May 23-24, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend News/Commentary Collection

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Top News – 5/24/2015

Saudi-led warplanes launched a fresh wave of air strikes across Yemen
Saudi-led warplanes launched a fresh wave of air strikes across Yemen targeting Iran-backed rebels as fighting raged on the ground in the south of the country, witnesses said. The air raids pounded arms depots under the control of the Shiite Huthi rebels in the locality of Ghula, in Omran province north of Sanaa, residents said.

Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks
With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby.

Ukraine crisis: Rebel commander Alexei Mozgovoi ‘killed’
One of the top rebel commanders in eastern Ukraine, Alexei Mozgovoi, has been killed in an attack on his car, Russian and Ukrainian media report.

UN nuclear weapons talks fail ‘over Israel row’
A UN conference aimed at preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons has ended in failure after a row over a nuclear-free Middle East proposal. The Egypt-backed plan had envisaged a regional forum which analysts say might have forced Israel to reveal whether or not it has nuclear weapons. The proposal was blocked by the US, the UK and Canada. The next review is set for 2020.

US ‘deeply troubled’ by Russia’s NGO law
The United States said it was “deeply troubled” after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning what Moscow deems to be “undesirable” non-governmental organizations.

Isis claims it could buy its first nuclear weapon from Pakistan within a year
Isis has used the latest issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq to suggest the group is expanding so rapidly it could buy its first nuclear weapon within a year. The hyperbolic article, which the group attributes to the British hostage John Cantlie, claims Isis has transcended its roots as “the most explosive Islamic ‘group’ in the modern world” to evolve into “the most explosive Islamic movement the modern world has ever seen” in less than twelve months.

Israeli Arabs rally against Morsi death sentence
Thousands of Arabs marched in northern Israel on Saturday to protest the death sentence issued in Egypt against ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Organisers said 5,000 people took part in the demonstration led by Sheikh Raed Salah, a firebrand preacher who heads the Islamist Movement’s radical northern wing.


Top Headlines – 5/24/2015

UN nuclear weapons talks fail ‘over Israel row’

Netanyahu thanks Kerry for US blocking of anti-Israel nuclear resolution

Obama Stresses Support for Israel, but Refuses to ‘Paper Over’ Discord

Abbas Reaffirms Commitment to Two-State Solution, Blames Israel for Blocking Peace

Opposition MK vows to ‘make life hell’ for Netanyahu government

Israeli public official commits suicide after accusation of racism goes viral

Thousands of Israeli Arabs protest Morsi death sentence in North

Nasrallah: Hezbollah in worst state since 1982 onslaught by Israel

Hezbollah shows off its tunnels, claims it is prepared for war with Israel

Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks

Isis claims it could buy its first nuclear weapon from Pakistan within a year

British journalist John Cantlie held hostage by Isil claims ‘infinitely’ greater threat of nuclear attack on US

White House Wants ‘Wiggle Room’ For U.S. Combat Ground Troops In Iraq

Common enemy: Israel, Hamas face threat of ISIS in Gaza

Islamic State group radio claims Saudi mosque suicide attack; promise more ‘black days’ for Shiites

Arab air strikes hit military bases in Yemen

City in the sky: world’s biggest hotel to open in Mecca

Iran’s oil minister says OPEC unlikely to change output ceiling

Iran likely to abolish fuel subsidies which could drive inflation and cause protests

Somalia: Militants Kill Lawmaker in Capital, Attack 2 Towns

Czech reality show lets family experience Nazi occupation

Putin signs Russian law to shutdown ‘undesirable’ organizations

US ‘deeply troubled’ by Russia’s NGO law

Chinese Military Using Jamming Against U.S. Drones

Justice Department releases guidelines on domestic drone use

NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program

Final votes on Patriot Act, trade deal bill set dramatic stage for Congress’ return

Protests erupt in Cleveland as officer cleared of fatal shooting

US government to review mystery of slow 1st quarter growth

Venezuelans look to unload bolivars as currency continues to tumble

Nigerian airlines ground flights over fuel crisis

NY fracking ban poised to take effect, critics say state giving up thousands of jobs

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Putre, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 20,000ft

Nepal landslide blocks river, raises fears of flood reaching India

Rain breaks records, soaks Oklahoma, Texas Panhandle

Torrential rains flood Oklahoma City, force evacuation orders in two town

A Taste of Winter on Memorial Day Weekend for New England

At least 230 have died in last 5 weeks during India heat wave

Cannes closer is call to arms on climate change

Egg Prices Surge To Record 238% Due to Bird Flu

Adult dating site hack exposes sexual secrets of millions

Irish voters back gay marriage in ‘social revolution’

Official results in Ireland gay marriage referendum show 62 percent voted in favor

US politicians pay tribute to Ireland’s vote on same-sex marriage

Americans Vastly Overestimate Size of Gay and Lesbian Population

‘Pastor protection’ bill wins almost full support in House

Mormon LGBT group denied bid to join Utah parades for second time

Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?


Top News – 5/23/2015

Irish voters back gay marriage in ‘social revolution’
Irish voters backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum marking a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday.

Hezbollah shows off its tunnels, claims it is prepared for war with Israel
A rare glimpse into Hezbollah’s underground tunnels was provided on Friday by Lebanese publication As-Safir, which is associated with the militant organization. The report praised Hezbollah’s activities and painted it as a strong army ready for battle. While it is difficult to verify the claims in the article, it contained a rare discussion of the tunnels by Hezbollah members.

Chinese Military Using Jamming Against U.S. Drones
China tried to electronically jam U.S. drone flights over the South China Sea in a bid to thwart spying on disputed island military construction, U.S. officials said. Global Hawk long-range surveillance drones were targeted by the jamming in at least one incident near the disputed Spratly Islands, where China is building military facilities on Fiery Cross Reef.

The dark side of meditation and mindfulness: Treatment can trigger mania, depression and psychosis, new book claims
Meditation and mindfulness is promoted by celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Brand, who boast of its power to help people put stress out of their minds and live for the moment. But the treatment can itself trigger mania, depression, hallucinations and psychosis, psychological studies in the UK and US have found. The practice is part of a growing movement based on ancient Eastern traditions of meditation.

US Senate blocks bill to end NSA phone data collection
The US Senate has blocked a bill that would have ended the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records by the National Security Agency (NSA). It also failed to authorise a temporary extension of the current legislation. Senators are to meet again on 31 May – a day before the bill is due to expire. A US appeals court has already ruled the bulk collection illegal.

Cholera outbreak hits 3,000 Burundi refugees – UN
Cholera has infected about 3,000 people in Tanzania, the UN has said, where many Burundians have fled seeking refuge from their country’s unrest. Up to 400 new cases are being seen each day, the UN’s refugee agency said. Over 100,000 have left Burundi in recent weeks, escaping violence sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term.

Report: Israel offered Saudi Arabia use of its Iron Dome technology
Arabic-language newspaper Rai al-Youm reported on Saturday that Israel has offered Saudi Arabia to use its Iron Dome anti-rocket technology. The offer was made to the Kingdom to defend its border with Yemen that has come under numerous rocket attacks. …Saudi Arabia reportedly rejected the offer, according to the London based newspaper.

ISIS expands its ‘state’
Almost a year after Islamic State’s shock capture of Mosul, Iraq’s second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government. …Now it is all about the fall of Ramadi, the neighboring ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in central Syria…the Libyan city of Sirte, hometown of former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery
Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops — including some operating artillery and other heavy weapons — in support of advancing Iraqi ground forces, U.S. defense officials said Friday.

Cameron launches diplomatic offensives for EU reform
British prime minister David Cameron is to embark on a series of diplomatic offensives in the coming weeks to seek political support for renegotiating Britain’s membership of the European Union. He pledged to give British people a “proper choice” in the forthcoming EU referendum.

Netherlands backs veil ban plans
The Dutch government yesterday agreed to introduce a partial ban on the wearing of the full-face veil in public places, the Home Affairs Ministry said.

Deadly suicide blast at mosque in Saudi Arabia kills 21
A suicide bomber detonated an explosives vest during Friday weekly prayers at a Shia mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, killing 21 people and wounding several others, a hospital official said. The official reached by telephone said more than 90 other people were wounded, including some who are in serious condition.

Senate approves trade bill in major win for President Barack Obama
In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 on the bill, which would let Obama complete trade deals that Congress could approve or reject, but not change. A total of 48 Republicans supported the bill, but only 14 the Senate’s 44 Democrats backed a president of their own party on legislation near the top of his second-term agenda.

43 killed in Mexico shootout
A three-hour shootout between Mexican security forces and unidentified gunmen Friday left 42 of the gunmen dead, as well as one federal police officer, officials said.

US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns
The United States on Friday blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to “cynically manipulate” the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.

Russia Issues Travel Warning Over U.S. ‘Hunt’ For Russians
Russia’s foreign ministry has warned its citizens traveling abroad of the risks posed by U.S. law enforcement bodies and special services, which it said were hunting for Russians around the world. In a statement on Friday it also accused Washington of kidnapping Russians, citing cases such as that of Vladimir Drinkman, who was extradited to the United States from the Netherlands earlier this year.

Time is running out for struggling oil companies
Low oil prices are endangering an increasing number of exploration and production companies. According to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service, the oil and gas industry could see the rate of defaults rise over the next year. The companies in danger of going belly up, not surprisingly, are the ones that already have low credit ratings.


Top Headlines – 5/23/2015

Dispute over Mideast nuclear arms ban set to torpedo UN meeting

US president signs Iran nuclear review bill into law

Obama sells Iran deal directly to US Jews

Policy disagreements don’t equate anti-Israel sentiments, Obama says

US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns

Vatican recognition of Palestine builds on years of sympathy for the Palestinian cause

Abbas: Israeli settlement activity preventing peace talks

How Israel plans to evacuate Gaza border towns during next war with Hamas

Dutch restaurant says it erased Israel from map for culinary reasons

Mideast youth unemployment rises amid post-Arab Spring chaos

Hezbollah sees no end to Syria war, Mideast at risk of partition

Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi’ite mosque, Islamic State claims attack

55,000 have fled IS-captured Ramadi since mid-May: UN

Islamic State purges Palmyra of Assad loyalists

Caught between rebels and Islamic State, Assad losing more ground in Syria

France’s Hollande calls for new push on Syria political settlement after ISIS gain

US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery

2 ‘homegrown’ jihadists nabbed in California on way to join ISIS, say officials

Hundreds of Muslims riot, set Shariah court ablaze over alleged insult to prophet Muhammad

Dutch cabinet backs partial Islamic veil and burqa ban

43 killed in Mexico shootout

Violent crime surges as arrests drop in Baltimore post-riots

Justice Department says domestic use of unmanned drones must not violate privacy, civil rights

Pentagon plans long-range missile defense radar in Alaska

US Senate votes to grant Obama fast-track trade power

Bill to reform domestic surveillance is blocked in US Senate

US State Department to post set of Hillary Clinton emails online Friday

Merkel says more work needed on Greek loan talks

EU agrees 1.8bn-euro loan to cash-strapped Ukraine

Fed on track to hike rates as economic headwinds wane – Yellen

Yellen tone suggests choppiness for markets ahead

Clock Running Out For Struggling Oil Companies

Two 6.8-magnitude quakes strike off Solomon Islands: US Geological Survey

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kirakira, Solomon Islands

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits Nevada, close to Las Vegas

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Iquique, Chile

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Naze, Japan

Severe Flooding Washes Vehicles Down Street in Turkey

Texas braces for severe flooding

50 million gallons of water lost after California dam vandalized

Antarctic Peninsula in ‘dramatic’ ice loss

Egg prices surge to record on shortage caused by bird flu

Tick Populations Explode in Northeast, Mid-Atlantic Following Snowy Winter

Cholera epidemic hits 3,000 Burundi refugees in Tanzania: U.N.

Ireland Gay Marriage Referendum: Count Begins After High Turnout

Irish voters appear to have voted heavily in favor of allowing gay marriage

Ireland gay marriage referendum: young and old alike say ‘Yes’

Scouts urged: Adapt to changing world on gays

Franklin Graham Urges Parents to Withdraw Support From Boy Scouts of America Following Call for End to Ban on Gay Leaders

Christian schools will have no choice about gay marriage

School apologizes for banning Jesus


‘Fix It, Jesus’: Student Takes Podium to Pray as Medical Emergency Unfolds During Graduation

(CN) — A high school student in Alabama jumped to his feet and took the podium Thursday night to lead those gathered for the senior graduation ceremony in prayer as a medical emergency took place in the stands.According to reports, a family member of a graduating student fell ill as the Clay-Chalkville High School graduation ceremony was underway on the grounds of the Cougar Stadium.

‘Everybody Cried’: Five-Year-Old Feeds, Prays With Homeless Man at Alabama Waffle House

(CN) — A five-year-old boy from Alabama is making headlines after he moved patrons at a waffle house to tears while feeding and praying with a homeless man inside of the restaurant.

Ava Faulk of Prattville told local television station WSFA that she and her son Josiah visited the waffle house a few weeks ago, and saw a homeless man outside of the building.

Atheist Seeks to Use Religious Freedom Law to Remove ‘In God We Trust’ from U.S. Currency 

(CN) — A prominent atheist is again on a quest to remove the motto ‘In God We Trust’ from American currency after losing attempts to do so thus far, and is now seeking to use the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in his strategy.As previously reported, atheist Michael Newdow, who has filed numerous suits challenging the mixture of God and government, first submitted a complaint in the Southern District of New York in March 2013, asserting that the motto violates the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution as it serves to proselytize unbelievers.

U.S. Government Drops Remaining Charges Against Evolutionary Foe Kent Hovind

(CN) — Federal prosecutors have filed a motion to dismiss the remaining criminal charges against an imprisoned creation science evangelist after a jury deadlocked on the matter and was not convinced of his guilt.As previously reported, Kent Hovind, the founder of Creation Science Evangelism out of Pensacola, Florida, has been fighting charges of mail fraud and contempt for contesting liens against a number of properties that had been seized by the government several years ago.

Other Top News Stories of Interest:

Matt Drudge Rips Boehner and GOP ‘Deception,’ ’Disrespect for Voters’ on Twitter

Matt Drudge voices the frustration of millions of people regularly, but particularly after the TPP vote.

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Krauthammer: Hillary Email Dump Is ‘Farce,’ We Saw What She Wanted Us To See

Hundreds of Hillary Clinton’s emails were released today, something Clinton herself said she wants, but Charles Krauthammer doesn’t really buy this…

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Christian witness to Muslims surges after ISIS executions

Quite the contrary, she said, “the declarations of faith uttered by the men only moments before their death have created fertile soil for conversation between Muslims and Christians.”

Her report appeared on the VOM blog site this week as a followup to a trip to the Middle East. The Christians killed by ISIS in February were mostly Egyptians who had gone to Libya for various jobs.

The ISIS video shows black-clad executioners leading a line of Christians down onto a beach then executing them.

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Marines Sing Glorious Version Of ‘Lord, I Lift Your Name On High’

Take a break from bad news and enjoy our Marines praising God.

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The Problem with Jade Helm

While some of the concern over Jade Helm might be misguided, none of it has occurred in a vacuum. It arises from more than six years of an administration that has demonstrated an overt willingness to squander the trust of millions of Americans in pursuit of its agenda—by any means necessary. Americans would much prefer to see the military training to defend the homeland against ISIS rather than engage in insulting exercises against the “hostile” heartland of liberty.

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Why So Many Christians Are Just Done With Church

Comparing those who leave the church to political refugees, the authors write, “Refugees are people who’ve been forced from their homes—for fear of persecution. That describes the dechurched. If they stayed they would risk further estrangement from their spiritual selves, from God, and from a religion they still believe in.”

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Legitimizing Censorship: ‘Islamophobia Studies’ at Berkeley

by Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene
Jihad Watch
May 23, 2015

Legitimizing Censorship: ‘Islamophobia Studies’ at Berkeley

http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/14794


The dark side of meditation and mindfulness: Treatment can trigger mania, depression and psychosis, new book claims

by Marsha West

For those who have never heard of “mindfulness,” it is a Buddhist meditation practice that’s emphasized in Zen Buddhism. Zen Buddhism is a mixture of Taoism and Buddhism. Practitioners claim that mindfulness is spiritually neutral. Right. And I’m Tinkerbell. In her piece “Mindfulness For Children: Buddhism For Tots” former New Ager and long time astrologer Marcia Montenegro, explains […]

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Gay Ireland hails “a new Republic” as same-sex marriage approved

by Marsha West

Reuters reports:

Gay marriageGay couples flocked to central Dublin to celebrate a “historic watershed” on Saturday as a large majority in the traditionally Catholic country voted to allow same-sex marriage, the culmination of a four-decade struggle for gay rights.

Waving rainbow flags, embracing and crying, two thousand people gathered to watch the official results in the courtyard of Dublin Castle after voters, young and old, accounted for one of the highest turnouts in a referendum for decades.

“The amount of people who came out to vote is just such an emotional thing for us,” said Fred Schelbaum, 48, standing with his civil partner Feargal Scott, 43, who he said he intended to marry.

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Americans Greatly Overestimate Percent Gay, Lesbian in U.S.

by Marsha West

The radical homosexual lobby has been successful in brainwashing Americans into believing that more than one in five Americans are gay or lesbian. Not even close. According to Gallup the latest estimate shows that 3.8% actually identify as LGBT. Take a look at the Gallup report: The American public estimates on average that 23% of Americans are […]

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Gay Ireland hails “a new Republic” as same-sex marriage approved

by Marsha West

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Gay couples flocked to central Dublin to celebrate a “historic watershed” on Saturday as a large majority in the traditionally Catholic country voted to allow same-sex marriage, the culmination of a four-decade struggle for gay rights. Waving rainbow flags, embracing and crying, two thousand people gathered to watch the official results in […]

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Church daycare must pay lesbians a huge fine after couple violates employees’ moral clause

by Marsha West

A church daycare must pay a lesbian couple more than $28,000 after the women violated an employee agreement to live in celibacy as long as they taught at the Christian educational facility. As part of the settlement, the church must also meet with homosexual activists. When Jaclyn Pfeiffer and her partner Kelly Bardier went to […]

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Appeals Court Rules New York May Ban “Choose Life” License Plates for Fear of Road Rage

by Marsha West

Christian News Network reports:

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a right to decline to make “Choose Life” specialty plates if the commissioner deems the message as being “patently offensive.”

The Children First Foundation, which raises funds to support adoption and safe havens for babies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and D.C., had first petitioned the DMV for the plates in 2002. However, the request was rejected as the DMV stated that it had a “policy not to promote or display politically sensitive messages” on license plates.

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Trail Life USA reacts to Boy Scout president on gay leaders

by Marsha West

Berean Research reported on the Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates’ comment that the status quo on not allowing homosexual Scout leaders cannot be sustained. Seems the Scouts’ board chairman disagrees with Gates. According to the Christian Examiner: Responding to an announcement yesterday that Boy Scouts of America legal position on banning gay Scout leaders has […]

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TLC Pulls 19 Kids Over Josh Duggar Misconduct Scandal

In a statement released late Thursday, Duggar admitted to misconduct when he was 14 years old, calling his actions “inexcusable.” “I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” he said in a post on his family’s official Facebook page. “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling.”

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Trail Life USA reacts to Boy Scout president on gay leaders

by Marsha West

According to Christian Examiner, the Scouts reaffirms its own commitment to “timeless Christian values”:

Responding to an announcement yesterday that Boy Scouts of America legal position on banning gay Scout leaders has weakened and is “unsustainable,” Trail Life USA board chairman John Stemberger today reaffirmed its own commitment to “timeless Christian values.”

BSA President Robert Gates made the remarks to leaders in the group’s annual meeting yesterday, indicating the organization “cannot ignore growing internal challenges” and even “open defiance” to its membership policy.

“We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained,” Gates, who previously served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Secretary of Defense said.

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Martial Law? Jade Helm Lists ‘Hostile’ US States

Posted: 23 May 2015 08:38 PM PDT

This summer, the U.S. military is planning an unprecedented training exercise, happening across seven states on private lands and towns in the Southwest. The Jade Helm 15 operation is making many residents feel uneasy. Speculation about why the military wants to train in American communities instead of on military bases is fueling a growing number of theories across the Internet and social media. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has even asked his National Guard to monitor it. So what is Jade Helm 15?

According to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, it’s “realistic military training” taking place simultaneously in seven states from Southern California to Texas. Over eight weeks, America’s elite Special Forces will practice “unconventional warfare” by practicing operating outside their normal support systems, adapting to new terrain, and working with civilians to gain their trust. FULL REPORT

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Earth May Be Ripe For Massive Solar Storm

Posted: 23 May 2015 08:18 PM PDT

Though we typically think of hurricanes and tornadoes as the most destructive weather forces, there’s another threat hovering just outside Earth’s atmosphere that could cause far more damage: solar storms. Estimates based on historical space weather patterns show that Earth may be due for a massive solar storm — an eruption of magnetically charged gas from the Sun’s surface — that could leave millions of people without power for up to two years and cost between $1 and $2 trillion. The impact would be disastrous in today’s technologically dependent society, disrupting everything from power grids and air traffic control to water purification systems.

“[A solar storm] is not something that will happen often, not as often as hurricanes, but the effect could be even more damaging,” Therese Moretto Jorgensen, program director for the National Science Foundation, told Mic. Thanks to an increased presence in space and improved exploration and observation technology, our ability to anticipate large storms and prepare accordingly is improving. But if we want to prevent widespread damage effectively, we’ll need to do more to anticipate it. FULL REPORT

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Ireland legalizes gay marriage in historic vote

Posted: 23 May 2015 08:08 PM PDT

Ireland became the first country Saturday to legalize same-sex marriage by national referendum, a result that highlights the dramatic pace at which this traditionally conservative Catholic nation has changed in recent times. Just 22 years after decriminalizing homosexuality, 62.1% of voters approved the measure changing the nation’s constitution to allow gay marriage, according to official results by Ireland’s referendum commission. National turnout in Friday’s poll was 60.5% of 3.2 million eligible voters.

“With today’s vote we have disclosed who we are: a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people,” Prime Minister Enda Kenny said, welcoming the outcome Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Emily Neenan, a physics student at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, was holding a large rainbow-colored umbrella in the forecourt at Dublin Castle, where “Yes” supporters gathered to celebrate outside the Irish government complex. “I am absolutely thrilled and I didn’t think it would pass with such a resounding yes,” she said. “Even in more traditional rural areas, it looks like we have done a lot better than we thought we would.” FULL REPORT

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Leading Islamic voice calls for reconquering Jerusalem

Posted: 23 May 2015 07:55 PM PDT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on his countrymen to refocus on the Ottoman goal of re-conquering Jerusalem for Islam and uniting Shia and Sunni tribes for that same mission. In a speech that got almost no coverage in the Western media, Erdogan talked about invading and reconquering Jerusalem, according to an article in the Anadolu Agency of Turkey.

“We Muslims lost our way toward Jerusalem,” he told throngs of adoring Turks while in the state of Erzincan in central Turkey. “The water of our eyes froze making us blind, and our hearts that was destined to beat for Jerusalem is now instead conditioned for rivalry being in a state of war with each other.” Erdogan was in the city to promote numerous service projects, but the speech focused on Jerusalem. “When you mention the worse ascension, the first thing that comes to mind is Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque,” he said, referring to the mosque that sits on the Temple Mount. The Mount is controlled by Arab Muslim Waqf officials, who do not allow Jews to pray accept at the Western Wall. But apparently Erdogan is not satisfied with this arrangement. He told his countrymen to “ask Allah to restore the Al-Aqsa Mosque to the infallibility of the Muslims.” FULL REPORT

 

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24 hours of Major Earthquake Unrest showing Globally — From Las Vegas to England.

Posted: 23 May 2015 07:39 PM PDT

Major seismic unrest is currently showing in multiple areas around the planet. The past 24-48 hours (up to 200am CDT May 23, 2015) has seen a serious uptick in earthquake unrest. The unrest has spread to multiple locations including several rare areas which don’t normally see noteworthy movement, such as the M4.0 which just struck South England (along the English channel), or the 5.4 magnitude earthquake which struck near Las Vegas Nevada.

In addition to the rare movement in Nevada, and the UK, a large borderline 7.0M struck near Papua New Guinea, as well as additional movement across the Philippines, South Japan, and the coast of China. This is a tremendous amount of activity to see in one 24 hour time period. The areas which have seen movement need to be on watch for additional nearby activity, in the case of Nevada we should be watching the West coast for movement in the watch zones over the next 5-6 days. FULL REPORT

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Papua New Guinea hit again — 5.9M (6.0 revised) earthquake after deep Asthenosphere movement

Posted: 23 May 2015 07:04 PM PDT

Yesterday (May 22, 2015) I issued a new nearterm watch for the area East of Papua New Guinea for a 6.0M range earthquake to strike due to a deep 4.7 magnitude which struck near Fiji.

Today (May 23, 2015) a 5.9M (6.0M revised) earthquake struck directly East of Fiji, in the Soloman Islands. The earthquake which struck is a direct follow up to the deeper earthquake yesterday in the adjacent area to the Southeast of Papua New Guinea (which is Fiji). FULL REPORT

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Two Earthquakes Shake Up South-Central Kansas

Posted: 23 May 2015 07:00 PM PDT

Two earthquakes, one a magnitude 4.0, rattled south-central Kansas on Saturday. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the first quake occurred just before 10:15 a.m. The magnitude 3.3 was centered about 17.3 miles southwest of Pratt and had a depth of 5.2 miles.

The larger of the two earthquakes, a 4.0 temblor, shook the same area at 1:45 p.m. It had a depth of 3.1 miles. It was originally reported as a 4.6.  Numerous KAKE views called to report feeling both quakes. So far, no damage or injuries have been reported. kake.com

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Indonesia’s Lokon-Empung volcano shaken by violent eruption

Posted: 23 May 2015 06:54 PM PDT

An explosion occurred Wednesday (20 May) at 15:22 local time and produced an ash plume of approx 1.5 km height. The eruption was accompanied by strong explosion sounds, which caused concern in nearby villages and the town of Tomohon.

After the initial explosion, mild ash venting continued for a while. The eruption came from two vents, both the Tompaluan crater and the new crater west of it that had formed in October last year. EP

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Awakening again? Alert level raised to “yellow” on Chile’s Chaitén volcano

Posted: 23 May 2015 06:49 PM PDT

The alert level of the volcano was raised to “yellow,” after an increase in seismic activity was detected.

Chaitén had a famous catastrophic plinian eruption in 2008, which followed centuries of quiescence and ended in the construction of a new lava dome. EP

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Scientists worry Vegas Earthquake may be a precursor to a Bigger Event

Posted: 23 May 2015 06:39 PM PDT

After an earthquake prompted the closure of several flyover ramps in Las Vegas’ Spaghetti Bowl interchange on Friday, transportation engineers said the bridges remain safe for travel. The magnitude-4.8 earthquake happened at 11:47 a.m., and was centered in Caliente, NV, about 150 miles north of Las Vegas. The earthquake was later downgraded from a 5.3 to a 4.8 magnitude earthquake by the USGS. Immediately after the temblor, emergency crews shut down the ramps from U.S. Highway 95 southbound to both directions of Interstate 15. The Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard ramp to I-15 southbound was also closed. This allowed crews to inspect a gap that appeared in the 95 ramp to I-15 southbound after the quake.

According to Mary Martini, District I engineer for the Nevada Department of Transportation, the gap existed before Friday’s earthquake, but the tremor shook loose a protective rubber casing that was covering the seam of the bridge, making the damage appear worse than it really was. “We’re issuing an emergency contract to repair the seam,” Martini said. “Meanwhile, the ramps remain structurally sound and safe for travel.” The ramps, which Martini said are made of cast-in-place concrete and steel reinforcements, reopened just after 4 p.m. They will remain open through Memorial Day, Martini said. FULL REPORT

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Isis claims it could buy its first nuclear weapon from Pakistan within a year

Posted: 23 May 2015 07:30 AM PDT

Isis has used the latest issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq to suggest the group is expanding so rapidly it could buy its first nuclear weapon within a year. The hyperbolic article, which the group attributes to the British hostage John Cantlie, claims Isis has transcended its roots as “the most explosive Islamic ‘group’ in the modern world” to evolve into “the most explosive Islamic movement the modern world has ever seen” in less than twelve months. Photojournalist Cantlie is regularly used in the terror group’s propaganda and has appeared in a number of videos, including a YouTube series called “Lend Me Your Ears”. He has been held a hostage by Isis for more than two years.

The piece, entitled “The Perfect Storm”, describes militant Islamist groups such as Boko Haram, which recently pledged allegiance to Isis, uniting across the Middle East, Africa and Asia to create one global movement. The article claims this alignment of groups has happened at the sane time as Isis militants have seized “tanks, rocket launchers, missile systems, anti-aircraft systems,” from the US and Iran before turning to the subject of more extreme weapons the group is not in possession of – such as nuclear weapons. FULL REPORT

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EU signs new €1.8bn bailout for UkrainePosted: 23 May 2015 07:25 AM PDT

The European Union and Ukraine have signed a third loan agreement for Ukraine worth €1.8 billion. The EU says helping Ukraine’s ailing economy is now one of the biggest challenges for Europe. The bailout is part of a broader package for Ukraine, which includes €25 billion from the IMF and €15 billion from the EU, according to the European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis.

The EU stressed the money released is aimed at supporting reforms in Ukraine. “Helping Ukraine to achieve peace and transform the country into a modern, stable and prosperous economy is one of the most important tasks Europe faces today,” Dombrovskis said in the EU statement published Friday. The first €600 million installment will be transferred after the agreement is ratified by the Ukrainian Parliament, he added. FULL REPORT

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Early indications suggest Ireland voters back same-sex marriage referendumPosted: 23 May 2015 07:21 AM PDT

Early indications are that Ireland has voted in favor of same-sex marriage, Irish media reported Saturday, as the process of counting votes in the landmark referendum continues. Its passage would make Ireland the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote. The Irish Times newspaper said turnout in Dublin was as high as 65%, raising the hopes of “yes” campaigners that high engagement by young voters and those in urban areas could carry the result overwhelmingly their way.

There was speculation that opposition to the measure might have been understated in the run-up to the poll because, amid the heated debate, people have been shy of saying they plan to vote “no.” But public service broadcaster RTE and other media outlets reported that early indications were that the “yes” vote would win out. FULL REPORT

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School apologizes for banning JesusPosted: 23 May 2015 07:17 AM PDT

UPDATE: Somerset Academy issued a formal written apology to 12-year-old Mackenzie Fraiser late Friday for denying her the right to use a Bible verse in a class assignment. School officials have now agreed to allow the sixth-grader to resubmit her original project, this time with her favorite Bible verse — John 3:16 — included. Mackenzie Fraiser is 12-years-old. She’s a sixth grader at Somerset Academy, a charter school in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mackenzie is also a Christian. In February, she was instructed by her technology teacher to create a PowerPoint demonstration about her life. One of the requirements was to include a slide with an inspirational message. So Mackenzie decided to use a Bible verse – specifically John 3:16. That familiar passage reads: “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” But the teacher had a problem with Mackenzie’s inspirational message. She explained to the class that none of the students would be allowed to use any Bible verses or quotations from the Book of Mormon. FULL REPORT

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Nepal quake aftermath: at least 200 Buddhist nuns and monks dead, 1,000 monasteries flattenedPosted: 22 May 2015 06:11 PM PDT

An estimated 200 Buddhist nuns and monks died after more than 1,000 monasteries collapsed in the 14 districts hit hardest by the earthquake s, according to the Buddhist Philosophy Promotion and Monastery Development Committee (BPPMDC). The committee, under the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, said that all 215 monasteries in Sindhupalchok district were flattened by the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks. Six monks have been reported dead in the district so far. A total of 150 Buddhist monasteries collapsed in Gorkha, 105 in Dhading, 60 in Rasuwa and 60 in Solukhumbu. There are reports of them destroyed in Nuwakot, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga, Makwanpur, Lamjung and Syangja as well. “What we have is a preliminary report of damages caused by the quake,” said Bhadra Bahadur Golay, under-secretary at the BPPMDC.

The devastating earthquake has destroyed many well-known monasteries including Seto Gumba in Ramkot; Rato Gumba in Sitapaila; Khumchey Gumba in Gorkha; Chrighyang Gumba in Dolakha and Chirite Gumba in Sindhupalchok. Karma Tsering Tashi Lama, president of the BPPMDC who recently visited many of the earthquake -affected areas in Sindhupalchok and Rasuwa with an inspection team, said he did not see a monastery that stands straight. “The monasteries we visited had either fallen or were on the verge of collapse,” said Lama. “Of those that remain, there is eerie silence.” With the collapse of monasteries along with their houses in the area, most Buddhist disciples said they feel helpless. “If only the monastery had remained, people would have gone to pray for the departed souls,” said Udar Man Tamang, 37, of Baskharka Village Development Committee. All the eight monasteries in the VDCs have been destroyed by the quake. “People here have nowhere to go,” he said. FULL REPORT

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Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego growing increasingly restlessPosted: 22 May 2015 06:05 PM PDT

Belching of ash and vapor, Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego (fire volcano) prompted officials to warn air traffic and nearby residents that the mountain could produce a significant eruption at any time. The volcano reawakened in February with eruptions that brought a rain of ash and volcanic debris to adjacent towns. That eruption forced the main international airport in Guatemala City to halt operations until workers could clear the runways of ash.

A more powerful eruption of Fuego in 2012 forced several thousand people to flee the volcano’s slopes. Volcán de Fuego sits on the border of the Guatemalan states of Escuintla, Sacatepequez and Chimaltenango. It’s located about 10 miles to the west of the colonial capital of Antigua and rises to 12,346 feet above sea level. EP

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UK rocked as 4.2 magnitude earthquake hits near LondonPosted: 22 May 2015 05:59 PM PDT

A “DRAMATIC, violent, jarring and jolting” earthquake has struck the UK near Kent, waking residents in the middle of the night with the shock of their lives. The unexpected tremor was felt across Britain. The British Geological Survey confirmed the quake struck at 2:52am British Standard Time with an epicenter 7km south of Ramsgate near Kent. It measured 4.2 on the Richter scale. Residents woke in shock as windows rattled, furniture shook and some reported that the quake sounded like a ‘door was being kicked in.’

The site of the quake was near another quake that hit the region in 2007 as a 4.3. Kent Police were inundated with calls about the event. A spokesman toldmirror.co.uk they began to take calls just before 3am. “It has now been confirmed parts of East Kent has been affected by an earthquake measuring just 4.3 on the Richter scale,” they said. A resident in the area, Simon Moores, toldexpress.co.uk there was “dramatic, violent, jarring and jolting of the house for about 10 seconds. “The seagulls launched into air with tremendous noise outside, dogs started barking, crockery moving, furniture jarring about a bit.” FULL REPORT

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Researcher says drought could get worse in Washington STPosted: 22 May 2015 05:54 PM PDT

The drought conditions in Washington that prompted Gov. Jay Inslee last week to declare an emergency are likely to grow worse because of a strengthening El Nino tropical weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean, a weather researcher for Washington State University said Thursday. El Nino, an ocean-warming phenomenon, may bring some relief in drought-stricken California, but it’s more likely to bring more heat and dryness to the Northwest, researcher Gerrit Hoogenboom said. El Nino typically brings rainfall to central and southern California, but leads to warmer weather and less precipitation in the Pacific Northwest.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced that El Nino has been building strength since March, and that there is a greater than 80 percent chance its climatic conditions will persist through the rest of the year. “El Nino probably has not yet hit its peak,” Hoogenboom said. “It’s likely that it will be stronger in autumn and winter.” That’s bad news for a state facing an already historically low mountain snowpack and depleted water levels in rivers and reservoirs, mainly east of the Cascade Range. FULL REPORT

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Huge sinkhole in Missouri swallows part of Top of the Rock golf coursePosted: 22 May 2015 05:39 PM PDT

A large sinkhole opened up Friday morning and created a new playing hazard on the Top of the Rock golf course. At about 6:30 a.m., grounds crews noticed the ground gave way between the practice driving range and the entrance pond to the course, according to Tammy Sapp, director of communications at Bass Pro Shops. Bass Pro Shops owner Johnny Morris developed Top of the Rock and has operated it since the course opened a little more than a year ago.

The size of the sinkhole is not clear, but the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and geological engineers are on the scene to inspect and measure it. Bass Pro Shops is waiting to see what the experts find before deciding how to best repair the course. Golfers are still able to play. No tee times have been postponed so far. KY3

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Seismic Plate Pressure Building along Faults on East, West and Southern USPosted: 22 May 2015 05:31 PM PDT

After issuing a forecast for the United States to begin showing major seismic movement, we now see the movement has begun. A series of 4.0M+ earthquakes began to occur up the West coast of the United States over the past day (May 21-22) , multiple events in a short amount of time across California, Oregon, into Canada.

The West coast movement has now been followed by movement along the edge of the craton extending across the United States (as we would expect – seismic pressure is transferring EAST across the plate edge). Since issuing the earthquake forecast, we have now seen a 5.4 magnitude earthquake strike South Nevada, and several smaller events strike the Southern, and Eastern portion of the craton across Alabama, South Carolina, and up the East coast in Maine. FULL REPORT

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The dark side of meditation and mindfulness: Treatment can trigger mania, depression and psychosis, new book claims

For those who have never heard of “mindfulness,” it is a Buddhist meditation practice that’s emphasized in Zen Buddhism.  Zen Buddhism is a mixture of Taoism and Buddhism.   Practitioners claim that mindfulness is spiritually neutral.  Right.  And I’m Tinkerbell. In her piece “Mindfulness For Children: Buddhism For Tots” former New Ager and long time astrologer Marcia Montenegro, explains […]

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Christian Headlines Daily – Sunday, May 24, 2015

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Top Headlines

Boy Scouts President Calls for Withdraw of Ban on Gay Leaders

State Department Denies Visas for Assyrian Christians

Nigerian Army ‘Relocates’ 260 Boko Haram Survivors

Christian Rock Band U2 Show Support for Equal Marriage on Instagram

Mother Teresa to be Canonized as Early as Next Year

United Methodists: Practicing Homosexuality Doesn’t Contradict Christian Doctrine

Josh Duggar Sex Abuse Scandal Emerges

Church of England to Consider ‘Transgender Baptism’ Service

Castro Regime Heightens Christian Persecution in Eastern Cuba

Franklin Graham’s Facebook Prayers Target Supreme Court Justices on Gay Marriage

Opinion

Yoga Pants and What the Bible Really Says About Modesty

Seeking the complete financial ruin of a Christian family

Josh Duggar and the Problem of Easy Forgiving

Are Smartphones the ‘Electronic Enemy of Love’?

Why Do We Call Evil Good?


Christian Headlines Daily – Saturday, May 23, 2015

http://www.christianheadlines.com/

Top Headlines

Boy Scouts President Calls for Withdraw of Ban on Gay Leaders

State Department Denies Visas for Assyrian Christians

Nigerian Army ‘Relocates’ 260 Boko Haram Survivors

Christian Rock Band U2 Show Support for Equal Marriage on Instagram

Mother Teresa to be Canonized as Early as Next Year

United Methodists: Practicing Homosexuality Doesn’t Contradict Christian Doctrine

Josh Duggar Sex Abuse Scandal Emerges

Church of England to Consider ‘Transgender Baptism’ Service

Castro Regime Heightens Christian Persecution in Eastern Cuba

Franklin Graham’s Facebook Prayers Target Supreme Court Justices on Gay Marriage

Opinion

Are Smartphones the ‘Electronic Enemy of Love’?

Why Do We Call Evil Good?

David Letterman and the Death of the Talk Show

5 Myths About Christian Persecution

Should Christians Prepare for a ‘Dark Age’ in the Church?


Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

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

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

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

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Remember the thief.

It can be a difficult situation if someone you are witnessing to asks about the fate of a loved one who died and was not a Christian. Simply say, “Only God knows the eternal destiny of the person, and the Scriptures assure us that He will do what is right. So we can take consolation from that.” Some may be tempted to say that the loved one went to hell, but the truth is that we don’t know what happened minutes before their death. Remember the thief on the cross.


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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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