Daily Archives: June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jun. 23, 2015

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As President Obama tries to unite the nation behind his efforts to combat climate change, the White House on Monday released a detailed projection for a dystopian future if greenhouse-gas emissions remain unchecked. The most catastrophic impact, the administration argued, can be avoided if leaders mandate the carbon cuts necessary to keep global warming to 3.6 Fahrenheit.

House Republicans on Monday released some 60 emails sent to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from associate Sidney Blumenthal dating back to February 2011, more than 18 months before the attack took place.

The Treasury says the $10 was picked as the only way to get a woman onto the currency in time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew was trying to do the right thing when he decided that a woman should be featured on the $10 bill. Instead he’s been buried in scorn.

The renewable-energy boom is here. Trillions of dollars will be invested over the next 25 years, driving some of the most profound changes yet in how humans get their electricity. That’s according to a new forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance that plots out global power markets to 20401.

Google’s life sciences group has created a health-tracking wristband that could be used in clinical trials and drug tests, giving researchers or physicians minute-by-minute data on how patients are faring.

A tiny beetle’s two decade rampage across western Canada has hugely impacted the region’s timber industry, destroying more than half the harvestable pine in heavily forested British Columbia. Giant forestry firms have headed south as a consequence, buying up sawmills and woodlands across the U.S.

Orders for business equipment rose in May for just the second time this year, indicating demand for American-made manufactured goods is stabilizing.

The El Nino developing across the Pacific strengthened further, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, which again highlighted patterns shown by the data that are similar to the record 1997-1998 event. El Ninos have the potential to affect weather and harvests around the globe by baking parts of Asia, dumping rain across South America and bringing cooler summers to North America.

The share of working-age people without health insurance fell by more than 4 percentage points in 2014, the biggest drop since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began reporting the data in 1997.

AP Top Stories

The U.S. will spread about 250 tanks, armored vehicles and other military equipment across six European nations, including the Baltic states, to help reassure NATO allies facing threats from Russia and terrorist groups, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to track down Druze rioters in the occupied Golan Heights responsible for the “lynching” of a wounded Syrian being transported to a hospital.

The federal government is chipping in money for a three-year pilot study using sewage samples to determine levels of marijuana use in two Washington cities – research that could help answer some key questions about pot legalization.

A Virginia woman charged with concealing the body of her son, who had been missing for more than a decade, in the trunk of her car will remain in custody until her next court appearance.

The Islamic State group made two youths hang from a beam by their wrists after accusing them of eating during daylight hours in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

A man opened fire with a shotgun in a Philadelphia neighborhood on Monday, wounding seven people including three young children.

French authorities are looking into how a lamb genetically modified with jellyfish protein was sold as meat to an unknown customer, a judicial source told AFP on Tuesday.

US police shifted a manhunt for two escaped killers once again Monday as DNA evidence was reportedly found in a cabin 17 days after they bust out of a New York jail.

BBC

Pakistan’s prime minister called for emergency measures as the death toll from a heatwave in southern Sindh province reached nearly 700.

Kurdish fighters in northern Syria say they have captured a key town from Islamic State, just 30 miles from the group’s headquarters at Raqqa.

The Rwandan government has branded the arrest of its intelligence chief Karenzi Karake as “an outrage”.

Nigeria’s treasury is “virtually empty”, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. His government had inherited millions of dollars’ worth of debt from the previous administration.

More than 200 people have been arrested in Armenia during protests about rising electricity prices.

WND

The cyber breach at America’s federal Office of Personnel Management through which the personal data of an estimated 18 million former, current – and even prospective – federal workers was lost is, by one commentator’s estimate, the “Holy Grail” from a counterintelligence perspective.

President Obama used the Charleston shootings at what he called the “Mother Emanuel church” to press his point of religious tolerance for Islam, suggesting in a nationally publicized speech Americans too often discriminate against Muslims.

The ISIS army may have reached a new low with a twisted new contest in which female slaves captured in war are given away as “prizes” to fighters who show the have mastered the Koran.


WikiLeaks Saudi cable says Iran shipped nuclear equipment to Sudan
Saudi diplomats in Khartoum believed Iran shipped advanced nuclear equipment including centrifuges to Sudan in 2012, according to a document leaked last week that WikiLeaks says is a cable from the embassy.

Pope told to read scriptures on self defense
‘Children of Israel commanded to make weapons and to use them when necessary’ “Pope Francis is not thinking his declaration through considering what is said in the Bible, the same word of God the pope claims to represent to the world. The people of God have always had to possess weapons when they could do so.”

Heat wave kills more than 400 in Pakistan’s Karachi
A heat wave has killed more than 400 people in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi over the past three days, health officials said on Tuesday, as they set up emergency medical camps in the streets. One of Karachi’s biggest public hospitals said all its beds were full, with more than 200 people dying there of dehydration or heat exhaustion.

Pope Francis: Weapons manufacturers can’t call themselves Christian
“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?” he told the crowd.

Obama Logic? Racism is Genetic, Gender is a Choice
Our pro-cross dressing President apparently doesn’t think people have DNA that makes them male or female. But he has just told an interviewer that white people and others have DNA that makes them racist and that American institutions are racist, too. These claims are described by our media as “bold” rather than bizarre racial slurs.

Ebola returns to Sierra Leone capital after three-week gap
Sierra Leone has recorded two new cases of Ebola in Freetown in the past few days, disproving the assumption that the capital city had already defeated the deadly virus, officials said on Monday.

ISIS in Syria Hangs Two Boys for Eating During Ramadan
The Islamic State (ISIS) on Monday hanged two youths after accusing them of eating during daylight hours in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said. “Residents of the village of Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor province reported that IS hanged from a crossbar two boys aged under 18 near the HQ of the Hissba”, the jihadist police, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told the AFP news agency. “The children have been suspended by ropes from a pole since noon, and they were still there in the late evening,” he added. “Apparently, they were caught eating,” Abdel Rahman continued.

Iranian Ex-President: US Trying to Arrest the Muslim Messiah
In bizarre rant to supporters, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims ‘evil’ US gov’t working to arrest the ‘Hidden Imam’. Ahmadinejad claimed the US was putting an intense effort into capturing the Hidden Imam, whose imminent return is expected by followers of the so-called Twelver Shia sect of which the former president is a member. According to Twelver Shias the “Hidden Imam” is the “Mahdi” – the Muslim messiah.

Another earthquake hits Sabah, 89th recorded
According to state Meteorological Department director Abdul Malek Tussin, the latest was a 4.3 magnitude earthquake, occurring some 19km northwest of Ranau, Sabah. Mild tremors were felt as far away as Kota Kinabalu, Ranau, Kota Belud and Kundasang.

Syrian Kurds, on the offensive, push deeper into Islamic State territory
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.

Rare triple crescent moons orbiting Saturn caught by Cassini probe
The Cassini spacecraft captured a stunning image of three crescent moons orbiting the planet Saturn. It managed to photograph Titan, Mimas and Rhea all in the same shot.

Greek offer to creditors stirs angry backlash at home
Greek lawmakers reacted angrily on Tuesday to concessions Athens offered in debt talks and parliament’s deputy speaker warned the proposals might by rejected, puncturing optimism that a deal to pull Greece back from the abyss might be sealed quickly.

U.S. to pre-position tanks, artillery in Baltics, eastern Europe
The United States will pre-position tanks, artillery and other military equipment in eastern and central Europe, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced on Tuesday, moving to reassure NATO allies unnerved by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.

ANOTHER CME IS ON THE WAY
Big sunspot AR2371 erupted again on June 22nd (18:23 UT), producing a strong M6.5 class solar flare. X-ray and UV radiation from the flare ionized the upper layers of Earth’s atmosphere, causing a blackout of some shortwave radio signals over North America.

SOLSTICE GEOMAGNETIC STORM
A series of CMEs hit Earth’s magnetic field on June 22nd, producing a severe G4-class geomagnetic storm. Northern Lights spilled across the Canadian border into more than a dozen US states, including places as far south as Colorado, Georgia, Virginia and Arkansas

European police team to take on IS social media propaganda
A Europe-wide police unit is to be set up next month with the aim of shutting down social media accounts used by key Islamic State militants to spread propaganda and recruit foreigners to their cause, Europol said Monday.

30 killed in northeast Nigeria by 2 girl suicide bombers
Two girls blew themselves up on Monday near a crowded mosque in northeast Nigeria’s biggest city, killing about 30 people, witnesses said. It is the fourth suicide bombing this month in Maiduguri, which is the birthplace of the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group.

The bond market is bracing for the worst and loading up on cash
The Federal Reserve has signalled that, barring some unexpected economic shock, interest rates will most likely rise this year. In a report Monday, Bloomberg’s Lisa Abramowicz highlights that bond funds are now holding 8% of their assets in cash, the highest rate since 1999.

Secret Talks Between Israelis and Saudis Reflect Regional Anxieties
Given the sorry state of affairs in the Middle East, it’s easy to conclude there’s no end in sight to the ongoing chaos, violence and upheaval. Yet it is also a land of miracles. How else to explain recent revelations about secret meetings between Saudi Arabia and Israel to address a common foe, Iran.

Wounded Syrian killed as Druze attack Israeli ambulance: police
A wounded Syrian was killed on Monday when Israeli Druze attacked an Israeli military ambulance taking him to hospital for treatment, police said.

So, the Catholic Church has a major problem right now. …And the Pope is only a part of it
By now, you’ve probably seen the Tweets, read the quotes, or listened to the proclamations coming from the Vatican. The Pope has decided to embrace the global warming faith, attack capitalism, decry the successes of western nations, and rail against guns, gun manufacturers, and those who support the industry.

Full Court Press is on to Pressure Supreme Court into Saving Obamacare
President Obama is once again telling lies about Obamacare while bullying the Supreme Court to decide in his administration’s favor in King v. Burwell, a court case which will likely be decided this month and which has the potential to gut the law’s subsidies. On cue, the mainstream media have marshaled their forces in defense of Obama and his signature legislation.

Newly uncovered e-mails prove Jonathan Gruber key to ObamaCare design
If you’ve forgotten why it mattered that Jonathan Gruber was one of the key architects of ObamaCare – and why the White House tried so hard to pretend they had no idea who he was – let’s just bring it back to the top of everyone’s mind. Gruber said a lot of things about the American people being stupid, and about Democrats’ exploiting that perceived stupidity in the course of hiding the law’s true costs. All of that was politically problematic for the White House, but here’s the statement that was (and might still be) legally problematic for the law’s survival:

Mexico Straddles the Fence Between the West and Russia
As the United States and Canada struggle with geopolitical challenges abroad, the potential weak link in continental defense sits at the U.S. southern border. For too long has Mexico forged a political path that often acts at cross-purposes to the goals of its democratic northern neighbors. And the problems run far deeper than just Mexico’s internal difficulties with the drug cartels. The nation’s true allegiances remain undefined.


Headlines – 6/23/2015

Abbas to French FM: Only those who ‘recognize the state of Israel’ allowed in unity government

Abbas: No place for Hamas in new government

UN report calls for international investigation into alleged Israel, Hamas war crimes

Israel slams ‘politically motivated and morally flawed’ UN Gaza report

UNHRC: Israelis and Palestinians may have committed ‘war crimes’ in 2014 Gaza war

Netanyahu on UN Gaza report: Israel is not guilty of war crimes

Hamas welcomes UNHRC report, says Israeli leaders should stand trial at ICC

Hamas rejects war crimes accusations in UN report

Israel: UNHRC obsessed with us

Analysis: The UNHRC Gaza report – Tragedy or farce?

UNHRC report: Less biased, but no less lethal

White House Reaffirms Israel’s Right to Self-Defense

Egypt appoints first ambassador to Israel in three years

Egypt army digs trench along Gaza border to prevent smuggling

Israeli ambassador warns UN chief of dangerous consequences of Gaza-bound flotilla

A year after war, Gaza border residents brace for next round

Druse leaders urge calm after locals slay Syrian in IDF ambulance

Netanyahu condemns Druse ambush on ambulance, vows to ‘bring lawbreakers to justice’

IDF denies treating Syrian jihadis after Druze attack ambulance

‘Talk of Israel aiding Nusra Front in Syria is insane,’ Liberman says

Terror alert issued for Israeli sites in India

Pope: Why didn’t Allies bomb railway lines to Auschwitz?

Riots, rocks and terror mark Ramadan escalation

Historic Iran talks in final act

Report: Iran says good nuclear deal more important than deadline

Iran puts military sites backon table in nuclear talks

Britain says no nuke deal if Iran doesn’t show flexibility

Iran deal will foster and fund terrorism, Netanyahu tells Jewish Agency meeting

White House says tweaks may be needed on deadline for Iran nuclear talks

Clashes break out at Tel Aviv anti-racism protest held by Israeli-Ethiopian community

White House responds to ‘racist’ Obama tweet by Israeli minister’s wife

Obama, in podcast, uses N-word to make point on racism

Report: Turkey, Israel resume reconciliation talks at secret Rome meeting

New think tank in Jordan watching Israel shows discreet, growing ties between countries

Syrian Kurds say seize military base from ISIS in Raqqa province

US says ISIS suspect in Benghazi attack killed in airstrike

European police team to take on IS social media propaganda

Christian charity to train UK churches in protecting against Isis attack

ISIS in Syria Hangs Two Boys for Eating During Ramadan

Taliban fighters converge on key city

Taliban launches brazen attack on Afghan parliament in Kabul

EU Warns of Sanctions Over Violence in Burundi Crisis

30 killed in northeast Nigeria by 2 girl suicide bombers

House Intel Committee Chair: US Is At ‘The Highest Threat Level We Have Ever Faced In This Country’

Japanese plane circles over China-claimed region in South China Sea

Philippines steps up drills with U.S., Japan forces near South China Sea

Nato testing new rapid reaction force for first time

Carter: US to provide weapons, aircraft, commandos for NATO

E.U. Begins Naval Operation in Mediterranean to Stop Trafficking of Migrants

Nikki Haley, South Carolina Governor, Calls for Removal of Confederate Battle Flag

Wealthy foreigners bought $100 billion in US real estate

The bond market is bracing for the worst and loading up on cash

Crisis is the new normal for weary Greeks

Nasdaq at all-time high as Greek drama drags on

Greece offers new proposals to avert default, creditors see hope

First on CNN: U.S. data hack may be 4 times larger than the government originally said

New Snowden leaks show NSA attacked anti-virus software

Google didn’t lead the self-driving vehicle revolution. John Deere did.

Severe space weather alert as solar storm strikes Earth

Oklahoma on record earthquake pace, up 90 percent from over a year ago

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 21,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Kujira Makes Landfall in China With Flooding Rain

The Death Toll from Pakistan’s Heatwave Is Now Nearing 450

Hundreds of firefighters battle wildfire near Lake Tahoe

Microsoft Drones To Catch Mosquitoes In Effort To Combat Diseases

South Korea reports three new MERS cases, bringing total to 175

Ebola Returns to Sierra Leone Capital After Weeks of No New Cases

Obama to give eulogy at funeral for pastor killed in Charleston: local media

Mike Ratliff – I say to you, unless one is born again, he is not able to see the Kingdom of God

Joel McDurmon – Bring Your Guns to Church Sunday

Putin Tells Russians That It’s Their ‘Holy Duty’ to Be Patriotic

Another Christian Family-Run Business Closing After Refusing to Host Gay Wedding

Obama laments ‘distorted impression’ of Muslims at Iftar dinner to celebrate Ramadan


The Briefing

1) Netherlands considers extending right to die to children under twelve as culture of death progresses

Dutch pediatricians: give terminally ill children under 12 the right to die, The Guardian (Agence France)

2) GOP struggles to find platform as less religious America veers politically left

Religion and politics: Do the ‘nones’ have it?, USA Today (Rick Hampson)

3) Elisabeth Elliot’s life inescapable example of forgiveness through the gospel

Elisabeth Elliot, Tenacious Missionary in Face of Tragedy, Dies at 88, New York Times (Sam Roberts)

In other news…

Daily Digest

June 23, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson, fair copy of the drafts of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Say, That Gruber Guy Actually Did Work Closely With Obama

Remember Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who served as a key architect of ObamaCare? The one who mocked “the stupidity of the American voter” as he and his elitist buddies crammed the law down our throats? The one whose string of condescending remarks on ObamaCare’s deceptive core were caught on video and released to the public? Naturally, Barack Obama tried to throw Gruber under the bus once he had become politically inconvenient, dismissing him as “some adviser who never worked on our staff” and had little to do with crafting ObamaCare. But according to a series of emails sent from the House Oversight Committee to The Wall Street Journal, Gruber had quite a lot to do with ObamaCare after all. “His proximity to HHS and the White House was a whole lot tighter than they admitted,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the House Oversight Committee. “There’s no doubt he was a much more integral part of this than they’ve said. He put up this facade he was an arm’s length away. It was a farce.” Indeed, Jeanne Lambrew, a top administration official at HHS, thanked Gruber for being an “integral part” in foisting ObamaCare on the nation. And Gruber was in contact with the highest level Obama advisers on the law, from Lawrence Summers to Peter Orszag to Jason Furman to Ezekiel Emanuel. This is simply more confirmation of ObamaCare’s foundation of lies. As if we needed any more proof.

SCOTUS and the Raisin Hope for Property Rights

Marvin Horne of Fresno, California, has been vindicated. Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that if the Raisin Administrative Committee was going to take Horne’s raisins it needed to compensate the farmer. In Horne v. Department of Agriculture, Horne refused to give up his raisins to the Raisin Administrative Committee and the agency was fining him at the tune of $695,000. The committee is a New Deal-era program designed to control the supply of raisins so the prices remain artificially high. It would take a portion of farmers’ grapes and either donate them to school lunch programs or sell them overseas. Farmers used to be compensated, but then the payout dwindled to nothing. The Ninth Circuit Court originally ruled in favor of the administrative committee, saying the Constitution’s Taking Clause only covered real estate, but Chief Justice John Roberts, writing the majority opinion, ruled, “Government has a categorical duty to pay just compensation when it takes your car, just as when it takes your home.” This ruling comes 10 years after the bungled SCOTUS ruling in Kelo v. New London, which said the city of New London could take the home of Susette Kelo and give her property to a private developer. Currently, Kelo’s pink home is demolished and the lot stands empty. While the raisin ruling is a step in the right direction, it will take years before the government fully moves past Kelo and respects the property of the citizens.

Pentagon Ships Military Off to Battle ‘Climate Change’

In January 2012, Barack Obama said, “As we look beyond the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan … we’ll be able to ensure our security with smaller conventional ground forces.” In other words, even though America’s military is being downsized, our military prowess will remain untarnished. “[Y]es, our military will be leaner, but the world must know the United States is going to maintain our military superiority with armed forces that are agile, flexible and ready for the full range of contingencies and threats,” he explained. Who knew that meant documenting the effects of climate change — even as terrorism-fueled crises in the Middle East rage on? According to The Washington Times, “Though stretched thin by the aftermath of two wars and the current fight against the Islamic State, the Obama administration has enlisted the Pentagon to measure the shrinking ice in the Arctic in the latest example of the president’s climate agenda being extended to the military. A recent Government Accountability Office report examined the Defense Department’s role in the Arctic, which increasingly will include ‘monitoring the changing Arctic conditions,’ such as ice levels.” America’s retreat — not climate change, as this administration posits — facilitated the Islamic State’s rise. And pulling even more resources away from the real fight to wage war on a straw man isn’t going to make them go away.

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Charleston and the Confederate Flag Battle

By Nate Jackson

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With every murderous rampage committed by a sociopath, the Left exploits the tragedy to push its agenda of taking Liberty from all of us. In recent years, that’s generally meant two things: gun control or racial grievance. The horrific murders of nine black Christians in Charleston by a white supremacist provided an opportunity to bring the two issues together.

Barack Obama, as usual, weighed in on both. He called for more gun control, and then he denounced the Confederate flag flying on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol as a racist symbol. It’s the latter that’s become a rallying point for leftists as well as Republicans eager to shed the racist label.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, said Monday, “It’s time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, a GOP presidential candidate, and Tim Scott, the first black Republican senator elected in the South since Reconstruction, likewise called for its removal. That provides political cover for state Republicans to vote to take it down.

Of course, given the prominence of South Carolina in the presidential primary season, the Leftmedia gleefully makes the Confederate flag an issue for Republicans every presidential cycle.

But that’s awfully odd since Democrats are the ones who raised it at the South Carolina capitol in 1962. Democrats are the party of Jim Crow and segregation — the ones in KKK robes who sullied the banner of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia with racial overtones. Democrats Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter campaigned with the flag before it was uncool to do so. Democrats push for an ever-higher minimum wage, which all too often leaves blacks unemployed and enslaved on the Left’s deliberately institutionalized urban poverty plantations.

Yet somehow the Confederate flag is a Republican problem.

Speaking of racism, know what else is racist? Gun control. It was originally conceived in the South to prevent blacks from owning firearms. Even now, proponents of gun control rarely lament the lives lost due to inner city gang violence.

Who else is racist? Barack Obama, whose roots of racial hatred run deep, and who stirs the pot by using the “n” word.

As for the flag itself, Leland Summers, head of the state’s chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, dismissed the Left’s complaint: “Do not associate the cowardly actions of a racist to our Confederate Banner. There is absolutely no link between The Charleston Massacre and The Confederate Memorial Banner. Don’t try to create one.”

He’s right in part, though it’s not that simple. It’s undeniable that the Confederate States propagated slavery — an institution Gen. Lee called “a great political and moral evil” — and that the Confederate flag in whatever form brings that to mind. The Union was hardly innocent in this regard, however. Abraham Lincoln harbored his own racism and favored solving slavery by sending blacks back to Africa. Yet no one seems to associate the American flag with such things.

Democrats made the Confederate banner a symbol of racism at KKK rallies, and now they have successfully turned a large portion of the populace against it. When a racist murderer used the Confederate battle flag as a background for his pictures, it only reinforced the link. Democrats fully intend to use the issue to rally blacks around Hillary Clinton, hoping “racist” Republicans would squirm to avoid calling for the flag’s removal. If South Carolina Republicans do remove it, the issue will be somewhat diffused — though nothing will ever be enough for the Left.

“I think compromising with the left on this issue is not worth it because the left is only politicizing this issue to advance their agenda,” wrote Red State’s Erick Erickson. “Once the flag is gone, the left will advance to the next issue then the next issue, etc. They won’t compromise. There is no compromise. There is only conversion or censorship with the left.”

For most of those who fly Lee’s banner today, they intend it as homage to the honorable part of their heritage. Certainly those of us at The Patriot Post with long family history in the South view it that way. The vast majority of Southerners did not own slaves and their descendants reject the idea that they (read: we) are to blame for that horrific institution. Yet the modern Left is intent on blaming all Southerners — especially Republicans — for slavery and all racism, which has in part served to make the flag a symbol of defiance akin to the Gadsden flag of the Tea Party.

That said, it’s perhaps too much to ask of our public-school educated population to think of history with such nuance and understanding. And it’s likely the only politically tenable and prudent move for Republicans to concede the point.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Thomas Sowell: “The fact that many people are still prepared to vote for Hillary Clinton to be President of the United States, in times made incredibly dangerous by the foreign policy disasters on her watch as Secretary of State, raises painful questions about this country. A President of the United States — any president — has the lives of more than 300 million Americans in his or her hands, and the future of Western civilization. If the debacles and disasters of the Obama administration have still not demonstrated the irresponsibility of choosing a president on the basis of demographic characteristics, it is hard to imagine what could. With our enemies around the world arming while we are disarming, such self-indulgent choices for president can leave our children and grandchildren a future that will be grim, if not catastrophic.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “I dread government in the name of science. That is how tyrannies come in. In every age the men who want us under their thumb, if they have any sense, will put forward the particular pretension which the hopes and fears of that age render most potent.” —C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

The BIG Lie: “We were able to bring to conclusion two long and costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and [Hillary Clinton] was very much involved in supporting those transitions.” —National Security Adviser and former Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice struggling to come up with an accomplishment of the Democrats’ inevitable candidate (And never mind that Obama and Clinton lost the Iraq war.)

Demo-gogues: “Here in America, many people personally don’t know someone who is Muslim. They mostly hear about Muslims in the news — and that can obviously lead to a very distorted impression.” —Barack Obama

Non Compos Mentis: “What would I do with white people who use the N-word? Jail them.” —Piers Morgan

Village Idiots: “Too many black people are niggerized. I would say the first black president has become the first niggerized black president. A niggerized black person is a black person who is afraid and scared and intimidated when it comes to putting a spotlight on white supremacy and fighting against white supremacy.” —Princeton professor Cornel West

Alpha Jackass: “[O]ur nation is paying a high price for our devotion to guns and faith in their capacity to keep us safe. … Our nation is dying a violent death, and the National Rifle Association and other gun valorizing groups will be etched across the death certificate.” —Harvard University professor Jonathan L. Walton

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As Obama June 30th Nuclear Deal Looms, Iran Parliament Chants ‘Death To America’

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

EDITOR’S NOTE: US President Barack Hussein Obama desperately wants America to think he has successfully brought the Iranians to the bargaining table, and has solved the question of a nuclear-armed Iran. Taking the opposing viewpoint, however, was the Iranian parliament who stood on their feet and shouted en masse “DEATH TO AMERICA!!”. Well played, Obama, well played. 

The bill, if approved into law, could complicate the ongoing talks in Vienna between Iran and the six-nation group — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — as they face a self-imposed June 30 deadline. The talks are focused on reaching a final accord that curbs Iran’s nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Iran Parliament chants “Death to America”:

Of 213 lawmakers present on Sunday, 199 voted in favor of the bill, which also demands the complete lifting of all sanctions against Iran as part of any final nuclear accord. The bill must be ratified by the Guardian Council, a constitutional watchdog, to become a law.

The terms stipulated in the bill allow for international inspections of Iranian nuclear sites, but forbid any inspections of military facilities.

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani read the bill aloud in a session broadcast live on state radio. It states in part, “The International Atomic Energy Agency, within the framework of the safeguard agreement, is allowed to carry out conventional inspections of nuclear sites.”

However it concludes that “access to military, security and sensitive non-nuclear sites, as well as documents and scientists, is forbidden.” source



June 22, 2015
ALAN KEYES — I don’t think I should take instruction on the meaning of genuine Christian faith from Rush Limbaugh any more than I take my example for Roman Catholic faith from Nancy Pelosi… (more)

June 22, 2015
BREITBART — Fast-Track, or Trade Promotion Authority, will receive a final cloture vote in the Senate on Tuesday morning. This is the bill that passed the House. If cloture is invoked, the bill will pass the Senate and go to the President’s desk…. (more)

June 22, 2015
THE TELEGRAPH — What has a Papal Encyclical calling on the world to end its use of fossil fuels and to pray to God for the success of the global “climate summit” in December got in common with the Greek euro crisis, the ominous rift between the West and Russia… (more)

June 22, 2015
YAHOO NEWS — People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday…. (more)

June 22, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — I hate when my gloomy prognostication skills prove to be accurate. Such seems to be the case with my more than 5-year-old prediction about the demise of Fox News as we know it…. (more)

June 22, 2015
ROBERT KNIGHT — “Start spreading the news I’m voting today ” If the Democratic Party and its constituent groups have their way, the Big Apple’s non-citizen immigrants will be singing that variation on the Sinatra anthem “New York, New York” at the polls next year…. (more)

June 21, 2015
POLITICO — The House Republican crackdown has reached a new level of severity. House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz has stripped North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows of his subcommittee chairmanship, just days after he defied leadership on the House floor by voting against a party-line procedural motion…. (more)


June 21, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — CNN aired a statistic Friday morning alleging that “right-wing extremism” is responsible for more deaths since Sept. 11, 2001, than “Muslim extremism.” The thing is: The statistic is dubious…. (more)

June 21, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Killing off military commissions has been an obsession of the Lawyer Left for over a dozen years. It may, at long last, be “Mission Accomplished” thanks to last week’s ruling by a deeply divided federal appeals court…. (more)

June 21, 2015
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE — A federal judge has reopened a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that aims to obtain e-mails between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her longtime aide, Huma Abedin, saying that the discovery of Clinton’s private server warranted the revival of the case…. (more)

June 20, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — When Barack Obama campaigned for president in 2008, few Americans would have guessed that his administration would become the most anti-family force in U.S. history by celebrating gay marriage and the spectacle of men becoming women through the phenomenon of “transgenderism.”… (more)

June 20, 2015
INFOWARS — Charleston shooter Dylann Storm Roof was reportedly taking a drug that has been linked with sudden outbursts of violence, fitting the pattern of innumerable other mass shooters who were on or had recently come off pharmaceutical drugs linked to aggression…. (more)

June 20, 2015
NEWSMAX — The “harshest of the harsh gun laws” do little to stop people with criminal or evil intentions, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik tells Newsmax TV. In an interview with “Newsmax Prime” host J.D. Hayworth, the author of “From Jailer to Jailed” said the “roughest gun laws” in cities and states “really make no difference. When the bad guys want to get guns, they get them and they use them for what they want.”… (more)

June 20, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — President Obama is catching heat from two U.S. senators for releasing violent criminals onto the streets who then went on to murder 121 Americans between 2010 and 2014…. (more)

June 20, 2015
GARTH KANT — “The Supreme Court is not the Supreme Branch, and it is certainly not the Supreme Being,” emphasized GOP presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, in remarks provided exclusively to WND…. (more)

June 19, 2015
THE HILL — The House on Thursday took the first step toward resuscitating the White House’s trade agenda by passing legislation granting President Obama fast-track authority. The bill now goes to the Senate, where the White House and GOP leaders are seeking to strike a deal with pro-trade Democrats…. (more)


June 19, 2015
NEWSMAX — Rep. John Fleming questioned why House Speaker John Boehner and other top Republicans worked feverishly to resuscitate President Barack Obama’s trade agenda Thursday when “this is a president who criticizes America and seeks to harm America while giving a pass to other countries.”… (more)

June 19, 2015
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE — Three recent items highlight the continuing collapse of interior immigration enforcement under Obama. The first is information pried out of DHS by Senators Grassley and Sessions: One hundred twenty-one convicted criminals who faced deportation orders between 2010 and 2014 were never removed from the country and now face murder charges, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)…. (more)

June 19, 2015
NEWSMAX — Gun-rights groups Thursday slammed President Barack Obama’s call for a national reckoning on gun violence after the fatal shooting of nine people in a South Carolina church Wednesday night and his remark that “this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”… (more)


June 19, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Dylann Storm Roof – – a skinny, young white man with a bowl haircut – – entered a historic black church, sat down next to its well-known pastor for a Bible study and, about an hour later, according to police, he pulled out a gun and killed nine people in a race-fueled mass shooting that reignited talk about guns and racism in America…. (more)

June 19, 2015
BOB UNRUH — A man who was in the congregation during an earlier church shooting – – and fired back at the attackers – – says the solution is not to restrict guns, as President Obama has suggested, but to encourage people to defend themselves and others…. (more)


June 19, 2015
NEWSMAX — The Pentagon is reportedly building a detailed missile defense shield to guard against a cruise missile attack from Russia. According to Defense One, the Department of Defense is looking to purchase radar systems that can help pick up low-lying cruise missiles launched by Russia at U.S. cities. National Guard fighter jets would then shoot down the missiles before they impact their targets…. (more)

June 19, 2015
NEWSMAX — Pope Francis’ controversial encyclical on the environment – – in which he bares his concerns about climate change and “rails against air conditioning” – – is likely to irk his Catholic flock, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, tells Newsmax TV…. (more)


June 19, 2015
MICHELLE MALKIN — Why was America so shocked by homegirl hoaxer Rachel Dolezal? The spray-tanned con artist, who resigned this week as head of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of (Artificially) Colored People, is the inevitable outcome of academia’s cult of manufactured victimhood…. (more)

June 19, 2015
NEWSMAX — It’s official: Brian Williams is moving to MSNBC and Lester Holt will formally replace him as “NBC Nightly News” anchor, NBC News and MSNBC chairman Andrew Lack announced today…. (more)


Pope Francis Says That People Who Make And Sell Guns Are Not Christian

At a rally of young people in Turin, Pope Francis issues his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry, criticising investors as well as workers

People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday. Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin.

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Pope Francis wants you to give up your guns.

“If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long commentary about war, trust and politics, after putting aside his prepared address.

“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit of distrust, doesn’t it?” he said to applause.

He also criticised those who invest in weapons industries, saying “duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.” source


Joel Rosenberg: ‘Something is coming. I don’t know what. But we must be ready’

Earth Space Planet Globe - Public DomainDo you also have the feeling that something really BIG is coming?  Recently, there has been quite a bit of chatter on the Internet about what the second half of 2015 will bring.  During the last six months of this calendar year, we are going to witness a remarkable confluence of circumstances and events, and this is something that I covered in a previous article entitled “7 Key Events That Are Going To Happen By The End Of September“.  But in addition to all of the things that we can point to outwardly, a lot of very prominent individuals are also really feeling an inner “urgency” regarding what is about to happen to this country.  For example, Bible prophecy expert Joel C. Rosenberg just posted an ominous message on his own personal blog in which he stated that “something is coming” and that “we must be ready”… (Read More…)


Warren Buffett: Derivatives Are Still Weapons Of Mass Destruction And ‘Are Likely To Cause Big Trouble’

Nuclear War - Public DomainAfter all these years, the most famous investor in the world still believes that derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction.  And you know what?  He is exactly right.  The next great global financial collapse that so many are warning about is nearly upon us, and when it arrives derivatives are going to play a starring role.  When many people hear the word “derivatives”, they tend to tune out because it is a word that sounds very complicated.  And without a doubt, derivatives can be enormously complex.  But what I try to do is to take complex subjects and break them down into simple terms.  At their core, derivatives represent nothing more than a legalized form of gambling.  A derivative is essentially a bet that something either will or will not happen in the future.  Ultimately, someone will win money and someone will lose money.  There are hundreds of trillions of dollars worth of these bets floating around out there, and one of these days this gigantic time bomb is going to go off and absolutely cripple the entire global financial system. (Read More….)


Billionaire investor Icahn, We are in a bubble, could be “very very destructive.” (Video)

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Yeah, the reckoning has been coming for a very long while. The Fed is out of control and lost. The stock market as it is is not sustainable. Many other markets are in the same boat.

Any market which reflects the wants and desires of the rich (aka those closest to newly “printed” money) is pretty much in a bubble. Art, wine, etc. Even residential real estate in places like London and New York are bubblicious.

It isn’t going to keep going. When this bubble bursts there will be serious dislocation economically and politically.

Below Marc Faber opines on Carl Icahn’s comments.

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House Intel Committee Chair: US Is At ‘The Highest Threat Level We Have Ever Faced In This Country’

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee warns that America is dealing with “the highest threat level we have ever faced in this country.”

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the threat is coming from the radicalization of young people and foreign fighters heading to Iraq and Syria to join terror groups.

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Are you ready for a 10 years with no power grid? Massive solar flare could cause decade-long blackout

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 07:33 AM PDT

One morning in September, 1859, British astronomer Richard Carrington sat in his private observatory, drawing pictures of sunspots using a telescope which projected an image of the sun onto a screen. As he drew and observed, there suddenly appeared a brilliant flash of white light on the surface of the sun. Startled, he ran to find witnesses to what he realized was a very unusual event, but by the time he returned, the massive solar flare that Carrington observed had mostly dissipated.

The next morning, shortly before dawn, skies around the globe lit up with colorful auroras so bright that “newspapers could be read as easily as in daylight,” as NASA describes the event. In those days, of course, there was no electrical “grid” as we now have, but there were telegraph networks in various parts the world. FULL REPORT

 

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Peru’s Ubinas volcano erupts, emits ashes

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 07:26 AM PDT

An explosive eruption from Ubinas volcano occurred this morning and spread ashes of 15 kilometers around the crater. Ubinas volcano exploded this morning, spreading ashes over the Ubinas valley, reports El Comercio. The explosion occurred at 8:50 a.m. this morning and spread ashes 15 kilometers wide around the volcano. The ashes primarily affected those in southeasterly direction at Ubinas Valley villages. The Volcanological Observatory Metallurgical Mining Geological Institute (Ingemmet) reported the locals of Ubinas, Tonohaya, Anascapa and Sacohay were the most affected.

Ingemmet recommends that the valley’s citizens take precautions to protect against the layer of ash that could harm livestock and water sources. Locals should wear masks and glasses. The volcano recorded numerous explosions earlier this month and for the last few months in high frequency. In late April Ubinas and Matalaque declared state of emergency for the high level of activity registered by the volcano. EP

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Summer solstice 2015 celebrated at Stonehenge by nearly 25,000 Druids, Wiccans, hippies, punks and tourists

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 07:17 AM PDT

Dressed as Druids, Wiccans, hippies, punks or just as regular tourists, nearly 25,000 people gathered Sunday at Stonehenge on Britain’s Salisbury Plain, marking the summer solstice as people have done for thousands of years. The sun rose at 4:52 a.m. on the longest day of the year, and for the lucky dozens who made it through the crowds to the interior of the neolithic stone circle, the rising sun could be seen in near perfect alignment with the Heel Stone, outside the famous ring.

It is this remarkable alignment, and another that aligns with sunset on the winter solstice, that has inspired such awe and interest in Stonehenge. It shows that whoever built it had a detailed understanding of the celestial path of the sun, but its ritual purpose or meaning has never been fully determined. It is deeply fixed in the British imagination, though, as a place of mystery and spirit, linked (though not necessarily by science) to the Iron Age Druid priestly caste and the foundational myth of King Arthur. FULL REPORT

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Major Money Manager Braces for Bond-Market Collapse

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 06:16 AM PDT

TCW Group Inc. is taking the possibility of a bond-market selloff seriously. So seriously that the Los Angeles-based money manager, which oversees almost $140 billion of U.S. debt, has been accumulating more and more cash in its credit funds, with the proportion rising to the highest since the 2008 crisis. “We never realize what the tipping point is until after it happens,” said Jerry Cudzil, TCW Group’s head of U.S. credit trading.

“We’re as defensive as we’ve been since pre-crisis.” TCW isn’t alone: Bond funds are holding about 8 percent of their assets as cash-like securities, the highest proportion since at least 1999, according to FTN Financial, citing Investment Company Institute data. Cudzil’s reasoning is that the Federal Reserve is moving toward its first interest-rate increase since 2006, and the end of record monetary stimulus will rattle the herds of investors who poured cash into risky debt to try and get some yield. FULL REPORT

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War has left Syria ‘on Brink of Economic Collapse’

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 06:11 AM PDT

Syria is heading towards economic collapse after four years of war, a report by a leading British think-tank says. In a report published today, Chatham House says that the Syrian economy has retracted by over 50 per cent in real terms, the Syrian pound has lost 80 per cent of its value and inflation has averaged 51 percent.

Outward migration and an estimated 250,000 deaths have caused Syria’s population to fall by more than 15 per cent, from 21 million to 17.5 million. With a sharp drop in output in the energy and manufacturing sectors, agriculture now accounts for a greater percentage of the nation’s overall output, Chatham House said. But overall food production has fallen sharply due to the conflict. David Butter, the author of Picking up the Pieces, said the economic failure could lead to military collapse within the Syrian army. FULL REPORT

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US nuclear missile commander says Vladimir Putin’s actions echo those of Nazi Germany in the 1930s

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 06:04 AM PDT

The US commander in charge of most of America’s nuclear missiles has warned that too much power is concentrated in the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and drawn parallels between Russia’s recent behaviour and that of Nazi Germany. Lieutenant General Stephen Wilson, commander of US Global Air Strike Command, said: “I don’t think we’ve ever seen so much power put in one person in Russia, and some of the things happening there are troubling and concerning for everybody.” He added:

“[They’ve] annexed a country, changing international borders, raising rhetoric unlike we’ve heard since the cold war times, and so lots of people are trying to figure out what is the strategic intent of Russia. “Some of the actions by Russia recently we haven’t seen since the 1930s, when whole countries were annexed and borders were changed by decree.” FULL REPORT

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U.S. data hack may be 4 times larger than the government originally said

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 05:55 AM PDT

The personal data of an estimated 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees were affected by a cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management – more than four times the 4.2 million the agency has publicly acknowledged. The number is expected to grow, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation. FBI Director James Comey gave the 18 million estimate in a closed-door briefing to Senators in recent weeks, using the OPM’s own internal data, according to U.S. officials briefed on the matter. Those affected could include people who applied for government jobs, but never actually ended up working for the government.

The same hackers who accessed OPM’s data are believed to have last year breached an OPM contractor, KeyPoint Government Solutions, U.S. officials said. When the OPM breach was discovered in April, investigators found that KeyPoint security credentials were used to breach the OPM system. FULL REPORT

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US Is At ‘The Highest Threat Level We Have Ever Faced In This Country’

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 05:48 AM PDT

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee warns that America is dealing with “the highest threat level we have ever faced in this country.” Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the threat is coming from the radicalization of young people and foreign fighters heading to Iraq and Syria to join terror groups. “They’re very good at communicating through separate avenues where it’s very difficult to track,” Nunes said.

“That’s why when you get a young person who is willing to get into these chat rooms, go on the Internet and get radicalized, it’s something we are not only unprepared [for], we are also not used to it in this country.”Several Americans across the U.S. have been arrested and charged recently with being ISIS sympathizers and trying to join the terror group. Nunes stated “we are having a tough time tracking terrorist cells within the United States.” FULL REPORT

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DAYS OF LOT – San Francisco High School First In Country To Offer Gay Studies Course

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 05:38 AM PDT

A San Francisco high school may be the first in the country to offer an LGBT studies course. The course will cover terminology, and the broad history of LGBT issues. “We’ll look at what it’s been like for gay men, what it’s been like for lesbian women, what it’s been like for transgender people,”

Ruth Asawa High School Social Studies teacher Lyndsey Schlax said. Schlax has been working with human rights activist Cleve Jones, who was mentored by San Francisco’s Harvey Milk. The curriculum stretches back to ancient times. FULL REPORT

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag From State Capitol

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 05:32 AM PDT

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol Monday, less than a week after a 21-year-old white man gunned down nine people at a historic African American church. Support for the flag to come down from leaders around the state and around the country has been steadily growing in the wake of the devastating attack.

“Today, we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it is time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds,” Haley said during a news conference attended by Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, along with other state leaders. The announcement was met by applause and cheers from those in attendance. FULL REPORT

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Christian Headlines Daily – Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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Top Headlines

Mennonite Couple Fined for Refusal to Host Gay Weddings Close Business

Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush Warn of Impending Danger of Gay Marriage

Pope Francis Challenges Humanity to Fight Global Warming in Historic Encyclical

Deadly Rampages: We Have Seen This Before

British Muslims React to Cameron’s Call to Thwart ISIS among the Youth

Confederate Flag Becomes Point of Debate as Christian, Political Figures Weigh In

Emanuel AME Church: The Latest Victim of Violence against Black Churches

Slain S.C. Pastor Clementa Pinckney was ‘a Giant, a Legend’

Pope Francis Chides World Powers for Failing to Push for Peace in Syria

Student Sues Delaware State University after Losing Scholarship for Refusing to Attend Church

Opinion

God Stepped In, Says Debbie Dills, Who Spotted Alleged S.C. Killer

What is Scarier than a Shark?

Are Liberals Trying to Silence Conservatives’ Free Speech?

Charleston Attack: When God is at Work, Satan Reacts

How Abortion Affects Men


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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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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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Nothing Should Surprise Us

“The Proverbs give us 10 father-to-son talks in which the father is teaching his son to be discerning. There is no room for naive optimism in these talks; they are serious and strong, raw and real. In fact, training our children to be discerning and wise is one of the foremost callings that God has given us as parents.”

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The Comfort of Jesus’ Prayers

“One of the most important sources of comfort with respect to the intercession of Christ in behalf of the believer is found in Jesus’ great High Priestly Prayer, which itself was a profound prayer of intercession. Remarkably, even we are mentioned in this great prayer of intercession.”

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What’s Loving Got to Do With It?

“In our entire legal history, no one bothered to legislate a restriction of marriage to sexually complementary couples until the day before yesterday because everyone understood what “marriage” meant and would (if asked) have thought it naturally impossible for two men or two women to marry.”

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Dylann Roof And The Danger of Identity Idolatry

“What hand did Satan play in Eden? He laid his regular ace: attacking identity. He tempted Eve to believe God was not who he said he is. Adam negated his identity as a male, as one who was to protect and lead; Eve wandered outside of Adam’s authority, foiling her womanhood.”

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12 Questions for a Six-Month Spiritual Checkup

“Many of us pray more reactively than proactively. Prayer is not in our DNA; it is only our response when we face something we can’t handle. That kind of praying misses the point of being in a relationship with God.”

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The End of the University

“Within college walls the adolescent is granted a vision of the ends of life; and he takes from the university the one thing that the world does not provide, which is a conception of intrinsic value. And that is why the university is so important in an age of commerce.”

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The Leader We Need

“According to God’s directive, a good king would not be focused on collecting personal horses, gaining plural wives, or acquiring pockets full of silver and gold. Consequently, he would not legislate and guide based upon that which would profit himself and his preferred party.”

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How To Be a Progressive, Affirming, Accepting, Welcoming and BIBLICAL Church

“Don’t get me wrong – I am sure that there are churches and professing Christians whose attitude and behaviour towards homosexuals is something they need to repent of, but I am getting tired of every Bible believing Christian being tarred with the same homophobic brush, when the evidence often suggests otherwise.”

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Explosive Growth Of Evangelical Belief In Latinos Has Big Political Implications

“If attendees at the conference in Houston were to be believed, Hispanic evangelicals are eager to vote, and in substantial numbers. Yet unlike Hispanic Catholics, who overwhelmingly reflect the Democratic party platform on several key issues, Latino evangelicals share political sensibilities with both parties. This has made their voting habits increasingly uncertain.”

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Doctor Will Kill Healthy 24-Year-Old Who Wants To Commit Suicide

Jun 22, 2015 06:22 pm | A. Spreeman

 

Ever since she was a youngster, this 24-yera-old woman has wanted to die.  So a doctor from Belgium is going to grant her wish. For psychological reasons. Here’s the story: The Belgian euthanasia insanity continues with the case of a 24-year-old healthy woman (Laura) who will die by euthanasia this summer for psychological reasons. The […]

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Billy Graham’s grandson steps down from Florida megachurch after admitting an affair

Jun 22, 2015 11:18 am | Marsha West

 

Sarah Pulliam Bailey, columnist for the The Washington Post, reports this unbelievably sad news: Billy Graham’s grandson Tullian Tchividjian has resigned from his pulpit at Coral Ridge Presbyterian, a high-profile church in South Florida, after admitting he had an affair. He released the following statement to The Washington Post: “I resigned from my position at Coral Ridge Presbyterian […]

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Hundreds of thousands rally in Rome against gay unions

Jun 21, 2015 11:54 am | Marsha West

 

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

Jun 21, 2015 11:12 am | Marsha West

 

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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“Manifesto” where killer unveils Charleston as target of church massacre

Jun 20, 2015 01:16 pm | Marsha West

 

Several photos of mass-murder suspect Dylann Roof burning an American flag and posing with weapons at Confederate gravesites are shown in a piece over at Daily Mail (DM).  Also included is a racist manifesto but it is unclear whether it was written by Roof.  There’s no two ways about it — Dylann Roof is in the grip of evil. Before […]

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Morgan Freeman to Visit Joel Osteen’s Church for “The Story of God” Series

Jun 19, 2015 12:55 pm | Marsha West

 

Well this is ironic.  A New Ager and religious skeptic will visit the church of a “pastor” who’s had no theological training and on top of that teaches the heretical prosperity gospel, to find out Christianity’s view of God.  Leave it to Hollywood to ask someone who’s not even a Bible believing Christian to explain who the God of the Bible is. […]

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Deception Unbounded and Running Amok in the Churches

Jun 19, 2015 10:47 am | Marsha West

 

In this piece Bill Muehlenberg of Culture Watch responds to some of the mail he receives from  individuals who write to him that are clearly under demonic deception.  “They revel in their rebellion,” he laments, “They have been so deceived by the enemy that the utterly clear and black and white words of Scripture are completely rejected, replaced […]

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Pope Francis: Climate Change and Abortion Are “Interrelated”

Jun 18, 2015 03:00 pm | Marsha West

 

A piece in National Journal will no doubt have the far left fit to be tied.  Apparently Pope Francis believes what the headline says: Climate change and abortion are interrelated.  So what does he mean by that? On his radio show today Rush Limbaugh speculated that the pope is essentially saying, “Look, you cannot have an attitude that says we […]

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Teacher Who Read Homosexual Book to Third Graders Resigns Following Parental Outrcy

Jun 18, 2015 12:19 pm | Marsha West

 

As previously reported in “Homosexual teacher reads “gay fairy tale” to 3rd graders” a gay teacher in Efland S.C. read King & King, a book promoting homosexuality, to his class without the consent of parents, a decision he now regrets. Christian News Network has the full report: An elementary school teacher who read a book about homosexuality to […]

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How Should A Christian Live In A Culture Given Over To A Depraved Mind?

Jun 18, 2015 07:53 am | A. Spreeman

 

Posted by Christine Pack at Sola Sisters and reprinted with permission Before I was born again, I had a number of homosexual friends, and for some reason, I often ended up being a sympathetic ear for them. This was before homosexuality was accepted as normal, as it is today, and many of them expressed […]

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The Daily Discovery (June 23, 2015)

Sources of Moral Confusion – “I listened to a torturous discussion last week in which Terry Gross and Northwestern’s Laura Kipnis discussed Kipnis’s Chronicle of Higher Education article challenging university prohibitions of romance between faculty members and students.”

May Grace and Peace Be Multiplied to You – “The apostle Paul starts all of his letters with the prayer that ‘grace and peace’ will come to the reader. But he never uses a verb. He never says, ‘Grace and peace be to you,’ or, ‘Grace and peace come to you.’ He assumes the verb.”

Paul’s Rules for Social Media Interactions – “There are certain Bible verses or passages that can trip you up as you read them. You’re humming along through a passage when suddenly you’re stopped cold. In that moment, you may have the thought, ‘Really? Is this really here? How have I missed this before?’  Last week, I had this experience with Titus 3.”

Tullian Tchividjian’s Sin and Resignation Attracts Prayers and Piranhas – “You’ve most likely already heard about Tullian Tchividjian’s wife’s affair, and his reciprocal affair that required his resignation as Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1 Tim 3:1-7). This announcement has stirred a media and social media frenzy; attracting both prayers and piranhas.”

How to Read More Books – “‘How can I read more books?’ I’ve gotten this question a number of times since I’ve started posting more book reviews here on the blog. Here are some of my thoughts to this question.”


SERMON:

Voddie Baucham – Adapting to the Culture…Or Not


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Why an elderly woman would not help another woman stop porn on a plane.

What it Means to be a Man


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

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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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The Discipline of Loving God’s Command to Love Others

An obvious, but easily missed truth about loving others is that it is a command from God. What did Jesus say we are doing when we keep his commandments?

He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him. (Joh 14:21)

Love obeys, for love wishes to please. When we are told by God to love someone and we do so in obedience to him, it is ultimately an act of love for God. We do not love our neighbour solely because of our neighbor. We love our neighbor firstly because we love our God, and our God told us to love our neighbor. Our love for our neighbor is not finally or ultimately based in our neighbor. Our love of neighbor is based in the will of our God.

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7 Reasons Why High-Profile Leaders Like Tullian Tchividjian Fail

Within weeks, two of my heroes have fallen from grace, and some of my friends in pastoral ministry have taken detours in their destiny as well. Moral failings among leaders are becoming an epidemic. No one is beyond the reach of Satan’s grasp. Although I’m disappointed, my faith is not shaken because only Christ should be placed on a pedestal.

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Ten Lessons from the Tullian Tchividjian Confession

Any time a pastor falls my heart sinks. It is gut wrenching. Especially when it is someone that is loved by many people I admire. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent listening to people write onwrite on, or preach on the new-antinomianism debate. While I bet the temptation is strong for some people to say I told you so, (and I think it might be helpful for us to go back and listen to their warnings) whenever things like these happen, it is always a huge reminder about my own sinfulness and my need to re-examine my own qualifications for ministry. In Scripture, we are taught that when elders fall that they should be rebuked publicly for all to learn from and while I do not want to rebuke Tullian publicly (nor should I), I do take situations like this to examine my own heart and to remind myself that I am capable of incredible evil. This is a reminder that when I went to seminary, I decided to do something that is dangerous. To be preachers of God’s word is the greatest calling on earth but it is also dangerous. So here are ten personal lessons/reminders from this incredibly sad situation.

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Forgiveness in Charleston

Some acts are so terrible, it seems masochistic to talk about them. Some acts are so gracious, we marvel at them and must talk about them.
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Dealing with Power Groups in the Church – Rainer on Leadership #135

Podcast Episode #135

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Today on the podcast we discuss power groups—both positive and negative groups. I also found out something about Jonathan that I did not know before.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • I don’t think any pastor has ever served in a church where there wasn’t some form of a power group.
  • Gaining power for power’s sake is a problem.
  • Every power group thinks they are doing good for the church. Many times they aren’t.
  • Most power groups in the church are trying to return the church to an era that no longer exists.
  • When a negative power group exists in a church, align yourself with positive people.
  • Before confronting a negative power group in the church, ask for counsel from those whom you can trust.

The six keys to dealing with power groups in your church are:

  1. Discern if the issue is really power
  2. Try to understand motives​
  3. ​Grasp the “berry bucket” theory”​
  4. See if a direct approach will work (Matthew 18)
  5. Develop key alliances
  6. Determine if a work around or a confrontation will be best

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How the Charleston tragedy cries out for God

by Dan PhillipsThe facts, as reported and as related in sterile prose, are simple enough.

Last Wednesday, June 17, a young man walked into the church congregation of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and sat through a prayer meeting. At about 9pm, he stood and opened fire on his unarmed, helpless victims. Nine people, ranging in age from 26 to 87, were shot and killed. Eight died on the scene, one died later in a hospital. Among the dead was the pastor, Clementa Pinckney. The murderer, now identified by the police as 21 year-old Dylann Roof, was able to reload five times during the massacre, which his reported words reveal as racially motivated. He has since been arrested.

What to make of it? How to make anything of it?

The incident can be approached from many important angles; I’ll select the one I think least likely to receive much consideration. It is this: we cannot even begin to make sense of this, on any remotely satisfying level, apart from the God of the Bible, and the theology that His Word teaches us.

I’ll do my best not to insult you with nuance and carefulness; I’ll just be direct. As you’d expect.

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Fighting error in the church

Sometimes it may seem that we spend too much time refuting falsehood.  All of us are chagrined at the preponderance of error both within and without the Church.  We may write off those who attempt to combat it and set forth the truth in clarity over against it as “heresy hunters.”  The term is used pejoratively; but should it be?  Take a quick look at the Books of the New Testament, merely scratching the surface, and see what you think.

  • In the Gospels Jesus warns against false teachers, speaks of wolves in sheep’s clothing and the “leaven of the Pharisees.” The record of His ministry is one of conflict with those who refused to accept the teaching He set forth.
  • Acts contains the record of the church’s first major controversy over whether or not a person must become a Jew before he could qualify as a Christian. A church council was called to settle the matter. Paul goes to lengths to warn the Ephesian elders about wolves who would devour the flock and schismatically draw away disciples to themselves.
  • Romans is an entire doctrinal treatise about justification by faith alone in contrast to salvation by works, and how sanctification follows thereafter. In it, Paul also takes up the rejection of the Jewish church.
  • I Corinthians is loaded with problems; schism, misuse of gifts, church discipline, marriage and divorce, and on, and on, on.
  • II Corinthians takes on false apostles who had invaded the church and charged him with pretending to be an apostle. The place of apostolic authority is set forth, along with the qualifications of an apostle.
  • Galatians is a sterling defense of Justification by faith alone over against those who taught otherwise, and were upsetting the church by Judaistic legalism.
  • Ephesians is less controversial, being a universal epistle rather than directed to the adverse circumstances of an individual or a congregation
  • Philippians deals with a split in an otherwise good church. But it has to do with self-centeredness and sets forth a key Christological passage.
  • Colossians is consumed with fighting Judaistic Gnosticism.
  • I & II Thessalonians take up false teaching about the Lord’s coming and eschatology.
  • I & II Timothy & Titus teach “healthy” doctrine over against many false ideas. And, in them, Paul doesn’t hesitate to name specific heretical individuals.
  • Philemon is a welcome exception
  • Hebrews, in its entirety, combats all influences that would cause Jewish Christians to revert to Judaism.
  • James utterly destroys the idea that one can have genuine faith that does not result in good works.
  • I Peter explains how the New Testament church is no longer a physical political entity, but that the church is now the spiritual people of God, the new Israel.
  • II Peter warns against scoffers and libertines unsettling the church and reveals the true picture of final things.
  • I John argues quite effectively throughout the book against Gnosticism of a Cerenthian sort.
  • II John warns against hospitality for heretics
  • III John deals with church discipline gone so far astray as to virtually destroy a church.
  • Jude throughout its entirety is and exhortation to contend against the libertines who invaded the church that failed to listen to the warnings in II Peter.
  • Revelation speaks of the warfare of God against apostate Judaism, the first persecutor of the church, and Rome, the second persecutor, and predicts the fall. It also mentions cults like the Nicolatians.

Now, in light of the above, if you can, tell me why we should not be prepared to detect and refute falsehood in the Church?

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The Gospel According to Pixar


See the Exciting First Trailer for Faith-Based Film “Captive”


Escape the Worry Trap


NEW BOOKLET TRACT: Be Still and Know That You are Not God!—God is Not “in” Everyone and Everything

Be Still and Know That You are Not God!—God is Not “in” Everyone and Everything by Warren B. Smith is our newest Lighthouse Trails Booklet Tract.


Providing Answers to the LGBT Claims. The Biblical Truth About Homosexuality.

The LGBT community has made many claims about itself and about how they believe Christians ought to relate to those in the community.I provide many of their claims with biblical responses here.


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 →


The Gospel Is For Christians Too

Text: Galatians 1:1-10

Are you constantly hounded by a troubled conscience, even as a Christian? Is it hard to remember the last time you had a full night of sleep? Even since your conversion, do the things you have done continue to bother you? The remedy for this is a thorough understanding of the one true and radical, biblical gospel. Jesus work did not merely make you savable or release you from jail but put you on probation. Christian, hear the good news of Jesus Christ!
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Blogs

No Adam, No Fall, No Original Sin, No Substitutionary Atonement | A Daughter of the Reformation
It’s logical.

The Benefits of Catechetical Preaching
Bill Boekestein makes the case.

Former Mars Hill elder apologizes | World Mag
This is encouraging to everyone in conflict situations.

Take Heed | Reformed Theology Articles at Ligonier.org
Older article but sadly every relevant.

How to Stop Forgetting What You Read | Scott Young
From the guy who did four years of MIT courses in one year.

You’re Using The Internet Wrong: Here’s How To Finally Eliminate Digital Distractions | Fast Company
Some good hints and tips here.

70+ book picks from TED speakers and attendees | TED Blog
Find out what’s influencing the influencers. But remember that Bestsellers ≠ Best Books.

Color Me Colorblind | R C Sproul Jr
“I wish we lived in a world, and I hope and in fact know that one day we will live in a world where no one has to pretend to be something that they are not–because nobody is going to value that which has precious little value. Rachel did not need to be white, she did not need to be black. All she needed to be was a woman and all she needed to do was work for the advancement of people. That is the world I am looking forward to and the day that I’m hoping for and the future that I am laboring for.”


A La Carte (June 23)

Real Conversations with Dad – I completely identify with this: The majority of parenting is done in those sweet, mundane, meaningful little moments.

Pit Stops – You might find this dead boring, but I found it strangely fascinating. It is a series of pit stops from different kinds of car race.

Cigars, The Christian, and the Glory of God – Joe Thorn is starting a series on cigars. I can’t stand the things, but am interested in his take on them.

#PrayForCharleston – “Charleston, South Carolina will always be the place I call home. From my youth, I walked her ancient streets, climbed her shrines to days past, snuck into her private gardens, and enlisted into her Corp of Cadets.”

A Killer Drug Crisis – Weekends are the time I tend to read longform articles. I learned a lot by reading this one from Macleans.

Why Would God Choose Me? – John Piper explains how he explains election.

The Confederate Flag – If you are wondering what Christians are saying about the current controversy surrounding the Confederate flag in South Carolina, this article will get you caught up.

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Charlie, Charlie: Contacting a Demon or an Innocent Game?

by Paula Hendricks | 6/22/15

What’s the big deal?

All my friends are playing it.

It’s just an innocent little game!

Maybe you’ve had some of these thoughts about the latest “game” that’s captured teens’ hearts around the world. The Internet is loaded with videos of teens running, screaming, after asking “Charlie, Charlie, are you there?” and then seeing the pencil move on its own. (For the record, I wouldn’t recommend this Google search. If you’re wondering why, keep reading.)

It’s no game to try to communicate with demons.

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Mohler says Pope’s climate policy would devastate, not help the poor

According to ChristianExaminer:

Pope Francis was right to claim in his encyclical on the environment that creation care is a part of Christian theology, but dead wrong about the importance of fossil fuels for cheap, abundant energy for the developing Third World, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler said in a statement following the release of the papal document.

“Laudato Si is a very interesting document, by any measure … As stewards of creation, we are called by the Creator to take care of the world he has made. At the same time, several of the Pope’s central claims about climate change have more to do with the current scientific consensus than with theology,” Mohler wrote.

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More Islamic and Homosexual Sharia

In an earlier piece I noted the frightening similarities between the Islamic war on faith, family and freedom, and the homosexual war on faith, family and freedom. The attempt to push Islamic sharia law throughout the West is destroying democracy and liberty, but so too is the attempt to force everyone to embrace and promote the militant homosexual agenda.

Thus it is now not even worth bothering to differentiate between the two, since both are totalitarian movements designed to crush all opposition and silence all critics. So here I will simply offer more examples of Islamic sharia in action and homosexual sharia in action.

shariaLet me start with the ugly Big Brother activism of the homosexual lobby. They and their buddies in the courts and the media are doing a great job of smashing freedom and destroying genuine debate. Let me begin with a Christian bakery forced to close down because homosexual militants sued them in court for not making them a cake.

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Ask R.C.: What Are Some Concerns You Have With the Homeschooling Movement?

I’m writing from this year’s Christian Home Educators of Colorado conference. It’s always encouraging to be here, to visit with friends and to be encouraged. I always find homeschool conferences encouraging.  That said, where there are people, there are sins to be concerned about, and that includes we who homeschool. Here are five things I believe are a current danger.

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Following movements and the fear of God

Do you follow the latest conference trends, book author, celeb pastor or social campaigns? There are many of them trending right now, and for a nice fee you can keep up on the cutting-edge coolness of Christian modernity. It’s attractive. We’ve all done it. And as a body of Christ, we’ve paid a heavy price […]

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The Ancient Of Days

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Q.  A question came up in Sunday School this week about the Ancient of Days:  Is He Jesus or God the Father, or sometimes either depending on the context?

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Will My Medication Keep Me Out Of The Rapture?

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Q.  I have Parkinson’s disease in an advanced stage.Some of the symptoms are fear and anxiety attacks as well as severe pain.  Although I pray regularly to the Lord for relief and many friends do too I still do not have the peace in my heart that I so long for. Also, I have the nagging feeling that I will be left behind at the Rapture even if I have asked the Lord to be my Savior because the Bible defines” pharmacy” as evil, according to the original Greek, I believe.  Some of the medication I take for relief can also be classified as drugs. During the times of severe depression I feel the Lord will not want someone like me in His presence.

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Once For All Time

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Q. I know that through the death of our Lord we are made acceptable to God, but how were people in the Old Testament acceptable?  There are many great figures in the Bible who made some dreadful mistakes – Jacob,  Samson, David, etc.  It has always been encouraging to me that God looked with favor upon these people who got things so terribly wrong; however I find it difficult to reconcile the idea that as a righteous God, they should not have been acceptable in His eyes.

I know it can’t be connected with them obeying the ‘law’ because, like the rest of us, they would never have been able to achieve it.  David for instance, repented and was forgiven – how was this possible? Was it their faith that made them righteous? Was it possible for them to remain in sin and still be acceptable to God through faith?

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What is The Gospel?


“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.

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

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

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

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

About Christianity
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Does God’s omniscience conflict with human free will?

WINTERY KNIGHT

Here’s the setup for the question, from Come Reason ministries.

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Hello,

Christian doctrine holds that God is all knowing (1 John 3:20), and humans have free will (Deuteronomy 30:19 is my favorite example). however, at my favorite apologetics debate board, I have seen skeptics raise an objection to these points several times. the basic logic behind their arguments is this:

  1. A being with free will, given two options A and B, can freely choose between A and B.
  2. God is omniscient (all-knowing).
  3. God knows I will choose A.
  4. God cannot be wrong, since an omniscient being cannot have false knowledge.
  5. From 3 and 4, I will choose A and cannot choose B.
  6. From 1 and 5, omniscience and free will cannot co-exist.

I have read many counter-arguments from apologetics sites, but they were either too technical (I couldn’t understand them), or not satisfying. so, I was wondering what…

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GTY Blog: Slaves of Righteousness

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Few issues can make a person cringe as much as slavery. It’s not the subject of casual, carefree conversation. Whether one refers to past injustices or modern evils, the subject of slavery is usually met with angst and contempt. With that in mind, slavery isn’t the metaphor we tend to reach for to communicate encouraging spiritual truth.

Not so with God’s Word. Scripture repeatedly uses the imagery of slavery to poignantly describe unrepentant man’s relationship with sin (John 8:34; 2 Peter 2:19). It’s an apt metaphor—sin marks us as its own, it rules without mercy, binds us in chains, and won’t let us go.

But in Romans 6:17-18, Paul writes about a different kind of slavery for believers. Contrasting our new position in Christ against our former slavery to sin, he writes,

But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness (emphasis added).

Dead to Sin

The key to understanding what it means to be slaves of righteousness is that we have first been set free from our slavery to sin. Earlier in the chapter, Paul asks his readers a pointed rhetorical question: “How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:2).

In his book The Gospel According to the Apostles, John MacArthur explains that the Greek word translated “died to sin”

speaks of a historical fact referring to our death in the death of Christ. Because we are “in Christ” (Romans 6:11; 8:1), and He died in our place (Romans 5:6-8), we are counted dead with Him. We are therefore dead to sin’s penalty and dominion. Death is permanent. Death and life are incompatible. So the person who has died to sin cannot continue living in iniquity. Certainly we can commit sins, but we do not live anymore in the dimension of sin and under sin’s rule. Sin is contrary to our new disposition. “No one who is born of God practices sin,” according to John, “because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). It is not merely that we should not continue to live in unbroken sin but that we cannot. [1]John MacArthur, The Gospel According to the Apostles, 113-114

John adds that “dying to sin implies an abrupt, irreversible, wholesale break with the power of sin.” [2]114

Justified and Sanctifying

In the moment of salvation, God breaks the power of sin in our lives as part of His work of regeneration (Ezekiel 36:26-27; Romans 6:6-7). But we are also instantaneously justified in God’s sight, free from the guilt and punishment of our sin. In effect, the slate is wiped clean. John MacArthur explains it this way:

In its theological sense, justification is a forensic, or purely legal, term. It describes what God declares about the believer, not what He does to change the believer. In fact, justification effects no actual change whatsoever in the sinner’s nature or character. Justification is a divine judicial edict. It changes our status only, but it carries ramifications that guarantee other changes will follow. [3]89

Those changes are called sanctification. We’ve already defined God’s sanctifying work, but it’s important to consider how it differs from justification. As John explains,

Justification is distinct from sanctification because in justification God does not make the sinner righteous; He declares that person righteous (Romans 3:28; Galatians 2:16). Justification imputes Christ’s righteousness to the sinner’s account (Romans 4:11); sanctification imparts righteousness to the sinner personally and practically (Romans 6:1-7; 8:11-14). Justification takes place outside sinners and changes their standing (Romans 5:1-2); sanctification is internal and changes the believer’s state (Romans 6:19) Justification is an event, sanctification a process. The two must be distinguished but can never be separated. God does not justify whom He does not sanctify, and He does not sanctify whom He does not justify. Both are essential elements of salvation. [4]90

Put simply, “Justification frees us from the guilt of sin, sanctification from the pollution of sin.” [5]109

Dying to our sin is then the first step in the process of sanctification. It’s the process through which the Spirit refines us, killing off the remnants of our former selves—our sinful habits, tastes, and desires—and replacing them with godly affections and inclinations. It’s the active, ongoing transformation of your heart, mind, and entire self, beginning at the moment of salvation and continuing throughout the remainder of your life.

When we are born again [regeneration], God not only declares us righteous [justification], but He also begins to cultivate righteousness in our lives [sanctification]. Thus salvation is not only a forensic declaration; it is a miracle of conversion, of transformation. There is no such thing as a true convert to Christ who is justified but who is not being sanctified. . . . As the sinful, unregenerate person cannot help manifesting his or her true character, neither can the regenerate person. [6] 114

As slaves of righteousness, it is impossible to remain slaves of sin. Our new nature in Christ guarantees a transformed life. Paul emphasizes the change that ought to be manifest in every believer in Romans 6:3-5.

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.

As John explains,

In Christ we are not the same people we were before salvation. “Our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:6). . . . Our new life as Christians is not an amended old life but a divinely bestowed new life that is of the same nature as Christ’s very own. . . .

That does not mean our sinful tendencies are annihilated. The Greek word translated “done away with” literally means “to render inoperative, invalidate.” Sin has lost its dominating control over us. Obviously we all struggle with sinful propensities. Death to the sinful self does not mean death to the flesh and its corrupted inclinations. Because of the pleasures of sin and the weakness of our remaining flesh, we often yield to sin.

The tyranny and penalty of sin have been nullified, but sin’s potential for expression has not yet been fully removed. Our human weaknesses and instincts make us capable of succumbing to temptation. . . . We are, in short, new creations—holy and redeemed but wrapped in grave clothes of unredeemed flesh. We are like Lazarus, who came forth from the grave still wrapped from head to foot in his burial garments. [7]116-117

As slaves of righteousness, our entire being has been rescued and reoriented under the authority of Christ. Through the work of the Spirit, we are being conformed into Christ’s character and refined for the work of His kingdom.

However, we still bear some of the grave clothes of our former nature. Next time we’ll look at another key passage from Paul’s letter to the Romans that describes the believer’s constant battle with sin, and the way sin attacks our assurance of salvation.


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Albert Mohler Blog: “The Heresy of Racial Superiority — Confronting the Past, and Confronting the Truth”

In this blog essay, “The Heresy of Racial Superiority — Confronting the Past, and Confronting the Truth,” Dr. R. Albert Mohler’s condemns the ideology of racial superiority as a theological heresy. Mohler writes:

“The ideology of racial superiority is one of the saddest and most sordid evidences of the Fall and its horrifying effects. Throughout history, racial ideologies have been driving forces of war, of social cohesion, of demagoguery, and of dictatorships. Race theory was central to the Nazi regime and was used by both sides in the Pacific theater of World War II. In that theater of the war, both the Japanese and the Americans claimed that the other was an inferior race that must be defeated by force. The Japanese claimed racial superiority as central to their subjugation of other Asian peoples.”
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Is Bible prophecy relevant for our troubled times? (7 videos from a seminar I co-taught with Anne Graham Lotz on Bible prophecy.)

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(Washington, D.C.) — Last October, President Obama gave an interesting speech in New York City. At one point in his remarks, the President said, “[T]here’s a sense…that the world is spinning so fast and nobody is able to control it.”

Events are moving fast — here at home and around the globe. The world does seem to be spinning out of control. Economically, socially, geopolitically, environmentally, we just keep experiencing one trauma after another, and no one seems to know what to do.

Yesterday, I wrote a column that raised this critical question: “Is America heading for a terrible implosion or a great awakening?”Specifically, I noted that “the United States is hurtling towards severe trouble, and the events of the past few months — and what may be coming over the next few months — grieves me a great deal. Something is coming. I don’t know what. But we all must…

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Charleston Has Some Amazing Theology

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Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church appears to my mind to have their theology amazingly right, at the very least, where it most counts. Knowing how much they have been forgiven by God enabled the nine families of those shot by Dylann Roof to offer forgiveness to the perpetrator. Folks, Christianity doesn’t get any more glorious than this. What other religion would direct people to react in this way? What other god can offer the grace our God can offer to enable people to do something that shut the mouths of the mainstream media? My heart bleeds for the families of those who were lost, but I also rejoice in the glory of God that is being broadcast all over the world.

There is only one point at which I would disagree with what at least one person said down in Charleston. “You took something very precious away from me,” a…

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