass destruction they will use them. ISIS computer specialists demonstrated remarkable information age capabilities in their 22-minute Internet presentation culminating in the live immolation of Jordanian Air Force Lt. Moaz al Kasasbeh. The nature of cyber warfare is that savvy hackers can wreak catastrophic damage. This existential threat is real. Given the fanatical commitment driving this threat, efforts to “decimate and contain” will fail.

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Is President Obama a Christian? It Depends What You Mean By ‘Christian’

How do we tell the difference? Evangelicals would want to hear more from the professing Christian. How does he believe one enters into a vital relationship with God? What does he believe about the nature of sin? What does he believe Jesus accomplished on the cross? What role does the authority of Scripture play in his life? Does the person evidence the fruit of the Holy Spirit that accords with genuine repentance?

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What ISIS Really Wants

That the Islamic State holds the imminent fulfillment of prophecy as a matter of dogma at least tells us the mettle of our opponent. It is ready to cheer its own near-obliteration, and to remain confident, even when surrounded, that it will receive divine succor if it stays true to the Prophetic model. Ideological tools may convince some potential converts that the group’s message is false, and military tools can limit its horrors. But for an organization as impervious to persuasion as the Islamic State, few measures short of these will matter, and the war may be a long one, even if it doesn’t last until the end of time.

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Kay Coles James Inspires Future Generations of Leaders

With her return to Holly Knoll a half century later, she restored the site and founded the Gloucester Institute to mentor another generation of minority leaders. “I think God placed it in my heart to restore the property and the vision. My husband and I formed the nonprofit, and have dedicated our lives to restoring, not only the bricks and mortar, but also the vision as a gathering place for racial reconciliation where we can deal with the important issues of the day; a place where politics are left aside, and we come together as people who want to find solutions.”

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Ministry to the Military International Planting PCA Churches Near Military Bases

Under the leadership of retired US Army Chaplain, TE Doug Hudson, The Presbytery of Southeast Alabama has developed and supports the Ministry to the Military International (MMI), with churches in Germany, Okinawa, and one under development in England. There is also a staff pastor in the Charleston, SC area, site of several military installations.

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God … You are Killing Me!

Job is correct in starting his prayer with fervent complaint but ending with a declaration of faith. In later scripture, the Psalmist is legendary for beginning his prayers with despair but ending them in doxology and rededication. Then later, on the cross, Jesus begins his supplication with loud cries and tears, but notice how he ends by declaring, “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit.”

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10 Ways to Read Your Community

Read your community’s history. Even if no one has written a full history, many communities have published at least a brief record of their story. Learning that story will not only help you understand the history better, but it will also show others your interest in being a genuine part of the community.

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The Coptic Church And Chalcedon

There are six churches known as the Old Oriental Orthodoxy (or Non-Chalcedonian Churches): Syriac, Coptic, Ethiopian, Eritrea, Malankara (Indian), and Armenian. These six churches have a completely different hierarchy and are not in communion with the rest of Eastern Orthodoxy (under the Patriarch of Constantinople) or with Rome (under the Bishop of Rome). These churches have been called monophysite, but they reject the label, saying they too deny Eutychianism. They prefer to be called miaphysites because they want to emphasize the one (mia) nature, without rejecting the doctrine of the two natures of Christ.

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21 for 1

Which is why I hope that these murderers are judged completely and exhaustively for their sin, and that their guilt is cast upon Christ on the cross. My hope is that through repentance and faith, the old men in black outfits who drew those knives would die to themselves and that new men would emerge to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. My hope is that the ISIS movement would dwindle and evaporate as the gospel does its work. That is my first hope. Another apostle, The Apostle Paul, persecutor of the church embodies that hope.

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My Unexpected Season Working at Chick-Fil-A

It wasn’t until I came across Philippians 2 one night that I understood what God was trying to show me. His Son, “though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” God wants us to be like his Son. And his Son, even though he had access to all the power in the universe, humbled himself. Even though he is Master, he took on the form of a servant.

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The Idolatry of Climate Madness

by Bill Muehlenberg

Anything – even presumably good things – can become an idol if they take priority and precedence over God himself. And this happens all the time: Christians will go utterly overboard on some cause or activist agenda item, while ignoring basic biblical concerns.

We certainly can get that with the whole area of climate alarmism. Not only has so much of this become a religious crusade for so many, but often it is not even based on real science, but on emotion, fear, political correctness, and media and activist agendas being pushed. Yet one Christian after another seems to be falling for this.

Thus we now hear about “climate justice”! And various religious groups are turning all this into a full-blown action item. For decades the radical environmentalists have sought to make this into a new religious movement. Now we have religious folks chipping in.

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Understanding Why New Atheists Use Ridicule

As we have seen, ridicule and mockery of the religious are key components of the New Atheist Movement. According to John Loftus, “It’s not just the so-called “new atheists” like Richatheist mord Dawkins, Bill Maher, and PZ Myers who advocate ridicule. I do too (see below). So does Richard Carrier, as does Stephen Law.” The ridicule not only come from the writings of the New Atheists, but they also engage in such tactics with their memes and their YouTube videos.

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Infographic of the Week

Who Wrote the Bible? Jeffrey Kranz. Humanly speaking, of course. This infographic would be a lot simpler if we were asking about the divine author of each book. There were some surprises in here, even for us. Jeremiah’s got the longest book? Who knew? And…Heman is in the Bible? (Also, be sure to see Kranz’s breakdown of the Bible’s biggest contributors here.)

Articles of the Week

Persecution in the Church Has Never Been Worse, Jesse Carey. When watching the news and hearing of atrocities around the world, it’s easy to wonder if things are getting worse in the world. In broad terms, that’s tough to measure. But in terms of overt persecution, as it turns out, 2014 was one of the worst years ever. Carey interviews Open Doors USA director Kristin Wright about persecution among Christians around the world…and what the American church can do in response.

Fifteen Reasons Our Churches Are Less Evangelistic Today, Thom Rainer. It may not be surprising for many people to learn that contemporary churches share their faith much less than a generation ago. So what gives? Rainer has conducted an “unscientific Twitter poll” to see if he can identify any contributing factors. He got responses for four days, and did us the favor of compiling everything. Here are the top fifteen answers.

Women, Stop Submitting to Men, Russell Moore. “Those of us who hold to so-called ‘traditional gender roles’ are often assumed to believe that women should submit to men. This isn’t true. Indeed, a primary problem in our culture and in our churches isn’t that women aren’t submissive enough to men—but instead that they are far too submissive.”

Three Relationship Rules, Ed Welch. These aren’t the top three rules for a marriage relationship. That list would have more obvious rules like asking for forgiveness or praying together. No, this is a more nuanced list, a snapshot of “micro-applications” of the gospel. It’s an unexpected collection, but an enlightening one. Some of these might make for good “relationship plumblines.”

 


Doubt and Obedience

“We don’t merit righteousness before our Father by our obedience, and the Lord’s grace is so vast that He regularly blesses us in spite of our disobedience. Still, perhaps we would see more blessing and experience less doubt if we were to serve Him more faithfully.”

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20 Ways to Find Contentment

by Founders Ministries Blog

Modern culture fosters discontentment and all the miseries and heartaches that go along with it. But that doesn’t mean we’re out of luck in finding contentment.

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More Highly Than You Ought [Article] – The Bible tells us to think of ourselves with sober judgement, but here are 4 reasons why we think of ourselves more highly than we ought. Read the Article


Romance With Jesus [Wednesday’s Word] – Theology, morality, politics, ministry and charity shouldn’t motivate your faith. Romance should. Read the Devotional


Romantically Pulling Weeds [Free Download] – Download this free PDF and discover the 6 most common weeds that suck the life from your marriage. Download The PDF


Lessons From Corinth [Sermon Series] – What can we learn from historical churches in the Bible? Here are four sermons examining the Corinthian believers. Listen to the Sermons


5 Simple Strategies for Better Communication

by Philip Nation

Communication is a key component to leadership. If you are communicating, then you are leading in some way. Here are five principles that you can begin using immediately to help you communicate, and thus lead, better.

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Do I Want My Wife to be a Proverbs 31 Woman? Sorta

by Stephen Altrogge

Husbands, listen up: if you are using Proverbs 31 as a diagnostic godliness checklist for your wife, you are misusing the passage and hurting your wife.

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7 1/2 Minutes to Courageous Family Communication

by Association of Biblical Counselors

What if your family spent 7 1/2 minutes every day sitting down together at the kitchen table and offering instruction, guidance, encouragement? Here’s how you can make it work.

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4 Steps to Honestly Evaluate Your Sermon

by Brian Croft

This might surprise you, but one of the most dangerous times for a pastor are the hours following his Sunday sermon. During that time, evaluation can be tough, but these 4 steps will help.

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Weekly Watchman for 02/27/2015

Conditional faithfulness?
Feb 27, 2015 07:10 am | A. S.

The Bible continually discusses God’s faithfulness and the need for us to have complete faith in Him. But what exactly does the Bible say about the faith we are to have in God? And what about God’s faithfulness? Does His faithfulness extend to all people? All believers unconditionally? Or is God’s faithfulness conditional at times […]

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Contending and defending
Feb 26, 2015 08:38 am | A. S.

How do you, and how do we, share the truth about what’s been happening in the modern church in a way that glorifies God? It’s a fine line we all need to walk every day. Today we’re going to talk about the discernment landscape out there, and share our philosophy about why we contend […]

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Two father babies could become a reality
Feb 25, 2015 02:05 pm | A. S.

Children may be born with parents of the same sex following a breakthrough which scientists believe paves the way for “two dad” families. Researchers from Cambridge University and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science say they have shown for the first time that human egg and sperm cells can be made from stem cells in the […]

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Andy Stanley: Even if you don’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God, you will have a better life by following his teachings
Feb 25, 2015 12:35 pm | A. S.

“Who doesn’t want their life to be better?” That’s a question Pastor Andy Stanley asked recently.  And his answers are very telling. When we compare some of Andy Stanley’s teachings lately to Scripture, we’re seeing some many discrepancies. We encourage you to do the comparative work for yourself (as the Bereans did), listening carefully to […]

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The marketing and branding of the post modern Church
Feb 24, 2015 08:11 pm | A. S.

Why do so many evangelicals appear to be chasing hollow and deceptive philosophies, practically begging to be taken captive? Have they fallen prey to slick marketing campaigns, packaged, big-box sermonettes and feel-good pep-talks that have replaced timeless, eternal, doctrinal truths?  Thankfully no; there is still a remnant hanging on tight to the Word of God […]

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God’s Will and the Christian genocide
Feb 24, 2015 08:49 am | A. S.

Today on Stand Up For The Truth we are asking for your thoughts and Scripture verses as we look at a topic many Christians struggle with: How does one discern God’s will, and then follow it? We’re going to share Part 1 and Part 2 of an excellent series by one of our authors, Marsha […]

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Finding God’s Will Is No Deep Dark Secret Part 2
Feb 24, 2015 08:33 am | Marsha West

In Finding God’s Will Is No Deep Dark Secret Part 1 I asked the following questions: Is it possible for a Christian to know God’s will and not have to agonize over it?  Should a Christian (a) make a decision without first spending hours in prayer, asking God to reveal His will? (b) avoid making […]

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Common Core explained in 5 minutes [VIDEO]
Feb 22, 2015 05:09 pm | A. S.

Monday, join us for a discussion on Common Core with Dr. Duke Pesta. FreedomProject Education has just released a brand new Common Core video (launching Monday, February 23), to kickoff its new look for http://www.fpeusa.org. Here is a clip from Common Core 101: a 5-Minute Breakdown With Dr. Duke Pesta: Dave Drake is the director […]

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How “free public schools” make us all renters from the State.
Feb 21, 2015 11:16 am | Scott Alan Buss

Remember when you could actually own a home in America? The answer is: No, you do not. Even if you think that something like true home ownership was recently or is presently allowed here in “the land of the free” and the home of the NSA, you are simply wrong. As with most of the […]

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Do Not Be Surprised… This ‘n’ That

  • Andy Stanley has been raising eyebrows lately with his newest sermon series, Brand: New. Considering what emerged from his pulpit a couple of years ago (see here for his “microcosm of the church” and here for his views on Adam and Eve), I’m totally unsurprised by what he’s saying now. Here is one and then another article by Philip Lee detailing his concerns with Stanley’s latest teachings.
  • Carl Trueman on the bondage of pornography.
  • Watch out for those 9 volt batteries.
  • Because Charisma never fails to post something stupid.
  • This picture really made me wish I’d been able to join No Compromise Radio on their trip to Israel.
  • John MacArthur discusses the roles of men and women.
  • I don’t know which Jesus this guy is following.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Fascinating. (See the comments below for the background on this link. Hint, it’s an updated link from the original posting.)
  • I learned the word “mantilla” this week.
  • Sinclair Ferguson preaching, “Why am I a Christian” (HT: No Compromise Radio)

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Some Here, Some There — February 27, 2015

by Dan Phillips

And off we go. There may be updates, as usual, up to noon TX time.

  • The murder of the 21 Egyptian Copts provoked a lot of heat, and debatable light, as to whether they should be classed as “Christians.” Kevin DeYoung gives helpful historical and doctrinal framing. I’ve always appreciated how Kevin writes and speaks. The article includes some very nice turns of phrase, such as “It’s unclear whether Nestorius was actually a Nestorian.” Then, later, “it’s unclear how much of Eutychianism came from Eutyches.” History is hard.
  • There is much interesting and informative push-back in the meta, and (as I think is customary), zero response thus far from Kevin. One of the respondents is a poor soul who self-identifies as a “coptic orthodox christian” [sic]. He does, I think, a great deal of damage to his own case, aggressively crusading against truths we all hold dear and essential and for practices we rightly condemn.
  • But my personal fondness for DeYoung was increased by a particular phrase. My family (particularly my dear and only daughter) has had to wrestle with, and tease me for, my tendency to phrase things negatively. “Are you not going to finish that?” So imagine my joy in Kevin’s wording here: “For my part, I’m unwilling to say the non-acceptance of Chalcedon is no big deal.” Kevin, you are my brother.
  • Baronelle Stutzman is (A) a profile in courage and conviction, and (B) clearly not an “evangelical academic.”
  • Doug Wilson adds some excellent commentary.
  • I wonder if The Gospel Coalition has blocked Wilson? They have to feel torn about him. He’s a celebrity and witty… but has edges and little patience with pretentious frippery.
  • The smiling Scot, Prof. David Murray, offers ten Biblical formulas to cultivate a more joyous, positive attitude.
  • Murray also pointed to Brad Hambrick’s favorite posts on anxiety.
  • This Wednesday’s text in Psalm 3 will take me into the arena of the imprecatory prayers in the psalms. Some recent thoughts on that were offered at Reformation 21, and by Barry York.
  • The living breathing fog machine that is Rob Bell has rhetorically attempted to ennoble his amorous pursuit of the present age by framing homosexuality and its specifics as a cure for “loneliness” and a species of “love.” Anyone who opposes, we’re told, is overfond of 2000-year-old letters. Michael J. Kruger responds, winning the internet for the day by quoting from the movie Tombstone.
  • Also, as to the appeal to “love” you might remind yourself of this. As to his sneering denigration of God’s wordthis.
  • Everyone who attended Sufficient Fire is ready to answer this sad, unintended confession of ineptitude from Anne Graham Lotz:
  • Deuced thing about “the slippery slope fallacy” is how individuals keep providing illustrations of its non-fallaciousness. Like John Walton.
  • This fellow has been one of my most effective (if unwitting) salesmen so far:

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TGC Spotlight 02.27.15

TGC Spotlight highlights TGC articles from earlier in the week, previews articles coming next week, and links to items around the web that you might have missed. 

TGC SpotlightFeatured TGC Articles

Facebook, Moms, and the Last Day | Nikki Daniel

Facebook and Twitter, rightly used, can be tools that promote intercessory prayer and encouragement. But they are not without their perils.

 

Why Racial Reconciliation is a Gospel Issue | Jeff Robinson

Jarvis Williams argues that race and racism are issues that strike at the heart of the gospel.

 

Open Roof Hospitality | Melissa Kruger

Am I willing for my home to be filled, refashioned, and torn asunder so that people can meet with Jesus?

 

Does Your Youth Ministry Mess With Christ’s Bride? | Jon Nielson

If youth pastors aren’t preparing students for this kind of future for their faith, they aren’t doing their jobs.

 

More, But Not Less, Than a Carpenter | Tom Nelson

Jesus’s humble service in the workplace was the training ground for that glorious display of servanthood in an upper room in Jerusalem.

 

Featured TGC Contributor Articles

A Crash Course on Influencers of Unbelief: Karl Marx | Justin Taylor

These are notes based on an essay by Peter Kreeft, author of Socrates Meets Marx: The Father of Philosophy Meets the Father of Communism (St. Augustine’s Press, 2012).

 

Keeping His Commandments | Kevin DeYoung

Calvin understood this seeming inconsistency and provided a wonderfully balanced response.

 

“Christ and Culture” – An Overview of a Christian Classic | Trevin Wax

H. Richard Neibuhr’s Christ and Culture is one of the most significant theological and missiological works of the 20th century, offering a memorable categorization of the ways Christians have related to culture throughout history.

 

You’re not crazy | Ray Ortlund

Serving Christ gets hard. Harder than we expected. Harder than we can endure, even for one more day. We are tempted to think, “No way can this turn out well. My life – the only one I have – is going to end up on the junk pile.

 

A Prayer For Letting Go Of The Desire For Revenge | Scotty Smith

Dear heavenly Father, in view of the increase of kidnappings and human trafficking, the proliferation of pornography and the spirit of jihad, I find myself growing angrier and angrier.

 

Coming Next Week at TGC

When You Are No Longer a Pastor’s Wife | Anonymous

The wife of a fired pastor asks the question ‘How do I respond?’

 

4 Reasons to Beware the Goodness Gospel | Christine Hoover

Christine Hoover warns against approaches to Christianity that amount to works righteousness and do not rest in the hope of Christ’s righteousness.

 

8 Reasons We Need the Puritans | Jeff Robinson

Jeff Robinson extols the virtues of the Puritans, their theology and ethics, and argues that we need to study them in the church today.

 

Upcoming Events

Albuquerque Regional Conference (March 20-22, 2015)

Assembled Under the Word: Preaching and Christ. Speakers include Alistair Begg, D.A. Carson, and David Helm.

2015 National Conference (April 1-15, 2015)

Heading Home: A New Heaven and a New Earth. Speakers include Tim Keller, D.A. Carson, John Piper, Mark Dever, Voddie Baucham, Philip G. Ryken, Ligon Duncan, and many others.

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American Culture

Obama Calls for Expansion of Human Rights to Combat Extremism
Peter Baker, New York Times

President Obama on Thursday called on nations around the world to expand human rights, religious tolerance and peaceful dialogue as they struggle to combat a spate of terrorism that has recently struck places as far afield as Australia, Canada and Europe.

Here’s Why Wonder Woman Isn’t Getting A Movie Any Time Soon
Leslie Loftis, The Federalist

Inquiring fans want to know. Feminist fans suspect conspiracy. But the real answer may be that Hollywood has no idea how to write a female superhero.

Bioethics

Let’s call physician-assisted suicide what it is
Karin Klein, L.A. Times

The number of words we can’t use without offending is ever growing, and if the supporters of the right-to-die movement have their way, it will stretch yet again to include the word “suicide.” At least when that suicide is the result of a dying patient taking a lethal dose of drugs to avoid impending mental and physical anguish.

Three-Parent Embryos: Harming Women to Save Lives
Jennifer Lahl, Public Discourse

The UK has passed a bill that allows for genetic engineering of children through nuclear transfer technology and germ-line modification. Young women will be needed to supply their eggs. But egg donation—or more accurately, egg selling—is risky business.

Christianity and Culture

Mixing faith and finance: Churches put faith in followers’ creditworthiness
Rebecca Robbins, Washington Post

Here’s how it worked: McCarthy’s church offered funds as collateral so she could qualify for a loan through the Virginia United Methodist Credit Union. McCarthy agreed to repay the loan at an annualized interest rate of about 6 percent – meaning monthly payments of $25 for about 2 1/2 years, drawn right out of her bank account.

How TV made Christianity radical again
Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post

“The Americans,” along with the History Channel’s “Vikings,” has done something that almost nothing else in pop culture dares to attempt: It depicts Christianity as a seismic force, something capable of producing profound transformation in both individuals and society.

Frequent Church Attendance Highest in Utah, Lowest in Vermont
Frank Newport, Gallup

Slightly more than half of Utah residents say they attend religious services every week, more than any other state in the union. Residents in the four Southern states of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Arkansas are the next most likely to be frequent church attendees, with 45% to 47% reporting weekly attendance. At the other end of the spectrum is Vermont, where 17% of residents say they attend religious services every week.

Crime

Unlikely Cause Unites the Left and the Right: Justice Reform
Carl Hulse, New York Times

Usually bitter adversaries, Koch Industries and the Center for American Progress have found at least one thing they can agree on: The nation’s criminal justice system is broken.

Rape in the American Prison
Maurice Chammah, The Atlantic

In 2003, Congress passed legislation to eliminate sexual assaults against inmates. One young man’s story shows how elusive that goal remains.

Family Issues

Families Armed With Books Repel The Effects Of Poverty
Allison Kieselowsky, The Federalist

Families that read together build strong bonds and ward off poverty. Here’s what you can do to encourage love for books in your community.

How Many Kids Grow Up With Their Married Mom and Dad?
Leslie Ford, The Daily Signal

It’s not normal these days for a teen to live with their married mom and dad. Fifty-four percent of U.S. teens 15-to-17-years-old do not live in a home with their married mother and father, according to the Fifth Annual Index of Family Belonging and Rejection released this month by the Family Research Council.

Even in Unsafe Neighborhoods, Kids Are Safer in Married Families
Nicholas Zill, Family Studies

Children’s rates of exposure to neighborhood violence depend not just on where they live, but whom they live with.

Same-Sex Parenting: Unpacking the Social Science
John B. Londregan, Public Discourse

For some people, scientific research on the subject of same-sex parenting is irrelevant. A new volume is meant for those who still approach the topic of parenting and sexuality with open minds.

Health Issues

In 2013, measles killed more kids than car accidents or AIDS
Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post

Measles killed 82,100 children under age 5 in 2013, ranking the disease at No. 7 on the list of the top causes of child death, according to recent statistics from the Global Burden of Disease study published in the Lancet.

International Issues

Army of Assyrian Christians aims to fight Islamic State
Therese Apel, Crux

Assyrian Christians in the Nineveh Plain in Iraq, with the help of a group of Americans, are building a fighting machine to stand toe-to-toe with the Islamic State group to preserve their homeland, their history and their heritage.

Islamic State ‘abducts dozens of Christians in Syria’
BBC

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 90 men, women and children were seized in a series of dawn raids near the town of Tal Tamr.

Marriage Issues

The Implications of Extending Marriage Benefits to Same-Sex Couples
Gerard V. Bradley, John Finnis and Daniel Philpott, Public Discourse

It is morally indefensible for Catholic institutions to recognize and incentivize same-sex marriages by extending marriage benefits to employees who declare themselves legally married to a person of the same sex.

Racial Reconciliation

Southern Baptists try to diversify churches — but will it work?
Heidi Hall, Religion News Service

How tough is it to create a racially diverse denomination? Consider a recent luncheon organized by the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

Religious Liberty

‘Relationship with Jesus’ doesn’t justify florist’s refusal to serve gay couple, judge rules
Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post

A Washington state florist who refused to provide flower arrangements for a gay wedding “because of [her] relationship with Jesus” violated the state’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws, a judge ruled Wednesday.

A florist loses religious freedom, and much more
Denny Burk, CNN

Stutzman is the Washington florist who has been sued for living out her Christian beliefs. In 2013, a long-time friend and customer came to her flower shop and asked her to provide flowers for his gay wedding. Stutzman had known this man and had done business with him for about nine years. Nevertheless, she told him that she could not participate in his wedding “because of my relationship with Jesus.”

Supreme Court to hear religious freedom case
Ariane de Vogue, CNN

Samantha Elauf was apprehensive to interview for a sales job at retailer Abercrombie & Fitch in 2008 because the 17 year old wore a headscarf in accordance with her Muslim faith. But a friend of hers, who worked at the store, said he didn’t think it would be a problem as long as the headscarf wasn’t black because the store doesn’t sell black clothes.

Sexuality Issues

New secretary of defense: transgender soldiers should be able to serve openly in military
German Lopez, Vox

Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Sunday suggested transgender people should be allowed to openly serve in the military.

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Is The Roman Catholic Church Responsible for Killing “Only” 3,000 People Over 600 Years or 50 Million People?

Hear Shocking Audio clips of Todd Friel Declaring the Catholic Inquisition Killed Only 3,000 People Over 600 Years. Why Do Evangelicals Help Rewrite Vatican History? | Worldview Weekend

What is Todd Friel Thinking? Topic: Hear shocking audio clips of Todd Friel declaring that the Catholic Inquisition killed only 3,000 people over 600 years. This is the same liberal line his friends at American Family Radio Network, which carries his program, were spouting a few days ago on the Facebook page of one of their radio hosts. Why would Todd Friel say something that is historically documented as being false? As we have discussed many times before, the Church of Rome… slaughtered 50 million Christians over 600 years and not 3,000 as Todd reports. Dr. David Plaisted documents the 50 million figure in his 84 page report that is online for free. Dr. Plaisted has many sources that document this figure of 50 million. Topic: Todd also says he is not defending this branch of Christianity that carried out the Inquisition. This sounded like Todd was saying that Catholicism was a branch of Christianity, which it is not.

Topic: Todd says that there were 150,000 trials during the inquisition but only 3,000 killed. These figures do not even pass the smell test and should reveal to Todd that his reporting is flawed. This would mean that the Church of Rome only convicted about 2% of those they put on trial for heresy and 98% they set free. Topic: Todd says that part of the Inquisition was being carried out by the Church of Rome against Catholics that were not practicing Catholicism correctly, and the Inquisition was more of an in-house event. Topic: Todd says the Inquisition was not a reign of terror per se. Tell that to the 50 million Christians killed that included people that were burned alive and buried alive. Todd might want to become less of a comedian and more of a researcher if he is going to cover such topics. Topic: Chris and Brannon discuss why these comments by Todd are very troubling. Topic: We take your calls.

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(Part Two) Todd Friel Declares the Catholic Inquisition Killed Only 3,000 People Over 600 Years. Why Do Evangelicals Help Rewrite Vatican History? | Worldview Weekend

Guest: Justin Peters. Topic: A few people on Facebook wanted to know why it mattered if the Todd Friel was saying 3,000 people were killed in the 600 year inquisition versus the real number of 50 million. Today Brannon explains that it goes to the heart of the gospel and not allowing the Church of Rome to re-write history and thus portray itself as Christian and Christian friendly for their ecumenical agenda.

Topic: On the previous program Brannon did not play the clip of ho…w Todd started his discussion on the inquisition. Today you will hear that Todd starts his program and discussion on the Inquisition with a short clip from a Mel Brooks comedy skit on the Inquisition. If you Google the words of this comedy skit then do so at your own risk as it contains vulgar content. Is this appropriate? Is this how Christians or a serious and credible Christian broadcaster should set up a serious discussion of the Inquisition? Does Todd not know how or when it is or is not appropriate to be a comedian?

Topic: If Todd is so concerned about the Strange Fire facing evangelicalism from the Word of Faith and New Apostolic Reformation then why is he still on the air with American Family Radio that seems intent on continuing to promote and interview such NAR/WOF folks as Rick Joyner, Heidi Baker, Rod Parsley and others? Not to mention the AFA sponsored prayer rally in January of 2015 that featured as a keynote speaker Governor Jindal giving his testimony and describing himself as an evangelical Catholic. If Todd is really concerned about truth, ecumenicalism, and strange fire then we believe it is time for him to cut ties with AFR.

Topic: Justin Peters joins us to give his thoughts on the comments by Todd. Justin also joins us to discuss audio clips of Rick Joyner being interviewed by Sid Roth describing how he went to heaven, discussed sports with the Lord, and then went swimming with the Lord. It is interesting to note that Rick Joyner was recently interviewed by Tim Wildmon on American Family Radio Network. Topic: Sid Roth and Joyner talk about Catholic mystic monk Brother Lawrence in a positive light. This is nothing more than the promotion of mysticism. Justin explains why all of this is a real warning to true believers.

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New study: college students becoming less religious, more depressed

WINTERY KNIGHT

Just how much honor and meaning is there in binge drinking, hooking up and talking about who is the biggest victim?

Campus Reform reports:

According to research conducted by University of California-Los Angeles, 27 percent of college freshmen no longer identify with a certain religion—the highest this trend has seen in 40 years.

According to the study conducted in 2014, among college freshman, 30 percent of men and 25.4 percent of women responded with “none” when asked a religious preference. This is an increase from a 1971 study that recorded 17.3 percent of men and 13.5 percent of women who responded with “none” as their selection.

[…]The same study also showed a profound increase in depression among college freshmen. There is an epidemic of “emotional health issues” within the same students, the study also found.

In speaking with Christians who left their faith in college, I have found that it’s…

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40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers (Week One: Saturday)

Saturday

Day 10: Is it conceivable that the disciples could have died for something they knew to be false – the resurrection of Jesus?

Confession: Psalm 130:5–8

I await Yahweh; my soul awaits,

and I wait for his word.

My soul waits for the Lord

more than watchmen for the morning.

Yes, more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, wait for Yahweh.

For with Yahweh there is loyal love,

and with him there is abundant redemption.

And he will redeem Israel

from all its iniquities.

Reading: Mark 10:17–31

And as he was setting out on his way, one individual ran up and knelt down before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do so that I will inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’ ” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: Go, sell all that you have, and give the proceeds to the poor—and you will have treasure in heaven—and come, follow me.” But he looked gloomy at the statement and went away sorrowful, because he had many possessions.

And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it is for those who possess wealth to enter into the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astounded at his words. But Jesus answered and said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God.” And they were very astounded, saying to one another, “And who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With human beings it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” Peter began to say to him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields on account of me and on account of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times as much now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and fields, together with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

Reflection

The law says, You shall not commit adultery; but you may not even desire—kindling passion by curious and earnest looks. You shall not kill, says the law; but you are not even to return a blow. On the contrary, you are to offer yourself to the smiter. How much more ascetic is the gospel than the law! You shall not swear is the law; but you are not to swear at all, either a greater or a lesser oath, for an oath is the parent of perjury. You shall not join house to house, nor field to field, oppressing the poor; but you are to set aside willingly even your just possessions, and to be stripped for the poor, that without hindrance you may take up the cross and be enriched with the unseen riches.

—Gregory Nazianzen

Select Orations of Saint Gregory Nazianzen

Response

What cares of this world have you elevated above following Jesus? Sometimes we prioritize even good things above our call to discipleship. Pray that your desire to follow Jesus would trump all of the good things in your life.[1]

 

[1] Van Noord, R., & Strong, J. (Eds.). (2014). 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

February 27, 2014 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Report

Because He’s the living God, He can hear. Because He’s a loving God, He will hear. —C.H. Spurgeon

February 22 Quotes


Feb. 27, 2015

BLOOMBERG

U.S. regulators invoked broad powers to ensure that Web traffic for all users is treated equally, adopting net-neutrality rules that supporters say will preserve a wide-open Internet and that opponents vow to fight in court. The measure approved Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission prohibits companies such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. from blocking or slowing online traffic, or offering faster service in return for payment. It also brings wireless Internet service under the rules.

The nomination of Loretta Lynch to be U.S. attorney general was sent to the Senate floor over the concerns of some Republicans about her independence and support of President Barack Obama’s immigration policies.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will become the first U.S. governor to make a trade mission to Cuba on April 20, after President Obama’s decision to loosen restrictions on travel to the communist island nation.

James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, confirmed for the first time that Iran was behind a cyber-attack against the Las Vegas Sands Corp. last year.

Senator Bob Corker emphasized his opposition to a proposal to audit Federal Reserve monetary policy while calling for more transparency on how it regulates banks. “I can’t imagine anything worse for the nation or for the free world than for Congress to get involved in monetary policy,” Corker, a Tennessee Republican who sits on the Banking Committee, said.

The economy in the U.S. expanded at a slower pace in the fourth quarter than previously reported, restrained by a smaller gain in stockpiles and widening trade gap, even as consumers continued to provide support. Gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced, rose at a 2.2 percent annualized rate, down from an initial estimate of 2.6 percent

President Obama’s administration has pledged to kill or capture the masked Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John,” who is pictured in videos beheading several hostages including Americans. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. has been “thinking about” and “working on” an effort to “hold accountable” the man, who was identified by the Washington Post Thursday as Mohammed Emwazi, a 26-year-old from London.

Three months after Saudi Arabia made clear it was going to let oil prices keep tumbling, the strategy is showing signs of working. U.S. drillers are idling rigs at a record pace, gutting investment plans and laying off thousands of workers. Those steps highlight how the Saudi-led OPEC decision on Nov. 27 to maintain output levels and protect its market share is having the desired effect — pushing prices down so far that they threaten to curb output in the U.S. and other non-OPEC countries.

AP Top Stories

Germany’s Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece’s financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens.

A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh’s capital with his wife, police said Friday.

The health of a hunger-striking Ukrainian pilot held in a Russian jail has deteriorated significantly and she “could die within days,” a member of the Kremlin’s human rights council said on Friday.

More than 7,000 Virginians were involuntarily sterilized between 1924 and 1979 under the Virginia Eugenical Sterilization Act. Advocates for the surviving victims won a three-year fight when the Virginia General Assembly budgeted $400,000 to compensate them at the rate of $25,000 each. Nationwide, 65,000 Americans were sterilized in 33 states, including more than 20,000 in California alone. North Carolina approved payments of $50,000 for each victim in 2013.

Pictures of young Russian children posing with mock AK-47 rifles and other weapons at a kindergarten have provoked a storm of controversy, but some defended them as patriotic education.

Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to Lois Lerner, a former IRS official at the heart of the agency’s tea party scandal. But they don’t know how many of them are new.

Islamic State militants armed with sledgehammers and jackhammers have destroyed priceless ancient artefacts in Iraq’s city of Mosul, a video released by the jihadists Thursday shows.

BBC

A federal judge in Argentina dismissed accusations that President Cristina Fernandez had covered up alleged Iranian involvement in 1994 a bomb attack.

Ugandan police harassed and physically abused gay people in custody, including subjecting them to intrusive examinations, a rights report said.

Up to 40 Australian women have either taken part in terror attacks or support terrorist groups, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

Iraqi minority groups are subject to a “systematic strategy” by IS to drive them out of the country, human rights groups warned.

A former aide of Osama Bin Laden has been found guilty of plotting the al-Qaeda bombing of US embassies in east Africa in 1998, killing 224 people.

WND

Islamic State militants have reportedly executed 15 Christians who have been captured in villages in northeastern Syria since Monday.

The Transportation Security Administration said it is unlikely to detect and unable to extinguish Thermite – a mixture of rust and aluminum powder – what an FBI report called “the greatest potential incendiary threat to aviation,” according to a classified document obtained by The Intercept. Yet despite that warning, sources said TSA is not adequately preparing to respond to the threat.


Daily Digest

February 27, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“Were the pictures which have been drawn by the political jealousy of some among us faithful likenesses of the human character, the inference would be, that there is not sufficient virtue among men for self-government; and that nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another.” –James Madison, Federalist No. 55, 1788

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Boehner Bids for Time in Immigration Fight With Obama

There are only hours left until the clock strikes midnight and the Department of Homeland Security runs out of funding. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seemingly kissed up to the filibustering Democrat minority, passing a clean DHS funding bill that gives the department money to fund Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions, House Speaker John Boehner is not so compromising. When a reporter asked Thursday if Boehner would propose a clean DHS funding bill, he blew defiant kisses in reply. At the same press conference, Boehner said, “We passed a bill to fund the department six weeks ago. Six weeks ago! It’s time for the Senate to act. How many times do I have to say it?” So as a counteroffer, Boehner introduced a continuing resolution that would simply fund DHS for three weeks. While it buys the GOP more time, a defiant president waits at the end of the legislative process. Obama recently said if congressional Republicans “want to have a vote on whether what I’m doing is legal or not, they can have that vote. I will veto that vote.” Lawmakers, he says, don’t have the power to make laws.

Here Comes ‘Net Neutrality’

As expected, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved so-called net neutrality rules. Fox News reports, “[T]he rules, more broadly, would put the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone by classifying it like a public utility, meaning providers like Comcast or Verizon would have to act in the ‘public interest’ when providing [an Internet] connection to your home or phone. Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai, who delivered some of the most scathing criticism of the plan Thursday, warned the policy represents a ‘monumental shift’ to ‘government control of the Internet.'” Pai also criticized FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler for his secrecy and the length of the “332-page Internet regulation plan.” According to FCC counsel Gigi Sohn, however, only eight of those pages contain actual regulation — the rest is supporting documentation. Clearly this is not a black-and-white subject, and the jury is still out on whether the FCC’s ruling will do more good than harm, but that’s mostly because it doesn’t go to the crux of the problem, which is lack of competition. The FCC’s action won’t create more of it. Indeed, it’s not at all clear it will usher in a neutral net. What is clear, however, is that the greatest invention since Gutenberg’s printing press will now be regulated by a bureaucracy that still struggles to build a functioning website. More…

And the GOP Presidential Primaries Begin

It’s CPAC time, baby! Yesterday, the Republican Party’s presidential hopefuls addressed the 10,000 grassroots conservatives gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference, hoping to drum up support in what The Wall Street Journal calls one of the most populated primary contests in recent history. After eight years of Barack Obama, the GOP needs to decide how the party will grow. Some highlights: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker told the audience, “In America we celebrate our independence from the government, not our dependence on it.” Sen. Ted Cruz warned establishment Republicans are “cutting a deal” with the Left on Immigration. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal blasted the constitution-breaking president, saying, “It is time for our Republican leaders in Congress to grow a spine” to confront him. It’s all tough talk aimed at tickling the ears of the defenders of Liberty who live far-removed from the Beltway. But in the end, when the temporary tattoos wash away, the NRA rifle is raffled off and everybody goes home, what matters is how these politicians did or did not defend Liberty in the positions they now occupy. More…

Walker Doesn’t Care What the Media Thinks

In an op-ed for USA Today, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker responded indirectly to the grilling he received over Rudy Giuliani’s recent comments about Barack Obama’s patriotism. “Americans believe our nation is facing some substantial challenges,” Walker wrote. “Government spending is out of control. Terrorists seek to destroy our way of life. Our economic recovery has been slow. Our borders aren’t secure. The federal government has usurped powers that rightly belong to our states.” In other words, these issues are the serious ones. He concluded, “There has been much discussion about a media double standard where Republicans are covered differently than Democrats, asked to weigh in on issues the Democrats don’t face. As a result, when we refuse to take the media’s bait, we suffer. I felt it this week when I was asked to weigh in on what other people said and did and what others’ beliefs are. If you are looking for answers to those questions, ask those people. I will always choose to focus on what matters to the American people, not what matters to the media.” That approach is just one reason why Ronald Reagan was so successful.

Emily Miller Only One of 16 DC Residents Okayed for a Gun Permit

Journalist Emily Miller’s journey to navigate the snarls of the District of Columbia’s gun laws began in 2011, when she inadvertently came face-to-face with a criminal while armed with only her cell phone. Her quest for a handgun in the nation’s most anti-gun city is nearing its conclusion as she was recently approved for a permit to carry in the city. But even after the Heller decision, the process is insurmountably high for citizens to exercise their right to bear arms because citizens have to demonstrate they have a reason (the Constitution evidently isn’t sufficient) to convince the police to okay their firearm permit. “I got the police reports from two different threats against me, as well as an FBI warning that a terror group is targeting journalists,” Miller wrote. “I turned in my application at the end of November. … I didn’t hear anything until early February. … Keep in mind, any American can apply for a D.C. gun permit. But so far, only 76 have done so. Thirty-one were denied. Five cancelled their own applications. And 16 were approved.” This is what the Second Amendment looks like under a mayor who declared she hates guns. While she swore to “protect the Constitution and what the courts say,” she promises to do the opposite: “I will do it in the most restrictive way as possible.”

Editor’s Note

The New York Times has the scoop of the month: “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said this month that it planned to restrict the armor-piercing 5.56-millimeter ‘M855 green tip’ rifle bullet because of new handguns that use the ammunition and pose a greater threat to the police.”

Oh, wait. We covered that critical Second Amendment issue almost two weeks ago. The New York Times: All the news that’s fit to get around to eventually.

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

The Islamic Threat — It’s Already Here

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There are varying opinions about the threat the Islamic State poses in the Middle East and Europe, and apparently there is no consensus about the coinciding Islamic threat against U.S. domestic targets.

That confusion was on full display from the White House to Capitol Hill this week.

After three Islamists were arrested in New York for plotting to either join 20,000 other foreigners now among ISIL’s ranks, or turn their sites on domestic targets, FBI Director James Comey warned, “We have investigations of people in various stages of radicalization in all 50 states. … This isn’t a New York phenomenon or a Washington phenomenon, this is all 50 states. … [Radicalization prospects] exist in every state. I have homegrown violent extremist investigations in every single state.”

Apparently, the primary domestic terrorists threat is notright wing,” as errantly asserted by DHS on the heels of Barack Obama’s faux Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.

That notwithstanding, after a very bloody year, John Kerry had this to say in congressional testimony: “Our citizens, our world today is actually, despite ISIL, despite the visible killings that you see and how horrific they are, we are actually living in a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world. … We are actually living in a period of less daily threat to Americans and people in the world — less deaths, less violent deaths today — than through the last century.”

Kerry took a break from more important business like announcing the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Persons, to spin Obama’s blinding Islamophilia on the Islamic threat.

A day after Kerry’s testimony, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper demolished the Obama/Kerry’s assessment, and set the record straight: “When the final accounting is done, 2014 will have been the most lethal year for global terrorism in the 45 years such data has been compiled. … In my 50-plus years in the intelligence business, I don’t know of a time that has been more beset by challenges and crises around the world. I worry a lot about the safety and security of this country. … The homegrown a violent extremists continue to post the most likely threat to our homeland.”

Former Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was already on record chastising Obama’s Islamic blind spot, also buried Kerry’s assessment: “Secretary Kerry is out of touch with reality. He clearly is not listening to the entire U.S. intelligence community. He is not reading any of the intelligence or other things that have been written over the last few weeks — months — years.”

It is abundantly clear that Obama’s assessment of ISIL as the “JV team,” and his assertion that concern about terrorism is the result of “media hype” and not actual threats, has no basis in reality.

National Journal’s left-of-center Ron Fournier admits, “What worries me is, I think we’re going to get hit. [Islamists are] going to hit us… The problem is these semantic gymnastics, this lack of clarity, the dithering … is going to make it hard for [Obama] to unite more than his base. … [Obama] is either spinning and looking week … or he’s not spinning and he is weak. That’s a devil’s choice.”

But Charles Krauthammer concludes, “I don’t actually think the president’s spinning it. I think he truly believes that this is a tranquil era. … I think he’s internally placid about all of this. … I think we really have a president who believes that stuff and it’s not spin and that, I think, is worse.”

Meanwhile, ISIL’s rampage continues apace. The terrorist group this week abducted at least 220, but some estimates say as many as 400, Christians. Fifteen have reportedly been killed. Following last week’s massacre of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya, ISIL’s attacks on Christians and all nonbelievers are clearly accelerating. Obama just thinks they’re just angry about the Crusades.

As for the domestic terrorist threat, while the media refers to these deadly assaults as “lone wolf attacks” and a “homegrown Western threat,” these are dangerous mischaracterizations. All these actors, whether domestic or foreign, are part of an ideological Islamist web that is metastasizing globally.

Obama’s appeasement of Islamists has resulted in the bloodiest year of terrorism on record. And as Mark Alexander notes, “[R]egarding Obama’s attempt to pivot from the threat of a global Jihad caliphate to ‘climate change,’ I assure you that the real “global warming” threat we face today is an apocalyptic trigger on an evermore accessible fission weapon that can be detonated in an American urban center.”

Trying to Reverse a Homeownership Slide

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Earlier this week the Census Bureau released more bad news for the current regime: The rate of homeownership has fallen to a 20-year low, continuing a slide that began at the apex of the housing market in 2004. Ten years ago, 69% of Americans owned homes, but that has fallen to 64.5% in 2014. As Joe Biden keeps telling us, Barack Obama’s economy is terrible: “The middle class is being killed.”

Unfortunately, the economic conditions that led to the dramatic increase in the decade from 1994 to 2004 can’t be duplicated today. What was once an era of steady, mainly full-time employment and ample economic growth has now stagnated to a point where those most likely to enter the housing market and become owners are saddled with part-time gigs and staggering student loan debt. Meanwhile, older generations have been struggling with issues of their own, as the equity they once possessed in their homes has long since been wiped out, leaving some unable to keep the dwellings they once owned.

After the housing bubble a decade ago led to the economic devastation of 2008, it would make sense to tighten the housing market and have banks ensure that borrowers are more qualified. But recent steps by Barack Obama’s Federal Housing Administration indicate the desire to return to the reckless practices that wrecked our economy in the first place.

Granted, a simple change in lending fees may not be all that significant, but further guidance in the direction of easing credit is likely. Greater demand for housing will bring prices back up, which in turn will reduce the number of homeowners who are “under water” with their mortgages. But since the federal government guarantees much of the mortgage industry, those who are just starting out will again be lured by easy mortgage money. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac now have a lot of recent experience flipping homes from borrowers who defaulted.

In short, the seemingly laudable goal of encouraging homeownership could lead us down a path we already saw isn’t desirable. As the wise old financial guru Yogi Berra used to say, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

General Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969): “[The Founders] proclaimed to all the world the revolutionary doctrine of the divine rights of the common man. That doctrine has ever since been the heart of the American faith.”

Columnist Charles Krauthammer: “The news from the nuclear talks with Iran was already troubling. Iran was being granted the ‘right to enrich.’ … Then it got worse: News leaked Monday of the ‘sunset clause.’ President Obama had accepted the Iranian demand that any restrictions on its program be time-limited. … Meanwhile, Iran’s intercontinental ballistic missile program is subject to no restrictions at all. It’s not even part of these negotiations. Why is Iran building them? You don’t build ICBMs in order to deliver sticks of dynamite. Their only purpose is to carry nuclear warheads. Nor does Iran need an ICBM to hit Riyadh or Tel Aviv. Intercontinental missiles are for reaching, well, other continents. North America, for example. … Consider where we began: six U.N. Security Council resolutions demanding an end to Iranian enrichment. Consider what we are now offering: an interim arrangement ending with a sunset clause that allows the mullahs a robust, industrial-strength, internationally sanctioned nuclear program. Such a deal makes the Cuba normalization look good and the Ukrainian cease-fires positively brilliant. We are on the cusp of an epic capitulation. History will not be kind.”

Columnist David Harsanyi: “The Obama administration values a future relationship with Iran more than it values the historic relationship it has with Israel. … First, Americans were supposed to be outraged because Netanyahu engaged in a breach of protocol. Then we were supposed to be outraged because the speech would be given too close to the upcoming Israeli elections. … But if the Israeli elections … are so problematic, then the controversy should be centered on the behavior of the prime minister, not the substance of his argument. That’s not the case, is it? … [T]he problem isn’t protocol, Israeli elections, patriotism or partisanship. It’s the fact that Netanyahu is going to make a powerful argument against enabling Iran to become a nuclear power. Many Americans will hear it – or of it. Many Americans will agree. … Critics of Netanyahu act as if opposing Obama’s Iranian deal is tantamount to declaring war on Iran. In the long run, allowing Iran to become nuclear might well mean war. … Surely, hearing out the case of an ally that is persistently threatened by Holocaust-denying Iranian officials doesn’t need to come with this much angst from Democrats. But if it does, it’s worth asking why.”

Comedian Seth Meyers: “John Boehner said … Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline was a ‘national embarrassment.’ And then, out of habit, Joe Biden said, ‘Here!'”

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February 26, 2015
NATIONAL REVIEW — Two prominent House committee chairs are “deeply disappointed” in Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler for refusing to testify before Congress as “the future of the Internet is at stake.”… (more)

February 26, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Liberal philanthropist George Soros and the Ford Foundation have lavished groups supporting the administration’s “net neutrality” agenda, donating $196 million and landing proponents on the White House staff, according to a new report…. (more)

February 26, 2015
THE HILL — This Thursday, Feb. 26, will be a fateful day for the future of the Internet. In the nearly 40 years that I have been involved in communications law and policy, including serving as the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) associate general counsel, this action, without a doubt, is one of the agency’s most misguided…. (more)

February 26, 2015
NEWSMAX — More than a third of Americans don’t think President Barack Obama loves America, a new survey shows. According to the Huffington Post/YouGov survey, 47 percent believe Obama loves his country, and 35 percent said he doesn’t. Seventeen percent weren’t sure…. (more)

February 26, 2015
BOB UNRUH — President Obama’s amnesty juggernaut has taken another step forward despite a federal judge’s order to halt it in its tracks… (more)


February 26, 2015
NEWSMAX — Rep. Steve King told Newsmax Wednesday that he will not support any Senate-backed legislation to provide $39.7 billion to the Department of Homeland Security without defunding President Barack Obama’s immigration orders – – and he doesn’t mind shutting down the agency to stop the president’s executive overreach…. (more)


February 26, 2015
YAHOO NEWS — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rebuffed criticism in Washington of his plans to speak in Congress, accusing world powers of forsaking a pledge to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons…. (more)

February 26, 2015
BOB UNRUH — A Washington-based think tank focused on national security has released a dossier on Muslim U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., charging his association with radical Islamic groups warrants his removal from the House Intelligence Committee…. (more)


February 25, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — You are being robbed blind. If you’ve looked at your tax bill lately, that may not be a great shock to you. But the sheer genius by which American taxpayers are being ripped off, often with a wink from government, is nothing short of outrageous… (more)

February 25, 2015
PATRICK GARRY — The conservative opposition to Obamacare is well documented, as are the problems with the law and the unpopularity of it. With each passing day, the American public becomes increasingly aware of the costs and burdens of the Affordable Care Act…. (more)

February 25, 2015
THE HILL — A Democrat on the Federal Communications Commission wants to see changes that could narrow the scope of new net neutrality rules set for a vote on Thursday… (more)


February 25, 2015
WASHINGTON POST — In a few days, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on the government’s strict new net neutrality rules for Internet providers… (more)

February 25, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — The U.S. military is shedding so many troops and weapons it is only “marginally able” to defend the nation and falls short of the Obama administration’s national security strategy, according to a new report by The Heritage Foundation on Tuesday…. (more)

February 25, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — As the Obama administration negotiates a controversial nuclear agreement with Iran, a dissident group is revealing evidence Tehran is operating a secret uranium-enrichment site northeast of the capital city…. (more)

February 25, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — The State Department has helped to relocate tens of thousands of refugees from the war-torn African nation of Somalia to Minnesota, where they can take advantage of some of America’s most generous welfare and charity programs…. (more)

February 25, 2015
AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM — The majority (52 percent) of Obamacare enrollees receiving an advance premium tax credit to purchase Obamacare insurance is facing the prospect of paying back $530 of that tax credit to the IRS, according to a new study from H&R Block. This clawback is reducing the refunds for these taxpayers by 17 percent this filing season…. (more)

February 25, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Tuesday opened the throttle on his effort to torpedo President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, tweeting his opposition and writing in Politico that her “radical positions” are more than alarming…. (more)

February 25, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Obama on Tuesday sided firmly with environmentalists in vetoing a bill that would approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a move that sparked a bipartisan backlash on Capitol Hill and deepened a rift between the administration and key Democratic allies in organized labor…. (more)

February 24, 2015
DAILY CALLER — Three days before the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on the most significant Internet regulations in history, two commissioners are asking Chairman Tom Wheeler to delay the vote and release his proposal to the public…. (more)


February 24, 2015
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY — “It hit a nerve,” Rudy Giuliani observed about his widely reported insight that President Obama does not love America. Amid the uproar from the liberal media that anyone would dare question a liberal’s patriotism, the former mayor of New York City is not backing away from his candid comment, telling the New York Times that “I said exactly what I wanted to say. I conveyed exactly the message that I wanted to convey.”… (more)


February 24, 2015
NEWSMAX — President Barack Obama’s widely-criticized analysis of Christian history and Islamic extremism reflect the education he received outside the United States, Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp contends…. (more)


February 24, 2015
BREITBART — An Oregon Democrat believes that the fight for amnesty for illegal immigrants is the “civil rights battle” for millennials that will decide who controls the the country for the next three decades…. (more)

February 24, 2015
BOB UNRUH — A legal brief filed in a federal court in Texas warns that if the judge decides to reverse himself and allow President Obama’s amnesty program to move forward right away, it could cost U.S. taxpayers $144 billion…. (more)

February 24, 2015
INVESTORS.COM — France, Belgium and now even liberal Denmark regret letting in so many immigrants from Muslim countries. Their swelling Islamic communities have become breeding grounds for terrorists. So why is the U.S. opening the floodgates to foreign Muslims?… (more)

February 24, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — The emerging U.S.-led deal that would allow Iran to enrich uranium at a limited rate, with the restrictions easing over time, poses a “great danger” to the Western world and Israel from a “messianic, apocalyptic” nation, Israel’s defense minister declared Monday…. (more)


Ireland’s Prime Minister Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 07:37 AM PST

Ireland's Prime Minister Endorses Same-Sex MarriageIreland’s prime minister Enda Kenny has now given his approval of same-sex marriage, urging voters to say “yes” on an upcoming referendum to redefine the institution, reports LifeSiteNews. During his address to the Fine Gael national conference, the prime minister said that approving the referendum would show the world that the once predominantly Catholic Ireland has now become a “fair, compassionate, and tolerant nation.” “I believe that this is the right thing to do. I, and the Fine Gael Party, strongly support a Yes vote,” Kenny said. Various Irish news outlets attributed Kenny’s sudden choice to go public with his endorsement from recent coming out statements made by Ireland’s Health Minister Leo Varadkar last month that he is homosexual. Varadkar’s coming out echoed previous statements made by former Irish government Minister for Equality Pat Carey, who said in an interview that he hoped his coming out would help encourage conservative and traditional voters to redefine marriage. FULL STORY

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Kerry Says Netanyahu Can’t be trusted because he supported Iraq War

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 07:32 AM PST

Kerry Says Netanyahu Can't be trusted because he supported Iraq War

US Secretary of State John Kerry questioned Netanyahu’s stance on Iran by criticizing him for supporting the Iraq war. (Photo: Facebook)

John Kerry is at it  again with his remarks against Netanyahu and Israel! This time In a new wave of criticism against Israel’s prime minister, US Secretary of State John Kerry attacked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s judgment on Iran by implying that he publicly advocated for the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.  Kerry’s comments were made Wednesday at a House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting in an attempt to discredit and delegitimize Netanyahu’s evaluation of the Iranian threat. “The prime minister was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq,” Kerry stated. He went on to add that Netanyahu “may have a judgment that just may not be correct here.” In 2002, Netanyahu warned a Congressional committee about the dangers of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. His comments were made as a private citizen and not a governmental figure. Conveniently, Kerry failed to mention in his testimony on Wednesday that he voted, as a then senator, in favor of the US invasion of Iraq on October 11, 2002. FULL REPORT

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China’s Space Weapons Threaten U.S. Satellites

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 07:26 AM PST

China’s Space Weapons Threaten U.S. SatellitesTensions between China and America aren’t getting any better, especially after a new report that China is developing significant space warfare capabilities that threaten U.S. strategic satellite systems, this comes from a report from the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command told Congress on Thursday.  He went on to say “We’ve seen very disturbing trends in space, particularly from nation states like China, as well as Russia, who have been public about their counter space endeavors and ambitions,” Counter Space is the military term for space warfare capabilities and weapons.  China conducted a test of a missile-fired anti-satellite kill vehicle as recently as last summer, Haney told the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee. –Source and Full Story

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Scientists know there are more giant craters in Siberia, but are nervous to even study them

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 07:17 AM PST

Scientists know there are more giant craters in Siberia, but are nervous to even study them What the heck is going on in Siberia that is so mysterious that even the scientists are too nervous to continue studying? Last summer news of a bizarre occurrence surfaced that no one could explain. Seemingly out of nowhere, a massive crater appeared in one of the planet’s most inhospitable lands. Early estimates said the crater, nestled in a land called “the ends of the Earth” where temperatures can sink far below zero, yawned nearly 30 metres in diameter. Later we discovered that the Siberian crater wasn’t alone. There were two more, ratcheting up the tension in a drama that hit its climax as a probable explanation surfaced. Climate change had thawed the permafrost, which had caused methane trapped inside the icy ground to explode. “Gas pressure increased until it was high enough to push away the overlaying layers in a powerful injection, forming the crater,” one German scientist said at the time. FULL STORY

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Britain to lead the world in Islamic finance

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 07:10 AM PST

Britain to lead the world in Islamic financeAn alarming report coming out of Britain may wake you up to just how much Islamic influence has gripped the UK! According to a new report London has set its sights on becoming the world center for the Islamic finance industry according to the UK’s foreign office minister for Middle East. Speaking at The Telegraph’s Middle East Congress on Wednesday, Tobias Ellwood, under secretary of state at the Foreign Office, said the capital had ambitions to stand alongside Dubai and Kuala Lumpur as a global hub for Islamic finance. FULL REPORT

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2014 Was Deadliest Year for Terror Attacks in 45 Years

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 07:04 AM PST

2014 Was Deadliest Year for Terror Attacks in 45 Years2 Timothy 3:1 – But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come

The bible warns us that violence would increase as we come closer to the return of the Lord and According to a new report Terrorist attacks have been the worst seen in over 45 Years!  “When the final counting is done, 2014 will have been the most lethal year for global terrorism in the 45 years such data has been compiled,” DNI Director James Clapper told Congress, adding that about half of all attacks took place in three states: Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Last year from January to September, around 13,000 terror attacks were carried out, resulting in 31,000 fatalities By contrast, in 2013, 22,000 people were killed in terrorist violence in over 11,500 attacks, Clapper disclosed during a wide-ranging world threat briefing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. FULL REPORT

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Men attempting to join ISIS operated mall kiosks in Savannah, elsewhere

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 06:53 AM PST

Men attempting to join ISIS operated mall kiosks in Savannah, elsewhereISIS operatives could be your neighbor next door, the guy selling jewelry in the Mall, a waiter at your favorite restaurant or the guy who sold kitchenware and repaired mobile phones? In fact that is the case according to a complaint unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York. where  Abror Habibov, 30, operated kiosks at malls along the East Coast and Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, worked at kiosks in Savannah, Ga.; Philadelphia and Chesapeake, Va.  Abdurasul Juraboev, 24, a Uzbekistan native and legal permanent U.S. resident, worked at the Gyro King restaurant in Brooklyn.  Until their arrests Wednesday in connection with an alleged failed attempt to join ISIS in Syria, Saidakhmetov and Juraboev appeared to live the mundane lives of ordinary Brooklyn immigrants. They also appeared careless in planning their alleged plot. One man, for instance, showed up at U.S. Homeland Security offices to apply for a travel document, authorities said. They sometimes communicated online because they believed it would be harder for authorities to trace. FULL REPORT

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Rise of Same-Sex “Throuples” – Three Thailand Men ‘Marry’

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 06:43 AM PST

Rise of Same-Sex “Throuples”  - Three Thailand Men ‘Marry’Luke 17:28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

Are you ready to see “Same Sex Throuples”? Photos of three Thailand men who recently ‘married’ each other have gone viral, garnering societal support for the concept of same-sex “throuples” worldwide, but also generating remarks from Christians about the confirmation of the slippery slope that has long been predicted.  The 3 men identified as Joke, Belle and Art Thani, reportedly participated in a traditional water-pouring ceremony on Feb. 15 and had photographs taken of their union. However, the act was more of a symbolic gesture as neither homosexuality or polygamy are legal in Thailand. As I have said before the Spirit of Sodom is alive and well and is spreading across the World! As we approach closer to the Return of the Lord the world will become darker and stranger more and more!

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Obama wants your pastor to promote ObamaCare from the pulpit

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 06:31 AM PST

Obama wants your pastor to promote ObamaCare from the pulpitHow would you feel about your Pastor promoting “Obamacare” from the Pulpit of your church? well according to a report,  the Obama administration has created a little-known “toolkit” encouraging and guiding pastors to do just that and promote ObamaCare to their parishioners, complete with bulletin inserts and talking points to be used from the pulpit. The toolkit, discovered by The Weekly Standard’s Jeryl Bier, is part of the Obama administration’s efforts to partner with parishes and their communities as the the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fully implemented. The toolkit includes sample bulletin inserts, talking points, and sample preacher scripts. The full title is the “Second Sunday & Faith Weekend of Action Toolkit.” FULL REPORT

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Massive Sinkhole fills with water in a man’s backyard

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 06:24 AM PST

Massive Sinkhole fills with water in a man’s backyard

In a matter of seconds, the timelapse video shows the sinkhole being completely flooded in a matter of seconds

Amazing footage has surfaced of a vast sinkhole in the backyard of a Darwin resident being flooded with about 100 million litres of water in a matter of seconds. The time lapse vision, which took place over about five hours during a cyclone last Friday, shows the sinkhole being completely engulfed . The owner of the Darwin River property where the sinkhole is situated said it is still standing after a week, reports NT News.  Lance Hart, who named the sinkhole Lake WTF, said his family regularly mount a camera onto a tree to document changes from the rain.  Between 4am and 9am, the crater was filled. ‘It’s like the whole thing filled up in around five hours,’ he told NT News. FULL STORY

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Progression behind legalization of pot result of moral ‘progression’

With marijuana legalization, green rush is on in D.C., Washington Post (Marc Fisher, Aaron C. Davis, and Perry Stein)

Big Tobacco’s Future: Big Pot, Bloomberg BusinessWeek (Leonid Bershidsky)

2) Supreme Court voices support for religious liberty during Abercrombie case oral arguments 

In a Case of Religious Dress, Justices Explore the Obligations of Employers, New York Times (Adam Liptak)

3) Parents concerned about children consuming pornography described as ‘overprotective’

Strippers Go Undercover on Snapchat, New York Times (Nick Bilton)

4) Eugenie Clark reminder of value of encouraging children to read through their interests

Eugenie Clark, Scholar of the Life Aquatic, Dies at 92, New York Times (Robert D. McFadden)
In other news…

Gay Families Are Coming To The Emoji Keyboard, Huffington Post (Cavan Sieczkowski)

Tattoos and piercings have hidden prophetic messages from God, claims Doug Addison

Gospel Artist Tasha Lockhart Calls Out Pastor David Bullock For His Cigar….But

Is Jesus Your Boyfriend?


The Utter Failure Of Evangelical Christian Groups Like ’21 Martyrs’ To Understand Islam

ISIS is Islam. They are not radical extremists. There is no such thing. Islam is neither a religion nor peaceful. It is a totalitarian ideology based on violence and control.

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” Revelation 6:10 (KJV)

Friday night I received an email from the founder of a self-described Christian event planning organization, who wrote, “Over the last 48 hours we have focused our creativity and resources on supporting an appropriate response to the 21 Egyptian Christian martyrs.” He goes on to explain that his team created a website, asked thousands of churches to have a “Moment of Silence” on Sunday, February 22, and is encouraging people to pray every morning during Lent at 7:03 a.m. for “solidarity.” source

This email highlights two enormous problems associated with self-described American Christians. First, either they are entirely ignorant or blatantly hypocritical or both, when it comes to which “crisis” to pray about, why, and when. Why ask now for prayer—because 21 Christians were killed on a video?

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Why was there no “solidarity through prayer” movement initiated after:

  • The “n” genocide campaign that slaughtered Iraqi Christians to near extinction, sticking little children’s heads on posts,
  • The Gitmo terrorist working with the Taliban who Obama released illegally killed several hundred Pakistani children after making them watch their teacher burn alive,
  • Open Doors reported that, “the year 2014 has seen more global persecution of Christians than any other year in recent history,”
  • More than one million Syrian refugees, still suffering in camps have had their children stolen to sex traffickers or have sent them off for “early marriage,”

And—this list doesn’t even come close to listing what happened last year alone. In fact, Persecution.org recently drew attention to the fact that persecution of Christians is daily, and has been for decades.

If people want to pray after 21 martyrs were beheaded perhaps they should recognize that every single person, including many Christians, who twice voted a member of the Muslim Brotherhood into the White House have the blood of these Christians on their heads.

Which brings me to my second point: this email reveals that far too many Christians know nothing about Islam, who Barack Obama is, or what right action they should take in response.

To Clarify: ISIS is Islam. They are not radical extremists. There is no such thing. Islam is neither a religion nor peaceful. It is a totalitarian ideology based on violence and control.

Muslims who behead non-Muslims like ISIS, are following the Quran’s instructions and Muhammad’s example. Muhammad initiated beheading—by first beheading thousands of Jews after he stole their possessions and women and children. He beheaded them in the public square in Medina for everyone there to witness.

Islam literally means submission to Allah, as outlined in the Quran. Submission or death, are the only two choices for non-Muslims. Anyone who argues otherwise is lying or deceived.

To Clarify: Obama is a Muslim and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian officials on numerous occasions attest to this truth; even its major newspaper confirmed this on its front page. Comprehensive, sourced information about the Muslim Brotherhood can be found here; but its motto is:

“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way.  Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu Akbar!”

Barack Obama is why:

(The State Department recently admitted that it lied about hosting a meeting at Georgetown University with members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Additionally, Khairat El-Shater, the number two man in the Muslim Brotherhood hierarchy—now in custody by the Egyptian military claims he has documents to prove that U.S. government officials bribed Muslim Brotherhood leaders.)

To Clarify: Obama has been working with funders in Qatar for the last decade: to advance Islam.

Obama created, funds, and used the U.S. military to train ISIS in Jordan and Qatar. Even one of ISIS’s leaders, Yousef al-Salafi in Pakistan, told reporters that, “the Obama Administration is funding ISIS.”

To Clarify: Obama is not fighting ISIS because our military trained them and our tax dollars continue to fund them.

This is why our country has deliberately not helped Christians pleading for their lives in Iraq and Syria.

This is why Obama refused to back Egypt’s bombing of ISIS in Libya after Christians were slaughtered, and why he rejected the Jordanian president’s request for aid. In the entire history of the United States our military has never ever not once left working artillery, weapons, and ammunition for the enemy’s use until Barack Obama.

From the 21 Martyrs website:

If people want to pray after 21 martyrs were beheaded perhaps they should recognize that every single person, including many Christians, who twice voted a member of the Muslim Brotherhood into the White House have the blood of these Christians on their heads.

This was well planned and began prior to when American operatives in 2004 smuggled Gaddafi’s weapons from Benghazi to Turkish mercenaries, who were then trained to overthrow Assad. Once the Syrian crisis spilled across the border, it was a matter of time for ISIS to become what it is now, and what it will become—because it will get worse.

Where and how do “praying Christians” think ISIS acquired their guns, trucks, and ammo? Or where do they think ISIS is using U.S. military weapons and brand new Toyota trucks?

Barack Obama is guilty of treason for funding, harboring, aiding, and abetting America’s enemies as defined by the U.S. Constitution. He is also guilty of committing crimes against humanity as defined by the International Human Rights Court, including orchestrating genocide.

Praying at 7:03 every morning is not the answer to ISIS or genocide. Nor is suggesting solidarity among thousands of churches to pray for a few minutes on Sunday morning before congregants continue on with the rest of their day.

To Clarify: I do not devalue prayer; it is necessary for life.

It’s incredibly disconcerting to receive an email from someone who owns an apartment in Manhattan, hobnobs with people from the Hamptons to the Berkshires, Los Angeles, and London, who charges exorbitant rates for Christians to hear speakers they could otherwise hear for free elsewhere, that only confirms too many self-describing Christians are completely out of touch with reality.

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What is needed today in the Christian community, from leaders, pastors, and ordinary citizens, is to name and fight evil. This requires courage to name and hold accountable everyone in our government guilty of treason. The government is God’s instrument for justice, to restrain evil and promote its citizen’s wellbeing. The American government is in shambles and has failed its people.

Every Christian should read the Quran to understand its perversity. Christians do not worship Allah, who is a revised version of Baal. Jesus is not a prophet who points to Allah. And unlike Muhammad, Jesus did not behead people.

Islam is evil because it enslaves people to a false ideology that promotes nothing but violence. Christians are commanded to rescue those trapped in bondage, to deliver the oppressed, the widows, orphans, and those traded like candy bars, who are completely defenseless.

By remaining silent or even justifying Obama in any way, instead of exposing his crimes, Christians actually condone ISIS. Obama has made known his support for Islam in his books and speeches. Yet, he and many in Congress remain unchallenged and freely commit grievous crimes against humanity.

If Christians claim to be committed to social justice (defending the poor, the widow, the orphan) then why are they astoundingly silent about an administration and congress that has, more than any other previously combined, created unspeakable suffering for widows, orphans, and the poor—in the name of Islam?

Prayer is definitely needed—to convict the arrogant, selfish, self-righteous, and ignorant that enable the travesty of ISIS. Prayer is also needed for those who have the courage to stand for what is right.

What is right is what Jesus screams about in Matthew 23. What is right is what God commands throughout the Bible specifically in Ezekiel 3 and 33.

Otherwise “celebrating” Lent or Easter only makes a mockery of Jesus Christ, provides a false witness to non-believers and creates a false sense of self worth for people to feel better about themselves when they pray every morning at 7:03 a.m.

 

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Outrage As Homeland Security Sec’y Says His Main Job Is ‘Giving Voice To Muslims In America’

At the White House’s Summit on Extremism, Homeland Security Chief, Jeh Johnson said: “My job is to give voice to the plight of Muslims in this country.”

He stands firmly with his boss, Mr. Obama, on protecting the Muslim community.

ARE THESE GUYS SERIOUS??

Forgive me, but I’ve had just about enough of this political correctness, and protecting Muslims at every turn. Mr. Johnson goes on to say that in his travels, he hears from the Muslim community that they feel discriminated against.

REALLY?

Where are these same people, who need to be vocal in denouncing the terrorist acts of Muslims?? I’m sorry, but I must be missing coverage of this on the news. Yes, I’m being sarcastic.

“Homeland Insecurity: Now we know why the White House refused to provide reporters a list of participants attending its three-day “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.” Some participants are extremists themselves.

Also, now we know why Obama’s summit seemed to defend Muslim extremists — rationalizing their violence as a reaction to “economic and political grievances” — not try to defeat them. Among other radical guests, President Obama invited Iraq-born Salam al-Marayati, who heads a Los Angeles-based Islamist group founded by two Muslim Brotherhood operatives, according to former federal terrorist prosecutor Andrew McCarthy.

Al-Marayati has a long record of defending terrorists and justifying violence against non-Muslims — an easy one for the White House to vet for extremism. He once proclaimed that “When Patrick Henry said, ‘Give me liberty or give me death,’ that statement epitomized jihad.” He’s also compared Muslim terrorists to “American freedom fighters hundreds of years ago (who) were also regarded as terrorists by the British.” [1] – source

 

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Obama’s Threat To ‘Fundamentally Transform’ America Is Now Nearly Complete

“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” — Barack Obama, October 30, 2008

Obama said in 2008 that he planned to “Fundamentally Transform America.” He has remained true to that promise. Those of us who love and cherish our country, did not see a need for transformation. I do not believe that anyone other than the radical left, knew that this president meant a complete transformation from top to bottom, and a change in foreign relations.

He began his destruction of our country, with the infamous “Apology Tour.” Of course he went to those who have a history of despising the U.S. — Arabic countries. His talk of Muslims, and how much they have contributed to society, was really our first clue as to Mr. Obama’s plans. He spoke outright lies about America, and that she was never a Christian country. He downplayed our exceptionalism, as if it was an evil thing.

WHO IS THIS MAN?

First, the reader must know that Obama is a creation of George Soros. Soros first presented his “Frankenstein” to the world at the DNC in 2004 as the keynote speaker. It seemed that overnight BHO became the talk of the town in Washington circles.

Soros groomed BHO to become the darling of the Left. A brilliant scheme, actually — he was black, handsome, well spoken and Communist. He got his start in Chicago as a community organizer (that’s always a Socialist program) then became a state Senator (propped up by the Chicago Democratic Socialist Party) and then on to Washington to wreak havoc, and so he has ever since.

Soros is a multibillionaire, whose favorite pastime is using his money to shake up countries, and bring them as far left as possible. I would say that Soros might be the most evil man who walks the planet right now — well, maybe in the top three. Even thought Soros himself is a billionaire, he HATES capitalism, and seeks to destroy it wherever he can.

DRUGS, SEX AND MURDER

Although Obama’s camp has attempted to silence those who know of his checkered past, the truth has a way of coming out. You can visit website after website where Obama’s cocaine habit and his being part of the gay community are well documented. Unfortunately, many of his former lovers have been murdered; many of them from his church, led by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

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Well, the liberal press have been given the narrative regarding the deaths of many who attempted to bring down BHO. Remember Andrew Breitbart? So, “murder” is never used by the media. We hear of strange car accidents and young people dying from “natural causes.” Isn’t that “UNnatural?

ENEMY OF THE STATE

So, now you know some of the past of the one who resides at the White House as our leader. Is it any surprise that this man is now on a rampage to destroy America?

He has placed the MOST radical Islamists in positions all over our government. I recently wrote a piece on Mohamed Elibiary, who Obama put in a key position in our DHS. Elibiary was relieved of his duties there last September. There have been rumors of him leaking sensitive information, which is extremely troubling, since this man is a member and staunch supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Obama has had multiple meetings with the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House. The last meeting he arranged, the press was banned from attending. How are we allowing this to happen?? This is America — not Russia!

NO PLAN TO DESTROY ISIS

The rest of the country calls this Islamic killing machine “ISIS” but Obama and his minions call them ISIL. This is because of his hatred of Israel. The “L” stands for the Levant. It is a territory that includes Israel, which the terrorists plan to take, as they spread like cockroaches across the Middle East.

He has made it clear that there will be NO boots on the ground. I have read from credible sources that our so-called airstrikes against ISIS have been minimal, and when they do happen, they are hitting empty buildings.

IMPORTING MUSLIMS TO THE US

“Between 2010 and 2013, the Obama administration imported almost 300,000 new immigrants from Muslim nations — more immigrants than the U.S. let in from Central America and Mexico combined over that period… Many of the recent Muslim immigrants are from terrorist hot spots like Iraq, where the Islamic State operates. From 2010-2013, Obama ushered in 41,094 Iraqi nationals from there… House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul called the new policy “a federally sanctioned welcome party to potential terrorists.” [1] – source

INTENSE HATRED OF ISRAEL AND NETANYAHU

There has never been a president of the U.S. who has been as hateful, disrespectful and shown as much disdain for Israel and her leader like this president. He doesn’t even attempt to hide this hatred. My words here pale in comparison to God’s Holy Word:

“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3 (KJV)

The United States of America is now cursed by God because of this president.

THE END OF THE U.S.

If Obama is not removed from office for high treason and for aiding and abetting the enemies of the United States, then we can expect that our country will be taken over by Islamists, and what we see happening in the Middle East, WILL happen here.

Even countries in the region, including Egypt, are alarmed at the actions of Barack Obama. Elsisi of Egypt knows full well that BHO had a hand in the so-called “Arab Spring.” They know that Obama is close friends with Mohamed Morsi — the ousted and imprisoned Muslim Brotherhood leader. There are even law suits in Egypt against our president!

GOD IS IN CONTROL

As much as I despise what I see happening in the U.S., because I believe that the Word of God is true, and that His prophecies will ALL be fulfilled, I realize that what is happening here must be part of the plan.

As Christians, we should still speak out against evil!

MARANATHA!

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Sign Of Judgment? Total Solar Eclipse On March 20th Falls In The Middle Of The Four Blood Red Moons

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The total solar eclipse on March 20th falls on Nisan 1, which is the first day of the first month of the Biblical calendar. According to Jewish tradition, a solar eclipse on Nisan 1 is a sign of judgment. And this has certainly been true in the past. For example, there was a solar eclipse on Nisan 1 in 70 AD. Later that year, the Romans attacked Jerusalem and completely destroyed the Temple. What makes all of this even more interesting is the fact that the solar eclipse on March 20th falls right in the middle of the blood moon tetrad, and it also happens to fall during the Shemitah year. If you are not a believer, you may be tempted to dismiss all of this as some sort of extremely bizarre coincidence. If you are a believer, you also might be skeptical. But by the end of this article, at least you will understand what so many people are talking about right now. (Read More…)


Not again! Meet Obama’s new controversial pastor

Rev. Jim Wallis, a member of President Obama’s “faith council” who is described as a spiritual adviser to the president, is a socialist activist who has championed communist causes and previously labeled the U.S. “the great captor and destroyer of human life.”

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After bashing Netanyahu, top Obama aide Rice to address AIPAC

In a bid to ease soaring tensions with Israel over a potential Iran nuclear deal, the White House has decided against snubbing America’s leading pro-Israel lobby and will send President Barack Obama’s national security adviser and UN ambassador to address its annual policy conference.

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Obama Threatens Immigration Officials Who Don’t Comply With Executive Amnesty

President Obama sent a strong message to illegal immigrants counting on the legality of his executive actions on immigration reform at a Wednesday town hall. He said that the Texas ruling against him was only temporary and that he would hold immigration officials accountable to his directives.

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Feds to Ban Popular Ammo; NRA Rips Obama’s Anti-Gun Agenda

A federal proposal that would ban M855 AR-15 green tip ammo by revoking its “armor-piercing” exemption was revealed earlier this month, angering the National Rifle Association and conservatives across the board.

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Government Takeover of the Internet Begins

Good-bye free speech . . .

In a vote along party lines, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved what amounts to a government takeover of the Internet. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his fellow Democrats, Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel, approved placing the Internet under Title II regulations. They will reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service, and regulate Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like utility companies, or “common carriers,” rather than “information services” that remain outside the agency’s regulatory power.

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White House Officials: Netanyahu Most Serious Threat to Iran Deal

Americans should prepare themselves for the most serious judgment on America since 9/11 . . .

Quoting senior US officials, The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House’s hostility to Netanyahu is borne out by the fact that President Obama views Netanyahu as the most serious threat to his efforts to secure an agreement with the Iranians on their nuclear program.

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The fatal flaw in the Iran deal – Krauthammer

By Charles Krauthammer

Then it got worse: News leaked Monday of the elements of a “sunset clause.” President Obama had accepted the Iranian demand that any restrictions on its program be time-limited. After which, the mullahs can crank up their nuclear program at will and produce as much enriched uranium as they want.

Sanctions lifted. Restrictions gone. Nuclear development legitimized.

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ISIS, Iran Are Agents of ‘Apocalyptic Islam’ Paving Way for ‘Islamic Messiah – Joel Rosenberg

“We are not simply facing a threat from radical Islam. At the core, we are actually facing something even worse,” Rosenberg told The Christian Post on Wednesday. “We face the threat of apocalyptic Islam. For the first time in human history, we now are faced with two nation-states whose leaders are driven by an end-of-the-world [theology].”

Rosenberg contends that Iran’s purpose for wanting to build up its nuclear arms program is so that it can one day destroy Israel and the United States in order to pave the path for the coming of the “Mahdi” (Islamic Messiah).

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End Times Prophecy Is Unfolding Right Before Our Eyes

Do we really need the newspaper or online news websites any longer? As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, and loving His holy Word, can we not just read Scripture to know the world news? This is one of many amazing things we get from the Word, and that is knowing what will happen before it happens!

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“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

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Our Time is Short

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


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February 27, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Blogroll Collection

The Daily Discovery (February 27, 2015)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Getting Specific With Sarah Young and Ann Voskamp – “It dawned on me this past week while listening to a sermon by Alistair Begg on the Second Commandment that both Sarah Young and Ann Voskamp trample on the Second Commandment in their books, Jesus Calling and One Thousand Gifts. Both books have been widely popular among women and the men of the church have been dreadfully absent in offering any correction or critique.”

Is the apostate church in our time the scarlet woman? – “When my dad died in 2010 I inherited my grandfather’s Bible. My grandfather was a remarkable man. He was born in 1877 and became a preacher of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in the 1890’s in Indian Territory, which is now Oklahoma. My grandfather preached from this Bible well into the 1950’s. It is full of notes and his own cross-references. However, there is one thing in the bible that no one, apparently, knew was there. It is a letter written to him from one of his sisters, Lucy. It had to have been written to him either in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s since she died around that time. Below is a quote from it that I found especially fitting in light of the present condition of the visible church.”

Moore vs. Moore – “Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, of Ten Commandments fame, is back in the news this month after a US District Court Judge declared Alabama’s ban on Same Sex Marriage unconstitutional. Judge Moore believes the district court has no bearing on Alabama law and ordered the lower courts to not comply with the ruling.”

A Critique of Dr. Peter Enns’ Book The Bible Tells Me So – “What we know of Jesus Christ’s love and grace comes to us through the reliable testimony of God’s Word. That simple and beautiful biblical truth, summed up in the familiar phrase ‘The Bible tells me so’ from the hymn ‘Jesus Loves Me,’ introduces many children to the love of Jesus. This sweet refrain also reminds adults that God’s revelation to us in His Word is the foundation for faith and the ultimate source of truth. A new book capitalizing on the familiar song—The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It by Dr. Peter Enns—is a collection of compromises, written for the layman.”

Contending and Defending – “How do you, and how do we, share the truth about what’s been happening in the modern church in a way that glorifies God? It’s a fine line we all need to walk every day. Today we’re going to talk about the discernment landscape out there, and share our philosophy about why we contend for the faith, and why anyone would want to call themselves a watchman on the wall these days.”


SERMON:

Kevin DeYoung – Do Not Love the World — After Darkness, Light


VIDEOS:

You Shouldn’t Use Apologetics

Jesus is Enough (Sermon Jam)


“If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism but deception.” – John Piper

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Recovering Joy In Seminary

A young man goes to Seminary bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Having sensed God’s call to the ministry, he’s not only excited about preparing for future service but also about growing in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. He expects that the next 3-4 years are going to be some of the best in his life. Fast forward a semester or two, or three, and the eyes are dull and the tail is sagging and dragging.

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6 Rules of Cultural Engagement

Engaging the culture in this way demands great personal conviction. Like Jesus and the apostles, preaching the gospel in word and deed will both lead to you being favored as a helper, and hated as a meddler. It just depends on the issue. Everyone who labors in such work will encounter fear. Comfort and courage will only come from God who has promised that the we are blessed when persecuted, and the gates of hell will not prevail against his church.

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Correctly Understanding Jesus’ Condemnation of the Pharisees

A common idea that people have is that a morally pure person who condemns the impure is self-righteous. To the contrary, such a person would have been made pure by God. If one is in fact impure, but condemns impurity in others, then that of course is hypocrisy, and indeed was what Jesus was condemning in the Gospels. But condemning impurity, even condemning impurity in others, is not necessarily Pharisaical or self-righteous.

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If Everyone Consents, Why Not “50 Shades” or Incest?

As one professor of psychiatry recently wrote, consent is “a very thin and insufficient defense against sexual coercion and sexual abuse.” Why? Because people sometimes consent to things that they are not really comfortable with. Sometimes they even agree to do things that are harmful to them. Sometimes their consent isn’t always informed. There are a number of reasons that consent alone is an insufficient moral criterion, yet the sexual revolutionaries are claiming otherwise.

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Three Hopeful Truths in the Midst of Suffering

As I sat in the chair with various instruments in my mouth and unappealing sounds ringing in my ears, I closed my eyes and pictured being at home. I considered that soon this temporary discomfort would be over and I would be back at home, going about my day. In a similar way, afflictions teach us to long for our heavenly home. The longer we live and the more trials we endure, the greater our hope for our eternal dwelling. Losing faith in this world propels us to hope in the world to come. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 encourages us in the midst of suffering:

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Worry & Happiness

From this point of view, the struggles and uncertainty of this present age fizzle out. They don’t go away. But they seem as if one thing to do among many. No longer will they cause the worry monster to rear its head. They become less worrisome. “Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying?” (Matt 6:27). Not even one millimeter.

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Truth and Idolatry: Call Theological Error What It Is

Theological innovation is the fruit of theological rebellion, not biblical Christianity. Or to put it more precisely, theological innovation grows directly from the theologically rebellious. False teaching does not float in abstraction. It always has a face; it always has a mouth. It flows out a defiant heart.

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Openly Gay Athlete Speaks Out After School Calls Homosexuality A Sin

“The release of this statement makes me disappointed because I have never received anything but kind treatment from everyone at this school, and my sexual orientation is no secret. So it took me by surprise,” Varona told Outsports … Erskine is affiliated with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, a small Christian denomination based in the South.

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The Just-World Phenomena and Victim Blaming

But in our attempts to cope, are we turning the tables on the victim and blaming him or her to ease our own discomfort? What scriptures do we have to ignore to do this? Are we in denial? Are we minimizing, excusing, and over-spiritualizing the suffering? Does the victim matter as a person made in the image of God? Or are we dehumanizing the victim by seeing them as merely an example or a display of a theological ideal?

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Conditional faithfulness?

The Bible continually discusses God’s faithfulness and the need for us to have complete faith in Him. But what exactly does the Bible say about the faith we are to have in God? And what about God’s faithfulness? Does His faithfulness extend to all people? All believers unconditionally? Or is God’s faithfulness conditional at […]

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Worry & Happiness

It’s pretty easy to worry when choices confront us. Worry can cripple, wound, or otherwise prevent us from experiencing the joy of our salvation. And sometimes there are no clear answers in the murky world in which we all live.

In 1931, Montagu Norman, the head of the Bank of England, had to decide how to save the economy: would he drop the gold standard and adopt bill economy or keep the gold standard and risk running out of it? Both options were possible, but the stress got to him and Montagu had a nervous breakdown. While vacation, his office made the decision and killed the gold standard. While none of us will have the same responsibility, we can easily fall into the sways of anxiety and depression due to stress, to the crippling effect choices have on us.  

Stress happens and there is no easy escape, but Christians have a unique way to deal with it, overcome it, and live a stable life. At the get-go I want to be clear, some worry is not sin. You need to worry about finances, family, health, and all the rest of life or else you would dive headlong into ruin. But much worry is sin, because it trips into anxiety, and anxiety crushes us into depression, and depression makes us the walking dead.

So what happens when you don’t know what to do and just want to do what is right, and how do you overcome much worry, anxiety, and depression due to this?

I’d like to suggest that you will overcome much worry by practicing righteousness–that you walk by the Spirit–and your answer will come and your worry will die. By doing before knowing, and by doing before feeling, you are freed up to live the happy life, and when you are happy, worrisome decisions seem so much less debilitating.

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10 Ways to Read Your Community

By Chuck Lawless

I have the privilege of hanging out with missionaries, men and women who have learned how to exegete their communities in order to proclaim the gospel in contextualized and relevant ways. I also hang out with local church leaders, though, who often know far too little about the communities they serve. Here are ten ways to “read” your community:

  1. Do a demographic study. I doubt this option is surprising, but I’m amazed by the high percentage of church leaders who don’t know current data about the people in their ministry area. As a church consultant, I often quiz leaders based on our company’s demographic findings – and seldom have I met leaders who know their community well.
  2. Talk to public school officials and teachers. Few people in a community see the reality of life like teachers do. Some daily see the products of crippling poverty, broken homes, and poor choices. Others work with students whose successful families have little need for God. Let these teachers give you a glimpse into the lives around you.
  3. Get to know local government officials. Even if you disagree politically with the leaders, develop friendships with them; you need to know these influencers in your community. They can be reservoirs of information about past community struggles, current needs, and future plans. Plus, they will likely need a pastor at some point in their own lives.
  4. Intentionally spend one day per week in the community. Eat in the restaurants. Visit the local stores. Read in the library. Study at the coffee shop. Volunteer in the school system. Prayerwalk the downtown area. Get out of your office into the community, and what may sound like a wasted day can become pivotal in your ministry.
  5. Talk with other church leaders. Church leaders often offer years of community experience and knowledge, but too many local church shepherds never get to know each other. Competition, distrust, and “lone ranger” mentalities keep us disconnected. Push against those tendencies, and invite a veteran pastor to lunch. Find out what obstacles other churches are facing in reaching your community.
  6. Read your community’s history. Even if no one has written a full history, many communities have published at least a brief record of their story. Learning that story will not only help you understand the history better, but it will also show others your interest in being a genuine part of the community.
  7. Ride with a police officer. Officers who have been in the community for some time will know the streets well. They may not use this language, but they know the sin strongholds in a region. Hang out with an officer for even one shift, and you may see more of your community than you have ever seen.
  8. Interview people. Walk the streets, and interview people about the community’s needs. Question them about their own spiritual walk. Discover how they define “success.” Ask how churches might make a difference in the community. Just talk to people with intentionality – while you listen and learn.
  9. Map your faith community. As a church leader, you should know the area where your church folks live. Using a paper map or a computerized process, map the homes of your regular attenders. See where God has already placed believers, and build on that foundation. Find the “holes” where your church has no testimony, and go there. Pray. Look for ministry opportunities. Extend your witness.
  10. “Prayer-drive” the community. Begin to use your driving time to see the area with God’s eyes. Pray for Christian congregations that meet in buildings you pass. Watch for places of worship for other world faiths, and pray others will hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Be alert for, and pray for, people caught in addictive bondages, abusive relationships, and sinful lifestyles. Watch and pray more intentionally as you drive, and your burden for your community will grow.

What other ways to “read” your community do you recommend?


Chuck Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary. You can connect with Dr. Lawless on both Twitter and Facebook.

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Catching Up on A Pile Of Stuff on Today’s Dividing Line

Had a ton of articles in Evernote to catch up on, including a bunch the continued crusade of the LGBT revisionists to demand Christianity change its fundamental beliefs so that they can feel better, and the fundamental degradation of our culture in promoting human autonomy (hmm—isn’t that a theological issue too?).  Then I moved on to some interactions with Roman Catholics, read a section on Mary in response to a Roman Catholic article, etc.  Wide range of topics today to be sure!

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 NEW PODCAST: Cult Evangelism In the Church

Radio Interview with Cindy Hartline of Love For The truth Radio

The following text is part of the description from a recent Interview that I did with radio show host Cindy Hartline, of Philadelphia’s Love For The Truth Radio.

  • Is My Church Acting Like A Cult? Have some seemly “Bible believing Churches” become Cults?  Many people have been hurt by these type of churches because of their cult-like operation and attitude…Read more

Some of the topics that Cindy and I discussed include:

  • Introduction to Cult-Evangelism
  • The Evangelizing of cultic belief systems
  • Hindrances of discerning and leaving cults
  • False gospels being taught

By way of illustration, we also discussed the tragic and ungodly merchandising of the body of Christ that is taking place through the endless sale of occult, mystical and heretical literature found in many so-called “Christian” bookstores.

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I do hope that these audio links can be of help to you. We are certainly living at a time when earnestly contending for the Christian faith (Jude 3) is increasingly unpopular, and quote a few of the trusted discernment ministires are either compromising, or the Lord is graciously taking His Watchman home, one-by-one!  Please pray for our ministry and the resources to carry on as there is much that goes on behind the scenes that greatly hinders us – and many others – from time-to-time.

Chris Lawson, Director
Spiritual Research Network


Our Time is Short

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


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The biggest threat now is not Radical Islam. It is “Apocalyptic Islam.” Let me explain. (Excerpts from my address to the National Religious Broadcasters Convention)

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(Nashville, Tennessee) — Yesterday, the Christian Post published the following article: “ISIS, Iran Are Agents of ‘Apocalyptic Islam’ Paving Way for ‘Islamic Messiah,’ Says NYT Bestselling Author.” I hope you will take a few moments to read it and consider the analysis.

Last night, I discussed this subject in more detail at the closing dinner of the National Religious Broadcasters convention. Here are excerpts from those remarks. I also promised to post stunning research data on the End Times beliefs of Muslims from a 2012 Pew Research Center study. You will find those numbers below.

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THE THREAT OF “APOCALYPTIC ISLAM”

The threat we face is not simply from Radical Islam. Indeed, it not even primarily from Radical Islamic groups like Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and al Qaeda at this hour, as serious as these threats are.

The most serious threat we face in the Middle East and…

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The Cripplegate: Looking to the Summit: Mohler on Inerrancy

Inerrancy SummitIt’s hard to believe that Shepherds’ Conference is next week. For those of us who have the privilege of being around Grace Community Church all year round, it’s difficult to capture the sense of anticipation that’s been brewing over the last 15 months or so. It really is like Christmastime over here, and it’s such a privilege to witness that enthusiasm—from the leadership to the nearly 1200 volunteers (!) that will be serving the men who attend this historic event.

And historic it will be, as the 2015 Shepherds’ Conference is, more precisely, the Inerrancy Summit. Sixteen—count ‘em: sixteen—of the most trusted voices in evangelicalism will join Pastor John MacArthur for an unprecedented marathon of eighteen sessions of devotion to the inerrancy of Scripture. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait. If you’re not able to join us next week, do make sure to watch by livestream. It’s an event you won’t want to miss.

In the spirit of next week, then, I wanted to post something today on the topic of inerrancy. Several months ago, I read the then-recently released Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy, intrigued to know what the other three views (i.e., besides inerrancy and errancy) would be. Turns out there really aren’t more than two views, but such is the nature of things.

I thought the book was really helpful in singling out key issues that need to be addressed today. As you might have expected, I most appreciated Al Mohler’s contribution, in which he presents and defends the church’s historic position on the inerrancy, infallibility, authority, and sufficiency of Scripture—i.e., the view most clearly articulated in the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. Today, I want to share some quotes and notes from that chapter, with the hope of priming the pump for next week’s Summit.

Some are just direct quotes from Mohler that are helpful and incisive. Others are my own thoughts as I spring-boarded from what I read. They’re broken down by the chapter headings and page numbers are provided. Quotes are indented, with any of my comments below, flush left.

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Clinton Foundation receives millions in donations from regimes that repress women

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What difference does foreign policy make? What difference does foreign policy make?

This is from the leftist Washington Post, of all places.

They write:

The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday.

Most of the contributions were possible because of exceptions written into the foundation’s 2008 agreement, which included limits on foreign-government donations.

The agreement, reached before Clinton’s nomination amid concerns that countries could use foundation donations to gain favor with a Clinton-led State Department, allowed governments that had previously donated money to continue making contributions at similar levels.

The new disclosures, provided in response to questions from The Washington Post, make clear that the 2008 agreement did not prohibit foreign countries with interests before the U.S. government from giving money to the charity closely linked to…

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Responding to Non-Inerrancy Challenges

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settingitstraightI noted in a previous post that when I began blogging back 2005, one of the first blog duels I had was with a Unitarian heretic who was challenging the doctrine of inerrancy.

Come to find out the fellow had some friends who rushed to his side during our debate, I mean, dialog. I took a number of their challenges and responded to them in a couple of follow up posts for my blog.

I thought I would re-edit and remaster the material and combine them into this one post.

If God had so desired the Bible to be inerrant, there would be no flaws in the copies. Why would there be?

My detractor apparently does not understand the nature of the “errors” in question. He is making the assumption copyist errors have a detrimental impact on the message of Scripture. That they either cause God’s revelation to be clouded…

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