Daily Archives: March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Collection

Because of the gospel, I no longer live for approval; I live from approval. —Dave Harvey

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Mar. 9, 2015

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Obama’s administration for the first time urged the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage nationwide, throwing its weight behind same-sex couples seeking a historic civil rights ruling.

Members of a House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack tussled Sunday over whether they should release the committee’s cache of messages from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail account.

A Russian court indicted five men in connection with the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, after his death sparked protests and brought condemnation from world leaders.

The European Central Bank started buying government bonds under its expanded quantitative-easing plan designed to boost price growth in the region.

Solar Impulse, an ultralight plane powered only by the sun’s rays, took off from Abu Dhabi at 7:12 a.m. today in an attempt to fly around the world without using fuel.

Niger’s army crossed the border into Nigeria to join a regional offensive against Boko Haram as the militant group pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

Goldman Sachs said it didn’t expect oil demand to recover so quickly and its forecast for crude at $40 a barrel may be too low.

Revenue generated by illegal exports of gold, diamonds and other resources is fueling a conflict that has engulfed Central African Republic. At least 3,000 people have died, the United Nations says. More than 2.5 million need urgent humanitarian assistance and about 1 million have fled their homes to neighboring countries or camps.

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The FBI is investigating a string of hacks that defaced US websites with imagery from the Islamic State jihadist group, NBC News reported.

The US delivered more than 100 pieces of military equipment to vulnerable NATO-allied Baltic States in a move designed to provide them with the ability to deter potential Russian threats.

Republican senators warned Iran that any nuclear deal made with President Obama could last only as long as he remains in office, in an unusual intervention into U.S. foreign policy-making.

Vowing never to give up on the desperate search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, family members of those aboard the plane wore symbolic T-shirts and released white balloons Sunday as they marked the anniversary of the jet’s disappearance.

An 18-month-old girl survived a car crash in a frigid Utah river after being strapped in a car seat upside-down for some 14 hours before being found by a fisherman, officers said.

Relatives of two Australian drug smugglers visited them Monday for the first time on an Indonesian prison island where they will be put to death, as their prime minister urged Jakarta to rethink the planned executions.

About ten Chadian soldiers died in fighting to free two towns in northern Nigeria previously held by BOKO Haram, the first gains against the militants made in a joint offensive launched with Niger at the weekend, military sources said.

More than two million migratory birds were killed in Cyprus last autumn to feed an illicit taste for the delicacy on the Mediterranean island, a conservationist group said.

A decision by the student body government of the University of California at Irvine to ban the display of all flags – including the United States flag – has been vetoed. The university’s executive cabinet has voted to overturn the ban, which prompted outrage nationwide and led one state legislator to consider an amendment to the California constitution to ensure the American flag could be flown on the campuses of state schools.

A laser weapon called ATHENA (Advanced Test High Energy Asset), made by Lockheed Martin can stop a small truck dead in its tracks from more than a mile away, the company announced.

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Venezuela is installing fingerprint scanners in supermarkets, in a move designed to help reduce food hoarding and panic buying.

Police in north-eastern India said they have charged 42 people in connection with the lynching of a suspected rapist who was taken from prison by a mob.

The Colombian army and Farc rebels agreed to work together to remove landmines that have killed and injured thousands in five decades of conflict.

The Kenya government identified the body of a man found in a national park as would-be International Criminal Court witness (ICC) Meshack Yebei.

A 19-year-old German woman was the first female foreign fighter to be killed fighting Islamic State alongside Kurdish militia groups.

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Members of the Republican Party angry with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives over a proposed bullet ban now say the heck with it – the agency is so “scandal-ridden,” power-hungry and out-of-control it ought to be closed.

Saudi Arabian authorities are increasing the number of their beheadings to the point that three were carried out on a single day this past week – all part and parcel of the government’s attempt to showcase itself as powerful and in control.

Microsoft has issued a security warning about a bug, FREAK, that could let attackers spy on your data. The bug uses software to encrypt data passing between web servers and web users. The computer giant suggests millions may be at risk of losing data.

A Midland County woman’s gym membership was canceled after she refused to stop telling fellow gym members “a man” was using the woman’s locker room. “I was blocked, because a man was standing there.” “It freaked me out because, why is a man in here?” An employee at the front desk told her that the individual identifies as a woman.


Obama or the Media | Worldview Weekend

Prior to the speech of the Israeli Prime Minister to Congress, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria sang the praises of a story from the pro-Edward Snowden publication, The Intercept, suggesting that Benjamin Netanyahu just can’t be trusted. The story claimed Netanyahu has been “crying wolf” about the Iranian nuclear weapons program by changing his estimate of how close the Iranians are to getting the bomb.

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Nearly At ‘Full Employment’? 10 Reasons Why The Unemployment Numbers Are A Massive Lie

On Friday, we learned that the official “unemployment rate” has fallen to 5.5 percent. Since an unemployment rate of 5 percent is considered to be “full employment” by many economists, many in the mainstream media took this as a sign that the U.S. economy has almost fully “recovered” since the last recession. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, some Federal Reserve officials believe that “the U.S. economy is already at full employment“. But how can this possibly be? It certainly does not square with reality. Personally, I know people that have been struggling with unemployment for years and that still cannot find a decent job. And I get emails from readers all the time that are heartbroken because they are suffering through extended periods of unemployment. So what in the world is going on? How can the government be telling us that we are nearly at “full employment” when so many people can’t find work? Could it be possible that the government numbers are misleading? (Read More….)


The WHY of Obama

The president is not a stupid man. He may be cunning, devious, easily given to retribution, a monstrous ideologue, an Islamic terrorist denier, and a socialist at heart. But he is not stupid. On the other hand he is not that smart. His actions betray his intellect. What he does with executive orders and lawless edicts and vetoes shows that he is more of an accomplice than a leader.

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Israel Critic and Hamas Defender Named As Obama’s New Mideast Coordinator

Three days after Israel’s prime minister stood before Congress questioning the wisdom of a key Obama administration foreign policy initiative, National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Friday named as head of her Mideast desk an official who has stoked controversy with past criticisms of Israel and by meeting with Hamas terrorists.

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March 9, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“[T]he Constitution ought to be the standard of construction for the laws, and that wherever there is an evident opposition, the laws ought to give place to the Constitution.” –Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 81, 1788

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

It’s Too Easy to Get Guns, Obama Grumbles

Barack Obama thinks it’s way too easy to buy a gun, and he wants to “fix” that. “As long as you can go in some neighborhoods and it is easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book — there are neighborhoods where it is easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable — as long as that’s the case, we’re going to continue to see unnecessary violence,” Obama warned at a town hall meeting at Benedict College. Clearly frustrated with Congress for not fully exploiting the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 to pass gun control, Obama complained, “I thought … what happened at Sandy Hook would make us think about it. You would have thought that’s got to be enough of a motivator. But we couldn’t get it done.” Without Congress, he said, “It is difficult to reduce the availability of guns.” That is his goal, after all. However, he added, “We’ve tried to get as much done administratively” as possible.

Indeed he has. The ATF is considering a ban on M855 ammunition, which is widely used in AR-15s. And “considering” is probably not strong enough a word, as the ATF recently published the new regulation in its 2014 Regulation Guide, released in January. When Townhall’s Katie Pavlich called them out, the ATF backtracked and claimed it was a “publishing mistake” — that the regulation was not finalized. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean the ban won’t take effect, just that the ATF announced prematurely. Obama has 700 days, a phone and a pen. He won’t stop with green-tip ammo.

In Selma, Obama Slams ‘Voter Suppression’ Laws

Speaking in Selma Saturday for the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march there, Barack Obama told marchers that today’s voter ID laws are commensurate with what plagued blacks 50 years ago. “Right now, in 2015, 50 years after Selma, there are laws across this country designed to make it harder for people to vote,” Obama complained. “As we speak, more of such laws are being proposed. Meanwhile, the Voting Rights Act — the culmination of so much blood, so much sweat and tears, the product of so much sacrifice in the face of wanton violence — the Voting Rights Act stands weakened, its future subject to political rancor. How can that be? The Voting Rights Act was one of the crowning achievements of our democracy, the result of Republican and Democratic efforts. President [Ronald] Reagan signed its renewal when he was in office. President George W. Bush signed its renewal when he was in office. One hundred members of Congress have come here today to honor people who were willing to die for the right to protect it. If we want to honor this day, let that hundred go back to Washington and gather four hundred more, and together pledge to make it their mission to restore that law this year. That’s how we honor those on this bridge.” Requiring that voting citizens prove who they are — just as if they were buying alcohol — is not “suppressing the vote.” That’s especially true in a nation in which Obama has just legalized nearly five million illegals. He’s misrepresenting history for political gain. More…

NY Times Lets Obama Set Agenda for Selma Remembrance

Read the headline and examine the picture of The New York Times’ front cover after political leaders commemorated the 50-year anniversary of the march at Selma, and you’d think the whole event was all about Barack Obama. The Times highlighted his quote, “We know the march is not yet over,” in the headline, and the photo of the event featured a white-shirted Obama linking arms with Rep. John Lewis, who was at the original march. Obama’s speech linked what happened 50 years ago to the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Yet the Times’ coverage all but ignored the GOP presence at the march. George W. Bush was in the front line of marchers, but The Times cropped him out of the picture. The media lambasted GOP leaders for skipping the march, though Bush and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy were there. One notable absence was Hillary Clinton, who decided it was more important to attend a Clinton Global Initiative event in Florida than commemorate a seminal moment in the civil rights movement. The Left tried to co-opt the event for two purposes: First, to smear Republicans who stayed home. Second, to mold the civil rights narrative for political ends. And, as always, the New York Times helped them do it. More…

Holder Warns Police: We’re Coming After You

In the wake of the Justice Department’s predictable findings of racist police in Ferguson, Attorney General Eric Holder fired a shot across the bow. “We are prepared to use all the powers that we have, all the power that we have, to ensure that the situation changes there,” Holder said Friday. “That means everything from working with them to coming up with an entirely new structure.” In other words, the Ferguson Police Department is on notice. But not just Ferguson. “I hope [police departments around the nation are] listening to these comments, and understand the intensity with which the feelings are felt at the federal government level to ensure that we use all the tools that we can to make sure that what happened in Ferguson is uncovered and simply does not happen in any other part of the country,” Holder added. “But I also want to make people understand, there are 18,000 police departments in this country, and I think what we saw in Ferguson was an anomaly.” We’d say that’s a pretty clear sign of what will be on incoming AG Loretta Lynch’s agenda.

Hillary Clinton Has Always Avoided a Paper Trail

Hillary Clinton borders on paranoia when it comes to documenting her work, as if she considers transparency and oversight the enemy. In 1994, she said she didn’t even keep a diary. “It could get subpoenaed! I don’t write anything down,” she said. Recently, a video surfaced of a 2001 ABC report that shows Clinton saying she didn’t use email: “As much as I’ve been investigated and all of that, you know, why would I — I don’t even want — why would I ever want to do email?” But now, it turns out that crafty grandma was running her own email server — which can permanently delete emails. Head of the House committee investigating the attack on the Benghazi consulate in 2012, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), said Clinton has kept emails from his committee’s investigation. “There are gaps of months of months of months,” he said. “If you think to that iconic picture of her on a C-17 flying to Libya … we have no emails from that day. In fact we have no emails from that trip.” Unlike Lois Lerner’s emails, Clinton’s may be gone for good. As “clueless” as ever, Barack Obama distanced himself from the former secretary of state, trotting out his tired old excuse that he learned about the scandal “through news reports.” Sure thing.

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Paying to Pray?

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A funny thing happened in the South Florida city of Lake Worth. It appears the local government has given churches the idea they must pay a fee to exercise their constitutionally protected right to worship as they please. In fact, in a move that smacks of totalitarianism, one particular church was singled out for “observation” by a hoodie-wearing code enforcement officer who compiled an official Case Narrative that reads like a bad detective novel.

In the city’s crosshairs is a Southern Baptist institution known as the Common Ground Church. The church owns and operates a coffee house in the downtown area, and for the last three months it has used it to hold weekly worship services. Previously the congregation rented space at other facilities in the area.

Common Ground Pastor Mike Olive spoke with Fox News’ Todd Starnes and told him problems began arising last month following an encounter with City Commissioner Andy Amoroso. “After we opened up the coffee bar and started doing services, I heard that he told people we were anti-gay,” Olive told Starnes. “So I went to his shop to ask him about that.” Despite Olive’s insistence that his church is all about loving God and loving people, and that his message to the gay community “is the same as it is to the straight community,” Amoroso remained unconvinced, warning the pastor that he’d “better not have a church down there.”

Amoroso may have a personal axe to grind. According to the Keep the Faith News website, Amoroso runs a newsstand and a gay-pornography business in Lake Worth. Shortly after Olive and Amoroso’s meeting, an “anonymous complaint” was lodged, precipitating the compliance officer’s visit last month.

That city-code enforcement officer is Gerard A. Coscia, who spent two Sundays in a row watching Common Ground Church hold services at the Common Ground Coffee House. On Feb. 8, Coscia secretly filmed the service. The following Sunday he came back, handed Olive’s associate pastor his business card — and told him the church has one week to vacate the building.

As his report indicates, Coscia brought his inner author and CIA wannabe tendencies to the task. “I walked back to the Coffee Bar and was able to visualize, in my opinion what appeared to be a ministry in progress,” his report states. “There was the following going on inside the Coffee Bar: Someone speaking from a podium. A [sic] overhead TV or projection with scripture verse on it. Rows of people sitting in chairs on both sides like a gathering setting. People holding what appeared to be bibles or religious books as one had a cross on it.”

Coscia further revealed he conducted a Google search, discovering that the church actually existed at the address he investigated, that Olive was a preacher, and that there was a calendar of service times. Coscia’s ultimate analysis? “I inspected the property and found the following violations: Business rental property found without a current City of Lake Worth Business license, specifically to operate as a church, or a house of Worship.”

Lake Worth community sustainability director William Waters insisted the city had nothing against the church and was merely responding to the aforementioned complaint. Waters further claimed the city “couldn’t give preferential treatment to churches versus other businesses.”

A church thus becomes a business, and Waters explained that every business in the community received letters regarding permits and fees. Joan Abell, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, confirmed that reality, producing a letter from the city warning, “[I]t shall be unlawful for any person or business, directly or indirectly, to engage in or conduct any business profession or occupation in the city, without first making an application for, and having obtained a city of Lake Worth business license.”

Abell was upset, saying, “We’ve been there 99 years and we’ve never had to have a license. Where do you all of a sudden say the church has to have a license to gather and pray?”

After this story became national news, the city backtracked, denying claims it had threatened anyone. “This is entirely a big misunderstanding,” said Mayor Pam Triolo. “The city’s intention is not to penalize churches in any way, shape or form. No, there’s no fee to pray.”

The report by Coscia and the letter sent to Abell say otherwise.

Adding to the city’s woes is attorney Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, a law firm specializing in religious liberty. He sent a letter to City Manager Michael Bornstein, explaining that churches are not businesses and don’t need licenses to operate, that the city’s own laws exempt churches regardless, and that even the occupational licenses and taxes they are now attempting to collect “are an exclusive prerogative of the Florida legislature.” He asks the city to stop collecting business fees, refund those they have collected, and provide written assurance of both.

“Government employees are public servants and prohibited by the Constitution from inhibiting religious freedom,” he explains.

Nevertheless, the city insists the congregation still needs a use and occupancy certificate for “safety purposes” separate from the one for the coffee bar.

The Patriot Post spoke with Olive, who remains optimistic about his future in the city despite local blogger Wes Blackman taking him to task for a “ridiculous non-story,” one “giving our little City a black eye on the national stage.”

“We’re not mad at the city,” Olive explained. “I live here. I work here. We love the city and when people ask me why we’re giving the city a black eye, I tell them were not. The city has a black eye and we want be the ‘ice’ that brings healing to Lake Worth.”

Such healing may be temporary. Oliver also revealed that “police have told us we can’t hand out Gospel tracts because it violates Lake Worth’s panhandling law, which is one of the most aggressive in Palm Beach County.” Handing out what Christians believe is the word of God constitutes panhandling? You’ve got another “misunderstanding” to address, Mayor Triolo.

Right-to-Work Comes to Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday signed right-to-work legislation, making “America’s Dairyland” the 25th state with laws preventing mandatory union membership and payment of dues. It’s both good for Wisconsin’s economy and is a feather in Walker’s presidential cap.

Through a section of the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act, states were permitted to enact legislation that allowed contracts to be signed between unions and businesses requiring workers at the particular company to pay labor fees, and legally binding those companies to fire workers who refused to join the union. Section 14B of this Act specifically noted that a right-to-work law would prevent such extortion.

Union members make up about 8% of Wisconsin’s current labor force. Just 30 years ago that number was 22%. Indeed, nationwide, labor unions are losing the muscle that once made them mighty — because their numbers have dwindled for the last three decades.

Walker’s tenure as Wisconsin governor has been marked by freeing the entire labor market from the chokehold of union membership. Upon his initial election in 2010, Walker went to work with the State Assembly to dismantle public-sector unions. The Wisconsin Act 10 eliminated collective bargaining for state workers, including teachers, addressed extravagant benefits and pension promises, and protected the state from a $3.6 billion budget deficit. That battle sent Walker to national prominence.

The 2011 Republican-led reform successfully implemented by Walker hit the same funding mechanism in public-sector unions as will now impact private-sector unions: forced dues payment.

Currently, detractors of right-to-work laws argue wage suppression will result without mandatory labor union representation. But that’s just not backed up by the facts.

For example, in 2012, Michigan became a right-to-work state under the leadership of Republican Governor Rick Snyder, also elected in 2010, and the Michigan Legislature. By 2013, its per-capita personal income rose to $39,215 from $38,291 in 2012. And by 2014, more than 8,000 teachers had made the decision not to pay union dues, while total union membership dropped almost two percentage points in the first full year of the law’s implementation.

It’s certainly interesting that as soon as people have the right to work without union interference union participation drops and incomes rise. It implies that, unless unions have some legal leverage enabling forced participation and extortion, they are undesirable and ineffective.

The reason is simple: Right-to-work laws give workers the opportunity to pursue employment without having to pay dues to unions, who frequently use that money to secure political power at the expense of worker protections. Right-to-work allows for greater access to jobs, while a government mandated minimum wage prices some prospective workers out of those jobs. Which one makes more sense if creating jobs is the objective?

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

The Gipper: “I’ve always believed that we are, each of us, put here for a reason, that there is a plan, somehow a divine plan for all of us.”

Columnist Peggy Noonan: “The press is painting all this as a story about how Mrs. Clinton, in her love for secrecy and control, has given ammunition to her enemies. But that’s not the story. The story is that this is what she does, and always has. The rules apply to others, not her. She’s special, entitled, exempt from the rules — the rules under which, as the Federalist reports, the State Department in 2012 forced the resignation of a U.S. ambassador, ‘in part for setting up an unsanctioned private e-mail system.’ Why doesn’t the legacy press swarm her on this? Because she is political royalty. They are used to seeing her as a regal, queenly figure. They’ve been habituated to understand that Mrs. Clinton is not to be harried, not to be subjected to gotcha questions or impertinent grilling. She is a Democrat, a star, not some grubby Republican governor from nowhere. … An aspect of the story goes beyond criticism of Mrs. Clinton and gets to criticism of us. A generation or two ago, a person so encrusted in a reputation for scandal would not be considered a possible presidential contender. She would be ineligible. Now she is inevitable.”

Columnist Star Parker: “Why do we need a new federal law to protect those whose religious convictions see marriage as it has been understood for our whole national history? Because a war is taking place in our country to delegitimize religion and to use every means of legal aggression to make it impossible for those with traditional biblical faith to live according to their convictions in their public lives. … Can it really be, now that homosexual activists have won victories to redefine the meaning of marriage, that anyone adhering in their public life to their traditional religious convictions breaks the law? Will one day a pastor preaching from the pulpit wind up in a lawsuit? Can it really be that it is not enough for homosexual activists to legally do what they want? That they won’t rest until those that refuse to accept these lifestyles are destroyed? This is not freedom and this is not America. This is a fight for the heart and soul of our country. Politicians who give lip service to American freedom but who will not fight for the very values that make our freedom possible, the values on which our nation was built, don’t belong in positions of leadership.”

Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest: “The [National Transportation Safety Board] scolded Harrison Ford for his emergency landing. Sure, he saved lives, but a golf course landing anywhere endangers Obama.”

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NY’s homeless population hits record high as poverty explodes in America

Posted: 09 Mar 2015 07:57 AM PDT

NY's homeless population hits record high as poverty explodes in AmericaAccording to a new report coming out of New York the Economy isn’t approving very much because the homeless population in the nation’s largest city has exploded to an all-time high, forcing officials to provide shelter to desperate families in dilapidated tenements that have been identified by housing authorities as dangerous. New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at City Hall following his election on promises to turn the desperation around, but in reality, reports the Daily News, he has had difficulty addressing an age-old problem that has only gotten worse during the Obama years. The report went on to indicate that the paper, on its website, reported that, by mid-December, NYC’s homeless population had swollen to a record 59,068, or larger than the populations of scores of mid-sized cities around the country. One organization, the Coalition for the Homeless, told the paper that its homeless count was higher, at 60,352. FULL REPORT

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Planet Fitness Revokes Woman’s Membership After Speaking Out About Man in Womens’ Locker RoomPosted: 09 Mar 2015 07:45 AM PDT

Planet Fitness Revokes Woman’s Membership After Speaking Out About Man in Womens’ Locker RoomHow would you feel if you were a woman and saw men in the women’s locker room at your gym? Well a report from a Planet Fitness in Michigan has revoked the membership of a woman who complained—and then warned other women at the gym—about a man who identifies as a woman who uses the womens’ locker room.  Yvette Cormier, 48, told reporters that she walked into the locker room last Saturday to find a man wearing makeup and a wig in the womens’ locker room. “I just stopped right there in my tracks,” she told ABC News. “It was a man for sure.” Cormier then went to the front desk to express concern. She states that she was told that others have complained, but that the facility allows patrons to use the locker room with which they identify. According to the witness she went back to Planet Fitness a few days later, at which time she began to warn other female club members that there was a man changing in the womens’ locker room. The next day, the corporate office of Planet Fitness called Cormier and informed her that she had violated their “no judgment” policy and that it had decided to revoke her membership. FULL REPORT

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H1N1 breaches 800 mark in MumbaiPosted: 09 Mar 2015 07:34 AM PDT

H1N1 breaches 800 mark in MumbaiMumbai has just breached the 800 mark on Sunday, taking it statistically close to the 2010 situation when a global swine flu pandemic was raging on. That year, Mumbai reported 847 confirmed cases and 30 deaths.  While in terms of fatalities the city is better placed with seven deaths this time, it has already reported 802 confirmed cases, that too within two months and a week since the start of the year. In addition, another 13 deaths and 121 cases have been attributed to people who came to the city for treatment. Experts are wary of equating the severity of the situation with the 2009-10 phase, though they agree that this is one of the most aggressive H1N1 bouts since then. FULL REPORT

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British Army could be slashed to smallest number in 250 yearsPosted: 09 Mar 2015 07:29 AM PDT

British Army could be slashed to smallest number in 250 years According to a new report coming out of Britain it appears that the United States isn’t the only Nation dramatically cutting their Military Force, According to reports the British Army could be reduced to just 50,000 soldiers – its smallest size in 250 years – a report has warned. This report indicates that troop numbers are already being slashed from 102,000 to 82,000, but a report from the Royal United Services Institute suggests this number could be cut yet again by a further 30,000. The report says the cuts could be made after the election as part of a continuing austerity drive and because of a lack of commitment from any of the major parties to protect defence spending. FULL REPORT

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China developing new DF-31 for multiple warheadsPosted: 09 Mar 2015 07:21 AM PDT

China developing new DF-31 for multiple warheads

Launch vehicles for the DF-31A ICBM. (Internet photo)

China appears to be developing a new variant of the solid-fuel, road-mobile DF-31 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying multiple warheads. The new report came from US admiral Cecil D Haney during a session of the US House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee on Feb. 26, according to a recent report from the UK-based Jane’s Defence Weekly. Haney also said that images of a Chinese transporter erector launcher suggest that the People’s Liberation Army is “enhancing existing silo-based ICBMs, conducting flight tests of a new mobile missile and developing a follow-on mobile system capable of carrying multiple warheads.” FULL REPORT

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Iran’s New Missile Puts Israel ‘in Range’Posted: 09 Mar 2015 07:14 AM PDT

Iran's New Missile Puts Israel 'in Range'It appears that Iran isn’t flinching on the their Military advancements and their intentions to keep Israel in their crosshairs as a new report indicates that,  as the US and its allies continue to discuss limiting Iran’s nuclear program with Tehran, the Iranian military on Sunday announced that it had developed a new long-range cruise missile with a range of some 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) – putting Israel well within its reach, Israeli sources said. The missile, called the “Soumar,” features “different characteristics in terms of range and pinpoint accuracy in comparison with the previous products,” Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said at the unveiling of the missile Sunday. The missile, Dehqan said, was developed based on the needs of the Iranian Armed Forces, and is “a crucial step towards increasing the country’s defense and deterrence might.” FULL REPORT

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Mysterious drone spotted over military site near ParisPosted: 09 Mar 2015 07:06 AM PDT

Mysterious drone spotted over military site near Paris

An illustration of a drone flying near the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Photo: AFP

A mysterious drone has been spotted over a sensitive military site south-west of Paris, in the latest in a series of flights that has stumped authorities. according to reports the drone was seen late on Saturday over a base in Seine-Port from which France’s navy communicates with its submarines, a source close to the inquiry said.  Authorities are on edge as Drones have been seen over several high-profile areas of the French capital in recent weeks, as Paris remains on high alert after three gunmen killed 17 in three days in January. Mysterious sightings have been made near the US embassy, the Eiffel Tower and several major thoroughfares leading in and out of the French capital, police said. FULL REPORT

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5,000 Military Servicemen to Take Part in Norway Drills Near Russian BorderPosted: 09 Mar 2015 07:00 AM PDT

5,000 Military Servicemen to Take Part in Norway Drills Near Russian Border

Roughly 5,000 servicemen and 400 units of military equipment will be involved in the “Joint Viking” exercises that kick off on Monday in the north of Norway, not far from the Russian border as tensions continue to mound in that region. According to reports these drills are the largest to take place in the region since 1967, Lt. Col. Aleksander Jankov, a spokesman for the Norwegian Armed Forces, said in an interview with Nordlys, a local newspaper, adding that all types of weapons will be used in the exercises. FULL REPORT

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French PM warns that 10,000 Europeans may swell ISIS ranks by end of 2015Posted: 09 Mar 2015 06:51 AM PDT

French PM warns that 10,000 Europeans may swell ISIS ranks by end of 2015 A shocking report is coming out of Europe this morning as the number of Europeans swelling the Islamic State group’s ranks could reach 10,000 by the end of 2015 according to the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls suggested on Sunday in an interview with French television, AFP reported Sunday. “There are 3,000 Europeans in Iraq and Syria today. When you do a projection for the months to come, there could be 5,000 before summer and 10,000 before the end of the year,” Valls warned, addressing the near three-fold increase of foreign born Islamic State militants. FULL REPORT

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Netanyahu says Israel will not cede land to PalestiniansPosted: 08 Mar 2015 07:26 PM PDT

Netanyahu says Israel will not cede land to PalestiniansBenjamin Netanyahu may have just derailed Obama’s attempt to bring peace to the Middle East anytime soon because on Sunday Netanyahu said that Israel will not cede any territory due to the current climate in the Middle East, appearing to rule out the establishment of a Palestinian state. Netanyahu’s comments, which came as he sought to appeal to hard-liners ahead of national elections next week, rejected a key goal of the international community and bode poorly for reviving peace efforts if he is re-elected. “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that any evacuated territory would fall into the hands of Islamic extremism and terror organizations supported by Iran. Therefore, there will be no concessions and no withdrawals. It is simply irrelevant,” read a statement released by his Likud party. FULL REPORT

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) 50th anniversary of Selma march points to importance of Christian worldview to civil rights

‘Bloody Sunday’ Commemoration Continues in Selma, NBC News (Elisha Fieldstadt and Amber Payne)

Revisiting Selma, New York Times (Malin Fezehai)

2) Lingering mystery of Malaysia Flight 370 reminder of untold secrets of human heart

To Explain Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight, ‘Rogue Pilot’ Seems Likeliest Theory, New York Times (Michael Forsythe and Keith Bradsher)

3) Rise of ‘new’ secular religions point to spiritual nature of humanity

The Case for Old Ideas, New York Times (Ross Douthat)

California is too far out for politics, Financial Times (Gary Silverman)
In other news…

Michael Youssef – What I Fear More Than Islamic Jihadists

Rodney Howard-Browne and America’s “Great Awakening”

Francis Chan: We Waste Too Much Time Waiting on God’s Voice; Getting Fat on the Word

Pagan gods worshipped at Bishop’s Consecration

Dwight McKissic Calls on Dr. Jerry Young and the National Baptist Convention to Hold American Baptist College President, Dr. Forrest Harris, Accountable for Inviting a Lesbian Bishop to Be Guest Speaker

Tucson ministry a cult, former followers say

Fred Craddock, a ‘preaching genius,’ dies at 86

Archaeologist Says House In Nazareth Could Have Been Jesus’ Childhood Home

Phyllis Sortor, American Missionary Kidnapped in Nigeria, Is Free

Ex-Mossad chief pans Netanyahu’s ‘bulls—‘ speech to Congress

Finland’s National Radio Airs Readings Of Quran In Order To Improve Knowledge Of Islam

Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appears in public amid rumors about his health


Netanyahu Says Israel Will Not Be Divided To Create Palestinian State

The international community has long pushed for the creation of a Palestinian state on lands captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war.

“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” Joel 3:2 (KJV)

Jerusalem, Israel — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will not cede territory due to the current climate in the Middle East, appearing to rule out the establishment of a Palestinian state.

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Netanyahu said “any evacuated territory would fall into the hands of Islamic extremism and terror organizations supported by Iran. Therefore, there will be no concessions and no withdrawals. It is simply irrelevant.”

The statement was released by his Likud party Sunday. Netanyahu is seeking to appeal to hard-liners ahead of elections next week.

Party spokesman Elie Bennett says Netanyahu’s 2009 speech calling for a Palestinian state alongside Israel is not currently relevant.

The international community has long pushed for the creation of a Palestinian state on lands captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war.

 

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Evangelicals Must Resist Mainline Protestant Mistake

But parts of American Evangelicalism, which has become America’s largest religious demographic in the wake of Mainline collapse, accounting for perhaps one third of Americans, is now succumbing to the same theological, ethical, cultural and political patterns that marginalized Mainline Protestants. Liberal hegemony over most Mainline Protestant denominations took about a century. But for some Evangelicals, the same process is unfolding far more quickly.

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Is It Wrong for a Christian to Attend a Gay Wedding?

You might as well prepare yourself now. Someday soon, the invitation will pop into your mailbox. Gay marriage has been legalized by vote, legislative action, or (more often than not) judicial fiat in 36 states at the time of this writing, with many more still in question. Whereas a decade ago, state after state passed laws or constitutional amendments affirming marriage as between a man and woman, those winds have changed quickly.

But this change isn’t all theoretical or “out there.” It’s down-on-the-street, in-your-family close. Many Christians, in fact, will face the important question of whether we should attend a gay wedding or not.

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What Does The Bible Say? Tribulation and Wrath

By Jack Kelley

Recently I was reading a new book on Revelation by an author who subscribes to the pre-wrath Rapture position. I don’t recommend this or any other mid-Trib, pre-Wrath, or post-Trib book. I only read them myself because my belief in the pre-Trib position is solid enough to not be shaken, and I feel the need to know about the current thinking on other positions in case I’m asked.

When you depart from a literal, contextual interpretation of Scripture, as you have to do when you’re trying to justify the other rapture positions, anything becomes possible. For that reason some of these books, like the one I just read, are so far off the mark as to be ludicrous.

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The End Times According to Islam

Nine years ago, then president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated in an interview that he experienced a supernatural experience during a speech he gave at the United Nations the previous year. Ahmadinejad claimed that he was bathed in a light from heaven at the outset of his talk, with the light remaining on him for the full length of the speech.

Ahmadinejad made a number of references during that U.N. speech to the “mighty Lord” who will hasten the emergence of “the promised one,” the one who “will fill this world with justice and peace.”[1] Exactly who was Ahmadinejad referring to?

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

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Praying For Our Enemies

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Q.  The Bible tells us to pray for our enemies. Please tell me how I can pray for someone for whom I have no trust or respect?  When I try to pray, my words are flat, my heart is cold and my feelings go against everything in the prayer. God knows my heart. He knows that I am not sincere. What does God expect from a simple human? Please help me understand how I am to obey this difficult instruction from my Father.

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In The Image And Likeness Of God, Or Of Adam?

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Q.   I was reading and came across this verse in Genesis 5:3.  And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat [a son] in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth.   Why is this worded like this?

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Seeing Ourselves As Hell Deserving

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Q.  Looking at different articles on the internet, they say that we have to see ourselves as hell deserving before we can get saved. What is your view on this? I’m not denying that sin leads to death or anything, just wondering whether something like this would be an obstacle for salvation?

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Our Time is Short

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March 9, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Blogroll Collection

Because of the gospel, I no longer live for approval; I live from approval. —Dave Harvey

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The Daily Discovery (March 9, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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The High Cost of Discipleship and the Superiority of Christ – “The Church in the early part of the 21st century is very sick. This sickness has not happened all at once. Instead, it is the result of centuries of compromise after compromise on the part of Christian leaders and their followers to adapt the Gospel and Church doctrines to conform to what men want. As a result, the Church has lost its savor. It is no longer salty. The countries in Europe where the Reformers restored the Gospel at the cost of untold numbers of martyrs would not now be considered Christian at all.”

Too much knowledge, too little experience – “May our experience keep pace with our knowledge, and may that experience be composed of a practical using of our Lord! Jesus casts a shadow, let us sit under it: Jesus yields fruit, let us taste the sweetness of it.”

Father of “Holy Laughter” to Bring New Apostolic Reformation Gathering to Washington, D.C. – “The last time we interviewed author Warren Smith, he warned us about ‘Holy Laughter’ guru Rodney Howard Browne’s star-studded two-week ‘Celebrate America’ event over the 4th of July last summer (2014) in Washington D.C., featuring pastor/author Jonathan Cahn, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and many others. ‘Celebrate America’ was sponsored by a number of organizations that included The Washington Times, World Net Daily, Christian Coalition of America, and Cornerstone Television Network. This year, it’s happening again at our nation’s capital.”

Why I’ll never regret being a Calvinist – “I appreciate SEA reminding me why it makes no sense for me to regret being a Calvinist. If I’m ever tempted to regret my Calvinism, I’ll just remind myself that that’s nonsensical.”

Contend Mondays: Carry On a Heroic Struggle – “Unless you’ve been living in a cave in total depravity (sans wifi), then you’ve most likely heard of the recent Shepherd’s Conference which focused on Biblical inerrancy.”


SERMON:

Paul Washer – 3 Great Motivations to Love the Lord


VIDEOS:

The Holy Trinity?

Is Allah the Worst Communicator Ever?


“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 Should We Want to Convert Someone to Christianity When They Are Sincere in Their Own Religion? (Video)

Brett explains how religious beliefs have deeper implications than mere opinions or preferences.

 

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Nine Thoughts on Church Splits

For over thirty years I have been professionally and personally connected to the local church. I have served as a pastor, church consultant, author, seminary dean, and church resource provider. The most painful moments of my tenure have been those occasions where church dissension is great, and where church splits take place.

There is little good that comes from church splits. The residual pain is lasting and the negative community impact is enduring. After reflecting on church splits over my thirty-year tenure, and after conducting an informal Twitter poll, I have nine major thoughts I would like to share with you in this article.

  1. A church that has split is likely to die. Certainly, many of the congregations will hang on tenaciously. But over the course of a few or many years, the cancer of the split eats away at the health of a church body. I have conducted many church “autopsies.” The beginning of the death of these churches often took place at the point of the split.
  2. The negative community impact of a church split is great and enduring. I have done interviews of community members where a church that split is located. The merchants and residents often say, “Oh that’s the church that fought all the time until it split.”
  3. The majority of church splits focus on the pastor. I have seen some church splits where the pastor is clearly the problem. I have seen others where the pastor is the convenient and most visible scapegoat. By the way, pastors who have been through church splits are scarred for the rest of their ministries.
  4. Church splits typically originate from power groups in the church. The power group may be a formal body, such as deacons or elders. Or they could be an informal group that still wields great power in the church.
  5. Some church members have actually been a part of several church splits. In other words, they have sown the seeds of dissension in different congregations where they have been members. Be cautious about accepting new members who are not vetted with their former church. Problem church members tend to recycle.
  6. Church splits are typically preceded by inactive church members becoming active members. It is amazing to attend a church business meeting or conference where divisive issues are discussed. Inactive members come out of the woodwork.
  7. Church splits are more likely to occur in “country club” churches. A country club church is a metaphor for a church where many of the members have a sense of entitlement instead of an attitude of service. They pay their “dues” to get their way. And if they don’t get their way on every issue, even minor issues, they may sow the seeds of dissension that lead to a church split.
  8. Some churches still split over doctrinal issues. These types of church splits are not as common as other splits, but they still take place. It was more common in mainline churches in the past, but it is becoming more frequent in some evangelical churches today.
  9. Some churches still split over financial issues. These issues include disagreements over budget expenditures, mission expenditures, incurring of debt, facility expenditures, and building programs.

There are no winners in church splits. Those who leave typically leave hurt and angry. Those who stay become a part of a church that usually begins a steady, if not steep, rate of decline. And the reputation of the church in the community is damaged greatly—sometimes permanently.

Let me hear your thoughts on this difficult issue.

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11 Reasons Why We Allow Abusive Leaders to Continue

When you question, challenge, or confront an abusive leader, you will suffer consequences. You will be demoted, rejected, or dismissed, and you will no longer be a part of the organization or community that you were hoping to improve by speaking up. I know I have been alienated many times by leaders and their fans for raising questions about their attitudes and behaviors.

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Redeemer Seminary in Dallas Facing Internal Issues, Leadership Concerns

To help understand the current climate of Redeemer Seminary, we have put together a timeline of the past five years. It sheds light on the unfolding developments at Redeemer. The situation there cannot be reduced to competing visions or differences in the application of values. It is a clear picture of leadership concerns.

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A Biblical Theology of Clothing

The biblical teaching about the first and last Adam helps us understand a biblical theology of clothing. The first Adam disobediently ate from, self-righteously sought covering from and shamefully hid behind a tree. The second Adam hung naked and shamed on a tree in order to heal, cover and accept us as righteous in His sight. In the last Adam we have our glorious dress renewed and restored forever.

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The Dreadful Loneliness of Life Without Scripture

In the same interview, Rob Bell provides an equally misleading defense of same sex marriage. Irresponsibly picking and choosing between Bible texts that agree with him, and those that do not, 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, which states: “Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’” 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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What You Probably Don’t Know about ‘The Least of These’

In summary, these passages in Matthew are not about the nature of the gospel, but about response to the gospel. They are telling us not what good preaching should look like—that is, deeds and not just words—but what a full embrace of the gospel looks like. The gospel is holistic, addressing every area of life. Thus, our response involves membership in a community of self-sacrificial service, not just cognitive assent to an otherworldly truth claim. Following Jesus has both mental and physical dimensions, assent and obedience.

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The Alliance Of Confessing Evangelicals In 1998: We Still Disagree With Rome

Without the imputation of righteousness the Gospel is not good news because we can never know if we are standing before God in a justified and therefore saved state. We will have to wait for some ultimate, but by no means guaranteed, salvation. The Gospel is not good news if believers may face thousands of years in purgatory before they come at last to heaven.

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Bible-Believing, Bible-Obeying

Fundamentally, the devil questioned the authority of the Word of God, and the devil’s servants have been questioning it ever since. Questioning the authority of God’s Word is tantamount to questioning God Himself, and questioning whether God’s sacred Word contains errors is in fact questioning God’s ability to do all things perfectly. If we question God’s Word, we have set ourselves up as a higher tribunal than God and have declared ourselves judges of God and His Word.

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Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression

This contemporary problem is not so contemporary after all. Charles Spurgeon the great Baptist preacher of the nineteenth century, was all too intimately acquainted with this problem. Eswine explores this little known side of the great preacher in his new book Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression (Christian Focus, 2014). Spurgeon himself suffered from persistent bouts of depression. He sought medical treatment and at times took sabbaticals to restore his health. He was also never shy about admitting this problem, and his candor led him to be a magnet for those seeking help themselves.

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Lighten Your Load

The writer of the book of Hebrews urged his listeners: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1). While many types of burdens can weigh us down, it is helpful to consider three types of unbelief that hinder our Christian race. Unbelief regarding past sin, present temptation, and future joy can overload our hearts—encumbering, distracting, and discouraging us.

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Sham Christians, Deceived Disciples, and False Shepherds

by Bill Muehlenberg

I am fully aware that this is a topic most folks don’t want to talk about – let alone even think about. However, the Bible is full of warnings about pseudo-disciples, fake believers, and false brethren. Thus it is incumbent on all Christians to take these warnings with utmost seriousness.

The tragic truth is, not everyone who calls himself a Christian is in fact a Christian. There are plenty of fake Christian out there. We were told 2000 years ago that this would be the case.

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Why treating God like Charlie Brown’s mom is a really bad idea.

For the vast majority of professing Christians in America, their claim to Christianity centers on little more than their claim to Christianity. Put another way, they are Christians because they say that they are Christians. Their emotions tell them so. Their pastors or priests tell them so. So it must be true. And if you even […]

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Father of “holy laughter” to bring New Apostolic Reformation gathering to Washington D.C.

The last time we interviewed author Warren Smith, he warned us about “Holy Laughter” guru Rodney Howard Browne’s star-studded two-week “Celebrate America” event over the 4th of July last summer (2014) in Washington D.C., featuring pastor/author Jonathan Cahn, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and many others. “Celebrate America” was sponsored by a number of organizations […]

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4 Ways to Pray

I am sure you are familiar with the powerful words of Philippians 4:6-7: “[D]o not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” In his book Mindscape, Timothy Witmer explains that there are 4 ways in which these words call us to pray.

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Should Sheep Shop? – Church & Culture Blog

I was recently asked by another pastor how he should feel about all of the sheep swapping going around in his city.

In the Bible, those in Christ are often referred to as “sheep,” and pastors as “shepherds.” From this, there have come all kinds of catchphrases in regard to church life, most notably “sheep swapping,” which is when people move from one local church to another.

Or probably more to the point, “sheep shopping.”

So, is that ever a good thing?

Always a bad thing?

Something in between?

Yes.

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A pivotal time for our economy

Are you aware that this next week his a history-maker for America’s financial outlook? How prepared are you if the almighty dollar goes away? Most economists agree it’s not “if,” but “when.” Our guest today says the financial rug being pulled out from under us sooner than we thought, and when that happens, it will […]

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What is the “Restoration” Movement?

Will God use our broken stories and the loving influence of the visible church to “restore all things?” Well, not exactly. He is God, and we… well. We are not. There is a “restoration movement” that has been seeping into the visible church and convincing Christians that we are God’s solution and His instrument to […]

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6 Reasons Why Sexual Predators Target Churches

It is terrible but true—sexual predators target churches. In the mind of a predator, a church offers a compelling target and, too often, an easy target. I recently worked my way through On Guard by Deepak Reju and learned that there are at least 6 reasons why sexual predators specifically target churches.

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Five More Dumb Christian Copouts

by Bill Muehlenberg

In my last article in this informal series, I mentioned that there are plenty more unhelpful and unbiblical things Christians say which are little more than a copout. That is certainly the case, and I could have a fulltime career in just writing these up.

So let me offer another five such sayings which we are far too often heard. They sadly reflect a church which is not thinking, is not discerning, and is not carefully studying the Word of God. How else can we explain such howlers? Here then are my next five examples:

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The Bogus ‘Others Have It Worse’ Argument

Every time someone points out growing restrictions on religious liberty, we hear “Well, that’s not real persecution. Others have it worse!” I say that’s a bogus argument.
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March 9, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

Christian Girls Face Uphill Battle for Justice After Being Raped in Pakistan

ICC Note:

Christian women in Pakistan exist on one of the lowest rungs of the country’s social ladder. Both the wrong gender and the wrong religion, Christian women are often targeted for sexual assault because of their low status.


Pastor in India Rescued From Mob of Radicals After Being Accused of Conversions

ICC Note:

A Christian pastor in India had to be rescued from a mob of Hindu radicals after being accused of converting local people. The pastor was surrounded by the mob during a Sunday prayer meeting the pastor was holding at another believer’s house.


Africa’s Boko Haram Calls Upon Muslims Worldwide to ‘Pledge Allegiance’ to ISIS

ICC Note: On March 7, 2015, the leader of the radical Islamist terror group Boko Haram expressed his allegiance to ISIS and called upon Muslims worldwide to do the same.


Chad and Niger Launch Ground and Air Offensive against Boko Haram

ICC Note: On March 8, 2015, troops from Chad and Niger launched an air and ground offensive against Nigeria-based, radical Islamist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram occupies a significant portion of northeastern Nigeria, causing neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon to take action in recent months.

Clinton Foundation: all eight of the highest paid executives are men

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Previously, I blogged about how Hillary Clinton pays the women on her staff 72 cents for every dollar she pays the men on her staff.

This is from The Weekly Standard.

They write:

In late February, Hillary Clinton, a self-proclaimed champion of women’s rights and gender equity, came under fire for a Washington Free Beacon analysis that showed women on Mrs. Clinton’s staff during her tenure in the Senate were paid an average of 72 cents on the dollar compared to male staff. Now, an analysis of the latest IRS filing for the foundation that bears her name, the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, shows a similar compensation disparity between men and women employees. Although compensation figures are available for only a limited number of Foundation personnel, the 2013 Form 990 filed with the IRS shows that out of eleven highly compensated individuals listed, the top eight are all men.

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Netanyahu could be defeated as Prime Minister in Israeli elections next week. Here’s the latest.

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Zionist Union leader Isaac ("Bouji") Herzog (left), with Prime Minister Benjamin ("Bibi") Netanyahu in November 2013. (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90/Times of Israel) Zionist Union leader Isaac (“Bouji”) Herzog (left), with Prime Minister Benjamin (“Bibi”) Netanyahu in November 2013. (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90/Times of Israel)

(Tucson, Arizona) — A week from Tuesday, on March 17th, millions of Israelis will go to the polls for one of the most consequential national elections of our times. We will be casting ballots for the political party of our choice, and in so doing choosing the makeup of the next Knesset (parliament) and our next Prime Minister.

As I’ve been traveling across the U.S. in recent weeks on The Third Targetbook tour, people have been asking me whether Benjamin Netanyahu will return as Prime Minister, particularly in the wake of his impressive but controversial speech to Congress.

The honest answer is: I have no idea.

There is a groundswell of “Anybody But Bibi” voters. Some 30,000 Israelis turned out the other night for a rally in Tel Aviv…

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Shepherd’s Conference 2015 Recap

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kalavinThis years Shepherd’s Conference was called the Inerrancy Summit, and it centered around the theme of reaffirming the doctrines of Scripture’s inspiration, infallibility, and inerrancy. Sixteen keynote speakers and several breakout sessions presented messages and lectures confirming those timeless truths.

All of the session audio/video will be online at the TMS website. The Vimeo versions of the keynote speaker address are available now.

All of the key sessions were good, but a few did stand out to me. Steve Lawson’s breakout lecture which was a biographical sketch of William Tyndale was truly moving, and Carl Trueman’s talk on the historical doctrine of inerrancy was a fine debunking to those who claim “inerrancy” is a modern concept and was never believed by the Christian church. Others to consider would be Ligon Duncan, Al Mohler, and Mark Dever reading the entire 119th Psalm; and the Q&A on the background to the

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Something REALLY Interesting…

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely...

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I recently uncovered a little buried treasure tonight that I had to share!

For a long time, I’ve utilized a simple argument with Mormons that I’ve found quite effective.  When we talk about Mormonism and they start talking about the restoration of Christianity (or the book of Mormon), the idea that Joseph Smith frequently was a prophet comes up.  Instead of arguing about whether or not he was a prophet, I direct the conversation to how a person know whether or not anyone is a prophet.

I use the following simple line of reasoning:

1.  If Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, I must listen to him.

2.  God has established specific criteria for determining prophecy.

3.  If Joseph Smith meets that criteria, then he’s a prophet and I must listen to what he has to say.

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Is Islam Really a Religion of Peace? (Video)

Was Muhammad a Prophet of Peace?
Those who wish to follow Muhammad have been commanded to follow his example. But what was his example? Was he really a prophet of peace?

Media continues to echo the idea that Islam is a religion of peace. Is it? Join Dr. Ankerberg this week as he investigates this question with top experts on Islam and national security. Guests include former three-star U.S. General William “Jerry” Boykin, former Lebanese Muslim terrorist Kamal Saleem, and former Sunni Muslim Dr. Emir Caner, who now serves as president of a Christian university.

In this week’s episode, you’ll discover answer to, “Is Muhammad the ideal example all Muslims are to follow?” In this program, Dr. Emir Caner answers one of the essential differences between Islam and Christianity—do both religions worship the same God?

Take a moment to watch the video below for a powerful answer from a former Sunni Muslim. He highlights the fact that Allah and the God of the Bible are not the same God, but are defined quite differently in each religion’s teachings.

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E-mails released by Clinton: there are “months, and months, and months” missing

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The Daily Signal reports:

During an appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” today, Rep. Trey Gowdy said there are “huge gaps” in the emails he has received from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton related to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.

“There are gaps of months and months and months,” Gowdy told CBS News’ Bob Schieffer.

The South Carolina Republican, who is leading the House’s Benghazi investigation, said he has nearly 800 pages of Clinton’s emails, but none from her 2011 trip to Libya.

Gowdy mentioned the “iconic” photo of then-Secretary Clinton during that trip, looking at her “handheld device.”

“We have no emails from that day. In fact, we have no emails from that trip. So, it strains credibility to believe that if you’re on your way to Libya to discuss Libyan policy that there’s not a single document that’s…

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How Frank Marshall Davis Transformed America | Worldview Weekend

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. We shall see whether the Post, at this late date, covers a story that could have been Pulitzer Prize-winning material more than seven years ago.

As the former New York City mayor noted, Obama’s grandfather turned him over to Davis for mentoring. His black father had taken off and his mother was mostly spending her time elsewhere. But the question remains: what kind of influence are we talking about? Paul Kengor’s book, The Communist: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor [1], explains Davis’s influence on Obama’s economic views. Rusty Weiss and I quoted Kengor in a piece [2] we did on how Davis’s anti-white racism also influenced Obama.

Less well-known is how Obama adopted Davis’s outlook on sexual matters.

Davis, who died in 1987, was a heavy drinker and marijuana user who wrote a pornographic novel, Sex Rebel [3], disclosing that he had sex with children, including a 13-year-old girl.

The Davis view, according to his friend, Kathryn Waddell Takara, incorporated a “world of sexual pleasures, multiple partners, and erotica.” Takara writes about the Davis obsession with bizarre sexual practices and pornography in her book, Frank Marshall Davis: The Fire and the Phoenix [4].

Davis mentored Obama for as many as eight years of his young life, before Obama left Hawaii to attend college. Obama, however, only referred to Davis as “Frank” in his book, Dreams from My Father [5]. Obama refers to “Frank” giving him advice on subjects such as race relations, but not sex.

However, Takara confirms that Davis wrote a pornographic novel, Sex Rebel, which was “largely autobiographical,” and that he became “anti-Christian,” even writing a poem speaking of Christ irreverently as a (N Word)“n—–.” An atheist, Davis “exposed the irony and hypocrisy of Christianity,” she said.

Davis was a pornographer himself and specialized in photographs of nude women. Some of these are still on display in the Frank Marshall Davis Collection[6] at Washington University in St. Louis.  Takara writes about Davis having “an ample supply of African American women models” for his work. However, the FBI took note of his habits when agents found him taking photographs of the Hawaii coastline, apparently for espionage purposes. This development is mentioned in Davis’s 600-page FBI file. Davis was on the FBI’s “security index” and was considered a potential national security threat.

Much controversy over the years concerned a poem Obama wrote about “Pop.” Sympathetic Obama biographer David Maraniss noted its strange lines about stains and smells on shorts, and confirmed that the subject was Davis. Writer Jack Cashill says the poem has definite “sexual overtones.”

Whatever the ultimate truth about Obama’s own sexual proclivities and inappropriate personal relationship with Davis, it cannot be denied that the President’s “fundamental transformation” of America has also occurred in the sexual realm. And even the Pentagon has not gone unscathed.

Defense Department officials have said [7] that hormone treatment for gender reassignment has been approved for Bradley/Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst convicted of espionage for sending classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Almost three years ago, in our May 14, 2012 column, “How Our ‘Gay President’ Learned About Sex [8],” we noted that the media’s love affair with Obama had been heightened by his embrace of same-sex marriage. Rather than resist, important figures in the media, including the conservative media, have embraced the Obama/Davis revolution.

As traditional conservatives prepare to “March for Marriage [9]” on April 25, within days of the Supreme Court debating cases that will decide the legal status of marriage, the news [10] broke this week that billionaire David Koch, who pours millions of dollars into conservative and libertarian groups, is backing a legal challenge to state laws that protect traditional marriage.

Jennifer Rubin, who writes the Right Turn blog for The Washington Post, has already embraced the Obama position and hopes [11] that the Supreme Court will “put the issue to rest as a legal matter.”

Joining Rubin in the surrender to the Obama/Davis cultural transformation of America is Ana Navarro, a CNN political commentator who says she is joining the brief before the court. Navarro was the National Hispanic Co-Chair for Senator John McCain’s Presidential Campaign in 2008.

Other signatories [12] from the media world on the pro-homosexual brief include:

  • David Frum, a senior editor at The Atlantic
  • Richard Grenell, an openly homosexual Fox News contributor
  • Alex Castellanos, a Republican media advisor and CNN contributor
  • Margaret Hoover, a self-described gay rights activist and CNN contributor
  • Nicolle Wallace, the so-called “conservative” on ABC’s “The View”

he National Organization for Marriage disagrees, saying [13], “One thing the U.S. Supreme Court won’t be able to do is redefine marriage, because marriage was created by God himself as the union of one man and one woman, and no judge or politician has the power to change it.”

Concerned Women for America continues to affirm [14] that “marriage consists of one man and one woman,” and that “We seek to protect and support the Biblical design of marriage and the gift of children.” The group objects to the “disrespect for family and for the unique contribution of fathers and mothers,” and the “attempt to eliminate natural distinctions between men and women.”

Conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly, the founder of Eagle Forum, told a Huffington Post writer during the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that the battle for the traditional family will continue. She said [15], “I’m extremely disappointed that the Republican Party, the conservative movement, even the Democratic Party and the churches, have been saying, ‘Well soon the court will decide, and that will be it.’ But a lot of people thought that about Roe v. Wade, and we’ve seen the whole abortion issue turned around in the last ten years.”

Schlafly’s latest book, Who Killed the American Family? [16], laments how advocates of traditional marriage “retreated into ominous silence” after the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act in the 2013 case of United States v. Windsor.

One possible factor in a coming backlash to the homosexual rights movement was highlighted in a CPAC speech [17] by Phil Robertson of the “Duck Dynasty[18]” television show. Describing the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, which affect homosexual men more than any other group, he said, “You want a godly, biblical, medically safe option? One man, one woman—married for life.”

Robertson was presented [19] at CPAC with the Second Annual Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award by Citizens United and the Breitbart News Network. Homosexual militants and their “progressive” allies tried to force his “Duck Dynasty” show off the air after Robertson made comments affirming traditional values and describing homosexuality as unnatural.

Citizens United President David Bossie said, “Having Phil Robertson and his family as a part of American culture has changed this nation for the better. Week after week, millions of Americans see a family living out their faith and their values boldly and without reservation. Despite the best attempts of the mainstream media and Hollywood liberals, the Robertson patriarch and his family are still on television and they are as popular as ever.”

Matt Schlapp, Chairman of the American Conservative Union, the main sponsor of CPAC, said, “Robertson personifies the importance of holding tight to that which gives our lives meaning. For Phil Robertson, that includes his family, the Lord above, and of course creating havoc in the Louisiana countryside. We are honored to have him at this year’s CPAC.”

It appears that there is resistance to the Frank Marshall Davis “vision” of America. But how long will CPAC and the traditional conservatives be able to resist?

One fact is certain: the major cable channels, including Fox News and CNN, are dominated by “conservatives” who embrace the Obama/Davis sexual revolution.

Article printed from Accuracy In Media: http://www.aim.org

URL to article: http://www.aim.org/aim-column/how-frank-marshall-davis-transformed-america/

URLs in this post:

[1] The Communist: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentorhttp://www.amazon.com/The-Communist-Paul-Kengor/dp/B00C01DYBY

[2] piece: http://www.aim.org/special-report/reason-to-hate-barack-obamas-racist-ro…

[3] Sex Rebelhttp://www.usasurvival.org/home/docs/Rpt_Davis_Sex.pdf

[4] Frank Marshall Davis: The Fire and the Phoenix: http://www.amazon.com/Frank-Marshall-Davis-Critical-Biography/dp/0984122893

[5] Dreams from My Father: http://www.amazon.com/Dreams-My-Father-Story-Inheritance/dp/1400082773

[6] Frank Marshall Davis Collection: http://library.wustl.edu/units/spec/filmandmedia/collections/frank-marsh…

[7] said: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/02/12/chelsea-manning-hor…

[8] How Our ‘Gay President’ Learned About Sex: http://www.aim.org/aim-column/how-our-gay-president-learned-about-sex/

[9] March for Marriage: http://www.marriagemarch.org/

[10] news: http://freebeacon.com/issues/david-koch-backs-gay-marriage-at-supreme-co…

[11] hopes: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2015/03/03/conservativ…

[12] signatories: http://www.afer.org/uncategorized/conservative-leaders-to-file-amicus-cu…

[13] saying: http://www.nomblog.com/

[14] continues to affirm: http://www.cwfa.org/about/issues/

[15] said: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/02/phyllis-schlafly-gay-agenda_n_6…

[16] Who Killed the American Family?: http://www.amazon.com/Killed-American-Family-Phyllis-Schlafly/dp/1938067525

[17] speech: http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4529587/phil-robertson-cpac

[18] Duck Dynasty: http://www.aetv.com/duck-dynasty

[19] presented: http://www.citizensunited.org/latest-updates.aspx?article=8643

Truthbomb Apologetics Blog – Debate Audio: Dr. Gordon Stein vs. Dr. Greg Bahnsen- Does God Exist?

This classic debate between the late philosopher Greg Bahnsen and late atheist Gordon Stein took place in 1985 at the University of California.  For those wanting to learn more about the pre-suppositional approach to apologetics, this is the debate for you!
Apologetics315 has the transcript here.

40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers (Week Three: Monday)

Monday

Day 17: Did Thomas – or did anyone – actually touch Jesus? Is there any mention of that outside of the Gospels?

Confession: Psalm 38:6–9

I am bowed down; I am bent over greatly.

All the day I go about mourning.

For my loins are full of burning,

and there is no soundness in my flesh.

I am faint and crushed greatly;

I groan because of the roaring of my heart.

O Lord, all my longing is before you,

and my sighing is not hidden from you.

Reading: Mark 12:1–12

And he began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard, and put a fence around it, and dug a trough for the winepress, and built a watchtower, and leased it to tenant farmers, and went on a journey. And he sent a slave to the tenant farmers at the proper time, so that he could collect some of the fruit of the vineyard from the tenant farmers. And they seized him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. And again he sent to them another slave, and that one they struck on the head and dishonored. And he sent another, and that one they killed. And he sent many others, some of whom they beat and some of whom they killed. He had one more, a beloved son. Last of all he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenant farmers said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and the inheritance will be ours!’ And they seized and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenant farmers and give the vineyard to others. Have you not read this scripture:

‘The stone which the builders rejected,

this has become the cornerstone.

This came about from the Lord,

and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

And they were seeking to arrest him, and they were afraid of the crowd, because they knew that he had told the parable with reference to them. And they left him and went away.

Reflection

The very medicine that we don’t like is the medicine that we ought to have, and the very truths that men object to, and that make them angry, are the truths that bring them to the cross of Christ. What we want is to preach Christ in season and out of season—

“Tell the old, old story

Of unseen things above,

Of Jesus and His glory,

Of Jesus and His love.”

Why, the stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. The very stone that they would not have was the very stone that God chose, and upon this stone He is building His Church now—upon the Rock of Ages. It is Christ, yes, Christ that men want, and then they will get sure food for eternity.

—Dwight L. Moody

Medicine for the Soul

Response

Is there a time in your life when you found it convenient to reject Jesus? Perhaps you thought you could repent later. What brought you back to the gospel?[1]

 

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

Knowing God Requires Knowledge of God and Knowledge of God is for Knowing God

The Reformed Reader

I was thinking recently of some former acquaintances who once enjoyed a vital relationship with Christ. Spurred by J.I. Packer’s Knowing God, they sought to grow in their knowledge of God. And grow they did! They loved his word, loved praying to him, and loved gathering with his people in worship of him on the Lord’s Day.

But in time, their knowledge became stale. They continued to read about God in books and treatises. They continued to debate in internet forums with Arminians and open theists. But their interest in God had morphed into a purely academic one. They neglected prayer, fellowship, and worship. Ironically, these people had initially come to Reformed Christianity because they loathed the vapid spirituality that many in evangelicalism practiced, and they sought to better know and understand the God they loved and worshiped. And yet now they have fallen into the very thing the…

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The high cost of discipleship and the superiority of Christ

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. (Hebrews 1:1-4 NASB)

The Church in the early part of the 21st Century is very sick. This sickness has not happened all at once. Instead, it is the result of centuries of compromise after compromise on the part…

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