Daily Archives: May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

When the voice of Christ speaks through the Word, then you will arise, and leave all, and follow Him. —Robert Murray McCheyne

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May 6, 2015

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The U.S. is donating more than $68 million for relief efforts in Yemen, where almost 16 million people need assistance, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

When Thomas Hayes walks into a London courtroom next week, he will be the first person to face trial for allegedly rigging the benchmark interest rates used to value $350 trillion of loans and securities. It only took seven years to get here.

Expanding the battle over the right to bear arms, U.S. legislatures that relaxed laws after the gun lobby’s decades-long push are now loosening restrictions on switchblades, dirks, daggers and poignards.

Michigan voters rejected increasing sales taxes to pay for schools and gas taxes to generate $1.3 billion annually for road and bridge construction, according to Governor Rick Snyder.

Productivity in the U.S. fell in the first quarter, triggering the largest back-to-back decline in more than two decades and pushing up worker costs as the world’s largest economy almost stalled.

Pope Francis has brought in outsiders to clean up the Vatican’s finances-risking a confrontation with the powerful Curia that governs the Catholic Church.

Rates on U.S. student loans are on track to drop by half a percentage point for the upcoming academic year when they are reset in July. As tuition prices escalate, borrowers have racked up $1.2 trillion in student debt, mostly in federal loans.

California regulators approved rules that for the first time require mandatory water reductions across the state as a historic drought gripping the region enters its fourth year and conservation efforts fall short of targets.

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A southern Indiana man who is facing a possible death penalty on charges that he killed his ex-girlfriend and ate part of her body has now been charged with raping her, an attorney representing the defendant said.

Five Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 12 wounded over the last 24 hours as clashes rumbled on between government forces and pro-Russian rebels.

The first critical test for SpaceX’s Dragon crew vessel couldn’t have gone any better, as the private space company showed NASA it’s on track to take astronauts to space.

The world’s oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is going on rare display at Israel’s leading museum in an exhibit tracing civilization’s most pivotal moments. The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll, from a collection of the world’s most ancient biblical manuscripts discovered near the Dead Sea east of Jerusalem, has never before been publicly displayed in Israel and has only been shown in brief exhibits abroad.

A Guatemalan drug trafficker known as “the Queen of the South” was sentenced in a US federal court on Tuesday but the judge put her case and its outcome under seal for five years.

A small mouth bass caught last year in the Susquehanna River had cancer, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission confirmed Monday.

At least 16 members of the Syrian Kurdish security forces were killed Wednesday in an Islamic State group attack on a base in the northeastern province of Hasakeh.

An Austrian men’s magazine has printed its latest edition using blood from people who are HIV-positive in order to counter the “stigma” often attached to the virus that causes AIDS, its chief editor said Tuesday.

Astronomers have discovered a baby blue galaxy that is farther away in distance and time than any galaxy ever seen. It’s among the universe’s first generation of galaxies, from 13.1 billion years ago.

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Passenger ferries could be set to run between Florida and Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years after the US government approved new services. Services between the two countries stopped when the US imposed a trade embargo on Cuba in 1960.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is coming under increasing criticism for ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor federal military exercises. The exercises drew concerns that the government could implement martial law or confiscate citizens’ guns. The exercises, called Jade Helm 15, are set to begin in July.

Gay rights activists in Cuba will hold a mass wedding this weekend, in a country where gay marriage is still not legal.

German police have arrested four people suspected of plotting to attack Muslims and asylum seekers.

Conflict and violence around the world have displaced a record 38 million people inside their own countries, a new report said.

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ISIS terrorists have called for the “slaughter” of Pamela Geller, the organizer of the Texas “Draw Muhammad” event that left one officer injured and the two attackers dead.

Does reading to your children somehow give them an unfair advantage over less fortunate children? A British philosopher is making that claim, and it’s causing ripple waves across the globe.

Greece has revealed it is to introduce a surcharge for all cashpoint withdrawals and financial transactions in a desperate attempt to prevent citizens withdrawing their money from the country’s beleaguered banks.

University students in the Netherlands have worked with KLM employees to design an app that would allow flight attendants to identify passengers who are feeling anxious or ill. The Flightbeat app would monitor the physical and mental well-being of passengers through heart rate sensors built into their seats.


Top News – 5/6/2015

100 volcanic quakes at popular Japanese resort prompt tourist warning

There has been a rise in the number of volcanic earthquakes recorded in Hakone, Japan. The nearby Hakone volcano began belching steaming gas and meteorologists say there is a possible risk of an eruption.   

Obama administration approves licenses for Cuba ferry service
The US Treasury Department on Tuesday approved an unknown number of licenses for passenger ferry service between the United States and Cuba, a Treasury Department official told Reuters.   

Oldest complete copy of Ten Commandments displayed in Israel
The manuscript is so brittle that it will only be on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for two weeks before it is returned to a secure, pitch-black, climate-controlled storage facility there. “When you are thinking about universal law, the universal principle of ethics, … this is the first law that comes to your mind,”   

New Sanctions in works – against U.S. businesses
In an extraordinary move that could mean billions lost to the American economy, Gulf monarchs meeting Tuesday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, took a closed-door decision to potentially withhold investments from U.S. military firms if the terms of any final agreement with Iran causes significant harm to the Sunni Arab states.   

Islamic, Western Countries in Joint Military Drill in Jordan
Among the other participating countries are Canada, Australia, Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, and the United Kingdom. Also taking part are Iraq, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.   

Deepening bond rout rattles world markets
A worldwide sell-off in government bonds deepened on Wednesday, with the rise in long-term borrowing costs to their highest level this year spreading unease across all assets and putting stock markets under pressure too.   

X-FLARE
The sun is no longer quiet. Emerging sunspot AR2339 unleashed an intense X2-class solar flare on May 5th at 22:11 UT. A pulse of UV radiation and X-rays from the flare caused a strong radio blackout over the Pacific side of Earth.   

MINOR STORM WARNING
NOAA forecasters estimate a 45% chance of minor geomagnetic storms on May 6th when a CME is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field.   

Powerful earthquake rattles Papua New Guinea, small tsunami seen near epicentre
A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, generating a small tsunami near the epicentre, bringing down power lines and cracking walls, but causing no widespread damage.   

Drought forces California into first mandatory rules to save water
The emergency regulations, which require some communities to trim water use by as much as 36 percent, were approved unanimously late Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board weeks after Democratic Governor Jerry Brown stood in a drying mountain meadow and ordered statewide rationing.   

Brazil faces surge in number of dengue fever cases
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. At 368 cases per 100,000 residents it amounts to an epidemic by World Health Organisation standards, but officials say the outbreak is not nationwide. Relaxed prevention and an increase in home water storage have been blamed.   

Israel’s Netanyahu faces deadline to form coalition
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is racing to assemble a coalition government ahead of a Wednesday evening deadline. His Likud party won March’s election but he is still trying to strike deals with other parties to gain a majority. On Monday, former ally Avigdor Lieberman said his Yisrael Beitenu party would not join the coalition.   

Cuba to hold symbolic ‘mass gay wedding’
Gay rights activists in Cuba will hold a mass wedding this weekend, in a country where gay marriage is still not legal. The activists will be led by the daughter of President Raul Castro, Mariela, who is a leading gay and transgender rights campaigner. The symbolic wedding will be part of Cuba’s annual gay pride parade.   

US approves ferry service between Cuba and Florida
Passenger ferries could be set to run between Florida and Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years after the US government approved new services. Services between the two countries stopped when the US imposed a trade embargo on Cuba in 1960. But Washington announced the restoration of diplomatic ties in December last year.   

Report: Sudan shoots down Israeli drone
Following reports of explosions and a military attack in Sudan early Wednesday morning, Arab media cited the Sudanese army as saying it shot down an Israeli drone in the Valley of the Prophet area north of the capital Khartoum. A spokesman for the Sudanese army denied reports that a target was hit, adding that the military identified a suspicious object in its airspace and intercepted it.   

‘Tornado’ hits Germany, leaving extensive damage
The German town of Buetzow has been left extensively damaged by what residents described as a tornado that tore off roofs, overturned cars and ripped up trees, with more destruction reported in other parts of Germany.   

The Return Of Peak Oil – Worrying Signs From U.S. And Russia
World oil production jumped in 2011, hardly moved at all in 2013 but it was up by more than 1.5 million barrels per day in 2014. And after such a huge gain everyone and their brother were singing “peak oil is dead’. But if you scroll down through the 37 major world oil producers it becomes obvious that a majority of nations have peaked and most of them are in steep decline.   

Hezbollah says will attack Nusra Front inside Syria
Hezbollah’s leader said on Tuesday his Lebanon-based militant group will launch an attack inside Syria against al Qaeda-linked insurgents in the mountain region along the countries’ border.   

U.S. aims to make Iran nuclear deal immune to Russian, Chinese veto
Washington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring U.N. sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and Chinese vetoes, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.   

Greece introduces cashpoint tax in desperate bid to raise revenue and stop run on banks as country teeters on brink of bankruptcy
Greece has revealed it is to introduce a surcharge for all cashpoint withdrawals and financial transactions in a desperate attempt to prevent citizens withdrawing their money from the country’s beleaguered banks. Ministers hope the controversial move could raise as much as €180 million, which the Athens government hopes will help the country avoid defaulting on debts owed to international creditors.  


Top Headlines – 5/6/2015

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu Fights to Form a Majority Coalition

Israeli Ambassador Prosor Compares Radical Islamists to Nazis on Anniversary of WWII Ending

US Condemns Israeli Singer for Comparing Obama to Hitler

French judges end probe into Arafat’s death 

Netanyahu: Alliance with the US is foundation of our national security 

Next round of violence will be harder on Gaza, ex-IDF chief says

Hezbollah clashes with al-Qaida-linked gunmen on Lebanon-Syria border 

Hezbollah says will attack Nusra Front inside Syria 

Nasrallah: If Assad falls, Hezbollah falls

Diplomats: US wants a UN team to determine blame for Syria gas attacks 

More than 50 massacres took place in Syria in the month of April: report

ISIS Crucifies Three Brothers in Libya 

Syria conflict: Fresh UN-backed talks begin in Geneva

Saudi Arabia to host meeting of Syrian opposition groups-statement 

The Mufti Of Saudi Arabia Passes A Fatwa That A Muslim Can Cannibalize And Eat His Wife

Obama expected to push for Gulf missile defense at US summit 

Sudanese military sources report ‘foreign air raid’ on Khartoum 

UN: Peacekeepers ambushed in Congo; 2 dead, 13 wounded

Troops kill 28 suspected militants in central Nigeria: military

‘You are a target’: Muslim extremists terrorize Egypt’s Coptic Christians

Iran’s allies, not atoms, preoccupy Israeli generals

Obama under pressure to calm Arab fears over Iran deal, US officials say 

Iran, world powers struggle to overcome divisions in nuclear talks 

France, Saudi Arabia unite in vision for region, say Iran deal must be verifiable 

Bipartisan Iran oversight bill heading to Senate floor 

U.S. aims to make Iran nuclear deal immune to Russian, Chinese veto

EU to stand by Ukraine trade deal at summit despite Russia-draft

Russia shows off new high-tech tank

North Korea diplomats storm out of UN rights meeting 

Germanwings co-pilot practiced descent on outbound flight before crash, report claims

Dutch pol who spoke at Muhammad cartoon contest warns of more attacks on US soil

White House says ‘too early to tell’ if Texas shooters tied to ISIS 

How ISIS Capitalizes on Lone Wolves to Spread Terror ‘At No Cost’

Louie Gohmert Sounds The Alarm About Possible Military Takeover Of Texas

Pentagon: Texas has nothing to fear from upcoming military exercise

Clinton calls for path to ‘full and equal citizenship’ for illegal immigrants

United States approves first ferry service to Cuba in decades

Liquidity drought could spark market bloodbath, warns IIF

Greeks bring in tax on cash withdrawals to stem crisis

The Return Of Peak Oil – Worrying Signs From U.S. And Russia

French parliament approves new surveillance rules

The World’s First Self-Driving Semi-Truck Hits the Road

Mysterious ‘X-Files’ sounds heard miles above the Earth

Strong Solar X-Ray Radiation Hits Earth, Impacting Some Radio Communication For Entire Hemisphere

Cinco de Mayo Meteor Shower Rains Halley’s Comet Bits on Earth

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Mid-Indian Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kandrian, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kashmar, Iran

100 volcanic quakes at popular Japanese resort prompt tourist warning

3rd Dallas-Area Earthquake In Just Over A Day!

Michigan earthquake: ‘Big deal’ for a couple reasons, U.S. Geological Survey scientist says

Nepal quake-ravaged temple faces threat from looters

Nepal Christians Return to Worship after Earthquake Turns Churches into Tombs

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 15,000ft 

‘Tornado’ hits Germany, leaving extensive damage 

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan offers solution to global warming

Coal-state officials blast Obama climate change plan

‘Man-made disaster’: Critics say California drought caused by misguided environment policies

California board approves emergency water rules

US gives farmers approval to spray crops from drones

U.S. boosts bird flu emergency funds as Hormel cuts jobs

Bird flu may take bite out of Thanksgiving’s turkey supply

Dengue cases soar in Brazil, as death toll climbs

Cancer Drug Spending Tops $100 Billion, Up 10% in a Year

Abstinence-Only Texas High School Has Severe Chlamydia Outbreak

Princeton ethicist: it’s ‘reasonable’ to kill disabled newborn babies

Former Lesbian to President Obama: Why Won’t You Listen to Voices of Ex-Homosexuals Jesus Set Free? 

‘It’s better than cheating on my wife’: Sex dolls fulfil the needs of China’s lonely men

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

Megachurch Pastor Paula White Weds Rocker Jonathan Cain in Third Marriage

More Americans Comfortable With A Gay Presidential Candidate Than An Evangelical One

Dallas Theological Seminary Says Its President Apologizes for Racism ‘Every Year’ After Complaint From Black Graduate


The Big Business Of Cancer: 100 BILLION Dollars Was Spent On Cancer Drugs Last Year Alone

Dollar - Public DomainIf you are an American, there is a 1 in 3 chance that you will get cancer during your lifetime.  If you are a man, the odds are closer to 1 in 2.  And almost everyone in America either knows someone who currently has cancer or who has already died from cancer.  But it wasn’t always this way.  Back in the 1940s, only one out of every sixteen Americans would develop cancer.  Something has happened that has caused the cancer rate in this nation to absolutely explode, and it is being projected that cancer will soon surpass heart disease and become the leading cause of death in the United States.  Overall, the World Health Organization says that approximately 14 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed around the globe each year, and the number of new cases is expected to increase by about 70 percent over the next 2 decades.  There are very few words in the English language that cause more fear than the word “cancer”, but despite billions spent on research and all of the technological progress we have made over the years this plague just continues to spiral wildly out of control.  Why is that? (Read More…)


Ultra-Secrecy Surrounds Barack Obama’s New Global Economic Treaty

Obama SelfieBarack Obama is secretly negotiating a global economic treaty which would destroy thousands of American businesses and millions of good paying American jobs.  In other words, it would be the final nail in the coffin for America’s economic infrastructure.  Obama knows that if the American people actually knew what was in this treaty that they would be screaming mad, so the negotiations are being done in secret.  The only people that are allowed to look at the treaty are members of Congress, and even they are being banned from saying anything to the public.  American workers are about to be brutally stabbed in the back, and thanks to all of this secrecy and paranoia they won’t even see it coming. (Read More….)


Why are all the casinos empty? Gaming revenues “collapse”

Gamble cc

People appear to be tapped out. From Las Vegas to Macau to Atlantic City this seems to be true.

Or perhaps gamblers think they’ve found a better game elsewhere. Like in their trading accounts. (Especially in China.)

Remember though – the real whales in the “market casinos” play with house money. Most of us don’t.

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Daily Digest

May 6, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“[F]oreigners will generally be apt to bring with them attachments to the persons they have left behind; to the country of their nativity; and to its particular customs and manners. They will also entertain opinions on government congenial with those under which they have lived; or if they should be led hither from a preference to ours, how extremely unlikely is it that they will bring with them that temperate love of liberty, so essential to real republicanism?” —Alexander Hamilton, 1802

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Hillary Vows to Outdo Obama’s Immigration Actions

On Cinco de Mayo, Hillary Clinton promised to go above and beyond what Barack Obama has done with his unconstitutional overreach on immigration. In a campaign stop where she spoke to a group of illegal immigrants in Nevada, Clinton said she’d ignore the Constitution — and she hasn’t even taken the oath yet to uphold it. “I will fight to stop partisan attacks on the executive actions that would put DREAMers, including those with us today, at risk of deportation,” Clinton said. “And if Congress continues to refuse to act, as president I would do everything possible under the law to go even further.” Remember: This is the same politician who said last year that all the unaccompanied illegal minors who were crossing the border should “be sent back as soon as it can be determined who the responsible adults in their families are.” For the Left, Obama was a successful candidate, and Clinton wants to position herself as Obama 2.0, downplaying the fact she married Bill. She may not have the outsider energy Obama had, but she can promise to continue his policies. More…

Enter Huckabee

Mike Huckabee officially tossed his hat in the ring Tuesday, announcing his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. He launched his campaign in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas, (also Bill Clinton’s birthplace) and promised to lead the nation “from hope to higher ground.” He’s uniquely qualified, he says, because “I learned how to govern and I learned how to lead.” And he’s focused on the economy: “Wages have been stagnant for the bottom 90% of Americans for 40 years. With all the talk of the economy in recovery, I’m talking to Americans every day whose economy is not recovering. They’re working harder than they were a year ago, two, three, four years ago but they’re not better off.” But he also carries a well-earned reputation for being a Big Government conservative, which in our book is an oxymoron. In other words, drop the “conservative” part, and you’ve got it. Indeed, we’ve had plenty to say about Huckabee’s record here and here.

Huckabee will have a tougher time winning the nomination than in his previous run. Unlike in 2008, there are numerous (actual) conservatives in the race who can just as easily win evangelical voters. And though the Republican Party has a habit of nominating previous primary losers (Reagan, Bush 41, McCain and Romney), Huckabee doesn’t strike us as fitting that profile. That said, it’s early and an awful lot can happen between now and the Iowa caucuses.

Clinton Continues to Resist Benghazi Committee

The dance between Hillary Clinton and the House Select Committee on Benghazi continues. First, Clinton dumped her email on the State Department and wiped her hands of the matter. And she continues to stonewall the committee’s request for her to testify. In an April 23 letter to Clinton’s personal attorney David Kendall, committee chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said if everyone cooperates, Clinton could testify twice before Independence Day and be done with the committee. “It is necessary to call Secretary Clinton twice because the committee needs to ensure we have a complete and responsive record and all the facts before we then substantively question her on the Benghazi terrorist attacks,” Gowdy wrote. After all, the committee has only 300 of Clinton’s emails.

But Kendall wrote back, “Respectfully, there is no basis, logic, or precedent for such an unusual request. The Secretary is fully prepared to stay for the duration of the Committee’s questions on the day she appears.” Kendall suggested Clinton appear before the committee the week of May 18, but only once. She doesn’t want to “prolong the Committee’s efforts further by appearing on two separate occasions when one will suffice,” he wrote. Obstruct, obfuscate and deny — it’s the same old Clinton modus operandi. More…

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

When Drawing Muhammad, It Depends on Who Wields the Pen

By Dan Gilmore

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Winning cartoonist Bosch Fawstin

By the way leftists have yammered this week, one gets the impression they believe there might be a right to draw Muhammad, an image offensive to many Muslims, but it’s a freedom conditional on who wields the pen — and even then there are limits.

On Sunday, Bosch Fawstin won the top prize at the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) Muhammad-drawing contest in Garland, Texas. It was an image of Muhammad materializing under the artist’s pencil. He holds a sword aloft and he’s saying, “You can’t draw me!”

The artist in the picture replies, “That’s why I draw you.”

Meanwhile, two jihadists, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, made the 1,000-mile road trip from Phoenix, Arizona. In the car, Simpson and Soofi had rifles, body armor and ammo with which they were going to silence Fawstin and as many other infidels as possible.

Thankfully, an armed police officer protecting the free speech rights of those gathered in that auditorium stopped the two cold before they could do more than wound a single security guard.

But instead of garnering the support of the Leftmedia — as it gave to Charlie Hebdo’s cartoonists and editors after the massacre at its offices, insincere as it was — the liberal talking heads turned on AFDI and said no one at the event had any right drawing Muhammad. Maybe it was because the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled AFDI an anti-Muslim hate group. Maybe it was because a good guy with a gun decided the final outcome of the day.

Fawstin has all the reason in the world to draw the figure. In his acceptance speech, Fawstin revealed he grew up Muslim: “The problem with even moderate Muslims — I was raised in the Bronx by Albanian Muslim parents — is that the poison of misogyny, and Jew hatred, it gets everyone.”

As he grew older, he grew hostile to the religion of his youth. He later adopted the objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand.

He created a superhero — Pigman — who fights jihadists, and drew several comic books with the character. It was a response to DC and Marvel avoiding the issue of violent Islam — not allowing Captain America to fight jihadists, for example.

But he’s no Charlie Hebdo cartoonist. “They tell the truth about Islam and jihad every single day. I’m a cartoonist, I have a blog … every so often, I have a comic book series I do, but I don’t do it every day,” he said.

Renald “Luz” Luzier drew Muhammad twice for the cover of Charlie Hebdo. When jihadists attacked his paper, killing his coworkers, he drew the figure again as a response to the terrorists who tried to silence him. Recently, however, he said he would stop drawing the figure because “It no longer interests me.”

Both cartoonists had reasons to draw Muhammad. But now everyone is bickering over who has more of a right to draw the figure. When PBS’s Charlie Rose asked Charlie Hebdo’s film critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret to offer his opinion about the attacks in Garland, Thoret labeled AFDI’s images of Muhammad illegitimate because, unlike Charlie Hebdo, the group was making fun of only Muslims. Charlie Hebdo, on the other hand, lampoons everyone to advance a socialist political philosophy.

“To be honest, I can’t imagine the kind of comparison you can make between the Charlie Hebdo attack January 7 and this event,” Thoret said. “You have, as you said, a sort of anti-Muslim movement, a very harsh movement against Islamization of the U.S.”

Since Charlie Hebdo is also anti-Christian and anti-Jew, they’re in the clear.

Thoret’s not the only progressive to justify the attacks against AFDI.

Chris Matthews played “hardball” with the story, calling the event a “mousetrap” to enrage Muslims. “Well, I think [AFDI’s president Pamela Geller] caused this trouble, and whether this trouble came yesterday, or it came two weeks from now, it’s going to be in the air as long as you taunt.”

See folks? AFDI’s skirt was a little too short, its blouse a little too tight. Those Muslim jihadists couldn’t help themselves.

That said, just because free speech is free doesn’t mean it’s not obnoxious or that it won’t have consequences, though responsibility for the attack rests on the jihadists alone.

This is the failure of the Leftmedia’s moral backbone. The Founders included the First Amendment specifically to protect political speech — even speech that is gratuitously offensive or deliberately obnoxious. This is why that amendment is interpreted so liberally, and also why leftists’ fair-weather defense is so hypocritical.

The jihadist veto is a growing influence in the Left’s thinking about free speech. Now, the Left implies there are limits to speech. They assume Americans are free to speak until someone threatens them with a gun. Now, they only cower in fear, talking amongst themselves about who most deserved the violence.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Stephen Moore: “Last week’s pitiful 0.2 percent economic growth for the first quarter of this year means the Obama slow-growth machine trudges onward. … Economist Arthur Laffer shows that racial rioting in big cities is negatively associated with the economic growth rate. In the late 1960s and 1970s, cities became war zones, but the rioting almost entirely disappeared in the high-flying 1980s and 1990s, when incomes were rising, and job growth surged. Under Obama’s slow-growth economy, urban unrest is bubbling over. Comparing the growth rate during this recovery with others during the past 50 years, we are $1.6 trillion lower on current gross domestic product than we should be. Even more amazing: With a Reagan-style recovery, we’d have $2.5 trillion more output and income today. On average, every family in America would have $20,000 more annual income. That’s the crisis that has many Americans feeling so angry. It is, to borrow a phrase from Barack Obama about the Baltimore riots, ‘a rolling crisis.’ He could have being referring to the economy.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force.
 When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.” —journalist Dorothy Thompson (1893-1961)

Non Compos Mentis: “Pamela Geller, the woman behind the Texas cartoon contest attacked by two gunmen late Sunday, knew what she was doing when she staged the controversial event featuring irreverent depictions of the prophet Muhammad in Garland, Tex. … If the contest was intended as bait, it worked.” —The Washington Post’s Sandhya Somashekhar in a piece titled, “Event organizer offers no apology after thwarted attack in Texas”

Village Idiots: “[M]y argument to people who worry about comprehensive immigration reform and the effect on their jobs is: It’s just the opposite. The sooner we can get to legalization, the better the job market will be for everybody.” —Hillary Clinton

And last… “The would-be terrorists in Garland fell for one of the classic blunders: Never assume that you’ve outgunned an art show in Texas.” —National Review alum Daniel Foster

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The Briefing

1) Pressure for religious groups to conform to culture on sexuality opposes biblical fidelity

It’s Not Gay Marriage vs. the Church Anymore, New York Times (William N. Eskridge, Jr)

Poll shows growing religious support for same-sex marriage, CNN (Daniel Burke)

2) Journalist notes traditional religious convictions are the new moral sin of American society

Modern Sin: Holding On to Your Belief,  Wall Street Journal (Charlotte Allen)
In other news…

Author(s): Phyllis Schlafly


Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy learned and used a new word during the Supreme Court’s oral argument about Marriage. He said, “The word that keeps coming back to me in this case is millennia.” He wasn’t talking about the new voting bloc of young people called the millennials. He was referring to the thousands of years in which the public has honored marriage as the union of a man and a woman. “And suddenly,” as Justice Stephen F. Breyer said, “you want nine people outside the ballot box” to change that by judicial fiat. That sounds like somebody is seeking government by judicial…

5 takeaways from the new report by US Commission on International Religious Freedom

(RNS) The independent watchdog panel created by Congress to monitor religious freedom conditions worldwide issued its 16th annual report last week. Here’s a roundup of the report’s key recommendations: (Pellot, Religion News Service)

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Why Obama Will Just Keep Making the Middle East Worse

American guilt requires perpetual atonement.

When he wasn’t vowing to lower the oceans, abolish taxes on seniors or heal up race relations, Obama was campaigning on fixing our alliances with our allies. But that’s not what he really had in mind.

Any old Joe can ally with allies. It takes a real Barack to ally with enemies.

Our allies were the problem, so he started shedding them.

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Rubio: Net Regulation Is ‘Extraordinary Threat’ to the Future

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) expanded on his opposition to net neutrality regulations on Friday, calling them an “extraordinary threat” that jeopardized America’s economy, security, and role in the world.

“The United States, the world’s greatest innovator, could find itself hampered and held back, by a government policy put in place to solve a problem that has never existed and does not exist now,” Rubio said at the “Right Online” conference in Washington, D.C. “It is an extraordinary threat to our future.”

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Does Islam Prohibit Drawing Mohammed? :: Fatah in Toronto Sun

by Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun
May 5, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/5222/islam-drawing-mohammed


Why Can’t Muslims Laugh at Mohammed? :: Goldman at Asia Times Online

by David P. Goldman
Asia Times Online
May 5, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/5220/muslims-laughter


“Jihad Intel” Launched by the Middle East Forum

May 6, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/5223/jihad-intel-launched-by-the-middle-east-forum


Steven Spielberg’s Amblin, Syfy Adapting Classic Novel ‘Brave New World’

by Marsha West

Berean Research reports:

Brave New World Aldous HuxleyThe Aldous Huxley novel was ranked fifth among the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library.

The Emmy-winning team behind Syfy’s Taken is reuniting for another science fiction classic.

Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Television is adapting Aldous Huxley‘s novel Brave New World as a scripted series for the NBCUniversal-owned cable network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Brave New World — ranked fifth among the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library — is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. Humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered in “hatcheries.” Those who won’t conform are forced onto “reservations,” until one of the “savages” challenges the system, threatening the entire social order.

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$169,240 Federal Grant to Build ‘Educational Pipeline’ for LGBT Population Researchers

by Marsha West

What? Are You kidding me? No. This is for real. According to CNS News, here’s one way American’s hard earned tax dollars will be spent. The National Institutes of Health through its Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has awarded $169,240 in taxpayer funds to the Fenway Community Health Center […]

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

by Berean Researcher

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. I want God to do […]

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‘You Cannot Stop Me’: Televangelist Creflo Dollar Defies Opponents in Effort to Buy $65 Million Jet

Televangelist Creflo Dollar defied opponents of his global effort to purchase a $65 million dollar jet in a recent message delivered to his congregation.

“Let me tell you something about believing God. I can dream as long as I want to. I can believe God as long as I want to,” he states in a video posted to YouTube by a group not affiliated with Dollar. “If I want to believe God for a $65 million plane, you cannot stop me. You cannot stop me from dreaming.”

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

Did 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.

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Countdown: Issues of Eternity

Jan Markell and co-host Eric Barger talk to Dr. Gary Frazier for the entire hour about issues of eternity: Hell, the Judgment Seat of Christ, the Great White Throne Judgment, and more. They discuss his newest book, “Hell is for Real: Why It Matters”, found here. Everyone has a destiny that is daunting. We all will stand before the one who loved us, died for us, rose for us, and sits at the right hand of the Father for us. Practical questions are answered. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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US to Sacrifice Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge for Iran Deal?

Might the White House sacrifice Israel’s qualitative military edge for the sake of achieving a nuclear deal with Iran?

According to the Wall St. Journal (via Google News), the White House may offer “loose” defense pacts and increased arms sales to the Gulf states for their support of a nuclear deal. Gulf state leaders are due in Washington for a summit on the matter with President Obama this month. The Journal writes:

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Don’t Blame Obama for America’s Moral Decay – Michael Youssef

By Dr. Michael Youssef

So who is responsible for placing society’s body over the bottomless pit of moral decay?

I, for one, place the entire blame at the feet of some church leaders—those who actively worked to obliterate the biblical moral code, and those who, by their silence, essentially acquiesced to its destruction.

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Markell: Did President Carter expect a handshake from Israeli president?

The leader of a Messianic Jewish ministry says anyone who loves Israel should not be surprised that former president Jimmy Carter was recently refused a meeting with Israel’s president.

“I’ll be blunt. Carter is clearly anti-Semitic,” says Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries.

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Main Stream Media Slams Pamela Geller’s Efforts To Expose The Islamization of America

As I was sitting in the waiting room, waiting for my husband to have his PET Scan, I was subjected to the liberal rubbish proceeding from the mouths of CNN commentators.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” Romans 1:18-22 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: In 1920’s Germany, everyone watched Adolf Hitler rise to power and yet no one did anything about it. Hitler didn’t happen over night, he was very patient to wait all the way from the 1921 beer garden meetings to 1933 when he was elected as Chancellor. In 2015 America, we are watching the slow but very steady rise of the influence of Islam and Sharia. Pamela Geller is working to expose this and to create a much-needed dialogue to prevent the Islamization of America.

At times I had to literally bite my tongue when I wanted so badly to say what I thought of their drivel to the other people waiting. But alas, the Lord helped me hold my tongue.

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It was the day of the “Drawing Muhammad” contest in Texas, and CNN had an interview with Pamela Geller, who was the creator of this event. They showed sound bites of Pamela explaining that the whole reason for her being prompted to schedule this event, was to show people the importance of holding onto our first amendment right to freedom of speech.

Fox News slams Pamela Geller:

After the interview, the commentators called Pamela all sorts of disparaging names – mostly referring to her as an Islamophobe. They insisted that Pam Geller hated all Muslims and that she was a lightning rod. By this time, I was gritting my teeth and doing a few eye rolls.

The “Drawing Mohammad” art contest in Texas:

Today, I watched a liberal on Fox News talking about Islamophobia. The points she made were so ridiculous and had not any semblance to reality — I wanted to scream! She said that profiling Muslims would be like profiling all Jews or Buddhists or Hindus. WHAT?? When is the last time you heard of any of these religious groups beheading or slaughtering people??

Seriously, what is wrong with these liberal minds? I’m at a loss here. Do they really believe the inane words coming out of their mouths? Sometimes I think that they are somehow programmed, and their brains are just not working!

CNN battles with Pam over Garland shooting:

Why are these people so adamant about defending Muslims? Why would Pamela Geller be called a lightning rod? Have you seen the ignorant cartoons or our Lord Jesus all over the internet? It goes right through me when I see these depictions of the Lord of Glory – our Savior!!

But the liberals know that Christians do not behead people for drawing these horrible pictures. As a matter of fact, Jesus would say to forgive them, because they don’t know what they are doing.

Well, it feels good to get this off my chest. I know that we must pray for these lost people. Sometimes it is just so frustrating.

MARANATHA!

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Consumers Force Pepsi To Remove Excitotoxin Aspartame From It’s Diet Soda (VIDEO)

Consumers have become increasingly wary of aspartame, an artificial, man-made sweetener that has been plagued by rumors that it causes cancer.

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 1:2 (KJV)

Sales of Pepsi’s premier diet soda, Diet Pepsi, have plummeted over 35% in the past ten years as consumers are roundly rejecting the consumption of it. Time was the average consumer had no access to information, but in the hyper-speed of the blog-fueled Internet age, information is just a click away.

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Since I was a teenage, I have enjoyed an ice-cold glass of Diet Pepsi from time to time, but shortly after drinking it I get a headache and most of the time heart palpitations. Coffee does not do this to me and neither does drinking regular soda. It is because of reactions just like mine that thousands of Diet Pepsi drinkers are saying no to aspartame.

Consumers have become increasingly wary of aspartame, an artificial, man-made sweetener that has been plagued by rumors that it causes cancer. Aspartame is often sold under the brand names NutraSweet® and Equal®. PepsiCo has introduced a beverage sweetened with natural sweetener Stevia called Pepsi True.

Aspartame is an addictive substance. Most people who consume diet sodas regularly soon develop a craving for it. This is because of aspartame’s addictive quality. Soon after consuming the ingredient on a normal basis, many people find themselves unable to kick the habit.

This is concerning due to the fact that aspartame has been linked to a number of diseases, can impair the immune system, and is even known to cause cancer. Aspartame has even been found to create tumors in lab rats. One study showed that of 48 rats experimented on, up to 67 percent of all female rats developed tumors roughly the size of golf balls or larger. This is glaringly in contrast to the perceived nature of what a ‘sugar free alternative’ would entail, which is generally thought to be a ‘healthy’ substitute to sugar.

Aspartame works as an excitotoxin, stimulating a response in cells to simulate the effects of sweetness without actually being sweet. Over exertion of these cells leads to the various health conditions that currently wreak havoc on the public.

Excitotoxins have been found to stimulate cancer growth and metastasis. Aspartame, essentially, feeds cancer cells. If this weren’t enough to convince you to drop the diet soda habit, the process by which aspartame is made involves a highly toxic and volatile and genetically engineered form of bacteria waste — hardly something that would be considered safe by a reasonable standard.

And yet, the ‘safe and reasonable’ FDA has approved aspartame for use. Knowing the gamut of health risks that aspartame is responsible for, and knowing the history of FDA approved products, your health becomes your own responsibility. Being aware of its presence in over 6,000 products and counting is essential.

 

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White House Says It’s ‘Too Early’ to link IS to Texas attack

Posted: 06 May 2015 08:24 AM PDT

The White House said Tuesday it was too soon to tell if the Islamic State group was behind an attack in Texas targeting an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, despite claims by the jihadists. The IS group earlier claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack. The case “is still under investigation by the FBI and other members of the intelligence community” to determine if the two assailants had any ties to the IS group, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. 

“So it’s too early to say at this point.” The IS claim marked the first time the extremist group, which has captured swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq using brutal methods, alleged to have carried out an attack in the United States. “Two of the soldiers of the caliphate executed an attack on an art exhibit in Garland, Texas, and this exhibit was portraying negative pictures of the Prophet Muhammad,” the jihadist group said.
But Earnest said IS jihadists and other extremists are often “trying to capitalize on the opportunity that’s presented by social media to try to communicate with individuals around the world, including inside the United States.” MORE

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Britain and Nato launch biggest war games on Russia’s doorstep as tensions grow

Posted: 06 May 2015 08:17 AM PDT

Britain and Nato have launched their biggest war games on Russia’s doorstep amid growing tensions over Vladimir Putin’s military aggression. The largest ever Nato anti-submarine exercise, including the Royal Navy, is under way off the coast of Norway just weeks after reports of Russian submarines encroaching in to foreign waters. At the same time British troops are taking part in the biggest military exercise seen in Estonia since the Baltic nation regained its independence more than two decades ago.

The war games come as tensions grow with Russia over Ukraine crisis and fears that the Baltic nations could be next in President Putin’s sights.The commander of the Nato manoeuvres said recent incidents by the Russian military were a “cause of concern” and added “relevance to the exercise”.At least 18 ships and submarines are taking part in Operation Dynamic Mongoose which involves 10 Nato members and Sweden. The submarines will take turns trying to approach and target the ships, including HMS Portland, undetected to simulate an attack in one of the world’s most hostile sea areas. MORE

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N. Korea Submarine Missile Allows Covert Nuclear Strike on US

Posted: 06 May 2015 08:10 AM PDT

In a worrying step showing North Korea’s rapidly expanding nuclear strike capabilities, the Communist regime recently held a test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), the first time it has launched a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead from underwater. According to US defense officials cited by the Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday, the test took place on April 22 from an underwater test platform near the coastal city of Sinpo in the southeast of the country, and tested what the US is calling a KN-11 missile.

The test appears to have been successful, and is the third KN-11 test showing the high-priority of the nuclear missile program for North Korea. Previous tests in January and last October were from a sea-based platform not underwater and a land-based platform.
The KN-11 joins the KN-08 mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as being part of a varied North Korean missile arsenal on platforms that would be hard for the US to detect, and consequently allow a strike that would be difficult to shoot down. MORE

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Nepal Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 7,500 Dead, 14,500 Injured

Posted: 06 May 2015 08:05 AM PDT

More than 7,500 people have died as a result of the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, the country’s government said Tuesday. The death toll could rise still higher, as thousands of people remained missing and remote villages affected by the quake were still being reached. More than 14,500 people have been injured in the disaster, which caused buildings to collapse, trapping people in the rubble. At least 8 million people have been affected by the earthquake, and more than 2 million have been displaced, the United Nations said, as Voice of America reported. Nearly 40,000 patients had been treated in hospitals in the Kathmandu valley as of Tuesday, the World Health Organization said.

Fifty-eight camps had been set up to house roughly 37,500 people who lost homes or had left them. In addition to seeing injured patients and providing supplies, aid and relief groups have also aimed at preventing outbreaks of waterborne diseases, such as cholera, by distributing clean water and water purification tablets. Still, more than a week after the quake, rescue and recovery groups were still working to reach communities in isolated areas that had been cut off after roads were severely damaged or made impassable by landslides. In many villages, especially those near the earthquake’s epicenter, nearly all the homes had collapsed, leaving residents to spend nights in the open, sometimes in the rain. The International Red Cross estimated that up to 90 percent of homes were destroyed in some communities. MORE

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Dust storm engulfs country towns as severe winds lash Victoria and NSW

Posted: 06 May 2015 08:00 AM PDT

RED dust covered much of northwestern Victoria and the west of New South Wales yesterday, making its way into the border city of Mildura, Victoria, shortly after noon as gale force westerly winds culminated with a dust storm. A cold front moved rapidly through western and central Victoria on Tuesday morning before weakening in the east in the afternoon.

Weatherzone meteorologist Alex Zadnik said the weather was caused by a cold front moving across South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania attached to an intense low pressure system. He said dust storms were not uncommon when a system of this kind hit an area of prolonged drought and moved through the Great Dividing Range, where it loses a lot of moisture. “With that front, there are some strong winds, and it’s the changing pressure combined with the top soil that whips up the dust,” he said The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for numerous districts, including the Mallee, late on Tuesday as damaging winds swept across the state. MORE

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Volcanic earthquakes surge near Japan’s Hakone Volcano – volcano hasn’t erupted in 800 years.

Posted: 06 May 2015 07:56 AM PDT

The number of volcanic earthquakes recorded in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, surged Tuesday, with 98 recorded before 3 p.m. compared with 34 for all of Monday, the Meteorological Agency said. The agency said it still believes the possibility that the Hakone volcano will erupt is low, and it is maintaining the alert level at 1 on the scale of 5. Level 1 means “normal.” However, hot steam could suddenly be expelled from the ground in or near the popular Owakudani Valley, the agency warned, urging people not to enter areas designated as off-limits. “Shallow hot-water activity in parts of the Owakudani Valley has become unstable,” the agency said in an advisory. “There is a possibility that a minor ejection (of hot steam) may suddenly occur,” it said. “Please do not enter danger zones.”

The warning, which comes in the middle of the Golden Week spring holidays, is expected to affect tourism there as some 20 million people, including many foreign tourists, visit the scenic area on an annual basis. It is one of the country’s most famous hot-spring resorts. Of the quakes Tuesday, two that shook the area between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. were strong enough to be felt. They registered level 1, or the lowest, on the Japanese intensity scale of 7, the agency said. MORE

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Scientists say Sun capable of producing ‘superflares,’ – 1000 times stronger than any flare ever witnessed

Posted: 06 May 2015 07:51 AM PDT

Could the sun unleash a flare of such a magnitude that it dwarfs anything that humans have ever observed? Yes, says Kazunari Shibata, an astrophysicist from Kyoto University in Japan, and it could have incredible consequences. At the recent Space Weather Workshop in Boulder, Colo., sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA, Shibata gave a sobering presentation on the possibility of “superflares,” solar flares that contain energy 1,000 times larger than what has been observed in modern times.

Solar flares are a common type of solar eruption, an explosive release of the magnetic energy concentrated in sunspots. Flares are an everyday occurrence – small ones – and can range in energy output over many orders of magnitude. The NOAA Space Weather Scales classifies flares by peak X-ray output on a 1-5 scale (R1-R5), with a flare rated “extreme” (R5) said to occur less than once a solar cycle. In this current cycle, no flare has exceeded the strong (R3) level. Solar flares are known to cause blackouts of radio communications on the sunlit side of the Earth and disrupt radio navigation services. They provide the energy for a class of energetic particle acceleration that results in solar radiation storms that can disturb or damage satellites. They are also sometimes associated with geomagnetic storms that, if severe enough, can disturb the Earth’s electrical grid. FULL REPORT

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Typhoon Noul (Dodong) impacting Yap, storm could threaten Philippines

Posted: 06 May 2015 07:45 AM PDT

Typhoon Noul is impacting Yap Island in the western Pacific Ocean and may threaten the Philippines this weekend. Noul, the western Pacific basin’s sixth named tropical cyclone of the year, is about 520 miles west-southwest of Guam, and will pose no threat to the U.S. territory. Noul strengthened from a tropical storm into a typhoon near Yap Island on Wednesday morning, local time. Yap Island is 14 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern daylight time. A typhoon warning remains in effect for Yap Island.

The center of Noul is slowly moving to the west, thanks to weak steering winds aloft. This will allow rain, strong winds and high surf to last for a lengthy period of time, perhaps through Wednesday night and into early Thursday. Winds gusted as high as 68 mph at Yap International Airport on Wednesday morning. Noul passed near the atolls of Ulithi and Fais on Monday. Just over one month ago, Ulithi, home to 700 to 800 people, was raked by Super Typhoon Maysak.

After departing Yap Island, Noul is expected to strengthen, possibly attaining Category 4 equivalent (131 mph) or super typhoon (150 mph) status by this weekend. How serious of a threat is this for the Philippines? At this time, the future track of Noul, known as “Dodong” in the Philippines, remains uncertain, with two possibilities: 1) A sharp northward turn, keeping the worst impacts east of the northern Philippines. 2) A continued west-northwest track toward the northern half of the Philippines this weekend. MORE

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Sun Unleashes Most Powerful Solar Flare of 2015

Posted: 06 May 2015 07:40 AM PDT

The sun unleashed its most intense flare of the year Tuesday (May 5), a monstrous blast that caused temporary radio blackouts throughout the Pacific region. The X-class solar flare — the most powerful category of sun storm — erupted Tuesday from a sunspot called Active Region 2339 (AR2339), peaking at 6:11 p.m. EDT (2211 GMT). NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured a gorgeous video of the solar flare, recording it in multiple wavelengths of light. Despite the radio blackouts, the blast is unlikely to cause major issues here on Earth, researchers said.

“Given the impulsive nature of this event, as well as the source location on the eastern limb of the sun, we are not expecting a radiation storm at Earth,” scientists with the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) in Boulder, Colorado, which is overseen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, wrote in an update Tuesday evening. “We will be on the lookout for new imagery from the NASA SOHO [Solar and Heliospheric Observatory] mission to determine if there was an associated coronal mass ejection (CME) with this event,” they added. “Given the same logic above, however, we do not expect there to be one that would impact Earth.” CMEs are massive clouds of solar particles rocketed into space at millions of miles per hour. (Solar flares, by contrast, are blasts of high-energy radiation.) CMEs that hit Earth can trigger geomagnetic storms that can disrupt power grids and satellite navigation. MORE

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Parents reading to kids blasted as ‘Unfair’

Posted: 06 May 2015 07:31 AM PDT

Does reading to your children somehow give them an unfair advantage over less fortunate children? A British philosopher is making that claim, and it’s causing ripple waves across the globe. A story on the website of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s website asks: “Is having a loving family an unfair advantage?” It raises the question: “Should parents snuggling up for one last story before lights out be even a little concerned about the advantage they might be conferring?” “I don’t think parents reading their children bedtime stories should constantly have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children, but I think they should have that thought occasionally,” British academic Adam Swift told ABC’s Joe Gelonesi.

“Evidence shows that the difference between those who get bedtime stories and those who don’t – the difference in their life chances – is bigger than the difference between those who get elite private schooling and those that don’t,” Swift said. In his article, Gelonesi added: “This devilish twist of evidence surely leads to a further conclusion that perhaps – in the interests of leveling the playing field – bedtime stories should also be restricted.” Swift is a professor of political theory at the University of Warwick in the U.K., and the co-author of “Family Values: The Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships.” He was educated at Harvard University and Oxford University in the 1980s. MORE

 

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Christian Headlines Daily – Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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Top Headlines

5 Things Christians Should Know about Ben Carson’s Faith

Human Traffickers Target Nepal Earthquake Survivors under Guise of Rescue Effort

Nepali Christians Return to Worship after Earthquake Turns Churches into Tombs

The Gideons Distribute Two Billionth Bible

Saeed Abedini Marks 35th Birthday in Prison, Prays for Revival in America

5 Things Christians Should Know about Carly Fiorina’s Faith

ISIS Takes Credit for Failed Texas Shooting

Mark Driscoll Uses Thrive Leadership Conference for Message of Forgiveness

Tim Tebow’s Children’s Hospital Opens in the Philippines

Justice Kennedy Holds Key Vote for Legal Gay Marriage

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What Federal Regulations Mean for Your Family

My Apology to Teachers Everywhere

How to Keep Your Cool in a Gay Marriage Debate

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Supreme Court Can Change the Law, Not Scripture


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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

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

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

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

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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Socialization as a Religious Phenomenon

I would like to put the S-Question to rest by summarizing research I conducted along with my colleagues. We surveyed 223 families (asking questions of one teen and one parent), 95 of whom were schooling at home. The results point to three important observations: home schooling teens socialize more than other teens, they socialize differently than other teens, but both of these observations miss the point. Socialization is not a home schooling issue; it is a religious phenomenon.

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Dividends and Drawbacks of Small Groups

We are currently trying to figure out the best way to assimilate new families and individuals into these small groups. However, we are also currently working out a plan to reproduce some of the small groups that are growing numerically by breaking them up and starting new ones. Still, as we have already noted, we must be aware of the fact that there will always be dividends and drawbacks to a small group structure in a church.

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

If marriage is just about consenting adults that love each other, then why can’t a mother and her adult son get married? Why can’t an adult brother and adult sister get married? Why can’t a man marry three wives? Or a wife marry three husbands?

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The Way We Show Love to Abusive Leaders

And worse, what does it say to those who suffer when we give them cover? Does it reveal us to be people who are concerned with compassion and justice? Does it show us to be people concerned with the plight of the oppressed, the weary and those burdened by many sins? We tolerate Jezebel, even as her victims cry out for justice.

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The Next Step – Polygamous Marriage and the Greens

“Natalie Bennett is of course just being consistent. “Given her presuppositions and philosophy, why shouldn’t ‘marriage equality’ extend to multiple people who ‘love each other’? “We warned that the redefinition of marriage would not end with same-sex marriage and were ridiculed and abused as being ridiculous. It gives us no pleasure to know that we were right.”

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Maryland Bishop Bharged in DUI Death is Defrocked by Episcopal Church

An Episcopal bishop in Maryland who’s facing manslaughter charges in the drunk-driving death of a bicyclist has been defrocked and “will no longer function as an ordained person in the Episcopal Church.” Heather Cook was a suffragan (assistant) bishop in the Diocese of Maryland when she was charged with manslaughter in the Dec. 27 hit-and-run death of cyclist Tom Palermo, a 41-year-old husband and father of two, in Baltimore. Within a month of the accident, the diocese that she had helped lead for just three months asked her to resign.

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What the Avengers Movie Tells Us About Marriage and Family

As I’ve said many times before, the Sexual Revolution can’t keep its promises. The breakdown of families doesn’t bring the liberation some think. Those of us who believe in the old ways need to nourish these habits and practices, not only in obedience to God and not only for our own flourishing, but for the sake of generations to come. Families, designed according to the pattern held together in Christ, will seem odd and strange and freakish, but sometimes odd and strange and freakish is exactly what people are looking for.

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The Song of Songs and the Matter of Context

We don’t know what connection, if any, the Song might have to Syrian wedding festivals. We don’t know what connection, if any, the Song might have to Akkadian hymns to Tammuz or Egyptian love poetry. In fact, what we do know is that to compare the Song to those literatures is to take the Song out of the context which has been provided for it and put it in a new and alien context. To take the Song away from the context of the larger body of scripture and to put it in the context of the literature of some other nation from some other time is almost to guarantee that we will misinterpret the Song, because we will have removed the Song from its proper interpretive context.

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Nine Stupid Things I Did as a Pastor

Those are but a few of the stupid things I did as a pastor. Most of you can breathe a sigh of relief that I never served as your pastor. So why I am writing these self-critical comments at this stage of my life? I pray that some of you may see something in your own lives and leadership that you can correct before it’s too late. God is able. God is willing.

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Confronting Atheist Error

by Marsha West

In a piece over at The Watchman’s Bagpipes, Glenn E. Chatfield takes on the producer of a video, an atheist, who hoped to undermine the Creation account in the Bible.

A fellow blogger referred me to this video and asked me if I could refute it on my blog, bearing in mind that it should be understood by children. It is an atheist’s understanding of how the whole concept of Adam’s sin affected the human race. However, he starts off immediately with a straw man argument because he teaches a concept which is not the Christian view. So before we review the video, I want to give a brief explanation of what the Bible says. (There are some different teachings on the subject, albeit mostly similar, but I will do the best I can to keep it simple.)

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Seven Basic Elements of the Christian Worldview

by Mathew Gilbert

There are seven primary aspects to understanding the Christian worldview (or any worldview for that matter), according to Christian philosopher James Sire. Each worldview, the Christian worldview included, must deal with the following issues:

1.) The ultimate reality of the universe; 2.) The nature of the universe; 3.) The nature of humanity; 4.) The question of what happens to a person at death; 5.) The basis of human knowing; 6.) The basis of ethics; and 7.) The meaning of history

I have benefited from Sire’s works, especially his classic book on worldviews, The Universe Next Door. The following is a basic summation of Sire’s explanation of what he calls “basic Christian theism” on pp. 27-46 in The Universe Next Door.

God

The first element of the Christian worldview is that the prime reality in Christian theism is God. God is the eternal creator of the universe. He is perfect in his being and in his character. This God is holy, righteous, eternal, unchangeable, wise, powerful, and incomparably glorious. God is triune. There is no one like him. He is incredibly complex. God is also infinite being beyond measure. He is personal. This means he wants to be known and makes himself known. This may be the most crucial aspect of the Christian worldview. Not only do we assert that there is an all-powerful creator who is sovereign over his creation, but the Christian worldview asserts that this all-powerful creator is not some distant deity—he wants to be known and he is a God of relationship. The complexity of this triune God is seen in the fact that this personal God is also transcendent. God is utterly beyond us and beyond the world that he created. In the words of Christian philosopher James Sire, “He is otherly” (29). God is also immanent. So, God is not a stone, but beyond it (transcendence) and God is present with a stone (immanence). Such is the complexity of the God of the Bible.

The Universe

The second element of the Christian worldview deals with the universe. The world was created ex nihilo by God in a cause and effect open system. This is a mouthful. God is established in the Christian worldview as the creator of all things. He spoke and “stuff” came into existence. Creation flowed from the words of his mouth. But God did not create in a haphazard manner. God created the universe with order and structure. God created the world with clarity. There is orderliness to creation. However, this universe was created in an open system. This means that it is not programmed. God is unfolding his eternal purposes daily. The world and its course are open to reordering by God and by his image bearers. So, because the world is orderly, humans have an impact on it; and because the world is in an open system, the choices of humans are meaningful and have lasting consequences for better or worse.

Humanity

The third element of the Christian worldview is the dignity and fall of humanity. Christian theism states that humans are created in the image of God…

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The Trinity

by Marsha West

By Dr. Mark Bird The Bible clearly affirms the existence of three distinct Persons that are all identified as the one God of the universe. As is traditionally stated, St. Patrick illustrated the trinity by using a shamrock (i.e., a three-leaf clover): “You tell us that there are three gods and yet one,” the puzzled Irish […]

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Christians and the Islam Critical Movement

by Bill Muehlenberg

If you want to so designate things, I can be said to be a member of the Islam critical movement. That is, as a citizen of the free West, I see Islam as the major threat to my way of life, and as a Christian I see Islam as a false religion and a counterfeit ideology.

With nearly 400 of my 3,300 articles devoted to Islam and the dangers it poses, I think my credentials on this are fairly well established. No one can accuse me of being soft on Islam. But I wish to speak here to some possible differences between a Christian like myself and some of my more secular colleagues in the Islam-critical movement.

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Singleness Myth #2: You Need to Find “The Right Person”

by Pastor J.D.

This is the second in a two-part series on “singleness myths.” Be sure to see Monday’s post about Myth 1: Marriage = Completion.

Myth #2: Find “The Right Person”

Myth 2 might as well be called the Jerry Maguire myth. It recalls that heart-touching, nausea-inducing scene when Tom Cruise says (in that Tom-Cruise-i-est of ways), “You complete me.” The idea relies on Myth 1, but with a new emphasis: since marriage is completion, the single most important task in life is to find the right person. Find her and life is perfect. Miss her and life is destined to be misery.

Despite being the theme of every single romantic comedy in the past 30 years, this is pure insanity. Let me give you a hint about how this plays out…

You’re dating, on the hunt for the rare species called “the right person.” And finally, you find them! Huzzah! You are so in love that you assume no one has ever loved like this before. You never fight. You are the two most compatible human beings in the history of human beings.

So you get married, wondering why other people have such a hard time with all this. But then it gets ugly. The little quirks that you used to love start to annoy you. It escalates, and their selfishness or their temper are more than annoying—they are really hurtful. You aren’t crazy in love anymore; you’re just going crazy.

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Cold Case Christianity: Why Young Christians Are Leaving the Church in Their College Years (Video)

J. Warner Wallace speaks to Green Bay Community Church about the challenges facing young Christians when they enter college. Three factors contribute to the departure of young Christians during their university years.


Transgender Contradiction at Smith College

by Denny Burk

Transgenderism is more than an identity. It is an ideology that represents the next phase of the LGBT-rights revolution. It mandates the decoupling of gender norms from biological identity. In other words, a male of the species can be a woman if he feels himself to be one. As an ideology, transgenderism requires that society recognize and validate a person’s self-defined gender identity even if it is at odds with their biology.

As the leading edge of progressive gender politics, it only makes sense that transgender advocates would be looking for colleges and universities to get in step with the revolution. But even willing progressives are forced into contradictions as they try to realign their institutions to accommodate transgenderism.

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Those deep theological questions

Today we’re opening up our phone lines and inviting you to ask anything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Bible, about the character and nature of God, and about how pastors stand firm for the truth in these times. Joining us to talk about this is a frequent guest, Dr. Randy White, pastor of […]

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The Aesthetic Nature of Truth

by Scott Aniol

Conservative evangelicals admirably repudiate emergent leaders who argue that both content and form must be contextualized; evangelicals insist that since God’s Word is inspired and inerrant, God’s truth transcends culture and must be preserved intact. But since even most conservative evangelicals consider culture as entirely neutral in itself and beauty as in the eye of the beholder, they believe that the form in which Christians communicate truth is fully fluid.

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Yet Another Example of the Fatal Flaw in the Argument for Same-Sex Marriage

by Michael Kruger

In my prior post, I argued that the primary argument for why same-sex marriage should be legalized–“it is discriminatory to tell consenting adults who love each other that they cannot get married”–is fatally flawed. On the logic of this argument, virtually any kind of marriage could be justified, including polygamous marriage and incestuous marriage.

In one of the comments on my prior post, there was a link to a fantastic video of Ryan Anderson speaking for the Heritage Foundation. He makes precisely this point and utterly dismantles the argument that denial of same-sex marriage is discrimination.

What is particularly stunning is that the man asking the question in the video is totally unaware of the inconsistency of his argument. Indeed, he just talks in circles, unable to provide a coherent answer to the very simple question of why homosexuals should be granted special rights, but not polygamous or incestuous couples.

When you listen to this exchange, it becomes excruciatingly clear that the debate over same-sex marriage in this country is not being decided (by most people) on the basis of reason or logic. But on the basis of emotion and cultural pressure.

This video is short (4 minutes) and worth a careful listen:


Eternal Security and Christian Living

Practice is from position, never to position. The ethical mandates of the New Testament are decisively clear that believers are to walk in the richness of the position we have been given (Eph 1:3), and that the position is actually necessary for the walk (Heb 11:6).


Why Have I Been Single for So Long?


Worried? Consider the Lilies and Find Peace


Privilege: Is it Time for Christians to Acknowledge It?


Are You Happy or Hurting This Mother’s Day?


How to Overcome an Addiction

Isn’t it true some addictions look harmless? Yet anything that enslaves you harms you. Thank God, He empowers you to overcome an addiction.


God’s Advice for Graduates


Are You Taking the “Christ” Out of Your “Christianity”?


 How to Celebrate Grieving and Joy on Mother’s Day


13 Needs That Christianity Meets

Why did you become a Christian?

Perhaps you answered, “I was convinced by evidence and argument that it was true.”

For most people, though, the answer is closer to “because it met my needs.” But what needs does Christianity meet?


Keeping Your Cool When Others Are Losing Theirs

Chuck Colson always said we Christians must make our arguments winsomely. What happens if we get shouted down — again and again? We keep going. Winsomely.
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Ten Things You Should Never Say to a Guest in a Worship Service

If you want to make certain guests never return to your church, say one of these sentences to them when they visit.

Indeed, these unfortunate and ill-timed comments almost always guarantee that you will offend guests and make them very uncomfortable. Most of the time guests are already ill at ease since they are in a new place and a new environment. By the way, each of these quotes was actually communicated to a guest in a worship service. My guess is that all ten of them have been said many times . . . too many times.

  1. “You are sitting in my pew/seat.” This sentence was actually said to me when I was a visiting preacher in a church. The entitled church member did not realize I was preaching that day. I had the carnal joy of watching her turn red when I was introduced. And, yes, I did move. She scared me.
  2. “Is your husband/wife with you?” This question is rightly perceived as, “We really don’t want single adults in our church.” Members see their church as family friendly as long as “family” meets their definition.
  3. “Are those your children?” This question is becoming more common with the growth in the adoption of children who are not the same race or ethnicity as their parents. One parent with an adopted child was asked if he got to choose how dark his child would be. I’m serious.
  4. “The service has already begun.” This sentence is rightly understood to mean, “You are late, and you will be disrupting the service.” I saw that happen recently. The family left. I was late too, but I stayed since I was preaching.
  5. “There is not enough room for your family to sit together.” I was visiting a church a few weeks ago that did just the opposite. When larger families came in the service, members actually gave up their seats to accommodate them. Now that’s true servanthood! I bragged on the members when I spoke that morning.
  6. “You will need to step over these people to get to your seat.” No! Please request those seated to move to the center. It’s a church worship service, not a movie theater.
  7. “That’s not the way we do it here.” Of course, you can’t have a worship service where any behavior is acceptable. Most of the time, however, the varieties of worship expressions are absolutely fine. I heard from a lay leader recently who witnessed that sentence spoken to a guest who raised her hand during the worship music. She never returned. What a surprise.
  8. “You don’t look like you are a member here.” Perhaps when this sentence was spoken, the church member meant to convey, “Are you visiting us?” But to the guest it sounded like, “You don’t belong at this place.”
  9. “Have you considered attending the church down the street?” I’m not kidding. Someone shared that comment with me on social media. She was new in town and was visiting churches. She had no idea why the man in the church said that to her, but she never returned to the church.
  10. “The nursery is real full.” To the young parent, this sentence is interpreted one of two ways: “There is not enough room for your child” or “Your child probably won’t get good care.”

I would love to hear some similar comments you have heard. And if you’re wondering how to help your members not say such unwise things, share this blog post with them. They may simply need to learn some basics of guest friendliness.

Let me hear from you.

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Understanding the New Calvinism: Personalities & Networks

With a basic explanation of the Calvinistic aspect of the New Calvinism completed, it is time to move forward to an understanding of New  Calvinism. What makes New Calvinists new? How do they differ from historic Calvinists?

New Calvinism is more easily identified and described than defined. E. S. Williams’ definition that it is “a growing perspective within conservative evangelicalism that embraces the fundamentals of 16th-century Calvinism while also trying to be relevant in the present-day world,”1 while somewhat helpful, could also define any number of modern evangelical efforts and movements which are trying, in one fashion or another, to reach postmodern people with the gospel.

The current wave flowing through evangelical cutting-edge ministries of all stripes is that the church is hopelessly out of step with the surrounding culture and that if it does not change it will die.2 As Hugh Halter and Matt Smay state in their book The Tangible Kingdom, “What worked in the past simply does not work today, and we must adjust to culture.”3 Virtually all of those associated with New Calvinism would subscribe to a similar philosophy, but this is not uniquely defining of the movement. Nor is New Calvinism exclusively found in an official organization or denomination, as it transcends such structures and is more ecumenical in nature. Rather it is better identified by personalities, conferences, blogs and websites which are promoting Reformed-charismatic philosophies, doctrines and concepts of engaging culture. Read more about Understanding the New Calvinism: Personalities & Networks


The Myth of Entitlement

We belong to a generation that is obsessed with its perceived ‘entitlements’. From human rights to civil rights, gay rights to children’s rights, the list is seemingly endless as to the permutations of personal fiefdoms people want to protect by law.


The Rise of the Feminine Church of Eden

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

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

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Words of Comfort: The Law vs. Legalism.

Some people may wonder if using the Law (the Ten Commandments) in evangelism produces legalism. When the Law is used to show a sinner that sin is “exceedingly sinful”—that nothing can commend him to God—he clings to the cross knowing that he is saved by grace and grace alone.

This knowledge gives the Christian the understanding that even after a lifetime of good works, fasting, praying, seeking the lost, etc., his “works” don’t commend him to God—he is still saved by grace and grace alone. However, when the Law isn’t used before the cross, and a sinner simply makes a “decision for Christ,” he comes with a lack of understanding about the true nature of sin. After his commitment, he thinks that his good works, his fasting, praying, evangelism, etc., commend him to God. He is the one who thinks that what he eats, what he wears, and what he does become relevant to his Salvation. He is the one who is liable to say “touch not, taste not, handle not”—the one who becomes “legalistic.” Using the Law in evangelism before the cross liberates a new convert from legalism.

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A Teachability Refresher

SkiSchoolMeetingPlaceFrom work, to education, to recreation, much of our lives revolve around discovering our faults so as to develop ourselves. We pay professors to identify our errors in math, science, and writing. We pay individuals to identify flaws in our golf swing, fitness routine, and our skiing. If I want to know how to eat better, I can get a nutritionist consultation for $100/hr. In all, we approach individuals, even complete strangers, with a teachable demeanor, and pay them to identify and correct faults.

I wonder if we are as eager to take that approach with some of the more important things of our lives. Are we as welcoming to input into our marriage and ministry as we are our golf swing and crossfit routine? Do we demonstrate the same teachability with our fitness lessons as we do with our christlikeness? Are we as open to receiving reproof about our character as we are our investment strategies?

When be enter into God’s family by faith in the Person and finished work of Jesus Christ, we enter into a life of change. God loves his children so much that he will not leave us as we are. Shaping us into the image of Christ is his unfailable goal. Among other things, this necessitates that we maintain a teachable spirit until God takes us to heaven.

The following is a brief refresher on why we need to maintain a humble, teachable demeanor:

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How Pride Poisons the Soul

The most important thing we need to understand about pride is that God hates it. Lest you think I should soften my language, consider these texts:

There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. (Prov. 6:16-19)

Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the LORD; be assured, he will not go unpunished. (Prov. 16:5)

Observe in Proverbs 16:5 that it is not merely arrogance itself that is an abomination to the Lord; the arrogant person is an abomination as well.

If you would take the time to excavate your sin, beneath it all you would discover the rotting bones of pride and arrogance.

Of all that God hates, of all that is an abomination to him, what is first on the list? Haughty eyes, which is to say, prideful, arrogant eyes. Haughty eyes does not refer to how a person’s eyes look to others but how a person views himself and others. He views them as less than himself, as essentially worthless. He is arrogant and puffed up with his own sense of value.

The word hate is an unpleasant one that we typically instruct our children to avoid. It’s vicious, venomous, and destructive. When we experience “hatred” it usually means we loathe certain things, we seek to avoid them, we desire to destroy them, we speak ill of them, and we vote against them. We do everything possible to forget them. Hatred in the heart of God is righteous hatred, pure, unalloyed, unmitigated disgust and revulsion. For something to be an “abomination” to God means that it is a stench in his nostrils. Such is what God feels about pride: he hates it; it is an utter abomination.

Think about James 4:6—“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James doesn’t say that God simply ignores the proud or avoids them or keeps his distance from them. No, he resists them. He works in open opposition to them. He wages war against them and thwarts them. Pride provokes God to wrath and indignation; it irritates him, agitates him, and displeases him beyond words.

Taproot of All Sin 

Scripture also teaches that pride is a precursor to all other forms of sin. Pride is the soil in which all manner of sin germinates and grows. Consider Proverbs 16:18-19—“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.” I could mulitiply verses many times that say essentially the same thing about pride. First comes pride, then destruction of the proud person.

Pride is that ugly part of your heart that causes you to be more concerned about yourself and your own reputation than you are about Christ and his.

Is it an exaggeration to say that pride is the underlying cause of all sin? I don’t think so. If you would take the time to excavate your sin, beneath it all you would discover the rotting bones of pride and arrogance. Numerous sins are the direct fallout of pride:

Envy. Envy is the resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another, an advantage that you are convinced ought rightfully to be yours. But why should someone else’s success or promotion or praise provoke envy in our hearts? Why not joy, instead? The answer is because we don’t want others to appear better than ourselves; we are convinced that we are more worthy and more deserving of the advantage.

Bitterness. Bitterness is that sour feeling in our souls when someone has offended us or defrauded us or failed to deliver on what we thought they owed us. But why should that provoke bitterness? Because it makes us look bad in the eyes of others, or it deprives us of something we think we deserve.

Strife. Strife flows out of a competitive desire to be number one, the desire to be acknowledged by others, the desire for power and authority and praise.

Deceit. Why do we lie and mislead others and speak in fuzzy rather than forthright terms? Typically, it is because we hope to gain something for ourselves that we think we deserve, or we do it to hide something from others that we fear might make us look bad.

Hypocrisy. We are motivated to pretend to be something we are not because we fear being seen and known for what we really are.

Slander. Why do we speak negatively of others? Why do we slander them? Perhaps because we’ve been hurt ourselves, and we want revenge, or we want to gain acceptance with others, and the only way is to diminish them in the minds of those people whose favor or respect we must have.

Greed. Greed at its core is the desire to make more of and for ourselves than God wishes or permits. And pride is the poker that stokes the fires of materialism. We can’t stand the thought of people thinking we aren’t as rich and successful and talented and deserving and sophisticated as others.

The proud heart is impervious to rebuke and insensitive to conviction.

Every one of these sins grows from the same deadly taproot: pride. Simply put, pride is that ugly part of your heart that causes you to be more concerned about yourself and your own reputation than you are about Christ and his.

Grace Uproots Pride

Perhaps the most sobering summary of pride is found in Proverbs 26:12—“Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Prov. 26:12). Why is there little hope for him? Because pride puts a person beyond the perceived need for instruction. The proud heart is impervious to rebuke and insensitive to conviction. That’s why he’s more hopeless than the fool.

So how do we uproot pride from our hearts? How do we overcome its insidious influence? There are many answers, but none more helpful than the principle we find in 1 Corinthians 4:7. Paul asks the arrogant Corinthians, “For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?”

It is difficult for the person who understands the sovereignty of God’s grace to be prideful, unless of course he takes credit for understanding it. Pride is taking credit for what God has done. To know that all we have is a gift, that all we experience and enjoy is an expression of God’s goodness and not ours, to know that everything in our possession—especially our salvation—comes from the hand of God is to take the first step in defeating and dethroning pride from our hearts.

Editors’ note: This article was originally published on Sam Storms’s blog, Enjoying God.


Help Equip Believers to Stand Against the Tide… (Robert Brady)

Alliance members like you advance God’s Word across the world through the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals publishing.

Decades ago the Cambridge Declaration pointed to the decline of the evangelical church.


Some Practical Advice from the Bible in Response to Trials and Persecution

“Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you” – 1 John 3:13

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.


If Grace Is So Amazing Then Why Do We Struggle With It

As one of the solas of the Reformation, the centrality of grace in the Christian life is hard to overstate, but it seems Christians struggle somewhat to understand exactly what it is and how it operates.


Faith in “A World Without God”

Evan May recently did a five-part class for his church interacting with three typical objections to Christianity that arise from our secular culture. Each lecture contains MP3 audio and a helpful pdf outline.

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Never at Rest, Part 1

Learning to distinguish good from better, and better from best, is a skill that requires wisdom. And it is a skill that is required if we are to learn to rest in Christ. Continue reading →


Nothing But Net

We’re going to take Paul’s advice to the Philippians and dwell on something that is excellent and lovely.
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Yet Another Example of the Fatal Flaw in the Argument for Same-Sex Marriage

In my prior post, I argued that the primary argument for why same-sex marriage should be legalized–“it is discriminatory to tell consenting adults who love each other that they cannot get married”–is fatally flawed.


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. We cannot know Jesus without knowing doctrine, and we cannot love God without knowing God, and the way we know God is by studying His Word. Doctrine comes from God, it teaches us about God, and by faith it leads us back to God in worship, service, and love. Indifference to doctrine is indifference to God, and indifference to God is indifference to our own eternity.

What the media isn’t telling you

Michael J. Kruger:

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

That reason is simply this: the logic being used to promote same-sex marriage could be used to support a variety of other sexually questionable forms of marriage.

How Millennials Can Be Happy Again

Sam Jones:

What if our cultural condition is caused not by knowing ourselves too poorly but by knowing ourselves too well and knowing love too poorly? What if Martyn Lloyd Jones and David Brooks are correct, and it’s not in listening to ourselves and following our own “inner light” that we find peace and happiness, but in being formed and defined by something greater than ourself?

What It Says that We Gather

Justin Taylor shares from James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom.

What Small Churches Can Do

Joe Thorn:

You do not need to compete with other churches in town. Of course this is true of all Christ’s churches regardless of size, but while competition is alive and well among evangelical churches and institutions, it does a lot of harm in our smaller congregations. Even if we can’t match another church’s numbers we will try and find a way to out-perform them. There are a number of comparison games churches can play with one another but all of them stem from losing sight of Jesus’ gospel and mission for the church.

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The Daily Discovery (May 6, 2015)

Sam Allberry Talks Pastoral Ministry and Same-Sex Attraction – “Sam is the Associate Minister of St. Mary’s Church, Maidenhead, and the author of Is God Anti-Gay?. He is also co-creator of a ministry called “Living Out”, which seeks to help those who struggle with same-sex attraction live in a way that is faithful to the testimony of Scripture.”

Response: The man had a bible in his hand. So why did he make me feel so uncomfortable? – “This morning, I woke up and the first thing in my feed was a post someone had shared by Andy Youso entitled, “The man had a bible in his hand, so why did he make me feel so uncomfortable?” Typically I ignore these types of posts, but this one caught my attention because I know of, and pray for, the man in the picture used at the top of Andy’s post.”

Recognizing Your Child’s True Potential – “Parents tend to make parenting more complex, and yet more superficial, than it really is. Christian parents today are begging for detailed programs, step-by-step methodologies, and turnkey instructions. Parenting gurus happily oblige. They offer precise plans for feeding infants God’s way; Christian methods for toilet-training toddlers; extensive lists of dos and don’ts governing preschoolers’ social lives; and similar catalogs of rules for every stage of life up to marriage.”

Those Deep Theological Questions – “Today we’re opening up our phone lines and inviting you to ask anything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Bible, about the character and nature of God, and about how pastors stand firm for the truth in these times.”

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. I want God to do to them what He did to Paul the Apostle when he persecuted Christians. God touched him on his way to Damascus. I want those men to experience the same touch from God!’”


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

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Back To The Law?

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Q.  I have a question pertaining to Israel and re-establishing the old covenant.  Israel’s return to God will come after the battle of Ezekiel 38-39, and the Jewish people will re-establish their covenant (old not new) with Him. This will require a return to Levitical practices and so a Temple will be built.  In the New Testament, it states that Jesus did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it.  If Jesus is the fulfillment of the law, why is the law re-established?  Even after God’s people finally recognize Christ as the Messiah, is the old law still practiced?  If so, what is the purpose of practicing the law if Israel’s salvation is through Christ?

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Not Until 2050?

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Q.  I have a question about something you wrote in Sunday’s Q&A (re Christians leaving the Church). At the end of the response, you included this sentence:  “Finally, I believe as you do that the year 2050 will probably find us somewhere in the early stages of the Millennium.”

Please – Can you expound on this? It caught my eye and interest. I am hoping we’ll be taken well before 2050!

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 Is This Passage For Me?

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Q.  I read your article “How can I tell if an Old Testament verse is for me?” and you stated that you can tell if it applies to you by the context. I visit prisoners thru a church ministry. In Matthew 25:34-40, Jesus says “Blessed are you for doing these things for me”. I think Matthew 24-25 is written to the Jews. So does that mean only Jews should be visiting prisoners, and doesn’t apply to me?

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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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Why Should You REALLY Dislike the Millennials?

Zwinglius Redivivus

1. Millennials are the least patriotic generation
2. Millennials are just as racist as their elders
3. Millennials are the generation least informed about the news
4. Millennials are the nation’s leading vaccine skeptics
5. Millennials care less about free speech than other generations

The points are all fleshed out in this very fine essay in the Washington Post.

I would personally add a 6th reason- Millennials are the least committed to faith (in anything but themselves and money), know nothing of loyalty, and have no sense of responsibility to the community of faith.  They treat faith like a smorgasbord, picking and choosing the dishes they like from whichever table they’re at and disposing of the remainder with a contemptuous scorn without basis in fact or experience.  Never before has a generation of Americans been so completely self absorbed.  But of course, their parents are to blame.  They taught…

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Proof There is No Discernment: Daniel Plan Wins Christian Book of the Year

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Waking up to this news today made me want to go back to bed. According to The Washington Post and a number of other news outlets, Rick Warren’s book “The Daniel Plan” won Christian book of the year last night. 

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Mixing Law and Gospel: A Deadly Brew

The Reformed Reader

Luther's Works, Volume 51 In November 1532, some princes of Germany who were sympathetic to the Reformation invited Martin Luther to preach for them in Worlitz.  His text was 1 Timothy 1:5-7.  In the sermon, among other things, Luther explained to the princes the dangerous error of mixing God’s judgment seat and his mercy seat, the law and the gospel:

“For the Scriptures teach me that God establishes two seats for men, a judgment seat for those who are still secure and proud and will neither acknowledge nor confess their sin, and a mercy seat for those whose conscience is poor and needy, who feel and confess their sin, dread his judgment, and yearn for his grace.   …We must now learn to distinguish between the two parts which are called the law and the gospel.”

“…[In 1 Tim. 1] Paul is rebuking the error and ignorance of those who were extolling and preaching the…

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GTY Blog: Recognizing Your Child’s True Potential

Romans 3:10–18

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by John MacArthur

Parents tend to make parenting more complex, and yet more superficial, than it really is. Christian parents today are begging for detailed programs, step-by-step methodologies, and turnkey instructions. Parenting gurus happily oblige. They offer precise plans for feeding infants God’s way; Christian methods for toilet-training toddlers; extensive lists of dos and don’ts governing preschoolers’ social lives; and similar catalogs of rules for every stage of life up to marriage.

Not all their advice is bad, of course. Some of it can be helpful and even profitable. But compared with the principles for parenting actually set forth in Scripture, most of the so-called “Christian” programs are needlessly complex and sometimes not altogether realistic. Far from being distinctively Christian, some of the advice dispensed in these programs is actually extrabiblical and therefore could safely be ignored. Some of it is simply bad advice.

Fear-Driven Parenting

For example, I know a young couple who refuse to allow anyone (including Grandma), to rock their baby, ever. They were taught in a Christian parenting program that rocking infants to sleep makes them not want to go to bed when they are older. So these parents live in fear that if anyone rocks their baby to sleep, it will awaken some rebellious or self-centered tendency in him that will bear evil fruit when he is older.

Sometimes it seems as if part of the Christian parenting industry thrives by feeding parents’ fears that if they do any little thing wrong with their kids, they might seriously damage the child forever, causing his character or conduct to be evil. By fueling such concerns, they persuade parents to march lock-step with the program, sign up for seminars year after year, and become utterly dependent on the parenting guru—unable and unwilling to think for themselves. They begin to regard parenting as a minefield strewn with hazards—one wrong step and you risk emotional and psychological damage to your child for life. So they become utterly dependent on systems that map out their every step, and they refuse to deviate from the plan, including those aspects of the program that have no basis in Scripture. Often they even are willing to defy both common sense and parental intuition for the sake of following someone’s program. This is not a healthy trend.

As we’ve already discussed, parenting is supposed to be a joy, not a burden. Scripture repeatedly stresses the blessings of having children and the rich rewards of parenting. “Children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3). Scripture never portrays parenting as an obstacle course beset with potentially deadly pitfalls.

There is, however, one gigantic pitfall that is too often overlooked by Christian parents. It is something so basic to what we believe as Christians, so clearly taught in Scripture, that no Christian parent should ever be caught off guard by it. Yet I am constantly amazed at how little is said in most Christian parenting curricula about it.

I’m speaking of the child’s inborn inclination toward evil.

Total Depravity

Every child comes into the world with an insatiable capacity for evil. Even before birth, the human heart is already programmed for sin and selfishness. Humanity’s relentless penchant for every kind of depravity is such that, given free reign, every baby has the potential to become a monster.

If you’re looking for a theological category for this doctrine, it is normally called “total depravity.” It means children do not come into the world seeking God and righteousness. They do not even come into the world with a neutral innocence. They come into the world seeking the fulfillment of sinful and selfish desires. Although the outworking of the sin nature does not necessarily attain full expression in every person’s behavior, it is nonetheless called total depravity because there is no aspect of the human personality, character, mind, emotions, or will that is free from the corruption of sin or immune to sin’s enticements.

The Inheritance of Original Sin

Where do children get this depravity? It’s not a learned behavior. It is an inbred disposition. Kids get it from their parents, who got it from their parents, who got it from their parents, and so on, all the way back to Adam. Adam “became the father to a son in his own likeness, according to his image” (Genesis 5:3). Adam’s children all bore the stamp of sin. They were infected with evil desires. They were born with sinful tastes and an aversion to the things of God—the same aversion that made Adam and Eve try to hide from the Lord’s presence (Genesis 3:8). And Adam’s children bequeathed the same sin nature to their own progeny. Thus the legacy of corruption and guilt has been handed down to every subsequent generation.

In other words, Adam’s fall tainted the entire human race with sin. Both the guilt and the corruption of sin are universal. The apostle Paul wrote, “Through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12, emphasis added). “Through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men” (v. 18), meaning we inherited the guilt of sin. And “through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners” (v. 19), meaning we inherited the corruption of sin. No one is exempt. No one is born truly innocent. Except for Christ, supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, no person conceived has ever been free from the moral taint of Adam’s sin.

That is true of all of us. We inherit both the guilt and the corruption of Adam’s sin, and we pass it on to our offspring. This is the doctrine of original sin. We are born into a fallen race. We inherit a fallen nature. We are inexorably drawn to the lure of sin. We have an appetite for evil and no natural thirst for God. We ultimately have no power of our own to obey God or resist evil:

Because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:7–8)

Sin colors our very nature. We are born with a sinful bent. We have a fallen character even before we commit our first deliberate act of sin. In fact, we sin because we are sinners. We are not innocent creatures who suddenly become sinners when we first sin. We are not bent toward good until exposed to evil. We aren’t perfect until ruined by our parents, as some would suggest. We are not even born morally neutral. We are born sinners.

All of that is also true of our children. Left to themselves, they will pursue a course of sin. And left entirely to themselves, there is no evil of which they are incapable. Psalm 58:3 says, “The wicked are estranged from the womb; these who speak lies go astray from birth.” The apostle Paul quoted a string of Old Testament references in his epistle to the Romans, showing from the Scriptures that there are no exceptions to the doctrine of human depravity:

As it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one. Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep deceiving, the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their paths, and the path of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:10–18)

Your Child’s Greatest Need

Parents instinctively recoil from thinking in such terms. What we see in our newborn infants seems the very epitome of chaste, precious, childlike innocence.

But our children are not innocent when they come into the world, except in the sense that they are naïve and inexperienced. All the potential for sin of every kind is already present in their hearts, in seed form. A proclivity toward sin drives their hearts, minds, and wills. And they have no native potential for true holiness or God-pleasing righteousness. They are totally depraved already, just waiting for that depravity to express itself. Although they have some knowledge of good in their hearts (Romans 2:14–15), they will not and cannot do the good, because they love evil (Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:19).

If you have trouble with that, just recognize that your child is a miniature version of you.

It’s humbling to realize your child has inherited his or her sin nature—and the godly wrath it rightly incurs—from you. That reality ought to compel Christian parents to keep their children’s greatest need—regeneration—at the focus of their parenting, and compel them to reign in the expressions of their depravity in the meantime.

Next time we’ll look at some of the means Christian parents employ to that end, and see how they measure up to the biblical standard.

(Adapted from What the Bible Says About Parenting.)


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Being Spirit-filled and submission

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-21 NASB)

The proper worship of our Lord is done by Spirit-filled Christians and no others. Perhaps the number one attribute that is evidence of being truly Spirit-filled is the submission of our will to the will of God, proper submission, as He has defined it. Our God is all about order, not chaos. There are many who insist that God is all about setting His people free from bondage and we have no business…

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