Daily Archives: March 3, 2015

March 3, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Report

Worldliness is whatever makes sin look normal and righteousness look strange. —Kevin DeYoung

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Mar. 3, 2015

BLOOMBERG

Hillary Clinton used a personal e-mail account while serving as U.S. Secretary of State to conduct official business instead of a government account, the State Department said.

Susan Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, said the U.S. won’t waver in assuring Israel’s security and that negotiations under way with Iran are the best way to make sure the Islamic Republic doesn’t get a nuclear weapon.

A group of gay Republicans in California won recognition by the state GOP on Sunday in what the Los Angeles Times called a “historic break” with the past.

U.S. officials are increasingly worried that terror groups such as the Islamic State will recruit new foot soldiers from among the 11.4 million Syrians displaced by the country’s civil war.

Corporate America’s love affair with itself grows more passionate by the month. Stock buybacks, which along with dividends eat up sums of money equal to almost all the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index’s earnings, vaulted to a record in February, with chief executive officers announcing $104.3 billion in planned repurchases. That’s the most since TrimTabs Investment Research began tracking the data in 1995 and almost twice the $55 billion bought a year earlier.

Automotive executives are taking seriously the prospect that Apple Inc. and Google Inc. will emerge as competitors even as they consider partnering with the two.

Ukraine’s central bank raised its benchmark interest rate to 30 percent from 19.5 percent, the highest since 2000, as policy makers struggle to curb a decline in the nation’s currency and seek to move closer to obtaining an emergency loan.

Flatlining consumer prices and plunging commodity costs are sapping the potency of near-zero interest rates and driving up the so-called real rate — or interest minus inflation. The higher that goes, the more attractive it is for companies and consumers to save rather than spend as policy makers want.

AP Top Stories

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seizing the bully pulpit of Congress to warn against trusting Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions, even as President Obama’s negotiators continue talking with the Iranians Tuesday in hopes of closing a deal this month.

A teacher was found hanged to death in a Southern California high school classroom when students arrived on Monday, police and fire officials said, in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide.

EU-Russian relations took a further dip on Tuesday when the European Union strongly condemned Moscow for banning Polish and Latvian officials from entering the country to attend the funeral of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.

The London graduate believed to be Islamic State executioner “Jihadi John” once denounced the 9/11 attacks and the 2005 bombings in the British capital, according to an audio recording released Tuesday.

Hundreds of civilians were killed as troops from Chad seized a strategically located Nigerian town from Boko Haram extremists, according to military reports and witnesses.

Iran rejected as “unacceptable” President Obama’s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years, but said it would continue talks aimed at securing a deal, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported.

A Philadelphia artist has disclosed that his museum portrait of former President Bill Clinton contains a shadow reference to Monica Lewinsky’s infamous blue dress.

BBC

Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries – a known risk factor for heart disease – South Korean researchers believe.

The Villarrica volcano, one of the most active in South America, erupted in southern Chile, spewing ash and lava into the air.

Venezuela ordered the United States to cut more than 80 staff from its diplomatic mission in the next two weeks.

For the second year running, Singapore tops the list as the world’s most expensive city to live in, said the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Ukrainian, Russian, French and German leaders agree to send observers to areas of Ukraine where truce violations are reported, Kiev said.

Fierce clashes are taking place in and around the Iraqi city of Tikrit, as soldiers and militiamen attack Islamic State positions, officials said.

Australia will more than double its contingent of troops training local forces in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

WND

Hundreds turned out to speak to a proposed ordinance in Charlotte, N.C., that would have allowed transgenders the legal right to use whichever bathroom they most identified with, regardless of their physical genders.

A dozen-plus towns in upstate New York say they’re on the cusp of seceding and joining Pennsylvania due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announced ban on fracking.

A just-released video of Boko Haram beheading two men indicates the Nigerian Islamic terror group is taking a page out of the book of ISIS and kicking off a more savage campaign.

The popular department store Marks & Spencer ignited controversy when it banned words such as “Jesus” and “Christ” from its flower service, but apparently had no problem with “Buddha,” “Allah” and “jihad.”


Daily Digest

March 3, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“If two laws conflict with each other, the Courts must decide on the operation of each. … If, then, the Courts are to regard the Constitution, and the Constitution is superior to any ordinary act of the Legislature, the Constitution, and not such ordinary act, must govern the case to which they both apply.” –John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison, 1803

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Hillary Clinton Broke Law Using Private Email Account

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) isn’t done leading the committee investigating the Benghazi attack, and already he’s dredged up a bombshell that previous investigative committees missed. During her time as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton never used a government email account — a move that violates federal record keeping law. Former Director of Litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration Jason Baron told The New York Times, “It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business.” At this point, Clinton’s defenders may chime in: What difference does it make? Well, for one thing, if Obama’s administration is the “most transparent in history,” what would this mean for another Clinton administration? One clue: Clinton used a domain registered the day of her Senate confirmation hearings. Clearly, she had a plan from the start to obfuscate and hide her wheeling and dealing. It’s time she was put under oath again to defend this. Preferably before she announces her presidential candidacy. More…

Lawmakers Write ATF to Object to Ammo Ban

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently announced it is considering a ban on M855 ammunition, which is popular among AR-15 owners for target shooting. The “rationale,” if it can be called that, is the ammo could be considered “armor piercing,” and, with the advent of AR-15 pistols, will become dangerous to police (never mind that zero police officers have been killed with it). Several lawmakers called out the ATF on its backdoor gun control in a letter. The ATF’s framework, the lawmakers say, “establishes an unduly restrictive standard, does not comport with the letter or spirit of the law, and will interfere with Second Amendment rights by disrupting the market for ammunition that law abiding Americans use for sporting and other legitimate purposes.” Of course, the Second Amendment isn’t primarily for “sporting purposes,” but they’re right about the infringement. Not that it matters to Barack Obama’s administration. Spokesman Josh Earnest explained, “I’d put this in the category of common-sense steps our government can take.” Ah, yes, “common sense” — who could possibly oppose that?

Netanyahu to Address Congress, Obama Calls It ‘Distraction’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to address Congress today to warn of the threat of Iran’s nuclear program. Advance details of his speech are limited, but one thing is clear: Barack Obama is really perturbed that Netanyahu is here. Administration officials have previously promised “there will be a price” for this “departure from … protocol” — despite Netanyahu having waited for Obama to be notified before accepting the invitation. (The New York Times finally got around to acknowledging this in a correction.) On Monday, Obama called Netanyahu’s speech a “mistake,” again pointing to Israel’s upcoming elections. “It makes it look like we are taking sides,” he complained, “It is a distraction from what should be our focus.” In this case, even Obama said the focus should be preventing Iran, the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism, from obtaining nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, he’s also lost this focus, recently indicating we just need to “reduce the possibility of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon,” and, if it happens anyway in 10 years, what’s that to Obama?

IRS Says It Can Dump Gobs of Money on Amnestied Illegals

The Internal Revenue Service is digging in and standing by its claim that illegal immigrants are eligible for back tax credits if they get Social Security numbers. Under Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, four million illegal immigrants can apply for Social Security numbers. An unknown number of them will be able to claim back tax credits — even though Obama’s “law” doesn’t require them to pay back taxes. In a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen wrote, “Section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code requires an SSN on the return, but a taxpayer claiming the [Earned Income Tax Credit] EITC is not required to have an SSN before the close of the year for which the EITC is claimed.” Gee, remember a time when was the IRS this friendly to U.S. citizens? More…

Obama Lies About Keystone

Barack Obama earned the infamous “Four Pinocchio” rating from The Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog for his recent comments defending his veto of the Keystone XL pipeline. Obama’s argument wasn’t that Congress infringed on the executive branch’s responsibilities. No, he claimed to be doing what was good for the American people. “I’ve already said I’m happy to look at how we can increase pipeline production for U.S. oil, but Keystone is for Canadian oil to send that down to the Gulf,” Obama told a North Dakota reporter. “It bypasses the United States and is estimated to create a little over 250, maybe 300 permanent jobs. We should be focusing more broadly on American infrastructure for American jobs and American producers, and that’s something that we very much support.” But, as the Post points out, the oil that would flow through Keystone would also come from the North Dakota oil fields. And while construction wouldn’t keep any permanent jobs — few construction projects ever do — it would keep Louisiana refineries busy. Instead, Obama repeated an untruth to stick with his environmentalist dogma. More…

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

DOJ’s Racial Witch Hunt Isn’t Over

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The Justice Department will soon release its final investigative report on the Ferguson Police Department, and chatter suggests the report will accuse Ferguson police of engaging in sustained discriminatory practices against the black population. Surprise! The report will allegedly also claim these practices led to years of racial animosity in the city, culminating in last summer’s shooting of Michael Brown and months of racial unrest.

According to recent data from the Missouri attorney general, blacks accounted for 86% of traffic stops in 2013, but make up 63% of the population. Black drivers were twice as likely to be searched during a stop, yet searches were more likely to turn up contraband with white drivers.

The fines collected from such traffic stops are Ferguson’s second largest source of revenue. The Justice Department report goes so far as to suggest that the city uses disproportionate traffic stops against blacks to meet municipal budget shortfalls.

The final report will likely include a list of recommended changes Ferguson will need to implement. Otherwise, the city could face a federal lawsuit to force compliance — just like the four open lawsuits against cities that have not rolled over. Most cities facing such actions comply with the Justice Department’s demands. During Eric Holder’s time as attorney general, the DOJ has gone after more than 50 police departments for some form of discrimination or another, often at the behest of the NAACP or the ACLU.

“This is about expanding federal power in the police departments,” former DOJ attorney Hans von Spakovsky told The Wall Street Journal. “The lawyers at Justice believe they are the ones who should be promulgating national standards of how cops should behave. And police departments are so afraid of bad publicity that they agree to settle the case with all kinds of rules that Justice wants to impose.”

It is within the responsibility of the Justice Department to investigate matters in which discrimination may be taking place, but, when the AG is someone who sees everything through a racial prism like Holder, the potential for trouble escalates. For example, Holder is so motivated by his own racial grievances that he resolutely refuses to address the outrageous number of murders of blacks by other blacks.

FBI statistics from 2012 show that 2,614 whites were killed by other whites that year, and 2,412 blacks were killed by other blacks. If Holder were as concerned about proportionality as he demonstrates when comparing white and blacks, then one would think he would have been troubled by these numbers. As a portion of the population, black-on-black murder remains substantially higher than white-on-white murder. And the FBI numbers for 2012 combined white and Hispanic murder rates, making the disparity even greater than at first glance.

Yet, throughout his tenure at Justice, Holder has maintained his focus on race, letting himself get mixed up with professional race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. He has followed their pattern by continually blaming racism and discrimination for the plight of the black community. The actions of his Justice Department confirm Holder’s view that blacks are targeted for their skin color, not because of their behavior.

Perhaps that’s why Sharpton says, “No other U.S. attorney general has a civil rights record equal to Holder’s.”

Amy Wax, a former DOJ official teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, wrote, “Contrary to frequently voiced accusations and despite a voluminous literature intent upon demonstrating discrimination at every turn, there is almost no reliable evidence of racial bias in the criminal justice system’s handling of ordinary violent and non-violent offenses. Rather, the facts overwhelmingly show that blacks go to prison more often because blacks commit more crimes.”

The Justice Department’s months of investigating did not bring up enough evidence to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson with civil rights violations in the death of Michael Brown. Similarly, they were not able to pin such charges on George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin.

In fact, for all of Holder’s posturing, all Justice has really been able to accomplish is perpetuating the same problem they claim to be addressing. The pattern of racial indignation set by Sharpton and Co. that has been picked up by Holder’s Justice Department has only served to make police less likely to engage in minority neighborhoods. This won’t make inner cities less violent, and it won’t make lives better for blacks.

Shortly after taking office, Holder accused America of being a nation of “cowards” for not engaging in a frank discussion about race. As he prepares to step down in a few weeks, Holder still has not engaged in that discussion, either. He’d rather place blame and wag his finger because that’s what makes headlines and turns out the aggrieved vote. As for the real work that it will take to reduce black-on-black crime and make minority neighborhoods safer, well, apparently that’s just not worth his time.

Next Executive Overreach: Taxes

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For someone who claims to be a constitutional scholar, Barack Obama sure doesn’t understand or respect the limits on the federal government the Founders put in place. Obama has ignored the limits placed on the executive branch, abusing his power in order to accomplish his agenda.

When Congress did not pass immigration reform in accordance with Obama’s wishes, he acted unilaterally. Obama’s executive order provided for more than four million illegal immigrants to receive some form of legal status — work permits, Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses. Instead of securing our borders, he wants to secure votes for Democrats.

Surely, Obama shouldn’t get away with this egregious overreach, but who’s stopping him? Worse, his immigration actions only established a pattern.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest indicated there are possibly more executive orders coming our way. Earnest confirmed Monday that Obama is “very interested” in taking unilateral executive action to raise taxes. He explained, “The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle-class Americans.”

Earnest continued, “Now, I don’t want to leave you with an impression that there is some imminent announcement — there is not, at least not that I know of. But the president has asked his team to examine the array of executive authorities that are available to him to try to make progress on his goals. … [T]he president is very interested in this avenue generally.”

Obama is so bent on “fairness” that he’s willing to “examine” the possibility of taxing Americans without Congress. Obama declared in his State of the Union address that Congress needed to act to close the loopholes in taxes among corporations. So perhaps he will ask Congress to pass corporate tax hikes, and, when Congress inevitably says no, Obama may simply turn to the IRS to implement the taxation. The IRS already has a track record of helping him politically — Lois Lerner was no “lone wolf.”

Since there isn’t enough revenue to pay for Obama’s $4 trillion boondoggle budget, he can claim now is the time to act; now is the time to raise taxes on those who need to “pay their fair share.”

Progressives in general erroneously claim America’s debt problem is a lack of revenue, while they continue to spend ever more money on failed programs and policies. A recent Congressional Budget Office report shows that “compared to historical averages, from 1965 to 2014, spending is rising much faster than revenues.” Not that it takes a CBO report to see that the debt is growing.

It so happens the greatest increase in spending and debt has occurred during Obama’s administration. Further, the gap between spending and revenue is projected to widen, therefore increasing our debt.

Clearly, Obama doesn’t believe we have a problem with spending or debt, even though during his six years in office the national debt has risen nearly $8 trillion to a whopping $18.1 trillion.

With Obama’s executive actions on immigration and his potential maneuver on raising taxes, the question to ponder is when will he stop? The tragic reality is he likely won’t. The only limit on his power he seems to acknowledge is whatever he deems unnecessary.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

Augustine of Hippo (354-430): “Put no faith in salvation through the political order.”

Columnist Dennis Prager: “Appeasers hate those who confront evil. Given that this president is the least likely of any president in American history to confront evil – or even identify it – while Benjamin Netanyahu is particularly vocal and eloquent about both identifying and confronting evil, it is inevitable that the former will resent the latter. … [T]hose who refused to characterize the Soviet Union as evil loathed Ronald Reagan and other anti-communists for doing so; and those who objected to the ‘Axis of Evil’ label placed on North Korea, Iran, and Iraq loathed George W. Bush and his supporters. The loathing of Benjamin Netanyahu is simply the latest example of the rule that those who will not confront evil will instead confront those who do. (It’s much safer, after all.) Since the end of World War II, there has been a name for the people who refuse to confront evil and who resent those who do: leftists.”

Columnist Ed Feulner: “This is no time to make more concessions. It’s a time to stand up against Iran’s nuclear program, which threatens not only the security of the Middle East, but the U.S. as well. As the 2015 Index of Military Strength shows, Iran’s missile threat is growing at an alarming rate. Its longest-range current missile can reach as far west as Egypt, and as far east as China – and it’s working to go much farther. ‘Iran could develop and test an ICBM capable of reaching the United States by 2015,’ the Pentagon reports. As in this year. It’s crucial that we stand with Israel, a staunch ally fighting on the front lines, at this critical time. The safety of millions depends on us doing the right thing. Will we?”

Comedian Jimmy Fallon: “There’s this picture of a dress that someone took, and people online are fighting over what color it is. Some people say it’s black and blue. Some say it’s white and gold. I think someone should ask Obama, our country’s first gold president.”

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Mystery paralysis in children is perplexing parents and researchers

Posted: 03 Mar 2015 09:04 AM PST

Mystery paralysis in children is perplexing parents and researchersA mysterious  unexplained, polio-like paralysis has struck more than 100 kids and continues to stump researchers and disrupt lives across the country. Experts are trying to figure out why some children become paralyzed while their brothers and sisters, who also are exposed to the virus, escape largely unscathed? Researchers are gathering DNA from patients around country, are among the experts trying to find answers for families affected by the paralysis. FULL REPORT

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Ignoring The Vatican Billions, Pope Francis Again Calls For Global Wealth Distribution

Posted: 03 Mar 2015 08:52 AM PST

Ignoring The Vatican Billions, Pope Francis Again Calls For Global Wealth Distribution “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:4,5 (KJV)

The Vatican’s treasure of solid gold has been estimated by the United Nations World Magazine to amount to several billion dollars. A large bulk of this is stored in gold ingots with the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, while banks in England and Switzerland hold the rest. But this is just a small portion of the wealth of the Vatican, which in the U.S. alone, is greater than that of the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. When to that is added all the real estate, property, stocks and shares abroad, then the staggering accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic church becomes so formidable as to defy any rational assessment.”

So image the level of gall it takes for this Pope to refer to money as “the Devil’s dung” when the corporation of which he is currently the head of hoards untold billions of it in stockpiles in Switzerland and around the world. Certainly if he were sincere, don’t you think he would start by immediately giving away a few billion just to show the rules he wants others to follow also applies to the Vatican as well? Evidentially, he does not. FULL STORY

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Chile Volcano Eruption Sends Lava Shooting Into the Sky

Posted: 03 Mar 2015 08:47 AM PST

Chile Volcano Eruption Sends Lava Shooting Into the Sky

PHOTO: The Villarica volcano erupts near Pucon, Chile, March 3, 2015.

Chile’s Villarrica volcano has reportedly erupted overnight, sending lava shooting into the night sky and was visible for miles! According to reports The volcano erupted at about 3 a.m. local time, triggering a red alert and ordered evacuations according to the National Emergency Office. FULL REPORT

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Christian Colleges’ Biblical Stance on Homosexuality Stirs National Controversy

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 09:45 PM PST

Christian Colleges' Biblical Stance on Homosexuality Stirs National ControversyOnce again a “mind-boggling” controversy has been stirred in a small Christian college in South Carolina. Erskine College has received scrutiny for its board of trustees’ decision last week, characterized by some media outlets as a ban on homosexuality. It comes as many religious organizations seek to respond to the national debate over gay rights and same-sex marriage. The college, affiliated with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, held that sexual intimacy is only appropriate between a man and woman who are married. “We believe the Bible teaches that all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage is sinful,” said the statement adopted by the college in Due West, South Carolina. The reason I emphasized “Mind-boggling” earlier is because “How is this even controversial”? How is this even a debate? This just emphasises just how far off the Moral compass the Church has strayed today! FULL REPORT

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ISIS Sets 19 Christian Captives Free

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 09:35 PM PST

ISIS Sets 19 Christian Captives Free

Iraqi Christians say they have no intention of leaving the country despite the recent abduction of over 100 Assyrian Christians by the Islamic State. (Ahmed Saad)

Sources indicate that the Islamic State has released 19 Assyrian Christian captives in Syria on Sunday after processing them through a sharia court, a monitoring group which tracks the conflict said. This is wonderful news in light of all the deaths that have transpired by the hands of ISIS over the last year or so.  More than 200 Assyrians remain in Islamic State hands, said the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, captives from an Islamic State advance last month that overran more than a dozen villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority near Hasaka, a northeastern city mainly held by the Kurds. FULL REPORT

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California Republicans Betray Party Values With New Gay Rights Wing

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 09:26 PM PST

California Republicans Betray Party Values With New Gay Rights Wing

The Log Cabin Republicans, established to fight a proposed statewide ballot measure to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in California public schools, has long been at odds with mainstream Republican opposition to same-sex marriage and related issues. (Facebook)

If you’re expecting the Republican Party to be the saving grace for biblical Standards this next election season I wouldn’t hold my breath too long, not in California anyway! Why? because according to reports California Republicans broke from their own platform on Sunday and voted overwhelmingly at their state party convention to give official recognition to a gay rights wing of the GOP that has long been marginalized. Endorsement of the Log Cabin Republicans as a charter volunteer organization within the nation’s largest Republican statewide party apparatus marked a turning point of sorts for California Republicans on a key chunk of their social policy agenda. Delegates to the California Republican Party voted 861-293 in favor of the move during the party’s three-day annual convention in Sacramento, the state capital, a party spokeswoman said. FULL REPORT

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Franklin Graham Says This One Thing Will Lead to Christian Persecution in America

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 09:17 PM PST

Franklin Graham Says This One Thing Will Lead to Christian Persecution in AmericaEvangelist Franklin Graham recently revealed the one thing that will open the door to the persecution of Christians in America, and that one thing is says President Obama’s sympathetic attitude to Islam and giving Muslim groups access to influence U.S. foreign policy, which eventually will ultimately lead to the persecution of Christians and Jews in America. Graham reveals In an exclusive interview on CBN’s 700 Club Interactive program that the president’s upbringing is the reason he favors Islam. He went on to say  “We’re going to see persecution in this country because our president is very sympathetic to Islam and the reason I say that, Gordon, is because his father was a Muslim, gave him a Muslim name, Barack Hussein Obama. His mother married another Muslim man, they moved to Indonesia, he went to Indonesian schools. So, growing up his frame of reference and his influence as a young man was Islam. It wasn’t Christianity, it was Islam,” he said. FULL REPORT

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Prophetic Update – All Eyes On Israel

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 08:53 PM PST

Prophetic Update - All Eyes On Israel

Zechariah 12:2-3 – “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.

This is Part 1 of 2 of a “Prophetic Update regarding the recent events regarding the Nation of Israel and The United States. In this 2 Part Update i will show you how the US could be seeing judgments as a result of the treatment of Israel and it’s leadership. I will also point out important timelines to be looking out for and why.
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Wall Street Is Ecstatic As The NASDAQ Closes Above 5000 but we are in Shemitah Cycle

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 08:22 PM PST

Wall Street Is Ecstatic As The NASDAQ Closes Above 5000 but we are in Shemitah CycleWall Street was full of glee Monday when the Nasdaq closed above 5000 for the first time since the peak of the dotcom bubble in March 2000. But are we on the verge of another Bubble Bursting resulting in another economic collapse like we saw in 2008? After all we in a “Shemitah” cycle on the jewish cuyle! Yet almost everyone in the financial world seems convinced that things are somehow “different” this time around. Even though by almost every objective measure stocks are wildly overpriced right now, and even though there are a whole host of signs that economic trouble is on the horizon, the overwhelming consensus is that this bull market is just going to keep charging ahead. But of course that is what they thought just before the last two stock market crashes in 2001 and 2008 as well. No matter how many times history repeats, we never seem to learn from it. FULL REPORT

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2 White House Break-in tries in 24 hours

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 08:08 PM PST

2 White House Break-in tries in 24 hours What is up with all the attempts to breach the White House lately? Now reports are indicating that two men were arrested this past Sunday night and early Monday in separate attempts to gain access to the White House grounds, according to the U.S. Secret Service. The first incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. along East Executive Avenue NW, near the Sherman monument. Brian Leary, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, said a man climbed over a bicycle rack and was arrested. He was taken to the D.C. police department’s Second District station and charged with unlawful entry. Leary said that about 6:45 a.m. Monday, another man tried to walk into a door leading to a construction site at Pennsylvania Avenue and East Executive Avenue. Leary said a worker was leaving and the man tried to get through the door before it closed. FULL REPORT

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Netanyahu In America: For Such A Time As This

Tomorrow, as you watch Bibi Netanyahu speak to Congress about the plight of Israel and Jews everywhere — remember Queen Esther, and how God used her in such a mighty way to save His people.

”For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this” Esther 4:14 (KJV)

When I was growing up in the synagogue, I remember that during Purim, which is being celebrated right now, we would listen to our teacher recall the story of Queen Esther. God brought her to the Persian king to become his queen. Because of Esther, the plan of Haman to annihilate all Jews was thwarted. When our teacher would say “Haman” all the kids would shake a noise making wheel and we would all yell BOO!!!!! We loved it.

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 When I see what is happening to Israel, and the rabid Antisemitism sweeping the globe, I think back to Queen Esther. But today, God is bringing not a queen, but the Prime Minister of the land of Israel — miraculously re-established in 1948.

“And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land” Ezekiel 37:21 (KJV)

“And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.” Amos 9:14-15 (KJV)

Tomorrow, PM Netanyahu will address Congress on behalf of the Jewish people — not just in Israel, but all over the world.

We have seen the recent murders of Jews across Europe. We have seen the hatred of students on the college campuses of the U.S. against Israel and the Jewish people. I never thought that I would see anything like this. My dad, before he died, told us that the Holocaust would probably be repeated.

Satan hates the Jewish people.

He knows that God’s law, the prophets and Yeshua all came from the Jewish people. Satan has been trying to destroy the Jews since the beginning of his reign on earth. But because God made promises to Israel, Satan’s attacks, although horrific, will never completely wipe out the Jewish people. NEVER. Will there be more Jewish blood spilled? Absolutely. Christians and Jews are hated by Satan, and he will continue his murderous rage wherever he can.

Antisemitism is getting way out of control on America’s college campuses:

Today’s “Haman” is radical Islam.

Their goal: to wipe Israel off the map. PM Netanyahu knows full well what a nuclear Iran means to the security of Israel. We know what that means.

Barack Obama couldn’t care less.

So, tomorrow, as you watch Bibi Netanyahu speak to Congress about the plight of Israel and Jews everywhere — remember Queen Esther, and how God used her in such a mighty way to save His people.

Father I pray in the name of Jesus, that Your hand will be upon PM Netanyahu as he speaks. Give him courage and wisdom. Open the hearts of those who will listen to him. I ask this in the name of Yeshua – Your only begotten Son. Amen.

“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24 (KJV)

Am Yisrael Chai!

MARANATHA!

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Ignoring The Vatican Billions, Pope Francis Again Calls For Global Wealth Distribution

The Vatican has billions of dollars in wealth and treasure that the Pope never seems to want to talk about

“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:4,5 (KJV)

The Vatican’s treasure of solid gold has been estimated by the United Nations World Magazine to amount to several billion dollars. A large bulk of this is stored in gold ingots with the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, while banks in England and Switzerland hold the rest. But this is just a small portion of the wealth of the Vatican, which in the U.S. alone, is greater than that of the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. When to that is added all the real estate, property, stocks and shares abroad, then the staggering accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic church becomes so formidable as to defy any rational assessment.

So image the level of gall it takes for this Pope to refer to money as “the Devil’s dung” when the corporation of which he is currently the head of hoards untold billions of it in stockpiles in Switzerland and around the world. Certainly if he were sincere, don’t you think he would start by immediately giving away a few billion just to show the rules he wants others to follow also applies to the Vatican as well? Evidentially, he does not.

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Speaking in Rome, Pope Francis condemned what he called a “throwaway culture created by the powers that control the economic and financial policies of the globalized world.”

But he proposed a solution of sorts, in the form of economic cooperatives that would help spread wealth equally: “Money at the service of life can be managed in the right way by cooperatives, on condition that it is a real cooperative where capital does not have command over men but men over capital.”

He quoted his namesake, St Francis of Assisi, in calling money the “devil’s dung,” according to Vatican Radio. “When money becomes an idol, it controls man’s choices,” he added. “It makes him a slave.”

This is far from the first time the Pope has addressed the condition of the working class in the globalized world; in a speech at the U.N. last year, the Pope asked world leaders to redistribute wealth.

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March 2, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, says the danger is great that the thousands of Syrian refugees coming into the United States will include terrorists who want to kill Americans. So what is he doing about it? He told Sean Hannity of Fox News the other night that he has sent a letter!… (more)

March 2, 2015
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS — The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran…. (more)


March 2, 2015
JERUSALEM POST — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to the Western Wall on Saturday night, just hours before flying to Washington on one of the most contentious visits there by an Israeli prime minister in recent memory…. (more)


March 2, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — What should be our strategy against ISIS? We ask the question without ever considering Iran. What concessions about centrifuges and spent fuel should we demand to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power? We ask the question never linking the mullahs’ weapons ambitions with its sponsorship of the global jihad . . . the only reason we dread a nuclear Iran…. (more)

March 2, 2015
NEWSMAX — CJ Pearson, a politically active 12-year-old from Augusta, Georgia, says he has been locked out of his Facebook account after posting a video saying President Barack Obama doesn’t love America…. (more)


March 1, 2015
GARTH KANT — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, strongly suggested the fix was in from the beginning by GOP leaders to sabotage the fight against Obama’s amnesty, saying, “The cake was baked from the start.”… (more)

March 1, 2015
POLITICO — Close allies of Speaker John Boehner are worried that his conservative rivals could move to oust him as soon as next week. Removing a sitting speaker is exceedingly difficult, and such an effort would almost certainly fall short…. (more)


March 1, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Former Rep. Frank Wolf, the leading voice for religious freedom in Congress for decades, says Christianity is on the verge of extinction in Iraq and the remaining steadfast believers do not see much effort from the U.S. or other Western nations to improve their plight…. (more)

March 1, 2015
INFOWARS — Earlier this week, the ATF announced its intention to ban sales of the ammunition, typically used by sports shooters, in the name of protecting law enforcement officers from “the threat posed by ammunition capable of penetrating a protective vest.”… (more)


February 28, 2015
BREITBART — In a surprise speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) unloaded on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush – -systematically dismantling Bush’s push for amnesty and a massive increase in guest workers from around the world…. (more)

February 28, 2015
JOHN FUND — Today’s vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through “net neutrality,” or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet…. (more)

February 28, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — Color me astonished that it is still controversial in America today, after six years of Barack Obama’s presidency, to say that he does not like America – – that maybe he even hates it. There was a veritable media firestorm when former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani made the statement…. (more)

February 28, 2015
BBC — A leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian officials say…. (more)

February 28, 2015
BOB UNRUH — An attorney for Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County is asking the judge who ordered federal bureaucrats not to implement President Obama’s amnesty-by-memo plan to order a hearing over the administration’s apparent refusal to abide by the order…. (more)

February 28, 2015
NEWSMAX — Files released by the Obama administration that were recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan indicate that al-Qaida had dealings with Iran, the Weekly Standard reported…. (more)

February 28, 2015
SKY NEWS — The first known photograph has emerged of Mohammed Emwazi – the Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John” – as an adult. Showing him with a goatee beard and wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap, the image is revealed in student records from his time at the University of Westminster…. (more)

February 28, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — Donald Trump assured activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday that he is seriously considering a presidential bid and has no interest in any publicity stunt to boost his business or his brand on television…. (more)

February 28, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, given the last slot among the presidential hopefuls at the Conservative Political Action Conference, faced some of the most devoted members of the Republican Party’s ideological base, who oppose his stances on immigration and other key issues, with a strategy that diverged from his potential opponents…. (more)


February 28, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Agreeing on little else, Democrats and Republicans managed to come together late Friday to pass a short-term bill to keep the Homeland Security Department running one more week – – though they made little headway on solving the underlying fight over President Obama’s deportation amnesty…. (more)


February 27, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — The Democrat majority on the Federal Communications Commission adopted sweeping new rules Thursday for the Internet that critics charge were pushed forward by pressure from President Obama and now most certainly will face legal challenges as well as possible intervention from a Congress unhappy with the takeover of yet another part of America’s economy…. (more)


February 27, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli calls Senate Republicans’ decision to push Homeland Security funding that includes money for President Obama’s amnesty a “total surrender” that proves GOP leaders “really don’t have any backbone.”… (more)

February 27, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — From the very first moments of the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides were advised that the compound was under a terrorist attack. In fact, less than two hours into the attack, they were told that the al-Qaeda affiliate in Libya, Ansar al-Sharia, had claimed responsibility…. (more)


February 27, 2015
BUZZFEED NEWS — Shortly after the 2012 election ended, David Kochel, the top-flight Iowa Republican strategist who had run Mitt Romney’s campaign in the state, decided to stop keeping his opinion of marriage equality to himself. He had spent years helping presidential candidates court the conservative Christian voters who dominated Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, but he had grown increasingly convinced that his party was on the wrong side of the marriage debate, both morally and politically…. (more)

February 27, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — National Geographic was one of my favorite magazines as a child. Heck, it was young George Bailey’s favorite magazine. He was proud, like me, to be a part of “the National Geographic Society,” which he took to mean a society of future explorers and adventurers…. (more)


On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Decriminalization of adultery in South Korea reflects global trend of personal autonomy 

Adultery Is No Longer an Affair of the State in South Korea, New York Times (Choe Sang-Hun)

South Korea Legalizes Adultery, Wall Street Journal (Jeyup S. Kwaak)

2) Chinese wedding industry growth obscures underlying tragedy of one-child policy

Wedding wows, The Economist

3) Failure to regard consequences of divorce in Ireland causes indifference towards gay marriage

Is it going to be hello marriage equality, bye bye Mammy?, The Independent (Carol Hunt)

4) Rise of psychic demand reveals Christianity never replaced by pure secularism

There’s a Lot of Spirit At School for Psychics, Wall Street Journal (Matthew Dalton)
In other news…

LAPD Skid Row Shooting Brings Focus to Body Camera Technology NBC News (Andrew Blankstein and Jon Schuppe)

Officer’s Body Camera, Other Videos Part of LAPD Skid Row Shooting Death Investigation NBC LA (Jonathan Lloyd and Toni Guinyard)

3-parent IVF: Why isn’t it available in the United States? The Guardian (Brittany Shoot)

Why Canada Isn’t Ready To Talk About ‘3-Parent’ Babies CBC (Nicholas Misketi)

ISIS releases some Christian hostages — but why? CNN (Ben Brumfield)

Why Do Poor Women Have More Abortions? Slate.com (Amanda Marcotte)

Leaving your religion? Now, there’s a hotline to help, Religion News Service (Kimberly Winston)

 


Stock Market Bubble: Wall Street Is Ecstatic As The NASDAQ Closes Above 5000

Are we at the tail end of the stock market bubble to end all stock market bubbles? Wall Street was full of glee Monday when the Nasdaq closed above 5000 for the first time since the peak of the dotcom bubble in March 2000. And almost everyone in the financial world seems convinced that things are somehow “different” this time around. Even though by almost every objective measure stocks are wildly overpriced right now, and even though there are a whole host of signs that economic trouble is on the horizon, the overwhelming consensus is that this bull market is just going to keep charging ahead. But of course that is what they thought just before the last two stock market crashes in 2001 and 2008 as well. No matter how many times history repeats, we never seem to learn from it. (Read More.…)


The McAvany Intel Memo

It was gratifying that the November mid-term elections went well for the Republicans and against the liberal/socialist Democrats and against Obama. The House and Senate are now firmly in the hands of the Republicans (not conservatives-just Republicans), though not enough to overcome Obama vetoes on almost all Republican-sponsored legislation. One area of good news did emerge from this election: In races where the Democrats championed Gay/Lesbian same-sex marriage and the Republicans opposed it and supported traditional marriage, the Republicans won all of those races. This was a major setback for the Obama-led homosexual marriage juggernaut and homosexual movement in America. The political left underestimated how many heterosexual couples in America support traditional marriage and oppose the homosexual agenda. Could this be the beginning of an awakening in America-where grass-root Americans begin to wake up and oppose the degenerate policies of the political left? We can only hope so!

Another reason the Democrats lost badly was the grassroots perception that the US economy is really bad and getting worse. This is directly contrary to the Wall Street/media/Democrat propaganda that the economy is getting better. Exit polls on Election Day indicated that 78% of voters (from both parties) were worried about the economy: 69% said it was really bad; and 65% said the country is on the wrong track (i.e., headed in the wrong direction). Obama and the Democrats got the blame for economic reality this time. In 2016, when the economy will be even worse, the Republicans will be the targets and will come in for a large share of the blame.

Beyond that fact, there are a number of other sobering considerations to keep in mind. First and foremost, there is very little difference between the Democrats and the Republicans-except the rhetoric, which is more liberal for the former, and more conservative for the latter. But the rhetoric is deliberately misleading: both parties are liberal-the Democrats being the most liberal, socialist, or Marxist. The parties have rightly been called Socialist Party A and Socialist Party B. The Democrats will take America into hardcore socialism at 100 miles an hour and the Republicans at 60 miles an hour-but the destination is the same.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, December 2014


The Real Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Lies Ahead :: Rosen in Washington Times

by Steven J. Rosen
The Washington Times
March 1, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/5064/crisis-us-israel


Obama Negotiates Israel’s Destruction

The strangest thing about Obama’s efforts to achieve friendly relations with Iran, something he has tried to do since he first took office in 2009, is that Iran has made it abundantly clear since its Islamic revolution in 1979 that it hates America and, in tandem, Israel as well.

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7 Times Obama Failed to Support Israel

Under President Barack Obama, many believe, U.S.-Israel relations have deteriorated to a historic low. From the groundwork former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid for the high-stakes nuclear negotiations with Iran, to current Secretary of State John Kerry’s repeated insults to the Jewish state, to the president’s reported intent to have Israeli jet fighters shot down, Obama and his administration’s actions have alienated America’s longstanding ally.

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The Obama Inquisition

If you want to infuriate a liberal, question his patriotism. He’ll sneer, mock and ridicule the question. And then when he is up against the wall, he will mumble that the real patriots don’t need to wear flag pins because they covertly perform their patriotism in the dead of night when no one is looking.

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Obama exceeds Chamberlain by switching allegiance from ally to enemy

There is no comparison between supporting the survival of a nation and defending another nation’s violent intent. One is struggling for its very life, surrounded by enemies on virtually every side. The other is a theocratic foe to western countries, expending every resource on developing methods to destroy the West.

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EXPOSED: The Planned Subjugation of America’s Population

The actual blueprint of the method of the madness of the Obama regime has been laid bare in White House plans to develop “A Country Within A country” of 15 Million “New Americans”, a story brought to light by Mark Levin’s interview with Susan Payne.

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Prophecy Matters

And that’s the point of it, that’s why “prophecy matters.” It isn’t so we can name the antichrist, or predict the date of the Rapture. It’s to show people clearly, through the divine revelation of Scripture, that God is alive, well, and acting in the world today. That is Good News for every man, woman, and child, literally. No matter their backgrounds or worldviews, the message of predictive prophecy is thrilling, and highly relevant.

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Trial Begins for Imprisoned Evolutionary Foe Fighting New Charge, Possible Life Behind Bars

An imprisoned creation science evangelist and Baptist minister who refuted evolutionary theory and who has served eight years of a ten-year prison sentence faced trial in Florida today as he fights a new charge that could put him behind bars for life.

Kent Hovind, the founder of Creation Science Evangelism out of Pensacola, Florida, has been incarcerated since 2007.

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The Table of the Nations, the Tower of Babel, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb – Albert Mohler

God’ sovereign plan from the beginning was to fill the earth with human creatures — image bearers who would obey him by multiplying and filling the earth and by following the creation mandate in order to reflect the creator’s glory. Even after the fall, his purpose was that human creatures spread all over the globe and glorify his name — but of course now that would have to come through the redemption provided by Christ, the one who fulfills God’s promise to Abraham that he would be a blessing to all the nations (Genesis 12:3).

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Iran could nuke New York, Bennett warns Americans

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett warned American TV viewers Sunday that Iranian nuclear ambitions were a direct threat to the West, and that the regime in Tehran was developing its missile program abilities with an eye to launching nuclear attacks on major Western cities.

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WVW-TV Presents: (Part Three) Eight Transformational Steps to a Global False Church

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March 2, 2015

WVW-TV Presents: (Part Three) Eight Transformational Steps to a Global False Church

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Finding God’s will is no deep dark secret – part 2

by Marsha West

In part 1 of this series, CRN contributor Marsha West 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 a decision until he or she has a “peace about it”? (c) wait for a “sign” from God? (d) consult a psychic or a Ouija board to seek God’s guidance? In part 2 Marsha answers these questions.

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Big bang blunder: scientists retract alleged proof of universe origin

by Marsha West

According to the Christian News Network, in less than a year after astronomers announced that they had proof of the universe beginnings, those same astronomers have retracted their claims. We now learn that the findings were not proof of the Big Bang after all and that the astronomers’ conclusions were incorrect.

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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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March 3, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Blogroll Collection

The Daily Discovery (March 3, 2015)

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Discerning or Discriminating – “This morning Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu is on his way to the United States to address congress about an Iranian nuclear deal. Iran has said once it gets its bomb, Israel will be wiped off the map. More than 30 Democratic legislators have announced they are going to boycott Netanyahu’s speech, some saying he’s trying to stir the pot. The U.S. is Israel’s only friend, and this is a very important moment in our history.”

We must resolve in our hearts to proclaim the whole counsel of God’s truth, in season and out of season – “There was a time when the English and American cultures were decidedly ‘Christian.’ Those days are long gone. Whatever it is that God is doing through this, the ‘Remnant’ of genuine believers within the visible Church must awaken and become prepared for what is coming. We cannot be complacent any longer. Why? No matter where we turn, we either encounter growing apostasy within the visible Church or neo-pagans, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, or New Agers being included in the ‘many ways to God.’ Atheism is gaining ground all over the Western World.”

Jesus and His Betrayer – “We have been discussing the rampant apostasy in the “visible church.” While it seems that is is much worse now than it as ever been, let us never forget that the genuine Church has been infiltrated and mixed together with unbelievers, heretics, and apostates from the very beginning. In the passage above we see that one of the our Lord’s own chosen disciples, one of the 12, would betray Him. However, in John 13:18 our also makes it clear that this betrayal would fulfill Old Testament prophecies about an insider betraying Him.”

Apostate Presbyterian Church USA Voting on Redefining Marriage – “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.”

Are There 20 Commandments? – “The Bible is inerrant, so we can be confident that there are no true contradictions in the original manuscripts. Yet some have tried to state that the Bible erroneously records 20 commandments instead of 10. The claim is that God wrote the Ten Commandments, and Moses wrote ten more. In this case, however, there is not even a contradiction between Exodus 20 and 34, nor are there two sets of ten commandments which are different in content. Here are the key verses from Exodus 34.”


SERMON:

John MacArthur – The Grim Reality of the last days


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The Love of Christ (Sermon Jam)

Reaching Mormons


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

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Hawking

Stephen Hawking wrote, “It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way, except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us” (A Brief History of Time). He also stated: “Then we shall . . . be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we would know the mind of God.”

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Kale and the Kingdom

A while ago I was reading Matthew 6:25-34 with my wife and we were discussing the passage while wrapping up our night.  As my wife has been growing in her experience with walking through a passage, tracing an argument and noticing important components, she made a some good observations that ended up in some light bulbs going on for both of us.  Here are some observations that came out of our discussion:

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Judge Rules That Church, Not Presbytery, Owns Property

“The judge’s decision included a permanent injunction that barred the presbytery, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and any people or entities related to it from doing anything that would interfere with or disturb First Presbyterian’s “ownership, use, control or disposition” of the property.”

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How Preaching Shapes Liturgy

“Conscious attempt to frame proclamation and response in terms compatible with Scripture in general and the sermon text in particular helps keep liturgy biblical. While this is essential for each of the elements of worship (prayer in its various foci, reading, singing), it is most necessary for the category, “seeing the word.”

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America’s Most Tolerated Sin

“Gluttony, after all, is food worship. It’s table idolatry. It’s more about the direction of our loves than it is about the contents of our cupboards. How, then, do we discipline our appetites? One answer — and the one I want to explore here — is to quite literally turn the tables on gluttony by coming to the Lord’s Table with fresh resolve and fresh hope.”

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Division and Reunion: A Reflection On American Presbyterianism – A New Documentary

“This is not a comprehensive documentary on American Presbyterianism, far from it. But it is a reflection on history of division and reunion in the mainstream branch. And since that is the focus you can understand why another word in that description – reconciliation – is emphasized throughout the piece.”

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Three Keys to a Better Prayer Life

“Praying with consistency means having a time (or perhaps several times) during your day in which you take time to pray. I find that my best time of prayer occurs on a prayer walk. I also pray when I first get up every morning, simply thanking the Lord for another day to know and serve Him.”

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A Biblical Theology Of The Trees Of The Garden

“The tree of Life was also sacramental–symbolizing something of the eternal life that man could have entered into if he had obeyed with regard to the testing of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam, the son of God (Luke 3:38), forfeited our right to the Tree of Life by taking the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.”

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Out Of The Darkness, Out Of The Grey, And Into The Light

“The citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah were incredibly carnal, and the family of Abraham was not much better. Lot was abused by his daughters. Tamar was wronged by her father-in-law. Later, Reuben, the eldest son of Jacob, was cursed for his sexual fornication. While Joseph ran from temptation, Samson ran towards it.”

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The Necessity of Expository Preaching

“The idea is not so much that God breathed into the Scriptures, but that the Scriptures are the product of His breathing out. Independent of what we may feel about the Bible as we read it, Scripture maintains a “breath of God” quality. Thus, the preacher is to make God’s Word known and make it understandable.”

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Biographer Recounts Woodrow Wilson’s Life As A Religious Epic

“His conviction that he was an instrument of God’s providence polished his certitude and fueled his determination. But when one professor, the closest friend he had ever had, disagreed with his plan to replace exclusive student clubs with more democratic residential quads, Wilson never spoke to him again and never had another very close friend.”

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Can we please get our act together?

Today could go down in history as the day America gets its act together, repents of its political folly and stand once again with Israel. Maybe. Or not. As Prime Minister Benjamen Netanyahu prepares to address congress this morning to plead for common sense on Iran’s nuclear strategy, we’re seeing reports that President Obama Has […]

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The Juvenilization of American Christianity

Americans of all ages are not sure they want to grow up. It is common to hear thirty-, forty-, or even fifty-year-olds say things like, “I guess I have to start thinking of myself as an adult now.” Many emerging adults ages eighteen to twenty-three want to get married and have children eventually, but they […]

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The Gathering Storm Against Christians

by Bill Muehlenberg

All over the West there is a war against Christians and Christianity taking place, and each day this is hotting up even more. Indeed, on a daily basis we find further ugly examples of anti-Christian bigotry taking place. I could easily stop writing about everything else and simply document all this as a full time job.

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Multi-Site Churches: Media and Messages

by Christopher Ames

Multi-Site churches are just one symptom of the evangelical assimilation of the secular cult of celebrity. But, as many thinkers have warned throughout history, this innovation has come at a price. That most people are blind to the liabilities of multi-site, technology-dependent churches is not surprising, but how should we think through this phenomenon as we endeavor to respond to it Biblically?

This article considers the phenomenon of multi-site churches from a theological angle: multi-site churches are founded upon a deficient anthropology.

Second Nature Journal | An Ethical Evaluation of Digital Media in Multi-Site Worship


Our Time is Short

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Two Easy to Spot Problems with The Prayer of Jabez

Steak and a Bible

Recently a friend asked me what I knew about The Prayer of Jabez. I’d never considered writing about it before now because I thought it was already played out. It was popular when I was in college (which was some time ago). But I should have known that popular books filled with shallow and/or errant theology always return. These books have more lives than cats.

So let’s get down to business. Here are two fundamental problems with The Prayer of Jabez.

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NTEB: Benjamin Netanyahu Delivers Blistering Speech To Congress Amid Rousing Reception

From the moment his name was announced, thunderous applause and cheering filled the House chambers as the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, made his way to the podium.

“I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.” Isaiah 46:13 (KJV)

In his opening remarks, Netanyahu made sure to give a shout out to Harry Reid, someone who clearly cannot stand him. This speaks volumes about the class act that is Benjamin Netanyahu. After opening remarks, he launched immediately into why he was there: for the peace and safety of Israel.

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The Prime Minister then thanked America for it’s amazing level of support since the regathering of Israel in 1948, and acknowledged the special relationship between the two nations.

Netanyahu and Queen Esther

Recalling the biblical story of Queen Esther who was chosen to save her people “for such a time as this”, Netanyahu went right into the main reason for his visit, the ever-present threat of Iranian nuclear weapons that once completed will be pointed directly at Israel. He listed point after point calling attention to the brutality of the Iran, and the deadly threat they pose not only to Israel, but to American interests around the world as well.

“We must all stand together to stop Iran’s march of conquest, subjugation and terror” he said to a rousing applause.

But as Netanyahu went on pointing out the evil of the Iranian regime, it tarnished any hopes at all that Obama might have about getting American support for further “peace talks” with Iran as has been his clearly stated goal. One can only imagine Obama sitting watching this speech through gritted teeth and sky-high blood pressure levels.

“As far as ISIS and Iran are concerned, then enemy of your enemy is your enemy” was possibly the best line of the speech, instant classic!

Netanyahu then spent the next 10 minutes ripping Obama’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran to absolute shreds. Any chances that Obama might have had in getting it passed vanished like ice in the noonday sun.

“If Iran wants to be treated as a normal country, let it act like a normal country” brought the entire House to it’s feet in standing ovation.

Netanyahu’s speech was clear, concise and hyper-targeted to it’s goal of calling attention to the Iranian nuclear crisis this world faces. What Obama will do in retaliation remains to be seen, but you can be sure of one thing.

Whatever Obama’s response will be, it will be pro-Iranian and anti-Israel.

 

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JAS: Pray for Israel

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” –Psalm 122:6

America stands at an unprecedented point in American-Israeli relations. The current White House administration’s handling of both the Iranian nuclear threat and undermining of Israeli foreign relations continues to destabilize the Middle East and threaten the safety of both Israel and America. What can be done to help?

We want to encourage you to stand firm both in your Christian faith and in support of Israel. Here are three things you can do today:

  1. Pray: Ask for God’s intervention regarding the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, and for America’s political leaders to positively respect and respond to his message.
  2. Contact your Congressman and express your support for Israel.
  3. Take time to learn more about the biblical, historical, and contemporary importance of Israel. To help, we’re offering free online access to four popular television programs and one e-book related to the Bible’s teachings about Israel.
  4. Forward this email to your family and friends to encourage prayer and support for Israel during this important time.

Program 1:  The Birth of the Modern State of Israel
Visit historical sites and listen to participants describe Israel’s emergence as a modern state in 1948.

Program 2: Israel Declares Independence
Visit the Hall of Independence and listen as our guests describe that historic meeting.

Program 3: Ancient Hebron and the Abrahamic Covenant
Visit Hebron, where God gave the Abrahamic Covenant, and discover what it’s like today.

Program 4: The Temple Mount in Jerusalem
Visit the Temple Mount. See key biblical sites and hear what life would have been like at the time of King David and during Jesus’ lifetime.

God’s Heart for Israel and Us (e-book) by Dr. John Weldon
We read God’s promises to Israel in the Old Testament, where it is referred to as “the apple of His eye, but is God done with Israel since they rejected their Messiah? Are we, as Christians, supposed to stand for the nation of Israel today? Has the Church now replaced Israel, so that God’s promises and covenants given in the OT no longer apply to Israel? What is Israel’s global importance? Is global anti-Semitism on the rise? What will be Israel’s ultimate future?

Stand with us as we pray for the “peace of Jerusalem,” the nation of Israel, and the future of Israel and the United States.

Sincerely,

Dr. John Ankerberg

Hillary Clinton used her private e-mail account to conduct State Department business

WINTERY KNIGHT

Wow. The ultra leftist New York Times just dropped a bomb on Hillary’s 2016 hopes.

Read it:

Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.

It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to…

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Unspoiling Your Children

The Reformed Reader

I’m not sure what to think of this: one of my favorite parenting books isn’t a Christian one.  I do, of course, believe we should raise our children in a distinctly Christian manner, centered around God and his Word.  And of course there are helpful Christian parenting books out there (some unhelpful ones as well!).  But sometimes Christian parents should remember that in God’s common grace, we can learn from those who don’t hold explicitly Christian views.  This book, How to Unspoil Your Child Fast by Dr. R. Bromfield, is a great example.

Even if we may not realize it, most of us who are parents today (myself included) spoil our kids to some extent.  We allow our kids to argue with us, we do too much for our kids, we cater to them too often, we side with our child instead of the teacher or coach, we do…

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How to End Wars (James 4:1–12)

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

Kids-FightingWelcome back to our series in the book of James!

War is a fact of life. Not only are there wars between nations, but there are wars of one kind or another on almost every level of life—even “interpersonal wars” among those in the church! James discussed this important theme of war and explained there are three wars going on in the world. He also told how these wars could be stopped.

At War with Each Other (James 4:1a, 11–12)

“What causes fights and quarrels among you?” Among Christians! Surely, brethren should live together in love and harmony, yet often they do not. Lot caused a quarrel with his Uncle Abraham (Gen. 13). Absalom created a war for his father David (2 Sam. 13–18). Even the disciples created problems for the Lord when they argued over who was the greatest in the kingdom (Luke 9:46–48).

When you examine…

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The Church and the World: Early 20th Century Responses to Liberalism

Scripture Thoughts

I am enjoying and learning a lot from ITunes University theological seminary series: first Carl Trueman’s (Westminster Theological Seminary) Reformation History series, and now “The Church and the World” from Reformed Theological Seminary (professor James Anderson). More in-depth and focused than even the best local-church “church history” series (as to be expected from Seminary courses), I especially appreciate the presentation of material that would otherwise be learned (from available online material) only in various fragments and pieces, but here all put together in sequence, to gain the overall perspective as well as how each piece relates to the topic itself.

From my recent listening in the “Church and the World” series, the following highlights:

Though the modernist view began in the 17th century and especially by the late 18th century, its impact really reached the church in the early 20th century, with significant responses to liberal Christianity from about…

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Why does Netanyahu want to address Congress? He once explained in an interview with me that he sees a threat most do not. Excerpts from that conversation.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

Netanyahu-AIPAC2014>> See my new column on Netanyahu’s views on Iran and Apocalyptic Islam.

UPDATED: (Washington, D.C.) — Why did Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu want to address a Joint Session of Congress despite intense – even unprecedented — political attacks against him from the Obama administration, the media, and the left-wing in Israel?

Because he understands something too few in the West do – that the most serious threat we face today is not simply from “Radical Islam,” but from “Apocalyptic Islam.”

“I think the West misunderstood, and still misunderstands, the threat” posed by Iran, Mr. Netanyahu told me during a 2007 interview for a documentary film I was producing. “It is a fanatic, messianic ideology that seeks to have an apocalyptic battle for world supremacy with the West. It seeks to correct what it sees as an accident of history, where the West has risen, and Islam had declined.  The…

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Top Senate Democrat blasts Obama’s Iran policy. Stage set for painful showdown. Please pray.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

President Obama gives exclusive interview to Reuters on his Iran policy. (photo credit: Reuters) President Obama gives exclusive interview to Reuters on his Iran policy. (photo credit: Reuters)

(Washington, D.C.) — Greetings from the AIPAC Policy Conference. AIPAC stands for the “American Israel Public Affairs Committee.” I have been to many of these over the past 25 years in Washington. But this is one for the ages.

There was a tumultuous reception here this morning for Israel’s Prime Minister from the 16,000 delegates. I lost track of the number of standing ovations. It was moving to be a part of (Israeli leaders rarely receive standing O’s anywhere else in the world, including in Israel.) The Prime Minister thanked America for our long-standing strategic alliance and called for bipartisanship in preventing Iran from building The Bomb.

Please be praying for the PM, his wife Sara and his team as they prepare for the speech to the Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday at 11am eastern. Thanks. I have…

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40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers (Week Two: Tuesday)

Tuesday

Day 12: What evidence was offered in the early centuries to dispute the reality of the resurrection? Was there evidence which speaks for the resurrection from any sources outside the Bible?

Confession: Psalm 6:5–7

For there is no remembrance of you in death.

In Sheol, who will give thanks to you?

I am weary with my groaning;

I flood my bed every night.

With my tears I drench my couch.

My eye wastes away because of vexation;

it grows old because of all my oppressors.

Reading: Mark 10:46–52

And they came to Jericho. And as he was setting out from Jericho along with his disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar, Bartimaeus the son of Timaeus, was sitting beside the road. And when he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many people warned him that he should be quiet. But he was crying out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! Get up! He is calling you.” And he threw off his cloak, jumped up, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered him and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabboni, that I may regain my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has healed you.” And immediately he regained his sight and began to follow him on the road.

Reflection

O most kind, most loving Lord, whom I now desire to receive with devotion. You know the weakness and the necessity which I suffer, in what great evils and vices I am involved, how often I am depressed, tempted, defiled, and troubled.

To you I come for help; to you I pray for comfort and relief. I speak to Him who knows all things, to whom my whole inner life is manifest, and who alone can perfectly comfort and help me.

You know what good things I am most in need of and how poor I am in virtue. Behold, I stand before you, poor and naked, asking your grace and imploring your mercy.

Feed your hungry beggar. Inflame my coldness with the fire of your love. Enlighten my blindness with the brightness of your presence. Turn all earthly things to bitterness for me, all grievance and adversity to patience, all lowly creation to contempt and oblivion. Raise my heart to you in heaven, and suffer me not to wander on earth. From this moment to all eternity do you alone grow sweet to me, for you alone are my food and drink, my love and my joy, my sweetness and my total good.

Let your presence wholly inflame me. Consume and transform me into yourself, that I may become one spirit with you by the grace of inward union and by the melting power of your ardent love.

Suffer me not to go from you fasting and thirsty, but deal with me mercifully as you have so often and so wonderfully dealt with your saints.

What wonder if I were completely inflamed by you to die to myself, since you are the fire ever burning and never dying, a love purifying the heart and enlightening the understanding.

—Thomas à Kempis

The Imitation of Christ

Response

Instead of “going on his way,” Bartimaeus followed after Jesus. What is your response to Christ’s intervention in your life? After reflecting on this, spend time praying Thomas à Kempis’ prayer.[1]

 

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

Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure…

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. (2 Peter 1:3-4 ESV)

We have spent a large amount of time lately looking at forms of “Christianity” that are really forms of apostasy or heresy. We have also compared their false beliefs with those of other aberrant forms of our faith such as the Emergent movement and “liberal Christianity.” There are others to be sure, but what has been amazing is how they all do the same thing. They elevate Man and demote God. They teach salvation…

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