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June 17, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Top News – 6/17/2015

Palestinian unity government ‘resigns’
The Palestinian unity government formed last year in a bid to heal rifts between Hamas and president Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party resigned on Wednesday, an official said.

Aliyah from France Soars 25 Percent
Aliyah to Israel from France has soared 25 percent so far this year, from 4,000 to 5,100, according to figures supplied by French Jewish officials. A sharp increase in the number of Jews moving to Israel from France also was recorded in 2013 following the escalation of violent anti-Semitism.

Donald Trump Running to Be ‘Greatest President God Ever Created’
Trump loves Israel and Netanyahu and hates Obama. His candidacy for the GOP nomination is going to wake up people tired of political correctness. I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” I’ve watched the politicians, I’ve dealt with them all my life. They will never make America great again. They don’t even have a chance.

Obama Has Remorse for Morsi
Obama is “deeply troubled” over yesterday’s death sentence to former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, who led the Muslim Brotherhood’s violent rebellion against Hosni Mubarak and then was thrown out of office for the same crimes as his predecessor.

Moscow will respond to NATO approaching Russian borders ‘accordingly’ – Putin
If NATO threatens Russia’s territories Moscow will respond to the threat accordingly, said President Vladimir Putin. This comes after he announced Russia’s strategic forces will be getting over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2015.

Greece likely to exit euro and EU without deal with creditors – central bank
Athens is likely to leave the eurozone and the EU if it fails to reach an agreement to unlock a €7.2 billion bailout installment, said a statement from the Bank of Greece. “Failure to reach an agreement would, …, mark the beginning of a painful course that would lead initially to a Greek default and ultimately to the country’s exit from the euro area and – most likely – from the European Union,”

Southern Baptists: Supreme Court Is Not Final Authority on Gay Marriage
The president of the Southern Baptist Convention has a message regarding the looming Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage: We will not obey. “The Supreme Court of the United States is not the final authority nor is the culture itself,” declared Ronnie Floyd, the elected leader of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. “The Bible is God’s final authority about marriage and on this book we stand.”

WHO says MERS outbreak in S. Korea a ‘wakeup call’
The World Health Organisation said Wednesday that the MERS outbreak in South Korea was a “wakeup call” and urged all countries to be more vigilant. The warning came as South Korea reported its 20th death from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus.

Earthquake jolts Kathmandu
An earthquake shook Kathmandu and its adjacent districts early Wednesday. People came out to the streets and open spaces screaming as the tremor jolted Kathmandu soon after dawn. Some people were seen coming out of their homes in nightgowns. According to the National Seismological Centre (NSC), the earthquake measured 4.4 on the Richter scale and had its epicentre in Kathmandu.

Pope Francis Ready To Talk About Climate Change, Global Depopulation And World Government
He has also called for an “Earth Constitution that would transcend the UN Charter” along with the creation of a “Global Council…elected by all the people on Earth”.

Obama Prepares More ‘Executive Actions’ On Global Warming
President Barack Obama is preparing to unleash a series of “executive actions” aimed at boosting the green energy industry as part of the president’s global warming agenda. Obama is launching a “Clean Energy Impact Investment Center” at the Energy Department to “make information about energy and climate programs … accessible and more understandable to the public, including to mission-driven investors.”

US orders ban on ‘unsafe’ trans-fats
Trans-fats are unsafe to eat and must be banned from the food supply within three years, US regulators have said. The US Food and Drug Administration said partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the main source of trans-fats, are not “generally recognised as safe”. It said a ban would save lives by preventing fatal heart attacks.

Palestinian unity government ‘to resign over Gaza row’
The Palestinian Authority’s unity government will resign, President Mahmoud Abbas has said. He told his Fatah faction that the cabinet had to be dissolved because the rival Hamas movement would not allow it to operate in Gaza, which it dominates. But a Hamas spokesman said it rejected any unilateral dissolution.

Greek central bank warns of ‘painful’ euro and EU exit
Greece’s central bank has warned for the first time that the country could be on a “painful course” to default and exit from both the eurozone and the EU. It comes as the Greek government and its international creditors blamed each other for failing to reach a deal over economic reforms. That failure is holding up the release of €7.2bn (£5.2bn) in bailout funds.

Australia’s robot-led future puts squeeze on humans
Almost 40% of Australian jobs that exist today could disappear in the next 10 to 15 years thanks to advances in digital technology. A new report by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) has found that automation in the next generation could transform the shape of the Australian workforce.

Swiss probe espionage claims after Iran talks hotels hacked by Israel-linked virus
Swiss authorities have searched multiple premises in relation to an investigation into allegations that hackers – presumably working for Israel – had targeted venues which hosted international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, Attorney General Michael Lauber said on Wednesday. “We have an open investigation into political espionage in Switzerland,” Lauber told a news conference.

Study: Anti-Semitism Skyrockets in Canada
Anti-Semitic incidents in Canada skyrocketed over the last year and have now hit the highest levels “ever recorded” by human rights groups tracking the number of anti-Jewish episodes, according to a new study.

Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader killed in US strike in Yemen
A U.S. airstrike has killed al-Qaida’s second-most-powerful figure, the head of its Yemeni branch, dealing the terror network its biggest blow since the killing of Osama bin Laden at a time when it is vying with the Islamic State group for the mantle of global jihad.

North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 years
North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century, which could worsen chronic food shortages in a country where the United Nations says almost a third of children under five are stunted because of poor nutrition.

Greek leader, top EU executive clash over austerity claims
Greece’s leader and a top EU official ignited a war of words on Tuesday, a rare public spat that highlights how tense the talks have become over how to save the country from financial disaster.

Egyptian court confirms death sentence for Egypt’s first freely elected leader
An Egyptian court on Tuesday confirmed the death sentence of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over a mass prison break during the country’s 2011 uprising, making him the first leader in Egypt’s modern history to potentially face execution.

IDF Drills For War With Hezbollah and Gaza
The IDF is planning a drill that will simulate a “nightmare” scenario of blanket missile attacks emanating from both the north and south of Israel on a scale so large that the Iron Dome missile defense system would not be able to combat it.


Top Headlines – 6/17/2015

Liberman: Israel-Hamas ceasefire deal would be surrender to terrorism

Palestinian government to resign within 24 hours

Hamas rejects decision to dissolve Palestinian unity government

Jordan envoy: Status quo between Israel, Palestinians ‘untenable’

Fabius to meet with Netanyahu in Israel over plans to push Security Council resolution

‘Instead of investigating IDF, UN should probe itself’

Arab MK attends anti-Israel meeting with Knesset approval

IDF eases West Bank, Gaza restrictions for Ramadan

Unprecedented: Gov’t to allow Muslims from West Bank, Gaza to observe Ramadan on Temple Mount

Liberman: Mass settlement construction condition to join coalition

Meretz labeling bill will hurt Palestinians, factory owners in West Bank tell Gal-On

Orange boss launches legal action after death threats over Israel boycott

‘Our mandate is to isolate Israel,’ BDS leader tells ‘Post’

Oren: Obama abandoned Israel

Landmark anti-boycott laws trapped by Congressional impasse

French immigration to Israel surges in summer of 2015

Eisenkot: Groups with ties to ISIS are growing in Gaza

Israel says prepared for possible Syrian refugee throngs on Golan

IDF chief: Army would act to prevent slaughter of Syrian refugees

IDF lifts decree rendering northern Golan a closed military zone

Rocket siren sounds in Golan Heights amid heavy Syrian infighting

Israel sends message to Nusra Front: Cease attacks on Syria’s Druse

Assad steps up chemical attacks despite Obama pledge he rid Syria of weapons

Kerry ‘patience wearing thin’ on Syria’s Assad amid ‘preponderance’ of chemical attacks

US arrests New York man for Islamic State-inspired bomb plot

Turkey’s Erdogan says Mursi death sentence a ‘massacre of law’

White House says ‘deeply troubled’ by Egypt’s sentence for Mursi

US not keeping silent on Iran sanctions violations

New round of Iran nuclear talks this week

Swiss probe espionage claims after Iran talks hotels hacked by Israel-linked virus

Saudi beheads murderers, adding to ‘campaign of death’

Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader killed in US strike in Yemen

Islamic State claims Tunisian checkpoint attack that killed 3

Home-made bombs found at abandoned Boko Haram camp explode killing 63 in northeast Nigeria

‘All Churches in America Have Muslim Spies in Them’ Who Are ‘Cataloging’ Every Jew and Christian in Preparation for Jihad, Warns Author Avi Lipkin

Putin says Russia beefing up nuclear arsenal, NATO denounces ‘saber-rattling’

Russia to add 40 new intercontinental missiles this year

Russia warns of ‘new military confrontation’ in Europe

Obama gives free pass to businesses that hire illegals

Budget office: U.S. debt picture has ‘worsened dramatically’

Government Debt to Reach 107% of U.S. Economy in 2040, CBO Says

Government debt threatens to send U.S. economy into death spiral, CBO warns

Fed’s worst nightmare: The ‘ghost of 1937’

Euro falls amid Greek standoff, but shares rebound

Greek leader, top EU executive clash over austerity claims

Greek central bank warns of ‘painful’ euro and EU exit

UK draws up contingency plan as Bank of Greece warns of ‘uncontrollable crisis’

Asteroid Icarus to skim past the Earth in rare ‘distant pass’

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

Mount Everest shifted 1 inch southwest after Nepal earthquake

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Zhupanovsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Tropical Depression Bill Lashes Texas With Heavy Rain

Georgia floods: Escaped tiger ‘kills man’

North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 years

California Water Cuts Leave City Days Away From Running Out Of Water

Most of world’s groundwater reserves depleted, Nasa satellite study finds

Pope Francis warns of destruction of Earth’s ecosystem in leaked encyclical

Jeb Bush: Pope Francis should steer clear of climate issue

Obama Prepares More ‘Executive Actions’ On Global Warming

Feds Can’t Verify $2.8 Billion in Obamacare Subsidies

Turning man into machine? Pentagon making huge biotechnological advances

‘Transabled’? Healthy People Now Maiming Themselves Out of Desire to Identify as Disabled

Microsoft’s drones to catch mosquitoes and help stop epidemics

WHO says South Korea’s MERS outbreak ‘wake-up call’ as new cases reported

Catholic Church Performs Nation-wide Exorcism of Mexico

Southern Baptists: Supreme Court is not final authority on gay marriage

Teacher resigns after reading students book about gay couple


The Briefing

1) CA physician-assisted suicide bill passes after medical association drops opposition, redefining physicians’ role

Physician-Assisted Death Legislation Moves Forward In California, NPR

California Medical Association removes opposition to physician aid in dying bill, California Medical Association

America needs to talk about physician-assisted suicide, Columbus Dispatch (John M. Crisp)

2) Expected Supreme Court approval of gay marriage will raise parenting questions of law

Justices’ Words Are Combed for Clues as Major Decisions Loom at Court, New York Times (Adam Liptak)

The Same-Sex Marriage Decision: What’s at Stake for Couples, New York Times (Tara Siegel Bernard)

3) Conflict over revisionist AP history standards shows significance of worldview to interpretation of history

Bye, Bye, American History, Wall Street Journal (Daniel Henninger)

In other news…

Leak of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Hints at Tensions in Vatican, New York Times (Jim Yardley and Elisabetta Povoledo)
The New Girl in School: Transgender Surgery at 18 New York Times (Anemona Hartocollis)
Common Core Is Leaving My Students Behind Wall Street Journal (Brian Zorn)

Daily Digest

June 17, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“Wherever the real power in a government lies, there is the danger of oppression.” —James Madison, letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1788

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Barack, Francis, Hot Air and Social Justice

The United Nations is apparently now writing “climate change” encyclicals for the Vatican. On Monday, an Italian magazine leaked a draft copy of Pope Francis’ 191-page address on the topic. Taking a page from the Left’s playbook, the pope insists that curbing global warming is a moral imperative. “Humanity is called on to be aware of the need to change lifestyles, production and consumption,” he says, because the world is filled with a “culture of waste.” We are all for using energy judiciously and curbing waste, but not under the pretense of a UN-Vatican mandate. The encyclical coincides with Obama’s announcement this week of his plans for more climate “executive actions” in order to bypass Congress. Like Obama, the Pope has long advocated for liberation theology, a doctrine similar to that propagated by Obama’s religious mentor, Jeremiah Wright, and other Marxist promoters of “social justice.” Many Catholics in the U.S. take strong exception to the pope acting as a water boy for the UN. Big-government statists at the UN welcome the pope’s statement, as it may assist with the UN’s global climate treaty negotiations at the upcoming Paris summit — a treaty which would be more accurately called a “global economic control” treaty. Obama insists, “If I can encourage and gain commitments from the Chinese to put forward a serious plan to start curbing their greenhouse gases, that then allows us to leverage the entire world.” However, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) made clear that neither he nor his Republican colleagues are drinking Obama’s Kool-Aid: “The Senate is not going to ratify any international climate treaty that continues this trend [centralizing the global economy].”

Obama May Fundamentally Transform Economy

The Obama administration claims that the money dropping into the U.S. debt hole has declined. Jobs are up. The economy is coming back. (Y’know, except for those pesky winters.) But the reports are coming in that counter the administration’s propaganda. First, the Congressional Budget Office issued a report Tuesday claiming that, if left unchecked, the U.S. debt will become much, much worse. “The long-term outlook for the federal budget has worsened dramatically over the past several years, in the wake of the 2007-2009 recession and slow recovery,” the CBO said in its report. The debt could double by 2040 if left unchecked. It’s a massive problem, almost too large for any politician in Washington to recognize, but one that will affect the economic vitality of the nation far into the future. Part of the problem is that entitlement spending is going to increase as the baby boomer generation heads into retirement. As for the generation that’s supposed to keep entitlement spending going, millennials have entered the job market at the lowest part of the recession. According to statistics blog Five Thirty Eight, that generation holds more personal debt, makes less money and owns fewer and less expensive homes. Furthermore, because millennials entered the job market in a tough economic time, they will make less money over the course of their careers. Thank to his administration’s shenanigans, Barack Obama could have the legacy of fundamentally transforming the American economy.

Hillary, The Miser

In 2014, Hillary Clinton spoke at a Boys and Girls Club fundraiser. Like most of the “dead broke” politician’s speeches, this one was for a fee: $200,000. Usually, a speaker appearing at a nonprofit will charge a fee and then donate it back, especially if it’s a smaller organization. That’s what Condoleezza Rice did when she spoke at the Boys and Girls Club in 2009. But not Clinton. She turned around and deposited the check into the Clinton Foundation. Politico reports, “[F]undraising experts and people affiliated with some nonprofits on the list — including the Boys and Girls Club — grumbled that the hefty price tag for securing a Clinton speech is a significant drain on small charities’ fundraising and that community-based nonprofits could put the money to better use.” Furthermore, Clinton’s campaign is running off the work of full-time interns who work for free. The Guardian reports that the people taking these jobs are seasoned politicos who wish to enter Clinton’s good graces. How can she talk about a bad economy and a wage gap when she doesn’t take care of the people working to get her elected? Remember, this is the same Hillary Clinton that said, “I don’t think Americans are against success, I think they’re against people who get on top of the ladder and starts pulling it up so that nobody else has the same chance that they had. … Those of us who do have opportunities how to be doing more to help other people do the same.”

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A Short History of the Trans Fats Witch Hunt

By Jim Harrington

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In the year 1975, a mother was likely to give her children a snack with trans fats in it. Those fats were considered healthier, the benefits of nutritional innovation. Fast-forward 40 years and America considers trans fats a pariah and a substance that directly leads to heart disease.

Last week Mommy Government decided that no level of trans fat is healthful in the American diet. It therefore completely banned the substance by 2018 so that you’ll have one less danger stalking you.

In banning a certain ingredient from food, the government assumes too much responsibility over Americans’ lives. David Harsanyi points out that the government’s justification that the ban prevents heart disease could justify a battery of food bans — including on alcohol and cigarettes. Instead, big-government social engineering must decide what we consume — even if its groupthink may be wrong.

Trans fats can be found in fried foods, margarine and commercial baked goods. They are manufactured fats that take saturated fats and stabilize the substance through a process called hydrogenation.

Trans fats were initially developed in Germany and later went into large-scale production in England. In 1909, Proctor and Gamble bought the rights for the U.S. market, and their first product, a partly hydrogenated cottonseed oil used as shortening, was named Crisco.

Products using trans fats quickly became popular. During World War II, when dairy products were scarce, margarine took the place of butter. Trans fats also found uses as preservatives and for improving products’ texture. In the 1960s the government and scientists both recommended using them in food preparation rather than saturated fats such as lard and butter. Of course, cigarettes were being advertised as a boon to your health, too.

The Atlantic points out, “A 1961 Time magazine article that railed against the dangers of saturated fat (found in meat and dairy products), and … consumers began to view margarine and shortening as healthier alternatives.”

“In the 1980s,” the Atlantic continues, “some scientists began to associate heart disease with saturated fats, and in response, groups such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the National Heart Savers Association … began to hound manufacturers [to stop] poisoning America … by using saturated fats… In 1990, a New York Times food writer said CSPI’s campaign prompted fast-food chains to ‘slim down’ by switching to frying in shortening.”

Activists got their wish. Low fat became de rigeaur in restaurants and among “health-conscious” people. Fat was out. Chicken breast was in. And those of us who revel in our Royale with cheese and a good donut or two have become politically incorrect.

But a funny thing happened. In the late 1980s, just as Al Gore was warming up, scientific “consensus” began to shift away from trans fats. A decade later, healthy food activists were saying the fats contributed to clogged arteries. Indeed, they may be a more insidious threat than saturated fats, they said.

Ironically, as The Atlantic reported, Center for Science in the Public Interest, the organization that initially lobbied for the wide use of trans fats, turned around and told the FDA to add warning labels to any food that contained them. In 2006, the FDA required companies to label their products with the quantity of trans fats they contain and include a warning that no amount of trans fat is safe. Enjoy your meal.

This comes at a time when the average consumption of trans fats has dropped 80% in the last decade. The FDA was issuing its warnings, and people were making their own decisions about their diets.

Large food companies have already started to make the switch to other kinds of oils, but smaller businesses likely still have a stock of trans fat products. With rent, wages, taxes and now additional regulation, it doesn’t make sense to get rid of them any sooner than necessary.

Once again we see the absurd spectacle of a government treating its citizens like infants. Not only are we regulated beyond absurdity, the rules also change every generation or so. Who are these people who spend their careers writing these preposterous warnings for the “children” who work at real jobs and pay their salaries?

Adding injury to insult, now that time has passed in which “grave damage” has been visited upon millions of victims of trans fats by manufacturers that knew all along they were poison, the wolves are coming out of the woods. Personal injury lawyers are lining up to go after the deep and not so deep pockets of firms that produced an entirely legal product.

As long as the government is allowed to treat citizens as infants — a situation with which far too many are comfortable — regulations will continue getting more ridiculous and more expensive for everyone. Is it too much to tell the government to start treating Americans like a group of adults?

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Ben Shapiro: “[W]hat distinguishes [Bruce] Jenner from [Rachel] Dolezal? On what basis can we reject Dolezal’s blackness, given that the left has now redefined objective reality as self-definition? If you want to be a woman, you are a woman. If you want to be black, why can’t you be black? … By the left’s standards, Rachel Dolezal is black. She can choose her race, just as Bruce Jenner can choose his sex. And she didn’t choose. She always felt that way. After all, no one would choose to be black, just as no one would choose to be gay — blacks are so put upon in American society that no one would fake being black for, say, the benefits of employment or mainstream leftist celebration. Perhaps we can all learn from Rachel Dolezal: Race doesn’t matter. Except that it does for people like Rachel Dolezal, which is why she went black. Rachel Dolezal is a poster child for the deconstructionist, victim-manufacturing left. But now she’s learning: Once you go black, the left will make you go back.”

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Insight: “If it was necessary to tolerate in other people everything that one permits oneself, life would be unbearable.” —French novelist Georges Courteline (1858-1929)

Upright: “[Rachel Dolezal] actually said when explaining her deceptions, her lies, her constructions, her inventions, her delusions, ‘I hope that [my story] can drive at the core of the definitions of race, ethnicity, culture, self-determination, and ultimately empowerment.’ Is there a cliché from the marxist lexicon of identity politics that she has not used? … This is oppression envy. I can’t quite figure out if this is psychopathological deception on her part, or has she actually shifted over into delusion?” —Charles Krauthammer

The BIG Lie: “I’ll be honest with you. With all the crises we were dealing with … [technology and IT] did not get the kind of laser-focused attention until ­Healthcare.gov, which was a well-­documented disaster, but ended up anyways being the catalyst for us saying, ‘Okay, we have to completely revamp how we do things.’ The results there were so outstanding.” —Barack Obama

Non Compos Mentis: “The records of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, of cleaning up the messes they inherited, is something that speaks to Democratic values. Both my husband and President Obama created more opportunity coming from a lower base, because they believe, fundamentally, that real and lasting prosperity must be built by all and shared by all.” —Hillary Clinton

Village Idiots: “We are rolling out major policy proposals over the summer/fall. Among those proposals will be revenue enhancements.” —Hillary Clinton’s press secretary Brian Fallon (“Of course, ‘revenue enhancements’ is code for tax hikes. During the Bill Clinton administration, another code word for this was ‘broad-based contributions.'” —Washington Examiner’s Jason Russell)

Braying Jackass: “The Supreme Court shouldn’t have taken up [ObamaCare]. … I think the language is clear. I hope the Supreme Court can read English.” —Harry Reid

Late-night humor: “It was a beautiful weekend in New York. This is how nice the weather was: I went outside without sunscreen for about an hour, and I was elected to run the Spokane NAACP.” —Seth Meyers

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Pope Francis Calls For A New Global Political Authority To Save Humanity

Global Puzzle - Public DomainPope Francis says that global warming is a fact and that a new global political authority is necessary in order to save humanity from utter disaster.  The new encyclical that was scheduled to be released on Thursday has been leaked, and it is being reported that this new global political authority that Pope Francis envisions would be in charge of “the reduction of pollution and the development of poor countries and regions”.  The funny thing is that this sounds very much in line with the new sustainable development agenda that is going to be launched at the United Nations in September.  This radical new agenda is already being called “Agenda 21 on steroids” because it goes so much farther than Agenda 21 ever did.  The new UN agenda does not just address the environment – it also addresses issues such as poverty, agriculture, education and gender equality.  It is essentially a blueprint for governing the entire planet, and that sounds very much like what Pope Francis also wants.  In fact, Pope Francis is going to give the speech that kicks off the UN conference in September where this new sustainable agenda will be launched.  For some reason, this Pope has decided to make the fight against climate change the central pillar of his papacy, and he is working very hard to unite as much of humanity as possible to get behind that effort. (Read More…)


The Next Great European Financial Crisis Has Begun

European Financial CrisisThe Greek financial system is in the process of totally imploding, and the rest of Europe will soon follow.  Neither the Greeks nor the Germans are willing to give in, and that means that there is very little chance that a debt deal is going to happen by the end of June.  So that means that we will likely see a major Greek debt default and potentially even a Greek exit from the eurozone.  At this point, credit default swaps on Greek debt have risen 456 percent in price since the beginning of this year, and the market has priced in a 75 percent chance that a Greek debt default will happen.  Over the past month, the yield on two year Greek bonds has skyrocketed from 20 percent to more than 30 percent, and the Greek stock market has fallen by a total of 13 percent during the last three trading days alone.  This is what a financial collapse looks like, and if Greece does leave the euro, we are going to see this kind of carnage happen all over Europe. (Read More….)


Obama’s Unilateral Presidency Crashes Into the Constitution

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I remember in college my professor explaining to us that the US system of government was too slow. That it was inherently difficult – too difficult he argued. A parliamentary system was much better and would allow “things to get done.” My professor, it was clear resented the restrictions placed on government by the Constitution.

One gets the sense that Obama feels the same way.

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“Rent a Crowd” Company Admits Politicians Are Using Their Service

This is interesting.

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Former Israeli Ambassador: Obama Has a Problem–with America

Struggling to understand how Obama, Oren says–could adopt policies and postures so hostile to the Jewish state, Oren turns to Obama’s first memoir, Dreams from My Father.

What he reads shocks him:

More alarming for me still were Obama’s attitudes towards America. Vainly, I scoured Dreams from My Father for some expression of reverence, even respect, for the country its author would someday lead. Instead, the book criticizes Americans for their capitalism and consumer culture, for despoiling their environment and maintaining antiquated power structures.

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Americans Substitute Comedy for News

Who wants the truth? Very few.

Steven Colbert, John Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Schumer, and John Oliver are just some of the names young Americans revere and trust for current events and cultural commentary. But they’re more interested in the laughs than in the truth.

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Markell: Israel will react, God will protect

A Messianic Jewish leader expects Israel may attempt to take out Iranian nuclear sites within the next year or so.

“I still believe we’re going to wake up one of these mornings with big headlines – either in 2015 or 2016 – and read that Israel has taken out most or all of those nuclear reactors,” she shares. “Israel has no choice but to do that, and she’ll probably do it alone. I guarantee you America won’t be by her side under this current administration.”

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Did Kern County legislator suggest link between God, state drought and abortion?

Posted: 17 Jun 2015 07:48 AM PDT

Kern County assemblywoman is responding to criticism after a speech in which she reportedly suggested God eased Texas’ drought after the state passed anti-abortion legislation and now “has his hold on California.” According to RH Reality Check, an online publication that covers reproductive health, Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) told a group of anti-abortion advocates that “Texas was in a long period of drought until Gov. [Rick] Perry signed the fetal pain bill.

It rained that night.” She apparently was referring to controversial legislation that banned nearly all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and will close most of the state’s abortion clinics. Grove was speaking earlier this month at the California ProLife Legislative Banquet in Sacramento and brought a Bible to the podium, according to RH Reality Check. FULL REPORT

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Should stores be allowed to digitally scan shoppers’ faces?

Posted: 17 Jun 2015 07:42 AM PDT

Retailers have the ability to scan your face digitally, and use that identification to offer you special prices or even recognize you as a prior shoplifter. But should they use it? Should they get your permission first? Privacy advocates announced Tuesday they have walked away from a government-run effort with industry intended to answer these questions. The idea behind the negotiations was to hash out voluntary protocols for facial recognition technology in a way that doesn’t hurt consumers.

The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, or NTIA, was acting as mediator. The two sides had been meeting for 16 months, including last week, until the nine major privacy groups said they had hit a dead end and that “people deserve more protection than they are likely to get in this forum.” FULL REPORT

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UK bank customers set to share DNA data with banks for biometric authentication

Posted: 17 Jun 2015 07:35 AM PDT

Two-thirds of UK consumers regard biometric technology as more secure than usernames and passwords for banking, and a quarter are ready to share data about their DNA for identification purposes. Biometric authentication could change the perception that making things easier to use makes them less secure and financial services companies need to invest in the technology or risk losing customers, according to a report from communications supplier Telstra.

As more people use mobile banking apps with the promise of instant services at your fingerprints, they don’t want to constantly type in usernames and passwords. Small touchscreens can make it particularly difficult on the move. Telstra found that, in the UK, two-thirds of consumers believe identification technologies such as voice, fingerprint, iris and facial recognition are more secure than passwords and would help reduce the risks of fraud. A total of 32% of UK survey respondents said they had experienced identity theft either directly or indirectly, compared to the global average of 38%. FULL REPORT

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Vatican speaker and California Governor in push for massive depopulation

Posted: 17 Jun 2015 06:51 AM PDT

The depopulationists are on the move again, pushing hard for the elimination of six billion people on planet Earth in order to bring the planet down to what’s being touted as its “sustainable carrying capacity of one billion people.” But this time, the depopulation agenda may be codified by the Vatican. Professor John Schellnhuber has been chosen as a speaker for the Vatican’s rolling out of a Papal document on climate change.

He’s the professor who previously said the planet is overpopulated by at least six billion people. Now, the Vatican is giving him a platform which many expect will result in an official Church declaration in support of radical depopulation in the name of “climate science.” “The teaching document, called an encyclical, is scheduled for release on June 18 at Vatican City,” reports Breitbart.com. “Perhaps with the exception of the 1968 encyclical on contraception, no Vatican document has been greeted with such anticipation.” FULL REPORT

 

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Southern Baptists: Supreme Court is not final authority on gay marriage

Posted: 17 Jun 2015 06:46 AM PDT

The president of the Southern Baptist Convention has a message regarding the looming Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage: We will not obey. “The Supreme Court of the United States is not the final authority nor is the culture itself,” declared Ronnie Floyd, the elected leader of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

“The Bible is God’s final authority about marriage and on this book we stand.” Dr. Floyd’s powerful and provocative comments were met with thunderous applause and standing ovations from thousands of Southern Baptist messengers meeting in Columbus, Ohio. “While some evangelicals may be bowing down to the deception of the inclusiveness of same-sex marriage, we will not bow down nor will we be silent,” Floyd declared in a fiery speech on Tuesday. “We do not need to redefine what God Himself has defined already.” FULL REPORT

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Hundreds of US Marines to be deployed on British warship amid Russia threat

Posted: 17 Jun 2015 06:41 AM PDT

Hundreds of elite troopers will be stationed with British troops on a Royal Navy gunship, as part of a thinly-veiled warning to the Russian president. The move is also designed to be a show of strength to nervous NATO allies across Europe, who are worried they might be the next victims of Putin’s expansionist ambitions. However, embarrassingly for Britain, the Marines may have to turn to other European nations to host their air support because the Royal Navy no longer has an aircraft carrier. Their MV22 Osprey vertical take off craft will be tested aboard the helicopter-carrying assault ship HMS Ocean, to see whether the landing deck is strong enough to withstand the force of it taking off.

In previous tests the ship has proved it can operate the Osprey. The Pentagon is being forced to rely on its allies to base Marines in Europe because the intense focus on the Middle East has stretched the resources of even the world’s richest military. The normal force based in the Mediterranean – the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit – has been relocated to the US Central Command in Iraq. Instead the US Marines will be based on British, Spanish, French and Dutch ships. FULL REPORT

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Indonesian volcano Mount Sinabung erupts: Over 10,000 evacuated

Posted: 17 Jun 2015 06:31 AM PDT

More than 10,000 villagers have fled a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia this month, most in recent days after a series of violent eruptions, an official said on Tuesday. Authorities raised the alert status of Mount Sinabung, on Sumatra island, to the highest level at the start of June after detecting a sharp increase in activity. The volcano, which came back to life two years ago after a period of inactivity, erupted violently at the weekend, spewing hot ash and rocks high into the air.

Sinabung – which killed 16 people in a fierce eruption last year – was continuing to belch out a thick plume of smoke high into the sky on Tuesday, covering homes far away with a coating of ash About 7500 residents have been evacuated from their villages following the weekend eruptions, disaster agency official Tri Budiarto told AFP. FULL REPORT

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Mount Asama volcano erupts near Tokyo – geologic activity increasing for Japan

Posted: 17 Jun 2015 06:22 AM PDT

Mount Asama, 87 miles from Tokyo, is thought to have had a small eruption, the latest in a string of recent volcanic incidents across Japan. Mount Asama, one of Japan’s most active volcanoes, is believed to have spewed a small quantity of ash, but Tokyo was not affected, according to Kyodo News. A warning against the dangers of falling rocks within a mile radius of the mountain, which is located 87 miles northwest of the capital, was subsequently issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). Experts have been keeping a close eye on the 8,425 feet volcano in recent months, with tremors detected since April and a subsequent surge in sulphur dioxide emissions.

The incident came just a week after the JMA warned about Mount Asama’s activity, raising its risk level from 1 to 2 and advising people against approaching the crater. Flights by Japan’s major airlines were reportedly unaffected by the incident and the alert was not raised further as there were no signs of further volcanic activity on the mountain. Poor visibility due to thick clouds meant that it was not immediately possible to establish whether there was a volcanic plume, according to the JMA. Mount Asama is the latest in a string of volcanoes to have experienced activity in recent months across Japan, which is home to 110 active volcanoes scattered across its mountainous landscape. FULL REPORT

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Officials scramble for solutions in the wake of another fish kill in New York

Posted: 16 Jun 2015 08:20 PM PDT

As the Peconic River teems with thousands of dead fish after another bunker kill, town and county officials are struggling to find solutions to deal with the clean-up – and the stench. “It’s totally disgusting,” said Joanne Tyte, who lives on Howell Lane on the Peconic River. “The smell is so bad that we can’t even go outside.” Last month’s major fish kill washed up tens of thousands of dead bunker on shores from the Peconic River to the Peconic Bay after algal blooms starved the water – and its bunker fish – of oxygen.

And last weekend, oxygen levels in the Peconic River once again dropped very low due to another algal bloom, triggering yet another fish kill. Fortunately, this weekend’s kill appears to be smaller than last month’s, but it has washed up thousands more stinky dead fish near the homes of fish-weary residents who are still reeling from the remains of the last kill. “Since June 7, we’ve had nothing but southerly winds, and that’s just been carrying that smell to our house,” said Jennifer Parillo, who lives on Riverside Drive. “It just hasn’t stopped. It keeps on coming. FULL REPORT

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California Water Cuts Leave City Days Away From Running Out Of Water

Posted: 16 Jun 2015 08:12 PM PDT

The community of Mountain House is days away from having no water at all after the state cut off its only water source. Anthony Gordon saves drinking water just in case, even though he never thought it would come to this. “My wife thinks I’m nuts. I have like 500 gallons of drinking water stored in my home,” he said. The upscale community of Mountain House, west of Tracy, is days away from having no water.

It’s not just about lawns—there may not be a drop for the 15,000 residents to drink.“We’re out there looking for water supplies as we speak,” said Mountain House general manager Ed Pattison. “We have storage tanks, but those are basically just to ensure the correct pressurization of the distribution system. No more than 2 days are in those storage tanks.” The community’s sole source of water, the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District, was one of 114 senior water rights holders cut off by a curtailment notice from the state on Friday. FULL REPORT

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Inside An Asian ‘Click Farm’ That Sells Fake Facebook Likes Through Fake Profiles (VIDEO)

Just Google “buy Facebook likes” and you’ll see how easy it is to purchase black-market influence on the Internet though foreign click farms

EVERY MORNING, KIM Casipong strolls past barbed wire, six dogs, and a watchman in order to get to her job in a pink apartment building high above the slums in Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines. She is a pretty, milk-skinned, 17-year-old girl who loves the movie Frozen and whose favorite pastime is singing karaoke. She is on her way to do her part in bringing down Facebook.

Casipong huffs to the third floor, opens a door decorated with a crucifix, and greets her co-workers. The curtains are drawn, and the artificial moonlight of computer screens illuminates the room. Eight workers sit in two rows, their tools arranged on their desks: a computer, a minaret of cellphone SIM cards, and an old cellphone. Tens of thousands of additional SIM cards are taped into bricks and stored under chairs, on top of computers, and in old instant-noodle boxes around the room.

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Richard Braggs, Casipong’s boss, sits at a desk positioned behind his employees, occasionally glancing up from his double monitor to survey their screens. Even in the gloom, he wears Ray-Ban sunglasses to shield his eyes from the glare of his computer. (“Richard Braggs” is the alias he uses for business purposes.)

Casipong inserts earbuds, queues up dance music, and checks her clients’ instructions. Their specifications are often quite pointed. A São Paulo gym might request 75 female Brazilian fitness fanatics, or a bar in San Francisco’s Castro district might want 1,000 local gay men. Her current order is the most common: fake Facebook profiles of beautiful American women between the ages of 20 and 30. Once a client has received the accounts, he will probably use them to sell Facebook likes to customers looking for an illicit social media boost.

Most of the accounts Casipong creates are sold to these digital middlemen — “click farms” as they have come to be known. Just as fast as Silicon Valley conjures something valuable from digital ephemera, click farms seek ways to create counterfeits. Just Google “buy Facebook likes” and you’ll see how easy it is to purchase black-market influence on the internet: 1,000 Facebook likes for $29.99; 1,000 Twitter followers for $12; or any other type of fake social media credential, from YouTube views to Pinterest followers to SoundCloud plays. Social media is now the engine of the internet, and that engine is running on some pretty suspect fuel.

Casipong plays her role in hijacking the currencies of social media — Facebook likes, Twitter followers — by performing the same routine over and over again. She starts by entering the client’s specifications into the website Fake Name Generator, which returns a sociologically realistic identity: Ashley Nivens, 21, from Nashville, Tennessee, now a student at New York University who works part-time at American Apparel. Casipong then creates an email account. The email address forms the foundation of Ashley Nivens’ Facebook account, which is fleshed out with a profile picture from photos that Braggs’ workers have scraped from dating sites. The whole time, a proxy server makes it seem as though Casipong is accessing the internet from Manhattan, and software disables the cookies that Facebook uses to track suspicious activity.

Next, Casipong inserts a SIM card into a Nokia cellphone, a pre–touch screen antique that’s been used so much, the digits on its keypad have worn away. Once the phone is live, she types its number into Nivens’ Facebook profile and waits for a verification code to arrive via text message. She enters the code into Facebook and — voilà! — Ashley Nivens is, according to Facebook’s security algorithms, a real person. The whole process takes about three minutes.

Casipong sometimes wonders what happens to profiles like these once she turns them over to the clients. But it’s just a job. Once she earns a degree in web design, she hopes to join the Philippine diaspora and find work in Australia, New Zealand, or the United States.

When Casipong stands up at 6 p.m., a night-shift worker is waiting to take her chair.

ONCE, IF YOU wanted to make money scamming people on the internet, you used email. For two years, Braggs made his living spamming half a billion email addresses, hawking blueprints for a mythical perpetual energy machine or e-books that explained the secret to winning the lottery. Filipinos even invented a term for this kind of work, “onlining,” and for about a decade it was a semi-honorable career path in Cebu City, the metropolitan area that encompasses Lapu-Lapu City and is one of the foremost business-outsourcing centers in the world.

But from 2010 to 2012, teams of internet security researchers and law enforcement officials dismantled several spambot networks across the world. These efforts, combined with the improved defenses of email hosts, effectively disabled many onliners in Cebu City. They had to look for new ways to make money.

Meanwhile, social media’s takeover of the internet had been swift and dramatic. Between 2005 and 2012, the percentage of internet-using American adults on a social media platform mushroomed from 8 to 70 percent. In 2005, Facebook had 5.5 million users; at the end of 2014, it claimed 1.4 billion active monthly users — a little less than half of all people with internet access.

In 2009, Facebook introduced the “like” button, which quickly became a way for people to celebrate an engagement or the birth of a baby, but also for brands to get people to endorse their products. Companies loved social media for the ostensible humanity it lent them; sales leads that came through social media, studies showed, had a much higher chance of converting into actual purchases. Google’s and Bing’s algorithms take social media into account, so large followings could also improve a company’s position in search-engine rankings, where appearing even one slot higher can mean significant additional revenue.

Facebook Farming: The Scam of “Like”

Celebrities — and more minor personalities, like bloggers trying to get endorsement deals — have increasingly found their value measured in Facebook fans and Twitter followers, and the payments they receive proportionate to their social media clout. Khloé Kardashian reportedly earns around $13,000 every time she tweets things like, “Want to know how Old Navy makes your butt look scary good?” to her 14.5 million followers. Politicians desire large followings for obvious reasons. Even ordinary people have discovered perks to having an extensive social media presence: Some employers, for instance, now require social media savvy for jobs in marketing, PR, or tech.

To help companies, celebrities, and everyday people boost their social media standing, onliners set up internet stores — click farms — where customers can buy social media influence. Click farms can be found across the globe, but are most commonly based in the developing world, in countries like India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. Most are run by smaller teams that manage software to give digital life to accounts like “Ashley Nivens.”

Researchers estimate that the market for fake Twitter followers was worth between $40 million and $360 million in 2013, and that the market for Facebook spam was worth $87 million to $390 million. International corporations like Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz, and Louis Vuitton have all been accused of employing click farms, and celebrities like 50 Cent, Paris Hilton, and LeAnn Rimes have been suspected of buying fake followers. During his 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney gained more than 100,000 Twitter followers in a single weekend, despite averaging only 4,000 new followers a day previously. (His campaign denied having bought any fakes.) One Indonesian click farmer told me that he had funneled 2 million Facebook likes to a candidate in his nation’s hotly contested July 2014 presidential election.

Click farms jeopardize the existential foundation of social media — the idea that the interactions on it are between real people. Just as importantly, they undermine the assumption that advertisers can use the medium to efficiently reach real people who will shell out real money. More than $16 billion was spent worldwide on social media advertising in 2014; this money is the primary revenue for social media companies. But if social media is no longer made up of real people, what is it?

BRAGGS GOT INTO onlining in 2011 after a friend who had struck it rich spamming gave him the software to start his own operation. When Braggs’ email spam business failed in 2012, he opened his own click farm, manually forging thousands of Facebook accounts and selling likes from them, incrementally hiring workers as his business grew.

By July 2013, he was making phone-verified accounts — or PVAs — full time. He hired 17 employees, including Casipong, and established round-the-clock shifts so his farm never went dark. Casipong guesses that she makes over 100 Facebook PVAs a day. Other employees average more than 150. Braggs sells PVAs for 70 cents; “premium” PVAs — accounts that are fleshed out with more than bare-bones biographical details — can be bought for $1.50.

Since his business began, Braggs has expanded into Yahoo, Gmail, and Twitter PVAs, and his customers have used the fake accounts in all sorts of scams. On the dating site Tinder, for example, Braggs said he believes seductive women solicit male users for pay-to-access porn sites. His biggest order, he told me, was for Chinese hackers trying to fleece the digital payment exchange Stellar; he hired every freelance worker he could find, but he was still only able to fulfill a small portion of it.

But Braggs’ farm feels more like a startup than a developing-world sweatshop. Most of his employees are young IT university graduates infused with the excitement of beating the system. There is an office puppy named Hacker, and Braggs pays for a cook to prepare lunch for the employees every day. Casipong earns about $215 a month, significantly more than the local minimum wage for a domestic helper, which can be as low as $34 a month.

What Braggs and click-farm managers are doing is not illegal in the Philippines. Facebook’s terms of service are not international law. “Click farming raises serious consumer protection questions,” said Ian Ayres, a professor at Yale’s law and business schools. But the actual law is less explicit. And Braggs has his own business ethics: He’s not hacking anyone’s bank account, only offering a service that people are clamoring to pay for. And in the process, he’s providing for himself, his family, and his countrymen.

THIS FEBRUARY, FACEBOOK stated that about 7 percent of its then 1.4 billion accounts were fake or duplicate, and that up to 28 million were “undesirable” — used for activities like spamming. In August 2014, Twitter disclosed in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that 23 million — or 8.5 percent — of its 270 million accounts were automated.

It is in the interest of Facebook and other platforms to downplay the severity of the fake-accounts problem. In 2014, more than 90 percent of Facebook’s $12.5 billion in revenue and about 90 percent of Twitter’s $1.4 billion in revenue came from advertising. If researchers are correct that advertising on social media leads to a high percentage of fake likes and fans and followers, the entire business model could be called into question by advertisers.

It seems impossible that Facebook, with its army of coders and multibillion-dollar war chest, won’t eventually crush Braggs and his operation. The company knows his real name. It barrages his inboxes with cease-and-desist orders. But he’s hopeful. “Every system is made by humans,” Braggs told me, “so there is always a way to beat it.” source

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Media Praise Chobani Yogurt Commercial Showing Lesbians Naked in Bed Together

by A. Spreeman

Is the whole world shifting into depravity as the new “normal?” Money talks: Adweek reports, the LGBT community is currently estimated to represent a $743 billion market. NewsBusters reports that the ad is being praised by media types: The ad shows a woman lying in bed, seductively licking a spoon while eating yogurt, wrapped […]

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Gay-Marriage Advocates Launch New Attack on Regnerus Family Study

The research published by Regnerus in 2012, surveyed 2,988 adults aged 18 to 39 and examined the outcomes of those who had grown up in a variety of family structures, compared with those who had grown up with both biological parents. The outcomes included such things as employment status, criminal history, marital status, income level, suicidal tendencies, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, and overall happiness. The results showed children raised by same-sex parents did not fare nearly as well in adulthood as those raised in an intact biological family.

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Rolling in Green

Environmental grant-making is big business. In 2012, 673 U.S. foundations gave thousands of grants worth $1.59 billion for advocacy and programs involving animals, wildlife, and the environment, according to the Foundation Center. The top environmental donor that year was the liberal William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a major funder of Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion Population Council.

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The Prospects for Polygamy

So it’s hard to imagine polygamy being embraced as a major progressive cause or hailed as the next great civil rights movement. (I’m doubtful that most of Gallup’s pro-polygamy 16 percent see it that way now.) And the courts, being political entities, are unlikely to redefine marriage further merely because the logic of past rulings points that way.

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Video of Young Boy Dancing Sexually in Streets as “Gay” Pride Attendees Cheer Raising Concerns

by Marsha West

So those of us who think it’s wrong for a young boy to simulate sex in public are labeled homophobes. Homosexuals can’t defend this sort of behavior so what do they do? Name call. Adults should protect this child, not exploit him. Heather Clark, columnist for Christian News Network, reports: A video recently posted to […]

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Christian Headlines Daily – Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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Top Headlines

Netanyahu Condemns UN Human Rights Council before Release of Gaza Report

Ohio Grocery Stores Pull ‘Sweet Baby Jesus’ Beer amid Complaints

Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall Performing Again after Beating Cancer

Pope Francis’ Letter on Climate Change Leaked Early

‘Soul Surfer’ Bethany Hamilton Gives Birth to Baby Boy

Looking for Poverty Solutions that Actually Work

Christian Rapper KB: God Met Me through Hip-Hop

5 Things We’ll Always Cherish about Elisabeth Elliot

Pennsylvania Teachers Visit Mosques, Undergo Islamic Culture Training

Texas Teen Lost at Sea for 15 Hours Says He Trusted God

Opinion

Does Being Pro-Life Cost Votes?

Miley Cyrus: Belief in Noah’s Ark is ‘Insane’

Do We Have More in Common with Muslims than Secularists?

Jurassic World: One of 30 Sequels This Year

Why We Celebrate the Magna Carta


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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June 15 Quotes


Sanctification and Union with Christ

I think it is as simple as this. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is saturated with all that is ours “in Christ.” From that ground, Paul gives us our identity and our call. We are to walk (imperative) in a manner worthy of our calling (indicative) in Christ (Eph. 4:1). We are light in the Lord (indicative); therefore, we are to be light (imperative) (Eph. 5:8).

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5 Most Abused Christian Terms

Matthew 7:1 is perhaps the most abused verse in the entire Bible. The idea that Christians should never judge is as unbiblical as you can get. Everywhere Scripture commands us to judge, to discern, to assess, and to make moral pronouncements and judgments. Not to do so is a sign of disobedience and rebellion. All that Jesus warned about in the Matt. 7 passage was hypocritical judging: attacking someone else when you are doing the same thing. That of course is wrong, but biblical judging is never wrong.

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Pray Like a Child

There are many things about childhood we ought to leave behind. But when it comes to dependence and complete reliance upon our Abba, our Father, we need to be just like little children. This is never more true than in our prayer life. We need to come to him just as we are, empty handed, sin-stained, and in great need of his grace. Just like a child.

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Plant a Tree on Your Way Out

Any fruit on this fallen earth will certainly seem small. It might look slightly bruised. It’ll probably harbor a worm or two. I’m not really planting trees for this world. I’m planting them for the next. I cling to that promise of my God, “He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him” (Ps. 126:6). Only heaven will have barns big enough for all the harvest.

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What Do I Do If I’m Attracted to People of the Same Sex?

by Pastor J.D.

This is the third of a five-part blog series on same-sex attraction. Be sure to read part 1 (“Why we have such a problem talking about same-sex attraction in the church”), and part 2 (“Is same-sex attraction wrong? If so, why?”) … and then to check back in tomorrow for part 4 (“How do I love my gay friend?”), and on Friday for part 5 (“Concluding Thoughts”).

Our culture tells us that if we find same-sex desire within us, we need to affirm them. The only way to be truly authentic is to be true to what is deep inside of you. But if what we know of Scripture is true, that’s a dangerous starting point.

Forget about sexuality for a moment, and consider how God talks about the way we approach him: “This is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word” (Isaiah 66:2). On all issues, sexuality or otherwise, that is to be our posture before God—recognizing the waywardness of our hearts and allowing God to guide us toward the right. Is that your posture before God in your sexuality? Are you humble, contrite, and trembling at his Word?

Rosaria Butterfield, a previously practicing lesbian and advocate of the LGBT lifestyle, makes this point beautifully. The core issue, she says, is never sexual. It’s the attitude toward God behind our sexuality. We want to establish what is right. We want to be God. We want to judge rather than to judge. The problem, she says, isn’t sexual orientation; it’s soul orientation.

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Get with the Big Gay Program…or suffer the economic consequences.

The anti-Christian economic momentum spearheaded by unbelieving elites atop Corporate America seems to shift into a higher gear with each passing month. Where once it was stunning to hear of such things as Christians being fired for their fidelity to Scripture on the subjects of family, marriage, and sexuality, now such tales have become the expected norm. In […]

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The light of Hope: As our culture blackens…

Joining us this morning at 9am Central is author Scott Alan Buss, a frequent guest and one of our writers on Stand Up For The Truth. Scott’s articles are also on his Fire Breathing Christian website. Scott’s books include, Fire Breathing Christians, Apathetic Christianity, and The Beginning of Knowledge: Christ as Truth in Apologetics. Two of […]

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What’s at Stake? The Gospel Is at Stake.

There is always one truth or another that is being disputed. There is always some doctrine or another that is under attack. And speaking personally, I find it hard to keep up. Sometimes it is best to recruit some help, and I did that very thing recently. I keep hearing about differing views on the historical Adam, with more and more people moving away from a strictly literal understanding that Adam was divinely created by God on the sixth day of creation. Knowing that William Vandoodewaard had just written a book on the subject (The Quest for the Historical Adam), I asked if he would help me sort it all out. He did that in this brief but helpful Q&A.

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A Self-Pity Refresher

dog_licking_paws11I remember it well. A new, exciting ministry position was up for grabs. Quietly in my mind, I congratulated myself as being the most faithful candidate. Since I “put in my time,” it was a sure thing, so I thought. However, my inflated view of self and self-flattery only set me up for greater disappointment when another person (who I thought was less qualified) was chosen for the position. I couldn’t believe it. I was humiliated, not because it was humiliating so much as I had created my own humiliation by wallowing in my shattered ego. For a few weeks after, I continued licking my wounds as I felt sorry for myself. I created my own misery. And in a narcissistic way, I liked it; it was a nurturing form of self-therapy.

Self-pity: a self-absorbed, feeling sorry for oneself fueled by a high view of self, a low view of God, and an attitude of entitlement.

As I’ve struggled with the sin of self-pity, God has been kind to expose some of its dangers.

The following is a brief refresher on some of self-pity’s dangers:

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Responding to the Rise of Christianophobia

George Yancey is a professor of sociology with an academic interest in anti-Christian attitudes in the United States. He focuses on issues of Christianophobia, a term he uses in his book Hostile Environment. (Darling, Christianity Today)

http://www.christianitytoday.com/parse/2015/june/responding-to-rise-of-christianophobia.html


Christian booksellers’ implosion

Jim Fletcher notes slow destruction of industry

What was once a fine idea – the first five minutes someone had it 60 years ago – has become one of those classic scenes you want to look away from, but can’t.

I’m speaking of the slow destruction of the American Christian book industry.

From scandalous books offered in Christian bookstores, to the recent bankruptcy of Family Christian Stores, the whole affair reeks of mismanagement and greed.

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Slumbering Preachers–Sleeping Saints – Markell

By Jan Markell

A ministry supporter in Washington State sent me a flyer that was handed out in his church recently. It is more mocking. The flyer asks if folks have met “End-Times Eddie” in the church. It denigrates “Eddie” and suggests he is so focused on end-times that he has missed all the present opportunities and people in front of him.

“Eddie” is gloom and doom. Why isn’t he looking for Jesus to bring Heaven to earth right now?

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What Are the Wars of the End Times? – David Reagan

By Dr. David Reagan

Did you know that the Bible contains prophecies about nine wars in the end times? That’s right, a total of nine. That fact comes as a shock to most people who are familiar with only one, namely, the War of Armageddon. Most people are very surprised to learn that the War of Armageddon is not the only end time war.

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Jeffress: U.S. will cheer same-sex ruling

A prominent pastor, author, and radio host predicts that the U.S. Supreme Court will favor homosexual “marriage” over natural marriage in coming days, and a majority of Americans will support the court ruling.

The court historically “puts its finger in the air” to see which way the wind is blowing, says the pastor, “and the wind is certainly blowing in favor of same-sex marriage.”

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Southern Baptist president: God, not Supreme Court, has ‘final authority’

(RNS) “The Supreme Court of the United States is not the final authority, nor is the culture itself, but the Bible is God’s final authority about marriage and on this book we stand,” said the Rev.


Put Not Thy Trust in Presidential Candidates

The self-serving circus of political candidates and media coverage is on full display right now, and it’s not hard to understand why this job opening attracts such clown-like candidates. People who have an aversion to twenty-four hour public scrutiny, inhumane travel schedules, and unsavory relationships rightly shy away from the insanity of presidential campaigning.

This caricature of the democratic process turns not only potential candidates away, but voters as well. Voter participation dropped from 62.3 percent in 2008 to 47.5 percent in 2012. If you haven’t blocked out the memory of that election, the once-jaded electorate whipped itself into a frenzy about the messiah-like or antichrist possibilities (depending on your personal feelings) of one of the candidates. Not surprisingly, many were disappointed.

Some though, haven’t learned the lessons of the past. E. J. Dionne decries the fact that Americans are increasingly cynical about politicians. (I think it would be shocking if Americans weren’t cynical about the 2016 election.) Nary a critical statement could be found in his article about Hillary Clinton, and Dionne peppers the piece with phrases like this: “Above all, she took all of the blows against her and turned them into badges of endurance, toughness and empathy for those who have to come back ‘no matter what the world throws at you.’” Dionne lists her tasks for her potential presidency, without the slightest acknowledgment that these would be difficult for any candidate to accomplish:

Like her husband before her, Clinton is trying to forge a new consensus and is unashamed to pile up policy proposals: on family leave, child care, college affordability, incentives to employers for higher wages, immigration reform, clean energy and limits on the power of wealthy campaign donors.

It’s mostly disappointing that a publication like Commonweal would publish this praise-piece of one single candidate. A religiously oriented journal should demand a more critical eye from its writers, be they liberal or conservative.

Intelligent journalists can fall victim to alternating cycles of worship and despair, tearing down the idols they build up. It’s hard to say whether those running think that they can actually accomplish what they set out to do, but their predecessors know the frustrating reality of checks and balances. While rampant cynicism is not desirable, there is a healthy dose of skepticism that one needs to have when a politician promises the moon. Unrealistic expectations that can’t be met result in the cynicism and despair in democracy that Dionne rightly wants to avoid.

The media infatuation with the personality of each candidate and the alternating cycles of canonization and demonization ruin the real expectations that one should have for the chief executive, and obscure the real questions that need to be asked. Case in point, the New York Times report on Marco Rubio’s wife’s speeding tickets. These types of stories are completely irrelevant and attempt to satisfy an unhealthy obsession of candidates and journalists alike to stay perpetually relevant.

Our government is not reducible to one person with many promises. The presidency is just one office, one part in the larger governing scheme. We don’t need another Messiah.

Dominic Bouck, O.P., is a Dominican brother of the Province of St. Joseph and a summer intern at First Things.

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“Calvinism is not new to Baptists”, and other Calvinistic thoughts

With the Southern Baptist Convention going on and its recent history of fighting against the doctrines of grace, AND fighting against the people who bring them, it might be good to get a little perspective. Here are two. Thomas Kidd at Desiring God, writes about the doctrines of grace in church history. And S. Lewis Johnson preaches on the inconsistent stance of four-point Calvinists.

For those unfamiliar with the terms, here are some quick definitions first.

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Stop saying “Christians Aren’t Perfect”

I am so tired of hearing Christians say “Christians aren’t perfect” as an excuse for bad Christian behavior. ⇦ Tweet that!

The statement can also come out like this:

“Well, the church is a hospital for sick people.”

or

“No church is perfect.”

or

“Christians are sinners too.”

or my favorite of all (*barf*),

“Christians aren’t perfect … just forgiven.”

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These sorts of statements are usually said when you are critical of a church, a church leader, or some other Christian for something they said or did.

If you say that a pastor doesn’t practice what he preaches, or if a church makes poor decisions about how to spend their money, or if a Christian group behaves meanly, arrogantly, or rudely toward some non-Christian group, the response you will often get back is “Well, Christians aren’t perfect.”

Seriously?

What is so hard about saying

“You are right. That was mean. I am sorry.”

or

“That was selfish. I am sorry.”

or

“That was insensitive and judgmental. I am sorry.”

say Im sorryIt is true that everything we need to know in life we learned in Kindergarten, and one of the main things we learned in Kindergarten was the importance of saying we’re sorry to others when we hurt them.

Many of us Christians need to go back to Kindergarten to learn the lesson all over again. When we hurt someone (even if it is unintentional), we need to say “I’m sorry.”

(By the way, apologizing for all the pain we experience in life is one of the things God was doing in Jesus on the cross. Think on it!)

And please, don’t add a “but” to your apology. Don’t say, “I’m sorry, but …”. Grace has no but, and neither do apologies.

And as long as I’m on the subject …

Usually when Christians say, “Well, Christians aren’t perfect either,” they then go on to point out the sin in other people, and if you challenge them on why they can point out sin in the lives of others, they say, “I can’t just overlook sin. Someone has to point out sin in people’s life. If I keep silent, I am condoning the sin.”

I have three things to say against this line of thought.

First, maybe someone does need to point out sin in other people’s life. But that someone is not you. It is the job of the Holy Spirit to convict the world of sin (John 16:8). So unless you are a member of the Trinity, you don’t need to point out the sin in other people’s lives.

Second, if you point out sin in other people’s lives, but then justify your own rude sinful behavior by saying, “Well, nobody’s perfect,” what kind of hypocrisy is that? You don’t want other people to justify their own sin, but you are more than happy to justify your own by saying, “Christians aren’t perfect”?

Third, yes, yes, yes, I am falling into the same trap here myself by pointing out sinful behavior in the lives of others instead of just letting the Holy Spirit do it, and yes, maybe my tone here is not that loving or kind toward my sinning Christian brethren who talk rudely and unkindly toward others.

But you know what? You should just let me be mean and rude and angry toward you because, after all, “Christians aren’t perfect.”

Please share this post with others!

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A Demon-Obsessed Vatican Performs An ‘Exorcismo Magno’ On Entire Country Of Mexico

Can a country with deep Christian roots like Mexico find itself at the mercy of demons? Some in the Church fear so.

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” John 16:7 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Pope Francis’ frequent references to the Devil have helped propel belief in Beelzebub back into the mainstream of the Catholic Church. Dioceses in the UK, Italy, Spain and elsewhere have noticed a dramatic increase in the number of people claiming to be possessed and have responded by training more priests in the dark arts of how to perform exorcisms. In short, Demonology has become big business for the Vatican. But whatever happened to preaching the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ? As Christians, we are to lift up and exalt the work of the Holy Spirit, and not focus on demons and the underworld.

Vatican CityThey called for a nation-wide exorcism of Mexico, carried out quietly last month in the cathedral of San Luis Potosí. High levels of violence, as well as drug cartels and abortion in the country, were the motivation behind the special rite of exorcism, known as “Exorcismo Magno.”

Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, the archbishop emeritus of Guadalajara, presided at the closed doors ceremony, the first ever nation-wide exorcism in the history of Mexico.

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Also participating were Archbishop Jesús Carlos Cabrero of San Luis Potosí, Spanish demonologist and exorcist Father José Antonio Fortea, and a smaller group of priests and lay people.

The event was not made known to the general public beforehand. According to Archbishop Cabrero, the reserved character of the May 20 ceremony was intended to avoid any misguided interpretations of the ritual.

But how can an entire country become infested by demons to the point that it’s necessary to resort to an Exorcismo Magno? “To the extent sin increases more and more in a country, to that extent it becomes easier for the demons to tempt (people),” Fr. Fortea told CNA.

The Spanish exorcist warned that “to the extent there is more witchcraft and Satanism going on in a country, to that extent there will be more extraordinary manifestations of those powers of darkness.”

Fr. Fortea said that “the exorcism performed in San Luís Potosí is the first ever carried out in Mexico in which the exorcists came from different parts of the country and gathered together to exorcise the powers of darkness, not from a person, but from the whole country.”

“This rite of exorcism, beautiful and liturgical, had never before taken place in any part of the world.  Although it had taken place in a private manner as when Saint Francis (exorcised) the Italian city of Arezzo,” he stated. source

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Catholic priests attempt to exorcise all demons from Mexico

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I read, shaking my head the whole time, a news article from today, June 16, 2015, noting that some Catholic archbishops and other religious muckey-mucks got together to exorcise the demons from Mexico. All of them. Nationwide.

Hmmm.

What happens when an entire country becomes infested with demons?

Vatican City, Jun 16, 2015 / 03:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Can a country with deep Christian roots like Mexico find itself at the mercy of demons? Some in the Church fear so. And as a result, they called for a nation-wide exorcism of Mexico, carried out quietly last month in the cathedral of San Luis Potosí. High levels of violence, as well as drug cartels and abortion in the country, were the motivation behind the special rite of exorcism, known as “Exorcismo Magno.”

I want to state at the outset, that Catholicism is NOT CHRISTIAN. This is critical to understand. Catholicism is no more Christian than Wicca or Hinduism. It is a false religion. More on that in a moment.


The Four Gentile Kingdoms

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Q.  My question is this. When King Nebuchadnezzar had his dream, (Daniel Chapter 2) Daniel interpreted the dream as representing the 4 great kingdoms with Babylon being the greatest. I admit I don’t know my history all that well, however, how did the the remaining 3 get lined up with the Medo-Persian empire, Greek empire and the Roman empire? I am wondering how those lined up as opposed to, say, the Chinese Dynasty which was also a great empire.

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Does Isaiah 18 Refer To America?

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Q.  I have been interested in end-times prophecy for over 20 years. But, I still see and read things that surprise me. (I’m really amazed at how things are happening so quickly now.)

I’ve always heard that the U.S. is not clearly mentioned in Bible prophecy. Some time back I was told that there was a chapter in Isaiah (18) that could be a reference to the U.S. Could this possibly be talking about America? Was there ever a partial fulfillment of this chapter. I would appreciate your insight.

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How Many Messiahs Are There?

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Q. Why did John the Baptist send his disciples to ask Jesus whether he was the one or for them to look for another? He is the same person who said “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” So what is the Gospel of Matthew trying to tell us in this passage?

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The Strange, Unfulfilled Doomsday Prophecy Of Acts Chapter 2

It’s the day of Pentecost, and it’s the very first baby steps of the Church. Jesus was standing up and getting ready to come back. So what happened?

“For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:” Acts 2:15-17 (KJV)

As Christians, when we read the New Testament, we have a tendency to take everything from Matthew 1 to Revelation 22 and lump it all together with the Church. For many of us, this is how we were taught to read the Bible. But this is not how the Bible was written. All of the New Testament was not written about the Church living in the age of Grace. In fact, there are 3 different groups of people that God can be addressing at any given time.

One of the greatest examples of this is found in Acts 2, where the apostle Peter is talking about something very strange. We understand that Acts 2 is the start of the Christian Church, that’s true, but the story that it tells is of the Church in transition and not one in completion. In Acts 2, Peter is in charge, but just a few chapters later he will be replaced by the Apostle Paul, and by Acts 15 he is gone never to be heard from again. When Peter preaches the need to “repent and be baptized” in Acts 2:39, this gospel is not at all like the gospel Paul would preach in Ephesians 2:8,9 of salvation by grace though faith, with no works attached to it at all. The dispensation of faith plus works ends with Peter and the age of Grace begins with Paul.

But before it happens, Peter opens his mouth and utters a prophecy that remains unfulfilled to this day.

It’s the day of Pentecost, and it’s the very first baby steps of the Church. Peter is preaching, the Holy Spirit is falling like flames of fire, and thousands are getting saved. The miracle of tongues – the ability to speak a foreign language you never learned – is in evidence, and the shocked people watching begin to mock and say that they’re drunk. Peter rebukes them, and then says something startling. He says not only are these men not drunk, but that the Tribulation is about to start and Jesus is getting ready to come back and fight the battle of Armageddon. What??? Yep. We know this is true because he opens his mouth and quotes from the Prophet Joel, who wrote almost exclusively on the subject of the Tribulation and Armageddon. We quoted the first part of it at the start of this article, here is the rest of it:

“And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:18-21 (KJV)

To me, that’s truly amazing. Peter is telling the crowds that had gathered that what the Prophet Joel had prophesied about the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus was coming true right then and there. If that had continued to happen, there would have been no Church Age, no Apostle Paul, no gentiles being saved. None of it. Let that thought sink in for a moment. So if Peter was saying that Joel’s prophecy was coming true, what stopped it?  It stopped in Acts chapter 7.

“When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.” Acts 7:54 (KJV)

It all came to a crashing halt when the Jews rejected the preaching of Stephen. When the Holy Spirit spoke through Stephen, God was giving His People one more chance to get it right. They rejected God the Father in the Old Testament, and they resulted in 400 years of silence from Malachi to Matthew. They rejected Jesus Christ in the New Testament, and that resulted in the cross and the empty tomb. Now here in Acts 7, God gives them one, last chance to accept the witness of the Holy Spirit through Stephen.

Stephen preaches his heart out, and lets it fly with both barrels. This is some of the best preaching found anywhere in the Bible. At the end of it, in accordance with Peter declaring Joel’s prophecy to be coming true in Acts 2, we see Jesus STANDING UP and ready to return to the Earth. This is end, here He comes…..

“But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.” Acts 7:55,56 (KJV)

…but it was not to be. Why? The Jews did not receive Stephen’s preaching, in fact, the Bible records that they beat him to death with rocks. What was the result? Stephen died, the window in Heaven closed, and Jesus sat back down. Joel’s prophecy would be postponed for 2,000 more years. In Acts 8, the first gentile gets saved with the Ethiopian eunuch and Philip, and in Acts 9, Saul gets knocked off his horse and get commissioned by Jesus Himself to be the leader of what the Church would fully transition into. A church made of up both Jews and Gentiles, in one body. Peter never saw it coming, and Paul called it a “mystery”.

“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” Colossians 1:25-27 (KJV)

The Church Age will end with the Rapture, and that event will usher in the time of Jacob’s Trouble, what Jesus calls the Great Tribulation in Matthew 24. It will be in this time period that Joel’s prophecy will finally be fulfilled. Joel’s prophecy is for the Jews and about Israel, it is the final fire of refinement that God must put His People through. But it has nothing to do with the Church. The Church is “Plan B”, it was always “Plan B”. God was fully ready, as Peter preached, to pull the plug without ever creating a gentile Church. Peter was 100% right when he declared Joel’s prophecy to be coming true, but the rejection of Stephen’s preaching by the Jews stopped that timeclock.

We are in the closing minutes of the Church Age, get something done for Jesus while there is still time left.

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The Four Gentile Kingdoms

Q&A-chalkboard

Q.  My question is this. When King Nebuchadnezzar had his dream, (Daniel Chapter 2) Daniel interpreted the dream as representing the 4 great kingdoms with Babylon being the greatest. I admit I don’t know my history all that well, however, how did the the remaining 3 get lined up with the Medo-Persian empire, Greek empire and the Roman empire? I am wondering how those lined up as opposed to, say, the Chinese Dynasty which was also a great empire.

continue reading


Does Isaiah 18 Refer To America?

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Q.  I have been interested in end-times prophecy for over 20 years. But, I still see and read things that surprise me. (I’m really amazed at how things are happening so quickly now.)

I’ve always heard that the U.S. is not clearly mentioned in Bible prophecy. Some time back I was told that there was a chapter in Isaiah (18) that could be a reference to the U.S. Could this possibly be talking about America? Was there ever a partial fulfillment of this chapter. I would appreciate your insight.

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How Many Messiahs Are There?

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Q. Why did John the Baptist send his disciples to ask Jesus whether he was the one or for them to look for another? He is the same person who said “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” So what is the Gospel of Matthew trying to tell us in this passage?

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Lighthouse Trails June 15, 2015 Newsletter

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling—Zivitovsky vs Kerry—Another Turn Against Israel
Christian Booksellers’ Implosion
Animal Rights
NEW BOOKLET TRACT: BIG NOISY GOD—Dispelling the Rumor that God Can Be Found “Only in the Silence”
ACLU Seeks to Force Christian Adoption Agencies to Place Children with Homosexuals
Tantric (i.e., Contemplative) Sex and Christianity—A Match NOT Made in Heaven
Letter to the Editor: False Unity Growing Among U.S. Pastors – Say “Unity” is Key to Revival
BOOKLET REVIEW: Truth or Consequences: A Booklet Highlighting Biblical Truth
Anti-Jew, Anti-Israel, Replacement Theology Movie
Ironside: A Wonderful Expectation!—He is Coming Again!

“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Our Time is Short

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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

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

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Three serious breaches of national security under this Democrat administration

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What difference does national security make? What difference does national security make?

The first one was Edward Snowden’s leak of classified data.

This article from Reuters has an update on the damage that Snowden caused.

It says:

Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in “hostile countries” after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the Sunday Times reported.

Security service MI6, which operates overseas and is tasked with defending British interests, has removed agents from certain countries, the newspaper said, citing unnamed officials at the office of British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Home Office (interior ministry) and security services.

Snowden downloaded more than 1.7 million secret files from security agencies in the United States and Britain in 2013, and leaked details about mass surveillance of phone and internet communications.

[…]British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Snowden had done a huge amount…

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Move over housing bubble and student loan bubble: here’s pension bubble!

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Recently, I was talking to Dina about which state I would like to live in. I looked at a whole bunch of factors like tax rates, housing prices, religious liberty laws, voting patterns… but I also looked at state obligations to pay pensions.

Let’s take a look at the story from the Washington Examiner to see why this is important.

It says:

Years of gimmicks and politically motivated benefit increases for government workers have left America’s states and municipalities with pension funds that are short at least $1.5 trillion — and possibly as much as $4 trillion if the investment returns of these funds don’t live up to expectations in coming years.

[…]Since 2007, states and localities have been forced to increase annual contributions into pensions by $43 billion, or 65 percent, and in various places these rising payments are crowding out other government services…

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Grace Robbers Part 2

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Grace Robbers are very subtle. They don’t go around chanting, “Down with the cross, down with the cross.” However, when it comes to preaching, they emphasise, not Christ crucified, but feelings and experience. Grace robbers will major on anything and everything but the grace of God in the gospel.

By the way, it’s not that it’s wrong to feel the presence of the Lord and to enjoy Him. God forbid that we should have a cold, dry, bare faith that does not affect the entire being. However, vast numbers of professing Christians are continually lusting after the excitement of a new experience. The gospel is not enough. They want ‘The Release of the River of Life’, or the ‘Soaking of the Spirit’. They wish for something other than the gospel.

They fail to see the glory of Christ in the good news. They desire a richer experience than they feel…

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The Gospel Truth about Grace Robbers! Part 1

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Many years ago, I lived in a large, old country house in County Wexford, Ireland. There was a legend attached to the house that told of how one of the previous owners had died and had been buried with some of her jewelry. Later that night, grave robbers broke into the crypt in search of her very prized ring. However, owing to the ring being so tightly attached to her person, the robbers had to resort to cutting off her finger (ring and all). According to the story, such was the violence of the act that the lady resuscitated. She screamed, the robbers screamed and scattered and the woman was able to slowly walk home to where her grieving family had gathered.

I don’t know whether or not the story is factual, but people in the locality were convinced that it was true.

One thing I do know, however, is…

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What Is Racism?

Green Baggins

Racism is a very serious thing these days. We hear of race riots in America, just when some people thought we had moved past all that. There are blatant forms of racism, and more subtle forms of it. But before we get into that, we need to ask an important question: why is a white guy like me talking about this subject, and what right do I have to do so? There are two ways of answering that question. The first is that racism can be just as much against white people (theoretically) as against any other race. We haven’t seen much of that in America. But it does exist, especially in more subtle forms of racism, which we can get into below. The second part of the answer is that a white person can and should care about what happens to other parts of the human race. Just because…

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