Daily Archives: June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jun. 22, 2015

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President Obama said gun violence is exacting a heavy toll on the U.S. and the public must demand action by Congress, including steps to curtail easy access to firearms.

Hillary Clinton called for an end to gun violence and the country’s long struggle with race is far from finished after a mass shooting at a South Carolina church this week left nine people dead.

With New Jersey Transit commuters facing higher fares amid a $120 million budget deficit, the agency is paying more to workers as it deals with equipment repairs and service disruptions.

The European Central Bank raised emergency funding for Greek lenders for the third time in less than a week, a person familiar with the decision said.

Hedge funds reduced both bullish and bearish bets on oil for a fourth week as rising OPEC output was met with forecasts for a contraction in U.S. supply. Money managers trimmed their short wagers in West Texas Intermediate oil by 4.3 percent and long bets by 0.2 percent, leading to a 0.8 percent gain in the net-long position.

A 45-year-old woman, is unemployed, disabled, and living far below the poverty line. Still, a federal district judge decided last week that she could not cancel more than $37,000 in student debt in bankruptcy, because she hadn’t made a good-faith attempt at repaying the loans.

Taliban militants attacked Afghanistan’s parliament Monday in one of the most brazen challenges to the government’s authority since the U.S. ended combat duties six months ago. An assailant blew up a vehicle at the entrance gate to parliament, shrouding the building in smoke and sending lawmakers racing for the exit.

Since last June, the average price of a 1/8th ounce of recreational cannabis has dropped from $50-$70 to $30-$45 currently; an ounce now sells for between $250 and $300 on average compared to $300-$400 last year. More competition and expansion of grow facilities contributed to this price decline, but it is also a natural result for any maturing industry as dispensaries try to find the market’s equilibrium price.

Adults in the U.S. have overtaken children in taking medication for the condition and accounted for 53 percent of the industrywide 63 million prescriptions for ADHD drugs last year, according to data.

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Both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year’s Gaza war, a widely anticipated United Nations report said Monday, decrying the “unprecedented” devastation and human suffering.

A man who flew a gyrocopter through some of America’s most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol said Monday that he’s rejected a plea offer in the case that would have involved several years in prison.

Campaigners protesting at China’s annual dog meat festival, which sees thousands of canines butchered and eaten, were forcibly dispersed by unidentified men Monday as they tried to rally outside a government office.

The latest sighting of two convicts who escaped from a New York prison now places them close to the Canadian border – more than 350 miles from where state police conducted their search less than a day before.

Kurdish-led forces advanced on Monday deep into territory in Syria held by Islamic State, showing new momentum after they unexpectedly swiftly seized a border crossing from the jihadists last week.

Bulldozers razed hundreds of homes and businesses in the poor Sodom and Gomorrah neighborhood of Ghana’s capital on Saturday so the authorities can start widening a lagoon to prevent a repeat of this month’s deadly floods.

The head of a white supremacist group, cited by the suspected gunman who killed nine people at a black South Carolina church last week, has given thousands of dollars to several 2016 Republican presidential candidates, according to media reports.

Syria’s army advanced this weekend west of the ancient city of Palmyra, reopening a key supply route for oil and gas to the capital, a newspaper and monitoring group said Monday.

A 75-year-old blind man found beheaded in his Inglewood, CA. apartment was remembered by friends and family as a kind, family man who touched many through his gospel singing.

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A Europe-wide police team is being formed to track and block social media accounts linked to Islamic State (IS). A recent US study found there were at least 46,000 accounts on Twitter linked to the militant group, many of which help to recruit new IS members.

Authorities in Chile’s capital Santiago have imposed emergency measures amid rising pollution. According to city officials, pollution has reached a “critical level”. Santiago is located in a valley and when there is little wind and no rain; smog can hang over the city of six million inhabitants for days.

Four people have been killed and 30 wounded in a wave of grenade attacks overnight in Burundi, police say, a week before parliamentary elections.

Some 224 people are now believed to have died during a heatwave in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province. Karachi, has experienced temperatures as high as 113F in recent days.

WND

Republican strategist Karl Rove said on “Fox News Sunday” the only way to stop gun-related violence, like the Wednesday massacre at Emmanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston S.C., was to repeal American citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

The Pentagon has confirmed to WND that the Islamic State has seized enough radioactive materials from captured Iraqi facilities to develop “dirty bombs,” just as ISIS’ recent English-language magazine, Dabiq, claimed.


Top News – 6/22/2015

Putin: Russian pipeline project to help Greece pay its debt
Vladimir Putin said after Friday’s talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that a prospective Russian natural gas pipeline should help Greece service its debt, but the Kremlin said the question of direct Russian financial aid to Greece was not discussed.

EU Extends Sanctions Against Russia till 2016
The European Union voted to extend its economic sanctions against Russia for another six months, the EU news officer for foreign affairs, Susanne Kiefer, told international news media Monday. The sanctions are being maintained until January 31, 2016, “with a view to complete implementation of Minsk agreement,” she wrote on Twitter.

‘Reasonable’ Greek offer raises hopes of deal but Germany urges caution
Hopes rose on financial markets as the officials accepted the reform proposal for the first time as a “reasonable” basis for negotiating an aid-for-reforms agreement between Athens and its creditors at the EU and IMF. But Germany, the biggest European contributor to Greece’s bailout programs, warned that the meeting in Brussels of euro zone leaders could be only “a summit of consultations” without a detailed technical agreement.

BIG SUNSPOT FACES EARTH
One of the biggest sunspots of the current solar cycle, AR2371, is directly facing Earth. The active region has an unstable ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic field that harbors energy for strong explosions.

FULL HALO CME, STORM WARNING
A coronal mass ejection (CME) is heading directly for Earth. It left the sun during the early hours of June 21st, and is expected to sweep up one or two lesser CMEs already en route, before it reaches Earth sometime on June 22nd.

Oklahoma area on record earthquake pace
Through April 2015, the seismically active region centered in Oklahoma has notched 468 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater. That figure is a leap of nearly 90 percent more than the 248 temblors of that strength experienced in the first four months of 2014, which went on to become the state’s most seismically active year by far, with 997 quakes.

Muslim Leader Plans to Turn Thousands of Churches Into Mosques; Claims Christians and Muslims Worship ‘the Same God’
A prominent Muslim leader in France has suggested that thousands of the country’s abandoned Catholic churches should be turned into mosques to accommodate the growing French Muslim population, which is the largest Muslim population in Europe.

Sen. Sessions: Slow Fast-Track Now, Before It’s Too Late
More than four weeks have passed since the Senate first voted on whether to grant the Executive six years of fast-track authority. In that time, an enormous amount has been discovered…This includes the Administration’s pledge to use the agreement to impose “environmental governance.” …Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is far more than a trade deal. It forms an enduring, self-governing political entity with vast regulatory power.

Ukraine crisis: EU extends Russia sanctions to 2016
EU foreign ministers have extended economic sanctions against Russia until the end of January 2016. The aim is to make Russia comply with the Minsk ceasefire accord signed with Ukraine in February, EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic tweeted. EU and US sanctions target associates of President Vladimir Putin and Russian state banks, military and energy firms.

Greece debt crisis: EU leaders hold critical summit
Greece faces a critical 24 hours as European leaders hold an emergency summit that could break the deadlock around the country’s debt crisis. Greek PM Alexis Tsipras said at the start he hoped Greece would “return to growth within the eurozone”. In separate comments, he also ruled out pension cuts, higher power rates, and an excessive budget surplus.

Pakistani Heat Wave Kills 122 in Karachi
Residents in and around Karachi, Pakistan can expect another day of misery Monday from a deadly heat wave. Hospital officials say the dangerous weather has killed 122 people since Saturday. Doctors say nearly all of the deaths were caused by heat stroke, whose symptoms include high fever, trouble breathing and a barely audible heartbeat.

Iran lawmakers ban nuclear inspectors from military sites
With some lawmakers chanting “Death to the America,” Iran’s parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program.

EU Foreign Policy: A Reflection of the Systemic Crisis
The two visits to Israel and the Palestinian Authority by Federica Mogherini since she was appointed High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union in November 2014 were designed to reflect her view of the importance and urgency of the Israeli-Palestinian issue and her intention to be involved in efforts to renew the dialogue between the two parties. These actions may appear to indicate business as usual within the EU, but these are not usual times.

Evangelicals Draw Battle Lines Against Gay Marriage
With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule by the end of the month on whether same-sex marriage is legal, many Christian evangelicals say they would refuse to obey a decision allowing gay unions. The Defend Marriage pledge, signed by more than 50,000 people, is one of a series of measures launched by social conservatives to push back against same-sex unions.

The Trump Card
A sure-fire way of assessing the threat that leftists feel toward any challenge to their nonsensical narratives and preposterous policies is to measure the long knives and “important” people they drag out to slam the competition.


Top Headlines – 6/22/2015

France’s Fabius pushes peace proposal in meeting with Netanyahu

France warns of ‘explosion’ if no Mideast peace

Fabius: There is willingness on both sides to return to negotiating table

France wants bigger role in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts

Netanyahu: Int’l peace proposals are forced on Israel, push it to indefensible borders

ADL calls Michael Oren’s remarks on Obama’s Mideast policy ‘unjustified and insensitive’

High Court to debate demolition of homes in West Bank outpost

Hotovely: Israel working through diplomatic channels to prevent latest flotilla

Arab MK to join third Gaza-bound flotilla, warns Israel not to intercept it

Terrorist shot after stabbing Border Police officer in neck in Jerusalem

Ya’alon, Netanyahu, impose restrictions following terror attacks

Top rebel leader accuses Jews of masterminding Ukrainian revolution

South African president who helped end apartheid opposes boycott of Israel

PM: Egypt’s next ambassador to Israel ‘deeply welcomed’

Israel conducts air strike over the border in Lebanon to ‘destroy its own downed drone’

Islamic State crisis: ‘Mines planted in Syria’s Palmyra’

France says Iran deal ‘still not clear’ 10 days before deadline

Iranian parliament bill may put stick in the spokes of nuclear negotiations

Iran parliament votes to limit inspections vital to nuclear deal, with deadline looming

Afghans counter Taliban offensive in northern Kunduz province

Somalia jihadists al-Shabab launch Mogadishu attack

Dutch Party Leader Wilders Posts Muhammad Cartoons on YouTube

Obama blames gun lobby ‘grip’ on Congress for lax U.S. gun laws

Karl Rove: Only Way To Stop The Violence Is To Repeal Second Amendment

Pope: Weapons manufacturers can’t call themselves Christian

Franklin Graham: ‘Godless’ Hollywood Causing Gun Violence

Charleston church reopens in triumph over ‘Devil’ massacre

N.Y. State Senator Proposes Using GPS Implants To Track Violent Convicts

Robot grocery store gives high-tech upgrade to food shopping

Greece Sets Off for Crunch EU Talks on ‘Definitive’ Solution

Greek debt talks haunted by ghost of Argentina

Bank of Greece warned bankers of ‘difficult’ day if no debt deal

Meanwhile, Greece Is Quietly Printing Billions Of Euros

Asia cheers Greece’s 11th-hour proposals to avert default

As a possible Greek default looms, Tsipras courts Moscow

Russia and Greece consider collaborating to circumvent Western sanctions

US hopes Russia may change direction when Vladimir Putin is gone

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

12 Volcanoes Around the World That Could Erupt At Any Time

Tropical Storm Kujira to Impact Southern China

Pakistan heat wave claims at least 140 lives in Karachi

Stop eating Nutella and save the forests, urges French ecology minister

Free Meningitis Vaccines Offered At Pride Fest

Tensions build as Supreme Court readies blockbuster rulings

Supreme Court expected to rule within days on Texas abortion law

Mennonite Couple Who Stopped Hosting Weddings Due to Homosexual Lawsuit Now Shuttering Business

Tylenol’s Pro-Gay Campaign Aims to Change Face of American Family

Three May Not Be a Crowd: The Case for a Constitutional Right to Plural Marriage

International Yoga Day controversy as India is accused of pushing ‘Hindu agenda’ on Muslims

Tullian Tchividjian Steps Down at Coral Ridge – Extramarital Relationship Cited

‘I Forgive You’: Families of Charleston Shooting Victims Urge Killer to Repent, Trust Christ

A Review of Jonathon Cahn’s The Mystery of the Shemitah by Bob DeWaay

Controversial Reality Show ‘Preach’ Canceled After 15,000 Sign Petition; Prophetess Reacts

The Deification of Man: Pope Francis and The Blasphemy Of Being Called “Holy Father”

Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical is even more radical than it appears

Pope Francis Included Islamic Passages In Climate Hoax Encyclical


12 Signs That The United States And China Are Moving Toward War

War Peace Sign - Public DomainIf the United States and China are supposed to be such “great friends”, why are both sides acting as if war is in our future?  Thanks to events in the South China Sea and the blatant theft of the personal information of millions of U.S. government workers, tensions between the United States and China are the highest that they have been in decades.  Most Americans typically assume that a real, actual shooting war between the U.S. and China could never possibly happen, but as you will see below the Chinese are actually spending a lot of time and money preparing for precisely such a conflict.  In fact, the Chinese are working feverishly to develop new offensive weapons systems that would only be used in such a war.  Of course it is extremely unlikely that a military conflict between our two nations will happen in our immediate future, but without a doubt we are moving in that direction.  And this is how wars typically happen – things build up over a period of time before they finally reach a breaking point.  Just think about what took place between the United States and Japan in the lead up to our war with them.  There were years of diplomatic troubles before Japan finally made the decision to launch a “surprise” attack on Pearl Harbor.  Right now, I believe that we are moving into a similar period of diplomatic trouble with China.  Initially, this will likely affect our trade relationship with the Chinese, but ultimately it could be much more than that.  The following are 10 signs that the United States and China are moving toward war… (Read More…)


Lindsey Williams, Martin Armstrong And Alex Jones All Warn About What Is Coming In The Fall Of 2015

Warnings - Public DomainNot since the financial crash of 2008 have so many prominent people issued such urgent warnings about a specific time period.  Almost daily now, really big names are coming out with chilling predictions about what they believe is going to happen during the second half of 2015.  But it isn’t just that these people have a “bad feeling” about things.  The truth is that we are witnessing a confluence of circumstances and events in the second half of this year that is unprecedented.  This is something that I covered in a previous article that went mega-viral all over the Internet entitled “7 Key Events That Are Going To Happen By The End Of September“.  Personally, I have never been more concerned about any period of time than I am about the second half of 2015.  And as you will see below, I am definitely not alone. (Read More….)


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Tensions are building inside and outside the white marble facade of the U.S. Supreme Court building as the nine justices prepare to issue major rulings on gay marriage and President Barack Obama’s healthcare law by the end of the month.

Of the 11 cases left to decide, the biggest are a challenge by gay couples to state laws banning same-sex marriage and a conservative challenge to subsidies provided under the Obamacare law to help low- and middle-income people buy health insurance that could lead to millions of people losing medical coverage.

Many legal experts predict the court will legalize gay marriage nationwide by finding that the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal treatment under the law and due process prohibit states from banning same-sex nuptials.


Billy Graham’s Grandson Tullian Tchividjian Resigns as Coral Ridge Presbyterian Pastor After Admitting Affair

Tullian Tchividjian, the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian church in Florida, has resigned from his position after admitting to an affair. Billy Graham’s grandson said that he has been experiencing ongoing marital issues.

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Ex-CIA director: U.S. wide open to grid attack

A former CIA director says the Obama administration hasn’t done nearly enough to protect the nation from attacks to America’s information and critical infrastructure systems.

“The president has to put this first on his list because we are very vulnerable, and we will stay vulnerable until some key things get fixed. So far, I have not seen anywhere near enough commitment from the White House or any place else in getting this done,” said R. James Woolsey, who served as director of the Central Intelligence in the Clinton administration. Woolsey is now chairman of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

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Tylenol’s Pro-Gay Campaign Aims to Change Face of American Family

The decision makers at Tylenol, a popular pain killer, are now attempting to kill God’s design for the family.  The company has decided to promote homosexuality. Monica Cole has the story. Gay and lesbian couples are featured prominently in Tylenol’s new #HowWeFamily campaign, which aims to change the face of the American family. A same-sex prom couple and two gay […]

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Hundreds of thousands rally in Rome against gay unions

Yahoo News reports:

Hundreds of thousands of Italians gathered in Rome Saturday to demonstrate against gay unions and the teaching of gender theories in schools, as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tries to push a civil union bill through parliament.

Holding aloft banners reading “The family will save the world” and “Let’s defend our children”, a sea of people crammed into the San Giovanni square near the Italian capital’s historic centre to support family values.

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Hundreds of thousands rally in Rome against gay unions

ROME (AFP) – Hundreds of thousands of Italians gathered in Rome Saturday to demonstrate against gay unions and the teaching of gender theories in schools, as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tries to push a civil union bill through parliament. Holding aloft banners reading “The family will save the world” and “Let’s defend our children”, a […]

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Tylenol’s Pro-Gay Campaign Aims to Change Face of American Family

The decision makers at Tylenol, a popular pain killer, are now attempting to kill God’s design for the family.  The company has decided to promote homosexuality. Monica Cole has the story. Gay and lesbian couples are featured prominently in Tylenol’s new #HowWeFamily campaign, which aims to change the face of the American family. A same-sex prom couple and two gay […]

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The Briefing

1) National shocked by forgiveness given by families of Charleston shoot victims to shooter

‘I forgive you.’ Relatives of Charleston church shooting victims address Dylann Roof, Washington Post (Mark Berman)

In Charleston, Raw Emotion at Hearing for Suspect in Church Shooting, New York Times (Nikita Stewart and Richard Pérez-Peña)

2) Heresy of racism forced upon society’s consciousness by Charleston shooting

Dylann Roof, Suspect in Charleston Shooting, Flew the Flags of White Power, New York Times (Frances Robles, Jason Horowitz and Shaila Dewan)

3) Gay marriage’s moment dependent on shift in culture’s moral judgement of homosexuality

Gay Marriage’s Moment, New York Times (Frank Bruni)

In other news…


When gov’t thinks Americans are the enemy

 


Moral Acceptance Of Behaviors Once Condemned At Record High Levels

Are there any traditional moral taboos left? A new Gallup poll says people are moving toward acceptance of a wide variety of behaviors once condemned as taboo and morally unacceptable……….. Click here for full story


Americans Have Lost Confidence … In Everything

Americans have little confidence in most of their major institutions including Congress, the presidency, the Supreme Court, banks and organized religion, according to the latest Gallup poll………… Click here for full story


A New World Map – Aggressor Nations Are Once Again Expanding Their Sovereignty

If the present trajectories continue, a reconfigured Middle East will be bookended by radical Islamic empires — the Islamic State caliphate and a new Persian empire. China will control most of the Pacific and adjudicate trade, commerce and politics west of Hawaii and to the south and east of India. The client states of a new Russian empire will border central Europe and be under constant pressure to leave the EU, NATO or both ……… Click here for full story


You Don’t Have to Watch ‘Jurassic World’ to See Bio-engineered Animal Weapons

The latest installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World, comes remarkably close to reality. As in Jurassic World, scientists in real life are already well on their way toward genetically modifying animals for military use……….. Click here for full story


Muslim Leader Plans To Turn Thousands Of Churches Into Mosques; Claims Christians And Muslims Worship ‘The Same God’

A prominent Muslim leader in France has suggested that thousands of the country’s abandoned Catholic churches should be turned into mosques to accommodate the growing French Muslim population, which is the largest Muslim population in Europe……. Click here for full story


Daily Digest

June 22, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” —Thomas Paine, American Crisis, No. 1, 1776

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Obama’s New ‘Angry’ Standard for Owning Guns

As we have already noted here and here, Barack Obama wants you to believe that the horrific murders in Charleston last week happened because his gun control agenda has been thwarted. In a new interview — part of a comedian’s somehow appropriately titled podcast “WTF With Marc Maron” — Obama blamed the NRA. “Unfortunately, the grip of the NRA on Congress is extremely strong,” he said. “I don’t foresee any legislative action being taken by this Congress.” Fortunately, the Second Amendment, which the NRA defends, still holds sway with enough members of Congress to stop Obama’s agenda. Of course, he trotted out his usual trope about how he concedes “we have to be respectful” of the traditions of “hunting and sportsmanship around firearms,” neither of which have much to do with our rights. But his most worrisome statement was on the standards for background checks, which the Charleston murderer passed. Obama wants those background checks to be even tougher to pass. How tough? Obama asked, “The question is just, is there a way of accommodating that legitimate set of [hunting and sporting] traditions with some common-sense stuff that prevents a 21-year-old who’s angry about something — or confused about something, or is racist, or is deranged — from going into a gun store, and suddenly he’s packing and can do enormous harm?” So now the standard is whether someone is merely angry, confused or racist? Who gets to decide that? If it’s Obama, no Republican would ever be permitted to purchase a gun.

In Charleston, Grace Broke Through

As Dylann Roof sat in the basement of Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday evening, he almost didn’t go through with his plot. The church members were “so nice to him,” NBC News reports. But Roof was bent on carrying out his “mission.” In murdering nine people in cold blood, leaving one woman alive, he hoped to ignite a race war. It’s the sum of white supremacist philosophy: Sooner or later the races will descend into violence, and Roof wanted to be the spark. But instead of revenge, Roof was met with something else. In an unusual testimony during a bond hearing, the daughter of Ethel Lance, one of the victims, told Roof, “I forgive you. You took something really precious away from me. I will never talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again. But I forgive you and have mercy on your soul. It hurts me, it hurts a lot of people but God forgive you and I forgive you.” One by one, the representatives of the victims came forward, forgiving Roof, asking him to give his life to Christ. On Sunday, Roof’s plans vaporized as white Christians prayed with black Christians and churches vowed to build relationships with one another. Truth and love transcend racial lines.

EPA Slaps New Regs on Vehicles

The Environmental Protection Agency is heating up. In late May the EPA took additional control over America’s waterways. Last week it announced plans to regulate aircraft. This week it expanded its reach even further by slapping regulations on larger vehicles. “The Obama administration on Friday proposed tough new standards to reduce pollution from carbon-emitting trucks and vans, the latest move by President Barack Obama to address global warming,” the Associated Press reports. “The new rules … are designed to slash carbon dioxide emissions by 24 percent over the next 12 years while reducing oil consumption by up to 1.8 billion barrels over the lifetime of the vehicles sold under the rule. … The proposed standards would cover model years 2021-2027 and apply to semi-trucks, large pickup trucks and vans, and all types and sizes of buses and work trucks, officials said.” As if this latest power grab isn’t bad enough, the EPA is about to finalize its long-anticipated Clean Power Plan regulating carbon emissions from coal-fired plants. The sad irony is that it’s all being justified by junk science. More…

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

State Dept. Admits Obama’s Anti-Terror Polices Failed

By Nate Jackson

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This just in from Barack Obama’s never-ending victory lap in the Long War: The State Department issued a notable report Friday indicating that terrorism is on the upswing around the world. Not only that, but Iran has a big hand in it. Clearly, Obama’s boasting in his own successful policies has been, to put it charitably, misplaced.

According to the State Department’s report, terror attacks spiked 35% between 2013 and 2014, while deaths from those attacks rose by a staggering 81%. State called the 2014 attacks “exceptionally lethal,” as 20 of them resulted in more than 100 deaths. Twenty-four Americans were among the nearly 33,000 victims of almost 13,500 attacks.

A major facet of the increase in attacks is that the Islamic State — previously known as the “JV team” — has, according to The Guardian, crippled al-Qaida from within while succeeding in procuring what State’s report called an “unprecedented seizure” of territory in Iraq and Syria. The report found, “The prominence of the threat once posed by core al Qaeda diminished in 2014. … AQ leadership also appeared to lose momentum as the self-styled leader of a global movement in the face of ISIL’s rapid expansion and proclamation of a Caliphate.”

Obama may claim to have “decimated” al-Qaida, but he has done so only by permitting the Islamic State to do it for him. That’s hardly what we’d call a model for success.

Much of the terrorism increase has happened in Iraq, where the Islamic State filled the vacuum left by Obama’s premature withdrawal of American forces. But Syria is also a serious problem, where the report notes that the number of foreign fighters swelling the ranks of the Islamic State “exceeded the rate of foreign fighters who traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen or Somalia at any point in the last 20 years.”

Finally, and perhaps of most concern going forward, is that the State Department acknowledges Iran’s major role in sponsoring the increase in terrorism — all while Secretary of State John Kerry negotiates lucrative sanctions relief as part of a lousy nuclear agreement with that nation.

“ISIL and AQ were far from the only serious threat that confronted the United States and its allies,” according to the report. “Iran continued to sponsor terrorist groups around the world, principally through its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF).”

Though Iran is no friend of the Islamic State, its methods don’t differ all that much. “Tehran increased its assistance to Shiite militias fighting in Iraq and continued its long-standing military, intelligence and financial aid to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s embattled government and Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad,” notes the Associated Press, which added, “While the 388-page [State Department] study said Iran has lived up to interim nuclear deals with world powers thus far, it gave no prediction about how an Iran flush with cash from a final agreement would behave.”

That’s reassuring.

But at least Obama’s worried about it, says White House spokesman Eric Schultz: America’s “grave concern about Iran’s support for terrorism remains unabated. That is all the more reason that we need to make sure they don’t obtain a nuclear weapon.”

If only Obama’s deal would in fact ensure that.

In short, all of Obama’s assurances that terrorists were defeated, decimated or otherwise diminished by his policies were bunk. His policies have failed, and the world is paying the steep price of his “leadership.”

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John Goodman: “The Republican Party has four factions, Matthew Dowd announced on This Week with George Stephanopoulos a few weeks ago. They are: the libertarians, the evangelicals, the Tea Party and the establishment. Notice that all four factions are defined by ideas. They are defined by how they think the world should be organized. Can you name the four idea factions that make up the Democratic Party? The problem is that the Democratic Party is not a party of ideas. It is a party of special interests and groups who respond to identity politics. When Clinton announced her candidacy, she carefully went down the list of groups she intended to target: women, minorities (read blacks), Hispanics, immigrants, the LGBT community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender), etc. … Then of course there are the economic interests, including working women, minimum wage workers, teachers and members of just about every labor union in the country. In all cases the strategy is the same. Attached to every group there is a single issue or a set of issues that is vote-determining. Members of the group may disagree with the candidate on every other issue. But those disagreements don’t matter. Republicans never campaign this way. If they did, Republican voters wouldn’t vote for them.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Speech delivery counts for little on the world stage unless you have convictions, and, yes, the vision to see beyond the front row seats.” —The Gipper

The BIG Lie: “When I ran in 2008, I in fact did not say I would fix it. I said we could fix it. … If you’re dissatisfied that every few months we have a mass shooting in this country killing innocent people, then I need you to mobilize and organize a constituency that says this is not normal and we are going to change it.” —Barack Obama

Non Compos Mentis, part I: “If Congress had passed some common-sense gun safety reforms after Newtown … we wouldn’t have prevented every act of violence, or even most. We don’t know if it would have prevented what happened in Charleston. No reform can guarantee the elimination of violence. But we might still have some more Americans with us.” —Barack Obama

Non Compos Mentis, part II: “I cannot imagine the horror that could’ve occurred if people [in Charleston] were sitting around with concealed weapons, this thing started and you had a full-scale gunfight. You might not even have three survivors.” —Democrat strategist Bob Shrum

Demo-gogues: “Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say n—r in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination.” —Barack Obama

Village Idiots: “We have to use this most recent tragedy to keep us working on [gun control]. We have to do that. It is insane the number of guns and the ease of getting guns in America.” —Charleston mayor Joe Riley

Late-night humor: “Hillary Clinton signed a note … for a nine-year-old boy, explaining to his teacher that he was missing school to meet her. In exchange, the kid wrote Hillary a note saying his dog ate her emails.” —Jimmy Fallon

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America’s Role In The Coming Geo-Political Order

Posted: 21 Jun 2015 08:11 PM PDT

Not long ago, my boss provided a select group of people the chance to read excerpts from Ian Bremmer’s Time Magazine article based off his book, entitled Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World. We weren’t required to provide feedback, but were offered the opportunity to do so if we so chose. Of course this topic is right up my alley, so I chose.

In Mr. Bremmer’s estimation, there were really only three options left for the United States, and we must decide which of the three the collective we, need to choose if we want to retain the title, superpower. So boiling down Mr. Bremmer’s three estimations into bite-sized reading, we ultimately come down to these three options, plus adding the bottom line pros and cons of each position. FULL REPORT

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Face-Scanning Robots Could Replace Airport Ticket Agents

Posted: 21 Jun 2015 08:05 PM PDT

On display at this week’s Paris Air Show was a set of terrestrial guards. Shiny, white, plastic, and mechanical, these new machines will scan faces and read documents, offering all the human warmth of an airport check-in clerk for a red-eye flight. They’ll also work as immigration officers, because nothing says welcome to a new country like a robot.

Like a self-checkout line at the grocery counter, these robots will save on labor, each one doing the work of five human ticket agents. Thales, the French company that makes the robots, says will share scans of passengers’ faces with other computers around the airport. It then prints the passenger’s face on the boarding pass, somehow in an encrypted form. Gate agents can then check the scan, confirming that the person the robot saw is in fact the person they are letting on the plane. FULL REPORT

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Caribbean states developing biometric travel card

Posted: 21 Jun 2015 07:57 PM PDT

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is developing a biometric travel card which citizens can simply “swipe” to travel between the nations, according to local officials. Director-General of the OECS Commission, Dr Didacus Jules, said the initiative was part of regional integration plans, reported St Lucia Online. “We have already designed a single biometric ID card that contains all the information that is required so that in the near future, with the issuance of these cards, people from the OECS will not even have to fill out immigration cards to move – you just swipe and you move.”

The OECS has seven member states including St Lucia, Dominica, Saint Lucia and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Last December, officials from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) revealed plan to introduce an ID card that can be used by delegates for official travel within the region. FULL REPORT

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Anglican archbishop’s warning on gay marriage compromise

Posted: 21 Jun 2015 07:53 PM PDT

A leading figure in global Anglicanism has warned that accommodating those who support gay marriage is an “unacceptably high” price to pay for unity in the church. Speaking in Belfast yesterday (Friday), Peter Jensen, the retired archbishop of Sydney, said that Biblical teaching is too unambiguous to allow such “tension” to exist between the two viewpoints within the same denomination. The retired archbishop, who is highly influential in conservative Anglican circles, was speaking at an event in Belfast’s Willowfield church. He said:

“In Scotland, the General Synod of the Episcopal Church [an Anglican church] has chosen to omit the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman from its canons, thus signalling an acceptance of so-called gay marriage. “It is a choice to rewrite the Bible and so the Christian faith. ”He compared this with the Church of Ireland’s recent reaffirmation that marriage is between one man and one woman, adding: “The contrast could not be more stark.” He added: “Of course there are those who argue that the two positions can be held in tension in a denomination with mutual respect, recognising that sincere people will differ over the interpretation of the Bible. FULL REPORT

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Mennonite Couple Who Stopped Hosting Weddings Due to Homosexual Lawsuit Now Shuttering Business

Posted: 21 Jun 2015 07:45 PM PDT

GRIMES, Iowa — A Mennonite couple that decided to discontinue hosting all weddings at their church-turned-art gallery after they became the subject of a discrimination lawsuit two years ago has now announced that they are closing their doors due to lack of sufficient income. As previously reported, Dick and Betty Odgaard operate The Gortz Haus Gallery, a bistro, floral and arts shop, and wedding facility in Grimes, Iowa. The location formerly served as a Lutheran church for over 60 years, and has been a popular location for couples to tie the knot.

According to reports, Lee Stafford and his partner Jared visited the The Gortz Haus Gallery in 2013 to obtain information about using the facility for their upcoming ceremony. However, when Dick Odgaard realized that the men were seeking to use the premises to host a homosexual “wedding,” he informed them that the venue does not host same-sex ceremonies. His wife Betty explained to local television station KCCI that the company policy reflects their Christian faith. “That decision is based on our religious beliefs,” she stated. “And we want to honor that. We want people to know that is our stand, [which] comes from our faith and convictions, and I think we should stand by those [convictions] no matter what.” FULL REPORT

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Alex Jones Claims That “Elite Are Now Evacuating” As Pending Economic Collapse Is On The Horizon

Posted: 21 Jun 2015 06:36 PM PDT

The financial elite are hinting that an impending financial collapse is on the horizon. From the Greek-Euro crisis to gold’s sudden rise in popularity, the writing on the wall points to unavoidable economic doom. On the eve of the Jade Helm military drill set to take place next month, Texas Governor Greg Abbott indicated his distrust of the Federal Reserve’s fiat monetary system in a move to repatriate $1 billion of gold back to his home state.

Countries such as China and Germany have made similar moves, with the German Central Bank, or Bundesbank, earlier this year saying it also has plans to repatriate 300 tonnes of gold from the New York Fed by 2020. Just today, British hedge fund manager Ian Spreadbury, who handles billions in investments, revealed he warns his clients of the market’s “systemic risk,” and said he advises them to store “physical cash” due to its overwhelming volatility. Former Congressman Ron Paul has also recently warned that the federal reserve’s money printing policies are unsustainable, and that the stock market’s “day of reckoning” is near. FULL REPORT

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Lindsey Williams, Martin Armstrong And Alex Jones All Warn About What Is Coming In The Fall Of 2015

Posted: 21 Jun 2015 06:29 PM PDT

Not since the financial crash of 2008 have so many prominent people issued such urgent warnings about a specific time period. Almost daily now, really big names are coming out with chilling predictions about what they believe is going to happen during the second half of 2015. But it isn’t just that these people have a “bad feeling” about things. The truth is that we are witnessing a confluence of circumstances and events in the second half of this year that is unprecedented.

This is something that I covered in a previous article that went mega-viral all over the Internet entitled “7 Key Events That Are Going To Happen By The End Of September“. Personally, I have never been more concerned about any period of time than I am about the second half of 2015. And as you will see below, I am definitely not alone. Just a few days ago, I received an email that contained a chilling message from Lindsey Williams. You can view the same message that came to my email right here. According to Lindsey Williams, the elite insider that he is in contact with told him that there will be a global financial collapse between September and December of this year…FULL REPORT

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Ex-CIA director: U.S. wide open to grid attack

Posted: 21 Jun 2015 06:20 PM PDT

A former CIA director says the Obama administration hasn’t done nearly enough to protect the nation from attacks to America’s information and critical infrastructure systems. “The president has to put this first on his list because we are very vulnerable, and we will stay vulnerable until some key things get fixed. So far, I have not seen anywhere near enough commitment from the White House or any place else in getting this done,” said R. James Woolsey, who served as director of the Central Intelligence in the Clinton administration. Woolsey is now chairman of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

The concern is rising again after reports last week that as many as 14 million current and former federal employees had their personal data compromised. That news follows numerous reports of alleged Chinese and Russian infiltration into various government networks. “I think we’ve seen the beginning, but there will be more,” Woolsey said. “We have not done a half-way decent job as a government or a society in protecting our infrastructure that’s part of the Internet.” Woolsey sees multiple reasons for why security has not been a higher priority. FULL REPORT

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Did NASA Just Discover Evidence Of Early Civilization On Mars?

Posted: 21 Jun 2015 06:16 PM PDT

In the latest news on space exploration, NASA’s Mars rover found what looks like the image of a Great Pyramid found back on Earth. The images are part of a series of anomalies found on the Red Planet. This May 7 “pyramid” image has stargazers believing that intelligent life exists or once thrived on Mars. In a June 20 report, ExoPolitics said NASA’s Curiosity Rover discovered a large triangle-shaped stone structure that conjures up images of pyramids.

While the exact size of the Mars sighting is unclear – some suggest the image could be an outcropping of rocks made to resemble the familiar formation, a grave marker or even a “capstone.” Others say it rivals the size of a small car. Theories abound that suggest the peak is just the tip of a much larger structure buried by layers of strewn debris. FULL REPORT

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Washington Fears Losing Greece To Moscow

Posted: 21 Jun 2015 06:10 PM PDT

 

BREAKING NEWS – Major developments are transpiring tonight as we are receiving reports that throughout the prolonged showdown between Greece and its creditors, the Obama administration has largely sat on the sidelines, issuing the occasional warning about the potential economic impact of a default. But with Greece now on the verge of bankruptcy, the US is also beginning to worry about the political fallout from a deeper crisis and the potential for Russia to gain increased influence over a Nato member.

As Washington tries to maintain a united western front in support of sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, a Greek default could provide Moscow an opportunity to sow new divisions among America’s European allies. “You can easily see how geopolitically this would be a gift to Russia,” says Sebastian Mallaby at the Council on Foreign Relations. “You do not want Europe to have to deal with a Greece that is a member of Nato but which all of a sudden hates the west and is cosying up to Russia.” FULL REPORT

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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

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

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

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

BioLogos, a foundation that exists to promote theistic evolution, regularly runs articles from various scholars on how to reinterpret these issues and how to reconcile them with evolutionary teachings. The latest series discusses the doctrine of the atonement. BioLogos wants Christians to believe there is a rich history of differing opinions on the atonement. In fact, they want you to believe that there is no one accepted position:

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The Gospel Is Not Social

Under the rubric of Calvin’s “twofold kingdom” Christians do have a place to “engage the culture” and to speak to broader issues but they must be willing to do so in their capacity as private persons, as members of society and not as representatives of the church. In other words, whatever social agenda a Christian pursues is one thing but leave the visible, institutional church out of it. The church, as a visible institution, as the embassy of the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven, has no social agenda for the wider civil and cultural world.

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When Father’s Day Hurts

If you are one of those who cringes at the sight of the grocery store’s card aisle filled with happy Father’s Day wishes, I want to encourage you that this is a day you can celebrate. You don’t have to avoid it or begrudge it. Why? Because you have a Father in Heaven. For all who have been hurt, disappointed, neglected or ignored by an earthly father, your heavenly Father stands there as the perfect father—the one you always wanted and have always needed.

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The Tragedy of Apostasy

As Octavius Winslow wrote, the apostate will for all eternity cry out, “God is holy; I was a sinner; I rejected His salvation, I turned my back upon His gospel, I despised His Son, I hated God Himself, I lived in my sins, I loved my sins, I died in my sins, and now I am lost to all eternity! And God is righteous in my condemnation!”

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Charleston and the Age to Come

God’s answer to that evil so long ago is still the answer to man’s evil today: Jesus Christ and him crucified. And it is here where we continue to need theological language and categories. Our brothers and sisters in Charleston have been pouring out their lament in prayer and song just as God’s people have done for thousands of years. Their sorrow is the sorrow of those who long for “the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God” (Heb 11:10). 

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The Pope, Climate Change & Air Conditioning

Climate ideology in the wealthy West argues that increasingly unreliable computer models about the possible future impact of possible future global temperatures should require that the global poor remain poor, without electricity, without air conditioning, even though there’s no guarantee that limiting fossil fuel use will demonstrably affect future climate.

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A Bow to Charleston

I just have to say what a people the people of Charleston are. They are doing something right, something beautiful, to be who they’ve been the past few days. From the beginning they handled the tragedy with such heart and love. They handled it like a community, a real, alive one that people live within connected to each other.

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Former Mars Hill Elder Apologizes

Turner said he wrote these articles—three so far—“to help other leaders like me. I pray that someone—even just one person—can be spared the consequences of his/her own mistakes by paying careful attention to mine beforehand. I also pray that my public confession of sin and admission of mistakes will further enhance opportunity for reconciliation and restoration among those whom I have experienced conflict.”

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3 Phrases about the Bible that Should Make You Very Suspicious


The Charleston Shooter’s Facebook Photo Has One Comment… and it Will Make You Cry


Can I Ever Make My Spouse Like Me Again?


Why You Need to Limit Your Kids’ Screen Time


150 ISIS Sex Slaves Commit Suicide

150 ISIS Sex Slaves Commit Suicide, Some Fed to Dogs
The harrowing tale of one girl repeatedly raped, sent to a slave market and who then committed suicide is just the tip of a horrific iceberg.


Tullian Tchividjian Resigns And The Age of the Unknowable Pastor

To anyone who is reading this and pastors a tiny congregation: if you feel or are made to feel as though you aren’t as “effective” as others, allow me to encourage you. What makes a church effective is that they are making disciples and teaching the gospel with clarity in and out of season. The congregational smallness is irrelevant. Love and feed the sheep.

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God’s Surprising Plans for Your Good

Why does God allow trouble to plague his people? How can it be considered loving for him to permit trials to run wild in our lives?


Can the Ethiopian Change His Skin or a Leopard His Spots? How Postmodernity Has Led to a Culture of Hypocrisy

There has been a lot of chatter the last few weeks about Rachel Dolezal, civil rights activist and the former head of the NAACP in Spokane, WA.


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WVW-TV Presents: Understanding Acts 2 and refuting the false claims of the Word of Faith and New Apostolic Reformation concerning what they call manifestations of the Holy Spirit. Watch video clips as we refute the false teaching of Nicky Gumbel and the Alpha course as well as that of hte WOF and NAR. Topic: Acts 2:1 describes the Jewish believers being baptized in or receiving the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Topic: Acts 2:4 describes the Jewish believers being filled with the Spirit on Pentecost. Being baptized in the Holy Spirit is a one-time occurrence when someone becomes a…
 


Old Demonic Lies

I’m sure when the Antichrist comes along he will be the biggest environmentalist, gay-friendly, Islam loving leader the world has ever seen. Being so close to the Tribulation hour, the Beast of Revelation might be serving in some public office right now.

“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12).

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Nearly All Mass Shootings Have 1 Thing in Common… And It Isn’t the Weapon

The most popular category of psychotropic drugs, Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), come with a slew of side effects, including but not limited to suicidal thoughts and violent behavior.

Now take a look at the following list, which matches a sample of mass shooters and murderers with the SSRIs they were taking:

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Right Teaching and Right Living

 

Generally speaking, in the Christian life right teaching (orthodoxy) goes closely together with right living (orthopraxis). When one gets into error in terms of doctrine and biblical teaching, one is much more likely to go into error in terms of Christian living.

Early on the disciples had to deal with this very matter, time and time again. For example, a faulty understanding of grace had led to a faulty lifestyle, and Paul had to rebuke both. This is clearly laid out in places like Romans 6:1-4 where Paul ties doctrine and living together:

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

grace 3The error of preaching grace only, while neglecting the importance of holiness, sanctification and obedience is all too common. We can end up with a faulty view of the law (antinomianism) as we proclaim a faulty notion of grace (hyper grace). I have written about this often elsewhere. In one article about these matters I said this:

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Anatomy of a Sick Church – 10 Symptoms to Watch

There are certain metrics and issues physicians check when we go to the doctor. They want to check our blood pressure and temperature. They do blood tests to see if there are any warning signs. They are looking for symptoms that might indicate real problems exist.

After working with churches for thirty years, I too look for symptoms that might point to greater concerns. The symptoms are not necessarily the problem; they simply provide warnings or cautions of potential issues.

While there are many potential symptoms of a sick church, I have found ten to be consistently common. These ten are not listed in any particular order:

  1. Declining worship attendance. Surprisingly, the majority of church leaders do not monitor worship attendance. I advise leaders to compare each month’s average worship attendance to the same month of previous years.
  2. Decline in frequency of attendance of church members. This symptom is the number one explanation for attendance decline in most churches. Members are not as committed as they once were. Their waning love for their church is reflected in their declining frequency in worship attendance.
  3. Lack of joy and vibrancy in the worship service. Obviously, this symptom is subjective. It is still, however, very important. Most people can sense when a worship service is vibrant, lukewarm, or dead.
  4. Little evangelistic fruit. As a general rule, a healthy church will reach at least one non-Christian for every 20 in worship attendance. A church with a worship attendance of 200, for example, should see at least ten new Christians a year.
  5. Low community impact. In my consultations, I attempt to find clear indicators that a church is making a difference in its respective community. I ask both church leaders and community members for clear examples and indicators.
  6. More meetings than ministry. A sick church will meet about what they should do rather than do it. Some churches have more committees than conversions.
  7. Acrimonious business meetings. Christians can and do disagree. Sick churches have meetings where the disagreements reflect obvious bitterness and anger.
  8. Very few guests in worship services. A vibrant church will attract guests. A sick church will not.
  9. Worship wars. Yes, they still exist in many churches. Those wars are indicators of an inward focus by the members.
  10. Unrealistic expectations of pastoral care. Sick churches view pastors and other staff as hired hands to do all of the work of ministry. Healthy churches view pastors as equippers for the members to do most of the ministry.

None of these symptoms are good, but churches do go through periods where they demonstrate a few of them. The key is to recognize the symptoms and respond early and quickly.

Here is my own subjective health analysis according to the number of symptoms:

1 to 2 symptoms. Normal for most churches for a short period of time. Not an indicator of poor health, but the symptoms should be addressed promptly.

3 to 4 symptoms. The church is sick and needs immediate attention.

5 to 6 symptoms. The church is very sick. If significant changes are not made, the congregation is in danger of moving into the phase of terminal illness.

7 to 10 symptoms. The church is in danger of dying in the next five to ten years. While it is possible for a church to recover from this level of sickness, it is rare. Intervention must be quick, intense, and dramatic. The amount of change necessary is often more than most leaders and members are willing to bear.

Give an honest assessment of your own church by these symptom indicators. What do you see? What should you do if there are a number of symptoms? Let me hear from you.

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Trapped in a Troubled Marriage

People trapped in a troubled marriage need more than calls for personal change, advice to manage the situation, or challenges to stay faithful. They need to know that there is freedom that makes a profound difference because Christ has purchased it for them. Continue reading →


Fat Secret: The Invisible Sin of Gluttony

Augustus GloopOliver Twist could hardly be accused of gluttony when he voiced his politely audacious request, “Please sir, I want some more.” But an identical demand from the overstuffed mouth of young Augustus Gloop, the obese candy addict in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, would elicit a call for temperance from any dietician worth her salt.

Gluttony is not that peckish sensation of wanting seconds when you haven’t had enough food to satisfy your hunger; it’s the sin of unrestrained overconsumption. Gluttony is thus the kissing cousin of drunkenness.

Proverbs 23:20-21 Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.

A temperate enjoyment of food and fermented beverage is heartily commended in Scripture (see Deut 14:26; Eccl 9:7; 1 Tim 4:3-4). However, Scripture decries dissolute overindulgence of any sort as a sub-Christian, feckless deficiency in self-control (Eph 5:18; 1 Tim 3:8; Titus 1:12).

What makes gluttony such a difficult topic to fit into our theology, is that identifying the sin is not as obvious as one might expect. It seems axiomatic that the corpulence of a person’s waistline is inversely proportional to their self-control—the less you can curb your appetite the more holes on your belt you’ll need to bypass. And it likewise seems as plain as a pikestaff that a thin person must possess unwavering gastronomic discipline. But this rudimentary “eyeballing it” assessment can actually prove quite misleading.

A metabolically fortunate individual may imbibe calories like a vacuum cleaner, while a person endowed with the metabolism of a hibernating bear turns asparagus into cellulite without breaking a sweat. Thyroid malfunction is another common cause of unavoidable weight gain, while myriad diseases incite unwanted weight loss. There simply is no universal visible indicator of the sin of overindulgence. Or you might say, there is no test that’s one-size-fits-all.

A glutton could be thin, and a nil-per-mouth could be portly. The people of Jesus’ day understood this. The Pharisees accused him of being a glutton and a drunkard (Matt 11:19), presumably despite his physical appearance, not because of it. It is highly doubtful that Jesus was a man of girth—it would have taken a long while to simply recover from his emaciating forty day fast, especially in light of his exceedingly ambulant itinerary.

That said, there is also a hefty probability that many Christians in our churches are succumbing to the temptation of intemperance in their eating habits. Pastor Rick Warren recently admitted that the idea for his enormously popular dieting program, The Daniel Diet, came to him while baptizing an exhaustingly long line of inordinately corpulent congregants. (We’ll overlook that Daniel’s diet made him fatter, not thinner. See Dan 1:15).

The sin of gluttony is invisible in our churches in that we intentionally ignore it.

Here are five possible reasons why:

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A La Carte (June 22)

Tullian Tchividjian Resigns – Here is very sad news from Florida: “Popular pastor and author Tullian Tchividjian has resigned as senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church,” citing “ongoing marital issues” and “an inappropriate relationship.”How Pixar Enchants Us – “Arguably no film studio in the world expends so much energy actively trying to fail. And succeeding at it.”Reflections from an AME Prayer Vigil – Rich Phillips: “Last evening I was greatly blessed, together with many members of the congregation I serve, to participate in a prayer vigil for the nine victims of the racist attack on Emmanuel AME in Charleston.”

The Death Treatment – This long, difficult article from The New Yorker shows what seems to be the inevitable slide once euthanasia becomes legalized.

15 Prayers from the Bible – Here are 15 prayers drawn from specific passages of the Bible. It is good to pray God’s Word back to God!

Thinking in Public – I really enjoyed Al Mohler’s conversation with Grant Wacker as they discuss the life and legacy of Billy Graham. It may sound dry, but I assure you it is not.

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On But Alone – Church & Culture Blog

The Net Generation has come of age constantly exposed to computer-based technology. They do life differently than any other generation; the way they think, learn, play, interact, communicate, purchase, build wealth, create … it’s all different from the way previous generations went about the same tasks. And not only is this transforming our minds, but also the very nature of our relational world.

But what does this mean?

While we live in a world that is “always on,” the heart of the change to our relational lives is simple: “We spend more time alone than ever before.”

And apparently, more time doing nothing.

Studies show that for people under the age of thirty, the Web is mostly a time killer. On any given day, 53 percent of all the young adults ages eighteen to twenty-nine go online for no particular reason except to have fun or pass the time. So what is isolation and waste doing to us?

More than you might imagine.

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Evangelicalism

I could go through and trace the common accepted academic definitions of “evangelicalism.” They are out there. There are some great contemporary historical treatise on the subject. But that would be detractive and be an adventure in missing the point. Well, shoot. . . I suppose I will go on this adventure, but only giving the cliff-notes.

David Bebbington’s Evangelicalism

David Bebbington has created what has become the most accepted definition of Evangelicalism out there today. It is often called “Bebbington’s Quadrilateral.” Here are his four main criteria of what it means to be evangelical (its hard to know when to capitalize this darn word):

  1. Biblicism: Don’t you love that word? This simply means that evangelicals take the Bible seriously as the authoritative word of God.
  2. Crucicentrism: Try to pronounce that! This is a focus on the centrality of cross of Christ and its atoning value for mankind. For evangelicals, the cross is the central event of all theology.
  3. Conversionism: Evangelicals believe that people need to have some type of conversion “event” where they accept/trust Christ as their Lord/God. In other words, without a true conversion to Christianity, people are lost.
  4. Activism: Evangelicals are, well . . .  evangelical. We believe that the Gospel needs to be spread in definite encounters through the various cultural means.

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Evangelicals and Truth: The Mass Exodus

What happens when Evangelicals depart from the long-held doctrine that the Scriptures are authoritative, inerrant and sufficient? It’s been happening for many years now, and we’re seeing the consequences in the modern church as many celebrity pastors are leading their flocks in a stampede away from the truth of God’s Word. This, plus racially- and […]

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Balaam Couldn’t Let This Go

Monday, June 22, 2015

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Matthew 6:24

In other words, you have to decide. Is the first thing in your life pleasing God or making money? At some point, these two things will come into conflict.

Somewhere along the line, God will put you in a situation where you have an opportunity of making money, and all it will take is for you to find a way round something God has said.

When that happens you will find yourself torn apart, and then you will let go of one or the other. You will let go of the money for God, or you will let go of God for the money. The New Testament makes it clear that the great stumbling block in Balaam’s life was money:
Jude talks about false teachers who rush for gain into “Balaam’s error” (Jude 11).
Peter also tells us “Balaam loved gain from wrongdoing” (2 Pet. 2:15).

Balaam’s problem was very simple – he couldn’t let go of the money. When he discovers that there is big money in a different message, everything in him is drawn in that direction.

Listen again to Jesus’ words: “You cannot serve God and money.” He doesn’t say, “You cannot have God and money.” But he does say, “You cannot serve God and money.”

This is not just an issue for the big-money people. It is important for all of us who are scratching around trying to make ends meet. When you see a way of making money at the cost of your integrity, remember Balaam.

Are you practicing integrity in your dealings with money?

That’s this week’s LifeKEY!

Colin S. Smith

*This devotional is taken from the sermon series Deckchairs on the Titanic: How to Avoid a Plunge to Disaster by Pastor Colin S. Smith.


The Daily Discovery (June 22, 2015)

When Pastors Abuse – “In the wake of the recent discussions about church discipline there have been many online discussions about whether churches should exercise ecclesiastical discipline (yes, it’s one of the three marks of the true church—see Belgic Confession art. 29), how, and when. In connection to these discussions, sites such as the Wartburg Watch have raised the issue of pastoral abuse, i.e., those instances or that pattern of behavior in which a minister exceeds his authority and in which he treats the congregation with harshness the ill befits an under shepherd of Christ’s flock.”

Honoring our imperfect fathers and imitating our perfect Father – “I don’t remember wanting to be like my dad growing up. That sounds insulting, but it’s not meant to be. Not really.  See, my parents split up when I was a kid, so beyond our scheduled visits, I really wasn’t around him all that much. I didn’t really know him all that well so I couldn’t know whether or not I wanted to be like him. And what I did know was filtered through my particular biases and bitterness. It hasn’t been until I became an adult—and more specifically, after I became a Christian—that I got to see my dad for who he is and learn more about what he’s really like.”

A Charleston Prayer – “God of our fathers, this is our first Sunday since the shooting in Charleston, and so we turn to You, the God of all comfort. You have sent Your Comforter, Your Holy Spirit, into a world filled with sorrows in order to carry them together with us. Your Spirit is present and doing this because You had first sent Your Son into the world as a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. Because He bore our sins on the cross, and because He then rose again from the dead, it was possible, it became necessary, for the Comforter to come. We turn to You now in desperate need of His presence and His active ministry. We turn to You now empty, in need of the fullness of His goodness.”

What We Need Is More Knowledge – “Few people have had a deeper impact on my way of thinking than John Stott. In his little book Your Mind Matters, he writes about the importance of being Christians who use our minds. But knowledge is not an end in and of itself. Rather, all that knowledge is meant to lead somewhere.”

Bill Nye and the Challenge of Inspiring Specks of Dust – “People tend to think of ‘fiery prophets’ as belonging to religion, but after reading this speech, I wonder if this wouldn’t be an apt description of Nye as a scientist. In this speech, he paints a stark picture of the future (‘We are now deep in the most serious environmental crisis in human history’) but then expresses hope that this generation can ‘avoid this looming disaster.’”


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Proclaiming The Gospel

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Q. When is it the right time to share the Gospel?  Recently saved myself I have many family members that are not and several other members of my family are saying that I should be patient and wait for God’s timing to share the Gospel so as not to offend them.

My position is that God will do the work after the Gospel has been presented but we as believers should have a sense urgency when it comes to sharing the Gospel. We are called to do so and should be bold in delivering the message, but we should also be doing it in a loving and non pushy manner. Please share your thoughts on this.

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How Far Does Forgiveness Go?

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Q. When I was growing up I was repeatedly mistreated by my step father. The “secret” did not come out until I was on my third marriage and in my 30’s. My mother stayed with him anyway and a schism was created in our family making holidays very stressful times.

I had a breakdown over this and ended up in the hospital undergoing shock treatments last fall. At the hospital my mother was told not to come visit me as I was getting too upset when she came to visit. When I was discharged I emailed her and asked her not to continue to contact me and explained that I was not punishing her and it had nothing to do with forgiveness, but it was just too hard having her in my life. I have forgiven my step father for what he did to me, and I bear no bad feelings for either of them, I just cannot cope with them in my life.

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After Effects Of The Rapture

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Q.   I have a question about the rapture that I have not seen addressed before. Most people that believe the rapture can happen at any time, seem to worry about destruction and people killed due to out of control vehicles and planes etc. when drivers and pilots are taken in the rapture.  I feel that if the Lord can translate a large number of people all at once, He surely can prevent vehicles and planes from crashing all at once. I don’t know of any scripture to back this up, but I believe the Lord would do this.  I also feel that He may stop time to accomplish the rapture so anything is possible out side of time. What are your thoughts on this?

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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

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

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

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Are there any candidates Christians can get excited about in 2016?

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Well, at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference, four candidates shined – according to the left-wing Politico, no less.

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At the latest GOP cattle call, about a dozen presidential contenders rolled through a Washington, D.C. ballroom over a three-day period to tout their socially conservative bona fides at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference. Most of the 2016 hopefuls managed to impress evangelical and other conservative Christian voters by championing religious freedom, highlighting support for traditional marriage and stressing the importance of family and family values.

Here’s their summary of the 4 winners:

Ted Cruz

Cruz flat-out owned this event, firing up the crowd like no other candidate did — attendees were still talking about him two days after he spoke. The Texas senator delivered a rousing call to action aimed at the evangelical community, saying that 50 million…

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Christ Has Set You Free

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Slave of Christ: A New Testament Metaphor for Total Devotion to Christ (New Studies in Biblical Theology) One very rich NT theme is the freedom that Christ has gained for his people in his death and resurrection.  In fact, because Paul talks about this freedom so frequently, he has been called “the apostle of freedom.”  Here is Murray Harris’summary of the NT’s teaching of the freedom that Christ has won for us:

1) Freedom from spiritual death (John 5:24, Eph. 2:1, Col. 2:13).

2) Freedom from ‘self-pleasing’ (2 Cor. 5:15).

3) Freedom from people-pleasing (Gal. 1:10, 1 Cor. 7:23, 9:19).

4) Freedom from slavery to sin (John 8:34, 36, Rom. 6:14-23).

5) Freedom from bondage to the Mosaic law, especially if observing it is seen as a way of gaining God’s approval (Rom. 7:6, Gal. 2:16, 3:10, 13).

6) Freedom from fear of physical death (Heb. 2:14-15).

7) Freedom from slavery to ‘the elemental spiritual forces of the universe” (Gal. 4:3, 8-9, Col. 2:8, 20).

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Encountering Prosperity Theology in Latin America

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As a young Christian in a majority Roman Catholic country, I was always very excited when I met other young men and women who professed to be evangelical Christians. During my teen years, I spent a few months with some I considered Christians, people who were always eager to talk about religion and faith. When one of them learned I was a diabetic, his question left me perplexed: “So, what is it that you do?” He was asking what sin I’d committed that caused my diabetes. He then proceeded to explain how I could go to their church and their pastor would pray for me so I’d be healed.

Of that group of young friends, most—if not all—have fallen away from the faith. But the theology that fed that conversation isn’t only alive, it’s booming. In an article I wrote about the state of the church in Latin America

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