Daily Archives: April 3, 2015

April 3, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Collection

Look to the cross, and hate your sin, for sin nailed your Well Beloved to the tree. —C.H. Spurgeon

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The Good News

In advance of Good Friday and in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we offer this brief focus on an eternal message. To our readers of faiths other than Christianity, we welcome you to consider reading, and we hope that these meditations serve to deepen your understanding of our faith — the faith of so many of our Founders.

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Please visit Resurrection Day Meditations for our growing collection of resources dedicated to Easter.

To all of our readers, we wish God’s blessing and peace upon you and your families.

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Mark Alexander for The Patriot Post Editorial Team

Join us in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families.


 

April 2, 2015
RENEWAMERICA — Liberty Tree Alliance, a nonprofit educational organization of Dr. Alan Keyes, has released a new e-booklet, How the Claim to ‘Homosexual Rights’ Destroys the Logic of Liberty, in an effort to challenge the growing myth that same-sex marriage poses no substantial threat to the existence of God-ordained natural marriage… (more)

April 2, 2015
PATRICK GARRY, RA ANALYST — An article I wrote twenty years ago described the Internet as America’s next frontier. And for the past twenty years, it has been a wide-open, innovative, constantly changing – – and yes, somewhat unruly – – frontier… (more)

April 2, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — Statistics show that 1.6 percent of the population identifies itself as gay or lesbian. But judging from the hysteria over Indiana’s religious freedom law, it seems that many of them are in positions of power in the media. These power brokers are not only openly gay, but also anti-Christian. Even Holy Week hasn’t kept them from demonstrating their anti-Christian animus…. (more)


April 2, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has likened President Barack Obama to the Germanwings pilot who, investigators say, deliberately crashed his commercial airline into the Alps, killing all 150 passengers on board…. (more)

April 2, 2015
NEWSMAX — Israel is capable of taking out Iran’s nuclear facilities through airstrikes if necessary, Sen. Tom Cotton told CNN. On “The Situation Room” on Wednesday, host Wolf Blitzer asked Cotton whether Israel’s air force has the ability to destroy Iran’s underground facility in Fordo…. (more)

April 2, 2015
NEWSMAX — Fox News host Sean Hannity and frequent guest Pat Buchanan – – normally political allies – – got into a heated exchange on Wednesday’s “Hannity” over the Iran nuclear talks taking place in Switzerland…. (more)

April 2, 2015
THE HILL — Sen. Robert Menendez’s (N.J.) decision to step aside temporarily as ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee following his indictment on Wednesday could jeopardize Congress’s chances of passing Iran legislation…. (more)


April 2, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — To read the press in the last few days, you would think Indiana just declared open season on homosexuals instead of reaffirming what the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution made clear in 1789:… (more)

April 2, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Liberty Counsel Chairman Matthew Staver is urging Republican governors in the cross hairs of the religious freedom debate to stop being “wimps” and let the Religious Freedom Restoration Acts in their states to stand as they are…. (more)

April 2, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Despite more than nine out of 10 Americans agreeing Jesus was a historical figure, what they believe about Him diverges widely, according to a newly released survey from the Barna Research Group, a nonprofit organization that has been analyzing cultural trends related to religious belief since 1984…. (more)

April 2, 2015
NEWSMAX — Eight Republican senators have written to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson seeking answers about allegations of workplace retaliation against employees who are “faithfully discharging” their immigration enforcement responsibilities contrary to President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty policies, Breitbart reports…. (more)

April 2, 2015
AARON KLEIN — Two days after the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received an email from confidante and former Bill Clinton White House staffer Sidney Blumenthal punching holes in the administration narrative that blamed the attack on an anti-Islam YouTube video…. (more)

April 2, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Washington, D.C., will drop its appeal of a federal court ruling that overturned the city’s ban on carrying handguns in public, Attorney General Karl Racine announced Wednesday…. (more)

April 1, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — When he left the Obama Administration in disgrace, the expectation was that “former” communist Van Jones would return to Oakland, California, and resume his duties as an anti-police street activist… (more)

April 1, 2015
NY OBSERVER — With the U.S. on the brink of signing an agreement that will lift the crippling economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for alleged guarantees that Iran will limit its nuclear ambitions to peaceful means, the Observer urges President Obama not to place his personal hunger for a legacy issue ahead of his most solemn duty – – protecting America’s national security…. (more)


April 1, 2015
NEWSMAX — The socialist government of France is taking a tougher stance against Iran in the nuclear talks under way in Switzerland than is the United States, Sen. Tom Cotton told Fox News Channel…. (more)

April 1, 2015
THE INDEPENDENT — A new report claims that Facebook secretly installs tracking cookies on users’ computers, allowing them to follow users around the internet even after they’ve left the website, deleted their account and requested to be no longer followed…. (more)


April 1, 2015
NEWSMAX — The Arkansas House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a religious freedom bill similar to one recently approved in Indiana, over protests from critics who say it could open the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians…. (more)

April 1, 2015
BOB UNRUH — The best way for Russia to solve its problem with America would be to trigger a nuclear weapon at Yellowstone National Park and hope that would set off a supervolcano, destroying the continent, according to the chief of a Russian think tank…. (more)

April 1, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — With Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, setting his sights on the Oval Office, some of his critics are once again confronting him with the issue of his wife’s former membership in the Council on Foreign Relations and her role in the crafting of a CFR document espousing North American unity…. (more)

April 1, 2015
THE HILL — The IRS commissioner on Tuesday brushed aside GOP proposals to abolish his agency, insisting the U.S. would have to have a tax collector one way or another…. (more)

March 31, 2015
NEWSMAX — The people of Indiana should “stand their ground” on a religious freedom measure banning state laws that hamper a person’s ability to follow his religious convictions, former UN Ambassador Alan Keyes urges…. (more)


March 31, 2015
DIANA LYNNE — If Terri Schiavo had been able to speak for herself, she most likely would be alive today. Her name would not be associated with the barbarous, 13-day, court-ordered death by dehydration to which she succumbed on March 31, 2005 – – 10 years ago. The medical examiner who performed an autopsy on her body days after her death estimated the severely brain-injured, but otherwise healthy, 41-year-old would have lived another decade if not for being killed through the denial of food and water…. (more)


March 31, 2015
CHELSEA SCHILLING — “I’ve been waiting 40 years for this film!” That was a common refrain among the Vietnam War veterans and the South Vietnamese Americans – – most with tears streaming down their faces – – who gathered here on March 27 and 28 to witness their powerful story finally making it onto the big screen at the wildly popular premiere of “Ride the Thunder: A Vietnam War Story of Victory and Betrayal,” a film that exploded at the box office and ranked as the top movie in the nation in per screen revenue this weekend…. (more)

March 31, 2015
NEWSMAX — In its desperation to get a nuclear agreement with Iran, the Obama administration made a very dangerous concession by agreeing to allow Iran to continue to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes…. (more)

 Critics: Kerry desperate for nuke deal With Iran


How Many People Will Have To Migrate Out Of California When All The Water Disappears?

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 08:00 PM PDT

How Many People Will Have To Migrate Out Of California When All The Water Disappears?The drought in California is getting a lot worse. As you read this, snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada mountains are the lowest that have ever been recorded. That means that there won’t be much water for California farmers and California cities once again this year. To make up the difference in recent years, water has been pumped out of the ground like crazy. In fact, California has been losing more than 12 million acre-feet of groundwater a year since 2011, and wells all over the state are going dry. Once the groundwater is all gone, what are people going to do? 100 years ago, the population of the state of California was 3 million, and during the 20th century we built lots of beautiful new cities in an area that was previously a desert. Scientists tell us that the 20th century was the wettest century in 1000 years for that area of the country, but now weather patterns are reverting back to normal. Today, the state of California is turning back into a desert but it now has a population of 38 million people. This is not sustainable in the long-term. So when the water runs out, where are they going to go? FULL REPORT

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Imported drug-resistant stomach bug spreading in US

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 07:51 PM PDT

Imported drug-resistant stomach bug spreading in USA drug-resistant strain of a nasty stomach bug made its way into the U.S. and spread, causing more than 200 illnesses since last May, health officials said Thursday. Many cases were traced to people who had recently traveled to the Dominican Republic, India or other countries. Outbreaks of the shigella (shih-GEHL’-uh) bacteria are not unusual, but this strain is resistant to the antibiotic most commonly prescribed for adults. “This is the first time we’ve documented this large an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant (shigella) linked to international travel,” said Dr. Anna Bowen of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since last May, the imported superbug has sickened at least 243 people, with large recent outbreaks in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and California. FULL REPORT

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Tehran Accuses White House Of Lying About Nuke Deal

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 07:40 PM PDT

Tehran Accuses White House Of Lying About Nuke DealJust hours after the announcement of what the United States characterized as a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the country’s leading negotiator lashed out at the Obama administration for lying about the details of a tentative framework. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused the Obama administration of misleading the American people and Congress in a fact sheet it released following the culmination of negotiations with the Islamic Republic. Zarif bragged in an earlier press conference with reporters that the United States had tentatively agreed to let it continue the enrichment of uranium, the key component in a nuclear bomb, as well as key nuclear research. Zarif additionally said Iran would have all nuclear-related sanctions lifted once a final deal is signed and that the country would not be forced to shut down any of its currently operating nuclear installations. FULL REPORT

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Homeland Security renews quest for national license plate tracking system

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 07:33 PM PDT

Homeland Security renews quest for national license plate tracking systemThe Department of Homeland Security is seeking bids from companies able to provide law enforcement officials with access to a national license-plate tracking system — a year after canceling a similar solicitation over privacy issues. The reversal comes after officials said they had determined they could address concerns raised by civil liberties advocates and lawmakers about the prospect of the department’s gaining widespread access, without warrants, to a system that holds billions of records that reveal drivers’ whereabouts. In a privacy impact assessment issued Thursday, the DHS says that it is not seeking to build a national database or contribute data to an existing system. Instead, it is seeking bids from companies that already gather the data to say how much they would charge to grant access to law enforcement officers at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a DHS agency. Officials said they also want to impose limits on ICE personnel’s access to and use of the data. FULL REPORT

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Termite ‘superswarm’ threatens South Florida

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 07:26 PM PDT

Termite ‘superswarm’ threatens South FloridaTwo of the world’s most destructive termite species are swarming South Florida, and the fact that they are mating has scientists sweating. The Asian and Formosan subterranean termite species are producing hundreds of thousands of winged males and females (known as alates), which are in turn creating hybrid colonies, according to University of Florida entomologists. The two species are no joke, and hybrid colonies could prove even more disastrous for homeowners. “They are the two most destructive termite species in the world,” University of Florida Entomology Professor Nan-Yao Su told FoxNews.com. “The common name for Formosan subterranean termite in China and Japan is ‘house termite’ as it can literally bring down a house, usually [starting] with [the] roof as they chew through the supporting beams.” Termite colonies, sometimes consisting of millions of individuals, can live up to 20 years and thrive in South Florida, where the temperatures offer ideal mating conditions. FULL REPORT

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PBS: ’10 Commandments’ For Atheist Parents Raising ‘Tolerant’ Kids

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 01:45 PM PDT

PBS: '10 Commandments' For Atheist Parents Raising 'Tolerant' KidsPublic Broadcast Service published a piece by Wendy Thomas Russell, author of Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious, who shared her own 10 Commandments to guide atheist parents in having the “God Talk” with their children. Starting with an uncited statistic, Russel states that between 2012 and 2014, 7.5 million Americans “lost their religious faith.” Because “secularism is on the rise,” Russel asks, “[H]ow do we, as first-generation secular parents, go about talking to our kids about God and religion? What do we tell them? When? And how?” So she came up with ten steps to teach parents that are “atheist, agnostic, humanist, deist, or nothing at all” how “to raise kind, happy, tolerant kids capable of making up their own minds about what to believe.” Below is a summary of her “commandments:” MORE

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PLA H-6 bombers conduct first drill in Western Pacific

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 01:41 PM PDT

PLA H-6 bombers conduct first drill in Western PacificH-6 strategic bombers of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force have conducted an exercise in the airspace of the Western Pacific for the first time, according to the state run China News Service on Mar. 30. Colonel Shen Jinke, spokesperson for the PLA Air Force, confirmed the exercise at a press conference in Guangzhou and said the drill allowed the crew of the bombers to gain necessary experience carrying out mission over the open sea. Shen said the exercise did not target any country nor did it violate any international law. “It is common for the air force of every major power in the world to carry out exercises like this,” Shen said. Photos published by the PLA Air Force indicated the bombers taking part in the drill were the H-6K variant. Shen also said the bombers flew over the Bashi channel between Taiwan and the Philippines before reaching the airspace of the Pacific. FULL REPORT

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Crystal Cathedral’s and ‘Hour of Power’s’ Robert Schuller Passes Away

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 01:30 PM PDT

Crystal Cathedral's and 'Hour of Power's' Robert Schuller Passes AwayRobert Schuller, 88, has died, according to the Associated Press. The Crystal Cathedral founder and Hour of Power host was in critical condition yesterday, and his daughter-in-law said he’d already made funeral arrangements. “He gave it to my husband 10 years ago,” Donna Schuller told the OC Register. “Perfectionist that he is, I’m sure he has planned out and specified every little detail.” Schuller was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, and has been ailing since then. Schuller is perhaps best known for founding the Crystal Cathedral, which produced the Hour of Power TV show. The ministry, founded by Schuller’s grandfather, began as Garden Grove Community Church at the Orange Drive-in Theatre in 1955, soon adding a 300-seat chapel four miles away. It later expanded to the larger campus. As the ministry grew, in 1970 the Hour of Power television program launched and aired in all 50 states by 1975. The program eventually became the most-watched religious program in the world, reaching 17 million viewers. The Crystal Cathedral was completed in 1980. Charisma

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Iran ‘deal’ would lift sanctions, shrink nuclear program

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 01:21 PM PDT

Iran 'deal' would lift sanctions, shrink nuclear programThe U.S. and international negotiators announced the hard-fought framework for an Iranian nuclear deal Thursday, capping days of exhaustive and tense talks that blew past their original deadline.  The plan, containing dozens of provisions, would effectively require Iran to wind down or sideline key parts of its nuclear program that could be used for nuclear weapon development in exchange for sweeping sanctions relief. The preliminary agreement allows all sides — the U.S., Iran and five other world powers — to continue working toward a final deal by a June 30 deadline.  Speaking in the Rose Garden shortly after negotiators unveiled the plan in Switzerland, President Obama called the agreement a “historic understanding.”  “It is a good deal,” Obama said.  The announcement follows days of talks that went into overtime after missing a March 31 deadline, raising doubts on whether the negotiators could reach any agreement at all. Even with the framework, negotiators have weeks of talks ahead of them. And Obama will swiftly face pressure from congressional skeptics concerned about the direction of talks and seeking a vote on Capitol Hill.  FULL REPORT

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Indiana doing ‘180,’ now leaving religious defenseless?

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 01:12 PM PDT

Indiana doing '180,' now leaving religious defenseless? Indiana lawmakers, under attack from the “gay” lobby and executives of major corporations for their adoption of a religious freedom law, apparently are planning a reversal that would leave religious believers defenseless when confronted by demands from homosexuals.  Indiana has been a target of criticism this week after adopting a Religious Freedom Restoration Act similar to laws in 19 other states as well as a federal law of the same name.The law allows courts to consider the First Amendment religious rights of those who are sued by homosexuals with “discrimination” complaints. However, backed into a corner by a media narrative contending the law uniquely allows discrimination, Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence promised to “fix” it. A sampling of the fury over the law: A talk show host described the homosexual community as “totalitarian” on the issue, a pizzeria owned by a Christian family was forced to close after a TV station ferreted out its beliefs about marriage and several companies said they wouldn’t do business in Indiana. The federal religious-freedom law, however, was introduced by Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, signed by Democratic President Bill Clinton and endorsed by the New York Times. The original Indiana law was a fair attempt to balance interests, wrote Daniel O. Conkle, a professor at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, in the Indianapolis Star. FULL REPORT

 

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Temple Mount Faithful sacrifices lamb in pre-Passover ritual
It looked like a scene from year 200 BCE, or the end of days – yet it all played out just two days ago, on Monday, not far from the Temple Mount. Kohanim in authentic attire blessed the excited crowd, Levites sang hymns, and a young lamb was offered up as a Passover sacrifice in keeping with all the dictates of the ancient ritual.   

NYC bomb-plot suspect tied to ‘mainstream’ U.S. Muslim group
One of the two women arrested Thursday for an alleged ISIS-inspired plot to detonate a bomb in New York City was an event speaker for a major “mainstream” Islamic organizations in the United States, an FBI official has confirmed to WND.   

DHS Launches “Family Reunification,” Refugee Program for Central Americans
the Obama administration is offering free transportation from three Central American countries and a special refugee/parole program with “resettlement assistance” and permanent residency. The new arrivals will be officially known as Central American Minors (CAM) and they will be eligible for a special refugee/parole that offers a free one-way flight to the U.S. from El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras. The project is a joint venture between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the State Department.   

Arrested for a Pesach Sacrifice
In their possession was a lamb they intended to bring onto the Temple Mount to sacrifice as a Passover offering, as the Jews used to do, and one day, will do again.   

Netanyahu to convene top ministers after telling Obama Iran deal threatens Israel’s existence
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to convene senior ministers on Friday to discuss the framework deal reached between world powers and Iran, which he told US President Barack Obama Israel “vehemently opposed.”   

THE SOLAR WIND HAS ARRIVED
As predicted, a solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field during the late hours of April 2nd. The initial impact did not spark a geomagnetic storm. However, geomagnetic storms could develop on April 3rd as Earth moves deeper into the stream.   

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
It’s déjà vu all over again. For the third time in less than a year, sky watchers in the United States can see a total eclipse of the Moon. The action begins Saturday morning…   

Netanyahu to Obama: Iran Deal Threatens Israel’s Survival
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke to President Barack Obama on Thursday evening and expressed Israel’s strong opposition to the framework agreement with Iran which poses a grave danger to Israel, the region and the world, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said. “A deal based on this framework would threaten the survival of Israel,” Netanyahu told Obama, according to the statement. “Just two days ago, Iran said that ‘the destruction of Israel is non-negotiable,’ and in these fateful days Iran is accelerating the arming of its terror proxies to attack Israel.”   

Imported drug-resistant stomach bug spreading in US
A drug-resistant strain of a nasty stomach bug made its way into the U.S. and spread, causing more than 200 illnesses since last May… Many cases were traced to people who had recently traveled to the Dominican Republic, India or other countries. Outbreaks of the shigella (shih-GEHL’-uh) bacteria are not unusual, but this strain is resistant to the antibiotic most commonly prescribed for adults.   

Israeli court rejects Cremisan Valley West Bank barrier
Palestinians are celebrating after Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a plan to route the West Bank barrier through a beauty spot near Bethlehem. A long-running legal campaign against the proposal had drawn the attention of Pope Francis. The Israeli government wanted to build a section of its separation barrier between church properties in the scenic Cremisan Valley.   

Egypt: Sinai peninsula attack kills 17
Militants have reportedly killed 17 people in the north of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, near the Israel-Gaza border. Security sources say 15 soldiers and two civilians died when gunmen attacked checkpoints around the town of Sheikh Zuweid on Thursday. Egyptian forces have been fighting a faction affiliated to the Islamic State group, known as Sinai Province.   

Rouhani’s stature grows in Iran after framework nuclear deal
President Hassan Rouhani has emerged triumphant both at home and abroad, bringing Iran in from the cold by using his pragmatism to try and end crippling sanctions and decades of hostility with the West through detente and diplomacy. Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Thursday on curbing Iran’s nuclear program for at least a decade, a step towards a final pact that could end 12 years of brinkmanship, threats and confrontation.   

US officials: Iran’s militias just failed in Iraq because they can’t shoot or coordinate
Shi’ite fighters launch a rocket during clashes with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of al-Alam, Iraq, March 8, 2015.After a nearly month-long assault on the Iraqi city of Tikrit by the Iraqi military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias, the city was finally retaken from ISIS.   

The Economy is Imploding at a 2008-Pace… and Investors Are Record BULLISH!
The global economic implosion continues to worsen. China is growing at 3%… possibly even lower. One of the only remotely accurate Chinese economic data points is rail traffic. Well, Chinese rail freight has fallen at a pace not seen since the Asia Financial Crisis. In fact, it’s even worse today than it was in 2008.   

Pakistan army courts ‘sentence six militants to death’
Military courts in Pakistan have sentenced six men to death in their first verdicts since being announced after the Peshawar school massacre. Pakistan’s army chief said the six men to be hanged were hardcore terrorists involved in heinous acts of terror, manslaughter and suicide bombing.   

Israeli options limited despite warnings on Iran deal
Israel has warned relentlessly against a nuclear deal with Iran but experts say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s options are limited and immediate military action is unlikely.   

Al-Shabab militants kill 147 at university in Kenya
Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing 147 people in the group’s deadliest attack in the East African country. Four militants were slain by security forces to end the siege just after dusk.   

Iran nuke agreement full of holes
What we actually have in writing about the areas of agreement between Iran and the US-led P5+1 group of nations is full of holes. Worse, it is already being described differently in English and in Persian — a matter that will surely complicate the task of writing a final, binding draft by June 30.  


How Many People Will Have To Migrate Out Of California When All The Water Disappears?

The drought in California is getting a lot worse. As you read this, snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada mountains are the lowest that have ever been recorded. That means that there won’t be much water for California farmers and California cities once again this year. To make up the difference in recent years, water has been pumped out of the ground like crazy. In fact, California has been losing more than 12 million acre-feet of groundwater a year since 2011, and wells all over the state are going dry. Once the groundwater is all gone, what are people going to do? 100 years ago, the population of the state of California was 3 million, and during the 20th century we built lots of beautiful new cities in an area that was previously a desert. Scientists tell us that the 20th century was the wettest century in 1000 years for that area of the country, but now weather patterns are reverting back to normal. Today, the state of California is turning back into a desert but it now has a population of 38 million people. This is not sustainable in the long-term. So when the water runs out, where are they going to go? (Read More….)


The world’s fastest-growing religion is …

Islam, the world’s fastest-growing faith, will leap from 1.6 billion (in 2010) to 2.76 billion by 2050, according to the Pew study. At that time, Muslims will make up nearly one-third of the world’s total projected population of about 9 billion people. (Burke, CNN)

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Netanyahu to Obama: Iran Deal ‘Threatens the Survival of the State of Israel’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized President Barack Obama directly on Thursday evening, telling him that the new framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program “threatens the survival of the State of Israel.” The two leaders spoke by telephone to discuss the preliminary deal that negotiators from the P5+1 nations reached with Iran at talks in Lausanne, Switzerland that extended past the original Tuesday deadline.

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Restoring All Things? Another Misguided Attempt

The latest is a conference and book, both by the title, “Restoring All Things,” by Warren Cole Smith (World Publishing) and John Stonestreet (Colson Center and co-host of Breakpoint). These authors join a host of other “restoration movement” authors and speakers who have become prominent in the last decade. Giving the benefit of the doubt, I am sure that the leaders of the movement are not motivated by a book-selling, speech-giving, royalties-driven heart. Rather, they are leading out of an honest-to-goodness desire for a better world.

But their desire is totally misguided.

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Obama Flooding US With Unscreened Muslim Immigrants In Record Numbers

It’s a huge surge under Obama. In the last three years, he’s averaged 100,000 new Muslim immigrants from Islamic nations a year.

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Man Goes Into A Muslim Bakery To Order A Same-Sex Wedding Cake, And This Happened (VIDEO)

Christian political commentator Steven Crowder went into some local Muslim bakeries to ask them if they would make a gay wedding cake, and this video was the result.

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Movie Director Comes to Christ While Filming South Korean Pastor Who Saves Abandoned Babies

by Marsha West

Christian News Network reports:

The producer of an acclaimed documentary that recently hit theaters across the country and is currently being shown in churches nationwide is sharing his story of how he came to Christ as a result of his work on the film.

Brian Ivie, 24, is the director of the film “The Drop Box,” a documentary that tells the story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak, who is credited with saving countless abandoned babies who might have otherwise have died after being left on the streets by their mothers.

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Robert Schuller, Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder, dies

by Marsha West

Media outlets are reporting that televangelist and motivational speaker Robert Schuller has died. According to Fox News:

Schuller died early Thursday at a care facility in Artesia, daughter Carol Schuller Milner said. In 2013, Schuller was diagnosed with a tumor in his esophagus that had spread to his lymph nodes and began treatment.

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The evil Easter Bunny is going to sacrifice your kids to a pagan goddess, so let’s show the world that we’re not happy that Jesus rose from the dead

by Marsha West

This article will no doubt spark a bit of controversy. In it, Stephen John addresses the claims that Easter is pagan in origin. therefore Christians should not celebrate Easter Sunday:

This piece is not about how evil and pagan the Easter bunny and Easter are,” John clarifies. “Or that Easter eggs, especially the red-painted ones, constitute full-blown devil worship and offerings to strange goddesses. Boo! And it’s not about whether or not born-again believers should or should not celebrate Easter—that is your decision. This piece was written from a born-again believer’s perspective and looks at some other Easter-related issues. But please note that you’re not going to get your obsessive, fanatical, and unbiblical anti-Easter fix here. For that, try the Hebrew Roots Movement cult, the Sacred Name Movement cult, your local branch of the Anti-Easter League, the We-Are-All-Jews-Now fan club, or, sadly (in many cases), your local church. Close your mouth.

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NY Boy Scouts Defiantly Hire Openly-Gay Pascal Tessier As Camp Counsellor For Young Boys

“For the first time in the history of the Boy Scouts, an openly gay adult will join their ranks as a camp counselor,” he said. “Pascal Tessier was the first out gay scout, and now it appears that he will also be the first out gay leader.”

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Shabab attack on Kenya university targets non-Muslims, especially Christians

Shabab Attack on a Kenya University Kills 147, Officials Say, New York Times (Isma’il Kushkush and Rukmini Callilmachi)

147 killed, hundreds rescued in attack on Kenyan university by al-Shabab, Washington Post (Jessica Hatcher)

70 killed when Islamist terrorists target Christians at Kenyan university, CNN (Holly Yan and Josh Levs)

2) Secularism not prospering in world scene, Islam projected to become majority affiliation

The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050, Pew Research Center (Staff)

Islam Could Become the World’s Largest Religion After 2070, The Atlantic (Emma Green)

3) MLB’s ‘ambassador of inclusion’ reflects growing cultural pressure on Christian atheletes

Cultural hardball, World (Marvin Olasky)

4) Robert Schuller’s legacy involvement in message compatible with twentieth century values

Robert H. Schuller, ‘Hour of Power’ televangelist, dies at 88, Washington Post (Emily Langer)

Rev. Robert H. Schuller, ‘Hour of Power’ Evangelist, Dies at 88, New York Times (Stuart Lavietes)
In other news…

Indiana business leaders embrace RFRA fix, Indianapolis Star (Tony Cook and Tom LoBianco)

Space and the City, The Economist

Yes, Matt Yglesias, The Marriage Decline Is A Problem, The Federalist (W. Bradford Wilcox)
The Eclipse of Religious Liberty, The American Conservative (Rod Dreher)

Religious Freedom vs. Individual Equality, New York Times (Charles M. Blow)

Making Religion the Problem, New York Times, (Ross Douthat)
The Misdirected Zeal of Same-Sex Marriage Converts, The Atlantic (Conor Friedersdorf)

David Wilkerson – Don’t Get Stuck in Babylon

Michael Youssef – Easter 2015, the Persecution Intensifies

Filipino devotees nailed to cross in Crucifixion re-enactment

Blood Moons Market Meltdown This Weekend?

Police Report: Attempt to Raise Child from the Dead in Dallas Suburb

Muslim bakeries refuse to bake cakes for gay weddings – media silent

A radical imam threatened me with death, and was later hired to preach in U.S. prisons

Kenya Attack: Christians Were ‘Shot on the Spot’


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.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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.

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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April 3, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Blogroll Collection

Look to the cross, and hate your sin, for sin nailed your Well Beloved to the tree. —C.H. Spurgeon

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Gay Totalitarianism and the Coming Persecution of Christians

For centuries, the early Christians endured far worse than we might face, dying in the Coliseum to the taunts of jeering crowds — whose grandchildren would flee the moral chaos of collapsing Rome and flock to the underground churches. All the persecution that a government like China can deal its native Christians has not stopped the church from exploding there, and striking fear at the highest levels of a totalitarian government. The battered church in Poland led the movement that brought down the Iron Curtain, through sober, persistent resistance.

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A Protestant’s Passion For The Virtues Of Thomas

Robert George has pointed out that no fault divorce was the real watershed in the recent legal history of the institution. That changed marriage from a relationship of lifelong commitment to that of a temporary, dispensable, sentimental bond. Yet if we look at this through the lens of Thomas’s distinctions, we can see that no fault divorce presupposes a prior definition of love as primarily passion, not virtue. Thus, it is arguably not the redefinition of marriage but the redefinition of love which is the real problem underlying society’s current moral malaise.

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Washington State Florist Fined, Ordered To Create Gay Wedding Arrangements

In a letter dated Feb. 20, Stutzman declined the attorney general’s offer, stating it revealed he didn’t understand the true meaning behind the two-year-old battle. “It’s about freedom, not money,” she wrote. “Washington’s constitution guarantees us ‘freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment.’ I cannot sell that precious freedom. You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver. That is something I will not do.”

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Hating “Little” Sins

A holy man knows that the indulging of the least sin is sufficient for any man to question his integrity and ingenuity towards God. He that will transgress for a morsel of bread will be ready enough to sell his soul for a grain (Prov 28.21). He that will pervert justice for a few pieces of silver, what will he not do for a hatful of gold? He that dares to lie to save a little of his estate, what will not he do to save his life?

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New York City To Change Rules To Allow Churches To Rent Schools

Monday’s decision, issued without comment, was the third time that the high court rejected an appeal by the Bronx Household of Faith, which for years held Sunday services at a local public school. The church last year finished work on its own building near P.S. 15, but said it still needs extra space for events that include religious services.

The city’s Board of Education said it wanted to maintain a policy against allowing houses of worship from renting space in city-owned buildings to prevent a blurring of church-state lines.

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Jesus Loves Me This I Know, For The Bible Tells Me So

How do we know this? The only way that we can know these amazing truths for certain is explained in the little song. “Jesus loves me this I know; for the Bible tells me so.” We can be sure of Jesus’ love because God has revealed this truth to us in his Word, the Bible. Only in the holy Scriptures of the Bible, do we learn of our need for forgiveness and God’s provision through Jesus Christ, his only son.

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Two Books on the “New Apostolic Reformation”

Central to the NAR is the notion that churches and Christians must submit to the authority of modern day apostles and prophets if they are to be included in God’s plans for the expansion of His kingdom. These apostles, self-described as generals, and prophets, said to convey new truth to the church, claim to have full authority comparable to those holding these offices during biblical times – and more. Indeed, their offices constitute governing authority that demands submission. That fact, together with the spiritual gifts and insights that they are said to have the ability to convey, creates an authoritarian environment that appears cult like in nature.

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Christians, You Are Not Jews

The purpose here is to call Presbyterians, confessional ones particularly, to stop with the adoption of extra-biblical holy days, but especially with the re-appropriation of Old Covenant types and shadows, regardless of whatever “good” motive may lie behind it. Be confident in the Biblical forms of Worship. Be certain that God Almighty in His perfect wisdom has given you all that you need to not only thrive, but survive in this fallen world; resting always in the mighty grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Passion of Jesus Christ

This morning Pastor David Hocking joins us to look at the last days in the earthly life of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. We will go through the last 5 Chapters of the Gospel of John and take a deeper look at what happened and what we can learn and apply today as believers. […]

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The Battle is Over–But Just Beginning

There is some irony in the fact that the controversy over Religious Freedom Laws in the United States has blown up during the week when we as Christians remember and celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ—God in the flesh who bore the wrath of God against sin, so that we might be […]

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Your Best Life Now – Not

by Bill Muehlenberg

All over the wold Christians are being persecuted for their faith. They are being imprisoned. They are being tortured. They are being killed. They are being horrifically assaulted, persecuted, attacked and targeted by various anti-Christian groups, chief of which is Islam.

Consider just one example which we are just now getting all the details on: around 150 people – mostly Christians – have been massacred in yet another Islamic terror attack. At least one online headline and opening sentence spelled out the exact truth about this: “Christians targeted in uni massacre – Islamic terrorists have murdered at least 147 people – mostly Christians – in a pre-dawn attack on a Kenyan university after blasting in the gates with grenades.”

Many other reports are refusing to mention how Islam is involved, or how the targets were specifically Christians.

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Post-Christianity, Spurgeon’s Psalm Notes, and the Resurrection

Many Christians are feeling the erosion of freedoms under post-Christianity in Western nations, or the lack of them in non-Christian nations. As we do, Psalm 2 provides a marvelous reminder of reality, snapping our present contexts into the broader present context. Here are some of Charles Spurgeon’s reflective notes on the Psalm: “Why do the […]

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The MSM’s Ongoing Hatred of Christianity

by Bill Muehlenberg

We know that the mainstream media is comprised largely of secular humanists and lefties who more often than not hate Christianity with a passion. And it shows – big time. The relentless attacks on Christianity, Christians and Christian values are encountered day in and day out.

We had another perfect example of this just the other day. It was an appallingly bad article by some columnist for the Fairfax Press which was yet another hatchet job on Jesus Christ. Because it was so ludicrously idiotic and lacking in any substance whatsoever, I at first thought I would ignore it altogether.

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3 Things to Do When You Can’t Get Along

by Lindsey Wagstaffe | 4/02/15

What can you do when you’re dealing with a Christian who consistently rubs you the wrong way? Maybe you work together, live together, study together, or share a group of friends. Due to circumstances largely outside your control, you’re stuck together . . . and you’re going crazy.

You can’t change someone else’s heart or actions, but you may ease the strain of a tense relationship by cultivating compassion.

While we aren’t required to be close friends with all believers, God does ask us to do whatever we can to live “peaceably” with each other (Rom. 12:18). You can’t change someone else’s heart or actions, but it may be possible to ease the strain of a tense relationship on your end by cultivating these three habits of compassion.

These aren’t bulletproof guarantees that your relationship will improve, but they are guards against bitterness in your own heart. Practicing these three things will change your own perspective, drawing you closer to your heavenly Father. They will help you defuse conflict with grace by refusing to return evil for evil. At the very least, the person you’re experiencing conflict with will see the love of Christ in you. And what is more powerful than His love?

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Jesus Didn’t Die from Crucifixion (The Swoon Theory)(Alternate Resurrection Theory #2)

Jesus Didn’t Die from Crucifixion

It’s difficult to deal with alternate theories on the historicity of Christ’s resurrection. There are plenty of them out there. That’s not the hard part. It’s just hard to choose the ones that pose the most legitimate challenge.

Further Reading: Was Jesus’ Body Stolen (Alternate Resurrection Theory #1)


If your alternative theory isn’t going to win on its own merits you must trash the original.
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Before developing an alternative view of Christ’s death and resurrection the standard view must be rejected. After all, why go searching for an alternative to a perfectly good explanation? One must reject the possibility of God raising a person from the dead before proposing a different theory. Why? Because none of the alternatives have better historical or rational support. So if your alternative theory isn’t going to win on its own merits you must do away with the original story out-of-hand so there’s nothing to be compared to.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

The second alternative theory I want to talk about is the “Swoon Theory.” “Swoon” means to faint. This theory says that Christ never really died at all. The swoon theory was promoted by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln in their 1982 book Holy Blood, Holy Grail. Dan Brown famously used this book in connection with his best-seller The Da Vinci Code. This theory is popular among Muslims who traditionally reject Christ’s death on the cross. The swoon theory was first proposed by H. E. G. Paulus in The Life of Jesus (1828).

Explanation of the Swoon Theory

Here’s the swoon theory in a nutshell:

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Sunday’s Coming: The Resurrection and Unbelievers

Sundays ComingOver the last three days, as we look forward to Resurrection Sunday, we have been considering the biblical and theological implications of the resurrection of Christ. On Tuesday, we examined the significance of the resurrection as it relates to the person of Christ. On Wednesday and Thursday, we took a look at eight implications the resurrection of Christ has for believers in Him. Because of the resurrection, the believer enjoys the blessing of regeneration and deliverance from the fear and slavery of death; the resurrection is the foundation of justifying grace, the guarantee of the indwelling Holy Spirit and the present intercessory ministry of Christ, the ground of our sanctification, power for holiness and for ministry, and the guarantee of the promise of a resurrection body of our own, free from sin and decay.

But this morning I want to ask: what does the bodily resurrection of Christ say to the unbeliever? What is the significance of the resurrection for those of you who remain outside of Christ? Whether you’re an atheist or agnostic; Buddhist, Hindu, or any other religion; or even if you call yourself a Christian but have a mere outward attachment to Christ—you would regularly attend church, and even read the Bible and listen to sermons—but you have no vital union to Christ, no living relationship, and you still cling to your sin and aim to be lord of your life. What is the significance of the resurrection for you?

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Church Membership Renewal, A New Trend – Rainer on Leadership #112

Podcast Episode #112

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Recently on the blog, I wrote about the emerging trend of annual renewal of church membership. While most churches are not ready for such a change, many are moving forward with this trend and have seen—in many cases—positive results. The churches who execute this process well often see growth in giving, attendance, ministry, and missions. So today on the podcast, we look at this trend and explain why it’s working for so many churches.Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Church membership renewal goes contrary to where most churches are headed.
  • Most churches do not change well.
  • Incremental change is necessary to lead big changes in the church.
  • Younger churches accept change easier than established churches because the historical barriers just don’t exist.
  • It takes most pastors at least five years to build enough trust in a church in order to make significant changes.
  • Accountability is key, more than anything else, on the issue of follow-up.

The 10 aspects of annual church membership renewal we covered were:

  1. The early signs are that this practice can be a healthy move for a church.
  2. Proceed with great caution. Most churches are not ready for annual membership renewal.
  3. Incrementalism is necessary in most churches.
  4. Membership classes are key.
  5. Do not proceed with this process until you have seen it in other churches.
  6. Communication is vital.
  7. Younger churches tend to handle this change better than older churches.
  8. Longer-tenured pastors are typically more able to lead this change.
  9. Expect opposition. Annual membership presents significant change in most churches.
  10. Follow-up is crucial.

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If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Autopsy of a Deceased Church.

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Don’t invite them to church this weekend

church-weekendFor a lot of churches in the West, Easter weekend is treated not unlike SuperBowl Sunday. It’s the big show, a grand production. Kind of like a regular Sunday with a bit of extra “oomph”—which most often comes in the form of horrifically graphic video clips from a movie for which we may or may not have appropriate licensing, though occasionally it also involves laser light shows, motorcycle stunts, and an extravagant giveaway or two.This is the weekend where we’re encouraged to invite our friends, our families, our neighbors, and bring them to church. It’s the weekend where they’re for sure going to hear the gospel preached and perhaps even the Lord might save them!But you know something? I’m not sure it’s always a good idea. In fact, in some cases, maybe the best thing to do is to not invite them at all.Read more

The Daily Discovery (April 3, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Indiana Meets the Big Gay Borg – “‘Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.’ That was the message of the Borg to Captain Jon-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise on the television series Star Trek: Next Generation. The Borg was a conglomerate of species forcibly transformed into cybernetic drones controlled by a hive mind called the Collective. The Borg grew ever stronger by appropriating and exploiting the assets of whatever new species it encountered as it roamed the universe in pursuit of its insatiable lust for power over the lives of others. Both individual and corporate victims of the Borg were assimilated into the Collective, losing their identity to the hive mind.”

The World Likes “Jesus” – “Why does the world hate Jesus? Note, Jesus does use the strong word, ‘Hate.’ The world itself might not use that word. They might call Jesus ‘Good Teacher’ (Mark 10:17), or flatter Him for His uncompromising stands (Matthew 22:16). But Jesus — perhaps doing the very thing for which the world hates Him — lays open their heart. Underneath all the unctuous language, the poses and the self-delusion, He finds not love nor admiration, but hatred.”

Everything Changes: Religious “Freedom,” Pizza and the Future of America – “Today we will spend the entire hour discussing the new Indiana Law protecting religious freedoms. It is a pivotal moment in our nation. The homosexual lobby, which touts tolerance, is being exposed anything but. But the majority of the public – and the mainstream media – hasn’t noticed. Instead, they are calling anyone who agrees with the new legislation ‘Bigots’ and worse.”

Worst Easter Advertisement EVER – “And the Worst Easter Advertisement in the History of the Christian Church Award goes to….Action Church.  Click to see the picture.”

Manhattan Declaration Director Attacks Christians in the Name of Christian Unity – “Mike Gendron happens to be a good, godly man, a first-class apologist and evangelist to Roman Catholics. He’s also a broadcast partner at Worldview Weekend, where the Pulpit & Pen Program is also posted. Gendron, Brannon Howse and others – including John Macarthur – have spoken out about the ecumenist language used in the Manhattan Declaration. Many have signed the document and reconsidered after hearing their concerns. And their concerns, quite frankly, are legitimate.”


SERMON:

Alistair Begg – Shepherds’ Conference 2015


VIDEOS:

You’re David and Goliath Is Your Problems?

The Golden Rule?


“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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External Meddling In Israeli Election

Ask a Bible Teacher

Q.  I just read your article “What Does The Bible Say About Israel’s Future?”  You mentioned that there was “external meddling” in the Israeli election process.  What did you mean by this?

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Is Dating My Late Wife’s Sister OK?

Ask a Bible Teacher

Q. I need your advice on a dating issue.  I have been thinking about starting to date my late wife’s sister. She has been divorced about five years now after her ex left her for another woman. Is it morally wrong for us to start this dating life? We are both saved.  My biggest issue is this.   Am I disrespecting my late wife for doing it? And how will it affect our reunion in heaven when we are reunited?

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More Nephilim To Come?

Ask a Bible Teacher

Q.  Concerning these days as being like the days of Noah, and as we speculate that once again, the Nephilim, or fallen angels, may be mating with some humans,   the following scripture has been brought to my attention.

2 Peter 2:4 states “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved until judgment”.

If this refers to those same fallen angels,  how can they be doing it now, today, if they are chained in hell?

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Our Time is Short

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


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.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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.

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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Jesus our Pilot

The Reformed Reader

Product Details Based on the stories of Jesus calming the wind and the waves (e.g. Luke 8:22-25), Christian teachers throughout history have referred to Jesus as the pilot, or helmsman, of the church (or the Christian’s life).  Below is a short list of examples from several periods in history – examples I find quite edifying and encouraging.

Hippolytus (3rd C.): The Church is like a ship tossed in the deep, but not destroyed, for she has with her the skilled Pilot, Christ.

Athanasius (4th C): Our Lord Christ, like an excellent Pilot, steers and preserves and orders all things by his Wisdom and Word.

John Calvin (16th C): Our course in the world is like a dangerous sailing between many rocks, and exposed to many storms and tempests, and so no one arrives at the port except he who has escaped a thousand deaths. It is certain that we are…

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The Crucifixion of Jesus in the Heidelberg Catechism

Zwinglius Redivivus

220px-Heidelberger_Katechismus_1563Question 39. Is there anything more in his being “crucified”, than if he had died some other death?

Answer: Yes there is; for thereby I am assured, that he took on him the curse which lay upon me; (a) for the death of the cross was accursed of God. (b)

(a) Gal.3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: (b) Deut.21:23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

And here is Ursinus’ explanation:

EXPOSITION

The death of the cross is an aggravation of the punishment of Christ, and…

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GTY Blog: The Seven Last Sayings of Christ: A Prayer of Consumation

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by John MacArthur

Perhaps the most compelling words Christ ever spoke were some of His last. In a loud, triumphant voice that defied the asphyxiating effects of hanging on the cross, Christ cried out, “It is finished!” That simple exclamation signaled the end of His life, but the beginning of new life for everyone who would trust in Him for salvation. “It is finished!” was, in essence, the beginning of much more.

Christ’s final statement from the cross was similarly significant. It was a simple prayer that expressed the unqualified submission that had been in His heart from the very beginning. Luke records those final words: “And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ Having said this, He breathed His last” (Luke 23:46).

Christ died as no other man has ever died. In one sense He was murdered by the hands of wicked men (Acts 2:23). In another sense it was the Father who sent Him to the cross and bruised Him there, putting Him to grief—and it pleased the Father to do so (Isaiah 53:10). Yet in still another sense, no one took Christ’s life. He gave it up willingly for those whom He loved (John 10:17–18).

When He finally breathed His last on the cross, it was not with a wrenching struggle against His killers. He did not display any frenzied death throes. His final passage into death—like every other aspect of the crucifixion drama—was a deliberate act of His own sovereign will, showing that to the very end, He was sovereignly in control of all that was happening. John says, “He bowed His head and gave up His spirit” (John 19:30). Quietly, submissively, He simply yielded up His life.

Everything had come to pass exactly as He said it would. Not only Jesus, but also His killers, and the mocking crowd, together with Pilate, Herod, and the Sanhedrin—all had perfectly fulfilled the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God to the letter.

And thus Christ calmly and majestically displayed His sovereignty to the end. It seemed to all who loved Him—and even many who cared little for Him—like a supreme tragedy. But it was the greatest moment of victory in the history of redemption, and Christ would make that fact gloriously clear when He burst triumphantly from the grave just days later.

(Adapted from The Murder of Jesus.)


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The deal is bad. Very bad. But let’s not panic. Here’s why. (Some thoughts on the Iran deal, Passover & Easter.)

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

iran-nuclear-graphic(Central Israel) — On Thursday evening, rather than pore over the details of the deal that the P5+1 just struck with Iran regarding its nuclear program, I took one of my sons to a wonderful Passover Seder attended by Jewish and non-Jewish friends in Kfar Shmaryahu, a suburb of Tel Aviv. Tonight, our entire family is looking forward to attending a Seder with Jewish and Arab friends near Netanya.

Please forgive me, therefore, for not writing sooner about the deal.

A few brief observations for now:

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Christian-owned pizza business shuts down after death threats from gay activists

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Crystal O'Connor, victim of bullying by gay activists Crystal O’Connor, victim of bullying by gay activists

I read a lot of articles on this, and Todd Starnes’ on Fox News was the most detailed.

He writes:

A small town, family-owned pizzeria has become the latest target of an angry mob of modern-day fascists — hell-bent on silencing anyone who opposes gay marriage.

Kevin O’Connor and his daughter Crystal own Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind. — just a hop, skip and a jump southwest of South Bend.

Mr. O’Connor and his family have been forced into hiding and had to temporarily shut down their store after they told a local television reporter that they would not cater a gay wedding.

“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” Crystal told ABC 57 on Tuesday.

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Destroying Israel is “nonnegotiable,” says Iran militia leadership. Also vows to bring down Saudi Arabia.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

iran-flagAs the United States and other world powers were making significant concessions to the Iranian government regarding its illegal nuclear program this week, a high-ranking Iranian militia leader repeated his country’s vow to destroy Israel.

He threatened to bring down the government of Saudi Arabia, as well, for Riyadh’s role in fighting Iranian-backed terrorists in Yemen.

Here are excerpts from the Times of Israel story:

  • “The commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said that ‘erasing Israel off the map’ is ‘non-negotiable”….
  • Militia chief Mohammad Reza Naqdi also threatened Saudi Arabia, saying that the offensive it is leading in Yemen “will have a fate like the fate of Saddam Hussein.”
  • Naqdi’s comments were made public as Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue nuclear negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June.
  • In 2014, Naqdi said Iran was stepping…

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Modesty

The Reformed Reader

In the first century, Paul said that Christian women “are to dress themselves in modest clothing, with decency and good sense” (1 Tim. 2:9 HCSB).  Speaking more broadly of sexual purity, all Christians should dress decently and not in a sexually immoral or suggestive way.  Kent Hughes talks about modesty in chapter seven of Set Apart.  His discussion is a good one; I’ll summarize it below.

What Fuels Immodesty Today?

1) The fashion industry.  Early on, Calvin Klein led the way in promoting a drugged-out cocaine chic as pale, skinny adolescent men and women posed in jeans (some with flies unzipped) in various postures of strung-out languor.  Today Abercrombie & Fitch is the leader in marketing lewdness.

2) The body industry.  If anything trumps the fashion industry in promoting immodesty, it’s the body industry.  The body business lives on the promotion of the myth that you cannot…

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

Friday

Day 39: How compelling is the evidence that Jesus’ tomb was found empty on Easter Sunday morning?

Confession: Psalm 86:1–5

Incline, O Yahweh, your ear and answer me,

because I am poor and needy.

Watch over my life because I am faithful.

You are my God; save your servant.

I am the one who trusts you.

Be gracious to me, O Lord,

because I call to you all day long.

Make glad the soul of your servant,

because I desire you, O Lord.

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,

and abundant in loyal love for all who call to you.

Reading: Mark 15:42–47

And when it was already evening, since it was the day of preparation (that is, the day before the Sabbath), Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the council who was also himself looking forward to the kingdom of God, came acting courageously and went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate was surprised that he was already dead, and summoning the centurion, asked him whether he had died already. And when he learned of it from the centurion, he granted the corpse to Joseph. And after purchasing a linen cloth and taking him down, he wrapped him in the linen cloth and placed him in a tomb that had been cut from the rock. And he rolled a stone over the entrance of the tomb. Now Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was placed.

Reflection

Consider that gratitude and thankfulness is the best service—being the end of all other worship—and is God’s due. It is the end why God gives matter and means by which, and for which, we should be thankful. Nothing is more beneficial than thankfulness, nor anything more mischievous than unthankfulness. Consider also that hearty and constant thankfulness is a testimony of uprightness; it excellently becomes the upright to be thankful. It is all the homage, and all the service which God requires at your hands, for all the good that He bestows on you. It is pleasant and delightful. It is possible and easy through the grace of God’s Spirit.…

Thankfulness elevates and enlarges the soul, making it fruitful in good works beyond any other duty. For the thankful man is often consulting with himself what he shall render to the Lord for all His benefits to him. This spiritual praise and thanks to God by Christ is the beginning of heaven upon earth—being part of that communion and fellowship which saints and angels have with God above. It is that everlasting service, which endures forever.

—Henry Scudder

The Christian’s Daily Walk

Response

Is thankfulness your first response to Christ’s saving work? Spend time today—Good Friday—reading and reflecting on Mark 15. Then, turn to God in prayer.[1]

 

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

Remove the evil from among you

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

9 Ἔγραψα ὑμῖν ἐν τῇ ἐπιστολῇ μὴ συναναμίγνυσθαι πόρνοις, 10 οὐ πάντως τοῖς πόρνοις τοῦ κόσμου τούτου ἢ τοῖς πλεονέκταις καὶ ἅρπαξιν ἢ εἰδωλολάτραις, ἐπεὶ ὠφείλετε ἄρα ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου ἐξελθεῖν. 11 νῦν δὲ ἔγραψα ὑμῖν μὴ συναναμίγνυσθαι ἐάν τις ἀδελφὸς ὀνομαζόμενος ᾖ πόρνος ἢ πλεονέκτης ἢ εἰδωλολάτρης ἢ λοίδορος ἢ μέθυσος ἢ ἅρπαξ, τῷ τοιούτῳ μηδὲ συνεσθίειν. 12 τί γάρ μοι τοὺς ἔξω κρίνειν; οὐχὶ τοὺς ἔσω ὑμεῖς κρίνετε; 13 τοὺς δὲ ἔξω ὁ θεὸς κρινεῖ. ἐξάρατε τὸν πονηρὸν ἐξ ὑμῶν αὐτῶν. (1 Corinthians 5:9-13 NA28)

9 I wrote to you in the epistle not to mix with fornicators, 10 not meaning complete dissociation from the fornicators of this world or greedy and swindlers or idolaters, since you would have to then go out from the world. 11 But now I wrote to you not to mix with anyone who is called a brother if he is…

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