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March 5, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Report

Morality may damn as well as vice. A vessel may be sunk with gold as well as with dung. —Thomas Watson

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Mar. 5, 2015


Hillary Clinton wants the State Department to release all the e-mails she’s provided to the department. “I want the public to see my email,” she said on Twitter. ”I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.”

The U.S. Senate failed to override President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill forcing approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, a setback for Republicans who’ve made building the $8 billion U.S.-Canada oil link a legislative priority.

Large businesses from Main Street to Wall Street are urging the Supreme Court to strike down laws banning same-sex marriage. Apple, BlackRock, General Electric, and many more – 379 in all, as of Wednesday night – ask court to strike down bans.

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert needed 80 stitches to his face after being slashed by a North Korea sympathizer demanding an end to joint U.S.-South Korea military drills.

All aboard! Dogs and cats could ride along as passengers on certain Amtrak trains under a pilot program passed by the U.S. House as part of a bill to reauthorize funding for the rail service.

Consumer confidence in the U.S. rebounded last week from its lowest level of the year as stocks reached record highs, bolstering Americans’ wealth.

Mario Draghi primed investors for an initial bond-buying salvo on Monday as he signaled European Central Bank officials are convinced they will succeed in choking off the threat of deflation.

Bank of England policy makers started their seventh year of holding borrowing costs at a record low on Thursday. Economists and investors are betting there won’t be an eighth.

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Details emerging from the theft of nearly $5 million in gold bars on an interstate highway indicate the heist was carefully planned and raise questions about who was involved other than the three armed robbers.

President Idriss Deby of Chad said on Wednesday he knew the whereabouts of Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, and called on him to surrender or risk being killed.

Two babies’ remains had been at the Smith, Bizzell, Warner & Son Funeral Home in Gary for years, reportedly in a box above the ceiling tiles.

A 59-year-old man who asked for help in a 911 call fired gunshots at police officers as they arrived at his central Florida home in what appeared to be an ambush, police officials said Wednesday.

U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the decisive vote in 2012 to beat back the first major challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, kept his cards close on Wednesday.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that large-scale military exercises had started in southern Russia and in disputed territories on Russia’s borders.

Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson expects the price of oil to remain low over the next two years because of ample global supplies and relatively weak economic growth.

Russian officials on Thursday dismissed a claim by the United States that Moscow has sent “thousands” of troops to fight alongside pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

The federal government will spend $484 million, if not more, and expand the federal workforce by 3,100 in order to implement President Barack Obama’s new executive amnesty plans.

Egypt’s state-sponsored Islamic authority warned women Wednesday against marrying fighters from the Islamic State group online, saying such unions would push them into a “circle of terrorism”.

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week and nonfarm productivity contracted more sharply than previously thought in the fourth quarter. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 320,000 for the week ended Feb. 28.


A military operation to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants has forced about 28,000 people to flee their homes, the UN said.

Brazil’s central bank lifted interest rates to a six-year high of 12.75% in an attempt to restrain inflation.

A woman who was beaten to death in Nigeria on suspicion of being a suicide bomber was in fact mentally ill and not involved in terrorism, according to police and her family.

Liberia has released its last Ebola patient after going a week without any new cases for the first time since May 2014, according to health officials.

Indonesia rejected a last-ditch offer from Australia of a prisoner swap aiming to save the lives of two Australian men on death row.


ABC Family drama The Fosters has made history after featuring the youngest ever same-sex kiss on U.S. television. Characters Jude and Connor, both 13, locked lips.

A ship filled with dozens of rockets allegedly supplied by Iran was raided Wednesday in the Red Sea by the Israeli navy.

Hundreds of students in several New Mexico schools walked out of class this past week in protest of Common Core tests aimed at preparing them for college.

New York City’s schools just got a little easier, as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that schools in his jurisdiction will now recognize two of Islam’s biggest holidays – Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.

China Has Announced Plans For A ‘World Currency’

The Chinese do not plan to live in a world dominated by the U.S. dollar for much longer. Chinese leaders have been calling for the U.S. dollar to be replaced as the primary global reserve currency for a long time, but up until now they have never been very specific about what they would put in place of it. Many have assumed that the Chinese simply wanted some new international currency to be created. But what if that is not what the Chinese had in mind? What if they have always wanted their own currency to become the single most dominant currency on the entire planet? What you are about to see is rather startling, but it shouldn’t be a surprise. When it comes to economics and finance, the Chinese have always been playing chess while the western world has been playing checkers. Sadly, we have gotten to the point where checkmate is on the horizon. (Read More….)

The World Bows to Iranian Regional Hegemony :: Goldman in Asia Times

by David P. Goldman
Asia Times Online
March 4, 2015

While Obama Guts The U.S. Military, Russia Prepares For War

The Russian military and the U.S. military are going in two very different directions. Military spending in Russia is increasing by a whopping 33 percent this year alone, and the Russians are feverishly preparing as if a major war with the United States is inevitable. But despite the fact that the conflict in Ukraine has raised tensions with Russia to Cold War levels, the Obama administration is still acting as if we were living in a “post-Cold War” era. Even while the Russians are arming themselves to the teeth, the U.S. military is being gutted. In fact, the U.S. Army is in the process of being cut down to the smallest size that we have seen since the end of World War II, and the U.S. Navy is already the smallest that it has been since World War I. There is very little political debate about this gutting of our military at the moment, but someday we may look back and bitterly regret not being more prepared. (Read More…)

Hi-Tech Swedish Building Complex Implants RFID Microchips In Employees

Employees at the Epicenter building complex in Stockholm, Sweden have a new option when it comes to entering the building. Instead of swiping the usual plastic keycard, they can wave their hand in front of a sensor. How, you may ask, does this magically open doors? There’s nothing magic about it: Office workers have radio frequency identification (RFID) chips embedded in the skin between their thumb and index finger, courtesy of BioNyfiken, a Swedish biohacking group. (Video)

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The Breakdown Of U.S.-Israeli Relations Brings Us Several Steps Closer To World War III

In the past 40 years, we have never been closer to World War III than we are today. If you ask Americans to name what area of the globe they believe World War III will begin, the number one choice by a landslide would probably be the Middle East. And thanks to the stunning breakdown of U.S.-Israeli relations, we are now closer to that war than we have been in decades.

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New Painting By Artist Slams ‘Obama’s Foreign Policy’

Artist Jon McNaughton has released a new painting portraying President Obama in a less than flattering light. He has released some controversial paintings in the past.

McNaughton’s new painting entitled “Obama’s Foreign Policy” depicts the president swinging a golf club with a nuclear explosion in the background.

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NYC mayor closing schools for Muslim holidays

De Blasio: ‘It was just a matter of fairness, it’s as simple as that’

Being a Muslim student in New York City’s schools just got a little easier, as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that schools in his jurisdiction will now recognize two of Islam’s biggest holidays – Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.

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March 5, 2015   


“A State, I cheerfully admit, is the noblest work of Man: But Man, himself, free and honest, is, I speak as to this world, the noblest work of God.” –James Wilson, Chisholm v. Georgia, 1793


Hillary Clinton, Master of Her Emails

Rep. Trey Gowdy’s House committee re-investigating the attack on the Benghazi consulate subpoenaed Hillary Clinton Wednesday for her emails about Libya during her time as secretary of state. Turns out, Clinton had been operating her own email account based on a server she set up in her New York home — and this gives her control of what information she releases. “I want the public to see my email,” Clinton tweeted last night. “I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.” But here’s the kicker: Because Clinton herself controls the emails, the State Department can only release the emails she gives it, according to State spokeswoman Marie Harf. This runs afoul of every ideal of free and open government, as well as the law. Sen. Chuck Grassley said, “The trend of using private email for public business is detrimental to good government. The public’s business ought to be public with few exceptions.” Clinton promises transparency, though there is no way to verify that she is disclosing everything. And the fact she navigated the creation of a home-based email service that permanently deletes emails shows she is determined to be anything but. More…

Clinton’s Email Was a National Security Threat

When Hillary Clinton set up a private email in her New York home, she invited the full brunt of Chinese and Russian cyber intelligence upon herself. The National Security Agency — whose first duty is to actually provide cyber security — was not protecting her account as it does with government email accounts. Her email also did not have Google or Yahoo security teams protecting it from hackers. Lead technologist for the ACLU Chris Soghoian told Wired Magazine, “Although the American people didn’t know about [Hillary’s email account], it’s almost certain that foreign intelligence agencies did, just as the NSA knows which Indian and Spanish officials use Gmail and Yahoo accounts. She’s not the first official to use private email and not the last. But there are serious security issue associated with these kinds of services.” Furthermore, Clinton’s team did not set up her encryption software correctly, akin to leaving home with an unlocked screen door to keep intruders out. When asked by a reporter if those emails contained classified information, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf replied, “I don’t think it’s really a pertinent question.” More…

Keystone Vote Doesn’t Overcome Obama’s Veto

Barack Obama’s veto pen is strong. The Senate failed by five votes Wednesday to override Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline. Even though eight Democrats voted with Republicans, the proposal only got 62 votes. Republicans say this is not the end to the pipeline, though. The bill’s author, Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), said, “If we don’t win the battle today, we will win the war, because we will attach it to another piece of legislation.” Already, Republicans are planning to attach a Keystone proposal to a transportation-funding bill that Congress must pass by May 31. If that fails, then lawmakers will attempt to tack Keystone to an energy bill later. This strategy may set up fights like the failed fight to defund Obama in his executive actions granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. It should at least be entertaining. More…

Defense of Boston Marathon Bomber Admits He Did It

The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — the co-conspirator of the Boston Marathon Bombing — began in Boston Wednesday with his defense attorney admitting, “It was him.” In the coming days of trial, defense attorney Judy Clarke will argue before the jury that Tsarnaev doesn’t deserve the death penalty for his hand in planting two IEDs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon nearly two years ago. It was Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan, who became obsessed with jihad and pressured his brother “by his age, their culture and Tamerlan’s sheer force of personality” into committing an act of terror. Clarke told the court, “It was Tamerlan Tsarnaev who self-radicalized. It was Dzhokhar who followed.” That’s the pivotal question, as that will determine what Tsarnaev’s punishment will be. More…

IRS: We’re Gonna Need Another Half Billion, OK?

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a Senate appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that the IRS just needs a little fiscal help to enforce ObamaCare. As in an additional $490.4 million in the next fiscal year. “This additional funding, the majority of which is for required information technology upgrades, will allow the IRS to increase efforts to ensure compliance with a number of tax-related provisions of the ACA, including the premium tax credit and individual shared responsibility provision,” Koskinen said. “The funding will provide enhanced technology infrastructure and applications support, and allow necessary, major modifications to existing IRS tax administration systems.” The timing is almost amusing, given that the Supreme Court heard arguments earlier Wednesday regarding subsidies on the federal exchange. Surely the IRS doesn’t need another half a billion dollars to correctly read the statute? More…

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Will SCOTUS Save ObamaCare From Itself?


As headlines tuned to her majesty’s secret email servers and the Senate’s failure to override Barack Obama’s Keystone veto, the Supreme Court Wednesday considered oral arguments in a case that could potentially unravel the disaster known as the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare.

The case, King v. Burwell, challenges the legality of federal health insurance subsidies for individuals in states that have not set up health insurance exchanges. It’s a case built on solid ground. The law specifically declares — nine times to be exact — that subsidies are available only through exchanges “established by the state.” Yet 36 states opted not to establish an exchange or have discontinued their exchange. So, the IRS issued regulations declaring subsidies are available in these states, in direct violation of the wording in the ACA.

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., who argued on behalf of the administration, said interpreting the law as the plaintiffs argue would “revoke the administration’s promise” to give Americans affordable health care and noted, “That cannot be the statute Congress intended.”

Barack Obama didn’t worry himself with revoking his promises about keeping insurance plans or doctors. Why worry about subsidies?

Furthermore, now-disgraced ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber disagrees. He famously said in 2012, “If you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits — but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill.” Of course, what truly matters is not what Gruber or Verrilli believe but what the law says.

As Justice Antonin Scalia noted, “It may not be the statute Congress intended, but it may be the statue Congress wrote.”

The decision will likely hinge on the votes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy. Justice Roberts said very little during arguments and gave virtually no indication of how he would vote. But his was the tiebreaking vote upholding ObamaCare’s individual mandate in 2012, and he rewrote the law to do so — all in some sort of effort to protect the Court from appearing “political.”

Unlike Roberts, Kennedy was more vocal Wednesday, and his questions may hint at sympathy for the administration’s position. For example, he said the plaintiffs’ argument — that the law requires states to create an exchange as a condition for receiving tax credits — could raise “a serious constitutional question,” as it would mean the law tells states, “Either you create your own exchange, or send your insurance market into a death spiral.” In other words, the law would challenge state sovereignty through federal coercion.

Yes, that’s exactly what Democrats intended.

Ironically, the constitutional question is one the administration is trying to use in its favor. Knowing Kennedy’s strong support for constitutional federalism, Verrilli actually claimed, “Our reading is the pro-federalism ruling.”

For the administration to trample the Constitution underfoot for six years and then raise it as a banner is disingenuous and outrageous, but savvy. Verrilli hopes to convince Kennedy that the administration is not challenging state sovereignty; hence, the subsidies could not be contingent on states setting up their own exchanges. The administration is ridiculously asserting Kennedy would betray his federalist inclinations if he supports an interpretation of the law that could be seen as coercing states.

Of course, such coercion is hardly new; the federal government regularly uses coercion to implement federal policy throughout the states. Just think of Medicaid, education regulations, and so on.

Beyond questions of federalism, the true issue here is Rule of Law. As John Daniel Davidson, director of the Center for Health Care Policy for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, notes, “The only question that matters in King is whether the administration used the IRS to rewrite a law Congress passed.”

For a president so at ease with overriding Congress, Obama is surprisingly averse to admit he did just that with his own legislation. With Congress unwilling to reign in a lawless executive, however, the Court will now decide whether law has any meaning or if, to paraphrase former Chief Justice Charles Evan Hughes, it means only what the judges say it means.

No Justice for Ferguson


As expected, the Justice Department released its report on endemic racism in the Ferguson Police Department, determining that blacks were treated unfairly in “nearly every aspect of Ferguson’s law enforcement system.” The DOJ’s findings were virtually a foregone conclusion. Attorney General Eric Holder and his merry band set out to find racism among white cops and, lo and behold, their witch hunt was successful. But, if some of the findings are indeed true, it’s hard to say there isn’t a real problem in Ferguson.

For purely partisan reasons, Holder and his boss, Barack Obama, launched a national campaign to throw municipal, county and state law enforcement officers under the bus — the same cops they frequently use as photo-op props.

Holder said the DOJ’s findings explain why a black man’s death at the hands of a white police officer “set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg.” Perhaps that’s partly true, especially if the perception among the populace is that the police are out to get them, but it’s also far more complicated than Holder lets on. And can we really believe anything he says?

Right up front, it’s important to reiterate that the vast majority of law enforcement officials at the local, state and federal level abide, first and foremost, by their oaths “to Support and Defend” our Constitution and the Liberty it enshrines.

But that doesn’t mean a few haven’t forgotten who they are obligated to “protect and serve.” We’ve warned previously about the over-militarization of police. It’s a problem for several reasons, and one is the tendency to amplify aggression when encountering citizens and suspects. As we said in August, a situation that was already tense thanks to the racial imbalance between the city and its police department, was made worse by the paramilitary police response to the riots after Michael Brown’s death.

Furthermore, as Mark Alexander, a police veteran himself, wrote in December, “Clearly, there are some police officers calloused by constant exposure to oppressive urban criminal cultures. Consequently, some may over-generalize racial assumptions and abuse their authority.”

But the problem in Ferguson isn’t quite, well, black and white.

According to the DOJ, “African Americans experience disparate impact in nearly every aspect of Ferguson’s law enforcement system. Despite making up 67% of the population, African Americans accounted for 85% of FPD’s traffic stops, 90% of FPD’s citations, and 93% of FPD’s arrests from 2012 to 2014.”

“Disparate impact” is one of Obama’s favorite phrases, but does this mean police are racist? Not necessarily. As Alexander noted, “[W]hen 90% of murders in urban centers are ‘people of color’ and 90% of perpetrators are ‘people of color,’ cops of any color are going to be more cautious with ‘people of color.’ This is not ‘racism,’ this is reality, driven by a desire to make it home safely at the end of one’s shift.”

Still, the DOJ’s accounts of police overstepping bounds are too numerous to ignore. Just to name a couple:

A black man who was sitting in his car cooling off from playing basketball was accused by an officer of being a pedophile because there were children nearby. He was ordered out of his car for a pat-down, seemingly without cause, and then arrested for “eight violations of Ferguson’s municipal code,” including not wearing a seatbelt in a parked car. The man lost his job as a result.

A black woman illegally parked her car and ended up in a six-year battle, paying more than $1,000 in fines and spending six days in jail.

Were there extenuating circumstances in these cases? Prior arrests? Perhaps, but the report is careful not to elaborate on the citizens’ backgrounds.

There are plenty of other anecdotes of general harassment — police seeming to escalate otherwise innocuous situations, police dogs biting blacks (and only blacks), officers arresting people based solely on verbal exchanges, and cops uttering racial epithets. We’re sure none of Ferguson’s black citizens ever hurled racial epithets at officers.

The report found that “Ferguson’s law enforcement practices are shaped by the City’s focus on revenue rather than by public safety needs.” The city’s finance director emailed the police chief to see if the police department could raise enough revenue for a 10% budget increase. For a town of 21,000 with a median income around $36,000, that’s not hard to believe. In fact, one might ask why Ferguson has a police department of its own, rather than deploying the St. Louis County PD.

The problems in Ferguson did not, however, extend to Officer Darren Wilson’s deadly encounter with Michael Brown. He was cleared of criminal charges in November, and the DOJ went to great lengths explaining why Wilson was justified in shooting Brown. While that defense is all well and good, Obama, Holder and their race-baiting friends ended Wilson’s career in the police department and effectively endangered him for life by countenancing (until now) the false “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” meme.

It wasn’t long before two New York police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, lost their lives at the hands of a black racist.

Don’t miss the timing of the two reports. The one absolving Wilson was released alongside the political consolation prize — discrediting the entire department.

Also note the administration’s language defending the ATF’s looming ammunition ban is all about “protecting police.” See? Obama cares.

The trouble here is that the Justice Department’s report doesn’t resolve anything. Those who see police as racist, jackbooted thugs now have a lengthy report full of horrible anecdotes to back that up. Others who see the Obama administration as the racist, jackbooted thugs will summarily dismiss the report. Based on Obama’s and Holder’s untrustworthiness, this is understandable.

The truth is probably lost somewhere in the middle. Racial tension is real — there’s no doubt Ferguson residents at least felt harassed rather than served. Police are human and susceptible to abusing power. But inner city culture is rotten and full of law-breaking gangbangers of whatever race. The DOJ report calls for changes in Ferguson, but none of those changes are solutions. So, now what?



Greek fabulist Aesop (620-564 BC): “Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.”

Columnist Jeff Jacoby: “‘I’m afraid Putin will kill me,’ Boris Nemtsov told a Russian website on February 10. He was dead before the month was out. The charismatic opposition leader, a former deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin, was assassinated in the heart of Moscow on Friday night as he walked over a bridge near Red Square, only yards from the Kremlin walls. … Did Putin order the latest assassination? As Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion and longtime Nemtsov friend, noted over the weekend, whether or not Putin issued a directive is beside the point. The Russian strongman ‘is directly responsible for creating the conditions in which these outrages occur with such terrible frequency.’ … In such a culture of fear, there is little point asking who gave the order to kill. Ask rather whose killing will be ordered next. And ask an even more pressing question: When will American policymakers stop treating Putin’s regime as anything but the gangster state that it is? … Washington can best give meaning to Nemtsov’s death by emulating the resolve and courage he embodied in life. Condolences won’t slow Putin’s aggression. Backbone is a different story.”

Columnist Tony Perkins: “Despite all the saber rattling, the American people are left with the same empty and frustrated feeling they had when the GOP was in the minority. Like us, many of them are probably wondering: why give control to Republicans if all they’re going to do is babysit the country’s demise? In the end, this is about a lot more than immigration. It’s about every issue (marriage, health care, abortion, national security, gun rights) where President Obama has substituted his personal agenda for the rule of law. Speaker Boehner insists the courts can handle the amnesty issue. But considering the courts’ recent track record, who in their right minds would trust them to? The founders designed Congress to be an executive branch check for a reason. And if Republicans can’t muster the courage to stand now, when will they?”


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Stunning Purim Connections and Judgement

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 08:41 AM PST

Stunning Purim Connections and Judgement In this End Time Headlines Exclusive I will show you stunning parallels of two major events happening right now that may have significant “Prophetic” implications and serve as reminder that God Almighty is still on the throne and watches over the “Apple of his Eye” the Nation of Israel!

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Hospitalized in Critical Condition during Purim

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 08:12 AM PST

Iran's Supreme Leader Hospitalized in Critical Condition during Purim Here we are in the timeline of Purim, the Jewish holiday celebrating the redemption of the Jewish people from plots of genocide in ancient Persia, which is Modern Day Iran, and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was reportedly hospitalized in critical condition on Wednesday. and according to Arab media reports cited by Israel Hayom, Khamenei was urgently brought to a hospital in Tehran after several of his bodily systems had already failed.Now why is that significant? Remember history records that Haman and his wife Zeresh instigated a plot to kill all of the Jews of ancient Persia and Haman attempts to convince Ahasuerus to order the killing of Mordecai and all the Jews of the land. The plot  however is foiled by Queen Esther! Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just addressed the US Congress of the threat from a nuclear Iran ( Persia ). However it gets even more interesting because shortly after the speech from Netanyahu, The Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made some chilling statements as he has claimed that heightened anti-Israel sentiments across the globe served as a sign of “divine help” in the Islamic Republic’s fight against its arch enemy.“Increasing global hatred of #Israel is a sign of divine help,”. Once again you have to ask yourself is this all just a coincidence that during Purim, which is remembrance of how God Almighty delivered the Jewish people from the threats of a wicked Persian Leader who was threatening to annihilate the Jewish People? Or are we seeing a Major “Prophetic Parallel?

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2015 Presents Startling Alignment of Prophetic Events

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 07:51 AM PST

2015 Presents Startling Alignment of Prophetic EventsIt seems that people are finally waking up around the World to the “Prophetic” significance This year brings as amazing signs in the skies with Blood moons, solar eclipses, Jewish festivals and a Sabbath year aligning in startling ways for anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear! Kevin Clarkson from “Prophecy in the News” has done a wonderful job of breaking down these events in categories to allow us to keep a watchful eye upon them! FULL REPORT

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Guinea to start final trials of Ebola vaccines this week

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 07:43 AM PST

Guinea to start final trials of Ebola vaccines this weekIf the World Health Organization is successful in the coming days the Ebola virus may be prevented from spreading like wildfire again! That’s because, according to reports the (WHO) says the first large-scale trial of an Ebola vaccine will begin in the African nation of Guinea, weeks after a similar test had been carried out in neighboring Liberia. The candidate vaccine, VSV-EBOV, will undergo Phase III testing in the areas of Basse Guinee, the region that currently has the highest number of cases in Guinea, on March 7, WHO confirmed on Thursday. “If a vaccine is found (to be) effective, it will be the first preventive tool against Ebola in history,” WHO Director General Margaret Chan said. VSV-EBOV along with CAd3 are two candidate vaccines in the most advanced stages of development and have already passed safety tests on humans. FULL REPORT

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The Illusionary Recovery Is Now Giving Way To The Economic Collapse

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 07:30 AM PST

The Illusionary Recovery Is Now Giving Way To The Economic Collapse

James 5:1-6 – Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.

An alarming report from Investment Watch is suggesting that the illusion the Mainstream Media and our Government has been giving us of the “Economic Recovery” may be accelerating towards a “Rude Awakening” and Fast! According to their report the ADP employment number miss expectations. RBS, Target is laying off people. Deflation not showing up in food, alcohol or electricity. New type of loans, landlord loans, real estate market crashing and the bankers are getting desperate. FCC wants to be the referee of the internet. China tells Obama to mind his own business about fighting terrorism. Russia creating program to stop color revolutions which end up in regime change. US expands sanctions on Russia for another year. US troops heading to Ukraine. NATO ships in Black Sea. US making the case to invade Libya. and the list goes on! Are we on the verge of a “House of Cards” collapsing? SOURCE

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Hong Kong’s Communist leader tells citizens to act like sheep for their own good

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 07:20 AM PST

Hong Kong's Communist leader tells citizens to act like sheep for their own goodHow do tyrants maintain blind loyalty and absolute obedience? Easy! Follow and ask “No Questions”! Such is the case by recent comments from Hong Kong’s unpopular communist chief executive. In a recent speech, he had some advice for residents of the Asian metropolis: Be more “like sheep” — advice that did not sit well with the city’s pro-democracy reformers.  In a brief video address commemorating the beginning of the “Year of the Sheep,” part of the Chinese new year, CY Leung that sheep-like behavior from the population was necessary following the disruption caused by street protests last year. What about you? Are you a blind sheep following and never questioning authority? FULL REPORT

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NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 07:12 AM PST

NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit Remember the days when you could grab a shovel in the Winter and make some extra cash by shoveling driveways for neighbors or store clerks? Well those days are long gone because teenagers looking to make some extra money shoveling snow can now be stopped in their tracks and forced to pay erroneous permit fees. That’s exactly the case for Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf, two 18-year-olds from Bound Brook, New Jersey. On January 27, they traveled door to door handing out homemade flyers offering their snow-shoveling services. The weather forecast predicted several inches of snow the next day, and school had already been canceled. The boys were looking to serve their neighbors and make some extra cash. Local news reports in Bound Brook report that local law enforcement told the boys to stop going door to door. The cops said the boys were not allowed to solicit business door-to-door without obtaining a permit from the local government. FULL REPORT

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Defector warns of North Korea’s growing cyber security arsenal

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 07:00 AM PST

Defector warns of North Korea's growing cyber security arsenal

Kim Heung-gwang

According to reports a North Korean defector who once helped train Pyongyang’s military hackers warned this week that the totalitarian regime is a major cybersecurity threat to the United States and other nations. This comes days after multiple threats from North Korea warning they could carry out a pre-emptive Nuclear strike against the West if needed.  Kim Heung-gwang, a former professor at North Korea’s Hamhung University of Computer Technology, a key training facility for the military, urged governments to do more to counter North Korean hacking. The chilling report indicates North Korean hackers are targeting nuclear power plants, transportation networks, electrical utilities and all major government organizations abroad. FULL REPORT

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Fish freezing to death in super-chilled water

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 06:52 AM PST

Fish freezing to death in super-chilled water

Cooke Aquaculture’s fish farm in Shelburne Harbour on Nova Scotia’s South Shore is one of the sites where officials believe fish have died due to a so-called superchill. (The Canadian Press)

Sources indicate that temperatures have dropped so low in Nova Scotia waters that Fish at three aquaculture sites have died and a so-called super-chill is suspected, the provincial Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture said Tuesday.  A fish health veterinarian visited the Annapolis Basin and Shelburne Harbour sites and is expected to visit the Jordan Bay site in the next few days to investigate the cause of death, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell said in a statement. “Our provincial fish health veterinarians investigate mortality events to rule out diseases of concern,” he said. The department said a preliminary investigation has found a super-chill happened, meaning sustained cold temperatures dropped the temperature of the water to the level that fish blood freezes — around –0.7 C. FULL REPORT

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Kentucky under “State of Emergency” Days after Yarmuth Rebukes Israel

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 06:43 AM PST

Kentucky under "State of Emergency" Days after Yarmuth Curses IsraelWe are only days after the Benjamin Netanyahu speech to the Congress, where Israel presented their case against a Nuclear Iran only to be met with harsh criticism and rebuke, One of those rebukes came from Democrat John Yarmuth as U.S. Representative for Kentucky’s 3rd congressional district (which is effectively the city of Louisville) and has been since 2007, where he called Netanyahu’s speech an “impressive bit of political theater,” and stated he felt validated for not attending the speech Tuesday. In mid-February Yarmuth issued a statement saying he would not be attending the address from Netanyahu, at the time calling the speech a “sad and ridiculous” litmus test for support of Israel.   In the speech Yarmuth said he “resented the condescending tone” from the Israeli prime minister two weeks ahead of a closely fought election in Israel. and claimed that his speech was straight out of the Dick Cheney playbook! Now just days away from these statements Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a statewide emergency after much of the commonwealth was covered by several inches of snow — with some parts seeing up to 20 inches — according to a news release. Officials are calling this a “Historical Snowfall Event” It is the second such declaration in less than a month.  “Two significant winter storms nearly back-to-back are rare in Kentucky, and pose a challenge for our emergency management teams, road crews and local emergency responders. This emergency declaration will allow us to deploy any needed state assistance, including National Guard troops if necessary, without delay,” said Gov. Beshear, in the release. So I understand many will scorn this assumption but one must also understand that there is a remarkable pattern in history of disasters and events that follow after leaders and representatives curse Israel! You can check that out HERE

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Antarctic Sea Ice New Record Maximum Melts Global Warming Hoax

On Sept. 19, 2014, the five-day average of Antarctic sea ice extent exceeded 20 million square kilometers for the first time since 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

As Al Gore and his minions continue to desperately try and maintain the global-warming-climate-change-hoax, the ice cold facts say otherwise. Antarctic ice reached crazy high levels this year as the planet continues to cool off. Record chill and snowfalls all across America attest to the non-warming status of our every-changing planet.

Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached a new record high extent this year, covering more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s. The upward trend in the Antarctic, however, is only about a third of the magnitude of the rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.


The new Antarctic sea ice record reflects the diversity and complexity of Earth’s environments, said NASA researchers. Claire Parkinson, a senior scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, has referred to changes in sea ice coverage as a microcosm of global climate change. Just as the temperatures in some regions of the planet are colder than average, even in our warming world, Antarctic sea ice has been increasing and bucking the overall trend of ice loss. source

Weather Channel founder John Coleman destroys global warming

John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, shocked academics by insisting the theory of man-made climate change was no longer scientifically credible. Instead, what ‘little evidence’ there is for rising global temperatures points to a ‘natural phenomenon’ within a developing eco-system.

In an open letter attacking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he wrote: “The ocean is not rising significantly. “The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number.

“Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing).

“I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid.” source


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In Shocking Video British Islamists Say Sharia Law In America Is Next

British Islamist Abu Rumaysah said he wants to see every woman in the UK “covered from head to toe.”

Radical Islam is not the problem, it was never the problem. Islam, regular old Islam, is the problem. It is not a religion, it is a repressive, political ideology that forces submission to it’s demonic Sharia Law by the edge of the sword. Islam must be rejected everywhere it is presented, at all costs. It is the greatest enemy facing mankind in the 21st century.

England, because it refused to fight it, has fallen to Islam. If we do not take action now, America will be next.

Rumaysah and his Islamist confidants patrol the streets of East London, chastising British citizens for not complying with Islamic law. In a series of videos, they can be seen harassing women for inappropriate dress, rebuking men for drinking alcohol, and calling a man “dirty” on the suspicion that he is gay.

Ultimately, I want to see every single woman in this country covered from head to toe,” British Islamist Abu Rumaysah told 60 Minutes correspondent Clarissa Ward. “I want to the see the hand of the thief cut. I want to see adulterers stoned to death. I want to see sharia law in Europe, and I want to see it in America, as well. I believe our patrols are a means to an end.”


“Why can’t I tell you to cover up? Am I free to say that?” Rumaysah asked. “So, cover up. Wear the hijab.”

Rumaysah is in the inner circle of radical Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary. Both men were arrested in September on charges of inciting young British Muslims to engage in terrorism.

In the interview, Choudary said he refused to believe that James Foley was an innocent journalist and justified his brutal murder by Islamic State terrorists in August.

“I don’t believe any western journalists, quite frankly. I believe you’re liars until proven otherwise,” Choudary said. “But let me tell you something–the perspective of the Muslims of journalists, whether that be James Foley and others, is that they are the propaganda for the western regimes.”

When Ward pointed out that Choudary condemned violence by “the West” while refusing to condemn violence by Islamic extremists, he said there was “a difference between the oppressor and the oppressed.” source

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The Lord Has a Controversy with the Nations

Now is a good time to remind everyone, that the great “I AM” has a foreign policy and it’s short and very clear…”I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you” (Genesis 12:3).

The future and survival of the United States is tied directly to how we act right now, and by what I have been seeing, it doesn’t look good.

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Boston Marathon Bomber defense confesses client’s action, denies his responsibility

‘It was him’ Boston bomber’s lawyers admit guilt, focus on brother, Reuters (Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber)

2) Former CIA head’s plea bargain points to active danger of sin’s hubris

Petraeus reaches plea deal with Justice Dept., USA Today (Kevin Johnson and Tom Vanden Brook)

Petraeus Reaches Plea Deal Over Giving Classified Data to His Lover, New York Times (Michael S. Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo)

3) Teens use digital media to feel good about themselves, like all humans

Digital content makes teens feel good about themselves, Los Angeles Times (Saba Hamedy)
In other news…

Justices Divided at Health-Law Argument, Wall Street Journal (Louise Radnofsky and Brent Kendall)

Hillary Clinton’s emails: What you need to know, CNN (Dan Merica and Brianna Keilar)


What Millennials Want When They Visit Church

Dear Foolish and Gullible Americans, Net Neutrality is Not Your Friend

Two More Hospitals Report ‘Superbugs’ on Endoscopes

New York City Adds 2 Muslim Holy Days to Public School Calendar

As Muslim Construction Workers Shout “Allahu Akbar,” Coptic Monks Lie Down In Front Of Bulldozer To Protect Ancient Christian Monastery

Ana Marie Cox, having come out as a Christian, goes on “Morning Joe.”

by Denny Burk


Ana Marie Cox wrote a compelling testimony several days ago titled “Why I’m coming out as a Christian.” She is a liberal/progressive writer, and she shares that she has been most reluctant to announce her new found faith for fear that Christians won’t accept her. Happily, she reports that the opposite has happened since her article came out. Watch above.


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 5, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Blogroll Collection

Morality may damn as well as vice. A vessel may be sunk with gold as well as with dung. —Thomas Watson

March 2 quotes

The Daily Discovery (March 5, 2015)

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Dear Rob Bell: The Church Isn’t Giving an Inch on Gay Marriage – “Dear Rob Bell, I recently read your comments, made to Oprah, about the church being “moments away” from affirming gay marriage. Here are your remarks as reported on one website…”

The Most Controversial Verse In the Bible – “First of all, I want to start out the update today by thanking everyone who has prayed for my kids. As of noon today, Zeej hasn’t thrown up in the past 26 hours. He’s actually playing outside right now after being sick to his stomach for 4 days. All of our children hate not being able to get to church. Continue to pray for health in our family, and for all the families who have been (and are) battling bugs this sick season.”

Don’t Play Games – “Please don’t play games with God. Repent from your sin, trust in Christ alone for salvation. If you are not sure of your salvation, please stop and read the book of 1 John to test yourself and see if you are in the faith.”

Theonomy Debate Review on Fighting for the Faith – “Please take a moment to listen to yesterday’s edition of Fighting for the Faith.  Chris Rosebrough took some time to review the recent debate on theonomy between Pastor Jordan Hall and Dr. Joel McDurmon.”

The Eye “Is Optimized for Our Vision Purposes” – “We’ve posted before about the problem of atheists declaring that the design of this or that body part is sub-optimal (and therefore, isn’t designed). Electrical engineer Bill Pratt explained it this way…”


Tim Conway – Cain or Christ: Hatred or Love


Reactive Attachment Disorder: You need to know that most adoptive parents are dealing with this.

Why Is Suicide a Sin?

“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


Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts

Our children deserve a consistent intellectual foundation. Facts are things that are true. Opinions are things we believe. Some of our beliefs are true. Others are not. Some of our beliefs are backed by evidence. Others are not. Value claims are like any other claims: either true or false, evidenced or not. The hard work lies not in recognizing that at least some moral claims are true but in carefully thinking through our evidence for which of the many competing moral claims is correct. That’s a hard thing to do. But we can’t sidestep the responsibilities that come with being human just because it’s hard.

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I Support Net Neutrality, But That Is Not What The FCC Just Did

The FCC’s action begins a new chapter of competing visions for the Internet — one where government regulators play a central role in directing how the Internet evolves, versus one in which entrepreneurs, private enterprise and consumers expressing their preferences set the terms for the future. The latter has a superior record in delivering value to consumers. The former has repeatedly failed.

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A Perfect Storm Is Heading Toward Higher Education

So what should colleges do? First, they need to recognize the inevitability of change. Change is coming, and those schools that embrace it are far more likely to survive. Second, they should start listening to the constituency that is paying the bills. Providing real job skills and job placement assistance—along with a solid education—should take priority over identifying potential micro-aggressions. And third, colleges must make a real effort to make college affordable to middle-class families.

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Progressivism’s Effects on Marriage and Family

In the West, Christianity is recast to conform to Western, market-driven, materialist; consumeristic, social norms and evangelicals are no different. The gospel in U.S. Protestantism has not proven yet to be more powerful than the American Dream. One could easily argue that Protestants gave marriage over to the American Dream 120 years ago or so and that passing laws in Congress on the meaning of marriage won’t change that fact. American Protestants have a legacy of preaching whatever cultural norm they decide to embrace during any given era.

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Is Spiritual Formation Shooting At The Right Target?

Left to ourselves, we would be trapped in our sin. But there is a way to overcome sin (“to overcome the world”). The path to change is not through spiritual disciplines; it is through faith in Jesus Christ. You overcome sin by persevering in the faith and believing in the salvation offered by Jesus Christ. Who is the one who has overcome the world? The one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. The goal of spiritual maturity is not greater success at outward righteous behavior. The goal of spiritual maturity is a strong, unshakeable faith.

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‘Macho Christianity’ Isn’t the Problem, Gimmick Christianity Is

At the same time, however, exaggerated masculinity is not the solution to excessive femininity. In fact, when a pastor plays up his manliness, my first question is: What have you done to show that you’re a real man? And wearing lumberjack clothes while watching MMA fighting isn’t an answer.

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Calling in the Big Guns to Fire at the San Francisco Archdiocese

As expected, the first casualty of this war is the truth. Singer has said that himself, suggesting that his mission is to “push the facts as our clients see them.” Noting that Singer “has a complex relationship with the truth,” reporter Joe Eskenazi wrote in the Weekly that “the truth, after all, isn’t exactly Singer’s milieu.” That is, “Singer is playing by a different set of rules” and “traffics not so much in truth but the perception of truth.” This is what makes the battle with Singer so hard to fight:

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New Hotline Launches To Help People Leave Religion Behind

“When people are reconsidering the role religion plays in their lives, they risk losing their families, their spouses, their jobs,” said Sarah Morehead, executive director of Recovering From Religion. “These people are isolated, excluded, shunned. It rocks these people to the bottom of their hearts. It is heartbreaking.”

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Believing and Heeding

As one analyzes Pharoah from the testimony of Scripture, Egypt’s king proves to be a religious individual with some grasp of right doctrine and some degree of internal faith. Pharaoh is a believer, but so what? He is like the demons who come face to face with Jesus in the Gospels. They believe Jesus to be the Son of God, but have no interest in bowing the knee and worshiping the Savior; they merely wish for Jesus to cease his harassment, go away, and leave them be.

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God’s Purpose Still Served With False Teachers?

Have you ever sat and watched a sermon by a pastor like Steven Furtick or Andy Stanley? Have you ever really just sat and listened to them preach? It’s easy to be drawn in to the charismatic mood changing, emotionally driven style of speech or worship. They quote from Scripture, and speak with such compassion that you wonder, how could someone so passionate about what they’re saying be so off? Someone that seems so dedicated to their teachings, so caring and so loving towards their congregations, how can they be so far removed from the truth? Does God actually allow teachers who are truly dedicated to him and his word to be raised up, undisciplined, and allowed to shepherd a flock of such magnitude, but without any accountability to his truth? Can a false teacher be saved, and just be wrong, or are these truly wolves in sheep’s clothing who are on their way to Hell?

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[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 026 – America Is Already Under God’s Judgment

by Landon


On today’s show Landon discusses what unity in the church looks like Biblically and discusses one example of seeker-sensitive pragmatism. Then, he discusses how false churches and false teachers are actually a blessing to Christianity. Finally, he touches on the topic of abortion and the fact that America is already under God’s judgment.
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1. Let’s rejoice in one another, because the Lord rejoices in us.

Psalm 16:3 sets the overall tone: “As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.” There is excellence to admire in every Christian. And it’s easy to discern. Two questions into a conversation and the excellence starts appearing.

2. Let’s create an environment of trust rather than negative scrutiny.

1 Corinthians 4:5 says, “Do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.” Human eyes are not competent to judge human hearts.

3. Let’s judge ourselves, even as we give each other the benefit of the doubt.

Matthew 7:5 says, “First take the log out of your own eye.” And 1 Corinthians 13:7 says, “Love believes all things.” In other words, love fills in the blanks with positive assumptions.

4. If a problem must be addressed, let’s talk to, not about. Gossip destroys.

Matthew 18:15 says, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.” The Lord didn’t say, “Go ask your brother his fault.” Let’s man up and tell him his sin. But let’s tell him to his face, rather than spread accusations around.

5. If a problem must be addressed, let’s avoid blanket statements but identify factual specifics, offer a positive path forward and preserve everyone’s dignity.

“You are ___________” is too sweeping to be fair. It leaves a person no freedom to change. Better to say, “In this situation, when you _____________, that was wrong. It would be helpful if, in the future, you would ______________. What do you think? And is there anything I can do that might help?”

6. Let’s extend kindness.

Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another.” That word “kind” is used in Matthew 11:30 when Jesus says, “My yoke is easy.” So kindness asks, “How can I make this situation as easy for the other person as possible? How can I make a positive response as easy as it can be?”

7. When we wrong another, let’s admit it: “What I did to you was wrong. I am sorry. By God’s grace, I won’t do that again. Is there anything I can do now, to make up for it?”

Where a wrong has been done, as the Bible defines wrong, an apology will help. Reparations are also biblical and may be necessary in the case of a significant injury. But evading the wrongs of our past only builds hypocrisy into our future. And God cannot bless that. But God will surely bless serious repentance. When Zacchaeus vowed to repay the people he had defrauded, the Lord didn’t reply, “You don’t have to. That’s water under the bridge!” No, the Lord said, “Today salvation has come to this house” (Luke 19:8-9).

One of the most beautiful scenes in the Bible is between brothers who had been long alienated: “Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept” (Genesis 33:4). God wants that beauty to reappear in every generation, as needed.


A Return to the Medieval – Church & Culture Blog

The first temple to the Norse gods to be built in a thousand years is being constructed in Iceland. The worship of Thor, Odin and Frigg gave way to the Christian faith toward the end of the Viking age, but a modern version of Norse paganism has become increasingly popular in Iceland. Membership in ‘Asatruarfelagid’, an association that promotes faith in the Norse gods, has tripled over the last decade.

George Eliot once opined that “history, we know, is apt to repeat itself.”

So are we returning to the medieval?

Yes, I believe in many respects, we are.

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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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Barna Update | When Millennials Come to Your Church

How to Approach Millennial Guests

Like it or not—and there are plenty of reasons not to—consumer culture shapes what people expect of church and how some churches approach ministry. But many of the very people churches are trying to reach—Millennials—are hyperaware and deeply suspicious of the intersection of church and consumer culture. This doesn’t mean they’re not avid consumers, for most certainly are. But many also have a sense that church should be different somehow, above or beyond the dirty business of sell, sell, sell.

So what do Millennials think of church? What pushes them away and what draws them in? And when they do visit a church, how are they hoping to be approached?

In a national, multi-phase research program among Millennials, conducted in partnership with Cornerstone Knowledge Network, Barna Group asked participants to assess various parts of church and their experiences when visiting.

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


Day 14: Did Mary Magdalene actually see anyone (John 20), or was she simply hallucinating?

Confession: Psalm 32:6–7

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you

at the time for finding you.

Surely at the flood of many waters they will not reach him.

You are my hiding place;

from trouble you preserve me.

With cries of deliverance you surround me. Selah

Reading: Mark 11:12–19

And on the next day as they were departing from Bethany, he was hungry. And when he saw from a distance a fig tree that had leaves, he went to see if perhaps he would find anything on it. And when he came up to it he found nothing except leaves, because it was not the season for figs. And he responded and said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you any more forever!” And his disciples heard it.

And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered into the temple courts and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple courts, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those who were selling doves. And he did not permit anyone to carry objects through the temple courts. And he began to teach and was saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations,’ but you have made it a cave of robbers!” And the chief priests and the scribes heard it, and began considering how they could destroy him. For they were afraid of him because the whole crowd was astounded by his teaching. And when evening came they went out of the city.


We see in the beginning of this passage one of the many proofs that our Lord Jesus Christ was really man. We read that “he was hungry” (Mark 11:12). He had a nature and bodily constitution, like our own in all things, sin only excepted. He could weep and rejoice and suffer pain. He could be weary and need rest. He could be thirsty and need drink. He could be hungry and need food.

Expressions like this should teach us the condescension of Christ. How wonderful they are when we reflect upon them! He who is the eternal God—He who made the world and all that it contains—He from whose hand the fruits of the earth, the fish of the sea, the fowls of the air, the beasts of the field, all had their beginning—He, even He was pleased to suffer hunger when He came into the world to save sinners.

—J.C. Ryle

Expository Thoughts on Mark


The book of Hebrews tells us that we do not have a great high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses. How is it an encouragement to know that Jesus experienced weakness and temptation just as we do?[1]


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

Justification, law, and grace

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

6 For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (Isaiah 64:6 NASB)

Since the inception of this ministry I have been approached by many concerned people who are convinced that they have sinned one too many times and have forfeited their salvation. They were being continually antagonized about their sin by a voice within. In every case, after some careful questioning, I learned that each of them have been part of a church or denomination whose doctrine of justification is a blend of grace and law, faith and works. Also, as I attempted to explain that justification is by faith alone according to the grace of God, each of them responded in disbelief and that usually ended the…

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