Daily Archives: March 20, 2015

March 20, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Collection

The humble soul endeavors more how to glorify God in afflictions, than how to get out of them. —Thomas Brooks

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Mar. 20, 2015

BLOOMBERG

U.S. lawmakers should wait at least a decade before voting on lifting sanctions as part of any nuclear deal with Iran, a top Obama administration official said.

President Obama ordered the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 2008 levels over the next 10 years by shifting to renewable energy sources such as solar power.

To fill a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal proposed hundreds of millions in spending cuts in a budget plan earlier this month, slashing the budgets of several offices. Secretary of State Tom Schedler was one of several state officials who testified to the House Appropriations Committee that the budget underfunded his department and was lacking $3.4 million for a presidential primary next spring.

Wages have become even more critical as households, still shaken after being caught with too much debt when the recession hit, remain unwilling or unable to tap home equity or let credit-card balances balloon to buy that new television or dishwasher. By not overextending themselves again, Americans are only spending as much as their incomes will allow, meaning that 70 percent of the economy is riding on how fast pay rises.

The Nasdaq Biotech index is up well over 40 percent since Yellen’s valuation comments.

At 6:47 p.m. in New York, the sun will cross the celestial equator and spring will begin in the Northern Hemisphere. As the U.S. was waking up Friday, a supermoon — so called because it’s at its closest point to the Earth, and therefore looks larger than usual — was drifting in front of the sun. Friday’s total solar eclipse was visible only from the Faroe Islands and Svalbard, but most of Europe saw a partial solar eclipse. Earlier this week, the sun fired off a couple of eruptions that merged just as they arrived in the Earth’s neighborhood, setting off a brilliant aurora display across the high latitudes.

AP Top Stories

At least 77 people were killed and 121 others wounded Friday in triple suicide bombings that targeted mosques attended by Shiite Huthis in the Yemeni capital, a medical official said.

At least 30 people were killed and 50 injured when an express train overshot a railway signal and some carriages went off the rails in a northern Indian state on Friday, officials said.

A federal judge who has blocked President Obama’s immigration executive action suggested on Thursday that he could order sanctions against the Justice Department if he rules it misled him about when exactly the administration began implementing one of the measures.

Police discovered the bodies of five babies in a house in southwestern France in what appears to be the country’s worst incident of infanticide in five years. After the body of a newborn was found in a thermal bag earlier in the day, officers “discovered four more bodies of babies found in a freezer.

A body found in a New Jersey river has been positively identified as David Bird, a Wall Street Journal reporter who disappeared more than a year ago, officials said on Thursday.

Dozens of Nigerian women who were forced to marry Boko Haram fighters were reportedly slaughtered by their “husbands” before a battle with troops in the northeast town of Bama, multiple witnesses said Thursday.

The Pakistani Taliban on Thursday said a US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan had killed a senior commander who was a close associate of two of the group’s former chiefs.

Islamic State has published a video purporting to show the beheading of three Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq by militants who threatened to kill “dozens” more of those being held captive.

The world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a U.N. report warned Friday.

A new study by the Brookings Institution confirms that income inequality between the richest and lowest income residents of the 50 largest U.S. cities continues to grow.

BBC

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Amazon’s plans to begin testing drones for online deliveries. The FAA said it had granted Amazon a certificate for people with pilot’s licenses to test the unmanned aircraft. The drones must be flown at 400 feet or below during daylight hours, and must remain within sight of the pilot.

A Mexican-American man convicted for the 1992 murder of his sister and brother-in-law was freed after a court ruled he confessed under torture.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan told the BBC that he hopes all territory seized by Islamist militants Boko Haram will be recaptured within a month.

A tablet device that can withstand being doused in chlorine has been developed to help medics caring for patients with Ebola.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani orders an inquiry after a mob beat a woman to death and burn her body for allegedly setting fire to the Koran.

EU leaders agree to keep sanctions on Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict until the end of 2015 at the earliest, tying them to a truce deal.

WND

A man, woman and their 4-year-old boy at an unidentified Inland Border Patrol checkpoint are ordered and pulled from their vehicle, questioned and taken into custody – all for the seeming offense of refusing to say where they were headed.

The Boy Scouts of America in 2014 rolled out a landmark policy to allow openly gay scouts – but for gay and lesbian adults that ban was never lifted, and now one mother is taking action.

A “secret” Iranian military handbook, American officials say, confirms that the Islamic Republic of Iran is including in its arsenal a plan to launch a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack on the American national grid system.


Daily Digest

March 20, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“The mobs of the great cities add just so much to the support of pure government as sores do to the strength of the human body. It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” –Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, Query XIX, 1782

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Did Foreign Governments Buy Influence With Hillary?

Hillary Clinton may be too mired in international connections to be an unbiased president — or hold any other public office for that matter. While the Clintons couldn’t accept donations from foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary was secretary of state, it didn’t stop politicians in high positions in the Ukrainian, Chinese and Saudi Arabian governments from giving millions. The Wall Street Journal reports, “All told, more than a dozen foreign individuals and their foundations and companies were large donors to the Clinton Foundation in the years after Mrs. Clinton became secretary of state in 2009, collectively giving between $34 million and $68 million, foundation records show. Some donors also provided funding directly to charitable projects sponsored by the foundation, valued by the organization at $60 million.” While every donor WSJ spoke with claimed they were only giving to a charity they believed in, they also had the potential to buy Clinton’s attention. The Clintons certainly know how to play this shadowy political game, as Hillary just happened to stall on disclosing the donors to her charity.

U.S. Negotiations Give Iran Just Enough to Make the Bomb

Because of U.S. negotiations, Iran will reduce the number of its centrifuges whirling up useable radioactive material to 6,000 machines, according to the Associated Press. In turn, the U.S. would agree to ease sanctions. This is a bum deal for Secretary of State John Kerry if he wants to prevent Iran from getting the bomb. In February, former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell said a safer negotiation route would have been to not focus on the number of centrifuges Iran possesses. “If you are going to have a nuclear weapons program, 5,000 is pretty much the number you need,” Morell said. “If you have a power program, you need a lot more. By limiting them to a small number of centrifuges, we are limiting them to the number you need for a weapon.” In other words, Kerry and Co. just stymied the ability for Iran to fuel its nuclear energy program, but left it just enough hardware to mix up a nuclear bomb. Let’s hope all the details of this deal are not yet disclosed. Did Iran open itself up to monitoring and scrutiny? Or are they given a bunch of tools for nuclear enrichment and some space? The Associated Press continued, reporting that the vast majority of lawmakers in the House sent a letter to Barack Obama saying they will decide if the U.S. will ease sanctions against Iran. It’s a good check on Obama’s power. More…

Islamic State Hits Tunisia

The Islamic State claimed credit Thursday for an attack on a Tunisian museum leaving 23 dead. The Associated Press reports, “Tunisian security forces … arrested nine people, the president’s office said, adding that five of them were directly connected to Wednesday’s attack on the Bardo by two gunmen who were later slain by police. The other four suspects who were arrested in central Tunisia were part of a cell supporting those involved in the attack, the statement said.” A significant number of Tunisians have joined ISIL, and Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi promised a “merciless war on terrorism,” as well as that the they would fight “savage minorities … to our last breath.” The North African nation has already been dealing with radical Islamists for some time, rejecting an Islamist government that arose early in the so-called “Arab Spring.” To make matters worse, it is bordered to the east and south by Libya, which descended into chaos following Barack Obama’s “leading from behind” strategy to oust Moammar Gadhafi. Tunisian officials say the attacking jihadis trained in Libya. It won’t be easy for Tunisia to resist the growing unrest in the region.

Twenty Blacks Victimized in Shootings

You’ve probably heard about the 20 black victims in numerous shootings between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. The violence helped propagate the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative and further riled Barack Obama, Eric Holder and their co-conspirators in the Leftmedia, all of whom raised alarm over the recent deaths of blacks involving white police officers. Well, the first part is true anyway — though you’d be forgiven for having no idea what we’re talking about. The shootings, all of which took place during a 24-hour period, bloodied the streets of Chicago but were largely absent from the headlines. Obama hasn’t said a word about these deaths, probably because it was black-on-black crime, which doesn’t translate into political constituency race-bait like a good cop killing a street thug does. Here’s what we know about Chicago murder rates from the latest year of data: The black murder rate was approximately 34 per 100,000, the Hispanic rate was 11 per 100,000, and the white rate 3 per 100,000. Translation: This isn’t a “gun problem”; it’s a young black male problem. And it’s a cultural epidemic the mainstream media largely ignores. Of course, if this recent black-on-black bloodletting had instead been white-on-black crime, Al Sharpton and Co. would be there faster than you can say “Racist!” More…

ESPN Host: Blacks Should Vote Republican

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith is known for making controversial statements. When Smith visited Vanderbilt University Tuesday, he once again made headlines by saying blacks should vote Republican because they misunderstand history. “What I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican,” Smith said. “Because from what I’ve read, and I’m open to correction, but from what I’ve read, Barry Goldwater is going against Lyndon B. Johnson. He’s your Republican candidate. He is completely against the civil rights movement. Lyndon B. Johnson was in favor of it. What happens is, he wins office, Barry Goldwater loses office, but there was a Senate, a Republican Senate, that pushed the votes to the president’s desk. It was the Democrats who were against civil rights legislation. So because President Lyndon B. Johnson was a Democrat, black America assumed the Democrats were for it.” Instead, Johnson instituted the “Great Society,” which only mired blacks in decades of poverty and violence. If blacks were more open to voting for the GOP, they would not only inject more competition into the political process, they might find their situation improved. More…

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

Aftermath of the Israeli Election

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Now that liberals’ hopes for a leftward turn in Israel have been dashed thanks to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s unexpected (and resounding) election victory, the question becomes just how an angry and chastened Barack Obama will react. Our Sore Loser in Chief waited until yesterday to congratulate the Israeli PM on his historic fourth term. We already know Obama supported the opposition led by Isaac Herzog and his Zionist Union Party, but now he will have to attempt to strike an Iranian deal with opposition both at home and with America’s long-standing Middle Eastern ally.

One initial reaction from the Obama administration dealt with the tactics used in the Likud Party’s victorious campaign. “[T]here has been a lot of coverage in the media about some of the rhetoric that emerged … that was propagated by the Likud Party to encourage turnout of their supporters that sought to, frankly, marginalize Arab-Israeli citizens,” a scandalized White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest complained. “The United States and this administration is deeply concerned by divisive rhetoric that seeks to marginalize Arab-Israeli citizens.” In other words, Netanyahu’s win was RACIST!!!

Obama has a hammer, so every problem looks like a nail.

Perhaps the worst “sin” committed by Netanyahu in the closing days of his campaign, though, was his inaccurately reported abandonment of the two-state strategy favored by the United States and other allies. What he actually said was that a two-state solution almost certainly not going to happen in the foreseeable future because conditions don’t merit it. “I’m talking about what is achievable and what is not achievable,” Netanyahu clarified Thursday. After all, it’s not the Israelis who reject peace.

Nevertheless, one White House official wistfully noted, “This screws up the peace process.” The official argued Netanyahu’s win would embolden the prime minister to establish more Jewish settlements in an effort to undermine the possibility of a Palestinian state.

Several experts in American-Israeli relations believe this disagreement between the two nations over the Palestinian issue may manifest itself at the United Nations, where the United States has often shielded our ally against the excesses of anti-Semitic rhetoric and resolutions. One senior White House official noted, “We are signaling that if the Israeli government’s position is no longer to pursue a Palestinian state, we’re going to have to broaden the spectrum of options we pursue going forward.”

These options could include the United States finally allowing the passage of resolutions condemning Israel’s settlements on areas considered Palestinian territory or calling for Israel’s blanket withdrawal from the West Bank. Another direction for the Obama administration would be to drop its opposition to plans for the Palestinian Authority to formally join the International Criminal Court in April.

In any case, the Netanyahu victory may allow for a more international route toward a two-state solution for the Palestinian conflict, meaning the United States may back Middle East peace plans imposed on Israel by the United Nations.

But there are others who want to rein in the Israelis as well, and they may use Netanyahu’s victory to justify their intentions. Last month, the European Union was reportedly considering new sanctions against Israel to spur them to action on Palestinian issues. “The assumption in Europe is that after the election Israel will have a rightist government, in which case it would be easier for them to advance these measures,” said one Israeli official. Sanctions would be targeted at European companies that work in settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, not necessarily at Israel.

The idea of additional settlements has also drawn the ire of the Obama administration. Earnest remarked last November that such a move — to build 2,500 new homes in East Jerusalem — would “distance Israel from even its closest allies.”

In terms of the relationship between the United States and Israel, March has been a tumultuous month. It began with Netanyahu’s stirring address to a joint session of Congress and continued with his surprising electoral victory on Tuesday.

Yet for all the wailing and gnashing of teeth about the supposed demise of the two-state solution, the larger difference between the U.S. and Israel remains the latter’s staunch opposition to Obama’s looming nuclear deal with Iran. Clearly, Obama was hoping to have a prominent obstacle out of the way, particularly as Netanyahu’s visit served to steel the spine of 47 Senate Republicans whose open letter to Iran reminded both the mullahs and the Obama administration of the Senate’s constitutional role in major agreements with other nations.

In his address to Congress, Netanyahu vowed Israel would act alone to defend itself if it had to. With his re-election, it appears even more likely that over the next two years our petulant president will do his part to make sure our longtime ally is more isolated than ever.

Christie Has Some Marketing to Do

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When Chris Christie won election as governor of New Jersey in 2009, his swift upward trajectory to national leadership seemed inevitable. After all, here was a Republican who had won in a solidly blue state, had brought an unprecedented — and many considered refreshing — dose of bluntness to the governor’s mansion, and was ready to take on New Jersey’s powerful teachers unions. Here was leadership that Republicans not only in the Garden State but nationwide could rally behind.

How much has changed.

With the 2016 presidential field already taking shape, Christie, once a steady name among political prognosticators, seems to be losing supporters in less time than it takes to back up traffic on the George Washington Bridge.

His national endearment among many conservatives seemed solidified early on in his governorship, when he proposed that public workers in the state pay more toward their benefits as part of a plan to save New Jersey’s perpetually underfunded pension system — a bold move for Jersey’s political climate. That same year, he signed a bill capping annual property tax increases at 2% — a huge feat in the state that consistently ranks among the worst in the nation for property tax burdens. Here was a fiscal conservative succeeding in a blue state.

Despite the fanfare, however, five years after taking office, Christie has yet to deliver many concrete changes in the Garden State. New Jersey ranks last in the Tax Foundation’s business tax climate index, causing businesses to set up shop elsewhere; the state’s unemployment has been the worst among its neighboring states; the pension system remains in dire straits; and, according to New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press, property taxes increased at their fastest rate in 2014 notwithstanding the 2% cap.

Additionally, while national accolades flowed, back home Christie began to develop a reputation as a bully whose heated arguments with voters at town hall meetings soon became legendary. On the eve of the 2012 presidential election, his sudden “bromance” with Barack Obama was an unforgivable sin to many conservatives. And in 2013, he put a dent in his support among the state’s conservatives for backing out of defending traditional marriage, removing the final barrier against same-sex marriage in the state.

Then there was Bridgegate, in which members of Christie’s staff allegedly ordered lane closures on the heavily traveled George Washington Bridge, which connects Fort Lee to upper Manhattan, in political retribution against the mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie’s re-election. Although direct ties to Christie never emerged, many familiar with how Christie runs his shop find it hard to believe the governor had no knowledge. Indeed, the Christie inner circle has become legendary not only for its impenetrability but also for its strikingly shrinking size — a fact that doesn’t bode well for a potential presidential run.

Last month, for example, PolitickerNJ.com, the state’s go-to political news site, reported that 90% of the governor’s top staffers have left (or been fired), including his chief of staff and spokesman. Additionally, one of his longtime friends and key allies in the New Jersey state senate, Joe Kyrillos, is reportedly flirting with the idea of supporting Jeb Bush for the White House.

Yet, despite it all, Christie is plowing ahead, assembling staffers and launching a PAC — Leadership Matters for America — in preparation for a 2016 run. Longtime Christie advisor Mike DuHaime claims that if Christie decides to run he will win. But not everyone is convinced. According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey released earlier this month, 57% of Republican primary voters said they couldn’t see themselves voting for Christie; only 32% could.

While in the political world a lifetime remains between now and the primary elections, it may take that long for Christie to convince primary voters his leadership style is not only what America needs, but also one it can live with.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

American playwright Epes Sargent (1813–1880): “Republics, like individuals, who are benefited by personal sacrifices, are proverbially ungrateful.”

Columnist Jonah Goldberg: “Working at Starbucks makes you no more qualified to be a discussion leader about race than working at Jiffy Lube makes you well-suited to discuss radical Islam. And while it’s all too easy to mock the entire enterprise, what really bothers me is the underlying assumption. Most Americans lament the political polarization of our country. … One of the reasons it has become such a problem is that we mistake causes for remedies. … Among my problems with this relentless hectoring about the need for conversations or ‘honest dialogue’ or ‘frank talk’ is the way in which those calling for such things never actually want a real conversation. They want to speechify and indoctrinate. … But my biggest problem with it is that I think the last thing this country needs is to make more spaces political. If you want to know why things are so polarized, you could start by noting how much more politicized everything is. When politics invades our homes, schools, workplaces, movies, TV shows, video games, sports and every other part of our culture, is it any wonder that our culture becomes politicized? And when culture is politicized, is it so shocking that politics becomes polarized?”

Columnist David Harsanyi: “Some liberal pundits have suggested that Obama’s [idea of a comprehensive climate] deal might force Republican candidates to take unpopular positions on climate change in the 2016 cycle. It might. But Republicans have a far more powerful case to make about the Democrats’ disregard for the norms of American lawmaking. It’s too bad that the GOP has done so little to stop him. We live in a political environment where progressive goals are treated as moral endeavors and Constitutional constraints are treated as procedural inconveniences that can be bypassed for the good of the nation – nay, the world. No president has been as openly contemptuous of checks and balances as this one. If there are no repercussions, he might only be the first in a long line of presidents we say that about.”

Fred Thompson: “Valerie Jarrett commented on her longevity as presidential adviser, saying she’ll be at the White House ‘until the lights go off.’ And with all these new EPA regs on coal plants, that may be sooner than she thinks.”

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March 20, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — A great (but humble) man left us last week. M. Stanton Evans: patriot, journalist, prolific author, philosopher, intellect, years-long professor, and clever, down-to-earth – – funny, good friend. Whatever there was to learn that was worth knowing, Stan Evans (1934-2015) would make it his business to know it… (more)

March 20, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — You know the standards of the media have hit rock bottom when a liberal commentator makes news for telling the truth. Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post and MSNBC has become a media star for his belated recognition of the “Hands up, don’t shoot” lie out of Ferguson, Missouri… (more)

March 20, 2015
PATRICK GARRY, RA ANALYST — It is generally agreed that the most important social mobility function a government can perform – – or promote – – is education. In an open society, education gives each citizen the opportunity to advance on his or her own merit… (more)

March 19, 2015
BOB UNRUH — A team of prominent Christian leaders is preparing a statement that will inform the public – – including justices on the U.S. Supreme Court – – that they will engage in civil disobedience rather that follow a ruling that establishes homosexual “marriage” across the United States…. (more)


March 19, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Just a week after threatening to terminate his membership in the National Rifle Association over concerns about one of its board member’s alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the radio host is ditching the Republican Party…. (more)

March 19, 2015
WEEKLY STANDARD — On CNN this morning, White House aide David Simas avoided congratulating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli elections. Instead, he would only congratulate the Israeli people on having an election…. (more)


March 19, 2015
JOHN FUND — It wasn’t just Israel’s left-wing parties that lost big as part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dramatic victory yesterday. Team Obama, which pulled as many strings as it could to defeat Netanyahu, was embarrassed…. (more)


March 19, 2015
NEWSMAX — Radical Islamists have “totally infiltrated” the United States at every level, including the government, the military and the Department of Homeland Security, says retired Army Gen. Paul Vallely, who appeared Wednesday on Newsmax TV with retired Army Lt. Col. Scott Mann to discuss the issue…. (more)


March 19, 2015
NEWSMAX — The Obama administration set a record again for censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press…. (more)

March 19, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — With the Middle East in turmoil and Russia’s Vladimir Putin threatening nuclear war, most of our media have missed a big story south of the border. President Barack Obama’s fellow Marxist, Dilma Rousseff, is coming under tremendous pressure to resign her presidency in Brazil. As many as three million Brazilians took to the streets on Sunday to demand the impeachment of Rousseff, a former Marxist terrorist, and the end of the rule of the Brazilian Workers’ Party…. (more)

March 18, 2015
TIMES OF ISRAEL — TV exit polls Tuesday night showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud set to retain the Israeli leadership at the end of a bitter election campaign. Netanyahu claimed victory early Wednesday morning, though his rival Isaac Herzog did not concede defeat… (more)


March 18, 2015
NEWSMAX — President Barack Obama definitely knew that Hillary Clinton was using a private email account as secretary of state – – and he cautioned her not to, veteran political journalist Edward Klein told Newsmax TV…. (more)

March 18, 2015
BREITBART — In a statement given before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) lamented that businesses are seeking to advance the immigration debate by making arguments in favor of increased foreign labor…. (more)

March 18, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — If President Obama’s deferred deportation goals for illegals are allowed to go forward, the cost to taxpayers to hire the necessary number of immigration officials to process the paperwork could hit the $484 million mark – – and that’s per year…. (more)

March 18, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, is asking an appeals court in Washington, D.C., to rein in the massive power that would be granted to President Obama and future presidents if a lower court’s decision stands…. (more)

March 18, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — When I started the Western Journalism Center in the early 1990s, I had no idea how I would fund such an endeavor. I just trusted that the “good idea” of sponsoring investigative reporting into government waste, fraud, abuse and corruption would have appeal – – either to grass-roots Americans who understood that government, without accountability and transparency, represents the gravest threat to liberty, or to large donors who yearned to save America’s experiment in constitutionally limited government…. (more)

March 18, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — The nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general could stall until legislation to tighten human trafficking laws is complete. Although passed unanimously through the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, abortion language contained within the bill kept the legislation from advancing through the Senate…. (more)

March 17, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — Those who assembled on March 12 at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Leesburg, Virginia, to celebrate the life of conservative thinker and writer M. Stanton Evans heard several references to his monumental 1994 work, The Theme is Freedom. This book is worth remembering and re-reading as we are being treated repeatedly to the spectacle in the media of “conservatives” endorsing gay rights and gay marriage…. (more)


March 17, 2015
BOB UNRUH — After years of being designated as a terror threat, Iran and Hezbollah have been removed from one federal government list, according to the Times of Israel. It cites a new “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community” delivered to the Senate Armed Services Committee…. (more)

March 17, 2015
GARTH KANT — Loretta Lynch’s bid to become the next attorney general appears to be in big trouble, as a well-placed source on Capitol Hill told WND there are now rumblings that even some Democratic Party senators may oppose her nomination…. (more)

March 17, 2015
NEWSMAX — Treasury Department investigators reportedly are finally able to hand over to Congress all of the emails belonging to Lois Lerner, the retired IRS official at the center of a tea party targeting scandal…. (more)

March 17, 2015
YAHOO NEWS — Facebook said Monday it won’t allow the social network to be used to promote terrorism or hate speech as it unveiled a wide-ranging update of its “community standards.”… (more)


March 17, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Supporters of state legislation to tighten vaccine exemptions appeared poised for success this year after the Disneyland measles outbreak, but opponents are hoping the Kennedy magic proves equally contagious…. (more)

March 16, 2015
ALAN KEYES — “Here is the first thing I would do if I were president of the United States: I wouldn’t let Congress leave town until we fix this. I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to.” – – Sen. Lindsey Graham, March 7, 2015… (more)

March 16, 2015
NEWSMAX — The Obama administration’s handling of the nuclear talks with Iran shows the need for the controversial letter he wrote to Iran’s leaders, Sen. Tom Cotton said Sunday on “Face the Nation.”… (more)

 The letter of our discontent (Robert Knight)


U.S. Confirms North Korean Sub Missiles

Posted: 20 Mar 2015 09:46 AM PDT

U.S. Confirms North Korean Sub MissilesAccording to a new report from Washington Free Beacon The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, in charge of U.S. nuclear missile forces, confirmed on Thursday that North Korea is developing a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). Adm. Cecil D. Haney, the commander, also told Congress that China is developing a new multi-warhead, road-mobile missile. The four-star admiral made the comments in prepared testimony for the Senate Armed Services Committee. The testimony was disclosed Thursday. The comments were the first official U.S. government confirmation that North Korea is working on a new underwater missile capability and comes as the regime in Pyongyang has tested nuclear weapons and claims to have miniaturized a weapon to fit on top of a missile. The North Korean SLBM was first disclosed by the Free Beacon Aug. 26 amid skepticism that the communist state had the technical expertise to build a missile capable of being fired from a submerged submarine. U.S. intelligence agencies detected the first flight test of what the Pentagon is calling the KN-11 SLBM in February. It was considered a significant advancement for North Korea’s program to build a nuclear-capable missile that can be fired from a submarine.  Haney testified on the Stratcom’s fiscal 2016 budget request and outlined what he called the “complex and dangerous global security environment.” “Nations around the world continue to execute long-term military modernization programs, including capabilities that pose an existential threat to the United States,” Haney said, adding that military forces of nations and groups are “improving across all domains.” FULL REPORT

 

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White House: US ‘to Reevaluate’ Backing for Israel at UN

Posted: 20 Mar 2015 09:39 AM PDT

White House: US ‘to Reevaluate’ Backing for Israel at UN It is looking more and more apparent that the Obama Administration is working to push for a “Two State Proposal” and no longer support Israel as they did in the past. According to report that The White House on Thursday pointedly raised the prospect of withdrawing crucial diplomatic cover for Israel at the United Nations, following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decisive election victory. “Steps that the United States has taken at the United Nations had been predicated on this idea that the two-state solution is the best outcome,” said spokesman Josh Earnest. “Now our ally in these talks has said that they are no longer committed to that solution. That means we need to reevaluate our position in this matter, and that is what we will do moving forward.” Earnest’s comments address Netanyahu’s statements in days leading up to the Tuesday elections, in which he promised a Palestinian state would not be established if he is elected – statements he distanced himself from on Thursday. The US holds veto power at the UN Security Council and has blocked anti-Israel resolutions recognizing the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a state from being passed in the past. Such unilateral moves for international recognition are a breach of the 1993 Oslo Accords that formed the PA. PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told AFP after the elections that the PA would “speed up, pursue and intensify” those unilateral breaches aiming for international recognition. The White House has stated that it has yet to make policy decisions going forward, but stated that the US in the past had “protected Israel from isolation in the international community.” Earnest also slammed Netanyahu’s statements in interviews to American media outlets on Thursday, in which Netanyahu backtracked on his apparent opposition to the two-state solution. FULL REPORT

 

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Vietnam reports outbreak of H5N6 bird flu virus

Posted: 19 Mar 2015 06:35 PM PDT

Vietnam reports outbreak of H5N6 bird flu virus Bird Flu is popping up everywhere and now according to reports, Vietnam has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu virus in a village in the northern province of Thanh Hoa, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday. Over 350 birds were found infected by the virus in a village in Tinh Gia district last week, the Vietnamese agriculture ministry said in a report posted on the OIE website. This lead to the culling of a total of 670 birds, it said. FULL REPORT

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Sierra Leone announces 3-day lockdown of 2.5 million people

Posted: 19 Mar 2015 06:30 PM PDT

Sierra Leone announces 3-day lockdown of 2.5 million people

Despite a small drop in new cases, transmission remains “widespread” in Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organisation.REUTERS

Just when you thought Ebola was going away, according to a new report from Business Insider, Sierra Leone will confine around 2.5 million people to their homes across the capital and in the north in a three-day shutdown aimed at stemming the Ebola epidemic, it revealed on 19 March. “The lockdown will be conducted from March 27 to March 29 and will be like the one we conducted in September last year,” said Palo Conteh, head of the country’s National Ebola Response Centre. Sierra Leone has just 0.01 doctors per thousand people. A scarcity of ambulances and health centres has complicated the Ebola response measures. Meanwhile, health officials say two more American aid workers arrived in the United States on to be monitored for Ebola. The two bring to 17 the number of Americans flown back from West Africa’s Sierra Leone since Friday for monitoring. None have tested positive. All are connected to an unidentified American who returned to the U.S. last week after he came down with Ebola. He is in critical condition at a government hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. The other aid workers are staying near hospitals with special isolation units in Bethesda, Maryland, Atlanta, and Omaha, Nebraska, if they get sick. FULL REPORT

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Highly infectious bird flu virus detected in northern India

Posted: 19 Mar 2015 06:25 PM PDT

Highly infectious bird flu virus detected in northern IndiaAlongside swine flu which has claimed over 1,800 lives this year alone, India has now reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), nearly 190 birds died of the virus in a village in Amethi district in the ongoing outbreak reported early this month. H5N1 had caused two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus in the southern state of Kerala late last year, leading to the culling of more than 200,000 birds. Believed to be transmitted by droppings of migrating birds, bird flu can infect humans who come in contact with the infected bird. Symptoms are like most other common flu but turn fatal when it worsens into respiratory disease. Fortunately, the virus has yet to achieve human-to-human transmission, but a small number of mutations could change that, resulting in a pandemic.  Over the past two years, H5N1 has been joined by an array of newly detected H5N2, H5N3, H5N6, and H5N8 strains, all of which are currently circulating in different parts of the world. The H5N1 virus has spread from Asia to Europe and Africa after it first infected humans in 1997 in Hong Kong. It has killed nearly 60% of the people who have been infected. Having spread to wild birds, pigs, and even to donkeys, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to eradicate the virus, say experts. FULL REPORT

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Food stamp recipients number nearly 50 million for over three years in a row

Posted: 19 Mar 2015 06:18 PM PDT

http://www.naturalnews.com/gallery/640/Money/Cash-Bundles-Bank-Money.jpgMore shocking statistics are coming out revealing the current status of the America economy! According to recent report by Natural News, The number of Americans receiving taxpayer assistance via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has surpassed 46 million for 39 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the department that manages the program. The last month data were reported — November 2014 — more than 46.2 million Americans were receiving some level of food stamp assistance. The number has exceeded 46 million since September 2011, CNS News reported.  In 1969, an average of about 2.9 million Americans were taking part in the program, which began as part of President Johnson’s so-called “war on poverty.” Oddly, in a country where government policies used to favor individualism and liberty, and businesses supported those concepts, today there are a number of entities that support increased dependency. For scores of quick-stop convenience stores and mega-chains that sell boxed food like Wal-Mart, SNAP recipients account for a growing share of annual revenue. FULL REPORT

 

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Has Benjamin Netanyahu Changed his Mind on a “Two-State Solution”?

Posted: 19 Mar 2015 06:09 PM PDT

Has Benjamin Netanyahu Changed his Mind on a "Two-State Solution"?Recently Re-Elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel stated in a recent interview there would be “No Palestinian state on my watch” However according to NBC In his first American television interview since winning re-election, appeared to back away Thursday from his declaration that he would not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state. “I don’t want a one-state solution,” he told NBC News in an interview. “I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution.” But he cautioned that “circumstances have to change” for that to happen. He said that the Palestinian leader refuses to recognize Israel and has made a pact with Hamas calling for Israel’s destruction. “And every territory that is vacated today in the Middle East is taken up by Islamist forces,” he said. “We want that to change so we can realize a vision of real, sustained peace.” On Monday, with polls showing a tight race between Netanyahu’s Likud Party and the Zionist Union of Isaac Herzog, Netanyahu had definitively ruled out the establishment of a Palestinian state. Has Netanyahu flipped on his stance? Is he buckling under pressure from the World and President Obama? FULL REPORT

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Pastor warns that Friday’s astronomical event could herald the day of judgement

Posted: 19 Mar 2015 05:58 PM PDT

Pastor warns that Friday's astronomical event could herald the day of judgement  A recent statement made from one pastor is echoing what many ministers of the Gospel who have studied the “Signs in the Heavens” and their connection with Biblical Prophecy have been saying about this coming Friday’s Celestial events! According to Sources Friday’s solar eclipse across Europe could signal darker times and the ‘day of judgement,’ a pastor has warned. The timing of the eclipse, which comes a few weeks before a lunar eclipse, is apparently significant. Coinciding also with the spring equinox, the rare ‘once in 100,000-year’ event could indicate that trouble is brewing in Europe, according to the pastor.  The claim was made by pastor Mark Blitz for the Christian website Root Source in an interview with WorldNetDaily (WND). The partial solar eclipse on Friday 20 March is itself fairly rare, as the last solar eclipse in Europe occurred back in 1999. However, a few weeks later on 4 April, the third of four ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipses will take place, while it is also the first day of spring and the first day of the Jewish religious calendar. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in the shadow of Earth, and appears red due to light refracting differently and hitting its surface. FULL REPORT

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Iran endorses nuclear EMP attack on United States

Posted: 19 Mar 2015 05:52 PM PDT

Iran endorses nuclear EMP attack on United StatesOn the heels of the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu winning the Re-Election, We are now receiving reports that the issue of a nuclear EMP attack was raised in the final hours of this week’s elections in Israel when U.S. authority Peter Vincent Pry penned a column for Arutz Sheva warning of Iran’s threat to free nations. “Iranian military documents describe such a scenario — including a recently translated Iranian military textbook that endorses nuclear EMP attack against the United States,” he wrote. A knowledgeable source said that the textbook discusses an EMP attack on America in 20 different places. Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks, who is leading an effort to protect the U.S. electric grid from an EMP attack, has recently made similar claims based on the document translated by military authorities. Once sneered at by critics, recent moves by Iran and North Korea have given credibility to the potential EMP threat from an atmospheric nuclear explosion over the U.S. Pry has suggested ways for Iran to deliver a nuclear attack: by ship launched off the East Coast, a missile or via satellite. Either way the result could be destruction of all or part of the U.S. electric grid, robbing the public of power, computers, water and communications for potentially a year. FULL REPORT

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Israel ‘closer than ever’ to decision on hitting Iran

Posted: 19 Mar 2015 02:34 PM PDT

Israel 'closer than ever' to decision on hitting IranNow that Netanyahu has claimed victory in Israel and Nuclear negotiations are folding we may be on the verge of what many has believed to be inevitable! An attack on Iran! According to WND, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party scored a surprisingly comfortable win in Tuesday’s parliamentary elections, and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says the vote was a “stinging defeat” for President Obama that will make Iran far more nervous and probably lead to more appeasement from the U.S. in nuclear negotiations. Most polls prior to Tuesday’s elections suggested momentum was moving away from Netanyahu and Likud. When early reports suggested high turnout among Arab voters, the outlook seemed even more bleak for the prime minister. However, it became clear fairly early in the vote counting that Likud would win. The party scored 30 seats and is poised not only to form a coalition government without much trouble, but it will likely be even more conservative than the current government. The results also follow Obama political operative Jeremy Bird and his team working to defeat Netanyahu. Members of Congress are investigating whether taxpayer funds were used in the efforts. Either way, Bolton said there is no way to spin the elections as anything other than a crushing defeat for the Obama administration. “It’s a stinging political defeat for the president and those who wanted to get rid of Netanyahu,” he said. “They were making the mistake of counting their chickens before they hatched in the run-up to the election, and now all of that’s changed.” FULL REPORT

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Common Core false dichotomy between fact and opinion subversive to moral truth

Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts, New York Times (Justin P McBrayer)

2) Greater dependence on technology decreases likelihood of academic success

Classes that go off the grid help students focus, Los Angeles Times (Larry Gordon)

3) Study reveals tremendous influence on parenting on narcissism in children

Narcissistic kid? Blame the parents, study says, Los Angeles Times (Deborah Netburn)

4) Chores found to foster important qualities needed for success in life

Why Children Need Chores, Wall Street Journal (Jennifer Breheny Wallace)
In other news…

Suspected Accomplices Arrested in Tunisian Museum Attack, New York Times (David D. Kirkpatrick)
Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Tunisia Museum Attack, Wall Street Journal (Tamer El-Ghobashy)
Mesa shooting victim takes a bullet, then a selfie, AZ  Central (Ginger Rough for The Republic)
How I Buy Weed, New York Times (Catherine Hiller)

 


Obama Plots Revenge Against Israel

By Rush Limbaugh

When Obama thinks he’s been embarrassed, when Obama thinks he’s been shown up, doubles down on revenge. (imitating Obama) “You don’t like this deal? Oh, you think I don’t know what I’m doing? Oh, you think that you can come to my country and tell me how it’s gonna be? Well, watch this.” And bammo, fast track the deal and make it even worse than it is.

RUSH: And it looks like that’s exactly what’s happening. Obama is pledging to remove sanctions. Get this. Obama is suggesting that he’s going to remove sanctions from Iran and put them on Israel.

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LA Public School Teaching Kids “Allah is the One True God”

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Sign Of Judgment? Total Solar Eclipse On March 20th Falls In The Middle Of The Four Blood Red Moons

The total solar eclipse on March 20th falls on Nisan 1, which is the first day of the first month of the Biblical calendar. According to Jewish tradition, a solar eclipse on Nisan 1 is a sign of judgment. And this has certainly been true in the past. For example, there was a solar eclipse on Nisan 1 in 70 AD. Later that year, the Romans attacked Jerusalem and completely destroyed the Temple …………. Click here for full story


America – Israel’s Shield No More?

In the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisive reelection, the Obama administration is revisiting longtime assumptions about America’s role as a shield for Israel against international pressure. Angered by Netanyahu’s hard-line platform toward the Palestinians, top Obama officials would not rule out the possibility of a change in American posture at the United Nations, where the U.S. has historically fended off resolutions hostile to Israel. ………. Click here for full story


Bible Prophecy Experts – Netanyahu’s Win Part Of God’s End Time Plan

Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunning victory in the Israeli elections has led to an eruption of media criticism against the Jewish state and its newly re-elected leader ……….. Click here for full story


Hertz Is Putting Cameras In Its Cars — Cameras Watching The Driver, Not The Road

Would you feel comfortable renting a car with a camera on the dashboard facing the driver? You might expect a story about a rental car company putting cameras in its cars would be referring to dash cams that record what the driver is seeing. In the case of the world’s largest rental car company, Hertz, the story is quite different ……….. Click here for full story


Church of England Pastor Welcomes Muslim Prayer Service

A Church of England vicar has come under fire for allowing a Muslim prayer service to be held in his church ……… Click here for full story


Christianity Today Praises Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger

This magazine should be titled “Christianity Astray” — OTM

A new blogging series from Christianity Today examining Evangelical responses to contraception is raising eyebrows for praising Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and for minimizing objections to birth control provisions in Obamacare.

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Report: Christianity Most Persecuted Faith Worldwide

Americans take religious liberty for granted. It is the First Freedom, guaranteed by the First Amendment. But four of five people around the world lack the freedom to worship and live faithfully. And the percentage of the world’s population lacking religious liberty recently edged upward. Attacks on Jews hit a recent peak. Even Americans cannot afford to take their freedoms for granted.

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Looming for Israel: ‘Rage of Satan’

Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunning victory in the Israeli elections has led to an eruption of media criticism against the Jewish state and its newly re-elected leader. But amidst growing concern that Israel will be diplomatically isolated, religious experts warn that such international opposition is not only inevitable, it is necessary to fulfill God’s plan in what many believe are the coming end times.

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Church of England Pastor Welcomes Muslim Prayer Service

A Church of England vicar has come under fire for allowing a Muslim prayer service to be held in his church. Rev. Canon Giles Goddard joined in the “Inclusive Mosque” event at St John’s church, Waterloo, by reading part of Psalm 139 and giving thanks to “the God that we love, Allah.”

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Michael Reagan: brother’s atheism ad a slap to father

by Marsha West

News Max reports:

Michael Reagan, a political commentator and son of former President Ronald Reagan, says a recent ad that his brother, Ron Reagan, is in, touting his atheism, is a slap in the face of his father.

“For Ron to do the ad is one thing, but the way he ends the ad was, ‘I’m Ron Reagan, I’m not afraid to burn in hell,’ just slaps our father in the face in a terrible, terrible way…”

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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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The humble soul endeavors more how to glorify God in afflictions, than how to get out of them. —Thomas Brooks

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Obstacles to Evangelism in the Local Church – Rainer on Leadership #108

Podcast Episode #108

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I recently conducted an informal Twitter poll and asked what keeps Christians from evangelizing. The results were overwhelming and led to a blog post that generated quite a discussion. Today, we go deeper into that post and the comments that came from it.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • For those in ministry, you have to be intentional about having relationships with non-Christians.
  • Evangelism is an intentional effort.
  • Inviting people to church should not be the totality of our personal evangelism strategy.
  • Evangelism is not solely the role of pastors and church staff. It is the role of all Christians.
  • The problem of unregenerate membership is significant in our churches.
  • It is a sin to be good when God has called us to be great.

The main reasons Christians do not evangelize are:

  1. Christians have no sense of urgency to reach lost people.
  2. Many Christians and church members do not befriend and spend time with lost persons.
  3. Many Christians and church members are lazy and apathetic.
  4. We are more known for what we are against than what we are for.
  5. Our churches have an ineffective evangelistic strategy of “you come” rather than “we go.”
  6. Many church members think that evangelism is the role of the pastor and paid staff.
  7. Church membership today is more about getting my needs met rather than reaching the lost.
  8. Church members are in a retreat mode as culture becomes more worldly and unbiblical.
  9. Many church members don’t really believe that Christ is the only way of salvation.
  10. Our churches are no longer houses of prayer equipped to reach the lost.
  11. Churches have lost their focus on making disciples who will thus be equipped and motivated to reach the lost.
  12. Christians do not want to share the truth of the gospel for fear they will offend others. Political correctness is too commonplace even among Christians.
  13. Most churches have unregenerate members who have not received Christ themselves.
  14. Our churches have too many activities; they are too busy to do the things that really matter.

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Words of Comfort: Origins of Humanity.

USA Today reported, October 18, 2013: “Scientists trying to unravel the origins of humanity mostly study scraps–some ancient teeth here, a damaged bone there. But now a lucky research team has uncovered the first complete skull of an early human adult from the distant past.”

So there you have it believers in evolution. Up until now there has been little to nothing for your belief. Just a tooth or a damaged bone. But the discovery of a complete skull has believers believing that they have more. They tell us “It also provides support for the provocative idea that, 1.8 million years ago, only one kind of early human held sway, rather than the throng  of different species listed in today’s textbooks.” In other words the textbooks in which you have so much faith are wrong. So the experts say…at the moment. If you would like to hear more evolutionary experts, watch http://www.evolutionVsGod.com
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American Baptist College Defends Invite to Lesbian Speaker, Says Christians Make ‘Idol’ of Bible

According to a statement on the Refuge United Church of Christ website, Flunder believes that one’s self image can be harmed by believing that their lifestyle isn’t acceptable to God. “Trying to establish a relationship with a God that barely tolerates you but cannot truly accept and certainly will never celebrate you can do incredible damage to ones self-esteem,” she wrote.

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Justified By Faith(fulness)??

Today, many people like to talk about a “living faith” or a “faithful faith” or “obedient faith” which justifies. Though some of these terms may be new, this discussion is not. The Reformers rejected this type of language when they clearly taught (echoing Scripture) that a sinner is justified by faith alone, or apart from works (Rom. 3:28). Horatius Bonar said it well:

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Do You Grieve Over Sin?

I know this post might induce a seizure in Tullian Tchividjian. He is famous for his commendable crusade to re-introduce a focus on what Christ has done for us, vis-à-vis the perceived preoccupation in church with what we need to do in sanctification. I’m not sure what circles he moves in, but the evangelical province I inhabit may benefit from a tad more: “Hey, Christlikeness doesn’t happen by osmosis, it helps if you set your alarm clock, read your Bible, pray, and maybe serve in the church once in a while…” and less “Meditate on what Jesus has done for you, and the rest will fall into place.”

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Of Duty and Other Dirty Words

Don’t be so legalistic, we say. But is faithfulness legalism? Legalism is fastidiously holding to the letter of the law in order to gain merit. Faithfulness is obedience–even when we don’t feel like it. I suppose from the outside they appear the same. At least they have the same results. A legalistic mama is pretty consistent. But so is a faithful mama.

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Moms Need Theology Too

It is tempting as moms to think that what we need to make our lives better is a quick solution — something tangible that we can implement tomorrow to make things run smoothly and comfortably. When the daily challenges of running a home and raising children overwhelm us, we think that what we need most is a fresh idea or a new technique and then everything will be okay.

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The Bible and Homosexuality: Wrong and Right Lessons

Notice how City Church’s rationale for accepting homosexuality marginalizes the authority of Scripture. Consider the explanation by a City Church representative that the leadership studied the issue by “reading the gospel, books by evangelical theologians and social science research.” What does “reading the gospel” mean? It seems to mean drawing broad conclusions from Jesus’ graciousness toward sinners in general, without clear reference to the biblical passages that deal directly with this sin.

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How Adam Rankin Tried to Stop Presbyterians from Singing “Joy to the World”

The first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States convened at the Second Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia in 1789. One of the Presbyterian ministers of the time, a man by the name of Rev. Adam Rankin, rode horseback from his Kentucky parish to Philadelphia to plead with his fellow Presbyterians to reject the use of Watts ‘ hymns. He cautioned the Assembly Commissioners “to refuse to allow the great and pernicious error of adoption of the use of Watt’s hymns in public worship in preference to Rouse’s versifications of the Psalms of David.”

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EPC Reaffirms Biblical Definition of Marriage

We grieve for our brothers and sisters in the PC(USA) who have chosen to submit to culture rather than to abide by God’s Word. We stand with numerous other evangelical, conservative, and traditional Christians from many branches of the Christian faith tree in our belief in biblical marriage.

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A Christian in America–A Coming Dilemma?

Today we discuss what it means to be a Christian faithful to God, living in a nation that seems to be falling away from God and His ways. Being a true Christian in America used to be simpler. Our nation, while far from perfect, at least tried to live by the laws and principles of […]

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Let the Children Speak

by Bill Muehlenberg

These are the forgotten people. These are the silenced people. These are the people who are not supposed to exist. The militant homosexual movement does everything they can to persuade us that they don’t even exist. And if it turns out that they do exist, the militants will do everything they can to demonise them, discredit them, and deride them.

I refer of course to all the children raised in homosexual households who refuse to stay in the closet and say it was all a wonderful experience and all sweetness and light. Instead, they have the courage and the boldness to tell the truth – the truth that things were actually pretty lousy, and they would not wish this on any other child.

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‘The way to go:’ St. Paul schools give transgender students access to any bathroom, locker room

By Steve Gunn, editor-in-chief of EAGnews ST. PAUL, Minn. – The people of Minnesota apparently don’t like it, and the state may ban it, but the St. Paul school board adopted a new policy Tuesday giving transgender students access to the restroom and locker room facilities of their choice, regardless of their biological gender. That […]

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Celeb PR rep: conservative “watchman” ministries contribute to celebrity false teachers

Should watchman ministries back off reporting problems with “Celebrity Christian Leaders”? Are Bereans, contenders, discerners and watchmen ministries partly to blame for leaders falling into scandal? Celebrity PR rep Hunter Frederick seems to think so. Hunter’s client, musician Michael Gungor, became somewhat of a celebrity when he boldly announced that the books of Genesis and […]

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Articles, Resources, and More

Loneliness, Friendship, and the Goodness of God

The story of how Melissa Kruger’s newest book came about is sweet. And it’s also the perfect teachable moment for all of us.

22 Benefits of Meditating on Scripture

Why should we slow down in order to think long and hard on smaller portions of Scripture?

Spiritual Joy vs. Worldly Joy

David Murray, borrowing from a Puritan writer, shares eight important differences between the two types of joy.

What If Singleness Is My Fairytale?

I admit, I breezed past this post as fast as I could roll my eyes when I first came across it. But when a friend sent it along as an encouragement, I finally read through it and found myself near tears.

The Strength in Our Emotions

I appreciated this thoughtful piece as one who often sees the display of “typical” female emotions as weakness.

Moms Need Theology Too

Christina Fox: “For many of us moms, the mere thought of studying theology seems way beyond what our daily life can handle. . . . But the truth is we desperately need theology for all our daily duties of motherhood. We need theology for bedtime battles, feeding worries, the grocery store, and everything else in-between.”


 


Promises To Israel

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Q.  My question involves Jeremiah 31:35-36  In this passage God is speaking to Israel saying that He has given the sun, moon, and the sea as an ordinance…(etc) and that if these ordinances should depart from Him, Israel shall also depart from being a nation before Him.  Here He is apparently affirming that Israel will remain His chosen nation.  And yet that seems to conflict with the fact that during the millennial reign, the sun, moon, and sea will no longer exist, or be visibly functioning.  Can you explain this?

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Thrones

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Q.  I am in 2 Bible Studies at Church – one in Matthew and the another in Revelations. We ran across this verse in Matthew 19:28, and I do not know what the 12 thrones refer to. In Rev.4, I found 24 Thrones for the 24 Elders. Are the 12 Thrones in Matthew part of the 24 in Revelations 4 – or are they different ? We also discussed by 12, if there was only 11 Disciples left, after Judas. I appreciate your Biblical expertise on this question.

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Looking For Jesus

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Q. My question is in regard to Matthew 24:28:  “For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles [vultures] will be gathered together.”  Is the carcass Jerusalem during the Great Tribulation and the vultures all the nations that come against her?

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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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The Power of Patience (James 5:7–12)

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

PlantJames is still addressing the suffering saints when he writes, “Be patient.” This is his counsel at the beginning of his letter (1:1–5) and is still his counsel at the end of his letter. He knows God is not going to right all the wrongs in this world until Jesus returns, so we must patiently endure—and expect.

Three times James reminds us of the coming of the Lord (5:7–9). This is the “blessed hope” of the Christian (Titus 2:13). We do not expect to have everything easy and comfortable in this present life. “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). Paul told his converts, “We must go through much tribulation to enter into the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). We must patiently endure hardships and heartaches until Jesus returns.

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The Cripplegate: A Sample Prayer Plan

About three and a half years ago, I posted the following sample prayer plan to serve as a guide for those who were looking to add some structure to their times of personal worship. Over the past few weeks, a number of people have happened to mention that this was helpful to them. I’ve also had occasion recently to refer to it in some pastoral counseling contexts. With it on my mind, I figured I’d re-post it for those who missed it the first time. As always, I pray it’s a benefit to you.

In his classic, Desiring God, John Piper diagnoses that a main hindrance to prayer is our lack of planning. He tells us,

Unless I’m badly mistaken, one of the main reasons so many of God’s children don’t have a significant life of prayer is not so much that we don’t want to, but that we don’t plan to. If you want to take a four-week vacation, you don’t just get up one summer morning and say, “Hey, let’s go today!” You won’t have anything ready. You won’t know where to go. Nothing has been planned.

But that is how many of us treat prayer. We get up day after day and realize that significant times of prayer should be a part of our life, but nothing’s ever ready. We don’t know where to go. Nothing has been planned. No time. No place. No procedure.

And we all know that the opposite of planning is not a wonderful flow of deep, spontaneous experiences in prayer. The opposite of planning is the rut. If you don’t plan a vacation, you will probably stay home and watch TV. The natural, unplanned flow of spiritual life sinks to the lowest ebb of vitality. There is a race to be run and a fight to be fought. If you want renewal in your life of prayer, you must plan to see it.

I think his point is outstanding, and it definitely has rung true in my own life. To that end, I drafted a sample prayer plan some time ago to add structure to my own personal worship times. I’d like to share it with you, dear Cripplegate readers, not as something to be rigidly followed, but as a suggestion to help get you into—or back into—a thriving, regular, consistent time of worship and communion with God in prayer.

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GTY Blog: Takeaway From the Innerancy Summit

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The Inerrancy Summit is now over, but the effects of that week are just beginning. After more than twenty hours of teaching and preaching, there is now much to meditate on and study, and much sanctifying work for the Holy Spirit to accomplish through the teaching delivered at the conference.

We won’t know this side of heaven the full impact of the conference. But to help you think through the implications of biblical inerrancy in your own life—and to encourage those who have not yet watched the conference videos to catch up on what they missed—we asked some of the Grace to You staff to explain what they took away from the Inerrancy Summit.

Jeremy Smith

In 2 Timothy 3:16–4:2, Paul proclaimed truths to Timothy that he already knew, commanding him to fulfill a ministry to which he was already committed. Why did Paul write these words to his dear friend and disciple? During the evening session on the first night of the conference, Ligon Duncan explained the reason.

Although Timothy was firmly committed to those truths, he needed to be encouraged to persist and grow in his confidence. The environment in which Timothy lived was increasingly hostile to God’s Word. He lived at a time when biblical authority was either ignored or despised—a time very much like today.

And like Paul’s exhortation to Timothy, the purpose of the conference was to encourage God’s people and solidify their faith in Scripture. Here are a few principles of biblical inerrancy that stand out:

  • The Word of God and the character of God are inseparably linked. They stand and fall together. To claim that God’s Word contains errors is to impugn His character. Conversely, one who affirms the inerrancy of Scripture demonstrates his faith in the Person and works of his heavenly Father.
  • The question of whether Scripture contains errors is a question of authority. Who can be trusted as the source of and final authority on truth? There are only two options: God or man. Every person chooses to either submit to the authority of God or assert his own authority.
  • Boldness in ministry is the result of confidence in Scripture’s inerrancy. Understanding the inerrant quality of God’s Word informs every aspect of your ministry—the way you preach and teach the Bible, the way you share your faith with others, the way you counsel others struggling with temptation and sin, and the way you study and comprehend all other biblical doctrine. On the other hand, the Christian who doubts the veracity of Scripture lacks the basic conviction that makes authoritative, effective ministry possible.

In many churches today the inerrancy of Scripture is questioned, criticized, and sometimes denied altogether. As a result, many believers’ confidence in its authority and sufficiency is being eroded. Like Timothy, modern Christians need to be reminded of the inerrancy, authority, and sufficiency of Scripture, renewing their confidence in its ability to transform lives.

Gabriel Powell

One of the most unexpected surprises from the conference was the consistent focus on how the doctrine of inerrancy relates to our lives and ministries. I should have known better, but I expected to hear messages defending the doctrine, and some mention of how inerrancy affects the ministry of preaching. Instead, what we heard was message after message illustrating how inerrancy is not only true, but also influences virtually every aspect of our lives.

Ligon Duncan emphasized that a danger for inerrantists is that we will functionally—if not overtly—deny inerrancy in order to justify sin in our lives. Ian Hamilton directed our thoughts to the humble and submissive attitude required of those who believe in a perfect Scripture. Mark Dever highlighted the blessings an inerrant Scripture offers to those who know it, love it, and obey it. Miguel Nuez reminded of us of how inerrancy empowers the mission of the church—specifically, making disciples. Virtually every speaker made a significant effort to not merely defend inerrancy, but to demonstrate its vitality in the Christian life.

Cameron Buettel

The Emergent church may now lie in ruins, but one of its lies—the so-called “hermeneutic of humility”—lives on among many mainstream evangelicals. Prior to its collapse, the Emergent movement was a celebration of confusion and doubt. Emergents argued that being certain about biblical truth indicated a lack of humility—in fact, their concept of humility demanded that they not hold any truth dogmatically.

But to concede that the meaning of Scripture cannot be known—is that truly a humble approach to handling God’s Word? Isn’t skepticism in some ways the opposite of humility?

I was reminded of the deceitfulness of that Emergent viewpoint as I attended the Inerrancy Summit. I was struck by the genuine humility of all the keynote speakers as they bowed to Scripture’s authority and sufficiency. They studied each text carefully, then spoke its meaning accurately. Their humility before God’s Word did not result in skepticism or indecision but in the firm conviction that Scripture speaks with complete accuracy and authority, and that the Bible is the vehicle through which the Holy Spirit transforms lives.

Isaiah wrote his last chapter vividly describing true humility in approaching God’s Word:

Thus says the Lord, “Heaven is my throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord. “But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.” (Isaiah 66:1–2, emphasis mine)

God’s favor is directed toward humble men and women who tremble at His Word and obey it. Humility prompts God’s people to not only submit to His Word but to proclaim its authority and accuracy. The true hermeneutic of humility doesn’t delight in doubting Scripture but accepts and believes the Bible’s testimony to its inerrancy—an attitude that was abundantly displayed during the Inerrancy Summit.

Jeremiah Johnson

Like Gabriel, I did not expect to be so thoroughly confronted with the practical side of biblical inerrancy—or find that it was such a practical doctrine to begin with. Over and over, the conference speakers explained that your view of the character and quality of Scripture directly correlates to how you submit to it.

Alistair Begg mentioned on the first day that the greatest threat for most believers is not outright apostasy. He said, “The real challenge is not that we stop believing the Bible, but that we stop using the Bible.” Many other speakers warned about that same subtle drift away from the authority and sufficiency of God’s Word, and how it begets a cycle of temptation, sin, and further distancing from the light of Scripture.

Others focused on how biblical inerrancy is inextricably linked to the character of God. On the final day of the conference, Sinclair Ferguson eloquently explained how the relationships within the Trinity figured in the church’s reception of God’s Word, and how those same relationships must guarantee its inerrancy. Put simply, a perfect and righteous God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2) would not—could not—give His people anything less than an inerrant Bible.

In the end, your view of inerrancy is not academic. It permeates at every aspect of your faith, and sets the course for spiritual growth, doctrinal understanding, and usefulness in ministry.

If you missed any part of the Inerrancy Summit, or you want to revisit some of the teaching that’s already blessed you, visit shepherdsconference.org.

GTY Staff


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JAS: 5 Ways to Teach Your Children about the Resurrection

What are our children learning about Easter? Are they learning the true significance of this Holiday or is it all about easter eggs and candy? How can we be intentional about teaching the children in our lives the truth about Jesus and the Resurrection?

Whether you are a parent, grandparent, Sunday School teacher or simply investing in the children around you we wanted to give you 5 Ways to Teach Your Children about the Resurrection. Will you take time this year to prepare your heart and teach those in your life about the good news of the risen Jesus?

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The New Issue and Sweet Potatoes

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely...

It seems like everyone and their dog is hearing “the voice of God” these days.  “Hearing the voice of God” used to be the mark of a prophet of God, but over the last century or so, it’s slowly become the mark of a mature believer.   These days, once “conservative” folk like Beth Moore think that God speaks to them…not in audible voices, but propositional statements (and ultimately the audible/inaudible distinction is meaningless).   The issue of “hearing the voice of God” is probably the most significant infiltration of bad Charismatic theology into non-Charismatic circles.  It’s a train-load of insanity and heresy steaming through Evangelicalism, and it seems like there’s no stopping it; part of the danger of this idea is that it’s seemingly immune to both scripture and logic.  As illustration of that, I recently was doing some historical research into the foundation of Assemblies of God. …

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Baptist: Creflo Dollar and Robert White

Polemics Report

Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy. Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it.” Ezekiel 16:49-52

Plain and simple: Pastor Creflo Dollar is a disgrace,” wrote Steve Siebold of the Huffington Post in his recent article Creflo Dollar wants your Dollars.  His article betrays a deep misunderstanding of the biblical text; however, even a lost person like Siebold can trace the evidence where it leads with regards to Dollar’s character.  Dollar is simply a disgrace.  Social media has been abuzz for the last few days with deservedly harsh criticisms of Dollar after he sought donations on his website to purchase a $65,000,000 jet for his “ministry.”  Dollar, a prosperity gospel televangelist, is an easy target for disgusted secularists and incensed evangelical Christians…

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

Friday

Day 27: Do near death experiences tell us anything about the resurrection or about life after death?

Confession: Psalm 30:6–10

But as for me, I had said in my prosperity,

“I shall not be moved ever.”

O Yahweh, by your favor

you caused my strong mountain to stand.

You hid your face. I was bewildered.

To you, O Yahweh, I called,

and to the Lord I pleaded for grace saying,

“What gain is there in my death,

in my going down into the pit?

Will the dust praise you?

Will it tell of your faithfulness?

“O Yahweh, hear and be gracious to me.

O Yahweh, be my helper.”

Reading: Mark 14:3–11

And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining for a meal, a woman came holding an alabaster flask of very costly perfumed oil of genuine nard. After breaking the alabaster flask, she poured it out on his head. But some were expressing indignation to one another: “Why has there been this waste of perfumed oil? For this perfumed oil could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor!” And they began to scold her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you cause trouble for her? She has done a good deed to me. For the poor you always have with you, and you can do good for them whenever you want, but you do not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

And Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. And when they heard this, they were delighted, and promised to give him money. And he began seeking how he could betray him conveniently.

Reflection

When a poor sinner cleaves to Jesus and finds the forgiving love of God, he cannot but love God back. When the prodigal returned home and felt his father’s arms around his neck, then did he feel the gushings of affection toward his father. When the summer sun shines full down upon the sea, it draws the vapors upward to the sky. So when the sunbeams of the son of righteousness fall upon the soul, they draw forth the risings of love to Him in return.

Some of you are longing to love God. Come into His love, then. Consent to be loved by Him, though worthless in yourself. It is better to be loved by Him than to love, and it is the only way to learn to love Him. When the light of the sun falls upon the moon, it finds the moon dark and unlovely, but the moon reflects the light and casts it back again. So let the love of God shine into your breast, and you will cast it back again. “We love, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

The only cure for a cold heart is to look at the heart of Jesus.

—Robert McCheyne

Perfect Love Casteth out Fear

Response

The woman in this story responds to Christ’s love with an extravagant action that shocks the people around her. What would that kind of extravagant response look like in your life?[1]

 

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

Concern for the souls of men is not prevented by a belief in what we call the Doctrines of Grace

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ ( by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He…

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