Daily Archives: April 7, 2015

April 7, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Collection

I am certain that the safest way to defend your character is never to say a word about it. —C.H. Spurgeon


Apr. 7, 2015


Kentucky Senator Rand Paul formally began his presidential campaign on Tuesday, writing on his website that he is “running for President of the United States of America because I want to defeat the Washington machine.”

Whether it’s Rahm Emanuel or Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, the victor in Chicago’s mayoral runoff will face the unenviable task of reversing a fiscal decline that’s left the city’s credit rating on the cusp of junk.

U.S. railroad cars used to haul oil should be upgraded or replaced within five years with sturdier models better able to prevent explosions after derailments, federal safety investigators said in a proposal made public Monday.

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

Starting in June, defense companies including Thales SA and Multicon Solar AG will join NATO to test the military’s ability to use renewable power in combat and humanitarian operations. About 1,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organization soldiers will spend 12 days deploying wind turbines, solar panels and self-contained power grids in Hungary

More than $1 trillion in U.S. real estate debt from the last decade’s property boom is starting to come due as oil prices stagnate, squeezing property owners in cities and towns centered around the energy business. The 50 percent plunge in crude values since June is already dragging down property prices in Texas.

AP Top Stories

A Kansas man was sentenced Monday to four years and two months in prison for beheading another man with a guitar string after a plea deal that prosecutors said they accepted because of problems with the case.

Eight Iranian border guards have been killed in a clash with Sunni rebels who had infiltrated from neighboring Pakistan, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

Just days after becoming the world’s oldest documented person, 116-year-old Gertrude Weaver died Monday in Arkansas.

Eight family members, including seven children between the ages of 6 and 16, were found dead in a Maryland home, possibly due to carbon monoxide poisoning, local media and police said.

Loyalist forces backed by Saudi-led naval shelling thwarted a new rebel assault in Yemen’s main southern city of Aden early Tuesday as medics and officials reported 18 dead in fighting across the south.

NJ – Prosecutors say a 100-year-old man apparently killed his wife with an ax as she slept in their home, and then killed himself in the bathroom with a knife.

Islamist Boko Haram militants disguised as preachers killed at least 24 people and wounded several others in an attack near a mosque in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, a military source and witness said.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a drought emergency on Monday in three southern and central Oregon counties, expanding upon earlier drought declarations the Democrat made in March, as the state faces record low snowpack levels.

Radiation from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has for the first time been detected along a North American shoreline, though at levels too low to pose a significant threat to human or marine life, scientists said on Monday.

A recent UCLA study shows that wealthier neighborhoods in Los Angeles are less likely to cut back on water usage during the state’s historic drought.

Airline passengers left behind nearly $675,000 in loose change last year, according to the Transportation Security Administration’s 2014 fiscal year report released Monday. In 2005, Congress gave the agency the ability to use the forgotten money to help fund security operations.


The Greek government said Germany owes Greece nearly $303bn in war reparations for the Nazi occupation during World War Two.

A Russian nuclear submarine was on fire at an Arctic naval shipyard and firefighters are tackling the blaze, Russian media report. The Oryol-class submarine’s reactor is not at risk at the Severodvinsk base.

The original manuscript of Don McLean’s American Pie sold for $1.2m at a New York auction.

About 2,500 people have marched in Kenya’s Garissa town in a show of defiance against militant Islamist group al-Shabab following its deadly assault on a local university.

The UN Security Council has demanded humanitarian access to the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus. One UN official described the situation for the 18,000 refugees there as “beyond inhumane”.


Rasmussen released a new survey on immigration, and eighty-three percent believe applicants should have to prove they are in the country legally before receiving any federal, state or local services. Sixty-two percent say deportation is not aggressive enough in the U.S., 10 points higher than a year ago.

A “gay” activist contends churches that lobby to preserve the right of religious believers not to promote homosexual behavior should lose their tax-exempt status.

Millennials, the generation weighed down with student loans that abhors taking on more debt, are embracing a once-derided financial product: Prepaid debit cards.

A new law to encourage gun owners to turn in their weapons to local police departments by rewarding them with tax credits is moving through the halls of Congress.

Daily Digest

April 7, 2015


“The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.” –John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1787


Empty Boasts About Bad Iran Deal

Barack Obama can’t help but boast about his terrible deal with Iran, even if his boasts are empty. He called it a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to stop nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. Wrong — the Saudis will see to that. Furthermore, Obama insisted, for Israel it means “we’ve got their backs.” How so? “This is our best bet by far to make sure Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon,” Obama said. “What we will be doing even as we enter into this deal is sending a very clear message to the Iranians and to the entire region that if anybody messes with Israel, America will be there.” Somehow we doubt his sincerity, even if he complains it’s “personally difficult” for him to hear people don’t believe he loves Israel. He also said, “I would consider it a failure on my part, a fundamental failure of my presidency, if on my watch, or as a consequence of work that I had done, Israel was rendered more vulnerable.” Well, it’s a failure. “There is no formula, there is no option,” he added, “to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon that will be more effective than the diplomatic initiative and framework that we put forward — and that’s demonstrable.” Actually, the experts say the deal is not verifiable. But nothing will burst Obama’s fantasy bubble.

Obama also defined the “Obama Doctrine”: “The doctrine is we will engage but we preserve all our capabilities. I’ve been very clear that Iran will not get a nuclear weapon on my watch.” What does that mean? Well, this “deal” ensures that Iran will have the capability to develop a nuclear weapon under the next administration. Even Obama later admitted as much.

As for Congress, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said, “If the president feels like this is something that’s good for the nation, surely he can sell this to the United States Senate and the House.” No wonder Obama doesn’t want to even try.

Meanwhile, don’t miss what Charles Krauthammer calls the fundamental problem with the deal.

Obama Won’t Say Murdered Kenyans Were Christians

Last week, Islamic militants murdered 150 Christians in Kenya, explicitly because of their faith. According to the Associated Press, “The attackers separated Christian students from Muslim ones and massacred the Christians.” But Barack Obama couldn’t be bothered to mention faith at all. The White House statement denounced “terrorist atrocities” against “men and women” and “students,” but there was nary a peep about “Muslims” or “Christians.” Likewise, Obama neglected to mention the 21 Egyptian Christians beheaded by ISIL earlier this year were anything but “citizens.” It would seem the only time Obama doesn’t mind mentioning Christians is when he’s lecturing them about the Crusades.

Rand Paul Brings Grassroots Network to Presidential Race

“I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” Rand Paul announced on his website this morning. For days, Paul has dropped heavy hints to his 1.8 million fans on Facebook. And at noon today in Louisville, the Kentucky Republican will make a speech announcing his candidacy for president. For years, a devoted group of conservatives backed his father, Ron Paul, when he ran for the White House. Now the son is here, and with him is an already established grassroots network — Paul supporters were in the crowd as Sen. Ted Cruz announced his own presidential candidacy. Already, Paul has begun to reach out to constituencies not normally attracted to the Republican Party — namely, college students and blacks — making him a good person to grow the Republican base and setting him apart from other candidates. A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll asking about primary voters’ opinions on GOP candidates placed Paul in the top five potential candidates. It’s still a wide-open field, and the primaries are a year away. More…

Where Was Bergdahl Going?

Retired Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, who once worked in intelligence, told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that he heard from two senior sources that Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl was trying to contact people to take him out of Afghanistan. “He was going to go off to Uzbekistan,” Shaffer said. “He had made contact with local Afghans and wanted to be moved to Uzbekistan and then made contact with the Russians because he wanted to talk to Russian organized crime.” According to Shaffer, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service discovered this after it examined Bergdahl’s computer. Shaffer continued, “I think we’re going to see more and more as this report is made public that there were a number of disconcerting things within Bergdahl.” According to the Military Times, the Army has to follow an obscure regulation. It either had to grant Bergdahl an honorable discharge and $200,000 back pay, or bring charges against him. There’s wiggle room for the Obama administration to bestow benevolence on its favorite soldier. Meanwhile, six soldiers died looking for Bergdahl, and not one of their parents got a White House Rose Garden reception. More…

Profit Margins, Public Perception and Progressive Causes

The stigma plaguing today’s Republican Party on matters of economic policy is the result of a craftily orchestrated attack on capitalism. By associating the entrepreneurial free market with “corporate greed,” the Left frames conservatives as being against middle class America. It’s a strategy that has a long record of success. Recall that in 2009, Democrats approved another massive entitlement program — ObamaCare — in part by rallying behind a false narrative: that millions of Americans were uninsured because “selfish” insurers were swimming in massive profits. In truth, insurers were operating on a 2% profit margin. Democrats knew their PR stunt was a lie, but they successfully swayed public perception at a pivotal moment. Indeed, every progressive cause has traces of gross distortion, and, similar to how leftists overhauled the health care industry, they’re fabricating the war on corporate America. The American Enterprise Institute’s Mark J. Perry writes, “When a random sample of American adults were asked the question ‘Just a rough guess, what percent profit on each dollar of sales do you think the average company makes after taxes?’ for the Reason-Rupe poll in May 2013, the average response was 36%!” The reality? Memo to Occupy Wall Street: “Not surprisingly they are off by a huge margin,” Perry notes. “According to [a] Yahoo!Finance database for 212 different industries, the average profit margin for the most recent quarter was 7.5% and the median profit margin was 6.5%.” If this teaches us anything, it’s that Republicans must dismantle the Left’s big lies. The propaganda machine is not conquered by twiddling thumbs. More…


Rolling Stone Retracts but Refuses Change


Pop music rag Rolling Stone had a story to tell, and the writer and editors weren’t going to let pesky facts get in the way. That’s the sum total of the magazine’s University of Virginia fraternity gang rape feature story back in November. Police investigated and found no evidence to support the tall tale recounted by “Jackie,” the pseudonymous “victim.” This week comes Rolling Stone’s official retraction after an independent report revealed the extent of the magazine’s false journalism.

At the request of Rolling Stone, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism conducted a review, and the ensuing 12,000-word report concluded what we and many others expected: There were “lapses in standard journalistic procedure at every level of the magazine during the reporting and editing of the story.”

Actually, “lapses” is not quite the right word; it’s more like willful deception. It wasn’t an accident, or a breakdown in protocols. It was all a lie. But it sold, as it was “hip” to illustrate a campus “rape culture” so emotionally. Evidently, Jackie’s story was just far too good to worry about checking the facts.

Rolling Stone Managing Editor Will Dana responded to the report, “It’s not like I think we need to overhaul our process, and I don’t think we need to necessarily institute a lot of new ways of doing things. We just have to do what we’ve always done and just make sure we don’t make this mistake again.”

What exactly went wrong? When writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely pressed Jackie to give key details involving the perpetrators of the “rape,” Jackie repeatedly dodged questions. No red flag. Erdely informed Jackie that she needed names, but Jackie refused to give her any. At one point, Erdely attempted to call and text Jackie for two weeks but never got a response, so after leaving a voicemail stating that she could use pseudonyms instead of real names, Jackie quickly called her back. No red flags. Jackie also mentioned to Erdely that she had talked to one of the perpetrators named Ryan, but informed Erdely he would not talk to reporters for fear of tearing down the fraternity. Apparently, this was satisfying enough for Erdely, as neither she nor anyone else attempted to contact Ryan. It turns out Jackie made up the whole line about talking to Ryan, but, hey, no red flags for the Rolling Stone editors, so why bother to consult anyone other than Jackie?

In essence, they kept rolling right through every caution light. But after all that there is no need to change anything? Normally, someone would be fired for this level of failure in reporting. Yet Rolling Stone’s mantra seems to be that Erdely tried but Jackie lied so no one on staff will be punished.

Rolling Stone did eventually retract the story on April 5 and Erdely apologized. But the accuracy and accountability of the story was missing, and the fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, that faced “physical and reputational damage” is more than likely going to sue Rolling Stone.

What about University of Virginia President Theresa Sullivan? According to University of Tennessee law professor Glynn Reynolds (known as blogger “Instapundit”), “She essentially found the fraternity guilty based on a story in a music tabloid.” Worse, Reynolds said, “She hastily imposed a group punishment on the entire Greek system, and pretty much stood by while angry crowds mobbed and vandalized the fraternity house.”

Sullivan is angry with Rolling Stone, and rightfully so, but shouldn’t she at a minimum issue an apology? She found the frat boys guilty until proven innocent and hung them out to dry. To put it mildly, that was very poor judgment.

Meanwhile, despite the fact that Jackie lied the entire time Erdely questioned her, Erik Wemple, a Washington Post “fact checker,” had the audacity to identify Jackie as the number one victim of the false Rolling Stone exposé. He might want to check his “facts” again, because it seems very evident that the whole rape story would have never been told in the first place if she hadn’t lied. Instead of Jackie being the number one victim, she should be crowned as the number one liar. That’s not to discount the horrendous “journalism,” but really, the entire blame can’t just go to Rolling Stone.

Perhaps the lesson here is that Rolling Stone should stick to being a music tabloid. With revelations of this story, and with no sign from the editor that they intend to change anything, it will be interesting to see how they will cover serious things like presidential candidates for the next year and a half or so. One thing’s for sure: Every “fact” they publish will need independent checking.

Al-Qaida Decimates Yemen


It’s getting harder for Barack Obama to use Yemen as a model of successful U.S. foreign policy as al-Qaida and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels made significant military gains in the beleaguered state in recent days. Last week, al-Qaida militants claimed the key Yemeni port city of Mukalla, freeing nearly 300 prisoners and delivering a setback to the 10-nation coalition led by Saudi Arabia that has been engaged in an air and land campaign there. Among those freed were Khaled Batarfi, a senior leader of al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP). So much for al-Qaida being “on the run.”

The Saudi-led coalition, which began operations in late March, has been aided by U.S. intelligence, but America is still standing on the sidelines. Even as the civilian casualties mount and U.S. diplomats and military personnel have fled the country, the White House continues to insist Yemen is a success story in its deeply flawed foreign policy strategy.

According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Obama’s strategy is to “try to mitigate the threat that is posed by extremists and to prevent them from establishing a safe haven.” Too late.

Mukalla, one of the largest cities in Yemen, fell to AQAP after that group rose to take advantage of the power vacuum left when President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi fled the country. Of course, according to the Obama White House, al-Qaida is not a serious threat, so perhaps they don’t believe losing a major port city to a terrorist organization they don’t take seriously is a problem.

Similarly, Obama would have us believe that the Houthi rebels in Yemen aren’t a big issue either. This group has received strong support from the Iranian government, including tanks and heavy weapons that have complicated Saudi attempts at a ground assault to retake the country. While John Kerry replays the role of Neville Chamberlain with the Iranians over the so-called nuclear agreement, Iran is deeply engaged in removing one of the remaining strategic footholds the U.S. had in the Arabian Peninsula.

The Saudis are now shouldered with the thankless job of trying to prevent the establishment of a terrorist state on their southern border as Obama continues to pat himself on the back. Yet public support in Yemen for the Saudi-led airstrikes is quickly eroding as civilian casualties mount and more damage is inflicted on the country’s infrastructure. In another twist that only further illustrates Obama’s inept foreign policy, Saudi airstrikes are pinpointing stores of U.S. weapons to keep them from falling into the hands of al-Qaida or the Houthi rebels.

So, to sum up the situation, Yemen, which was once considered a strategic base of operations in the U.S. fight against jihadis in the Arab Peninsula, has basically fallen into the hands of the Houthis, a Shiite rebel group supported by Iran, a country that has gained a major diplomatic victory over the White House in its attempt to develop a nuclear weapon. Additionally, al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula, a terrorist organization Obama wrote off as “decimated,” is claiming territory in Yemen and using the country as a recruitment center and base to launch more deadly terrorist attacks.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration remains comfortable in its assertion that everything is under control. The big question is, under whose control?




Author Bruce Barton (1886-1967): “What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage.”

Columnist Ed Feulner: “Unfortunately, our hashtag-addicted, ADD culture doesn’t grasp nuances well. We’d rather, say, bully a pizzeria into closing for honestly answering a question about whether they’d be willing to cater a same-sex wedding. We won’t listen. We’d rather shout. Had we listened, we’d know the owners of Memories Pizza hadn’t refused service to a soul. They were responding to a hypothetical situation. And they never said they’d turn away a customer who ordered a pizza. They said they wouldn’t cater a same-sex wedding, which they feel would imply that they condoned the union. You can agree or disagree with that belief. But what could be more American than respecting their right to believe it and act upon it, free of persecution? Now, if a case goes to court, and the government proves that it has a compelling reason to insist that the owners act in defiance of their beliefs, so be it. Due process has been followed. But to simply say their beliefs are garbage? That they aren’t to be respected because they don’t align with our own ideas of political correctness? That’s wrong.”

Columnist Thomas Sowell: “Comparing Obama to Chamberlain is unfair – to Chamberlain. There is no question that the British prime minister loved his country and pursued its best interests as he saw it. He was not a ‘citizen of the world,’ or worse. Chamberlain was building up his country’s military forces, not tearing them down, as Barack Obama has been doing with American military forces. … Barack Obama dismissed the thought of America being vulnerable to ‘a small country’ like Iran. Iran is in fact larger than Japan was when it attacked Pearl Harbor, and Iran has a larger population. If Japan had nuclear bombs, World War II could have turned out very differently. If anyone examines the hard, cold facts about the Obama administration’s actions and inactions in the Middle East from the beginning, it is far more difficult to reconcile those actions and inactions with a belief that Obama was trying to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons than it is to reconcile those facts with his trying to stop Israel from stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons. This latest ‘agreement’ with Iran – with which Iran has publicly and loudly disagreed – is only the latest episode in that political charade.”

Comedian Argus Hamilton: “Hillary Clinton leased two floors of a Brooklyn office building from a major campaign donor believed to be her future presidential campaign headquarters. Clinton political headquarters are traditionally two stories. One story you tell the New York Times, and one story you tell House investigators.”

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April 6, 2015
ALAN KEYES — Some pretty bizarre behavior is produced by the decidedly schizophrenic, but all too human way people deal with love. Isn’t that why being preoccupied with love so often seems to be a kind of madness?… (more)

April 6, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — Robert R. Reilly, author of the highly controversial (and suppressed) book, Making Gay Okay, says the capitulation of the Republicans to the homosexual lobby seemed to begin under President George W. Bush, when General Peter Pace was hung out to dry for expressing his view that homosexuality is immoral… (more)

April 6, 2015
BREITBART — Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl said the indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who is a strong supporter of Israel and opposes President Barack Obama going ahead with an Iran nuclear deal without congressional approval, will make it harder for Republicans to persuade other Democrats to go against the president and override a veto on Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) legislation calling for congressional oversight…. (more)

April 6, 2015
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE — What caused nearly 150 deaths at Kenya’s Garissa University College last week? The Associated Press summarizes: “The attackers separated Christian students from Muslim ones and massacred the Christians.”… (more)

April 5, 2015
Easter message from Alan Keyes
ALAN KEYES — I recently read an explanation of the reason why the fasting and self-denial characteristic of the Lenten season does not extend to Holy Saturday. Christ’s Apostles were in mourning after His death. Though faithful, they were only human, and felt the deep sense of loss the death of a loved one usually brings upon us… (more)

April 5, 2015
YOUTUBE — Watch President Ronald Reagan deliver his address to the nation on the observance of Easter and Passover, April 4,1983… (more)

April 5, 2015
Chapter 7 of How the Claim to ‘Homosexual Rights’ Destroys the Logic of Liberty
ALAN KEYES — In my WND column, I apply the logic of America’s founders to the constitutional issue raised by Obama’s refusal to defend the DOMA signed into law during the Clinton era… (more)

April 5, 2015
FOX NEWS — A State Department official dismissed a plea Friday from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Iran nuclear agreement include clear recognition of his nation’s “right to exist,” declaring negotiations are “only about the nuclear issue.”… (more)

April 5, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Conservative constitutional expert Sen. Mike Lee blasts Congress, Supreme Court justices and the White House for treating the nation’s founding document as a “nuisance” and subverting the document to create essentially illegal programs including Obamacare…. (more)

April 4, 2015
NEWSMAX — Iran’s deal with the United States and other world powers is “a step in the wrong direction in a very dangerous situation,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief spokesman, Mark Regev, said Friday morning…. (more)

April 4, 2015
NEWSMAX — The framework deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program bears “the clear fingerprints” of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – -and her “tough-minded” foreign policy adviser who was involved in early meetings with the Iranians, Politico reports…. (more)

April 4, 2015
NEWSMAX — While the White House put out a detailed fact sheet on the framework of the nuclear deal with Iran, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton contends the deal is still very much “up in the air.”… (more)

April 4, 2015
LA TIMES — A fundraiser for the owners of an Indiana pizzeria that became the target of widespread animosity after they said they wouldn’t cater a same-sex wedding reception has collected more than $828,000 from anonymous donors…. (more)

April 4, 2015
CNS NEWS — The number of Americans 16 years and older who did not participate in the labor force – -meaning they neither had a job nor actively sought one in the last four weeks – -rose from 92,898,000 in February to 93,175,000 in March, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics…. (more)

April 4, 2015
NEWSMAX — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the first Republican candidate to officially announce his plan to run for president in 2016, has released a new TV ad ahead of Easter to tout his Christian faith…. (more)

April 4, 2015
NEWSMAX — This week’s indictment of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez on corruption charges is “questionable” and will likely result in an acquittal, says Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who weighed in on the Menendez case during an appearance Friday on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV…. (more)

April 4, 2015
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Two St. Louis men were indicted in federal court on charges related to bomb plots on various buildings, vehicles and properties. Orlando Baldwin, 22, and Olajuwon Davis, also 22, had been arrested in November…. (more)

April 4, 2015
CHERYL CHUMLEY — If it hadn’t been for President Obama, sales of firearms wouldn’t be so hopping – – that’s the view of one attorney for the National Rifle Association who went on national television to talk guns…. (more)

April 4, 2015
YAHOO NEWS — Piles of bodies and pools of blood running down the corridors: survivors of the Kenya university massacre described how laughing gunmen taunted their victims amid scenes of total carnage…. (more)

April 4, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — A federal judge ordered the IRS this week to turn over the list of 298 groups it targeted for intrusive scrutiny as the agency defends against a potential class-action lawsuit by tea party groups who claim their constitutional rights were violated…. (more)

April 3, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — President Obama’s celebration of a “framework agreement” in a Rose Garden statement and Secretary of State John Kerry’s declaration of victory in Lausanne, Switzerland, overlooked the fact that two days after the deadline, the administration still had not reached a final deal in an attempt to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons…. (more)

April 3, 2015
WESLEY PRUDEN — Everything about the so-called deal with Iran, including the reputations of the men who negotiated it, is a lie. It’s likely to be a deadly lie for millions of people who will die on account of it. The world should mark well everyone responsible for it…. (more)

April 3, 2015
GARTH KANT — On a day when Iran and Western powers announced they had reached a framework of a deal, a highly informed and keen-eyed analyst believes the Obama administration wasn’t actually trying to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. In fact, just the opposite…. (more)

April 3, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — The changes to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, erode the freedom of conscience for most business owners in the state and mark the largest step toward special homosexual rights there in history, according to pro-family activists who studied the language…. (more)

April 3, 2015
NEWSMAX — Liberals are targeting Christianity in America in an effort to tear down the country, and Christians and Republicans should be standing up against it, author and columnist Ann Coulter told Fox News Channel…. (more)


The EMP Threat: All It Would Take Is A Couple Of Explosions To Send America Back To The 1800s

Our entire way of life can be ended in a single day. And it wouldn’t even take a nuclear war to do it. All it would take for a rogue nation or terror organization to bring us to our knees is the explosion of a couple well-placed nuclear devices high up in our atmosphere. The resulting electromagnetic pulses would fry electronics from coast to coast. Of course this could also be accomplished without any attack. Scientists tell us that massive solar storms have hit our planet before, and that it is inevitable that there will be more in the future. As you will read about below, the most recent example of this was “the Carrington Event” in 1859. If a similar burst from the sun hit us today, experts tell us that life in America could suddenly resemble life in the 1800s, and the economic damage caused could potentially be in the trillions of dollars. This is one of the greatest potential threats that we are facing as a nation, and yet Barack Obama has essentially done nothing to get us prepared. (Read More….)


Obama’s Iran deal falls on ominous Bible date
When President Obama announced a “framework” nuclear agreement with Iran – which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns threatens the very existence of his nation – few noticed the significance of the date. On the Jewish calendar this year, April 1 coincided with Nisan 13, the date in history when a Persian king signed an agreement calling for the destruction of the Jews.   

Ancient Petra sees few visitors as Jordan tourism declines
It’s high season in Petra, an ancient city hewn from rose-colored rock and Jordan’s biggest tourist draw. Yet nearby hotels stand virtually empty these days and only a trickle of tourists make their way through a landmark canyon to the Treasury building where scenes of one of the “Indiana Jones” movies were filmed.   

America’s Decay Is Speeding Up
With few exceptions, every aspect of American life is in decline. “Decay” is the word.   

Huckabee Quotes Blogger: There Have Been More Sanctions On Indiana Than Iran
“They’ve never kept a deal they’ve ever made,” Huckabee said. “For them to have nuclear…even capability is illegal. You’re talking about a country whose primary leader has been leading chants ‘death to America!’ and has vowed to wipe Israel off the face of the map.”   

Franklin Graham Delivers Chilling Easter Message
He explained that “millions in many countries risk their freedom and their very lives to worship Him and claim His name.” He continued by acknowledging that American citizens are increasingly on the receiving end of such rhetoric despite constitutionally protected religious liberty.   

NY’s Schumer Not Puppet for Obama on Iran ‘Deal’
Schumer’s support is considered essential for an override of President Obama’s promised veto of proposed legislation to insert Congress into the review process of any nuclear power deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Such review is embodied in what is known as the Corker bill after its sponsor, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.   

Southern California reportedly faces cut in water deliveries this summer
Southern California’s water wholesaler reportedly is planning to cut deliveries of imported water to 26 cities and districts in response to the state’s ongoing drought.   

Turrialba eruption spews large quantities of ash onto nearby communities, Costa Rica
Column of ash reached 500 meters into the sky and rained large quantities of ash. Winds have carried it southwest where it has reached the outskirts of the capital San Jose located about 50 km SW.   

Gay Group Demands Christian Churches Be SHUT DOWN for Opposing Same-Sex Marriage
The largest gay group in one Western state is demanding that Churches who follow the Bible be shut down by the government.   

Baltic States Buckling Down For Russian Action
In response to increasingly aggressive Russian military moves, Lithuania announced Friday that it will increase defense spending by one third — more than the nation has allocated to defense since becoming a NATO member in 2004. Lithuania isn’t the only Baltic state that’s gearing up in response to Russian aggression in Ukraine last summer.   

Palestinians want UN timetable to ‘end Israeli occupation’
The Palestinians are “ready and willing” to see if the UN Security Council has “the political will” to adopt a resolution with a deadline for ending Israel’s occupation and establishing a Palestinian state, the Palestinian UN ambassador said Monday. Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters that adoption of a resolution with a timetable would be “one of the most effective measures to combat extremism in our region…   

Intent of Russian military aircraft near U.S. shores remains unclear
The air is frigid and the wind is howling as Air Force Col. Frank Flores lifts a pair of foot-long binoculars and studies a hazy dot about 50 miles west across the Bering Strait. “That’s the mainland there,” he shouts above the gusts. It’s Siberia, part of Russia, on the Asian mainland.   

Eastern European civilians undergo military training amid Russia threat
NATO aircraft scream across eastern European skies…armored vehicles rumble near the border with Russia… 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.   

UN Climate Change Official Says “We Should Make Every Effort” To Depopulate The Planet
Officials within the UN are pushing the notion that the human population should be reduced in order to effectively combat climate change. The long standing notion has been continually pushed by Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). In 2013, Figueres had a conversation…regarding “fertility rates in population,” as a contributor to climate change.   

UN demands access to Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus
The UN Security Council has demanded humanitarian access to the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus. One UN official described the situation for the 18,000 refugees there as “beyond inhumane”. The situation has deteriorated since 1 April, when Islamic State (IS) fighters launched an offensive.   

‘Arab League to submit timetable for an end to Israel’s occupation’
Egypt’s foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, said on Monday that a special committee of Arab League ministers will publish a detailed timetable “for an end to Israel’s occupation.” The committee’s formation is in line with a decision taken by the Arab League during its recent summit in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.   

Fighting rages at Yarmouk refugee camp
Islamic State (IS) extremists were trying to consolidate their hold on Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus yesterday after three days of clashes that have seen the terror group make its deepest foray yet into the Syrian capital.   

Obama nixes Israel clause in Iran nuclear deal
President Obama on Monday rejected an Israeli demand that a final nuclear deal with Iran include recognition of the Jewish state’s right to exist. Basing a deal on recognition of Israel is like “saying that we won’t sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms,” Obama said in an interview Monday with NPR. “And that is, I think, a fundamental misjudgment.”   

Kenya says it destroys two al Shabaab camps in Somalia
The Kenyan air force has destroyed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, it said on Monday, in the first major military response since the Islamist group massacred students at a Kenyan university last week.   

French Muslim leader calls for doubling of mosques
One of France’s top Muslim leaders has called for the number of mosques to double over the next two years to remedy a shortage of places of worship for the country’s millions of faithful.   

Israel official: Military action against Iran still possible
A senior Israeli government minister on Monday warned that taking military action against Iran’s nuclear program is still an option — despite last week’s framework deal between world powers and the Islamic Republic.  

“How Much Can Air Power Achieve?” – Pipes in NRO, #1400

by Daniel Pipes
Apr 6, 2015
Cross-posted from National Review Online, The Corner

“Decoding the Obama Doctrine” – Pipes in NRO, #1401

by Daniel Pipes
Washington Times
April 6, 2015

The West’s Romance with Iran and Islamists

The West seems to have lost the capacity and the will to criticize political Islam. While “peace-loving” liberals in the West show support and sympathy for Hamas, and have removed Hamas from Europe’s terror list, Hamas leaders have been busy expressing

The McAvany Intel Memo

With gold selling at its lowest price in four years, Putin is buying…. According to Andrew Critchlow, the commodities editor at the British newspaper The Telegraph (11/13/14): “Russia has taken advantage of lower gold prices to pack the vaults of its central bank with bullion as it prepares for the possibility of a long, drawn-out economic war with the West. The latest research from the World Gold Council reveals that the Kremlin snapped up 55 tonnes of the precious metal-far more than any other nation-in the three months to the end of September as prices began to weaken.

“Vladimir Putin’s government is understood to be hoarding vast quantities of gold, having tripled stocks to around 1,150 tonnes in the last decade. These reserves could provide the Kremlin with vital economic firepower and to offset the sharp declines in the ruble.” In July, August, and September, the Russian central bank bought more than half of the gold purchased by central banks. In the last year, Russia’s gold reserve has increased 25%, which makes it the fifth largest in the world. And the country’s gold position has tripled in the past decade.

In addition to setting up a savings account to handle adversity, Russia is buying gold to undergird its currency. Gold bugs have been urging the US to make these kinds of moves for 40 years. It’s very strange to be talking about Russia making these moves. The actions of Putin are hardly the actions of a madman. It is interesting that Russia and China have emerged as the hard money/Austrian economics countries, and America, the UK, and the EU as the Keynesian socialist fiat money countries. History is full of such contradictions.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, December 2014

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Even among true evangelicals (increasingly outnumbered, seemingly, by those afflicted with itching ears), issues divide us, baptism (water/ Holy Spirit), musical instruments, eternal security. The most fervently debated topic, however, is, arguably, the rapture. Specifically its timing.

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Obama ‘Cleverly Using’ Jewish Dems to Defend Iran Deal

President Barack Obama uses Jewish Democrats to hawk his agenda on Iran, and that’s why California Sen. Dianne Feinstein lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, says Rabbi Aryeh Spero.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Sen. Feinstein is a hit man for the administration,” Spero said Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”

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America’s decay is speeding up – Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager: Universities have become secular seminaries for dissemination of leftism

As one who loves America – not only because I am American, but even more so because I know (not believe, know) that the American experiment in forming a decent society has been the most successful in history – I write the following words in sadness: With few exceptions, every aspect of American life is in decline.

“Decay” is the word.

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Jewish People Need Jesus Christ to be Saved

After my article on Rabbi Eckstein and his International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, I received a few emails which prompted me to write this article. Most of the responses to the piece were positive, though many were very remorseful for the amount of money they have given to IFCJ over the years.

One lady said that her family even gave up the summer vacation and sent the money which it would have cost to Rabbi Eckstein. Another lady said that when she went to search for “Christians for Israel” online, it took her to Rabbi Eckstein’s website. The real “Christians for Israel” was further down. The Rabbi had used an alias for his site. It read “Christians for Israel – IFCJ.” That is deceitful.

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Obama’s Iran deal falls on ominous Bible date

‘When it looks as if there’s no deliverance for the Jewish people, the hand of God begins to move’

When President Obama announced a “framework” nuclear agreement with Iran – which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns threatens the very existence of his nation – few noticed the significance of the date.

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Nuclear submarine on fire at Russian shipyard

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 06:04 AM PDT

Nuclear submarine on fire at Russian shipyardBREAKING NEWS – A fire has reportedly broken out at a Russian nuclear submarine during repair work at a shipyard in Severodvinsk. The cause of the fire is believed to be related to welding work on the sub. The United Shipbuilding Company confirmed the incident, adding that nobody was hurt in it. According to the the shipyard’s spokesperson, the submarine’s nuclear reactor was shut down and its weapons unloaded before the repair started. “There is no open fire at the moment, but there is heavy smoke,” reported Itar-Tass citing its own source. FULL REPORT

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Top Christian groups to Supremes: Protect marriage

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:59 AM PDT

Top Christian groups to Supremes: Protect marriage Some of the top names in Christian ministry – including the National Religious Broadcasters, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the Chuck Colson Center, Albert Mohler and Charles Stanley – are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to protect marriage as God defined it.  In a brief filed in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, the leaders ask the high court to affirm the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that residents of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee can define marriage for themselves. The 6th Circuit ruling conflicts with several other appeals court decisions in which federal judges defined marriage for states. The brief was filed by the Liberty Institute on behalf of the National Religious Broadcasters, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Samaritan’s Purse, In Touch Ministries, Pathway to Victory, The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Dallas Theological Seminary, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Daniel L. Akin, Mark L. Bailey, Francis J. Beckwith, Robert A.J. Gagnon, Robert Jeffress, Byron R. Johnson, Eric Metaxas, Albert Mohler Jr., Charles F. Stanley, John Stonestreet and Owen Strachan. “In reaching its decision, this court should reaffirm that the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment protects religious dissenters who disagree with state-recognized same-sex marriage and to reaffirm the importance of free debate and free inquiry in this democratic republic,” the brief states. FULL REPORT

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Fukushima disaster caused at least 1,232 fatalities last year as radiation death rate accelerates

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:47 AM PDT

Fukushima disaster caused at least 1,232 fatalities last year as radiation death rate acceleratesAccording to the most recent report, deaths in Japan attributable to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster have continued to increase. Last year, the number of deaths increased by 18 percent over the year before. A March 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Japan’s northeast coast, in what has become the worst nuclear disaster in history. A massive radioactive plume was released by the meltdowns, and the crippled plant has continued to leak radiation into the surrounding environment, including into the Pacific Ocean. A total of about 160,000 people were evacuated as a result of the Fukushima disaster. FULL REPORT

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New film highlights NASA’s warning of a potential Solar Armageddon that knocks out power grids across the globe

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:43 AM PDT

New film highlights NASA’s warning of a potential Solar Armageddon that knocks out power grids across the globePerhaps, as a tech-savvy citizen, you are worried about the financial cost of data breaches, or our increased vulnerability to terrorist hackers, or the erosion of our digital civil liberties. Don’t be. Instead, worry about the complete collapse of our power grid. NASA is warning that there’s a 12 percent chance an extreme solar storm will hit Earth in the next decade, sending out massive shock waves that would knock out grids across the world. The economic impact of this doomsday scenario could exceed $2 trillion — or 20 times the cost of Hurricane Katrina, according to the National Academy of Sciences. NASA first made this warning in 2009, when a study it funded detailed what might happen to our high-tech society in the event of a super solar flare — essentially the equivalent of bad space weather. An extreme geomagnetic storm would follow, melting copper windings of transformers at the heart of many power distribution centers. But few listened. And there was very little news coverage. Then in 2012, NASA’s prediction almost came true, with Earth experiencing a close shave by a solar storm that tore into our orbit. The storm hit a solar observatory that was equipped to measure the impact, providing precious data that confirmed NASA’s previous warnings of the severe consequences these storms pose. But again, few noticed. Recently, commemorating the two-year anniversary of the near-miss, NASA put out a press release with even more research, noting there’s a 12 percent chance that such a catastrophic solar storm will actually hit Earth in the next decade, with ramifications to modern society lasting for years. And again, no one noticed. It turns out scientists are really bad at PR. To be fair to them, society’s appreciation for science is abysmal anyway. FULL REPORT

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USGS Confirms 5 Earthquakes in 1 Day for North Texas

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:39 AM PDT

USGS Confirms 5 Earthquakes in 1 Day for North TexasA total of five earthquakes were confirmed by the U.S. Geological Survey to have hit North Texas in a single day last week. The largest struck an area about two miles northeast of Irving registered a magnitude of 3.3 on Thursday, April 2. NBC 5 viewers reported feeling the earthquake in Dallas, Fort Worth, Keller, and Denton. No damage or injuries were reported in any of the earthquakes. Here is a time-line of all five:
2.7 Magnitude four miles northeast of Irving at 5:38 a.m. on Thursday
3.3 Magnitude two miles northeast of Irving at 5:26 p.m. on Thursday
2.6 Magnitude two miles northeast of Irving at 10:04 p.m. Thursday night
2.4 Magnitude three miles northeast of Irving at 11:28 p.m. Thursday night
2.2 Magnitude three miles southeast of Farmers Branch at 3:58 a.m. Friday morning
It had been nearly three weeks since North Texas had its last earthquake, a 2.6-magnitude on March 14 near Farmers Branch. SOURCE

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Potential new typhoon system may be developing over Pacific Ocean

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:36 AM PDT

Potential new typhoon system may be developing over Pacific OceanThe Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) is monitoring another weather disturbance which could further intensify into a typhoon. As of Monday morning, forecast tracks showed that tropical storm “Haishen” (International name) remains almost stationary over Pacific Ocean near Micronesia. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the storm has maximum sustained winds of more than 60 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 90 kilometers per hour. Glaiza Escullar, weather forecaster of Pagasa, said Haishen may further intensify and become the fourth storm from the Pacific Ocean to reach typhoon category this year — following Mekkhala (Amang), Bavi (Betty), and Maysak (Chedeng). FULL REPORT

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U.S. scientists celebrate the restart of the Large Hadron Collider

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:31 AM PDT

U.S. scientists celebrate the restart of the Large Hadron ColliderEarlier today, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator began its second act. After two years of upgrades and repairs, proton beams once again circulated around the Large Hadron Collider, located at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland.  With the collider back in action, the more than 1,700 U.S. scientists who work on LHC experiments are prepared to join thousands of their international colleagues to study the highest-energy particle collisions ever achieved in the laboratory. These collisions – hundreds of millions of them every second – will lead scientists to new and unexplored realms of physics, and could yield extraordinary insights into the nature of the physical universe. A highlight of the LHC’s first run, which began in 2009, was the discovery of the Higgs boson, the last in the suite of elementary particles that make up scientists’ best picture of the universe and how it works. The discovery of the Higgs was announced in July 2012 by two experimental collaborations, ATLAS and CMS. Continuing to measure the properties of the Higgs will be a major focus of LHC Run 2. “The Higgs discovery was one of the most important scientific achievements of our time,” said James Siegrist, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Associate Director of Science for High Energy Physics. “With the LHC operational again, at even higher energies, the possibilities for new discoveries are endless, and the United States will be at the forefront of those discoveries.” FULL REPORT


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Ebola-like outbreaks to become more frequent in the future, warns UN

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:24 AM PDT

Ebola-like outbreaks to become more frequent in the future, warns UNThe Ebola crisis created more than 25,000 orphans in a little over a year in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The U.N. Secretary-General Ebola specialist David Nabarro warned Sunday that because of climate change, outbreaks like Ebola could become more frequent.  Nabarro told British newspaper The Independent that diseases which can be transmitted from animals to humans were a “local and global threat to humanity.” Almost 10,500 people died from the recent Ebola outbreak, the vast majority of whom were from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. The disease is believed to have come from fruit bats. “There will be more: one, because people are moving around more; two, because the contact between humans and the wild is on the increase; and maybe because of climate change. The worry we always have is that there will be a really infectious and beastly bug that comes along,” Nabarro said. Before 2013, there had never been an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Some scientists have suggested that the increase in population, deforestation, and the change in rainfall has affected the behavior and numbers of fruit bats, which may have led to the outbreak.  Humanitarian aid workers have reported that Ebola epidemic, which began in December 2013, has created more than 25,000 orphans, after the disease killed their parents. The average age of the orphans is eight years old. They see this as the largest generation of orphans since the Liberia and Sierra Leone civil wars 20 years ago. UNICEF’s regional director for West and Central Africa, Manuel Fontaine, said, “As the Ebola-affected countries head towards recovery, we should take the opportunity to improve child protection services for all vulnerable children … We have a chance to address other forms of vulnerability that existed before the Ebola crisis, such as child marriage, child labor, sexual violence and exploitation.” Fontaine added, “Since overcoming their initial fears and misconceptions about Ebola, families have been showing incredible support, providing care and protection for children whose parents have died.” FULL REPORT

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Why you should be worried about earthquakes if you live in Oklahoma

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:22 AM PDT

Why you should be worried about earthquakes if you live in OklahomaThe ground shook in Oklahoma Monday as seven earthquakes struck the state. The frequency of seismic activity in the state has been so high that it now outranks California for earthquakes of magnitude-3.0 or greater. Sandra Ladra experienced the strongest, a 5.6, that hit the town of Prague in 2011. Ladra told CBS News it was hard to believe what was happening at the time because she had never been in an earthquake like that before. A rock that fell from her fireplace injured her leg and shattered her sense of safety. “If you don’t feel safe in your home, what do you do?” Ladra said. Since late 2009, the U.S. Geological Survey found Oklahoma has had 300 times more earthquakes than in previous decades. The latest study says 300 million-year-old fault lines have been reactivated and are capable of producing a magnitude-6.0 quake. “The reason for the study is to identify regions most likely able to produce a magnitude 6.0 earthquake and how that may affect infrastructure in the buildings in the region,” said Dan McNamara with the U.S.G.S. FULL REPORT

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Business leads the way in the fight for LGBT rights

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:19 AM PDT

Business leads the way in the fight for LGBT rights No group seemed to play a bigger role in convincing Indiana lawmakers to alter their religious freedom law to ensure it wasn’t used to discriminate against gays and lesbians than the business leaders who went public with their feelings. Between Apple CEO Tim Cook’s op-ed decrying the law in the Washington Post and the Indianapolis-based Angie’s List putting a $40 million expansion on hold, the swift and stern reaction of the business community grabbed the attention of lawmakers. In spite of victories in Indiana and Arkansas, however, CEOs are pushing ahead with efforts to block other state religious freedom bills they see as discriminatory. But even more significant is the fact that a powerful group of business leaders, especially from the tech community, are urging states to add special protections for gays and lesbians. “Religious freedom, inclusion, and diversity can co-exist and everyone including LGBT people and people of faith should be protected under their states’ civil rights laws,” a group of more than 100 technology leaders said in a joint statement. “To ensure no one faces discrimination and ensure everyone preserves their right to live out their faith, we call on all legislatures to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes to their civil rights laws and to explicitly forbid discrimination or denial of services to anyone. Anything less will only serve to place barriers between people, create hurdles to creativity and inclusion, and smother the kind of open and transparent society that is necessary to create the jobs of the future.” FULL REPORT


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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Frank Bruni demands Christian theology capitulate to standards of modern age

Your God and My Dignity, New York Times (Frank Bruni)

Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana, New York Times (Frank Bruni)

2) NY Scout group hires openly gay scout in direct challenge to Scouts’ halfway policy

With Hire, Boy Scouts Affiliate in New York Defies Ban on Gays, New York Times (James Barron)

3) Concern over ISIS destruction of art curiously overshadows same threat to human life

Use Force to Stop ISIS’ Destruction of Art and History, New York Times (Hugh Eakin)

4) Defense of college ‘protections’ against free speech fails to justify campus restrictions on speech

What makes free speech uncomfortable, Wall Street Journal (Joseph DiZoglio)
In other news…

‘Promote gay relationships as positives in schools,’ teachers say, The Telegraph (Javier Espinoza)

Frat to pursue legal action against ‘Rolling Stone’, USA Today (John Bacon and Emma Hinchliffe)
Why is Obama sticking it to stay-at-home moms, The Washington Post (Elizabeth S. Bernstein)
Interview With a Christian, New York Times (Ross Douthat)

Quiverfull Movement – How I spent 16 years in an abusive, conservative Christian cult…

Gardner C. Taylor, Civil Rights Leader And Iconic Preacher, Dies At 96

Archaeologist believes he’s found site of Jesus’s trial by Pontius Pilate

Egyptian jewellery and pottery recovered from looted tomb in Israel


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Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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Did Jesus Suffer the Wrath of the Father for All Sinners?

God owes man nothing save damnation. What He chooses to give, outside of damnation, is all of grace. Which means in turn that He treats His elect one way, and the reprobate another. All to the everlasting praise of His glory.

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Amy K. Butler Takes On New Challenges at New York City’s Riverside Church

Another challenge for Dr. Butler is tackling the church’s complex administrative needs. She is hiring ministers to assist in leading the church and managing its $14 million budget. Some 30 programs—from prison ministry to a popular preschool to a lesbian and gay ministry—are being re-evaluated. The one thing that does run on autopilot, said Dr. Butler, is the building, which is maintained through an endowment of $150 million and dozens of staff.

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Duck And Cover Catholicism

I’m all for sober, dispassionate, and non-partisan church leadership that stays focused on core moral and religious principles rather than allowing itself to be drawn into the partisan fray. But connection to reality is important too. Right now the propaganda against the Indiana RFRA has made it clear that any resistance to the magisterium of the gay rights movement will be denounced as anti-American bigotry.

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The Future Map Of Religions Reveals A World Of Change For Christians, Muslims And Jews

“As of 2010, Christianity was by far the world’s largest religion, with an estimated 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third of the Earth’s 6.9 billion people. Islam came in second, with 1.6 billion adherents, or 23 percent of the global population.” Four in 10 of all the world’s Christians will live in sub-Saharan Africa by 2050.

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The Faithful Minister and Regulated Worship

Let us realize our Great High Priest has done all that is required for us to enjoy God’s eternal blessings. There is nothing left for us to do but to bask in the glory of God. So, as we look at ourselves today and find within a willingness to trust and obey, let us see these as marks of the Holy Spirit placed upon our souls. We are his, and we have been covered and redeemed by the Heavenly Father and his Divine Priest who sacrificed the Lamb of God. Rejoice, for it is truly well with our souls.

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The Post-Indiana Future for Christians

The core of the controversy, both legally and culturally, is the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Planned Parenthood vs. Casey (1992), specifically the (in)famous line, authored by Justice Kennedy, that at the core of liberty is “the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” As many have pointed out — and as Macintyre well understood — this “sweet mystery of life” principle (as Justice Scalia scornfully characterized it) kicks the supporting struts out from under the rule of law, and makes it impossible to resolve rival moral visions except by imposition of power.

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Frank Bruni Commands Christians to Cave on Homosexuality

The church has never been perfect. But did the church unleash genocide on the world, as secularism did through leaders like Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and Pol Pot? It most certainly did not. Secular authoritarianism has brought great evil and suffering to people. The church, though imperfect, has brought gospel hope, ethical enlightenment, and social justice to untold numbers of people. Bruni ignores and even erases this in his piece.

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The Grace in Going to Church

As a pastor of a smaller church, I don’t get to sleep in, call in sick or take a quick family vacation over the weekend. I’ve heard people say, “it’s your job” or “you get paid to do this.” I understand that, but I want to communicate to them what an awesome blessing it is to be, in a sense, “forced” to go to church week in and week out. I want to encourage other pastors and people to embrace the monotony of weekly attendance by looking at some of the grace that rubs off on us.

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Communication of Christ

by David de Bruyn

This conformity to Christ is what links us back to the first stage of this process. For as we become more like Christ, the Holy Spirit communicates more of the beauties of Christ to us. The Holy Spirit delights to reveal Christ. He reveals Christ to us by shaping us into the very image of Christ. You see the admirable nature of Christ, for you are increasingly wearing it in the inside.

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Christians push back on Dr. Ben Carson’s Facebook faith post

One of the conservative presidential hopefuls that many Christians have been touting is Dr. Ben Carson. But lately, Dr. Carson has been saying some very interesting things about the Jesus he believes in. The following is a Facebook post he shared April 4th before Easter Sunday, and thousands of Christians pushed back on his faith […]

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A fine mess

What drives our choices on whom we stand up for, whom we vote for and whom we trust? These days for Christians, having a biblical worldview tells the world that there’s something about you that raises red flags. Suddenly, you are the dangerous one. There are many groups and legal entities working behind the scenes […]

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What I’m about to say to you about the new Roma Downey/Mark Burnett film, A.D.: The Bible Continues, is my own opinion and does not reflect the opinions of our management: Christian, STOP filling your minds with this tripe that is opposite of biblical truth of God’s breathed-out Holy Word. Even if your pastor says […]

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Those Who Are Spiritually Deceived Are No Longer Able to Think for Themselves

by Kevin Reeves, 3/18/15 The Other Side Of The River

Some may think it is extreme to compare the spiritual deception and control tactics within the church today to that of the Nazi regime and the death camps, but we should remember that the church in Germany in the 1930s was very much like the church is today-having a head in the sand mentality about spiritual deception and turning religious leaders into super-human heroes who can do no wrong. Perhaps we are not all that different than Christians in Germany back then. We should not fool ourselves and think we would never be duped like that.

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The Circle Maker

by Mark Batterson
Reviewed by Gary Gilley

Batterson is clearly misguided in The Circle Maker yet he is endorsed by John Ortberg and Rich Wilkenson (Peacemakers founder) and is friends with Louie Giglio and Andy Stanley (p. 36). The Circle Maker is not a stand-alone book; it has generated an industry including a video series as well as student editions, prayer journals and more. No true Christian wants to minimize the power of prayer, which is perhaps the central theme of this book. But it must be prayer as taught in Scripture not based on myth and/or invented by people.

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Beyond Seduction – Does a Positive Self-Image Make You a Better Person?

by Dave Hunt & T.A. McMahon The Berean Call

Our topic for discussion in this segment of our program is, and has been for the last few weeks, what the Bible has to say about self in contrast to teachings about self promoted in the world, and, to a large degree, in professing Christianity. Self is the solution to all humanity’s problems according to the so-called wisdom of psychology. It is the key to fulfilling human potential – that without a good self-image or loving one’s self adequately, humans will never improve their status or situation in life. On the other hand, the Bible says that self is mankind’s problem, and gives a prophetic warning about it in 2 Timothy:3:1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.,2: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves….” That says it pretty clearly, doesn’t it, Dave? I think anybody could look around and see that’s where we are today. Dave: On the other hand, Tom, a person could say, “Well, haven’t human beings always been narcissistic lovers of self?” So, yes, that is true, but today it’s gone beyond that. It’s no longer looked upon as wrong, but it’s a virtue.

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See, we told you he was a prophet….! Really?

by Mike Oppenheimer, 3/23/15 Let Us Reason

When God gives a vision it is connected to what he is or is going to do among his people, and it is to prophesy. It’s not like a psychic vision of disaster or of the future that has nothing to do with Israel, the church. William Branham said he experienced a series of 7 visions in 1933; this was the fourth one in the series. “The Lord Jesus spoke to me and said that the coming of the Lord was drawing nigh, but that before He came, seven major events would transpire. I wrote them all down and that morning I gave forth the revelation of the Lord.” One Sunday morning about seven o’clock it happened. And It said, “Then there would come to pass that they’d invent a car that they didn’t need a steering wheel in it; it’d be controlled by some kind of a power.” They got it now. They got it now, a magnetic power, radar control. They don’t even… Just set your radar to where you’re going, it takes you yourself; you don’t have to steer it. (Ephesian Church age Jefferson Indiana 131 – 183, 60 – 1205) Branham had received a message but from whom is the question? This was not a vision form the Lord because of how vague it is, besides its inaccuracy. Not to mention this was encased with 6 other visions Branham had. Seven Major events were revealed to him in a vision before he was to preach in a Masonic hall. What was he doing in a Masonic Hall is a good question to ask, as Masons hold Christ in disrepute.

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Reflecting on the Indiana RFRA and a final question for the cultured despisers of religion

Our news cycle moves so fast that to bring up the Indiana RFRA law might seem light yesterday’s news to some. It might draw groans to the effect, “C’mon, man. That is so last week.” Nevertheless, before the country moves on to its next diversion, I think it would be good for us to think about the implications of last week’s dust-up over religious liberty.

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Three Responses To Garissa

by Bill Muehlenberg

If you don’t know what I am talking about here, perhaps I need to add a fourth response: that of rank ignorance. This is of course the university in Kenya where 148 people – mostly Christians – were killed by devout Muslims last week.

This horrific terror attack was simply the latest in an ongoing pogrom by Islamic jihadists aimed against infidels in general and Christians in particular. Since 9/11 there have been 25,518 such deadly terror attacks carried out by dedicated followers of Islam. All this by the political ideology that seeks to present itself as a religion of peace.

Here I want to take note of at least three varying responses to the massacre. The first is a political and ideological response, found in much of the West and in much of the media, but especially found in the response of the Obama White House.

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Celebrities Mock Christ in Peddling the Heresy of Pantheism

by Landon

Hebrews 11:3 [ESV] “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n the heels of Jeff’s article posted a few weeks ago regarding the New Age, I received a message from a dear brother in my congregation asking if I’d seen the new Julia Roberts video on YouTube. I don’t typically make a habit of searching for Julia Roberts on YouTube so, naturally, I responded in the negative. This video, and ten others, were created and published by an organization known as Conservation International (you may view all eleven in the playlist at the end of this article).

While these short videos are well-produced and entertaining, simply put, they are logically and theologically wrong. Julia Roberts, narrating the Mother Earth video, says, “I have fed species greater than you, and I have starved species greater than you.” Oh really? Logically, there is absolutely no debate that there has never been a greater species than humans. Wesley Smith remarks, “How is that in any way disputable? Humans are exceptional. There has never been another species in the known universe with our capacities, moral sense, rationality, or intelligence.”

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Why Is Pope Francis Selling The US-Iran Nuclear Agreement On Easter Sunday?

Pope Francis said “In hope we entrust to the merciful Lord the framework recently agreed to in Lausanne, that it may be a definitive step toward a more secure and fraternal world.”

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3 Biblical Journey Markers When Working Through Depression

You’re reading Part One in a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series. Today in Part One, Paul Tautges shares 3 Biblical Journey Markers When Working Through Depression. Continue reading

Why the “third day”?

Mitchell Chase points us to “an overall pattern of incredible third-day events” in the Old Testament to better understand Jesus promise to rise on the third day.

The Most Neglected Part of Christ’s Saving Work

Nick Batzig:

In recent years, it has become more commonplace to hear certain theologians emphasize that the ascension and present reign of Christ are the most neglected aspects of His work of redemption; and, while there is great merit in highlighting the consequences of such a neglect of these precious truths, 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 Apostle Paul put Jesus’ burial on par with His death and resurrection. When he spoke of the “Gospel” he did so by singling out the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. So what part does the burial of Jesus play in the work of redemption. Here are three significant features about His burial.

Say Goodbye to Lifeboat Theology

Tom Nelson:

In this theological perspective, God’s lifeboat plan of redemption is concerned only with the survival of his people. However noble and well-meaning our efforts to salvage God’s creation may be, at the end of the day, our work on this doomed earth only amounts to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

But God is deeply concerned with the crown of his fallen creation and has initiated a glorious plan of redemption through his Son Jesus. He has not abandoned this world.

Cancer Is a Parable About Sin


The Hymn of the Legalist

This is good (and smarts a bit).

The Story Behind The Song “I Stand In Awe”

Mark Altrogge:

Over the years, people have asked me how I wrote the song “I Stand in Awe.” I wish I had some jaw-dropping tale of how I was caught up to the third heaven and handed a scroll with the lyrics written in gold ink. Or at least that I was driving in my car and the song came into my mind in a flash of divine inspiration. No, my songwriting process is usually pretty pedestrian and mundane (slow and unimpressive).

Author(s): Robert Spencer

Status of Jews in Bosnia: not very good, obviously. But…but…the Muslims in Bosnia are all moderates, and anyone who doesn’t think so is a racist, greasy Islamophobe! “If he was attacked because he is Jewish and because as such he is present in our media, just because he is doing his job, then it would be a very bad sign both for Sarajevo and for Bosnia and Herzegovina.” You can say that again. “Arrest made in attack on Bosnian Jewish leader,” JTA, April 6, 2015 (JTA) — A man was arrested in connection with the attack on Bosnian Jewish leader Eli Tauber. Tauber, an adviser on culture and…

The EMP Threat: All It Would Take Is A Couple Of Explosions To Send America Back To The 1800s

Author(s): Michael Snyder 

Our entire way of life can be ended in a single day.  And it wouldn’t even take a nuclear war to do it.  All it would take for a rogue nation or terror organization to bring us to our knees is the explosion of a couple well-placed nuclear devices high up in our atmosphere.  The resulting electromagnetic pulses would fry electronics from coast to coast.  Of course this could also be accomplished without any attack.  Scientists tell us that massive solar storms have hit our planet before, and that it is inevitable that there will be more in the future.  As you will read about below, the most…

Before We Pray for Religious Freedom

Author(s): Clint Archer

I’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…

Exchanging Truth for the Lie 

Author(s): Peter Jones

EXCHANGING THE TRUTH FOR THE LIE By Dr. Peter Jones   Harry Reid, past Senate majority leader, when recently confronted with his bare-faced lie during the presidential debates affirming that Governor Mitt Romney never paid taxes, simply responded with a smirking self-justificatory: “He didn’t win, did he?” Why are so many “progressive” causes these days finally revealed as lies.   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…

America Needs Christians to Preach the Glorious Gospel and Walk in Obedience 

Author(s): William Gray

Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as you have us for an example, for many walk, of whom I’ve told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the Cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:17–20)               Today we can easily observe that there are many people who are false teachers, even as the Lord Jesus Christ prophesied in…

What’s Happening on College Campuses?

Author(s): Phyllis Schlafly

Who would have thought, only a few years ago, that our basic First Amendment right of free speech would be under attack on college campuses (of all places!)? But those are now ordinary campus events. Progressives want to shield college students from what are called “scary ideas.” They are not referring to Halloween pranks or costumes, or to historic wartime episodes of bitter fighting; the new buzz words are “trigger warnings,” “outgrowths of fragility,” or “sexual paranoia.” Professors talk about the need to overturn the “privilege theory.” Anyone who can’t claim to belong to an oppressed…


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…

The Daily Discovery (April 7, 2015)


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Robert Schuller’s Future – “The Hour of Power has met the hour of its doom, not quite matching the marketing materials of happiness. We come after a long slow slide to the death of Robert Schuller.”

Why aren’t unknown pastors headlining Christian conferences? – “Christian conference season is in full swing once again, which means there’s inevitably going to be a flood of blog posts and tweets from various corners of the Interwebs about this or that event. Some folks will be live-blogging. Others will be live-tweeting. And some will be lamenting the fact that there aren’t any “ordinary” pastors headlining anything.”

Proving the Deity of the Holy Spirit – “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…”

Why Aren’t Calvinists Pacificsts? – “Why have so few Reformed Christians been pacifists? A plain reading of Jesus’s teachings would seem to commend a pacifist interpretation, at least at the individual Christian’s personal level. As he famously instructs us, “Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Matt. 5:39). Yet Christian pacifism has gained much more traction among Anabaptists, and among liberal Catholics and Protestants, than among Reformed believers.”

The Missing Link In Our Culture’s Confusion About What Sexual Sin Is – and What to Do About It – “It was only after I met my risen Lord that I ever felt shame in my sin, with my sexual attractions, and with my sexual history.  Conversion brought with it a train wreck of contradictory feelings, ranging from liberty to shame. Conversion also left me confused. While it was clear that God forbade sex outside of biblical marriage, it was not clear to me what I should do with the complex matrix of desires and attractions, sensibilities and senses of self that churned within and still defined me.”


Jonathan Edwards – The Way of Holiness


Were You There – Shai Linne (w/ Lyrics)

Is It Possible That Mormonism Is True?

“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


Can’t Turn This Worldview Thing Off

Wouldn’t it be great to see your teenager or college student really excited about Christian worldview?
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With Obama Protecting Them, Iran Sends Millions To Rebuild Hamas Terror Tunnels In Gaza

Netanyahu is right when he says the current US-Iran nuke deal is not a good one

EDITOR’S NOTE: Barack Obama is a master of deception, distraction and political sleight-of-hand. All the while the negotiations were going on regarding stopping Iran’s ability to obtain nuclear weapons, Iran was secretly sending millions to Hamas to enable them to rebuild the deadly terror tunnels into Israel. Obama said nothing about this, in fact, he ran interference for Iran so this could go on. 

In the midst of the so-called Iranian Nuclear “deal” in which Iran decidedly emerged the winner, and America the pathetic loser, Iran is transferring millions of dollars to the Izaddin Kassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, to rebuild the terror tunnels leading into Israel. These tunnels were destroyed by Israel, during Operation Protective Edge.

“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3 (KJV)

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


“Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal often resisted the Iranian support welcomed by the Izzadin Kassam Brigades, the Telegraph said. Yet with the escalation of Saudi-Arabian and Egyptian hostility towards Hamas, and with the strengthening of a Sunni Arab front against Iran, Hamas was left will no option but to accept the Iranian support.” [1] – source

It is unbelievable that we are even engaging in talks with these people. It is clear that their goal is to attempt to destroy Israel. Never before, in the history of the relationship between America and Israel, has there been such apathy and outright loathing for the Jewish people in Israel.

God will bring curses against the United States in response to Obama and his cursing of Israel. It is promised in God’s Word.

It is clear to us who belong to the Lord, that Obama was chosen by God to lead America at this time. Destruction is coming to America; this is sure. The Lord is true to His Word, and His anger is kindled against us.

God please help Israel and America.



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Why Is Pope Francis Selling The US-Iran Nuclear Agreement On Easter Sunday?

Pope Francis quest for political power in a revived Roman Empire

“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:4,5 (KJV)

The Catholic Pope claims to be the authorized representative of Jesus Christ here on this earth. The official Catholic Catechism says “For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire Church has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered.” Wow, that’s a lot of power for one man, for a single human being.


So, and I’m just spit-balling here, you would think that someone with that much spiritual power given to him by Jesus Christ, would be preaching a nearly identical message to that which Jesus preached on the earth. Preaching about Heaven and Hell, repentance, salvation, the coming Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God, and so on. Right? Wrong.

Pope Francis made his first public comments about the recent framework for an accord, reached in Lausanne, Switzerland, and aimed at ensuring Iran doesn’t develop a nuclear weapon.

“In hope we entrust to the merciful Lord the framework recently agreed to in Lausanne, that it may be a definitive step toward a more secure and fraternal world.”

Pope Francis, in yesterday’s Easter Sunday message, devoted it to preaching the “gospel” of the “great deal” Obama and his minions had made with Iran about curtailing their murderous nuclear ambitions. His message was nearly 100% geo-political in nature and tone, rarely referring to the Scriptures and doing no expository preaching of any kind. Again I ask you, why? I will tell you why.

In the last days, the days we are now living in, the bible says in Revelation 17 that there will be a great combination power that gathers together all spiritual rule over the people as well as all political rule. A one-stop shop, if you will. When the Apostle John was shown this in a vision, he was shocked, dumbfounded, because he knew right away what he was looking at but couldn’t believe what he was seeing.

“And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.” Revelation 17:6,7 (KJV)

John is seeing the professing Christian church in the time of the Tribulation, only it is apostate, wicked and filthy from stem to stern. John is seeing the Roman Catholic church, under the rule of the False Prophet and the Antichrist, and exercising complete spiritual and political rule over all the kings of the earth. Now you know why Francis is concerned with politics, the revived Roman Empire is just beginning to open it’s eyes and stretch it’s legs. He is not content with spiritual rule over Catholics, he is beginning the ascent to political rule as well.

Pope Francis has made a political plea for passing of Climate Change legislation, has demanded global redistribution of the world’s wealth, and for the first time in United States history he as Roman Pope will address Congress. Do you see it now, or are your eyes firmly switched to the off position?

The bible continues it description of the Vatican and Roman Catholic church system:

“And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” Revelation 17:9,17,18 (KJV)

Just for fun, why don’t you spend your next lazy, rainy afternoon with a cup of coffee and the King James Bible. Read Revelation chapters 17 and 18 in their entirety, pray over them and ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the truth. Those two chapters describe in great detail the Vatican, the Catholic Church, and the revived Roman Empire.

Who else do you know whose colors are purple and scarlet, who holds a golden chalice, who claims spiritual rule over the whole world, and whose headquarters sits on 7 mountains or hills?  All that and more are right there in Revelation 17 and 18 in the KJV.

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before.” Matthew 24:24,25 (KJV)

Now you know.


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Where Was God During the Garissa University Terrorist Attack?


Once again, Kenya, my homeland, has been thrust into the international news headlines over the last couple of days due to the deeply painful and senseless massacre of students at the Garissa University College in the eastern part of the country. I am deeply saddened by the horrific nature of this tragedy, and I join the many across the world who are praying for the victims. I especially pray with all sincerity for the parents, siblings and relatives and friends of the 147 students who lost their lives, and those who were injured.

As I write, some are yet to learn of the fate of their family members. Many will soon receive the news that their loved one is never coming home. I cannot even begin to imagine the agony they are going through right now. And the problem spreads to anyone else who fears that he or she might be a victim. A good deal of the misery that they will all face cannot be quantified. Even after the initial shock wears off, fear and tension will persist, and life for them will never be the same.

It has been said that human beings are the only creatures in the world who have learned to ask questions instead of relying on instincts.

In times like these, our questions are unleashed in their fullest force upon us. I’ll highlight a couple of the ones I take to be the most frequent and also the most important:

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IHOP-KC Promotes Sexaholics Anonymous, Contemplative Spirituality, Alcoholics Anonymous

By John Lanagan My Word Like Fire Ministries Despite proclamations about the love and power of Christ, when all is said and done, the International House of Prayer offers onsite Alcoholics Anonymous, Sexaholics Anonymous, and Codependents Anonymous meetings to those who are in bondage.[1] All churches and organizations associated with the New Apostolic Reformation are […]

Our Culture’s Moral Outrage

If you have been paying any attention, there is a great deal of political and media-inspired moral outrage from certain segments of our society toward theological conservatives regarding their core beliefs about marriage.

The two faces of tolerance


How God Defines Success

true_successWhat does it mean to successful?

That is a vital question for anyone to ask – one that determines a person’s priorities and direction in life.

Whether you are a pastor, an accountant, a school teacher, a stay-at-home mom, an office manager, a construction worker, an engineer, or any other occupation – if you are a believer in Jesus Christ – this question pertains to you. What does it mean to be successful?

What does true success look like, not in terms of getting a new promotion or a raise, but in the highest and loftiest sense of that word?

Consider the “heroes of the faith” listed in Hebrews 11. From a worldly perspective, these individuals would hardly be regarded as successful.

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Geologist Claims To Have Discovered The ‘Lost Tomb’ Of Jesus Of Nazareth

The existence of bodily remains of Jesus Christ would mean the Resurrection could never have happened

“And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matthew 28:5,6 (KJV)

In the anti-God scientific circles it is considered the unattainable “grand prize” of historical discovery. Being able to somehow disprove that Jesus of Nazareth rose from the grave 3 days after His crucifixion as the bible tells us He did. Since most scientists are secular, with a large number of those being rabid atheists, this is something that they would give nearly anything to obtain. Now, a geologist in Israel, Dr. Aryeh Shimron, claims to have done exactly that.


Dubbed “The Lost Tomb of Jesus” in a 2007 documentary movie directed by James Cameron, the chamber contained nine burial boxes or “ossuaries” inscribed with the names “Jesus son of Joseph”, “Mary” and other names associated with the New Testament.

Hal Lindsey on the endless attacks on Jesus of Nazareth:

The inscriptions and the approximate dates of burial have led some to suggest the Talpiot Tomb means Jesus married, that he fathered a child, and that the existence of bodily remains means the Resurrection could never have happened.

Dr. Shimron maintains that Jesus married Mary Magdalene, and had a son named Judah.

Dr Aryeh Shimron says he has carried out new tests that suggest it is more likely the Talpiot Tomb, a burial site found in East Jerusalem in 1980, was a family grave for Jesus of Nazareth, his wife Mary Magdalene and his son Judah.


“The evidence is beyond what I expected,” Dr Shimron said. “I think I’ve got really powerful, virtually unequivocal evidence that the James ossuary spent most of its lifetime, or death time, in the Talpiot Tomb.”

“And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:14 (KJV)

The geochemical tests, carried out under Dr Shimron’s supervision largely by the Israel Antiquities Authority, worked on the basis that the ossuaries in the Talpiot Tomb were all once covered by the same clay with a very distinctive mineral make-up.

While the results are likely to rekindle the debate surrounding the possible remains of Jesus, they are still far from accepted in scientific circles. The collector who owns the James ossuary told the Times Dr Shimron’s work determines nothing “conclusively”, while other Jerusalem archaeologists say they await its publication in a peer-reviewed journal. source

Brothers and sisters, we are living in the last days, and the attacks will only increase. For nearly 25 years I have maintained that they will “find the bones of Jesus” as a satanic full-frontal assault to get people to lost their faith in Jesus Christ. There is more evidence to prove the birth, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth than any other event in human history.

But guess what? We don’t walk by sight, we walk by faith.


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California Water Department Now Using Newly-Installed Smart Meters To Track And Prosecute

“We are using it specifically for an enforcement tool to go after those customers who we’ve gotten lots of complaints about,” Wattier said.

Over the past two years, NTEB has brought you numerous stories about the drastic loss of privacy associated with the installation of smart meters to control water and electric services. But as you will see, they are really just about control.

LONG BEACH  — Water authorities are using a new tool in a major effort to crack down on people and businesses wasting water in light of new water restrictions issued by Gov. Jerry Brown to fight the drought.

The Long Beach Water Department says sprinklers at a McDonald’s restaurant on Bellflower Boulevard went on for 45 minutes at a time, twice a night, for an undefined number of nights. Complaints continued to mount as water pooled and wasted. The department, however, could do little about the wasting.


That was before the smart meter.

Since its installation in February, Long Beach Water Department General Manager Kevin Wattier says he saw an immediate spike by tens of thousands of gallons, each time McDonald’s overwatered their property.

It collects the data every five minutes, then after midnight, the cellphone that’s built in here comes on, makes one call, and calls it in to the database that we and the customer, through a password security system, have online access to their consumption,” Wattier said.

“The accuracy is just incredible, because we get the data the next day.”

Using this data, Wattier knew the precise moment to send his employees to videotape the infractions to use as evidence.

“We are using it specifically for an enforcement tool to go after those customers who we’ve gotten lots of complaints about,” Wattier said. Wattier says he believes the smart meter will be used in both businesses and homes to track water waste across Southern California. source

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Celebrities Mock Christ in Peddling the Heresy of Pantheism


Hebrews 11:3 [ESV] “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”

On the heels of Jeff’s article posted a few weeks ago regarding the New Age, I received a message from a dear brother in my congregation asking if I’d seen the new Julia Roberts video on YouTube.  I don’t typically make a habit of searching for Julia Roberts on YouTube so, naturally, I responded in the negative.  This video, and ten others, were created and published by an organization known as Conservation International (you may view all eleven in the playlist at the end of this article).

While these short videos are well-produced and entertaining, simply put, they are logically and theologically wrong.  Julia Roberts, narrating the Mother Earth video, says, “I have fed species greater than you, and I have starved species greater than you.”  Oh really?  Logically, there is absolutely no debate that there has never been a greater species than humans.  Wesley Smith remarks, “How is that in any way disputable? Humans are exceptional. There has never been another species in the known universe with our capacities, moral sense, rationality, or intelligence.

tree-incarnation-sspWhat exactly, then, is the purpose of these Nature is Speaking videos?  Is this a war on humans?  I would submit to you that these videos are yet another saliva projectile aimed directly at the face of our most high and merciful Creator.  They are further evidence of lost people acting lost and continuing to suppress in unrighteousness the Truth of the God they know exists. (Romans 1:18)  Without a doubt, they serve no purpose other than to demean and mock those who have been mercifully regenerated by the Holy Spirit.

These lost individuals look at everything God has fashioned and, because they hate Him, choose instead to exchange the Truth for a lie and worship and serve the creation instead of the Creator. (Romans 1:25)  Should we be good stewards of God’s Earth and the creatures therein?  Of course.  But do not be so blasphemous as to elevate the clay to a stature above the potter.  The fact that such people have not been struck dead from their blasphemy and disrespect is evidence of God’s supreme patience and mercy with we who are at enmity with Him.

The truth is that the mindset behind the creation of this media is nothing new.  This type of faulty thinking is the heresy known as Pantheism (not to be confused with Panentheism).  In case you are unfamiliar with this term, I’ll take a brief couple paragraphs to explain.

Pantheism is the position that God and nature are the same thing.  Pantheism comes from two Greek words, pan meaning ‘all’ and theos meaning ‘god.’  So, it would teach that all the stars, galaxies, planets, mountains, wind, and rain, are all one and the same; part of what God is.  So, pantheists would say that all is God.  Biblical Christianity teaches that God is separate from his creation and he created it (Gen. 1:1-30), where pantheism says that God and creation share the same nature and essence.1

Further, Pantheism is a subtle form of atheism in that it denies the existence of a God who stands apart from and independent from the existence of the universe. Pantheists believe that what is, is God.  Pantheism serves as the philosophic base of classical Hinduism, northern Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Christian Science, Unity, the “mind” cults and the New Age Movement. In its Eastern or Western forms, God is often reduced to an impersonal “it” which forms the basis of the universe. God is referred to as the “force” or “energy” which makes up the world.2 In other words, Pantheism is the belief that God and the universe are identical and that God is not a personality but the expression of the physical forces of nature.3

de19ba6f44268291d95415e45a7ee583e059b016Pantheism does not say, “The universe is God.” That, in effect, would be atheism. But what it says is, “The universe is a phenomenon, an existence-form of God.” God it regards as the esse, underlying the attributes or conditions; and a “phenomenon,” as its etymology suggests, is a transient form of being “coming into sight.” To illustrate—water is the existence-form of Oxygen and Hydrogen. But these, in their synthesis, may exist as ice or as vapour too. So God, says Pantheism, may have many existence-forms. 4

With the term thoroughly defined, you may be wondering why I would look to refute something that has been thoroughly refuted countless times already.  The answer is simple: people are still falling for it and, sadly, a growing number of proclaiming Christians inside the walls of the church are falling prey to this anti-biblical nonsense.

There is a strain of pantheism that is based on the observation that the same matter and energy that makes the universe makes us. We are made by the universe, sustained by the universe, destroyed by the universe, and returned to the universe after we die. The universe is all that exists. Awe, reverence, humility, and respect follow from a proper understanding of the universe.  This strain of thought is called scientific pantheism. One major differentiator of scientific pantheism is that it does not deny opposites. Rather, it relies heavily on logic and reason.5  This is the brand of pantheism presented in the Conservation International videos.

So, what’s the big deal?  Why is pantheism heretical?

First and foremost, pantheism says that since all is God, and man is part of all, then man is God.  That is heresy.  Men are not God.

bb715e44d2081aaece344e03030205bdd47a7e1Further, pantheism is the supposition behind many cults and false religions (e.g., Hinduism and Buddhism to an extent, the various unity and unification cults, and “mother nature” worshipers).  Does the Bible teach pantheism?  No, it does not.  What many people confuse as pantheism is the doctrine of God’s omnipresence. Psalm 139:7–8 declares, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” God’s omnipresence means He is present everywhere.  There is no place in the universe where God is not present.  This is not the same thing as pantheism.  God is everywhere, but He is not everything. Yes, God is “present” inside a tree and inside a person, but that does not make that tree or person God.

Pantheism is not at all a biblical belief.  The clearest biblical arguments against pantheism are the countless commands against idolatry. The Bible forbids the worship of idols, angels, celestial objects, items in nature, etc.  If pantheism were true, it would not be wrong to worship such an object, because that object would, in fact, be God.  If pantheism were true, worshiping a rock or an animal would have just as much validity as worshiping God as an invisible and spiritual being. The Bible’s clear and consistent denunciation of idolatry is a conclusive argument against pantheism.6

Again, pantheism is heresy.

Let us, then, direct our attention to the videos themselves.  I just spent over 1,200 words explaining what pantheism is and why it’s heretical because I have seen more than a dozen brothers and sisters in Christ sharing these productions using descriptors like, “cool”, “so artistic”, “I love Julia Roberts”, “God is great”, and on and on.  I truly believe this stems from a basic lack of knowledge of Scripture, but in the eyes of the Father, the ignorant are not excused.

Julia Roberts narrates Part 1, as “Mother Nature” who is self-aware, has cognitive function, transcends mankind and can communicate. In other words, a form of Deity.  An excerpt from this video reads,

“I’ve been here for eons. I have fed species greater than you. And I have starved species greater than you.”

Name one.  We are the top of the heap!  Humans are the greatest species to ever exist.  Why?  Because we are made in the image of God, imago dei.  As I mentioned in the second paragraph of this article, there is absolutely no debate that there has never been a greater species than humans.

“MY oceans. MY soil. MY flowing streams. MY forests. They all can take you or leave you.”  

Bully!  Hater!

Christine Pack, of the recently defunct SolaSisters.com, said “I’m a former hard-core, Militant Eco-Greenie, so I know this worldview that these actors are giving voice to from the inside. But these are scary videos!”7

For all the reasons listed above, I could not agree more!  Mrs. Roberts also narrates,

I’ve been here for over four and a half billion years.

Anyone ever observe that?  As Todd Friel rightly observed, “So, Mother Nature knows more than we do because she doesn’t actually exist.  She’s an inanimate object but she’s older than we are by a lot.  So, yea.8

In the second video, Harrison Ford speaking as “The Ocean” says,

Humans? They’re no different (from any other creature on the earth). I don’t owe them a thing. I give. They take. But I can always take back. That’s the way it’s always been. It’s not their planet anyway. Never was, never will be. But humans, they take more than their share… I’m only going to say this once, if nature isn’t kept healthy, humans won’t survive.

Again, in this video, an aspect or object in nature as been assigned cognitive function and is self-aware.  As I outlined above, this is rank pantheism.  Further, there is an overriding hatred of man that is proudly, arrogantly proclaimed.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, beware of pantheism, for it is a lie through which the devil causes many people all over the world to worship the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars, and also some animals and trees, and even some human beings, who are considered God.  We can say that pantheism leads people to worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed forever. In other words, as mentioned previously, pantheism leads people to idolatry, and as you know the Scripture says that idolaters will not inherit the kingdom of God (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).[X. Butindaro, Giacinto. “Pantheism refuted.” He Who Has Ears Let Him Hear. 10 Aug. 2010. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.]

These videos are well-produced and voiced by Hollywood heavy-hitters, but their message mocks the triune God and his deity.  And as Paul reminds us in his letter to the Galatians, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)

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Ministry Training in the Local Church – Rainer on Leadership #113

Podcast Episode #113

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The world around us is constantly changing. The Word of God, however, is not. We are still called to identify, raise up, and train the next generation of leaders in our churches. So today, we look at ministry training in the local church and how it is changing and becoming more and more accessible to both those pursuing vocational ministry options as well as all Christians looking to grow in their faith.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • There is a false perception that theological education is only for vocational church staff.
  • Every Christian should be theologically trained.
  • One of the main purposes of small groups and Sunday School should be theological education.
  • Seminaries and traditional, formal theological education are still very valuable.
  • Churches—not seminaries—should be producing vocational ministers. Seminaries should then be training them.
  • Raising up the next generation of ministers and missionaries is the responsibility of the church, not seminaries.

The seven topics we cover in this podcast are:

  1. Theology is important for all Christ-followers, not just church staff
  2. Sunday School and Small Group Discipleship is a regular form of theological education
  3. Special extended seminars and training are commonplace (Secret Church & others)
  4. Online education has made theological education more accessible to laity
  5. Seminaries are partnering with local churches for on-site teaching
  6. Pastoral apprenticeships can train both theologically and methodologically
  7. Local churches should seek to raise up the next generation of theologians and ministers

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Does God Cause Our Illnesses And Suffering?

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Q.  I hear a lot from people with Reformation background that God disciplines you through hardship and suffering. They claim this in the name of their definition of Sovereignty. They claim that God is in control of everything so if you are suffering he actually designed it for you to suffer for his cause.  This doesn’t really sit well with me, because I grew up knowing that God is a loving God, so I never associated suffering with him, and as his form of disciplining. I always associate suffering with the sinfulness of this world, not  something orchestrated by God to teach some form of a lesson. Can you please share your thoughts on this?

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Is This Not A Contradiction?

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Q.  The scriptures teach us that no one could keep the law but that the law was given to show Israel their sinfulness and their need for a Savior (Messiah/Jesus).  Yet  you say they were required to keep the law – is this not a contradiction?

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Did Jesus Ascend More Than Once?

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Q.  Did Jesus ascend to heaven twice, once to sprinkle His blood on the altar and then again after spending 40 days with the crowds and teaching Paul what we needed to know?

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Our Time is Short

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Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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Albert Mohler Blog: “This is How Religious Liberty Dies — The New Rules of the Secular Left”

In this blog essay, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. reflects on the progress of the sexual revolution and the diminishing significance of religious liberty in the American culture. Mohler writes:

“The latest Ground Zero for the moral revolution is the state of Indiana, where legislators passed a state version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which Gov. Mike Pence then signed into law. The controversy that followed was a free-for-all of misrepresentation and political posturing. Within days, the governor capitulated to the controversy by calling for a revision of the law — a revision that may well make the RFRA a force for weakening religious liberty in Indiana, rather than for strengthening it.”

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April 7, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

Hundreds Attend Rally in Support of Principal Under Fire for Citing Scripture in Newsletter

ICC Note: On April 3, 2015, hundreds gathered together in prayer to support a Louisiana elementary and middle school principal, Albert Hardison, facing the consequences of publicly citing Scripture.

Historic Christian Library in Iraq Saved from ISIS

ICC Note: According to the Associated Press, despite ISIS’s recent campaign against historic, religious monuments, a historic Christian library was recently saved by a group of monks in northern Iraq.

Special Prayers and Processions Mark Good Friday in India

ICC Note: Throughout India, Good Friday was celebrated in churches to honor the crucifixion of Jesus Christ through prayer services and fasting. In light of recent attacks against Christians, there was greater police deployment granted to churches to prevent more incidents of violence.

‘They Will Rise Again in Christ:’ Kenya Mourns Massacred Christian Students on Easter as Gov’t Bombs al-Shabaab Bases

ICC Note: Easter Sunday marked a time of mourning in Garissa, Kenya, the place where Islamist attackers from extremist group al-Shabaab massacred 148 people, mostly Christians, at Garissa University College on Thursday April 2.

‘There Are Gunshots Everywhere! Tell Mum to Pray for Me;’ Terrorists Made Garissa Students Call Parents Before Slaughter in Kenya

ICC Note: This is the face of Christian persecution. Incredibly tragic details have surfaced about the April 2 attack on Garissa University College where Islamist al-Shabaab militants killed 148 people, mostly Christians.

“If My People…”

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14…

Daily Prayer – Tuesday 07 April 2015

Give thanks to the Lord for another 282 houses built for Indian Christians in Kandhamal, Orissa state.

Franklin Graham Warns of “Ugly, Anti-Christian Bias and Intolerance” in America during Easter Message

ICC Note: During his Easter message, preacher and leader of humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse, Franklin Graham, warned of the implications of bias and intolerance against Christians in the US.

 Prime Minister Modi Greets Nation of India on Easter

ICC Note: On Easter Sunday, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered Easter greetings to the public. During his message, he cited the teachings of Jesus in a pledge to, “create a world that is just, compassionate and joyful.” Throughout India, churches held Good Friday and Easter celebrations with greater security measures in light of recent attacks.

Militants Attack Church and Police in Egypt, One Policeman Killed

ICC Note: In a series of recent attacks, Islamist extremists respectively struck Cairo and Alexandria in a bombing and church attack. During the Alexandria church attack, one policeman was killed and seven others were wounded.

Kenya University Massacre: Where’s the Outcry?

ICC Note: In the wake of the brutal attacks on Garissa University College April 2 that killed 148 people, mostly Christians, many Kenyans wonder why voices around the world seem to be so relatively silent to Christian persecution in Africa.

Kenyans Protest Against Al-Shabab After Garissa Attack

ICC Note: Kenyans are angry and nearly 2,500 people filled the streets in protest of al-Shabaab in Garissa, Kenya. Marchers pledged to snuff out the al-Shabaab operatives in the wake of the attack last Thursday, April 2, which killed 148 people, mostly Christians.

Hope for Orphans

On September 22, 2013, the Christian community of Peshawar, Pakistan, was devastated when suicide bombers attacked All Saints Church. Two bombers from the Pakistani Taliban attacked two churches killing over 130 Christians and seriously injuring scores more.

Daily Prayer – Wednesday 08 April 2015

Lift up in prayer a congregation in New Delhi, India whose church was set on fire on 1 December, reducing the interior to ashes.

Jesus or Family? The Cost of Following Christ in Niger

The Incredible Story of Mounira, a Christian Mother Beaten, Divorced, and Abandoned for Her Relationship with Jesus

By René Benoît and Troy Augustine

4/8/2015 Washington DC…

India Police Attack a Group of Twenty Christian Missionaries

ICC Note: It has just been reported that a group of twenty Christian missionaries was attacked by police and locals alike for openly evangelizing in India.

‘Mother Teresa of Cairo’ Gives Egyptian Christians Hope

ICC Note: Despite the constant threat of attack, Coptic Christians throughout Egypt celebrated Easter this past weekend. Helping to ease their pain is a woman named “Mama” Maggie Gobran, commonly referred to as “the Mother Teresa of Cairo.” Gobran has helped underprivileged children and those suffering from persecution over the last twenty years.

Welcome to Babylon! Here’s Your Mark!

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In July of 2013 I posted on the topic of persecution of Christians in America. At the time the Supreme Court had recently made some decisions allowing same sex marriage. I opined on how I saw this as a key marker that the future would see social persecution of Christians in America because of their opposition to homosexuality. Also at the time (and since) I received a bit of friendly criticism, admonishing me for being an alarmist.

Well, here we go again.

When I first took up this topic I expected that society-wide overt social persecution of Christians would not be wide-spread for at least a few decades. Not being a prophet or a prognosticator, I was engaging in the time honored tradition of looking at history for lessons to apply to today’s circumstances. Admittedly an inexact “science”, I thought I was in the ball park to propose that…

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Are you ready for marriage? 10 questions to find out how prepared you are


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Would you like your marriage to be long-lasting and fulfilling? Well, check out the questions below and see if you are ready for life-long wedded bliss.

1. Are you opposed to no-fault divorce laws?

No-fault divorce laws allow one spouse to leave the marriage at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all. If you support no-fault divorce, then your view of marriage is that it’s something to be entered into lightly, because it can be exited easily. You’ll be walking down the aisle thinking “oh well, if it doesn’t work out, I can always get a divorce”. If you oppose no-fault divorce laws, then your view of marriage is that there is no escape hatch. You’ll probably be a lot more careful about getting married. Since you are convinced that marriage is built to last forever, you’ll have a courtship of at least…

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We Don’t Know Who Are the Elect and Who Are Not…

Zwinglius Redivivus

Those who have been elected from eternity have undoubtedly been elected before faith. Therefore those who because of their age have not faith, should not be rashly condemned by us; for although they do not as then have it, then God’s election is hidden from us. If before Him they are elect, we judge rashly about things unknown to us.  — Huldrych Zwingli

In consequence- since we don’t know who the elect are- it’s best to act as though everyone is a brother or sister (potentially).  That person down the street may be a long lost brother or sister that simply hasn’t found out who their Father is.

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The “Gospel” Coalition to Include Non-Christians in Panel

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In a post today, the Gospel Coalition laid out a defense for their inviting of TGC15 panelists who do not believe, well…the Gospel. Following the trend set by evangelical heavy-hitters including the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and others, The Gospel Coalition is capitalizing on the controversy in Ferguson, Missouri to focus on social justice and race issues.

An important time to discuss Gospel-centered solutions to the sin-saturated problem of racial divide, TGC has accumulated the world’s finest Gospel preachers to exegete pertinent Biblical texts in relation to the unity of all believers in Christ and the importance of forgiveness for bigotry in light of the propitiation of such sins on the cross.

Just kidding. No, TGC is instead inviting a “diverse [non-Christian] set of voices for a panel discussion about justice and race.” And by “justice,” I think we all know what that means (but we’re…

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