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March 6, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Report

Because of Jesus the sin we cannot forget God does not remember. —Tullian Tchividjian

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Mar. 6, 2015


President Obama is being urged by a bipartisan group of House members led by Speaker John Boehner to provide “lethal, defensive weapons” to the Ukraine military.

Employers added more jobs than forecast in February and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent, the lowest in almost seven years, showing the labor market is sustaining progress after the best performance since 1999.

Apple was added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average, ending a banishment that kept the world’s largest company out for years before a stock split made its shares palatable to the price-weighted measure. The changes will push the number of technology-related companies in the 30-member gauge to six and boost their influence even more as the world’s largest company by market capitalization joins Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp., International Business Machines Corp., Cisco Systems Inc. and Visa Inc. AT&T is being kicked out after falling 4.5 percent in 2014. The changes will take effect with the start of trading on March 19.

Islamic State militants bulldozed the remains of the ancient city of Nimrud, the latest attack on ancient heritage in territory the group controls in Iraq and Syria. Heavy military vehicles were used to damage the site, according to Iraq’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

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Boko Haram militants have been amassing in the northeast Nigeria town of Gwoza, believed to be the group’s headquarters, killing residents who were unable to flee, a senator and witnesses said Thursday.

Excluding Russia from the SWIFT banking system would be a measure of last resort if the crisis in Ukraine escalates, the British and Polish foreign ministers said Friday.

Saudi Arabia has beheaded dozens of convicts, including foreign drug traffickers, since the start of the year in what Amnesty International calls an unprecedented pace of executions.

Bangladesh’s customs officers caught a North Korean diplomat trying to smuggle an estimated $1.4 million worth of gold into the country, a senior official said on Friday. “We recovered the gold both in the form of bar and ornaments from Son Young Nam, the First Secretary of the North Korean Embassy in Dhaka.”

Twelve-year-old Coreco Ja’Quan Pearson of Georgia, more commonly known as C.J., created quite a buzz last month when he posted a video of himself questioning President Obama’s patriotism. Now he may have to wait until his next birthday to continue to grow his online presence. Pearson’s video went viral and has amassed nearly one million views on YouTube. But it did not come without one unintended consequence to his Facebook page. Pearson, under Facebook’s minimum age requirement of 13, was upset to find out that he was locked out of his account.

GOP leaders in Congress have spent the last two months trying-and failing-to roll back protections for millions of undocumented immigrants, children included. The chances for major legislation in the next two years are pretty much nil.

A Canadian charged for refusing to give border agents his smartphone passcode was expected to become the first to test whether border inspections can include information stored on devices.

Reports that Islamic State’s most notorious executioner was born on their soil have stirred deep unease among Kuwaitis about the vulnerability of their country to wars in nearby Iraq and Syria in which some of their Arab allies have become combatants.

Britain said on Friday it planned to supply Ukraine’s army with a package of non-lethal military equipment to help it defend itself against what Defense Secretary Michael Fallon called “Russia’s aggression.” The package includes first aid kits, night vision goggles, laptops, helmets and GPS units.

Nestled among hundreds of identical white and brown two-story homes crammed in this neighborhood for factory workers is a house with a trick. Hidden under the house and its wraparound porch are steel pontoons filled with Styrofoam. These can lift the structure three meters off the ground if this area, two hours north of Bangkok, floods as it did in 2011 when two-thirds of the country was inundated, affecting a fifth of its 67 million people.


NASA confirmed that its Dawn probe has gone into orbit around Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

A Palestinian man drove into a group of pedestrians in Jerusalem, injuring six Israeli policewomen in what police say was a “terrorist attack”

Independent tests show that Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was deliberately killed, his family said, ruling out accident or suicide.

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

Bolivia’s former drug car Gen Oscar Nina was arrested on suspicion of having links to drug trafficking, Bolivian officials announced.

Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 45 people in a raid on a remote village in Borno state, north-east Nigeria, witnesses said.

Pakistani authorities renamed 107 schools in honor of the victims of last year’s massacre of children and teachers at a school in Peshawar.


Churches in Lake Worth, Fla., are being told they need to acquire permits in order to stay in business – and those that don’t are being subjected to what critics describe as Soviet-style code enforcement hounding.

CNN has learned that the manufacturer of the endoscope involved in two superbug deaths at UCLA never obtained permission to sell the device, according to an FDA official.

India – The Karnataka government has made it mandatory to video all parties where foreigners are invited. The organizers also need to provide the full list of foreigners attending any party.

Arab nations do not support Iran Nuclear Deal

In a strange twist, not only is Israel concerned about Obama’s negotiations leading to a nuclear Iran, but there may also be several Arab nations cheering Netanyahu on as he speaks to congress. The Wall Street Journal reported that several major Sunni states would prefer a failure of negotiations to a treaty that leaves Iran’s nuclear infrastructure in place

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What Obama Can Learn about Radical Islam from New Saudi King :: Al-Alawi and Schwartz in Weekly Standard

by Irfan Al-Alawi and Stephen Schwartz
The Weekly Standard
March 5, 2015

ABC Family’s ‘The Fosters’ generates controversy over TV’s first-ever kiss between teen boys

by Marsha West

Once again Hollywood is pushing the envelope. Christian News Network reports that “The Fosters” is generating controversy after two male teens kissed each other on screen. This was the first time same-sex teens kissed on American television. That this would happen is not surprising as the show’s creators are homosexuals and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez is the producer.

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Daily Digest

March 6, 2015


“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.” –Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 33, 1788


Unemployment Headlines Still Rosy, but a Closer Look…

In February, the U.S. labor market did not lay the foundation for long-term economic growth. Sure, the banner numbers — the U-3 measure of unemployment and the number of jobs added — continued to indicate that the American economy is expanding. Here’s what the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported: “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 295,000 in February, and the unemployment rate edged down to 5.5 percent … Job gains occurred in food services and drinking places, professional and business services, construction, health care, and in transportation and warehousing.” The better measure of unemployment, the U-6, edged down to 11% and the civilian labor force participation rate changed little at 62.8%. But troubling is where most of the job gains occurred. Jobs in the food service and drinking industries don’t contribute to long-term growth — they are as permanent as a burger with a side of fries. More…

Police Organization Undermines Ammo Ban Rhetoric

The executive director for the Washington office of the Fraternal Order of Police, James Pasco, undermined the Obama administration’s rhetoric in its proposed ban on M855 “green tip” ammunition. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it wants to ban the popular AR-15 ammo because it can penetrate the bulletproof vests popular with law enforcement. But Pasco blew the cover off the ATF’s insincere concern for police officers. He told The Washington Examiner, “Any ammunition is of concern to police in the wrong hands, but this specific round has historically not posed a law enforcement problem.” He continued, “While this round will penetrate soft body armor, it has not historically posed a threat to law enforcement.” Instead, the Obama administration is using law enforcement as a political excuse — even as Obama continues slandering racist policing strategies. Like most of Obama’s executive “tweaks,” this proposal will rewrite laws. The Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb told Fox News, “Almost any hunting rifle bullet will go through body armor, so you could prohibit almost any rifle bullet with this. This is the administration redefining the law on its own.”

Obama Takes Another Shot at Racist Police

Two days after the Justice Department released a report on supposedly racist law enforcement in Ferguson, and just before the 50th anniversary march in Selma this weekend, Barack Obama took the opportunity to repeat his “cops are racist” mantra. A “big chunk” of the remaining civil rights problems, he said, are “dealing with civil rights and civil liberties in respect to law enforcement.” Of Ferguson, Obama asserted, “I don’t think that is typical of what happens across the country but it’s not an isolated incident.” Are police perfect? No. Was there abuse in Ferguson. Probably. But Obama and his race-baiting pals love to talk about “disparate impact” — the idea that blacks face disproportionate enforcement for law-breaking — and they use that false measure to smear cops in general. Yet as Mark Alexander wrote in December, “[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.” More…

State Department Ousted Ambassador for Using Gmail

Look at the hypocrisy. Turns out, the State Department forced a U.S. ambassador from his position in 2012 for using — wait for it — a private email account. That’s right: While the head of the department, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ran an illicit email server from her New York home, the State Department berated Ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration for using Gmail. “The inspector general’s report specifically noted that Gration violated State Department policy by using a private, unsanctioned e-mail service for official business,” Sean Davis writes. “In its executive summary listing its key judgments against the U.S. ambassador to Kenya who served under Hillary Clinton, the inspector general stated that Gration’s decision to willfully violate departmental information security policies highlighted Gration’s ‘reluctance to accept clear-cut U.S. Government decisions.’ The report claimed that this reluctance to obey governmental security policies was the former ambassador’s ‘greatest weakness.'” While Gmail has decent security, Clinton’s email account left her information vulnerable to hackers. But she’s Hillary Clinton. Because she’s a master of political spin, she might get away with it scot free to the presidency. More…

Cummings Praises Hillary Clinton’s ‘Transparency’

Hillary Clinton finally addressed — through a tweet — the ever-growing scandal further tarnishing her tenure at the State Department. “I want the public to see my email,” she said. “I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.” That was enough to elicit high praise from Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), a member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Cummings exclaimed, “As far as I am aware, no other Cabinet secretary in history has ever called for the release of his or her emails — in their entirety and throughout his or her tenure. I commend Secretary Clinton’s decision.” Of course, we’re wondering how many emails there actually are — much less damning correspondences that haven’t been thoroughly vetted and discarded — and Cummings didn’t mention anything about Clinton’s deplorable practice that prompted an investigation by Congress. Would he lavish such praise on the Bush administration’s Condoleezza Rice if she was being accused of malpractice? Clinton is in damage control, so her only option is to claim she has nothing to hide. And her fellow Democrats will help her every step of the way. More…



Lee-Rubio Tax Reform: Pro-Growth, Pro-Family


Republican Senators Mike Lee and Marco Rubio have put forward version 2.0 of their tax reform proposal first released last September. The two men offer a bit more detail to their sweeping plan this time around, and it’s still a strong, pro-growth proposal.

The broad strokes of the Lee-Rubio plan focus on making significant changes to the tax code to right the wrongs that have grown and multiplied over the last several decades. One of the most attractive elements of the plan is that it addresses both the business and the individual side of the tax structure from top to bottom. As National Review’s Yuval Levin points out, “Successful conservative tax reforms have always provided both broad-based relief and better incentives at the margins — not one or the other.”

The current tax code, as Lee and Rubio point out in their latest Wall Street Journal op-ed, has manifold failures — “impeding growth, discouraging investment, and restricting freedom on the business and the individual side — [and) they are all rooted in the same fundamental unfairness and inequity of a government that picks winners and losers.”

It’s one of the reasons recovery from the Great Recession has been more of a long, slow crawl toward a new mediocrity.

The Lee-Rubio plan attempts to balance these wrongs by making some fundamental changes to the tax code. One of the biggest changes is wiping away the seven current individual/family tax brackets and replacing them with two: 15% and 35%. The marriage penalty — so called because it taxes married couples higher than individuals — would be eliminated, along with the Alternative Minimum Tax and a number of deductions that also skew the tax system against working families. A new $2,500-per-child tax credit would be introduced to help offset overtaxed parents.

On the business side, the Lee-Rubio plan reduces the corporate tax rate to a maximum of 25%. It also eliminates double taxation of capital gains and dividends. Firms operating overseas would no longer have to pay tax abroad and at home, but only in the country where the income is generated. Businesses that invest in their own growth through expansion or infrastructure improvements will be able to deduct 100% of those expenses.

Like all ideas that come out of Washington, the senators’ proposal is going to be attacked for either going too far or not far enough. Democrats will reject pro-growth tax reform, arguing it will ultimately mean lower revenue. That’s unacceptable to leftists who seek to grow the massive welfare state. Never mind that lower tax rates frequently lead to greater tax revenue because of economic growth.

Democrats from the White House on down like the tax system the way it is — unless they could squeeze even more from taxpayers. Since the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment, the government has used the tax system to cajole individuals, families and businesses into certain behaviors bureaucratic elites believe to be conducive to a more progressive nation. The Lee-Rubio plan deliberately rejects that thinking, so the senators are sure to face steep opposition.

On the other side, some believe the proposed rates are not low enough. The top 35% individual bracket under Lee-Rubio is only four-and-a-half points lower than the current top rate under Obama. Additionally, it would be applied to a wider swath of taxpayers, meaning many people would actually face a tax rate increase under the new plan. And there are those who wonder if the corporate tax reforms, generous though they may comparatively be, go far enough.

No plan ever comes out of Washington without being rightfully scrutinized and criticized. But Lee and Rubio make the strongest case thus far for sweeping reform of America’s crippling tax code. Whether there are any other courageous souls on Capitol Hill willing to join the fight is another story.

Media Undercuts Ben Carson’s 2016 Bid Out of the Gate


It didn’t take long for Ben Carson’s nascent 2016 presidential campaign to suffer a self-inflicted wound. Just after launching his “exploratory committee,” Carson spoke to CNN’s Chris Cuomo. When the conversation turned to homosexuality, Carson made the tenuous analogy regarding whether it is genetic or a choice by stating, “A lot of people … go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay.” As the great statesman Admiral Gial Ackbar once said, “It’s a trap!”

After conservative heads thumped desks around the country — incredulous at how Carson’s analogy would help to further “Akinize” the Republican Party — Carson tried to walk back the remarks the next day by stating what he said “does not fully reflect my heart on gay issues.” He added, “I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended.”

But Carson fell into the trap deftly laid for him by a media searching for that “gotcha” moment they can use to paint all conservatives with the same brush. Just as most of the GOP hopefuls had to answer questions last month about Rudy Giuliani’s remarks regarding Barack Obama’s lack of love for America, now each will likely have to endure questions about sexual orientation thanks to Carson’s remarks. Never mind that the lackluster economy and foreign policy are far more pressing issues; if the media can shift the focus to social issues, they can trot out the tired old message about the “war on women” and Republicans being bigots and homophobes.

We know the Leftmedia give Republicans tougher questions — for example, you wouldn’t see Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden face a question on why their policies have consigned minority students to woefully underperforming schools or whether life begins at conception. But Carson then effectively egged on the media horde by declaring he won’t talk about the “gay rights” issue anymore. That insures his campaign will have to deal with this topic front and center for many months to come because the Leftmedia won’t take “no” for an answer — unless it involves information making a liberal look bad.

In Ben Carson, we have a very successful member of a minority group with a compelling story who happens to be conservative. That’s bad news for Democrats that count on the black population to give them 90% or more of their vote, and it’s a reason some observers would rather see Carson run for the suddenly open Senate seat in Maryland, based on his long history there and Maryland’s high minority population.

But the best part of Carson’s appeal is also the biggest problem he faces — the lack of political experience. You have to look back to Dwight Eisenhower to find a president who hadn’t held some sort of political office prior to winning election — and all Ike did was play a major role in winning a world war. Carson was a gifted neurosurgeon and certainly has appealing positions on a number of issues, but running for president presents a very steep learning curve where one won’t get a break because he’s “not a politician.”

All this is somewhat reminiscent of the Herman Cain campaign that caught fire in the fall of 2011 only to crash and burn amidst infidelity allegations a few months later. With an extremely deep and talented GOP field this time around, Carson supporters have to ask whether a neophyte can win. The conservative side won’t get the benefit of the media’s lack of curiosity we saw about Obama and his background, so the 2016 presidential race may be better run by an experienced hand. Otherwise, Ben Carson has to be much more prepared than he showed during his first few days on the trail.



British journalist Walter Bagehot (1826-1877): “A democratic despotism is like a theocracy: it assumes its own correctness.”

Columnist Charles Krauthammer: “Israel has never once asked America to fight for it. Not in 1948 when 650,000 Jews faced 40 million Arabs. Not in 1967 when Israel was being encircled and strangled by three Arab armies. Not in 1973 when Israel was on the brink of destruction. Not in the three Gaza wars or the two Lebanon wars. Compare that to a very partial list of nations for which America has fought and for which so many Americans have fallen: Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Vietnam, Korea, and every West European country beginning with France (twice). Change the [Iran] deal, strengthen the sanctions, give Israel a free hand. Netanyahu offered a different path in his clear, bold and often moving address, Churchillian in its appeal to resist appeasement. This was not Churchill of the 1940s, but Churchill of the 1930s, the wilderness prophet. Which is why for all its sonorous strength, Netanyahu’s speech had a terrible poignancy. After all, Churchill was ignored.”

Columnist Jonah Goldberg: “I could release 99.99 percent of all my emails, and you’d see little more than boring work product, press releases, spam and appeals from Nigerian oil ministers. My incriminating stuff could remain invisible — valuable snowflakes held back from a blizzard of chaff. If you don’t think the Clintons are capable of such legerdemain, I refer you to the Clinton-inspired debate over billing records and the meaning of ‘is.’ This points to another reason why I think Clinton will survive this mess. If there’s a damning email out there, it’s been deleted, and the relevant hard drive would be harder to find than Jimmy Hoffa’s body. So critics are probably left with the task of proving a negative. The real significance of this moment — and a partial explanation of the media firestorm over it — is that time is running out to stop the Clinton freight train. … At some point down the tracks, when yet another fetid cloud of Clintonism erupts into plain view, many smart liberals will look back at this moment as the time when they should have pulled the emergency brake and gotten off the Hillary train. The unease they feel now will be nothing compared to the buyer’s remorse to come.”

Comedian Argus Hamilton: “Hillary Clinton reportedly used private e-mail to run U.S. foreign policy while taking money from foreign nations for the Clinton Foundation. It’s dire. For those of you new to comedy and magic, this is the point where Bill has a sex scandal that lasts just long enough for Hillary to escape unharmed.”

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March 5, 2015
FREEDOM WATCH — Larry Klayman, Esq., the founder of Judicial Watch and now Freedom Watch and a former federal prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice, announced today that he is filing motions for orders to show cause why Hillary Clinton and the Obama State Department should not be held in criminal contempt for lying to various courts… (more)

March 5, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — When Rudolph Giuliani mentioned that President Barack Obama, as a young man, was under the influence of Communist Party member and suspected Soviet espionage agent Frank Marshall Davis, Giuliani struck a nerve. In contrast to his claim that Obama didn’t love America, his remarks about the Davis-Obama relationship were not opinion, but fact. That is why a Washington Post fact-checker has been assigned to investigate Giuliani’s claim…. (more)

March 5, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A top police representative on Tuesday said that there is no history of criminals using a round popular among AR-15 rifle shooters against officers, undermining the Obama administration’s argument for banning the 5.56 M855 “lightgreen tip.”… (more)

March 5, 2015
NEWSMAX — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warning to Congress about the nuclear threat of Iran shows he is a “better judge” of the impending menace than President Barack Obama, conservative writer and documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza says…. (more)

March 5, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — Should Congress have defunded a portion of the Department of Homeland Security budget to quash an illegal order by Barack Obama to provide amnesty and other benefits to illegal aliens? WITHOUT QUESTION!… (more)

March 5, 2015
NEWSMAX — Utah lawmakers introduced a landmark bill Wednesday that bars discrimination against gay and transgender individuals while protecting the rights of religious groups and individuals…. (more)

March 5, 2015
NATIONAL REVIEW — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s systematic evasion of federal recordkeeping requirements involved both the use of private email addresses and a server system installed in her Chappaqua manse… (more)

March 4, 2015
NATIONAL REVIEW — Addressing a packed joint session of Congress, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was unequivocal. “This is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. We’re better off without it.” He warned that if Israel believed a nuclear deal with Iran was unacceptable, it would reserve the right to take unilateral military action… (more)

March 4, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — In watching Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver his courageous and insightful speech to Congress, I was struck by the irony of the situation from a domestic U.S. political perspective…. (more)

March 4, 2015
THE HILL — The House voted Tuesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security, ending a months-long impasse over President Obama’s immigration policies and averting a weekend shutdown at the agency…. (more)

March 4, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Americans were scratching their heads after a U.S. military officer briefed the press on plans for an Iraq-led offensive in Mosul last month. “Why would the military be announcing military plans for next spring?” ordinary citizens wondered out loud…. (more)

March 4, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Call it Common Core for police. But the White House, in cahoots with the Department of Justice, has set in motion a plan that will expand federal control of community police forces, via standards handed from above called the “Task Force on 21st Century Policing.”… (more)

March 4, 2015
POLITICO — A new study from the Columbia Journalism Review finds that the current White House relationship with the press is the least open it has ever been, a longstanding belief among the Washington press corps…. (more)

March 4, 2015
WEEKLY STANDARD — A CNN reporter, citing experts, said that Hillary Clinton broke the law by using her personal email account to conduct official State Department business while she was secretary of state…. (more)

March 4, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Washington and speaks to Congress, bypassing the Obama administration, the stakes could not be higher. But President Obama is not the only, and certainly not the most significant, opponent of Israel…. (more)

March 3, 2015
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE — The leader of the free world will be addressing Congress on Tuesday. The American president is doing everything possible to undermine him. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a nation surrounded by enemies, a nation so small that it narrows at one point to just 9.3 miles…. (more)

March 3, 2015
WESLEY PRUDEN — The Democrats set out to teach John Boehner and Benjamin Netanyahu a lesson. They would boycott the Israeli prime minister’s speech to Congress and apply enough pressure to cancel the speech, keep Mr. Netanyahu at home and embarrass the Republicans who invited him here. What a happy day’s work that would be…. (more)

March 3, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — In June 2008, candidate Barack Obama spoke before thousands of delegates to the pro-Israel lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, to assuage concerns that he harbored animosity toward the Jewish state. In a paragraph of his speech that began with the phrase “Let me be clear,” Obama declared that under his vision for peace, “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”… (more)

March 3, 2015
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER — A sunset clause? The news from the nuclear talks with Iran was already troubling. Iran was being granted the “right to enrich.” It would be allowed to retain and spin thousands of centrifuges. It could continue construction of the Arak plutonium reactor…. (more)

March 3, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes the case for his nation’s security before Congress Tuesday, actor Leonard Nimoy is still speaking about the miracle of Israel in a movie he narrated not long before his death…. (more)

March 3, 2015
TOWNHALL — White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is “very interested” in the idea of raising taxes through unitlateral executive action…. (more)

March 3, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — In a possible violation of federal rules, Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email address to conduct State Department business when she was serving as chief U.S. diplomat, according to a New York Times report…. (more)

March 3, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — A federal judge warned the EPA on Monday not to discriminate against conservative groups in how it responds to open-records requests, issuing a legal spanking to the agency that he said may have lied to the court and showed “apathy and carelessness” in carrying out the law…. (more)

March 3, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — The IRS is defending its decision to let illegal immigrants claim up to three years’ refunds on income even if they never paid income taxes, telling Congress in a new letter last week that agency lawyers have concluded getting a Social Security number triggers the ability to go back and ask for previous refunds…. (more)

March 3, 2015
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY — The Obama Democrats have an audacious scheme for winning future elections. They just plan to import 5 million non-citizens and credential them as voters who will, in gratitude, vote Democratic…. (more)


On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) San Francisco archbishop criticized for having Catholic schools hold to Catholic beliefs 

Morals Clause in Catholic Schools Roils Bay Area, New York Times (Carol Pogash)

2) Story of priested twins points to importance of grounding our children in doctrine

When We Leave One Religion for Another, Wall Street Journal (Claire Ansberry)
In other news…

Mormon church backs Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill

by Marsha West

According to News Max, Equality Utah executive director Troy Williams said at a news conference, “This is an historic day. People from diverse backgrounds have come together to craft what no one thought was possible.”

News Max writes:

State Sen. Stuart Adams, a Republican who led negotiations on the proposal, said at the news conference that they’ve found a way to respect the rights of some while not infringing on the rights of others.

“If Utah can do this, my opinion, it can be done anywhere else in the nation.”

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The Second Round of the Crisis Will DWARF 2008 In Size and Scope

If you are an investor, your big concern should not be about what to stocks… but what happens when the bond bubble goes bust. All of the biggest problems in the financial world revolve around the bond markets today:

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Why Obama So Dislikes Netanyahu – Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager

There is no question about whether President Obama — along with Secretary of State John Kerry and the editorial pages of many newspapers — has a particular dislike of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But there is another question: Why?

And the answer is due to an important rule of life that too few people are aware of:

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El Niño Has Arrived, Could Produce Warmest Year on Record, Violent Tornadoes

Posted: 06 Mar 2015 07:14 AM PST

El Niño Has Arrived, Could Produce Warmest Year on Record, Violent TornadoesSo you’re done with winter huh? Now you can get ready for what may be one of the hottest Summers on Record! That’s because after months and months of teasing forecasters, El Niño has officially arrived, and it’s set to boost what they are calling “global warming” to new record levels. And what exactly is a “El Nino”? El Niño is one of the Earth’s most powerful climate signals, with the ability to shift weather patterns worldwide. It typically happens only two or three times in a decade, and its most important feature is its predictability. Once in place, El Niños normally linger for months, giving affected regions time to prepare for impacts. Another great concern is the greater chance of widespread “Tornado Outbreaks” that could be generated from an El Nino such as in 2011 where more than 1,600 confirmed tornadoes touched down in the United States. The twisters killed more than 550 people, injured more than 5,400, and resulted in economic damage that soared into the billions. By mid-July 2013, close to 500 confirmed tornadoes had already touched down, killing 44 people, half during the single storm that hit Moore, Okla., on May 20. Although individual tornadoes can’t be predicted, new research from a team of scientists at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Fla., suggests that severe tornado outbreaks may be linked to specific weather patterns.  The El Niño Southern Oscillation also appears to have some impact on the conditions that lead to exceptional tornado outbreaks, says David Enfield, a physical oceanographer at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and co-author of a new study in the Journal of Climate. Specifically, past studies have indicated that large tornadic events are linked to Trans-Niño years, characterized by trans-Niño index (TNI) values during either the onset or ebbing of El Niño or La Niña conditions, when variation in sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean can be considerable. Why the transitional years seemed to spawn more tornadoes remains unknown. SOURCESThe Slatest / Earth

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Military laser melts truck engine from more than mile away

Posted: 06 Mar 2015 06:48 AM PST

Military laser melts truck engine from more than mile awayCould we be witnessing yet another weapon that could be used in future Wars and Conflicts fulfilling Bible Prophecy? Advanced Weapons just got an upgrade as Lockheed Martin turned up the heat on its laser weapon technology and destroyed a truck from one mile away. The Maryland-based company’s test of the ATHENA laser weapon was the highest power ever recorded of a laser weapon of its type. The Advanced Test High Energy Asset’s March 3 test destroyed its target in a “matter of seconds,” the company said in a statement. An image of the smoking vehicle accompanied its announcement. “This test represents the next step to providing lightweight and rugged laser weapon systems for military aircraft, helicopters, ships and trucks,” said Keoki Jackson, chief technology officer of Lockheed Martin. FULL REPORT

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Russian bombers deliver strikes at ground targets in war games

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 08:22 PM PST

Russian bombers deliver strikes at ground targets in war games Russia appears to be carrying out major “Dry Runs” from Land, Sea and Air in what appears to possibly be a  preparing for War as Sources indicate that at least 12 Russian strategic bombers of the Tupolev-95MS and Tupolev-160 families have delivered strikes at ground targets on testing ranges in the Saratov region where a military exercise is underway, Colonel Igor Klimov, an official spokesman for the Air Force said on Thursday. “The crews drilled the most complicated elements of flight proficiency training, like takeoffs and landings in adverse weather conditions and application of air-launched incapacitation devices at ground targets on a range,” Col Klimov said. FULL REPORT

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Unannounced Test of Strategic Nuclear Weapons Readiness Starts in Russia

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 08:14 PM PST

Unannounced Test of Strategic Nuclear Weapons Readiness Starts in Russia

© Sputnik/ Alexandr Kryazhev

Major Military movements and Drills are taking place regarding Russia and sources indicate that Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces began an unannounced test of the nuclear weapons near the central Russian city Yoshkar-Ola, the SMF’s press center said Wednesday. The report went on to indicate that “The Committee of the Command of Strategic Missile Forces is conducting an unannounced test of the condition and security provisions of nuclear weapons in the Yoshkar-Ola Missile Unit,” the SMF’s press service said in a statement. FULL REPORT

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Franklin Graham Warns Anti-Semitism Is on the Rise in US and Europe; Endorses ‘The Hiding Place’ Sequel

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 08:00 PM PST

Franklin Graham Warns Anti-Semitism Is on the Rise in US and Europe; Endorses 'The Hiding Place' SequelFranklin Graham is giving more warnings and this time Graham has warned that anti-Semitism is on the rise in the U.S. and Europe. Franklin comments while endorsing the upcoming release of the film “Return of the Hiding Place,” the sequel to the original that was produced by his father, Billy Graham.  Franklin Graham goes n to say “Peter Spencer has done an incredible job in creating the new film ‘Return to the Hiding Place.’ It is a great piece, well-produced and powerful. ‘Return to the Hiding Place’ is a true story that tells another side of the historical account of Corrie Ten Boom in the original ‘The Hiding Place film,’” Graham said. FULL REPORT

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Russia braces for large-scale military drills, Over 2000 Troops

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 07:16 PM PST

Russia braces for large-scale military drills, Over 2000 Troops

RIA Novosti / Vitaliy Ankov

WAR DRUMS – Not only is the U.S and Polish Troops carrying out Massive Military Drills according to reports the Russian Defense Ministry has launched massive military exercises as well involving over 2,000 troops and some 500 items of weaponry in southern Russia, including in the Caucasus.  The field-type exercises of the air defense forces will be taking place until April 10 in twelve military firing ranges, located in Russia’s South, the North Caucasus and Crimean Federal Districts, as well as at Russian military bases in Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Armenia. Russian sources indicate that  “Over 2,000 troops have been involved into the battle drills, and over 500 items of weaponry and military hardware are being used,” Interfax quoted a statement of the Southern Military District. FULL REPORT

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Mark Hall from Casting Crowns reveals Cancer Diagnosis

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 04:52 PM PST

Mark Hall from Casting Crowns reveals Cancer Diagnosis Please keep the lead singer of Casting Crowns in your prayers as In a brief open letter to fans posted to the Casting Crowns official Facebook page on Thursday, Mark Hall, the lead vocalist for the popular Christian band, revealed that doctors recently found a solid mass in his right kidney and that they are “90 percent sure it’s cancer.” Hall has stated that he will be having his kidney removed next week and has asked fans for prayer as he copes with the medical ordeal.  “[Doctors] are 90% sure it’s cancer and they are going to remove the entire kidney next Wednesday, March 11th,” the singer wrote. “They believe the cancer is contained in the kidney, which is also a great hope. They will know more once it is out and pathology can see it.” FULL REPORT

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Evidence indicates Yucatan Peninsula hit by tsunami 1,500 years ago

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 04:32 PM PST

Evidence indicates Yucatan Peninsula hit by tsunami 1,500 years agoNew evidence is suggesting that the eastern coastline of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, a mecca for tourists, may have been walloped by a tsunami between 1,500 and 900 years ago, says a new study involving Mexico’s Centro Ecological Akumal (CEA) and the University of Colorado Boulder. Evidence points to an ancient tsunami, foremost a large, wedge-shaped berm about 15 feet above sea level paved with washing machine-sized stones, said the researchers. Set back in places more than a quarter of a mile from shore, the berm stretches for at least 30 miles, alternating between rocky headlands and crescent beaches as it tracks the outline of the Caribbean coast near the plush resorts of Playa del Carmen and Cancun. If a tsunami of that magnitude was to strike this area today it would be catastrophic from sheer population growth over the last 1500 years ago! FULL REPORT


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US Trying To Send Message To Russia? Polish Troops Begin Live Fire Exercises

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 04:23 PM PST

US Trying To Send Message To Russia? Polish Troops Begin Live Fire Exercises

Ukrainian servicemen get inside armoured personnel carriers (APC) during a ceremony to hand over weapons, military equipment and aircraft to the army at a firing range outside Zhytomyr January 5, 2015. Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko

Is America trying to send a message of intimidation to Russia? According to sources The U.S. and Polish troops started their live-fire exercises in northern Poland on Wednesday. As part of a NATO program to reinforce commitment to the security in Eastern Europe. The military exercise assumes significance in the light of the Ukraine conflict, where the Government forces and eastern rebels are fighting each other, until a recent truce brought a small respite. The Eastern Europe seems insecure because of the muscle flexing of Russia in the region, with NATO blaming Russia for supporting the rebel offensive in Ukraine. This situation appears to become more volatile by the day and everyone’s on edge as to wonder when the powder Keg will explode? FULL REPORT

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Self-Driving Cars Will Be in 30 U.S. Cities By the End of Next Year

Posted: 05 Mar 2015 11:51 AM PST

Self-Driving Cars Will Be in 30 U.S. Cities By the End of Next Year

One of the shuttles rolling out in Greenwich. (Photo: TRL GATEway Project)

Hope you’re ready for US Highways to be filled with Self-Driving vehicles? because according to a report by Observer/Innovation automated vehicle pilot projects will roll out in the U.K. and in six to 10 U.S. cities this year, with the first unveiling projected to be in Tampa Bay, Florida as soon as late spring. In 2016 trial programs will launch in 12 to 20 more U.S. locations, which means driverless cars will be on roads in up to 30 U.S. cities by the end of 2016. The trials will be run by Comet LLC, a consulting firm focused on automated vehicle commercialization. FULL REPORT

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America’s Betrayal: The Muslim Brotherhood Organizations And Agents In Obama White House

The Betrayal Papers Part II: Muslim Brotherhood Civic Organizations and Agents in American Government

“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!” – The Muslim Brotherhood’s motto

The American government under Barack Obama has been and continues to fund terrorist activity, aids and harbors terrorist organizations on American soil, and funds organizations and countries like Iran that are known enemies that have publicly stated their determination to destroy America.

In 1963, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA), established itself on college campuses throughout North America. It actively recruits American and Canadian youth to join the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideological and political agenda that pits Islam against the world. Sadly, such recruitment results in young people becoming terrorists. As the Canadian Military Association recently reported 11 of Canada’s highest profile terrorists were tied to the MSA.


Many of MSA’s founding members have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. But three of its most significant founders Hisham al Talib, Jamal Barzinji, and Ahmed Totanji were Muslim Brotherhood leaders of Iraqi descent. While a student at George Washington University, Hillary Clinton’s personal aide Huma Abedin was on MSA’s Executive Board.

Organizations directly linked to the MSA and the Muslim Brotherhood include:

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR): CAIR was founded by two individuals with close ties to a Hamas operative. Hamas, according to its own charter, is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2007, its founder Omar Ahwad was named as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing trial. In November 2014, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) designated CAIR as a terrorist organization.

CAIR recently praised the Department of Homeland Security for identifying “right-wing sovereign citizen extremist groups,” not Islamic terrorism, as America’s foremost terrorist threat.

Muslim American Society (MAS): MAS was founded in 1992 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to MAS secretary-general Shaker Elsayed. MAS, and the Muslim Brotherhood, advocate to implement Sharia law in the United States. MAS identifies the Islamic Society of North American (ISNA) and Muslim Students Association (MSA) as organizations with the same goal: the “Islamic revival movement.”In November 2014, (UAE) designated MAS as a terrorist organization.

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA): ISNA originated from four Islamic organizations, including the MSA. Its former president, Mohamed Magid, was appointed as an advisor to the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Council by Barack Obama in 2011 and was a recentguest at the White House.

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC): MPAC was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, specifically, Hassan and Maher Hathout, both of whom with close ties Hassan al-Banna. MPAC supports the Tunisian Ennahda (Muslim Brotherhood) Party leader, Rachid Ghannouchi, who they claim is “one of the most important figures in modern Islamic political thought and theory.” Its current President, Salam Al-Marayati, represented the United States to the United Nations and UNESCO in 2010.

A 1991 Muslim Brotherhood internal memorandum specifically identifies CAIR, ISNA, and the MSA as part of “A list of our organizations and organizations of our friends,” including CAIR’s organizational predecessor, the Islamic Association of Palestine.

CAIRISNA, and MAS’s incorporating member, Dr. Jamal Badawi, were named as un-indicted co-conspirators who materially supported terrorism by a federal court in connection with the infamous trial of the Holy Land Foundation, an alleged Palestinian “humanitarian charity.” MPAC and MSAmembers are documented defending the Holy Land Foundation against the U.S. government’s terrorism charges.

These “independent” “non-profit organizations” are unquestionably linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and ingrained in the Anschluss (“Annexation”) of Georgetown and the Brookings Institution.

In 2005, Georgetown University established a new campus for their prestigious School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar (SFS-Q), which now employs 35 faculty members. (It bears stating here that the State of Qatar was the driving Arab force behind the Arab Spring, which resulted in the Muslim Brotherhood coming to power in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt.)

Under the guise of promoting Qatar’s Education City, the Qatar Foundation (a “charity” with terrorist ties) has paid for all of Georgetown University’s SFS-Q campus development costs. Since this development, Georgetown University’s student newspaper, The Hoya has blatantly published anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Qatar heavily funds  the Brookings Institution. In 2013 Brookings received $14.8 million; in 2012, $100,000; and in 2011, $2.9 million. And Brookings’s Vice President, and purported diplomat Martin Indyk, was asked by Obama to “negotiate” ‘peace terms’ between Israel and Hamas. Indyk is currently “negotiating” with nuclear-aspiring Iran, a stated enemy of America.

Obama will have sent nearly $12 Billion in cash payments to Iran by June 2015 to “continue negotiations.” Obama also stated he would shoot down Israeli planes if Israel attempted to disarm Iran.

Under Obama, The Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated All Of The National Security Agencies Of The U.S.

The Obama Administration’s Agents

Seven Obama administration appointees are allegedly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. In December 2013 the Egyptian political magazine Rose El-Youssef published an articleNot Huma Abedin Alone, (English translation) in which it named six additional Obama appointees it claims are Muslim Brotherhood operatives.  They include:

  • Huma Abedin, Personal Aide/Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2009-2013),
  • Arif Alikhan, Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security for Policy Development (2009-2010),
  • Salam Al-Marayati, Administration representative to UNESCO and United Nations (2010),
  • Mohammed Elibiary, Senior Member of Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council (2010-2014),
  • Rashad Hussain, U.S. Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) (2010-Present) and Deputy Associate Counsel to Barack Obama (2009-2010),
  • Mohamed Magid, Department of Homeland Security Countering Violence and Extremism Working Group (2011-Present),
  • Eboo Patel, Member of the President’s Advisory Council to the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (2009-Present).



  • Gray: No known or documented association,
  • Green: Has worked/s within an official capacity for organization; is a named member of the organization,
  • Yellow: Has been associated with organization in authorship or speaking capacity or has a proven personal relationship with the organization’s leadership.

These are Barack Hussein Obama’s appointees. This is Barack Hussein Obama’s administration and these are people chosen to advise him on national security and Islam.

The Betrayal Papers is a collaborative effort by the Coalition of Concerned Citizens, which includes: Andrea Shea King, Dr. Ashraf Ramelah, Benjamin Smith, Bethany Blankley, Brent Parrish,Charles Ortel, Chris Nethery, Denise Simon, Dick Manasseri, Gary Kubiak, Gates of Vienna, Hannah Szenes, IQ al Rassooli, Jeff Bayard, Leslie Burt, Marcus Kohan, Mary Fanning, General Paul E. Vallely, Regina Thomson, Scott Smith, Terresa Monroe-Hamilton, Colonel Thomas Snodgrass,Trevor Loudon, Wallace Bruschweiler, and William Palumbo.

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ABC Family Network Proudly Features Two Little Boys In Romantic Same-Sex Kiss

When Two Boys Kissed on Primetime TV

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:26,27 (KJV)

As the years tick on and the LGBT Movement gets bolder and bolder, the standard for decency and morality gets lower and lower. Just a few years into the modern LGBT Pride explosion, and what do we see but a television station that calls themselves “ABC Family” now broadcasting two little boys romantically kissing each other. How far behind can shows promoting pedophilia be? Shows promoting bestiality? Rest assured, they are on the drawing board at this very moment.

It has been calledThe History-Making Gay Kiss,” as The Fosters TV show, which airs during prime time on the ABC Family network, featured the “Youngest Same-Sex TV Kiss Ever.” Yes, on a so-called “family friendly” network, two 13-year-old boys locked lips, and gay activists and their allies are celebrating the moment.

GLAAD, formally known as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, stated that, “ABC Family’s The Fosters breaks new ground with Jude and Connor’s kiss.” (For those who are not familiar with the show, Jude is raised by two lesbians, his adoptive parents.)


Gabe Bergado, writing for the Daily Beast, claimed that the kiss set “a fantastic standard,” one that “reassures all the real-life Judes and Connors out there that their feelings of self-discovery during those middle school and junior high years are valid.”

Personally, I find this is heartbreaking not heartwarming, tragic not terrific. First, there is the power of example, either for good or for bad.

Young people in particular are influenced by what they see on TV and in the movies, with little boys dressing up like Superman or Spiderman and little girls mimicking the looks of the latest starlet.

As they get older, it’s not just a matter of playing silly dress-up games. Instead, these kids are now emulating the lifestyles of those they follow, and so a sexy dance to a 14-year-old looks a whole lot different than it did when the child was 5.

I can testify firsthand to the power of negative examples.

I started playing drums at the age of 8, and when I was 13, I went to my first rock concert, seeing the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the New York Philharmonic in 1968. And it really was an experience.


Everything about the band was countercultural and radical, appealing to my flesh and drawing me in. I wanted to be like the rock stars! So, when I was just 14 years-old and was offered a joint for the first time, I thought to myself, “The rock stars get high, so I think I’ll try it.”

There was also a subtle pull to do something illicit, but I’m 100 percent sure that without the influence of rock music and rock culture, I never would have thought of getting high at that point of life.

The rest, as they say, is history, as I went from pot to hash to LSD and ups and downs to snorting speed to shooting speed and then heroin and cocaine and other drugs before the Lord graciously saved me at the age of 16 in 1971.

Negative examples played a powerful role in my descent into drug abuse, opening that all-important initial door.

Is it any coincidence, then, that girl-on-girl kissing and sex scenes have been the Hollywood rage for some years and that bisexual experimentation among girls as young as 12 has become increasingly common? (Numerous teachers, social workers and students have told me about the epidemic of bisexual experimentation among schoolgirls today.)

Is it any coincidence that back in 2003, Madonna and Brittney Spears kissed on national TV and, more recently, Katie Perry kissed a girl and liked it, and now lots of other girls are doing the same?

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Watch Obama Declare That America Was Founded On Islam (Video)

“Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace.”  – Barack Hussein Obama

Here’s what Obama legitimately believes:

“Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding” – BHO February 2015, Washington

That’s an exact quote from what the president told White House conference on “countering violent extremism”. If you aren’t shocked by this, then you are well aware of the many idiotic things he’s touted regarding Islam in the past. source

“I also know that Islam has been a part of America’s story.”– BHO June 2009, Egypt

“Islam has always been a part of America” BHO 2010 start of Ramadan

Here is Obama saying that Islam, and not Judeo-Christian values and ideals, are the foundation of America:

“Eid (Muslim Holiday) reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslims Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy” BHO 2014 Marking Eid

Then it got worse:


Since 2009, NOW THE END BEGINS has brought you story after story in detailed accounts of exactly how Obama feels about Islam, and how he views Christianity and the Bible. So today, in light of recent events in Washington, we feel it important that you know exactly where your president stands in regards to his faith and his god.

Click here to read 20 quotes he has made about Islam, and 20 quotes he has made about Christianity. Nothing edited or mashed up, just exactly in the context he originally spoke them in with fully-sourced links so you can see where they come from.

If after reading this, you still think he is not a Muslim, then there is something organically wrong with your ability to reason and understand simple words written on the level of 6th grade English. You may remain ignorant, but it will be willingly so.

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The Days of Noah

It seems to describe a time when people were going about their every day lives, taking no thought for what was happening around them. And, we know that there were very evil and dark things happening; things that are considered an abomination to God Almighty. This has not changed. Indeed, our days are even darker. Man has decided to indulge the flesh and ignore the things of the spirit. Most serve the carnality of their own minds and this cannot be reconciled to the gospel of the Kingdom of God. We know this because we are told that no such people can ever enter the Kingdom of God.

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Florida city wages soviet-style crackdown on churches

A government crackdown on churches has Christians in Lake Worth, Fla., wondering if they live in the United States or the former Soviet Union.

Churches in Lake Worth, population 36,000, have been ordered to acquire a business license. As if the church has to get the government’s permission to preach and pray?

But wait. It gets worse, folks.

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Franklin Graham Warns Anti-Semitism Is on the Rise in US and Europe; Endorses ‘The Hiding Place’ Sequel

“This release is very timely and has modern-day application as anti-Semitism is rearing its head again in many parts of Europe and the United States.”

“The Hiding Place” was released in 1975, and was based on the book by the same name written by Corrie ten Boom, recalling her family’s experience in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

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“Watchmen on the Wall”

Even those who were previously blinded to the raging spiritual warfare that’s swirling around them today are beginning to wake up like someone waking from a drunken stupor asking:

“What’s going on?”

“I never thought I’d see the day!”

“I’m afraid of what I see coming upon this world.”

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The Hal Lindsey Report

Not since British troops burned the White House has a foreigner’s presence in Washington caused such a commotion!

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to town and spoke to a joint session of Congress, you’d have thought the Ayatollah himself was striding Pennsylvania Avenue hurling insults and threats at America, not the leader of our closest and strongest ally in the Middle East or maybe in all the world! (Hold it. I think Ayatollah Khamenei may have been more welcome among the Washington elite!)

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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 6, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Blogroll Collection

Because of Jesus the sin we cannot forget God does not remember. —Tullian Tchividjian

March 2 quotes

The Daily Discovery (March 6, 2015)

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Same-Sex Attraction and the Life-Giving Freedom of the Gospel – “In this latest episode of The Gospel Coalition podcast, Trexler shares his inspiring story of countering lifelong SSA with the life-giving freedom of the gospel. Helping Trexler tell his story and work through its implications is Sammy Rhodes, a Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) campus minister at the University of South Carolina, where Trexler worked as an intern.”

Passionately Pleading with God is a Good thing! – “Do you passionately plead with God in prayer? Pleading is a good and necessary part of our Christian lives. We understand adoration, confession, supplication, and thanksgiving are good marks of a vibrant prayer life, but pleading is often neglected.”

3 Final Reflections on the Inerrancy Summit – “Sadly, my time at the Inerrancy Summit has drawn to a close. Because of other commitments, I was only able to give it two days, but I am very grateful for the time I was able to spend there, and was delighted to meet so many of those who attended. As I wait for my flight home, I wanted to close out my time with a few reflections.”

Justification, law, and grace – “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.”

Theology Thursday – Theism (introduction and background) – “The truth is that arguments like this are nothing but foundations of sand. They get us nowhere with atheists because most atheists see them for what they are. We can make presuppositional arguments all day about the Bible being an authority and being able to stand on its own. Those arguments are true, but if one doesn’t acknowledge the Bible as an authority, then they aren’t going to accept the Bible as the final word on anything simply because we insist on it.”


John MacArthur – Shepherds’ Conference 2015 | The Inerrancy Summit | General Session 1


The Error of “Friendship” Evangelism

Acceptance of Homosexuality in Christianity

“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

I’m Shocked That You’re Shocked

The surrounding culture has shifted, the remaining effects of Christianity on the culture are ebbing and most people don’t want to be at odds with the people in the office, their family, or the social circle. This is why the mainline churches such as the Presbyterian Church USA have abandoned much of historic Christian teaching. They recognized in the early 20th century that the culture was shifting and they shifted to keep up. Ironically, in so doing, they signed their death warrant and now they are losing congregations and members at an unsustainable rate. If the church is only saying that Oprah is saying, why go to church when Oprah says it so much better?

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Worship is More Important Than Your Small Group

I love small groups. Don’t misunderstand me. They serve a real purpose in most churches, but their importance cannot and does not supersede our gathering together in corporate worship. We are the church. Worship is what we do. We gather together to meet with God, to hear His Word, to partake of His sacraments, to offer Him prayers and praise, to give our offerings, to confess our sins, to hear once again His assurance of pardoning grace, to dwell with Him. And we do this together every week. It becomes the very pattern of our lives. And though routine, it is the most important and glorious aspect of our lives.

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“You Are Quite Wrong”

I used to celebrate that the emergent church has gone the way of the buffalo. With Rob Bell jumping the shark and Brian McLaren’s “marriage” of his son to another man it had outed itself as at best a reincarnation of old-school 20th century liberalism and at worst another vehicle for moving large numbers of people out of the church. But the reality is, the ethos and theologically unorthodox impulses haven’t disappeared. Even more nefariously these impulses have been incorporated as a part of modern evangelicalism’s already sickly emaciated theological assumptions. Perhaps the greatest lasting rhetorical aspect of the emergent methodology was its constant insistence that it was only asking innocent questions.

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Biblical Womanhood is Often NOT Biblical

Most materials and sermons I got from Christians in my girlhood emphasized that the only way a girl or woman could be pleasing to God was to be a doormat to other people. Meaning, many hallmarks of codependency are present in this teaching, such as: It is biblical or good for a girl or woman to be passive. Getting one’s needs met is selfish; showing or feeling anger is wrong and un-Christian. One should always care about other people’s feelings, needs, and wants more than one’s own.

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What Difference Does an Inerrant Bible Make?

At the end of the day, inerrancy is inseparable from Christology. If Jesus didn’t teach this view of Scripture, the argument would be over. The issue is not the sacrosanctity of a book, a “paper pope,” or bibliolatry. The issue at stake is the integrity of the person and work of Jesus. He can save us only if He is sinless, and He is sinless only if all of His teaching—including what He teaches about Scripture—is true.

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Shades of Grey: 3 Ways to Deal with Ethical Dilemmas

Many a debate about ethical systems gets illustrated by the Corrie Ten Boom conundrum posed as Nazis knocking on your door to inquire whether you are hiding innocent Jews in your home. You can either tell the truth and sacrifice the lives of your refugees, or you can lie and, assuming you have the world’s most gullible Nazi at your door, spare the lives of those you have committed to protect. This scenario captures a classic question of which sin is the greater, and it presumes that there is no other option.

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The Church and the Individual Christian

Second, this distinction between the purpose and responsibilities of the Church and the various callings and responsibilities ofindividual Christians frees the individual Christian from the burden (often placed upon them by others) to ‘transform’ their workplace, culture, or government – or to find uniquely ‘Christian’ ways of doing ordinary tasks. Christians are called to obey God at all time and in all things. They are to do all things from faith (Romans 14:23) – for the purpose of bringing glory to God (1 Corinthians 10:31), and as service for the Lord (Colossians 3:23). However, they are not called to these tasks in an effort, or for the purpose of, transforming the world into the new heavens and new earth.

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10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Pastor Right After the Sermon

Pastors often take 10 to 20 hours to prepare a sermon. They pray for God to speak through them. They preach with conviction and fervency. And then they hear one of these sentences. These ten responses are close approximations of what pastors have actually told me. I am sure there are many more.

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Reflections on Genesis 3:15

The significance of this passage can scarcely be overstated. In one short statement the underlying theme and meaning of history is laid bare. Whatever one says about the history of mankind, therefore, whether they’re looking at the specks of some seemingly insignificant incident, or the grand movements of a mighty nation, if this overarching perspective is fundamentally absent from their thinking, the task of making sense of human experience, whether it be the past or the present or the future, will inevitably fail to reflect the deep currents of reality. As a result, the historian’s work of collating data into a meaningful whole will inevitably run astray.

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Perpetual adolescence

In the Old Testament a young man was considered an adult at age 13—once He was a “bar mitzvah”. He was to have memorized the Torah and was to be able to speak to its wisdom. He began to make his own choices, guided by a Minion of Jews including his father and relatives. If […]

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The dreadful loneliness of life without Scripture

by Marsha West

Dr. Peter Jones, who is Director of truthXchange and Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary, examines former megachurch pastor and emergent guru Rob Bell’s misleading defense of same-sex marriage. For one thing, Bell picks and chooses between Bible texts that seemingly agree with him, and those that do not. Jones says “he dismisses Paul’s teaching as mere letters from 2000 years ago that no longer apply, and then chooses a 3500 years-old text with which he agrees, namely Genesis 2:18.” Jones goes on to say that, “In a sentimentalizing interpretation of this foundational text, Bell launches into an emotive appeal for companionship, perfectly suited to his Oprah-taught audience.”

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The Difference Between Outrage and Accountability

Yes! “For the Christian, shame and outrage can never be ends in themselves. While we value accountability, Christian accountability should always be oriented toward reconciliation and restoration – and seasoned with humility and love.”

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Five Really Dumb Christian Copouts

by Bill Muehlenberg

The fact that there are a lot of really dumb, unhelpful, and just plain unbiblical things being said by so many Christians today is quite telling. It is an indication of how poorly we are doing in getting contemporary believers to actually think carefully, study Scripture regularly, and resist the worldview of the surrounding secular culture.

So much of what we hear some believers saying nowadays is indistinguishable from what the average pagan on the street is saying. How we have come to such a place where the Christian mind has so greatly shrunk, if not disappeared altogether, is not something I can here explore.

think 1But it is a tragic reality nonetheless. ‘Let my people think’ is the crying need of the hour. To get believers to move beyond mere emoting, and to actually think for the glory of God is absolutely vital in this day and age. But it seems to be as rare as it is vital.

I love how Thomas Sowell once put it: “The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think. The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.” The examples of this inability to think, to reason, and to remain faithful students of Scriptures are sadly all around us.

Here are five of the more appalling things I hear all the time from some clueless Christians who seem to just follow what the worldview of secular humanism dishes up instead of what the Word of God actually teaches. These five are just mindless clichés and useless Christian copouts:

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4 Signs Your God Is Too Small

by Erin Davis | 3/05/15

God is big.

He is so big that:

He measured the waters of Earth in the palm of His hand (Isa. 40:12).
He marked off the skies with the distance between His thumb and little finger (Isa. 40:12).
He made doors to shut in the oceans (Job 38:8).
He holds the stars in His hand (Rev. 1:20).
How big would God really be if I could control Him like a puppet on a string?
Yep, God is big and yet, in the Bible what we know about Him is just “the outskirts of his ways” (Job 26:14). We can’t even scratch the surface of understanding just how big He really is this side of heaven.

Maybe that’s why I tend to treat Him like He’s small. I reduce His power and His love to something tiny and insignificant. Or, more often, I think I’m the big deal around here. Then things tend to get really out of whack. With that pattern in mind, I thought I’d hammer out four ways to know when our concept of God is too small.

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Do Liberals Stifle Intellectual Diversity on Campus?

NPR hosted a fascinating debate at George Washington University on this proposition: “Liberals are stifling intellectual diversity on campus.” All for debaters were liberal, but two of them argued in favor of the proposition (Greg Lukianoff, Kirsten Powers) and two of them against (Angus Johnston, Jeremy Mayer). Students in the audience were polled before and after the debate about their agreement with the proposition. This allows everyone to see what people’s views were coming in and whether they were persuaded to adopt a different view as a result of the debate. Here are the results:

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


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.

Dana Loesch also interviewed Cox for The Blaze. Watch below.


What Is Expository Preaching? An Interview with Dr. Steven J. Lawson, Part 1

LawsonThis is part one of a three-part series where we asked Dr. Steven J. Lawson some questions on expository preaching, inerrancy, current issues facing evangelicals, and more about Expositor magazine.

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What Is Expository Preaching & What Are Other Challenges Facing Evangelicals Today? An Interview With Steven J. Lawson, Part 2

This is part two of a three-part blog series where we asked Dr. Steven J. Lawson some questions about expository preaching,  current issues facing evangelicals today and Expositor magazine.

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What Not to Say to the Pastor Before the Sermon – Rainer on Leadership #104

Podcast Episode #104

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I recently wrote a blog post on what church members say to their pastors right before they preach. It was surprisingly popular so we went a bit deeper into the discussion today.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • It makes it really difficult to preach after someone has criticized you just moments before the sermon starts.
  • Many pastors are focused on the message right before the service.
  • This is typically an issue more in smaller churches than larger ones.
  • The mindset of a pastor right before preaching is typically one of prayerful focus.

The six points from the blogpost that we cover today were:

  1. The time right before pastors preach is a time of prayerful focus for them.
  2. If you speak to the pastor at that time, consider giving a word of encouragement or prayer support.
  3. Consider holding back any criticisms of your pastor right before the sermon.
  4. Consider holding back your request of your pastor to make an announcement.
  5. Consider asking someone other than your pastor to handle a problem right before the sermon.
  6. If possible, consider introducing people to your pastor after the sermon.


If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Autopsy of a Deceased Church.


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Treasure In Heaven


Q. I love your web site and visit regularly. Any idea what we would use treasure in heaven for? I know we can store it up, but I wonder why we would need it. continue reading

Doubting My Salvation

Q&A-chalkboardQ. I asked Christ to come into my life over 33 years ago and for the first 30 years I never doubted that I was His. Now that it appears we may be nearing the time of the end, I’ve been fearful that I’m not saved for some reason. I’ve always been a believer in once saved, always saved, so why am I having these fears and doubts? Is it the enemy messing with me or could it be that I’ve not spent regular time with the Lord in recent years or what? I know we can’t rely on feelings, but it’s very unsettling to doubt my salvation after so many years of feeling totally secure.  continue reading

How Could He Do That?


Q. It seems that my wife can not believe that a loving God who gave his only Son, to pay for the sins of man,could condone the act described in Rev.21:8-9. She rejects “fire and brimstone” threats and wonders whether there is a deeper meaning to all this. continue reading

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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Media silent on DOJ report that refutes their “hands up, don’t shoot” myth


CNN reporters spread lies about Ferguson CNN clowns lie about Ferguson “hands up, don’t shoot”

Yesterday, I reported on how the Department of Justice had found officer Darren Wilson innocent, and asserted that the mainstream media that spread lies about him would not correct their lies.

Newsbusters reported on how the mainstream media reported on the DOJ report.


“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” has been the rallying cry of Ferguson protesters since officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown on a Missouri street last August. Brown, the “gentle giant,” was shot while trying to surrender or de-escalate his encounter with Wilson. It was an article of faith on the left, and the three networks used the phrase 140 times in their coverage of Ferguson.

Now, the DOJ report and Attorney General Eric Holder have admitted that the catch phrase was based on false witness accounts. None of the networks apologized or admitted their own reporting spread that…

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Reflections on Christians who say “God told me!”



Over the years I have read my share of books on the guidance of God and decision making and the Christian. And over the years I have certainly heard my share of statements by Christians such as the following:

 “God told me to start a new ministry”

“God told me to marry this person”

“God told me to join this church”

“God told me to leave this church”

“God told me to move here or there”

“God told me to take this job or leave this job”

I could go on and on.  There are many in the Church that think they have a prophetic word from God and then everyone has to submit to it. And who cares if people have to suffer if they’re wrong. I am not opposed to God speaking to his children in the least bit. I think God wants us to guide his children…

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“Flesh” (Sarx) in Paul’s Epistles

The Reformed Reader

Fallen: A Theology of Sin (Theology in Community) The Greek word ‘sarx’ (flesh) is often a difficult word to translate and define in Paul’s epistles.  Most Bible translations use more than a few English words for the Greek word ‘sarx.’  For example, some translations use “human body,” “body,” “person,” “sinful flesh,” “earthly,” “physical,” “natural,” or other similar words to translate ‘sarx.’  So what does this word mean?  It is a long answer, I suppose, since the term has various meanings depending on context.  I appreciate Douglas Moo’s summary of this term in his article, “Sin in Paul.”  Here’s how Moo summarizes the meanings of ‘sarx.’

1) The most basic meaning of sarx, and the most common in secular Greek, is ‘the material that covers the bones of an animal or human body.’  Paul occasionally uses the word with this sense (cf. 1 Cor. 15:39, Eph, 2:11, Col. 2:13, Gal. 6:13).

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At War with God (James 4:4–10)

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

fleshPreviously, we saw there are wars happening within ourselves and wars happening with each other. Today, we will discover the primary reason we are at war with ourselves and, consequently, with each other: we are at war with God. We will also discuss how this war can be stopped.

At War with God (James 4:4–10)

The root cause of every war, internal and external, is rebellion against God. At the beginning of Creation, mankind beheld perfect harmony, but sin came into the world and this led to conflict. Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4) and lawlessness is rebellion against God.

How does a believer declare war against God? By being friendly with God’s enemies. James names three enemies we must not fraternize with if we want to be at peace with God.

The world (v. 4). This means, of course, human society apart from God. The whole system…

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What do ancient non-Christian sources tell us about the historical Jesus?


The Annals, by Roman historian Tacitus The Annals, by Roman historian Tacitus

This article from Biblical Archaeology covers all the non-Christian historical sources that discuss Jesus.

About the author:

Lawrence Mykytiuk is associate professor of library science and the history librarian at Purdue University. He holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Semitic Studies and is the author of the book Identifying Biblical Persons in Northwest Semitic Inscriptions of 1200–539 B.C.E. (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2004).

Here are the major sections:

  • Roman historian Tacitus
  • Jewish historian Josephus
  • Greek satirist Lucian of Samosata
  • Platonist philosopher Celsus
  • Roman governor Pliny the Younger
  • Roman historian Suetonius
  • Roman prisoner Mara bar Serapion

And this useful excerpt captures the broad facts about Jesus that we get from just the first two sources:

We can learn quite a bit about Jesus from Tacitus and Josephus, two famous historians who were not Christian. Almost all the following statements about Jesus, which are asserted in…

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Understanding Atheism

Apologetics for the Church

Atheism has been at the forefront of American consciousness since 9/11, because of its supposed ability to lead us to a religion-less utopia. The decade of attention on the “new atheism” has passed, yet atheistic literature shows no signs of slowing down. For Christians to effectively give an answer to the attacks of atheism, we must read what atheists are writing. Here are a few of the latest offerings from the world of unbelief.

What If I am an AtheistWhat If I’m a(n) Atheist?: A Teen’s Guide to Exploring a Life Without Religion by David Seidman (Simon & Schuster Ebook, 2015).

Here is an interesting ebook for adolescents that compares telling others about their atheism to coming out of the closet as gay. It even prepares the “awakened” teen to be thrown out of the house, and gives guidance on finding a shelter for runaway teens. It begins with instructions on how to tell your…

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


Day 15: What is an “ordinary” appearance of Jesus?

Confession: Psalm 32:8–11

I will instruct you and teach you

in the way that you should go.

I will advise you with my eye upon you.

Do not be like a horse or like a mule, without understanding;

that needs his tackle—bridle and rein—for restraint

or he would not come near you.

Many are the pains of the wicked,

but for the one who trusts Yahweh

loyal love surrounds him.

Be glad in Yahweh and rejoice, you righteous,

and shout for joy, all you upright of heart.

Reading: Mark 11:20–25

And as they passed by early in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered!” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God! Truly I say to you that whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. For this reason I say to you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it, and it will be done for you. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your sins.”


He showed His power to take vengeance. Wherefore not in any other, but in the moistest of all planted things did He work the miracle, so that hence also the miracle appeared greater.

And that you might learn, that for the disciples’ sakes this was done, that He might train them to feel confidence, hear what He said afterwards. “You also shall do greater things, if you are willing to believe and to be confident in prayer” (John 1:50; Matt 21:22 [paraphrases]). All is done for their sake, so that they might not be afraid and tremble at plots against them? For this reason He said this a second time also, to make them cleave to prayer and faith. “For not this only shall you do, but also shall remove mountains; and many more things shall you do, being confident in faith and prayer” (Matt 21:21–22 [paraphrase]).

—John Chrysostom

Homilies of St. John Chrysostom


Do you feel confident in prayer and faith? Do you trust that God is at work in your life? He hears your requests. Today, pray in this confidence.[1]


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

The Christian’s first love

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord,
“I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth,
The love of your betrothals,
Your following after Me in the wilderness,
Through a land not sown. (Jeremiah 2:1-2 NASB)

As I think back on that startling, abrupt, life-changing time immediately following God graciously brining me into knowing Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, justifying me and placing me on that narrow road of sanctification, I remember my deep devotion to all things related to my faith. Some of those things were obviously part of the trappings of religiosity, but, primarily, I remember not being able to get enough of God’s Word and that is still the case. He has since that time chiseled and burned away much of the dross and worthless stuff…

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