Monthly Archives: April 2015

April 30, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

Take away the cross of Christ, and the Bible is a dark book. —J.C. Ryle

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Apr. 30, 2015

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott directed the commander of the Texas State Guard to keep an eye on “Operation Jade Helm 15,” a U.S. military training exercise scheduled for this summer that citizens feared could prove a prelude to martial law.

Congress faces a Monday deadline to repeal a new Washington, D.C., law that would prohibit employers from discriminating against employees who obtain abortions or use birth control, and after some internal debate, Republicans appear poised to employ a rarely used parliamentary maneuver to override the will of local elected officials.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has signed conservative activist Grover Norquist’s pledge to oppose and veto “any and all” tax increases if elected president, he announced on Twitter.

America’s young adults, who twice helped propel President Obama to victory at the ballot box, are lining up to support Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Consumer confidence declined to a six-week low as Americans took a less favorable view of their finances and the slowdowns at factories and oilfields soured attitudes among men.

Consumer spending climbed 0.4 percent in March, capping a lackluster first-quarter performance that was enough to keep the U.S. economy from shrinking.

Russia’s central bank, taking advantage of a record ruble rally and slowing inflation, cut interest rates for a third time this year to counter a looming recession and said it’s ready to ease further. The central bank cut the benchmark one-week auction rate to 12.5 percent from 14 percent.

Applications for U.S. jobless benefits declined last week to the lowest level in 15 years, showing employers view a first-quarter slowdown in the economy is probably temporary. First-time filings for unemployment insurance fell by 34,000 to 262,000 in the week ended April 25.

Saudi Arabia is burning through foreign reserves at a record pace as the largesse of the new king and regional turmoil ratchet up pressure on public finances already hurt by the oil price slump. The kingdom spent $36 billion of the central bank’s net foreign assets — about 5 percent of the total — in February and March.

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Two Iranian destroyers, sent to the Gulf of Aden to protect commercial ships, have reached the entrance of Bab el-Mandab, a strategic strait between Yemen and Djibouti.

A Wall Street Journal report yesterday said that Apple’s Watch launch problems are related to a specific internal component of the device, one that’s essential for the device’s functionality and overall user experience: the taptic engine that produces vibrations on the wrist for various purposes.

A federal judge whose ruling striking down Kentucky’s ban on gay marriage led to an appeal heard this week in the U.S. Supreme Court died Wednesday. He was 66.

In what some might consider a terrifying development, the U.S. military has passed a key milestone in creating self-steering bullets.

Vietnam’s premier on Thursday hit out at the “barbarous crimes” of its wartime American foe as the nation marked four decades since the fall of Saigon, an event that delivered a communist victory and a painful blow to US moral and military prestige.

Nigeria’s military rescued another set of women and children who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram militia and were being detained in Sambisa forest where the Islamist group has been holed up, an army spokesman said on Thursday.

The United States now sees the Ukrainian rebels as a Russian force. American officials briefed on intelligence from the region say Russia has significantly deepened its command and control of the militants in eastern Ukraine in recent months, leading the U.S. to quietly introduce a new term: “combined Russian-separatist forces.”

Super Saturday -unlike any other in the history of sport – awaits. The most-anticipated fight of all time, the best-known horse race, the premier baseball rivalry, the NFL draft.

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A court in north-west Pakistan has jailed 10 men for life for the attack on education activist Malala Yousafzai.

After a decade in space and four years in orbit, NASA’s Messenger spacecraft will end its mission on Thursday by crashing into the surface of Mercury.

A 15-year-old boy has been rescued from the rubble of a building in Kathmandu, five days after an earthquake that killed at least 5,500 people in Nepal.

More than 200 people were reported to have been injured in clashes between police and teachers protesting in the Brazilian city of Curitiba.

A South African court has granted a terminally ill man the right to die, in a landmark ruling for assisted suicide.

A court in Egypt has sentenced 69 Islamists to life in prison for setting fire to a church in a town near Cairo.

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In a small number of cities clustered in Los Angeles County, Calif., people are seeing their property and money seized by law enforcement through civil asset forfeiture, and it’s making police departments tens of millions of dollars.

Parents in South Carolina who are part of a nationwide revolt against Common Core say they are being threatened with “criminal accountability” if they prevent their children from taking the tests required by the controversial educational-standards program.

The World Health Organization says an increasing number of infections are no longer treatable because of growing antimicrobial resistance, putting the lives of millions of people at risk. The WHO study finds no region in the world is prepared to combat this serious global threat.


Top News – 4/30/2015

Christians are leaving the faith in droves and the trend isn’t slowing down

Furthermore, people are leaving Christianity in droves. About 106 million Christians are expected to switch affiliation from 2010 to 2050 while only about 40 million people are expected to enter Christianity. The religiously unaffiliated (athiests, agnostics) are expected to see the largest net gains from switching, adding more than 61 million followers.   

Jonathan Cahn: ‘Follow Baal and go to hell’
“The justices of the Supreme Court took up their seats [in a hearing] on whether they should strike down the biblical and historic definition of marriage,” he said. “That the event should even take place is a sign this is America of [George] Washington’s warning … a nation at war against its own foundation.”   

Israel Will Strike Iran First To Thwart Nuclear Attack
America, ostensibly Israel’s ally, is rumored to have ordered US warships to shoot down Israeli aircraft, should a strike on Iran appear to be in progress. According to Israeli newspapers, President Obama thwarted a planned 2014 Israeli attack against Iranian nuclear facilities, by threatening to shoot down the Israeli bombers.   

Rush Limbaugh: ’12th imam’ like ‘Antichrist’
Rush Limbaugh has shocked listeners by warning the Iranian government’s hoped-for “12th Imam” is “equivalent to the Antichrist,” the prophesied end times figure believed by many to be the personification of evil.   

Bachmann wars with Obama over ‘end of world’
‘Instead of laughing and mocking, president should be weeping’ “Michele Bachmann actually predicted I would bring about the biblical end of days,” Obama told the correspondents, who erupted in roaring laughter. “Now that’s a legacy. That’s big. I mean Lincoln, Washington, they didn’t do that.”   

Earthquake of magnitude 6.9 strikes off Papua New Guinea
An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck off Papua New Guinea on Thursday, 154 km south of Rabaul, at a depth of 85 km (53 miles), the United States Geological Survey reported. There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.   

Greece signals concessions in crunch talks with lenders
Greece’s leftist government offered its biggest concessions so far in a race to remove roadblocks in crunch talks with lenders on a cash-for-reforms package on Thursday.   

Kerry Told Iran He Wishes ‘U.S. Had a Leader like Iran’s Supreme Leader’
Secretary of State John Kerry told his Iranian counterpart that he wished the United States had a leader more like Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, according to comments made by a senior Iranian cleric and repeated in the country’s state-run media.   

Dempo volcano (Sumatra, Indonesia): seismic unrest, alert level raised
PVMBG raised the alert level of the volcano to 2 (waspada, “watch” on a scale of 1-4) because of increased seismic activity (mainly tremor and volcanic-tectonic earthquakes). It is recommended not to approach the crater within 1 km.   

Russian spacecraft Progress M-27M ‘out of control’
A Russian spacecraft delivering supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) is out of control and will fall back to Earth, officials say. The unmanned cargo ship was launched from Kazakhstan on Tuesday, but contact was lost with it soon afterwards. Russia’s space agency says Progress M-27M is now orbiting in an uncontrolled spin.   

Washington Muscles In On Russia’s Oil Deal With Greece
The Obama administration is playing defense. The latest strategy: get Greece to back out of its natural gas delivery deal with Russia’s Gazprom. Earlier this month, Russian energy giant Gazprom signed a deal with the Greek government to turn it into a transit station for natural gas into Europe. The deal is part of the Russian-Turkey pipeline project which would include Greece as a major transit hub for Gazprom in the E.U.   

Charlie Hebdo’s Luz quits Muhammad cartoons
Charlie Hebdo cartoonist “Luz”, who designed the front page of the magazine that appeared after the Paris attacks, has said he will no longer draw the Prophet Muhammad. Renald Luzier has told French magazine Inrocks that drawing Muhammad “no longer interests me”. Twelve people were murdered when two Islamist gunmen burst into the Charlie Hebdo offices on 7 January.   

Egypt Islamists get life for Kerdasa church attack
A court in Egypt has sentenced 69 Islamists to life in prison for setting fire to a church in a town near Cairo. Two minors were also jailed for 10 years for their alleged role in the blaze, which started when violence erupted in Kerdasa on 14 August 2013.   

Nigeria working to identify nearly 300 rescued women, girls
Nigeria was on Wednesday seeking to identify nearly 300 women and girls rescued from Boko Haram, raising hopes they may include schoolgirls seized in a high-profile kidnapping last year.   

Kilauea Volcano’s Lava Lake Overflows
For the first time in more than 30 years, lava is flowing on the floor of Halema’uma’u crater in Hawaii.   

Marchers protest police violence in Baltimore, New York
Protesters marched against police violence in cities from New York to Denver on Wednesday, and a large demonstration in Baltimore ended peacefully two days after rioting over the death of a black man injured in police custody.   

Former US commander: Take nuclear missiles off high alert
Taking U.S. and Russian missiles off high alert could keep a possible cyberattack from starting a nuclear war, a former commander of U.S. nuclear forces says, but neither country appears willing to increase the lead-time to prepare the weapons for launch.  


Top Headlines – 4/30/2015

US official: Iran’s role in regional events could derail nuclear deal

Iran’s Zarif Says Congress Can’t Stop Obama

Senate amends Iran nuclear agreement oversight bill with passage in mind

Sanctions to be lifted within days of signing agreement, Iran’s FM says

US Senate rejects tying terrorism support to Iran sanctions relief 

US asks India, others to go slow in boosting trade ties with Iran

Britain told UN monitors of active Iran nuclear procurement 

White House says concerned about impact of Iran vessel seizure

Pentagon says US ‘able to respond’ if needed after Iran seizes cargo ship

After firing on ship, Iran says it’s committed to freedom of navigation in Persian Gulf

Kerry: Netanyahu’s Iran ‘Mythology’ Not Going to Happen

Iran’s Zarif: Netanyahu is sitting on 400 nuclear warheads

Report: Iran pushing Hezbollah to carry out attacks against Israel

‘Even if a missile strikes our operations, we will keep the IDF’s network running’ 

East Jerusalem residents protest police-enforced roadblocks amid rioting

Hamas police beat, arrest protesters at Gaza rally

Israel lets 14,000 tons of building material into Gaza

55 Ukrainian refugees land in Israel

Belarus president pans Minsk governor for not taking Jews ‘under control’

MTA Votes to Ban All Political Advertising After Judge OKs “Hamas Killing Jews” on City Buses

Charlie Hebdo cartoonist says he will no longer draw Prophet

France increases defence spending ‘to counter extremism’

Judicial sources: Egypt sentences 69 to prison for church attack

Iran FM: Demands for Assad’s ouster fuel Syria bloodshed

ISIS Militants Go Undercover as Gay Men Tricking Homosexuals Into Execution

16-year-old boy in Afghanistan allegedly gang-raped by Taliban before being sent on suicide bomb mission

Saudi Arabia’s king announces new heirs to throne

Washington touts US-Saudi ties in midst of leadership changes in Riyadh

Washington Muscles In On Russia’s Oil Deal With Greece

Images show N. Korea nuclear reactor may be operating again – experts

Former US commander: Take nuclear missiles off high alert

Op-Ed: Two-State-Solution? Try Baltimore. The US administration should fix America’s problems first.

US Activist Attacks ‘Racist’ Liberals for Excusing Black Rioters

Report: Freddie Gray may have intentionally tried to injure self in police van

Baltimore Public Defenders Overwhelmed By Hundreds of Arrests

Baltimore death sparks protests in New York, Boston, Philly

More than 60 arrested in New York City protests 

National Guard trains for civil unrest, rioting in multiple states

Three shot amid violence in Ferguson

Ted Cruz says Obama has fueled racial tensions 

Expert: Up to 400K Children Born To Illegal Immigrants in U.S. Annually, One In 10 Births

Fury rises at Disney over use of foreign workers

U.S. economic growth slows to 0.2 percent, grinding nearly to a halt

Fed removes calendar references on rate hikes

Negative interest rates put world on course for biggest mass default in history

David Stockman: ‘There Are No Markets, Just a Raging Casino’

Tattoos may stop Apple Watch from working

Mysterious Lights Spotted South of Downtown San Diego

Out-of-control Russian cargo ship plunging to Earth, official says

Virgin America Pilot Reports Seeing Drone on Approach Into Dallas Love Field

Ranger uses stun gun on man operating drone over lava lake

Kilauea Volcano’s Lava Lake Overflows

6.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Miyako, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kermadec Islands region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador

Nepal earthquake toll crosses 6,000; angry protests erupt in Kathmandu

Baby pulled from Nepal earthquake rubble after 22 hours

Nature seems to be against us: rain hampers Nepal rescue teams

California Governor Orders New Target for Emissions Cuts

Bird flu can now be found all over the U.S. (Map)

Flakka and The Rise of Dangerous Synthetic Drugs

EU top court says banning homosexuals from giving blood may be justified

Kentucky federal judge who overturned state’s gay marriage ban dies

Justice Alito: Why Not Let 4 Lawyers Marry One Another?

We will not obey’: Christian leaders threaten civil disobedience over gay marriage 

Socialist Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders is Unabashedly Irreligious

69 Egypt Islamists get life terms for torching church


16 Signs That The Economy Has Stalled Out And The Next Economic Downturn Is Here

 

Get Prepared NowIf U.S. economic growth falls any lower, we are officially going to be in recession territory.  On Wednesday, we learned that U.S. GDP grew at a 0.2 percent annual rate in the first quarter of 2015.  That was much lower than all of the “experts” were projecting.  And of course there are all sorts of questions whether the GDP numbers the government feeds us are legitimate anyway.  According to John Williams of shadowstats.com, if honest numbers were used they would show that U.S. GDP growth has been continuously negative since 2005.  But even if we consider the number that the government has given us to be the “real” number, it still shows that the U.S. economy has stalled out.  It is almost as if we have hit a “turning point”, and there are many out there (including myself) that believe that the next major economic downturn is dead ahead.  As you will see in this article, a whole bunch of things are happening right now that we would expect to see if a recession was beginning.  The following are 16 signs that the economy has stalled out and the next economic downturn is here… (Read More….)


Daily Digest

April 30, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.” —Benjamin Franklin, Letter to the Abbes Chalut and Arnoux, 1787

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

First Quarter GDP Is a Harsh Reality Check

Other than the first quarter, last year was a better year for the economy. After contracting 2.1% to start off 2014, GDP jumped to 4.6% in the second quarter and 5% in the third quarter before slipping to 2.2% to round out the year. So, how’s 2015 looking so far? Well, chilly — literally, according to Democrats. The Commerce Department released initial numbers for the first quarter of 2015, and, at a sluggish 0.2%, GDP once again tempered America’s level of economic enthusiasm. And the “worse-than-expected” downtrend is inevitably being blamed on winter weather woes. Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said this latest estimate “was likely affected by notably harsh winter weather” — interesting considering we’re supposedly coming off the warmest year on record and had a record warm start to 2015. It’s also the same recycled excuse they used last year.

Moreover, as Nick Timiraos of The Wall Street Journal reminds us, revisions knocked last year’s initial first quarter growth down by a staggering two percentage points — from 0.1% to -2.1%. Is a repeat in the offing? Yesterday’s report continues a familiar trend under the Obama recovery — a roller coaster ride that features some signs of life along with harsh reality checks. Stability and sustainability are still lacking in the economy, which will continue through at least 2017.

Bernie Sanders Challenges Clinton for Democrat Nomination

At least the Democrat presidential primary got interesting. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the politician who described himself as a “democratic socialist” and who was described by the New York Times as an adherent to “that old-time religion” of populism, announced he is campaigning to win the Democrat Party’s nomination as its presidential candidate. The politician that was once too far to the Left for the Democrat Party told the Associated Press, “People should not underestimate me. I’ve run outside of the two-party system, defeating Democrats and Republicans, taking on big-money candidates and, you know, I think the message that has resonated in Vermont is a message that can resonate all over this country.” Right out of the gate, Sanders challenged Hillary Clinton’s succession to the throne by bringing the progressive rhetoric that splits rich versus poor and capitalizes on income inequality. “What we have seen is that while the average person is working longer hours for lower wages,” Sanders said, “we have seen a huge increase in income and wealth inequality, which is now reaching obscene levels.” Between the two candidates, Clinton still seems the greater threat. Sanders appears more harmless than calculating, and a Sanders nomination will pull the Democrat Party further from middle America.

Did Freddie Gray Try to Injure Himself in the Police Van?

If true, the death of Freddie Gray may not have anything to do with police brutality and more to do with an irrational man bent on self-harm. This in from The Washington Post: “A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray ‘banging against the walls’ of the vehicle and believed that he ‘was intentionally trying to injure himself,’ according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post.” This story has the ring of truthiness about it, but is it really? Jazz Shaw writes at Hot Air that the prisoner could be an unreliable witness — similar to the witnesses that said Michael Brown had his hands up. Furthermore, Investigative Reporter at Baltimore’s NBC affiliate TV station Jayne Miller said the Post’s account contradicts what the Baltimore Police Commissioner said a week ago. At the time, he said the prisoner described Gray as “mostly quiet.” The timeline is still being reconstructed. When we do get the complete and truthful story, what will happen if the rioters, who already destroyed much of Baltimore, do not get the conclusion for which they demanded?

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

No, Riots Are Not a ‘Legitimate Political Strategy’

By Allyne Caan

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Rioters and police clash in Ferguson during August’s unrest

Reading the liberal media, you’d think the Baltimore rioters are the reincarnation of Lexington and Concord’s minutemen, bravely facing tyrants to defend their freedom. Well, Paul Revere might disagree. Somehow, ruining businesses and running off with condoms doesn’t quite equate to Patrick Henry’s speech “Give me Liberty or give me death.”

But the Left wants America to think it does.

A particularly absurd Salon headline this week reads, “Baltimore’s violent protesters are right: Smashing police cars is a legitimate political strategy.” The author’s argument is that non-violence is “a tactic, not a philosophy” and that black communities are struggling against “premeditated economic exploitation.” Riots are simply “reasonable responses to generations of extreme state violence, and logical decisions about what kind of actions yield the desired political results.”

According to Fordham University sociology professor Heather Gautney, “Riots like the ones we are seeing in Baltimore … should be viewed as rational responses to injustice. Riots highlight the injustice and violence that’s prevalent in impoverished neighborhoods in this country.”

And BuzzFeed’s Adam Serwer writes, “Violence — as harmful and self-destructive as it is — sometimes works.” Serwer claims that, for 80 years, the “recipe for urban riots” has been largely the same: “(a)n impoverished and politically disempowered black population refused full American citizenship, a heavy-handed and overwhelmingly white police force, a generous amount of neglect, and frequently, the loss of black life at the hands of the police.”

But is portraying lawless violence as a justified and effective quest for justice accurate?

A closer look at the facts says, “No.”

For starters, as Acton Institute Senior Editor Joe Carter points out, far from empowering black communities, urban riots leave lingering damage. In 2004, The National Bureau of Economic Research published research on riots that took place in the 1960s and 1970s, and Carter notes the research found not only a decline in the median black family income in riot-impacted cities but also declines in male employment rates and in the median value of black-owned property.

And as for “premeditated economic exploitation” and political disempowerment justifying violence, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson notes that even during the era of Jim Crow laws, when institutionalized racism was both legal and praised, black crime was “relatively low” — no riots as a “legitimate political strategy ” then. And since Johnson’s infamous War on Poverty was launched, Peterson adds, there has been a “massive wealth transfer to black Americans in the form of welfare and other handouts.” Certainly, a case can be made for economic exploitation, but the indictment would be against those intent on keeping black voters dependent on the government for handouts.

Is violence, then, justified, or is it simply being used as an escape from tackling problems with resolution — not simply retribution — in mind? Just as profanity is often the discourse of those unwilling to develop a compelling vocabulary, so violence is often the discourse of those unwilling to develop compelling arguments.

And there is inarguably a need for compelling arguments. While America has made exceptional strides toward Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s goal of judging others based not on the color of their skin but on the content of their character, racism has sadly not yet breathed its last in America.

Yet, even amid racism, King himself held firmly his belief “that a riot merely intensifies the fears of the white community while relieving the guilt.” He continued, “I’ve been searching for a long time for an alternative to riots on one hand and timid supplication for justice on the other and I think that alternative is found in militant massive non-violence.”

When the colonists took up arms and declared independence from Great Britain, they had for 10 years prior sought reconciliation with the Crown and resorted to arms only when their repeated attempts at peace were disregarded. And in the Declaration of Independence, they set forth clearly their justifications for rejecting injustice.

In presenting a dignified argument against racism, Dr. King did the same. And in so doing, he made incredible strides forward for black Americans.

Tragically, the violence of lawless rioters is doing nothing to continue Dr. King’s work and much to undercut it.

Far from elevating violence to a level of rational discourse, endorsing riots as legitimate political strategy diminishes the quality of discourse and demeans the ability of Americans — black and white — to confront injustice not with stones and arson but with truth, which alone has the power to bring justice.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Cal Thomas: “The problem for traditionalists — especially those who believe scripture is the sole authority in such matters — is that in an increasingly secular society where younger people are less attuned to appeals about an Authority higher than themselves, how can they be persuaded that same-sex marriage is a bridge too far? After all, don’t they ‘know’ gay people, whom they regard as wonderful and kind? That ‘standard’ becomes subjective and when it reaches the level of personal feelings it becomes a shifting boundary that is drawn in invisible ink rather than set in stone. Only two years ago, in the case of ‘U.S. v. Windsor,’ which argued whether the IRS could give federal tax benefits to all legally married homosexuals, regardless of state law, Justice Kennedy warned it was wrong for courts to ‘put a thumb on the scales and influence a state’s decision as to shape its own marriage laws.’ And now this court could do precisely that. … If people worship pleasure and material things, they are more likely to get leaders who give them what they want instead of what they need to hold society together. If we erase the boundaries that have guided humanity for generations, we weaken our society.”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “Baltimore is not America’s problem or shame. That failed city is solely and completely a Democrat problem. Like many failed cities, Detroit comes to mind, and every city besieged recently by rioting, Democrats and their union pals have had carte blanche to inflict their ideas and policies on Baltimore since 1967, the last time there was a Republican Mayor. … Poverty has nothing to do with it. This madness and chaos and anarchy is a Democrat-driven culture that starts at the top with a racially divisive White House heartbreakingly effective at ginning up hate and violence.” —Breitbart’s John Nolte

Race bait: “You don’t have to look too far from this magnificent hall to find children still living in poverty or trapped in failing schools. Families who work hard but can’t afford the rising prices in their neighborhood. Mothers and fathers who fear for their sons’ safety when they go off to school — or just to go buy a pack of Skittles.” —Hillary Clinton at Columbia University, referring to Trayvon Martin (For the record, the shooter, “white Hispanic” George Zimmerman, was acquitted. But he’s still guilty in Clinton’s eyes.)

Dezinformatsia: “All Baltimore City public schools were closed on Tuesday in response to violent protests breaking out across the city in response to Freddie Gray’s death. About 84 percent of students in city’s public schools receive free or reduced-price lunches, according to the school district’s website. The closings mean that these students were unable to access these lunches, and churches and community centers have been scrambling to fill the gap. That’s why it was so shocking to hear that Whole Foods and Five Guys had taken the initiative to provide free food for National Guard soldiers instead of for thousands of high-need children.” —Salon’s Joanna Rothkopf (The Leftmedia will do anything to slander our troops.)

Non Compos Mentis: “The [GOP budget] is no more balanced than the earthquakes they’ve had in Nepal.” —Harry Reid (“[W]e probably shouldn’t be shocked that Reid would use the Nepal earthquake to score some quick points. He’s leaving; why should he care.” —Hot Air’s Matt Vespa)

Late-night humor: “Hillary Clinton has temporarily changed her campaign logo to rainbow colors in support of marriage equality. Of course, her idea of marriage equality is both of you should get to be president.” —Seth Meyers

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China and Russia Navies to Hold First Mediterranean Joint Drills

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 08:24 AM PDT

The navies of China and Russia plan to hold joint drills in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time in mid-May, China’s Defense Ministry announced Thursday, in the latest expansion of the growing informal partnership between the two militaries. The exercises also illustrate China’s continued engagement with Russia at a time when Moscow has been shunned by much of the international community over its support for separatist rebels in Ukraine. The “Joint Sea 2015″ exercises will feature nine surface ships, including three from China that are currently taking part in anti-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia, ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng told a monthly news conference.

The drills involve rescue, resupply and other missions, including the firing of live ammunition, Geng said. “The purpose of the exercise is to strengthen the friendly exchanges between the two sides … and to improve the capability of the two navies to deal with maritime threats,” Geng said. He said the drills did not target any third parties and were not a response to fighting and instability in places such as Libya and Syria, he said. China and Russia frequently align on major international issues and Beijing has refused to join in the condemnations and economic sanctions leveled against Moscow for its backing of the Ukrainian rebels. In a further show of support, Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to attend commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Moscow on May 9. Most Western leaders are staying away from the event featuring a massive military parade, in which a 112-strong honor guard from the Chinese army, navy and air force will also take part. MORE

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Are We Being Psychologically Conditioned To Accept Martial Law In America?

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 06:53 AM PDT

Have you noticed that we are starting to be bombarded with images of troops in the streets? Have you noticed that the term “martial law” is coming up a lot in movies, news broadcasts and even in television commercials? In recent years, it seems like the solution to almost every major crisis involves bringing in troops. In fact, it has already gotten to the point where when something really bad happens a lot of Americans immediately cry out for troops to be brought in. And we are seeing the same patterns over and over again. Just remember what happened in Ferguson – protesters were whipped up to a frenzy, when the riots began the police were ordered to stand down and not intervene, and finally National Guard troops were brought in as the “solution” to a crisis that had escalated wildly out of control.

This is the exact same pattern that we are witnessing in Baltimore, and as you will see below, National Guard troops all over the nation have been training for this exact type of scenario. A couple of decades ago, many Americans would have regarded the notion of “martial law in America” as absolutely unthinkable, but these days the threat of civil unrest is causing an increasing number of Americans to embrace the idea of troops patrolling our city streets. The anger toward the police that we see in the city of Baltimore is very real, but there also seem to be a lot of signs that the events of the past several days have been orchestrated and manipulated. This is something that I covered in my previous article entitled “12 Unanswered Questions About The Baltimore Riots That They Don’t Want Us To Ask“. But what we have found out since then is that high school kids appear to have been “herded” by the police into the Mondawmin neighborhood in Baltimore when school was let out on Monday…MORE

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Michigan Proposes Bill to Require Official Visits to Parents Homeschooling Their Children

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 06:49 AM PDT

The busybodies in Michigan have proposed a new bill directed at children who are homeschooled, which will require two annual home inspections and official state registration. Stephanie Chang, a Michigan State Representative, is worried that homeschool parents will abuse their children while no one is watching. Apparently, the state wants to be the sole authority on child abuse; including indoctrination, a daily statist pledge for 5-year-olds, and the distribution of criminal records to teens who decide to smoke a plant.

Like dogs and sex offenders, the state wants children registered. As a result, thousands of decent and caring homeschool parents may soon be forced to allow an inspection of their family or be in violation of the law. The tragedy the state is pointing to in order to push this bill is a 2012 case in which two homeschooled children were tortured, killed, and then left in a freezer by their mother. As tragic as this is, using it to create a new law to infringe on the privacy and sovereignty of 48,000 homeschooled children in Michigan is wrong. Obviously, that mother was crazy and deranged.I would argue that it is clearly not the norm for homeschool parents who have consciously chosen to have a larger role in raising their children to then go on and torture them. MORE

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Hundreds flee as Indonesia’s Sinabung Volcano violently erupts again

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 06:42 AM PDT

Mt. Sinabung erupted again on Tuesday night, forcing hundreds of residents to flee from Gurukinayan subdistrict, Payung district, Karo regency, North Sumatra, and damaging 14 homes, including four Karo customary houses. The Indonesian Volunteers Community (MRI) said that no fatalities had been reported from the houses that were ignited from the pyroclastic flows, but revealed that of the houses damaged, four were traditional Karo houses. “We checked the area this morning and there were no fatalities,” MRI chairman Susanto Ginting told The Jakarta Post in Kabanjahe on Wednesday. Ginting said that volunteers had begun to enter Gurukinayan subdistrict around midnight, after the pyroclastic flow stopped, to help extinguish the fires and prevent them from spreading to other villages. The team of volunteers, he added, worked for over three hours to extinguish the fires. Susanto expressed concern that the Karo regency administration had been slow to act when the volcano erupted. No regency official, he claimed, had been seen in situ during Tuesday’s eruption.

“They were all too fearful to go into the area,” said Susanto, a resident of Gurukinayan. Susanto also said that a total of 812 families had been evacuated from Gurukinayan and were currently sheltering in makeshift shelters at a junction on Jl. Kabanjahe – Kutabuluh. The head of Karo Regency Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Subur Tambun, confirmed that a number of houses in Gurukinayan had been razed by fire following the eruption of Mt. Sinabung on Tuesday evening. Subur said that since his agency had not yet dared to enter the affected area, he could not confirm the number of houses lost to fire. “Areas hit by pyroclastic flows are categorized as a red zone. MORE

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New Zealand’s Ruapehu Volcano is shaking like it did before the 2006 eruption

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 06:35 AM PDT

GNS Science is warning that intermittent tremors coming from Mt Ruapehu are at a level last seen during the 2006 eruption and 2007 lahar. Volcanic tremors coming from Mt Ruapehu over the last 2-3 weeks were “moderate to strong,” GNS said in a release, and were some of the strongest measured in the last eight years. “The signals are similar to those in 2006 and 2007 but weaker than those recorded in 1994/1995.” It cautioned that, historically, a direct relationship between volcanic tremors and eruptions had not been established, but said it was a signal often present before, during or after enhanced volcanic unrest. Mt Ruapehu remains at Volcanic Alert Level 1 (minor unrest) with the scale ranging from 0 to 5, and GNS Science continues to closely monitor the volcano through GeoNet. The 2006 eruption sent a plume of water 200 meters into the air with waves of up to 6m hitting the walls of the crater lake.

The 2007 lahar took place after a wall of the crater lake composed of volcanic material gave way, sending an estimated 1.4 million cubic metres of mud, rock and water down the Whangaehu River. No one was injured but roads were closed and one property was cut off after the lahar destroyed its access road. A spectacular eruption in 1995 sent a huge plume of ash high into the air and the crater lake was emptied. Air travel was disrupted and surrounding areas were blanketed in volcanic ash. More

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Dempo volcano (Sumatra, Indonesia): seismic unrest, alert level raised – La Réunion volcano eruption warning

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 06:30 AM PDT

INDONESIA – PVMBG raised the alert level of Indonesia’s Dempo volcano to 2 (waspada, “watch” on a scale of 1-4) because of increased seismic activity (mainly tremor and volcanic-tectonic earthquakes). It is recommended not to approach the crater within 1 km. The volcano’s crater contains a large acid lake and a very active hydrothermal system. Phreatic or phreatomagmatic explosions could occur any time and would pose a significant risk. The last eruptions in 2006 and 2009 were both phreatic. –Volcano Discovery

Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion) activity update: unrest, eruption warning

A new eruption could be on its way at the volcano. A sharp increase in volcanic CO2 emissions, significant deformation of the Dolomieu crater, and a migration of earthquakes from deep to shallow (7 km) levels, as well as earthquakes near the surface itself that have appeared over the past weekend suggest new magma is on its rise to a possible new eruption, which would be the second in 2015. The prefecture raised the alert to level 1 (“eruption likely”) and closed access to the Enclos Fouqué this morning.

The volcano observatory considered two scenarios most likely: – Magma has risen from a deep source and is now close to the surface, ready to produce a new eruption. Or – Magma has risen from a deep source but stopped at approx. 2 km depth, but destabilizes pockets of older magma in shallower areas, which creates the observed seismic activity. The next days will probably give an answer to what is happening. –Volcano Discovery

Dukono volcano (Halmahera, Indonesia) activity update

The volcano continues to produce significant ash emissions – a plume extending 20 nautical miles E was observed Saturday (Darwin VAAC). Source

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16 Signs That The Economy Has Stalled Out And The Next Economic Downturn Is Here

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 06:23 AM PDT

If U.S. economic growth falls any lower, we are officially going to be in recession territory. On Wednesday, we learned that U.S. GDP grew at a 0.2 percent annual rate in the first quarter of 2015. That was much lower than all of the “experts” were projecting. And of course there are all sorts of questions whether the GDP numbers the government feeds us are legitimate anyway. According to John Williams of shadowstats.com, if honest numbers were used they would show that U.S. GDP growth has been continuously negative since 2005. But even if we consider the number that the government has given us to be the “real” number, it still shows that the U.S. economy has stalled out. It is almost as if we have hit a “turning point”, and there are many out there (including myself) that believe that the next major economic downturn is dead ahead. As you will see in this article, a whole bunch of things are happening right now that we would expect to see if a recession was beginning. The following are 16 signs that the economy has stalled out and the next economic downturn is here…MORE

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Mysterious object spotted Watching International Space Station

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 06:18 AM PDT

The clip posted on YouTube shows what appears to be a small white disc floating near to the huge space station before it disappears out of shot. Sceptics claim a plethora of alleged UFO sightings on the live feed, available to anyone online, are down to NASA’s bad camera, and the latest is likely to be simply a distorted view of the Moon. The camera has led to a string of YouTube uploads from alien hunters claiming to have captured the moments other beings observe the ISS, but the footage is invariably dismissed just as quickly by sceptics who argue it is down to poor-quailty camera equipment used by NASA for the feed.

The latest UFO was posted by Streetcap1 on his YouTube channel, which has previously shown similar clips.Scott C Waring, a self-styled UFO expert, said of the latest sighting: “Streetcap1 was taking a look at the live NASA space station cam when he caught glimpse of a small metallic disk in the distance. At first it looks like the disk is moving, but I believe it has matched speed with the space station.However, hoax and rumour-debunking website, Snopes.com, is not convinced by any of the sightings and said: “NASA has also admitted that its video setup is far from perfect. In fact, the HDEV experiment was started in an effort to find and develop better camera equipment for future missions.” MORE

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NORAD to Conduct Test Flights Over Washington, D.C., Area

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 06:09 AM PDT

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will conduct training flights over the Washington, D.C., area next week in preparation for responding to “unknown and potentially threatening aircraft.” NORAD, an aerospace defense collaboration between the United States and Canada, announced in a press release that it will fly calibration flights over the southeastern Washington, D.C., area on Monday and Tuesday next week. The flights “will be performed by a civilian Beechcraft King Air aircraft flying patterns at approximately 3,000 feet above ground level,” according to a NORAD release.

“These flights have been carefully planned and will be closely controlled,” said NORAD. “The flights are intended to assist in calibration of systems and equipment, and training, and will serve to refine and improve our ability to response to unknown and potentially threatening aircraft.” The operations are part of NORAD’s Operation Noble Eagle, which was launched following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Similar test flights have been carried out throughout both the United States and Canada as part of the operation. MORE

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Top US Official Issues Veiled Threat to Israel on Withdrawing UN Support

Posted: 29 Apr 2015 06:11 PM PDT

The US is mulling a drastic change to its approach to the two-state solution, and not in favor of Israel, a top US State Department official confirmed. Speaking to a gathering of Reform Jewish leaders near Washington, DC on Monday, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman warned that the emerging coalition government in Israel would have serious implications for Washington’s support in the international arena. “We will be watching very closely to see what happens after a new government is formed on this issue of working toward a two states living side by side in peace and security,” Sherman said.

“If the new Israeli government is seen as stepping back from its commitment to a two-state solution – something that all of you, and a vast majority of American Jews, support – that makes our jobs in the international arena a lot tougher because our ability to push back on efforts to internationalize,” she added. “Israeli-Palestinian issues has depended on our insistence that the best course in achieving a two-state solution is through direct negotiations between the parties.” Sherman’s veiled threats are the latest in new rhetoric coming from the White House following the re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 17. MORE

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Walt Disney To Air Series Based On Life On Anti-Christian Homosexual Activist Dan Savage

The Disney/ABC television network have announced plans to air a series called “Family of the Year,” based on the life of the notorious X-rated sex-columnist and homosexual activist Dan Savage.

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

Walt Disney Studios is doubling-down on their commitment to promote the LGBT and their radical anti-Christian agenda. For years now, Disney has sponsored their yearly “Gay Days” at their theme parks. Every year since 1991 Disney World in Orlando Florida has allowed thousands of homosexuals, lesbians and trans-genders to hold a coming out party in the Magic Kingdom on the first Saturday of June.The first Saturday in June is typically the first Saturday during the summer break from school when tens of thousands of children are in the theme park. Now comes the television series glorying the life of the unbelievably foul-mouthed, anti-Christian, gay sex columnist Dan Savage to be broadcast on the Disney/ABC “family” channel.

Gather round, kiddies, the show’s about to start!

Savage, who is “married” to his male partner, is well-known for his hateful, profanity-laced rants against Christian and conservative values. The decision to air a sit-com based upon his life marks a dramatic break with any moral responsibility once shouldered by the Disney/ABC Television Group.

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Savage himself has expressed surprise that despite working as a “sex-advice columnist who traffics in the sleaziest sex practices known to man,” he has been embraced as a mainstream pundit, welcome on cable news channels.

Among Dan Savage’s numerous appalling statements, he said as recently as 2013 that he sometimes thinks abortion should be “mandatory” to stop population growth, and was caught on camera telling a crowd of high school students during one speech to ignore the “bulls**t in the Bible,” and then lambasted those students that stood up and walked out on him for being “pansies.”

Most troubling is Savage’s violent attitude and verbal assaults on Christians and political conservatives. In addition to saying that he wishes “the Republicans were all f***ing dead”, Savage claims that “the Bible is a radically pro-slavery document,” and that Christians who believe in the sinfulness of homosexual activity are directly responsible for encouraging suicides among gay persons.

And while Savage champions the legalization of gay “marriage,” he has said that he thinks monogamy is an “unrealistic expectation” that “destroys families” – making it clear that he has engaged in numerous sexual relationships outside of his own “marriage.”

The planned sit-com will not only likely celebrate the homosexual lifestyle while belittling traditional family values, but it puts Savage himself in a position to substantially enhance a career of corrupting and destroying the reverence of children for healthy sexuality and family.

 

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Operation Jade Helm 15 Huge Step Closer Towards Permanent Military Presence On Main Street

America in 2015 has become the Germany of 1933

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government” – Declaration Of Independence, 1776

For me, as someone who extensively studied the Third Reich and the rise of tyranny in Nazi Germany in school, what’s happening in 2015 under the reign of the Muslim king Barack Hussein Obama in America sets off warning bells of every kind. The parallels are so similar that it is actually unbelievable it is happening. But to quote Elaine from Seinfeld, “oh, it be happening”.

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Right now, in the city of Baltimore, 5,000 National Guard troops have been deployed to “keep the peace” since the race baiters began busing in out of town agitators to set the place on fire. The same thing happened a few months ago in the town of Ferguson. But guess what? In both cases, these “riots” were funded and created by Democratic operatives bankrolled by George Soros. You can read all about it here. Adolf Hitler knew quite well that in order to justify a military presence on civilian streets, you had to create a compelling reason for them to be there. Obama has studied Hitler’s playbook and has become an expert in Nazi-style domestic warfare.

Since main stream America continues to blindly accept these hostile advances without much question, and the lapdog American media – Fox included – will not bring to light Obama’s nefarious deeds, the tide is rolling on and the stakes are getting higher. The military occupation of a peacetime America has already begun, and Operation Jade Helm 15 is proof of that.

The Washington Times reports that The White House tried to reassure Americans and the governor of Texas Wednesday that a planned special U.S. military training operation in several southwestern states is no cause for alarm.

The plans for Operation Jade Helm 15 have raised fears among some Texans of a federal occupation.

“In no way will the constitutional rights or civil liberties of any American citizen be infringed upon while this exercise is being conducted,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

The military exercise is called Operation Jade Helm 15, and will involve about 1,200 special forces training over eight weeks that will simulate special operations in hostile territory. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered members of the Texas State Guard to “monitor” the federal troops in the upcoming exercise.

Asked by a reporter in the White House press corps whether Texans were expressing “paranoia” or whether their concerns were justified, Mr. Earnest refuted reports that the special forces would be “incognito.”

At a special meeting Monday of the Bastrop County, Texas, commissioners, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria tried to assure local residents that the training operation will be routine and said it’s vital to prepare soldiers for real operations.

“The terrain is very challenging and it’s going to make our soldiers sweat, and sweating in peacetime is what we want because it’s going to reduce the bleeding in wartime,” he said.

But his presentation didn’t allay the concerns of some residents.

“It’s the same thing that happened in Nazi Germany,” Bob Wells of Bastrop told the Austin American-Statesman. “You get the people used to the troops on the street, the appearance of uniformed troops and the militarization of the police. They’re gathering intelligence. That’s what they’re doing. And they’re moving logistics in place for martial law. That’s my feeling. Now I could be wrong. I hope I am wrong. I hope I’m a ‘conspiracy theorist.’”

Yes Bob, it is exactly what happened in Nazi Germany, excellent observation. And no, recognizing this does not make you a “conspiracy theorist”, it makes you a wide-awake observer.

Remember a few years ago we had the Boston Bombings? There was an event that happened there that was almost completely unreported by the media, and yet to me, it was the turning point in Obama’s plan to roll out martial law. For a 24-hour period, martial law was declared over the entire city of Boston as they “searched the streets” for the cowering little punk who was founding hiding in a fishing boat in someone’s backyard.

This is the moment Obama knew America would accept martial law:

And for the entire 24 hours, homes were entered with no warrants, people were not allowed on the streets, the United States Constitution effectively suspended. What was the result, you ask? The result was that the brainless, mindless sheeple of Boston actually cheered the militarized police presence that had just locked down the town. I contend that it is was this very moment that Barack Obama, watching this play out in real time, knew he could absolutely install a permanent military presence on main street. All he would have to do is to keep the preplanned riots and attacks coming.

This is exactly what Adolf Hitler did, and it is exactly what Barack Hussein Obama is doing. And the American people are laying down for Obama just the same as the German people laid down for Hitler. We have learned nothing, not one  thing, in the aftermath of WWII and Adolf Hitler. All these urban “war exercises” that you’ve been seeing during Obama’s administration will continue to get more frequent and closer together until troops on American streets are a permanent presence. America was there to rescue the world from Hitler and the Nazis, there is no one to rescue America from Obama and his minions.

Look out your windows, America, history is repeating itself. Now go back to watching Bruce Jenner transition into a woman, endless hours of sports, and continue drinking yourself into “happy hour” oblivion. You’re doing exactly what they need you to do.

Game over. You lose.

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The Briefing

1) Tragedy of Baltimore points to breakdown of trust and family in society

Baltimore Enlists National Guard and a Curfew to Fight Riots and Looting, New York Times (Sheryl Gay Stolberg)

As Baltimore Residents Clean Up, National Guard Steps In, Wall Street Journal (Scott Calvert)

Mapping the Clashes Between Baltimore Police and Protesters, New York Times

What Came Before Baltimore’s Riots, New York Times (Editorial Board)

The Blue-City Model, Wall Street Journal (Editorial Board)

Rand Paul cites a ‘lack of fathers’ in Baltimore. Here’s what the data actually show., The Washington Post, (Philip Bump)

2) Abercrombie brand ultimately damaged by highly sexualized advertising strategy

Abercrombie & Fitch Dials Back The Sex, Wall Street Journal (Suzanne Kapner and Joann S. Lublin)

3) In midst media reportage of Baltimore, remember those serving and loving their community

Can we please start sharing the good news of Baltimore?, Washington Post (Trillia Newbell)
In other news…

Saudi king resets succession to cope with turbulent times, Reuters (Angus McDowall)

The Childless Millennial, The Atlantic (Olga Khazan)

How Lincoln Became Our Favorite President, The New York Times (Joshua Zeitz)

Love, Marriage and Music, The New York Times (Frank Bruni)

The Dangerous Doctrine of Dignity, The Atlantic (Jeffrey Rosen)

Harvard poll finds Millennials have little faith in government, media, USA Today (Caleb Diehl, Lewis & Clark College)



Islam and the Omaha Tri-Faith Initiative

End-time Ecumenism on overdrive…..

Currently underway in the Heartland of America is an experiment in interfaith dialogue and coexistence: the Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha, Nebraska. The goal of the Tri-Faith Initiative is to have a synagogue, a mosque, and a church located on a common piece of land, each with its own separate building; the Tri-Faith hopes to later add a fourth building as a shared Tri-Faith Center. The location for this venture is 35 acres in the Sterling Ridge development in Omaha.

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12 Unanswered Questions About The Baltimore Riots That They Don’t Want Us To Ask

But could it be possible that the anger that the people of Baltimore are feeling is being channeled and manipulated for other purposes? The following are 12 unanswered questions about the Baltimore riots that they don’t want us to ask…

#1 Why are dozens of social media accounts that were linked to violence in Ferguson now trying to stir up violence in Baltimore?…

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State threatening anti-Common Core parents with jail?

Parents in South Carolina who are part of a nationwide revolt against Common Core say they are being threatened with “criminal accountability” if they prevent their children from taking the tests required by the controversial educational-standards program.

Tamra Hood, a member of South Carolina Parents Involved in Education, said the state Education Department’s Chief Operating Officer, Elizabeth Carpentier, warned parents could spend 30 days in jail if even a single day of testing is missed, Breitbart News reported.

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Hellbent – Hal Lindsey

Something dreadful is happening on Planet Earth, and to most people it seems inexplicable. That’s because most people don’t understand that the battle between good and evil is primarily a spiritual battle.

Post-modern people have tossed aside something they all knew in childhood — that deep in the darkness of evil, there exists a monster. It is a person, an entity — vicious and depraved — an adversary to God and to all that is right and good. People have given this being many names down through the centuries. The Bible usually calls him Satan, or the devil.

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Israel Will Strike Iran First To Thwart Nuclear Attack

America, ostensibly Israel’s ally, is rumoured to have ordered US warships to shoot down Israeli aircraft, should a strike on Iran appear to be in progress. According to Israeli newspapers, President Obama thwarted a planned 2014 Israeli attack against Iranian nuclear facilities, by threatening to shoot down the Israeli bombers.

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Civil Unrest Has Begun In Baltimore And This Is Only Just The Start Of Something MUCH Bigger

I also want to share with you another video, but I need to warn you about it first. This YouTube video strings together a bunch of clips of some of the worst of the violence, but it also contains some very graphic language. So please don’t let any young children watch this. I felt that it was important to share this because we need to really understand what is happening to our cities. America is changing, and not for the better. This is what social decay looks like…

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Nigeria Rescues Hundreds of Girls from Boko Haram

Nigeria’s military says it has rescued nearly 300 girls and women from Boko Haram in the northeastern region of the country.

The announcement was made via Twitter.

There were 200 girls and 93 women among those rescued, but none are from the group of girls kidnapped one year ago from Chibok.

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Christian Printer Punished by the Gov’t for Refusing to Print Gay Pride T-Shirts Just Scored a Major Victory

A Christian printer who was previously found guilty of discrimination for refusing to print T-shirts for a gay pride parade won big Monday after a court ruled that he can decline to print messages that run in opposition to his religious views.

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“We will not obey”: Christian leaders threaten civil disobedience if Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage

by Marsha West

Berean Research reports:

“We will not obey.”

That’s the blunt warning a group of prominent religious leaders is sending to the Supreme Court of the United States as they consider same-sex marriage.

“We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross that line,” read a document titled, Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage. “We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve.”

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Jonathan Cahn Warns: “A Nation At War Against Its Own Foundation”

“If this court should overrule the word of God and strike down the eternal rules of order and right that heaven itself ordained, how then will God save it?” he asked. “Justices, can you judge the ways of God? There is another court and there another judge, where all men and all judges will give account. “If a nation’s high court should pass judgment on the Almighty, should you then be surprised God will pass judgment on the court and that nation? We are doing that which Israel did on the altars of Baal,” he said. …………. Click here for full story


Israel Will Strike Iran First To Thwart Nuclear Attack

There is no doubt an attack is on the drawing board – the Israeli Defence Forces have admitted they are training for an attack on Iran. Iran may pose a grave existential threat to Israel – at least Israel believes they do and they appear to have good reasons for their concerns. According to an Israeli report written in 2008, Iran regularly state that Israel will shortly be wiped from the face of the Earth. The Iranian nuclear programme will provide Iran with the means to fulfill this terrifying threat………… Click here for full story


Big Brother Finds EZ Way To Secretly Spy On Drivers

The city and state of New York have installed a network of wireless-reader devices to monitor the locations of drivers who use the E-Z Pass tag to electronically pay bridge and tunnel tolls. The program – meant to monitor traffic patterns, according to officials – came to light when a privacy activist hacked his E-Z Pass transponder and programmed it to make a sound each time the device was being remotely read. He discovered a network of locations in Lower Manhattan, far from any toll plazas, where his presence was being monitored. ……….. Click here for full story


Israelis Who Hate Israel—And The Christians Who Fund Them

While most Israelis celebrated 67 years of independence last week, a fringe Israeli non-governmental organization (NGO) hopes this year will be the last for the Jewish state. Zochrot, a tiny radical anti-Zionist group, was established with the aim of “raising public awareness of the Palestinian Nakba (“Catastrophe” in Arabic)” and “recognizing and materializing the right of return,” an agenda equivalent to calling for the abolishment of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people ……….. Click here for full story


The Great Falling Away? Christians Leaving The Faith In Droves

People are leaving Christianity in droves. About 106 million Christians are expected to switch affiliation from 2010 to 2050 while only about 40 million people are expected to enter Christianity. ………. Click here for full story


Christian Headlines Daily – Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Top Headlines

Colliding Visions of Marriage at the Supreme Court

Indonesia Executes 8 People, Convicts Praise God before Death

Mike Huckabee: “We Are Moving Rapidly Toward The Criminalization Of Christianity”

Baltimore Residents Unite to Clean Up City after Riots

Nepal Earthquake: Man Explains How He Survived in Rubble for 82 Hours

Hillary Clinton Wants to Change Religion to Accept Abortion

Christians are leaving the faith in droves

200 Women and Girls Rescued from Sambia Forest are Not from Chibok

Supreme Court Divided on Gay Marriage after Hearing Arguments

Nigerian Troops Rescue 200 Girls, 93 Women, Says Military

Opinion

Why Southern Baptists Canceled an Appearance by Ben Carson

Supreme Court Argument on Same-Sex Marriage Puts Religious Liberty in the Crosshairs

What Should the Church Say to Bruce Jenner?

Do We Rely Too Heavily on Science?

In Defense of Marriage, the Rule of Law, and Ordered Liberty


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon

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April 30, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Christian Blogroll Collection

Take away the cross of Christ, and the Bible is a dark book. —J.C. Ryle

April 27 Quotes


Jesus on Homosexuality

Homosexual conduct cannot be defended on the basis of a supposed silence of Jesus Christ. And we must remember: silence is not golden, it is yellow. Christians need to speak out against it as a political movement, and reach out to those trapped in a homosexual lifestyle and offer them the grace of God. For as Paul adds in the 1 Cor 6 passage referenced above: “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor 6:11).

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PCUSA Stalling Korean Church’s Effort to Leave Denomination?

“The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States, PCUSA has garnered much controversy over its growing acceptance of homosexuality and gay marriage. Decisions at their General Assembly meetings over the past few years have annually prompted scores of churches to vote to leave the denomination.”

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GoFundMe Shuts Down Fundraising Page for Oregon Bakery Owners

A supporter of the Kleins had set up the fundraising page after an Oregon judge on Friday set a fine of $135,000 for the couple as punishment for declining to bake a wedding cake for two lesbians. The page had raised more than $66,000 before GoFundMe shuttered it. GoFundMe said the Kleins would be able to access the money raised so far…. In the meantime, the Kleins said supporters could donate to their cause through Samaritan’s Purse.

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College Students and the Church (2): A Challenge to Students

Would the pastor or elders or members of the church notice if you failed to attend on a Sunday? If the answer is no, then this is another sign that your spiritual health is in danger. We need accountability, and we need it within the defined committed body of a congregation. The college years are no exception.

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Supreme Court: Obama Admin Can’t Make Religious Groups Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

In an order issued last night, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito prevented the federal government from enforcing its contraceptive mandate against a range of Pennsylvania-based religious organizations including Catholic Charities and other Catholic schools and social service organizations connected with the Diocese of Erie and the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The Supreme Court has previously protected the Little Sisters of the Poor, Hobby Lobby, Wheaton College, and the University of Notre Dame.

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Backgrounds to My Thought

I should say something more about John Murray. It was common in those days for students to say that they had come to Westminster for Van Til but that they stayed for Murray. Murray was not well known outside Reformed circles, but as a theologian he was peerless. Murray, Clowney, and Van Til are the authors I refer to most often today. Murray’s Collected Writings are a wonderful treasury of exegesis and theological reflection. The present-day criticism of Murray in Reformed circles is in my judgment unworthy of him.

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Defective, Yet Delightful

While on earth, Jesus cured the physically diseased, healed the physically disabled, and straightened the physically deformed. He did so out of compassion for broken individuals, but he also did so to show his authority and power to save the depraved. Therefore, spiritually, Jesus takes defective men and women and does more than merely save them; he sanctifies them and ordains them to be a “kingdom of priests” or his “holy priesthood.”

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Gay Marriage, Part Four – Church & Culture Blog

*Editor’s Note: As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on same-sex marriage this week, the Church & Culture Team felt it timely to take a recent address by Dr. White on the matter and turn it into a four-blog series that will be issued Monday-Thursday of this week. This is part four of that series. To read earlier installments, click here.

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Which brings us to gay marriage, which in many ways, we’ve already answered. Not just today, but throughout this series.

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Ronnie Floyd’s Continuing Slide into New Age Dominionism

by Marsha West

Jeff Maples of Psalm 12 expresses his concern over the direction the Southern Baptist Convention is moving in, as its current president encourages Baptists to participate in occult practices:

As anyone who’s been following my blog knows I’ve been highly critical of Ronnie Floyd and the SBC’s 2015 Annual Meeting theme, “Great Awakening.” I believe the Southern Baptist Convention has spun out of control under current president Floyd, and is heading downhill faster than ever. Ronnie Floyd is no stranger to questionable practices and teachings, and has been exposed for his mishandling of Scripture to teach Robert Morris’ first fruits tithing heresy, as well as ties to a New Age ministry that practices a borderline form of witchcraft, known as prayer circles. He also endorses New Ager Mark Batterson’s book, The Circle Maker, which also promotes an unbiblical form mystical prayer.

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Answering Questions About New Atheism

by Michael

In the comment section of a previous blog entry, atheist makagutu asked:

And what really is new atheism and who made Jerry a leader.

I replied:

Google is your friend. From Wiki:

“New Atheism is a social and political movement in favour of atheism and secularism promoted by a collection of modern atheist writer”

and

“While The Four Horsemen are arguably the foremost proponents of the New Atheism, there are a number of other current, notable New Atheists including: Lawrence M. Krauss (author of A Universe from Nothing[28]), Jerry Coyne (Why Evolution is True[29] and complementary blog[30] which specifically includes polemics against topical religious issues),”

Makagutu then had more questions.

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Trusting Your Wise and Generous Father

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us about our heavenly Father. He describes the birds of the air, telling us that our heavenly Father feeds them, and aren’t we of more value than they are? In Matthew 6:32, after describing the pressures of our human need to obtain food, drink, and clothing, he […]

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Don’t Pitch Your Tent Next to a Pit

Think for a minute about how many things you do in a day to avoid a result you don’t want.  You wear a coat so you won’t be cold. You wear a seatbelt in a car so you’ll be protected in case of a crash. You wash your hands so you won’t get the next thing you touch dirty and to get rid of germs that could make you sick.

Questions to Ask Yourself

So what do you do to avoid sin? What are you doing to recognize and deal with temptation?  If sin is a result you don’t want—and I hope it is—then what are you doing to identify, prevent, or flee sin in your life? These are big questions, but questions we need to consider.

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Widely Held Myths About Ancient Sources

In late 2013 Dr. Craig Blomberg taught a thirty-session class for Credo Courses on the historical reliability of the New Testament Gospels. This blog is a transcript (with some organizational elements and graphics added) of the first session of that course.


A Collection Of Apologetics Podcasts

Here’s a good list of apologetics podcasts, which I saw J. Warner Wallace link.


Finishing Up Review/Rebuttal of David Gushee “Reformation Project” Presentation

Finished up a five hour response to David Gushee on his presentation identifying the biblical view of homosexuality as a message of “contempt.” We hope to put the entire five hours into a single audio file available for download.


The “good” in God’s plan for you life

Here is an exchange on Twitter that occurred this evening.

The Prosperity gospel/Word of Faith that the Osteens and their kind promote is a deathly error. It drags away the unwary, it devastates the witness of the true Christians, and it condemns the Osteens to hell.

The “good” plan for your life, according to the Osteens, is a healthy checkbook, a large house, health, and happiness.

However the “Good” that Jesus plans for us may or may not include any of the above. Peter was told by Jesus that Peter will stretch out his hands and go where he will not want to go (crucifixion. John 21:18). Paul was told he will be tormented in every city will he ever travel to.

And now, behold, bound in spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me.” (Acts 20:22-23)

Stephen was bashed in the head with rocks, dying a martyr’s death. This does not sound like “a good plan for your life.”

What satan offered Eve was a temptation involving the lust of the flesh, the pride of the eyes and the pride of life. (1 John 2:16). In other words, the world. And the Osteens offer the world, too, wrapped in a veneer of prosperity and ‘happiness’.

Was Stephen happy when he was being stoned? No but yes. He was in pain but also saw the Jesus in glory standing at the right hand of the Father. Was Paul “happy” when he was beaten and left for dead? Or put in chains in jail? No but yes. He wrote in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

I have a feeling if Victoria Osteen was beaten and left for dead she would not have the wherewithal nor the capacity to shout Rejoice! That is because the Osteens attach happiness to their worldly circumstances. Paul did no such thing. He rejoiced with friends at supper, while teaching in the synagogue making disciples, sewing a tent, or while sitting in chains in the sewer sludge. That’s because his ‘happiness’, prosperity, joy, came from above, not the world.

The ‘good’ in God’s plan is Good not because we receive pleasant things from the world. It is good because:

  • God made the plan and everything God does is good. We proclaim this by faith, and
  • All things work together for the good of those who love Him, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28, and
  • God receives glory from the perfect outworking of His plan. The good is the glory He gains when saints acknowledge Him as good, no matter their circumstances. The ‘good’ in our lives is Jesus, not the world nor the things in it.

We do not seek the things the world calls good, but the things that God calls good. 

We do not say in our greetings and our letters and our prayers, “I want a mansion, perfect health, and a fat checkbook for myself” but we say –

May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you (Jude 1:2) because it was multiplied to us. Now that’s good!

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Further Reading 

Al Mohler: The Osteen Predicament

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What’s Causing the Scandal of Domestic Abuse in the Church?


There’s Only One Way to Achieve Patience (and It’s Not Very Fun)


Looking for a Reason to Believe? Take Your Pick, There are Only about 10,000 or so…


 Knowledge

In Hosea 4:6, we read, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (HCSB).” It was not because they had no access to it, but (as the rest of the verse says) because they “rejected” it.


3 Ways to Fight Fatigue

Anxiety zaps your energy, messes with your mind and body, and leads to fatigue.

Among the reasons for increasing anxiety today are tough economic times, terrorist threats, and cultural redefinition of the family.


Perfect? Not in this life.

by Phil Johnson

I’ve said before that I despise all kinds of perfectionist doctrine. During college and after, I was enthralled with a kind of perfectionism for a few years. Far from being any help or encouragement to my sanctification, perfectionism was a constant cause of frustration and failure.

I finally purged every conscious taint of perfectionism from my thinking after reading volume 2 of B.B. Warfield’s excellent Studies in Perfectionism. To this day, that book ranks pretty high in the top five whenever I’m asked to list the books that have influenced me the most.

My contempt for perfectionism (and not merely a doctrinaire commitment to Calvinism) is actually the main reason I’m something less than a fan of Charles Finney and his disastrous long-term influence on American evangelicalism.

As a matter of fact, my disapproval of Finneyism and my abhorrence of perfectionism are more than matched by the animus certain perfectionists have directed at me in return.

For those who imagine that they have attained perfect holiness in this life, I think more in-depth self-examination might disabuse you of that idea. Here are some questions to consider:

The first and great commandment is “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matt. 22:37). How’s your obedience to that commandment? Perfect? If imperfect, how close to perfection do you actually come? In other words, how does your level of “perfection” compare to Christ’s absolute perfection?

Seriously: Is your love for God really something that moment-by-moment consumes your entire heart, soul mind, and strength? Have you managed to banish lustful and covetous thoughts forever from your mind? And if not, how frequently and how passionately do you repent of your sin against the First and Great Commandment?

Do you believe you can summon the willpower to obey even the Second Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39) perfectly? Is your love for your neighbor really equal to your self-love?

Reading perfectionist writings, ranging from Charles Finney to his latter-day heirs, one gets the impression they think their salvation ultimately hinges somehow on how well they obey from now on. Search your heart; if that’s the way you think—and yet you still have hope that you will be saved, then you have not truly come to grips with what Scripture teaches about human depravity. You have too much confidence in the flesh.

This is precisely what I despise most about Finneyism and all forms of perfectionism: while talking a lot about “repentance,” holiness, and sanctification, these views actually amount to a denial of what Scripture teaches about the depth of human sinfulness.

In other words, that kind of “repentance” (the kind that leaves a person thinking his own future performance is necessary to secure his salvation) is no repentance at all, but a stubborn refusal to acknowledge how truly sinful we really are.

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When the Church Hurts You

Her eyes were brimming with tears. As she shared her story of betrayal by the church of her childhood, the tears slid quietly down each cheek. The noise was almost deafening in the restaurant, and although she could barely mouth her painful story, her communication was loud and clear: The Church had let her down.

This wasn’t the first time I’d witnessed a heart broken by a church.

Too many conversations have included stories of disappointment, betrayal, pain, and abuse from the hands of a church.

Jesus spilled His blood for the Church. How can we turn away from what He gave His life for?

Before we go any further, I need to make a clear distinction between the Church and your church. If your church is a body established on the foundational doctrines of orthodox Christianity (the virgin birth of Christ, salvation through the atonement of Christ, the inerrancy of Scripture, to name just a few), then your church is a part of the universal Church (capital “C”) that consists of all the believers of the ages.

The Church is what Jesus loves. It is His Bride. The Church is who Jesus gave His life for. But today, many are turning their back on the Church because of the failures of their church. I’ll admit, I’m not too happy with the Church at large. It seems to be a mess.

  • Churches fight.
  • Churches split.
  • Churches slander.
  • Churches lie.
  • Churches default on loans.
  • Churches break promises.
  • Churches get busy with the wrong things.
  • Churches neglect the poor.
  • Churches forget about the widows and orphans.
  • Churches lose sight of the gospel.
  • Churches play “church.”

All of that is true, but I still love the Church. It breaks my heart. It makes me sick. But I still love the Church. The main reason I love the Church is because Jesus loves the Church.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless . . . for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church” (Eph. 5:25–29).

Jesus spilled His blood for the Church. How can I turn away from what He gave His life for? How can I call irrelevant what He established and desires to use to display His grace?

God’s desire is for you is to benefit from, and contribute to, the Church—bringing Him glory.

The thing we must keep reminding ourselves is that all churches are made up of individuals. Every church has a lot of messy people: immature believers, self-centered believers, selfish believers, pride-filled and obnoxious believers, and yes, even some “professing believers” who are actually still spiritually dead—they aren’t even truly believers.

When you have a hodgepodge like that, it’s no wonder the Church hurts people.

But as messy as the Church is, God’s desire for you is not for you to walk away from His Bride. No, His desire is for you is to benefit from, and contribute to, the Church—bringing Him glory:

“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them” (Rom. 12:4–5).

If you’ve pulled away from the Body of Christ, then you’ve removed your gifts from functioning within that body. You’re harming yourself as well as the members of your church.

You need the “stimulation” that comes from functioning within a body and the growth that comes through receiving the teaching and preaching of God’s Word.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near” (Heb. 10:23–25).

You may have given up on the Church, but Jesus hasn’t. That is still His “Plan A,” and if you are in Christ, you are out of God’s will by walking away from the Church. To function as a member of the Church at large, you must be functioning in an actual church body.

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen” (Eph. 3:20–21).

My friend who confided in me about how her church hurt her? She has since become a true believer in Christ and is functioning in her new church body. I am so thankful that God is still at work in the Church!

I want to hear from you. What are some ways you are blessed by your church? How are you bringing God glory in your church?

If you enjoyed this post, you may want to read “Walking Away from the Church.”

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God, State Constitutions, and Your Kids

God, natural rights, religious freedom — all great topics, but NOT for public school classrooms, right? Wrong. You can talk about these things in public schools.
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Short Answers 16: If God, Why Evil?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “If God, why is there evil?” Want to read more widely on this subject? Check out Sharon Dirckx’s book, Why? Looking at God, Evil and Personal Suffering.

This video is episode 16 of RZIM’s Short Answers to Big Questions series, in which Andy Bannister and Nathan Betts take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realize we can only often scratch the surface: nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought.

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4 Strategies from Proverbs for Breaking the Grip of Porn

You’re reading the third of a three-part BCC Grace & Truth blog miniseries on Biblical Counseling and Addictions. In today’s post, Luke Gilkerson, of Covenant Eyes, shares 4 strategies to break the grip of porn. Continue reading →


Ugliness repels, beauty persuades

Ray Ortlund shares an excerpt from Jerram Barrs’ Francis Schaeffer: The Man and his Message (which is well worth reading in its entirety).

Unseen letters from pen of John Knox reveal new side to preacher

This is very interesting:

Professor Jane Dawson of Edinburgh University, who uncovered the letters exchanged with Knox’s best friend Christopher Goodman, has now written a landmark new book called John Knox, launched at St Giles in the Scottish capital on Wednesday.

It is claimed the book will shatter the perception that Knox had no impact outside of Scotland where he remains a significant character.

It will describe how he was a proud member of the European community of Reformed Churches and deeply involved in religious reformation in England, Ireland, France, Switzerland, and the Holy Roman Empire.

How I overcame my fear of writing (and you can, too)

Jesse Wisnewski:

Writing was—and still is—something I labor over. It’s not easy work. From research, thinking, writing, editing, and then rinse and repeat, writing can be a long and arduous process. A process I wasn’t interested in until my mid-twenties. But the strangest thing happened to me one day after I turned a graduate paper into a pamphlet: Somebody liked it.

How faith works in the prosperity gospel

Yep.

12 Ways Millennials Can Serve the Local Church

Chris Martin:

Young people: church is not about you and your feelings. Church isn’t about personal fulfillment as much as it is about selfless service.

Stop treating church like a Broadway show or a therapy session and start serving people. Here are 12 ways to do it.

5 Reasons I’m Glad My Parents Were Strict

Joy Pullmann:

Buzzfeed is calling for all the kids who had strict, conservative, fundamendalist parentsto grouse about how horrible it was to grow up guided by two strong pairs of hands. I guess they wouldn’t know it from, you know, observing other people, but perhaps the only thing worse than having strict parents is having lax parents.

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The Daily Discovery (April 30, 2015)

Embers to Flames: A Pastor’s Perspective on the Baltimore Riots – “We love Baltimore and it saddens all of us to see what has transpired in the last few days. The senseless acts of vandalism, looting, arson and destruction of our own neighborhoods, in addition to violent attacks against innocent by-standers and the public servants of our city, have nothing to do with justice and everything to do with the depravity of the sinful human heart. Any claim to be concerned about justice cannot be taken seriously while a CVS is burnt to ashes and cinderblocks are thrown at keepers of the peace.”

Are Science and Theology Opposed? – “Absolutely.  In the same way that the thumb and fingers are opposed, according to William Bragg. Apart from this opposition, nothing can be grasped.  Science gives us facts, incredibly useful and life-enhancing facts at that. Smartphones, treatments for cancer and fibre-optic cables have massively augmented the lives of people I love. Yet for all the strides we’ve taken thanks to science, without theology – it remains blind to the meaning of life.”

How Disagreement Makes Us Civil – “Over the past few weeks, I’ve been chewing on the subtitle for this event: How Disagreement Makes Us Civil. When I first saw that phrase, I wanted to nitpick it by adding a word: “can.” Disagreement can make us civil, but it doesn’t always, right? Just read through internet comment streams or watch protestors heap insults on passersby. Disagreement is present; so is incivility. And the danger of disagreement devolving into violence never seems far away. Disagreement can make us civil, but it doesn’t necessarily do so.  The more I’ve considered that statement, however, the more I am convinced that adding the word “can” would blunt the claim. It’s true that disagreement makes us civil, once we reconsider the nature of disagreement.”

Perfect? Not In This Life – “I’ve said before that I despise all kinds of perfectionist doctrine. During college and after, I was enthralled with a kind of perfectionism for a few years. Far from being any help or encouragement to my sanctification, perfectionism was a constant cause of frustration and failure.”

One Nation under Allah? – “There have been a couple of incidents (here and here) where a school has asked a Muslim (or perhaps just an Arabic-speaking student) to recite the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic. This has prompted some people to ask me if it’s appropriate to say “One nation under Allah” as part of the Pledge—that is, if it’s appropriate to use “Allah” and “God” interchangeably when speaking in English.”


SERMON:

Kent Hovind – Young Earth Creationism


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Preaching at Joel Osteen’s “Night of Hope”

Who Created God?


“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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The Lord’s Baptism

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Q. Can you explain why Jesus did not get baptized until approximately 30 years old?

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Restoring Our Fellowship With God

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Q. In your  commentary on Psalm 121 you discussed the benefit of confession. With the many ways human religion has clouded this issue, would you clarify the Biblical view of confession? Exactly what is required to restore my fellowship with the Lord? What about the sins of thought that we might forget about? Do we have to remember each sin in order to ask forgiveness? Or is asking to be forgiven from all sins sufficient? Thank you for your help in this matter!

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Believers Missing The Rapture?

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Q. Re: Matt 24:48-51: “But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming: and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; the Lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.”

I know some doubt there is such a scripture in the Bible. For they don’t believe it is possible for a person who is a professing believer to be left behind with unbelievers at the rapture. But this seems to be what this verse is saying. For here pictured is one who is a servant looking for his lord’s coming. But he is living carelessly, eating and drinking as in Noah’s day, enjoying the pleasures of life without regard to the soon-approaching rapture. He is also found mistreating his fellowman. What happens?

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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon

Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

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Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

Jesus Booklet
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.

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April 30, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

Human Rights Watch slams Cambodian “collusion” with Vietnam in Christian Montagnard persecution

With Cambodian authorities failing to process the ever-growing number of Vietnamese Christian Montagnards seeking refuge in its jungle, Human Rights Watch appealed to the country’s authorities “to recognize its obligations under the Refugee Convention to protect asylum seekers regardless of their origin, and cease colluding in Hanoi’s dirty work of repressing the Montagnards”.


Islamic State fighters smash Christian graves in Iraq

Images posted on social media networks on 16 April show Islamic State (IS) militants taking sledgehammers to Christian graves in Mosul, Iraq, and gouging out the crosses that are engraved on Christian headstones.


Ethiopia: They Died Because of Their Love for Jesus and Family

The story of three Ethiopian martyrs who claimed Christ and sought better lives for their struggling families to the end

By Troy Augustine and Abebe Kibret…


Boy in Pakistan Burned Alive Because He Admitted He Was A Christian

On April 09, 2015, Noman Masih, 14, was burned alive by a group of unidentified Muslim youth in Lahore because of his religious identity as a Christian.


Daily Prayer – Thursday 30 April 2015

In Pakistan, the government has issued a new law concerning the punishment of terrorists.


Operation Nehemiah: News Update #182

Spain – Police break up jihadist cell plotting beheading in Catalonia
Spanish police broke up a cell known as the Islamic Brotherhood for the Preaching of Jihad, on 8 April in Catalonia.


Hindu activists storm two Christian schools in India, demanding closure

A mob of over 60 Hindu activists attacked two Christian schools in the city of Hazaribagh, in India’s north-eastern Jharkhand state, on 21 April.


Uzbek Christian jailed and fined for distributing a Christian leaflet

Doniyor Akhmedov was stopped by police in Uzbekistan’s Ahangaran District on 16 March after he gave a Christian leaflet to a passer-by on the street.


Nigeria: 160 More Women, Children Rescued from Boko Haram Camp

ICC Note: Just days after liberating 293 women and young girls from the clutches of Islamic terror group Boko Haram, the Nigerian military has rescued another 160 women and children from the Sambisa Forest area in northern Nigeria.


Hindu Radicals “Mercilessly” Beat 15 Christians in Northeast India

ICC Note:

An entire Christian community was attacked and “mercilessly” beaten by a mob led by Hindu radicals in India’s northeastern Assam state. On April 17, a mob of around 100 wielding swords, sticks, and stones attacked Christians attending a prayer service.


Vietnam’s Two Faces: Religion-Law Reforms Awaited Amidst Violence against Christians

ICC Note: The topic of religious freedom in Vietnam is one that is affected by many varying intricacies. Though, according to reports, Vietnam is on the verge of reform which would allow for greater religious freedom, persecution against Christians continues to take place in the form of “surveillance, intimidation, harassment.” The potential for reform of Vietnam’s religious laws hopes to allow for a more open approach to religious issues as well as a reduction of restrictions nationwide.


Pakistani Anti-Terrorism Court Remands 47 Christians

ICC Note:

Forty seven Christians in police custody have been remanded by an Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore for allegedly lynching two Muslims following the bombings of two churches last month.


U.S. Report Documents Significant Escalation of Persecution in India

ICC Note:

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has slammed India in its recently released annual report on international religious freedom. The reports notes that attacks on religious minorities and the general state of religious freedom has significantly deteriorated over the past year.


Two Christians in Xinjiang Sentenced to 11-Day Administrative Detention

ICC Note: Two Christians in western China’s Xinjiang region were detained for 11 days under the charges of “utilizing religion to disturb public order.” The charges came about when it was found that the two individuals were teaching babysitting lessons based on Bible passages.


Kenya ‘Ignored Garissa University Raid Intelligence’

ICC Note: The officer in charge of security in Kenya admitted that officers ignored intelligence leading up to the Garissa University College attack on April 2 that resulted in 148 deaths of mostly Christian students.


Nepal update – Christians report from the earthquake zone: Help us to help them

“I was about to conclude my sermon,” said Bal Krishna Sharma, Principal of the Nepal Theological College, who was preaching in a church in Kathmandu when Saturday’s 7.8-strong earthquake hit.


Three Attacks in 30 Days: Anti-Christian Violence Continues in India’s Mahabubnagar District

By ICC’s India Correspondent

4/30/2015 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Mahabubnagar District is known to be one of the toughest districts for Christians to live in.

The Door to Heaven is Narrow (Luke 13:22-30)

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

TheDoor_Main_WideScreen-1024x576This is a message that will tell you how you can go to heaven when you die. There are two doors after death: destruction or delight, and we choose which door we will pass through while we are alive; either the narrow door to heaven or the wide door to hell. Many of you are already believers and know you are going to heaven, so you may wonder why I’m speaking on this topic. The Bible makes it clear that many people think they are going to heaven, but they are mistaken. So it’s good to occasionally clear our minds of all of our preconceived notions and consider how a person can go to heaven. Heaven can only be entered through a narrow door. Have you found heaven’s narrow door? Let’s read about it in Luke 13:22-30.

Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as He made His…

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Robert Gagnon debates gay activist Jayne Ozanne on Bible vs homosexuality

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I am tempted to say that this is the best podcast I have ever heard on the Unbelievable show. Do anything you have to do in order to listen to this podcast.

Details:

Prof Robert Gagnon has become a well-known voice advocating the traditional biblical view on sexuality. In a highly charged show he debates the scriptural issues on sexuality with Jayne Ozanne, the director of Accepting Evangelicals who came out as gay earlier this year.

The MP3 file is here.

If you can only listen for 15 minutes, then start at 49 minutes in and listen from there.

The following summary is rated MUP for made-up paraphrase. Reader discretion is advised.

Summary:
Intro:

  • Speaker introductions
  • Gagnon: scholars who support gay marriage agree that the Bible doesn’t support it
  • Gagnon: scholars who support gay marriage agree Jesus taught male-female marriage
  • Ozanne: I went to…

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Answering Questions About New Atheism

Shadow To Light

In the comment section of a previous blog entry, atheist makagutu asked:

And what really is new atheism and who made Jerry a leader.

I replied:

Google is your friend. From Wiki:

“New Atheism is a social and political movement in favour of atheism and secularism promoted by a collection of modern atheist writer”

and

“While The Four Horsemen are arguably the foremost proponents of the New Atheism, there are a number of other current, notable New Atheists including: Lawrence M. Krauss (author of A Universe from Nothing[28]), Jerry Coyne (Why Evolution is True[29] and complementary blog[30] which specifically includes polemics against topical religious issues),”

Makagutu then had more questions.

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