Daily Archives: February 28, 2015

February 28 – March 1, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend Briefing Report

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

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Netanyahu And Obama On Collision Course 6 Years In The Making

The age-old battle of good versus evil continues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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

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


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

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


Hatred as an Article of Faith :: Durie in Quadrant

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


Markell: Betrayal the Likes of Neville Chamberlain

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

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

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A Deal With the Devil

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

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Thank You, Israel, for Lending Us Bibi

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

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

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

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

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Remaking America for Global Governance

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

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

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

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

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

With respect, Mr. President: No.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The FBI Director Comey:

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

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

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

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

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

God please help us.

MARANTHA.

 

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The Gathering Storm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chicago nears fiscal free fall with latest downgrade

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

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

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

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/stockholm-microchipped-office-workers-feel-very-modern-using-hand-implanted-chips-open-doors-1489739

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Archaeologists May Have Uncovered Ruins of Important Old Testament City

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

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

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

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February 28 – March 1, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend Blogroll Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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


SERMON:

John MacArthur – The Grim Reality of the last days


VIDEOS:

Is your government school teaching Buddhism?

President Obama visits Planet Reality.

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

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

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

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10 Biblical Formulas To Change Your Life

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

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When Africa Bleeds

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

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The Most Ignored Commandment

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

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American Crusades and Existential Threats

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

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

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

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What ISIS Really Wants

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

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Kay Coles James Inspires Future Generations of Leaders

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

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Ministry to the Military International Planting PCA Churches Near Military Bases

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

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God … You are Killing Me!

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

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10 Ways to Read Your Community

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

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The Coptic Church And Chalcedon

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

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21 for 1

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

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My Unexpected Season Working at Chick-Fil-A

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

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The Idolatry of Climate Madness

by Bill Muehlenberg

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

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

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

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Understanding Why New Atheists Use Ridicule

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

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Infographic of the Week

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

Articles of the Week

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

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

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

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

 


Doubt and Obedience

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

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20 Ways to Find Contentment

by Founders Ministries Blog

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

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


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


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


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


5 Simple Strategies for Better Communication

by Philip Nation

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

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

by Stephen Altrogge

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

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7 1/2 Minutes to Courageous Family Communication

by Association of Biblical Counselors

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

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4 Steps to Honestly Evaluate Your Sermon

by Brian Croft

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

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Weekly Watchman for 02/27/2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Do Not Be Surprised… This ‘n’ That

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

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Some Here, Some There — February 27, 2015

by Dan Phillips

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

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

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TGC Spotlight 02.27.15

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

TGC SpotlightFeatured TGC Articles

Facebook, Moms, and the Last Day | Nikki Daniel

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

 

Why Racial Reconciliation is a Gospel Issue | Jeff Robinson

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

 

Open Roof Hospitality | Melissa Kruger

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Featured TGC Contributor Articles

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

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

 

Keeping His Commandments | Kevin DeYoung

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

 

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

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

 

You’re not crazy | Ray Ortlund

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

 

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

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

 

Coming Next Week at TGC

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

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

 

4 Reasons to Beware the Goodness Gospel | Christine Hoover

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

 

8 Reasons We Need the Puritans | Jeff Robinson

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

 

Upcoming Events

Albuquerque Regional Conference (March 20-22, 2015)

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

2015 National Conference (April 1-15, 2015)

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

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American Culture

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

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

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

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

Bioethics

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

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

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

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

Christianity and Culture

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

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

How TV made Christianity radical again
Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post

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

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

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

Crime

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

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

Rape in the American Prison
Maurice Chammah, The Atlantic

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

Family Issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Health Issues

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

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

International Issues

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

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

Islamic State ‘abducts dozens of Christians in Syria’
BBC

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

Marriage Issues

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

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

Racial Reconciliation

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

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

Religious Liberty

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sexuality Issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Historical Proof That Church of Rome Killed 50 Million Christians (Download the 84 Page Report Now)

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New study: college students becoming less religious, more depressed

WINTERY KNIGHT

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

Campus Reform reports:

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday

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

Confession: Psalm 130:5–8

I await Yahweh; my soul awaits,

and I wait for his word.

My soul waits for the Lord

more than watchmen for the morning.

Yes, more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, wait for Yahweh.

For with Yahweh there is loyal love,

and with him there is abundant redemption.

And he will redeem Israel

from all its iniquities.

Reading: Mark 10:17–31

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

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

Reflection

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

—Gregory Nazianzen

Select Orations of Saint Gregory Nazianzen

Response

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

 

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

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