Daily Archives: April 8, 2015

Godlife: Can I get a break?

Scripture: “28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

Do you ever feel guilty for taking time to rest instead of getting everything done on your to-do list?

When you’re tempted to choose busyness over rest, remember that God wants to give you rest. He is gentle and humble. He’s not a drill sergeant. When you rest, reflect on God’s love, power and faithfulness. In Psalm 46:10 He even says to “Be still and know that I am God.” It may seem impossible to “be still”…

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April 8, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Collection

When people praise you, don’t let it go to your head. When they criticize you, don’t let it go to your heart. —C.J. Rhodes

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Apr. 8, 2015

BLOOMBERG

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel outdistanced a lesser-known challenger to win a second term and the daunting prize of steering the third-most-populous U.S. city away from financial collapse.

Voters tripled the number of blacks on the Ferguson, Missouri, City Council, to three from one. It became the most diverse government ever in the St. Louis suburb that became a national symbol for racial unrest after a white police officer killed a black teenager.

Power outages across the Washington area knocked out electricity at the U.S. State Department and briefly disrupted activities at the White House, the Capitol and the city’s tourist attractions. The power failure Tuesday was caused by a dip in voltage because of a problem with a transmission line.

A federal judge in Texas rejected the U.S. Department of Justice’s request to lift a temporary block on the Obama administration’s executive action shielding as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation.

Russian hackers were behind an intrusion in recent months into a non-classified White House computer network, CNN reported. Deputy White House National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said on CNN that no classified information had been compromised, while declining to link any attacks to Russia.

North Korea has deployed its new road-mobile KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile and is capable of mounting a miniaturized nuclear warhead on it, the U.S.’s top homeland security commander said.

Two of the U.S. Senate’s top lawmakers on defense policy are protesting a Navy decision to postpone for as long as seven years survival testing on its new class of aircraft carriers, the costliest warships ever built.

Almond growers in drought-stricken California have recently faced criticism for high water consumption. But last year, their orchards brought in a bumper crop and without the cushion from the nut’s profit margins many farmers in the state’s Central Valley would be struggling to survive.

A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C. has been charged with murder after a video emerged showing him shooting an apparently unarmed black man in the back.

One of the big potential costs to U.S. taxpayers over the next years is an enterprise that’s currently estimated to be even a bit profitable for them: financing student loans. Right now, the federal government borrows money at interest rates that are lower than the rates it charges students. That means the U.S. makes about 14 cents on every dollar lent.

AP Top Stories

Iran dispatched a naval destroyer and another vessel to waters near Yemen as the United States quickened weapons supply to the Saudi-led coalition striking rebels there, underlining how foreign powers are deepening their involvement in the conflict.

A study by the Pew Research Center found that, over the course of 2014, American adults were far more likely to identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party than the Republican Party, by a margin of 48 to 39 percent. But in November, GOP candidates for the House of Representatives garnered millions more votes than their Democratic rivals, amassing a cumulative advantage of 51 to 45 percent. A decisive Democratic edge in the general population translated to a distinct Republican advantage at the polls.

An American soldier and an Afghan soldier were killed when a firefight broke out between Afghan and NATO coalition forces at a compound where a senior U.S. diplomat met a provincial governor in eastern Afghanistan, police and U.S. sources said.

An Afghanistan-based jihadist group known for its past ties to Pakistani intelligence on Wednesday vowed to send “thousands” of fighters to Yemen in support of Saudi Arabia.

Fifteen police officers were killed in a gang ambush in western Mexico, an official said, marking the deadliest day in recent years for security forces battling the drug war.

Russian emergency crews late Tuesday doused the fire on a nuclear submarine which had been undergoing repairs in dry dock. Firefighters had been struggling to put out the flames for several hours before finally resorting to flooding the dock and submerging the submarine.

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Australia’s government has established a national taskforce to tackle growing use of crystal methamphetamine, or ice.

Kenya’s government has ordered the closure of 13 money transfer firms to prevent militant Islamists from using them to finance attacks, the interior minister has told the BBC.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for improved trade ties with Greece, during a visit to Moscow by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Fresh fighting has been reported in the southern Yemeni city of Aden between Houthi rebels and militiamen loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Islamic State militants have freed more than 200 members of the Yazidi religious community they were holding in northern Iraq, according to reports.

WND

A key date is approaching, April 12, for the final hurdle to be cleared in the most ambitious interfaith project ever attempted – combining houses of worship for Christianity, Islam and Judaism on the same campus in the middle of America. It’s called the Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha, Nebraska. If it succeeds, its leaders have said they hope it will become a model for the nation and perhaps the world.

Porn viewers’ online browsing habits could be exposed by hackers – leading to the biggest internet privacy scandal since nude celebrity photos were leaked last year.

The U.S. government started keeping secret records of Americans’ international telephone calls nearly a decade before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, harvesting billions of calls in a program that provided a blueprint for the far broader National Security Agency surveillance that followed.


10 Quotes That Reveal Barack Obama’s Obsession With A Palestinian State

Barack Obama is absolutely obsessed with getting the Jewish people and the Palestinians to agree to a peace deal which will permanently divide the land of Israel between those two peoples. Barack Obama insists that such an agreement will bring permanent peace to the region, even though no previous agreement between the Jewish people and the Palestinians has lasted very long at all. We are just told to believe that the creation of a Palestinian state will somehow cause terror groups such as Hamas to totally forsake their goal of obliterating the Jewish state and pushing all Jewish people living there into the Mediterranean Sea. For Obama, this has become personal. He wants to cement his legacy as a great “peacemaker” by being the president that succeeded where all presidents before him have failed. He wants to be the one that delivers the West Bank and Gaza into the hands of the Palestinians, and he has about 20 months left to do it. The recent election victory of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a blow to those plans, but Obama is not about to give up. In fact, Obama administration officials are now hinting that they may back a plan for a declaration of a Palestinian state at the United Nations – thus bypassing negotiations with Israel completely. Whether by hook or by crook, Obama seems absolutely determined to make the Palestinian dream a reality. The following are 10 quotes that reveal Barack Obama’s obsession with a Palestinian state… (Read More…)


Smart Meters: Enforcement Of Mandatory Water Restrictions Is Only Just The Beginning

Smart meters are now being used by authorities to crack down on “water wasters” in the state of California, but this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as what they can be used for. Ultimately, smart meters are designed to be part of an entire “smart grid” that will enable government bureaucrats “to control everything from your dishwasher to thermostat“. And in recent years, there has been a massive push to install smart meters in as many homes in the United States and Europe as possible. Back in December 2007, there were only 7 million smart meters installed in this country. Today there are more than 51 million. On the other side of the Atlantic, the European Parliament has set a goal of having smart meters in 80 percent of all homes by the year 2020. This is being promoted as the “green” thing to do, but could it be possible that there is more to these smart meters than meets the eye? (Read More….)


“Today’s Iran Debate Misses the Point” – Pipes in NRO, #1402

by Daniel Pipes
Apr 7, 2015
Cross-posted from National Review Online, The Corner
http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2015/04/today-iran-debate-misses-the-point


Mapped: What the world’s religious landscape will look like in 2050

Christianity will remain the world’s top religion despite the growth of Islam and atheism increases in the West. Click on the map to find out what the status of the world’s faiths will be 35 years from now. (Akkoe, The Telegraph)

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NASA scientist predicts alien life will be discovered in the near future
“I’m gonna say I think we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond earth within a decade and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years,” Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan said during a panel event Tuesday.   

Russians Hack Obama White House Computer Network In ‘Spear Phishing’ Attack
Washington, DC – Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.   

INCOMING CME
A faint CME hurled directly toward Earth by sunspot AR2320 is expected to hit our planet’s magnetic field on April 9th. NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of minor G1-class geomagnetic storms when the CME arrives.   

Hillary’s home server a ‘spy magnet’ for U.S. enemies
members of the U.S. intelligence community said Hillary Clinton’s private, home-based email server was a major security flaw and America, going forward, ought to assume enemies of the state all had access to it.   

Obama Caught Telling Truth, State Department Tries to Fix It
The State Department faced a crisis when Obama accidentally told the truth, and to correct it, Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the President’s words got “a little mixed up”, and he was referring to a “hypothetical” case of what would happen without a deal.   

Mexican cartel kills police in worst attack on law enforcement in years
The perpetrators of the assault are believed to be the “Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel,” who waited for the police convoy in a makeshift bivouac…   

Earthquakes rock Papua
The Meteorology and Geophysics Agency recorded two earthquakes in Papua on Wednesday morning, with no reports yet of casualties or material losses caused by twin quakes.   

Kansas becomes first state to ban second-term abortion procedure
Kansas became the first state Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.   

Texas judge refuses to lift block on Obama immigration plan
A federal judge in Texas has refused to lift a temporary block on a White House immigration plan that would have shielded millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, court documents show. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the border with Mexico, rejected a U.S. Justice Department request to remove a ban on the plan he issued in February.   

Mapped: What the world’s religious landscape will look like in 2050
Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion but despite the increasing numbers, Christians will still outnumber Muslims in 2050, a new report has found. Religion, despite its decline in the West as the map above shows, is proliferating across the world – by 2050, Muslims will make up 10 per cent of Europe’s population. By 2100, Muslims will outnumber Christians globally, Pew believe.   

Court mulls revealing secret government plan to cut cell phone service
A federal appeals court is asking the Obama administration to explain why the government should be allowed to keep secret its plan to shutter mobile phone service during “critical emergencies.” The Department of Homeland Security came up with the plan—known as Standing Operating Procedure 303—after cellular phones were used to detonate explosives targeting a London public transportation system.   

Explosion at Power Plant Responsible for D.C. Area Outages
Problems at a Maryland electrical station caused widespread power outages across the nation’s capital Tuesday, affecting the White House, the Capitol, museums, train stations and other sites. Many of the outages were brief, but some were longer and forced evacuations.   

Taiwan rations water amid drought
Taiwan has begun rationing water supplies to more than one million households as it tackles the island’s worst drought in years. Water supplies will be cut off entirely for two days each week, on a rotating basis, in several northern cities. The shortage is due to reduced rainfall, leaving water levels in reservoirs far below capacity.   

Poll: A third of US Republicans support Iran nuclear deal
Thirty-one percent of US Republicans favor a new nuclear deal with Iran, creating a challenge for their party’s lawmakers who largely oppose the framework accord sealed between Tehran and world powers, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday. Another 30 percent of Republicans oppose the pact, while 40 percent are not sure…   

Terror in West Bank: Two IDF soldiers stabbed by Palestinian
Two Israeli soldiers were stabbed and injured by a Palestinian knife-wielding attacker on Route 60 in Samaria on Wednesday morning. One is in serious condition and the second sustained light injuries. The terrorist has been shot dead by security forces.   

Why Dangerous Sinkholes Keep Appearing Along the Dead Sea
For millennia, the salty, mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea have drawn visitors and health pilgrims to its shores. But in recent years, gaping chasms have been opening up without warning along its banks, posing a threat to such visitors and tourism in general.   

Liberty Counsel Defends Marriage in Nebraska
St. Louis, MO – “Plaintiffs have not provided sufficient reasons for dismantling the granite foundation of marriage and replacing it with the shifting sand of an undefined union of people…based upon an emotional bond,” Liberty Counsel told the federal appeals court in an amicus brief yesterday.   

World Prepares for Russian Aggression
In 2008, Russia gained control over South Ossetia and Abkhazia from neighboring Georgia, and then last month, on the anniversary of occupying Crimea, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a 25 year Treaty of Alliance and Integration, solidifying control over South Ossetia.   

Waiting for a Leader to Emerge
Deep into a second term, Barack Obama is determined to double down on his failed agenda. Virtually everything he says is designed to mislead, undercut, and harm the fabric of our nation. The public is slowly coming to realize the reality behind his rhetoric, and is not liking what they see. They are tired of being lied to, and they want the truth. A turn in public mood is at hand. They are awaiting a leader to emerge whom they can believe in.   


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April 8, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“At this auspicious period, the United States came into existence as a nation; and if their citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own.” –George Washington, Letter to the Governors, 1783

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Iran Is Too Radical to Recognize Israel, Says … Obama?

“The notion that we could condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons … on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won’t sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms,” Barack Obama explained in an interview with NPR. “And that is, I think, a fundamental misjudgment. … We want Iran not to have nuclear weapons precisely because we can’t bank on the nature of the regime changing.” Believe it or not, Obama is right in a sense. The Iranians are entirely too radical to recognize Israel and, in fact, regularly promise to annihilate the Jewish state. But isn’t “fundamental transformation” Obama’s specialty?

Obama Admits Iran Won’t Be Far From Nukes

Barack Obama may like to insist that his deal ensures Iran will never obtain nuclear weapons, but even he admitted the opposite in an interview with NPR. “Most of [Iran’s] enriched uranium is supposed to be set off to the side and diluted; it may, however, remain inside Iran,” Obama said. “Eventually, the deal expires. Perhaps the uranium is still there, which is why … where the regime changes is a significant question.” He then said, “[T]hey’re not going to have been able to horde a bunch of uranium that somehow they then convert to weapons-grade uranium. What is a more relevant fear would be that in year 13, 14, 15, they have advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium fairly rapidly, and at that point the breakout times would have shrunk almost down to zero.” Not to worry, though. He said, “[C]urrently, the breakout times are only about two to three months by our intelligence estimates. So essentially, we’re purchasing for 13, 14, 15 years assurances that the breakout is at least a year … that — that if they decided to break the deal, kick out all the inspectors, break the seals and go for a bomb, we’d have over a year to respond. And we have those assurances for at least well over a decade.” Everything is awesome. But he just put his seal of approval on a future Iranian nuke.

Schumer Agrees Congress Must Approve Iran Deal

We didn’t have high hopes for soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, but he’s proven himself sane on at least one count: joining several other Democrats in pushing for Congress to vote on Barack Obama’s deal with Iran. “This is a very serious issue that deserves careful consideration,” Schumer said, “and I expect to have a classified briefing in the near future. I strongly believe Congress should have the right to disapprove any agreement and I support the Corker bill which would allow that to occur.” He’s referring to Sen. Bob Corker’s Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which requires a two-month review period for Congress and a final vote before sanctions on Iran can be lifted. “[B]efore [the Obama administration] starts unraveling the [sanctions on Iran] that Congress put in place, we want to make sure that they show us the deal,” Corker said in a statement prior to Congress’ recess. Schumer’s support will help. Then again, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest assured, “The sales pitch has only just begun.” And Nancy Pelosi may just save Obama in the House.

Obama Attacks Walker’s Foreign Policy Bona Fides

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had decisive words for Barack Obama’s deal with Iran: If the Republican were elected president, he would throw out the deal on the first day of office. Barack Obama’s reply was haughty, dismissive and forgetful of where he was seven years ago. In an interview with NPR, Obama said of Walker’s declaration, “I am confident that any president who gets elected will be knowledgeable enough about foreign policy and knowledgeable enough about the traditions and precedents of presidential power that they won’t start calling to question the capacity of the executive branch of the United States to enter into agreements with other countries. … It would be a foolish approach to take, and, you know, perhaps Mr. Walker, after he’s taken some time to bone up on foreign policy, will feel the same way.” If Walker does reach the White House, he’ll have executive experience developed as governor of Wisconsin — something Obama never gained when he was the freshman senator in Illinois or a community organizer in Chicago. And the fruits of that show in his administration’s dealings with Iraq, Ukraine, Yemen, China, etc. Because of that, Obama can only resort to narcissistic counter attacks that label everyone else stupid. More…

Obama Slams Christians — Again

Barack Obama, who claims to be a Christian, used Tuesday’s Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House as an opportunity to criticize the faithful. Obama declared, “On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that, as a Christian, I’m supposed to love, and I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned.” He is “concerned” about “less-than-loving expressions by Christians,” in reference to those who do not comport lockstep with his view on same-sex marriage, while offering not a word on the plight of Christians targeted by Muslims worldwide. Just last week, after nearly 150 students were slaughtered in Kenya, commenting on the massacre, Obama neglected to mention that the killers were Muslim and all the victims Christian. Recall that in February, Obama used the National Prayer Breakfast to defend Islam and criticize Christianity, claiming, “Lest we get on our high horse and think [terrorism] is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” At both events, Obama’s comments were not only inappropriate, they were inaccurate. More…

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

Libertarian Paul Courts Conservatives

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Rand Paul announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in Louisville Tuesday. He began, “I have a message — a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We have come to take our country back.” While his supporters cheered his announcement, several questions remain for Paul, not least of which is whether a libertarian can earn the support of enough Republicans to win the nomination in a field soon to be crowded with other highly attractive candidates.

Dr. Paul certainly seems to be a fine man. He’s a church-going Christian with a wife and three sons. He’s an ophthalmologist who often extends his services free of charge to those who can’t afford them. Through the Children of the Americas Program, he provides these services to children throughout Latin America.

Paul is a great asset in the Senate, to which he was elected during a swell of Tea Party enthusiasm in 2010. He’ll simultaneously run for re-election in 2016 after Kentucky’s legislature made a special exception for him to seek two offices, normally not allowed by law.

But Paul has virtually been a presidential candidate since he was first elected, and that has made for some unconvincing policy shifts — especially on national security — as he tries to position himself for electoral success. For example, he raised a few eyebrows with the rapid evolution in his foreign policy views, leaving many to wonder whether he really knows what foreign policies he would pursue as president.

Recently, he called for an increase of $76 billion in defense funding, raising the Senate Budget Committee’s total to $696 billion. (Interestingly, Marco Rubio has called for the same increase.) But in 2011, his first year in the Senate, Paul proposed significant cuts in defense spending. The change is almost certainly driven by primary politics.

And last year, Paul’s opinion regarding airstrikes against ISIL evolved from “very skeptical” to strongly supportive in a three-month period. Whatever the merits of the issue, any Republican candidate would be grilled about such a sudden change in opinion regarding a critical foreign policy.

Needless to say, his voting to raise the defense budget won him no plaudits among libertarians. “[L]et’s be clear: It ain’t gonna help at all with libertarians who see in Paul their best hope for a major party politician whom they would vote for in a presidential race,” wrote Nick Gillespie, editor in chief of the libertarian Reason.com. “Paul toys with lower-case libertarians at his own peril.”

Still, Paul hopes he can build a coalition of fed-up conservatives and Millennials large enough to win.

Paul’s social agenda includes transforming our criminal justice system, which currently imprisons people for relatively minor offenses, putting them into penitentiaries where they learn how to be hardened criminals. Instead, Paul says petty criminals could be forced to make restitution, and mandatory minimum sentencing should end.

As American Spectator editor R. Emmett Tyrell explains, “The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, but it has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. According to the Charles Koch Institute, incarceration leads to ‘a 40 percent decrease in annual earnings, reduced job tenure, and higher unemployment.'”

In his speech Tuesday, Paul said he wants to see a new economic boom and “a return to a government restrained by the Constitution.” The two are related. “Opportunity and hope are slipping away for our sons and daughters,” he warned “[a]s our once-great economy collapses under mounting spending and debt.”

“Congress will never balance the budget unless you force them too,” he added. “I propose something extraordinary. Let’s just spend what comes in.”

Furthermore, he said, “Under the watch of both parties, the poor seem to get poorer, the rich get richer. … My plan includes economic freedom zones to allow impoverished areas to prosper … by leaving more money in the pockets of the people who live there.”

He spoke without benefit of a teleprompter, something all prospective Republican candidates do well. He offers many good ideas that could reignite both the economy and the flame of Liberty. He just has to win the primaries.

At least two people present a clear challenge to Paul on that front. The first is fellow candidate Ted Cruz, who is a maverick of a somewhat similar ilk and will compete for Tea Party votes. Cruz called Paul his “good friend,” but the two differ on important issues, the major one being the extent to which America should extend herself in the world militarily.

The second man who could undermine Paul’s run is his father, Ron Paul. The elder Paul doesn’t share the nuanced views of his son and likes to call ‘em as he sees ‘em — which is sometimes alarming to conservatives. It’s hardly likely that he’ll remain silent throughout the entire campaign. “Pop” could end up being the shot that ends Rand’s campaign.

In short, Paul’s announcement is just the second in what is sure to be a long string of candidates. Indeed, 2016 will present the most wide-open field the GOP has seen in a very long time, and we expect a spirited campaign.

Another Gun Grab: Tax Breaks for ARs

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Joe Bango took his AR-15 rifle out of his safe and traveled to the headquarters of the Connecticut State Police in Middletown. It was weeks after a mentally deranged man shot his mother and proceeded to use a gun similar to Bango’s to murder 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Bango was taking his to the police to have it destroyed.

The Connecticut native owned the AR-15 for 10 years but never used it. Suddenly, Bango saw it as a liability. “There’s always a chance it can be stolen,” The New Haven Register quoted him as saying. “It’s an attractive nuisance. You can lock it in a safe, but people think there may be valuables in there. Why take a chance if I’m not using it?”

The press and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) were at the station. In a public display, Bango gave up his rifle to a police lieutenant who wore a pistol on his hip. In that move, Bango became the impetus for the warmed over piece of gun control idiocy DeLauro re-introduced to Congress this week.

The bill, Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education of our Streets Act (SAFER Streets Act), would give a $2,000 tax credit over two years for anyone who, like Bango, voluntarily give up their “assault weapon” as defined by the federal government. It was a bill Bango suggested to his Nutmegger representative.

Gun grabbers exploited the Sandy Hook murders in order to introduce lots of bad bills. This bill is no exception.

“Let us be clear. Assault weapons are not about hunting or even self-defense and they should be off the streets,” DeLauro said in a statement introducing the original bill. “There is no reason on Earth, other than to kill as many people as possible in a very short period of time, that anyone needs a gun designed for military purposes.”

Did DeLauro even try? She barely tweaked that statement when she reissued it this week.

It’s hard to take her bill seriously — because she seemingly didn’t. And it will go nowhere in the Republican Congress.

There are unsubstantiated facts, such as her claim that assault weapons “have been disproportionately used to kill law enforcement officers in the line of duty.”

What baloney. The Executive Director for the Fraternal Order of Police, in countering Obama’s attempted administrative move against popular AR-15 ammunition, said M855 “green tip” ammunition “has not historically posed a threat to law enforcement.”

In terms of reducing crime, that’s already done. The Department of Justice’s own numbers show that violent crime dropped 75% since 1993, and the murder rate has been halved. As National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke writes, “[S]o-called ‘assault rifles’ are used so infrequently that the FBI doesn’t even keep statistics.”

And the whole plan of using the IRS as a carrot to entice people to give up their guns? That’s rich.

Reason Magazine’s J.D. Tuccille argues it could be good for the gun industry: “If Rep. DeLauro wants to hand out tax credits to people willing trade in a qualifying hunk of junk so they can score sweet new guns, it would be churlish to say ‘no.'”

Hey! April will be stimulus month at Bushmaster, Stag Arms and DPMS!

Furthermore, this could be a boon for the developing market for 80% AR-15 receivers. What used to be a high-end project for gun nuts with access to a milling machine could become an easy way to get a tax credit, thanks to DeLauro. The thing you hand in to the government just has to be defined as an “assault weapon.” Does it have to work? We read the bill. Nope.

This episode illustrates two strategies of gun control advocates. First, DeLauro’s bill is incremental. The Right blogosphere is rife with jokes about how a Democrat wants to give gun owners heaps of cash for guns. But really, it’s a subtle change that will set a government precedent of discouraging gun ownership.

Make no mistake: DeLauro wants all the scary-looking guns banned. “She supports a comprehensive ban on assault weapons as well as high-capacity ammunition feeding devices,” her press release reads. She won’t be content with just giving a tax credit for her favorite people.

Second, her bill is full of the rhetoric of gun control crusaders: that it’s a safety issue, or a public health risk. DeLauro introduced this bill to commemorate Public Health Week.

If Joe Bango doesn’t want his gun anymore, that’s his right — just like it’s every American’s right not to speak his or her mind, or not practice any religion. But if somehow Congress were to pass this law, it would be a clear infringement of the Second Amendment, as the government would actively encourage people to disarm. Bango and DeLauro should not confuse personal decisions with policy.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

American statesman John C. Calhoun (1782-1850): “Stripped of all its covering, the naked question is, whether ours is a federal or consolidated government; a constitutional or absolute one; a government resting solidly on the basis of the sovereignty of the States, or on the unrestrained will of a majority; a form of government, as in all other unlimited ones, in which injustice, violence, and force must ultimately prevail.”

Columnist Jonah Goldberg: “The field of journalistic ethics can get ridiculously Talmudic. But it’s all based on a very simple rule: Tell the truth. If the truth is unclear, tell what you know and give both sides (or as many credible sides to a story as might exist) an opportunity to make their case. (For opinion journalists, like yours truly, the rule is even easier: Don’t say anything you don’t believe.) Rolling Stone ignored this basic rule. At every stage, editors and reporters knew what they should do: Talk to the accused rapists, confirm the identities and testimony of alleged witnesses, give the University of Virginia and the leadership of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, where the rape allegedly occurred, a fair opportunity to rebut the charges, nail down corroborating details, etc. And, at almost every turn, they collectively went another way, caving to Jackie’s refusal to help confirm her story. … [T]he real culprit here is ideological groupthink in service to a political agenda. … [I]n their hearts they’re sure they were right, and that’s all that matters.”

Columnist Walter Williams: “People with limited understanding make the mistake of making a link between economic freedom and democracy. There is no such necessary link. India, for example, politically is a democracy. Economically, it is mostly unfree and poor, ranking 128th on the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom. There are countries much higher on the economic freedom index that do not have much of a history of democracy, such as Chile, now ranking seventh, and Taiwan, 14th, yet these countries are far wealthier than some of their more democratic counterparts. Why? It’s because their economic systems are free or mostly free, something that is not guaranteed by a democratic political system. The bottom line for why some countries are rich while others are poor is best-explained by the amount of economic freedom.”

Comedian Seth Meyers: “According to The New York Times, Jeb Bush identified himself as Hispanic on his 2009 voter registration form. While Hillary Clinton identified herself as ‘President.'”

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Billy Graham Statue May Rise in North Carolina Capitol

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 07:10 AM PDT

Billy Graham Statue May Rise in North Carolina CapitolSome members of the North Carolina legislature say it’s time to honor Billy Graham with a statue inside the U.S. Capitol building. Bills in the state’s House and Senate describe the 96-year-old evangelist as a man who “continues to inspire the world with his good works.” Every state is allotted two statues in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall Collection, and states are allowed to make changes. A statue of Graham would replace one of former Gov. Charles Aycock, linked to the white supremacy movement over a century ago. A biography from 1912 said Aycock “believed in the right of the white man to rule as profoundly as he believed in God,” The News Observer reported. Born in Charlotte, Graham has preached in more than 185 countries and terroritories. He has also counseled and prayed with several presidents and has been a respected leader in the evangelical movement. CHARISMA

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What Franklin Graham Wants Muslims to Know About the End Times

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 07:06 AM PDT

What Franklin Graham Wants Muslims to Know About the End TimesAt the core of the Islamic State doctrine is the belief that their adherents are waging warfare against unbelievers—infidels—in order to usher in an apocalyptic end-time battle in which Islam will finally and ultimately triumph. Many Muslims believe that the Syrian town of Dabiq—near Aleppo—is the location predicted by the prophet Muhammad for this confrontation. In the ISIS journal Dabiq, the dark, evil mind of the terrorists is clearly stated: “As the world progresses toward al-Malhammah al-Kubra (the Great Battle), the option to stand on the sideline as a mere observer is being lost.” Of course, the Bible speaks of a great conflict at the end of the age that will be waged at a place called Armageddon. The location is often interpreted as the mountain of Megiddo, located on the north side of the plain of Jezreel and frequently identified in the Old Testament as a military stronghold. Described by the Apostle John as the “battle on the great day of God the Almighty” (Rev. 16:14), it will be the Lord Jesus Christ who returns in glory to vanquish every foe: Satan, his demonic legions, and all who are allied with the prince of darkness and have refused to bow their knee to the Savior.  Here’s the true, biblical apocalyptic vision: “I saw heaven opened. And there was a white horse. He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written, that no one knows but He Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood. His name is called The Word of God. The armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Out of His mouth proceeds a sharp sword, with which He may strike the nations. ‘He shall rule them with an iron scepter.’ He treads the winepress of the fury and wrath of God the Almighty. On His robe and on His thigh He has a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev. 19:11-16). FULL REPORT

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The New York Times Wants Us to Rewrite the Bible

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 07:02 AM PDT

The New York Times Wants Us to Rewrite the BibleHow can the religious community live in peace and harmony with the LGBT community? New York Times columnist Frank Bruni has the solution. Just rewrite the Bible. In his April 3rd column, “Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana,” Bruni, himself gay, recognizes that Christian beliefs are not necessarily grounded in hatred. The problem, he claims, is that, “beliefs ossified over centuries aren’t easily shaken.” Bruni, for his part, wants to shake us free from our fossilized faith. According to Bruni, who evidences little or no understanding of how believers view the Scriptures (namely, as God’s inspired Word), if we hold to the view that homosexual practice is sinful, this is our “decision” and “choice.” So, ironically, whereas homosexuality was once considered a choice, now what we believe about homosexuality is a choice. After all, he argues, the belief that homosexual practice is sinful “prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all that has been learned since—as if time had stood still, as if the advances of science and knowledge meant nothing.” So, Bruni thinks he can simply dismiss the Scriptures as “ancient texts,” explaining that “all writings reflect the biases and blind spots of their authors, cultures and eras.” But for devout Jews and Christians, the Scriptures are not just any writings, full of biases and blind spots. FULL REPORT

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Judgement Will Start in the House of God

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 06:59 AM PDT

Judgement Will Start in the House of GodIt’s no surprise that the church, and our nation, desperately need to hear “the voice of one crying in the wilderness” to awaken, convict and restore. It was not so long ago that we were concerned about “the fall of America.” America cannot fall because she has already fallen. We are now picking up the pieces of a broken nation. America’s moral heartbeat ceases when we cut off the source of life. We need resuscitation, renewal and revival. I’m convinced that the majority of the churches in America are seeking to please the masses rather than convict. Repentance is rarely sought and sin is often excused. We want to build a church rather than break a heart. This leaves people confused and deceived because we teach and live a form of Christianity void of repentance … void of truth. This article will offend those going against truth. “If the church today had as many agonizers as she has advisers, we would have a revival within a year” (Leonard Ravenhill). Ravenhill continues, “We need to close every church in the land for one Sunday and cease listening to a man so we can hear the groan of the Spirit which we in our lush pews have forgotten.” FULL REPORT

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Christian suspended for inviting Muslim to church

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 06:52 AM PDT

Christian suspended for inviting Muslim to church A devout Christian has launched an appeal against an employment tribunal which found she had ‘bullied’ a Muslim colleague by praying for her and inviting her to church. Victoria Wasteney, 38, says she was branded a ‘religious nutcase’ when she was suspended from her job as a senior occupational therapist, after her colleague Enya Nawaz, then aged 25, accused her of trying to convert her to Christianity. Her lawyers have now submitted a challenge to an employment tribunal, arguing that they broke the law by restricting her freedom of conscience and religion – enshrined in article nine of the European Convention of Human Rights. Miss Wasteney, a born-again Christian, was working at the St John Howard Centre in Homerton, east London, when she became friendly with a junior colleague Miss Nawaz. The two women had discussed Islam and Christianity, as well as the work done by her church at the Christian Revival Church in the O2 Arena in Greenwich against human trafficking. When Miss Nawaz was upset about health problems, Miss Wasteney said she offered to pray for her – putting her hand on her knee and asking God for ‘peace and healing’.  She also invited her to church events and gave her colleague a book, I Dared To Call Him Father, about a Muslim woman who converts to Christianity, but denied she was trying to make Miss Nawaz convert. FULL REPORT

 

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French Minister Supports Doubling the Number of Mosques

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 06:47 AM PDT

French Minister Supports Doubling the Number of Mosques A mere three months after the lethal Islamist terror attacks in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters and a kosher supermarket, heads of the Muslim community in France are demanding “to double the number of mosques in the state” – and they have support from a French minister. Dalil Boubakeur, president of the French Muslim Council, said this week that France needs to double its current 2,200 mosques to a total of 4,400 within two years, citing skyrocketing population rates as justification for the construction boom. Boubakeur said there are seven million French Muslims, although official figures indicate between five and six million; however, French government censuses generally do not query respondents on religion. The demand was given surprising support on Tuesday from Thierry Mandon, the French minister of simplification, who claimed in an interview with the iTele TV channel that a shortage in “decent” mosques was partially causing Islamic radicalization. “There aren’t enough mosques in France,” Mandon claimed. “There are still too many towns where the Muslim religion is practiced in conditions that are not decent.” FULL REPORT

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China’s Three Missile Submarines a ‘Concern’

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 06:43 AM PDT

China’s Three Missile Submarines a ‘Concern’The Chinese Navy has deployed three ballistic missile submarines at sea capable of striking the United States with nuclear missiles, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command said Tuesday. Adm. William Gortney, the commander, said the submarines are a “concern” and will be able to strike the United States when fully deployed with missiles and warheads. The missile submarines are deployed in the South China Sea at a base on Hainan Island, according to a defense official. “They’ve not loaded their missiles or begun strategic patrols,” the official said. “But we believe they are likely to begin this year.” Gortney also stated explicitly that U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that North Korea is capable of mounting a small nuclear warhead on its new road-mobile KN-08 intercontinenta l missiles. In a wide ranging interview with reporters at the Pentagon, the admiral also disclosed that Russia is engaged in political “messaging” by sending long-range nuclear bombers near the United States and will probably follow through with promises to fly Tu-22 Blackjack bombers near the southern U.S. coast. On the Chinese sea-based nuclear threat, Gortney said: “They have put to sea their sea-launched ballistic missile submarines. I believe they have three in the water right now.” FULL REPORT

 

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NORAD Head: Russian Bombers Sending a Message

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 06:39 AM PDT

NORAD Head: Russian Bombers Sending a Message Russia is using its long-range bomber fleet to send a message to the US, and the general charged with protecting the homeland says those flights will continue, or even expand, in the coming months. Adm. Bill Gortney said the flights by long-range Russian bombers are “messaging” for the US, a reminder that there is another nation capable of power projection. “They are messaging us. They are messaging us that they are a global power,” Gortney told reporters Tuesday, before noting that “we do the same sort of thing.” Gortney said the number of Russian flights near the US has gone up since tensions between the two nations began to rise following the former’s invasion and annexation of Crimea last February, with North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) keeping a close eye on where those planes are and what they are doing. FULL REPORT

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Eastern European civilians undergo military training amid Russia threat

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 06:34 AM PDT

Eastern European civilians undergo military training amid Russia threat NATO aircraft scream across eastern European skies and American armored vehicles rumble near the border with Russia on a mission to reassure citizens that they’re safe from Russian aggression. But these days, ordinary people aren’t taking any chances. In Poland, doctors, shopkeepers, lawmakers and others are heeding a call to receive military training in case of an invasion. Neighboring Lithuania is restoring the draft and teaching citizens what to do in case of war. Nearby Latvia has plans to give university students military training next year. The drive to teach ordinary people how to use weapons and take cover under fire reflects soaring anxiety among people in a region where memories of Moscow’s domination — which ended only in the 1990s — remain raw. People worry that their security and hard-won independence are threatened as saber-rattling intensifies between the West and Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, where more than 6,000 people have died. FULL REPORT

 

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

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 06:30 AM PDT

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. FULL REPORT

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Russians Hack Obama White House Computer Network In ‘Spear Phishing’ Attack

To get to the White House, the hackers first broke into the State Department, investigators believe.

Washington, DC Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.

While the White House has said the breach only ever affected an unclassified system, that description belies the seriousness of the intrusion. The hackers had access to sensitive information such as real-time non-public details of the president’s schedule. While such information is not classified, it is still highly sensitive and prized by foreign intelligence agencies, U.S. officials say.

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The White House in October said it noticed suspicious activity in the unclassified network that serves the executive office of the president. The system has been shut down periodically to allow for security upgrades.

The FBI, Secret Service and U.S. intelligence agencies are all involved in investigating the breach, which they consider among the most sophisticated attacks ever launched against U.S. government systems. ​The intrusion was routed through computers around the world, as hackers often do to hide their tracks, but investigators found tell-tale codes and other markers that they believe point to hackers working for the Russian government. A spokesman for the National Security Council declined to comment. Neither the U.S. State Department or the Russian immediately embassy responded to a request for comment.

The State Department computer system has been bedeviled by signs that despite efforts to lock them out, the Russian hackers have been able to reenter the system. One official says the Russian hackers have “owned” the State Department system for months and it is not clear the hackers have been fully eradicated from the system.

As in many hacks, investigators believe the White House intrusion began with a phishing email that was launched using a State Department email account that the hackers had taken over, according to the U.S. officials.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in a speech at an FBI cyber-conference in January, warned government officials and private businesses to teach employees what “spear phishing” looks like.

“So many times, the Chinese and others get access to our systems just by pretending to be someone else and then asking for access, and someone gives it to them,” Clapper said.

The ferocity of the Russian intrusions in recent months caught U.S. officials by surprise, leading to a reassessment of the cybersecurity threat as the U.S. and Russia increasingly confront each other over issues ranging from the Russian aggression in Ukraine to the U.S. military operations in Syria.

The attacks on the State and White House systems is one reason why Clapper told a Senate hearing in February that the “Russian cyber-threat is more severe than we have previously assessed.”

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The unfolding farce of Obama’s deal with Iran

The president didn’t sign a bad framework deal with the ayatollahs. He left it unsigned, open to ever more worrying interpretation

It was immediately plain that the US-led negotiators had mislaid their moral compass, and indeed any clear sight of their own self-interest, when they agreed to conduct the negotiations as scheduled even as Iran’s ruthless, arrogant leader Ali Khamenei was intoning his “Death to America” mantra, and one of his military chiefs was declaring that Israel’s destruction is “nonnegotiable.”

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Obama Calls Out ‘Less Than Loving’ Christians at Prayer Breakfast

Yet he will not even say “radical Islam.”

President Barack Obama veered in and quickly out of a national debate over religious freedom legislation, calling out Christians as “less than loving” at an annual Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday in Washington.

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Crowns and Rewards

At the Bema Judgment or Judgment seat of Christ we will be judged for what we, the believers have accomplished on earth after obtaining salvation. We will not be judged for our sins. From the time of salvation onward, God records all of our works that we have done for the kingdom of God (our deeds of righteousness while on earth.)

Our works can be categorized into two groups:

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Fukushima radiation has reached North American shores

Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution detected small amounts of cesium-134 and cesium-137 in a sample of seawater taken in February from a dock on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

It’s the first time radioactivity from the March 2011 triple meltdown has been identified on West Coast shores.

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) TIME cover story on religious liberty confirms significant cultural transition occurring now

The Battle of Indiana, TIME (David Von Drehle)

The Writing’s on the Wall for Christians, TIME (Rod Dreher)

What Indiana Could Learn From Utah About Gay Tolerance, TIME (Jonathan Rausch)

2) Mormon leaders affirm traditional marriage, revealing importance of theology to view of marriage

Mormon leaders decry same-sex marriage and ‘counterfeit lifestyles’, The Guardian (AP)
In other news…

Rand Paul Launches Presidential Campaign Wall Street Journal (Janet Hook)
Why we should worry when millennials don’t take religion seriously, Religion News Service (Arthur E. Farnsley II)
What Would Jesus Do on MSNBC?, Daily Signal (Beverly Hallberg)

 


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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What Would Happen If Martial Law Was Declared In America?

In recent weeks, there has been a lot of concern that an upcoming eight week military exercise on U.S. soil known as “Jade Helm” is actually a dress rehearsal for the imposition of martial law in this country …………. Click here for full story


Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Said ‘Preparing For war’ In Case Deal Collapses

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards “are preparing for war” in the event that negotiations to turn Thursday’s framework nuclear agreement into a binding deal by June 30 collapse, an Israeli TV report said Sunday night, citing Arab intelligence agencies………. Click here for full story


Turkish Leader – Foreshadowing An Islamic Antichrist?

Reports continue to pop up in Middle East publications that Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is seen within his ruling AK Party as more than just a president ……….. Click here for full story


The Extinction Of Eastern Christianity May Figure Europe’s Own Future

The numbers of Christians in the Middle East are dwindling. In Iraq, there were 1.4 million Christians in 2003 and there are now 270,000. In Syria, they were 1,1 million before the civil war and are now 400,000. Everywhere, from Lybia to Iraq, the Islamic State is beheading Christians or converting them to Islam ……….. Click here for full story


Christian Schools Could Be Forced To Promote Gay Relationships

Schools should be forced to promote gay relationships in sex education lessons, union leaders say. The National Union of Teachers has called for a ‘positive portrayal of same sex relationships’ in lessons to be made ‘compulsory’ under the next government ……… Click here for full story


Faith school fears as union says teachers must promote gay lifestyle: leaders call for “positive portrayal of same sex relationships” to be made “compulsory”

by Marsha West

Daily Mail reports:

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

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

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

But critics accused the NUT of ‘thought control’ and said the ‘intolerant’ proposals risked ‘oversexualising’ children at a young age.

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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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The Best Worst Thing

The very worst thing that could happen was at the very same time the very best thing that could happen, and only God is able to do such a thing. The same God who planned that the worst thing would be the best thing is your Father. He rules over every moment in your life, and in powerful grace, he is able to do for you just what he did in redemptive history.

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This is How Religious Liberty Dies — The New Rules of the Secular Left

Taken together, Frank Bruni’s two columns represent a full-throttle demand for theological capitulation and a fully developed reduction of religious liberty. In his view, stated now in full public view in the pages ofThe New York Times, the only faiths that deserve religious liberty are those that bow their knees to the ever most costly demands of the modern age.

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Hope Beyond Wrinkles

Jesus also said that he was going to his Father’s house to prepare a place for us. This place is what Christians call heaven. There are many descriptions of heaven: a place with no more sadness, sickness or tears. No more struggles, conflicts, wars or broken relationships. It’s a place where all things are made new and we are a part of it. If you could imagine the closest human relationships you’ve ever had, the best party you have ever been to, the most glorious view of nature you have ever seen and the deepest sense of peace and satisfaction you’ve ever had. That’s what heaven will be like, all wrapped up in one experience that is not tied to time or space but will last forever.

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NY Boy Scouts Hires Gay Leader Despite National Policy

While some other local Boy Scout councils also have let it be known they are accepting of openly gay employees, the 103-year-old New York councils’ move presents an unusually acute departure from the national policy. Wahls said it was the first case he was aware of in which a council publicly acknowledged that one of its adult staffers was gay.

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Help Me Face Today

As she recounts fears and anxieties that range from going through turbulence on an airplane, to “not measuring up” to expectations of her family, church, or the world (or other mothers, wives, or body images), to imagined tragedies like losing her husband or children, Trillia invites readers “to crawl, wobble, and walk with [her] through the trials and fears that we face as we learn to replace our fears with trust and fear the Lord.”

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The Joy of Stuff (Re-thinking the Cult of Tidying Up)

But my house is not a show-place, nor is it a personal retreat. It an arena for God’s glory and a factory for his kingdom. My house is a place of dirty-work, of washing the dusty feet of weary pilgrims. It’s a refuge for grace-redeemed sinners, who sometimes melt the crock-pot lids. It’s a place to welcome little ones, Lego bricks and plastic cups and all. And it’s a storehouse for hospitality (Rom. 12:13, 1 Pet. 4:9), where impoverished souls can find the riches of Christ.

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Rolling Stone and the Culture of Lying

As the people of the Book, we ought to know that words matter. Words create realities. The Word of God holds the universe together (Jn. 1:1-14). The Word of God in the Scriptures forms and shapes the church. The preaching of the Word is what calls us to and conforms us to the image of Christ. Advancing untruths, no matter how “noble” the end goal, is the work of the devil, not the work of God.

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How God Defines Success

If success is defined in terms of the passing pleasures of this life (like fame, fortune, and immediate fulfillment) then those listed in Hebrews 11 might probably don’t qualify as being successful. But if success is defined from God’s perspective, where faith in Christ and faithfulness to Him is what matters most, then the men and women of Hebrews 11 not only understood what true success is, they applied that understanding to every aspect of their lives.

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Why pastors and church musicians need to study worship, hymnology, and philosophy of ministry

by Scott Aniol

A primary focus of my ministry is teaching courses in the history and theology of worship, congregational song, and philosophy of ministry to future (and often current) church leaders. Here are some of the courses I have taught just this year:

History and Theology of Worship
Hebrew and Early Church Worship
Seminar in Baptist Worship
Arts, Architecture, and Aesthetics
Comparative Liturgies
Congregational Song
Philosophy of Ministry

I sometimes get asked however, “Why do pastors or church musicians need all that? Can’t pastors just study the Bible and theology? Can’t church musicians just study music?”

I firmly believe that it is exactly the fact that church leaders have not given attention to these subjects that has led to many of the problems we are facing in ministry and worship today.

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Where is our discernment?

Today we are talking about the NBC Miniseries A.D. The Bible Continues. It is endorsed by some of the biggest and most questionable evangelicals in Christendom. Its theology comes from Roman Catholic mystics. For Christian pastors, you can purchase a pre-packaged product that includes 12 weeks of sermons plus small group study guides. Where is […]

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Does a God of Vengeance Make Us Vengeful?

by Pastor J.D.

Opponents of Christianity often point out how bloody the Old Testament is. There’s no getting around it: it is. (For that matter, the New Testament isn’t as serene as most people assume.) Israel often participated in and celebrated the victory of God over other nations, victory that usually meant military conquest. As Deborah says, “So may all your enemies perish, Lord! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength” (Judges 5:31). Israel savored the stories of God’s deliverance—even God’s vengeance—like a fine wine, sip by sip.

Celebrating God’s vengeance seems out of place to most modern readers. In my experience, stories like this draw out two different objections.

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On the ethics of sexual attraction (same-sex and otherwise)

by Denny Burk

A little over a year ago, I wrote a short piece for the Canon & Culture blog about the ethics of same-sex attraction. I got a lot of helpful push-back on that article, and the feedback enabled me to hone and sharpen the thesis over the next year. That culminated in an article that has just been published in The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.

Even though the article is titled “Is Homosexual Orientation Sinful?,” it’s really just an extended treatment of the ethics of sexual attraction. My contention is that the Bible speaks a clear word about our experience of sexual attraction be it heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise. Whenever we desire something that God forbids, we are experiencing an “attraction” that is sinful and that God would have us to repent of.

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The Daily Discovery (April 8, 2015)

10 dangers of theistic evolution – “In this system God is not the omnipotent Lord of all things, whose Word has to be taken seriously by all men, but He is integrated into the evolutionary philosophy. This leads to 10 dangers for Christians.”

Review of A.D… Not Bad… But It Will Be – “So I watched the first episode of A.D. The Bible Continues, and I have to admit — it wasn’t terrible. At least, not yet. Yes, I expected it to be bad, and no, I’m not rooting for it to be bad. It will be bad. But before I offer my review, A.D. needs a little backstory. Not the material covered in the show. I mean the show itself and its creators.”

Review: ‘A.D.’ The Heresy Continues – “The holy Bible is authored by God Almighty, and He has unequivocally denied anyone “artistic license” concerning His Word. In the holy Scriptures, God reveals Himself as—Savior to those He graciously and mercifully grants the gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ alone, and the Righteous Judge who will forever cast into Hell, all those who disobey and deny Him.”

Going to Take the Cake – “It seems like a very clever insight into the sort of hypocrites these so-called Christians are, right?  The problem, of course, is that the vast majority of food banks are fully funded by Christians (for example, in that link which is to the 1100+ food banks in NY, more than half are actually in churches) — and none where shut down to send money to the people at Memories Pizza after they were forced to shut their business down.”

The New York Times Wants Us to Rewrite the Bible – “‘How can the religious community live in peace and harmony with the LGBT community? New York Times columnist Frank Bruni has the solution. Just rewrite the Bible.  In his April 3rd column, ‘Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana,’ Bruni, himself gay, recognizes that Christian beliefs are not necessarily grounded in hatred. The problem, he claims, is that, ‘Beliefs ossified over centuries aren’t easily shaken.’”


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Emilio Ramos – Resurrection Sunday Sermon


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The Media’s Rules for Religious Self-Identification

Donall and Conall Meet Richard Dawkins


“If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism but deception.” – John Piper

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Margaret Sanger and Consequentialism

The road to Hades is paved with good intentions. And, I’d like to add, with consequentialist arguments. I’ll explain how that’s so.
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Words of Comfort: Above and beyond.

Recently a south Florida mother, Jessica Robles, was stopped by police as she walked out of a grocery store pushing a cart filled with $300 worth of food. Unfortunately, she had not paid for it. When she told a police officer that her children were hungry, she was charged with a misdemeanor and given a notice to appear in court. The officer then went above and beyond her call of duty by buying Robles $100 worth of groceries for her and her three hungry children.
Such kindness reminds the Christian of how incredibly merciful and kind God is for guilty sinners. Each of us is guilty of violating His Law, and yet He became a human being and completely paid our fine, on the cross. He then rose from the dead, defeating the power of the grave, and will grant all who repent and trust in Jesus eternal life, and on top of that He promised to supply all our needs in this life. Check http://www.needGod.com if you are interested in escaping death and Hell.

 

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Video: Faith in the Twenty First Century by Ravi Zacharias

In this excellent talk by Ravi Zacharias, he explains how followers of Christ should grapple with:
  • The popularization of the “Death of God” movement
  • The gathering storm of religious pluralism
  • The power to inform through the visual
  • Hedonism

 


Vitamin D and Depression: New Research

You’re reading Part Three in a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series. Today in Part Three, Charles Hodges, MD, explores new research into Vitamin D and Depression. Continue reading →


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Part 7: The Physics of Heaven
A Serial Book Review & Theological Interaction
Read Part 1: “The Physics of Heaven”
Read Part 2: “The Power of the Zero-Point Field”
Read Sidebar: “Jesus’ Lesser Works”
Read Part 3: “Extracting the Precious From the Worthless”
Read Part 4: “Vibrating in Harmony With God”
Read Part 5: BILL JOHNSON: Squandering Our Spiritual Inheritance

Read Part 6: Unsagacious Seers

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Post Trib Pastor

Ask a Bible Teacher

Q. My younger brother is local church Pastor. But he is an avowed post-tribulationist. No matter how much I try to share with him, that the scriptures clearly teach a pre-tribulation rapture, it does no good.  He gets very angry and aggressive. It seems like I am coming up against a Pharisaical spirit.

But my question is this. If someone is so doggedly determined that the church will go through the tribulation, do you think that that person might endanger their own escape, even if they belong to the Lord?  I am just observing what happened to Lot’s wife, who was clearly looking for the destruction, and not towards the escape, and suffered as a result, even though she escaped the city, but not to safety.

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By Faith Alone?

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Q. How does Romans 2:6-16 jive with being saved by faith alone?

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How Did The Church Become A Gentile Body?

Ask a Bible Teacher

Q. I had a question about a comment you made in one of your commentaries.  You said, “Not all of Israel rebelled, only parts. For 20 years after the cross, the Church was mostly composed of Jewish believers.” I’m well aware that there were Jewish believers, I’m also aware that it was prophesied that they would reject the Messiah. I guess what I’m not all that clear on is how that played out historically. Did the majority of the Jewish population (except for the leaders) embrace Christianity? Why or why not? When, where and why did the Jewish people start to fade away and how does that affect the Jewish people today?

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The 70 Weeks Of Daniel

70 Weeks of Daniel

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Many believe that Daniel 9:24-27 is the most important passage of prophecy in all of Scripture. Almost every mistake I’ve run across in studying the various interpretations of End Times Prophecy can be traced back to a misunderstanding of this passage. Let’s begin the year with an updated and expanded study of this important prophecy.

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 Lighthouse Trails April 7, 2015 E-Newsletter

Lighthouse Trails Adds Death of a Guru to Book Collection — Warns of “Doorway to the ‘Nothingness’”
Islamic Terror Group Targets Christians in Bloody Attack on Kenyan University, Over 140 Dead
From an Investigative Sergeant—Helping Sexually Abused Children: A Calling, A Ministry, and a Mission
Clearing Up Confusion: Warren B. Smith NOT Sharing Platform with Rick Warren at Restoring All Things Conference
Resurrection by Harry A. Ironside
IHOP-KC Promotes Sexaholics Anonymous, Contemplative Spirituality, Alcoholics Anonymous
Looking for a Christian College for your Child for This Coming Fall? Better Take a Look at This Growing List of Contemplative Colleges.
NEW BOOKLET TRACT: 6 Questions Every Gay Person Should Ask


Our Time is Short

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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A Very Challenging Task: Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus

THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

Introduction

Out of all the people I have encountered over the years, I find Jewish people to probably be the most difficult to reach for the Messiah. We seem to be living in a day when SOME Christians are being stumbled by objections by Jewish people. And for the record I also see atheists appealing to Jewish objections to Christianity. So I think this is a worthwhile topic. I know it is easy for many Christians to forget that the Gospel is still “To the Jew First” (Romans 1:16).  Grammatically, the entire verse is in the present tense. There are three verbs: unashamed, is and believes. All are in the present tense. The gospel is, not was, but is the power of God, it is to all who believe, and it is to the Jew first. (1) Also, as Trevor Wax notes in his article, “Why Did Jesus Say He…

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Should Christian apologists avoid political, moral and cultural issues?

WINTERY KNIGHT

The Sexual Revolution and the decline in religious affiliation The Sexual Revolution and the decline in religious affiliation

Here’s an article from The American Conservative, by moderate conservative Rod Dreher, dated April 2013.

He writes:

Twenty years ago, new president Bill Clinton stepped on a political landmine when he tried to fulfill a campaign promise to permit gay soldiers to serve openly. Same-sex marriage barely registered as a political cause; the country was then three years away from the Defense of Marriage Act and four years from comedian Ellen DeGeneres’s prime-time coming out.

Then came what historians will one day recall as a cultural revolution. Now we’re entering the endgame of the struggle over gay rights and the meaning of homosexuality. Conservatives have been routed, both in court and increasingly in the court of public opinion. It is commonly believed that the only reason to oppose same-sex marriage is rank bigotry or for religious reasons, neither of which—the argument goes—has…

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The Truth about God: Part 2

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

repentanceWhat is God really like? Jesus tells a parable in Luke 20:9-19, which reveals four foundational aspects of the nature of God. In Part 1, we saw God is good. Now, we will consider two more truths about God.

God is patient – He sends us many messengers

In the parable, the owner, who represents God, sent a servant to the vineyard when the grapes were ready to harvest. The tenants were like share-croppers. The owner did not demand all of the grapes, just a portion of them. But the tenants rejected the servant, beat him up, and kicked him out. The essence of sin is declaring independence from your Creator – refusing to acknowledge God’s ownership of this world and rejecting His claim on your life. Sin always begins with an attitude that says, “I don’t need God. I’m the master of my fate, the captain of…

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Bill O’Reilly- ‘Killing Truth’

Zwinglius Redivivus

You’ll want to read the story of the book written about Bill O’Reilly’s numerous deceptions.  And then you’ll want to download the book and read it, itself.

Media Matters for America is proud to present Killing Truth, senior fellow Eric Boehlert’s eBook chronicling the many fabrications Bill O’Reilly has told about his life and reporting background.

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Receiving Christ?

The Reformed Reader

The Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms Once upon a time, in a Reformed church, a visiting pastor used the phrase “receive Christ” in a sermon.  Some people afterwards said the man was Arminian because he used the phrase in a positive way.  On a similar note, I’ve heard Calvinists explain that we can’t use the term “accept Jesus” because it’s an Arminian phrase.

Now, I’m not an Arminian, but I think it is perfectly fine to use those phrases in the right context.  We can affirm total depravity, bondage of the will, irresistible grace, and also use the above phrases (accept/receive Christ) in a biblical and Reformed way.  Scripture doesn’t use those exact phrases, but it does use that kind of language.

For example, God’s people are called to “accept” the words of God’s wisdom and instruction as well as his discipline (Prov. 4:10, 19:20, Zeph. 3:7).  Jesus says that those who “accept” the word will…

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Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NASB)

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before…

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