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March 12, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Collection

We must not be concerned only with that which troubles us, but with all that troubles God. —John Owen

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Mar. 12, 2015

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Two officers were seriously injured in a shooting outside a police station in Ferguson, the Missouri city that’s been rocked by civil unrest over the August killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman.

The labor market is about as tight as it can be right now, and “the end of slack is near.” According to research, wage growth is about to accelerate and ta Fed rate hike is all but inevitable this summer.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits declined more than forecast last week, returning to a level that’s consistent with an improving labor market. Initial jobless claims dropped 36,000 to a three-week low of 289,000 in the period ended March 7 from a revised 325,000 in the prior week.

Record cold in parts of the U.S. chilled retail sales in February as the world’s largest economy began the year on weak footing. Purchases unexpectedly dropped 0.6 percent, a third consecutive decline.

The International Monetary Fund has approved a $17.5B loan program for Ukraine to help the country avoid default.

Citigroup Inc.’s plans to return capital to shareholders got the cleanest approval from the Federal Reserve among top Wall Street banks; a year after the firm failed the regulator’s annual stress tests.

Manhattan’s smallest apartments are fueling big gains in rents. The median rent in the borough jumped 8.9 percent last month to $3,375, according to a report. Costs for studio apartments climbed 10 percent to a median $2,351, while rents for one-bedrooms rose 9.4 percent to $3,400, both the highest in more than seven years of record-keeping.

A project in the Australian Outback that will more than double the country’s large-scale solar output should begin generating its initial power as early as this week.

An advert for a house in Indonesia has gone viral online after the woman selling it offered to throw in an unusual extra feature for free — her hand in marriage.

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Where is President Vladimir Putin? The Kremlin was forced Thursday to insist the Russian leader was in good health as rumors swirled online over his week-long absence from the public eye.

The beheading of a gang leader in Saudi Arabia on Thursday raised the number of executions carried out this year to 44, already more than half the total for 2014.

The Maine Republican Sen. Michael Willette said Wednesday that he has no intention of resigning over a series of offensive Facebook posts, including one that suggests President Obama’s family members are part of the Islamic State group.

Rescuers have suspended the search for a missing 21-year-old Virginia Tech University student believed to have fallen overboard during a cruise in the Bahamas.

Gaza farmers exported produce to Israel on Thursday for the first time since the Jewish state imposed its blockade on the Palestinian territory in 2006.

Over 200 people have been arrested in Tanzania as part of a nationwide crackdown on witchdoctors linked to a wave of albino attacks and murders, police said Thursday.

The United States has asked Vietnam to stop letting Russia use a former U.S. base to refuel nuclear-capable bombers engaged in shows of strength over the Asia-Pacific region, exposing strains in Washington’s steadily warming relations with Hanoi.

Malaysia’s transport minister on Thursday vowed to take stern action against an air traffic control supervisor if it is confirmed that he was asleep on the job when Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared a year ago.

U.S. retail sales fell in February, as auto purchases dropped by the most in more than a year and Americans spent less at restaurants and home improvement stores.

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Iraqi government forces are pushing into Tikrit on several fronts, forcing Islamic State militants to fall back to the city center, officials said.

Texas is down to its final dose of lethal injection drugs after the US state executed a man on Wednesday. States across the country have seen their drug inventories dwindle after European manufacturers opposed to capital punishment have refused to sell the lethal concoctions.

Cuba and the United States re-established direct telephone links for the first time in 15 years, Cuba’s state telecommunications company said.

The decapitated body of a politician was found in Mexico’s Guerrero state, where she had been standing for mayor in June’s elections

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Sparked by controversy over same-sex marriages, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would abolish government-issued Oklahoma marriage licenses. “The point of my legislation is to take the state out of the process and leave marriage in the hands of the clergy,” said state Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, the bill’s House author.

An organization that monitors Christian persecution around the world is warning that the risk for Christians in Pakistan is surging as the nation announces a resumption of executions in death penalty cases, which can be prompted by nothing more than an allegation of “blasphemy” against Muhammad.

A wave of H7N9 bird flu in China that has spread into people may have the potential to emerge as a pandemic strain in humans, scientists said on Wednesday. The H7N9 virus, one of several strains of bird flu known to be able to infect humans, has persisted, diversified and spread in chickens across China, the researchers said.


Gallup Poll: For Americans “government” is the #1 problem

Given that Washington appears to be utterly dysfunctional (this is good and bad) it’s not surprising that “government” polls as America’s biggest problem.

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Guess What Happened The Last Two Times The S&P 500 Was Up More Than 200% In Six Years?

Just a few days ago, the bull market for the S&P 500 turned six years old. This six year period of time has been great for investors, but what comes next? On March 9th, 2009 the S&P 500 hit a low of 676.53. Since that day, it has risen more than 200 percent. As you will see below, there are only two other times within the last 100 years when the S&P 500 performed this well over a six year time frame. In both instances, the end result was utter disaster. And as you take in this information, I want you to keep in mind what I said in my previous article entitled “7 Signs That A Stock Market Peak Is Happening Right Now“. What we are witnessing at this moment is classic “peaking behavior”, and there is a long way to go down from here. So if historical patterns hold up, those with lots of money in the stock market could soon be in for a whole lot of trouble. (Read More….)


Muslim Brotherhood princess’ used Clinton email server

At least three of Hillary Clinton’s top aides – including one with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood – used emails hosted on Clinton’s private server while she was secretary of state, according to several reports.

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Rand Paul: I Don’t Like Being Lectured On The Constitution By An Administration That Tramples It

This is an administration who I believe has trampled the Constitution at many turns. This is an administration that seeks to legislate when it is not in their purview, whether it be immigration, whether it be health care, or whether it now be a war that’s been going on for eight months without congressional authorization.

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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 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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Daily Digest

March 12, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal judiciary; an irresponsible body, (for impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow) working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the States, and the government of all be consolidated into one.” –Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Charles Hammond, 1821

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Ferguson Police Chief Resigns, Two Cops Shot

The Department of Justice made its accusation: The Ferguson Police Department practiced systematic racism. The DOJ named names and so the city’s town manager and municipal judge resigned. Then Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson announced his resignation. In his resignation letter, Jackson wrote, “My resignation will be effective March 19, 2015 to provide for an orderly transition of command. … I will continue to assist the city in any way I can in my capacity as private citizen.” But Wednesday night, the streets around the police department were anything but orderly. As protesters gathered into the early morning, four shots rang out and two officers fell, seriously injured. The Obama administration was going to come after Ferguson officials if they didn’t resign, but did they take into account an emboldened hostility to the peacekeeping force in the city? The department needs reform and leadership has left, but someone tried to kill two cops. Clearly, this isn’t over. More…

Sen. Cotton’s Letter to Iran Is Firmly Constitutional

After the Senate sent its letter to Iran explaining whatever deal John Kerry is currently negotiating would not be a lawful treaty, the Left and its “constitutional scholars” think the 47 senators should be tried for treason. In a White House petition, over 200,000 people said, “United States Senators committed a treasonous offense when they decided to violate the Logan Act, a 1799 law which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.” And they actually think this petition will get legal legs. Let’s start with the Constitution, which says in Article II Section 2 that the president “shall have Power by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur [emphasis added].” John Yoo writes at National Review that Obama could make some kind of agreement with Iran, namely a sole executive agreement, which would only be binding with the Obama administration itself. He continues, “But as a matter of constitutional law, the Cotton letter should be no more controversial than a letter that simply enclosed a copy of the U.S. Constitution (without President Obama’s editing).” No, it is the Obama administration that is circumventing the Constitution, as even Kerry admitted that “we’re not negotiating a legally binding plan.” More…

Kerry’s Hypocritical Indignation

Secretary of State John Kerry really wasn’t happy with the 47 Senate Republicans who wrote a letter to Iran warning of the temporary nature of any deal with the Obama administration. Testifying before Congress Wednesday, Kerry said his reaction to the letter was “utter disbelief” because it “ignores more than two centuries of precedent in the conduct of American foreign policy.” He added, “During my 29 years here in the Senate, I never heard of — nor even heard of it being proposed — anything comparable to this. … This risks undermining the confidence that foreign governments, in thousands of important agreements, commit to between the United States and other countries.” Funny that he’s “never even heard of it” because an open letter to Iran restating the obvious hardly compares to Kerry’s own record of going it alone on foreign policy. While he was in the Senate, he traveled to Nicaragua to meet with the communist Sandinistas and then returned home to shill on their behalf. And let’s not forget his most infamous moment: meeting with the North Vietnamese in 1970 and 1971 while still a Navy reserve officer. Few are now willing to bring up this treasonous behavior, but it’s unbelievable hypocrisy for Kerry to attack this letter now.

Here We Go Again: Online Sales Tax Resurrected

An online sales tax bill passed the Senate (with 27 mostly Republicans voting “no”) in 2013 but flamed out in the House. Its sponsors, however, are undeterred. The Hill reports, “Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) rolled out the Marketplace Fairness Act on Tuesday, which would give states more power to collect sales taxes from businesses that don’t have a physical location within their borders.” As Mark Alexander explained two years ago, the MFA is designed to force states to collect taxes for the states in which a purchaser resides, and this amounts to taxation without representation. Clearly, politicians want this bill passed to raise new tax revenue for broken state governments facing budget shortfalls. Mitch McConnell opposed the bill as Senate minority leader. Now that he’s majority leader, we’ll see if he holds true.

Leftists Hail Flawed Gun Ownership Survey

Anti-gun advocates hailed the findings of a new study released this week that claims firearm ownership in America is fading. NBC News writes, “According to the latest General Social Survey, 32 percent of Americans either own a firearm themselves or live with someone who does, which ties a record low set in 2010. That’s a significant decline since the late 1970s and early 1980s, when about half of Americans told researchers there was a gun in their household.” If that sounds strikingly odd considering gun purchases remain near historic highs, that’s because it is. Steve Sanetti, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, says, “GSS isn’t actually counting the number of firearms in each household. Rather it is counting the number of individuals willing to disclose to a stranger at their front door how many firearms they own.” That’s important because “it is far more likely that the political climate is driving down self-reporting.” By comparison, Gallup, which relies on anonymous phone surveys, puts gun ownership at 42%, a percentage that’s more or less remained constant over the last decade. The Left is attempting to twist this survey as proof today’s America just isn’t that into guns. The last few election cycles suggest otherwise. More…

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

‘I Did Not Exchange Classified Information With That Woman’

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As news continues to unfold about Hillary Clinton’s secret email servers, which she vowed resulted in “no security breaches” (evoking memories of her finger-wagging husband denying sex allegations with “that woman”), a lesser-reported story broke. The FBI continues to investigate what officials are calling the “worst ever” cyberattack against several federal agencies — including the State Department.

On Tuesday, CNN reported that “suspected Russian hackers have bedeviled State Department’s email system for much of the past year and continue to pose problems for technicians trying to eradicate the intrusion.” Additionally, the same hackers who compromised the State Department’s email system are suspected of being same hackers who penetrated the systems of the White House and other federal agencies.

While the State Department may not be as secure as it should have been, and the hack appears to have occurred after Clinton departed State, the convenient timing of the story suggests a subtle attempt to soften the blow against the former secretary. Perhaps we’re supposed to believe her violation of federal regulations and consequent placing of our national security at risk were somehow less terrible since the State Department’s email system was hacked, too.

In truth, even the cyberattack against the State Department underscores the seriousness of Clinton’s blatant disregard for federal regulations. At least the hack against State was identified. Clinton, however, wants us to simply take her word for it that her “personal” email system was never compromised.

At her now-infamous press conference Tuesday, she claimed her personal email system “had numerous safeguards” and suffered “no security breaches.” But without analyzing the emails and email data, there is simply no way to know whether the system was breached. And it’s especially troubling that during the early months of her tenure — while she was negotiating the “reset” with Russia — her email servers had very little protection.

Political analyst Sean Davis notes that we already know the email account of Sid Blumenthal, a longtime Hillary confidant, was breached by the famed hacker “Guccifer,” and among the emails exposed were “numerous sensitive work-related e-mails that Blumenthal sent to Hillary” while she was secretary. Of course, as Clinton kept no government email account, these hacked emails would have been sent to her private email account — presumably the one with those “numerous safeguards.”

Amid it all, Hillary’s attempts to reassure the nation fall somewhere between laughable and outrageous. A reporter asked her, “Were you ever specifically briefed on the security implications of using your own email server and using your personal address to email with the president?” Clinton served up a meticulously crafted non-answer: “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material. So I’m certainly well-aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.”

As Davis points out, Clinton’s reply is fraught with problems. For one thing, the question had nothing to do with classified information but specifically with the threat of hacking. Why the prepackaged answer?

Additionally, while Clinton insisted she never sent classified material, she also clearly did not say she never received classified material. And while she claimed there “is” no classified material, as we’ve all come to learn from the Clintons’ history, “is” can be a nebulous word. Perhaps “is” should have been “was,” which then begs the question of what happened to any classified material that “was” but no longer “is” — especially after she deleted thousands of emails. Furthermore, “classified” and “sensitive” are two different things, and Hillary notably did not address sending or receiving “sensitive” information.

One unnamed official wondered, “Was every single email of the secretary of state completely unclassified? Maybe, but it’s hard to imagine.” Indeed it is.

Obama’s spokesman Josh Earnest conveyed he is “not particularly interested in” talking about Clinton’s email. And Clinton herself is obviously hoping Americans adopt her classic “what difference does it make?” approach to the scandal. Yet far beyond a violation of protocol, Clinton’s actions represent a willful and arrogant breach of America’s national security. And that, indeed, does make a difference.

In Putin’s World, the Globe Is Cooling

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The Russian Black Sea fleet

Great. Russia has said it. Russian official Mikhail Ulyanov claimed the Great Bear has the right to place nuclear weapons in Crimea — the land it took from Ukraine.

“I don’t know if there are nuclear weapons there now,” Ulyanov said. “I don’t know about any plans, but in principle Russia can do it.”

The old enemy’s rhetoric has gone nuclear, and it could portend perilous times, as talk leads to action. And that’s an action the world cannot stand.

Russia has been talking about its right to place nuclear weapons in Crimea since December, when Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, “Crimea was not a non-nuclear zone in an international law sense but was part of Ukraine, a state which doesn’t possess nuclear arms. Now Crimea has become part of a state which possesses such weapons in accordance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.” He continued, “In accordance with international law. Russia has every reason to dispose of its nuclear arsenal … to suit its interests and international legal obligations.”

But Ulyanov’s comments are especially worrisome because he’s the director for Russia’s department of nuclear non-proliferation and arms control. He’s the man who is supposed to deescalate tension over nuclear stockpiles. He’s supposed to be the advocate for peace. Instead, it’s like someone switched out John Kerry’s talking points for Gen. Martin Dempsey’s.

Just last year, Ulyanov was at the UN saying things like, “An efficient nuclear non-proliferation regime plays a key role in maintaining the international peace and stability as well as moving towards a world free of nuclear weapons.”

What gives?

The way Russia is talking about nuclear arms signals it is hell-bent on returning to feared superpower status. With near-identical quotes, Lavrov and his director claim Crimea was once Ukraine’s but is now Russia’s. Nobody is going to take that strip of land from Russia without a major fight because it cares too much about its territorial gains.

Ukraine foreign ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis condemned the Russian statements, saying, “This is another fact to confirm the absolute unpredictability of Russia, as was the case with Russia’s withdrawal from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces. This arbitrary deployment of nuclear weapons not only violates all international agreements that control nuclear weaponry, Russia plans — if these statements are true — to deploy nuclear weapons in the territory of another state, as Crimea is the territory of Ukraine.”

Many people have been trying to understand the motivations of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Of course, he wants Ukraine, possibly for his own glory and certainly for that of Russia. And Andrew Weiss contends Putin is more nihilistic than most commentators would like to admit. He’s not playing a calculated game of chess, Weiss writes, but “Mr. Putin has largely been improvising his way though the current crisis.”

Putin has isolated himself, surrounding himself with advisers whose only requirement is that they be loyal. A few weeks ago, “Mr. Putin agreed to a new cease-fire framework that was widely seen as advantageous to Moscow,” Weiss writes. “But instead of declaring victory, Mr. Putin chose once again to escalate the conflict.”

While Putin only makes short-term strategies, the stakes in the Ukrainian conflict are too high for Russia to lose.

Commodore Philip Thicknesse, a British veteran of the Falklands War, says Russia has few major seaports — something which it solves with the takeover of Crimea. “A Russia that prefers to believe that it is surrounded by enemies is one thing,” Thicknesse writes. “A Russia denied what it believes to be its birthright — unfettered oceanic access and secure land borders — is another.”

Russia continues nuclear arms rattling, flying bombers up the English Channel and generally playing war. NATO and the U.S. need to respond in two ways. First, the West needs a long-term strategy of choking the Russian economy and stifling its pugnacious “diplomacy.” Second, both the U.S. and NATO should quietly build military capability, but without escalating just yet. It’s diplomacy 101: Speak softly and carry a big stick.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

British novelist C. S. Lewis (1898-1963): “I care far more how humanity lives than how long. Progress, for me, means increasing goodness and happiness of individual lives. For the species, as for each man, mere longevity seems to me a contemptible ideal.”

Columnist Larry Elder: “The NBA consists of 76 percent black players. But blacks are just 13 percent of the country. Clearly, the league engages in racial discrimination against whites. Silly, right? Well, this is exactly what the sleight-of-hand Department of Justice pulled off to find that the Ferguson Police Department engages in ‘implicit and explicit racial bias’! … New York City is 25 percent black. However, of the traffic stops, blacks comprise 55 percent. The statistical ‘gap’ is 30 points. In Ferguson … the black population is 67 percent, but 85 percent of the traffic stops. The statistical ‘gap’ is 18 points – far smaller than New York’s 30-point ‘gap.’ Why aren’t Messrs. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Eric Holder marching on Times Square? … Richmond, Virginia, is a city of 214,000, with a black population of 50 percent. Eighty-six percent of black Richmond families are headed by a single parent. Of Ferguson’s 67 percent black population, how many kids grew up in fatherless homes? Whatever the answer, isn’t this a far more relevant statistic?”

Economist Stephen Moore: “[I]n a non-right-to-work state, if employees do not pay union dues or fees, they can lose their jobs. So to work at a unionized facility in non-RTW states, you must, in effect, join the union by paying up to 100 percent of the dues and living under the collective bargaining agreement. No payment to the union means no job. If that isn’t coercion, what is? When a robber sticks a knife in your face and says your money or your life, do you really think you have a choice? … Forced-unionism advocates … can argue till the cows come home about how beneficial unions are for workers. But the problem isn’t that they can’t convince me. It’s that they can’t persuade the very blue-collar workers who they claim benefit from the union. … [I]f unions are such a winner for workers, why must they impose laws to force people to join and pay dues? There is no good answer to that one, which is why Wisconsin and a handful of other states are likely to switch to right-to-work and give American workers what liberals used to say they were in favor of: the right to choose.”

Comedian Argus Hamilton: “Hillary Clinton is under fire for creating private e-mail accounts she used as secretary of state so that she could erase any conversations that might incriminate her or embarrass her. Life is a circle. You start out your career by investigating Richard Nixon and you end it by channeling Richard Nixon.”

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1932 Warning To America On Dangers Of The Federal Reserve System Have Come True

“Mr. Chairman, we have in this Country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve System, hereinafter called the Fed.”

“I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.” – President Woodrow Wilson, speaking about his regret on creating the Federal Reserve System

83 years ago, Congressman Louis T. McFadden gave a passionate speech on the House floor, warning America of the peril it faced from the Federal Reserve System which was established on December 23, 1912. The Federal Reserve System is, among many things, quite in violation of the Constitution of the United States. Thomas Jefferson argued that Congress has no authority to create a bank and give it a monopoly over our money, because such actions “are not among the powers specially enumerated” in the Constitution. I agree. The Constitution plainly designates the people’s elected representatives as the guardians of their money (“Congress shall have Power…To coin Money, [and] regulate the value thereof…”—Article I, Section 8.)

What Congressman McFadden warned against in 1932 has become a cryptic reality in 2015. The Fed today is unaccountable, unauditable, and unstoppable as the main source of power in this country. Forbes magazine, speaking about the Fed, had this to say:

“It is anomalous that there should be such a powerful, unrestrained institution as the Fed in our body politic. The Fed’s centennial is nothing to celebrate. Instead, this institution of awesome, arbitrary powers makes a mockery of constitutional checks and balances. It poses a threat, not just to our currency and economic well-being, but to liberty itself. It’s a tragedy that this institution has lasted as long as it has.”

Here now is Congressman McFadden’s 1932 warning to America regarding the Federal Reserve System:

Mr. Chairman, we have in this Country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Banks, hereinafter called the Fed. The Fed has cheated the Government of these United States and the people of the United States out of enough money to pay the Nation’s debt. The depredations and iniquities of the Fed has cost enough money to pay the National debt several times over.

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This evil institution has impoverished and ruined the people of these United States, has bankrupted itself, and has practically bankrupted our Government. It has done this through the defects of the law under which it operates, through the maladministration of that law by the Fed and through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it.

“Some people who think that the Federal Reserve Banks are United States Government institutions. They are private monopolies which prey upon the people of these United States for the benefit of themselves and their foreign customers; foreign and domestic speculators and swindlers; and rich and predatory money lender. In that dark crew of financial pirates there are those who would cut a man’s throat to get a dollar out of his pocket; there are those who send money into states to buy votes to control our legislatures; there are those who maintain International propaganda for the purpose of deceiving us into granting of new concessions which will permit them to cover up their past misdeeds and set again in motion their gigantic train of crime.

“These twelve private credit monopolies were deceitfully and disloyally foisted upon this Country by the bankers who came here from Europe and repaid us our hospitality by undermining our American institutions. Those bankers took money out of this Country to finance Japan in a war against Russia. They created a reign of terror in Russia with our money in order to help that war along. They instigated the separate peace between Germany and Russia, and thus drove a wedge between the allies in World War. They financed Trotsky’s passage from New York to Russia so that he might assist in the destruction of the Russian Empire. They fomented and instigated the Russian Revolution, and placed a large fund of American dollars at Trotsky’s disposal in one of their branch banks in Sweden so that through him Russian homes might be thoroughly broken up and Russian children flung far and wide from their natural protectors. They have since begun breaking up of American homes and the dispersal of American children. “Mr. Chairman, there should be no partisanship in matters concerning banking and currency affairs in this Country, and I do not speak with any.

“In 1912 the National Monetary Association, under the chairmanship of the late Senator Nelson W. Aldrich, made a report and presented a vicious bill called the National Reserve Association bill. This bill is usually spoken of as the Aldrich bill. Senator Aldrich did not write the Aldrich bill. He was the tool, if not the accomplice, of the European bankers who for nearly twenty years had been scheming to set up a central bank in this Country and who in 1912 has spent and were continuing to spend vast sums of money to accomplish their purpose.

“We were opposed to the Aldrich plan for a central bank. The men who rule the Democratic Party then promised the people that if they were returned to power there would be no central bank established here while they held the reigns of government. Thirteen months later that promise was broken, and the Wilson administration, under the tutelage of those sinister Wall Street figures who stood behind Colonel House, established here in our free Country the worm-eaten monarchical institution of the “King’s Bank” to control us from the top downward, and from the cradle to the grave.

“The Federal Reserve Bank destroyed our old and characteristic way of doing business. It discriminated against our 1-name commercial paper, the finest in the world, and it set up the antiquated 2-name paper, which is the present curse of this Country and which wrecked every country which has ever given it scope; it fastened down upon the Country the very tyranny from which the framers of the Constitution sough to save us.”

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Isis blows up 10th century Assyrian Catholic monastery near Mosul

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 06:25 PM PDT

Isis blows up 10th century Assyrian Catholic monastery near MosulWell the Islamic State (Isis) is not thru destroying artifacts in the Middle East anytime soon, In fact according to sources they have now blown up a 10th century Chaldean Catholic church north of Mosul and bulldozed a nearby graveyard.  This report comes from Nineveh Yakou , An Assyrian Archaeologist and Director of Cultural Heritage and Indigenous Affairs at A Demand for Action, who exclusively told IBTimes UK that the Mar Gorgis or George (St George or Markourkas) that the monastery has been “wiped out” by IS militants.  The building, located on the Ba’werah neighbourhood on a hill north of Mosul on the other side of the Tigris river, was founded by the Assyrian Church of the East on the 10th century but rebuilt as a seminary by the Chaldean Catholic Church in 1846. FULL REPORT

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Top Market Strategist Sees Stock Market Storm Brewing

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 06:13 PM PDT

Top Market Strategist Sees Stock Market Storm BrewingWhen Wall Street  Experts speak many listen and Jim Stack a man who watches Wall Street like a hawk—from 2,200 miles away, on the shores of Montana’s stunning Whitefish Lake maintains more than a century’s worth of market data that helps him forge a “safety-first” strategy. With the bull market turning 6 years old on March 9, Stack was already wary. The market’s swoon on March 6 following another stellar jobs report seemed to confirm his recent warnings about how good news on the economy can be bad news for stocks. FULL REPORT

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UK Treasury unprepared for financial crash

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 06:05 PM PDT

UK Treasury unprepared for financial crash

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Someone should probably inform the UK Treasury Department that we are in a dangerous hebraic 7 Year cycle called the”Shemitah”. A new report indicates that the Treasury has not learned lessons from the 2007-08 financial crash.  As a result, the report indicates the UK could be exposed to more economic shocks, whether from another eurozone crisis or a global downturn, the Public Administration Select Committee has concluded. Financial risk is not given the same importance as non-financial risks, such as pandemic flu, the committee found. But the Treasury said the committee had “entirely missed the point”. FULL REPORT

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ISIS Orders Assyrian Christian Hostages to Convert to Islam, but All Boldly Refuse to Deny Jesus Christ

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 05:50 PM PDT

ISIS Orders Assyrian Christian Hostages to Convert to Islam, but All Boldly Refuse to Deny Jesus ChristHere in America we have people turning away from God from being offended by their pastor, Not being chose to sing in the choir or not considered popular at work, Meanwhile believers in the Mideast are faced with renouncing Christ or death! A new report from the Christian Post indicates that two of the 200-plus Assyrian hostages kidnapped by the Islamic State during an assault on Christian villages along Syria’s Khabur River in February have provided insight into their abduction in recent interviews where one revealed that the ISIS militants tried to force the Christian hostages to convert to Islam, but the captives boldly refused.  The report indicated that On Feb. 23, the terrorist group raided approximately 35 different Christian villages in the Hasakah province and abducted somewhere between 263 to 373 men, women and children, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. But about a week after the raids, ISIS released a handful of hostages on March 1. FULL REPORT

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The secret your cellphone company doesn’t want you to know

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 05:36 PM PDT

The secret your cellphone company doesn't want you to knowRECENTLY, AT&T SURPRISED EVERYONE WHEN IT ADDED A NEW OPTION TO ITS GIGAPOWER FIBER INTERNET SERVICE: PRIVACY. YES, FOR JUST $29 MORE A MONTH, AT&T PROMISES IT WON’T SELL YOUR SEARCH AND BROWSING HISTORY TO ADVERTISERS. HOW GENEROUS. – While there’s still some doubt about how private your information is even after you pay the $29, at least AT&T is being honest about how it finances operations. The truth is, the major cellphone carriers are more than happy to sell your information to advertisers and serve you targeted ads over their networks. I’m going to tell you how to stop them, and at the end I’ll discuss other ways carriers and advertisers are working to get your information. FULL REPORT

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Canada foils plot to bomb Toronto financial district

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 05:30 PM PDT

Canada foils plot to bomb Toronto financial districtAccording to reports out of Canada, It has foiled a plot by a self-proclaimed Islamic State supporter to bomb the U.S. consulate and other buildings in Toronto’s financial district. Reuters indicates that the alleged plot came to light after the Pakistani man, who has lived in Canada since 2004, tried to recruit an undercover Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, officials said. Jahanzeb Malik, 33, was arrested on Monday by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and appeared at a deportation hearing on Wednesday on grounds of being a danger to security. He has not been charged with any criminal offences. FULL REPORT

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Biblical scholar says claim on 2,000-year-old bone box should be taken literally

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 05:18 PM PDT

Biblical scholar says claim on 2,000-year-old bone box should be taken literallyA Biblical scholar has added fuel to the fire on speculation that Jesus Christ had a brother. Ben Witherington, an American New Testament expert, has firmed up the claims after a ground-breaking archaeological discovery. In November 2002 a 2,000-year-old bone box was discovered with the Aramaic inscription: “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus,” seemingly backing up Biblical references to James. Since then, interpretations of what the term ‘brother’ could mean have been debated by experts, with some arguing that James would only have been a cousin. But speaking to CNN, Professor Witherington, of the Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, said in a new interview that the reading should be taken literally. FULL REPORT

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Iran Claims it can Defeat the US in ‘Any Scenario’

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 05:10 PM PDT

Iran Claims it can Defeat the US in 'Any Scenario'A report out of the Mideast indicates Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari claimed Wednesday that Iran can defeat the US in “any scenario.” At a convention in Tehran, Jafari boasted “we have grown so much (more) powerful that we don’t feel concerned about the enemy’s unwise attitude. We can go past any enemy scenario, and this has been proved in our contemporary history,” according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. In case you were wondering which enemy he was referring to, Jafari said “the US should find a way to survive and continue its endangered life, but we are surprised at the enemy’s insistence on costly and useless scenarios,” in reference to the sanctions imposed on Iran. FULL REPORT

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Mutating bird flu may pose pandemic threat in humans

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 04:56 PM PDT

Mutating bird flu may pose pandemic threat in humansA sobering new report from scientists indicate that a wave of H7N9 bird flu in China that has spread into people may has the potential to emerge as a pandemic strain in humans, scientists said on Wednesday.  According to reports the H7N9 virus, one of several strains of bird flu known to be able to infect humans, has persisted, diversified and spread in chickens across China, the researchers said, fuelling a resurgence of infections in people and posing a wider threat. “The expansion of genetic diversity and geographical spread indicates that, unless effective control measures are in place, H7N9 could be expected to persist and spread beyond the region,” FULL REPORT

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Photographs emerge of new Pacific island off Tonga Formed by Underwater Volcanic Eruption

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 04:47 PM PDT

Photographs emerge of new Pacific island off Tonga Formed by Underwater Volcanic EruptionPhotographs have recently emerged of a newly formed volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean after three men climbed to the peak of the land mass off the coast of Tonga. The New Island is believed to have formed after a volcano exploded underwater and then expanded. The one-mile long cone-shaped island began forming last month, about forty miles from the nation’s capital, and is now safe to walk on. The Experts believe a volcano exploded underwater and then expanded until an island formed. The island is expected to erode back into the ocean in a matter of months. FULL REPORT

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Economist Tells Congress: U.S. May Be In ‘Worse Fiscal Shape’ Than Greece

The U.S. has a $210 trillion “fiscal gap” and “may well be in worse fiscal shape than any developed country, including Greece,” Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff told members of the Senate Budget Committee in written and oral testimony on Feb. 25 …………. Click here for full story


 

Middle East Caught In ‘Apocalyptic Fervor’

The wars and alliances prophesied in the Bible are beginning to take shape, and even nonbelievers should pay attention, because the “entire Middle East is being driven by apocalyptic fervor,” according to documentary filmmaker and New York Times bestselling author Joel Richardson ………. Click here for full story


 

Russian Jets Run ‘Attack Scenarios’ On NATO Ships

Russian fighter jets have been using NATO ships in the Black Sea as target practice to run “attack scenarios,” a situation that NATO military officials say they are aware of and prepared to defend against if necessary ……….. Click here for full story


 

A New Way To Be Human: The Plan Is To Replace Existing Humans With ‘Transhuman’ Hybrids

Transhumanists believe that the time has come for humans to take control of their own evolution. Many of them are fully convinced that we can use emerging technologies to “fix” the flaws in the human race and ultimately eradicate sickness, disease, poverty and war ……….. Click here for full story


 

Major Christian Denomination Is Just Seven Votes Away From Making a Monumental Decision That Some Say Will Cause Its Demise

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination, is only seven votes away from officially changing its definition of marriage to include same-sex unions — a move that could have major ramifications for the mainline sect ……… Click here for full story


It Takes a Jew

If today’s Americans are not careful – the fall of the most powerful nation on earth is poised to be a long and irreversible one.

Many concerned observers believe that fall has already begun.

Surely, American citizens and, especially perhaps, Europeans (given the continent’s blood-soaked anti-Semitic history), rather than sit at the table with global terrorists, your leaders should be directing such comments at these proven enemies of peace:

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Shock As Pope Francis Wants To Change Rule Regarding Priests Being Celibate

by Geoffrey Grider

A childhood friend of Pope Francis has claimed that he intends to overturn the centuries-old ban on Catholic priests from getting married

The Pope considers the law on priestly celibacy ‘archaic’ and ‘not part of the doctrine of the Church‘, according to childhood friend, Oscar Crespo.

The friend also claimed the Argentinian-born pope also vowed to reform another Catholic rule which bars divorced people in new relationships from taking the Holy Communion, MailOnline can reveal.

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In May, Pope Francis told a group of reporters that celibacy is ‘a gift for the church, but since it is not a dogma, the door is always open.’

According to Oscar Crespo, Pope Francis said that changing the Catholic law which bars civil divorcees from taking a full part in church life is the ‘number one priority’ of his papacy.

It is not the first time Pope Francis – the first non-European pope for 1,700 years – has expressed his personal softer stance on the Church’s traditional views about priestly celibacy

In May, he told a group of reporters that celibacy is ‘a gift for the church, but since it is not a dogma, the door is always open.’ And a few weeks ago, when he was confronted by a campaigner for married priests, he replied that the issue ‘is in my diary‘.

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Fallout from OU fraternity racist chant reveals confusion of hate speech and speech crimes

It’s not Unconstitutional to be Racist, Huffington Post (Byron Williams)

Is University of Oklahoma frat’s racist chant protected by 1st Amendment?, Los Angeles Times (Matt Pearce)

2) UC Irvine student government attempts to ban American flag for sake of tolerance

American flag, others banned in UC Irvine student area, Los Angeles Times (Nicole Knight Shine)

Ban on American flag at UC Irvine reversed, Los Angeles Times (Nicole Knight Shine)

3) ‘Homeland’ producers see Islamic State as too evil to represent on entertainment television

Islamic State deemed ‘too evil’ to appear in Homeland, The Telegraph (Colin Freeman)
In other news…

Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson resigns St. Louis Post Dispatch (Christine Byers)

With Iran letter, Tom Cotton emerges as leading GOP national security hawk, Washington Post (Sean Sullivan)

The Cost of Relativism, New York Times (David Brooks)

This is what sex education should look like, The Guardian (Justin Hancock)

Sandy Simpson – The Attack of the Enemy on Churches

Eric English – Liberal Fundamentalism: Why I am leaving the emerging church conversation

Transubstantiation: The Demonic Hoax Of The Roman Catholic Church!

WOLF ALERT! Name: Marcus Bishop. Location: Panama City Beach, FL

Daughter of New Zealand Cult Leader Describes Her Efforts to Escape

Breakaway Episcopalians Win Texas Church Property Fight


Rev. Graham: Obama, Holder Pushing a ‘New Morality That Does Not Include God’ — ‘An Anti-Christ Movement’

President Barack Obama and his outgoing attorney general, Eric Holder, are, along with “progressives” in government, forcing “a new morality” on the American people, a “morality that does not include God” and which is “an Anti-Christ movement,” said Reverend Franklin Graham.

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Major Christian Denomination Is Just Seven Votes Away From Making a Monumental Decision That Some Say Will Cause Its Demise

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination, is only seven votes away from officially changing its definition of marriage to include same-sex unions — a move that could have major ramifications for the mainline sect.

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The New Christian Left Is Twisting the Gospel: Here’s How

Peek behind the curtain of some “progressive” or “hip” evangelical churches, past the savvy technology and secular music, and you will find more than just a contemporary worship service. You’ll find faith leaders encouraging young evangelicals to trade in their Christian convictions for a gospel filled with compromise.

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Assyrians hold banners as they march in solidarity with the Assyrians abducted by Islamic State fighters in Syria earlier this week, in Beirut, Labanon, February 28, 2015. Militants in northeast Syria are now estimated to have abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians. (photo credit: Reuters)

Two of the 200-plus Assyrian hostages kidnapped by the Islamic State during an assault on Christian villages along Syria’s Khabur River in February have provided insight into their abduction in recent interviews where one revealed that the ISIS militants tried to force the Christian hostages to convert to Islam, but the captives boldly refused.

On Feb. 23, the terrorist group raided approximately 35 different Christian villages in the Hasakah province and abducted somewhere between 263 to 373 men, women and children, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. But about a week after the raids, ISIS released a handful of hostages on March 1.

A released hostage going by the name of “Robert” told AINA that he was abducted from his village of Tel Goran, which is on the south bank of the Khabur River, along with 16 other men and four women. He recalls the militants storming into his village at around 5 a.m., knocking on all the doors and waking everybody up.


Our Time is Short

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March 12, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Blogroll Collection

We must not be concerned only with that which troubles us, but with all that troubles God. —John Owen

March 9 quotes


The Daily Discovery (March 12, 2015)

Our own “Men’s Fellowship” – “Some years ago I knew of a young man with what was, to all appearances, a fine and stable Christian walk. After leaving home, he fell badly, and unrepentedly. His parents were utterly heartbroken.  Knowing this situation led me to reconsider what I was doing with my son Josiah, who was nearing his teen years. Proactive is my watchword, when I can help it. Nothing brews a more bitter cup than regrets, and my own mistakes and follies have served up quite enough of it as it is.”

Restoring All Things? Another Misguided Attempt – “The bandwagon toward restorationism has more unsuspecting believers jumping on than just about any other bandwagon that is railing its way through the church today. The Christian desire to see a better world, free from the suffering of poverty, sickness, abuse, and other evils, is the fuel that many have used to gain riders on the restoration bandwagon. We want–and should want–a better world.”

Question: “What is the Restoration Movement?” – “Answer: The Restoration Movement, part of the broader movement called “restorationism,” began in the early 19th century when a conglomeration of members from different Christian groups and denominations decided they had gotten away from the basics of Christianity. Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, and others abandoned their formal denominations with hopes of establishing a church based solely on the Christianity taught in the New Testament.”

What about the “Restoration Movement” churches? – “The ‘restorationists’ as they were called, were people from many different denominational backgrounds. They all held one common belief, namely, that Christianity had lost its way and had fallen into apostasy. Some of these groups were originally referred to as ‘Campbellites.’”

The Churches of Christ, the Christian Churches, the Disciples of Christ – “These churches stem from the ‘Restoration’ movement (not to be confused with the Pentecostal ‘Latter-Rain’ Restoration movement of the late 1940s) begun by (among others) Thomas and Alexander Campbell (father and son), Presbyterian ministers from Ireland, in the eastern United States in the early 1800s. Neither Campbells intended to found a new denomination, but were rather intent on promoting unity among all Christians. Nevertheless, many Christians, including whole Baptist churches, forsook their previous denominational ties and rallied behind the Campbell’s teaching.”


SERMON:

Kevin DeYoung – Shepherds’ Conference 2015


VIDEOS:

James White’s scary 5 year prediction for the church.

What Every Christian Needs to Know about Islam


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

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Parenting Well in a Digital World

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Even at the best of times there is nothing simple about raising children. But throw in a million new technologies—new devices and social networks and apps—and things get far more complicated still. This is every parent’s challenge today. Yesterday I offered a few tips on living well in a digital world and today I want to offer some tips on parenting well. I will use the same format: 3 things you need to put off or reject, and 3 things you need to put on or embrace.

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Seven Ways We Can Guard and Repair Relationships

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

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Supreme Court Says Obama Admin Can’t Make Notre Dame Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

“This is a major blow to the federal government’s contraception mandate. For the past year, the Notre Dame decision has been the centerpiece of the government’s effort to force religious ministries to violate their beliefs or pay fines to the IRS.” said Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which filed an amicus brief in the case. “As with the Supreme Court’s decisions in Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby, this is a strong signal that the Supreme Court will ultimately reject the government’s narrow view of religious liberty.

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My Funeral is Back On

Two reasons: One, a friend died. The family decided not to have a funeral, nothing to acknowledge him or his death. At first I took it in stride, but then it occurred to me that something was not right with that. In not acknowledging his death, they did not acknowledge his life….The other reason I changed my mind about a funeral has to do with the gospel that bears on my calling as a pastor. My righteousness is not in my apparent clean living. My hope is not in my efforts. The gospel points me to Christ, and that is exactly where I would want my funeral to point others.

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Indiana Considers Drop Boxes for Abandoned Babies

Safe-haven laws require a face-to-face interaction at drop-off. Indiana’s new law would eliminate that requirement and allow a mother in crisis to place a child in a secure, 2-foot-long “newborn safety incubator” that is heated and equipped with a motion sensor. She could leave without ever interacting with a person.

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Liberal Fundamentalism: Why I Am Leaving the Emerging Church Conversation

I was cited for not adhering to the ideals of the group. By this what they meant was I did not blindly follow or accept their beliefs. My writing and my questioning was not liberal enough and thus they found it offensive. They censored me in internal conversations, they told me I was not to express my opinion on certain issues; and ultimately I was told that my questions offended them.

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Even in Addressing “Slippery Slope,” Gay Methodist Caucus Won’t Oppose Multiple Partners

In any case, from this outline of its vision of “Christian sexual ethics,” I guess RMN is willing to present “one way to think about this” that would support the ideal of monogamy, but also wants to make clear that RMN is totally cool with non-monogamous relationships if that floats your boat

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Retiring the “Worship Leader”

If we consider that all the things we do in a worship service are to be acts of worship, it’s a little ridiculous to give the soloist the title of “worship leader.” After all, praying is an act of worship. Actively listening to proclamation through sermon is an act of worship. Reading Holy Scripture is an act of worship. Passing the peace is an act of worship. Giving our offerings is an act of worship. The Sacraments are acts of worship. Though singing our faith adds a beautiful dimension to a worship service, it’s no more an act of worship than any of these other things.

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Memo to Supreme Court: State Marriage Laws Are Constitutional

Nothing in the text or original meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment—in Supreme Court jurisprudence on Fundamental Rights of the Due Process Clause or the Equal Protection Clause—requires the redefinition of marriage. Nor do male–female marriage laws lack a rational basis or fail to serve a compelling state interest in a narrowly tailored way.

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The State of the Freshman Soul – Church & Culture Blog

Around one in ten of the 150,000 students surveyed had frequently “felt depressed” during the past year, a significant rise over the 6.1 percent reported five years earlier. Those who “felt overwhelmed” by schoolwork and other commitments rose from 27.1 percent to 34.6 percent.

But the stunner for me was how it reflected the meteoric rise of the “nones” over its many years charting the state of the freshmen soul.

In this most recent survey, almost 28% said they had no religious preference, which coincides with other data I detailed in my book, The Rise of the Nones.

But notice how rapid the rise has been:

1984 Report: 8.8%
2005 Report: 17.5%
2014 Report: 24.6%
2015 Report: 28%

That’s not the “nones” rising.

That’s the “nones” exploding.

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Suffering and Prayer in the Christian Life

Today we look at two important, yet often misunderstood doctrines in the Bible: Suffering and Prayer. No one really wants to suffer. We would all prefer a life of comfort. But the Bible warns us that suffering is an important part of the Christian life–and that when it happens we should rejoice! Tough teaching indeed. […]

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CultureWatch: On Relativism

by Bill Muehlenberg

Up until recently all of Western civilisation recognised and affirmed the reality of universals and absolutes. But for various reasons much of that has been replaced more recently by relativism and subjectivism. Instead of reality consisting of unchanging and objective truths and values, we now claim that such things no longer exist.

There are various types of relativism, including:
Epistemological Relativism – the idea that there is no absolute truth.
Moral Relativism – the view that morality is subjective, based on individual preferences.
Cultural Relativism – the belief that one cannot judge other cultures; each one is right in its own way.

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Shepherds’ Conference 2015

All of the video from the recent Shepherds’ Conference Inerrancy Summit is now available.

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There is a Cost to Our Silence

What are the consequences when Christians back out of culture and take the path of least resistance? Many of us do not recognize America as the shining city on a hill we once were, but what can we do about it now? As the church goes – so goes America. One reason we are seeing […]

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What is Ramadan?

By Matt Slick

Ramadan is a month-long period of fasting for those who hold to the Islamic faith. It occurs in the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Ramadan – which roughly equates to September. Muslims believe that Mohammed received the call to be the prophet of Allah during Ramadan, so that is why it is a special time. During that month from sunrise to sunset all Muslims are to abstain from food, eating, drinking, smoking, and sexual intercourse. However, those with medical conditions and the young are given exemptions…. (keep reading)


How in the World Can We Pray for Our World?

This guest post is by Curtis Alan. Curt is the Missions Pastor here at the Summit.

“God bless the missionaries…” Does this summarize your prayers for the mission of God? Do you struggle to find the words to ask for the nations?

Or, do you find yourself unable to pray for our world at all? Overwhelmed by graphic videos of mass executions and atrocities in the Middle East, terrorist attacks in both hemispheres, and growing tensions towards war in Eastern Europe, do tears and gasps of horror come more readily than words?

The Apostle Paul experienced this, too. “The Spirit helps us in our weakness,” he said. “For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Rom 8:26). As Paul struggled for the words to pray, he had the same power we have: the Holy Spirit inside him. And the Spirit prays in perfect accordance with the will of God. We are never alone and he is never at a loss for words.

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Religion should be Shown not a Show

Read Mt. 6:1-4

Jesus opposed ostentatious piety. Tell that to your friends and also to yourself. And he was not fooled by the counterfeit. In Matthew 6, he developed these important ideas.


Antonio Lombatti’s Claims About The Shroud Of Turin

Antonio Lombatti has written an article reviewing CNN’s recent program on the Shroud. Even though the article has a lot of problems, Jim West is promoting it and claiming that Lombatti is “the Turin Shroud expert”. Good to know that Lombatti outranks all of the scientists, archeologists, and other scholars who have studied the Shroud firsthand, served as Vatican consultants on the Shroud, etc.

Let’s take a look at some of Lombatti’s claims. I responded to his assertions about a Shroud nail wound in another post. And you can find responses to other claims he’s made by running some searches here and here. If you run a search on the weave of the cloth at Dan Porter’s blog, for example, you come across this thread and many others. Read the comments sections of the threads as well, since some of the most significant information is found there.

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Lead for the Future, Not from the Past

By Chuck Lawless

Leadership is a present-tense task, in that others are looking to us today to provide vision, encouragement, and support. Too many leaders, though, face present-tense challenges while living more in yesterday than today. Below is a list of characteristics of church leaders I’ve known who show this tendency. Using this list, consider if you might be “leading from the past tense.”

  1. Your faithfulness to spiritual disciplines was more intense in days gone by. If the acme of your Bible reading, prayer, etc., is a mountaintop in your past, you’re probably leading today on the basis of yesterday’s power. That’s a dangerous, self-dependent way to lead.
  2. Your illustrations of personal evangelism are not current. I learned this problem as a professor of evangelism many years ago. When I realized my stories of evangelism were dated, I had to face the truth: my stories were old because evangelism was something I used to do more faithfully.
  3. You think about a position you formerly held more than your current position. It’s easy to do, especially when the current role is a difficult one. Somehow, we block all the negatives of that previous role and remember it now as if it were almost heaven on earth. By comparison, our current role can never match up – and yesterday seems much more inviting.
  4. It’s been a long time since you’ve read a book. Certainly, we learn through means other than books, but books are knowledge. They challenge us, stretch us, move us, and teach us. If you haven’t read a book in a while, you’re leading on yesterday’s knowledge.
  5. You know no more about God today than you did years ago. Do an honest gut check here – what do you know about God you did not know last year? Two years ago? Do you know more of His Word than you did five years ago? In you’re in a spiritual rut today, you got stuck somewhere in the past.
  6. You have a tendency to remind others of yesterday’s victories. Sometimes we retreat to telling past-tense victories, especially when present-tense wins are few and far between. If you’re the one who keeps bringing up the past, you might be leading from there.
  7. You believe few people can teach you anything. I don’t know many leaders who admit this reality, but I do know some who live this way (and, lest I deceive myself, I can go here, too). If you believe no one can teach you anything today, it may be because you think you’ve already learned all you need to know. That’s leading from the past tense.
  8. You are unwilling to allow others to evaluate your leadership. Evaluation is risky. Honesty from others can be brutal. At the same time, though, an unwillingness to allow others to speak into your leadership limits your growth to yesterday’s lessons.
  9. If you are a teaching/preaching leader, you only recycle yesterday’s material. I am not arguing here against ever re-using material. Most of us, though, recognize the difference between reworking/ updating material and simply representing old material as if it were new. We know when we’re preaching today’s material on the basis of yesterday’s time with God.
  10. You are still haunted by yesterday’s pain. Some of us have led difficult congregations, and the wounds are deep. The scars tissue is thick. If, however, you allow yesterday’s pain to make you a tentative leader today, you’re leading from the past tense. In fact, you may not be leading at all.

What other evidences of leading from the past tense come to mind for you?


Chuck Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary. You can connect with Dr. Lawless on both Twitter and Facebook.

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[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 027 – Erin Benzinger on Christian Women

Summary

  • On today’s show Landon welcomes Erin Benzinger of DoNotBeSurprised.com and Equipping Eve to the program.  They discuss a plethora of topics primarily relating to Christian women, false teachers, and places for women to find solid teaching.

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[00:02:20] Topic 1: Interview Erin Benzinger

  • Introduction
  • Equipping Eve and Women’s ministries
  • Popular teachers leading women astray
  • Suggestions of good women teachers
  • Closing thoughts

 Resources Mentioned During the Show

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Landon

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Founder of the site, writer, and host of the Fire Away! podcast. He is a Reformed Baptist that professes the Bible to be the infallible, inerrant, and thoroughly sufficient Word of God.

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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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Why do liberals constantly talk about sexism, racism, homophobia and so on?

WINTERY KNIGHT

Here is a must-read post from Lindsay, writing at her Lindsay’s Logic blog.

She writes:

Many people don’t notice this, but liberals always speak of people by the group they belong to – African Americans, gays, whites, Hispanics, women, poor people, etc. They talk about the rights of people as a function of belonging to a group – gay rights, women’s rights, etc. They don’t speak of people as just people in general. The liberals are not color blind. Far from it. They are keenly aware of race and gender and other group statuses because they are the ones promoting separate factions and pitting groups against each other for their own ends. If you don’t believe me, just listen to them sometime. They can hardly talk about anything without making it all about special groups. And in the irony of ironies, they have somehow managed to convince a lot of people that…

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Albert Mohler Blog: “The Integrity of Words and Our Confession of Faith”

In this blog essay, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. discusses the need for theological and confessional integrity for gospel faithfulness. Mohler writes:

“Theological education is a deadly serious business. The stakes are so high. A theological seminary that serves faithfully will be a source of health and life for the church, but an unfaithful seminary will set loose a torrent of trouble, untruth, and sickness upon Christ’s people. Inevitably, the seminaries are the incubators of the church’s future. The teaching imparted to seminarians will shortly be inflicted upon congregations, where the result will be either fruitfulness or barrenness, vitality or lethargy, advance or decline, spiritual life, or spiritual death.”

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Cold Case Christianity: Case Making Apps Every Christian Should Have on Their Phone or Tablet

If you’ve got a young person in your life (either a child, grandchild, niece or nephew), you’ve probably already discovered the vast majority of his or her internet consumption involves a handheld device (a smart phone or tablet). If you’re a web designer you already know the trajectory of this trend and the need to make everything accessible from a mobile platform. Phone and tablet apps are important contributors in this new internet frontier. Several Christian apologetics ministries now have mobile apps to deliver their content and I’ve downloaded and used all of them at one time or another. I like to read everyone, even brothers and sisters who disagree with one another. For this reason, I don’t limit myself to people who ascribe to a particular age of the earth or eschatological understanding. I’ll give you a peak of what’s on my phone, based on the criteria that’s important to me. First and foremost, I’ve limited my list to free apps. If you really expect to reach the most important apologetics target audience (young people), your phone app better be free. Secondly, I am looking for apps that are content rich. Some apps serve more as an advertisement for a ministry than as a robust resource for people who have questions. And if you’re inclined to download an apologetics app, you’re probably not using it for a daily devotional. You’re more likely interested in a mobile resource to help you answer critical questions and challenges as you encounter them. For this reason, I’m also looking for a third characteristic: accessibility. I want apps specifically designed with searchable content, easily categorized so this content can be quickly accessed. Given these three criteria, here are my favorite apps in alphabetical order:

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March 12, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

It Seemed They Lost ‘Everything’

“We have no hope, we feel like every¬thing is lost,” Gabriel said, his eyes cast at the floor as we sat together, shaded from the hot sun in the vehicle we’d rented to come see him and others who had lost loved ones in the attack.


Over 400 Pakistani Christian Refugees Arrested in Thailand

ICC Note:

Pakistan continues to be among the most hostile nations in the world towards Christians, despite the fact that there are nearly two million Christians living in Pakistan today.


20-Year-Old Christian Tortured to Death by Police in Pakistan

ICC Note:

Pakistani police have been accused of torturing a young Christian man to death earlier this month. Police arrested the young Christian, along with other family members, after his mother was accused of stealing by her Muslim employer


Former SEALs Chaplain could be Kicked out of Navy for Christian Beliefs

ICC Note: Navy chaplain Wes Modder is facing possible discharge after allegedly showing “intolerance” during private counseling meetings. During the counseling sessions, Modder expressed his beliefs on issues regarding faith and marriage, specifically pre-marital sex and homosexuality.

There is a Cost to Our Silence

Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

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What are the consequences when Christians back out of culture and take the path of least resistance? Many of us do not recognize America as the shining city on a hill we once were, but what can we do about it now?

As the church goes – so goes America. One reason we are seeing an increase of godlessness in our society today is because many of us have become too busy or comfortable, forgetting God’s purpose for our lives. As a result, we are having less influence on morality.

Revelation 3:2 says,

It’s time to wake up and strengthen what remains and is about to die…”

It is true God is doing some great things in lots of churches, but America is suffering the effects of decades of sin and Christian apathy. In addition, our religious freedoms are being threatened more every day. Are we failing to learn from…

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3 Attitudes Toward the Will of God: Part 2 (James 4:13–17)

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

trust-and-obeyIn Part 1, we looked at the first two attitudes toward God’s will: ignoring and disobeying. Today, we will look at the final attitude.

Obeying God’s Will (James 4:15)

Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work” (John 4:34). Paul often referred to the will of God as he shared his plans with his friends (Rom. 1:10; 15:32; 1 Cor. 4:19; 16:7). Paul did not consider the will of God a chain that shackled him; rather, it was a key that opened doors and set him free.

Everything in this universe operates according to laws. If we cooperate with these laws and obey them, then the universe works with us. But if we fight these laws and…

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Three existential threats facing America. (My address to the National Religious Broadcasters convention.)

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

Addressing the NRB Convention. Addressing the NRB Convention.

(Tucson, Arizona) — Last month, I addressed the closing dinner of the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville. Last night, I addressed a conference of pastors and ministry leaders here in Tucson. The message here was nearly the same as at NRB. People have been asking me to share my notes because of the urgency of the subjects I discussed. So I am posting them here tonight.

The following is the formal message I prepared for the NRB Convention. While I did not deliver the speech verbatim, you will get the essential points I made that night.

WHEN YOU SEE A SWORD COMING:Three Existential Threats Facing America

  • Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Address to the National Religious Broadcasters Convention
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • February 26, 2015

My text tonight is Ezekiel chapter 33, verses one through nine. It is a famous passage — one that you all know…

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GodLife: Can you be grateful for what you don’t have?

Scripture: “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” – Philippians 4:11
Are you worried about not having what you need?

God promised to provide for those who put Him first. Be faithful with what you do have, but when you feel worried, “give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you” (Psalm 55:22). The Apostle Paul found joy even though he was unfairly put in prison. You can learn to “be satisfied with what you have, for God has said, ‘I will never fail you’” (Hebrews 13:5).

If you’re not sure how to find joy in every situation – read more and share this with someone who worries

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

Thursday

Day 20: How can legal reasoning help you conclude whether or not the resurrection of Jesus actually took place?

Confession: Psalm 38:21–22

 

Do not forsake me, O Yahweh.

O my God, do not be far from me.

Hurry to help me,

O Lord, my salvation.

Reading: Mark 12:28–37

And one of the scribes came up and heard them debating. When he saw that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God from your whole heart and from your whole soul and from your whole mind and from your whole strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “That is true, Teacher. You have said correctly that he is one and there is no other except him. And to love him from your whole heart and from your whole understanding and from your whole strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And Jesus, when he saw that he had answered thoughtfully, said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one dared to put a question to him any longer.

And continuing, Jesus said while teaching in the temple courts, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is David’s son? David himself said by the Holy Spirit,

‘The Lord said to my Lord,

“Sit at my right hand,

until I put your enemies

under your feet.” ’

David himself calls him ‘Lord,’ and how is he his son?” And the large crowd was listening to him gladly.

Reflection

Love for God is the first and greatest commandment and the next is love towards our neighbor. The Lord taught that the entire law and the prophets hang upon these two commandments. He did not Himself bring down [from heaven] any other commandment greater than this one, but renewed this very same one to His disciples when He enjoined them to love God with all their heart and others as themselves.

Paul, in like manner, declares that “love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Rom 13:10 nrsv) And [he declares] that when all other things have been destroyed, “faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor 13:13 nrsv). Apart from the love of God, knowledge avails nothing—nor the understanding of mysteries, nor faith, nor prophecy.… For we do never cease from loving God; but in proportion as we continue to contemplate Him, so much the more do we love Him.

—Irenaeus of Lyons

Irenaeus Against Heresies

Response

In Mark 12:28–37, Jesus references two commandments given to the Israelites immediately following the Ten Commandments of Deuteronomy 5. How does the commandment to love the Lord your God with all your heart sum up the other Ten Commandments? Does your life demonstrate this love?

But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well- being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

13 Behold, My servant will prosper,
He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted.
14 Just as many were astonished at you, My people,
So His appearance was marred more than any man
And His form more than the sons of men.
15 Thus He will sprinkle many nations,
Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him;
For what had not been told them they will see,
And what they had not heard they will understand. (Isaiah 52:13-15 NASB)

In his fine book Escape from Reason, Francis Schaeffer analyzed 20th Century philosophy, science, art, and popular culture to get to the “cause,” if you will, of the decline of reason, which was and is still shaping our society. Modern thought in our time, it seems, has been diverted from an eternal, heavenly focus to one that is entirely geared to the temporal. Part of…

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