Daily Archives: June 14, 2015

June 13-14, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend News/Commentary Collection

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Top News – 6/14/2015

Israeli leader criticizes upcoming UN report on Gaza war
JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday criticized an upcoming United Nations report into last year’s war in the Gaza Strip, calling it a waste of time.

Congressmen call on Obama to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital after US court ruling
US President Barack Obama must use his executive power to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, pro-Israel Congressmen said after last week’s US Supreme Court decision to strike down as constitutional a congressional law allowing “Israel” to be written as the birthplace on passports of Jerusalem-born Americans. The Supreme Court…saying that the law encroached on the president’s policy to set foreign policy.

Breaking: ISIS Tweets Pam Geller’s Home Address – Tells Supporters to “Go Forth” and Kill Her
Conservative activist and blogger Pamela Geller organized the Draw Mohammad cartoon contest in May. Two jihadists were killed outside the event after trying to storm the contest. Now ISIS wants Pamela Geller dead. Today they tweeted out her home address in New York.

Putin, Erdogan meet, discuss gas pipeline
The presidents of Russia and Turkey have met and discussed a proposal for a pipeline that would carry natural gas from Russia to Turkey. Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan met on Saturday in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, on the sidelines of the European games, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies.

NY rural residents on edge as search for 2 killers continues
Residents in rural New York, unaccustomed to locking their doors, day or night, were on edge Saturday as the massive manhunt for two killers stretched over an eighth day and the two men remained undetected after cutting themselves out of a maximum-security prison with power tools.

Syrian Kurds nearing IS border stronghold, thousands flee
Hundreds of Syrian refugees poured into a Turkish-Syrian border crossing Saturday, fleeing intense fighting as Syrian Kurds closed in on an Islamic State-held town — the only passageway linking Turkey with the extremist group’s stronghold of Raqqa.

Pakistan says 2,763 terrorists killed in a year
Pakistan’s military said on Saturday it had killed more than 2,700 militants since the launch of a major offensive near the Afghan border a year ago, with the latest air strikes leaving 20 dead.

Hurricane Carlos, off Acapulco, headed for landfall
Mexican authorities issued a warning Saturday for Hurricane Carlos, moving slowly off Acapulco, which is expected to hit the country’s southwestern coast by late Monday. Winds, now clocked at a sustained 85 miles per hour with some gusts even higher, are expected to strengthen over the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.

Taliban claims attack that killed at least 17 Afghan police officers
An overnight attack on a checkpoint in southern Afghanistan killed at least 17 members of the national police, officials said Saturday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which began late Friday in Helmand province’s Musa Qala district, long a stronghold of the insurgents.

Academic group votes to censure University of Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A leading academic group voted Saturday to censure the University of Illinois’ flagship campus over its decision not to hire a professor following his anti-Israel Twitter messages, a vote the university’s chancellor said will have repercussions and is being taken seriously.


Top Headlines – 6/14/2015

Michael Oren: US altered 40-year policy on ’67 lines without consulting Israel

Netanyahu on receipt of Gaza war report: Israel will fight anti-Israel lies

Netanyahu: UN report on Gaza war a waste of time

More Iron Dome batteries deployed in light of renewed rocket fire

IDF vehicles overturns, killing Palestinian rioter in West Bank

Spanish city councilman applauds burning of Jews

Nazi-themed routine by girls dance team in Mexico draws fire

Orange CEO says his company plans to invest more in Israel

Rouhani: Iran won’t allow nuclear inspections to jeopardize state secrets

Rouhani pledges to reach a good nuclear deal for Iranians

Iran’s Rouhani says extension of nuclear talks possible

Analysis: Iran’s war on Christians casts doubt on nuclear agreement

Spying fears prompt smartphone ban for Iran officials

Judicial sources: Egyptian court jails 23 men over killing of Shi’ite Muslims

Suicide bomber kills 3 in Libya’s Derna

Rival Libya militants fight ISIS amid suicide bombings

ISIS Is Winning the Social Media War, U.S. Concludes

Quadruple car bomb kills 11 in Iraq

Israel said to urge US to increase aid to Syrian Druze

Israeli Druse leader calls for action to prevent ‘Druse Holocaust’ in Syria

Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group promises justice after shooting of Druse

Syrian Kurds nearing ISIS border stronghold, thousands flee

Bang and bling for Kurdish pop diva’s anti-IS anthem

Christian Monks, Students Refuse to Flee 4th-Century Monastery Near ISIS-Controlled Mosul; ‘God Protects Us’

UN Syria envoy to visit Damascus, warn on barrel bombs

Residents: Houthi forces in Yemen seize provincial capital near Saudi border

Obama transfers six more Gitmo detainees, including alleged bin Laden bodyguards

Bomb kills Afghan official; air strike hits Taliban “shadow governor”

Taliban claims attack that killed at least 17 Afghan police officers

Pak. says 2,763 terrorists killed in a year

Another “Draw Muhammad” Contest Is Coming Down The Pike

New deaths and diplomatic warfare rattle Ukraine truce

Report: Pentagon poised to store heavy weapons in Baltic and E. Europe

Russian military aircraft buzzes NATO warships in Baltic

Report: Britain pulls out spies as Russia, China crack Snowden files

Suspect in brazen attack on Dallas police building killed

CNN Anchor Refers to Dallas Gunman’s Actions as ‘Courageous and Brave’

Trade loss an ominous sign for Obama in month of challenges

Global markets brace for exit from zero interest rates and QE policy

Endgame looms for Greek crisis as both sides take debt negotiations to the brink

Putin, Erdogan meet, discuss gas pipeline

Oil spill of 500 meters in circumference spotted off Egypt’s Red Sea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Molibagu, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern East Pacific Rise

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kirakira, Solomon Islands

Swarm of earthquakes rattles rural Alabama; reason unclear

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano unleashes new powerful burst

Hurricane Carlos, off Acapulco, headed for landfall

Five die, others missing in floods in Tbilisi, Georgia

Many farmers, ranchers face ‘total loss’ from flooding in Louisiana

California drought grips tourist magnet Yosemite

Rich Californians: You’ll have to pry the hoses from our cold, dead hands

Vatican Speaker on Climate Thinks There are 6 Billion Too Many of Us

Pope Francis to Explore Climate’s Effect on World’s Poor

Sen. James Inhofe to Pope Francis: Stay out of climate change discussion

Sierra Leone faces Ebola anew

Florida warns beachgoers of flesh-eating bacteria

South Korea reports seven new cases of MERS, brings total to 145

Deadly MERS outbreak has not spread outside South Korea hospitals, WHO says

Tennessee citizens and officials are awaiting Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage

Central Ohio courts prepared if gay couples get OK to marry

D.C. pride parade celebrates LGBT progress as court decision looms

Thousands converge on Indianapolis for annual LGBT parade


Top News – 6/13/2015

Alabama residents and geologists perplexed by spate of earthquakes
More than a dozen weak earthquakes have followed in the seven months since in west Alabama’s rural Greene County, and geologists are trying to figure out what is causing the seismic swarm in an area of the south more prone to tornadoes than earthquakes. “It is interesting that recently there has been more activity there than in the last four decades,” said Sandy Ebersole, an earthquake expert with the Geological Survey of Alabama.

Vatican Speaker on Climate Thinks There are 6 Billion Too Many of Us
One of the speakers slated for the Vatican rollout of the long-awaited Papal document on climate change once said the earth is overpopulated by at least 6 billion people.

Senator warns of another attempt to pass Obamatrade
House Democrats led the charge Friday to kill a bill that has stalled President Obama’s trade agenda, but a leading Republican opponent in the Senate warns congressional leaders are preparing next week “to force through new executive powers for President Obama.”

Biden, Hagel obsessed with creating ‘new world order’
Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have been in the news in recent days for envisioning the creation of a “new world order.”

California moves to restrict water pumping by pre-1914 rights holders
For the first time in nearly 40 years, state regulators are telling more than 100 growers and irrigation districts with some of the oldest water rights in California that they have to stop drawing supplies from drought-starved rivers and streams in the Central Valley. The curtailment order, issued Friday by the State Water Resources Control Board, has been expected for weeks.

Secret CIA effort in Syria faces large funding cut
Key lawmakers have moved to slash funding of a secret CIA operation to train and arm rebels in Syria, a move that…reflects rising skepticism…of the agency program and the Obama administration’s strategy in the Middle East. The House Intelligence Committee recently voted unanimously to cut as much as 20 percent of the classified funds…

Gas and food surge sends May prices on a tear
U.S. producer prices in May recorded their biggest increase in more than 2-1/2 years as the cost of gasoline and food rose, suggesting that an oil-driven downward drift in prices was nearing an end. The Labor Department said on Friday its producer price index for final demand increased 0.5 percent last month, the largest gain since September 2012. That followed a 0.4 percent decline in April.

Egypt opens Rafah crossing into Gaza in sign of easing tensions
Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Saturday to allow Palestinians to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip for the first time in three months, in a possible sign of easing tension between Cairo and Gaza’s dominant Islamist Hamas movement. Gaza…is under blockade by neighboring Israel and Egypt has kept its Rafah crossing largely shut since Cairo’s Islamist president was toppled by the army in 2013.

Diplomatic Sources: Iranian Nuclear Talks Showing Little Progress
Diplomatic sources close to the Iranian nuclear negotiations say progress has slowed considerably just weeks before a deadline on a historic agreement between Iran and six world powers. The sources told Russian news agencies the slowdown is worrying because the final stage of negotiations is approaching with the June 30 deadline.

Pakistan is cracking down on international aid organizations
Pakistan’s expulsion of Save the Children is the latest turn in what has been a months-long crackdown on international aid organizations operating there, with some suspending operations in the face of Pakistani government refusal to renew their official permits.

Billionaire Bunkers: Exclusive Look Inside the World’s Largest Planned Doomsday Escape
For the very first time, a modern day Noah’s Ark has opened its doors for an exclusive inside look offering up plans for the ultimate Billionaire bunker and doomsday escape.

North Korea accuses U.S. of targeting it with anthrax
North Korea accused the United States of targeting it with anthrax and asked the United Nations Security Council to investigate Washington’s “biological warfare schemes” after a live anthrax sample was sent to a U.S. base in South Korea.

European stocks drop on Greek default fears
Europe’s main stock markets sank on Friday as eurozone officials reportedly discussed a “worst case” scenario of a Greek default, the day after key creditor IMF said they were far off reaching a deal.

Russia says ‘very worrying’ slowdown in Iran nuclear talks
Russia’s negotiator said Friday there has been a “very worrying” slowdown in progress in nuclear talks between Iran and six major powers ahead of a June 30 deadline to finalise a historic accord.

Iconic gunmaker Colt is on the brink of bankruptcy
The company, that has been making guns for 160 years, has been struggling financially and missed a $10.9 million interest payment on its debt in mid-May. Colt admitted, in a regulatory filing, that its failure to make that interest payment raises “substantial doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.” Colt also said it “may seek relief under the bankruptcy code.”


Top Headlines – 6/13/2015

‘US-Israel ties are so bad, it’s no wonder they don’t listen to us on Iran’

State Department says Iran nuclear talks can be concluded by June 30

Moscow says Iran talks ‘virtually stalled,’ Washington declines to confirm

Iran says concerned over cyber-security of nuclear talks

Iran asks Austria to secure nuclear talks against spying

Israel boycotters in Ireland filmed agreeing to do business with human rights violators Sudan, North Korea and Iran

US trade bills seek to halt boycotts of Israel

Chief rabbi urges UN chief to fight anti-Israel boycotts

Two States One Homeland initiative launched despite threats

Western ex-generals, diplomats absolve Israel of Gaza war crimes

Israel’s Security and Defense: Explaining the unexplainable

Egypt opens Rafah crossing into Gaza in sign of easing tensions

Fearing war crimes arrest, Egypt’s Sisi cancels trip to African summit

Egypt’s New Suez Canal will open on August 6

Sources: ISIS terrorists using chaotic Libya as new ‘route to the West’

Nine killed in clashes between Islamic State and other militants in eastern Libya

‘Israel conspired in massacre of Syrian Druse,’ Lebanese officials say

Jihadist attack on Syria’s Druze population could spur Israel to act

Iran brings home body of top general killed in Syria

Covert CIA Mission to Arm Syrian Rebels Goes Awry

ISIS Is Winning the Social Media War, U.S. Concludes

Secret CIA effort in Syria faces large funding cut

Biden meets with Iraq’s speaker, adds $9 mln in aid for Iraq

American Christian Man Killed by ISIS in Syria Fighting With Kurds ‘Smiled’ at Muslims Hostile to His Faith in Jesus, Says Pastor

Boston imam denies radicalizing faithful, despite video of fiery sermons

Erdogan loses his chance to become Turkey’s Vladimir Putin

Iran Backs Taliban With Cash and Arms

6 Gitmo detainees sent to Oman signaling restart in transfers

Taliban Overrun Police Base in Southern Afghanistan

Pakistan is cracking down on international aid organizations

North Korea accuses U.S. of targeting it with anthrax

Report: Six Ukrainian servicemen killed, 14 wounded in past 24 hours

Ukraine conflict could spark ‘all-out war’

British lawmakers back EU referendum plans

UK school bans Muslim children fasting for Ramadan

‘Bosnian fans stepped on Israeli flag, hurled anti-Jewish chants’

Hungarian ex-mayor fired over anti-Semitic tirade

Anti-Semitic incidents reach all-time high in Canada

ADL Concerned Over Spike in Antisemitic Crimes in New York

Jewish Democrats demand apology after GOP Rep. invokes Holocaust on House floor

House Democrats rebuff Obama on trade, delivering major defeat

White House spins trade defeat as ‘good sign’

Business Leaders React With Dismay to Defeat of Trade Bill

Gas, food push prices to near 3 year peak

Wall Street falls as Greece crisis unresolved; energy shares dip

European stocks drop on Greek default fears

EU Prepares for Worst as Greece Drives Finances to Brink

ECB wants Greece to remain in euro: bank’s chief economist

Bond selloff a wild card that could delay Fed rate hike

Billionaire Bunkers: Exclusive Look Inside the World’s Largest Planned Doomsday Escape

Chinese hack of federal personnel files included security-clearance database

Officials: Second hack exposed military and intel data

Space ‘Buoy’ May Help Protect Power Grid From Sun’s Fury

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Wewak, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Bamboo Flat, India

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ranau, Malaysia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits South of the Fiji Islands

Quake-hit Nepal wants experts to assess Everest safety

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Asama volcano (Japan): alert level raised

Strengthening Tropical Storm Carlos to Impact Mexico This Weekend

Tropical System May Brew in Gulf of Mexico Early This Week

Japan orders 5,000 to evacuate after heavy rain

Daily Downpours to Aggravate Flooding in Texas, Louisiana

Drought emergency declared for more than half of Oregon counties

California moves to restrict water pumping by pre-1914 rights holders

California nudist camp stealing to keep parched resort open

Researchers work to minimize drought impact on food crops

Feds say Southwest, Northwest could see major wildfires

FLASHBACK: ABC’s ’08 Prediction: NYC Under Water from Climate Change By June 2015

Pope Francis’ climate encyclical could have ‘mayor impact’, says UN

Video of Santa Ana Police Pot-Shop Raid Shows Officers Eating ‘Edibles,’ Attorney Says

S. Korea, WHO experts downplay pandemic potential of MERS

Boob tubes: Breast grown in lab will test cancer treatments

Israel’s Likud ministers face backlash for taking part in Gay Pride Parade

The Child Preachers of Brazil

Four killed in car explosion in Sweden

Several gunmen attack police headquarters in Dallas

Dallas Standoff: Explosives Found After Police HQ Shootout

1 dead in shooting at popular Iowa mall, suspect in custody

Vatican Speaker on Climate Thinks There are 6 Billion Too Many of Us


The TPP what you’re not being told


Obama (and GOP congressional leadership) -backed trade bill fails in the House

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It’s not over (the House could move to reconsider the bill on Tuesday) but this was a real win and it happened largely because of a bizarre libertarian/conservative/liberal coalition we (and others) had identified which as emerging a couple of weeks ago around the TPP.

Though this vote is only on a piece of the Trans-Pacific trade pact, basically a bone thrown to liberals which allocated money for the retraining of displaced workers, it is an important vote because it means that fast track authority will almost certainly not be granted by Congress. If Dems aren’t going to vote for fast track authority with such money for training, they are very very unlikely to vote for fast track authority without such funds.

And if there is no fast-track authority given, it is unlikely that after debate and amendments the TPP will make it through Congress.

A strange moment in American politics.

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Is America on a Perilous Shemitah Course?

Is this anything we should pay attention to?

Supreme Court’s ‘Jerusalem’ decision the latest affront

With the climax of the Shemitah year now just three months away on Sept. 13, America continues to saunter down the path of defiance to the will of God, say Christian leaders, inviting judgment on the land.

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Forget Jade Helm: Obama quietly implementing OUTRAGEOUS rule against gun owners – Alan West

The result is that the Obama administration is going to assault the First Amendment in order to undermine the Second. Once again the bureaucratic regulatory state has reared its ugly head, developed a rule and posted it to the Federal Registry without the consent and knowledge of the American people, nor their Representatives. This is yet another means by which the Obama administration — aka, the liberal progressive left, is seeking to infringe upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

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The Islamic State’s suspected inroads into America

Posted: 14 Jun 2015 09:04 AM PDT

U.S. authorities have charged more than three dozen men and women around the country with alleged Islamic State activities. Men outnumber women in those cases by nearly 5 to 1.

The average age of the individuals — some have been charged, others have been convicted — is 26. One is a minor. The FBI says that, in a handful of cases, it has disrupted plots targeting U.S. military or law enforcement personnel. FULL REPORT

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Former Christianity Today Editor Praises Tony Campolo’s Call for ‘Full Acceptance’ of Homosexuals

Posted: 14 Jun 2015 07:33 AM PDT

A former editor of a prominent Christian publication is praising Tony Campolo after he announced this week that he has decided to endorse and speak out for the inclusion of open homosexuals in the Body of Christ—a move that is generating concern among Christians nationwide. “God bless Tony Campolo,” wrote retired Christianity Today editor David Neff on Facebook this week. “He is acting in good faith and is, I think, on the right track.” 

As previously reported, Campolo, who serves as one of the leaders at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia—a part of the National Baptist Convention USA and American Baptist Churches USA—made the announcement on Monday. “It has taken countless hours of prayer, study, conversation and emotional turmoil to bring me to the place where I am finally ready to call for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church,” he wrote in a statement posted to his website. FULL REPORT

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ACLU Seeks to Force Christian Adoption Agencies to Place Children with HomosexualsPosted: 14 Jun 2015 07:28 AM PDT

After the governor of Michigan signed a bill into law this week allowing private adoption agencies to decline certain adoptions on religious grounds, the ACLU has vowed to file suit to force agencies to place children with homosexuals. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed HB 4188, HB 4189, and HB 4190 on Thursday, bills that reportedly codify existing state law allowing private adoption agencies with state contracts to decline certain prospects due to their sincerely-held religious beliefs. However, those that decline must provide referrals to other agencies that may provide assistance.

The bills had passed both the House and Senate on Wednesday, and moved to Snyder’s desk for signing. In addition to protecting the consciences of faith-based adoption agencies, the bills prohibit the government from punishing or taking any “adverse action” against the agencies for acting in accordance with their convictions. The legislation does not mention homosexuals nor any specific class, people group, or other parameter. FULL REPORT

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Disney ‘Blacklists’ former workers after forcing them to train their foreign replacements

Posted: 14 Jun 2015 07:16 AM PDT

It’s becoming more obvious than ever before that corporations are the ones writing the laws and pulling the strings of elected officials. The average American has grown apathetic toward the government because they feel they no longer have a voice. The Americans’ voices are drowned out by the will of corporations and their oligarchy type of rule. Another glaring example of this rule by a dominant few can be found in the federal government’s H-1B skilled guest worker visa program. In this program, the government is essentially being used as a vehicle to favor cheap foreign workers over American workers.

On the surface, the H-1B visa program looks like a compassionate way to give foreign workers opportunities in America and create competition in information and technology career fields. However, at the end of the day, corporations like Disney are using the program to push skilled and experienced American workers out the door so they can bring in cheaper labor. There’s no competition — just coercion. Loyal American workers are being told to train their foreign replacements or lose their severance pay. There’s no compassion, either. After training their foreign replacements, American workers are let go and even put on “black lists.” FULL REPORT

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Drought-stricken California – Thieves hijack water tanks, siphon private wells, illegally tap industrial pipelinesPosted: 14 Jun 2015 07:03 AM PDT

Special law enforcement task forces, believe it or not, are reportedly being deployed throughout California to deal with a new crime wave blossoming in what 10 years ago would have been a rather unlikely economic sector: water. The water wars have apparently already begun, as police battle a growing “gray market” for stolen water, with thieves now hijacking water tanks, siphoning private wells and even digging under city streets to illegally tap into industrial water pipelines, according to reports. Persistent drought conditions followed by one of the worst rainy seasons on record is elevating the value of water resources in the Golden State to that of, well, gold. And a decree by California Governor Jerry Brown for businesses and residents to cut water usage by 25% is only further driving this water rush.

“The drought is driving the price of water up and you’re starting to see people who are desperate for it willing to get it any way they can,” stated John Coleman, a board member at the East Bay Municipal Utility District, to The Daily Beast. A tanker truck containing 500 gallons of water was recently stolen from a median where it was idling in Oakland, which is located in Coleman’s jurisdiction. The thief has yet to be identified. FULL REPORT

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Strange Objects Spotted Over Loch NessPosted: 14 Jun 2015 06:55 AM PDT

Forget the fabled Loch Ness Monster. Now we’ve got something else just as strange at Scotland’s famous lake where, according to legend, a prehistoric beast makes its home. Move over, Nessie, UFOs seem to take a liking to your backyard. A tourist unexpectedly photographed what looks like a pair of disc-shaped objects flying above the water of the 22-mile-long freshwater lake. Back on April 29, Alan Betts was vacationing in the Scottish Highlands with his wife, Anna, and her parents.

They were at a holiday cottage near Urquhart Castle — a longtime monster hunting location. In fact, you can spend your day in front of a computer screen, from anywhere in the world, looking for Nessie via a live Loch Ness web cam. But on this day in April, it wasn’t Nessie that had its picture taken — it was something else. “Alan is quite skeptical about paranormal things in general. I am not,” Anna Betts told The Huffington Post in an email from the UK. “I believe in what human beings sometimes can’t see or explain. I am quite a spiritual person overall. However, I have been quite skeptical about UFOs in particular — up until now. FULL REPORT

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Thousands of dead fish found on a beach in France

Posted: 13 Jun 2015 02:04 PM PDT

About 10 000 dead fish were found last Friday stranded on a beach in the natural reserve of Moëze-Oléron in St. Froult. For now, the reasons for this mysterious massacre remains unknown.  Nature reserve managers had never seen it. It is they who discovered Friday, thousands of dead fish, and even today they are struggling to estimate the extent of the carnage: 10,000 certainly more fish, all washed up on the beach.

“The beach where they are stranded is nearly 5 kilometers long and there was a dead fish every ten meters in places but it was 20 or 30 fish were found every ten meters,” explains Pierre Rousseau, Babysitting technician wetland nature reserve Moëze-Oléron. FULL REPORT

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USA Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in East EuropePosted: 13 Jun 2015 01:45 PM PDT

In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, American and allied officials say. The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has stationed heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member nations in Eastern Europe that had once been part of the Soviet sphere of influence.

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine have caused alarm and prompted new military planning in NATO capitals.It would be the most prominent of a series of moves the United States and NATO have taken to bolster forces in the region and send a clear message of resolve to allies and to Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, that the United States would defend the alliance’s members closest to the Russian frontier. FULL REPORT

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China Conducts Fourth Test of Strategic Nuclear Delivery Vehicle

Posted: 13 Jun 2015 07:29 AM PDT

China this week conducted the fourth successful test of a new hypersonic vehicle which is capable of delivering nuclear strikes and may be able to render US anti-missile defense systems “obsolete.” The test of the Wu-14 hypersonic strike vehicle was carried out Sunday, launched atop a ballistic missile fired from a test facility in western China, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The vehicle executed “extreme maneuvers” that intelligence officials say are meant to test the ability to dodge US anti-missile defense systems.

Sunday marked the fourth test in 18 months, after previous experiments last year in January, August and December, the Free Beacon reported. The frequency of the tests show China’s commitment to developing the new weapon. The Wu-14 travels high in the atmosphere on the edge of space while carrying nuclear or conventional warheads. The high-tech vehicle also can travel at speeds of up to 10 times the speed of sound or around 7,680 miles per hour. FULL REPORT

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The Bilderberg conference: world government or mythical secret clique?Posted: 13 Jun 2015 07:24 AM PDT

What was Jürgen Trittin’s business in Chantilly, US in 2012? His fellow Green party members demanded of him at the time. The question itself revealed a certain amount of dissatisfaction, because the answer was well-known: the Green parliamentary party leader had attended the Bilderberg conference. This was viewed as an affront to the party. A left-winger participating in a secret wheeling-and-dealing forum for the rich and powerful – it was unheard of. Trittin, casting around for an explanation, pointed out that green opinions had to be represented in particular where they were not yet getting the support of a majority.

Bilderberg attendees subject themselves to specific rules of participation. The most important one is known as the “Chatham House Rule” (in place since 1927, established at the time by the Royal Institute of International Affairs) and obliges every conference attendee to observe absolute confidentiality with respect to conversation content and speakers’ statements. Unsurprisingly, this meeting point of the power wielders draws criticism year after year (the 2015 conference starts on Thursday, 11 June, and ends on Sunday, 14 June), due to its lack of transparency. FULL REPORT

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Officials say avian flu is headed for North CarolinaPosted: 13 Jun 2015 07:20 AM PDT

State officials are taking steps to prevent the avian flu from spreading to birds in North Carolina. On Wednesday, the Agriculture Department addressed the growing concern at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Avian flu has caused the price of eggs to spike higher than they have in more than 60 years. The biggest threat to the state’s poultry industry will come next fall during the migratory bird season. Scientists believe avian flu is spread by wild waterfowl and because of that, state agriculture officials decided ban all poultry shows and public sales from mid-August to mid-January.

Right now the avian flu is spreading from the Northwest to the Midwest, already hitting 20 states. But it could easily move south when wild waterfowl begin migrating in that direction in just a few months. North Carolina’s $18 billion poultry industry isn’t sitting by idly, waiting to see what happens. “We know this is going to affect a number of poultry shows and kids who have planned to exhibit at their county fair or their state fair,” said NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. FULL REPORT

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MERS forces total sealing off of two hospitalsPosted: 13 Jun 2015 07:15 AM PDT

The Ministry of Health and Welfare Thursday sealed off two hospitals for the first time in the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) to prevent the kind of mass infections that came out of Pyeongtaek St. Mary’s Hospital and Samsung Medical Center. Mediheal Medical Center in Seoul and Changwon SK Hospital in Changwon, South Gyeongsang, have been sealed off from the world. Patients and staff can’t leave and no one can enter or visit the facilities.

Each of the staff gave care to patients who were considered highly infectious. Patient No. 98, who was infected with the disease by Patient No. 14 at Samsung Medical Center, was hospitalized at Mediheal Medical Center in Yangcheon District, southwestern Seoul, for three days from June 4. “Patient No. 98 was at Mediheal Medical Center while he was very infectious,” said Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon in a meeting with 25 district governors of Seoul on Thursday. “We need a complete quarantine to prevent it from becoming the second Samsung Medical Center.” Changwon SK Hospital is where Patient No. 115 was treated and currently 37 patients, nine of their relatives and 32 medical staff members are being isolated. FULL REPORT

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Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung unleashes new powerful burstPosted: 13 Jun 2015 06:59 AM PDT

A volcano in western Indonesia unleashed a new powerful burst high into the sky on Saturday, sending hot ash far down the mountain’s slopes, an official said. Authorities have been closely monitoring 2,460-meter (8,070-foot) -high Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s main islands, since June 2, when its status was raised to the highest alert level due to the growing size of its lava dome.

Hot ash tumbled down the slopes of the mountain as far as 3 kilometers (2 miles) southeastward on Saturday, said Wendy Cahya, an official at the mountain’s monitoring post. No injuries were reported from the latest eruption, he said. Cahya said that as of Saturday evening, 11 avalanches of hot ash had been recorded, with volcanic ash released as high as 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) into the air. FULL REPORT

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Swarm of earthquakes rattles rural Alabama; reason unclearPosted: 13 Jun 2015 06:53 AM PDT

Jim Sterling didn’t know what had hit his 156-year-old antebellum home when an earthquake struck Alabama’s old plantation region early one morning last November. Startled, he grabbed a gun and ran outdoors. In the pre-dawn chill, Sterling said, he found an odd scene: horses were galloping, cows mooing and dogs barking. “I heard a boom and felt the shaking,” Sterling said. “It really upset me.”

More than a dozen weak earthquakes have followed in the seven months since in west Alabama’s rural Greene County, and geologists are trying to figure out what is causing the seismic swarm in an area of the South more prone to tornadoes than earthquakes. “It is interesting that recently there has been more activity there than in the last four decades,” said Sandy Ebersole, an earthquake expert with the Geological Survey of Alabama. FULL REPORT

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Will The World Turn On Israel This September?Posted: 12 Jun 2015 07:23 PM PDT

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. This is the widely-held assumption in off-the-record conversations among diplomatic sources in New York and in Washington.

“A diplomatic attack against Israel is expected soon that will surprise even the pessimists in Jerusalem,” a senior Western diplomat told The Jerusalem Post’s Hebrew-language sister publication, Ma’ariv. “In the Security Council, in western capitals and at EU headquarters, they are just waiting for the Iran deal to be signed and for it to be approved by the American Congress.” The estimate is that the forced period of waiting will end in September. Then, as the UN General Assembly opens, the signal will be given to start the diplomatic attack against Israel. FULL REPORT

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Bird flu in Arizona? 4 AZ facilities quarantined, egg prices on risePosted: 12 Jun 2015 07:07 PM PDT

Bird flu might have found its way to Arizona. The Department of Agriculture is investigating the state’s first potential cases of avian influenza. And consumers are already feeling the impact in the form of rising egg prices. Friday, we found that cartons holding a dozen eggs were priced about a dollar more than usual. However, there does not seem to be a shortage of eggs.

The birds in question — 13 quail and chickens and about 40 quail and partridge eggs — were shipped from Iowa, which is one of several states where bird flu has been confirmed. It was first detected there in April and has affected more than 30.7 million birds so far. Iowa has the most reported bird flu detections — 74, as of this writing — and the largest number of affected birds in the U.S. According to the Department of Agriculture birds at the Iowa facility became sick a short time after the Arizona-bound shipment left the site. The initial test results were positive for H5 avian influenza. FULL REPORT

 

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Southern Baptists see another year of declinePosted: 12 Jun 2015 07:00 PM PDT

The Southern Baptist Convention lost more than 200,000 members in 2014 and saw the lowest number of baptisms since 1947. Total membership in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination was just under 15.5 million last year, according to an annual report by Lifeway Christian Resources, the denomination’s publishing arm.

That’s down from 15.7 million in 2013. It also marks the eighth straight year of declining membership. The number of baptisms has declined in eight of the past 10 years, according to the denomination. In2014,baptisms declined by more than 5,000 to just over 305,000. Baptisms are an important measure for the denomination because of its strong commitment to evangelism. The statistics were released on Wednesday just ahead of the group’s annual meeting next week in Columbus, Ohio. FULL REPORT

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DAYS OF LOT – Most Americans expect Supreme Court to OK gay marriagePosted: 12 Jun 2015 06:51 PM PDT

Nearly two-thirds of Americans expect the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide when it rules on the issue within the next few weeks, according to a new poll. Only 25 percent expect the high court to leave existing state bans on gay marriage intact, while 65 percent expect the bans to be overturned, according to the poll conducted by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute.

Its nationwide survey of 1,009 adults was conducted from June 3 to June 7. Mirroring the findings of several other recent national polls, the new survey found 55 percent of Americans in favor of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, and 37 percent opposed. Among those who oppose same-sex marriage, 72 percent say the decision about its legality should be made at the state level. Among those who favor same-sex marriage, 59 percent say the issue should be decided at the national level. At the moment, same-sex marriages are allowed in 36 states. FULL REPORT

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Religious leaders ‘Obey God Rather than Men’ in Open Letter to U.S. Supreme Court

by Marsha West

Christian Examiner reports:

Setting aside theological differences, 85 Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox Christian, and Jewish leaders joined civic and business leaders in signing an open letter to the U.S. Supreme court published in a June 10 ad in the Washington Post,vowing to disobey any court mandate which would force them to operate from any definition of marriage apart from a union between one man and one woman.

“We ask you not to force us to choose between the state and the Laws of God. We are Christians who love America and who respect the legitimate rule of law,” the religious leaders wrote. “However, we will not honor any decision by the Supreme Court which will force us to violate a clear biblical understanding of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman.”

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Girl Scouts Of America Hire An Open Lesbian As New Executive ‘Girl Experience Officer’

As millions of moms consider digging into pocketbooks for Girl Scout cookies this year, they may be interested to know about the hiring of Krista Kokjohn-Poehler in the Girl Scouts executive office in New York City.

EDITOR’S NOTE: With the hiring of an open lesbian to set company policy on “girl experience”, the Girl Scouts of America have sent a very strong message that they fully intend to use their organization to recruit and indoctrinate for the LGBT. Boycotting Girl Scout cookies is no longer good enough. Mothers of America, it’s time pull your daughter out of GSA for good.

Krista Kokjohn-Poehler is an out lesbian married to a woman named Ashley Kokjohn. And, given her sexual preference, it may strike some as odd that her job title is “Girl Experience Officer.”

Her hiring five months ago was largely missed by the coterie of Girl Scout critics around the country who make the claim that the Girl Scouts have drifted leftward in the past 20 years.

According to her LinkedIn profile, as “Chief Girl Experience Officer,” Kokjohn-Poehler will “serve as the chief of girl innovation and be the expert on and organizational voice for girls. Lead the “Girl Experience” team in efforts to take insights from marketplace data and collaborate internally and externally to drive program innovation.”

The main charge leveled by Girl Scout critics concerns the leftward drift of the Girl Scouts, which was founded along conservative religious principles. The leftward drift began in the early ’90s when God was made optional in the Girl Scout promise. This precipitated the founding of American Heritage Girls and the first widespread exit from the Girl Scouts.

It’s time to make the switch to American Heritage Girls:

Penny Nance, former Girl Scout and president of Concerned Women for America said,  “In the last ten years the Girl Scouts have lost about a few hundred thousand members, and part of the reason for that is their tone deafness toward the cultural values of American moms.”

Nance tells the story of a run-in her daughter had with Girl Scout hero Gloria Steinem. Nance’s daughter appeared with Steinem on a Nickelodeon panel show talking about women’s issues. Her daughter defended the pro-life position on air. According to Nance, during a break “with no parents present,” Steinem allegedly approached her daughter and bragged about having an abortion and said she was happy about it.

And these are the types of people celebrated by the Girl Scouts?” asked Nance.

In recent days, top Girl Scout execs, including CEO Anna Marie Chavez, have tried to beat back the ongoing cookie boycott started a month ago that threatens the much needed $700 million annual sales to fund Girl Scout activities. source

 

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Idaho Republicans Propose Resolution Supporting Use of Bible in Public Schools

(CN) — Republicans in Idaho have proposed a resolution calling for support for using the Bible alongside public school curriculum.

Resolution 2015-P20 was submitted by Idaho County Chairman Marge Arnzen, and uses national and state history as the basis of the motion.

“[I]n 1782, the U.S. Congress voted this resolution: ‘The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools,’ and authorized a loan of money to help the printing and distribution of 10,000 copies to be made available to the public primarily for public schools,’” it notes.

Appeals Court Upholds Regulations That May Close Most Texas Abortion Facilities

(CN) — A federal appeals court has upheld several abortion regulations encapsulated in a Texas law known as H.B. 2 that may close most of the abortion facilities in the state.“[T]he State truly intends that women only receive an abortion in facilities that can provide the highest quality of care and safety—the stated legitimate purpose of H.B. 2,” the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans wrote. “Plaintiffs bore the burden of proving that H.B. 2 was enacted with an improper purpose. … They failed to proffer competent evidence contradicting the legislature’s statement of a legitimate purpose for H.B. 2.”

Tony Campolo Comes Out of Closet in Support of ‘Full Acceptance’ of Homosexuality in Church

(CN) — False teacher Tony Campolo announced on Monday that he has decided to endorse and speak out for the inclusion of open homosexuals in the Body of Christ.“It has taken countless hours of prayer, study, conversation and emotional turmoil to bring me to the place where I am finally ready to call for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church,” he wrote in a statement posted to his website.

Prosperity Preacher Creflo Dollar to Get Coveted $70 Million Dollar Jet

(CN) — Prosperity preacher Creflo Dollar’s recent pleas for money to buy himself a mega-million dollar jet are no longer needed since his ministry’s board has now agreed to buy him one.Dollar, whose teachings state that God wants all Christians to be prosperous and that material wealth is a sign of God’s favor, will get the coveted jet after the board of directors for his nonprofit organization known as “World Changers Church International” approved the purchase.

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Christian Headlines Daily – Sunday, June 14, 2015

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Top Headlines

Most Expect Gay Marriage Will Sweep the US

Supreme Court’s Pending Same-Sex Ruling to Dominate Southern Baptist Meeting

8-Year-Old’s Letter to Jesus Busts Child Molester

Christian Pastors Vow Civil Disobedience if Supreme Court Allows Gay Marriage

Rick Santorum Says He Would Welcome Caitlyn Jenner’s Endorsement

Pope Francis to Open 30-Bed Homeless Shelter a Few Steps from Vatican Walls

Franklin Graham: Shariah Law Should be Banned in U.S.

Report: 18,000 Babies Die Each Year in U.S. from Late Term Abortions

Pakistan Orders Aid Group Save the Children Out of the Country

American Killed Fighting ISIS in Syria

Opinion

How Mike Huckabee Fails His Christian Duty

Gay Atheist Rebukes Church for Moral Slide

Americans Substitute Comedy for News

Can You Affirm LGBT People and Still be an Evangelical?

Are Christians Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage?


Christian Headlines Daily – Saturday, June 13, 2015

http://www.christianheadlines.com/

Top Headlines

Most Expect Gay Marriage Will Sweep the US

Supreme Court’s Pending Same-Sex Ruling to Dominate Southern Baptist Meeting

8-Year-Old’s Letter to Jesus Busts Child Molester

Christian Pastors Vow Civil Disobedience if Supreme Court Allows Gay Marriage

Rick Santorum Says He Would Welcome Caitlyn Jenner’s Endorsement

Pope Francis to Open 30-Bed Homeless Shelter a Few Steps from Vatican Walls

Franklin Graham: Shariah Law Should be Banned in U.S.

Report: 18,000 Babies Die Each Year in U.S. from Late Term Abortions

Pakistan Orders Aid Group Save the Children Out of the Country

American Killed Fighting ISIS in Syria

Opinion

How Mike Huckabee Fails His Christian Duty

Gay Atheist Rebukes Church for Moral Slide

Americans Substitute Comedy for News

Can You Affirm LGBT People and Still be an Evangelical?

Are Christians Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage?


“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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June 8 Quotes


The Glory of Historic Hymns

“When I mention historic hymns, maybe you cringe as you recall a “worship war” in your local church. Maybe you’re eager to only sing the old hymns. Or maybe you wonder why it is important at all. My aim is not to renew local church disputes or bolster mere sentimentality, but to commend something else altogether.”

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The Case of Caitlyn and the Church

“I know that Christian communities are often not the places where we can “come out ” – to be transparent, to acknowledge the things with which we struggle. That is something that needs to be fixed in the Christian church. But when we “come out” it is not that we are to be “proud of what we are” no matter what that is, and it is not that we may demand the right to be whatever we are or think ourselves to be.”

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Gospel Religion

“Religion is a helpful word we use to describe our Christian faith, which encompasses every aspect of our Christian lives, rooted in and flowing out of our spiritually regenerated new hearts and minds, and founded on the relationship that God has established with us by uniting us to Christ.”

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9 Things You Should Know About Mental Health

“Most Protestant senior pastors (66 percent) seldom speak to their congregation about mental illness, according to a study by LifeWay Research. That includes almost half (49 percent) who rarely (39 percent) or never (10 percent), speak about mental illness. About 1 in 6 pastors (16 percent) speak about mental illness once a year.”

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Leaving Baptist in Your Church Name Won’t Scare People Away

Among LifeWay’s findings: About half of Americans view denominational names favorably, while the other half feel either negatively or indifferently. “It would depend on who you’re trying to reach,” said Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research. “But some denominational groups have as much ‘brand equity’ as nondenominational churches, which have been growing the fastest.”

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Must God Keep Up With The Times?

“Although public opinion has been moving rapidly in favor of same sex marriage, a recent AP-GfK poll found that most Americans thought it was even more important to protect religious liberties when they conflict with gay marriage. Indeed, there should be room to accomplish both.”

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12 Signs of Mediocrity in a Church

“Potential members should understand what membership means before they make a commitment to the congregation. Churches without a membership class are essentially inviting members to join with no expectations. Little zeal toward the church – mediocrity, that is – is often the result.”

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When a Transgender “Female” Competes in Mixed Martial Arts

Some in the conservative Christian community have already spoken out that women should not be fighting in the MMA at all. I disagree. But it should be fair. Women should at least be assured that their opponents are actually women. And the truth comes out on the mats. You just can’t pretend you are something you’re not. Do we protect the rights of a man who feels like a woman on the inside, or the actual women?
Well this is interesting. A transgender “female” is now competing as a woman in MMA. After a 37-second knockout victory in 2013, the fifth first-round victory in a row against women, it was revealed that Fallon Fox was not born a female, but had transgender surgery in 2006.

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To Move Beyond Abortion Stalemate, Reporters Must Ask Tough Questions

When Rand Paul said it makes no sense for the Democratic Party to support the killing of a seven-pound unborn baby while we have one- and two-pound babies born prematurely who can survive outside the womb, he was merely doing what most reporters won’t. He was pushing abortion rights activism to its logical extreme.

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Rake Phobia

How does sin work? It deceives our minds. Like a phobia, sin is delusional, not based on reality, God’s reality, namely that people are creatures of his who owe him allegiance because he made them. The phobia of sin causes us to fear God in all the wrong ways and run from him. The delusion continues in our minds as we make ourselves, our feelings, our personally held values into absolutes. We believe lies and build up alternative realities that then justify all kinds of evils.

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Vivent Les Differences!

While it is very useful in the civic sphere for those who share common cause on matters such as abortion and homosexuality to stand together, if we ignore the different reasons which lie behind this common front, we risk reducing Christianity to a mere social ethic. For myself, I am pro-life because I am a conservative Protestant. The latter is the foundation of the former, not vice versa. And for that same reason, I am compelled to disagree with my Catholic friends on a whole host of things that are also of great importance to both sides.

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Police Officer, Suspended over Gay Pride Parade, Defends Religious Liberty

In June 2014, the Salt Lake City Motorcycle Squad was assigned to participate in the Utah Pride Parade, performing choreographed maneuvers as they led the parade route. Eric Moutsos, a member of the exclusive unit, was scheduled to ride but requested to swap assignments because he felt uncomfortable in the role at the front of the parade.

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Why Christian Denominations Aren’t Going Away

Leaders of newer churches and networks quickly discover the need to recreate the kind of infrastructure for mission work that denominational churches already have at their disposal. Furthermore, these newer networks often demand a quasi-denominational allegiance of their own. A century from now, it’s likely that there will be new and different denominations within Protestantism; it’s unlikely that denominations will have totally disappeared.

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Walking in the Light

Will you trust in faulty man-provided lights? Will you walk according to the counsel of the ungodly, the admonition of the pagan psychologist, the pressure of peers, the philosophies of this present age, the mystic teachings of spiritualists, the doctrines of false religious teachers, or the fickle and double-minded whims of your own flesh and mind? If so, your light will do you wrong and then be proven foolish.

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Jenner and Dolezal, evil is good and good is evil, Isaiah’s warning hovers over America

There have been multiple news stories regarding these three issues depicted in the panorama below. I saw the photo on twitter and it sparked something in my mind from the book of Isaiah. The original photo was a quartet but I cut the fourth photo from the array because it was political and not moral.

Any mature Christian with eyes in their face and a brain cell left in their head can see the astounding moral decay here in America that is accelerating at breakneck speed. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler responded to this question recently in this article: Albert Mohler on How to Survive a Moral Revolution

How did in the span of a generation an entire moral understanding in North America become reversed? And how did this moral revolution happen so fast?

Mohler: We’ve never experienced anything like this. . . . And the bottom line is that no part of the culture is going to be left untouched. . . . We haven’t had any moral revolution on this scale in human history.

“Reversed” is a good way to put it. Everything is upside down and it did happen fast, in my lifetime. Words have no meaning anymore, especially words that are attached to what used to contain any semblance of a moral philosophy, never mind moral absolutes. Growing up we never dreamed that a man would identify as a woman and a white lady would identify as a black person.

If Rachel Dolezal isn’t black how is Caitlyn Jenner a woman?

Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal, a professor of Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University, was outed earlier this week by her parents as being white. In what has to be one of the more bizarre news stories of 2015, Dolezal pretended for years to be black. Social media accounts posted pictures of a black man who she said was her father (he’s not). She regularly wrote about her black son Izaiah (he’s actually her adopted brother). It also appears as though she repeatedly lied about being the victim of race-based hate crimes. She claims to have been the victim of at least nine separate hate crimes. As you might expect, this story has gotten a lot of attention, namely because Dolezal isn’t black.

NAACP is the acronym for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Not the National Association for the Advancement of White People Pretending to Be Black. But for Dolezal, for years she claimed to be Black because she wanted to be Black.

Elizabeth Warren is the Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, formerly a Professor at Law with Harvard Law School. “Starting in the mid-1980s, when she was at U. Penn. Law School, Warren had put herself on the “Minority Law Teacher” list in the faculty directory of the Association of American Law Schools but dropped from that list when she gained tenure at Harvard in 1995” as it states in the Elizabeth Warren Wiki. It was Bloggers and Reporters that uncovered Warren’s 30-year history of claiming to be Native American for employment purposes. For 30 years Elizabeth Warren claimed to be Native American because she wanted to be Native American.

Bruce Jenner was an Olympian and is currently a television celebrity who decided he wanted to appear as a woman. In June 2015 he began using makeup and clothing that women wear to alter his appearance, and insisted on being called by a female name and using female pronouns. Bruce has undergone some minor cosmetic surgery but not the drastic gender reassignment surgery which removes his male appendage. (Which would render him a eunuch but not a woman). He began hormone therapy in the 1990s but stopped that when he got married for the third time. Jenner professes Christianity. Now Jenner claims to be a woman because he wanted to be a woman.

There really is no difference between the three. One White woman who wanted to be Black, one White woman who wanted to be Native American, and one man who wanted to be a woman. It’s simply about lying and personal desire. Of course, the culture awards the sexual perversity in Jenner but slams the lies from the other two.

The Federalist poses the question:

Rachel Dolezal changing her wardrobe, her makeup, and her hair do not make her black. Pretty much everyone seems to agree on that, for obvious reasons. You don’t turn red into blue by magically declaring that red is now blue. And yet, the Left and the media would have us believe that Bruce Jenner can become a woman by…changing his name, his wardrobe, his makeup, and his hair. How can you logically square the belief that Jenner is a hero while Dolezal is a mental case? Well, you can’t.

It’s also about re-defining words. White, black, woman, man, marriage, Christian… none of those words contain a commonly understood moral definition to them anymore.

In Isaiah 5, the prophet declares 6 woes against God’s unrepentant people, Israel. The fourth woe is this one-

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)

MacArthur puts it this way-

The fourth woe condemned the reversal of morality that dominated the nation. They utterly confused all moral distinctions.

Did you catch that? A “reversal of morality.” Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible says,

Who confound and overthrow the distinctions between moral good and evil, who call evil good and moral evil (v. 20), who not only live in the omission of that which is good, but condemn it, argue against it, and, because they will not practise it themselves, run it down in others, and fasten invidious epithets upon it—not only do that which is evil, but justify it, and applaud it, and recommend it to others as safe and good

The woe was pronounced specifically to Israel through the prophet from God. However we know God’s attributes of holiness and justice commands us to adhere to His laws and precepts, and He is not happy with any nation that turns them over. He sent Jonah to preach to the gentile city of Nineveh for the same reason. (Jonah 1:2). And against Damascus (Isaiah 17:10) and against Egypt (Isaiah 19:1). And against Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim. And against Babylon. And against every city and every nation that is wicked. So, yes, the Lord would be angry with America for reversing His morality.

Bible Knowledge Commentary–

Some people lead others astray by their perverted values. Evil-for example, adultery, idolatry, materialism, murder, and many other sins forbidden in the Scriptures-is often held up as being good. Those who say such things are under the threat (woe) of God’s judgment.

Roy E. Gingrich says in his outline on the Book of Isaiah,

Sin sears our conscience (Ephesians 4:19; 1 Timothy 4:2) and destroys our moral nature, leaving us confused concerning what is true and what is false, and what is right and what is wrong.

We see the effects of sin-seared consciences in the New Testament in Romans 1:18-32. Once God’s truth is suppressed in unrighteousness in verse 18, the slide down to complete moral decay is inevitable by verse 32. If there is such a thing as the bottom of the barrel, we’re there. America is sliding around in the muck and sludge at the very bottom, calling good evil and evil good. Woe.

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Covenant-Driven

Ten Years and Counting. . . 

“When you sign a membership covenant, you are signing a legal document.
Ask yourself if you were told that this is the case.
If you were not told this, ask why you weren’t.
In every other venue outside of a church,
you would most likely get legal advice before signing a contract.
Why would you not do the same for a church contract?”[1]

An audio file has just been posted online of a talk given over 10 years ago at a Discernment Ministries conference. The presentation was by Discernment Research Group member Sarah H. Leslie, and it was an early refutation of the Purpose-Driven church covenant model being widely disseminated by Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California.

Early on we recognized and warned about the many problems that would develop as a result of the covenant church model which was based on the corporate business model introduced into the church by Peter Drucker via Bob Buford’s Leadership Network. The purpose-driven brand name was the most recognizable, but many other networks within Leadership Networks’ vast array of downline networks, especially including Acts 29, would also rely heavily upon this covenant-driven model. We anticipated that there would eventually be fallout in churches – particularly among women, children, handicapped, disabled, elderly and others – who would slip through the cracks, be damaged, or penalized for their imperfections.

Listen to the audio:

The Herescope blog began posting 10 years ago, so if you listen to the audio file you will recognize the references to the many of topics that have been posted on Herescope. However, for those who seek additional documentation, and wish to research these issues further, below is a partial list of topics mentioned in this comprehensive overview conference report.

The audio talk was given shortly after the 2004 monograph The Pied Pipers of Purpose was published. This monograph is available for purchase at the Discernment Ministries office, 903-567-6423, and it is also available for download here: http://www.discernment-ministries.org/Purpose_Driven.pdf

The talk mentions education reform issues, specifically the book the deliberate dumbing down of america by Charlotte T. Iserbyt, available at Amazon.com or for a free download at: http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com.  Also read the 3-part article series about so-called school “choice” titled “The Choice Charade”.

The conference talk specifically references an earlier article critical of church covenants published by Discernment Ministries. Recently this paper, originally titled “The Shepherding Movement Comes of Age,” was republished on the Herescope blog: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-troubles-with-church-covenants.html 

Here is the issue of Leadership Network’s newsletter NEXT that included the eastern religious Ying/Yang sign in its discussion about management guru Jim Collins. Notice the clock graphic and note that each subheading includes a ying/yang graphic. The use of such a well-known occult symbol has raised many questions about which faith Leadership Network promotes.

Leadership Network, NEXT, Vol. 3, No. 1, May 1997

Regarding Rick Warren, our early warnings in 2005 were sadly quite accurate. We believe that the most important post we ever wrote about Rick Warren is “Rick Warren – Is He Scary?” Most of the questions that we raised in this post have never been answered. Rick Warren took his entire P.E.A.C.E. “missionary” plan under the radar and the press has given him a free pass to work his global agenda without critical scrutiny. Below is a sampling of articles (including some that are part of a series) we wrote about Rick Warren’s attempt to turn purpose-driven into a global movement:

Missionaries who were specifically told to NOT preach the Gospel is documented here: Africa Watch Update: Missionaries told “not to minister the Word”! Rick Warren’s early partner, Bruce Wilkinson, experienced a failed venture in Swaziland: Breaking News! Mr Jabez’s Dream Turns to Nightmare

The original 2-part article about Rick Warren’s launching of his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan is archived in the Discernment Newsletters:

For our writings on the recent Mars Hill debacle, and its connections to the Leadership Network organization and these same organizational structure and ideologies, see the series “The Culture Which Gave Rise to Mark Driscoll”:

Finally, we wish to point out that many of the topics covered in this 2005 talk were influential in the publication of Paul Smith’s book New Evangelicalism: The New World Order.  Read about his book here: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2011/04/new-evangelicalism-new-world-order.html

Discernment Ministries has recently authorized Dr. Martin Erdmann to post a number of our current and older, but still relevant, conference files on the Internet. As Dr. Erdmann puts up more of the Discernment conference videos and audios online, we will post notifications and links for Herescope readers.

Endnote:
1. “The Village Church/Matt Chandler: The Problems With Membership Contracts,” 6/1/15, http://thewartburgwatch.com/2015/06/01/the-village-churchmatt-chandler-the-problems-with-membership-contracts/ For another recent covenant horror story, see “Do Acts 29 Churches Share the Same DNA as the Mothership – Matt Chandler’s The Village Church?” 1/3/15, http://thewartburgwatch.com/2015/06/03/do-acts-29-churches-share-the-dna-of-the-mothership-matt-chandlers-the-village-church/

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Deception Unbounded and Running Amuck in the Churches

by Bill Muehlenberg

Deception is all around us, and even sadder, it is running rampant in many of our churches today. And one of the greatest examples of being deceived is when a person claims to be a Christian, yet totally rejects the hundreds of warnings in Scripture about being deceived!

When we are told over and over again about the dangers of falling into deception, that should keep us all extremely humble, keep us on our knees, and keep us crying out to God: “Lord, am I being deceived here?” It is the antidote to pride, arrogance and self-sufficiency – and the antidote to easily falling into deception.

Such is the blinding nature of demonic deception that the person being deceived not only is unaware of their frightful condition, but they actually take pride in where they are at. They exalt in their ignorance, deceit and false teachings. They exalt in their deception.

deception 2They revel in their rebellion in other words. They have been so deceived by the enemy that the utterly clear and black and white words of Scripture are completely rejected, replaced by the demonic spirit of the age. And these folks exult in this. They take pride in evangelising for secular humanism while throwing out the plain teachings of the Word.

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Religious leaders ‘Obey God Rather than Men’ in Open Letter to U.S. Supreme Court

by Marsha West

WASHINGTON (Christian Examiner) – Setting aside theological differences, 85 Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox Christian, and Jewish leaders joined civic and business leaders in signing an open letter to the U.S. Supreme court published in a June 10 ad in the Washington Post,vowing to disobey any court mandate which would force them to operate from any definition of […]

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When the Bible gets hairy. (Or: Is it right for men to have long hair?)

For some strange reason, I seem to be asked far more than most about the propriety (or impropriety) of men wearing long hair. Okay, so maybe my being asked about this fairly regularly really isn’t so strange, weird or surprising at all, since I just happen to have long hair myself. Very long hair, actually, and I tentatively […]

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Top Twenty Myths Pushed by the Homosexual Activists

by Bill Muehlenberg

The entire case for embracing the homosexual lifestyle is built on lies, falsehoods and deception. I have now written three books on this topic, and in them I deal with these myths in great detail. In some 600 pages with around 1400 footnotes I carefully document, assess, and refute the various lies and myths put out by the militant homosexual lobby.

I encourage you to get those volumes so that you have the full documentation on all this. You will find all three here for example: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=muehlenberg

Here I had planned to offer ten of these myths, but I stumbled upon another great article which covers similar territory and ten more myths, so I will also post the piece by Peter Sprigg as well following my ten myths. Even though there might be a bit of overlap here, these 20 points cover at least in outline form the main porkies put out by the activists.

Here then are my top ten myths:

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Men: Do you know more about sports than you do about Scripture?

What with gay rodeos going on in Arkansas; the NCAA, NFL, ESPN, and pretty much every other Sports Corporation wholly embracing (and enforcing) a pro-homosexual agenda), and things like American Pharoah’s “eternal glory” attaining win over the weekend, it’s pretty clear that Corporate-produced sports theater plays a major role in captivating, defining and controlling the […]

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Credo Links: Interesting Stuff Out There

10 Ways to Help a Hurting Pastor’s Wife (after her husband and her leave their church)

Drunk Christians (just read it!)

The coming “transanity

How Science and Reason Created and Age of Unbelief (in science and reason) (good quick explanation of the reason people have no belief today)

Isn’t True Faith Blind Faith? (J. Warner Wallace)

Why Church Discipline Goes Awry (but none of us can really deal with the sticky question of What is worthy of church discipline)

How Not to Invoke the “Genetic Fallacy” (how much I wish someone would have taught me the basic rules of logic when I was young—though I would not have listened)

Long Distance Dating (for some reason, it still surprises me when a married couple says to me “We met online)

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This Week in Calvinism – June 12, 2015

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W4YW: Colbert’s “Wisdom,” True Friendship, & Sexual Ponzi Schemes

Your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web.

Book Review of the Week

Spiritual Friendship, by Wesley Hill. Reviewed by Tim Challies. Friendships are incredibly vital relationships (as we’ve recently noted), but it’s hard to know just how they should look. Are friends co-laborers toward a certain goal? People who share a similar passion? Or is it more like family? And if family…are we talking sibling (stuck with them, like it or not) or marriage (we choose them but then stick with them). Hill approaches the subject as a “celibate gay Christian,” and has a lot to teach us about same-sex attraction, love, and true intimacy.

Articles of the Week

Why Tucking Your Kids In Matters, Becky Wilson. You don’t have to be a self-proclaimed oddball like Wilson to resonate with her experience. It’s important to “tuck your kids in” at night, even if you aren’t literally creating a baby blanket burrito. As she says, “Tucking them in has much more to do with securing the edges of life than the edges of blankets.”

Colbert Says, “Decide for Yourself What’s Right & Wrong.” And We Reply, “No, Thanks.” Trevin Wax. It’s that time of year again—when famous and successful people give young college graduates horrendous life advice packages as “sage wisdom.” Thankfully, most graduates won’t be listening. But as Trevin points out, commencement addresses act as a quick barometer for what our society assumes to be true. We’re looking forward to the whole series, but his kick-off with Colbert is spot on.

Why Sexual “Freedom” Is Actually a Type of Ponzi Scheme, Carl Trueman. Richard Mouw has recently (and wisely) noted that the “sexual revolution” of the 1960s and 70s promised risk-free promiscuity. “It should seem obvious by now,” he says, “that the revolution is over.” Sexual “freedom,” in other words, has not made us more fulfilled, but much more broken. Sadly, however, many of our culture’s prophets still maintain that the life of random sexual encounters is actually a moral good. “It feels good and it distracts me from the tedium of my purposeless existence. Therefore it must be good for society!” Trueman is rightfully scathing in his critique of this lunacy.

For God So Loved Caitlyn Jenner, Marty Duren. “If the love of God is not for Caitlyn Jenner, and Kim Kardashian, and Hillary Clinton, and Jeb Bush, and Darren Wilson, and Mike Brown, and the Apostle Paul, and pagan philosophers, it is for no one. The very essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ is no one is good enough to secure God’s love. And ‘no one’ includes me and all those people I think I am better than, so let us stop pretending. Let us remember grace is not primarily a series of salvific propositions, but is the hand that finds us in the miry pit.”

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This ‘n’ That

  • So, “progressive evangelical leader” Tony Campolo released this statement this week. For the record, I am utterly unsurprised.
  • And speaking of the homosexual agenda within the visible church, this is happening at Willow Creek in Chicago.
  • This seems like an awkward way to spend a vacation.
  • I’m so thankful for Pat Robertson. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be aware that there’s a difference between Old Testament and New Testament theology. Is this guy serious? Isn’t there some sort of rule about how many idiotic, blasphemous things one person is allowed to say in their lifetime? Because I’m pretty sure Robertson reached his quota about 60 years ago (at least).
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Phil Johnson on manly preachers and manly preaching.
  • Speaking of Phil, if you’re within driving distance of Cincinnati, you’ll want to visit Truth Community Church on Sunday to hear Phil preach. But actually, if you’re within driving distance of Cincinnati, you might want to consider coming to Truth Community every week. And if you can’t drive to Cincinnati, think about tuning in to the live stream on Sunday mornings at 9 AM or Tuesday evenings at 7 PM.
  • June 10 marked the anniversary of the death of J.C. Ryle.
  • Thinking about throwing away some money?
  • This is a neat find.
  • Mark Driscoll has been dropped from the lineup of the Hillsong conference.
  • Evangelism and the sovereignty of God:

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WEEKLY LINKS:
Thinking Again About Logic
Alexander Vilenkin on a Cosmic Beginning
Why God Doesn’t Reduce the Evil in the World?
An Early and Reliable Account of Jesus’ Resurrection


Article: 4 Key Points Christian Kids Need to Understand Evolution by Natasha Crain

How can we talk to our kids about evolution intelligently?

In this featured article, Natasha Crain explains how we should talk to our kids about evolution.

You can check it out here.


Articles, Resources, and More . . . Oh My! (06/12/15)

The Spread of the Gospel

This is a powerful video that documents the spread of Christianity around the world.

Staring at Dementia, Fighting for Joy

Jeff Robinson may be like many of you—he’s caring for an ailing parent. In this article, he shares seven reminders in the midst of his mom’s dementia.

What Does the Bible Say About Stewardship?

My friend, Melissa, shares an important perspective on the things we “own.”

When We Test Others

Ed Welch: “When God tests us, it is love. When we test others, we are declaring ourselves above them. We might have other motives, but one of them is pride.”

God Wrote a Book

Here’s a moving video about the most important words we will ever read.


Sex Trafficking: What it is, why it matters, and what you can do about it

Barnabas Piper interviews Stephanie Clark, executive director of Amirah.

Why We Need a Christian Counter-Culture

Ivan Mesa shares a few excerpts from the following video:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/126182034

Saint Samson

David Murray:

Following my attempt to resurrect Jephthah’s reputation, I now turn my attention to Samson. In some ways, Samson is even harder to rehabilitate due to his popularity (or should I say “infamy”) in children’s Bible story books. We’re all familiar with the narrative and the moral: “Don’t be like Samson who committed adultery, murder, and suicide.” …Is resuscitating Samson a lost cause? I don’t think so, for the following reasons.

Four Keys for Avoiding the Anger Trap

Mark Dance:

The more vocal our critics become, the more vocal we should become in prayer. I realize that this concept is both counterintuitive and countercultural, but it really works! Have you tried adding your enemies to your prayer list?

5 Ways to Keep Church Discipline from Seeming Weird

Jared Wilson:

Recently, the subject of church discipline has hit the radar in many circles due to some high profile controversies and scandals.  The way some churches appear to poorly exercise church discipline is as distressing as the way many Christians reacted to the concept. There has been a collective incredulity about church discipline as some kind of “strange fire” in the evangelical world.

I can’t help but think that this aversion is partly because, as God has built his church, his church leaders have not always kept up with what makes a church a church. So even to mention the idea of a church disciplining its members strikes tenderhearted and undereducated Christians as weird, mean, and legalistic. How do we work at keeping church discipline from seeming weird?


Notable Voices: June 13, 2015

Why You Need to Be a Thankful Leader — Art Rainer

An entitlement mentality can often ruin a leader or at least render him/her ineffective. Thankfulness, on the other hand, can empower a leader.

 


16 Often Unknown Roles of a Pastor — Ron Edmondson

If you are a pastor, you’ve shared in these roles. They are sometimes unexpected, but they are typically necessary to shepherd a congregation effectively.

 


3 Things Really Great Churches Do on Social Media — Darrel Girardier

If your church is struggling with social media, looking to start in social media, or simply wanting to improve what you are already doing, these three guidelines will help.

 


8 Keys to Personal Prayer — Winfield Bevins

Personal prayer and Bible reading are essential for spiritual growth. In this post, Winfield shares eight scriptural ways you can develop a deeper more fulfilling personal prayer life.

 


3 Reasons Student Pastors Make Great Senior Pastors — Eric Geiger

These three characteristics should be evident in any minister, but there are probably a lot of student pastors reading this thinking “I sure hope he’s right.”

 


A Response To Christians Who Are Done With Church — Carey Nieuwhof

Carey shares responds wisely to some common objections many pastors hear about the church.

 


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Russell Moore partnering with New Apostolic Reformation to advance the “Social Gospel.”

I think that a church should be setting the pace for social justice.

— Max Lucado

The concept of “social justice” is not new, it’s been around for ages. It’s the antithesis to personal responsibility. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines “social justice” as “The objective of creating a fair and equal society in which each individual matters, their rights are recognized and protected, and decisions are made in ways that are fair and honest.” On the surface this sounds like a noble cause, but in reality, it doesn’t work that way. In practice, social justice removes the notion of personal responsibility, and places the burden of individuals on the backs of society. A society devoid of personal responsibility will naturally result in laziness, crime, and a complete lack of motivation for advancement, and eventually total collapse of the society. The social justice system comes in the form of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, disguised as something good, yet it is opposed to the will of God, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

But this doesn’t stop the social progressives from infiltrating the Church to promote their agenda. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), has been at this for quite some time. He is known for using his high ranking positions in the Church to promote his social justice causes. He has used the ERLC for the advancement of his “racial reconciliation” cause, in which he supports the idea of “white privilege,” and clearly wants to place criminal responsibility of blacks on the shoulders of society. He also promotes what he terms as “Creation Care” environmentalism. And recently, he formed a coalition with other liberal groups in order to fight against “predatory pay-day lending.” All of these causes diminish the importance of personal responsibility for one’s actions–personal responsibility, of which is a prerequisite to salvation in the Gospel.

Now, in the latest show of his positional authority, and intent to advance and propagate his cause through the Church, he has teamed up with social justice advocate and political activist, president of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), Samuel Rodriguez. Moore has partnered with the NHCLC on a number of occasions in the past, and is now officially yoking together with them by becoming a member of their board. According the the NHCLC website, Rodriguez is a very prominent person, not only in the Latino Evangelical community, but in the world.

CNN  and Fox News named Rodriguez, “The leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement”. NBC/Telemundo called him “America’s most influential Latino Evangelical leader”. Rev. Samuel Rodriguez was nominated by TIME magazine for their “100 Most Influential People in The World” list in 2013 and his description of the Latino faith community emerged as their April 15, 2013 cover story, The Latino Reformation.

This is quite a significant partnership, as the Southern Baptist Convention, and the ERLC are among the most influential evangelical organizations in the world. Rodriguez, and the NHCLC also have strong ties with the New Apostolic Reformation and Cindy Jacobs, a highly controversial and well known false teacher within American evangelicalism. Any true God-fearing, Bible-believing Christian should be running from this camp at full speed. So what does Rodriguez actually stand for? According to NHCLC website, their mission statement reads:

Joining the Christianity of Martin Luther King Jr. and Billy Graham.  The Lamb’s Agenda reveals the crucial connection between biblical social justice and spiritual righteousness.

Rodriguez says he grew up in a “very Christian” home, and apparently received a prophetic utterance from the Lord to become a preacher while watching a well known false teacher, Jimmy Swaggart, on television as a child. In an interview with PBS he says:

… when I was 14 years old, I had my epiphany, my Damascus moment, which was simple: I was viewing a very well-known televangelist [Swaggart] around 10:00 in the evening, back in the early ’80s, and it resonated with me. Something in my spirit, something in my heart said, “Samuel, you’re going to do that one day; you’re going to preach.”

Samuel Rodriguez was keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King National Service in 2013. During his speech he threw many red flags. The first red flag was early in his speech, when he introduced King’s daughter, Bernice King, as “prophet,” “elder,” and his “sister [in Christ].” The “prophet/pastor” has been well associated with C. Peter Wagner’s New Apostolic Reformation, in which Dominionism is one of it’s main tenets. Throughout this speech, he proclaims that his mixing of politics with Christianity is a “prophetic movement of God.” He then quotes John 1:29 and Revelation 5:13, and makes the following comment in it’s application:

Now how do we live out Dr. King’s dream in our 21st century reality? How do we advance the cause of justice in a very unjust world? How do we build a firewall against intolerance, abuse, inequality and hatred? Permit me to title this brief word that God has deposited in my heart today; Dr. King’s dream fulfilled the Lamb’s agenda. Behold the Lamb.

This is a completely blasphemous claim that God told him that Dr. King’s social justice dream fulfilled the will of God. This is a total misuse of the Word of God, and this man is not speaking truth, but lies. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not come to make the world a better place, and provide justice and equality to all people. He came to save people from their own sin, through repentance and trust in Him alone. Rodriguez then goes on to say that it’s the “spirit of the Lamb that fulfills dreams,” and later, “The agenda of the Lamb performs freedom of the dream by the message of the cross,” and then says “Life is a cross.” He completely distorts the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and diminishes Jesus’ shed blood on the cross. Folks, Samuel Rodriguez is preaching a false Gospel, and a false Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:4 says:

For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.

Rodriguez is also a supporter of President Obama’s executive action to provide amnesty to 5 million illegal aliens living in the borders of the United States. Of these law-breaking illegal residents, Rodriguez claims:

Their children are born here, they share our values when it comes to life … the primary model for marriage and family [and] on religious liberty, These are not individuals who are married to a political ideology. They love faith, they love family and they love freedom.

Rodriguez also seems to have a hard time understanding who our “brothers and sisters” in Christ are. Most Latino immigrants, legal or illegal, are Roman Catholic. These are not brothers and sisters in Christ. In May of 2015, Rodriguez issued the following statement in response to the U.S. State Department’s denial of a visa to Catholic nun, Sister Diana Momeka of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Iraq:

Our Christian faith must be preached, proclaimed, and protected … Having invested her life in Iraq, Sister Momeka has preached, proclaimed and served, and now she needs to be protected. We cannot be complacent when our brothers and sisters in Christ are being persecuted around the world.

We must not forget, that regardless of how bad a situation is for people, telling the world that someone is a Christian, when they are not, is not being faithful to Jesus Christ. Simply because Muslims do not differentiate between true and false Christians does not mean that Christians should not. Roman Catholicism is a counterfeit Christianity, and Catholics need to be evangelized as much as any other false religion. Russell Moore, in his partnering with Rodriguez refers to this nun as “Iraq’s Mother Theresa.”

As a staunch promoter of social justice in the Church, and a New Apostolic “prophet,” Rodriguez recently wrote an article for Charisma Mag, in summary, claiming that the “real reason” the Holy Spirit came down was to empower us to change the world–to “be the answer to someone else’s prayer.” “In conclusion,” he writes:

stand up and cast out demons! Stand up and heal the sick! Stand up and speak in other tongues. Stand up and fulfill the great commission. Stand up and make disciples. Stand up and preach the Word in and out of season. Stand up and be fruitful. Stand up and be faithful. Stand up and be holy. Stand up and be light!

Be filled! Stand up! Raise your voice! And change the world!

This intertwining of social justice and Christianity is a total abuse of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word. As if it isn’t enough to take the Gospel to the lost, calling them to repentance and salvation, and teaching them personal responsibility; Rodriguez believes it is the commission of the church to solve the social problems of the world. The root of the social problems in the world is sin (Galatians 5:19-21, Romans 3:23, Jeremiah 17:9, etc.). And that problem has already been solved, on the sacrificial death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Peter 3:21). And the solution is the Gospel–the Great Commission.

Russell Moore continues to repeatedly align himself with false teachers, false prophets, and political activists in order to promote his agenda. Russell Moore is not being held accountable for his actions, yet he is revered as one of the greatest influences in Christianity. Why is this so? Why can’t people see what is going on, and the destruction that the social justice agenda is doing to the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Why do our Southern Baptist leaders continue to support those who align themselves with this false gospel? Social justice, and the social gospel is a FALSE GOSPEL–it’s an enemy of the Gospel and true Christians should not tolerate it. Jesus’ own words regarding the social gospel in John 4:13-14 are:

… Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

 

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WVW TV Presents: It is reported that over 18 million people have taken the Alpha Course but what is the theological worldview promoted by this course and its leader Nicky Gumbel? Information is presented is the TV special that was not included in Brannon’s radio programs on this topic. See video clips from the actual Alpha course. Listen as Nicky proclaims that one way to know the will of God and one way that God speaks to some people today is through an audible voice, vision…s, dreams, angels, and words of knowledge. Why is such teaching contrary to Scripture? Topic: Hear Gumbel discuss…
 


The Stage is Being Set

Jan Markell and Eric Barger interview Amir Tsarfati the hour. Amir is an Israeli, a prophecy teacher, founder of “Behold Israel,” and one of our fall conference speakers. He states that the stage is being set as Biblical prophecy unfolds more each day. As an Israeli citizen, he is saddened that the church is silent on Israel, the “miracle of the 20th Century”, or caught up in Replacement Theology. The hosts and guest discuss many signs of the times. Learn what Amir feels may be one of the next major biblical fulfillments. Amir reminds us that prophecy is given to prepare us, not scare us. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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Credo Links: Interesting Stuff Out There

10 Ways to Help a Hurting Pastor’s Wife (after her husband and her leave their church)

Drunk Christians (just read it!)

The coming “transanity

How Science and Reason Created and Age of Unbelief (in science and reason) (good quick explanation of the reason people have no belief today)

Isn’t True Faith Blind Faith? (J. Warner Wallace)

Why Church Discipline Goes Awry (but none of us can really deal with the sticky question of What is worthy of church discipline)

How Not to Invoke the “Genetic Fallacy” (how much I wish someone would have taught me the basic rules of logic when I was young—though I would not have listened)

Long Distance Dating (for some reason, it still surprises me when a married couple says to me “We met online)

 


Lines are drawn. Which side are you on?
Jun 12, 2015 09:49 am | Mike

It has been an interesting week to say the least. The co-founder of Red Letter Christians, Tony Campolo, has finally come out and publicly acknowledged what many of us suspected for a long time—his full time endorsement for LGBT inclusion and acceptance within Biblical Christianity. And a worship leader at Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek Church […]

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Understanding The Final Days
Jun 12, 2015 07:07 am | Mike

The Book of Revelation–The Revelation of Jesus Christ–is a crucial, yet confusing book.  It is the unveiling of the events on the earth in the final years before the return of Jesus Christ–and a warning to Christians to stand firm in the face of persecution. The Book is the most difficult one to understand in […]

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Michael Gungor’s “Liturgists” Group Charging 100 People $300 to Question Christian Doctrine
Jun 11, 2015 07:53 pm | A. S.

The role model in the Christian music scene who doesn’t believe that the book of Genesis is true, the guy who claims Jesus was not quite being honest with his disciples (or perhaps was mistaken) about the accounts of Noah, Jonah, the flood, Adam and Eve and other Scripture verses our Lord quoted, is among […]

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Going Against God “Just for Fun”
Jun 11, 2015 11:25 am | 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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51,000,003 reasons why America owes Nazi Germany an apology.
Jun 11, 2015 11:25 am | Scott Alan Buss

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, if ever, should we actively disobey or disarm Police?
Jun 11, 2015 11:24 am | Scott Alan Buss

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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Openly gay Willow Creek leader to speak at Matthew Vines’ conference
Jun 11, 2015 07:06 am | A. S.

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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Chipping Away at Church
Jun 11, 2015 06:57 am | Mike

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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The Cult of Celebrity Leadership
Jun 10, 2015 02:01 pm | A. S.

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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American Pharoah Chases Down “Eternal Glory”(?)
Jun 10, 2015 11:23 am | Scott Alan Buss

“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
Jun 09, 2015 11:23 am | Scott Alan Buss

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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As the “church” caves, the bride shines
Jun 09, 2015 08:33 am | A. S.

We are seeing the visible, modern “church” cave to the desires of the world at breakneck speed. Whether it’s a church leader calling on pastors and denominations to accept homosexuality as the new normal, as Red Letter Christian Tony Campolo did yesterday, or a growing number of leaders saying the Book of Genesis is just […]

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No Eternal Security In The Old Testament

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Q.   I understand that being sealed with the Spirit is something distinct to our dispensation of the church. I also understand that Old Testament Saints were not sealed by the Spirit and that the Spirit could come and go, sometimes for the purpose of only empowering people for a certain task and then he would leave. The Spirit was never promised to a believer. In fact you could be a believer and not even be indwelt by God’s Spirit.  My question is why you don’t believe in Eternal Security for the Old Testament Saints?

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Is Jesus Still Being Punished?

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Q.  My regular Bible study this last Wednesday was run by someone other than our regular teacher. At one point in the discussion he stated that our sin, especially a willful sin, was subjecting Jesus to additional beatings and punishment.   This didn’t seem right to me. What say you?

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A Partial Rapture In Rev. 12?

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Q. If there is not a partial rapture can you help me with Rev. 12:5 and those who are caught up here and possibly the timing of this event?

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Why Didn’t God Prevent The Fall?

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Q. Do you have an article that justifies God ‘allowing’ Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, rather than Him stepping in and stopping them, thus preventing the fall. Another person is trying to use the fact that as ~’God didn’t prevent it, then He must not exist, because according to the way He describes Himself in the Bible, He would have stopped them.’ So the person in reference concludes God doesn’t exist, because he says God doesn’t act the way He says He would.

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Faith Or Works Or Both?

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Q. Would you please explain James 2: 14-26? As Born Again Christians, the Holy Spirit leads us and inspires us to do good deeds. But, are these deeds or works compulsory for salvation? I believe we are saved by grace thru faith alone. I see many churches focused on works which seems to me to be more of a religious approach rather than a true faith and relationship with Jesus. James 2: 14-26 seems to imply that to be saved you must have both faith and deeds. Or is it implying that by his faith and being saved, a true believer shows his true faith with compassion and works by being led thru the gift of the Holy spirit?

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Wrong About The End Times?

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Q. Lately I have heard a lot about a theory that Islam is the religion that will dominate in the last days and the Catholic Church is not the one world religion.

A book I read recently seems to offer proof that “the West has been wrong in our Western Views and the Bible is a Jerusalem-Centric book written about the Middle East”.

I was thinking if we’re wrong on the EU and the Catholic church then what else are we wrong on? Have your heard and looked into this theory on the last days?

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The Watchman

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Commentary by Jack Kelley

Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself. (Ezekiel 33:7-9

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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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GodLife: Winning Others Without A Word

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Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Do you have the chance to talk about your faith? Last week, we discussed words you could use to tell others about about the Gospel. But what if they won’t listen? What if you can get in trouble starting conversations about Jesus?

How do you share without words?

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