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May 20, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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May 20, 2015

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A decision by a U.S. House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi to subpoena testimony from a close Hillary Clinton friend and strategist about private advice he gave on Libya is the start of a potential new slate of embarrassing inquiries for the Democratic presidential front-runner. Sidney Blumenthal is being called by the Republican chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi.

America continues to change its mind on gay marriage. A record 60 percent of U.S. adults surveyed now say that same-sex marriages should be recognized by the law, a new Gallup poll finds.

The day after rival gangs opened fire on one another at a Waco restaurant, leaving 9 dead and 18 injured, lawmakers in the Texas Senate returned to work on a bill that would legalize the open carry of firearms in the state. Republicans argue that Sunday’s melee should have no bearing on the state’s proposed law.

Congress is poised for the first time since 9/11 to take back some of the extraordinary powers it granted to the executive branch. The courts have scrapped military tribunals for detainees and President Obama has ended water boarding. But Congress has pretty much been a rubber stamp during the war on terror. That bill would end the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone metadata, but allow the NSA and FBI to query this data stored by the phone companies.

The Los Angeles City Council voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2020, a move expected to boost the salaries of about 800,000 workers. The decision puts Los Angeles in the company of San Francisco and Seattle, which are setting their wage floors at $15 between 2018 and 2021.

There are no remaining impediments to normalizing relations with Cuba now that it’s found a bank willing to handle its future embassy business in Washington.

At the start of the school year, some colleges now hand out a sober warning along with new lanyards and room keys. New students are told about the “Red Zone”-the ominously named period between the start of classes and Thanksgiving break when researchers say new female students are especially likely to be sexually assaulted.

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North Korea said Wednesday it had perfected the technology to make nuclear warheads, not long after announcing it had launched a ballistic missile from a submarine, dramatically upping military brinkmanship with its US-led foes.

A U.S. Special Forces raid against an Islamic State leader in Syria caught the jihadist group off guard, killing not only the declared target, but also two other important figures, jihadist sources in Syria said.

Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive.

Chinese companies have been illegally fishing off the coast of West Africa, environmental campaign group Greenpeace said in a study Wednesday, at times sending incorrect location data suggesting they are as far away as Mexico.

Iraqi troops abandoned dozens of U.S military vehicles, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery pieces when they fled Islamic State fighters in Ramadi on Sunday.

Air strikes by a US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria have killed around 170 jihadists in the past 48 hours, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

The U.S government charged six Chinese nationals with economic espionage, saying they stole secrets from two companies that develop technology often used in military systems.

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Five of the world’s largest banks will pay fines totaling $5.7bn for manipulating foreign exchange or interest rates, US officials said. Four of the banks – JPMorgan, Citigroup, Barclays, RBS – have agreed to plead guilty to US criminal charges while the fifth, UBS AG, will plead guilty to rigging benchmark interest rates.

Japanese airbag maker Takata has said that mechanisms in the airbags of almost 34 million cars are defective. It will lead to the largest recall in US automotive history, affecting models from 11 carmakers.

The French army said it has seized 1.5 tons of drugs and a cache of weapons after stopping a convoy of militants in the desert in north-eastern Niger.

Migrants found by the BBC last week drifting off the coast of Thailand have been rescued by Indonesian fishermen. A BBC reporter says it is filthy and insect infested. In a significant change, Malaysia and Indonesia agreed to offer temporary shelter to 7,000 stranded migrants. Thailand also said it would no longer push back the stranded boats.

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Former Fox News host-turned-media-giant Glenn Beck issued a dire warning to America, telling citizens to be on guard and prepare “I would suggest that you prepare for all-out war,” he said.

The Department of Justice announced it will send millions of dollars to various community-activist groups to combat urban crime and reduce tensions between racial minorities and the police. But critics believe such policies will only fuel further unrest by funding many of the so-called “community organizers” responsible for creating anti-police sentiment in American cities.

The Justice Department announced the arrest of six Chinese citizens on charges related to stealing U.S. technology, saying they’re guilty of a long-running plot that actually leads back to China’s government.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist who serves his Vermont constituency as an independent – and who just announced a 2016 run at the White House – is poised to unveil legislation giving all would-be students free four-year college tuition at public facilities.

Jerusalem is rapidly running out of room to bury the dead.


Top News – 5/20/2015

Juvenile plasticity returned to adult mice brains
Back in 2013, researchers from Yale University reported the discovery of a molecular switch that achieved this result, and now scientists at the University of California, Irvine, have managed to make an old brain young again using a different approach.

Banks fined $2.5 billion, to plead guilty to market rigging
4 big banks fined $2.5 billion and will plead guilty to rigging global currency markets.

6.5-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Pacific-Antarctic Ridge
The U.S. Geological Survey says a strong and shallow earthquake has struck the Pacific-Antarctic ridge in the middle of the southeastern Pacific, but a tsunami is unlikely.

Vatican says Pope meant no offense calling Abbas ‘angel of peace’
Francis met Abbas at the Vatican on Saturday and used the words as he presented the Palestinian president with a large bronze medallion representing the angel of peace, one of his customary gifts to visiting presidents.

Tornadoes Strike Texas, Oklahoma; At Least 1 Injured
Damaging storms swept across Texas and Oklahoma Tuesday, spawning more than two dozen reported tornadoes in the two states. Flash flooding also disrupted road travel in parts of the region. According to the Storm Prediction Center, 27 reported tornadoes were spotted from Tuesday through early Wednesday morning.

Flash Flood Danger Continues into Memorial Day Weekend As Rainfall Nears May Records
..rainfall totals for the month of May are nearing historic levels in parts of the Plains states, and many cities have already clinched a top five wettest May. At least one location, Forth Smith, Arkansas, has now recorded its wettest May on record. The thunderstorms have been slow moving at times, leading to numerous instances of flooding in the last couple of weeks.

In Victory for Free Speech, NAACP Loses Court Battle to Silence Black Pro-Life Activist
Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of The Radiance Foundation, has a penchant for speaking the truth—on abortion, civil rights, and a host of other social and cultural issues. If there’s one thing the Left hates, however, it’s the truth.

Iran ship heads towards Red Sea amid fears of Yemen showdown
An Iranian cargo ship heading to Yemen is expected to cross into the Red Sea on Thursday, state news agency IRNA reported, amid fears of a showdown with Saudi-led forces enforcing restrictions on Yemeni ports.

AP doubles down on pope misquote
AP now says Pope Francis, rather than praising Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as “an angel of peace,” actually called him “a bit of an angel of peace.” AP originally reported Saturday: “Pope Francis praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an ‘angel of peace’ during a meeting Saturday.” That caused a chorus of outrage that the pope would call the Holocaust-denying and terrorist-sponsoring Abbas an “angel of peace,” especially as the visit came just days after the Vatican announced it planned to formally recognize Palestinian statehood in a treaty.

As Illinois runs out of options in budget crisis, tax rises seen in the cards
With no easy way to financially engineer or negotiate its way out of a budget and pensions crisis, Illinois is likely to dish out some unpleasant medicine to its residents in the next few years. And investors say that is most likely to come in the form of higher taxes.

Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake Strikes West of Pangai, Tonga
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake has occurred off the coast of the Kingdom of Tonga, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports. The epicentre of the quake was located 128 kilometres (80 miles) west of Pangai at a depth of around 180 kilometres (112 miles), USGS said on Wednesday.

Ramadi battle: Iraq calls for volunteers for IS fight
Iraq’s government has called for volunteers to fight against Islamic State and help retake the city of Ramadi. A cabinet statement said a voluntary recruitment drive was necessary to fill shortages in squads in the west of Anbar province. Thousands have fled Ramadi since its capture by IS on Sunday.

Cuba establishes banking ties in US ahead of talks
Cuban diplomats will now have access to banking services in the US, clearing a major hurdle to restore diplomatic ties between the two counties. The US State Department declined to the name the bank, but a senior official expressed optimism ahead of Thursday’s talks between the US and Cuba. This week’s talks in Washington could be the last round of negotiations before embassies are re-opened.

Colombia landslide: Hope fades of finding survivors
Rescuers in Colombia are continuing to search for victims of a landslide which hit the town of Salgar on Monday but hopes are fading for more survivors. The number of bodies retrieved from the debris in north-western Antioquia province rose to 78. Locals and fire-fighters are searching a 40km-long (25 mile) stretch of land on the banks of the Liboriana river.

Ukraine crisis: President Poroshenko talks of ‘real war’ with Russia
Ukraine’s president has told the BBC his country is now in a “real war” with Russia – and that Ukrainians should prepare for a Russian offensive. President Petro Poroshenko told the BBC’s Fergal Keane he did not trust his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. However he said he had no option but to negotiate with Mr Putin.

How vulnerable is the US to threat of Chinese spies?
A new case shines a spotlight on Chinese espionage in the US. Some see the problem as dark and terrifying. Others say it’s just business as usual. Hao Zhang, a 36-year-old professor at Tianjin University, arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday. He was arrested at the airport and charged with economic espionage and theft of trade secrets. The arrest of Mr Zhang and several other Chinese citizens this week was celebrated in some quarters.

Egyptian authorities using sexual violence on ‘massive scale’
Egyptian security forces are using sexual violence against detainees on a massive scale, according to the International Federation for Human Rights. A report by the organisation suggests men, women and children are being abused “to eliminate public protest”. Many are subjected to virginity tests, rape and gang rape after arrest.

Khamenei says Tehran will not give access to nuclear scientists
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday said Tehran will not accept “unreasonable demands” by the six major powers that are in talks with the Islamic republic to resolve its over a decade-old nuclear standoff. “We will never yield to pressure…we will not accept unreasonable demands…Iran will not give access to its (nuclear) scientists,” Khamenei said according to the state TV.

Obama Achieves the Impossible: He’s United Israel and Saudi Arabia
A nuclear-armed Tehran presents an urgent threat to freedom. Opposing the Iran deal are two unlikely allies, Saudi Arabia and Israel. And it’s just the latest sign of a thaw in a relationship that proves the wisdom of the old Sanskrit proverb, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Eleven Afghan policemen jailed in lynching case
Eleven Afghan policemen were sentenced on Tuesday to one year in prison for failing to protect a woman who was lynched by a mob after being falsely accused of blasphemy, following a landmark fast-track trial. Farkhunda, 27, was savagely beaten and her body was set ablaze in broad daylight on March 19, triggering protests around the country and drawing global attention to the treatment of Afghan women.

Anti-Muslim film that sparked protests reposted on YouTube
An anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors has been reposted to YouTube, one day after a federal appeals court ruled the website should not have been forced to take it down. The roughly 14-minute trailer for “Innocence of Muslims” was reposted by a YouTube user.

North Korea abruptly cancels Ban Ki-moon’s visit
Ban Ki-moon, the UN general secretary, has been forced to abandon plans to visit North Korea after the regime abruptly retracted its approval. Ban was scheduled to visit the Kaesong industrial complex just north of the Korean border on Thursday as part of his wider efforts to improve ties between the two neighbours.

Vatican says Pope meant no offense calling Abbas ‘angel of peace’
Pope Francis meant no offense to Israel by referring to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as being “an angel of peace” and intended to encourage harmony between the two sides, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Earthquake swarms hint at lava buildup in Hawaii volcano region
Earthquake swarms have also rocked the area. The Honolulu Star has reported that small earthquakes have been recorded since previous Monday, when the lake began to recede. Last weekend was particularly shaky, with two magnitude-3.0 earthquakes hitting on Saturday.

A 3.0 Earthquake Occurred Monday near Old Faithful
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.0-magnitude earthquake occurred at 5 p.m., Monday, May 18th near the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park (click here for USGS summary). Several people reported feeling this seismic event. While earthquakes are common in Yellowstone these events have also occurred in other areas of the state.

Earthquake: 4.0 quake strikes near Los Banos, Calif.
A shallow magnitude 4.0 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning 27 miles from Los Banos, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:36 a.m. PDT at a depth of 0.6 miles.


Top Headlines – 5/20/2015

Israeli right-wing minister taunts Obama on Twitter over Jerusalem construction

Netanyahu: The answer to terror attacks is continued Jerusalem construction

‘We build in Jerusalem,’ Netanyahu says after Jerusalem Day

UN to Explore New Israel-PA Peace Effort

Herzog mocks Netanyahu’s chances of reigniting peace process

PA Officials: No point to talks because Netanyahu isn’t interested in peace

Hotovely to Norwegian FM: Press Palestinians to recognize Israel as Jewish state

UN envoy warns Gaza is ‘desperate and angry’ over devastation

Abbas: Israel and Hamas holding secret talks

Pentagon displayed solution to terror tunnels

IDF to use ‘more humane’ non-lethal ammunition

Netanyahu: Protecting Israel against enemies is new government’s top priority

Palestinians banned from Israeli buses in West Bank

Herzog: Ya’alon West Bank bus decision is stain on Israel, unnecessary humiliation

PA Libel: Israel Poisons Palestinian Prisoners

‘Syrians, Palestinians among most threatened minorities,’ human rights group says

Vatican says Pope meant no offense calling Abbas ‘angel of peace’

Visiting FIFA head: There is no reason Israel should be suspended from body

Catacombs make a comeback as Jerusalem seeks room for the dead

US, Israel said to discuss ‘compensation’ in wake of emerging Iran deal

Israel slams US for allowing Iranian purchase of aircraft, violating sanctions

Pentagon says Iran warships ‘linked up’ with cargo vessel

Syria and Iran sign economic agreements – Syrian state TV

Ollie North: Obama Invites Iraq ‘Bloodbath of Biblical Proportions’

Ramadi battle: Iraq calls for volunteers for IS fight

Obama Achieves the Impossible: He’s United Israel and Saudi Arabia

S.Sudan army advances as UN warns over 650,000 at risk

Suicide bomber sets off powerful blast targeting Afghan Justice Ministry

Anti-Muslim film that sparked violence goes back up on YouTube

UN chief Ban says North Korea retracts approval for visit

Nationwide protests planned for immigrant rights

The Debt To GDP Ratio For The Entire World: 286 Percent

Obama Set a World Record by Reaching 1 Million Twitter Followers in Five Hours

6.7 magnitude earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pangai, Tonga

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Vila, Vanuatu

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Roghun, Tajikistan

5.3 magnitude earthquake shakes devastated Nepal

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Earthquake: 4.0 quake strikes near Los Banos, Calif.

UN official says earthquake-hit Nepal needs to take lessons from Mexico, enforce building laws

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 24,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Volcanic ash disrupts Costa Rica flights

Colombia rescuers search for landslide victims, over 60 dead

Will This Season Bring an End to Florida’s Decade-Long Hurricane Drought?

Drought shaming targets wealthy California water wasters who have lush lawns

Drought face-lift: California paints lawns green

Fighting the heat: Fires break out across Israel

Burst pipeline spills 21,000 gallons of oil into ocean off California

Federal government announces plan to bolster honeybee, butterfly populations

Egg prices jump as impact of bird flu begins pinching supply

Government says four cancer charities are shams

Israel to ‘anti-vaxxers’: No vaccination, no child support

Former abortion provider reveals money-making motivation behind industry

Priests are bucking Catholic Church leadership to support same-sex marriage in Ireland

Gay Marriage on Ballot Shows Shift in Irish Attitudes

Jeb Bush sees no constitutional right to gay marriage

Girl Scouts of America Allows Boys Who Identify as Girls to Join Troops; Opponent Says Policy Is ‘Slap in the Face to Christian Parents’

Louisiana religious liberty bill goes down in defeat as Republicans side with LGBT activists

St. Louis Archbishop Says He Didn’t Know It Was Illegal For Priests To Have Sex With Kids

‘Ghost hunters’ arrested at church

Franklin Graham Says American Christians Are Being ‘Bullied Into Silence’ After Atheist Group Demands Air Force General Be Court-Martialed for Thanking God

Boy Scouts of America bans water gun fights; ‘pointing a firearm’ is not kind

New Warning – Bill Johnson and Bethel Church

Ohio Pastor Rides Bull Inside Church to Attract New Believers

Video – Perry Stone and His Dad Practice Necromancy

Done with Church, but Not with God

Largest United Methodist Church in the US Builds New $90 Million Sanctuary


 

Daily Digest

May 20, 2015   

THE FOUNDATION

“Men, to act with vigor and effect, must have time to mature measures, and judgment and experience, as to the best method of applying them. They must not be hurried on to their conclusions by the passions, or the fears of the multitude. They must deliberate, as well as resolve.” —Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Judge Halts DC’s Rule Requiring Justification for 2A Rights

The courts may have forced the District of Columbia to recognize its citizens’ right to keep and bear arms, but the city did all it could to restrict the number of firearms. When journalist Emily Miller tried to get a gun in February, she was told she was only the 16th person the city deemed had a “good reason” to carry a handgun — probably because she was a journalist writing about the topic. On Monday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the city to stop enforcing the rule making citizens justify their rights, saying it violated the Second Amendment. “The District of Columbia’s arbitrary ‘good reason’/’proper reason’ requirement … goes far beyond establishing such reasonable restrictions,” the court wrote in the ruling. “Rather, for all intents and purposes, this requirement makes it impossible for the overwhelming majority of law-abiding citizens to obtain licenses to carry handguns in public for self-defense, thereby depriving them of their Second Amendment right to bear arms.” The fight’s not over, though. The city is expected to appeal, and the issue of DC’s gun laws could end up at the Supreme Court once again. More…

Gov. Jindal Takes Action on Religious Freedom

Last month, Louisiana began debating a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, similar to the ones that caused so much uproar in Indiana and Arkansas. Lawmakers were tiptoeing around the law, however, because of its optics. Everyone from the state’s big businesses to the tourism industry opposed the bill at its public hearing because they alleged it would sanction discrimination against homosexuals. Four weeks later and the bill is good as dead after a Louisiana House committee rejected it 10-2. In response, Gov. Bobby Jindal — who is considering a presidential bid that would appeal to conservative Christians — announced he would go it alone and issue a truncated version of the bill as an executive order. The order would ensure that individuals who believe marriage is between one man and one woman would not lose tax exempt statuses, professional licenses or employment over their beliefs. It’s “not about discrimination. It’s about the First Amendment,” Jindal said. While it’s commendable for Jindal to stand while Louisiana’s lawmakers cower, it’s worrisome that he’s essentially using Barack Obama’s tactics in pressing change. More…

BSA Water Gun Ban — Because ‘Pointing a Firearm’ Isn’t Kind

The Boy Scouts of America have been dealing with political correctness for years, though in the past it has been with weighty subjects such as homosexual leaders and scouts. This time, it’s not nearly so serious, but it’s absurd all the same. Boy Scout blogger Bryan Wendell writes, “As summer — and pool weather! — lingers on the horizon, it’s a good time to remind you that BSA policies prohibit pointing simulated firearms at people. Yes, that includes water guns.” And he’s actually serious. According to the 2015 Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual, “Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn.” Fine, safety first and all. Wouldn’t want a Scout hit in the eye with a rubber band. But Wendell goes on to explain, “Why the rule? A Scouter once told me this explanation I liked quite a bit: A Scout is kind. What part of pointing a firearm [simulated or otherwise] at someone is kind?” So now we’re going to raise a generation of Scouts to be scared of water guns. What red-blooded American boy hasn’t enjoyed the heck out of a water gun fight? Well, now the Boy Scout variety, that’s who.

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

The Company Clinton Keeps

By Dan Gilmore

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If one of the marks of a good leader is the ability to choose and then keep good advisers, then let Hillary Clinton be known for the company whose advice she seeks.

Longtime Clinton lackey Sidney Blumenthal made The New York Times this week when the paper reported on leaked information that the House Select Committee on Benghazi may issue a subpoena for his role in the events surrounding the attack on the Benghazi consulate Sept. 11, 2012. Indeed, the House followed up that leak by issuing the subpoena that day. Blumenthal will appear before the committee June 3.

We don’t know who leaked the information and supporting emails to the Times. The ranking Democrat on the committee, Elijah Cummings, was quick to pin blame on Republicans for an illegal witch-hunt. “[T]he latest abuses by the Committee are just one more example of a partisan, taxpayer-funded attack against Secretary Clinton and her bid for president,” he said in a grammatically challenged statement. But it’s hard to see how Republicans would gain by leaking news of their own subpoena.

Still, Cummings is defending a diehard Clinton loyalist, nay, hatchet man. Denied a position in the Obama State Department in 2009, Blumenthal scored a job at the Clinton Foundation. It was from there that he advised then-Secretary of State Clinton on the deteriorating situation in Libya, all the while working with a group of business partners who wanted to build schools, hospitals and shelters in the war-torn North African nation. Say, what’s that definition for “conflict of interest” again?

The story of Hillary Clinton and Blumenthal begins in the ’90s. Bill and Hillary were in the White House and Blumenthal was a journalist at The New Republic. Blumenthal dropped all appearance of objectivity and pledged his heart to the Clinton Machine. In a 1998 profile, The Baltimore Sun described Blumenthal as someone who played both journalist and political player, and who craved the power networking and slinging ink brought.

During his time as a Clinton staffer, Blumenthal earned the nickname “GK” — or “Grassy Knoll” — for his penchant for floating conspiracy theories. He was the person who pinned the Clinton’s ills on a “vast right-wing conspiracy.” He was the one who dismissed Monica Lewinsky as a stalker.

When Hillary Clinton needed to dig up dirt on Barack Obama in the 2008 Democrat primary, Blumenthal took the shovel.

Naturally, when Obama appointed Clinton as secretary of state, Clinton wanted to hire Blumenthal. But Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, shot the idea down. The New York Times reported in 2009 that Blumenthal’s attacks against candidate Obama cut too deep and there was bad blood. That and Blumenthal’s security clearance might have been affected after he was charged with a DWI when he was stopped for driving 70 mph in a 30 mph zone while campaigning for Clinton in 2008.

So, instead, Blumenthal went to work at the Clinton Jobs-for-Hacks Program Foundation.

When it came to gathering information on Libya, Clinton found she had limited intelligence. Investigative nonprofit news outlet ProPublica reported, “According to State Department personnel directories, in 2011 and 2012 — the height of the Libya crisis — State didn’t have a Libyan desk officer, and the entire Near Eastern Magreb Bureau, which covers Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Libya, had just two staffers.”

And who should Clinton turn to but her old friend “GK” Blumenthal. From 2011 to 2013, he passed on reports from his “very sensitive sources” to Clinton’s private email account. But Blumenthal, a wonk based inside the DC Beltway, couldn’t have done this research by himself.

In its story on Blumenthal’s involvement with Clinton in Libya, the Times reports, “Much of the Libya intelligence that Mr. Blumenthal passed on to Mrs. Clinton appears to have come from a group of business associates he was advising as they sought to win contracts from the Libyan transitional government. The venture, which was ultimately unsuccessful, involved other Clinton friends, a private military contractor and one former C.I.A. spy seeking to get in on the ground floor of the new Libyan economy.”

On top of Blumenthal’s self-interested dealings, he fired off half-baked conspiracies. In a March 8, 2012, email marked CONFIDENTIAL, Blumenthal alleged that France’s and Britain’s intelligence agencies were working to destabilize Libya by encouraging groups in eastern Libya to create a semi-autonomous zone. Clinton forwarded this report to her then-deputy chief of staff Jacob Sullivan and wrote, “This one strains credulity.”

Sullivan offered to forward Blumenthal’s report — just like he forwarded the other reports to Clinton’s staff, including Ambassador Chris Stevens — but he agreed: Grassy Knoll’s report “seems like a thin conspiracy theory.”

Clinton could have asked for more information and staff from the State Department. She was the secretary, after all, and she needed it. Instead, like her email system, she created a homebrewed intelligence network.

Then on Sept. 11, 2012, terrorists attacked the Benghazi consulate. Chris Stevens was killed, along with three other Americans. The day after, State released a secret memo pinning the blame on a premeditated terrorist attack. But that’s not what Blumenthal wrote. ProPublica reported: “On September 12, 2012, the day after the Benghazi attack, Blumenthal sent a memo that cited a ‘sensitive source’ saying that the interim Libyan president, Mohammed Yussef el Magariaf, was told by a senior security officer that the assault was inspired by an anti-Muslim video made in the U.S., as well as by allegations from Magariaf’s political opponents that he had CIA ties.”

Grassy Knoll’s fiction became the official story for a couple of weeks, and that is why the Benghazi committee wants to speak to him.

Blumenthal’s story isn’t over. He has been with Clinton since the beginning. If she wins the presidency, “Grassy Knoll” will be somewhere in the upper reaches of her administration, whispering in her ear.

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Walter Williams: “Much of today’s pathology seen among many blacks is an outgrowth of the welfare state that has made self-destructive behavior less costly for the individual. Having children without the benefit of marriage is less burdensome if the mother receives housing subsidies, welfare payments and food stamps. Plus, the social stigma associated with unwed motherhood has vanished. Female-headed households, whether black or white, are a ticket for dependency and all of its associated problems. Ignored in all discussions is the fact that the poverty rate among black married couples has been in single digits since 1994. … The bulk of today’s problems for many blacks are a result of politicians and civil rights organizations using government in the name of helping blacks when in fact they are serving the purposes of powerful interest groups.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government
off the backs of people.” —Justice William O. Douglas (1898-1980)

Obstruction: “I have said repeatedly: I want those emails out. Nobody has a bigger interest in getting them released than I do.” —Hillary Clinton (She used a private server and email addresses, turned over tens of thousands of printed pages of emails to the State Department after deleting tens of thousands of others, and then has the audacity to complain they’re not moving fast enough.)

Class warfare: “If everyone is paying their fair share of taxes than we certainly should and can live within our means. But our problem now is that taxes are being paid by the middle class. The rich, the wealthy and the corporations are not paying their fair share and so therefore we don’t have enough to do what the government and do what the country needs the government to do and that’s the problem.” —Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)

Village Idiots: “Women hold 28 percent of seats in Afghanistan’s Parliament — a higher proportion, I would note, than in the United States Congress.” —Samantha Power, Ambassador to the UN, suggesting America’s legislative body is more sexist than Afghanistan’s

Non Compos Mentis: “Are we gonna light our hair on fire every time that there is a setback in the campaign against ISIL?” —Obama spokesman Josh Earnest, referring to the jihadist movement’s takeover of Ramadi

Demo-gogues: “[C]limate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security, and, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country.” —Barack Obama

Late-night humor: “Jeb Bush said recently that he believes apps on the Apple Watch could help Americans better manage their healthcare than Obamacare. So there you go. If you can’t afford healthcare, just buy yourself an Apple Watch.” —Seth Meyers

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The Briefing

1) Same-sex marriage legalization will reconfigure political, cultural landscape

The Morning After the Same-Sex Marriage Decision, New York Times (Linda Greenhouse)

2) Success of gay marriage compared against abortion aggravates abortionists

There’s a Reason Gay Marriage Is Winning, While Abortion Rights Are Losing, The Nation (Katha Pollitt)

3) Fertility medicine without a moral worldview induces moral confusion over ‘excess’ embryos

Fertility medicine brings babies — and tough decisions, Washington Post (Ellen McCarthy)

4) Pro-life politician not so pro-life in his personal life, revealing importance of consistency in life and practice

Pro-Lifers Change Their Minds When Abortion Gets Personal, New York Magazine (Alex Ronan)

In other news…

Landspeak, Orion Magazine (Robert Macfarlane)

 


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The Benghazi-Syria Weapons Connection
How arms got into ISIS jihadists’ hands — with Clinton and Obama’s full knowledge.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton rightly described the implications from the data disclosure. “These documents are jaw-dropping,” he stated.

“No wonder we had to file more FOIA lawsuits and wait over two years for them. If the American people had known the truth – that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other top administration officials knew that the Benghazi attack was an al-Qaeda terrorist attack from the get-go–and yet lied and covered this fact up–Mitt Romney might very well be president.”

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Obama to unleash ‘community organizers’ on crime-filled cities

Critics decry president’s handout to ACORN-style agitators

The Department of Justice announced it will send millions of dollars to various community-activist groups to combat urban crime and reduce tensions between racial minorities and the police.

But critics believe such policies will only fuel further unrest by funding many of the so-called “community organizers” responsible for creating anti-police sentiment in American cities.

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Atheist Activist Hatches New Plan to Strike ‘In God We Trust’ From U.S. Currency

Over the years, atheists have worked diligently — yet unsuccessfully — to seek the removal of “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency, though one prominent activist is hatching a new plan that he hopes will finally turn the tide on the issue.

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“What Syrian Chemical Weapons Reveal about Obama” – Pipes in FoxNews.com, #1405

by Daniel Pipes
FoxNews.com
May 19, 2015
http://www.danielpipes.org/15861/syria-chemical-weapons


University Approves ‘History’ Class That Doesn’t Mention Both World Wars

The new introductory “history” course leaves out, among other things, the Progressive Era, World War I, women’s suffrage, the Great Depression, FDR, the New Deal, World War II, McCarthyism, the Cold War, the Korean War, the nuclear arms race, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the JFK assassination, Freedom Summer, the United Farm Workers Union, the Vietnam War, Stonewall, Watergate, Second Wave Feminism, the Iranian hostage crisis, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Gulf War, globalization, the 9/11 attacks, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Prof’s ‘Whose Jerusalem?’ Common Core lesson teaches students to support Hamas

A “Whose Jerusalem?” workshop created by a Boston University professor that’s been taught in many high schools in recent years and was added to the Common Core-approved national curriculum has come under fire by critics who contend it whitewashes terrorism, promotes an anti-Israel and anti-American political agenda, and encourages young people to sympathize with Hamas.

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When Believers Die

“And the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth” (Ecclesiastes 7:1b).

Death is one thing all humans have in common. Roughly 150,000 people die every day, about 107 per minute. Most of us have had close family or friends die. Let’s face it, we’re all basically dying—some sooner than others.

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Talk with your deceased loved ones using new virtual-reality software

by Marsha West

According to Market Watch columnist Jurica Dujmovic, “Project Elysium, made by a couple of gaming geeks, aims to help people cope with the loss of family and friends.” The “game”the geeks came up with is steeped in the occult, thus Bible believing Christians must have nothing to do with it or any “game” like it — […]

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Is Pope Francis the Last Pope Before Christ’s Return?

Posted: 20 May 2015 07:58 AM PDT

Author Tom Horn says the Catholic Church is trying to bring about the end times by following certain prophecies regarding the pope. More than 50 years ago, a Jesuit priest predicted the resignation of Pope Benedict—to the day—and now Horn and others are looking at his research.

“Was he divinely inspired? Was he demonically inspired?” Horn asks. “Because we know demons know things about times and dispensations, too.” Horn’s taking a closer look, as should you. FULL STORY

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Area around Fukushima is now a radioactive wasteland that will be uninhabitable for decades

Posted: 20 May 2015 07:54 AM PDT

A foreign correspondent whose career consists of traveling to dangerous regions around the world has called the area around Fukushima, Japan, one of the most hopeless places he has ever visited, likening it to a “post apocalyptic ghost town.”

“I have seen abandoned villages before; most times there is a sense of finality to them,” writes Arglit Boonyai, host of the weekly Channel NewsAsia show Danger Zone. “It is as though the town’s time is up and the people have moved on. Fukushima is nothing like that. It’s like time just stopped.” Danger Zone is a show about Boonyai’s visits to some of the world’s most dangerous places in order to try to understand of how ordinary people cope with living there. In addition to Fukushima, he has previously traveled to Iraq and into the heart of the Liberian Ebola epidemic. FULL REPORT

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N. Korea says can arm long-range missiles with nuclear warheads

Posted: 20 May 2015 07:49 AM PDT

North Korea ramped up its nuclear threats on Wednesday, boasting of its ability to deliver miniaturised warheads on high-precision long range rockets — a claim denied by the United States. At the same time, the North denounced “reckless” remarks made in Seoul this week by US Secretary of State John Kerry, and cancelled an invitation to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to visit a joint industrial zone on its side of the border with South Korea. 

Pyongyang has been flexing its advancing military muscle of late, most recently announcing it had successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). On Wednesday its powerful National Defence Commission (NDC) claimed that the country’s nuclear arsenal was already highly developed. “It has been a long time since we began miniaturising and diversifying our means of nuclear strike,” the commission said in a statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency. FULL REPORT

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Fueled by warming oceans, Earth is on course for another record warm year

Posted: 20 May 2015 07:42 AM PDT

The planet has had its warmest 12-month period on record… again. In what has become a familiar refrain in the world of climatology, land and ocean temperatures during May 2014 to April 2015 were the warmest they’ve been in any 12-month period, tying the record set just last month, according to new data released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Data from two other centers that track global temperatures, NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency, confirm NOAA’s overall findings, though each agency’s rankings may differ slightly.In addition, NOAA found that the year-to-date is the warmest January through April period on record, keeping 2015 on pace to equal or eclipse the record set just last year. The month of April was the third-warmest on record for the globe, NOAA said, which was a slight dip in ranking from the record warmest March. FULL REPORT

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Severe dust storm hits northern India; 9 dead in Rajasthan

Posted: 20 May 2015 07:38 AM PDT

Nine people died after strong winds and a dust storm hit parts of Rajasthan on Tuesday afternoon. The storm has brought the temperature down by a few notches. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje has announced a compensation of Rs. 4 lakh for the affected families. The dust storm, which started at 3 pm, lasted for about an hour. It damaged many houses in Bikaner and Bharatpur, trees were uprooted and traffic and power supply were affected, police said.

“The storm, with high velocity winds, was generated over Bikaner region and advanced to Jodhpur, Nagaur, Jaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur and nearby areas,” said an official of the Indian Meteorological Department in Jaipur. Bharatpur was the worst-affected area where five people have died. Two persons died in Dholpur and two in Bikaner. Of the five people killed in Bharatpur, three died when walls collapsed on them. EP

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Earth is now in a seismically-active period according to earthquake cluster theory, say scientists

Posted: 20 May 2015 07:33 AM PDT

Following the second major earthquake that hit Nepal on 12 May, some scientists believe we could be seeing a seismically active period that began in 2004 and could end around 2019. However, predicting the quakes more accurately in time and space still remains a task for the future. The magnitude 9.1 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake of 26 December 2004, was one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded, triggering a tsunami that killed over 200,000 people.

Experts like Sun Shihong, research fellow at the China Earthquake Networks Centre have in the past spoken of a 100-year cycle for earthquakes. In the first 60 years of the 20th century there were seven earthquakes above 8.5 on the Richter scale. In the following 40 years there were no major quakes. Sun believes a new cycle began at the end of 2004 with a massive 9.1 magnitude quake in Indonesia. More recently, Zhang Zhang Xiaodong, deputy director of an earthquake forecast research institute under the China Earthquake Administration told Xinhua that since 2004, the world has suffered a frequency of quakes above 8 magnitude not seen since the first half of the 20th century. FULL REPORT

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Massive Magnitude 7.2 Quake Imminent in Philippines, Manila to be devastated

Posted: 20 May 2015 07:27 AM PDT

Widespread damage and tens of thousands of deaths — that’s what is in store for Manila when an anticipated large earthquake strikes the Philippines, something experts say could happen at any time. The city straddles the West Valley Fault, which is capable of producing earthquakes larger than magnitude 7, officials said. The warning comes just weeks after a massive tremor devastated the South Asian country of Nepal, killing at least 8,500 people and turning villages to rubble. 

Residents of Manila can look up the areas of the city that are most vulnerable to a major quake based on new data released Monday by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, or Phivolcs. Researchers hope the new tool could help local governments better prepare for when “the big one” strikes. “It can happen within our lifetime,” Renato Solidum, Phivolcs’ director, told the Philippine Star. Such concerns have been raised before, but this was the first time detailed maps were produced of the areas likely to suffer the most damage. The earthquake monitoring group said a magnitude 7.2 quake would cause 2.4 trillion Philippine pesos ($54 billion USD) in damages and kill over 37,000 people. FULL REPORT

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Soros sees risk of another world war

Posted: 20 May 2015 07:20 AM PDT

Billionaire investor George Soros said flatly that he’s concerned about the possibility of another world war Much depends on the health of the Chinese economy, Soros said in remarks at a Bretton Woods conference at the World Bank. If China’s efforts to transition to a domestic-demand led economy from an export engine falter, there is a “likelihood” that China’s rulers would foster an external conflict to keep the country together and hold on to power.

“If there is conflict between China and a military ally of the United States, like Japan, then it is not an exaggeration to say that we are on the threshold of a third world war,” Soros said. Military spending is on the rise in Russia and China, he said. To avoid this scenario, Soros called on the U.S. to make a “major concession” and allow China’s currency to join the International Monetary Fund’s basket of currencies. This would make the yuan a potential rival to the dollar as a global reserve currency. FULL REPORT

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Federal Government Takes Notice Of Colony Collapse Disorder In Honeybees

Posted: 20 May 2015 07:09 AM PDT

As honeybee hives collapse and farmers crops are put in jeopardy, President Barack Obama announced a national strategy to help keep the bees healthy. With the recent loss of bee colonies, local beekeepers and honey producers are relieved a solution may be on its way. Nancy Stewart has run the only beekeeping and honey store in Sacramento for 30 years and has never seen the problem so bad. 

“When the bees die off they can’t get the pollination and it affects the amount of food produced,” she said. It’s called Colony Collapse Disorder, and she’s happy the government is taking notice. Last week, a group of universities and laboratories announced beekeepers lost more than 42 percent of their colonies between 2014 and 2015—an 8 percent increase from a year before.Serena Castro works fro Sola Bee Farms which sells honey at farmers markets and provides bees to farmers. A few years ago, her company’s entire line of bees died. FULL REPORT

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High school students watch ’50 shades’ in class as a reward

Posted: 20 May 2015 07:04 AM PDT

Part of the erotic movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” was shown in a West Virginia high school classroom this week after students convinced their teacher to let them watch it as a reward for good work. The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the teacher apparently didn’t know what the film was about. “Fortunately, an assistant principal walked by and saw what they were doing,”Hampshire High principal Jeff Woofter told the paper. “They got there 10 minutes after it started and shut it down.”

Hampshire County school policy prohibits students from watching movies of any kind in the classroom. It is unclear if the students or teacher will face disciplinary action. “I will say it was an extreme lack of judgement from an otherwise very capable teacher,” Woofter told The Charleston Daily Mail. “The teacher didn’t do a background check on the movie or even ask about it.” FULL REPORT

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FBI Now Warns ISIS Is Targeting American High Schools To Recruit New Members

The FBI has targeted Bergen County, New Jersey to stop Islamic State militants from getting a stronghold there – and agents have been going to high school with a message.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Obama famously called ISIS, back in 2012, the JV Team and arrogantly dismissed them as any real kind of threat. We think one reason for Obama’s smugness is that he well knew the threat of the Islamic State, and in fact was paving the way for their success by making us think they were no threat. Because in 2015, America is on the cusp of experiencing what living under daily Muslim terror attacks will be like. It’s coming, Obama is behind it, and the Conservatives in Congress refuse to stop it.

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Christine Sloan was there when agents visited a Bergen County school on Tuesday. An FBI intelligence analyst who did not wish to be identified spoke at the Bergen Arts and Science Charter School in Hackensack. He warned students about a new threat – a sophisticated recruitment video trying to lure them into joining the terrorist group ISIS.

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There’s a role for everybody. Every person can contribute to the Islamic State,” a young Canadian man tells viewers in the recruitment video. “You can even come here and rebuild.”

“”It definitely was eye-opening,” said high school senior Zoey Zibor. “You know, you learn that it’s in your own backyard. It’s Americans citizens wanting to join these terrorist groups.”

The young Canadian who appears in the recruitment video ended up dying while fighting as a member of ISIS in Syria. “It’s definitely a bad thing,” said senior Basik Gorkem.

The Bergen County school was one of many the FBI has come to with its alarming message – regular American kids could be vulnerable to this kind of propaganda.

“It was videos and all social media that no one is really that aware of what’s happening; how deep they go into Facebook and Twitter now,” said senior Aaron Brunert.

“I would say I am more interested than I am scared,” said senior Robert Harris. “I want to know how to find terrorists; how to stop them from doing things.”

The FBI said more than 150 Americans have traveled abroad to join ISIS – some of them teenagers. source

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Joe Biden Says Bible Believing Christians Violate LGBT Rights By Simply Existing

Statement by the Vice President on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:26,27 (KJV)

Vice President Joe Biden say today that the rights of the LGBT people are violated by “religious condemnation”. He is directly referring to Bible verses like the one posted at the top of this article. The Progressive Liberals are well aware that it is God, speaking by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, that condemns homosexuality in all it’s many forms. According to Joe Biden, the American Bible believing Christian who takes the Bible literally, is violating the “rights” of the LGBT by trusting in God’s word. And this is why old-fashioned preaching will soon be classified as a “hate crime”. Because Liberals can’t stand it. Biden is also saying that the rights of the Christian are inferior to the rights of the LGBT individual.

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Here is the full transcript of his remarks:

My father taught me the simple notion that everyone, everywhere is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. When it comes to LGBT people, that simple proposition has been painfully difficult to accomplish over the years. But in the last decade, thanks to the astounding bravery of the LGBT community and those who have championed their cause, the United States has made remarkable progress toward the ultimate goal of equality in law and in life. Our progress remains incomplete, but the momentum has shifted in the right direction.

Progress has also been made in many places around the world. But in too many places, life for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals is actually getting worse. In too many places, LGBT community members face violence with impunity, mistreatment by police, the denial of healthcare, or religious condemnation and social isolation.

The best mechanism to confront this hatred is to speak up in favor of universal human rights. Supportive voices must be heard. Today and every day, let us continue to defend the rights of LGBT people, whether from nearby cities or far-off villages. We cannot rest until everyone receives the dignity, respect, and equal treatment under the law that all people deserve. source

Instead of “respecting universal human rights”, the Bible says that homosexuality is an abomination that needs to be repented of. Jesus Christ went to the cross to redeem the homosexual, that’s true. But He did not go to the cross to preserve homosexuality. He came to abolish that, and all sin.

There is no such thing as same-sex marriage, anymore than say a man marrying his dog would constitute a wedding. Sleeping in your garage does not make you a car. There is not one example in the Bible of God supporting, at any time, anything having to do with homosexuality. Churches that perform gay marriage ceremonies do it completely outside the blessing of God, and indeed bring down the wrath of God. The mark of Ichabod gets carved into the doorposts of every church that supports the LGBT movement.

Obama’s America, with it’s sky-high abortion rates, free-flowing 24 x 7 gambling, legalized pot, rampant drug and alcohol abuse, and now as the champion of the LGBT Movement, is rapidly becoming everything that the Bible says God hates.

Just the other day I was verbally assaulted and attacked by a vicious lesbian who said that “had no right” to my beliefs, and that this website was “hate speech”. Kinda funny, though, that she said this while all the while demanding that I respect her “right” to be gay. What about my right to believe and follow the Bible? Apparently, I am not entitled to my rights. And this is exactly why Biden’s remarks today should be taken very seriously. As we have always told you and will continue to tell you, the LGBT is not interested in “tolerance”. They don’t want “acceptance”. What they want is complete and total domination, which is exactly what Obama and his minions are giving them.

“Woe unto them that call evil good…”

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FBI Now Warns ISIS Is Targeting American High Schools To Recruit New Members

The FBI has targeted Bergen County, New Jersey to stop Islamic State militants from getting a stronghold there – and agents have been going to high school with a message.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Obama famously called ISIS, back in 2012, the JV Team and arrogantly dismissed them as any real kind of threat. We think one reason for Obama’s smugness is that he well knew the threat of the Islamic State, and in fact was paving the way for their success by making us think they were no threat. Because in 2015, America is on the cusp of experiencing what living under daily Muslim terror attacks will be like. It’s coming, Obama is behind it, and the Conservatives in Congress refuse to stop it.

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Christine Sloan was there when agents visited a Bergen County school on Tuesday. An FBI intelligence analyst who did not wish to be identified spoke at the Bergen Arts and Science Charter School in Hackensack. He warned students about a new threat – a sophisticated recruitment video trying to lure them into joining the terrorist group ISIS.

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There’s a role for everybody. Every person can contribute to the Islamic State,” a young Canadian man tells viewers in the recruitment video. “You can even come here and rebuild.”

“”It definitely was eye-opening,” said high school senior Zoey Zibor. “You know, you learn that it’s in your own backyard. It’s Americans citizens wanting to join these terrorist groups.”

The young Canadian who appears in the recruitment video ended up dying while fighting as a member of ISIS in Syria. “It’s definitely a bad thing,” said senior Basik Gorkem.

The Bergen County school was one of many the FBI has come to with its alarming message – regular American kids could be vulnerable to this kind of propaganda.

“It was videos and all social media that no one is really that aware of what’s happening; how deep they go into Facebook and Twitter now,” said senior Aaron Brunert.

“I would say I am more interested than I am scared,” said senior Robert Harris. “I want to know how to find terrorists; how to stop them from doing things.”

The FBI said more than 150 Americans have traveled abroad to join ISIS – some of them teenagers. source

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Christian Headlines Daily – Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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Top Headlines

Jerusalem Celebrates 48 Years of Being Undivided Capital

Bakery That Refused to Make Gay Marriage Cake Found Guilty of Discrimination

Brain Dead Teen Wakes Up from Coma after Friend Prays for Her

Girl Scouts of America Allows Boys Who Identify as Girls to Join Troops

14-Year-Old Girl Who Asked to be Killed Via Euthanasia but Changed Her Mind Passes Away

Hopeless Nepalis Sleep in Open as Monsoon Rains Approach

Teen Whose Heart Stopped for 20 Minutes Claims He Met Jesus

ISIS Takes Over Iraqi City of Ramadi, Christians Flee for Their Lives

President Obama Again Shows Blatant Disregard for Scripture

Boko Haram, Fulani Muslim Herdsmen Target Christians in Nigeria Attacks

Opinion

Religious Liberty at Risk as Supreme Court Approaches Gay Marriage Decision

For SBC Missionaries, The Baptist Faith and Message is the Touchstone

Bright Spots and Tough Challenges for Evangelicals in Pew Survey

Tragedy in Waco and the Heartbreaking Consequences of Sin – D


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 18 Quotes


Who Really Wrote the Gospels?

When churches received each Gospel, they also received information about that Gospel’s origins, telling them whose eyewitness testimony this Gospel represented. Because they received clear oral traditions when they received each book, when Christians began adding titles to these manuscripts, every congregation connected each Gospel to the same author.

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The Arguments Against Homosexual Marriage Prove that Christian Scholasticism is Alive and Well

So, where is God in all of these arguments? He is absent, just as he was in the old arguments of Christian Scholasticism. We must assume that he does not exist in order to be successful before the Court. If God does exist, it is a private matter and your belief must be left outside the courtroom. God has been ruled out of order.

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No, There’s No “Hate Speech” Exception To The First Amendment

Calls for a new First Amendment exception for “hate speech” shouldn’t just rely on the undefined term “hate speech” — they should explain just what viewpoints the government would be allowed to suppress, what viewpoints would remain protected, and how judges, juries, and prosecutors are supposed to distinguish the two. Saying “this isn’t free speech, it’s hate speech” doesn’t, I think, suffice.

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What Is Marriage To Evangelical Millennials?

While I listened to my students lambast the article, it struck me that, on one level, they were right: marriage isn’t in danger of being redefined; the redefinition began decades ago, in the wake of the sexual revolution. Once the link between sexuality and procreation was severed in our cultural imagination, marriage morphed into an exclusive romantic bond that has only an arbitrary relationship to reproduction. It is this redefinition, arguably, that has given rise to the same-sex marriage movement, rather than the other way around, and as the broader culture has shifted on this issue, so have many young evangelicals.

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Make Disciples

by Scott Aniol

Last week I argued that culture is essentially the behavior of a people. Here is the second peg to the argument I am developing over these several weeks: The cultivation of culture should be a concern for conservative Christians because the formation of certain kinds of behaviors falls squarely in the nature, purpose, and mission of churches.

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I’m Divorced: How Does God See Me Now?

by Pastor J.D.

Divorce affects a lot of people in our community. Many people in the church have been through it themselves. Some are in the midst of divorce right now. And many people know about divorce from a different angle, growing up with two homes—one for mommy, and one for daddy.

Sadly, many Christians talk about divorce as if it’s the unforgivable sin, the one line in life that once you cross it, you can never really recover from. Many divorced have been told—and believe—that their divorce means condemnation. They think that God has given up on them. It’s as if you are wearing a Scarlet D that demonstrates to God and the world that you are a divorcée, and a second class Christian.

I feel the need to be abundantly clear on this: divorce is not the unforgivable sin. As a Christian, the only scarlet God sees on you is the blood of Christ, which covers your sins and presents you before God as his blameless child.

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The reality few want to talk about

If you are feeling that something isn’t quite right with the world – you’d be right. The reality is, many Christians have been waking up to an increasingly dark and threatening presence of Hell on earth. No, we’re not cursing, we are acknowledging the increasing depravity and scoffing Jesus told us – warned us – […]

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Seeking the complete financial ruin of a Christian family

by Denny Burk

I’ve written numerous times about the Oregon bakers, Aaron and Melissa Klein, who were forced out of business after declining to make a cake for a gay wedding. As the video above shows, that is not the end of the story. Read more of this post


“Q” Is Cool

Respected Bible scholar Peter Jones of truthxchange has written a piece that every Bible believing Christian should read.  In it he reveals the reasons the Evangelical movement is in theological crisis mode right now.  In April 2015 1,300  Christian leaders sat through teaching by “Q” founder David Gushee and homosexual activist Matthew Vines defending the “Christian Gay” movement.  One of […]

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Talk with your deceased loved ones using new virtual-reality software

by Marsha West

According to Market Watch columnist Jurica Dujmovic, “Project Elysium, made by a couple of gaming geeks, aims to help people cope with the loss of family and friends.” The “game”the geeks came up with is steeped in the occult, thus Bible believing Christians must have nothing to do with it or any “game” like it — not even if it’s “just for fun.”

Dujmovic writes:

Communing with deceased loved ones usually involves a visit to the graveyard. Project Elysium, by Paranormal Games, is attempting to turn the experience into a 3D virtual-reality simulation.

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Pastor resigns after outed on Grindr

by Marsha West

This piece is posted on USA Today. The actual headline reads “Antigay pastor resigns after outed on Grindr.” There’s nothing in the article that comes close to showing that Matthew Makela is antigay. The writer quotes him as saying that he supports biblical marriage. Apparently USA Today would like its readers to think that anyone who supports biblical marriage is antigay. […]

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What is Marriage to Evangelical Millennials?

by Denny Burk

A college professor name Abigail Rine has an important article over at the First Things website titled “What is Marriage to Evangelical Millennials?” She says that in the last several years, she has noticed a change in the evangelical students that she teaches. Whereas students used to be on board with a biblical view on marriage and sexuality, that is no longer the case.

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Liberalism’s warm fuzzy god

by Marsha West

For a number of years a woman I know, I’ll call her Rachel, has wrestled with giving her life to Christ. She admits she really wants to, but how can she when she’d have to serve a God who allows murderers into heaven and sends “good people” to hell? It would be awkward to have […]

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Cold Case Christianity: Why We Need to Stop Teaching (and Start Training) Young Christians – Part 1 (Video)

J. Warner Wallace (author of Cold-Case Christianity) speaks to Green Bay Community Church about the important difference between teaching and training. How can a shift in our thinking help young Christians learn how to defend their faith? In this video, J. Warner begins to describe five key characteristics of training.


On Personalising Scripture

by Bill Muehlenberg

It is all too common for all of us – Christians included – to find fault in others, but to see only sweetness and light in ourselves. Happens all the time of course. It is a regular feature of living in a fallen world. And it has been going on since the beginning.

Adam blamed Eve (‘It’s the woman you gave me’) and Eve blamed the serpent (‘The serpent deceived me’). So the blame game has been going on ever since sin entered the world. It is always easier to find fault in others than to identify it in our own lives.

bible 2It is so easy not to find shortcomings in ourselves. We all have blind spots and we need others to help us see ourselves more accurately, and to point out areas that we need to work on. Certainly for the Christian this should be normal practice: having a small group of committed brothers and sisters speaking into our lives on a regular basis.

Another way to help us in all this is to keep in mind the need to personalize Scripture. What do I mean by that? When we hear a sermon or read a passage of Scripture, our usual tendency is to think something like this: “Gee, the guy in the next pew sure needs to hear this”. Or “my husband ought to read this”. Or “I need to send this article to so and so”.

We tend to think these things apply to everyone else but ourselves. We can see so clearly how others might need this warning or rebuke or word or advice. But we tend to overlook our own needs and shortcomings. Thus we need to personalize scripture.

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A World of Our Own Making?: Examining America’s Changing Religious Landscape by Mathew S. Vos

Over the last few days I read, rather hungrily, the recently released Pew Research Center’s new report on America’s changing religious landscape. The byline is sobering—Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow.


4 Principles for Finishing Well

In college, as well as in life, it doesn’t matter as much how you start, but how you finish that really counts. Here are four practical biblical principles to help the college student finish the school year well— principles that all of us can relate to our calling to finish well. Continue reading →


Seven Things Church Members Should Say to Guests in a Worship Service

One of the more common questions I’m asked relates to growth barriers. For example, church leaders may want to know how to move past the 150-attendance level of the past five years. Or other leaders desire to know how to break though financial giving barriers.

Those questions are tough because they often presume a brief response to be adequate. In reality, there are many theological and methodological issues at work in growth barriers. Today, I am looking at a very basic barrier: lack of friendliness to church guests.

In a previous blog post, I noted things we should not say to a guest in our worship services. In today’s post I look at the positive perspective: seven things we should say to guests.

  1. “Thank you for being here.” It’s just that basic. I have heard from numerous church guests who returned because they were simply told “thank you.”
  2. “Let me help you with that.” If you see someone struggling with umbrellas, young children, diaper bags, purses, and other items, a gesture to hold something for them is a huge positive. Of course, this comment is appropriate for member to member as well.
  3. “Please take my seat.” I actually heard that comment twice in a church where I was speaking in the Nashville area. The first comment came from a member to a young family of five who were trying to find a place to sit together.
  4. “Here is my email address. Please let me know if I can help in any way.” Of course, this comment must be used with discretion, but it can be a hugely positive message to a guest.
  5. “Can I show you where you need to go?” Even in smaller churches, guests will not know where to find the nursery, restrooms, and small group meeting areas. You can usually tell when a guest does not know where he or she is to go.
  6. “Let me introduce you to ___________.” The return rate of guests is always higher if they meet other people. A church member may have the opportunity to introduce the guest to the pastor, other church staff, and other members of the church.
  7. “Would you join us for lunch?” I saved this question for last for two reasons. First, the situation must obviously be appropriate before you offer the invitation. Second, I have seen this approach have the highest guest return rate of any one factor. What if your church members sought to invite different guests 6 to 12 times a year? The burden would not be great; but the impact would be huge.

Let’s look at one example of breaking attendance barriers by saying the right things to guests. Presume your church has two first-time guests a week. Over the course of a year, the church would have 100 first-time guests. With most of the members being genuinely guest friendly, you could see half of those guests become active members. Attendance could thus increase by as much as 50 persons every year.

Good interaction with guests is a huge step toward breaking attendance barriers, but it is obviously not the only step. We are launching a new subscription ministry called Church Answers. One of the three resources you will get every month is called “Breaking Barriers.” We are so excited about the response so far. You can register here. But registration closes in a few days, so hurry.

I always look forward to your comments and questions.

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Understanding the New Calvinism: Identifying Marks

In the first three posts on the subject of New Calvinism we explored some definitions and examined the essential ingredient of the movement which is the co-mingling of Calvinistic theology with at least openness to charismatic practices. I believe this to be the unique and defining characteristic of New Calvinism. It is the one feature that all involved have in common. However, there are other traits that are shared by many of those immersed in the system. To these we will now turn.

It should be remembered that those promoting neo-Calvinism are not monolithic in every aspect, and some of the features mentioned below would be true of any number of evangelicals who are neither Calvinistic nor charismatic. Nevertheless, it is not uncommon to find these identifying marks embraced by adherents of the movement.

Serious about theology and Christian living

This is the most commendable aspect of the majority of the “young, restless, and Reformed” crowd. All of the leadership, and most of the enthusiasts, are serious students of Scripture and substantial theological works that are concerned with truth. They seek preachers and teachers that deliver solid and thoughtful exegesis. They have little tolerance for sloppy thinking, weak answers and careless preaching. They want to be challenged and they want to be part of the debate, not merely passive consumers. Read more about Understanding the New Calvinism: Identifying Marks

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French, Scottish Churches Cave In On Gay Marriage

PARIS  – Two years after France legalized same-sex marriage, the United Protestant Church of France (EPUF) has authorized its clergy to bless same-sex marriages, the French news service RFI has reported. The EPUF, formed from the union of Lutheran and Reformed churches in France in 2013 and currently the nation’s largest Protestant group, is the […]

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Modern-Day Divination

In the Church

“And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter,
seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them,
saying, ‘Thus saith the Lord GOD,’
when the LORD hath not spoken.”
(Ezekiel 22:28)

Divination was expressly forbidden in the Old Testament. It was included on a list of serious occult practices that were to be avoided:   

“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch…. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.”
(Deuteronomy 18:10, 14)

Despite the prohibition the Israelites practiced this occult art, especially in the context of other idolatries, and it is one of the sins that caused God’s judgment to fall upon their land: 

“And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger.”
(2 Kings 17:17)

The prophet Jeremiah warned about “prophets [who] prophesy lies in My name… a false vision and divination” (Jer. 14:14). Jeremiah warned that idolatry was deceitful, wicked, vanity and folly. He said the people were guilty of walking “after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim” (Jer. 9:14). Baalam’s sin? Divination (Numb. 22:7, Josh. 13:22, etc.). Ezekiel spoke of the prevalence of “lying divination” (13:6,7) and “false divination” (21:23; see also 22:28).

In the New Testament the apostles encountered “a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination” who “brought her masters much gain by soothsaying,” indicating that divination can be a very profitable enterprise (Acts 16:16). The ancient Romans practiced a form of augury, examining flights of birds and the entrails of sacrificed animals, in order to ascertain their future fate. They also tracked omens, strange births, unusual natural phenomena, shooting stars in the sky, etc. Plutarch’s Lives, a historical account of many ancient Greek and Roman warriors, described how many battles were waged based on generals divining the “signs.” (See an example of this in Ezekiel 21:21.)

The ancient Greeks relied upon their oracles, most notably the Oracle at Delphi, which delivered obscure predictions about future events. These murky “prophecies” were believed to be inspired by the gods. Hence there is a strong correlation between divination and the gods of idolatry (and astrology). Any failure of a prophecy to come to pass was blamed on misinterpretation of the hearer, not the priestess who delivered the oracle.

Occult encyclopedias say divination is any method of finding out what will happen in the future. These methods can include Tarot, Runes, I Ching, fortune-telling, horoscopes (astrology), palmistry, reading tea leaves, etc. In our modern-day world many of these old forms of divination still exist, and some have been revived as the New Age Movement has risen in influence.

There has also been a notable increase in various forms of “divination” coming into the church. Much of what passes today for “prophecy” is, in fact, divination. So how can one tell the difference?

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Rick Warren twisting Scripture – teaching Storehouse tithing, and Word of Faith

On May 17, 2015, Pastor of Saddleback Church took the opportunity during Sunday Morning worship service to make a plea for more money. He twists several Scriptures in order to guilt members of his church into believing that if they aren’t giving 10 percent of their income on a weekly basis, they will not receive the blessings of God. He then ends his message with having his members sign an oath, “pledging” to give 10 percent of their income from this point forward, and that it “saddens him” to “know that some members would be missing out on God’s blessings,” and that “people might not go to heaven” because they didn’t give their money to his church.

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Wide Range of Topics on Today’s Dividing Line

Started off looking at issues relating to the rapid degradation of Western society, moved to a discussion of the upcoming debate in SoCal, and some comments relating to criticism posted of doing debates with Muslims over the weekend on FaceBook.  Then we took calls on both the LGBT issue and on Romans 9.

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What a Mighty Jesus

[From the Archives: Five years ago this month:]

The scene in Gethsemane usually focused on is the sweet scene where Jesus is praying, alone. It touches the heart to see the beginning of the emotional and physical travail our Savior endured for our sakes. But John’s Gospel alone has the scene where Judas arrives with the soldiers and the soldiers approach Jesus. Jesus asks the soldiers whom they seek:

Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. (John 18:4-6)

This is a picture of what will happen in Armageddon. Both the Old and the New Testaments are replete with passages that at once depict live events, events that are partial fulfillments of the near future, and are complete fulfillments of things that will happen in the far future. One example comes to mind, the destruction of Sodom for sin, and how Peter advised us that what happened at Sodom is an example of what will happen to the ungodly in the future.

As Jesus spoke, his very words (almost) slew the soldiers, and they fell onto their backs. This is a picture of Rev 19:15, 21

The Coming of Christ
From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

And to confirm, Isaiah 11:4;

But with righteousness He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.

THIS is the mighty God we serve! He speaks, and the wicked fall. He speaks and worlds are made. He speaks, and angels fly. He speaks, and billions are redeemed. He is mighty and wonderful! No matter what comes upon us in this world before the Tribulation happens, He will see us through it, and then as we fly to Him and meet Him in the air, so we shall be with Him always!

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The Daily Discovery (May 20, 2015)

Rome, Her Saints, & the Gospel – “This past weekend pope Francis canonized four new saints in a ceremony which received extra attention as two of the four were of Palestinian origin. One of the new Palestinian saints, Sister Mariam Baouardy (1846-1878), was a mystic and stigmatic also known as ‘Mary Jesus Crucified.’ She was a Palestinian and foundress of the Discalced Carmelites of Bethlehem in the late 1800’s. The other new Palestinian saint, Sister Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas (1843-1927), was a co-founder of the Congregation of the Rosary Sisters, who spent much of her life in Bethlehem founding schools and orphanages.”

Tongues, Healing and Prophecy Notes- Part 1 – “Today I’m going to be posting up first half of my notes from the third talk I gave at the Last Days Bible Conference. That talk was about a biblical understanding of tongues, healing and prophecy. Much of the content was already available on this blog, but some of it was found in other things I’ve written (that aren’t online) or was original (or spontaneous). My main objective in addressing the subject was to try to give, from the Bible, a definition of tongues, healing and prophecy as practice by Christ, the prophets and apostles.”

Tongues, Healing and Prophecy Notes – Part 2 – “Today I’m going to be posting up the second part of my notes from the third talk I gave at the Last Days Bible Conference. That talk was about a biblical understanding of tongues, healing and prophecy. The previous post I put up was about tongues. Today, I’m going to be posting the notes about healing (specifically apostolic healing).”

Who is the knower of hearts? – “God is omniscient, which means that He knows all things. What is puzzling to me at times is that so many who profess to be Christians either do not understand what this really means or, their hearts are so hard in their unbelief that the ‘god’ of their ‘faith’ is one of their own making, hence, they live and ‘do their religion’ in ways that are ‘of the world’ and in no way could be called Biblical Christianity.”

22 Historical Confirmations in Two Verses – “Skeptics are notorious for boldly asserting that you cannot trust the New Testament documents. They will point to apparent contradictions or miracles to bolster their claim. I’ve even heard a well-educated person state that the Gospels were just ‘made up’ by their authors, like a modern-day fictional author. The question is, do we have any good reasons to believe that the Gospels are simply mythology? Or, are there good reasons to believe that they communicate actual events in history?”


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Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

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

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

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

Our Time is Short

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Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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The Cripplegate: Rome, Her Saints, & the Gospel

473725556This past weekend pope Francis canonized four new saints in a ceremony which received extra attention as two of the four were of Palestinian origin. One of the new Palestinian saints, Sister Mariam Baouardy (1846-1878), was a mystic and stigmatic also known as “Mary Jesus Crucified.” She was a Palestinian and foundress of the Discalced Carmelites of Bethlehem in the late 1800’s. The other new Palestinian saint, Sister Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas (1843-1927), was a co-founder of the Congregation of the Rosary Sisters, who spent much of her life in Bethlehem founding schools and orphanages.

Despite the interesting politics of the situation, we will stick to commenting on the theological issues. What is a saint? How does one become a saint? And what is Rome doing when they canonize someone?

First, a brief theology on Roman Catholicism’s view of the saints.

1809546671The term canonization refers to a decree that is binding on the Universal Church issued from the pope which commands the public ecclesiastical veneration of an individual.

Rome’s criteria for recognizing an individual as a saint involves a few steps. First, the person’s life is evaluated to determine if, according to Rome, they possessed orthodox doctrine and heroic virtue, normally a number of years after death. Upon Rome’s approval, the individual is considered “venerable.” Then, the nominee is typically beatified, on the condition that a miracle occurred after the individual’s death and consequent of petition to that individual. According to Rome, this ensures that the saint-candidate is both in heaven and able to intercede for those who pray to them. At this point, the individual is permitted by Rome to be beatified, though not yet canonized. Finally, the candidate will be declared a saint upon Rome’s determination that they performed a second miracle. It should be noted that typically only the saints are said to be in heaven for certain. “The title of saint tells us that the person lived a holy life, is in heaven, and is to be honored by the universal Church” (http://www.catholic.org/saints/faq.php). Saints are thought to be special friends and servants of God whose holy lives have made them worthy of his special love. Once the pope canonizes the individual, the declaration is infallible and irrevocable.

St. ThereseSaints are officially venerated throughout the year. “All Saints’ Day” falls on November 1 and, according to Urban IV, was created “to supply any deficiencies in the faithful’s celebration of saints’ feasts during the year.” Many of the saints have specific days set for their veneration. A look at the Roman Catholic saint calendar is simply exhausting due to the sheer quantity of saint holidays. For example, today (May 20th) venerates St. Bernadine of Sienna, the patron saint of gambling, due to his preaching against the practice. June 13th venerates St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of lost items, to whom some Catholics are taught to pray, “Dear St. Anthony, come around, something is lost and can’t be found.” drogoThere are others, for example, St. Genesius (the patron saint of theatrical performers), St. Francis Borgia (the patron saint of earthquakes), St. Teresa of Avila (patron saint of headaches), St. Isidore of Seville (the patron saint of the internet), St. Apollonia (the patron saint of toothaches), St. Fiarce (patron saint of taxi drivers), and, my personal favorite, St. Drogo (the patron saint of unattractive people and coffee). In case one struggles to remember which saint is to be venerated on which day, a “Saint of the Day” smart phone app has been created to assist with that.

Additionally, prayers are to be offered both by the saints and to the saints. In other words, the saints can pray for you, as well as be prayed to by you.

But, despite the profuse teaching, the Roman Catholic doctrine of the saints violates Scripture on several crucial points. Here are a few of them:

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GodLife: God won’t stop loving you

Scripture: “If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is!” – 2 Timothy 2:13

Did you know that God will never stop loving you?

Even if you are unfaithful towards Him, He will always be faithful towards you. So when you’re feeling like the whole world is against you, remember that God is for you!

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In one day, Bill and Hillary Clinton got over $1 million for FOUR speeches

WINTERY KNIGHT

Wow, “dead broke” indeed.

The Weekly Standard reports:

Disclosure forms filed with the Federal Election Commission by Hillary Clinton provide fascinating details of the remarkable money-making machine that is the once-and-possibly-future first couple. Between January 2014 and the filing of the forms on May 15, 2015 (up to and including a speech by Bill Clinton to the American Institute of Architects the day before the filing), the Clintons made about $30 million, approximately $25 million from speeches alone.

Both of the Clintons have given speeches regularly in the 16-month period covered in the filing with rarely more than a few weeks off in between engagements. Often events are crowded together during a period of several days, sometimes with more than one speech on the same day. On a single day last October, Bill and Hillary delivered a total of four speeches, taking home over $1 million. Those four speeches fell in the…

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Tongues, Healing and Prophecy Notes – Part 2

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely...

Today I’m going to be posting up the the second part of my notes from the third talk I gave at the Last Days Bible Conference.  That talk was about a biblical understanding of tongues, healing and prophecy.  The previous post I put up was about tongues.  Today, I’m going to be posting the notes about healing (specifically apostolic healing).

Aimee Semple McPherson, faith healer. Aimee Semple McPherson: founder of the Foursquare Denomination…and “faith healer.”

Again, my main objective in addressing the subject was to try to give, from the Bible, a definition of tongues, healing and prophecy as practice by Christ, the prophets and apostles.  In the past, I’ve referred to apostolic healing as opposed to divine healingApostolic Healing is the type of healing as practiced by Jesus and the apostles where as divine healing is the type of healing performed by everyone else (i.e. where God heals directly, without…

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Who is the knower of hearts?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

8 καὶ ὁ καρδιογνώστης θεὸς ἐμαρτύρησεν αὐτοῖς δοὺς τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον καθὼς καὶ ἡμῖν 9 καὶ οὐθὲν διέκρινεν μεταξὺ ἡμῶν τε καὶ αὐτῶν τῇ πίστει καθαρίσας τὰς καρδίας αὐτῶν. (Acts 15:8-9 NA28)

8 And the knower of hearts, God, bore witness to them having given to them the Holy Spirit just as to us, 9 and He differentiated nothing between them, and us having cleansed their hearts by faith. (Acts 15:8-9 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

God is omniscient, which mean that He knows all things. What is puzzling to me at times is that so many who profess to be Christians either do not understand what this really means or, their hearts are so hard in their unbelief that the “god” of their “faith” is one of their own making, hence, they live and “do their religion” in ways that are “of the world” and…

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