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April 21, 2015 Daily News/Commentary Collection

Anger may be handled wrongly in either one of two ways: blowing up and clamming up. —Jay Adams

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Apr. 21, 2015

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The Obama administration has estimated for years that Iran was at most three months away from enriching enough nuclear fuel for an atomic bomb. But the administration only declassified this estimate at the beginning of the month, just in time for the White House to make the case for its Iran deal to Congress and the public.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said his trade mission to Cuba with executives from New York-based companies including Pfizer Inc. and MasterCard Inc. will pressure Congress to lift the embargo of the Communist island nation.

After addressed the First in the Nation summit in Nashua, New Hampshire, on Saturday, he headed to a basement conference room for a conversation with young Republicans. There was no filming of the speech, but reporters were allowed to sit in as Cruz fielded questions about Iran, millennials, and his own fitness for president. When one audience member asked Cruz what executive experience he could bring to the job, Cruz lambasted the “greybeards” in Washington for coming up with the “senator versus governor” framework in the first place.

“Obama is not a disaster because he was a senator,” said Texas Senator Ted Cruz. “Obama is a disaster because he’s an unmitigated socialist, what he believes is profoundly dangerous, and he’s undermined the Constitution and the role of America in the world.”

Nuclear inspectors will need unfettered access in Iran as part of a deal to lift economic sanctions, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said a day after an Iranian general said military sites must be off limits.

California Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to exclude farms from water-use restrictions to counter the state’s historic drought has reignited tensions between homeowners who covet green lawns and pools and farmers who produce half the produce grown in the U.S.

The ECB is studying measures to rein in Emergency Liquidity Assistance to Greek banks, as resistance to further aiding the country’s stricken lenders grows in the Governing Council.

A Chinese power-transformer maker became the country’s first state-owned company to default on an onshore bond, signaling the government’s willingness to let market forces decide an enterprise’s fate.

Gold’s traditional role as a store of wealth has been usurped by contemporary art and apartments in cities such as New York and London, according to Laurence D. Fink, head of the world’s biggest asset manager.

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Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected child abuser, answering calls by victims to take action against bishops who cover up for pedophile priests.

Foreigners fleeing xenophobic violence in South Africa told of how they escaped marauding death mobs and vowed never to return to the country where they had sought a new life.

Thailand seized 4 tons of ivory hidden in bean sacks tracked from Congo in what authorities said was the biggest bust in the country’s history.

A senior official in the Iran-allied Houthi movement said the movement of more U.S. warships into waters off Yemen escalates Washington’s role in a Saudi-led campaign against the group and aims at tightening a “siege” on the country.

Ethiopia began three days of national mourning on Tuesday, with joint Christian and Muslim prayers for more than 20 Ethiopian Christians killed by Islamic State militants in Libya.

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The number of migrants dying in Mediterranean Sea crossings could hit 30,000 this year if the current rate continues, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says.

A 93-year-old former Nazi SS guard, known as the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, has admitted he is “morally” guilty of the murder of at least 300,000 Jews at the concentration camp.

An Egyptian court has sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in jail for ordering the arrest and torture of protesters during his rule.

A Japanese magnetic levitation train has broken its own world speed record, hitting 374mph in a test run near Mount Fuji.

The US is sending an aircraft carrier to boost its patrols in the waters off Yemen, amid suspicions that an Iranian naval convoy in the area is carrying arms intended for Yemeni Houthi rebels.

The South African army will be deployed to end a wave of attacks on foreigners, the Defense Minister said.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Russia’s economy shrank by 2% in the first three months of this year, the first contraction since 2009.

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Pennsylvania high school students responded to a Gay-Straight Alliance “Day of Silence” anti-bullying event with a campaign of their own – an “Anti-Gay Day” protest marked most noticeably by the wearing of flannel shirts.

Mitchell Primary School children in Kittery, Maine, were read a story about a little transgender child, sparking outrage among some parents who say they ought to have been given a heads-up and chance to opt out of the lesson, which was recited to students in 20 of Mitchell’s 22 classes.

A U.S. veteran was detained but not charged Friday after she intervened in a university protest where demonstrators were walking on the American flag.

Jade Helm 15 is set to kick off in seven states this summer, sending Special Operations forces from all four main branches of the military onto civilian soil to conduct hostile take-over training – and civil-rights advocates are sounding the alarms.

Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newton, Connecticut, Americans’ views of guns have gone through a shift to the point where record-high numbers of citizens now say firearms are necessary for personal protections.


Rubio: ‘Sexual Preference Is Something That People Are Born With’
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he believes sexual preference is not a choice for most people, but he also believes gay marriage is not a constitutional right.   

Assad: ISIS Was Created in Iraq, ‘Under the Supervision of the Americans
“ISIS was created in Iraq in 2006 under the supervision of the Americans,” he said, according to a transcript provided by the official SANA news agency. “I wasn’t controlling Iraq. The Americans controlled Iraq, and ISIS came from Iraq to Syria, because chaos is contagious.”   

3 killed, 200,000 homes without power as ‘worst in decade’ storm rages in Australia
The gusts of wind averaged 100km/h and some 30cm of rain fell in some areas, many times more than usual. The average yearly amount of precipitation in the region is 5.5cm.   

CHANCE OF STORMS
NOAA forecasters estimate a 45% to 65% chance of polar geomagnetic storms during the next 24 to 48 hours. A solar wind stream and a CME are expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field in quick succession   

ISIS Head Badly Injured in Iraq Attack
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was badly injured in an explosion today (Tuesday). The US-led international coalition has claimed credit for the attack.   

US warship heads to Yemeni waters
The US Navy aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming towards Yemeni waters to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels. The deployment comes after a UN Security Council resolution approved last week imposed an arms embargo on the leaders of the Iranian-backed Shia Houthi rebels.   

Mysterious ‘supervoid’ in space is largest object ever discovered, scientists claim
Astronomers have discovered a curious empty section of space which is missing around 10,000 galaxies. The ‘supervoid’, which is 1.8 billion light-years across, is the largest known structure ever discovered in the universe but scientists are baffled about what it is and why it is so barren.   

In Historic Meeting with Rabbis, Pope Francis Decries Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe
In a historic encounter, Francis met in the Vatican with a delegation from the Conference of European Rabbis, the first time a pope has ever met with the Conference. The Pope underscored that all Christians “must be firm in deploring all forms of anti-Semitism, and in showing their solidarity with the Jewish people.”   

Yemen crisis: Deadly air strike on Sanaa arms depot
At least 25 people were killed and 300 injured in Yemen’s capital Sanaa after an air strike on a missile base caused a huge blast that flattened buildings. Witnesses compared the blast, which sent a plume of smoke hundreds of metres into the sky, to an earthquake. The explosion occurred in the Faj Attan area of the capital, near the presidential compound.   

Venezuela ‘receives $5bn in finance from China’
Venezuela has received $5bn (£3.4bn) in financing from China, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says. The money was for “development”, he said on Sunday, but gave no details. The announcement comes three months after Mr Maduro travelled to China – a major investor in the region.   

China’s prestige projects around the world
China is investing $46bn in Pakistan, including an economic corridor linking its western Xinjiang province all the way to the south-west port of Gwadar on the Arabian sea. This is just the latest in a series of prestige projects that China has paid for or invested in around the world.   

Auschwitz Bookkeeper Stands Trial In Germany
A former bookkeeper at Auschwitz will stand trial in Germany today accused of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people. Oskar Groening was 21 years old and by his own admission an enthusiastic Nazi when he was sent to work at Auschwitz in 1942. Groening, now 93, was responsible for collecting deportees’ belongings after they arrived at the Nazi concentration camp.   

Europe grapples with deadly Mediterranean migration crisis
European leaders are struggling to find a solution to a desperate surge of Mediterranean migration that appears to have claimed more than 1,500 lives so far this year, as poverty and war drive people to risk everything on rickety, overloaded boats.   

Michele Bachmann: The Rapture Is Coming And It’s Obama’s Fault
Michele Bachmann says the rapture is coming, thanks to President Barack Obama’s policies on Iran’s nuclear program and marriage equality. In a radio interview last week, Bachmann, the former Minnesota Republican congresswoman, told “End Times” host Jan Markell, “We need to realize how close this clock is getting to the midnight hour.”   

PayPal wants to implant passwords in your stomach and your brain
PayPal is working on a new generation of embeddable, injectable and ingestible devices that could replace passwords as a means of identification. Jonathan LeBlanc, PayPal’s global head of developer evangelism, claims that these devices could include brain implants, wafer-thin silicon chips that can be embedded into the skin, and ingestible devices with batteries that are powered by stomach acid.   

Secretary Of State For Hire: Hillary Clinton Made Millions From Foreign Donors In Exchange For “Favors”
That the Clintons have made millions of dollars from speaking fees is no secret: just last summer it was revealed that the former president was paid $104.9 million for delivering 542 speeches around the world between January 2001 and January 2013, when Hillary left her job as secretary of state.   

Greek banks ‘close to collapse’ as debt soars
Greek debt costs leapt yesterday as the French central bank warned that the banking sector in Athens is on the verge of collapse. The euro fell 0.6 per cent to $1.074 after International Monetary Fund and G20 meetings in Washington held out little progress on the prospect of Greece satisfying creditors to unlock €7.2 billion in financial aid by the end of the month.  


19 Statistics About Abortion That Every American Should Know

Every single day a tragedy greater than 9/11 takes place, but hardly anyone is talking about it anymore. On September 11th, 2001 more than 3,000 Americans lost their lives when three giant steel frame skyscrapers were brought down in New York City. That was a great evil, but so is the fact that we purposely kill more than 3,000 of our own babies every single day in this country. The fact that society has generally accepted the practice of abortion does not lessen the evil that we have done one bit. Today, the United States has the highest abortion rate in the entire western world, and hardly anyone makes a fuss about it anymore. In fact, a lot of Americans laugh about it, and some even do comedy skits about it. We are so casual about abortion these days that one university is actually recruiting teen girls to have abortions for a “scientific study” that is being conducted. But someday we will be judged for what we have done. We have killed more than 56 million of our own babies, and their blood is crying out for justice. In the end, we will reap what we have sown. The following are 19 statistics about abortion that every American show know. Please share these numbers with everyone that you can… (Read More…)


Guess What Happened The Last Time Bond Yields Crashed Like This?…

If a major financial crisis was approaching, we would expect to see the “smart money” getting out of stocks and pouring into government bonds that are traditionally considered to be “safe” during a crisis. This is called a “flight to safety” or a “flight to quality“. In the past, when there has been a “flight to quality” we have seen yields for German government bonds and U.S. government bonds go way down. As you will see below, this is exactly what we witnessed during the financial crisis of 2008. U.S. and German bond yields plummeted as money from the stock market was dumped into bonds at a staggering pace. Well, it is starting to happen again. In recent months we have seen U.S. and German bond yields begin to plummet as the “smart money” moves out of the stock market. So is this another sign that we are on the precipice of a significant financial panic? (Read More….)


Bombshell As Obama And Erdogan Slated To Open New Mega-Mosque Together In Maryland

He will be at the opening of the $100 million dollar mega mosque in Lanham, MD with Erdogan — only about 1/2 hour from our home.

From his apology tour to the Middle East, to his fake Arab Spring to destabilize the region, to take out secular governments and replace them with Islamic regimes, it is crystal clear! You have to be blind not to see this.

“A couple of years ago it was reported that Turkey was helping fund the building of a $100 million dollar mega mosque in Lanham, Maryland. In fact Erdogan visited the mosque when he was here in May of 2013, promising to come back for the opening.

Well that time has apparently arrived and now Erdogan and Obama will be together at the mosque for the big opening ceremony:

The presidents of Turkey and the U.S. will open the Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center in Maryland, Turkey’s foreign minister said Sunday.

Mevlut Cavusoglu, on a three-day visit to Washington, visited the center that also has a middle-sized mosque, and lunched with representatives from the American Muslim community.

“During a phone call, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked President (Barack) Obama to accompany him in opening the center together and President Obama accepted his offer’in principle,’” Cavusoglu told the representatives.

If Obama’s schedule allows at the time of the opening, he will accompany Erdogan.”

Father I pray for America. I pray for those who love You and Your Holy Word. After reading this piece, I hope and pray that there will be no nay sayers left, that Obama is a Christian and that he is not infiltrating the US with Muslims. It’s as clear as it could possibly be.

MARANATHA!!!

 

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Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything


The Washington Post reported last week that the tax-exempt foundation run by Bill and Hillary Clinton accepted money from seven foreign governments while Hillary served as U.S. Secretary of State (it’s unclear how much foreign money the organization accepted while Hillary was a U.S. Senator). Super shady, right? It’s worse than that, though, because Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution actually bans foreign payola for U.S. officials.

The constitutional ban on foreign cash payments to U.S. officials is known as the Emoluments Clause and originated from Article VI of the Articles of Confederation. The purpose of the clause was to prevent foreign governments from buying influence in the U.S. by paying off U.S. government officials. Here’s the text of the clause:


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April 21, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him.” —Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, 1785

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The Clinton Pay-to-Play Foundation Unmasked

“Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” by Peter Schweizer, is due to hit the bookshelves soon, but Republican presidential candidates are already taking advantage. That’s because the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, including Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, was briefed on the book. The New York Times obtained a copy, too, and reports that the “186-page investigation of donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities … asserts that foreign entities who made payments to the Clinton Foundation and to Mr. Clinton through high speaking fees received favors from Mrs. Clinton’s State Department in return.” The Times quotes a passage in which Schweizer writes, “We will see a pattern of financial transactions involving the Clintons that occurred contemporaneous with favorable U.S. policy decisions benefiting those providing the funds.”

We know it’s shocking to consider that Hillary Clinton’s massive income and her record of “smart power” at the State Department might be tainted by these pay-to-play shenanigans, but Schweizer appears to have done his homework and provides numerous examples. Hillary’s use of private email servers was problematic in large part because she was able to cover up the Clinton Foundation’s dealings. No wonder she deleted tens of thousands of “personal” emails. And her response to the book is typical Hillary: It’s just part of the vast right-wing conspiracy.

Earth Day’s Coming, So Climate Rhetoric’s Heating Up

In Saturday’s weekly address, Barack Obama devoted his lecture to Earth Day, which is Wednesday, and he doubled down on global warming so we can “protect this precious planet we call home.” He claimed, “[T]oday, there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change. … [T]he fact that the climate is changing has very serious implications for the way we live now. Stronger storms. Deeper droughts. Longer wildfire seasons. The world’s top climate scientists are warning us that a changing climate already affects the air our kids breathe.” (Earlier this month he wrongly blamed global warming for his daughter’s asthma despite his old smoking habit.) To commemorate Earth Day, Obama will visit the Florida Everglades, which he called “one of the most special places in our country.” He added, “But it’s also one of the most fragile. Rising sea levels are putting a national treasure — and an economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry — at risk. So climate change can no longer be denied — or ignored.” After all, there’s still government power to gain.

Veteran Arrested for Refusing to Give up American Flag

A group of protesters at Valdosta State University had cast the American flag on the ground and were walking all over it when Michelle Manhart snatched it away from them. “It was tattered and torn, covered with mud and dirt,” the former Air Force training instructor said. “I told the demonstrators that it needed to be properly disposed of.” Instead, campus police led her away in handcuffs when she didn’t let Old Glory go after they ordered her to. It’s a situation that has kindled anew discussions over the flag code, free speech and … pornography.

See, this isn’t the first time Manhart has created controversy. In 2007, she was demoted in the Air Force after she posed nude in Playboy Magazine. “This staff sergeant’s alleged action does not meet the high standards we expect of our airmen, nor does it comply with the Air Force’s core values of integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do,” the Air Force said in a statement at the time. According to an Air Force Times cover story, Manhart wanted to use her Playboy notoriety to launch a modeling career, and she later used the flag to cover herself in a nude photo-shoot for PETA — itself a disrespectful use of the flag, in our estimation. Yet even if she wasn’t the best messenger, Manhart’s intent in the Valdosta incident was honorable and any veteran who sacrificed so much to defend the flag would agree. More…

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What if the Supreme Court Strikes Down ObamaCare Subsidies?

By Lewis Morris

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A major shift could be taking place in ObamaCare this June, and Republicans stand to gain big, but only if they are sure-footed. June is when the Supreme Court will announce its decision in King v. Burwell, the case regarding whether the federal government overstepped its authority in paying out subsidies to those purchasing health insurance on the federal ObamaCare exchange. But Republicans face the unpleasant specter of a legal win and a political loss.

As ObamaCare is written, each state had the option to set up its own exchange through which people would buy health insurance. These exchanges were theoretically supposed to offer cheaper coverage, though we know how that went — costs went up and continue to do so. Just the same, 36 states opted not to create their own exchanges, forcing the creation and implementation of a federal ObamaCare exchange to take up the slack. And since Barack Obama needed to keep the law afloat, he arbitrarily decided that taxpayer subsidies could be paid out through the federal exchange, too.

If the Supreme Court interprets the law literally, then the federal taxpayer subsidies will be wiped out. It’s plainly written in the law: no state-run exchange, no taxpayer subsidy for insurance. The immediate outcome will be that some 7.5 million people could lose their insurance. But not if Republicans act.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) have proposed alternative plans to protect low-income people currently on the federal exchange. Tax credits would allow people to buy insurance in the private market and across state lines, something ObamaCare subsidies do not allow.

Naturally, Hatch and Ryan stand accused of creating “ObamaCare Lite,” but Ryan counters that their plans would “empower Americans to make their own health care decisions rather than government mandates.”

Republicans face a tricky situation in dealing with ObamaCare subsidies. The Supreme Court ruling, if it goes their way, offers the best opportunity yet to gut ObamaCare. Without the subsidy as it currently exists, the law could collapse. However, subsidies are popular — everybody loves “free” stuff. The American public still hates ObamaCare, but a number of polls indicate people are comfortable with taxpayer subsidies to help pay for insurance. If Republicans don’t offer a viable alternative to replacing the subsidies, the political backlash will be costly.

And that’s just what Democrats are counting on. The Obama administration and congressional Democrats have been mum about how to handle an adverse Supreme Court decision. Obama has merely said that the way to fix the problem lies with Congress. He would love nothing better than to see Republicans twist in the wind, knowing full well there is still a sizable portion of the GOP that will settle for nothing less than the complete repeal of ObamaCare. He can then blame Republicans if millions of people go uninsured.

The full repeal of ObamaCare should be the final goal, but it cannot be done in one fell swoop. And it will never be done if Republicans cannot coalesce around a plan to replace it. That can start now by developing a regime that still allows low-income people to afford insurance. Then, Republicans can put the onus on Obama, forcing the famously uncooperative president to go along with continuing subsidies that have a free-market flavor, or veto the GOP plan out of spite and force millions to lose their insurance.

Of course, this is all academic if Obama issues another arbitrary executive order that “fixes” the language of ObamaCare to allow federal subsidies. The Supreme Court could also lose its nerve and allow the subsidies to stand. Yet the justices might be less likely to do that if they know an alternative plan is in the works to keep millions from going uninsured.

Either way, the GOP should heed the advice of The Wall Street Journal: “Republicans would be wise to recall how Democrats built the entitlement state decade by decade. … Republicans will need liberal-like perseverance to reduce federal dominance over health care as well as an alternative vision that can appeal to voters.” Then again, intelligent strategy never was the GOP’s strong suit.

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Columnist Dennis Prager: “In 2013, of America’s 6,261 black homicide victims, more than 6,000 of them — 97 percent — were killed by people other than police. About three percent of black homicide victims were killed by police. And of that three percent, nearly every one was armed and dangerous. To label that an epidemic of police racism is a libel. In addition, more than 9 in 10 blacks murdered were murdered by another black person. Now that is an epidemic — an epidemic of black murderers. … The left is not only engaging in demagoguery and creating hysteria when it claims that ‘Blacks Lives Matter’ in reference to police killings of blacks. It is also not telling the truth. Black lives don’t really interest the left. If they did, the left would focus on all the black murderers taking black lives. The left’s overriding interest lies elsewhere: in defaming America, with its ‘legacy of slavery,’ ‘institutional racism’ and ‘white privilege,’ and in depicting white police as racists. To understand the left one must first understand that it hates conservatives more than it loves almost anything. Because if it really believed that ‘Black Lives Matter,’ its message would be ‘Black Murderers Matter.'”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The human race divides itself politically into those who want to be controlled, and those who have no such desire.” —American writer Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)

The BIG Lie: “2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record. Fourteen of the 15 hottest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century. This winter was cold in parts of our country — as some folks in Congress like to point out — but around the world, it was the warmest ever recorded.” —Barack Obama (Last year was not the warmest on record based on the most objective evidence, nor have almost all of the warmest years in recorded history occurred since the turn of the century.)

Demo-gogues: “I have to say that there are times where the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far. This is an example of it. It’s gone too far. Enough. Enough. Call Loretta Lynch for a vote, get her confirmed. Put her in place. Let her do her job. This is embarrassing, a process like this.” —Barack Obama (Translation: I’ve got more insidious work to accomplish before 2017, and it sure would help if I had Eric Holder 2.0.)

Non Compos Mentis: “I want to be sure that we get small businesses starting and growing in America again. We have stalled out. I was very surprised to see that when I began to dig into it. Because people were telling me this as I traveled around the country the last two years, but I didn’t know what they were saying and it turns out that we are not producing as many small businesses as we use to.” —Hillary Clinton, who’s suddenly concerned about the disaster known as the Obama Recovery

Applied science: “Scientists say they’re now several steps closer to being able to resurrect extinct species. Might want to start with the Founding Fathers, before it’s too late.” —Fred Thompson

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The First Person to Live to 1,000 May Be Alive Today

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 07:47 AM PDT

The First Person to Live to 1,000 May Be Alive TodayIn a new report out of Australia, researchers are saying it’s likely that the first person to live to be 1,000 is alive today. The Australian report says that a growing number of researchers believe a biological revolution will enable humans to eventually experience everlasting youthfulness. The article quotes researcher Aubrey de Grey, a Cambridge gerontologist and co-founder or the California-based Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence Research Foundation, who said that while immortality—zero risk of death from any cause—is not an accurate term for his goals, he is working on “one particular cause of death, namely aging,” in an effort to “undo the damage done by the wear and tear of life, as opposed to stopping the aging process altogether.” The researcher is developing a therapy to kill cells that have lost the ability to divide, allowing healthy cells to multiply and replenish the tissue. It’s an interesting commentary on the human desire to stop the aging process, cheat nature and essentially live forever. But Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) President Dr. Richard Land says the quest to live for centuries reflects a fear of death and what lies beyond. FULL REPORT

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Ventura Earthquake Fault Puts California At Risk For Destructive TsunamiPosted: 21 Apr 2015 07:42 AM PDT

Ventura Earthquake Fault Puts California At Risk For Destructive TsunamiOfficials are considering revising tsunami hazard maps after researchers found the Ventura fault line in Southern California is much more dangerous than previously believed. The Los Angeles Times reports that new geological research shows that the Ventura fault, is capable of producing earthquakes as large as magnitude 8 as well as severe tsunamis. The fault runs through the heart of downtown Ventura and connects to fault lines in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and down to Santa Barbara.Previously, researchers did not think California earthquakes could produce tsunamis, since the San Andreas fault is so far inland. FULL REPORT

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Turin shroud goes on display for first time in five yearsPosted: 21 Apr 2015 07:37 AM PDT

Turin shroud goes on display for first time in five yearsMore than a million people from as far afield as Argentina and China are expected to head for Turin in the coming weeks to catch a glimpse of one of Christianity’s most controversial relics, which has gone on display for the first time in five years. For true believers, the opportunity to shuffle past the holy shroud, a 4.3-metre (14ft) sheet said to be the burial cloth in which the crucified body of Christ was lain, is a rare opportunity. The cloth, which is usually kept in a sealed container in a dark chapel next to the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, has been put on display five times since 1933, but was only shown a few times every century before then. Now, for the first time since 2010, when it was displayed to draw tourists to Turin, believers have another chance to see the cloth, whose true origin is still hotly debated. The display this year commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Saint John Bosco, whose work in Turin focused on poor youth. Hours before the exhibit was opened to visiting pilgrims, the anticipation in front of the cathedral was palpable. FULL REPORT

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Guess What Happened The Last Time Bond Yields Crashed Like This?Posted: 21 Apr 2015 07:32 AM PDT

Guess What Happened The Last Time Bond Yields Crashed Like This?If a major financial crisis was approaching, we would expect to see the “smart money” getting out of stocks and pouring into government bonds that are traditionally considered to be “safe” during a crisis. This is called a “flight to safety” or a “flight to quality“. In the past, when there has been a “flight to quality” we have seen yields for German government bonds and U.S. government bonds go way down. As you will see below, this is exactly what we witnessed during the financial crisis of 2008. U.S. and German bond yields plummeted as money from the stock market was dumped into bonds at a staggering pace. Well, it is starting to happen again. In recent months we have seen U.S. and German bond yields begin to plummet as the “smart money” moves out of the stock market. So is this another sign that we are on the precipice of a significant financial panic? FULL REPORT

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Obama And Erdogan Slated To Open New Mega-Mosque Together In MarylandPosted: 21 Apr 2015 07:27 AM PDT

Obama And Erdogan Slated To Open New Mega-Mosque Together In MarylandHE WILL BE AT THE OPENING OF THE $100 MILLION DOLLAR MEGA MOSQUE IN LANHAM, MD WITH ERDOGAN — ONLY ABOUT 1/2 HOUR FROM OUR HOME. – From his apology tour to the Middle East, to his fake Arab Spring to destabilize the region, to take out secular governments and replace them with Islamic regimes, it is crystal clear! You have to be blind not to see this. “A couple of years ago it was reported that Turkey was helping fund the building of a $100 million dollar mega mosque in Lanham, Maryland. In fact Erdogan visited the mosque when he was here in May of 2013, promising to come back for the opening. Well that time has apparently arrived and now Erdogan and Obama will be together at the mosque for the big opening ceremony: THE PRESIDENTS OF TURKEY AND THE U.S. WILL OPEN THE TURKISH-AMERICAN CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION CENTER IN MARYLAND, TURKEY’S FOREIGN MINISTER SAID SUNDAY. Mevlut Cavusoglu, on a three-day visit to Washington, visited the center that also has a middle-sized mosque, and lunched with representatives from the American Muslim community. “During a phone call, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked President (Barack) Obama to accompany him in opening the center together and President Obama accepted his offer’in principle,’” Cavusoglu told the representatives. FULL REPORT

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ISIS takes over gov’t functions: Birth certificates, vaccinations, fishing methodsPosted: 21 Apr 2015 07:19 AM PDT

ISIS takes over gov't functions: Birth certificates, vaccinations, fishing methodsIt has all the key points you’d expect on a birth certificate — baby’s weight, length and date of birth confirmed with an official insignia. The difference here is the governing authority’s stamp: The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. It’s one of many official documents relating to matters such as vaccination schedules, fishing methods and rent disputes in the areas now controlled by ISIS. For ISIS sees itself as a government operating under a rule of law, even if the group is most often talked about for its barbaric punishment of anyone who resists or defies its medieval interpretation of that Islamic law. The ISIS documents, some shared with CNN by researcher Aymenn Al-Tamimi, give a window into the bureaucracy of the self-declared caliphate. Last summer, ISIS fighters swept through the Iraqi city of Mosul. Once they took power, leaders wanted to show they could bring stability allowing daily life to resume. So, they quickly reopened the University of Mosul, albeit under a radically altered curriculum. Notices went out that classes would resume on 24 Dhu al-Hijjah 1435 in the Islamic calendar (or October 18, 2014, in the Western calendar), about four months after ISIS overran the city. FULL REPORT

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Alabama Woman Joins Islamic State In SyriaPosted: 21 Apr 2015 07:10 AM PDT

Alabama Woman Joins Islamic State In Syria A spokesman for a Muslim couple in Alabama says their 20-year-old daughter fled a Birmingham suburb to join Islamic State militants in Syria after being recruited on the Internet. Attorney Hassan Shibly spoke at a Birmingham mosque on Monday on behalf of the parents of the young woman, whom he identified only as Hoda. Shibly said Hoda left in November after being “brainwashed” for an undetermined length of time. He says the woman’s actions go against the family’s wishes and against the teachings of Islam. The spokesman added that Hoda’s family has been in contact with U.S. law enforcement and government officials since she disappeared. MORE

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Brazilians protest corrupt government, demand resignations; Americans still complacent with U.S. corruptionPosted: 20 Apr 2015 06:17 PM PDT

Brazilians protest corrupt government, demand resignations; Americans still complacent with U.S. corruption  It is said that people will get the kind of government they tolerate, no matter what sort of system they initially adopt. For an increasing number of Brazilians, however, their tolerance has run out; apparently, they can only take so much corruption. Recently hundreds of thousands of Brazilians poured onto the streets of cities all across the country to demand the dismissal of President Dilma Rousseff, for corruption. The public’s ire grew dramatically following revelations that Rousseff was the recipient of a kickback scheme involving the state-run Petrobras oil company, which prosecutors have said is the largest corruption scandal in the country’s history. As reported by Voice Of America: At least $800 million was paid in bribes and other funds by the nation’s biggest construction and engineering firms in exchange for inflated Petrobras contracts. Dozens of political figures, including close allies of the president, and former Petrobras executives, are under investigation. No one has been convicted yet, but 22 deputies, 13 senators and two governors have been implicated in the bribe-taking allegations. Some of the alleged wrongdoing took place while Rousseff was chairman of the Petrobras board. She is not being investigated. FULL REPORT

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Military ops on U.S. soil raise martial-law fearsPosted: 20 Apr 2015 06:06 PM PDT

Military ops on U.S. soil raise martial-law fears Jade Helm 15 is set to kick off in seven states this summer, sending Special Operations forces from all four main branches of the military onto civilian soil to conduct hostile take-over training – and civil-rights advocates are sounding the alarms. This is how the military describes it: “The nature of warfare is always changing and U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s mission is to make certain the Army’s various Special Operations Forces are trained, equipped and organized to successfully conduct worldwide special operations in support of our nation’s interests,” said command spokesman Army Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria, in a statement to the Washington Post a few weeks ago. “Training exercise Jade Helm is going to assist our Special Operations Soldiers and leadership in refining the skills needed against an ever changing foreign threat.”But plenty on social media aren’t calmed by the explanation, in part remembering the recent similar operation in Broward County, Florida, that saw Blackhawk helicopters flying above community streets while soldiers loaded citizen participants into white vans for transport to internment camps. It was all a staged exercise but for those watching, the scenes that unfolded were alarming. FULL REPORT

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Scientists Claim Too Many Vitamins Can Give You CancerPosted: 20 Apr 2015 05:58 PM PDT

Scientists Claim Too Many Vitamins Can Give You Cancer Taking extra vitamins “does more harm than good” and increases the risk of cancer and heart disease, a major study has revealed. Around 18 million Brits down supplements thinking they are getting a health boost, but research has found they can have the opposite effect. Dr Tim Byers – one of the world’s top cancer experts – examined research papers spanning 30 years. He looked at three widely taken ­over-the-counter pills and supplements, vitamin E tablets, beta-carotene and folic acid, and warned against exceeding the recommended daily amount. Dr Byers said: “We are not sure why this is happening but evidence shows that people who take more dietary supplements than needed tend to have a higher risk of developing cancer. “When we first tested dietary supplements in animal models we found that the results were promising. “Eventually we were able to move on to humans. We studied thousands of patients for 10 years who were taking dietary supplements and placebos. “We found that the supplements were actually not beneficial for their health. In fact, some people actually got more cancer while on the vitamins.” Folic acid supplements are thought to be taken by more than 230,000 pregnant UK women each year as it can help prevent spina bifida and other birth defects affecting the brain and spine. FULL REPORT

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Mediterranean boat disaster reveals desperation that drives quest for freedom and security

Hundreds of Migrants Are Feared Dead as Ship Capsizes Off Libyan Coast, New York Times (Jim Yardley)

Europe grapples with deadly flow of migrants, USA Today (Jane Onyanga-Omara)

2) ISIS video announcing specific targeting of Christians driven by theological motivations

ISIS Video Appears to Show Executions of Ethiopian Christians in Libya, New York Times (David D. Kirkpatrick)

3) Legislative support for right to die exposes velocity of moral shift in America

Half the states look at right-to-die legislation, USA Today (Malak Monir)

4) Oldest person in world dies, leaving only four people who’ve seen 19th Century

World’s oldest person Misao Okawa dies aged 117 in Japan, Financial Times (Robin Harding)
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Markell: Twin Cities a hotbed of radicalized young Muslims

Jan Markell, founder and director of Minnesota-based Olive Tree Ministries, says a disturbing number of Minneapolis-St. Paul’s huge Somali refugee population has become radicalized.

“The problem usually stems from the local mosques, [which] tend to be extremely radical,” she explains. “They get a hold of these young men primarily and they radicalize them very easily. Pretty soon they’re jumping on a plane and heading over to some Islamic stronghold in the Middle East or Africa.”

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Gay Woman Apologizes to Christian-Owned Indiana Pizzeria, Sends Donation

A gay woman in Indiana has created a stir by coming out in favor of religious liberty, showing public support for Christian-owned Memories Pizza and their decision not to cater gay weddings.

Courtney Hoffman’s $20 donation to the pizzeria was symbolic, but her public stand has been significant.

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Hillsong United Mega-Church Uses Tax-Free Millions To Launch Hollywood Movie (VIDEO)

Hillsong United twists Scripture to pressure Bible knowledge deficient church members to pay “tithes”

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. I would thou wert cold or hot. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” Revelation 3:14-18 (KJV)

Hillsong United mega-church is a huge multi-million dollar corporation that rakes in more money on a yearly basis than the church is able to spend. But it’s not for a lack of trying. Brian Houston, founder of Hillsong United, lives a massively-lavish jet-setting lifestyle, and he never stops reminding his congregants to tithe a minimum of 10% of their income to the church. They even have a Hollywood agent that helped them to produce a feature film set to be released in September of 2015. What on earth does a Church of Jesus Christ need with a Hollywood agent?

 

Hillsong in 2011, took in an incredible $28,000,000.00 in tithes and donations, all tax-free. An additional $7,000,000.00 was taken in by sales of their music recordings. Revenue generated from conferences that year totaled $4,000,000.00. Their bible colleges and courses took in another $10,000,000.00. Hillsong reported total revenue for that year to be $55,000,000.00. All of it completely tax-free.That is not a church, that is a corporation that is using the cover of a church to get out of paying taxes.

On the other hand, charitable giving by Hillsong United in 2011 was a paltry $5,500,000.00. So it makes you really wonder where the other $49,500,000.00 is being spent. Remember, these figures are for 4 years ago, Hillsong has only grown since then. They have taken in nearly another $250,000,000.00 since these 2011 figures were released.

The hard-sell tactics of Hillsong founder Brian Houston to pressure members to tithe revealed:

Christians are not commanded to tithe a set amount

From a doctrinal perspective, the idea of telling a Christian that they must “tithe” their income, or even give any set amount at all, is completely unbiblical. The bible doctrine of tithing was a command given to Jews living under the Law of Moses, and is found in Malachi:

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:8-10 (KJV)

But in the New Testament, in Paul’s writings to the Christian church, not only is this not found, something every different is there instead. While Paul acknowledges the need for the Church to have money to sustain itself, the parameters are something quite unique. Today’s Laodicean pastors ignore these teachings because when you use them, it’s nearly impossible to make millions doing it.

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”  2 Corinthians 9:7 (KJV)

See that? The Holy Spirit through Paul is telling to give cheerfully, because you want to and not because you have to. Christians under Grace are not required to tithe anything (the word tithe referring to giving a tenth, or 10% of your income). The bible goes on to say this also:

“Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” 1 Corinthians 16:2 (KJV)

Paul says to give “as God has prospered you”, but again he leaves the amount of that giving up to the individual. If you are in church that pressures you to give, and to give a set amount, that church is telling you false doctrine and placing you in bondage. Flee from a corrupt flock fleecer like that.

When Hillsong United, or any church, preaches from the pulpit that their members must tithe 10%, and make them feel that God will punish them if they don’t, is nothing more than extortion. It is not only unbiblical, it is also corrupt and crooked. Hillsong United may have started out as a church with good intentions of preaching the gospel, but they have long since abandoned those principles for financial gain.

 

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‘The Time Is Coming That Whoever Kills You Will Think That He Is Offering A Service To God’

You have to keep in mind that these ISIS fighters are actually convinced that they are the good guys. They don’t believe that what they are doing is evil. When they kill Christians, they are just doing what they believe their god wants them to do…

And the tide is turning in the western world as well. I don’t know if you have noticed, but it is quite socially acceptable to make jokes about Christians and to portray them as bad guys and lunatics in movies and on television shows. Evangelical Christians are even being labeled as “potential terrorists” in official government documents, and every trace of the Christian faith is being pushed out of public life in the United States.

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Pentecostals and Prophecy

As the American church moves further into apostasy, it is fascinating (and dismaying!) to watch attacks on Israel and Bible prophecy teaching coming from within the ranks.

The rot in the Southern Baptist Convention is well underway, with Rick Warren leading the way. The globalist senior pastor of Saddleback Church is a well-known critic of Bible prophecy teachers. Now, Russell Moore, the head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, also gets his digs in. And Moore is of the opinion that Israel is really the Church. As he wrote in 2009:

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Tony Campolo, Former Spiritual Adviser to Bill Clinton: Christians Should Vote for Hillary

What profitable contribution has the religious Left ever made? — OTM

“I like Hillary Clinton. We are personal friends,” he wrote in a recent article for Religion News Service. “I am more than willing to do all I can to help Hillary Clinton get elected. Should she ask me to organize an Evangelicals for Hillary committee, I would be more than willing to do so. I believe in her. And you should too.”

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Obama and the Brotherhood: The Ties that Bind

Why exactly did the Egyptian media claim that Obama is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood?

However, in 2011 the New York Post revealed the dubious nature of that assertion. “President Obama’s half-brother runs an off-the-books American charity that claims to support poor Kenyans — but it lies about its federal status and no one knows how it spends its money,” the paper reported, further noting that photos on the BHOF website are the only purported evidence that the nonprofit has accomplished any part of its mission.

The Post also noted that BHOF “claims to be a tax-exempt, federally recognized nonprofit. It is not.”

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Franklin Graham Says “This Is War” “Take These [Muslim] Terrorists And Kill Them” And “We Need To Completely STOP Muslim Immigration”

Franklin Graham was amazing in this video and didn’t mince any words today with Fox News host Gretchen Carlson on the 30 Christians from Ethiopia that were slaughtered this weekend. Muslims get mad who cares says Graham. “Halt all immigration from Muslim countries” and so what if they are not terrorists, Graham says, discrimination or not, this is war and that we need to take out these terrorists and kill them.

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What Would Jesus Do on the ‘Day of Silence’?

The “Day of Silence”(DOS) was given a place of honor and respect in too many schools, where adults who should have better judgment accepted the DOS mask of “bullying prevention” as the truth. But only a modest amount of research reveals the true objectives of this protest. The DOS koolaid always comes with a bitter pill– swallowing sexual deviance and vomiting out virtue.

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North Carolina Churches Trashed, Spray-Painted with Pro-Gay Graffiti

Creflo Dollar Says There is No Such Thing as the Prosperity Gospel

California Pregnancy Centers Fight Law Forcing Them to Give Abortion Info

Half of U.S. States Consider Right-to-Die Legislation

New ISIS Video Shows Slaughter of 30 Ethiopian Christians

Lady Antebellum’s Bible Survives Tour Bus Fire

Rand Paul: GOP Should Hit Democrats on Abortion

Can Religion and Politics Mix – for Good, Not Evil?

Parents of Murdered Boy Want Life for Boston Bomber

Tim Tebow Returns to the NFL with Philadelphia Eagles Contract

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Mother Forgave Aaron Hernandez for Killing Her Son

Abortion Pill Reversal Gives Women and Their Babies a Second Chance

Cinderella Story Gets Delightful Simian Spin in “Monkey Kingdom”

Website Claims Affairs Help Marriages

How World Fertility Rates Became Dangerously Low


Signs That The Elite Are Feverishly Preparing For Something Big

What in the world are the elite up to? In recent days, we have learned that the New York Fed is moving a lot of operations to Chicago because of concerns about what a “natural disaster” could do, the federal government is buying 62 million rounds of ammunition commonly used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles for “training” purposes, and NORAD is moving back into Cheyenne Mountain because it is “EMP-hardened” …………. Click here for full story


ISIS Training Followers For ‘Double Life’ In West

ISIS is now circulating a book online, the “Mujahid Guide,” to teach would-be and newbie terrorists how to navigate unfamiliar lands in an undercover fashion to avoid detection and arrest………. Click here for full story


Russian Interference Leaves Israel No Choice But To Attack

The Obama Doctrine – scorn your friends, reward your enemies – has finally reaped the whirlwind, namely Russia and its pledge to provide Iran with an array of the most advanced “defensive” missiles on earth. This leaves Israel with no choice except to act BEFORE those missiles are deployed ……….. Click here for full story


‘The Time Is Coming That Whoever Kills You Will Think That He Is Offering A Service To God’

How do you deal with psychotic religious warriors that believe that they are offering a service to God by killing Christians? Ever since 9/11, we were endlessly told about what a great threat “al-Qaeda” was, but I don’t remember a single time when al-Qaeda ever marched a group of Christians out and beheaded them on camera ……….. Click here for full story


Atheism on the Rise? Growth Of Disbelief Signals Danger For America

A new study by the Barna Group has found that atheism and agnosticism are being embraced by a growing percentage of young people. According to the study, “2015 State of Atheism in America” 20 years ago, 18 percent of skeptics were under the age of 30; today, the percentage is nearly double that, at 34 percent……… Click here for full story


Our Time is Short

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April 21, 2015 Daily Christian Blogroll Collection

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Biblical Theology: Definitions and Distinctions

“Before we can organize Christian theology into a coherent body of doctrine, we need to look at it according to its biblical parts, as well as the biblical books that make up those parts. For example, if we want to seek to gain a proper understanding of the kingdom of God, using both the Old Testament and New Testament contributions, we must first look at what various biblical books tell us about it.”

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How Can Churches Support Homosexuality?

“The simple answer to this question is that such denominations have stopped granting ultimate authority to the clear teaching of the Word of God. In almost every case, they no longer regard the Scriptures as inerrant and therefore they find it easy to disregard teachings they consider offensive and antiquated.”

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Bannerman Take One: Culture Wars and Ecclesiology

“Evangelicalism as a movement is ill-equipped to handle the questions which current sexual identity movements are posing, and that for several reasons to which Bannerman provides biblical answers. And these questions, even more than, say, abortion, are going to be pressing issues for church members in every place of work they find themselves.”

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Same-Sex Marriage Is Disrespectful of the Human Body, Christian Philosopher Nancy Pearcey Says

“In an earlier age, nature was recognized as God’s creation, expressing God’s purposes. Because our bodies are part of nature, the human body has a purpose too. The biological correspondence between male and female in reproduction is part of the original creation that God pronounced “very good” — morally good — which means it provides a reference point for morality.”

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Muddying The Distinction Between Justification And Salvation (Part 2)

“To make Jesus a mere facilitator, rather than a complete Savior, is, we confess, “too gross a blasphemy.” It makes him “half a Savior.” Then, immediately, the confession turns to justification through faith alone. Note this.”

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How Do I Encourage My Pastor?

“The most meaningful things I hear isn’t, “I prayed for you” but, “I prayed that your sermon would be powerfully preached and eagerly received, or I prayed God would protect you and your family from the enemy through this important week.”

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PCUSA: Evangelicals Suddenly On The Wrong Side In Gay Marriage Debate

“Increasingly, the conservative, evangelical members of the 1.8-million-member mainline Protestant denomination are finding themselves at odds with socially progressive congregations and leadership that seem to have moved in line with the secular world.”

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One Professor’s Journey from Scientology to Christ

“Without conviction, I embraced all kinds of crazy New Age philosophies, rebelled against my family, and got involved in unhealthy relationships. I take full responsibility. God bless my parents and friends for trying to snap me out of it. And bless those poor, deluded psychologists and counselors who tried to talk me (or drug me) out of it.”

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A strong exhortation to stay the course

We know that we most assuredly are in a time of the great falling away that Jesus spoke of. We are seeing a huge increase in false teachings and false teachers infiltrating even ministries and churches that have been solid contenders for truth. We know what the Bible says about grievous wolves, and how we […]

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Why is Steven Furtick Acting Like a Cult Leader?

by Crosswalk, 3/20/15

Charlotte pastor Steven Furtick and his Elevation Church are making waves this week as more is revealed about Elevation’s odd fixation on their “Lead Pastor” as well as some of the questionable practices of the church, including “spontaneous baptism.” Indeed, many people are sounding the alarm and calling Pastor Furtick a “cult-leader in the making,” though Elevation Church describes him as a visionary they need to unequivocally support. Reformation 21’s Todd Pruitt and Matthew Paul Turner both share a page from Elevation’s Sunday school coloring book that’s been circulating around. The image depicts the Elevation congregation looking up at Furtick in the pulpit. The text reads, “We are united under the visionary,” and “Elevation Church is built on the vision God gave Pastor Steven. We will protect our Unity in Supporting His Vision.” Of this, Matthew Paul Turner writes, “While the grownups are listening to Pastor Steven preach, the little ones are in Sunday school learning about “unity.” I actually cringed when I saw this. Not even the fundamentalist church I was raised in featured coloring pictures of our pastor. There’s nothing good or holy or trustworthy about this kind of b.s. It’s dangerous religion. It’s the kind of evangelical brainwashing that all of us should be calling out. This should make us angry. Because its wrong. And because it’s not Christianity.”

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Steven Furtick

by Matt Slick, CARM, 3/20/15 Christian Apologetics & Research

First of all, Furtick is not very doctrinally minded; otherwise, he wouldn’t allow a heretic such as T. D. Jakes (who denies the Trinity) to preach in his church. Furtick affirms the Trinity and the deity of Christ11, but as a pastor he is required to uphold orthodoxy and not promote preachers who deny even one essential christian doctrine. This is a very serious issue. Second, he violates scripture in his promotion of women pastors. This is also a serious issue, and I politely offer to publicly debate Pastor Furtick on this topic.12 My goal is promote God’s truth, not man’s opinions. Third, his mockery of the doctrines of grace is shameful. We are not saying he must affirm the doctrines of grace as found in Calvinism, but his disdainful attack upon them and those who hold to those doctrines is a serious concern. It shows a lack of pastoral care for Christians who don’t agree with him on these issues, and it risks violating Scripture. So, Pastor Steven Furtick, if you are interested I would be glad to talk to you about these issues. I invite you to do so in Christian love and concern, letting the Bible be our guide.

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‘Hip’ Church Gives Biblical Christians New Label: ‘Hater’

by Jim Fletcher, 3/20/15

Sometime back, the progressive mega church pastor, Steven Furtick (Elevation Church, Charlotte, North Carolina), mentored as he is by evangelical bigwigs like Rick Warren and Bill Hybels, felt bold enough to post a YouTube video in which he sneeringly challenged what I’d call traditional Christians to basically get out of the way, because their time is past.

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Atheism on the Rise? Growth of Disbelief Signals Danger for America

By Alex McFarland

A new study by the Barna Group has found that atheism and agnosticism are being embraced by a growing percentage of young people. According to the study, “2015 State of Atheism in America” 20 years ago, 18 percent of skeptics were under the age of 30; today, the percentage is nearly double that, at 34 percent.

The numbers are disturbing but not surprising.

In the past several decades, we’ve seen the rise of militant secularism in America. This belief system says that if you are a Christian who believes in the authority of Scripture and in absolute morals, you are intolerant, and your beliefs are not acceptable in society. We’ve seen this secularism take hold in our schools, our entertainment, our culture, our politics and even our churches. And one of the results has been a steep increase in the number of young people who reject God.

Indeed, a separate Barna study found younger generations are increasingly less likely to believe that Jesus was God. Among millennials, only 48 percent believe in the divinity of Jesus, while 35 percent believe he was simply a religious or spiritual leader and 17 percent are unsure.

Tragically, many churches have neglected their call to uphold biblical truth in the face of secularist aggression, instead diluting their messages in response to cultural pressures…

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Cold Case Christianity: Why Environmentalism and Animal Rights Are Dependent on a Christian Worldview

A friend of mine recently wrote a post on Facebook and discovered the wrath of secular environmentalism. He innocently asked if anyone wanted a kitten. His young feline pet escaped and became pregnant before she could be spayed. The online assault began almost immediately as friends and acquaintances berated him over his negligence in failing to spay his pet. For many who deny the existence of the Christian God, environmentalism and the cause of animal rights have become a religion of sorts. The movement has its own doctrinal beliefs, its own set of commandments and its own set of prescribed consequences. At times, the doctrinal beliefs seem self-contradictory. I have many friends who fight vehemently for the rights of animals while supporting the abortion of humans. Maybe contradictions of this sort are the result of improper “grounding”.

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Dog-matics and Dominion

In spite of the old saying, a dog cannot be, nor were dogs designed to be, man’s best friend.

A curious trend in our culture wants to make them so, and go even beyond the old saying, by making dogs and other pets full-fledged kindred. Dog and cat food commercials tout their brands as being the healthiest choice for our little “family members,” and not a few pet owners casually refer to their pets as children. Some of this is lighthearted, and nobody denies that there is an enjoyment in pet ownership, but at what point are we supposed to suspect that our culture is purposefully turning the gift of dominion on its head by embracing the lesser creatures as equals?

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The Daily Discovery (April 21, 2015)

Some Honest Questions for Pastor Andy Stanley – “According to megachurch pastor Andy Stanley, if your religious convictions conflict with your ability to serve those you differ with, that’s your business, but you should ‘leave Jesus out of it.’  What exactly did he mean by this? And has he thought through the implications of his statement?”

Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything – “On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a split 5-4 decision that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional and struck it down. That part had specifically barred same-sex couples from being considered spouses under federal law, effectively banning them from marriage and its accompanying benefits. In the two years since that decision, thirty-four states have legalized same-sex marriage, twenty-six through court orders and eight by state legislatures. For many Americans, such a radical and swift change in legislative and judicial actions at both the state and federal level have seemingly come out of nowhere, catching many off-guard. In addition, public sentiment has likewise undergone a seismic shift, as majority disapproval of same-sex marriage a few years ago has suddenly flipped and now a majority not only approve but advocate for its legalization.”

Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Urges Pastors to Preach About Biblical Marriage – “Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has sent a letter to tens of thousands of pastors nationwide, urging them to preach about biblical marriage the weekend before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments over states’ rights regarding the definition of marriage.”

Let’s Pretend: Imagine an Even-Handed Media – “Suppose political reporters wanted to pretend to be anything vaguely approximating even-handed.  Hey, I said suppose. Stop laughing. Use your imagination, and work with me here.”

Answering the Skeptics – “Skeptics of the Bible often grasp at straws trying to find a contradiction in the Bible so that they can justify dismissing the Bible as what it claims to be—the Word of God. One place they often point to is Proverbs 26:4–5, “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.” A superficial reading of these verses suggests a contradiction but, ironically, these verses actually provide a profound strategy for answering the arguments of skeptics.”


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When Your Twenties Are Darker Than You Expected

Paul Maxwell:

The human body starts dying at age 25. Our twenties slap us with the expiration date of sin’s curse (Genesis 6:3): slowly, in our ligaments; tightly, in our muscle fibers; subtly, checking for bumps; decimally, with a rising BMI. We feel death in our twenties; emotionally and relationally, in ugly and odious ways. Death latches its chain to our frame, slowly pulling us deep into an answer to the question “Death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55). Our twenties bring so many answers to that question — transition, failure, desperation, dependence, accusation, responsibility, moral failure, stagnation, unfulfillment. “Sting” isn’t sufficient. Our twenties can be a dark time.

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Does Open Theism solve the problem of evil and suffering?

Randy Alcorn:

I don’t enjoy opposing a doctrine that seems to comfort some suffering brothers and sisters. However, I believe open theism redefines God Himself, altering one of His most basic attributes, omniscience, in a misguided and unsuccessful attempt to make it more compatible with His love.

4 Things the ‘Hate Psalms’ Teach Us

Wendy Stringer:

My husband and I spent the first 15 years of our life together with a church that sang the psalms in corporate worship. They were set to old hymns and anthems, with language similar to a sonnet and sung a cappella. Opening burgundy psalters, waiting for four notes blown on the pitch pipe, we would break into harmony and sing our hearts to God.

It was a beautiful experience, but every once in a while we would come to an imprecatory psalm, and I couldn’t choke out the words. Singing Psalm 137, for example, felt offensive and unnecessary; Jesus is not explicitly present, so why sing as though he has not come and saved us?

Why these imprecatory psalms? Why Psalm 137? What do these psalms tell us?

Faithfully Delivering the Gospel

Erik Raymond:

If we really believe that the gospel is the power of God for salvation we probably would not mess with it. It is not wise to edit perfection; we have not been given proofreading writes by God to add or delete elements from his masterpiece of Christ exalting truth.


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Seasons of Serving (True Woman 201, part 6)

Early in my marriage, I resented my husband’s opportunities to go “on the road” and minister to others. I felt staying at home meant missing out on the adventure of serving Christ. It took some time for the Holy Spirit to wake me up not only to the responsibility of being a “keeper” in the home, but also the joy of it.

When I realized the high calling of biblical womanhood, all my priorities flip-flopped! I saw my work at home as a God-glorifying, people-serving ministry. Teaching my children became an adventure I relished, and I grew to respect and rejoice in my husband’s position as the provider for our family. Later, in another season of life, I was blessed to serve God in a career while maintaining my homemaking responsibilities. I thank God for teaching me what really mattered.

In this True Woman 201 video, Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassian address woman’s distinct responsibility in the home.

Have you ever resented your responsibilities in the home? How might God want to change that?

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Hillsong United Mega-Church Uses Tax-Free Millions To Launch Hollywood Movie (VIDEO)

Hillsong United twists Scripture to pressure Bible knowledge deficient church members to pay “tithes”

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. I would thou wert cold or hot. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” Revelation 3:14-18 (KJV)

Hillsong United mega-church is a huge multi-million dollar corporation that rakes in more money on a yearly basis than the church is able to spend. But it’s not for a lack of trying. Brian Houston, founder of Hillsong United, lives a massively-lavish jet-setting lifestyle, and he never stops reminding his congregants to tithe a minimum of 10% of their income to the church. They even have a Hollywood agent that helped them to produce a feature film set to be released in September of 2015. What on earth does a Church of Jesus Christ need with a Hollywood agent?

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Hillsong in 2011, took in an incredible $28,000,000.00 in tithes and donations, all tax-free. An additional $7,000,000.00 was taken in by sales of their music recordings. Revenue generated from conferences that year totaled $4,000,000.00. Their bible colleges and courses took in another $10,000,000.00. Hillsong reported total revenue for that year to be $55,000,000.00. All of it completely tax-free.That is not a church, that is a corporation that is using the cover of a church to get out of paying taxes.

On the other hand, charitable giving by Hillsong United in 2011 was a paltry $5,500,000.00. So it makes you really wonder where the other $49,500,000.00 is being spent. Remember, these figures are for 4 years ago, Hillsong has only grown since then. They have taken in nearly another $250,000,000.00 since these 2011 figures were released.

Christians are not commanded to tithe a set amount

From a doctrinal perspective, the idea of telling a Christian that they must “tithe” their income, or even give any set amount at all, is completely unbiblical. The bible doctrine of tithing was a command given to Jews living under the Law of Moses, and is found in Malachi:

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:8-10 (KJV)

But in the New Testament, in Paul’s writings to the Christian church, not only is this not found, something every different is there instead. While Paul acknowledges the need for the Church to have money to sustain itself, the parameters are something quite unique. Today’s Laodicean pastors ignore these teachings because when you use them, it’s nearly impossible to make millions doing it.

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”  2 Corinthians 9:7 (KJV)

See that? The Holy Spirit through Paul is telling to give cheerfully, because you want to and not because you have to. Christians under Grace are not required to tithe anything (the word tithe referring to giving a tenth, or 10% of your income). The bible goes on to say this also:

“Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” 1 Corinthians 16:2 (KJV)

Paul says to give “as God has prospered you”, but again he leaves the amount of that giving up to the individual. If you are in church that pressures you to give, and to give a set amount, that church is telling you false doctrine and placing you in bondage. Flee from a corrupt flock fleecer like that.

When Hillsong United, or any church, preaches from the pulpit that their members must tithe 10%, and make them feel that God will punish them if they don’t, is nothing more than extortion. It is not only unbiblical, it is also corrupt and crooked. Hillsong United may have started out as a church with good intentions of preaching the gospel, but they have long since abandoned those principles for financial gain.

 

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 What Heaven Will Be Missing

clouds_2Ask your average man-on-the-street what he thinks about “heaven,” and he’ll probably describe a place where just about everything people enjoy in this life is completely missing.

In the minds of most, things like vibrant color, good food, loud music, close friendships, and physical activity are all absent from heaven. They envision a place where everything is white, sterilized, and generally quiet—like a cosmic hospital or giant library in the sky. Heaven’s inhabitants float around like disembodied spirits with little halos, wearing white choir robes, sitting on clouds of cotton balls, and playing tiny harps for all of eternity. It’s like something out of a Precious Moments catalogue — the very opposite of anything exciting, enthralling, or eternally enjoyable. (No offense to those who collect small, winged, ceramic figurines.)

The sad reality is that too often, we as Christians can allow our own understanding of heaven to be tainted by the culture around us. But Hallmark must not define heaven forus. Hollywood must not define heaven for us. Centuries of monastic tradition must not define heaven for us.

Instead, only God’s Word can rightly inform our understanding of heaven. And when we go to the Scriptures, we find that our future home is anything but bland, boring, or quiet.

In particular, the eternal heaven (which Revelation 21–22 describes as a new earth) will be a place of vibrant color (Rev. 21:19–21; cf. 4:3), good food (22:2; cf. 19:7–9), loud music (cf. Rev. 5:8–13), intimate fellowship [with God Himself] (22:3–4), and joyous physical activity (21:24–26; cf. 1 Cor. 15:35–49).

The best this life has to offer cannot compare to heaven in any respect. The best thrills, the best joys, the best memories in this life are but shadows; our most wondrous, most profound, most heartfelt, most emotional, most fulfilling moments in this world, cannot hold a candle to the brilliant sun of heavenly experience.

Ironically, many of the wonderful things people enjoy in this life and assume will be missing from heaven, will in fact be part of life on the new earth—only in an infinitely better, eternally-perfected form.

So why write a post entitled “What Heaven Is Missing”?

Because there actually are some significant aspects of our current experience that will be absent from heaven. If we are to rightly understand just how wonderful heaven is going to be, we not only need to know what will be there … we also need to know what will be missing.

That’s why, in Revelation 21–22, the Apostle John spends as much time describing the new earth by telling us what will be absent from heaven, as he does telling us what will be present.

So what is heaven missing? Here’s a list of 17 items that John states will be absent from the new earth. Each of these represents some aspect of fallenness, rebellion, or divine judgment connected to this present world. And there will be no sign of corruption or judgment in the world to come.

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Between The Rapture And Daniel’s 70th Week

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Q. A well known author recently wrote that “The one factor that is a big unknown is the amount of time that will elapse between the Rapture of the church and the signing of the covenant that will initiate the seven years of Tribulation.” To help me, can I just clarify your understanding of the Pre-Trib position on this matter? Surely the Rapture immediately triggers the Tribulation or have I misunderstood?

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Struggling With sin

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Q. I struggle with a particular sin that seems to have a stronghold on me. I commit this particular sin because I like it. I know it is wrong but I do it anyway… because I like it.  After I commit this sin I feel guilty and remorseful. I repent and ask God to forgive me only to go right back and do it again. It’s as if there are two of me warring against each other. It has become a vicious cycle.  Sometimes it seems like I’m fighting a losing battle. I’m so frustrated!

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Is There Life Before Life?

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Q. Jeremiah 1:5 states the Lord knew Jeremiah before He formed him in the womb. Are there any more verses in scripture that show we were with God in spirit form before we were born?

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Biblical Training Website Announcement: “Proverbs is here!”

It is finally done. We have published (on video) Bruce Waltke’s class on the book of Proverbs.
I first met Bruce on the NIV translation committee (the CBT). I had known him by reputation, but to meet him and work across the table has been a wonderful experience. When you watch him teach, you will see both a magisterial handling of the material and also a gentleness that is not always present in a scholar of his caliber. We filmed the bulk of the class in our home, and the remaining four lectures in his. Who he is in the front of the class is the same as he is in the private of his home.

Bruce is acknowledged as the most accomplished scholar of Proverbs of this generation. His two volume commentary on Proverbs and the relevant sections of his Old Testament Theology show an honesty and mastery of the text I have rarely seen.

LYWB: Surrendering Our Romantic Dreams

About two months after my love story with Eric first began, I went through a time of extreme insecurity. Eric was away at a missionary training school, and I constantly wondered whether he would meet someone else and lose interest in me. If a few days went by without hearing from him, I became distracted and discouraged.

Out of desperation, I began to pray. “God, why am I feeling this way?” I asked in frustration. “Why can’t You just prompt Eric to call me and put me out of this misery?”

And if we expect marriage to solve the deepest needs within our soul, we’ll only be placing unhealthy, unrealistic expectations upon our future husband and harming our marriage in the process.

Like a patient Father, He lovingly spoke to my heart. “The reason you are so concerned about losing Eric is because you are clinging to him far too tightly. You have begun to build your hopes and dreams around this relationship, instead of around Me. You have begun to find your happiness and security in a man, instead of in Me.”

I was startled to realize that I hadn’t truly surrendered this relationship to God. Instead, I was building my happiness and security upon my love story with Eric, instead of on my relationship with Christ. No wonder my emotions were constantly up and down!

“God forgive me,” I prayed. “I give my relationship with Eric back to You. I let go of all my hopes and expectations. Do with this love story as You will.” I rose from my knees with a newfound joy and freedom in my heart. Yes, I still deeply cared about my relationship with Eric. But no longer did I become anxious and depressed when things didn’t flow exactly as I wanted them to. My romantic future was laid at the feet of Jesus.

“Lord, have Your way in this love story—I surrender it back to You.”

This became my heart’s declaration each time the phone failed to ring or the mailbox was empty.

Where Real Happiness Comes From
During our single years, it’s tempting to both idolize and idealize our marriage hopes and dreams thinking that we’ll finally be happy once we meet Prince Charming and settle down. But this is a dangerous mindset because it keeps us from finding the perfect satisfaction in Jesus Christ that He intends for us to have. And if we expect marriage to solve the deepest needs within our soul, we’ll only be placing unhealthy, unrealistic expectations upon our future husband and harming our marriage in the process.

Remember, when we are in relationship with Christ, we have everything we need for happiness right now, whether we are married or single. As Corrie ten Boom wrote, “Marriage is not the answer to unhappiness. Happiness can only be found in a balanced relationship with Jesus Christ. When you belong to Christ, you can be happy with or without a husband, secure in Christ alone.”

Of course, God puts a high value on marriage. It was, after all, His idea in the first place. The majority of us are called to be married. And there is certainly nothing wrong with desiring to be married, preparing for marriage, or taking steps toward a romantic relationship with someone as God leads. The problem comes when we place our marriage dreams on a pedestal, putting contentment on hold until that season of life finally comes.

When we are already in a relationship or marriage, it’s often tempting to cling tighter to our “significant other” than we do to Jesus Christ. God calls us to love our husbands (see Titus 2:4), but He calls us to love Jesus Christ even more (see Luke 14:26). Our security and identity must come first and foremost from Jesus Christ rather than from a relationship.

When the gaze of our soul does not remain fixed upon Jesus Christ, good desires (such as having a godly love story) can morph into unhealthy preoccupations before we realize what has happened. God-given longing for marriage can become an obsessive need to find a guy, and a healthy love story can quickly become an idol in our heart. Often, the biggest threats to seeking Christ with an undivided heart are not overtly sinful things, but good and God-given desires that subtly start to claim too much of our focus and affection.

How can you tell whether you are clinging too tightly to an earthly relationship or romantic dream? Here are a few warning signs:

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Heaven Tourism: The Saga Continues

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Editors Note. This article was originally written and posted at Jeff Maples Blog and is being reprinted here with permission.


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…

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The Creation Mandate, Christian Liberty, Growth in Godliness, and Psychotropic Medicine

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The biblical doctrine is then to the effect that there are two aspects to man. Using the word ‘entity’ to denote that which has distinctness of being, we can say that there are two entities in man’s constitution, diverse in nature and origin, the one derived from the earth, material, corporeal, phenomenal, divisible, the other derived from a distinct action of God, immaterial and ordinarily not phenomenal, indivisible and indestructible. These two entities form one organic unit without disharmony or conflict. In the integral person they are interdependent. They coact and interact. The modes of coactions and interaction are largely hid from us. The union is intimate and intricate and we are not about to define its mode, nor can we discover the relations they sustain to each other.

John Murray, “The Nature of Man” in Collected Writings of John Murray, Volume Two, pgs. 21-22.

Humans are created as…

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Your faith must not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 4 and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NASB)

Martin Luther is considered the “Lighting rod of the Protestant Reformation.” It was through his battle with the Roman Catholic Church that the doctrine of salvation through Justification by Grace through Faith alone was recovered and from that, many Christian martyrs went to their deaths refusing…

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