Daily Archives: April 22, 2015

Godlife: Where is God?

Scripture: “Ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities — His eternal power and divine nature.” Romans 1:20

Is it ever hard for you to trust God because you can’t see Him?

The Bible says that we can understand who God is because His qualities are in everything that He made. God shows Himself through His creation – even through you.

Read more about ways God reveals Himself through Creation

Happy Evangelical Environmentalism Day!

Polemics Report

“Earth Day has never been a celebration of the beauty and bounty of this awesome terrestrial ball.  It’s always been an assault on man.” – Brian Sussman

Who began the not-so-secular holiday known as “Earth Day”? Three people are credited with the movement, including Gaylord Nelson (a Democratic politician from Wisconsin with a past in Marxist activism, and one of the Senate’s first environmentalists), Dennis Hayes (who is often called the “founder” of the Earth Day movement, an associate of Nelson, whose Bullitt Foundation is dedicated to ensuring the Pacific Northwest is the most “progressive” region in the nation), and Stanford University professor, Paul Ehrlich (who wrote the infamous Population Bomb, which advocated extreme efforts to limit the earth’s population and made ridiculous false prophecies that never saw fruition).

What you need to know about the methodology and purpose of Earth Day and its origins is the 1960’s era, protest-fueled…

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Behind a Dark Providence

The Reformed Reader

The Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms One big question that often comes up in the Christian life is, “Why is God letting this happen to me?”  Similarly, we ask what point trials, temptations, and tribulations have in our lives; it seems like they crush and hurt us, and when we’re in the middle of them, we struggle to stay afloat in the faith.  We surely need a biblical anchor during trials!

The Westminster Confession talks about this under the topic of God’s sovereign providence.  In 5.5 it says,

“The most wise, righteous, and gracious God doth oftentimes leave, for a season, his own children to manifold [various] temptations and the corruptions of their own hearts….”

Why?  Why would a gracious God let his children go through this?  Here are a few reason the Confession gives (edited slightly):

1) …to chastise them for their former sins,
2) or to discover unto [reveal to] them the hidden strength…

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April 22, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

True joy comes only from God and He shares this joy with those who walk in fellowship with Him. —Jerry Bridges

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Apr. 22, 2015

BLOOMBERG

It’s Earth Day, but that isn’t stopping Republican presidential candidates from questioning whether global warming is real, whether humankind is causing it or whether plans to address the problem will bankrupt the economy.

President Obama will deliver a warning about climate change in Florida, where the Republican governor and two potential presidential candidates from the state have questioned the human impact on global temperatures.

President Obama said his fellow Democrats, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, have been wrong and misleading in their criticism of the trade deals he is negotiating with Asian and European countries.

The U.S. Justice Department has opened a preliminary civil-rights inquiry into the death of a Baltimore man after his arrest by police, as the Obama administration scrutinizes law enforcement practices nationwide. Freddie Gray suffered severe spinal-cord injuries while in police custody, the Washington Post reported, and he died at a local hospital on April 19.

President Obama is asking Congress to renew an agreement with China that would allow the two nations to continuing the exchange of nuclear material, equipment and technology over the next three decades.

Payrolls dropped in 31 U.S. states in March, led by a slump in energy producers such as Texas and Oklahoma. The unemployment rate fell in 23.

U.S. house prices rose 0.7 percent, more than economists estimated in February, as the strongest labor market in seven years gives Americans the confidence to bid on property.

China has a $28 trillion problem. That’s the country’s total government, corporate and household debt load as of mid-2014, according to McKinsey & Co. It’s equal to 282 percent of the country’s total annual economic output.

Oil companies are warning there will be a price to pay — a much higher price — for all the cost cutting being done today to cope with the collapse in the crude market. Big projects intended to start pumping oil and natural gas 5 to 10 years from now are being canceled or put on hold as the price crash forced $114 billion in spending cuts on the industry.

AP Top Stories

Amid tears and cries for justice, demonstrators poured into the streets of Baltimore carrying signs emblazoned with the name of a man who died from a spinal injury he suffered while in police custody. Tuesday’s demonstration marked the beginning of a week of protests and rallies planned across the city.

An IT student allegedly planning a church attack in France has been arrested, the country’s interior minister said, just over three months after Paris was hit by a jihadist killing spree.

One person has died and at least 20 others were sick with symptoms of foodborne Botulism following a weekend church potluck in Ohio, hospital officials said on Tuesday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Islamic State group was Moscow’s greatest enemy, notwithstanding the strained relations with the United States over the Ukraine conflict.

The Afghan Taliban said their annual “spring offensive” will begin on Friday, vowing nationwide attacks in what is expected to be the bloodiest fighting season in a decade as NATO forces pull back from the frontlines.

US and Chinese sailors faced off on Chinese soil Tuesday, in sporting clashes between their navies aimed at building trust despite rising tensions over Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.

A village council in northern India allegedly ordered a woman, whose husband ran off with their neighbor’s wife, to live with the abandoned man or pay him compensation, police said Tuesday.

“IS executed two men in south Damascus by beheading” after they were accused of being traitors, the Britain-based Observatory said.

Leaders of Asian and African nations called for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers and leaves the “obsolete ideas” of Bretton Woods institutions in the past.

As the Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 25 years in space this week, NASA and its international partners are building an even more powerful tool to look deeper into the universe than ever before. The James Webb Space Telescope will be 100 times more potent than Hubble, and will launch in 2018 on a mission to give astronomers an unprecedented glimpse at the first galaxies that formed in the early universe. “JWST will be able to see back to about 200 million years after the Big Bang,” NASA said

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Saudi-led coalition jets have bombed Houthi rebels in Yemen’s third city of Taiz, hours after announcing the end of a military campaign against them.

A report by Amnesty International and Global Witness has alleged that nearly 80% of US firms are failing to adequately check their supply chains for conflict minerals. Conflict mineral purchases often include tin, tungsten, and gold.

A flawless 100-carat diamond has sold for $22.1m at Sotheby’s auction house in New York.

WND

“The schools are actually doing exactly what they were designed to do: dumb down the American people,” declared international journalist and teacher Alex Newman.

Law schools across the country are facing their lowest enrollment numbers in years, causing some to slash their budgets and revamp their programs in an effort to attract students worried about finding a job in a diminished legal industry.

In New Orleans, midnight sounded on last call – for smoking. A new law just took effect banning cigarettes, cigars and other forms of tobacco smoking from all bars.

A spokesman for a Muslim couple in Alabama on Monday said their 20-year-old daughter fled a Birmingham suburb to join Islamic State militants in Syria after being recruited via the Internet.


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

NASA Soil Moisture Mission Produces First Global Maps
SMAP radar image acquired from data from March 31 to April 3, 2015. Weaker radar signals (blues) reflect low soil moisture or lack of vegetation, such as in deserts. Strong radar signals (reds) are seen in forests. SMAP’s radar also takes data over the ocean and sea ice.   

Is Obama Indirectly Assisting Islamists to Destroy America?
Seems that by hook or crook, Obama is determined to get a nuclear deal in order to bolster his dismal legacy but it’s a February headline that bothers me the most: “Obama rejects as ‘ugly lie’ notion that West is at war with Islam.” Perhaps Obama isn’t at war with Islam, but Islam is certainly at war with America, Israel and the West.   

Israeli Leaders Snub Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter is expected in the Holy Land sometime in the next two weeks, but he’ll only succeed in fulfilling half of his mission to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, following consultations with the Foreign Ministry and Israel’s National Security Council, have declined invitations to meet with Carter.   

Scottish parliament discusses recognition of Palestinian state
A Scottish parliament debate on Monday on the recognition of a Palestinian state as a means to revive peace negotiations drew sharp condemnations from Jerusalem. Noting that the debate took place on the eve of Israel’s Memorial Day, one Israeli official called the discussion “pointless” and “shameful.”   

Washington prepares for diplomatic war of attrition with Russia
The US reportedly expects that the ongoing confrontation with Russia would continue until at least 2024 and involve many directions. Washington wants to rally support of its European allies to continue mounting pressure on Moscow.   

Officials giving mixed messages on why US aircraft carrier shadowing Iranian convoy
An American aircraft carrier and its warplanes are shadowing an Iranian convoy approaching Yemen, as the U.S. beefs up its presence in the region — but back in Washington, officials can’t seem to agree on why.   

Jeb Bush staying on campaign sidelines — but not for long?
At every stop along the undeclared campaign trail, Jeb Bush studiously reminds voters that he is not yet running for president. “I’m not a candidate, and if I am a candidate, this is a long journey,” Bush told a crowd at a recent event in New Hampshire.   

CHANCE OF STORMS, CONTINUED
Already energized by the action of a high-speed solar wind stream, Earth’s magnetic field could receive an additional jolt on April 22nd from an incoming CME.   

Have Muslim authorities just carpeted over the Lost Ark?
Israeli scholars furious after new flooring is fitted ‘behind their backs’ at the Dome of the Rock where ancient artefact is rumoured to be buried   

Taliban announce plans to ramp up attacks in Afghanistan
The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday announced the start of its annual spring offensive, warning it would ramp up attacks on foreign embassies and government officials, as well as military targets, starting on Friday. The Islamist militant group has been fighting the Afghan government and its foreign backers since it was ousted from power by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in 2001.   

Thousands of Ethiopians march against Islamic extremism
More than 100,000 Ethiopians on Wednesday protested the killing of Ethiopian Christians in Libya and their own government’s failure to raise living standards of the poor, with poverty fueling the flow of migrants through dangerous areas. The government-supported march at Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square turned violent as stone-throwing protesters clashed with the police, who arrested at least 100 people.   

Yemen conflict: Saudi-led coalition resumes air strikes
Saudi-led coalition jets have bombed Houthi rebels in Yemen’s third city of Taiz, hours after announcing the end of a military campaign against them. The strikes followed the fall of the base outside Taiz of an army unit loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. Fighting was also reported in the second city of Aden, Lahj’s provincial capital Huta, and the town of Daleh.   

Poland to buy US Patriot missiles amid Russia tensions
Poland has announced a deal to buy US Patriot surface-to-air missiles, amid rising tension with Russia. President Bronislaw Komorowski said Poland would start talks with the US to finalise the multibillion contract. The move follows reports that Russia has deployed missiles in its exclave of Kaliningrad, which borders Poland.   

France police foil ‘church attack plot’
French police have arrested a man suspected of planning an attack on “one or two churches”, the country’s interior minister has said. The man, 24, an Algerian national, was known to security services as having expressed a wish to travel to Syria, Bernard Cazeneuve said. He is also suspected of the murder of a woman found dead near Paris.   

Storm kills 32 in India’s Bihar state
At least 32 people were killed in a storm which hit the eastern Indian state of Bihar late on Tuesday, a government official told BBC Hindi. Fierce winds uprooted trees and electric poles and caused widespread damage in three districts. Five other districts near the Kosi river were also affected, a disaster management official said.   

Netanyahu: Our enemies need to know that they won’t break us
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the Remembrance Day ceremony for fallen soldiers at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl military cemetery on Wednesday, and said that Israel’s celebration of Independence Day on Wednesday evening, comes thanks to Israel’s soldiers who have sacrificed their lives. …”Our enemies need to know that they won’t break us, that despite the pain we will continue to defend our state. We will remain here,” he said.   

Obama warns US could ‘penetrate’ Iranian S-300 missiles if needed
US President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday that if Russia sold an advanced missile defense system to Iran, the United States could “penetrate” Tehran’s stockpile if needed. Speaking on the MSNBC program “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” Obama underlined that the US objected to Russia’s decision to lift a ban on the sale to Iran of the S-300 air-defense missile system.   

Judge orders NY transit agency to run ‘Killing Jews’ ad
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to display on its buses a controversial ad that refers to Muslims killing Jews, rejecting the argument that the ad could incite terrorism or imminent violence.   

Saudis end air campaign in Yemen, seek political solution
Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday it was ending a month-long campaign of air strikes against the Houthi rebels who seized large areas of Yemen and said it would back a political solution to bring peace to its war-ravaged neighbor.   

Former Egyptian president Mursi jailed for 20 years
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Mursi was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole on Tuesday on charges arising from the killing of protesters, nearly three years after he became Egypt’s first freely elected president.   

Greek bank shares slide to record low as ECB considers pulling the plug
Shares in Greece’s stricken banks fell to an all-time low on Tuesday amid fears the European Central Bank was planning to finally pull the plug on the country’s lenders.   

Japan, China leaders set to meet at summit, MPs visit controversial shrine
Final arrangements are being made for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of an Asia-Africa summit in Indonesia on Wednesday, NHK public TV reported, in the latest sign of a thaw in troubled ties.   

Daughter of American-Islamic relations leader flees family to join Islamic State
A 20-year-old woman from a Birmingham, Alabama suburb has left the United States to join the Islamic State militant group in Syria, local broadcaster WIAT reported on Monday.   


Is The U.S. Food Supply Cursed?

Why are so many catastrophes hitting U.S. food production? This week, we have learned that more than 7 million turkeys and chickens have already been killed as the result of a devastating bird flu outbreak here in the United States. This particular strain of the bird flu has already spread to the states of Minnesota, Iowa, California, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin, and scientists are mystified as to why it is moving so rapidly. But what we do know is that this flu has the potential to kill an entire flock of chickens or turkeys in just 48 hours. This pandemic is quickly becoming a major national crisis all by itself, but when you combine this with all of the other disasters hitting our food supply, a very troubling picture emerges. Could it be possible that the U.S. food supply is cursed? (Read More...)


Grexit: Remaining In The Eurozone Is No Longer ‘The Base Case’ For Greece

According to the Wall Street Journal, Greece staying in the eurozone is no longer “the base case” for European officials, and one even told the Journal that “literally nothing has been achieved” in negotiations with the new Greek government since the Greek election almost three months ago. In other words, you can take all of that stuff you heard about how the Greek crisis was fixed and throw it out the window. Over the next few months, a big chunk of Greek government bonds held by the IMF and the European Central Bank will mature. Unless negotiations produce a load of new cash for Greece, there will be a default, and right now there is very little optimism that we will see an agreement any time soon. In fact, as I wrote about the other day, behind the scenes banks all over Europe are quietly preparing for a Grexit. European news sources are reporting that the Greek banking system is on the verge of collapse, and over the past couple of weeks Greek bond yields have shot through the roof. Most of the things that we would expect to see in the lead up to a Greek exit from the eurozone are happening, and now we will wait and see if the Greeks actually have the guts to pull the trigger when push comes to shove. (Read More.…)


The McAvany Intel Memo

[Continuing from last week the quotation of a Russian blogger regarding Russia’s establishment of an alternative to the American-based SWIFT global payments system,] “The Russians seem to have finally realized to what extent the playing field has been slanted against them. They have been forced to play by Washington’s rules in two key ways: by bending to Washington’s will in order to keep their credit ratings high with the three key Western credit rating agencies in order to secure access to Western credit; and by playing by the Western rule-book when issuing credit of their own, thus keeping domestic interest rates artificially high.

“The result was that US companies were able to finance their operations more cheaply, artificially making them more competitive. But now, as Russia works quickly to get out from under the US dollar, shifting trade to bilateral currency arrangements (backed by some amount of gold should trade imbalances develop) it is also looking for ways to turn the printing press to its advantage. To date, the dictate handed down from Washington has been: ‘We can print money all we like, but you can’t, or we will destroy you.’ But this threat is ringing increasingly hollow, and Russia will no longer be using its dollar revenues to buy up US debt.

“One proposal currently on the table is to make it impossible to pay for Russian oil exports with anything other than rubles by establishing two oil brokerages, one in St. Petersburg, the other, seven time zones away, in Vladivostok. Foreign oil buyers would then have to earn their petro-rubles the honest way – through bilateral trade – or, if they can’t make enough stuff that the Russians want to import, they could pay for oil with gold (while supplies last). Or the Russians could simply print rubles, and, to make sure such printing does not cause domestic inflation, they could export some inflation by playing with the oil spigot and the oil export tariffs. And if the likes of George Soros decides to attack the ruble in an effort to devalue it, Russia could defend its currency simply by printing fewer rubles for a while-no need to stockpile dollar reserves.”

In other words, it’s quite possible Russia will make a play to undermine the US dollar with sound money principles-selling oil for gold. It’s economic warfare at its finest. Putin is turning the gold bugs’ cry into his personal leadership mantra. The end result could be devastating for the US economy.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, December 2014


Daily Digest

April 22, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“We may look up to armies for defense, but virtue is our best security. It is not possible that any state should long remain free, where virtue is not supremely honored.” —Samuel Adams, Letter to Joseph Warren, 1775

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Obama Lied About Iranian Nuclear Breakout Times

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists might want to move the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock a few minutes closer to midnight because of Barack Obama’s lies over how close Iran is to nuclear breakout. For months, the official talking point of the administration has been that Iran is a year away from placing fissile material in a warhead. But the assessment of U.S. Intelligence and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has always been that Iran is months away from becoming a state sponsor of terrorism armed with nukes. Now, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz admitted to Bloomberg News that Iran is spinning nearly 10,000 centrifuges and could reach nuclear breakout in two to three months. Yet even with this knowledge, Obama discouraged Israel from acting militarily and continued to send John Kerry to craft a lousy deal with the Iranians.

The U.S. has repositioned ships in the waters off Yemen, partially because Iran is sending a flotilla to supposedly arm Yemeni rebels. Meanwhile, Iranian aircraft are buzzing U.S. naval ships. And all the while, Obama keeps insisting climate change is the gravest threat we face. More…

Green Times for Energy Efficiency, No Thanks to Government

Are you feeling green this Earth Day? You should. The White House would have you believe our days are numbered because we’ve failed to enter another ice age (take a moment to shiver in the irony), but statistics suggest we’re in unprecedented times — in terms of energy efficiency. But here’s the kicker: Neither Earth Day nor government intervention have anything to do with our greener ways. Based on data from the Energy Information Administration, American Enterprise Institute’s Mark Perry writes, “In 2014, it required only 6,110 BTUs of energy (petroleum, natural gas, coal, nuclear and renewables) to produce each real dollar of GDP, which was the least amount of energy required to produce a dollar of real GDP in US history.” That’s even more extraordinary when you consider how much the economy has expanded. “[T]he US economy was 28% larger last year than 14 years ago, even though slightly less total energy was required in 2014 than in 2000 (98.324 vs. 98.819 quadrillion BTUs) to produce $3.5 trillion more real output,” says Perry. “That would be like adding an economy about the size of Germany’s to the US, but without requiring any additional energy to produce 28% more output!” And consider this even crazier statistic: It cost a whopping 15,930 BTUs in 1949 to squeeze out just $2 trillion in GDP. So next time you hear demagogues claiming we’re dirtying up our planet, tell them we’re living in remarkably efficient times relative to yesteryear using the same old fossil fuels. And tell them they can thank capitalist innovators for the progress.

Democrats Drop Abortion Fight for Lynch Confirmation Vote

After stalling a bill to fight human trafficking because Republicans wanted to strengthen its provisions forbidding federal funds for abortions, Democrats finally relented so the Senate could get around to its confirmation vote on Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general. To stall a bill that would help society’s most vulnerable women is one thing. To stop that opposition just to get a fellow leftist into an appointed seat is another. It’s surely part of the Democrats’ strategy to advance in incremental steps.

“I’m glad we can say there is a bipartisan proposal that will allow us to complete action on this legislation so we can provide help to the victims who desperately need it,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said from the floor of the Senate. “As soon as we finish the trafficking bill, as I’ve indicated for some time now, we’ll move to the president’s nominee for attorney general.” As Ed Morrissey writes at Hot Air, the Left may spin this as a political victory, but Senate Democrats backed down from their obstructionism over “abortion rights.” Meanwhile, the winds coming from Congress indicate Lynch will be confirmed — even though she supports Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty. More…

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

When Government Takes the Grapevine

By Jim Harrington

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Raisin growers Marvin and Laura Horne have run afoul of one of those federal agencies you’ve never heard of, but it could have far-ranging consequences. The Supreme Court will soon decide the reach of federal power over food growers.

Horne, a former tax auditor, retired to raise raisins in Kerman, California, a farming community just outside Fresno. He soon discovered that he’s required to hand over a large percentage of his raisins to the federal government — specifically, the Raisin Administrative Committee, a grandchild of the price stabilization programs adopted by FDR’s “brain trust.” The original intent was arguably noble — to stabilize farm prices for people struggling to keep their farms. But as with all socialist programs, noble beginnings lead to evil ends.

Thus in 1949 when the government stopped buying massive quantities of raisins for our overseas troops, raisin prices plummeted. To correct this imbalance in the economy, the Department of Agriculture promulgated Marketing Order 989 requiring serfs, er, farmers to fork over a significant portion of their crops to the Raisin Administrative Committee, the intent being to artificially raise raisin prices.

“An elected board of bureaucrats known as the Raisin Administrative Committee decide what the proper yield should be in any given year in order to meet a previously agreed-upon price,” writes Reason’s Zach Weissmueller. The committee then gives a percentage of each farmer’s crop to packers working for the committee. The raisins go into a holding vat and sit. They can’t be sold in the United States, but they can eventually be sold overseas or to school lunch programs.

Weissmueller says farmers theoretically “get a percentage of the money raised from the [confiscated] raisins, but as profit margins dwindled … so did the return to farmers. The tipping point [for Horne] came in 2003 when farmers received zero dollars in return for the 47 percent of the crop they had surrendered.”

Horne decided enough was enough. In 2002 he stopped giving up his grapes. The regulation specifies “raisin handlers,” and the Horne’s consider themselves “raisin farmers” for whom the rule doesn’t apply. The government, however, sees otherwise. One of the most annoying aspects of this sorry story is that this law should have been sunsetted long ago. Instead it was actually renewed in 1989 with some legislators voting with greased hands.

Now the government is demanding the Hornes pay at least $650,000 (some sources say $1 million) in fines and surrender 1.2 million pounds of raisins, or about four years’ worth of harvest.

Outraged, Marvin decries the government’s thievery. “The hell with the whole mess,” he said, “It’s like being a serf.” Indeed it is. The Hornes and other growers tried to challenge the USDA’s seizure of their crops without payment as an unconstitutional taking in violation of the Fifth Amendment, but the USDA claimed the issue should be heard in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Instead, the Hornes took the USDA to an administrative court, but they were shot down there, too. Next they took their case to a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court and lost again. Challenging that ruling, they asked for a hearing before the entire Ninth Circuit. After hearing the case, the court surprisingly declared it had no jurisdiction in the matter. But the Supreme Court disagreed and sent it back to the Ninth Circuit to decide on the merits.

This time the Ninth Circuit almost seemed to retaliate to being challenged. They found that, as The Wall Street Journal put it, “the Takings Clause was meant to address the seizure of land, not other personal private property. And even if the government did take raisin farmers’ property, the confiscation created raisin scarcity which raised raisin prices, so the Hornes were compensated for their property in that way.”

Even for the Ninth Circuit, this is a bizarre ruling. By its logic, any company could be ordered to hand over a percentage of its profits, or even its holdings. And there’s no end to this line of reasoning. No end, that is, except the crystal clear language of the Fifth Amendment: “No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

In the case of the Raisin Administrative Committee, its actions are unconstitutional because Congress did not create it and endow it with the powers it wielded. Beyond that, government has no power to seize the raisins without due compensation.

The Court that wrongly decided Kelo v. New London could go some way toward correcting that blatantly improper eminent domain decision. Each day brings news of yet another attack on the Bill of Rights. Unfortunately, too few Americans understand what’s at stake in these cases. We’re thankful for Patriots like the Hornes who not only stood up to a bullying federal agency, but also had the strength of will and the stamina to get the case into the hands of the Supremes for the final decision. Let’s just hope the nine robed justices get it right.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Columnist Ben Shapiro: “Headless bodies lie in the sand. Above those corpses stand the black-clad minions of ISIS, outlined against the coastline of Libya. This is the second video in three months depicting Islamic terrorists cutting the heads off of Christian captives. Bodies float in the Mediterranean Sea, face down. Twelve Christian bodies, thrown from a rubber boat by 15 Muslims. Their launch point: Libya. Approximately 700 more bodies float face down in the Mediterranean, victims of a smuggling operation gone wrong when their rickety craft sunk as it made its way to Italy. Its source location: Libya. Four American bodies in Benghazi, Libya. These are the wages of Hillary Clinton’s war. … Vox.com, a leftist outlet, points out, 1,600 migrants ‘have drowned in the Mediterranean this year.’ Why? Again, according to Vox.com, when Moammar Gadhafi ‘ruled Libya, his government had an agreement with Italy to try to intercept and turn back ships leaving for Europe. … And in the utter chaos that’s engulfed Libya over the past few years, there’s no government entity really capable of patrolling the Mediterranean.’ Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy has promoted chaos around the world. Nowhere is that better illustrated than in her signal foreign policy legacy, the collapsed state of Libya.”

SHORT CUTS

On this date in history: “In God We Trust” — Congress first authorized the official use of this phrase; it became the national motto in 1956

Non Compos Mentis: “People keep saying, ‘We need to have a conversation about race.’ This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back. And I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman. Then when you ask me, ‘Is it over?’ I will say yes.” —Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison (She wants to see a white unarmed teenager get shot? Isn’t that, by definition, racism? For the record, police are more likely to kill whites than blacks.)

Dezinformatsia: “Mitch McConnell and others who are trying to obstruct climate protections will be regarded one day in the same way we think of 19th-century apologists for human slavery: How could economic interests blind them to the immorality of their position?” —Lexington Herald-Leader editorial

The BIG Lie: “It is not true that regulation holds poor people down or regulation keeps the middle class from advancing. That’s kind of patently bulls—.” —former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Wayne Crews estimates the regulatory state cost the economy $1.863 trillion in 2013. And we’re supposed to believe that doesn’t have any affect on economic mobility?)

Demo-gogues: “[T]here actually is probably less war and less violence around the world today than there might have been 30-40 years ago. It doesn’t make it any less painful. But things can get better.” —Barack Obama (See, his foreign policy is awesome!)

Late-night humor: “An intruder was arrested at the White House [this week] after trying to jump the fence. Authorities aren’t releasing the fence jumper’s identity, but they did say that she tore her pantsuit.” —Seth Meyers

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Why Google Is the New Evil Empire

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 08:02 AM PDT

Why Google Is the New Evil EmpireA long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a Galactic Empire, a beady-eyed Emperor and his heavy-breathing sidekick, Darth Vader. Ever since, we’ve identified the corporate villains we love to hate. We had AT&T (T) in the 70s, IBM (IBM) in the 80s, and the evil empire of the 90s was of course Microsoft (MSFT)and Bill “The Conqueror” Gates. Today we have Google (GOOGL). Don’t let the geeky façade, whimsical multicolored logo and “don’t be evil” mantra fool you. Google may very well be the most sinister threat and wicked incarnation of them all. In an interview with the Atlantic almost five years ago, the search empire’s dark lord himself, Eric Schmidt, said, “Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.” He said, “I would argue that implanting things in your brain is beyond the creepy line … at least for the moment until the technology gets better.” Then things got even creepier when Schmidt said, “We don’t need you to type at all because we know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less guess what you’re thinking about.” Then he paused and asked, “Is that over the line?” FULL REPORT

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Russia Wants to ‘Redesign’ the Middle EastPosted: 22 Apr 2015 07:51 AM PDT

Russia Wants to 'Redesign' the Middle EastUnder the radar last week, Vladimir Putin met with Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow. The meeting was not considered remarkable as Abbas has started to visit the Kremlin on an annual basis. The timing, though, corresponded with Putin’s definitely remarkable announcement Russia would reinitiate its sale of S-300 missiles to Iran. According to Sarah Fainberg of the Institute for National Security Studies, it is hard to ignore the correlation. “The official announcement that Putin was lifting the ban happened a few hours after Russia received Abbas in Moscow. It might be just a coincidence. But at this level of decision-making, coincidences are rare. It is sending a message about Russia’s intentions in the Middle East.” Russia’s goals in the region have been opaque for analysts, even more so for people unfamiliar with Russian politics. Spokesman for the White House Josh Earnest belittled the Russians by suggesting the missile sale was all about badly needed currency. But Fainberg says that that is hardly the entire picture. The money Russia would make from the deal is extremely limited and cannot hope to make a massive impact on a Russian economy in its sixth year of recession. “Basically we often quote economic reasons and these are valid, real reasons. But the ultimate and decisive reason is of a geopolitical nature meaning Russia wants to ultimately redesign the Middle East to its best interests and this explains the intensification of its activities in the past weeks whether in Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen or Iran. For Russia it is also about containing the spread of Sunni fundamentalism through its Southern borders. The number of Chechen fighters in Iraq and Syria has been on the rise.” FULL REPORT

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Asian, African nations challenge obsolete” World Order”Posted: 22 Apr 2015 07:40 AM PDT

Asian, African nations challenge obsolete" World Order"Leaders of Asian and African nations called on Wednesday for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers and leaves the “obsolete ideas” of Bretton Woods institutions in the past. Their calls came at the opening of a meeting of Asian and African nations in Jakarta to mark the 60th anniversary of a conference that made a developing-world stand against colonialism and led to the Cold War era’s non-aligned movement. Among the leaders listening were Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who were expected to meet on the sidelines of the conference, the latest sign of a thaw in relations between the Asian rivals. Sino-Japanese ties have chilled in recent years due to feuds over the two neighbors’ wartime past, as well as territorial rows and regional rivalry. Bilateral talks in Jakarta on Wednesday could promote a cautious rapprochement that began when Abe and Xi met at a summit in Beijing late last year. Abe, in an apparent reference to China’s growing military assertiveness, told the conference that the use of force by the “mightier” should never go unchecked. The Japanese prime minister also said Japan had pledged, “with feelings of deep remorse over the past war”, to adhere to principles such as refraining from acts of aggression and settling international disputed by peaceful means. FULL REPORT

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‘Like the end of the world’ – Beijing blanketed in red dustPosted: 22 Apr 2015 07:32 AM PDT

‘Like the end of the world’ – Beijing blanketed in red dustBeijing was covered in a thick blanket of dust on Tuesday and Wednesday in one of the worst sandstorms the city has seen in more than a decade. As the evening set in, residents rushed to get home from work in the dust, as visibility continued to drop and traffic came to a standstill. It followed a yellow alert from China’s weather bureau, which warned that visibility would drop below 1,000 meters and air quality would deteriorate. The country has a four-tiered, color-coded system for weather events: red, orange, yellow and blue. Although in terms of scale, the sandstorm wasn’t of the highest level, it is believed to have been the worst in Beijing in 13 years. In some areas, the pollution was recorded at a hazardous level of so-called particulate matter, which can enter the lungs and worsen respiratory and heart problems, and even contribute to deaths. The dust storm mixed together a toxic brew of pollution, given that China has some of the worst air quality of anywhere on Earth, and dust particles, making the air even less breathable than normal. The concentration of dangerous particulate matter, known as PM10, hit 1,000 micrograms per cubic meter at one point, well above safe levels. FULL REPORT

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Avian flu crisis grows for poultry producers throughout USAPosted: 22 Apr 2015 07:26 AM PDT

Avian flu crisis grows for poultry producers throughout USAPoultry producers in several states are bracing for more losses as a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza forced producers to kill millions of chickens and turkeys in the USA in recent weeks. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed that turkeys at four more commercial facilities–three in Minnesota and one in South Dakota–were confirmed to be infected with the fast moving H5N2 virus. The agency estimated that more than 390,000 turkeys between the plant would be lost to the disease or have to be euthanized as a precaution to prevent spread of the virus. The latest cases come one day after USDA officials announced that H5N2 was found at a chicken laying facility in Osceola County, Iowa. Some 3.8 million layer hens at the farm affiliated with Sonstegard Foods Company will be euthanized to try to prevent the spread of the disease, according to the company. The USDA had initially estimated that 5.3 million hens were affected. But the company has since confirmed that it was operating below capacity at the time avian flu was detected at its Iowa farm, said USDA spokeswoman Joelle Hayden. “We went to great lengths to prevent our birds from contracting AI (avian influenza), but despite best efforts we now confirm many of our birds are testing positive for AI,” the South Dakota-based Sonstegard Foods said in a statement. Meanwhile, mega turkey producer Hormel Food Corp. confirmed that avian flu is causing significant supply chain problems in its Jennie-O Turkey Store segment as 17 turkey flocks owned or processed by the company have been hit by avian flu. In addition to losing turkeys, those affected facilities are also quarantined, so they can undergo thorough cleanings. Hormel CEO Jeffrey Ettinger warned investors on Monday that the avian flu problem will likely result in company falling on the lower-end of its projected earnings target of $2.50 to $2.60 per share. FULL REPORT

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Is The U.S Food Supply Cursed?Posted: 22 Apr 2015 06:48 AM PDT

Is The U.S Food Supply Cursed? Leviticus 26:18- 20 – ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.

Why are so many catastrophes hitting U.S. food production? This week, we have learned that more than 7 million turkeys and chickens have already been killed as the result of a devastating bird flu outbreak here in the United States. This particular strain of the bird flu has already spread to the states of Minnesota, Iowa, California, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin, and scientists are mystified as to why it is moving so rapidly. But what we do know is that this flu has the potential to kill an entire flock of chickens or turkeys in just 48 hours. This pandemic is quickly becoming a major national crisis all by itself, but when you combine this with all of the other disasters hitting our food supply, a very troubling picture emerges. Could it be possible that the U.S. food supply is cursed? Before we talk about the bird flu some more, let’s first review some of the other ways that our food supply is under assault. -Due to the worst drought in the recorded history of the state, much of California is turning back into a desert. And considering the fact that California produces nearly half of all the fresh produce grown in the entire nation, that is a very frightening thing. Prices for many fruits and vegetables have already gone up substantially in our grocery stores. -The multi-year drought in the southwest United States has also had a crippling impact on many ranchers. At this point, the size of the U.S. cattle herd is the smallest that it has been since the 1950s, and the price of beef has doubled since the last recession. FULL REPORT

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JPMorgan Chase Bans Storage of Cash in its Safety Deposit BoxesPosted: 22 Apr 2015 06:35 AM PDT

JPMorgan Chase Bans Storage of Cash in its Safety Deposit BoxesSome JPMorgan Chase customers are receiving letters informing them that the bank will no longer allow cash to be stored in safety deposit boxes. The content of a post over on the Collectors Universe message board suggests that we may be about to see a resurgence of the old fashioned method of stuffing bank notes under the mattress. My mother has a SDB at a Chase branch with one of my siblings as co-signers. Last week they got a letter outlining a number of changes to the lease agreement, including this: “Contents of the box: You agree not to store any cash or coins other than those found to have a collectible value.” Another change is that signatures will no longer be accepted to access the box. The next time they go in they have to bring two forms of ID and they will be issued a four-digit pin number that will be used to access the box then and in the future. The letter, entitled “Updated Safe Deposit Box Lease Agreement,” was sent out to customers at the beginning of the month. “Hide your wallets, the banksters are on the move,” warns the Economic Policy Journal. As of last month, Chase has also instituted a new policy which, “restricts borrowers from using cash to make payments on credit cards, mortgages, equity lines, and auto loans,” writes Professor Joseph Salerno of the Mises Institute. The news arrives on the back of comments by Citi’s Willem Buiter, who recently advocated abolishing cash altogether in order to “solve the world’s central banks’ problem with negative interest rates”. FULL REPORT

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Pacific Ocean life devastated by Fukushima radiation: Fisheries populations have crashed 91 percentPosted: 22 Apr 2015 06:29 AM PDT

Pacific Ocean life devastated by Fukushima radiation: Fisheries populations have crashed 91 percent With environmentalists and activists still reeling and trying to remedy the chemical annihilation of pollinator populations, they now have a new crisis to manage and investigate to prevent another important ecosystem from crashing — the West Coast fisheries. Earlier this week, Michael Snyder sent an urgent warning that the bottom of our food chain is going through a massive collapse, with 91% of the sardine population being wiped out in just the last eight years. Due to the extremity of the decline, the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to direct the NOAA Fisheries service to halt the current season immediately, which will affect approximately 100 fishing boats with sardine permits. Like colony collapse disorder, this is not a simple matter of managing a minor problem so that the ecosystem and benefits related to it can be enjoyed in the future. This is a NOW issue, which was reflected by the emergency closure of fisheries along the West Coast in mid-April.Furthermore, this is not just an issue of seeing your next can of sardines explode in price. With such a dramatic change in this part of the food chain, it undoubtedly reverberates through all other creatures that are affected by the sardine population. This includes predators like the California sea lion as well as microscopic organisms that sardines feed on like various species of zooplankton. FULL REPORT

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Europe turns up pressure as cash runs outPosted: 22 Apr 2015 06:21 AM PDT

Europe turns up pressure as cash runs outMore pressure has been heaped upon Athens, as reports suggested the European Central Bank is looking at placing greater restrictions on the use of its emergency lending facilities by Greece’s domestic banks. Greek banks have tapped around €74bn (£53bn) in emergency liquidity assistance from the ECB to replace the deposits that nervous domestic savers have pulled out of the financial system in recent months. Without that lifeline, the country’s banks would rapidly collapse. Greek financial stocks duly sold off heavily after the report emerged that the ECB is considering increasing the interest rate – or “haircut” – on their ELA borrowing, with the banking index shedding 5.5 per cent. Greece’s three-year borrowing costs also jumped to just shy of 30 per cent, reflecting rising concerns about the solvency of the country’s banking system and the lack of progress towards a deal between Athens and its eurozone creditors. Greece needs a €7.2bn bailout from its partners in order to service its maturing debts and to carry on paying public sector workers. It also needs to make an €800m payment to the International Monetary Fund early next month. FULL REPORT

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Drone containing radioactive material lands on roof of Japanese PM’s residencePosted: 22 Apr 2015 06:16 AM PDT

Drone containing radioactive material lands on roof of Japanese PM's residenceBREAKING NEWS – Japanese authorities have launched an investigation after a small drone reportedly containing traces of radiation was found on the roof of the prime minister’s office, sparking concerns about drones and their possible use for terrorist attacks. No injuries or damage was reported from the incident on Wednesday. The prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who is at present in Indonesia, works at the building during the day and commutes from his own private home roughly 15 minutes away. Police said it was not immediately known who was responsible for the drone. The significance was not immediately clear, but a Japanese court on Wednesday approved the restart of a nuclear power station, rejecting nuclear power safety worries in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima radiation disaster.The chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said the incident was a wakeup call to the potential dangers of drones, including possible terror attacks when Japan hosts the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. FULL REPORT

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Lesbian Teacher: How I Indoctrinate Kids To Accept Gay ‘Marriage’, Starting At 4-Years-Old

A primary grade lesbian teacher from an Ontario public school revealed in a workshop at a homosexual activist conference for teachers earlier this month how she uses her classroom to convince children as young as four to accept homosexual relationships.

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:26,27 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: We at NTEB have been warning for years now about the concerted push by the LGBTQ to force-indoctrinate young schoolkids to accept the LGBTQ’s radical agenda and same-sex marriage. In this story today, we have one teacher proudly admitting that she does this with the full blessing of the school she teaches in. This is being emulated in public schools all across America and Canada. Adolf Hitler was able to capture Nazi Germany in 1933 because he began indoctrinating young German schoolkids starting in 1921. This is no different. This is how the LGBTQ is growing their ranks, with Nazi-style brainwashing. And because America’s Christians have no guts and are afraid to open their mouths, it’s working quite well.

TORONTO, April 20, 2015   – “And I started in Kindergarten. What a great place to start. It was where I was teaching. So, I was the most comfortable there,” Pam Strong said at the conference.

The conference, hosted by the homosexual activist organization Jer’s Vision, now called the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, focused on the implementation of Bill 13 in Ontario classrooms. Bill 13, called by critics the ‘homosexual bill of rights,’ passed in June 2012 and gave students the right to form pro-gay clubs in their school, including Catholic ones, using the name Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA).

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Strong, who is in an open relationship with another woman and who has been a teacher for about five years, focused her workshop on what she called the “power of conversation” for promoting LGBTQ issues in an elementary classroom. She began her talk by relating how she reacted the first time one of her students called another student ‘gay’ as a putdown.

With the principal’s encouragement, we decided that I would go from class to class and talk about what ‘gay’ means, what does ‘LGBTQ’ mean, what do ‘I’ mean,” she told about 40 attendees, all educators, at her workshop.

Strong related how she began LGBTQ indoctrination with the junior kindergarten class.

“And I read a pro-gay child’s book, King and King, and I started to realize that conversations can be very difficult, and they can have the most power when they are the most difficult.”

“But difficult conversations are a part of what we do as teachers, right? And when these conversations are properly supported by teachers within the safety of the classroom, they provide a rich environment for our students as they unpack these complex social issues and they reflect on their own preconceptions, rights, of gender, sexuality, love, all these different things,” she said.

Strong related that as she was reading “King and King” in the junior kindergarten class as a springboard to discuss her sexuality with the kids, she got to the part where the two princes become ‘married’ when one of the boys suddenly shouted out: “They can’t do that! They can’t get married. They’re two boys.”

Recounted Strong:And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, they can. It’s right here on page 12.”

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Obama White House In Stunning Admission That Iran Only 2-3 Months Away From Nuclear Bomb

President Obama stressed to the world that Iran’s breakout time to have enough fuel to make a bomb was a year, and now it is being reported that he has known for a long time that Iran only needed 2-3 months to obtain enough fuel for a bomb.

EDITOR’S NOTE: As you read this story where the Obama White House now fully and freely admits that Iran is only 2-3 months away from achieving a nuclear weapon, compare that with the video below where he promised 28 times that he would never allow this to ever happen. Under any circumstances. Well, guess what? It is happening right now, and he is doing nothing to stop it. 

Writing in Bloomberg View on Monday, journalist Eli Lake says US President Barack Obama has known for years that Iran needed only 2-3 months to produce enough fuel for a nuclear bomb, but purposely avoided saying so publicly, stressing instead that a full year was needed for Iran to build a nuclear bomb.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Monday acknowledged that the US has known for years that Iran is just two to three months form having enough fissile material for a nuclear bomb.

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When asked how long the Obama administration has known this, he responded, “Oh, quite some time. They are now, they are right now spinning, I mean enriching with 9,400 centrifuges out of their roughly 19,000. Plus all the…R&D work. If you put that together it’s very, very little time to go forward. That’s the 2-3 months.”

Lake spoke with Brian Hale, a spokesperson of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, who confirmed that the two to three month estimate on fissile material was only declassified on April 1.

Interestingly, the April 1 juncture in time almost exactly dovetails with the date at which the US reached a framework agreement with Iran on its nuclear program. According to the paper, Obama declassified the information so as to urge Congress and the public to accept the deal, claiming it would “extend” Iran’s breakout time.

That claim notwithstanding, Iran will be left with all of its nuclear facilities under the deal, and be allowed to continue enriching. Iran has also made clear that in contrast with the US version of the agreement, it intends to keep all its enriched uranium stockpiles, not let “foreigners” inspect its nuclear facilities, and start using advanced IR-8 centrifuges that are 20-times as effective as standard ones as soon as a deal is reached.

Deft disinformation

Since the information was declassified this month, Obama has been pressing the fact that Iran is only two to three months away from enough materials for a nuclear bomb, as part of its efforts to push a deal through.

However, when he began his second term in 2013, he stressed that Iran was over a year from producing a nuclear bomb.

That position was apparently a deft act of disinformation, as according to the US intelligence community, both assessments may have been true: Iran may indeed have been a year from having an operational nuclear weapon, but it was only two or three months from having enough fuel to make one, a process that is much easier to detect and respond to.

Watch Obama lie through his teeth 28 times in saying he would never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon:

Obama appears to have been making use of the fact that the term “breakout time” is alternatively used for describing how long it would take to obtain enough fissile material, and how long it would take to complete a bomb. Obama repeatedly disagreed directly with Israel over assessments on Iran’s breakout time by emphasizing it was over a year away even as Israel insisted the time was actually a mere matter of months.

It is estimated that the 2013 emphasis on the one year breakout time frame was meant to buy time for nuclear negotiations with Iran, both before and after a November 2013 interim agreement was reached.

If he had admitted that Iran was as little as two months from having the means to create a nuclear weapon, Obama likely anticipated he would not have as much freedom to negotiate or as much footing to oppose proposals of a strike to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities before it was too late.

“A year ago,” writes Lake, “after the nuclear talks started, Secretary of State John Kerry dropped the first hint about the still-classified Iran breakout estimate. He told a Senate panel, ‘I think it is fair to say, I think it is public knowledge today, that we are operating with a time period for a so-called breakout of about two months.’”

As far as creating a full nuclear weapon, it has been noted that Iran’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and warhead programs, both needed in producing a functional nuclear bomb, are not included in the scope of the nuclear deal.”

Once again, the American people and the world have been lied to by this diabolical tyrant. Why is he still in office? What is going to happen to us now? Will we be placed in camps? Is the upcoming “Jade Helm 15” military exercise actually a sinister plot to begin Martial Law in America?

I believe we have come to a place of no return in America. We are under the righteous judgment from our Holy God. May He send His Son very soon to take us away from this earth.

MARANATHA.

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) ‘Accountant of Auschwitz’ asks forgiveness, reminder of magnitude of crime

Trial of Former Auschwitz Guard, 93, Opens in Germany, New York Times (Alison Smale)

Ex-Nazi ‘bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ asks for ‘forgiveness’, Agence France-Presse (Coralie Febvre)

2) Chimps granted day in court, exposing dangerous worldview confusion over dignity of humans

Chimps given human rights by U.S. court for the first time, Washington Post (Rachel Feltman)
In other news…

Dr. Oz Accused of Medical “Quackery” While His New Age/Spiritual “Quackery” Goes Unaddressed by Rick Warren and the Church

Islamic extremist accidentally shot self before he could turn arsenal on churchgoers


Is U.S. Israel’s Ally “When It Matters”?

Is U.S. Israel’s Ally “When It Matters”?
Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, says the U.S. will no longer automatically exercise its veto in the UN Security Council to protect Israel.

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

Yet he is a leader in this movement . . .

Creflo Dollar, the televangelist who was recently criticized for asking supporters to fund the purchase of a $65 million private jet, has said that there is no such thing as the prosperity gospel.

Speaking on the show “Your World with Creflo,” the evangelist said that money belongs to God, not man.

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As Israel Mourns, Palestinians Celebrate Terror

Yet Israel is to make peace with monsters . . .

Even as Israel on Wednesday mourned the 23,320 killed defending this nation or as victims of terrorism, the Palestinian Authority (PA) was in the midst of a media campaign honoring the very terrorists who have so long plagued the Jewish state with death and destruction.

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Tracking the Trail of the Tyrant

About 1954 a spokesman for the United Nations is alleged to have made this astounding statement, or plea: “What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the alliances of all people and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him.”

· In the search for that man, Kennedy failed them, as did Lyndon Johnson, Jimmie Carter and Bill Clinton. One from the opposite side of the aisle, however, openly spoke of a vision in his departing speech, as he finished his term as president: He was looking forward to a “New World Order.” [2]

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Yearning for a President to Respect, Admire, and Be Proud of!

The big question as we head into another critical presidential election: Can the hurt and anger visited upon the American people during the latest presidency be overcome?

Can we re-unite as a people and elect a man or woman whom we can respect, admire, and be proud of, regardless of party affiliation?

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Christians Worldwide Unite: Wearing Orange, ‘The New Color of Martyrdom’

American Christians are being urged to wear the color orange – either on a ribbon or as part of their clothing – to focus attention on their brothers and sisters being killed for their faith around the world.

The color is a reference to the orange jumpsuits that Islamic State (ISIS) militants have forced beheading victims to wear.

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Thoughts on Economic Collapse and Tribulation economy

Someone asked me about the economy in the Tribulation, and wondered if the global and American economy will collapse prior to the Tribulation or not.

It’s speculation, because the Bible doesn’t specifically say how we will get from here to there, only what will be. I do like to be aware of what the bible says about the seemingly near event on the prophetic timeline, the 7 years of Tribulation. (The rapture is the very next event. I also enjoy thinking about the Millennium which will occur after the Tribulation such as the peaceable kingdom, and the temple and the King’s Highway, and New Jerusalem, etc).

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Operation Wakeup Call – THE PROPHECIES ARE COMING!

By Bill Salus

Whoever came up with the idea that people should wake up each morning to the frightening sound of an “alarm clock?” That annoying intermittent buzzing sound raises our anxiety level before we set foot out of bed. It suggests that the new day is something to be alarmed about.

Fortunately, some alarm clocks greet us with soothing music, which is much more inviting but, why the name; alarm clock? Why not alert clock, or better yet, wake up clock? Even the hotels offer wakeup calls. How disconcerting it would be if they were labeled alarm calls.

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Christian Headlines

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Boko Haram Adopts ISIS’ Religious Cleansing Strategy

Mark Driscoll Makes Comeback with Online Leadership Videos

Therapists to Obama: Stay Out of the Counseling Office

5 Arguments to Watch as the Supreme Court Considers Gay Marriage

Conservative Anglican Group Backs Away from Split with Anglican Communion

Niger Christians Forgive Extremists that Destroyed Dozens of Churches

Angie’s List CEO Resigns over Religious Freedom Debate

Controversial California Sex-Ed Class Spurs Parental Rights Law

Al-Shabab Militants Create Chaos, Pain for Somalis

Parents Angry after Children Read Transgenderism Book in School

Opinion

To Move Beyond Abortion Stalemate, Reporters Must Ask Tough Questions

Kirsten Powers: Christians thrown overboard left to drown by Obama

Tim Tebow and the Power of Courage

Remembering Chuck Colson’s Vision

Mother Forgave Aaron Hernandez for Killing Her Son


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

by Marsha West

Christian News Network reports:

Tony Campolo, false teacher and former spiritual adviser to Bill Clinton, is urging Christians to vote for Hillary as president, claiming that she is a Christian woman who will help to lower the abortion rate in America.

“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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The IRS Assures an Atheist Group It Will Monitor Churches

by Marsha West

According to Quinn Hillyer of National Review, the IRS “acting with the whole power of government behind it, seems to be saying it can monitor and presumably punish churches for the content of their sermons, but the churches can’t know exactly if, how, and why they are being monitored.”

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Pitiable Capitulating Pro-Family Leaders – part 2

by Marsha West

In part 2 of her series, Marsha West addresses some of the flaws in the “family values” movement. One such flaw is the cleverly contrived manipulation tactics conservative leaders, i.e. evangelicals, resort to in their effort to raise money to “take back America.” Notable evangelicals and so-called Christian musical artists have no qualms about appearing on stage with apostates for some “cause” or another. In this piece Marsha reveals the names of some of the prominent professing Christians who are partnering with apostates, even heretics, in the culture war.

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Bible News Roundup – Week of April 19, 2015

Shroud Of Turin Goes Back On Display In Italy until June 24; 1M people have signed up to see it
NPR

Award-Winning Vocalist Natalie Grant to Serve as Spokesperson for Zondervan’s Faithgirlz Brand
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Bible Society Australia shows how soldiers turned to God during wars in Anzac campaign.
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What’s Next For A 500-Year-Old King James Bible? Methodists Assess Their Rare Finds
Nashville Public Radio

New Scripture recordings to reach millions in their heart language
Mission Network News

Final volume of the Saint John’s Bible presented to pope
St. Cloud Times
⇨ Also see “The Saint John’s Bible: A Work of Art

World’s Tiniest Bible to be Presented at Israel Museum for 50th Anniversary
JNS

Hillary Scott’s Bible survives Lady Antebellum fire
The Washington Post

State senate kills bill to make Bible official Tennessee book
The Tennessean

Papua New Guinea speaker leads delegation to US to collect 400-year old Bible
Radio New Zealand International

Oklahoma Attorney General defends Bible distribution in schools
Tulsa World

 


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The Church and the Attack of Satan

The problem with Lloyd-Jones’ statement is that he only names two possibilities for false religions, the Roman Catholic Church and liberal Christianity. I agree that both are enemies, but there are more than just two, and yet at the same time, only one. Any religion that stands in place of the gospel, or opposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ, fits the bill. Any religion that adds to the gospel, takes away from the gospel, or declares another gospel all together, is a false religion.

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‘But Jesus Didn’t Say…’

Furthermore, isolating the red letters apart from their narrative context breeds contempt for that context, particularly the hard parts of Scripture. This leaves believers with no adequate answer to the kinds of charges made increasingly by anti-theists. Thus when Richard Dawkins asserts in The God Delusion that the “God of the Old Testament” is “jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully,” too many Christians are ill-equipped to respond.

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Do Your Sermon Illustrations Help or Hurt?

One only needs to think of Jonathan Edwards’ sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” Edwards effectively compared the precarious situation of sinners dangling over the fires of hell to the way spiders dangle by the very thinnest of webs. But, illustrations do not always turn out the way we intended. Indeed, sometimes illustrations can do more harm than good. Here are some of the major illustration pitfalls to avoid

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The Pastor’s Personal Holiness

In fact, a lack of personal holiness in the pastorate has ruined many churches and many lives. The pastor like a boulder on top of a hill, when falling, can have a cascading effect upon everything below him. Our adversary does not lack this knowledge. He is well aware that if he can make one pastor stumble or turn away from following Christ passionately, then an entire church can be affected. At times, an entire denomination, city, or even country can be negatively affected by one pastor’s sins.

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Poor Laws in an Age of False Beneficence

The church does not know what to do with the poor because it does not know what to do with the poor laws of the Scriptures. The church has impoverished itself by not heeding the grace found in the Law of Moses, which is filled with instruction on how to care for the poor. Read Deuteronomy 14:22-15:17 for one such example. Reading this text, yes, you will find it contains ceremonial aspects no longer obligatory for the Christian to observe, such as the sabbatical year. But you can find wonderful principles of the general equity contained in these laws, where discernment is called for so that applications such as these are to be made

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Rooted and Reaching Explored: Worship, Outreach, Discipleship, Mission

Being a rooted and reaching church is a vital and challenging calling, one that requires the full engagement of every member in worship, ministry service and outreach. In a living, active, rooted and reaching church, no member is unimportant, disengaged, passive or disinterested. Everyone is committed to prayer, participation, service and outreach.

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Battle Hymn of the Ministry Mother

I want them to overhear my conversations with other adults—about the mission of the church, and the substitutionary atonement, and the real presence of Christ in worship—and to wonder over these profound mysteries. I want them to watch me peck away at my laptop and know that their mom is writing a book for the good of Christ’s church—a book they will have to grow up to read. I want them to observe the late nights their dad spends studying the Word and praying, for their benefit, yes, but really for the benefit of all of God’s people.

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Three Reasons Pastors Drop Out

I have witnessed more than a few good men step away from the ministry having been chewed up and spit out by some carnal church. Much has been written about abusive pastors but not enough ink has been spilled describing toxic churches and battered pastors. Both camps dishonor the reputation of the Christ they claim to represent.

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These Aren’t The Best Years of Your Life

A friend with a stroller was walking through town when an older woman stopped her to see the baby. After admiring her, the granny said, “These are the best years of your life; too bad you’re too tired to enjoy them!” Mothers with small children often hear this–at least the first part. We keenly feel […]

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Don’t Be Theologically Dumb – “When you love God with your heart but not your mind, you end up loving the god of your imagination, not the God of the universe.”


The Paradox of Assurance

by Pastor J.D.

I struggled for years to find assurance of salvation. As I’ve mentioned in Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, my lack of assurance got to be pretty absurd. I can laugh about it now, but it was humiliating and gut-wrenching at the time. I prayed to receive Jesus literally hundreds (perhaps thousands) of times. I got baptized—not once, not twice, but four different times. The worst part about it was that I thought I was the only one.

Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart only exists because, as it turns out, I wasn’t alone. “Lack of assurance” is endemic among evangelicals today. But Christians who struggle with assurance can take some small comfort in the fact that we aren’t the first. The entire book of 1 John, for instance, is written to assure believers that they have eternal life (1 John 5:13). And tucked into the more gory stories of the book of Judges is a perfect example of the paradox of assurance.

Our old friend Gideon shows us two truths about assurance:

1. God patiently deals with faltering faith.

If you read through Judges, you’ll see God give Gideon assurance after assurance. Each time God reassures Gideon, it does the trick for a little while…but only a little. Gideon’s assurance account is constantly low and in need of funds.

But here’s the beautiful part of it: God keeps reassuring Gideon.

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How to spot a cult

When you hear the word, “Cult,” do you think of Jim Jones, David Koresh or perhaps Charles Manson? Think you can easily recognize a cult by its crazy leaders and practices? The truth is, there are quite a few cults and their followers that look and act and even dress and use Christian terminology just […]

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Questioning the one-sided media narrative on transgender children

by Denny Burk

I have noticed more and more material appearing in popular media promoting the embrace of transgender identities. It seems that the push for the normalization of transgender is now focusing on children. And usually, this is done with images and real-life stories that have a powerful emotional appeal (see videos below). The common narrative that I am seeing in these pieces goes like this:

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Help! I’m Having a Feeling

by Lindsey Wagstaffe | 4/22/15

Are you emotional? If you said yes, does that sound like a bad thing to be called? For many years, my understanding of emotions could be described something like this:

“Joy is good, but most other emotions are dangerous threats to godliness. Most emotions need to be ignored. You should be suspicious of your feelings, especially if you’re a girl; feelings are usually wrong. Listening to your feelings is a sure recipe for disaster.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard Jeremiah 17:9 misapplied and taken out of context to back up the paragraph above: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”

If you’ve been taught something similar, maybe you have questions about emotions too. Is being emotional incompatible with godliness? What should we do with our emotions?

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5 Reasons Kids Disobey

Ever wonder why children disobey? Or specifically why your kid does the opposite of what the Bible instructs, encourage, and commands?

You know God says kids should obey their parents.


A Word to Children–Psst! That’s You! (True Woman 201, part 7)

“Be ye kind one to another.”

I can still hear my dad’s voice admonishing us siblings with these old English words from Ephesians 4. It always seemed to be the appropriate reprimand for any given situation, be that a squall over who got the last bowl of cereal, or the heated discussion on whose turn was next on our giant swing in the backyard.

(If you only knew the swing I’m talking about, you’d know why it was such a big deal to get first dibs! This swing hung from a tree on an eighteen-foot-long rope, and with a few good pushes we could reach out and snatch the leaves off the top branches of the adjacent tree! It was pretty much an amusement park in our backyard. But I digress . . .)

Just for Kids?

Do you think the instruction to be kind is only for bickering children? If so, in a way you’re right.

In the very next verse, Paul writes, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children” (emphasis mine). Paul isn’t insulting his readers, in fact, just the opposite. These were Gentiles formerly without any hope, but now adopted into God’s family. No longer children of wrath, but children of the heavenly Father, and fellow heirs with Christ!

So Paul’s admonition to his “beloved children” to show kindness is, for a child of God, an outflow of an awareness of God’s incredible kindness to us through Christ. In sending His Son to earth, God displayed the ultimate expression of kindness imaginable—and to ones so undeserving!

Is this the kind of treatment you show to those you interact with?

Have you thanked God recently for the ultimate display of kindness He showed you in sending Jesus Christ?

Are you being “imitators of God” by showing kindness to those hard-to-love people God has placed in your life?

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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Words of Comfort: Ask God…

“I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking Him to do His work through me.” Hudson Taylor

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What Scripture says, God says

http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/sdg/warfield/warfield_itsays.html


If God wants to save everyone, why did he only choose Israel?

http://bnonn.com/if-god-wants-to-save-everyone-why-did-he-only-choose-israel/


Shepherding your children through media choices

Christian parents must take special care in making wise decisions for their families. Whether we like it or not, our children are targeted as prime consumers in the media market.


Video: Evidence for God- Key Arguments for a Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig

This talk is from the 2014 Unbelievable? Conference that took place in the UK.  This video features some great graphics that makes the lecture especially enjoyable to watch.

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Youth Yoke: The Necessity of Hardship for Young Men

yoke1Hardship comes to us via every avenue of life, from beginning to end. Affliction is no more avoidable than air. And thankfully, Scripture has much to say about it. But one passage that has often redemptively grabbed me is from Lamentations 3.

“It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him; let him put his mouth in the dust—there may yet be hope.” (Lam 3:27-29). Now, the degree of hardship faced during the time of this verse exceeds what many of us will face. Even so, the verse illustrates a timeless principle on the topic of affliction: it is good for us young men (“young” could refer to under 40ish +/-) to experience a measure of hardship’s yoke.

But why? What is it about us young men such that affliction is particularly profitable? For the most part, it’s simply because we are young. We lack the full seasoning of sanctification. Our spiritual development is many stages from completion. The flesh has undergone less mortification. So, in God’s good sovereignty, affliction’s yoke in youth is a necessity which can move us along in the school of Christ. There’s nothing easy about it. But when our loving God grooms us with hardship, we young men can profit greatly. As a friend and mentor, Ray Mehringer, once said to me, “It’s the ‘ABC’s’ of Christianity: Adversity Builds Character.” And character building is the need of the hour for many of us young men.

Oak-sapling-Quercus-robur-001By God’s grace, some are well-trained in hardship’s academy. For others of us, we may need to simply enter the school or re-take a few classes. For those like me who have often flunked in the school of struggle, here are a few reminders on the necessity of hardship, especially for us younger guys:

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Eight Reasons People Are Leaving Denominational Churches for Non-denominational Churches

While working on an unrelated research project, I recently came across some data published by the Hartford Institute of Religion Research. Though the information was five years old, it still seemed highly relevant today. In essence, the data showed that non-denominational churches are now the second largest Protestant group in America. Only the Southern Baptist Convention is larger.

Here are some of the fascinating nuggets from that study:

  • There are more than 12 million people who affiliate with non-denominational churches.
  • The research found at least 35,000 non-denominational churches in America.
  • Non-denominational churches are in 88% of the counties in the United States.
  • Non-denominational churches are one of the top five largest religious groups in 48 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

In light of the growth of these churches, I conducted an informal Twitter poll and asked why people are moving to non-denominational congregations from churches affiliated with denominations. Here are the top eight responses in order. There is obvious overlap in some of the responses.

  1. Denominational churches have a negative reputation. Some respondents used the phrase “negative brand” to communicate this reason.
  2. Denominations are known more for what they are against than what they are for.
  3. There is too much infighting and politics in denominations.
  4. The denominational churches are too liberal. From what I can tell from these respondents, they are current and former members of mainline churches.
  5. There is a general waning of institutional loyalty in institutions such as denominations.
  6. Denominations have inefficient systems and organizations. They are too bureaucratic.
  7. Some of the respondents could see no perceived benefit to belonging to denominations.
  8. Denominations are not good stewards of their financial resources.

I plan on doing a second poll in the near future to see how respondents view denominations positively. In the meantime, let me hear from you.

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Let’s pretend: imagine an even-handed media

by Dan PhillipsSuppose 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.

We know they’re going to ask every Republican presidential candidate deep and probing vital-issue-of-the-day questions like:

  • Should “gays” be stoned?
  • Would you go to a “gay” “wedding” if you were invited?
  • Would you go to a “gay” “wedding” if it were your son or daughter?
  • Is being “gay” a choice?
…and so forth. I don’t need to do their work for them.
So what if they were even to pretend to be even-handed on this issue? What questions could they ask of the Democratic candidates?
I’m absolutely serious about these, and I’ve come up with the lot of them on the run, without even breaking a sweat. Here goes:
  • Should people act on every sexual impulse they have? How can they tell which is which?
  • If someone has a homosexual impulse, does he have a choice as to whether or not to act on it?
  • Should adult children whose hearts move them to marry one or both of their parents be legally allowed to? Why or why not?
  • How about adult siblings whose hearts move them to marry one or more of their siblings?
  • Is being homosexual like being black or Asian? How is it different?
  • Christians believe that Jesus can free people from being enslaved to destructive sexual impulses. Are they wrong?
  • Jesus said that it was wrong to act out some sexual impulses. Was He wrong?
  • If your son or daughter married a Christian who believed that homosexuality is a sin, would you attend the wedding?
  • Followup: should bakers be required by law to cater such a wedding?
  • Do you think Christians who believe in the Bible should be allowed to hold public office?

That’s just without really trying.

Feel free to offer your own.

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Article: Why Environmentalism and Animal Rights Are Dependent on a Christian Worldview by J. Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace has written an excellent article that questions whether or not atheism or Christian theism best grounds environmentalism and animal rights.  Jim writes:

“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’.”

You checkout the rest of the article here.


Earth Day, religious devotion and creation care

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The first time I heard about Earth Day was when it interrupted my Saturday morning cartoons. I was probably seven or eight at the time, and this particular weekend NBC decided to air one of their NBC All Star type shows. This one featured the Huxtable family talking about how we shouldn’t be taking long showers as it wastes water. This was a way we could take care of Planet Earth. Next, came the announcement at school: because we had to do our part to care for the planet, we’d be spending a couple hours on Earth Day cleaning up trash in the school yard and the surrounding neighborhood.

Things escalated from there: recycling clubs (yep, I’m old enough to remember when recycling was a new thing), more posters, more TV specials, Ferngully, and Captain Planet:

As a child, I was heavily exposed to the fear of global warming and acid rain. But it didn’t really change my life that much. Nor did it really seem to change the habits of anyone else I knew, either. But I did slowly see it starting to change how people wanted to present themselves. Though there was little overt pressure, people seemed to want to appear to be environmentally conscious, even if they didn’t really care all that much.

Because thinking about something is just as good as doing it, right?

But over the years, I noticed a change as the message shifted and the rhetoric took on a more overtly religious tone. The local coffee shops put up posters exposing the dangers of styrofoam cups and their continued existence over the next 1000 years in landfills (despite only having been invented in the 1940s). Garbage and recycling programs have escalated to require separate bagging of items—paper, plastic and metal, compost, and other (yet still crushed in the same bins in the pickup truck). Our government has even got in on the action, instituting environmental fees on your electronic products (a sure sign of environmentalism being mainstream). Earth is no longer the place we live, but “the mother of my mother,” and the use of fossil fuel is comparable to human slavery.

And then there’s the public schools. I’ll be honest, even though I noticed the changes in behavior, it didn’t really hit home until a few years ago, when my daughter came home from school with a handout that talked about how we were hurting the earth because we drove cars, and should really be using public transit or bicycles instead. This led to the following conversation:

Abigail: “We shouldn’t drive our car. We should take the bus.”

Me: “Okay… So, let me ask you something. Does your teacher take the bus to school?”

Abigail: “No.”

Me: “Does she ride a bike?”

Abigail: “No.”

Me: “So how does she get there?”

Abigail: “She drives.”

Me: “So does that mean your teacher is bad?”

Abigail: “No…”

Me: “So if your teacher isn’t bad for driving a car, then why are we bad for driving one?”

Abigail: *Lightbulb moment*


Now, obviously, I’m not going to declare we should all start driving gas-guzzlers to the arctic circle for a wild weekend of seal hunting. I don’t want anyone to think I’m saying don’t bother recycling (even if I question its efficacy at times). But as we come up to Earth Day and the increase in environmental messages and rhetoric, I want us to consider the question:

What does it really teach?

The more I consider it, the more I wonder if what it really teaches is that humanity is simultaneously the problem, and the solution. We are to be our own saviors, even as we lament our existence. Our world is overpopulated.1 We are consuming our resources at an unheard of rate and within the next 50-ish years, we’ll be running out of water, fossil fuels and possibly even air, as the doomsday prophesying goes. We’ve gotten ourselves into a horrible mess, and we are the only ones who can get ourselves out of it.

Notice the religious contours of this: there’s a state of perfection that’s been lost. There’s a problem to be resolved. And there’s a promised salvation from the problem we face. The problem, of course, is it all centers on us. It’s a religious system without God.

This sort of environmental hoobity-boobity is rooted in what Peter Jones would call Oneism—a radical rejection of the Creator/creation distinction. Because we ignore or outright reject the Creator—the one who created all things and supplies all our needs—the creation becomes the object of our worship. Thus, environmentalism becomes a matter of life and death.

And this religious devotion is fundamentally what Christians must reject. We are not worshippers of the creation. We have dominion over it. Not to abuse, but to carefully use its resources as God’s image bearers—his representatives—in the creation. So what does this mean for us?

1. We don’t worship the earth. A Christian caring about the environment is a good thing. But we must reject anything that smacks of placing any created thing (including the planet) in a position it does not deserve.

2. We consume responsibly. As I’ve written elsewhere, while I’m skeptical that a styrofoam cup in a landfill will still exist in 15,000 years, I’m all for being responsible as a consumer. Don’t buy more than you need. Buy things that last. Just because you can be conspicuous in your consumption doesn’t mean you should be.

3. We trust the Lord to provide for all our needs. If God provides for us—if he makes it rain on the just and unjust alike—then we have nothing to fear. Ever. This means it’s highly unlikely that we’ll ever run out of clean drinking water, or appropriate fuels, or lose the ability to produce food to eat. Our problems around these things really have more to do with distribution than actual shortages (even in the case of California).

As wonderful as the earth is, it does not deserve our devotion. There is only one who does, and that is our Creator, the maker of the heavens and earth. Caring for the environment is a good thing, but only if we understand it in relationship with the ultimate thing.


Why Pastors Often Leave Their Church in the Third Year – Rainer on Leadership #117

Podcast Episode #117

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In may seem confusing, but most pastors leave their church in the third year and the average length of a pastorate is 3.6 years. In today’s podcast, we explain the math behind that and the reasons for it. I also answer the question “should the expectation of church growth be placed on a new pastor?”

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Pastors most often leave a church while in their third year.
  • When seeking a pastor, most churches say they want to change—but often really don’t want to.
  • Sometimes, the most vocal supporters of a pastor in the beginning turn out to be the most challenging members later.
  • It usually takes around five years for a church to see a new pastor as “our pastor.”
  • When you are in the throes of a crisis, it feels as if the crisis will last forever.
  • New pastors should not be expected to grow the church but instead be expected to fulfill the Great Commission.

The seven topics we cover in this podcast are:

  1. The average pastor lasts at each church for 3.6 years
  2. From honeymoon to warts – The first five years
  3. Dreams are not fulfilled – Both for the church and the pastor
  4. Green grass syndrome  
  5. When the true friends (or not) show themselves
  6. The “golden” years: 5+
  7. A need for clear expectations

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Dr. Oz Accused of Medical “Quackery” While His New Age/Spiritual “Quackery” Goes Unaddressed by Rick Warren and the Church

Major secular and Christian news media sources are reporting on an effort by 10 doctors to oust celebrity doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz, from his faculty position at Columbia University for what the doctors are calling “egregious lack of integrity” and promoting “quack treatments.” The ten doctors wrote a letter to New York’s Columbia University, calling Dr.


Questioning the one-sided media narrative on transgender children

I have noticed more and more material appearing in popular media promoting the embrace of transgender identities. It seems that the push for the normalization of transgender is now focusing on children.


The Daily Discovery (April 22, 2015)

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Beware the Social Gospel – “People who think Christianity is just a moral system will believe a person can be good without God. When I asked my brother why he left the faith, that was the answer he gave me—he figured out that he could be a “good person” without God. But he can’t. No one can.”

Red Alert: “Bible Study Tools” is Non-Trinitarian – “A friend of mine sent me a Bible verse from a subscription to a daily Scripture from The Berean. I thought I might subscribe. Nothing better than a Bible verse and commentary sent to my inbox, right? Wrong.”

Earth Day—A Creationist Perspective – “The founder of ‪#‎EarthDay‬, Gaylord Nelson, believed: “The fate of the living planet is the most important issue facing mankind.” In reality, the most important issue facing mankind is that everybody needs to recognize their sin and need for salvation in Jesus Christ.”

Why I Don’t Celebrate Earth Day – “Today (April 22) is “Earth Day.” Since 1970, liberals and public school children across America have bowed to creation, celebrating mother earth, and dedicated themselves to protection of the environment through dubious means, scam science, and unBiblical perspectives.”

Project Frontlines, Norman High School, 21 April 2015 – “And people ask me why I homeschool…”


SERMON:

Tim Conway – Testify of the Facts of Jesus Christ


VIDEOS:

A Biblical Alternative To The Sinner’s Prayer

If He Doesn’t Work, Let Him Not Eat?


“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


Do Believers Sin Or Not?

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Q.  I have someone who struggles understanding scripture about being a born again Believer and still wrestling with sin!  They have read 1 John 3:9-10 and according to the verses it sounds like  a born again believer cannot sin and if someone does sin they are not born again!  Can you clarify these scripture and the sin issues people wrestle with as believers!

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Has Isaiah 17 Been Fulfilled?

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Q.  I was preaching the other day about the Rapture when the Lord gave me an insight regarding Isaiah 17.  He said: please notice that Damascus has been nearly destroyed and will not return to be a city anymore.  I just met with an Arab friend who went there and he confirmed that.  I understand it is the fulfillment of Isaiah 17 that occurred just in front of our eyes (not in the real sense because it didn’t appear on TV). What do you think?

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Trampled On By the Gentiles

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Q. I’m wondering if “the generation” that sees the event mentioned in Matt. 24:34 actually started with 1948 and Israel once again being declared a nation or in 1967 began when Jerusalem was recaptured by the Jews.  So much of prophecy seem centered on Jerusalem itself; couldn’t this have been the “clock starter mentioned in Matt 24:34?

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Our Time is Short

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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

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

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

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

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April 22, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

Christian migrants thrown overboard on sea crossing

Twelve Christian migrants are feared dead after they were thrown overboard by Muslim aggressors on an inflatable boat crossing the Mediterranean from the Libyan coast.


Churches and religious institutions publicly opposing new Tanzanian constitution to be closed, says government

Tanzania’s Minister of Home Affairs, Mathias Chikawe, has announced that churches and religious institutions that publicly oppose the country’s new constitution will be deregistered, beginning from 20 April.


Federal government cannot introduce nationwide “freedom of religion” law, says India Law Ministry

Thwarting Hindu nationalist attempts to introduce a nationwide “freedom of religion” law, India’s Ministry of Law and Justice told the federal government on 15 April that it does not have jurisdiction over the matter.


Ethiopia Mourns Christians Killed By IS Militants

ICC Note: Ethiopia began three days of mourning for the 30 Christian nationals Tuesday that were slain by the Islamic State terror group in a video released Sunday, April 19.


Kenyan Official Denies Causing Delay in Police Response to Al-Shabaab’s Attack on Garissa

ICC Note: Kenyan police Airwing Commander Rodgers Mbithi says the use of a Kenyan plane to transport his family had nothing to do with the slow arrival of Kenyan police on April 2, the day of the al-Shabaab attack on Garissa University College that left 150 people dead, mostly Christians.


Christians in Niger Forgive Muslims Who Burned Churches and Killed Believers: ‘We Want Them to Know Jesus Christ’

After the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo printed images of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in mid-January, Muslims in Niger rioted, burning Christian churches and looting Christian homes.


Daily Prayer – Wednesday 22 April 2015

A Barnabas Fund supported Christian hostel in the Kandhamal district of Orissa state in India provides accommodation for Christian boys and enables them to attend a school located next to the hostel building.


Pakistan province passes resolution to protect mental illness sufferers against unjust “blasphemy” law

In a move that attempts to protect mental health sufferers from the injustice of Pakistan’s “blasphemy” laws, the country’s Sindh province passed an amendment to its 2013 Mental Health Act, which demands that anyone accused of blasphemy must undergo a psychological examination.


Two injured in Pakistan Christian school attack

A 15-year-old boy and the school guard were both injured on 17 April when two motorcyclists opened fire on a Christian school in the Kot Lakhpat district of Lahore, in Pakistan.


Pakistani Christians Face Persecution From All Angles

ICC Note:

Christians in Pakistan have long faced intense and ever escalating levels of persecution. Abused blasphemy laws, forced conversions, deadly attacks on churches, and abductions are just to name a few of the sufferings Christians in Pakistan face because of their religious identity.


Christian Leader in India Accused Prime Minister of Inaction Following Church Attacks

ICC Note:

Since the rise of Prime Minister Modi and his BJP, attacks on Christians in India have skyrocketed. Vandalizing churches across India has become commonplace and in many cases the culprits are never found or brought to justice.


China Aid 2014 Annual Report Indicates Rising Trend in Persecution Cases

ICC Note: On April 21, 2015, China Aid released its annual report for 2014 on cases of religious and human rights persecution throughout the country. According to the report, persecution caused by the government against its people has increased more than 150% since 2013.


Ethiopians Struggle to Come to Terms with Beheadings of Christians in Libya

ICC Note: Just days after Islamist terror group ISIS released a video April 19 showing the brutal execution of 30 Ethiopian Christians, the nation of Ethiopia mourns the loss of its sons – anger and grief pervade the land.


IRS Surveillance of Churches after Secret Agreement with Atheist Organization May Go to Court

ICC Note: The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has filed a federal lawsuit demanding that the IRS release information about a private agreement regarding the surveillance of churches that it made with the atheist organization Freedom from Religion Foundation.


Kenya Suspends Police over Garissa ‘Security Failings’

ICC Note: Kenyan officials have suspended seven top police officers who could face criminal charges related to the slow response that Kenyan police exhibited on April 2, the day that Islamist al-Shabaab gunmen killed 148 people at Garissa University College, mostly Christians.


State-Organized Rally in Addis Ababa Remembering Ethiopian ISIS Victims Turns Violent, Many Injured

ICC Note: Violence erupted in Ethiopia’s capital during a state-organized rally meant to commemorate the victims executed in the ISIS video released Sunday, April 19. Ethiopian media report unconfirmed numbers of people injured, including police officers who were hurt when demonstrators reportedly seized the opportunity of the mass gathering to express their dissatisfaction with the government in response to the killings.

New study: how the mainstream media deleted Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal

WINTERY KNIGHT

Newsbusters has done some work to quantify it.

Excerpt:

Hillary Clinton’s official presidential announcement was a golden opportunity for networks to demand the former Secretary of State respond to unanswered questions about her e-mail scandal. Yet in the flurry of coverage since her official rollout (April 12 – April 20) the e-mail scandal garnered a total of just 7 minutes, 12 seconds on the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) evening and morning shows.

Even a new angle on the e-mail scandal – the New York Times reported April 14 that Clinton never responded to a congressional inquiry [in December of 2012] that “directly asked” if she had used a private e-mail account – failed to re-ignite the interest networks initially showed when the scandal first broke in March.

Over the past five weeks, all three broadcast networks have essentially walked away from covering the ex-Secretary of State’s secret extra-governmental e-mail…

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The authority of Jesus Christ the Son of God

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

25 ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ἔρχεται ὥρα καὶ νῦν ἐστιν ὅτε οἱ νεκροὶ ἀκούσουσιν τῆς φωνῆς τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ οἱ ἀκούσαντες ζήσουσιν. (John 5:25 NA28)

25 Amen, amen I say to you that an hour is coming an now is when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those having heard will live. (John 5:25 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

The misunderstanding or false teaching about two truths pertaining to our Lord Jesus Christ and man are at the center of much of the false teaching that passes for “Christian theology.” It has always been so. The first truth refers to the deity of Christ and His sovereign authority as Lord and God. The second truth pertains to the original sin of Adam and fact that all people are born dead in trespasses and sins, no exceptions. That spiritual…

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