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May 28, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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May 28, 2015

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A U.S. military laboratory in Utah inadvertently sent samples of live anthrax spores to military and commercial labs in nine states and an American air base in South Korea.

The top 0.01 percent of Americans — fewer than 14,000 households — received 5.6 percent of adjusted gross income in 2012, according to data released Wednesday by the IRS that underscore the increasing concentration of income.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee each get 10 percent support among Republican voters. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton leads every Republican she’s tested against by 4 to 18 percentage points in hypothetical head-to-head contests, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday.

Crime rates among the elderly are rising in Britain and other European and Asian nations, adding a worrisome new dimension to the problem of aging populations.

Consumer confidence in the U.S. fell for a seventh consecutive week and attitudes about whether it was a good time to spend slumped by the most since 2011.

Applications for U.S. jobless benefits remained below 300,000 for the 12th straight week, signaling the labor market remains firm even as the economy has been slow to rebound from a first-quarter slump. Jobless claims increased by 7,000 to 282,000 in the week ended May 23.

A heatwave in India that’s killed at least 1,360 people could claim more lives as high temperatures are forecast for another couple of days. Many of the deaths have been in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as temperatures nudged 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

With less than five days before expiration of three key provisions of the Patriot Act, negotiations among lawmakers to renew U.S. government surveillance authorities have stalled.

More Americans than forecast signed contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes in April, indicating a pickup in the housing market during the busy spring selling period. The index of pending home resales climbed 3.4 percent to the highest level in nine years.

More money is changing hands trading stocks in China than in the U.S., a market more than twice its size.

AP Top Stories

Only two of the approximately 600 Western girls and young women who have joined extremists in Syria are known to have made it out of the war zone. By comparison, as many as 30 percent of the male foreign fighters have left or are on their way out, according to figures from European governments that monitor the returns.

China accused the United States of threatening to sow “chaos” in the Asia-Pacific region by inciting countries whose territorial claims in the South China Sea clash with those of Beijing.

When all the announcements are in, the Republican presidential field could have close to 20 candidates – and that’s not counting the fringe. It’s shaping up to be the largest GOP field in modern history.

A French barman received a suspended jail sentence Wednesday after he was convicted of manslaughter for letting a man do 56 shots during a drinking contest that led to his death.

About 1 in 10 people who get tattoos experiences problems with the tattoo, including infection, itching, swelling and redness, according to a study in the journal Contact Dermatitis.

The U.S.-trained commander of Tajikistan’s elite police force has defected to Islamic State, he said in a YouTube video, and his former unit will issue a statement condemning him.

Spain police said they had rescued an 11-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped and beaten after she was sold by her parents for marriage for $18,500.

If you think California’s four-year drought is apocalyptic, try 13 years. When the so-called Millennium Drought ended in 2009, residents of Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, were using half the amount of water they had when it began.

The Australian-led search for Flight MH370 has found no trace of the Malaysia Airlines jet or its 239 passengers and crew, prompting calls for a rethink into the way the mission is conducted.

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Nebraska has abolished the death penalty after a veto-override was passed through its legislature.

A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the Afar region of Ethiopia. Researchers discovered jaw bones and teeth, which date to between 3.3m and 3.5m years old.

Russian President Putin signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret. The amendment bans information about the deaths of Russian forces “during special operations” in peacetime.

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Rhode Island’s Department of Health says that sexually transmitted diseases are way up in the state, in part because of the increase of hookup apps like Tinder.

The graduating class at Profile Junior-Senior High School in Bethlehem N.H. made a heartfelt decision to give the money raised for their senior class trip to the school’s principal, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

A recent bombshell reported by MassResistance.org showed that students as young as 13 or 14 are being given surveys asking their sexual orientation, how often they have sex, whether it is anal, oral or vaginal sex, how often they carry guns or other weapons, and the list goes on.

In a village 20 km south east of Mosul in northern Iraq, the so-called Islamic State (IS) militants have burned an 80-year-old Iraqi Christian woman to death.

Between January and May 2015, fully 41 Muslims living in the United States were caught allegedly trying to join the terror group ISIS.


Top News – 5/28/2015

Israeli Boy Singlehandedly Stages Protest over Temple Mount Access
Walfish told Breaking Israel News, “I try to pray on the Temple Mount each holiday as it says in the Bible and this time all the religious Jews had to wait almost two hours to ascend while loads of non-Jews were allowed to go in front of us. Finally, one teenager said, ‘enough is enough.’ He blocked the entrance with a bench and said, ‘If we can’t go, nobody can go.’”

Lucifer Makes Prime Time
I guess the Fox Network really is fair and balanced. They present the good, the bad, and the truly ugly. In this case the “ugly” is a program about Lucifer. That’s right: Lucifer leaves Hell and becomes a resident of Los Angeles. I’m not making this up.

‘We’re coming close to end of human history’ – Ann Graham Lotz
“Our world is unraveling,” she told Alan Colmes on his Fox News Radio program. “I think the whole world senses, especially those who follow the news, senses that something is happening that is very unsettling.”

US Claims ‘No More Extensions’ on Nuclear Talks with Iran
The United States says ‘enough is enough’ and is now vowing to end P5+1 talks with Iran on time – by the current June 30 deadline – whether or not negotiators reach a deal.

Active volcanoes in the world: May 20 – 26, 2015
New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from May 20 – 26, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 23 volcanoes.

Baltimore Residents Fearful Amid Rash of Homicides
“I’m afraid to go outside,” said Perrine, 47. “It’s so bad, people are afraid to let their kids outside. People wake up with shots through their windows. Police used to sit on every corner, on the top of the block. These days? They’re nowhere.”

Embattled FIFA donated to Clinton Foundation
The Clintons, already under scrutiny for accepting foreign donations to their family foundation and keeping them secret from the Obama administration while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, have received money from another controversial source: the Federacion Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Star managers battered by rocky ride in yields, currencies
Some of the biggest names in the investment world have been whipsawed by the recent rise in global yields and the strength in the euro against the dollar, with investors bracing for more sharp moves later this year stemming from central bank actions.

Former British PM Blair quits as Middle East envoy
Tony Blair resigned Wednesday as the Quartet diplomatic group’s envoy, his office said, with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict he worked to end as troubled as ever.

French FM To Try and Prompt New Israel-PA Talks
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is set to visit Israel next month, with a new plan to get Israel and the PA talking. We want the negotiations to restart between the two sides and that this negotiations is put within an international framework,” Fabius told French radio. Fabius’s announcement comes a day after Tony Blair resigned as head of the Middle East Quartet negotiating team,

GIANT FILAMENT IN 3D
Giant filaments like this one are often unstable. They can erupt, hurling parts of themselves into space. Also, fragments falling back to the stellar surface explode, producing a type of flare called a “Hyder flare.” No sunspots are required for this kind of solar activity.

Experiment confirms quantum theory weirdness
Despite the apparent weirdness, the results confirm the validity of quantum theory, which governs the world of the very small, and has enabled the development of many technologies such as LEDs, lasers and computer chips.

Defeat: Obama Won’t Take Executive Amnesty Fight To The Supreme Court
The Obama administration revealed today that it will not take the fight over executive immigration amnesty to the Supreme Court, essentially admitting defeat in its fight to lift a court-ordered stay placed by a Texas judge.

Four mild tremors jolt Nepal month after devastating earthquake
Four mild tremors jolted Nepal early today, a month after a devastating earthquake ravaged the country and killed nearly 9,000 people. A 4.0 magnitude tremor was felt at 5.29 a.m local time in the Nepalese capital.

Russia masses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine
Russia’s army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week. Many of the vehicles have number plates and identifying marks removed while many of the servicemen had taken insignia off their fatigues.

North Korea deploys new generation of fast warships
North Korea has deployed a new generation of high-speed, radar-evading warship designed to infiltrate special forces into South Korean territory. The Very Slender Vessel sits low in the water and is designed to pierce waves instead of riding over them. Capable of travelling at nearly 60 mph, the craft are armed with heavy machine guns and torpedoes, with…South Korean military officials as saying the ships pose a “new threat” to its security.

Live anthrax inadvertently sent by U.S. military
Four lab workers in the United States and up to 22 overseas have been put in post-exposure treatment, a defense official said, following the revelation the U.S. military inadvertently shipped live anthrax samples in the past several days. CNN learned on Wednesday a Maryland-based lab received the live samples, which prompted an across the board urgent review to see whether any other live anthrax has been shipped.

Gaza conflict: Hamas committed human rights abuses against Palestinian civilians, Amnesty says
Islamist movement Hamas has been accused of serious human rights abuses for the abductions, torture and killings of at least 23 Palestinian civilians last year. An Amnesty International report said Hamas used last summer’s war with Israel in the Gaza Strip to carry out revenge attacks against its opponents.

Iran, North Korea forging ballistic, nuclear ties, dissidents claim
An exiled Iranian opposition group said on Thursday a delegation of North Korean experts in nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles visited a military site near Tehran in April amid talks between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program.

Saudi-led airstrikes kill at least 80 in Yemen
A day of deadly bombing by Saudi-led warplanes has killed at least 80 people in Yemen’s capital Sanaa and in an area along the border with Saudi Arabia. One strike targeted a Special Forces military base controlled by Houthi rebels. Witnesses said many civilians were caught up in the blast.

Israeli air force chief unfazed Egypt may get Russia’s S-300
The chief of Israel’s air force on Wednesday played down worries voiced by some fellow officials about the possibility of Egypt acquiring advanced Russian-made air defenses. The Russian news agency TASS said in March Egypt would receive the Antey-2500 missile system, an S-300 variant, and put the value of the contract at more than a billion dollars. Neither Egypt nor Russia has formally confirmed it.

Emboldened in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State may be reaching limits of expansion
With its two biggest victories in nearly a year in Iraq and Syria, Islamic State has energized its fighters, littered the streets of two cities with the bodies of its enemies and forced Washington to re-examine its strategy.

Mexico Fires on Border Patrol
When one country crosses another’s sovereign border and launches an assault on that country’s citizens, it usually grabs headlines because such action is typically viewed as an act of war. Apparently this is not the case when the Mexican government acts aggressively toward its U.S. counterparts along the southwestern border.

Catholic Group Exposes Red Influence in the Vatican
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


Top Headlines – 5/28/2015

Former US peace negotiator: Obama’s errors have distanced peace

French foreign minister to visit Israel, Palestinian territories, in bid to revive peace talks

Congress will not let France ‘take over’ peace process, says Graham

Graham Promises ‘Violent Pushback’ to Protect Israel from UN

EU foreign policy chief says situation in Gaza is ‘not sustainable’ and negotiations must be resumed to end the status quo

Netanyahu ‘appreciates and esteems’ departing peace envoy Blair

President Rivlin: I do not object to Israeli negotiations with Hamas

Gaza deters Israel, not the other way around, Haniyeh says

‘Gazans are not psychologically prepared for a new war with Israel’

Hamas blasts ‘unfair’ Amnesty report alleging war crimes in Gaza

Analysis: Forgotten facts and distorted history of the Mideast

Palestinians refuse to back down on Israel FIFA vote

‘Rampant’ Corruption Alleged in Sweeping FIFA Probe

British MPs Call on Government to Reconsider Funding to Palestinian Authority

German party lifts requirement for Muslim students to visit concentration camps

Egyptian Court: ‘We Can’t Label Israel as a ‘Terrorist State”

Egypt to Israel: Hold back your aggression

Israeli air force chief unfazed Egypt may get Russia’s S-300

Egyptian police general killed in roadside bomb attack in Sinai

Saudi designates two senior Hezbollah officials as terrorists

Saudi-led airstrikes kill at least 80 in Yemen

War leaves 16 million Yemenis without clean water: Oxfam

Leader of Syrian al-Qaida wing says aiming to take Damascus

‘Renounce Assad, change your beliefs if you want to live,’ Al-Qaeda tells Syrian Alawites

Al-Qaeda’s Syria commander offers not to attack West

Al Qaeda in Syria ‘Tweeting Jihad to Over 200,000 Followers’

Heightened threat from Islamic State begs need for surveillance, says US official

Emboldened in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State may be reaching limits of expansion

Islamic State launches wave of suicide attacks on Iraqi troops

US military pilots complain hands tied in ‘frustrating’ fight against ISIS

‘There’s evil in this world’: US vets risk all to fight ISIS with Kurdish forces

US officials: ISIS sympathizers may have made airline threats

ISIS ‘Burned Alive’ 20-Y-O Girl After She Refused ‘Extreme Sex Act,’ Forces Sex Slaves to Become Prostitutes, UN Rep Says

ISIS Burns 80-Year-Old Christian Woman to Death for Alleged Sharia Violation

Whole Foods Is In Trouble After Refusing To Back Down From Muslims

Taliban 5 could be free to travel in days, lawmakers raise alarm

Newly Revealed Bin Laden Documents Reveal Extent of Antisemitism as Motivating Factor for Attacks

How an ayatollah’s daughter came to preach peace between Israel and Iran

Ayatollah Khamenei: Our Stances on the Nuclear Issue Have Not Changed

Iran: Nuclear talks with powers might be extended past deadline

America’s top Iran negotiator announces resignation

Dissidents: Iran, North Korea forging ballistic, nuclear ties dissidents

Military Drills Increase Globally – War Preparations in Progress?

Russia masses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine

New Ukrainian immigrants fleeing violence expected to arrive in Israel Thursday afternoon

Nato chief says Russian nuclear threats are ‘deeply troubling and dangerous’

NATO chief: Russian probes creating a ‘sphere of instability’

The ‘war’ word is being increasingly heard as Europe, Russia, China and the United States adopt provocative postures

China puts weapons on its new artificial islands

Sources: IRS believes massive data theft originated in Russia

EU asks member states to take 40,000 Mediterranean refugees

Immigration Overhaul May Be in Limbo Until Late in Obama’s Term

Arizona border town ‘like a war zone all the time,’ protesting residents say

Baltimore, other cities see violent holiday weekend

Rand Paul in Chicago: Crime ‘not a racial thing, it is a spiritual problem’

3.0 magnitude earthquake hits in Irish Sea

San Andreas Ready to Blow – In Theaters and In Real Life

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 16,000ft

Houston submerged as wild weather kills at least 28 in US, Mexico

Even in flood-prone Houston, 11 inches of rain catches many unprepared

Texas dam on Padera Lake ‘breaches’ following massive floods

Reported Tornado Damages Gas Drilling Rig in Texas Panhandle

Record-breaking heat wave hits Israel, sparks brush fires

Deaths from major heatwave sweeping India top 1,100

Asia Summer Forecast: India Drought May Impact Over One Billion People; Active Typhoon Season Expected

Epic Sandstorm Darkens the City of Fallujah, Iraq

Ben & Jerry’s launches new flavor to save the world from global warming

The state of Indiana banned moving chickens and other birds to events, including county fairs and flea markets, over concerns about bird flu

Bill Gates Fears Plague That Could Wipe Out Humanity

Live anthrax inadvertently sent by U.S. military

Killer robots will leave humans ‘utterly defenceless’ warns professor

Damaged Robot Can ‘Heal’ Itself in Less Than 2 Minutes

Feds Help Finance Creation of Implantable Body Antenna for ‘Long-term Patient Monitoring’

FAA to consider new mental health rules for commercial pilots

Scott Walker defends mandatory ultrasounds

NOW President: Babies Wouldn’t Die So Much If We’d Just Kill Them Before They Died

Nevada high school student mulls lawsuit over pro-life club rejection

Divisive anti-gay marriage bill falls in Texas Legislature

Another transgender model lands contract with top agency IMG

Eyeball Tattoos Are a Bizarre and Disturbing New Trend

Magical send off for white wizard with first Pagan funeral in Cornwall for centuries

Dust and ashes: Israel’s Burning Man explodes in the Negev

Put Not Your Faith in Duggars, or Any Other Christian

Jewish teacher sues Colorado school district over evangelical events on school grounds

Pagans gather for elaborate Wiccan funeral of celebrated Cornish wizard

India’s Christians concerned about growing attacks on religious minorities


Daily Digest

May 28, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“[O]f those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.” —Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 1, 1787

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

EPA Expands Authority Over America’s Waterways

More than a year after initially proposing it, and despite efforts by congressional Republicans to block such a move, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Crops of Engineers, citing authority under the Clean Water Act, enacted a new rule that gives the federal government additional control over waterways. “The Obama administration issued a rule on Wednesday putting more small bodies of water and wetlands under federal protection to ensure clean drinking supplies,” The Wall Street Journal reports, a power grab that “is estimated to put about 3% more waterways throughout the U.S. under new federal jurisdiction.” Obama officials say they’re simply maximizing existing legal authority. According to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, “This rule is about clarification, and in fact, we’re adding exclusions for features like artificial lakes and ponds, water-filled depressions from constructions and grass swales.” However, the Journal adds, “The rule seeks to require those kinds of permits for only those waterways that have physical features of flowing water.”

And that’s exactly the concern, explains Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw: “The physical feature of flowing water? Depending on the conditions, the slope of the land and how much it rains on any given day, that could apply to pretty much anything.” Moreover, “People who own property adjacent to or including swampy areas with poor drainage can (and already have) run afoul of the feds if they want to improve the drainage to dry out a section for construction or just a better looking lawn.” As Mark Alexander wrote last month, Democrats, led by the powerful EPA, leverage environmental concerns to conceal their real agenda — the constriction of free enterprise. Their objective is to incrementally implement centralized economic control through regulatory requirements justified by ever-expanding “mandates.” In implementing its newest rule — “one of nearly 10 that the EPA is slated to complete in coming months,” the Journal notes — the agency is essentially saying, “Trust us.” That’s a dangerous thing to oblige when Liberty is at stake.

Krauthammer: How Amnesty Smackdown Hurts Republicans

Fox News political analyst Charles Krauthammer offered his two cents on Tuesday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to keep a temporary injunction in place blocking executive amnesty. According to Krauthammer, “For the Republicans, it’s a problem.” Here’s why: “It’s like the case going forward on ObamaCare and the thing about the exchanges and the subsidies. The problem is what happens if you win? Because if you win then the issue gets thrown back into the political arena.” He argues, “If somehow this would be completely tossed out, then the question will be, ‘what’s your plan on immigration reform,’ if anything. I think up until now, you can say, ‘well it’s in the hands of the courts.’ But at a certain point it’s not going to be and you’re going to have to answer.” Like or not, he’s right. Immigration is a sour topic, but taking Barack Obama’s diktats to court isn’t enough. Lest they want to commit political suicide, conservatives will eventually have to rally around viable solutions to the illegal immigration problem and present them in an articulate manner.

Santorum Announces Second Attempt at Presidency

Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania who appealed to conservative evangelical voters during the 2012 presidential election, announced Wednesday he will once again seek the GOP nomination for the White House. Traditionally known for his value-voter stance on same-sex marriage and abortion, Santorum may try to broaden his appeal this time around. On May 21, Santorum told the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, “We are not going be successful unless we have a message that talks to the people who are struggling to rise.” But while he came second place to Mitt Romney four years ago, he faces longer odds this time around. Statistics blog FiveThirtyEight says Santorum is running in a more crowded field this time around. This places him around 10th place in the popularity polls, right around the cutoff of the number of candidates Fox News and CNN says they will invite to preliminary presidential debates. In other words, Santorum does not only have to fight about issues, he’s running an underdog fight that may be felled by the arbitrary rules created by a media company. More…

Don’t Miss Alexander’s Column

Read Memo to the GOP: Get Iraq Right, on how every Republican candidate should answer the Iraq question.

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Your Viewing Guide to Sunday’s Showdown Over the Patriot Act

By Allyne Caan

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In the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, passing the Patriot Act seemed the inarguably patriotic thing to do. Nearly 14 years later, however, the lines of patriotism are less clearly drawn. Up for reauthorization, the act is facing staunch opposition — and creating strange bedfellows — in the wake of increasing concerns over government spying on the American people.

Last week, the House, by a vote of 338-88, passed not a reauthorization of the full Patriot Act but the equally patriotic sounding USA Freedom Act, which would continue the Patriot Act’s surveillance powers but end specific practices including the NSA’s data collection program (recently deemed illegal by a federal court), roving wiretaps and so-called lone-wolf surveillance tactics. Among other things, the USA Freedom Act would move the storage of telephone data from the federal government to telecommunications companies.

Between the House and president, however, the Senate stands. With 60 votes needed, the upper chamber came up short of passing the USA Freedom Act, producing just 57 votes before heading home for Memorial Day. At issue are competing views of liberty within the Senate.

Libertarian-leaning Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has long opposed the Patriot Act and would shed not a tear at its demise. He also believes the USA Freedom Act needs amending to ensure stronger protections for Americans against the government.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), on the other hand, believes the Patriot Act’s powers are requisite to security and had pushed for reauthorization of the act at best, a temporary extension at worst. He failed on both counts. Somewhere in the middle are senators who would keep much of the act but allow certain portions of it to expire.

Now, the Senate is set to reconvene this Sunday for a rare, holiday-recess vote in advance of the Patriot Act’s midnight expiration date May 31. Due to the political dance, the Senate is faced with the option of either passing the USA Freedom Act exactly as delivered by the House or allowing all provisions of the Patriot Act to expire, as the House is not slated to reconvene until Monday, several hours after the clock strikes midnight.

The FBI, for its part, has argued that the powers granted by the Patriot Act are invaluable for fighting terrorism. FBI Director James Comey pointed particularly to roving wiretaps, pursuing lone-wolf threats and provisions that allow the FBI to get court orders to track hotel and travel records as part of terrorism investigations. Attorney General Loretta Lynch echoed Comey, opposing the expiration of “vital and uncontroversial tools we use to combat terrorism and crime.” Of course, the meaning of “uncontroversial” is quite controversial.

For his part, Barack Obama is backing the House and urging the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act, stating, “Make sure we don’t have on midnight Sunday night this task still undone, because it’s necessary to keep the American people safe and secure.” Please note: Obama’s sentiments apply only to government surveillance and not to border security.

Meanwhile, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest reassured the American people that the White House has no Plan B should Congress fail to extend parts of the Patriot Act. This is particularly comforting given executive action would be far worse, regardless of what the Senate and House agree or disagree upon.

Although the USA Freedom Act failed to meet the 60-vote muster the first time around, its prospects may be slightly better on Sunday. According to Politico, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), who voted “no” initially, has suggested he may back the bill; Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) missed the first vote but is being eyed as a possible “yes”; Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and John Boozman (R-AR) are also considered possible “yes” votes. And even McConnell admitted backing for the USA Freedom Act “makes it pretty challenging to extend the law as it is.”

In a world of increasing terror threats, it’s critical that the federal government fulfill its constitutional obligation to “provide for the common defense.” However, it’s up to the American people to ensure this clause does not become the next “general welfare” clause, abused beyond recognition in the name of the public good. While security is critical, liberty is essential. We would do well to remember that fully ceding the latter has never guaranteed the former.

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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

OPINION IN BRIEF

R. Emmett Tyrrell: “[F]rom Atlanta … comes a plan for alternative state funding of the school system that would provide widespread reform. … Glenn Delk wrote about the plan last week in The American Spectator. Here is the plan in a simplified form. The state legislature passes a law allowing families to establish an Education Savings Account for each child, placing up to $8,000 per student into a tax-free account. The money is there to use purely for educational purposes. Any funds left unspent in a year may be rolled over to the next year or for college. Additionally, the state applies for a waiver from the federal government so the state can apply the $1 billion it already gets to Education Savings Accounts of $10,000 each for the state’s poorest children. What is more, the state spends $8,000 per student from the $8 billion it has already set aside for students without regard for family income. Thus, the state could fund one million students without increasing funding. If you assume that the 150,000 students currently attending private schools would qualify, then 850,000 public school students would qualify. Assuming 100,000 of them use federal funds, and 850,000 public school students use state funds, that leaves 650,000 public school students to attend schools run by traditional school districts, with $8 billion in local property tax funding. … I think it is worth a try.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “When individuals and nations have once got in their heads the abstract concept of full-blown liberty, there is nothing like it in its uncontrollable strength.” —German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)

Non Compos Mentis: “I will say that there does seem to be a pattern. Democratic presidents — and there’s two in particular I’m thinking about — over the last 35 years seem to inherit a mess of problems. Have you noticed that? So then they have to dig us out of the ditches they find themselves in and put us back on the right track. And of course, I’m talking about Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. … Are we going to hand over our country once again to the people and policies that crashed our economy before and that will shred the progress that we’ve made?” —Hillary Clinton

Annals of the absurd: “Do you think the #TexasFlooding is related to climate control or God’s rebuke?” —Al Sharpton

Village Idiot: “Last weekend, more than 1.2 million Irish voters took a courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality. … And here in the United States, in just the past three years we’ve gone from six states recognizing marriage equality to 37 states, comprising 224 million Americans.” —Joe Biden (The overwhelming majority of those states were forced by the courts to recognize same-sex marriage.)

Dezinformatsia: “Marriage, honeymoons and welfare: @AP exclusive shows Islamic State membership has its privileges.” —tweet from the Associated Press promoting an article titled, “For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate’s heart”

Late-night humor: “I’d love to have Hillary Clinton as a guest on the show, but I can’t afford her speaking fee.” —Conan O’Brien

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis!
Managing Editor Nate Jackson

Join us in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families.

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The Briefing

1) Chimps’ day in court exposes confusion of human dignity with care for animals

Judge Ponders Whether Chimps Should Get Same Rights as Humans, Wall Street Journal (Jacob Gershman)

2) Leftward trend on social issues reflects cultural milieu more than beliefs of Americans

Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues, Gallup (Frank Newport)

3) Approval of assisted suicide dissipates as voters recognize threat of slippery slope 

The Assisted-Suicide Movement Goes on Life Support, Wall Street Journal (Aaron Kheriarty)

4) Chinese crackdown on religious groups reveals idolatrous effort to co-opt religion for state

China Aims to Break Foreign Influence on Religion, Voice of America (William Ade)

 

In other news…

FIFA Inquiry Yields Indictments; U.S. Officials Vow to Pursue More, New York Times (Matt Apuzzo, Stephanie Clifford, and William K. Rashbaum)

On Same-Sex Marriage, Catholics Are Leading the Way, The New York Times (Frank Bruni)

Adultery and same-sex marriages, The Washington Post (Eugene Volokh)

Is ‘San Andreas’ A Cryptic Warning About What Is Going To Happen In America’s Future?

San Andreas Movie PosterHollywood has a long history of inserting political messages, social commentaries, subliminal effects and even cryptic warnings about the future into big budget films.  So is someone attempting to use “San Andreas” to tell us something?  For many years, doomsayers have been warning that the “Big One” is going to come along and rip the coastline of California to shreds.  Up until this moment, it hasn’t happened, but without a doubt we have moved into a time of increased geological activity all over the globe.  As you read this article, 42 volcanoes around the planet are currently erupting.  That means that the number of volcanoes erupting right now is greater than the 20th century’s average for an entire year.  In addition, we have been witnessing a great deal of very unusual earthquake activity lately.  Just in the United States, we have seen unusual earthquakes hit Michigan, Texas, Mississippi, California, Idaho And Washington within the last month or so.  Could it be possible that our planet has entered a period of heightened seismic activity?  And could it also be possible that someone behind “San Andreas” is aware of this and is trying to warn us about what is coming in our future? (Read More…)


Emergency Powers Give Barack Obama Authority Over Just About Everything During A Major National Crisis

Barack Obama With His Hand On The Resolute DeskPresidents have always exercised emergency powers, but now thanks to dozens of new laws, regulations, court decisions and executive orders, Barack Obama is the most powerful president in all of U.S. history.  Of course the U.S. Constitution does not actually give the president any special powers during a time of national emergency, but over time presidents have decided that they should be able to exercise such powers and the courts have generally agreed with them.  During World War II and prior to that, these emergency powers were largely uncodified and were primarily used during times of war.  But since World War II things have completely changed, and this has particularly been true since 9/11.  Over the past decade or so, a whole host of extraordinary powers have specifically been given to the office of the president, and all that it takes to exercise them is a major “national emergency”.  So if we do have a full-blown economic collapse, a historic natural disaster, a significant war or a massive pandemic, Barack Obama could use the emergency powers that he has been given to essentially take authority over everything. (Read More….)


 
I don’t care how popular the Duggar family and their TLC reality show “19 Kids & Counting” is with Christian conservatives. I don’t care how many Republican presidential hopefuls Josh Duggar posed with in Iowa, or how important his celebrity was to the Family Research Council, the conservative Christian lobbying group. When the Duggar family’s oldest son admitted he had molested and fondled five little girls — including some of his own sisters — when he was 14, it was time for conservative Christians to hold Josh and the Duggar family accountable for their actions. Most didn’t. Also, I…
 


 
Worldview Weekend Radio: What Did Pro-Family Leaders Know & When Did They Know It When It Comes to Josh Duggar?   Guest: Michael Reagan. Today Brannon reveals that the shocking and sad stories about Josh Duggar and the molestation accusations that have been all over the news the past week were not a shock to him as he was warned in January of 2008 while he was in Bentonville, Arkansas at a Worldview Weekend. Today Brannon is not interested in piling on but in asking a long list of questions. Brannon is particularly concerned that the Family Research Council hired Josh to work for them as…
 


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

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. (Farnsley, Religion News Service)

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‘We’re coming close to end of human history’ – Ann Graham Lotz

“Our world is unraveling,” she told Alan Colmes on his Fox News Radio program. “I think the whole world senses, especially those who follow the news, senses that something is happening that is very unsettling.”

Colmes had asked Lotz, the author of nearly a dozen books and the president of AnGeL Ministries, whether she believed “we are at the end times now.”

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The Pope who Loved the Jews…Really?

The current Pope was introduced to the world as a “friend of the Jews”. He comes only a short fifty years after Vatican II and the famous Nostra Aetate document also known as the “Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions.” This short, very ecumenical document aimed at reconciling Jews, Muslims and Christians among other things.

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New Fox TV Drama ‘Lucifer’ to Glamorize Devil as ‘Charming’ Nightclub Owner in ‘City of Angels’

by Marsha West

A new television drama to be released by Fox next year will seek to glamorize the devil in a hypothetical story about Satan’s earthly life as the owner of a posh nightclub in America’s City of Angels. “Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns […]

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U.S. Pushback Against Muslim Refugees ‘Growing’

WND has discovered what amounts to the government playbook for countering the rising “backlash” against the secret planting of Muslim refugees into cities and towns across America…………. Click here for full story


The New Silent Missile That Can Destroy Enemy Electronics With Microwave Pulses

From Ocean’s Eleven to Star Trek, weapons that wipe out enemy electronics are a staple of science fiction films. 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 …………. Click here for full story


The Internet Was Used By 3.2 Billion People In 2015

Nearly half of the global population will be using the internet by the end of this year, according to a new report ………… Click here for full story


Shock Poll: 81% Of Al Jazeera Arabic Poll Respondents Support Islamic State

In a recent survey conducted by AlJazeera.net, the website for the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel, respondents overwhelmingly support the Islamic State terrorist group, with 81% voting “YES” on whether they approved of ISIS’s conquests in the region ……….. Click here for full story


Age Of Wearable Computing Delivers BioStamp Electronic Skin

MC10, a startup in Cambridge, MA, is developing a technology that will allow digital circuits to be embedded in bendable, stretchable materials, which allows exploration of entirely new form factors for electronics – including a form of “electronic skin.”………… Click here for full story


Inside Ireland’s Marriage Makeover

“They were overwhelmed with millions and millions and millions of American dollars and threats from major American corporations that the Irish economy would be hurt if they didn’t go the right way,” Ruse said. “Even the conservative parties are stripping their members of their positions if they did not uphold this idea of faux marriage.”

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Collateral Damage? 63 Churches Hit In Syrian Civil War

“Christians and their places of worship have suffered as much as the rest of the Syrian people. Scud missiles, chemical weapons or barrel bombs do not differentiate between Christians and non-Christians.” However, both extremist groups and government and opposition forces are accused of committing war crimes through “deliberate targeting” of churches, and not just “random” attacks.

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“Groundbreaking” Gay Marriage Study Retracted Over Faked Data

The study, published in December in the journal Science, showed dramatic results. But when several graduate students returned to the study to build off the work, they found irregularities in the research. Methods widely recognized to produce inconsistent results and anomalies in other studies seemed to yield almost perfectly consistent results in this study.

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The End Of Casual Christianity

The language of “decline,” however, is imprecise. The mainline has not so much declined as faded into the broader culture. “Liberals have learned that it’s difficult for the church to survive,” says historian George Marsden, “if there’s nothing that makes the church distinct from culture.”

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Rubio: “Real and present danger” that Christianity will be labeled ‘hate speech’

by Marsha West

Some readers may not be aware that Sen. Marco Rubio is a Roman Catholic. The RCC claims to be the one true church. Berean Research respectfully disagrees, as we believe that the doctrines taught by the RCC are in opposition to biblical Christianity. That said, Sen. Rubio has gone against the powerful gay lobby in his […]

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Obama Threatens To Cut funds For School Lunches If Schools Do Not Support His Transgender Program

Posted: 28 May 2015 09:43 AM PDT

“The largest school district in Virginia is expanding its non-discrimination policy to include gender identity over the loud objections of parents, and the Obama administration intends to impose the change on every public school district in the country. On Thursday, the Fairfax County School Board voted overwhelmingly to expand it’s non-discrimination policy to accommodate transgender teachers and students. The vote came after the second of two boisterous hearings, at which parents overwhelmingly opposed the change.

The amended policy would apply to students as young as preschool and allow teachers to stay in the classroom if they declare themselves to be a different gender and conduct themselves accordingly. Many parents are concerned about privacy for their kids if transgender adults and students are granted access to restrooms and locker rooms opposite of their biological gender. For weeks, board members touted the change as minor change and one that would ensure all people are treated fairly. Shortly after the vote, that story changed. FULL REPORT

 

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Court bans ‘Choose Life’ license plate as ‘patently offensive’ in shocking rulingPosted: 28 May 2015 06:46 AM PDT

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled last week that “Choose Life” license plates are “patently offensive.” Taking it a step further, the appeals court overturned a lower court ruling, saying New York had the right to ban the specialty plates based on a Department of Motor Vehicles policy designed to prevent road rage, according to The Daily Caller.

Because supporting life is so… controversial? Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco said the court “denied free speech in favor of government censorship.” “Pro-adoption organizations should have the same speech rights as any other organization,” Tedesco said. “The state has wrongly gotten away with speech discrimination against our client for more than 10 years.” Life News posted a link to the story, along with a sample plate: FULL REPORT

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Emergency Powers Give Barack Obama Authority Over Just About Everything During A Major National CrisisPosted: 28 May 2015 06:40 AM PDT

Presidents have always exercised emergency powers, but now thanks to dozens of new laws, regulations, court decisions and executive orders, Barack Obama is the most powerful president in all of U.S. history. Of course the U.S. Constitution does not actually give the president any special powers during a time of national emergency, but over time presidents have decided that they should be able to exercise such powers and the courts have generally agreed with them. During World War II and prior to that, these emergency powers were largely uncodified and were primarily used during times of war.

But since World War II things have completely changed, and this has particularly been true since 9/11. Over the past decade or so, a whole host of extraordinary powers have specifically been given to the office of the president, and all that it takes to exercise them is a major “national emergency”. So if we do have a full-blown economic collapse, a historic natural disaster, a significant war or a massive pandemic, Barack Obama could use the emergency powers that he has been given to essentially take authority over everything. There is not a single document or series of documents that contain all of the emergency powers that Barack Obama could potentially wield during a major national emergency. As I mentioned above, these powers come from literally dozens of laws, regulations, court decisions and executive orders. But in this article I will discuss a few important documents. FULL REPORT

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Mysterious disease threatens Australian turtle with extinction – hundreds of turtles dead, scientists puzzled on diseasePosted: 28 May 2015 06:30 AM PDT

Just three months – that’s all it took to wipe almost every member of a species of turtles off of the map. It all started in mid-February when canoeists paddling down the Bellinger River in New South Wales, Australia, came across several dead and dying turtles. Since then more than 400 dead turtles have shown up. Dozens more sick turtles were also recovered, each of which was lethargic, emaciated and covered in infected lesions in their eyes, skin and even internal organs. None of the infected turtles survived. The 60-kilometer river is the only home to the Bellinger River snapping turtle (Elsaya georgesi), a rare but little-studied species that has already been on the decline for years due to pollution and predation by invasive foxes. Scientists now fear that this mysterious, as-yet-unidentified disease has reached 90 percent of the turtle’s habitat and could cause the species’ imminent extinction.

Is there hope? So far 17 apparently healthy turtles have been captured and brought into safety. University of Western Sydney zoologist Ricky Spencer says the 10 males and seven females—all that could be located by a multiagency team of wildlife experts—will spend up to the next eight months in quarantine where they will be monitored daily for signs of the disease. If they stay healthy, they could later form the core of a captive-breeding program that could, in theory, save the species from extinction even if it completely disappears in the wild. Along with starting a captive-breeding program, the other big challenge is to identify the disease and determine how to stop it. The process could take years. Although other diseases and certain bacteria have been known to affect turtles—especially their fragile eyes—Spencer says there are no other known turtle diseases that produce such extensive lesions “throughout internal and external organs.” FULL REPORT

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Bill Gates just described his biggest fear — and it could kill 33 million people in less than a yearPosted: 28 May 2015 06:21 AM PDT

You would think that Bill Gates, the ever-so-friendly richest man in the world, wouldn’t be afraid of much. But as he recently told Ezra Klein at Vox, he does have some major fears for humanity. “I rate the chance of a nuclear war within my lifetime as being fairly low,” says Gates. “I rate the chance of a widespread epidemic, far worse than Ebola, in my lifetime, as well over 50%.” Gates is 59 years old. So that means an outbreak of sorts is possibly coming in the next few decades.

It’s especially terrifying, Gates says, given the way we reacted to the last epidemic: The Ebola outbreak of last year showed how unready the world is for dealing with infectious disease. The last widespread killer epidemic was the Spanish Flu. Between 1918 and 1919, it killed between 20 million and 40 million people worldwide — more than World War I. What’s even more frightening, Gates says, is that we don’t even know where the Spanish Flu came from — it was just called the “Spanish Flu” because the press in Spain were the first to report on it. FULL REPORT

 

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Government pushes for automatic food stamp enrollment over telephonePosted: 28 May 2015 06:17 AM PDT

It will soon be even easier to become a ward of the government, a dependent rather than a producer. According to a new report from the Department of Agriculture, officials examined the issue of Americans being able to apply for food stamp assistance over the phone. Supporters of this idea have said that interviewing applicants in person is too time-consuming and adds too much in administrative costs. The report examines the benefits and potential liabilities of allowing people to apply specifically for SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – benefits, which is the nation’s largest and most expensive food-assistance program.

“Regulations require that states conduct face-to-face interviews, unless the state determines that a telephone interview is acceptable due to a hardship on the client,” the report notes. “However, over the last decade, most states applied for and received waivers that allow for telephone interviews in all cases, without the need to document a hardship.” So in other words, in most states, SNAP has become a full-blown wealth transfer giveaway, requiring virtually no proof of need whatsoever. After all, how can you really determine such a need over the phone? FULL REPORT

 

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B.C. group wants gender removed from birth certificates in CanadaPosted: 28 May 2015 06:12 AM PDT

Should gender be removed from birth certificates in Canada? A group of British Columbians says it should and is taking their fight to the province’s Human Rights Tribunal, which has agreed to hear their case. Morgane Oger, the chair of the Trans Alliance Society in Vancouver, and one of the complainants in the case, argues birth certificates should only contain things that don’t change, like the time and place a person was born and their parents’ identity at the time – gender, Oger said, should not be included.

“Gender identity is not determinable, even sex is not determinable at birth in 100 per cent of the cases,” Oger said. “Sex designation is not something that’s measurable by doctor.” Oger identifies as a female. But was identified by documentation as a male until last year, when she changed it to female on her provincial documentation 1.5 years ago, and on her federal documentation this year. “Yet my birth certificate, that I’ve had to hand out a number of times says male on it, until now. So now my proof of identity can say female. But all the documentation in the past has said male.” FULL REPORT

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Teacher Says His School Is Doing Something That Violates the First AmendmentPosted: 28 May 2015 06:07 AM PDT

A Colorado teacher is suing his school district over alleged religious discrimination, claiming that the public school where he teaches has an inappropriate relationship with an evangelical church, and is actively promoting Christian ideals. Robert Basevitz filed a lawsuit against Fremont Re-2 School District in Florence, Colorado, on Tuesday, alleging that Florence High School is promoting the faith-based values of a local church, the Denver Post reported.

The battle reportedly surrounds a local house of worship called the Cowboy Church at Crossroads, which is lead by Pastor Randy Pfaff. Pfaff, who rents cafeteria space at Florence High School for services on Sunday mornings, hosts prayer meetings around the flagpole before school each day and facilitates Bible studies during lunch periods, told the Post that he doesn’t believe that the U.S. Constitution bans God from the public school system. FULL REPORT

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Bizarre hovering ‘UFO’ lights are the ‘REAL DEAL’, claim alien chasersPosted: 28 May 2015 05:59 AM PDT

Bizarre ‘UFO’ lights filmed over a remote part of Russia have been called “the real deal” after they went viral on YouTube. The bright and apparently hovering lights were captured in the sky in the Astrakhan region of Russia at dusk. Onlookers who recorded the footage were puzzled by the fact what appeared to be elongated orbs of light clustered near each other appeared to be static.

And when the camera panned out they appeared to be hovering over a road by a lake in empty countryside. Around 100,000 people viewed the video on YouTube, with one posting: “I think this could be the real deal. “A number of reports of UFO sightings and personal witness reports link back to what is pictured here.” More sceptical observers debated whether they were just Chinese lanterns or a flare. FULL REPORT

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Birds shipped to incinerator and landfills as bird flu spreads to more counties in IowaPosted: 28 May 2015 05:54 AM PDT

Highly pathogenic avian influenza spread to more counties in Iowa, affecting more than a million additional birds. Probable cases of bird flu were found at commercial laying operations that reported increased mortality in their flocks in Adair and Webster counties, according to a Tuesday, May 26, 2015 report from the Iowa Department of Agriculture. An estimated 975,000 birds were in the Adair County flock, and an estimated 160,000 were in the Webster County flock. A commercial laying operation with about one million birds was also believed to be contaminated in Wright County according to a May 27, 2015 statement from the Iowa Department of Agriculture.

The first reports of bird flu were confirmed in mid-April 2015 in Buena Vista and Sac counties. Since then, cases have also been reported in Osceola, Sioux, O’Brien, Kossuth, Clay, Pocahontas, Cherokee, Madison, Wright, Palo Alto, Lyon, Plymouth, Calhoun, Adair and Webster counties in Iowa. More than 25 million birds were affected, and flocks that were confirmed to be infected were euthanized. Because of the large number of affected birds, a large incinerator in Cherokee County was to begin processing the euthanized birds and other materials the week after Memorial Day. FULL REPORT

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Obama Threatens To Cut funds For School Lunches If Schools Do Not Support His Transgender Program

When anyone says that Barack Hussein Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing, they just don’t understand the agenda. He belongs to the progressive left and is the puppet of George Soros.

He played it just as he was told during his first term. He even upheld traditional marriage back then, but do you see that was the plan? He couldn’t show his cards. He was on his first term, and had much to accomplish during his second. Oh, he knew that he would win. You can take that to the bank.

Do you remember that Romney was about 9 points ahead two weeks before the election? It was rigged. The Dems have no morals nor do they have ethics. Whatever it takes to get the job done. Saul Alinsky mapped it all out for them in “Rules for Radicals.”

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Obama is an evil man. Everything he does is calculated. Everything he does is told to him to do. He had to destroy the definition of traditional marriage. Gay marriage is now legal in most states. Mission accomplished.

But he is not through destroying the fabric of America. He is a Communist/Socialist radical without a conscience. His latest strike against our country, actually hits our children directly.

“The largest school district in Virginia is expanding its non-discrimination policy to include gender identity over the loud objections of parents, and the Obama administration intends to impose the change on every public school district in the country.

On Thursday, the Fairfax County School Board voted overwhelmingly to expand it’s non-discrimination policy to accommodate transgender teachers and students. The vote came after the second of two boisterous hearings, at which parents overwhelmingly opposed the change.

The amended policy would apply to students as young as preschool and allow teachers to stay in the classroom if they declare themselves to be a different gender and conduct themselves accordingly. Many parents are concerned about privacy for their kids if transgender adults and students are granted access to restrooms and locker rooms opposite of their biological gender.

For weeks, board members touted the change as minor change and one that would ensure all people are treated fairly. Shortly after the vote, that story changed.

In a statement released after the meeting, school board chairwoman Tamara Derenak Koufax released a statement which said the federal government left the board no choice.

“The U.S. Department of Education has told school districts that transgender students are protected from discrimination under Title IX and has recently required some school districts including Alexandria, Va., to amend their policies to expressly include gender identity,” said Koufax in the statement.

Elizabeth Schultz was the only board member to oppose the policy change. But she says Koufax is right about the federal intrusion.

“They’ve threatened that if we do not they will pull our federal education funds, free and reduced meal money for impoverished students,” said Schultz to the Washington Examiner.

As a result, this debate may soon be playing out in every public school district in America.

“What happened in Fairfax is not just about Fairfax. It is now a national issue,” said Traditional Values Coalition President Andrea Lafferty, whose children were enrolled in Fairfax schools for many years.

“President Obama and his Justice Department and his Department of Education are going to start telling school districts, ‘If you do not add gender identity, we are going to take away all your federal funding,” said Lafferty.

But Lafferty says the school board never brought up the federal mandate until after the vote and its reasons for considering the policy until this revelation was all over the place.

“There’s been excuse after excuse. That excuse didn’t come out until they knew thousands and thousands of parents were sending them emails and calling them,” said Lafferty. “At the meeting two weeks ago, one of the board members specifically said, ‘Our policy suffices. We don’t have a problem. We don’t need to do this. But OK, we’ll do it.’”

She says the shifting explanations didn’t end there.

As the days went by and more people expressed outrage, the story changed again. The sponsor said, ‘Let’s pass it and then the staff can tell us what’s in it, just like with Obamacare,” said Lafferty.

As maddening as the changing rationale is for Lafferty, she says the board’s treatment of concerned parents was even more outrageous. At each of the two meetings devoted to the subject, 10 people were allowed to speak for three minutes apiece.

The parents that were in the building and the parents that were locked out were overwhelmingly opposed to this. Anybody that watched it live or watched it online, could see the arrogance of the school board speaking down to these parents. Parents are upset. They want to be involved in the process and they weren’t,” said Lafferty.

Lafferty approached Fairfax County Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza to complain about a process that stiff-armed parents away from the decision-making process. Garza disagreed.

“She vehemently disagreed with me. The superintendent and all the school board except for one or two people think parents’ voices have been heard and it’s completely untrue,” said Lafferty, who says the district studied and evaluated whether to change the start of the school day for many years but limited this issue to just one hour of public input.

For now, she insists this fight is not over in Fairfax.

“It’s never final. These people were voted in. They are not lifetime judges and they can be voted out in November. There is a possibility of legal action. There’s a lot of things that we’re looking at right now,” said Lafferty, who says every parent concerned about this issue needs to get ready for a fight in their town.

This is coming to your neighborhood, whether you’re in Keokuk, Iowa, Tupelo, Mississippi, or wherever. You need to make sure your school board pushes back,” said Lafferty.” source

This president has destroyed America. I believe that he is part of God’s judgment against us. I also believe that it is too late for America to turn back. Of course, God can do anything He wants to do. But I believe that God is finished with America. I hope I’m wrong.

MARANATHA!

 

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Christian Headlines Daily – Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Top Headlines

Moving Forward from the Duggar Scandal: Sexual Abuse in the Church and the Epidemic of Silence

Hundreds of Trafficking Victims Discovered in Shallow Graves in Malaysia Jungle

‘Charlie Charlie’ Challenge has Youth Attempting to Summon Demon

Suspected Boko Haram Militants Kill 29 in Brutal Nigeria Attack

Scott Walker Makes Pitch to D.C. Conservatives

New Translation Method Gets Bible Translated in 2 Months

People Worldwide United in Prayer for Worship Pastor and Wife Who Lost Children in Car Accident

Marine Court-Martialed for Refusing to Remove Bible Verse from Work Computer

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

TLC Pulls ’19 Kids’ Over Josh Duggar Misconduct Scandal

Opinion

IRS Admits Massive Identity Theft

What Marriage Means to Young Evangelicals

Boy Scouts of America Face Moral Disaster

Unexploded WWII Bomb Found in London

Is Christianity Really Dying Out in America?


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“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 28, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Christian Blog/Article Collection

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10 Ideas Embedded In The Slogan “All Truth Is God’s Truth”

All that is truthful, from whatever source, is unified, and will cohere with whatever else is truthful. (“Because God’s reality is unified and coherent, centered as it is on the person of Christ, all truthful apprehensions of that reality, or truthful expressions of those apprehensions, will cohere and contribute to an integrated, unified, Christ-centered vision of all things.”

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The Same Gospel

When we work in areas different from the one from which we came, we might be tempted to hold back parts of the gospel that seem difficult for people to believe. Perhaps we may leave out things like man’s sin, God’s wrath, and eternal damnation for sinners in order to make the gospel “kinder.” We might also be tempted to make the gospel more prosperous in the here-and-now by promising earthly riches that Jesus doesn’t promise…we dare not change the one gospel that leads to salvation. There is one message of good news and any other message is wholly un-Christian.

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Bad Reasons for Avoiding Politics

Christ is coming soon, so we should not waste our time on the affairs of the world: “Since Christ is coming soon, why get involved in seeking long-term political solutions to social problems?” But Christians have been predicting Christ’s return for centuries. Besides, are we not supposed to seek to promote the good regardless of how long we have to do it? And logically should this principle not encourage us to forgo getting an education and saving for retirement?

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Don’t Call Charlie – Church & Culture Blog

A new challenge game is going viral. It’s about connecting with a dead spirit from Mexico named “Charlie.”

Fueled by thousands of videos from young people supposedly showing “contact,” the game is played by placing two pencils in the shape of a cross on a piece of paper with the words “yes” and “no.” Those present then repeat the phrase, “Charlie, Charlie can we play?” in order to make contact with the demon.

If “Charlie” is there, the pencils are said to move toward his answer.

If “present,” then questions of any kind are asked…and answered.

To end the game, players say, “Charlie, Charlie can we stop?”

If you are ever invited to play this game, don’t. In fact, flee the entire situation. Don’t even be present as an observer.

If you are a parent that catches even the slightest whiff of this in your child’s life, do quick intervention.

Because it’s not a game.

It’s the occult.

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

by Marsha West

John Burton has written a piece titled “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, […]

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Biblical or Human Church Growth?

Bigger is better, right? The Church Growth Movement has captured the fancy of Christian leaders and members alike. After all, if our churches are bigger and growing, that means God is behind it, right? Not so fast. Our guest this morning Pastor Gary Gilley has some concerns about the “bigger is better” movement sweeping American […]

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ARE ALL CHRISTIANS HYPOCRITES? YES, MAYBE AND NO.

The revelations about Josh Duggar have brought to the forefront a much broader discussion about Christians and hypocrisy. (If you need a recap, here is The Washington Post‘s excellent timeline of the entire situation.)

Does his criticizing the sexual behavior of others, while engaging in not just sexual sins, but criminal molestation, mark him a hypocrite? Are Christians, in general, hypocrites for so often critiquing the behavior of others, while failing to live up to their own standards?

As a Christian, my answer would be yes, maybe, and no. Let me explain.

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Warnings Met With Deafness

by Bill Muehlenberg

I am not sure which is worse: all the evils, calamities, destruction and attacks on the West and on Christianity, or the seemingly complete inability of most folks to see it happening, or to heed the warnings about all this. We have had so many folks offering so many warnings, yet most folks seem to be deaf and dumb, or just don’t care.

The inability of Westerners, especially Western Christians, to heed the warnings and respond to the alarms is just utterly frightening. It is as if the West has been immobilised by alien rays, and they are just unable to respond to the myriad of danger signs all around them.

danger 2We are so overcome with relativism, truth decay, political correctness, and idiotic ideas about tolerance that we refuse to get shook up about anything, and we remain rock hard regardless of all the warnings about our own doom. Perhaps we can understand non-Christians acting this way, but it seems Christians are hardly any better.

Most believers today are so conditioned by the spirit of the age, so biblically illiterate, and so duped by the lies of secular humanism, that they can’t seem to think straight – at least in terms of a biblical worldview. They have become utterly incapacitated to think and act like disciples of Christ, and appear to be indistinguishable from their pagan counterparts.

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Cold Case Christianity: Ten Principles for the Reluctant Use of Deadly Force

Every year we celebrate Memorial Day and honor our fallen soldiers who have died in wars over the years. While the vast majority of Christians believe there are times when it is appropriate to use deadly force (or go to war), they have struggled throughout the ages to understand when and how this ought to be done. The reluctant use of deadly force has been a topic of philosophical and theological consideration for centuries. Augustine (354 – 430) and Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) attempted to formulate what is now called the “Just War Theory”. Like other Christians who have wrestled with the issue, they tried to develop a set of principles guiding the responsible use of deadly force. Here is a very brief summary of several Christian principles guiding the incredibly difficult decision to exercise deadly force (especially in the context of war):

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Podcast – The Necessity of Biblical and Discerning Pastors

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Atheist Matt Dillahunty Goes After Intelligent Design — and Stumbles

by Jonathan McLatchie

I was recently directed to the above video featuring notable atheist Matt Dillahunty (with whom I have had interaction in the past). In it, Dillahunty makes a number of elementary mistakes that are quite common among popular-level criticisms of intelligent design. I thought it would be worthwhile to offer a short response. Misrepresenting Intelligent Design […]

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

by Marsha West

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, […]

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10 Reasons Why Spiritual Disciplines Matter in Church Revitalization

By Chuck Lawless

Thom Rainer and I have talked often about the process of church revitalization. Both of us recognize, though, that knowledge of revitalization is hardly enough to turn around a church; the process cannot be separated from the personal walk of the leader who longs for church renewal. Below are ten reasons why spiritual disciplines matter in church revitalization.

  1. The call to disciplines reveals our heart. If we don’t spend time with God daily, that choice tells us something about ourselves. Perhaps we are more self-dependent than God-dependent (see #6 below). Maybe we are “fixers” who try to address problems first, and then pray if necessary. We may evaluate our walk on the basis of public results more than a personal relationship with God. Any of these realities will hinder revitalization.
  2. Our personal walk with God affects the corporate walk of the local church. Leaders who spend little time with God tend to spend less time challenging their members to be with God. Their stories of personal victory are often more past tense than present tense. Those who do not follow God intimately seldom see genuine revitalization in their church; in fact, they sometimes produce congregations that unknowingly need revitalization
  3. The Bible is a book about hope and life. We know this truth – perhaps so well that we have forgotten its power. We preach about the promise of resurrection and new creation, all the while wondering if even God can revitalize dying congregations. To have hope for revitalization, we need to be reminded regularly through the Word that God brings life out of death.
  4. Disciplines strengthen our faith. Reading the Word and praying are more than just disciplines; they are lifelines to the Father. Knowing that God divides seas, collapses walls, slays giants, and empties tombs strengthens our trust in Him. Talking to Him and recognizing He listens to our prayers magnify our wonder of Him. No task of revitalization is too big for this God.
  5. Prayer is an expression of relationship with, and dependence on, God. When we pray, we express the truth that we cannot do in our power what God has called us to do. The reverse is also true: our prayerlessness is an expression of idolatry of the self. God does not bless the leadership of idolaters, even those who have great skills for revitalization.
  6. Daily obedience undergirds our praying. Simply stated, revitalization requires the power of God. The kind of praying that results in God’s power demands obedience (Isa. 59:1-2), including reading the Word, praying continually, and rejecting temptation. Perfunctory prayer from disobedient hearts hardly produces new life in a congregation.
  7. Disciplines focus our attention on God, not on our circumstances. It’s the apathetic, dying church that needs God’s renewed touch, but it’s that same church that can most frustrate its leaders. Unless we are regularly focusing on God via study and prayer, the obstacles to revitalization can quickly become overwhelming.
  8. Disciplines help to turn our heart outward. It’s hard to read the Bible consistently without seeing God’s heart for our neighbors and the nations. The resounding message of the scripture is that the God who desires a prayerful, intimate relationship with us loves the world. Leaders who live in that truth daily are best prepared to lead inwardly focused churches toward turnaround.
  9. Apart from being with God, we can produce deceptive revitalization. This reason may seem to contradict #2 above, but here’s the tricky part: if revitalization is limited to increased numbers, even the leader who is not faithful in his walk with God can lead a church to “revitalization.” What might seem to be a move of God, however, could be nothing more than popularity and attraction.
  10. Faithfulness to spiritual disciplines gives us humble confidence to lead. Revitalization requires helping churches see their current situation and then change as needed to reach this generation. Leaders who live in a state of ongoing dependence on God are most prepared to lead in this direction.

Let’s help one another: what steps have you taken to help you be more faithful in spiritual disciplines?


Chuck Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary. You can connect with Dr. Lawless on both Twitter and Facebook.


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Marriage Redefined

What does the rising generation of young evangelicals think about marriage? Here’s the troubling truth.
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Resting In Christ

Repentance, and the sorrow it brings are tools in God’s hand to drive us to Christ and the forgiveness and joy that He brings.


Maybe you haven’t noticed: God made two sexes

Having decreed that God did not invent marriage, our culture has moved on to a new cause célèbre: the claim that neither did God invent gender.

Last week Fairfax County Schools (where I live) is considering a measure to no longer teach that there are two genders, but rather that gender exists on a spectrum, as well as to move the curriculum out of the science department and into the health department so that parents can no longer opt their students out. This all follows their vote a few weeks ago to allow cross-dressing teachers and essentially end gender segregated bathrooms.

By the way, Fairfax is one of the ten largest public school districts in the US.

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Is Christian Marriage in Chaos?

We know Christian marriage is under attack. When your own Christian marriage feels like chaos, you hurt deeply. You may wonder if you and your spouse are destined for continual disagreement and dissatisfaction.


60 Summer Reading Suggestions from Our Team

C.S. Lewis once said, “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” In other words, good books stand the test of time, and really good books are the ones we read over and over again.


The Ultimate Rags To Riches Story

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A Feature Article by Jack Kelley

We all love this kind of story. And as much as we’re encouraged by the experience of an ordinary person who due to personal drive and perseverance rises from humble beginnings to become a leader of business or industry, we’re especially fond of stories where an absolute nobody is plucked from the faceless crowd and instantly propelled to the pinnacle of success. Great Hollywood stories have been built upon this premise, and they’ve never failed to delight us. But by far the absolute best example of this comes from the Bible and is about you.  Our story begins in the Old Testament Book of 1st Samuel with David and Jonathan.

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If Forgiving Josh Duggar for Molesting His Victims Is All It Takes Then Mike Huckabee, Evangelism Explosion, Ray Comfort & Todd Friel Should Hire Him to Be the Face of Their Ministries

Yesterday on my Bible News Radio show, my husband and I, continued to discuss the fallout from the Josh Duggar scandal.  Over the weekend I had a few homeschooling mothers who support Duggar and his crimes unfriend me on Facebook for saying that Jim Bob and Michelle handled the situation poorly and that charges should’ve been pressed against him for his crimes.

I’ve had numerous other Christians confront me and tell me that Josh is forgiven and so we need to let it go and move on.  I also saw Mike Huckabee, Todd Friel, Ray Comfort and Evangelism Explosion all come out in support of Josh Duggar.  It’s a matter of forgiveness they say. He wasn’t a Christian when he committed his crimes and he’s the perfect candidate for Christian ministry because God has redeemed him by the blood of the Lamb!

My question to those who have no shame in publicly supporting Josh Duggar is this – When do you plan on hiring him to be the face of your ministry and your national spokesman?  Will Mike Huckabee chuck his current staff for Josh to take their place as he goes and wastes money running again for President?  How about Todd Friel – Will you hire Josh to be your co-host on your TV show and to babysit your children when you and your wife want a weekend away?  Evangelism Explosion – When are you going to use Josh’s face on your evangelism materials and use them to share with the lost and dying world that because Josh is forgiven of molesting his sisters and another victim, they need to come to Christ?   Will Ray Comfort make Josh a co-host and face of his ministry like Kirk Cameron was in the past?  I’m waiting gentlemen.

If all this big mess is about is FORGIVENESS then logic tells me that you all should have zero problem making Josh Duggar the face of your ministry.  But you and I and the whole world knows that it is about more than forgiveness, it’s about TRUST, BETRAYAL and HYPOCRISY. I’ve already stated more than once on my radio show that I believe Josh Duggar is forgiven by God if he truly repented.  What I have a serious problem with is how his parents handled it. If this is all about forgiveness then why didn’t The Family Research Council beg Josh to not leave?  Where are all the Christian ministries begging for Josh to come and work with them?  How come the big name ministries and those in the press have fallen silent about this whole situation?  How come Christian talk show hosts have not said a peep about this scandal? It’s about TRUST, BETRAYAL and HYPOCRISY.

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The Daily Discovery (May 28, 2015)

To The Other Woman’s Embrace – “I sometimes wonder what it was like for Sarah as she watched Abraham and Hagar walk into that tent together—what she thought, what she felt (Genesis 16). What was it like for the wife to watch her husband seek privacy with that other woman, knowing exactly what they were about to do? Where did her mind go in those moments when they were out of sight? How far had Sarah fallen to not only permit this, but to suggest and even demand it? What has to happen in a wife for her to give her husband to another woman’s embrace?”

Nine things we’re glad we’ve learned in our marriage (so far) – “Today is Emily’s and my ninth wedding anniversary. Our road to the altar was a long and complicated one, involving college romance, abandoning a religion/cult, living together, getting ‘engaged’, buying a house, spiritual attack, and being rescued by Jesus (in that order).”

Summer Plans – “Before I applied for the PhD program at the University of Leicester two years ago, my elders graciously agreed in principle to give me three consecutive summer sabbaticals to work on my dissertation. The first summer off was last year, which makes this the second. I have an elders meeting this Thursday and I’ll preach one more time on June 14 (the last Sunday before our Associate Pastor, Ben Falconer, heads to Proclamation PCA), but other than that I will be free of regular pastoral responsibilities. It is a great gift. Taking time to do research and writing is good for my energy, good for my health, good for my longevity in ministry, and, I dare say, good for the church too. They will enjoy hearing different preachers this summer–mainly our Assistant Pastor, Jason Helopoulos, who is an excellent preacher–and they will find me much refreshed when I return to the pulpit at the end of August.”

When Assurance is Lacking – “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.

Top 5 Reasons Churches Went to Court in 2014 – “After reviewing thousands of published and unpublished rulings by state appellate and federal courts in 2014 that pertain to churches, I am able to identify the top five reasons churches go to court.  This list can be used by church leaders to know what common legal liabilities and risk management concerns should be addressed—or possibly even prevented altogether—by proper planning from pastors, church staff, church boards, and volunteers.”


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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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Post Resurrection Life

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Q. According to Rev 21:24-27, it appears there are two groups of humans mentioned, 1. The Kings of the Earth 2.The Nations of them that are saved. I have a theory that those of us who are saved will be given an assignment like Adam had to populate a planet and have dominion over it.  Do you think God has prepared for each of as a similar assignment?  After all, I can’t imagine that we will do nothing!

But if you see the pattern of our earthly lives and what its meant, it appears this ‘Earth University’ was to train us on how to run our own planet some day. I know its far fetched, but I don’t think its impossible.  And at the appointed time, the nations bring their glory to the new Jerusalem to worship The Almighty!  What do you think?

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Legs Of Iron, Feet Of Clay

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Q. When Daniel interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to him he mentioned the feet and toes of the great image as being mixed with miry clay and iron. I was taught that the two feet represented the eastern and western provinces of the revived Roman Empire and the ten toes as representing the ten kings that will rule in the last days.

It seems to me that the old Roman Empire and the Islamic nations would meld together politically and religiously as well. Could the iron represent the political part and the miry clay the religious part? I would appreciate any comments or scenarios you may have. I still see things through a darkened glass as well!

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Altar Call Or Not?

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Q. I used to attend a church that gave an invitation (altar call) after the message was given. Where I now attend, the pastor just dismisses the congregation after the message, with no altar call. Personally, I preferred it the old way. Here’s my question.   Is the altar call necessary or even scriptural? Should I consider this when searching for a new church?

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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.


Our Time is Short

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Don’t be Left Behind

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Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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“A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or a council without it…” – Martin Luther

This blog is an aggregator of news and information that we believe will provide articles that will keep people informed about current trends, current events, discussions and movements taking place within our church and culture.

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The Historical Muhammad: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly

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Here is an excellent article by David Wood who is a leading apologist on Islam.

By David Wood

With a superb script, unparalleled directing, and flawless acting, Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is the greatest “spaghetti western” of all time. I have only one problem with the film. While I understand why the sociopathic mercenary Angel Eyes is called “the Bad,” and why the underhanded bandit Tuco is called “the Ugly,” I’ve never been able to figure out why the bounty hunter Blondie is called “the Good.” In the film, Blondie’s money-making scheme is to capture criminals, turn them in to collect the reward, free them before they are executed, and split the money with them. He then turns the criminals in at the next town, collects the reward, and so on. When a criminal’s bounty is no longer increasing, Blondie takes him deep into the desert to…

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Clinton shell corporation “WJC, LLC” allowed non-disclosure of speaking fee revenue amounts

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Hillary Clinton: secretive, entitled, hypocritical Hillary Clinton: secretive, entitled, hypocritical

This is from James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal.

First, about the “pass-through” / “shell” corporation:

If the Clintons had any wit, they’d have called it Everyday Americans LLC. The Associated Press reports that last week’s financial disclosures by inevitable Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton “omit a company with no apparent employees or assets that the former president [the candidate’s husband] has legally used to provide consulting and other services, but which demonstrates the complexity of the family’s finances.”

The company is known as WJC LLC. The first set of initials stand for William Jefferson Clinton, the second for limited liability company. As the Small Business Administration website explains, an LLC “is a hybrid type of legal structure that provides the limited liability features of a corporation and the tax efficiencies and operational flexibility of a partnership.” An LLC doesn’t pay corporate income…

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Advice for Christians who discuss their faith with atheists… from an atheist

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I spotted this post by Jeffery Jay Lowder on The Secular Outpost, and I think it’s good advice.

There are times where two people speak the same language, use the same words, and mean very different things by the same words. In conversations between Christians and atheists, “faith” is one such word. For many atheists, the word “faith” means, by default, belief without evidence or even belief against the evidence. In contrast, I doubt many Christians would accept that definition. For example, according to the NIV translation, Hebrews 11:1 states, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Victor Reppert, at Dangerous Idea, writes this about the word “faith.”

Every time you use the word “faith” in a discussion with an atheist, they are going to declare victory. They will presume that you are believing for no reason, and that you…

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When Jesus Illuminates Our Hearts to Understand His Word

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Dennis Johnson’s new book, Walking with Jesus Through His Word: Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures (P&R 2015), has just hit the shelves! Johnson writes with exegetical care, pastoral sensitivity, and a redemptive-historical hermeneutic that wonderfully draws together parts of God’s word that sometimes feel quite disparate. Here is a nice section from the first chapter:

Jesus had been telling his disciples for weeks, perhaps months, what was going to happen when they got to Jerusalem. Not only had he been preparing them for the bad news – his rejection and gruesome execution – but he had also been telling them the good news of his resurrection. Yet when what Jesus had told them would happen did actually happen, they were first shattered by his death and then dubious about the reports of his resurrection. These men were not in the same spiritual state of outright rebellion as…

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Some mistaken notions about repentance

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

30 I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, so that you will not receive again the disgrace of famine among the nations. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations. (Ezekiel 36:30-31 NASB)

The following is the full text of a sermon by C.H. Spurgeon titled “Mistaken Notions About Repentance.”

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