Daily Archives: July 22, 2015

July 22, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jul. 22, 2015

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Gun control’s weary warriors have been searching for a way to appeal to Republicans and give the issue a pulse in Congress. A couple of Midwestern women Democrats may have found a way to do it, by tying it to domestic violence.

The Republican who heads the congressional committee considering a measure to remove the Mississippi state flag from the House side of the U.S. Capitol says she wants to hear from the Mississippi legislature—which does not convene until 2016.

U.S. home prices rose in May as a limited supply of properties for sale failed to meet demand from first-time buyers. Prices climbed 0.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from April.

The biggest technology rally since October was knocked cold, as disappointing earnings reports punished Microsoft Corp. and left Apple Inc. in danger of its worst-ever loss of market value.

Gold’s slump to a five-year low this month is squeezing the world’s biggest producers of the precious metal, already struggling to rein in costs and pay down debt.

As education companies shrink amid government allegations that they misled students about the value of their degrees, tens of thousands of students may be able to walk away from their obligations, a scale of college-loan forgiveness unprecedented in U.S. history. The unwinding may cost taxpayers billions, touching off debate in Washington about fairness and personal responsibility.

More than 1,000 security officers, baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants at New York’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports voted unanimously to authorize a strike starting Wednesday night.

The selloff in gold is infecting metal markets from copper to zinc and tin. Copper, zinc and lead fell more than 1 percent. The worst losses were in tin, which fell as much as 4.9 percent, the most this month.

Global art auctions cooled in the first half of 2015 but collectors chasing Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Andy Warhol ignored the slowdown. Auction results slid 5.8 percent to $8.1 billion from the same period in 2014 because of weak sales in China, the U.K., France and Germany.

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Iran will not accept any extension of sanctions beyond 10 years, an official said on Wednesday, in the latest attempt by its pragmatist government to sell a nuclear deal with world powers to skeptical hardliners.

A burned 1,500-year-old Hebrew scroll found on the shore of the Dead Sea was recently deciphered, 45 years after archaeologists discovered it, researchers in Israel have announced. The Ein Gedi parchment scroll is the oldest scroll discovered from the Hebrew Bible since the Dead Sea Scrolls, which date to the end of the Second Temple period, about 2,000 years ago. The parchment scroll was so charred that it was illegible to the naked eye. Only with advanced technology did the scroll reveal the opening verses of the book of Leviticus, the third book of the Hebrew Bible.

According to the latest data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the first six months of 2015 were the warmest six months across land and ocean surface in our recorded history of Earth. The average global sea surface temperature of +0.65°C (+1.17°F) for the year-to-date was the highest for January–June in the 136-year period of record.

A Florida gun store is in the social-media spotlight this week after making a video announcing a new policy banning Muslims from the premises.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it was investigating a viral Internet video showing a home-made “drone” firing a handgun in the Connecticut countryside.

Confirmation from two reputable organizations this week that the Islamic State used chemical weapons against Kurds in Iraq offers clues into the group’s capabilities and intentions.

When it comes to long-term investments, real estate is still preferred over cash or the stock market, Bankrate.com reports in a new study. For long term investments over 10 years or more, 27 percent chose real estate, 23 percent preferred cash investments, and 17 percent opted for the stock market. Gold and precious metals came in fourth at 14 percent, and bonds debuted at 5 percent.

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What may be the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham. Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence. The pages of the Muslim holy text had remained unrecognized in the university library for almost a century.

Several car infotainment systems are vulnerable to a hack attack that could potentially put lives at risk, a leading security company has said. NCC Group said the exploit could be used to seize control of a vehicle’s brakes and other critical systems.

Australia’s opposition is set to adopt a motion to change the nation’s constitution and cut ties with the British monarchy, a group of MPs said.

Nigeria’s new president has said he is willing to negotiate with Boko Haram leaders for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped last year.

The Supreme Court in Pakistan has suspended the execution of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy who has been on death row for nearly five years.

The United States said it has killed a senior al-Qaeda militant in an air strike in north-western Syria.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday said it will no longer require incoming U.S. citizens to pledge that they will “bear arms on behalf of the United States” or “perform noncombatant service” in the Armed Forces as part of the naturalization process.

Ever since President Obama took office, the poverty rate among children has soared to 22 percent, with three million more children living in poor conditions.


Top News – 7/22/2015

More black babies aborted than born in New York City
Black lives matter? Apparently not in New York City. A “Pregnancy Outcomes” report from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals in 2013, more black babies were aborted than born in the city. A chart on page 7 shows 24,108 “non-Hispanic black” babies were born while 29,007 faced “induced terminations” — or abortions.

Why is Pope Francis so obsessed with the devil?
His tweets and homilies about the devil, Satan, the Accuser, the Evil One, the Father of Lies, the Ancient Serpent, the Tempter, the Seducer, the Great Dragon, the Enemy and just plain “demon” are now legion. For Francis, the devil is not a myth, but a real person. Many modern people may greet the Pope’s insistence on the devil with a dismissive, cultural affectation, indifference, or at the most indulgent curiosity.

More rain expected for flood-hit Pakistan
More rain is forecast in north Pakistan after flash floods inundated several villages in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces. At least three people have died, Pakistani media reported, and hundreds of thousands have been displaced.

After EU labeling of West Bank goods, paper proposes banking steps on Israel
The European Union agreed this week to push ahead with labeling Israeli goods made in settlements in the West Bank, a move that has alarmed the Israeli government; but now there are proposals to go much further, including targeting Israeli banks. …EU is in breach of its own laws and must move much more firmly to distinguish its dealings with Israel from Israel’s activities in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

North Korea may be preparing to launch a new, long-range rocket
North Korea is preparing to launch a new, long-range rocket, possibly in October, having completed an upgrade at its main satellite launch base, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday.

Heavy storms in California signify return of El Nino
On Tuesday, construction crews began fixing the highway bridge washed out by heavy weekend rains in California. Scientists say such rare summer storms are a preview of a potentially record-breaking wet winter in the west. NASA climate scientist Josh Willis says the storms are fueled by the phenomenon called El Nino.

China’s Record Dumping Of US Treasuries Leaves Goldman Speechless
We then put China’s change in FX reserves alongside the total Treasury holdings of China and its “anonymous” offshore Treasury dealer Euroclear (aka “Belgium”) as released by TIC, and found that the dramatic relationship which we first discovered back in May, has persisted – namely virtually the entire delta in Chinese FX reserves come via China’s US Treasury holdings. As in they are being aggressively sold, to the tune of $107 billion in Treasury sales so far in 2015.

Obama’s secret database forces ‘racist’ smear on innocent citizens
A government obsessed with imaginary racism is the soul-killing legacy Barack Obama is leaving Americans. Obama has come up with an ongoing plan in which the 330 million American population will be corralled into a cattle pasture from which there doesn’t seem to be any escape.

UN Security Council Enshrines Disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal into International Law
The United Nations Security Council approved unanimously a resolution endorsing the final Iran nuclear deal agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The resolution, which will go into formal effect 90 days after its passage on July 20th, incorporates the JCPOA as an attachment.

The President is ‘The Other’
here’s some bad news: the ‘fundamental transformation of America’ is in full swing and as they used to say in show biz, “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” That’s because the last 18 months of this corrupt narcissist’s rule will make the first six-and-a-half years look like a high school civics lesson in good governance.

Terrorist mollycoddled but no flags lowered to half-staff
Why do major television networks continue to get away with mollycoddling murdering radical terrorists in the very wake of their evil carnage? Within four days of the attack that claimed the lives of four US Marines and a Navy sailors slaughtered in the Chattanooga shooting spree, ABC is portraying poor Mohammod Abdulazeez—not as a radical Islamic terrorist—but as a “disturbed, suicidal young man using drugs, preparing for bankruptcy and facing an appearance in criminal court”.


Top Headlines – 7/22/2015

Father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb says deal may have saved Iran from disaster

U.N. Council backs Iran nuclear deal but Tehran hardliners object

U.S. ‘disturbed’ by Iranian leader’s criticism after deal

Obama: US will not be letting Iran off the hook

Poll: Most Americans don’t believe Iran will uphold nuke deal

Iran conventional military power overrated, security study says

Nuclear deal will see powers ‘help Iran protect facilities’

Saudi Arabia considers its own nuclear options after Iran deal

North Korea says not interested in Iran-like nuclear talks with U.S.

German minister in Iran: We can’t accept questioning of Israel’s right to exist

Tehran turns down Berlin’s request to recognize Israel

Zarif: Israel Was Never So Isolated

Biden Tries to Convince American Jews to Welcome Iran Deal

How Tehran tried to stop Israel’s ‘Stop the bomb’ ad

Gaza Salafists at loggerheads with Hamas threaten rocket attacks on Israel

Hamas TV claim that tunnel runs from West Bank to Temple Mount debunked

Hamas Executes Commander Accused of Providing Israel With Intelligence on Terror Chief Mohammed Deif

UN approves Palestinian rights NGO that Israel says is linked to Hamas

India again abstains in Israel-related UN vote

Netanyahu struggles to govern with narrow majority

After Israel talks, Pentagon chief in Jordan says: ‘Friends can disagree’

Egypt: ‘Dozens detained secretly’ by security forces

US imposes sanctions on Hezbollah officials for Syria involvement

IS bans private internet access in Syria bastion: activists

Report: ISIS now using ‘suicide chickens’ in fight against its enemies

Kurds make gains against ISIS in Syria’s Hasakah

UK denying refuge to Christians fleeing the Islamic State

Record Number of Syrians Granted Asylum in U.S.

Turkey tightens Syria border after Suruc blast as suspect identified

ISIS expands terror attacks to new countries

British charge Muslim man in plot against U.S. military, trying to join ISIS

RNC rips O’Malley for linking rise of ISIS to climate change

Army chief Odierno, in exit interview, says US could have ‘prevented’ ISIS rise

Odierno clarifies remarks, says Army considering arming recruiters after shooting

Chattanooga Gunman Researched Islamic Martyrdom, Officials Say

Obama orders flags lowered to honor Tennessee victims, after criticism

US, Israel make arrests related to JPMorgan hack

Cyber security likely to become big issue in 2016 race

Security breach? Kenyan airline official leaks Obama’s exact itinerary

Border security steps up – but it’s Mexico who is making it tougher to cross

‘No Comment’: NBC Covers Up Evidence of Immigration Crime Wave

More children living in poverty now than during recession

Speculators smash gold as dollar squeeze tightens

What’s behind the falling prices of oil, gold and copper

Japan demands China halt oil exploration in part of East China Sea

North Korea upgrades missile tower for possible October launch: Yonhap

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Nuku’alofa, Tonga

4.4 earthquake centered in northern Oklahoma rattles state

Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake Shakes Bay Area Tuesday; Series of Aftershocks Reported

Major Quake On Hayward Fault Expected ‘Any Day Now’

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 20,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Scientists record explosion at Alaska’s Cleveland Volcano

Typhoon Halola to Lash Japan This Weekend

Thunderstorms Elevate Flood Risk From France to Germany and Poland

Australia Receives Biggest Snowfall in Decades

World Breaks Temperature Record as Climate Summit Nears

Cloud brightening experiment tests tool to slow climate change

Enormous Algae bloom turns Turkish salt lake red

U.S. Government Set to Approve Monsanto Protection Act

Experts warn Floridians to steer clear of armadillos to avoid leprosy exposure

Planned Parenthood Negotiates Price of Aborted Baby Parts in 2nd Undercover Video: ‘If the Price Is Low, Bump It Up – I Want a Lamborghini’

Planned Parenthood defector says loophole lets clinics profit from fetal organ sales

How exactly fetal tissue is used for medicine – vaccine developement and stem cell research

More black babies aborted than born in New York City

Italy violating rights of same-sex couples, European court rules

African clergy to protest Obama’s gay-rights ‘agenda’ on trip

Mississippi School District Fined Over $7,500 for ‘Proselytizing Christianity’ After Minister Prays at Event

Exorcism gone wrong – Palestinian man dies after being beaten by ‘healers’

Indian Woman Beheaded For ‘Witchcraft’

Ben Carson: The Whole Purpose’ of Planned Parenthood Is to ‘Eliminate Black People

Abortionist Compares Planned Parenthood Director Deborah Nucatola to Jesus


Daily Digest

July 22, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“We lay it down as a fundamental, that laws, to be just, must give a reciprocation of right; that, without this, they are mere arbitrary rules of conduct, founded in force, and not in conscience” —Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the state of Virginia, 1782

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Victims of Illegal Aliens Testify to Senate

Five families came to Capitol Hill Tuesday to tell lawmakers how the nation’s immigration policies led to the death of their loved ones, and the Left can only play a political game. The father of Kathryn Steinle, the woman who was murdered in July by a five-time deported illegal immigrant, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with four other families. “Everywhere Kate went throughout the world, she shined the light of a good citizen from the United States of America,” Jim Steinle said in his written statement. “Unfortunately, due to the unjointed [sic] laws and basic incompetence of the government, the US has suffered a self-inflicted wound in the murder of our daughter by the hands of a person that should have never been on the streets of this country.” The hearing coincided with a bill the committee’s chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, introduced that would strip state or local jurisdictions of federal law enforcement grants if they continue sanctuary city policies. Furthermore, the law would require a minimum five-year jail sentence for any illegal immigrant who was previously deported but still returned. But the Left is rallying against the effort to fix the problem. “Good policies are made over time,” wrote a coalition of leftist immigration groups to Congress. Ranking member on the Judiciary Committee Sen. Patrick Leahy rebutted the families’ testimonies by writing, “We must resist the urge to hastily adopt legislation that has the unintended consequence of making us less safe.” In other words, collateral damage is okay in the pursuit of Obama’s immigration vision.

‘Infanticide for Profit’

In the wake of another episode of Planned Parenthood’s evil and twisted ways, here are a few more things to consider. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards responded to the first video with an “apology” that spent a few seconds lamenting the “tone” of the abortionist and more than two minutes lauding the abortion mill’s supposed virtue and slamming opponents for objecting in any way. The second video opened with one of her claims: “I want to be really clear: The allegation that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation is not true.” That’s especially powerful since the entire second video is about the organization profiting from “tissue donation.” As for the second video, Planned Parenthood continues to insist that nothing in the “heavily edited” videos contain nothing “to suggest any violation of the law or improper activity.”

The Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes eviscerated Planned Parenthood and its defenders: “Let’s be clear what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about the extraction of infants, many of whom could live outside of the womb were this not done to them — the taking of their body parts and then selling them for profit. This is not morally ambiguous. This isn’t one of those discussions where there are two sides to the discussion. What we’re talking about is wrong. It’s morally reprehensible. I mean, I thought on the scale of things in the world that are morally reprehensible, infanticide is just about the worst. This is worse! It’s infanticide for profit!”

Politicians who receive donations from Planned Parenthood should be made to answer for its practices, as should the numerous businesses that donate to the organization. Republicans in Congress are working to strip more than $500 million in federal funding from Planned Parenthood — as well they should. Even aside from constitutional questions, such a morally bankrupt organization should have no claim to Americans’ tax dollars.

Handgun Permits Nearly Tripled Since 2007

In 2007, 4.6 million Americans possessed a permit to carry a handgun. Now, eight years later, that number is 12.8 million Americans, or 5.2% of the population, according to a study by the Crime Prevention Research Center. And contrary to the stereotype leftists hold of gun owners — that they’re white males bitterly clinging to guns and religion — the body of armed citizens is growing more and more diverse. CPRC reports that there is evidence gun ownership is growing among minorities at a greater rate than among whites. Furthermore, gun ownership among women increased 270% from 2007 levels opposed to the 156% rate for men. While these numbers are heartening for lovers of Liberty and advocates for the right to self-defense, they are also probably low. After all, CPRC notes that there are 10 states in the union that allow some kind of permitless handgun carry (with Maine most recently joining those ranks). And there are signs that these gun owners aren’t just exercising their hunting and fishing rights. At the SHOT Show in January, the National Shooting Sports Foundation released a study that found the number one reason women get a gun is for self-defense — all inconvenient truths for those who want to impose more gun control.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Is Sweet 16 Good Enough for Kasich?

By Nate Jackson

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced his bid for the GOP presidential nomination Tuesday, becoming the 16th — and likely final — major candidate in the 2016 race. Can the 63-year-old two-term governor gain traction?

Kasich brings to the race more experience both in Washington and in executive leadership than many of his competitors. He served as a congressman from 1983-2001, chairing the House Budget Committee when Congress last managed a balanced budget in the ’90s. After a stint as a Fox News host and investment banker, he took the helm in Ohio in 2011, steering its economic and fiscal revival — an $8 billion deficit became a $2 billion surplus. He’s worked to cut the income tax across the board (from 6.2% to 4.9%), and he wants to phase it out altogether. He eliminated the death tax.

Under Kasich’s leadership, Ohio’s 2.1% economic growth outpaced all other Great Lakes states, and the state’s unemployment rate fell from 9.1% to 5.2%. Earlier this month, Kasich explained his basic plan for economic recovery at the national level: “What I’m going to focus on is the business investment. This is the single biggest thing, in my judgment, that would help us to overcome wage stagnation.”

Unfortunately, Kasich’s conservatism isn’t always thorough or consistent. For example, he’s a proponent of Barack Obama’s Common Core standards that many conservatives see as a federal intrusion into education. He also largely offset his tax cuts with tax hikes in other areas, including raising the state sales tax from 5.75% to 6.25%.

But perhaps his most troubling move was that he circumvented the Buckeye State’s Republican-controlled legislature to expand Medicaid in Ohio as part of ObamaCare. He did so after the legislature rejected the expansion, and after he ran for election in 2010 as an ObamaCare opponent.

“Medicaid’s quality of care, access to physicians and outcomes continue to decline,” notes The Wall Street Journal. “Meanwhile, Medicaid spending will consume 49% of Ohio general revenue funds in 2016, 51% in 2017.”

Of his expansion, Kasich took on a decidedly “compassionate conservative” tone, telling his “hard-hearted” critics, “When you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small. But he is going to ask you what you did for the poor.”

Democrats are the ones who want to turn Jesus into a socialist, claiming His instruction to care for the poor applies to government as opposed to Christians. It’s sorely disappointing to see a Republican parroting that statist thinking.

Kasich doesn’t personally practice what he preaches, either. In 2008, the most recent tax return Kasich has released publicly, he made charitable contributions of $27,326. That sounds generous, but it’s less than 2% of his $1.4 million income and a fair bit below average for his income group.

Moreover, Kasich has made other excuses for the Medicaid expansion — from states’ rights to Medicaid being totally separate from ObamaCare (it’s not). The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein has a good breakdown of each excuse and why they fail to hold up.

Kasich’s biggest strength might be the state from which he hails and where the GOP convention will occur. Ohio is, of course, a critical swing state, and Kasich won re-election in 2014 with 86 of 88 counties and 64% of the vote. Then again, he defeated a particularly weak and scandal-ridden Democrat candidate, and his campaign team features some of the same guys that brought us Jon Huntsman’s bash-the-GOP message in 2012.

As for his reportedly fiery temperament, Reason’s Elizabeth Nolan Brown writes, “If you talk to Ohioans — and Ohio is my home state, so I do — you’ll find that most people don’t really like Kasich, not even Republicans. They might like his stance on spending, or taxes, or abortion, but Kasich himself? Arrogant. Condescending. Manipulative.

We in our humble shop are looking forward to getting those characteristics out of the White House.

In the end, Kasich doesn’t bring anything attractive to the table that other candidates don’t have, and he brings some negatives that make a victory unlikely. He’s a long shot, and deservedly so.

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L. Brent Bozell & Tim Graham: “Back in March, the pundits expressed horror at the alleged extremism of the Conservative Political Action Conference. … On PBS, ‘conservative’ pundit David Brooks said, ‘There’s conservatives … and then way over on the other side of the room is CPAC … this is like the hardest of the hardcore.’ But when the hardest of the hardcore left met in Phoenix for Netroots Nation, the networks didn’t see a problem, when socialist Bernie Sanders actually gets bum-rushed off the stage early for not being leftist enough. ABC, CBS and NBC couldn’t locate that story. … The lesson? Never let the media decide for you where the center is and where the fringes are. They can’t find them with both hands.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” —Mark Twain

Spot on: “It’s frustrating to watch [the rise of the Islamic State]. I go back to the work we did in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and we got [Iraq] to a place that was really good. Violence was low, the economy was growing, politics looked like it was heading in the right direction. … If we had stayed a little more engaged, I think maybe it might have been prevented. I’ve always believed the United States played the role of honest broker between all the groups and when we pulled ourselves out we lost that role. … I think it would have been good for us to stay.” —retiring Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno

The BIG Lie: “We’re pursuing a new kind of leadership — a smarter, broader vision of American strength, one that relies not only on our outstanding military, but on all elements of our national power. And that starts with the recognition that our strength in the world depends on our economic strength here at home.” —Barack Obama, who has done more to undermine both our military and economy than any other president

Iran deal not winning all Democrats: “How’s the verification going to work? How can we be assured that Iran sticks to what they’ve agreed to? How are the sanctions going to snap back into place if they don’t?” —Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Repent, for the end is near: “We conclude that continued high emissions will make multi-meter sea level rise practically unavoidable and likely to occur this century. Social disruption and economic consequences of such large sea level rise could be devastating. It is not difficult to imagine that conflicts arising from forced migrations and economic collapse might make the planet ungovernable, threatening the fabric of civilization.” —former NASA climate alarmist James Hansen

“Robot in NY passes ‘self-awareness’ test. You know what’s next: Obama’s teleprompter and auto-pen will demand the right to marry.” —Fred Thompson

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11 Signs That America Has Already Gone Down The Toilet

Toilet Paper - Public DomainJust when you think that the depravity of the United States cannot possibly get any worse, something else comes along to surprise us.  Many of the things that you are about to read about in this article are incredibly disturbing, but it is important that we face the truth about how far this nation has fallen.  There are times when I will be having a conversation with someone else about the state of our country, and the other person will say something like this: “Wow – America is really going down the toilet.”  At one time, I would have totally agreed with that.  But at this point I would have to say that we have already circled the bowl and have made it all the way through to the other end.  Our society is absolutely addicted to entertainment (most of which is utter trash), tens of millions of us are hooked on drugs (both legal and illegal), and we have murdered more than 56 million of our own babies.  Our financial system is consumed with greed, we treat our military veterans like human garbage, and most of our “leaders” in Washington D.C. are deeply corrupt.  In America today, 64 percent of all men view pornography at least once per month, it is estimated that one out of every four girls is sexually abused before they become adults, and we have the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the entire industrialized world.  We like to think that we are an “example” to the rest of the world, but the only example that we are setting is a bad one.  The following are 11 signs that America has already gone down the toilet… (Read More…)


12 Ways The Economy Is Already In Worse Shape Than It Was During The Depths Of The Last Recession

Twelve - Public DomainDid you know that the percentage of children in the United States that are living in poverty is actually significantly higher than it was back in 2008?  When I write about an “economic collapse”, most people think of a collapse of the financial markets.  And without a doubt, one is coming very shortly, but let us not neglect the long-term economic collapse that is already happening all around us.  In this article, I am going to share with you a bunch of charts and statistics that show that economic conditions are already substantially worse than they were during the last financial crisis in a whole bunch of different ways.  Unfortunately, in our 48 hour news cycle world, a slow and steady decline does not produce many “sexy headlines”.  Those of us that are news junkies (myself included) are always looking for things that will shock us.  But if you stand back and take a broader view of things, what has been happening to the U.S. economy truly is quite shocking.  The following are 12 ways that the U.S. economy is already in worse shape than it was during the depths of the last recession… (Read More….)


Seattle officials join push for Sharia-compliant mortgages, loans

Is this the beginning of a push for Sharia-compliant mortgages across the country?

“We will work to develop new tools for Muslims who are prevented from using conventional mortgage products due to their religious beliefs,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said during a press conference July 13.

“Sharia,” which comes from the Koran and means “the right path,” prohibits the payment of interest — the primary way lenders earn.

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HUD’s ‘Disparate Impact’ War on Suburban America

Your safe suburban community will now be history. The Left’s rampage against good people knows no bounds.

Disparate impact. It’s a legal doctrine that may be coming soon to your suburb (if you’re part of the national majority living in suburbs).

Bringing it there will be the Obama Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing program. It has been given a green light to impose the rule from Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion in the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project.

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The President Of France Wants Eurozone Members To Transfer Their Sovereignty To A United States Of Europe

The President of France has come up with a very creative way of solving the European debt crisis. On Sunday, a piece authored by French President Francois Hollande suggested that the ultimate solution to the problems currently plaguing Europe would be for every member of the eurozone to transfer all of their sovereignty to a newly created federal government. In other words, it would essentially be a “United States of Europe”. This federal government would have a prime minister, a parliament, a federal budget and a federal treasury. Presumably, the current national governments in Europe would continue to function much like state governments in the U.S. do. In the end, there may be some benefits to such a union – particularly for the weaker members of the eurozone. But at what cost would those benefits come?

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Amid epic drought, California farmers turn to witches

Vern Tassey doesn’t advertise. He’s never even had a business card. But here in California’s Central Valley, word has gotten around that he’s a man with “the gift,” and Tassey, a plainspoken, 76-year-old grandfather, has never been busier.

Farmers call him day and night — some from as far away as the outskirts of San Francisco and even across the state line in Nevada.

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Shaming boys

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Obama Won’t Allow Congress To Review Entire Text Of Iranian Nuclear Deal

President Obama won’t allow Congress to review two key aspects of the Iranian Nuclear deal, Republican lawmakers learned from international partners last week.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Barack Obama has a sinister power behind him, how else do you explain his success? He forced Congress to vote on Obamacare without even reading what was in it, and they passed it through with flying colors. Now he is doing the exact same thing with the awful, demonic Iranian Nuclear Deal. Hiding key concessions from Congress, yet still somehow getting them to vote on it. You are watching the Devil in action.

Under the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the International Atomic Energy Agency would negotiate separately with Iran about the inspection of a facility long-suspected of being used to research long-range ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

The Obama administration has failed to make public separate side deals that have been struck for the ‘inspection’ of one of the most important nuclear sites—the Parchin military complex,” said Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) in a statement Tuesday. “Not only does this violate the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, it is asking Congress to agree to a deal that it cannot review.” The IAEA has been trying to gain access to the Parchin site since 2005, but Iran has refused, even as it apparently demolished various parts of the complex. “The hardliners do not want to grant any concessions unless Iran is suitably rewarded,” International Institute for Strategic Studies director Mark Fitzpatrick told the BBC in 2014, after reports emerged of explosions at the base.

The terms of the current agreement wouldn’t allow Congress to review any concessions the IAEA makes to get into the site. “Even members of Congress who are sympathetic to this deal cannot and must not accept a deal we aren’t even aware of,” said Pompeo.

The IAEA will also separately negotiate “how the IAEA and Iran will resolve outstanding issues on possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program,” according to a release from Pompeo’s office. Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Pompeo, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, learned of the arrangement while meeting with the IAEA in Vienna, Austria last week. “That we are only now discovering that parts of this dangerous agreement are being kept secret begs the question of what other elements may also be secret and entirely free from public scrutiny,” Cotton said in a statement to the press. source

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Five-Word Message Has Residents in This Tiny Texas City ‘Standing Up’ Against a National Atheist Group

Posted: 22 Jul 2015 05:56 AM PDT

But many residents have come together in support of the “Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins” sign, holding a revival on Sunday that included music, signs, hats and other public gestures urging politicians to keep the message in its current location, rather than transfer it to private property. “We decided that we need to stand up for the civil liberties of Christians in America to say we have as much freedom of speech as anyone else,” sign supporter Justin Lane told KYTX-TV. It appears that at least one public official agrees with locals.

“The constitution is very clear about freedom of religion, not freedom from it,” Hawkins Mayor Will Rogers told the outlet, noting that there is some debate over whether the sign is on public or private property. ”I think we have to stand up for the foundation of our country. I mean, we’re built on God and Jesus. I’m sorry if people don’t like that, but it’s true.” Rogers previously told KLTV-TV that the sign doesn’t reference a particular church and that it invokes Christ, a figure who is “the most googled and most popular man in the world.” “To me and many others, Jesus is not a religion, Jesus is in every religion across the globe,” Rogers said in June. “He’s in Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism. He represents love and kindness.” MORE

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France Pushes A United States Of Europe To Solve Financial Woes

Posted: 22 Jul 2015 05:36 AM PDT

The President of France has come up with a very creative way of solving the European debt crisis. On Sunday, a piece authored by French President Francois Hollande suggested that the ultimate solution to the problems currently plaguing Europe would be for every member of the eurozone to transfer all of their sovereignty to a newly created federal government.

In other words, it would essentially be a “United States of Europe”. This federal government would have a prime minister, a parliament, a federal budget and a federal treasury. Presumably, the current national governments in Europe would continue to function much like state governments in the U.S. do. In the end, there may be some benefits to such a union – particularly for the weaker members of the eurozone. But at what cost would those benefits come?

When I first learned that French President Francois Hollande had proposed that the members of the eurozone should create their own version of a federal government, I was quite stunned. But I shouldn’t have been surprised. For the global elite, the answer to just about any problem is more centralization. The following comes from a Bloomberg article that was posted on Sunday… MORE

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Hoax or Lying Signs and Wonders? Virgin Mary’s lips ‘move’ on painting during prayer

Posted: 22 Jul 2015 05:24 AM PDT

Hundreds of Christians are flocking to church to witness a ‘miracle’ painting of the Virgin Mary who appears to join in with the Lord’s prayer. Stunned believers filmed the astonishing moment her lips appeared to move on the artwork during Mass last Sunday. Footage shows the congregation saying the ‘Our Father’ prayer but after several seconds it’s clear several Christians are distracted by something else.

If you look closely, the Virgin Mary’s mouth appears to move during the biblical reading, becoming clearer towards the end of the video. Baffled George Akary filmed what he believes is a ‘miracle’ in St Charbel’s church, Sydney, before posting it on Facebook.

He said: “To clarify for the viewers I saw this during mass and at the end of mass the rosary is prayed. “I went to the altar and wanted to confirm via recording it.” Sceptics poured scorn on his viewpoint, claiming that it’s a trick of the light coupled with the movement of the camera. FULL REPORT 

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USGS Scientist: Major Quake On Hayward Fault Expected ‘Any Day Now’

Posted: 22 Jul 2015 04:53 AM PDT

The fault that produced a 4.0-magnitude earthquake in Fremont early Tuesday morning is expected to produce a major earthquake “any day now” and Bay Area residents should be prepared, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist said. The 2:41 a.m. earthquake on the border of Fremont and Union City occurred on the Hayward Fault at a depth of 5 miles. The epicenter was at a spot just north of the intersection of Niles Canyon Road and Mission Boulevard.

The quake caused some BART delays early Tuesday while work crews checked the tracks, but appears to have caused no major damage. At least 13 smaller quakes or aftershocks had been reported near the same location as of 6:42 a.m., the largest of which was a 2.7-magnitude at 2:56 a.m.While damage from the quake was minimal, scientists warn that a much larger one is expected on the Hayward Fault, which extends from San Pablo Bay in the north to Fremont in the south and passes through heavily populated areas including Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward and Fremont. The last big earthquake on the fault, estimated to have a 6.8-magnitude, occurred in 1868, according to the USGS. MOREThe post USGS Scientist: Major Quake On Hayward Fault Expected ‘Any Day Now’ appeared first on .

Woman to marry her pet Dog after the death of Cat

Posted: 22 Jul 2015 04:42 AM PDT

Dominique Lesbirel was devastated after the death of her husband from kidney failure. They had been together for 16 years and did everything together. Happily she has now found love again – but still believes it is too soon to marry, remaining loyal to her first love Doerack. It is a predicament many people can relate to – except for a couple of small details. Dominique’s first husband Doerack was her CAT – and her new love is her DOG Travis.

She wed her soul-mate, pet cat Doreack, eight years ago, but sadly he had to be put down at the age of 19. “Putting Doerack to sleep was horrible, I’ve had him since he was three, but I feel lucky to have had 16 lovely years with him,” she said, “It sounds strange but I wouldn’t marry Travis just yet,” she said. “It’s still too soon after the death of Doerack. “I’ve had Travis for years. He was a stray I rescued when I lived in Greece. MORE

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Kerry says Iran vow to defy U.S. is ‘very disturbing’

Posted: 22 Jul 2015 04:35 AM PDT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program was “very disturbing”. “I don’t know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that’s his policy,” he said in the interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television, parts of which the network quoted on Tuesday.

“But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different. If it is the policy, it’s very disturbing, it’s very troubling,” he added. Ayatollah Khamenei told supporters on Saturday that U.S. policies in the region were “180 degrees” opposed to Iran’s, at a speech in a Tehran mosque punctuated by chants of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”. MORE

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Heaven’s Timing and the Nuclear Deal with Iran

Posted: 22 Jul 2015 04:31 AM PDT

The Iran Nuclear Deal was signed on July 14, 2015 by the P5+1 – a group comprised of representatives of the governments of the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – and the Islamic Republic of Iran. This date falls during a particularly significant time in the Jewish calendar known as The Three Weeks. The Three Weeks are a mourning period that the Jewish people observe each year for the destruction of the Holy Temples in Jerusalem. The period starts on the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz and ends on the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av and always falls in the summer. The 9th day of Av, which this year is July 26, is called Tisha B’Av and is the saddest day in the Jewish calendar.

It was the day that both Holy Temples were set on fire.

In comparing the deal with Iran to the Munich Agreement between British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and Hitler in 1938, world-renowned lecturer Rabbi Lazer Brody wrote: “Now, 77 years later, during the notorious ‘Three Weeks’ between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B’Av, the USA has reaffirmed its commitment to hedonism by appeasing Iran and signing a nuclear agreement that is not worth the skin of a garlic clove.” MOREThe post Heaven’s Timing and the Nuclear Deal with Iran appeared first on .

1,700 Churches Band Together in New York City to Fight This

Posted: 21 Jul 2015 02:29 PM PDT

In New York City’s iconic Central Park, world evangelist Luis Palau shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with thousands of people representing multiple languages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds in an extraordinary display of the diversity of the body of Christ. It was a fitting capstone to NY CityServe & CityFest, a historic campaign that brought together 1,700 churches and reached 180,000 people in person through more than 115 events in one of the most influential cities in the world.

Luis and his son Andrew partnered with local pastors Gabriel Salguero and A.R. Bernard, former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, and musical guests Amanecer, Israel Houghton, Mandisa, Rescate, Matt Redman, Hezekiah Walker, Marcos Witt and TobyMac to put on a high energy program. Surprise guests who took the stage during the night included musical artist and good friend Chris Tomlin, as well as New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. “This is such a beautiful scene of people coming together under a common cause,” de Blasio said in his greeting from the stage. “CityFest is now part of our history. You are showing how much communities of faith contribute to civic life.” MORE

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Is It Time for Hell Fire Preaching Again?

Posted: 21 Jul 2015 02:20 PM PDT

We need a fresh wave of great awakeners—those who will unapologetically preach hell fire in today’s dire end times. To the shame of much of today’s church there has been a firm and steadfast rejection of any truth that doesn’t result in people feeling happy affection for God. While a core message of mine has to do with enjoyable and permeating intimacy with Jesus, I understand that it is not a mutually exclusive one. That teaching when it stands alone apart from the full counsel of God’s Word produces a people who don’t understand the fear of the Lord, the severity of their lifestyle decisions or the intensity and nearness of eternity. It results in an overly confident and casual church that presumes God’s primary focus is our satisfaction as it forsakes the realities of holiness, standards, scriptural expectations, judgment and how those who are truly saved are hanging on to that position by a thread.

“If the righteous one is scarcely saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (1 Pet. 4:18).

This Christian culture of positivity depicts a God who is so enamored by us that judgment is contrary to his nature. The deception is that God so values us individually that our enjoyment in life is primary to him. This lie has fueled sanctioned perversion in the church through the “gay Christian” movement and the affirmation of homosexual marriage by many leading denominations. I’ll say it as clearly as I can: God is much more interested in the establishment of His name and His Word than He is in the feelings or desires of individuals, or even of entire regions. This is God’s nature. This is love. MORE

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Obama’s Shocking Response to Chattanooga Shootings

Posted: 21 Jul 2015 02:13 PM PDT

President Obama did not sing “Amazing Grace” at a Chattanooga church over the weekend. Instead, he took in a Broadway show and played a round of golf. Governors in a number of states lowered the American flag to honor those lost—but the flag was not lowered at the White House. Five members of the Armed Forces were gunned down by a Muslim terrorist on American soil last week and yet the flag was not lowered to half-staff at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

I’d like to know why. My Fox News colleagues reached out to the White House Press Office, but so far their questions have gone unanswered. It was an affront, whether intentional or not, to the families of those lost in the terrorist attack. And it was quite noticeable by many Americans. “I think the position of the flag tells you a lot about the priorities of this White House,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, the Republican congressman from Texas, told me. I asked our readers to do what President Obama would not: lower the flag that flew outside their homes and business. FULL REPORT

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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

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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Planned Parenthood and Evil

But Planned Parenthood goes beyond simply participating in the abortion industry. They not only embody the evil of our country’s Moloch worship, but they refine it.

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Media and the Sexualization of Children: Thoughts From a Concerned Parent

I fully expect to see cartoons, video games, children books and movies reflecting these changing views of family and marriages. Already last week I saw a new Tylenol commercial that is trying to redefine conventional family by including scenes of both lesbian and gay couples with children using the hashtag, #HowWeDoFamily.

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How the Church Ministers to Every Member

We downplay the value of this amazing gift, and our need for it, when we call all of our less formal programs and services ministries. Christ, the head, ministers to every member through Word and sacrament: women, men, marrieds, singles, elderly, and children. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t have any separate initiatives for these groups, but if every way that we serve others with our gifts is called a ministry, then the gift that we so desperately need ourselves in the ministry of Word and sacrament blend in to look like just another ministry among the many. And it is easy to become so wrapped up in our ministering that we lose perspective. We are first receivers.

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Loving Our Neighbors: The Tragic Consequences of Misdirected Longings

Same-sex marriage is thus rooted in a deep human desire to love and to be loved, to know and to be known. For whatever reasons, some people have an attraction to people of the same sex rather than the opposite sex. This is just one aspect of the fallen, broken nature of our humanity and our world. But beneath the brokenness is a right desire, the longing for intimate love.

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Six Reasons Why Women May Be Leaving Your Church

“It’s tough coming to church without my husband. I am totally responsible to get our three kids to church. And I really feel out of place because the church has groups for married adults and single adults. I don’t know where I fit.”

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Modern English Versions and the Greek New Testament

Modern English versions, in relation to the Greek text of the New Testament, are somewhat like those old user manuals. They tend to assume too much, and hence give the ordinary reader too little information. 

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Review: Openness Unhindered by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

Regarding sexual orientation, Butterfield traces this back to Sigmund Freud who rooted identity in sexuality rather than being made in the image of God. This has profound implications because people are now identified in categories that reject Original Sin. 

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Is Israel Just Our Good Luck Charm?

Ask a Christian why he or she loves and supports Israel and the Jewish people and the response will most likely be, “Genesis 12:3: Those who bless Israel, shall be blessed, and those who curse Israel shall be cursed.” It has almost become our mantra.

But is that the right answer?

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Living With Disappointment, Need Hope?

I don’t believe I’ve ever encountered Christians living under so much disappointment.

News outlets are full of stories of Christian persecution, from the horrific stories of Christians persecuted by the cruel hands of ISIS in the Middle East to the new legal persecutions here at home. Videos show abortionists bragging about the money they make selling aborted baby parts, and yet the world barely takes notice. Emails, tweets and posts commented on our Lamb & Lion Ministries’ social media channels lament the speedy demise of our country as our nation seems hell-bent on casting out every vestige of God and morality. Society is unraveling all around us.

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Pope Francis – The False Prophet?

For a few years, I have been reading various articles which put forth the question “Could Pope Francis be the False Prophet, spoken of in God’s Word?” I would turn this over in my mind; sometimes thinking that he very well could be, but other times I just brushed it aside as a remote possibility.

I have done much research on this pope.

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Other Events To Watch
New Financial Order Inevitable? 24 Nations Are Currently Facing A Debt Crisis

Right now, the debt to GDP ratio for the entire planet is up to an all-time record high of 286 percent, and globally there is approximately 200 TRILLION dollars of debt on the books. That breaks down to about $28,000 of debt for every man, woman and child on the entire planet. And since close to half of the population of the world lives on less than 10 dollars a day, there is no way that all of this debt can ever be repaid. The only “solution” under our current system is to kick the can down the road for as long as we can until this colossal debt pyramid finally collapses in upon itself.….…….  Click here for full story

Apostate Christianity
Blasphemy Of The “Christian” Left – Seminary Distributes Pro-Gay Condoms That Mock Christ’s Second Coming

At last week’s 2015 Wild Goose Festival attendees received condom packages from the Chicago Theological Seminary, (an affiliate of the United Church of Christ) 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………….  Click here for full story

Christian Worldview and Issues
Christian Universities: Will They Obey God or Man?

Christian universities must together embrace and facilitate homosexual sin, or lose, at once, both tax-exempt status and access to all students who choose to fund their education via federal loans and grants (which is most of them). This presents quite a conundrum. It’s also a test. Christian universities must either obey God, disobey man and suffer unsavory temporal consequences, or obey man, sell their souls for mammon and suffer a-little-more-than-unsavory eternal consequence. ………  Click here for full story

Rise Of Islam
Exploding Muslim Immigration Overwhelms FBI

Under current U.S. immigration policy, an ISIS terrorist doesn’t need to hop a fence or swim a river to reach America. He can enter the U.S. legally as a student, as a skilled guest-worker, as a refugee, as an entrepreneur, or as a tourist – and fly here in the comfort of a jumbo jet. According to U.S. Census data, the U.S. welcomes about 100,000 Muslim immigrants legally each year. This represents the fastest growing segment of immigrants coming to America…………  Click here for full story

Increase In Knowledge and Technologies
New Biometric Payment Options On The Horizon

Authentication, of course, has always been the “hot-off-the-press” type of buzzword that industry experts have debated. This includes the best methods — and technologies — to achieve the top security measures to ensure that identities are properly verified when it comes to mobile payments. That’s where the concept of TouchID, passwords and PINs came into the mix, but it didn’t take long for tech and payments companies to realize there’s probably more sophisticated ways to authenticate a payment..……  Click here for full story


A Surprising Percentage of Americans Are Totally Fine With Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies’ Body Parts

Townhall reports:

When the first video surfaced of a top Planned Parenthood doctor casually discussing the sale of aborted babies’ body parts went viral, many pro-life advocates hoped the shocking admission would be enough to finally turn the tides against—at the very least—taxpayer funding of the abortion giant.

Despite the firestorm of criticism directed against Planned Parenthood in the wake of the video, not to mention investigations launched—the organization’s president never came close to issuing a sincere apology. Instead, all Cecile Richards really regretted is the “tone” of the worker’s comments.

How can Planned Parenthood get away with it? According to a new Rasmussen survey, there are more Americans that approve of the disturbing practice—and the people behind it—than many would probably like to think.

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The Ongoing Implosion of Planned Parenthood

Call it what you will, Planned Barrenhood or Banned Parenthood, the last few weeks have been a bit rough for the world’s largest baby killing organisation. Indeed, this is a story that keeps on giving. The group that videoed the diabolical dealings of PP, the Center for Medical Progress, have now released a second – and equally damning – video.

It keeps getting worse and worse. The new video shows a senior PP official haggling over the prices and fetal body parts. Toward the end of the 8-mnute video, she even jokes about how she “wants a Lamborghini.” Well, those baby body parts do add up I guess. See it all here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjCs_gvImyw

There is no question that PP is right up there with the Nazis. This is a group that has a long history of demonic activities. Just recently they have been caught out on a number of gruesome deeds:
pp 18-covering up sexual abuse of minors
-aiding and abetting sex traffickers
-double-billing taxpayers
-and of course the cold-hearted murder of millions of innocent babies

Well, given that PP was founded by the arch-eugenicist Margaret Sanger, what do we expect? You remember her, with such memorable quotes as:
“The handicapped, including the blind, deaf, dumb, mute and epileptics, are the dead weight of human waste”
“Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.”
“The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
“Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.”
“The marriage bed is the most degenerating influence in the social order,”
“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”

Nice, real nice. Her callous, heartless and diabolical views were the very basis of PP, and they continue in the same exact mindset today. So why are we surprised at these new revelations? This is simply PP at work. This is what it does for a living. This is it very purpose and function.

But all these new revelations are catching them out big time. If what they deal with (around 350,000 a year in the US alone) are merely clumps of cells one minute, how can they be human body parts (brains, livers, arms, legs, etc) the next minute? When it comes to making money, and misuse and abuse of the English language will do nicely thanks.

Yet in the US they also receive over a half billion dollars a year in taxpayer funding. And on top of that there is plenty of corporate sponsorship as well for these killers. In the US there are 41 corporations and organizations that directly contribute to PP.

This is not only a very well-oiled and efficient killing machine, it is a very lucrative one as well. Indeed, the average salary for a PP regional CEO is just a tad short of $200,000 per year. Killing babies is obviously a lot more profitable than teaching in a school or flipping burgers.

While PP is doing all the sorts of stuff that would make the Nazis proud (and they did learn a lot from Sanger and Co.), one of the more incredible things (but not unexpected) is how the mainstream media has been doing its best to ignore this story.

This is clearly one of the most important stories of the year, yet the lamestream media is doing all it can to avoid it. It is only because the alternative media has made so much of it that they have reluctantly been getting into the act. Mollie Hemingway has just done a piece documenting this despicable dereliction of duty. Compare the beat-up about the Confederate Flag to the PP story:

-The New York Times has run stories and essays on the Confederate flag 149 times since June 17 (and only 39 of those mention Roof), 41 of those in the first six days. That compares to three stories on Planned Parenthood during the same window, just 7 percent of what you’d expect if the New York Times considered those stories merely of equal importance.
-CNN has had 493 mentions of the Confederate flag since June 17 (only 188 of these even mention alleged church shooter Dylann Roof), and managed 167 in the first six days. In the first six days of the Planned Parenthood scandal, they managed 7 mentions, less than 5 percent what you’d expect if you considered those stories only of equal importance.

She mentions other major news outlets, then offers “a few stories that I might have reporters look into” if the MSM is having troubles trying to unearth a story. Here are just some of them:

-We’ve heard about serial murderer/abortionist Kermit Gosnell keeping trophies of his victims, abortion clinics dumping babies in the trash, and now Deborah Nucatola working to do “a little better than break even” in the sales of intact baby organs. What’s the standard procedure for disposal of the unborn children killed in abortion? Are there abortion clinic standards for this? Does it vary state by state? Do states even have regulations? Does Planned Parenthood have uniform regulations? If not, why not? If so, how are they enforced?
-How much money does Planned Parenthood receive via sales of baby organs? Do they keep records? Are those records trustworthy? How do we know? How significant are these funds to the abortion portion of Planned Parenthood’s operation? How does compensation for the children’s lungs, livers, hearts and brains vary by state, if they do vary?
-How far along in a pregnancy must a woman be for her child’s organs to be considered worthwhile for procurement, sale and transfer? How much does the value of a child’s liver, heart, lungs, etc., increase with time? Do the sales of baby organs form a significant enough part of Planned Parenthood’s business model to result in, say, filibustering of protections for late-term unborn children?
-What are the laws on trafficking in human body parts? Who wrote those laws? Was the abortion industry involved in writing those laws?
-How much money is made throughout the organ sale process? How do corporations make their way around laws prohibiting the express sale of human organs? What do ethicists say about these loopholes and workarounds?
-Could expert observers take us through Planned Parenthood’s various responses to the charges levied in the video? They don’t deny the charges. How is that significant?

Good questions indeed. If the MSM were really objective, unbiased, and neutral, they would be all over this story like a rash. But they are not. The overwhelming majority of those in the MSM are secular lefties who fully support abortion on demand. So of course they don’t want to cover this story.

They only want to go after Christians and conservatives. They sure don’t want to go after their own. That is why it is so absolutely essential that the alternative media exists. It is doing the job the MSM refuses to do. And I will also keep hammering away at stories like these.

Pro-life activist Lila Rose had this to say about the new video:

This latest video further illustrates the barbaric reality of business at Planned Parenthood – that after selling an abortion, Planned Parenthood works to improve their bottom line by harvesting the body parts of the child they have just killed. What has our nation come to that we allow the brutality of abortion upon our children, and then sell their broken bodies for profit, all the while, funding the perpetrator? While millions of Americans, on both sides of the political aisle, are expressing their horror at Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of preborn children’s bodies — their tiny lungs, hearts and livers — our taxpayer dollars continue to flow into the organization at the rate of over $500 million per year. Human rights are bipartisan — where is the outcry from presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and others over sale of the parts of children? Silence in the face of such atrocity is complicity.

Exactly. Just as there was damnable silence from far too many Germans when the Nazis were freely doing their thing, and the concentration camps were filling up, so too we have way too much silence today. And it is not just the MSM who are abdicating their responsibilities here.

Most churches and Christian leaders are not saying a word about any of this. They don’t want to rock the boat, upset their congregations, and lose out on the weekly offering. They have blood on their hands. Their unwillingness to stand up for “the least of these” as Jesus put it will not go unnoticed come judgment day.

At the very least, all government funding of PP should stop immediately. We already have several Congressional investigations and at least seven US state investigations going on over this horrific activity. I hope many more such investigations take place, and I hope all the gory details get out far and wide.

And I hope that as a result of all this, PP closes its deadly doors, for good. If we all celebrated the closing of the doors of the death camps in Germany 70 years ago, we should be looking forward to the same here.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/static/new-video-planned-parenthood-official-haggles-over-baby-body-part-prices-jo.html?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=cf921810d7-LifeSiteNews_com_Intl_Headlines_06_19_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0caba610ac-cf921810d7-326193646
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http://dailysignal.com/2015/07/21/meet-the-41-companies-that-donate-directly-to-planned-parenthood/
http://thefederalist.com/2015/07/20/ideas-for-reporters-struggling-to-cover-planned-parenthood/


Ashley Madison adultery site hacked: adulterers upset

“Millions of users of the infidelity website may have good reason to be worried as cybercrime experts warn that ‘Impact Team’ may be focused on blackmail,” warns the secular news sites. Of course, the spiritual danger of unrepentant sin is never addressed, but hey, let’s just worry about being caught. Ashley Madison, the adultery website […]

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The NY Times offers full-throated defense of barbarism. @NYTimes

The New York Times editorial board has penned a full-throated defense of Planned Parenthood. The opening paragraph gives you the core of the argument:

A hidden-camera video released last week purported to show that Planned Parenthood illegally sells tissue from aborted fetuses. It shows nothing of the sort. But it is the latest in a series of unrelenting attacks on Planned Parenthood, which offers health care services to millions of people every year. The politicians howling to defund Planned Parenthood care nothing about the truth here, being perfectly willing to undermine women’s reproductive rights any way they can.

Here’s how the editors defend Planned Parenthood. The defense is based solely on the contention that selling baby parts is legal and that allegations of illegality are false. Yes, the editors trumpet “women’s reproductive rights” and engage in ad hominem against the producers of the video. But the bottom line of their defense is that there’s nothing illegal going on at Planned Parenthood.

I believe there is evidence that Planned Parenthood has broken the law, but let us for the moment set aside the question of legality. Let’s assume for the sake of argument that Planned Parenthood hasn’t profited in an illegal way from selling baby parts. After setting that question aside, here are the facts that everyone agrees to.

(1) Planned Parenthood routinely kills babies in utero through procedures that involve “crushing” the baby.

(2) Planned Parenthood harvests the body parts of dead babies and sells them to buyers. [Planned Parenthood says they are “donating” the body parts, but they do not dispute that their “donations” involve accepting a payment from the ones they are “donating” to.]

In other words, the most damning aspect of Planned Parenthood’s work is not the potential illegality. The most damning aspect is the morally bankrupt act of killing babies in utero and trafficking their broken bodies to buyers. Neither Planned Parenthood nor the editors of The New York Times dispute these facts. All sides agree that this is what is happening.

That barbarism is what is shocking the consciences of Americans who are viewing this video, and all the euphemisms in the world cannot conceal that basic inhumanity in light of these videos. And neither can The New York Times.


A cloud of evil and a plea for repentance

Yes, our world has become unhinged. But you should know that we’re not in the hinge-repairing business. Our drumbeat is still the same – share the Gospel, because the hour is late. How late is it, you ask? After doing this program for nearly five years, it is my strong belief that we are in […]

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What is the Evidence That Convinced You the Claims of Jesus Christ Were True? (Video)

J. Warner Wallace visits with Bill Parkinson from Fellowship Bible Church (http://www.fellowshiponline.com) to discuss the nature of truth from a Christian worldview and the role evidence plays in establishing the truth claims of Christianity.

To see more Cold Case Christianity Training Videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.


What’s Wrong with Designer Genes?

What’s Wrong with Designer Genes?In April, a group of Chinese scientists announced a world first: They had modified human embryos using gene editing technology.

The announcement was met with skepticism and widespread disapproval. Nature and Science, two leading publications, rejected the study, and scientists and bioethicists across the political spectrum claimed that this type of genetic modification crossed an impermissible ethical line.

We agree, and unflinchingly reject this line of research, and we believe the church needs to become aware of this latest scientific development in genetic research, why it was attempted, the fallout and its consequences, and what specific ethical lines it crosses for us as Christians.


Would Jesus Magnify His Presence Above the Word of God?

By Warren B. Smith (from his book “Another Jesus” Calling) In Jesus Calling, “Jesus” promotes the experience of his presence above God’s Word. Psalm 138:2 tells us: I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. […]

Blessed are the Thirsty

Part 2, Why Is the Church Powerless? 

Part 1: Missing the Connection

“Ho, every one that thirsteth,
come ye to the waters…”

(Isaiah 55:1)
By Pastor Anton Bosch

In addition to the need for obedience and holiness, our attitude also affects whether or not the Lord will pour His Spirit on us. The only attitude the Lord blesses and anoints is that of humility, brokenness and utter dependency on Him.

Just as those who are well do not need the physician, so are those who are self-sufficient. They feel they can make God do what they want and have no need the Lord’s power. Yes, they ask for the Lord’s blessing, but they do not really want it since deep down they feel quite adequate to do things for themselves. To make their situation worse, not only does God not support them in their self-sufficiency, but He is actually opposed to them: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). The problem is that if you feel you are humble then, by definition, you are not! Only those who recognize their pride have any chance of finding true humility, and thus receive the Lord’s blessing.

In the Beatitudes Jesus said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). The state of poverty of spirit is not only critical to receiving the Kingdom, but is vital to receiving anything from the Lord. Of course, all are poor, and there is no one who has anything to boast about (Romans 3:23). But the problem is that very few recognize their poverty and how much they need the Lord. This applies to every area of the Christian life, whether it is the sinner who recognizes his need for a Savior or the believer who understands that he has no strength in himself.

Sadly, the spirit of our age is that of the church of Laodicea which boasted, “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” but of which the Lord said, “[You] do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17). It seems most believers and churches are quite content in their lukewarmness and, like Laodicea, “do not know” how spiritually bankrupt they really are. Like the blind person who compensates for his disability though attuned senses of hearing and feeling, so the church compensates for its spiritual poverty through programs and hype. Like the bankrupt businessman who distorts his accounts and spends lavishly to hide his poverty, the church changes the way it evaluates its spiritual state and embarks on propaganda campaigns to speak of the “great blessing”.

Living in a false state of security and comfort is an old scam of false prophets: “For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, Saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ When there is no peace” (Jeremiah 8:11). In like manner church leaders assure their congregations that they can see when they are blind, that they are rich when they are poor and that they are healthy when they are sick unto death!

Paul had learned that the real secret to power was not becoming more charismatic but realizing his great need and utter dependence on the Lord: “And He said to me… My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2Corinthians 12:9-10). May we, too, face our desperate need, and may it drive us to Him Who alone has any strength.

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African clergy to protest Obama’s gay-rights ‘agenda’ on trip

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Protesters have called for tactics ranging from throwing rotten eggs at the president to encouraging prostitutes to march naked in the streets during his visit.

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Federal Court Orders Mississippi School District to Stop Promoting Christianity, Slaps $7,500 Fine

A U.S. district court in Mississippi has ordered a school district in that state to stop promoting Christianity during school events, fining the district $7,500 for being in “contempt.”

Inviting Planned Parenthood and Jesus to Dinner

Over a million lives were lost this year.  This is a tragedy many are re-engaging with as videos of undercover footage of negotiations over aborted fetal body parts have been posted on the internet.

“A lot of people want intact hearts these days,” says Dr. Deborah Nucatola in the video.  Can we hear this and keep our hearts intact and unmoved?

Friend, I hope this news shocks you and breaks your heart.  May we never become desensitized to the darkness in our world.  Sometimes people respond poorly to news such as this out of anger or fear.  We picket because we’re not sure how to embrace someone so seemingly different than ourselves.  We shout negative words because we’re not sure how to speak life into another.

Jesus had dinner with tax collectors and sinners.  I think he would have had dinner with Planned Parenthood staff and clients too.

I believe in life. I also believe in love.

In Mark Batterson’s Q Ideas talk on “How Does the Church Lead in a Changing Context?” he shares, “Be known for what you’re for, not what you’re against.”  If we want to be the gospel, then we must first be love.

You can be a voice for the voiceless.  This is a mission field, not a battlefield.  How will you lend your strength and respond in loving kindness and truth?

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Why Join a Church

Why Join a ChurchOne of the most counter-cultural things you can do is become an engaged member of a faithful local church.

In our flighty and noncommittal age, neither non-Christians nor Christians are naturally inclined to find a place to put down roots and make longstanding, objective commitments for the good of others. We want to keep our options open and, above all, preserve our own freedom of choice, rather than make a covenant for the long haul and embrace a framework for real life in all its ups and downs.

But what if you went against the grain and became part of the solution to the modern problem of being so noncommittal? What if you joined the rebellion, and pledged your loyalty and engagement to a Bible-believing, gospel-cherishing local church?

Does the Bible Even Mention Membership?

Most of us have raised eyebrows at some point about the concept of church membership. “Membership” — where do we see that in the New Testament? Is it really essential to join a church? Can’t I get everything I need as a Christian from being a regular attender?

It’s true that the New Testament makes no direct argument for our modern concept of membership. The gospel’s initial advance into a pagan and pre-Christian world was a different situation than we find today in our increasingly post-Christian society. The complexities of life two millennia later make church-belonging as difficult, and as important, as ever. Not only are we less inclined to make firm commitments, but our cities and towns are much bigger, and church options more diverse.

But whether you call it “membership,” “partnership,” or something else, the New Testament assumes some form of committed, accountable belonging as a reality for every true follower of Jesus. Each Christian has a definite place of local belonging. To be baptized is to become part of a particular local body.

“In the New Testament,” John Piper observes, “to be excluded from the local church was to be excluded from Christ.”

Six Reasons to Put Down Roots

Here, then, are six reasons, among many, to go against the noncommittal grain, put down roots, join a particular local church, and be as involved as possible in the life of that church.

1. Your Own Assurance

Being accepted into membership in a Bible-believing, responsibly-led church rightly gives affirmation and reinforces confidence that your faith is real, that it’s not your own private, self-made religion, but part of “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).

Jesus gives his church “the keys of the kingdom of heaven,” and according to Matthew 16:19, “whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” It is no small thing for a solid local church to find your profession of faith to be credible, and your lifestyle and conduct not disqualifying, and to accept you into membership.

There is more grace to be experienced in this, for our assurance, than most of us know.

2. The Good of Others

This is perhaps the most often overlooked reason for joining a church. In our proclivity to self-focus, we consider the reasons relating directly to us, but overlook how our membership relates to others.

Our belonging somewhere establishes a base from which we can reliably care for others. There are two sides to church membership, and we can’t keep others accountable for their good to a covenant we ourselves haven’t taken.

True love is not only manifest in affection and action, but also allegiance. We do not fully love our brothers and sisters in Christ if we withhold pledging our allegiance to them by covenanting with them in local-church life. Love doesn’t say, “I love these people and don’t need to covenant with them.” Rather, it says, “I love these people enough to covenant with them.”

Living the Christian life in community is more than just loose associations, but committing to each other to be there for each other when life is hard, in sickness and in sorrow.

3. Your Own Good

On the flip side, it is for your own good to have others committed to genuinely caring for you in Christ. And the people who will care for you best in the long run are those who are willing to commit to it.

Joining the church also formally identifies you as part of “the flock” which the church’s pastors and elders should “shepherd” (1 Peter 5:2) and to which they should “pay careful attention” (Acts 20:28). It is for your own good in being intentionally thought of and cared for by the leadership.

4. The Good of Your Leaders

Connected, then, is the clarity it brings the leadership about who is in their “lot,” who is “in their charge” (1 Peter 5:3), who in particular are they called to serve and shepherd.

In other words, your formally joining the church helps the pastors and elders do their job. How are they to shepherd the flock if they don’t know who is in that flock and who is not?

It is difficult, if not impossible, to respect and esteem your leaders (1 Thessalonians 5:12–13), and honor them (1 Timothy 5:17), and obey and submit to them (Hebrews 13:17) without identifying yourself to them and submitting to the membership structure that allows them to know and care best for those in their charge.

5. The Good of Unbelievers

Another good reason for joining a church is the good of those who are not there yet — even those who don’t yet know Jesus. Because we reach out and show Christ better as part of a committed, stable community. “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).

A lone-ranger Christian doesn’t make the best witness for Christ. Rather, someone who is grounded, has a home, and is part of a solid covenant community of support is best prepared to draw others into the kingdom.

Community is increasingly important in out witness today. As Christians who are truly faithful to the voice of Christ find themselves more and more in the minority of society, we need other believers to point to, that we’re not alone in our seemingly strange views, both in history and today. And the whole community together serves to put Christ on display better than individual Christians alone.

This happens best not in fly-by-night, uncommitted associations, but in deep, committed, long-standing, life-together relationships in this time-tested arrangement called “the local church,” established and upheld in the wisdom and power of Jesus himself.

6. Your Own Perseverance

Finally, covenanting with others now not to let you wander from the gospel, without pressing hard to bring you back, may one day prove priceless for your perseverance in the faith — and your eternity with Christ. It is, after all, as Jesus said, the one who endures to the end who will be saved (Matthew 24:13).

In a good church covenant, we yoke ourselves to accountability while we’re in our right minds, in case someday sin gets a foothold in our hearts and blinds us to the truth. Church discipline is hard, but so good. The purpose is always restoration, and God often has been pleased to use this difficult means to pour out his striking grace.

My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:19–20)


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Hacking Ashley Madison

I am 50 years old. Which means my understanding of the Internet and all that it does and how it operates is relatively new. I didn’t grow up with it. I have enough Internet skill to help my aging parents. But regularly I need to be helped and rescued by my own children to whom Internet is a second language. I hope, however, that my children still don’t know about Ashley Madison, a website that I only recently learned about.

Ashley Madison, in some ways, is very much like other websites that I have heard of. Websites like match.com which purport to bring people together with the hope that one day they will get married. There are several categories and even smaller groups with more specific interests; there’s a match website just for farmers; there is one just for Christians; and there is even one just for Reformed Christians. While Ashley Madison does promise to bring people together, it does so by tearing homes apart. You see what makes Ashley Madison unique among all these other websites is that they specialize in bringing together, not people who hope to one day marry, but people who are already married to someone else. It is a website which exists to facilitate adultery.

It is in the news recently, not because it is a new website or a new concept; it is in the news because they have recently been hacked. The hackers who broke into their site were able to retrieve mountains of information including millions of names of people who signed up for this website. And they are not merely showing their computer skills, demonstrating what they can do. They’re actually threatening that if Ashley Madison does not shut down they will publicly release all the names of those who have sought the services of Ashley Madison.

I suspect that there are a lot of people privately sweating, 37 million of them, probably. I wonder how many are going to publicly object and declare the immorality of this hack and this threat. But in doing so, we miss the immorality of the site itself. This is not merely about the private behavior of private citizens, because we are dealing with married people. Marriage, friends, is never only private.

When we are asked to attend a wedding, we don’t merely go there to watch. We are not just an audience that gives an increased level of pomp and circumstance to the ceremony. Rather, we are called to go as witnesses to the wedding. We are there to publicly witness solemn vows being made between a man and his wife. So these folks who are using Ashley Madison are people who have publicly married and who are cheating.

The reality is that nothing that we do is private. Not because of the shocking reach of the Internet, not because of the devious skills of hackers, but rather because all that we do is known by the One who knows all things. The reality is that we all sin before the eyes of the watching God of Heaven and Earth. Not only that, but all of our sins will one day be publicly exposed. On that great day of judgment, there will be no delete; there will be no erase; there will be no way to hide all that all of us have done. It is my hope that this kind of cyber assault might wake us up to that reality.

My prayer is that we, even if we haven’t committed adultery, even if we haven’t flirted with committing adultery, even if we just learned about Ashley Madison, would just recognize and embrace the biblical truth that our sins will find us out.

The glory of the gospel is that, for believers, our sins are covered. The irony of the gospel is that our sins are only covered in so far as we expose them. In order for them to be covered by the blood of Christ, they have to be confessed by the ones committing the sin. This is precisely what I remind people of when I have opportunity to preach at the local abortion mill in Orlando. “You are here to hide your shame. God in His grace has provided a way for your shame to be covered. And it is by the shedding of innocent blood, but not by the shedding of innocent blood of your child by your hands. Rather, by the shedding of Jesus’ blood Who laid down His life on His own.”

We are all sinners, and we are all, in ourselves, justly under the wrath of God, and we will all give an answer for all that we’ve done, all that we’ve said, all that we’ve thought, and for every website we have visited. It will all come out. But those of us who, by God’s grace, have been given new hearts, who’ve been indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who’ve cried out to God for mercy in Christ, we will, at the end of that frightening day, hear these words: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into thy reward.” Not because we have done well, but because Jesus did. And Jesus changes everything.

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Desperation Band (ft. Kari Jobe) – “On the Throne”

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Hope in the Wake of Planned Parenthood

I just finished watching a second video put out by the Center for Medical Progress that–as unbelievable as this sounds–is more damning than the first. It’s impossible to watch a video like this and not cry or feel anger. Someone talking with excitement about selling baby body parts shows the callousness of humanity reaching new depths.

Yet these videos made me have sympathy for a group of victims I had never thought of before–namely mothers who have had an abortion. Many of these women were pushed into this situation. They bought the lie–that the life inside of them didn’t matter, at least not as much as their own lives do. They allowed the workers at Planned Parenthood to tell them that abortion was what was right, that there is nothing wrong with it, and that the “thing” inside of them was just a clump of cells. They were led to believe by the counselors there that they had to do what was right for them, and not for their baby.

And they did it. They got the abortion, possibly even through tears.

Now, perhaps years or decades later, they wake up to realize that while the Planned Parenthood workers were telling them their baby wasn’t real enough to keep, those same workers turned around and sold the scraps. To see their boss joking that, with any luck, they could get a Lamborghini out of it.

We need to take a moment to think. We need to breathe. I think that there is a place for anger and there is a place for sadness. But we cannot stop there. I need to remind myself that God didn’t save me to condemn others. He saved me to be his mouthpiece. And shame on me if I sit here crying and feeling hatred for these people. If it weren’t for the Lord saving me I would have never been able to see how damnable my sin is, and who knows where my callousness would have taken me by now.

The Bible predicts the moral slide that happens to unbelievers over time. Ephesians 4:17-19:

So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.

If these three verses aren’t the perfect narrative of these videos I don’t know what is. But he then goes on to say some very important words for us to remember:

But you did not learn Christ in this way.

We had to learn Christ. We were born hating God.

Someone had to come teach us the truth. They had to take the time to tell us how sinful we were and how Christ’s death on the cross could save us.

It is critical that we would have compassion.

So many women have been lied to and have been told that they own their own bodies. They have been told that they are in charge of their lives and they get to do whatever they want, whenever they want, with whomever they want. Men have abused women and despite the fact that many women would lean toward keeping the baby, they have manipulated and convinced them to have abortions. And many of these men were born with terrible examples as fathers who never taught them how to treat women.

I’m not justifying sin. What I am saying is that we are called to share the gospel with all kinds of people even those who do things that make us cry and get angry. Paul sitting in jail with evil guards keeping him chained, couldn’t stop sharing the gospel with them to the point where he tells the Philippians that the gospel is going forth more with him in jail, than if he were free to move around.

In moments like these we can’t forget that the Lord is working. There are thousands and thousands of men and women who, after watching the videos and after hearing so many Christians talk about the evil of abortion, are being confronted in a new way with old sins they have committed. Sins they long ago had learned to suppress, these videos have surfaced them again. If that is you, I beg you to not try to push it back down, but to confess it to the Lord and find salvation.

It’s important that we don’t stop at anger and sadness, but that God would use us to turn this evil into victory. My prayer is that some people who feel guilt right now would hear the gospel, and that they will come to know the Lord who is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If you want to know more about what it means to be forgiven from your sin and have a relationship with Jesus Christ, read more here, or contact me here.


The Book of Numbers


10 Numbers You Should Know About Planned Parenthood

http://erlc.com/article/10-numbers-you-should-know-about-planned-parenthood

The Missing Ingredient for Sexual Purity – If sexual purity is your struggle, Luke Gilkerson’s article may prove helpful.


The 2 Marks of a Truly Wicked Person


Video: Challenging Quotes from A.W. Tozer


What Christians Should Learn about Sadness from Inside Out


Christian Fish Stories

If that news story someone posted on Facebook is unbelievable, well, maybe you shouldn’t believe it. More on loving, but not stretching, the truth next on BreakPoint. Listen Now | Download

The Daily Discovery (July 22, 2015)

Is Christianity Dying? – “Christianity is dying. At least, that’s what major newspapers are telling us today, culling research from a new Pew Center study on what almost all sociologists are observing these days—the number of Americans who identify as Christians has reached an all-time low and is falling. I think this is perhaps bad news for America, but it is good news for the church.”

Lamborghinis and Limbs – “A second video of Planned Parenthood has now dropped, even more devastating. Click through to see it, and make sure you light up the Internet with #DefundPlannedParenthood and #PPSellsBabyParts.”

NY Times Op-Ed Makes the Case for Legal Polygamy based on Obergefell – “As the idea of legal gay marriage has grown more popular, the public by-and-large remains resistant to legal polygamous marriage. And that is why gay marriage supporters have until now tried to discount the slippery slope argument that the one leads to the other. They didn’t want public opinion to turn against gay marriage out of a fear of polygamous marriage.”

Pomo Pentecostalism – “David Martin (Tongues of Fire, 165) cites a study of Mexican Pentecostal healing that highlights the anti-modernity of the Pentecostal movement. Like black culture and partly because of it, Pentecostalism is characterized by ‘an emphasis on the spoken as much as the written; the ‘telling’ of faith and giving of testimony through stories; the extension of participation to all, including women; the inclusion of dreams and visions in personal and public worship; and ‘an understand of the body-mind relationship that is informed by experiences of correspondence between body and mind,’ most strikingly through healing in constant prayer’ (quoting a 1984 PhD dissertation by Murl Owen Dirksen). Further, Pentecostalism ‘attempts to unify individual and community by affirming that healing is a public and communal activity.’”

The Infantilization of Our Nation’s Youth – “Today we are challenging no one and affirming everyone and standing for nothing. Okay, we’re not, but our next generation is.  We have a whole generation of people who think they can be teenagers until they’re 50. There is a general sense that the youth of tomorrow’s generation refuse to grow up emotionally, socially and spiritually.”


SERMON:

Tony Miano – Preaching the Gospel to a Perverse and Wicked Generation


VIDEOS:

You are WRONG!

Advice to a Christian RA who has to take LGBTQ training


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

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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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What is The Gospel?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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The EIC interview Hillsong’s slick marketing Prophet.

The Evangelical Industrial Complex interviewed Brian Houston while his Hillsong Conference was underway. This interview was a clear plug for Houston’s Conference and to bolster the Bible Society’s status.

A few important issues emerged while Mr Sandeman interviewed Brian Houston.

1. Hillsong submits fully to the prophetic direction of Prophet Brian Houston.

This only proves that Hillsong is no different to the Mormon, Jehovah Witness and Roman Catholic cults. Each one of these cults were founded by men who operated in the infallible offices of “Prophet” or Christ Himself. You cannot question their teachings, visions or prophecies.

Brian reveals in this interview that, “God has spoken to [him] directing a vision which today has framed many different aspects of [Hillsong’s] work.”

This is troubling considering God has already framed how His church is to function in His Word.

Mr Houston says that God speaks to him “at the most unexpected times.”

“It’s been on airplanes. I…

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Planned Parenthood senior executive who sells baby parts: “I want a Lamborghini”

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Planned Parenthood senior executive: organ harvesting so she can get a Lamborghini Planned Parenthood senior executive: organ harvesting for a Lamborghini

A Lamborghini is a very expensive car, so you have to do a lot of late-term abortions and organ harvesting if you want to save up enough money to afford one.

Here’s the second video from Center for Medical Progress:

Story here from Rachel Alexander, writing for The Stream.

She writes:

The Center for Medical Progress has released a second undercover video showing a Planned Parenthood abortionist discussing the cost of selling aborted fetuses. Perhaps even more so than in the first video, it appears that Planned Parenthood is committing federal felonies, selling body parts for profit.

[…]The exposé begins with a statement by Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards that the organization is not selling the fetuses for profit. “I want to be really clear,” she declares, “the allegation that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation is not true.”

Then…

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AUTHORITY: Who’s Authority Should A Believer Be Under?

Thy Word Alone is Truth: Examining All Things in the Refining Furnace of Scripture

                           

                 Authority: Who’s Authority Should A Believer Be Under?

There is a strong movement amongst the church and Para-church leaders to push professing Christians under the umbrella of a group or a “leader.” I believe that the scriptures do, with great clarity, point to submission to government entities as long as they are affirming values that are objectively good and are punishing evil. (Romans 13:1-7). We are also exhorted to submit to our brethren in accordance with the biblical model given to us by Jesus, Paul and Peter. Christ centered leadership does not lord authority over others, as Jesus Christ himself showed us by serving the sick and the poor and by washing his disciples’ feet even as he was about to be brutally executed by his enemies.

Many…

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Phariseeism is the religion of works-righteousness

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

24 “ Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘ Lord, open up to us! ’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘ I do not know where you are from. ’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets’; 27 and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; depart from ME, all you evildoers. ’ 28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves…

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