Daily Archives: July 1, 2015

What helps young men resist peer disapproval?

WINTERY KNIGHT

Tough enough to not care about peer pressure Tough enough to not care whether you approve of what he’s doing

A post by Nick Peters about young people and apologetics, at the Christian Apologetics Alliance blog.

Excerpt:

Now picture a teenage youth who is a Christian. Is he on the outs with his peers in any way? Well if he’s a good and observant Christian, he’ll be a virgin (since most teenagers in high school aren’t married). Will that lead to any shame to his peers? Yep. Especially since they consider “getting laid” to be a rite of passage and a sign that you are a real man or woman.

So what happens with a boy who’s seventeen and can drive and who is with the guys who are talking about their sexual exploits and the guy has nothing to contribute? If he is asked why he’s not “getting some” he replies that he is a Christian. Is…

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July 1, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jul. 1, 2015

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Senior Obama administration officials, including former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Clinton was using private email address for government. correspondence.

When she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton and her staff fretted over her press coverage, celebrating favorable stories and trying to tone down others, some 3,000 e-mails released late Tuesday by the State Department showed.

Now you can take selfies on the White House tour. Visitors strolling through the executive mansion will be allowed to take photos for the first time in more than four decades.

Along with West Virginia and Missouri, California now has some of the most stringent vaccination requirements in the country after Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, on Tuesday signed into law a bill limiting exemptions

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has pledged to give away $32 billion over the coming years. There is no time scale set for the donation, which represents all of his fortune. The billionaire is the world’s 20th richest person with $30.5 billion. The gift would benefit Muslim and non-Muslim countries.

The U.S. and Cuba will announce on Wednesday the restoration of diplomatic relations and plans to reopen embassies after 54 years, according to a U.S. official.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that a six-foot-tall granite slab etched with the Bible’s Ten Commandments must be removed from the state capitol grounds as it violates the separation of church and state.

Average hourly earnings in industries paying less than $12.50 an hour a year ago rose 3.2 percent in the 12 months through April, about 1 percentage point more than wage growth for the job market as a whole.

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Islamic militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 50 soldiers, security and military officials said.

Eurozone stocks and peripheral bonds rallied on Wednesday, extending gains after a report that Greece was ready to accept most conditions from its international creditors in order to reach a deal over its debt crisis.

A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organization’s own productions.

Islamic State jihadists have beheaded two women in Syria for “witchcraft and sorcery”, a monitor said on Tuesday, in the group’s first known decapitation of female civilians.

A move in Russia to review the legality of a 1991 decision formally granting Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia independence from the Soviet Union has alarmed the Baltic States and stoked tensions in ties with Moscow.

Three major cables delivering Internet service to the Sacramento area were severed on Tuesday in what appears to be a coordinated attack. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was investigating the incident, which appeared to be the latest in a string of fiber cable cuts in the San Francisco Bay area over the last year.

A flood of people leaving the Dominican Republic for Haiti could grow into a humanitarian disaster and regional security threat, Port-au-Prince warned Tuesday.

OH – A 4-year-old girl who was shot in the leg when a police officer fired at a dog is recovering after surgery as her family questions how the officer responded.

Cuba on Tuesday became the first country in the world to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization said.

The interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools said Tuesday 1,400 jobs will be “impacted” after Illinois lawmakers failed to provide relief and the financially struggling district had to borrow money to make a $634 million contribution to its teacher pension funds.

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Mozambique has decriminalized homosexuality in its new penal code, making it one of a few African countries where same-sex relationships are legal. The revised code, in force from Wednesday, dropped a colonial-era clause outlawing “vices against nature”.

Cameroon has started to release some of the 84 children detained for more than six months after a raid on Koranic schools. The authorities had claimed the schools were being used as fronts for Boko Haram training camps. Amnesty International says some were as young as five years old.

The European Commission has pledged to send financial aid and experts to Hungary to help tackle an influx of migrants arriving via Serbia. The EU will provide more than $9m in aid, tents and experts to fingerprint migrants, process asylum requests and help with expulsions.

Iran and six world powers have extended into next week their talks on finding a comprehensive agreement of Tehran’s nuclear program.

About 1,200 prisoners, including al-Qaeda suspects, have escaped from a prison in central Yemen, officials said.

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Your Facebook feed is probably looking a little more colorful this week. In celebration of the Supreme Court’s approval of same-sex marriage, the site is offering users a tool to overlay their profile photos with a rainbow filter. And it’s proved hugely popular. Within a few hours of the ‘Celebrate Pride’ tool launching; more than a million people changed their profile photos.

The nation’s tenth largest school district, Fairfax County in Fairfax, Virginia, voted 10-to-2 to teach gender identity and transgender issues as part of seventh-through-tenth-grade sex education curriculum.


Top News – 7/1/2015

Tsipras offers conditional okay to bailout, creditors skeptical
In the letter, seen by Reuters, Tsipras asked to keep a discount on value added tax for Greek islands, stretch out defense spending cuts and delay the phasing out of an income supplement to poorer pensioners.

Jewish, Arab, Iranian Believers Prove Peace is Possible
Although working mainly among Jews since its founding in 1809 by slave trade abolitionist William Wilberforce and others, CMJ has also consistently reached out to Arabs over the years and, in 2012, held their first At the Crossroads conference at their Jerusalem headquarters to enable Jew and Gentile to express their oneness in Christ and work together to spread the gospel on the basis of a prophecy from Isaiah (chapter 19) of a “highway” of peace and reconciliation from Egypt to Assyria (which includes much of the modern-day Arab world) via Israel.

Obama Promises That Events In Greece And Puerto Rico Will Not Cause A Global Financial Crisis
Obama says that we shouldn’t be alarmed by what is happening over in Greece. On Tuesday, he told reporters that this “is an issue primarily of concern to Europe” and that “I think the markets have properly factored in the risks involved“. And apparently Obama is not too concerned about the debt crisis in Puerto Rico either. In fact, the Obama administration has already completely ruled out any sort of federal bailout for the island.

ISIS Vows to Conquer Gaza, Israel & Palestinian Authority
ISIS not satisfied with the way Hamas terrorists have governed the Gaza region – has decided to seize control of the enclave itself. And the terrorist organization says it does not plan to stop there, either — the group apparently issued a video statement Tuesday warning of its intent to conquer the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority as well, according to the Reuters news agency.

ISIS Attacks Kill 64 Egyptian Soldiers in Sinai, 42 in El Arish
Approximately 64 Egyptian soldiers and police officers have been killed in a multi-prong attack at five checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula, according to international media sources.

Helium is leaking from San Francisco’s fault lines, and it could cause a huge earthquake
It sounds like something straight from a big-budget disaster movie, but a huge fault in the Earth’s crust is leaking helium – and it could cause a devastating Earthquake.

Iran nuclear talks: Deadline extended to 7 July
Iran and six world powers have extended into next week their talks on finding a comprehensive agreement of Tehran’s nuclear programme. The deadline for reaching an agreement was 30 June, but all parties agreed to extend it by another week, to 7 July. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that a deal was now “within reach”.

US-Cuba ties: Washington and Havana to announce embassies
The US and Cuba will on Wednesday announce the opening of embassies in each other’s capitals, a major step in re-establishing diplomatic ties severed in 1961, a senior US official has said. Relations had been frozen since the early 1960s when the US broke links and imposed a trade embargo with the Communist island. But the US and Cuba agreed to normalise relations at the end of 2014.

China security law tightens control of cyber security
China’s legislature has passed a wide-ranging and controversial national security law which tightens government control over many areas of life. The law broadly defines national security as covering everything from finance and cyber security to religion. State media said it would “protect people’s fundamental interests”.

Mozambique decriminalises gay and lesbian relationships
Mozambique has decriminalised homosexuality in its new penal code, making it one of a few African countries where same-sex relationships are legal. The revised code, in force from Wednesday, drops a colonial-era clause outlawing “vices against nature”. There were no prosecutions under that clause but rights activists have said this change is a symbolic victory.

Foreign Ministry: United Church of Christ’s decision to divest from Israel ‘immoral’
The Foreign Ministry called the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) decision to divest from companies operating beyond the Green Line “immoral” in a statement released Wednesday. “People of faith and religion should work to facilitate peace and not try to hurt the side [Israel] aspiring for peace,” the Foreign Ministry stated.

Israel closes crossings with Egypt, Gaza, following ISIS Sinai terror attacks
Israel closed the Nizzana and Kerem Shalom border crossings Wednesday following militant attacks in Egypt’s North Sinai that killed at least 30 in one of the biggest coordinated assaults yet in the insurgency-hit province. Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, claimed responsibility for the attacks against security forces in North Sinai, according to a statement on Twitter.

When gold is declared illegal…
As regular readers know, we recommend having some cash on hand in case of a monetary emergency. But a reader asks: In the same vein as your reader’s question as to what good cash is when it’s declared illegal, what good is gold when gold is declared illegal? First, precious metals aren’t illegal, so far. Second, making something illegal doesn’t necessarily make it unpopular.

Suicide truck bomb kills two, wounds 40 in Afghanistan: officials
A suicide truck bomb in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed two civilians and wounded more than 40, officials said, in the latest attack since the Taliban began their annual offensive.

Ukraine suspends Russian gas purchases
Russian gas purchases have been suspended by Ukraine after a breakdown in talks aimed at keeping supplies running for three to six months. The Ukrainian state energy company, Naftogaz, said it would continue transporting Russian gas supplies to other European customers.

Around 1,200 escape from Yemen prison, including al Qaeda suspects
Around 1,200 prisoners, including al Qaeda suspects, escaped during clashes at a jail in central Yemen on Tuesday, officials said.

What Netanyahu Really Thinks About Military Action Against Iran
Israel’s former ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, is on a crusade to discredit President Obama and derail a possible nuclear deal with Iran — and his new memoir contains interesting information about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s real thoughts on how to stop the Iranians getting a nuclear weapon.

Small earthquake recorded in west Alabama
The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 3.8 tremor was recorded Tuesday morning near Eutaw — roughly 35 miles southwest of Tuscaloosa.

Second Earthquake Since May Rattles Lower Michigan
A shallow earthquake jolted lower Michigan Tuesday morning, marking the second time in two months the region — which is fairly a stranger to earthquakes — has felt a tremblor.

Greece Defaults on IMF Debt
Greece made last-minute overtures to its international creditors for financial aid on Tuesday, but it was not enough to save the country from becoming the first developed economy to default on a loan with the International Monetary Fund.


Top Headlines – 7/1/2015

Italian FM: Peace deal could send signal of stability to Middle East

Foreign Affairs Ministry: UCC decision to divest ‘immoral’

US church votes to divest from companies operating in West Bank

Website records testimonies of anti-Semitism on US campuses

Belgium to provide $4 million in security funding to Jewish institutions

Israel’s new kamikaze drone

Shin Bet chief says Palestinian terror attacks up 50% since 2012

Palestinian shot after attempting to run through Jerusalem checkpoint shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’

950 Hezbollah operatives, 300 Hamas members in Germany – intelligence report

Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza, ‘uproot the Jewish state’

Islamic State captures district in Syrian border town

Syria’s Defense minister’s advisor: War-torn nation is undergoing de facto partition

Israeli official: Syria is dying, the funeral will be declared in due time

Isis militants behead two Syrian women for witchcraft

Global support for ISIS includes up to 42M Muslims, group claims

United against ISIS… or is it ISIL, IS, or the Islamic State?

Israeli cartoon warns – ‘Iran is like ISIS, just much bigger’

Obama warns Iran in eleventh hour nuclear negotiations

Obama: I will walk away from Iran talks if its a bad deal

Iranians arrive in Vienna to seal the deal; interim agreement extended 7 days

UN to report Iran reduced uranium stockpile to required level, envoys say

Nuclear Deal Would Leave Iran With 5,000 Centrifuges

BDS in Ireland: Shops nix Israeli goods, but fine with N. Korean, Iranian products

Egypt’s Sisi calls for new measures against terrorism following assassination of top prosecutor

Three killed in car bomb in suburb west of Cairo

Year into Sisi’s power, Egyptians lament persistent hardships

Kuwait says in ‘state of war,’ warns of other militant cells

Kuwait government says mosque suicide bomber was Saudi national

Suicide truck bomb kills two, wounds 40 in Afghanistan: officials

Around 1,200 escape from Yemen prison, including al Qaeda suspects

South Sudan conflict: Army ‘raped and torched girls’

Hindu Radicals Threaten to ‘Burn’ Indian Pastor Alive, Wipe Congregation From Town Following Church Attack

Rivlin: Ramadan has become month of worldwide terror

Concerns Of Muslim Immigration Surge Into Western World Come Into Focus

School Warns Parents To Dress Daughters Modestly To Avoid Offending Muslim Refugees

London exercise tests readiness for potential terrorist attack

Terror Suspect Arrested In NJ; NYPD On High Alert For July 4 Fireworks

Washington, D.C. ‘No Drone Zone’ on July 4

FBI investigating 11 attacks on San Francisco-area Internet lines

Huckabee: Maybe We Should Ask Chinese Hackers For Lois Lerner’s Emails

US, Cuba to announce opening of embassies on Wednesday

Greece’s bailout expires, country defaults on IMF payment

Greece enters uncharted financial territory amid crisis

Eurozone ministers to weigh latest proposal from Greece as country defaults on its IMF payment

Online payments halted in Greece, citizens eye Bitcoin to protect savings

Greek debt crisis: In Athens, scavenging from bins has become a way to survive

Puerto Rico poses bigger threat to U.S. investors than Greece

15 Weeks: Treasury Says Debt Has Been Frozen at $18,112,975,000,000

Ukraine suspends Russian gas purchases

World Asteroid Day: ‘Figure out what a life is worth’ – Astronomer warns asteroids could kill thousands

Toshiba readies scorpion-like robot for Fukushima nuclear plant

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kiska Volcano, Alaska

Small 3.8 earthquake recorded in west Alabama

3.3 earthquake recorded this morning in Michigan, felt by many

Latest Michigan quake has scientists puzzled

Strong earthquake swarm on the Reykjanes ridge

Oklahoma’s fracking “game changer”: A big spike in earthquakes has regulators considering tougher drilling regulations

Drilling, not quake, caused Indonesia mud volcano: paper

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Small volcanic eruption closes parts of resort near Tokyo

Floods kill 55 in western India as relief work continues

Californians struggle for ‘normal life,’ without water

California Drought Taking Serious Toll On Aging Sewer System In San Francisco

Western Europe bakes in heatwave

White House says US welcomes China’s climate change plan

Beware of animal diseases as biological weapons, health experts say

Public Health Officials Know: Recently Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease

Whooping cough resurgence due to vaccinated people not knowing they’re infectious?

Gov. Brown Signs Law Ending Personal, Religious Exemptions to School Vaccine Requirements

Judge blocks Florida abortion waiting-period law

Gender Identity Curriculum Including Instruction on Oral and Anal Sex Angers Parents in Virginia

Harvard athlete among first openly transgender NCAA swimmers

Transgender immigration detainees may be housed by gender they identify with

Girl Scouts rejects $100Gs donation with anti-transgender restriction

Same-sex marriage fight turns to clerk who refuses licenses

Churches remain divided over gay marriage, debate shifts from court to pews

Gov. Mary Fallin signs bill allowing Oklahoma ministers to refuse to perform gay marriage

Christian Preachers Brutally Beaten at Gay Pride Festival

Haredim hire Mexicans to protest NY pride parade

After ‘gratifying’ week, Obama sees long to-do list in time left

For Obama, rainbow White House was ‘a moment worth savoring’

Jim Bakker: Supreme Court Ruling Bringing ‘Abandonment Wrath’ on Nation

10 Commandments statue must be removed from state Capitol, Oklahoma Supreme Court rules

Greeleyville AME church seventh burned across South in wake of Emanuel shooting

Hawaiian Natives and Astronomers Clash on ‘Holy Mountain’ over natives gods

Recreational-use marijuana to become legal in Oregon

Oregon Has More Marijuana Shops Than Starbucks or McDonald’s

Controversial Church of the Wells Members To Blame For Heckling Joel Osteen

First ever ‘Navy Gay Pride’ events on military base

Oklahoma Supreme’s: Ten Commandments at Capitol unconstitutional, must come down

Kevin Kleint – The Legalization of Gay Marriage, God’s Judgment on the American Church

Nasa forced to address claims a giant asteroid will soon destroy humanity


Daily Digest

July 1, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“The truth is, that, even with the most secure tenure of office, during good behavior, the danger is not, that the judges will be too firm in resisting public opinion, and in defence of private rights or public liberties; but, that they will be ready to yield themselves to the passions, and politics, and prejudices of the day.” —Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Man Who’s Never Had a Real Job Makes Rules for Businesses

With a wave of his magic wand, Barack Obama just gave five million workers a raise — or so he’d like you to believe. In an op-ed explaining his new regulations on overtime pay for salaried workers, Obama wrote, “We’ve got to keep making sure hard work is rewarded. Right now, too many Americans are working long days for less pay than they deserve. That’s partly because we’ve failed to update overtime regulations for years — and an exemption meant for highly paid, white collar employees now leaves out workers making as little as $23,660 a year — no matter how many hours they work. … [M]y plan [is] to extend overtime protections to nearly 5 million workers in 2016, covering all salaried workers making up to about $50,400 next year.” And who doesn’t want a raise? Naturally, his proposal will be popular with those who think they stand to benefit, as well as those in need of an Economics 101 refresher. The real-world results will be that employers hire fewer workers, pay lower base wages, cut hours and nix benefits like work-from-home scenarios for employees who now have to scrupulously track their hours. Just mandating higher wages doesn’t mean businesses can afford to pay them. The conservative approach is to actually grow the economy — which, notably, Obama has not done. As John F. Kennedy once said, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” Not just the ones Obama points to with his wand.

State Dragging Its Feet During Clinton Email Release

Last night, the State Department released 3,000 pages of Hillary Clinton’s email from when she served as secretary of state. This is the first batch of emails it released in response to a judge ordering the department to place Clinton’s emails in the public record on a rolling basis. Americans will get an email dump every month until the Democrat primary in January. Cue a Hillary headache. Nate Jones, expert in the Freedom of Information Act at the National Security Archive housed at George Washington University, said he would be watching how much information the State Department redacts. “The emails were unclassified, so it will be eyebrow-raising if any more content is retroactively classified by State,” Jones said. “It will be extremely troubling if State wastes its resources to unnecessarily censor ‘deliberative process’ emails which Clinton herself stated she wants released.” Sure enough, the State Department redacted 25 emails because it deemed them classified. It also went ahead and struck the name of a man whose birthday Clinton’s office was celebrating. Last week, the House Select Committee on Benghazi discovered through interviewing Clinton lackey Sidney Blumenthal that Clinton’s staff sanitized the emails before dumping them on State. For all the platitudes, the effort to get the Clinton docs in the public record is all but sincere.

Justices to Rule on Forced Union Dues

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to add to next term’s docket Friderichs v. California Teachers Association, a lawsuit that could significantly loosen teachers unions grip over California and 19 other states. Because those states abide by the “closed shop” rule, collective bargaining requires that public teachers, even non-unionized ones, turn over portions of their paychecks to Democrat activists masquerading as unions. That’s not a bargain at all, which is why lead plaintiff Rebecca Friedrichs, a frustrated teacher veteran, filed a lawsuit two years ago to abolish the arbitrary system. Terry Pell, president of the Center for Individual Rights, the firm representing the plaintiffs, said in 2013, “We are going to get this case to the Supreme Court and win, and if we do, we will eliminate the close shop rules.” He was right about the first part, but we won’t know about the second for another year. But Reason’s Robby Soave believes that SCOTUS will get this one right. “The conservative 5-4 majority in 2012’s Knox v. SEIU essentially invited such a challenge, and the decision today by the Court to hear the case is a very good sign,” he writes. Furthermore, “A big win for Friedrichs could have massive consequences. California is just one of 20 ‘closed-shop’ states that require non-members to pay union dues. Compulsory unionization could be ruled unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds nationwide.” Recent rulings — namely on ObamaCare — caution us against high expectations, but unions have been put on high alert either way. Even an unfavorable ruling won’t silence the growing, vocal opposition to union contortions.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Could the Obergefell Decision Mean National Concealed Carry?

By Jim Harrington

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The Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision forcing states to recognize same-sex marriage has sparked a debate about whether the decision also provides legal precedent requiring states to recognize concealed carry permits. Let’s weigh that argument.

Bob Owens at Bearing Arms fired first, explaining, “The Court used Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment to justify their argument. … By using the Constitution in such a manner, the Court argues that the Due Process Clause extends ‘certain personal choices central to individual dignity and autonomy’ accepted in a majority of states across the state lines of a handful of states that still banned the practice.”

Comparing Obergefell to concealed carry reciprocity, Owens points out, “The vast majority of states are ‘shall issue’ on the matter of issuing concealed carry permits, and enjoy reciprocity with a large number of other states.” And concealed carry is certainly “accepted in a majority of states across the state lines of … states that still [ban] the practice.” Before Obergefell, 14 states did not recognize his concealed carry permit. He argues the ruling means they must.

It’s certainly interesting that attorney Marc Greendorfer’s amicus brief against same-sex marriage filed for the Obergefell case invokes the Second Amendment. Greendorfer wrote, “One day, this Court will have to explain how sweeping restrictions on every aspect of firearms ownership and use can be upheld yet traditional and long-standing regulations on marriage cannot be tolerated in any form or in any jurisdiction. … [After Heller], a number of state and local governments imposed draconian restrictions on firearms, claiming that the restrictions were reasonable and common sense, and did not infringe the core right protected by the Second Amendment.”

It’s true that the Supreme Court did not limit its interpretation of Due Process to same-sex marriage. But we also don’t hold out much hope that Owens’ interpretation will, er, carry the day.

Three legal experts weighed in on the subject for Independent Journal Review, and their take is more sobering.

Ilya Somin, professor of law at George Mason University, offered some optimism. “I think this argument may be plausible, but it is far from an open and shut case,” he said. “[T]he Supreme Court has not ruled that having a concealed carry permit is a ‘personal choice central to individual dignity and autonomy.’ It hasn’t even (so far) ruled that the right to conceal-carry … is protected by the Second Amendment. … [I]n the case of concealed carry permits, the Court has never ruled that states are required to issue them to their own citizens. I think such a ruling might well be required by the Second Amendment. But it hasn’t happened yet.”

But Robert A. Levy, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at Cato Institute, put a damper on even such guarded optimism: “No. The Obergefell Court applied the Due Process Clause to ‘certain personal choices central to personal dignity and autonomy.’ I doubt that the Court would interpret that phrase to encompass a federal constitutional right to concealed carry. Nor would the Court rule that any right enforceable under the laws of, say, 36 states must therefore be extended to the remaining states.”

And Trevor Burrus, Research Fellow at Cato, warned, “If proponents want to bring a case on concealed carry and cite the Obergefell opinion, they are free to… [But] gay marriage [doesn’t] automatically convey a right to concealed carry in 50 states. Moreover, by using these spurious arguments, advocates … harm the overall movement for gun rights. Bad arguments can create bad precedents that could impair the expansion of the right to self defense.”

Finally, economist John Lott, who has written extensively on guns, wrote our publisher Mark Alexander to give his opinion: “I don’t think that the decision will make any difference for gun rights, as the four liberal justices who voted for it don’t believe that there is a right to self-defense or a right to own guns, let alone a right to be able to carry a concealed handgun. You might get one vote for a pro-gun position using that argument, but it would only be Kennedy.”

In the world of SCOTUS and the Left, you must be careful what you wish for. We don’t exactly trust our “Supremes” to read the Second Amendment any better than they do the Tenth and Fourteenth. But that isn’t to say national concealed carry reciprocity isn’t worth aiming for.

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Star Parker: “[Justice Anthony] Kennedy is so absorbed in creating reality that he appears oblivious that any reality might exist outside his own imagination. He notes ‘deep transformations’ in our understanding of marriage, and that ‘these new insights have strengthened, not weakened, the institution of marriage.’ Really? In 1960, 9 percent of American adults over 25 had never married. Today it is 20 percent. In a recent Pew Research survey, only 47 percent said it is ‘very important’ that a couple legally marries if they plan to spend the rest of their lives together. In 1960, about 5 percent of our babies were born to unwed mothers. Now it is 41 percent. Sixty-one percent of Americans now say out-of-wedlock birth is morally acceptable. … The marriage redefinition movement has been driven by two motivations: 1) de-legitimization of religion, and 2) expansion of the welfare state. … It is no accident that as marriage has broken down, dependence on government has exploded. The percentage of our national budget consisting of transfer payments to individuals has expanded from less than 30 percent in 1960 to around 70 percent today.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The danger when men stop believing in God is not that they’ll believe in nothing, but that they’ll believe in anything.” —G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Upright: “If justices cannot resist the urge to legislate, let’s drop the pretense that constitutional law is guided by neutral principles and at least give the people the option to vote justices in (and out).” —Mona Charen

Braying Jenny: “Whiteness is most certainly and inevitably terror. … White folks think that if they are nice to you they are above a critique of whiteness, white supremacy, or structural racism.” —now-terminated University of Memphis professor Zandria Robinson

Non Compos Mentis: “Maybe we now realize the way racial bias can infect us even when we don’t realize it.” —Barack Obama

Beware: “[My to-do] list is long and my instructions to my team and my instructions to myself have always been that we are going to squeeze every last ounce of progress that we can make … as long as I have the privilege of holding this office.” —Barack Obama

Friendly fire: “On the world stage, I think [Obama’s accomplishments] have been minimal. I think he has done some good things domestically, like health reform and so forth. But on the world stage, just to be objective about it, I can’t think of many nations in the world where we have a better relationship now than when he took over.” —Jimmy Carter

Late-night humor: “After Donald Trump’s derogatory comments about immigrants, NBC has officially canceled ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’ Donald Trump isn’t even president yet and he’s already made America a better place.” —Conan O’Brien

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Barack Obama Promises That Events In Greece And Puerto Rico Will Not Cause A Global Financial Crisis

Barack Obama Giving Speech - Photo by Gage SkidmoreBarack Obama says that we shouldn’t be alarmed by what is happening over in Greece.  On Tuesday, he told reporters that this “is an issue primarily of concern to Europe” and that “I think the markets have properly factored in the risks involved“.  And apparently Obama is not too concerned about the debt crisis in Puerto Rico either.  In fact, the Obama administration has already completely ruled out any sort of federal bailout for the island.  Barack Obama is assuring us that everything is going to be just fine and that we are not headed for another global financial crisis.  So is he correct?   (Read More…)


The 75 Trillion Dollar Shadow Banking System Is In Danger Of Collapsing

Shadow Banking System - Public DomainKeep an eye on the shadow banking system – it is about to be shaken to the core.  According to the Financial Stability Board, the size of the global shadow banking system has reached an astounding 75 trillion dollars.  It has approximately tripled in size since 2002.  In the U.S. alone, the size of the shadow banking system is approximately 24 trillion dollars.  At this point, shadow banking assets in the United States are even greater than those of conventional banks.  These shadow banks are largely unregulated, but governments around the world have been extremely hesitant to crack down on them because these nonbank lenders have helped fuel economic growth.  But in the end, we will all likely pay a very great price for allowing these exceedingly reckless financial institutions to run wild. (Read More….)


LGBT activists: Marriage was never the ‘end game’

Some admit they seek radical ‘transformation’ of society

Now, the real fight begins, say leaders in the LGBT movement.

And it won’t be for the faint of heart.

So-called “marriage equality” is not the end-game, according to the activists. It’s merely a window through which they will push for other rights, in housing, education, health care, employment and religious practice.

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Obama the Lawless and the Coming Day of the Lord!

Obama, like the countless others (Pharaoh, Cesar, Hitler, Stalin Mao, Mussolini, Castro etc.) of world’s history who choose to out work a vain, godless and lawless ideology (Rom. 1:18-32) have all been Lucifer’s pawns and tools for setting the stage for his lawless masterpiece, the “Anti Christ” (Eph. 6:12, 2 Thess. 2:3-12, Rev.13).

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ISIS Threatens Mass Slaughter of Christians in Israel Before End of Ramadan

Islamic militants claiming to be representatives of terror group ISIS in Jerusalem have threatened to “cleanse” Israel of all Christians and “non-believers” unless they leave the country. The extremists are accusing Christians of encouraging Muslims to abandon their religion.

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Homeland Security In New Jersey Fears ISIS Macy’s Fourth Of July Fireworks Attack

ISIS Terror Suspect Arrested In NJ; NYPD On High Alert For July 4 Fireworks

EDITOR’S NOTE: Obama’s “JV Team” ISIS has gotten their varsity letter, as the FBI puts New Jersey and the Tri-State area on surveillance lockdown ahead of this weekend’s Fourth of July fireworks celebrations. ISIS in New Jersey…just let that sink in for a moment. Savor it, thank a Democrat. Happy 4th. This is Obama’s America. 

Another suspected member of a reportedly ISIS radicalized terror cell was arrested in New Jersey Monday, as the metropolitan area goes on hyper-alert for the threat of an attack during the Fourth of July holiday.

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As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported Monday, experts said they think the terror threats are very real, because ISIS is actively trying to radicalize people in the Tri-State Area.

Among those radicalized people, according to authorities, was Alaa Saadeh – the 23-year-old West New York, New Jersey man arrested Monday. He was believed to be part of a group interested in detonating a pressure cooker bomb at a New York landmark.

New Jersey Raid Leads to Fourth ISIS-related Arrest in Tri-State Area

Saadeh was the fifth person arrested recently on terror-related charges in New York and New Jersey.

The NYPD and some 18,000 law enforcement agencies around the nation have been ordered by Homeland Security officials to be especially “vigilant and prepared” for the possibility of an attack during the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show celebrations. ISIS has asked supporters to murder the enemy this month during Ramadan.

The two main fears I would have would be the random attack — as we saw with hatchets or knives against individuals – probably police officers or uniformed personnel; military people who might be on leave. And the other is the IED – the improvised explosive device,” King said.

The NYPD is especially concerned about a planned attack with multiple actors, which could include either one large explosion or a series of smaller explosions. source


The Vatican Wants The Temple Mount Taken From The Jews

The Vatican-PLO agreements have been signed to enable the eviction of the Jews from Jerusalem.

“Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah.” Jeremiah 4:16 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Make no mistake about it, people, the Vatican State corporation’s main aim concerning Jerusalem is to take it from the Jews and hand it to the Palestinians. Last week, the Vatican signed a peace treaty and gave official recognition to the state of Palestine. The handwriting, as Daniel noted, is clearly and plainly “on the wall”.

In 2000, speaking in a mosque in Palestinian-held Ramallah, Yasser Arafat declared, “No one will succeed in removing us from our land, including Jerusalem, and the Palestinian flag will fly from the Temple Mount and from the churches in Jerusalem.”

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The Vatican signed a treaty with the “State of Palestine” on Friday, saying it hoped its legal recognition of the state would help stimulate peace with Israel and that the treaty itself would serve as a model for other Mideast countries.

Arafat could say that because he had won the Vatican’s support for his terroristic strategy. On June 26th, 2015, the Vatican signed its first treaty with the “State of Palestine”. It is the logical conclusion of a long path.

When the pontiff John Paul II ascended to the Temple Mount in 2000, Judaism’s most holy site, he wasn’t welcomed by Israeli officials, but by representatives of the Palestinian Authority, and the holy complex was bedecked in Arab flags. It was the Pope’s implicit recognition of Islamic hegemony. It was taken to mean that Islam and Christianity superseded Judaism and have the right to “inherit” its holy places.

Since then, the Holy See’s taking a stance as the ally of the heads of the Palestinian Authority in the place most holy to the Jewish people, became almost a fait accompli.

The Catholic de-legitimization of Israel passes through the war on Jerusalem and the war on Jerusalem passes through the Temple Mount. The site where the Jewish people worshipped for hundreds of years and the focal point of every practicing Jew’s prayers is under assault from the Vatican.

Jerusalem is forever the eternal capital of God’s Holy Land of Israel

The Vatican-PLO agreements have been signed to enable the eviction of the Jews from Jerusalem. This follows a memorandum signed by Palestinian and Vatican officials in 2000 which repeated the Vatican call for an international mandate to preserve “the proper identity and sacred character” of Jerusalem. It means a return to a time when half of Israel’s capital was under Islamic control, the Old City was closed to Jews, the synagogues were desecrated, and walls, barbed wire, and snipers divided the city by force.

The Vatican is consistent. In 1964, when Pope Paul VI made the first papal visit to Jerusalem, Jews and Christians with Israeli passports were barred from entering the Old City. And no Vatican official complained about that. source


Jim Bakker: Supreme Court Ruling Bringing ‘Abandonment Wrath’ on Nation

Posted: 01 Jul 2015 09:39 AM PDT

Jim Bakker, host of The Jim Bakker Show broadcast throughout the world, told Charisma on Friday that God partially lifted his hand of protection off America during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, but he expects that God will fully lift his hand of protection off the nation now. “As I’m talking to you the Supreme Court just handed down a few moments ago the ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny same-sex marriage couples the same benefits as those in traditional marriages,” Bakker said. “Rabbi (Jonathan) Cahn mentioned to me earlier that if they make this official—Rick Wiles said it too; Chuck Missler said it to—that it would take down the hand of (God’s) protection. It’s abandonment wrath.” Bakker said there are six types of wrath in the Bible and America will likely now experience “abandonment wrath.”

“It would be the final sign of all these piles of signs—the blood moons, the Shemitah years—and all about to take place on Elul 29 (Sept. 13, the last day of the Shemitah). I believe in the last decade America has done more to abandon God, turn our back on the Bible, outlaw the cross, outlaw the Ten Commandments, outlaw prayer—all these things. Be not deceived. God is not mocked. America has mocked God. We have been a blessed nation, but we are not a blessed nation any longer.” FULL REPORT

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WARNING FROM HEAVEN? D.C. endures worst storm since Derecho 2012

Posted: 01 Jul 2015 09:35 AM PDT

Here we are less than a week into a major Supreme Court ruling regarding Same Sex Marriage in all 50 States and ordering the removal of the ten commandments monument from the Oklahoma State Capitol! In the middle of the night, in July’s opening moments, the most violent complex of the storms since the June 2012 derecho blasted the immediate D.C. area. It downed scores of trees and produced blinding rain and almost non-stop lightning as it swept straight up the I-95 corridor from near Dale City through the District and into Baltimore. This morning, area utilities, including Pepco, are still dealing with thousands without electricity.

Many eyewitnesses, awakened and rattled by the storm, described it as the scariest they could recall — jarred by the deafening thunder, continuous lightning, pounding rain and roaring winds. The intense but very localized storm complex formed from the merging of multiple thunderstorm cells just to the south of Washington after midnight. Cell mergers are known to produce exceptionally strong thunderstorms. The updraft and rain mass of one cell combines with similar features of another cell. The combination can lead to a surge in updraft intensity, lightning generation and subsequent generation of damaging winds. FULL REPORT

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Indonesia raises alert as Mt Raung volcano erupts

Posted: 01 Jul 2015 09:11 AM PDT

Indonesian authorities on Monday (Jun 29) raised the alert level after Mount Raung in East Java erupted, causing ash to land in surrounding villages. The eruption at Mount Raung on Sunday evening was heard 20 kilometers away, and ash fall was seen in villages about 10 kilometers away from the summit. Aircraft pilots also reported seeing large amounts of ash at a height of 3,500 meters. Authorities cordoned off a two-kilometre radius around the volcano, and raised the alert level to “Siaga”, the second highest level.

The Head of Prevention and Disaster Preparedness at the local Natural Disaster Mitigation Agency added the eruption could be seen from a lookout post in Banyuwangi, East Java. Volcanologists have recorded an increase in volcanic activity and tremors on the 3,332-metre high Mount Raung since Jun 24. Apart from Mount Raung, other volcanoes for which Indonesian authorities have raised the second highest alert level are Mount Karangetang, as well as Mount Soputan and Mount Lokon in Sulawesi. FULL REPORT

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Volcano alert raised for Japan’s Mount Hakone after small eruption

Posted: 01 Jul 2015 09:06 AM PDT

Authorities on Tuesday raised the volcano alert for Mount Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture, restricting access to the area after a small eruption at the popular tourist site. The Meteorological Agency said it confirmed volcanic ash was emitted from the area, which has been venting unusual amounts of steam in recent months. The agency said the ash deposits indicate that a small eruption occurred between Monday evening and Tuesday. Mount Hakone, about 80 km south of Tokyo, last erupted between the late 12th century and 13th century, according to experts. Volcanic activity in the area began intensifying in late April but recently showed signs of subsiding.

The alert level was raised from 2 to 3 on the 5-point scale as the agency warned that large volcanic cinders could fall in areas as far as 700 meters from where experts believe a new crater has been formed. The higher alert restricts people from entering the area. Level 2 restricts people from getting close to the crater. The alert came after an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 3.3 on the seismic intensity scale of 7 occurred at 6:56 a.m. Tuesday in the Yumoto district of the town of Hakone. It was the strongest quake recorded at the mountain since volcanic activity began increasing April 26, the Meteorological Agency said. FULL REPORT

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Confederate Flags Set On Fire In Chicago

Posted: 01 Jul 2015 08:19 AM PDT

Members of a group called Chicago Uprising gathered near the Lincoln Memorial in Lincoln Park Saturday night and set fire to several Confederate flags, officials said. The flags are now the focus of a renewed debate, which was sparked by the deadly Charleston church shootings.

Two people were arrested in South Carolina Saturday after an activist climbed a 30-foot flagpole and removed the Confederate flag from in front of the state capitol.South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the flag last week, although conservative politicians who have led the state for a quarter-century have rebuffed many previous calls to remove the flag. FULL REPORT

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The Vatican Wants the Temple Mount Taken From the Jews

Posted: 01 Jul 2015 08:10 AM PDT

THE VATICAN-PLO AGREEMENTS HAVE BEEN SIGNED TO ENABLE THE EVICTION OF THE JEWS FROM JERUSALEM.

“Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah.” Jeremiah 4:16 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Make no mistake about it, people, the Vatican State corporation’s main aim concerning Jerusalem is to take it from the Jews and hand it to the Palestinians. Last week, the Vatican signed a peace treaty and gave official recognition to the state of Palestine. The handwriting, as Daniel noted, is clearly and plainly “on the wall”.

In 2000, speaking in a mosque in Palestinian-held Ramallah, Yasser Arafat declared, “No one will succeed in removing us from our land, including Jerusalem, and the Palestinian flag will fly from the Temple Mount and from the churches in Jerusalem.” Arafat could say that because he had won the Vatican’s support for his terroristic strategy. On June 26th, 2015, the Vatican signed its first treaty with the “State of Palestine”. It is the logical conclusion of a long path. FULL REPORT

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1 Prophetic Word and 4 Keys for Intercessors Contending for Revival

Posted: 01 Jul 2015 08:05 AM PDT

A few months ago as I was speaking at a conference the Lord began to release a word concerning alignment. At the time I knew that only part of the word was released and that there was more to come. About a month ago as I was seeking the Lord concerning his body and the nation, I received the fullness of the word. I saw a plumb line being released from heaven. The plumb line swung back and forth quickly and then progressively slower until it hovered over the nation. As the plumb line became steady I asked the Lord what he was saying to me. I heard the Lord say:

“Alignment is the assignment. Many think alignment for assignments, but I say alignment is the assignment. I’m releasing a plumb line of awakening for the nation. I’m looking for a greater agreement between heaven and earth. Intercessors arise, awake, align, and appeal. I’m releasing my revivalists and reformers into the regions to survey the land. They will carry the plumb line of awakening and co-labor with the master builder to establish regional strongholds of the kingdom. Just as the sound of Nehemiah’s trumpet called the people to work and war at the wall, I’ve released a sound to war in prayer and labor in love rebuilding the walls of intercession in the regions. Those with a mind to work can discern the sound. Do not grow weary, a fresh wind is being released and will empower you to contend for what you’ve been called to build.” FULL REPORT

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Will America Survive Without Another Great Spiritual Awakening?

Posted: 01 Jul 2015 08:01 AM PDT

America’s Founding Fathers, without exception, would be appalled at the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. The Founders, even the so-called nonreligious ones, believed Christian morality and virtue to be necessary for a stable and prosperous society. This is what John Adams was referring to when he said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” This is why, in a circular letter addressed to the states in 1783, George Washington prayed that God would bind the nation together and grant its citizens “the social and personal virtues necessary for its survival.”

Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago this week, the United States of America was formed out of a great spiritual awakening that had swept over the 13 Colonies. All the Founders, to one degree or another, were impacted by this awakening, and all agreed that Christianity was necessary to restrain evil and produce a stable and prosperous society. The Founders knew that a people not restrained by religious conviction would turn liberty into licentiousness and freedom into anarchy. Professor Barry Shain has quoted a host of writers from the founding generation demonstrating that they believed that “when sin abounds, natural liberty ends.” FULL REPORT

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Mystery sea creature washes ashore in eastern Russia

Posted: 01 Jul 2015 07:57 AM PDT

The carcass of a mysterious sea creature has washed ashore in eastern Russia, but its identity remains under debate and adding to the intrigue is that the animal was reported to have fur on its tail section. The marine mammal, about twice the size of a human, with an elongated skull, and with some of its with ribs exposed, was found on Sakhalin Island.

According to Sakhalin Media, local residents who found the creature described it as resembling a dinosaur, but with “a huge nose like a bird’s beak.” Some suggested that the animal is an endangered Ganges River dolphin from India, but it’s much larger than the average river dolphin, and it’s unlikely that a freshwater river dolphin could have traveled to the frigid North Pacific. The Sakhalin Media report cited a stark resemblance to the river dolphin, aside from the size and the fur on the tail. FULL REPORT

 

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Black Hole just erupted for the first time in 26 years

Posted: 01 Jul 2015 07:52 AM PDT

Lurking 8,000 light years from Earth is a black hole 12 times more massive than our sun. It’s been peacefully sleeping for 26 years. But on June 15, astronomers detected something signaling that it had woken up. Now, scientists around the world are using highly sophisticated instruments to learn as much as they can about this mysterious beast of nature before the black hole returns to its slumber, which will be soon.

Black holes are very dense, massive objects in space that have an immensely powerful gravitational field that traps anything and everything that comes too close, including light. But on occasion they’ll spit out material as well as suck it in. On June 15, one of NASA’s satellites picked up a torrent of x-rays all coming from a single source: the black hole. FULL REPORT

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Top Headlines

Katy Perry Battles Nuns to Purchase Old Convent

Justin Bieber Attends Hillsong Conference in Sydney

Woman Survives Violent Kidnapping after Speaking in Tongues

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6 Black Churches Burned since Emanuel AME Shooting

Islamic Militants Threaten to Kill Israeli Christians

Tullian Tchividjian ‘Seeking God’ after Affair

Bill Gothard Defends Himself on New Website

Episcopal Church Changes Marriage Law to Include Same-Sex Marriage

3 Resources for Christians Wondering What’s Next on Same-Sex Marriage

Opinion

Will Religious Organizations Lose Tax-Exempt Status?

How to Protect Your Kids from the Internet This Summer

Everything has Changed and Nothing has Changed — The Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Our Dismal Economic Stagnation: Diagnosing the Slowest Recovery since the Great Depression

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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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Theories of the Atonement: What Happened on the Cross?

Throughout church history, there have been various views and theories that conceptualize the nature of Christ’s work on the cross. Because the atonement runs to the very heart of the Gospel, it’s important for us to know how people throughout the history of the church have understood the work of Christ, and to be able to test each by Scripture. Today, I want to briefly survey and evaluate some of the main theories of the atonement.

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Monogamy is No Joke

I agree with Marceau that “MONOGAMY IS NO JOKE.” I may even join her in using all caps. It’s an honor. It is our godly context for sexually intimate relationship and family while we await something even greater on the new heavens and new earth. Because God is faithful, I can be faithful. But this author has got it all wrong when she says, “love, in monogamy, is a selfish pursuit.” That is a one-sided relationship and there is nothing intimate about it.

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Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions

So yes, the logic of gay-marriage rights could lead to a reexamination of conservative churches’ tax exemptions (although, as long as the IRS is afraid of challenging Scientology’s exemption, everyone else is probably safe). But when that day comes, it will be long overdue. I can see keeping some exemptions; hospitals, in particular, are an indispensable, and noncontroversial, public good. And localities could always carve out sensible property-tax exceptions for nonprofits their communities need. But it’s time for most nonprofits, like those of us who faithfully cut checks to them, to pay their fair share.

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When Everything Seems to Be Changing

Things will continue to change. Both in our world and in our daily life. Some of those changes will feel like a tiny ripple and others will crash into our life and turn it inside out. But no matter what changes we face, we don’t have to fear. We don’t have to hide. Because our anchor is our unchanging God whose character, word, and promises remain fixed forever.

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Russell Moore’s ERLC Posts a Flawed “Evangelical Declaration on Marriage”

Far from Christians being too outraged and too panicked over the last two decades, many Christians, especially among ‘elite’ evangelicals, have exhibited a dearth of outrage and alarm, so as to appear reasonable to the broader culture. Many elite evangelicals have contended that the homosexualist push in the country was only one of many issues to consider in elections. Many still live in that denial, even after the SCOTUS decision. The last thing evangelicals need is another statement from elites that outrage and alarm are antithetical to trust in God.

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The Church in Exile

No doubt there are those reading this article who find my own position to be one of cultural surrender. Should we not be taking to the streets and the ballot boxes in order to take back what is ours? It might well be that thoughtful political engagement by individual Christians will slow the tide of moral collapse in the civic sphere, or perhaps even reverse it. Our faith should indeed shape how we think and behave in the civic sphere. But I would suggest that whatever one’s eschatology or understanding of the relationship between church and state may be, the practical reality is that we must prepare at least in the short term for the social marginalization of the church and a form of cultural exile.

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What Churchgoers Should Do If Churches Lose Tax Exemption Status

Do not use this as an excuse to shy away from the opportunity to speak into the political system. Certainly, such a decision is not the desired outcome. And we could easily decide to give up. But it is a mistake to completely abandon the opportunity this governmental structure gives us. It is an opportunity that many around the world would cherish.

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Don’t Expect a Flood of Gay Marriages

If I hated God and despised Christians, I’d be an ardent supporter of same-sex marriage. What better way to express enmity against God and His people? That’s a major reason why so many homosexuals who will never marry, and why so many heterosexuals who have no interest in same-sex marriage, wanted it legalized and mandated by the Supreme Court.

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The Irony in the Quest for Equality

Facebook friends will immediately flee and label me a bigot just for the title of this piece. Most of them will not read what we have to say because they can reach their conclusion simply on suspicion that we might be on the wrong side of marriage equality.


I AM WHO I KNOW

Last week I wrote to you about the temptations and dangers of seeking identity in what we achieve. Today I want to expose an equally appealing and hazardous identity trap: our relationships.

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Corporate America’s Big Gay Push (Or: “Mark of the Beast” economics, here we come!)

How much harder is it for a Christian to get a job or keep a job with a major American corporation than it was, say, 15 years ago? What if that Christian has taken clear, public stands in obedience to Christ and out of loving concern for the lost in accordance with the Gospel and […]

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Fake it ’til ya break it: What the Greek implosion tells us about America’s future.

What would you do if you found out that banks in America were not going to open today – or anytime at all this week – and that all bank-held accounts were effectively frozen, with a $60 daily limit on withdrawals? With the first of the month coming up, how would you pay your mortgage? Or, more […]

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Will America repent or will America be destroyed?

Can we stop with the “blame Obama” spiel, please? Can we please stop blaming the Democrats, the Progressives and the homosexual activists for leading the culture to ruin when they’re just doing what we’ve taught ’em to do? Let’s face it: Some version of “Can you believe how wicked and evil President Obama is?!” has become an […]

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American Public Schools are Officially Gay

On Friday, millions upon millions of American “Christians” were outraged – outraged, I tell you! – at the “Supreme Court” vote in favor of “gay marriage” as the “law” of the land. Then on Monday the vast majority of these very same outraged Christian conservatives freely shipped the delicate, impressionable little boys and girls that […]

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Limp Wristed Gospels Make Limp Wristed Cultures

How’s that “real world”, “pragmatic political” approach to life working out for you, American Christian? How’s it actually shaping and molding the future of your children and grandchildren here in the “land of the free” and the home of the NSA? How are all o’ those mountains of votes and billions of dollars spent on “good […]

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Let’s play the “I identify as…” game! (Spoiler alert: I am Batman…and Spider-man, too.)

When I was three, I wanted to be Spider-man. Or an Astronaut. Whichever would be fine. Later in life I came to realize that the Astronaut option pro’ly wasn’t gonna pan out. Even so, I remained hopeful for a radioactive spider bite, so I consoled myself with knowledge that there was always at least an outside shot of […]

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“Supreme Court” Votes for Wrath of God Upon America

The “Supreme Court” verdict is in: “Gay marriage” is legit. [insert “U! S! A!” chant here] Of course, in Reality – as in, the unbreakable reality of a universe defined and held together by God – there is no such thing as “gay marriage”. (See: The Eternal Model for Marriage is Christ the King and […]

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Greece is the word. (That nobody wants to hear.)

There are two topics that we write on fairly regularly here that routinely cause site traffic and interest to dive. But we keep writing about ’em anyway because they’re important. One of those subjects is technology. The other is economics. For various reasons – many of which are rooted in lousy “end times” views that fuel […]

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So why can’t Dolezal be black and Jenner be a woman? Isn’t that the new American way?

Okay, so by now we all know that it’s really, really easy to point, mock, and snicker at the raging, babbling insanity of many around us as we shake our heads in disbelief and self-righteously ask, “What is wrong with these people?!” You know the people I mean: People like Bruce Jenner, who recently “came out” […]

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Bill Hybels: Coffee With God

Does God like dark roast or medium blend?  This is what happens when we allow the seeker model to disciple seekers. Or maybe it’s the chair.  God puts thoughts in your mind when you have the right chair, and you’ll feel His presence for sure. Tips for viewing this new slick flick from Bill Hybels: […]

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Free health care sounds like such a great idea, doesn’t it? But there are huge ramifications for Christians. We can talk about coverage for unbiblical practices now – like abortion and sex change operations, but that’s just the beginning. Wait until socialized medicine is free. What happens when the government can’t fund coverage for the […]

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Feeding Sheep, or Amusing Goats?

An evil is in the ‘professed’ camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most short-sighted Christian can hardly fail to notice it. During the past few years this evil has developed at an alarming rate. It has worked like leaven, until the whole lump ferments!

The devil has seldom done a more clever thing, than hinting to the Church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them. From speaking out the gospel, the Church has gradually toned down her testimony–then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated them in her borders. Now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses!

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Homosexual, Transgender Activists Blaspheme Jesus Christ at Brazilian Pride Parade

According to Christian News Network:

Brazil Pride ParadeImages taken at a recent homosexual pride parade in Brazil are raising concern as they show a number of attendees blaspheming Christ and desecrating religious images during the event.

One of the photographs creating the greatest stir is that of “transgender” actor Viviany Beleboni riding in a two million spectator pride parade in Sao Paulo as he hangs from a cross.

According to BuzzFeed, Beleboni asked an effects artist to simulate Christ’s bloody wounds on his body, and then was affixed to a cross wearing a crown of thorns and only a loin cloth. The sign over Beleboni’s head read “Enough of Homophobia.” He said that the depiction was to parallel Christ’s suffering with that of homosexuals.

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Overthrow the Judicial Dictatorship

Commentators have missed the real significance of Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in the gay marriage case. He calls the decision a judicial “Putsch,” an attempt to overthrow a form of government—ours. His dissent, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, was written “to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy.” His comment about the Court using […]

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This is How Homosexual Marriage Impacts Me

I have lost count of the number of times homosexual activists and their supporters have asked me the question: “How does gay marriage personally impact you?” Incredibly, they really believe that this question is some sort of knock-down argument which will forever silence me and others. Yeah right – as if.

I well remember one of these occasions. I had a radical reporter from a leftist newspaper who was likely a lesbian herself ask me this question over and over. I tried to assure her it certainly does affect me personally, and I told her that just an hour earlier I was physically manhandled by angry homosexual activists trying to prevent me from entering a pro-family conference.

As these militants were chanting their pro-homosexual marriage slogans, they were abusing me and others seeking to enter the event. It was only because police were on hand to take on the love brigade that we were able to make it in. I would say that is one clear way in which this impacts on me – personally.

homo 80But of course it impacts on everyone. I told this reporter that my new book offers nearly 200 documented examples of people who have been fined, fired or jailed for simply disagreeing with homosexual marriage. They were certainly personally impacted by it.

And we must not forget the normative effect of the law. When a law passes, it is making a statement – it is telling us society approves of this or disapproves of that, and so must we. So when it passes a law allowing homosexual marriage it is telling everyone that this is what is right, and you must get on board – or else.

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Finding Peace in a World of Turmoil

Imagine a state of perfect peace. What do you picture? For me, I imagine retreating alone to the ocean, looking out into the vastness, beauty, and power of its waters.


You Will Be Persecuted with Words

What does it mean to be persecuted for our faith?

Quite often I hear people say that Christians aren’t being persecuted in the United States. What they mean is that we aren’t suffering…


Is There Such A Thing As A Gay Christian?

I have been asked this quite a few times over the years and the issue was brought up again recently due to the Supreme Court ruling on Friday.


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The Gospel Doesn’t Allow for Prejudice

Prejudice is inherent to humanity. Prejudice, in its most heinous form, can be seen in the recent events of South Carolina. In a stirring article by Albert Mohler on his website, he writes, “The ideology of racial superiority is one of the saddest and most sordid evidences of the Fall and its horrifying effects. Throughout history, racial ideologies have been driving forces of war, of social cohesion, of demagoguery, and of dictatorships.”

As Mohler reflects on and acknowledges this own denominational tradition, one whose founders expressed racism openly, he writes this:

Racial superiority is also directly subversive of the gospel of Christ, effectively reducing the power of his substitutionary atonement and undermining the faithful preaching of the gospel to all persons and to all nations.  To put the matter plainly, one cannot simultaneously hold to an ideology of racial superiority and rightly present the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I think that Mohler is expressing something that Paul states clearly in 2 Corinthians 4:14-16. The apostle reflects on the love of Christ expressed through the fact that Christ “died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” And then he draws this conclusion:

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.

What does it mean that we regard no one according to the flesh? The NIV helpfully translates that last phrase, “We regard no one from a worldly point of view.” As Christians, we don’t look at people like the world does. Perhaps more importantly, we don’t look at people the way our hearts often want us to look at them: dividing them up by external things. For those who truly know Christ, there is no place for prejudice that primarily regards people according to their class, clothing, race, education, or other factors.

In fact, Paul says that part of the reason we no longer regard people according to the flesh is that we no longer regard Christ according to the flesh. When Jesus walked the earth, he was dismissed because of the town he lived in, because of the occupation of his father, and for countless other reasons.

As Isaiah 53:2-3 prophesied hundreds of years before Christ would walk the earth,

He had no form or majesty that we should look at him and no beauty that we should desire him.  He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hid their faces he was despised and we esteemed him not.

And yet, for those whose eyes have been open to see the true beauty of the glory of Christ and his work, we regard him thus no longer. We see the reality of who he really is and what he had done for us. More so, if we once looked at Christ as the world does but now see his beauty and glory, how can we still look at the world as the world does? How can we still regard people in a worldly way?

I was given a sobering reminder of the seed of this prejudice while I was on a service project last week with our middle school students. A group of us were working at a homeless shelter, and I told our students that we would be eating with the guests at the shelter that afternoon. Almost immediately there was a look of anxiety and questions as to whether we really had to do that because the people smelled weird and were scary.

Wanting to regard people from a worldly perspective is natural to us as sinful people. I remember feeling exactly same way the first time I ate at a homeless shelter when I was a middle school student. Yet, the gospel does not allow for prejudices to remain. In fact, the reality that Christ died for all — the smelly, the unattractive, the high class, the low class, and every color on the spectrum — drives us to no longer regard people as we once did.

If we learned anything from Veggie Tales “Larryboy and the Fib from Outer Space,” it’s that sin that isn’t confronted grows and grows and grows. Let’s not leave our prejudices to fester into something more heinous and ugly. Confront them now with the truth of the gospel and the glory of who Christ is. Let’s put aside external illusion according to the flesh and allow the Holy Spirit to readjust our eyes to the reality of the gospel.

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Is Love All You Need?

“All you need is love.”

So said the Beatles. If they had been singing about God’s love, the statement would have a grain of truth in it. But what usually goes by the name love in popular culture is not authentic love at all; it is actually a deadly fraud. Far from being “all you need,” the world’s distorted view of love is something Christians desperately need to avoid.

The apostle Paul makes that very point in Eph 5:1–3. He writes, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.”

The simple command of verse 2 (“walk in love, as Christ loved us”) sums up the whole moral obligation of the Christian. After all, God’s love is the single, central principle that defines the Christian’s entire duty.

That kind of love really is “all you need.”

Romans 13:8–10 says, “The one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments . . . are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Galatians 5:14 echoes that selfsame truth: “The whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Jesus likewise taught that all the law and the prophets hang on two simple principles about love—the First and Second Great Commandments (Matt 22:38-40).

In other words, “love . . . is the bond of perfection” (Col 3:14, NKJV). When Paul commands believers to walk in love, the context reveals that in positive terms, he is talking about being kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving to one another (Eph 4:32). The model for such selfless love is Christ, who gave His life to save His people from their sins. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). And “if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11).

In other words, true love is always sacrificial, self-giving, merciful, compassionate, sympathetic, kind, generous, and patient. Those and many other positive, benevolent qualities (cf. 1 Cor 13:4-8) are what Scripture associates with divine love.

But notice the negative side as well, also seen in the context of Ephesians 5.

The person who genuinely loves others like Christ does must refuse every kind of counterfeit love. The apostle Paul names some of these worldly forgeries. They include immorality, impurity, and covetousness. The passage continues:

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not associate with them (vv. 4–7).

Immorality is perhaps our generation’s favorite substitute for love. Paul uses the Greek word porneia, which includes every kind of sexual sin. Popular culture desperately tries to blur the line between genuine love and immoral passion. But all such immorality is a total perversion of genuine love, because it violates both the Great Commandment (Mark 12:29-30) by disobeying God’s Word, and the Second Great Commandment (Mark 12:31; cf. Rom 13:9-10) by seeking self-gratification rather than the spiritual good and sanctification of others.

Impurity is another devilish perversion of love. Here Paul employs the Greek term akatharsia, which refers to every kind of filth and impurity. Specifically, Paul has in mind “filthiness,” “foolish talk,” and “crude joking,” which are the peculiar characteristics of evil companionship. That kind of camaraderie has nothing to do with true love, and the apostle plainly says it has no place in the Christian’s walk.

Covetousness is yet another corruption of love that stems from a narcissistic desire for self-gratification. It is the exact opposite of the example Christ set when He “gave Himself up for us” (v. 2). In verse 5, Paul equates covetousness with idolatry. Again, this has no place in the Christian walk, and according to verse 5, the person who is guilty of it “has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

Such sins, Paul says, “must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints” (v. 3). Of those who practice such things, he instructs his readers to “not associate with them” (v. 7), but rather to “expose” their deeds of darkness (v. 11).

Christians, then, are not showing authentic love unless they courageously speak the truth about all the popular perversions of love. Most of the talk about love these days ignores that principle. “Love” has been redefined as a broad tolerance that overlooks sin and embraces good and evil alike. But that is not love; it is apathy mixed with compromise.

God’s love is not at all like that.

Remember, the supreme manifestation of God’s love is the cross, where Christ “loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (v. 2). Thus Scripture explains the love of God in terms of sacrifice, atonement for sin, and propitiation: “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

In other words, Christ made Himself a sacrifice to turn away the wrath of an offended Deity. Far from dismissing our sins with a benign tolerance, God gave His Son as an offering for sin, to satisfy His own wrath and justice in the salvation of sinners. That is the very heart of the gospel.

God manifest His love in a way that upheld His holiness, justice, and righteousness without compromise. True love “does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth” (1 Cor 13:6). That is the kind of love we are called to walk in. It is a love that is “first pure, then peaceable” (cf. Jas 3:17).

Conversely, any so-called “love” that ignores God’s holiness or denies biblical truth is a deadly counterfeit that threatens to enslave and to deceive. It is the love you don’t need, because it is not really love at all.

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Today’s post is adapted from Dr. MacArthur’s article in The Master’s Seminary Journal entitled: God’s Word on Homosexuality: The Truth about Sin and the Reality of Forgiveness.

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The Christian’s Response to the World Doing What the World Does

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Now that we Christians have had a few days to cool our jets a bit, we can reposition and recalibrate ourselves. Events like those transpiring last Friday provide opportune times of reminder for God’s people of our mission. When some of the more powerful human courts in the world express their fallenness, and the grandstands of culture erupt in praise, Christians are handed an occasion to be reminded of what we’re doing here on earth.

Humanity is still fallen. Jesus is still risen. Christians are still commissioned.

Being bestowed with every spiritual blessing from heaven means we have a responsibility to be a blessing on earth. One helpful place to go for biblical instruction on the matter is the Apostle Paul’s exhortation to the Colossian church. These believers lived in a culture which clashed with the biblical worldview. Things like homosexuality and unfriendly political stances were the norm. So, how did God, through the pen of the Apostle, shepherd his people to respond?

“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Col. 4:5-6).

Overall, the idea is that when lost people do what lost people do, God keeps his church in their midst, as fellow-sinners (who have been saved by Christ), in order to wisely and humbly interact for his glory and their salvation.

Here are a few reminders to help us respond wisely as we live among the lost:

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The Daily Discovery (July 1, 2015)

You Don’t Really Know Who You Friends Are Until… – “You don’t really know who your friends are until their relationship with you becomes a liability instead of a benefit. Many celebrities, and even Christian celebrities, have learned this lesson the hard way. In the blink of an eye, or the release of a news story, they went from fêted to ignored, from celebrated to invisible. They learned quickly that many of their so-called friends had actually not been friends at all, but people thriving on a kind of symbiotic relationship where each benefited the other. When the relationship become a liability, their friends were suddenly nowhere to be found.”

40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags – “For evangelicals who lament last Friday’s Supreme Court decision, it’s been a hard few days. We aren’t asking for emotional pity, nor do I suspect many people are eager to give us any. Our pain is not sacred. Making legal and theological decisions based on what makes people feel better is part of what got us into this mess in the first place. Nevertheless, it still hurts.”

4 Perfections of God’s Transforming Word – “What are the particular traits or characteristics of God’s Word that render it so useful a tool and so powerful a weapon in the hand of the Holy Spirit? Hebrews 4:12 and Psalm 19:7–9 address this question directly. From Hebrews 4:12, we learn that God’s Word is quick and powerful. From Psalm 19:7–9, we learn that God’s Word is perfect and sure; right, pure, and clean; true and righteous altogether.”

The Christian’s Response to the World Doing What the World Does – “Now that we Christians have had a few days to cool our jets a bit, we can reposition and recalibrate ourselves. Events like those transpiring last Friday provide opportune times of reminder for God’s people of our mission. When some of the more powerful human courts in the world express their fallenness, and the grandstands of culture erupt in praise, Christians are handed an occasion to be reminded of what we’re doing here on earth.”

Can Evangelicals See Themselves in the LGBT Movement? – “Rod Dreher recently posted a letter from one of his readers. The letter recounts the experience of a Millennial for whom a change of heart on the issue of same-sex marriage led to his departure from evangelicalism. Responding to Dreher’s contention that the arguments of same-sex marriage advocates are founded upon emotion, the letter writer counters that many Christian opponents of same-sex marriage “have traded in nothing but emotion for the last 30 years.” He suggests that, having grounded their opposition to same-sex marriage solely in an unexamined disgust, the moment young evangelicals have humanizing engagements with gay persons they are left without any argument against same-sex marriage, and their Christian convictions are thrown into confusion.”


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The Star Of Bethlehem Again?

Our Pastor told us about this but I could only find basic info online about this conjunction on June 30th. If you watched the Bethlehem Star documentary, you know that Regulus and Leo were involved in the process then making it KING KING KING. Well, it is about to happen again and we think it must mean that our Father is soon to start the 7 year return process for Jesus. We pray that is the case!!!

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Jephthah’s Daughter

I have recently read your post on Jephthahs daughter. I have a “vow” that haunts me to this day. As a young teen I felt very guilty over a sin. I told God “if I do this again, you can take my salvation away.” Of course I committed that sin (and still do). I am terrified that because I made that “vow” that I am held to it. Here I am 32 years old and I am still struggling with the fear. It is stories like this in the Old Testament that haunt me. I would love some insight.

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Temporary Bodies In Heaven?

I’ve heard the idea of temporary bodies at death discussed both pro and con, that when a person dies, and are immediately in the presence of the Lord, they appear to be in spirit form, hence, the spirit would be without a body. However, in Rev. 6:10-11, referring to Tribulation Saints in Heaven, they ask why has God not avenged their blood on those who dwell on the earth, they are then given white robes to wear for a little season until their fellow servants, who should also be killed, arrive in Heaven. Would this indicate that even though we arrive in Heaven in a spirit form after death we are given some kind of body in which to reside until the Rapture?

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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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Barna Update | What Christians Think of the Supreme Court Ruling

How Christians Feel about Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week, same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. However, not all Americans are in favor of the Court’s decision.

A new Barna survey conducted in the wake of the ruling reveals a number of surprising findings. Find out which groups:

  • Favor or oppose the Supreme Court’s decision
  • Believe same-sex marriage will have a positive or negative impact on society
  • Are concerned religious freedom will become more restricted in the next five years
  • Think religious institutions, clergy members and private citizens will be required to provide services for same-sex weddings
  • And much more…

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The Importance of the 10 Commandments

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An Old Testament Theology: A Canonical and Thematic Approach Have you ever wondered why historic Christian churches and their creeds/confessions put so much emphasis on the Ten Commandments?  For example, both the Heidelberg Catechism and the Westminster Catechisms have a commentary type section on the Ten Words, as do Luther’s Catechisms.  But why?  Simply put, we emphasize the Ten Commandments because Scripture does.  Here’s how Bruce Waltke explains this fact (I’ve summarized his explanation):

1) Their Placement Shows Priority.  The Ten Commandments are given first in the Mosaic Law.  Hebrew syntax and rhetorical style commonly place the main concept first and then elaborate on it, as in Genesis 1:1-2:3.  God commands Moses at the beginning of Exodus to bring the people to the mountain to worship God.  This is the underlying driving force of the Exodus narrative – to reach the climactic moment at the mountain.  That the Ten Commandments were the first revelation at Sinai places them…

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Two-Kingdom Citizens: How Citizens of Heaven Ought to Live as Citizens of Earth

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Having addressed theonomy (here and here), the Law of God, God’s rule over civil magistrates, and the Christian’s obligation to humbly submit to authority, we’ll now take a look at the Christian’s role in the culture, which could not be more essential to understand given the nations’ drunkenness with Babylon’s immorality.

It is difficult to know how to act if we do not know who we are. Paul makes a point of this in Romans 6 when he instructs the Christians, who are dead to sin, to act like they are dead to sin because it no longer has dominion over them. Similarly, how Christians understand who they are as citizens of another kingdom will impact how they act in the world.

Another topic crucial to the Christian’s understanding of their role in the culture is how they view God’s covenants and His two kingdoms…

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Counterfeit love vs. Biblical love

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. (Colossians 3:5-7 NASB)

In Ephesians 5:1-2 the Apostle Paul gave us exhortation to line up our lives with God’s standard of self-sacrificial love that mimics His own for His beloved Children.

1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. (Ephesians 5:1-2 NASB)

He then, in vv3-7, gives us the opposite, which is counterfeit love. This form of fleshly love always results in impurity…

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