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June 11, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jun. 11, 2015

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The House will vote Friday on a bill that would give fast-track trade authority to President Obama, a measure likely headed for passage in a close vote after months of lobbying by the White House and business groups.

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits remained below 300,000 for a 14th straight week, a sign of labor market strength that will help fuel U.S. growth. Jobless claims rose by 2,000 to 279,000 in the week ended June 6.

The American consumer, missing in action for much of 2015, showed up in May. Retail sales increased 1.2 percent last month.

Consumer confidence dropped for a record ninth straight week as Americans’ views of the buying climate deteriorated to a seven-month low.

Cases of MERS coronavirus increased by 14 to 122 in South Korea, where more than 2,000 schools are closed in response to the outbreak that has disrupted businesses and hurt tourism.

Delta Air Lines will enter into an agreement with Boeing to purchase 40 737-900ER planes valued at about $4 billion at list prices, and will add smaller Embraer SA jets after it ratifies a tentative agreement with its pilots.

Pacific Investment Management Co. says U.S. inflation is poised to quicken — at a time when costs are falling at the fastest pace in five years.

AP Top Stories

N.Y. – Authorities searching for two escaped killers who have been on the loose for the better part of a week acknowledged being in the dark about their whereabouts or doings, even as the hunt for the men expanded past state borders.

Russia warned the United States of consequences if it moves to deploy land-based missiles in Europe in contravention of a key Cold-War era arms control treaty.

At least 20 members of Syria’s Druze minority have been killed in an unprecedented shoot-out with Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front in northwestern Syria.

An American fighting with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group in Syria has been killed in battle, authorities said Wednesday, making him likely the first U.S. citizen to die fighting alongside them against the extremists.

South Florida has battled drug traffickers who ship boatloads of cocaine from South America. Now the region is dealing with a new epidemic – cheap, synthetic drugs that arrive from China through the mail. As authorities in the Sunshine State battle with the surge of Alpha-PVP, better known as “flakka” or “gravel,” police departments have begun equipping officers with field detection kits, employing sniffer dogs at mail facilities and training patrol units to look for signs of delirium.

Some might find the dress code at Bangkok University-yes, colleges in Thailand often impose a uniform-old-fashioned, with male students required to wear pants and female students assigned skirts. But in a move toward inclusiveness, the school recently announced that it’s A-OK with students switching up the outfits to match their gender identity.

Two buses crashed in the Lincoln Tunnel linking New York City and New Jersey, injuring 18 people at the end of morning rush hour, none of them critically, officials said.

The Lebanese army on Wednesday conducted a live-fire demonstration of advanced missiles supplied by the United States to help combat Islamic extremists along the country’s volatile border with Syria.

Saudi Arabia is ready to increase its oil output in the coming months to a new record to meet a rise in global demand, despite increased domestic use, a senior state oil company official said.

The World Bank has become the latest global organization to urge the U.S. Federal Reserve to delay raising interest rates until 2016, amid growing expectations that the central bank could hike as early as September.

BBC

Israel has denied it bugged talks on Iran’s nuclear program, after a security company said a computer virus hacked the venues of the negotiations.

Three astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) have returned to Earth, after the loss of a spacecraft delayed an earlier return attempt. The trio handed control of the ISS over to Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, after more than 200 days in space.

UN peacekeepers regularly barter goods for sex with people in the countries the world body is meant to be helping, a draft UN report said.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged Asia Pacific nations to fight jihadist groups, saying Islamic State (IS) has global ambitions.

WND

About 50 teachers and administrators at one Pennsylvania school district attended a recent training session on Islam and Arabic culture, during an all-day in-service workshop that came at taxpayer expense. “I think this is the first time ever in the United States that a school district goes to a mosque,” mosque founder Hamid Housni told the Daily News. “Usually a representative of a mosque goes somewhere. We don’t have words to explain to you how we appreciate that. This is very, very special.”

International free-trade agreements like those being negotiated with countries in the Pacific and Europe should help to export American values such as human rights, including for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, according to seven openly homosexual U.S. ambassadors.

The American military this month is celebrating homosexuality with a series of events, including a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month at the Pentagon, where Brig. Gen. Randy S. Taylor introduced the crowd to his “husband.”


Top News – 6/11/2015

Thync mood-changing wearable officially launches – we go hands-on (again)
My second Thync session has the wearable batting 1.000, as the device’s two different modes left me feeling a meditative calm and an inspired energy – just as they’re supposed to.

Al Qaeda leaders say group near collapse amid rise of ISIS, report claims
Abu Qatada and Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi have described Al Qaeda as being without “organizational structure,” the Guardian reports. Maqdisi said Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri is isolated from his top lieutenants and “operates solely based on the allegiance.

Ocean temperatures continue to rise in the tropical Pacific
The 2015 El Niño continues to develop. International climate models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology suggest further warming of the tropical Pacific is likely, with sea surface temperatures forecast to remain above El Niño thresholds for the remainder of the year.

Nation Of Islam And Black Panthers Arrive In McKinney, Texas To Start Race Riots
An already tense situation was reportedly exacerbated with the arrival of the New Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam. First there was Ferguson, then Baltimore, now the race baiters have chosen McKinney, Texas, as the next location for what is shaping up to be an endless summer of racial tension across America.

Putin Keeps Pope Waiting, Gets Told Off by Francis on Ukraine
Pope Francis waited for more than an hour to tell Russian President Vladimir Putin to commit to peace and dialogue on Ukraine. The meeting got off to a chilly start. Francis looked solemn as he greeted Putin in German with a simple “welcome” in his study at the Apostolic Palace. Putin, who picked up the language as a KGB agent in East Germany, responded with a gesture of thanks.

Two Russian military aircraft intercepted by RAF Typhoons over the Baltic Sea
Two Russian military aircraft flying over the Baltic Sea without sharing a flight plan have been intercepted and shadowed by RAF Tycoons. The Typhoons were scrambled yesterday from the Amari Air base in Estonia after the Russian aircraft approached Baltic airspace.

MERS virus spreading across Asia, South Korea fails to contain outbreak
Hong Kong issued a red alert and advised against traveling to South Korea, where an epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is gaining pace. The virus is spreading despite attempts to contain the outbreak.

CHANCE OF STORMS
NOAA forecasters estimate a 55% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on June 12th when a CME is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field. The solar storm cloud was hurled in our direction on June 9th by an eruption near sunspot AR2364.

Stocks extend gains, dollar lifted by Fed feelings
European shares saw fresh gains on Thursday after their best day in over a month and as bets that the United States could be edging towards its first interest rate rise kept upward pressure on global bond yields and the dollar.

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake East of Crete
The Geodynamics Institute of the National Observatory of Athens has announced that a 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit the east of Crete on Wednesday morning at 00:45 pm.

5.2-magnitude earthquake shakes East Sumba, no tsunami potential
“The earthquake was large enough to be felt as it reached between 2 and 3 on the Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) scale in Waingapu. It had no tsunami potential.

Bond crash across the world as deflation trade goes horribly wrong
The global deflation trade is unwinding with a vengeance. Yields on 10-year Bunds blew through 1pc today, spearheading a violent repricing of credit across the world. The scale is starting to match the ‘taper tantrum’ of mid-2013 when the US Federal Reserve issued its first gentle warning that quantitative easing would not last forever, and that the long-feared inflexion point was nearing in the international monetary cycle.

Mideast’s worst case: A ‘big war’ pitting Shia Muslims against Sunni Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/06/10/269371/mideasts-worst-case
The Middle East crisis…may result in the breakup of Iraq and an indefinite continuation of a war in Syria that’s already out of control …“The conditions are very much like 1914,” says Michael Stephens of the Royal United Service Institute…“All it will take is one little spark, and Iran and Saudi Arabia will go at each other, believing they are fighting a defensive war.”

Sessions Warns TPA Would Create ‘Pacific Union’ Akin to European Union
In a joint appearance…Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)warned against the passage of the so-called Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) currently being considered by the Congress. Sessions argued it was more than just a framework for a process for the president of the United States to use in negotiating trade agreements, but instead was creating an economic union with wide-ranging powers.

Syria conflict: Al-Nusra fighters kill Druze villagers
At least 20 Druze villagers have been shot dead by the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front in north-western Syria, activist and opposition groups say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said elderly people and a child were among those killed in Qalb Lawzah in Idlib province on Wednesday afternoon. The Druze faith is an offshoot of Islam considered heretical by jihadists.

Australia PM Tony Abbott urges regional action against IS
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged Asia Pacific nations to fight jihadist groups, saying Islamic State (IS) has global ambitions. At a conference in Sydney on countering terrorist propaganda, he said IS was a death cult with far-reaching tentacles. Australia says more than 100 of its citizens are fighting with militant jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq.

UN peacekeepers ‘barter goods for sex’
UN peacekeepers regularly barter goods for sex with people in the countries the world body is meant to be helping, a draft UN report says. The document by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) says it has found that hundreds of women in Haiti and Liberia have been motivated by hunger and poverty to sell sex. They are paid with cash, jewellery, mobile phones and other items.

UN report suggests Iran’s satellite tech advancing ballistic missile program
The launch of a space satellite by Iran’s military may indicate the Islamic Republic’s possession of ballistic missile technology, a United Nations panels of experts claims. …that while Tehran official’s “have not been reporting any new ballistic missile developments”…the Islamic Republic intends to deploy three more satellites by March 16 which it hopes to propel “from more powerful launchers and on the back of bigger carriers.”

Legendary Rabbi of England Calls for Jewish Surrender in Europe
This week England’s Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks gave a speech described by the media as doom and gloom at a conference in Herzliya. He admitted a belief that the BDS movement had succeeded in making the State of Israel a “divisive factor” in Jewish life and claimed that, as a result, supporting Israel was “almost impossible” for European Jews.

Pope tells Putin: ‘Sincere’ peace efforts needed for Ukraine
Pope Francis encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to engage in “sincere” international efforts aimed at bringing peace to Ukraine as the two men met privately at the Vatican on Wednesday.

Suicide bomber, 2 other armed men target Egypt’s temple site at Luxor
Militants with explosives battled Egyptian security forces outside the ancient Karnak temple in Luxor on Wednesday, striking one of Egypt’s most famous tourist sites and raising fears over the potentially expanding reach of the country’s Islamist insurgency.

“Profits Over Public Health” – Big Pharma Revealed As Puppetmaster Behind TPP Secrecy
It is no secret that US healthcare corporations have been among, if not the biggest beneficiaries of Obamacare: by “socializing” costs and spreading the reimbursement pool over the entire population in the form of a tax, pharmaceutical companies have been able to boost medical product and service costs to unprecedented levels with the help of complicit insurance companies who have subsequently passed through these costs to the consumer, in the process sending the price of biotech and pharma stocks to levels not seen since the dot com bubble.

Hezbollah announces battle with IS on Syria-Lebanon border
The head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement announced Wednesday that the powerful Shiite militia had begun to fight the Islamic State jihadist group along the rugged Syrian-Lebanese border.

Indonesia volcano at high alert level unleashes fresh burst
A volcano in western Indonesia that has been spewing clouds of searing gas high into the air let out a new powerful burst Wednesday. Authorities are closely monitoring Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s main islands, after placing it at the highest alert level last week.

‘Complete takeover’: Israel unleashed one of the world’s most sophisticated cyberweapons on the Iran talks
US Secretary of State John Kerry looks out of his room at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel during a break during the Iran nuclear program talks in Lausanne April 1, 2015. The computers in three luxury hotels that hosted high-stakes negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program were infected with an improved version of one of the world’s most powerful computer viruses, The Wall Street Journal reports. The discovery of the Duqu virus — a collection of malware used primarily for sensitive intelligence-collection operations — by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab ZAO provides the first solid evidence that Israel had in fact been spying on the talks, a suspicion that was first reported in March 2015.


Top Headlines – 6/11/2015

NGO publishes a preemptive strike against UN’s report on Gaza war

Hamas blames PA for recent Gaza Strip bombings

Hamas: Palestinian Authority, not IS, conspiring against us

Shin Bet says it foiled Hamas money trail from Gaza to West Bank

‘Government is negotiating with Hamas under our noses’

Abbas says PA must re-examine agreements with Israel

River pollution unites Israelis, Jordanians, Palestinians

Netanyahu calls Dempsey ‘great friend,’ guardian of US-Israel relations

International Yoga Day precedes Modi to Israel

EU edges closer to labeling of West Bank products

Most US Jews back nuclear deal with Iran, poll shows

Israel denies using computer virus to spy on Iran talks

UN report suggests Iran’s satellite tech advancing ballistic missile program

‘US remains our worst enemy,’ Iranian general says

Americans will ‘lose their life and existence’ in fight against Iran, says Iranian official

Next round of Iran nuclear talks ‘pretty tough,’ US official

US says it ‘takes steps’ to ensure Iran talks secure

US says Iran must implement nuclear transparency provisions

Obama’s new plan against ISIS signals that U.S. still in for a long war in Iraq

French FM: Still no guarantees on verifiable Iran nuclear deal

US Diplomats Reveal EU Sanctions Assault After Iran Deal

Former Mossad chief: Iran using Obama’s desire for deal to extort concessions

Iran spending billions to back Assad

Al Qaeda leaders say group near collapse amid rise of ISIS, report claims

Isis’s dirty bomb: Jihadists have seized ‘enough radioactive material to build their first WMD’

Officials: American fighting with Kurds against Islamic State group in Syria killed in battle

Pentagon: Expanded US force in Iraq will boost efforts to retake Ramadi

Obama approves up to 450 additional military personnel for Iraq

Officials: Obama has not ruled out other steps against Islamic State

Australia PM says IS has ‘global terrorism ambitions’

Australia PM Tony Abbott urges regional action against IS

Islamic State: Tony Abbott’s ‘death cult’ tag feeds terror group’s propaganda machine, expert warns

ISIS Destroys Ancient Iraqi Christian Church and Turns It Into ‘Mosque of the Mujahideen’ for Islamic Jihadists

Hezbollah leader vows to erase ISIS threat from Lebanon

Lebanon Gets More US Arms – Or Is It Hezbollah?

Syrian Druse massacred by al-Qaida, 20 killed

Turkey’s Erdogan says West backing Kurdish “terrorists” in Syria

Turkey’s Erdogan calls for new govt quickly, says egos must be put aside

Egyptian president moves to boost security after attack on ancient temple

Christian Massacre Prevented in Pakistan After Muslim Leaders Stand Up to Islamic Imams Inciting Mass Attack; 22 Muslims Arrested

Russian Jet Again Harasses U.S. Reconnaissance Plane

Putin Keeps Pope Waiting, Gets Told Off by Francis on Ukraine

Africa creates TFTA – Cape to Cairo free-trade zone

TTIP vote postponed as European Parliament descends into panic over trade deal

Sessions Warns TPA Would Create ‘Pacific Union’ Akin to European Union

Paul Ryan Cooks Up Elaborate Ruse To Save Immigration Components Of Obamatrade

Record Number of Americans Renounced Their U.S. Citizenship in 2015

Journalist set on fire in India after Facebook post making allegations against local politician

S&P downgrades Greece, warns of default if no deal with creditors

U.S. credit cards switch to chips

Stocks Jump on Greece Deal Rumors; Capital Control Fears Mount, Car Buying Soars as Greeks Pull Cash

Magnitude-6.0 earthquake strikes northern Chile; no damage reported

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Miyako, Japan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Miyako, Japan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Miyako, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kushiro, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Nishinoomote, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Umakadambung, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Namatanai, Papua New Guinea

3 Tremors Recorded in Earthquake-Hit Nepal

Mudslides hit quake-ravaged villages in Nepal

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 20,000ft

Cyclone Ashobaa to make landfall in Oman on Thursday

Cars, People Struggle Through Deep Flood Waters in Ukraine

Gov. Jerry Brown Worries About ‘Overpopulation’ Amid California Drought

Smoke From Canadian Wildfires Drifted Over 1,600 Miles Into the U.S.

In twist, Obama emissions plan satisfies industry, worries greens

WHO team urges South Korea to reopen schools as more close in MERS crisis

Big Pharma Revealed As Puppetmaster Behind TPP Secrecy

Walgreens, insurers push expansion of virtual doctor visits

Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill Passes California Senate

Murder charge dropped against Georgia woman who induced abortion

First sex in space: Pornhub is going to make a porn film in space

Israel’s National Labor Court forbids transgender discrimination

PM to LGBT community: Israel among world’s most open countries

Woman With Wife Pleads Guilty To Bigamy For Failing To Divorce Husband First

Magazine cover in Jordan featured a transgender woman months before Vanity Fair and Caitlyn Jenner

Miley Cyrus: ‘I don’t relate to being boy or girl’

Almost 600 Accounts Breached in 2014 ‘Celebgate’ Nude Photo Hack, FBI Says

Vatican tribunal ‘must deal retrospectively’ with abuse

Report: U.N. peacekeepers in Haiti had ‘transactional sex’ with hundreds of poor women

Steve Lumbley – Abrahams Blessing – The Dispensationalist Dilemma

Former youth minister admits enticing 13-year-old girl into sexual relationship

Court Upholds Texas Abortion Law –  Half of Texas’ abortion clinics could close

Pastor Saeed Abedini ‘Viciously Beaten’ in Iranian Prison, Told He Must Deny Christ

Christian couple threatens to divorce if same-sex marriage becomes legal

Like it or not, most expect gay marriage will sweep the US

Israeli-Arab drag queen finds refuge in Tel Aviv

‘Obama zombies’: Americans sign prankster’s petition to nuke Russia


Daily Digest

June 11, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” —James Madison, Federalist No. 47, 1788

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

FBI on Mass Shooting Report: Yeah, We Made It Up

Last fall, we noted that the FBI used bogus stats in its pre-election mass shooting report. Researchers counted some mass shootings that weren’t “mass” at all, and entirely omitted actual mass shootings that occurred early in the carefully selected timeframe. All of it was an effort to show an increasing trend of “gun violence” since 2000, we suspect in concert with Democrat campaign talking points about the necessity of gun control. The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley picked up on a quiet announcement that, indeed, the researchers pretty much made it up: “[L]ate last week, J. Pete Blair and M. Hunter Martaindale, two academics at Texas State University who co-authored the FBI report, acknowledged that ‘our data is imperfect.’ They said that the news media ‘got it wrong’ last year when they ‘mistakenly reported mass shootings were on the rise.’ Mind you, the authors did not issue this mea culpa in the major news outlets that supposedly misreported the original findings. Instead, the authors published it in ACJS Today, an academic journal published by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. ‘Because official data did not contain the information we needed, we had to develop our own,’ wrote Messrs. Blair and Martaindale. ‘This required choices between various options with various strengths and weaknesses.’ You don’t say.” The truth is the number of mass shootings has remained essentially flat for the last 40 years, while violent crime has dropped significantly in the last decade as firearm ownership has grown. But that doesn’t fit the leftist agenda.

Damaging Overtime Pay Regulation in the Works

The Department of Labor is preparing to unveil a revision to America’s overtime compensation rule called for by Barack Obama last year. Unfortunately, it’s entirely the wrong prescription for even the best economy — let alone our still ailing one. Heritage Foundation research fellow James Sherk writes, “Reports indicate the Department plans to require overtime for any salaried employee making less than $45,000 to $52,000 a year.” That’s significantly higher than what the current law requires, and though it may not sound like a big deal the repercussions are far fetched— impacting everything from base salaries to scheduling and office flexibility. As Sherk explains, “Economists have studied how businesses respond to overtime requirements. They find that overtime doesn’t affect workers’ total pay or hours much. Instead, businesses offset new overtime costs with lower base wages.” Moreover, he says, “[T]he overtime regulations will have a major unintended side effect: They will force entry- and mid-level salaried employees to track their hours.” That means more micromanaging, and many employers will nix work-from-home options altogether to avoid lawsuits. Just like minimum wage laws, this new rule may seem like a good idea at first glance, but the results are economically damaging.

Fly the EPA’s Unfriendly Skies

This isn’t simply the Environmental Protection Agency slapping more regulation on the American economy. The EPA released a report Wednesday claiming that jet engines endanger human health, opening the door for regulation. And no, we’re not talking chemtrails here. But the EPA would not be issuing its own regulation. Instead, it would look to adopt regulation developed by the United Nation’s International Civil Aviation Organization that would require some aircraft engines manufactured after 2020 to conform to “green” regulation. “The U.S. transportation sector is a significant contributor to total U.S. and global anthropogenic GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions,” said the EPA’s regulatory announcement. “Aircraft remain the single largest GHG-emitting transportation source not yet subject to GHG standards in the U.S.” The announcement went on to say U.S. aircraft contribute to only 0.5% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Is it worth it for the U.S. to regulate an industry, control its innovation and adopt regulation from a global governing body to deal with just one fraction of the effort needed to supposedly prevent global temperatures from rising by 0.001 degree? There’s a fallacy in ecofascism: They think humans are in control of nature. More…

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Muzzling Both Guns and Speech

By Allyne Caan

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Given Barack Obama’s contempt for the Second Amendment — after all, an armed citizenry is the last line of defense against a tyrannical government — it’s little wonder that a proposed rule relating to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) governing the export of certain “defense articles” is raising concerns.

The rule, published in the June 3 issue of the Federal Register, proposes to regulate speech — including online speech — relating to firearms and to require government approval before individuals can share certain information publicly. Penalties for violations climb as high as $1 million or 20 years in jail.

Specifically, the proposed rule rewrites key definitions in ITAR, including “technical data,” “public domain” and “export.” Currently under ITAR, any weapons-related information that is in the “public domain” can be shared without penalty. However, now that the age of technology has thrown a wrinkle into the meaning of “public domain,” the government feels the need to “clarify.” At first glance, the clarification sounds well and good, as the rule states, “Except as set forth in paragraph (b) of this section, unclassified information and software are in the public domain, and are thus not technical data or software subject to the ITAR, when they have been made available to the public without restrictions upon their further dissemination.”

But it’s what comes in paragraph (b) that has folks concerned. It turns out that, this “clarification” notwithstanding, “public domain” really means only what the government says it means. The rule continues, “Technical data or software, whether or not developed with government funding, is not in the public domain if it has been made available to the public without authorization from: (1) The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls; (2) The Department of Defense’s Office of Security Review; (3) The relevant U.S. government contracting entity with authority to allow the technical data or software to be made available to the public; or (4) Another U.S. government official with authority to allow the technical data or software to be made available to the public.”

According to the National Rifle Association, the outcome of such a rule is troublesome: “Gunsmiths, manufacturers, reloaders, and do-it-yourselfers could all find themselves muzzled under the rule and unable to distribute or obtain the information they rely on to conduct these activities.” One minute you’re posting a description of a new firearm design, and the next you’re accused of exporting technical data to a foreign government.

Particularly noteworthy, too, is the timing of the proposed rule, as it comes on the heels of Defense Distributed’s lawsuit against the federal government. Defense Distributed is a pro-Second Amendment organization targeted by the State Department in 2013 for allegedly exporting technical data illegally. Two years ago, it published online plans to 3D print a pistol after it developed a single-shot .22 pistol named The Liberator.

As The Federalist’s Sean Davis reports, Defense Distributed’s supposed crime was little more than “mak[ing] its data, compiled entirely from publicly available information, available for free on the internet.” In response, the government demanded the group submit its speech to Uncle Sam for approval before dissemination. When Defense Distributed attempted to comply, the government delayed by doing nothing. So Defense Distributed filed suit in May, and, voila, on June 3 we have the newly proposed rule.

While it’s certainly important that the government protect against the public sharing of confidential weapons information, the wording of the proposed rule — particularly given the nature of this administration — is hardly comforting. Indeed, as National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke notes, “[I]t is difficult to imagine how any firearms website would be able to survive the regulators’ caprice.” And while it’s possible such an outcome was not the administration’s intent, it’s also possible it was.

The good news is that the administration is accepting public comment until August 3 on the proposed rule, and it certainly wouldn’t be a bad idea to push for clarification. After all, trusting the good intentions of any government has never proven an effective defense of Liberty.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

George Will: “Without [Trade Promotion Authority], any trade agreement will be nibbled to death in Congress by persons eager to do organized labor’s bidding. So, Republicans who oppose TPA are collaborating with those who oppose increasing the velocity and rationality of economic life. … Republicans can extinguish the Export-Import Bank, a deplorable instrument for government intervention in economic transactions, simply by not reauthorizing it. How perverse it would be to do so while also opposing TPA and (hence, in effect) freer trade, which would make economic activity less subject to distortions by governments. … Some Republicans resist granting fast-track authority, a traditional presidential prerogative, to a president who has so arrogantly disregarded limits on executive discretion. It is, however, unnecessary to defeat fast-track authority (thereby defeating freer trade) in order to restrain this rogue president. The 22nd Amendment guarantees his departure in 19 months. His lawlessness has prompted congressional resistance on multiplying fronts. The judiciary, too, has repeatedly rebuked him for illegal executive overreaches. So, it is neither necessary nor statesmanlike to injure the nation’s future in order to protest Obama’s past.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Without seeking, truth cannot be known at all. It can neither be declared from pulpits, nor set down in articles, nor in any wise prepared and sold in packages ready for use. Truth must be ground for every man by itself out of it such, with such help as he can get, indeed, but not without stern labor of his own.” —British author John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Braying Jenny: “[Wi]th every word you speak, with every choice you make, with the way you carry yourself each day, you are rewriting the story of our communities. And that’s a burden that President Obama and I proudly carry every single day in the White House. Because we know that everything we do and say can either confirm the myths about folks like us, or it can change those myths.” —Michelle Obama

The BIG Lie: “My first job in Chicago when I moved after college to work as a community organizer. … I saw the power of faith — a shared belief that every human being, made in the image of God, deserves to live in dignity; that all children, no matter who they are or where they come from or how much money they were born into, ought to have the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential.” —Barack Obama (What about the millions of unborn children sacrificed on the altar of “choice”?)

Village Idiots: “Obama seems to be white inside. There is an obvious racial division in America and it’s exploding and Obama doesn’t ever support the innocent black people who are murdered by white police officers who are never held accountable. You would expect him to be more understanding of what it means to be black. But so far, he hasn’t been.” —British singer/songwriter Steven Patrick Morrissey

And last… “I’m so progressive, that if a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, I’m still offended.” —Frank Fleming

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The Briefing

1) As global descent into terrorism continues, al Qaeda is broken by rise of ISIS

Isis onslaught has broken al-Qaida, its spiritual leaders admit, The Guardian (Spencer Ackerman, Shiv Malik, Ali Younes and Mustafa Khalili)

2) Contrary nature of abortion training to medical community evidenced by stigma

The Scarcity of Abortion Training in America’s Medical Schools, The Atlantic (Mara Gordon)

3) Survey shows worldview positions tend to cluster in professions

The most liberal and conservative jobs in America, Washington Post (Ana Swanson)

4) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar criticizes social injustice of prosperity gospel

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Prosperity Gospel Is War on the Poor, TIME (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

In other news…


“Why are there so few forced marriage prosecutions?” asks BBC News — Markind at IW Blog

by Johanna Markind • Jun 10, 2015 at 5:48 pm
http://www.islamist-watch.org/blog/2015/06/why-are-there-so-few-forced-marriage-prosecutions


Duty, honor, country and gay pride? Pentagon opens “Pride Month”

by Marsha West

From Berean Research:

Steam is coming out of my ears. For the first time in 20 years the U.S. Army brass says it will not provide an honor guard from nearby Fort Gordon for Abilene Baptist Church’s annual Independence Day celebration because of a 2011 regulation instituted by the Obama Administration. The regulation declares that the Army cannot participate in any event that promotes a religious movement. Yet the Pentagon promotes LGBT “Pride Month”? There is something wrong with this picture.

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Radioactive: ISIS May Soon Build ‘Dirty’ Bomb

The Isis militant group has seized enough radioactive material from government facilities to suggest it has the capacity to build a large and devastating “dirty” bomb, according to Australian intelligence reports. According to the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, Nato has expressed deep concerns about the materials seized by Isis from research centres and hospitals that would normally only be available to governments. The threat of Isis’s radioactive and biological weapons stockpile was so severe that the Australia Group, a 40-nation bloc dedicated to ending the use of chemical weapons, held a session on the subject at its summit in Perth last week……….. Click here for full story


IDF Drills For War With Hezbollah and Gaza

The IDF is planning a drill that will simulate a “nightmare” scenario of blanket missile attacks emanating from both the north and south of Israel on a scale so large that the Iron Dome missile defense system would not be able to combat it. Israel could suffer over 4,000 casualties in the first few days of such an attack. It is currently estimated that Hezbollah possesses over 100,000 missiles of various sizes that are currently stockpiled in Lebanon and intended for use against Israel in a future conflict……….. Click here for full story


Saudis Ready To Go Nuclear If Iran Talks Fail, Egypt, Turkey Next?

Western intelligence agencies believe that the Saudi monarchy paid for up to 60 per cent of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, in return for the ability to buy warheads for itself at short notice. Any failure by Iran to provide the necessary safeguards by the end of this month could see Riyadh activate that deal, thereby enabling Saudi Arabia to become the Arab world’s first nuclear power. And if that were to happen, then many other regional powers, such as Egypt and Turkey, would also attempt to follow suit – a nuclear arms race in the world’s most unstable region……… Click here for full story


Iraq: Despite Thousands Fleeing ISIS, Churches Are Full Of New Believers

Hundreds of thousands of Christians have been forced to flee Iraq as Islamic State continues to tighten its grip, but still people are turning to Jesus, a church leader has told Christian Today. Dagher estimates that 80 per cent of his original church congregation in Baghdad have left, but “the church is still full with new people coming,” he says. “We have about 400 people every Sunday in Baghdad, and about 30 per cent of those are from different religions.” Currently, 73 people who have converted to Christianity are waiting to be baptised in the church………. Click here for full story


Will The World Turn On Israel This September?

Israel wishes to delay the signing of a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, but not solely because such an agreement would be dangerous to the Jewish State. The concern is that immediately following such an agreement, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will become the UN Security Council’s and European Union’s top priority, and the international community will be freed up to deal with the party it sees as responsible for the stagnation in the peace process – Israel……. Click here for full story


Gay Marriage: Evidence That the Nation Is in the Biblically Foretold Age of Apostasy

Posted: 10 Jun 2015 08:16 PM PDT

Dozens of books have been written in recent years by liberal theologians in an attempt to demonstrate that homosexuality, homosexual relationships, and homosexual marriage are fully consistent with Biblical Christianity. I have grown weary of reading that King David was a homosexual because he loved Jonathan, or that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of a lack of hospitality, or – my personal favorite – that the Bible never actually addresses the issue of homosexual behavior.

I would suggest that the fact that some of such foolishness comes from persons who once professed to be Christians is yet further evidence of the fact that the nation – indeed the world – is well along in the Biblically-foretold age of apostasy. During such a period, we are warned about the prevalence of false teachers. How can we tell whether a teacher is false? Who can we rely on? But for the fact that we have the Word of God, we would be adrift on such matters. FULL REPORT

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World may see a bigger number of large quakes, says Singapore professor

Posted: 10 Jun 2015 08:08 PM PDT

Nature’s wrath struck in 2004, when a tsunami hit the coasts of several countries around the Indian Ocean. This marked the beginning of what geologists call an “active cycle”, where the Earth experiences greater seismic activity. Professor Kerry Sieh, director at the Earth Observatory of Singapore said: “The Earth goes through cycles of seismic energy release, and less release and more release. We have definitely been in the active cycle in the last 11 years since 2004. All the magnitude-8.4 earthquakes and bigger, up to 9.2, they all happened in the last 11 years. Several of those have been in Asia.”

The previous active cycle was in the 1950s to mid-1960s, which saw several earthquakes with a magnitude of a high 8 and above 9. But for the next 40 years, there were no records of a quake with a magnitude above 8.3, until 2004. Since then, a string of devastating earthquakes has caused much destruction, like in Sumatra in 2005 and Fukushima, Japan, in 2011. “We don’t know whether we are at the end of the cycle or not,” said Professor Sieh. “My hunch is we will continue to see a larger number of large earthquakes. But that’s only a hunch because we don’t really have a way of telling whether we are at the end of the cycle or not.” FULL REPORT

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Tension builds: five more earthquakes strike off the coast of Japan in one day

Posted: 10 Jun 2015 07:58 PM PDT

Five earthquakes have struck off the coast of Japan in a 24 hour period, raising concerns that pressure may be building along the complex network array of tectonic plates that collide under the sea, just off the coast of Japan. A 5.0 magnitude earthquake (11 km deep) struck 52km S of Kushiro, Japan.

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake (26 km deep) struck 264km ESE of Kamaishi, Japan. A 4.7 magnitude earthquake (50 km deep) struck 19km ESE of Hasaki, Japan. A 5.5 magnitude earthquake (26 km deep) struck 120km E of Miyako, Japan, which was followed by an aftershock of a 4.7 magnitude earthquake (19 km deep) 170km E of Miyako, Japan. Fears may be mounting, along with the seismic tension, which may be an indicator that some larger seismic event may be brewing for Japan in the near future. EP

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Record Number of Americans Renounce Citizenship in First Quarter of 2015

Posted: 10 Jun 2015 07:24 PM PDT

Between January and March of 2015, a record 1,336 Americans renounced their U.S. citizenship, according to a quarterly report by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that was published in The Federal Register. The list includes long-term permanent residents who are considered American citizens under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA), the IRS noted. The previous record was 1,130 in the second quarter of 2013, according to Treasury Department data.

A record total of 3,415 Americans renounced their citizenship last year, according to the “Quarterly Publication of Individuals Who Have Chosen To Expatriate.” In a survey conducted by the University of Kent between December 2014 and January 2015, 1,546 U.S. citizens and former citizens were asked why they no longer wanted to be Americans. Survey participants stated that high taxes were the primary reason for renouncing their citizenship. But the survey also found that contrary to popular belief, income was not a key factor in their decision. FULL REPORT

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Police Shut Down Girls’ Lemonade Stand for No Permit

Posted: 10 Jun 2015 07:14 PM PDT

A lemonade stand operated by two young girls received national attention after police asked for a permit. Wednesday, police released the video of their encounter with the girls’ mother. In the video, released by the Overton Police Department, the first question to the girls’ mother was in reference to a permit. You see in the video the city’s code enforcement officer drive up to the location of the girls’ stand, get out, and ask for their mother.

Once the officer identifies the mother, she asks about the permit. Both women are off-camera. “You get a permit with the city to serve this?” the officer asks. “I didn’t know I had to,” the mother replies. “Yes ma’am,” the officer says. “Really?” the mother asks, “for a lemonade stand? I had no clue.” “Yes ma’am,” the officer replies. FULL REPORT

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Get Ready For 4,000-Point DOW Drop

Posted: 10 Jun 2015 02:17 PM PDT

The stock market has an empirical rule: interest rates lead stocks. And the current interest rate environment is pointing to a massive decline for the U.S. market. Consider: The Federal Reserve has taken rates to the lowest level in more than a generation. This has energized stock prices. The Fed has persisted in its directive to “stay the course,” having made no raises in the discount rate for more than seven years. Such monetary policy has no precedent; this is the longest stretch of accommodation by the Fed in the post-World War II era.

But there’s Fed-induced rates, and “actual” rates. The most widely followed Treasury markets are the longer-term 10-year and 30-year markets. These two markets are highly sensitive to longer-term actual interest-rate pressures. For example, banks use longer-term Treasurys to make decisions on pegging personal loan rates to clients for mortgages, businesses, and other uses. The commercial and industrial areas of the economy also are susceptible to the actual cost of money. FULL REPORT

 

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Los Angeles passes minimum wage hike to $15/hour

Posted: 10 Jun 2015 01:19 PM PDT

Los Angeles on Wednesday approved a minimum wage hike to $15 an hour, becoming the latest large city to increase pay amid mounting pressure. The incremental wage increase in the second-largest U.S. city—which the city council passed in a 12-1 vote—will take place by 2020. The hourly rate would more than double the current federal rate of $7.25 per hour. Los Angeles follows Seattle and San Francisco, which previously passed measures to hike wages to $15 an hour over several years.

Higher wage floors have served as a point of contention in recent years. Advocates have argued that hikes are necessary for minimum wage workers to cover the cost of living, while some detractors contend that higher pay burdens businesses. FULL REPORT

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New WIFI Systems Will Take The Police State To A New Level Tracking Your Every Move

Posted: 10 Jun 2015 12:54 PM PDT

Now there might be a new concern on the horizon – public WiFi signals that can identify and track groups of individuals, even if they are not holding a personal connected device. As we have come to learn, one of the hallmarks of technology is dual- or multi-use capability. It is for this reason that we are softened up with all of the benefits, before being introduced to the darker side. Researchers continue to pursue invisible, pervasive ways to track human beings. Below is a chronicle of how WiFi signals are being used in creative new ways to ensure that whether or not you have opted out of the latest gadgetry, you still will be caught in an ever-widening net of the latest surveillance tech.

A little more than two years ago, the first enhancement of Wi-Fi was labeled WiTrack. It marked an improvement over a discovery by MIT researchers a few months previous that they had called Wi-Vi. At the time, researchers were able to use dual signals to detect the general location of moving objects behind walls, but not an exact image.WiTrack uses radio signals to pinpoint a person’s location more accurately. An MIT press release explained the significant difference between Wi-Vi and WiTrack: WiTrack operates by tracking specialized radio signals reflected off a person’s body to pinpoint location and movement. FULL REPORT

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Alberta’s ‘creeping disaster’: Cattle industry hit hard as dry weather sparks drought fears

Posted: 10 Jun 2015 12:41 PM PDT

Gray clouds gather near Greg Bowie’s Alberta ranch, but not a raindrop in sight. Bowie’s 350-acre pasture is so thirsty that it hasn’t grown enough to feed his 100 cattle. He spent $3,600 in May to truck in hay. “It basically doubles your cost on every animal every day,” Bowie, chairman of Alberta Beef Producers, said from his ranch near Ponoka. “The pasture and the hay land need considerably more moisture this time of year and we just haven’t had it.”

Dry conditions have worsened in pockets of Canada’s cattle country, with some areas receiving less than 40 per cent of normal rainfall, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Livestock producers are bringing in extra hay as forage and some are considering selling animals to reduce costs, said Fred Hays, policy analyst at the Calgary-based beef-producers organization, an industry group that represents 20,000 ranchers. FULL REPORT

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Misled Campolo Misleading Church and Culture on Homosexuality

Posted: 10 Jun 2015 12:09 PM PDT

Religion and culture expert and Christian apologist Dr. Alex McFarland is responding today to controversial comments by former evangelical leader Tony Campolo about the full acceptance of gay couples in the church. Campolo wrote in a blog post that it’s time for the church to fully accept Christian gay couples.

“Unfortunately, this former evangelical leader is misleading the culture because he is misled,” said McFarland, who is also Director for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at the Christian Worldview Center of North Greenville University in Greenville, S.C. “Tony Campolo has influence even though he is not resting on conservative, orthodox biblical theology.” McFarland added that many Christians struggle with the acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriage, especially as the culture increasingly accepts these as the norm. But the Bible, he says, clears up the confusion. FULL REPORT

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‘You’re Fired – Now Train Your Much Cheaper Foreign Replacement’

Fired - Photo by XonecaIf you were laid off from your job, would you be willing to train your replacement if your company threatened to take away your severance pay if you didn’t do it?  And how would you feel if your replacement came from India, and the only reason your company was replacing you was because the foreign worker was a lot less expensive?  Sadly, this is happening all over America – especially in the information technology field.  Huge corporations such as Disney and Southern California Edison are coldly firing existing tech workers and filling those jobs with much cheaper foreign replacements.  They are doing this by blatantly abusing the H-1B temporary worker visa program.  Workers that had been doing a solid job for decades are being replaced without any hesitation just because it will save those firms a little bit of money.  There is very, very little loyalty left in corporate America today.  Even if you have poured your heart and your soul into your company for years, that ultimately means very little.  The moment that your usefulness is over, most firms will replace you in a heartbeat these days. (Read More….)


Author(s): Phyllis Schlafly

 
Hillary Clinton has laid out her game plan for winning back the White House for herself and her husband next year. Let’s hope Republicans were paying attention. She apparently decided it won’t be enough to rely on the 66 million people who voted twice for Barack Obama, many of whom are disillusioned by the failure of “hope and change.” Obama promised an end to wars in the Middle East, a more prosperous economy for the average American, and more harmonious race relations, but all three problems have only gotten worse. Since Hillary won’t have the youthful exuberance that propelled Obama to his…
 


The Pope Just Invited Islam Into The Vatican, Christians Aghast

Marking the first time Islamic prayer will be held at the Catholic palace, many question the propriety of hosting leaders of a faith that teaches the conversion or slaughter of nonbelievers.

A sense of disbelief was evident in a series of Twitter posts Friday afternoon:

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Gay Pride Participants Mock Jesus and the Bible in a Disturbing Way

Pictures are offensive as they show the depravity of the gay agenda. — OTM

The parade also targeted Christians. Banners like “Christians are homophobe” “Jesus was Gay” etc…could be seen all over the parade.

Even a gay Jesus…

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Your bank account: The next thing to go obsolete

It might finally be time to break up with your bank.

Not only is banking not for everyone, accounts are inaccessible to about half of the world. People are too poor, live too far from a bank or don’t have the required documentation. Abra, a new startup, makes banking more accessible while completely cutting out the actual bank.

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Christian Headlines Daily – Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Top Headlines

Newest Target of ISIS: 88 Eritrean Christians

Pakistani Christians Threatened with Blasphemy Charges if They Refuse to Hand Over Church Property

Baltimore Residents Turn to Prayer to Fight Crime and Violence

Court Upholds Texas Pro-Life Law Closing Abortion Clinics

Israeli Court Rules ‘Jesus Tomb’ That Shows Jesus was Married and Had Children is Not a Fake

ISIS Turns Historic Mosul Church into Mosque for Fighters

Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill Passes California Senate

Christianity Today Speaks Out in Support of Traditional Marriage

Benjamin Netanyahu Blasts World’s Silence on Gaza Rocket Attacks

Man Saves 2 Million Babies through Plasma Donations

Opinion

Church Discipline Gone Wrong: More Common than You Think

Which Way, Evangelicals? There is Nowhere to Hide on Gay Marriage

Driver Describes Lion Attack That Killed Tourist

Christianity Growing in the Muslim World

Why Christian Denominations Aren’t Going Away


“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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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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Same-sex “Marriage” and the Persecution of Christians in Canada

The Canadian Charter of Right and Freedoms declares that Canadians have a fundamental “freedom of conscience and religion” and “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression.” But constitutional guarantees are at the mercy of lawyers, and Canadian lawyers have emerged as among the most fiercely intolerant of anyone, including their own colleagues, who fail to support same-sex “marriage.”

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The Striking Thing About The ‘Yes’ Camp Was Its Intolerance

The implication is that Ireland had hitherto been a bit of a knuckle-dragger, and it was only through saying Yes to gay marriage that it could propel itself into upright, opposable-thumbs modernity. To be against gay marriage is to linger in the doldrums of half-formed humanity; to favour gay marriage is to be decent, civilised, “evolved”.

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Madeleine L’Engle’s Foundation Awards Grant To LGBT Group At Wheaton College

OneWheaton is committed to affirming LGBT students but is not officially recognized by the prominent evangelical school, which can expel students caught in homosexual behaviors. The group plans to use the money to fund public discussions and forums about LGBT issues and evangelical culture. “We couldn’t be happier to receive this grant from L’Engle’s Crosswicks Foundation,” said Paul Canaday-Elliott, a OneWheaton board member.

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Friendly Fire: When Christian General Prays, All Hell Breaks Loose

Allegedly, Olson violated this AF Instruction by saying, “I’m thankful that I’m a redeemed believer in Christ,” and by stating his belief that God has many times enabled him to accomplish his specific missions and to execute the Air Force mission, despite having never received training for certain tasks and earning poor marks at the Air Force Academy. Olson revealed a copy of his AFA transcript to the audience, calling it “exhibit A” that his success has resulted not from his academic prowess, but from taking opportunities God has put in his path.

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Right-to-Die Act Inspired By Brittany Maynard Passes California Senate

In a series of emotional videos (sponsored by the right-to-die group Compassion & Choices), Maynard told the world she felt forced to leave her California home for Oregon, where physician-assisted dying is legal, because she could no longer live like the person she wanted to be. One of her videos, released after her death, called specifically for people to advocate for right-to-die legislation in every state.

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He Humbled You and Let You Hunger

Let us not think God has lost his “loving feeling” for his bride. He is the Good Shepherd who leads us into green pastures and beside still waters. Yes, he anoints our heads with oil and restores our souls. However, he is also the divine guide who leads us to and through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. But even then, while he allows harm to threaten us for his glory and our good, he prepares a table for us in the presence of his and our enemies. But let us keep our eyes on the prize.

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6 Destructive Trends Happening in Your Church

A theologically lazy and methodologically consumeristic/sensationalistic approach to the sacraments. The rise of the “scoreboard” approach to attendance reporting, some of the extreme examples of spontaneous baptism services, the neglect of the Lord’s Supper or the abuse of it through fancifulness with the elements or lack of clear directives in presenting it—these are all the result of evangelicalism’s theological bankruptcy. We don’t think biblically about these matters, because we’re think- ing largely along the lines of “what works?” and consequently we might make a big splash with our productions but not produce much faith.

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Militias Rout ISIS from Christian Area in Syria

The victories came three months after ISIS swept into the area, taking command of 14 villages and kidnapping several hundred Assyrian Christians who lived there. They went unnoticed as ISIS made gains elsewhere, chiefly in taking Palmyra further south in Syria, and capturing Ramadi in central Iraq.

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When, if ever, should we actively disobey or disarm Police?

In a Police State, when the Police speak (or beat or tackle or shoot), you don’t challenge them. You simply conform to their will and obey. You don’t think for yourself in that moment. You don’t critically evaluate what one person is doing to another when the one doing it is wearing a badge. And […]

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51,000,003 reasons why America owes Nazi Germany an apology.

The typical American guy is a stat hound. In the Internet-fueled era of things like fantasy football and day-trading, we’ve become all about the numbers. We capture, track, and compare everything…well, everything but the things that matter most. (See: Fiat Bread and Football Circuses in Romans 1 America.) We know the passer ratings and touchdown-to-interception […]

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When God Interferes With Our Plans

God’s providence is the single greatest hindrance to the floods of sin that would otherwise gush out of our sinful hearts. If it were not for God’s care and preservation, even we Christians would be far more sinful than we dare imagine. If it were not for God’s gracious interference, our best efforts in holiness would not be enough to keep us from drowning in sin and heaping contempt on the name of Christ. God takes far better care of us than we do of ourselves. For this reason, every Christian owes unending thanks to God for preserving us from what we would otherwise do and who we would otherwise become. This is roughly what John Flavel teaches in chapter 6 of his work The Mystery of Providence. Here are a few of the ways in which God interferes with our desire and attempts to sin against him.

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Going Against God “Just for Fun”

by Marsha West

I wrote this piece a few years ago to bring to light the sad fact that more and more Christians were becoming involved in occult practices. Well, nothing has changed since I wrote this. In fact, Christianity is infected with the deadly occult virus, thanks largely to so-called Christian leaders, to include pastors, elders, and Bible […]

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American Pharoah Chases Down “Eternal Glory”(?)

“American Pharoah won the Belmont to achieve eternal glory as the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978.” That was the caption under the featured pic atop the home page of NBC Sports earlier today, and understandably so. I’m not aiming to go off on some sort of “Jesus-juking” move to seriously impugn the use […]

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How “Judge Not!” Phony Christianity Has Fundamentally Transformed America

When it comes to “fundamentally transforming America” into a living hell of Corporate State power over (happily) ignorant and dependent masses, who needs Barack Obama when you have…biblically illiterate, apathetic and detached “conservative Christians”? Ever notice how “Christians”, including the most supposedly “conservative” in the camp, aren’t really all that into submitting to the clear truths of […]

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Openly gay Willow Creek leader to speak at Matthew Vines’ conference

Kicking off today in Atlanta is the Reformation Project conference designed to train and equip leaders to advocate for homosexual Christians. Among those leading: an openly gay worship leader from Willow Chicago, a satellite campus of the well-known Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., pastored by Bill Hybels. The worship leader, Darren Calhoun, […]

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Are Christians free to love however they please?

by Ryan Martin

What is Christian love like? Where does it come from? Should we desire that our love be utterly spontaneous? Should we seek to love naturally? Is it inauthentic to love in a way other than that which first comes to us? Should our affections be unaffected?

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Chipping Away at Church

The Christian Church in America is under increasing pressure to compromise with and conform to the “values” of this fallen, sinful world. While it is no surprise that the world hates the Christian Church, it is alarming how many who profess to be Christians within the church seem to be active or passive participants in […]

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Men in Crisis – Church & Culture Blog

Some quick questions:

Do you prefer porn to real women?

Would you rather be at the office or at home?

Would you rather watch football than play it?

Would you rather imagine being buff through a character on a game or by actually going to the gym and working out?

Many of you thought: porn, office, watch and game.

And that’s not good.

A new book by psychologist Philip Zimbardo argues that technology, online porn, gaming and sedentary jobs are causing terrible damage to the male psyche.

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Christianity is Not about Feeling Comfortable

by Bill Muehlenberg

How many times have you met professing believers who tell you they are “comfortable” – or “not comfortable” – with something related to scriptural truth or biblical morality? They seem to have decided that truth and error, right and wrong, are to be decided solely on the basis of how they feel – if they are “comfortable” about it or not.

This is what passes for Christianity today in far too much of the West. The Christian life is now all about feelings – about emoting. If something does not pass your emote-o-meter, you reject it. And if it passes, you embrace it. This is the tragedy of contemporary Christianity.

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MAYDAY Video Messages Now Available on YouTube

Each day of MAYDAY! MAYDAY! A Distress Call for Prayer, we shared with you segments of video messages from Anne Graham Lotz and Joel Rosenberg that were given at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in March of this year. We are pleased to announce that the complete video messages are now freely available on YouTube for viewing and sharing. For your convenience, the videos and audios will be available for purchase mid-summer from AnGeL Ministries.

Complete MAYDAY Video Messages

—The AnGeL Ministries Team


Duty, honor, country and gay pride? Pentagon opens “Pride Month”

by Marsha West

Steam is coming out of my ears. For the first time in 20 years the U.S. Army brass says it will not provide an honor guard from nearby Fort Gordon for Abilene Baptist Church’s annual Independence Day celebration because of a 2011 regulation instituted by the Obama Administration. The regulation declares that the Army cannot participate in any […]

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Congress Urged to Pass Law Protecting Religious Schools from Punishment Over Marriage Beliefs

by Marsha West

Christian News Newtork reports:

Administrators from Christian and Catholic schools nationwide have signed on to a letter urging Congress to pass a law that would protect religious schools from punishment over their biblical beliefs on marriage.

Daniel Egeler, the president of the Association of Christian Schools International, Al Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Michael Ferris, the Chancellor of Patrick Henry College and Alan Hodak, the executive director of the Minnesota Association of Christian Schools, were among those who signed the letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“We write to express our deep concern with the potential loss of tax-exempt status for educational institutions should the Supreme Court find constitutional legitimacy for same-sex marriage,” it read.

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How to Attrack Goats to Your Church

by Marsha West

Amy Spreeman, co-host of Stand Up For The Truth, reports on Preston Trails Community Church in Frisco, Texas that recently won a design award for its building and its brand: Making goats feel accepted. She writes:

Is church about saints (those who are saved), or sinners goats? Look, we’re all sinners; we need to use our words correctly. Those who have repented and put their trust in Christ alone for their salvation are saints. Another great word we can use here is sheep. The opposite term in the Bible is goats. The real question is, what – and Whom- is church about, and whom is it for?

Let’s not “kid” ourselves; it’s not for goats. It’s for former goats. The Bible teaches us that church is the gathering of those who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit:

…to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. – Ephesians 4:12-16

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The Cult of Celebrity Leadership

Is our culture the victim of pastor superstar worship? Are leadership conferences spoon-feeding the sheep high-ticket idolatry? Buckle up, today’s show is taking on celebrity pastordom. Stand Up For The Truth is a radio and online ministry that covers news of the day, trends in the church and theological issues that Christians deal with and […]

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Which Way, Evangelicals? There is Nowhere to Hide

by Marsha West

Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, addresses the same-sex “marriage” debate and comes out swinging: This is a moment of decision, and every evangelical believer, congregation, denomination, and institution will have to answer. There will be no place to hide. Dr. Mohler’s column is a must read for all Christians. The very first […]

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The Next Time Your Emotions Take You Hostage, Try This

by Bethany Baird | 6/10/15

The past couple of weeks, my life has been busy, busy, busy. My days have been filled with long hours of manuscript revisions, traveling, speaking, working in my dad’s office, visiting with relatives, and so much more.

During all of this busyness, I’ve also been facing an emotionally confusing issue in a certain area of my life. Due to the combination of tiredness and busyness, I’ve been struggling to keep my thoughts and emotions under control.

I don’t have to be a “victim” to my thoughts and emotions.
Typically, I can focus my mind on Scripture (or prayer) and my thoughts and emotions get in check pretty quickly. Not this time though. For some reason, I’ve been in need of extra work to get a reign on my crazy thoughts.

I’m not the only girl who struggles with this, right?

Despite how weak or strong I’m currently feeling, I know that Bible commands me not to worry but to give thanks in all circumstances.

Philippians 4:6 says it this way, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Knowing the truth of that verse and actually applying it and putting it into action has been difficult recently. Do you ever go through seasons of struggle like this?

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Saddleback Church raising $71 million for its largest expansion yet

by Marsha West

Pastor Rick Warren is asking people to donate their hard earned money to open 10 more Saddleback campuses in Southern California. Even teens are getting into the act as you will see in Orange County Register’s piece. They’re called PEACE centers and they’ll provide assistance locally with food, medical help and counseling, Helping people is what churches do, […]

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The Daily Discovery (June 11, 2015)

Responding To Five Arguments About Arsenokoites… – “When it comes to rebuttal against all the various attacks against the Biblical teaching on issues related to gender, sexual morality and marriage, there is no shortage of Christian responses.  Folks like Drs. Robert Gagnon, Michael Brown, James White, Albert Mohler, etc. have provided the Christians with no shortage of scholarly and popular level apologetic work against the onslaught that is coming against the Bible from the “Christian” QUILTBAG mafia.”

Gay activist Matthew Vines quietly holds private meetings with Christian leaders – “In reading the New York Times piece, we see some interesting strategies from Vines. First, his meetings with Christian leaders are almost always private, one-on-one affairs. He has talked with small groups of pastors in Phoenix and Nashville and shared his story over coffee or lunch in places like Atlanta; Chicago; Orlando, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; and Greenville, S.C. If he can soften hearts and hard soil with his earnestness, his niceness, and his ability to make worldly reason sound so right, then he has gained a foothold.”

I Sexually Identify As An A-10 Thunderbolt – “I have finally found the strength to admit it.  I was 12 years old when I realized that I’m not really a man at heart, but rather a 19 foot, 10.5 inch long gatling gun strapped onto a 24,959 pound airframe.  All my life has been a lie but I’m setting that right today. I was designed to kill Soviet tanks. From now on, call me “Warthog.” That’s my real name.

Flaunting Good Works – “When attempting to rouse the apathetic from their inaction and slumber, the vital Christian can find himself or herself in a bit of a quandary – how to set an example of true Christianity and love of God and neighbor in a culture that murders its children while simultaneously not flaunting one’s good works, tooting one’s own horn, calling attention to oneself in a sinful, prideful way?”

#IAmJoshDuggar – “I’ve been looking for an opportunity to get back to the blog and get back into regular posting. We’ve been working behind the scene here at Pillar of Truth to try to get things in order so that we can do what we’d like to do well into the future. So, I took a break and concentrated on other things. I thought I’d come back with a Pillar of Links kind of post that would allow me to catch up. But when the news dropped last week about Joshua Duggar, I knew I needed to get back to the blog and say something that simply needs to be said.”


SERMON:

John MacArthur – Paul’s Transformation [Part 1]


VIDEOS:

How to judge in the Bible

Explain the Book of Acts: God Came!


“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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The Heart of Spiritual Disciplines

Many of us struggle to read our Bibles and pray on a daily basis. Therefore, when we do, we rarely question our motivation. It’s easy to assume that Bible reading and prayer are magic bullets — if we read and pray, we will grow.


The Biggest Heresy of All Time (Are You Guilty of It?)

I’ve been called a heretic before. I imagine that most people who teach or write about Scripture and theology have been condemned as a heretic at least once or twice.


Ten Lies of the Devil The World Believes About Bruce Jenner

The devil is resourceful and hard working. There is no temptation he will not use, no stratagem too tiny to try us with. He does, however, have a few areas he specializes in. He is called Satan because he is an expert at making accusations. He delights to accuse us when we are innocent, and when we are guilty. He is also a murderer and has been from the beginning. Those who hate Him, we are told, love death (Proverbs 8:36). He is also not just a liar, but the father of lies (John 8:44). When we hear a lie we ought to smell sulfur. Every lie has his hoof prints on it. Of late the broader culture has been rather frantic in telling and believing lies with respect to Bruce Jenner, and we Christians too often face the temptation to believe them. Here are ten we must never give in to.


The Mystery of Election

What did it mean for God to “love” Jacob and “hate” Esau, even before they were born? How can God elect some and still be good?


God Is Moving in China

Yesterday I told you about the growth of Christianity in the Muslim world. Today on BreakPoint: What God is doing in China.
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15 Ways to Improve Your Preaching or Teaching

By Chuck Lawless

I’m a professor who doesn’t like course evaluations and a preacher who doesn’t enjoy sermon critiques. So, I’m leery of telling others how to improve their preaching or teaching. Nevertheless, here are 15 ways (some that are perhaps surprising) to improve your communicating the gospel:

  1. Assume you need to improve. If you genuinely believe you have no room for improvement, ask others until you find someone who’s honest enough to help you (in fact, that person might tell you that you sometimes come across as arrogant).
  2. Consider the last time you intentionally improved your approach. If your last intentional improvement occurred years ago, or if you can’t remember when it was, you may have become stagnant as a communicator.
  3. Read the Bible and pray every day. This suggestion is basic, but it matters. Preachers and teachers who read the Scriptures only to prepare a lesson have reduced the Bible to a textbook for others. Those who communicate without praying regularly are operating in their own power.
  4. Forsake sin in your life. Again, it’s foundational yet imperative. Sin drains our passion for God and robs us of our power for communicating the gospel. Open the Scriptures with a clean heart, though, and it’s pure joy.
  5. Spend more time with your congregation. Your job is to teach the Word, but it’s more than that: it’s to teach people the Word. In fact, it’s a particular people: your class or your congregation. Know them so well that you can help them apply the Word to their lives.
  6. Enlist a prayer team. Don’t assume others are praying regularly for you as you preach or teach. Enlist prayer warriors who will intercede specifically for your holiness, your preparation, and your teaching. Know you will be proclaiming the Word under the power of God.
  7. Study preaching and teaching. Search for online preaching or teaching classes (e.g., my president at Southeastern Seminary, Danny Akin, offers a free course on “Interpreting and Teaching the Bible: http://goo.gl/4M6rtv). Read books about preaching and teaching (e.g., http://goo.gl/s4KAGH). Even veteran preachers and teachers can usually learn from reviewing these materials.
  8. Listen to other preachers. If you think you preach or teach too long, listen to someone who is more concise. Learn the value of stories and illustrations by considering what you remember from a sermon. Take note of good introductions and conclusions. Absorb from others without trying to become somebody else.
  9. Invite others to help you prepare. Enlist others to walk with you as you put together your sermon or lesson. Invite them to critique your exegesis and your proposed outline. Preach the sermon to them first. If time won’t allow you to take this approach each week, try it at least once a month.
  10. Simply and clearly answer the “what,” “so what,” and “now what” questions. What does the biblical text say? Why does that truth matter? As a listener, what am I to do with this teaching? If you as the preacher or teacher can’t answer these questions, neither will your hearers.
  11. Practice. Read your manuscript or outline again and again. Teach it in your head – or to the wall . . . or your infant . . . or your dog . . . or to the air – multiple times. Know the material so well that you can connect easily with your audience when teaching it.
  12. Do immediate reflection. As soon as possible after teaching or preaching, jot down some notes. What worked well? What needs to be changed? Make notes while your teaching is hot in your mind.
  13. Listen to and watch your own sermons or lessons. For the sake of communicating the gospel better, become the audience for your own teaching or preaching. And, if you discover no room for improvement, go back to suggestion #1 above and invite others to listen to your message with you.
  14. Invite unchurched folks to listen to your sermons or lessons. Ask an unchurched friend or unbeliever to critique your teaching. Find out if he or she understands your points. Determine how often you use Christian jargon. See if your friend sees your teaching as applicable. Give it a try – your friend might even turn to Jesus!
  15. Take care of yourself physically. Eat properly. Sleep well. Take your days off. Go on your vacation. An exhausted, out of shape preacher or teacher is not a good witness for the transforming power of the gospel.

What other suggestions would you make?


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

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Blogs

Staring at Dementia, Fighting for Joy – The Gospel Coalition

McKinney and Me | Desiring God
Jasmine Holmes, daughter of Voddie Baucham, reflects on the most famous pool party in the world.

An open letter to worship leaders | Reformation21 Blog

Loving People Through the Healing Power of Touch | The Gospel Coalition
I enjoy these little vignettes on how Christians are serving God in various vocations. I just wish they weren’t quite so brief.

When Marriage Is Miles Away: On Long-Distance Dating | Desiring God
Hopefully a young couple I know might read this.

Culture

Which Way, Evangelicals? There is Nowhere to Hide – AlbertMohler.com
Al Mohler reflects on Tony Campolo’s capitulation. And here’s an Orthodox priest with his perspective on this issue.

Court Upholds Texas Limits on Abortions | NYTimes.com
Some good news to keep you afloat.

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Sin Unto Death

Q&A-chalkboard

Q.  What is the “sin unto death” in 1 John 5:16?  I have been told it refers to believers who cross the line and God takes them home.

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Christ Followers

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Q.  Our church recently hired a new lead pastor who has truly reinvigorated our congregation. Attendance is up and there is an energy present which has been lacking for many years.  My question is this; I have never heard him use the term “Christians” or “believers”.  He instead uses the term “Christ followers” to describe the body.  For some reason this is very unsettling to my spirit.  To me there is a big difference between a follower and a believer.  Am I being unfair, or is there a difference?  Paul said plainly in Acts, “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved”.  Thank you for your help with this.

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The Bilderberg Group

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Q.  What do you think about the Bilderberg Group that is rearing its head recently?  Do you see it tied into any prophecy or last days?

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Why Should I Care?

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A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

“Can you explain what pre-tribulation, pre-millennial, OSAS, and literal reading is and why I should care? I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God – He is my Lord and Savior – the only way to salvation (John 14:6).”

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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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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.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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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Christian Duty

The Reformed Reader

The Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms “Duty” is a word that has been used throughout history in the positive sense of the term.  From soldiers to civil servants to police officers to doctors to common laborers, many people have done their tasks because they believed it was their duty to do so.  This sense of duty is usually a good thing.

It is also good and proper for Christians to talk about duty.  Even though I haven’t come across this term in many recent Christian books, “duty” is a word Christians can and should use.  “Duty” is a word used in the best sense of the term by many Christians in the past.

For one example, John Owen wrote a book called “The Grace and Duty of Being Spiritually Minded” (it’s found in volume 7 of his Works).  In this book, he (obviously!) talks a lot about Christian duty.

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JAS: How Sexual Liberty Threatens Your Religious Liberty

“A time is coming when the government
will demand that churches accept
and promote an understanding of sexuality
and gender that directly opposes God’s Word.”

DR. JIM GARLOW
Lead Pastor, Skyline Church, La Mesa, CA

Is your church or Christian ministry protected against potential legal intrusions? How can you be prepared for those who may choose to take legal action against your church or ministry?

It is hard to believe that our highest court is actually debating whether to make law something that the Christian church and other major religions have historically considered to be a sin. If same-sex marriage is passed, it will inflict devastating repercussions on our country.

For example, if a Sunday school teacher or the pastor of your church teaches on the biblical concept of marriage and the family, your church may lose its tax exemption. Radio and TV stations that hold to traditional marriage could lose their license to broadcast. Christian schools could lose their accreditation. Further, all public schools, starting at the first grade level, could be teaching your child or grandchild about same-sex relationships.

At our website we have posted a link from the Alliance Defending Freedom organization entitled How to Protect Your Ministry, Your Christian School, Your Nonprofit Ministry. I would strongly advise you to have your pastor and church leaders read this and make any needed adjustments to your bylaws and doctrinal statement. It may help protect you in court in the future.

Please read and download the information on our site and share it with your pastor, church leaders, family and friends! Share on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and let’s all join in praying for our country and our churches!

In His service,

Dr. John Ankerberg

John 3:16

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

16 οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον, ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλʼ ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον. (John 3:16 NA28)

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that everyone believing in Him should not perish but have life eternal. (John 3:16 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

The first verse I memorized in Sunday School as a child was John 3:16 from the King James Bible. This must have been sometime around 1956-1957 since I did not learn to read until the 1st grade. My mother even had a plaque made with that verse on it and put it on the wall over my bed. I still have the little white New Testament I got for memorizing the most verses in my class that year. So what? When I look back on…

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A little interaction with Tony Campolo’s recent statement…

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely...

Minutes after it hit the internet, a friend sent me this link.  Sadly, it seems that the pressure of the QUILTBAG assault on society has cracked the moral resistance of another evangelical leader: Tony Campolo.  I’ll admit something though.  When I found out about Campolo, I was surprised.  I wasn’t surprised because he, like a rapidly growing number of professing evangelicals, had buckled on the issue of Christians and homosexuality.  Instead, I was surprised because I thought he already had.

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I guess I was confused.  I was partly confused due to various previous news about Campolo, like when his son decided that he was an atheist (technically he became an agnostic…as if God respects our rhetorical distinctions).  During that event,Tony Campolo expressed his lack of concern for his son’s eternal destiny since “the God I believe in doesn’t send people to hell for eternity for having the wrong theology.” …

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