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June 2, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jun. 2, 2015

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The latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows that likely Republican and Democratic caucus participants want the candidates to discuss a far more diverse array of issues, even if they don’t agree on what those issues should be.

Republicans who hold the U.S. House and Senate majorities haven’t been able to agree on a coordinated strategy for restoring counter-terrorism programs, the latest sign of intra-party discord in Congress.

President Obama will order federal cafeterias to favor buying meat from farms that don’t overuse antibiotics, as his administration seeks to curtail agricultural practices blamed for the rise of drug-resistant bacteria.

The U.S. and its allies against Islamic State are seeking new ways to strengthen Iraqi forces and to force militants in Syria from positions along the border with Turkey.

The U.S. Supreme Court bolstered the religious rights of workers, siding with a Muslim woman who was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch Co. because she wore a head scarf. The 8-1 ruling will require businesses to take more initiative to avoid discriminating against prospective employees whose religious practices conflict with a workplace rule.

The biggest U.S. automakers all beat estimates for domestic light-vehicle sales in May. General Motors Co. had its best result for the month since 2007 while Fiat Chrysler’s was the best in a decade.

United Airlines flights were temporarily grounded in the U.S. because of automation issues, according to a notice from the Federal Aviation Administration. The stoppage lasted for less than an hour, according to the notices.

Reluctant to spend their way out of trouble even with rock-bottom borrowing costs and with central banks warning easy money can’t power expansion alone, political leaders may soon give up on demand and try to spur supply.

Hundreds of passengers from a Chinese cruise ship. That brought the number of survivors to 15 while five others were confirmed dead. That’s out of 458 mostly-elderly passengers who were aboard when the ship capsized.

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Whatever the outcome of a scheduled Tuesday vote, the last two days in Congress have made this much clear: The NSA will ultimately be out of the business of collecting and storing American calling records.

The Russian maker of the Buk air defense missile system said Tuesday that it has concluded that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was downed by an older version of the missile, which isn’t in service with the Russian military but is in Ukrainian arsenals.

The month of May approached an all-time high for homicides in the city of Baltimore. With 43 reported homicides last month, May 2015 counts the most in more than 40 years.

The United States has accused the Syrian military of carrying out air strikes to help Islamic State fighters advance around the northern city of Aleppo, messages posted on the U.S. Embassy Syria official Twitter feed said.

One was beaten to death because she got pregnant. Another was stabbed to death in a jealous rage. Another had her throat slit because she asked for a divorce. These brutal murders show the alarming violence that women face in Latin America, a region that has begun adopting new laws to address the problem but where thousands of women are killed by their partners each year.

HSBC could announce 10,000 to 20,000 thousand job cuts at a strategy day next week.

Oil companies that have pumped trillions of barrels of crude from the ground are now saying the future is in their other main product: natural gas, a fuel they’re promoting as the logical successor to coal.

Of all the financial threats facing Americans of retirement age – outliving savings, falling for scams, paying for long-term care – housing isn’t supposed to be one. But after a home-price collapse, the worst recession since the 1930s and some calamitous decisions to turn homes into cash machines, millions of them are straining to make house payments.

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A top US official has pledged reforms after tests found that airport screeners allowed mock explosives and weapons through security checkpoints 95% of the time.

Iraq and its allies are pursuing “the winning strategy” to combat Islamic State in Iraq, US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said. Mr Blinken said air strikes and supporting Iraqi forces was the right way to tackle the IS threat. Ministers from 20 countries debated the issue in Paris – though Russia, Iran and Syria were absent.

At least 45 Iraqi police officers have been killed in an attack by Islamic State (IS) militants in Anbar province, security officials said. Suicide bombers rammed three vehicles packed with explosives into a base in the Tharthar area, on a road connecting the cities of Falluja and Samarra.

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Defense officials admitted the Pentagon didn’t just send live anthrax spores to 28 facilities in the United States and to an army base in South Korea – the agency also sent them to three laboratories in Canada and previously, to Australia.

The FBI has been busted by the media for flying spy planes over select U.S. sites, conducting secret surveillance absent specific court warrant. The planes were being flown under the guise of fictitious companies and were outfitted with video and cellphone surveillance technology.

The Department of Justice is concentrating on “far-right” groups in a new study of social media usage aimed at combatting violent extremism.

A 1,650-year-old monastery in northern Iraq, one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world, is in danger of falling to ISIS. St. Matthew’s monastery, founded in A.D. 363, has survived the Ottoman and Persian Empires, Mongol invaders and Kurdish conquests. Today it’s threatened by ISIS. Only three monks remain.


Top News – 6/2/2015

Palestinian TV calls Jews and Israelis ‘evil, filth’
A children’s program broadcast on official Palestinian television has aired statements calling Jews and Israelis “monkeys” as well as “the most evil of creations” and promised a return to the “occupied” cities of Jaffa, Haifa, Nazareth and Acre.

Share Meningitis epidemic in Niger, 545 dead
The WHO had said that the epidemic was worrying and unprecedented because it was a strain not normally found in Africa and the appropriate vaccine was in short supply. In early May, cases were tripling every two weeks.

You Get to Watch It Live — NASA’s Flying Saucer Test
This week offers up another opportunity to witness an important milestone in experimental flight tests. NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project will beam back to Earth live imagery from a supersonic, edge-of-atmosphere test of braking technology for Mars.

A possible Ebola cure is in the works
Texas-based XBiotech is announcing a possible cure for Ebola.

US Supreme Court Rules on ‘Free Speech’ in Social Media
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today (Monday, June 1) to affirm protection for “free speech” on social media and the internet – even if that speech is threatening or provocative.

FBI flying surveillance aircraft over US cities, planes traced to fake companies
The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes’ surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge’s approval…

Homeland security chief reassigns top TSA official
The moves follow media reports that checkpoint screeners failed to detect mock explosives and weapons in 95 percent of tests carried out by undercover agents.

State Dept.: No Decision Yet on French UN Initiative
State Department spokeswoman says Washington hasn’t yet decided how it would vote on UN resolution for Israel-PA peace.

Russia Urges US to Act in Lockstep with Syria to Crush ISIS
Russia on Tuesday urged a US-led coalition fighting against the Islamic State group to coordinate their air raids with the Syrian government, warning that jihadists could go “very far” if not stopped.

UPDATE: 7 Earthquakes Reported Off the Coast of Oregon in the Last 24 Hours
UPDATE: SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Scientists say a cluster of 7 earthquakes ranging in magnitude up to 5.9 have struck off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, but haven’t been strong enough to generate tsunamis. The sixth and seventh quakes in the series struck Monday evening. They were the weakest so far, at magnitude 3.9 and 4.2.

18 quarantined in Hong Kong over MERS fears
Hong Kong authorities quarantined 18 fellow passengers of a South Korean man who arrived in the city infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS.

Government Wipes Recent Vaccine Injury Data from Website
In March, the federal government removed the latest vaccine injury court statistics—more than a year’s worth of data… It was an abrupt departure from the normal practice of updating the figures monthly. Wiping the latest data means the “adjudication” chart on a government website no longer reflects the recent, sharp rise in court victories for plaintiffs who claimed their children were seriously injured or killed by one or more vaccines.

Russia to Start Construction On New Iranian Nuke Plant
Russia announced on Monday that it would start construction this year on a second nuclear plant in Iran, according to regional reports. Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation made the announcement early on Monday, stating that it will begin building a second nuclear power plant in Iran’s southern region later this year, according to Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency.

Islamic State advance failure of world – Iraqi PM
The advance of Islamic State militants (IS) in Iraq is a “failure” of the world, Iraq’s prime minister has said. Haider al-Abadi also said sanctions on Russia and Iran had made it difficult for Iraq to buy more weapons, saying the country had received “almost none”. Ministers from 20 countries are in Paris to discuss ways to step up the fight against IS – but Russia, Iran and Syria are not part of the talks.

India cuts interest rates for a third time this year
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cut interest rates for the third time this year to help boost growth in Asia’s third largest economy. The central bank cut its key repo rate to 7.25% from 7.50%, as widely expected, after taking similar moves in January and March this year. The repo rate is the level at which the central bank lends to commercial banks.

‘Contrary to Obama’s claims, Iran increased its nuclear fuel stockpiles’
Contrary to the Obama administration’s claims that Iran has frozen its nuclear program, international inspectors discovered recently that the Islamic Republic’s stockpile of nuclear fuel has increased by about 20 percent over the course of the last 18 months, The New York Times is reporting on Tuesday. The news comes as the P5+1 powers and Iran seek to strike a final status accord with less than one month before the deadline.

Hacked Emails Expose George Soros As Ukraine Puppet-Master
Just days after George Soros warned that World War 3 was imminent unless Washington backed down to China on IMF currency basket inclusion, the hacker collective CyberBerkut has exposed the billionaire as the real puppet-master behind the scenes in Ukraine.

US insists Kerry’s broken leg won’t hinder Iran talks
Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Boston Monday for surgery on his broken leg, as U.S. officials insisted his injury would not hinder his participation in nuclear negotiations with Iran. With an end-of-June deadline for an Iranian deal fast approaching, the 71-year-old Kerry left Geneva aboard a U.S. military plane accompanied by his orthopedic surgeon, Dennis Burke, and additional medical personnel.

Anti-IS coalition to discuss strategy at Paris meeting
Ministers from 20 countries are to meet in Paris to discuss strategy against Islamic State (IS) militants. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will attend, but US Secretary of State John Kerry will miss the meeting because of a cycling accident.

South Korea has first two Mers deaths
Two people have died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) in South Korea, becoming the country’s first fatalities from the disease. The first victim was a 58-year-old woman who had contact with the original case, a South Korean who visited the Middle East. A 71-year-old man also died.

A yacht carrying more than 450 people sank during a cyclone in China
A yacht carrying more than 450 people sank overnight in the Yangtze River during a cyclone in southern China, and eight people have been rescued, the state broadcaster CCTV reported Tuesday.

IS suicide attackers slow Iraq’s Ramadi counterattack
A huge suicide bomb attack on an Iraqi police base killed at least 37 people Monday, further slowing an operation to retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State jihadists

Series of 5 earthquakes hit off Oregon coast
The first came at magnitude 5.8. It struck about midnight Sunday and was followed by three quakes early Monday. They were of magnitude 4.3, 5 and 4.4. A fifth struck around 1:13 p.m. and registered at a 5.9 magnitude.

SA Agents Failed 67 of 70 Tests
They’re good at finding dead bears, live snakes, and even human skulls, but what TSA agents don’t find enough of are the fake explosives and weapons that undercover Homeland Security agents tried to smuggle past them. The results were downright dismal: TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests—that’s 95% of them—conducted by Red Team operatives, agents posing as passengers who devised the most devious ways to sneak items past the screeners, ABC News reports


Top Headlines – 6/2/2015

‘Something Else Coming In September: UN Resolution Establishing Palestinian State?’

Former security official: Time for reassessment of basic peace-making assumptions

Israel says UN grants NGO status to Hamas-linked group

Israeli Envoy Criticizes UN for Recognizing Hamas Front Group

Gold: World media misled by Hamas version of summer war

US NSA spy program ends, could impact Israeli anti-terror efforts

Kindergarten students in east Jerusalem act out IDF murdering Palestinian

Jeb Bush: Move US Embassy to Jerusalem

After FIFA tussle, PM warns of global campaign to ‘blacken Israel’s name’

UK, France decline to take part in Israel defense expo in Tel Aviv

‘German magazine manufactured diplomatic crisis with Israel’

Belgian police officer facing dismissal over threat to kill Jews

Wikipedia votes to keep controversial election day Netanyahu comments on site

‘Contrary to Obama’s claims, Iran increased its nuclear fuel stockpiles’

Ambassador Bolton Says Israel Must Strike Iran Soon

Obama: No military solution to Iran’s nuclear program

Obama: I understand Israel’s concerns, fears on Iran

White House: Iran nuclear talks can continue despite Kerry’s injury

Requiring surgery, Kerry hopes for in-person role at Iran talks endgame

Russia to Start Construction On New Iranian Nuke Plant

4.4 Earthquake Hits Iranian Nuclear Plant

Islamic State supporters in Gaza give Hamas 48-hour ultimatum

Islamic State advance failure of world – Iraqi PM

ISIS suicide attack kills at least 38 Iraqi police officer

Islamic State Advances Further Into Syria’s Aleppo Province

IS suicide attackers slow Iraq’s Ramadi counterattack

Syrian Druse could flee to Israel as Assad may abandon them to ISIS

‘2,300 Humvees in Mosul alone’: Iraq reveals number of US arms falling into ISIS hands

US transfers some 2,000 anti-tank missiles to Iraqis

Islamic State recruits Westerners with promise of Muslim utopia

ISIS Kidnaps Over 500 Children in Iraq Who Could Be Used as Suicide Bombers, Gov’t Officials Claim

Men brace for ‘beard patrols’ in Iraq’s IS-held Mosul

Why Saudi Arabia Is Vulnerable to the Islamic State

U.S. Supreme Court rules for Muslim woman denied job at clothing store

Russian planes, U.S. warship have close encounter near Crimea

Hacked Emails Expose George Soros As Ukraine Puppet-Master

Rand Paul Slams Establishment Republicans, Declares Victory Over NSA

Acting TSA head reassigned after watchdog report reveals airport security failings

European Leaders Assemble for Urgent Meeting on Greek Crisis

Germany’s Low Birth Rates Surpass Japan’s, Threatens Economy

New York food banks ask state for $16 million as need rises

NASA preps revolutionary ‘flying sauce’ test flight

Series of 7 earthquakes hit off Oregon coast

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tanaga Volcano, Alaska

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Barranca, Peru

Hurricane Andres’ Swells May Cause Dangerous Surf, Rip Conditions

Tropical Storm Blanca Expected to Become Major Hurricane

Drone Footage of Dallas Flooding

India heat wave kills 2,330 people as millions wait for rain

Pentagon’s anthrax scandal spreads to Canada

South Korea has first two Mers deaths

Government Wipes Recent Vaccine Injury Data from Website

Study: Painkillers, Anti-Anxiety Medications Linked To Increased Risk Of Homicide

Marijuana church given tax-exempt status in Indiana: ‘Somebody at the IRS loves us’

Caitlyn Jenner, Formerly Bruce, Introduces Herself in Vanity Fair

Caitlyn Jenner Suffered Massive Panic Attack After Facial Feminization Surgery: “What Did I Just Do?”

A Gay Atheist Speaks a Timely Word to the Church

Church of England decline accelerates, while other faiths grow


Politico gets confidential campaign memo: Secret effort to sell Hillary Clinton to rich liberals

The preferred nominee in San Francisco?

This is a very interesting and illuminating article, though if one has been following what’s been going on with Ms. Clinton lately it is not surprising. It should be noted that the fundraising bogey appears to have been cut in half from $1 billion to a mere (sic) $500 million. That is very significant.

Ms. Clinton is not lighting the world on fire for many rich lefties and her campaign in clearly concerned.

One of the undercurrents to this article also is that the Obama organization appears to be letting Clinton twist in the wind a bit.

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Guns, explosives, TSA failed 95% of undercover security tests

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See all the expense to taxpayers, and inconvenience, and lines, and shots of radiation, and official state molestation is totally worth it!

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Obama’s boast: ‘I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat’ in the Oval Office

Barack Obama is consumed with strong delusion. — OTM

“You know, I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office,” the president told Mr. Axelrod. “For people to say that I am anti-Israel, or, even worse, anti-Semitic, it hurts.”

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If Your ‘Authentic Self’ Requires Plastic Surgery and Hormone Therapy, You Need Help, Not Affirmation.

I hope a lot of people are praying for Bruce Jenner. It seems most of Hollywood and the White House are applauding him decided that he is now a she.

Bruce Jenner certainly has issues, but society itself has gotten mentally sick when it confuses compassion with celebration.

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

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.

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

In a recorded video statement released on Saturday, the Roman Catholic Pontiff known as Francis asserted that evangelicals and Catholics are one, and that it is the devil who has divided the two groups.

“Division is the work of the ‘Father of Lies,’ ‘the Father of Discord,’ who does everything possible to keep us divided,” he said.

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 ‘Ferguson Effect’: America’s New Crime Wave Is All Part of the Plan

Sadly, this stunning and unnecessary increase in crime is all part of the Left’s plan. You paralyze the cops with persecution, justify riots and looting, and by extension empower the criminals. The result is city-wide chaos, despair, and hopelessness. The result is victims desperate for someone to blame and even more dependent on a central government. The result is an empowered central government with even more control over the lives of those most in need of empowerment, not dependence.

Keep ’em down. Keep ’em angry.

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Sex trafficking and forced marriages flourish under China’s one-child policy

Thanks to a shortage of women created in part by China’s one-child
policy, the country has become a hotbed of human trafficking.
Desperate men pay exorbitant rates to marriage brokers who trick…


Appeals courts strike down pro-life laws but admit changing viability standard

Two U.S. appeals courts struck down abortion restrictions last
week, arguing they violated the previously established viability
standard. On Friday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck…


Vaccines & Viruses: Leukemia vaccine claims might be overhyped

Press overstatement. In a news release last month, the University
of California, San Francisco, said its researchers had published a
study in
Nature
explaining “how a commonly administered vaccine protects against…


A Deluded Obama Says “I’ve Restored The US As Most Respected Country In The World”

Monday while President Barack Obama was answering questions at a town hall with YSEALI Fellows, he said his administration has restored the United States as the “the most respected country on earth.”

“A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?” Ecclesiastes 10:14 (KJV)

Obama said, “People don’t remember, but when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barely above Russia, and today once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth.

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Part of that I think is because of the work we did to reengage the world and say we want to work with you as partners with mutual interests and mutual respect. It was on that basis we were able to end two wars while still focusing on the very real threat of terrorism and try to work with our partners in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s the reason why we are moving in the direction to normalize relations with Cuba and the nuclear deal that we are trying to negotiate with Iran.” source

Reality Check: In Obama’s America in 2015, the United States is barely recognizable. Barack Obama and his team of minions have worked to ensure the following never-ending horror shows:

Sorry, Barry Soetoro, but you and your inflamed ego have done nothing but bring us down to the dirt. You have turned our once-great nation into a baby killing Sodom and Gomorrah where evil is called good and good evil.

People from other nations look on us now with a mixture of disgust and contempt. Certainly very few fear us, and our enemies from the Middle East arrive every day by the truckload in Texas, Arizona, and Detroit. Russia does jet flyovers into our air space on a regular basis and China doesn’t regard us at all.

Obama’s America is sad, scary place to be.

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Bruce Jenner Has Now Fully Transitioned To Become Caitlyn Jenner

Jenner tells Bissinger about how she suffered a panic attack the day after undergoing 10-hour facial-feminization surgery on March 15

“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” Romans 1:24,25 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This, more than anything else we could show you, best represents what America has devolved into over the past 6 years of the reign of Barack Hussein Obama. They call him the “first gay president”, not because of the stories about his bisexual affairs with Hawaiian busnessmen in the late 1970’s, but because he single-handedly has forced the LGBT Agenda down the throats of the America people. Caitlyn Jenner is the face of Obama’s America in 2015, and it’s only going to keep on sinking lower until we have become as Sodom and Gomorrah.

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Speaking publicly for the first time since completing gender transition, Caitlyn Jenner compares her emotional two-day photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz for the July cover of Vanity Fair to winning the gold medal for the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics.

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She tells Pulitzer Prize–winning V.F. contributing editor and author of Friday Night Lights Buzz Bissinger, “That was a good day, but the last couple of days were better. . . . This shoot was about my life and who I am as a person. It’s not about the fanfare, it’s not about people cheering in the stadium, it’s not about going down the street and everybody giving you ‘that a boy, Bruce,’ pat on the back, O.K. This is about your life.”

Jenner tells Bissinger about how she suffered a panic attack the day after undergoing 10-hour facial-feminization surgery on March 15—a procedure she believed would take 5 hours. (Bissinger reveals that Jenner has not had genital surgery.) She recalls thinking, “What did I just do? What did I just do to myself?” A counselor from the Los Angeles Gender Center came to the house so Jenner could talk to a professional, and assured her that such reactions were often induced by pain medication, and that second-guessing was human and temporary.

Bruce says “Call Me Caitlyn”

Jenner tells Bissinger the thought has since passed and not come back: “If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.”

Bissinger spent hundreds of hours with the man the world knew as Bruce Jenner over a period of three months, and then countless hours with Caitlyn, also attending the photo shoot with Leibovitz at Jenner’s Malibu home.

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Bissinger apologizes to Jenner for repeated pronoun confusion and asks whether she is sensitive about it. “I don’t really get hung up,” she tells him. “A guy came in the other day and I was fully dressed—it’s just habit, I said, ‘Hi, Bruce here,’ and I went, Oh ****, it ain’t Bruce, I was screwing up doing it.”

Bissinger speaks extensively with Jenner’s four children from his first two marriages—Burt, 36, and Cassandra, 34, with first wife Chrystie, and Brandon, 33, and Brody, 31, with second wife Linda—and describes an insensitive father who had been absent for years at a time. Jenner openly acknowledges mistakes made with them as Bruce, and expresses genuine regret. Says Burt, “I have high hopes that Caitlyn is a better person than Bruce. I’m very much looking forward to that.” source

Sorry, Bruce, but you are still a man. Having surgery and a name changes doesn’t really change anything at all. When  you stand before the God that created you, you will stand there as a man, albeit a lost one if you don’t get saved now while you still have time.

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Daily Digest

June 2, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.” —John Adams, Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1756

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Actor Supports Guns in Schools, Hollywood Goes Hysterical

It takes courage to come out conservative in Hollywood. And actor Vince Vaughn, known for his roles in “assembly-line comedies,” has stepped into the political crosshairs. “You think the politicians that run my country and your country don’t have guns in the schools their kids go to? They do,” Vaughn told UK-based Sky News. “And we should be allowed the same rights. Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat. Taking away guns, taking away drugs, the booze, it won’t rid the world of criminality. … In all of our schools it is illegal to have guns on campus, so again and again these guys go and shoot up these … schools because they know there are no guns there. They are monsters killing six-year-olds.” Hollywood and UK media quickly labeled Vaughn an idiot. But Charles C. W. Cooke notes that Vaughn’s thinking is correct, if a bit underdeveloped, as Vaughn never specifies how he envisions guns in schools. But Vaughn gets the concept of self-defense: “It’s well known that the greatest defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back.” Given that Hollywood hypocrites make so much money from gratuitous violence, it’s refreshing to hear an actor support the Second Amendment.

May Concludes With 43 Homicides in Baltimore

In recent years, Chicago has been the focal point of attention regarding violence among minorities in large cities, but Baltimore has rocketed up the chain after a record-setting number of homicides in May. Criminal activity jumped following the death of Freddie Gray, and the spree continued on Sunday with three additional felonious deaths. The month ended with a staggering 43 murders, the most of any May and “the deadliest month since the early 1970s, when 44 people were killed in December 1971 and 45 people in August 1972,” USA Today reported. Unsurprisingly, the upward swing in homicides is commensurate with a precipitous drop in the number of suspects being apprehended (32% by one estimate). The city has registered 116 homicides year-to-date. And while that may not sound impressive compared to areas like Chicago, on a per-capita-basis Baltimore in its current climate is actually far more dangerous. As Daily Caller contributor Derek Hunter writes, “The 48 murders in Chicago [in May] are disturbing, but the city has a population of 2.7 million people. In the month of May, there was one murder for every 56,250 Chicagoans. Meanwhile in Baltimore, a city with a population of only 622,000, their 43 murders puts them at a rate of one murder for every 14,465 residents.” In other words, “Residents of Baltimore were 3.8 times more likely to be murdered than residents of Chicago in the month of May,” Hunter concludes. Most alarmingly, imagine the homicide figures in a city like Chicago if it were to experience a Freddie Gray-type incident.

About MSU’s Study on ‘Far Right’ Groups

This is the key question: How do the National Institute of Justice and Michigan State University define “far right” groups? Through the NIJ, the Department of Justice awarded a $585,719 grant to MSU to study how “extremist groups use web forums, social media, and technology to enculturate and radicalize individuals to violence.” It’s a question worth studying, as the U.S. government currently worries about supposed “lone-wolf” terrorism. While the study aims to analyze extremists’ social networks to “identify the hidden networks of individuals who engage in extremist movements based on geographic location and ideological similarities” (which is a good descriptor of Jihadistan), the study will look at three jihadist forums — but four from the “far Right.” There are questions about what the Obama administration considers to be dangerous right-wing groups. MSU could be studying the sovereign citizen movement. But in 2009, Mark Alexander warned that Obama’s government was warily eyeing the Tea Party movement. In that same year, the Department of Homeland Security thought veterans returning from combat could be dangerous. If MSU wants to remain objective, it should also study the communications of far-Left groups. But then again is objectivity the point? More…

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

EPA Proposes More Corn for Fuel, Not Food

By Paul Albaugh

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Compared to this time last year, Americans are paying much less at the gas pump. Enjoy it while you can, though, because gas prices are about to rise. The expected price increase isn’t due to chaos in the Middle East or a shortage of fossil fuels. No, it’s due to the Environmental Protection Agency and its newly released proposal to increase ethanol production. By the way, do you like your food bill? Get ready, because that’s about to increase too.

The EPA’s proposed three-year ethanol mandate will increase the amount of biofuel mixed into the gasoline supply. This may sound great to supporters of so-called renewable energy, but it’s actually doubling down on a terrible idea.

Why? Well, there are several problems with requiring more ethanol in America’s fuel.

First, several gasoline refiners have warned that the proposal “moves more quickly than the market can support.” In 2007, when Congress expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard, only half of all gasoline contained 10% ethanol. Right now, nearly all of the gasoline produced and used in the U.S. contains 10% ethanol. However, the decrease in demand for gasoline due to more fuel-efficient vehicles means a corresponding decrease in demand for ethanol. The EPA would rather ignore reality and aims to increase ethanol production anyway.

According to The Hill, the EPA “set its overdue 2014 requirements at the actual level of production — 15.93 billion gallons of biofuel — increasing the total to 16.3 billion gallons this year and 17.4 billion gallons in 2016. The statutory requirement for 2016 is 22.25 billion gallons.” Under the EPA’s new proposal, about 4.7 billion gallons of renewable fuel are expected to come from advanced forms of biofuel such as cellulosic ethanol derived from plant mass material, despite its slower-than-expected development. The remainder will be corn-based ethanol, which brings us to problem number two: increased food costs.

The mandate drives up food prices because corn is a staple food and is also used by livestock for feed. Has anyone noticed the skyrocketing price of beef over the last several years? Furthermore, if more corn is used for ethanol, then there is less food for people in the world who are starving. Quite the double standard for progressives and environmentalists who rage about the human population dying from climate change. No doubt hungry people would love to have some corn to eat, but, nah, let’s burn it for fuel so we can save mankind in the future.

Last year, Mark Alexander noted some staggering statistics that are worth repeating: More than 90% of our nation’s corn crop went toward feeding people and livestock in the year 2000, with less than 5% of the crop going toward ethanol. In 2013, however, a whopping 40% went toward ethanol. To illustrate this grossly inefficient use of our natural resources, the amount of grain required to fill a 25-gallon automotive fuel tank with ethanol is enough grain to feed one person for an entire year.

The third problem with the EPA proposal is that ethanol itself is more costly for drivers and consumers. Despite auto engines being built to better handle ethanol’s corrosive effects, ethanol gasoline causes significant and costly mechanical problems for small boat engines and yard equipment. But auto engines are about to be impacted in the near future, too. How so? It turns out that Barack Obama is set to pledge $100 million to expand the use of ethanol blender pumps to allow drivers to mix more ethanol into their gasoline. Sure, it may work for new flex fuel vehicles, but not so well for older cars. Some people won’t discover that until it’s too late.

This is a pathetic pledge and ultimately pathetic policy, funded by the American taxpayer. People will have to pay a little more in taxes to pay for these pumps, pay a little more for the ethanol that comes out of the pumps and then pay more to fix what the ethanol destroys.

The final problem with the EPA’s proposal — and perhaps one of the primary reasons for it — is that there are subsidy recipients who stand to profit handsomely. In other words, the government is picking winners. While we’re not opposed to people and businesses making profits, we are adamantly opposed to the central planners who by regulations and fiats force products into the market. Some farmers and ecofascists stand to benefit, but when free market principles are cast aside America loses.

In the coming months, we’ll be watching to see where the Republican presidential candidates stand on this issue. So far, most of them are singing praises of the ethanol mandate. It seems they’re more concerned about getting votes in Iowa and bowing to King Corn than they are for standing for free market principles. Note to Republican presidential candidates: Try not to get on board with the ethanol mandate, because it’s ultimately part of Obama’s climate change agenda.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Dennis Prager: “[C]onservatives believe that good is achieved far more gradually than liberals do. The process of making a better world is largely a one-by-one-by-one effort. And it must be redone in every single generation. The noblest generation ever born still has to teach its children how to battle their natures. If it doesn’t, even the best society will begin to rapidly devolve, which is exactly what conservatives believe has been happening to America since the end of World War II. The Left does not focus on individual character development. Rather, it has always and everywhere focused on social revolution. … The Founders all understood that the transformation that every generation must work on is the moral transformation of each citizen. Thus, character development was at the core of both childrearing and of young people’s education at school. … [F]reedom requires self-control. Otherwise, external controls — which means an ever more powerful government — would have to be imposed. The more that Leftist ideas influence society the less character education there is. … [T]he age-old wisdom embraced by conservatives remains as true as ever: Before you fix society, you must first fix yourself.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build
and nobody wants to do maintenance.” —author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007)

Non Compos Mentis, Part I: “[T]he best way to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon is a verifiable, tough agreement. A military solution will not fix it. Even if the United States participates, it would temporarily slow down an Iranian nuclear program but it will not eliminate it.” —Barack Obama, taking options off the table when he promised not to do so

Non Compos Mentis, Part II: “People don’t remember, but when I came into office, the Untied States in world opinion ranked below China and just barley above Russia, and today once again, the Untied States is the most respected country on earth.” —Barack Obama

Non Compos Mentis, Part III: “As I always point out, democracy is hard. I think many of the things said about me are terribly unfair. But the reason American democracy has survived so long is because people, even if they are wrong, have the right to say what they think.” —Barack Obama

Village Idiots: “We must find a formula which is valuable for everybody and valuable for the U.S. without going to the Congress.” —French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on reaching a climate accord in Paris later this year

Woman of the people: “Go to the end of the line.” —Hillary Clinton to supporters wanting a photograph with her

And last… “Hillary Clinton’s campaign revealed she’ll announce for president at a rally next week in New York. She’ll kick off the day by giving an interview to George Stephanopoulos of ABC News. The announcement was made by Hillary Clinton’s press spokesman, George Stephanopoulos of ABC News.” —Argus Hamilton

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The Briefing

1) Supreme Court ruling on Abercrombie headscarf case religious liberty win for all Americans

Muslim Woman Denied Job Over Head Scarf Wins in Supreme Court, New York Times (Adam Liptak)

Supreme Court rules against Abercrombie in hijab case, Politico (Marianne Levine)

2) Bruce Jenner ‘coming out’ as woman denial of human status as creatures, not personal Creators

Caitlyn, Formerly Bruce, Jenner Introduces Herself in Vanity Fair, New York Times (Ravi Somaiya)

Caitlyn Jenner to receive courage award at ESPY’s, Washington Post (Matt Bonesteel)

3) Transgender baptism liturgy proposed to Church of England symptom of theological confusion

Church of England to consider transgender naming ceremony, The Guardian (Karen McVeigh)

In other news…

U.S. top court throws out man’s conviction for Facebook threats, Reuters (Lawrence Hurley)

North Carolina Governor Vows to Veto a Bill Seen as Targeting Gay Marriage, The New York Times (Alan Blinder)

The First Church of Cannabis was approved after Indiana’s religious freedom law was passed, The Washington Post (Sarah Pulliam Bailey)Greek bailout monitors hold emergency summit, Financial Times (Stefan Wagstyl and Peter Spiegel)

 


Diplomatic Activism Won’t Bring Israeli-Palestinian Peace :: Inbar in Israel Hayom

by Efraim Inbar
Israel Hayom
June 1, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/5282/eu-peace-process


The McAvany Intel Memo

The insidious nature of Common Core is finally coming out. Many of its supporters have been quick to say that the federal government didn’t come up with Common Core, nor does it control it. While the former statement is true, it’s misleading. And the latter statement is no longer true at all. The federal government is in firm control of Common Core testing. And he who controls the tests also controls what is taught. Every dictator in history made controlling education the foundation of their rule. Adolf Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf, “Whoever has the youth has the future.”

For Hitler, education was the key to making sure the Third Reich would last for 1,000 years. That was the sole purpose of education – to ensure that a child was loyal to the Nazi state. Stalin was no different. He believed exams were key to educational control because they determined what was taught. He also rewrote the nation’s history when he ordered the writing of the book A Short History of the USSR. He required that every school teach this book. Mao Zedong believed a nation’s youth were eager to learn and the least conservative, so they could be manipulated easily. He wanted the nation’s youth to purge the “impure” elements of Chinese society – including the turning in of parents who were critical of the government or less than enthusiastic about its policies, so they could be executed. And a major part of this education was to revive the revolutionary flame and keep it burning.

[ED. NOTE: Lilly Williams, who grew up in Red China under Mao’s communist educational system and now lives in America, says that the Common Core program is almost identical to the communist educational system under Mao. From complete control of the curriculum to the total Marxist/socialist content; from the total dumbing down of the children to the teaching of the children to be 100% subservient to the state (i.e., the destruction of all dissent or opposition); from the record keeping and testing of the children to the spying on parents who may disagree with or oppose the system; from the state deciding what the children can and cannot do (i.e., what jobs they can hold) when they are grown to total surveillance of all children and their families for life – Williams says this is the same communist educational system she grew up under in China. The major difference in Common Core is that it will be implemented in a very high-tech, computerized world, so the control will be far more complete than in Chairman Mao’s low-tech world of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.]

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, March 2015


What really happened in Ireland’s “gay marriage” election: Massive US-funded “gay” blitzkrieg as never seen before.

by Marsha West

Mass Resistance has done a thorough analysis of what happened in Ireland. To win, the radical gay lobby had to spend a lot of money — and they did. Estimates range from $17 – $25 million which is roughly 50 times what was raised and spent by pro-normal marriage groups. And homosexual activists didwhat they do best. They played on the Irish […]

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Obama drops by Our Lady of Charity, becoming first U.S. president to visit Miami shrine to Cuban saint

by Marsha West

According to a Miami Herald report, our president, who says he’s a born again Christian, honored a Roman Catholic saint:

President Barack Obama extended a symbolic olive branch Thursday to Miami’s Cuban Americans by paying his respects to the shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre in Coconut Grove.

Earlier in the day, Obama visited the National Hurricane Center and met privately with the Pinecrest family of Steven Sotloff, the journalist slain last year by the Islamic State, to offer condolences.

The surprise afternoon stop at the shrine by the sea, better known by its Spanish name, La Ermita de la Caridad, comes at a time when many Cuban exiles remain miffed by the president’s decision last December to restore diplomatic relations with the communist island, especially since Obama made no effort to reach out to Miami leaders prior to his announcement.

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Pro-life Idaho law banning 20-week abortions struck down by appeals court

by Marsha West

According to Christian Examiner:

Pre-born babyJust a few weeks after the House of Representatives passed a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down an Idaho law that bans abortions after 20 weeks.

The Idaho law was signed into law four years ago — the third of its kind at the time — called the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” designed to shield an unborn child from pain during an abortion procedure.

The lawsuit was the first of its kind brought against any of those that have been passed, according to Lifenews.com.

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Jewish Priests Perform Pentecost Temple Service In Anticipation Of Third Temple

On Monday, on a mountain ridge overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem and the ancient Temple Mount, kohanim (ancestral priests) performed a dry run of the Temple Service for the Shavuot (Pentecost) holiday. “We’ve come here because we want to be part of the End of Times and prophecy,” said a woman, who learned of the event through the Temple Institute website…………. Click here for full story


From New Israel To New Babylon – Casual Christianity Coming To An End In America

For conservative Christians, a psychological adjustment is taking place. In a de-Christianized culture, it becomes harder to imagine yourself part of a “moral majority.” One option is for conservative Christians to imagine themselves as an aggrieved and repressed remnant. This attitude is expressed as stridency, but it is really the fear of lost social position. America, once viewed as the New Israel, becomes the new Babylon. …………. Click here for full story


The Pattern Of Failure – Lessons From 246 Pastors Who Fell Within A Two Year Period

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


Letter to Teens Unboxing Their First Smartphone

Because this is a world caught up in a great cosmic battle between good and evil, every new technology enters into the fight. Every technology brings some benefits and some risks. For every good thing your phone can do, there are other evil things it can do. You will have the choice before you every day and every moment — will you use it for good or for evil? Will you use it to carry out the tasks God has given you, or will you use it to hinder those tasks? ………. Click here for full story


Implants To Aid Payment With A Wave Of The Hand

Is it retail therapy gone mad? The dawn of a new cyborg age? Or a new meaning to going down under? Whatever the case, a fair proportion of Australians are receptive to technology mixing with their precious human organic flesh, if it means making payments at retail stores is easier………… Click here for full story


Radical Feminist Germaine Greer slams Elton John because his “husband” is named as “mother” on birth certificates of their two sons

Jun 01, 2015 02:00 pm | Marsha West

 

What is surprising here is not that Elton John is named “father” and David Furnish is named “mother” on their children’s birth certificates.  It’s that Germaine Greer, who was a major promoter of women’s liberation in the 70’s, would have a problem with it.  Seems she’s a bit worried that the motherhood concept has been deconstructed. Greer complained: […]

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British Columbia considers removing gender from birth certificates

Jun 01, 2015 08:39 am | Berean Researcher

 

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. This report via National Post: The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has agreed to review complaints filed […]

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Catholic group exposes Red influence in the Vatican

May 29, 2015 10:32 am | Marsha West

 

(Accuracy In Media) Doing the research and investigative work that the major U.S. media have all but abandoned, an organization called the American Life League (ALL) has uncovered dramatic evidence of links between the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church and an international communist group known as the World Social Forum. The evidence suggests […]

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

May 28, 2015 10:41 am | Marsha West

 

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

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Multiple ‘bomb threats about aircraft in the air’

Posted: 02 Jun 2015 06:18 AM PDT

Multiple 'bomb threats about aircraft in the air'Multiple bomb threats against U.S. aircraft were made on Tuesday, according to NBC News. Government sources said the threats were not credible. The threats, five in total, were similar to chemical weapon threats against aircraft last week. It was determined that the claims were fake, and there was speculation that the threats could have been made by an ISIS “lone wolf,” NBC News reported.

A U.S. Airways flight and its passengers were searched after the plane landed at Philadelphia International Airport Tuesday morning. The airport confirmed there was an ongoing police investigation after Flight 648 from San Diego landed as scheduled in Philly, with 88 passengers and five crew on board. In addition to the U.S. Airways flight, threats were made about a Delta flight to Atlanta, a United flight to Chicago O’Hare, a Korean Air flight to San Francisco and a Volare Air flight to Gudalajara, Mexico, according to government sources. FULL REPORT

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Trendies Ready for Ultimate Wearable: “Chip Implanted in Their Skin Used for Payments”Posted: 02 Jun 2015 06:12 AM PDT

Trendies Ready for Ultimate Wearable: “Chip Implanted in Their Skin Used for Payments”The Mark of the Beast is more almost here than ever before. As SHTF has previously noted, the likelihood of a forced RFID implant under the guise of a martial law pandemic emergency might be a little too obvious, as far as future tyranny goes. Before it comes to that, it seems plenty of people will be voluntarily subjecting themselves to cattle-like status, by jumping at the chance to ditch the inconvenience of a wallet and get a “smarter” payment system that can be embedded under their skin. Via the Business Insider:

A mind-boggling 25% of Australians say they are at least “slightly interested” at the prospect of having a chip implanted in their skin that could be used for payments, new research has found. The research by credit card company Visa and the University of Technology Sydney found Australians are open to the prospect of paying for items using wearable tech including smart watches, rings, glasses and even a connected car. FULL REPORT

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Florida Court Rules “Off Grid” Living IllegalPosted: 02 Jun 2015 06:07 AM PDT

Florida Court Rules “Off Grid” Living IllegalRobin Speronis had been living in an off-grid home for many years without incident, until she was interviewed by a local FOX affiliate in November of 2013. Shortly thereafter, the city of Cape Coral tagged a “notice to vacate” on her property, due to multiple code violations, all of which stem from the fact that her home isn’t connected to water, sewage, or the electrical grid. The city has tried to argue that she is in violation of the International Property Maintenance Code for relying on rainwater and solar panels, instead of utilities.

Since that time, Speronis has been fighting the courts for her right live off the grid. Magistrate Harold Eskins recently ruled that she can live without using water or electricity, but she still has to be connected to these utilities no matter what. Despite his ruling, Eskins admitted to the press that the code may be unfair, “Reasonableness and code requirements don’t always go hand-in-hand.” Despite his supposed sympathies, he still feels compelled to enforce the code.

Still, Speronis has decided not to give up, and will continued to defend her case in court. Even if she doesn’t win, she has no plans to leave her home. “Even if they board the house up, I’m not leaving…They did the best they could when they took my dogs and arrested me. It fell apart because I’m unshakable.” FULL REPORT

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Airport Screeners Flunk Bomb TestsPosted: 02 Jun 2015 06:00 AM PDT

Airport Screeners Flunk Bomb TestsTransportation Security Administration screeners failed to find 67 of 70 fake explosives and weapons during an undercover Homeland Security test at dozens of airports. CNN reported “red teams” with Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General’s section were able to bring banned objects across the screening stations in the majority of test runs.

The report from the agency is due to be written and formally presented to Congress this summer. But the numbers don’t bear well on TSA. “The numbers in these reports never look good out of context, but they are a critical element in the continual evolution of our aviation security.”  Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the finding was “deeply alarming,” CNN reported. FULL REPORT

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What’s next? Earthquakes, volcanoes give Japan the jittersPosted: 02 Jun 2015 05:51 AM PDT

What’s next? Earthquakes, volcanoes give Japan the jittersLast 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. From Hokkaido in the north of Japan to Kyushu at the other end of the archipelago, the shaking started at 8:23 pm on Saturday. It began as a slight shaking of the ground before quickly building up to more violent movements. For anyone who experienced the magnitude 8.1 earthquake, it seemed to last a lot longer than the three minutes that were recorded by the Japan Meteorological Agency’s instruments. The tremor was the sixth-largest to strike Japan in the last 100 years and instantaneously brought back images of the devastation caused the length of the coastline of north-east Japan in March 2011 by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

This time, however, Japan got off very lightly. Emergency services reported a dozen minor injuries, hundreds of elevators halted, and people had to walk down staircases to leave buildings, trains were halted until track inspections could be carried out, while similar checks were carried out at Narita and Haneda airports. With a focus 682 km below the surface, damage was negligible and the quake did not trigger a tsunami – but Japan is jittery because it struck the day after a volcano off the south coast erupted, and parts of the mountain town of Hakone are still off-limits due to volcanic activity. On May 25, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 struck just north of Tokyo, shaking tall buildings in the city and disrupting train services. For many people, four significant seismic events in the space of one week is cause for serious concern.

“After the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, the whole of the Japanese archipelago has been activated,” Naoshi Hirata, a professor of earthquake science at The University of Tokyo, and an advisor to the government on the impact of major tremors, told DW. “Immediately after the quake there was a lot of seismic activity, but that appeared to taper off,” he said. “But we must remember that Japan is one of the most seismically active parts of the world, and we need to expect this degree of activity.”Experts admit that the sciences of both earthquakes and volcanoes are still imprecise, but the connections between the two are similarly poorly understood. FULL REPORT

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Two people die of MERS in South Korea – fight is on to keep the outbreak from spreadingPosted: 02 Jun 2015 05:47 AM PDT

Two people die of MERS in South Korea – fight is on to keep the outbreak from spreadingSouth Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country’s first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, as it fights to contain the spread of the virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. South Korea has reported 24 cases of the disease since diagnosing the country’s first MERS illness last month in a man who had traveled to Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. South Korea’s cases have largely connections to the first patient, either medical staff who treated him, or patients who stayed near the man at the hospital before he was diagnosed and isolated and their family members.

Tests on a 58-year-old woman who died of acute respiratory failure Monday showed she had been infected with the disease before her death, the Health Ministry said in a statement. A 71-year-old man who tested positive for the virus last week has also died, it said. The statement said both stayed at the same hospital with the first patient. Health officials said Tuesday that about 750 people in South Korea were isolated at their homes or in state-run facilities after having contact with patients infected the virus. They said the number could rise and that depending on their conditions many of the isolated could be banned from leaving the country. Last week, the son of one of the patients ignored doctor’s orders to cancel a trip to China, where he was later diagnosed as that country’s first MERS case. FULL REPORT

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Strongest earthquake in 41 years jolts region of New Zealand’s South IslandPosted: 02 Jun 2015 05:41 AM PDT

Strongest earthquake in 41 years jolts region of New Zealand’s South IslandThe 4.7–magnitude earthquake that rocked parts of Otago last night was believed to be the strongest experienced in the region since 1974. It struck at 11.17pm at a depth of 7km, centered 2km northeast of Lee Stream, some 30km west of Dunedin. The quake was felt in various parts of Otago, but there were no immediate reports of injury or damage. Adrian Bardrick, publican at the Clarks Junction Hotel, on State Highway 87, only about 12km from the epicenter, said they received a pretty good “sort of thump.” It rattled the bottles, he said. “But there was no damage.” The hotel was cleaning up after a good evening.

The largest quake significantly affecting Dunedin in the past several decades was on April 9, 1974. It was magnitude 5 and dislodged grocery stock and damaged some chimneys. The quake on October 16 last year was magnitude 4.1 at a depth of 4km and in almost the same place as last night’s shake. Police early this morning received several calls but no reports of damage. Otago Daily Times columnist Dave Cannan said: “It seemed to go on for some time – and I started to wonder if it was going to stop. Fairly scary, I have to say.” The ODT Facebook page attracted plenty of comments. FULL REPORT

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Volcanic Earthquake in South California — Volcano Peak shows activityPosted: 02 Jun 2015 05:33 AM PDT

 Volcanic Earthquake in South California — Volcano Peak shows activityThe West coast is on the move (seismically speaking). Today (June 1) we have seen FOUR noteworthy earthquakes off the coast of Oregon near the new undersea Axial Volcano (5.9M + 5.8M + 5.5M + 4.4M)

Just before the swarm of Oregon earthquakes, there were two volcanic related earthquakes which occurred in Salton Sea at the Volcanic Buttes in South California, and in South Utah at the Markagunt Volcanic Plateau. Now, we see that Volcano Peak in South Central California is showing signs of seismic unrest. FULL REPORT

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Is ‘San Andreas’ A Cryptic Warning About What Is Going To Happen In America’s Future?Posted: 01 Jun 2015 08:51 PM PDT

Is ‘San Andreas’ A Cryptic Warning About What Is Going To Happen In America’s Future?Hollywood has a long history of inserting political messages, social commentaries, subliminal effects and even cryptic warnings about the future into big budget films. So is someone attempting to use “San Andreas” to tell us something? For many years, doomsayers have been warning that the “Big One” is going to come along and rip the coastline of California to shreds. Up until this moment, it hasn’t happened, but without a doubt we have moved into a time of increased geological activity all over the globe. As you read this article, 42 volcanoes around the planet are currently erupting. That means that the number of volcanoes erupting right now is greater than the 20th century’s average for an entire year. In addition, we have been witnessing a great deal of very unusual earthquake activity lately.

Just in the United States, we have seen unusual earthquakes hit Michigan, Texas, Mississippi, California, Idaho And Washington within the last month or so. Could it be possible that our planet has entered a period of heightened seismic activity? And could it also be possible that someone behind “San Andreas” is aware of this and is trying to warn us about what is coming in our future? Of course just about everyone in the scientific community acknowledges that the “Big One” is eventually coming to California. In fact, the U.S. Geological Survey recently came out and said that the probability of a megaquake along the west coast is greater than they had previously been projecting. FULL REPORT

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West Virginia Man Sues Educators for Teaching Daughter ‘Religion’ of EvolutionPosted: 01 Jun 2015 08:35 PM PDT

West Virginia Man Sues Educators for Teaching Daughter ‘Religion’ of EvolutionA man in West Virginia has filed a lawsuit against local, state and federal education officials after his daughter was taught about evolution in school, which he refers to as “the propagation of religious faith.” According to the complaint, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Kenneth Smith states that he believes it is damaging for his daughter to be taught evolution.

“Their actions during the 2014-2015 school year affects my child’s future directly through the state grading system to enter college and the ability to earn economic security and a good job in her chosen veterinarian medical field of work, by being taught a faith (evolutionary ideology) that just doesn’t exist and has no math to back it,” he wrote. Smith states that the teaching presents a violation of the Establishment Clause to the United States Constitution and calls upon the federal court to examine any infringements of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. FULL REPORT

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Christian Headlines Daily – Monday, June 2, 2015

http://www.christianheadlines.com/

Top Headlines

Federal Court Strikes Down Idaho Law Banning Abortions after 20 Weeks

British Columbia Considers Removing Sex from Birth Certificates

Hollywood Actor Joins Kurdish Forces to Fight ISIS in Syria

Children ‘Burned Beyond Recognition’ in Barrel Bomb Attacks Killing 200 Syrian Civilians

Michigan’s homeschooling law comes under scrutiny

Jews Protest against Christian Worshippers at Site of the Last Supper

Fake Homophobia Complaint Lands Street Preacher in Jail

Study: Millennials May be the Least Religious Generation in American History

Migrant crisis: Malaysia finds 139 graves in human trafficking camps

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

Opinion

Who is the World’s Most Powerful Woman?

Why You Can’t Always Trust Science

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


“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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The Image of Jesus in the Book of Revelation

“The message of the book of Revelation is that no matter how successful the kingdom of sin and of Satan may be, the victory will belong to God’s chosen Messiah. God laughs at every attempt to overthrow His kingdom (Ps. 2:4) because He knows what the outcome of the story is going to be. At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow.”

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The Best Things About the Boring Parts of the Bible

“In Numbers 1 we find the record of the generation who rebelled and refused to believe that God was giving them the land of Canaan and therefore died in the desert. In Numbers 26 we read the census record of the second generation as they prepared to enter into their inheritance and abundant life of the Promised Land. Why do we need this information?”

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Some Thoughts on Limited Atonement and Polemics

“What then is limited atonement? To be brief, it is part of the historical acrostic known within Calvinistic circles as TULIP. It is necessary to remember this since by itself, limited atonement makes little to no sense once separated from the other pieces.”

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J. Budziszewski: A Time To Talk Back

“Among his recent books: How to Stay Christian in College, On the Meaning of Sex, Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on Law. I interviewed Budziszewski in Austin about his critique of the Darwinist theory that underlies many academic ideologies.”

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Why Moms and Dads Both Matter in Marriage

“Whereas mothers are biologically prepared to nurture, teach, and provide care that is especially important for foundational development, fathers are predisposed to take a facilitative approach to parenting, fostering self-reliance, achievement, and healthy peer relationships in ways that are particularly important especially as children begin to transition to adult life.”

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My Father Killed My Mother

“In the aftermath, my sisters and I were adopted by my maternal grandparents, and in the face of that great tragedy, we did what any family would do—we circled the wagons, we bonded over our grief. A significant portion of that bonding came through our shared hatred of not just the evil things my dad did, but of my dad himself.”

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Why Gay Marriage is Good (and Bad) for the Church

“The arrival of same-sex marriage is just the next train stop on a journey that began with the proliferation of birth control in the 1950′s and 1960′s. When pleasure and reproduction were divorced from a holistic understanding of sex, the idea that sexual expression and childrearing should be reserved for the committed relationship of a husband and wife began to disappear.”

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Nine Ways to “Pay” Your Volunteers

by Pastor J.D.

I recently spent some time with long-time pastor Steve Stroope, who’s been in the ministry now for forty years. We talked a lot about what he felt was critical to building a strong church. As he put it, pastors need to see themselves as the servants of the people in their ministries. We need to develop the attitude of Christ, who used his position of leadership to wash feet, not to command respect. And one of the key ways we can do this as a church, Stroope says, is to pay our volunteers.

When we thinking of getting paid, we immediately think of cash. But Stroope pointed out that we don’t have to give out money to give people something of great value. It takes some thought, but it’s worth our time to figure out what replenishes our volunteers. After all, if we aren’t paying them, then we’re punishing them.

Stroope gives nine ways to pay your volunteers:[1]

1. Praise

Praise can come in two forms—public or private. The public stuff, done sincerely and in moderation, is vital. So thank specific people publicly or give them shout outs for a job well done. And get creative: if you’re writing books or posting on Twitter, that’s just as public as when you stand in the pulpit.

Private praise is just as important—and for many people, much more important. Many people are uncomfortable with public praise, but no one dislikes a personal pat on the back. So write a letter of gratitude. Give them a call to let them know you see their hard work. It doesn’t take much time for you, but it just might be the highlight of their week.

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Why Impostors Love the Church

by Russell Moore, 5/8/15

Recently I read a book that kept me awake a couple of nights. It was about “Clark Rockefeller,” and the scare quotes are important. The man was neither “Clark” nor “Rockefeller.” He was a German immigrant who crafted an identity as an heir of one of America’s wealthiest dynasties. He married, fathered a child, and was involved in fraud, theft, and maybe even murder. And no one ever knew, until the very end. What made me squirm was that fact that the fake Rockefeller’s inroad to all his deception were churches and relationships, particularly with women. He would make the connections he needed in local congregations, and he would charm the women there. At the same time, he would parasitically imitate the men, watching and mirroring back to them their convictions and opinions, even the inflections of their voices. But, behind all of that, there was nothing real but a predatory appetite.

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Biblical versus Cultural Christianity

by Berit Kjos, 5/10/15 Crossroad

This chart is an attempt to answer those who judge Christians by the atrocities committed in the name of “Christianity” through the ages — including our own times. Those wars, persecutions, and cruelties had little to do with Biblical Christianity. They had everything to do with man’s greedy, power-hungry human nature which seeks its own ways rather than God’s. The ungodly expressions of our human nature may change from culture to culture, but the result is usually the same: the people imagine a god that fits their new cultural wants and values, and they learn to see this distortion of Christianity as the true church. Biblical Christianity means being joined to Jesus Christ through faith in what He did for us at the cross, then allowing Him to live His life through us, so that others might know Him and see His love. (That love may include sharing His warnings as well as His promises with those in need.) The established Church, like Old Testament Israel, has always tended to drift away from its devotion to God and become just other institutions, subject to the same human impulses and painful consequences as the rest of the world. Please don’t blame human evils on a “straw-man” or a convenient cultural distortion of Christianity. Consider some of the differences between Biblical faith and today’s cultural deviations.

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The Accidental Feminist

Caitlyn Jenner is on the cover of Vanity Fair. Caitlyn used to be known as Bruce, of course, but now it’s Caitlyn, and Caitlyn has slowly become the face of our culture’s new relationship with gender. Gender, we are told, is merely a social construct, untied from sex and unleashed from masculinity or femininity. The clear demarkations of days gone by have been replaced by endless shades of gray.

The Bible describes something very different. The Bible describes masculinity and femininity as being distinct, and it describes both of them as reflecting something unique and important about God himself. Femininity is the subject of Courtney Reissig’s new book The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God’s Good Design.

Reissig describes herself as an accidental feminist, someone who became a feminist simply by imbibing the cultural ethos. Even after she became a Christian she continued to filter the world through a feminist lens consistent with her dead-simple definition of feminism: “equality equals sameness.” Feminism teaches that the only way to achieve equality is to eradicate distinctions. And this kind of thinking is as alive within the church as without.

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Do not lose heart

The Bible tells us that scoffers will come in these last days, and we’re seeing and hearing them certainly in the world and via news headlines, but also rising up within the visible modern church. Today is a heavy news day, and we mean heavy quite literally. Joining us to discuss these topics today is […]

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Feminist Women Priests With Church of England Move for God to Be Called “She”

by Marsha West

Christian News Network reports this not so surprising story:

A group of female priests with the Church of England have moved for the denomination to start referring to God as a “she” during the weekly liturgy, stating that to make mention of God solely in the male pronoun is sexist.

According to reports, the group Women and the Church (WATCH), which was behind the push to allow women to serve as bishops in the denomination, is now in talks with the Liturgical Commission for a change in the pronoun used during services when speaking of God. The group says that to refer to God in the masculine devalues women.

“When we used only male language we reinforce the idea that God is like a man and, in doing so, suggest that men are therefore more like God than women,” member Emma Percy, who leads services at Trinity College in Oxford, said in a statement. “If we take seriously the idea that men and women are made in the image of God, both male and female language should be used.”

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Thanking the Saints

by Bill Muehlenberg

Anyone who is aware of the Christian scene in the West today realises that there is much amiss with the contemporary church. It seems so far removed from the early church in passion, purity, progress and purpose. One wonders if Jesus or Paul or Peter would have a hard time recognising it if they were to come back today.

I have certainly written many pieces highlighting areas of concern with the church, and will likely continue to do so. We cannot keep our heads in the sand and pretend that everything is just hunky dory with what passes for Christianity nowadays.

Where there are problems, errors, wrong-doings, heresy and so on, these issues must be dealt with. They cannot be swept under the carpet. That has happened too often in the past resulting in too much damage, to many broken lives, and too much dishonouring of our Saviour.

The way we do youth ministry is one example of how we have been letting down the cause. This too I have spoken about previously, and a new study suggests that for all the time and attention being spent on young people – at least in America – there is not much to show for it.

Consider this rather discouraging report:

Religion and faith is having less of an influence on people’s lives, especially the young, according to new research.
The US study claims that millennials – recent teenagers – are the least religious generation of the last six decades and possibly in the nation’s history.
It said recent adolescents are less likely to say that religion is important in their lives and spend less time praying or meditating – and future generations are likely be even less religious. Researchers led by psychology professor Jean Twenge from San Diego State University analysed data from 11.2 million respondents from four nationally representative surveys of US adolescents aged 13 to 18 taken between 1966 and 2014.
They found that millennials, also known as Generation Y, are less likely to belong to a religious group, or say that faith plays an important role in their daily lives. ‘Unlike previous studies, ours is able to show that millennials’ lower religious involvement is due to cultural change, not to millennials being young and unsettled,’ said Professor Twenge, who is also the author of Generation Me.
‘Millennial adolescents are less religious than Boomers and GenX’ers were at the same age. We also looked at younger ages than the previous studies. More of today’s adolescents are abandoning religion before they reach adulthood, with an increasing number not raised with religion at all.’

I of course know little about this actual study, and other studies might arrive at different conclusions. But if it is even half correct, it is a damning indictment on the state of the church today. So we need to be willing to discuss our faith today – warts and all.

But the real purpose for this article is the obvious corollary to all this. If we must not fail to report our many and various faults, we must also not fail to speak up and give praise where it is due. The truth is, countless Christians, Christian workers, and Christian leaders are doing a terrific job, and they must not be overlooked.

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Is Bruce/”Caitlyn” Jenner the new face of American Christianity?

What does it look like when a culture dives deep into the Kool-Aid of “We the People” as god in practice? What does it look like when everything – beginning with the Nature of God and the necessity of His Word to life – is left open to our self-serving, self-centered interpretation (and perpetual re-interpretation)? A […]

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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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Why Are Behaviors the Bible Condemns Considered ‘Morally Acceptable’ by Christians?

The Story: According to a new Gallup survey, Americans consider a variety of behaviors that the Bible condemns to be “morally acceptable.”

The Background: Since the early 2000s, Gallup has tracked Americans’ views of the moral acceptability of various issues and behaviors. The overall trend clearly points toward a higher level of acceptance of a number of behaviors that the Bible clearly condemns. In fact, notes Gallup, the moral acceptability ratings for 10 of the issues measured since the early 2000s are at record highs.
The first number in each category list the number who consider the behavior to be “morally acceptable” while the second number is the percentage that consider it to be “morally wrong.” The third number is the percent change from 2001 to 2015.

Sex between an unmarried man and woman — 68 / 29 (15 percent)

Medical research using stem cells obtained from human embryos — 64 / 29 (12 percent)

Gay or lesbian relations — 63 / 34 (23 percent)

Having a baby outside of marriage — 61 / 35 (16 percent)

Doctor assisted suicide — 56 / 37 (7 percent)

Abortion — 45 / 45 (3 percent)

Sex between teenagers — 37 / 56 (N/A)

Pornography — 34 / 62 (4 percent)

Suicide — 19 / 73 (6 percent)

Polygamy — 16 / 81 (9 percent)

Married men and women having an affair — 8 / 89 (1 percent)

Why it Matters: Currently, a majority of Americans now believe that fornication between adults, homosexual behavior, having a child outside of marriage, doctor-assisted killing, and killing of humans in the earliest stages of development to be “morally acceptable.” If the current trends continue, in 20 years (2035) more than 1 in 4 Americans will also consider polygamy and suicide to be morally acceptable…

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

May 31, 2015 10:05 pm | 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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Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa Pastor, Brian Brodersen, Says Sometimes It’s OK to Attend a Homosexual Wedding

May 31, 2015 10:57 am | Marsha West

 

(Lighthouse Trails Research) On Friday, a long-time Lighthouse Trails reader contacted our office regarding the following situation. The person who called had attended Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa for several years but has not been attending for some time. According to an article titled “Can I Attend My LGBT Friend’s Wedding?” written by Calvary Chapel Costa […]

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

May 30, 2015 05:34 pm | Marsha West

 

Our aim at Berean Research is to alert our visitors to the apostate movements that have infiltrated the Church.  The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is one such movement and it’s growing in leaps and bounds.   In his latest piece, John Lanagan alerts us to  Faytene Grassechi and includes a quote of the decidedly unbiblical version of Scripture […]

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Warnings Met With Deafness

May 29, 2015 11:31 am | Marsha West

 

Here’s another gem from the pen of Bill Muehlenberg.  In this piece over at Culture Watch, Bill addresses the sad fact that those of us in discernment ministries are having to “duck and cover” more and more these days.  But not from the bullets coming from secularists who hate the truth and attempt to shoot us down for declaring it. […]

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Hillsong: The multi-million dollar “crazy cult”

May 28, 2015 04:11 pm | Marsha West

 

Our friends over at Churchtwatch Central (CC) have Australia’s “A Current Affair” report on Hillsong Church (HC). For those unfamiliar with HC, it’s a Pentecostal megachurch out of Australia. HC’s well-recognized music ministry has spread all throughout the globe.   Brian and Bobbie Houston  are the “Senior Pastors” and co-presidents of HILC. According to Erin Benziger of Do Not […]

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

May 27, 2015 02:06 pm | Marsha West

 

John Burton has written a piece titled “Ancient and Emerging: 5 Major Changes Coming to the Church.”  Before you get all excited, or maybe even concerned over those changes, you should know a bit more about Burton.  As it turns out he’s a “prophet” in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement.   According to his blog, […]

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God Forbids You to Summon ‘Satan’s Demons’ – Dr. Robert Jeffress

“The Bible is clear that Christians should run — not walk — away from any attempt to contact or harness demonic powers through games like ‘Charlie, Charlie,’ Jeffress wrote.

“Deuteronomy 18:10 uses the term ‘divinations’ to refer to activities that involve contact with demons and warns ‘whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord’ (Deut. 18:12).”

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The Quiverfull movement

In this post I’m just sketching the lay of the land.
i) The Duggar scandal has drawn attention to some related issues. There’s an overlap between the homeschooling movement, the Quiverfull movement, and the Patriarchy movement. These are separable, and they are often separate in practice, but some members of one group belong to two or all three groups.
ii) I think much of the hostility towards the Duggars is due to the fact that some young liberals find the very idea of childbearing offensive. An antinatalist philosophy is taking hold in secular circles. Couples who prefer dogs to kids. They disapprove of childbearing. They’re into “saving the planet” from “overpopulation.”
iii) I don’t know much about the Patriarchy movement. I’m guessing that Doug Wilson is probably its best representative. By that I mean, if you wish to evaluate the Patriarchy movement, he’s probably the most articulate, responsible, and nuanced spokesman. I expect that he makes the best case that can be made for it.
I believe the Patriarchy movement intersects with the “Christian courtship” movement–as an alternative to dating. Likewise, the headcovering movement.
There’s a “family” of positions.
I believe the Bayly brothers straddle some of these positions.
Keep in mind that the liberal media and “progressive Christians” use “patriarchy” as an abusive synonym for complementarianism. The go-to site for complementarianism is the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
iv) I don’t know much about the Quiverfull movement, but even though it’s Protestant, it seems to take the Roman Catholic position to its logical conclusion.
Although I disagree with his position, I think Bryan C. Hodge has made what is the most scholarly case for traditional opposition to contraception, from an evangelical perspective.
v) Critics of complementarianism can point to cases of abuse. That, however, needs to be counterbalanced against horrors stories involving feminism. In a fallen world, whoever has power is in a position to abuse their authority. In a fallen world, abuse of power is inevitable.

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Rick Warren Teaching The Storehouse Tithing Heresy To Christians

The “Storehouse Tithing” heresy is nothing more than bondage, Jesus came to set you free

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 (KJV)

In his May 17th, 2015 morning church service, Rick Warren put the shackles of bondage firmly around his congregation and proceeded to assault them with a devilish mixture of intimidation, scripture twisting and begging for them to “tithe” 10 percent of their weekly incomes to him for the next three years. Yeah, just let that sink in for just a moment. Mad yet? If you’re not, then you don’t know your Bible.

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Rick Warren’s main verse for this heresy is found in Malachi 3:8-10 where we read the following:

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:8-10 (KJV)

Now that all sounds well and good, and certainly there is a spiritual application for the Christian Church, but as doctrine this is not a command to Christians living in the age of Grace. Paul, our apostle, never once gave this command to any Christian. Paul’s command is found at the top of this article. The verses in Malachi were written to Jews under the Law of Moses, and as such do not apply to us.

Leaving Malachi, Warren then proceeds to the New Testament where Jesus is giving commands to the Jews in the Sermon on the Mount. Again, these are not doctrinal verses for the Christian Church. The people in Matthew 6 were waiting on a Kingdom on earth, and a King. The Christian is waiting for neither of those. We are a Bride awaiting the call of our Husband to bring us to Heaven for the Marriage Supper. Huge difference. God wrote the Bible dispensationally, and rightly dividing your Bible quickly clears all these things up. Rightly dividing also a command to the Christian from Paul found in 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV).

Yes, all churches and ministries need money to operate. NTEB is no different. It costs us over $20,000 a year to bring the ministry to you, and if people didn’t give and if we didn’t run ads we couldn’t keep doing it. But when you get to the end of Warren’s video and he is telling his congregation that “people won’t be in Heaven because you didn’t tithe 10% of your income” for 36 months, well that’s not only nonsense, and unbiblical, it’s a blatant attempt to extort his people into giving. God doesn’t need any of us to get anything done. Yes, He is pleased to use us but we are not required. And no one will “miss Heaven” because someone didn’t put money in the offering plate. That’s a lie, but sadly in the bible-deficient age we live in people keep falling for it over and over and over again.

If you attend a good, Bible believing church, then give them whatever is in your heart to give. Be generous with the money God has given you. But don’t ever give to any person, church or ministry that threatens you with spiritual blackmail if you don’t give. No church that God wanted open has ever closed because of a lack of giving, and never will.

If you really want to give something of value, give your time. Go to the streets on a beautiful Saturday when you could be at the beach and hand out gospel tracts. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, go sing in a nursing home for the old and the sick, offer to clean the bathrooms at your church. Give something that costs you something. Anyone can give money. Jesus never had any money, He gave Himself.

Go thou and do likewise….

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Catholic Group Exposes Communist Influence in the Vatican

A giant banner at the World Social Forum, with the hammer and sickle representing communism, calls for the end of capitalism and the institution of communism.

An organization called the American Life League (ALL) has uncovered dramatic evidence of links between the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church and an international communist group known as the World Social Forum. The evidence suggests overt Marxist influence on the climate change movement that Pope Francis and his top advisers are now embracing.

http://veritas-vincit-international.org/2015/05/29/catholic-group-exposes-communist-influence-in-the-vatican/


Assemblies of God exposed to New Apostolic Reformation through Empowered21

In the past few years we have seen a dilution of biblical doctrine occurring throughout the Body of Christ. Now, it seems anything called “Jesus”—The Shack and Jesus Calling come to mind—is welcomed without question by huge numbers of Christians.

Is the same thing happening in terms of the Holy Spirit? Are increasing numbers in the visible church beginning to place less emphasis on doctrine in order to facilitate Spirit-empowered unity?

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/05/21/assemblies-of-god-exposed-to-new-apostolic-reformation-through-empowered21/


Duggar pastor talks scandal, says ‘19 Kids’ family will be forgiven

The Duggar family’s pastor says the scandal surrounding Josh Duggar is surprising, but that God can forgive everything. On Sunday, People revealed that the Duggar’s pastor, Dr. Ronnie Floyd of the five-branch Pinnacle Cross Church in Rogers, Arkansas, explained that “everyone does wrong” and that Josh Duggar’s alleged molestation of five young girls as a teen was “completely unacceptable,” but he added: “I’m thankful, whether it’s him or any other one, that I serve a God who can forgive everything.”

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 17: Michelle Duggar (L) and Jim Bob Duggar of The Learning Channel TV show '19 Kids and Counting' speak at the Values Voter Summit on September 17, 2010 in Washington, DC. The annual summit drew nearly two thousand people to advocat

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Why Gay Marriage is Good (and Bad) for the Church

“The arrival of same-sex marriage is just the next train stop on a journey that began with the proliferation of birth control in the 1950′s and 1960′s. When pleasure and reproduction were divorced from a holistic understanding of sex, the idea that sexual expression and childrearing should be reserved for the committed relationship of a husband and wife began to disappear.”

The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act serves as a boost to ongoing efforts to legalize same-sex marriage across the nation.

http://theaquilareport.com/why-gay-marriage-is-good-and-bad-for-the-church/


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Win the World with Hope

An unbelieving friend of mine, with whom I have been communicating the gospel over the years, returned from a business trip to India. It must not have been a particularly pleasant trip, because when I asked him how it went, he looked me straight in the eye and said, “Your God cannot exist.


A farewell column and a plea to Christian congregations: Look outward (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) My last two columns said what I needed to say: Christian congregations have inflicted pain on themselves. And better days lie ahead for those Christians who can think beyond inherited institutions.


Vince AntonucciWaaaaa! I’m not getting fed!

Over at the “All About Eve” blog, Eve asked me about getting fed as a Christian. I gave her a summary of the posts below, which were written by Vince Antonucci in 2008. These posts are classic Vince. (I hope he doesn’t mind me reposting them here … on his blog, they take up about 400 posts … so I compiled them all and put them here for your reading enjoyment.)

Oh, and full disclosure … I used to be one of those “I’m not getting fed!” Christians, and I encouraged this sort of attitude in the church I pastored. Why? Because I prided myself in being a pastor who provided good feeding. I praised people who came to my church from other churches because they wanted good preaching. I used to say, “We don’t steal sheep; we just grow the grass.”

Of course, today, I have a completely different view of preaching and church growth and how discipleship occurs … some of these changes I attribute to Vince Antonucci (who wrote an endorsement for my book Adventures in Fishing for Men.). Of course, though Vince pastors a church for people who don’t like church, even his church is too churchy for me. But that’s the point.

Maybe churches are not supposed to be a place for those who want to get fed. Maybe the Sunday morning “church” serves a particular role and particular function within the body of Christ to meet the needs of a particular group of Christians for a particular time. But beyond that, the Sunday morning event becomes unhealthy.

Let me be more specific: It is important to be fed spiritually … when you are spiritual baby. ⇦ Tweet that!

But as you mature as a Christ-follower, you will hopefully become a self-feeder. That is, you will learn to feed yourself.

If a college professor has the same student in his class for 37 years, that professor is a failure. At some point, the college professor needs to pull that student aside and say, “You have learned everything you can from me. You have passed the class. It is time to move on and get started with life.”

So also, if parents continue to feed their children for 48 years after they are born (barring any special mental or psychological factors, of course), that parent is also a failure. At some point or another, those parents must show their children the door, saying, “It is time to be an adult on your own.”

I know that I have been negative in the past on the “institutional church” structure, but if there is one thing the institutional church does better than anyone else, it is the mass feeding of spiritual babes. I would LOVE it if the portion of God’s church which meets regularly on Sunday morning could make this a primary goal of theirs. They would bring in spiritual babes, teach them the fundamentals of the faith, and then kick them out the door. What if churches, instead, of trying to hold on to all the members from birth to the grave, instead held a “graduation ceremony” every year for those who had been there for 4 or 5 years and who were ready to launch out into the world as spiritual adults?

As the church, our goal should not be to feed people, but to mature people, which means they can feed themselves. ⇦ Tweet that!

Anyway, here is Vince Antonucci’s (now famous) blog series, “WAAAAA! I’m not getting fed!”

But one warning first … Vince’s style in this series is … well … confrontational. Feel free to complain in the comment section below or directly to him on Twitter @vinceantonucci.

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What Do We Make of God’s Judgment in the Old Testament?

The whole of the Bible is one grand story line. Often, however, we find ourselves separating the Old from the New Testament, as if they were two entirely different stories.


How the Church Should Respond to Bruce Jenner

For a long time now we have heard the rumours and then the admission that Bruce Jenner was identifying as transgender. I am of the age to remember his athletic career and I can’t think of Jenner without thinking of his picture on the Wheaties’ box.


Russell Moore is Senior Editor for Catholic/Protestant Ecumenical Magazine

Touchstone, A Journal of Mere Christianity, is an ecumenical publication put out by the Fellowship of St. James. According to Wikipedia, the subtitle, A Journal of Mere Christianity replaced the older subtitle, A Journal of Ecumenical Orthodoxy. According to the FSJ website,

The Fellowship of St. James was founded in 1976 to promote fidelity to Jesus Christ, encourage greater Christian unity, and defend traditional Christian doctrines and moral teachings. The Fellowship and its publications serve Protestant, Evangelical, Catholic, and Orthodox Christians who come together on the basis of shared belief in the fundamental doctrines of the faith as revealed in Holy Scripture and summarized in the ancient creeds of the Church.

and similarly, Touchstone Magazine’s page says:

Touchstone is a Christian journal, conservative in doctrine and eclectic in content, with editors and readers from each of the three great divisions of Christendom —Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox.

The mission of the journal and its publisher, The Fellowship of St. James, is to provide a place where Christians of various backgrounds can speak with one another on the basis of shared belief in the fundamental doctrines of the faith as revealed in Holy Scripture and summarized in the ancient creeds of the Church.

Any true Bible-believing Christian who knows anything at all about the doctrines of Catholicism, and Eastern Orthodox “christianity” knows that Biblical Christianity shares absolutely nothing with these two counterfeit religions in the most fundamental doctrine of the faith–salvation. In fact, these two religions consistently deny many of the “fundamental doctrines of the faith as revealed in Holy Scripture” in preference of their traditions. Many of their doctrines, such as sacramental, or works-based salvation, idolatrous forms of Mary and Saint veneration, Purgatory, Papal infallibility, and transubstantiation of the Eucharist, just to name a few, are extremely dangerous doctrines that turn people away from the truth of the Scriptures. The Scriptures clearly and consistently tell us to have nothing at all to do with these false doctrines, rather expose them (Eph 5:11). These false religions are the works of darkness. They are designed by the ultimate deceiver to counterfeit the true Christian faith, and they lead people to Hell. True Christians are to have no fellowship with darkness, as it is written:

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? – 2 Cor 6:14-15

Yet once again, who do we find meddling around in these dark corners, not as salt and light, calling unbelievers to repentance, but as a messenger of unity, watering down the divisions between the truth and error? You may have guessed, none other than the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission President, Russell Moore. Russell Moore is a Senior Editor of the ecumenical magazine, Touchstone, and his writing fit right in with his agenda.

Dr. Moore has written many articles over the years for Touchstone, and most of them are cultural in nature, and focus upon what he believes to be a “shared interest” between Evangelicals, and apostate forms of Christianity. But why is he so caught up in Ecumenism? Clearly he can articulate the Biblical Gospel as well as any believer can, but how seriously does he take it?  One can only speculate as to why he doesn’t see the importance of drawing clear, distinct doctrinal boundaries between Biblical Christianity and apostate forms. Yet he continues to cross these lines in the name of culture building. I do, however, wish he would just answer these questions, and face his criticism, yet, he just decides to block me instead, and only engage with those who are on board with him.

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Smartphones, Tablets, and Christian Parenting

I have lots to be grateful for, but one of my recurring thoughts of gratitude is also really sad. I am grateful to God that, as a Gen-Xer, I came of age right before the digital revolution.


Words of Comfort: Evidence.

“Atheists do not have faith that a God does not exist, we are just asking for the evidence that a God exists.”

Creation is evidence for the existence of God. It is scientifically impossible for nature to make itself. See Romans 1:20-24. You are without excuse now and will be on Judgment Day, if you are without a Savior.

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God’s Promises Never Fail

God made massive promises to Israel, but much of Israel has rejected the Christ. How, then, can we trust the promises of God to us today?


Mad Men and Christian Chivalry

Can a popular TV series teach us anything about Christian chivalry? Well, what if the show is “Mad Men”?
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Is God Glorified Through Me?

“Father, glorify Your name” (John 12:28).

This was Jesus’ statement and clear focus in the days leading up to His sacrificial death on the cross. This is what Jesus said right after He described how anyone who follows Him must hate his life in this world and follow Him.

When God is glorified, hearts and minds are changed. Words and actions are made more like His Son’s.

If the purpose of life as a follower of Christ is to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31), then we who follow Christ should consistently consider the question, “God, am I bringing You glory?”

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Were Tongues Real Languages?

We begin today’s post with a question: In New Testament times, did the gift of tongues produce authentic foreign languages only, or did it also result in non-cognitive speech (like the private prayer languages of modern charismatics)? The answer is of critical importance to the contemporary continuationist/cessationist debate regarding the gift of tongues.

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Who Are Leaders Accountable To?

Matt Perman:

The necessity of leaders being accountable to those that they lead follows from the fact that all people are in the image of God and equal. Because all people are equal, no person can lord it over another. Which is the same as saying, anyone in a position of leadership is accountable to those that they lead. Nothing else reflects that equality.

You Can Almost Always Trace Legalism Back To This

Stephen Altrogge:

Because life is complicated, there are times when I want someone to spell things out for me. Just tell me what to do. Tell me how God wants me to teach my children. Tell me how I’m supposed to eat. Tell me whether or not it’s okay to watch “Mad Men”. Tell me if I’m supposed to give exactly 10% to my church. Just make it black and white for me.

The problem with this approach is that it almost always creates legalism.

The State of Evangelicalism in Canada

If you were ever wondering how to pray for Christians in Canada, this might help.

Ordinary Christian Work

Tim Challies:

Yet that old tradition is never far off, and if we do not constantly return to God’s Word and allow it to correct us, we will soon drift back. It is encouraging that today we find many Christian pastors and authors exploring what it means to be ordinary Christians doing ordinary work as part of their ordinary lives. It is encouraging to see these leaders affirming the worth of all vocations. The questions every Christian faces at one time or another are these: Are Christian plumbers, cooks, doctors, and businessmen lesser Christians because they are not in “full-time” ministry? And what of Christian mothers and homemakers? Can they honor God even through very ordinary lives? Can we honor God through ordinary lives without tacitly promoting a dangerous kind of spiritual complacency? What does it mean to avoid being conformed to this world and to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:2) in this area of vocation?

Brothers, We Are Not Managers

Andrew Wilson:

I suspect we autocorrect eldership to leadership for two reasons. First, especially in larger churches, we think of ourselves in organizational terms, as a firm rather than a family, let alone a flock. So we look for vision-casters and managers instead of fathers and shepherds. Second, most of us don’t understand what elders are or what they are supposed to do. Are they like tribal chieftains? Advisers? Beard-stroking sages?

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What God Says About Priorities

Your priorities matter to God. God has a will, or desire, for the use of your time. The Bible helps us determine proper priorities and planning.


Blogs

Five Ways to Go Wrong with Church Discipline | Parchment and Pen Blog
Pair with the next link.

5 Prayers for When Conflict Strikes | TGC | The Gospel Coalition
Seem to always be in need of these prayers.

Sacrifices by Fire | Gentle Reformation
I went paperless a few years ago but I still didn’t have the strength and logic to do what Barry York did – burn all his old sermons.

Dear Graduate | Desiring God
Dear Graduate, read the next link too.

How My Family Escaped The College Rat Race
With one son in college and the other beginning, I’m always grateful for families who share their encouraging stories of doing college on a budget.

Connected Fools | Nathan W. Bingham
Always worth listening to Ligonier’s social media expert when he talks technology.

Legalism(s) – Reformation21 Blog
Legalism expert (that’s a compliment), Mark Jones, splits legalism into a number of different categories. If it doesn’t catch you one way, it’ll sneak up on you some other way.

The Trouble With Gay Marriage
This was written by an atheist, and he makes some good points; but his explanation is incomplete. Gay marriage is not about gay marriage. It’s a desperate attempt to silence the voice of God’s condemnation in their consciences by using marriage to put a stamp of state and societal approval on their unions and relationships. And when that is not enough – and it won’t be – then they will try to silence every single Christian who still says, “This is wrong.” And even if every nation puts its stamp of approval on them, and they manage to stamp out every Christian voice of opposition, they will never silence or stamp out the voice of God within.


What Is Christian Unity?

Unity among two or more people gets its virtue entirely from something else. Unity itself is neutral until it is given goodness or badness by something else.


Dealing with In-Laws, family, personal apostasy/backsliding, dealing with mockers

A variety of links for you to enjoy while I sit here achy and grumpy on day 3 of aches and fever and probably flu.Aimee Byrd “The Housewife Theologian” writes a thoughtful essay about Revelation’s letter to the Church at Thyatira and the danger to a church of tolerating even one person’s false doctrines. “I Love Your Love but I Hate Your Tolerance

From the archives of Andrew MacDonald at The Protestant Standard:
Five Joyce Meyer quotes you won’t post on Facebook

Former Catholic and now Christian apologist Mike Gendron has a biblical response to the Pope’s recent announcement: Pope Says the Division Between Evangelicals and Catholics Is A Work of the Devil

Pope Francis is the one who is doing the work of the devil by rebuilding the religious tower of Babel as he seeks to bring all Christians back home to Rome. Tragically, some evangelicals are jumping on his ecumenical bandwagon and departing from the faith (1 Tim. 4:1-3).

I’m a special education para-professional and I see what goes into parenting our precious special needs children. Kara Dedert on showing glory to God in doing the the mundane; special needs parenting. Jesus isn’t looking for flashy.

The Christian Pundit has some thoughts on Leaving and Cleaving

“A couple should live at least a hundred miles away from both sets of parents for at least the first year of marriage.” That’s what an older couple told us as we rode to church in the back seat of their car. We thought we were doing pretty well by that standard: it wasn’t quite our first year of marriage, but we were 3,000 miles away from all four parents.

Focus on the Family has some thoughts on In-Law Relationships

What do I owe my in-laws? That’s an interesting question. Another way to phrase it might be, “As a son-in-law or daughter-in-law, what’s required of me? What are my obligations, whether I feel like it or not, in relating to my spouse’s parents?”

At Steve Lawson’s blog Dustin Bruce has some thoughts about Backsliding: A Tragic but Common Descent

Speaking of personal apostasy, here are 9 Steps Toward Personal Apostasy from George Alvarado. He got them from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, and modernized the language.

“John Bunyan in the classic novel, Pilgrims Progress, illustrates the 9 progressive steps toward personal apostasy. This list is modified and modernized for your understanding. Please read and take heed. Save this in your journal, your computer, or make it your bookmark, but remember this well. I have bolded words that are important elements of understanding. If you want to read this portion of Pilgrims Progress in context, click here.”

Robin Schumacher shares How to Unmask a Hardened Skeptic AKA a “scoffer”.

It’s important to understand that the Bible advises against continually evangelizing certain people. … While the warning about such people is easy to understand, what’s oftentimes difficult for the Christian is recognizing the scoffer and heeding the Bible’s advice on dealing with them. To help with this, I’d like to pass along one method that’s worked fairly well for me.

And just for fun:

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The Daily Discovery (June 2, 2015)

What Is Christian Unity? – “Unity among two or more people gets its virtue entirely from something else. Unity itself is neutral until it is given goodness or badness by something else. So if Herod and Pilate are unified by their common scorn for Jesus (Luke 23:12), this is not a good unity. But if Paul and Silas sing together in prison for Christ’s sake (Acts 16:25), this is a good unity.”

Calling Bruce Jenner a Woman is an Insult to Women – “Parents, be aware: soon the magazine rack in the checkout line at the supermarket will feature this profoundly disturbing image of Bruce Jenner. The picture is plastered right on the cover of the next Vanity Fair issue, and it shows Bruce dolled up in makeup and hair extensions, posing in a corset, with parts of his face, forehead, and throat shaved off for cosmetic reasons, and his chest enhanced by hormone pills, Photoshop, and silicone. The idea is to make the 65-year-old grandfather look like a college girl, but the effect is that he looks like a distorted version of neither.”

Were Tongues Real Languages? – “We begin today’s post with a question: In New Testament times, did the gift of tongues produce authentic foreign languages only, or did it also result in non-cognitive speech (like the private prayer languages of modern charismatics)? The answer is of critical importance to the contemporary continuationist/cessationist debate regarding the gift of tongues.”

The Accidental Feminist – “Caitlyn Jenner is on the cover of Vanity Fair. Caitlyn used to be known as Bruce, of course, but now it’s Caitlyn, and Caitlyn has slowly become the face of our culture’s new relationship with gender. Gender, we are told, is merely a social construct, untied from sex and unleashed from masculinity or femininity. The clear demarkations of days gone by have been replaced by endless shades of gray.”

The Duggars and the Evil Outside – “The world is shocked at the news of Josh Duggar molesting multiple girls when he was a teenager. After all, the Duggar parents went to great lengths to shelter their children from inappropriate influences in the world — from limiting their access to the internet to implementing a dress code of modesty and femininity. What’s more, they spoke publicly about their standards for sexual purity. They explained why Josh and Anna saved their first kiss for their wedding day, and why the couple always had chaperones.”


SERMON:

Phil Johnson – Is There a Baby in the Charismatic Bathwater?


VIDEOS:

Where is Beth Moore’s Husband?

Contemplative Prayer (Part 1)


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

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Observing History

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Q.  Recently, you made comments to the effect that departed saints are or will be able to travel back and forth in time observing history. My problem is the lack of scripture support. I’ve thought about this a lot in the past and always come back to the same question. How will God remove our tears if we can see all the people that made the wrong choices in history and are condemned to hell, including the cruelty. I know there seems to be an agreement that we’ll be able to see or understand how God’s plan came together, although I don’t see scripture for that either, but more feasible than observing details that are clearly sad. This sense of sadness really bothers me, how do you explain observing history without extreme sadness?

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Live Into The Fire?

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Q.  You said at the Second Coming of Jesus, He will gather all the people together and send the believers to repopulate the earth in the Millennium and the unbelievers to eternal judgement. But, they aren’t dead yet.  Do you mean they continue to live out their lives knowing that is their destiny or are they killed by the brightness of His coming?  What am I missing?  And what happens at the end of the Millennium, does Jesus go through the same process all over again?

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Confirming God’s Answers

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Q. I have yet another question. And to keep it short and simple, who is right when two (or more) Christians disagree about something and everybody is using and/or saying “I’ve prayed about it, God confirmed it, etc.”. Or better yet, what did the disciples/apostles do when they disagreed. And the ironic thing is, is in my case it’s typically church leadership disagreeing with a “mere” laymen church goer.

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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.


Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


Ready to start your new life with God?

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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Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

Jesus Booklet
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.

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Comfort in God’s Omnipotence

The Reformed Reader

How Long, O Lord? Reflections on Suffering and Evil, 2nd ed.  This is such a good book: How Long O Lord by D. A. Carson.  I wish I had read it years ago!  As I read through it now it is helping me in the faith in quite a few different ways.  It’s one of those books I’m marking up like crazy and will for sure use often in future studies and personal devotions.

In the second chapter, Carson deconstructs some faulty views of evil and suffering (such as those of atheism, deism, sub-Christianity, etc.).  One faulty view is the view that God is not omnipotent when it comes to suffering and evil:

“This sort of god [who is not omnipotent] cannot offer us any comfort.  Belief in an omnipotent God brings with it all sorts of hard questions about how such a God, if he is good, can permit evil and suffering, but it also brings…

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HeadHeartHand Blog: A New (And Big) Book On The Christian Ministry

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The Christian Ministry: 250 Articles On Pastoring, Preaching, Counseling, and Leading ($2.99).

After 20 years of pastoral ministry, 12 years of training pastors in seminaries, and many years of blogging, writing, and speaking about pastoral ministry, I thought I might have enough material to put together an eBook on The Christian Ministry. What surprised me when I got down to it was just how much material I had for the book. After some ruthless pruning, I eventually got it down to about 250 articles, 700 plus pages, and 170,000 words divided into four categories: pastoring, preaching, counseling, and leading.

  • PASTORING: Shepherding, celebrity pastors, pastoral visitation, rookie pastors, pastoral joys (and miseries), call to the ministry, leaving a church, evangelism, social media, church discipline, hate mail, caring for the body, etc.
  • PREACHING: Sermon preparation, teaching tips, balanced preaching, evangelistic preaching, preaching without notes, and numerous articles on preaching Christ from the Old Testament.
  • COUNSELING: Counseling training, the sufficiency of Scripture, hospital visitation, pornography, mental health, depression, stress, suicide, etc.
  • LEADING: Church meetings, hiring, administration, workaholism, leadership types, control-freaks, etc.

You can also read much more on pastoral leadership in The Happy Leader, one of the books included in A Bundle of Joy: Six Books on Christian Happiness.

BIG THANK YOUS to Faculty assistant, Esther Engelsma, and my personal assistant, Sarah Perez, for all their hours of help with this project.

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Albert Mohler Blog: “For Summertime or Anytime: A Summer Reading List for 2015”

In this blog essay, “For Summertime or Anytime: A Summer Reading List for 2015,” Dr. R. Albert Mohler’s provides his annual summer reading list for 2015. Mohler introduces his recommendations with these words:

“Summer promises the opportunity to pack a stack of books that otherwise might not fit in the schedule. Every serious reader needs to read some books just for the sheer thrill of reading. A good book brings more than pleasure, of course, but pleasure in reading is not to be taken lightly. In this list I suggest some new and current books that brought me pleasure and satisfaction as I read them, and as I now share them with others. The list is heavily weighted to history and historical biography. No apologies there — these are the books I recommend this season for summer reading. Each earned its way on this list. By the end of the summer, perhaps you will have your own list to share as well.”

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Cold Case Christianity: If Religious Freedom Is So Important, Why Do So Few of Us Exercise it?

Religious freedom has certainly been in the news over the past few years, given the controversy over many elements of President Obama’s healthcare program and the recent religious freedom bills in Indiana and Arkansas. But if I am honest, I sometimes wonder why we, as Christians, are so concerned about religious freedom. Especially when don’t seem to exercise our freedom very often.

As I travel around the country making the case for the Christian worldview, I sometimes ask my audiences about their own efforts to share the gospel or defend the faith. In most settings (at churches, Christian conferences and schools), there are only one or two attendees who say they regularly share their Christian beliefs in any setting. Think about that for a minute. When was the last time you shared the truth about Jesus with someone at work, at school, at family gatherings or (dare I say) in public? I bet if you are honest, it’s been a while. For the majority of us (yes, the majority) it’s probably never happened.

I’ve written about evangelism quite a bit at ColdCaseChristianity.com, and I think there are several obstacles (either real or imagined) that keep us from sharing what we know to be true. Here is my list, hyperlinked to articles I’ve written to help you overcome whatever fears may have:

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Why should Christians support Israel? How should the Church approach the Arab-Israeli conflict? My interview with Billy Graham’s “Decision” magazine.”

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My interview with "Decision" magazine on the Arab-Israeli conflict. My interview with “Decision” magazine on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Recently, I was interviewed by Bob Paulson, the editor of Decision, the monthly magazine of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Bob wanted to discuss our family’s move to Israel in 2014 and my perspective on the Arab-Israeli conflict as a follower of Christ who has become new citizen of Israel.

I greatly enjoyed my conversation with Bob, a thoughtful and careful interviewer and writer. I also greatly appreciated the opportunity to share with the readers of Decision some thoughts on such highly controversial matters as Bible prophecy, the tensions related to Jewish-Arab relations, and the role of the Church in the Middle East.

The interview appeared in last month’s edition. Please forgive me for not posting it sooner, but here it is. Hope you find it both thought-provoking and encouraging.

Joel Rosenberg on Following Jesus In A Land Of Conflict

Joel Rosenberg knows the…

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Why Does God Not Punish All Disobedience?

Thomistic Bent

This is another in a series of questions that have been posed by skeptics, atheists, and critics.

Question: In the Bible, God strikes down some people but does not do so today. For example, He struck down the tower of Babel. However, there are plenty of other religious objects larger than a tower that have not been struck down. Were not these other peoples’ reaching toward heaven? Why would God not strike them down also?

Answer: Actually, in the story of the tower at Babel in Genesis 11:1-9, God never destroys the tower, but He does scatter the people and confuse the languages. The passage implies they had not yet finished building, since in v.8 “they ceased building the city.” But of course this is not the point of the passage nor the question. However, it does show a common mistake that is used by critics, namely that the point…

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William Lane Craig: Christians are idling in intellectual neutral

WINTERY KNIGHT

The video is 40 minutes long.

The full transcript is available here on the Reasonable Faith web site. (H/T Think Apologetics)

Excerpt:

No one has issued a more forceful challenge to Christians to become intellectually engaged than did Charles Malik, former Lebanese ambassador to the United States, in his address at the dedication of the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, Illinois. Malik emphasized that as Christians we face two tasks in our evangelism: saving the soul and saving the mind, that is to say, not only converting people spiritually, but converting them intellectually as well. And the Church is lagging dangerously behind with regard to this second task. Our churches are filled with people who are spiritually born again, but who still think like non-Christians. Mark his words well:

I must be frank with you: the greatest danger confronting American evangelical Christianity is the danger of anti-intellectualism. The mind…

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J. Warner Wallace: practical advice on becoming an effective one-dollar apologist

WINTERY KNIGHT

As promised, below is my summary of J. Warner Wallace’s most recent Please Convince Me podcast, and my comments.

Details:

J. Warner continues examining the Christian life in light of God’s desire for all of us to become Christian Case Makers. Jim reads listener email highlighting some of the typical frustrations involved in starting an apologetics ministry and then provides a template to help you become the Case Maker you’ve always wanted to be. Jim also answers the question: Why Didn’t Jesus Reveal Scientific Facts to Demonstrate His Deity?

You can grab the MP3 file here.

This episode is probably one of the best episodes of the Please Convince Me podcast I’ve ever heard, because it’s practical. I like listening to the cold-case detective talk about practical things.

Summary:

  • e-mail from someone trying to start an apologetics ministry for college students and facing difficulties
  • the challenge of getting…

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What is it that marks a genuine Christian?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, 3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. (1 Peter 2:1-3 NASB)

When the Manhattan Declaration controversy came about back in 2009, it was truly amazing how God used that to clarify the dividing line between true Christianity born from above and that which is a manmade facsimile, which is, of course, not genuine. That dividing line was very precise. On one side were those who took a stand against signing the declaration because it stated that all who signed it were in agreement based on a fellowship of common beliefs. It inferred that within those common beliefs was that all practiced the sharing of the Gospel. The…

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Sermon Preparation and Preaching

The Reformed Reader

Unashamed Workmen: How Expositors Prepare and Preach Preaching, like any other calling and skill, requires much preparation and continual training/learning.  Preachers are life-long students of the Word, of Christ, of homiletics, of people, of grammar/syntax, of stories, and so forth.  One book I recently read – and recommend – on the topic of sermon preparation is Unashamed Workmen edited by Rhett Dodson.

This book is a collection of articles and sermons written by experienced pastors who give an insight into their week in the study.  While there is some overlap, it was helpful to see the different ways these pastors study for and write their sermons during the week.  Since there is no one perfect way to study for and write sermons, I’ve always found it helpful to hear various ways men have done this.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Too many words, too many ideas, too little structure, and too…

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