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June 24, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jun. 24, 2015

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Japan sees agreement on a landmark Pacific trade pact as “possible” next month, after the U.S. Senate paved the way for a final vote Wednesday on a bill to give President Obama enhanced authority to complete free-trade deals.

U.S. senators said they doubt the government’s personnel office understands the breadth of a computer hack that exposed the records of more than 4 million federal workers, or that the agency can stop another breach.

Kentucky Republican, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, suggested taking down the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from his state’s Capitol.

Republican tensions over Obamacare rose Tuesday after Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint ramped up pressure on the party not to extend health insurance subsidies-even temporarily-that the Supreme Court could erase within days.

Hedge-fund managers and investors expect Greece to remain in the euro area after they “war-gamed” the crisis in a 90-minute role-playing exercise at an industry conference in Monaco.

If you believe the rhetoric, 18 to 25 year-olds in Greece are more likely to support a return to the drachma than their parents and grandparents. Some say this anti-euro sentiment sprouts from desperation for change, from a demographic where at least one of every two people is out of work. The surprising thing is that the number of young people wanting to keep the euro outnumber those who don’t.

The world’s largest economy shrank less 0.2 percent in the first quarter than previously estimated, aided by a bigger gain in consumer spending.

Demand for automobile debt in the U.S. is enabling lenders to make longer loans to people with spotty credit, stoking concern that car shoppers are being lulled into debt loads they won’t be able to sustain. Of the subprime vehicle loans bundled into securities, 73 percent now exceed five years, up from 64 percent during the first three months of 2014.

Ikea Group, the world’s largest furniture retailer, will raise the hourly minimum wage it pays workers in the U.S. by 10 percent to $11.87, seeking to keep employees from moving to other merchants that have boosted pay recently.

AP Top Stories

Angry and embarrassed, France summoned the U.S. ambassador to respond to the revelations by WikiLeaks that the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on three successive French presidents and other top officials.

Fishermen off Australia who accidentally caught a whopping basking 20 foot shark — smaller only than the whale shark — have provided scientists with a rare opportunity to study the second-biggest fish on the planet.

A north Texas woman went blind in one eye after competing in a mud run earlier this month, reports Dallas TV station KTVT. The cause – a flesh-eating bacteria.

An IS group video released Tuesday showed the jihadists murdering 16 men by drowning them in a cage, decapitating them with explosives and firing a rocket-propelled grenade into a car.

Queen Elizabeth II may have to move out of Buckingham Palace during much-needed renovations to the residence, which has not been substantially redecorated since she took the throne in 1952.

Almost half a billion dollars worth of smuggled frozen meat — some of it rotting and more than 40 years old — has been seized in China.

The sparse expanses above Alaska are a little more crowded this month as nearly 200 military aircraft are taking part in an annual training exercise.

A girl thought to be aged just 12 detonated explosives she was carrying at a market in northeast Nigeria, killing 10 people and injuring dozens, a relative of one of the injured told AFP.

In 2013, almost half of all renters were spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, with more than a quarter paying half their income to their landlord, according the “State of the Nation’s Housing 2015”. One in five renters earning $45,000-$75,000 is paying at least a third of their income in rent.

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Prosecutors in Peru say they have found a mass grave containing 17 bodies high in the Andes, in the Ayacucho region. The bodies are believed to be those of local farmers kidnapped by the Shining Path rebel group in the 1980s.

Spanish police have arrested a Venezuelan vet who allegedly tried to smuggle drugs from Colombia to the US by implanting them into puppies.

The Australian government introduced amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to parliament that would prevent dual nationals involved in terrorist acts overseas from returning to Australia, and deport dual nationals who engage in terrorism in Australia.

Boko Haram militants have killed at least 40 people in north-eastern Nigeria.

The death toll from a heatwave in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province has passed 800, hospital officials say, as mortuaries reached capacity.

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A massive solar storm is pummeling Earth – the largest such natural occurrence in months – and weather experts are warning: GPS navigation tools and power grids could see serious disruptions.

According to a report, U.S. troops are not just cohabitating with Iran’s Shiite militia units, “But the U.S. is flying close air support missions for those forces.”

The three women who remain in the Army’s gender-integrated assessment of Ranger School have passed – for the second time – the grueling physical fitness test that kicks off every cycle of the course.


Top News – 6/24/2015

Dawn zooms in on white spots, finds pyramid-like mountain on Ceres
The spots have baffled scientists who are unable to discern their nature or composition. To add to the intrigue the probe has spotted a solitary, unusual pyramid-like mountain jutting out of the otherwise relatively smooth surface.

White House: “Assault Weapons” Not “Family Heritage,” Should Be Banned
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest reiterated the Obama administration’s stance on gun control, specifically regarding so-called “assault weapons” (typically, sporting rifles with specific cosmetic features). In response to a reporter’s inquiry, Earnest stated that President Obama is still making an argument for a ban on assault weapons, “increasing” background checks, and other gun control measures.

Uproar After Obama Uses the N-word
Obama raised something of a media storm in a teacup in an interview released Monday when he used the N-word while discussing race relations in the US.

Limbaugh: American Flag is Next in Left’s Crosshairs
Don’t think the left will stop at banning the Confederate battle flag, Rush Limbaugh warned his radio audience on Tuesday — the American flag is next. “The next flag that will come under assault, and it will not be long, is the American flag,”

Red sky at night, astronaut’s delight: Three solar storms combine and crash into Earth’s atmosphere – creating spectacular but dangerous displ
•Astronauts at the International Space Station captured incredible images of a rare red aurora caused by the phenomenon •It is expected to be visible tonight from Europe and the US/Candian border •But the storms may affect Earth’s electricity supplies and aircraft radios

Why Is NASA Working On A Way To Destroy Asteroids Using Nuclear Weapons?
Yes, I know that headline sounds like it comes from the 1998 movie “Armageddon” starting Bruce Willis, but this is actually happening. NASA and the National Nuclear Security Administration are teaming up to try to figure out a way to use nuclear weapons to either destroy threatening asteroids or to at least nudge them off course. This seems very odd considering the fact that just a couple of weeks ago NASA publicly announced that it knew of “no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth” and that “no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years“.

CDC tests for plague in Colorado after teen’s death
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to determine how prevalent the plague is in a rural area of northern Colorado where a 16-year-old boy died of the disease.

‘No One is Surprised Anymore that Israel is Singled Out’
“Israel is treated differently than any other country in the world,” he continued. “Israel is singled out, it’s remarkable. I always ask one question: What would any country do if their cities were being bombarded with missiles every single day, every single hours for weeks? And your enemy places the missiles among civilians.”

Secret Document Reveals US to Give Iran Nuclear Equipment
A confidential paper obtained by the Associated Press and revealed Wednesday outlines some of the concessions the US and other world powers are offering Iran in the nuclear talks that are approaching a June 30 deadline. According to the eight-page paper, which is dated June 19 and entitled “Civil Nuclear Cooperation,” the US and world powers will give the Islamic regime state-of-the-art nuclear equipment in return for Iran stepping down its nuclear weapons program.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Nixing Terms for Nuclear Deal
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made it clear Tuesday that he has ruled out any freeze on sensitive nuclear work, state television reported.

GEOMAGNETIC STORM WARNING
NOAA forecasters estimate a 80% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on June 24th when another CME is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field. The intensity of the storm is hard to predict. It could range from mild to severe.

Tsipras flies to Brussels to try to bridge gaps with Greece’s creditors
Greece’s international lenders demanded on Wednesday that it improve proposed tax and reform measures in a last-minute race to clinch a deal to unlock aid and avert a debt default next week.

Magnitude 6.9 quake hits south of Tokyo
A strong 6.9 earthquake on the Richter scale today struck off an island chain south of Tokyo, but no danger of a tsunami was announced.

LGBT Studies Course At San Francisco High School May Be 1st In Nation
A San Francisco high school may be the first in the country to offer an LGBT studies course. The course at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts 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,” social studies teacher Lyndsey Schlax said.

Manchin, Toomey both interested in reviving gun control push
In the wake of the Charleston shooting, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are considering ways to renew their failed push to pass meaningful gun-control legislation. …“We want to make sure we have the votes. Pat’s going to have to, and I’ll work with him, to get some of our colleagues on the Republican side,” Manchin said, adding that he hasn’t talked directly to Toomey about a revival.

Pentagon Rushing to Open Space-War Center To Counter China, Russia
The Pentagon and intelligence community are developing war plans and an operations center to fend off Chinese and Russian attacks on U.S. military and government satellites. The ops center, to be opened within six months, will receive data from satellites belonging to all government agencies…

Iran nuclear talks: Khamenei rejects key US demands
Iran’s supreme leader has hardened his stance on the nuclear negotiations with world powers, with the deadline for a comprehensive agreement only days away. In a speech on Tuesday night, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei insisted Iran would only dismantle its nuclear infrastructure if economic sanctions were lifted first. He also ruled out a freeze on research and development for 10 years, as well as inspections of military sites.

Australia to join China-led AIIB as founding member
Australia has said it will join a China-led infrastructure bank as a founding member, contributing 930m Australian dollars ($718.5m; £455m) over five years. The move will make Australia the sixth biggest shareholder of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). More than 50 members have signed up to the lender, which is widely seen as a rival to the Western-led World Bank.

How will Australia’s citizenship changes work?
The Australian government wants to strip Australian citizenship from dual nationals who engage in terrorism. On Wednesday, it introduced amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to parliament that would prevent dual nationals involved in terrorist acts overseas from returning to Australia, and deport dual nationals who engage in terrorism in Australia.

Shocking UN Report Calls for Arrest of Israelis Around the World
Arrest Benjamin Netanyahu and any other “suspected” Israeli war criminals wherever and whenever you can get your hands on them. That is the shocking bottom line of a scandalous report released today from the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.

A Cancer across the Earth Called Globalism
I just returned from a two week trip to Romania and, I am sad to say, what many have warned us about years ago, has come to pass even in Romania, the country that had suffered so much under four decades of communist dictatorship. They managed to replace one evil master, the communists, with another, the globalists/corporatists/statists.At one of the empty truck stops and restaurants where we stopped for a soda, a southern Romanian was telling us how afraid people are of their children’s uncertain future, of their finances, and of the dwindling opportunities for success that seem to vanish more each day.

The one picture to which Obama and #blacklivesmatter never point
President Barack Obama, capitulating South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Al Sharpton and the rank and file of #blacklivesmatter seek to draw everyone’s attention to the wrong picture. All of the above are pointing to the picture of the Confederate Flag, blaming it as the killer of nine innocent souls who came to pray at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church one week ago tomorrow.

Obama Talks DNA-based Racism on Comedy Show
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.

Palestinians fire rocket at southern Israel: army
Jerusalem – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel on Tuesday night, the army said, the fifth such attack in under a month.


Top Headlines – 6/24/2015

IAF strikes Gaza rocket launcher after projectile attack on southern Israel

New York Times: Onus on Israel, not Hamas, to prosecute Gaza war crimes

Jerusalem pushes democracies to reject UN Gaza report

Palestinians to submit accusations against Israel to ICC

UN report gives Hezbollah the green light

Abbas in meeting with MK Bahloul says he is committed to 2 state solution

High Court orders demolition of 17 homes in West Bank outpost

Former Ambassador: UN Report on Gaza ‘Completely Predictable’

In absurd finding, UNHRC report dubs terror tunnels ‘legitimate’

Study by German commission: Schoolbooks biased against Israel

ADL Horrified Over Antisemitic Assault of Jewish Man in Staten Island

Major Jewish groups urge solidarity Shabbat with African Americans

Report: Syrian Islamists led by Nusra Front unite near Israel’s border

Palestinian who murdered Italian activist escapes Gaza prison to join ISIS

Islamic State suicide bombing attack in Syrian city kills at least 10

ISIS urges followers to escalate attacks on Ramadan

Barbarism by the book: New ISIS video aims to show religious purity

ISIS Drowns Prisoners in Cage, Kills via Explosive Necklace in New Video

Report: ISIS mints coins, currency soon to be in circulation

ISIS blows up ancient tombs in Palmyra, 2,000-year-old heritage site in Syria

Kurdish-led forces in Syria say seize town from Islamic State

US response to Kurdish advances in Syria tempered by caution

UN: Assad troops and rebels targeting civilians in Syria

Iraqi commanders see need for new tactics against Islamic State

U.S. will no longer prosecute families who try to pay ransom for hostages

Pakistani cleric launches anti-ISIS curriculum in Britain

Saunas and art therapy for convicted Saudi extremists

Australia to strip extremists’ children of citizenship

Former ISIS bride recruiter warns European girls of caliphate horrors

ISIS offering women as ‘prizes’ in Koran contest

Child suicide bomber kills 10 in Nigeria market attack

Anti-Houthi forces in Yemen seize Saudi border crossing

Pastor Saeed Abedini’s Iran Imprisonment Reaches Day 1,000; Groups to Display 1,000 Flowers at US Capitol to Reflect on the Millions of Persecuted Christians

Cyber attack ‘could derail Iranian nuclear agreement,’ war game finds

Khamenei appears to reject key aspect of Lausanne framework

Khamenei rules out freezing Iran’s sensitive nuclear work for long period

UN nuclear test ban chief urges Iran to ratify pact

Confidential paper outlines big powers nuke help offer to Iran at nuclear talks

For Kerry, Iran deal would be a legacy hit after many misses

Benjamin Netanyahu tries to recruit 20 former NFL players visiting Israel to oppose nuclear deal with Iran

WikiLeaks Saudi cable says Iran shipped nuclear equipment to Sudan

Iranian Ex-President: US Trying to Arrest the Muslim Messiah

Iran’s Forces and U.S. Share a Base in Iraq

Pentagon Rushing to Open Space-War Center To Counter China, Russia

US military moving tanks, other equipment to allied nations near Russian border

WikiLeaks files reveal US wiretapped French presidents, US government denies allegations

Francois Hollande calls emergency meeting after WikiLeaks claims US spied on three French presidents

French President Hollande says reported US spying unacceptable

Number affected by hack soars to 18M, agency head says nobody ‘personally responsible’

Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

Uber may track you 24/7

Obama extending amnesty to illegals in prisons, jails

British Truckers Face Migrant ‘Nightmare’

Hungary defies EU over migrants as crisis mounts

Greek government confident despite backlash over debt deal

Armenian protests: Thousands rally against energy price hike

Northern Lights Surge as Huge Solar Storm Reaches Earth

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Chichi-shima, Japan

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Pangai, Tonga

Another earthquake hits Sabah, Malaysia 89th recorded

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Singabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

The Latest: Weather Service confirms 9 tornadoes in Illinois

Drought May Prompt Californians to Let Personal Hygiene Slide

Rainfall gives respite to drought-hit North Korea

Heatwave kills at least 780 in Karachi, Pakistan during holy month of Ramadan, but rain expected soon

Western wildfires: Firefighters battle blazes in 4 states

Weak sun could offset some global warming in Europe and US – study

Discovery in the US of the New Guinea flatworm – one of the worst known invasive species

Scientists Have Invented New Silicon Chips That Can Replace Human Organs

CDC tests for plague in Colorado after teen’s death

Fear of Ebola likely led to increased malaria deaths in West Africa outbreak, study says

The Supreme Court’s Surprising Move Left

Calif. judge throws out kill-gays ballot measure

LGBT Studies Course At San Francisco High School May Be 1st In Nation

Recruited by Harvard for the women’s swim team, he’ll jump into the pool as a man

Obama Logic? Racism is Genetic, Gender is a Choice

Church of England minister faces criticism over York gay pride blessing

Vicar likens homosexuality to paedophilia and adultery

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

Hillary Clinton Calls Charleston Church Massacre ‘Racist Terrorism’

Charleston shooting sets off chain reaction in faith communities

Pope’s key science advisor is atheist who believes in ‘Gaia, not God’

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

Joel Osteen: Muslims attend my church, I don’t try to put people in a box

John Bevere, a journey into the unknown of the Holy Spirit and Jesus

Pope’s Science Advisor Seems to Believe in Gaia, But Not in God

Church In Israel Partially Burned In Arson Attack, Authorities Suspect Jewish Extremists

FBI Files Document Hardcore Communism in Valerie Jarrett’s Family


The Briefing

1) Supreme Court’s leftward trend under Roberts shaped by kinds of questions Court faces

The Roberts Court’s Surprising Move Leftward, New York Times (Alicia Parlapiano, Adam Liptak and Jeremy Bowers)

2) Kennedy’s gay marriage rulings result of long-term concern for the ‘right side of history’

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Tolerance Is Seen in His Sacramento Roots, New York Times (Sheryl Gay Stolberg)

Predicting Justice Kennedy, Weekly Standard (Robert F. Nagel)

3) Legacy of Allen Weinstein reminder the truth will out eventually

Allen Weinstein, Historian of Alger Hiss Case, Dies at 77, New York Times (William Grimes)

In other news…

Where Christianity Ends New York Times (Ross Douthat)

Daily Digest

June 24, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“[T]he present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes — rejecting all changes but through the channel itself provides for amendments.” —Alexander Hamilton, letter to James Bayard, 1802

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Database Hack at OPM Even Bigger Than Thought

The Office of Personnel Management has officially said only 4.2 million federal employees were affected by the database intrusion by China. But CNN is reporting that number is much, much higher, as the FBI Director told the Senate recently that an estimated 18 million Americans were affected. This number includes former and current government employees and even people who only applied for government work.

Let’s be clear: The Obama administration’s lack of leadership contributed to this intrusion and its lack of leadership will make the situation worse. In a June 17 press conference, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that Obama is standing behind OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, who just happened to be National Political Director for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. “Director Archuleta, in one of her first priorities that she identified after taking that job, was to upgrade the OPM computer network, particularly their cyber defenses,” Earnest said. “And this is obviously an ongoing process, and the president does have confidence that she is the right person for the job.” Archuleta had a job, but she didn’t do the job. Now some of the most sensitive employee data in the nation is in Chinese hands.

Obama could have prevented the hack — or at least lessened the effect of the attack — by being a strong leader, making tough decisions, following through with his promises and nominating qualified leaders. But his character is only emboldening enemies.

Here Come the Gun Control Crusaders After Charleston

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) are at it again. After the Sandy Hook massacre, Toomey — a gun-owning, NRA A-rated politician — jumped on Barack Obama’s bandwagon and introduced legislation that would toughen the nation’s background check legislation. The bill was defeated 54-46 in 2013, but Manchin and Toomey told The Washington Post Tuesday night that they would like to revive the bill in response to the massacre in Charleston. Nothing like standing on the caskets of victims to advance a few extra yards in the political game. Toomey, when he appeared on MSNBC Wednesday morning, admitted the bill is mostly a crapshoot. “Honestly, I don’t want to build up any false expectations,” he said, “I’m not aware that we have the votes to do what Sen. Manchin and I attempted. Is it possible that some portion of that, some subset of what we focused on is possible? Honestly, probably not likely.” Still, it shows the tenacity of the forces driving gun control. Every time a front page blares that a crime was committed with a gun, there will be another call for gun restrictions. And the politicians will blow the dust off their tired gun control bills in hopes that maybe this atrocity will have the emotional clout to carry it through.

Gov’t Affirms Climate Change Is a Health Hazard

It seems that if we only figured out how to control the climate, humankind would figure out how to rid itself of all the ills plaguing us for the last few decades — or more, probably depending on who you ask. The Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change issued a report Monday claiming that climate change is nothing short of a “medical emergency,” according to the commission’s co-chair, Hugh Montgomery. “Although vector-borne diseases will expand their reach and death tolls, the indirect effects of climate change on water, food security, and extreme climatic events are likely to have the biggest effect on global health,” said the report’s executive summary. “A new advocacy and public health movement is needed urgently to bring together governments, international agencies, non-governmental organisations, communities, and academics from all disciplines to adapt to the effects of climate change on health.” First, climate change was going to hurt the polar bears, then drown Florida. Listen enough to government rhetoric and you’ll hear climate change being blamed for everything from a sluggish economy to the war in Syria. Indeed, it seems that the world’s politicians are promising too much as they push for doing something on climate change, telling us that if they could only control the planet and the people on it, then we’d have peace, security and happiness.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

After More Money and ‘Fixes,’ VA Gets Worse

By Paul Albaugh

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For veterans seeking care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, let’s just say that this year isn’t going to be any better than the last. Despite all of the promises from Barack Obama, Congress and unelected bureaucrats that the government would “fix” the problems with the VA, little to nothing has been done. Unless you count making things worse.

About a year ago, news broke that veterans were dying while on secret VA waiting lists. Obama promised that his administration would fix the problems. We were told by incoming VA Secretary Robert McDonald that “he would fire over 1,000 VA employees over the wait time scandal.” Yet the fixes and firings didn’t happen. Nope, we were lied to again.

Perhaps the VA simply needed more money to operate more efficiently. In keeping with the status quo for every government agency that is failing, Congress pumped $16.3 billion into the VA to give it some help — that after its budget nearly tripled between 2000 and 2012. How’d that all work out? Fast forward to today, and the results are pathetic. In fact it’s worse now than it was a year ago.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is facing a new crisis. The number of veterans waiting one month or more for care is actually 50% higher than it was during last year’s problems, and the VA is also facing a nearly $3 billion budget shortfall.

To address this continuing crisis the VA is considering furloughs, hiring freezes and “significant moves” to close the budget shortfall. It’s also considering rationing Hepatitis C treatments, specifically for those who are in more advanced stages of illness or advanced dementia. How’s that for veteran care?

On a positive note, doctors and nurses within the VA have handled 2.7 million more appointments than in any previous year and sent an additional 900,000 patients to see physicians in the private sector. With these numbers, what’s the problem?

The VA has seen a massive increase in veterans seeking care, primarily aging Vietnam vets and those who have returned from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. With this increase in demand for care comes a need for more doctors and nurses to provide the treatment that our veterans deserve. But according to many experts there is a shortage of doctors and nurses. In addition there has also been an increase in the cost of drugs and medication, and the largest driver of costs has been from patients seeking medical attention from physicians in the private sector. Thanks, ObamaCare.

“Something has to give,” conceded VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson. “We can’t leave this as the status quo. We are not meeting the needs of veterans, and veterans are signaling that to us by coming in for additional care, and we can’t deliver as timely as we want to.”

Why not? The VA has more money and more people, yet we’re supposed to believe that still more money is the answer? No doubt most Americans would rather see their tax dollars go to fund the VA’s operations than to most any other federal project. But the problem isn’t the lack of money, it’s the ineptitude of bureaucrats who don’t know how to properly manage the money or personnel that they have.

As Mark Alexander suggested last year, perhaps Congress should consider another piece of legislation to improve services at the VA: Make the commander in chief and all of his cabinet level appointees get in line for VA medical services instead of the VIP medical treatment they now receive. Let’s add Congress to that list as well. Can anyone imagine our elected officials and their staff having to wait like veterans do for treatment? We doubt that this will happen anytime soon, but if it could, we bet there would likely be some significant, real changes to the VA.

Meanwhile, ObamaCare was passed to give all Americans access to medical care and is funded by taxpayers. Yet it is unaffordable, unsustainable and un-American. It’s certain that within a few years, as ObamaCare grows and takes deeper root, all Americans will be on waiting lists to receive care. There will be calls for reform, to pump more money and people into it. But these “reforms” won’t fix the problem, either — because the problem is federal bureaucrats who insist on spending more of our dollars to increase their power and take away freedom from individuals. Need proof? Just look at the VA.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Jonah Goldberg: “If it were left to me, I would take the [Charleston Confederate] flag down (for the reasons South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley laid out Monday). But this kind of cheap moral preening is galling. Is it really too much for people to muster the moral imagination that the issue isn’t nearly as simple as that? A November poll of South Carolinians found that 61 percent of blacks wanted it down. That means nearly 4 in 10 blacks felt differently. Are they deluded? Are they the moral equivalent of self-loathing Jews, happy to live under a swastika? … If we’re going to offer ridiculous flag comparisons, a better one would be the Japanese imperial flag. After World War II, the U.S. banned it until 1949. Douglas MacArthur then opted to let a defeated, once-authoritarian society keep a few symbols of its past in order to build a better future. Can anyone argue that the South hasn’t done likewise? White Northern liberals explain how the South is an irredeemable cesspool of hate, while ignoring the fact that blacks are abandoning the Northern blue states in huge numbers to move to the South. Demographer Joel Kotkin found that 13 of the 15 best cities in the country for African-Americans to live in are now in the South. … No, the South isn’t perfect; name a region that is. But it does have good manners, which is why it routinely acts with more dignity — and in Charleston, with more grace — than its critics to the north.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Can’t count very high: “[Barack Obama] has talked to more members than I can count, more senators than I can count.” —Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Trade Promotion Authority

Demo-gogues: “Well within our children’s lifetimes, on our current pace, the oceans go up maybe two, maybe three, maybe four feet.” —Barack Obama, who promised in 2008 that his election would stop the oceans rising

Braying Jenny: “[I]n any democracy, it’s not [skeptics] that carries [sic] the day. It is normal human beings that haven’t put their stake into politics above science. It’s normal human beings that want us to do the right thing, and we will if you help us.” —EPA Chief Gina McCarthy, who thinks you’re not normal

Alpha Jackass: “Our history of racialized violence means that everything white people have, they have in part because they are white. We have to disrupt that status quo. That’s what the president meant when he said that racism is part of our DNA. Our DNA has got to be changed.” —Georgetown University professor Paul Butler

Village Idiots: “I know it’s tempting to dismiss [the Charleston] tragedy as an isolated incident, to believe in today’s America that bigotry is largely behind us, that institutional racism no longer exists. But despite our best efforts and highest hopes, America’s long struggle with race is far from finished.” —Hillary Clinton

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Poll finds massive drop in Israelis’ approval of Obama

Israelis have increasingly lost faith in US President Barack Obama, with the commander-in-chief taking a greater hit to his image in the Jewish state than in any other country in the world, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Confidence in Obama slipped in Israel from 71% in 2014 to 49% in 2015, while half of Israelis said they have no confidence in the president’s leadership in international affairs, according to the 2015 Spring Pew Global Attitudes Survey.

The findings reverse a several-year trend of rising support for Obama in Israel, amid increasingly cool relations between the two states over US foreign policy in the Middle East and tensions between the White House and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran’s nuclear program.

According to the survey, which spoke to 1,000 people in the country during April and May, 80% of Israelis disapprove of how Obama is dealing with Iran’s nuclear program.


Tylenol Trying to Change the Face of the Family

The decision makers at Tylenol, a popular pain killer, are now attempting to kill God’s design for the family. As you will see in this ad, the company decided to include a gay couple along with traditional families and has portrayed sinful homosexuality as normal and natural.

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‘What Horrors Must ISIS Commit Before World Takes Action?’

“What horrors must ISIS commit before the world will take greater action to stop the murderers?” he asked. “Syrian Christians are in grave danger; we may disappear soon.”

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State of fear: Survivors tell of life under IS rule

The “caliphate,” declared a year ago, demands obedience. Untold numbers have been killed because they were deemed dangerous to the IS, or insufficiently pious; 5-8 million endure a regime that has swiftly turned their world upside down, extending its control into every corner of life to enforce its own radical interpretation of Islamic law, or Shariah.

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The Communist Pope

Pope Francis emerges as a Marxist while the Christian world burns.

Two years into his reign, Pope Francis has emerged as an extreme socialist obsessed with the usual phony leftist problems such as manmade global warming, American institutional racism, and income inequality.

Muslims are indiscriminately slaughtering Christians around the world while Christianity itself seems on the verge of being eclipsed globally by Islam, but these things barely register with this pope.

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Europe’s Jews decry ‘beast’ of anti-Semitism overtaking continent

Community heads bemoan increasing prevalence of anti-Israel efforts and a Europe ‘fed up’ with the Holocaust

European Jewry is all in the same boat, and that boat is slowly but surely sinking. That, at least, was the impression from a roundtable conversation Tuesday at the Jerusalem Press Club with leaders from 25 of the continent’s Jewish communities.

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The McAvany Intel Memo

Common Core isn’t a fix. As Wendy Lecker, senior attorney for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity project at the Education Law Center, wrote (March 6, 2014): “To make matters worse, the drafters of the Common Core ignored the research on child development. In 2010, 500 child development experts warned the drafters that the standards called for exactly the kind of damaging practices that inhibit learning: direct instruction, inappropriate academic content and testing. These warnings went unheeded.

“Consequently, the Common Core exacerbates and forces the developmentally inappropriate practices on the rise since No Child Left Behind. Teachers report having to post the standards in the room before every scripted lesson, as if 5-year-olds can read or care what they say. They time children adding and subtracting, and train them to ask formulaic questions about an ‘author’s message.’ All children are trained in the exact same skill at the same time.” This is the essence of socialism. Because these students don’t learn, it’s not uncommon for 70% of them to fail Common Core exams. This gives the government an open door to push for even further standardization – saying “See, we need more government” – when the obvious solution is less government.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, March 2015


Pope says weapons manufacturers can’t call themselves Christian

Reuters reports that Pope Francis aimed both barrels at weapons manufactures. However, a large number of Catholics pay no attention to their pope on controversial topics such as this one as they realize that the beliefs he personally holds are steeped in Liberation Theology.:

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.

“If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long, rambling talk 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 a distrust, doesn’t it?” he said to applause.

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

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Scant evidence that medical pot helps many illnesses

Fox News has a comprehensive analysis of a study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association on medical marijuana that shows that the promised benefits of pot smoking for chronic pain, anxiety, sleep disorders and Tourette’s syndrome is all smoke and mirrors.

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You’re being secretly tracked with facial recognition, even in church

 

Kashmir Hill, columnist for Fusion, writes:

We know that Facebook has a vast facial recognition database so good that it can recognize you when your face is hidden, that the FBI has built a millions-strong criminal facial recognition system, and that Google’s new Photos app is so effective at face recognition that it can identify now-adults in photos from their childhood. But now facial recognition is starting to pop up in weird and unexpected places: at music festivals (to identify criminals); at stadiums (to weed out “sports troublemakers“) and at churches. Yes, churches.

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Republicans Give Obama Expanded Powers With Fast-Track Trade Promotion Authority Bill

 

The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority.

The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage on Wednesday. If the Senate approves fast-track or trade promotion authority (TPA), it would then be sent to Obama’s desk to become law. Fast-track authority would allow Obama to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. The White House wants the authority to conclude negotiations on a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal.

Thirteen Democrats backed fast-track in Tuesday’s vote, handing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major legislative victory. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) voted against the procedural motion.

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Obama seizing power in much the same way as Hitler did, one bite at a time.

The Democrats cast “yes” votes even though the trade package did not include a workers assistance program for people displaced by increased trade. The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program was a part of the last fast-track package approved by the Senate in May, but became a key part of opposition to the package among Democrats in the House.

To move fast-track forward, the White House and GOP leaders in both chambers decided to break TAA away from fast-track and to try to approve both in separate votes.

After the Senate votes Wednesday on final passage for fast-track, it will take a procedural vote on a package that includes TAA and trade preferences for African countries known as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

McConnell has promised both bills, as well as a customs and enforcement bill favored by Democrats, will reach Obama’s desk by the end of the week.

“If we all keep working together and trusting each other, then by the end of the week the President will have TPA, TAA and AGOA and Preferences on his desk — with Customs in the process of heading his way too,” he said on the floor.

The House has already passed fast-track but it must still vote on the package including TAA, which faces opposition from conservatives.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reiterated on Tuesday his pledge to vote again on TAA as soon as it clears the upper chamber.

“The House will consider TAA once it passes the Senate as part of a new trade preferences bill. And we are ready to go to conference on the customs bill. Our goal is to get TPA and TAA to the president’s desk this week and deliver this win for the American people,” he said in a statement.

The Senate vote to end a filibuster against fast-track appeared in doubt until the final moment as a group of pro-trade Democrats balked at McConnell’s decision to split it off from TAA, a move made necessary to circumvent opposition in the House. source


Strong Earthquake Hits Japan Islands South Of Tokyo, No Tsunami Warning

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 08:36 PM PDT

A strong earthquake has struck off an island chain south of Tokyo, but officials say there is no danger of a tsunami. Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the earthquake hit Tuesday evening and measured a preliminary magnitude of 6.9. It said it was located very deep, about 480 kilometers (300 miles) below the ocean’s surface.

Deep earthquakes generally cause less damage. The agency said it was centered west of the Ogasawara island chain in the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) south of Tokyo. Some islands in the chain were shaken strongly by the quake, but it was hardly felt in Tokyo. Japan sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanoes are common. FULL REPORT

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Mexico’s Colima Volcano unleashes huge blast of ash and steam

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 08:25 PM PDT

The Colima Volcano in Western Mexico blasted a column of ash and smoke into the air early Tuesday morning. The volcano, also known as the ‘Fire Volcano,’ is one of the most active in Mexico. It is included in the Colima Volcanic Complex, a prominent center of the Western Mexican Volcanic Belt. As of now, the renewed activity has not affected nearby cities.

Colima volcano is one of the most active in Central America and one of the potentially most dangerous ones. It has had more than 30 periods of eruptions since 1585, including several significant eruptions in the late 1990s. Scientific monitoring of the volcano began about 20 years ago. Explosions continue to occur from time to time. On 16 May an ash plume rose from Colima to an altitude of 5.5 km (18,000 ft). EP

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ISIS mints coins, currency soon to be in circulation

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 08:19 PM PDT

Photos on social media are circulating that are purportedly of the newly minted coins of Islamic State, the brutal Sunni Muslim extremist organization that has taken over large swaths of Syria and Iraq. Anti-ISIS activists living under ISIS rule said that the group’s currency will soon be in use, The Mirror reported.

The photos of the coins show sheaths of wheat, a map of the world, and Arabic inscriptions. According to the report, the design of the coins are based on the original dinar coins of the Caliphate of Uthman from around 650 CE.The coins are thought to range from around 700 US dollars to just five cents, The Mirror reported. FULL REPORT

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Pakistan heat wave kills nearly 700: victims ‘dying on the streets’ – ‘This is like the Day of Judgment’

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 08:12 PM PDT

Karachi’s poor learned long ago to cope with the many adversities that afflict Pakistan’s most crowded and chaotic city, including flooding, street violence and political crises. But since a suffocating heat wave descended on Karachi three days ago, killing at least 650 people, they have found no respite and no escape. “It’s so hot,” said a security guard, Shamim ur-Rehman, 34, as he sat on a cot, beleaguered. “There is no fan, there is nothing. I can’t sleep at night or during the day.”

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared an emergency on Tuesday as the death toll from the heat wave soared, with overwhelmed hospitals struggling to treat a surge of casualties and morgues filling to capacity. The army set up emergency treatment centers in the streets and the provincial government closed schools and city offices. The Edhi Foundation, which runs an ambulance service and Karachi’s largest morgue, said it had collected over 600 bodies in recent days. “The first to die were the people on the streets — heroin addicts, beggars, the homeless,” said Anwar Kazmi, a spokesman for the service. “Then it was the elderly, particularly those who didn’t have anyone to take care of them.”

In many ways, the emergency is the product of a perfect storm of meteorological, political and religious factors in Karachi. Chronic shortages of water and electricity have exacerbated the impact of the heat wave, which has brought temperatures up to 45 Celsius, or 113 degrees Fahrenheit, in a crowded city of 20 million people that is normally ventilated by a sea breeze. The health dangers are further exacerbated by the demands of the annual Ramadan fast, when most Muslims abstain from eating or drinking water during daylight hours. In Karachi, that means about 15 hours with no source of hydration — a factor that has particularly affected manual laborers and street vendors, who work outside under the sun. FULL REPORT

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Britain facing ‘Mini Ice Age’ as Tropical Storm Bill threatens heavy downpours

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 08:00 PM PDT

Enjoy the summer, if we get one, as Britain faces a new ‘mini Ice Age’. Climate experts are warning the amount of light and warmth released by the sun is nose-diving to levels “not seen for centuries”. But first we need to get through Tropical Storm Bill – which threatens to unleash “tropical” downpours this weekend. The storm – which battered the US claiming three lives – is set to hit the UK on Thursday with humid air pushing temperatures towards 28°C in places.

But colliding with another stormy system, monsoon conditions could sweep in from the southwest bringing heavy showers. Although parts of the country will enjoy a dry and fine few days, unsettled conditions will spread from the north towards the weekend.After that, the big chill is being forecast, with experts fearing a repeat of the so-called ‘Maunder Minimum’ which triggered Arctic winter whiteouts and led to the River Thames freezing 300 years ago. FULL REPORT

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CDC Tests For Plague In Northern Colorado After Teen’s Death

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 07:54 PM PDT

BREAKING NEWS – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to determine how prevalent the plague is in a rural area of northern Colorado where a 16-year-old boy died of the disease. Taylor Gaes of Livermore died June 8, but the cause was only made public late Friday when health officials, at the urging of the boy’s parents, put out a warning to make sure others who may have visited his family’s rural home northwest of Fort Collins hadn’t been sickened by fleas that could have infected him.

Those visitors are now considered safe because the incubation period for the disease passed on Monday. Gaes likely was infected with a rare form of the disease, septicemic plague, by fleas that put the bacteria directly into his bloodstream, making it difficult to spot in time to stop its spread.Larimer County and CDC officials said Tuesday they likely won’t ever know how Taylor was infected but were canvassing the area to try to gauge the plague’s presence. They warned residents to take common precautions to avoid flea bites and to stay away from dead animals and rodents. FULL REPORT

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New York bar considered birthplace of U.S. gay rights movement declared a landmark by Officials

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 07:47 PM PDT

The Stonewall Inn, a New York City bar widely recognized as the birthplace of the U.S. gay rights movement, was granted historic landmark status by city officials on Tuesday. The unanimous vote by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission was hailed by gay activists and supporters of the designation who cheered and embraced in an emotional scene. “This building is a symbol of a time when LGBT New Yorkers took a stand and vowed that they would no longer live in the shadows,” said commission chair Meenakshi Srinivasan.

The Stonewall Inn became an instant gay rights symbol when riots spontaneously erupted on June 28, 1969 following a police raid at the Greenwich Village tavern known for serving a gay clientele in an era of intolerance toward homosexuality. The episode was later dubbed the “Stonewall Rebellion.” “The designation of the Stonewall Inn as an individual landmark represents one of the city’s most powerful movements in our era to change the nation,” Srinivasan said. FULL REPORT

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Here Comes the Push For More Gun Control!

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 07:43 PM PDT

In the wake of the Charleston shooting, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are considering ways to renew their failed push to pass meaningful gun control legislation. In separate interviews Tuesday night, at a reception before a ceremony hosted by Sandy Hook families where Toomey was honored, the senators discussed their desire to find a new way forward.

“We want to make sure we have the votes. Pat’s going to have to, and I’ll work with him, to get some of our colleagues on the Republican side,” Manchin said, adding he hasn’t talked directly to Toomey about a revival. Manchin specifically mentioned an effort aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of people diagnosed with mental illness.Though the effort is far from being fully formed, Toomey also said he’s looking for opportunities to reintroduce something related to combating gun violence. FULL REPORT

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Evangelist Believes He’s About to Do Something That Will Change Minds About Whether People Are Born Gay

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 12:43 PM PDT

Evangelist Ray Comfort is gearing up for the release of “Audacity” — a film about the Bible and homosexuality that could become his most controversial project to date. Comfort first revealed plans for the movie last September, admitting at the time in an interview that he has, to date, intentionally avoided tackling homosexuality through film, instead focusing on subjects like abortion, evolution and Noah’s ark.

But “Audacity” changes all that, with Comfort telling TheBlaze on Monday that the new scripted film, which will be released online starting on Wednesday, presents the biblical view of homosexuality — and that it does so with love. “Someone cynically wrote to me recently and said that there is no way any Christian can believe the Bible and not be hateful,” he said. “Well, I can’t wait for him to see that movie. It’s going to stop his skeptical mouth.” FULL REPORTThe post Evangelist Believes He’s About to Do Something That Will Change Minds About Whether People Are Born Gay appeared first on .

Experts Warn of More Cyber Attacks Coming to the U.S

Posted: 23 Jun 2015 12:33 PM PDT

Recent foreign hacking into federal government systems – impacting at least 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees and threatening national security – is not the equivalent of a cyber Pearl Harbor, but experts say the feds are badly behind the private sector when it comes to addressing the threat. A series of reported hacks from China and Russia into federal personnel databases is triggering the concern, as millions of government employees had their personal data compromised. Applicants for federal positions are also at risk.

“I don’t know whether I’d call it the Pearl Harbor. The cyber analysts have been trying to use that term for quite a while now. I guess this is one of those times you could theoretically use the term,” said Heritage Foundation cyber security expert Riley Walters. In an interview with WND/Radio America, he said the data breach of millions of people is very serious and could lead to plenty of problems, but he said the most vital national security assets are much better protected and are not compromised. “I think it comes down to risk,” Walters said. “When you’ve got [the Defense Department], you’ve got technical equipment, actual undercover agents, state secrets and methods for security in the future. It’s very direct, kinetic security information.” FULL REPORT

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Why Is NASA Working On A Way To Destroy Asteroids Using Nuclear Weapons?

Asteroid Meteor - Public DomainYes, I know that headline sounds like it comes from the 1998 movie “Armageddon” starting Bruce Willis, but this is actually happening.  NASA and the National Nuclear Security Administration are teaming up to try to figure out a way to use nuclear weapons to either destroy threatening asteroids or to at least nudge them off course.  This seems very odd considering the fact that just a couple of weeks ago NASA publicly announced that it knew of “no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth” and that “no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years“.  If what NASA told us previously is true, than it would seem that it would be a tremendous waste of time, money and resources to work on a way to destroy asteroids using nuclear weapons.  Why is NASA suddenly so interested in the threat of large asteroids if one is not likely to hit us “any time in the next several hundred years”?  Could it be possible that they know something that they are not telling us? (Read More…)


Does The IMF Actually Want To Cause A Greek Debt Default?

Question Marks - Public DomainWhen it comes to geopolitics, there are often wheels working within wheels that are working within wheels.  Once in a while we get a peek behind the scenes, but for the most part the machinations of the global elite remain shrouded in mystery most of the time.  And sometimes the global elite appear to be doing things that, on the surface, do not seem to make much sense at all.  What is going on in Europe is a perfect example of this.  If everyone was negotiating honestly, I believe that a Greek debt deal would have been reached by now.  As this endless crisis has stretched on month after month, it has become increasingly apparent that more is going on here than meets the eye.  In particular, the IMF has been standing in the way of a deal time after time.  So what do IMF officials want?  Are they looking for the “unconditional surrender” of this new Greek government in order to send a message to other governments that would potentially defy them?  Or could it be possible that the IMF actually wants a Greek debt default for some other insidious reason? (Read More….)


Christian Headlines Daily – Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Top Headlines

Bibles Pour into Cuba to Meet Christianity Boom

Saeed Abedini Reaches 1,000 Days of Imprisonment

Doctors Agree to Euthanize Healthy 24-Year-Old Who has Contemplated Suicide since Childhood

Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Kill at Least 30 in Northeastern Nigeria

Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church Reopens with Prayer, Praise and a Call for Change

Joel Osteen Says He Sells Many of His Books in Muslim Countries

Women’s World Cup Star Hopes Fans Recognize Love for Christ

Franklin Graham: America Needs Spiritual Healing, Not More Gun Laws

Will Southern Baptists Back Russell Moore’s Call to Remove Confederate Flag?

Mennonite Couple Fined for Refusal to Host Gay Weddings Close Business

Opinion

Charleston Church Shooting: Is Religion to Blame?

Emanuel AME Church Members Respond to Shooting with Amazing Forgiveness

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?


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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Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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June 22 Quotes


“Whoever Looks at a Woman With Lust”: Misinterpreted Bible Passages

Instead of focusing on “lust,” if this passage is to be correctly taught, the emphasis should be placed squarely on the will: that is, “What is the proper response to sexual desire?” There are proper outlets for sexual desire, but it is the exercise of the sexual appetite outside these confines is the problem. Even prior to actually committing the act, once the will has turned towards illicit behavior, sin has already entered the heart and, once fully conceived, will bring forth death.

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The Bible and Polyamorous Relationships

There is no logical reason, apart from a prejudice against zoophilia, to restrict such marriages to humans.  This reductio ad absurdum shows that once you move away from biblical law, logically anything goes. Once the church no longer feels bound by Scripture, there are unforeseen consequences and eventually what can happen, will happen.

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Take Heed

The greatest believers are subject to great weaknesses. In no way do these truths give a license to sin; instead, they give a sober realization that “nothing good dwells in us” (Rom. 7:18). We must distrust ourselves, bear with the weak, and hold fast to Christ. We must flee to our Great High Priest, who was tempted in all points as we are yet never sinned. We must go to Him for grace and mercy to withstand temptations, and we must go to Him for grace and mercy if we fall. Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, “let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.”

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Major Harvard-affiliated Boston Hospital Expels Physician For Voicing Concerns About Homosexual Behavior

The committee instead sent him a “letter of reprimand” ordering, “You shall have no communications [in any manner, to anyone in the hospital] concerning your opinion about sexual orientation, homosexuality, or other protected status.” It was an unusual order – that a physician be banned from discussing critical medical facts relating to his expertise, that could affect the health of people the hospital serves.

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Raising Up Biblical and Discerning Leaders (MP3)
by Chris Lawson, 6/3/15 Spiritual Research Network

The Fear of the Lord; Repentance; Dealing with heresy; Revering God instead of man; Consistent Bible reading; Seeking out Bible teaching leaders and ministries; Avoiding excesses and extremes; Defining your terms; Interpreting Scripture with Scripture; Using the Bible and Bible study tools instead of pop-Christianity books and fads; Defining biblical terminology in context; Knowing the basic essentials of the Christian faith and teaching them; Teaching the basics of biblical discernment; Using the proper rules of biblical interpretation; Understanding what a “cult” is, what “the occult” is, what “aberrant” means, and what a “pseudo-Christian cult” is; Finding out what leads to heresy and why; Educating yourself on the threats and dangers that are in the church today; Learning what biblical hermeneutics is all about; Educating your spouse and children in Scripture; Understanding schools of Interpretation and the dangers of “allegorizing” and “spiritualizing” Scripture; Testing all things by the Word of God; Avoiding all appearance of evil; Recognizing the signs and symptoms of cults, spiritual abuse; and more.

The Perfect Storm of Apostasy – An Introduction to the Kansas City Prophets and Other Latter-Day Prognosticators (Booklet)
by Lighthouse Trails, 6/3/15 LT Publishing

This booklet is just the tip of the iceberg in exposing the Kansas City Prophets and other “prophetic” voices speaking to the church today. I hope this is enough information to show that this prophets and apostles movement is out-of-control and unbiblical. I encourage you to examine this more closely and weigh these things against Scripture. I have listed some helpful resources on the last page of this booklet.


Osteen’s Wide Road To Hell

It is not my intention to always point out the dangerous teachings of mega-preachers, but when they keep coming out informing us just how proud they are of pushing lies and falsehoods which are sending perhaps millions of people to hell, then I have a solemn obligation under God – as does any disciple of Christ – to expose such errors and call fourth repentance.

And to ward off any unnecessary criticism of this, the biblical principle is clear: private sin, private rebuke; public sin, public rebuke. If Osteen pastored a small church of say 75 people, and I was a member of it, and he started teaching questionable if not dangerous and false doctrines, then my responsibility would be to confront him privately and hope that he sees the error of his ways. If not, then, as according to Matthew 18, I take a brother or two with me and try again.

But as the example of Paul in 1 Corinthians and Galatians etc. makes clear, when there is public sin or public teaching of false doctrine, then public rebuke is called for. And if this was a unique or once-off issue, that would be one thing. But when he has been guilty of doing this for years and years now, then we have a repeat offender, a serial false teacher who regrettably is deceiving many.

Of course with his preposterous and appalling humanistic preaching, he is an easy target. But that is not the point: if he had just those 75 members, his harmful influence would be minimal. But because he is reaching millions, and they cling to his every word, then it is incumbent upon us to point out error and admonish this leader.

In this case he seems to be quite happy in allowing Muslims, atheists and others to enter a lost eternity. Consider this worrying new revelation about how he seeks to please men and comfort sinners in their lies and lifestlyes:

Evangelical Christian pastor Joel Osteen shared in an interview this week that “a whole group of probably about 50 Muslims” recently visited his nondenominational megachurch in Houston, Texas, and indicated that his inspirational messages on “how to live a great life” resonate with people “in Muslim countries.”
“I have Muslims that attend our church and my books sell a lot in Muslim countries as well,” Osteen said during an interview with Jeremy Hobson for the “Here and Now” radio program published online Monday….
He then asked Osteen if he has conversations with Muslims, which prompted the preacher to share that he “certainly” does. “You know, I don’t know, I don’t get too deep in those kinds of things,” Osteen added, “but our ministry is about reaching out to everybody, and so you know, I do have those conversations.”
“I had a whole group of probably about 50 Muslims here at the service about two weeks ago, sitting right on the front row. They came, and we have good, good relationships. And I think part of our ministry is, our main theme is Jesus says love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as you love yourself. And I don’t try to put people in a box — OK, they’re Jewish or they’re Catholic, they’re this or they’re that. I just say, ‘you know what, they’re somebody that God’s put in our path for us to love,’ and that’s our philosophy,” he added….
Osteen previously has shared that his messages are not only attractive to Muslims, but to atheists as well. In a 2014 “Larry King Now” interview, King asked the megachurch pastor, also known for his megawatt smile: “Why would an atheist be a fan?”
“I think what they like, Larry, the principles that we teach is from the Scripture but they can help anybody you know, to reach dreams or to forgive or to have a good self-image,” Osteen said. “I know that I’m not a traditional pastor in terms of I’m just going down teaching scripture by scripture, because a lot of what I would teach is just how to live a great life.”

If your message to a Muslim, an atheist, or any other sinner is simply that you can have a great life and have good self-image, you are not preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ – not in the slightest. A sinner going to hell does not need a pep talk, a feel-good sermon, New Age mumbo jumbo, or therapeutic emotionalism.

He needs the real gospel. And that is always a hard word. Indeed, since the good news of the gospel must always be preceded by the bad news of the gospel (that we are lost rebels under the wrath of God heading to eternal judgment unless we repent), Osteen should not be seeking to make his listeners feel good in the first place.

He should be making his listeners feel bad – about their sin, about their lostness, about offending a holy and just God – and then out of that sense of despair and hopeless, the good news side of the gospel can be proclaimed: the glorious good news of a Saviour who took our place at Calvary and offers newness of life if faith and repentance are produced.

And of course Christian discipleship is also a hard and demanding road as Jesus made so very clear time and time again. The Christian life is no bed of roses where we simply have a good time, smile a lot, and have a great life. It is about self-denial, taking up the cross, crucifying the flesh, being rejected and persecuted, and making the hard and lonely choices of Christian discipleship.

As to inviting Muslims and others in to church, and the fact that his “ministry is about reaching out to everybody,” well of course we make the gospel available to anyone. That is not the issue. But we proclaim biblical truth to them. We don’t confirm them in their sin and their lost fate.

osteen 24Jesus made the gospel message available to everyone, but he never left people as they were. He demanded faith and repentance as entrance requirements into the Kingdom. He made it clear that unless one turned from their sin and embraced his Lordship, they were none of his.

So yes, anyone can come to Christ just as they are. But he loves people too much to leave them that way. A true encounter with Christ is always a life-changing encounter. You never stay the same when you truly meet Jesus. Any “gospel” that says you can stay just as you are and simply remain in your selfishness is a lie from the pit of hell.

Jesus did not die a horrible death on the cross so that we can be confirmed in our sin and selfishness. He did not die a cruel death so that we can have our “best life now”. He did not suffer the agonies of Calvary so that we could have a good self-image. He did not leave the comforts of heaven to cement us in our hedonism, self-centredness and greed.

That is a false gospel every day of the week. Satan loves it of course. It is sending countless fans of Osteen to a lost eternity. As such, it is our solemn responsibility to pray for Osteen. We need to pray that the Holy Ghost convicts him mightily of the false, men-pleasing gospel he is preaching, that he repent, and that he turn back to proclaiming the biblical gospel.

I realise of course that were he to do so, he would likely lose 95 percent or more of his local and international following. But that is OK. Better that 5 percent receive solid biblical truth and make it to heaven, than that 95 percent follow this damnable message and be sent to a lost eternity.

Our Lord Jesus made this message perfectly clear in places like Matthew 7:13-1: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

Right now Osteen and many of his followers are on the broad road. Pray that this changes quickly, and many start heading down the narrow road instead.

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Foolish, Ignorant Controversies

2 Timothy 2:22-26  “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”

The meteoric rise in social media has enabled folks from around the globe to exchange information and converse, both audibly and visually, with great ease.  As the platform has continued to grow and mature, developers have simplified its usage to the point where even those with the most basic of personal computing knowledge and/or extreme time limits, may quickly and easily engage their not so geographically close peers.  Of course, it is likely that none of this information is new to anyone reading this article.  Rather than crafting yet another piece lamenting the many reasons why social media is destroying our culture, faith communities, families, etc., I want to instead focus on a Biblical issue to which the widespread adoption of social media has contributed.

To be clear, my goal in this article is not to engender unfruitful controversy, rather, to speak against that very issue.  Based on some of my past writings, that may sound to some like a highly hypocritical statement to make; and if it were devoid of genuine repentance, I would agree with those of you having those thoughts.  Thankfully, we serve a mighty and powerful and grace-filled God who grants forgiveness.  We serve a God who sent his son to be slaughtered on a Roman tree on behalf of hypocritical sinners like you and me.  Our God is great!

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Order matters

Often times we can get things out of order, but God’s Word tells us that order matters.  For example, we in our flesh can often go to our default thinking that God will love us if we obey Him.  But is that true?  Or did Jesus tell us that if we love Him we will […]

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More holy laughter and “slain” bodies” to infect Northeast Wisconsin

Once again we need to warn our local audience about an event coming to Valley Harvest Church in Neenah, Wis., a signs-and-wonders (think gold dust, manna from the ceiling, glory clouds), conference hotspot for past speakers like Todd Bentley, Patricia King, Joshua Mills and many others. More on that in a moment. First, you’re probably […]

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Rick Warren’s “Power of a Campaign for Revival and Spiritual Awakening”

Saddleback’s and Amurica’s pastor Rick Warren is talking revival and spiritual awakening! Can it be that he is finally preaching repentance and surrender to Christ?  Well, not exactly. We’re talking about a movement by numbers again, from his latest email blast. What does the Bible have to say about this? Rick Warren:  “If God allowed […]

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Dear Pastor Joel Osteen: You Owe Me and Millions an Apology

Dear Pastor Osteen,

I forgive you. More specifically, I forgive you your trespasses against me and millions of others. For you have been led into temptation to judge something you have never experienced, and throw those who have to the lions.

Yes, I forgive you for using grieving parents in your book “Your Best Life Now” to illustrate your point that some people thrive on self-pity, or worse relishing the attention it brings. For your trespasses against the bereaved are not your fault. Sadly, you portray the perfect example of a larger problem in our society known as grief illiteracy.

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Disturbing, Disgusting and Devilish

Mr. Gohmert also put into the Congressional record that other members of Congress have told him the same thing that the articles said. He said other members of Congress have traveled to East African nations and come back saying the Obama Administration has informed East African Christians that the United States will help defend them against terrorism and persecution if they will change their beliefs about same-sex marriage and start paying for abortions, but the United States won’t help them if they refuse to make these changes.

Mr. Gohmert also put the following in the Congressional record: “If there is a God as the Bible talks about, there will be a price to this nation for acting in such a way.”

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Bill Gothard defends himself on new website

Bill Gothard is back. A little over a year ago, amid allegations of sexual abuse, he resigned from the ministry he founded in 1961. Last weekend he re-launched his website. Gothard continues to assert that the more than 60 women who accused him of harassment and abuse are “not telling the truth.”

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Author(s): Worldview News Team

 
When sharing the gospel with our friends and family: We Must Use the Law for Conviction of Sin   We Must Get The Gospel Right We Must Pray We Must Use the Power of the Scripture  We Must Stay Focused on the Sufficiency of Jesus We Must Teach Antithetically  Watch this program now before it rolls into the Situation Room for members only. Click here to watch now:http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/saving-loved-ones-hell-part-two
 


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There are three offices described in the New Testament for a local church: elders, deacons, and members. While most evangelical churches agree on the identification of elders and members, there remains much confusion about deacons. In some smaller churches, the pastor is considered the elder, and the plurality of godly male leaders who work with the pastor are called deacons. In this sense, the word deacon is used almost synonymously with elder. In other churches, deacons are considered elders-in-training. Future elders are drawn from the deacons, and deacons exercise leadership, just not…
 

The Daily Discovery (June 24, 2015)

This Crimson Carnage – “I begin by saying that I think of the American flag with affection, respect and sorrow. I think of what it used to represent, what it ought to represent, and what it periodically still represents. The sorrow has to do with what our ruling elites are insisting that it must come to represent, and the grief is over their many successes in that endeavor. Despite this, I do not yet believe the American flag is a lost cause. Take that as the starting point.”

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 on, write 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.”

The Summer Reading List – “Fifty years ago, prior to my freshman year at Baltimore’s St. Paul Latin High School, the late Father W. Vincent Bechtel introduced me to The Summer Reading List, upper-case. Father Bechtel didn’t fool around: he tossed his teenage charges into the deep end of the English and American literature pool and told us, in effect, “Start swimming.” And while I first thought of him as a holy terror, I now remember him as one of the best teachers I ever had – a guide to and through books that have remained my literary friends for life.”

When Leaders Fall, All Are Punished – “The stories are as sad as any, and tragically too common. An effective, fruitful leader in the faith falls into some moral failure, disqualifying himself from leadership and devastating those who had followed them.”

Sam Storms on Spiritual (Charismatic) Gifts – “I’ve not read many books about spiritual gifts from a charismatic perspective. Therefore, I recently worked through Sam Storm’s book, The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Gifts, to learn more about charismatic theology/practice. As a Reformed Christian, I’m not charismatic, but I do want a proper understanding of this movement. Below is a brief review of this book.”


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“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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Why Do They Have To Go Back To Keeping The Law?

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Q.  If Jesus covers all those who accepted Him in faith in the O.T. and for all time, why do the Jews have to go back to keeping the law during the Tribulation and Millennium? And, do the Gentiles need to do this, too?

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Armed Guards In Churches?

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Q.  Given the increase in violence around the world toward Christians and especially with this week’s incident in Charleston, would God consider a congregation’s decision to post armed members at church entrances a lack of faith? I am asking this question acknowledging that state laws regarding firearms in public places and carry permits would have to be obeyed.

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New Jerusalem And New Earth

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Q.  I have a question about the New Jerusalem and the New Earth.   Does the light from New Jerusalem light the New Earth during the Millennium or after.  If during, what happens to the New Earth after the millennium, and if after, what is left on the New Earth to light.  Since the gates will always be opened, does that mean the saved will be able to travel back and forth between the New Jerusalem and the New Earth?

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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 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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William Lane Craig debates Walter Sinnott-Armstrong: evil, suffering and God

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This is one of the top 4 best debates that William Lane Craig has done in my opinion. (The other three are Craig-Millican debate and the first and second Craig-Dacey debates).

Sinnott-Armstrong is very courteous, respectful and intelligent scholar and he is very good at defending his side. This is a very cordial and engaging debate, and because it was held in front of a church audience, it was targeted to laymen and not academics. So if you are looking for a good first debate to watch, this is it!

The MP3 file is here.

There is also a book based on this debate, published by Oxford University Press. I was actually able to find a PDF of it online. I should also remind people that you can get the wonderful Craig-Hitchens debate DVD from Amazon.com if you are looking for a debate to watch, or show in…

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D.G. Hart on Flags and Stuff

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After crossing the eastern half of the country and listening to NPR for at least 10 per cent of it, you’d have thought that the Confederate Flag shot those AME church members in Charleston (though it sure did knock Laudato Si below the fold). Nothing about Dylann Roof and his family or background, nothing about the families of the victims, or about the congregation itself and how it is going to go on. Instead, aside from the escaped convicts in New York State, the media is all about stories related to taking the flag down.

And then he gets better.

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The Modern Carpetbaggers: Where Is the Real Danger?

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I’m writing this to Southern folks who still have a love of their family and heritage; while others are happily being snookered in the enemy camp. “Honor your father and your mother” the Lord God said. Some of you still have a sense of family and want to obey God. Remember it is always better to obey God than man!

Abraham Lincoln’s party is still trying to reconstruct the South. Look at the political figures in the South. Many were trained in the north, have their roots in the north or are New Englanders like the Bushes who moved south to continue the old Reconstructive policies minted 150 years ago. Barber and Graham in South Carolina and McAuliffe in Virginia to mention a few are nothing but old carpetbaggers writ large.

Why have Southern people catered to the Republican Party or the Democratic Party as far as that is concerned?…

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What did Hillary Clinton accomplish as Secretary of State?

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

Thomas Sowell writes about Hillary’s foreign policy achievements in Investors Business Daily.

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U.S. intervention in Libya and Egypt, undermining governments that were no threat to American interests, led to Islamic extremists taking over in Egypt and terrorist chaos in Libya, where the American ambassador was killed, along with three other Americans.

[…]In Europe, as in the Middle East, our foreign policy during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state was to undermine our friends and cater to our enemies.

The famous “reset” in our foreign policy with Russia began with the Obama administration reneging on a pre-existing American commitment to supply defensive technology to shield Poland and the Czech Republic from missile attacks.

This left both countries vulnerable to pressures and threats from Russia — and left other countries elsewhere wondering how much they could rely on American promises.

Even after Russia invaded…

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Martin Luther: Christ Alone!

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When Martin Luther preached from the Gospel passages on John the Baptist, he always emphasized how John’s finger pointed to Christ, and how the church most follow in John’s footsteps and point people to the Lord without fail.  Salvation can only be found in Jesus and in no one or nothing else; that is the message the church must constantly preach.  But preaching this isn’t always as easy as it sounds.

“…The devil does not intend to allow this testimony about Christ.  He devotes all his energy to opposing it and will not desist until he has struck it down and suppressed it.  In this respect, we humans are weak and stubbornly perverse and are more likely to become attached to saints than to Christ.  Within the papacy they have preached about the service rendered by these beloved saints, that one ought to…

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Grace Robbers Pt 3

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Some of the greatest and most lethal grace robbers are those I call, the ‘List People’. They are continually trying to improve their standing before God by doing things. If this describes you, I hate to tell you, but you are a legalist! You have been robbed of grace.

One of the ways to recognise a legalist is that he is the one whose list of rules is longer than God’s. Let me explain. Many Christians embrace the idea of grace for salvation. However, they then fall into the trap of thinking that after they become Christians there is a list left to complete to keep salvation in effect. This is Grace Robber thinking!

Here’s the kind of thing these Grace Robbers say. ‘If we obey God, we’ll earn more of His love!’ Unlike the original Judaizers, these grace robbers don’t tell us that we need to be circumcised. Instead…

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Just Thinking: Reflections on Charleston Forgiveness For a Shooter of Innocents and The Christian Family Who Shoots Their Wounded

I couldn’t help to wonder in amazement at the clearness of separate reactions towards two separate events that have happened within two weeks.

First – the local Charleston church reaction towards the unbelieving killer for the display of their grace, love and forgiveness

Second – the global churches reaction of ridicule, judgement and condemnation towards a believing Christian Pastor.

Something’s messed up here and I feel like I’m in the twilight zone.

Knowing how much we believers and the church have been forgiven so much debt by God should enable us to offer forgiveness, grace and mercy to those brothers and sisters in Christ who’ve fallen or stumbled into sin. May the church and believers not shoot their wounded but may those who are strong in faith help the fallen. May there be no shunning, ridiculing, mocking, gossiping, slandering, judgement or condemnation.

May there be heroic love, grace, mercy and forgiveness offered to our own family of God in the same manner as it has been offered to a non believing killer.

Maybe the church should act more like a family (who’d never disown one of their own) rather than a corporate business model who fire their employees for violating company policy.

Then maybe – just maybe – they will know we are Christians by our love and want to come to church.

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