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May 11, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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May 11, 2015

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will fly to Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin for their first direct talks after two years filled with tension over Ukraine and other conflicts.

Saudi Arabia said its new king won’t attend this week’s long-planned summit for Persian Gulf countries at the U.S. presidential retreat, in what may be a sign of frustration with Washington over its Iran policy.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said she’s ready to testify before a German parliamentary committee probing her government’s cooperation with U.S. intelligence.

Citigroup Inc., the third-biggest U.S. bank by assets, said the U.S. Department of Justice declined to prosecute the bank after a probe into rigging of the London Interbank Offered Rate. The U.S. has advised the bank that it made the decision “based on the facts and circumstances as the Department of Justice currently understands them.”

The investment industry has an age discrimination problem, and millennials and Generation X are bearing the brunt of it. Only 30 percent of financial advisers are actively looking for clients under age 40, according to a survey of 500 advisers by the research firm Corporate Insight. Advisers prefer older clients for a simple reason: Most advisers get paid based on a percentage of the assets they manage. And typical households in their late 60s and early 70s are far richer than their children and grandchildren, with net worths that are five times that of a median 35- to 44-year-old household. These older baby boomers own 22 times more in assets than those under age 35, Federal Reserve data show.

At grocery stores and liquor stores, drinkers are also choosing to pay more for specialty or high-quality options. Buyers are generally paying 5 percent to 7 percent more than they did two years ago, according to Nielsen, which tracks in-store alcohol sales. That’s not primarily because stores are hiking prices. “It’s more a reflection of consumers trading up,” says Danelle Kosmal, vice president of Nielsen’s Beverage Alcohol Practice.

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With lowered flags and prayers, a southern Mississippi city is mourning two police officers, while the four people arrested after their shooting deaths await an initial court appearance Monday.

Part of a New York nuclear power plant remains offline as cleanup continues of transformer fluid that leaked into the Hudson River. The plant owner says it could be weeks before Indian Point 3 is reopened.

A female guard was sexually assaulted by a male inmate at an Arizona prison in the second such attack on an employee in the last 18 months, corrections officials said.

It is not just the Saudi king who will be skipping the Camp David summit of U.S. and allied Arab leaders. Most Gulf heads of state won’t be there. The absences will put a damper on talks that are designed to reassure key Arab allies, and almost certainly reflect dissatisfaction among leaders of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council with Washington’s handling of Iran and what they expect to get out of the meeting.

Shares in European aerospace giant Airbus fell more than three percent in opening trade Monday after one of its A400M military planes crashed in Spain over the weekend, killing four.

The man who allegedly sexually abused and impregnated his 10-year-old stepdaughter, sparking a debate on abortion in Paraguay, was arrested Saturday after 15 days on the run, police said.

Some Russian soldiers are quitting the army because of the conflict in Ukraine, several soldiers and human rights activists have told Reuters.

Austria marked the 70th anniversary of Mauthausen’s liberation Sunday with somber speeches by dignitaries and funeral marches by scores of flag-carrying delegations from Europe and beyond. More than 20,000 people attended. The most powerful commemorations, however, were the stories told by some of the approximately 50 survivors present.

The U.S. Northern Command has upgraded the terror threat level on all American military bases due to threats from ISIS.

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Libya has criticized EU proposals to authorize the use of force against people smugglers taking migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe. The EU is seeking a UN mandate to allow military action to destroy or halt smugglers’ boats in Libyan waters.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) told the BBC a Thai crackdown on recent arrivals meant many smugglers were now reluctant to land. As many as 8,000 people are believed to be stuck on boats. In the past two days more than 2,000 have arrived in Malaysia or Indonesia after being rescued or swimming ashore.

More than 300,000 people are without “life-saving” aid in South Sudan’s oil-rich Unity state after heavy fighting forced aid agencies to withdraw, the UN has said.

An Australian teenager who was allegedly planning a bomb attack has appeared in children’s court charged with terrorism offences.

President Francois Hollande has become the first French leader to visit Cuba in more than a century.

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A homeschooling couple was arrested and had all 10 of their children taken by the state Thursday after a local sheriff acted on a tip about alleged poor living conditions at their 26-acre homestead where they live “off the grid.”

Governor Greg Abbott, R-TX, says he’s trying to bring calm to some Texans about Jade Helm 15, a military exercise that will take place in Texas and six other states.

Facing the possibility of attacks from the Islamic State, Christian villages in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon are forming militias, and they are being trained by the Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah.


Top News – 5/11/2015

QUIET WITH A CHANCE OF FLARES
For the past 48 hours, solar activity has been very low. Sunspot AR2339 is poised to break the quiet. The behemoth sunspot is directly facing Earth, and it has an unstable ‘beta-gamma’ magnetic field that harbors energy for strong eruptions.   

Germany, Czech Republic see rise in anti-Semitism
Germany’s top security official says new statistics show a sharp rise in anti-Semitic offenses last year, as well as in crimes against foreigners.   

Greece says deal will be ‘difficult’ at Eurogroup meeting
Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis acknowledged that a deal to ease Greece’s cash crunch was not likely at a meeting of euro zone finance ministers later on Monday despite progress in talks with lenders on some issues.   

ROYAL SNUB? Saudi, Bahrain kings
KING SALMAN of Saudi Arabia, pictured with President Obama, along with the ruler of Bahrain — two key US military allies in the Persian Gulf region — will not attend this week’s summit at Camp David that will try to address concerns in the Arab world about a possible nuclear deal with Iran.   

Rumbling from ocean trenches could be sign that Japan faces mega earthquake
Researchers in Japan have for the first time detected and traced shallow tremors under the ocean that could be a sign that the country is heading towards a huge earthquake.   

China cuts interest rates to 5.1% as economy slows
It lowered its benchmark rate by 25 basis points to 5.1%, saying the move was aimed at boosting development. Last year’s growth rate – 7.4% down from 7.7% in 2013 – was the weakest in 24 years. The cut is the third in six months and will take effect from Monday. It follows other measures designed to spur growth in China, including tax cuts.   

China Is About to Shock the World
I wrote recently about plans by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to include the Chinese currency as one of the reserve currencies that back the IMF’s so-called Special Drawing Rights. Well, there’s another facet to that story that you need to know … and it echoes the warnings I first began voicing in early 2014. As part of the IMF’s plan to bring the yuan into the basket of reserve currencies, IMF officials want Chinese authorities to provide an update on the quantity of gold squirreled away inside China’s vaults.   

Hezbollah leads fight in strategic Syrian mountain range
Here in pockets of the rugged mountains near the Lebanese border, the distinctive yellow flag of Hezbollah now flies where al-Qaida militants once held sway.   

Strong typhoon lashes northeast Philippines, two dead
Heavy rains and strong winds flattened houses on coastal areas as typhoon Noul crashed into the northeastern tip of the Philippines, killing two people and prompting more than 3,000 residents to move to shelters.   

Houthis accept five-day truce in Yemen proposed by Saudi Arabia
Yemen’s dominant Houthi group accepted a five-day humanitarian ceasefire proposed by its adversary Saudi Arabia on Sunday but said it would respond to any violations of the pause.   

North Korea can develop missile-equipped submarines in 2-3 years: South Korean official
North Korea could build a fully operational submarine equipped with ballistic missiles within two or three years, a South Korean defense official said on Monday. The official, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said photos of North Korea’s test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile appeared authentic.   

Special Report: Russian soldiers quit over Ukraine
Some Russian soldiers are quitting the army because of the conflict in Ukraine, several soldiers and human rights activists have told Reuters. Their accounts call into question the Kremlin’s continued assertions that no Russian soldiers have been sent to Ukraine, and that any Russians fighting alongside rebels there are volunteers.   

Impressed by pope, Raul Castro may rejoin church
“I read all the speeches of the pope, his commentaries, and if the Pope continues this way, I will go back to praying and go back to the church, and I’m not joking,” the AP quoted Raul Castro as saying.  


Headlines – 5/11/2015

Race to balance freedom and security for future of European Jewry 

Austrian Catholic and Protestant churches apologize for anti-Semitism

Scandinavian Jews move into Israeli real estate market 

Jewish Agency to expand Ethiopian immigrants’ eligibility to reside in absorption centers

Human Rights Watch ‘deeply worried’ by PA’s crackdown on Hamas students in West Bank 

Palestinians seek ban on Israel at world soccer body

Jimmy Carter calls situation in Gaza ‘intolerable’ eight months after war 

Ailing Jimmy Carter cuts short Guyana trip, returns to U.S. 

Netanyahu: Israel foiled Iran’s efforts to open new front on Golan 

Egyptian tribes pledge to battle Islamist groups 

Hezbollah leads fight in strategic Syrian mountains

Lebanon’s Hezbollah says it killed 20 Syrian al-Qaida fighters 

Syrian army steps up bid to regain town, rescue besieged troops 

Huge blast as Syrian regime and rebels fight for strategic town

Turkish PM’s visit to Ottoman figure’s tomb an act of ‘clear aggression’, says Syria

Is the regional water crisis a bigger problem than Islamic State? 

UN official on life under ISIS: ‘Girls are being stripped naked, examined in slave bazaars’ 

ISIS militants set up dates with gay men to expose them for execution

Republican candidates talk tough on Islamic State, offer few specifics 

Obama to try to allay Gulf nation leaders’ fears about Iran 

In blow to Obama, Saudi king, other leaders to skip Gulf summit

Moroccan warplane in Saudi coalition goes missing over Yemen 

Yemen Civil War: Houthi fighters accept 5-day truce proposed by Saudi Arabia

Iran claims its warships ‘shooed’ US, French forces in Gulf of Aden

Taliban attack district in northwest Afghanistan 

Special Report: Russian soldiers quit over Ukraine

South Korea expresses concern over North’s submarine missile test

Rival militias in Central African Republic agree to disarm for peace 

After surviving Boko Haram, returnees face hunger in Nigerian towns

Mediterranean migrant crisis: EU refugee quotas to be proposed

David Cameron: I’ve already started EU negotiations

Scotland will not get another independence vote, says British PM Cameron 

Explosive, Controversial Report by Seymour Hersh Says Obama Administration Lied About Bin Laden Raid

Detroit Metro Airport returns to normal after security scare

Dubai: Flight Diverted After Social Media Threats

Greg Abbott to Texans: Jade Helm 15 Not Government Takeover

Castro thanks Pope Francis for brokering thaw between Cuba and US 

Greece seeks Eurozone recognition of economic progress

IMF Works With Bank Regulators on Contingency Plans for Greek Default

Venezuela’s Weak Economy Is Pushing Women To Sell Sex In Colombia

Opinion: Countdown to the stock-market Crash of 2016 is ticking louder 

Asian Stock Markets Spurred by China Interest Rate Cut

China reportedly tops U.S. as world’s largest crude-oil importer

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Izu Islands, Japan region

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Hachijo-jima, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hachijo-jima, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hachijo-jima, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

Search for bodies in Nepal village suspended due to avalanches

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

As Turrialba Volcano erupts again, scientists warn of increased health risks, economic damage

Two Dead as Typhoon Noul Slams Philippines on Way to Japan

Tropical Storm Dolphin brings heavy rain to Pingelap, Mokil

Mother Nature on Mother’s Day: Tornadoes, tropical storm, snow

Record snowfall in Flagstaff, AZ

Black Hills See A Foot Of Snow, Flakes To Fall In Northern Minn.

Colorado flood risk high after heavy, wet snow

WHO issues disease-naming advice to avoid offence

Case of pregnant 10-year-old divides Paraguay, creating debate over abortion and child abuse

Texas Lawmakers Take On Religious Rights V. Gay Rights Tuesday

Man claims triple homicide on Facebook 

Moroccan Woman Killed During Session of Exorcism

Marsha West – Liberalism’s Warm Fuzzy God 

Jim Fletcher – Slogging Through Evangelical Blogging

Andy Stanley Trashes Expository Preaching; Calls it “Easy” and “Cheating”

Rick Warren’s weight-loss plan named Christian Book of the Year

Religion of Peace’ Practioners Issue Death Threats To Pastor’s Daughter

Coptic Christian teenagers face trial in Egypt for ‘insulting Islam’

Jesus Saves: Kids Use Bible to Stop Bully


The Average Age Of A Minimum Wage Worker In America Is 36

 

Dollar Stacks - Public DomainDid you know that 89 percent of all minimum wage workers in the United States are not teens?  At this point, the average age of a minimum wage worker in this country is 36, and 56 percent of them are women.  Millions upon millions of Americans are working as hard as they can (often that means two or three jobs), and yet despite all of their hard work they still find themselves mired in poverty.  One of the big reasons for this is that we have created two classes of workers in the United States.  “Full-time workers” are entitled to an array of benefits and protections by law that “part-time workers” do not get.  And thanks to perverse incentives contained in Obamacare and other ridiculous laws, we have motivated employers to move as many workers from the “full-time” category to the “part-time” category as possible.  It may be hard to believe, but right now only 44 percent of all U.S. adults are employed for 30 or more hours each week.  But to get any kind of a job at all is a real challenge in many parts of the country today.  As you read this article, there are more than 100 million working age Americans that are not employed in any capacity.  And according to John Williams of shadowstats.com, if the federal government was actually using honest numbers the unemployment rate would be sitting at 23 percent.  That is not an “employment recovery” – that is a national crisis. (Read More….)


Daily Digest

May 11, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“[N]o mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.” —George Washington, draft of first Inaugural Address, 1789

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

State Department Refuses to Investigate Clinton

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And even though the smoke is billowing out of the Clinton Foundation, the State Department says it won’t dig further into Hillary Clinton’s actions as secretary of state. “The State Department has not and does not intend to initiate a formal review, or to make a retroactive judgment about items that were not submitted during Secretary Clinton’s tenure,” spokesman Jeff Rathke said. State has the most information on Clinton’s actions — more than Congress — because she dumped 30,000 of her emails on the department before wiping her private hard drive clean. But it refuses to look deeper or give the emails to someone who will.

It’s common sense to be suspicious of the Clinton Foundation, given the kinds of reports coming out about the “charity.” According to the book “Clinton Cash” by Peter Schweizer, at least four members of the Clinton Foundation board were charged with financial crimes, including fraud and bribery. As for the uranium deal the State Department approved under Clinton’s leadership (the one that gave Russia control over much of the U.S.’s uranium reserves) the Kazakh official who helped broker the deal is serving a 14-year sentence for making corrupt uranium deals with foreign governments. Furthermore, the Clinton Foundation is unlikely to disappear if Clinton becomes president. After all, what’s first swinger Bill to do?

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Six Baltimore Officers Fight Prosecution, Allege Overreach

The six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray filed a motion Friday to dismiss the charges. “Rarely in the history of any criminal case has a prosecutor so directly maintained so many conflicts of interest,” the motion read. “Rarer still are instances where such clear conflict exists and a prosecutor steadfastly refuses to recuse him or herself. … This motion is being filed at this junction because the Defendants have grave concerns about the charging decisions which will be made in the near future and their ability to receive due process of the law.”

When State Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged the officers with everything from false imprisonment to second degree depraved heart murder, she told the people protesting police brutality, “I heard your call.” In doing so, she implied that she ignored her duty to uphold the law in favor of mob “justice.” Furthermore, the conflicts of interest are thick and damning. First, Mosby is married to the city councilman who represents the district where Gray was arrested and where the rioting was the worst. Second, the attorney for the Gray family is considered a mentor to Mosby. The charges from Mosby’s office were slapped together and fired off in such a shoddy manner that Mosby mistakenly accused two people who only shared the names of two of the officers. More…

Police Lives Matter

Sometimes cops protect and serve, and sometimes they need to be protected and served. A rookie Oklahoma City police officer found that to be true while pursuing a robbery suspect on foot. After becoming separated from his partner, Officer Adam Eller struggled with one of the suspects, who snatched Eller’s baton and beat him with it. An armed citizen came to the rescue, however, drawing his firearm, warning the assailant to stop, and holding him until police backup arrived. Eller likely owes his life to this good guy with a gun.

Two Hattiesburg, Mississippi, officers weren’t so fortunate. Officers Benjamin Deen, 34 with a wife and two kids, and Liquori Tate, a 25-year-old rookie, were conducting what they thought was a routine traffic stop when the vehicle occupants opened fire, wounding the officers. Both later died at a local hospital, the first deaths for the Hattiesburg Police in three decades.

We note these cases together for two reasons: First, the assailants in both cases were black, while two of the three officers were white. Profiling doesn’t happen without reason. Second, black lives matter, but so do police lives. Officers are human and capable of doing wrong, but they put their lives on the line for their communities, too.

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Destroying the Family to Achieve Utopia

By Arnold Ahlert

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For decades, progressives have embraced radical egalitarianism, a concept demanding the elimination of all differences in sex, race and class, and all the “inequality” such differences inevitably produce. Freedom and individuality would be completely crushed in the attempt to equalize outcomes, irrespective of vast differences in talent, ambition, physical attributes, etc. But leftists consider that a reasonable tradeoff to achieve their dream socialist utopia. They completely ignore the historical wreckage and the millions of deaths that have accompanied every attempt to make such concepts as sloth and ambition, or talent and a lack thereof, completely interchangeable in every “workers’ paradise” where it was attempted.

Enter the latest promoters of egalitarian insanity: University of Warwick professor Adam Swift and his partner, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Harry Brighouse. In an article published by the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC), Swift and Brighouse bemoan the inequality that arises from the difference between good parents and bad ones. In 2014, their musings produced a book, “Family Values: The Ethics of Family-Child Relationships,” in which the duo attempt to explain “why a child’s interest in autonomy severely limits parents’ right to shape their children’s values, and why parents have no fundamental right to confer wealth or advantage on their children.”

Speaking with the ABC, Swift reveals his infatuation with equality of outcome. “I had done some work on social mobility and the evidence is overwhelmingly that the reason why children born to different families have very different chances in life is because of what happens in those families,” he declares. He was especially concerned with unequal outcomes that attend families who live in better surroundings, whose children go to better schools, and whose parents get more involved with their children’s activities.

Swift’s solution to such an “intractable” problem? “One way philosophers might think about solving the social justice problem would be by simply abolishing the family,” he posits. “If the family is this source of unfairness in society then it looks plausible to think that if we abolished the family there would be a more level playing field.”

Perhaps the social justice problem might be better served by eliminating crackpot philosophers. Yet even Swift recognizes the impracticality of family elimination. “Nearly everyone who has thought about this would conclude that it is a really bad idea to be raised by state institutions, unless something has gone wrong,” he concedes. Nonetheless, he still feels compelled to single out certain “undesirable” variables that contribute to the disparities between families he and Brighouse find problematic. “Private schooling cannot be justified by appeal to these familial relationship goods,” Swift insists. “It’s just not the case that in order for a family to realize these intimate, loving, authoritative, affectionate, love-based relationships you need to be able to send your child to an elite private school.”

He has even greater disdain for … bedtime stories. “The 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 complains. And while he remains adamant about the elimination of private schools, he realizes eliminating bedtime stories is a bridge too far, admitting, “We could prevent elite private schooling without any real hit to healthy family relationships, whereas if we say that you can’t read bedtime stories to your kids because it’s not fair that some kids get them and others don’t, then that would be too big a hit at the core of family life.”

Still he offers a caveat. “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,” he says, though he argues, “I think they should have that thought occasionally.” In other words, one should feel a certain amount of guilt for being a better parent than someone else.

What to make of such “forward” thinking? Reminding people what animates it — and why it is doomed to fail. The urge to make everyone equal in every way possible is nothing new, nor is the historical wreckage of gulags, re-education camps, purges and wholesale slaughter that has arisen out of every attempt to do so. Yet in their monumental hubris, progressives look at what inevitably produces the equality of misery, and reach only one conclusion: Such failure occurred because the wrong people were in charge.

And therein lies the ultimate contradiction: There is no such thing as radical egalitarianism with people in charge. Maintaining such a society would be impossible absent an army of enforcers cracking down on anyone daring to be better than anyone else. The egalitarians have always insisted such an army would be needed only on a temporary basis. But history has demonstrated that an inner circle of party apparatchiks keeping everyone else in line has invariably rewarded itself quite richly for engaging in such “noble” efforts, even as they have never made the effort to disband.

And why is equality of misery inevitable? Because the elimination of incentives that produce inequality — of excellence — ensures everyone will do the barest minimum to maintain their place in the unalterable status quo required by their overlords.

“Swift and Brighouse are philosophically inching their way to a novel accommodation for a weathered institution ever more in need of a rationale for existing,” the ABC article states. No, they are not. They are attempting to undermine the foremost “weathered institution” that stands between Liberty and tyranny. And no amount of pseudo-intellectualism that attends such “inching” should obscure reality: These two and their philosophical soul mates are monsters.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Jeff Jacoby: “There was a time when [Hillary] Clinton purported to reject … gender-based appeals. ‘I am not running as a woman,’ she told voters during her last campaign for president. Now she plays it up for all it’s worth. ‘Don’t you someday want to see a woman president of the United States of America?’ she pointedly asked attendees at an EMILY’s List gala. … Of all the qualifications to seek in a US president, few could be more irrelevant to the job than sex organs. Whether the leader of the free world is equipped with the anatomical parts of a male or of a female is of infinitely less significance than whether that leader is equipped with integrity and sound judgment, with respect for facts and loyalty to the Constitution. … Reducing an electoral choice to a physical characteristic trivializes self-government and the responsibilities of citizenship. Of course voters are free to cast ballots for any reason they like, including feel-good symbolism or sentimental tokenism. But no one should imagine that there is honor in voting for Clinton because she’s a woman. Wasn’t the whole point of feminism, after all, that woman are more than biology?”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “To be young in my generation was to feel that your future had been mortgaged out from under you, and that’s a tragic mistake we must never allow our leaders to make again.” —The Gipper

The BIG Lie: “We’ve got to be relentless in our efforts to support small businesses [that] are creating jobs and helping to grow the economy. And that’s been the purpose behind many of the policies I’ve fought for as president. I’ve cut taxes for small businesses more than a dozen times.” —Barack Obama, taking credit for someone else’s work again, despite raising taxes on small businesses in a big way

Race bait: “As potentially the first African-American first lady, I was also the focus of another set of questions and speculations, conversations sometimes rooted in the fears and misperceptions of others. … [F]eelings [of racial inferiority] are real. They’re rooted in decades of structural challenges that have made too many folks feel frustrated and invisible, and those feelings are playing out in communities like Baltimore and Ferguson and so many others across this country.” —Michelle Obama

Demo-gogues: “If elected president, I will have a litmus test in terms of my nominee to be a Supreme Court justice. That nominee will say that we are all going to overturn this disastrous Supreme Court decision on Citizens United, because that decision is undermining American democracy. I do not believe that billionaires should be able to buy politicians.” —Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

Non Compos Mentis: “This year, we will spend a collective $2.4 billion to buy Mom flowers. … But while giving flowers may seem like a good way to show how much you love your mom, it’s a terrible idea if you care about Mother Earth.” —The Washington Post’s Jennifer Grayson

Late-night humor: “According to a new poll, 48% of Americans believe that Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy. Then Hillary said, ‘Actually I just made that poll up.'” —Jimmy Fallon

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis!
Managing Editor Nate Jackson

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ISIS Threatens ‘Message To America’ Attack Today at 2PM ET

Posted: 11 May 2015 10:08 AM PDT

ISIS Threatens 'Message To America' Attack Today at 2PM ETA group of hackers affiliated with ISIS are threatening to carry out a cyber attack—dubbed “Message to America”—against a number of targets 2 p.m. EST today. The targets were not identified on ISIS forums and social channels but the hackers are promising something “surprising” that “will frighten America”.

ISIS supporters calling themselves the Cyber Caliphate hacked into the Twitter account of the United States Central Command in January. Twitter suspended the account detailing the planned attack about 9 a.m. EST. SOURCE

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Mile Wide Asteroid To Skim Earth This Week

Posted: 10 May 2015 07:19 PM PDT

The gigantic missile thought to measure almost a mile across will brush closer than previous monsters which have sparked a global panic. Worried astronomers warned 1999 FN53, which is an eighth of the size of Mount Everest, will skim the Earth in FOUR DAYS. A collision would be nothing short of catastrophic triggering mass destruction, earthquakes and global extinction. The monster is more than TEN TIMES bigger than other meteorites currently visible on NASA’s Near Earth Object radar. It is also double the size of the gargantuan 2014-YB35 which had astronomers around the world watching the skies in March.

Experts warn a collision would trigger an explosion similar to millions of megatons of TNT and would be capable of killing 1.5 billion people. It would be far more destructive than the 1908 Tunguska Event which saw a 50-metre lump of extraterrestrial rock crash into Siberia. It flattened around 80 million trees and sent a shock wave across Russia measuring five on the Richter scale. The event is held by scientists as a benchmark for the catastrophic consequence of an asteroid impact with earth.

The gigantic lump of rock is travelling faster than 30,000 mph and will brush terrifyingly close to Earth on Thursday. NASA’s Kennedy Space CentreGETTY NASA are keeping a close eye on the colossal asteroid. Bill Napier, professor of astronomy at the University of Buckinghamshire, said an impact would leave unimaginable destruction. He said: “People are concerned about an impact from a very large asteroid, and the impact of something of this scale would be nothing short of global.

“It is certainly one of the biggest on the radar, and much bigger than the Tunguska asteroid which was one of the most significant in history. “This is in a completely different ball park, we are talking about millions of megatons of energy, vastly more than was released in Hiroshima. “It would undoubtedly lead to the deaths of around 1.5 billion people, we are looking at a mass extinction of humanity. MORE

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Bill Gross: The Bull Market ‘Super-Cycle’ Is Nearing Its End

Posted: 10 May 2015 06:48 PM PDT

Bill Gross said the bull market “supercycle” for stocks and bonds is approaching its end, as the unconventional monetary policies that have kept it alive since the financial crisis are running out. The attempt by global central banks to cure a debt crisis with more debt doesn’t have much further to run, which will end a rally that’s lasted three and a half decades, the 71-year-old manager wrote in an investment outlook for Janus Capital Group Inc.

Investors should stop focusing on price appreciation and instead look to “mildly levered income,” such as his recommendation to short German government debt, he said. “Credit-based oxygen is running out,” Gross wrote in the outlook, titled “A Sense of an Ending,” in which he compared the final stages of the market cycle with his own mortality. “I merely have a sense of an ending, a secular bull market ending with a whimper, not a bang.” MORE

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Quake unseen in centuries could strike Uttarakhand, experts say

Posted: 10 May 2015 06:44 PM PDT

New research partly funded by the Indian government to forecast earthquakes has made a grim prediction: a great quake never seen in centuries could strike Uttarakhand, an area home to 10 million people. A 700-year-old ‘fault’ beneath the state has reached a tipping point, an Indo-Australian team of experts has concluded after gruelling lab and on-site investigations, including the scouring of three river-beds – those of the Bhagirathi, Alaknanda and Kali.

Notice of an impending earthquake may be scary, but it isn’t such a bad idea. Even seconds of advanced quake warning can reduce loss of lives, according to the US Geological Survey. Quakes can’t really be predicted. But by using complex modern science, geologists can marry data sets from past quakes with slow changes in landscape patterns to tell where a tremor is due. MORE

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Trail of destruction as tornadoes rip through Texas

Posted: 10 May 2015 06:34 PM PDT

One person was killed after at least two tornadoes tore through parts of northern Texas. Meteorologists warned of worsening weather conditions for a broad swath of the state just days after several Great Plains states were pummeled by tornadoes. The twister touched down about 5 miles (8 km) south of Cisco, a small rural town about 100 miles west of Fort Worth, where it tore through several homes in its path, Eastland County Judge Rex Fields, the local emergency management coordinator, told Reuters.

Another tornado was reported in Burkburnett, Texas, about 15 miles north of Wichita Falls, according to a police dispatcher, AP reported. She said the town sounded its tornado warning siren just before 6 p.m. Saturday.Meanwhile, the National Weather Service lifted to “moderate” the possibility of more tornadoes across North Texas. MORE

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Methodist Pastor Bullied By Denominational Leadership For Supporting Traditional Marriage

Posted: 10 May 2015 06:23 PM PDT

A regional body of the United Methodist Church based in Georgia has been accused of bullying a pastor and her church over their support for traditional marriage. Carole Hulslander, pastor at Still Waters UMC of Atlanta, has accused the UMC North Georgian Conference of removing her from her congregation over her decision to sign a statement calling for the denomination to maintain its views on homosexuality. According to “The Erick Erickson Show” radio program, since expressing her support for the UMC to maintain a traditional definition of marriage, Hulslander found herself harassed by NGUMC leadership.

“The culture war has arrived at the door of Still Waters United Methodist Church. It’s congregation, whether they like it or not, is being made to care,” claimed the program. The allegations laid against the NGUMC are that they’re removing Hulslander from her position as pastor and even attempting to remove the Still Waters congregation from their building. According to the Erickson program, two weeks before Easter Sunday the congregation was presented with a new pastor. “The new pastor came in and began berating one of the members of the congregation. The new pastor demanded keys be handed over,” claimed the radio program. MORE

 

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Magnitude 3.8 Earthquake Shakes up Grapevine, California

Posted: 10 May 2015 06:13 PM PDT

California continues to reel under seismic activity as a Magnitude 3.8 Earthquake has been reported by the USGS in the area of Grapevine, CA. USGS

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Can You Answer The Most Important Question Of Your Life

Posted: 10 May 2015 06:05 PM PDT

I AM ASKING YOU THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION OF YOUR LIFE. YOUR JOY OR YOUR SORROW FOR ALL ETERNITY DEPENDS UPON YOUR ANSWER.

“And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!” John 1:36

The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?

God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.” In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How?

First, my friend, you must realize you are a sinner. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.

“ . . . it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. “ . . . He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin] to be sin for us. . . that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Jesus had to shed His blood and die. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11). “ . . . without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]” (Hebrews 9:22).

“ . . . God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie. MORE

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New Swarm Of Earthquakes Near Japan — Major Unrest Showing Signs Off Shore

Posted: 10 May 2015 05:57 PM PDT

Last week a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the shores of Japan, and produced a small tsunami wave. Today (May 10 2015), another 5.7 magnitude earthquake has struck off the shores of Japan, this time accompanied by a noteworthy (large) swarm of earthquakes to follow the event.

It is troubling to see any noteworthy earthquake swarms along this particular trench / ridge, due to the location of the 9.0M mega-earthquake from 2011 being due North of this new swarm spot. This movement along the Izu trench is indicative of the pressure showing in the area. The greater pressure is causing the long silent (800 years dormant) Hakone volcano to show signs of eruption. MORE

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Snow-Nado Forms Over Colorado Springs, CO

Posted: 10 May 2015 03:46 PM PDT

A rare “cold” tornado has formed, and the National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the area due East of Colorado Springs, CO. As a former resident of the Colorado front range, I know the area around Colorado Springs quite well. The cold mountain air (below freezing) is mixing with the warm moist air of the plains (Kansas / Oklahoma).

The downdrafts from the upper slopes of the Rocky Mountains is usually quite strong, however the prevailing winds of the low pressure systems which press storms TOWARDS the mountains from the plains due to the counter-clockwise rotation of these large stormsThe counter clockwise rotation pulls the warm air into the cold air. As we all know, warm air rises, and cold air falls. When the warm air is pushed into the cold mountain downdrafts, the warm air suddenly rises while mixing with the cold air. MORE

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The Briefing

1) British elections bring into question the union of the United Kingdom

The Tory Lesson for America, Wall Street Journal (Editorial Board)

The Suicide of Britain, New York Times (Ross Douthat)

2) Presumption of ability to distinguish free speech from hate speech raised after Texas tragedy

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech, New York Times (Editorial Board)

Shooting Clouds Life as Both Muslim and Texan, New York Times (Manny Fernandez and Laurie Goodstein)

3) FBI head warns ISIS outpacing national security abilities through social media

FBI director says Islamic State influence growing in U.S., USA Today (Kevin Johnson)

4) Depth of ingrained racial bias affirms pervasiveness of sin and need for gospel

Our Biased Brains, New York Times (Nicholas Kristof)
In other news…


The Truth About Israel The World Doesn’t Like to Admit

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Rick Warren, Elton John, Joke about Their Kiss Heard Around the World

What abomination. . . .

Warren and John laughed as they held hands, and as Warren told him jokingly if they kissed it would be “the kiss heard ’round the world.”

John, the founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, said gay members were marginalized in some African nations, which hinders distribution of much-needed drugs for HIV/AIDS.

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Anne Graham Lotz: God’s ‘Judgment is Coming on America and On Our World’

Christian evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of world-renowned Pastor Billy Graham, is calling on Americans to pray and fast for nine days, May 15-23, to ask God for help in these distressful times because, she says, God is warning that “His judgment is coming on America and on our world, and it’s going to be ugly.”

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Liberalism’s Warm Fuzzy god

by Marsha West

For a number of years a woman I know, I’ll call her Rachel, has wrestled with giving her life to Christ. She admits she really wants to, but how can she when she’d have to serve a God who allows murderers into heaven and sends “good people” to hell? It would be awkward to have to explain to her husband, family and friends that they’re bound for hell if they reject Christ. In other words, Rachel won’t play by God’s rules because His rules make her uncomfortable. In her way of thinking the God of the Bible is too punitive for her sensibilities. And besides, what kind of God would allow a serial murderer into heaven who professed a belief in Christ only minutes before going to the gas chamber while at the same time condemn “good people” to hell for their unbelief?

Liberals like Rachel require a more palatable religion, one that’s all-inclusive and, of course, fair. They desire a warm fuzzy God. The liberal’s ideal God is a sort of jolly ol’ St. Nick figure. The liberal’s jolly ol’ god has a Naughty and Nice list but his heart is so big that he often overlooks naughty children’s indiscretions (even the ones who are unrepentant) and delivers the goods to them anyway. He’d be unloving if he didn’t bend a little.

Rachel has yet to place her faith in Christ because it’s unthinkable that God would send “good people” to hell. Her major stumbling block is that she’s acquainted with a number of “good people” who aren’t Christians — and are a whole lot nicer than some Christians she knows.

Rachel contends that a just God wouldn’t send nice folks to hell for all eternity simply because they reject Jesus Christ.

But the Bible says otherwise. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” ( John 14:6).

People like Rachel sincerely believe they could do a far better job of running the universe than the One who created it. Talk about chutzpah!

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WorldNetDaily Identifies Agenda by Evangelical Leaders to Marginalize Discerning Whistleblowers

Slogging through evangelical blogging By Jim Fletcher WorldNetDaily Writer “The Internets” have given everyone a voice today. Obviously, that’s both good and bad. Computer technology has really leveled the playing field, so the classic “writer living in his parents’ […]


The Ascendancy Of Evil

By Jack Kelley

I believe one purpose of this ascendancy of evil is to divest us of all our misguided notions that this world is our home. It never has been our home, and it never will be. If it has been a pleasant place for us, that’s just a measure of God’s Grace. And if it’s steadily becoming less so, that’s an indication that our stay here is just about over. In the meantime our prayer should not be that God will make this world more comfortable for us, but that He would hasten to take us to our real home, where we will enjoy every conceivable comfort forever.

One of the Lord’s great promises to us is that when we see all these signs of the end times judgments begin to happen we should stand up and lift up our heads because our redemption is drawing near (Luke 21:28). That means every advance of evil in the world brings the day of our departure that much closer.

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The Planned Breakdown in Social Order

We are following the same game plan that played out in pre-Nazi Germany. The streets of Berlin became over run by violent protests, and the police were powerless to stop the mayhem. When Hitler came along, he won over the public by restoring order.

“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Rev. 13:4).

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The Gospel of Self

By Roger Oakland

This desire to love one’s self is certainly not new. The book of Genesis details what took place shortly after the fall of man. God had created Adam and Eve, the first man and the first woman. They were created because God desired to have a loving relationship with them. But instead of mandating a relationship by force, God gave the first human beings a free will to choose whether or not they would love their Creator in by testing their obedience to Him. They were not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If they did, the consequence of disobedience would be physical death.

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A New World Order? Putin And Xi Put Friendship On Display

When President Xi Jinping of China took pride of place next to Vladimir Putin of Russia on Saturday, they looked like any other modern world leaders: pragmatic men-in-suits, full of smiles, temporary possessors of power rather than dictators-for-life …………. Click here for full story


Tracking Kids Via Microchip ‘Can’t Be Far Off,’ Says Expert

It’s a thought that is just a little too Orwellian for most people — putting a microchip inside your body. But there are people who are doing just that already …………. Click here for full story


If Syria Falls The Middle East Will Get Even More Complicated

The already extremely complex Middle East may be on the verge of becoming even more so. At this point, the Sh’ia northern arc of Iran, Iraq, Assad and Hezbollah is in confrontation with the southern Sunni arc of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. Adding to the confusion are the attempt on the part of Iran to outflank the Sunni arc in Yemen, and the rampaging Sunni Islamic State athwart the Sh’ia arc. ………… Click here for full story


Denmark Is Set To Become The First Country In The World To Make Cash Payments Obsolete

Denmark is on track to become the world’s first cashless nation, with its government pushing to free some stores, restaurants and petrol stations from accepting cash payments ……….. Click here for full story


‘Prophetesses’ Who Claim They Can Predict the Future and Heal the Sick Are the Focus of New Lifetime Reality Show Titled ‘Preach’

‘Lifetime network has announced the premiere date for a new reality show, or “docuseries” featuring four Christian women who believe God has given them powers “to heal the sick, see the future and rid people of their addictions.” ……….. Click here for full story


CASTRO: POPE FRANCIS SO IMPRESSIVE I MIGHT RETURN TO CHURCH

by Marsha West

Seems the Cuban dictator was all enamored with Pope Francis. Castro told reporters that the pope “is a Jesuit, and I, in some way, am too. I always studied at Jesuit schools.” Here’s more on the AP story: Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call Sunday on Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for […]

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The Revolution Will Be Digitized

by Marsha West

Washington Post has a story on extreme tracking devices that are coming for “ordinary people to ‘quantify’ themselves using wearable fitness gadgets, medical equipment, headcams, traditional lab tests and homemade contraptions, all with the goal of finding ways to optimize their bodies and minds to live longer, healthier lives — and perhaps to discover some important truth about themselves and their purpose in life.” But there are huge health and privacy ramifications.

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Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

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

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

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

Our Time is Short

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Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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May 11, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Christian Blogroll Collection

There is a difference between a well-instructed congregation and a well-nourished one. —Sinclair Ferguson

May 11 Quotes


On Not Destroying Fruitful Trees

The past twenty five years or so have not exactly been a golden age of evangelical reflection upon the Trinity. This is due in part to modern theological amnesia regarding some of the most basic elements of biblical, trinitarian reasoning (as Stephen Holmes has shown here). It is also due to the (all too often) haphazard manner in which the Trinity has been used in debates regarding gender roles in the church.
I recently read an essay by a leading evangelical theologian arguing that many “egalitarian” discussions of the doctrine of the Trinity threaten to compromise basic tenets of orthodox Christianity and to undermine, at least implicitly, the authority of the Bible (Wayne Grudem, “Doctrinal Deviations in Evangelical-Feminist Arguments about the Trinity,” in Bruce A. Ware and John Starke, eds., One God in Three Persons: Unity of Essence, Distinction of Persons, Implications for Life [Crossway, 2015], chap. 1).

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The Ten Commandments as God’s Moral Law

In addressing this concern, I would like to offer four arguments for why the Ten Commandments should be seen as separate and distinct from the other rules and regulations of the Mosaic economy, and why the Ten Commandments do set forth the universally binding moral law of God that is intended to serve as a guide for the lives of believers of all times, including today.

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A Teachability Refresher

Reproof is not merely for conviction’s sake. Conviction is always for completion. The goal here is that a teachable spirit would please God as he, by the Holy Spirit and through others, brings our character and doctrine closer and closer to Jesus Christ.

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TGC Calls the Church to Join Them

As far as I know my own heart I am not disgruntled about anything. But I am troubled. I am troubled by the fact that TGC is calling for the church to join them as they do what God has commissioned the church to do. I am troubled by what I see as a lack of transparency. I am troubled by what looks like runaway ambition. I am troubled by the fact that there has yet to be any explanation or apology from TGC for the several major blunders that, at best, sowed confusion among churches.

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True Woman 101: Divine Design

There are serious foundational problems with the teaching in this book. The most serious are discussions of the Trinity. The authors then use their understanding of the Trinity as the foundation for their teaching on biblical manhood and womanhood. Probably the next most troubling thing is that the authors use the relationship between husband and wife as the model for all male/female interactions.

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The Failure of Winsomeness

Any churches that remain faithful to clear Biblical teaching about sexuality — gay or straight — and on the meaning of marriage and the human person, will be increasingly anathematized in this country. And those that compromise will, in time, fade to nothingness, as the ongoing unwinding of the Mainline Protestant churches demonstrates.

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Heidelberg 63: Rewards Merited For Us By Christ And Given Freely To Believers

The good news is that Christ has condignly merited both our justification and our salvation. Christ’s benefits were earned for us by his works. They are given freely to us who believe. It was works for the Christ and it is grace for us Christians.

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How to Hold on to Your Children with One Hand and Christ with the Other

In her introduction, Kruger writes what should be the heart-cry of every godly mom: “In the midst of my weaknesses, I need the soul-strengthening refreshment that can come only from time spent with Jesus. I need reminders of his love for me, so that I can love my children well. I need to know that he is in control when my life feels like it is spinning out of control. I need the power of His promises to provide peace for my anxious heart.” And her book does an excellent job of pointing readers in the right direction.

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Sexual Fences – Church & Culture Blog

I recently read a statistic that made my mouth fall open. That doesn’t happen very often.

This time it did.

In a Christianity Today article on navigating the waters of leadership misconduct, the author made mention of a 2005-2006 study by the Francis Schaeffer Institute which found that more than 30 percent of all pastors have admitted to having either an ongoing affair or a one-time sexual encounter with a parishioner during their tenure.

30 percent.

Two words instantly came into my mind: sexual fences.

Ministry leaders must, I repeat must, build sexual fences around their life. If you build a fence, you will inevitably bump against it and know you’ve gone too far. But at least the fence kept you from going over the cliff. If you didn’t have the fence, you would have never known it was time to turn back.

So here are three to start constructing immediately:

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The One Sure Mark of Christian Maturity

I suppose we all know that as Christians we are meant to grow up, to mature. We begin as infants in the faith and need to develop into adults. The New Testament writers insist that we must all make this transition from milk to meat, from the children’s table to the grown-up’s feast. And yet even though we are aware that we must go through this maturing process, many of us are prone to measure maturity in the wrong ways. We are easily fooled. This is especially true, I think, in a tradition like the Reformed one which (rightly) places a heavy emphasis on learning and on the facts of the faith.

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Who are the real dividers?

A little later today a couple of news global headlines involving America’s Pastor, Rick Warren. A lot of people are sharing his joke with Elton John last week at a senate hearing about kissing, but are we ignoring the bigger picture? (see, Rick Warren, Elton John at senate hearing on global health programs) Dividing […]

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How Our Culture Undervalues Sex

by Pastor J.D.

This is the first of a two-part series on how our society both undervalues and overvalues sex.[1] We’ll look at how we overvalue sex in Part 2 (on Wednesday). But today: how do we undervalue sex?

Our society wants to push the idea that sex is just physical. It’s like food: when you’re hungry, you eat. When you’re feeling sexual, you sex. No big deal. It’s draconian and needlessly old fashioned to talk about what morality when it comes to sex. The only relevant question is, “What do you enjoy?”

But something within us just can’t seem to accept the idea that sex is just physical. After all, if sex is just physical, why is it that rape is reported so much less than other physical abuse? If sex is just physical, why is it that adultery is so devastating to a relationship—moreso than other types of betrayal? If sex is just physical, why is that when someone sits in my office and says, “Pastor, I’ve never told anyone this before,” that 99% of the time, it’s something sexual? Our experience screams that sex can’t just be physical. Something bigger is going on.

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Words of Comfort: Feminists and the Bible.

Feminists bristle at the Bible’s statement that God made man in His image. This verse doesn’t mean that God is a man, or that He looks like man (see John 4:24). It means that when God made man and woman, He endowed them with a mind, emotions, and will. Humans are rational, moral beings with an inherent God-consciousness. However, in revealing Himself to mankind, God describes Himself in the male gender using terms such as Father, Son, Bridegroom, etc. Those who consider God to be female and call Him “Mother” are engaging in idolatry. To change who God has revealed Himself to be is to create a god in their own image.

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Eight Common Characteristics of Successful Church Revitalizations

There is one type of church revitalization that is more successful than all others. The church closes its doors for a season, and then re-opens, usually with a new name and new leadership. I know this approach is not an option for most of you, so I gathered data from the “other” category. This category includes churches that kept the same name and, for the most part, the same leadership.

Keep in mind, this information is not a step-by-step guide to revitalization. We offer that resource periodically. Make certain you are on our email list, and we will let you know the next time that training opens.

As I gathered the information for successful revitalizations, I noted eight common characteristics that took place in most of the congregations. Unfortunately, many leaders are not willing to make all the sacrifices these characteristics suggest. Those who will make the sacrifices, however, are often seeing blessings beyond what they anticipated.

  1. The pastor formed an alliance of key influencers in the church. This group is not informal, nor is it closed to others. It begins when the pastor identifies those in the church whose voices are most effective in leading others toward change. I cannot remember a revitalization effort that succeeded without an alliance.
  1. The alliance of influencers recognized the need for church revitalization and made a commitment to pray for it daily. Please don’t let the last part of the preceding sentence escape your notice. Each of the influencers committed to daily prayer for revitalization. They realized it could not take place in their power alone.
  1. The leaders and a growing number in the congregation made a commitment to move the church to look more like the community. Such a commitment naturally involves an outward focus, because declining churches are not reaching all segments of their communities. The leadership within the church begins to look at the demographics of their community. They are willing to face reality on where the church is falling short.
  1. The church began to confront the issue of sacred cows. I know of one church that had a two-hour “town hall” meeting of the members of the congregation. The leaders made a list of every preference and church activity they could recall. For example, one of the items on the list was “11 am worship.” They then labeled each activity as either biblically essential, contextual, or traditional.
  1. The leadership began to work with the congregation to form a clear and compelling vision. One church, an all Anglo congregation, cast a vision to have 20 percent Hispanics in the worship attendance in one year because the community was 40 percent Hispanic. They did not reach 20 percent in year one, but they did in year two.
  1. The leadership communicated a sense of urgency. One of the simplest yet most powerful communications of urgency I’ve heard is: “We change or we die.” Too many congregations are choosing to die because of their unwillingness to change.
  1. The leadership, particularly the pastor, was willing to endure a season of intense criticism. This point is often where revitalization efforts end. The critics can get nasty, and the criticisms can become intense. Many people simply get mad at the idea of change.
  1. The leadership of the church was willing to let go of members. I have never known a successful revitalization effort where members did not leave. Few leaders like to see members leave, but some churches have a “back door revival” before true revitalization can take place.

Nine of ten churches are either declining or growing so slowly they are not keeping up with the growth of the community. Many churches are just a few years away from dying and closing. Revitalization is an urgent need.

Are you willing to become an agent of this needed change? Let me hear from you.

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Believe it or Not: 5 Types of Doubters, Pt 2.

fire rescueI have no doubt that you remember last week’s Part 1 post covering the first two types of doubters. Jude said to have mercy on them (Jude 22) as there are genuine believers who may for one reason or another momentarily think like a unbeliever.

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7 Truths About Hell

Concerning hell, C. S. Lewis once wrote, “There is no doctrine which I would more willingly remove from Christianity than this, if it lay in my power.” In many ways, I agree with him. No one, Christians included, should like the idea of hell. Those of us who believe in hell aren’t sadists who enjoy the idea of eternal suffering. In fact, the thought of people I know who are outside of Christ spending eternity in hell is heartbreaking. As a young Christian, when I began to learn about hell and its implications, I almost lost my faith. It was that disturbing.

Hell is a difficult reality, but it is something that the Bible teaches, and we can’t fully understand God and his world unless we grapple with it. These seven truths should frame our discussion of hell.

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The Daily Discovery (May 11, 2015)

Andy Stanley Trashes Expository Preaching; Calls it “Easy” and “Cheating” – “Ed Stetzer, whose employer – Lifeway ‘Christian’ Resources – sells more than a few Andy Stanley books, interviewed the Texas pastor on the topic of preaching related to his new book, Communicating for a Change. The second of such interviews on this topic, Stetzer posts the Q&A on his blog, hosted by Christianity Today. What follows is nothing short of a shocking (but refreshingly honest and explicit) rejection of expository preaching.”

Christian schools to lose tax-exempt status over gay marriage – “In a column for USA Today, Michael Farris looks at the implications of legal gay marriage for Christian schools. He writes…”

The One Sure Mark of Christian Maturity – “I suppose we all know that as Christians we are meant to grow up, to mature. We begin as infants in the faith and need to develop into adults. The New Testament writers insist that we must all make this transition from milk to meat, from the children’s table to the grown-up’s feast. And yet even though we are aware that we must go through this maturing process, many of us are prone to measure maturity in the wrong ways.”

God doesn’t give us do-overs – “Several years ago, I met a Muslim man at our paediatrician’s office. We spoke briefly and when he learned I work for a Christian ministry, he was very excited. He mentioned he’d been looking for Bibles in Arabic and asked if I knew where he might find some. He also suggested my family and I come over to his home sometime. Because Canadians tend to be sceptical of such invitations, we didn’t wind up following through.”

History and Doctrine of the Renewal Movement – “My pal, Lyndon Unger, recently had the opportunity to present a series of lectures on the renewal/Pentecostal/charismatic movement. The entire conference, which had speakers addressing a wide range of subjects, is available on line to download…”


SERMON:

John MacArthur – The First False Convert


VIDEOS:

“Hell Sounds Pretty Alright”

“The things I did in the military, I would go to Hell”


“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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What Does “All Things” Mean?

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Q. Romans 8:32 says: “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” What does it mean that “…graciously give us all things”? What are these “all things”? God bless you! continue reading


Do We Have Our New Heart Yet?

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Q. Both Jeremiah and Ezekiel prophesied that believers would have “a new heart” (Jer. 31:33, Ezek. 11:19-20 and 36:26-27), and Paul and other N.T. writers seem to indicate this prophecy has come true in Rom. 2:29, Rom. 6:17, and Heb. 8:10.  Would you say that this prophecy has been fulfilled or do you believe the new heart is not yet available to us?

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The Rapture And The Scroll Of Remembrance

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Q. What is your view in regards to the book of remembrance and the rapture of the church in respect to one’s salvation?  It would seem to me that one could be saved and still not go in the rapture due to their inclusion/exclusion in the book of the remembrance spoke about in the book of Malachi ch 3. continue reading



Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

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

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

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

Our Time is Short

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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

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

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

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

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A Deliberate Confrontation With Paganism (Augustine)

The Reformed Reader

Augustine of Hippo: A Biography, Revised Edition with a New Epilogue These are great paragraphs about a great book (Augustine’s City of God) found in a great biography (Augustine of Hippo by Peter Brown):

“…We should not forget, that together with the ‘Confessions,’ the theme of the title suddenly crystallized into Augustine’s mind; and, once formed, it is written into every line of the book.”

“The ‘City of God’ cannot be explained in terms of its immediate origins.  It is particularly superficial to regard it as a book about the sack of Rome.  Augustine may well have written a book, ‘On the City of God’ without such an event.  What this sack effected was to provide Augustine with a specific, challenging audience at Carthage; and in this way the sack of Rome ensued that a book which might have been a work of pure exegesis for fellow Christian scholars (somewhat like the great commentary on Genesis, in which…

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History and Doctrine of the Renewal Movement

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renewalMy pal, Lyndon Unger, recently had the opportunity to present a series of lectures on the renewal/Pentecostal/charismatic movement. The entire conference, which had speakers addressing a wide range of subjects, is available on line to download,

2015 Last Days Bible Conference

Lyndon’s specific lectures were,

The History of the Charismatic Movement

The Heresies of the Charismatic Movement

A Biblical Understanding of Tongues, Healings, and Prophecies

A Biblical Understanding of Words, Faith and Prosperity

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GTY Blog: Good News for Your Kids

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Code: B150511

by John MacArthur

There’s only one remedy for a child’s inborn depravity: The new birth. Regeneration. As Jesus said to Nicodemus, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. . . . [Therefore,] you must be born again” (John 3:6–7).

Elsewhere Scripture describes the unregenerate as “dead in [their] trespasses and sins . . . [conducting themselves] in the lusts of [their] flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind . . . by nature children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:1, 3). Like it or not, that is an apt description of your children—until they are born again.

Evangelism at Home

Your top-priority job as a parent, then, is to be an evangelist in your home. You need to teach your children the law of God; teach them the gospel of divine grace; show them their need for a Savior; and point them to Jesus Christ as the only One who can save them. If they grow up without a keen awareness of their need for salvation, you as a parent will have failed in your primary task as their spiritual leader.

Note this, however: Regeneration is not something you can do for them. Parents who force, coerce, or manipulate their kids may pressure them into a false profession, but genuine faith is something only divine grace can prompt. The new birth is a work of the Holy Spirit. “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). Only God can work sovereignly in your children’s hearts to draw them to Himself. Their salvation is a matter that must ultimately be settled between them and God.

But as parents, you are nonetheless responsible to exalt Christ in your home and point your kids to Him as Savior. “How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher” (Romans 10:14)? As believing parents, you are the first and most important preachers God has given them. They will observe your lives up close, to see whether you seriously believe what you are teaching them. They will weigh what you teach them about these matters from the earliest time they can understand anything. You have a better opportunity than anyone to help frame what they know about Christ. Every moment of their lives is a teaching opportunity (Deuteronomy 6:6–7), and you should use those opportunities to the best advantage for your kids’ sake.

Giving the Gospel to Your Kids

The one practical question I am most commonly asked by parents is this: How should I present the gospel to my children? Pitfalls, both real and imagined, intimidate virtually every parent who contemplates this responsibility. On one hand, we don’t want to confound our kids with theological details that are over their heads. What’s the best approach to take? When is the best time to start? How old is “old enough” for our kids to have genuine saving faith? What if they ask questions we cannot answer? How do we know we’re doing it right? It seems all too easy for parents to give their kids an inadequate or twisted message.

But there’s no need to be paralyzed by such fears. The gospel is simple and should be presented simply. Parents have the best years of the child’s life to explain, clarify, stress, and reemphasize gospel truths. The key is to be faithful and consistent in both teaching and exemplifying the gospel. One of the worst things parents can do is be intimidated into thinking someone else would make a better evangelist for their child, thus abdicating their most crucial responsibility, missing the best opportunities for reaching their children, and forfeiting the best blessings of parenthood.

Take Your Time and Be Thorough

Here’s some foundational advice: Think of leading your children to Christ as a long-term, full-time assignment—the most important duty God has given you as a parent.

Be thorough. There is no good reason for parents to soften or abridge the gospel for their kids. Parents more than anyone have ample time to be thorough and clear; to explain and illustrate; to listen to feedback; to correct misunderstanding; and to clarify and review the difficult parts. It is the best possible scenario for evangelism. The wise parent will be faithful, patient, persistent, and thorough. In fact, that is precisely what Scripture demands of every parent:

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

Don’t think of the gospel as something suited only for special evangelistic occasions. Don’t assume Sunday school classes or children’s Bible clubs will give your children all the gospel truth they need. Look for and seize the many daily opportunities you will have for highlighting and punctuating gospel truth in your kids’ thinking.

Beware of False Assurance

Don’t rely too much on canned or formulaic gospel presentations. Many of the programmed approaches to child evangelism leave out key parts of the message. They fail to explain the concepts of sin and the holiness of God. They say nothing of repentance. But then they typically solicit some active response from the child—a show of hands in a group setting, a rote prayer on Mother’s lap, or almost anything that may be counted as a positive response. After that, the child is deemed regenerate, and the parents are encouraged to focus on giving verbal assurances of salvation. As a consequence, the church is filled with teenagers and adults whose hearts are devoid of real love for Christ, but who think they are genuine Christians because of something they did as children.

Avoid that pitfall. Do not assume your child’s first positive response is full-fledged saving faith. If you think a three-year-old’s prayer inviting Jesus into her heart automatically guarantees her a place in the kingdom, your notion of what it means to trust Christ isn’t very biblical.

It is true that saving faith is a childlike trust, and in that sense all sinners must become like little children in order to be saved (Matthew 18:3-4). But the emphasis in that statement is not on the ignorance of children but on their lack of achievement and their utter helplessness. They have no personal accomplishments worth anything in saving them (Philippians 3:7-9). They are helpless, depending totally on God to provide everything for them. Just like an infant.

On the other hand, real faith involves understanding and affirming some important concepts that may be out of reach for small children (Romans 10:14; cf. 1 Corinthians 14:20). The sole object of genuine faith is Jesus Christ as He is presented to us in the gospel. How can children exercise true saving faith before they are old enough to understand and affirm essential, objective elements of gospel truth? Saving faith is not blind faith. Real saving faith cannot be ignorant of essential gospel concepts such as good and evil, sin and punishment, repentance and faith, God’s holiness and His wrath against sin, Christ as God incarnate, the idea of atonement for sin and the meaning of the resurrection and lordship of Christ. The specific age at which the child’s understanding is mature enough to grasp such concepts may differ for each child. (So there’s no reliable way to pinpoint a physical “age of accountability.”) But until the child demonstrates some degree of real understanding and some measure of spiritual fruit, parents should not be quick to regard the child’s regeneration as a settled matter.

Nonetheless, don’t write off childlike expressions of faith as meaningless or trivial. Parents should encourage every sign of faith in their children. Don’t ridicule or belittle them for the things they fail to understand. Use the opportunity to teach them more. Feed their desire to learn about Christ, and encourage their every profession of faith. Even if you conclude it’s too early to regard their interest in Christ as mature faith, don’t deride it as merely a false profession. It may be the seed from which mature faith will later emerge. And don’t be discouraged by misunderstanding or ignorance. Even the most mature believer does not fully comprehend all truth accurately. Keep teaching them in the spirit of Deuteronomy 6:6-7.

Nothing a parent can do will actually guarantee the salvation of a child. We cannot believe for them by proxy. We might coax or cajole them into a spurious profession of faith, but genuine faith is prompted by God’s work in the child’s heart (John 6:44-45). We might talk them into a false assurance, but true assurance is the Holy Spirit’s work (Romans 8:15-16). Be careful not to intrude into a realm that belongs to God alone. Don’t employ external inducements, peer pressure, the power of suggestion, the lure of approval, the fear of rejection, or any other artificial means, to entice a superficial response from your child. But be faithful, patient, and thorough. And bathe your efforts in prayer for your child’s salvation, always bearing in mind that God does His work where you cannot—in the child’s heart.

(Adapted from What the Bible Says About Parenting.)


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God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Πόθεν πόλεμοι καὶ πόθεν μάχαι ἐν ὑμῖν; οὐκ ἐντεῦθεν, ἐκ τῶν ἡδονῶν ὑμῶν τῶν στρατευομένων ἐν τοῖς μέλεσιν ὑμῶν; 2 ἐπιθυμεῖτε καὶ οὐκ ἔχετε, φονεύετε καὶ ζηλοῦτε καὶ οὐ δύνασθε ἐπιτυχεῖν, μάχεσθε καὶ πολεμεῖτε, οὐκ ἔχετε διὰ τὸ μὴ αἰτεῖσθαι ὑμᾶς, 3 αἰτεῖτε καὶ οὐ λαμβάνετε διότι κακῶς αἰτεῖσθε, ἵνα ἐν ταῖς ἡδοναῖς ὑμῶν δαπανήσητε. 4 μοιχαλίδες, οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι ἡ φιλία τοῦ κόσμου ἔχθρα τοῦ θεοῦ ἐστιν; ὃς ἐὰν οὖν βουληθῇ φίλος εἶναι τοῦ κόσμου, ἐχθρὸς τοῦ θεοῦ καθίσταται. 5 ἢ δοκεῖτε ὅτι κενῶς ἡ γραφὴ λέγει· πρὸς φθόνον ἐπιποθεῖ τὸ πνεῦμα ὃ κατῴκισεν ἐν ἡμῖν, 6 μείζονα δὲ δίδωσιν χάριν; διὸ λέγει·
ὁ θεὸς ὑπερηφάνοις ἀντιτάσσεται,
ταπεινοῖς δὲ δίδωσιν χάριν. (James 4:1-6 NA28)

1 From where do wars come and from where do fights come among you? Is it not from here–from your pleasures warring in your members? 2 You desire and you do not…

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