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May 4, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

God is pleased to use ordinary people and ordinary conversations to do most of the heavy lifting in his kingdom. —Ed Welch

May 4 Quotes


May 4, 2015

BLOOMBERG

Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kenya today for talks on terrorism, economic ties and President Barack Obama’s visit to the country in July.

Income-tax cuts in Kansas have led to credit downgrades, political turmoil and deepening budget deficits. This week, they’ll start forcing schools to close early.

Why is China announcing joint naval exercises with Russia in the Mediterranean, so far from home? There’s a global answer connected to the new cool war and China’s interest in responding to U.S. initiatives in the Pacific. The Chinese-Russian exercises also look like a symbolic response to U.S. efforts to strengthen security relationships with China’s Asian neighbors. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent visit to Washington is a case in point. Abe has begun a genuine discussion within Japan about whether to amend the pacifist constitution, transforming the country’s self-defense force into something more like a standard military.

Afghan security forces are suffering record casualties in their first battles against the Taliban since the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan ended in December after more than 13 years. The number of killed and wounded so far this year is about 70 percent higher than during the same period last year.

The U.S. Navy has accompanied four American-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz so far in response to Iran’s seizure of a cargo ship flying the flag of the Marshall Islands, a former trust territory for which the U.S. has some security and defense responsibilities.

Police in Texas killed two men who opened fire on a security officer outside a contest to draw cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, the Associated Press reported.

Bill Gross said the bull market “supercycle” for stocks and bonds is approaching its end, as the unconventional monetary policies that have kept it alive since the financial crisis are running out. The attempt by global central banks to cure a debt crisis with more debt doesn’t have much further to run, which will end a rally that’s lasted three and a half decades.

Dow Chemical plans to cut about 3 percent of its global workforce and close some facilities following the $5 billion deal it struck last month to separate its chlorine business.

Euro-area manufacturers raised prices for the first time in eight months, adding to signs that the region’s economy is overcoming deflation fears.

China started an insurance system for its more than $16 trillion of bank deposits on May 1 and the bond market is already preparing for the next step: the end of interest rate controls.

AP Top Stories

The group behind the Prophet Mohammed cartoon event in Texas where police killed two gunmen Sunday has a history of making provocative statements about Islam that it says are aimed at defending “freedom” and critics see as antagonizing Muslims.

An increasingly strong drug cartel known as Jalisco New Generation was showing off its power with a spasm of violence that killed seven people and forced down a military helicopter in western Mexico, analysts said Saturday.

NATO launched one of its biggest-ever anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea, inviting non-member Sweden for the first time, amid increasing tensions between Russia and its neighbors.

A shopper with a concealed weapons permit shot and killed a man who was trying to carjack a woman Saturday outside a Utah grocery store, officers said. Police Capt. Ned Jackson didn’t think the shooter would face charges but said the investigation is ongoing.

Nigerian troops battled militiamen in central Nigeria on Sunday after they destroyed several villages and killed scores of people last week, including six soldiers who had their eyes gorged out and tongues cut off, a military spokesman said.

The Federal Aviation Administration warned on Friday that a software glitch in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner could cause the plane to power down mid flight.

A small quake rattled a community just outside of Los Angeles early Sunday morning, shaking buildings and waking residents.

Seventeen US states now require that high school students take a personal finance class before they graduate.

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Former hostages held by Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria say some fellow captives were stoned to death as the army approached to rescue them. Others were killed inadvertently by the military during the rescue operation, they added. Soldiers did not realize “in time that we were not the enemies” and some women and children were “run over by their trucks”. The military says it has rescued more than 700 people in the past week.

Climbing Mount Everest this season is “almost impossible” because the routes have been damaged by avalanches triggered by last month’s earthquake, officials in Nepal say.

The Philippines’ most wanted Islamist militant, who escaped after a raid in January that killed 44 police commandos, was killed on Sunday in firefight with Muslim rebels, officials said.

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Women who pass SEAL training will likely be able to participate in the same military missions as their male counterparts, beginning in 2016.

The movement among parents to refuse to allow their children to take Common Core-aligned standardized tests has been growing in a number of states, as recent Answer Sheet showed.

Dr. James Dobson, who founded the highly influential groups Focus on the Family and Family Research Council and now runs Family Talk Radio, is warning that if the U.S. Supreme Court redefines marriage as analysts predict, the ruling will presage the “fall of Western civilization.”

The FDNY for the first time in its history will allow a woman who failed its crucial physical-fitness test to join the Bravest, The Post has learned.


Top News – 5/4/2015

Mount Everest shrinks after devastating quake. Find out why.
Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, is a little closer to losing its title. Data from Europe’s Sentinel-1A radar suggests that the famous mountain is about 3 centimetres shorter, product of the strong quake.   

Biblical expert: Russia creating end-times ‘beast’
“Consider the fact that we are the first generation in history to see a returned Israel…we have also witnessed the recapturing and possession of Jerusalem by the new Israeli nation. Now, in just the last few years, we are witnessing a coalition of nations (all of them Muslim) forming around the Islamic (anti-Jewish and anti-Christian) upheaval in the Middle East,” he said.   

Michigan, Texas, Mississippi, California, Idaho And Washington All Jolted By Significant Earthquakes
Of course none of these earthquakes was anything like the massively powerful quake that just crippled the entire nation of Nepal, but many are concerned that these earthquakes could be a sign of what is to come. All over the planet, seismic activity is increasing.   

Netanyahu rebuffed Kerry request to visit in recent days
Shortly after the March 17 elections, Kerry requested to convene with Netanyahu on regional affairs, including peace negotiations with the Palestinians that have been stalled since 2014. But Netanyahu indicated to Kerry that the timing was not right and he preferred to delay the meeting until after he had hammered out a new coalition, a task he has yet to complete.   

EARTH-DIRECTED CME
Modeling by NOAA analysts suggests that the CME will reach Earth on May 6th.   

Magnitude 5.8 quake hit South Island
A “severe” 5.8 magnitude earthquake rattled the South Island this afternoon, leaving many people shaken but causing no reported damage. The quake was initially reported at magnitude 6.0, but GeoNet later downgraded it to magnitude 5.8.It hit mid-afternoon 30 kilometres north-west of Wanaka, the epicenter five kilometres below the Treble Cone ski field.   

Syria conflict: Suicide blast rocks central Damascus
A suicide bomber has blown himself up in the centre of the Syrian capital, Damascus, officials and activists say. State media said troops had foiled an attack by a “terrorist group” in the Rukn al-Din district, where several major security facilities are located.   

Australia deadly super storm kills destroys homes
More than 100 houses have been left uninhabitable in Queensland following a super storm that killed six people. A number of places in the state recorded their wettest May days since 1996, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology. The state now faces a massive clean-up and insurers say they have received thousands of claims.   

China’s Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s Eric Chu in high-level talks
The leader of Taiwan’s ruling party and Chinese President Xi Jinping have held the highest level talks between the two sides in six years. Nationalist Chairman, Eric Chu, was in Beijing for the meeting, a sign of warming relations between the sides. But any rapprochement is controversial in Taiwan, which has seen protests over the prospect of closer ties.   

DOBSON: ‘Fall of Western civilization’ at hand
Dr. James Dobson, who founded the highly influential groups Focus on the Family and Family Research Council and now runs Family Talk Radio, is warning that if the U.S. Supreme Court redefines marriage as analysts predict, the ruling will presage the “fall of Western civilization.”   

TEPCO Admits Fukushima Is Leaking Again – Over 600x ‘Safe’ Radiation Levels
Having killed a robot by underestimating the level of radiation present in the Fukushima power plant, and after delaying its previous admission of a leak, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has quickly admitted that the nuclear plant has sprung another leak. As EFE reports, a small quantity of radioactive water has leaked from a storage tank with 70 microsieverts per hour of beta-ray-emitting radioactivity detected on the surface where the water had leaked, far exceeding the recommended maximum exposure of 0.11 microsieverts per hour. But apart from that it’s “contained.”   

Philippine military chief confirms wanted militant killed
The Philippine military chief confirmed Monday that wanted Filipino bomb-maker Basit Usman, who has links to the Indonesian-based Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network and is a suspect in deadly bomb attacks in the south, has been killed. Washington has offered a $1 million award for Usman’s capture and prosecution.   

With rescue near, Boko Haram stoned Nigerian girls to death
Even with the crackle of gunfire signaling rescuers were near, the horrors did not end: Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an armored car and three died when a land mine exploded as they walked to freedom.   

Earthquake rattles New Zealand’s South Island: USGS
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit the near the New Zealand South Island resort towns of Queenstown and Wanaka, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Monday.   

City: 2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest
Two armed men who opened fire on a security officer outside of a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad have been killed, authorities in the Dallas suburb of Garland said Sunday night. The City of Garland said in a statement posted on its Facebook page Sunday night that two men drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center and began shooting at a security officer.  


Top Headlines – 5/4/2015

Riot engulfs Rabin Square in Tel Aviv as anti-police brutality protest spins out of control 

Protesters against racism towards Ethiopians blocking major Tel Aviv junction 

Netanyahu calls for calm after Tel Aviv anti-racism protest turns violent 

46 wounded in clashes at Ethiopian Israelis’ protest

Why are Ethiopian Israelis so angry? The voices behind the protests

Samaritans hold annual Passover sacrifice ceremony on Mt. Gerizim

Merkel says Germans can never forget death camp horrors

Merkel in anti-Semitism warning as marks Nazi camp’s liberation

The ‘Two-State Solution’ Deception

Home Front Command releases updated rocket alert map 

Report: Netanyahu rejected Kerry visit after election win

Kerry tries to calm Israel – “We will have inspectors in there every single day,” he says of the Iran deal

Kerry: I don’t believe Israel would hit Iran without consulting us first

Saudi-led coalition probably used cluster bombs in Yemen 

Saudi Arabia says it has not begun a ground operation in Yemen’s Aden 

Egypt’s Sisi visits Saudi to congratulate crown prince 

Boko Haram releases 275 kidnapped women and children 

With rescue near, Boko Haram stoned Nigerian girls to death

Nigerian troops kill dozens of civilians

6,000 migrants rescued at sea as crisis intensifies

Syrian army advances in eastern Damascus

Assad hanging on, suspicion surrounds report he told Alawites to flee capital 

Islamic State accused of Yazidi massacre as Baghdad bombs kill 19

Deadly attacks hit Iraqi capital, north-west as campaign to defeat IS continues

Egypt: 40 People to Stand Trial for Belonging to ISIS

‘That’s my son’ – Israeli Arab who joined ISIS posts shocking photo from Syria 

Nearly 60% of Millennials ‘Disapprove of Obama,’ Want US Troops Sent Back to Iraq to Fight ISIS, New Poll Says

Flight from Kuwait diverted after explosion threat 

Taliban, Afghan figures talk ceasefire but fail to agree

Two suspects killed, officer injured after shooting outside Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas

Kim Jong Un to not attend Russian ceremonies marking World War II’s end 

Upswing in fighting in Ukraine sends civilians fleeing and puts truce in doubt 

As Baltimore mayor lifts curfew, National Guard begins pullout

Sessions: Trade deal opens immigration floodgates, OK’s future Obama changes

Big Brother or vital protection? French MPs set to OK spy bill

Robots replacing human workers at faster pace – Even Small Businesses Are Jumping on the Robot Bandwagon

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Wanaka, New Zealand

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

A 4.2-magnitude Michigan earthquake: How did that happen?

Magnitude-3.9 Quake Shakes Buildings Across Los Angeles

3.2 magnitude quake rattles North Texas

Death toll from Nepal quake tops 7,000

Police: 101-year-old man rescued a week after Nepal quake

Nepal customs holding up earthquake relief efforts, says United Nations

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 25,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Typhoon to Develop in Western Pacific

Chernobyl wildfire extinguished: Ukraine

Dead Zones Recorded in Atlantic Ocean for First Time

Man spreads Ebola via sex 5 months after infection

Mystery ‘post-Ebola syndrome’ emerges in West Africa

WHO: Global Threat From Antibiotic Resistance Growing 

New technology at Wash U maps human genome in days; large-scale studies now possible

DNA editing takes a serious step forward — for better or worse 

How Silicon Valley’s billionaires are trying to defy death

All-female Smith College to accept transgender applicants

Kim Riddlebarger – “Before Abraham Was, I Am” — John 8:48-59

Perry Noble Sharply Rebukes SBC for Disinviting Ben Carson

Unrepentant Mark Driscoll back on the speaking circuit – forgives those who ‘attacked’ him

Former Mars Hill Attender Protests Mark Driscoll’s Return at Thrive Conference

Prez candidate Scott Walker plugs Jesus Calling in a not-so-subtle sign to evangelicals

Maryland bishop charged in DUI death is defrocked by Episcopal Church


The Briefing

1) Gunmen killed at anti-Islamic Texas art show raise question of international involvement

Police shoot dead 2 gunmen at Texas exhibit of Prophet Mohammad cartoons, Reuters (Mike Stone and Lisa Maria Garza)

2) Baltimore officers charged with Freddie Gray death, illustrating value of judicial system

Six Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Freddie Gray Death, Wall Street Journal (Scott Calvert, Kris Maher, and Joe Palazzolo)

Legal experts divided on charges against Freddie Gray officers, Baltimore Sun (Liz Bowie and Michael Dresser)

Did violence in Baltimore lead to cops being prosecuted for Freddie Gray’s death?, Washington Post (Paul Waldman)

3) Journalist argues for a cultural Christianity without Christ as way of saving Christianity 

How to take Christ out of Christianity, Washington Post (Alana Massey)
In other news…


Michigan, Texas, Mississippi, California, Idaho And Washington All Jolted By Significant Earthquakes

 

North America Map - Public DomainDid you know that Michigan was just hit by the worst earthquake that state has seen in more than 60 years?  In recent days, there has been a series of alarming earthquakes all over the United States.  Of course none of these earthquakes was anything like the massively powerful quake that just crippled the entire nation of Nepal, but many are concerned that these earthquakes could be a sign of what is to come.  All over the planet, seismic activity is increasing.  In fact, I recently wrote about how the number of volcanoes erupting right now is greater than the 20th century’s average for an entire year.  At the same time, the surface of the sun has become very, very quiet.  As you will see in this article, there are scientists that link the two.  It is believed that times of very low solar activity have something to do with a rise in seismic activity, and there is one scientist that is claiming that solar activity is declining faster “than at any time in the last 9300 years” right now.  So what does this mean for the future of our planet? (Read More…)


Daily Digest

May 4, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“There is no maxim in my opinion which is more liable to be misapplied, and which therefore needs elucidation than the current one that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong.” —James Madison, letter to James Monroe, 1786

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Jihadists Attack Texas Art Exhibit of Muhammad Images

The kind of terror jihadists unleashed when they attacked the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris because the paper mocked Muhammad came to Texas Sunday night. But instead of a massacre, the two attackers were killed by Garland, Texas, police officers. The American Freedom Defense Initiative held an art exhibit and contest for images of Muhammad at Garland’s Curtis Culwell Center. On Twitter, followers of the Islamic State were writing their threats. One wrote last week, “Brothers in Garland Texas Please go to there with your weapons, bombs or with your knives. Threaten your enemies & the enemies of Allaah [sic].” The event was wrapping up around 7 p.m. when suspected jihadist Elton Simpson of Arizona drove up to the event with his roommate and opened fire. The duo wounded unarmed Garland ISD officer Bruce Joiner in the ankle before police officers returned fire. The American Freedom Defense Initiative paid $10,000 to hire 40 officers to provide extra security. President of the group Pamela Geller said in February, “That’s what we call the high cost of freedom.” Indeed, the Garland attack shows how the freedom of expression is protected from an assassin’s veto only with the Second Amendment. More…

Are the Charges Against the Baltimore Officers an Overreach?

The six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray have been tried in the court of public opinion and have been found guilty. Marilyn Mosby, who is three months into her job as Baltimore City State’s Attorney, threw the book at the six officers, pinning charges ranging from second degree depraved heart murder to second degree assault to false imprisonment. But those may be inflated charges carried along by the rhetoric of rioters in Baltimore’s streets, as Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw points out. As Mosby said at the press conference announcing the charges: “To the people of Baltimore and demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘No Justice, No peace.'” Furthermore, Mosby has connections that may become conflicts of interest. For example, she has a professional and personal relationship with Gray’s family lawyer. The Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police believed so strongly that an injustice was being committed with Mosby’s overreach on charges, it wrote an open letter. “None of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray,” president of the order Gene Ryan wrote. “To the contrary, at all times, each of the officers diligently balanced their obligations to protect Mr. Gray and discharge their duties to protect the public.” In overcharging the officers, Mosby may have simply embittered a mob that will break out in violence if it doesn’t receive what it demands.

Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee Announce Presidential Campaigns

This is the week for the idealists in the Republican presidential primary, the long shots, the Washington outsiders and the underdogs. Three GOP contenders have stepped out onto the field and, while they face a long climb to become regarded among the front running candidates, their campaigns could influence the party as a whole.

Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who could become the Right’s answer to Hillary Clinton, announced her campaign from social media. “Our nation is at a pivotal point,” Fiorina said in a video, “We need to restore possibilities for every American regardless of their circumstances.”

Meanwhile, Ben Carson, who was asked to be surgeon general by both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, said he would announce his campaign Monday. “Many people have suggested to me that I should run for president, even though I’m not a politician,” Carson said. “I began to ask myself, why are people clamoring for me to do this? … I’m not 100 percent sure politics as usual is going to save us.”

And former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will announce his second campaign for president Tuesday. Huckabee is expected to run on his record as governor and his political battles against the Clintons in Arkansas. He’s also likely to pull support from evangelical voters with his strong social conservative stance. With months to go, who knows? Maybe the GOP should pick a Washington outsider, a person who would be a contrast to Hillary Clinton’s baggage. More…

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Clinton: Religion Must Surrender to Progressive Ideology

By Arnold Ahlert

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There is little question the American Left is arrogant. It is an arrogance suffused with a self-aggrandizing worldview that begins and ends with the simplest premise: You either agree with us, or you’re wrong. But not just wrong in the sense of having a different opinion. Wrong in the sense that you’re a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal at best, or the embodiment of evil itself at worst. In other words, you’re either on board with us, or you’re completely illegitimate.

The above explanation fits Hillary Clinton to a tee. At the sixth annual Women in the World Summit, Clinton brought up one of the Left’s most cherished planks, abortion on demand. “Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth,” she insisted, “and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper.”

One is left to wonder what denial of access Clinton bemoans. It can’t be Planned Parenthood (PP), an organization whose name completely belies its true function. As its 2013-2014 Annual Report reveals, PP received more than $528 million in taxpayer funds in the form of government grants, contracts and Medicaid reimbursements that accounted for 41% of its total resources. And despite its ostensible non-profit status, the abortion giant has $127 million in excess revenue and more than $1.4 billion in net assets.

Where does the money go? According to a fact sheet disseminated by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, PP devoted 94% of 2013 “pregnancy services” to performing abortions. Prenatal care and adoption services accounted for 5% and 0.05% of its activities, respectively. Moreover, between the years 2011-2013 for which figures are available, PP performed 988,783 abortions.

PP chair Alexis McGill Johnson and president Cecile Richards couldn’t be happier. “We’ve come a long way since Margaret Sanger was jailed in 1916 for opening America’s very first birth control clinic,” they explained at the report’s release. “Today, 99 percent of sexually active American women at some point in their lives use birth control — and, thanks to Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act, more than 48 million women are now eligible to receive it with no copay.”

Sounds like a boatload of access, at least to “reproductive” health care. Safe childbirth? Not so much, a reality that deeply troubles people of faith — a group with this “crazy” notion that abortion constitutes the wrongful termination of a human life.

Not to worry, though. Hillary has a “solution” for their concerns. “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will,” she declared. “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.”

If that sounds like people of faith must either abandon that faith or be considered wholly illegitimate, or “structurally biased” as it were, it’s because that’s exactly what Clinton proposes. In short, you’re either pro-abortion or a “bitter clinger.” That euphemism entered the national zeitgeist courtesy of Barack Obama, whose administration has made it clear that the only thing standing between it and the evisceration of the First Amendment’s Freedom of Religion clause is a 5-4 Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby v. Burwell case. The Court decided corporations with sincerely held religious beliefs are under no obligation to provide a full range of contraceptives — including abortifacients — at no cost to their employees as mandated by ObamaCare.

Yet abortion is only one arena where people of faith are being steamrolled. As Solicitor General Donald Verrilli made clear during oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the subject of same-sex marriage, the heavy hand of government will be imposed on those who refuse to embrace progressive “values.” When asked by Justice Samuel Alito if the Obama administration would be willing to impose penalties on institutions that refuse to abide same-sex marriage, Verrilli admitted as much. “It’s certainly going to be an issue,” he conceded. “I don’t deny that.”

Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins spells out the inevitable, writing, “Translation: If churches, religious groups, schools, or nonprofits won’t surrender their beliefs on marriage, the government will make it hurt.” And regardless of what the Court decides, Justice Anthony Kennedy illuminated the stakes with a simple remark, noting the definition of marriage as between a man and a women “has been with us for millennia.” Therefore, he said, “[I]t’s very difficult for the Court to say, ‘Oh well, we know better.’”

Progressives have no such inhibitions. And that would be fine were it not for the reality that they are determined to forcibly impose their worldview by any means necessary on those who disagree.

How arrogant is Clinton in that regard? As recently as 2013 she opposed same-sex marriage, and in 2004 she called traditional marriage a “fundamental bedrock principle.” How hypocritical? “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic,” she huffed in 2003.

Not patriotic? Now if you disagree with the leftist onslaught, you’re a homophobic, religiously impaired bigot who must abandon millennia of traditional beliefs — or be deliberately targeted if you don’t.

Live and let live? A concept for which those who profess to be the most tolerant among us have zero tolerance. “Evolving” on issues as Clinton and Obama have on same-sex marriage? Embrace progressive ideology right now or be penalized in every way possible.

A number of Christian leaders are fighting back with a pledge defending traditional marriage. One of their reasons for doing so stands out. “Family is the first vital cell of society, the first government, and the first mediating institution of our social order,” the pledge states. “The future of a free and healthy society passes through marriage and the family.” Anyone else think this is a message that might resonate in Baltimore right about now?

One last thought regarding abortion: Perhaps the debate on the issue might be imbued with far more honesty if the phrase “a woman’s right to choose” included the first choice, as in the decision to have unprotected and/or irresponsible sex leading to an unwanted pregnancy.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Ken Blackwell: “Truth has long since been replaced by ‘narratives’ on the American Left. Rather than discuss genuine issues and objective facts, progressives prefer to make up a politically effective story. It doesn’t matter whether the story is false, as long as it sways the public’s emotions and wins the day. The ends justify the means…. [L]let’s look at one of the patron saints of environmentalism, Rachel Carson. Carson wanted to eliminate DDT, the most effective pesticide for fighting one of the greatest plagues faced by humanity, malaria, because it was weakening the shells of bird’s eggs. So Carson falsified data to convince the public that DDT was carcinogenic. Carson brought about a global ban on DDT, probably saving a few birds, but at the cost of allowing malaria to blind or kill millions of people in the Third World. Carson may not have set out to kill people, but only Mao, Stalin and Hitler are responsible for more deaths during the twentieth century. Yet instead of condemning her, we name schools after her. … [I]t’s difficult to come up with a progressive scientific cause that isn’t founded on lies.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business. If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he’ll eat you last.” —The Gipper

Non Compos Mentis: “Oh, yeah. I got to pay our bills.” —Bill Clinton on whether he will continue giving speeches during Hillary’s bid for the White House (Bill’s earned more than $100 million dollars via speaking gigs. Not to mention he earns a healthy post-presidency pension. But, hey, they’re dead broke!)

Braying Jackass: “In countries in Scandinavia like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, they are very democratic countries. … In those countries, health care is the right of all people; college education and graduate school is free; retirement benefits, child care are stronger than the United States of America. In those countries by and large government works for ordinary people and the middle class, rather than, as is the case right now in our country, for the billionaire class.” —Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ vision for America

Village Idiots: “We need the Justice Department to step in and take over policing in this country. In the 20th century they had to fight states’ rights in — to get the right to vote. We’re going to have to fight states’ rights in terms of closing down police cases.” —Al Sharpton

Race bait: “There is no need to recall Whites Only signage or sheet-clad KKK members. The facts show white people acting routinely to harm, demean, and damage black and brown people. … The bottom line is that it’s everyday whites making everyday choices that lock in and protect white privilege.” —Tony Brown, sociology professor at Vanderbilt University

And last… “Ben Carson announces, challenging Marco Rubio & Ted Cruz. Democrats offer two old white people. Tell me more who is the party of diversity.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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Is God’s Judgment Coming?

Posted: 04 May 2015 07:20 AM PDT

“For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now…Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress.” Matthew 24:21 Psalm 107:19

This past Spring, Joel Rosenberg and I taught through the book of Joel as we led a prophecy seminar at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. It was my privilege to give the first two messages that covered Joel 1:1 through Joel 2:17. The impact on me was profound. Both times, when I stepped off of the platform, I knew God had spoken. The messages almost made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. Why? Because God was clearly warning that His judgment is coming on America and on our world, and it’s going to be ugly. I knew it then, and I know it now. I believe Jesus is soon to return to take all of His followers to Heaven with Him in what is referred to as The Rapture. While this will be deliverance for His people, can you imagine the impact on our nation, let alone the world, when suddenly every single authentic Christian disappears?

Institutions will collapse. Banks will close. The Stock Market will plunge. Planes will fall out of the sky. Cars will crash on the road. Government in America at every level will disintegrate. Families will be torn apart. In the unprecedented turmoil, our nation will be vulnerable for our enemies to seize the moment and attack us. There will be mass chaos, confusion, fear, grief, despair, anger, threats, danger… judgment. But just as God allowed the Israelites, His people, to go through three of the ten plagues He sent in judgment on Pharaoh and Egypt in Exodus 6-8, God may allow His people today to go through a time of distress and trouble before The Rapture takes place. I believe we are in that time now. I believe it’s time to not just pray. It’s time to cry out to God on behalf of our nation and our world. MORE

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The Truth About Jade Helm They Don’t Want You to Know

Posted: 04 May 2015 07:16 AM PDT

A mainstream news station contacted Infowars requesting information about Jade Helm, to which David Knight responded in extreme detail, but the station ignored the facts he provided and spun concerns over the controversial military drill as “paranoid.” “When KVUE contacted me and we spoke verbally, they said they were looking to do a fear vs. fact piece,” Knight said, who spent 30 minutes on the phone with the Austin, Texas, station and e-mailed them extensive information about Jade Helm. “I tried to give them the facts, but ABC apparently wanted to emphasize the fear, label it ‘paranoia’ and ignore the facts.”

But in the interest of giving the public full access to the facts regarding Jade Helm, instead of allowing mainstream media to bury them to the government’s benefit, we have published below the e-mail exchange between Knight and KVUE, which the station never used in its reporting.

KVUE: 1) If Jade Helm 15 is not a training exercise, what do you believe Jade Helm 15 is? Why? Where are documents/proof?

David Knight: There’s been a concerted effort to deliberately misrepresent what we’ve said. Thank you for being one of the few outlets to contact us for comment. Most articles have proceeded to build a strawman and then tear it apart.

We first reported on Jade Helm on March 22. The Drudge Report picked up the story and the Jade Helm document but establishment media ignored it until this week. There has been a media frenzy mischaracterizing our concerns in the last couple of days. Here are some of our responses: MORE

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ISIS Storms Iraq’s Largest Oil Refinery After US Military Says Group Is Weakening

Posted: 04 May 2015 07:11 AM PDT

A spokesman for U.S. Central Command (Centcom), which oversees American-led airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), told reporters that that the jihadist group was on the defensive and losing territory in Iraq. Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder, a Centcom spokesman, briefed reporters last Friday on U.S. operations against ISIS, discounting the terrorist group’s ability to mount major attacks. “When you look across the entire battle space and look at where ISIL was last summer and look at where ISIL is today, [they] continue to be on the defensive in Iraq and they’re losing territory,” Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder, a Centcom spokesman, told reporters.

“While initial reports may sometimes give the impression [ISIL is on the offensive], we see no evidence that they’re able to do so,” he added. Fast forward to a week later: some news reports are painting a different picture. Various news outlets are reporting that ISIS has seized most of the Baiji oil refinery, the largest in Iraq, located north of Baghdad in Salahuddin province. The extent to which ISIS controls the facility varies, an Iraq Oil Report article mentions that the terrorist group controls 80 percent of the compound while Spanish news agency EFE reports that 60 percent of the facility has fallen to the control of the jihadists. MORE

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Ebola virus remains in survivors’ semen six months after recovery

Posted: 04 May 2015 07:02 AM PDT

Ebola could be sexually transmitted as much as six months or more after a patient has fully recovered from the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have now warned based on recent findings. Until further notice, the agencies said, Ebola survivors should make sure they use safer sex practices, such as those effective at protecting against the transmission of HIV. The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest the world has ever seen, having already claimed more than 10,600 lives.

The major route of contagion has been thought to be direct contact with the bodily fluids of infected patients or the bodies of those killed by the disease. However, sexual transmission has previously been accepted as a possibility, and prior recommendations were for Ebola survivors to abstain or use protection for three months after testing negative for the disease. The new recommendations were spurred by the case of a Liberian woman who recently became sick and died of Ebola, the first new case of Ebola in that country in three weeks. She had not been in contact with any Ebola patients or the bodies of anyone who had died from the disease. It was later discovered, however, that her boyfriend was an Ebola survivor. She had been in contact with him after his blood tested free of the deadly virus six months ago in September. MORE

 

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Catastrophic California drought causing infestation wave of rodents looking for water

Posted: 04 May 2015 06:57 AM PDT

As California’s climate fades to desert, rats are coming out of their hiding places in search of water. They are coming out to parks to steal water from dog bowls and attacking horse troughs in desperate need of something to drink. They are finding new ways into homes and becoming a menace like never before. Pest control specialists are seeing a new wave of rodents this year, and it’s not just because it’s their normal breeding season. “It’s a very busy time especially with the drought situation,” said Kevin Carpenter with Good Earth Pest Control. Rats are reportedly finding spaces a small as the width of a thumb through which to squeeze into homes.

Since they need at least an ounce of water a day to survive, rats are taking over any place where water is left unattended. Houses that aren’t protected are becoming an oasis for rats seeking shelter from the growing desert conditions. “They’re moving to homes where people might have pets or water features, bird baths, that sort of thing in search of water,” said Carpenter. Carpenter said the rodents will even go as far as to climb trees that are hanging over houses. “Those rodents will climb right up. They’re excellent climbers and they will climb right up the trees and drop down on the roof,” he said. He recommends that homeowners cut off any branches that could give rodents an overhead entry onto any household roof. MORE

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At least 5 earthquakes strike San Francisco Bay Area on SundayPosted: 04 May 2015 06:45 AM PDT

UPDATE – Residents of the San Francisco Bay Area were a bit startled when they felt the ground beneath them shaking from at least five earthquakes on Sunday, officials said. Scientists said a 4.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Concord, a suburb located about 30 miles northeast of downtown San Francisco, at about 2:15 p.m. local time Sunday.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the movement, though, could be felt by much of the Bay Area — though experts described the sensation as a quick jolt. About 10 minutes earlier, a 2.5-magnitude tremor struck that same area — which was followed by quakes measured at magnitudes of 2.7, 2.4 and 1.6 within the next 45 minutes. The seismic events shook buildings and homes, mostly in the East Bay region — which lies west of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge — but no injuries or damage were initially reported. The USGS measured the earthquakes about nine miles underground. Thousands of Bay Area residents reported feeling the series of tremors to the USGS’s reporting website and wrote of the shaking on social media channels. MORE

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NATO starts anti submarine exercise in North Sea as tension with Russia risePosted: 04 May 2015 06:40 AM PDT

NATO launched one of its biggest-ever anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea on Monday, inviting non-member Sweden for the first time, amid increasing tensions between Russia and its northern neighbors. More than a dozen vessels from 11 countries are participating in the “Dynamic Mongoose” exercise. NATO will simulate detecting and attacking submarines in one of the most hostile seas, with rugged but shallow underwater canyons, rapid currents and unusually high sound pollution from freshwater pouring in from Norway’s fjords.

Tensions have run high since Russia annexed part of Ukraine last year, with the three small Baltic states, who also rely on the Nordics for defense, fearing they may be next as they are home to big Russian minorities. Finland detected an unidentified submarine along its coast last week, firing depth charges at the vessel, while NATO-member Latvia, a former Soviet state, last month said it detected a Russian submarine near its waters. Russian aircraft have also repeatedly approached and even violated Nordic and Baltic airspace in recent months, challenging air defenses and triggering allied responses. MORE

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Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake Strikes Wanaka, New Zealand Region

Posted: 04 May 2015 06:27 AM PDT

People fled into the street in Wanaka as a magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook the lower South Island. The 5.8 magnitude quake at 2.29pm was located 30km northwest of Wanaka. It was at a depth of 4km. Buildings in Queenstown and Wanaka were swaying for several seconds. A second and lighter shake followed 10 minutes later. It was located 20km west of Wanaka at a depth of 11km and was a magnitude 3.4. Apart from being “very noisy” the earthquake didn’t topple over one bottle, said Super Liquor Wanaka duty manager, Cris Johnston.

She said they had pellets stacked up high, and not one toppled over. “We were very lucky,” she said.Stephanie Botha, who lives Tarras, east of Wanaka, said the earthquake “sounded like a freight train”. “Not a rolling one,” she added. “A rattling one.” Botha is a new mother and said she was unsure whether she should grab her baby and run out or wait for it to pass. By the time she got under the door frame with her baby, the earthquake had passed. “The house sounded like a money tin,” she said. She had been through a few earthquakes but this was the first time she had felt nervous, she said. There was no damage at her house. MORE

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China overtakes Mexico as top source of immigrants to USA

Posted: 04 May 2015 06:18 AM PDT

Move over, Mexico. When it comes to sending immigrants to the U.S., China and India have taken the lead. China was the country of origin for 147,000 recent U.S. immigrants in 2013, while Mexico sent just 125,000, according to a Census Bureau study by researcher Eric Jensen and others. India, with 129,000 immigrants, also topped Mexico, though the two countries’ results weren’t statistically different from each other. For the study, presented last week at the Population Association of America conference in San Diego, researchers analyzed annual immigration data for 2000 to 2013 from the American Community Survey.

The mandatory annual survey conducted by the Census Bureau asks where respondents lived the year before. Researchers counted as an “immigrant” any foreign-born person in the U.S. who said they previously lived abroad, without asking about legal status. (So while the data include undocumented immigrants, it may undercount them.) A year earlier, in 2012, Mexico and China had been basically tied for top-sending country—with Mexico at 125,000 and China at 124,000. It isn’t just China and India. Several of the top immigrant-sending countries in 2013 were from Asia, including South Korea, the Philippines and Japan. MORE

 

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Tropical system could form off Florida

Posted: 04 May 2015 06:13 AM PDT

An area of low pressure will move into the Bahamas over the next couple of days, prompting the National Hurricane Center to issue a Special Tropical Weather Outlook. As the low moves slowly northward, it could begin to gradually acquire subtropical characteristics as early as Thursday or Friday, the NHC said. Officials said there’s a 30 percent chance of formation through the next five days. “The low will stay weak and continue to move to the north, likely staying off the coast of Florida into the end of the week,” Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. “The low moving along the coast later this week could actually bring some dry air and lower rain chances for Central Florida by the end of the week.”

Rain chances will be minimal Monday in Central Florida. “A few showers along the coast will try to move inland, with most of them dying out as they encounter dry air,” Bridges said. “Moisture will increase throughout the atmosphere Thursday, with the rain chances at 30 percent Tuesday and Wednesday.”Temperatures will warm into the low 80s for most areas Monday and Tuesday afternoon. The average high temperature in Orlando is 85 degrees. MORE

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Is 2015 The Year We See Mind-Numbingly Major Political And Prophetical Changes?

This whole being a ‘watchman on the wall’ business is difficult because we’re usually the bearers of bad news.

“Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield. For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.” Isaiah 21:5,6 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: We understand that, dispensationally, signs, miracles, wonders and visions are not for the Church. We are commanded to walk by faith and not by sight. But having said that, things are beginning to get really strange, not just in America, but all over the world. We are so close to the Rapture that it is like we are living in overlapping dispensations. We present this story for your consideration.

We see things on the horizon that are dangerous and we’re called by Almighty God to shout our warnings regarding the destruction to come. If we wimp out or get lazy and fail to do so, the Bible says the blood of those we didn’t warn will be on our hands. Oh joy.

I have a lot of information to give you. Some is prophetic and some are substantiated facts. I want to lay out what I’ve found, along with the sources of my information and let you come to your own conclusions. I will give you my opinion, but what you do with all of this is up to you. Let’s get started.

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There are those who strongly believe that the gifts of the Spirit, such as prophecy, ceased to exist after the early church. I will not debate this issue. I know what is happening currently with hundreds of thousands of Christians all over the world, and they are claiming to be receiving words, messages, visions and dreams from the Lord about what is shortly to come upon this earth.

This includes the dozens upon dozens of testimonies from former Muslims in Middle Eastern countries who have had visions of Jesus that were so clear and convincing, they converted to Christianity, despite knowing they could be killed for their decision. These things are happening.

When you listen to or read what messengers have received, it goes without saying that one must exercise great, prayerful discernment. There are without a doubt, a load of kooks on the internet and YouTube. However, I trust the sources that I have cultivated for myself over the last 8 years, and they are all in agreement with one another in their messages.

Besides, the Bible is very clear that the Lord God promised to pour out greater understanding on His servants in the last days. If you have any doubt we are in the final seconds on God’s prophetic time clock, please stop reading and get back under the rock you’ve been living under. You’re completely clueless. Go on now. Go back to sleep.

For the rest of you, this is where it gets very interesting and rather concerning.

Many of you have already heard of the federal government’s military exercise called Jade Helm 15, scheduled to occur from July 15 thru September 15, 2015. The document below is from the US Army Special Operations Command, and explains that “Jade Helm is a challenging 8-week joint military and interagency Unconventional Warfare exercise” to “improve the Special Operation Forces’ UW capability as part of the National Security Strategy.”

This is an unprecedented, multi-state exercise which will include elite Special Forces from every branch of our armed forces, along with “interagency” personnel, A/K/A, state and local police, as well as the FBI and DEA. Good thing the cops have been loading up on used military equipment for the last several years!

Please review the official document describing this event in this link here. It will open up a PDF file we would like you to consider.

The “conspiracy theorists,” a group to which I am regularly accused of belonging, are going nuts over this event! They are concerned that this is a precursor to the government declaring the martial law we all know is coming. Are their fears founded? Well, let’s see what else the feds have been up to.

This month, Reuters reported that the NY Federal Reserve started moving quite a few of its resources from New York City, to its satellite office in Chicago. This is out of concern over future natural disasters, like Hurricane Sandy, which flooded Lower Manhattan.

4/8/15 The North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) and the US Northern Command, which scans the North American skies for enemy missiles and aircraft, is moving its operation into Cheyenne Mountain, a mountain shelter left over from the Cold War. The Pentagon announced a $700 million dollar contract with Raytheon Corporation to oversee the move, to safeguard the command’s sensitive sensors and servers from a potential EMP attack.

In a bizarre “coincidence” that seemingly corresponds with the timing of Jade Helm, Wal-Mart suddenly closed 5 of its Supercenters on Monday, April 13th for “plumbing problems.” Really?? That’s the best excuse they could come up with? The 2,200 employees laid off were given a 2 hour notice, and were told the stores would remain closed for 6 months. However, Wal-Mart has yet to apply for any plumbing permits in the five cities where the closed stores are located.

Strangely enough, eyewitnesses are reporting that the windows and doors of these Supercenters have been blacked-out, and local police cars are stationed at each entrance as well as the loading docks in the back to prevent anyone from entering the facilities. Some are speculating that the closures are in retaliation against the employees who protested for higher pay. Oh, were it that simple.

In fact, the peculiar Jade Helm 15 military exercises added to the mysterious closings of 5 Wal-Mart Supercenters, all located in states where Jade Helm is to be held, has caught the attention of the Russian Kremlin! Even THEY are questioning these strange happenings.

So what’s up with the Wal-Marts? How could they possibly be connected to some military exercise? Hold onto your hats because I’m about to drag you down the rabbit hole, so deep into the Twilight Zone you’re liable to get a nose bleed. There is no easy to way to say this without sounding insane, so I’ll just spill it: There’s a vast network of tunnels connecting these Wal-Mart Supercenters. It sounds nuts, but it is true.

Years ago, Wal-Mart joined with DHS and the NSA in creating a system of underground tunnels throughout the country, involving hundreds of stores, which they say were designed to protect the homeland and ensure the safety of its citizens in case of nuclear, biological or chemical attack. (If you’re one of the elite, that is.)

The tunnels will also serve as conduits for national defense to rapidly move troops, supplies and armor throughout the nation between strategic locations in the southern portion of America. A former Navy Seal told All News Pipeline reporter, Stefan Stanford, “The tunnels are already in place. They are using the 6 months, which brings us into September (2015), to clear the places out and configure them for supply depots, communication hubs and pre-processing centers.”

There are literally thousands of miles of tunnels crisscrossing the United States, as well as underground rail systems. While Americans were keeping up with the Kardashians and watching scantily-clad contestants on Dancing With the Stars, our government has been building these tunnels, complete with underground military bases and cities, designed to ensure the “continuity of government” during a massive disaster or attack, as well as serve as a type of Noah’s ark for the Globalist elite and their families.

And these tunnels and cities are being stocked like mad with food, water, medical equipment—everything you could imagine to make sure the elite are comfortable and safe in their rocky hideouts while the rest of us face what is coming. Remember the Georgia Guidestones which outlines the Globalist/Illuminati’s plan for their perfect utopia? It involves reducing the entire world’s population to no more than 500,000,000.

So, what do the elite know that we don’t? What is coming upon the Earth in the next few months that may well result in the death of millions of Americans? I will give you my opinion in Part 2 of this article. In the meantime, please take the time to watch the following video. It holds a load of excellent information and has a lot of resources for you to click on at the bottom.

It is time to get right with the Lord. No more playing around with sin, or being lukewarm in your walk.

Time is up. Really.

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Prepare For The Long, Hot Summer Of The ‘Black Spring’

The reverberations through the streets of Baltimore have extended far past its borders.

On Friday morning, four days after the most violent civil unrest since the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King in 1968, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby had stood nearby before a bank of television cameras beaming her words live around the world. She announced criminal charges against the officers ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray, whose name has become a rallying point against police brutality and socio-economic inequality in American cities.

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Organizers billed the big Saturday afternoon demonstration not as a protest of Gray’s death, but a “victory rally” that city leaders have perhaps listened to their cries. Smaller groups of what looked to be several hundred gathered all around the city and made their way through the streets to join the thousands at the main rally.

Chants of “no justice, no peace, no racist police” echoed and crowds of people, black and white, young and old, carried homemade signs calling for peace, as well as printed ones asking for justice. Others wore T-shirts that read, “Black Lives Matter,” a slogan many have taken up in the fight.

The American Civil Liberties Union tweeted Friday that “Black Spring has begun” and called on the protesters to know their rights.

The Gray case is the latest in a string of high-profile killings of black men by police that include Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City, neither of which resulted in charges against the lawmen.

Unlike Brown and Garner, Gray’s death happened in a majority black city where black elected officials hold the reins of political power and oversee the justice system. The police department is 48 percent black. Even the officers charged are racially split — three white, three black. source

 

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Jimmy Carter Praises Hamas, Says Netanyahu Is Reason Why There Is No Peace

Jimmy Carter: Unlike Netanyahu, the leader of Hamas is really committed to peace

“When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it. And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it:” Deuteronomy 20:10,12 (KJV)

Former US president Jimmy Carter called Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal a strong proponent of the peace process Saturday, and said he wasn’t meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because it would be “a waste of time.”

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The president, who has been visiting Israel and the West Bank, met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday but didn’t meet with Netanyahu or President Reuven Rivlin.

He told reporters that he didn’t ask to meet with Netanyahu or his government, and never has, because it would be a “waste of time.” He told Channel 2 in an interview broadcast Saturday that he requested to meet Rivlin, but the president’s office declined.

Israel officials said last week that Netanyahu and Rivlin had refused invitations to meet with Carter, who was described by an Israeli diplomatic source as “a disaster for Israel,” who holds “anti-Israel positions.”

Carter, who cancelled a planned visit to Gaza on this trip, said Saturday he “deplored” criminal acts by members of Hamas, but said he was looking to support moderate members of the group, which he said wasn’t a terrorist organization. source

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Assad Not Finished Yet :: Spyer in Jerusalem Post

by Jonathan Spyer
The Jerusalem Post
May 2, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/5216/assad-not-finished


 

Marsha West column

 


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Marsha West
May 4, 2015
For a number of years a woman I know, I’ll call her Rachel, has wrestled with giving her life to Christ. She admits she really wants to, but how can she when she’d have to serve a God who allows murderers into heaven and sends “good people” to hell? It would be awkward to have to explain to her husband, family and friends that they’re bound for hell if they reject Christ . . . [Click for more]

Christians, Be Prepared to Be Ambushed and Slandered

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Is this Obama’s declaration of war on Christian schools?

Now, however, that or a similar consequence could be facing every Christian college, university or other school in the nation – a threat that was issued directly by the Obama administration.

It came during the oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this week on whether the justices will mandate same-sex “marriage” across the country, as it already has been forced by individual federal judges on more than two dozen states.

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Look what happens when a group of Israeli students visiting Auschwitz gets stopped by a German woman

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Dobson: ‘Fall of Western civilization’ at hand

‘Barring a miracle, the family will likely crumble’

Dr. James Dobson, who founded the highly influential groups Focus on the Family and Family Research Council and now runs Family Talk Radio, is warning that if the U.S. Supreme Court redefines marriage as analysts predict, the ruling will presage the “fall of Western civilization.”

“I do not recall a time when the institutions of marriage and the family have faced such peril, or when the forces arrayed against them were more formidable or determined,” he writes in a letter distributed to his hundreds of thousands of supporters.

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The Anti-Cartoon Jihad Comes To America

As of very early Monday morning, the identity of the two attackers was unclear, but it is hard to believe the assault was not carried out by Islamists. Watchdog group Judicial Watch has claimed the Muslim terrorists of Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS or ISIL) are operating a training camp in Mexico about eight miles from the U.S. border near El Paso, Texas.

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I Grow Weary … But My Spirit Is Strong!

Like many of you, I look around and there is not much to lift my spirits. I hardly recognize my country, or the world, for that matter. I often feel as if I am the only sane person left. I’m on the outside, looking in at the insane asylum!

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Dobson: ‘Fall Of Western Civilization’ At Hand

Dr. James Dobson, who founded the highly influential groups Focus on the Family and Family Research Council and now runs Family Talk Radio, is warning that if the U.S. Supreme Court redefines marriage as analysts predict, the ruling will presage the “fall of Western civilization.” …………. Click here for full story


Biblical Expert: Russia Creating End-Times ‘Beast’

The United States and Russia are engaged in a geopolitical contest over the Islamic Republic of Iran – but both sides are losing, according to documentary filmmaker and New York Times bestselling author Joel Richardson, who warns President Obama that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be empowering one of the great enemies of Israel predicted by the Bible ………… Click here for full story


40 Percent Rise This Year In Global Immigration To Israel, Report Shows

A new report shows that Jewish immigration to Israel from around the world rose more than 40 percent in the first three months of 2015, the UK’s Guardian reported on Sunday ……….. Click here for full story


Shrinking Sensors Mean Wearables May Soon Disappear Into Your Skin

Forget ‘wearables’, and even ‘hearables’. The next big thing in mobile devices: ‘disappearables’. ……….. Click here for full story


Britain’s Muslims Poised To Be Swing Vote In UK Elections

The leader of Britain’s Labour Party, Ed Miliband, has vowed, if he becomes the next prime minister in general elections on May 7, to outlaw “Islamophobia.” The move — which one observer has called “utterly frightening” because of its implications for free speech in Britain — is part of an effort by Miliband to pander to Muslim voters ………. Click here for full story


Christian Headlines Daily – Monday, May 4, 2015

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Top Headlines

Did Obama Just Betray Persecuted Pastor Saeed Abedini?

Sexy Swingers Club or ‘Church’: Who Gets to Decide?

6 Things to Expect in the Pope’s Address to Congress

Nepal Earthquake Death Toll Surpasses 6,200 as Morgues Reach Capacity

Not All Youth Leave Church! 3 Reasons Why They Stay

GoFundMe Changes Policy to Ban ‘Discriminatory Acts’

Scott Walker Plugs a Jesus Devotional Book, and Sales Skyrocket

Baltimore Pastors Respond to Riots with Prayer, Collaboration with Gang Members

Daughters of Lesbians Tell Supreme Court ‘The Kids are Not Alright’

GoFundMe Shuts Down Second Christian Account

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Nepal Teenager Saved after 6 Days under Rubble

Baltimore’s Unsung Peacemakers

Should God be Allowed in Public School?

What Would Abraham Lincoln Say about America?

Why Southern Baptists Canceled an Appearance by Ben Carson


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“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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May 4, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Christian Blogroll Collection

God is pleased to use ordinary people and ordinary conversations to do most of the heavy lifting in his kingdom. —Ed Welch

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Imperfection and Initiative in the Christian Life

Will Christians ever completely obey God in this life? Absolutely not. So then we shouldn’t work hard to grow in holiness or exhort others to do the same? Again, the answer is no. The admission of imperfection does not have to be the enemy of endeavor. We can keep trying even if we know we will never fully succeed.

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“It is Going to Be an Issue” — Supreme Court Argument on Same-Sex Marriage Puts Religious Liberty in the Crosshairs

We will soon find out just how tolerant those who preached tolerance for same-sex marriage will turn out to be, now that they are ascendant in the culture. Meanwhile, even as we were repeatedly told that warnings about threats to religious liberty were overblown, the truth came out before the Supreme Court yesterday. Take the Solicitor General at his word. “It’s going to be an issue.”

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The Speech Police Are at the Door

In an April 18, 2015 article entitled “It is time to put an end to anti-choice speech,” Tanya Cohen (who says she is dedicated to “freedom, respect, equality, dignity”) argues that though “people have freedom of speech, [they] also have freedom from certain kinds of speech…that have no place in society.” We would want to ban hateful, racist speech, but notice what else Cohen is eager to ban.

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What Should the Church Expect as Same-Sex Marriage Moves Forward?

And here’s what it’s meant for the church here, at least insofar as I’ve been able to see: evangelical pastors have been able to, at least to this point, conscientiously object to performing same-sex ceremonies. We have also, at least so far, been free to continue to teach what the Bible says about marriage and human sexuality, though technically I am at risk for prosecution for simply having positively reviewed Kevin DeYoung’s latest book. There hasn’t been a great deal of witch hunting at this point.

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Ordinary Elders

Church ministry is busy. There is paperwork that needs to be filed. There are letters that need to be written. There are phone calls and emails and texts. In the midst of all the busyness of ministry, be mindful of those ordinary things to which the elders have been called. They are called to minister the Word. That is done through preaching especially; as well as discipleship, family visitation, and counseling. And they are called to prayer; both public, with brother elders, and in private.

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Purity Through Food: How Religious Ideas Sell Diets

He is not at all alone in approaching food production through the romantic lenses of nature and the past. Combine that with basic puritanical fears of pleasure and the monotonic fallacy that if something is impure it must be totally avoided, and almost any popular dietary approach can be explained.

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What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Been Hurt By Church

One of the most effective ways to silence a victim is to fill them with a false sense of guilt. The victim is led to believe that talking is only going to make things worse, and whatever happens as a result is their fault. Certainly, exposing spiritual abuse can divide a congregation. But that’s not a consequence of the victim talking. It’s a consequence of the abuse perpetrated in the first place.

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Fear and Faith

One thing that many who are plagued by fear will like about this book is that Trillia uses the testimonies of others to God’s faithfulness in the midst of great personal trial. These testimonies don’t end all tied up in a fearless bow either. I think that Trillia wanted to really send the message that we are not alone in our temptations to be captivated by fear, and that there are many in the church who have gone before us to encourage us now.

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About Bruce – Church & Culture Blog

The transgender journey of Bruce Jenner was almost old news even before it was aired on a highly-watched “reveal” hosted by Diane Sawyer. But what isn’t old news is our current “transgender tipping point,” fueled not only by Jenner but such media shapers as the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black.

We shouldn’t be surprised.

Mainstream acceptance of homosexuality and the legalization of gay marriage virtually demand the acceptance of almost any other lifestyle.

And first in line is the “T” in LGBT.

How should a thinking Christian…well, think about this?

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He Who Has an Ear

The Founding Fathers of this nation realized the dangers of a powerful federal government. From the establishment of the Constitution to the Bill of Rights to the insistence on States’ Rights, our founders realized that centralized power was an open door for corruption and tyranny. They knew that sinful men could not be trusted to […]

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DNA editing takes a serious step forward — for better or worse

by Marsha West

The L.A. Times has a story (below) questioning whether or not DNA editing is a good thing or a bad thing. We’re all aware that there are serious ethical and safety implication of doing this sort of research. What is the Christian to make of all this? In “The Christian and Genetic Engineering” Michael McKenzie calls […]

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People with Hard Lives – This is an interesting excerpt from Carl Trueman: “Being a theologian of the cross gives you something to say to real people who are suffering.” Be sure to give it a read.

What Influence Do You Have on Your Children? – John MacArthur: “Christian parents today desperately need to own this simple principle. Before the throne of God we will be held accountable if we have turned our children over to other influences that shape their character in ungodly ways.”

The Monster Within – The Biblical Counseling Coalition takes a look at eating disorders and how to counsel those who have one.

How to Shut Down Gossip – “Gossip is one sin that seems to fall in the spiritual ‘No-Man’s Land’ between passivity and vigilance. But this should not be. Gossip is the RPG that blasts holes in the fabric of the church.”

When Mount Everest Shook – Here is an account of what happened on Mount Everest during the earthquake.



Nothing to see here?

There is so much to pray about today.When the government and military combine forces on a global scale, you’ve got the beginning of the end. And what are we doing about it? Joining us for this segment is Doug Wakefield, president of Best Minds, Inc. Doug has been in the financial industry as an advisor […]

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How To Take Christ out of Christianity @AlanaMassey @WashingtonPost

by Denny Burk

Last week Alana Massey wrote a fascinating piece for The Washington Post titled “How To Take Christ out of Christianity.” The gist of the article is this. Churches need to make room for unbelievers who do not want to follow Christ but who want to remain connected to the community and moral vision of Christianity. That is precisely what she wishes for herself, an unbelieving Episcopalian. She writes:

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Christians and Violent Entertainment

This past weekend I had a wonderful time at the Truth & Love Conference in Dallas, Texas. It was edifying to hear how we, as Christians, should prepare for and respond to the homosexual movement that is overtaking us like a tsunami. There was sweet worship, great fellowship, and engaging teaching. It was also just plain cool to see a man in the flesh that I have listened to for years, Dr. James White. Overall, I think it was a good-sized crowd in attendance. But there were plenty of empty seats. I find myself wondering if some of those seats were empty because of an event that had a completely full house…

The boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night was billed as “The Fight of the Century”. The venue, the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas, has a reported capacity of 16,800. When tickets went on-sale, they were sold-out in less than a minute. On Pay-Per-View, so many people were trying to tune-in that it caused cable outages, resulting in a 45-minute delay of the fight itself. As for the number of viewers:

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What the Media Isn’t Telling You Regarding the Judicial Arguments Over Same-Sex Marriage

by Michael Kruger

There has been a lot of talk in the last week over the oral arguments presented for and against same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court. Not surprisingly, the mainstream media is presenting the outcome as a foregone conclusion. There are no reasonable or logical reasons to be against it, we are told.

But, there is one main reason to be against same-sex marriage that the mainstream media simply won’t talk about. And it is a reason I’ve mentioned numerous times on this website (e.g., see prior post here and here), and that many others have also observed.

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The Rise of the Feminine Church of Eden

There’s no doubt that women are gaining a substantial voice in the Evangelical Church today. There’s Beth Moore, who travels extensively, speaking at conferences to audiences of both men and women. There’s Ann Voskamp, a well-known writer of personal religious experiences, and of course similar author, Sarah Young. Priscilla Shirer is gaining popularity among Evangelical congregations as well. And of course there are the famous Word of Faith pastrixes, Christine Caine and Joyce Meyer. There are many others, including Lisa Bevere, Paula White, Kelly Minter, Angie Smith and Margaret Feinberg. But what do these women all have in common? They either teach something unbiblical, practice something unbiblical, or in most cases, both.

For example, Beth Moore is known for channeling spirits claiming to receive direct revelation from God. She claims God “lifted her up” and “gave her a vision” that Roman Catholics and Protestants should forget their doctrinal differences and unite. Priscilla Shirer, a disciple of Moore, is a promoter of contemplative prayer and other mystical activities. Best selling author Ann Voskamp regularly blogs and writes about imaginative romantic love encounters she has with God, and so on. Nearly every one of these women who are rising in popularity have a regular audience of not just women, but men; and not men who are there to critique her work or to make sure she is biblically sound and safe for his beloved wife to listen. No, they are there to learn from and be instructed by these women just like the wives are. But can we really blame the problem on the women?

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Glenn Beck receives a “mantle” from a false prophet

by Marsha West

If you’re among those who are wondering what in blue blazes a “mantle” is and why Glenn Beck received one, you’re about to find out. Because Glenn Beck was involved, the ceremony, held at the Global Spheres Center, caught the attention of the news media and quickly spread throughout the blogosphere. In this piece by CRN General Editor Marsha West you’ll learn who bestowed the “mantle” on Beck and what it all means.

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Singleness Myth #1: Marriage = Completion

by Pastor J.D.

It doesn’t take a sociological sleuth to recognize that our society is more than a little confused about sex and relationships. But two of the biggest—and most destructive—relationship myths in our society are actually just as prevalent in the church. In fact, at times they are more prevalent in the church. Not only are these two myths simply not true; they are also incredibly destructive.

Today we’ll look at Myth 1, and pick up with Myth 2 on Wednesday.

Myth 1: Marriage = Completion

The idea here is a simple one: being married is superior to be single. This myth assumes that marriage and the traditional family is the ultimate state of mankind. The flip-side of this is that if you miss out on marriage, you miss out on the essence of a full life. Singleness is inferior and incomplete.

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On Being Radical for God

by Bill Muehlenberg

In 1 Corinthians 10 Paul mentions some episodes from Israel’s life about how Yahweh judged them for their sins as recorded in parts of Exodus and Numbers. Then he says this in v. 6: “Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.”

And in vv. 11-12 he says similar things: “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”

Paul would have of course had much more than just these few Old Testament episodes in mind as something Christians today should not forget. Believers need to remember what happened back then, and learn the lessons thereof. That is why all Christians should never stray long from the OT. There is so much there which we need to learn about today.

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Do You Loathe and Hate Sin?

One sure sign of salvation, and one sure sign of progression in sanctification, is a hatred of sin. This is not only a hatred of sin’s consequences, but a hatred of sin as it is—rebellion against a just and holy God.


A.D. The Bible Continues— Episode Five

One of the angles Downey and Burnett have chosen to pursue in order to fill out the story of early Christianity is by exploring the nature and fate of the Zealots, those in favor of the violent overthrow of Rome, sometimes at whatever cost. In Episode Five with follow the story of Boaz the Zealot, [Read More…]


How Christianity Makes Better Sense of Suffering

asdA common challenge by atheists raises questions that most Christians feel ill-equipped to handle. I know from first hand experience how unsatisfactory many of our “answers’ may seem. Take this question, for instance: how, it is asked, can a “loving” God allow billions of unborn babies to die. Since the beginning of human history, God has allowed countless babies to die either before birth or shortly after. The Christian God, the argument goes, has taken no prudent or loving steps to protect unborn children nor has he done anything generally to alleviate the dreadful impact of the natural world on fragile human beings.

This challenge is but a variation on the standard challenge which, atheists contend, proves that the God of the Bible – a God who is both loving and powerful – cannot exist. But the challenge proves more about the presuppositions of the challenger than it does about the existence of God. There is an assumption at play here – that the only life there is is the “natural life” prior to death and that to be “loving,” God must allow all of us to have a full, long, happy and relatively pain-free life.

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The Ultimate Roman Catholic Apologetic

To those of who want to advocate “catholicity” or “reformed catholicity” of any kind – look at what you are getting yourself into:

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After the Supremes, What’s Next?

The Supreme Court is now pondering the legal fate of marriage in this country. But that’s all it can do.
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Nine Stupid Things I Did as a Pastor

If you want to read the tale of a pastor who really did some dumb things, keep reading.

I served as pastor of four churches. It was only by the grace of God and the graciousness of the congregations that I was called and allowed to stay at those churches. I absolutely love the members of those four congregations, and I will forever be grateful to them and for them.

Frankly, I’m not sure I would give myself a passing grade as a pastor. I messed up quite a bit. I would do several things differently today. And as a point of full disclosure, my list of nine is not close to being exhaustive.

  1. I neglected my prayer life and time in the Word too often. It sounds absolutely insane as I write it, but I got too busy for God. As a consequence, I operated out of my own insufficient power too many times.
  2. I neglected my family too often. Paul wrote these words to Pastor Timothy: “If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?” (1 Timothy 3:5, HCSB). Ouch. So many times I communicated through my actions to my family that they were not as important as other church members.
  3. I let the crisis of the moment overwhelm me. In doing so I did not trust in God to see me through the situation. And I did not have a longer-term perspective to understand that difficulties are only for a season.
  4. I perceived most of my critics as my adversaries. Some of my critics actually had constructive input. Others were going through their own struggles, and I was a convenient target. I took criticisms personally instead of responding pastorally.
  5. I competed with other churches. Shame on me. Too often I wanted my church to have a greater attendance than other churches in the area. I should have been praying for and working with those other church leaders more.
  6. I neglected praying with my staff. My prayer time with my church staff was haphazard at best. The one thing we needed to do the most, we were doing the least. I was a terrible leader on that front.
  7. I often worried about what others thought about me. My sole concern should have been how Christ-like I was. Too often I sought the approval of others rather than the blessings of God.
  8. I often yielded to unreasonable requests and demands. Instead of spending my time doing those things that really mattered, I gave in too often to the “squeaky wheel.” I sacrificed the great in order to do the good.
  9. I gave up too often. Due to frustration, exhaustion or, more often, lack of faith, I gave up on challenges too quickly. I am convinced I missed out on many victories when they were just around the corner.

Those are but a few of the stupid things I did as a pastor. Most of you can breathe a sigh of relief that I never served as your pastor.

So why I am writing these self-critical comments at this stage of my life? I pray that some of you may see something in your own lives and leadership that you can correct before it’s too late. God is able. God is willing.

I look forward to your comments.

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Cyprian’s prayer for perseverance through persecution

This is really great.

Would the Apostle Paul Listen to Lecrae?

Brandon Smith:

What we tend forget is that the hymns or chants we love were once themselves “modern” and sometimes controversial based on their tune, tempo, or similarity to “pagan” music forms. Our desire for older music is misguided because we forget that our music will one day be the “ancient” music some pine for. Age of the song should be disregarded.

Are We Hiding Behind Pulpits?

R.C. Sproul Jr:

Before we answer we have to confess that the ideology is not a direct assault on any of our most ancient creeds. Our Lord never spoke specifically against the peculiar sin that animated this small group. There may be a few obscure texts in the Bible that, indirectly it would seem, touch on the sin. But truth be told, one could preach through the whole Bible without ever having to actually name the twisted doctrine of this group.

Nothing Left to Hide

Jon Bloom:

We all know insincerity when we see it. Most of really don’t like it when we see it in others. And we roundly condemn misleading marketing by mendacious merchants.

But most of us also find it hard to fully live “without wax” ourselves. I know this by observation and experience. I know it mainly because I know me. I am a clay jar (2 Corinthians 4:7) — and one that is quite flawed. And my sin-nature is a mendacious marketing merchant. It does not want you or anyone else to see my defects. It wants to hide the defects behind a deceptive wax and sell you a better version of me than is real.

Nehemiah’s List

Michael Kelley:

I live by lists. In fact, I take so much joy in crossing things off a list that if I do something that’s not on my list, I’ll write it on there just for the sheer pleasure of crossing it off. It’s encouraging to me, then, when I look to Scripture and see other list-makers (maybe there’s a place for us in the kingdom of God, too).

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The Best Christian Case Making (Apologetics) Content on Twitter

The Best Christian Case Making (Apologetics) Content on TwitterIf you’re a fan of my work here at ColdCaseChristianity.com, you already know how fond I am of Twitter. I scan and read over 400 Christian apologetics blogs daily and post the best evidential apologetics articles on my Twitter account. People have described it as the “Drudge Report” of Christian apologetics. I hope it has become a daily resource for you if you are interested in making a case for what you believe as a Christian. I also follow and read Christian Case Makers on Twitter and I was recently asked about who I follow. So, here is my list of the most useful, content rich, Christian apologetics feeds on Twitter. I am sure I am leaving someone out and you may even know a few I have missed. My criteria for inclusion on the list is simple:

These Accounts Are Focused on Apologetics Content
The accounts on my list are not primarily personal accounts filled with anecdotal information. I realize personal accounts have great value and are important for fans of apologists who want to gain insight into the life and activity of people making the case for Christ. Given my time constraints, however, I use Twitter as a newsfeed (I use Facebook for more personal interaction). So, I am featuring information rich accounts.

These Accounts Are Updated Regularly
I’ve included the most active Christian Case Makers on Twitter. I post 5-10 apologetics links a day. I realize that can be a lot for many people, but more than not tell me the feed has been a blessing. For this reason, I am featuring similarly “busy” Twitter feeds.

These Accounts Are Interactive
I try my best to respond to the people who connect with me on Twitter. It’s difficult to go into great depth on an issue when you are limited to 140 characters, but I am featuring folks who do their best to engage their followers.

All that being said, here are the Twitter accounts featuring (in my opinion) the best apologetics content from ministries, apologetics authors and speakers:

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Believe it or not: 5 types of doubters

Hamlet said it eloquently:doubting the truth

Doubt thou the stars are fire,

Doubt that the sun doth move,

Doubt truth to be a liar,

But never doubt I love.”

 

It’s not great theology, but makes a pretty rhyme. And the poem touches on a universal theme: what can we really believe for certain?

Doubt is a haunting reality in the lives of many churchgoers. Perhaps they are uncertain of  their salvation, or they question the veracity of Scripture, or maybe even at times doubt that there is a God. Are these doubters saved? Isn’t the definition of a Christian one who trusts in Jesus? Can a person be a believer while maintaining disbelief or unbelief?

I find it helpful to distinguish between the variegated species of doubt that lurk in our hearts. B. B. Warfield acknowledged that when discussing doubt there are…

…shades of meaning expressed by our words: perplexity, suspense, distractions, hesitation, questioning, skepticism, shading down into unbelief.”

Let’s meet five doubters.

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The Daily Discovery (May 4, 2015)

Do You Take Care of the Body? – “The Bible is a book full of metaphors—word pictures that God uses to explain who he is and what he requires of us. We are sheep and God is a shepherd. We are treasonous prodigals and God is a forgiving Father. We are trees, able to bear good fruit or bad fruit. Jesus is water, able to refresh the driest, thirstiest soul. From beginning to end, the Bible teaches us using vivid pictures.”

The way we show love to abusive leaders – “I’m generally not a fan of leadership conferences. While a lot of people really dig these sorts of events, they tend to not be my thing, either because they’re frustratingly free of mentions of Jesus, or they’re not terribly applicable for guys like me who don’t lead from the top.”

How Jesus’ Ministry Continues Today… Through Us – “Jesus is still working today.  The Savior who cried “It is finished!” from the cross has purchased our salvation and accomplished the Father’s will. His atoning work on our behalf is complete, but His mission to gather people from every tribe, tongue, and nation is going forward.”

What Influence Do You Have On Your Children? – “You can’t save your children. You can raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord, guard them from the sinful influences and temptations of the world, and cocoon them in the fellowship of others who know and love God. But in the end, as we saw last time, their repentance and faith cannot be inherited or manufactured—salvation is God’s work, not yours. As a parent, your influence can only go so far.”

Psst… Lectio Divina… Your Mysticism is Showing – “One thing I appreciate about the clothing of Jesus’ day is that there were no zippers or grommets to contribute to a wardrobe malfunction. They also didn’t have to ensure the removal of an overkill of stickers and price tags. I think we’re all grateful when someone tells us we have a dryer sheet stuck to our sweater, but are we grateful when someone points out our theological loose threads?”


SERMON:

John MacArthur – No One Can Separate Us


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“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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How Long Can This Go On?

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Q. A quick look at current events makes it obvious that the World is being turned up side down.  With every day that passes, it seems like something new happens to make me wonder how much longer we can go on? Are the Birth Pangs getting stronger and stronger? Surely we must be the last generation?

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Conversations With The Dead

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Q.   My sister went to a necromancer / psychic / medium to find out if our dead and buried father is well and if he is OK. As far as I can understand the Bible,  when we die we either go to heaven, to be in the presence of God, or if we’re not saved we go to Hades to await judgment.  So, that means that there are no “lost souls” wondering around us on the earth.  If that is true, then how can those mediums contact the dead?

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The Lord’s Day

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Q. Please explain to me why the Sabbath was changed to the Lord’s Day. Why did the Christian Church change the day when even our own Lord and Savior, as well as the Disciples, including Paul, honored the Sabbath?

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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

Our Time is Short

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Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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

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

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

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GTY Blog: What Influence Do You Have on Your Children?

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Code: B150504

by John MacArthur

You can’t save your children. You can raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord, guard them from the sinful influences and temptations of the world, and cocoon them in the fellowship of others who know and love God. But in the end, as we saw last time, their repentance and faith cannot be inherited or manufactured—salvation is God’s work, not yours. As a parent, your influence can only go so far.

The Wrong Kind of Influence

Having said that, I want to stress that sometimes—I should say often—parents are partly to blame for their wayward children’s rebellion. And it has been my observation over the years that parents are generally more to blame for wayward kids than society, peers, or any of the other influences parents tend to blame. I occasionally encounter parents who have violated nearly every biblical principle of parenting, who nonetheless come to the pastor seeking some kind of absolution from the responsibility for their children’s defiance. They want verbal assurance that they are in no way to blame; someone else is.

Yet God Himself has given the responsibility for raising children to parents—not to schoolteachers, peers, child-care workers, or other people outside the family—and therefore it is wrong for parents to attempt to unload that responsibility or shift the blame when things go wrong.

Parents must involve themselves in their children’s lives enough to insure that no other influence takes precedence. To parents who complain that their kids’ failures are the kids’ friends’ fault, my inevitable reply is that ultimately the parents themselves must be to blame, because they were the ones who allowed peers to have more input into their kids’ lives than they have themselves.

Blame and Accountability

Some parents will no doubt cynically roll their eyes at that, and insist that it is unrealistic in this day and age to expect parents to influence their kids more than peers, the culture, television, schoolteachers, and all the other factors that vie for a controlling interest in the typical child’s life.

Still, a moment’s reflection will reveal why parents in our culture have less influence on their kids than peer groups do: Most parents have simply abdicated the parental role. They have turned their kids over to their peers. They have invested less time in teaching their kids than the amount of time they have permitted the kids to watch television. They have permitted much of—if not all—their children’s spiritual, moral, and ethical instruction to come from television, movies, music, and other children. Even in the best cases, parents rely too much on school teachers, Sunday-school teachers, and youth leaders—all outside the purview of the family. Parents must realize that character is neither inbred by genetics nor picked up by osmosis. Children are taught to be what they become. If they have become something other than what the parents hoped for, it is usually because they have simply learned from those who were there to teach them in their parents’ absence.

In other words, the parents, not the kids—and not even the peer groups—are ultimately to blame for the parents’ diminishing influence in our culture. Whenever outside influences shape a child’s character more than the parents, the parents have failed in their duties. It is as simple as that.

Christian parents today desperately need to own this simple principle. Before the throne of God we will be held accountable if we have turned our children over to other influences that shape their character in ungodly ways. God has placed in our hands the responsibility of bringing our children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and we will give account to God for our stewardship of this great gift. If others have more influence on our children than we, we are culpable, not excusable, on those grounds.

Your Full-Time Job

God has made parenting a full-time responsibility. There are no coffee breaks from our parental duties. This principle was even built into the law at Sinai. God prefaced His instructions to the Israelites with this solemn charge:

These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 6:6–7)

That is God’s own definition of the parents’ task. It means parenting is a full-time assignment in every sense of the expression. No phase of life is exempt. Not one hour of the day is excluded. There is no time-out for the parent who wants to be faithful to this calling.

Some parents think they can compartmentalize their child’s life, assign a set number of hours per week to spend on parenting, and then fulfill their duties as parents by making sure the hours they put into the task are “quality time.” That whole philosophy is contrary to the spirit of Deuteronomy 6:7, and it is a sure way to guarantee that outside influences will have more influence than the parents in shaping the child’s character.

Parental Neglect

The history of Old Testament Israel is an object lesson about the dangers of neglecting this vital principle. Israel failed miserably when it came to the duty of teaching their children about God’s righteousness. Consider this telling verse about the generation of Israelites who first entered the Promised Land. And note that this was merely one generation after God had first given the law at Sinai:

The people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who survived Joshua, who had seen all the great work of the Lord which He had done for Israel. . . . All that generation also were gathered to their fathers and there arose another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel. (Judges 2:7, 10)

In other words, that whole generation of Israelites failed in their responsibility. They neglected to teach their children about the things God had done for Israel. And as a consequence, the next generation turned away from the Lord en masse:

Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals, and they forsook the Lord, God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were around them, and bowed themselves down to them; thus they provoked the Lord to anger. So they forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Ashtoreth. (vv. 11–13)

The children turned to the evil gods of the Canaanites. Their environment influenced them more than their parents did because the parents abdicated the parental role. The result was idolatry, chaos, and destruction. “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (21:25).

The same pattern was repeated again and again throughout Israel’s history. Whenever a generation of parents neglected to plant the seeds that would provide shade trees for subsequent generations, the children suffered the spiritual famine that inevitably followed.

The same thing is still occurring to this day. Right now the outlook for the next generation is as bleak as it has ever been. And there will be no turnaround unless this generation of Christian parents resumes the full-time work of planting spiritual shade trees.

Proper Parenting and Personal Priorities

For many parents, the first step toward getting back on track must be a fresh commitment to the things of God for themselves. If our own priorities in life are askew, there’s no hope of teaching our children what they need to learn.

Parents, take inventory in your own hearts. Do you thirst for God as the deer pants after the water? Or is your own life sending your children a message of hypocrisy and spiritual indifference? Is your own commitment to Christ what you hope to see in your children’s lives? Is your obedience to His Word the same kind of submission you long to see from your own kids?

Those are crucial questions each parent must face if we really want to be successful parents and good role models for our children. For parents to be derelict in their own spiritual lives is tantamount to cutting down all the shade trees for the next generation in their family.

Christian parents—be encouraged. You have a responsibility before God to use your influence with your children for His glory and their good. But the weight of their eternity is not on your shoulders—remember they’re not born morally neutral. God will use whatever means He chooses to draw His people to Himself. Pray He will use you in the lives of your children, and trust that He is faithful even through your failures.

(Adapted from What the Bible Says About Parenting.)


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Frequent denial of sex breaks the marriage covenant as much as adultery

WINTERY KNIGHT

Let’s start this post by quoting a passage from the Bible.

1 Corinthians 7:1-5:

Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is good for a man not to touch a woman.

But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband.

The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband.

The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.

Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

So with that in mind…

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Mary, Rome, and the Gospel

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In the mid-19th century Charles Chiniquy was a priest in the French Canadian Roman Catholic Church.  To make a very long story short, Chiniquy constantly wrestled with the teachings of Rome since they didn’t mesh with the teachings of Scripture.  After a long and intense spiritual struggle, Chiniquy left Rome for the Reformation.  The unabridged edition of this book is quite long and detailed, but it is worth the effort.  (FYI, you can find it on Kindle for less than $2.00.)  I’m reading through the unabridged edition, and though I don’t agree with it all, it has been a fascinating read; it’s not one I’ll set down and forget about.

One section that stands out for me is where Chiniquy recounted a sermon about Mary that he preached when he was a Catholic priest.  (Speaking of Mary and Rome, here’s a summary of Rome’s teaching on prayer to Mary.)  Chiniquy’s…

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What’s the best book a woman can read to prepare herself for marriage?

WINTERY KNIGHT

I found a great lecture by Sue Bohlin, who works at Probe Ministries. The lecture is about the book “The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands” by Dr. Laura Schlessinger. I recommend this book more highly than any other book to Christian women. It is simply the opposite to everything that they will hear in this culture, and offers practical solutions to undo a lot of the damage caused by feminism.

The MP3 file is here. (48 minutes)

I did not do a summary for this one, but there is a blog post that Sue wrote that captures most of the same material.

Here’s the introduction:

Talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger has written a book that is improving thousands of marriages: The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands. We need this book because millions of wives either don’t know how to love their husbands wisely and well, or…

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Free Ebook: A Baptist Catechism

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Free PDF/MOBI/EPUB: “A Baptist Catechism: For Personal & Family Devotion” [including the 1689, Catechism, Church Covenant + more]

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This material has been collected specifically for use among Reformation Montana churches, but it has been made available for all Baptists of life-faith.

Includes:

•Declaration of Reformation [by JD Hall]
•London Baptist Confession of Faith [(1689) Slight Revisions by Charles Spurgeon]
•Baptist Catechism [as presented by the Charleston Association, 1813]
•Baptist Church Covenant [ an abridged version taken from “A Declaration of Faith” by J. Newton Brown (1853)]
•A Modern Day Downgrade [by JD Hall] – a short treatise on why catechism is necessary for Reformation in our modern times.

Endorsements:

JD Hall & James White “Western culture today seeks to cut itself free from burdensome things like truth, consistency…

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