Daily Archives: May 17, 2015

“Love Your Neighbor as Yourself” – What does it Really Mean?

Zwinglius Redivivus

I believe that with this commandment “as yourself” man is not commanded to love himself but rather is shown the sinful love with which he does in fact love himself, as if to say: “You are completely curved in upon yourself and pointed toward love of yourself, a condition from which you will not be delivered unless you altogether cease loving yourself and, forgetting yourself, love your neighbor.

For it is a perversity that we want to be loved by all and want to seek our interests in all people; but it is uprightness that if you do to everyone else what in your perverseness you want done to yourself, you will do good with the same zeal as you used to do evil.7 In this we surely are not commanded to do evil, but the zeal should be the same. – Martin Luther (Lectures on Romans).

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Obama administration lifts 32-year-old ban on gay / bisexual men donating blood

WINTERY KNIGHT

Breitbart News reports.

Excerpt:

The Obama administration, more interested in pleasing its LGBT supporters than in protecting the health of the general public, is proposing “new rules” through the FDA that would terminate the 32-year-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

Hilariously, the FDA would still ban gay men from donating if they confess to having sex with a man within a year before donating blood.

The FDA did admit that “some individuals knowingly donate despite the deferral.”

[…]The FDA decided that the MSM group (men who have sex with men) was much less of a risk than those in the commercial sex work (CSW) and injection drug use (IDU) groups, even though the agency reported, “In 2010, male-to-male sexual contact accounted for 63% of newly diagnosed HIV infections among adults, and 78% of newly diagnosed HIV infections in men, indicating that male-to-male sexual contact remains associated with…

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Cold Case Christianity: What is the State of Christianity in America and What Can We Do About It? (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast #30)

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Podcast, J. Warner Wallace analyses the findings of the Pew Research Center’s recent poll, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape.” Jim describes three unsurprising and three surprising findings, then provides five action points resulting from the survey.

Here is part 1 of this week’s broadcast:

Here is part 2 of this week’s broadcast:

May 16-17, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend News/Commentary Collection

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Top News – 5/16/2015

Tulare County Drought Situation Dire As Neighbors Steal Water From Neighbors
The drought devastation has gotten worse in Tulare County in the weeks since we examined the lack of water as part of our five-part drought series. Conditions are desperate enough that neighbors are stealing water from each other.   

Pope calls Palestinian leader “angel of peace” during visit
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an “angel of peace” during a meeting Saturday at the Vatican that underscored the Holy See’s warm relations with the Palestinians.   

US commandos kill senior IS commander in Syria raid
BEIRUT — U.S. commandos mounted a rare raid into eastern Syria overnight, killing a senior Islamic State commander in a firefight, capturing his wife and rescuing a Yazidi woman held as a slave, the Pentagon said Saturday.   

Islamic State jihadists ‘execute 23 civilians including children near Syria’s Palmyra’
Fighters from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) on Friday executed 23 civilians, including nine children, near Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, a monitor said. “The Islamic State group executed by gunfire 23 civilians, including nine children, in the village of Amiriyeh, north of Tadmor,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   

Islamic State Terror Handbook Trains Western Jihadis To Avoid Capture
Affiliates of the Islamic State terror group are distributing a new handbook aimed to help Western jihadis avoid capture by the police and train them to clandestinely build bombs and transport weapons… The handbook, “How to Survive in the West,” instructs Western jihadis on how to blend into their societies and hide their terror activities…   

Russia targets ‘undesirable’ foreign organisations
Russia plans to introduce new powers to prosecute foreigners whose activities are seen as “undesirable” on national security grounds. Russian MPs have backed a bill to ban “undesirable” foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or firms. The draft leaves the definition of “undesirable” open to interpretation.   

Kerry: US concerned by China’s actions in South China Sea
US Secretary of State John Kerry says he is concerned by the pace and scope of China’s reclamation projects in contested areas of the South China Sea. He was speaking at a press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing. China claims almost the whole of the South China Sea, resulting in overlapping claims with Brunei, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia.   

Egypt’s former president Morsi sentenced to death
An Egyptian court on Saturday sought the death penalty for former president Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood… Mursi and his fellow defendants, including the Brotherhood’s top leader…were convicted for killing and kidnapping policemen, attacking police facilities and breaking out of jail during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.   

Boston residents react to Tsarnaev verdict
Boston area residents unleashed a wave of strong feelings Friday afternoon as word quickly spread that a federal jury had sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death. Some felt justice was done; others regretted that Tsarnaev was getting off easy. Through all of it came forceful sentiments reflecting how much pain and suffering the city has endured since the April 15, 2013 attacks that left three dead, 17 maimed and hundreds injured.   

Obama seeks to reassure Gulf allies, sees no early end to Syria war
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that Washington would help Gulf allies face conventional military aggression but also get them to work more in their own defence against any unconventional menace, such as destabilising Iranian actions in the region.   

China Saves up 30,000 Tons of Gold to Topple Us Dollar from Global Reign
China is waiting for the right moment to remove the US dollar from economic reign. Once the US dollar loses its leadership, China plans to make the yuan world’s first currency. According to Duowei News, to ensure its domination, China is saving up gold. According to unconfirmed reports, China already has about 30,000 tons of the precious metal. If this is true, it means that China will be capable of bringing the US dollar down in an instant.   

Peter Schiff, more bullish than ever, sees gold headed to $5,000 an oz.
Despite a ho-hum performance year to date for gold, Peter Schiff, chief executive officer at Euro Pacific Capital, is still betting on gold’s eventual climb to $5,000 an ounce. Schiff’s persistent call is more than 300% higher than Thursday’s settlement at $1,225.20 an ounce on Comex, which marked the highest close for the yellow metal since mid-February.   

Billy Graham Daughter: The Rapture Is Coming
Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of the Rev. Billy Graham, warns the Rapture is coming and will cause “mass chaos.” In a recent blog post on her website titled “Is God’s Judgment Coming?” Graham Lotz wrote God’s “judgment is coming on America and on our world, and it’s going to be ugly.”  

Top Headlines – 5/16/2015

Israeli sources: Israel willing to accept Iran deal for US compensation

Iran won’t be allowed to have nukes, US assures Gulf states

Revealed: Mossad was asked to kill Ayatollah Khomeini

PA Parliament: Jews Have No Right to Even ‘One Inch’ of Israel

PM: Israel to pursue ‘diplomatic settlement’ with Palestinians

Obama: Peace between Israel, Palestinians unlikely this year

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will visit the Middle East next week for talks on the peace process 

UN Chief Deplores Israel’s ‘Settlement Activity’

FIFA head fears Israel vote could set dangerous precedent 

FIFA head: Israel concessions needed to head off Palestinian call for expulsion 

Greek town slammed after it nixes Holocaust memorial for displaying Star of David 

These 5 Facts Explain the Troubled U.S.-Arab Relationship

Obama seeks to reassure Gulf allies, sees no early end to Syria war

ISIS Militants Are Making Millions Off of Human Smuggling Trade From Libya Into Europe, Report Finds

ISIS car bomb attack kills 11 in Iraq 

IS seizes government HQ in Iraq’s Ramadi

White House: US to expedite military aid to Iraqi forces 

Islamic State Terror Handbook Trains Western Jihadis To Avoid Capture

Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev sentenced to death for 2013 attack 

Saudi man gets life in US prison in Africa embassy bombings case 

Philadelphia train may have been hit by projectile before wreck 

A ‘bulletproof’ cross rises in Karachi

Putin says Ukraine being overrun by fascists – and he may be right 

Foreign ownership of US debt rises; China reclaims top spot 

How big is Greece’s debt? In 60 seconds

Live forever? Maybe, by uploading your brain

Emails show FBI privacy concerns about license-plate readers

FAA Investigating After Drone Nearly Collides With KDKA News Chopper

DHS Chief Worried About Drones in 2016 Campaign

San Francisco police under fire for racist, homophobic texts 

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Curup, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Alotau, Papua New Guinea

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits South of Africa

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near North Island of New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Pucallpa, Peru

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Vaini, Tonga

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Mt Etna volcano in Italy erupts to 14,000ft

Typhoon Dolphin Passes Near Guam; Schools Turned Into Shelters

Rare spring storm sweeps into Southern California, Arizona 

Report: Use of ‘Denier’ Slur Against Climate Change Skeptics Skyrockets

Nebraska declares state of emergency in bird flu outbreak

1,450 Blue Bell workers losing jobs after listeria problems

Luxembourg premier becomes first European leader to wed same-sex partner while in power

French lawmakers pass bill requiring ‘neutrality on religion’ at preschools 

Billy Graham Daughter: The Rapture Is Coming

Top News – 5/17/2015

China Making Some Missiles More Powerful
After decades of maintaining a minimal nuclear force, China has re-engineered many of its long-range ballistic missiles to carry multiple warheads, a step that federal officials and policy analysts say appears designed to give pause to the United States as it prepares to deploy more robust missile defenses in the Pacific.   

India and China sign $22bn-worth of deals as Modi ends visit
India has signed trade and economic co-operation deals worth $22bn ($14bn) in Shanghai as PM Narendra Modi’s visit to China draws to a close. The agreements cover a range of industries including renewable energy, the financial sector and ports. “Let us work together in mutual interests,” said Mr Modi. “Now India is ready for business.”   

Islamic State militants ‘smuggled to Europe’
Islamic State (IS) fighters are being smuggled into Europe by gangs in the Mediterranean, an adviser to the Libyan government has told the BBC. Abdul Basit Haroun said smugglers were hiding IS militants on boats filled with migrants. Officials in Italy and Egypt have previously warned that IS militants could reach Europe by migrant boat.   

IS continues attacks, as Iraq sends more troops in Anbar province
The Islamic State (IS) militant group on Saturday continued attacks against the Iraqi security forces in the country’s western province of Anbar, while reinforcement troops were dispatched to prevent the militants’ progress in the province, provincial security sources said.   

Guam residents who lost homes in typhoon face future
The future is uncertain for Guam residents who lost their homes during a powerful Pacific typhoon. The Pacific Daily News reported that many residents flocked to shelters during the storm Saturday and later found out their homes were severely damaged.   

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s legal battle is far from over
Although a jury has sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death, practically speaking, he could very well be getting life in prison. (Video via FBI) Or something close to it. That’s because it’s pretty rare for a federal death sentence to be carried out.   

Earthquakes on Hawaii volcano could signal new eruption
A series of earthquakes and shifting ground on the slopes of Kilauea have scientists wondering what will happen next at one of the world’s most active volcanos. A lake of lava near the summit of Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island had risen to a record-high level after a recent explosion. But in the past few days, the pool of molten rock began sinking, and the surface of the lava lake fell nearly 500 feet.   

President Morsi sentenced to death: How will the Muslim Brotherhood respond?
Hours after ousted former Egyptian president Mohamad Morsi was given a preliminary death sentence, three judges were killed and another seriously wounded in North Sinai when they were attacked by an armed militia while traveling to a North Sinai court.   

Military pushes for emergency robots as skeptics worry about lethal uses
t’s 6-foot-2, with laser eyes and vise-grip hands. It can walk over a mess of jagged cinder blocks, cut a hole in a wall, even drive a car. And soon, Leo, Lockheed Martin’s humanoid robot, will move from the development lab to a boot camp for robots, where a platoon’s worth of the semiautonomous mechanical species will be tested to see if they can be all they can be.   

Earthquake jolts Bangladesh again
The magnitude of the quake was 5.7 in Richter scale and the epicentre was 44 miles (71 km) WSW of Namche Bazar, Nepal, according to USGS.   

US says IS head of oil operations killed in US raid in Syria
In a rare ground attack deep into Syria, U.S. Army commandos killed a man described as the Islamic State’s head of oil operations, captured his wife and rescued a woman whom American officials said was enslaved. A team of Delta Force commandos slipped across the border from Iraq under cover of darkness Saturday aboard Black Hawk helicopters and V-22 Osprey aircraft, according to a U.S. defense official knowledgeable about details of the raid.  

Top Headlines – 5/17/2015

Israel at center of international diplomatic storm as vatican, FIFA, EU step up pressure 

Jordanian, German FMs call for renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Pope calls Abbas ‘angel of peace’ during Vatican meeting 

Activist group calls Jerusalem Day ‘a racist holiday’ 

‘If Boston can execute an Islamic terrorist, so should Israel’ 

Egypt’s Morsi, 100 others sentenced to death

Brotherhood official condemns Morsi verdict, urges international action 

Amnesty calls Mursi death sentence bid in Egypt ‘a charade’ 

US ‘deeply concerned over Morsi death sentence bid by Egyptian court 

Erdogan condemns Morsi verdict as return to ‘ancient Egypt’

Nasrallah dismisses rumored ill-health as ‘psychological warfare’

Senior US official to visit Turkey to discuss Syria

Syrian TV says Turks shot down surveillance drone, not aircraft 

US claims to have killed top ISIS leader in raid 

ISIS Supporters Shaken By U.S. Killing Of Abu Sayyaf, Vow Revenge

IS continues attacks, as Iraq sends more troops in Anbar province

Syrian army kills Islamic State’s ‘oil minister’ 

Islamic State jihadists ‘execute 23 civilians including children near Syria’s Palmyra’

Yazidi Girl Sold for $34 to Australian ISIS Executioner Seen in Propaganda Videos After Being Drugged, Shipped to Syria

Khamenei: Iran will protect ‘oppressed’ people in the region 

Khamenei: The United States Makes the Region ‘Insecure’

Afghan official: Suicide attack near Kabul airport, casualties expected

Bloody battles with Taliban rocking Afghanistan in U.S. absence

US, China refuse to budge over South China Sea activity

China Making Some Missiles More Powerful

China, Russia celebrate the dawn of the Un-American Century

Fearing Russian expansion, Baltic nations step up military exercises

Russia targets ‘undesirable’ foreign organisations

Russian rocket with Mexican satellite crashes in Siberia

Border Patrol agents seeing spike in human smuggling

‘War on police’: Line-of-duty deaths rise amid racially-charged rhetoric, anti-cop climate

Military pushes for emergency robots as skeptics worry about lethal uses

Simulated Worlds Will Soon Be Indistinguishable From Reality

FBI Doc: Security Researcher Claims He Hacked Commercial Plane’s Controls While on Board

City of Berkeley to require cellphone sellers to warn of possible radiation risks 

5.7 magnitude earthqauke hits near Ramechhap, Nepal

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

Earthquakes on Hawaii volcano could signal new eruption 

The ‘hidden’ Cascade volcano that poses a threat

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 18,000ft

Sakurajima volcano in Japan erupts to 16,000ft

Guam residents who lost homes in typhoon face future

Tornadoes Touch Down Across the Plains From Texas to Minnesota

Tremendous Rain Leaves Atyrau, Kazakhstan Under Water

Tulare County Drought Situation Dire As Neighbors Steal Water From Neighbors

Another problem for drought-plagued California: Bark beetles

Sysco sees U.S. bird flu hurting egg supply up to 18 months

New Challenge for Police: Finding Pot in Lollipops and Marshmallows

Hillary Clinton Wants to Change Religion to Accept Abortion

Pregnancies more common among lesbian, gay, bisexual youths

Call it ‘gender fluidity’: Schools to teach kids there’s no such thing as boys or girls

Girl Scouts Now Welcoming Transgender Boys

Ireland could become first country to approve same-sex marriage through popular vote

Lebanese celebrities campaign for LGBT rights

Israel to hold its biggest gay pride party ever 

Israeli Burning Man faces permit challenges


Pope Francis extends agenda of change to Vatican diplomacy

by Marsha West

Reuters reports:

Pope Francis’ hard-hitting criticisms of globalization and inequality long ago set him out as a leader unafraid of mixing theology and politics. He is now flexing the Vatican’s diplomatic muscles as well.
Last year, he helped to broker an historic accord between Cuba and the United States after half a century of hostility.

This past week, his office announced the first formal accord between the Vatican and the State of Palestine — a treaty that gives legal weight to the Holy See’s longstanding recognition of de-facto Palestinian statehood despite clear Israeli annoyance.

The pope ruffled even more feathers in Turkey last month by referring to the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians in the early 20th century as a “genocide”, something Ankara denies.

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Air Force general who spoke of God in talk should be court-martialed, group says

by Marsha West

According to Fox News:

An Air Force general who recently spoke about how God has guided his career should be court-martialed, a civil liberties group is saying.

In a speech at a National Day of Prayer Task Force event on May 7, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson credits God for his accomplishments in the military, and refers to himself as a “redeemed believer in Christ.”

The Air Force Times reports that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has taken issue with Olson’s remarks, is calling for the two-star general to be court-martialed and “aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions.”

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Sex Education Today

by Marsha West

I’ll bet many parents are unaware of the questions their kids must answer on public school surveys. According to Renew America columnist Alan Caruba, surveys were given to children in Massachusetts and schools across America with questions such as: “Have you ever had sexual intercourse (oral, anal, vaginal?)” “How old were you when you had […]

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Tennessee Passes Wait Period, Licensing Mandate for Abortion Centers

The bills’ opponents argued the legislation would burden women, especially the 48 hour wait period requirement. It will increase travel expenses for women who travel long distances to the facilities, they said. Republican state Rep. Matthew Hill, who sponsored the wait-period bill, said the goal was to inform women, not restrict abortion: “We are making all … facts and information available to the women in order to make a careful and fully informed decision.”

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The ISIS Crisis

Jan Markell and Eric Barger spend the hour talking to terror analyst Erick Stakelbeck as he unravels the ISIS crisis. Stackelbeck feels America is totally unprepared for what might be coming upon us. Our southern border is a disaster waiting to happen he says; our shopping malls are sitting targets; sleeper cells may be awaiting orders. What can be done? If terror visits a neighborhood near you, you need this vital, though disturbing, information. Find his new book in any book store. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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Prison next step for American Christians?

Ex-congressman warns of ‘subtle but insidious trend’ by government

Former Congressman Frank Wolf warned that Americans’ freedom of conscience is under attack and it’s mainly Christians with conservative values who are in the crosshairs of the new champions of political correctness.

Wolf, 76, said Christians may have to resort to civil disobedience because their views are increasingly considered “intolerant.”

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The Three Legged Stool Plan

It should also be noted that Pastor Warren has slightly modified the PEACE plan since it was originally conceived. The “P” in the PEACE plan now stands for something different than what was originally meant when the PEACE plan was first announced in April of 2005. Initially the “P” was for “planting churches.” Now, the “P” stands for “promoting reconciliation.

The “three-legged-stool” plan is very interesting in light of Bible prophecy, especially if you expand the concept of a three-legged stool on a global stage – global government, global economy and a global spirituality centered on the name of Christ. The Bible indicates that in the Last Days Christian apostasy will abound. People who once held to biblical faith will embrace a faith for the cause of peace and safety.

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Texas Senate Approves Bill Protecting Pastors Who Refuse to Officiate Same-Sex ‘Weddings’

(CN) — The Texas Senate has approved a bill that would protect pastors from legal action if they refuse to officiate same-sex ceremonies.

Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) presented S.B. 2065, entitled “Freedom of Religion with Respect to Recognizing or Performing Certain Marriages.”

Actor Denzel Washington Urges Dillard University Graduates: ‘Put God First’

(CN) — Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington urged graduates at New Orleans’ Dillard University to “put God first” last weekend, stating that in his own life, he knows that all he has achieved is by the grace of God.

Washington, 60, known for his roles in films such as “Glory,” “The Preacher’s Wife,” “Remember the Titans” and “Training Day,” presented a brief 11-minute commencement speech to students that often focused on faith.

Megachurch Preacher Paula White Marries Rocker Jonathan Cain in Third Marriage

(CN) — Megachurch preacher Paula White has married rock and roll star Jonathan Cain, making the occasion both her and Cain’s third marriage.

White, 49, is known for founding without Walls International Church in Tampa, Florida with her second husband Randy White. She turned the church over to him years after their divorce in 2007. White hosts the television show “Paula White Today,” which airs on TBN and BET, and now serves as leader of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida.

Former Lesbian Petitions Obama to Hear Voices of Those Christ Has Set Free From Homosexuality

(CN) — A former lesbian has started a petition on Change.org to ask Barack Obama to meet with and acknowledge those who have been set free from the homosexual lifestyle by the transforming power of Jesus Christ.

Janet Boynes lived as a lesbian for 14 years and now leads a ministry to help others struggling with homosexual temptation to walk victoriously in righteousness. She says that she became involved in same-sex romantic relationships as a youth as she was looking for something to satisfy her in the midst of a difficult upbringing: her father wasn’t present in the home, her mother’s boyfriend was an alcoholic, and she was sexually abused twice.

Other Top News Stories of Interest:

  • New Pew Research Poll Shows Apostate ‘Christians’ Leaving the Faith
  • College President: Supreme Court Ruling on ‘Gay Marriage’ May Lead to Christian School Closings
  • ‘Perverted’ Professor at UC San Diego Mandates Students Take Final ‘Naked’ or Fail Class
  • Feel the Love Tonight? Rick Warren, Elton John Hold Hands, Joke About Kissing Before AIDS Panel

    1000s march against foreign military presence in Japan

    Posted: 17 May 2015 07:22 AM PDT

    Thousands have been marching in Okinawa and across Japan in protest against the planned relocation of a US military base in Okinawa. The protesters criticized the Japanese government, who appear to be turning a deaf ear to the locals. The protests began on Friday with about 1,200 people in Okinawa, as the island marked the 43rd anniversary of its reversion to Japanese sovereignty, and continued into Sunday gathering thousands of people.

    “Even after our reversion, the problems of the bases remain unchanged,” Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said at the protest, adding reversion of sovereignty had failed to bring Okinawans what they wanted.

    “We’ve long suffered from the bases, and I’m angered by the outrageousness of both the US and Japanese governments in insisting a new base be built in Henoko,” Fujiko Matsuda, who heads a local citizens’ group, told the Japan Times. “It is wrong to proceed with the Henoko relocation without listening to the voices of the Okinawans,” said another Okinawa resident, Atsuko Ikeda. “If we don’t prevent it, there is no future for Japan as a democratic nation.” MOREThe post 1000s march against foreign military presence in Japan appeared first on .

    ‘Gay marriage’ advocates want to ‘wipe out’ Christianity

    Posted: 17 May 2015 07:11 AM PDT

    Have you noticed that it’s Christian bakers, florists, photographers and pizza makers who are in targeted for declining to promote same-sex ceremonies, even though other religions reject “gay marriage,” too? Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly has noticed, and she sees the double standard as part of a desire by “gay marriage” advocates to destroy Christianity. “They want to wipe out the Christian religion,” Schlafly said in an interview Monday on CRN’s “Talkback with Chuck Wilder.”

    She noted most other religions do not recognize same-sex marriage. “I assume there are some Muslim bakers and photographers and other people who have been harassed, but they’re not being attacked and they’re not being criticized,” she argued. The Supreme Court is currently weighing arguments in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, which questions whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Many observers believe the court will strike down all remaining state bans.

    WND has compiled a “Big List of Christian Coercion” highlighting cases in which florists, bakers and others have faced discrimination, formal censure or legal jeopardy because they chose to abide by their faith. FULL REPORT

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    Americans ‘prefer Christians for their Rulers’

    Posted: 17 May 2015 07:06 AM PDT

    The first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, appointed by George Washington, was also president of the American Bible Society. Who was he? John Jay, who died May 17, 1829. John Jay was one of the presidents of the Continental Congress. “In governments raised on the generous principles of equal liberty … rulers of the state are the servants of the people, and not the masters of those from whom they derive authority. … The ungrateful despotism and inordinate lust of domination, which marked the unnatural designs of the British king and his venal parliament, to enslave the people of America, reduced you to the necessity of either asserting your rights by arms, or ingloriously passing under the yoke.”

    As chief justice of the state of New York, John Jay charged the grand jury of Ulster County, Sept. 8, 1777: “The infatuated sovereign of Britain, forgetful that kings were the servants, not the proprietors, and ought to be the fathers, not the incendiaries of their people. … What … can appear more unworthy of credit than … a prince should arise who, by the influence of corruption alone … to reduce three million of his most loyal and affectionate subjects to absolute slavery … binding them in all cases whatever, not even excepting cases of conscience and religion? … Will it not appear extraordinary that thirteen colonies … without funds … without disciplined troops, in the face of their enemies, unanimously determine to be free, and, undaunted by the power of Britain, refer their cause to the justice of the Almighty. …” FULL REPORT

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    Tornadoes touch down as storms strike central U.S.

    Posted: 17 May 2015 06:58 AM PDT

    Another round of powerful storms moved across the nation’s midsection Saturday, bringing with it tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and damaging winds. The National Weather Service told CBS News at least six confirmed tornadoes touched down Saturday in several western Oklahoma communities, including two in Geronimo. Forecaster Daryl Williams said twisters struck near the towns of Elmer and Tipton, Oklahoma. Another touched down briefly near Elk City along Interstate 40.

    At least one tornado hit Wyoming’s Park County, the weather service said. Storms were also moving across parts of Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota, where there were additional, unconfirmed tornado reports. According to CBS affiliate KWTV in Oklahoma City, the storms left behind damaged buildings, uprooted trees, power outages and baseball-sized hail. FULL REPORT

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    Parents furious over school’s plan to teach gender spectrum and fluidity

    Posted: 17 May 2015 06:39 AM PDT

    One of the nation’s largest public school systems is preparing to include gender identity to its classroom curriculum, including lessons on sexual fluidity and spectrum – the idea that there’s no such thing as 100 percent boys or 100 percent girls. Fairfax County Public Schools released a report recommending changes to their family life curriculum for grades 7 through 12. The changes, which critics call radical gender ideology, will be formally introduced next week.

    “The larger picture is this is really an attack on nature itself – the created order,” said Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council. “Human beings are created male and female. But the current transgender ideology goes way beyond that. They’re telling us you can be both genders, you can be no gender, you can be a gender that you make up for yourself. And we’re supposed to affirm all of it.” The plan calls for teaching seventh graders about transgenderism and tenth graders about the concept that sexuality is a broader spectrum — but it sure smells like unadulterated sex indoctrination. FULL REPORT

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    FOURTH Dormant Volcano shows EARTHQUAKE on the West Coast — Mammoth Mountain California

    Posted: 17 May 2015 06:33 AM PDT

    Another dormant volcano has shown movement on the West coast of the United states. After three other dormant volcanoes showed movement along the West coast ( just over the past few hours – late PM May 15th), now we see the area near Mammoth Mountain Volcano, located in Central Eastern California, has experienced a 3.2M earthquake.

    This makes FOUR different dormant volcanoes showing earthquake activity near the 3.0M level along the ENTIRE West coast in just a few hours time. Mount Hood Volcano (Oregon), Glacier Peak Volcano (Washington State), Markagunt Volcanic plateau (Utah), and now Mammoth Mountain Volcano (California). This dormant volcanic earthquake activity is a sign of greater seismic pressure building in the area. The greater pressure means there is an increased threat of a larger earthquake in the region. The amount of pressure it would take to displace the ENTIRE West coast from Washington state to South Central Utah is tremendous. FULL REPORT

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    Professionals Warn a NEW ERUPTION of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii may be coming soon

    Posted: 17 May 2015 06:23 AM PDT

    Just as we were watching for, now professionals are saying publicly…… we could be looking a new eruption in Hawaii along the lines of what occurred 5 days before the 2011 Japan 9.0M mega-earthquake. Currently, in 2015, we have a large swarm of earthquakes occurring on the flanks of Kilauea volcano which is located on the Big Island of Hawaii. In addition to the earthquakes we also have a draining interior lava lake inside Kilauea caldera.

    Earthquakes on Hawaii volcano could signal new eruption

    “A series of earthquakes and shifting ground on the slopes of Kilauea have scientists wondering what will happen next at one of the world’s most active volcanos. A lake of lava near the summit of Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island had risen to a record-high level after a recent explosion. But in the past few days, the pool of molten rock began sinking, and the surface of the lava lake fell nearly 500 feet.

    Meanwhile, a rash of earthquakes rattled the volcano with as many as 20 to 25 quakes per hour, and scientists’ tilt meters detected that the ground was deforming. “Clearly the lava, by dropping out of sight, it has to be going somewhere,” said Steven Brantley, deputy scientist in charge of Hawaiian Volcano Observatory of the U.S. Geological Survey. FULL REPORT

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    Japan Volcano Dormant 800 Years — Has Now Risen Four Inches In 2-3 Weeks!

    Posted: 17 May 2015 06:15 AM PDT

    Two weeks ago, at the beginning of May 2015, Japanese officials closed the area around Mount Hakone in Southeast Japan due to “gushing dangerous steam” which began to appear rather suddenly from areas which normally don’t show much activity.

    New reports today (May 17, 2015), indicate that the area has risen over FOUR INCHES (10cm) in the past few weeks.    The sudden rise, as well as the major steaming geothermal activity indicate the near term threat of eruption is growing rapidly. FULL REPORT

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    ISIS Takes Ancient City Of Palmyra

    Posted: 16 May 2015 05:10 PM PDT

    Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants, known for their obliteration and wanton destruction of historical sites, have seized parts of the ancient city of Palmyra, a UNESCO world heritage site in Syria, according to reports. “If [the Islamic State] enters Palmyra, it will spell its destruction,” said Syria’s director of antiquities, Maamoun Abdulkarim, to Agence France-Presse before the news was announced. “If the ancient city falls, it will be an international catastrophe.”

    “It will be a repetition of the barbarism and savagery which we saw in Nimrud, Hatra and Mosul,” he said. “We must save Palmyra,” said Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, in a statement Thursday. The site, a 1st century A.D. desert oasis, “suffered from looting and represents an irreplaceable treasure for the Syrian people and the world. I appeal to all parties to protect Palmyra and make every effort to prevent its destruction.” MORE

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    Ancient Asteroid Impacts Boiled the Oceans and Made Life on Earth Hell

    Posted: 16 May 2015 04:39 PM PDT

    Roughly 3.3 billion years ago, Earth’s early life forms were plunged into an unimaginable hell, when a series of massive asteroids smashed into the young planet, vaporizing the oceans and scorching the skies.We’ve heard about one of these asteroids before—a 58 kilometer-across object that, upon impact 3.26 billion years ago, shook the entire planet for a half hour.

    Now, geologist Don Lowe of Stanford University presents us with two other 50 to 100 kilometer-across impactors from the same time period. Each of these asteroid collisions would have boiled Earth’s oceans, reducing global sea levels by up to 100 meters. As Lowe told Science News, the cataclysmic events probably had a dramatic impact on the early evolution of life:“These impacts would have a profound influence on any life trying to evolve into more complex, low-temperature organisms. They’d keep getting whacked by these giant impactors and driven to extinction or near extinction.” MORE

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Christian Headlines Daily – Saturday, May 16, 2015

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Top Headlines

Boston Marathon Bomber Sentenced to Death

Texas Teen Says He Saw Jesus Before Being Revived « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

How the Church Gave B.B. King the Blues

Billy Graham’s daughter: ‘God’s judgment is coming and it’s going to be ugly’

Chinese Province Removes Hundreds of Crosses from Churches

School Official Tells Student He Can’t Fly U.S. Flag on His Truck

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly blames rap for the decline of Christianity – People – News – The Independent

Pakistan’s Biggest City Has Unlikely Addition to Skyline: 14-story Christian Cross

10 Homeschool Children Taken from Kentucky Parents for Off-the-Grid Lifestyle

Vatican Decision to Recognize Palestine Upsets Israeli Government, Jewish Advocacy Groups

Opinion

104-Year-Old Man Hasn’t Used Soap in 50 Years

How Christianity Made Children Human

What Does it Mean to Affirm the Church?

Amtrak Derailing and the Threat of Terrorism

Research Claims Americans Would Rather the President be Gay than an Evangelical Christian

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.

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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The process of history is not haphazard. There is a purpose in it all. And the purpose is the purpose of God. —Leon Morris

May 11 Quotes


The State of the PCA

Why should we think that in our church in our generation the church should move forward without controversy? I don’t like controversy. I fear those who do. But iron sharpens iron, and that means disagreement. If those in the PCA are unwilling to engage with those in the denomination with whom they disagree, there is no hope for the long-term viability of the denomination.

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The Goodness of the Law

“The law reflects to the creature the perfect will of the Creator and at the same time reveals the character of that being whose law it is. The law of God proceeds from God’s being and reflects His character. When the psalmist speaks of his affection for the law, he makes no division between the law of God and the Word of God.”

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Gratitude For Government: Calvin Contra Contempt for Civil Authority

“Government preserves the “public peace” and “provides that each man may keep his property safe and sound.” Countless families will sit down this evening to sup together in relative safety because their governments — by virtue of exact laws enacted and enforced — safeguard that privilege and joy.”

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Tempted On All Points?

“Jesus did not need to experience every single temptation possible, but only a sufficiently large representative sample that enabled Him to comprehend and understand every possible temptation in the world. In that sense we can say that He was tempted on all points through a sufficient sample, yet without sin.”

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On The Path To The Cancer Ward

“The aim of Steve’s chemo is curative, they keep reminding us. I think it’s to help us “stay positive”. It doesn’t help much. Doctors are relatively confident about colorectal tumors, and that’s how they’re treating Steve’s small bowel cancer—but no one knows much about this rare disease.”

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Conservative Evangelical Leader Appointed Bishop of Maidstone

The Reverend Prebendary Rod Thomas said: “It is both a privilege and a challenge to be asked to become a Bishop in the Church of England. The prospect of serving as the Bishop of Maidstone is similarly both exciting and daunting, and so I ask for prayer that God will give me the necessary strength and wisdom.”

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Van Gogh Isn’t the Only One Missing an Ear

“Maybe if we didn’t focus on the language that turns people off, we could present Christianity as the best choice and less of a stumbling block. There have also been appeals to the compassion of Jesus when dealing with sinners. But compassion never compromises truth.”

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The Tragedy Of Time

“I can always make more money — I just need to work harder or work longer or invest better, and more money will come. But there is not a single thing I can do to gain more time. It ticks by and is gone forever.”

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The Real Miracle

“The continuation of the Christian life is also a miracle. When I was a very young believer, a friend said to me, “It’s a miracle that we desire to come together with the church to worship God each Sunday.” I thought about that statement for months. At first, I wasn’t sure that I agreed with it.”

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Making Movies That Save lives

The best part of Bella, for me, is all the emails and letters and phone calls that I receive every day from young women who were pregnant. They are scheduled to have an abortion, and after seeing the movie, by the grace of God, they changed their mind and kept their babies. More than 2,000 babies have been saved, by the grace of God, because of this little movie called Bella, and many of those babies, I carry them in my arms. Some of them are called Bella. Some of them are called Eduardo.

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Christopher Dawson and the “Benedict Option”

Even today the public school is widely regarded not as a purely educational institution in the nineteenth century sense – that is, as an elementary introduction to the literary and scientific traditions of culture – but as a moral training in citizenship, an initiation and indoctrination in the American way of life; and since the public school is essentially secular this means that only the secular aspects of American culture are recognized as valid. It is only a short step from here to the point at which the Christian way of life is condemned and outlawed as a deviation from the standard patterns of social behavior.

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Faithfulness Proves Faith

When Jesus said, “It is finished,” he did not exaggerate….However, if Jesus paid it all, all to him we owe. We owe him our worship. We owe him our obedience. All who are truly saved by his Holy Spirit prove themselves to be his saved children by their progressive faithfulness.

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Treating Toxicity

Toxicity might be an overused concept. But where we see its telltale effects in our own hearts, in our relationships and in our churches, we should test for the carcinogen of pride. The only remedy is the grace of our God, bound up in Christ, bestowed through humbling ourselves (James 4:6-10).

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No, Evangelicalism Isn’t In Decline

On almost every point of fact, Merritt is simply wrong. There are more evangelicals in America today than at any time in our nation’s history. Conservative denominations have continued to grow for the past fifty years while liberal denominations have declined. Currently, 1 in 5 Americans is an evangelical, including 22 percent of older Millennials and 19 percent of younger Millennials.

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America’s Changing Religious Landscape: An Assessment of The Pew Center Report

American Evangelical Churches on the other hand continue to grow: Unlike theologically liberal mainline churches, the children of evangelicals are far more likely to embrace the tradition of their parents, also, unlike mainline denominations Evangelicals are still experiencing conversion growth. So the good news is that the wheat continues to be wheat, and the tares are just now more clearly seen for what they have always been. Nominal Christianity is dying even as real Christianity continues on as it always has.

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Reigning With Christ

We also reign with Him because He puts His royal power in our hearts to break sin’s dominion. Faith in Christ brings His powerful dominion over sin, the world, and the devil into our lives. “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4).

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Dear Church: An Open Letter From One Of Those Millennials You Can’t Figure Out

Contemporary worship hasn’t worked. The longer we extend the life of this failed experiment, the more we see the results. In my experience, contemporary worship brings in three groups. Baby boomers who are still stuck in their rebellion against the establishment, parents who mistakenly think that contemporary worship is the only way for their kids to connect to the church, and small percentage of young adults who haven’t left the church and haven’t known anything besides contemporary worship. In modeling worship after commercial entertainment, you’ve compromised your identity, and we’re still not coming back.

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God showed Cindy Jacobs The Lord’s Prayer is really about Dominionism

Did you know The Lord’s Prayer is really about transforming nations? Did you know sin came into the world because we didn’t understand our Dominionist commission? Neither did I.

So you see, this is exactly why we need the leadership (?) of New Apostolic Reformation prophets like Cindy Jacobs.

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No, Warning Is Not Hate

by Bill Muehlenberg

I get this all the time, not just from the activists on the other side, but from rather confused believers as well: ‘Bill, you are being hateful when you speak against homosexuality,’ or ‘Bill, you are showing hate to others when you warn them about what they are doing’.

The homosexual activists parrot this “hate” foolishness all the time. I guess we expect them to do so. But it is quite woeful when clueless Christians say the same thing. They really ought to know better. To warn a sinner about his ways and to plead with him to avoid the path of destruction is the height of love, not hate.

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Tim Keller, Catholic Mystics, and Genesis I as a poem?

by Berean Researcher

In his recent research article, Tim Keller promotes Catholic mystic, rejects Genesis 1 as literal truth, John Lanagan notes that Keller has advocated Catholic contemplative prayer practices. Here on YouTube Keller promotes Catholic mystic Teresa of Avila: Keller’s own website recommends the How-To of Lectio Divina. See for yourself here. Lanagan further notes: Incredibly, one of the authors on the […]

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Now That the Sun Is Beaming Bright

Ambrose of Milan (340–397); trans. John Henry Newman (1801–1890)

Now that the sun is beaming bright,
Once more to God we pray,
That He, the uncreated Light,
May guide our souls this day.

No sinful word, no deed of wrong,
Nor thoughts that sinful rove,
But simple truth be on our tongue,
And in our hearts be love.

And grant that to Thine honor, Lord,
Our daily toil may tend;
That we begin it at Thy Word,
And in Thy favor end.


Pastors, Deacons, and Whatsits

by Kevin T. Bauder

The New Testament specifies two offices for the local church. The apostle Paul, in 1 Timothy 3, told his young protégé that he was writing so that Timothy would know how “thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God” (as the old King James puts it). The behavior that Paul had in mind was not individual behavior, as if he meant Timothy to stop the kids from running around the auditorium and pounding on the piano. It is corporate behavior, or what we would call church order. Paul meant to instruct Timothy in the structures and patterns that ought to characterize New Testament church organization. In that discussion, Paul prescribed the two offices of bishop and deacons.

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The Always Ambiguous Andy Stanley

My wife and I have been catechizing our almost-4-year-old son since he’s been able to talk. It started with “who made you?”, and we have added a new question whenever it seemed like he had a grasp on the previous one. Even though he doesn’t fully grasp the meanings and implications of these questions and answers about our Creator, he is learning. My hope is that we are building for him a solid spiritual foundation. A foundation that perhaps God will use to call him to salvation. Teaching him takes time, but it really is simple. Tell him something clearly and repeatedly. It sinks in, eventually.

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Some Here, Some There — May 15, 2015

by Dan PhillipsPriorities allowing, I’ll try to expand later. First thing in the morning I’m doing a podcast on BibleWorks 10.

UPDATE: here’s the link to the podcast.

  • Russell Moore has seen the Avengers sequel, and he finds in it a theme that I think might infuriate self-proclaimed “angry atheist” writer/director Joss Whedon. But even Whedon, witty and creative as he is, can’t change the way he’s made and what he innately knows to be true, despite his angriest efforts (Romans 1:18ff.).
  • A reader points me to a new site started by friends called Defending Marriage. Its ambitious aim is to be a clearing house of news, material and information for Christians on marriage-related issues in the news. It looks interesting, check it out.
  • Doug Wilson has been on one of his rolls in recent weeks. If you haven’t read And all God’s people said “Wut?”, you must. It’s about N. T. Wright and Genesis. Then he talks about the differences between Wright and C. S. Lewis on the evolution issue.
  • Doug’s first post reminded me of this post and this post from years ago. What’s particularly interesting is looking at some of the outrage against me and us for even asking questions about Wright’s very own words, because he is so wonderful about the Resurrection. Look at his trajectory in years since. It’s an interesting case-study.
  • Lyndon Unger continues his thorough examination of “Christian” cohabitation over at Cripplegate.
  • Kevin DeYoung gives six reasons why church membership matters, and they’re worth pondering and using.
  • Kevin’s article isn’t primarily a Biblical exposition of the topic. This sermon works hard to deliver the goods Biblically and persuasively, and has been distributed a lot as well.
  • Denny Burk reviews DeYoung’s recent book on homosexuality, which I’m looking forward to reading.

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Articles, Resources, and More . . . Oh My! (05/15/15)

How Do I Know If I’m a Christian?

Does this question ever nag at your soul? Kevin DeYoung offers three evidences of true Christianity found in 1 John.

Why You Should Keep Hoping for Marriage

“Sometimes it’s easier to embrace an unwanted outcome than to keep hoping for God to fulfill long-held desires.” Have you ever felt this way, especially if you’re single? Suzanne Hadley Gosselin offers encouraging counsel in this article.

10 Amazingly Enjoyable Things About Having Kids

I saw these and thought they were fun. Though they don’t come from a Christian perspective, they are evidence of God’s common grace in the gift of children.

6 Questions to Ask Ourselves in Conflict

Slowing down and considering the situation is usually the last thing I want to do in a conflict. But God tells us in James that it’s what we must do. These six questions are helpful reminders when our relationships are tense.

Keep Praying for Saeed

Some encouraging news surfaced in the last few days about the fight to save Saeed. But it’s not over! Keep praying for Saeed and all of our brothers and sisters in chains.

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Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (05/08 – 05/15)

WEEKLY LINKS:
Jesus Stories
Was Horus Born of a Virgin?
The Ontological Argument and Its Use for Believers
Video: Has Science Destroyed God? by John Lennox
Book Review: “Mapping Apologetics” by Brian Morley
Share Your Thoughts: John MacArthur on God’s Existence
One-Stop Apologetics: Visit these 6 Supersites today!Apologetics Road Trip
Is the Original Text of the New Testament Lost? Rethinking Our Access to the Autographs
Video: Is Atheism Winning the Battle for Science? William Lane Craig, Craig Hazen, Jeff Zweerink


This Week in Calvinism – May 15, 2015

  • Calvinism is a “mental disorder.” Whew! Now that I know what’s wrong with me, I can get some help.
  • “John 6:44 does not prove Calvinism.” As this video demonstrates, anything can be refuted if you completely reinterpret scripture.
  • I’m sorry, but when you make passing comments like, “Cromwell’s semi-genocidal rampage through Ireland in the name of a Calvinist deity may have killed around 40% of the Gaels,” it’s hard to take anything else you say seriously, no matter what the topic may be.
  • When God interrupts your plans.
  • The recent debate on Romans 9 between James White and Leighton Flowers has been posted.
  • And, of course, don’t forget your free stuff.

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THE THREE LEGGED STOOL PLAN

By Roger Oakland Understand the Times International Here’s the news headline: “Warren challenges Baptists to promote peace worldwide, starting in Texas.” [1] Pastor Rick Warren had just presented a keynote address at the annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas encouraging Christians to “establish the kingdom of God” on planet earth.

 


Video of the Week

What’s The Big Deal About Living Together Before Marriage? Brad Hambrick.

“I now pronounce you husband and wife.”

“Covenants are made. Therefore, they have a definite beginning. It would be inaccurate to say, ‘We have always been married.’ Similarly, it would be inaccurate to say, ‘I have always been a Christian.’ Saving faith is a covenant made with God that has a beginning. Before that covenant was made, we could not claim any of the special benefits of Christ’s death on the cross – forgiveness of sin, assurance of heaven, or the fruit of the Spirit.”

“Similarly, before the marriage covenant is made, we have no claim on the special benefits of the marriage covenant – living together and sexual intimacy. In the same way that good intentions towards God do not merit heaven, we should not assume that good intentions towards marriage merit presuming upon the benefits of the marriage covenant.”

https://player.vimeo.com/video/58132106

Articles of the Week

Is It Always Possible to Forgive? Alphonsine Imaniraguha. It’s doubtful whether forgiveness—even for something as small as a careless word—is ever an easy thing to do. But bring up the topic of forgiveness for truly heinous crimes (like rape or genocide) and even Christians are likely to balk. “Yes, well…that’s just a different category.” But Imaniraguha, a Rwandan genocide survivor, knows from experience that as difficult as forgiveness can be, unforgiveness is actually much more painful.

Who Really Wrote the Gospels? Timothy Paul Jones. Most of you, dear readers, are fortunate enough not to traffic in the world of anti-Christian New Testament academia. There are, of course, many excellent scholars out there, but there are more than a few who—for reasons I (Chris) still can’t fathom—have dedicated their lives to studying a book they don’t believe in. Go figure. Anyway, one of the academic skeptic’s favorite claims is that the gospels weren’t written by eyewitnesses. The early church, they say, fabricated the names we know to enhance authenticity. Jones shows why this is hogwash.

Is Christianity Dying? Russell Moore. “Bible Belt ‘near-Christianity’ is teetering. I say let it fall. For much of the twentieth century, especially in the South and parts of the Midwest, one had to at least claim to be a Christian to be ‘normal.’ . . . It took courage to be an atheist, because explicit unbelief meant social marginalization. Rising rates of secularization, along with individualism, means that those days are over—and good riddance to them.”

The False Equation of Atheism and Intellectual Sophistication, Emma Green, The Atlantic. Speaking of atheism, Green addresses an increasingly popular claim—that atheists are simply more intelligent. I’m sure you’ve heard it, in one form of fashion: “Believers aren’t educated or thoughtful enough to debunk God, and if they only knew more, rational evidence would surely offset faith.” As Green shows, intellectual atheists have been hammering this point for 125 years. But it’s no coincidence that atheists most fervent “evangelists” just can’t gain much traction. (FYI: This is a touch on the long side. Pour yourself a nice cup of tea and put your feet up!)

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Birthing Anointings and Conception “Miracles”

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Program segments:

• Birthing Anointings and Conception “Miracles”
• Modern Tower of Babel?
• Sermon Review: Bill Hybels at Hillsong Conference

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The Voice

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Program segments:

• Let it Go the Mommy Edition
• Kerry Shook and “The Voice” of God
• Email
• Two Good Sermons by Pastor Mark Bestul

Additional Resources:

Are you Catholic or Protestant?

The Basic Catholic Doctrine of Justification by Faith

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Notable Voices: May 16, 2015

6 Dangers of an Underconfident Leader — Art Rainer

Leaders need confidence. And while there are certainly dangers with overconfidence, we often don’t pay enough attention to the danger of being underconfident.

 


12 Often Overlooked Practices Great Leaders Develop That Poor Leaders Don’t — Carey Nieuwhof

The perception of there being a fine line between great leadership and poor leadership is a faulty one. Often the gulf between great and poor leaders is a wide one. These 12 practices Carey lists are just a few reasons why.

 


Stop Renting Your Church Home — Aaron Earls

I’ve talked at great length over the past few years about church membership. It is vitally important to the health of a congregation that members value their membership in a church. But they need to act on it as well. Members need to put down roots. They need to be invested in a church. As Aaron writes, they need to stop renting and buy into the church.

 


The Joy of Church Revitalization — Ron Edmondson

I love Ron’s heart for both the church and church revitalization. There aren’t many pastors in today’s cultural landscape who would leave a thriving church he helped plant to take over a revitalization work in a traditional setting. But Ron did.

 


3 Steps To Interviewing Pastoral Candidates — William Vanderbloemen

Searching for a pastor is a unique experience. There are countless ways to go about the process, and most of them can often become laborious and frustrating. William lists three specific things to look for when hiring that will help the process of searching for a pastor.

 


5 Signs It’s Time to Hire an Executive Pastor — Jay Mitchell

Hiring a church’s first age-level minister is often an obvious need—the ministry grows to a point where someone is needed to direct it. But what about an executive pastor? How do you know when the time is right? Jay explains.

 


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This ‘n’ That

  • There’s a journey joke in here somewhere.
  • The inventor of Mother’s Day was sorry.
  • Ligon Duncan on preaching in a postmodern world.
  • Uh…that’s a big eel.
  • And that’s a lot of spiders. Ew, ew, ew!
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • The perils of pulpit pandering.
  • The saving power of Scripture:

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The Narrow Christian Path
May 15, 2015 06:23 am | Mike

Jesus taught us the path to eternal life was narrow and that few find it.  Along both sides of the narrow path are numerous distractions and dangers lurking to pull us away from God and His eternal Word of Truth.  And if we take our eyes off the path we could easily stray off it […]

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They’re Back….
May 14, 2015 06:26 am | Mike

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was were no deceptive movements disguising themselves as Biblical Christianity these days?  If we could turn on Christian television and not worry about deception disguised as “truth”.  If we could enjoy a Saturday morning without that knock on the door bringing another religious cult member wanting to tell you […]

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Q.  I’ve become convinced that the antichrist will hail from Islam. As we look at the world today and over the past thirty years or so, the big question that comes to my mind is “How did we not see this all along?” How did so many hang on so long to the classical notion of the “revived Roman empire?” If we truly believe we’re in the end times–and I do–how have we not been able to see  that the epic struggle playing out is Islam vs. God? Nothing about the classical notion remotely fits with the geopolitical reality around us, while everything about a massive Islamic rise fits the geopolitical reality like a glove.

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Sacrificial Love

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Q.  My question is in regards to Christian living and marriage. Since my wife had 2 children via cesarean, she has been left with some very loose skin and it has caused her to feel very insecure and apparently prevents her from certain exercises. She understands that I love her and am still attracted to her but she really wants to get a procedure done to remove the flap of skin that is causing her grief. I believe her motives are pure and we have prayed about it. My concern is that it costs a lot of money and I want to be a good steward of what God has given our family, is this a lack of compassion for my wife’s desires on my part? We can pay for the procedure with out using credit.  What are your thoughts on this matter?

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Can Divorced People Be Pastors?

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Q.  Do Timothy and Titus teach that a divorced man is unqualified to be a pastor?

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Bad Behavior

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Q. 2nd Timothy 3 talks about peoples behavior in the last days When addressing these behaviors and the “last days” in particular do you believe the time frame is the present time we are living in, or during the 7 year tribulation period?

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Let Your Feelings Be Your Guide?

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Q.   In the past you have said: “Feelings are almost never a good indicator for behavior.” Would you say that the guide of the Holy Spirit comes through feelings as well as other ways? What’s your take on this?

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Gathering The Elect

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Q.What exactly is going on with the gathering of the elect in Matthew 24:31 and Mark 13:27, since the Church has already been raptured by that point? Also, does “the elect” strictly refer to the believing remnant of Israel? Even so, what is the point of this gathering, which seems to imply only believers so as to exclude this from being part of the “sheep and goats” gathering/judgment?

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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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GTY Blog: What Are Your Children Learning from You?

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by John MacArthur

What are your children learning from your example?

Are they learning the joys and blessings of a life submitted to God’s Word and His will, or do they only hear about your frustrations and disappointments? Do they see you resting in the comfort of God’s sovereignty, or consumed with worry and despair? Are they learning the value of righteousness, faithfulness, and hard work? Or are they learning to be liars, cheats, and hypocrites?

Your children might sit under the faithful preaching of the Word, and you may have faithfully trained them to understand the truth of the gospel. But what are they learning by observing your life day in and day out? What is the testimony of your life teaching them about being godly, faithful men and women?

Teaching Your Children Wisdom

Teaching children the gospel by no means exhausts the parents’ teaching responsibility. Also bound up in the principle of Deuteronomy 6:6–7 is the duty of teaching our children wisdom for life. The gospel is the necessary starting-point, because “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10, emphasis added). No one is truly wise who rejects or disregards the gospel message.

But beyond the truths of the gospel are also many vital biblical lessons about character, integrity, justice, prudence, discernment, and all the practical issues of life. Parents are charged with the duty of carefully training their children with godly wisdom in all such matters.

The book of Proverbs is an inspired summary of practical wisdom. The sayings recorded there were assembled by Solomon for his son’s sake. Most of them were actually written by Solomon but some are others’ proverbs, collected by Solomon. The best wisdom of several ancient sages is thus compiled in Solomon’s Book of Proverbs with the seal of divine inspiration guaranteeing that these sayings are “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

Proverbs is therefore a fitting textbook for parents, and fathers in particular, to teach their children the kind of practical wisdom necessary for successful God-honoring life. It is an inspired book of wisdom from the wisest father who ever lived, a vital compendium of the sort of practical wisdom all parents need to pass on to their children.

Solomon includes an admonition to his own son in the opening verses: “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching; indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head and ornaments about your neck” (Proverbs 1:8–9).

Similar admonitions are repeated elsewhere in Proverbs: “My son . . . receive my words and treasure my commandments within you” (2:1); “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments” (3:1); “Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, and give attention that you may gain understanding” (4:1); “Hear, my son, and accept my sayings and the years of your life will be many” (4:10); “My son, give attention to my wisdom, incline your ear to my understanding” (5:1); “My son, observe the commandment of your father and do not forsake the teaching of your mother” (6:20); and many other verses throughout the book. These were Solomon’s tender admonitions to his own son, urging him to pay careful heed to these lessons about life.

Such admonitions also apply to our children, and if we hope to teach well, we too must master the wisdom of Scripture and live consistently so that these principles of wisdom are reflected in our own character.

The Power of Your Example

Solomon himself is an object lesson about the dangers of an inconsistent life. Solomon was, in intellectual terms, the wisest man who ever lived. First Kings 4:29-31 says of him,

God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men.

God Himself told Solomon, “I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you” (3:12).

So there was no deficiency whatsoever in the content of Solomon’s instruction to his son. Yet by way of example, Solomon failed, and failed miserably. For example, Solomon included numerous warnings about the dangers of being seduced by the wrong kind of women (Proverbs 2:16–19; 5:3–13, 20; 6:23–29; 7:5–27; 22:14; 31:30). But Scripture says this about Solomon’s own life:

King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the sons of Israel, “You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you, for they will surely turn your heart away after their gods.” Solomon held fast to these in love. (1 Kings 11:1–2)

And partly because of Solomon’s failure to live according to the wisdom God had given him, Solomon’s son Rehoboam rejected his father’s teaching (12:6–11).

The Danger of Hypocrisy

It does no good to teach our children sound wisdom and then live a life that contradicts what we are teaching. In fact, there may be no surer way to provoke your children to despise and discard the wisdom of the Lord. The price of parental hypocrisy is unbearably high.

In Solomon’s case, that sort of hypocrisy not only caused his son to fail, but it also tore apart the entire Israelite nation and led to an apostasy from which Israel never recovered.

Solomon’s instructions to his son were sound. But the example he set nullified his wise counsel. His own life was inconsistent with his teaching. There is no greater mistake a parent can make.

Your household is the most important schoolroom your children will ever know. And the lessons they learn don’t begin and end when you crack open the family Bible. They are always watching and learning from your example—often without even realizing it. That’s a tremendous responsibility and opportunity for Christian parents—one that we must make the most of, for God’s glory and our children’s good.

Epilogue

As we bring this series on God’s design for the family to a close, I want to give you one vital reminder. Whether it’s in your role as a husband, wife, or parent, you will struggle and fail from time to time. Moreover, your spouse and your children will fail you. None of us are perfect, and none of us will perfectly execute the roles and responsibilities God has given us within our families.

In those moments of failure and disappointment, be thankful that you serve a gracious God, and that His grace is sufficient to overcome your shortcomings. You might not have the strength, the wisdom, or the patience for every situation, but by His grace, He will grant you everything you need. In fact, His grace is the reason you enjoy any success at all as a spouse or a parent. And when you fail in those roles, His grace can overcome your failure, or enable you to endure whatever consequences may result.

As Christian husbands, wives, and parents, we need to rest in God’s unfailing grace, and look to Him for strength and restoration when we fall short of His plan.

(Adapted from What the Bible Says About Parenting.)


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Atheist gets her PhD in astronomy and astrophysics and finds evidence for God

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Christian apologist Terrell Clemmons tweeted this testimony by Sarah Salviander, a research scientist in astronomy and astrophysics at the prestigious University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Salviander writes:

I was born in the U.S., but grew up in Canada. My parents were socialists and political activists who thought British Columbia would be a better place for us to live, since it had the only socialist government in North America at the time. My parents were also atheists, though they eschewed that label in favor of “agnostic.” They were kind, loving, and moral, but religion played no part in my life. Instead, my childhood revolved around education, particularly science. I remember how important it was to my parents that my brother and I did well in school.

I just want to point out that I hope that all you Christian parents are taking seriously the obligation to…

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George Stephanopolous was a member of the Clinton Global Initiative in 2010 and 2011

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The text at the bottom of the April 4, 1994 Time Magazine cover says: “White House Senior Advisor George Stephanopolous with President Clinton in the Oval Office”.

Breitbart News has more news on the ABC News defense of the Clinton Foundation by former Clinton administration top aide George Stephanopolous.

Excerpt:

George Stephanopoulos’ connections to the Clinton Foundation may be more substantial than he has so far admitted.

An archived page of the Clinton Global Initiative website lists George Stephanopoulos as a “notable member” for the years 2010 and 2011. ABC News has confirmed Mr. Stephanopoulos was a member during both years.

Blogger Jeryl Bier first noticed Stephanopoulos’ name on a CGI list of “notable past members.” The site did not specify when each individual listed had been a member. However, the Internet…

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Former CIA deputy director: foreign countries have everything on Clinton’s e-mail server

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This is from The Daily Caller.

Full text:

Former acting CIA director Michael Morell said he believes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Homebrew email server was indeed compromised by foreign intelligence services.

Morell, who served as both deputy director and acting director of the CIA during his four year tenure (2010-2013) made the remark to radio host Hugh Hewitt Friday afternoon as he continued promoting his new book on America’s war on terror.

“As a professional matter, do you believe at least one, or perhaps many, foreign intelligence services have everything that went to and from that server?” Hewitt asked.

“So I think that foreign intelligence services, the good ones, have everything on any unclassified network that the government uses, whether that’s a private server or a public one,” Morell said. “They’re that good.”

“So that’s a yes?” Hewitt asked in affirmation.

“Yep,” Morell said.

Well, that’s a…

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A Theology of the Body (Or: Zombies)

The Reformed Reader

Though I don’t agree with it all, this is one interesting, thought-provoking, and helpful book:Incarnate: The Body of Christ and the Age of Disengagement by Michael Frost.  In it, Frost argues that humans are becoming less involved with one another in a personal, face to face way.  One of his main points is that because of certain technologies, it is possible for people to live disembodied lives, where one can interact online, go to church online, do one-click activism work online (called slacktivism), and generally avoid real and “embodied” relationships.  He contrasts excarnate or disembodied living with incarnate, embodied living, making excellent points against the former  and arguing in favor of the latter.

In one example, Frost uses the recent zombie craze to make his point.  He asks the question, “Why are [zombies] so popular and so enduring as a pop culture device?

“Some have suggested that zombie…

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Intelligence officials say Assad still has chemical weapons and rebel forces in Syria may be close to capturing them. Sounds like “The Third Target,” but this isn’t fiction. Here’s the latest.

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gasmask3(Paris, France) — What if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad did not fully disclose all of his chemical weapons stockpiles several years ago, despite his insistence that he had been completely forthcoming? What if Assad and his government didn’t turn over all of their sarin gas stockpiles to the international community in their deal to avoid American airstrikes? What if a cache of chemical weapons in Syria were captured by ISIS terrorists?

Readers of this blog know these questions formed the premise of my recent geopolitical thriller, The Third Target, released in January. Now, news reports indicate this may not simply be the stuff of fiction. There are growing concerns by U.S. and other intelligence agencies that:

  1. The Assad government did not, in fact, disclose and destroy all of its stockpiles of chemical weapons, including sarin gas, despite its pledge to do so.
  2. The Assad government has continued to use chemical weapons against its enemies.
  3. Rebel forces in Syria may be within striking distance of…

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America is on the wrong track. We cannot wait for Washington. We must turn to God. A national call to prayer May 15-23.

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MayDay“If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land….” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Recently, I wrote on this blog that “America is on the wrong track. Almost 7 in 10 people believe this. Only 26% of Americans think we’re going in the right direction. In fact, only 37% believe America’s best days are still ahead of us. And the situation is growing critical. We’re not just in a season of decline. We are facing implosion.Washington cannot fix all that ails us. We need to humble ourselves and pray like we’ve never prayed before.”

Yes, we need leaders in Washington and the media and the business world and academia and throughout society to turn to the Lord and serve Him with all their heart, soul, mind…

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GodLife: Great is God’s Faithfulness

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“My heart is confident in you, O God; no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart!” Psalm 108:1

Faithfulness is defined as: “constant; true to one’s word or promise”. This defines Our God! “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; My God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” Psalm 18:2

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Godliness and Biblical transformation

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, 6 and in your knowledge, self- control, and in your self- control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, 7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ…

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