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April 15, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Collection

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Apr. 15, 2015

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President Obama agreed to accept compromise Iran legislation that he didn’t want after it became clear that Democratic lawmakers would join with Republicans in demanding a say on the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.

President Obama agreed to accept compromise Iran legislation that he didn’t want after it became clear that Democratic lawmakers would join with Republicans in demanding a say on the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton was asked by a congressional panel in 2012 if she used a personal e-mail account and she didn’t respond, an aide to the former committee chairman said.

Mandatory water rationing struck California’s celebrity-filled enclave of Montecito last year and, within weeks, residents created a market based on avoidance. Gardens stayed lush and lawns verdant as citizens paid tanker trucks to deliver thousands of gallons to homes in the seaside suburb of Santa Barbara. They drilled in back yards, driving the county’s tally of new wells to a record. Some simply paid fines for exceeding allocations, padding the water district’s budget by more than $2 million.

The group, also known as ISIS or Da’esh, is already turning to the next generation to ensure its legacy of extremism and brutal violence endures as a U.S.-led offensive chips away at areas it controls in Iraq and Syria. Using recruitment offices in Syria called “Cubs of the Caliphate,” the al-Qaeda breakaway group is incorporating young Muslims into its ranks, sending some into battle or having them shoot hostages.

Bank of America Corp., the second-biggest U.S. lender by assets, posted a $3.36 billion first-quarter profit that beat analysts’ estimates, as legal costs tumbled.

A growing demand for organics, and the near-total reliance by U.S. farmers on genetically modified corn and soybeans, is driving a surge in imports from other nations where crops largely are free of bioengineering.

It’s hard to overstate just how much global investors are captivated by HDFC Bank Ltd., India’s biggest lender by market value.

Not only does the stock trade at the highest valuation among the world’s largest banks, but international funds are so bullish that they’re willing to pay a record 20 percent premium over HDFC’s local stock price to get their hands on the limited number of shares available to foreigners. Brokerage analysts have more buy ratings on the company than at any other time in 14 years. The bank has reported annual profit growth of at least 20 percent every year since 1998, a feat unmatched by any of the world’s 200 biggest lenders.

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Just hours after the White House withdrew its opposition to a bill requiring Congressional oversight on any nuclear deal with Iran, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved the legislation, called the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015.

New York’s Empire State building was lit up in red and purple in honor of more than 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants one year ago.

British fighter jets were scrambled on Wednesday in response to the sighting of two Russian military aircraft near UK airspace, hours after three Russian ships were monitored as they entered the English Channel.

India’s push to accommodate a booming urban population and attract investment rests in large part with dozens of “smart” cities like the one being built on the dusty banks of the Sabarmati River in western India.

The UN warned Kenyan authorities that closing the world’s biggest refugee camp complex would have “extreme humanitarian and practical consequences” and would violate international law.

House Speaker John Boehner said it will be “virtually impossible” for Congress to approve President Barack Obama’s proposed authority for military force against Islamic State militants.

The so-called Islamic State attacked villages on the outskirts of Ramadi in apparent preparation for an attempt to take full control of the last population center outside its hands in Iraq’s westernmost province.

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Ten Colombian soldiers have been killed in an attack by left-wing Farc rebels in west of the country.

An oil spill in south-eastern Mexico has left more than 200,000 people without water. The spill, near Tabasco state capital Villahermosa, was caused by oil thieves puncturing a pipeline and has polluted two rivers.

In the deepest salvage operation in history, a British-led team recovered a $50m trove of coins that has lain on the seabed since 1942.

China’s economic growth slowed further in the three months to March this year, expanding 7% compared to a year earlier, its slowest pace since the global financial crisis in 2009.

Indonesia’s government has summoned Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Jakarta to protest against the execution of an Indonesian domestic worker. Siti Zainab was beheaded on Tuesday in Medina after being convicted of stabbing and beating to death her employer in 1999.

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told CNN’s Jake Tapper he believes “gay” marriage belongs in the deciding hands of states, according to the Constitution.

Egypt is accusing Turkey of providing more than 10,000 Turkish passports to members of ISIS, the Islamic State, to facilitate travel of fighters across the region.

The White House says President Obama is removing Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a key step in President Obama’s bid to normalize relations between the two countries.

Researchers say 24 percent of all teens report going online “almost constantly,” and 92 percent of teens go online at least daily.


Congress first asked Hillary Clinton about personal email use in 2012, letter shows
Fox News has obtained a copy of a letter dated Dec. 13, 2012 that was sent from then-House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to Cabinet secretaries, including Clinton, inquiring about their e-mail habits. The committee was conducting an investigation into the Obama administration handled the use of personal e-mail by its officials. The letter contained eight questions related to officials’ use of personal e-mail accounts. The very first question asked by Issa was “Have you or any senior agency official ever used a personal email account to conduct official business?   

SOLAR WIND
Earth is entering a stream of solar wind flowing from a coronal hole on the sun. In response, NOAA forecasters estimate a 50% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on April 15th.   

Why Putin is playing friendly with Iran
Analysis: Putin’s decision to provide Iran with the S-300 air defense system has three strategic goals, according to experts: Challenging US, securing Moscow’s oil revenue and strengthening Russian position in the Middle East.   

Report shows surge in violent anti-Semitic incidents in 2014
Kantor Center notes 38% rise in anti-Semitic attacks in Europe; researchers say sharp rise is partly linked to last summer’s Gaza war, as well as a ‘general climate of hatred and violence’ fostered by the rise of ISIS.   

China growth slowest in six years, more stimulus expected soon
China grew at its slowest pace in six years at the start of 2015 and weakness in key sectors suggested the world’s second-largest economy was still losing momentum, intensifying Beijing’s struggle to find the right policy mix to shore up activity.   

ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm
ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector. The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.   

Iran nuclear: US Congress to have right to reject deal
The US Congress will have a say on a nuclear deal with Iran, under a new agreement reached with the White House. President Barack Obama withdrew his opposition to a bipartisan bill that was unanimously passed through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. However, a Congressional No vote would not be binding and could be vetoed by Mr Obama.   

Australia may need to cut interest rates, IMF warns
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that Australia may have to cut interest rates again if inflation continues to fall. The warning came in the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook (WEO), released on Tuesday in Washington. It said the downturn in the global commodity cycle was “continuing to hit Australia’s economy”.   

Michelle Bachmann: Obama’s poor relationship with Israel will bring the return of Jesus
Former Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann stated that President Barack Obama’s handling of the Iranian nuclear deal is a symbol of the coming of the end of times and the “imminent” return of Jesus Christ… Bachmann explained that if Obama and the United States turn their back on Israel, this would bring severe “curses” upon the United States, similar to those seen in the end of days.   

Violent anti-Semitism surged 40 percent in 2014, study finds
Anti-Semitic violence rose by nearly forty percent in 2014 over the previous year, according to a report released this morning by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University. Overall, 766 violent incidents were recorded worldwide, a “sharp increase” over the 554 tallied in 2013, according to the European Jewish Congress, which contributed to the report.   

Putin warship and nuclear bombers menace the UK: Navy frigate and RAF Typhoons are sent to head off latest incursion by Russia
A Russian warship and two bombers strayed close to UK territory yesterday in yet another apparent attempt to test Britain’s defences. A destroyer equipped with missiles, anti-aircraft guns and torpedoes entered the English Channel along with two other Russian ships.   

Obama plans to remove Cuba from terrorism list
President Barack Obama told Congress on Tuesday he intends to remove Cuba from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, clearing the main obstacle to restoring diplomatic relations and reopening embassies shut for more than half a century.   

Yemen conflict: Houthi rebels condemn UN arms embargo
Houthi rebels have condemned Tuesday’s UN Security Council arms embargo imposed on them and their allies. They called for protests against what they termed UN support of “aggression”.   

Nigeria marks anniversary of Boko Haram schoolgirl kidnappings
Nigeria and the world marked the first anniversary of Boko Haram’s abduction of 219 schoolgirls with protest marches, candlelit vigils and pledges of solidarity. But as the teenagers entered their second year of captivity at the hands of the Islamist militants, Nigeria’s incoming president said he could give no guarantees about their safe return.   

400 migrants die in shipwreck off Libya, survivors say
About 400 migrants died in an attempt to reach Italy from Libya when their boat capsized, survivors said on Tuesday, the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean where the death toll from shipwrecks has surged this year.   

Hamas consolidates its grip on Gaza as reconstruction stalls
Eight months after a ruinous war with Israel, the reconstruction of Gaza has barely begun, and the Islamic militant group Hamas remains entrenched despite expectations that it cede some of its power to West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.  


10 Hilarious Modifications Of Hillary Clinton’s New Campaign Logo

Should we be surprised that Hillary Clinton has come up with perhaps the worst presidential campaign logo in American history? This is a woman that has never seemed to be able to do much of anything right, and yet at the moment she appears quite likely to be our next president. And it is sad commentary on the state of this nation that we would willingly choose such a leader. The Clintons have been continuously immersed in scandal since their days in Arkansas in the 1980s, and yet tens of millions of Americans still worship them. The Clintons could probably sacrifice children to Baal on national television and most of their supporters would still love them. There is no way in the world that Bill or Hillary Clinton should be running for anything at this point. If we actually lived in a just society, they would both be in prison. But instead, they are treated like rock stars wherever they go, and they have made more than $100 million since leaving the White House in 2001. Most of that money has come from making speeches and doing personal appearances. They are a bright, shining example of how broken our political system is, and yet Hillary is very likely going to be our first female president. (Read More…)


ISIS Has Camps On The U.S. Border, But Obama Says ‘Right-Wing Extremists’ Are The Greatest Terror Threat

ISIS camps have now been discovered directly across the U.S. border with Mexico, ISIS operatives have been captured illegally entering the United States, and ISIS is threatening to conduct a massive campaign of terror against U.S. targets, and yet Barack Obama and his underlings continue to insist that “right-wing extremists” are the greatest terror threat that this nation is facing. One recent survey found that 84 percent of all Americans believe that ISIS is a “direct threat to the USA”, but Obama refuses to secure our borders and he is even allowing dozens of American citizens that fought for ISIS overseas to come back into this country. What in the world is Obama thinking? Even though ISIS has promised to drown all of us in our own blood, the Obama administration has purged virtually all references to Islam out of government terror training materials. Meanwhile, as you will see below, Obama’s political enemies have been regularly labeled as “potential terrorists” in official government documents during the Obama era. This includes “patriots”, “conspiracy theorists”, “evangelical Christians” and “general right-wing extremists”. (Read More….)


The McAvany Intel Memo

Putin isn’t sitting still waiting for the US to determine Russia’s future. In addition to shoring up the ruble with gold, he’s working hard to break oil away from the dollar. When the West placed economic sanctions on Russia, it threatened to remove Russia from the SWIFT system. This is the technology system that supplies secure messaging services and financial transactions for governments, corporations, and other financial entities. Cutting Russia out of SWIFT would have made it difficult for Russia to transfer funds to and from the West. The threats never amounted to anything substantive from the West, but they did demonstrate an area of weakness for Russia. Putin acted immediately. Russia quickly established its own RUSSWIFT system. This system will make transactions with Russia’s allies much easier. These allies include Iran and the BRICS.

But that’s not all. One Russian blogger wrote: “There is something else going on that is going to become more significant in the long run: Russia has taken the hint and is turning away from the West and toward the East. It is parlaying its open defiance of American attempts at world domination into trade relationships throughout the world, much of which is sick and tired of paying tribute to Washington. Russia is playing a key role in putting together an international banking system that circumvents the US dollar and the US Federal Reserve. In these efforts, over half the world’s territory and population is squarely on Russia’s side and cheering loudly. Thus, the effort to isolate Russia has produced the opposite of the intended result: it is isolating the West from the rest of the world instead.” [ED. NOTE: this paragraph is worth rereading several times.]

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, December 2014


Daily Digest

April 15, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“Would it not be better to simplify the system of taxation rather than to spread it over such a variety of subjects and pass through so many new hands.” —Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, 1784

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Congress Scores Political Victory Over Obama in Iran Deal

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee forced Barack Obama to back away from his one-man approach to negotiations with Iran. Under Sen. Bob Corker’s leadership, the committee on Tuesday passed a bill that would require Congress review Obama’s deal with Iran before lifting sanctions against the country. The bill passed 19-0 and is expected to pass both cambers with veto-proof majorities. Before the bill broke out of committee, Obama lobbied Congress to stay out of his dealings with Iran and its nuclear program. Now, Obama’s saying he may sign the legislation, cowing to the rightful demands of Congress. But Corker’s bill is far from perfect. Conservative commentator Noah Pollack tweeted, “The way Corker & Graham wrote their bill, Obama will win Congressional approval of Iran deal with only 34 votes. Ponder that.” In other words, a decision not to approve Obama’s bill faces the challenge of herding all the cats of Congress in the same direction. The Wall Street Journal argues the ideal role of Congress is to pass a treaty because nuclear deals should not be sealed with talk and a handshake. Corker’s bill is a victory, but merely a political one. More…

Hillary’s Income Inequality Platform Problem

While Hillary Clinton established her campaign on reducing income inequality, she has not practiced what she preached. “Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” Clinton said in the video announcing her presidential campaign “Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.” Sure, Clinton can talk all she wants, but her platform places her between the idealistic Left and her salary. Progressives are beginning to say a $15-an-hour wage is the only wage they will support, probably to the chagrin of Seattle small businesses that have to close because of the city’s $15-an-hour wage experiment. And Hillary has acted precisely like the CEOs and one-percenters she lambasts. Her $200,000-an-hour speaking gigs place her firmly in the filthy rich category. Furthermore, she directs all her salary through her foundation, so she avoids paying taxes. The income deck is, indeed, stacked in her favor. More…

Meanwhile, she also wants “unaccountable money” out of politics. After she raises $2.5 billion, of course.

Tennessee’s New Pro-Gun Law Gets It Right

The Tennessee governor’s mansion is occupied by a Republican, and the GOP owns supermajorities in both the House and Senate. The result has been a wave of pro-gun measures, including a “Guns in Parking Lots” law approved in 2013 that gives employees the legal right to store a firearm inside personal vehicles even if it’s against an employer’s inclinations. The move was a good one; the problem is that “an attorney general’s opinion later found that while the law decriminalized the actions of those who ignored posted gun bans on private property, employers could still terminate workers for violating company firearms policies,” explains WTVC News Channel 9. Last week, the legislature passed and Gov. Bill Haslam signed a fix that allows fired persons the ability to take legal action. Now, even some Republicans contend the new law infringes on employers’ rights. But that’s misguided — businesses still have the right to ban firearms, but vehicles don’t belong to the employer. As Hot Air blogger Jazz Shaw concludes, “This law seems to me to have been a good compromise. The employer can bar carrying weapons in the workplace, but the employee’s car is not the workplace. And punishing them for such storage is an unreasonable burden on their constitutional rights.” Tennessee hit the bull’s-eye on this one. More…

Cruz Says Polls Don’t Matter; The Bill of Rights Does

Ted Cruz was right on target when asked about his views on the Second Amendment: “When it comes to constitutional rights, what matters is what the Bill of Rights says. It doesn’t matter what might be popular at the moment. We’ve seen regimes across the face of the earth come and take away people’s guns, strip away their rights to defend themselves, and sometimes it’s been very popular. And yet it is an inevitable prelude to tyranny. Our country was founded on a radical proposition, which is that our rights don’t come from government; they come from God. … The entire reason for the Second Amendment is not for hunting; it’s not for target shooting. … The Second Amendment is there so that you and I can protect our homes and our families and our children and our lives. And it’s also there as a fundamental check on government tyranny. And that, ultimately, is not subject to public opinion polls, it’s subject to the express protections of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution.” Cruz really nailed it.

Louisiana Timidly Considers Religious Liberty Legislation

Just like Indiana and Arkansas, Louisiana started to consider its own version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but it seems the threat of pushback may dissuade state lawmakers. The president of Louisiana’s Senate, Republican John Alario, said, “As it was originally introduced, I’m not in favor of it. It would put Louisiana in such a bad light, we don’t want any part of it.” Whatever happened to trading short-term discomfort for long-term benefit? The state’s governor, Bobby Jindal, said he would fight for legislation like the RFRA “that seeks to preserve our most fundamental freedoms.” The opposition to state-level RFRAs could be nothing more than a heckler’s veto. According to a poll conducted by WPA Opinion Research on behalf of the Family Research Council, 81% of those polled “agree that government should leave people free to follow their beliefs about marriage as they live their daily lives at work and in the way they run their businesses.” But Louisiana lawmakers are scared of the shrill 19% who want government to tell small businesses to bake the cake, to serve the hypothetical pizzas, regardless of the business owner’s most deeply held beliefs. More…

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Go File Those Taxes — It’s Income Redistribution Day

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Today is that most mirthless of days, April 15, tax filing day, or as we in our humble shop have long dubbed it, “Income Redistribution Day.” It’s the day each year when government confiscates money from about half the nation’s citizens and gives a lot of it to the other half. (That’s an over-generalization, but you get the idea.) At least they didn’t choose April 19 — Patriots’ Day — for tax filing. In honor of today, here are a few things to remember about taxes and the IRS.

It will take Americans 114 days this year to fully pay for the burden of all the levels of government — three more days than last year. In other words, when you pay your taxes today you’ll still have to work another nine days just to actually pay them off.

Then again, not everyone pays income taxes. The top 20% of earners bring in 51.3% of all income and yet pay 83.9% of all federal income taxes. By contrast, the bottom 20% of earners actually receive money from Washington those in higher brackets. What was that about a “fair share” again?

Americans of all tax brackets spend 6.1 billion hours filing individual and business taxes — hours that could otherwise be spent producing wealth rather than redistributing it. The Mercatus Center estimates the cost of filing to be anywhere from $215 billion per year to nearly $1 trillion. Perhaps that’s because there are nearly 75,000 pages in the tax code.

Where did your tax money go? Just shy of half of all federal tax revenue goes to major entitlements — Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other health care programs. (Before we move on, to be crystal clear, some government benefits are “earned,” like Social Security or military benefits. These stand in contrast to “unearned” benefits of welfare, food stamps and the like.) Another 20% goes to various wealth transfer programs like unemployment benefits and food stamps. That’s more than two-thirds of the federal budget that goes from your pocket to someone else’s. See why we call it “Income Redistribution Day”?

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t note that ObamaCare subsidies factored into millions of returns for the first time this year. And that’s going to mean a lot of, er, adjustments. According to Investor’s Business Daily’s Betsy McCaughey, “If you enrolled in ObamaCare in 2014 and got a subsidy to pay for it, you’re at risk of losing your refund. Surprise: You may even owe Uncle Sam money. Only 4% of people who signed up for ObamaCare got the correct subsidy, so a whopping 96% will see their tax bill adjusted, some up and others down. Who would design a system that’s right only 4% of the time?” Democrats, that’s who.

Oh, and some 800,000 Healthcare.gov customers got the wrong tax form, and some may have to wait months to sort out their tax returns.

All the while, the IRS is essentially rewriting ObamaCare provisions regarding tax credit eligibility. The Supreme Court will settle part of that problem in June (subsidies on federal vs. state exchanges), but the IRS is rewriting other provisions, too. Remember: You can trust the IRS!

Today is a day to take stock of how a government that provides everything for its citizens can become a massive burden. It’s not just financial, either; it’s an issue of trust, power and the future of our great nation.

We close with the immortal words of Will Rogers: “The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has. Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you don’t know when it’s through if you are a crook or a martyr.”

Post script: Today, April 15th, Barack Obama has decreed that all flags are to be flown at half mast “as a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln,” who was assassinated 150 years ago yesterday. We can think of other reasons to fly them at half mast, like the fact today is “Forced Income Redistribution Day,” or that Barack Obama is president.

Editor’s Note: It is no small irony that in the same week we observe Patriots’ Day — the opening salvos at Lexington and Concord to establish American Liberty — working Americans also endure the April 15th deadline to forcibly surrender a growing portion of our earned income to a gravely bloated central government, which redistributes much of that income to ensure constituent support for its malignant growth. Mark Alexander addresses oppressive taxation in his Wednesday column this afternoon, “Taxing Patriots.”

The Negotiator Strikes Again

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Once again, Barack Obama has demonstrated his brand of “diplomacy,” which can only be described as “on my knees” statesmanship. He makes Neville Chamberlain look like Muhammad Ali.

After meeting with Raul Castro and other Latin American leaders over the weekend, our fearless leader announced he would be removing Cuba from the list of states supporting terrorists — his first move toward normalizing relations with Cuba. This comes on the heels of 18 months’ worth of secret meetings between Obama’s and Castro’s negotiators. Considering what came of the negotiations, we can’t understand why it took 18 month, or even 18 days.

Obama reassured Congress that Cuba “has not provided any support for international terrorism” for at least the last six months, and, furthermore, “has provided assurances it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future.” And if you believe that we have some beautiful property in the Whitewater development at rock bottom prices.

As Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen observes, “There will be no mention from the White House of terrorists being protected and supported by the Castro regime, such as Joanne Chesimard — who murdered a New Jersey state trooper and was named in 2013 by Obama’s own FBI as one of its Most Wanted Terrorists. There will be no mention of the 70 other U.S. fugitives that Obama’s own State Department reports ‘The Cuban government continued to harbor’ while providing ‘support such as housing, food ration books, and medical care’ — or of the Spanish and Colombian terrorists receiving similar support from the Castro brothers.”

Obama’s move puts him at odds with the previous 10 presidents — both Democrat and Republican — who have all recognized that Cuba’s anti-American, despotic communist government terrorizes its formerly prosperous, hard-working people, keeps them in poverty, and locks up political dissenters who often languish for years in Cuban prison holes.

The ignorance of the American public is Obama’s best hope. Leftmedia newsreaders cheer Obama’s “courageous” move to finally recognize our island neighbor, which they say has suffered under the U.S. embargo and its other unjust policies. At first, a majority of low-information Americans agree that Obama is doing the right thing. But when told that Cuba is harboring Russian ships in its ports, opposition for normalization rises to 58%. And, Thiessen notes, when told that Cuba “attempts to smuggle 240 tons of weaponry to North Korea, opposition jumps to 63 percent and support plummets to 26 percent. When … told that Cuba is harboring a cop-killer and terrorists, opposition jumps to 63 percent and support plummets to 23 percent … and when asked whether Cuba’s designation as a supporter of terrorism should be maintained because it harbors terrorists, respondents agreed 68 percent to 16 percent.”

Americans aren’t quite as dumb as you think, Señior Obama.

Being the consummate negotiator he is, as demonstrated with the Iranians, Obama displays his brilliant “give all, take nothing” diplomacy as he moves toward the goal of normalization. Castro refuses to complete the deal until the U.S. pulls out of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, and, of course, our president would gladly oblige if that pesky Congress weren’t in the way. The military also sees Gitmo as essential to our national defense.

There also remains the small issue of congressional approval on the way to his lifting the trade embargo and later recognizing Cuba. But Obama doesn’t often concern himself with the niceties of constitutionality, so he could very well decide to recognize Cuba without Congress. Sadly, Congress will probably blather about it but do nothing else.

Obama has angered many Americans, including politicians on both sides of the aisle, with his apologizing to dictators for America’s offenses and now with his kissing up to the Castro regime.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), whose parents came to America from Cuba just before his birth, said, “President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), also born of Cuban immigrants, likewise slammed Obama’s actions. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Rubio wrote that Obama’s giving Castro’s regime diplomatic legitimacy “isn’t just bad for the oppressed Cuban people or for the millions who live in exile and lost everything at the hands of the dictatorship. Mr. Obama’s new Cuba policy is a victory for oppressive governments the world over and will have real, negative consequences for the American people.”

We have to say that all this comes as no surprise. Obama did promise to fundamentally transform the country, and his communist mentoring means he must lean in that direction. Actually, many people have suggested that’s where he stands. As Red State’s Erick Erickson writes, Obama’s “mentor, communist Frank Marshall Davis, would be proud of him.”

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

Plato (429-347 BC): “Democracy leads to anarchy, which is mob rule.”

Arnold Ahlert: “In a rare Democratic rebuke of President Obama, the bipartisan Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously to advance the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, sponsored by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN). The bill would grant Congress the ability to review the deal currently being crafted by the Obama administration and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program. President Obama, sensing rebellion from within his own party, stated for the first time publicly that he would be willing to sign the bill. Thus, the lobbying effort undertaken by the Obama administration fell flat. … For the moment, Congress has asserted itself. However, the true test will come when the accord with Iran is finalized in a few short months. It remains to be seen whether lawmakers, including those in Obama’s own party, will hold the president accountable for his reckless deal-making. So far prospects are promising, but far from certain.”

Terence Jeffrey: “Married couples with children under 18 years of age, according to the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (Table HINC-04), made an average household income of $107,054 in 2013 and a median household income of $85,087. … [M]arried couples with no children under 18 had an average household income of $91,870 in 2013 and a median household income of $70,995. … Unmarried couples with children under 18 had an average household income of $65,337 and a median of $50,031. … Unmarried couples with no children did only a little bit better, with average household incomes of $76,609 and median household incomes of $62,126. … Why do married couples with kids have higher household incomes? Perhaps it is because they are not primarily driven by greed but something quite the opposite: a willingness to make sacrifices so their children may live better lives. It is telling that married couples with children tend to end up with higher incomes than people who only need to maintain a household for themselves. And it is a telling irony that some politicians would like to redistribute wealth from the former type of household to the latter while making fewer people dependent on themselves and their families and more dependent on government.”

Humorist Frank Fleming: “Hillary Clinton is going to run for president again? Cool. Last time, a charismatic empty suit dashed her dreams, but she’s not deterred.”

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Evangelists Need to Stop Promising God Has a ‘Wonderful Plan’

Posted: 15 Apr 2015 07:31 AM PDT

Evangelists Need to Stop Promising God Has a 'Wonderful Plan'STOP Saying, “God has a wonderful plan for your life.” “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Whether it’s on the radio, television, Internet or at church, we often hear that God has a wonderful plan for our life. But as Ray Comfort rightly notes, “The preacher promises a bed of roses for those who come to Christ, but those who are in Christ are evidently sitting on a painful bed of thorns.” This may explain why a very high percent of those raised in Christian homes leave the faith, and why many others show no evidence of faith. There are a large number of false conversions because many base their decision to follow Christ on having a wonderful life. We have turned salvation into an easy path rather than a narrow road. We’ve made Jesus a butler rather than a King. We want the cross light, the road easy and the burdens lifted. Many promise a problem-free faith, yet we deal with a plethora of problems on a weekly basis. Sadly, unrealistic expectations about God can lead to depression and despair. How do we reconcile this idea of a wonderful life with the large group of Christians recently massacred in Africa? What do you tell the Christian family who loses both children within a decade? Or the parents who receive news that their 3-year-old has Leukemia? What about the Disciples … 11 of the 12 were martyred. Here is the key: Our relationship with God does not hinge on unanswered prayers, trials, difficulties and persecution; it hinges on who He is. He is our foundation in the midst of the storm. He is our peace in the midst of fear. He is our comfort in the midst of anxiety. MORE

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Student Kicked Out of College for Being HomeschooledPosted: 15 Apr 2015 07:26 AM PDT

Student Kicked Out of College for Being HomeschooledA West Virginia college student is back in the classroom after the school kicked him out because he was homeschooled. In March, 22-year-old Jacob Berry was dismissed from West Virginia Junior College in Bridgeport. Berry was homeschooled by his father, Dr. Nathan Berry, and his mother, Cynthia Berry, who holds a lifetime teacher’s license. Upon graduation, he worked a few odd jobs before deciding to study information technology at the local community college this past Fall. Berry’s dismissal from the college came despite his compliance with the college’s enrollment process and making straight A’s in his courses. He was told that his presence on campus jeopardized the school’s federal funding and he was given one day to produce an accredited diploma. Homeschooled students in the state self-certify completion of a home education program, so Berry was unable meet the request and was booted out. The president of the college suggested he take the GED, saying he was an intelligent young man who would do well on the test. Berry’s family contacted the Homeschool Legal Defense Association and he was eventually reinstated. Attorney Mike Donnelly represented the family in the case. He told CBN News that the disruption was unnecessary and shows how ill-informed officials can cause problems for home educating families. MORE

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Japanese fighters respond to Cold War-level aggression by China, RussiaPosted: 15 Apr 2015 07:21 AM PDT

Japanese fighters respond to Cold War-level aggression by China, RussiaJapan’s air force said on Wednesday said jet fighter scrambles have reached a level not seen since the height of the Cold War three decades ago as Russian bombers probe its northern skies and Chinese combat aircraft intrude into its southern air space. In the year ending March 31, Japanese fighters scrambled 944 times, 16 percent more than the same period the previous year, the country’s Self Defence Force said. That is the second highest number of encounters ever recorded over the 12-month period since records began in 1958 and only one less than a record 944 scrambles in 1984. “It represents a sharp increase,” an SDF spokesman said at a press briefing. While not a direct measure of Russian and Chinese military activity, the numbers nonetheless point to an increase in operations by Japan’s two big neighbors. While coping with the growing military might of a more assertive China which is increasing defense outlays by more than 10 percent a year, Japan is also contending with a military resurgence of a Cold War foe that has gathered pace since Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula from the Ukraine last year. Japan too is upping defense spending, albeit by a smaller margin, to buy new equipment, including longer-range patrol aircraft, cargo jets, helicopter carriers and troop carrying Boeing V-22 Ospreys and Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters. A non-fiscal boost to military capability will also come from plans by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to loosen constitutional constraints on his nation’s defense forces that will allow them to operate more freely overseas and to deepen cooperation with U.S. forces. MORE

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Large scale WMD drills hosted throughout IowaPosted: 15 Apr 2015 07:16 AM PDT

Large scale WMD drills hosted throughout IowaThis week you may notice extra emergency vehicles and public safety officers running around in tactical gear, Hazmat suits, and bomb suits. It’s a part of a statewide drill Des Moines is hosting Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare emergency personnel for dealing with weapons of mass destruction. Brian O’Keefe with the Des Moines Fire Department said emergency officials in Iowa need to be prepared for anything. “You know we’re number one seed producer with corn and soy, chicken embryo development, middle of the country heartland. So I’m sure all states access it. But we’re a target like any other large community,” said O’Keefe. More than 100 emergency response personnel from around the state will participate including bomb technicians, law enforcement and Iowa Homeland Security. Tuesday morning officials will met at the Wells Fargo Arena and review proper procedures for dealing with potential WMDs. After the review they’ll get into teams and go through various stations assessing different hypothetical situations and practicing with different detection equipment. Because most teams already know how to handle WMDs on their own, officials say working together with local, regional, and state agencies is what will be most important in these exercises. MORE

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The race to modify the DNA of endangered animals and resurrect extinct onesPosted: 15 Apr 2015 07:11 AM PDT

The race to modify the DNA of endangered animals and resurrect extinct onesJurassic Park has a lot to answer for. It made the idea seem so simple. Take the DNA from a microscopic drop of dinosaur blood, preserved for 65 million years in the gut of a mosquito trapped in fossilised amber. Carry out a bit of jiggery-pokery involving chaos theory and Jeff Goldblum. Insert the dino DNA into the yolk of a crocodile’s egg and leave to incubate. Soon you’ll have a thriving menagerie of once-extinct beasts roaming the jungles of someone’s private theme park. The 1993 Hollywood blockbuster and Michael Crichton novel of the same name may not have invented the idea of “de-extinction” but they certainly put it out there as a concept. And like all good works of science fiction, it showed what goes wrong when scientists get above themselves. A rampant T-rex is, after all, the ultimate invasive species. De-extinction, or the idea of bringing extinct species back from the dead, has come a long way over the quarter century since Jurassic Park was first published. It has now matured into a quasi-serious science and has even been the subject of its own TEDx conference. Of course, no-one is talking about bringing back dinosaurs – their DNA is lost for good – but some scientists are proposing to resurrect a range of other, more-recently extinct species such as the passenger pigeon and the gastric-brooding frog, both lost within living memory. There are quite a few animals that have become extinct relatively recently that are potential candidates for de-extinction. They include the thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, a large marsupial carnivore wiped out by sheep ranchers a century ago, the Pyrenean ibex which was hunted for sport until the last one fell dead in 2000, and the Steller’s sea cow, a gentle giant annihilated by hungry sailors in the 18th century. MORE

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Fast food workers to strike in 230 citiesPosted: 15 Apr 2015 07:07 AM PDT

Fast food workers to strike in 230 citiesHeartened by growing support for their cause and recent pay hikes by large corporate employers, America’s low-wage workers will continue their fight for higher pay Wednesday with protests, rallies and one-day walkouts scheduled in more than 200 cities. The actions are expected to attract thousands of participants in what organizers are calling the “most widespread mobilization ever by U.S. workers seeking higher pay.” Fast food cooks and cashiers are expected to strike in 230 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo., and Raleigh, N.C. The growing effort to boost the wages and bargaining clout of workers in non-union establishments took off in November 2012, when 200 fast food employees in New York City left their jobs in protest, calling for $15 hourly wages and the right to unionize. Since then, strong financial support from theService Employees International Union has helped the “ Fight for 15” movement expand to home care workers, retail employees, child care workers, airport service workers and even adjunct college professors seeking $15,000 per course. MORE

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Police protests spread across US citiesPosted: 15 Apr 2015 07:02 AM PDT

Police protests spread across US cities

Demonstrators climb over a fence during a protest against police brutality against minorities in New York, April 14, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Protesters in several U.S. cities blocked highways and swarmed police precincts, leading to at least two dozen arrests in demonstrations touched off by fresh cases of police violence against unarmed black men. About 250 activists marched across New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, holding up signs that read “Stop murder by police” and “Stop killer cops”. At least 12 people, some of whom appeared to be school-aged, were arrested following a brief scuffle with police after they crossed the bridge, and long traffic delays were reported. The demonstration was organized by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network following the April 4 fatal shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man shot by a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina. The killing — just one of a succession of fatal police shootings — was captured on video, and the officer has been charged with murder. Police in Los Angeles said they arrested 15 protesters from a group of nearly 100 after they stopped on Metro Rail tracks and ignored orders to disperse. Elsewhere on the West Coast, more than 100 protesters surrounded a police station in San Francisco and disrupted a meeting at City Hall. In nearby Oakland, demonstrators massed outside the Oakland Police Department and poured onto Interstate 880, television broadcasts showed. MORE

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UK scrambles jets as Russian ships enter English ChannelPosted: 15 Apr 2015 06:56 AM PDT

UK scrambles jets as Russian ships enter English ChannelBREAKING NEWS– British fighter jets were scrambled on Wednesday in response to the sighting of two Russian military aircraft near UK airspace, hours after three Russian ships were monitored as they entered the English Channel. “Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighter aircraft were launched today after Russian aircraft were identified flying close to UK airspace,” said a Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman. The planes were launched from the Lossiemouth military airbase in northern Scotland. Britain’s Royal Navy earlier kept track of three Russian ships, including a destroyer, after they entered the English Channel, according to the defence ministry. It is the latest in a string of similar incidents and comes at a time of tense relations between London and Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine and the inquiry into the death of Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko. “MoD can confirm 3 Russian ships being monitored by @RoyalNavy HMS Argyll through Channel. No exercises seen,” the ministry said on its Twitter feed. “Russian Udaloy class destroyer Severomorsk returning from Mediterranean with tanker and support ship. Due to leave Channel later.” Russia’s defence ministry said the ships were en route to the North Atlantic, where they would be taking part in exercises “on anti-air and anti-submarine defence”. The Channel is used frequently and legitimately as a route by Russian warships but NATO countries are on alert over fears that Moscow could attempt to destabilise countries on Europe’s eastern flank that were in its orbit during Soviet times. MORE

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Education departments, textbook publishers now spying on students’ social media accountsPosted: 14 Apr 2015 09:20 PM PDT

Education departments, textbook publishers now spying on students' social media accountsOne of the globe’s biggest publishers of textbooks and other educational materials, which also designed the standardized tests for the new Common Core curriculum, has taken to monitoring the social media accounts of students to see if they discuss their exams. As reported by Fox News, Britain-based publisher Pearson, whose U.S. headquarters is located in New Jersey, has the contract for developing the PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) standardized tests; PARCC is one of two entities that developed Common Core. News that Pearson was involved in monitoring student social media posts for exam comments was first reported by Bob Braun, a former education reporter for The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., on his blog. In recent days Braun put a copy of a letter on his blog that was sent to the staff at Watchung Hills Regional High School District in the town of Warren from Superintendent Elizabeth Jewett regarding the social media monitoring: “…my testing coordinator received a call from the NJDOE [New Jersey Department of Education] that Pearson had initiated a Priority 1 Alert for an item breach within our school,” read the letter from Jewett. ” …they suggested the student took a picture of a test item and tweeted it.” MORE

 

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Islamic Extremists Have Seized Control Of U.S. Cities, Says NRA SeminarPosted: 14 Apr 2015 09:08 PM PDT

Islamic Extremists Have Seized Control Of U.S. Cities, Says NRA SeminarIslamic extremists have seized control of cities across the United States and have enacted sharia law, according to a speaker at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting who spoke about current and emerging threats to American gun owners. Author Steve Tarani said during a presentation in Nashville on Sunday that he has witnessed the alleged “no-go zones” — areas where police cannot enter — while shadowing a friend who serves on the Detroit Metro SWAT Police on a drive in Dearborn, MI. He described pulling up to one of the alleged Muslim-controlled areas: The street signs suddenly went from English to Arabic. There wasn’t a single English word on any shop or any street sign. And in fact, these little yellow signs were posted all along the edges. Jeremy said to me, ‘this is it. We don’t go past this line.’ And I said to Jeremy, ‘what do you mean? You guys are Detroit Metro. You’re the SWAT team. You can go anywhere you want. What if you get a call over there?’ He said ‘this is it, it’s hazardous for our team if we go past this line.’ I have seen it with my own eyes, witnessed it in the backseat of a car and it is for real. No-go zones exist in the United States.
Dearborn, Michigan is not the only place that these settlements exist. They are spread out over the country in various cities. There’s an estimate of over 5,000 known terrorist cells in the United States. However our most persistent and significant threat, right now, to us here today this morning, is the homegrown violent extremists. There is no factual basis to allegations that parts of the U.S. have turned into no-go zones that Muslim extremists had supposedly conquered — a myth that was spread by Fox News reports earlier this year. MORE

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Moral contradiction of life of Nobel winner Günter Grass shows absolute need for divine grace 

Günter Grass Dies at 87; Writer Pried Open Germany’s Past but Hid His Own, New York Times (Stephen Kinzer)

2) 150 years after Lincoln assassination, moral weight of slavery on America cannot be ignored

A President Who Lived and Died for Liberty, Wall Street Journal (James L. Swanson and Michael F. Bishop)

3) Death of sibling of last Chinese emperor reminder of proximity of history

Jin Youzhi, Sibling of China’s Last Emperor, Dies at 96, New York Times (Patrick Boehler)
In other news…

Her Majesty’s Jihadists, New York Times (Mary Anne Weaver)

World Prepares for Russian Aggression

Is Gog Stirring?

The threat of Russian expansionism also has other Eastern European countries taking notice, and preparing for the possibility of war. While American military vehicles patrol the Russian border in the hopes of reassuring Europe they are safe from Putin’s aggression, citizens in the border nations are training for the worst just in case.

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‘I Met Messiah’: New Website Shares Video Testimonies of Jews Who Received Jesus

Launched by Eitan Bar, a Messianic Jew himself, IMetMessiah.com is an evangelistic effort to speak to Jews curious about Jesus.

“As Jewish people, most of us grow up without considering whether or not Yeshua is the Messiah expected by our people for millennia,” he explains on the site. “Yet, something happened in our lives that changed each of us and caused us to rethink the usual Jewish views about Jesus.”

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Hillary Clinton Campaign Uses Same-Sex Twosome in Presidential Race Announcement

by Marsha West

Christian News Network reports:

In announcing Hillary Clinton’s run for president of the United States on Sunday, her campaign staff included a same-sex couple in her video presentation.

According to reports, the video was to have focused on “everyday Americans,” and included short segments of citizens talking about what they are “getting ready” for, including preparing for a baby, opening a business and moving to a new area with better schools.

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‘Pope Francis effect’ leads to exorcism boom

by Marsha West

According to the Telegraph, many Roman Catholics are no longer embarrassed by the resurgence of the unbiblical practice of exorcism, thanks largely to what is known as the “Pope Francis effect.” Seems there has been a boom in the demand for exorcisms because of the pontiff’s “fire-and-brimstone language and frequent references to the Devil.”

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Lesbians4Hillary Is Clinton’s First Major Endorsement

Hillary Clinton has garnered one of her first major endorsements in run bid for the White House: The nation’s largest lesbian political action committee.

On The View last year, co-host Jenny McCarthy speculated that one of the reasons why Hillary Clinton has stayed with philandering Bill so long was because she is a lesbian who only uses Bill for access to political power.

On Tuesday’s episode of “The View,” McCarthy suggested Hillary Clinton might be a lesbian. The remark came up during a discussion about Ronald Kessler’s new book,The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents. The book claims Bill Clinton has a mistress nicknamed “The Energizer,” according to the New York Post.

 

“I see former President William Clinton and he always seems to be so in love with his wife,” co-host Sherri Shepherd said. “They’ve weathered so many storms together.”

Well, maybe he has his girlfriends and she has her girlfriends, you never know,” McCarthy added, smiling. “Maybe they have an arrangement.”

Lesbians4Hillary, co-chaired by pioneering tennis great Billie Jean King, said: ‘Hillary Clinton is a proven leader and she has a strong track record when it comes to inclusion — specifically for women and the LGBTQ community.

 

‘Her entire career has been a road map to get her to this moment and she has earned my respect and my vote to become the next President of the United States of America. I am honored to join LPAC and help lead our effort to elect Hillary Clinton in 2016.’

King, who was outed as a lesbian in 1981, was a leader of the group ‘Women for Hillary’ in 2008, as well.

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Confirmed ISIS Training Camp Found Near El Paso, Texas

ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.

The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm.

 

During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.

Law enforcement and intelligence sources report the area around Anapra is dominated by the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Cartel (“Juárez Cartel”), La Línea (the enforcement arm of the cartel) and the Barrio Azteca (a gang originally formed in the jails of El Paso). Cartel control of the Anapra area make it an extremely dangerous and hostile operating environment for Mexican Army and Federal Police operations.

According to these same sources, “coyotes” engaged in human smuggling – and working for Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas. These specific areas were targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces, and the relative safe-havens the areas provide for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling that was already ongoing.

Mexican intelligence sources report that ISIS intends to exploit the railways and airport facilities in the vicinity of Santa Teresa, NM (a US port-of-entry). The sources also say that ISIS has “spotters” located in the East Potrillo Mountains of New Mexico (largely managed by the Bureau of Land Management) to assist with terrorist border crossing operations. ISIS is conducting reconnaissance of regional universities; the White Sands Missile Range; government facilities in Alamogordo, NM; Ft. Bliss; and the electrical power facilities near Anapra and Chaparral, NM. source

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The LGBTQ Is Getting Ready To Add The ‘P’ (VIDEO)

When gay marriage was legalized in so many states, my concern turned to other perversions — especially pedophilia.

“Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Romans 1:32 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: When the Gay Movement began it’s ascent to power, they realized pretty quickly that they did not have enough members in their ranks, with homosexual population in America being less than 5%. So they began to add various other perversions, forming the umbrella group that has become the LGBT. In the past year, they have been experimenting with adding the ‘Q’, which stands for queer. By the time they’re done, they will have also added a ‘P’,  for pedophile. 

If the unnatural and perverted act of homosexuality, spoken of clearly in the Word of God as an abomination unto the Lord, what would keep the pedophiles from jumping on that same band wagon, claiming that their’s too is just an alternate lifestyle?

Back in the 70’s and 80’s, pedophilia was considered by doctors to be a mental disorder, but so was homosexuality! Can you see the slippery slope effect coming into play?

“Since when is a crime a disability?” asked Jeff Herrity. His son, Brian was a victim of child molestation by Catholic priest, Gil Gustafson from 1977 to 1982, Brian was ten years old when the abuse began. “If that is the case, everyone in prison should be disabled”, said Herrity. This was thirty years ago, in 1983, Gustafson was convicted of molesting Brian and was sentenced to a forty dollar fine, ten years of probation, and six months in jail, he only served four and a half months and was released. The abuse “mentally and physically destroyed” him.

 

Brian died in 1995 at 28. It is estimated that Gustafson abused between four and fifteen victims. In 2002, Officials in Rome sentenced Gustafson to a life of prayer and penance. In July of 2006, Gustafson was declared disabled and collects disability checks in addition to the support the Pension for Priests gives him. Gustafson also runs his own ‘Leadership’ consulting firm and the church nudges clients his way. So, disability, a church pension, and his own firm, yeah, he’s living the life of a frugal priest, pardon me, ex, child molesting priest.

An assist professor at Rutgers University of Law is saying that pedophilia should be protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The people with the mental disorder pedophilia should not be discriminated against, because they were possibly abused as children. She also claims that pedophilia might possibly be genetic, neurochemical, or neuroanatomic. There have been some clear distinctions made between pedophilia and child molestation. Pedophilia is the sexual attraction to prepubescent children, that is not acted upon. It is just the desire. However, if a pedophile acts on his/her sexual desires, then it becomes child molestation, therefore, a crime. Most people use the terms interchangeably, but there is a difference.

Controversy Over Push to Redefine Pedophilia

In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. Since then, there has been a slow, progressive move toward making LGBT more and more main stream. Now they have taken over the stream and are trying to drown anyone who is straight, Christian, and disagrees with them. If God meant for us to bang anything, we would all have both working parts. Having a government that promotes the militant LGBT agenda, particularly by not defining sexual orientation, is making it easier to introduce pedophilia as a sexual orientation and not a sexual deviancy. In 2003, a group of mental health professionals formed a group called to redefine pedophilia as a sexual orientation, calling them ‘minor attracted people’ or MAP.

Their goal is to get MAPS protected under the same laws as LGBT. There is an underlying progression to sexualize children at younger and younger ages by promoting the idea that normal friendships are actually sexual attraction. Once that idea is accepted, pedophilia will be accepted. I guess pedophilia will be removed as a mental disorder and they will lose their disability status.” [1] – source

Do they not factor in all the children who are harmed and scarred for life, when they consider making pedophilia normal and culturally acceptable? It brings to mind the pro-death crowd, whose mantra has always been “It’s our body, we can do what we want with it!” But to that I’ve always rebutted that when a woman becomes pregnant, there are two bodies, not one!

In the same way, the pedophiles feel that they were born to desire pre-pubescent children in a sexual way. They care not about the children — only about themselves.”

I do hope and pray that our Lord Jesus comes to get His church away from this wasteland of sin and abominations.

“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” Genesis 6:11-13 (KJV)

And as in the time of Noah, people on earth – oblivious to God — are eating and drinking and have no thought for tomorrow. They do not realize that the only safe place to be is in Jesus Christ our Savior.

MARANATHA DEAR LORD!!

 

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Pastoral Care Statement to a Congregation

Just as sheep (a common Biblical metaphor for Christians) are protected and fed by shepherds, so the people of God are to be watched over and nurtured. The chief Shepherd of the church is the Lord Jesus Christ (Psalm 23; John 10:11; Hebrews 13:20), who calls upon spiritual leaders in each generation to care for His people by teaching them the Word of God, building them up in their faith and service to Christ, and even being willing to bring the Spirit’s correction to them if they go astray.

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How Do I Encourage My Pastor?

Maybe the most hurtful words a pastor and his wife can hear are not, “Bad sermon” or “that was a dumb decision” or “I don’t like the way you do that.” Rather, words that imply this message can be the most hurtful, “You are lazy.” Because of this, some of the most encouraging words a pastor and his wife can hear are words of gratefulness for how hard he works to preach faithfully and shepherd their souls.

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Are You Parenting with Grace and Mercy?

When my children come to me with splinters in their hands or feet, I always attempt to pull them out with gentleness and patience, knowing the discomfort the process brings. It requires a great deal of trust to let someone else poke around in a tender wound. In a similar way, correcting a child’s wrong behavior requires gentleness. As we dig around in the sinful places of their hearts, it’s helpful to consider how we would want someone to do the same for us.

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Muddying The Distinction Between Justification And Salvation

Traditionalists have corrupted the doctrines of justification and salvation out of fear that gospel of free justification and salvation would not produce the sort of godliness that they want to see in Christians. Ultimately, the Socinians, the Romanists, and the moralists (e.g., Baxter) agreed: the gospel of free justification with God and free salvation must be rejected because it’s insufficient to produce the desired outcome. They agree with Paul’s opponents who asked, in response to the doctrine of free grace, “should we sin that grace may abound”?

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Optimistic Thoughts from a Pessimist

And you know what? That’s not a bad thing. Why? Because I don’t want to be a “pretend” Christian. I don’t want my family to be a “pretend” Christian family. I don’t want my church to be a “pretend” Christian church. And I want to tremble at that possibility more than I fear the hatred of the world. If spiritual persecution is the means of separating the wheat from the tares, and if the flames become the means of purification, then rejoice that you’ve been considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the name of Jesus.

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Theological Black Holes

Every time I see that “opening soon” sign I find myself thinking about people whose theology reminds me of this restaurant. I hear them tell me about some great new theological innovation they have discovered, or some great truth the church had been hiding from them. Or I see them gain a public profile and then their books begin to quote certain authors or hint at certain ideas. And I feel that same sense of dread. And I want to tell them that others have tried this and that it hasn’t gone well.

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Sex, God, and a Generation That Can’t Tell the Difference

Before, the sexually moral judged the sexually amoral; today, the sexually amoral judge the sexually moral. If you have a sexual ethic more solid than your average Jello mold, you’re free game for Millennial judgment. Millennials are incredibly judgmental when it comes to sexuality—if you’re not doing something you’re a loser, and if you have convictions you’re a bigot.

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Happiness: A People and a Place

Last Sunday was our 35th anniversary in the Connecticut church. An elder called my husband and me to the front of the sanctuary after the morning service. As he spoke words of appreciation for our many years of service, I looked out on a congregation of people whom I have learned to love. I could only see what God had given me. I’ll admit it. I cried.

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Four Signs That Ministry Has Become All About YOU

by Pastor J.D.

Sadly, most of us can all too easily recount stories of pastors who betrayed their congregations, who hurt the very people God had called them to love, who—in short—made their ministry all about them.

Some of these pastors may have had their own inflated sense of grandeur from day one. But more often than not, these are the same guys who entered the ministry legitimately wanting to serve others, not angling to build an empire. And yet somewhere along the way, they got a taste for glory. And instead of being the shepherds of God’s people, teaching them to have faith in God, they become stumbling blocks, impediments keeping people from considering God at all.

As a Christian leader, I don’t hear stories like that and congratulate myself. I hear them and tremble. Because the same pride that has shipwrecked countless other ministries lives in my heart. And in yours.

We need to be constantly vigilant for signs that our ministry has become all about us. Here are a few:

1. Infrequent prayer

Most pastors enter the ministry desperate for God. It’s the fuel that got them going in the first place. And if their first few months (or years!) are tough—filled with bickering congregation members, budget quarrels, and failure after failure—the desperation just increases. But as uncomfortable as those trials are, they often produce a wonderful fruit: desperate prayer.

Prayer as a discipline is good. But prayer as a cry of desperation is better. When we see our need for what it truly is, no one has to command us to pray. We cry out because we are desperate. We cry out because we believe instinctively what Jesus said: “Without me you can do nothing.” And when that plea for God fades, it’s a dangerous sign that we are feeling self-sufficient.

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Worship, hymnology, and philosophy of ministry reading list for pastors and church musicians

by Scott Aniol

Last week I made the argument that all pastors and church musicians (or “worship leaders”) should give themselves to the study of worship, hymnology, and philosophy of ministry. I had a couple requests to offer a reading list on such topics, so that is what I intend to give today.

Here is a basic list of what I have my students read for the various courses I teach on the subjects mentioned above. Some of them assume a basic understanding of music, but most of them should be accessible to any pastor who wishes to study these things more carefully.

Of course, I don’t necessarily agree with everything in these books (except my books!), but they are a good start for thinking carefully and biblically through these subjects.

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Why have some evangelicals turned against reparative therapy?

by Denny Burk

The Atlantic tweeted a link to an article this morning with this statement: “Why did Christian conservatives turn against gay conversion therapy?” It turns out that the article is by Jonathan Merritt, and it describes the shrinking fortunes of reparative therapy. As I mentioned last week, President Obama recently came out publicly against reparative therapy, and now Merritt is explaining how its influence has waned even among evangelicals. It’s a fascinating article, and you can read it here.

As you do that, here are a few initial thoughts about Merritt’s piece:

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Ann Voskamp’s Dangerous View of God’s Love

by Jeff

People familiar with author Ann Voskamp know that she is a charismatic, melodramatic writer who writes in a tedious, semi-poetic style that you either love or hate. Her grammatical style of placing adjectives after the noun or using uncommon words for rhythm that the average person would have to look up to understand what she’s talking about, can be very exhausting or very captivating depending on one’s preference. However, there is no doubt that many women have fallen victim to her impressionistic linguistic style and have been captivated by her insights into her “Holy Experience,” or what she proclaims to be a life transforming experience from God.

But are the experiences she writes about Biblical?

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Scoffers have the last word?

It seems that our society and our culture has shifted from respecting people’s rights to free speech and faith practices, to out and out mocking and silencing Christians. Joining us on air to discuss our freedom of speech is Elijah Abraham who travels around the world preaching the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ alone.  […]

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Heaven Tourism: The Saga Continues

In the wake of Alex Malarkey’s courageous confession that he lied about his trip to Heaven as a young boy in his book, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, it appeared as the whole Heaven Tourism issue was beginning to lose ground. The massive outcry by #The15 against Lifeway bookstores, in conjunction with Alex’s recantation of his story, prompted Lifeway to remove all Heaven Tourism books from the stores shelves, though they won’t admit that as the reason.

The recantation of Alex’s story also caused many to doubt Colton Burpo’s story as well, regarding his story of visiting Heaven in his book and upcoming movie Heaven is for Real. Burpo then felt he needed to come out and make a statement— one where he unabashedly claimed that he stands by his story. Just when it seems like all of this doubt being cast upon the subject was causing people to rethink their beliefs on these fictional stories, the publicity of a new miracle tale is refueling the old fire.

Enter Annabel.

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Do You Love Where You Live?

by Beecher Proch | 4/15/15

The title of this blog is really a trick question. I’m not asking if you are in love with your home where you live. I’m not asking if you like your hometown. What I am asking you is this: Do you love what the world has to offer?

There will come a time when you will have to make a choice: be faithful to God or pursue the things of the world.

Maybe it’s that certain TV show. Or that outfit at the mall (which you know is really a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen). Maybe it’s just material stuff . Tantalizing, scrumptious looking, and as satisfying as the bite of cream puff I just took—always leaving me wanting more.

I’d like to rather daringly state that we all struggle, at times, with loving the things of this world. Maybe we want to fit in. Or we like the promises of pleasure that it tells us we’ll have. Or we’re just curious about what’s “out there.” But one thing I know for sure: We can’t love the world and love the things of God. The Bible makes that point loud and clear.


Life Is Best: End the Holocaust of Abortion

by Landon

“No human being… is ever conceived outside God’s will or ever conceived apart from God’s image. Life is a gift from God created in His own image.” – John MacArthur

There is no denying that the holocaust of our time is the tragedy of abortion. Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, and at the time of this writing, there have been 56,662,169 babies murdered under the guise of a “woman’s choice”. Fifty-six and a half MILLION babies murdered because a woman decided that she wanted the pleasure of sex without the hassle of procreation. Despicable.

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Walking in the Spirit: a pre-response

by Dan PhillipsI’ve more or less promised to write specifically on what it (actually) means to walk in/be led by the Spirit. Aaaand I’ve not done it. Aaaand I’m not doing it today.

But in the meanwhile, I just crammed two or three sermons about the Holy Spirit into one, which includes exposition of the Bible’s teaching on His person and work, through both Old and New Testament, including His work in the Christian life.

The sermon and outline are here:

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You Need Something More than Studying God’s Word (True Woman 201, part 2)

I’m giving a shout-out to diligent students of the Word. I have a critical announcement to make: You need something more than a thorough knowledge of Scripture!

When we walk in God’s presence, it should have an obvious effect on our lives.

During the darkest season of our marriage, my husband experienced a crisis of faith. He watched me consistently studying Scripture, but “knowing the Word and loving God” wasn’t impacting me when it came to how I treated him. I was one miserable woman to live with.

I had a serious problem. I wasn’t practicing reverence during those years.

“Reverence” may not be a word you use often, but it is a biblical word (check out Titus 2:3). Reverence is a heart action needed when it comes to connecting the dots of Scripture. At the lowest point in our marriage, more than just studying God’s Word, I needed reverence.

Reverence for God is tied to the reverence of His Word—which directly impacts how I treat others.

I was approaching God’s Word as an academic student; not as a needy child. That’s a hazardous activity. When we profess to know God’s Word, but our actions are unaffected, we send a dangerous message to the watching world that says the Word isn’t life-changing, that God is not powerful.

According to Titus 2:5, I was blaspheming the Word of God.

When we walk in God’s presence, it should have an obvious effect on our lives.

If I study Scripture without reverencing God, I can develop a flippant attitude. If I spend time in God’s Word and I’m rude to a coworker just moments later, that’s a red flag indicating that I’m not reverencing God.

What really brings me to a place of sincere humility and reverence is when I remember this:

The Word I am studying is the breath of God.

If I’m oblivious to that truth when I approach His Word, I miss the point. This is His breath, His living message to me, the reader. This is not ink on paper, or digital images on screen, this is organic communication from my Father.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16).

I hope you didn’t run past that familiar verse too quickly. God breathed out His Word as a fresh wind of living truth, igniting a fire of understanding within the human authors who carefully penned down words breathed through their hearts by His Spirit.

The Word I am studying is the breath of God.

Awe and holy trembling are aspects of studying God’s Word that are missing when I’m not reverent in my approach. If I come to the Scriptures as an expert, if my heart is hardened—ears and eyes closed to my own need—I will not tremble. I will not stand in awe. I will not be reverencing God.

And I will not be changed.

When I live my life reverencing God, I will joyfully tremble as I feed on His nourishing Word, and that will affect how I relate to others.

How are you approaching God’s Word? Are you trembling? How are you reverencing God as you relate to others?

Get Mary Kassian and Nancy’s new study, True Woman 201 (available for a gift of any amount through April 26), and discover a bold, fresh look at what the New Testament has to say about womanhood.

Like today’s video? Catch the entire conversation for each chapter of the study at TrueWoman201.com.

 

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Don’t Settle for Mediocrity!

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend a conference where Pastor Voddie Baucham, Jr. was speaking. He made a very good point that I want to share.


The primary (and peculiar) task of the Church

Why does the church exist? Is it to clothe the naked, feed the sick, liberate the oppressed? Is it wrong for churches to do this? Not at all; in fact, it is quite good and…


What Does a Healthy Church Budget Look Like? – Rainer on Leadership #115

Podcast Episode #115

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Church budgets can often be the source of much contention and even more confusion. It doesn’t have to be this way though. Knowing the basics of the budget and communicating the budget well to church members can eliminate a great deal of contention and confusion. So today on the podcast, we tackle the basics of church budgets.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • A church budget has to have clarity if it is to be healthy at all.
  • If you want a healthy church budget, make as much money available for ministry as possible.
  • Debt can be a tremendous hindrance to churches, but is often necessary for growth.
  • There is no reason even for a small church to not have some kind of budgeting software.
  • Quarterly church budget reporting is often the most effective practice.
  • Pastors should have help with church budgets, but also need to know the basics.

The seven topics we cover in this podcast are:

  1. Budgets need to have clarity
  2. Understand the three main categories: facilities; personnel; ministry
  3. Understand the problem with percentages
  4. Understand the impact of debt
  5. There is a need for pastors and staff to understand budgets
  6. Frequency of reporting depends on the church and polity

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The Story behind ‘It Is No Secret’

I never thought I’d get to talk about Billy Graham, Elvis Presley, and John Wayne all in one BreakPoint commentary. Stay tuned for the amazing story behind a famous gospel song.
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Words of Comfort: Stolen wallet.

Recently an Oklahoma woman who was grocery shopping noticed that someone had stolen her wallet. She spotted the thief in a crowded aisle and said to him, “I think you have something of mine. I’m gonna give you a choice: You can give me my wallet and I’ll forgive you right now, and I’ll even take you to the front and pay for your groceries.” The mother of four added, “He reached into his hoodie pocket and gave me my wallet. He started crying when we walked up to the front. He said he was sorry about 20 times by the time we went from the pickle aisle to the front. He told me he was desperate.” She reportedly wound up spending $27 on groceries for the man, including milk, bread, bologna, crackers, soup and cheese. “The last thing he said was, ‘I’ll never forget tonight. I’m broke, I have kids, I’m embarrassed and I’m sorry,’” she reportedly recalled. “Some people are critical because I didn’t turn him in, but sometimes all you need is a second chance.”

According to Yahoo News, “This generosity and desire to help others is a major part of Jessica’s life. Though she’s a full-time college student, United Way employee, wife and mother of four, she still finds time to work with the Christian Outreach in her community and spends up to 12 hours per week volunteering.”

While bitter atheists continually try to paint Christians as hate-mongers, love and kindness is the spirit of true Christianity.

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Are We Treating the Gospel Like a Cookie Instead of a Cure? (Video)

J. Warner Wallace speaks to Stones Crossing Church in Greenville Indiana about the import distinctions between objective and subjective truth claims and why this distinction is important to us as Christians.

To see more Cold Case Christianity Training Videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.

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Good fruits are not the good works we perform

In Matthew 7:16, Jesus says that to recognize false prophets, “you will know them by their fruits.” In Matthew 7:20 He says something similar: “By their fruits you will know them.” Many teachers and Bible scholars say that Jesus is referring to a person’s good works as the indication of whether or not they are a false prophet, or more generically, whether or not they are even a Christian.


It’s time for Christians to tell the truth about abortion politics

What is religious freedom?

http://www.fpiw.org/blog/2015/04/07/what-is-religious-freedom/


Help! I’m not the Christian woman I want to be

Ladies, how did you learn to ride a bike? Brush your teeth? Tie your shoes? Shave your legs? Apply make-up? Drive a car? Your answer to most of these questions, if not all, is someone taught you.


Mennonites Walk Ruth Haley Barton’s Mystical Bridge

By Menno-lite Ruth Haley Barton, founder of The Transforming Centre[1], was trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation which teaches: “This mystical stream is the Western bridge to Far Eastern spirituality … It is no accident that the most active frontier between Christian and Eastern religions today is between contemplative Christian monks […]


The Fundamentals of Expository Preaching

From The Master’s Seminary (http://www.tms.edu/), Dr. John MacArthur and Dr. Steven Lawson teach a course on Expository Preaching. The course is a wonderful encouragement and provides specific, practical direction for anyone called to the preaching ministry.


How to Know if You are Blessed

there they are“I’m blessed!” “That was such a blessing!” “Wow, you are blessed!”

Whether some financial profit, a good meal, an ideal day, or finding our lost keys, we’ve all said it. And those things are blessings. But, too often we risk throwing around benedictory phrases with a shallow, man-centered carelessness.

What does it mean to be “blessed”? What does God consider “blessing”? God’s definitions of blessing might not always fit the pop-definitions. One in particular, perhaps, counter-intuitive blessing is described from what is considered the greatest sermon ever preached: the Sermon on the Mount. Christ opened it with the declarative blessing, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:3). What is the essence of this blessing?

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Debate Video: What is God Really Like- Tawhid or Trinity? Dr. Shabir Ally and Dr. Nabeel Qureshi

This debate took place on April 8th, 2015. It was moderated by Ms. Julie Roys of Moody Radio.


Proudly Humble

Sometimes pride looks an awful lot like humility. There are times that our pride convinces us to put on a great show of what looks to all the world like humility so that we will be seen and acknowledged by others.


Six Ways Millennials Are Educating Their Churches Theologically

Over the past few decades, the seeker-sensitive movement, and before that the church growth movement, taught us much about the importance of contextualization in the church.

The strengths of these movements included a relentless evangelistic focus and a willingness to question status quo methodology and some extra-biblical traditions. On the other hand, their weaknesses were exposed as well. There was a tendency by some to downplay the importance of biblical truths and theological education. The practical sometimes overshadowed the theological.

In recent years, however, I have noticed a remarkable—and welcomed—return by younger leaders to the fundamentals of the faith, basic theological education, and the deepening of doctrinal roots.

Recently I sat down and studied these trends and identified six ways Millennial leaders in the church are increasing the importance and effectiveness of theological education in the local church.

  1. Emphasizing the big story of the Bible. Millennial leaders understand the need for Christians to be grounded in the grand narrative of Scripture, and the resources they use range from chronological Bible reading plans to theologically robust kids’ Bibles. The overwhelming success of The Gospel Project (video below), a curriculum that uses the storyline of Scripture to teach essential doctrines, shows that church leaders today see the need for theological education and are acting accordingly.
  2. Utilizing a catechism-like resource with their kids. In the previous point I mentioned theologically rich children’s Bibles, but it doesn’t just stop there. Millennial parents are using other resources and even smartphone apps to teach theological concepts and lessons to their children at home. While they aren’t typically formal catechisms, they emphasize building a foundation of correct answers to Biblical questions. The Big Picture question and answer section in The Gospel Project for Kids curriculum is just one example of a resource for this practice.
  3. Study groups working through systematic theology. I know of several churches that have weekly study groups who cover basic systematic theology. This is not just donuts and devotions. These groups intensely study Scripture and theology and in many cases have seen an increase in theological education and evangelistic fervor.
  4. A return to theological hymnody and songs. We’ve had Keith Getty on the podcast to discuss hymnody and trends in the worship services, but again, it doesn’t stop there. Many Millennial parents are using time in the car with their children to reinforce biblical truth through song. Several musicians have responded to this trend with albums full of songs with lyrics made entirely of Scripture.
  5. Recommended reading on church websites. Many churches no longer have an official library on their campus, but church leaders are still recommending books. Many church websites now include a “recommended reading” section that features a mix of devotional classics, theological books, and the resources that have been most helpful to the pastor and staff.
  6. Church membership classes. This should not be a surprise to regular readers of this blog. As I’ve stated several times on the blog and in the podcast, the two main things you should communicate in church membership classes are information and expectations. And both of those must be firmly built on a biblical foundation of good theology.

There are surely other ways that churches are educating members with theological truths. I’d love to hear from you about ways in which you are doing this at your church. Please share them in the comment section below.


Bonus: Here is a new video from The Gospel Project I’ve recently shared on Twitter.

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The Daily Discovery (April 15, 2015)

The Dangers of Performing Secular Music in Worship – “There is a disturbing trend in churches lately that seems to only be growing: that being the trend of secular music being performed in worship services. We don’t do this at First Baptist Moncks Corner (even though we certainly have the talent to do so) and there are very real reasons why we do not which I and our staff have thought through. In interest of full disclosure, I felt led, as a pastor who desperately wants his flock to know the difference between truth and error, to write this blog post about the dangers of performing secular music at a worship service…”

Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Christianized Version of “Sexytime” with Ghosts? – “A Facebook friend recently tagged me with the article What’s Behind Reports of Ghost Sex?, an article in which it has been claimed by some people that they have had sexually intimate relations with, as the title of the article implies, ghosts. Yes, you read that right, and no, I’m not making this up. A few celebrities have even gotten into the mix, including actress Natasha Blasick and singer Kesha. In fact, Kesha revealed in an interview with Ryan Seacrest that her song Supernatural was about her own encounter with a supernatural being, an encounter she described as ‘sexy time with a ghost.’”

Stetzer Partners with Catholic Priest on Mental Illness – “Mental illness is one of those safe issues that the evangelical intelligentsia have decided to focus upon in the last year or so. Add that to racial reconciliation and sex-trafficking, and you have the talking points. The secular press loves it. It’s not controversial. Nobody could be crucified over it. It’s a win-win.”

Walking in the Spirit: a pre-response – “I’ve more or less promised to write specifically on what it (actually) means to walk in/be led by the Spirit. Aaaand I’ve not done it. Aaaand I’m not doing it today.”

Do You Have An Arrangement, or Commitment? – “If you’re trusting yourself today, you might want to read Romans 7. Today Dave Wager is with us to talk about the difference between arrangement, commitment, relationship, and fellowship.”


SERMON:

Ryan Fullerton – The Carnal Christian Reconsidered


VIDEOS:

“I don’t understand Election”

Heaven Is For Real


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

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After The Millennium

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Q.  After the 1000 years, will the Gentile Kingdoms lose their sin natures in Eternity ?  Will the Nations also lose their Free Will in Eternity, so sin and rebellion never occur again like it did at the end of the Millennium?

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The Church In Heaven

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Q.   The fact the church is not mentioned after Rev. 4 seems a good indication we will be raptured!  your opinion?

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Our Time is Short

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

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April 15, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

Islamic extremists torch Nigerian church and pastor’s home

Islamic extremists in the village of Gidan Maso in Nigeria’s northern Kano state set fire to a church on 1 April after they could not find a young man who had renounced Islam and decided to return to Christianity, whom they were looking to kill.


Bring Back Our Girls: Marking the One Year Anniversary of the Abduction of the Chibok Schoolgirls

By Troy Augustine

04/14/2015 Washington DC (International Christian Concern) – Today is the anniversary of Boko Haram (BH) kidnapping 276 young girls from Chibok in northern Nigeria.


NJ Schools Keep “Under God” in Pledge of Allegiance after Atheist Group Drops Court Challenge

ICC Note: Last year the atheist legal group American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey public school district for the use of the words, “Under God,” being used in the Pledge of Allegiance.


US Court Awards $30 Million to Family of Slain Missionary in Landmark Judgment against North Korea

ICC Note: A United States court has granted $330 million to the family of slain missionary Rev. Kim Dong-Shik, with $30 million going to Kim’s son and brother and $300 million in damages against DPRK of North Korea.


Christians in Iran denied permission to celebrate Easter

Iranian Christians in Urumiyeh were told they were not allowed to hold Easter celebrations after state security forces sent threatening letters to state-recognised churches in the north-western city on 4 April.


800,000 children displaced by Boko Haram

One year after Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, more than 800,000 children remain displaced by the Islamic militant group’s onslaught in Nigeria and neighboring countries, UNICEF reported April 13.


Overwhelming Demand for Bibles

Christians in China are still desperate for Bibles. A pastor in connection with our partners for Bible distribution in China reports that pastors from both cities and rural areas consistently ask him for Bibles.


As The Conflict Escalates, The Situation In Aleppo’s Christian Quarter Worsens

ICC Note: With Syria’s war continuing, Christians in Aleppo, the country’s largest city, continue to face danger. The conflict in the city has pounded the Christian quarter leaving many homes, schools, and other buildings in ruins.


Middle East Christians Trapped by Islamist Extremists Forge Alliances With Former Foes

ICC Note: The chaos that has spanned the Middle East has been especially dangerous for the region’s Christian minorities. Long viewed as second-class citizens in the largely Muslim region, Islamic Extremists have driven many out altogether.


Daily Prayer – Wednesday 15 April 2015

“In the Bible God says that he can talk to people, even in their dreams… I pray that they find that God is forgiving and merciful and that they stop doing what it is that they’re doing.” These were words of Mercy, one of the 200+ mainly Christian school girls from Chibok who were abducted by the Nigerian Islamist group, Boko Haram, exactly a year ago.


Christian Girl in Uganda Injured and Traumatized after Gang-Rape, Father Says

ICC Note: According to a pastor in Uganda, a group of five Muslim men gang-raped his 17-year-old daughter because he ignored their warning to cease worship services.

 

New study: cohabitation produces far inferior outcomes to marriage

WINTERY KNIGHT

This study is from the American College of Pediatricians.

The Stream writes about the study:

The American College of Pediatricians recently published a paper, Cohabitation, which cautions adolescents and young adults about the negative consequences of cohabitation for both themselves and their children, and urges parents to teach their children about the advantages of waiting until marriage.

More young people are now first cohabiting than are marrying without prior cohabitation, yet research shows that, rather than being a stepping-stone to a healthy marriage, living together before marriage (cohabitation) makes couples more likely to break-up and more likely to divorce if they do marry. It results in lower marital satisfaction and increased negative communication.  Cohabiting couples spend less time together; men are more likely to spend their time on personal pleasure than do married men.

Commitment failure:

Cohabiting couples are now less likely to later marry than 40 years ago. Controlling…

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The Religious Compartment

The Reformed Reader

Jacket Two days ago I mentioned William Wilberforce’s book called Real Christianity (that’s the modern title for it anyway).  In chapter four he explains the true character of the real Christian life and then contrasts it with the beliefs and practices of nominal Christians.  The second section of this chapter is where Wilberforce describes how nominal Christians view the Christian religion.  Here are a few excerpts:

“They [nominal Christians] assign to religion a plot of land – larger or smaller according to their views and circumstances – in which it has merely a qualified (limited) jurisdiction.  This done, they presume they have a right to roam at will over the spacious remainder of territory.”

“In other words, religion can claim only a stated proportion of their thoughts, their time, their money, and their influence.  If they may give a liberal allowance to one or more of these resources, then they…

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Neil Shenvi responds to popular arguments for abortion rights

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I'm Scheming Unborn Baby, and I approve this decision I’m Scheming Unborn Baby, and I approve this message

A very good read to make sure that you can handle the obvious ones, from Neil Shenvi, Ph.D.

Here are the objections:

  • “Women have a right to do what they want with their own bodies.”
  • “The government has no right to make laws telling a woman she can’t have an abortion”
  • “The unborn is not a human being, it is just a mass of cells.”
  • “Until the fetus has a heart and brain, it is not a human being.”
  • “It is moral to kill a fetus as long as it feels no pain.”
  • “No one should be forced to carry and raise the child of their rapist.”
  • “Making abortion illegal will not decrease abortion; it will only make drive it underground and make it less safe.”
  • “Laws should not be based on religion”
  • “If you are opposed to abortion, don’t have one.”

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Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures. (James 1:16-18 NASB)

The test of true faith is that which is revealed in how one lives and walks through this life. Right belief, that is, a faith that lives in a regenerate heart born from above, is exhibited in right living as James, the brother of our Lord Jesus Christ wrote in the passage above. Notice also that he began that passage in v16 with, “Do not be deceived,” or Μὴ πλανᾶσθε from the Greek. This literally says, “not be deceived.” The…

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