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May 5, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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May 5, 2015

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for an unannounced visit to underscore America’s commitment to help defeat the Islamist militant al-Shabaab group and call for accelerated reforms.

The State Department hasn’t seen evidence that decisions made by Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state were influenced by donations to her family’s foundation or speaking fees to her husband, a department spokesman said.

The terrorist group that calls itself Islamic State claimed that “two soldiers of the caliphate” carried out the attack in Garland, Texas, over the weekend, in an audio statement on the Al Bayan radio station on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

The U.S. trade deficit widened in March to the highest level in more than six years, fueled by a record surge in imports as commercial activity resumed at West Coast ports following a resolution to labor disputes. The gap increased 43.1 percent, the biggest jump in 18 years, to $51.4 billion.

Angela Ahrendts, Apple Inc.’s senior vice president of retail and online stores, was the highest-paid female executive in the U.S. last year. The former chief executive officer of London-based fashion retailer Burberry Group Plc was awarded $82.6 million in 2014, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

China’s stocks tumbled the most in three months amid concern the government will introduce measures to cool the world’s best-performing market as valuations surge and new share sales potentially divert funds from existing equities.

In the past two years, at least seven states have outlawed the use of drones to violate privacy, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. California is considering a bill that would expand trespassing laws to include piloting a drone within 350 feet above private property without permission.

AP Top Stories

Paraguay’s decision to deny a pregnant 10-year-old girl an abortion after she was allegedly raped by her stepfather has sparked a national debate over the country’s strict abortion law.

California’s drought led to the deaths of 12.5 million trees in the state’s forests last year, leaving behind huge amounts of dry fuel that could burn easily as the summer wildfire season begins.

Molten lava, rocks and gas went flying through the air on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano after an explosion was caused by the partial collapse of a crater wall.

Thousands of soldiers from 18 countries took part Tuesday in military drills in Jordan jointly overseen by the US army, officials said. Around 10,000 troops are participating in Jordan’s fifth “Eager Lion” annual war games, which will last for two weeks.

The second person in France to receive a much-hyped new-generation artificial heart has died eight months after receiving the transplant, biomedical firm Carmat said.

India will push ahead this week with plans to build a port in southeast Iran, two sources said, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keen to develop trade ties with Central Asia and prepared to fend off U.S. pressure not to rush into any deals with Iran.

Government-controlled mortgage finance firm Freddie Mac on Tuesday said it will cut a check to the U.S. Treasury for $746 million, its smallest dividend to taxpayers since 2009. Freddie Mac reported a first quarter profit of $524 million, up from $227 million in the fourth quarter.

Oil prices jumped more than $1 a barrel, pushing North Sea Brent and U.S. light crude to 2015 highs, after protests stopped crude flows to the eastern Libyan oil port of Zueitina, hampering exports. Brent crude oil climbed to a high of $67.65 a barrel, up $1.20, its highest since Dec. 8.

Growing numbers of workers expect to rely heavily on Social Security as a major source of income in retirement, but almost three-quarters of current retirees are receiving reduced benefits.

BBC

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has cut its key interest rate by 25 basis points to an all-time low of 2%.

Armed groups in Central African Republic have agreed to release all the children that are working with them and end child recruitment, the UN says. Militias are said to have recruited 6,000-10,000 children to work as soldiers, messengers or cooks.

Thai officials say they have found two skeletons possibly linked to people smuggling, days after the discovery of 26 bodies in a mass grave. Both skeletons were found in abandoned camps in Phang Nga province, the local governor said. One was tied to a tree.

There is a risk of serious outbreaks of disease in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, aid agencies have warned. A lack of shelter, contaminated water and poor sanitation could lead to cholera, dysentery and other water-borne diseases, the charities said. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake is now known to have killed more than 7,500 people and injured more than 14,500.

Brazil has registered nearly 746,000 cases of the mosquito-borne disease dengue fever this year with nine states experiencing an epidemic, the health ministry has announced. A total of 229 people have died of the disease.

Civilians in Syria’s second city of Aleppo are suffering unthinkable atrocities. Government forces and many rebel groups are committing war crimes on a daily basis.

WND

Major retailers announced the closing of more than 6,000 stores from coast to coast.

New York Rep. Peter King called for more government surveillance of the Muslim community because “that’s where the threat comes from,” he said.

Lawmakers from both parties are pressing forward with a bill to bar members of Congress from using tax dollars to pay for first-class flights.


Top News – 5/5/2015

Italian police ‘reveal’ what Jesus looked like as a young boy
Detectives claim to have revealed how Jesus Christ looked as a child – based on computer forensics and the world’s most famous relic. Using the Turin Shroud, the supposed burial cloth of Jesus, police investigators have generated a photo-fit image from the negative facial image on the material. And from this they reversed the ageing process to create an image of a young Jesus, by reducing the size of the jaw, raising the chin and straightening the nose.   

Former Lesbian to President Obama: Why Won’t You Listen to Voices of Ex-Homosexuals Jesus Set Free?
Although we people of faith in America are not yet being physically attacked in large numbers, there is a bully who would like to silence what we believe. For years, the President of the United States has sat down with those in the LGBTQ community but has failed to hear the stories of those of us who have successfully left the homosexual lifestyle.   

Large ocean swell hits Pacific coast of Central and South America
Strong waves are lashing the Pacific coast from Mexico to Chile since May 2, 2015. According to media reports, at least three people were killed, one is missing and hundreds had to evacuate from the coastline.   

Two Chinese Naval Ships Enter Black Sea Heading to Novorossiysk
The purpose of entry of the ships into the Black Sea waters is still unknown, as there are no reports of previous visits of the Chinese ships. China’s 19th naval escort task force consisting of a Type 903 replenishment ship and two Type 054A guided-missile frigates entered the Black Sea through the Bosporus on May 4.   

Feds to regulate Christmas lights
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a regulation for Christmas lights on Monday, deeming some holiday decorations a “substantial product hazard.”   

Is Axial Seamount erupting? Seafloor off the coast of Oregon has dropped 8 FEET due to movement in the ‘wired’ underwater volcano
An undersea volcano situated 300 miles (480 km) off the coast of Oregon is thought to be erupting after signs of magma were spotted near its deep sea vent. Geologists predicted the volcano, called Axial Seamount, would erupt this year during a public lecture in September.   

ISIS claims responsibility for cartoon exhibition attack in Texas
The Islamic State has reportedly declared it was behind the attack in Garland, Texas, via its Al Bayan radio station. The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) made a statement on Tuesday, claiming this was the terrorist group’s first attack on US soil.   

Peak of Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower to illuminate Southeast skies Wednesday morning
The peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower is set for this week and favorable viewing conditions are in store for parts of the Southeast and Southwestern US. The shower’s peak lasts from the evening hours of Tuesday, May 5, into the predawn hours of Wednesday, May 6, but meteors can still be seen several days before and after the peak…   

FAST-GROWING SUNSPOT
Last week, the face of the sun was blank and quiet as all visible sunspots faded away. The quiet spell is over. Today, a large sunspot is emerging in the sun’s southern hemisphere, and it is turning to face Earth.   

4.3 Earthquake Strikes Off Northern California Coast
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 has struck off the coast of northern California. The USGS says the quake was centered in the Pacific Ocean, about 153 miles from Ferndale, California, and struck at about 12:17 p.m. PDT Monday.   

Earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea, triggers tsunami fear
A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, and officials warned that a local tsunami was possible. The 7.5-magnitude quake struck about 140 kilometers (90 miles) south of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey reported.   

Nasrallah: If Assad falls, Hezbollah falls
Syrian President Bashar Assad and his regime cannot fall, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has said, as it would also mean the fall of Hezbollah and the so-called axis of resistance, Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar, a Hezbollah mouthpiece, reported Tuesday. Nasrallah’s Lebanon-based organization has strong ties to the Syrian regime, and has dispatched its own fighters to join Assad’s battle against Syrian opposition forces seeking to oust him.   

Liquidity drought could spark market bloodbath, warns IIF
Investors face a “painful” adjustment in a world of evaporating liquidity and higher US interest rates that will trigger huge market swings with potentially catastrophic consequences… Timothy Adams, the chief executive of the IIF, which represents the world’s biggest banks, described liquidity as the “top issue” at high level meetings of central bankers, chief executives and other financial institutions.   

French parliament due to approve new surveillance rules
New rules to provide help for France’s intelligence services trying to prevent Islamist attacks are expected to be approved by parliament. The law on intelligence-gathering comes nearly four months after three days of attacks in Paris in January, in which 17 people were killed. The Socialist government says the law is needed to take account of changes in communications technology.   

‘Texas Ranger’ Chuck Norris Warns of Military Takeover in Lone Star State
Conspiracy theories have swirled around Operation Jade Helm ever since it was announced. The massive, seven-state military exercise has many sweating over a potential government takeover, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott and preeminent “Texas Ranger” Chuck “Roundhouse” Norris.   

Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama’s trade pact
If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door.   

Texas Prophet cartoon attack: Gunman was previous terror suspect
One of two gunmen shot dead at an event in Texas exhibiting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad had been a terror suspect, court documents show. Elton Simpson had been under surveillance since 2006 and was convicted in 2010 for lying about plans to go to Somalia, the files reveal. He had shared a flat in Arizona with the person named by authorities as the other gunman, Nadir Soofi.   

Pension, labor disputes dog Greek talks as cash dwindles
Wide differences over pension and labor reforms continued to dog intensive negotiations between Greece’s leftist government and its international creditors despite progress in other areas as the country’s cash position becomes increasingly critical.   

3rd Dallas-Area Earthquake In Just Over A Day!
A temblor struck at 8:58am Monday and was centered just slightly to the northwest of Dallas Love Field. It measured 2.7 in magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A smaller one struck again that day; the 2.0 magnitude quake shook 6 miles south of Dallas during the 5 o’clock hour.   

At least 5 earthquakes strike San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday
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.  

Top Headlines – 5/5/2015

Carter says Hamas leader committed to peace, Netanyahu not

Former IDF chief Gantz: Hezbollah turned living rooms into missile rooms

Israel veterans group alleges Israeli misconduct in Gaza war

Kerry on Ethiopian protests: I am confident of Israel’s handling of the matter 

In assuring Israel on Iran, Kerry references upgraded bunker-buster

France, Saudi Arabia: Iran nuclear deal must avoid destabilizing region

Russian Missile Sale to Iran Involves Unseen Deals With Israel 

Russian Jewish leader: Increased authoritarianism a cause for aliya

Russian stores pull Holocaust graphic novel ahead of WWII anniversary

French politician suspended over anti-Semitic comments

40 Percent Rise This Year in Global Immigration to Israel, Report Shows

Palestinians seek to expel Israel from FIFA

Hamas, Saudi rapprochement worries Fatah 

Heavy clashes in Aden airport, alliance accused of cluster bomb use

France, Saudi Arabia say Iran nuclear deal must not destabilize region 

US warships accompany British commercial vessels in Strait of Hormuz

Syria conflict: Suicide blast rocks central Damascus

Despite Iranian-Hezbollah support, ‘in the long run it is hard to see how Assad can survive’ 

Faced with ISIS successes across Mideast, Al Qaeda grows stronger

Nigeria’s Boko Haram in disarray as government forces advance

New offensive frees captives from Boko Haram; exposes group’s bloodlust

South Sudan: World’s Youngest Nation Is ‘at Grave Risk,’ Kerry Warns

Burundi crisis: Top judge flees country as violence continues to erupt over upcoming elections

Baltic military shadow-boxing said to reach Cold War levels

Did Kim Jong-un snub Putin because Russia refused to sell him anti-aircraft missiles?

Korean Christians Want ‘Unification Through Gospel,’ ‘Willing to Become Martyrs’ for Worship in North Korea

China’s Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s Eric Chu in high-level talks

Experts warn ‘EMP’ attack could cripple infrastructure

Military eyeing former Cold War mountain bunker as ‘shield’ against EMP attack?

ISIS-linked Twitter accounts reportedly claim responsibility for Texas shooting

Texas Prophet cartoon attack: Gunman was previous terror suspect

How Texas “Terror” Shooter Elton Simpson Avoided Prison In 2011

Danish editor slams US ‘political correctness’ on cartoons

Obama blasts media coverage of Baltimore riots

CBS News/New York Times Poll: Race Relations Worst In Over 2 Decades

Batman gunman: Were children hurt?

Clinton agrees to testify on Benghazi, emails this month

Clinton refuses to testify twice on Benghazi attacks

Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama’s trade pact

Trade Deficit Stifles U.S. Growth, China’s Yuan at Center of Controversy

Fed not likely to increase US rates until September

The sun is now virtually blank during the weakest solar cycle in more than a century

7.5 magnitude earthquake rocks Papua New Guinea, Tsunami alert issued

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

Earthquake Swarm, Including Magnitude 3.6, Shakes East Bay Cities

Small Earthquakes Rumble Near Meeker and Stillwater, OK

Texas: Bill Stops Cities From Banning Fracking 

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

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 16,000ft

Budding Tropical System May Lash Southeast US Coast With Wind, Rough Surf

Australia deadly super storm kills destroys homes

Death toll rises to six in Australian floods

Global Warming Skepticism On The Rise In Europe

40 Years Since Climatologists Blamed California Drought On Global Cooling

Bird Flu Could Be In A Quarter Of Iowa Hens

Public Health Officials Know: Recently Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease

‘No room’ for gays in Kenya, says deputy president

NFL linebacker’s case brings attention to growth of laws to prevent online revenge porn

Iran bans ‘devil worshipping’ haircuts

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

Infant Baptism in a Baptist Church??? – Baptist Pastor In Ohio Baptizes Infant

Pastor Saeed Abedini Marks 35th Birthday in Iranian Jail, Says He Is ‘Crying Out to God’ for America’s Revival

Transhumanism: An Attempt To Use Technology To Turn Men Into Gods

 

Transhumanism Turning Men Into Gods - Public DomainDid you know that the word “transhuman” literally means “beyond human”?  All over the world, scientists and intellectuals are joining the transhumanism movement.  Those that adhere to this philosophy believe that the time has come for us to use technology to take control of our own evolution.  By doing so, they believe that we can give ourselves superhuman powers and radically extend our lifespans.  Right now, the most popular movie in America is “Avengers: Age of Ultron“, and in recent years we have watched films about “mutants” and “superheroes” become some of Hollywood’s biggest moneymakers.  But transhumanists believe that we will soon be able to literally turn ourselves into such superheroes as technology continues to increase at an exponential rate.  And once we have superhuman powers and superhuman intelligence, they are convinced that we will eradicate all sickness, disease, poverty and war.  Many of them actually believe that we will be able to achieve immortality and establish a utopia on Earth just a few decades from now.  In other words, we won’t need a “God” because we will have become our own gods. (Read More…)


The McAvany Intel Memo

[Continued from last week.] America overthrew the freely elected government of the Ukraine (the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, bragged that we spent $5 billion to do so) and stirred up the present upheaval in that country, and the American people remain silent. America is dictating to every bank, securities broker, and insurance company in the world that they must keep extensive records and report on all financial dealings of Americans abroad or face serious reprisals (i.e., lose the ability to do business in America, or have their funds in America seized), and the American people remain silent. The free speech and activities of Christians are being severely restricted across the US in schools, public places, and in the military, while the privileges of Muslims are being dramatically expanded, and the American people (and most Christians) remain silent.

Thousands of new laws, rules, and regulations are being passed each year by the Congress, the bureaucracy, or by Executive Order, which criminalize every American, young or old, and the American people remain silent. Americans are now subjected to TSA body and baggage searches at airports, bus and train stations, and at roadblocks; 24/7 surveillance by police and various government agencies; and warrantless invasions of their homes (all in the name of “fighting terrorism”); and the American people remain silent. Obama has opened the southern US border to a flood of millions of illegal immigrants, who quickly get put on welfare and illegally get the vote, and the American people remain silent.

The US government has dozens (i.e., 100 or more) of federal detention camps set up across America, guarded by the military, but still empty (similar to the detention/concentration camps in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, set up for “enemies of the state” and Jews), and the American people remain silent. The American government, via its intelligence operatives (think CIA, Black Ops, Blackwater, etc., and hundreds of trained assassins), assassinates anyone who it believes opposes them – including foreign government leaders (when deemed necessary). The whole world knows this, but the American people remain silent. People who fled communist tyranny in the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, Romania, etc. – see the same kind of communist tyranny rising up in America today, and the American people remain silent.

The whole world (at least thinking people and a growing number of governments) now see the incredible arrogance and evil emerging from the US government, its desperate attempts as it loses control to preserve the US dollar’s reserve currency status and America’s faltering financial fortunes, and are beginning to pull away from what is more and more being seen as the “New Evil Empire” – (albeit, a declining empire). America is now turning “communist” (although that term is now in disuse) and unless the American people, who have remained silent in the face of all of this evil, wake up quickly, we will lose what is left of our dwindling freedom.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, January 2015)


Daily Digest

May 5, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” —John Adams, in Defense of the British Soldiers on trial for the Boston Massacre, 1770

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

ISIL Claims Responsibility for Texas Attack

During a radio broadcast in Syria, ISIL, a.k.a. the Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the attack at the art contest and show featuring images of Muhammad in Garland, Texas. Jihadist roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi drove 1,000 miles from Arizona to launch an attack with rifles, body armor and copious amounts of ammunition. Simpson had been monitored by the government since 2006. In 2010, the FBI charged Simpson with trying to travel to Somalia to engage in jihad, but the charges were dropped. After wounding an unarmed security guard, the two jihadists were stopped by a traffic cop who used a few well-aimed shots from his pistol to drop the terrorists. Regardless if Simpson and Soofi actually had a connection to ISIL, the group used the opportunity to threaten the U.S. “We tell … America that what is coming will be more grievous and more bitter and you will see from the soldiers of the Caliphate what will harm you, God willing,” ISIL said in its radio broadcast. But after all that effort and planning, this attack was stopped by a lone cop with what may possibly be his standard-issue sidearm. At their peril, jihadists forget that, unlike France, the U.S. is armed. More…

No, More Democrat ‘Leadership’ Is Not What Baltimore Needs

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) pontificated on the Baltimore rioting and what she believes is contributing to poverty and, ultimately, violent behavior among minorities. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace brought up the city’s excessive crime rates, high unemployment and stunning student illiteracy and wondered if liberal policies are to blame since Baltimore has been under Democrat leadership for five consecutive decades. “No, I think it’s been unevenly spread,” Edwards responded. “I mean I would say, for example with our schools, just prior to the Freddie Gray incident, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was actually prevailing upon our Republican governor to release money for school funding.” When host Chris Wallace pointed out that “Baltimore spends the third highest amount per capita on its public schools,” Edwards rebutted, “There’s uneven spending in the public schools.”

But if the solution is simply to invest more money, how do Democrats explain the city’s past spending? Baltimore threw more money at the problem, courtesy of Barack Obama, and it failed spectacularly. According to The Washington Free Beacon, “Baltimore received over $1.8 billion from President Barack Obama’s stimulus law, including $467.1 million to invest in education and $26.5 million for crime prevention. President Obama claimed last Tuesday that if the Republican-controlled Congress would implement his policies to make ‘massive investments in urban communities,’ they could ‘make a difference right now’ in the city, currently in upheaval following the death of Freddie Gray.” What we need is less government and more parental involvement. No amount of funding can fill the void left by dysfunctional, single-parent families. And that’s why liberal policies, well-intentioned as they may be, are to blame for urban unrest.

Number of ER Visits on the Rise. Thanks, ObamaCare

For an increasing number of Americans, it’s easier to go to the emergency room than a doctor’s office. A wide majority of ER physicians, 75%, say they’ve seen the number of people walking through their doors increase, according to a poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians. This trend is, in part, due to the “Affordable” Care Act because it places a greater number of people on Medicaid. Many doctors don’t accept patients on Medicaid because of its low reimbursement rate. In other words, the government created a larger demand for doctors’ services while mandating how much doctors will get paid, contrary to the laws of economics. As a result, patients face long wait times for appointments, so they look for alternatives. Dr. John O’Shea, a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation, said, “I’ve seen it personally. I’ve seen patients who come into the ER because their primary care physician couldn’t see them for weeks or months.” The Left sold ObamaCare on the promise that it would decrease the number of ER visits, but having state-mandated health insurance does not make people healthier, nor does it create timely access to a doctor. More…

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Fiorina Brings Business Acumen to GOP Field

By Lewis Morris

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Businesswoman Carly Fiorina officially announced her bid for the White House Monday, becoming the fourth Republican (followed immediately by the fifth, Ben Carson), to join a rapidly growing and increasingly diverse field of candidates.

Fiorina, best known for her six years as CEO of tech giant Hewlett-Packard (HP), announced her candidacy in a video that started out with a swipe at Hillary Clinton. “Our Founders never intended for us to have a professional political class,” Fiorina said, adding, “We know the only way to reimagine our government is to reimagine who is leading it.”

Fiorina has taken a number of shots at Clinton in recent weeks at appearances in Iowa, New Hampshire and elsewhere, pointing out Clinton’s glaring failures as secretary of state and calling out her appalling hypocrisy. For example, Fiorina noted Hillary “tweets about women’s rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights.”

We bet she could teach Hillary a few things about email servers, too.

In her announcement, Fiorina called for an end to the very identity politics Clinton and her ilk employ to turn America upside down. Fiorina insists the fact she is a woman negates the shield that seems to exist around Clinton, making male opponents reluctant to engage her majesty for fear of being called a misogynist or worse. Of course, that won’t stop liberals from attacking Fiorina. After all, they invented identity politics, which means they can break their own rules whenever they choose.

Fiorina has made the economy a focal point of her bid. “The real reason why our economy isn’t helping everyone is because we are destroying more businesses than we are creating,” she says. Her platform calls for undoing complex regulations that are strangulating business growth and for bringing an end to the “web of dependence” that both traps the poor and creates more poverty.

Fiorina’s business background gives her some authority in this regard. A self-made woman who started her career at AT&T and went on become an executive at Lucent, a French telecommunications company, Fiorina became the first woman to run a Fortune 20 company when she took over as CEO of HP in 1999. During her tenure, HP became the world’s largest computer manufacturer, but her reputation was damaged after the company laid off 30,000 workers and she was ousted in a board-room fight in 2005.

While shattering the glass ceiling works in Fiorina’s favor, the messy details behind her removal as CEO leaves her open to accusations for being a bad boss who fired tens of thousands of employees. She is also going to face a lot of heat for being one of the dreaded One Percent, a CEO in a time when being the boss of a major international company automatically makes you a bad person in the eyes of much of the country. A website that runs under a URL her team neglected to purchase — carlyfiorina.org — is already going after her for the HP firings.

Fiorina’s political background is sparse. She served as an adviser to John McCain’s ill-fated 2008 campaign, and ran for Senate against Barbara Boxer in 2010. She won a hard fought Republican primary (who can forget her hilariously infamous “demon sheep” ad), but lost to Boxer in the general election by 10 points. It is California, after all.

There’s no denying Fiorina’s candidacy is a long shot. Perhaps she’s really running for the more realistic possibility of a vice presidential slot on the Republican ticket.

Yet she remains undeterred by the attacks that have already come her way. She’s certainly comfortable with her track record running a $90 billion company, and she uses it to provide a contrast to Hillary, whose accomplishments boil down to marrying Bill and using that to secure a couple of political posts. Fiorina says, “I come from a world where speeches are not accomplishments. Activity isn’t accomplishment. Title isn’t accomplishment. I come from a world where you have to actually do something; you have to produce results.”

Now we’ll see if Carly Fiorina can continue producing results in the world of politics.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Thomas Sowell: “The ‘legacy of slavery’ argument is not just an excuse for inexcusable behavior in the ghettos. In a larger sense, it is an evasion of responsibility for the disastrous consequences of the prevailing social vision of our times, and the political policies based on that vision, over the past half century. Anyone who is serious about evidence need only compare black communities as they evolved in the first 100 years after slavery with black communities as they evolved in the first 50 years after the explosive growth of the welfare state, beginning in the 1960s. You would be hard-pressed to find as many ghetto riots prior to the 1960s as we have seen just in the past year, much less in the 50 years since a wave of such riots swept across the country in 1965. … Such trends are not unique to blacks, nor even to the United States. The welfare state has led to remarkably similar trends among the white underclass in England over the same period. … You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization — including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain — without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “It is not our task to secure the triumph of truth, but merely to fight on its behalf.” —French mathematician Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Non Compos Mentis: “If you feel the need to mock Muhammad in a cartoon, just realize that Muslims may decide to exercise their [Second Amendment] rights on you.” —pro golfer Bob Estes

Dezinformatsia: “[W]e’re learning more about the gunmen who opened fire at an event where an anti-Islamic group held a contest on who could … draw the nastiest cartoon of Muhammad. Do you believe that people set that kind of a mousetrap? … I remember the old days when the Nazi Party and the Communist Party would sort of team up in a weird, sick, symbiotic way. One would have an event, and the other would attack it, you know? Well, I think [organizer Pamela Geller] caused this trouble.”—MSNBC’s Chris Matthews

Demo-gogues: “[T]here’s no shortage of people telling you who and what is to blame for the plight of these communities [like Baltimore]. But I’m not interested in blame. I’m interested in responsibility and I’m interested in results.” —Barack Obama, who never misses a chance to blame Republicans

The BIG Lie: “There is no doubt in my mind that we have never done anything knowingly inappropriate in terms of taking money to influence any kind of American government policy. … [T]he idea that there’s one set of rules for us and another set for everybody else is true. The people who have attacked the [Clinton] Foundation have practiced selective nondisclosure.” —Bill Clinton

And last… “A new report shows that 181 Clinton Foundation donors also lobbied the State Department when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. No connection. I’m sure all those donations were strictly for email server maintenance.” –Fred Thompson

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Small tsunami seen near epicenter of Papua New Guinea quake

Posted: 05 May 2015 08:25 AM PDT

Looks like we dodged another bullet with a potential devastating tsunami such as the one in 2011 with Japan after a mega-quake. A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, generating a small tsunami near the epicenter, bringing down power lines and cracking walls, but causing no widespread damage. A tsunami estimated at under 1 meter (3 feet) was seen in the harbor of Rabaul, a town near the epicenter of the 7.5-magnitude quake, said Chris McKee, assistant director of the Geophysical Observatory in the capital, Port Moresby. There were no reports of flooding, as the tsunami didn’t rise beyond the normal level of high tide, McKee said. The temblor struck at a depth of 42 kilometers (26 miles), about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, after issuing varying estimates of the quake’s power.

The earthquake brought down power lines in the Rabaul area, knocking out power to residents and to the local Geophysical Observatory office, McKee said. There were a few reports of structural damage in Kokopo, including cracks in some walls, but no reports of injuries, he said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that tsunami waves of up to 1 meter (3 feet) were possible within 300 kilometers (186 miles) of the epicenter, but lifted the warning a few hours later. Apart from Rabaul, there were no other reports of unusual wave activity, and any further threat was likely to be minimal, with waves of less than 0.3 meters (1 foot) predicted, McKee said. MORE

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NSA Converting Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

Posted: 05 May 2015 08:15 AM PDT

Most people realize that emails and other digital communications they once considered private can now become part of their permanent record. But even as they increasingly use apps that understand what they say, most people don’t realize that the words they speak are not so private anymore, either. Top-secret documents from the archive of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency can now automatically recognize the content within phone calls by creating rough transcripts and phonetic representations that can be easily searched and stored. The documents show NSA analysts celebrating the development of what they called “Google for Voice” nearly a decade ago.

Though perfect transcription of natural conversation apparently remains the Intelligence Community’s “holy grail,” the Snowden documents describe extensive use of keyword searching as well as computer programs designed to analyze and “extract” the content of voice conversations, and even use sophisticated algorithms to flag conversations of interest. The documents include vivid examples of the use of speech recognition in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in Latin America. But they leave unclear exactly how widely the spy agency uses this ability, particularly in programs that pick up considerable amounts of conversations that include people who live in or are citizens of the United States. MORE

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U.S. bird flu outbreak may mean no turkey for Thanksgiving

Posted: 05 May 2015 08:09 AM PDT

The largest-ever U.S. outbreak of avian influenza, which has devastated Midwestern poultry and egg producers in recent weeks, could be felt at Thanksgiving tables across the nation come November, farmers and some trade groups say. The virulent H5N2 strain has already spread to 14 states and led to the deaths or scheduled euthanizations of more than 21 million birds, including 3.3 million turkeys in Minnesota, the nation’s top turkey producer. And now, with Thanksgiving just seven months away, farmers say they may be running out of time to raise enough turkeys –the traditional centerpiece of holiday feasts – to meet the demand.

Once a farm has been infected, flocks must be culled, composted in barns, then disposed of. Buildings must then be thoroughly disinfected. The whole process can take up to three months before a new flock of turkey poults can be brought in, said Steve Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. After chicks are re-introduced to the barns, farmers say, it typically takes about four months to produce a full-sized hen – the type of turkey most Americans prefer for their holiday feasts. MORE

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New ‘Super Earth’ Exoplanets Spotted Around Nearby Star

Posted: 05 May 2015 08:01 AM PDT

Astronomers have discovered two new alien worlds a bit larger than Earth circling a nearby star. The newfound exoplanets, known as HD 7924c and HD 7924d, are “super Earths” with masses about 7.9 and 6.4 times greater, respectively, than that of our home planet, researchers said. The planets orbit the star HD 7924, which lies just 54 light-years from the sun — a mere stone’s throw considering the size of the Milky Way, which is on the order of 100,000 light-years wide.

The discovery brings the number of known planets in the HD 7924 system to three. (Another super Earth, called HD 7924b, was spotted there in 2009.) HD 7924b, HD 7924c and HD 7924d all lie closer to their host star than Mercury does to the sun. They complete one orbit in five, 15 and 24 days, respectively, researchers said.  “The three planets are unlike anything in our solar system, with masses seven to eight times the mass of Earth and orbits that take them very close to their host star,” study co-author Lauren Weiss, a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a statement. MORE

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Human trials for bionic eye with ‘wireless brain chip’ to start next year

Posted: 05 May 2015 07:57 AM PDT

Researchers working on the ambitious project led by Monash University to build a bionic eye have revealed they are ready to start human trials next year. “We have gone past the point of no return, where the device has been manufactured in prototype form and it is working in the laboratory,” said Jeffrey Rosenfeld​, director of the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering. Professor Rosenfeld​ outlined the group’s progress in Washington DC on Monday, at the American Association for Neurology Surgeons’ annual scientific meeting. 

The human trial will involve patients who have lost their sight having tiny “ceramic tiles” the size of a small fingernail implanted into their brain’s visual cortex at the Alfred Hospital, where Professor Rosenfeld​ is director of neurosurgery. Up to five patients will participate in the trial. All will have lost their sight but Professor Rosenfeld​ said this could be due to a range of reasons. This is because the device bypasses the normal visual pathway, unlike the other bionic eye being developed by Bionic Vision Australia which relies on an implant in the retina. MORE

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Seafloor off the coast of Oregon has dropped 8 feet due to movement in the ‘wired’ underwater volcano

Posted: 05 May 2015 07:52 AM PDT

An undersea volcano situated 300 miles (480 km) off the coast of Oregon is thought to be erupting after signs of magma were spotted near its deep sea vent. Geologists predicted the volcano, called Axial Seamount, would erupt this year during a public lecture in September. And for more than a week the region has experienced thousands of tiny earthquakes – a sign that magma is moving towards the surface.

The seafloor has also reportedly dropped by almost 8ft (2.4 metres), additionally said to be a sign of magma being withdrawn from a reservoir beneath the summit. It is dubbed Axial Seamount due its location along the axis of an underwater mountain ridge. The earthquakes were first recorded by William Wilcock from the University of Washington using instrumentation from the NSF-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative. And the forecast was made by geologists Bill Chadwick of Oregon State University and Scott Nooner of the University of North Carolina Wilmington during a lecture last year, followed by a blog post. MORE

 

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Pentagon: Texas has nothing to fear from upcoming military exercise

Posted: 05 May 2015 07:47 AM PDT

The Pentagon has a message for Texas: chill. Defense officials Monday dismissed as “wild speculation” an Internet-fueled claim that a massive summertime exercise called Jade Helm 15 for special operations commandos is a covert operation by President Barack Obama to take over Texas. That claim was given legitimacy by Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott’s order last week for the Texas State Guard to monitor the exercises. “Operation Jade Helm poses no threat to any American’s civil liberties,” Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said Monday. “Operation Jade Helm is being conducted by Americans – by, specifically, American special forces personnel.”

Jade Helm 15 will be one of the biggest peacetime military exercises in six decades. Starting July 15 and lasting two months, thousands of Army Rangers, Green Berets, Navy SEALS and other special operations forces will simulate war missions in mainly remote areas of Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. Jade Helm 15 will take place on tracts of both public and private land in the seven states. MORE

 

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Georgia Town to Remove Christian Flag Flying Over City Hall

Posted: 05 May 2015 07:36 AM PDT

Leaders of a central Georgia city say they’ll remove a Christian flag flying over City Hall. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that Cochran city officials voted, against the advice of the city attorney, to fly a Christian flag over City Hall. The move prompted a response by the Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The group sent letters to city and county officials saying flying the flag violated the First Amendment. The group’s Executive Director Rev. Barry W. Lynn said in a statement that flying the flag gives the impression that city officials favor one religion over others. Cochran city officials said in a statement that they got a second opinion from a constitutional law attorney and voted 4-1 to remove the flag Friday. SOURCE

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California Drought Killed 12 Million Forest Trees Since Last Year

Posted: 05 May 2015 07:29 AM PDT

An estimated 12 million trees across California’s forestlands have died over the past year because of extreme drought conditions, according to an aerial survey conducted April 8-17 by the U.S. Forest Service. In San Diego County, 82,528 trees, mostly Jeffrey pines across Mt. Laguna, have succumbed to a lack of rainfall, with many more struggling to survive, said Jeffrey Moore, interim aerial survey program manager for the U.S. Forest Service. There is “very heavy mortality, a lot of discoloration in the pine trees that probably will expire sometime during this growing season, as well as oak trees that are suffering,” Moore said.

Moore was part of a team that surveyed the trees visually, using a digital mapping system while flying in a fixed-wing aircraft 1,000 feet above ground. A tree’s survival often depends on its proximity to other trees, he said“A lot of trees are competing for whatever available moisture there is in a drought situation,” Moore said. “When you have too many trees in an area, it makes it hard on all of the trees.” MORE

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Minnesota farm with 1.1 million hens, largest yet, gets bird flu

Posted: 05 May 2015 07:22 AM PDT

An egg-laying operation in southern Minnesota with 1.1 million hens has been hit by the bird flu, the largest single incident in the state since the lethal virus surfaced two months ago. The big hen flock in Nicollet County is one of eight more Minnesota farms with presumptive positive tests for the H5N2 virus, bringing the total to 80, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced Monday. The Nicollet County farm — one of the state’s largest — is the third Minnesota egg operation stung by flu. Animal health regulators, citing state law, don’t release the names of stricken farms.

The bird toll in Minnesota is now at least 5.34 million, including 1.57 million chickens. Meanwhile, a total of over 18 million birds — egg-laying chickens mostly, but turkeys, too — have been struck by the flu in Iowa. Another 1.8 million chickens and turkeys have been afflicted in Wisconsin. Turkey flocks have borne the brunt of the flu in Minnesota, with about 8 percent of the state’s annual turkey production wiped out so far. Minnesota is the nation’s largest producer of turkeys, usually churning out about 46 million birds. MORE

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The Briefing

1) Value of democratic process as a national worldview test enhanced by increase of candidates

Three New GOP Candidates to Enter 2016 Race, Wall Street Journal (Reid J. Epstein and Elizabeth Williamson)

Ben Carson for President, Wall Street Journal (Editorial Board)

Enter the un-politicians for 2016, Washington Post (Editorial Board)

2) Texas gunmen exposes collision between honor religion of Islam and gospel religion

Gunman in Texas Was F.B.I. Suspect in Jihad Inquiry, New York Times (Manny Fernandez, Richard Pérez-Peña and Fernando Santos)

3) Fascination over Nepali deities reveals distance between secular and Eastern worldviews

Nepal earthquake fails to shake child goddess from her home, Financial Times (Victor Mallet and Binod Bhattarai)

4) Hindu pyres following quake reminder of significance of Christian doctrine of resurrection

Hindu Funeral Pyres Line the River, Chicago Tribune (Julie Makinen)
In other news…


This Generation

If taking the text literally seems nonsensical, then we must take the text in its proper context. Many Christian’s almost seem antagonistic to the idea that Christ would return at all. So let us look at one controversial passage that deals with the timing of Christ’s return and see how only one interpretation can actually fit it, given the screening parameters of history, scriptural consistency, and context.

“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.

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Shooting outside of Dallas leaves liberals attacking…the victims? — Glenn Beck

The lack of outrage over the attacks stunned Glenn. He said he woke up to see what The New York Times reported on the story, and it “was completely clean. There was no outrage. There was nothing.”

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FCC Commissioner: Feds May Come for Drudge

(CNSNews.com) – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) member Ajit Pai said over the weekend that he foresees a future in which federal regulators will seek to regulate websites based on political content, using the power of the FCC or Federal Elections Commission (FEC). He also revealed that his opposition to “net neutrality” regulations had resulted in personal harassment and threats to his family.

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Storing Up Wrath

The Bible is very plain about the judgment that all lost souls face in the afterlife. The wicked also face the possibility of suffering God’s vengeance in the material world. There are times when God decides He has enough of someone’s misdeeds, and He decides to take action.

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Retail apocalypse: Major chains closing 6,000 stores

Big names plan to shutter outlets from coast to coast

The long feared “retail apocalypse” may be hitting with little or no fanfare if a growing list of store-closing plans by major chains is any indication.

Major U.S. retailers have announced the closing of more than 6,000 stores from coast to coast. The list includes only those retailers that have announced plans to close more than 10 outlets this year and next.

For example, 1,784 Radio Shack stores are vanishing, 400 stores in the Office Depot/Office Max chain by 2016, and 340 Dollar Tree/Family Dollar stores.

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Get Ready for Persecution in the West

Before we dig in, I want to make a quick distinction about timing. One thing I firmly abhor is date setting and making ridiculous unbiblical predictions about last days events. When I say that persecution is coming, I’m referring to the hate and actions of a godless world against Christians….not to the persecution that will certainly take place during the last half of Daniel’s 70th week under antichrist. Having made that distinction, it’s worth noting that the spirit of antichrist is already at work even now, and this growing Christian persecution is certainly an indicator of the nearness of the Lord’s return and may very well be setting the stage for end time persecution.

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Civil Rights and Wrongs

by Marsha West

Robert Knight of the American Civil Rights Union makes the case that forcing gay marriage on Americans would be an act of tyranny.:

While the U.S. Supreme Court held an Alice-in-Wonderland session on the nature and value of marriage, one of the nation’s largest cities lay partly in ruins over the death of a black man in police custody.

What do the two events have in common? In each instance, the concept of “civil rights” has been redefined to the breaking point. Each represents an unraveling of the moral order that makes civilization possible.

In Baltimore last weekend, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake expanded civil rights to include giving “space” to rioters “who wished to destroy.” Even though she later claimed her words were taken out of context, here’s what she said:

“I’ve made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech,” she said, as recorded by NBC, on the weekend before rioting began over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody on April 19. “It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.” Say what?

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“Jesus Calling” Book Sales Soar After Walker Speech at Iowa Faith Summit

Things Jesus our Savior never said, but the false spirit of “Jesus Calling” did: When the path before you is dotted with difficulties, beware of measuring your strength against those challenges. Without Me, you will not make it past the first hurdle. Hat tip to Warren B. Smith for alerting me to this. Warren has […]

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Christian Headlines Daily – Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Top Headlines

Justice Kennedy Holds Key Vote for Legal Gay Marriage

Principal Claims He was Fired for Praying at Fellowship of Christian Athletes Meeting

Indonesia Executes Drug Smuggler Whose Faith Inspired Hillsong’s Brian Houston

Scientific Community Blasts Chinese Researchers for Editing a Human Genome

Vatican Pushes Ahead with Sainthood for Missionary Priest Junipero Serra

Nepal’s Tiny Christian Minority Responds to Nation’s Devastating Earthquake

Historical Society Press Cannot Keep Up with Demand for ‘Pioneer Girl’

Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee Join Republican Presidential Race

Modern Family Indeed: Sofia Vergara’s Embryo Fight Raises Ethical Questions

Report: 214 Women and Girls Rescued from Boko Haram are Pregnant

Opinion

May the Fourth be with You

Supreme Court Can Change the Law, Not Scripture

Nepal Teenager Saved after 6 Days under Rubble

Baltimore’s Unsung Peacemakers

Should God be Allowed in Public School?


Retail Apocalypse: Major Chains Closing 6,000 Stores

If the U.S. economy really is improving, then why are big U.S. retailers permanently shutting down thousands of stores? The “retail apocalypse” that I have written about so frequently appears to be accelerating …………. Click here for full story


Increasing Tremors Across Multiple States – Sign Of Something Bigger On The Horizon?

Did 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 ………… Click here for full story


Oprah Winfrey’s Deceptive Prayer Practices Leading Many Astray

Remember when Oprah Winfrey created a firestorm among believers by suggesting that Jesus is not the only way? Apparently, her drift away from the Way, the Truth and the Life started decades ago when her Baptist pastor referred to God as a jealous God (see Ex. 20:4-5) ……….. Click here for full story


Most Births Will Be ‘Out Of Wedlock Within 10 Years’

More children will be born out of wedlock than within marriage in ten years’ time, according to an expert forecast. The prediction by the Marriage Foundation comes as the number of children born to married couples has continued to fall in almost all of the past 30 years, reaching an all-time low of 53 per cent in 2012. The figure has dropped from 88 per cent of births in 1980. ……….. Click here for full story


Princeton Ethicist: It’s ‘Reasonable’ To Kill Disabled Newborn Babies

Princeton professor and animal rights activist Peter Singer argued in a radio interview that it is “reasonable” for healthcare providers, insurance companies, and government programs such as Medicare or Medicaid to kill mentally disabled babies. “A normal newborn baby has no sense of the future,” Singer writes, “and therefore is not a person.” ………. Click here for full story


Civil rights and wrongs

by Marsha West

Forcing gay marriage on Americans would be an act of tyranny By Robert Knight While the U.S. Supreme Court held an Alice-in-Wonderland session on the nature and value of marriage, one of the nation’s largest cities lay partly in ruins over the death of a black man in police custody. What do the two events have in […]

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Huffington Post gay editor calls for “intolerance” toward “antigay-media”

by Marsha West

A group known for exposing media bias,News Busters,reports:

The media is not pro-gay enough. In fact, according to Michelangelo Signorile, the media is explicitly anti-gay. It’s hard to argue with crazy.

The editor of Huffington Post’s Gay Voices, Signorile, is calling for the media to be intolerant “of all forms” of “bigotry against LGBT people.” And by bigotry, he means anything less than celebration.

In Signorile’s new book, It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia and Winning True Equality he whines that the media is not gay-friendly in the least. Indeed, he claims, “a higher level of vocal hate appears to be tolerated of all pundits when it’s directed at gays.”

His reasoning? Well, from time to time conservative and Christian pundits are given air time on the major networks. That’s right, Signorile protests at the very notion that someone who disagrees with his lifestyle is allowed to speak in public.

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal Over N.J. Ban on Helping Homosexual Youth

by Marsha West

Christian News Network reports:

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal over a New Jersey law that bans therapists and counselors from providing help to homosexual youth to overcome temptation.

As previously reported, reiterating his belief that homosexuality is “not a sin,” the Republican governor of New Jersey signed a bill into law in August 2013 that bans the use of conversion or reparative therapy, or to otherwise help minors who are struggling with feelings toward those of the same sex.

Text of the bill notes that the law bans “the practice of seeking to change a person’s sexual orientation, including, but not limited to, efforts to change behaviors, gender identity, or gender expressions, or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward a person of the same gender.” However, the regulation does not apply to counseling that seeks to affirm homosexual emotions or behaviors.

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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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The Bible does not present an art of prayer; it presents the God of prayer. —Edmund Clowney

May 4 Quotes


The Proper Way To Do Devotions

“There are a lot of ways to do devotions. It is not a one size fits all practice. Don’t worry about finding the perfect form of devotion. Think of it as an adventure or a treasure hunt or a journey. Just get started. Pick something and begin. If it doesn’t work well for you, quit with a clear conscious and try something else.”

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Marco Rubio’s DIY Christianity

Today, while Americans are more likely than ever to hold supernatural beliefs and have religious experiences, they are also less likely than ever to go to church, particularly an institutional church. They are increasingly likely to believe that they can formulate their own beliefs, and that institutional churches have no particular authority to teach them one way or another, and that religious dogma is something on which one can simply agree to disagree, and where every view is equivalent.

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Aiming To Deepen Rite’s Meaning, Baptist Pastor In Ohio Baptizes Infant

Baptist theologian Beth Newman said she hopes Kennedy’s action will spark conversations in Baptist and wider Christian life about those deeper meanings of Baptism. “As Christians, we want to say baptism is this one event, but it’s also a way of life,” said Newman, a professor of theology and ethics at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.

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Vices And Virtues

“In our times of family worship, we should make sure our children recognize they are not okay as they are. We should help them see the depths of their sin. Then we can also help them to see the grace of God which equips them to change and live for the glory of God.”

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Ministering To The Mobile

“During the first three years, I allowed myself to become sinfully frustrated by this aspect of our church plant; it felt like I was trying to do college ministry while having to establish a local church. On one occasion, while venting my frustrations, a friend looked at me and said, “What are you complaining about? Think about foster care parents. At best they hope to love the kids they are entrusted with, move them on to a better home and never see them again.”

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Helping The Impossible

“I work with people in desperate situations. Many have been abused. Some are abusers. Some are violent drug users. Some have grown up in the foster care system. Some are angry. Some are depressed. Some are desperate. Some are quite happy. None of them qualifies as hopeless or impossible on my list.”

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Two Kingdoms Politics [Part 4]

“The political question is clearly central to the two-kingdoms doctrine, almost as much today as it was in the Reformation era. Here the doctrine seeks to hold together the eschatological tension between Christ’s insistence that “my kingdom is not of this world” with the triumphant declaration of Revelation that “the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ.”

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Did the Early Church Fathers Believe in Sola Scriptura?

“The clearest token of the prestige enjoyed by (Scripture) is the fact that almost the entire theological effort of the Fathers, whether their aims were polemical or constructive, was expended upon what amounted to the exposition of the Bible. Further, it was everywhere taken for granted that, for any doctrine to win acceptance, it had first to establish its Scriptural basis.”

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Pastors push musical “tones” to reach God and heal our DNA

by Marsha West

Amy Spreeman of Berean Research reports:

Forget the Bible and the Holy Spirit – now you can transform your soul, heal the sick and injured, and experience the presence of God – through musical notes played at a specific frequency.

Okay, please don’t forget the Bible and the Holy Spirit – I was kidding. But if you are wondering how professing Christians are assimilating New Age thought, practices and outright sorcery into their worship, you might want to know about a “new thing” that caught my eye: WholeTones. Promoters of this specially formulated ethereal music are making some pretty astounding promises, saying that the vibrations of certain songs will:

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AD: The Bible Continues (TV Series)

by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett LT Publishing

Reviewed By Lighthouse Trails

American Christians seem desperate for everything but the Bible. They’ve got to have the most popular “Bible teachers” (e.g. Rick Warren and Beth Moore); the most exciting and sensually appealing books (e.g. Jesus Calling and The Shack); a wide assortment of exciting, sensual, wordly music; the most mystically drawing teachers (e.g. Richard Foster and Brennan Manning) and mystically oriented practices (e.g. lectio divina and contemplative prayer); and they’ve got to have the most thrilling and captivating movies about God (e.g. The Passion of the Christ and Son of God). The fact is, reading and studying the Bible itself has become too boring and blasé for most Christians today. And the pastors and leaders keep feeding this unsatiable hunger for sensual foods because the truth is, they want to to be filled with them too.

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Liberalism’s warm fuzzy god

by Marsha West

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 […]

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Cold Case Christianity: The Best Christian Case Making (Apologetics) Content on Twitter

If 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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The Most Difficult Command of Jesus?

Every day the news reports another story of senseless killing, terror and the murder of Christians. Our flesh wants to lash out in vengeance–yet Jesus taught us In Matthew 5 to love, forgive and pray for our enemies. As Christians we sometimes have a difficult time loving our brothers and sisters, much less our enemies. […]

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Communion in Private Worship

by David de Bruyn

Communion with God involves words. Humans cannot think without them, and as one mind communes with another, words are needed. So in communion with God, we must hear his words, and respond with our own. A purposeful, expectant search for God’s communicated desires in his Word could be called interrogative meditation.

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Will the American Church Be a New Smyrna?

by Rick Phillips

As the Supreme Court deliberates on the question of homosexual marriage, American Christians are bracing for a level of government persecution yet unknown to us. The fear is that with homosexuality declared a constitutional right, opposition will officially be akin to racism. Under such a ruling, Christian institutions who refuse to grant homosexual rights may be subjected to official oppression and lose their tax exempt status if they refuse to permit marriage between two men or two women…Continue


Hell’s Horrors vs. Heaven’s Happiness

by Mark Jones

When we speak of grace, hell, heaven, etc., we must not merely speak in generalities, but as specific as the Scriptures allow us, which includes good and necessary consequences (Matt. 22:32). Someone may reference the horrors of hell or the…Continue


Baltimore and the Credibility of Our Theology

by Bruce Baugus

Reformed ministers of the past ordinarily paid some attention to things like riots in the streets of their cities, and spoke and wrote on them with force at times. Granted, some of those riots were over religious issues, but not…Continue


Bruce Jenner and All of Us

by Matthew S. Miller

I’ve joined the nation in following, with some degree of fascination, the saga of an Olympic gold medal decathlete announcing on national TV that he is now a woman. This process of becoming a woman has, involved, for Jenner, the…Continue


Liberation Theology and Marxism

by Bill Muehlenberg

We do not hear all that much about liberation theology nowadays. But it certainly was a major issue in the 70s and 80s, and I wrote extensively about it at the time. Although primarily a phenomena of Latin America, and mainly found in Catholic circles, it did spread elsewhere and into other denominational groupings.

A short overview of it can be offered here, but mainly because a new development has arisen which is well worth highlighting. As to the movement itself, it was mainly a movement of the religious left, in which Marxist analysis of economic and social conditions was given a very high place.

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Eight Practical Steps to Preserving Church Unity – Rainer on Leadership #121

Podcast Episode #121

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Church unity, frankly, is lacking in too many of our churches today. Church splits, fights, and bickering are far too common. So today on the podcast, we look at eight simple steps that can help preserve church unity. These aren’t an overnight fix, but they can set your church on a trajectory to promoting unity in the fellowship.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • One of the major concerns in the church today is church unity.
  • Corporate worship gatherings in the church should be focused on prayer and the ministry of the Word.
  • A denomination will not be unified as long as the churches within it are not unified themselves.
  • Where two or more Baptists are gathered, there are three or more opinions.
  • Most disagreements in the church happen over the way things are done, not why they are done.
  • When you start comparing your church to others, you tear down the unity in your church.
  • The more you focus on prayer and Scripture, the more you’ll bring the church together in unity.
  • The more the Body of Christ comes together in selflessness, the more unified a church will become.

The eight steps to church unity we cover in this podcast are:

  1. Make prayer and Scripture the focus of corporate gatherings
  2. ​Preach and teach about church unity
  3. ​Put others before yourself
  4. Talk to people, not about people
  5. Be a part of the change you want to see
  6. Stand up for the leadership of the church
  7. Be willing to not get your way if it means advancing the mission
  8. Don’t compare your church to the one down the street or across town

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Understanding “The Monster Within”: Eating Disorders, Part 1

You’re reading Part 1 of a two-part BCC Grace & Truth blog miniseries on eating disorders by Marie Notcheva. In the first part of this series, we will consider the faulty thinking and “idolatry” behind eating disorders; in the second, we will consider some gospel-centered differences in how to counsel anorexic and bulimic women. Continue reading →


Gospel Grace for the Eating-Disordered Woman, Part 2

You’re reading Part 2 of a two-part BCC Grace & Truth blog miniseries on eating disorders by Marie Notcheva. In the first part of this series, we considered the faulty thinking and “idolatry” behind eating disorders. In the second, we consider some gospel-centered differences in how to counsel anorexic and bulimic women. Continue reading

A More Christlike God

Jesus does not look like God; God looks like Jesus. ⇦ Tweet that!

Let me explain what I mean.

For far too long, Christian theology has allowed a domineering monarchial view of God to discolor and distort our perspective of Jesus.


Singleness Myth #1: Marriage = Completion

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.


Faith in “A World Without God”

I recently did a five-part class for my church interacting with three typical objections to Christianity that arise from our secular culture:

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Rejoicing with the Gideons: Two Billion Bibles Distributed!

I rejoice with The Gideons International in their news of having surpassed the two billion mark distributing Bibles and New Testaments.

The distribution of the first one billion Bibles and New Testaments by Gideon members spanned ninety-three years (1908 to 2001).


Why Think about Heaven

The Word of God is far from silent on what eternity will be like in the eternal heaven (i.e. the New Earth). But why has God seen fit to reveal these truths to His people?

There are at least three reasons why the future reality of heaven ought to influence believers in the present. These might be summarized as: hope, holiness, and the honor of God.

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A La Carte (May 5)

When You Can’t Say “He” or “She” – I invariably enjoy Bill Mounce’s reflections on language and translation.

How to Find a Mentor – There is lots of sage counsel in this one from Russell Moore.

The Right Time to Tell My Darkest Secret – Joshua Rogers tells about the difficulty he had in revealing his darkest secret (which involves sexual victimization).

The Heresy of Indifference – Burk Parsons: “When people tell me they are into Jesus but not into doctrine, I tell them that if they are not into doctrine, they are, in fact, not into Jesus.”

What the Media Isn’t Telling You – Michael Kruger tells you exactly what the media won’t tell you about the arguments over same-sex marriage.

Two Billion Bibles – The Gideons just distributed their two billionth Bible. They were even outside my son’s high school the other day, simply giving away Bibles to whoever wanted one.

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The Daily Discovery (May 5, 2015)

Brain trust: how to prepare local churches for the coming Gaystapo – “The ‘Gaystapo’ is on the march. We’re where we are thanks to years of rampant relativism, the gospel of ‘follow your heart,’ postmodernism, and Christianoid defection and/or timidity. Any day we may find it knocking at the door of our church, no matter where we are. That this is just one tentacle on an octopus of rebellion against God is beside our point, which (as is my wont here) is very focused.”

The Most Difficult Command of Jesus? – “Every day the news reports another story of senseless killing, terror and the murder of Christians. Our flesh wants to lash out in vengeance–yet Jesus taught us In Matthew 5 to love, forgive and pray for our enemies. As Christians we sometimes have a difficult time loving our brothers and sisters, much less our enemies.”

Imagine a world in which all the “Christians” have disappeared – “A statement I heard based on a pre-Tribulation view of eschatology: ‘Imagine a world in which all the Christians have disappeared’.  Well, let’s think this out.”

Challenge: Proof That Christianity Is Wrong – “Here’s an argument I found, offering ‘Proof That Christianity Is Wrong’: This argument is based upon the following premises…”

SBC Establishment Angry at those Meddling Bloggers over Ben Carson Fiasco – “With the decision last week by Willy Rice (president of the 2015 SBC Pastor’s Conference) to drop Dr. Ben Carson from the speakers list, there has been some backlash from the evangelical establishment. Even Perry Noble went through an exhausting rant of unbiblical reasons why he was disappointed over the decision (although he’s hardly the establishment). Willy Rice himself even said that he didn’t agree with his own decision to drop Carson, and pawned it off as a sacrifice for the sake of keeping the SBC ‘united.’”


SERMON:

Dr. Steven J. Lawson – A Man Ready to Die


VIDEOS:

On the Road: What the Lord Did at Starbucks

Donall and Conall Meet C.F.W. Walther


“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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Brain trust: how to prepare local churches for the coming Gaystapo

by Dan PhillipsThe “Gaystapo” is on the march. We’re where we are thanks to years of rampant relativism, the gospel of “follow your heart,” postmodernism, and Christianoid defection and/or timidity. Any day we may find it knocking at the door of our church, no matter where we are. That this is just one tentacle on an octopus of rebellion against God is beside our point, which (as is my wont here) is very focused.

I mean to pose to you the question I find surprisingly absent from the blogs I’d expect to take lead on it:

what language do we need to put in our church Constitutions 
to proof us (to any degree) against lawsuits?


I don’t ask in the interest of evading all persecution. I think that’s coming, and Christians shouldn’t be surprised. But I would sure like to spare churches the waste of thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours each frivolous lawsuit, even the “successful” ones, always mean.

So here’s what I want from you:

  1. Not just “I think” and “we probably oughta” and “gee I don’t know.”
  2. But either (A) link us to an online Constitution that actually has included such language, or (B) refer us to an online article giving useful and specific direction, or (C) transcribe for us what your church’s constitution has included.
We’re being told we’d better prepare, we’d better put in in our Constitutions. Probably so. Using what words?
In a healthy blogosphere, a few dozen other high-profilers would join in to the benefit of faithful churches across the land, but as it is you know it’s probably up to you and me.
So let’s see what we can do, to serve faithful churches. Contribute if you have it, or get out the word.

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 End Times Signs

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Q. I have two questions. A) Why should the generation Jesus mentioned in Matt. 24:34 start with the rebirth of Israel, when Jesus didn’t mention this event when describing the end-time generation? B) In other words, is your position that Israel’s re-birth appears to be the earliest chronological sign even though Jesus didn’t mention it when describing the end-time generation?

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Raising The Dead

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Q. I absolutely love your site, I read it daily first thing in the morning with my cup of coffee before I start my day. I cannot count the ways that it has literally changed my life and the way I conduct myself in every aspect of my life. However, I have a question that has been nagging at me for years and I hope that you can provide an answer. If the Bible says that it is appointed for men to die but once, then why are there reports of people (along with miraculous healings) being raised from the dead as you have mentioned in other sections of your site?

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How Can I Tell If An Old Testament Verse Is For Me?

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Q.  How can I know which verses from the Old Testament can be applied to my life today?  I used to think verses like Jeremiah 29:11 were applicable to everyone.  Now I see that verse was for a specific people at a specific time and the church today often takes it out of context as if God was speaking it to us now.  Since I realized this, I now question whether I’ll misinterpret other verses in the OT.  I worry that I’ll believe a verse such as Proverbs 3:5-6 that says trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding is for everyone only to discover later that it wasn’t.

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Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

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

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

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

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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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May 6, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

2015-5 May Prayer Calendar


Pakistan Represents One of the Worst Situations for Religious Freedom Says U.S. Report

ICC Note:

Pakistan was singled out as representing one of the worst situations for religious freedom in the world in a recent report released by the U.S.


Mother of Newborn Narrates Ordeal In The Hands Of Militants

ICC Note: Boko Haram captive Lami Musa reveals terrifying details about the treatment women have received while held hostage by the militant Islamic terror group. Musa escaped marriage to one of the Boko Haram fighters because of she was one of the number of women the Nigerian military rescued last week from the Sambisa Forest.


India Infuriated by U.S. Religious Freedom Report

ICC Note:

Last Thursday, The U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its annual report on international religious freedom. India was included in that report as a “Tier 2” country because USCIRF found that religious freedom violations in India were “engaged in or tolerated by the government” and were “characterized by at least one of the elements of the ‘systematic, ongoing, and egregious’ standard.” The Indian government has expressed outrage over the report claiming that the USCIRF is engaged in “a conspiracy to tarnish the image of the country.” A dramatic increase in Christian persecution has been well documented over the past year as well as the government’s inaction to protect its own religious minorities.


Nigeria: Sambisa Forest – 214 ‘Rescued’ Girls, Women Pregnant – UNFPA

ICC Note: The United Nations Population Fund reports that more than 200 women are pregnant out of the nearly 700 women and girls rescued last week from the Sambisa Forest where Muslim terrorists Boko Haram have strongholds.


Church Regains Right to Serve Housing Project after Being Denied for Being ‘Religious’

ICC Note: In September of 2014, Living Water Church of Pennsylvania received a message from the government housing agency stating that they were no longer able to serve at a local government-owned housing project.


U.S. Religious Freedom Commission Calls For Criminal Prosecution Of Islamic State

ICC Note: In its latest report, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) called for pressure to bring the Islamic State (ISIS) to charges in the International Criminal Court.


13 Million Flee Religion-Linked Conflicts Worldwide

ICC Note: The more than 13 million people who have fled religion-linked conflicts is one of the major concerns in an annual report highlighting violations of religious freedom around the world.


Korean Christians Want ‘Unification Through Gospel’

ICC Note: ICC reps attended the event and were impressed by the zeal and courage of the North Korean defectors who made up most of the speakers at the North Korea Freedom Coalition luncheon on Friday, but this pastor’s determination and commitment was particularly admirable.


Hundreds of Christians in India Protest as Government Claims International Conspiracy

U.S. Report Labels India a “Tier 2” Violator of Religious Freedom

5/4/2015 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that over 400 Christian leaders, social activists, and legislators in India’s Telangana state took to the streets in Hyderabad to peacefully protest a recent spike in attacks on Christians by Hindu radicals.


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Hindu Radicals Demand Closing of Christian Schools in India

ICC Note:

Last month, Hindu radicals in India’s Jharkhand state demanded to closing of two Christians schools because the schools did not have statues of Hindu gods and did not hang a photo of the current prime minister.


Nepal’s Christians Return To Worship After Deadly Earthquake

ICC Note:

Many of Nepal’s Christians are returning to worship following a deadly earthquake that struck the country over a week ago. Initial reports estimate the death toll above 6,000, but many feel it will continue to climb as the country continues to recovers.


A Rescued Family

ICC provided a shoe store for Mariam, so that she can earn an income making shoes and slippers. This new project has been up and running 5 months.


More Boko Haram Freed Nigerian Women Tell of Captivity Horror

ICC Note: Stonings, forced marriage, sexual abuse, forced conversion to Islam… These are just a few of the extreme horrors some of the women experienced who were rescued last week from the clutches of militant Islamists Boko Haram.


‘I Escaped But My Family Was Killed’: Stories of Christian Migrants to Europe Because of Faith

ICC Note: Migrants are leaving Africa in droves headed through Libya across the Mediterranean Sea for Europe. Among the number are Christians who have fled their homes because of religious persecution, particularly, violence and threats they have experienced because they have converted from Islam to Christianity.


Zhejiang Authorities Remove Cross and Continue Persecution Campaign

ICC Note: In their continued campaign against Christian churches, authorities from China’s Zhejiang province have removed yet another church’s cross. On April 23, 2015, over 100 individuals, both law enforcement officers and demolition crews, were sent to the church to carry out the cross removal.


Daily Prayer – Tuesday 05 May 2015

After the riots in Niger in January (see yesterday) Christian leaders held a press conference in which they said that they had forgiven those who did them harm and that persecution was part of their life as Christians.


Hindu extremists force Indian church pastor to Hindu temple on Easter Sunday

Pastor Meesaul and his church members discovered the saffron flags used by Hindu extremists after they returned to the church building from a sunrise service.


Delhi High Court demands government report on attacks against places of worship

Last Wednesday (29 April), India’s Delhi High Court demanded a status report from both the federal and Delhi governments, as well as the Delhi police commissioner, indicating attacks on Delhi places of worship and measures taken to protect them.


Coptic Bishop Claims Egyptian Authorities Are Behind Christian Persecution

ICC Note: In a recent interview, a Coptic bishop has pointed out that the Egyptian government and state security are often complicit in the attacks on Christians and fail to act to prevent or bring justice for those who are persecuted.


Ancient Christian Communities In Middle East Could Be Eradicated, Says Author

ICC Note: If nothing is done to stop these Christian communities could be entirely erased from their homelands. Christians are facing attacks from ISIS and other jihadists across the Middle East, but stretching all the way to West Africa and across the region.


Daily Prayer – Wednesday 06 May 2015

The deadline for gathering signatures for Barnabas Fund’s petition “Save the Christians of the Middle East” was 30 April.


Mission Centre in South Sudan

This ministry reaches out to hospitals, prisons, street children and other needy people, offering practical help, sharing the Good News and discipling new believers.


Local Government in India Cancels Christian Convention Citing Law and Order Issues

ICC Note:

A local government in India has cancelled its permission for Christians to hold a three day prayer convention citing law and order issues. The event was scheduled to start on Monday, but officially revoked their permission last on Sunday.


Britain Revokes Visas Issued to Two Hindu Radical Speakers

ICC Note:

The British government revoked the visas issues to two Hindu radical speakers who were planning to attend a Hindu convention in Britain. The visas were revoked after evidence was brought to the government’s attention regarding the radical ideology propagated by the two speakers.


Legal Group Sues North Carolina Library after Denied Lecture Use for ‘Religious Instruction’

ICC Note: The Christian group, Liberty Counsel, has filed a lawsuit against a North Carolina public library after being denied access to their lecture space because they would be taking part in “religious instruction.” The group often presents lectures across the United States about the “role of Christianity in the founding of America.” The Liberty Counsel has since taken the issue to court through a federal lawsuit, claiming that the library violated their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.


Tanzanian government initiates harassment of church leadership at local level

Three church pastors on Tanzania’s Mafia island were summoned to appear at the district level registration office last week, confirming Tanzanian Christians’ fears that government threats to close churches would be initiated at the unsung local rather than the national level.


The “Kings” of Deder: Persecution and the Cost of Following Christ in Muslim-Dominated Pocket in Ethiopia

The story of Fikere Mengistu – threatened, extorted, and jailed for Jesus

By Troy Augustine

05/05/2015 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Fikere Mengistu trudged up and down dusty hills through deep darkness, step by step, mile by mile, forsaking a night’s sleep as he made his way home to Deder, Ethiopia.


Young Sudanese Refugee Cast Out of Home for Leaving Islam

ICC Note: Eighteen-year-old “Kuku” from Kordofan state, South Sudan knows the cost of following Christ. Trusting in Jesus meant that he was exiled from his Muslim family and threatened to be killed by his own father for forsaking Islam.


UN Agency Concerned Over More Montagnard Asylum Seekers

ICC Note: The longstanding persecution of the Montagnards in Vietnam, for political and/or religious reasons, has been well documented. We call on the Cambodian government to be responsive to the plight of the Montagnard asylum seekers and to live up to their international obligations.


‘You Are A Target’: Muslim Extremists Terrorize Egypt’s Coptic Christians

ICC Note: Christians across Egypt remain the target of intense persecution from extremists who regularly assault the minority that comprises about 10 percent of the population.


Middle East: Taking Liberties In Egypt

ICC Note: In Egypt, even as the Sisi-led government aims to crackdown on Islamic extremism the place for religious minorities or non-believers continues to shrink as well.


In the aftermath: Muslims in Niger Burn 69 Christian Churches, Kill 10 Christians and Injure Hundreds

The headline is horrific, but there is an amazing thing happening in Niger: God is supernaturally transforming hearts, and giving victims and an entire community a heart of forgiveness: “My prayer is that they would come to know Jesus and that the Lord would touch them even in a dream.


Islamic State fighters destroy two churches in Syria

In twin bomb attacks, an Armenian church in Aleppo and an Assyrian church in Tel Tal village in the north-eastern Khabur region were destroyed by Islamic State (IS) militants on 28 April.


The Story of Fikere Mengistu: Threatened, Extorted, and Jailed for Jesus

Fikere Mengistu’s mind was filled with fear as he trudged up and down dusty hills through deep darkness, uncertain of what persecution might be waiting for him in the village he had previously fled because of threats due to his Christian faith.


Operation Nehemiah: News Update #183

UK – Muhammad acknowledged in succession of prophets in a Muslim prayer read at Westminster Abbey’s Gallipoli commemoration service
In a service to commemorate the centenary of the First World War’s Gallipoli battle, the congregation at Westminster Abbey heard a Muslim prayer in Turkish that listed Muhammad in the succession of prophets, after Jesus.


Prayer Focus 05/15

Kenya – Christian students massacred by Al-Shabaab
Libya – Islamic State video shows militants killing 30 Ethiopian Christians
Syria – 29 Christians killed in Aleppo during violent onslaught…


 

Safe havens for Christians rapidly diminish in north-eastern Syria

“We are going through a terrible time,” says Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, who is based in Syria’s north-eastern city of Hassake.

Don Johnson: six reasons why people reject Christianity

WINTERY KNIGHT

Here’s a post on practical evangelism by Christian scholar Don Johnson.

His list of reasons why people often reject Christianity:

  1. Christians behaving badly
  2. Disappointment with God
  3. Weak or absent father
  4. Social pressure
  5. Cost of discipleship
  6. Immorality (especially sexual immorality)

And here’s the detail on #6:

Of all the motivations and reasons for skepticism that I encounter, immorality is easily the most common. In particular, sexual sin seems to be the largest single factor driving disbelief in our culture. Brant Hanson calls sex “The Big But” because he so often hears this from unbelievers: “’I like Jesus, BUT…’ and the ‘but’ is usually followed, one way or the other, with an objection about the Bible and… sex. People think something’s deeply messed-up with a belief system that says two consenting, unmarried adults should refrain from sex.” In other words, people simply do not want to follow the Christian teaching that sexual intercourse…

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Why the mortification of sin is vital for Christians

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 O Lord, the God of my salvation,
I have cried out by day and in the night before You.
2 Let my prayer come before You;
Incline Your ear to my cry!
3 For my soul has had enough troubles,
And my life has drawn near to Sheol.
4 I am reckoned among those who go down to the pit;
I have become like a man without strength,
5 Forsaken among the dead,
Like the slain who lie in the grave,
Whom You remember no more,
And they are cut off from Your hand.
6 You have put me in the lowest pit,
In dark places, in the depths.
7 Your wrath has rested upon me,
And You have afflicted me with all Your waves.
Selah.
8 You have removed my acquaintances far from me;
You have made me an object of loathing to them;
I…

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