Daily Archives: May 27, 2015

The Johnson Amendment and the Agenda to Silence Christians

Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

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We did not get here overnight. Attacks on religious freedoms and on the speech of Christians in America did not just appear in the last several years. The attempted muzzling of Christian churches and religious groups has gradually increased since a pivotal law was passed by a shrewd politician to intimidate people of faith. The repercussions have been devastating.

The 1954 Johnson Amendment passed by Congress stated that non-profits (read: Christian churches and organizations) could not speak in favor of any political candidate. Was this even constitutional?

This key but forgotten event paved the way for the increased squelching of free speech and because of the confusion and misinformation about the law, many religious leaders have been unnecessarily self-censoring for decades.

The following is an excerpt from the chapter, “The Separation of Christianity and State” in the book, The Cost of Our Silence:

“Texas Democrat, Lyndon B. Johnson, was a…

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GodLife: Can I earn God’s love?

Scripture: “…he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.” – Titus 3:5

Are you keeping a checklist of all the things you need to do to make sure you can earn God’s love?

The good news is you can throw away your list! Good deeds will not earn God’s mercy and love. You may feel like you’ve done things that are unforgivable, but no sin is so horrible that God won’t forgive. When you simply confess your sins to God, believe in Jesus and follow Him, you will receive God’s mercy.

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The Popularity of Heresy Explained in One Simple Sentence

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Heretics like Rob Bell and the Emergents and the Seeker Sensitives have audiences and followers for one amazingly simple reason:

The majority of people who call themselves Christians aren’t.  Ergo, it’s quite simple for false teachers and false teaching to take hold in their unanchored Christless lives and ignorant minds.

Unfamiliar with Scripture, for them, any lie will do.

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May 27, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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May 27, 2015

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The Obama administration expanded protections for waterways to keep them free of pollutants, defying the Republican-led Congress as well as farmers, ranchers and builders who fought what they call overreach by government.

Identity thieves stole information on 104,000 U.S. taxpayers from the IRS website and used the data to file fake tax returns that yielded as much as $50 million in refunds.

The rise of Islamic State extremists in the Middle East can be traced to Republicans who backed arming fighters in the region, presidential candidate Rand Paul said in an interview broadcast.

Vice President Joe Biden praised Irish voters for making their country the first to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote.

Texas lawmakers passed a bill allowing faculty and students to carry concealed handguns inside classrooms on public and private college campuses. The legislation prevents schools from establishing their own rules banning guns, though under a last-minute amendment they can create “reasonable” regulations pertaining to the presence of firearms on school grounds. It exempts campus hospitals and preschools and allows officials to regulate the storage of handguns in dormitories. Students must be over 21 with a permit to carry.

The new group, MICHauto, unveiled an initiative Wednesday to promote Detroit and Michigan for development of a new generation of mobility, including self-driving cars. The coalition includes Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford and General Motors Co. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra.

Merion Homes bought two dozen rambler-style houses in Northern Virginia’s Pimmit Hills community for about $450,000 each, just to knock them down. Now it’s selling customized residences three times larger at prices topping $1 million. “The original homes don’t fit today’s market.”

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France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday his country would not back any nuclear deal with Iran unless it provided full access to all installations, including military sites.

A Kenyan lawyer has offered President Obama 50 cows and other assorted livestock in exchange for his 16-year old daughter Malia’s hand in marriage. Felix Kiprono said he was willing to pay 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats in order to fulfil his dream of marrying the first daughter.

The Israeli air force carried out four strikes on militant targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, eyewitnesses said, hours after a cross-border rocket attack on the Jewish state.

An Idaho woman who was having an affair orchestrated a gruesome Las Vegas hatchet attack that left her husband dead with his head nearly severed while they were on a family trip on Memorial Day, police said.

Police in Papua New Guinea vowed to find the men who axed to death a woman accused of using witchcraft to spark a measles outbreak in the country’s remote jungle highlands.

German authorities evacuated around 20,000 people from their homes in the western city of Cologne on Wednesday after a World War II bomb was unearthed during construction work. The unexploded US-made device, which lay 16 feet underground and was discovered Friday, was set to be defused later in the day.

The U.S. government will pay an Atlanta woman $2 million for the Hawaii beating death of her 5-year-old daughter at the hands of a former soldier.

A top NATO commander warned on Wednesday that “continual attacks” against Ukraine were hampering Kiev’s efforts to modernize its army enough to one day join the Western military bloc.

The Vatican’s secretary of state has called the Irish vote to legalize gay marriage a “defeat for humanity,” evidence of the soul-searching going on in Catholic circles after the predominantly Roman Catholic country overwhelmingly rejected traditional church teaching on marriage.

Japan and the Philippines are set to bolster security ties when President Benigno Aquino visits Tokyo next week, the latest move by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to beef up cooperation with Southeast Asian nations facing China’s growing naval ambitions.

A genetically modified herpes virus was effective in fighting skin cancer by infecting and destroying cancer cells as well as triggering an immune response, according to results of a clinical trial.

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The European Commission has called on EU member states to take in 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea who land in Italy and Greece over the next two years. Germany, France and Spain would receive the most migrants under the Commission’s latest plan.

The Vatican’s finance chief George Pell has offered to testify in a high-profile Australian inquiry into institutional child sex abuse.

Nigeria’s army has sacked at least 200 soldiers for cowardice and failure to fight against Boko Haram militants.

Heatwave conditions continue to sweep India where more than 1,100 people have died in the past week. Although temperatures have marginally fallen, they continue to hover around 113F.

At least 17 Iraqi soldiers have been killed in a series of suicide attacks by Islamic State (IS) militants in Anbar province, security officials said.

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Attorneys for two chimpanzees head to court Wednesday to argue the animals ought to be granted “personhood” status and released from their Stony Brook University confines.

The unanimous Supreme Court decision in Tibble v. Edison has once again stoked ongoing fears in the financial services industry that the Obama administration might be preparing for a takeover of private retirement savings.

Imagine being able to see three times better than 20/20 vision without wearing glasses or contacts – even at age 100 or more – with the help of bionic lenses implanted in your eyes.


Top News – 5/27/2015

In Jerusalem, Jewish Priests Perform Pentecost Temple Service in Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy
All three of the major components of the holiday service – bringing of the first fruits, preparation of two loaves of bread using the season’s new wheat, and a special holiday offering – were conducted to as great a level of detail as is possible at this point in time.

Kenyan lawyer offers livestock to wed Obama’s daughter: report
A Kenyan lawyer has offered US president Barack Obama 50 cows and other assorted livestock in exchange for his 16-year old daughter Malia’s hand in marriage, a report said Tuesday. Felix Kiprono said he was willing to pay 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats in order to fulfil his dream of marrying the first daughter.

US probing 11 threats to international flights
One flight, Air France flight 22 from Paris was escorted by two US F-15 fighter jets to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport after authorities received a threat, said the officials, who asked not to be identified. The plane landed safely and was cleared with no incidents or hazards reported by passengers or crew, said J. Peter Donald, an FBI spokesman.

Marine Court-Martialed for Refusing to Remove Bible Verse
The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable – a member of the Armed Forces criminally prosecuted for displaying a slightly altered passage of Scripture from the Old Testament: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”

Earthquake hits in Irish Sea
A magnitude three earthquake struck in the Irish sea this afternoon. It occurred at 3.41 pm, just 6 km off the Welsh coast, close to the island of Anglesey and Holyhead, The British Geological Survey have said.

Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Isla Vista
According to the USGS, the epicenter was 32 miles from Goleta, 33 miles from Santa Barbara and 37 miles from Carpinteria.

Scorcher in Israel, Stay indoors
The temperature in the Greater Tel Aviv area is expected to hit 107 degrees Fahrenheit, and a burning 111 degrees in Tiberias, Eilat and the Jordan Valley.

Egyptian Court: ‘We Can’t Label Israel as a ‘Terrorist State”
The Abdeen Court of Urgent Matters in Cairo, Egypt, stated on Monday that it has no legal authority to consider a lawsuit demanding the designation of Israel as a ‘terrorist state’ Egyptian media reported.

Obama’s Forthcoming Executive Action Could Impact Your Property
The Obama administration is expected to announce final details of “Waters of the United States” rule this week that could impact any property owner with water or a ditch that occasionally fills with water on their land… The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have sought to provide more clarity to what bodies of water are protected under the 1972 Clean Water Act…

Islamic State launches wave of suicide attacks on Iraqi troops
Islamic State extremists unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the militants from the sprawling Sunni heartland. The attacks came just hours after the Iraqi government announced the start of a wide-scale operation to recapture areas under the control of the IS group in Anbar.

Charlie Charlie Challenge: Catholic priest ‘issues urgent warning over dangers of demon summoning game’
A Catholic priest has apparently issued an urgent warning about the dangers of “summoning a demon” by performing the weird Charlie Charlie Challenge. In an open letter to pupils at a well-known Catholic school, Father Stephen McCarthy appears to have told told pupils there was no way of knowing what would happen if they decided to invite a Mexican ghoul into their home.

The silent missile that can destroy enemy electronics with microwave PULSES: Air Force confirms terrifying new weapon
…For years, scientists have been attempting to create such a weapon as part of Champ, or the Counter-electronics High-powered microwave Advanced Missile Project. Now, the US Air Force claims it has advanced the technology, and says it can deploy it using the stealthy Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM).

US-China war ‘inevitable’ unless Washington drops demands over South China Sea
China’s armed forces are to extend their operations and its air force will become an offensive as well as defensive force for the first time, in a major shift in policy that will strengthen fears of accidental conflict. A policy document by the state council, or cabinet, said China faced a “grave and complex array of security threats”, justifying the change.

Iran nuclear deal unlikely by June 30-French envoy
An Iran nuclear deal is not likely by June 30 because technical details will remain to defined and Iran will not get sanctions relief before the end of the year in the best of cases, western ambassadors said on Tuesday. Six major powers are seeking to negotiate an agreement under which Iran would limit its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions that have crippled its economy.

Even in flood-prone Houston, 11 inches of rain catches many unprepared
…More than 11 inches of rain transformed their neighborhood and others in Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, into a disaster zone. Those caught off-guard sheltered where they could overnight: in offices, the Galleria mall, an ice rink and even the Toyota Center, where about 1,000 Houston Rockets fans got stuck after Monday’s NBA playoff game. Highways were blocked. Public transportation shut down. Schools closed.

Gaza: Hamas killed and tortured, says Amnesty
Hamas forces in the Gaza Strip committed serious human rights abuses including abductions, torture and extra-judicial killings of Palestinian civilians in 2014, a report says. Most of the victims were accused of collaborating with Israel, Amnesty International investigators report. The report says no-one had been brought to account for the abuses, suggesting they were officially sanctioned.

No let-up in massive India heatwave
Heatwave conditions continue to sweep India where more than 1,100 people have died in the past week, officials say. Although temperatures have marginally fallen in the worst-hit states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, they continue to hover around 45C (113F). But clouds have formed over some parts of the two states and weather officials say pre-monsoon showers are likely to provide some relief in the coming days.

Egypt to Israel: Hold back your aggression
Egyptian officials demanded Wednesday that “Israel hold its aggression” and practice restraint toward the Gaza Strip. The comments, told by a third-party diplomatic source to Palestinian Ma’an news, came only hours after Israel responded to a Gazan rocket that was fired into the heart of Israeli civilian areas.

Appeals court keeps Obama immigration program locked up
The Obama administration suffered another immigration setback Tuesday, as a divided federal appeals court declined to lift a injunction imposed by a Texas-based trial judge. The 2-1 decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means President Barack Obama’s executive action deferring deportation of certain immigrants will remain locked up in court for the foreseeable future. It also could force officials to make some tough legal and political choices.

Rocket fired from Gaza lands near Israeli port Ashdod: police
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near the Israeli port city of Ashdod on Tuesday but no casualties or damage were reported, police and the military said. Palestinian militants in Gaza launched thousands of rockets and mortar bombs into Israel during a war last July and August in which Israeli shelling and air strikes battered the small, coastal Palestinian enclave. The region has been largely quiet since the August ceasefire.

China to extend military reach, build lighthouses in disputed waters
China outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach on Tuesday and announced plans for the construction of two lighthouses in disputed waters, developments likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing’s maritime ambitions.

Iraq Shi’ite militia take lead in campaign to reverse Islamic State gains
Iraq’s Shi’ite paramilitaries said on Tuesday they had taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar, giving the operation an openly sectarian codename that could infuriate its Sunni Muslim population.

Taliban claim attack on Kabul guesthouse after overnight siege ends
The Taliban claimed responsibility for an overnight attack on a guesthouse in the diplomatic enclave of the Afghan capital that ended on Wednesday morning after a stand-off with Afghan government forces.


Top Headlines – 5/27/2015

EU: Stop building outside settlements to show world commitment to two-state solution

Netanyahu offers to resume peace talks with settlement focus, official says

Netanyahu said open to drawing up boundaries for settlement blocs

PLO official Ashrawi blasts Netanyahu plan to keep settlement blocs

After four weeks of silence, Gaza rocket explodes in the South

Rocket fired from Gaza lands near Israeli port Ashdod: police

Israeli warplanes strike Gaza targets after rocket attack

Amnesty International accuses Hamas of torturing, killing Palestinians in new report on Gaza conflict

Israeli NGO demands FIFA kick out Palestinian soccer head for supporting terror

FIFA Officials Arrested in Federal Corruption Investigation

Israel drawing up ‘wish list’ of US sweetners over Iran deal

Iran launches trial for US journalist on ‘absurd’ charges, renewing nuke talk concerns

Iran nuclear deal unlikely by June 30-French envoy

Iran’s mixed messages – Rouhani talks peace, while military flexes muscles

UN chief confirms delay in Yemen peace talks

Bulletin warns US analysts overwhelmed by pro-ISIS social media, military posts threatened

Syrian state TV signal blocked, blames foreign enemies

Poland to resettle 60 Christian families from Syria

Fighting, airstrikes reported near Ramadi as Iraq launches operation to retake city

Libyan prime minister says survives assassination attempt

Muslim Mob Loot Christians’ Homes, Attempt to Burn Down Church After Mentally Ill Man Is Accused of Burning a Quran in Pakistan

Chinese military sets course to expand global reach as ‘national interests’ grow

China to extend military reach, build lighthouses in disputed waters

China says it will expand its naval power

US-China war ‘inevitable’ unless Washington drops demands over South China Sea

Beijing warns US: ‘We will fight back’ as battle of words escalates over South China Sea

Japan to join U.S., Australia war games amid growing China tensions

South Korea, US, Japan envoys discuss North Korea nuclear concerns

Obama heralds first U.S. Memorial Day without ground war in 14 years

US probing 11 threats to international flights

Congress: Terror-Tied Aliens Seeking Asylum in U.S.

Despite Border Patrol’s best efforts, our border is still wide open

Walker: We’d Be Sending in Navy to Stop Illegals if They Were Swarming Our Sea Ports Like They Do Southern Border

Federal court blocks Obama’s immigration plan

Self-parking Volvo ploughs into journalists after owner neglects to pay for extra feature that stops cars crashing into people

Social media elevate school fights to new realm

Nearly half of the global population will be using the internet by the end of this year, according to a new report

IRS Says Thieves Stole Tax Info From 100,000

Brazilian Senate Passes Controversial Fiscal Austerity Bill

Euro and Greek bonds hit by bailout fears

Queen Elizabeth to unveil EU referendum plans as UK parliament opens

13 trillion electronvolts! Large Hadron Collider sets new record

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Calama, Chile

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Manokwari, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Manokwari, Indonesia

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Telica volcano in Nicaragua erupts to 14,000ft

Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Storms kill 15 in Texas, Oklahoma; Houston flooded

Dam ruptures at Bastrop State Park Lake

Taxing organic products could solve California water problem, experts say

India heatwave kills 800 as capital’s roads melt

Searing Heat Wave Headed to Israel Wednesday

World first as scientists provide proof that viruses can combat cancer

Lassa fever death evokes Ebola fears

California Assembly votes to make pregnancy centers tell women of abortion option

Israelis are ready to follow Ireland’s lead and legalize gay marriage

Vatican cardinal calls Irish gay vote ‘defeat for humanity’

Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse

Baltimore breaks city murder record following deadly Memorial Day weekend

Police: US Airman Shoots Wal-Mart Workers, Kills Self

Mike Oppenheimer – The most dangerous of all false teaching

The Creepy Fundamentalist Homeschool Cult That Trained the Duggars

Two Presbyterian Pastors Face Likely Death Penalty in Sudan

How I Escaped from North Korea, and the crucial role the Chinese church played


Daily Digest

May 27, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“[H]onesty will be found on every experiment, to be the best and only true policy; let us then as a nation be just.” —George Washington, Circular letter to the States, 1783

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Obama Amnesty Suffers Another Stinging Rebuke

The Obama administration’s legal woes continued on Tuesday after government lawyers failed to convince a federal appeals court to overturn a temporary injunction against executive amnesty issued by U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen. In February, Hanen blocked the first phase of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program and reaffirmed his decision in April partly because government lawyers misled the court, granting work permits to 100,000 illegals before the executive action was temporarily blocked. Two of the three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit — Jerry Smith and Jennifer Walker Elrod — “found that the states had sufficient legal grounds to bring the lawsuit and that the administration had not shown that it would be harmed if the injunction remained in place and the programs were further delayed,” The New York Times reports. Tuesday’s ruling isn’t a final verdict — the case could eventually make it to the Supreme Court — but the administration is now 0-for-2, and it’s looking likelier it will strike out. Obama spokesman Brandi Hoffine responded to the decision by insisting they know the Constitution better than anyone, saying Judges Smith and Elrod “chose to misinterpret the facts and the law in denying the government’s request for a stay.” If that’s the case, how do Democrats expand this nugget from The Washington Post? “Obama’s second-term agenda, it seems, is in the hands of the courts. Same-sex marriage. Obamacare. Climate change. And now immigration. And in many cases, there is significant doubt about whether his signature initiatives will stand legal scrutiny.” Tell us again who “chose to misinterpret the facts and the law”?

IRS Data Breach Leaves Tax Info of 100K in Hackers’ Hands

Using the service to request former tax returns and filings from the IRS, a group of hackers stole confidential information on over 100,000 taxpayers. Using the information, the hackers can file false tax returns, stealing directly from the American taxpayer. “Eighty percent of the identity theft we’re dealing with and refund fraud is related to organized crime here and around the world,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “These are extremely sophisticated criminals with access to a tremendous amount of data.” It’s easy to see that the agency is running damage control. It’s not saying if the hackers were foreign or domestic, and Koskinen said people filing fraudulent tax returns only netted $50 million this year. However, the IRS gave identity thieves $5.8 billion in 2013. As Hot Air’s Mary Katharine Ham notes, only 6% of Americans believe the U.S. government does a good job protecting their information. With this news, we guess the IRS will get a budget boost in the next few months — whether it needs it or not. More…

Now’s a Good Time to Develop a Strategy Against ISIL

With the fall of Ramadi, it may be a good time for the Obama administration to pause, take a step back and reconsider what it has tried and what that has done against ISIL. On Sunday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter blamed the fall of the strategic city on the Iraqi army. “The Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight,” Carter said on CNN. “They were not outnumbered. In fact they vastly outnumbered the opposing force and yet they failed to fight and withdrew from the site. … We can give them training, we can give them equipment. We obviously can’t give them the will to fight.” Meanwhile, it appears the U.S. has the equipment, but it too doesn’t have the will to fight. The New York Times reports that U.S. planes only fly 15 strikes a day against ISIL, compared to the 800 flown every day during the 2003 Iraq War. Furthermore, only during one out of four flights does the pilot fire munitions. Part of this is due to concern that any civilian deaths would translate into propaganda for ISIL. Part of the hesitation is because the pilots cannot rely on soldiers on the ground pointing out targets and delineating allies. There’s plenty for Carter and the rest of the Obama administration to consider. How about sending arms and training to the Kurds? Or sending more U.S. troops to spot U.S. airstrikes? More…

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

GOP, Prepare for SCOTUS’s ObamaCare Ruling

By Jim Harrington

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If the Supreme Court rules against the “Affordable” Care Act in King v. Burwell sometime in late June, it could leave the act in deep water, or it could leave Republicans with the dilemma of fixing a problem they didn’t create. So says conventional wisdom.

SCOTUSblog.com writer Amy Howe discusses the case: “There are three key parts to the ACA. The first is the ‘non-discrimination’ rule… The second is the individual mandate, which the Court upheld three years ago… Third, because everyone has to buy insurance, there are tax subsidies to make sure that lower- and middle-income Americans can afford to comply with the individual mandate by buying insurance.”

David King is the primary plaintiff in King v. Burwell. He and three other Virginians, for their own reasons, decided they did not want to buy insurance. Virginia, incidentally, joined the federal marketplace, and King has insurance that would cost him $648 per month, but with his subsidy, costs $275. His suit was tossed out of a lower court, but with the help of the American Enterprise Institute he got a writ of certiorari, and he and his fellow plaintiffs’ case was picked up by the Supreme Court.

The fight is about four words — “established by the State” — just a few found in the 2,700-page act.

Now pundits and party operatives are scrambling to figure out what will be the outcome if the plaintiffs win or lose. Popular opinion sides with Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, a health care reporter for the Associated Press, who thinks it’s “Republicans — not White House officials — who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states … most affected by the ruling have Republican governors, and 22 of the 24 GOP Senate seats up in 2016 are in those states.”

He cites Sandy Praeger — a Republican — saying the fallout of SCOTUS striking down the law will be “ugly.” Praeger said, “People who are reasonably healthy would just drop coverage. Only the unhealthy would keep buying health care. It would really exacerbate the problem of the cost of health insurance.”

Alonso-Zaldivar also cites a crucial issue: This decision is “bad timing.” Governments’ fiscal years are ending, and state legislatures are readying their summer recesses. Arranging a quick fix would be very difficult, and Obama will veto any Republican bill.

But New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin sees it differently. If the plaintiffs win, 13 million people in 34 states will be profoundly affected. “[I]t’s likely that most of them will no longer be able to afford their insurance,” he says. Toobin then paraphrases Colin Powell’s Pottery Barn axiom. (Many of us know it as: You break it, you bought it.)

Toobin writes, “Obama will have broken health care, so he owns it. To the vast mass of Americans who follow politics casually or not at all, Obamacare and the American system of health care have become virtually synonymous … The scope of the Affordable Care Act is so vast, and its effects so pervasive … if millions lose insurance, they will hold it against Obamacare, and against Obama.”

But one problem Toobin ignores is the Democrats’ twin propaganda mills — the schools and the media. Republicans will have to toughen up for this popularity contest.

How did four words undo the greatest legislation in America? According to The New York Times, there were two different Senate committees working on writing the law. Now for some excuses:

“I don’t ever recall any distinction between federal and state exchanges in terms of the availability of subsidies.” —former Republican Sen. Olympia J. Snowe

“As far as I know, it escaped everyone’s attention, or it would have been deleted.” —former Democrat Sen. Jeff Bingaman

“I remember meeting after meeting in which we went through the language of the legislation line by line. I do not recall any discussion of a distinction between federal and state exchanges for the purpose of subsidies.” —Robert D. Greenawalt, former senior tax advisor to Sen. Harry Reid

Obviously, we have trouble with members reading “line by line.” We know there wasn’t a handful in Congress that even read the bill before it passed. Oh, that’s right! Republicans didn’t get a chance to. This is a classic study of Big Government’s incompetence and corruption.

However SCOTUS decides, Obama will still be in the driver’s seat. With his veto pen in hand, he can keep Republicans at bay.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Stephen Moore: “Earlier this month the Illinois Supreme Court overturned a state law that would help fix the state’s notorious pension crisis. … Illinois has one of the deepest public employee pension holes in the nation. The long-term deficit is estimated at above $110 billion and the red ink rises every year. Even in California — where several cities have declared bankruptcy — the pension sink hole isn’t as deep on a per capita basis. … Thanks to this ruling, there is no way out of the pension calamity absent a repeal of the pension clause in the Illinois Constitution. The state can’t borrow — it already has the worst credit rating in the nation. It has to borrow less — not more. … If courts won’t allow states to trim pension costs, eventually states like Illinois will rush to Washington for federal bailout money. With more than $1 trillion in unfunded public pensions nationwide, Illinois is looking like the canary in the coal mine. What a tragedy if courts in other states prevent legislatures from defusing these fiscal time bombs.”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; 
you cannot subvert your neighbor’s rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.” —Senator Carl Schurz (1829-1906)

Braying Jackass: “I don’t think that Congress ought to have any right to circumvent the president. … I will say to my friends, be very, very careful about how you treat this president, because turnabout is fair play. And I think that this president has not been treated with dignity and respect that he should be treated with.” —Rep. James Clyburn

Village Idiots: There is no role whatsoever for American soldiers on the ground to go back [to Iraq], other than in the capacity as trainers and advisers.” —Hillary Clinton

Non Compos Mentis: “[Benjamin Franklin] liked to have a really good time, folks. And he didn’t spare the booze, and while he was in Paris he led a life that clearly meant that had he lived today and been nominated, he would never have been confirmed for office.” —John Kerry

Dezinformatsia: “[D]o we have too many scientific deniers in our country or do we give too much prominence to those who want to look the other way on science?” —PBS’s Charlie Rose

And last… “On the White House’s list of 34 effects of global warming: allergies, asthma, downpours, poverty, and terrorism. They left off #35: million-dollar climate study grants.” —Fred Thompson

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The Briefing

1) Secularists note Gates’ membership proposal purely seeking survival of corporation

Why the Boy Scouts can do no right politically, Washington Post (Sarah Kaplan and Michael E. Miller)

Gates, Gays, and the Boy Scouts, National Review (Kevin D. Williamson)

2) Boy Scouts’ rules against water gun fights furthers estrangement from actual boys

Water guns OK for target shooting, not for firing at other Scouts, Scouting Magazine (Bryan Wendell)

The end of the Boy Scouts, World Magazine (D.C. Innes)

The Boy Scouts Continue To Devolve Into A Garden Club, Federalist (Rich Cromwell)

3) Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts membership decisions reveal shrinking moral middle ground in culture

Girl Scouts welcomes transgender girls, CNN (Katia Hetter)

Boy Scouts Are From Mars, Girl Scouts Are From Venus, The Atlantic (Kate Tuttle)

4) Surge of cremation popularity in America linked to decline of Christian worldview in society

Cremation in America, Slate (Andrew Kahn)

In other news…

The Straight Parents’ Guide to How Not to Raise a Homophobe—and How to Be a Better Ally, Slate (Linda Rodriguez McRobbie)

Cleveland Police Accept Use of Force Limits in Justice Dept. Deal, New York Times (Mitch Smith And Matt Apuzzo)
 Doubts About Study of Gay Canvassers Rattles the Field, New York Times (Benedict Carey And Pam Belluck)The end of casual Christianity, Washington Post (Michael Gerson)

Getting It Right, New York Times (Ernest Sosa)

The Cost of an Adjunct, The Atlantic (Laura McKenna)


 

Prepare Your Homes And Neighborhoods For The Violence That Is Going To Sweep America

Crime - Bloody Handprint - Public DomainThe thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted on a daily basis is beginning to disappear, and a new era of chaos and anarchy is coming to our cities.  I don’t know if you have noticed, but violence is increasing on the streets of America.  Over Memorial Day weekend, 29 people were shot in Baltimore and 55 people were shot in Chicago.  But of course the trend that I am talking about is much broader than that.  According to the FBI, the number of police officers “feloniously killed” in the line of duty rose by an astounding 89 percent in 2014.  We live at a time when Americans are becoming extremely angry and extremely frustrated, and this is only going to intensify as economic conditions worsen.  But already we have seen some of this anger and frustration boil over into violence in Ferguson and in Baltimore.  And you know what?  The vast majority of Americans expect more of the same in the coming months.  According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey that was recently released, 96 percent of all Americans believe that there will be more civil unrest in America this summer.  What we have seen up until now is just the warm up act.  The main event is still to come. (Read More…)


Stocks Began Falling Right At This Time Of The Year Just Prior To The Last Financial Crisis

Stock Market Crash Bear - Public DomainHave you heard of the saying “sell in May and go away”?  Traditionally, the period from May through October has been a time of weakness for stocks.  In fact, on average stocks hit their lowest point of the year on October 27th.  And most people don’t remember this, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average actually began plunging right at this time of the year just prior to the financial crisis of 2008.  Most people do remember the huge stock crash that happened in the fall of that year, but the market actually started to slide in May.  Throughout the first four and a half months of 2008, stocks moved up and down in a fairly narrow range, and the Dow closed at a short-term peak of 13,028.16 on May 19th.  From there it was all downhill for the rest of the year.  So will a similar thing happen in 2015 as we approach the next great financial crisis?  Since March 20th, the Dow Jones Transportation Average has already fallen by almost 800 points.  So will the Dow Jones Industrial Average soon follow?  Well, only time will tell, but the Dow was down 190 points on Tuesday.  Signs of trouble are popping up all over the place, and the “smart money” is getting out while the getting is good. (Read More….)


 
Doing the research and investigative work that the major U.S. media have all but abandoned, an organization called the American Life League (ALL) has uncovered dramatic evidence of links between the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church and an international communist group known as the World Social Forum. The evidence suggests overt Marxist influence on the climate change movement that Pope Francis and his top advisers are now embracing. The ALL report, a 76-page PowerPoint presentation complete with original source material and numerous photographs, documents how Caritas…
 


 
All over the planet, large banks are massively overexposed to derivatives contracts.  Interest rate derivatives account for the biggest chunk of these derivatives contracts.  According to the Bank for International Settlements, the notional value of all interest rate derivatives contracts outstanding around the globe is a staggering 505 trillion dollars.  Considering the fact that the U.S. national debt is only 18 trillion dollars, that is an amount of money that is almost incomprehensible.  When this derivatives bubble finally bursts, there won’t be enough money in the entire world to bail…
 


Author(s): Phyllis Schlafly

 
The 2016 presidential campaign is in full swing, but candidates have already demonstrated they are “not ready for prime time” to answer questions from the voters and the press. The leading Republican candidate, Jeb Bush, stumbled all over himself with conflicting answers to a question about whether we should have gone to war in Iraq, while the leading Democrat, Hillary Clinton, continues to ignore fair questions about her missing emails, her foundation’s foreign fundraising, and her checkered career in and out of government. Since the Republican Establishment had prematurely declared Jeb a…
 

ERLC to address culture at SBC meeting

by Marsha West

According to Baptist Press:

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will cosponsor a conversation on church and culture, launch a new equipping initiative for ministry to gays and lesbians, and relaunch a magazine during its participation at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting June 16-17 in Columbus, Ohio.

The ERLC will partner with 9Marks church health ministry for “Connecting Church and Culture” on the eve of the SBC meeting. Russell Moore, the ERLC’s president, and Mark Dever, president of 9Marks and senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., will discuss cultural engagement by the church and answer questions from the audience. The event will be at 9 p.m. June 15.

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Ireland will not force churches to wed gays

by Marsha West

DUBLIN– Ireland on May 22 became the first country to hold a public vote amending its constitution to allow gay marriage, but the change will not force houses of worship to perform the unions. Instead, gay couples will be able to enter in “civil marriage,” a separate institution from but affording all the legal benefits […]

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Twitter trend ‘Charlie Charlie Challenge’ has teens trying to summon demon

The latest topic to create some commotion on Twitter has teens trying to summon a demon named Charlie.

The Charlie Charlie Challenge surfaced Thursday on Twitter and has gone viral across social media platforms.

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Will Feds Grab Retirement Money?

May be time to just put it under a mattress . . .

The unanimous Supreme Court decision in Tibble v. Edison has once again stoked ongoing fears in the financial services industry that the Obama administration might be preparing for a takeover of private retirement savings.

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The Johnson Amendment and the Agenda to Silence Christians

“Texas Democrat, Lyndon B. Johnson, was a powerful politician running for reelection as Senator, but two anti-communist, tax-exempt groups were opposing him and passing out literature during the campaigns. He contacted the IRS and found the group’s activity was legal, so he sought other options to fight them.

Johnson shrewdly appeared on the Senate floor on July 2, 1954, and offered his amendment to a pending, massive, tax code overhaul bill. The bill was supposed to modernize the tax code. Records indicate an absence of committee hearings on the amendment. No legislative analysis took place to examine the effect the bill and the amendment would have, particularly on churches and religious organizations. The amendment was simply created to protect Johnson.

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Federal Hocus Pocus Lets She-Males in the Girls’ Room

Schools are being told that boys must be allowed to use girl restrooms and locker rooms and play on girl sports’ teams– that this is now federal policy. But no such law exists. It’s “translegal” hocus-pocus once again from the Obama administration, which has dressed up Title IX (sex discrimination law) to become whatever “drag” law they need it to be.

Still, God’s created order remains unchanged.

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1/3 of Americans Say Animals Deserve the Same Rights as People, While Unborn Babies Have No Rights

Bioethics watchdog Wesley Smith noticed a recent polling question from Gallup noting that one-third of all Americans think animals should have the same rights as human beings. This comes at the same time that 34% of Americans think unborn babies should have no rights at all.

As Wesley notes:

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Christian Headlines Daily – Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Top Headlines

Suspected Boko Haram Militants Kill 29 in Brutal Nigeria Attack

Scott Walker Makes Pitch to D.C. Conservatives

Scouts President: Gay Leader Ban Unsustainable

Matt Chandler’s Megachurch Accused of Disciplining, Shaming Woman over Divorce

Pastor Shot Outside Connecticut Church as He Put Up Flags for Memorial Day

Israeli Diplomat Cites Bible to Claim God Gave the Land of Israel to the Jews

TLC Pulls ’19 Kids’ Over Josh Duggar Misconduct Scandal

South Central United States Slammed with Tornadoes, Floods

Tennessee Governor Signs 48-hour Abortion Waiting Period into Law

Cuban Government Lifts Ban on Bible Distribution in Dramatic Policy Shift

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The Biggest Lie Employers Tell Employees

Dr. Robert George’s Defense of Marriage: Meet This Year’s Wilberforce Award Winner

Memorial Day | Don’t Let the Stories Die!

The Duggar TV empire made all kinds of people nervous

Yoga Pants and What the Bible Really Says About Modesty


“Charlie Charlie” Ouija Board-Like Challenge Has Youth Trying to Summon A Demon

by Marsha West

We’re posting this Christian News Network piece to alert parents that their child may be attempting to summon a demon. Doing that sort of thing “just for fun” is dangerous for both children and adults. In the Bible, God makes it clear that Christians are not to attempt to contact the spirit world.

We must also point out that some of the weird and scary experiences kids who have played “Charlie Charlie” claim they’ve had does not line up with the Bible’s teaching on demons.

A new challenge being shared on Twitter has youth across the nation and around the world engaging in an Ouija board-like ritual in an attempt to summon a demon.

According to reports, the “Charlie Charlie” challenge involves a Mexican occultist ritual of writing “yes” and “no” on a sheet of paper and crossing two pencils. The ritual is stated to be a type of “rite” for Mexican children.

“Charlie, Charlie, are you there?” those sitting around the paper chant, and then wait to see if the pencils move to point to either yes or no. If yes, those involved ask the demon questions to see how he will answer.

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Forget the numbers. The big story is that religion has lost social influence. (ANALYSIS)

(RNS) Behind the story of Christian decline and the rise of “nones” is a long-standing debate about what religion theorists call “secularization,” the broad process by which religion gradually loses its social influence.


What might tomorrow’s faith community look like? (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) The big downtown church isn’t empty because church leaders failed or people were unappreciative. It’s empty because people are finding life elsewhere.


TV and Internet? Meh. What the pope really misses are pizza outings.

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis isn’t keen on TV or the Internet and misses being able to pop out for pizza, telling the newspaper that “ordering one in the Vatican is not the same thing.”


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Northern + Southern California hit by Earthquakes at Dormant Volcanoes

Posted: 27 May 2015 06:49 AM PDT

Over the past 24 hours there have been a series of earthquakes which developed directly at (or very close to) multiple dormant volcanoes in California, and Nevada. Northern California has now seen seismic activity very close to Mount Lassen volcano, with a M3.0 earthquake striking next to a chain of smaller nearby volcanic buttes. 

The screenshots below show the volcanoes nearby this current earthquake epicenter. Places with names like “Black Butte” and “Tuscan Buttes” within just a few miles where the earthquake struck.Further South in California, just across the border in Baja Mexico (Gulf of California), another series of dormant buttes showed seismic activity in the same few hours time. FULL REPORT

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Earthquake swarm reported outside Costa Rican capital – region shaken by 23 tremorsPosted: 27 May 2015 06:41 AM PDT

In a span of eight hours on Monday night and into early Tuesday, experts from the University of Costa Rica and the National University registered at least 23 temblors with epicenters located north of the province of Cartago, some 22 kilometers northeast of the Costa Rican capital.

Ronny Quintero, a seismologist at UNA’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) reported that the temblors originated on local faults west of Irazú Volcano’s main crater. Experts said they are not directly related to the volcano’s activity. The first occurred at 8:19 p.m. with a magnitude of 3.1 and and an epicenter 10 kilometers northwest of Pacayas. Several minor earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 2.4 to 3.7 followed, mainly in areas north and east of Cartago in the cantons of Jiménez and Oreamuno. Most of the minor quakes went unnoticed by local residents. FULL REPORT

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Deadly Tornado that struck border city in Mexico was most powerful tornado in 100 yearsPosted: 27 May 2015 06:20 AM PDT

In six seconds, a tornado ripped through the border city of Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, with a ferocity that officials said hasn’t been witnessed in more than 100 years. At least 13 people were killed, including three children, Acuña Mayor Evaristo Lenin Perez said. Another 200 were injured. Photos from the scene, which sits right across the border from Del Rio, Texas, showed cars blown upright, front bumper on the ground and leaning against homes. The twister flipped over school buses and damaged about 400 homes. Officials said records don’t show such a powerful tornado hitting the city in more than a century.

The storm system that spawned the deadly tornado is the same one whose rains have caused flooding in Central Texas. Neighbors from across the international bridge in Del Rio. Acuña is a historic border city that people outside of Mexico know as the setting for Robert Rodriguez’s films “El Mariachi” and “Desperado,” and George Strait’s song, “Blame it on Mexico.” Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that he will visit Acuña, about 155 miles west of San Antonio, Texas, to survey the damage. FULL REPORT

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Over 430 hospitalized in Japan over heat wavePosted: 27 May 2015 06:06 AM PDT

More than 430 people in Japan have been admitted to hospitals nationwide in a current heat wave in several regions of the country, Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) said Tuesday. FDMA, in charge of ambulance services, cites data between May 18 and 24. Cases of hospitalization because of heat were reported in Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as in the Saitama, Aichi, Fukushima and Fukuoka prefectures, among others. The temperature in some regions of Japan is predicted to rise above 30 degrees Celsius [86 Fahrenheit] on Tuesday, according to Japan Meteorological Agency. Experts warn about the dangers of outside overexposure and urge people to refrain from outdoor physical activity.

In May and June, a high probability of above-normal temperatures (above 40 degrees Celsius) on the islands of Okinawa and Amami is forecast. In April, an extraordinary warm air mass moved across parts of East Asia, bringing severe high temperatures to Japan. The temperatures in some of the country’s prefectures were reported to be record-breaking. During May 11-17 period, two people died and 480 were hospitalized in Japan for heat exhaustion, according to FDMA. Japanese authorities have expressed concern that high heat could affect scheduled 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. The officials are considering introducing measures to deal with high temperatures, including stadium air conditioning and green space promotion. FULL REPORT

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Death toll in India’s intense and deadly heat wave soars to over 1,100Posted: 27 May 2015 05:55 AM PDT

India’s heat wave has now claimed over 1,100 lives, with spiking temperatures melting roads in the capital, New Delhi, as the country awaits the arrival of the annual monsoon rains. More than 850 people have succumbed in the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, where extreme temperatures claimed more than 200 lives in one district alone. In neighboring Telangana state, at least 266 people have died, officials say. Deaths have also been reported in the eastern states of Odisha and West Bengal, and in Gujarat on the country’s western coast. With temperatures in parts of the country nearing 122°F (50°C), most of the deaths have been reported over the past week.

In New Delhi, where temperatures have been hovering around the 113°F (45°C) mark, the local Hindustan Times newspaper carried a picture on its front page on Tuesday of the disfigured white stripes of a pedestrian crossing as the asphalt on a city road melted in the extreme heat. Twitter users posted similar images. Most of the victims of the heat wave sweeping across the country were elderly, homeless or construction workers forced to work outside even as temperatures climbed, the paper said. Annual monsoon rains that are expected to hit southern India in the coming days will bring some relief — although it will take some time for the rains to reach northern India, Agence France-Presse reports. Even as the rains are forecast to arrive in the south of the country, meteorologists expect above normal temperatures in north and central India until the weekend, the Economic Times newspaper reports. In New Delhi, substantial relief is only expected to arrive in early June. FULL REPORT

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Alleged “Prophet” predicts HORROR earthquake to hit America in TWO DAYSPosted: 27 May 2015 05:46 AM PDT

ATTENTION: The prediction in this article does not reflect the views of End Time Headlines

Time will tell if the man making this prediction will be yet another “Echo” or creditable in the coming days. The clip which first appeared on YouTube and has been shared across social media sites claims there will be a monstrous earthquake in Los Angeles and San Francisco on Thursday at about 4pm local time.

The disastrous prophecy claims the quake will measure 9.8 on the Richter Scale – two points higher than the devastating Nepal earthquake last month. The video made by Ditrianum Media, is narrated by a man from the Netherlands called Frank who claims to have warned of the Nepal earthquake five days before it struck.

It includes a 3D moving map of the solar system showing the alignment of the planets on May 28, claiming it will disrupt geological processes on Earth. But astronomer Phil Plait, who writes for New Scientist, said: “I’m seeing some buzz on social media that a planetary alignment on May 28 will cause a huge magnitude 9.8 earthquake. “Let me be clear: No, it won’t. It can’t. Worse, there’s not even an alignment on that date, at least not with the Earth. It’s all baloney. “This all stems from a video by someone who I believe is sincere but also profoundly wrong on essentially every level. It’s been picked up by various credulous places online, then spread around by people who haven’t been properly sceptical about it.” FULL REPORTThe post Alleged “Prophet” predicts HORROR earthquake to hit America in TWO DAYS appeared first on .

Beijing warns US: ‘We will fight back’ as battle of words escalates over South China SeaPosted: 27 May 2015 05:37 AM PDT

China has upped its military posturing, issuing a strategy paper saying Beijing would “surely counterattack if attacked” by an enemy amid concerns from the US and neighbouring countries over its developments in the South China Sea. The release of the document came shortly after Beijing lodged a complaint against the US for flying a surveillance jet over disputed territory in the South China Sea, where China is building artificial islands.

Chinese state media reported that the white paper, issued by the state council, the country’s cabinet, underscored that Beijing was committed to world peace and believed that a world war was unlikely. But it added that “small-scale wars, conflicts and crises are recurrent in some regions”. The state-owned news agency Xinhua highlighted one particular phrase, which appeared in the “Strategic Guideline of Active Defence” section: “We will not attack unless attacked, but we will surely counterattack if attacked.” FULL REPORT

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George W. Bush reportedly offered to officiate same-sex weddingPosted: 27 May 2015 05:29 AM PDT

Former President George W. Bush may have campaigned against same-sex marriage a decade ago, but he more recently offered to officiate a lesbian wedding, according to the Boston Globe. In an article about the Bush family’s longtime ties to the town of Kennebunkport, Maine, the Globe mentions that former President George H.W. Bush in 2013 attended the wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, two general store owners in Kennebunkport. In face, George H.W. Bush served as a witness at the wedding. The article also says, “George W. Bush offered to perform the ceremony but had a scheduling conflict.”

Mr. Bush’s spokesman Freddy Ford told CBS News that while the former president is indeed friends with Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, he doesn’t recall making an offer to officiate their wedding. The Bush’s relationship with the Kennebunkport couple illustrates the evolution of opinion on the issue of same-sex marriage, as well as the conflicting messages some Republicans have sent. In 2004, George W. Bush supported a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman, and he made it an issue in his re-election campaign. Yet in her 2004 memoir, Mr. Bush’s wife Laura Bush said she urged the president to drop the issue out of respect for their gay friends. FULL REPORT

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Plague found in ground squirrel near BoisePosted: 27 May 2015 05:24 AM PDT

Idaho public health officials and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are cautioning the public after a ground squirrel found south of Boise tested positive for the plague. They are urging people to take extra precautions as they head outdoors for the Memorial Day weekend. Plague is a bacterial disease in rodents that can cause serious illness to people and pets if not treated quickly. The disease is generally transmitted by bites of infected fleas. It can also be transmitted by coming in direct contact with infected animals, including rodents, rabbits and pets. Rodents include ground squirrels, rats and mice.

“We have investigated reported mortalities of ground squirrels in the area southeast of Boise during May,” State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Mark Drew said. “Dogs and cats can be infected with plague through hunting rodents, playing with or consuming their carcasses, or by exposure to their fleas.” Plague activity usually increase in the spring and summer when rodents are more active. People can become exposed when pets have contact with rodents or fleas. Health officials say you can greatly reduce your risk of becoming infected with the plague by taking these precautions: FULL REPORT

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IT BEGINS: US Marine Court-Martialed For Refusing To Remove Bible Verse From Computer

The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable, but it’s disgustingly all too real

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17 (KJV)

They say that if you put a frog into boiling water, it will jump out. But if you put the same frog in cold water and gradually turn up the heat, it will never jump out until it’s too late, and get cooked. That’s exactly how the Obama administration is removing our freedoms, one at a time. And he has been astonishing successful. America in 2015 is a place Jesus Christ and the Bible are considered hate speech, and the LGBT Agenda is glorified. A place where everyone has rights except the bible believing Christian, run by an administration that allows Iran to have nuclear weapons but posting a Bible verse to your personal computer is illegal.

America, the wolf is in the White House and you are losing the battle for your liberty. It’s time to wake up, or admit defeat.

A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.”

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The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable – a member of the Armed Forces criminally prosecuted for displaying a slightly altered passage of Scripture from the Old Testament: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”

Sterling, who represented herself at trial, was convicted February 1, 2014 in a court-martial at Camp Lejune, North Carolina after she refused to obey orders from a staff sergeant to remove the Bible verses from her desk.

She was found guilty of failing to go to her appointed place of duty, disrespect toward a superior commissioned officer, and four specifications of disobeying the lawful order of a noncommissioned officer.

Both lower court and the appellate court ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act did not apply to her case because displaying a Bible verse does not constitute religious exercise.

However, a religious liberty law firm and a high-powered, former U.S. solicitor general have taken up her case and have filed an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

“If the government can order a Marine not to display a Bible verse, they could try and order her not to get a religious tattoo, or go to church on Sunday,” said Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry. “Restricting a Marine’s free exercise of religion is blatantly unconstitutional.”

Sterling wised up and finally got legal counsel. Now representing her are the Liberty Institute along with former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, also a law professor at Georgetown University. Clement most recently won a Supreme Court victory on behalf of Hobby Lobby against the Affordable Care Act.

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Liberty Institute and Clement plan to argue that the appellate court should have applied the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Sterling’s case – protecting her right to post Bible verses as a form of religious exercise.

According to the appellate court’s decision, they were not convinced “that displaying religious text at a shared government workstation would be protected even in a civilian federal workplace.” They also considered the fact that Sterling’s desk was shared by other Marines.

“The implication is clear – the junior Marine sharing the desk and the other Marines coming to the desk for assistance would be exposed to biblical quotations in the military workplace,” the court declared. “It is not hard to imagine the divisive impact to good order and discipline that may result when a service member is compelled to work at a government desk festooned with religious quotations.”

Festooned with religious quotations?

Attorney Berry points out that other Marines were allowed to decorate their desks. However, the lower courts refused to allow that evidence to be admitted. And at the time of the incident – Sterling was not sharing a desk.

“This was a conflict between her and her supervisor,” he told me. “Her supervisor clearly said she did not like the tone of the Bible verses.”

Berry said the supervisor cursed at Sterling and ordered her to immediately remove the verses. She refused the order. The following day, she discovered the verses had been removed and thrown in the trash.

“Adding insult to injury, the government charged her with the crime of failing to obey a direct order because she did not remove the Bible verse,” Berry said.

According to court documents, the military maintains the “verbiage” – “No weapon formed against me shall prosper” could “easily been seen as contrary to good order and discipline.”

“Maintaining discipline and morale in the military work center could very well require that the work center remain relatively free of divisive or contentious issues such as personal beliefs, religion, politics, etc.”

Liberty Institute attorney Hiram Sasser told me it was outrageous “that such a small strip of paper could so frighten a drill sergeant.”

“This is a very scary time when you are not allowed to have a very small printed Bible verse in your own personal workspace because it might offend other Marines,” Sasser told me. “Our Marines are trained to deal with some of the most hostile people on the planet. I don’t think they are afraid of tiny words on a tiny piece of paper.”

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The Bible verse incident happened in May 2013. A few months later she was accused of failing to wear an appropriate uniform because of a medical condition. Berry told me he believes the military was trumping up the charge sheet “to make it look that things were worse than they were.”

As it now stands – Sterling is unemployed and looking for work. It’s a process made harder because of the bad conduct discharge from the military.

Hopefully Liberty Institute will be able to restore this Christian Marine’s good name and expunge the charge. Anything less could jeopardize the standing of every person of faith serving in the Armed Forces. Should that happen – God help us all. source

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan, January 5, 1967

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Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

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

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

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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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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May 27, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Christian Blog/Article Collection

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An Open Letter to Christian Parents of Unbelieving Adult Children

Dear Christian parent, your trial is great, but your God is greater still. He is not blind to your anguish and He does not ignore the prayers of His children. May God hear your heart’s cry, answer, and work in your child’s life. May He take your child and make him or her His own. He is worthy of our trust, pour out your heart before Him (Psalm 62:8).

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Love Theologically

The Bible nowhere suggests that good theology can hinder love. Paul spends the first half of his letters expounding good theology. When he transitions to application in the second half, he never warns that some of that good stuff he mentioned up front might now become a hazard. And neither should we.

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Republication of the Covenant of Works

So here is where I currently am: I advocate a form of republication that is very similar to Colquhoun’s. The republication was given to Israel primarily for the purposes of the pedagogical use of the law (though not only for this purpose). Of course, it is helpful to bear in mind that in this pedagogical sense, the covenant of works is always republished throughout the entire Bible. It is always there, sometimes more in the background, sometimes more in the foreground.

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The Rural Church Dilemma

Be energized by the concept that your church could become the most loving church in the world. I find this compelling. There will be many things your church may not be. It may not be the most educated church or the most innovative church, or the most evangelistic church, etc., but it can be the most loving church. There is nothing to stop that from happening except your lack of determination and/or the will of the people. Love, after all, is the sign of maturity as a church.

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Workout for the Soul: A Review of Theological Fitness

For fitness fanatics, fitness fakers, and everyone in between, the searching questions and robust exegesis of Theological Fitness contain a workout plan for the soul. Writing about 1 Pet. 3:15, Byrd explains: “There are two qualifications of fitness here: knowing God’s truth, and the patient endurance of suffering for the sake of it. This requires conditioning, strengthening, and training. Just as our bodies need continual practice in any kind of physical training, so do our minds in theological growth.” (p. 85)

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Witsius on Law, Gospel, and Antinomianism

“Therefore every prescription of virtues and duties, all exhortations and dissuasions, all reproofs and threatenings also all the promises of a reward in recompense of perfect obedience, belong to the law. But to the gospel appertains whatever can give a sinner the hope of salvation, namely, the doctrine concerning the person, offices, states, and benefits of Jesus Christ, and all the promises wherein is included the pardon of sins, and the annexed possession of grace and glory, to be obtained by faith in him. This is the strictest notion of both words, to which we must attend, in the whole of this disputation.”

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7 Sure-Fire Ways to Recognize False Teachers

A false teacher isn’t going to tell you he’s teaching heresy. In fact, he’ll usually look and sound so sincere and passionate that you wouldn’t know he’s actually twisting God’s Word. The size of the crowds around him won’t tell you much either, since many people have been and continue to be led astray by teaching that pleases their ears.

The prophet Jeremiah kept telling the people of Judah over and over what God planned for Jerusalem, urging them to turn from their wicked ways. But the people preferred to listen to false prophets who told them what they wanted to hear. We have to make sure we’re not doing the same.

So, how exactly can you tell if someone is “wolf in sheep’s clothing”? You become a “fruit inspector,” just as Jesus said (Matthew 7:15–16). According to Pastor Shane Idleman of Westside Christian Fellowship, there are 7 telltale signs that can take the wool from our eyes:

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In Faith Communities Like the Duggars, Abuse Victims are Encouraged to be Filled with Grace

Easy “forgivism” may gloss over the terrible situation in the short term, but it reinforces to everyone that the egregious, soul-siphoning sin committed against the victim was trivial, easy to get over. It forgets Jesus’ strong admonition that “whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

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God Gave You the Holy Spirit … For a Reason

by Pastor J.D.

There was a time, believe it or not, when churches didn’t call themselves “missional.” Missions was, for most Christians, what other people did. It was for the elite, the varsity level, the Navy Seals of the Christian world. The rest of us praised our missionaries and considered them heroes…but we never really considered that we, too, were supposed to be missionaries.

That attitude is beginning to change, but the American church has a long way to go. It is immensely encouraging to hear of churches around the country catching the vision that mission is part of the very essence of the church. God doesn’t call us into his kingdom, and only at some later time call a few more of us into his mission. His call to join him in mission is tied up in his call to salvation. “Follow me,” Jesus said, “And I will make you fishers of men.”

As Charles Spurgeon so prophetically put it, “Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor.” That doesn’t mean that every believer must pack up their bags and move to Afghanistan (though many more should!). It means that the call to follow Christ is a call to follow him where he goes, as he seeks to make his name known throughout the world. It means that whether you’re a hairdresser or a pastor, a stay-at-home mom or an overseas missionary, God’s got a mission for you. He gave you the Spirit, and he did that for a reason.

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Habits

by Scott Aniol

Last week I suggested that data transmission alone does not create disciples. Rather, we must focus upon the heart’s inclinations in order to shape one’s behavior.

With the limits of data transmission in mind, what will it take, then to nurture true discipleship? If cultivating holy behavior requires influencing the heart’s inclinations, how does this take place?

First, we must recognize that there is a difference between what we might call higher and lower inclinations. The lower inclinations—or passions—are those impulses that respond primarily to physical appetites. Paul describes those who live according to these lower appetites: “their god is their belly” (Phil 3:19). When set in conflict with the mind, these lower appetites will always win since, as I have already claimed, we act primarily on the basis of inclination. Thankfully, there is a second aspect to our inclinations, the higher inclinations—or affections—of the soul. When the affections are cultivated toward what is right and good, we act accordingly. Notice that we still nevertheless act according to out inclinations, but as C. S. Lewis so famously stated, “The head rules the belly through the chest.” ((C. S Lewis, The Abolition of Man, New Ed (HarperOne, 2001), 24.)) Therefore, if we want to produce disciples characterized by holy behavior, then we must give attention to cultivating noble inclinations for what is true and good. Peter tells us to “put on affections of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Yet the question still remains, how is this accomplished? How do we teach people’s affections?

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The 7 Characteristics of Servant Leadership

I think it is so important for the church to understand the real meaning of servant leadership. So important.

“But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles ilord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but kto serve, and lto give his life as a ransom for many’ (Matthew 20:25-28).”

“‘But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are hall brothers. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted’” (Matthew 23:8-12).

A servant leader:

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About those gifts

There are a lot of Christian leaders out there who are manipulating everything from spiritual gifts tests to oracles from God to signs and wonders in their church services. There are those who are cessasionists – who believe speaking in tongues and speaking prophecies are not active for today, and those who believe the gifts […]

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Cold Case Christianity: Why We Need to Stop Teaching (and Start Training) Young Christians – Part 2 (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 finishes his description of five key characteristics of training.


“Charlie Charlie” Ouija Board-Like Challenge Has Youth Trying to Summon A Demon

by Marsha West

We’re posting this Christian News Network piece to alert parents that their child may be attempting to summon a demon. Doing that sort of thing “just for fun” is dangerous for both children and adults. In the Bible, God makes it clear that Christians are not to attempt to contact the spirit world.

We must also point out that some of the weird and scary experiences kids who have played “Charlie Charlie” claim they’ve had does not line up with the Bible’s teaching on demons.

A new challenge being shared on Twitter has youth across the nation and around the world engaging in an Ouija board-like ritual in an attempt to summon a demon.

According to reports, the “Charlie Charlie” challenge involves a Mexican occultist ritual of writing “yes” and “no” on a sheet of paper and crossing two pencils. The ritual is stated to be a type of “rite” for Mexican children.

“Charlie, Charlie, are you there?” those sitting around the paper chant, and then wait to see if the pencils move to point to either yes or no. If yes, those involved ask the demon questions to see how he will answer.

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An Ode to Conservatism

by Christopher Ames

While we believe that Roman Catholicism has strayed from the truth due to a rather early set of unscriptural innovations away from orthodoxy and orthopraxy, some (certainly not all) Roman Catholics have managed to conserve vestiges of orthopathy. This, I believe, is why Rome is often attractive to those who wish to recover a rightly proportioned set of affections: they almost never get to see such affections in the evangelical world. In light of this, we don’t automatically label people who make such an ill-fated conversion idiots: we seek to recover orthopathy in our own churches.

Dwight Longenecker may have swum the Tiber after graduating from BJU, but he did not leave all of his good sense on the hither bank. This article avoids the pitfalls of theological differences (which are, by the way, a life-and-death issue) and focuses on what ought to be the essence of conservatism. I can commend this article to you because it is devoid of reference to doctrine or practice in particular, and its principles are, in the best sense, universal.

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Better gear up for the 5 major changes coming to the Church

Marsha West
May 27, 2015

John Burton has written a piece entitled “Ancient and Emerging: 5 Major Changes Coming to the Church.” Before you get all excited, or maybe even concerned over those changes, you should know a bit more about Burton. As it turns out he’s a “prophet in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. According to his blog, John Burton, he “has been developing and leading ministries for over 20 years and is a sought out teacher, prophetic messenger and revivalist . . . [Click for more]


After Relationships Shatter

Some conflicts are so egregious, believers can actually find reconciliation and forgiveness a distasteful calling. When a professing believer has left a community and caused a great deal of harm and has lived unrepentant for a long time, his repentance and return is often met with anything but a joyful heart. Yet, Scripture guides the church in how to respond in this type of difficult situation. Continue reading


When Assurance is Lacking

Today’s post is taken from a letter to an individual who is struggling with assurance of salvation.

DoubtDear ____________:

I am so sorry to hear about your struggle with the assurance of your salvation. Seasons of doubt can be some of the most difficult valleys we walk through. Maybe you’re doubting God’s love (“Could he really love someone like me?”), the reality of your conversion (“I don’t think I’m regenerate because I___”), the possibility of certainty (“Can I even know for sure that I’m saved?”), or something else. Whatever the case, know that this is a common battle. You are not alone.

I understand a bit of what that is like as I battled with the darkness of doubt for a time in seminary. The source of my doubt was multi-faceted. On the one hand, it arose from a sudden realization of previously unseen sin. I claimed to believe in the gospel, but my “new” sin seemed to eclipse the cross. My excessive self-analyzing exacerbated the problem. The deeper and longer I beheld my thoughts, the more assurance fled (as it often will). Maybe you are experiencing doubt for those reasons. Or maybe it’s Satan, your natural temperament, or something else. I don’t know.

So, I want to share with you a few things that I have found helpful in battling the darkness of doubt.

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9 Things You Should Know About Mental Health

In 2013, President Obama proclaimed May as National Mental Health Awareness Month, a time set aside to bring the issue of mental health to the attention of the American public. Here are nine things you should know about issues related to mental health:

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Seven Concerns about Christians and Tipping

The following is a true story. Granted, it happened several years ago. But I wonder how often such scenarios unfold.

Two pastors were at lunch together. The older pastor paid for their previous meal, so the younger pastor picked up the tab for this meal. The younger pastor paid cash for the meal, so his older friend asked if he had included a tip. He said he forgot the tip, so he put some cash on the table.

As they were departing, the younger pastor said he forgot something, and returned to the restaurant. The other pastor saw him through the window. The younger man went back to the table, picked up the cash, and put it in his pocket.

Hopefully, such stories are rare. But we do have reasons to be concerned when church members and Christian leaders treat restaurant servers and other service employees so poorly. Allow me to outline seven key concerns.

  1. Tipping is an opportunity we may not otherwise have. We have social contact with people with whom we may not interact on a regular basis. This is our opportunity to represent the name of Christ well. God has put these people in our paths for a reason.
  2. Our generosity is one way we point people toward Christ. We demonstrate our priorities with the ways we spend money. We have seen in numerous studies that churches with a passion and heart for their communities are the churches making a difference. We can’t have a positive witness with a greedy attitude.
  3. We can help counter some of the negative impact of other church members. A server in a restaurant told me she hated working the Sunday lunch shift. She said church members were the rudest and stingiest customers she encountered. Our positive witness with a generous tip can counter some of the negativity caused by others.
  4. Generous tipping reflects a compassionate and grateful heart. Many servers work long hours and endure verbal abuse on a regular basis. Often their pay is very low. They may depend on tips to make ends meet. When we tip generously, we are demonstrating compassion for these servers, and we are expressing our gratitude for their service.
  5. Most of us are blessed with abundance. We should be generous with that which God has given us. Healthy tipping is thus a matter of evangelistic witness and wise stewardship.
  6. Generous tipping can reinforce positive conversations with servers. If we are kind to servers, and if we speak with graciousness and gratitude toward them, our witness is reinforced when we tip generously.
  7. Poor tipping can be a negative witness that takes time to overcome. A few years ago, several people in my organization went to lunch together. They tipped very poorly. The server wrote on Facebook about these employees with clear reference to our organization. Our witness was thus compromised with the server and with the public in general.

I have little patience with those who are stingy to servers. If we can afford to eat out, we can afford to tip generously. Church leaders would do well to remind their members about this often-neglected topic of witness in the community.

By the way, the older pastor in the story I began above went back to the restaurant and apologized to the server. He also left her a 100 percent tip.

It is both amazing and tragic how the simple act of tipping can affect our witness in the communities in which we live. What do you think about this topic? Let me hear from you.

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Those Who Once Stood With Us in the Gospel Now Capitulating to the World.

It always saddens to me see those who once stood with us to go out from us by capitulating to the world and its narrative. It is especially distressing to see this among professing Christians. Dr. Adrian Warnock’s recent article, among other things, is a call for Christians to apologize and repent for calling to those with same-sex attraction to faith and repentance. He clearly seems to be advocating the idea that those Christians who proclaim the gospel to those with same-sex attraction are Pharisees because, he believes, very few persons in this category can change, so it is abusive and hurtful to call them to repent of something they are unable to repent from.  Never mind what they Bible teaches.

I am wondering whether Dr. Warnock understands that the Bible declares that none of us can change ourselves. Does he think those with same-sex attraction are alone in their moral inability to change? As such would he affirm the following statement which the Bible indicates is true about all sinners?

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Is America Post-Christian?

We hear a lot these days about America being “post-Christian.” This sort of language has accelerated in recent weeks, with the Pew Center survey demonstrating a spike in the numbers of Americans who claim no religious affiliation.


Arminian vs Reformed on Justification


Who are ‘the least of these’? Scholars say they may not be the poor

(RNS) According to a growing chorus of prominent Bible scholars, Jesus was speaking about persecuted Christians rather than the poor.

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Since Grace is Free, YES … You CAN just go sin all you want

I hold to radical, outrageous, shocking, scandalous, limitless grace. I believe there is no other kind of grace.

But whenever I teach or write about this sort of grace, it is almost guaranteed that someone will object by saying, “So are you saying that we can just go sin all we want?”

sin all you wantThey are referring, of course, to the statement in Romans 6:1 where a person objects to Paul’s teaching about grace in exactly the same way. And Paul’s answer, of course, is “God forbid!”

Can I sin all I want?

In the past, I have responded similarly as Paul. I say “No, of course not!” And then I go on to explain that just as obedience does nothing to help us earn or keep eternal life, sin does nothing to cause us to lose it or prove we never had it. ⇦ Tweet that!

The reason God doesn’t want us to sin is because sin damages us.

(By the way, if you have a presentation of the Gospel which never gets the Romans 6:1 objection, then I submit to you that you are probably not teaching the same Gospel Paul was. If, after teaching about grace, no one says to you, “So are you saying I can just sin all i want?” then you probably have not taught grace. I call this question the Grace litmus test.)

But this past week I was talking to someone about grace, and they objected with the grace litmus test, and I don’t know what happened, but I sighed out of exasperation and decided to give a different answer than the one I had always given before.

The man said to me, “So are you saying I can just go sin all I want?”

And I smiled and said, “Yep. If that’s what you want to do, go right ahead.”

I got the “Deer in the headlights” look back from him. I think he had heard rumors that my type of theology existed, but he had never met anyone who was so willing to give him a license to sin as I had just done.

license to sinSo yes, in a way, grace is a license to sin.

He started getting huffy with me, and tried to show that my response to him was different than what Paul said in Romans 6:1, and how therefore my understanding of grace different from that of Paul and so on…

But the more he preached at me the more convinced I became of what I had said out of exasperation.

Grace allows you to sin all you want … if that’s really what you want

If you really understand grace, and if you really understand God, and if you really understand God’s love for you, and after understanding all this, you really want to go sin, then be my guest, go right ahead.

Although grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lust (Titus 2:12), grace also allows you to go sin all you want … if that is really what you want. ⇦ Tweet that!

Let me put it another way.

If I told my daughters that I loved them completely, and that no matter what they did, I would always love them, forgive them, and be willing to die for them, and if, after I told them this, one of my daughters looked at me and said, “So I can just go stick my hand in the blender and you will still love me?” I would look at her a little strangely and say, “Well … yes … if that’s really want you want to do, go ahead. But know that if you do that, it’s going to be extremely painful. I will, of course, pull your hand out of the blender and rush you to the hospital to stop the bleeding and rescue what I can of your hand. But no matter what, I will still love you and cherish you as my daughter.”

This is what Paul means in Romans 6 when he responds with “God Forbid!” He is not saying, “No, you cannot!” but rather, “Why would you want to?”

grace sin all I wantYou see, sin doesn’t stop God from loving us, nor does it stop God from doing everything He can to rescue us from the devastating and destructive consequences of sin. Sin definitely doesn’t prove that we were never His son or daughter to begin with.

No, sin hurts us. It cuts us. It ruins us. Sin destroys our relationships, our health, our finances, our marriages, our jobs, our longevity, our emotions, our psyche.

Asking the question “So I can just go sin all I want?” simply shows that you do not fully understand the love of God, the grace of God, or even God Himself! It also reveals that you do not understand the devastating and destructive consequences of sin.

Asking the question, “So I can just go sin all I want?” reveals that you don’t understand how painful sin can be.

Asking the question “So I can just go sin all I want?” is like asking, “So I can take this knife and stab it into my leg?” … Yes, if that really what you want to do, go right ahead.

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 Dr. Robert George’s Defense of Marriage

So what is marriage anyway, and why is the Supreme Court case so important? I’ll let one of the smartest men I know fill you in.
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Humility and Anxiety

The Bible’s solution to anxiety can seem a bit strange. The Bible impresses upon anxious souls the importance of humility. In writing to Christians undergoing severe persecution the apostle Peter guides them to a place of confidence and rest outside of themselves. We see this in 1 Peter 5:6-7. Humility is the key to overcoming fear, worry, and anxiety. Continue reading


The Pattern Among Fallen Pastors

During my time in seminary I took a leadership course taught by the late, great Howard Hendricks. As we studied the life of David, Hendricks shared a study he conducted with a group of men in full-time ministry who had fallen into a morally disqualifying sin.

At the time, I had only been a Christian for a few years, but unfortunately the subject was all too relevant. During my early days I had witnessed several men whom I loved and respected fall into serious sinful compromise. At one point in those days, the falls came so frequently I felt as if I was on the spiritual beach of Normandy watching buddies’ lives get blown apart all around me.

Fallen Soldiers of Christ

The study examined 246 men in full-time ministry who experienced moral failure within a two-year period. As far as Hendricks could discern, these full-time clergy were born-again followers of Jesus. Though they shared a common salvation, these men also shared a common feat of devastation; they had all, within 24 months of each other, been involved in an adulterous relationship.

After interviewing each man, Hendricks compiled four common characteristics of their lives:

  • None of the men was involved in any kind of real personal accountability.
  • Each of the men had all but ceased having a daily time of personal prayer, Bible reading, and worship.
  • More than 80 percent of the men became sexually involved with the other woman after spending significant time with her, often in counseling situations.
  • Without exception, each of the 246 had been convinced that sort of fall “would never happen to me.”

As I reflect on this study, four lessons come to mind. These are applicable for pastors, plumbers, stay-at-home moms, and anyone else who seeks to follow Christ.

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Video: Answering Questions Non-Christians Ask by Michael Ramsden

For more about Michael Ramsden, see here.  If you have not had a chance to listen to him,  I encourage you to do so.

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5 Things Every Christian Leader Should Pray for Themselves Everyday

Kevin Halloran:

I desperately wanted to honor Christ and influence others toward Him, but learned the hard way how to damage relationships by trying to force-feed them what I thought was best—I tried to do the work of the Holy Spirit. Reading Jesus’ words “you can do nothing” at the close of the year seemed to be a fitting description of the recent fruit of my labors for the Lord. I quickly learned that I couldn’t bear fruit apart from abiding in Christ.

An Open Letter to Christian Parents of Unbelieving Adult Children

Jason Helopoulos:

“What about our son?” “What about our daughter?” As a pastor there are conversations that I routinely have with parishioners. One of the regular exchanges I have had over the years begins with a Christian parent or both parents approaching with downcast gazes. The discouragement, and at times even despair, are apparent in their eyes. The opening words are either, “Pastor, would you pray for our child?,” or “Pastor, what advice would you give to us for child?” They then proceed to explain that their adult child has wandered from the faith. With anguish in their words, they detail how they brought him or her up in the faith: their child had attended Sunday School each week, participated in corporate worship, and attended Youth Group. A few times, I have even been told that they were a paragon of virtue and seemed to love the Lord in their teenage years. Their parents were not shy about sharing the faith with their child at home and they tried to surround him or her with good and godly friends. But now, sadly, their child has rejected Christ. They are living a life of unbelief and their parents are filled with grief.

Christian Ethics, Evangelicals, and Functional Marcionism

Jake Meador:

All we need, apparently, is the red letters. The Old Testament God is angry and vengeful and not very Christian, but New Testament God is great. Old Testament God is just God in his teen years when he was ready to fight if you looked at him the wrong way. But New Testament God has grown up. He doesn’t lose his temper over little things any more. He’s chill now. He listens to NPR and loves Portlandia and is kinda embarrassed by all that wrath and judgment stuff in the Old Testament. So don’t worry about that 2/3 of the Bible. Just read about Jesus and you have everything you need to understand Christian ethics.

Of course, to any student of church history this thinking should sound familiar. All of these arguments trade in a form of Marcionism, the ancient Christian heresy attributed to Marcion, a second century Christian who rejected the Old Testament.

Letter to a Teen Unboxing Their First Smartphone

Tim Challies:

You just got your first smartphone! This is a major milestone in your life. That phone you are about to take out of the box is one of the most amazing devices ever created, and it is going to be your constant companion for the next couple of years. It is an incredible piece of technology that can be used in many different ways.

It can be used to do so many good things, but if you are not wary, it can also be used to do an awful lot of bad things. So before you power it on for the first time, I think it would be wise to invest just a few minutes in thinking and planning.

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The Daily Discovery (May 27, 2015)

 

Social Justice and Scripture: Untie the Knot Pt.13 – “Many Christians (including professors, pastors, and leaders) reason that since God desires us to do good toward others, the government should step in to provide for those whose needs are not met. They call this the ‘safety net.’ They consider it an aspect of caring for one’s neighbor. They deny that the result is “confiscation” and “redistribution” of wealth.”

Who Holds the Media Accountable? – “Another anti-AiG article full of misinformation and untruths told by a secular media source (this time in my native Australia) has made me once again think about who holds the media accountable. It seems they are often a law unto themselves. And it also appears that for much of the media, freedom of speech includes making up whatever reporters want, and they can spread untruths to the public without much or any accountability.”

Deuteronomy – “The book of Deuteronomy (meaning: ‘second law’), serves as an imperative to the sons of Israel. We will briefly examine what Yahweh (יהוה) required of Israel. We will also examine what the book of Deuteronomy revealed about יהוה. The Laws, statutes and ordinance are vital to the understanding of God requirements and His character. The fear of יהוה, the worship of Him, Idolatry and the land will be discussed in light of Deuteronomy’s revelation of יהוה.”

What Does “coram Deo” mean? – “I remember Mama standing in front of me, her hands poised on her hips, her eyes glaring with hot coals of fire and saying in stentorian tones, ‘Just what is the big idea, young man?’”

Grabbing a dog’s ears. – “In Sunday School recently, we began working through the Sermon on the Mount, so this verse was pretty fresh in my mind: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” Something I shared in the Sunday School discussion last Sunday was that peacemakers don’t pick fights with others, provoke fights between others, or extend fights that should be ended.”


SERMON:

Charles Spurgeon – Heaven and Hell


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

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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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May 27, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

Warning over Religious Believers in Chinese Communist Party Ranks

ICC Note: The Chinese Communist Party has long been concerned about its maintaining control of the general population in China, including control of religious beliefs. A newsletter article from the CCP makes it clear that its members do not have religious freedom.


Radical Buddhist Monk Responsible for Attacks on Religious Minorities Arrested in Sri Lanka

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Radical Buddhist monk and leader of the Buddhist extremist group Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS), Galgoda Aththa Gnanasara, was arrested yesterday by authorities of the new government in Sri Lanka.


Christian Homes in Lahore Damaged Following Blasphemy Accusation

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Following an accusation of blasphemy being leveled against a Christian in Lahore, Pakistan, a mob reportedly attacked a Christian neighborhood, damaging both homes and a local church.


Daily Prayer – Wednesday 27 May 2015

Praise God for the safe arrival in Iraqi Kurdistan of the 30 containers of high quality insulated tents and associated equipment that will comprise Sawra (Hope) Village for displaced Iraqi Christians.


Coptic Coalition Demands Maspero Killings Case Reopened

ICC Note: Egyptian Christians are still seeking justice from 2011 when 27 Christians were killed when army vehicles drove through a protest. Despite investigations into the matter the case has not been resolved and it continues to mark the sense of vulnerability that Egypt’s Christians face.


Two Pastors in Sudan Face Death Over Christian Faith, Trial to Begin Next Week

ICC Note: The possible death penalty case of 2 South Sudanese pastors in Sudan has grabbed international attention as religious freedom advocates fear the real possibility that the Sudanese government will truly execute the two men.


Arizona Restrictions on Church Signs Reach Supreme Court

After filing a lawsuit in 2008 against a municipal law, Good News Community Church of Gilbert, Arizona, is taking their case to the Supreme Court. Due to the city’s sign ordinance, the church was forbidden from displaying directional signs on public roadways more than twelve hours prior to their services and no more than one hour after services ended.


Boko Haram Could Be Using Kidnapped Chibok Schoolgirls As Suicide Bombers

ICC Note: Islamist terror group Boko Haram is increasingly using abducted girls for suicide bombings, carrying out multiple attacks this month in northern Nigeria . Officials from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) fear that some of the young girls are those who Boko Haram kidnapped from Chibok just over a year ago that sparked the international Bring Back Our Girls Campaign.


Boko Haram Suspected in Killing of at Least 29 People, Mostly Christians, in Nigeria

ICC Note: Boko Haram has murdered nearly 30 people in attacks across Adamawa state in the past 10 days, mostly Christians. The latest assault occurred Monday, May 25, when militants raided a town in the Madagali local government area, hacking to death 10 members of a Brethren church with machetes.


Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kill At Least 23 Christians in Central Nigeria

ICC Note: Muslim Fulani herdsmen have reportedly murdered another 23 Christian farmers in central Nigeria. The assault occurred Sunday when unknown gunman attacked a Christian community in the Logo local government area of Benue state.


Heilongjiang Authorities Shutdown House Church Gathering

ICC Note: Although the officials of the District Public Security Bureau claim to have only enforced the regulations and to have followed the ‘normal procedures’, it is difficult to see how these regulations and procedures are compatible with the central Chinese government’s claim that China’s citizens have freedom of religion.

Albert Mohler Blog: “A Requiem for the Boy Scouts”

In this blog essay, Dr. R. Albert Mohler’s reflects on the recent comments made by President Robert M. Gates of the Boy Scouts of America regarding the inclusion of gay scout leaders, and the now seemingly inevitable demise of the Boy Scouts movement and ideal. Mohler writes:

“The Boy Scouts were doomed the moment the national leadership decided to preserve the organization at the cost of the values and ideals that gave it birth. Speaking to a national meeting of Boy Scouts of America leaders, President Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, called for the B.S.A. to abandon its policy of allowing the participation of openly gay scouts, but not the involvement of openly-gay adults.”

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A Demon-Possessed Christian?

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Satan Cast Out: A Study in Biblical Demonology There are not a lot of solid biblical books on the topic of demons and demon possession (there are, however, plenty of bad ones!).  Here’s a good one worth mentioning:Satan Cast Out [Frederick Leahy (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1975)].  This book is balanced, full of biblical references and summaries, Christ centered, and it is written from a Reformed point of view.  One part asks – and answers well – the question: “Can a Christian be demon-possessed?”  I’ve edited it for length:

“In the light of Scripture we are compelled to reject the view that the Holy Spirit and an evil spirit can co-exist in the same person.  …When missionaries provide ‘examples’ of ‘believers’ being possessed, two questions immediately arise: Were the victims [truly] regenerate?  Were they actually possessed?  Passages of Scripture sometimes used to support this view prove no such thing.  There is no reason to believe…

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Advice for Christian parents from a woman who left Christianity at university

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If you want real confidence, try studying instead of yelling If you want your children to accept Christianity, then apologetics is needed

This is from the Beyond Teachable Moments blog – a great blog for Christian parents who want to raise effective, influential children.

Intro:

I recently had the opportunity to meet an intelligent young Christian woman who is proactively learning how to discuss her faith in a secular society.

Why is she so dedicated to doing this?  Because her Christian upbringing had completely failed to prepare her for the challenges of secularism, religious pluralism and atheism at university.

This young woman grew up in close-knit, loving Christian home.  She faithfully attended church.  She was enrolled in a Christian school that taught subjects such as apologetics, hermeneutics, inductive Bible study and managing relationships.  Her parents cared about her spiritual formation.

And yet, this is how she describes her university experience:

“Although I was still living at home during the beginning…

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Words, Faith and Prosperity – Part 1

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely...

Today I’m going to be posting up the the first part of my notes from the fourth and final talk I gave at the Last Days Bible Conference.  That talk was about the Prosperity Gospel.  Today, I’m going to be posting the notes about the Word of Faith movement and how it sets the theological stage for the Prosperity Gospel.

I hope to make things clear and I want to help people understand the theology (as best I can) of the Prosperity Gospel.  Just to be clear, not all people in Word of Faith circles believe or teach the Prosperity Gospel.  Jim Bakker is a prime example of someone who holds to Word of Faith theology but doesn’t take it to the extent of embracing the Prosperity Gospel (and in the 1980’s he was the prince of Prosperity Gospel preachers; it’s amazing what a decade alone with a Bible…

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What is the source of true joy?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

21 “ Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles? ’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from ME, you who practice lawlessness. ’
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears…

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