Daily Archives: July 15, 2015

Invocation of Saints and Prayer to Mary?

The Reformed Reader

Systematic Theology, 3 Volumes The Roman Catholic Catechism still teaches and affirms prayer to Mary and invocation of the saints for help (see paragraphs 2675, 2676, 2683, 956, etc.).  In Protestant theology, specifically in the Reformed catechisms, prayer to Mary and to the saints is said to be idolatry – a violation of the first commandment.  Why or how is prayer to saints or Mary (or anyone besides God) a form of idolatry and a grave sin?  Charles Hodge explains this well as he gives three main theological objections to the invocation of saints (I’ve slightly edited the following for length):

1) It is, to say the least, superstitious.  It assumes, without any evidence from Scripture or experience, that the spirits of the dead are accessible to those who are still in the flesh; that they are near us, capable of hearing our prayers, knowing our thoughts, and answering our requests. The Church…

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July 15, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Top News – 7/15/2015

American evangelicals stand behind Israel
Those are among the findings of a study of American attitudes toward Israel and the Bible from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. As part of the study, researchers conducted two separate surveys of 1,000 Americans, along with a survey of 1,000 senior pastors of Protestant churches.

Hundresd Gather For Rally For Freedom Of Worship On The Temple Mount
Tuesday evening, Temple Mount Heritage Foundation founder and activist Rabbi Yehudah Glick led a demonstration at the Dung Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem protesting the recent closures of the Temple Mount to non-Muslims during the Ramadan holiday.

Why critics of the Iran deal should hope Obama is like Neville Chamberlain
“Don’t repeat the terrible mistake of 1938 when the enlightened democracies of Europe decided to sacrifice Czechoslovakia for a temporary solution. Do not try to placate the Arabs at our expense,” Sharon defiantly declared. “Israel will not be Czechoslovakia. ”with the ink still wet on the U.S.-backed deal with Iran, it’s hard to imagine a similar rapprochement for Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu.

Guess What Each of the US Jewish Organizations Are Saying About the Iran Deal
Only one of the major Jewish organizations issued a statement of unqualified support for the nuclear agreement with Iran. Guess which.

Volunteer watchdog group dispatches to western states to monitor ‘Jade Helm’
Pete Lanteri, a former Marine now living in Arizona, told FoxNews.com that volunteer members he’s helped organize will be on the ground as part of a newly formed surveillance campaign called “Counter Jade Helm.” A product of mounting suspicions across western states over the exercise itself, the group has been set up to locate, track and observe U.S. soldiers – Green Berets, Air Force Special Ops, Navy SEALs — training across the Southwest.

SHOCK VIDEO: Planned Parenthood sells dead baby body parts
The video is gruesome and appalling. It purportedly shows a Planned Parenthood executive sipping a glass of wine in a Los Angeles restaurant while casually explaining how they sell body parts from aborted babies.

Israel will survive nuclear deal
On the other hand, it’s outrageous: An agreement of fatal importance to everyone living here has been signed above our heads, as if there is nothing between Tehran and Vienna apart from the ayatollah regime’s good intentions. There is no Israel.

Obama: Netanyahu cannot stop Iran deal
Obama on Tuesday defended the agreement reached with Iran over its nuclear program, making it clear that the purpose of the deal was simply to prevent the Islamic Republic from attaining nuclear weapons – not to curb its global power.

IranDeal as seen online: New horizons or impending Apocalypse?
With #IranDeal one of the top trending topics on Twitter on Tuesday, opinions of both politicians and thousands of social network users split as of whether the hard-reached nuclear agreement is a victory of democracy or the beginning of the end.

(ALMOST NO) CHANCE OF FLARES
Solar activity is very low. No sunspots are actively flaring and, as a result, the sun’s X-ray output has flatlined.

Obama lays out a sweeping criminal justice reform plan
President Barack Obama has called for sweeping reforms to the US criminal justice system including curbing the use of solitary confinement and voting rights for felons. He said lengthy mandatory minimum sentences should be reduced – or thrown out entirely. “Mass incarceration makes our entire country worse off, and we need to do something about it,” he said.

Protests as Japan paves way for self-defence law change
A parliamentary committee in Japan has approved two major bills for debate, paving the way for an expanded role for the military. The move sparked protests from opposition lawmakers in parliament and activists outside the building. If the bills are passed, Japan would be able to fight overseas in a doctrine called collective self-defence.

Netanyahu’s bid to lobby Congress to kill Iran deal will fail, Obama says
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s anticipated efforts to lobby Congress to derail the Iranian nuclear agreement will fail… …“Prime Minister Netanyahu would prefer, and many of the critics would prefer, that [Iran] doesn’t even have any nuclear capacity,” Obama told The New York Times. “But really, what that involves is eliminating the presence of knowledge inside of Iran.”

Weapons Inspections in Iran Shadowed by Past Mistakes in Iraq
The landmark agreement with Iran promises weapons inspectors broad access to the country’s nuclear program, but the Islamic Republic’s track record and the history of similar efforts in Iraq cast a shadow over the deal.

Greeks Can’t Tap Cash, Gold, Silver In Bank Safety Deposit Boxes
Many Greeks were also withdrawing their cash because they fear the country might be forced back onto the drachma. However a little known fact is that, Greeks who had prepared for bank runs by withdrawing cash and buying gold and silver bullion and then lodging that bullion and indeed cash into safety deposit boxes have also been caught up in the draconian capital controls. We have warned about this for many years and warned as recently as April this year that people should avoid using safety deposit boxes in banks.

Venezuela bars opposition leader from holding office
One of Venezuela’s most prominent opposition leaders announced Tuesday that she had been barred from holding public office as a critical election looms.

The Latest: Greece needs 85 billion euros through 2018
The International Monetary Fund says Greece will need debt relief and 85 billion euros ($94 billion) in new financing through 2018 because its situation has deteriorated since it closed its banks June 29.

Israeli court sentences Palestinian rocket engineer to 21 years’ jail
An Israeli court sentenced a Palestinian engineer on Tuesday to 21 years in prison for helping Gaza’s Hamas militant group develop and improve their weapons capabilities.


Top Headlines – 7/15/2015

Iranians party in streets of Tehran

Iran president says nuclear deal meets ‘all objectives’

Rouhani: Iran won’t be called a world threat anymore

Arab reactions to agreement mixed as Sunni tensions remain

After Nuke Deal, Saudi Warns Iran Against Inciting Turmoil

Saudi Arabia stresses importance of Iran inspection regime

Israel warns of Iran’s continued nuclear R&D, problematic inspection – 24 day warning before inspections

How Technology Will Help Enforce the Iran Deal… And Cheat On It

UAE congratulates Iran on atomic deal, first official Gulf comment

Egypt hopes Iran nuclear deal will prevent Middle East arms race

Officials: Iran nuclear deal fuels Middle East arms race, boosts Russia’s influence

Russia expects US to abandon missile defense shield plans due to Iran deal

Weapons Inspections in Iran Shadowed by Past Mistakes in Iraq

‘Neocon nut jobs’ or partners? Iranian language towards U.S. shifts after deal

Hillary Clinton: Iran deal is worthy of support

John Bolton: The Iran Deal Is Bad For America, Worse For Our Allies

Robert Fisk on Iran: However the great and good represent it, America has now taken the Shia side in the Middle East’s sectarian war

Ted Cruz: $50 Billion in Obama’s Iran Deal Will Be Used to Murder Americans

Obama’s deal with Iran could hinder his successors, particularly Republicans

Israeli Security Cabinet formally rejects Iran nuclear deal

Israel and Saudi Arabia present united front over Iran deal

Saudi media attack Iran deal as assault on Arab interests

Diplomats: UN likely to vote on Iran nuclear deal next week

Germany’s Merkel calls for speedy implementation of Iran deal

Germany’s foreign minister criticizes Israel’s opposition to Iran deal

UK’s Hammond says no deal with Iran could have pleased Israel

Kerry: Netanyahu ‘way over the top’ on Iran nuclear deal

Lapid says Iran nuclear deal ‘Israel’s biggest foreign policy failure ever’

Ehud Barak: Israel can live with a nuclear Iran

Netanyahu: If it weren’t for Israel, Iran would’ve had nukes long ago

Netanyahu to Obama: Deal with Iran funds its terror and war machine

In meeting, Netanyahu, Herzog vow to present united front against fresh Iran deal

Obama sending defense chief to Middle East to reassure on Iran

Netanyahu’s bid to lobby Congress to kill Iran deal will fail, Obama says

Analysis: Strike sooner or never – Preemptive strike on Iran harder once UN lifts sanctions

Terror attack: Palestinian woman stabs IDF soldier in back in West Bank

Likud: PM supports construction in Judea and Samaria

Hundreds Protest Temple Mount Discrimination: We’re Human Beings

Glick: We’re here to protest against apartheid on the Temple Mount

‘Accountant of Auschwitz’, 94, convicted of 300,000 counts of accessory to murder

Jewish Man Who Fled Nazis Funds Rescue of 2,000 Christians From ISIS to Repay ‘Debt’

ISIS Plotting Attack on Christian Sites in Europe Using Female Jihadists Disguised as Tourists, Says Syrian Expert

Turkey vows to support Iraqi military, train police

Volunteer watchdog group dispatches to western states to monitor ‘Jade Helm’

The Latest: Greece needs 85 billion euros through 2018

Greece debt crisis: IMF attacks EU over bailout

Greece split over latest bailout deal as IMF says country needs more help

U.S. has yet to notify 21.5 million data breach victims: officials

Large Hadron Collider discovers new pentaquark particle

Pluto is now the most distant object ever visited by humanity

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Khuzdar, Pakistan

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Zhupanovsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft

Typhoon Nangka to Collide With Japan, Bring Flooding and Damaging Winds

Dolores to Become a Major Hurricane Offshore of Mexico

Storms Inflict Derecho-like Damage Across 800-Mile Stretch From Minnesota to Kentucky

El Nino May Intensify Into Strongest in 50 Years

Liberia confirms new Ebola case as outbreak spreads

Ebola: ‘Fear, denial and fatigue fuelling outbreak’

UN: 1 in 10 people worldwide have mental health disorder

Planned Parenthood sells dead baby body parts

Study: 95 Percent Of Women Don’t Regret Having Abortion

Actually, Women Do Regret Their Abortions

Wal-Mart sued for denying health insurance to gay worker’s wife

The End of Boys and Girls: These Companies Are Going to Change How Your Kids Dress With Gender Neutral Clothing


Daily Digest

July 15, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“In a society under the forms of which the stronger faction can readily unite and oppress the weaker, anarchy may as truly be said to reign as in a state of nature.” —James Madison, Federalist No. 51, 1788

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Planned Parenthood Sells Baby Parts After Partial-Birth Abortions

Alternate Leftmedia headline: “Planned Parenthood targeted by undercover video.” That’s courtesy of CBS, which has a serious problem confusing the victims here. Just when you thought depravity couldn’t get any worse, along comes another surreptitious video of someone at Planned Parenthood discussing appallingly evil things. It will be the first of several videos taken and released by The Center for Medical Progress. In this one, Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical research, discusses with “buyers” the practice of essentially performing a partial-birth abortion followed by selling harvested organs. While sipping wine and eating salad, Nucatola boasts, “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver … so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.” What kind of depraved and despicable person talks like this about a baby? Note also the sick irony that, to Planned Parenthood, unborn babies aren’t human unless their organs are useful.

The video is all too clear, but that didn’t stop Planned Parenthood from complaining about being victimized by a “heavily edited, secretly recorded videotape that falsely portrays Planned Parenthood’s participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research.” They’re just trying to help, right? But considering Planned Parenthood gets half a billion dollars in taxpayer money every year, this deserves some serious investigation followed by defunding the abortion mill. Louisiana governor and presidential candidate Bobby Jindal has already ordered an investigation in his state. We’re with Michelle Malkin, who wonders, “When you’ve recovered from your nausea, ask yourselves this: What kind of country do we live in where law-abiding businesses are fined, threatened and demonized for refusing to bake gay wedding cakes, but barbaric baby butchers are hailed by feminists, Hollywood and a president who asked God to ‘bless’ them?”

God have mercy on this nation.

Big Brother Trumps Little Sisters

Little Sisters of the Poor, a missions-based Catholic organization strongly opposed to ObamaCare’s contraception requirement, suffered a legal setback on Tuesday after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit refused to grant it an exemption. The court ruled, “Although we recognize and respect the sincerity of Plaintiff’s beliefs and arguments, we conclude the accommodation scheme relieves Plaintiffs of their obligations under the Mandate and does not substantially burden their religious exercise under RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] or infringe upon their First Amendment rights.” What’s baffling is how badly the opinion clashes with the Supreme Court’s Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling last year. In that case, the Court found that “HHS and the principal dissent [are] in effect tell[ing] the plaintiffs that their beliefs are flawed. For good reason, we have repeatedly refused to take such a step.”

Here’s the problem, as explained by University of Tennessee professor Glenn Reynolds: “The court seems to have no recognition of the fact that the Obama Administration’s regulatory ‘accommodation’ is a sleight of hand, allowing the insurer/third party administrator to move the contraceptive coverage ‘off the books’ and ‘pay’ for it themselves. But of course burdening the insurer/administrator in this fashion is merely a shell game, and the cost of contraceptive coverage is ultimately borne by the employer and individual beneficiaries. The coverage is not magically free, no matter how hard the Obama Administration tries to make it ‘look’ free via regulation.” This case may end up in the Supreme Court — something it could have prevented had its ruling in Hobby Lobby not been so limited.

More Carry Permits, Fewer Murders

It’s long been a truism that more guns means less crime. That may seem like a paradox, but when criminals have to wonder if potential victims are armed, it decreases the likelihood they’ll commit a crime. Now, according to a new report set to be released by the Crime Prevention Research Center, we learn that murder rates have fallen at the same time concealed carry permits have skyrocketed. We don’t think that’s a coincidence. Since 2007, the number of people with concealed carry permits has nearly tripled — from 4.6 million to 12.8 million. And 2014 enjoyed a 15.4% increase over 2013 in permit applications, while seven states don’t even require a permit. According to The Washington Times, we can thank Barack Obama, in a manner of speaking: “Between 1999 to 2007, the number of permits increased by about 240,000 per year. But in the next four years, during Mr. Obama’s first term in the White House, the number of new permits issued jumped to 850,000 per year. From 2011 to 2013, the number increased by 1.5 million, rising to 1.7 million last year.” Meanwhile, both the murder rate and violent crime rate dropped 25%. That doesn’t in any way belittle the tragic loss of life caused by bad guys with guns, but the solution isn’t to take guns away from the law-abiding.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Transgender Nation

By Nate Jackson

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In December 2010, Barack Obama signed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Pentagon policy (signed by Bill Clinton) prohibiting open homosexuals from serving in the military. Stay tuned, because the next victory for the Rainbow Mafia will be the end of the ban on transsexuals among the ranks of America’s Armed Forces.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter released a statement on the policy Monday, saying, “The Defense Department’s current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions. At a time when our troops have learned from experience that the most important qualification for service members should be whether they’re able and willing to do their job, our officers and enlisted personnel are faced with certain rules that tell them the opposite. Moreover, we have transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines — real, patriotic Americans — who I know are being hurt by an outdated, confusing, inconsistent approach that’s contrary to our value of service and individual merit.”

Not to paint with too broad a brush, but is that how Carter explains the traitorous actions of Pfc. Bradley Manning? He was convicted of espionage and is serving a 35-year sentence — as a “woman.”

According to UCLA’s Williams Institute, the military is full of transsexuals. Color us skeptical. Carter has ordered a review of the ban with the almost sure aim of eliminating it after six months, because, as he said, “[W]e must ensure that everyone who’s able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so, and we must treat all our people with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

We certainly agree that all humans have inherent, God-given dignity and should be treated with respect, but that doesn’t mean celebration of such mental illness and sin. And make no mistake: This debate isn’t about dignity, and it’s most certainly not about what makes our military a more effective fighting force. It’s about making the normalization of homosexuality a matter of law in regard to Defense Department personnel, practices and policy.

Leftists are pushing hard to normalize dysfunction, not just in the military but all over.

Consider the case of Bruce Jenner, the former decathlon champion who decided he was really a woman trapped in a man’s body. Worse is the growing number of children whose parents enable rather than treat gender dysphoria — they help their children live the lie.

One of the primary jobs of parents is to mold their children into responsible members of society and to help them through personal struggles, not to encourage them to turn every fantasy into reality. Yet here we are, about to witness a “reality” show on TLC about Jazz Jennings, a 14-year-old Florida boy who has been “living as a female” since he wore a rainbow swimming suit at his five-year-old birthday party. Jennings was named one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential teenagers last year.

“Jazz may be known as an author and activist,” cooed TLC general manager Nancy Daniels, “but she’s first and foremost a teenage girl with a big, brave heart, living a remarkable life.” Does “she” have biological girl parts? No, but he plans to disfigure his body at age 18 and has been taking hormone blockers since age 11 to prevent nature from taking its course. Is TLC — not to mention his parents — aiding and abetting a serious mental disorder? Yes.

But he’s not alone in being a child victim. In June, NBC ran an exclusive interview with Liam, a 10-year-old boy who lives as a girl. His parents have already legally changed his name to Lia, and he will soon begin taking hormone blockers as Jazz does.

Also in June, The New York Times profiled Caden Boone, who underwent reassignment surgery in April and now goes by Kat, or Katherine, all because he was troubled and found “answers” on the Internet. The Times informs us that his “new vagina needs constant care or it will close off like a wound.” A wound indeed. How tragic.

In fact, tragic might undersell the trouble transgendered people face. In the same article, the Times also reports, “A large-scale Swedish study at the Karolinska Institute found that starting about a decade after gender reassignment surgery, transgender people were still more than 19 times as likely to die by suicide as the general population.”

If such statistics applied to guns, the Left would be pushing even harder for an outright ban. Instead, Oregon is allowing children as young as 15 to receive taxpayer-subsidized sex-change operations — without parental notification.

As we asked recently, how many children will end up making the worst decision of their entire lives because they have been marinated in a toxic environment at an age when they are utterly incapable of defending themselves against their progressive indoctrinators?

“At the heart of the problem is confusion over the nature of the transgendered,” writes Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital. “‘Sex change’ is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is a civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”

McHugh also says Bruce Jenner is one thing, but in these other cases “we’re talking about children with a future ahead of them.” One might call it child abuse.

This is the generation being raised to perhaps one day serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, which the Left has decided must be a reflection of our dysfunctional culture, not a capable protector of our Liberty. Indeed, no institution is safe from the Left’s social engineering.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Walter Williams: “The victors of war write its history in order to cast themselves in the most favorable light. That explains the considerable historical ignorance about our war of 1861 and panic over the Confederate flag. To create better understanding, we have to start a bit before the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. … During the 1787 Constitutional Convention, a proposal was made that would allow the federal government to suppress a seceding state. James Madison rejected it… The Constitution never would have been ratified if states thought they could not regain their sovereignty — in a word, secede. On March 2, 1861, after seven states seceded and two days before Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration, Sen. James R. Doolittle of Wisconsin proposed a constitutional amendment that read, ‘No state or any part thereof, heretofore admitted or hereafter admitted into the union, shall have the power to withdraw from the jurisdiction of the United States.’ Several months earlier, Reps. Daniel E. Sickles of New York, Thomas B. Florence of Pennsylvania and Otis S. Ferry of Connecticut proposed a constitutional amendment to prohibit secession. Here’s a question for the reader: Would there have been any point to offering these amendments if secession were already unconstitutional? On the eve of the War of 1861, even unionist politicians saw secession as a right of states. … The War of 1861 brutally established that states could not secede. We are still living with its effects. Because states cannot secede, the federal government can run roughshod over the U.S. Constitution’s limitations of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. States have little or no response.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.” —Scottish author Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Alpha Jackass: “The fact is that [Benjamin Netanyahu has] practically been making comments that are way over the top. … [The nuclear deal] is under attack by people who really don’t know the terms of the agreement, and they don’t offer an alternative. Their alternative is what, perpetual state of sanctions? Not going to happen.” —John Kerry

Village Idiots: “I don’t understand [economics] very well.” —Pope Francis (Which is exactly why he shouldn’t be dictating environmental policy.)

Hot air: “As secretary of state, I logged tens of thousands of miles and twisted a lot of arms to build a global coalition to impose the most crippling sanctions in history [on Iran]. That unprecedented pressure delivered a blow to Iran’s economy and gave us leverage at the negotiating table, starting in Oman in 2012. I know from experience what it took to build a global effort to get this done; I know what it will take to rally our partners to enforce it.” —Hillary Clinton

And last… “Obama won’t be satisfied until our inspectors are told by Iran that there’s not a smidgen of enriched uranium around. The nuke deal is based on trusting untrustworthy leaders. And that goes for the Iranians too.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest

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Benjamin Netanyahu to Lester Holt: Iran Nuclear Deal Poses Threat to U.S., Israel

http://player.theplatform.com/p/2E2eJC/nbcNewsOffsite?guid=f_holt_netanyahu_iran_nuclear_deal_150715The landmark Iran nuclear deal poses a threat to both Israel and the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told NBC News’ Lester Holt on Wednesday.

“We think this is not only a threat to us. We think this is a threat to you as well,” Netanyahu said, a day after Iran and six world powers, including the U.S., reached the historic agreement. “Iran has killed more Americans than anyone other than al Qaeda.”

“They’re going to get hundreds of billions of dollars to fuel their terror and military machine,” he added.


Netanyahu to Obama: Iran will get nukes, with or without breaking deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks on the phone. (Gideon Markowicz/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday evening spoke on the phone with US President Barack Obama, expressing Israel’s concerns over the Iranian nuclear deal and maintaining that the Islamic Republic will obtain nuclear weapons with or without the agreement.

“The prime minister emphasized that the deal raises two main dangers: It will allow Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons — if it keeps to the deal, at the end of the 10-15 years; if it breaks it, before then,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office said.

“In addition, it will pump hundreds of billions of dollars into the Iranian terror and war machine which threatens Israel and the entire world,” the statement quoted Netanyahu as telling Obama.

Obama told a skeptical Netanyahu that the freshly sealed Iran nuclear deal was in Israel’s “national security interest” and dispatched his secretary of defense to the Jewish state for talks.


Israel and Saudi Arabia present united front over Iran deal

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The nuclear deal with Iran caused fury in Israel and consternation around the region at the likely increase in influence and resources of a newly enriched Iran.

Most telling was the loudest expression of support. “I am happy that the Islamic Republic of Iran has achieved a great victory by reaching an agreement,” President Bashar al-Assad of Syria said in a message to his Iranian opposite number, Hassan Rouhani.

“In the name of the Syrian people, I congratulate you and the people of Iran on this historic achievement.”

Israel and the Sunni Arab world have set aside old grievances to stand together against the West’s engagement with Iran.

Saudi Arabia regards Shia Iran as a competitor for leadership in the Muslim world, and sees its hand behind many of the region’s conflicts. The two are supporting opposite sides in wars in Syria and Yemen, while Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies fear Iran’s influence among their own Shia populations.


The Wine-Sipping Butchers of Planned Parenthood – Michele Malkin

Hannibal Lecter ain’t got nothing on the profit-maximizing abortion ghoul caught on tape hawking aborted baby parts as she swilled wine and nibbled on a gourmet salad.

In newly released undercover footage from the pro-life Center for Medical Progress, seasoned abortionist Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who serves as national senior director of “medical services” at Planned Parenthood, chitter-chattered eagerly about fulfilling the bloodthirsty demand for “intact hearts,” “lower extremities” and lungs.

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Your Life Means Nothing to Liberals

Liberals do not care whether you live or die. That’s a harsh but accurate assessment. Your death is acceptable collateral damage in their pursuit of their progressive policy goals.

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Trust? Not much there for Obama or for Iran

Markell believes Obama will be the enabler of what’s going to happen in the very final days. “My position is that because Barack Obama is judgment on us, is that America is the enabler of what’s coming to the Middle East, which is going to be unspeakable beyond words,” she states. “That’s not what I say – it’s what the Bible says.”

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To Put Country Before God Is to Make America an Idol

Two North Carolina pastors are creating a national conversation by taking the phrase “One Nation Under God” literally.

They have chosen to raise the Christian flag above the American flag because they believe a commitment to God comes before a commitment to one’s country.

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Mark Steyn: Comparing President Obama to Neville Chamberlain is “rather unfair to Neville Chamberlain”

Columnist and author of “The Undocumented,” Mark Steyn argued comparing President Obama to Neville Chamberlain is “rather unfair to Neville Chamberlain” on Tuesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.

Steyn said of comparisons between Obama and Chamberlain, “I think actually that’s rather unfair to Neville Chamberlain, Sean. He got the central question of the 1930’s wrong, but he was an honorable man, who believed he was acting in the interests of his country and the British Empire which he loved.

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Time to Call Obama and Kerry What They Are: Traitors

We have met the enemy and he is in the White House.

Their ideology is not America. It is not American. It is the same poisonous left-wing hatred which led Kerry to the Viet Cong, to the Sandinistas and to Assad. It is the same resentment of America that Obama carried to Cairo, Havana and Tehran. We have met the enemy and he is in the White House.

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The ‘Greek Debt Deal’ Is Already Starting To Fall Apart

Puzzle Pieces - Public DomainThe “deal that was designed to fail” has already begun to unravel.  The IMF, which was expected to provide a big chunk of the financing, has indicated that it may walk away from the deal unless Greece is granted extensive debt relief.  This is something that the Germans and their allies have resolutely refused to do.  Meanwhile, outrage is pouring in from all over Europe regarding what the Greek government is being forced to do to their own people.  Most of this anger is being directed at the Germans, but the truth is that without German money the Greek banking system and the Greek economy will completely and utterly collapse.  So even though Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras admits that this is a deal that he does not believe in, he is attempting to get it pushed through the Greek parliament, and we should know on Wednesday whether he was successful or not.  But even if the Greek parliament approves it, we could still see either the German or the Finnish parliaments reject it.  It seems as though nobody is really happy with this deal, and these negotiations have exposed very deep divisions within Europe.  Could this be the beginning of the end for the eurozone? (Read More….)


Author(s): Phyllis Schlafly

 
Liberals have perfected the art of exploiting a tragedy for political gain. We’ve just seen how the massacre of nine people at Bible study inside a Charleston, S.C. church — apparently committed by a drug-using loser-drifter who dropped out of school after the ninth grade — is being used to bring down the Confederate flag all over the South.   Donald Trump is proving that conservatives can play that game, too. Just days after Trump warned that “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems; they’re bringing drugs, they’re…
 

Planned Parenthood Official Caught Discussing Selling Aborted Baby Parts While Eating Lunch

She calmly discussed the buying and selling of aborted baby parts while stuffing her face with food

“Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” 1 Timothy 4:2 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: We have all seen the WWII videos of Hitler’s demon-possessed goons eating, drinking and laughing over a meal after just having gassed a thousand Jews in a concentration camp shower stall. And we have hopelessly racked our brains trying to understand the level of barbarity it takes for humans to act like that. Now watch this video and you tell me if what you see there is any different from that.

An anti abortion group on Tuesday released an undercover video of an official at Planned Parenthood discussing in graphic detail how to abort a fetus to preserve its organs for medical research — as well as the costs associated with sharing that tissue with scientists.

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Over lunch at a Los Angeles restaurant, two antiabortion activists posing as employees from a biotech firm met with Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical research. Armed with cameras, the activists recorded Nucatola talking about Planned Parenthood’s work donating fetal tissue to researchers and pressed her on whether the clinics were charging for the organs.

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The Center for Medical Progress, which recorded and edited the video, says the footage proves that Planned Parenthood is breaking the law by selling fetal organs. But the video does not show Nucatola explicitly talking about selling organs. The Planned Parenthood official says the organization is “very, very sensitive” about being perceived as illegally profiting from organ sales and charges only for the cost, for instance, of shipping the tissue. source


Watch Obama Smirk And Laugh When CBS Major Garret Asks About 4 Americans In Iranian Prison

Barack Obama smirked and laughed as a reporter at his Wednesday briefing after getting a critical question about the nuclear deal with Iran. CBS News’s Major Garrett pressed the president on the imprisonment of Americans in Iran.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I am not a body language expert or a speech pathologist, but get a load of how Obama reacts when confronted by Major Garrett from CBS News.. Garrett opens his mouth and nails Obama on the phony Iran nuke deal and on the 4 American hostages. Obama reacts by smirking, laughing and stumbling for a response as all liars will do.

“As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran—three held on trumped-up charges, according to your administration, one whereabouts unknown. Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content, with all the fanfare around this deal, to leave the conscience of this nation, this strength of this nation, unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?” Garrett asked.

“I’ve gotta give you credit, Major, for how you craft those questions,” Obama responded with a smirk. “The notion that I am content as I celebrate, with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails…”

The president’s voice trailed off before he continued. “Major, that’s nonsense, and you should know better,” Obama said. source


Planned Parenthood blasted after secret video purports to show fetal tissue sales

Planned Parenthood claims the now-viral video was heavily edited and falsely portrayed the reproductive health group’s participation in providing tissue for medical research. Abortion critics call the sales an ‘atrocity.’

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Saudi prince pledges $32B to spread Islam in America and the West

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a senior member of the Saudi monarchy, says he’ll pledge his $32 billion fortune to charity. In light of his past donations, this is a highly concerning development. Alwaleed says he will model his endowment on the […]
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Iran Nuclear Deal Makes War More Likely :: Inbar at BESA

by Efraim Inbar
BESA Center Perspectives
July 15, 2015

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The Day Obama Awarded Iran Hegemony In The Middle East

July 14, 2015 may prove to be one of the darkest days in region’s history, especially for moderate Arab Sunni states and Israel…..…….  Click here for full story

The Biggest Reasons The Nuke Deal Is An Iranian Victory And A Western Catastrophe

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday unsurprisingly hailed the nuclear agreement struck with US-led world powers, and derided the “failed” efforts of the “warmongering Zionists.” His delight, Iran’s delight, is readily understandable…..…….  Click here for full story


ISIS ‘To Send Members Of Feared All-Female Police To Europe Disguised As Tourists To Attack Holy Sites

ISIS is planning to send members of its feared all-female police force to attack religious sites in Europe, a Syrian expert claims………  Click here for full story

U.S. Schools Begin Scanning Students’ Thumbprints For ‘Tracking Purposes’

One of the most effective methods of creating a surveillance state, authoritarian society, fascist nation or whatever one wishes to call it, is to inform children at an early age that they have no individual privacy rights. Take a child and reinforce the notion that everything he or she does, every activity participated in, will be tracked, monitored and recorded by a central authority ………..  Click here for full story

New Study Of American Attitudes Toward Israel And The Bible

American evangelicals remain among the strongest supporters of the nation of Israel. Most believe God has plans for that nation, both now and in the future. While evangelicals remain convinced about a tie between Israel and God’s plans, Americans generally are less certain.……  Click here for full story


Six Tropical Cyclones At Once in the Pacific Ocean

Posted: 15 Jul 2015 07:35 AM PDT

Although it’s not unheard of to see multiple storms at the same time, this is impressive on any scale. On Sunday morning with an upgrade to Tropical Storm Dolores, it marked the first time in almost 10 years that there have been at least five simultaneous Pacific tropical cyclones of at least tropical storm strength. Last week, typhoons Linfa, Chan-hom and Nangka were simultaneously active in the Western Pacific basin. According to National Hurricane Center specialist Eric Blake, Wednesday, July 8, marked the first time there had been three typhoons simultaneously in the western Pacific Ocean since Oct. 24, 1994.

Colorado State University’s Phil Klotzbach adds it was the earliest occurrence on record of three concurrent typhoons in the western Pacific, breaking the old record from July 10, 1972. Blake also tweeted that, along with last week’s Tropical Storm Ela, made three central Pacific tropical cyclones this month alone. In the historical record from 1949-2014, only three tropical cyclones had ever formed in that basin in the month of July. FULL REPORT

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Levin: Iran Deal ‘Planted the Seeds’ ‘For World War III,’ ‘This Is Munich’

Posted: 15 Jul 2015 06:58 AM PDT

Talk radio host and author of “Plunder and Deceit,” Mark Levin declared of the Iran deal “Barack Obama has planted the seeds…for World War III” and “This is Munich” on Tuesday. Levin said, “Barack Obama has planted the seeds, in my view, for World War III. They were already there, but he’s moved it along. I honestly believe that the next, massive, conflagration, war will now be in the Middle East. And I believe the Saudis are going to get nukes, and the Egyptians are going to get nukes, and others, and you can hardly blame them.”

He continued, “there’s no effective inspection regime here. There’s no effective sanctions. The Russians and the Chinese are not going to allow them in any event. Obama has sealed the fate of the next generation. … I really believe that one day this is going to lead to a horrific war.” And that the deal has “sealed the fate of the people of Iran” and “may well have” sealed Israel’s fate. He later declared, “This is Munich. This is the 1930s.” And “Meanwhile, here at home, while he’s arming up the Islamonazis with nukes, he wants to attack the Second Amendment, nationalize our police force, open our borders.” MORE

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16 reasons nuke deal is an Iranian victory and a Western catastrophe

Posted: 15 Jul 2015 06:42 AM PDT

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday unsurprisingly hailed the nuclear agreement struck with US-led world powers, and derided the “failed” efforts of the “warmongering Zionists.” His delight, Iran’s delight, is readily understandable.The agreement legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program, allows it to retain core nuclear facilities, permits it to continue research in areas that will dramatically speed its breakout to the bomb should it choose to flout the deal, but also enables it to wait out those restrictions and proceed to become a nuclear threshold state with full international legitimacy. Here’s how.

1. Was the Iranian regime required, as a condition for this deal, to disclose the previous military dimensions of its nuclear program — to come clean on its violations — in order both to ensure effective inspections of all relevant facilities and to shatter the Iranian-dispelled myth that it has never breached its non-proliferation obligations? No. (This failure, arguably the original sin of the Western negotiating approach, is expertly detailed here by Emily B. Landau.) Rather than exposing Iran’s violations, the new deal solemnly asserts that the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which Iran has failed to honor “remains the cornerstone” of ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. The deal provides for a mechanism “to address past and present issues of concern relating to its nuclear programme,” but Iran has managed to dodge such efforts for years, and the deal inspires little hope of change in that area, blithely anticipating “closing the issue” in the next few months. FULL REPORT

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Christian Seminary Distributes Condoms That Talk of Christ’s Second Coming

Posted: 15 Jul 2015 06:37 AM PDT

Much false teaching and false representation of Christianity exists in America today. One recent example is the distribution of free condoms by Chicago Theological Seminary, an affiliate of the United Church of Christ (UCC). At last week’s 2015 Wild Goose Festival attendees received condom packages designed with a colored image of a rainbow flame, an LGBT variation of the UCC’s logo. Printed above the flame were instructions: “Chicago Theological Seminary, Take Two (For the second coming!)” The text blatantly suggests Jesus Christ’s second coming relates to one needing two condoms for multiple partners.

In other words, a “Christian” seminary is likening the Second Coming of Christ to Homosexual Relations. Nothing could be further from Biblical truth. But such claims are inherent to blasphemy, heresy and obvious hatred of God and His Word. Throughout the New Testament Jesus’ apostles specifically addressed sexual behavior, identifying specific acts as immoral, evil, against one’s human nature, and against God. They witnessed it and repeatedly warned new Christians to stop; (“[of which] I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past (ἅ προλέγω ὑμῖν καθὼς [Receptus, καθὼς καὶ] προεῖπον); even as I did forewarn you”). FULL REPORT

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What The Bible Says About The Coming Third Jewish Temple Will Shock You To Your Core

Posted: 15 Jul 2015 06:32 AM PDT

THIS TEMPLE WILL NOT BE THE LORD’S TEMPLE, THE GLORY OF GOD WILL NOT INHABIT IT.

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27 

Yesterday, we posted an article about the momentous announcement of a the Temple Institute located in Jerusalem, Israel, regarding the Red Heifer. As most of you know, the Temple Institute has been working tirelessly for the past 30-plus years to recreate all the items needed for the rebuilt Jewish Temple. They work they have accomplished in that time is nothing less than astounding. The Bible in Daniel 9 (see above scripture) also talks about a Jewish Temple that will be standing during the time of Jacob’s Trouble, as found in Jeremiah 30:7 (KJV). Since there have already been 2 Jewish Temples with none left standing since 70 AD, we understand that Daniel is talking about the Third Jewish Temple. This is the same Temple that the Temple Institute has been laboring so hard to construct. The Prophet Daniel says, however, that instead of the Shekinah Glory of the God of Abraham, the Antichrist himself will sit in the Holy of Holies, thus defiling it. MORE

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Vandals Deface More Than a Dozen Christian Billboards at Park in Montana

Posted: 15 Jul 2015 06:26 AM PDT

Police are investigating after more than a dozen Christian billboards have been vandalized over the past two months in a park in Montana. The “God’s Ten Commandments Park” was created on a 10-acre plot of land in Columbia Falls last summer and features numerous billboards proclaiming Christian messages for all to read. “God’s Ten Commandments are like signposts, along the road of life, to guide us on the road so as to complete the course and finish the race,” the website for the park reads. Owner Phillip Klevmoen, a horse rancher, also creates signs for others to post out of their desire to be a witness for Christ. “We want this to go forward throughout the nation.

You can see what’s happening to the country,” he told reporters last year upon completion of the park. “Not only are we forgetting him, we are kicking him out of our society.”Klevmoen acknowledged that he would likely face opposition for this signs, but over the past two months, 17 of his 21 billboards have been defaced by vandals. According to local television station KRTV, the latest attacks took sometime after midnight on Sunday. Klevmoen says that he arrived to find the billboards either disfigured with spray paint or slashed with a knife. MORE

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Dolores rapidly strengthens to category 4 hurricane

Posted: 15 Jul 2015 06:18 AM PDT

Hurricane Dolores is rapidly strengthening to a category 4 hurricane off Mexico’s Pacific coast, with maximum sustained winds increasing to near 130 mph (209 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday. The storm, now at the second-highest hurricane classification category, was about 320 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and moving west-northwest at 7 mph.

Swells generated by Dolores are affecting portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico and the southern coast of the Baja California peninsula, the NHC said. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, it said. MORE

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Rev. Graham on Gay Marriage: ‘Immorality Not Only Reigns But Is Now Celebrated’ in USA

Posted: 14 Jul 2015 12:50 PM PDT

Commenting on the Supreme Court’s ruling (5-4) that homosexual “marriage” is now a civil right, Christian evangelist Franklin Graham said America has turned her back on God and rejected His “laws and standards,” and added that it seems as though “immorality not only reigns but is now clebrated” in this country. He also stressed that because of this immorality, God’s judgment will fall on America.

“We read in the Scriptures how God judged Israel when they did not follow His laws,” said Rev. Graham in his commentary for the August issue of Decision magazine. “As a nation we have arrogantly turned our back on God, and I believe God’s judgment will come against our country.” “I don’t know any country on earth that has been more blessed than America, but it seems as though immorality not only reigns but is now celebrated,” he said.

In the Old Testament, in Genesis, it states that God created one man and a partner for him, one woman, said Rev. Graham. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). MORE

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Pope Francis vs. The Sanhedrin

Posted: 14 Jul 2015 12:42 PM PDT

A re-established and self declared Israeli Sanhedrin, the religious High Court composed of 71 sages, has declared that it is putting Pope Francis on trial unless he retracts his statement that the Jews have no right to the land of Israel or to Jerusalem. In February 2013, the Vatican officially recognized the “State of Palestine” but more significantly, the Vatican signed a treaty in June with “Palestine” in which the Holy See switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the “State of Palestine”.

This treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state and as such, constitutes an official recognition. The trial and judgment will be on September 20th, 2015. If Pope Francis chooses to ignore the summons, he will be judged in absentia. The Sanhedrin sent a letter to Pope Francis in reaction to the Vatican’s recent support of the Palestinian Authority’s unilateral moves to declare themselves a nation, reported the Hebrew magazine Matzav Haruach on June 24. MORE

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Obama’s Nuclear Deal With Iran Leaves Persecuted American Pastor in Torturous Prison

Posted: 14 Jul 2015 12:33 PM PDT

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that state governments across the nation must issue and recognize same-sex marriages, some Christian colleges have begun to capitulate to the mounting pressure and change their policies regarding homosexuality. Hope College—a Reformed Church in America (RCA)-affiliated school in Holland, Michigan—has announced that it will begin to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of its employees.

Michigan, one of 14 states whose ban on same-sex marriage was still intact when the Supreme Court ruled on June 26, did not legally recognize those spousal relationships until the high court’s decision. “Hope College does not discriminate in employment policy and practices on the basis of sexual orientation or marital status, and the school does not intend to start doing so now,” Vice President Jennifer Fellinger told the Holland Sentinel. “As it has in the past, Hope College welcomes students, staff and faculty based on their ability to contribute to the life of the college, not on their sexual orientation or marital status.” MORE

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Christian Headlines Daily – Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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Top Headlines

Anti-Conversion Laws Threaten Religious Freedom in Nepal

Princeton Professor Talks about the Threats to Religious Freedom

Boy Scouts Vote to End Ban on Gay Leaders

Baptist Minister Says Interfaith Marriage Strengthened Her Faith

Iran, World Powers Agree to Nuclear Deal

Tim Tebow Calls on Christians to Stand Up for Faith

Oklahoma Governor Refuses to Remove Ten Commandments Monument after Ruling

Man Who Held Up John 3:16 Sign at Ballpark Says Police Threatened Him with Arrest

Malala Yousafzai Celebrates 18th Birthday by Opening School for Refugees

Two Christian Colleges Extend Employment Benefits to Gay Couples

Opinion

Impastor: New Show Mocks Pastors

What Makes Grace So Amazing?

Police Chief Convenes Group to Discuss Racial Tensions

Liberals and Conservatives Cooperate to Pursue Criminal Justice Reform

Father Rejoices that Daughter Died for Christ


The Greatest Story Ever Told

Greatest StoryGod’s goal in all of His creative and redemptive work is to bring glory to Himself (Isa 43:7; cf. Eph 1:6, 12, 14).

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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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Should Pastors Preach Politics?

Can we make a distinction between engaging our culture and engaging in politics? I think we can, and I also think we can make a distinction between what pastors do as church leaders, what the church does as the church and what individual Christians do as American citizens.

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Wheaton Staffer Announces Support for Gay Relationships

Sexuality/gender is where loyalty to Christ is being tested in our culture. More and more, it has become the line dividing the sheep from the goats. We cannot overemphasize the fact that the stakes really are that high. It is one thing when a young Christian has not been taught well on these issues and needs correction. But it is quite another thing when Christian teachers embrace a studied rejection of Christ’s word. We no longer have grounds to treat them as Christians.

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A Brave New World: 1 out of 20 Belgian Deaths is From Euthanasia

I’ve been reading Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World this week, and was therefore disturbed, if not entirely surprised, to come across this Huffington Post video describing the ‘ethics’ of Euthanasia in Belgian. In Belgium close to 1 out of every 20 deaths are the result of individuals with terminal illnesses or incurable suffering choosing to be killed by a physician. Yes, children too. There are all sorts of bureaucratic safeguards to make sure the process is not abused, of course. You can rest assured about that.

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Were Early Churches Ruled by Elders or a Single Bishop?

In sum, the NT texts and texts from the early second century indicate that a plurality of elders was the standard structure in the earliest stages. But, as noted above, the idea of a singular bishop began to dominate by the end of the second century. What led to this transition? Most scholars argue that it was the heretical battles fought by the church in the second century that led them to turn to key leaders to defend and represent the church.

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7 Areas of Unbiblical Conscience Binding

There are many, many, many other ways in which all of us can fall into the trap of unbiblical conscience binding. The best thing for us to do is to stay in the Scriptures–comparing Scripture with Scripture, and learn to be cautious about pushing our own personal applications of a perceived principle on the consciences of others. We should be zealous to quietly live out, exemplify and teach the principles of holiness that are clearly taught in Scripture.

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We Don’t Know How to Blush

We blush because we are ashamed or embarrassed. In the Scriptures we see this happen in Genesis chapter 3. After Adam and Eve sinned they attempted to hide from God because they were ashamed. They felt accountable to God. There was an awareness of internal shortcomings, corruption, or imperfection as well as an awareness of an external standard. What’s more, they were aware that they were accountable to God and that he would hold them accountable. Today we are largely ignorant of the first and indifferent to the second.

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Helps And Hindrances To Knowing Christ

Through knowing Christ, eternal life begins in time, and heavenly bliss begins on earth (John 17:3). Unsurprisingly, such a blessing does not come easily as there are many hindrances to knowing Christ in our present state.

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No, We Can’t All Just Get Along

I was greeted this morning by this little gem from a PCA church in Portland which illustrates the confusion to which I am referring. Notice how the writer simply accepts the world’s categories of human identity which are a simulatneous rejection of the Biblical categories. He then sweeps such issues as the nature of marriage, human identity, and sexual ethics away as relatively small things upon which we can all agree to disagree. He relativizes the Bible’s clear teaching while making ultimate the blithe sentimentalities of, “some of us feel…”

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Experiencing Cultural Diversity In Our Music

At the Summit, we’ve come a long way when it comes to racial and cultural diversity. And by God’s grace, we’ve still got a ways to go. But I thank God consistently for what I’ve seen him do in our midst, drawing people together from different backgrounds under one banner—the banner of Christ.

The gospel, as Dr. Tony Evans says, doesn’t produce sameness; it produces oneness. That’s why, in all of our efforts to become multi-cultural, our chief aim will always be to proclaim the gospel. Only the gospel has the power to take what our Enemy intends to divide us, and turn it into an opportunity to show the world what true oneness looks like.

One of the most surprising avenues of cultural diversity that we’ve seen (surprising to me, at least) is through our music. We can go wrong in a couple different ways when it comes to our assumptions about worship music. On one hand, some people think that music is the key to cultural diversity. So if you want black people in your church, play some gospel music. Want Latinos? Play salsa music. Not only does this sort of mentality reinforce the differences between us—many of them based on unfair stereotypes—it also nearly never works. A musical buffet doesn’t magically create oneness.

On the other hand, music is a really big deal! A couple years ago, I remember talking with a white college student after one of our services. He was passionate that we become more of a multi-cultural church. (I agreed.) But then a few weeks later, this same guy came up to me, visibly agitated because our worship was too animated. He didn’t actually want a multi-cultural church; he wanted a multi-colored church that was still culturally white.

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Letter: Wedding videographer closes over increasing hostility toward Christians

I’ve been talking with a long-time wedding videographer who has done beautiful work for his clients for nearly 15 years. He has made the painful decision to close up shop. Dear Stand Up For The Truth, We operated a wedding videography business for many years. When we first entered the industry, we had no idea […]

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Boy Scout Committee Unanimously Approves Proposal to Lift Ban on Openly Homosexual Leaders

According to Christian News Network:

An executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has unanimously voted to lift a long-standing ban on openly homosexual troop leaders.

“As a result of the rapid changes in society and increasing legal challenges at the federal, state, and local levels, on Friday, July 10, the Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee adopted a resolution amending the adult leadership standards policy,” the BSA said in a statement on Monday.

“This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families,” it outlined. “This change would also respect the right of religious chartered organizations to continue to choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own.”

The 17-member vote moves the matter on to the 80-member National Executive Board for a vote on July 27th.

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A Reformation The Church Doesn’t Need: Answering Revisionist Pro-gay Theology

In the current issue of On Solid Ground, Christian apologists Gred Koukl and Alan Shlemon reason through the scriptures–in context, without changing the meaning of words–to show people the Bible’s clear teaching on  homosexuality.  But first, it’s important to read Greg’s introduction: Sometimes the best remedy for a moral/theological controversy is simply a good old-fashioned, down to earth, nothing […]

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We need people to see what Planned Parenthood is and why what they do is evil.

By now, you’ve no doubt seen the undercover video showing a Planned Parenthood executive explaining about how Planned Parenthood traffics the body parts of the unborn babies (see above). It’s difficult hard to watch a person casually explain how Planned Parenthood traffics the body parts of babies killed in their abortion mills. Even if what they are doing isn’t illegal, it should be. And even if the unedited video tells a different story than the edited one, it’s no less an atrocity. Anyone whose conscience isn’t completely burned-over can see that.

We need this video to be disseminated far and wide. People need to know what Planned Parenthood is—the kind of place where the dismemberment of live human beings is discussed casually over wine and salad. That a place like this even exists is a scandal. That what it does is legal is an even bigger scandal. That American taxpayers subsidize this scandal at a rate of $1.4 million dollars per day is damning. We can be thankful that House Majority Leader John Boehner has called for a Congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood. But as a people, we need more than that—nothing short of repentance in sackcloth and ashes.

Predictably, mainstream media outlets have been slow to pick-up the story. Some of the ones that have picked it up have buried the lede in language that conceals what is really going on. The Associated Press, for example reported on “the disposition of parts from aborted fetuses,” whereas a more accurate account might have reported “the trafficking of body parts from dismembered humans.”

We have presidential candidates to thank for shining the spotlight on this story and for the fact that mainstream outlets are now at least reporting on it. There was a swell at the grass roots thanks to LifeNews.com, Russell Moore, and others. But I think the candidates really helped to put this before a media that is prone to ignore pro-life groundswells.

While I am glad the light is finally on, one trend in the reporting deserves some scrutiny. Reports often include remarks from experts responding to the video. The experts—who typically hail from a university—explain what does and does not constitute and ethical breach. For example, CNN interviewed bioethicist Art Caplan of New York University:

Caplan told CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen that altering procedures in order to get tissue in the best condition would be a “big no-no.”

“In abortion the primary goal is to give the safest abortion possible,” he said. “Your sole concern has to be the mother and her health.”

He said there’s a parallel in patient care: When someone is dying, doctors shouldn’t change how they treat the patient in order to harvest good tissue for donation after death.

Reuters interviewed bioethicist Laurie Zoloth of Northwestern University:

Zoloth said it was “terribly disturbing because the physician seems to be engaged in a transaction in which the goal is to extract tissue to meet the needs of a company, rather than being focused on the core purpose of her clinic, which is to provide a safe medical procedure.”

She termed that “an obvious conflict of interest.”

Zoloth also pointed to the attitude of the physician in the video, observing, “The doctor seems extraordinarily cavalier … Having this discussion over a meal, while drinking what appears to be wine, takes this further from the realm of professional clinical medicine and into the realm of business.”

In both of these examples, notice that the sole ethical concern is the possibility of an “unsafe” abortion due to efforts to harvest undamaged organs. What is conspicuously absent from both of these experts is any concern for the safety of the unborn human being—the one whose life is taken in every one of these abortions.

And that is the bottom line here, isn’t it? The primary outrage is not the trafficking of body parts—as unseemly and immoral as that is. The primary outrage is the killing of unborn human beings. We are not talking about lab rats here. We are talking about people. People are being dismembered and killed in utero. The trafficking of the parts serves to highlight the prior offense—killing innocent people. That is what Planned Parenthood does every day. In their last report, Planned Parenthood said they ended the lives of 327,653 unborn children. That means that Planned Parenthood kills about 900 people per day. If that doesn’t shock the conscience, then nothing will.


 
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Catastrophic Blunder – Hal Lindsey

By Hal Lindsey

The thermonuclear threat now looms large over the Middle East. But we shouldn’t be surprised. The Bible warned us. Zechariah 14:12 gives one of the more memorable prophecies. How would a person in the 6th century BC describe a nuclear blast’s effect on a human body? Like this. “Now this will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth.”

The Great Tribulation is obviously close.

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Earth, Just Before the Rapture

Since there will be food, clothing, social engagements and an economy right up to Jesus’ coming, the Bible tells us it will be business as usual on the earth right up to the end of this age.

Therefore, that amazing event—the Rapture, will catch the world by stunning surprise, just as the flood surprised those alive in the days of Noah.

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New Bible Translation “Queen James Bible” Eliminates “Homosexuality As Sin” Because It Insults Gays

Don’t like the Bible and its TRUTH? Well, you could just create your own version. At least that’s what a homosexual group has done.

The world’s first “gay friendly” Bible [book] has been published as the “Queen James Bible.”

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Western Christendom bows to Shia Islam – Bachmann

Michele Bachmann reviews the proposed Iranian deal . . .

The agreement allows Iran to have ballistic missiles, the delivery mechanism for nuclear bombs, within 8 years. (Note to Obama: Iran illicitly produced an ICBM this year.)

After 10 years, it will be legal for Iran to have all the nuclear weapons, enriched uranium, plutonium and ballistic weapons they want. That’s before your newborn reaches the fourth grade. And that is the BEST case scenario assuming Iran would comply with the agreement, when history records they have broken nearly every U.N. resolution for the past two decades.

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Why a Financial Collapse Is a Certainty

And then in amongst this chaos, suffering and hopelessness will come one man with the intellectual genius to see a way out of this crisis and the charisma and charm to carry his plan through. The world will love and worship him for it.

Whether as Christians we will witness the beginnings of this crisis or will be removed before its beginning, ultimately only time will tell. One thing is for certain though, this collapse will come.

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The Epidemic of Bible Illiteracy in Our Churches

The Sad Statistics

Christians claim to believe the Bible is God’s Word. We claim it’s God’s divinely inspired, inerrant message to us. Yet despite this, we aren’t reading it. A recent LifeWay Research study found only 45 percent of those who regularly attend church read the Bible more than once a week. Over 40 percent of the people attending read their Bible occasionally, maybe once or twice a month. Almost 1 in 5 churchgoers say they never read the Bible—essentially the same number who read it every day.

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My Train Wreck Conversion: As a leftist lesbian professor, I despised Christians. Then I somehow became one.

by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

The word Jesus stuck in my throat like an elephant tusk; no matter how hard I choked, I couldn’t hack it out. Those who professed the name commanded my pity and wrath. As a university professor, I tired of students who seemed to believe that “knowing Jesus” meant knowing little else. Christians in particular were bad readers, always seizing opportunities to insert a Bible verse into a conversation with the same point as a punctuation mark: to end it rather than deepen it.

Stupid. Pointless. Menacing. That’s what I thought of Christians and their god Jesus, who in paintings looked as powerful as a Breck Shampoo commercial model.

As a professor of English and women’s studies, on the track to becoming a tenured radical, I cared about morality, justice, and compassion. Fervent for the worldviews of Freud, Hegel, Marx, and Darwin, I strove to stand with the disempowered. I valued morality. And I probably could have stomached Jesus and his band of warriors if it weren’t for how other cultural forces buttressed the Christian Right. Pat Robertson’s quip from the 1992 Republican National Convention pushed me over the edge: “Feminism,” he sneered, “encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.” Indeed. The surround sound of Christian dogma comingling with Republican politics demanded my attention.

After my tenure book was published, I used my post to advance the understandable allegiances of a leftist lesbian professor. My life was happy, meaningful, and full. My partner and I shared many vital interests: aids activism, children’s health and literacy, Golden Retriever rescue, our Unitarian Universalist church, to name a few. Even if you believed the ghost stories promulgated by Robertson and his ilk, it was hard to argue that my partner and I were anything but good citizens and caregivers. The GLBT community values hospitality and applies it with skill, sacrifice, and integrity.

I began researching the Religious Right and their politics of hatred against queers like me. To do this, I would need to read the one book that had, in my estimation, gotten so many people off track: the Bible. While on the lookout for some Bible scholar to aid me in my research, I launched my first attack on the unholy trinity of Jesus, Republican politics, and patriarchy, in the form of an article in the local newspaper about Promise Keepers. It was 1997…

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Obama’s Iran Deal Leaves American Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini Rotting In An Iranian Hellhole

The agreement reached between the United States and Iran is “unconscionable” because it leaves Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen, behind – imprisoned in Iran because of his Christian faith.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Christian pastor Saeed Abedini is an American citizen who Obama has ignored time and again. His nuke deal with Iran does nothing to work to free Pastor Saeed and the other Americans held in a dark, rat-infested Iranian hellhole. For this reason alone, the just-signed deal with Iran must be declared null and void by Congress. Tell Obama NO DEAL without releasing these American captives.

It is unconscionable that the Obama Administration would sign a deal with Iran without securing the freedom of Pastor Saeed Abedini who has been imprisoned for nearly three years simply because of his Christian faith.

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President Obama told the Abedini family face-to-face that he considered the release of Pastor Saeed a ‘top priority.’ How could that be a “top priority” when a deal is reached and Pastor Saeed is left behind?  What happened today makes a bad deal even worse. We will now focus our attention on convincing Congress to reject this deal.”

Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of American Pastor Saeed, is deeply disappointed with today’s outcome:

“I plead with Congress to ensure that my husband, an American citizen, is not left behind.  With the announcement of a deal and yet silence as to the fate of Saeed and the other Americans held hostage in Iran, their fate lies now in the hands of Congress. I plead with each member of Congress to review the deal with our family at the forefront of their thoughts.  Congress holds the key to bringing my husband home, to returning the father to my children. My children have desperately missed the loving embrace of their father for the last three years of their lives. They have grown up almost half of their lives without their father. Please help us ensure the remainder of their childhood includes both a mother and a father.”

The State Department is A.W.O.L. – absent without leave – nearly silent about the devastating impact this “deal” has on the four wrongfully imprisoned Americans, including Pastor Saeed, left behind to suffer in harsh Iranian prison conditions.

Secretary of State Kerry’s brief mention of the American hostages almost appears to be an afterthought.  He stated:

We continue to call on Iran to immediately release the detained U.S. citizens . . . . These Americans have remained in our thoughts throughout this negotiation. And we will continue to work for their safe and their swift return. And we urge Iran to bring our missing Americans home as well.

They need more than our “thoughts.”  They deserve better than being relegated to the “sidelines.”  They need action. But the deal is not final.  Congresses has a voice, a choice to approve this deal and abandon the Americans or to reject the deal and demand Iran free the Americans.

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Everybody is Doing It

If you derive your idea of “right” and “wrong” from the fact that “everybody is doing it”, then your are basing your thoughts, actions and life on the ever-changing, arbitrary, subjective bent of society … But ideas that are arbitrary only have as much authority as someone decides to give them. If someone does not embrace that view of morality as authoritative, what standard can the others appeal to in order to tell them they are wrong? They have no basis but their own self-declared authority. Instead ground your own thoughts and actions in light of God’s Word alone.

It it puzzling how those in society can be so certain that their morality is superior than others and are then morally outraged that you do not share their idea… why? If there is no objective morality then who is to say that ANY views are wrong?


Why A Proper Understanding of Objective Truth Is Important To Christian Belief (Video)

J. Warner Wallace, author of Cold-Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene, talks about the relationship between objective truth and the Christian worldview. This interview was excerpted from Brandon McGuire’s excellent film, Mining For God. For more information, please visit http://www.MiningForGod.com.

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A Mega Size Dividing Line: Matthew Vines, NT Wright, Yusuf Ismail, and More

Going almost a full two hours today was pretty easy, given how much I needed to catch up on!  Did nearly a full hour on Matthew Vines’ comments about me from a recent Google video, then played a clip from NT Wright on predestination and election, then I addressed my Muslim friends, and finished up going back to the issue of homosexuality and a compromising church.  A little something for everyone!

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Gateway Worship – “Save Me”

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You Can’t Serve God and Entertainment

You love entertainment. On-demand streaming, live television, video-sharing websites and social media are all at your fingertips. Your ability to access entertainment swiftly and effortlessly has encroached on every aspect of your life. Research recently revealed that you’re tempted to check Facebook every 31 seconds.

Are your friends boring you with dull conversation? Grab your iPhone. Is your wife annoying you? Turn on your television. Is your professor uninteresting? Sign into Facebook. Entertainment is your means of escape from the inconveniences of life into a comfortable world of fantasy. And your means of escape has made you a slave.

Confessions of a Slave

If I’m honest, I’ve had an unbridled love for frivolous entertainment—over the years I’ve used it primarily as a means of escape. Entertainment was used to distract me from the guilt of sin, friction in relationships or anxiety about work. It became what daily prayer and Bible reading should have been—a safe haven to retreat for rest and comfort.

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I failed to recognize that my never-ending pursuit to be entertained had turned me into a slave. My love for my new master was subtly causing contempt toward God and reticence in my duty to delight in him.

A Tale of Two Masters

In Matthew 6:24, Jesus reveals that when we gravitate toward entertainment as a means of comfort, we’re moving further and further away from our Creator. The notion of two masters is, in fact, a fictitious tale. It’s impossible to have more than one. Jesus exposes an insightful reality: Love for one will cause hatred toward the other.

If we devote inordinate amounts of time, money and affection to anything, including entertainment, we will despise whatever draws us away. We’ve all been faced with the choice between spending time in prayer and God’s word, or spending time with entertainment. At the crux of these crossroads, the all-satisfying gift of Jesus is pit against the temporal promises of entertainment. Whichever road is chosen increases hatred for the path denied.

When we choose the broad path to careless entertainment, seeds of contempt are planted for Christ. Likewise, when we choose the narrow road to Jesus, seeds of hatred are planted, not only for mindless entertainment, but all of our indwelling sin. This path reveals that endless entertainment is a cruel master that seeks to devour our true joy and lead us away from Christ, our source.

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You’re Not a Good Leader If You Never Say “I’m Sorry”

You are not a good leader if you never tell people you are sorry. There are a myriad of issues in the heart of a leader who never apologizes. If you never apologize, at least one of the following is also true:

You reveal you think you are infallible.

If you never apologize, if you never say, “I was wrong,” you show people you actually believe you are always right. You reveal your foolishness, not your wisdom, if you never admit to being wrong. People are hesitant, as they should be, to follow someone who thinks he/she is always right. There is only One who is faultless, and it is not you.

You are never having difficult conversations.

If you never need to look at someone on your team and say, “I am sorry, but…” then you are ignoring difficult conversations that would make the person and the team stronger. If you talk about people instead of to people, you are not a good leader. If you work around deficiencies instead of confronting them and providing opportunities for growth, you are shirking your responsibility.

You are afraid of making mistakes.

If you take risks and try new things, you will make mistakes. And wise leaders own those mistakes and learn from them. If you hate saying you are sorry, if you hate ever being wrong, you will be much more risk adverse and unwilling to try new things to advance the mission.

You are never repenting.

Most importantly, a leader who never apologizes is a leader who is not repenting. Great leaders repent. Tertullian said, “We were born for nothing but repentance.” The first of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses is “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Matthew 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” If you never admit your wrongs and ask for forgiveness, you have an elevated view of your holiness and a woefully incomplete view of His.

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The Daily Discovery (July 15, 2015)

On Those Missing Verses In Your ESV and NIV Bible – “While one cannot deny the affiliation between Zondervan and Harper Collins, there is not a ‘crusade geared towards altering the Bible’. I guess I should say, there is not a crusade towards altering the Bible that Crossway’s ESV and the original NIV are part of. So why the missing verses on your app or in your Bible?”

A Humiliating Death – “Back in 2008, Newsweek published an atrocious hack-job against Christian ethics for the sake of villainizing (of all things) traditional marriage.  Of course, we covered it here.  From my perspective, everybody wringing their hands about the current state of “marriage” in the laws of the United States ought to re-read that post, and all the comments which followed, for the sake of hitting their own reset button on this topic.”

Why Is Evolution so Widely Believed? – “A common question that comes up after I give my talk titled Why I Am Not an Evolutionist is, ‘If there are so many good scientific arguments against evolution, why is it so widely believed?’  I recently came across an article by Dr. William Lane Craig where he responds to this exact question. In his brilliant response he makes two key observations, which I will highlight here.”

The offenses of the Gospel – “If you are an ardent listener to many so-called “Christian” leaders today you would may be surprised to learn that the Gospel message is not meant to bring peace to the earth or between people. It is not meant to make your life better or to make this world a better place. No, in fact, the real Gospel message is hated by the world and those so-called “Christian” leaders who never preach it, but, instead, preach a man-pleasing comprised version of it that includes their own ‘Jesus’ not the real Jesus Christ of the Bible. They compromise the message in order to enlarge their ministries and perhaps make more money. However, the Word of God itself tells us the true preaching of the Gospel will always be offensive. Let us look at these ‘offenses’ of the Gospel.”

Discernment: Thinking God’s Thoughts after Him – “Someone I knew recently expressed an opinion that surprised and in some ways disappointed me. I said to myself, ‘I thought he would have more discernment than that.’ The experience caused me to reflect on the importance of discernment, and the lack of it in our world. People do not see issues clearly and are easily misled because they do not think biblically. But, sadly, one cannot help reflecting on how true that is of ourselves, in the church community too.”


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The Greatest Story Ever Told

Greatest StoryGod’s goal in all of His creative and redemptive work is to bring glory to Himself (Isa 43:7; cf. Eph 1:6, 12, 14).

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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

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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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Alexander: Jade Helm 15 v Conspiracy Theories

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Jade Helm 15 and the Conspiracy Theories

A Reality Check on Military Exercises

By Mark Alexander · July 15, 2015

“Nothing is so contagious as opinion, especially on questions which … beget in the mind a distrust of itself.” —James Madison (1790)

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Have you heard about Jade Helm 15? If the answer is “no,” then you don’t get your “news” from the paranoid purveyors of conspiracy theories at websites such as Infowars and World Net Daily. They gin up concern about non-issues in order to drive traffic to their websites — and to thereby sell advertising, products and services.

Jade Helm 15 is the name of a major military exercise scheduled to run between 15 July and 15 September. The exercise is coordinated by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and involves special forces units of the Army and other service branches.

According to the Army SpecOps Command: “While multi-state training exercises such as these are not unique to the military, the size and scope of Jade Helm sets this one apart. To stay ahead of the environmental challenges faced overseas, Jade Helm will take place across seven states. However, Army Special Operations Forces (ARSOF) will only train in five states: Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. The diverse terrain in these states replicates areas Special Operations Soldiers regularly find themselves operating in overseas. The training exercise will be conducted on private and public land with the permission of the private landowners, and from state and local authorities.”

An unclassified power point lays out the exercise in some detail. It involves about 1,200 military personnel, primarily Army Green Berets and infantry, but also some Navy SEALS and Air Force special operators.

Compared to other recent domestic military exercises, Jade Helm is large for peacetime practice (if you consider these to be “peacetimes”) and it’s the “the size and scope” that has all the conspiracy conscripts concerned that its real purpose is to prepare for an imminent declaration of martial law.

In Texas, home to almost two million active duty military personnel and veterans, the king of charismatic conspiracy kooks, Alex Jones, has generated a lot of heartburn among his unwitting lemmings.

Jones says he stopped using marijuana because “it made me paranoid,” then dropped out of Austin Community College before launching his Austin-based conspiracy enterprises, Infowars and his populist radio programs. Over the last few months, he has alerted his two million listeners that Jade Helm is “way worse than you realize,” claiming it was really about “military, police working together toward population control,” and “the U.S. Army’s plan to wage war on the American people.” According to Jones, “They’re going to practice breaking into things and stuff. This is going to be hellish. Now this is just a cover for deploying the military on the streets… This is an invasion … in preparation for the financial collapse and maybe even Obama not leaving office.”

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Jones has ginned up concern with headlines like “Beyond Denial: Preparations for Martial Law in America,” warning that the “U.S. military is positioning itself to take over the states and declare martial law.”

This is the same Alex Jones who insists the federal government staged the Oklahoma City bombing and that George Bush organized the 9/11 attack.

He has stirred up so many Lone Star folks that Gov. Greg Abbott is having the State Guard monitor Jade Helm in an effort to quell the discontent. According to Abbott, “It is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed.”

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert says his office “has been inundated with calls,” and adds, “Certainly, I can understand these concerns. When leaders within the current administration believe that major threats to the country include those who support the Constitution, are military veterans, or even ‘cling to guns or religion,’ patriotic Americans have reason to be concerned.”

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mack Thornberry (R-TX) says that the idea of our military acting as Obama’s “private army” was “just silly.” And of course it is.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he had “no reason to doubt” the nature and purpose of this exercise, and offered a rational explanation for the Jade Helm concerns: “I think part of the reason is we have seen, for six years, a federal government disrespecting the liberty of the citizens. And that produces fear. When you see a federal government that is attacking our free speech rights, or religious liberty rights, [and] our Second Amendment rights, that produces distrust as to government.”

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter assured those concerned that the DoD has been “very open and upfront about our training activities” and “very responsive” to citizen inquiries — and they have.

Unfortunately, otherwise rational grassroots folks get swept up by conspiracy charismatics.

So, reality check — should folks be concerned about “the size and scope” of the Jade Helm exercise?

The short answer is “no,” but I admit that my perspective on such exercises is somewhat biased.

Having held for almost 25 years an executive-level appointment in a reserve national security capacity (one of those so-called “shadow government” folks assigned to FEMA/DHS), I have been involved in more than a few training exercises for senior military personnel.

Thus, I can assure you that the number of conservative Patriots in uniform is much higher than in any other profession. May I remind you that, according to reputable annual surveys conducted by The Military Times, Barack Obama’s approval rating among military personnel has fallen from a paltry 35% in 2009 to just 15% now, while his disapproval ratings have increased to 55%.

Obama loathes our military Patriots, as most of them do him. Frankly, he has far more concern about military loyalties than the good people of Texas need have. The notion that somehow our military Patriots will follow a pathological narcissist like Obama down a path to tyranny is patently absurd.

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This is not to say that Americans should not be vigilant against the mischief that can infiltrate standing armies when a Socialist Democrat occupies the Executive Branch.

In 2010, we were alerted by some of our readers within the military that the designer of an Army security exercise listed the grassroots Tea Party among the terrorist groups that might assault Ft. Knox — “in order to make it more realistic.” We exposed this exercise in a column titled “Army Preps for Tea Party ‘Terrorists’,” and within hours of publication we heard from the commanding officer at Ft. Knox that the exercise was scrapped and the individual who drafted that scenario was being disciplined.

But there is a wide gulf between rational vigilance and the conspiracy hysterics currently associated with Jade Helm.

Rational vigilance has its origins with our Founders.

In 1783, George Washington wrote, “A large standing Army in time of Peace hath ever been considered dangerous to the liberties of a Country, yet a few Troops, under certain circumstances, are not only safe, but indispensably necessary.”

In 1787, in a speech before the Constitutional Convention, James Madison argued, “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”

Consequently, Article I, Section 8, Clause 12 of our Constitution reads, “The Congress shall have Power To … raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years…”

In other words, our Founders understood that the size of our military should comport with the exigencies of the time. Unfortunately, the current CINC does not understand those exigencies.

Our Founders also understood that American security against a standing army whose leaders disregarded their solemn oaths to defend our Constitution was contained in the plain language of that venerable document’s Second Amendment as the first assurance of the unalienable Rights of Man.

In 1787 Noah Webster observed, “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.”

Madison, who was the principal author of our Constitution, noted, “The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … [T]he advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition.”

Our Founders uniformly understood that the individual right to self-defense constituted the best defense of Liberty for the whole people. Madison’s Supreme Court appointee, Justice Joseph Story, best summed up the Second Amendment: “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”

A century after the American Revolution, Congress enacted a specific prohibition, the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, greatly limiting the use of military forces by federal authorities in a domestic law enforcement capacity. The primary exception is the use of National Guard and state defense forces under the authority of the governor of a state.

So what to do with the conspiracy propagandists on the Left and Right?

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First, it’s worth understanding the nature of such theories and those who buy into these deceptions.

Every conspiracy theory is a combination of a foundational fact plus a lot of fiction heaped upon it — and each depends on a basic maxim, “You can’t prove a negative.” Pop conspiracy theories are all constructed on this predictable formula: 10% substance and 90% fragrance.

Most of these conspiracies assert the existence of a global political or economic “star chamber,” often puppet masters who are members of the Bilderberg Group or the Council on Foreign Relations.

Most disciples of such nonsense are not inherently ignorant or bad, but they harbor basic insecurities that compel them to grasp “straw man” explanations when their insecurities are triggered. The sense of order out of chaos derived from a conspiracy theory tends to satiate their insecurity. Notably, they are often most vulnerable to Internet conspiracy gurus, who decode events with greatly simplified theories. The most ardent adherents within these cults — the 9/11 “Truthers,” for example — have surrendered their willingness to discern fact from fiction in order to sustain their sense of security.

Beyond understanding the psychology behind this phenomenon, conspiracy theorists should be boldly called out for the pathetic frauds they are, and we should encourage anyone who subscribes to their folly to stop drinking their toxic Kool-Aid.

Jones, et al., are doing an enormous disservice to the conservative movement in Texas, dragging a lot of otherwise rational folks down a rat hole and creating unwarranted tension between civilian and military Patriots. Jones has never taken an oath “to Support and Defend” our Constitution, nor has he served a day in uniform. He has no understanding of the sense of duty, honor and sacrifice that forms the foundational drive among our military personnel.

He is promoting division between uniformed and non-uniformed Patriots at a time when military morale is very low.

Former Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a Republican who served under Rick Perry, published a Dallas Morning News op-ed calling out the travesty of the Jade Helm conspiracy clowns. Dewhurst wrote, “Unfortunately, some Texans have projected their legitimate concerns about the competence and trustworthiness of President Barack Obama onto these noble warriors. This must stop.”

Indeed it must.

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Albert Mohler Blog: “‘A Lot of People Want Intact Hearts These Days’ — Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and the Conscience of a Nation”

In this blog essay, “”A Lot of People Want Intact Hearts These Days” — Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and the Conscience of a Nation,” Dr. R. Albert Mohler responds to the release yesterday of video footage recounting a scandalous conversation with a senior Planned Parenthood staff member discussing the intentional harvesting of organs and tissue from aborted babies. Mohler writes:

“I have no reason to believe that the video is anything less than totally credible. But, even if Planned Parenthood somehow finds a way to evade justice in terms of criminal activity, the part of the video that Planned Parenthood does not –and cannot — deny reveals their senior medical director enjoying a conversation over a meal in which she describes tearing apart the bodies of unborn human beings in order to get the desired organ: “I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.””

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Iran deal: no snap inspections, all sanctions dropped, nuclear weapon within one year

WINTERY KNIGHT

What difference does national security make? What difference does foreign policy make?

Hillary Clinton supports the new deal that Obama has struck with Iran. So let’s see what’s in the deal.

Here are the key points about the Democrats’ deal with Iran from foreign policy expert Nile Gardiner:

[…][T]his is a disastrous agreement that leaves Iran’s nuclear infrastructure largely in place, with only limited “managed” access to inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In effect the Iranian regime will be able to deny unfettered inspections of its nuclear facilities. Iran has never cooperated with good faith with the IAEA in the past – there is no reason to believe it will do so now.

[…]Under the proposed arrangement, Iran would be in a position to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a nuclear weapon within a year… In the meantime there are no restrictions put in place to limit Iran’s development of intercontinental…

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What does Hillary Clinton think of Planned Parenthood selling unborn baby parts?

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It’s another sting video, this time against Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services.

Watch the 9-minute video, and see the face of evil for yourself:

Life News has the story here:

A shocking new expose’ video has caught Planned Parenthood’s top doctor describing how the abortion business sells the body parts of aborted babies.

New undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted unborn children and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts.

In the video, Nucatola is at a business lunch with actors posing as buyers from a human biologics company. As head of PPFA’s Medical Services department, Nucatola has overseen medical practice at all Planned Parenthood locations since 2009. She also trains new Planned Parenthood abortion doctors and performs abortions herself at…

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Governor Bobby Jindal announces investigation of Planned Parenthood

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Although the mainstream media has not covered the story of Planned Parenthood harvesting organs that I blogged about yesterday, Bobby Jindal has heard about it. And he is going to knock over some tables and whip some ass.

Breitbart News reports.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday he is directing his state’s Department of Health and Hospitals to launch an investigation into Planned Parenthood. This comes on the heels of the release of an investigative video by pro-life group Center for Medical Progress depicting the abortion giant’s chief medical officer speaking about how to abort a baby intact to harvest its body parts for sale.

“Today’s video of a Planned Parenthood official discussing the systematic harvesting and trafficking of human body parts is shocking and gruesome,” Jindal, a Republican presidential contender, said in a statement sent to Breitbart News.

“This same organization is seeking to open an…

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Babies Aren’t Turnips

Zwinglius Redivivus

Yet some people continue to insist that abortion is nothing more than the moral equivalent of uprooting a turnip and tossing it in the garbage.  Most astonishingly of all, many of those who believe the unborn are nothing more than turnips actually call themselves Christians.

Abortion is widespread murder and just as morally heinous as any war crime ever committed.  And worse, if you count up the totals.

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The offenses of the Gospel

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

34 Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν· οὐκ ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἀλλὰ μάχαιραν. (Matthew 10:34 NA28)

34 Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. (Matthew 10:34 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

26 τί γὰρ ὠφεληθήσεται ἄνθρωπος ἐὰν τὸν κόσμον ὅλον κερδήσῃ τὴν δὲ ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ ζημιωθῇ; ἢ τί δώσει ἄνθρωπος ἀντάλλαγμα τῆς ψυχῆς αὐτοῦ; (Matthew 16:26 NA28)

26 For what will be benefited a man if he acquires the whole world, but he forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

If you are an ardent listener to many so-called “Christian” leaders today you would may be surprised to learn that the Gospel message is not meant to bring peace to the earth or between people…

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