Daily Archives: April 13, 2015

April 13, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Collection

He that reads his Bible to find fault with it will soon discover that the Bible finds fault with him. —C.H. Spurgeon


Apr. 13, 2015


A fight next year over whether to allow recreational marijuana use in California may serve as a tipping point as legalization proponents press their campaign in other U.S. states.

President Obama, returning to Washington after a historic meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro, now faces the difficult work of tearing down bureaucratic barriers built up over five decades. First on the agenda will be determining whether to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Leading members of the New York City Council say they will call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to revise his budget for the next fiscal year to include hiring an additional 1,000 police officers, an increase of 2.8 percent.

Chinese, Russian and Saudi Arabian defense spending increased the most last year, while U.S. expenditures declined 6.5 percent in 2014, according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Pope Francis said the killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule during World War I was “genocide,” drawing a rebuke from Turkey, which has always rejected the charge.

There’s pent-up demand for the U.S. currency that will underpin years of appreciation because the world is “structurally short” the dollar, according to investor and former International Monetary Fund economist Stephen Jen.

No matter how much you earn, people who earn more than you are likelier to be healthier and live longer. That’s the takeaway from a new report.

The big money is selling in the U.S. government debt market. Pacific Investment Management Co.’s Total Return Fund, the world’s largest bond fund with $117.4 billion in assets, has cut way back on its holdings of U.S. securities.

Islamic State supporters claimed attacks on the vacated embassies of Morocco and South Korea in Tripoli, in the latest sign the group is seeking to exploit Libya’s instability.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX will make another attempt to precision-land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a custom-built ocean platform after Monday’s scheduled mission for NASA to resupply the International Space Station.

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One person was killed in a shooting on Monday morning at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and the campus was on lockdown as authorities searched for the shooter, according to media reports.

A Lamborghini that was part of an exotic car racing attraction at Walt Disney World crashed into a guardrail, killing a passenger and injuring the driver on Sunday.

A 65-year-old Berlin woman who already has 13 children is pregnant again with quadruplets.

President Vladimir Putin on Monday lifted the ban on Russia’s delivery of a sophisticated air defense missile system to Iran, the Kremlin said.

Taliban fighters swarmed over Afghan army posts in the country’s northeast, killing at least 18 soldiers and beheading some in a major attack to mark the start of the country’s summer fighting season.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider says a man died after shooting himself on the west front of the Capitol building, which triggered a roughly two-hour lockdown. No one else is hurt.

China is poised to overtake the US as the main cause of man-made global warming since 1990, the benchmark year for UN-led action, in a historic shift that may raise pressure on Beijing to act.

Beijing has scrapped unlimited entry to Hong Kong for mainland Chinese visitors whose voracious shopping for everything from baby milk powder to iPhones has emptied stores and stoked bitter resentment in the protest-hit city.

Brent crude rose towards $59 a barrel on Monday as a slowdown in U.S. drilling continued to support prices, offsetting a drop in Chinese oil imports.


A picture book about two male penguins raising a baby penguin has again made a list of books to have received the most complaints from library users.

Australia expects the plunging price of iron ore – its biggest export – to reduce revenue forecasts by $19bn over the next four years, Treasurer Joe Hockey has said.

A 47-year-old man faces 145 charges of rape, child exploitation and grooming offences allegedly committed in three Australian states.

Hundreds of thousands of people have joined peaceful demonstrations across Brazil against government corruption. Crowds were generally smaller than in March when more than 1.5 million people turned out.

Chinese police have freed three women’s rights activists who were held for more than a month, in a case that sparked an international outcry.

Iraq’s prime minister left for Washington for talks with President Obama, whom he is expected to ask for substantial weapons deliveries.


A lesbian couple with three foster children and a nine-year history of togetherness filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, challenging Guam’s implied ban on same-sex marriage.

Across the United States, concerned parents and students are refusing to participate in new tests aligned with the federal government’s Common Core state standards.

A Shiawassee County woman is suing Baker College after she claims she was kicked out of the school’s nursing program because she questioned lessons she claims encouraged students to lie to patients in order to get them vaccinated.

Russia lifts ban on delivery of S-300 missiles to Iran
President Vladimir Putin on Monday opened the way for Russia’s delivery of a sophisticated air defense missile system to Iran, a move that would significantly bolster the Islamic republic’s military capability.   

Nanoparticle liquid-metal ink allows standard inkjet printers to create flexible circuits
Researchers at Purdue University have shown how standard inkjet-printers can be employed to produce flexible electronic circuits from liquid-metal nanoparticle inks. This simple printing solution promises faster, cheaper, and easier production of stretchable, bendable electronics for clothing, soft robotics, and wearable devices.   

Jeb Bush: Obama Meets Castro But Snubs Netanyahu?
“Obama meets with Castro but refused to meet w/ @netanyahu. Why legitimize a cruel dictator of a repressive regime?” wrote Bush.   

Godless Britain? UK 6th from last in global belief poll
Britain is one of the least religious countries in the world, coming sixth from bottom in a global study of belief carried out across 65 countries. Win/Gallup International polling suggested that over 50 percent of Britons did not believe in any religion, 13 percent were committed atheists and that the rest were unsure how to define their beliefs.   

Sprawling more than 120,000 km from end to end, the sunspot group has several dark cores as large as Earth. Of greater interest is the region’s potential for flares. AR2321 has an unstable “beta-gamma-delta” magnetic field that harbors energy for strong eruptions.   

Almost half of Israelis say another Holocaust is possible
The annual study, released ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins on the evening of April 15 this year, found that 46 percent of Israelis believe a second Holocaust can happen, five percentage points higher than last year. And a similar number of Israel’s 189,000 Holocaust survivors, or 47%, agree.   

Is World War III coming soon?
Strange mix of media, religious, political leaders all uttering the unthinkable. A growing list of commentators, politicians and religious leaders appear to sense something big, something ominous, is hiding around the corner. Is this just foolish speculation, or are they onto something?   

Euro tumbles towards $1.05 as dollar comeback continues
The euro tumbled back towards $1.05 on Monday, hitting its weakest in four weeks as the dollar’s resurgence continued on bets the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates from their historic lows in the coming months.   

magnitude three.five tremor jolts L.A.
A magnitude three.5 earthquake was reported Sunday night about a half mile from View-Park Windsor Hills in South Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.   

Weak China trade data hammers Aussie, weighs on Europe shares
A shock fall in Chinese exports hammered the Australian dollar on Monday, though expectations of fresh economic stimulus from Beijing helped Asian stocks higher Chinese shares, which have been rallying on expectations of further steps to boost the economy, hit seven-year highs on Monday even after data showed exports fell 15 percent in March while imports contracted at their fastest rate since May 2009.   

Taliban attack kills 18 Afghan soldiers; some beheaded
Taliban fighters swarmed over Afghan army posts in the country’s northeast, killing at least 18 soldiers and beheading some in a major attack to mark the start of the country’s summer fighting season, authorities said Monday. The assault marks a grim first summer battle for Afghan forces, now fighting largely alone after the U.S. and NATO ended their combat mission in the country at the start of this year.   

Islamic State claims attacks on two embassies in Libya
Islamic State militants have claimed responsibility for two bomb attacks on embassies in Libya in the latest strikes against foreigners, embassies or oilfields in the country. A bomb exploded at the gate of the Moroccan embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli early on Monday, causing some damage but hurting nobody, a security official said, only hours after gunmen attacked South Korea’s mission in the city.   

Islamic State conflict: Iraq PM to seek weapons on US visit
Iraq’s prime minister is leaving for Washington for talks with US President Barrack Obama, whom he is expected to ask for substantial weapons deliveries. Haider al-Abadi will also seek to agree a strategy for dislodging Islamic State (IS) militants from the large parts of the country which they still control. Last week, Mr Abadi launched a campaign to drive them out of Iraq’s biggest province, Anbar, west of Baghdad.   

Siberia wildfires kill 15 as thousands of Russians flee
Wildfires have killed at least 15 people and injured about 400 in the Khakassia region of southern Siberia, Russian media report. Officials say the fires, fuelled by high winds and dry weather, destroyed 1,200 houses in 30 towns and villages. Firefighters have now managed to extinguish the flames, the Rossiya 24 TV news channel reports.   

Iran suspends Saudi Arabia pilgrimage over alleged sexual assault of 2 boys
Iran has suspended flights to Saudi Arabia for the year-round Umrah Islamic pilgrimage over allegations that Saudi security officers sexually assaulted two Iranian boys, Culture Minister Ali Jannati said on Monday. The move is likely to deepen tensions between the two regional powers, who are at odds over the war in Yemen.   

Iraqi city of Nimrud stood for 3,000 years, until ISIS
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has released a new video showing what appears to be the terror group’s destruction of an ancient city in Iraq. It was a city that stood for 3,000 years, reduced to dust in a matter of seconds. That’s what new video from ISIS purports to show. It cannot be independently verified.   

Six killed in car bomb explosion outside police station in Egypt’s Sinai
A suspected car bomb exploded at the entrance of a main police station in the capital of Egypt’s northern Sinai province, killing at least six, including a police officer and injuring several civilians, Egyptian officials said.   

Hundreds of thousands rally against corruption in Brazil
Hundreds of thousands of people have joined peaceful demonstrations across Brazil against government corruption. Crowds were generally smaller than in March when more than 1.5 million people turned out.   

Israel’s Netanyahu says sanctions should remain on Iran
As the international community moves to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran, Israel’s prime minister says crippling sanctions should be maintained against the Islamic Republic until the country ends its regional “aggression.”   

World powers call for ‘unconditional’ Libya ceasefire
European powers and the United States pressed Libya’s rival factions Sunday to set an “unconditional” ceasefire at talks on forming a unity government to halt the country’s conflict. The Islamist-backed Fajr Libya militia alliance seized Tripoli in August and installed a government and a parliament opposed to the elected legislature and the country’s internationally-recognized government, both of which have taken refuge in the country’s far east.  

Daily Digest

April 13, 2015


“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.” –Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833


Obama Revises His 2008 Messianic Message on Economy

During his visit to Jamaica, Barack Obama diverted attention away from his failed fiscal policies by further demonizing Wall Street and Big Business. When asked what advice he’d give to himself in 2008, Obama said he would dial back on his “Yes we can” rah rah rah: “I would have probably advised was that I might have needed to warn the American people and paint a picture for them that was more accurate about the fact that it would take some time to dig ourselves out of a very big hole. … I think I would have advised myself to do a better job spending more time not just getting the policy right, but also describing it in ways that people understood, that gave them confidence in their own future.” Translation: He would further temper his messianic save-the-economy rhetoric with even more blaming George W. Bush. There’s something noble about a leader who can only promise, as Winston Churchill did, “blood, toil, tears and sweat.” But that kind politician advocates for personal responsibility — something Obama’s never heard of. More…

Mass Exodus From ME Welfare Program as State Requires Work

Let’s say you live in the great state of Maine, down on your luck and needing some kind of social safety net to get you through. Would you say that spending at least 20 hours volunteering, working or participating in a work-training program is a fair trade-off for getting on the state’s food stamp program? Even if you spend all your time playing “Call of Duty,” surely you could carve out some time on the weekends to volunteer at the local animal shelter. But that requirement was too tough for 9,000 Mainiacs. Some 12,000 people were on Maine’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program before Jan. 1. After the government started enforcing the 20-hour rule, however, only 2,680 people stayed. Maine’s Department of Health and Human Service’s Commissioner, Mary Mayhew, told the Associated Press, “If you’re on these programs it means you are living in poverty and so the more that we can help incentive people on that pathway to employment and self-sufficiency the better off they’re going to be.” While states like Georgia dabbled with drug testing welfare recipients (which had spotty results), it seems like the best way to help “the least of these” and prevent welfare fraud is to require a bit of honest work. More…

Jihadi Bomb Plot Foiled in Kansas

On the day Fort Hood victims received their Purple Hearts, CBS News reports on the latest attempted jihad against the U.S. military on American soil: “A 20-year-old man has been charged with planning a suicide bomb attack against the Fort Riley military base in Kansas, in an alleged plot to support the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), federal prosecutors said Friday. John T. Booker, of Topeka, was arrested Friday morning while trying to arm what he thought what a 1,000-pound bomb inside a van near the base, according to court documents.” Booker also goes by the name Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, which might give a clue as to his motive. He didn’t exactly keep it a secret, though, posting on Facebook last year, “I will soon be leaving you forever so goodbye! I’m going to wage jihad and hopes that i [sic] die.” He’s also merely one in a series of would-be ISIL jihadis foiled in their attempts to attack America. More…

Indiana Pizza Parlor Reopens Without Fanfare

The Left, incensed that owners of Memories Pizza would decline to cater a same-sex wedding because of religious objections, tried to protest the pizza parlor serving a one traffic-light Indiana town out of existence. Due to the threats, Kevin O’Connor closed his shop for eight days. But he reopened April 9 to a full restaurant and not a protester in sight, according to the Associated Press. “I’d do the same thing again,” O’Connor told the AP. “It’s my belief. It’s our belief. It’s what we grew up on. I’m just sorry it comes to this because neither one of us dislike any of those people. I don’t hold any grudges.” During the time his business was shuttered, a producer from The Blaze created a fund for the pizza shop that collected over $800,000 in donations. So are the owners rolling in the dough? (‘Scuse the pun.) “It was really making us uncomfortable,” O’Connor said. After spending a bit on his pizza parlor, he’ll donate some of it to charity. So much for the Left’s conspiratorial explanation of the donations as some kind of guerrilla marketing campaign. The Left couldn’t sustain its rage. What’s left is an operating pizza parlor and the disturbing realization that the Left trivializes religious liberty. More…

Ease With Marxism Behind Diplomatic Thaw With Cuba

On one hand, Barack Obama’s face-to-face meeting with Cuban leader Raul Castro, which culminated in a handshake, was a failure. Before the meeting, Obama didn’t re-establish a U.S. embassy in Cuba, nor did he scrub the Pearl of the Antilles from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. But in his handshake with Castro, Obama extended goodwill towards Marxism. Furthermore, the two talked by phone ahead of their meeting and the State Department officially released its recommendation to no longer recognize Cuba as a sponsor of terrorism. Cuba was the only country on the short list that supported Marxist terror groups (the rest were countries like Iran that feed Islamic terrorism), which shows that some regard Marxism as no longer a threat. As we wrote back in December when the Obama administration first announced these deals with Cuba, “[T]he U.S. was in prime position to negotiate for human rights improvements in Cuba. Instead, Obama just offered Cuba a huge influx of dollars for nothing in return.” More…



Is Anybody ‘Ready for Hillary’?


In perhaps the least surprising presidential campaign announcement of all time, Hillary Clinton declared her second bid for a second stint in the White House. It could be, however, that the only one “Ready for Hillary” is Hillary. Because it’s really her turn this time. Don’t screw it up, America.

Her quandary is simple: What do you do when you need to promote the notion that an individual is a “champion of the middle class” when that individual is the poster child of the celebrity governing elite?

You build a marketing campaign around the mirage with a tightly controlled, choreographed public-relations script. And you delete a few thousand emails along the way.

Hillary’s Sunday afternoon video announcement was characteristic of a weak candidate with enough unclaimed baggage to open an outlet store. After all, Hillary’s known for three things, none of which are her personal achievements: Her marriage to Bill, her corrupt influence peddling and her personal email server.

To adequately manage expectations of a hyped Clinton candidate who possesses none of the charisma and friendly persona of her husband, Team Hillary will have to be run very much like Sunday’s rollout — heavily scripted with surrogates on attack against any who dare challenge the machine.

But let’s face it: Hillary isn’t exactly facing stiff competition. Apologies to Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee, two white guys in a party running away from white guys.

In vivid contrast to the announcements of Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, which featured exuberant crowds, upbeat music and soaring vision, the Clinton campaign was a sterile marketed message, plain and simple.

Through a 140-character social media platform, Twitter, and a two-minute video production, the message was, “Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.” She followed with vignettes of “everyday Americans” who could do with a little help from Clinton.

One couple spoke of their move to access a better school. But that serves only to remind voters that Hillary is of the party opposed to school choice. If you can’t move, you’re stuck in a failing school.

In another shot of “everyday Americans,” two men strolling hand-in-hand down a street were said to have upcoming wedding nuptials. There was no mention, however, whether Christian bakeries, photographers or wedding planners would be coerced into service for the wedding arrangements.

Hillary’s voiceover proclaimed that “when America’s families are strong, America is strong.” Yet her party has done so much to dismantle and undermine the family through redefining marriage and 50 years of destructive “Great Society” wealth redistribution. Her party ensures single moms receive their government check and cheaper ObamaCare insurance while married couples are left paying a tax penalty.

But, remember, when you can’t package your authentic stances in a positive manner, you market an image with the help of a supporting cast of characters known as the presstitutes to parrot your hypocritical and deceptive talking points. Hillary is both being marketed and protected by the presstitutes who ably provided cover for Barack Obama through the years. After all, this gaggle serves as the unpaid communications staff to all things DNC.

Hillary Clinton has been first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state. Yet her campaign website looks more like a cross between a Lady’s Home Journal and an HGTV landing page — nice pictures with places to sign up and engage, but not a single issue stance.

Expect more of Sunday’s same for the next year and a half, as Hillary Clinton becomes the nominee for the intellectually bankrupt Democrat Party — a marketed mirage speaking to vacuous generalities.

Hillary will appear to be everywhere and accessible to all. In reality, she’ll be accessible only to her own champions and hiding from the unscripted world. But hey, if she wins, maybe she’ll return the silverware she stole when she left “dead broke” last time.

Yeah, About That Nuclear Deal…


Congressional Democrats began a coordinated attack last week against the effort to give Congress a say in the nuclear deal with Iran. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) has proposed legislation that would make Congress, not the president, the deciding authority on whether or not to relieve sanctions against Iran, since those sanctions were put in place by Congress. Some Democrats are on board with Corker’s plan, but will they hold the line?

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Colleges or Nursery Schools?


The University of Michigan is the latest American campus determined to prove that the central premise of higher education — the free and open exchange of competing ideas — is a cruel hoax. Last Tuesday, in a spasm of oh-so familiar political correctness, UM initially canceled a scheduled showing of “American Sniper” after 300 students and others whined about the “negative and misleading stereotypes” of Muslims portrayed in the film. As pathetic as that outburst was, the Center for Campus Involvement (CCI) that oversees student activities managed to top it, saying, “While our intent was to show a film, the impact of the content was harmful, and made students feel unsafe and unwelcome at our program.”

But wait, it actually got even more absurd.

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The Gipper: “Cures were developed for which there were no known diseases.”

Columnist Burt Prelutsky: “[M]ost Republican voters aren’t even sure at this point whether they favor Walker or Bush, Cruz or Paul, Rubio or Fiorina. The party is still more than a year away from selecting a nominee, but I can assure you that once that’s been decided, Hillary Clinton is unlikely to lead in the polls. For one thing, Obama will leave the White House under a far darker cloud than did George W. Bush. That means Hillary will have to run against his policies, which will turn off Obama’s greatest admirers, especially among blacks. On the other hand, if she adopts his anti-Israel policies, she will turn off a sizable number of wealthy Jews. If she veers in the opposite direction, she will antagonize an even larger number of liberal Jews. As a woman pushing 70, she will hardly be attractive to young voters. As someone who has already spent eight years in the White House, she won’t have the advantage of running as either a newcomer or a Washington outsider. And with all of that, she will also be toting more baggage than a team of bellhops.”

Columnist Larry Kudlow: “Gen. Jack Keane believes President Obama has had a grand-bargain vision for Iran since 2009. The nuclear deal is just one part of it. That’s why Obama gave no help to the million Iranian reformers who marched in protest of the phony 2009 elections. That’s why Obama didn’t help the Syrian rebels, why he’s had such a cold relationship with Israel, why he gave speeches blaming America for Arab unrest and why until very recently he didn’t give any help to Egyptian president al-Sisi. Obama believes in detente with Iran as a pathway to U.S. disengagement from the region. But Iran is our enemy, whether the president believes it or not. And if we cut deals that allow Iran to continue its terrorist and hegemonic activities, the Obama administration will have created an unbelievable Middle East powder keg, setting the stage for a conflict that could possibly dwarf any we’ve seen before. This is the worst U.S. foreign policy of my lifetime. It may be the worst in American history.”

Comedian Jimmy Fallon: “In a new interview, the president discussed the upcoming election. He said that Hillary Clinton is going to do great as a presidential candidate. When asked how Biden would do, Obama said, ‘Hillary’s going to do great.'”

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Canada Hit Plus Another New Madrid Earthquake— What Is Going On In The Midwest?

Posted: 13 Apr 2015 08:01 AM PDT

Canada Hit Plus Another New Madrid Earthquake— What Is Going On In The Midwest?Another earthquake has struck along the New Madrid Seismic Zone.   A 2.9M (2.7 magnitude revised) along the border of Southern Missouri. After months of silence, we have now seen three earthquakes strike Missouri in the past week. On April 2nd a 4.0 magnitude (downgraded to 3.7) struck directly along the New Madrid near the Missouri Tennessee border, this was followed 2 days later on April 4th by a 2.6M in central West Missouri, now today April 12th another 2.9M along the New Madrid(downgraded to 2.7M).Directly following the 4.0 magnitude event on the New Madrid, within the week a mine collapsed , along with a large methane release in South Central Illinois. MORE

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New Museum to Present ‘Overwhelming Evidence for Creation’

Posted: 13 Apr 2015 07:55 AM PDT

New Museum to Present ‘Overwhelming Evidence for Creation’A Christian group in Idaho has unveiled plans for a new creation museum that would display scientific evidence for the Bible’s creation account and expose weaknesses in the evolutionary theory. Northwest Science Museum is an organization headquartered in Boise that aspires to construct a large natural history museum with exhibits detailing the earth’s history according to the biblical worldview. If built, the museum would likely be located on Interstate 84, somewhere between Boise and Nampa. “We want to show a lot of science that’s being censored and not presented to the public,” Doug Bennett, the museum’s executive director, told the Idaho Statesman. Currently, the group is operating a small “Vision Center” in Boise that houses various scientific specimens and artifacts, including fossils, petrified relics, and ancient dinosaur eggs. Eventually, the museum team hopes to display these and many other exhibits in the full museum. “Providing relevant and current creation science information to the public is what Northwest Science Museum is all about,” Bennett told Christian News Network. “The museum will create permanent exhibits that will educate people of all ages about the most exciting emerging creation science in an accessible and interactive manner.” The museum’s board of directors hopes to show Christians that science, correctly understood, corroborates the Bible’s accounts. MORE

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Could Gay Nuptials Bring God’s Judgment on Cowardly Church Leadership?

Posted: 13 Apr 2015 07:50 AM PDT

Could Gay Nuptials Bring God's Judgment on Cowardly Church Leadership?The blockbuster Disney classic, Cinderella repeats this advice throughout: “Have courage and be kind.” Tragically the overwhelming majority of Christian leaders have not followed this biblical admonition regarding LGBT deceit and now the day of reckoning is at hand. Kudos to those leaders who have demonstrated courage over the past decade but to those who have fallen short, may this commentary provide challenge and conviction. Homosexuality is labeled as “unnatural,” “indecent,” “impure,” “shameful,” “degrading” and a “perversion” (Rom.1:24-27) by a loving and holy God and if 2-3 percent practice this lifestyle, it is and always will be sinful behavior. For the record, deception can be humorous, humane or harmful. Guess which one has been given a “full-court press” by gay activists to dupe the masses in America? Humorous deception is what I engaged in to fool my adult son on April 1. Although he alerted people the night before on Facebook about my pranks that yearly trick him, I still got him! Sending a florist to his home with an attractive package, he thought he was receiving a monetary gift towards his upcoming third adoption. Instead he opened it excitedly to find a wilted flower and the message “Gotcha!” scribbled on the bottom of the box. A BMW dealership placed an ad in the newspaper offering a free BMW the same day for the first person bringing in their old vehicle. Yeah, right! Everyone dismissed it as a joke except the woman who brought in her 15-year-old station wagon and drove away with the new $50,000 BMW. Her license plate reads “NO FOOL!” MORE

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You Won’t Believe How Many Christian Business Owners Are Under LGBT Fire

Posted: 13 Apr 2015 07:45 AM PDT

You Won't Believe How Many Christian Business Owners Are Under LGBT FireHysteria over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act has drowned out one critical question: Who are the florist and baker that ABC’s George Stephanopoulos hounded Gov. Mike Pence about? When Americans learn what that florist and baker are threatened with, we face an emerging trend that will destroy companies and jobs, and the chilling specter of what sort of a nation we are becoming. The florist is 70-year-old grandmother Baronelle Stutzman of Washington state. A longtime gay customer—with whom she had a warm relationship—wanted her to do flower arrangements for his gay wedding. Mrs. Stutzman, a Southern Baptist, explained her Christian belief that marriage is between a man and woman, and thus could not participate in a gay wedding. Washington’s attorney general prosecuted her, pursuing not only her business but also Mrs. Stutzman personally. A state judge has ruled against her, and she faces the loss of her life’s savings and even her home. The baker is Jack Phillips, who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado. When he declined two gay men’s order to bake a cake celebrating gay marriage (though the men were welcome to buy any of the premade cakes off the shelf), they officially complained that Mr. Phillips violated Colorado’s civil-rights law. MORE

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Gateway to hell? Locals terrified by 800C flaming sinkhole which has appeared in mountains

Posted: 13 Apr 2015 07:40 AM PDT

Gateway to hell? Locals terrified by 800C flaming sinkhole which has appeared in mountains The 800C fire hole, which has all the appearances of a gateway to Hades, was discovered by villagers in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjianag in north-western China last week.  Although superstitious residents are steering clear baffled geologists and mining experts have flocked to catch a glimpse of the strange hole.  Even two metres away the heat blasting from the 80cm wide hole has been measured at 792C (1457F). The intense heat is making it difficult for experts to get close enough to determine the hole’s depth. Superstitious Chinese villagers have branded it a “gateway to hell”. But experts from Xinjiang Meitian Geological Bureau said the hill is not a volcanic area and the hole is probably formed by a spontaneous combustion of coal, which causes the surface layer to collapse.  Geologist Hu Tan, who is leading the investigation, said: “The air blasting out of the hole is so hot, that if you hold a branch near to it bursts into flames. “Although it is unusual, we’re pretty certain that it has been caused by the spontaneous combustion of coal.” His colleague, mining expert Cao Jianwen, said the area used to be a coal mine back in the 1970s and there were documented examples of similar phenomena from previous years. He added: “We have recorded a temperature of around 792C, which is pretty hot and I can understand that locals are superstitious. FULL REPORT

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Magma rising at the Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica

Posted: 13 Apr 2015 07:32 AM PDT

Magma rising at the Turrialba Volcano in Costa RicaEarth scientists at the National Seismology Network (Spanish initials: RSN) of the University of Costa Rica issued a statement yesterday that underscores the need for emergency planning and disaster preparedness in the communities near the Turrialba volcano, in the province of Cartago. Magmatic levels at this active colossus are rising, and they are now just hundreds of meters away from the crater. The brave RSN geologists, volcanologists and seismologists reached the summit of the Turrialba on Friday, and they found what they considered to be: Undisputed evidence of the presence of fresh chunks of lava, which were ejected in incandescent form and in a molten state [during previous eruptions]. These rocks indicate, without a doubt, the presence of young volcanic matter and fresh lava, which is just a few hundred meters beneath the surface of the active crater system. These lava fragments represent baby volcanic rocks in Costa Rica; they are just five days old. Their composition seems to correspond to basaltic andesite [black volcanic rock], which is made up of minerals such as olivine and pyroxene [among others]. This type of lava is normal insofar as the volcanology of the active mountain ranges of our country. FULL REPORT

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Scientists take aim at Four Corners to unravel methane mystery

Posted: 13 Apr 2015 07:23 AM PDT

Scientists take aim at Four Corners to unravel methane mysteryResearchers from several institutions are in the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest with a suite of airborne and ground-based instruments, aiming to uncover reasons for a mysterious methane “hot spot” detected from space. “With all the ground-based and airborne resources that the different groups are bringing to the region, we have the unique chance to unequivocally solve the Four Corners mystery,’ said Christian Frankenberg, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, who is heading NASA’s part of the effort. Other investigators are from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Last fall, researchers including Frankenberg reported that a small region around the Four Corners intersection of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah had the highest concentration of methane over background levels of any part of the United States. An instrument on a European Space Agency satellite measuring greenhouse gases showed a persistent atmospheric hot spot in the area between 2003 and 2009. The amount of methane observed by the satellite was much higher than previously estimated. The satellite observations were not detailed enough to reveal the actual sources of the methane in the Four Corners. Likely candidates include venting from oil and gas activities, which are primarily coalbed methane exploration and extraction in this region; active coal mines; and natural gas seeps. Researchers from CIRES, NOAA’s Earth Systems Research Laboratory and Michigan are conducting a field campaign called TOPDOWN (Twin Otter Projects Defining Oil Well and Natural gas emissions) 2015, bringing airborne and ground-based instruments to investigate possible sources of the methane hot spot. The JPL team will join the effort on April 17-24. The groups are coordinating their measurements, but each partner agency will deploy its own suite of instruments. FULL REPORT


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‘Aggressive’ Russian fighter jet intercepts Air Force reconnaissance flight over the Baltic Sea

Posted: 13 Apr 2015 07:01 AM PDT

‘Aggressive’ Russian fighter jet intercepts Air Force reconnaissance flight over the Baltic Sea In a maneuver with ominous echoes of the Cold War, a Russian fighter jet ‘aggressively’ intercepted an American plane over Poland, the Pentagon claims. Filing an official complaint to Russia, the State Department alleges a U.S. RC-135U reconnaissance aircraft was flying near the Baltic Sea in international airspace when a Russian SU-27 Flanker cut into its path. Pentagon officials have slammed the move as ‘unprofessional’ and ‘unsafe’. Spokesman Mark Wright told CNN the Russian jet performed ‘aggressive maneuvers’ at high speed in close proximity to the plane. He added that the State Department will consequently be filing a complaint to Russia ‘through diplomatic channels’. FULL REPORT


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Fukushima Robot Dies Three Hours After Entering Radioactive Reactor Vessel

Posted: 13 Apr 2015 06:53 AM PDT

Fukushima Robot Dies Three Hours After Entering Radioactive Reactor Vessel

Decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has suffered a setback after a robot sent in to a damaged reactor to locate melted fuel stalled hours into its mission and had to be abandoned.

The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said the robot stopped moving on Friday during its first inspection of the containment vessel inside reactor No 1, one of the three reactors that suffered meltdown after the plant was struck by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

Tepco, which recently conceded that the technology for robots to retrieve the nuclear fuel had yet to be developed, said on Monday it would cut the cables to the stranded robot and postpone a similar inspection using a separate device.

Developed by Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy and the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning, the robot was supposed to be able to function for about 10 hours even when exposed to radiation at levels that would cause ordinary electronic devices to malfunction.

The “transformer” robot, which can alter its shape depending on its surroundings, was sent in to photograph the inside of the reactor containment vessel and record temperatures and radiation levels.

It had covered 14 of 18 locations when it stalled, about three hours after it began its journey around the vessel, officials said, adding that they had yet to establish the cause of the problem.

More than four years after Fukushima Daiichi suffered the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl a quarter of a century earlier, radiation levels inside the three reactors are still far too high for humans to enter.

Tepco is pinning its hopes on a new generation of remote-controlled robots, the first of which will monitor the state and location of the melted fuel before others remove it from the reactors’ outer containers. FULL REPORT

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3.5 Earthquake rattles Los Angeles

Posted: 13 Apr 2015 06:44 AM PDT

3.5 Earthquake rattles Los AngelesA magnitude 3.5 earthquake was reported Sunday night about a half mile from View-Park Windsor Hills in South Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:17 p.m. Pacific time and occurred at a depth of 6 miles, according to the USGS. Although tremors were felt across large swaths of Southern California, the epicenter was located near the Baldwin Hills oil fields and the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, about eight miles west of downtown Los Angeles. The proximity to the oil fields left some to speculate on social media that the earthquake owed to heavy drilling in the area. But Dr. Lucy Jones, a USGS seismologist, wrote on Twitter that the quake occurred near the Newport-Inglewood fault and at a depth “way below the oil fields.” “The focal mechanism matches the Newport Inglewood fault which was producing [earthquakes] long before we were pumping oil,” Jones wrote.The epicenter was about 2,000 feet from that of a magnitude 2.5 earthquake which was reported at 4:35 p.m. The smaller quake was a foreshock that typically precedes larger seismic activity, Jones said. A 1.3 magnitude afterschock occurred at 10:37 p.m. FULL REPORT

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Hillary Clinton announces candidacy, facing different Democratic Party than her husband 

What does Hillary stand for?, The Economist

A contest, or a coronation?, The Economist

2) Worldview contrasts within and between two political parties stronger than ever in 2016 campaigns

3) US nuclear agreement with Iran strained by lack of worldview unity between two nations

Iran’s Supreme Leader Says Sanctions Must Lift When Nuclear Deal Is Signed, New York Times (Thomas Erdbrink and David E. Sanger)

Containing Iran’s nuclear intoxication, Washington Post (George Will)

The Iran Deal and Its Consequences, Wall Street Journal (Henry Kissinger and George P. Schultz)

The fatal flaw in the Iran deal, Washington Post (Charles Krauthammer)

The Revolution Lives!, New York Times (David Brooks)
In other news…

Bangladesh braced for protests after Islamist leader’s execution, The Guardian (Saad Hammadi and Jason Burke)

Not just for straight couples: British rabbi to launch matchmaker service for gays, Religion News Service (Trevor Grundy)

Sex Education in Europe Turns to Urging More Births, New York Times (Danny Hakim)

Can churches disagree and still stay together?, Religion News Service (Jonathan Merritt)
Questions For Indiana’s Critics, New York Times (Ross Douthat)
Paternalism 2.0, The Economist

How’s Your Spiritual Warfare Going?

He was encroaching on enemy territory and the enemy retaliated. Prayer quickly delivered him from the attack.

He notes that he’s normally upbeat and not prone to depression. While everyone gets discouraged occasionally – and while there may well be psychological and medical reasons for sudden depression – when it strikes suddenly for no obvious reason, it might be a spiritual attack. Ingram identifies five specific times when Christians can expect these attacks:

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How the FBI is whitewashing the Saudi connection to 9/11

Just 15 days before the 9/11 attacks, a well-connected Saudi family suddenly abandoned their luxury home in Sarasota, Fla., leaving behind jewelry, clothes, opulent furniture, a driveway full of cars — including a brand new Chrysler PT Cruiser — and even a refrigerator full of food.

About the only thing not left behind was a forwarding address. The occupants simply vanished without notifying their neighbors, realtor or even mail carrier.

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Fantasy Land

The idea that America can trust Iran is a dangerous fantasy. The idea that Pres. Obama can abandon Israel without America coming under the strong and irresistible judgment of God is fantasy. His thinking is unsafe at best and anti-Semitic, traitorous and blasphemous at worst. It is either deranged or evil and neither one is good for America or the world.

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Team Hillary Aiming to Raise $2.5 Billion

The Times notes that much the enthusiasm from big-money donors “is tied to the chance to make history by electing a woman president” and “a lack of compelling alternatives in a party trying desperately to hold on to the White House when Republicans control the House and the Senate.”

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Lawlessness and Global Transformation: How it Sets the Stage – Part 1

Jan talks to Michele Bachmann for the hour in part one of a two-part series dealing with end-times, government, America, Israel, the Mideast, and more. How is the present lawlessness setting the stage for the final scenario? They discuss the Iranian nuke deal, Islamists in the current administration, and much more and suggest all that is happening is setting the stage for all that the Bible outlines. Part two is next weekend. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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

Our entire way of life can be ended in a single day. And it wouldn’t even take a nuclear war to do it. All it would take for a rogue nation or terror organization to bring us to our knees is the explosion of a couple well-placed nuclear devices high up in our atmosphere. The resulting electromagnetic pulses would fry electronics from coast to coast …………. Click here for full story

40 Jihadis Who Joined ISIS Return To U.S.

Dozens of American jihadis who fought in the war in Iraq and Syria have returned to the United States equipped with the training they used fighting either for or against ISIS, according to one federal official………. Click here for full story

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

Barack Obama is absolutely obsessed with getting the Jewish people and the Palestinians to agree to a peace deal which will permanently divide the land of Israel between those two peoples. Barack Obama insists that such an agreement will bring permanent peace to the region, even though no previous agreement between the Jewish people and the Palestinians has lasted very long at all ……….. Click here for full story

Christian Churches ‘Must Be Made’ To Affirm Homosexuality, Says New York Times Columnist

A New York Times columnist and a corporate leader have agreed that Christian churches “must” be convinced, or coerced, to change their teachings on sexual morality and abandon an “ossified” doctrinal teaching that sex outside heterosexual marriage is immoral ……….. Click here for full story

‘Iran Helping Hamas, Hezbollah Build Fleet Of Suicide Drones’

Iran is building an explosive fleet of so-called “suicide kamikaze drones” while also providing know-how on assembling these new weapons to its terrorist allies Hamas and Hezbollah, according to a new report commissioned by the US Army ……… Click here for full story

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Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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He that reads his Bible to find fault with it will soon discover that the Bible finds fault with him. —C.H. Spurgeon


Did Jesus Talk about Homosexuality?

A student, Derwin Gray, asked me this summer if I thought porneia included same-sex relations. I said, “Yes, in general” but I wasn’t sure it was explicit. I spent some time this winter working on this term and I would now sharpen this point to say when the term porneia is used in a general sexual immorality sense, it refers for the Jew to Leviticus 18, which means it includes same-sex relations as one kind of sexual relation prohibited.

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Same-Sex “Marriage” is Becoming the Established Religion

What compelling government interest is there to force someone to support a same-sex wedding? It’s not like there is a shortage of people willing to do so. If a 70 year-old grandmother who is a florist can’t arrange flowers at your same-sex wedding, why not just go to someone else who would be happy to do it? Why don’t we ever hear about traditionalists suing gay business owners for refusing to print up anti-gay marriage fliers? “Tolerance” is a one-way street to the religion of sex.

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Can You Love Jesus and Hate Jesus’ Followers?

And so it is for us two millennia later. There’s no category in Christian discipleship that allows us to love the Lord and hate His people. Love is the distinguishing mark of a follower of Christ. This theology might not fit on a bumper sticker. But it does fit in the life of every faithful disciple.

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A Good Assistant Pastor Is Hard to Find

A good assistant pastor can be one of the greatest blessings a local church enjoys, or it can be one of its greatest struggles. He possesses the ability to support or divide, build or tear down, encourage or discourage. He can be a help or a detriment, a drain on the energies of the church and the senior pastor or one of their greatest refreshments. If you are a good one, keep at it. If you are looking for one, choose carefully. And if you have one, thank him.

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I find it strange that as a society we want to pick apart every ingredient and demonize every chemical (remember guys, water is a chemical…) but we are turned off by examining our own confession of faith. It is easy to be distracted by so-called toxins in the name of health and miss the true evil that is killing us all. And in effect, we miss the true Good. It’s not us and our activism against toxins. It’s the One who really is running the world, Jesus Christ.

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Did Early Christians Believe in Substitutionary Atonement?

But is it really true that the substitutionary view of the atonement was not found before the Middle Ages? Not at all. Such a claim can be readily refuted merely by examining the writings of the New Testament itself—particularly the letters of Paul. However, it is also worth noting that key elements of the substitutionary view were held by some of the earliest Christian writers. One example is the author of the Epistle to Diognetus from the early second century.

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9 Unbiblical Statements that Bible-Loving Christians Believe

The fact that many of us Christians believe these unbiblical statements shows our unfortunate overall biblical illiteracy. Instead of swallowing popular statements hook-line-and-sinker; may we be like the Bereans in the Book of Acts. When they heard Paul preach, they wanted to research the Scriptures themselves to authenticate what he was saying: “The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so (Acts 17:10 – 11).”

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Yes, You Can Please Your Father

Some of us have taken justification to mean we no longer have a dynamic relationship with our heavenly Father, as if God is indifferent to our sin and our obedience. But Scripture says we can grieve the Holy Spirit, and in Hebrews 12 we see that a father disciplines those he loves. God is not pleased when we sin. Or, as John Calvin puts it, God can be “wondrously angry with his children.”

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Are You Weak Enough for God to Use You?

by Katie Persinger

There aren’t many societies that praise weakness. Ours is no different. Whether you’re a pastor or a police officer, an on-the-go salesman or a stay-at-home mother, weakness is seen as a liability. Nobody wants to be weak. Strong is the name of the game.

Sadly, our obsession with strength blinds us to a key biblical truth: God uses the weak. It’s so pervasive that you’d be hard-pressed to find a book of the Bible that can’t be summarized this way. And yet despite being hard-wired into the very DNA of Scripture, we don’t really believe it. We still clamor after strength. But God doesn’t need our strength to deliver us. In fact, our strength is actually more of a liability than an asset.

I’ll go a step further: God is so single-minded in his preference for weakness, that when he wants to use us, he often begins by weakening us. Case in point: the Bible’s most courageous coward, Gideon.

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Progressive Christianity

Today we are looking at Progressive Christianity. It is an incredibly dangerous movement, and quite frankly, it is the yeast that has taken the Church away from the truth and toward a more tolerant, sin-affirming direction that is muddied with mushy theology. How can you tell if it has seeped into your church? And if […]

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A Radical Change

“Who do you say I am?” Mark 8:29 (NIV)

Come into the soul of a person who has been shown his (or her) sin and a proposal from the Savior through the work of the Holy Spirit:

Conscience calls the meeting: “I can’t handle this burden anymore.”

“We’ve been living like this for a long time,” said Memory.

“What’s brought this to a head?” asked Mind.

“Jesus,” said Conscience, “and we’re proposing a radical change.”

“Tell us more,” said Imagination, whose interest was immediately aroused.

“Jesus is offering us forgiveness and peace. I propose that we accept his offer.”

“He claims to be the Son of God,” says Mind, “and there’s good evidence to back up his claim. He’s the only one who can forgive us, and his Spirit can give us the power we need to change.”

“I can’t tell you what it would mean for me to have peace,” says Heart.

“I’m trying to picture this,” says Imagination. “His Spirit in the empty chair, with the six of us operating under his direction instead of doing our own thing? Everything would be different!”

“The case is overwhelming,” says Will. “Let’s tell him that we accept his terms.”

The motion was carried unanimously.

Can you imagine what it would be like to have the Spirit of God as the chairman of the Board of your soul, with your Heart, Mind, Will, Imagination, Conscience, and Memory operating under his direction instead of doing their own thing?

That’s this week’s LifeKEY!

Colin S. Smith

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

Finishing Strong

by Bill Muehlenberg

The longer I live, and the longer I live as a Christian, the more tragic cases I encounter of people I have known who were once vibrant Christians, but are now completely living as pagans, having resolutely rejected the Christian faith. I know of too many of these folks, and it breaks my heart.

They may have been very active in their churches, very much involved in Christian ministry, very keen to serve the Lord in various ways, but for one reason or another, they are now no longer walking with the Lord, and have turned their backs on all things Christian.

Of course each case is different, and these folks would likely offer all sorts of excuses and justifications for why they have rejected Christ and have gone back into the world. There may have encountered some hurt or rejection or betrayal along the way. Or they simply preferred the pleasures of sin for a season than the steadfast, resolute path of Christian discipleship.

And of course a major theological debate can arise here, but I will refrain from entering into it now. But one can of course ask if they were ever truly regenerate. Were they in fact real born-again Christians to begin with? As I say, it is not my purpose here to get into a knockdown, drag-out fight on questions of eternal security, falling away, and the like.

Those are of course very important issues, but here I simply want to point out two things: one, many people who have claimed to be followers of Christ are no longer following him, and two, there are plenty of warnings found in the New testament which we need to pay very close attention to.

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Hypocrisy, Discernment and Censure

by Bill Muehlenberg

That there is a lot of silly and sloppy thinking around goes without saying. And this is by no means limited to non-believers. There can be just as much foolish, illogical and confused thinking coming from believers as well. Mushy-mindedness seems to be an equal-opportunity disease.

Now I am not just praising mere intelligence. There are plenty of people who are quite intelligent but who are also quite stupid. A great mind in and of itself is no great value. But all people – especially believers – should try to use their God-given mind and not let it go to waste.

And many of the rather unintelligent things believers may say are not always fully their fault. Many have simply sucked up the prevailing wisdom of the age, and have simply uncritically accepted everything they encounter in the surrounding culture.

Thus when they open their mouths they simply utter the inanitiehypocrisys of the world around them. But Christians of all people are called to discern to evaluate, to test all things. We are not to think and act like the world. Quite the contrary, we are to have the mind of Christ and live like our Lord.

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The Subjective Essence of Atheism

by Michael

It is common for atheists to proclaim that “there is no evidence for God’s existence” as if this was some objective truth about our reality. Yet when someone says, “There is no evidence for God,” all they are really saying is “I don’t see any evidence for God.” This follows from understanding that evidence is interpreted data and as such ultimately relies on subjectivity. Evidence is conceived rather than sensed. We cannot measure “evidence.” We measure data and transform data into evidence with the act of thinking. In other words, evidence comes into existence only when the mind interprets data that are sensed. Given the existence of evidence depends on the subjective act of interpretation, it cannot escape its subjective aspect. Now, this does not mean evidence is entirely subjective. For its existence also depends on the data that are sensed. Thus recognizing the subjective aspect of evidence does not commit us to some full-blown, post-modern denial of objective reality. But it does mean that evidence is not some objective criterion that can decide an issue of dispute. Disputes are only resolved when a) data exist to be interpreted as evidence AND b) all minds agree to interpret the data similarly. We deceive ourselves if we treat evidence as an objective criterion.

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Hillary Clinton, Leader Of The Evil Party

I just watched the video launching Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. She’s a poor communicator and comes off as disingenuous. That’s nothing new. The video’s focus on helping the middle class is vague, unconvincing, and dubious coming from the Democratic party.

Joyful in Singleness part 4 conclusion: Personal Note and Opinion

Joyful in Singleness part 1
Joyful in Singleness part 2
Joyful in Singleness part 3Pastor, Christian Book reviewer, and blogger Tim Challies mentioned recently that in his search for recommendations of female conservative bloggers, he noticed that many of the blogs he found had gone cold. “Conservative female bloggers tend to publish less consistently than their male counterparts” he wrote. Subsequent to that observation, three of the women on his recommended blog list contacted Mr Challies to explain why. All were married.

The women bloggers mentioned a myriad of reasons why their essay production is slower than male counterparts, including the normal and reasonable fact that they have many demands on their time as either working mothers or stay at home moms. Challies illuminated the simple fact that many male theologian bloggers are employed or are in a career attached to theological writing, such as pastor, parachurch essayist, professor, or seminary student. A woman’s ‘day job’ often gives little time to theological writing at night.

Contrary to rumor, a single woman’s
life of service to the Lord
doesn’t look like this. It involves
dirty dishes, car breakdowns, and slogging
through difficult verses – alone

As a female Christian conservative blogger, I am also acutely aware, as are my sisters, that as women we must study harder and more deeply before writing, to ensure that we have not been deceived, deluded, or led astray, but that we understand the scriptures correctly. As women, the bible clearly shows that we have a tendency not to. We are the weaker vessel, it was the woman who was deceived. (1 Timothy 2:14). Thus, it takes longer to produce a piece, because so much prayer, study, more prayer, and editing are involved. At least, that is the case for me.

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Christian Pastors and Leaders – Exchanging the Word of God for a “New” Way of Doing Things

By David Dombrowski Editor at Lighthouse Trails The church of today is very much astir. Everywhere we turn, embellishments are being added to Christianity as if to improve it.

Why Suffering?

Ravi Zacharias speaks to the problem of suffering.

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A Brief History of Eternity

VGTH coverThis is a snippet from my book A Visitor’s Guide to Hell. The book is meant to help unbelievers understand (or believers explain) why Christians believe in Hell, and what the Bible teaches about it. Here’a snippet, followed by a link to a video clip promo of the book (comments about my mongrelised accent will be deleted!!)

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The Daily Discovery (April 13, 2015)

Theological Black Holes – “Just up the road from our house is a plaza or strip mall, a collection of 20 or 30 stores. This plaza has two large wings and right in the joint between the two wings is what must be the worst retail space in the city. At least, those of us who live here know that it is the worst retail space in the city. Aileen and I have been in this area for the past 15 years and in that time we have seen business after business try to make a go of it there, and not one of them has lasted for more than a couple of years. Several have lasted just a few months.”

The New ESV Bible App for IOS: Designed to Be the Most Intuitive and Elegantly Designed Bible App to Date – “My colleagues at Crossway have invested an enormous amount of time into receiving and listening to feedback and seeking to design the all-new ESV Bible app to be the most beautiful and intuitive Bible app currently available.”

The Battle of the Sexes Isn’t Our Battle to Fight – “In college, my friends and I used to play the game “Battle of the Sexes”. The point of the game is to see just how much you really know about the opposite sex. It’s a fairly harmless game that relies far more on stereotypes than it does on real facts about the differences between men and women (i.e. some women like sports, some men don’t), but the name of the game means something in our culture.”

Why I’m probably not live-blogging #TGC15 – “I stumbled into live-blogging almost by accident. It was my first TGC conference, back in 2011. I was attending and took copious notes and decided to post them on my site. That was literally all the foresight that went into it. After that, I did it again at T4G in 2012. And I was invited to live-blog a couple of other conferences. Then I came back to TGC in 2013 and live-blogged the pre-conference and all but one session of the main conference.”

Progressive Christianity – “Today we are looking at Progressive Christianity. It is an incredibly dangerous movement, and quite frankly, it is the yeast that has taken the Church away from the truth and toward a more tolerant, sin-affirming direction that is muddied with mushy theology. How can you tell if it has seeped into your church? And if it has, what – if anything – can you do about it.”


Paul Washer – Do you TRULY know the Lord?


10 Out of 10 People Die

Challenge Response: Same-Sex Marriage Gives Stability to Children

“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


All Roads Lead To Heaven?


Q. I was teaching the gospel to someone who claims to be a Christian but believes that every road leads to heaven. The person who I talked to said that the Bible mentions this in the beatitudes in Matt. 5:1-12. Who was Jesus talking about in this verse and what does it really mean?

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Aren’t They Saved?


Q. Re: Mt 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

I’ve never really understood this passage, It says these people prophesied and performed many miracles. Wouldn’t they have to be saved to be able to do this? Yet Jesus gives them the boot. I guessing they were never really saved but I was hoping you could shed some light of the subject. thanks!

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Prophecy And Prediction


Q. I have a question that I hope you can answer. Why does the Bible say it is wrong to consort with those who predict the future, when in fact it was prophecy – prediction – that told us of the coming of Jesus Christ? How can it be wrong? It feels like such a contradiction to me. Why are some called prophecy and others predictions anyway?

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ADORATION: Acknowledge God’s Incontestable Sovereignty and Irresistible Power


That his sovereignty is incontestable, and he is the owner and absolute Lord of all.

The heavens, even the heavens are yours, Psalm 115:16(ESV) and all their hosts. The earth is yours and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein. Psalm 24:1(ESV) In your hand are the depths of the earth, and the heights of the mountains are yours also: The sea is yours, for you made it, and your hands formed the dry land. Psalm 95:4-5(ESV) Every beast of the forest is yours, and the cattle on a thousand hills. Psalm 50:10(ESV) You are therefore a great God, and a great King above all gods. Psalm 95:3(ESV)

In your hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:10(ESV)

Your dominion is an everlasting dominion, and your kingdom endures from generation to generation: You do according to your will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay your hand or say to you, “What have you done?” Daniel 4:34-35(ESV) or “Why have you done that?”


That his power is irresistible, and the operations of it cannot be controlled.

We know, O God, that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Job 42:2(ESV) Power belongs to you; Psalm 62:11(ESV) and with you nothing is impossible. Luke 1:37(ESV)

All authority is yours, both in heaven and on earth. Matthew 28:18(ESV)

You kill, and you make alive; you wound, and you heal; and there is none that can deliver out of your hand. Deuteronomy 32:39(ESV)

What you have promised you are able also to perform. Romans 4:21(ESV)

Matthew Henry’s Method for Prayer

Our Time is Short

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

Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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Does the New Testament book of James undermine salvation by faith alone?


Theology that hits the spot Theology that hits the spot

Are people brought in a right relationship with God because God provides for their salvation, or must we do works in order to earn our place with God in the afterlife?

The Bible is pretty clear that God provides our salvation from our rebellion by himself, all we have to do is accept it.

Look at Romans 3:21-30:

21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,

22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;

25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith.

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GTY Blog: Submission Isn’t a One-Way Street

Selected Scriptures

Code: B150413

by John MacArthur

In many areas of life submission is a one-way street. Citizens must submit to the police, soldiers must submit to their commanding officers, and employees must submit to their employers. When that one-way street is violated, the violator usually loses. But in Scripture, submission among believers is a two-way street. And when that rule is violated, if affects everyone on the road.

While God’s Word commands submission within His design for the family, it’s a mutual submission between the husband and wife, one that seeks to put each other first (Philippians 2:3). That kind of submission is a far cry from the caricature of oppressive husbands and timid wives that the world mocks and despises.

And yet, it is obvious that the apostle Paul never imagined that the principle of mutual submission would completely overthrow the very idea of authority. If that was his intention, he would not have outlined the various roles in the family. Instead, he made it very clear that the husband is the head of the home and parents have a proper and essential role of authority over children.

Nonetheless, it is vital to notice that Paul began with the principle of mutual submission. That was his theme, and it was the fundamental principle that lay beneath everything else he said about the family. If you wanted one simple rule of thumb that would do more than anything else to ensure harmony and health in the family, it would be hard to think of anything more profound or more profitable than the simple command Paul used as a springboard into his extended discussion of family roles: “[Submit] to one another in the fear of Christ” (Ephesians 5:21).

What Submission Isn’t

Wives have often borne the brunt of Ephesians 5, as if this passage were all about the wife’s subservience and the husband’s dominance in the home. I have heard of more than one home where an overzealous, authoritarian husband constantly held verse 22 (“Wives, be subject to your own husbands”) over the wife’s head. The verse might as well be carved into a baseball bat and hung over the kitchen sink.

But that kind of attitude is a violation of the whole spirit of the passage. It’s interesting to note that in the Greek text, the word for “submit” doesn’t even appear in verse 22. The idea is certainly implied, but the Greek expression is elliptical, omitting the word submission, and relying on the force of verse 21 to make the meaning clear. In other words, a literal translation of verses 21–22 would read something like this: “Submit to one another in the fear of God. Wives, to your own husbands, as to the Lord.”

So keep in mind that Paul’s stress was first and foremost on the mutuality of submission. Everyone in the church is to submit to everyone else. The command to submit is not for wives only, but for husbands too. And verses 22–24 simply explain how wives are to submit to their husbands: with the same kind of respect and devotion that they owe to Christ.

Submissive Husbands

But if that’s the command Scripture gives to wives, does the principle of mutual submission really mean that the husband must submit to the wife as well? It certainly does. Paul went on to say in verses 25–29 that the husband owes the wife the same kind of love and devotion Christ showed for the church: “just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (v. 25). There is no greater act of submission than to die for someone, and that is precisely what Christ did for the church. Since husbands are commanded to love their wives the way Christ loved the church, this requires the ultimate self-sacrifice of submission and service on the wife’s behalf.

This does not mean, of course, that the husband is supposed to abdicate his God-ordained role of leadership and authority in the home. What it does mean is that the way he must exercise his leadership is not by lording it over his wife and family, but by serving them and sacrificing himself for them with a Christlike humility. He is to support his wife by helping bear her burdens and shoulder all her cares, even if it means sacrificing his own desires to meet her needs. It’s a different kind of submission—not submission to her as an authority figure, but a loving willingness to sacrifice for her, serve her, and seek her good. In other words, the godly husband’s main aim must be to please his wife rather than merely doing his own will and demanding that she get in line.

Paul also went on to suggest that there’s even a true sense in which the godly father must submit to his own children. Again, the father must do this not by abdicating his parental authority, but rather through sacrificial, unselfish service rendered for his children. In other words, he patterns his leadership after the example of Christ, whose meekness the prophets foretold:

He will not quarrel, nor cry out;
Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
A battered reed He will not break off,
And a smoldering wick He will not put out,
Until He leads justice to victory. (Matthew 12:19–20)

Here’s how Paul said a father ought to show submission to his own children: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

Of course, Paul also commanded children to obey their parents and servants to obey their masters. But he never envisioned submission as a one-way street. Like parents, masters must also show respect and kindness to their servants (6:9).

Sacrificial Submission

In the end, everyone in the household has a duty to submit at some point and in some specific way to everyone else. Yes, wives must submit to the leadership of their husbands. But husbands also must bow to the needs of their wives. Certainly children need to obey their parents. But parents also have a duty to serve and sacrifice for their children. Of course servants need to yield to the authority of their masters. But masters also are commanded to treat their servants with dignity and respect—esteeming even the lowliest servant better than themselves.

In other words, Paul commanded each Christian to be an example of submission and service to all others. That simple principle is the key to harmony and happiness in the home. Domineering men who try to use Ephesians 5 as a club to keep their wives in a kind of servile submission have missed the whole point of the passage. Even if God has given you a position of leadership, you have a duty to take the role of a servant—because that is precisely what Christ did for us.

Our Lord was very clear in His teaching on this matter. Matthew 20:25–27 records how Jesus called the disciples together and taught them this very lesson:

You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.

(Adapted from The Fulfilled Family.)

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Vigor, Exertion, Diligence, Faith

The Reformed Reader

Jacket William Wilberforce’s Real Christianity is a fascinating and helpful book first published in England in 1797 (with this title: “A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Higher and Middle Classes in This Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity”).  In this book Wilberforce criticizes the notion of being a Christian in name only, but not in faith and practice.  I’m not yet finished with the book, so I can’t give a full review, but I did want to point out a helpful section where Wilberforce talks about vigor, exertion, and diligence in the Christian faith.  Basically, he rebukes those who say they are Christians but don’t put any effort into growing in knowledge, faith, and obedience.

“How criminal, then, must this voluntary ignorance of Christianity and the Word of God appear in the sight of God.  When God of His goodness has granted us such…

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