Monthly Archives: May 2015

May 30-31, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend News/Commentary Collection

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Top News – 5/31/2015

Texas floods: Enough rain to cover entire state with 8 inches of water in May
So much rain has fallen this May on flood-ravaged Texas that it could cover the entire state with 8 inches of water, meteorologists say. Every drop of rain these days is a drop too many in much of Texas, where 22 people have died and President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster.

12 injured after earthquake shakes Japan
A violent volcanic eruption in Japan that forced the evacuation of an island appears to have come to a halt, the country’s weather agency said Saturday. The announcement came a day after Mount Shindake, which sits on the far southern island of Kuchinoerabu, sent plumes of ash up to 9,000 metres (29,500 feet) tall shooting into the sky. Television pictures showed the after-effects of the eruption, as ash and rock cascaded down the mountainside towards one of the island’s harbours.

Japanese volcano calm ‘for now’: weather agency
A violent volcanic eruption in Japan that forced the evacuation of an island appears to have come to a halt, the country’s weather agency said Saturday. The announcement came a day after Mount Shindake, which sits on the far southern island of Kuchinoerabu, sent plumes of ash up to 9,000 metres (29,500 feet) tall shooting into the sky.

Why one of the world’s most wanted suspected Nazis never faced justice
In 2012, a journalist visited Vladimir Katriuk at his farm about 40 miles outside Montreal. At one point during the encounter, Katriuk, who was in his 90s, grabbed part of a beehive and started talking about a queen bee. “You see?” he told the Canadian Press reporter. “Here they have started to make the royal cell.” The reporter hadn’t asked about the hive, though. His question was about a list from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which had named the Ukrainian-born beekeeper — who died this month — as one of the world’s most wanted suspected Nazi war criminals.

Activists say Syrian army strikes kill 70 people in Aleppo
Syrian army airstrikes killed at least 70 people, most of them civilians, and wounded scores in attacks Saturday in the northern province of Aleppo that struck civilian areas, including a packed market in a town held by the Islamic State group, activists said.

‘Tyranny is in America’: Anti-Muslim armed rally organizer says he’s headed into hiding after getting death threats
The ex-Marine who organized an anti-Muslim rally outside the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix Friday evening said he’s going into hiding after receiving several death threats. “This is proof tyranny is in America,” said Jon Ritzheimer, revealing he’s come under siege since taking to Facebook to organize the event.

Nigeria army repels Boko Haram as new president starts term
Nigeria’s military on Saturday repelled a Boko Haram attack on the key northeastern city of Maiduguri, hours after President Muhammadu Buhari took office vowing to crush the Islamist group. Related Stories Deadly violence hits northeast as Nigeria president starts term AFP Nigeria’s new president signals early move against Boko Haram AFP Nigeria’s Maiduguri city hit by deadly bomb, overnight attack Reuters Twin bombs in Nigeria’s Borno state kill seven and injure 12 Reuters Boko Haram retakes Nigerian town of Marte in Borno state Reuters The overnight attack on the Borno state capital saw rocket-propelled grenades fired into homes in a bombardment that reportedly lasted several hours.

Third earthquake in one week hits Japan, no tsunami warning or reports of damage
Another earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.4 and a depth of 13.4 kilometres, has hit off the Izu Islands in Japan this morning…


Top Headlines – 5/31/2015

Netanyahu to meet today with Germany’s FM to discuss Iran, peace process

Cyprus arrest of Hezbollah man ‘uncovered large-scale Iranian terror plot across Europe’

Will Europe be pushed to fully ban Hezbollah?

Iran, US eye ‘intense’ month to seal historic deal

Iran says will discuss ‘other solutions’ to nuclear inspections deadlock

Kerry, Zarif fail to make breakthrough in nuclear talks

Kerry airlifted to Geneva hospital after bicycle accident

Netanyahu to Palestinians: Stop delegitimization campaign and return to peace talks

Country-wide drill to prepare for massive three-front rocket attack in Israel

Liberman warns of next cycle of violence as Hamas builds road near border

Lieberman: PM ignoring danger of Hamas war preparations

Palestinians seek energy independence from Israel

Palestinian soccer head under fire after withdrawing motion to suspend Israel from FIFA

Rivlin: Ironic that killers of Israeli athletes seek to oust Israel from FIFA

Israel’s next battle will be over Olympics, diplomats say

‘Israel expects Germany to lead fight against West Bank product labeling’

British woman awarded damages after denial of job due to Shabbat

Anti-Semitic fliers found in neighborhoods across NW D.C.

Sinai Militants target Egypt-Jordanian gas pipeline

Assad regime kills dozens with barrel bombs, rights group says

Activists say Syrian army strikes kill 70 people in Aleppo

Opec under siege as Isil threatens world’s oil lifeline

Truck bombs: the Islamic State’s ‘air force’

Report: ISIS branch in Saudi Arabia calls for expulsion of Shi’ites

Saudi-led coalition warplanes hit bases in Yemeni capital Sanaa

Four Americans taken as prisoners in Yemen

Suicide bomber, rocket grenades kill 30 in Nigerian city

‘Tyranny is in America’: Anti-Muslim armed rally organizer says he’s headed into hiding after getting death threats

Bombs in southern Thailand kill one police officer, wound seven

Impasse over China’s island-building shows no sign of easing

EU criticizes ‘unjustified’ Russian travel blacklist

Vladimir Putin is not planning annexation of Ukraine enclaves, but diplomacy is flailing

Russian aircraft head off U.S. destroyer in Black Sea

Air Force Getting Closer to Testing Hypersonic Weapon, Engineers Say

Jeb Bush lays into Obama for removing Cuba from state sponsor of terror list

Thousands of Sites Block Congress in Protest Ahead of Patriot Act Expiration

“Ferguson Effect” Triggers Nationwide “Crime Wave”

Murder capital: Baltimore’s homicide explosion in wake of Freddie Gray case dwarfs rate of similar cities

Detroit is starting to shut off people’s water again – UN warns violates human rights

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Izu Islands, Japan region

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Karakul, Tajikistan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kuripan, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Manokwari, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

12 injured after earthquake shakes Japan

USGS: Preliminary report shows 3.4 magnitude earthquake in Wayne Co., IL

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 25,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Texas floods: Enough rain to cover entire state with 8 inches of water in May

Sudden onset of ice loss in Antarctica detected

Mers virus: China tracking nearly 200 for possible infections

SKorean MERS outbreak: 13th case confirmed

Elderly face NHS discrimination under new UN death targets

U.S. appeals court strikes down Idaho law banning abortions after 20 weeks

Police break up unsanctioned gay rally in central Moscow

Colorado school blocks valedictorian’s speech declaring he’s gay

Ireland’s yes vote forces Vatican rethink of gay ‘message’

Mormon leader L. Tom Perry dies at 92, opposed same-sex marriage

Church of England May Rebaptize Transgenders According to New Identity

400 participate in SlutWalk in Jerusalem: ‘No means no!’


Top News – 5/30/2015

Preliminary report shows 3.4 magnitude earthquake in Wayne Co., IL
at 7:41 p.m. on Friday, May 29 an earthquake struck southern Illinois. According to the United States Geological Survey a 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit 9km north of Fairfield, Ill. in Wayne County.

5.6 magnitude earthquake shakes Ecuador
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake shook parts of Ecuador early Saturday, though there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

US surveillance shows ‘China positioning weapons’ in disputed island chain
China has delivered a pointed message to its Asian neighbours and America by staging a military parade on Hainan Island, the province closest to the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

SKorean MERS outbreak: 13th case confirmed
South Korea confirmed a 13th case of MERS on Saturday, as the country grappled with a disease that it had never encountered prior to this month.

Antarctica reaches record ice extent, but temperature trends vary
Scroll down. Antarctic sea ice extent averaged 9.06 million square kilometers (3.5 million square miles) for the month and is now the highest April extent in the satellite record. April extent was 300,000 square kilometers (116,000 square miles) higher than the previous record observed in 2014, and 1.70 million square kilometers (656,000 square miles) above the 1981 to 2010 long-term average.

Waiting For Monsoon: Over A Thousand Die From Heat In India
Deadly summer heat waves are not unusual in India; hundreds died in the events of 2002, 2003, and 2010. But this May has been especially brutal, with temperatures soaring to near 120 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of southeast India.

Murder capital: Baltimore’s homicide explosion in wake of Freddie Gray case dwarfs rate of similar cities
“Criminals feel empowered now. There is no respect. Police are under siege in every quarter. They are more afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs properly than they are of getting shot on duty.”

Magnitude 8.5 quake strikes off eastern Japan, no danger of tsunami
A magnitude 8.5 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan on Saturday, shaking buildings in Tokyo but with no immediate reports of damage, public broadcaster NHK said. There was no danger of tsunami, it added.

Franklin Graham Says There Is No Tolerance for Christians in Culture After Marine Court-Martialed for Keeping Bible Verse on Her Computer
The Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out on a case concerning a Marine Corporal who was court-martialed for refusing to remove a Bible verse from her computer at work, stating that it shows that there is no tolerance in culture for Christians.

Little-known quake, tsunami hazards lurk offshore of Southern California
The latest research into the little known, fault-riddled, undersea landscape off of Southern California and northern Baja California has revealed more worrisome details about a tectonic train wreck in the Earth’s crust with the potential for magnitude 7.9 to 8.0 earthquakes.

US military orders review as anthrax mishap widens
The US military said on Friday it discovered even more suspected shipments of live anthrax than previously thought, both in the United States and abroad, and ordered a sweeping review of practices meant to inactivate the bacteria. The Pentagon said a total of 11 states, two more than it first acknowledged, received “suspect samples,” as did Australia and South Korea.

MAGNETIC FILAMENTS ON THE SUN
With no sunspots actively flaring this weekend, solar activity is low. Or is it? There’s more to solar activity than sunspots and flares. “I can’t recall ever seeing as many magnetic filaments on the sun as I have this month,”

Anti-Semitic fliers found in neighborhoods across region
A day after anti-Semitic fliers papered a neighborhood in Chevy Chase, similar fliers turned up in a D.C. neighborhood, and people…had also seen the hateful leaflets at their doorsteps. Multiple people in the Takoma neighborhood in Northwest D.C. contacted the Post to say that they had found the flier — a two-page compilation of declarations about Jews and falsified quotations…

Elderly face NHS discrimination under new UN death targets
The NHS could be led to discriminate against the over 70s to meet ‘highly unethical’ UN health targets which seek to reduce premature deaths in younger people, senior medics have warned. …In an open letter published in The Lancet, an international group of ageing specialists say the new guideline sends out the message that health provision for younger groups must be prioritised at the expense of older people.

US removes Cuba from list of state sponsors of terror
The United States has removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. …The change allows Cuba to conduct banking in the United States, among other activities. President Barack Obama announced a historic thaw with Cuba in December, but the US trade embargo against the country remains, and may only be ended by Congress.

Mers virus: China tracking nearly 200 for possible infections
China is trying to track down at least 193 people who may have come in contact with a man with Mers, the country’s first confirmed case of the virus. The alert came as South Korea announced it had two more Mers cases, bringing the total within the country to nine. The outbreak has been traced to a South Korean who visited the Middle East.

US calls for land reclamation ‘halt’ in South China Sea
The US has called for an “immediate and lasting halt” to land reclamation in disputed areas of the South China Sea. US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter told the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore that China’s actions in the area were “out of step” with international rules. China claims almost the whole of the South China Sea, resulting in overlapping claims with its neighbours.

Islamic State militants in Libya ‘seize Sirte airport’
Islamic State militants in Libya say they have seized the airport in the city of Sirte, as the group continues to make advances in the country. The news was announced by the group and by a Libyan militia that withdrew from the coastal city’s airport on Thursday. Most of Sirte, former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown, fell to IS last week.

Pentagon: Anthrax shipments broader than first thought
The Pentagon said Friday that the Army’s mistaken shipments of live anthrax to research laboratories were more widespread than it initially reported, prompting the Defense Department’s second-ranking official to order a thorough review.

IS claims suicide bombing on Shiite mosque in Saudi, 4 dead
A suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers, killing four people in the second such attack in as many weeks claimed by the Islamic State group.

U.S. defense chief says China’s island-building erodes security
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned on Saturday that Beijing’s island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific and he called for a diplomatic push to solve the territorial dispute that is driving China’s effort.

Russia steps up propaganda push with online “Kremlin trolls”
Deep inside a four-story marble building in St. Petersburg, hundreds of workers tap away at computers on the front lines of an information war, say those who have been inside. Known as “Kremlin trolls,” the men and women work 12-hour shifts around the clock, flooding the Internet with propaganda aimed at stamping President Vladimir Putin’s world vision on Russia, and the world.

Houthi rebels in Yemen are holding multiple Americans prisoner
The rebel group that has seized power in Yemen has taken at least four U.S. citizens prisoner, according to U.S. officials who said that efforts to secure the Americans’ release have faltered.

How a banking law ensnared former House Speaker Dennis Hastert
“Past misconduct” alleged to have been perpetrated by former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert in a federal indictment would never have come to light were it not for a banking law meant to catch money-launderers.


Top Headlines – 5/30/2015

Six foreign ministers headed to Israel in effort to resume peace talks

Israel soccer association head: ‘We can make soccer a bridge for peace’

Netanyahu: Moves like Palestinian ‘provocation’ at FIFA distance peace

Palestinian Soccer Association Drops Effort to Suspend Israel From FIFA

Anti-Israel activity on US campuses sees ‘marked increase’

Website Counts 127 Minor Terror Incidents in Israel This Week

UN Security Council meets on a plan to fight extremism

UN member states voice anxieties over recent ISIS gains, surge in foreign fighters

Video purports to show Turkish intelligence shipping weapons to Syria

Islamic State claims Saudi Arabia mosque bombing

US military: ISIS not significant threat in Saudi Arabia

Houthi rebels in Yemen are holding multiple Americans prisoner

Kerry and Zarif to meet, with deal deadline a month away

Pressure on Iran Nuclear Talks Builds Ahead of June 30 Deadline

UN report finds continued non-compliance by Iran in nuclear probe

An ethnic war in Iran is only a matter of time

Rocket attack in Libya’s Benghazi leaves 8 dead, 8 wounded

New Nigerian president seeks to crush ‘godless’ Boko Haram

Gunmen kill 20 bus passengers in Pakistan attack

Arizona braces for ‘Draw Mohammad’ contest outside Phoenix mosque

Protesters, some armed, rally against Islam outside Phoenix mosque during prayer

State Department: US formally drops Cuba from terrorism list

Administration warns terror-fighting tools set to expire Sunday, as Senate battles over Patriot Act

U.S. Tried Stuxnet-Style Cyber Attack Against North Korea, but Failed

U.S. defense chief says China’s island-building erodes security

India to Test Barak 8 Missile Jointly Developed With Israel

NORAD jets train in Arctic as Russian flights close to North America increase

Russia stockpiling weapons on Ukraine border

Russia steps up propaganda push with online “Kremlin trolls”

Google working with Levi Strauss to make smart clothes

7.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Chichi-shima, Japan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Valdez, Ecuador

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Chirikof Island, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Southeast Indian Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kuril’sk, Russia

Strong earthquake swarm in Iceland’s Krysuvik volcano

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Obama signs disaster declaration for Texas as storm’s death toll increases

Flooding Rain Nearly Ends Drought in Texas

Drought Hurts Agriculture, Costs West Over $40 Billion

Global Climate On Verge Of Multi-Decadal Change

Mass deaths of endangered antelope stumps scientists

US military orders review as anthrax mishap widens


Church-State Separation Group Pressures Public School to Cancel Field Trip to Creation Museum

by Marsha West

Christian New Network reports:

Approximately 100 third graders from Lincoln Elementary School in Glendive were scheduled to visit the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum on Thursday as they have done for the past seven years. The museum is stated to be the second largest in the state and contains “more than 23 full-size dinosaurs, numerous individual fossils and artifacts, informative exhibits explaining the origin of the geologic column and fossil record,” as well as a variety of other archaeological and historical displays.

Permission slips had been sent home to parents to allow their children to go on the trip.

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‘Gay’ Activist’s Call for Churches to Be Forced to Take Homosexuality Off ‘Sin List’ Draws Concerns

(CN) — Concerns are arising among Christians and online commentators after a homosexual activist recently told a national publication that churches “must be made ‘to take homosexuality off the sin list.’”

Mitchell Gold is the founder of Faith in America, an organization that aims to “end the harm to LGBT youth and families from misguided religious teaching.” He served on the board of directors for the Human Rights Campaign for seven years, and was named one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Gay People in America” in 2007 by Out Magazine.

Worship Leader in Mourning as Newborn Baby, Toddler Die Following Car Crash

(CN) — A worship leader from North Carolina and his wife are mourning the loss of both of their children following a car accident over the weekend.

According to reports, Gentry Eddings of Forest Lake Church in Ballantyne and his wife Hadley traveled to Gentry’s sister’s wedding on Friday where Eddings officiated over the service. The two traveled separately in a caravan of four family vehicles as they returned home the following day. Hadley, eight months pregnant, rode with the couple’s two-year-old son Dobbs.

‘Charlie Charlie’ Ouija Board-Like Challenge Has Youth Trying to Summon Demon

(CN) — A new challenge being shared on Twitter has youth across the nation and around the world engaging in an Ouija board-like ritual in an attempt to summon a demon.According to reports, the “Charlie Charlie” challenge involves a Mexican occultist ritual of writing “yes” and “no” on a sheet of paper and crossing two pencils. The ritual is stated to be a type of “rite” for Mexican children.

United Methodists Propose Change to ‘Church Law’ to Allow Homosexual Behavior

(CN) — A panel within the leadership of the United Methodist Church has voted to submit a proposal to change the denomination’s law book to remove prohibitions against homosexual behavior and to allow clergy to officiate same-sex ceremonies.The Connectional Table voted 26-10 on Monday to present the amended language during the 2016 General Conference, which would then place the matter up for another vote for official approval.

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News In Review


Can We Have Religious Liberty In Modern America?

“It is no exaggeration to say we are at a tipping point of one of the pillars of the American founding: Religious liberty. Can religious liberty be sustained in the America of today which understands itself, and the idea of liberty, in a different way than our forefathers did? John Adams, that venerable founder of our republic, once wrote that we are “a government of laws, not of men.”

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After Indictment, Dennis Hastert Steps Down From Wheaton College’s Hastert Center Board

Former House speaker Dennis Hastert resigned from the school’s board of advisers of its J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy, a $10 million project housed in the college’s politics, international relations, business and economics departments. Hastert, 73, was indicted Thursday [May 28] by a federal grand jury on charges that he violated banking laws in a bid to pay $3.5 million to someone to cover up “past misconduct.”

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‘Gay’ Activist’s Call for Churches to Be Forced to Take Homosexuality Off ‘Sin List’ Draws Concerns

Concerns are arising among Christians and online commentators after a homosexual activist recently told a national publication that churches “must be made ‘to take homosexuality off the sin list.'”

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The Stage Is Being Set: Is Anybody Paying Attention?

A rehearsal is an event that occurs as preparation for a performance. It is undertaken as a form of practicing, to ensure that all details of the subsequent performance are adequately prepared and coordinated.

Most commonly employed in the performing arts as preparation for a public presentation, rehearsals are nevertheless used in other contexts, as well, to prepare for the performance of any anticipated activity.

Well I want to mention a rehearsal of sorts that just took place in Jerusalem:

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The Danger of “Calling On Spirits”

Every generation must deal with the latest repetition of age-old practices that threaten to infiltrate and destroy the relationship between man and his Creator. Throughout the ages, man has intuitively known that “something” exists beyond this earthly realm, and has been tempted to communicate with the spirit world. In our youth, we were introduced to the Ouija Board, a board “game” in which one could supposedly summon spirits from “the other side”, who would respond to questions by moving a pointer around the board. Little did we know how dangerous that so-called “game” really was.
Today’s kids are now engaged in an equally dangerous pastime called “Charlie Charlie”.

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End-times expert exposes ‘Trumpets’ in the sky

Posted: 30 May 2015 08:31 PM PDT

Mysterious sounds have been reported around the world, and many witnesses are likening them to the trumpet blasts described in the biblical book of Revelation. WND reported on the phenomenon that has been puzzling people in Britain, Ukraine, the U.S., Germany and Belarus. The reports have prompted new speculation about the end times.

But several authors who have addressed that subject in their books say a good dose of caution is appropriate, concluding the sounds may be a spiritual warning rather than a literal announcement of the end of days.

Pastor, talk-show host and author Carl Gallups, who used the symbol of the trumpets of Revelation as the basis for his exploration of the end times in “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation,” says believers should be wary of hoaxes. “Of course, some would expect an author who has written a book about the ‘trumpet days’ of Revelation to be absolutely giddy about the reported phenomenon of mysterious trumpet sounds coming from the sky at various locations around the world. However, the opposite is true,” he said. FULL REPORT

 

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Avian flu spread raises some concerns about Human PandemicPosted: 30 May 2015 08:24 PM PDT

At least for now, chickens, turkeys and other fowl are the only direct targets of the avian flu outbreak that has spread across the U.S. Yet scientists say there is a subtype of the virus that may have the potential to become a human pandemic.

The outbreak, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture says has affected 20 states, has resulted in the destruction of at least 6 million chickens and turkeys and has put upward pressure on poultry prices. It has also triggered fears that much worse could be in store.

Daniel Janies, professor of bioinformatics and genomics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte who co-authored a paper this year on the spread of an avian influenza, admits it’s “hard to say” whether the flu could make the jump from contained to catastrophe. Still, according to his research, bird flu has the potential to be “highly pathogenic and periodically infect humans.” FULL REPORT

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Another Housing Collapse Looms Over HorizonPosted: 30 May 2015 08:09 PM PDT

It’s always interesting to see a long term chart that reflects your real life experiences. I bought my first home in 1990. It was a small townhouse and I paid $100k, put 10% down, and obtained a 9.875% mortgage. I was thrilled to get under 10%. Those were different times, when you bought a home as a place to live. We had our first kid in 1993 and started looking for a single family home. We stopped because our townhouse had declined in value to $85k, so I couldn’t afford to sell. In 1995 I convinced my employer to rent my townhouse, as they were already renting multiple townhouses for all the foreigners doing short term assignments in the U.S. We bought a single family home in 1995 with the sole purpose of having a decent place to raise a family that was within 20 minutes of my job.

Considering home prices on an inflation adjusted basis were lower than they were in 1980, I was certainly not looking at it as some sort of investment vehicle. But, as you can see from the chart, nationally prices soared by about 55% between 1995 and 2005. My home supposedly doubled in value over 10 years. I was ecstatic when I was eventually able to sell my townhouse in 2004 for $134k. I felt so smart, until I saw a notice in the paper one year later showing my old townhouse had been sold again for $176k. Who knew there were so many greater fools. FULL REPORT

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WAR DRUMS – Reports Indicate China Placing Artillery On Disputed IslandPosted: 30 May 2015 08:06 PM PDT

Vietnam’s deputy defense minister said on Saturday that reports China had placed mobile artillery weapons on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea were, if true, a very worrying development. “If it has actually happened it is a very bad sign for what is already a very complicated situation in the South China Sea,” General Nguyen Chi Vinh told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of a security forum in Singapore.

The United States said on Friday that China had placed mobile artillery weapons on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea. Analysts said the artillery could pose a threat to nearby Vietnamese bases, also on disputed territory. The development was described by the Pentagon as one that creates more “uncertainty” in a situation that has grown increasingly tense over the past six months after satellite images showed significant land reclamation activities by China. The U.S. says the Chinese have added some 2,000 acres to five outposts in the resource-rich Spratly islands, including 1,500 acres this year. FULL REPORT

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Russian aircraft Scrambled To Head Off US destroyer in Black SeaPosted: 30 May 2015 08:01 PM PDT

Russian military aircraft were scrambled to head off a U.S. warship that was acting “aggressively” in the Black Sea, state news agency RIA reported on Saturday, citing an anonymous source in Russia’s armed forces in Crimea. The source was quoted as saying that the U.S. destroyer Ross was moving along the edge of Russia’s territorial waters and heading in their direction.

“The crew of the ship acted provocatively and aggressively, which concerned the operators of monitoring stations and ships of the Black Sea Fleet,” RIA quoted the source as saying. “Su-24 attack aircraft demonstrated to the American crew readiness to harshly prevent a violation of the frontier and to defend the interests of the country.” Russia’s Defence Ministry was not immediately available to comment on the report. The incident is the latest example of encounters between Russian and Western militaries, as tensions continue over the crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of the Crimea peninsula, home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, last year. FULL REPORT

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Southern Baptist churches fading, Arabic Baptists RisingPosted: 30 May 2015 07:52 PM PDT

Attendance at the Southern Baptist church on Scenic Drive had dwindled to about 15 most Sundays. The potted plant by the pulpit was from yet another member’s funeral. There was $5,000 in the church bank account and $6,000 in bills when Larry Montgomery, a deacon, reached a conclusion once unthinkable in the heart of the Bible Belt. “We’re just not going to make it,” he announced to the members of Scenic Drive Baptist, and then he told them he might have found a solution.

There was another congregation, he said, a small one that had been meeting in living rooms and whose pastor carried business cards that quoted from John 4:35: “Look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” Maybe they wanted to buy the church. And so phone calls were placed, and a few days later, the prospective buyers held a prayer meeting about what to do. “Abuna Semawi, nashkurak,” the pastor began in Arabic. “Heavenly Father, we thank you.” FULL REPORT

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Mysterious low-flying plane over Twin Cities raises questions of surveillancePosted: 30 May 2015 07:42 PM PDT

Aviation buff John Zimmerman was at a weekly gathering of neighbors Friday night when he noticed something peculiar: a small plane circling a route overhead that didn’t make sense to him. It was dark, so a sightseeing flight didn’t make sense, and when Zimmerman pulled up more information on an aviation phone app he routinely checks, he had immediate concerns. The plane’s flight path, recorded by the website flightradar24.com, would eventually show that it circled downtown Minneapolis, the Mall of America and Southdale Center at low altitude for hours starting at 10:30 p.m., slipping off radar just after 3 a.m.

“I thought, ‘Holy crap,’ ” said Zimmerman. Bearing the call sign N361DB, the plane is one of three Cessna 182T Skylanes registered to LCB Leasing of Bristow, Va., according to FAA records. The Virginia secretary of state has no record of an LCB Leasing. Virtually no other information could be learned about the company. Zimmerman’s curiosity might have ended there if it weren’t for something he heard from his aviation network recently: A plane registered to NG Research — also located in Bristow — that circled Baltimore for hours after recent violent protests there was in fact an FBI plane that’s part of a widespread but little known surveillance program, according to a report by the Washington Post. FULL REPORT

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WAR DRUMS – US Rebukes China over sea reclamation, vows more patrolsPosted: 30 May 2015 07:36 PM PDT

The United States on Saturday called for an immediate end to China’s intensifying reclamation works in the South China Sea and vowed to continue sending military aircraft and ships to the tense region. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told a high-level security conference in Singapore that Beijing was behaving “out of step” with international norms. China insists it has sovereignty over nearly all of the South China Sea, a major global shipping route believed to be home to oil and gas reserves.

“First, we want a peaceful resolution of all disputes. To that end, there should be an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation by all claimants,” Carter said at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue on security with a high-level Chinese military delegation in the audience. “We also oppose any further militarisation of disputed features,” he said.

He acknowledged that other claimants have developed outposts of differing scope and degree, including Vietnam with 48, the Philippines with eight, Malaysia with five and Taiwan with one. “Yet, one country has gone much farther and much faster than any other. “China has reclaimed over 2,000 acres, more than all other claimants combined and more than in the entire history of the region. And China did so in only the last 18 months,” Carter said. FULL REPORT

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Obama looks to force LGBT hirees on faith-based charitiesPosted: 30 May 2015 05:08 PM PDT

The Obama administration is preparing to force every charitable organization receiving federal grants to end prohibitions on hiring people based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In its latest “Friday Fax,” the Center for Family and Human Rights, or C-Fam, cites an unnamed but well-placed administration source, who says the administration is definitely headed in that direction. “Our source told us that the administration is moving very quietly to insert sexual orientation and gender identity language into the application process for grantees. They cannot discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and there is no exemption for religious believers,” said C-Fam President Austin Ruse.

“Quietly” appears to be the key word in this process. Ruse said this revelation comes as news to just about everyone. “This caught a lot of faith-based groups off guard. When we started calling around to get comments yesterday, two very big groups had heard nothing about this,” said Ruse, who would not divulge which groups he contacted. “Grantees get grants for carrying out certain tasks that they were doing already,” Ruse said. “A lot of them are faith-based groups. A lot of them are faith-based groups doing work overseas.” FULL REPORT

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Shallow 6.4M earthquake follows Deep Japan 8.5M (7.8 magnitude) — North of previous eventPosted: 30 May 2015 04:58 PM PDT

A shallow 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck off the Eastern coast of Japan, approximately 250 miles Northeast of the previous 8.5M (7.8 magnitude revised) earthquake which occurred earlier today . We were expecting to see SHALLOW follow up movement strike in an adjacent area from the large deep earthquake this morning due to the fact that the deep earthquakes are proved to cause shallow earthquakes elsewhere nearby.

Just as expected, the area nearby moved at a shallow depth within hours of the deep earthquake. I expect additional shallow larger movement to occur over this coming week, no doubt this 6.4M is just the first compensation movement we’re seeing. FULL REPORT

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Obama’s JV Team ISIS Now Threatens The Entire Global Oil Supply (VIDEO)

Thick black smoke rising from the Baiji oil refinery could be seen as a dirty smudge on the horizon as far away as Baghdad after fighters from ISIS set fire to the enormous processing plant just over 100 miles north of the capital last week.

The decision to torch the refinery, which once produced around a third of Iraq’s domestic fuel supplies, was made as the insurgents prepared to pull out of Baiji, which they captured last June in a victory that sent shock waves across world oil markets.

A year on from the start of the siege and a shaky alliance of the Middle East’s major Arab powers, with the limited support of the reluctant US government, has failed to contain the expansion of ISIS.

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According to Daniel Yergin, the energy expert and vice-chairman of IHS, the business information provider, the biggest threat to oil prices is the political chaos that threatens to engulf the Middle East, combined with the West’s reluctance to intervene.

Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Yergin argued that the price of a barrel of oil could skyrocket to levels above $100 per barrel if Isil is allowed to press deeper into Iraq, the second-largest producer in the cartel after Saudi Arabia.

ISIS represents a whole new reality for the region, which just isn’t reflected in the oil market at the moment,” said Mr Yergin. “It’s an increasingly grave situation for most of Opec and the Middle East. At some point the security issues will start to come back into the price of oil.”

ISIS takes over major Iraq oil refinery, blockades 150 troops inside:

Against this cataclysmic backdrop of bombs falling in Sana’a and with ISIS literally at the gates of the major Iraqi city of Ramadi, many US energy and security experts were shocked to hear President Barack Obama ignore the danger in a recent keynote speech in which he pinpointed global warming as an equally big risk for Americans.

“Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security,” warned Mr Obama in a speech that many have criticised as symptomatic of the administration’s desire to disengage from the region which still provides a significant share of its oil.

Despite the growing focus on climate change and the campaign to limit fossil fuel production, ISIS will be a bigger concern for the majority of oil ministers around Opec’s table next week.

The Obama administration’s reluctance to intervene marks the end of a US policy to protect the region’s oil which has remained in existence since President Franklin D Roosevelt first met with modern day Saudi Arabia’s founder King Abdulaziz in 1945. It was this commitment that drew America into the first Gulf War in 1991 and again in 2003 when it decided to bring down the curtain on Saddam Hussein’s regime.

However, Mr Obama’s lack of a viable alternative foreign policy for the region has put world energy markets at risk. source

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Magnitude 3.8 Earthquake strikes near Indio, California

Posted: 30 May 2015 06:07 AM PDT

A shallow, magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported Friday evening 11 miles from Indio, California according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 10:23 p.m. at a depth of 3.7 miles. 

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 13 miles from Coachella, 17 miles from Palm Desert and 17 miles from La Quinta. In the past 10 days, there have been three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. Los Angeles Times

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Magnitude 3.8 Shakes Up Anthony, KansasPosted: 30 May 2015 06:02 AM PDT

The USGS has reported a Magnitude 3.8 Earthquake in the region of Anthony, Kansas. USGS

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Strong 7.8 quake strikes off Japan’s remote Bonin Islands

Posted: 30 May 2015 05:56 AM PDT

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the ocean off Japan’s remote Bonin Islands at 11:23 GMT on Saturday, USGS reports. There have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage, nor any tsunami alert. The populated area closest to the quake’s epicenter is the Japanese island of Chichi-Shima with a population of about 2,000 people. It is 189 kilometers from the impact point.

The quake hit at a profound depth of almost 677 kilometers below the ocean bed. The Japan Meteorological Agency said there was no danger of a tsunami. The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also issued a statement saying “a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no threat to Hawaii.” FULL REPORT

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Experts Baffled After 10 Dead Dolphins Wash Ashore In Mumbai, IndiaPosted: 29 May 2015 08:01 PM PDT

While marine biologists, environmental activists and researchers are baffled over the continued rise of dead dolphins washing ashore Mumbai’s coastline over the last month, the State Environment Ministry, on the other hand, is completely oblivious to these incidents, said a report in DNA.

Pravin Pote-Patil, the Minister of State for Environment claimed that he was not aware of any such incidents, adding that the municipal corporation should have informed the environment department about dead dolphins washing ashore immediately as the civic body was primarily responsible for anything related to the city’s beaches.

But he assured that the cause of death would be determined. “Till we don’t pin-point the cause of death, we cannot start any specific mitigation strategy. I will talk to the Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and initiate a probe,” Patil Told DNA. FULL REPORT

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Over a Thousand Fish Found Dead in Connecticut River

Posted: 29 May 2015 07:56 PM PDT

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection why thousands of fish died in the past week in the state’s coastal waters. Multiple natural fish kills were reported during the past week. The kills were reported in several locations on the Thames River between Norwich and the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton, in the lower Connecticut River, in Clinton Harbor and on the Quinnipiac River.

Thousands of Atlantic menhaden, and smaller numbers of other species were found dead at each location. The population of Atlantic menhaden has grown in local waters for the past two years, most likely due to limits placed on menhaden harvest along the Atlantic coast. Menhaden are caught commercially and made into animal feed and used as bait in lobster, crab and other fisheries. FULL REPORT

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‘Dementor’ wasp turns cockroaches into zombiesPosted: 29 May 2015 07:45 PM PDT

It’s the stuff of nightmares – a newly-discovered wasp that turns cockroaches into zombies. The Ampulex Dementor, named after the terrifying soul-suckers from the “Harry Potter” movies, is one of a 139 new species discovered in Asia’s Mekong Delta in 2014, according to a World Widlife Fund report.

The wasp, which was discovered in Thailand, injects venom into a mass of neurons on the cockroach’s belly that turns the roach into a passive zombie, according to the report. “Cockroach wasp venom blocks receptors of the neurotransmitter octopamine, which is involved in the initiation of spontaneous movement. With this blocked, the cockroach is still capable of movement, but is unable to direct its own body,” the report explained.

It gets worse for the wasp’s unfortunate victim. “Once the cockroach has lost control, the wasp drags its stupefied prey by the antennae to a safe shelter to devour it,” the report added. Visitors to the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin voted to name the wasp Ampulex Dementor in a poll, noting the insect’s similarity to the dementors that terrorize Harry Potter and his fellow wizards. FULL REPORT

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Expert calls 2015 ‘worst year’ Ever seen for copperhead snakes in VirginaPosted: 29 May 2015 07:40 PM PDT

Neighbors in Central Virginia are reporting a recent surge in copperhead snake sightings. In fact, viewers have contacted our newsroom saying the poisonous snakes are slithering near their homes. One woman posted on the WTVR CBS 6 Facebook page that she had been bitten Wednesday by a copperhead near the family’s woodpile in her Chesterfield County backyard.

“I am currently in the ER because I got bit on the ankle by a copperhead! Please watch the ground and watch your kids!” Traci Byrd-Eagles warned. “I am forever telling my husband and kids to watch for copperheads, especially when around the firewood… We live in a subdivision but are surrounded by woods.” Nearly 24 hours after Byrd-Eagles was bitten, she was recovering at home and “not feeling so great.” She shared a photo of her swollen ankle. WTVR CBS 6 reporter Shelby Brown went in search of answers to find out what folks should do if they spot a copperhead on their property. FULL REPORT

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A Recession Within A RecessionPosted: 29 May 2015 07:27 PM PDT

On Friday, the federal government announced that the U.S. economy contracted at a 0.7 percent annual rate during the first quarter of 2015. This unexpected shrinking of the economy is being primarily blamed on “harsh” weather during the first three months of this year and on the strengthening of the U.S. dollar. Most economists are confident that U.S. GDP will rebound back into positive territory when the numbers for the second quarter come out, but if that does not happen we will officially meet the government’s criteria for being in another “recession”.

To make sure that the numbers for Q2 will look “acceptable”, the Bureau of Economic Analysis is about to change the way that it calculates GDP again. They are just going to keep “seasonally adjusting” the numbers until they get what they want. At this point, the government numbers are so full of “assumptions” and “estimates” that they don’t really bear much resemblance to reality anyway. In fact, John Williams of shadowstats.com has calculated that if the government was actually using honest numbers that they would show that we have continually been in a recession since 2005. That is why I am referring to this as a “recession within a recession”. Most people can look around and see that economic conditions for most Americans are not good, and now they are about to get even worse. FULL REPORT

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New Madrid Seismic Zone Illinois Earthquake — 3.4 Magnitude Hits Forecast Area Directly

Posted: 29 May 2015 07:22 PM PDT

This morning an earthquake forecast was issued for the New Madrid Seismic Zone , calling for 3.0M to 4.0M activity to strike South Illinois towards the Indiana border over the next 7 days. Move forwards about 12 hours, and we now see a very rare 3.4M earthquake has struck South Illinois towards the Indiana border in the EXACT area warned, for the exact magnitude warned. 

I’ll be waiting for them to contact me tomorrow. Unless of course they’re too scared to admit they were wrong, and are not science / logic minded. At this point they need to set aside their egos, and preconceived notions, and learn the forecasting process. FULL REPORT

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Alaska Experiences Warmest Temperatures in May Since Records Kept in 1890’s

Posted: 29 May 2015 02:45 PM PDT

For those of you wondering where the infamous Texas Heat is, it appears it is in Alaska. Parts of Alaska have already climbed into the 90s this year. The warmest so far in Dallas-Fort Worth has been 88 °F. The high of 91 °F in Eagle, Alaska is the hottest ever recorded in the state of Alaska for so early in the season since temperature records began in the 1890s. This is over 30 degrees above normal for them and is the tenth record high they have had this month!

This caught my eye since Eagle, Alaska was one of the random weather stations I had my students collect data from to perform a 100-year temperature analysis. And they found that temperatures in the polar latitudes are heating up faster than those in lower latitudes (like us here in Texas).

Of course, there are seeming exceptions. India (a little farther south in latitude compared to most of Texas) is currently experiencing a searing heat wave with day-after-day temperatures above 110 °F! But the monsoon should be kicking in for them by summer which should cool things down. FULL REPORT

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Christian Headlines Daily – Sunday, May 31, 2015

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Top Headlines

How I Escaped from North Korea

’19 Kids and Counting’ Josh Duggar’s Cousin Amy Addresses Molestation Charges, Urges Christians ‘Never Stop Praying’

Former House Speaker Indicted, Resigns from Wheaton Advisory Board

5 Ways North Korea Is Much Worse Than You Think

India’s Christians Concerned about Growing Attacks on Religious Minorities

Tim Tebow still passionate about football, but there’s something more important for him – charity work

Russell Wolfe, Producer of ‘God’s Not Dead,’ Dies at 50

London Rabbis Run Women Off the Road

Alberta creationist Edgar Nernberg digs up what scientists are calling the most

5 Things Christians Should Know about George Pataki’s Faith

Opinion

Matt Chandler, The Village Church offer apology to Karen Hinkley

A Word to Self-Righteous Christians Attacking Josh Duggar

IRS Admits Massive Identity Theft

What Marriage Means to Young Evangelicals

Boy Scouts of America Face Moral Disaster


Christian Headlines Daily – Saturday, May 30, 2015

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Top Headlines

5 Ways North Korea Is Much Worse Than You Think

India’s Christians Concerned about Growing Attacks on Religious Minorities

5 Things Christians Should Know about Rick Santorum’s Faith

Al Sharpton Asks: Are Texas Floods God’s Judgment on America?

Texas Senate Advances Bill Banning Sharia Law in Family Court When in Conflict With U.S. Law

Alberta creationist Edgar Nernberg digs up what scientists are calling the most

5 Things Christians Should Know about George Pataki’s Faith

Christian Rappers Drop Bombs for Aspiring Bomb-Dropper Ted Cruz

Franklin Graham Says There Is No Tolerance for Christians in Culture After Marine Court-Martialed for Keeping Bible Verse on Her Computer

The faith of Denzel Washington in 8 quotes

Opinion

Matt Chandler, The Village Church offer apology to Karen Hinkley

A Word to Self-Righteous Christians Attacking Josh Duggar

IRS Admits Massive Identity Theft

What Marriage Means to Young Evangelicals

Boy Scouts of America Face Moral Disaster


Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon

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Remember the thief.

It can be a difficult situation if someone you are witnessing to asks about the fate of a loved one who died and was not a Christian. Simply say, “Only God knows the eternal destiny of the person, and the Scriptures assure us that He will do what is right. So we can take consolation from that.” Some may be tempted to say that the loved one went to hell, but the truth is that we don’t know what happened minutes before their death. Remember the thief on the cross.


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

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The Withering Of The Episcopal Church

“Permit me to offer my observations about why the Episcopal churches have hollowed out. They are not the result of a scientific survey, but my hunch is that they will ring true with many Episcopalians with traditional views. My observations are based on experiences I had while attending talent shows with a friend at an Episcopal church (now closed) just outside of New Haven, Conn.”

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10 Hidden Traps That Trip Pastors Up

“Some leaders seem to have an endless supply of energy, enthusiasm, and passion. Even these super-leaders have to take time to feed themselves. If you fail to do this, you will find yourself depleted and weak. Take the time to do something for yourself—those you lead will be glad, and you will be more effective.”

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Why Religion Will Dominate The 21st Century

“Wherever you look, religion is mutating, thriving, growing. Southeast Asia is as fiercely religious as ever. Same with India. Africa — this century’s next superpower — is the most religious continent on the planet. In America, disaffiliation is changing the face of American religion, but at the same time, higher proportions of people today than in the 1950s declare believing in God, or having had a religious experience, or praying frequently.”

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Young, Restless, Foolish

“There is a caricature of young Reformed guys as being hard to get along with and angry. I agree. But it’s not because they’re Reformed. It’s because they are young, mere infants in the faith. It’s not true of every young Christian, but it seems to be particularly true of zealous, academically minded men.”

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Addressing Signs of Leadership Fatigue

“Fatigued leaders don’t consider vision beyond the end of this workday. While not ignoring the “big picture,” strengthen your vision for one area of the church about which you are passionate. Talk to local leaders about needs in your community. Your vision will expand when you see again the world outside your church.”

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Evangelical Protestants Are The Biggest Winners When People Change Faiths

“They’re better at holding on to the people born into their tradition (65 percent retention compared to 59 percent for Catholics and 45 percent for Mainline Protestants), and they’re a stronger attractor for people leaving other faiths. According to Pew’s data on conversion rates, 10 percent of people raised Catholic wind up as evangelicals. Just 2 percent of people born as evangelicals wind up Catholic.”

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How Is Baptism A Sign And Seal?

“Baptism is a divinely-instituted sign and seal. As has been mentioned, our Lord did a great number of things which has not instituted for our perpetual use and observance but baptism is instituted for perpetual use and observance until he returns. It is a sign of the washing away of our sins and it is a seal of the same.”

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NAR’s Faytene Grassechi uses Empowered21 to teach Luke 4 is about…Dominionism!

by Marsha West

John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire has an update on New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) false teachers who are becoming mainstream thanks largely to pro-family leaders; likewise Assemblies of God leaders, which Lanagan has brought to light in a string of articles he has written on the NAR. A case can be made that many of these so-called leaders lack spiritual discernment. He writes:

Jesus Christ “died for you, He died for me. Absolutely. But that’s not all He died for. He came to destroy the works of the devil and He came to take back everything that was lost in the Garden, and according to Luke 4 one of the primary things that was lost was authority over kingdoms…” –Faytene Grassechi, speaking at Empowered21 (bold and italics mine)

The Empowered21 organization met recently in Jerusalem with Christians from around the world, and the event essentially served to introduce New Apostolic Reformation leaders and teachers to many.

NAR adherents Faytene Grassechi, Cindy Jacobs, Becky Fischer and many others gained much exposure.

There is no biblical basis for Dominionism, the aberrant belief that Christians must take control of the earth before Christ can or will return. This is a terrible misunderstanding of Genesis 1:28. Nevertheless, this aberrant teaching is a foundational belief of the New Apostolic Reformation. It is why you will often find the NAR in politics, and seeking to influence nations.

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Homeschoolers Win Televised Quiz Bowl Against Michigan Schools

The Chargers faced formidable opponents in the Okemos Chieftains, who had consistently dominated the 60-school tournament. The Chieftains were the returning champions. Both teams faced a gauntlet of questions ranging from particle physics and Scottish literature to botany and African geopolitics—a range of inquiry likely to inspire panic in most adults.

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Give the ‘Bigot’ Bomb a Break

People are complicated and multifaceted. Life is not a zero-sum game: A person can have redeeming value and disagree — even vigorously and vehemently — with you on issues dear to you. We need to get back to the idea of tolerating differences and debating ideas in the public square. Perhaps it’s time for both sides to give the “bigot” bomb a rest.

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What Would Jesus Do? (About Same-Sex Marriage – SSM)

What I do know is what he wouldn’t do. Jesus would never sin. He would never go against his Father’s Word or law. He came to fulfill it, not to destroy it. I know that he comes to save and not to condemn and yet he still calls sin, sin. I know that Jesus was gentle and mild, but he was not ‘nice’. He spoke the truth bluntly – especially to religious and political leaders. He didn’t play politics, or do back room deals. And he was incredibly radical, pointing out that following him was a cross and that anyone who wanted to had better forget popular acclaim and instead be ready for persecution.

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Waiting and Waiting on the Lord… There’s A Difference!

So it seems that since I know that my all-powerful heavenly Father is working through all circumstances to accomplish his good purpose for me and all of his children, that it should be easier for me to rest in this knowledge and accept it. I should not find it so difficult to live in the light of this wonderful truth.

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10 Ideas Embedded In The Slogan “All Truth Is God’s Truth”

All that is truthful, from whatever source, is unified, and will cohere with whatever else is truthful. (“Because God’s reality is unified and coherent, centered as it is on the person of Christ, all truthful apprehensions of that reality, or truthful expressions of those apprehensions, will cohere and contribute to an integrated, unified, Christ-centered vision of all things.”

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Voddie Baucham’s Big Move to Africa

What’s the core of Reformed theology for you? For me, the three Cs: Calvinistic, covenantal, and confessional. Ironically, the earliest Baptist confessions are Reformed Baptist confessions. Our church is a Second London Baptist Confession church. … Our roots and our heritage are Reformed. We are the radical Reformers. We reformed on baptism when our Presbyterian brothers left off there, so we would argue that we’re actually more reformed than Presbyterians are.

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Let Us Repent of our Repentance and Repent Again (Psalm 78)

It is in the New Jerusalem (New Heavens and Earth; Paradise; Heaven; Kingdom) that the church will eternally thrive in the presence of the Father. And all of this is due to the wonderful, gracious, and powerful leadership of the Great Shepherd — the King of kings. With a mighty hand God disciplines his covenant people, and with a tender hand he skillfully guides them all the way to glory. Jesus is greater than Moses. He is greater than David. He is the Faithful Son who leads all God’s chosen sons to their eternal rest.

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The Church of Scotland General Assembly: A Commissioner’s View

The Theological Forum presented a report and a motion to extend the same status to same sex couples that had participated in a gay marriage rather than a civil partnership ceremony. Although the Theological Forum viewed their motion as simply an extension of the act passed on Saturday, and tried to frame their argument in terms of a legal, equality, and justice framework; those opposed to the motion saw it as a de facto attempt to redefine marriage without debating the issue.

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How can we deny marriage to polygamists?

by Denny Burk

Ross Douthat acknowledges that legal polygamous marriage doesn’t appear to be around the corner. Nevertheless, he rightly asks how long until it too becomes as inevitable as gay marriage. He writes:

Can Americans say a permanent “no” to recognizing plural marriage once we’ve rooted for the Browns to get a “My Sisterwife’s Closet” jewelry line off the ground? Can a cultural left that believes in proliferating gender identities and Bruce Jenner’s essential womanhood draw the line, long-term, when a lesbian couple wants to include their baby’s biological father in their legal family, or when the child of polygamists stands up in court to say he wants his dad recognized as his mother’s legal spouse? Is a culture where prominent men routinely have multiple kids with multiple wives across multiple decades going to permanently deny marriage rights to people who want the same thing, except all at once?

How long indeed? Read the rest here.

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NAR’s Faytene Grassechi uses Empowered21 to teach Luke 4 is about…Dominionism!

by Marsha West

Our aim at Berean Research is to alert our visitors to the apostate movements that have infiltrated the Church. The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is one such movement and it’s growing in leaps and bounds. In his latest piece, John Lanagan alerts us to yet another of the NAR’s “ravening wolves” Gaytene Grassechi. Lanagan includes a quote […]

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Lessons of Faith From the Frontlines

These persecuted believers learned true faith in the face of persecution. Their incredible lessons learned were…

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Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa Pastor, Brian Brodersen, Says Sometimes It’s OK to Attend a Homosexual Wedding

by Marsha West

(Lighthouse Trails Research) On Friday, a long-time Lighthouse Trails reader contacted our office regarding the following situation. The person who called had attended Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa for several years but has not been attending for some time. According to an article titled “Can I Attend My LGBT Friend’s Wedding?” written by Calvary Chapel Costa […]

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  • Here is what my church was blessed to hear on Sunday.
  • Have I mentioned this here before? Even if I have, it’s still abominable.
  • The rapture will be occurring on October 7. You’re welcome.
  • Lots of bad theology here. “To me, God is…” Quick, somebody introduce this young man to expository preaching so he can truly understand God’s Word!
  • In the midst of the Duggar drama, I appreciate Pastor Tom Chantry taking time to question “reality.” I encourage you to read this post.
  • Oh, goody, the Hillsong movie is coming.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable (thank you, Rick!).
  • Attention Pope Francis: If you ask me, the devil is the one who is prompting you to spew such nonsense.
  • Supernatural peace:

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The Hal Lindsey Report: Why Bad News Leads to Good News

Finally, contrary to what my critics would have you believe, I do not preach doom and gloom. I preach truth and grace. I also preach that the Big News of Christ’s soon return will be carried in on an ever-increasing wave of Bad News. That’s precisely what the Bible warned would happen. That’s one of the signs that we are nearing the end of this Age of Grace.

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A Voice for Those Who Are Silenced

Jan Markell and Jill Martin Rische talk with Pastor Steven Khoury who is a voice for Christians silenced in his region, the Middle East. His evangelical outreach is greatly persecuted by the Muslims of the area. He received a standing ovation following his message at our “Understanding the Times Fall 2014” conference. He just addressed the United Nations as well. Then Jan and Eric Barger discuss the silence in the pulpit about all the issues that matter today. How can pastors be approached to deal with the important things the pulpit neglects today? We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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Articles of the Week

Our Sexed-Up Culture Has Ruined Healthy Male-Female Work RelationshipsHalee Gray Scott. If you haven’t thought much about male-female work relationships, chances are you don’t have any. There are two ways to go wrong when it comes to these types of relationships: on one end, being naïve and avoiding boundaries of every sort; on the other end, treating those of the opposite sex solely as a temptation. Scott charts a helpful middle course.

What Kind of Writer Are You: Microwave, Crockpot, or Stir-Fry? Trevin Wax. This probably applies to just about any long-term project, but it’s particularly relevant for those of us who traffic in the written word. Wax fancies himself a stir-fry kind of guy. I (Chris) think I tend more toward the crockpot. But it seems wise to have the capacity to do all three. Where do you fall?

Nine Things We’re Glad We’ve Learning in Our Marriage (So Far)Aaron Armstrong. The road to the altar was a “long and complicated one” for Armstrong. I suspect that’s true of many contemporary romances, so it’s encouraging to hear what Aaron and his wife Emily have learned since saying “I do.” (Also, not central to the article, but noteworthy nonetheless: Armstrong taught me a new euphemism for trying to get pregnant. It’s “leaving the barn door open.” Indeed.)

Five Ways to Rise Above Internet OutrageBrant Hansen. Outrage isn’t new, of course. But internet outrage seems to be in its prime, particularly with the rise of social media. (Did Zuckerburg know what mayhem he was creating with that online catalogue of faces? Did he know? I digress…) It’s easy to respond to current events with anger and outrage. So how do we, as Hansen puts it, “wade through a sea of insults and general wrongness without getting worked up into a self-righteous lather?” It’s a good question. And he has a good answer.

Ten Considerations as Pastors Consider Illegal ImmigrationNathan Busenitz. Many churches haven’t started to think through how they minister to undocumented residents in the U.S. But it’s high time we have the talk, because the political conversation certainly isn’t giving us many helpful cues. Busenitz (a pastor in L.A.) has given us a very helpful head start.


Christianity and The Culture War
May 29, 2015 08:41 am | Mike

The Christian Church is called to address the issues of society with the gospel, love and truth of Jesus Christ.  Over the past several decades many are concerned with how the church has been absent on issues like abortion, homosexual marriage and other issues. What should the role of the Church be in these times […]

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Biblical or Human Church Growth?
May 28, 2015 06:46 am | Mike

Bigger is better, right?  The Church Growth Movement has captured the fancy of Christian leaders and members alike.  After all, if our churches are bigger and growing, that means God is behind it, right? Not so fast.  Our guest this morning Pastor Gary Gilley has some concerns about the “bigger is better” movement sweeping American […]

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Better gear up for the 5 major changes coming to the Church
May 28, 2015 05:57 am | Marsha West

John Burton has written a piece titled “Ancient and Emerging: 5 Major Changes Coming to the Church.”  Before you get all excited, or maybe even concerned over those changes, you should know a bit more about Burton.  As it turns out he’s a “prophet in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement.   According to his blog, […]

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About those gifts
May 27, 2015 08:49 am | A. S.

There are a lot of Christian leaders out there who are manipulating everything from spiritual gifts tests to oracles from God to signs and wonders in their church services. There are those who are cessationists – who believe speaking in tongues and speaking prophecies are not active for today, and those who believe the gifts […]

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Decisions ahead for Irish churches after country adopts same-sex marriage
May 26, 2015 02:43 pm | Marsha West

DUBLIN  — Ireland became the first nation to adopt same-sex marriage by popular vote May 22 after a months-long campaign by advocates of traditional marriage to preserve the institution failed. The referendum drew more than 1.2 million people to the polls for the vote, which has now shifted once-conservative Ireland squarely into the liberal column […]

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If a Duggar came out as a homosexual who’d acted out in the mid-teen years…
May 26, 2015 11:40 am | Scott Alan Buss

There can be little doubt that if a Duggar came out as a homosexual who’d acted out sexually in their mid-teen years, they’d be the most celebrated, adored and defended creature in the modern mainstream media universe. That much should be obvious at this point, whatever one’s perspective might be on the many tragic aspects of the […]

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The truth about Transhumanism
May 26, 2015 08:44 am | A. S.

So would you like to live forever armed with superhuman powers? To be your own god?  The enemy of our souls would like you to believe that you can do just that. And many people are embracing this idea called transhumanism. It literally means “beyond human”.  All over the world, scientists and intellectuals are joining […]

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6 Problems with the Evangelical Church – OnFaith

The wider evangelical church is suffering terribly from theological bankruptcy. A recent Barna survey is particularly revealing. Their report reads in part:

Overall, the current research revealed that only nine percent of all American adults have a biblical worldview. Among the 60 subgroups of respondents that the survey explored was one defined by those who said they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is important in their life today and that they are certain that they will go to Heaven after they die only because they confessed their sins and accepted Christ as their savior. Labeled “born again Christians,” the study discovered that they were twice as likely as the average adult to possess a biblical worldview. However, that meant that even among born again Christians, less than one out of every five (19 percent) had such an outlook on life

The Barna Group’s research goes on to reveal that 79 percent of those identifying as “born again Christians” firmly believe the Bible is accurate in all its teachings — which is pretty good, I guess — but it also reveals that only 46 percent of these “born agains” believe in absolute moral truth, only 40 percent believe Satan is real, and only 47 percent strongly reject the idea that you can earn your way to heaven. Further, only 62 percent of the born-again Christians surveyed strongly believe that Jesus was sinless.

This data is very sobering. It indicts evangelicals, yes, but surely it also indicts the information centers they are learning from. It demonstrates that over the last generation, not only has America become less Christian, but professing Christians have become less Christian.

I think this is the direct result of evangelicalism’s relentless prioritization of what seems useful over what is true. We have tended to favor the practical half-truth rather than the (allegedly) impractical whole truth.

Brothers and sisters, we ought to recover the roots of real Christianity before those who care are too few to do anything useful about it. Part of that recovery will involve identifying some of the factors that contribute to the problem. Some of these will be difficult to consider, but we ought to consider them anyway.

Here are six of the problems in the church we need to address:

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Cold Case Christianity: What Can We Do to Help Young People Remain in the Faith?

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Podcast, J. Warner Wallace provides four simple principles parents can employ to help their kids defend what they believe as Christians. Given the high rate of attrition for young Christians, is there anything the Church (and parents in particular) can do to address the challenge?

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Marriage, Church and the State

by Bill Muehlenberg

Sometime next month the US Supreme Court will issue its decision on homosexual marriage. Many of us fear it will be another disaster, like Roe v Wade – a handful of unelected and unrepresentative judges will strike down the nation’s and/or states’ laws and seek to force sodomite marriage on everyone, whether they like it or not.

Everyone concerned about the fundamental institution of marriage, especially Christians, will need to have a major rethink as to how we respond, and what changes, if any, we embark upon. The whole issue of the state’s role in matters of marriage and family may well need to be reassessed.

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Some Reflections on Pastoral Love: Part 2

by Michael Riley

Last week, I wrote of several ways in which Paul evidenced his love for the very difficult congregation of Corinth. Now, I will add one more item to that list and suggest one very practical application of pastoral love.

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The Rise of the Nones and the Collapse of the Middle

By Tom Gilson

The Pew Research Center has reported recently on the continuing increase of the “nones”–the religiously unaffiliated. Over the past five years, says Pew, “the unaffiliated have increased from just over 15% to just under 20% of all U.S. adults. Their ranks now include more than 13 million self-described atheists and agnostics (nearly 6% of the U.S. public), as well as nearly 33 million people who say they have no particular religious affiliation (14%).”
On first glance it might appear that Christianity is in decline. The truth is rather more complex–in some ways encouraging and in other ways ominous, for what the numbers signify is a widening polarization of American society due to the collapse of the middle.

Nominal Christianity in Decline

The “middle” to which I’m referring is nominal Christianity, which is where many of these new “nones” have come from, according to researcher Ed Stetzer. Nominal Christians are decreasing in number, but convictional Christians are holding virtually steady. Church attendance, says Stetzer, has hardly changed in America since the 1940s. What we’re seeing, then, is not so much a decline in practicing, believing Christians, as a relatively sudden shrinkage in the number of nominal believers.

The Partially Understandable Riddle of Congregational Christianity

Nominal Christianity’s decline isn’t hard to understand; in fact, I’ve never quite grasped the appeal of what Stetzer calls congregational Christianity. One of his two categories of nominal Christianity, congregational Christianity essentially comprises those who would say “such-and-such a church is my church,” but whose beliefs are weak and who attend infrequently. (His other nominal category is cultural Christianity: those who identify as Christians simply because they live in a culture that’s been significantly shaped by the faith.)

Congregational Christianity has long baffled me. Sunday morning services are generally called worship services. What or whom do congregational Christians worship, if not the living God as sovereign King over their lives? And why would they make time for Bible lessons when they hardly believe in the Bible?

The Collapse of the Middle

Yet truly congregational Christians were once commonplace. In my youth it was not considered unusual for people to attend church purely for the social connections it provided, or even the business contacts. Some of these congregational Christians didn’t realize it, but they’d been labeled the C&E crowd, as in “Christmas and Easter.”

Church attendance still swells on those two holidays, but not like it used to, if my impressions are correct. I’ll say this for the C&E crowd, though: At least they knew what Christmas and Easter were about. Most Americans did, once upon a time, but no longer…

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4 Things Christians Need to Know in the New Religious World

By Aaron Earls

For better or worse, the spiritual landscape of the United States is shifting.

Millennials are the least likely generation to believe in God. Nones are on the rise. And according to projections from Pew Research, Muslims will overtake Jews to become the second largest U.S. religious group by 2050.

Churches accustomed to operating within a culture dominated by a Judeo-Christian mindset will need to learn how to engage others in this new spiritual environment.

It wasn’t so long ago that most Americans had some type of religious affiliation or church background. Today, it’s not uncommon to have friends, neighbors, and coworkers who have no memory of going to church or who grew up in a faith other than Christianity. When reaching out to their communities, churches need to consider that those they are engaging may have a very different worldview.

Despite the global decline of the nonreligious, in 35 years, 1 in 4 Americans will be unaffiliated with any religion. In addition, adherents of minority religions will climb from 5 to 8 percent of the U.S. population.

Increasingly, churches and Christians will interact with those who have non-biblical worldviews. To help us better understand how to reach our neighbors more effectively, we spoke with Mary Jo Sharp, assistant professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University.

Sharp is the author of Defending the Faith: Apologetics in Women’s Ministry, two apologetic Bible studies, Resilient Faith and Why Do You Believe That?, and a contributor to several other publications.

Here are four things Sharp says Christians need to know as we move into this new era of American religious life.

1. Know what you believe.

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Five Ways to Go Wrong with Church Discipline

by C Michael Patton

What is Church Discipline?

There is hardly a practice in the local church that is misused more than “church discipline.” Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have many answers and its misuse is understandable. I think there are three primary ways we can find it misused: 1) It is never used at all, 2) it is used in an unbiblical way, and 3) people are brought in for discipline for “sins” that don’t require its use.

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Matthew 18:15-17 is the primary passage that speaks to the practice of church discipline (even if we are still left with a lot of questions).

First, let’s say this: the purpose of church discipline is the restoration of the brother in sin (Matt. 18:15), to bring recognition to the seriousness of sin (1 Tim. 5:20), and to protect the church from the influence of sin (1 Cor. 5:6). This much is clear.

Here is what Christ has to say about it in Matthew

Matthew 18

15 “And if your brother sins, go and reprove him in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.

16 “But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed.

17 “And if he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax-gatherer. (NAS)

Let’s try to take this step by step.

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Justification and Sanctification

by Bill Combs

Guy Waters has an excellent summary of justification and sanctification over at the Ligonier Blog.

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Notable Voices: May 30, 2015


The Missing Ingredient in Church Leadership — Sam Rainer

No matter your system of leadership or your theological prowess, if you’re missing the ingredient Sam covers in this post, you will likely fail as a church leader.


3 Ways to Identify Your Ministry Convictions — Eric Geiger

We can talk about what we think our ministry convictions are, but when you put them through this quick test, the truth comes out.


Long Preaching Isn’t Always Good Preaching — Aaron Armstrong

Just as long books aren’t always good books, the length of a sermon rarely correlates to the excellence of a sermon. The key is not the length or the preaching, but the effectiveness of the preaching.


7 Ways to Respond to an Overly-Negative, Complaining Bully — Ron EdmondsonI recently wrote about church bullies here at the blog. It is a pervasive problem in many churches. So how does a pastor respond to a bully in the church? Ron shares seven helpful suggestions.


The Complexity of Pastoral Care — Nick Batzig

Pastoral care is not plug-and-play. It is not one-size-fits-all. It is a complex practice pastors must learn from experience. Nick offers five tips for improving your pastoral care.


5 Things Every Christian Leader Should Pray for Themselves Everyday — Kevin Halloran

While Christians can lift up thousands of different prayers for their leadership, Kevin shares five helpful topics on which we can focus our daily prayers.


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Eight trends about church members on social media

On a few occasions, I have addressed the topic of church leaders on social media. I obviously have a fascination with this form of communication. Indeed, I see it as one of the great modern-day vehicles for good or harm.

In this post, I address eight trends related to church members who use social media, specifically in relation to the churches where they are members. As a note of clarification, most of my data comes from Twitter and Facebook. There are, obviously, many other types of social media.

Related Post: Eight Signs of Fearful Leadership

Here, then, are eight of the trends I see:

  1. More church members use social media to encourage others in their churches. These words of encouragement are typically directed toward pastors and church staff. The good news is that these tweets and posts seem to be more frequent and pervasive.
  2. Church members increasingly use social media to point others to interesting articles related to Christianity and church life. Indeed, I am encouraged to see many such visits to my blog and to other sites that include information on faith and church life.
  3. Though in the minority, an increasing number of church members use social media to attack and criticize church leaders. I recently read a scathing attack on a pastor. It was filled with venom and vitriol.
  4. More non-Christians are viewing such attacks as normative for Christians. They thus have no desire to associate with Christians or come to our churches. I have heard from many of these non-Christians myself.
  5. A number of church members are using social media wisely to share the gospel. I have been greatly encouraged to read many tweets and posts that point readers to articulate and loving presentations of the gospel. May their numbers increase!
  6. Church members are using social media with increasing frequency to share prayer requests.On more than one occasion, I have seen a prayer request spread virally. It is very encouraging to see the power of prayer on this modern medium.
  7. Some church members use social media as means to share activities and ministries in the church. Indeed, social media has become one of the primary forums to invite others to the church by letting people know what is taking place in the congregations.
  8. While the use of social media by church members is overwhelmingly positive, the toxic users of these forums still get an inordinate amount of attention. It’s the “car accident syndrome.” Traffic slows down to see the havoc created by the accident.

Like most vehicles or instruments, church members can use social media for good or harm. The caution we all should heed is that social media tends to magnify our voices in unprecedented ways.

This article was originally published at ThomRainer.com on October 15, 2014. 

Thom S. Rainer serves as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Among his greatest joys are his family: his wife Nellie Jo; three sons, Sam,  Art, and Jess; and seven grandchildren. Dr. Rainer can be found on Twitter @ThomRainer and at facebook.com/Thom.S.Rainer.

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John MacArthur: “Hope for a Doomed Nation” AKA Love in the time of evil

John MacArthur preached on Sunday. It was a sermon from the pastor side of him, not the teacher side of him. He did not explain the bible verse-by-verse. Instead, he was speaking from the heart to his flock about today’s world.

He quickly reviewed the tenets of the Holy Spirit created restraints put upon the world so it does not self-destruct from sin. Conscience, family, civil law/government and the church are four ways the Spirit restrains sin in the world, MacArthur summarized from a recent sermon. In addition, Romans 1 shows what God does to societies when societies leap over those bounds; sexual revolution, homosexual revolution, then reprobate mind. He said we are in the midst of judgment, the wrath of abandonment, since it can be clearly seen that America has leaped beyond those restraints and God has given us over to those different kinds of perversity. There IS an eschatological wrath, and there IS an eternal wrath, but the current judgment is neither of those. The eschatological wrath is coming, MacArthur said, and we can all agree, that is promised. But the current wrath is the judgment of abandonment. “That one is not coming. We’re in the midst of it,” he said.

That was his 30 minute introduction in the sermon “Hope for a Doomed Nation.

Dr MacArthur usually takes a several week vacation the beginning of June. He said at this point in his sermon,

“So as we look at America, and I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next few weeks when I’m not here, I’m just pre-empting that a little bit by helping you to be able to think through whatever happens.”

He then listed 12 points that are driving this nation to its terrible demise, a spiritual pathology that is causing us as a nation to run so fast to the cliff.

It was a really interesting sermon. I think any one with discerning, biblical sense can see how far along the prophetic timeline we are. Many people I work with who are of biblical maturity and discernment believe this as well. I know I do. Imagine believing we are so close to the edge of some kind of terrible, visible disaster, that MacArthur believes something drastic might happen even in the next few weeks as he is gone from the pulpit. To be so close to something we all sense will occur, he is unwilling to leave his flock without preparing them biblically to be able to cope with “whatever happens.”

He ended with Matthew 5:43. Love our enemy. No matter what happens, while we were still enemies, Jesus came down to rescue us, His enemies. So we are to love our enemies because we were them before grace cam. The enemy is our mission field.

You’re never more like God than when you love your enemies, because you were one of the enemies God loved. Romans 5:10, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God. Your enemy is your mission field. The world of enemies was God’s mission field. God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son. …

To convert a sinner from his eternal doom is of far greater significance than the deliverance of an entire nation from temporal evil

His speaking of Godly Love after 47 minutes of darkness was a Light that was powerful and incisive. Imagine demonstrating that kind of love in this very dark world. It will stand out brightly.

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WHI-1260 | Consumerism, Pragmatism, & The Triumph of the Therapeutic

This week on the White Horse Inn we had the opportunity to talk with Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith. He is the author of several books including Soul Searching and Souls in Transition. In his research Smith coined the phrase “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism” to describe the faith of most religious teens, and the religion he fears of their parents as well due to the failings of church leaders and parents to catechize and teach the doctrine of life in Christ.

Many churches in our day attempt to make their services relevant and entertaining in order to attract people in the marketplace of competing options. The focus often centers on practical lessons designed to help us cope with life’s problems. But what are the social and historic roots of this particular approach to ministry? Join us this week on the White Horse Inn as we discuss consumerism, pragmatism, and the therapeutic within the church.

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“I think that the historical, cultural, and philosophical roots of moralistic therapeutic deism go way back, but I think for evangelicalism part of what it means to be an evangelical in the United States since WWII is not to be a fundamentalist. Yet, part of one’s identity in not being a fundamentalist is, you’re always pushing towards the ‘We’re not rigid. We’re not doctrinaire. We’re not closed minded.’ Which is good, but every good thing can be pushed in a problematic direction.
“In evangelicalism this has been pushed too far… in the direction of ‘We can be cool Christians and participate in the culture, just like everybody else, and it’s just fine.’ The ‘make Jesus cool kind of thing’… craving the affection of the American public. It’s almost a pathetic impulse to be respectable and to be relevant.”
– Christian Smith
TERM TO LEARN
Moralistic Therapeutic Deism
When Christian Smith and his fellow researchers with the National Study of Youth and Religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took a close look at the religious beliefs held by American teenagers, they found that the faith held and described by most adolescents came down to something the researchers identified as “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.”
As described by Smith and his team, Moralistic Therapeutic Deism consists of beliefs like these: 1. “A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.” 2. “God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.” 3. “The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.” 4. “God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.” 5. “Good people go to heaven when they die.”
That, in sum, is the creed to which much adolescent faith can be reduced. After conducting more than 3,000 interviews with American adolescents, the researchers reported that, when it came to the most crucial questions of faith and beliefs, many adolescents responded with a shrug and “whatever.”
(R. Albert Mohler, Jr., “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism–the New American Religion,” The Christian Post, 18 April 2005. Read the entire article here.)

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Obeying Old Testament Laws And Rituals

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Q. I’ve heard a few preachers say that as Christians, we must observe or maintain certain OT rituals, laws, feasts, etc.  I thought that with Christ’s death and sacrifice those were no longer necessary.  As born-again believers and Christians, are we to still observe Old Covenant and/or Old Testament laws & rituals?

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Where Was The Lord?

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Q. After Jesus rose from the dead, He stuck around the region for a full 40 days before His ascension to Heaven.  From what facts I can glean, He only appeared to His disciples on three occasions in that 6 week time-frame.  Where, and what was He doing in between visits?

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Is Israel The Bride?

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Q. Recently, I got hit with an interesting interpretation of the bride. This group of people believes that Israel is the bride, they are pre trib believers and they think that we go to heaven to rule there, but that the Lord comes to marry Israel and rule with them on the earth.  They had several Old Testament passages to support this view.  I brought up the book of Ruth and the typology of Joseph and his gentile bride. Beyond that I am kind of fuzzy on defending the church being the bride.  Can you help me with this?

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Understanding Amos 8-9

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Q. For some reason, Amos 8-9 keeps presenting itself to me. When I read these chapters, I’m not sure if they are history or prophecy.  Some of it sounds like history. And yet in a few places Amos uses the term “in that day”, a reference to the end times.  Is that the case here? Amos 8:9 speaks about the sun going down at noon and the earth being dark. Was this the crucifixion event or is it speaking of a time yet future? And the “time of mourning for an only son”. Is that future? The famine of the hearing of the words of the Lord – is that future or past?  Then in the latter part of Amos 9, it speaks of “raising up the fallen booth of David”. I see some partial fulfillment of Verses 11 – 15 today, but there are some things in these verses that seem to point to conditions present in the millennial period. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. continue reading


Dual Covenant Theology

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Q. I do not believe in Dual Covenant Theology.  Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6.  Messianic Jews are part of the church, so they are saved.  The scriptures also say that God has a covenant with the Jews and Israel.  Although the church age Jews have not acknowledged Jesus as their Savior and therefore are not saved, God has brought them back to the land of Israel.  Is it because, although they have not accepted Jesus, God will always keep his covenant with them as His people,  whether they believe in Jesus or not? continue reading


Building Israel’s Temple

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Q. I understand that in Bible prophecy, the 3rd temple has to be built before anti-Christ appears. Will the rapture takes place before the completion of the temple or after the completion? I saw in a website that the Temple Institute, an organization in charge of the rebuilding of the temple project in Israel, has already started building the 3rd temple.  Does it imply that the 3 1/2 years of peace for Israel is coming very soon, say perhaps between the year 2012 to 2015? continue reading


The Case For Eternal Punishment

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A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

“And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.” (Isaiah 66:24)

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Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Remember the thief.

It can be a difficult situation if someone you are witnessing to asks about the fate of a loved one who died and was not a Christian. Simply say, “Only God knows the eternal destiny of the person, and the Scriptures assure us that He will do what is right. So we can take consolation from that.” Some may be tempted to say that the loved one went to hell, but the truth is that we don’t know what happened minutes before their death. Remember the thief on the cross.


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Hey ‘Gospel Coalition’, Would You Please Drop the ‘Jesus is my boyfriend’ Language? It’s Creepy

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Why does the GC want to make loving God sound so creepy?  Can’t they express the notion of love without stooping to sexual imagery?  Because, geesh.

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Sure, it’s an important topic with theological significance.  But ‘beautiful’ and ‘taste’ and such things are unnecessary.  And creepy.  Jesus isn’t your boyfriend.

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Video: A Christian Manifesto by Francis A. Schaeffer

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Seems like there has been some new materials from Francis Schaeffer being uploaded on Youtube!

Francis Schaeffer has written a book called “A Christian Manifesto.”  Sadly I read it years ago and don’t remember much of it anymore.  Schaeffer has gone on a speaking tour under the same name and this particular talk was filmed at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (Formerly where D. James Kennedy preached at) in 1982.

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Wisdom from above vs man’s wisdom

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:16-17 NASB)

With Brian McLaren and his followers showing their true colors proclaiming that they are working to recreate the Church, to bring in a new form of Christianity, we must go back to the root of the matter. We must show what truth is and what it is not. Yes, we are in a post-modern culture that is relativistic, but that does not mean that we have to succumb to that fatal disease. If we are in Christ then we are new creations.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB)

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GodLife: What Happens When You Accept Christ?

Scripture:

“For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:19

The word “gospel” means “good news.” But the message about Jesus is not just good – it’s GREAT news! Many great things happen when someone puts their faith in Christ. Today’s scripture mentions two very important ones.

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May 29, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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May 29, 2015

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Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert was indicted on charges of evading currency-reporting requirements and lying to the FBI as part of a hush-money scheme.

The Obama administration is set to pledge $100 million Friday to expand the use of special fuel pumps that allow drivers to blend more ethanol into their gasoline, according to people briefed on the announcement.

Republican and Democratic supporters of a fast-track trade bill are confident the U.S. House will pass the measure, sending it to President Barack Obama’s desk, two House aides said.

Consumer confidence in the U.S. fell to a six-month low in May as Americans became less sanguine about the prospects for the economy.

The world’s largest economy hit a bigger ditch in the first quarter than initially estimated, held back by harsh winter weather, a strong dollar and delays at ports. Gross domestic product in the U.S. shrank at a 0.7 percent annualized rate.

Carl Icahn may be on to something in his push for Apple to continue to send more money back to shareholders. According to new research from Citigroup, companies that have been making higher payouts to their investors have been heavily rewarded by the market.

AP Top Stories

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the southwest coast of Alaska late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Air France faces its second safety investigation in as many weeks after pilots were forced to recover in mid-takeoff after entering the wrong data into the computer of a cargo jet, airline and safety officials said.

Four commercial planes leaving Kennedy airport were targeted by a laser.

Singapore’s prime minister called on countries on Friday to break the “vicious cycle” of the South China Sea row, as the United States and China exchanged increasingly angry barbs over reclaimed islands in the disputed waterway.

The United States said on Friday that China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea, a development that Republican Sen. John McCain called “disturbing and escalatory.”

A 31-year-old woman and a young boy were shot in the head Thursday, becoming Baltimore’s 37th and 38th homicide victims so far this month, the city’s deadliest in 15 years.

China destroyed more than six hundred kilograms of ivory as it seeks to shed its image as a global trading hub for illegal elephant tusks.

Eureka! After about a century of research, Swiss scientists have finally cracked the mystery of the holes in Swiss cheese. Despite what you may have been told as a child, they are not caused by mice nibbling away inside cheese wheels. Experts from Agroscope, a state center for agricultural research, said the phenomenon was caused by tiny bits of hay present in the milk and not bacteria as previously thought. They found that the mystery holes in such cheeses became smaller or disappeared when milk used for cheese-making was extracted using modern methods.

California transit officials have determined that a second high-strength steel anchoring rod for the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge failed a key seismic “pull” test, and officials were due to meet on Thursday to address the issue.

The US is split over right-to-work laws-literally. Exactly half of the 50 states are now right-to-work states, and the next will tip the balance.

According to PNC Financial Group’s latest Household Economic Stress Index (HESI), financial stress faced by U.S. households is moderating. The index, which measures the amount of stress household budgets are feeling in response to changing macroeconomic conditions, declined to 2.2 percentage points in Q4 of 2014, down from 2.7 in Q3.

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Islamic State militants in Libya said they have seized the airport in the city of Sirte, as the group continues to make advances in the country.

A Ukrainian man suspected of being a Nazi war criminal has died in Canada. Vladimir Katriuk was second on a most wanted list compiled by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a US organisation which investigates Nazi war criminals.

Brazil’s economy shrank 0.2%in the first quarter of the year as severe droughts held back growth, the country’s statistics agency reported.

As many as 12 young women have tried to leave Melbourne to join the Islamic State (IS) militant group, according to Australian police. The women, aged between 18 and 29, have been recruited on social media.

Asian countries have agreed to work together to try to stem the region’s migrant crisis, as Myanmar brought to shore another boat full of 727 migrants.

India’s economy grew 7.5% in the three months ending in March, higher than the previous quarter and above expectations.

A bomb has exploded outside a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia, reportedly killing four people.

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Boko Haram has killed dozens of people, including many Christians, in a slew of separate attacks carried out in raids on villages in Nigeria in the past week.

ISIS terrorists have conducted mass executions in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, killing a reported 250 since they took the city, including 13 children.

The Charlie Charlie Challenge is a cheaper version of an Ouija board that needs just two pencils and a piece of paper. There is a dangerous game going around on social media which openly encourages impressionable young people to summon demons.


Researchers may have discovered fountain of youth by reversing aging in human cells
Their research indicates that the issue may not be that mitochondrial DNA become damaged, but rather that genes get turned “off” or “on” over time. Most intriguing, the team led by Professor Jun-Ichi Hayashi was able to flip the switches on a few genes back to their youthful position, effectively reversing the aging process.

Some Troubling Results In Latest Jerusalem Survey
In exchange for a peace treaty with the Palestinian Authority, half the Israeli public would agree to divide the Holy City, giving the Arab neighborhoods to the PA. Nearly a quarter would even hand over the Muslim and Christian quarters, as well as the Temple Mount.

After Giving ‘Space To Destroy,’ Baltimore Mayor Wants Americans To Save Her Skin In Big Way
The dollar costs of the recent Baltimore riots are starting to be added up, and they’re staggering. Not only are these figures climbing into the tens-of-millions of dollars, but Baltimore officials are looking for outside help to pay the bills — that means they want U.S. taxpayers to shell out to bail out the budget of a city criticized by many for doing little to stop the mayhem.

Blast outside mosque in Saudi Arabia, fatalities reported
Four people were killed in eastern Saudi Arabia after a suicide bomber tried to enter a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers. Islamic State has reportedly claimed responsibility. It is the second attack of its kind in a week.

Russia stockpiling weapons on Ukraine border
Russia’s army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week. Many of the vehicles have number plates and identifying marks removed while many of the servicemen had taken insignia off their fatigues.

Cameron, Merkel in EU reform talks
Cameron’s post-election tour of European capitals ends with a lunch at which he is likely to ask Merkel’s help in securing a deal of concessions that he could sell to a divided British public before the referendum by the end of 2017. French President Francois Hollande told Cameron on Thursday he wanted Britain to stay in the world’s biggest trading bloc while Cameron said the status quo in Europe was “not good enough”.

NORAD jets train in Arctic as Russian flights close to North America increase
U.S. and Canadian fighter jets are to practise intercepting foreign aircraft high over the Arctic in the coming days as Russian military flights up to the edge of North American airspace increase.

Researchers prove magnetism can control heat, sound
Phonons—the elemental particles that transmit both heat and sound—have magnetic properties, according to a landmark study supported by Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) services and recently published by a researcher group from The Ohio State University.

Europe No Longer has to Kowtow to Saudis
It seems that the EU has not yet internalized the fact that Saudi Arabia is not as powerful as it used to be. Since the 1973 oil crisis, Europe has gotten used to dancing to the tune of the Saudis. Yet as time passes, standing-up to Saudi Arabia becomes economically sustainable. Saudi Arabia is no longer the world’s largest oil producer, having been displaced by the United States thanks to the technological revolution of shale oil.

7.0 magnitude quake strikes offshore Alaska: USGS
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the southwest coast of Alaska late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The USGS said the quake’s epicenter was 104 km (64 miles) south-southeast of Ugashik and 61.7 km deep. The agency upgraded the temblor to a 7.0 after initially stating it was slightly weaker.

Radioactive leak at India’s Delhi airport
Radioactive material leaked from a medical shipment on Friday at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, …the incident had been contained and there was no risk to passengers. The leak was found at the airport’s cargo-handling complex in a consignment of sodium iodide 131 – a radioactive liquid used in so-called nuclear medicine – that had been on board an inbound Turkish Airlines passenger flight.

More rain pounds Texas as residents try to clean up
At Horseshoe Bend along the Brazos River in Parker County, residents hope their luck holds. Authorities say…the floodwaters have begun to recede — for now. …Brazos River Authority closed the floodgates on the Possum Kingdom Lake dam upstream, allowing the river to crest at 23.6 feet about noon Thursday, almost 3 feet above flood stage.

Syrian Islamist rebels ‘seize Ariha in Idlib province’
An Islamist coalition that includes Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front has taken over one of the last government strongholds in western Idlib province, activists say. The Jaish al-Fateh, or Conquest Army, took control of the city of Ariha after a “lightning offensive”, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Young Australian women trying to join IS, say police
As many as 12 young women have tried to leave Melbourne to join the Islamic State (IS) militant group, according to Australian police. The women, aged between 18 and 29, have been recruited on social media. Five of them are now living with IS militants in the conflict zones, according to a special investigation by Victoria Police.

Home Front Command drill simulating multiple-front conflict set to begin on Sunday
A nationwide Home Front Command drill simulating conflict on multiple fronts will begin on Sunday, lasting through the week. On Tuesday, air raid sirens will go off across the country at 11:05 a.m. to test school responses to heavy rocket attack, and again at 7:05 p.m. to prompt civilians to seek cover in preselected safe areas.

Al Qaeda-led rebels take Syrian regime bastion
A rebel coalition led by the Syrian affiliate of Al Qaeda stormed and seized the last regime-held city in Idlib province on Thursday, as Iraq exhumed the remains of 470 jihadist victims.

Greece could use ‘Zambia’ option as progress on deal unclear
Greece and rescue lenders remained at odds over whether the two sides are close to a breakthrough in negotiations, as the International Monetary Fund confirmed Thursday that Athens had the right to ask for “bundled” repayments next month.

Volcano erupts on southern Japanese island
A volcano erupted on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing black clouds of ash and rock towering into the sky and prompting authorities to tell residents to evacuate the island.

Iran, N. Korea ‘collaborate’ on nuclear arms: Iranian opposition
An exiled Iranian opposition group accused Tehran Thursday of a “vast collaboration” with North Korea in developing nuclear arms, alleging that experts from both countries made regular intelligence-sharing visits.

Israeli Military: Iran Is Not Most Dangerous Threat
Israel’s military doesn’t consider Iran to be the greatest threat to the Jewish state, according to a new report.

Martial law in Ukraine can be declared within hours – Poroshenko
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says he can declare martial law in his country within hours, in case there is an advance on the Ukrainian army’s positions.


Headlines – 5/29/2015

Netanyahu: Any deal with PA will necessitate long-term Israeli presence in West Bank

Netanyahu backs ‘general idea’ behind Arab Peace Initiative

Rivlin: Jews must acknowledge that Arabs are part and parcel of this land

Barak: Israel should seriously consider unilateral disengagement from Palestinians

Palestinians happy to see Tony Blair go

Pro-Israel critics claim Hamas front group nearing coveted UN status

UN eyes keeping Israel off list of children’s rights violators

Annual Home Front exercise to test Israel’s war readiness

Man arrested in Cyprus suspected of planning terror attack against Israelis

Former Mossad Chief: Day by Day Hezbollah is Contributing to Israel’s Security

Report: PA soccer chief ‘promotes terror’ through sports

Pro-Palestinian activist storms FIFA Congress waving Palestinian flag

Officials scramble to prevent FIFA vote to oust Israel

Netanyahu: Ousting of Israel from FIFA would spell end of world soccer body

Netanyahu: Palestinian FIFA bid to suspend Israel stems from opposition to a Jewish State

Indicted former FIFA official blamed ‘Zionism’ for undoing in 2011

Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs

Turkish Prime Minister: “We will march to liberate Jerusalem”

Sources: US defense aid to Israel to rise over Iran deal fears

Obama’s nuke deal will leave Iran funding even more terror

Iran’s Zarif hopes for a nuclear deal within a ‘reasonable period of time’

Iranian cartoon features Netanyahu leading Islamic State

Source: US training of Syria rebel fighters expands to Turkey

Report: ISIS-linked terrorists in Sinai threaten to strike Eilat port

Isis in Palmyra: Civilians rounded up and forced to watch execution of 20 men at amphitheatre

Over 470 bodies exhumed from mass grave in Tikrit believed to be the work of ISIS

Al-Qaida-affiliated insurgents claim capture of last Syrian town in Idlib province

Kurdish fighters on the march against Islamic State

Islamic State: At least 12 Melbourne women attempt to join militant group, become jihadi brides

9 dead in bombings at Baghdad hotels

White House: US won’t be ‘responsible’ for ‘security situation’ in Iraq

Lebanon, Saudi Arabia cooperate in case against Hezbollah officials

UN: Fight Against Boko Haram Requires Regional Might

Spain charges Nigerian Boko Haram chief with crimes against humanity

Boko Haram Hacks to Death Dozens, Including Scores of Christians; Continues Forcing Young Girls to Carry Out Suicide Bombings

2 people arrested in UK on suspicion of preparing terrorism acts

Muhammad cartoon contest planned for Phoenix anti-Islam rally

Baltimore Gets Bloodier As Arrests Drop Post-Freddie Gray

Baltimore residents fearful amid rash of homicides

Defeat: Obama Won’t Take Executive Amnesty Fight To The Supreme Court

Alleged Nazi war criminal sought by Russia dies in Canada at age 93

Russian opposition leader hospitalized after sudden illness that has raised fears of foul play

Putin orders all Russian military deaths be classified as state secrets

Martial law in Ukraine can be declared within hours – Poroshenko

Iran, N. Korea ‘collaborate’ on nuclear arms: Iranian opposition

North Korea deploys new generation of fast warships

Major construction at North Korea rocket site, US research institute says

Carter defends US military flights over China’s artificial islands

Philippines could get caught in crossfire between U.S., China

Star managers battered by rocky ride in yields, currencies

Bullard Warns Delaying Fed Rate Rise Boosts Asset-Bubble Threats

Implants to aid payment with a wave of the hand

6.9 magnitude quake strikes offshore Alaska

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Vallenar, Chile

Four mild tremors jolt Nepal month after devastating earthquake

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 25,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Southern Japanese island evacuated after volcanic eruption

Residents along Texas rivers urged to leave amid flood threat; death toll in US at 23

Floods in Texas and Oklahoma bringing surprise snakes to homes

California’s largest lake is slipping away amid an epic drought

Indian heatwave death toll rises above 1,800

Tropical Storm Andres, First of the 2015 Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season, Expected to Become a Hurricane

Obama links hurricane force to climate change

26 people treated after Army’s accidental anthrax shipments

Popularity of ‘hookup apps’ blamed for surge in sexually transmitted infections

McCrory vetoes NC religious objection bill on gay marriage

Obama to Force Faith-Based Grant Recipients to Hire LGBTs

Tel Aviv kicks off 2015 Pride Month

IG says VA boss pressured subordinates to pay for psychic readings

Israeli Burning Man festival torches ancient remains

Woman accused of witchcraft axed to death in Papua New Guinea

Is ‘Charlie Charlie’ a harmless game? Exorcist says absolutely not

Predatory Lending is Theft: Why it’s time for Christians to call for an end to payday loans

Was Beth Moore’s “Vision” Concerning the Roman Catholic Church Really From God?

I could’ve been a Duggar wife: I grew up in the same church, scandal doesn’t shock me

The Duggars: How Fundamentalism’s Gothard’s Teachings on Sexuality Create Predatory Behavior


America The Obese: Is There A Multibillion Dollar Conspiracy To Make Sure Americans Stay Overweight?

Fast Food - Public DomainAccording to Gallup, America is now fatter than it has ever been before.  But how can this possibly be?  After all, Americans spend an astounding 60 billion dollars a year on weight loss programs and products.  After putting so much time, effort and energy into losing weight, shouldn’t we be some of the healthiest people on the entire planet?  Sadly, the truth is that obesity has become a national epidemic, and we are known around the globe for our huge size.  The term “fat Americans” has become synonymous with overweight tourists, and other cultures mock us for our apparent sloth.  But could there be more to this than just the fact that we eat too much?  Could it be possible that we have been fattened up by design? (Read More…)


Baltimore Has Descended Into A State Of Lawlessness – And More Cities Will Soon Follow

Baltimore Riot Police - Public DomainDid you really think that Baltimore would return to normal after everything that has happened?  On Thursday, a mother and her 7-year-old son were both shot in the head in a double murder that has shocked the entire nation.  Police believe that the son may have been shot in order to prevent him from identifying the individual that shot his mother.  So is this what America is turning into?  A place where 7-year-old kids are executed in cold blood?  That mother and son were the 37th and 38th murder victims in the city of Baltimore so far this month.  That makes this the deadliest month in Baltimore in 15 years, but because of all the controversy surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, police in Baltimore are afraid to do their jobs at this point.  In some areas of the city, young men boldly smoke weed in public and wave guns around at innocent bystanders without any worry that police will intervene.  Baltimore has descended into a state of lawlessness, and this is just the beginning.  As I discussed just the other day, the same kind of lawlessness will soon sweep all across this country. (Read More….)


‘Born Bad’: How the idea that we’re all sinners has shaped Western culture, Washington Post (Michael Dirda)

The Rev. Franklin Graham speaking with WIAT 42 News in an interview posted on May 14, 2015. (photo credit: WIAT 42 News Screen Capture)

The Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out on a case concerning a Marine Corporal who was court-martialed for refusing to remove a Bible verse from her computer at work, stating that it shows that there is no tolerance in culture for Christians.

Marine Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling was court-martialed earlier this week after she was convicted Feb. 1, 2014, for refusing to remove the verse “No weapon formed against you shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17) from her computer.

“Unbelievably, she was criminally prosecuted by the U.S. government for displaying this encouraging scripture on her computer in her workspace. Give me a break, really? Can our society be at a point where a supervisor can order a young Marine to remove a Bible verse from her computer? Others are able to display secular messages without any opposition, but Sterling was targeted by her supervisor,” Graham wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday.


Secret meeting on cash elimination to take place in London

An American financier Martin Armstrong, best known for his economic predictions, is deeply concerned over the cash elimination.

The European countries are reportedly to eliminate cash in favour of electronic transactions, which will be easily controlled by the government.

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore calls for Ruth Bader Ginsburg impeachment

by Marsha West

Christian Examiner informs us that the very liberal Supreme Court Justice “gave a sly look and emphasized the word ‘Constitution’ when she pronounced the two men married by the powers vested in her by the United States Constitution.” So according to Judge Moore this means she’s “actually commenting on a case that is the same issue that is before her – the constitutionality vel non of same-sex marriage, and she’s pronouncing a marriage by saying under the authority of the Constitution.”

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Catholic group exposes Red influence in the Vatican

by Marsha West

(Accuracy In Media) Doing the research and investigative work that the major U.S. media have all but abandoned, an organization called the American Life League (ALL) has uncovered dramatic evidence of links between the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church and an international communist group known as the World Social Forum. The evidence suggests […]

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Marine Court-Martialed For Refusing To Remove Bible Verse

“This is a very scary time when you are not allowed to have a very small printed Bible verse in your own personal workspace because it might offend other Marines,” Sasser told me. “Our Marines are trained to deal with some of the most hostile people on the planet. I don’t think they are afraid of tiny words on a tiny piece of paper.”

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7 Reasons I’m Not a Christian Dominionist

NOTE: Dominionism is a false teaching that says the church will make the world perfect. It is promoted by the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), IHOP, Latter Rain, and many, many more. — OTM

7. I do not believe all nations will be Christianized before the bodily return of Christ.

The Bible teaches us that Jesus will not return until the restoration of all things (Acts 3:21) and all His enemies are under His feet (Ps. 110:2). Furthermore, Jesus as the last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45) came to fully implement the cultural mandate given to the first Adam (Gen. 1:28), which is why He called believers to disciple whole nations (Matt. 28:19). While some Christians (some, not all Christian dominionists) have interpreted these passages to mean that every nation will eventually become Christian before He returns, I do not agree.

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Pastor spills secret on kids summoning ‘demons’

‘We are seeing more of this because it was predicted in the Word of God’

Parents should not overreact if their children are participating in the “challenge” and should instead encouraging them to show what a simple con it really is, Gallups said. However, he also notes that the old parlor game, framed in its new context as an attempt at demonic conjuration, could lead to real dangers.

Gallups warned: “This is the Ouija board of our time in the sense that it is a trick, but also a gateway drug. This is a gateway to the occult.

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Major international unrest showing

Posted: 29 May 2015 08:31 AM PDT

A large 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck off the shores of Alaska. Measuring at a magnitude 6.8 (some services showing 7.0M), this large event follows a week of major activity along the West coast of the United States, and multiple unexpected Pacific eruptions in Japan, and Central America. 

Also, worthy to note the THREE additional 6.8M earthquakes which struck Papua New Guinea this past week. See the unexpected volcanic blast which just occurred a few hours ago in South Japan: FULL REPORT

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5.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Northern California near Mount Shasta volcano, directly at Trinity Lake DamPosted: 29 May 2015 08:23 AM PDT

A noteworthy 5.1 magnitude earthquake has struck Northern California near Mount Shasta volcano, directly at Trinity Lake Dam. The Northern California earthquake directly followed an even larger 6.8M which struck just minutes before off the coast of Alaska. The Alaska earthquake was just a few hours after a large unexpected volcanic blast from a volcano in South Japan. The Japan blast, the Alaska earthquake, and this California earthquake all occurred within less than 12 hours time.

A review of the surrounding area shows the earthquake in California is very close to Mount Shasta, and also the Lassen Volcanic center (seen with multiple dark lava flows to the East). This activity is a sign of the greater unrest happening in the Pacific due to the “global seismic unrest event” currently taking place across the planet. FULL REPORT

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Is The 505 Trillion Dollar Interest Rate Derivatives Bubble In Imminent Jeopardy?Posted: 29 May 2015 08:15 AM PDT

All over the planet, large banks are massively overexposed to derivatives contracts. Interest rate derivatives account for the biggest chunk of these derivatives contracts. According to the Bank for International Settlements, the notional value of all interest rate derivatives contracts outstanding around the globe is a staggering 505 trillion dollars. Considering the fact that the U.S. national debt is only 18 trillion dollars, that is an amount of money that is almost incomprehensible. When this derivatives bubble finally bursts, there won’t be enough money in the entire world to bail everyone out.

The key to making sure that all of these interest rate bets do not start going bad is for interest rates to remain stable. That is why what is going on in Greece right now is so important. The Greek government has announced that it will default on a loan payment that it owes to the IMF on June 5th. If that default does indeed happen, Greek bond yields will soar into the stratosphere as panicked investors flee for the exits. But it won’t just be Greece. If Greece defaults despite years of intervention by the EU and the IMF, that will be a clear signal to the financial world that no nation in Europe is truly safe. Bond yields will start spiking in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and all over the rest of the continent. By the end of it, we could be faced with the greatest interest rate derivatives crisis that any of us have ever seen. FULL REPORT

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Powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes off southwest coast of AlaskaPosted: 29 May 2015 05:22 AM PDT

BREAKING NEWS – An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the southwest coast of Alaska on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The USGS said the quake’s epicenter was 104 km (64 miles) south-southeast of Ugashik and 51. km deep. The quake was originally measured as a 6.8 magnitude event, but was later upgraded to a 7.0 event by the USGS.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that based on its available data, no tsunami was expected. The USGS said the quake had a low likelihood of causing casualties and damage, and there were no immediate reports of such. The area near the quake, centered some 400 miles (643 km) southwest of Anchorage, is lightly populated, according to the USGS. Reuters

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Australia’s businesses take out full-page ad backing same-sex partnershipsPosted: 28 May 2015 08:17 PM PDT

Some of Australia’s biggest businesses have thrown their weight behind the push for gay marriage, with a full-page newspaper advertisement today. Corporations including Google, Qantas, Optus and the ANZ and Commonwealth banks have put their names to a list of Australian businesses backing marriage equality.

Others supporters include law firms Slater and Gordon and Gilbert and Tobin, and the Football Federation of Australia. Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome said the corporations approached the organisation send the message that Australia’s business community was behind marriage equality.

“It was about corporate saying it’s not just about us individually supporting this, we want to do it collectively and send the strongest possible message,” Mr Croome said. FULL REPORT

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J.P. Morgan Chase expected to lay off more than 5,000 by next yearPosted: 28 May 2015 08:11 PM PDT

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has begun layoffs that are expected to total more than 5,000 by next year, people familiar with the matter said. This latest phase of cuts started earlier this year and would eliminate at least 2% of the bank’s JPM, -0.41% workforce over the next year.

The moves come as the nation’s largest bank overhauls its 5,570 branches to rely more on technology and less on human tellers. Chairman and Chief Executive James Dimon said Wednesday that the average J.P. Morgan Chase branch would lose one employee over the next two years, mostly through attrition.

The layoffs on the other hand are more broad-based, affecting all four of the bank’s major business units: corporate and investment banking, consumer and community banking, asset management and commercial banking. FULL REPORT

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ECB warns of contagion risk as Greece delays continuePosted: 28 May 2015 08:07 PM PDT

A failure to reach an agreement on Greece’s aid program soon may drive yields on bonds issued by other euro-area countries higher, the European Central Bank said. “In the absence of a quick agreement on structural implementation needs, the risk of an upward adjustment of the risk premia demanded on vulnerable euro-area sovereigns could materialise,” the ECB said in its twice-yearly Financial Stability Review published Thursday in Frankfurt.

“The lengthy and uncertain process of negotiations between the newly formed Greek government and its creditors” has already contributed to bouts of extreme volatility in Greek markets, it said. Three months after taking office, the new Greek government has still failed to reach agreement with its creditors to unlock bailout funds, bringing it ever closer to default. While ECB policy makers have claimed the region is better insulated against a disorderly Greek outcome than previously, a failure to meet payments could still create spillover effects for bond markets in neighboring countries as well as domestic banks. FULL REPORT

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China Warns Of World War 3 Unless The US Backs Down On South China SeaPosted: 28 May 2015 08:00 PM PDT

An increasingly assertive China has warned that World War 3 is “inevitable” unless the United States stops meddling in the South China Sea affairs. Earlier this week, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said in a new white paper that it is going to up the ante in the South China Sea. In a sign of its growing self-confidence, Beijing said that it would now focus less on defensive capabilities, and step up efforts to build offensive capabilities.

China is aggressively building artificial islands in the disputed Spratly Islands. The construction includes runways and port facilities that could harbor military planes and warships. Islands in the region are also claimed by the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam, who have all protested against China’s expansion.

Last week, a U.S. military plane ignored repeated warning from the PLA to fly a reconnaissance mission over the disputed islands. U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has refused to recognize artificial islands as “maritime zones control by a nation.” He said Washington was determined to protect the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, as is allowed under International conventions. FULL REPORT

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Telica volcano in Nicaragua shaken by explosive eruption – ejects ash cloud 3 km highPosted: 28 May 2015 07:56 PM PDT

BREAKING NEWS – After a week of calm, a new phase of explosive activity occurred yesterday at the volcano, beginning with a moderately large explosion at 12:02 local time. An ash plume rose approx. 3 km above the summit: Several smaller explosions and phases of calm ash venting followed this event. Ash falls were noted in up to 15 km distance to the SW, in areas of the villages Posolega and Quezalguaque.

So far it is unclear whether the explosions are the result of phreatic or hydrothermal activity, i.e. caused by pressurized fluids in the shallow hydrothermal system, or whether they are result of new magma reaching the surface. For now, INETER has not found evidence of fresh magmatic material in the deposits of the explosions – all ash and blocks are fragmented older rocks from near the surface – and the accompanying seismicity has been very shallow. This would favor the first scenario. FULL REPORT

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Indonesia’s Mt. Sinabung volcano ceaseless eruptions for 5 years – driving some local residents to mental institutionsPosted: 28 May 2015 07:48 PM PDT

Monitoring officials have warned residents to remain alert as Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra continues with intense volcanic activity. A local chief reported that ongoing eruptions had taken a mental toll on residents, with two people being sent to mental institutions. The volcano erupted twice early on Wednesday, at 1:21 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., and sent hot clouds southward. The Sinabung observation station recorded at least 87 tectonic quakes and lava flow from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. Observation station staff member Deri Alhidayat said the volcanic intensity over the past few days had shown a significant increase, evident from the tectonic quakes occurring thus far. “Tectonic shock waves have been detected almost every day. As many as 20 tectonic and volcanic quakes have taken place today alone,” said Deri on Wednesday. He added the eruptions were expected to continue for a long time.

He urged residents living around the mountain to raise their awareness until the government issued an official announcement on the volcano’s status. Residents in Karo regency, especially those living around the volcano, are said to be depressed as the volcano has continued to erupt for almost five years with no sign of stopping. Pelin Sembiring, the chief of Guru Kinayan village, which is also affected by the eruption, said many residents had suffered from depression from the impacts of the eruptions. Two of his residents had to be treated at the Simalingkar mental hospital in Medan, North Sumatra, for severe depression as all their belongings had been destroyed and their farms, which they relied upon as a source of income, had been damaged by volcanic ash and pyroclastic flows. “Many residents are mentally depressed because they couldn’t stand facing the impacts of the eruption disaster which prevails up until now,” said Pelin. FULL REPORT

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Pamela Geller Is Right About Islam And Why You Should Support Her (VIDEO)

I will say one thing for the left — they are consistent. They are always up for the fight against anyone who is trying to expose and destroy evil. They have a obsession with Islam. It defies reason, logic and common sense.

Pamela Geller is attempting to show the American people that if we succumb to the political correctness of the left wingers, we will be like the frogs in the pot, who happily jump around, oblivious to the fact the temperature of the water is very slowly being increased. They continue to play, until that temperature reaches boiling and then it’s too late. Poor guys didn’t see it coming.

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We Christians know that political correctness is simply shutting down those on the right. The left make the rules, and when we don’t abide by them, we are labeled racist, islamophobes and a danger to our country.

This president is the stuff that nightmares are made of. I always knew he was evil, but I guess not to this extent. What do we hear from the White House in response to the news which reported that ISIS is converging on Baghdad, and quite possibly will take all of Iraq.

The Caliphate which is their goal is solidifying right before our eyes. The White House makes a wishy washy statement about their air strikes, and then more drivel about training those on the ground in Iraq to deal with ISIS. PLEASE!!! Don’t talk to us like we are idiots. BHO should never have pulled completely out of Iraq, in a military capacity, in the first place!!

Back to Pam Geller and her fight to preserve our Constitutional rights. I say “YOU GO, GIRL!”. Some are saying that it will put Americans in harms way on the buses who agree to display Pam’s advertisement. Don’t these people see that this thinking of theirs is backwards??

Our Constitution was designed to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. LIBERTY – that’a a word upon which whole books have been written. Without Liberty, we are not the shining beacon on the hill. Why do you think that so many people from all over the world wanted to come to America? Liberty and Capitalism were the two main attributes of American life. For many who had been pushed down by communism and tyrannical governments – America was the country they dreamed about.

I watched Pamela Geller be interviewed by the lame stream media. The man kept saying to her that doing the things that she has been doing, is offensive to the Muslims. REALLY??? Are not the beheadings of hundreds, (maybe thousands) of Christians and others which ISIS deem as not worthy to live…..THIS is not offensive?? It is not offensive when these people cry out in unison “Death to America.?”

Pamela Geller BATTLES Chris Cuomo over Muhammad Cartoon Ads Compared to N-Word

The Left does not understand Sharia Law. They don’t believe that these who are following the Qur’an want world domination. They still call them “peaceful” and insist that ISIS is not representative of Islam! They heard that from their leader, Obama, and they take their cues from him.

If America is given the chance to come back to the greatness which she once possessed in the world, only then will this ridiculous political correctness be tossed aside and replaced with common sense.

Unfortunately, America’s sins are so great— it leads me to think that we are close to physical destruction. God only strives for so long with a country like America.

So, I say to Pamela Geller – God bless you and keep you safe in your great work to save this once great country from total destruction.

Shalom b’Yeshua

MARANATHA!

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ISIS Boldly Announces That Southern Israel Will be Attacked In Coming Days

ISIS terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula linked to the radical Islamic State group reportedly threatened Thursday to strike the port in Israel’s southern city of Eilat “in the coming days,” according to Egyptian media.

“They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.” Psalm 83:4 (KJV)

According to reports, the Islamist group Sinai Province, formerly knows as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, “threatened to strike the Eilat Port, following coordination with Islamic State’s wing in the Gaza Strip.”

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“ISIS will begin operations against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip,” the Egyptian reports added. Tensions between the Islamist group ruling the coastal Palestinian enclave and ISIS have mounted amid waves of arrests by the former of Salafi-jihadists in Gaza linked to Islamic State.

Abu Othman Al-Mosley, one of the leaders of the northern Sinai group took to the ‘Sinai Province’ Facebook page, calling for its members to “enlist new members from jihadist factions and the Muslim Brotherhood organization in other provinces of Egypt.” In addition, he called for new recruits to emigrate to the Sinai region in order to operate against opposing Egyptian security forces.

In addition, the call urged the ISIS-aligned terrorists in Sinai to “make their way to the Gaza Strip to fight against Hamas’s military branch, the Izzadin al-Kassam Brigades, and takeover control of the Strip.”

Sinai Province changed its name from Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis after pledging allegiance to Islamic State, the ultra-hardline Sunni group that has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria.

Egypt is facing a Sinai-based insurgency that has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the army toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi after mass protests against his rule in 2013. source

 

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Christian Headlines Daily – Friday, May 29, 2015

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Top Headlines

Al Sharpton Asks: Are Texas Floods God’s Judgment on America?

Texas Senate Advances Bill Banning Sharia Law in Family Court When in Conflict With U.S. Law

Family Christian Stores Lives On, For Now

Hillsong pastor: If you don’t like our song, don’t sing it

Netanyahu: Nuclear Iran Far Exceeds ISIS Danger

Franklin Graham Says There Is No Tolerance for Christians in Culture After Marine Court-Martialed for Keeping Bible Verse on Her Computer

The faith of Denzel Washington in 8 quotes

‘Gay’ Activist’s Call for Churches to Be Forced to Take Homosexuality Off ‘Sin List’ Draws Concerns

This Pregnancy Center Plans to Open Ten Feet Away From an Abortion Clinic

Prayers around the world for worship pastor and wife who lost both their children in tragic car accident

Opinion

Matt Chandler, The Village Church offer apology to Karen Hinkley

A Word to Self-Righteous Christians Attacking Josh Duggar

IRS Admits Massive Identity Theft

What Marriage Means to Young Evangelicals

Boy Scouts of America Face Moral Disaster


Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Remember the thief.

It can be a difficult situation if someone you are witnessing to asks about the fate of a loved one who died and was not a Christian. Simply say, “Only God knows the eternal destiny of the person, and the Scriptures assure us that He will do what is right. So we can take consolation from that.” Some may be tempted to say that the loved one went to hell, but the truth is that we don’t know what happened minutes before their death. Remember the thief on the cross.


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

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5 Indicators of an Evil and Wicked Heart

When you confront evil, chances are good that the evil heart will stop counseling with you because the darkness hates the light (John 3:20) and the foolish and evil heart reject correction (Proverbs 9:7,8). But that outcome is far better than allowing the evil heart to believe you are on his or her side, or that “he’s not that bad” or “that he’s really sorry” or “that he’s changing” when, in fact, he is not.

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Church Disciplines Wife for Wanting to Divorce Husband who Admitted Paedophile Leanings

Hinkley issued a statement criticising the church’s actions. The discovery of her husband’s use of “child pornography”, she said, was “an indescribable shock and triggered a thorough upheaval of every aspect of my life”. However, she said that “what has become even more troubling than the issues that have come to light in Jordan’s life has been the consistent refusal of the pastors and elders of The Village Church to respond in a way that takes into account the seriousness of the situation at hand”. She also accused them of “spiritual abuse”

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Popularity: A Pastor’s Fiery Trial

Near the beginning of his 1830 publication on the pastoral ministry (The Christian Ministry), Charles Bridges discussed the trials and difficulties of the ministry. In this section he wrote that for pastors, “the greatest difficulties derive their origin and power from ourselves.” This whole section is outstanding, and very much worth reading. One part of it that stuck out for me was what Bridges said about opposition to the ministry on the one hand, and popularity on the other.

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Overture 3: Parental Promises in the Baptismal Vow

This overture seeks to change the language of that third vow by replacing the clause “Do you now unreservedly dedicate your child to God” with the following: “Do you now acknowledge that God in his providence has placed this child within the covenant family, and entrusted (him/her) to your care….” The vow that follows remains unchanged, spelling out the parents’ responsibility, relying upon divine grace to set before him a godly example, to pray with and for him, to teach him the doctrines of our religion, and to bring him up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

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Why Friendships Can Be So Hard

Friendship is like any relationship; it takes hard work. It also takes intentionality. It takes a willingness to forgive and overlook offenses. It takes time and effort. Friendship isn’t always equally balanced. Sometimes we might have to work harder than the other person for a while. We might have to take the first step and initiate needed conversations. We might need to lay down our own needs for the sake of theirs.

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A Requiem for the Boy Scouts

Secretary Gates proposes that the compromise be abandoned, accepting the inclusion of openly-gay leaders. His argument is entirely based on the self-preservation of the B.S.A. as a national organization. He made no moral argument at all. He did not celebrate the new policy he proposed on moral grounds, nor did he lament the loss of the older policy on moral grounds. There were no moral elements in his argument.

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Continuing Down this Path, Complementarians Lose

A hierarchy in the immanent Trinity will always lead to inequality. It is more than a difference in roles. It is about the nature or essence of God. I can’t help but conclude that their argument is the biblical, trinitarian equivalent of “separate, but equal.” No matter their intention, the result is the same. It’s not equal.

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5 Steps to Becoming the Most Relevant Pastor Ever

Ah , relevance. That holy grail of pastoral ministry. The relevant pastor is up on the latest movies, in on the latest trends, and speaks the language of the streets. He brings life to every party and puts a smile on every face. People can relate to a relevant pastor…because he’s relevant. See how that works?

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Christianity and The Culture War

The Christian Church is called to address the issues of society with the gospel, love and truth of Jesus Christ. Over the past several decades many are concerned with how the church has been absent on issues like abortion, homosexual marriage and other issues. What should the role of the Church be in these times […]

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Warnings Met With Deafness

by Marsha West

Here’s another gem from the pen of Bill Muehlenberg. In this piece over at Culture Watch, Bill addresses the sad fact that those of us in discernment ministries are having to “duck and cover” more and more these days. But not from the bullets coming from secularists who hate the truth and attempt to shoot us down for declaring it. […]

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Better gear up for the 5 major changes coming to the Church

by Marsha West

John Burton has written a piece entitled “Ancient and Emerging: 5 Major Changes Coming to the Church.” Before you get all excited, or maybe even concerned over those changes, you should know a bit more about Burton. As it turns out he’s a “prophet” in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. According to his blog, John Burton, he “has been developing and leading ministries for over 20 years and is a sought out teacher, prophetic messenger and revivalist. Burton has authored ten books, has appeared on Christian television and radio and directed one of the primary internships at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City.”

That Burton was associated with IHOP-KC could only mean that he has served under IHOP’s Pied Piper Mike Bickle. I spent quite a bit of time researching Bickle for a piece I wrote and discovered his strong ties to the NAR or what some refer to as Dominionism. Also identified was his involvement with the Kansas City Prophets (KCP). According to Pastor Ken Silva, the KCP:

brought grandiose claims that a ‘new breed’ of super prophets were beginning to arrive on planet earth who would change the world forever. These so-called prophets were a group of men that coalesced around a church known as the Kansas City Fellowship, pastored by Mike Bickle, that attracted a following of other likeminded churches in that region. (More on the KCP here)

It gets worse. Mike Bickle believes that God speaks to him in an audible voice. But here’s the kicker. He has visited heaven – twice. On one visit he told false teacher Bob Jones:

I stood in this room and it had…clouds, it was a room only maybe 20 by 20 or 30. It was a little room. It had clouds in the bottom, on the top and the walls…I stood there, I was at the Lord’s left hand, and I stood there, this was not a dream, this was as real as life here…I know it wasn’t a dream or a vision… (There’s more to the story here)

I included Bickle’s background and a snippet of the tall tale he spun on his alleged visit to heaven to highlight the fact that he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

So here’s my question: why is John Burton proud of his association with a false prophet who’s the main man at IHOP-KC? IHOP –KC is viewed by many mainstream scholars as a cult because it is a “false, unorthodox, extremist” sect of Christianity (dictionary.com).

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Hillsong: The multi-million dollar “crazy cult”

by Marsha West

Churchtwatch Central brings us Australia’s “A Current Affair” report on Hillsong Church, a Pentecostal megachurch out of Australia. Hillsong Church’s well-recognized music ministry has spread all throughout the globe.

In spite of Hillsong’s continual lies, their facades of “relevancy” and their contemporary nonsensical gimmicks, the world still sees through it. The reality is this: the world is not being won over to Jesus Christ. In fact, Hillsong is giving the world an excuse to hate Christianity while Hillsong is militantly campaigning against biblical Christianity. Not only that, Hillsong is stealing Christians from other churches and taking over churches by force under the guise of “blessing” churches. It is time the media, the Australian Government and more importantly church leaders, stop calling Hillsong a church. Cults have always declared war on Christianity. Hillsong for decades have proven again and again to be a word of faith and prosperity cult. When will Christianity finally say enough is enough?

Churchwatch Central has provided “A Current Affair” video.

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Rick Warren twisting Scripture – teaching Storehouse tithing, and Word of Faith

by Marsha West

According to Psalm 12:

On May 17, 2015, Pastor of Saddleback Church took the opportunity during Sunday Morning worship service to make a plea for more money. He twists several Scriptures in order to guilt members of his church into believing that if they aren’t giving 10 percent of their income on a weekly basis, they will not receive the blessings of God. He then ends his message with having his members sign an oath, “pledging” to give 10 percent of their income from this point forward, and that it “saddens him” to “know that some members would be missing out on God’s blessings,” and that “people might not go to heaven” because they didn’t give their money to his church.

A video of Warren’s Scripture twisting has been provided on the Psalm 12 blog.

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The New Evangelical Gospel of Unity

There tends to be a great amount of resentment towards believers who are quick to rebuke other Christians who are in sin, or even false believers who are masquerading as Christians. The argument is that it distracts from the love of Jesus, but love is not the only quality of Jesus. Jesus came to bring along with a sword (Matthew 10:34). Jesus did not come to tell everyone that they could believe what they want to believe, worship whatever idols they want to worship, and seek whatever God they want to seek, The Bible actually teaches against being united around error (Romans 16:17). This is a false unity. Biblical Christians must be united in truth.  Christians should not forsake orthodoxy for ecumenism.

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The Daily Discovery (May 29, 2015)

Homosexual Heretics – “This might seem to some to be a perfect example of fundamental offish backwoods Christian bigotry— its not! It is rather a clarifying word as to what the new ‘gay-Christian’ groups are guilty of. They are not simply guilty of opting for an alternative lifestyle, they are not simply guilty of stepping outside of ecclesiastical bounds, breaking and shattering homes, marriages or undermining ‘human flourishing’; the issue is doctrinal. It is one of orthodoxy versus heterodoxy and ultimately rank heresy.”

Breaking: Obama to Force Faith-Based Grant Recipients to Hire LGBTs – Feeling the pressure yet? Just wait until the Catholic Church folds on this issue!

The Cooperative Program and the Road to Serfdom by G. Seth Dunn, MAcc, CPA – ” I’m a Baptist of Baptists. I wasn’t baby-dedicated at my church on the 8th day, but it was done within a few weeks. I grew up in a Southern Baptist church in a family that faithfully gave. As a carefree middle-class youth, I never knew how much was given but it made an impression on me every week to see my father put a check in the offering plate.”

Words, Faith and Prosperity – Part 2 – “Today I’m going to be posting up the the second part of my notes from the fourth and final talk I gave at the Last Days Bible Conference.  That talk was about the Prosperity Gospel.  Last post, I gave an overview of Word of Faith theology and attempted to show how it set the stage for Prosperity Gospel theology.  In this post, I’m going to be posting the notes that engage many of the standard proof texts of the Prosperity Gospel Movement.”

Dead to sin, alive to God – Sanctification – “The Lord gave the Church a wonderful gift when He knocked Saul of Tarsus off his horse and effectually called Him to be His Apostle. His Epistle to the Romans is a huge piece of the doctrinal foundation of the Church. In Romans 3:20-5:21 he covered the doctrine of justification. This is God’s declaring the believing sinner righteous. In Romans 6:1-8:39 he covers the practical ramifications of this justification. This is the doctrine of sanctification, which is God’s producing actual righteousness in the believer.”


SERMON:

Charles Spurgeon – God’s Will and Man’s Will


VIDEOS:

Dr. James White, The Gospel, and Suffering

Are Christian Scientists Biased In Their Research?


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

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Charismatic Faith Healing Fraud Benny Hinn Begs Followers For More Money

Controversial televangelist Benny Hinn has claimed in a message that the “greatest wealth transfer in human history” is approaching, and asked people to sow money into his ministry as he prepares for a new world tour.

“The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?” Jeremiah 5:31 (KJV)

Benny Hinn is the Amway of the religion business. He wants you to sign up to buy his merchandise on a regular basis, and he wants you to get your friends to do the same. All the while making great and lofty promises about the “amazing lifestyle” you will have if you will only keep those donation checks coming in. If you removed all the references to money from his website, all you would be left with would be the Contact Us page. But even that page is used to beg for money. Benny Hinn is a fraud, a charlatan in the classic Elmer Gantry mold. Now comes his latest prophecy about a “global wealth transfer” that will change the world.

“It is estimated by many leading financial analysts that during the next three decades more than $16 trillion will transfer from one generation to the next,” Hinn said on his website.

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“As I’ve been sharing with you in recent months, the Word of God clearly tells us that we are coming into a time when we will see a glorious transfer of wealth for the preaching of the Gospel and for the financing of the end-time harvest,” he continued.

He then quoted a number of passages in the Bible which he said talked about a great transfer of wealth, including Abraham (Genesis 12:10), Isaac (Genesis 26:1), Jacob (Genesis 31), Joseph (Genesis 41), Israel (Exodus 3:19-22), and Solomon (1 Kings 10:23).

Hinn argued that before each “historic financial blessing,” God asked people for an offering.

“Right before giving them their supernatural wealth transfer, He first asked them to give an offering. Every household was commanded to bring a lamb to sacrifice. Then, after making the sacrifice and applying the blood over the door and on the doorposts, God told them to go and receive the wealth of the Egyptians.”

NBC Dateline Exposes Benny Hinn’s Phony Faith Healing Crusades

The televangelist asked people to join him in preparing for this great transfer of wealth, and asked them to “prayerfully sow a sacrificial seed and take an extraordinary step of faith.”

Hinn continued: “I know you may have other plans for that seed, but I’m asking you to seek and obey God as He shows you a divine destiny for that seed. And as you sow it into the Lord’s work, He will get you out of your bondage.” source

Benny Hinn Responds to Controversy on Nightline

Being a Benny Hinn follower is nothing but bondage. False miracle, false prophecies, and pre-arranged fake healings are what you get for your donation dollar to his “ministry”.

Just don’t say that nobody ever warned you.

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Post Resurrection Life

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Q. According to Rev 21:24-27, it appears there are two groups of humans mentioned, 1. The Kings of the Earth 2.The Nations of them that are saved. I have a theory that those of us who are saved will be given an assignment like Adam had to populate a planet and have dominion over it.  Do you think God has prepared for each of as a similar assignment?  After all, I can’t imagine that we will do nothing!

But if you see the pattern of our earthly lives and what its meant, it appears this ‘Earth University’ was to train us on how to run our own planet some day. I know its far fetched, but I don’t think its impossible.  And at the appointed time, the nations bring their glory to the new Jerusalem to worship The Almighty!  What do you think?

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Legs Of Iron, Feet Of Clay

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Q. When Daniel interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to him he mentioned the feet and toes of the great image as being mixed with miry clay and iron. I was taught that the two feet represented the eastern and western provinces of the revived Roman Empire and the ten toes as representing the ten kings that will rule in the last days.

It seems to me that the old Roman Empire and the Islamic nations would meld together politically and religiously as well. Could the iron represent the political part and the miry clay the religious part? I would appreciate any comments or scenarios you may have. I still see things through a darkened glass as well!

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Altar Call Or Not?

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Q. I used to attend a church that gave an invitation (altar call) after the message was given. Where I now attend, the pastor just dismisses the congregation after the message, with no altar call. Personally, I preferred it the old way. Here’s my question.   Is the altar call necessary or even scriptural? Should I consider this when searching for a new church?

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Jesus’ Tomb and God’s Sovereign Rule

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When you think of seeing God’s hand at work in one’s life, we tend to always think of God working through miraculous/ostentatious activity, right?  I’m thinking of an example like a sick person being instantly healed against all odds, someone surviving a horrible traffic accident without a scratch, etc.  If we were being honest, we don’t tend to think of God’s hand in the common.  You know, the regular things of life that happen all the time: eating a sandwich, going to work, etc.  Yet, as Christians we understand (hypothetically) that God is sovereign; he rules over all creation including events both magnificent and microscopic.  Allow me to say that another way: God is in charge of all the common and miraculous occurrences in every life; he orchestrates both the miraculous and the common equally.  Although miraculous events are (by definition) hard to miss, I’d suggest that we often miss God’s providential orchestration of our lives to bring us to just the right place, at just the right time, with just the right thoughts in our head.

We see this in Jesus’ burial as recorded in Matthew 27:57-60.  The text reads:

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.

Joseph of Arimathea was a very wealthy disciple of Jesus who owned a tomb.  When Jesus was dead, Joseph got the body and laid it in the tomb.  Amazing, right?

Well, not at first glance.

People get buried, thousands of times a day, every day.  That’s nothing new, not impressive, right?  Besides, in the ancient near east, people regularly bought tombs.  There were rich people in the ancient near east, just as there have been in every era of every nation in history, and Jesus had more than a few disciples who followed him around (his general followers, not the 12), so it’s certainly not surprising that at least one of them as a man of some financial means.

But, upon closer inspection of the text, there appear to be a series of strange coincidences.

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The World Is Changing As The Spirit Of Antichrist Begins To Rise Around The Globe

Tonight it seemed as if the headlines were screaming a wake up call to a slumbering world, is anyone even listening?

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV)

I thank God that He allowed me to be born in this place and time, and to be counted as part of the Body of Jesus Christ called the Church. I know from the past 25 years of studying my King James 1611 Authorized Version Holy Bible that we live in the dispensation known as the Age of Grace, the Church Age, and that it is getting ready to give way to the next dispensation at the moment when the Rapture takes place.

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But tonight, it feels as if things have started to speed up even more. Tonight, I can see the coming dispensation of the Great Tribulation staring at me through the glass. I can feel the darkness rising and I know you can, too. I thank God that the Church will be removed in the Rapture prior to the Tribulation, but this story tonight is not about us, it’s about those who will be left behind. It’s about you. Are you ready for what comes next?

These Are The Days Of Prophecy

Looking at the aggregate headlines of the ever-present Drudge Report was like taking a stroll through the book of Revelation with a detour through Matthew 24. From a spiritual perspective it was quite sobering. Let me share a random sampling of them with you and show you what I mean.

  • STREET ANARCHY IN BALTIMORE FUELS RASH OF HOMICIDES: In Baltimore, Maryland, Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire. “I’m afraid to go outside,” said Perrine, 47. “It’s so bad, people are afraid to let their kids outside. People wake up with shots through their windows. Police used to sit on every corner, on the top of the block. These days? They’re nowhere.”
  • TEXAS TOWNS BRACE FOR MORE FLOODING AS DEATH TOLL CLIMBS: The National Weather Service says hail, tornadoes and thunderstorms are possible across the southern Plains Thursday evening and that flooding remains the greatest threat for areas that have received record rainfall. Blanco County emergency management spokesman Ben Oakley also said for the first time that five people are missing in Blanco County. That’s in addition to the 10 people already counted as dead and eight missing in central Texas flooding.
  • ISIS FORCES CIVILIANS TO WATCH EXECUTIONS IN ANCIENT CITY’S AMPHITHEATRE: ISIS rounded up civilians trapped in Palmyra and forced them to watch 20 people be executed in the historic city’s ancient amphitheatre, a Syrian monitoring group has claimed. The Unesco World Heritage site was overrun by militants last week, threatening the future of 2,000 year-old monuments and ruins. Thousands of Palmyra’s residents fled but many are still living within the city walls, while the UN human rights office in Geneva said it had received reports of Syrian government forces preventing people from leaving until they retreated from the city.
  • TEENS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE CONJURING UP DEMONS ON TWITTER: A game that purports to invoke a Mexican demon – known as “Charlie, Charlie” and considered to be a simplified version of the Ouija board – has gone viral on social media among young people, prompting one exorcist to warn of its dangers. The game, which has gained significant traction online in recent days, involves a pair of pencils or pens, a sheet of paper, and the invocation of a spirit named “Charlie.” Scores of short video clips, posted mostly by teens, show players shrieking and running out of view when the pencil apparently moves on its own and points to a “yes” or a “no” after they say a phrase inviting the demon. Spanish exorcist Jose Antonio Fortea told ACI Prensa that the so-called #CharlieCharlieChallenge involves the very real, occult practice of “calling on spirits.”
  • KILLER ROBOTS WILL LEAVE HUMANS UTTERLY DEFENSELESS: Killer robots which are being developed by the US military ‘will leave humans utterly defenceless‘, an academic has warned. Two programmes commissioned by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are seeking to create drones which can track and kill targets even when out of contact with their handlers. Writing in the journal Nature, Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkley, said the research could breach the Geneva Convention and leave humanity in the hands of amoral machines.“Autonomous weapons systems select and engage targets without human intervention; they become lethal when those targets include humans,” he said. “Existing AI and robotics components can provide physical platforms, perception, motor control, navigation, mapping, tactical decision-making and long-term planning. They just need to be combined. “In my view, the overriding concern should be the probable endpoint of this technological trajectory. “Despite the limits imposed by physics, one can expect platforms deployed in the millions, the agility and lethality of which will leave humans utterly defenceless. This is not a desirable future.”
  • 26 PEOPLE TREATED AFTER US ARMY SHIPPED LIVE ANTHRAX VIA FEDEX:  At least 26 people are being treated for potential exposure to deadly anthrax after an Army bio-defense facility in Utah mistakenly sent live samples to private and military laboratories in as many as nine states, including California, and South Korea, officials said Thursday.

Can you see it, can you feel it? The world as we know it has changed drastically since 2008, and the changes are coming so fast that few people are really processing it. In the Middle East, ISIS is advancing virtually unchecked and so far, unstoppable. They are massing a power base that is nearly too incredible to be believed. Now is the time to stop them before they grow too large to be contained, but no one is doing that. The nations of the world are sitting back and watching it happen. Allowing it to happen. Are they all afraid, are they all helpless? Or is it happening because the unsaved world is preparing for the appearance of the Antichrist?

The world has grown darker, more sinister. Like the flickering flame of a candle about to be blown out, the darkness seems to be flooding in all around us. No longer is there an outcry about the red light traffic cameras that monitor and record our movements. No one seems to care that nearly every human being carries around multiple tracking devices in their homes, in their cars, and in their pockets. We have, it seems, accepted the inevitable leash of Big Brother and no longer fight his deep intrusion into our private lives. You can easily picture people willingly lining up around the block to receive their implantable RFID chips, and then bragging about “how cool it is” when they show their friends the latest “technology upgrade”.

Christians and the Bible are sneered at, looked down upon as the hinderance to the full acceptance of the New World Order which seems to be founded on the LGBT Movement. Radio, television, the Internet and the movies glorify every manner of filth and perversion. Dark has become light, evil has become good. If you want to become transgender, they give you a reality show. If you want to hold a Bible study they call the police. Can Reeducation Facilities really be that far behind? I think not.

Anyone who has ever flown on an airplane well knows that just before the flight, the plane taxis across the tarmac, slowly gathering speed before rumbling to life as it launches into the air. That’s how it feels tonight, like the very ground under my feet is shaking in preparation of cataclysmic events which are soon to try all those who dwell upon the earth. For the born again Christian, we know where we are going, and we know it will be before the Tribulation. But for everyone else, you have no hope at all. None. You will be left behind to face the Antichrist, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Trumpet, Bowl, Seal and Vial Judgments that will make Hitler’s Holocaust look like a little girl’s tea party.

One more time, we invite you to get saved, to become born again as the Bible teaches. But you better hurry, because after the Rapture then chances of you getting saved then after you have rejected the gospel now will hover at right about near zero. Read for yourself the fate of those who reject the Truth now:

“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 (KJV)

Tick, tock….time’s almost up. Are you ready for what comes next?

 

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‘Pope’ Francis Claims Devil Keeping Evangelicals, Roman Catholics Divided: ‘They Are One’

LTRP Note: Please see the video below, which is an 8-minute talk Pope Francis recently gave regarding this matter. While listening to him talk, it was hard not to think of the martyrs described in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, many of whom died at the hands of Roman papacy because they would not accept Catholic […]


Letter to the Editor: Alpha Course Founder, Nicky Gumbel, Asks for Ecumenical Unity with Catholic Church

Dear Editors: When I came across a tweet including a picture of my pastor attending the recent Alpha Leadership conference in England, I was intrigued. I had never heard of Alpha, so I did some research.



Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Remember the thief.

It can be a difficult situation if someone you are witnessing to asks about the fate of a loved one who died and was not a Christian. Simply say, “Only God knows the eternal destiny of the person, and the Scriptures assure us that He will do what is right. So we can take consolation from that.” Some may be tempted to say that the loved one went to hell, but the truth is that we don’t know what happened minutes before their death. Remember the thief on the cross.


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Bible Gateway Blog – Trinity Sunday: Considering One of Christianity’s Greatest Mysteries

220px-Shield-Trinity-Scutum-Fidei-compact.svgThis Sunday is Trinity Sunday, a day set aside to reflect on one of Christianity’s most interesting but difficult-to-understand doctrines: the Trinity. The doctrine of the Trinity posits that God is one God who is also three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Unlike many other tenets of the Christian faith, the doctrine of the Trinity is never concisely explained in one place in Scripture (the word “Trinity” does not appear in the Bible). And it’s certainly a difficult concept to grasp logically. But Christians believe that it is the clear teaching of the Bible, and that the three persons who comprise the Trinity fill distinct but essential roles in God’s relationship with humanity and creation.

Nonetheless, Christians have long struggled to understand the nature of God’s three-part nature without inadvertently drifting into any of many heresies that misrepresent the Trinity. This video humorously illustrates how quickly you can get into theological trouble when you try to explain the Trinity:

But don’t worry—you’re not expected to have all the details of the Trinity completely figured out. The exact way in which the Trinity works is a mystery that we can’t understand, but pondering it isn’t an act of pointless theological hair-splitting: because this is how God reveals Himself to us in the Bible, it’s important and worth reflection.

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