Daily Archives: July 8, 2015

Stephen Cowan asks: does God have a reason for allowing evil and suffering?

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Here is an article by Steven Cowan about the problems of evil and suffering.

Intro:

The problem of evil is no doubt the most serious challenge to belief in God. Even religious believers find it troubling that evil exists in the world—and so much evil! It is puzzling, to say the least, that an all-powerful, absolutely good being would allow evil to exist in his creation. And yet it does. Evil and suffering exist and they are often overwhelming in their magnitude.

Now let’s find out what a noseeum is, and how it relates to the existence of evil and suffering:

However, perhaps God’s existence is incompatible with a certain kind of evil that exists. For example, the atheist William Rowe has argued that God’s existence is inconsistent with pointless or gratuitous evil. By “pointless evil,” Rowe means evil that does not and cannot serve…

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GodLife: What do people see in you?

Scripture: “People who don’t believe are living all around you. They may say that you are doing wrong. So live such good lives that they will see the good you do, and they will give glory to God on the day he comes.” 1 Peter 2:12

Are you in a situation in which you’re not able to share your faith?

Maybe you’ll get in trouble because your work won’t allow it. Or perhaps you could even be risking your life. God calls us to live in a way that honors Him so that even without using words others will see love and compassion in you, and eventually have a desire to honor God, too. How can this look in your life?

Read: Know God

July 8, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jul. 8, 2015

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The Obama administration has a chance to build on health care and gay marriage victories won at the Supreme Court when it urges an appeals court to let 5 million undocumented immigrants stay in America. But it’s a slim chance.

Facing a $2 trillion unpaid tab for benefits to retirees, U.S. public pension funds are chasing higher returns in emerging markets overseas, even though such stocks have trailed their U.S. counterparts for the past five years.

Negotiators from 12 Pacific nations crafting a regional free-trade pact will meet in Hawaii later this month, with the U.S. signaling that “considerable progress” has been made toward a final deal.

President Obama is convening a group of Senate Democrats at the White House on Tuesday to discuss the Iranian nuclear negotiations and plot out a strategy for advancing his second-term agenda.

United Airlines’ U.S. departures have all been halted because of a computer fault, the second such setback for the carrier in less than six weeks.

China’s benchmark stock index tumbled to a three-month low as another round of government support measures failed to allay concern that margin trades will keep unwinding at a record pace.

China’s securities regulator banned major shareholders, corporate executives and directors from selling stakes in listed companies for six months, its latest effort to stop the nation’s $3.5 trillion stock-market rout.

Hailed as giant-killers in last month’s election, Turkey’s Kurds are being sidelined in coalition talks as the country’s right-wing parties unite in branding them terrorists.

AP Top Stories

The US Army is to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years at home and abroad, a defense official said, in a move that will raise doubts about its ability to fight wars.

Three Muslim organizations have banded together to raise money for eight black churches that have been destroyed by fire after nine people were shot and killed in a Charleston, S.C. church on June 17.

Kiev said Tuesday that Russia had cut off electricity to Ukraine’s rebel-run regions in what appears to be another sign that Moscow is losing interest in plans to splinter its neighbor.

Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, plans to announce a new round of layoffs as early as Wednesday as it tries to cut costs further, the New York Times reported. The latest job cuts are in addition to the 18,000 jobs Microsoft said it planned to cut a year ago

France said on Tuesday its special forces in Mali killed an Al-Qaeda commander who had been released from prison in a swap for a French hostage.

Michelle Obama has given a touch-up to the White House State Dining Room, the latest interior design change that will endure long after she leaves the building. The $590,000 tab was paid by the White House Endowment Trust.

The Russian military ordered Tuesday a snap combat readiness check of its troops stationed in Armenia as the Caucasus country grapples with anti-government protests.

A U.S. F-16 fighter jet and a small plane collided in midair over South Carolina on Tuesday, killing two aboard the private plane while the military pilot ejected safely, authorities said.

Shanghai closed down 5.90 percent and Hong Kong stocks slumped 7.35 percent in afternoon trade, despite Chinese leaders announcing fresh measures to staunch a correction that has wiped trillions off the country’s markets.

The mayor of Mundelein, Ill., is facing sharp criticism for a controversial speech on the Fourth of July. Mayor Steve Lentz said the nation is in a moral crisis, and the Supreme Court`s recent ruling on gay marriages is one part of it. He also went on to say America has a crisis with out-of-wedlock births.

Shebab militants killed at least 14 workers in northern Kenya on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of attacks in the east African nation by the Somali-led Islamists.

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A teenager involved in series of high profile cyber-attacks has been convicted for his crimes in Finland. He was found guilty of 50,700 “instances of aggravated computer break-ins”.

A bill which will allow Chileans to grow small amounts of marijuana for medical, recreational or spiritual use has been approved by the country’s lower house of Congress.

Tunisia has announced plans to build a wall along its border with Libya to counter the threat from jihadist militants.

Dozens of soldiers have been killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on an army base in southern Yemen.

Some 240 people, mainly Christians, have been brought out of Syria’s second city of Aleppo and taken to Belgium, the government in Brussels said.

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said the monument of the Ten Commandments will stay on Capitol property for the time being, despite the state’s highest court ruling it must go.

Joseph Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, wants Israel to give up its nuclear weapons, arguing such a move will ensure Iran halts its illicit nuclear program and will help to create a Mideast nuclear-free zone.

An audit found five South Jersey children were likely given the wrong immunizations during a Salem County-sponsored “Shots for Tots” clinic, health officials said. The most egregious error, officials said, was when a toddler boy was likely given an excessive dose of a cervical cancer vaccine.


Top News – 7/8/2015

Pope wraps Ecuador leg of South America trip after calling for new ecological, economic order
QUITO, Ecuador – Pope Francis wraps up the first leg of a three-nation South American pilgrimage Wednesday after issuing an impassioned call for a new economic and ecological world order where the goods of the Earth are shared by everyone, not just exploited by the rich.

Op-Ed: The Quakers Join the World’s Longest Living Hatred
Last week we met again with the small group of Quakers that’s been holding anti-Israel placards in the town square once a week all year.

Suspected US drone kills Islamic State figure in Syria – monitor
A drone strike as part of a Us-led campaign against Islamic State militants killed a senior figure from the hardline group in its Syrian stronghold Raqqa city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Wednesday. The strike killed an Uzbek leader of the group involved in security as he sat in a car outside a downtown hotel…

Oklahoma: Ten Commandments are staying
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said the monument of the Ten Commandments will stay on Capitol property…

U.S, UK, China economies weakening further, OECD says
The U.S, UK and Chinese economies are showing fresh signs of weakening while activity in the euro zone as a whole is firming up, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said on Wednesday. The OECD’s monthly leading indicator, a measure designed to flag turning points in the international economy, showed dips for the United States, the United Kingdom and other key economies such as China and Brazil in May.

U.S, UK, China economies weakening further, OECD says
The U.S, UK and Chinese economies are showing fresh signs of weakening while activity in the euro zone as a whole is firming up, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said on Wednesday. The OECD’s monthly leading indicator, a measure designed to flag turning points in the international economy, showed dips for the United States, the United Kingdom and other key economies such as China and Brazil in May.

China stock market freezing up as sell-off gathers pace
China’s tumbling stock market showed signs of seizing up on Wednesday, as companies scrambled to escape the rout by having their shares suspended and indexes plunged after the securities regulator warned of “panic sentiment” gripping investors.

US Army Warns of Defeat With New Cutbacks
Under the cost-cutting plan, the Army will be down to 450,000 soldiers at the end of the 2017 budget year, even though in 2013 it argued in budgetary documents that going below 450,000 troops might mean it could not win a war, USA Today said.

As ISIS and Putin March, U.S. To Cut 40,000 More Army Troops By 2017
The U.S. Army plans to cut 40,000 troops over the next two years, affecting all its domestic and foreign posts, USA Today reported on Tuesday, citing a plan it said was due to be announced this week. For what it’s worth, Putin put 40,000 Russian troops on full alert for military exercises in March.

CHANCE OF STORMS
NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on July 10th when a co-rotating interaction region (CIR) is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field.

US Army ‘to cut 40,000 troops by the end of 2017’
The US Army is to reduce the size of its force by 40,000 soldiers over the next two years, according to US media. The cost-cutting exercise will also see an additional 17,000 civilian employees cut from the army. The plan, which could be officially announced later this week, would see the US troop level drop to about 450,000 soldiers by the end of 2017.

Chinese shares continue to slide
The dramatic sell-off in China’s main stock market has continued despite efforts by regulators to try to stem the losses. The Shanghai Composite index plunged 8% on opening, taking the drop in share values to 30% since their June peak. On Wednesday, another 500 listed firms said they would stop trading their shares in an effort to insulate themselves from the meltdown.

Jimmy Carter Says Jesus Would Approve Of Gay Marriage
“I believe Jesus would. I don’t have any verse in scripture. … I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that’s just my own personal belief. I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else,” he said.

Pope presses environment message in bio-diverse Ecuador
Pope Francis pressed his case for a new economic and environmental world order Tuesday during his South American tour, saying the goods of the Earth are meant for everyone and must not be exploited by the wealthy few for short-term profit at the expense of the poor.

UPDATE 1-U.S. Mint sold out of silver coins due to strong demand
The U.S. Mint said on Tuesday it temporarily sold out of its popular 2015 American Eagle silver bullion coins due to a “significant” increase in demand, the latest sign plunging prices have spurred a resurgence of retail buying.

China stocks tumble as regulator warns of ‘panic’
Chinese stocks dived on Wednesday after the securities regulator said the tumbling stock market in the world’s second-biggest economy was in the grip of “panic sentiment” as investors ignored a battery of support measures from Beijing.

Greece gets until Sunday for proposals to stave off collapse
Frustrated and angered eurozone leaders gave Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a last-minute chance Tuesday to finally come up with a viable proposal on how to save his country from financial ruin.

Leading Israeli Rabbi Says the Arrival of the Messiah is Imminent
When asked about the timing of the Messiah’s arrival, Rabbi Kanievsky answered, “At the end of the Sabbatical year.” Several people have asked the Rabbi to verify this and he has given the same answer each time. This year is the Sabbatical year and it will be ending on the 29th day of Elul, which, by the Gregorian calendar falls on Saturday, September 12, 2015.

Boycott drive gains strength, raising alarm in Israel
JERUSALEM — Ten years ago, a small group of Palestinian activists had a novel idea: Inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, they called for a global boycott movement against Israel as a nonviolent method to promote the Palestinian struggle for independence.


Top Headlines – 7/8/2015

‘Precipice’ awaits world powers as Iran talks enter thirteenth day

‘Very, very, very tough’ Iran talks go into overtime

IAEA says more work needed to resolve questions about Iran

Russia says arms embargo is main problem in Iran talks

US official: Limits on Iran missiles, arms trade will remain

White House: Iran nuke talks are close to deal, worth continuing

US floating possibility of open-ended Iran nuclear talks

Obama to discuss Iran with Senate Democrats

US intends to brief Israel on progress in Iran nuclear talks

US leaving Israel in the dark on Iran talks, say Israeli officials

PM: Nuclear deal will give Iran money to fund global terror

Netanyahu: Israel preparing for any scenario with Iran

Oil prices are poised to fall further as Iran deal looms

Palestinian envoy says Jews plotting world domination

As PA expresses ‘shock’ at India’s UN vote, Israel voices appreciation for abstention

Abbas Calls on Palestinians to Embrace ‘Spirit, Values and Wisdom’ of Intifada

Year after Gaza war, Hamas remains defiant to continue fight against Israel

Hamas lists Ben-Gurion airport, Dimona Reactor, as ‘notable’ sites bombed in Protective Edge

IDF would seek destruction of Hamas military wing if future conflict erupts

Hamas rebuilding Gaza tunnels and weapons arsenal, IDF commander says

Intelligence officer: Islamic State in league with Hamas to create Gaza smuggling route

40% of Israeli children in Gaza border town of Sderot suffer from anxiety, PTSD

Boycott drive gains strength, raising alarm in Israel

Finance Ministry sees West Bank boycott costing economy NIS 2 billion

Israel slams UNESCO for ignoring Jewish, and Christian, connection to Jerusalem

Temple Mount closed to non-Muslim visitors for final 10 days of Ramadan

Pope Francis to be Tried by Sanhedrin

Abbas sees Israeli Bedouin as ‘bridge to peace’

PA Foreign Minister Claims France Dropped UN Peace Talks Bid

Sissi: Ending Israeli-Palestinian conflict would stabilize Mideast

Former Israeli intelligence officer: Sisi’s life will end by means of assassination

Islamic State’s tactics are really similar to Nazi Germany’s

White House says ‘not enough’ Syrian rebels being trained

Christian Refugees Fleeing ISIS ‘Will Be the Last’ to Receive Help; Worldwide Christian Community Must Step Up, Says Persecution Watchdog Group

At least 45 ISIS fighters reportedly die after eating Ramadan meal in Mosul

Turkish army says detains almost 800 trying to cross illegally from Syria

Turkish Airlines’ 5th bomb-on-board threat

Air strikes kill nearly 100 in Yemen, cast shadow on truce talks

Taliban, Afghan officials end peace talks agreeing to meet again

Bomb in Nigeria’s Zaria city kills at least 20 people

Al Shabaab gunmen kill 14 in night attack on Kenyan workers

No peace in sight as South Sudan descends into a ‘new brutality’

UNHCR: S. Sudan Fighting Displaces Over 2 Million

Feds’ relocation of Somali refugees stresses Minn. welfare, raises terror fears

More Than 347,000 Convicted Criminal Immigrants At Large In U.S.

Illegal Immigrant Deported 6 Times Charged in Felony Hit-and-Run of Family that Injured Young Children

Previously-Deported Illegal Alien Charged With Murdering Washington Woman And Her Son

Trump Praised by a Mother of Boy Slain by an Illegal Immigrant

Gun sales spike in June

Army plans to cut 40,000 troops

200 Detonators, Explosives Stolen From French Military Site

Britain Marks 10 Years Since 7/7 Attacks in London

Economic hardships in Puerto Rico spur a mass exodus to the U.S. mainland

States face shaky financial futures; pensions at risk

One in Five Americans Participates in Government Assistance Programs Each Month

Greece Contemplates Nuclear Options: May Print Euros, Launch Parallel Currency, Nationalize Banks

Greece Given Until Sunday to Settle Debt Crisis or Face Disaster

Greece given days to agree bailout deal or face banking collapse and euro exit

Greece and euro zone can still reach a deal, says EU’s Moscovici

‘Enough is enough’: German industry urges Grexit

China stock plunge accelerates as regulator warns of ‘panic’

The Chinese stock market is the world’s biggest casino

UN tribunal to begin South China Sea deliberation

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Shikotan, Russia

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Vaini, Tonga

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits east of the North Island of New Zealand

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Banda Aceh, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Central East Pacific Rise

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Central East Pacific Rise

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Tropical Threats Stretch From China to Hawaii as Storms Develop

10,000 evacuated as two typhoons approach China

Records smashed as Europe’s heatwave continues

Hundreds of wildfires prompt Canadian troop deployment

Pope: Duty to protect planet, calls for ‘social justice’ on resources

Thousands of birds abandon eggs, nests on Florida island

WHO ‘unfit for health emergencies’

Is Involuntary Euthanasia in Our Future?

Heroin Use in US Reaches Epidemic Numbers

Posters threatening gays with death appear in Turkish capital

Australia Presbyterian Church ‘may stop legal weddings’

Kansas governor: state can’t punish religious groups over same-sex marriage objections

Christian Colleges’ Right to Deny Married Housing for Gay Couples Is ‘on the Edge of the Indefensible,’ Barry Lynn Asserts

Obama Should Put ‘Extra Lightning Rods’ on Roof of White House if He Wants to ‘Flaunt Sinful Behavior’ in Face of Almighty God, Warns Franklin Graham

Jimmy Carter Says He Believes ‘Jesus Would Approve of Gay Marriage’

California Family Supports 4-Year-Old’s Decision To Transition From Male To Female

Bill Cosby’s public moralizing was his undoing

‘Porn’ And ‘Lonely’ and ‘Suicide’ Among Top Late Night Google Searches In US

Pastors Plan to Protest Unveiling of Satanic Statue in Detroit

OK Gov. Defies State Supreme Court: 10 Commandments Monument Remains

Sharing Scripture? New Zealand now criminalizes “Cyberbullying”

‘Safe Selfies’: Russia’s new campaign warns citizens against taking dangerous selfies

Man who was struck and killed by lightning in Brecon Beacons ‘was carrying a selfie stick’

Transformation of America – I Told You Things Are Getting Crazier

Kevin Kleint – 4 Steps to Avoid the Deception of a Sound Byte Salvation

U.S. senator: Individuals don’t have religious freedom, just churches

Washington National Cathedral Celebrates Gay Marriage Decision

Texas Church Hosts Mass Gay Wedding

Reprobate Baptist Jimmy Carter: Jesus would approve of same-sex marriage

Southern Baptist Baylor University drops ‘homosexual acts’ from conduct rules

Christian Colleges’ Right to Deny Married Housing for Gay’s…Indefensible says AUSCS

Seattle 6th Graders Can’t Get a Coke at School, But Can Get an IUD

Pope wraps Ecuador leg of South America trip after calling for new ecological, economic order

The really worrying financial crisis is happening in China, not Greece

Gold And Silver Are Paper-Slammed – Is The System Collapsing?

China Stocks Plunge as State Support Fails to Revive Confidence

Netanyahu: Iran wants to ‘take over the world’

Putin: Russia and China can overcome any difficulty together

Gold And Silver Spot Prices Increasingly Detached From Reality

China’s stock-market collapse is not over yet

Judicial Watch: Lois Lerner, DOJ Officials, and FBI Met to Plan Criminal Charges for Obama Opponents


Daily Digest

July 8, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people.” —Benjamin Franklin, Emblematical Representations, 1774

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Negotiations With Iran Blow Past Another Deadline

Another day, another deadline. For the fourth time since April, the U.S. State Department extended its talks with Iran over the mullahs’ nuclear program. The past few weeks have accomplished little, unless you take into account the 10 pounds of Twizzlers and 20 pounds of string cheese Team USA consumed during that time. The longer Iran stays at the negotiating table in Vienna, the more it gets. Earlier in the year, Barack Obama boasted that his administration’s diplomacy had halted Iran’s nuclear program, reduced its uranium stockpile and forced the country to agree to give nuclear inspectors access — any time, anywhere. Yet for some reason, the negotiation team has conceded these vital elements to a nuclear deal that would ensure Iran would not weaponize its nuclear material. In fact, the U.S. has conceded to Iran at least 12 times. Robert Joseph, who was once the U.S. special envoy for nuclear nonproliferation, said of the deal, “Instead of holding the line on those key issues that would actually determine whether the agreement was good or bad or whether it advances U.S. security interests or undermines them, the [Obama] administration has made concession after concession and the consequences are profound.” It is clear Iran is not sincerely negotiating with the West. Instead, it’s playing the same administration that negotiated with the Taliban, trading five of theirs doing time at Guantanamo for one deserter.

Obama Just Keeps Cutting Military

While the U.S. military is facing a myriad of threats, a smattering of merry little wars, the Obama administration is pushing forward with its plan to cut 40,000 troops from the ranks. According to a pentagon document that USA Today acquired, the administration wants to finish drawing down America’s military capability by Sept. 30, 2018. In 2013, the Pentagon said a reduction of troops past 450,000 would start to impair the military’s ability to respond to crises around the world. And these cuts would bring military strength right to that edge. The further budget cuts imposed by Obama’s sequestration could push the number lower. For an example of how this hampers the U.S., look to the fight against the Islamic State. The Obama administration would rather train proxy fighters in Iraq and Syria — but just 60 Syrian fighters have so far been trained. On Monday, Barack Obama said the U.S. is ramping up the training of the Islamic State Iraqi forces. But the Senate Armed Services Committee found those training programs to be “anemic” and it called for reform of the airstrike campaign. If Obama continues these limp-wristed strategies, his only option will be to debate the Islamic State out of existence.

Many Americans Clueless About First Amendment Protections

The Newseum Institute generates an annual survey called “State of the First Amendment,” and this year’s results illuminate the reason many Americans are nonchalant about the assault on religious liberty — because most have absolutely no idea that it’s constitutionally protected by the First Amendment. According to the 2015 survey, “When asked to name the five specific freedoms in the First Amendment, 57% of Americans name freedom of speech, followed by 19% who say the freedom of religion, 10% mention the freedom of the press, 10% mention the right to assemble, and 2% name the right to petition. Thirty-three percent of Americans cannot name any of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.” Alarming, yes, but shocking? Not really. When education establishments become more interested in gender and sexual orientation studies than in civics, American heritage and character development, society cannot be expected to uphold Rule of Law.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

‘Free’ Money Doesn’t Make College More Affordable

By Jim Harrington

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Over the weekend, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) penned a Wall Street Journal opinion piece in which he claims that college is not too expensive — because of all kinds of free money from the government. Tell that to middle-class families paying the full bill.

Alexander discusses some costs of attending college in modern America, and, while he admits that school can set you back a few bucks, he says not only are costs not as bad as advertised but there are numerous ways to pay for most of them.

“Public two year colleges … are free or nearly free for low-income students,” Alexander writes, and “community college tuition and fees average $3,300 per year.” Coincidently (or not), the average Pell Grant is also $3,300, though it can be as high as $5,775, depending on need. Even better, students can get 12 semesters of them, and since a grant needn’t be repaid, recipients are relieved of the need to find summer employment.

Using the University of Tennessee at Knoxville as an example of four-year schools, Alexander says tuition and fees average about $11,800 per year. Besides Pell Grants, students in Tennessee and some other states also have access to Hope Scholarships. For each of the first two years, the recipient gets $3,500, then $4,500 for years three and four. He says other “[s]tates run a variety of similar programs — $11.2 billion in financial aid in 2013, 85% in the form of scholarships.” Scholarships needn’t be repaid either.

Alexander extolls the virtue of government subsidies, but, if necessary, the student also has access to loans secured by the government. The College Board estimates that students from four-year schools will have an average of $27,000 in debt when they graduate, about the same as a new car loan.

Nationally, the current outstanding total of these loans is $1.2 trillion.

In closing, Alexander offers “five steps … to make it easier for students to finance their college education:”

  • “Allow students to use Pell grants year-round…”
  • “Simplify the confusing 108-question federal student-aid application…”
  • Allow colleges to counsel students against too much borrowing.
  • “Require colleges to share in the risk of lending to students…”
  • Cut federal red tape that costs millions.

But recently published research doesn’t support Alexander’s love of federal college subsidies to students. In fact, according to David Lucca and Karen Shen of the New York Fed and Taylor Nadauld of Brigham Young University, tuition goes up 65 cents for every dollar of new loans or grants. “[W]hile one would expect student aid expansion to benefit recipients,” the pair say, “the subsidized loan expansion could [be] to their detriment, on net, because of the sizable and offsetting tuition effect.”

The study supports the Bennett Hypothesis, offered by William Bennett, education secretary under Ronald Reagan. He surmised that more government student aid meant universities could “blithely” raise tuition rates without enrollment suffering. Soaring student debt rather proves the point.

According to the Washington Examiner, researchers measured “differences in tuition changes at schools that had more or fewer students [taking advantage of increased] student loans, using data from the Department of Education. Not only did tuitions rise when Congress increased aid availability, but for-profit colleges saw their stocks jump.”

And if you think it’s expensive now, wait until Barack Obama makes it free.

Weighing in with his three-essay series in 2008 on the economics of college, economist Thomas Sowell explained why the cost of college tuition is so high.

“There are two basic reasons,” Sowell said. “The first is that people will pay what the colleges charge. The second is that there is little incentive for colleges to reduce the tuition they charge.”

Sowell discussed the notion of cost: “The inadequacy of resources to produce everything that everyone wants is the fundamental fact of life in every economy. … This means that the real cost of anything consists of all the other things that could have been produced with those same resources.”

Universities ignore the fact that, by constantly raising tuition and thus taking billions every year from the economy, they are simply reallocating resources that perhaps could be used more effectively than a four-year degree in gender studies. And because students can always get the funds to pay for tuition, colleges will always raise it.

As Sowell notes, “In a normal market situation, each competing enterprise has an incentive to lower prices if that would attract business away from competitors and increase its profits.”

But college isn’t the normal world. In fact, some who have tried to lower tuition have been “advised” against it by the American Association of University Professors because their accreditation might be revoked.

Higher education is a very high-stakes business, and, while academics may have the reputation of being soft, they won’t take cutting student aid without a fight. Today it’s more about building magnificent temples to academia and creating world-renowned reputations than passing on knowledge.

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Ben Shapiro: “On Monday, President Obama spoke about his new strategy to take on the terrorist entity Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. … Obama explained, ‘This is not simply a military effort. Ideologies are not defeated by guns. They’re defeated with better ideas.’ To cap off this airsickness bag of gobbledygook, Obama then concluded, ‘We will never be at war with Islam.’ … The victims of the Holocaust didn’t sit around thinking to themselves, ‘Golly, if only we’d been able to come up with a better idea than Nazism, that Hitler sure would have stopped all this nonsense.’ America didn’t end World War II by dropping informational leaflets. We dropped warning leaflets, then bombs. Large ones. Atomic ones. No armed ideologues in history have been defeated solely by better ideas — at least not before decades of murder, repression and evil. … When it comes to fighting the ideology of ISIS, however, Obama finds Americanism insufficient, since Americanism creates ISIS ideology through Islamophobia. That’s why Americans with guns can’t defeat ISIS, says Obama: Americans with guns create ISIS. Only internationalism can win the day! So far, that internationalism has been a massive failure. Of course, internationalism is always a massive failure, because it isn’t an idea, any more than ‘diplomacy’ is an idea. ”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Your silence gives consent.” —Plato (429-347 BC)

Upright: “I say this to Obama: ‘Excuse me, Mr. President, but you’re wrong.’ He’s dead wrong. … [G]lobal warming basically is a non-problem. Just leave it alone and it will take care of itself.” —Nobel laureate and physicist Ivar Giaever

Uh, no: “I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage. … I think Jesus would approve of any love affair that was honest and sincere, and was not damaging to anyone else. And I don’t think that gay marriage damages anyone else.” —Jimmy Carter

Non Compos Mentis: “Certainly the First Amendment says that in institutions of faith that there is absolute power to, you know, to observe deeply held religious beliefs. I don’t think it extends far beyond that.” —Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

A stopped clock is right twice a day: “Folks who do not like guns is fine [sic], but we have millions of people who are gun owners in this country; 99.9% of those people obey the law.” —Bernie Sanders

Hot air: “I have every confidence that during the course of this campaign, people will know who will fight for them when they need them, and that’s the person who I am and what I will do if I am president.” —Hillary Clinton (The late Christopher Stevens and his Benghazi colleagues were unavailable for comment.)

The BIG Lie: “Everything I did was permitted. There was no law, no regulation, there was nothing that did not give me the full authority to decide how I was going to communicate.” —Hillary Clinton on her secret email servers

Belly laugh of the week: “People should and do trust me.” —Hillary Clinton

And last… “Hillary Clinton infuriated reporters covering her at a July Fourth parade in New Hampshire by forcing them to stand behind a rope away from the street. She needed a little me-time. She had just heard Greece is about to run out of all its cash reserves, meaning she’ll never give a speech in Greece.” —Argus Hamilton

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EU Makes Greece ‘An Offer They Can’t Refuse’: Agree To A Deal By Sunday Or Go Bankrupt

Gangsters - Public DomainIt looks like we aren’t going to have to wait much longer to see if Greece remains part of the eurozone or not.  Instead of softening their demands in the wake of the Greek referendum, European leaders have given the Greek government an ultimatum.  On Tuesday night, EU officials gave Greece a deadline of Thursday to submit a new proposal and a deadline of Sunday for agreeing to a deal.  If a deal is not reached on Sunday, all aid to Greece will be cut off and the nation will be faced with financial oblivion and a forced exit from the common currency.  But Angela Merkel has already made it abundantly clear that any new deal will not include a debt haircut – one of the key things that the Greek government wanted.  If a deal is actually made, it is almost certainly going to look very much like what Greece’s creditors have been offering all along.  Needless to say, this is precisely what the Greek people just voted against, but the pressure on Greek leadership is immense at this point.  In essence, they are being given “an offer they can’t refuse”.  So will the Greek government buckle under this mobster-like intimidation? (Read More…)


European Stocks, Chinese Stocks And Commodities Are All Crashing – Are U.S. Stocks Next?

European Stock Market Crash - Public DomainA global stock market crash has begun.  European stocks are crashing, Chinese stocks are crashing, and commodities are crashing.  And guess what?  All of those things happened before U.S. stocks crashed in the fall of 2008 too.  In so many ways, it seems like we are watching a replay of the financial crisis of 2008, but this time around the world is in far worse shape financially.  Global debt levels are at an all-time high, the 75 trillion dollar global shadow banking system could implode at any time, and there are hundreds of trillions of dollars in derivatives that threaten to wipe out major banks all over the planet.  The last major worldwide financial crash was almost seven years ago, and very little has been done since that time to prepare for the next one.  If global markets do not calm down, we could see carnage in the months ahead that is absolutely unprecedented. (Read More….)


For what it’s worth: A real time map of cyber attacks, type, and country of origin

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This is for your information. Absolutely fascinating data.

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Author(s): Cliff Kincaid

 
Donald Trump may be the most politically incorrect candidate on the Republican side. He openly mocks the news media and addresses the problem of illegal immigration. But even more importantly, he attacks the trade policies that benefit our enemies and adversaries. By doing so, he challenges what radio talk show host Jeffrey T. Kuhner calls the bipartisan “ruling establishment,” whose dominance “is based on the complicity of the mainstream media.” With regard to the media, Trump’s attack on NBC after the network cut ties with him demonstrates his understanding of what appeals to the…
 


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The massive selling in Chinese stocks is stoking fears that the government there may be losing control of its carefully managed economy, said Dan Yergin, a leading expert in international politics, energy, and economics—a prospect that’s pressuring oil prices.

“We are seeing a panic in China. It goes back to 2008, when it always seemed the Chinese were really in control of their economy. They were the first ones out there with a stimulus, and now it looks like they don’t know what to do,” the vice chairman of information and analytics provider IHS told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Wednesday.

“The Chinese economy has already been slowing from the growth that it had been before,” he continued. “The prime minister says it’s no longer high growth, its medium-to-high growth. And if it’s medium or low-to-medium growth, that’s a big hit for the oil market.”


Already, there are warning signs of a slowdown, similar to those that front-ran the 1929 crash Photo: Reuters

While all Western eyes remain firmly focused on Greece, a potentially much more significant financial crisis is developing on the other side of world. In some quarters, it’s already being called China’s 1929 – the year of the most infamous stock market crash in history and the start of the economic catastrophe of the Great Depression.

In any normal summer, a 30pc fall in the Chinese stock market – a loss of value roughly equivalent to the UK’s entire economic output last year – after an ascent which had seen share prices more than double within the space of a year would have been front page news across the globe.

The dramatic series of government interventions to stem the panic – hitherto unsuccessful, it should be added – would similarly have been up there at the top of the news agenda. Yet the pantomime of the Greek debt talks, together with the tragi-comedy of will they, won’t they leave the euro, has relegated the story to little more than a footnote – even though 940 companies, more than a third, have now suspended trading on China’s two main indices.

The parallels with 1929 are, on the face of it, uncanny. After more than a decade of frantic growth, extraordinary wealth creation and excess, both economies – America in 1929 and China today – are at roughly similar stages of economic development.


If Havana, then why not Jerusalem?

It’s ironic that President Obama is prepared to open an embassy in Havana but still refuses to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Markell, Jan (Olive Tree Ministries)”We’re establishing recognition of a capital in a country that is repressive, communistic, torturing its people – whereas Israel is a symbol of freedom and democracy in the Middle East,” observes Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries.

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Judicial Watch: New Documents Reveal DOJ, IRS, and FBI Plan to Seek Criminal Charges of Obama Opponents

Judicial Watch today released new Department of Justice (DOJ) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents that include an official “DOJ Recap” report detailing an October 2010 meeting between Lois Lerner, DOJ officials and the FBI to plan for the possible criminal prosecution of targeted nonprofit organizations for alleged illegal political activity.

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Survival: Against All Odds


Jimmy Carter Says That ‘Jesus Would Approve Of Gay Marriage’

JIMMY CARTER: ‘I BELIEVE JESUS WOULD APPROVE OF GAY MARRIAGE’

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:26,27 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Laodicean Christian Jimmy Carter said in an interview that “Jesus would approve of any love as long as it was sincere”. Gay marriage? No problem for the sinless Saviour, says Jimmy. By Carter’s own testimony he has been a born-again Christian all his life, and now at the end of his life, this is his testimony that Jesus would approve of sodomy as long as the participants “were sincere”. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, maybe a little of both.

In an interview with HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill on Tuesday, former President Jimmy Carter sounded off on the issue of same-sex marriage on the heels of last month’s Supreme Court ruling declaring bans on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.

Carter took on the issue from a Biblical perspective and declared that it was his view Jesus would have approved of the gay marriage. “I believe Jesus would. I don’t have any verse in scripture,” Carter said. ‘I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that’s just my own personal belief. I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else.” source


An Insane Obama Says That ISIS Will Be Defeated With “Better Ideas And Not Guns”

Obama on ISIS Threat: “Ideologies Are Not Defeated With Guns, They Are Defeated By Better Ideas”

EDITOR’S NOTE: At this point, you really have to wonder why Barack Obama doesn’t just wear a turban to give his speeches while sitting on a camel in the Middle East because he really is just that much pro-Islam and pro-Muslim. In this latest speech, he yet again reaffirms that “we are not at war with Islam, and never will be”. On top of that, he now wants to “defeat ISIS with better ideas”. How is it possible that his impeachment hasn’t already taken place? And have you ever wondered why Obama always refers to ISIS as ISIL? Click here to find out why, but warning, it will make you mad. Very mad.

After consulting with military leaders at the Pentagon this afternoon President Obama held a press conference on the growing threat of ISIS. President Obama declared the United States “will never be at war with Islam.” Obama also said, “ideologies are not defeated with guns but better ideas.”

We’ll constantly reaffirm through words and deeds that we will never be at war with Islam,” President Obama said Monday afternoon. “We are fighting terrorists who distort islam and its victims are mostly Muslims.”

PRESIDENT OBAMA: This broader challenge of countering violent extremism is not simply a military effort. Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they are defeated by better ideas and more attractive and more compelling vision. So the United States will continue to do our part by continuing to counter ISIL’s hateful propaganda, especially online. We’ll constantly reaffirm through words and deeds that we will never be at war with Islam. We are fighting terrorists who distort islam and its victims are mostly Muslims.

We’re also going to partner with Muslim communities as they seek the prosperity and dignity they observe. And we’re going to expect those communities to step up in terms of pushing back as hard as they can in conjunction with other people of good will against these hateful ideologies, particularly when it comes to what we’re teaching young people.

“This challenge of countering violent extremism is not simply a military effort,” the president said. “Ideologies are not defeated with guns but better ideas and more attracting and more compelling vision.” source

So now we are going to defeat the most gruesome terrorist group since Genghis Khan with “ideas”? Really? Richard Nixon was impeached and bore the scarlet letter of Watergate the rest of his life for lying about a tape recording. Barack Hussein Obama has betrayed America at highest possible levels and gets two full terms?


Trading halted on NYSE floor

Posted: 08 Jul 2015 09:25 AM PDT

Trading in all symbols was halted on the New York Stock Exchange floor Wednesday due to an apparent technical issue. “NYSE/NYSE MKT has temporarily suspended trading in all symbols. Additional information will follow as soon as possible,” the NYSE said in a statement on its status page. The exchange was investigating the issue that caused the halt, Reuters reported, citing a source.

Trading stopped around 11:30 a.m. ET. The NYSE said all open orders would be canceled, according to Reuters. The issues seemed to be limited to the NYSE floor. The Nasdaq reported no technical issues and said it continues to trade NYSE-listed stocks. “It’s been a little bit of a bumpy day. We had some technical problems even before the opening,” said Art Cashin, director of floor operations at the NYSE, in a CNBC interview. FULL REPORT

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Academic: Constitution Is ‘Confederate Symbol,’ Censor It

Posted: 08 Jul 2015 05:43 AM PDT

A political scientist and former professor has penned an article calling for the U.S. Constitution to be censored in order to conceal older parts that are offensive. “South Carolina’s battle flag may soon come down from the capitol flagpole, but other symbols of the Confederacy’s ideology remain in place,” writes political scientist and former University of Maryland professor Henry Bain in an editorial that has appeared in several newspapers around the country. “For example, consider the U. S. Constitution.”

Bain isn’t calling for the creation of a new Constitution, but rather says the current one should simply be edited to remove parts he considers immoral and outdated. “All copies of the Constitution promulgate detailed instructions for the recapture of slaves who have run away from their owners,” he says. “They also specify that slaves are to be counted as three-fifths of a person in the Census, giving a boost to the slave-owning states in the House of Representatives and the Electoral College.” FULL REPORT

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Graham: God might smite Obama with lightning

Posted: 08 Jul 2015 05:36 AM PDT

One of the highest-profile Christian leaders in America, Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is hinting that Barack Obama is deliberately setting himself up in opposition to God. On his Facebook page Tuesday, Graham, who has kept up a steady stream of comments on the “gay”-rights agenda, brought up the subject again. He noted Obama’s decision to promote homosexuality with colored lights at the White House after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 26 the Constitution grants same-sex couples a right to marriage.

“He had the gall to disgrace the White House by lighting it up with the gay pride rainbow colors,” Graham wrote. “This is arrogantly flaunting sinful behavior in the face of Almighty God. My advice? He might want to have some extra lightning rods installed on the roof of the White House.” His complete statement: “A lot has changed in three short years! Just three years ago, the president was on record as holding to the biblical definition of marriage. Now he can’t say enough about his support for the LGBT agenda – and right after the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, he had the gall to disgrace the White House by lighting it up with the gay pride rainbow colors to celebrate. This is arrogantly flaunting sinful behavior in the face of Almighty God. My advice? He might want to have some extra lightning rods installed on the roof of the White House.” FULL REPORT

 

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Rare Archaeological Find in a Place Some Christians Believe to Be the Site of the Future Battle of Armageddon

Posted: 08 Jul 2015 05:26 AM PDT

Archaeologists have made the exceedingly rare find of a what they believe was once a Roman military headquarters in the area of Megiddo in northern Israel, offering a glimpse not only of life during the early years of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism but also the occupation of the Holy Land by Roman troops. The Legio camp, located at Tel Megiddo, is situated in the place some Christians believe to be the site of the New Testament-prophesied Battle of Armageddon.

Excavation co-director Yotam Tepper told TheBlaze Tuesday by phone from the excavation site that his team made the find in a particularly fascinating location. On the one side is Tel Megiddo, while in the other direction, a rare Christian inscription referring to “Jesus Christos” was uncovered in 2005 near the modern-day Megiddo prison. Tepper said the new discovery is significant because no military headquarters have ever been found in the this part of the vast territories the Romans once ruled. FULL REPORT

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European Stocks, Chinese Stocks And Commodities Are All Crashing – Are U.S. Stocks Next?

Posted: 07 Jul 2015 06:53 PM PDT

A global stock market crash has begun. European stocks are crashing, Chinese stocks are crashing, and commodities are crashing. And guess what? All of those things happened before U.S. stocks crashed in the fall of 2008 too. In so many ways, it seems like we are watching a replay of the financial crisis of 2008, but this time around the world is in far worse shape financially. Global debt levels are at an all-time high, the 75 trillion dollar global shadow banking system could implode at any time, and there are hundreds of trillions of dollars in derivatives that threaten to wipe out major banks all over the planet. The last major worldwide financial crash was almost seven years ago, and very little has been done since that time to prepare for the next one. If global markets do not calm down, we could see carnage in the months ahead that is absolutely unprecedented.

For months, European authorities have been promising us that a “Grexit” is already “priced in” to the markets and that any “contagion” from the Greek crisis will be “contained”. Of course everyone knew that was just a smokescreen. Just in the past couple of days since the Greek “no” vote, European stocks have already been crashing. FULL REPORT

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Heroin Use Reaches Epidemic Numbers

Posted: 07 Jul 2015 06:29 PM PDT

Heroin overdose deaths in the United States nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013, fueled by lower costs as well as increased abuse of prescription opiate painkillers, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday. The report found that heroin use increased by 63 percent from 2002 to 2013.

In 2013, roughly 517,000 people reported that they had used heroin in the last year, a 150 percent increase from 2007. As many as 8,200 people died from heroin overdoses in 2013 alone. Such medicines, which include Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet, increase individuals’ susceptibility to heroin addiction, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Reuters. FULL REPORT

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One in five Americans on welfare

Posted: 07 Jul 2015 06:20 PM PDT

One in five Americans participates in government assistance programs each month, according to the most recent data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. “Approximately 52.2 million (or 21.3 percent) people in the U.S. participated in major means-tested government assistance programs each month in 2012,” according to the Census Bureau’s report.

Means-tested programs include Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and General Assistance (GA). The number of beneficiaries of these means-tested programs has increased significantly over the last decade. According to the Census, in 2004 there were nearly 42 million monthly recipients of these programs. Between that year and 2012, monthly participation increased by 24.9 percent. FULL REPORT

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Europe gives Greece 5 days to avoid bankruptcy

Posted: 07 Jul 2015 06:07 PM PDT

An emergency summit of European leaders called to salvage Greece’s financial rescue broke up acrimoniously late Tuesday night, with officials saying the country now has just five days to avoid bankruptcy. Following a day’s worth of talks aimed at finding a way out of months of bitter deadlock, European leaders were scathing in their assessments of Greece’s proposals, calling them inadequate and demanding the Greek government return with a detailed plan by Thursday.

The leaders of all 28 European Union members will then meet Sunday in what officials said will be the final chance to save Greece from economic oblivion — or the moment the country is ejected from the euro zone. “The stark reality is that we only have five days to find the ultimate agreement,” said a visibly irritated Donald Tusk, the European Council president. “Until now I have avoided talking about deadlines. But tonight I have to say it loud and clear — the final deadline ends this week.” FULL REPORT

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Markets prepare for new Greek currency as Grexit prospect grows

Posted: 07 Jul 2015 05:56 PM PDT

 

There appears now to be contingency plans in the making for a new currency in the event of the total exit of Greece as now reports indicate that For months “Grexit” has been a regular topic for speculation among foreign currency specialists. But the working assumption has been that all parties in Greece’s drawn-out saga would find a way of resolving their differences and keep the country in the eurozone. That is no longer the case following the resounding “No” vote in the Greek referendum. As the financial markets digested the referendum outcome, foreign exchange strategists began to factor in the increased probability, instead of mere possibility, of Grexit.

Barclays described that outcome as a “now high probability”, while JP Morgan said Grexit “appears more likely than not”. Ulrich Leuchtmann, currency analyst at Commerzbank, said: “Unless a miracle happens it seems impossible that Greece will be able to return to normal operations under balance sheet continuity. FULL REPORT

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China Is Now ‘Heading Towards A 1929 Market Crash

Posted: 07 Jul 2015 05:46 PM PDT

While all Western eyes remain firmly focused on Greece, a potentially much more significant financial crisis is developing on the other side of world. In some quarters, it’s already being called China’s 1929 – the year of the most infamous stock market crash in history and the start of the economic catastrophe of the Great Depression. In any normal summer, a 30pc fall in the Chinese stock market – a loss of value roughly equivalent to the UK’s entire economic output last year – after an ascent which had seen share prices more than double within the space of a year would have been front page news across the globe.

The dramatic series of government interventions to stem the panic – hitherto unsuccessful, it should be added – would similarly have been up there at the top of the news agenda. Yet the pantomime of the Greek debt talks, together with the tragi-comedy of will they, won’t they leave the euro, has relegated the story to little more than a footnote – even though 940 companies, more than a third, have now suspended trading on China’s two main indices. FULL REPORT

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Christian Headlines Daily – Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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Top Headlines

Christians Launch ‘Sin-Free’ Facebook Alternative

Boko Haram Unleashes Bloodshed in Attacks in Nigeria’s Central, Northeastern States

Critics Decry Israeli Cabinet Vote Rejecting Measure to Ease Jewish Conversion

Iran Vows to Remain U.S. Enemy

YouTube Removes ‘Audacity’ Trailer

TIME Columnist Suggests Ending Tax Exempt Status for Churches

5 Things Christians Should Know about Jim Webb’s Faith

Mennonites Apologize for History of Sex Abuse Following Theologian John Howard Yoder Scandal

South Carolina Senate Votes to Remove Confederate Flag

Sheikh Who Taught ISIS Jihadists Asks for Bible, Says He’s ‘Sick of the Killing’

Opinion

What You Probably Don’t Know about Obama’s Faith

The Greek Crisis: Who’s to Blame?

How to Talk to Your Kids about the Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Decision

How Did Male Friendship Become “Bromance?”

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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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July 8, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Christian Blog/Article Collection

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The Dawn of Reformation

In his life and death, Hus pointed not to himself, but to the Word of God as our only infallible authority for faith and life. God’s Word proclaims the light of the gospel—the good news of Jesus Christ. Hus’ message was simple: To know the truth, the church must go to the source of truth—sacred Scripture itself. The Reformers picked up the mantle of Wycliffe and Hus, crying ad fontes, “to the sources.” They implored the church to return to divine revelation, the original text of sacred Scripture by which the Holy Spirit brings life and liberty through the light of the gospel.

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5 Tips For Families Considering Homeschooling

You think you want to homeschool? I congratulate you on your choice. In my completely biased opinion, it is superior to the public education system because it’s simply a natural extension of what you’ve already been doing for years as a parent. The only difference is that you’re teaching them about history, math, and science instead of life skills. You’re already a teacher, so go teach. But first, a few pieces of advice.

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This World is a Mess, and We Desperately Need a King

I’d say that about describes our world. Everyone does what is right in their own eyes. Everyone is their own boss, ruler, judge, and king. Everyone is following their hearts, even though their hearts are leading them toward the City of Destruction. You think it’s okay to have sex with whomever you want, whenever you want? No problem. That’s what’s right for you. That’s what is right in your eyes. You think marriage is an outdated institution that needs to be modified, or possibly even jettisoned? Okay, that’s fine. That’s what’s right in your eyes.

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Should You be a Pastor or a Professor? Thinking Through the Options

With this spectrum in mind, it becomes readily obvious that there is not a simple choice between either pastor or scholar, but a gradated list of options in between (and this list is not exhaustive). This should be a refreshing realization for some who feel the pull towards both pastoral ministry and scholarship.  There are many options above that allow a person to contribute to both worlds.

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Total Inability: Unable to Do Good? Cannot Please God? Is That Fair?

If it’s “not fair” that we should inherit Adam and Eve’s sinful legacy, here’s something else equally yet more gloriously unfair: Jesus gives us His record of perfect obedience as a gift and takes our record of rebellion on Himself in love. We are scarred and marred by another’s sinful choice, but we are then redeemed by another’s righteous obedience. That’s the Gospel!

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The Two Parts of the Christian Life

In order to think about the Christian life clearly, biblically, and confessionally we need to understand that we are not speaking about our standing before God but how we live in light of that declaration, in light of God’s free, sovereign, gracious salvation. We are asking about the consequences of salvation and the gospel, not the conditions to receive or benefit from them.

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A Biblical Response To The Supreme Court Decision

Although the world is celebrating, partying, and enjoying lots of happy emotions, we are left with the opposite feelings. We could avoid these painful emotions by ignoring the decision, denying it, or pretending it didn’t happen. Or we could blow it off, “Nothing to do with me, won’t affect me…” Yes, we can find ways to avoid this unpleasant mourning. But that would be wrong. It’s right and even required that we mourn.

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Marie Durand

One thing that I appreciate about Carr’s writing is that she doesn’t debone it. What I mean is, she doesn’t take out all of the inconvenient truths and stumbling blocks that most children’s authors would remove for easy digestion. Carr tells is like was and leaves the reader faced with some of the same perplexities as the Christian figures in her books. Our faith isn’t in people or in present blessings, but in Jesus Christ our Lord and the resurrection life to come.

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Um Yes, Jesus Would Discriminate

There are so many clueless Christians out there who are peddling so much unbiblical nonsense that I despair greatly for the state of today’s church. While we expect worldlings to promote worldly nonsense, we don’t expect Christians to. Or at least we shouldn’t.

But on a daily basis we hear of all rather confused Christians simply regurgitating the wisdom of the world, when they should be sharing the wisdom of the Word. They have replaced biblical truth with the latest trendy clichés from the surrounding culture. And it is so very painful to behold.

The amount of errant foolishness found on the lips of so many believers is utterly staggering. They must have decided that their minds must be shut down and they are now on auto-emote. That seems to be all they do: emote from one thing to another.

One of the really ridiculous posts making the rounds in some Christian circles asks, “Would Jesus Discriminate?” Now, is that one of the most ludicrous questions a believer can ask? Of course he would! In fact he did so all the time. But since so many believers’ minds seem to have turned to mush, let me first remind them just what we are talking about when we use the word “discriminate”.

jesus 9Simply looking up the etymology of the word helps us out here. It comes from the Latin word discriminat meaning to ‘distinguished between’. The various forms of the word have to do with dividing, separating, distinguishing, etc. To discriminate then means primarily to make a clear distinction; to distinguish: to choose among the available options.

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I AM HOW I ACT

We’re in the middle of a series focusing on identity, examining some dangerous places where we substitute identity “in Christ” for identity in the created world. Last week, we considered our misplaced identity in relationships and the week before, identity in achievement.

Today I want share a third identity trap with you through the vignette of a man I knew named Joe. His struggle was that he misplaced his identity in his personal spiritual performance.

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The Church Isn’t a Cruise Ship; It’s an Aircraft Carrier

The following is an excerpt from Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send. The book comes out July 28, but if you order it before then, you’ll get a free eBook (Sending Capacity, not Seating Capacity) and 2 video sessions from our recent Gospel Summit.

Many people are bored in church. They are afflicted with a nagging sense that they ought to be doing something—that there is some meaningful mission they are supposed to be a part of. But they can’t quite get their mind around what that is, and so, in the meantime, they sit in church, try to pay attention, give their tithes, behave as best they can, and wonder if when they get to heaven they are going to be rebuked for failing to do whatever it was God wanted them to do.

Perhaps these people go to churches where they hear that Jesus is building his church and that the gates of hell will not prevail against them. But they don’t see themselves, or their church, prevailing against the gates of hell. They seem to be just getting by. Many can’t remember when a single adult convert—one truly brought out of darkness into light—came to Jesus in their church. And they certainly can’t remember one whose story they were personally a part of.

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Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi

Over the past several weeks I have been making the argument that in order to shape the behavior–the culture–of a people, we must give attention to the inclinations of their hearts, and such inclincations are shaped through habits.

Let us bring this full circle. I have argued that liturgies form us because they embody beliefs and values. It follows, then, that how people worship both reveals their beliefs and values and forms their beliefs and values. Lex orandi, lex credendi, said Augustine—“the law of prayer is the law of belief.” This is why it is essential that we carefully consider how the liturgies of our churches shape the inclinations, and therefore the lives, of our church members. As a strong proponent of the Regulative Principle, I am certainly not advocating introducing some sort of high liturgy characterized by smells and bells that create a beautiful experience of the senses but find no biblical warrant. Rather, at very least I am advocating the necessity of examining the rituals that make up your liturgies. We will begin at the micro level and progress to the broad structure of the service. Here is a series of questions to consider:

  • How would the habit of watching people perform on a stage shape a worshiper differently than a service in which the people actively participate in almost every aspect?
  • How does a service dominated by congregational singing shape a worshiper differently than one mostly characterized by choirs, ensembles, and soloists?
  • How does a thirty minute block of singing at the beginning of a service shape worshipers differently than congregational songs spread throughout a service based upon a logical structure?
  • How would celebrating the Lord’s Table weekly shape worshipers differently than celebrating it monthly or quarterly?
  • How does singing from hymnals shape worshipers differently than singing from memory or singing from a screen on a wall?
  • How are worshipers shaped differently by a capella singing, accompaniment by an organ, a piano, an orchestra, or a band?
  • How does a handshake chorus shape worshipers differently than a Christian Greeting?
  • What affect does it have on the daily life of a worshiper to have a time of confession and assurance of pardon each Sunday morning?
  • How is a worshiper shaped by worshiping in a grand Cathedral or a theater?
  • How does it shape a worshiper to hear “This is the Word of the Lord,” and reply “Thanks be to God” after Scripture is read?
  • How is a worshiper shaped to join his voices with those of heaven in proclaiming, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty”?
  • How does it shape the worshiper to stand for a Scripture reading or to kneel for prayer?

We could go on and on. The point is that these are the kinds of questions that should be asked of any element in corporate worship. These are things that occur every single week—they are habits that are shaping the inclinations, and therefore behavior, of people in our churches. They are not neutral; they are not incidental.

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The climate agenda comes to church

A lot of news pundits have been talking about climate change this week, and pointing to an emerging new leader taking up the mantle of solving global warming: The Pope. Pope Francis a few weeks ago issued an encyclical, a letter usually addressed to the 1 billion Catholics across the globe. But with his eye […]

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Online “religious intolerance” now a crime in New Zealand

New Zealand’s government has passed the Harmful Digital Communications Bill, which declares that cyberbullying is a criminal offense. That’s a good thing, right? Wait a minute, Christian. Not so fast. Read between the lines: Anyone using digital communications like Facebook, Twitter or other apps in a way that causes “serious emotional distress” is considered to […]

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Group Launches National Effort to Abolish Religious Freedom Laws Protecting People of Faith

Christian News Network reports:

A prominent church-state separation group led by an ordained United Church of Christ minister has launched a national effort to fight religious freedom laws that seek to provide conscience protections for people of faith.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) announced its “Protect Thy Neighbor” campaign on Tuesday to combat religious liberty for those who desire to opt-out from scenarios that would require them to facilitate abortion or same-sex “marriage.”

“[We have] unveiled an aggressive, multi-pronged initiative to fight the growing idea that ‘religious freedom’ gives people a right to thwart marriage equality for LGBT Americans, deny women access to reproductive care and use taxpayer dollars to discriminate,” it wrote in a press release.

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Saudi Sheikh Who Taught ISIS Fighters ‘Jihad 101’ Asks for Bible After Growing ‘Sick of the Killing,’

An Islamic theologian responsible for teaching ISIS militants “jihad 101” has turned to the Bible after growing “sick of the killing” and finding himself yearning for something “better,” according to a Christian missionary who works in the Middle East.

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The Social Justice Gospel: Putting Poverty Above the Cross

Jan Markell and co-host Eric Barger talk about the “social justice gospel” for the first two segments. These folks often put poverty and “equality” above the cross. They will feed the stomach but not the soul. They look at primarily Jim Wallis, a long-time Marxist who has “moderated” to a Socialist and who is an Obama advisor. Joining Jan and Eric are Mary Danielson, author of a product we carry about Wallis, and Mike LeMay from “Stand Up for the Truth” radio. Find info on all our pamphlets here. Then Jan talks to author Jeff Kinley about his book, “As it Was in the Days of Noah: Warnings from Bible Prophecy About the Coming Global Storm.” We are in those “days of Noah”. How are they similar to the former days in the Bible? Find his book here. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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“Get Out”: Activist’s Frank Call for Military Chaplains Who Don’t Support Gay Marriage and Homosexuality

Following the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling, an activist is calling for the removal of “all homophobic military chaplains” who openly share their biblical views about sexuality, pushing back against claims that gays and lesbians are “sinners” for “choosing” their lifestyle.

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God might smite Obama with lightning – Franklin Graham

President arrogantly flaunting sinful behavior in the face of Almighty God’

“He had the gall to disgrace the White House by lighting it up with the gay pride rainbow colors,” Graham wrote. “This is arrogantly flaunting sinful behavior in the face of Almighty God. My advice? He might want to have some extra lightning rods installed on the roof of the White House.”

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Jews put Pope Francis on trial

Pope Francis is set to be put on trial later this year by a self-declared, revived Jewish Sanhedrin unless the pontiff retracts his statement that the Jews have no right to the land of Israel or to Jerusalem.

According to BreakingIsraelNews.com, the religious high court dating back to biblical times is composed of 71 sages who now object to recent ties between the Vatican and the so-called “State of Palestine.”

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Warning: Mockers in the Last Days

By John McTernan

I recently noticed a tremendous increase in mockers and scoffers attacking Christianity and the Bible in general. In the past a very small percentage of the population were atheists, agnostics and others who would attack the authority of the Bible.

But in the last few years, there has been an explosion of rejecting the Bible to the degree that about 20 percent of the population fall into the category and increasing all the time. This rejection is not passive but militant and aggressive. The spirit behind this rejection reminds me of the spirit of the French Revolution. This is serious rebellion against the Bible.

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America’s Slippery Slope to Physician-Assisted Suicide and Polygamy

The two words that come to mind after reading about the Supreme Court making same-sex marriage the law of the land are “anything goes.”

Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion has positioned our culture near the top of a generously-greased slope and there are plenty of people ready to give that culture a shove.

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Responding to Matthew Vines

For those who are still interested, here are three more responses to Vines, beginning with Michael Brown:

http://www.christianpost.com/news/40-answers-and-2-questions-for-matthew-vines-141292/pageall.html

http://jaredmoore.exaltchrist.com/discernment-christian/an-honest-response-to-matthew-vines-40-questions/

https://theorthodoxyblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/40-questions-from-matthew-vines/


Theological Q&A with Sproul, MacArthur, & Duncan

Watch as R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur, and Ligon Duncan field audience questions from a Ligonier conference held back in 2008 titled, “Tough Questions Christians Face.” In this hour long video these great preachers and teachers of God’s Word answer questions regarding God’s sovereignty in salvation, classical apologetics, double predestination, engaging Mormons, and many other issues. […]

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The Daily Discovery (July 8, 2015)

Christian, Stop Referencing Matthew Vines – “An online journalist began her article this way: ‘I’m the daughter of two ministers and still spend every Sunday in church, so I grew up studying the Bible pretty closely. But in all my years, I’ve never heard the scriptures about homosexuality explained this way.’ She went on to reference Matthew Vines, author of the book God and the Gay Christian, and she is so floored by what he teaches about homosexuality: ‘What he found just might be a game changer.’”

The Bible and Homosexuality: A Q&A with Pastor Don Green – “On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) attempted to redefine marriage, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in all states. Biblical Christians are understandably upset and disturbed, knowing what the decision may eventually mean for their religious liberties in this country. There are three key things to remember, however: First, God is the One who instituted marriage in Genesis. He is the only One who defines true marriage. Second, God is sovereign, omniscient, and has ordained all things that come to pass. Rest assured that God was not surprised by the June 26 ruling, nor is He wringing His hands over what to do next. Finally, dear Christian, please remember that this world is not your home. Keep your eyes fixed and focused on the One whom you serve, the One who saved your soul, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

False Conversions and the “Sinner’s Prayer”: A Damnable Epidemic in the Modern Church – “So, how does one become saved? Take a moment to think about how people get saved in your church. Is there an altar call, baptismal call or baptism weekend, or maybe it’s reciting the ‘sinner’s prayer’ along with a Pastor or Elder. It could be that someone convinced you to ‘ask Jesus into your heart’, or it could be a combination of all the things I listed.”

Which Promises are for Me? – “Not many things are more comforting than a promise made and kept. And not many things are more hurtful than a promise broken. Knowing we worship a God who keeps His promises is a source of deep joy. But misapplied, this knowledge can lead us to treasure hunt Scripture for promises in problematic ways. How can we know which promises are for us? How can we lay claim to the promises of the Bible without overstepping their application? Here are some common pitfalls to keep in mind as you study:…”

Sharing Scripture? New Zealand now criminalizes “Cyberbullying” – “New Zealand’s government has passed the Harmful Digital Communications Bill, which declares that cyberbullying is a criminal offense.  That’s a good thing, right? Wait a minute, Christian. Not so fast. Read between the lines…”


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The Spirit Cannot Be With Them?

My friend teaches that if a person is wrong and unteachable about ancillary Bible subjects, such as Spiritual gifts, the dispensations, the sin nature, etc, that the person is filled with lies and the spirit is not with them. Is there any truth to his statement? “A person who teaches incorrectly about spiritual things can not be saved, because the spirit cannot be with them.”

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Pray Your Flight Won’t Be In The Winter

What do you think Jesus is trying to tell us here on Mar.13:18? It makes it sound as if His people have the option of changing the times as to when the time to flee will come during the great tribulation.

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Homosexual Salvation?

Am I wrong in believing 1 Cor. 6? I am so confused! My understanding is this causes them to not be saved. Gay people are saying on TV they are Christians, but this scripture tells me they are not saved because John 3:16  tells me they have to believe in Christ, I believe that means His teachings as well as all scripture. I know we are all sinners,but homosexuals appear to me to be shaking their fist at God and saying I will do as I please and still enter heaven. How can this be? I am one very upset person!

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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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Jimmy Carter Needs To Stop Pretending to be a Theologian

Zwinglius Redivivus

Former President Jimmy Carter said in an interview that he thinks Jesus would approve of gay marriage.

“I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else,” Carter said in a HuffPost Live interview with Marc Lamont Hill published Tuesday.

“I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage,” he said. “That’s just my own personal opinion.”

Indeed.  And since Jesus never said any such thing – but rather quite the opposite – we can safely insist that Carter is wrong.  All he needs to do is look at Matthew 5:17.  Jesus didn’t come to do away with the law but to observe it thoroughly as it was intended to be observed (and that’s what ‘fulfill it’ means).  And, like it or not, the law on same sex relationships is crystal…

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On Searching For A Pastor

The Reformed Reader

When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search: Biblical Principles and Practices to Guide Your Search At some point, every local church will have to search for a new pastor.  Having been in a Christian church my whole life, I’ve see this happen more than a few times.  And as a Christian pastor, I’ve been part of the process.  Sometimes the process goes well, sometimes it doesn’t go so well, and sometimes it is just quite sloppy.  Although some churches have basic guidelines for calling a new pastor, many churches don’t have guidelines, so they sort of wing it.  And winging it usually makes the process very difficult and sometimes painful.

Here’s a book that will help churches (and their elders, sessions, or consistories) search for a new pastor: When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search by Chris Brauns.  This book gives a lot of helpful details – biblical and practical – to think about when searching for a new pastor.  I do disagree with…

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Obama administration gives $5.6 million taxpayer dollars to abortion provider

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Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood

Do you like big government? Some people do. But let’s take a look at what big government does with the money it takes from taxpayers – many of whom are pro-life.

Here’s an article from Life News to make the point.

It says:

The Obama administration has made funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business a top priority during two terms and the administration has just announced another $5.6 million for the abortion corporation. The grants to various affiliates of the Planned Parenthood abortion business came via the Department of Health and Human Services.

[…]The Obama administration grants to Planned Parenthood follow on the heels of a new report showing Planned Parenthood does one-third of all abortions in the United States.

Planned Parenthood sells itself as a non-profit organization that concerns itself with women’s health, but a shocking new report indicates Planned Parenthood is little more than…

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Christian news report Kong Hee’s $10,000,000 house up for sale…

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Embattled Megachurch Pastor Kong Hee Selling $10 Million ‘Lavish and Opulent’ Penthouse; Kong Calls Report ‘Misleading and Exaggerated’

City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee has put up for sale a co-owned $10 million luxury penthouse in Sentosa Cove, Singapore, amid an ongoing trial concerning the possible misuse of over $19 million in church funds to finance his wife’s music career. Kong has hit back against a report describing the penthouse, calling it “misleading and exaggerated.”

Kong explained that his family has sold other properties as well to help pay their attorneys’ fees.”The property that my family and I have been living in is co-owned with another family. We have been living at this property with the co-owner’s kind permission after we had to sell our properties in order to pay the legal expenses for the ongoing trial,” the pastor said in a Facebook post, responding to…

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What is genuine humility?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others
(Philippians 2:3-4 NASB)

Our pride is insidious. When we are convicted of our prideful behaviour or thoughts it takes cover and transforms itself into false humility. We take pride in our humility or our service or our devotion. Pride is idolatry of self. When we are not humble our pride actually displaces God with self as our center. Christians are not immune from it.

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