Daily Archives: March 25, 2015

March 25, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Collection

In the gospel, there is included all that the heart of man can wish. —J Gresham Machen

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Mar. 25, 2015

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One day after announcing himself as presidential candidate, Texas Senator Ted Cruz fired a few shots across the bow of Wall Street, and the firm that employs his wife as managing director.

The U.S. Senate is days away from a two-week spring break with no agreement to vote on confirming U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, almost five months after President Obama nominated her.

Teenagers, the most crash-prone drivers on U.S. roads, may be even more dangerous than thought. A review of in-car video and audio recordings of teen drivers moments before they crashed found some kind of distraction — such as grooming, mobile-phone use or even dancing — was a factor in four times as many accidents than previously estimated, AAA, the organization formerly known as the American Automobile Association, said Wednesday.

Orders for durable goods unexpectedly dropped in February, a sign the slowdown in global growth may be weighing on American manufacturers. Bookings for goods meant to last at least three years declined 1.4 percent after a 2 percent gain in January that was smaller than previously estimated.

Investigators probing the cause of the Airbus crash in the French Alps on Tuesday will rely on the jet’s so-called black boxes to explain why it was lost on a routine daylight flight with no distress signals from the crew.

Just as Wall Street says the U.S. is running out of room to store oil, it turns out there’s another 20 million barrels of empty space. Where? Right at the top of the tanks. There’s the normal “working” capacity. And then there’s “contingency” space, a buffer between the working storage and the tank tops that typically sits empty to keep oil from spilling out. The company that built most of the tanks at Cushing, Oklahoma, the biggest U.S. oil hub, says the buffer is about 3 to 5 percent of storage space. That’s equivalent to about 20 million barrels of room in tanks across the country.

Americans in their 20s and early 30s are getting a nudge toward homeownership a decade after sales peaked during the housing bubble. It’s not their nagging parents. It’s rents. They’ve risen so much that buying is making more sense.

AP Top Stories

A Pennsylvania police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay face down after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker.

A number of pilots at Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary Germanwings refused to fly Wednesday following the deadly crash in the French Alps, saying they were mourning the victims of the doomed aircraft.

The bodies of an 11-year-old boy and a teenage girl were found in the freezer of a Detroit apartment on Tuesday and their mother was arrested as part of a homicide investigation.

Two women have been arrested for allegedly going onto a Fresno, California school campus and assaulting a pair of teenage girls, including one who the women say had been bullying their son.

Human feces contains gold and other precious metals that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, experts say. “The gold we found was at the level of a minimal mineral deposit.”

Iran will insist that all sanctions against it are lifted as a condition for a nuclear deal, the foreign minister said on Wednesday, showing no sign of compromise on a major sticking point in its talks with world powers set to resume this week.

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found nitrogen on the surface of Mars, a significant discovery that adds to evidence the Red Planet could once have sustained life, the space agency said.

CEOs at large U.S. companies collectively realized at least $6 billion more in compensation than initially estimated in annual disclosures in the five years after the financial crisis first hit, according to a Reuters analysis. The reason for the windfall: the soaring value of their stock awards.

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President Obama said prospects for a two-state solution in the Middle East are “dim” after the Israeli prime minister vowed to oppose a Palestinian state.

Canada will extend its air strike campaign against Islamic State (IS) into Syria, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced.

The European Union and Cuba will intensify negotiations aimed at normalizing ties, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said.

About 500 children aged 11 and under are missing from a Nigerian town recaptured from Boko Haram militants, a former resident of Damasak has told the BBC.

Australian police have stopped more than 200 people suspected of trying to join terror groups from leaving the country since August.

The US-led coalition against Islamic State has begun surveillance flights over the Iraqi city of Tikrit, which is being besieged by government forces.

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When a group of imams tried to bring a form of “Shariah light” to Texas, they met an unlikely foe – Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne. Her city is being called “ground zero” in the battle to prevent Islamic law from gaining a foothold, no matter how small, in the U.S. legal system.

A secretly shot video seems to capture Cornell University’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, claiming it’s quite OK for an ISIS “freedom fighter” to come to campus and talk to students about the group’s mission.

The Saudi Arabian grand mufti issued a fatwa against Christian churches throughout the Arabian Peninsula. Saudi Arabia’s top Muslim cleric called for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula after legislators in the Gulf state of Kuwait moved to pass laws banning the construction of new Christian facilities.


Daily Digest

March 25, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“As long as property exists, it will accumulate in individuals and families. As long as marriage exists, knowledge, property and influence will accumulate in families.” –John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1814

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

The ‘Business-Like Relationship,’ Spying and Kumbayah

Barack Obama insists that his petulant and petty behavior toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu isn’t personal. “There’s a tendency … to frame this somehow as a personal issue between myself and Prime Minister Netanyahu,” Obama said Tuesday. “[T]he notion is, well, if we all just get along and everybody cools down, then somehow the problem goes away. I have a very business-like relationship with the prime minister. I’ve met him more than any other world leader. I talk to him all the time. He is representing his country’s interests the way he thinks he needs to and I’m doing the same. So the issue is not a matter of relations between leaders. The issue is a very clear, substantive challenge. We believe that two states is the best path forward for Israel’s security, for Palestinian aspirations and for regional stability. … Prime Minister Netanyahu has a different approach. And so this can’t be reduced to a matter of somehow let’s all, you know, hold hands and sing Kumbayah. This is a matter of figuring out how do we get through a real knotty policy difference that has great consequences for both countries and for the region.” No doubt there are substantive policy differences — after all, Obama’s bowing to the Iranians. He tries to maintain the appearance of just being a practical guy, but Obama’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder means he can’t abide anything he perceives as a personal slight. Netanyahu has crossed that red line.

On another note, Obama is upset that Israel reportedly spied on negotiations with Iran and shared information with Congress. But he found out because the U.S. was spying on Israel. Furthermore, might the Israelis have been spying on Iran, and not the U.S.? After all, Iran regularly threatens to annihilate Israel, and nuclear weapons would make that a bit easier. Finally, Obama might try another novel idea: communicating with Congress himself.

Administration Adopts the Language of Hamas

Before his re-election last week, Benjamin Netanyahu candidly said he didn’t see a two-state solution being likely while he was Israel’s prime minister. That’s primarily because Palestinians want only one state — theirs — and won’t agree to “peace” until Israel is wiped off the map. Facing intense pressure from Barack Obama, however, Netanyahu reiterated after his win that he does indeed desire a peaceful two-state solution. That’s not enough for Obama, though. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough gave one condition for peace: “An occupation [of Palestinian land] that has lasted more than 50 years must end.” That’s the language of anti-Israel leftists and Hamas terrorists, meaning Obama’s administration is showing its true colors. McDonough also said of Netanyahu’s original comments, “We cannot simply pretend that these comments were never made.” Let’s just turn that around on McDonough for the “occupation” remark. And Obama has no problem pretending Ayatollah Khamenei didn’t chant “death to America.” What gives?

Iran Agrees to Nothing Specific as Negotiations Wind Down

No deal is better than a bad deal with Iran, right? That’s what Obama administration officials have promised repeatedly. Now it is time to see if they will honor that promise, as the talks with Iran to curb its nuclear production seem to have slid sideways. Ultimately, the only way to ensure Iran doesn’t obtain nuclear weapons is to have more access and more oversight into its nuclear program. But Voice of America reports Iran is resisting oversight: “Iran’s nuclear spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi was quoted Tuesday on Iranian state TV’s website as saying that snap inspections are ‘illegal.’ He did not elaborate. Kamalvandi was responding to the demand earlier this month by Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), that Tehran agree to the inspections.” Amano says the IAEA is not satisfied that Iran wants nuclear capabilities only for peaceful means. And Iran’s resistance to agree to anything specific as the talks wind down isn’t helping the unease. More…

Delaying Withdrawal From Afghanistan

As the Iranian deal nears, and Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya descend into chaos — all products of Barack Obama’s foreign policy malfeasance — the U.S. reached an agreement with Afghanistan to leave 9,800 American troops in that nation through 2015. Given Obama’s disastrous pullout from Iraq, maybe he learned his lesson. Or maybe not. Obama insisted his plan to reduce U.S. troops presence to 1,000 by the end of his term is still in place: “The date for us to have completed our drawdown will not change.” During the press conference, Obama errantly referred to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as “President Karzai” — the name of Ghani’s reviled predecessor. Ghani, on the other hand, has worked to improve relations between the two countries, and pleaded for a troop deployment extension. It’s an improvement to see Obama modify his strategy so, as he put it, “we don’t have to go back,” but that rhetoric aside he seems bullheadedly determined to leave Afghanistan to the Taliban after U.S. withdrawal. What’s one more failed state on his résumé? More…

Top DHS Official Accused of Immigration Favoritism

On paper, the EB-5 immigration program sounds like a huge benefit for the nation’s economy. The program fast-tracks green cards for foreign investors who put at least half a million dollars into a venture in the U.S. that will create jobs. But in practice, the program is riddled with corruption that favors businesses with ties to Democrat politicians — all thanks to Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. This is the finding of a two-and-a-half year investigation by DHS’s Inspector General. “The juxtaposition of Mr. Mayorkas’ communication with external stakeholders on specific matters outside the normal procedures, coupled with favorable action that deviated from the regulatory scheme designed to ensure fairness and evenhandedness in adjudicating benefits, created an appearance of favoritism and special access,” the report concludes. Mayorkas meddled in at least three cases. In one instance, he became personally involved when a Mexican investor wanted a green card to invest in a Las Vegas casino Sen. Harry Reid had touted. And this is where the corruption starts to stink even further. Mayorkas was under this investigation, heading the EB-5 program, when Barack Obama nominated him for his present deputy spot. It was Reid who rammed through Mayorkas’ nomination using none other than the nuclear option. But they say you can trust Democrats. More…

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

Global Warming Is Killing Everyone

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Climate change, formerly known as global warming, often takes center stage for Democrats. That’s not true of the electorate, but Democrats are undeterred. What is astonishing is the degree to which Democrats will mislead their constituents to grab the reins of power in Washington, DC.

Take newly elected Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who wooed voters by pledging to address man-made global warming with initiatives like cap and trade. On Feb. 4, Beyer wrote on his website, “In all, extreme weather events triggered over $110 billion in losses and almost 7,000 fatalities” in 2014. He reiterated that claim a month later in the Falls Church News-Press, in which he repeated, “More than 7,000 Americans lost their lives to climate change-fueled events last year.”

That’s pretty startling. And egregiously wrong. After Beyer’s assertion received backlash, spokesman Thomas Scanlon attempted to clear the air. “That number should be globally, not just in the United States,” he told PolitiFact. “We made an error in editing this column.”

Even still, the claim is deceptive. The statistic (which was actually 7,700) was derived from Germany-based insurer Munich RE, which tallies “global natural loss event.” According to researcher Peter Hoeppe, “We do not have the ability to identify the direct impact of global warming on fatalities caused by natural catastrophes, other than to say any fatality caused by the earthquake peril are not due to global warming.”

On that note, PolitiFact writes, “Of the 7,700 deaths, Munich RE estimated 850 were caused by earthquakes. The remaining 6,850 deaths, the company wrote, were caused by ‘weather-related’ events.”

But the evidence to back Beyer’s claim is essentially nonexistent. Michael Bastasch of The Daily Caller notes, “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change itself says there’s ‘limited evidence of changes in extremes associated with other climate variables since the mid-20th century.'” Moreover, Bastasch adds, “Not only has weather not been getting more ‘extreme’ in the last century, mankind’s ability to withstand extreme weather events has increased globally. The International Disaster Database reports that more than 3.5 million people were killed by natural disasters in the early 1930s when the world population was about half what it is today. Fast forward to 2014 and only 7,700 people worldwide were killed by natural disasters (which includes earthquakes), according to Munich Re.”

Any loss of life is a tragic part of the human condition, but 7,000 individuals is a far cry from 3.5 million. We should be thankful for the protection we have today, largely driven by fossil fuels and other economic development in the face of ecofascist opposition. But advancing the climate agenda requires alarmism.

One final note: Beyer made a career owning and operating Volvo, Land Rover, Kia, Volkswagen and Subaru dealerships. If he sincerely believes that alleviating “the harmful consequences of global climate change is the existential crisis of our generation,” as he so adamantly professes, perhaps he should start by shuttering his fossil fuel-burning, CO2-belching businesses.

Leftmedia Dismiss Obama’s Mentor

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In the seventh year of Barack Obama’s presidency, many questions still remain unanswered about his life before he entered the White House. Mysteries surround his associations with a number of people, including Frank Marshall Davis, the Communist writer and activist who was a mentor to a young Obama when he lived in Hawaii. But never fear; The Washington Post is on the case.

Davis was one of many past Obama associates who was resolutely ignored by the Leftmedia in the run-up to the 2008 election — and since then, too. While other presidential candidates, particularly Republicans, can always count on the unwavering scrutiny of the press, Obama remained free of such probing questions. In fact, the media circled the wagons to protect him from any information that might damage the glowing narrative of Hope ‘n’ Change™. Consequently, Davis went largely unmentioned. And questions about Obama’s early dalliances with communism went unanswered.

This week, The Washington Post, one of the media gatekeepers of the Obama persona, gave the Davis story their fact-check “Pinocchio test.” After an article that documented barely half the story of Davis’s background and his associations with Obama, the Post decided any attempt to label Davis as Obama’s communist mentor was worth three Pinocchios out of four.

Nothing to see here; move along.

Who is the real Frank Marshall Davis? You won’t learn the answer from the Post or any other mainstream outlet that has been carrying Obama’s water for years. You have to turn to the likes of Paul Kengor, author of “The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, the Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor,” to get any serious information.

Davis was a card-carrying member (#47544) of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) since the early 1940s. The media and leftist revisionist historians treat such Communist affiliations during the Cold War period as trivial, yet it’s worth remembering at the time that the CPUSA was not merely a club where disenchanted college students gathered to debate Karl Marx and do drugs. The stated purpose of the CPUSA was clear in the oath its members swore to “ensure the triumph of Soviet power in the United States.”

Davis was no armchair activist, either. He was the founding editor of a Communist paper in Chicago in 1946. He then moved to Hawaii in 1948 to write for the Honolulu Record, another Party journal. Throughout the 40s and 50s, Davis remained active. Obama apologists would have us believe Davis spent this time writing about the treatment of blacks, the cycle of poverty and ways to achieve social justice.

University of Kansas professor John Edgar Tidwell insists, “He was not out there on the front lines carrying pickets and signs. He wasn’t trying to overthrow the government at all.” Yet his writings were not those of an impassioned intellectual seeking a better America. Indeed, the FBI collected a 600-page file on Davis.

The Bureau kept Davis under constant surveillance and placed him on a watch list, meaning if war broke out with the Soviet Union, he would be arrested. At this point, Obama apologists will break out the Red Scare card, reminding us of the overzealous FBI tactics used during the 1950s. History has proven, though, that Alger Hiss was a Communist, the Rosenbergs were spies, and there were in fact Communists working in the State Department. These are not myths, and Frank Marshall Davis was not the victim of some rabid anti-Communist witch-hunt. He was the real thing.

Davis was introduced to Obama in 1970 by Obama’s grandfather for the express purpose of mentoring the boy. By many accounts Davis and Obama met some 10-15 times between then and when Obama went off to college nine years later. These extensive sessions had a profound impact on Obama’s life and certainly impacted his views on America, race and economics.

Obama was clever in hiding this relationship and the extent to which Davis influenced his thinking. “Frank” is mentioned 22 times by name in Obama’s “Dreams from My Father,” but only by his first name. And when the audio version of the book was released in 2005, all mentions of Frank were scrubbed from the edition. If Davis was such a wholesome influence on Obama, why did he get the redacted treatment in the future president’s autobiography?

Obama’s worldview and actions should be proof enough that the defining political and social influences in his life do not, to put it mildly, hold America in the highest regard. His first months in office were spent apologizing to other nations for America’s behavior. At every turn, Obama plays down and even insults America’s Christian heritage while repeatedly trying to remind us that Islam is the Religion of Peace™. He’s always on the lookout for ways to convert America into a government-run economy. His foreign policy agenda is driven by embracing America’s enemies and shunning our allies. And he has no respect for the Constitution or the office of the presidency.

Frank Marshall Davis belongs with Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers and an infamous list of anti-American activists and revolutionaries who can claim to be friends and mentors of the 44th president. With no help at all from the mainstream media, we have been able to piece together the nature of some of these associations. And we have Obama himself as proof of the life he led and the people with whom he chose to spend his time.

Still it would be nice if the media did its job once in a while. Then again, with Republicans running for president in 2016, they will surely pick up their muck rakes very soon.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

Chief Justice Earl Warren (1891-1974): “A republic is not an easy form of government to live under, and when the responsibility of citizenship is evaded, democracy decays and authoritarianism takes over.”

Columnist Jacob Sullum: “‘The most serious problem facing U.S. taxpayers is the declining quality of service provided to them by the IRS when they seek to comply with their federal tax-filing and payment obligations,’ says the Taxpayer Advocate Service (‘Your Voice at the IRS’) in its latest annual report to Congress. ‘Even when a taxpayer manages to get through to a telephone assistor with a question, the assistor may not be able to provide an answer.’ That’s because the IRS decided in 2013 that ‘it would answer only what it terms “basic” questions, declaring “more complex” questions that it previously answered “out of scope.”‘ In other words, the less likely you are to resolve a tax compliance question on your own the less likely the IRS is to help you. You can, of course, consult a ‘tax professional,’ who makes a living by helping perplexed citizens figure out how much they owe the government. But the very existence of this occupation is an indictment of our Byzantine tax system, which is so complicated that even the IRS is reluctant to answer questions about it — yet it imposes civil and criminal penalties on people who fail to comply with its numerous picayune requirements.”

Columnist Walter Williams: “The ideal way to organize human conduct is to create a system that maximizes personal liberty for all. Liberty and democracy are not synonymous and most often are opposites. In Federalist Paper No. 10, James Madison explained, ‘Measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.’ Democracy and majority rule confer an aura of legitimacy and respectability on acts that would otherwise be deemed tyrannical. … Would you want the kind of car you own to be decided through a democratic process, or would you prefer purchasing any car you please? Ask that same question about decisions such as where you shall live, what clothes you purchase, what food you eat, what entertainment you enjoy and what wines you drink. I’m sure that if anyone suggested that these choices be subject to a democratic process, we would deem it tyranny.”

Comedian Argus Hamilton: “GOP Senator Ted Cruz announced he’s running for president Monday. He was born in Canada to a Cuban father and to an Anglo-Saxon mother. Democrats fell over laughing at the idea that Americans would elect a bi-racial senator with a Harvard law degree who was born in another country.”

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WSJ: The Orwellian Obama Presidency

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Orwellian, Bizzaro World, completely whacked out, whatever you want to call it, things have gotten really weird with Obama lately. Weirder than things were, and things were already pretty weird.

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Who actually pays for the US government? (A Graph from the Examiner)

Let’s just say that there is a reason why some people think that they are “taxed enough already.”

Now who isn’t paying their “fair share” of taxes?

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More Crony Media: Reporters give Hillary Clinton a standing ovation

Both of these are official propaganda by the way. Nice to see a potential president using an image inspired by Mao. That's fine.

What are these reporters thinking? OK, I get that the old media is populated with generally statist big government leaning journalists, but given what we know Ms. Clinton has done (just recently) any objective person has to consider such an ovation as being in bad taste.  The email scandal which in theory could have jeopardized national security, the gifts from foreign governments and companies to the Clinton Foundation while Ms. Clinton was Secretary of State, the enormous “speaking fees” are all quite problematic. Is a standing ovation, particularly from “journalists” really warranted? I mean I think its pretty terrible that a group of reporters would give any politician a standing ovation, but Ms. Clinton? There is just no excuse. She has a history.

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New Trend: ‘Radically Inclusive’ Churches That Embrace All Religions And All Lifestyles

If you want as many people to attend your church as possible, why limit yourself to just Christians? All over America, “radically inclusive” churches that embrace all religions and all lifestyles are starting to pop up. Church services that incorporate elements of Hinduism, Islam, native American religions and even Wicca are becoming increasingly common. And even if you don’t believe anything at all, that is okay with these churches too. In fact, as you will see below, one Presbyterian minister in Oregon is even inviting people to “bring their own god” to church. But if these churches don’t really stand for anything at all, what is their purpose? And what does the popularity of these churches say about the future of religion in America? (Read More…)


33 Strange Facts About America That Most Americans Would Be Shocked To Learn

Did you know that about one-fourth of the entire global prison population is in the United States? Did you know that Apple has more money than the U.S. Treasury? Did you know that if you have no debt and also have 10 dollars in your wallet that you are wealthier than 25 percent of all Americans? Did you know that by the time an American child reaches the age of 18, that child will have seen approximately 40,000 murders on television? There are some things that are great about the United States, and there are definitely some things that are not so great. Once upon a time we were the most loved and most respected nation on the entire planet, but those days are long gone. We have wrecked our economy, we have lost our values and we have fumbled away our future. But if you look close enough, you can still see many of the things that once made this country a shining beacon to the rest of the world. This article includes some weird facts, some fun facts, but also some very troubling facts. It has been said that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, and hopefully as people enjoy reading the fun facts in this article they will also take note of the more serious facts. If we are ever going to change course as a nation, we need to come to grips with just how far we have fallen. The following are 33 strange facts about America that most Americans would be shocked to learn… (Read More….)


Franklin Graham: History Shows That When Nations Do This, Their End Is Near

Posted: 25 Mar 2015 09:48 AM PDT

Franklin Graham: History Shows That When Nations Do This, Their End Is NearHistory certainly repeats itself and Franklin Graham doesn’t seem to bothered by the rebuke he received from a group of pastors. Indeed, he’s still speaking out as boldly as ever. This time, he’s speaking out about America’s future. “One of the greatest threats to America is the progressives (a new name for liberals) led by President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder, who are trying to impose a new morality—which is really no morality at all—jamming it down the throats of the American people,” Graham wrote on his Facebook page. “America has been blessed by God more than any nation on the face of this earth. When our country was birthed, its foundations and laws were based on biblical laws and principles. We used to be ‘one nation under God,’ now we’re a nation that has turned its back on God. History shows that when nations do this, their end is near.” FULL REPORT

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Navy Bans Chaplain From Ministering to Family of Dead Sailor

Posted: 25 Mar 2015 09:44 AM PDT

Navy Bans Chaplain From Ministering to Family of Dead SailorIt really takes a special kind of lowlife to stop a chaplain from ministering to the family and colleagues of a dead sailor. But that’s exactly what happened last week at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, South Carolina, according to attorneys representing Chaplain Wes Modder. “For this Navy to bar a chaplain from comforting and ministering to sailors and families is a reprehensible violation of religious freedom and common human decency,” said Kelly Shackelford, the president of Liberty Institute, a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases. Some quick background before I explain what happened: Chaplain Modder is facing the end of a stellar, 19-year-career in the Navy because he expressed his faith-based views on marriage and human sexuality during private counseling sessions with sailors. Last December, a gay officer took offense at Christian chaplain’s take on homosexuality. Modder, who is endorsed by the Assemblies of God, was accused of discrimination and failing to show tolerance and respect, among other things. FULL REPORT

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Arkansas Senate Considering Proposal to Place Ten Commandments Monument on Capitol Grounds

Posted: 25 Mar 2015 09:40 AM PDT

Arkansas Senate Considering Proposal to Place Ten Commandments Monument on Capitol GroundsThe Arkansas state Senate is considering a proposal to allow a privately-funded Ten Commandments monument to be placed on the grounds of the state capitol building. The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the proposal by Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Bigelow) on Tuesday, just a day after the motion had failed, sending the matter on to the full Senate for a vote. “The Secretary of State shall permit and arrange for the placement on the State Capitol grounds of a suitable monument commemorating the Ten Commandments,” SB939 reads in part. “The Secretary of State shall arrange for the monument to be designed, constructed, and placed on the State Capitol grounds by private entities at no expense to the State of Arkansas.” “The placement of the monument under this section shall not be construed to mean that the State of Arkansas favors any particular religion or denomination over others,” it continues. Rapert points to similar monuments in Texas and Oklahoma being declared as constitutional as legal footing for the placement, including the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Van Orden v. Perry. The display would be erected among a variety of displays that are currently on the capitol grounds. FULL REPORT

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Did Pope Francis Turn Vial of Blood Into Liquid?

Posted: 25 Mar 2015 09:33 AM PDT

Pope Francis Turns Vial of Blood Into LiquidAccording to reports coming from around the world Pope Francis has been credited with performing a miracle in Naples on Saturday by the Archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe.  During a visit to Naples Cathedral, the pontiff venerated a vial of blood belonging to the Neapolitan patron St. Gennaro, who was once the bishop of Naples until he was martyred in 305, and it began to liquify. The dry blood turned to liquid after the pontiff prayed the “Our Father” over it and kissed the relic, prompting the Archbishop of Naples, Crescenzio Sepe, to declare the rare phenomenon a miracle. “The blood has half liquified, which shows that Saint Januarius loves our pope and Naples,” said Sepe whilst showing the sealed glass ampoule to congregants. The pontiff then joked about his failure to secure the full love of St. Gennaro, known in English as St Januarius. “The bishop just announced that the blood half liquefied. We can see the saint only half loves us. We must all spread the Word, so that he loves us more!” the pontiff said. The blood of St. Gennaro, who was beheaded during the persecution of Christians under the Roman Emperor Diocletian in 305, last liquefied in the presence of Pope Pius IX in 1848. Back in the day it was common for Christians to collect the blood of their martyrs and store it with the corpse of the deceased. FULL REPORT

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Glenn Beck Warns “A New World Order is Imminent”

Posted: 25 Mar 2015 09:27 AM PDT

Glenn Beck Warns "A New World Order is Imminent"Glenn Beck is making some waves again with future predictions. In his latest he is predicting a soon arrival of a “New World Order”! According to sources, New York City always seems to bring out the more cynical side of Glenn, and this trip is no different. Glenn opened the radio program this morning with a bold and somewhat dire prediction that draws from some of the connections he made in his Fox News days. “Glenn is back,” Pat joked. “The positive, happy, wonderful Glenn is over.” “Well, no it’s not over,” Glenn interjected. “It’s just Glenn needs to pop in from time to time and give everybody a reality check.” In the wake of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine and the BBC report confirmed Russia and China played a role in the 2008 financial crisis, Glenn believes a new world order is beginning to emerge. That order, according to Glenn, will be comprised of China, Russia, socialist outliers, and poverty zones.  Before diving into the crux of the new prediction, Glenn offered a bit of context:  I have to give it a little context. Remember that China verified to Secretary Paulson that Russia said they were trying to collapse our economy… So we know that that happened according to Secretary Paulson. We know that China, at the time, was against that move because they needed us. What they had to do was divest themselves of us pretty much. Stop buying all of our treasuries and slowly get off of the United States and they have. They have not divested, but they have stopped buying a lot of stuff. And they have also started to become a little hostile towards the United States and what we have done to their money. FULL REPORT

 

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The Gulf Stream system may already be weakening. That’s not good.

Posted: 24 Mar 2015 08:12 PM PDT

The Gulf Stream system may already be weakening. That's not good.In the 2004 disaster film The Day After Tomorrow, climate change causes a major disruption of ocean currents in the Atlantic Ocean, which in turn brings about a sudden ice age in New York City. That scenario was ridiculous and overwrought. Still, the underlying idea that global warming could mess with some important ocean circulation systems actually isn’t that far-fetched. Such an event wouldn’t blanket Manhattan in ice, but it could wreak havoc on fisheries or speed up sea-level rise in cities like Boston and New York. In particular, scientists have been paying close attention to the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), an ocean pattern that transports warm water from the tropics to the North Atlantic. This Gulf Stream system is why Europe has a mild climate despite being so far north. But it’s also a source of concern: evidence suggests the circulation has slowed abruptly in the very distant past, leading to sharp climate shifts regionally. More recently, the AMOC has been seen weakening and strengthening, but scientists figured it was just fluctuating naturally. FULL REPORT

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Moscow demands removal of U.S. nuclear missiles

Posted: 24 Mar 2015 08:09 PM PDT

Moscow demands removal of U.S. nuclear missilesA New report is showing increase tensions with Russia and the U.S as Russia issues a demand that the United States remove all non-strategic nuclear weapons from Europe.  Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich referred to comments by Jen Psaki, his counterpart at the U.S. State Department, that U.S. missiles are under constant U.S. control, as distorted. He added that deployment of U.S. missiles in European NATO countries is a violation of the 1968 Treaty on Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation.  Lukashevich’s remarks came after tensions, already ratcheted upward by Russia’s contention that it could place nuclear weapons in Crimea, increased over the weekend with the suggestion by a Russian diplomat that the Danish Navy’s inclusion of radar on one ship, to involve it in NATO’s missile shield, could make Denmark a nuclear target. FULL REPORT

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CERN set to test bounds of physics

Posted: 24 Mar 2015 08:01 PM PDT

CERN set to test bounds of physicsCERN is set to test the very bounds of physis according to a new report from the Japan Times. Europe’s physics lab CERN said March 12 that it had begun tests in preparation for rebooting the world’s biggest particle collider and trying to uncover new particles that could alter our understanding of the universe. “We are really excited, because we are entering a new phase,” CERN Director General Rolf Heuer told reporters in Geneva. CERN’s Large Hadron Collider went offline in February 2013 for a massive overhaul after identifying what is believed to be the Higgs boson, the long-sought maker of mass theorized in the 1960s. The giant lab, housed in a 27-km tunnel straddling the French-Swiss border, flushed out the so-called “God particle” by crashing proton beams at velocities near the speed of light. Now, after nearly doubling energy levels possible in the collider, CERN scientists have their sights set on finding exotic new particles in a previously-inaccessible realm. Frederick Bordry, CERN director for accelerators and technology, said that proton beams were injected into the LHC, especially to test transfer lines. FULL REPORT

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See The Place They Call The Doorway To Hell, The Erta Ale Lava Lake

Posted: 24 Mar 2015 07:49 PM PDT

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=31913ETHIOPIA’S ERTA ALE IS THE WORLD’S OLDEST CONTINUOUSLY ACTIVE LAVA LAKE

“For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.” Deuteronomy 32:22 (KJV)

The word Hell appears 54 times in the King James Bible, and in every place that it appears it says the same thing. Hell is a place of torment, trouble, and it is filled with an eternal burning that can never be quenched.  The prophet Isaiah tells us that in the Millennial Reign of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, there will actually be an open doorway in Jerusalem that will allow inhabitants of the Earth to see inside of Hell:

“And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.” Isaiah 66:24 (KJV) FULL REPORT

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Sweden and NATO report Russian military planes over Baltic Sea

Posted: 24 Mar 2015 07:41 PM PDT

Sweden and NATO report Russian military planes over Baltic SeaThe Swedish Air Force and NATO jets on Tuesday tracked four Russian combat aircraft flying with their transponders turned off over the Baltic Sea, officials said. The Russian planes — two long-range, nuclear-capable Tu-22M3 bombers and two Sukhoi Su-27 fighters — were flying in international airspace, according to Sweden’s Armed Forces and alliance sources. NATO said it scrambled Danish jets and Italian jets based in Lithuania early Tuesday to identify the Russian aircraft which it said were heading to the Russian Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad. “The Russian military aircraft did not use their onboard transponder; they were not in contact with civilian Air Traffic Control and they were not on a pre-filed flight plan,” a NATO military officer said on condition he not be identified by name in keeping with alliance practice. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said it was “unacceptable” for the Russian planes to be flying with shut-off transponders that are necessary for identifying aircraft on radar, calling it violation of international aviation rules. FULL REPORT

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Urban Death Project Seeks To Use Human Bodies As Compost For Organic Farming

A Seattle architect named Katrina Spade has proposed a new solution for urban food production: convert the recently deceased into nutritious compost to feed the food crops.

“For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.” Psalm 48:14 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the 1973 popcorn thriller Soylent Green starring Charlton Heston, we see a novel way to augment the world’s dwindling food supply. Heston in the climatic scene discovers what Soylent Green is actually made out of , and utters the campy though now-classic line of “Soylent Green is people!” Well, looks like that train may be coming into the station after all.

The project is called the Urban Death Project, and it describes the process of turning dead humans into plant food as follows:

The Urban Death Project is a compost-based renewal system. At the heart of the project is a three-story core, within which bodies and high-carbon materials are placed. Over the span of a few months, with the help of aerobic decomposition and microbial activity, the bodies decompose fully, leaving a rich compost.

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 How does religion fit into all of this?

The Urban Death Project fills a niche, providing an alternative method for the disposal of the dead designed for the density of the city and envisioned on a neighborhood scale. The architecture of the Urban Death Project will include space for those of any faith to gather, pray, and mourn.

It is important to note that the Urban Death Project is not simply a system for turning our bodies into soil-building material. It is also a space for the contemplation of our place in the natural world, and a ritual to help us say goodbye to our loved ones by connecting us with the cycles of nature. Quite simply, for many, this option will be deeply spiritual – an ecological, productive, and beautiful thing to do with our physical bodies after we have died.

The Urban Death Project website describes the project as a 501(c) non-profit, and a fundraising effort is due to launch March 30th on Kickstarter. The donate page explains, “Your gift supports the creation of a meaningful, equitable, and ecological alternative for the care and processing of our deceased.”

MARANATHA! PLEASE COME LORD.

 

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Huge Buildup Of Russian And US-NATO Forces As War Games Hit Fever Pitch

Vladimir Putin has been more than a bit provocative of late, ratcheting up the rhetoric, but also engaging his troops in war exercises. He is showing the whole world his military prowess, and that he is ready and willing to use it.

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:7-8 (KJV)

Putin also told many news sources that using his nuclear capabilities during the Ukraine crisis was not out of the question. He said that he thought he was going to have to use nukes at one point. America is now on European soil along with several NATO countries.

Amid NATO exercises, Russia puts Northern Fleet on ‘full alert’

As the U.S. and several Eastern European NATO countries conduct a series of military exercises near Russia’s border, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his Northern Fleet “to full alert in a snap combat readiness exercise” in the Arctic, state-run media reported Monday. At least one Russian leader described the drill as routine and unrelated to the “international situation.”

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The drills will run through Friday, Sputnik reported. A flotilla of minesweepers will support the Northern Fleet’s nuclear submarines in the Barents Sea as part of the drill, the Tass news agency reported, citing a Defense Ministry statement.

“Mine-sweeping groups of the Kola Flotilla have moved to the designated areas of the Barents within the framework of a snap check of combat readiness of the Northern Fleet forces for supporting the deployment of the main forces of the fleet, including the deployment of nuclear and diesel submarines of the Northern Fleet,” the statement says.

The ships will conduct magnetic, acoustic and contact demining sweeps during the drill, Tass reported. Despite a number of countries participating in various military drills in Eastern Europe, a Kremlin spokesman described the Northern Fleet inspection as routine practice aimed at improving military capabilities.

“The practice of snap checks will become regular, as it is beneficial for improving the mechanisms of control and operation of the armed forces. This is an absolutely regular process of the armed forces’ operation, of preparation and development of Russia’s armed forces,” Dmitry Peskov told Tass on Monday. Conversely, a diplomat told Tass that Russia was “deeply concerned” about NATO drills near its border.

It is especially surprising that this is happening in Northeastern Europe, which is the most stable region not only on our continent, but also maybe in the whole world,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexey Meshkov said. “Such NATO actions lead to destabilization of the situation and increasing tensions in Northeastern Europe.”

Among the recent drills in Eastern Europe:

  • In its largest military operation in decades, Norway sent 5,000 troops to conduct military exercises between Alta and Lakselv in Finnmark county, which borders Russia, according to the Barents Observer.
  • About 100 U.S. soldiers are expected to conduct an exercise this month using a Patriot missile battery and a Polish air defense brigade “at a location on Polish territory,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said. The exercise is part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which began in response to Russia’s involvement in Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea last year, the U.S. Defense Department said.
  • Also as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, the U.S. Army will soon send armored Stryker vehicles on a 1,100-mile convoy through six European countries to show solidarity with its allies. The “highly visible” convoy will travel through Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia and the Czech Republic en route to Vilseck, Germany, a U.S. Army Europe spokesman told the military newspaper, Stars and Stripes.
  • In a “regularly scheduled” exercise aimed at demonstrating NATO’s commitment to “collective defense” in the Black Sea, the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two — a collection of warships — will train with the Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish navies and visit Varna, Bulgaria, to meet with local authorities and navy officials, NATO said.

The U.S. Air Force moved a dozen A-10 Thunderbolt “tankbuster” attack jets to an air base in Germany and the U.S. military placed hundreds of tanks and military vehicles in Latvia, where they’ll be matched up with 3,000 troops from Fort Stewart, Georgia. [1] – source

The U.S. flexes its muscle:

“An intercontinental ballistic missile was fired early Monday from a facility in California, the US Air Force announced, saying the tests were a message to the world about Washington’s nuclear capabilities. The Minuteman III missile was fitted with a “test re-entry vehicle” instead of a live thermonuclear warhead, and was test-launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB) in California at 03:36 local time (10:36 GMT), according to the Air Force statement.”

“With these launches, we not only verify our processes and the ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) weapon system, we provide a visual to the world that the Minuteman III is capable of striking pretty much anywhere with extreme precision,” said Lt. Col Tytonia Moore of the 90th Missile Wing, based out of the Francis E. Warren AFB in Wyoming, according to the statement. [2] – source

US and NATO Presence in Baltic States

Hundreds of US armored vehicles have been arriving in Latvia, with thousands of troops to follow. The deployment comes amid efforts to reassure Baltic states – wary of Moscow’s intentions amid the Ukraine crisis – and after Russia’s full withdrawal from a European arms control pact, signed in 1990.

“We are disappointed by Russia’s decision to suspend the participation in the Joint Consultative Group of the Conventional Armed Forces Treaty in Europe,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Wednesday.

“We still support all efforts to have arms control and we believe that the treaty is important.” The US deployment in Europe is part of the American army’s “Operation Atlantic Resolve”: aimed at demonstrating commitment to NATO allies Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, all former Soviet territories. The Baltic states are increasingly worried about Moscow’s next move following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine. [3] – source

North Korea on the brink yet again

SEOUL, South Korea –  North Korean state media said Monday that Pyongyang had carried through with a threat to cancel the 60-year-old armistice that ended the Korean War, as it and South Korea staged dueling war games amid threatening rhetoric that has risen to the highest level since North Korea rained artillery shells on a South Korean island in 2010.

Enraged over the South’s joint military drills with the United States and recent U.N. sanctions, Pyongyang has piled threat on top of threat, including vows to launch a nuclear strike on the U.S. Seoul has responded with tough talk of its own and has placed its troops on high alert.

The North Korean government made no formal announcement Monday on its repeated threats to scrap the armistice, but the country’s main newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, reported that the armistice was nullified Monday as Pyongyang had earlier announced it would.

The North followed through on another promise Monday, shutting down a Red Cross hotline that the North and South used for general communication and to discuss aid shipments and separated families’ reunions.

The 11-day military drills that started Monday involve 10,000 South Korean and about 3,000 American troops. Those coincide with two months of separate U.S.-South Korean field exercises that began March 1. [4] – source

Russia calls to ban American nukes

Russia called for a ban on American nuclear weapons in parts of Europe, saying the U.S. is breaking an international agreement by holding joint nuclear training missions with NATO allies that don’t possess such weapons.

Using ships and airfields as well as training crews from non-nuclear states from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in such exercises is “in direct contradiction to the letter and spirit” of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT, ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement on its website.

“There can be only one solution,” Lukashevich said. Russia is calling for “the return of all nonstrategic nuclear weapons” to U.S. territory as well as “a ban on stationing them abroad, elimination of infrastructure for their rapid deployment, and denial of training for the preparation and use of nuclear weapons” by the militaries of non-nuclear states. [5] – source

From where I stand, it looks as if a World War could erupt at any time. Add ISIS and Al Qaeda to the mix, and this could explode into an World War like this earth has never experienced.

I would love to believe that we are close to the Rapture…

MARANATHA!!

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California Is Turning Back Into A Desert And There Are No Contingency Plans
Once upon a time, much of the state of California was a barren desert. And now, thanks to the worst drought in modern American history, much of the state is turning back into one. Scientists tell us that the 20th century was the wettest century that the state of California had seen in 1000 years. But now weather patterns are reverting back to historical norms, and California is rapidly running out of water.   

New Trend: ‘Radically Inclusive’ Churches That Embrace All Religions And All Lifestyles
If you want as many people to attend your church as possible, why limit yourself to just Christians? All over America, “radically inclusive” churches that embrace all religions and all lifestyles are starting to pop up. Church services that incorporate elements of Hinduism, Islam, native American religions and even Wicca are becoming increasingly common.   

Saudi Arabia moving military equipment to near Yemen border, US officials say
The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shi’ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend as they move closer to the new southern base of US-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.   

US drone kills 11 Taliban members in Pakistan
The drone attack, late on Tuesday, was in Kunar province, near the site of fierce fighting on the Pakistani side of the border.   

White House reveals ‘hatred’ for Israel
“The Obama administration has finally fully come out of the closet and removed all pretense as to their hatred of Israel.   

Cheat Sheet on Who’s Doing What to Whom in the Middle East
Obama nurses a grudge and looks for new ways to pick a fight with Israel, a cataclysm is building in the Middle East.   

China jails Christian pastor who fought church demolitions
A Chinese preacher who opposed an “anti-church” demolition campaign that saw hundreds of places of worship partially or completely destroyed has been jailed for one year on charges supporters claim are trumped up. Huang Yizi, 40, was sentenced before a packed courtroom on Tuesday afternoon for “gathering crowds to disturb social order,” Zhang Kai, his lawyer, said.   

Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border as civil war rages on
Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen…raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict. The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shia militants… as they move closer to the new southern base of US-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.   

Sweden, NATO report Russian military planes over Baltic Sea
The Swedish Air Force and NATO jets on Tuesday tracked four Russian combat aircraft flying with their transponders turned off over the Baltic Sea, officials said. The Russian planes – two long-range, nuclear-capable Tu-22M3 bombers and two Sukhoi Su-27 fighters – were flying in international airspace, according to Sweden’s Armed Forces and alliance sources.   

Islamic State conflict: US begins Tikrit surveillance flights
The US-led coalition against Islamic State has begun surveillance flights over the Iraqi city of Tikrit, which is being besieged by government forces. Coalition officials said the support was requested by the authorities in Baghdad. They would not say whether air strikes would also be carried out. Until now, the US had no involvement in the Iranian-backed operation in Tikrit.   

Australia may join China-led AIIB bank if conditions met
Australia said its “prepared to join” a new China-led infrastructure bank should certain conditions be met. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the country had been talking to China about how the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) would be governed. He added that a decision will be made “in the next few days”.

Libya instability is ‘security threat’ to UK, say MPs
Libya’s collapse since the overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi has turned it into a potential security threat to the UK, the Foreign Affairs Committee says. The group of MPs warn that fighting in Libya has allowed Islamic State (IS) extremists to become influential there. Illegal migration from Libya could help IS to stage attacks in Europe, MPs say.   

Canada plans to expand air strikes against IS militants
Canada will extend its air strike campaign against Islamic State (IS) into Syria, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced. “In our view, ISIL [IS] must cease to have any safe haven in Syria,” Mr Harper said in the House of Commons. Canada’s mission against IS will also be extended for one year, beyond October’s election and well into 2016.   

Obama says prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace are ‘dim’
US President Barack Obama says prospects for a two-state solution in the Middle East are “dim” after the Israeli prime minister vowed to oppose a Palestinian state. Mr Netanyahu’s statements angered the White House, even though he has since tried to soften his remark. Tensions between the US and Israel have been growing as the leaders have wrangled over a number of issues.   

Israeli Official Spills: We Knew Obama Wanted ‘Revenge’
The Times of Israel got it straight from an anonymous “senior Jerusalem official”: Obama wanted “revenge” in the wake of Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.   

Russia: US Must remove Its Nuclear Weapons From Europe
Russia called for a ban on American nuclear weapons in parts of Europe, saying the U.S. is breaking an international agreement by holding joint nuclear training missions with NATO allies that don’t possess such weapons.   

Time to kick Obama Election Campaign Experts Out of Canada
Barack Obama’s promise to transform America was too modest. He is transforming the whole world before our eyes. Do you see it yet?” (Michael Goodwin, New York Post, March 22, 2015). Truer words have never been spoken, and here’s hoping Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper sees it because Canada, heading toward an Oct. 19, 2015 federal election, is next on Obama’s election takeover hit list.   

Why Two Mommies Cannot Replace Daddy
Orlando, FL – Heather Barwick, who was raised by two lesbians, shared her compelling story and why she opposes same-sex marriage. Married to a man and raising four children, Heather has come to realize why same-sex marriage is wrong and why it harms children.   

Palestine: Words Matter – But Their Meaning Matters More
“Words matter” – White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters this week. Regrettably Earnest was being less than earnest in failing to point out that words can also have several meanings—which can result in people failing to actually communicate with each other because each has a different understanding of the words he is using.   

Iran isn’t providing needed access or information, nuclear watchdog says
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has failed to provide the information or access needed to allay the agency’s concerns about the weapons potential of the country’s nuclear program. With the deadline nearing for international talks on constraining Iran’s nuclear program, Yukiya Amano, director general of the IAEA, said in an interview that Iran has replied to just one of a dozen queries about “possible military dimensions” of past nuclear activities.   

Is Obama Anti-Semitic?
President Obama made no secret of his displeasure that Benjamin Netanyahu was reelected to be Israel’s Prime Minister. Only David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister and one of the nation’s founders, served longer. Obama lives in some parallel universe apart from the lessons of history and the realities of what is actually occurring.   

Saudi Arabia is building up forces near Yemen’s border
Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict   

US to keep briefing Israel on Iran talks amid spying row
The US administration will continue to brief Israel on its secret nuclear negotiations with Iran, US officials said Tuesday, despite allegations the Jewish state has been spying on the talks.   

Suicide bombing kills seven in Libya’s Benghazi as army launches revenge strike
Two suicide bombers drove a car packed with explosives into an army checkpoint in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday, killing seven people and triggering revenge air strikes by special forces blaming Islamist militants.   


ChristZero

According to Brian McLaren, modern Christianity has pretty much everything wrong, and everything must change. (This includes doctrine: no salvation through Christ’s death, no virgin birth no one-way to heaven. It includes the bible (archaic and barbarian). It includes church activities. (Prayer meetings and potlucks need to be replaced by protest marches.) Brian and his legions of very devoted followers unapologetically want to remake Christianity into what they call “PostModern” Christianity. A christianity for the future of the now global society, with a catechism heavily saturated with inclusion, diversity, complete personal freedom, and open-mindedness. A catechism lacking, emphatically, any spiritual absolutes.

One big happy family. As the pope said, we all follow the same God.

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Why Most Jewish People Are Liberal

I have heard so many born again believers ask why most Jews vote leftist, and why most of them stand with Obama, even in 2012, after all he has said and done against Israel. The answer is not complex. I wish it was complex. The simple truth is that most Jews in America are secular Jews. They don’t believe the Bible and many are agnostic or atheists.

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The blink of an eye

A WORLD reader told me last week, with frustration interrupting every sentence, how her teenage granddaughter, playing on the volleyball team of her public high school, had been paired on one of the team’s road trips to room with a teammate known as a lesbian. “It was like it was a test,” the grandmother told me. “The coach is also a lesbian, and she knew [our granddaughter] was a professing Christian. Yes, she knew exactly what she was doing. She wanted to see how she would react.”

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‘Killing Jesus’ Portrays Jesus as Man, Tones Down His Miracles and Power

The upcoming National Geographic miniseries “Killing Jesus,” which is based on Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling book of the same name, tells the story of the historical Jesus and leaves the supernatural claims made by believers out of the equation.

The approach to the film was intentional, according to some of the actors in the film who believe it will help to get the Jesus story out to those who are skeptics.

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Author: White House reveals ‘hatred’ for Israel

Richardson, who recently released “When a Jew Rules the World: What Every Christian Must Know about Israel in God’s Prophetic Plans,” explains the United States is now openly siding against Israel and the Jewish people.

“The Obama administration has finally fully come out of the closet and removed all pretense as to their hatred of Israel. In demanding that Israel withdraw from its own lands and end the ‘occupation’ (Israel is not presently occupying anything) the United States has joined its voice to those who are openly calling for the genocide of the Jewish people.”

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They Are Slowly Making Cash Illegal
They Are Slowly Making Cash Illegal

The move to a cashless society won’t happen overnight. Instead, it is being implemented very slowly and systematically in a series of incremental steps. All over the planet, governments are starting to place restrictions on the use of cash for security reasons. As citizens, we are being told that this is being done to thwart criminals, terrorists, drug runners, money launderers and tax evaders.

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Has the sun set on Sunday school?

Many a prayer has been said over the fate of the vaunted American institution, whose struggles cut across denominational lines. (Pandika, USA Today)

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Exchange of ideas shut down on college campuses in order to protect students’ emotional state

In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas, New York Times (Judith Shulevitz)

Universities Are Right—and Within Their Rights—to Crack Down on Speech and Behavior, Slate (Eric Posner)

2) Aging Baby Boomers retaining drug use underlies political shift on drug laws

Aging Baby Boomers Bring Drug Habits Into Middle Age, Wall Street Journal (Zusha Elinson)

3) Influence of deceased Michael Graves reminder of spread of postmodernism beyond architecture

Michael Graves, 80, Dies; Postmodernist Designed Towers and Teakettles, New York Times (Robin Pogrebin)

4) Fashion shows present gender as fluid in effort to redefine aesthetic values of culture

Rick Owens, Valentino and Louis Vuitton: The Fluidity of Gender, New York Times (Guy Trebay)

5) Secular reporter finds fact that museums communicate beliefs as well as facts unusual

Museums Showcase Attitudes and Beliefs as Well as Objects, New York Times (David Gelles)
In other news…

Md. House bill excludes pot as a parole violation Washington Post (Ovetta Wiggins and Jenna Johnson)
Raise the smoking age to 21 Washington Post (Editorial Board)
Obama halts Afghanistan troop withdrawal, CNN (Betsy Klein and Laura Koran)
U.S. Agrees to Slow Pullout of Troops From Afghanistan, New York Times (Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfield Davis)
Germanwings Passenger Plane Crashes in French Alps, Wall Street Journal (William Horobin, Jason Chow, and Robert Wall)
Firing squad gets final OK. So how does it work? Salt Lake Tribune (Brady McCombs)
How to Fight Anti-Semitism New York Times (David Brooks)

Good News! – LifeWay pulls ‘heaven visitation resources’

NAR Kabbalist Chuck Pierce “mantles” Mormon Glenn Beck

David Jeremiah Brings Roma Downey and Mark Burnett to Shadow Mountain Church


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 Rumors of the Church’s Death Have Been Greatly Overstated

Will Millennials continue to leave the church at an “alarming” rate? Probably. Will various denominations continue to abandon sound doctrine and make concessions to the culture? Sure. Will prosperity preachers like Joel Osteen and Creflo Dollar continue to sucker people in with their message of “Everything Is Awesome”? Yes. Will the Barna group release more surveys indicating that everything is going to pieces and the end is nigh? I suppose. But the church will continue.

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Proverbs 18:17 — A Verse often Misused to Hurt Abuse Victims

Who is the first accuser then that the first part of this Proverb says “seems right”? I will tell you. It is the abuser. Yep. “How can that be?” you ask? I will tell you! The abuser has constantly “stated his case” against his victim for a long, long time. Abusers accuse. Abusers tell people through outright accusation or through wicked, subtle innuendo and a variety of other evil tactics, that the victim is to blame. That the victim is stupid. That the victim is not submissive. That the victim is not a good mother. Abusers necessarily accuse their victim to others.

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What Do Pastors’ Wives Do All Day?

The Pastor’s Wife is a survival manual of the most glorious kind. Sweeping away the busy clutter, we are left with a sense of what is most vital—for pastors’ wives and everyone else. What do pastors’ wives do all day? If you read this book you’ll know the answer, simple enough for every day but rich enough for a life-time. Pastors’ wives delight in Christ.

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Practical Dangers of Teaching Women Made in the Image of the Church

Furthermore, extrapolations of this wrong teaching lead to patriarchy and abuse. This is so obvious I don’t want to write more on this. Simply put, bad Bible interpretation leads to bad practice by those in power every single time. It will frustrate some that I don’t explore this further. Maybe this is the most important reason in your mind to draw attention to this wrong teaching from Scripture. But I have a more important issue in my head, and I will end focusing on what I think is THE reason to be concerned about this teaching.

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Ten Reasons Why the Church of Scotland is in Decline

According to this theology Christianity is just one of the many world religions which are about inner transformation (which shows that Mr. McKenna knows as little about Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism as he does about Christianity!). None of it has much to do with Jesus Christ. And there is my concern. If the Church of Scotland is just a social/political/religious institution or club then the sooner it dies the better. If it is part of the living Church of Jesus Christ, then it needs to start acting as such.

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Is There Hope for Erskine Becoming a Decidedly Evangelical Christian College & Seminary?

Is there hope for Erskine becoming a decidedly evangelical Christian College & Seminary? I hope so. This one thing is for certain: the new policy on sexual conduct and the ensuing flap from the LGBT and secular communities brings to sharp focus the challenge for Erskine College & Seminary to truly become a decidedly evangelical Christian educational institution that exists to the glory of God. If the Erskine leadership equivocates at this point, Erskine will surely die; perhaps, a slow death, but die nonetheless!

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I Know I Say I’m Not Perfect But You Don’t Have To Agree With Me

This gets too close for comfort~ too close to exposing my true heart. Confessing in generalities is so much easier, isn’t it? Functionally, I am like the rich young ruler who has the audacity to say to Jesus of the utterly unkeepable law, “All these I have kept. What do I lack?” I don’t actually think or say these words but my defensiveness when reproved betrays me. “How can you say that about me? I know I say I’m not perfect but you don’t have to agree with me!” Yes, the rich young man and I are in the same support group alright.

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When God’s Gifts Don’t Come Wrapped in Pretty Bows

When I first unwrapped the gift of depression, I was not grateful. I did not smile and say, “Just what I’ve always wanted!” But like Joseph, looking back, I can see how God used something bad for my good (see Genesis 50:20). Though there is nothing good about depression, God used it for my good. He used it to draw me deeper into his grace. He used it to strip me of self-reliance and self-righteousness. He humbled me through it. He used it to show me my great need for Jesus and to turn me toward him, the source of my peace and joy.

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More Christian Atheists

by Bill Muehlenberg

Yep, you read that right: Christian atheists. Believe it or not, there are folks out there who claim to be Christians – even Christian leaders – who also proudly inform us that they don’t believe in God. Yep, makes perfect sense to me too. But hey, who am I to judge?

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9 THINGS SALON GETS WRONG ABOUT JESUS

by John Sorenson

Salon.com recently published an article by former Evangelical-turned-freethinker Valerie Tarico titled 9 things you think you know about Jesus that are probably wrong.

There’s nothing particularly groundbreaking contained in her arguments, but they’ve been making the rounds in social media, and therefore worthy of a response.

Below are each of the nine points, and how to answer if you find yourself confronted with them.

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What is the New Average Age for Kids to Have a Crisis of Faith?

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I think many of us would say that the university years are the years when our kids are most likely to face a crisis of faith. We think of this as the time when kids are taking a ‘borrowed’ faith and deciding if they will make it their own or not.

Many would also suggest high school – particularly the older grades – as having a strong potential for a crisis of faith. That’s when a child begins to cross over to adulthood – albeit in fits and starts.

I would have said either of these times were likely candidates for a crisis of faith. But I recently learned that my information is outdated. There is a new average age when kids hit a crisis of faith.

The average age for a crisis in faith is now 13.

Now, I don’t have a formal study to back this up. But this is something that Christian apologists who work regularly with youth are finding.

Why?

One huge reason is the internet. Through the internet, kids suddenly have access to a myriad of information that they’ve never been exposed to before. And often they do not have the critical thinking skills to cope with the information they are accessing.

I am not advocating banning the internet. I’m not even advocating protecting your kids from this kind of information. That’s unrealistic and will only delay the issue.

Don’t isolate – inoculate

The people at Stand to Reason are great at advocating inoculation over isolation when it comes to helping kids understand and evaluate different ideas and worldviews. I totally agree with them, and I’ve adopted Dorothy Sayer’s approach to introducing this with our own kids.

In The Lost Tools of Learning, Dorothy Sayers (a contemporary of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien) discusses how the educational programs of her day (her article was presented in 1947!) failed to help students to learn to think critically.

According to Sayers, there are a number of key skills that are necessary in order for a student to be able to think critically for him or herself. They include…

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Why we’re seeing “Mantle Madness”

Why are so many preachers now talking about mantles? We hear them figuratively “bestowing a mantle on the next generation,” like Hillsong’s Christine Cain did at Passion 2015, or Saddleback’s Kenny Luck talking about how we have a mantle of leadership. or we see preachers like Chuck Pierce literally give a mantle in the […]

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LifeWay pulls Heaven visitation books

LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all “experiential testimonies about heaven” following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on “the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.” LifeWay told Baptist Press about its decision to halt sales of heaven visitation resources today (March 24) in response to an inquiry about the book “90 Minutes […]

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On Being Heavenly-Minded (and Hell-Minded Too)

by Bill Muehlenberg

We have all heard about how some Christians are so heavenly-minded that they are no earthly good. They are up in the clouds spiritually speaking, and have little or no impact on planet earth. Well, from my perspective, much of the Western church has just the opposite problem today: we are far too earthly-minded and too worldly, in part because we don’t think enough about heaven.

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What Churches Can Learn From Jane Austen

Don’t worry – it’s not soteriology or anything. There is no evidence that Jane Austen possessed saving faith, so taking theological tips from her doesn’t make sense. But as a brilliant novelist, she understood people. Society might be different now than it was two hundred years ago: human nature is the same. And it’s Austen’s […]

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Pitiable capitulating pro-family leaders, part 1

by Marsha West

In part 1 of this series, CRN correspondent Marsha West brings to light some of the pitfalls that occur when Christians leave Jesus Christ out of the equation and fall in line behind pragmatic pro-family “evangelicals” in their effort to “save America” from the ravages of Secular Humanism. Many pro-family groups put on the cloak of the evangelical, but are they really evangelical in the true sense of the word?

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What happens when you replace “Movie Title” with the breathed-out Word of God…

Dumb question:  Why does the visible church think that it needs Hollywood movies to draw people to Jesus Christ? Why do so-called anointed pastors feel they need to use sermons designed by Christian mystics who dramatize a very different Jesus and a different gospel? The newest Easter fad is A.D., the Roma Downey/Mark Burnett-produced film […]

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How to Pray When Someone You Love Is Stuck in Sin

by Erin Davis | 3/25/15

One reader recently asked this hard question . . .

“Can you write about how to pray for someone (like a dad or brother) struggling with sin?”

I can read between those lines. That question wasn’t hypothetical. It wasn’t based on something happening to someone else. She wants to know how to pray for someone struggling with sin because she knows and loves someone who fits the bill.

When the people closest to us sin, it hurts. Sin is destructive. When we are standing close by, we often get hit with shrapnel. I deeply admire this girl’s willingness to pray instead of simply assuming the position of duck and cover. But I don’t blame her for wondering, How am I supposed to pray about this?

The truth is, we all have a sin problem. That’s why we need Jesus so much. But if someone you love is trapped in a pattern of sin, or refuses to repent from sin the stakes can seem sky high. When I don’t know what to pray, I pray God’s Word. With that in mind, here are ten ways to pray for someone stuck in sin straight from Scripture.

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Kara Tippetts’ Last Battle

God often uses the lives of others to teach us. And He uses death to teach us, too. We have much to learn from the life and death of Kara Tippetts.
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Questions for Those Who Claim the “Supreme Beings” Of the Nations Are the True God

By Sandy Simpson Deception in the Church Ministries I have some questions for those of the World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People (WCGIP) adherents such as Don Richardson, Daniel Kikawa, Richard Twiss (deceased), Terry LeBlanc, Danny Lehman, Aloha Ke Akua, YWAM as well as many in the Emergent Church (EC).


Full Report On Roger Oakland’s Recent Trip to the Kenya Bryce Homes

To read more about the Bryce Homes in Kenya or to donate, click here. This missions project is founded by Understand the Times and is supported solely by UTT and Lighthouse Trails readers.


Faith-Healer Asks For Prayers…For Healing. No. Really.

According to Charisma News, the preeminent faith healer, Benny Hinn, has been admitted to the hospital for shortness of breath and heart-related trouble. In fact, Hinn was in intensive care.


The Guardrail of the Creeds with John Samson on Today’s Dividing Line

While never rising to the same authority as sacred Scripture (which alone is the word of God), the ancient creeds and confessions of the Church have served the people of God through the ages as concise and precise summaries of what the Bible teaches on very vital matters. These include, amongst others, the doctrine of God, the person and work of Christ, how a man is justified in God’s sight as well as the doctrine of last things (eschatology). On today’s Dividing Line, guest host John Samson teaches on the practical value of the ancient Creeds and Confessions of the Church.

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The Daily Discovery (March 25, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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5 Reasons to Rejoice in Persecution – “When I was growing up and still living with my parents, my family supported ministries based in the USSR, and on our fridge we had a big poster covered in photographs of Russian pastors who were imprisoned or endangered because of their faith. Every night in our devotions we would pray for one of them, that God would bless and protect him. Meanwhile we lived in middle-class suburbia in Toronto. We freely told our neighbors about Jesus, we went to church twice each Sunday, we read the Bible openly, and even went to Christian schools. It did not seem fair that we had it so easy.”

Religious Symbols Attacked—Unless They’re Secular Ones! – “Secular groups are becoming increasingly aggressive in trying to remove any Christian symbols from the culture in America. They are intolerant of any religion but their own! I’ve blogged before about several of these instances when Christian symbols—like nativity scenes or an ark-related display—were removed from public places. One of these secular groups is also behind the recent attacks on Ark Encounter that resulted in the state of Kentucky unlawfully discriminating against us because we are a religious group.”

Is Theology Your Idolatry? – “We have often loved what we’ve learned about God more than God himself.  The Bible warns us about the dangers that come with our knowledge of God, especially for the theologically refined and convinced. ‘You cannot serve both God and theology.’ Good theology is a means to enjoying and worshipping God, or it is useless.”

What is a Zionist? – “I once received a mass email from a politically conservative writer (who is a non-Christian as far as I know) asking for readers’ input answering the question: “What is a ‘Zionist.’  Typically I just glance over emails like those and delete them; but the subject matter is one I frequently encounter among both secular conservatives and evangelical Christians, so I thought I would respond to the writer’s inquiry.”

Hating “Little” Sins – “While all sin is a transgression against God and his law, some sins are less heinous and vile than others. For example, it is far worse if I would kill my neighbor’s beloved dog than if I would lie to him and say I liked the dog. However, as Christians, we should detest all of our sins and repent of them all – not just the worst ones, but the ‘little’ ones as well. One question comes up: why should we hate the ‘little’ sins in our hearts and lives? Thomas Brooks gave some good answers to that question (I’ve edited them for length & grammar)…”


SERMON:

Trip Lee – Three Reasons to Not Be Ashamed of the Gospel


VIDEOS:

Apostasy feat. Joel Osteen

David Silverman Denies That The Holocaust Was Objectively Wrong


“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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Three Heavens?

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Q.  In 2 Cor 12:2, Paul reports being caught up to the third heaven. Where are the other two and what scripture references are there?

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OSAS … Again!

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Q.  I am an Ordained Minister of the Gospel and I must admit, I have used much of your teaching in my messages! One of the questions I’m commonly asked is about OSAS. This first occurred when a member of my church asked me if that meant she could “Commit murder and still be saved and go to heaven.” I have also been told by critics of OSAS that this is a license to sin.  I have been reading your books and commentaries on this interesting subject and must admit that you have changed my mind and I thank you. However, what is to keep some one who is saved from turning his/her back on Jesus and “going astray”?

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Churches Of Christ

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Q.  Question: Are the churches of Christ the church Christ built and are all the others wrong? I’m very confused.

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March 25, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

5 Reasons to Rejoice in Persecution

When I was growing up and still living with my parents, my family supported ministries based in the USSR, and on our fridge we had a big poster covered in photographs of Russian pastors who were imprisoned or endangered because of their faith. Every night in our devotions we would pray for one of them, that God would bless and protect him. Meanwhile we lived in middle-class suburbia in Toronto. We freely told our neighbors about Jesus, we went to church twice each Sunday, we read the Bible openly, and even went to Christian schools. It did not seem fair that we had it so easy.

And we still have it easy. It is still remarkably easy to be a Christian here in North America. We have never faced systemic persecution. We have laws that protect our freedom to worship and our freedom to believe what we believe.

That’s not to say, though, that we never suffer. We still do face scorn and mockery, and especially so as the culture around us proceeds farther and deeper into paganism. Though the burdens we bear are light compared to what some others have had to carry, they are burdens nonetheless. I was recently studying 1 Peter 4 and found 5 reasons that we can and should rejoice even now when we are persecuted, or even in that day when we face much greater persecution.

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Ask R.C.: How Are You Preparing Your Children For Persecution?

How are you preparing your children for persecution?

A few weeks ago I tweeted this:

Interestingly, I got little push back on the notion that my children might one day face martyrdom. Neither did anyone express any curiosity about what I meant about my great-grandparents and my grandparents. (I meant that every generation of believers, in every context, even those wherein the Christian faith is privileged in a specific culture, ought to prepare their children for martyrdom.) I did, however, have several people wonder just what that preparation looks like. Here’s how we look at it in my family.

First, though, what I don’t do. Some might fear that preparation for martyrdom is some sort of grim training designed to stiffen upper lips, complete with practice scourgings. We better prepare for persecution, however, by better embracing and delighting in the fullness of the gospel. Joy is our weapon and faith our battlements.  My training of my children is no different from my training for myself, which is all wrapped up in believing the gospel more fully.

First, believing the gospel reminds me, and them, that we are sinners whose due is the wrath of God.  Jesus warned us that we ought to fear less the one who can kill our bodies, and fear more He who can kill the body and the soul (Matthew 10:28). Whatever hardship, whatever torment any earthly persecutor can inflict on me, it will be nothing compared to what I am owed.

Second, such reminds me and them that we already have all we could ever want or need. So often persecution is used as a threat by the unbelieving world – get in line or we will a. take your stuff, b. take your job, c. take your reputation, d. take your life. But I gave up my stuff when Jesus called me. My job is to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. My reputation I gave up by confessing myself a sinner, the very one who crucified the Lord of glory. Better still, being hated by the world is evidence that I am beloved of my Father. And my life I laid down at Calvary. It is now hidden with Christ in the heavenly places (Colossians 3:3).

Third, believing the gospel reminds me and my children that the way of victory is through death. Just as the darkest hour in all of history, when Christ hung upon the cross, became the very destruction of the serpent, and just as the bruising of His heel meant the crushing of the serpent’s head (Genesis 3:15), so what I am blessed to suffer for the kingdom is a victory and cause for celebration. Indeed it is proof positive that the enemy is afraid of us.

Finally, believing the gospel reminds me and my children of where we are going. He was raised from the dead, the firstborn of many brethren. When we lay our heads down, we join Him. Indeed to live is Christ, but to die is gain. Believing the gospel is to store up our treasure in heaven.

While we of course ought to minister to, pray on behalf of, and seek relief for all who suffer persecution for the name of Christ, we ought to do so with joy and confidence that the gospel is at work. And when we feel the pinch of persecution in our own lives we ought to have the same confidence in the same gospel. Lord, teach us to receive each of Your blessings with thanksgiving.

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Jihadis Seek to Cleanse Pakistan of Christians

Originally published under the title, “Jihadis Cleansing Pakistan of Christians.” On Sunday, March 15, as Christian churches around the world were celebrating morning mass, two churches in Pakistan were attacked by Islamic suicide bombers.


Christian Parliamentarians Form Strategy to Counter Attacks in India

ICC Note: Due to the gradual rise in attacks against Christians throughout India, on March 20, 2015, nineteen Christian MPs assembled to develop a strategy to ward off future attacks.


Rape of Elderly Nun in India Premeditated, Police Report Indicates

ICC Note: Despite the media portrayal of the incident, a police report has indicated that the rape of an elderly nun on March 14, 2015 was premeditated rather than an afterthought to the robbery that took place.


Two Priests Arrested in China

BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang

ICC Note:

Two priests, who serve underground parishes not recognized by the government, have been arrested in China.


Police Arrest 200 Christians after Attacks in Lahore

ICC Note: Following the church attacks carried out by members of the Taliban on March 15, 2015 that left nineteen dead, a mob lynched two individuals who were suspected to be responsible for the attacks.


Is ISIS a Copycat? ‘Rivalry’ With Boko Haram Inspired Brutal Abductions of Christians, Yazidis in Iraq, Says Rights Lawyer

ICC Note: Nigerian human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe says the Islamic State is more feared globally than Boko Haram simply because the militant group is more tech savvy than its African ally.


Despite Persecution Christianity and Need for Bibles Grow in Cuba

83,000 Bibles Sent to Cuba to Keep Up With ‘Incredible’ Growth of Christianity

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The Cuban government opened its doors to a huge shipment of Bibles.


 

Christians Expose Persecution During 300 Days of Modi’s Rule in India

By ICC’s India Correspondent

3/24/2015 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern)-Christians of all denominations and Civil Society groups came together in New Delhi on March 19, to protest the past 300 days of Modi’s rule.


‘Tell Them I Died Well’

The Islamist shouted out the simple but devastating ultimatum that Pastor Orji knew would be his death sentence: “If you deny Jesus, you will be set free and live.


Aleppo’s Christians See Regime as Last Hope

ICC Note: For Christians still inside Syria, the rise of Islamic extremists among the rebel groups has made the prospects of an opposition group taking over Syria and a place for Christians very hard to imagine.


Iraqi Aid Founder: Global Hostility Enables Christians’ Slaughter

ICC Note: Christians in the Middle East are facing what many view as a genocide that could mean their disappearance from their homelands. Yet, they see far too many are silent.

What are some of the arguments against gay marriage?

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Marriage and family Marriage and family

Here are 10 from the Family Research Council. (H/T Dangerous Idea)

The list:

  1. Children hunger for their biological parents.
  2. Children need fathers.
  3. Children need mothers.
  4. Evidence on parenting by same-sex couples is inadequate.
  5. Evidence suggests children raised by homosexuals are more likely to experience gender and sexual disorders.
  6. Same-sex “marriage” would undercut the norm of sexual fidelity within marriage.
  7. Same-sex “marriage” would further isolate marriage from its procreative purpose.
  8. Same-sex “marriage” would further diminish the expectation of paternal commitment.
  9. Marriages thrive when spouses specialize in gender-typical roles.
  10. Women and marriage domesticate men.

The eleventh one they missed is that a husband’s leadership is beneficial to a woman because it gives her direction and balances her emotional highs and lows. It’s not politically correct to say what women need from men in marriage, but it’s true. Just like men, women have weaknesses that can be corrected…

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Godlife: Do you have what it takes?

Scripture: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”- 2 Corinthians 12:9

Do you ever feel like you don’t have what it takes?

Your answer might be yes, but don’t believe that lie. Even in your weakest moments, you can be strong because God’s grace is all you need. What’s making it hard for you to trust in God instead of other things?

Share about it with someone who will pray for you and encourage you.

Share about God’s grace:

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Southern Seminary: Three Muslim misconceptions about Christians (Part 1)

The history of Islam and Christianity is hardly an amiable one. Many people from both religions view the other with suspicion (at best) or fear and hatred (at worst). This suspicion existed from day one, and centuries of violence have only served to heighten it. Tragically, the border between Christianity and Islam has all too often been a bloody one.

A dicey past, of course, makes for a dicey present. But it isn’t just our history that transforms the border between Christians and Muslims into a dangerous fault line. A lot also rests on uninformed misconceptions. There are, of course, substantive theological differences between the two religions. And these differences can lead to legitimate conflict. But conversations can’t move forward unless we dispel some pervasive myths. I learned these the hard way, through dozens of awkward and often painful conversations with Muslims in Southeast Asia. You can do what I never could—learn from my mistakes without actually making them.

Many obstacles stand in the way of Muslims coming to faith in Jesus—theological confusion and the cost of conversion being two of the most daunting. And of course the most common reason why Muslims are not coming to Christ is that most have simply never heard the gospel.

That said, there is a set of misconceptions that most Muslims have about Christians that keep them from even considering the gospel. In my follow up post, we’ll look at the flip side—Christian misconceptions about Muslims. But here are three of the biggest misconceptions Muslims have about Christians:

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Barna Update | The State of Atheism in America

Is Atheism on the Rise?

This past year, Barna Group has spent a considerable amount of time studying the unchurched—those who have not attended church within the past six months. Much of that research is collected in the new Barna project Churchless, edited by David Kinnaman and George Barna. One of the most remarkable findings is that unchurched people are not always unbelievers—in fact, most aren’t. The majority are non-practicing Christians: They claim Christianity as their faith, but they haven’t been to church in a long time.

But what about atheists and agnostics? Are their numbers on the rise? Are more and more of the unchurched becoming unbelievers, too?

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Lifeway Pulls Heaven Tourism For Good…Still No Acknowledgement of Alex Malarkey

Addendum From The End Time Blog:

Good News: Baptist Press reports LifeWay pulls all heaven tourism books

Quote from Phil Johnson [Exec. Director of: gty.org & works with John MacArthur]:

“Only four authors in all the bible were blessed with visions of heaven and wrote about what they saw: the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel, and the apostles Paul and John. Two other biblical figures—Micaiah and Stephen—got glimpses of heaven, but what they saw is merely mentioned, not described (2 Chronicles 18:18; Acts 7:55).

As pastor John MacArthur points out, all of these were prophetic visions, not near-death experiences. Not one person raised from the dead in the old & new testaments ever recorded for us what he or she experienced in heaven. That includes Lazarus, who spent four days in the grave. Paul was caught up into heaven in an experience so vivid he said he didn’t know whether he went there bodily or not, but he saw things that are unlawful to utter, so he gave no details. He covered the whole incident in just three verses (2 Corinthians 12:2-4).

All three biblical writers who saw heaven and described their visions give comparatively sparse details, but they agree perfectly (Isaiah 6:1-4; Ezekiel 1 and 10; Revelation 4-6). They don’t agree with the Burpo-Malarkey vision of heaven. Both their intonation and the details they highlight are markedly different. The biblical authors are all fixated on God’s glory, which defines and illuminates everything there. They are overwhelmed, chagrined, petrified, and put to silence by the sheer majesty of God’s holiness. Notably missing from all the biblical accounts are the frivolous features and juvenile attractions that seem to dominate every account of heaven currently on the bestseller lists.”

Thankfully and gratefully and finally, Baptist Press reports today,

LifeWay pulls ‘heaven visitation resources’

LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all “experiential testimonies about heaven” following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on “the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.”

Though LifeWay “was not mentioned in the SBC resolution affirming the sufficiency of biblical revelation and affirming the truth about heaven and hell,” King told BP in an interview, “the resolution was approved overwhelmingly and was considered during our process.”

The resolution, adopted by messengers to the SBC annual meeting in June, warned Christians not to allow “the numerous books and movies purporting to explain or describe the afterlife experience” to “become their source and basis for an understanding of the afterlife.”

The resolution did not list specific book or movie titles, but it seemed to describe works like “90 Minutes in Heaven,” “The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven” by Kevin and Alex Malarkey and “Heaven Is for Real” by Todd Burpo along with its companion movie released last year by Sony Pictures.

The resolution affirmed “the sufficiency of biblical revelation over subjective experiential explanations to guide one’s understanding of the truth about heaven and hell.”

In January, LifeWay announced it would stop selling “The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven” after coauthor Alex Malarkey admitted that he lied about having a vision of heaven as a 6-year-old. See related BP story. At the time, King said LifeWay was “committed to becoming even more proactive in the next few months in evaluating the resources we carry.”

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Now if we can just get them to pull Beth Moore…

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Further Reading

The Burpo-Malarkey Doctrine

Heaven is for Real, But are the Modern Day Claims of “There and Back Againers” in Line with the Bible?

Video, Justin Peters, Why The Heaven Tourist Reports Contradict Scripture (Part One)

Polemics Report

The Baptist Press article about Lifeway pulling Heaven Tourism began with a lie…

NASHVILLE (BP) — LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all “experiential testimonies about heaven” following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on “the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.”

This is not true, and no one believes it. The 2014 SBC meeting was nine months ago. Thom Rainer thumbed his nose at the Convention until a brave young man named Alex Malarkey wrote an open letter to Lifeway that became the biggest news story in the world on January 17 and put Rainer’s shame on the front page of publications from the New York Times to the Today Show (and basically everywhere on the right-hand graphic you see on this website). And as we revealed previously in emails between former Lifeway Trustee and world famous apologist, Justin Peters and Lifeway executives, Thom Rainer and Ed…

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40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers (Week Five: Wednesday )

Wednesday

Day 31: Does the resurrection account for the origin of communion?

Confession: Psalm 103:1–5

Bless Yahweh, O my soul,

and all within me, bless his holy name.

Bless Yahweh, O my soul,

and do not forget all his benefits:

who forgives all your iniquity,

who heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit,

who crowns you with loyal love and mercies,

who satisfies your life with good

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Reading: Mark 14:43–52

And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas—one of the twelve—arrived, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now the one who was betraying him had given them a sign, saying, “The one whom I kiss—he is the one. Arrest him and lead him away under guard!” And when he arrived, he came up to him immediately and said, “Rabbi,” and kissed him. So they laid hands on him and arrested him.

But a certain one of the bystanders, drawing his sword, struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his ear. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs, as against a robber, to arrest me? Every day I was with you in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me! But this has happened in order that the scriptures would be fulfilled.”

And they all abandoned him and fled. And a certain young man was following him, clothed only in a linen cloth on his naked body. And they attempted to seize him, but he left behind the linen cloth and fled naked.

Reflection

We are told in the Gospel that Judas, one of Christ’s friends and associates at the table, betrayed Him. Let me show you how this is foretold in the Psalms: “[He] who ate of my bread has lifted the heel against me” (Psa 41:9 nrsv). And in another place: “They gathered together against me” (Psa 35:15 nrsv). And again: “… with words that were softer than oil, but in fact were drawn swords” (Psa 55:21 nrsv). What then is meant by his words were made soft? “At once [Judas] came up to Jesus and said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him” (Matt 26:49 nrsv). Thus through the soft blandishment of a kiss he implanted the execrable dart of betrayal.

—Rufinas of Aquileia

A Commentary on the Apostles Creed

Response

Jesus was abandoned and betrayed in His final hours. Do you think Judas’ actions were any less devastating, despite Jesus’ prediction of them? Spend time reflecting on Jesus’ abandonment and His willingness to be crucified.[1]

 

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

The regenerate believer’s incompatibility with sin

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. (1 John 3:1-3 NASB)

It is imperative that Christians have a correct and viable theology of suffering. These health, wealth, and prosperity preachers in our time will disagree of course, but let them. We have God’s Truth, His Word, held in objective context held up against their subjective, ear-tickling smoke and mirrors false…

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