Daily Archives: February 25, 2015

February 25, 2014 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Report

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February 22 Quotes


Feb. 25, 2015

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President Obama heads to Miami tonight for a town hall meeting on immigration while a political fight over funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security comes down to the wire as it is linked to efforts to defeat President Obama’s executive order on immigration.

Since Hillary Clinton last ran for president eight years ago, something unexpected has happened in America: Feminism became chic. Celebrities like Beyoncé and Taylor Swift embrace the label as part of their brand. Beauty companies hawk their products with messages of female empowerment. And rising female politicians have made fighting sexual assault a key part of their campaigns. Now, the Clinton brand is getting in on the trend.

Spencer Zwick, the man who helped Mitt Romney raise half a billion dollars in his unsuccessful 2012 presidential run, says Hillary Clinton is poised to rake in more than three times that amount in the 2016 campaign. “Hillary Clinton is going to have $2 billion dollars, or at least from my calculation $1.7 billion if you look at the various entities.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday praised a jury’s conviction of the man accused of killing Chris Kyle, the subject of the blockbuster film American Sniper. The convicted killer, former Marine Eddie Ray Routh, will be sentenced to life without parole.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who breezed into City Hall four years ago, fell short of winning a majority against four opponents and will face Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in an April 7 runoff.

Pacific Investment Management Co. is facing an emerging-markets exodus. The fixed-income powerhouse is seeing unprecedented client defections from its developing-nation mutual funds as poorly timed investments and below-average returns catch up with the firm.

T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and other chains owned by TJX Cos. will be increasing the pay of U.S. workers to at least $9 an hour beginning in June. That matches the level adopted by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. earlier this month.

Southwest Airlines Co., the world’s biggest operator of Boeing Co. 737 jets, said it can continue flying 128 aircraft while catching up on missed inspections on the planes’ rudders.

New homes in the U.S. sold at a faster pace than forecast in January, a sign of stabilization in the housing industry. The 481,000 houses purchased last month at an annualized pace were little changed from a more than six-year high of 482,000 in December.

AP Top Stories

North Korea appears poised to expand its nuclear program over the next five years and in a worst case scenario could possess 100 atomic arms by 2020, US researchers warned.

A woman sent to Georgia’s death row for the murder of her husband is due to die by lethal injection on Wednesday, the first time in 70 years the state would execute a female prisoner.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard launched large-scale naval and air defense drills near a strategic Gulf waterway in which dozens of speedboats swarmed a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier.

Thirteen out of 30 residents who have stayed at two Portland, Maine homeless shelters the longest have at least $20,000 in their bank accounts, while one resident has $161,000 in liquid assets.

Kurdish militia pressed a big offensive against Islamic State in northeast Syria on Wednesday, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mounted for dozens of Christians abducted by the hardline group that recently beheaded 21 Egyptian Copts.

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said the military was gaining the upper hand against Boko Haram, despite two bombings in the country’s north that killed at least 27.

Royal Caribbean has released new details on its next vessel, announcing that the third iteration of its Oasis-Class vessels will be named Harmony of the Seas. When complete, the latest behemoth aims to be the largest cruise ship in the world, measuring 2.15 meters longer, 5.5 meters wider, and 2,418 gross tons heavier than the current titleholder, sister ship Allure of the Seas.

A healthy 26-year-old man in Texas who suffered a heart attack might be able to blame his condition on his daily habit of drinking energy drinks, according to a new report of the case.

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The US offered an unprecedented reward for information leading to the arrest of a Russian hacker, charged with major cybercrime theft.

Jamaica’s parliament decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

South Africa’s budget raised taxes and cut spending as the government tries to restore growth to an economy hit by power shortages and strikes.

Hundreds of climbers forced to abandon Everest expeditions after last year’s avalanche want to know if they can try again with the same permits.

Foreign investors may have to pay large fees before buying Australian residential real estate or businesses, the government announces.

A study of Australian smokers suggests the death risk may be much higher than thought – up to two in every three smokers, not one in two.

The European Commission approved proposals for a single European market in the supply, purchase and consumption of energy.

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Fox News Channel senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano says the Obama administration’s efforts to regulate the Internet constitute a major infringement upon freedom of speech, but he believes the new plan will get struck down in court for lack of transparency.

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.


This Is The Biggest Problem Facing The World Today: 9 Countries Have Debt-To-GDP Over 300%

Fundamentally it comes down to whether one thinks one can get something for nothing. If it has been your experience that something can actually be gotten for nothing, no work, no money, no “other people’s money,” no blood, then congratulations. You live in an easier world than the rest of us. If however you are inclined to think that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, then perhaps you should be concerned about the piles of sovereign debt stretching into the wispy stratosphere.

The stakes are now so high for the proponents of central bank debt creation that even if they saw the error of their ways (unlikely) they will still run us off a cliff if unchecked.

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Why Does Maryland Have The Most Millionaires Per Capita? The Answer Might Make You Angry

The fat cats in Washington D.C. are living the high life, and they are doing it at your expense. Over the past decade, there has been one area of the country which has experienced a massive economic boom. Thanks to wildly out of control government spending, the Washington D.C. region is absolutely swimming in cash. In fact, at this point the state of Maryland has the most millionaires per capita in the entire nation and it isn’t even close. If you have never lived there, it is hard to describe what the D.C. area is like. Every weekday morning, hordes of lawyers, lobbyists and government bureaucrats descend upon D.C. from the surrounding suburbs. And at the end of the day, the process goes in reverse. Everyone is just trying to get their piece of the pie, and it is a pie that just keeps on growing as government salaries, government contracts and government giveaways just get larger and larger. Of course our founders never intended for this to happen. They wanted a very small and simple federal government. Sadly, today we have the most bloated central government in the history of the planet and it gets worse with each passing year. (Read More….)


Janet Yellen Is Freaking Out About ‘Audit The Fed’ – Here Are 100 Reasons Why She Should Be

Janet Yellen is very alarmed that some members of Congress want to conduct a comprehensive audit of the Federal Reserve for the first time since it was created. If the Fed is doing everything correctly, why should Yellen be alarmed? What does she have to hide? During testimony before Congress on Tuesday, she made “central bank independence” sound like it was the holy grail. Even though every other government function is debated politically in this country, Yellen insists that what the Federal Reserve does is “too important” to be influenced by the American people. Does any other government agency ever dare to make that claim? But of course the Federal Reserve is not a government agency. It is a private banking cartel that has far more power over our money and our economy than anyone else does. And later on in this article I am going to share with you dozens of reasons why Congress should shut it down. (Read More...)


The Big Story for the month of Adar is ‘America lies’

The Big Story today is how the current US Administration lies. But the lies politicians tell are usually not entirely lies. They’re more like half-lies—or, more accurately, half-truths. This Administration doesn’t do that. It doesn’t play with half-truths. It plays with lies.

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CIA Insider Breaks Silence on Global Currency Wars

In a startling interview he reveals that all 16 U.S. Intelligence Agencies have begun to prepare for World War III.

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Daily Digest

February 25, 2015   

THE FOUNDATION

“A question arises whether all the powers of government, legislative, executive, and judicial, shall be left in this body? I think a people cannot be long free, nor ever happy, whose government is in one assembly.” –John Adams, Thoughts On Government, 1776

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Congress to Attempt to Override Keystone Veto

Yesterday, Barack Obama whipped out his Cross Townsend roller-ball pen and vetoed authorization of the Keystone XL pipeline. In his veto message, Obama wrote, “[B]ecause this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety, and environment — it has earned my veto.” Obama vetoed Keystone for all the wrong reasons. First, he’s arguing that Congress is infringing on the power of the executive branch — ironic, considering Obama’s recent politicking over immigration. Second, this veto is the pet crusade of ecofascists. It’s clear Obama bent his ear to their lobbying efforts. Finally, a Keystone veto only means less security, as oil is shipped by rail to meet the demand. Freight trains derail. Oil gets spilled and boom: Environmental disaster. Now the bill is back in Congress, where Republican leadership will need to court Democrats to override Obama’s veto. Already, four Democrat senators promised to vote with Republicans.

Justice for Chris Kyle

On Feb. 2, 2013, famed Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a Patriot from Texas and author of the book “American Sniper” on which the movie of the same name is based, and his colleague Chad Littlefield were murdered in Texas. On Tuesday, a little over two years after the tragic slaying, a verdict was rendered. “It took an Erath County, Texas, jury less than two hours to convict Eddie Ray Routh of capital murder,” Fox News reported. “State District Judge Jason Cashon sentenced Routh to life in prison without the possibility of parole.” Routh pleaded not-guilty by reason of insanity, which proved unsuccessful. According to Fox, “[P]rosecutors said … that whatever episodes Routh suffers are self-induced through alcohol and marijuana abuse.” District Attorney Jane Starnes argued, “That is not insanity. That is just cold, calculated capital murder.” In the end, the jury agreed, and Routh will now spend the rest of his life behind bars. There’s no bringing back Chris Kyle, but there’s at least some consolation knowing his murder won’t go unpunished.

Even Holder Can’t Pin Civil Rights Violations on Zimmerman

Nearly three years to the day since George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in what was ruled self-defense, the Obama Justice Department finally admitted its investigation found “insufficient evidence” to charge Zimmerman with violating Martin’s civil rights. Attorney General Eric Holder grudgingly conceded the evidence didn’t meet the “high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution,” though he insisted we “continue the dialogue” about racial tension. Holder, Barack Obama and the usual suspects of professional racial grievance immediately seized on Martin’s death as a platform for their brand of “social justice.” That included Obama’s infamous pronouncement, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” But attempting to make him a poster boy for “hate crimes” diverts attention from a terribly inconvenient truth: A grossly disproportionate number of murder victims in any year are black men, women and children — about 9,000 annually. And most of these victims are murdered by other blacks — with only a handful of cases that might be associated with racism. More…

The Welcome Mat for Muslims

Barack Obama’s Summit on Countering Violent Extremism went over about as well as one might expect from an administration determined to deny the truth regarding that extremism’s origins. But the problem is much worse than just semantics. Paul Sperry writes at Investor’s Business Daily, “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. Now the State Department says it will quadruple the number of refugees brought here from Syria, where IS is headquartered.” Perhaps many or most of these people are truly refugees. But maybe some are jihadis looking for an American gun-free zone to attack. It’s clear that combining Obama’s immigration policies with his views on national security is dangerous, and it could have dire implications for our nation. More…

A Stupid Deal With Iran

Barack Obama once claimed his foreign policy was based on the principle, “Don’t do stupid s—.” Well, here is one of the most egregiously stupid ideas in recent memory: The U.S. is reportedly considering accepting a deal with Iran that would simply kick the can down the road by a decade or so, allowing Iran to continue its nuclear developments in the meantime and even allowing for reduced restrictions toward the end of the agreement period. (John Kerry, of course, denies the report.) Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, displaying a keen mastery of the obvious, said any such deal would require highly intrusive inspections to verify Iran was meeting the deal’s terms. Perhaps fellow State Department deep thinker Marie Harf could explain to him that we are in this mess precisely because Iran has refused to live up to its previous intrusive inspection requirements under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. After 12 years of lying, cheating, hiding facilities, hindering inspectors, etc., now we’re supposed to believe Iran will agree to a new deal’s inspection terms? Despite all the technical arguments and political dynamics, the problem is a very simple one. Iran is obligated under the Non-Proliferation Treaty to give the International Atomic Energy Agency full, unrestricted access to inspect and verify Iran’s peaceful use of nuclear energy. Iran has refused to do so for more than a decade, openly dismissing the IAEA’s authority and even more openly mocking the UN’s ability to force Iran to comply. Pretending the previous 12 years never happened and accepting Iran’s word that this time it really, truly means it when it pledges to accept intrusive inspections is the very definition of “doing stupid s—.”

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

Cue the GOP Immigration Disaster

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It’s been less than 100 days since the Republican Party won Congress in the midterm elections. And in that time, it has garnered Barack Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline and a fight over immigration that could gridlock Congress for the rest of the legislative session.

On Feb. 27, the Department of Homeland Security will run out of money and partially shut down if Congress doesn’t reauthorize its budget. But Senate Democrats are blocking the vote because Republicans tied the issue to funding DHS, the department tasked with discharging Obama’s unconstitutional executive actions legalizing five million illegals — or as the administration now calls them, “Americans-in-waiting.”

Three times Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought forward a bill to fund DHS but defund Obama’s immigration policies. Three times Senate Democrats covered for their president, blocking even the consideration of the bill, in order to show how the GOP is frozen with infighting.

If DHS is funded fully as Democrats want, then Obama continues his executive reign unchecked. If the GOP stands its ground, Democrats will score a political victory, as DHS would shut down and the Leftmedia talkingheads would skewer the GOP for it. Obama’s plan was shrewd.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen took some of the peril out of the legislative process when he issued an injunction last week halting the implementation of Obama’s rulemaking. With the cost of failure high, Republicans no longer have to halt Obama through the legislative process.

Obama has sworn he’ll fight anything that undermines his polices. In an opinion piece he wrote for The Hill, he audaciously called the check on his abuse of power “partisan disagreement over my actions.”

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice appealed the court ruling, and DHS hinted it would make this partial shutdown as painful as possible. While government employees tasked with the security of this nation can’t leave their posts, they won’t get paid. No word yet on what Obama would shutter — White House tours and the World War II Memorial are not under DHS jurisdiction.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson warned that terrorists want to attack America — specifically mentioning Minnesota’s Mall of America. “I am not telling people to not go to the mall,” he said. “I think there needs to be an awareness. There needs to be vigilance.” Yes, the jihadi threat to America is real, but Johnson is helping Democrats turn the political screws: It sure would be terrible if anything were to happen to America when partisan Republicans are holding up DHS money.

But yet a broad coalition of people stand against Obama, his immigration policies and a clean DHS funding bill. While Obama has his executive branch and Democrat senators, the opposition consists of the majority of Congress, 26 states and a Texas judge.

Democrats have done all they can do until Feb. 27, so now it’s time for a Republican power play.

McConnell introduced legislation separating the congressional response to Obama’s executive amnesty from DHS funding. He told the Senate, “Some Democrats give the impression they want Congress to address the overreach. But when they vote, they always seem to have an excuse for supporting actions they once criticized. So I’m going to begin proceedings on targeted legislation that would only address the most recent overreach from November. It isn’t tied to DHS’ funding. It removes their excuse.”

By untying the two issues, McConnell hopes to pick off a few Democrat votes. That may work, but he’ll also probably lose a few from his own party — especially in the House. And Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced he won’t agree to the bill he wants unless House Speaker John Boehner does too.

Again, because the judge in Texas temporarily blocked the implementation of Obama’s immigration decrees, the strategy can change. No longer is DHS funding a hill on which Republicans have to die. Republicans have two more years of rule. And then there’s 2016. What the party does in the next few months will demonstrate to the nation what a conservative president will look like in Congress.

Republicans have three days. Here’s what they should do:

  • Don’t own DHS failures. Currently, the Department of Homeland Security is firmly Obama’s responsibility. Any mistake in that organization is a mistake that comes back to him. But if it’s defunded, it becomes a Republican problem. Let Obama’s problems be Obama’s problems.
  • Hang together. House Republicans want Obama’s immigration diktats defunded and his power grab curtailed. So do we. But McConnell is the prime minister of Congress and he has to deal with a strong Democrat resistance. He needs realistic compromise if Obama is going to be checked. Republicans need a unified front with a smart strategy, not a suicide mission. So far that hasn’t been the case.

Conservatives have already blocked Obama’s executive amnesty through the courts. But, unfortunately, congressional Republicans don’t have a good option for winning the DHS funding fight. And the longer they drag it out, the worse it becomes.

The Virtues of Marco Rubio

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Marco Rubio began his race for the Republican presidential nomination with a bang by snagging Jim Merrill, Mitt Romney’s top campaign aide in both of his presidential bids. Though the cat’s out of the bag, Rubio’s not expected to formally announce until April.

In joining the first-term senator from Florida, Merrill declared, “What Mitt [Romney] said is right. It’s time for the next generation of Republican leadership.” Merrill called Rubio the “most exciting candidate in the field.” He continued, “I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t think he could win. He knows … [how to] engage voters, do town halls, run personal door-to-door campaigns. I’ve never seen a more talented guy.”

Rubio, the son of naturalized Cuban immigrants, would be the first Latino Republican candidate. That in itself should warm the cockles of establishment-type GOP hearts. And make no mistake — Republicans must improve with minorities.

Bright, articulate and energetic, Rubio served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, eventually being elected speaker in 2006. In 2009, he ran against Charlie Crist in the Florida senatorial primary. Beginning as an underdog, Rubio climbed the polls quickly and won the primary. Crist then ran as an independent, but Rubio beat him again in a three-way race.

In his first term as a U.S. senator, Rubio has authored, introduced or co-sponsored more bills than many of his senior colleagues, and he’s established himself as a substantial cultural and fiscal conservative.

Rubio’s major obstacle in his quest for the nomination may be fellow Floridian Jeb Bush, the man rallying GOP elites. With the establishment behind the former Sunshine State governor and with his own family’s connections, Bush has many wealthy donors already committed to him.

By comparison, Rubio has so far won the backing of George Seay, a Texas financier who supported Gov. Rick Perry in 2012, and Norman Braman, a car dealer billionaire and philanthropist. He was well received at a gathering of donors the Koch brothers put together and will likely win yet more support. But he’s still David to Bush’s Goliath.

His pitch is that he’s the right messenger (an eloquent, young, Cuban-American who can appeal to a diverse array of voters) with the right message (an optimistic plan for American exceptionalism, born of his personal story) for the 21st century.

Rubio espouses conservative cultural and fiscal conservative values — he’s pro-life, pro-religious freedom and pro-Second Amendment. He opposes same-sex marriage and recreational marijuana use. He wants to limit the growth of federal spending via a balanced budget amendment and to restore George W. Bush’s tax cuts. He favors helping small business through tax cuts, including capital gains, and promoting research and development in science and technology, including bringing the moribund space program back to life.

In his senatorial race, Rubio was the Tea Party candidate, and he probably can still expect substantial Tea Party support, even with several candidates competing for that backing.

Some pundits compare Rubio to Barack Obama’s running against a party favorite. Virtually no one knew Obama, so running against Hillary Clinton was risible. She was so far ahead in the polls that his candidacy seemed quixotic. But despite Hillary’s seeming popularity, many Democrats didn’t want a Clinton dynasty. Obama knew it, and he was able to out-charisma Hillary for the nomination.

In most respects, there’s no similarity between Rubio and Obama, but the comparison stands up on one point. Like Obama, Rubio is young and has a popular message, so with a few dozen stump speeches the polls could begin to swing. And average Republicans are leery of a Bush dynasty. Then again, this analogy discounts the several other candidates who have their own sizable followings — something Obama did not face.

Rubio presents himself and his family as being winners because of American exceptionalism — a word conservatives ache to hear again from their president. Unlike the current Oval Office occupant, Rubio exudes patriotism. His parents came from Cuba, escaping poverty and seeking opportunity, and they found it in America. We need a leader who can show us that this great nation will revive economically, will destroy ISIL and will begin to reverse its cultural decline. Maybe Rubio can do it.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

British economist Harold J. Laski (1893-1950): “The only real security for social well-being is the free exercise of men’s minds.”

Columnist Ben Shapiro: “Democrats have for years been questioning the decency of Republicans as human beings. During the Obamacare rollout, President Obama accused Republicans of wanting to deprive people of healthcare; he openly accused President George W. Bush of being ‘unpatriotic’ for raising the national debt. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that Republicans are ‘indifferent’ to hungry and poor children. Anyone who opposes any aspect of President Obama’s agenda has been deemed a racist. The point here is not the media’s double standard, which is egregious but unchangeable. The point is that this perception of Republicans has pervaded the public arena. Republicans’ fundamental burden is not explaining to the American people that Democrats are great people, but wrong on policy. Their great burden is overcoming the generalized perception that they are money-grubbing Snidely Whiplashes bent on strapping widows and orphans to the train tracks. You cannot overcome that perception by ardently pleading that the very folks who call you racist, sexist, homophobic bigots are well-intentioned but incompetent.”

Columnist Michelle Malkin: “The Department of Homeland Security refuses to release a report on ‘right-wing’ terrorism that somehow found its way into CNN’s hands last week during the farcical White House summit on Don’t Say Islamic Extremism. Your tax dollars are once again hard at work – defaming conservatives, deflecting from worldwide murderous jihad and denying the public access to information they funded. CNN splashed the big scoop on its website: ‘DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat.’ The fear-mongering piece featured a huge map of 24 alleged acts of ‘violence by sovereign citizen extremists since 2010.’ … When I asked DHS public affairs officer S.Y. Lee for the document, he told me it’s ‘not for public release’ because it’s ‘an FOUO document (for official use only). Same as many DHS products to law enforcement.’ I asked whether CNN now qualifies as ‘law enforcement.’ No response.”

Comedian Conan O’Brien: “During her Oscar acceptance speech, Patricia Arquette called for equal pay for women. Then Oprah stood up and said, ‘She’s right, I can’t live like this. I can’t take another second of this living hell.'”

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Oregon state senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward calls for government to physically violate children by force with vaccine mandate echoing Nazi crimes against humanity

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 07:13 AM PST

Oregon state senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward calls for government to physically violate children by force with vaccine mandate echoing Nazi crimes against humanity

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The Book of Ecclesiastes tells us that history inevitably repeats itself!  and this could be a terrifying reality for Oregonians who are about to find themselves living in a bona fide medical police state if State Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward gets her way. She’s spearheading changes to state law that would eliminate philosophical and religious exemptions for vaccines, thereby forcing all parents to have their children physically violated with extremely toxic substances still used in vaccines: mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and monosodium glutamate — all still used in vaccines as openly admitted by the CDC. Nazi fascism is deeply rooted in the belief that the state owns your body — a belief now shared by Sen. Steiner Hayward. Under the banner of “science,” Nazi scientists readily endorsed all the following “medical science” policies while claiming they were all necessary for the “greater good of society.” Are we witnessing the rise of another Holocaust and a ruthless dictator that will control the masses thru the Media, Healthcare, and etc? time will definitely say and I believe it will be very Soon! Check out more of this story above. HERE

 

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ISIS Kidnaps 150 from Predominantly Christian Area of SyriaPosted: 25 Feb 2015 06:59 AM PST

ISIS Kidnaps 150 from Predominantly Christian Area of SyriaUPDATE – Yesterday we reported that 90 Christians were reportedly kidnapped by the Islamic State in Syria but now we are learning that the number of kidnapped is more like 150 people that have been kidnapped by the barbaric Islamic group ISIS in what is being reported as a predominantly Christian area of Syria.  “We have verified at least 150 people who have been abducted from sources on the ground,” Bassam Ishak, President of the Syriac National Council of Syria, told Reuters. The White House and President Obama remain silent about this horrific atrocity!  Members of ISIS launched the door-to-door abduction in the early hours on Monday, taking residents captive throughout villages along the south bank of the Khabur River. Another 3,000 in the north of the river fled for their lives, taking refuge in Hassakeh and Qamishli. FULL REPORT

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Winter Storm Remus Takes Aim at South, States of Emergency DeclaredPosted: 25 Feb 2015 06:50 AM PST

Winter Storm Remus Takes Aim at South, States of Emergency Declared

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Here we go again! Relentless Winter Storms continue to pound the U.S as yet another Winter Storm named Remus is forecast to deal yet another wintry blow across the South this week, sending governments, schools and families into a scramble to prepare. At least two states — Alabama and Georgia — are declaring a state of emergency. Remus comes on the heels of Winter Storm Quantum, which left the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex a sheet of ice Monday and created accidents on snow-slicked roads during Tuesday’s morning commute from north Georgia into North Carolina. FULL STORY

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US Presbyterian Church Under Heat for Meeting HezbollahPosted: 25 Feb 2015 06:33 AM PST

US Presbyterian Church Under Heat for Meeting HezbollahAs if the Presbyterian Church USA boycotting Israel wasn’t enough, reports are circulating that the group is now having meetings with Hezbollah terrorists. In response to the Presbyterian Church USA’s (PCUSA) decision to divest from American companies doing business with Israel, Shurat Hadin (Israel Law Center) filed a whistleblower action against the organization with the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) over meetings PCUSA held with Hezbollah terrorists.  Following on a resolution passed last July, which led to divestiture of around $21 million of PCUSA’s shares in Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions, Shurat Hadin noted in the 38-page complaint that the group has breached its IRS-declared tax-exempt status as a religious organization. MORE

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Scores of GIANT asteroids on course to hurtle past Earth within the monthPosted: 25 Feb 2015 06:19 AM PST

Scores of GIANT asteroids on course to hurtle past Earth within the monthNASA is sounding the alarm once again over asteroids in close proximity of Earth. The latest comes as scores of giant asteroids are on course to hurtle close to Earth before the end of February, according to latest NASA space data. More than 1km wide these Asteroids would produce catastrophic consequences if any of these Asteroids were to strike the Earth.  Nearly 70 asteroids are on the radar and most are around 100 metres wide, the size of a double decker bus, and would be capable of causing significant damage.  These Monsters travel at up to 70,000 miles an hour, and if any of these were to hit Earth it could “alter life as we know it”!  Plumes of debris thrown into the atmosphere would change the climate making the planet inhabitable for all life including humans. Impact would be catastrophic destroying cities and knocking out transport and communication networks. According to NASA’s Near Earth Object Programme, there are 68 ‘close approaches’ forecast before the end of next month. Source

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Capitalist forces could create ‘uncontrollable’ artificial intelligencePosted: 24 Feb 2015 09:14 PM PST

Capitalist forces could create ‘uncontrollable’ artificial intelligence Could we see a real life I-Robot scenario take place in the future, consisting of rogue Robots threatening the existence of humanity as we know it?A leading scientists has warned that artificial intelligence (AI) needs to develop human emotion if humanity is to avoid the potential existential threat posed by machines capable of consciousness. Computers that are “human-like” will be capable of empathy and moral reasoning, therefore reducing the risk of AI turning against humanity, he said. Murray Shanahan, professor of cognitive robotics at Imperial College London, cautioned against “capitalist forces” developing AI without any sense of morality, arguing it could lead to potentially “uncontrollable military technologies.” MORE

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Did Netanyahu Lie About Iran’s Nuclear Capability?Posted: 24 Feb 2015 08:47 PM PST

Did Netanyahu Lie About Iran's Nuclear Capability?

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he has drawn on the graphic of a bomb as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

Did Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lie about Iran’s Nuclear Capability? According to leaked spy cables, it has been revealed that Netanyahu lied to the UN about Iran’s nuclear capability, and that the CIA covertly attempted to contact Hamas despite a US ban. The package of cables leaked to Al Jazeera and shared with the Guardian contains exchanges between various intelligence agencies around the world. FULL REPORT

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50+ dead birds found along the waterways in Kapiti, New ZealandPosted: 24 Feb 2015 08:34 PM PST

50+ dead birds found along the waterways in Kapiti, New ZealandMore Animal deaths are being reported as More than 50 dead birds, including ducks, gulls and a shag, had been collected by Kapiti Coast District Council and SPCA staff, following reports from residents and patrols of waterways. An avian epidemiology expert is urging the public to dispose of dead birds and bring sick birds suspected of having avian botulism to a vet.  Massey University veterinary, animal and biomedical sciences associate prof Brett Gartrell said while botulism was possible, it was not the only possible cause for the dead birds. Avian botulism is a toxin caused by a bacteria that lives in rotting vegetation – the same nerve toxin used in botox treatment, he said. When birds eat the toxin they become aggressively paralysed and die because of respiratory failure. ‘ ‘It’s not a nice way to die.” Botulism was difficult to prevent and popped up when least expected but tended to be “tend to be short explosive outbreaks ” A botulism outbreak could pass to pets that eat the dead birds but not humans. MORE

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Dozens Of Dead Sea Lions Litter Malibu Beaches, Unprecedented Year of Strandings expectedPosted: 24 Feb 2015 08:25 PM PST

Dozens Of Dead Sea Lions Litter Malibu Beaches, Unprecedented Year of Strandings expectedIf you’re planning a vacation anytime soon to Malibu, you may not get a breathtaking view of the beach as you expected, because at some local beaches dead sea lions are reportedly being discovered washed ashore by multiple witnesses. While, no one with the California Wildlife Center was available for a comment on Sunday, A recording on the hotline states they’re experiencing an “unprecedented year of sea lion strandings.” The recording continues “due to the high number of reported animals we may not be able to return your call…we may not respond to the animal on the day of report.” NOAA Fisheries says the warmer than average sea surface temperatures may be a factor in the strandings. They say the higher temperatures affect the sea lion’s food. FULL REPORT

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ISIS Burns 8000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in MosulPosted: 24 Feb 2015 08:10 PM PST

ISIS Burns 8000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in MosulThe Mosul public library was torched by ISIS according to latest reports from the Mideast. Among the many thousands of books it housed, more than 8,000 rare old books and manuscripts were burned. The Public library was reportedly burned to the ground by ISIS Militants. They used improvised Notables in Mosul tried to persuade ISIS members to spare the library, but failed. The Mosul Public Library was established in 1921, the same year that saw the birth of the modern Iraq. Among its lost collections were manuscripts from the eighteenth century, Syriac books printed in Iraq’s first printing house in the nineteenth century, books from the Ottoman era, Iraqi newspapers from the early twentieth century and some old antiques like an astrolabe and sand glass used by ancient Arabs. FULL REPORT

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Obama Silent As ISIS Kidnaps And Captures Over 90 Syrian Christians

Islamic Terrorist fighters from ISIS swept through villages in Syria early Monday, and captured as many as 90 Assyrian Christians.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Barack Hussein Obama, who claims to be a Christian, is the very first to stand up for and defend Muslims and Islam. But when Christians are slaughtered by Muslim terror groups like ISIS, he says nothing. Why? To better understand what the answer to that question might be, you need to click here and see.

The villages are located on the banks of the Khabur River, close to the towns of Tal Tamr in Hassakeh province. Control of this territory is split between ISIS and Kurdish fighters.

It is not known what the fate of these Christians will be. ISIS beheaded 21 Coptic Christians just a week ago in Libya. They had been captured in Egypt. Sources say that ISIS may use the latest hostages in a swap with Kurdish fighters.

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In a damning report, ISIS is now calling Christians “Crusaders” after Barack Obama’s ludicrous narrative, recalling the Crusades, and saying that Christians have done evil things in the name of Jesus. What Mr. Obama did NOT say, is that the fighting by the Crusaders was to recapture territory taken by Muslims in the Holy Land. It is becoming clear that these barbaric fighters (ISIS) are taking their orders from the president of the United States.

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“Nuri Kino, the head of the activist group A Demand For Action — which focuses on religious minorities in the Middle East — said the militants took between 70 and 100 Assyrians captive. Kino said his organization based its information on conversations with villagers who fled the onslaught, as well as their relatives.

Kino added that some 3,000 people managed to flee the onslaught and have sought refuge in the cities of Hassakeh and the provincial capital of Qamishli.” source

We can only pray now for our brethren.

 

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Why Is The EU Parliament Building Modeled After The Cursed Tower Of Babel?

The construction of the EU Parliament in the image of the Tower of Babel sends the message that Nimrod had the right philosophy and his Tower of Babel was a good idea.

“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. “ Genesis 11:4,5,9 (KJV)

Recently, we have been writing on a particularly interesting character, the new PM of Greece, Alexis Tsipras. Many Christians are now looking at this man with heightened interest. He seems to embody many of the Biblical descriptions of the coming Antichrist. Time will tell, and we will be watching.

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In this article, I will be reporting on something that I find as interesting as Tsipras himself. We will look at the EU Parliament Building, and more specifically at their building. Ever since it was completed in December of 1999, the EU parliament has raised questions and many eyebrows by its peculiar architecture. Although it is meant to have a modernist look, many say that it was fashioned after Nimrod’s Tower of Babel from the Scriptures.

Why does it look unfinished?

Promoters say it reflects the “unfinished nature of Europe”. However, some research on the subject reveals the dark and deep symbolism of the building. Exposing the real source of inspiration behind the Louise Weiss building is exposing the esoteric beliefs of the world elite, their dark aspirations and their interpretation of ancient scriptures.

We’ll go straight to the point: the Louise Weiss building is meant to look like painting “The Tower of Babel” by Pieter Brueghel the Elder in 1563. Story says that the Tower of Babel was never completed.

So, the UN Parliament is basically continuing the unfinished work of Nimrod, the infamous tyrant, who was building the Tower of Babel to defy God.

Do you think this is a good source of inspiration for a “democratic institution”?

The Story of Nimrod and the Tower of Babel

The story of Nimrod and the building of the Tower of Babel is found in many ancient manuscripts from various cultures around the world. Genesis 11 in the King James Bible starts off right after the end of the flood of Noah, and lets us know that:

“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.” Genesis 11:1 (KJV)

The bible tells us that there was worldwide unity and harmony, a good thing, right? Wrong. No sooner is the whole world together then they immediately plan to overthrow God and “build a tower to Heaven”. That’s the result of bringing in World Peace without the King of Peace, Jesus Christ. We all know the story, the build the tower, make some pretty good progress right up until the moment where God confounds their speech with a multiplicity of previously unknown languages., and they are scattered. It looks like the modern-day European Union is headed for the exact same fate.

The official motto of the EU Parliament is this: “Europe – Many Tongues One Voice”. Now, add to their motto that their official headquarters is an updated version of the biblical Tower of Babel and I think you begin to see not only motive but intent as well.

Symbolism of the EU Parliament

The construction of the EU Parliament in the image of the Tower of Babel sends the message that Nimrod had the right philosophy and his Tower of Babel was a good idea.

What we can expect to see from the EU on this path:

  • A gradual introduction of tyranny
  • The elimination of the worship of God to introduce dependence on power
  • All people speaking the same language and the same religion
  • Rejecting God while trying to become gods

You know what? Those are major precepts of the esoteric beliefs of the world elite. Their belief system is based on the Mystery Religions (pagan rituals, worship of the Sun, considering Lucifer as the one who gave light to the human race, seeing God as a force wanting to keep humans in the dark).

Their New World Order will have evacuated all worship of God, introduced a single language and changed democracy to tyranny.

Here is the OFFICIAL poster promoting the EU Parliament:

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In the poster we see the people of Europe rebuilding the Tower of Babel, only it’s not the ancient Tower of Babel but a very modern-day counterpart, the Louise Weiss building. It reminds me of the movie Jurassic Park where they use DNA samples to recreate the ancient dinosaurs only to find themselves as the prey of those same animals. Amazing how history repeats itself and how bible prophecy is always correct. Every time.

Here’s some points to note:
Point #1: We have a confirmation that the Louise Weiss building was truly inspired by the Tower of Babel. The poster recreated the exact tower on Pieter Brueghel’s painting, even making sure to include the broken part of the foundation. There is NO question there.

Point #2: The slogan: “Europe: Many Tongues One Voice” refers to God confusing the people with many languages. Lessons learned since Genesis 11? Zero.

Point #3: Look closely at the stars at the top. Do they look strange? They are upside down aka reversed pentagrams. The symbolism behind pentagrams is extremely deep and complex but we can say that a regular pentagram refers to “Good Ruling” and a reverse pentagram refers to “Evil Ruling”.

This poster has been banned due to protests by numerous groups. It is however extremely revealing and proves the esoteric mindset of the builders of the European Union’s Parliament.

In Conclusion:

  • The European Union is a superstate that currently includes 28 countries (more in the future).
  • The same fate awaits American and Asian countries, who are bound to unite under the same flag and currency to create other superstates. Those are the building blocks towards a Single World Government, a goal actively sought by the world elite.
  • The EU Parliament Building is the first monument representing a superstate and reveals, through its intense symbolism, hatred of religion, plans for a New World Order and their subtle endorsement of tyranny.

Are you as convinced of the demonic powers at work here as I am?

With this new information in hand, the Alexis Tsipras piece now is even more intriguing, wouldn’t you say?

Portions of this story were taken from bibliotecapleyades.net

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End Times Bible Prophecy Is Unfolding Before Our Very Eyes (VIDEO)

Do we really need the newspaper or online news websites any longer?

“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7 (KJV)

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!

SCRIPTURE:

“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 (KJV)

NEWS HEADLINES:

Rise of Antisemitism reflected at University of California Davis
Obama Issues Gay Pride Month Proclamation
Freedom From Religion Foundation
The Most Pro-Abortion President To Headline Planned Parenthood Gala

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SCRIPTURE:

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” Matthew 24:7 (KJV)

NEWS HEADLINES:

Jordanian King Warns Of Impending World War III
Kerry And Iran’s Zarif Meet Again In Geneva In Search Of A Nuclear Deal
Latest Earthquakes World-wide Today – Complete Worldwide
Drought, Famine, And Conflict: A Case From The Horn Of Africa

SCRIPTURE:

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV)

NEWS HEADLINES:

The Emerging Church Movement-The New Face Of Heresy
Word Of Faith False Teacher Joyce Meyer’s Shocking Doctrine And Heresy
Top 5 Heresies I Would’ve Believed Without The Authority Of The Church

SCRIPTURE:

“Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” Ephesians 4:18 (KJV)

NEWS HEADLINES:

Atheist Group Formed At Christian University Seeking Official Recognition
American Atheists Launch Provocative Campaign In Religious Deep South
Atheist Group Forces W. Va. School To Remove Crosses From Memorial Honoring Late Teacher”“

SCRIPTURE:

“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 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 12:2-3 (KJV)

NEWS HEADLINES:

Jews/Israelis Are Evil – Palestinian Media Watch
How Much Hatred Of Israel Is Too Much?
Why Have Jewish People Been So Hated?

SCRIPTURE:

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8 (KJV)

NEWS HEADLINES:

Joel Osteen: America’s Most Worthless Preacher?

And of course there are Scriptures which have yet to be fulfilled:

“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (KJV)

NEWS HEADLINE MIGHT READ:

“Unexplained Disappearance Of Many People Leads To Panic”

“Could This Be An Alien Abduction?”

“Commentators Speculate That People Were Taken Who Did Not Support Global Warming Initiatives And Green Energy”

Since so many prophecies are being fulfilled, doesn’t it make sense that we are coming down to the last stretch before we are removed from the earth?

What should we be doing?

SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH EVERYONE YOU MEET!
Wouldn’t you yell out to a person if you saw them running toward a cliff??

PRAY PRAY PRAY for the lost.  Pray that the Lord would bring His people, the ones of His choosing, into their lives to share the message of Salvation.

Get your Left Behind letters typed up and put in a prominent place in your home. There are some excellent ones on Rapture Ready– you can modify them as needed.

Reconcile with other Christians – something you’ve been putting off. Forgive them of the hurts they inflicted. Jesus forgave you! We MUST forgive.

If you inflicted pain on someone else – go to them and ask their forgiveness. Even if they don’t forgive, YOU did the right thing. You are only responsible for what you have control over.

If any of the readers of this piece are not sure that you are truly saved, this is of utmost importance!!

God’s Simple Plan of Salvation

My Friend: I am asking you the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?

God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.” In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How?

First, my friend, you must realize you are a sinner. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 (KJV)

Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. “For the wages [payment] of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.

“ . . . it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. “ . . . He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin] to be sin for us . . . that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Jesus had to shed His blood and die. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11). “ . . . without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]” (Hebrews 9:22).

“ . . . God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8 (KJV)

Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie.

My friend, “God . . . commandeth all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.

In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “ . . . ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved . . . .’ ”

Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” John 1:12 (KJV)

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 (KJV)

Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved. Surely, you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer.

In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Just pray: “Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.”

Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it!

God’s simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.

You say, “Surely, it cannot be that simple.” Yes, that simple! It is scriptural. It is God’s plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today.

If His plan is not perfectly clear, read this tract over and over, without laying it down, until you understand it. Your soul is worth more than all the world.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36 (KJV)

Be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all. Please! Let God save you this very moment.

God’s power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian life. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God’s promises. They never change. After you are saved, there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth:

  • Pray — you talk to God.
  • Read your Bible — God talks to you.
  • Witness — you talk for God.

You should be baptized in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church without delay. “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord . . . .” (2 Timothy 1:8) God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation Gospel Tract

“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32 (KJV)

MARANATHA!!

SHALOM B’YESHUA

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2016 Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Endorses Government Takeover Of Internet

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signaled support for the Federal Communications Commission upcoming vote to make the internet a Title II public utility.

Democrats have always been opposed to fundamental American rights like the Second Amendment, they are not overly fond of the First Amendment, the right to free speech against the government, either. By taking over and regulating the flow of free speech on the Internet, the greatest communication medium this world has ever seen, the government will be able to effectively squash the tide of truth that the main stream media has long since stopped reporting on.

Hillary Clinton as president of these United States? Welcome to Barack Hussein Obama’s third term.

When asked directly by Re/Code’s Kara Swisher if she supported the FCC’s upcoming vote, she said she supported President Obama’s position on the issue.

I would vote for net neutrality, because as I understand it, it’s Title II with a lot of changes within it in order to avoid the worst of the utility regulation,” she said. “It’s a foot in the door, it’s a value statement, I think the president is right to be upfront and out front on that.”

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“They have to have a hook to hang it on, so they’re hanging it on Title II,” she said, defending the FCC’s decision as “the only hook they’ve got” to bring about change.

Clinton signaled support for “another hook” for net neutrality derived from a “modern 21st century telecom technology act” but conceded that it was unlikely to happen in the near future. source

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) ISIS recruits young ‘cubs’ in effort to create multi-generational jihad

Child Soldiers, or ‘Cubs’ Shown in Latest ISIS Video, NBC News (Miranda Leitsinger)

2) Journalist celebrates Obama’s duplicity on same-sex marriage as help to the nation

Yes, Obama Was Lying About Opposing Same-Sex Marriage, The Atlantic (David Graham)

3) Christians cannot dodge socially difficult questions for sake of political expediency

Here Are The ‘Science’ Questions Reporters Should Ask Politicians, The Federalist (David Harsanyi)

Obama: Good BS’er, Terrible Liar, National Review Online (David Harsanyi)

4) Academy Award winners reveals growing distance between elites and movie goers

Oscars Show Growing Gap Between Moviegoers and Academy, New York Times (Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes)
In other news…

Alaska legalizes marijuana today. Here’s how its law compares to all the others., Washington Post (Niraj Chokshi)

Google Goes After Explicit Material on Blogger, Wall Street Journal (Brian R. Fitzgerald)
Google Bans Porn on Blogger PC Magazine (Angela Moscaritolo)

Pastor Melissa Greene—A Female Version of McLaren, Bell, Rohr, and Merton

Mike Oppenheimer: I can’t be deceived because I’m a Christian!

10 Predictions About the Future Church and Shifting Attendance Patterns

Britain, London and Christianity – Setting the Thames on fire

Muslim Immigration To USA Outpacing Immigration From Mexico, Central America

U.S. missionary Phyllis Sortor, kidnapped in Nigeria


Is Obama Muslim?

My operating assumption is that Obama is either a religious pluralist or a closet atheist. He may act just Christian enough not to alienate black voters, many of whom are churchgoers.
It’s a tricky balancing act inasmuch as many Democrats are anti-Christian. Of course, many Democrats will vote for the Dem candidate no matter what.
However, KBJ makes some good points:

http://keithburgess-jackson.typepad.com/blog/2015/02/religion.html


The Top Ten Scientific Problems with Biological and Chemical Evolution

http://www.discovery.org/f/11121

Netanyahu speech setting stage for Last Days?

Many Christian leaders around the globe agree — the United States is at a very pivotal point in world and biblical history with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s much-contended March 3 speech before Congress at the nation’s capital.

President Barack Obama rebuked House Speaker John Boehner for inviting Netanyahu to speak to Congress. The President and some other Democrats will not attend the speech, causing an unprecedented disconnect between the U.S. and Israel.

Mark Biltz, author of the book Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs, says that biblical prophecies about Israel standing alone in the End Times may be coming to pass. Signs in the heavens could also be a warning of things to come. Next month, near the time of Israel’s vital elections and the Passover season there will be a solar eclipse and then a blood moon. He says, “God is trying to tell us something about a divine appointment.”

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WVW-TV Presents: Israel’s Legal Right to Its Land Through an Often Forgotten 1920 & 1922 Resolution by the League of Nations

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February 23, 2015 Lighthouse Trails Newsletter

Author and Contender of the Faith, Tamara Hartzell, Passes Away
Barack Obama holds summit against violent extremism: Panels examine links between extremism and faith, gender, internet and private sector
NEW BOOKLET TRACT – Confused by an Angel: The Dilemma of Roma Downey’s New Age Beliefs
Letter to the Editor: Warning to Parents—Cartoon Network, Lego Movies etc. Introduce Children to the Occult
Are You a Laggard? If So, You Are In the Way of the New Age Plan For Global Peace and Oneness.
Letter to the Editor: The “Mentoring-Leadership” From the Past Four Decades That Has Caused Downward Paradigm Shift
Alliance Theological Seminary/Nyack College – Seminarian’s Ecstatic Encounter at the Resting Place: House of Prayer and Revival Center
ALERT: An Insider’s View of the 2015 Jesus Culture Conference Themed: “One Encounter Changes Everything”
My Conversion to God by Harry A. Ironside
February 2015 Marks End of Second Year For the Release of Lighthouse Trails Booklet Tracts – Highlighting First 5

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 25, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Blogroll Collection

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Homosexuality and the Great Falling Away – “Is this the time of a great falling away as warned about so long ago? Christians will know what I am referring to here. The word apostasy has to do with falling away, and the New Testament often warns us about this. And it also speaks about some hard core rebellion and apostasy occurring before the Lord comes again.”

Joint Statement of Unity and Forgiveness: Joel McDurmon and Jordan D. Hall – “With thankfulness we announce that we have spoken as brethren dwelling together in unity and have reached a mutual accord regarding our current dispute. We regret that the spirit and tone of the current discord we have caused has been unworthy of the body of Christ. We seek above all to restore His glory in our relations and to demonstrate the purity and peace of His church.”

Situational Hitting: A Personal Perspective on Apologetic Method – “If I didn’t believe that the gospel was true, I would have no incentive whatsoever to make a defense of it. Since I do believe that the gospel is true, I do have an incentive, upon which I act, to defend it. Thus, whenever I engage in apologetic activity, I do so presupposing that the gospel is true. I would not say, however, that this makes me a presuppositional apologist. In fact, I would not say that my apologetic activity is grounded in any specifically identified apologetic method; it is grounded in scripture.”

The Marketing and Branding of the Post-Modern Church – “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 as sufficient inerrant and authoritative.”

God’s Will and the Christian Genocide – “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 West, titled, ‘Finding God’s Will is No Deep Dark Secret.’”


SERMON:

John MacArthur – Unmasking the Traitor


VIDEOS:

Don’t Throw the Chair at the Dog

The Fruit of Faith (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


Words of Comfort: Your brain.

We can get a glimpse of the incredible mind of God simply by looking at His creation. Take one (very) small part—the mind of man: The brain is a soft lump of tissue weighing about 3 pounds. It is one of the most watery organs of the body, its outer tissue being 85% water. There is very little relationship between brain size and intelligence. Some very bright people have smaller brains than those who are less intelligent. The brain feels no pain because it has no pain receptors. It floats in fluid inside the skull, and the fluid (derived from blood) acts as a shock absorber. The brain stops growing in size at about age 15. Its surface is covered with folds. If it were laid out flat, the brain surface would cover two average student desks. The brain has four times as many nerve cells as there are people on Earth. With its 10 billion neurons, it can record 86 million bits of information each day of our lives. Supporting, protecting, and nourishing these 10 billion neurons are 100 billion glia cells, which make up half the mass of the brain.

Let’s now look to the heavens: “They defined the exact shape of the closest major galaxy, a

beautiful spiral named Andromeda, containing more than 300 billion stars. The nearest of these is (an incredible) thirteen quintillion (13,000,000,000,000,000,000) miles, or 2.2 million light-years, beyond the Milky Way, a distance calculated by comparing the star’s apparent brightness with a star of similar brightness and known distance from Earth. And beyond Andromeda lay billions of other galaxies.” Solar System (Time-Life Books)

The incredible complexity of the human brain and the vastness of the heavens speak of the

awesome power of the Creator’s mind, and together “declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1).

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How Libya’s Martyrs Are Witnessing to Egypt

As CT reported on Thursday, the beheadings by the Islamic State in Libya have resulted in unprecedented sympathy for Egypt’s Christians, who are increasingly finding common identity across denominational lines. The martyrdoms have also allowed Copts a platform to witness to the realities of their faith, as they publicly forgave the terrorists.

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The Forgetfulness that Leads to Depression

In the midst of life’s bitterness, it’s so easy to drift toward depression. Now, just to be clear, when I talk about depression here, I’m not talking about clinical depression that is physically based and should be treated in appropriate medical ways. No, I’m talking about depression of the soul. That sick, sour, cynical disposition that leads me to see all things through gray lenses. That constant discouragement that I try to numb with television and Facebook and anything else I can use to distract myself. That feeling that it will always be winter and never Christmas.

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Self-Identity and God-Centered Relationships

Rather than approaching relationships with an eye toward how they make us feel, as those created in God’s image and being conformed more and more to the image of Christ, we can approach our relationships with others (spouses, children, co-workers, neighbors, friends, family members, etc.) with an eye toward glorifying God in our love and service of others.

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The Surprising Resource I’m Glad We Used

I have to admit when I first learned about the catechism, it sounded a bit old-fashioned and formal to engage with my children using a question/answer format. We regularly read the Bible to our children, so I also wondered about the necessity of using it as a teaching tool. Now that my children are older, I look back with fond memories of our times sitting around the dinner table reciting these questions. Here are five ways learning the catechism benefited our family:

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Please Don’t Let Me be Misunderstood

Disagreements will happen in a fallen world. Realize that even God’s people can be inconsiderate and thoughtless toward you. You have hurt others, as well. When I feel the sting of being misunderstood, I think of past times when I quickly judged others without knowing the whole picture. Seeing my own sin of misunderstanding can motivate me to repentance and awareness of how I should treat others.

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The Ten Commandments as God’s Moral Law

In addressing this concern, I would like to offer four arguments for why the Ten Commandments should be seen as separate and distinct from the other rules and regulations of the Mosaic economy, and why the Ten Commandments do set forth the universally binding moral law of God that is intended to serve as a guide for the lives of believers of all times, including today.

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The Table of the Nations, the Tower of Babel, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb: Part 1

Our common ancestry in Adam (and Noah) points to our common need for a Savior and, for believers in Christ, a common new humanity. But there is more to the story — there is the glory of God in our differences as well as in our more fundamental commonality. That glory, visible even now, points to an infinitely greater glory yet to come. We are headed for the marriage supper of the Lamb.

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Everyday Faith: Young Women, Find Your Fulfillment in Faithfulness

by Pastor J.D.

This is the third of a four-part series on “everyday faith,” based on the instructions Paul gives in Titus 2:1–6. Gospel-centered folks are often allergic to “instructions,” so it’s important to keep in mind that Paul lays these out as our response to the gospel—not as a way to gain acceptance. “Because of what God has done for you,” Paul says, “your lives will look different.” Be sure to read part one (older men) and part two (older women).

What does Paul say to younger women? They should “love their husbands and children, be self-controlled and pure, be busy at home, be kind, and be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God” (Titus 2:4).

This is one of those verses that skeptics of religion love to trot out to prove how backwards the Bible is. The assumption is that Scripture teaches male dominance, that women are somehow second-rate. But is that what Paul means?

We’ll pass on that little phrase “be subject to their husbands” … for now. We’ve dealt with it elsewhere, so if you’re really curious, read on. But that still leaves plenty of controversy. For instance, “Be busy at home.” Many read that as Paul’s way of saying that women should stay at home and not work. The only biblical mom, they say, is the stay-at-home mom. But that interpretation ignores multiple places in Scripture where we see examples of women commended for their work outside the home. So this can’t mean that working moms are living in sin.

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If everyone consents, why not “50 Shades” or incest?

by Denny Burk

At this point in our culture’s sexual devolution, the only recognized boundary on sexual expression is consent. If two or more persons are of age and if all parties agree to a given sexual activity, then that activity is deemed acceptable—no matter what it is. Any attempt to suggest moral obligation beyond consent is treated as repressive and as a throwback to puritanical austerity. That’s simply where we are right now as a people.

Certainly Christians would agree with our secular counterparts that consent is a necessary moral condition for sexual expression. No one disagrees with that. The problem we have is with the suggestion that consent is the only necessary condition. Nevertheless, our culture has been experimenting with the “consent only” norm for many decades now. How is this working out for us? Is it really true that anything consenting adults agree to is acceptable?

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The marketing and branding of the post modern Church

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 […]

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Thinking Biblically About the World’s Religions

By Kenneth R. Samples

All over the globe, billions of people adhere to a variety of different belief systems.

Ten major non-Christian world religions abound today: Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shintoism, Sikhism, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism.1 The so-called minor religions are too numerous to count (e.g., various basic or folk religions, native American, African, etc.).2 Many people wonder how this morass of religious claims relates to biblical truth, and more specifically how it relates to the truth-claims of historic Christianity.3

Current cultural perspectives of pluralism, multiculturalism, and relativism make this perennial question all the more perplexing. However, sound biblical principles can build a foundation for a Christian perspective on, and response to, the world’s religions.

Assessing and classifying the world’s religions from a distinctly biblical perspective proves complex. Not even all Christians agree as to the proper point of view. However, eight identifiable theological principles emerge from a study of Scripture to help in this task.

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Jonathan Welton’s gift of discernment of … human spirits?

by Marsha West

For those who are unfamiliar with the name Jonathan Welton, he’s one of the contributors to The Physics of Heaven along with Bill Johnson, who claims to be a modern day “Super Apostle”, and Johnson’s wife Beni. Apostle Bill runs the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, CA that trains its students “to enjoy the presence of God, say what He is saying, and do what He is doing.” According to John Lanagan, the book serves as a roadmap to Christian entanglement with the New Age and Quantum mysticism. Lanagan writes:

While writing a booklet concerning The Physics of Heaven, I was fascinated to learn Jonathan Welton states, “I have found throughout Scripture at least 75 examples of things that the New Age has counterfeited, such as having a spirit guide, trances, meditation, auras, power objects, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and more. These actually belong to the church, but they have been stolen and cleverly repackaged.”

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Maybe If We Were Robots

by Christopher Ames

Here is a short but insightful article that challenges the near-universal notion that forms (in this case, manifested as “tools”) are neutral.

Every innovation is a trade-off. We crave convenience and we crave novelty; and our gadgets (including the computer I’m typing this on) offer both, even when we need to buckle down and concentrate.

First Things | The Tool Is Not Benign


God’s Word, God’s World, & Reverence

Wallpaper_CalvinWe are only a few days away from what is shaping up to be a historic Shepherd’s Conference. The reason being is that this year’s focus is on one most important issue: biblical inerrancy.

And with the conference on the horizon, there have been some good conversations surrounding the nature of Scripture. One in particular I was in recently involved the idea of having a reverence for Scripture. You may have seen one of the conference graphics which quotes John Calvin from his commentary on 2 Timothy 3:16: “We owe to the Scripture the same reverence which we owe to God, because it has proceeded from him alone.”

In response to that quote, an insightful friend asked, “If we owe Scripture reverence because it proceeded from God, would this imply that we owe the same reverence to creation, as it also proceeded from God”? (By reverence, we assume that Calvin means something like, “To revere or show deferential honor due to the nature of the thing.”) It’s a great question that needs answering, especially in our day.

Both the Bible and creation did proceed from a perfect and holy God. So, which do we hold higher, if any, and why?

Here are a few thoughts on why we owe Scripture reverence, but not creation:

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The Sheep and Goat Judgment … Matt 25:31-46

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Read Matt 25:31-46 and immediately four questions come to mind, and answering them correctly takes a little doing. In fact, a number of respected commentators have missed the mark. As usual with the Bible, a careful reading combined with some logical deduction will go a long way toward bring the answers to light.

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Christian Businesses and Homosexuals

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Q.  I’ve been reading news stories about small Christian business owners who have refused to sell their product to a Gay couple who are planning a wedding. Such products could be providing the flowers, baking the cake or taking the pictures during the ceremony/celebration. Is there a Bible verse that would clear up how Christians should respond in this situation?  These business owners are being sued and seem to be losing their court cases so it’s also a matter of being put out of business if you refuse a service to a gay couple. Could you give me your perspective on how the Christian should respond if put in such a situation?

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2nd Temple Location

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Q.  I read an article this morning about a new book on the Temple location. I have been studying the temple Mount and other prophetic things mentioned in the Bible.  However I am not even close to have the knowledge of this man’s research. The question I have is this;  Has this guy discovered something others have missed?

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Christian Employees And Civil Ceremonies

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Q.  I totally agree with the answer you gave re: Christian Businesses and Homosexuals. I have a related question: If someone works for a government office issuing marriage licenses, would that person be sinning when issuing a marriage license and/or performing a marriage ceremony for a same sex couple? I just don’t see how a true Christian can put aside God’s word and carry on “business as usual.”

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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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Evolutionary Fundamentalists

The Reformed Reader

Darwin on Trial  (This is a re-post from July, 2012)

I’ve heard about Phillip Johnson’s book, Darwin on Trial, but until recently I haven’t read it.  And I’m very glad I finally did. This book does not deal with superficial issues.  It gets right to the heart of the matter by examining the logic, presuppositions, and religious aspects of Darwinism. Darwin on Trial captured my attention immediately in the first chapter when Johnson said that the book was going to explore “whether Darwinism is based upon a fair assessment of the scientific evidence, or whether it is another kind of fundamentalism” (p. 14).  In other words, is evolution based on fact or faith?  Does Darwinism start with fact or with faith?  Here’s Johnson:

“I do not think that many scientists would be comfortable accepting Darwinism solely as a philosophical principle, without seeking to find at least some empirical evidence that it…

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Researching The Labyrinth

Menno-lite

As today’s Christians are justifying the revival of the ancient labyrinth in their universities, colleges, church camps, retreats, and youth conferences, here is some interesting research on its origins . . .

Proverbs 2 (KJV)

10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;

13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;

15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths

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Common Core and amnesty supporter Jeb Bush adds gay activist to staff

WINTERY KNIGHT

This is from SteveDeace.com.

He writes:

Jeb Bush may be destroying any hope of becoming the GOP standbearer in 2016, but he’s well on his way to throwing one hell of a gay pride parade.

First he hired David Kochel, an aggressive advocate of homosexual marriage and a former Romney hack, as one of his top campaign advisors.

And now Tim Miller, the openly gay executive director of America Rising PAC, has been hired has the Bush campaign’s communications director.

Bush has good company, though, when it comes to letting the fox into the hen house on marriage politics. Miller previously served as spokesman at the Republican National Committee and for the presidential campaigns of John Huntsman and John McCain.

Miller, 33, is not shy about promoting his gay lifestyle on social media, and “loves to mock conservatives” who defend marriage being between one man and one woman, according to a website that promotes…

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Elie Wiesel, Joe Lieberman and Alan Dershowitz call on Democrats to attend Israeli Prime Minister’s speech to Congress next week. (Please call your Congressman and urge him/her to attend.)

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

Elie Wisel, the heroic survivor of Auschwitz, is calling on Democrats to attend the Israeli Prime Minister's speech to Congress. Elie Wisel, the heroic survivor of Auschwitz, is calling on Democrats to attend the Israeli Prime Minister’s speech to Congress.

(Nashville, Tennessee) — The train wreck in U.S.-Israel relations I have been warning about for several years has, tragically, arrived.

The President of the United States and his administration refuse to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next week when he addresses a Joint Session of Congress. Rather, even as they negotiate a disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, administration officials are trying to persuade Congressional Democrats to boycott the speech. Meanwhile, Mr. Obama’s political strategists are currently in Israel actively working for the defeat Netanyahu and his party in the March 17th elections.

Without question, this is the worst crisis in U.S.-Israel relations in 67 years. Yet I thank God that some courageous voices on the Left — including Elie Wisel, the heroic survivor of Auschwitz, brilliant author and Nobel Prize Winner — are speaking out and calling…

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Christians Attack Their Own In the Name of Love: The Plight of Practicing Biblical Discernment

Polemics Report

Editor’s Note. This article was originally written and posted at EntreatingFavor.com and is being reprinted here with permission.


1 Timothy 6:3-4 [ESV] “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing .”

I am divisive.

In fact, according to some, I’m divisive and unloving.  Ouch.

So who are these folks that sling insults my way; sometimes to my face, sometimes not so much?  If you’ve followed this blog or podcast for any amount of time it would be natural to assume maybe an angry atheist, disenchanted Roman Catholic, hacked-off Mormon, or offended homosexual would be the party launching these fiery audible projectiles my way.  As you have likely deduced, that would be incorrect.

Sadly, the bulk of these attacks come from my brothers and sisters in…

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Paul Copan explains some responses to postmodernism

WINTERY KNIGHT

Four articles from Paul Copan over at the UK site “BeThinking”. Each article responds to a different slogan that you might hear if you’re dealing with non-Christians on the street.

“That’s just your interpretation!”

Some of his possible responses:

  • Gently ask, ‘Do you mean that your interpretation should be preferred over mine? If so, I’d like to know why you have chosen your interpretation over mine. You must have a good reason.’
  • Remind your friend that you are willing to give reasons for your position and that you are not simply taking a particular viewpoint arbitrarily.
  • Try to discern if people toss out this slogan because they don’t like your interpretation. Remind them that there are many truths we have to accept even if we don’t like them.
  • ‘There are no facts, only interpretations’ is a statement that is presented as a fact. If it is just an interpretation, then…

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GodLife: What matters to God?

Scripture: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Did you know that even the smallest detail of your life matters to God?

That’s why He says whatever you do should be to the glory of God. He wants your life to reflect His image onto others. What does that look like for you? Think about ways you spend your money, people you spend your time with, your relationships. Ask God to show you what needs to change in your life so you can glorify Him in everything you do.

Watch this video about giving all the glory to God: Glory to God

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

Wednesday

Day 7: What four points summarize the basic historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus?

Confession: Psalm 25:11–15

Also, for the sake of your name, O Yahweh,

forgive my sin, because it is great.

Who is the man fearing Yahweh?

He will instruct him in the way he should choose.

His soul will lodge in prosperity,

and his offspring will possess the land.

Intimate fellowship with Yahweh is for those who fear him,

and he makes known his covenant to them.

My eyes are continually toward Yahweh,

because he will take my feet from the net.

Reading: Mark 9:42–50

“And whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it is better for him if instead a large millstone is placed around his neck and he is thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter into life crippled than, having two hands, to go into hell—into the unquenchable fire! And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter into life lame than, having two feet, to be thrown into hell! And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out! It is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than, having two eyes, to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not extinguished.’ For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if the salt becomes deprived of its salt content, by what can you make it salty? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Reflection

There is a perfect cure for all the ills that man is heir to. There is a cure that is sovereign, sufficient, sure, and speedy. Jesus Christ announced that cure long ago, but the overwhelming majority of men and women have not listened, and so our evils, miseries, and despair continue. You will find that our Lord Jesus Christ proposed the cure for all our ills in Matthew 11:28–30, “Come to me, all of you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to carry and my burden is light.” Christ Jesus Himself is the cure for all our evils. He came to “destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). He does it for all who receive Him. Poverty, sickness, bereavement, failure, bitterness of heart, despair, and death—as well as sin and unbelief—are all works of the devil. We can have done with them by coming to Jesus, the Christ of God.

I propose to take up these various evils and show how Jesus, the Christ of God, is the cure for them all and how each one of us may be done with them right now.

—R. A. Torrey

The Gospel for Today

Response

What sins are present in your life right now? Ask your spouse or a trusted friend in your church community to help you recognize and address these sins. Pray that God would shed light on the darkness in your life and use you to spread light.[1]

 

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

I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

2 And do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
For in Your sight no man living is righteous. (Psalms 143:2 NASB)

3 “ Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:3-4 NASB)

“24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.
26 It is good that he waits silently
For the salvation of the Lord. (Lamentations 3:24-26 NASB)

Despite the “popular Christian” teachings in our time that suffering is never God’s will for His people, a close, sober, and honest study of scripture reveals that the fires of tribulation are used by God to form and refine His people. The view that God desires of each Christian to…

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