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April 6, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Collection

Remember: you are not fighting for victory, but from victory, for Jesus Christ has already defeated Satan! —Warren Wiersbe


Apr. 6, 2015


Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Sunday he’s within a few votes of being able to override a threatened presidential veto of his bill giving Congress a say in any nuclear deal with Iran.

Delivering his Easter message from St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Sunday, the pope gave his backing to the nuclear deal reached between Iran, the United States, China, Russia, France, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Russian inflation accelerated in March to the fastest on an annual basis since 2002 even as slowing weekly readings allow the central bank to press ahead with cutting borrowing costs. Consumer prices rose 16.9 percent from a year earlier.

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers delivered a scathing message: “This past month may be remembered as the moment the United States lost its role as the underwriter of the global economic system.” Summers is referencing the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China’s 18-month-old plan to start the first new multilateral development lender in decades.

Refiners are poised to make gasoline at a record pace this year, keeping the biggest U.S. crude glut in more than 80 years from overflowing storage.

Turkey moved to block access to some social media websites including Twitter and Facebook after images of a prosecutor who was taken hostage and later died were circulated.

The decade-long surge in foreign-currency reserves held by the world’s central banks is coming to an end. Global reserves declined to $11.6 trillion in March from a record $12.03 trillion in August 2014, halting a five-fold increase that began in 2004, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

South Koreans are getting older and spending less, making it more difficult for the central bank to stoke spending and price gains to keep the nation’s tiger economy powering along.

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One of the gunmen who slaughtered 148 people at a college in Kenya was identified Sunday as the law-school-educated son of a Kenyan government official, underscoring the inroads Islamic extremists have made in recruiting young people to carry out attacks against their own country.

In Poland, doctors, shopkeepers, lawmakers and others are heeding a call to receive military training in case of an invasion. Neighboring Lithuania is restoring the draft and teaching citizens what to do in case of war. Nearby Latvia has plans to give university students military training next year. The drive to teach ordinary people how to use weapons and take cover under fire reflects soaring anxiety among people in a region where memories of Moscow’s domination – which ended only in the 1990s – remain raw.

A man in northwest Pakistan gunned down his former fiancee and nine of her relatives Sunday, police said, six months after murdering his own parents and two brothers for refusing to pay his dowry.

Jamal al-Labani, who was killed in a mortar strike in Yemen last week, is believed to be the first American killed in Yemen, where conflicts between the Houthi minorities and government forces have been worsening.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday blamed the changing lifestyles that have come with India’s economic development for rising pollution levels that have given the country some of the world’s dirtiest air.

Oil futures climbed more than $1 a barrel on Monday, after Saudi Arabia raised its prices for crude sales to Asia for the second month running, signaling improved demand in the region.

The polarization of Venezuela was visible on Easter Sunday as Caracas residents burned carton-made puppets of US President Obama and Venezuela President Maduro, as part of the “burning of Judas” tradition.

Saudi Arabia has asked Pakistan to contribute aircraft, ships and ground troops to its coalition fighting rebels in Yemen, the Pakistani defense minister said.

Islamist fighters in northern Syria released two dozen women and children late on Sunday in exchange for a rebel commander held by pro-regime forces, a monitoring group said.


Kenyan fighter jets have bombed positions of militant Islamist group al-Shabab in neighboring Somalia, a military spokesman has told the BBC.

An Alabama man has been freed after spending nearly 30 years on death row.

The former president of Cuba, Fidel Castro, has made his first appearance in 14 months. He met a delegation of Venezuelan officials on a solidarity mission to Cuba at a local school. The 88-year-old revolutionary icon was described as “full of vitality” by local press.

A Dutch hostage kidnapped in Mali in 2011 has been freed by French Special Forces.

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has welcomed news that Athens will make a loan payment due to the IMF this week.

Aid flights to Yemen were being held back by “logistical problems”, as violence in the country continues.


Patriots along with a state trooper tore down a communist China flag that was flying from the state Capitol in Olympia, Washington. The flag was reportedly flying as a nod to Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai, who was supposed to visit state officials.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, one of the GOP’s talked-about candidates for president in 2016, says it’s great to have tolerance for homosexuals, but America needs to be careful not to create a special class of people with special legal rights.

An estimated 100 teachers and teaching assistants in the UK are likely to be sacked from schools after an investigation into their alleged extremist Islamist views.

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April 6, 2015


“[A]s a man, who is attached to a prostitute, is unfitted to choose or judge of a wife, so any prepossession in favor of a rotten constitution of government will disable us from discerning a good one.” –Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776


Poor Jobs Report Shows Need for GOP Alternative

Over the long Easter weekend, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that job growth during March did not reach the 245,000 jobs economists predicted — not even close. While the unemployment rate stayed flat at 5.5% and the U-6 measure of labor underutilization edged down to 10.9%, the U.S. economy added only 126,000 jobs in March. Furthermore, BLS revised its job numbers for January and February down 69,000. To put this in perspective, 150,000 jobs must be added per month to keep up with population growth. And there were two times as many unemployed people as people who got a job. Barack Obama’s rosy rhetoric on his economic legacy has washed away with the snowmelt. Columnist George Will told Fox News, “If the workforce participation rate today were as high as it was on the day Barack Obama was inaugurated, the unemployment rate in this country would be 9.7%. We wouldn’t be complaining about the bad recovery because we wouldn’t call it a recovery.” We’ve had years of this tepid economy. It’s time for Republicans to champion an alternative. More…

Indiana and Arkansas Concede to Politics in Religious Liberty Fight

State-level conservatives confronted with the sea of change that homosexual rights activists bring to society must choose between what is moral and what is political. Bowing to national pressure, the Indiana lawmaking machine weakened its Religious Freedom Restoration Act, essentially creating a protected class of “LGBT” people, writes Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson. Similarly, Arkansas weakened its RFRA bill Thursday. Matt Lewis writes in The Telegraph, “[W]hile conservatives tend to view this as nothing more than a power grab by gay rights activists, others truly view this as a great civil rights cause. In their minds, protections allowing a devout believer to decline to photograph a gay wedding would be tantamount to Jim Crow laws where African-Americans were turned away at lunch counters. While this analogy seems a stretch, the notion of comparing one’s own cause to the civil rights struggle is some mighty high moral ground to seize — and seize it they have.” Due to leftists’ successful and emotionally evocative rhetoric, Republicans are stuck. Should they once again concede ground as the Left labels them bigots? Or do they stand firm to fight for Liberty? Lawmakers made their choice plain.

How to Make a Million Bucks Running an Indiana Pizza Parlor

Maybe someone will blame this one on Hillary Clinton’s vast right-wing conspiracy. After a reporter asked Indiana pizzeria Memories Pizza if it would cater a same-sex marriage ceremony, the mom-and-pop pizza pie factory said no, they wouldn’t. Enraged that someone would dare utter a legitimate expression of religious conscience, leftists grabbed their pitchforks and torches to protest the restaurant into oblivion. In response, a producer from The Blaze set up a donation page on GoFundMe. The producer, Lawrence Jones, said, “The intent was to help the family stave off the burdensome cost of having the media parked out front, activists tearing them down, and no customers coming in. Our goal was simply to help take one thing off this family’s plate as the strangers sought to destroy them.” To date, the page brought $842,592 and the Left can only explain the phenomenon as some sort of conspiracy. The pizzeria knew it would make a killing by playing the controversy, they somehow reason. Or decent people, upset that the Left would go after anybody and everybody that disagrees with them, voted with their dollars, instead of staying silent. More…

Rolling Stone Rolls Back It’s False Story

Rolling Stone published quite the blockbuster story last November about an awful gang rape at a University of Virginia frat house. The only trouble was the story was false. Police investigated and found no evidence to support the story. Now even the iconic music magazine is admitting the gig is up and formally retracting the story. Fox News reports that a “review, undertaken by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism at Rolling Stone’s request, produced a 12,000-word report that documented lapses in standard journalistic procedure at every level of the magazine during the reporting and editing of the story.” But other than the retraction, it’ll be business as usual — no one will be fired or even disciplined, and no changes will be made. Writer (it’s hard to call her a reporter) Sabrina Erdely will even continue contributing after apologizing. When relaying a leftist narrative, sometimes a story is just too good to check, no matter what it does to the victims — in this case, the falsely accused young men in the fraternity.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie Pardons Mom Facing Stupid Gun Charge

Even though common sense prevailed when New Jersey dropped the prosecution of two individuals who ran afoul of its gun laws, the state’s broken laws need a change. Shaneen Allen thought she was in the clear when she drove into New Jersey with her Pennsylvania-legal handgun. Instead, she faced years in a New Jersey jail. The state dropped the prosecution, but Allen still needed to attend a pre-trial intervention class. On Thursday, Governor Chris Christie pardoned Allen, and the move possibly sets a precedent for other out-of-state travelers caught in Jersey’s gun laws. “It was quite a fight for her down there in Atlantic County, and it led to significant changes. Hundreds of folks were helped by her case,” Allen’s lawyer Evan Knappen said. “It’s a little absurd to take someone who’s a law-abiding citizen in their home state but then put them into a New Jersey state prison for a mandatory three- to five-year sentence and make them a felon.” In February, the Garden State dropped the prosecution of Gordon van Gilder, a former teacher who was caught with — the horrors! — an antique flintlock pistol. Some in the state realize there is a problem. But the problem now is that citizens only rely on the state’s benevolence, not a law that rules over everyone equally. More…



Good News: Peace in Our Time!

Neville Chamberlain was wrong too

On Thursday, Barack Obama announced his nuclear deal with Iran in a Rose Garden speech that gave new meaning to the phrase “putting lipstick on a pig.” The major assertion of his speech — “If fully implemented, this framework will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, making our nation, our allies and our world safer” — is categorically untrue. This deal will not prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, and it will not make anyone safer. Heck, even the French basically called it a surrender.

Obama praised the “tough and principled diplomacy” practiced by U.S. negotiators led by Secretary of State John Kerry over the last 18 months. Apparently, “tough and principled” meant tossing overboard one negotiating position after another until Iran finally agreed to something. As The Washington Post pointed out, Obama went from “Iran must end its nuclear program and abide by UN resolutions” in 2012 to enshrining Iran’s right to become a threshold nuclear state and ditching the UN resolutions in 2015, leaving Iran never more than a year from being able to field a weapon.

The community organizer in chief claimed this deal “will cut off every pathway Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon.” Considering that this deal leaves every single Iranian nuclear facility and centrifuge intact and depends on Iranian honesty and goodwill to boot, we are not persuaded. At best — at the very best — this deal puts a speed bump on Iran’s road to a nuclear weapon.

Obama insisted the deal would stop Iran from using the Arak heavy water reactor to produce plutonium by replacing the reactor core with a light water design. The details of this modification remain to be worked out, and it will take years to accomplish — if Iran allows it to go forward at all. In the meantime, Iran is already demanding an immediate end to all sanctions. How to square these two widely divergent timelines? Obama didn’t elaborate. Look for this to provide one of the earliest collisions between his vision and reality.

Next, he claimed the deal will “shut down Iran’s path to a bomb using enriched uranium.” See our previous objection. Not a single Iranian facility is so much as shuttered, and not a single centrifuge is destroyed or shipped out of the country. Even the heavily fortified underground enrichment site at Fordow is merely converted to a “research center.” All reversible in short order at any time Iran chooses, and with Iran’s possession of a complete, industrial-scale nuclear fuel cycle now officially blessed by the United States and the UN.

Obama swore the deal provides the “most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency ever” and that “if Iran cheats, we will know.” We refer him to Iran’s 2003 signing of the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which also provided the most robust and intrusive inspections ever — until Iran decided not to allow them. The new deal will put the Additional Protocol’s terms back in force, as well as requiring Iran to comply with inspections for “suspicious sites or allegations of a covert enrichment facility, conversion facility, centrifuge production facility, or yellowcake production facility anywhere in the country.” All dependent on the ability of the P5+1, including Iran’s friends China and Russia, to act as one and hold Iran’s feet to the fire on inspections.

And if you don’t like the deal, Obama says, ask yourself this question: “Do you really think that this verifiable deal … is a worse option than the risk of another war in the Middle East?” Either my way or war, he says.

Fortunately, members of the congressional leadership from both sides of the aisle are obviously not ready to accept Obama’s version of reality. Elliot Engel (D-NY), the senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, warned, “We now need to take a close look at the details to determine if the compromises made are worth the dismantling of years of pressure built on Iran.”

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) declared, “The details deserve and must get a vote by the U.S. Congress. Until the full details are provided to Congress on June 30th, you can keep me in the ‘highly skeptical’ column.”

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) noted, “[Thursday’s] framework is far too vague for the U.S. to be immediately lifting sanctions. Without question, Tehran will consider [this] agreement, which allows it to keep its underground facilities intact, a huge victory.”

Also not ready to accept Obama’s version of reality is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a statement on Friday, Netanyahu affirmed the obvious: Lifting sanctions on Iran “would greatly bolster Iran’s economy [and] give Iran … tremendous means to propel its aggression and terrorism throughout the Middle East.” He added that the deal to allow Iran to keep its nuclear program could “very well spark a nuclear arms race … and it would greatly increase the risks of terrible war.”

Speaking of that nuclear arms race, Saudi Arabia will somehow have to be convinced that Iran’s possession of a complete nuclear infrastructure does not threaten Riyadh. This will be a tough sell, because Saudi Arabia’s population is just as concentrated in a few major cities as is Israel’s, and Saudi Arabia does not have a missile defense system. Its only option for maintaining deterrent capability against a nuclear Iran would be to go nuclear itself. How these two mortal enemies might act once both have nuclear weapons is not pleasant to consider.

All that said, we are guardedly optimistic that this deal will be dragged down by its own weight. Its deficiencies are so numerous and obvious that only the legacy-seeking narcissist occupying the White House can say with a straight face that it’s a good deal for the United States. The technical details to be worked out in just three months are monumental. Congress is skeptical and resentful of being shut out of the process for so long, and they must go along to relieve sanctions — an unlikely proposition. Iran is sure to drag its feet, demand full sanctions relief up front, and generally follow its usual script of misbehavior, producing ample opportunities to blow up the deal.

But in the meantime, with every day that Iran is allowed to enjoy this deal’s protection for its nuclear program, the day Iran becomes a nuclear weapons state grows nearer. And that would be the real legacy of this deal’s principal architect: Barack Obama.

Hatchet Man Reid a Master of the BIG Lie


In a highly revealing interview, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) revealed just how bankrupt the progressive ideology that forms the heart of the Democrat Party truly is. CNN’s Dana Bash showed a video of Reid standing on the Senate floor in 2012 and accusing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney of not paying taxes — without a shred of evidence to back up his claim. The camera pans back to Reid. “I don’t regret that at all,” he states flatly. “Some people call that McCarthyite,” Bash responds. “Well, they can all it what ever they want,” smirks Reid. “Romney didn’t win, did he?”

Neither did decency, which is the first casualty for a political party whose core philosophy begins and ends with a single idea: Advance the progressive agenda by any means necessary.

Harry Reid’s career as a hatchet man for the Left embodies that leftist malignancy. And if one thinks Reid is alone, think again.

Read the rest here.

Breaking: Presidential Candidates Raise Money


Before partisans from both parties begin the presidential election by gathering around the frozen tundra of Iowa in January, it’s likely the field will contract over the latter half of the year as the bottom-feeders find the money’s not there to continue their run. To avoid this fate, many would-be occupants of the Oval Office from both parties have set up political action committees and other financial arrangements to collect donations on their behalf. It’s a practice that has irritated the editorial board of The Washington Post, driving them to deliver a stinging rebuke to Jeb Bush and others for their efforts so far.

Not that the Post even alleges law-breaking. Indeed, the candidates are following the law. The Post just doesn’t like it.

Read the rest here.



The Gipper: “Our friends in the other party will never forgive us for our success, and are doing everything in their power to rewrite history. Listening to the liberals, you’d think that the 1980’s were the worst period since the Great Depression, filled with suffering and despair. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting awfully tired of the whining voices from the White House these days. They’re claiming there was a decade of greed and neglect, but you and I know better than that. We were there.”

Columnist Jonah Goldberg: “While Jim Crow laws obviously went beyond economics, they were in their origin and greatest effect about economics. Racist Southern Democrats understood that nothing threatens discrimination more than economic liberty. Restore to blacks their God-given right to control and sell the fruits of their own labor, and the market will make enforced bigotry expensive. Without Jim Crow, bigoted businesses would suffer in the marketplace. As [Thomas] Sowell said, ‘Prejudice is free but discrimination has costs.’ Comparing RFRA laws to Jim Crow laws turns all of this on its head. Jim Crow laws forced tolerant businesses to be intolerant of blacks. No one, anywhere, is suggesting that people who want to do business with same-sex couples should be barred from doing so. The argument is whether the government should force a few ardent Christians (or Jews or Muslims) to participate in a ceremony that violates their faith. In Indiana, the most vocal and arguably the most powerful voices against even the perception of anti-gay discrimination have come from the business community. And, one suspects, there are plenty of people in the wedding-planning industry eager for such business. We could impose a fine on recalcitrant religious wedding photographers. But the market already does that, every time they turn away paying customers.”

Columnist Linda Chavez: “Boy do I have a deal for you. Give me enough money to build a fancy new house, and I promise I won’t try to blow up yours. You can even check my basement to make sure I’m not stockpiling dynamite. Oh, and I promise I won’t try to buy any explosives from those shady characters I hang out with or hide what I already have in a storage unit somewhere else. Sound like a good bargain? Well, in simple terms, it pretty much describes the framework the Obama administration has signed on to in order to persuade Iran to give up its quest to build nuclear weapons. … Obama seems to regard as a major achievement an agreement to reach an agreement, which is all this week’s deal is – a formal agreement won’t happen until June, if at all. Was ever an American president so deluded as to his accomplishments? His administration has so far botched everything it has touched when it comes to foreign affairs. Obama came into office promising to restore America’s reputation. Instead, he’s damaged it, perhaps irreparably for the near future.”

Humorist Frank Fleming: “Our civil rights are determined by whoever is best at bullying. … They now say there are a number of different genders out there, but is it bigoted if I’m only attracted to one? … When Jesus pointed to Adam and Eve (one man, one woman) as God’s model for marriage, was he being hateful? Would we put up with that now?”

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Iowa Churches to Distribute Bibles to Every Home in City

Posted: 06 Apr 2015 07:59 AM PDT

Iowa Churches to Distribute Bibles to Every Home in CityNearly twenty Iowa churches will work together this weekend to distribute Bibles to every home in their city—an effort that they say may be the first of its kind. First Baptist Church (FBC) of Marshalltown has announced that it, along with 17 other churches, will place 12,000 Bibles in 12,000 homes on Saturday, April 11. Following a series of violent crimes in the city, Gerald Robison, pastor of First Baptist Church, suggested the idea during a pastors’ meeting earlier this year. He envisioned his congregation carrying out the mission, but other pastors immediately expressed interest and were eager to get involved. “What made the other churches want to join so quickly is that our prayer time had recently focused on what appeared to be a dark cloud of gloom hovering over our community,” Robison said in a press release on Wednesday.  “There had been a murder, an attempted murder, arson and a shooting death in our area,” he explained further. “With all the bad news around us, the pastors had been praying over the town and we saw this project as a way of delivering hope.” The project was soon named “Hope 4 You—Hope 4 Iowa.” The pastors continue to meet together about the effort, mapping out the city and planning a strategy for the distribution. And while the project required raising $18,000 to purchase the thousands of Bibles, Robison said that anonymous donors came forward to cover the exact amount needed to carry out the mission. FULL REPORT

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Humanists Threaten Legal Action After Elementary Teacher Gives Bibles to StudentsPosted: 06 Apr 2015 07:54 AM PDT

Humanists Threaten Legal Action After Elementary Teacher Gives Bibles to StudentsA national humanist organization has threatened to sue a school district in Oklahoma because an elementary school teacher offered Gideon New Testaments to her students. Erica Mackey is a third grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Duncan, Oklahoma. Last Thursday, Mackey reportedly announced to her students that she had several New Testament Bibles and asked if anyone would like one. Nearly all her students came up to her desk to get copies of the New Testaments. Upon learning of the Bible distribution, one of the third grade student’s parents alerted the American Humanist Association (AHA), describing what happened. The AHA quickly emailed a letter to both the principal of the school and the superintendent of the school district, reprimanding Mackey’s in-class actions and threatening legal action. “The school’s actions in assisting the Gideons in distributing Bibles to elementary students represents a clear breach of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution and we hereby demand assurances that this practice will discontinue immediately,” the letter states. FULL REPORT

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America—Then vs. Now. It’s Almost Unbelievable.Posted: 06 Apr 2015 07:49 AM PDT

America—Then vs. Now. It’s Almost Unbelievable.Newsweek magazine, on Dec. 27, 1982, in an article titled, “How the Bible Made America,” made this revealing statement: “Historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our Founding document.” To understand the core values of a nation, one must simply look to the beliefs set forth during its conception, and, in the case of America, during the transitional years of the American Revolution. Judge for yourself how far we have drifted from the original intent of early Americans. Consider the following: Then: If a proposed article for the Constitution was not supported by, or rooted in the Bible, it was not considered. In their early writings, many of the Founding Fathers quoted or referenced the Bible nearly four times more than any other source. Now: Even though creation screams “Creator,” the Bible is mocked, ridiculed, and discarded. To suggest that the universe was created by random chance and that humans came from primordial ooze, is the height of arrogance. “Only fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God’” (Ps. 14:1). Then: First introduced in 1766, William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws, served as the legal reference for the Founders, as well as for many early American lawyers. Blackstone’s commentaries were deeply rooted in biblical principles. It’s been said that Blackstone was the first to use the phrase, “the laws of nature and of nature’s God.” FULL REPORT

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Healing Power of Prayer Undeniable, According to 1,500 Medical StudiesPosted: 06 Apr 2015 07:44 AM PDT

Healing Power of Prayer Undeniable, According to 1,500 Medical StudiesFor the devout, there never has been any question that prayer has the power to heal. Now, more and more medical research from leading hospitals and universities across the U.S. has shown conclusively a belief in God really IS good for you, making you healthier and happier, and helping you live longer. “Studies have shown prayer can prevent people from getting sick—and when they do get sick, prayer can help them get better faster,” Duke University’s Harold G. Koenig, M.D., tells Newsmax Health. An exhaustive analysis of more than 1,500 reputable medical studies “indicates people who are more religious and pray more have better mental and physical health,” Dr. Koenig says. “And out of 125 studies that looked at the link between health and regular worship, 85 showed regular churchgoers live longer. “There’s a lot of evidence out there.” Dr. Koenig—director of Duke’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health and the author of several authoritative books on faith and healing—says a striking study published in the Southern Medical Journal demonstrated that prayer has a remarkable effect on patients with hearing and visual deficiencies. FULL REPORT

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Treasury Department refuses to answer Congress on $3 billion unauthorized Obamacare paymentsPosted: 06 Apr 2015 07:40 AM PDT

Treasury Department refuses to answer Congress on $3 billion unauthorized Obamacare paymentsThe Executive Branch of the US Federal Government is running wild, without any standards to go by, without any limitations. That’s because the US Constitution has been turned into toilet paper. Every single right in the Bill of Rights is now routinely folded up, used to wipe politician’s buttocks, and then flushed down Big Government toilets. The US Treasury Department does not even get authorization from the House of Representatives to spend money anymore. Article I, Section 9 of the US Constitution explicitly states, “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” Of course, the Affordable Care Act (mandated medical system insurance act) was passed into law a few years ago, expanding government’s taxation powers, but Congress is in charge of authorizing spending through annual appropriations. However, the US Treasury Department doesn’t care about annual appropriations, and the leaders of the department have already doled out nearly $3 billion in unauthorized payments to health insurers in 2014 alone. FULL REPORT

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Faith school fears as union says teachers must promote gay lifestylePosted: 06 Apr 2015 07:33 AM PDT

Faith school fears as union says teachers must promote gay lifestyleSchools should be forced to promote gay relationships in sex education lessons, union leaders say. The National Union of Teachers has called for a ‘positive portrayal of same sex relationships’ in lessons to be made ‘compulsory’ under the next government. It said MPs had a duty to tackle ‘homophobia, biphobia and transphobia’ in schools and create a ‘positive climate of understanding about sexuality’. But critics accused the NUT of ‘thought control’ and said the ‘intolerant’ proposals risked ‘oversexualising’ children at a young age. Meanwhile, Christian groups warned it would compel teachers at faith schools to act against their beliefs. However, the union said the changes were needed to tackle prejudice which was ‘still strongly prevalent in our schools’. Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute said: ‘This motion is itself an act of intolerance towards mainstream Christians and their beliefs. It would force Christian teachers to have to choose between their faith and their job. FULL REPORT

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How volcanoes could trigger a year without summerPosted: 06 Apr 2015 07:29 AM PDT

How volcanoes could trigger a year without summer This month marks the 200th anniversary of the greatest known volcanic explosion in the historical record, and brings a warning that another huge blast could be imminent. In April 1815, the Tambora volcano, on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, tore itself apart in a cataclysmic eruption that loaded the atmosphere with sun-shielding sulphur gases and brought bitterly cold weather to the UK and Europe, half a world away. Now scientists are keeping a careful eye on a clutch of long dormant but restless volcanoes across the planet that may present a similar threat, to provide us with advance warning of the next big bang. Most volcanologists would agree with the maxim “the longer the wait, the bigger the bang”. In other words, volcanoes that have been quiet for centuries, or even millennia, often announce their emergence from slumber with a huge explosion. Of the 20 biggest eruptions since 1800, half occurred at volcanoes that had lain dormant throughout the historical period. FULL REPORT


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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said ‘preparing for war’ in case deal collapsesPosted: 06 Apr 2015 07:24 AM PDT

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said ‘preparing for war’ in case deal collapses Iran’s Revolutionary Guards “are preparing for war” in the event that negotiations to turn Thursday’s framework nuclear agreement into a binding deal by June 30 collapse, an Israeli TV report said Sunday night, citing Arab intelligence agencies. The Israeli Channel 10 report said Arab intelligence agencies have warned “France, the UK and the US” that the Revolutionary Guards fear Iran could face a military strike should the talks break down, and that the Guards are ready to close the Strait of Hormuz and take other unspecified measures. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the US was working as recently as January on improving its biggest bunker buster bombs in case they were needed for strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The Sunday Israeli TV report highlighted the major discrepancies that have emerged between the US and Iran since the framework agreement was announced on Thursday, raising the concern that the non-binding understandings reached to date will fall apart and the negotiations collapse. FULL REPORT


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Fleas test positive for plague in ArizonaPosted: 06 Apr 2015 07:19 AM PDT

Fleas test positive for plague in ArizonaCoconino County officials are taking precautions after finding fleas collected in Picture Canyon northeast of Flagstaff have tested positive for plague. The Arizona Daily Sun reported Friday that the County Public Health Services District is conducting additional tests and disinfecting prairie dog burrows. Public health officials collected the fleas around trails in the popular hiking area after noticing some prairie dogs dying off. The positive test is the first sign of plague activity in the county since last September in Doney Park. Officials are advising residents to take precautions such as using insect repellent and to avoid handling sick or dead animals. Symptoms of plague appear within two to six days after initial exposure. They can include fever, chills, swollen lymph glands and muscle pain. SOURCE

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CALIFORNIANS TO BE HEAVILY FINED FOR LONG SHOWERSSunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) said Californians will face heavy fines for taking long showers. Brown said, “This executive order is done under emergency power. It has the force of law. Very unusual. It’s requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border. It affects lawns. It affects people’s — how long they stay in the shower. How businesses use water.” Brown said to enforce his order, “Each water district that actually delivers waters — water to homes and businesses, they carry it out. We have a state water board that overseas the relationships with the districts. Hundreds of them. If they don’t comply, people can be fined $500 a day. Districts can go to court to get a cease and desist order. The enforcement mechanism is powerful. In a drought of this magnitude, you have to change that behavior and you have to change it substantially.” Guest host host Martha Raddatz pointed out, “More water used for almond production than is used by all residents and businesses in San Francisco and Los Angeles combined.” FULL REPORT

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Iran nuclear deal faces scrutiny in  US and Iran, offers less than it appears

Iran Agrees to Detailed Nuclear Outline, First Step Toward a Wider Deal, New York Times (Michael Gordon and David Sanger)

Disputes Begin Over Details of Iran Accord, Wall Street Journal (Laurence Norman and Carol Lee)

Iran’s Negotiating Triumph Over Obama and America, Wall Street Journal (Reuel Marc Gerecht and Mark Dubowitz)

2) President Obama excluded as one of world’s 50 greatest leaders by Fortune

Why Obama isn’t on Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders list, Fortune Magazine (Alan Murray)

3) Kenya massacre example of increasingly common persecution of Christians in other nations

Come Out and Live, Shabab Told Kenya Students. It Was a Lie., New York Times (Jeremy Gettleman)

Killing Christians in Kenya, Wall Street Journal (Editorial Board)
In other news…

Anti-Islamic protests around the country spark ugly stand-offs, Sydney Morning Herald (John Elder and Natalie O’Brien)
France Moves to Ban Ultrathin Fashion Models, Wall Street Journal (Jason Chow)
Navy Chaplain Spectacle: “What’s The Matter With Modder?”, Huffington Post (Michael L. Weinstein, Esq)
Now Is the Time to Talk About Religious Liberty, Public Discourse (Charles J. Chaput, Robert P. George, William E. Lori, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., and Russell Moore)

Feds press megachurch to return $300K donated by Michigan’s largest Ponzi schemer

Schuller achieved his vision, but he couldn’t sustain it

Hillsong insider: the GCC “merge” “was surely and truly a “plotted corporate takeover””

IHOP-KC promotes Sexaholics Anonymous, contemplative spirituality, AA

‘The Circle Maker’ practice is occult/Wiccan

Pastor, members defend USF church against cult allegations

Tech Titans Latest Project: Defy Death

‘Promote gay relationships as positive in school,’ UK teachers say

Persecution at the Door: Are You Prepared?

Israel: God’s Timepiece
Preparing For The Third Temple – Priests In Training Prepare Trial Run For Temple SacrificeThe Temple Institute is a non-profit government and privately funded center of “research and preparation for the Holy Temple.” It recently established a bi-weekly “Cohanim Training Academy,” in which students considered members of the priestly caste (through patriarchal lineage) are taught and practically prepared for future “Holy Temple service.” ………….  Click here for full story
Rise Of Islam
Beware Of Michiganistan – Muslim Population In USA To Triple By 2030According to estimates by the Pew Research Center, the Muslim population of the United States is set to increase from around 2.6 million today to 6.2 million in 2030, mainly as a result of immigration, as well as above-average birth rates. Are we underestimating the speed with which this country could develop substantial and influential populations of Islamic extremists?……….  Click here for full story
Where Is The US In Bible Prophecy? 
A Year After Firestorm, DHS Wants Access To 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 ………..  Click here for full story
Israel: God’s Timepiece
US Rejects Netanyahu’s Demand For Iranian Recognition Of IsraelThe US State Department rejected over the weekend Israel’s demand that any final deal with Iran on its nuclear program include recognition of Israel’s right to exist, saying that was not the issue at hand ………..  Click here for full story
Where Is The US In Bible Prophecy?
US, Iran Publicly At Odds Over 6 Key Aspects Of Nuke DealTwo days after the US-led powers and Iran hailed a historic framework understanding designed to ensure Iran’s nuclear program not enable it to build nuclear weapons, a leading Israeli analyst on Saturday highlighted six gaping areas of discrepancy between American and Iranian accounts of what the agreement actually entails ………  Click here for full story


Author(s): Mark Musser

Introductory Background While modern leftist academics routinely mock the Judeo-Christian apocalypse prophesied in both the Old and New Testaments (Joel 2; Isaiah 24; Matthew 24-25; 2 Thessalonians 1-2; Revelation 6-19) as something only a deranged literalist could entertain in his own fundamentalist mindset, they remain completely unaware that their most important leftist forefather, Karl Marx, was a false prophet of secular fundamentalism and profane eschatology. Many secular scholars presume taking the Old and New Testaments at face value leads to a dangerous, irrational and…


4.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Near Medford
Oklahoma A 4.2 magnitude earthquake shook near the town of Medford, in Grant County, Monday morning. The quake was recorded at approximately 10:30 a.m., 14 miles south southeast of Medford, or about 79 miles north of the Oklahoma City metro, at a depth of just less than two miles. Seven minutes later, a 3.1 magnitude earthquake struck in virtually the same area at a depth of just over five miles. Then, at 11:29 a.m., a 3.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded 12 miles west northwest of Enid, Okla., in Garfield County. So far no damage or injuries have been reported with any of Monday’s earthquakes.   

Muslims praise key Mideast leader “Like God”
Reports continue to pop up in Middle East publications that Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is seen within his ruling AK Party as more than just a president. AK Party Bursa deputy Hüseyin Þahin said touching Erdoðan is a form of prayer, while AK Party Düzce deputy Fevai Arslan said Erdoðan has “all the attributes” of God.   

Netanyahu on US TV: Iran’s missile program aims at you, not us
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that the political framework for a nuclear deal with Iran reached Thursday in Switzerland would keep Tehran’s vast nuclear program in place, and that its inter-continental ballistic missile system (ICBM) — an issue not addressed in the deal — was more of a threat to the US than to Israel.   

What Might a Middle East Nuclear Arms Race Look Like?
Saudi Arabia is on the march. Within days of a framework agreement between Iran and the United States, the Saudis launched Operation Decisive Force in Yemen to ostensibly roll back Iranian influence in the region.   

Muslims Chase Jews Off Temple Mount
Police barred Jews from the Temple Mount as of 9 a.m. Monday after failing to prevent masked Muslims from chasing the Jews away from the holy site.   

NOAA forecasters estimate a 35% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on April 7th when a CME is expected to sideswipe Earth’s magnetic field. The CME (movie) was hurled into space on April 4-5 by the ‘canyon of fire’ eruption…   

Greece moves to quell default fears, pledges to meet ‘all obligations’
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Sunday that Greece “intends to meet all obligations to all its creditors, ad infinitum,” seeking to quell default fears ahead of a big loan payment Athens owes the IMF later this week. Following a meeting with the head of the International Monetary Fund, Varoufakis told reporters the government plans to “reform Greece deeply” and would seek to improve the “efficacy of negotiations” with its creditors.   

Asia up after dismal U.S. jobs data, dollar pressured
Asian shares rose and the dollar steadied but remained under pressure on Monday, after a dismal U.S. jobs report led investors to pare bets the U.S. Federal Reserve would hike interest rates anytime soon.   

The Palestinians of Yarmouk to Ynet: We need international intervention, Islamic State is beheading people
M, a resident of the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk, sounds despondent. He…has lived there for more than 30 years. He, his wife and two children, along with thousands of others, are now at the mercy of Islamic State. …”There is no choice but to call on Israel for help; the Israelis are more compassionate than the Arabs,” M says…   

Non-citizens in New York City could soon be given the right to vote
…The left-leaning New York City council is currently drafting legislation that would allow all legal residents, regardless of citizenship, the right to vote in city elections. If the measure passes into law, it would mark a major victory for a voting rights campaign that seeks to enfranchise non-citizen voters in local elections across the country.   

Kenya bombs Somalia al-Shabab bases after Garissa attack
Kenyan fighter jets have bombed positions of militant Islamist group al-Shabab in neighbouring Somalia, a military spokesman has told the BBC. The warplanes had targeted two camps in the Gedo region, used by al-Shabab to cross into Kenya, the spokesman added. This is Kenya’s first response to an al-Shabab assault which left 148 people dead at Garissa University last week.   

Islamic State blows up Syrian church on Easter Sunday
Islamic State insurgents blew up an 80-year-old church in Syria’s northeastern province of Hassaka on Easter Sunday, Syrian state news agency SANA said. SANA, which did not report any casualties, said the militants had planted explosives inside the Church of the Virgin Mary in Tel Nasri, an Assyrian village in an area where Christian and Kurdish militia have been battling Islamic State.   

Palestinian Authority rejects Israel tax transfer
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says he has refused to accept hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenues unfrozen by Israel. Mr Abbas says he returned the money because Israel deducted a third to pay for what it called utility bills. He has threatened to take Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) unless the full amount is released.   

Netanyahu urges US to seek better deal with Iran over its nuclear program
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the U.S. to seek a better deal with Iran Sunday over its nuclear program and said that he’s “not trying to kill any deal,” just a “bad deal.” “It could be a historic bad deal because it leaves the preeminent terrorist state of our time a vast nuclear infrastructure,” Netanyahu said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Thousands of centrifuges will be left, not a singular facility, including underground facilities will be shut down.”   

Militants attack church and police in Egypt, one policeman dead
Islamist militants hit Egypt’s two largest cities on Sunday with a bombing in Cairo and an attack on a church in Alexandria, leaving one policeman dead and seven people wounded, security sources said.   

Former top CIA official: Here’s Iran’s grand strategy
The world recently witnessed another moment of such candor — and it came just weeks before Iran and world powers agreed to a framework for how to handle Iran’s nuclear program over the next 10 to 15 years. Last month, a senior adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke at a conference in Tehran on “Iran, Nationalism, History, and Culture.” The adviser made clear that Iran’s ambition is to become a regional hegemon — in short, to reestablish the Persian empire.   

AP: A Legacy of Propaganda
We’ve seen the way the Associated Press skews its commentaries, and this latest approach to delegitimize the State of Israel is to challenge her democratic values amid an expanse of dictatorships. After Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election to his post of Prime Minister, Dan Perry, AP’s Middle East editor, writes, “with the occupation of the West Bank grinding on toward the half-century mark, and with Netanyahu’s election-week statement that no change is imminent, hard questions arise.” His question and answer are, “Is Israel a democracy? The answer is not so straightforward.”   

Christians in Holy Land, across World Celebrate Easter
Pope Francis appealed Sunday for an end to “absurd violence” in hotspots around the world and said the international community must not stand by in the face of the “immense humanitarian tragedy” in Syria and Iraq. In his traditional Easter message, the 78-year-old pontiff said he was praying for those killed in armed conflict, including the students massacred by Somali gunmen at a university in Kenya.   

If I were a Muslim I’d be embarrassed
One cannot talk about Muslims or Islam without being accused of racism or religious hatred when in fact it is about culture. We must not speak badly of Islam or Muslim for fear we may upset Muslims and they become radicalized and commit acts of terror. I suggest media pundits have promoted Islamophobia to shame those of us who see the danger in aspects of Islam into keeping quiet   

A President, Not a Potentate
In 2010, before the midterm elections, President Obama said, “We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends.” Instead, it was the Democratic Party that got punished as voters rejected its candidates, rendering it some of its biggest losses since the Great Depression. The Republican Party gained 63 seats in the House of Representatives, recapturing the majority, the largest seat change since 1948.   

He is Risen!
On Friday, during the annual Via Crucis procession at Rome’s storied Colosseum, Pope Francis called out the “complicit silence” of the international community on the the worldwide massacres of Christians by radical Islam.  

Analysis on Iran Deal: John Bolton

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Persecution Is Coming to the American Church

Unless God intervenes, persecution is coming to those who refuse to bow the knee to the new religions of tolerance and erotic liberty. By persecution I don’t mean that we’ll see Christians beheaded or ISIS-style crucifixions of Christians in the United States. But I do believe that Christians will be marginalized in society — they’ll be fired from their jobs, lose their businesses, and they’ll be increasingly silenced in the public square. We may see the government seeking to muzzle (or even shutter) Christian schools and even churches as the message of the gospel becomes anathema to the prevailing culture.

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Countdown to War – Caroline Glick

By Caroline Glick

Through their nuclear diplomacy, Obama and his comrades started the countdown to war.

The world powers assembled at Lausanne, Switzerland, with the representatives of the Islamic Republic may or may not reach a framework deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program. But succeed or fail, the disaster that their negotiations have unleashed is already unfolding. The damage they have caused is irreversible.

US President Barack Obama, his advisers and media cheerleaders have long presented his nuclear diplomacy with the Iran as the only way to avoid war. Obama and his supporters have castigated as warmongers those who oppose his policy of nuclear appeasement with the world’s most prolific state sponsor of terrorism.

But the opposite is the case. Had their view carried the day, war could have been averted.

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Our Time is Short

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April 6, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Blogroll Collection

The Priestly Treadmill Was Not Meant to Be Plugged in Forever (Thank God!)

O’ how valuable is the beloved Christ, the High Priest who does not die! The High Priest who offers one sacrifice! The High Priest who is in every way holy! Yes this priest would be so valuable to the priests who ran on their sacerdotal treadmill until they died and were replaced by another.

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Christ: Prophet, Priest, King

And, in executing the office of a king, Christ conquers all of His and our enemies of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Christ has caused His people to be born of God and therefore to be overcomers of the world (1 John 5:4-5). Christ has suffered in the flesh (1 Peter 4:1-2) and by uniting us to Himself in His death and resurrection, He has done away with our body of sin and freed us from its slavery (Romans 6:5-7). And, through His death, Christ conquered the devil, rendering him powerless so that we need no longer fear him (Hebrews 2:14-15).

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Christ’s Merits Affirmed And Ours Denied In The Reformed Confessions

“nor we to merit” (Westminster Larger Catechism 193) “without all respect to any merit proceeding from us” (Scots Confession ch. 12) “we [do not] merit the pardon of sins…” (2nd Geneva Catechism 100) “the works of men so vile and valueless that they cannot merit favor with God” (2nd Geneva Catechism 113) “not on account of any merit of ours” (Second Helvetic Confession ch. 10)

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Faithful Minsters Are Fewer Still

The truth must be known that many of these men respond faithfully, preach faithfully and press on faithfully, even when the people do not listen. They can do nothing else. God’s hand is on them so they continue preaching, teaching, writing and pointing others back to Christ. They are the ones who are standing against iniquity and evildoers. The world may take no notice of them and their task.

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Preaching: The Word of God and the Work of the Spirit

Simply put, I am committed to expositional preaching because I believe in the Holy Spirit as He is revealed in scripture. Again and again the Spirit of God is shown to work through the word of God to do the work of God. I do not want anything about my ministry to be merely a result of human ability or human wisdom. I want the work that is done through me and those I train to be lasting, eternal, and spiritual. I rely upon the work of the Holy Spirit to do the work of conversion, of sanctification, and of instruction. And I know that the instrument He uses – throughout the Bible and throughout Church history – is the Bible, the word of God.

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Exchanging the Truth for the Lie

It is devastating to realize that lying will inevitably become endemic to this utopian culture of “hope and change,” because more and more, and this includes so-called conservatives, the pagan worship of creation rather than the God who created us (Romans 1:25) relativizes truth and falsehood. Thus the rising, Millennial generation has been sold a bunch of subtle lies by its Baby-boomer parents, as well as being trained by postmodern pagans to be suspicious of the very existence of truth.

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Easter: Don’t Miss the Miracle

And, can I tell you, that I often forget? In the messiness and mundane moments of life, I miss the miracle. Some days redemption does not feel like rescue. Like the Isrealites, I am easily tempted to go back to the slavery of sin, doubting the promises of God. Unbelief mixes with pride and I believe I am a better author of my own story and can find my own path. When disappointments come, I am slow to trust and quick to complain. My forgetfulness is the source of my hopelessness.

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Refusing to Serve Individuals vs. Refusing to Participate in Events

Some are saying, “So what if participating in a same-sex marriage goes against a person’s conscience? It’s wrong to object to same-sex marriage, so it’s okay to force her to do the right thing.” This attitude reflects a low view of human dignity. Instead, I agree with Luther that “it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience.” This is the Christian view.

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A La Carte (April 6)

The Fallout of Failed Marriages – John MacArthur: “The best way to defend and uphold God’s design for marriage and family is not through political or legal action—it’s through the living testimony of a faithful, righteous adherence to God’s design.”

What Happens If All The Bees Die? – Answer? Lots of bad stuff. And isn’t it amazing how intricately God has made this world…

The Established Religion – Frank Turek argues that same-sex marriage has become the established religion. “The new established religion chooses the sword of government compulsion over the freedom of religion and conscience.”

Do You Think It Happened Or Not? – This is important: “when Christians assert that Jesus rose from the dead, they are making a historical claim, not a religious one.”

To Be Laughed At – What is it like to be the butt of the Internet’s latest joke? This writer tells you. (Language warning)

The Most Neglected Part – “I have come to believe that the most neglected part of Christ’s saving work is actual what happened to Him in between His death and resurrection.”


The Daily Discovery (April 6, 2015)

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Sex is the New Religion – “Sex is the new religion in America, and it’s a religion of the sword. That’s the real reason this controversy has risen in Indiana. A determined and vocal minority from the religion of sex is bullying and cutting down traditionalists who need a law that would allow them to be left alone. This clash of orthodoxies has opposing values with moralists on both sides demanding their rights.”

Hypocrisy – “Today we’re talking about racism, religious freedom and the cultural Marxism that is today’s political correctness.  About two years ago we had a Fox News reporter by the name of Steven Crowder on our program. He’d recently put together a video that’s gone viral, in which he visits a number of Muslim bakeries and tries to order a cake for a gay wedding.”

Risen Indeed! – “When he rose he did not bring away the costly aromatics in which his body had been wrapped, but he left them there. Joseph brought about one hundred pounds weight of myrrh and aloes, and the odour remaineth still. In the sweetest spiritual sense, our Lord Jesus has filled the grave with fragrance. It no longer smells of corruption and foul decay, but we can sing with the poet of the sanctuary—”

Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism – “Greg discusses his views on covenant theology and dispensationalism.”

Message To Gateway: HE IS RISEN – Not “It” Is Risen – “Good Friday is a time to for churches to preach how Christ was lifted up on the cross so that people may know that are forgiven of their sins. Resurrection Sunday is a time for churches to proclaim ‘He is risen indeeed’.  But for some reason, Gateway Church decided to advertise their Easter with this tasteless erectile dysfunction ad spoof.”


A. W. Pink – Beware of False Prophets


It’s Just the Truth

James White’s Funeral Advice

“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


The Two Truths

We are at an interesting point in history. I guess there’s never really a boring point in history, but there are definitely times when things advance or unravel in a hurry. And today we are seeing the full-out charge of a new kind of morality. We see it playing out in the media just about every day, and Nancy Pearcey’s book Total Truth is still one of the most helpful guides to understanding what is happening around us.

Our society insists that there needs to be a radical split between two different spheres: the private and the public. In the public sphere we have society’s great institutions: the state, academia, multinational corporations, the mainstream media, and the like. In the private sphere we have the family, the church, and personal relationships. We are told that these public institutions are based only on what is scientific and objective. Meanwhile, the private sphere is composed of all those things that are subjective or based on personal values; we are allowed to have them, but they are less important than the public sphere and must never be allowed to influence it.

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Today we’re talking about racism, religious freedom and the cultural Marxism that is today’s political correctness. About two years ago we had a Fox News reporter by the name of Steven Crowder on our program. He’d recently put together a video that’s gone viral, in which he visits a number of Muslim bakeries and tries […]

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With Obama Protecting Them, Iran Sends Millions To Rebuild Hamas Terror Tunnels In Gaza

“According to the report, the funds have been allocated to the rebuilding of Hamas tunnels and restocking of missile arsenals destroyed by Israel during Operation Protective Edge.”

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Shrinking Our Souls

Their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk. Psalm 115:4-7 (NIV)

The psalmist is talking about idols – the things we put in the place that belongs to God, and here’s the punchline: “Those who make [idols] will be like them, and so will all who trust in them” (115:8).

When you put something else in the place of God, you lose the capacity of spiritual hearing and spiritual seeing. You lose the ability to walk in God’s ways and to taste and see that the Lord is good.

The long-term effect of putting anything in the place of God will be the shrinking of your soul. What are you living for? Career? Approval? Success? Pleasure? Put any of these in the place of God, and your soul will shrivel. If you want to be everything you can be, you must let God be God. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”(Prov. 1:7).

Before the Israelites went into the Promised Land, God warned them about the dangers of provoking him by making idols, “There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell” (Deut. 4:28).

The Israelites ended up worshipping gods of wood and stone; about 800 years later in the time of Jeremiah: “O Lord… you struck them, but they felt no pain; you crushed them, but they refused correction. They made their faces harder than stone and refused to repent” (Jer. 5:3).

Have you seen any of these effects of idolatry in your own life?

That’s this week’s LifeKEY!

Colin S. Smith

This devotional is taken from the sermon series “Battles from the Boardroom of the Soul” by Pastor Colin S. Smith.

What Shall We Do with Moses?

by Mark Snoeberger

A couple of weeks back Bob Jones University made the news by apologizing for statements made a generation ago suggesting that homosexuals should be subjected, like they were during the Mosaic economy, to capital punishment. This mea culpa was a welcome one insofar as the offending statement was insensitive, vindictive, even hateful. But among the tweets and chatter that ensued, it was surprising to see how many bloggers (critics and defenders of BJU alike) made no apparent differentiation between the words spoken in 1980 and the words written in the 15th century BC. Moses is apparently guilty of hate speech, too!

This is a troubling sentiment, I think, and one that seriously erodes Old Testament credibility and authority. Surely as inerrantists we must conclude that Moses was right to write what he did! It is in view of this fact that I ask today, What should we do with Moses and his copious assignment of capital punishment for seemingly trivial crimes (or in some cases, perhaps, for no crime at all)? Shall we defend him? Blush for him? Distance ourselves from him by denouncing the Law as inherently evil and, too our great relief, dead and gone?

It is true that the Mosaic Law has been set aside, and its temporal sanctions suspended in Christ. And with the dissolution of the Jewish kingdom, there is no longer a theocratic representative living on earth with the authority to enforce God’s expectations in the civil sphere. Still, we must surely also say, “The Law was holy, and its commandment holy, righteous and good” (Rom 7:12ff). Further, we must affirm that the God who established that Law is immutably pure in his ethic. So how should we deal today with actions that Moses regarded as capital offenses?

As I see it, there are four categories of capital offense detailed in the Law of Moses, and each requires its own nuanced response. Note the following:

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Markets and Morality

by Bill Muehlenberg

This is one of those topics where the amount of sloppy thinking or just plain wrong thinking tends to abound. And sadly plenty of Christians can get things wrong here big time. There is a knee-jerk reaction against the free market in many quarters, including many church circles.

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3 Crosses In 1956 Lower Manhattan Easter Photograph Show How Far America Has Fallen

In 1970, just 14 years after the 3 Crosses photo was taken, New York passed the most permissive abortion law in America, one that defined the state as the country’s abortion refuge.

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Carson on Islam

From D.A. Carson (Love in Hard Places, pp 121-129):

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The A-Z Of Prayer

What is prayer? Here’s a unique answer found in the papers of the puritan Philip Henry, father of the Bible Commentator, Matthew Henry. As he missed out a couple of letters, I’ve supplied them and marked them with *.

A. Access to the Father.

B. Breath of the new creature.

C. Caterer.

D. Desires that should be offered up to God by us.

E. Enemy to every evil work and way.

F. Friend to faith and godliness.

G. Guard against all temptations.

H. Heart’s ease.

I. Incense in the nose of God.

J. Jesus-stamped petitions.*

K. Key, to unlock all our treasure.

L. Letter to heaven.

M. Music in the ears of God.

N. Nurse of holy joy.

O. Ordinance of all ordinances.

P. Privilege.

Q. Quickener to all holy obedience.

R. Remedy against care and fear.

S. Salve for every sore.

T. Terror to the devils.

U. Undoing of the devil’s kingdom.*

V. Voice of the Spirit of God.

W. Wrestling with God.

X. Exersize.

Y. Yielding of ourselves to God in holy obedience.

Z. Zion’s artillery against all the Zamzummims of the world (Deut. 2:20).


Before We Pray for Religious Freedom

burried statue of libertyI’m not trying to be relevant. From my disadvantaged vantage point from the nether side of the globe (South Africa), the snookered view I have of the brouhaha over Indiana’s religious liberty legislation seems a bit like a storm in a tea cup.

I thought that freedom was already well established as a cherished virtue in the USA since the days of the Mayflower Pilgrims, Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, We the people, send us your huddled masses, and all that.

Nevertheless, it behooves all Christians to be reminded occasionally that religious freedom is, biblically speaking, a privilege to be prayed for, not a right to whine over.

Here are two biblical principles with which I try to brace my prayers for religious liberty…

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Five Organizational Reasons Many Churches Hit Attendance Plateaus

In a recent post, I noted that 90 percent of churches in America will not go beyond the 350 attendance barrier. I also said that one key reason is organizational challenges. A lively discussion ensued in the comments of that post.

For many years, leaders have moved away from the discussion of numbers and organizational issues. To many, such issues seem unspiritual or secular. Indeed, if the numbers become an end in themselves, such arguments have merit. I fear, however, we are throwing out the baby with the bath water. In our zeal not to seem numbers-focused, we are often failing to be good stewards of our God-given resources.

As I have noted in other posts, the number one reason for declines and plateaus in churches is declining frequency of attendance of church members. Though there are many possible explanations for this reality, some of the reasons are in the category of organizational issues. Let me note five of them.

  1. The church does not keep good records of attendance of worship services and small groups. Do not neglect this stewardship. You will not begin to know the nature of the problem until you have this data on an ongoing basis.
  2. The church’s small groups are not an organizational priority. Those in small groups are five times more likely to be active in the church than those who attend worship services alone. Leadership in the church must give fastidious attention to small groups and Sunday school classes.
  3. The church does not organizationally have some method of action reminders. For example, I know of one church that contacts anyone who has been absent from a small group for two consecutive weeks. The leaders shared with me that it has given them great insights into pastoral needs and hurts before the members drop out of church life.
  4. The church is not organizationally a high expectation church. I have written and spoken on this issue many times. The best way to address member expectations is through a required new members’ class.
  5. The church does not have organizational accountability. For example, a small group leader should be accountable to someone to make sure anyone in his or her group is contacted if they miss consecutive weeks.

At the risk of redundancy, let me again emphasize: The number one reason churches are declining or hitting plateaus is the declining frequency of attendance of church members. I have noted five organizational issues in this post. There are many more we will discuss later. In the meantime, let me hear from you.

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A Wednesday Crucifixion?

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Q.  I’ve seen an article on several sites I visit claiming the crucifixion took place on a Wednesday and therefore Jesus actually came out of the grave around sunset on Saturday.  We only celebrate it on Sunday morning because no one knew about it until then.  Have you seen this?

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Observing Levitical Feasts

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Q.   My husband has become quite enthralled with the Messianic movement.  I enjoy the services and love to read how the different feasts relate to the Christ.
My husband has been observing the feasts listed in Lev. 23.  Since it says 4 times in that chapter regarding the feasts that “It is to be a perpetual statue in throughout your generations” he claim that God has meant for us to observe these feasts as well.  The “throughout your generations” is what is emphasized.
Would you explain this to me, please?  I can’t argue with the Scriptures but I thought Jesus fulfilled the Law.

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Mixing Pagan Traditions With Christian Celebrations

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Q. This year our church leaders decided to alter our usual Sunday morning schedule by dropping Sunday School and adding a second Easter service. Between the two services there was an Easter egg hunt in the hope that the activity would draw more of the community’s unchurched who have children. I explained to my Sunday School teacher about the pagan origins of Easter (Ishtar, eggs, rabbits and how the date is determined). In response he quoted Colossians 2:16-17.  I told him that was an invalid argument as the previously mentioned items did not fit the definition of Colossians 2:17. Am I off base?

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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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Proving the Deity of the Holy Spirit

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Vos Some cults, such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, deny the historic Christian – and biblical – doctrine of the Trinity.  For example, they deny the deity of the Holy Spirit.  In light of this denial, the question is, “How do you prove the deity of the Holy Spirit?”  Geerhardus Vos gives excellent biblical answers:

1) He bears divine names.  Acts 5:3, 9; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; and 1 John 4:13.

2) Divine attributes are ascribed to him. a) Eternity: Gen. 1:2, b) Omnipresence: Ps. 139:7-8; 1 Cor. 3:16), c) Omniscience: 1 Cor. 2:10; John 16:13; 2 Pet. 1:21, d) Omnipotence: Luke 1:35.

3) Divine works are attributed to him: a) Creation: Gen. 1:2, Ps. 33:6, b) Preserving and governing: Ps. 104:30, c) Miracles: Mt. 12:28; 1 Cor 12:4, Luke 1:35, d) Forgiveness of sins and regeneration: 1 Cor. 6:11; John…

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UK’s largest teacher union tells teachers they MUST promote the gay lifestyle to students


Dina tweeted this article from the UK Daily Mail.

It says:

Schools should be forced to promote gay relationships in sex education lessons, union leaders say.

The National Union of Teachers has called for a ‘positive portrayal of same sex relationships’ in lessons to be made ‘compulsory’ under the next government.

It said MPs had a duty to tackle ‘homophobia, biphobia and transphobia’ in schools and create a ‘positive climate of understanding about sexuality’.

[…]Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute said: ‘This motion is itself an act of intolerance towards mainstream Christians and their beliefs. It would force Christian teachers to have to choose between their faith and their job.

‘I wonder whether Christian members of the NUT who have paid their dues can expect any help from the NUT when their jobs are on the line.’

He added that Church schools already teach ‘love and tolerance’ of others…

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The 10 Best Evidences from Science that Confirm a Young Earth

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The earth is only a few thousand years old. That’s a fact, plainly revealed in God’s Word. So we should expect to find plenty of evidence for its youth. And that’s what we find—in the earth’s geology, biology, paleontology, and even astronomy.

Literally hundreds of dating methods could be used to attempt an estimate of the earth’s age, and the vast majority of them point to a much younger earth than the 4.5 billion years claimed by secularists. The following series of articles presents what Answers in Genesis researchers picked as the ten best scientific evidences that contradict billions of years and confirm a relatively young earth and universe.

Despite this wealth of evidence, it is important to understand that, from the perspective of observational science, no one can prove absolutely how young (or old) the universe is. Only one dating method is absolutely reliable—a witness who doesn’t lie, who…

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GTY Blog: The Fallout of Failed Marriages

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Code: B150406

by John MacArthur

What constitutes a family?

You’re certainly aware of the debate raging in our society over how to answer that question. The postmodern mindset that dominates the secular world can accept almost any definition, as long as it’s not exclusive.

Even in the church, professing believers are shifting away from the biblical models for marriage and family and embracing the indiscriminant openness of the world. Many others attempt to appease all sides through aggressive ambiguity. But that’s what happens when you prize relevance over truth, and treat the Bible as nothing more than a 2,000 year-old book.

How can God’s people defend the truth from such pervasive error? Plenty have tried to employ political and legal means to defend traditional marriage. But the sad truth is that the church’s supposed moral authority in those efforts is frequently undercut by its hypocrisy. Divorce, infidelity, and all kinds of sexual sin pervade the church, contradicting God’s Word and corrupting the testimony of His people.

The best way to defend and uphold God’s design for marriage and family is not through political or legal action—it’s through the living testimony of a faithful, righteous adherence to God’s design. The watching world needs to see the necessity of God’s design lived out in our daily lives.

The Necessity of Marriage

In recent decades some sociologists and psychologists have argued that marriage ought to radically change or be eliminated altogether. That kind of “enlightened” thinking was based on the notion that marriage had failed to meet people’s needs, and that men and women no longer needed such an institution to live productive, satisfying lives. But marriage hasn’t failed—it’s just that more and more people are avoiding it. And of those who do marry, half eventually bail out instead of exerting the consistent effort and determination necessary to make their marriages succeed.

Even secular thinkers have observed the disastrous fallout from the collapse of marriage. In the June 8, 1992, issue of Newsweek, Joe Klein provided these sobering facts:

The numbers are daunting. There is a high correlation between disrupted homes and just about every social problem imaginable. According to research compiled by Karl Zinsmeister (a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute), more than eighty percent of the adolescents in psychiatric hospitals come from broken families. Approximately three out of four teenage suicides “occur in households where a parent has been absent.” A 1988 study by Douglas A. Smith and G. Roger Jaroura showed that “the percentage of single-parent households with [teenage] children . . . is significantly associated with rates of violent crime and burglary.”[1]Joe Klein, “Whose Values?” Newsweek, June 8, 1992, 19-21.

The Corruption of Marriage

Twenty centuries ago the Apostle Paul foresaw what the future held:

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. . . . Evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:1–4, 13, emphasis added).

Notice that the first traits of the last days are an overwhelming self-centeredness and self-indulgence—characteristics certainly true of our day. Our entertainment-conscious society helps feed all sorts of illusions about reality. The fantasy of the perfect sexual relationship, the perfect lifestyle, and the perfect body all prove unattainable because the reality never lives up to the expectation. The worst fallout comes in the marriage relationship. When two people can’t live up to each other’s expectations, they’ll look for their fantasized satisfaction in the next relationship, the next experience, the next excitement—a path that only leads to self-destruction and emptiness.

Two other iniquities Paul mentions directly undermine the family as well: “disobedient to parents” and “unloving,” which could best be translated “without family affection.” Homes characterized by a lack of love and obedience are doomed to produce children lacking respect and a proper perspective of authority. And we’re seeing the result in the rise in delinquency, suicide, and mental illness. Ultimately every sin weakens the relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and brothers and sisters.

The Priority of Marriage

Since families are the building blocks of human society, a society that does not protect the family undermines its very existence. When the family goes, anarchy is the logical outcome—and that’s where we’re headed. Now, more than ever before, is the time for Christians to declare and put on display what the Bible declares: God’s standard for marriage and the family is the only standard that can produce meaning, happiness, and fulfillment.

If we are to impact the world with that standard, we must be different. God has called us to be salt and light in this dark and decaying society. Our responsibility is to embrace a new way of thinking, a new way of acting, and a new way of living—to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which [we] have been called . . . [to] put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth” (Ephesians 4:1, 24). We cannot think as the world thinks, act as the world acts, talk as the world talks, or set goals the world sets—we must be distinct from the fallen world around us.

The apostle Paul and the church at Ephesus faced a culture steeped in pagan ritual and tradition. In Greek society life was especially difficult for wives. Concubines were common and a wife’s role was simply to bear legitimate children and keep house. Both male and female prostitution were rampant. Husbands typically found sexual gratification with concubines and prostitutes, whereas wives, often with the encouragement of their husbands, found sexual fulfillment with their slaves, both male and female. Prostitution, homosexuality, and the many other forms of sexual promiscuity and perversion inevitably resulted in widespread sexual abuse of children. Roman society was just as bad. Marriage was little more than legalized prostitution and divorce was an easily obtained formality.

In the setting of such an immoral world, Paul admonished the believers in Ephesus with God’s elevated and original divine standard for marriage:

For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her. (Ephesians 5:23–25)

The relationship between a husband and wife is to be holy and indissoluble, just like Christ’s relationship with the church. And for that type of a relationship to be a reality, Christ must be at its center. Only those who belong to God through faith in His Son will fully understand and apply the power and potential of those principles. Being subject to one another finds its power and effectiveness only in the fear of Christ (Ephesians 5:21).

The family can only be what God has designed it to be when the members of the family are what God designed them to be—“conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29). In the days ahead we’ll examine how that applies to both husbands and wives.

(Adapted from Divine Design.)

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It’s a Shame NBC Thinks Jesus Looks Like He Lived in the 1960’s…

Zwinglius Redivivus

Because he didn’t.  He was a first century Jew.  Here’s how NBC has it (and every other tv program and movie)


Completely out of place.  Jesus would have looked more like this:


When the tv channels and Hollywood get a Jesus who looks like a man from the first century I may finally be convinced that they’ve produced something worth watching.  Until then, the hippy Jesus just doesn’t cut it.

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Resource About New Atheism

Shadow To Light

I put together a blog entry entitled “New Atheism in the Dock” to collect essays that people might find of use when encountering common New Atheist arguments or assertions. I’ve also linked to it in the Blogroll for easy access for those interested in reading or sharing any of the essays contained within it. I’ll continue to add to it in the future and provide periodic updates when it has been changed.
Anyway, Happy Easter, everyone!

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