Daily Archives: June 1, 2015

June 1, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jun. 1, 2015

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President Obama warned of potentially dire consequences if the Senate balks at renewing U.S. surveillance authorities, as one of the law’s chief critics vowed a showdown when lawmakers convene Sunday for a vote.

The Obama administration proposed cutting quotas for the use of renewable fuels, lowering the mandate for corn ethanol set by law. The plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is a retreat from aggressive goals set by Congress almost a decade ago to promote American-grown alternatives to fossil fuels from hostile nations.

Qatar agreed to extend temporarily a travel ban and monitoring of five Taliban prisoners released a year ago from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for a U.S. soldier, according to a State Department official.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid an unnamed person to keep quiet about alleged sexual misconduct from his days as an Illinois high school teacher and wrestling coach, according to a U.S. official briefed on the probe.

Texas is poised to let faculty and students carry concealed weapons on college campuses, under a bill lawmakers passed hours before the legislative session’s end. Texas is the first state this year to approve a campus-carry measure. Those with permits could already carry a firearm in public thoroughfares on campuses, and the latest measure simply expands their right to carry inside classrooms, libraries and other places.

Consumer purchases unexpectedly stalled in April as Americans used income gains to shore up savings, raising the risk the biggest part of the economy may take time to gain momentum after a slow start to the year.

Microsoft Corp. is preparing Windows 10 for release on July 29, in time for the back-to-school personal-computer season, as the company tries to boost an ailing PC market and revive its own fortunes in mobile devices.

Three U.S. spy programs aimed at stopping terrorists expired early Monday amid a standoff among Senate Republicans over legislation to renew them. For the first time since soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, intelligence and law enforcement agencies can’t initiate the use of these tools to monitor communications of suspected terrorists or seize records for counterterrorism investigations.

Russia accused the European Union of leaking a blacklist of 89 people barred from entering the country, calling the decision incomprehensible.

AP Top Stories

An Iranian officer has been killed near the Iraqi city of Ramadi while advising Iraqi forces on how to recapture it from the Islamic State group, state media reported.

The corpse of a woman that had been stuffed in a suitcase and left in a locker at one of the world’s busiest train stations went undiscovered for a month, Japanese police said Monday.

US-led NATO drills began Monday in the Baltic states and Poland, a move intended to reassure Russia’s nervous neighbors amid tensions over Ukraine.

The California Department of Water Resources reported Friday that mountain snowpack across the state was 0 percent of normal for May 29. That means that even before summer begins, there will essentially be no more of the crucial mountain snowmelt that California relies on to replenish the streams, rivers, and reservoirs that supply water to cities and farms.

An Islamic State jihadist group handed out leaflets in their stronghold of Mosul announcing that full beards become compulsory on June 1 and explaining why shaving is punishable.

The Islamic State group seized territory from both Syrian government forces and rival rebels over the weekend further expanding the caliphate it has proclaimed straddling Iraq and Syria.

People in the Bay Area are preparing as mandatory water-use restrictions across California go into effect Monday.

Malaysia Airlines is “technically bankrupt”, its new German CEO said Monday as the carrier slashed 6,000 jobs as part of plans to recover from deadly disasters and a long run of red ink.

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Data collected by the Washington Post newspaper suggests that the number of people shot by US police is twice as high as official figures claim. During the first five months of this year, 385 people – more than two a day – were killed.

Live anthrax samples were believed to have been sent to a total of 24 labs, in 11 US states as well as South Korea and Australia, the Pentagon said.

More than 60 people have died in south-eastern Nigeria after a fuel tanker crashed into a busy bus station and caught fire, officials say.

A suicide bomber has killed at least 16 people at a mosque in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, police say. Dozens more were wounded in the attack. It follows an overnight assault on the north-eastern city by Boko Haram, in which at least 13 people were killed before troops were able to push back the militants’ advance.

At least 45 Iraqi police officers have been killed in an attack by Islamic State (IS) militants in Anbar province, security officials say.

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A former Chinese elementary school teacher has been executed for molesting or raping 26 students, some as young as 4, in a case underscoring the vulnerability of rural children left behind by parents seeking jobs in cities.

Some 8,000 Chinese students were expelled from American universities last year alone – and the main reasons were poor grades and cheating.

Critics are warning that the Obama administration is readying for a “final assault” on Second Amendment rights as the Justice Department plans to move forward on a long list of new gun rules, according to the Hill.


Top News – 6/1/2015

‘2,300 Humvees in Mosul alone’: Iraq reveals number of US arms falling into ISIS hands
Iraq has admitted that ISIS jihadists captured huge caches of US-made weapons, including thousands of Humvees seized from Iraqi forces retreating from Mosul last year. The spoils of war have since then been used by ISIS to gain ground in Iraq and Syria.

Earthquakes, volcanoes give Japan the jitters
Last Saturday’s 8.1-magnitude earthquake was the fourth major seismic event to strike Japan in one week, suggesting that a period of relative stability in the tectonic plates beneath the country has come to an end.

Three earthquakes strike overnight off Oregon coast
A series off three earthquakes struck overnight off the coast of Oregon.

Lightweight High-Energy Liquid Laser (HELLADS) prepared for live fire tests
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’ High-Energy Liquid Laser Defense System (HELLADS) has finished its US Government Acceptance Test Procedure and is on its way to the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for live-fire tests.

MIT physicists build world’s first fermion microscope
Researchers working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claim to have created a method to better observe fermions – the sub-atomic building blocks of matter – by constructing a microscope capable of viewing them in groups of a thousand at a time.

Obama uses 5-year-old to promote same-sex ‘marriage’
Obama’s evolution to wholeheartedly support same-sex “marriage” has turned a new leaf, as he used a five-year-old’s letter posted on social media last week to champion his administration’s aggressive homosexual agenda.

Jeb Bush: Move US Embassy to Jerusalem
Former Florida governor and likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush told supporters Saturday that he believes in Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital, and would like to see the American embassy moved there… “I support that, absolutely,” said Bush, who has yet to announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. “I also support moving the embassy to Jerusalem as well — our embassy.

Something Else Coming In September: A UN Resolution Establishing A Palestinian State
the UN Security Council is likely to be voting on a UN resolution which will establish a Palestinian state at that time. Right now, France is working on a proposed resolution which would give formal UN Security Council recognition to the Palestinians, would declare that a divided Jerusalem is the capital of both Israel and a Palestinian state, and would set the 1967 borders as the baseline for future negotiations which would establish the final borders between the two nations.

South Korea fights to contain MERS outbreak, considers tough measures
South Korea struggled to contain an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Monday as health authorities announced three more cases, bringing the number of infections to 18 in just over 10 days.

ISIS Leader Pronounces: “Islam Religion of War, Islam is Not Religion of Peace”
The ISIS leader also had a veiled message for the last several U.S. presidents. “O Muslims, Islam was never for a day the religion of peace. Islam is the religion of war,” the voice purporting to be Baghdadi said. He called upon Muslims around the world to either make their way to the Islamic State or “fight in his land, wherever that may be,”

Erdoðan: ‘Liberate Jerusalem’ from the Jews
“Conquest is Mecca, conquest is Saladin, it’s to hoist the Islamic flag over Jerusalem again; conquest is the heritage of Mehmed II and conquest means forcing Turkey back on its feet,” said Erdoðan in a speech on Saturday in Istanbul before millions who appeared to celebrate 562 years since the Turks captured Constantinople from European Christians.

Administration preps new gun regulations
“It’s clear President Obama is beginning his final assault on our Second Amendment rights by forcing his anti-gun agenda on honest law-abiding citizens through executive force,”

After FIFA tussle, PM warns of global campaign to ‘blacken Israel’s name’
“We are in the midst of a great struggle being waged against the state of Israel, an international campaign to blacken its name. It is not connected to our actions; it is connected to our very existence. It does not matter what we do; it matters what we symbolize and what we are,” Netanyahu said.

Japan vigilant for ‘Big One’ after powerful quake
Seismologists Sunday warned Japan to stay vigilant for the next “Big One” after a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the quake-prone nation, injuring a dozen people. Buildings swayed for around a minute in Tokyo and its vicinity Saturday night as the quake struck at a remote spot in the Pacific Ocean 874 kilometers (542 miles) south of the capital, the US Geological Survey said.

Strong earthquake strikes off Oregon coast
A strong earthquake has rumbled off the Oregon coast but it appeared too distant to cause any problems. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-5.8 temblor struck shortly before 10 p.m. and was centered in the Pacific nearly 300 miles west of Newport.

GOP attack on water rule part of wider bid to ‘rein in’ EPA
The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country. Not so, insist Republicans. They say the rule is a massive government overreach that could even subject puddles and ditches to regulation.

Fears for Aleppo as Isil seizes nearby Turkey border villages
Islamic State jihadists in Syria have advanced on towns and villages close to the Turkish border, laying siege to one of the last supply routes into the city of Aleppo. In a lightening strike the jihadists have captured up to 25 villages in Aleppo province and closed in on the border town of Azaz, one of the last hubs for aid agencies providing help to tens of thousands of civilians trapped in war-riven Aleppo.

Administration preps new gun regulations
The Justice Department plans to move forward this year with more than a dozen new gun-related regulations…to enact before the end of the Obama administration. The regulations range from new restrictions on high-powered pistols to gun storage requirements. Chief among them is a renewed effort to keep guns out of the hands of people who are mentally unstable or have been convicted of domestic abuse.

Russia’s Putin shut out from G-7 meeting, but not much else
Russia’s Vladimir Putin won’t be on the guest list when President Barack Obama and other world leaders assemble in Germany next week, as part of the punishment for alleged Kremlin-supported aggression in Ukraine. Yet the Russian president remains a central player in international affairs, including the U.S.-led nuclear talks with Iran…

Russian military jets and US destroyer clash in Black Sea ‘posing danger to stability’
Russia has scrambled military jets in response to an American navy destroyer which, it has been reported in Russian media, was acting “aggressively” in the Black Sea. The Russian defence minister, speaking at a security summit in Singapore, said US missile ships operating near Moscow’s territorial waters “pose a danger to strategic stability” between the two countries.

US surveillance powers expire as Senate deal fails
The legal authority for US spy agencies to bulk collect Americans’ phone data has expired, after the Senate failed to reach a deal. Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul blocked a Patriot Act extension and it lapsed at midnight (04:00 GMT). However, the Senate did vote to advance the White House-backed Freedom Act so a new form of data collection is likely to be approved in the coming days.

IS conflict: Petraeus urges Iraq to use politics to win
Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus has told the BBC that Islamic State militants can only be defeated through a dual military and political approach. “Industrial-strength” extremists cannot be dealt with “just with force of arms”, he said in a rare interview. During the Iraq war, Mr Petraeus devised the strategy that saw a “surge” in US troop numbers and secured support from Sunni tribesmen against al-Qaeda.

Narendra Modi to become first Indian PM to visit Israel
Narendra Modi is to become the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel, India’s foreign minister has said. The dates of Mr Modi’s visit are being “worked out”, Sushma Swaraj said. Reports say Mr Modi’s landmark visit could happen this year after an Indian delegation’s visit to Israel in July.

Ashton Carter: US will play ‘pivotal’ role in Asia
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has said the US will continue to play a “pivotal” role in Asia in the future. Speaking to the BBC while visiting Vietnam, Mr Carter said the US could ensure “peace and prosperity”, the only way “everyone gets to rise and win”. He spoke amid new tensions over multi-nation claims in the South China Sea.

Column One: Barack Obama’s anti-Semitism test
last week, Obama went to significant lengths to answer the question about his feelings toward Israel and the Jewish people once and for all. The timing of his charm offensive wasn’t coincidental. Obama clearly believes he has to dispel doubts about his intentions toward Jews and Israel in order to implement the central policy of his second term in office. That policy of course is his nuclear deal with Iran.


Top Headlines – 6/1/2015

Iran doubles down on red line against nuclear inspections

A hard turn for Iran on military sites, and for Kerry on a bike

Secretary of State to return to US after breaking his leg in France; accident means he misses key talks on Iran and Islamic State

Palestinian PM: We’ve experienced direct talks, and they were a failure

Report: Hamas Fires 2 Rockets into Sea, One Week After Attack

Israel puts jailed Hamas commander in isolation cell

Israel Navy’s small boat unit practicing short-range strikes on Gazan targets

Israel reassures Iran, Hezbollah: Mass drill is not cover for attack

Family of slain IDF soldier: Get my son’s body back before rehabilitating Gaza

IDF combats social media mishaps among troops

Israel Day Parade Faces Jewish Anti-Israel Protesters

German FM Steinmeier due in Gaza Strip, won’t meet with Hamas leaders

Report: Mossad informed Cyprus of impending attack

Report: Angry over snub, Israel denied German FM’s plane flyover rights

Galloway will not make ‘Israel free zone’ in London as he tried in Bradford

BDS is a threat to Israel’s very existence

Israeli premier warns of Palestinian boycott campaign

Stone throwers could be jailed for 10 years under new Israeli bill

Police remove protestors attempting to block Christian worshipers at King David’s tomb

Isis could obtain nuclear weapon from Pakistan, warns India

IS conflict: Petraeus urges Iraq to use politics to win

U.S. bombers hold fire on Islamic State targets amid ground intel blackout

Fears for Aleppo as Isil seizes nearby Turkey border villages

Jihadists destroy Syria’s infamous Palmyra prison

Russia said abandoning Assad as Syria regime collapses further

Jeb Bush says US should embed some troops with Iraqis for training

Sunday best: Flocks don orange to support Middle East Christians

Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini’s Wife Urges Officials in Europe to Raise His Case With Iran

Sisi calls for ‘religious revolution’ at Cairo’s Islamic University

Nigeria mosque bombing kills 18

Qatar extends travel ban on ex-Gitmo inmates

International effort rescues over 5,000 Mediterranean migrants

Russian military jets and US destroyer clash in Black Sea ‘posing danger to stability’

Russia’s Putin shut out from G-7 meeting, but not much else

RIA: Russia ‘disappointed’ with Europe’s reaction to travel blacklist

Obama’s DOJ To Circumvent Congress With ‘More Than A Dozen’ New Gun Controls

Newspapers struggle to find path in digital age

US Senate lets NSA spy program lapse, at least for now

Fears US may be vulnerable to terror attack as Congress lets surveillance program lapse

Experts see big price hikes for Obamacare fueling the controversy about just how “affordable” the Affordable Care Act really is

Greece’s Tsipras attacks creditors over ‘absurd’ reforms

Greece, creditors agree on need for quick deal as talks continue

Prices Are Down, but Saudis Keep Oil Flowing

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Little Sitkin Island, Alaska

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

Japan warned to stay vigilant after powerful quake

More Invasive Species Entering Washington from Japan’s Tsunami Debris

Cat 4 Hurricane Andres Strengthens Over Eastern Pacific

The flip side of years of no hurricanes: Good luck runs out

Dallas: Record Wet May Brings Rare Absence of 90 F Days

Alligator sightings spike following Texas flooding

Rain brings relief as India heatwave death toll tops 2,200

New York Times hails Israel as a desalination superpower

MERS fears in South Korea: Nearly 700 isolated as health officials seek to block spread

Whooping cough increase related to current vaccine

Pope Francis’ finance chief promises to appear at Australian child abuse inquiry

An Underwear Line Wants to Change the Way You Think About Gender

Australian opposition leader introduces same-sex marriage bill

Author Of Tainted Gay Marriage Study Admits To Destroying Data But Stands By Results

‘Pope Francis’ Claims Devil Keeping Evangelicals, Roman Catholics Divided: ‘They Are One’

Marsha West – Five Major Changes Coming to the Church

Faith-based groups foolishly think government money comes without strings

Matt Chandler Apologizes for Lack of Compassion in Church Discipline Cases

NAR’s Faytene Grassechi uses Empowered21 to teach Luke 4 is about…Dominionism!

‘Time for you to be overtaken’ – Destiny Church conference could be a wellspring

UK: Calls to refer to God as a woman as female bishops take up posts

Jihadis and Muslim Supporters Blame AFDI Cartoon Contest for Texas Flooding


Daily Digest

June 1, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness.” —George Washington, Fifth Annual Message, 1793

EDITOR’S NOTE

Sometimes events remind us all that life is more than politics. The death of Beau Biden, son of Joe Biden, is one of those events. Beau had privately battled brain cancer for the last few years, but succumbed on Saturday. Beau, 46, was a major in the Delaware Army National Guard. He served in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was also attorney general in Delaware and once considered a potential governor. Beau leaves behind his wife, Hallie, and two children, Natalie and Hunter. Joe Biden is no stranger to tragedy, either. In 1972, he lost his first wife, Nelia, and 13-month-old daughter, Naomi, in a car accident. Biden’s sons, Beau and Hunter, survived. Political differences aside, we in our humble shop offer our sincerest condolences to the Biden family.

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

DOJ Planning Next Assault on Gun Rights

If Barack Obama can’t push gun control through the nation’s lawmaking body, then he’ll pile on the regulations. By November, the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are expected to finalize regulations that would restrict who is qualified to exercise their Second Amendment rights. “The regulations range from new restrictions on high-powered pistols to gun storage requirements,” The Hill reports. “Chief among them is a renewed effort to keep guns out of the hands of people who are mentally unstable or have been convicted of domestic abuse. … As proposed, the regulation makes it illegal for some who has been convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense to own a gun.” The Left has been test firing these regulations since 1998, but it is revising the proposed regulation binge because of Sandy Hook and “public health.” Furthermore, what constitutes domestic assault and mental illness is subject to social mores, and rights guaranteed by the Constitution are not tied to majority rule.

Patriot Act Expires After Last-Minute Senate Fight

The Senate allowed the Patriot Act to expire Sunday after opposition, led by Rand Paul, derailed the efforts of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to renew the act and endorse the NSA’s mass metadata collection efforts. The chamber did, however, vote 77-17 to take up the House-passed USA Freedom Act, which would revise the Patriot Act to specifically prohibit the NSA’s domestic spying program — a program ruled illegal by a federal court. Unfortunately, congressional efficiency being what it is, leadership waited too late to bring either bill up for debate, almost ensuring unnecessary drama. That means the good of the Patriot Act was thrown out with the bad. Yet as Reuters reports, “Intelligence experts say a lapse of only a few days would have little immediate effect. The government is allowed to continue collecting information related to any foreign intelligence investigation that began before the deadline.” Fighting terrorists is critical, but collecting data from every American to create the proverbial haystack doesn’t strike us as an efficient or trustworthy way to go about doing that. And it’s time Congress took its national security responsibly more seriously than leaving important work to the last minute.

O’Malley Officially Challenges Hillary

The symbolism was a bit off, or a telling example of what the future may hold if Martin O’Malley wins the White House. With the Baltimore skyline in the background, the former mayor of the city announced Saturday that he would seek the Democrat nomination for president. Between the idealistic socialist Bernie Sanders and the conniving politician Hillary Clinton, O’Malley doesn’t seem to have much of a chance winning the Democrat Party’s horse race. Publisher of the Rothenberg and Gonzales Political Report, Stuart Rothenberg, told the Baltimore Sun, “The only way he’s going to have a path, is if [Clinton] stumbles. Right now, it’s not about O’Malley and I don’t believe it ever will be about O’Malley.” While we know Clinton’s track record on foreign policy, we know O’Malley’s track record on domestic issues through his leadership in Maryland. It was he that brought tough, zero-tolerance policing to Baltimore — the policing strategy that contributed to the riots that recently rocked the city. Furthermore, it was the guitar-playing politician’s progressive economic strategies as governor that drowned Maryland in taxes and waterlogged the state’s economic engine. That economic policy caused Maryland to have the third slowest economic growth of all the states from 2011 to 2013, The Wall Street Journal reports — something the nation’s economy cannot bear after years of implementing Obama’s economic ideas.

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Breaking the Tyranny of DC Gun Laws

By Robin Smith

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The left-wing ruling class in the District of Columbia continues its relentless fight against the God-given freedom recognized by the Second Amendment — the right to bear arms, the palladium of liberties. Of course, to the Left, the thought of a constitutional right that doesn’t involve the redefinition of marriage or legalizing the dismemberment of a baby in the womb seems ludicrous.

This chapter in the ongoing saga revolves around a federal judge’s ruling last July that overturned the city’s 40-year ban on carrying firearms for self-defense. In response to the ruling, the leftist DC government designed a very restrictive right-to-carry permit process — one that approved as few applications as possible.

That, too, has been struck down in a federal decision joining the Supreme Court’s 2008 Heller ruling that overturned the District of Columbia’s complete ban on handgun ownership. Since that restoration of rights, over 3,000 handguns have been registered in DC, but only for use in protecting one’s home.

The impact of crime upon citizens has made clear that law enforcement is only minutes away when seconds count. The necessity of armed self-defense is becoming more and more a reality in a world where abled-bodied thieves, emboldened by the Left, are confident that only criminals and those riding in squad cars have access to firearms.

In late October 2014, DC politicos crafted a very narrow “may-issue” policy awarding carry permits on the basis that at least one of three conditions can be met: A) there’s a clear and immediate threat to personal safety, B) the applicant works with enough physical currency or items of high value to create a substantiated risk of theft or harm, or C) the applicant cites responsibility for protecting a disabled family member. Further, the applicant must prove they’ve not suffered from mental illness within the last five years. And finally, they have to undergo 18 hours of certified training.

Once the applicant squeezes through the eye of that needle, further restrictions await: No personal weapon can be carried on public transportation, at schools, in any government buildings, bars, hospitals, stadiums, at any protests, or around the White House. An approved permit holder would also have to remain 1,000 feet from any U.S. or foreign dignitary.

By the way, 1,000 feet is more than the length of three football fields. Is anyone in DC that far from a “dignitary”?

As a result of this blatant attack on the constitutional rights of DC citizens, three applicants filed a lawsuit in federal court to combat the ruling. And they succeeded. In his 23-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. wrote, “For all intents and purposes, this requirement makes it impossible for the overwhelming majority of law-abiding citizens to obtain licenses to carry handguns in public for self-defense, thereby depriving them of their Second Amendment right to bear arms.”

Though the restrictions remain regarding places and proximities that permit holders may carry their weapons for self-defense, this new judgment provides some remedy for a city where almost the entire government, from the mayor to the city council to the attorney general, is vehemently anti-gun.

Following the reversal of the unconstitutional ban in late October 2014, the Metropolitan Police Department began accepting applications for carry permits. Of the 107 applications filed as of May 9, only 26 have been approved.

So, in addition to the 3,000 DC citizens who are officially allowed to have arms to protect their homes, there are a whopping 26 individuals who have a carry permit for personal self-defense. All else in DC is a “gun-free zone.” Which means, of course, more guns are in the hands of criminals than with the law-abiding citizens denied their Second Amendment rights.

The 18th Century French political philosopher Montesquieu, known for his belief that free governments are dependent on fragile constitutional arrangements and freedom from tyrants, would sum up the DC denial of rights thusly: “There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Jeff Jacoby: “What this country needs, says Bernie Sanders, is less deodorant. The 73-year-old senator from Vermont, now running for the Democratic presidential nomination, told CNBC’s John Harwood in an interview on Tuesday that because American consumers can choose from so many brands of personal-care products, kids are going to bed with empty bellies. ‘You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country,’ Sanders lamented. … On Wednesday … the United Nations reported that hunger still afflicts about 795 million people around the globe, or about one out of every nine human beings. As great a challenge as that is, it represents an amazing decrease in the number of undernourished people over the past 25 years. Even though the world’s population has grown by 1.9 billion since 1990, there are 216 million fewer men, women, and children threatened by hunger today than there were then. … [P]opulist rhetoric from a ‘humorless aging hippie peacenik Socialist’ (as Sanders was once described in a New York Times Magazine profile) doesn’t fill empty food bowls. Market economies do. ‘Markets that function well are important for promoting food security and nutrition,’ the UN report says. ‘Markets … ensure food availability.’ From China to Tanzania, from North Korea to the Soviet Union, socialism over the past century condemned countless children — and their parents — to hunger, malnutrition, and famine. Deodorant never hurt a soul.”

SHORT CUTS

The Gipper: “Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.”

Obama’s America: “Powerful, wealthy special interests here at home have used our government to create, in our own country, an economy that is leaving a majority of our people behind. We are allowing our land of opportunity to become a land of inequality.” —Democrat presidential candidate Martin O’Malley on why voters should keep Democrats in the White House

Dezinformatsia: “I don’t know, maybe we were not skeptical enough [of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama]. It was a campaign. … I think as journalists, basically, what we do is we watch the campaign and we report what the two sides are doing. I think it is the politicians who make the campaign.” —CBS’s Bob Schieffer (“It’s unfortunate given Schieffer’s retirement that he was unwilling to admit the role the media have in shaping a political campaign.” —Newsbusters’ Jeffrey Meyer)

Non Compos Mentis: “I have my disagreements, say, with President Obama, but President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not only he himself, but the people around him. He’s chosen people who have been pretty scandal-free.” —New York Times’ David Brooks

Village Idiot: “[T]he connection between climate change and human activity is at least as strong as cigarettes and cancer. And so, I just want everybody to keep this in mind: that it’s very reasonable that the floods in Texas, the strengthening storms … these things are a result of human activity making things worse.” —Bill Nye the “Science” Guy

And last… “The New York Times ripped President Obama for inaction leading up to the fall of Ramadi. ISIS has set fire to Tikrit, they’ve set fire to Mosul and they’ve set fire to Ramadi. Saudi Arabia has just hired a New York ad agency to re-brand ISIS as Climate Change in an effort to get President Obama to declare war.” —Argus Hamilton

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The Briefing

1) Senate debate over NSA program exposes tension between security and privacy in dangerous world

Senate to let NSA spy program lapse, at least temporarily, Reuters (Patricia Zengerle and Warren Strobel)

NSA must end bulk data collection even as Senate moves ahead on NSA bill, CNN (Jeremy Diamond and Ted Barrett)

2) Scandal over former Speaker Hastert remind sin will find you out

Hastert Case Is Said to Be Linked to Decades-Old Sexual Abuse, New York Times (Michael D. Shear and Michael S. Schmidt)

Dennis Hastert Allegedly Made Payments to Conceal Sexual Misconduct, Wall Street Journal (Andrew Grossman, Devlin Barrett and Ben Kesling)

3) Presidential candidates multiply as middle ground between parties disappear

Martin O’Malley’s Star-Spangled, Snafu-Speckled Debut, New York Times (Maggie Haberman)

Bucking Odds, Martin O’Malley Tilts at Hillary Clinton, Wall Street Journal (Laura Meckler and Scott Calvert)

Enter Pataki, Fiorina, and Santorum: Thoughts on 2016, Forbes (John Zogby)

In other news…

Qatar to maintain travel ban on Taliban Five, Washington Post (Carol Morello)

India Heat Wave Death Toll Tops 2,000, Wall Street Journal (Vibhuti Agarwal)

Supreme Court to decide whether to plunge back into abortion debate, Los Angeles Times (David G. Savage)

Map: The world according to the Islamic State, Washington Post (Swate Sharma)


Something Else Coming In September: A UN Resolution Establishing A Palestinian State

Clock - Public DomainThere has been a lot of talk about things that are going to happen in September, but something that has been almost totally overlooked is the fact that the UN Security Council is likely to be voting on a UN resolution which will establish a Palestinian state at that time.  Right now, France is working on a proposed resolution which would give formal UN Security Council recognition to the Palestinians, would declare that a divided Jerusalem is the capital of both Israel and a Palestinian state, and would set the 1967 borders as the baseline for future negotiations which would establish the final borders between the two nations.  It is being reported that France will submit this resolution for a vote after the 70th session of the UN General Assembly begins on the 15th of September.  At this moment, 136 nations have already recognized a Palestinian state, but the United States has always blocked recognition by the UN Security Council.  This time may be different though, because there are quite a few indications that Barack Obama actually plans to back the French resolution in September.  If that happens, and the UN Security Council approves this resolution, it is going to have enormous implications for all of us. (Read More…)


Is The Stock Market Overvalued?

Stock Market Overvalued - Public DomainAre stocks overvalued?  By just about any measure that you could possibly name, stocks are at historically high prices right now.  From a technical standpoint, the stock market is more overvalued today than it was just prior to the last financial crisis.  The only two moments in U.S. history that even compare to our current state of affairs are the run up to the stock market crash of 1929 and the peak of the hysteria just before the dotcom bubble burst.  It is so obvious that stocks are in a bubble that even Janet Yellen has talked about it, but of course she will never admit that the Federal Reserve has played a key role in creating this bubble.  They say that hindsight is 20/20, but what is happening right in front of our eyes in 2015 is so obvious that everyone should be able to see it.  Just like with all other financial bubbles throughout our history, someday people will look back and talk about how stupid we all were. (Read More….)


Islamic Jizya: Fact and Fiction :: Ibrahim in FrontPage

by Raymond Ibrahim
FrontPage Magazine
May 28, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/5275/jizya-fact-fiction


Islamic State’s Atrocities Against Women: It’s Getting Worse

Young girls kidnapped from their beds. Yazidi women and girls sold into sex trafficking. Rumors of female Muslim teens being used as suicide bombers. It is hard to imagine that Islamic extremists could make things more difficult for women and girls in war-stricken areas, but they are.

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A Requiem for the Boy Scouts – Albert Mohler

So true, and so sad. As a former Boy Scout, I lament the inevitable loss of scouting, knowing full well how much good the scouting movement has done in the lives of countless boys and men. Secretary Gates has signaled his determination to preserve the Boy Scouts of America “as a national movement.” Again, he told the scouting leaders, “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might want it to be.”

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The Origin of the Concept of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture — From Man or the Bible?

By Dr. David Reagan

“The Pre-Tribulation Rapture is a johnny-come-lately idea that is too new to be true.” This is the most common argument that I encounter against the concept of the Rapture of the Church occurring before the Tribulation begins.

There are several problems with this argument. The first is that it ignores the fact that the Bible teaches that end time prophecies will not be understood until the time comes for the predicted events to take place.

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The Israelites and Modern Israel

Everywhere, rising stars in the evangelical leadership universe are abandoning long-held positions, including solid Israel support. That these young leaders and their mentors (think Bill Hybels and Rick Warren) allow the “Israel bears no connection with the biblical Israelites” tripe to continue reveals much about their ultimate agenda, which I maintain focuses-on transforming the Evangelical Church into a leftist entity.

It is a fact that among American Christian leadership today, evangelical leaders are much, much closer to the radical views of people like Jim Wallis, Shane Claiborne, Tony Campolo, Marcus Borg, and John Shelby Spong…..

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Millennials Are the Most Selfish, ‘Least Religious Generation’ in Nation’s History, Study Finds

SDSU psychology professor Jean M. Twenge suggested that one main reason for millennials abandoning religion is rising individualism in American culture, which is less prone to showing commitment to institutions. (Zaimov, Christian Post)

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Americans’ Acceptance of Sexual Immorality Growing, Gallup Finds

The largest increase in moral acceptability from 2001 to 2015 was for homosexual relations, which increased 23 percentage points, from 40 to 63 percent. (Nazworth, Christian Post)

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British Columbia considers removing gender from birth certificates

by Marsha West

Berean Research writes,

Oh Canada. Transgender Canadians who have already successfully lobbied provincial and federal governments to make it easier to amend sex designations on key identity documents are now pushing for another change: to abolish gender references altogether from birth certificates.

The full report is over at the National Post.

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Christian Bakers Fined for Declining to Print ‘Support Gay Marriage’ On Cake to Appeal Ruling

by Marsha West

Christian News Network reports this story from Belfast:

The Christian owners of a bakery in Northern Ireland have decided to appeal a ruling declaring them guilty of discrimination for declining to print the phrase “Support Gay Marriage” on a cake.

As previously reported, in May of last year, Ashers Baking Company in Newtonabbey—named after Genesis 49:20—was approached by a same-sex “marriage” supporter to bake the cake, which also was to feature the logo for the homosexual advocacy group QueerSpace. According to the Belfast Telegraph, the cake was for an event in observance of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

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WARNING: Gardasil HPV Vaccine Damaging The Lives Of Thousands Of Young Girls (VIDEO)

Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school HPV vaccination with Gardasil

“‘I had severe chest and abdominal pains, and breathing difficulties – one time, I couldn’t move anything on one side of my body’” – Emily Ryalls, age 17

When Caron Ryalls was asked to sign consent forms so that her then 13-year-old daughter, Emily, could be vaccinated against cervical cancer, she assumed it was the best way to protect Emily’s long-term health.

Yet the past four years have turned into a nightmare for the family as Emily soon suffered side effects. Only two weeks after her first HPV injection, the teenager experienced dizziness and nausea.

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The symptoms grew increasingly worse after the second and third injections, and I went to A&E several times with severe chest and abdominal pains as well as difficulty breathing,” Emily, now 17, said. “One time I couldn’t move anything on one side of my body. I didn’t know what was happening.”

Emily is one of the thousands of teenage girls who have endured debilitating illnesses following the routine immunisation. She is yet to recover and has no idea when her health will return to normal.

“Prior to the vaccination Emily had an ‘unremarkable’ medical history with no problems,” said Mrs Ryalls, 49, from in Ossett, West Yorkshire. “She was considered very healthy and represented the school at hockey, netball, athletics and was a keen dancer. She was also a high achiever at school, in the top sets for everything and predicted at least 10 GCSE with high grades. Her future was very bright.”

Gardasil HPV Vaccine Dangers:

Mrs Ryalls reported Emily’s condition to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). In the 10 years to April this year the agency received almost 22,000 “spontaneous suspected” adverse drug reaction (ADR) reports in 13 routine immunisation categories including flu, MMR, tetanus, diphtheria and polio, according to a Freedom of Information response released earlier this month.

In the HPV category alone, ADRs numbered 8,228, of which 2,587 were classified as “serious” – defined by several criteria, including whether it resulted in hospitalisation or was deemed life threatening.

The MHRA said that the figures did not reflect the true amount of ADRs because of an “unknown and variable level of under-reporting”. The agency estimates it receives about 10 per cent of all reports, suggesting the actual number of girls suffering ADRs could be tens of thousands. It also said that “many millions” of the vaccinations were administered in this time frame without any problems reported.

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Every visit to a doctor was met with rolled eyes,” said Mrs Ryalls. “Every mention of the HPV vaccination was met with hostility and ridicule. We were eventually referred to a local paediatrician who told her to push herself to get back to normal – ‘We all feel tired in the mornings, Emily’ was one of the remarks regarding her complete exhaustion.”

Two years after falling ill, Emily was eventually referred to Dr Pradip Thakker at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham; he used a tilt table test to diagnose PoTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome), a condition where moving from lying down to standing up causes an abnormally high heart rate. By this time Emily was able to manage only three to four hours of school a week. Mrs Ryalls, who had built up a small publishing company from scratch, was forced to close it and become Emily’s full-time carer. source

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Obama’s JV Team ISIS Now Threatens The Entire Global Oil Supply (VIDEO)

Thick black smoke rising from the Baiji oil refinery could be seen as a dirty smudge on the horizon as far away as Baghdad after fighters from ISIS set fire to the enormous processing plant just over 100 miles north of the capital last week.

The decision to torch the refinery, which once produced around a third of Iraq’s domestic fuel supplies, was made as the insurgents prepared to pull out of Baiji, which they captured last June in a victory that sent shock waves across world oil markets.

A year on from the start of the siege and a shaky alliance of the Middle East’s major Arab powers, with the limited support of the reluctant US government, has failed to contain the expansion of ISIS.

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According to Daniel Yergin, the energy expert and vice-chairman of IHS, the business information provider, the biggest threat to oil prices is the political chaos that threatens to engulf the Middle East, combined with the West’s reluctance to intervene.

Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Yergin argued that the price of a barrel of oil could skyrocket to levels above $100 per barrel if Isil is allowed to press deeper into Iraq, the second-largest producer in the cartel after Saudi Arabia.

ISIS represents a whole new reality for the region, which just isn’t reflected in the oil market at the moment,” said Mr Yergin. “It’s an increasingly grave situation for most of Opec and the Middle East. At some point the security issues will start to come back into the price of oil.”

ISIS takes over major Iraq oil refinery, blockades 150 troops inside:

Against this cataclysmic backdrop of bombs falling in Sana’a and with ISIS literally at the gates of the major Iraqi city of Ramadi, many US energy and security experts were shocked to hear President Barack Obama ignore the danger in a recent keynote speech in which he pinpointed global warming as an equally big risk for Americans.

“Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security,” warned Mr Obama in a speech that many have criticised as symptomatic of the administration’s desire to disengage from the region which still provides a significant share of its oil.

Despite the growing focus on climate change and the campaign to limit fossil fuel production, ISIS will be a bigger concern for the majority of oil ministers around Opec’s table next week.

FLASHBACK 2012: In the 2012 campaign, Obama spoke not only of killing Osama bin Laden; he also said that Al Qaeda had been “decimated.” I pointed out that the flag of Al Qaeda is now flying in Falluja, in Iraq, and among various rebel factions in Syria; Al Qaeda has asserted a presence in parts of Africa, too. “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said, resorting to an uncharacteristically flip analogy. source

The Obama administration’s reluctance to intervene marks the end of a US policy to protect the region’s oil which has remained in existence since President Franklin D Roosevelt first met with modern day Saudi Arabia’s founder King Abdulaziz in 1945. It was this commitment that drew America into the first Gulf War in 1991 and again in 2003 when it decided to bring down the curtain on Saddam Hussein’s regime.

However, Mr Obama’s lack of a viable alternative foreign policy for the region has put world energy markets at risk. source

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Solar Filaments On The Sun Look Like Arrows Saying ‘Keep Right’

Posted: 01 Jun 2015 06:49 AM PDT

“Keep right” signs aren’t just all over U.S. roads. One “sign” appeared at least briefly at the center of the solar system last week. The formation on the sun appeared to resemble a cosmic “keep right” sign — or the school of pointing fish in “Finding Nemo.

The “arrows” were made by two solar filaments, or clouds of solar material held in place by magnetic force. While unstable, some formations can stay in place for days or weeks, NASA said. These filaments can also erupt, with the solar material either raining back down onto the sun or shooting out into space as a coronal mass ejection.

The two filaments in the “keep right formation” would each be the diameter of the sun if straightened out, or about 1 million miles long. The image above was taken on May 28 in combined wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which keeps watch over the sun’s activities. FULL REPORT

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Radical Hindus to India’s Christians: Convert ‘Or Get Ready to Die’

Posted: 01 Jun 2015 06:44 AM PDT

Radical Hindu nationalists closely aligned to the Indian government warned Christians in Punjab state late last year to prepare to convert to Hinduism “or get ready to die,” according to a complaint before a U.S. federal court. A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York calls on the U.S. government to designate as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) a radical Hindu organization with close ties to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling party.

Late last week attorneys filed an amended complaint in a case brought by an advocacy group called Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) against Secretary of State John Kerry. The amended document adds three additional plaintiffs, two Christians and a Muslim, who claim to be victims of a forced conversion campaign carried out by the Hindu group RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or National Volunteer Corps). FULL REPORT

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Something Else Coming In September: A UN Resolution Establishing A Palestinian State

Posted: 01 Jun 2015 06:38 AM PDT

There has been a lot of talk about things that are going to happen in September, but something that has been almost totally overlooked is the fact that the UN Security Council is likely to be voting on a UN resolution which will establish a Palestinian state at that time. Right now, France is working on a proposed resolution which would give formal UN Security Council recognition to the Palestinians, would declare that a divided Jerusalem is the capital of both Israel and a Palestinian state, and would set the 1967 borders as the baseline for future negotiations which would establish the final borders between the two nations.

It is being reported that France will submit this resolution for a vote after the 70th session of the UN General Assembly begins on the 15th of September. At this moment, 136 nations have already recognized a Palestinian state, but the United States has always blocked recognition by the UN Security Council. This time may be different though, because there are quite a few indications that Barack Obama actually plans to back the French resolution in September. If that happens, and the UN Security Council approves this resolution, it is going to have enormous implications for all of us. Not a lot of people understand that this is happening, so let’s take this step by step. FULL REPORT

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‘Israel Won’t Bow Down to Forces Trying to Deny Right to Exist’

Posted: 01 Jun 2015 06:34 AM PDT

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu began his weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, Haaretz reported, asserting that Israel was facing an “international campaign to tarnish its image.” According to Netanyahu, that campaign is not connected to Israel’s policies in Gaza or Judea and Samaria, but is rather an anti-Semitic attack to deny Israel the right to exist.

“The last thing that we should do is bow our heads and ask where we erred, where we went wrong,” Netanyahu told his ministers. “We did not err, we did not do wrong. We are put up to standards that no other democracy is forced to face. We do not need to justify ourselves. We just need to say the truth.”

The Prime Minister’s remarks come in the wake of yet another Palestinian move against Israel in the international arena, namely the proposal to bar suspend the Jewish state from international soccer association, FIFA. In the end, a compromise was reached at the FIFA Congress in Zurich on Friday by which an international committee will be charged with examining the restriction of movement on Palestinian players in Gaza and Judea-Samaria. FULL REPORT

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Gas buildup under Fukushima threatens hydrogen explosion, warn nuclear officials

Posted: 01 Jun 2015 06:29 AM PDT

It is estimated that at least 130 storage containers holding radioactive waste at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan are now leaking, according to new reports. The result is a continuous hydrogen gas buildup that nuclear experts say could one day trigger a cascade of devastating explosions potentially unlike anything the world has ever seen.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) discovered the leaks during a recent inspection, observing that hydrogen and other gases are accumulating in the sediment at the bottoms of many of the storage tanks onsite. The buildup from this is causing contaminated water inside the tanks to expand, blowing off their lids and spilling their contents.

An official from the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), which was given the bad news during a recent study group meeting with TEPCO, reportedly told the media that this constantly accumulating gas buildup is an imminent danger and that something needs to be done to contain it. “If the concentration level is high, a spark caused by static electricity could cause a container to explode,” stated one unnamed government official about the situation, as quoted by the news source The Asahi Shimbun. FULL REPORT

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Large 5.8 magnitude earthquake strikes West Coast United States / Oregon

Posted: 01 Jun 2015 06:23 AM PDT

A noteworthy magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck off the shores of Oregon along the West coast of the United States. These earthquakes were forecast to occur this week, forecast issued 2 days ago.

This area was warned for larger earthquake activity to strike off the shores of Oregon in the Pacific Northwest on May 29th. Now a 5.8M hits off the shores of Oregon in the Pacific Northwest on June 1,2015. FULL REPORT

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Was America Founded On Christian Religion?

Posted: 01 Jun 2015 06:13 AM PDT

The Treaty of Tripoli is of particular interest as secularists attempt to use its wording as a definitive expression of the intent of America’s founders regarding religion and government. An in-depth examination, though, may prove this untenable.

On March 28, 1786, America’s new Congress of the Confederation received word from John Adams and Thomas Jefferson of their meeting in France with Tripoli’s ambassador regarding Muslim Barbary pirates raiding American ships in the Mediterranean.

Jefferson and Adams asked Tripoli’s ambassador, Abdrahaman, what the new nation of the United States had done to provoke them: “The ambassador answered us that it was founded on the laws of the prophet, that it was written in their qur’an, that all nations who should not have acknowledged islam’s authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and every musselman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”  Jefferson bought a Qur’an to learn why Muslim pirates attacked unprovoked. FULL REPORT

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Franklin Graham: This Is a Pivotal Moment in America’s History

Posted: 01 Jun 2015 06:07 AM PDT

Obergefell v. Hodges. You may not be familiar with those names now, but by the end of June, this U.S. Supreme Court case will no doubt be mentioned in the same breath as the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 that infamously led to the legalization of abortion across America. The ruling due to be handed down this month comes after several federal courts ruled against a number of states that had banned same-sex marriages in state referendums, many of them by wide margins.

As the nine justices consider the weight and merit of the oral arguments that came before the court on April 28, the impending decision will rank as the most historic and far-reaching judgment of the 21st century. Should the verdict favor the fanatical proponents of same-sex marriage, it will dramatically and fundamentally alter the moral fabric and future of the American family.

The imminent threat to the biblical, historical definition of marriage was clearly evidenced in the flurry of queries from the judges during the oral arguments. Chief Justice John Roberts noted that redefining marriage would require changing the “fundamental core” of the institution, which is the “opposite-sex relationship.” FULL REPORT

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Billionaires Dumping Stocks, Economist Knows Why

Posted: 31 May 2015 09:17 PM PDT

A handful of billionaires are quietly dumping their American stocks . . . and fast. Warren Buffett, who has been a cheerleader for U.S. stocks for quite some time, is dumping shares at an alarming rate. He recently complained of “disappointing performance” in dyed-in-the-wool American companies like Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Kraft Foods.

Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, has been drastically reducing his exposure to stocks that depend on consumer purchasing habits. Berkshire sold roughly 19 million shares of Johnson & Johnson, and reduced its overall stake in “consumer product stocks” by 21%. Berkshire Hathaway also sold its entire stake in California-based computer parts supplier Intel.

With 70% of the U.S. economy dependent on consumer spending, Buffett’s apparent lack of faith in these companies’ future prospects is worrisome. Unfortunately Buffett isn’t alone. Fellow billionaire John Paulson, who made a fortune betting on the subprime mortgage meltdown, is clearing out of U.S. stocks too. Paulson’s hedge fund, Paulson & Co., dumped 14 million shares of JPMorgan Chase according to a recent filing. The fund also dumped its entire position in discount retailer Family Dollar and consumer-goods maker Sara Lee. FULL REPORT

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China developing ATM with face recognition

Posted: 31 May 2015 08:45 PM PDT

Engineers are developing the first ATM in China with facial recognition technology to identify users of bank cards. The official Xinhua news agency reports Beijing’s Tsinghua University and Hangzhou-based security company Tzekwan Technology developed the prototype.

The new technology will help reduce crimes committed using ATMs, Tzekwan Technology CEO Gu Zikun says. Chinese ATMs had until now depended entirely on foreign technology but will now have access to an exclusively domestic system, Gu says. The new ATM technology is being unveiled in the same month that the government launched the “Made in China” campaign to promote domestic innovation. FULL REPORT

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Christian Headlines Daily – Monday, June 1, 2015

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Migrant crisis: Malaysia finds 139 graves in human trafficking camps

West Virginia man sues education officials for teaching his daughter ‘religion’ of evolution

The personal stories of Christianity’s new martyrs

Megachurch: Stay With Your Kiddie Porn-Watching Husband—or Face ‘Discipline’

Tim Tebow still passionate about football, but there’s something more important for him – charity work

Michigan’s homeschooling law comes under scrutiny

Protestors attempt to prevent Christian worshipers at King David’s tomb

Schools reopen in areas of Nepal worst hit by earthquakes

How I Escaped from North Korea

’19 Kids and Counting’ Josh Duggar’s Cousin Amy Addresses Molestation Charges, Urges Christians ‘Never Stop Praying’

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Why Do You Work?

It’s Not Only About Josh Duggar, It’s Also About An Entire SYSTEM of Abuse

Matt Chandler, The Village Church offer apology to Karen Hinkley

A Word to Self-Righteous Christians Attacking Josh Duggar

IRS Admits Massive Identity Theft


“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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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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Baptism and the Burden of Proof

Given that the people of God in the Old Testament (OT) had been putting the sign of the covenant (circumcision) on their infant children for nearly 2,000 years when Jesus arrived on the scene, it is logical to infer that NT believers, who were overwhelmingly Jewish, would have assumed that the NT sign of the covenant (baptism) would be applied to their children as well. The absence of any prohibitions on baptizing the children of believers or even any discussion of this as an issue in the churches to which Paul wrote suggests that this was NOT an issue in the early church. The only way it could be a non-issue is if there was no fundamental change in the way the sign was applied to the children of believers.

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What Are Justification and Sanctification?

Both graces are the concern of faith in Jesus Christ, but in different ways. In justification, our faith results in our being forgiven, accepted, and accounted righteous in God’s sight. In sanctification, that same faith actively and eagerly takes up all the commands that Christ has given the believer. We dare not separate or conflate justification and sanctification. We do distinguish them.

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The Complexity of Pastoral Care

Different people respond better to different motivations. Some congregants respond better to warnings, a firm-but-loving exhortation and gentle rebuke; others respond better to promises, encouragement and indirect admonition. All of this is bound up in personality type, spiritual condition and background. A combination of those factors tends to shape the way in which particular congregants respond to scriptural and pastoral motivation for growth and change.

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The Persuasive Language of Bible Critics

We live in an age when about the only belief you’ll be frowned upon for having is one that doesn’t allow for complete diversity, in which everyone’s chosen ways lead to ultimate truth. Their truth. …[Today,] tolerance swallows up truth. So when your professor injects his or her brand of skeptical sarcasm into the discussion, they are speaking to a friendly court.

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Millennials and Warped Conceptions of Christ

In grad school, I encountered other spiritual heartaches. While at Regent University, I had a classmate who described herself as radically pro-life. She also said she drove women to get abortions. When asked about this, she said that God told her to love people, not to judge them.

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Are All Christians Hypocrites? Yes, Maybe, and No

In one sense, it absolutely matters if Christians are hypocrites. We should be striving to better follow Christ and have our actions reflect Him. That is a given. But in another sense, the issue of hypocrisy often becomes a surrogate for a much different claim—the Christian moral standard is wrong.

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Is Contentment a Lost Art?

The secret to contentment is not in a change of circumstances but a change of heart. As Christians, we have had a change of heart; and this why and how we can both be commanded to be content and Paul can model contentment. Far from being something from the old-world of Christianity, contentment is to be modeled today by all who follow Christ.

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Pressure to compromise

We’ve been talking to a lot of pastors and church leaders over the past several months about the things to come. There is growing pressure from the gay lobby and from the government for churches to watch what they say and how they operate when it comes to performing gay marriages. A few weeks ago […]

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Perils of the PC Police

by Bill Muehlenberg

Everywhere in the West we find the thought police of political correctness out in force, stomping on anyone who dares to go against the party line. Nowhere is this more evident, and nowhere are the jackboots stomping with more ferocity, than in the area of sexuality – especially homosexuality.

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Referring to God as “He” makes women feel “less Christian”?

by Berean Researcher

A group in the Church of England says it will shift the language of worship to call God a female, just to be fair. And to combat sexism. (Isn’t that sexism to change the Father, Son and Holy Spirit from He to She?) The “Rev” Emma Percy, chaplain of Trinity College, Oxford, said the dominance […]

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On Gay wedding invites: Would you or wouldn’t you?

More and more Christians will soon be faced with this ultimate dilemma: Should I attend a gay wedding for my gay son/daughter/friend/relative? Many of you have written to us and explained why you could not attend, and the fallout in your relationships that resulted. Recently a Calvary Chapel pastor at Costa Mesa Calif., declared that […]

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Oh, the horror! The Duggars actually SPANK their children!

When the Forces of Pagan Progress and Tolerance smell Christian blood in the water, things happen. Weird things. Wacky things. Dangerously weird and wacky things. The Pagans get active. They get crazy crazier. Their eyes roll back, their mouths open wide, and they lose what little control they ever had as they’re overwhelmed and compelled […]

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Understand The Times, International has posted a commentary by Lighthouse Trails Research titled Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa Pastor, Brian Brodersen, Says Sometimes It’s OK to Attend a Homosexual Wedding

You can read this commentary by going to:

http://www.understandthetimes.org/bb2015.shtml


Does Public Opinion Create Truth?

by Zak Schmoll

Much has been written in recent days about a research study from the Pew Research Center that has many people either worried or rejoicing that the percentage of self-identifying Christians in America seems to be on the decline.

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Dear Graduate

A significant journey is ending for you. No doubt you are eager to get going on the next one. But go ahead, savor the moment. Such clear rites of passage don’t come often in life.


Skeptical Science

Those who think science is the measure of all truth might want to check the data first.
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Myers-Briggs is bunk, but I don’t care

The obvious criticism of this test is that it’s based on dichotomies. Are you perceiving or judging? Introverted or extroverted? You must choose. This reeks of pseudo-science. Of course, most of us don’t fall clearly on one side or the other. When the specific introvert vs. extrovert duality was a hot topic a few years ago, many writers persuasively argued against reducing socialization patterns to a simplistic either/or. Indeed, reams of psychological literature debunks MBTI as wildly inconsistent—many people will test differently within weeks—and over reliant on polarities. For instance, someone can certainly be both deeply thinking and feeling, and we all know folks who appear to be neither. “In social science, we use four standards: are the categories reliable, valid, independent, and comprehensive? For the MBTI, the evidence says not very, no, no, and not really,” organizational psychologist Adam Grant wrote in Psychology Today after reviewing all the science on MBTI. It’s pretty damning.

How Much of My Sinful Past Should I Tell My Children?

John Piper offers a solid answer to this question.

Five dangers of skipping church

Nathan Rose:

I read recently that my denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, has a total of 16 million members, but on a typical Sunday only 6 million of those members attend their local church’s corporate worship gathering. Considering the importance and necessity of corporate worship for the Christian, this is a very discouraging statistic. Not only is it disheartening, it is also spiritually dangerous for those who profess Christ, but regularly miss worship with their church family. Below, I want to list some reasons and explain why skipping church is a really bad idea.

How Whitefield walked through controversy

Ray Ortlund shares some insights from Arnold Dallimore’s biography of Whitefield.

Five Ways to Go Wrong with Church Discipline

C. Michael Patton:

There is hardly a practice in the local church that is misused more than “church discipline.” Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have many answers and its misuse is understandable. I think there are three primary ways that we can find it misuse: 1) It is never used at all, 2) it is misused in an unbiblical way, and 3) people are brought in for discipline for “sins” that don’t require its use.

The Search for Twitter Significance

Joey Cochran:

I want you to know that at some point during my last half-decade enjoying Twitter I have been each of these people or all of these people. I’m poking fun at me as much as the next guy or gal. And if you follow me on Twitter, you know just how true that is. You could stick my face right next to each one of these observations. But I want you to ask yourself, where could I stick my face? Does your Twitter Icon belong under any of these habits?

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Are All Sins Equal?

When I first became a Christian I was repeatedly taught “All sins are alike to God.” While there is some truth in this, there is also much untruth.


We Talk About What We Love

When we keep our mouths shut about the gospel, it shows there is something wrong in our hearts.

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Lincoln And The World Changing Impact Of Overlooking An Offense
Trevin Wax unearths a fascinating story about Abraham Lincoln’s forgiveness of Edwin Stanton’s humiliating snub. Whether Lincoln knew the saving grace of God or not, many of us who who do could bless our churches by learning from him.

My Father Killed My Mother
You need a strong heart for this gritty story that doesn’t yet have a “happy ever after” ending.

Are You A Negaholic? 
Michael Hyatt describes five ways that pessimism may be ruining your life.

Your Paper Brain And Your Kindle Brain Aren’t The Same Thing
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Looks like Kim Shay and I have been thinking the same thoughts recently about social media, blogging, famous Christians, etc.

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Responding to a recent Gallup social issue survey that shows America continues to shift left (or at least away from the Bible) on key moral issues, Ross Douthat writes on The Prospects For Polygamy and Joe Carter answers the question Why are behaviors the Bible condemns considered morally acceptable to Christians? Some of the statistical changes are frightening. The figures are presented for / against and should be posted beside where we pray each day. So much misery ahead for a society and for individuals with these kinds of morals and practices.

  • Sex between an unmarried man and woman: 68 / 29
  • Medical research using stem cells obtained from human embryos: 64 / 29
  • Gay or lesbian relations: 63 / 34
  • Having a baby outside of marriage: 61 / 35
  • Doctor assisted suicide: 56 / 37
  • Abortion: 45 / 45
  • Sex between teenagers: 37 / 56
  • Pornography: 34 / 62
  • Suicide: 19 / 73
  • Polygamy: 16 / 81
  • Married men and women having an affair: 8 / 89

The Daily Discovery (June 1, 2015)

Jesus’ Tomb and God’s Sovereign Rule – “When you think of seeing God’s hand at work in one’s life, we tend to always think of God working through miraculous/ostentatious activity, right? I’m thinking of example like a sick person being instantly healed against all odds, someone surviving a horrible traffic accident without a scratch, etc. If we were being honest, we don’t tend to think of God’s hand in the common. You know, the regular things of life that happen all the time: eating a sandwich, going to work, etc. Yet, as Christians we understand (hypothetically) that God is sovereign; he rules over all creation including events both magnificent and microscopic. Allow me to say that another way: God is in charge of all the common and miraculous occurrences in every life; he orchestrates both the miraculous and the common equally.”

What Ever Happened to Sin? – “You don’t hear much about sin from the pulpit anymore. Recognizing and identifying it; wrestling with the guilt of it; repenting of it, or for that matter, dealing with it at all—those ideas are passé in most churches today.”

Back Doors and Youth Ministry – “If you’ve been in evangelicalism for any length of time, you’ve likely had a common experience: seeing people leave your church. Sure people leave and join churches, but in many churches there’s as much leaving as there is joining…and the ones who are walking in the front door are often two steps away from the back door of another church.”

I Can Do All Things Through Me, Myself, and I Who Strengthen Me – “Philippians 4:13 (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me) is used ad nauseam to invoke everything from winning a football game, to dealing with crowds of shoppers on Black Friday, to baking the perfectly risen soufflé. While God permits us to do every good work (because all good things come from God), this verse is not about being empowered to accomplish what we desire. This verse encourages us to be content in all things despite the circumstances―for example, being shipwrecked, beaten with rods and stones, or thrown into jail for the sake of the gospel.”

Jesus Christ, the express image of God – “I heard a sermon once a long time ago in which the preacher defined a cult as any religious group that called itself Christian but denied the orthodox view our Triune God. That means that those who deny the Doctrine of the Trinity, according to that definition, are not Christians, but heretics. The man-centered part of each of us, that is the flesh, rebels from such a strict ‘legalistic’ view, but as our faith becomes more and more God Centered in all its aspects, that view becomes entirely justified in our hearts because as we come to know God as He reveals Himself to His children, we will not doubt His Word nor will we attempt to overlay His truth with “altered” truth nor will we add to it nor subtract from it nor take it out of context in order to make it more man centered.”


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Myers-Briggs is bunk, but I don’t care

The obvious criticism of this test is that it’s based on dichotomies. Are you perceiving or judging? Introverted or extroverted? You must choose. This reeks of pseudo-science. Of course, most of us don’t fall clearly on one side or the other. When the specific introvert vs. extrovert duality was a hot topic a few years ago, many writers persuasively argued against reducing socialization patterns to a simplistic either/or. Indeed, reams of psychological literature debunks MBTI as wildly inconsistent—many people will test differently within weeks—and over reliant on polarities. For instance, someone can certainly be both deeply thinking and feeling, and we all know folks who appear to be neither. “In social science, we use four standards: are the categories reliable, valid, independent, and comprehensive? For the MBTI, the evidence says not very, no, no, and not really,” organizational psychologist Adam Grant wrote in Psychology Today after reviewing all the science on MBTI. It’s pretty damning.

How Much of My Sinful Past Should I Tell My Children?

John Piper offers a solid answer to this question.

Five dangers of skipping church

Nathan Rose:

I read recently that my denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, has a total of 16 million members, but on a typical Sunday only 6 million of those members attend their local church’s corporate worship gathering. Considering the importance and necessity of corporate worship for the Christian, this is a very discouraging statistic. Not only is it disheartening, it is also spiritually dangerous for those who profess Christ, but regularly miss worship with their church family. Below, I want to list some reasons and explain why skipping church is a really bad idea.

How Whitefield walked through controversy

Ray Ortlund shares some insights from Arnold Dallimore’s biography of Whitefield.

Five Ways to Go Wrong with Church Discipline

C. Michael Patton:

There is hardly a practice in the local church that is misused more than “church discipline.” Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have many answers and its misuse is understandable. I think there are three primary ways that we can find it misuse: 1) It is never used at all, 2) it is misused in an unbiblical way, and 3) people are brought in for discipline for “sins” that don’t require its use.

The Search for Twitter Significance

Joey Cochran:

I want you to know that at some point during my last half-decade enjoying Twitter I have been each of these people or all of these people. I’m poking fun at me as much as the next guy or gal. And if you follow me on Twitter, you know just how true that is. You could stick my face right next to each one of these observations. But I want you to ask yourself, where could I stick my face? Does your Twitter Icon belong under any of these habits?

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OSAS And 2 Tim. 2:11-13

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Q.  Re: 2 Tim. 2:11-13.  I believe in eternal security.  Even when we stumble and fall, God will be faithful to his word. But I know many commentaries try to make it sound like if a Christian denies Christ, Christ will turn his back on that Christian. Even in Matthew, Jesus says is someone denies Christ, Christ will deny him before the father. So what is this “denial” referring to since we are eternally secure in Christ?

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Signs Of The Times

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Q.  Re:  Luke 21:25.  What is meant by Perplexity at the waves and sea roaring? Is there some unusual event being foretold here like Tsunamis or is this something else? If so has anything like ever happened ? A storm at sea can be frightful but is a natural phenomena. Does this mean something we have never before seen?

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Who Are The Sleepers?

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Q.  In 1 Thess 5:4-11 It talks about being awake and alert, and not being like others who are asleep, because we are of the day, and those who sleep are of the night.   But later in the passage it says that Jesus died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with Him, therefore we are to encourage one another and build each other up.  In this latter passage who are the sleepers?  Would it be those in the immediate context, which would seem to suggest that some believers could be caught “sleeping” when He comes?  Or could it be referring to those who died in Christ, which would be according to the general context of Thessalonians?

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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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GTY Blog: Whatever Happened to Sin?

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by Jeremiah Johnson

You don’t hear much about sin from the pulpit anymore. Recognizing and identifying it; wrestling with the guilt of it; repenting of it, or for that matter, dealing with it at all—those ideas are passé in most churches today.

What you will hear is a lot of talk about brokenness and negativity, as if Christ humbled Himself to the point of death to cure depression and fix bad attitudes. The modern church has largely done away with the biblical language of sin and salvation, replacing it with gooey postmodern verbiage that appeals to a generation raised on psychobabble and self-help seminars.

One popular preacher—and in this case, I use that term very loosely—recently devoted his Easter Sunday service to a rambling, confusing analogy of Christ as a breath mint. He actually had the audacity to compare the offenses of sin to bad breath, and cast Christ as the Agent who masks its affects.

That kind of pseudo-spiritual garbage passes in some circles as a gospel presentation. And even in churches that don’t stoop to that ridiculously low level, you still won’t hear much talk involving the biblical language of sin, guilt, and repentance.

Sadly, this is not a new trend. John MacArthur pointed out the shift away from biblical discussions of sin and salvation over twenty years ago. In The Vanishing Conscience, he warned about the dangers of softening our view of sin.

That kind of thinking has all but driven words like sin, repentance, contrition, atonement, restitution, and redemption out of public discourse. If no one is supposed to feel guilty, how could anyone be a sinner? Modern culture has the answer: people are victims. Victims are not responsible for what they do; they are casualties of what happens to them. So every human failing must be described in terms of how the perpetrator has been victimized. We are all supposed to be “sensitive” and “compassionate” enough to see that the very behaviors we used to label “sin” are actually evidence of victimization.

Victimization has gained so much influence that as far as society is concerned, there is practically no such thing as sin anymore. Anyone can escape responsibility for his or her wrongdoing simply by claiming the status of a victim. It has radically changed the way our society looks at human behavior.[1]John MacArthur, The Vanishing Conscience (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1994), 21.

Today even the most violent outbursts have built-in excuses. In the last month alone we’ve watched the media excuse widespread violence as mobs looted grocery stores, burned down pharmacies, and attacked police officers. Others look for ways to explain away terrorism—environmental issues like climate change are most recently to blame. Personal responsibility and accountability are easily sidestepped as sinners routinely lay the blame for their wrongdoing at someone else’s feet.

And even when there is no one else to blame, we’ve become adept at avoiding guilt. Again from The Vanishing Conscience:

These days everything wrong with humanity is likely to be explained as an illness. What we used to call sin is more easily diagnosed as a whole array of disabilities. All kinds of immorality and evil conduct are now identified as symptoms of this or that psychological illness. Criminal behavior, various perverse passions, and every imaginable addiction have all been made excusable by the crusade to label them medical afflictions. Even commonplace problems, such as emotional weakness, depression, and anxiety are also almost universally defined as quasi medical, rather than spiritual, afflictions. . . .

But assume for the moment that the problem is sin rather than sickness. The only true remedy involves humble repentance, confession, restitution, forgiveness, and growth through the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, communion with God, fellowship with other believers, and dependence on Christ. In other words, if the problem is in fact spiritual, labeling it a clinical issue will only exacerbate the problem and will offer no real deliverance from the sin. That is precisely what we see happening everywhere.

The sad truth is that disease model treatment is counterproductive. By casting the sinner in the role of a victim, it ignores or minimizes the personal guilt inherent in the misbehavior. “I am sick” is much easier to say than, “I have sinned.” But it doesn’t deal with the fact that one’s transgression is a serious offense against a holy, omniscient, omnipotent God. . . .

One might think that victimism and disease model therapy are so obviously contrary to biblical truth that Bible-believing Christians would rise up en masse and expose the error of such thinking. But tragically, that has not been the case. Victimism has become almost as influential within the evangelical church as it is in the unbelieving world, thanks to self-esteem theology and the church’s fascination with worldly psychology.

These days, when sinners seek help from churches and other Christian agencies, they are likely to be told that their problem is some emotional disorder or psychological syndrome. They might be encouraged to forgive themselves and told they ought to have more self-love and self-esteem. They are not as likely to hear that they must repent and humbly seek God’s forgiveness in Christ.[2] The Vanishing Conscience pp. 24-29.

The spiritual fallout of such a departure from biblical truth is deadly for the church.

This is a serious matter. Whether you deny sin overtly and openly and totally, or covertly and by implication, any tampering with the biblical concept of sin makes chaos of the Christian faith. . . .

Disavowing our personal culpability can never free us from a sense of guilt. On the contrary, those who refuse to acknowledge their sinfulness actually place themselves in bondage to their own guilt. “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13, KJV). “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [But] if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9).

Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners! Jesus specifically said He had not come to save those who want to exonerate themselves (Mark 2:17). Where there is no recognition of sin and guilt, when the conscience has been abused into silence, there can be no salvation, no sanctification, and therefore no real emancipation from sin’s ruthless power.[3] The Vanishing Conscience pp. 31-34.

The church must take sin seriously. Failing to do so runs the risk of inoculating generations to the transforming truth of God’s Word. Put simply, if there is no such thing as sin, there is no need for a Savior.

In the days to come, we’re going to examine what God’s Word says about the nature of sin, the totality of man’s corruption, God’s cure for its devastating effects, how believers ought to deal with sin, and why we’re called to strive for righteousness. It will be convicting and encouraging as we disavow and debunk the world’s perspective, and strive to see sin the way God sees it.


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Jesus Christ, the express image of God

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. (John 1:1-2 NASB)

I heard a sermon once a long time ago in which the preacher defined a cult as any religious group that called itself Christian but denied the orthodox view our Triune God. That means that those who deny the Doctrine of the Trinity, according to that definition, are not Christians, but heretics. The man-centered part of each of us, that is the flesh, rebels from such a strict “legalistic” view, but as our faith becomes more and more God Centered in all its aspects, that view becomes entirely justified in our hearts because as we come to know God as He reveals Himself to His children, we will not doubt His Word nor will we attempt to overlay His…

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Back Doors and Youth Ministry

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely...

If you’ve been in evangelicalism for any length of time, you’ve likely had a common experience: seeing people leave your church.  Sure people leave and join churches, but in many churches there’s as much leaving as there is joining…and the ones who are walking in the front door are often two steps away from the back door of another church.

RearChurchDoor

What’s even more frightening to many is how so many people, mostly under the age of 25, are walking out the back door of the church into nothing.  They’re walking away from church altogether, not walking into another church.  The statistics of young people flooding out of evangelicalism are alarming, and I’ve written on such things before.  Others have too, and over at Hip and Thigh, Fred Butler interacted with a Charisma article and commented on the back door tsunami of young people splashing out of many churches. …

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