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April 10, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Collection

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Apr. 10, 2015

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will end the suspense on Sunday, announcing that she is running for president before heading to Iowa and New Hampshire.

The U.S. is trying to stabilize Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria using a tactic that’s rarely worked: training and equipping foreign forces.

The California heat of the past 12 months is like nothing ever seen in records going back to 1895. The 12 months before that were similarly without precedent. And the 12 months before that? A freakishly hot year, too. What’s happening in California right now is shattering modern temperature measurements-as well as tree-ring records that stretch back more than 1,000 years. It’s no longer just a record-hot month or a record-hot year that California faces. It’s a stack of broken records leading to the worst drought that’s ever beset the Golden State.

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The presidents of the United States and Cuba have spoken by phone for only the second time in more than 50 years, setting the stage for a historic encounter between the two leaders at a regional summit starting Friday in Panama.

Apparently, a handful of goldfish dumped into a lake in Boulder, Colorado, just three years ago have reproduced and now number in the thousands.

Texas prison officials on Thursday executed a man convicted in the slaying of a Dallas-area police officer during a 2002 shootout that followed the killing of a customer outside a convenience store.

A methane “hot spot” over the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest is undergoing serious scrutiny as scientists work to figure out why levels of the gas in the area are so high.

A Washington state man has been convicted of environmental violations after he used an excavator and a bulldozer to try to fill a section of the Tahuya River and change the waterway’s course, the state’s top lawyer said on Thursday.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter promised Friday that the US would deploy state of the art weaponry in Asia, including the latest stealth bombers and cyber warfare units, to counter threats posed by the likes of North Korea.

The number of enslaved fishermen found on a remote Indonesian island has now reached nearly 550, after a fact-finding team returned for a single day to make sure no one had been left behind nearly a week after more than half of the men were removed in a dramatic rescue. Many of the 210 identified Thursday were Burmese who wanted to leave, but there were a few holdouts – men who claimed they were owed years of back pay from their bosses.

An oil exploration firm said Thursday that it had discovered 100 billion barrels of oil in the ground next to Gatwick Airport outside London. Although only between three and 15 percent of the total is likely to be extractable.

A man who admitted his role in a powerful Mexico-based drug cartel and said “it’s very hard to get out” was sentenced Thursday in a federal court in New Hampshire to 10 years in prison.

The steep cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. The median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,250 a year, according to an industry survey out Thursday.

A Georgia firm called millions of consumers attempting to collect on “phantom” debts, and tricked consumers by citing personal information purchased from payday loan lead generators, federal investigators allege.

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South Carolina officials have released a new video showing the moments before a US police officer killed an unarmed black man by shooting him in the back.

The suspected mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, has been released on bail from a Pakistani jail, officials said.

Oklahoma is set to become the first state in the US to allow the use of nitrogen gas as a method of execution. Under the new law, nitrogen gas chambers will become Oklahoma’s primary backup method of execution if lethal injection drugs are unavailable or ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Electrocution and firing squad are the backup methods currently available to the state.

At least 17 people are believed to have drowned in a shipwreck off the northern coast of Haiti. The bodies of 11 men and six women washed ashore in the coastal town of Le Borgne, about 100 miles north of Port-au-Prince

Many Ebola survivors are likely to face further health issues including eye and joint problems, the World Health Organization has warned. The organization said there had not been enough focus on this so far.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has ruled out asking the Syrian government to launch military action in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.

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Long-suffering victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shootings are finally going to receive Purple Hearts – but at least one said said he’s not getting any accompanying benefits, despite the fact he still carries two bullets in his body from attacker Nidal Hasan’s gun.

White House has opened its first gender-neutral restroom. The initiative is the latest in a series of actions by Obama to support the LGBT community. On Wednesday, the president issued an executive order barring companies that do business with the federal government from discriminating against LGBT staff.

ISIS terrorists say they’ll release hundreds of Christians they took hostage in Syria in exchange for $30 million.

Student loans have increased by 84% since the recession (from 2008 to 2014) and are the only type of consumer debt not decreasing. In total, a staggering $1.2 trillion is bleeding students dry.


Signs of alien life will be found by 2025, NASA’s chief scientist predicts
Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say.   

Ten Americans exposed to Ebola virus were flown to the United States for observation
At least 10 Americans possibly exposed to the deadly Ebola virus were being flown to the United States from Sierra Leone for observation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday.   

Palestinian envoy: ‘Military’ option agreed for Syrian camp
Official says agreement reached to use military force to expel Islamic State militants from Yarmouk refugee camp, as Red Cross demands access.   

Iran not trusted to uphold deal by most in the US, NBC poll finds
68 percent of Americans do not believe Iran will uphold its part of a final nuclear accord with six major powers.   

How Wall Street captured Washington’s effort to rein in banks
Intense lobbying of regulators, many of them veterans of the industry themselves, helped ensure that practices the Dodd-Frank law was meant to stop would remain in place.   

Abbas to meet Putin in Moscow on Monday
They two leaders will discuss the long-stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians as well as other issues relating to the Middle East.   

UN urged to ban ‘killer robots’ before they can be developed
Fully autonomous weapons, already denounced as “killer robots”, should be banned by international treaty before they can be developed, a new report urges the United Nations.   

Oklahoma passes bill to allow nitrogen gas executions
Oklahoma is one step closer to becoming the first state to allow executions by nitrogen gas after the state Senate on Thursday passed legislation legalizing the method. The bill was unanimously passed 41-0.   

Google and the Obama White House, sitting in a tree? The search giant’s relationship with the president stretches back to 2007 and is cozy as can 
When President Barack Obama dined with a dozen technology business leaders in California four years ago, it was Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt who sat at the head of the table. Obama sat on one side, between the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Facebook pioneer Mark Zuckerberg, but the place of honor was no accident.   

Man kills judge, two others on rampage through Milan courthouse
A trial defendant shot dead a judge and two others on Thursday on a rampage through a Milan courthouse, casting a harsh spotlight on public security measures that Italy tightened earlier this year.   

Large tornado causes significant damage in central Illinois
At least one large tornado touched down Thursday night in central Illinois, causing significant damage and prompting reports of more than a dozen people rescued from a collapsed restaurant. The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado was on the ground and on Twitter urged residents to “seek shelter immediately if in the path of this dangerous storm.”   

Palestinian police deploy near Jerusalem for first time
Palestinian police have for the first time been deployed in three areas of the West Bank near annexed east Jerusalem, Palestinian and Israeli sources said on Thursday.  


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April 10, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“I am commonly opposed to those who modestly assume the rank of champions of liberty, and make a very patriotic noise about the people. It is the stale artifice which has duped the world a thousand times, and yet, though detected, it is still successful.” —Fisher Ames, letter to George Richard Minot, 1789

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NYT Fires Squib Load at NRA

The National Rifle Association’s annual convention kicks off today in Nashville, and our own Mark Alexander is there (say hello!). But the event is also a cue for Leftmedia hackery. The New York Times editorial board points and misfires at what it perceives to be hypocrisy: “Seventy-thousand people are expected to attend the National Rifle Association’s convention … and not one of them will be allowed to come armed with guns that can actually shoot. After all the N.R.A. propaganda about how ‘good guys with guns’ are needed to be on guard across American life, from elementary schools to workplaces, the weekend’s gathering of disarmed conventioneers seems the ultimate in hypocrisy.” Except the Times’ editors are exactly wrong — per Tennessee law, attendees with a valid carry permit can carry “guns that can actually shoot” in the convention hall. The crack shot editorial team moves on to criticize the NRA for removing firing pins from guns on display, which is also utter nonsense. The logical conclusion of their argument is that all guns on display ought to be loaded, which as any responsible gun owner would tell you is absurd. Besides, it’s a trade show, not a retail expo. The Times wants to pretend the NRA is loaded with hypocrites, while gun exhibitors are merely proving they aren’t reckless.

Oh, Look, a Squirrel! Obama Denounces Conversion Therapy

Besieged by criticism for his disastrous deal with Iran, Barack Obama sought a shiny object to distract — even for just a moment — from more pressing concerns. Thus, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett issued a statement on conversion therapy for the gender disoriented. “The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm,” the statement said, also warning of “potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer youth.” Therefore, “As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.” Recall that until a couple of years ago, Obama was (ostensibly) opposed to same-sex marriage. Now, however, he’s riding a political wave of growing support — or should we say tired and coerced concession — to the homosexual agenda. (Oh, and by the way, the White House will now feature an “all gender bathroom,” too.) This isn’t to evaluate conversion therapy one way or the other, but why on earth would Obama need to offer his opinion other than as a political distraction?

Walter Scott’s Family Tells Sharpton to Stay Away

Yesterday, Al Sharpton was sending mixed messages about his response to the police shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina. At first, he was rip-roaring ready to make the town Ferguson 2.0. “[National Action Network]’s South Carolina chapter leaders have been with the family since Saturday and our thoughts and prayers are with them and the entire community of North Charleston,” Sharpton said in a statement Friday. “I have spoken with the Scott’s family attorney, Chris Stewart, and plan to visit North Charleston very soon.” But that’s not how Sharpton described the conversations to the New York Daily News. He told the paper he talked with the family, but “we had no plans to go down.” Sharpton continued, “They are in mourning and we would never come unless they asked. We’re willing to be helpful to the family but only when needed.” By the sounds of it, Sharpton learned about the shooting and started preparing for another race-bait crusade before reading the tea leaves. As a person close to the Scott family told NY Daily News, “We don’t want another Ferguson type of circus here.” More…

Experiment Doesn’t Bode Well for Advocates of Women in Combat

A female infantry experiment implemented by the Obama administration has come to a close without the results many wanted to see. The Marine Corps Times reports, “The two-and-a-half year period in which the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course became gender-integrated for research will end without a single female graduate. The final iteration of IOC to accept female Marines on a volunteer basis began April 2 with two female participants. One was a volunteer and one was a member of the newly integrated ground intelligence track. Both were dropped that same day during the grueling initial Combat Endurance Test.” All told, 27 women volunteered alongside two other mandatory participants — well short of the Corps goal of 100 — and all failed to pass the entirety of the course. As for the program’s future, the Pentagon will have the final say. According to the Times, “[D]ata will be taken alongside other research points, including the much higher success rate for enlisted female Marines in passing the Infantry Training Battalion course at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. As of February, 358 women had attempted the course, with 122 graduates, for a pass rate of 34 percent. … All this information will be compiled this summer and used to inform Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford’s recommendation to the secretary of Defense on whether or not to open remaining ground combat units to female troops.” Let’s hope that, rather than playing the sexist card, the Pentagon concedes to common sense — namely, that men and women are created equal, but that doesn’t mean they’re interchangeable. More…

Did Someone Say Lincoln Chafee?

Republican-Turned-Independent-Turned-Democrat Lincoln Chafee is set to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democrat presidential nomination. (Clinton will likely announce Sunday.) Chafee was a liberal Republican senator from Rhode Island before winning the governor’s seat there as an independent. He then made the switch official and became a Democrat in 2013. In his video announcing that he’s “considering” a run for president, he slams Republicans for economic failure before Barack Obama came in and “led admirably” and “revived our economy.” But then he immediately warns of the chaos in the Middle East. Uh, who’s been in charge of foreign policy for the last six years? That may Chafee’s angle for attacking Hillary, as are his boasts about having opposed the Iraq war and resisted Wall Street influence. Will it be enough to challenge Hillary’s coronation? Don’t bet on it. After all, he’s still Lincoln Chafee.

RIGHT ANALYSIS

When Anger Management Leads to Gun Confiscation

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Angry man with gun

Anti-Second Amendment zealots are sure to be stirred up by a new study that claims 22 million Americans have severe anger issues and access to guns. The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard, Columbia and Duke universities, goes on to identify these angry people as generally young or middle-aged men living in suburban areas and having a history of impulsive and explosive anger issues. Next up: Gun confiscation.

The study’s authors note that, while laws are already on the books limiting gun access for people with felony convictions or misdemeanor domestic violence convictions, there have been few attempts to limit access for people with documented anger management issues or alcohol abuse.

In recent years, newly minted federal and state laws focused on limiting gun access to people with mental illness, but so far the results have been mixed. While it has been possible to prevent some mentally ill people from owning firearms, there are also cases where perfectly healthy individuals have had their guns confiscated after being swept up in this dragnet. Furthermore, the study’s authors point out that, even if mentally ill people are removed from the equation entirely, it would reduce violent crime by only 4-5%.

The study concludes that it’s time to widen gun restrictions to include people with other misdemeanor convictions and documented behavior that, according to its findings, indicate the potential for gun violence. The anti-gun lobby is sure to latch onto this study as it continues its fight to remove firearms from private ownership.

Certainly there are people so mentally unstable that they shouldn’t own guns. But who gets to decide just how angry people must be before we revoke their Second Amendment rights? Is it, for example, throwing a rock through a neighbor’s window, or is it something mundane like raising one’s voice in a heated discussion about picking up the trash? Everyone expresses anger, and, while the study defines an “anger problem” through a series of aberrant behaviors like repeatedly destroying property or getting into physical altercations, lawmakers may not adhere to such a strict definition. Nor does it instill confidence that the execution of laws meant to curb gun ownership by so-called angry people will be administered without prejudice. We need only look at the gun-grabbing effect of laws already on the books to prove this point.

Take the case of Michael Roberts, a law-abiding citizen in California who had his 21 firearms, including some irreplaceable family heirlooms, confiscated in 2010 when his doctor filed a restraining order against him. The matter was peacefully resolved, but the police refused to return Roberts’ guns despite a court order instructing them to do so. In the end, he sued for and received the cash value of his guns, but the police, who had no such authority under the law, destroyed the firearms.

Sadly, the Roberts case is not unique. States with strict gun laws — California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, et al. — often operate on a confiscate-first, ask-questions-rarely mentality. These types of cases happen under the radar and often go unreported in the media, leading people to think lawful gun owners needn’t fear having their guns confiscated and destroyed by government officials.

The gun grabbers who hide behind state and federal laws count on the bureaucracy to mask their actions and to prevent people from seeking restitution if their guns are confiscated. Oftentimes, the cost of litigation, fees and fines are too great for gun owners to pay, and they have little recourse as their firearms are seized for ginned up reasons.

The right to own firearms is protected by both the Second Amendment and the Fifth Amendment, which covers private property. But if government officials and anti-gun zealots are making the rules, the status of legal gun ownership will remain on precarious ground.

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Framework for Iran Deal Collapses

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To those with common sense, and to those who have followed the continuing comedy that is our nuclear negotiation with Iran, this will come as no surprise. But it seems the Obama administration was caught flat-footed when it was learned that the Iranians expect all economic sanctions against them to be lifted once a deal is concluded in June.

Even more grating to Iranian leaders, the American summary of the deal states that “sanctions on Iran for terrorism, human rights abuses, and ballistic missiles will remain in place under the deal.” For that, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali “Yes, Of Course, Death To America” Khamenei claimed the fact sheet was “wrong on most of the issues.” Of course, Khamenei also revealed he “was never optimistic about negotiating with America,” and this tends to reflect our opinion about Iran as well. Yet the Obama administration is choosing to believe that the sheer force of their negotiating skills can keep Iran one year away from going nuclear for the next decade.

Skeptical as well, for different reasons, are former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Shultz. They penned a stinging op-ed in The Wall Street Journal dismantling the deal. In it, they noted, “Absent the linkage between nuclear and political restraint, America’s traditional allies will conclude that the U.S. has traded temporary nuclear cooperation for acquiescence to Iranian hegemony.”

The pair also point out that the two sides have divergent interests elsewhere, even when ostensibly working together as they are against the Islamic State. “Even while combating common enemies, such as ISIS, Iran has declined to embrace common objectives,” write Kissinger and Shultz. Iran’s goal in Iraq, for example, is one of spreading its influence all the way to the Mediterranean Sea, putting Israel in peril. On the other hand, one of the strategic interests to our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan was to place American allies to either side of Iran, which we’ve known to be a bad actor ever since the Shah was deposed in 1979.

That same grand game is being played in Yemen, which had often been touted as a success by the Obama administration until it no longer was successful or even a viable state. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels are now the target of a Saudi-led coalition for whom we’re playing a minor support role.

Given the ramshackle framework for the current nuclear “deal,” it seems Iran is using its typical delaying tactics to edge closer to arming itself with nuclear weapons. The mullahs realize the sanctions won’t return once lifted, giving them a final victory in their quest to go from a rogue nation the world determined would never be nuclear to joining the North Korea club.

As for the rest of the region, Kissinger and Shultz warn the future’s not bright. “Some of the chief actors in the Middle East are likely to view the U.S. as willing to concede a nuclear military capability to the country they consider their principal threat. Several will insist on at least an equivalent capability. Saudi Arabia has signaled that it will enter the lists; others are likely to follow. In that sense, the implications of the negotiation are irreversible.”

Age-old differences in religious belief are one thing when fought with conventional armaments, but add nuclear weapons to the mix and the unthinkable becomes much more probable.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

Author Eric Hoffer (1902-1983): “Absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep. The taint inherent in absolute power is not its inhumanity but its anti-humanity.”

Columnist Jonah Goldberg: “There are capital offenses for crimes other than murder because the integrity and effectiveness of the armed forces is a priority. We are not a martial society, but I could make a similar argument about police officers who murder and lie about it. Faith in the fairness of the justice system is simply indispensable to a democracy and social peace. Lack of such faith may be why [Walter] Scott ran from Officer [Michael] Slager. If so, his mistrust was tragically well-placed. … People claim, usually tautologically, that retribution is illegitimate because revenge is illegitimate. Maybe that’s true. But it seems to me that what some people call revenge many others see plainly as justice. Deterrence is often a distraction. Capital punishment clearly doesn’t deter every murderer, but does it deter any would-be murder? It seems obvious it must. Deterrence is a red herring because the function of the death penalty isn’t simply to scare a would-be murderer with the corpse of a convicted one; it is also to inform an entire society about what we take seriously.”

Columnist Charles Krauthammer: “With sanctions lifted, its economy booming and tens of billions injected into its treasury, why would Iran curb rather than expand its relentless drive for regional dominance? An overriding objective of these negotiations, as Obama has said, is to prevent the inevitable proliferation — Egypt, Turkey, the Gulf states — that would occur if Iran went nuclear. Yet the prospective agreement is so clearly a pathway to an Iranian bomb that the Saudis are signaling that the deal itself would impel them to go nuclear. You set out to prevent proliferation and you trigger it. You set out to prevent an Iranian nuclear capability and you legitimize it. You set out to constrain the world’s greatest exporter of terror threatening every one of our allies in the Middle East and you’re on the verge of making it the region’s economic and military hegemon. What is the alternative, asks the president? He’s repeatedly answered the question himself: No deal is better than a bad deal.”

Comedian Argus Hamilton: “The White House said that Russian hackers made it into the White House’s computers last year through State Department computers. They gained access to Obama’s top-secret daily schedule. The Russians not only knew what golf course he was at, they knew what hole he was on.”

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

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 9, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — Only six of 54 Republican members of the Senate signed a pro-traditional marriage legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court that was submitted on Friday. USA Today noted, “By contrast, 44 Democratic senators and 167 Democratic House members filed a brief last month urging the court to approve same-sex marriage. The brief included the full House and Senate [Democratic] leadership teams.”… (more)


April 9, 2015
BOB UNRUH — The charge that Barack Obama isn’t looking out for America’s interests has been around since his election. But it reached new heights this week amid an impending nuclear deal with Iran, with critics contending the “framework agreement” allows the rogue Islamic regime that repeatedly has vowed to wipe Israel off the map to obtain a nuclear bomb…. (more)


April 9, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — The decision by attorney-general nominee Loretta Lynch, as U.S. attorney, not to prosecute HSBC for money-laundering for terrorists and drug cartels is relevant to the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran as sanctions against the Islamic regime remain a key issue…. (more)

April 9, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty Wednesday of all 30 federal counts associated with the Boston Marathon bombings, and now a federal jury must determine whether he should be executed for detonating two shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs near the marathon finish line…. (more)


April 9, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — tate law-enforcement authorities in South Carolina have filed murder charges against Michael Slager, the North Charleston police officer who killed 50-year-old Walter Scott by shooting him several times, mostly in the back as Scott was fleeing. Slager is currently being held without bail, has been fired by the police department, and faces a potential death sentence, or a term of 30 years to life in prison, if convicted…. (more)

April 9, 2015
GARTH KANT — Skeptics have begun to openly doubt the explanation Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has given about the severe injuries to his face, and the questions have become especially pointed as possible new information has come to light…. (more)

April 8, 2015
NEWSMAX — 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, Mediaite reported…. (more)


April 8, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — People have been telling me for years to keep an eye on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, way back when he was just a little-known member of Congress. I watched him speak. He hit all the right notes. But there was something about him that bothered me. I just couldn’t put my finger on it, until last week. He’s a gutless weakling who cares more about bad press than right and wrong…. (more)

April 8, 2015
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY — If you get your news primarily from entertainment shows or social media, you might think that same-sex marriage has already been recognized as a constitutional right. In fact, the Supreme Court held just the opposite in 1972 and has since refused several opportunities to revisit that ruling…. (more)

April 8, 2015
CHARLES HURT — Just like every other ditzy beauty queen in the history of beauty pageants, President Obama steps across the world stage clutching the giant bouquet of flowers handed him by the Nobel Committee and pivots back and forth, waving mechanically…. (more)

April 8, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Obama’s new deportation amnesty will remain halted, a federal judge in Texas ruled Tuesday night in an order that also delivered a judicial spanking to the president’s lawyers for misleading the court…. (more)

April 8, 2015
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE — In 2014, unaccompanied alien children from Central America walked across America’s southern border in droves. This year, the U.S. government will pay for unaccompanied alien children to be flown into the country, even if they were convicted of a felony, and furnish them with federal benefits to boot…. (more)


April 8, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — Loretta Lynch’s extensive use of secret dockets in the Eastern District of New York, which she oversees as U.S. attorney, is yet another issue some of her critics on the Senate Judiciary Committee are examining as they prepare to vote on her nomination to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general…. (more)

April 8, 2015
WALL STREET JOURNAL — The percentage of U.S. women in their 30s and 40s who are childless is rising, new data from the U.S. Census Bureau show. Some 15.3% of U.S. women aged 40 to 44 were childless in June 2014, up from 15.1% in 2012…. (more)

April 8, 2015
BOB UNRUH — The left-leaning American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has joined with conservative organizations such as the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence and the Justice and Freedom Fund in a case against the state of Ohio, which insists it has the right to censor campaign ads… (more)

April 8, 2015
NEWSMAX — A report that Russian hackers penetrated White House computers and saw non-classified emails is alarming, but not surprising, according to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who says the government faces thousands of attacks every day…. (more)


April 8, 2015
USA TODAY — 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…. (more)

April 8, 2015
MICHELLE MALKIN — Eight months ago, President Obama put on a grand show for the troops. Surrounded by new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald, assorted politicians, military leaders and a bevy of TV cameras, the commander in chief signed the “Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act.” He’s good at inking things…. (more)

April 7, 2015
NEWSMAX — New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, in all likelihood the next Senate Democratic leader, has endorsed passage of a measure opposed by President Barack Obama that would give Congress a chance to reject the administration-brokered nuclear framework deal with Iran…. (more)


April 7, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — The House select committee probing the Benghazi bloodbath should have grilled Hillary Clinton in public hearings long ago, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy tells Newsmax TV…. (more)

April 7, 2015
NEWSMAX — A 2009 NCIS investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s disappearance found two possible motives for why he walked away from his base before being held captive by Taliban allies for five years, a retired Army official told Fox News…. (more)

April 7, 2015
NEWSMAX — The left’s “fear and hatred of Christianity” and religion in general has driven America’s culture wars for the past 30 years, Rush Limbaugh told his radio audience Monday. “That is what people on the left just have the biggest struggle with. It’s a giant enemy,” he said in comments reported by Breitbart…. (more)

April 7, 2015
YOUR DAILY DOSE OF CONSERVATISM — Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington recently defied liberal Hollywood by speaking out about his strong Christian faith. Obama has consistently shown that he has a strong anti-Christian agenda, so Washington’s brave words have enraged Obama-lovers everywhere…. (more)

April 7, 2015
NEWSMAX — Pope Francis called on the world to give tangible help to persecuted Christians on Monday, highlighting the plight of people he described as modern “martyrs” after nearly 150 people were killed by Islamist militants in Kenya…. (more)

April 7, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Christians are rallying and spreading the love, stepping up with financial assistance to their brethren burned by the militant same-sex marriage movement…. (more)


Rush Limbaugh: Left Has ‘Fear and Hatred of Christianity’

The left’s “fear and hatred of Christianity” and religion in general has driven America’s culture wars for the past 30 years, Rush Limbaugh told his radio audience.

“That is what people on the left just have the biggest struggle with. It’s a giant enemy,” he said in comments reported by Breitbart.

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Why the Left Wants Iran to Get the Bomb

A stronger Iran means a weaker America.

Soviet nuclear weapons were never the problem. Now anti-nuclear activists are defending Iran’s nuclear program because they were never really opposed to nuclear weapons; they were opposed to America.

The anti-nuclear crowd isn’t against nuclear power plants or even nuclear missiles; otherwise it would be on the front lines campaigning against Obama’s nuclear sellout to Iran, instead of supporting it.

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Your Politics are Literally Killing Us

Most of us believe God creates every life in His image. This is not merely a social, financial, or political issue. It is a moral issue. Our tax dollars should not help fund something we know is sin and that we strongly oppose. The abortion business seems to help doctors and the Democratic Party leaving millions of women in anguish. They’ve done some excellent (read: evil) marketing through the years.

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The Rise and Fall of the Antichrist – Is He Alive Today?

By Dr. David Reagan

He will begin his rise to power as a dynamic, charismatic, insightful, visionary leader who will astound the world with the cleverness of his solutions to world problems. He will appear to be the savior of the world. But as he consolidates his power, his true nature will be revealed. He will emerge as a Satan possessed and empowered person who hates God and is determined to annihilate both Christianity and Judaism. For this reason, he is identified in scripture as the Antichrist (1 John 2:18), for he will stand against God and His anointed one, Jesus Christ.

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19 Signs That American Families Are Being Economically Destroyed

The systematic destruction of the American way of life is happening all around us, and yet most people have no idea what is happening. Once upon a time in America, if you were responsible and hard working you could get a good paying job that could support a middle class lifestyle for an entire family even if you only had a high school education. Things weren’t perfect, but generally almost everyone in the entire country was able to take care of themselves without government assistance.

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

by Marsha West

NewsMax reports:

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, Mediaite reported.

“On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love,” Obama told the group, gathered at the Washington Hilton hotel, turning from his scripted speech.

“And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned,” he said as the murmur in the crowd turned audible, Mediate said.

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Business leads the way in the fight for LGBT rights

by Marsha West

CBS News reports:

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.

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Christian fights to clear name over ruling that she ‘bullied’ Muslim by praying for her

by Marsha West

Express reports:

Victoria Wasteney claims she was branded a “religious nutcase” and suspended from her senior occupational therapist job in east London.

Her colleague Enya Nawaz, then aged 25, claimed in 2013 that the born-again Christian had tried to convert her.

Last year Miss Wasteney, 38, was handed a written warning by her employers. She still works for the East London NHS Foundation Trust – but not in her specialist field. Miss Nawaz has left the hospital.

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NYT WRITER: CHRISTIANS ‘MUST BE MADE’ TO EMBRACE GAY LIFESTYLE

by Marsha West

According to Britbart:

In the wake of the Indiana donnybrook over religious liberty, which somehow was transformed overnight into a question of gay rights, it couldn’t be long before the New York Times weighed in against Christians.

Yet who could have expected the draconian measures the Times would propose? Either Christians fully embrace the gay lifestyle, or you will be coerced into doing so.

Op-ed writer Frank Bruni, onetime Times restaurant critic and a gay activist, has written that Christians who hold on to “ossified,” biblically-based beliefs regarding sexual morality have no place at America’s table and are deserving of no particular regard.

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Christians Counter Pagan Prayer to Wiccan ‘Goddess’ Before Iowa Legislature

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 07:49 AM PDT

Christians Counter Pagan Prayer to Wiccan ‘Goddess’ Before Iowa LegislatureA number of Christians countered a pagan prayer delivered on Thursday before the Iowa state legislature by a local Wiccan priestess. “We call this morning to God, goddess, universe—that which is greater than ourselves to be here today,” Deborah Maynard, 43, a Unitarian Universalist and the leader of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, opened her invocation. “By the earth that is in our bones and centers us, may all here remember our roots and those whom we are here to represent.” “We call this morning to spirit, which is ever present, to help us respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Be with this legislative body and guide them to seek justice, equity and compassion in the work that is before them today,” she continued. “Blessed be, aho and amen.” Rep. Liz Bennett (D-Cedar Rapids) had extended the invitation to Maynard, and told the Associated Press that she “met with some people on both sides of the aisle just to let them know that the invocation or the prayer Deb will be offering will be very inclusive.” But approximately half of lawmakers chose to skip out the invocation because they did not wish to join a witch in prayer, and the Family Leader organized an alternative Christian prayer gathering at the capitol as a counter to Maynard’s presence.  “We feel that this is completely out of sync with the traditions of our state and our nation to seek guidance from the occult,” Michael Demastus, pastor of Fort Des Moines Church of Christ, told reporters. “We believe it is just not a good idea.” He said that as Maynard spoke, “I was praying for her salvation. I was praying that she would come to know the one true God.” FULL REPORT

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Storms, Tornadoes Sweep From Texas to Michigan

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 07:39 AM PDT

Storms, Tornadoes Sweep From Texas to MichiganA widespread severe outbreak spanning multiple days has battered communities across the Central U.S. with tornadoes, hail and deadly flooding. As severe storms marched across the Central U.S. on Wednesday, eight reported tornadoes touched down on Wednesday evening in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Spotters across the Plains observed hail up to 4 inches in diameter as strong downpours blasted communities from Oklahoma to Iowa. Flooding claimed the life of a woman in Hendricks County, Indiana, as heavy rain fell across the area for a second day in a row. While attempting to clear debris from Tuesday’s storm, she was swept into an overflowing stream, WTHR reports. In Villa Ridge, Missouri, a mobile home park was flooded the second straight day after heavy rain inundated the community Tuesday and Wednesday. Water was reported up to 2 feet high, and local officials were called in to assist residents. Devastating tornadoes ripped through Illinois on Thursday as storms churned across the Central U.S. Additional tornadoes touched down in Iowa and Missouri. A 67-year-old woman died and seven others were injured after the tornado in Fairdale, Illinois, DeKalb County and Rockford officials said at Friday morning news conference.
With a population of 150, the local fire department reported that every structure throughout the town endured some type of damage. “Some houses were basically pushed into a pile,” the Rescue Branch commander for the incident, said. FULL REPORT

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Prepare for the epic total solar eclipse hitting the US in 2017

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 07:25 AM PDT

Prepare for the epic total solar eclipse hitting the US in 2017 You may have seen a solar eclipse before, but the odds are good that you haven’t witnessed anything like the total solar eclipse that will roll across the contiguous United States a little over two years from now. In fact, if you haven’t already started making your plan for the first great American eclipse of the century, you might already be behind. If you’ve seen an eclipse in the US, it was probably just a partial eclipse, which astronomy enthusiasts will tell you is nothing compared with seeing a solar eclipse in totality, when our star goes completely black save for its eerie corona, the sky dims and stars can become visible in the daytime. The last time such a thing was witnessed in the US was 1991, and that was only from certain parts of Hawaii. The contiguous 48 states haven’t seen a total eclipse since 1979, when one sort of drifted through the northwest quarter of the country — we haven’t had one coast-to-coast since 1918. The total solar eclipse will first become visible from the Oregon coastline on August 21, 2017, at 10:17 a.m. between Lincoln City and Newport, and then march all the way to the Atlantic near Charleston, S.C.. While at least a partial eclipse will be visible from all of North America and parts of other continents, to experience the the full solar disappearing act, you’ll need to be somewhere along the narrow corridor in the map above at just the right time, and ideally with clear skies. Notable potential viewing locations include Salem, Ore.; Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming; parts of St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.; Nashville and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tenn. — and finally Charleston, S.C., will also see anywhere between a few seconds and a few minutes of a total solar eclipse. Bizarrely for me personally, the path of the eclipse will cast its long shadow on both of the small towns where I attended college in Oregon and in Missouri. FULL REPORT

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California bill banning child vaccine exemptions moves ahead

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 06:49 AM PDT

California bill banning child vaccine exemptions moves ahead California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed forward a bill that would ban parents from citing their personal beliefs as a reason to let their school-going children remain unvaccinated. The measure passed the state Senate health committee by a vote of 6-2, the bill’s co-author, Democrat Richard Pan, said in a statement. “I’ve personally witnessed the suffering caused by vaccine-preventable diseases, and all children deserve to be safe at school,” said Pan, who is also a pediatrician. “The personal belief exemption is now putting other school children and people in our community in danger.” Pan proposed the bill, which would leave in place medical exemptions to vaccinations, in the wake of a major measles outbreak in the state that began at Disneyland in December. All told, more than 150 people across the United Sates have been diagnosed with measles in recent months, 126 of them in California. The outbreak renewed debate over the so-called anti-vaccination movement, in which fears about potential side effects of vaccinations, fueled by now-debunked research suggesting a link to autism, prompted a small minority of parents to refuse them for their children. FULL REPORT

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Greece met its latest IMF debt payment – but no one is sure where the money is coming from

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 06:34 AM PDT

Greece met its latest IMF debt payment – but no one is sure where the money is coming from
Greece met a loan payment of €459 million to the International Monetary Fund on Thursday, according to reports, as the EU discusses whether the country has reformed enough to merit a further cash injection. “The payment order has been given,” a finance ministry source told AFP.  But no one is quite sure where the money came from – a consequence of the opaque Greek finance system. There are few trained accountants in the country and they do not adhere to international accounting standards, so records are thin and many citizens do not pay tax. Poor accounting standards are blamed by some for the uncertain numbers that have come out of Greece regarding the country’s debt. Athens is aware of the tax problem. It promised to hire tourists and cleaners as part time tax inspectors in a recent round of reforms drawn up to meet EU criteria for further cash. FULL REPORT

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FBI Says Islamic State Wants to Hack WordPress Websites

Posted: 09 Apr 2015 07:07 PM PDT

FBI Says Islamic State Wants to Hack WordPress Websites

Earlier this week the FBI issued a warning that hackers sympathetic to the Islamic State will use WordPress plugin vulnerabilities to compromise websites. “These individuals are hackers using relatively unsophisticated methods to exploit technical vulnerabilities and are utilizing the ISIL name to gain more notoriety than the underlying attack would have otherwise garnered,” the FBI public service announcement states. “Methods being utilized by hackers for the defacements indicate that individual Web sites are not being directly targeted by name or business type. All victims of the defacements share common WordPress plug-in vulnerabilities easily exploited by commonly available hacking tools.” The FBI says “ISIS-branded attacks” have targeted news organizations, commercial entities, religious institutions, federal, state, and local government institutions, foreign governments, and assorted other domestic and international websites, according to ZDNet, a business technology news website published by CBS Interactive. On Wednesday, the “Islamic State Hacking Division” allegedly took down the French-language TV station TV5Monde’s website and Facebook page, halting operations. The suspected perpetrators referred to themselves as the “CyberCaliphate.” The station is broadcast in over 200 nations around the world, including the U.S., Canada and Britain. FULL REPORT

 

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‘Britain in danger of being outflanked by growing Islamic population’ says church leader

Posted: 09 Apr 2015 06:54 PM PDT

'Britain in danger of being outflanked by growing Islamic population' says churchAnd the Reverend David Robertson, who will soon take over as Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland, also says there is no such thing as “secular Islam”. His comments come as debate rages throughout Britain as to how to tackle the issue of radical proponents of the religion without alienating minority communities. But the minister stressed that although he opposes “racist, jingoistic Islamophobia, the fear of Islamophobia is blinding many of our politicians to the threat we face from Islam”. Mr Robertson has accused politicians of leading the country down a “path of destruction away from the Christian foundations of our nation” by appeasing Muslims. Writing on the Christian Today website, he said that politicians are either ignorant of the nature of Islam, or frightened of being labelled racist for speaking out about it. He said: “Christianity is the bedrock and foundation of our secular society. Islam is different. Islam has no doctrine of separation of the spiritual from the political. Islam is, and has always been, a political movement. “There can be no such thing as secular Islam. “The narrative is that Islam is the same as Christianity, that ISIS and others are just fundamentalists who are not really part of the ‘religion of peace’ and that Christians have their own ISIS equivalents. All untrue. “However, the main point is that mainstream Islam does not and cannot fit in with the worldview and doctrines of our liberal secularists. And because our politicians do not see that, they cannot deal with it.” FULL REPORT

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Strapped Americans Headed for “Civil Unrest and Riots

Posted: 09 Apr 2015 06:33 PM PDT

Strapped Americans Headed for “Civil Unrest and RiotsIt is clear that the economic realities falling upon the masses in America are driving us towards a crisis point. Even with substantial government subsidies, the bottom 10% of Americans are beyond struggling, spending more than 60% of their meager incomes on the bare essentials. According to the latest official numbers, the poorest in the United States are spending 42% of their income on housing and another 17% on food, statistics that are unsustainable for individuals and families. For many Americans, the rise in food and housing prices is a tough squeeze. That’s because—even in an era with low overall inflation—low-income Americans spend a disproportionate share of their money on food and housing. New data from the Labor Department show the extent of the discrepancy. The bottom 10% of Americans, by income, devote 42% of their spending to housing and an additional 17% to food–nearly 60% of their total spending, according to the Consumer Expenditures Survey. By contrast, the wealthiest 10% of Americans dedicate only 31% of their spending to housing and 11% to food–closer to 40% of total spending. FULL REPORT

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Peru’s Ubinas volcano explodes, spreads ashes over nearby village

Posted: 09 Apr 2015 06:23 PM PDT

Peru’s Ubinas volcano explodes, spreads ashes over nearby villageNearly on the anniversary of the evacuation of 28 thousand camelids from its pastures, the Ubinas volcano erupts once again. The Ubinas volcano of the Moquegua region erupted this morning at 4:24 a.m. causing a layer of ash to fall over nearby villages minutes later, according to Perú21. On March 31, 2014, the volcano’s eruption caused Querapi residents to be evacuated as it sits just five kilometers from the volcano. Days later on April 21, Peru ordered the evacuation of the camelid animals, as the volcano posed a threat following further activity.   Today the Ubinas volcano erupted after about four months of calm. The National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology of Peru (SENAMHI) calculated that the 2.5 km column of ash above the crater could reach more than 15 kilometers to the southeast. Escacha and Ubinas Valley therefore will be receiving a layer of ash on their homes, cars, sidewalks, and buildings today following the eruption. Scientific institutions advise that the local populations protect themselves with masks and goggles and to protect water resources and food to prevent contamination. For about 40 years the volcano had been inactive, until 2006 when it began to register more activity. Since then, seismic activity, small eruptions, rocks and ash spewing from its crater have been a common occurrence. Extinction Protocol 

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Why Obama’s All-Out Attack on Christians Should Concern You

Posted: 09 Apr 2015 06:02 PM PDT

Why Obama's All-Out Attack on Christians Should Concern YouPresident Obama, who won’t call out radical Islam for beheading Christians, is spewing verbal vitriol against Christians. President Obama began his remarks at an Easter Prayer Breakfast this week saying he is “concerned” about “less-than-loving” Christians. He used the day we as Christians celebrate our risen Savior—the day love conquered death—to call Christians unloving. Christians around the world are suffering and dying each and every day at the hands of brutal radical Islamic jihadi genocide, and the leader of the free world finds the need to attack Christians. But this wasn’t the first time. Just a few short months ago at the National Prayer Breakfast he used his bully pulpit to excoriate Christians for getting on “our high horse” about the persecution of Christians. At a time when Christians are being slaughtered, raped, and decapitated simply for being a Christian, or in some regimes hung simply for expressing the love of Christ to others, President Obama repeatedly puts Christians in his rhetorical crosshairs. He’s spent more time calling out Christians than acknowledging that radical Islamists are inflicting genocide. It’s more than offensive to the millions of Christians across the globe who seek to live out our lives following Christ’s example of love, his statements are just plain false. Christians are not responsible for radical Islamic jihadists seeking to wipe out the global Christian Church. We are not unloving. Christians who serve in our Armed Forces are not—as his Administration has previously asserted—”extremists.” FULL REPORT

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How Hitler And Obama Used Neuro Linguistic Programming To Deceive The Masses (VIDEO)

Hitler, Obama and Neuro Linguistic Programming

“Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.” Psalm 52:2 (KJV)

I first heard about Barack Obama from my two sons, who had heard him speak at the DNC in 2004. I had listened to some of his speech, but my sons watched the entire thing. My boys had never shown any interest in politics, so it did surprise me when they spoke of this “amazing guy” they had just heard make a speech. They went on and on about him.

In 2008, during the primary campaign, I noticed that there was something about the way that Mr. Obama spoke; something different, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Whatever it was that made me take notice, only intensified during the pre-election speeches.

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I remember telling my husband that there was something that wasn’t normal about the way he talked. It became so oppressive to me, that I had to leave the room or turn off the TV. I knew that I did not like the man, and that I categorically disagreed with him, but not being able to even hear him was bizarre.

It absolutely shocked me when one of my sons told me that he was driving up to Philadelphia to see Obama in person. I felt sick. My children knew how I felt about this man, and they knew that his close ties to Planned Parenthood was a major factor in my dislike of him. But my son was determined to see him. I prayed that the Lord would break this power that Obama had over my boys. I had no idea that there really was a power at work, and it had to do with his voice.

I watched a video back in 2008 which exposed what Obama was doing to the masses during his speeches. I think that the Lord showed me clearly that something was happening, when I could not listen to him. The video was about an article by AAPS – Association for American Physicians and Surgeons.

AAPS has since taken the article down, no doubt as a result of pressure from Obama’s minions. But as nothing is ever lost on the Internet, we have it here to show  you right now. It will be well worth your time to view it and consider what’s being said:

Now I could go into detail about NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) but you can look it up and see how powerful this covert form of hypnosis really is. But I’m thinking that this unethical technique of mental manipulation is more evil than people realize. I believe it is Satanically inspired.

Hitler was able to move the masses to hysteria in their love of him. He was successful in getting children to adore him. Remember Youth for Hitler? Liberals are enraged when we compare Obama to Hitler, but that is only because they are still in their trance – unable to see that this president is evil. Some have snapped back to reality, and are remorseful for their stupidity, but most are still glassy eyed worshipers of Obama.

Think about thoughts that come into your mind, seemingly out of nowhere, that make you sad or angry or jealous. If you are born again, you soon realize that Satan whispered lies to you. That’s his specialty. His playground is our mind. He lies and confuses and accuses.

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2nd Corinthians 11:3 (KJV)

There’s the word – subtlety. It’s not a scream, or even a stern voice. It’s subtle and crafty. It’s just a “Did God really say……??” I can just imagine the evil one saying that to Eve in such a soft and gentle voice. He knew that Eve was just flesh and blood, and there was a vulnerability there.

When Obama learned the craft of covert hypnosis, he knew that he would be able to influenced people; especially young people. He knew that he might even shape history with the combination of his oratory skills and NLP.

I believe that this man has a demon. When I think back to his voice that was offensive to me, and the arrogance since he entered the world stage, it is so apparent that we are not looking at just a man. Satan has been leading this man for many years — grooming him for the office he now holds, and for the evil things he has done.

Listen to the intense rhythm patterns and repeating phrases Obama uses in his speeches:

His rapid hatred of Israel and PM Netanyahu confirms his demon possession to me. I believe that Hitler was possessed as well. The common thread is Jew hatred. There are many people who hate Jews in this world, but Hitler was able to do something about his loathing of God’s people. In the same way, Obama is able to directly affect Israel with his threats and viscousness. His friendship with the Muslim Brotherhood and intense love for Islam makes it clear that he is being led by the evil one.

While researching for this article, I kept coming up with New Age terms like guided imagery and meditation, when I would simply type in NLP. Suddenly I realized that these were all interrelated.

What we see, hear and think has a great effect on us. When people meditate (the mystical kind) they empty their minds. That’s a dangerous thing to do when the evil one is able to put all sorts of impure and ungodly thoughts into our heads. That’s why Yoga and meditation is not for the Christian. We are called to meditate upon God’s Word – to fill our minds with His truths.

At the last two Christian events that Obama attended – the National Prayer Breakfast, and the Easter Breakfast, Obama took those opportunities to disparage Christians. He calls himself a Christian, and then turns around and speaks ill of them. Not ONE word spoken about the thousands of Christians who are dying in the name of Islam and by their hands. Obama is deceptive in all of his ways.

I believe that Obama is part of God’s judgment against America. We have removed God from schools, government and public places. One of our political parties voted God out of their platform, and booed Him. There have been over 60 million babies aborted in our country. Marriage is no longer defined as between one man and one woman.

Yes, there are still born again believers, but America as a whole has become a nation of pagans. God help us.

MARANATHA!!

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Obama opposition to gay conversion therapy collides with Christian hope of transformation

Response to Your Petition on Conversion Therapy, The White House (Valerie Jarrett)

Obama to Call for End to ‘Conversion’ Therapies for Gay and Transgender Youth, New York Times (Michael D. Shear)

2) Rand Paul points to urgency of asking abortionists when abortion might be immoral

AP Interview: Paul won’t spell out abortion ban exceptions, Associated Press (Phillip Elliott)

3)  On 40th anniversary of parenting book, damage of dismissing parental roles evident

The Kids Aren’t Alright, Weekly Standard (Abby Shachter)

4) Reader’s Digest condensation of the Bible exposed danger of abridging the full counsel of God

John E. Walsh, Who Distilled the Bible, Dies at 87, New York Times (Sam Roberts)
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The Demythologizing of Sex

Whether we are talking about same-sex attraction, singles longing for companionship, or disillusioned spouses who thought marriage would fulfill their need for intimacy, the church’s challenge is the demythologizing of sex in a culture that sells it as the answer to all our loneliness, hurt, and loss. We are all making a grave mistake if we are seeking fulfillment in a sexual relationship, even if it is within marriage.

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Why is a Wedding Any Different?

A wedding is not a dinner invitation or a graduation open house or retirement party. Even in a completely secular environment, there is still a sense–and sometimes the wedding invitations say as much–that our presence at the event would honor the couple and their marriage. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to attend a wedding (let alone cater it or provide the culinary centerpiece) without your presence communicating celebration and support for what is taking place.

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Are You Willing To Stand For Christ In Opposition to Sexual Immorality?

Problem is, we don’t have that option. We don’t get to vote on what is and is not God’s word, what is and is not a sin. That is up to God. To change what the Bible says about homosexuality would be to deny God’s very word and bring judgment on ourselves. To try and change God’s word would be like trying to change His character. We cannot do that even if we wanted to. God is holy, just, righteous, without spot or blemish, perfect in all His ways.

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Losing a Baby, Not Losing My Faith

Surrendering to the Lord, crying out for help, and thanking him for what I did have proved to bring me great peace. God also tells us that the mind set on him will be given peace, because that person trusts the Lord (Is. 26:3). The Lord was faithful to fulfill these promises. I was at peace because he had given me peace. I was at peace because Jesus was enough for me.

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Grace for Our Weakness

Whatever our individual weaknesses are, they are given to us by God so that we can rest in his grace and rely on his strength. Like Gideon’s army of 300, we face each day ill equipped on our own to fulfill God’s calling on our lives. But that’s when God’s glory is put on display, when he works in and through our weaknesses, revealing his limitless power and transforming grace.

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12 Reasons Churches Don’t Practice Church Discipline

Some years ago, I conducted a study and wrote a book on membership classes in local churches. Many of those churches included teaching church covenants in their membership class, but they talked very little about church discipline. That is, they established expectations but did not always talk about accountability. Since then, I’ve conducted an ongoing informal survey to see why churches don’t do discipline. Here are the primary findings, in no particular order.

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The Trinity, The Assembly, and Sweet Potatoes

“Hearing the voice of God” used to be the mark of a prophet of God, but over the last century or so, it’s slowly become the mark of a “mature believer.” These days, “conservative” folk (like Beth Moore or Francis Chan) regularly suggest that God speaks to them…not in audible voices, but definitely in some sort of propositional statements (ultimately the audible/inaudible distinction is meaningless). The issue of “hearing the voice of God” is probably the most significant infiltration of bad Charismatic theology into non-Charismatic circles.

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Is The Gospel Coalition Losing the Gospel?

But then you have to wonder about the Coalition and the Gospel when you read Bethany Jenkins’ “Why are Non-Christians TGC15 Panelists?” The Gospel Coalition Conference will meet in Orlando next week (April 13-15). The theme is eschatology. The special event, which Ms. Jenkins will chair and which will involve the non-Christian panelists, is “Seeking Justice and Mercy from Ferguson to New York.”

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A New Way Forward for Redeemer Seminary in Dallas

Trustee Brad Bradley, former executive director of the Southwest Church Planting Network, is now the interim president of Redeemer Seminary. The search for a new president is underway. Former president Steve Vanderhill will continue to serve the seminary as Chief Operating Officer…Professor of Old Testament, Dr. Doug Gropp, has been appointed as academic dean.

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Too Focused on the Present?

The Bible–the inerrant, sufficient and inspired Word of God gives us the rich history of mankind, our fall into sin, redemption by Jesus Christ, and promise of eternal life with God by grace through our faith in Jesus. But these days are too many Christians forgetting the history and not looking forward to the future? […]

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Your Politics are Literally Killing Us

by David Fiorazo

Some might ask how Democrats can be so proud of their extreme position on abortion, but Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has doubled-down, insisting there be no limits on when a mother can end the life of her unborn baby. We can thank Rand Paul for challenging them to justify the murder of […]

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Bonhoeffer’s Solution to The Problem of Pain

by Prayson Daniel

Dietrich Bonhoeffer saw and experienced the unmistakable face of pain and suffering during the reign of Nazism in Germany. During his time at Berlin-Tegel Bonhoeffer exchanged letters and wrote notes that are now known as Letters and Papers from Prison. It is in these letters and notes Bonhoeffer explored the problem of pain and suffering. […]

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Review: ‘A.D.’ The Heresy Continues

by Marsha West

Blogger Sunny Shell reviews A.D., the Bible Continues, a made for TV movie produced by New Age Catholics Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett. In Shell’s opinion, their work is deeply flawed and, in her words, “heretical.” “A more suitable title for what the television show conveys,” says Shell, “would be ‘A.D. The Bible As We’d Like It To Be’”.

This show is no different from not-“The Bible” miniseries and not-“The Son of God” movie. Just as these previous productions created new scenes and dialogue that are not found in the real Bible, with dramatic music and excessive, mystical imagery, ‘A.D.’ proves to flop in facts, but succeeds in fallacious depictions of Christ, His apostles, His disciples and other people who played a role in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the true Son of God.

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Worship Implies a Theology

by Christopher Ames

We spend a lot of time thinking about how our culture has affected Christian worship, and we often reflect on what sorts of things we need to address in order to even begin to think about leaving a better church for our kids and grandkids. It’s usually not pretty.

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News and views

Lots of news headlines to cover today: Madison man charged with trying to join ISIL Obama Smears Christians During Easter Speech Terminally ill man set to be first to undergo the world’s first full HEAD transplant Walmart Puts Christian Employees on ‘Watch List’ UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII CARRYING OUT CONTROVERSIAL ABORTION EXPERIMENTS ON MINORS Labyrinth transforms […]

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The Daily Discovery (April 10, 2015)

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Spiritual Discernment: Do You Have and Use It? – “Spiritual discernment. Do you have it? You say, ‘I’m not exactly sure what it is, so how do I know if I have it?’ Fair enough. A quick google search reveals a plethora of definitions of the word discernment, but I’m especially interested in ‘spiritual discernment.’ Tim Challies offers two definitions. ‘Spiritual discernment is the ability to think Biblically about all areas of life,’ writes Challies.”

NYT Writer: Christians ‘Must Be Made’ to Embrace Gay Lifestyle – “In the wake of the Indiana donnybrook over religious liberty, which somehow was transformed overnight into a question of gay rights, it couldn’t be long before the New York Times weighed in against Christians.  Yet who could have expected the draconian measures the Times would propose? Either Christians fully embrace the gay lifestyle, or you will be coerced into doing so.”

Vital Resource On Homosexuality – “You won’t remember all the arguments from this book, but you’ll now know where to go for short, simple, persuasive biblical answers on the most important topic of our day, and probably of our lifetime.”

Christian fights to clear name over ruling that she ‘bullied’ Muslim by praying for her – “Victoria Wasteney claims she was branded a ‘religious nutcase’ and suspended from her senior occupational therapist job in east London.  Her colleague Enya Nawaz, then aged 25, claimed in 2013 that the born-again Christian had tried to convert her.”

The Most Important Thing My Parents Did – “I grew up in a church culture, a catechizing culture, and a family worship culture. Each of these was a tremendous, immeasurable blessing, I am sure. I am convinced that twice-each-Sunday services, and memorizing the catechisms, and worshipping as a family marked me deeply. I doubt I will ever forget that my only comfort in life and death is that I am not my own, but belong in body and soul, both in life and death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, or that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. I can still sing many of the psalms and hymns of my youth, and I have precious memories of my family bowing our heads around the kitchen table.”


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Art Azurdia – Spirit Empowered Preaching


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Sweetly Devastated by Grace

Why did Jesus call Himself Son of Man if He is God?


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


Naive Young Evangelicals and the Illiberal DNA of the Gay Rights Movement

It might take you a couple of sittings to get through it, but Matt Anderson’s piece here is well worth reading.

Strong Enough to Have Convictions

Brandon Smith:

A tightly-held belief is sometimes a dangerous thing, but it can also be a precious thing.

And this is where Evans and her story take a left turn. Being “pro-church, pro-ecumenical” sounds great on the surface (and, frankly, I’m more broad in what I consider “orthodox” than perhaps many or most of my friends), but deeply-held theological convictions aren’t always something to be shared. People have died for these beliefs. People have sacrificed everything to defend these beliefs. One might say, “Well, if we’d all get along, there would be no need to die!” Well, yes, but… no.

Our First Response is Usually Wrong

Aaron Earls:

If I’m honest, the first action I usually take after every significant global, national, local or personal event is mistaken.

It’s not that I lash out in misdirected anger or refuse to follow the facts of the case. Instead, my first response is always to say something to anyone except the One who can actually do something about it.

3 Attributes of God Millennials Misunderstand

Chris Martin:

I think Millennials misunderstand three key attributes of God: his love, his holiness, and his justice, and I think the misunderstandings of each one fuel the misunderstandings of the others.

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Do All Religions Lead to God?

It was Jesus Christ who said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).  To some these words are offensive and to others they are downright unbelievable.  How can one hold to such a view?  Doesn’t it make more sense to believe that all religions lead to God?  I have argued extensively that this view is false here; [1] however, in this post I just want to demonstrate that the view that all religions lead to God is necessarily false.  This means that there is no way this view is true.

This claim violates the law of non-contradiction that says contradictory claims cannot both be true at the same time in the same sense.  For example, God can’t be personal (Christianity) and impersonal (Hinduism) at the same time.  Jesus either died on the cross and rose again (Christianity) or He did not (Islam).  Jesus was the Messiah (Christianity) or He wasn’t (Judaism).  Jesus was the eternally existing One who made all things (Christianity) or He was a created being who was the spirit brother of Lucifer (Mormons).
Since various religions teach contradictory things, all religions cannot be true. Religious pluralism (the belief that all religions are true) violates the law of non-contradiction and is therefore necessarily false. 
Religions disagree on virtually every major issue, including the nature of god, the nature of man, sin, salvation, heaven, hell and creation and it is the differences that matter!

If you are interested in investigating which religion, if any, is true, I encourage you to start with Christianity because it is the only religion, according to the Apostle Paul (1 Cor. 15:14), that is historically testable.  Either Jesus rose from the dead or He did not.  If He did, we have good reason to believe Christianity is true.  If He didn’t, then Christian faith is useless.  You can investigate the resurrection here or here.

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12 Reasons Churches Don’t Practice Church Discipline

By Chuck Lawless

Some years ago, I conducted a study and wrote a book on membership classes in local churches. Many of those churches included teaching church covenants in their membership class, but they talked very little about church discipline. That is, they established expectations but did not always talk about accountability. Since then, I’ve conducted an ongoing informal survey to see why churches don’t do discipline. Here are the primary findings, in no particular order.

  1. They don’t know the Bible’s teaching on discipline. I can only guess what percentage of regular attenders in evangelical churches even know that the Bible teaches the necessity of church discipline. This topic is one that some pastors choose to avoid.
  2. They have never seen it done before. Some of the reticence to do church discipline is the result of ignorance. Frankly, I admit my own ignorance when I began serving as a pastor 30+ years ago. If you’ve never been part of a church that carried out discipline, it’s easy to let any of these following reasons halt the process.
  3. They don’t want to appear judgmental. “Judge not, lest you be judged” takes precedence over any scripture that calls for discipline, especially in a culture where political correctness rules the day. Judging, it seems, is deemed an unchristian act.
  4. The church has a wide-open front door. Church discipline is challenging to do if membership expectations are few; that is, it’s difficult to hold someone accountable to standards never stated in the first place. The easier it is to join the church, the harder it is to discipline people when necessary.
  5. They have had a bad experience with discipline in the past. For those churches that have done discipline, the memories of poorly done discipline seem to last long. They remember confrontation, judgment, heartache, and division – with apparently no attempt to produce repentance and reconciliation.
  6. The church is afraid to open “Pandora’s box.” If they discipline one church member, they fear establishing a pattern that can’t be halted as long as human beings comprise their congregation. To put it another way, they wonder how many members will remain if they discipline every member with unrepentant sin.
  7. They have no guidelines for discipline. For what sins is discipline necessary? At what point does church leadership choose to make public a private sin? Rather than wrestle with tough questions, many churches just ignore the topic.
  8. They fear losing members (or dollars). We hope no congregation makes decisions based solely on attendance and income, but we know otherwise. Sometimes churches tolerate sin rather than risk decline.
  9. Their Christianity is individualistic and privatized. Particularly in North America, believers often fail to understand the corporate nature of the church. We gather together on Sunday, but we do so while sharing life with no other believers. Discipline seldom happens if accountability doesn’t matter.
  10. They fear being “legalistic.” Legalism can quickly become rules-centered bondage marked by joylessness. Church discipline assumes some standard to which believers are held accountable—and that standard can become legalistic if unchecked.
  11. They hope transfer growth will fix the problem. Most churches are accustomed to members coming and going as congregations “swap sheep.” At times, a church is willing to confront a member in his sin – but only enough to encourage him to move his membership to the church down the road.
  12. Leaders are sometimes dealing with their own sin. When church leaders are hiding their own sin, they’re less likely to engage others about their failures. To discipline others would be to bring conviction on oneself.

What have you seen? Why do churches not practice church discipline?


Chuck Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary. You can connect with Dr. Lawless on both Twitter and Facebook.

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Gray Hair and Gray Matter

As we age, we slow down mentally and have trouble keeping up with younger minds, right? Well, new research suggests it’s time we retire this understanding of the aging brain.
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Video Sermon: Former Homosexual Warns About Homofascism in America!

Contender of the faith and Lighthouse Trails author, John Lanagan, repented from the homosexual lifestyle, and today serves the Lord with his wife. John is issuing a vital warning about homofascism.


If you love your church service, don’t watch this video.

Hat Tip to “Eve” for this video.

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Words of Comfort: Graveyard of false converts.

“I was a good person as a Christian. Now that I’m Atheist, I’m still a good person. Religious beliefs don’t make a person bad.”

It’s clear that you had no knowledge of God’s holiness and in the light of that, your own sinfulness. You were in the dark about your own moral standing before your morally perfect Creator. I was the same before I looked at the Ten Commandments in depth. Without that knowledge there is no way any of us can become a Christian, and so you had a false conversion. But you are not alone. This site is a graveyard of false converts who heard a false gospel that doesn’t open up the moral Law and preach repentance and faith alone in Jesus. God was instead painted as a divine butler, and when He didn’t come running at the click of their fingers, they became disillusioned. Please, take a few moments to check out http://www.needGod.com. It will show you what was is missing in what you heard and why you are in great danger.

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Featured Blogs

How to Have Healthy Churches

Founders Ministries Blog Friday, April 10, 2015The conversations tend to go like this: “I like my church. But something is wrong. There’s no life together. Conversations are superficial. I’m not sure that people even know one another in our church.”

4 Warnings about “Authenticity”

Philip Nation Thursday, April 9, 2015The drive to be genuine has become the willingness to describe church life, cultural events, and even personal experiences as unvarnished as possible. However, it has also become the opportunity to “air one’s dirty laundry” for the whole world.

3 Crucial Truths that Keep Me from Going Crazy

Stephen Altrogge Thursday, April 9, 2015Change is a good and God-glorifying thing. I don’t want to remain as I am. But when it comes to change, there are three crucial, biblical truths that I must remember in order to keep my sanity.

Remembering Our Place When Wronged

Association of Biblical Counselors Thursday, April 9, 2015When hurt and abused, we tend to be quicker to punish and revile. We need help. We need God abiding in us. We need to believe and practice what Joseph believed and practiced.

How Do You Counsel a Wife Whose Husband Struggles with Pornography?

Brian Croft Thursday, April 9, 2015Although many are harmed by a husband’s struggle with pornography, no one is harmed more than his wife. How does a pastor care and counsel a wife who has been harmed by her husband’s struggle.


9 Major Areas of Tension Every Pastor Experiences – Rainer on Leadership #114

Podcast Episode #114

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Pastors likely face one or more of these tensions every week, and sometimes on a daily basis. Most of these tensions are not between good and bad choices, but between two good choices. But the tensions exist regardless. And how a pastor handles them can be critical to the amount of effectiveness and satisfaction a pastor finds in ministry.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Bivocational pastors and church staff are my heroes.
  • Pastoral ministry is a 24/7 vocation.
  • Most pastors rarely are able to say “no.”
  • Ministry in the community by pastors and church staff is rarely seen by church members.
  • How much time a pastor spends in the office vs. the community is always a tension.
  • Sometimes we neglect the “best” because we are busy doing the “good.”
  • The time most often neglected for pastors is that spent with non-Christians in the community.

The nine tensions every pastor faces are:

  1. Family time versus church time.
  2. Office time versus time in the community.
  3. Being a people pleaser versus being a good steward.
  4. Visiting for crisis needs versus visiting for commonplace needs.
  5. Counseling versus referral.
  6. Spending time with church members versus spending time with non-Christians.
  7. Local church ministry versus other ministries.
  8. Being prophetic versus being positive.
  9. Long-term perspective versus short-term perspective.

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The Written Code

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Q. Thank God for the gift of teaching that He gave to you. It always refreshes my mind and strengthen my faith everyday. Today I am reading your article about our Lord Jesus Christ and I feel so blessed but when I came to this verse about the written code I wanted to learn more but I don’t have the wisdom. Perhaps you can discuss further about this code. What is it?

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Israel’s Hardening

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Q.  My question is about the destination of the Jews that have been blinded since the Crucifixion.  Romans 11:25 speaks of this blindness.  What verses can you refer me to that explains the destination of those Jews that die while still in their blindness to Jesus being the Messiah?  What is the ultimate destination for the blinded unbelieving Jews since the Crucifixion and when will they be judged?

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Faith Churches

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Q. My question is about “Faith Churches”. I attend a church like this and the way things are taught you would think we all should be rich, full of health and walking on easy street. It sounds great but if it was as easy as they say you wouldn’t be able to keep people out of churches.

They give these great sounding prophecies about how great everything is going to be (in my state or this country) and it never seems to come to pass. To be honest it makes me mad anymore hearing the prophecies because I don’t have faith that what they are saying will happen, and they are always asking for money. Again, if all I had to do was give so and so 10% and I’d be getting 100X back you couldn’t keep people from giving.

I was wondering your thoughts on this kind of teaching?

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Our Time is Short

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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

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

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

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

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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April 10, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

Sharing the Prince of Peace in Central Asia

“In a land that appears to be at peace, we do our best to serve and to share the Prince of Peace through our words, actions and through our lives.


Kenya Massacre Survivor Recalls Gunmen Saying ‘Garissa Is for Muslims Only’

ICC Note: Islamist militant group al-Shabaab leaves no doubt they are trying to purge Kenya of Christians in their campaign of terror across East Africa. New details have surfaced from the April 2 Garissa attack revealing the chilling brutality of the attackers towards victims and their steely resolve to target Christians because of their faith.


ISIS Demanding $30 Million to Free Christian Hostages, Assyrian Source Says

ICC Note: According to an Assyrian officer, ISIS is demanding a ransom up to $30 million for 250-300 Christians being held hostage in Syria. The ransoms are said to equal $100,000 per person released.


Kenya: Family Mourns Three Children Killed in Garissa Terror Attack

ICC Note: Just over one week from the horrific attack by Islamist al-Shabaab militants on a Garissa University College where Christians were targeted, families are struggling to identify the bodies of their loved ones who were killed.


Priest Murdered in Mexico Yet Again; Archbishop Asks, ‘When Will Bloodshed End?’

ICC Note: A Catholic priest, Father Francisco Javier Gutiérrez Díaz, has been murdered in Mexico, highlighting the disturbing trend in violence against Christians. It is reported that Díaz was killed on Monday and that his wallet and phone were both stolen, indicating that robbery was part of the motive behind the attack.


Nigeria: One Year Commemoration – #BringBackOurGirls Organizes Protest for Chibok Girls

ICC Note: The group that rallied the globe in support of the girls from Chibok, Nigeria that were kidnapped nearly a year ago has marched to remember that more than 200 are still missing.


Church Reports Egregious Violations of Religious Freedom in China

For Justice and Peace Commission, the situation of Catholics in China is worsening, the government should change course

ICC Note:

A detailed report was presented at the For Justice and Peace Commission regarding the situation for Catholics in China.


Voices of suffering: Pastor David’s Journey of Endurance for the Cross

By ICC’s India Correspondent

4/9/2015 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern)- “I QUIT! I cannot take it anymore, I have decided, that I will give up,”


Attack on Kerala Church: Police Make No Headway

ICC Note: After a group of unidentified individuals set a car and two bikes parked outside of a church on fire in Kerala, India, local police have yet to make any significant progress in finding the attackers.


Help Victims Attacked by the Taliban in Pakistan

On Sunday, March 15, the Taliban attacked churches in Lahore, Pakistan with suicide bombers. Fifteen people, including eleven Christians and four Muslims, were killed and over 70 others were horribly wounded.


Daily Prayer – Friday 10 April 2015

Pray for 13 Egyptian Christians who were kidnapped in early January while working in Sirte, Libya, a city controlled by Islamist militias.


Daily Prayer – Saturday 11 April 2015

Pray for the friends and family of Dr Magdy Sobhy Tawfiq, his wife Sahar and their eldest daughter Catherine, following the murder of the Egyptian Christian family, who lived in Libya.


Al-Shabaab Declares Kenya Massacre Part of Islamic war on Christians

ICC Note: Militant Islamist terror group al-Shabaab leaves no doubt that they are waging war against Christians in Kenya, according to their own statements. Last week’s gruesome attack on Garissa University College killed 148 people, most of whom were Christians.


Hope and Anxiety After Muslim Buhari’s Presidential Win in Nigeria

ICC Note: Christians in northern Nigeria nervously brace for what the future holds now that the country has elected a Muslim president who has an outspoken history in support of the expansion of Sharia law.

The President vows “Iran will not get a nuclear weapon on my watch.” That’s only 20 months. What about after? Here’s the latest details on the draft nuclear deal & its flaws.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

NuclearDeal-cartoonOn April 2nd, President Obama announced “a historic understanding with Iran” which would “prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

On April 5th, the President told Tom Friedman of the New York Times, “I’ve been very clear that Iran will not get a nuclear weapon on my watch.”

Yet in the days that followed, the President admitted that Iran’s leaders could race to The Bomb with essentially no “break out” time and with very little way the world could stop them once the deal concluded in 13 to 15 years.

Specifically, the President noted that the deal would be “purchasing” a one year “break out” period during the life of the deal, meaning it would take at least a year for Iran to enrich enough uranium to military grade and build an operational nuclear weapon from the time it made the decision to do so, if it wasn’t already cheating…

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Your Politics are Literally Killing Us

Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

obama-wasserman-schultzSome might ask how Democrats can be so proud of their extreme position on abortion, but Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has doubled-down, insisting there be no limits on when a mother can end the life of her unborn baby. We can thank Rand Paul for challenging them to justify the murder of a seven-pound unborn baby even up until moments before being born.

Wednesday, Paul stated, “Ask her when life begins, and you ask Debbie when it’s okay to protect life. When you get an answer from Debbie, get back to me.”

Abortion being a sacrament to the left as well as big business leading to millions of dollars in donations, Shultz reiterated the Democrat Party demands no limits on abortion, adding, “I support letting women and their doctors make this decision without government getting involved. Period. End of story.”

Here’s the thing; most of us…

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And whenever you pray, do not be as the hypocrites

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

Οὕτως οὖν προσεύχεσθε ὑμεῖς· (Matthew 6:9a NA28)

You, therefore, pray in this way: (Matthew 6:9a translated from the NA28 Greek text)

The context of Matthew 6:9-13 from which get what is traditionally called “The Lord’s Prayer,” is, of course, Matthew 6, which is part of our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount. The theme of Matthew 6:1-18 (the context of vv 9-13) is found in v1, “Προσέχετε [δὲ] τὴν δικαιοσύνην ὑμῶν μὴ ποιεῖν ἔμπροσθεν τῶν ἀνθρώπων πρὸς τὸ θεαθῆναι αὐτοῖς· εἰ δὲ μή γε, μισθὸν οὐκ ἔχετε παρὰ τῷ πατρὶ ὑμῶν τῷ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς.” Or, “But be careful of demonstrating your righteousness before men with the aim to be seen by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father in heaven.” Our Lord gives an example in vv 2-4 of believers giving alms to the needy. Their motive is to be seen by others in order…

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