Daily Archives: July 24, 2015

America’s Tolerance of Planned Parenthood’s Death Cult

Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

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The selling of aborted baby body parts has been going on for years, but has only recently been exposed. If this is not evidence enough our consciences have been seared, I’m not sure what else it will take to wake people up. There is a cost to our silence, and we are seeing manifestations of virtually unchecked evil throughout our culture.

Are we in denial? Are we too busy to do anything, too distracted to notice, or too complacent to care about the avalanche of immorality permeating our nation? Perhaps some of us – thinking we cannot do anything about it – simply choose to look the other way.

A second shocking video has just been released showing a top Planned Parenthood official discussing and arranging the sale of body parts of aborted babies. The first video shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah…

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July 24, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Top News – 7/24/2015

Obama: Lifting of sanctions will increase Iran’s ability to finance terrorists
In a special interview with the BBC Friday, President of the United States Barack Obama admitted that the lifting of sanctions on Iran will increase the Islamic Republic’s ability to finance terrorist organizations.

Bill Gates to roll out remote control microchip-based sterilization of women
When Bill Gates, along with Paul Allen, began a little tech venture called “Microsoft” in a garage in 1975, he couldn’t possibly have imagined that the company would grow into the largest personal computer company and most widely used PC operating system on the planet. In recent months Gates has taken his vision a step further, with the development of computer chip technology that will essentially serve as one element of his quest for population control and reduction.

Moscow Could Be Prepping for Space War With Aggressive New Satellites
On Christmas Day in 2013, a rocket blasted off from the Russian Federal Space Agency’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome, about 500 miles north of Moscow. …Rodnik sats…don’t have engines and can’t move under their own power. So it came as a shock…when the Rokot’s fourth satellite, designated Kosmos-2491, moved, propelling itself into a slightly different orbit.

ISIS Boy In New Video: “Give Me My Weapon”
ISIS’s official media wing in Iraq’s Dijla province released a new video Wednesday that boasts the terror group’s boy fighters and ups the ante of a bellicose propaganda campaign championing child soldiers. The video, called “The Cubs of Dijla” in a reference to the young boys being indoctrinated and groomed to fight, shows children as the clip’s primary speakers.

Obama admits US gun laws are his ‘biggest frustration’
President Barack Obama has admitted that his failure to pass “common sense gun safety laws” in the US is the greatest frustration of his presidency. In an interview with the BBC, Mr Obama said it was “distressing” not to have made progress on the issue “even in the face of repeated mass killings”. He vowed to keep trying, but the BBC’s North America editor Jon Sopel said the president did not sound very confident.

Obama urges UK to stay in European Union
The UK must stay in the European Union to continue to have influence on the world stage, US President Barack Obama has told the BBC. He said the UK’s EU membership “gives us much greater confidence about the strength of the transatlantic union”. Speaking to the BBC’s North America editor Jon Sopel, he said the EU “made the world safer and more prosperous”.

Turkey bombs Islamic State targets in Syria
Turkish planes have for the first time carried out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) group targets in Syria. Police also launched raids against IS and Kurdish militants across the country, arresting 297 people, the Prime Minister’s office said. On Thursday, Turkish forces exchanged fire with IS fighters near the Syrian border. One Turkish soldier was killed.

Australia’s role in the search for life in space
Australia is playing a key role in the world’s biggest search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. An Australian radio telescope in operation for more than 50 years will be one of the primary instruments used in a new $100m (A$137m; £64m) search for life elsewhere in space.

Bowe Bergdahl found during California pot raid, released by officials
Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was released in a prisoner exchange in Afghanistan for five Taliban detainees, wound up in the middle of a pot raid earlier this week in northern California.

Egypt military says roadside bomb kills 4 troops in Sinai
A roadside bombing in Egypt’s restive northern Sinai killed at least four troops on Thursday, military and security officials said, in an attack that was claimed by an Islamic State affiliate. The bomb went off when an armored military vehicle was combing an area around the border village of el-Mahdiya, close to the town of Rafah, which borders Gaza Strip, according to the Egyptian military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir.

Executions In Iran Have Surged This Year, Report Finds
ran executed 694 people in the first half of 2015, an “unprecedented spike” in the nation’s use of the death penalty, according to a new report by Amnesty International.

Tentative deal reached to increase U.S. access to Turkish air bases
The U.S. and Turkey have reached a “tentative handshake deal” to increase U.S. and coalition access to Turkish air bases, including the base at Incirlik, according to an administration official.

Death of woman in Texas jail consistent with suicide: prosecutor
Evidence from an autopsy on Sandra Bland, the black woman found hanging dead in a Texas jail days after a traffic stop, supports the medical examiner’s initial ruling of suicide, a county prosecutor told reporters on Thursday.

Gunman opens fire at Louisiana theater, kills two, injures seven
A lone gunman opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring seven others before taking his own life, police said.

Rebels, Qaeda launch assault on Syria’s Daraa
Rebels including Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate launched a fresh offensive on the major southern city of Daraa, saying their aim was to “purify” the area.

Laws passed, Greece to open bailout talks as recession pushes goals further
Greece’s creditors prepared on Thursday for the start of bailout talks in Athens, after lawmakers adopted a second package of reform measures before dawn despite a left wing rebellion that may bring early elections.


Top Headlines – 7/24/2015

Hillary Clinton: Two-state solution is ‘best outcome’ for Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Israel to Reduce Number of Israeli Arabs who Enter Gaza

Saudi Arabia says ties with Hamas haven’t changed after Mecca meeting

The new Hezbollah: How Israel’s No. 1 enemy is preparing for third Lebanon War

Activists Call to Rebuild Third Temple on Tisha B’Av

US source: Israel provided Jordan helicopters for Syria, Iraq border security

Two Swedes arrested on Syria terrorist crime suspicion

ISIS Boy In New Video: “Give Me My Weapon”

Fences Rise Across Middle East as Jihadi Threat Escalates

ISIS netted up to $1B in cash after taking over Mosul, US official says

Egypt Is Struggling to Cope With Its ISIS Insurgency

Rebels, Qaeda launch assault on Syria’s Daraa

Media: Turkey raids suspected Islamic State, Kurdish militant locations in Istanbul

Obama and Erdogan agree to stop ‘foreign fighters’ crossing into Syria

Report: Turkey to let US launch strikes from air base

Turkey scrambles jets to Syrian border after clash with Islamic State

Turkey pounds Islamic State with fighter jets in Syria for the first time

Assad aide: Syria sees West easing tough stance after Iran deal

France’s Holland, Iran’s Rouhani agree to boost cooperation after nuclear deal

Leading EU negotiator with Iran held quiet talks in Jerusalem

Israel envoy to US lobbies Congress against Iran deal

US Treasury Secretary Lew: Nuclear deal doesn’t prevent sanctions on Iran for rights issues

Obama: Lifting of sanctions will increase Iran’s ‘ability to finance terrorists’

After Nuclear Deal, Iran Announces $2 Billion of Trade Projects With Europe

Kerry Says ‘Nobody Has Ever Talked About Dismantling’ Iran’s Nuclear Program, But in 2013 Insisted Dismantlement Was The ‘Whole Point’ of Sanctions Regime

Kerry: Rejection of Iran deal will give Tehran green light to accelerate nuclear program

Israeli military action against Iran would be ‘huge mistake,’ Kerry says

Kerry: Critics of Iran deal spinning ‘fantasy’

Senator Corker slams Kerry on Iran deal: You’ve been fleeced

Key Democratic senator: US negotiators ‘got an awful lot’ in Iran talks

US Senator Rubio: Iran deal could ‘go away’ with Obama

Hundreds of Iranian teachers arrested amid protest

Iran deal sparks geopolitical tussle over Pakistan pipeline

152 Chinese get life term in Myanmar straining relations with China

Two killed in Benghazi in government push against Islamic groups

McCain: Shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar!’ Same as Christians Shouting ‘Thank God!’

France approves eavesdropping law to tackle terror threats

Army to recruiters: Treat armed citizens as security threat

3 dead, 7 hurt when gunman opens fire in Lafayette movie theater

Obama expresses frustration over gun control debate in interview

White House in ‘final stages’ of plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison

Bowe Bergdahl found during California pot raid, released by officials

Obama Admin Plans More Executive Action on Immigration

Obama shielding 80 percent of nation’s illegals from deportation

Obama urges Britain to stay in EU in BBC interview

EU rejects report: No plans to boycott Israeli banks

Laws passed, Greece to open bailout talks as recession pushes goals further

Wall Street falls for third day as earnings fall short

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Lata, Solomon Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kefalos, Greece

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Mid-Indian Ridge

Are we due for a major quake in N.E.? Someday, experts say

Minor earthquake swarm in Torfajokull volcano

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 20,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 17,000ft

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

Undersea Volcano Called Kick ‘Em Jenny Rumbling off Grenada

Typhoon Halola Targets Japan’s Ryukyu Islands, South Korea

Rains, landslides kill 9 in Pakistani Kashmir: officials

Israel, a water superpower, is helping California fight drought

El Nino intensifying, could rival strongest in recorded history

There’s a bug swarm in Texas so big a weather radar picked it up

‘Knee-high’ piles of mayflies force Iowa bridge to close temporarily

Brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana water system

Activists urge US states to pass laws banning female genital mutilation

This Isn’t the First Time Planned Parenthood Sold Aborted Baby Parts, See What it Did 17 Years Ago

Planned Parenthood Pulls Names of Corporate Donors After Coca-Cola, Ford and Xerox Object

Coca-Cola, Ford and Xerox: We No Longer Donate to Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

Colorado nuns appeal birth control ruling to Supreme Court

Gay couple from U.S. in Thai custody battle over surrogate baby

On Eve of Visit, Obama Voices Support for Africa Gay Rights

‘Angela Merkel’ stars in lesbian magazine ad

All-Transgender Modeling Agency to Open in L.A.

Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East?

How U.S.-style megachurches are taking over the world, in 5 maps and charts

What the Jade Helm 15 Conspiracy Theory Reveals About Americans

Maker of secret video says he prays for Planned Parenthood official, considers her a friend

Evangelicals and Muslims together denounce Franklin Graham’s anti-Muslim remarks

Illegal Alien Crime Wave in Texas: 611,234 Crimes, 2,993 Murders Since 2008

70 Niger Churches Struggle to Rebuild After Islamist Revenge Rampage….


July 23, 2015

CLIFF KINCAID — In the fight between Donald Trump and John McCain (R-AZ) over the senator’s military service, the liberal media have taken McCain’s side. But since when did the media get concerned about the noble cause of fighting communism in Vietnam?… (more)

July 23, 2015
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE — President Obama won’t allow Congress to review two key aspects of the Iranian Nuclear deal, Republican lawmakers learned from international partners last week…. (more)

July 23, 2015
NEWSMAX — Protesters poured into New York’s Times Square on Wednesday to denounce the Iran nuclear deal as a threat to Israel and global security, demanding that the U.S. Congress reject the pact…. (more)

July 23, 2015
CHERYL CHUMLEY — One of the Marines killed in last week’s assault on a military facility in Chattanooga, as well as a Navy officer, reportedly returned fire on the attacker via their personal weapons…. (more)

July 23, 2015

WORLDNETDAILY — In the wake of two undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood executives’ nonchalance in discussing prices for “donated” baby body parts, momentum is increasing in Congress to defund the organization, which is the leading provider of abortions in the U.S…. (more)


July 23, 2015
NEWSMAX — Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden says his group has hundreds or thousands of hours of undercover video of abortion providers that will be released in the coming weeks and months, and that some of it is “even worse” than the two videos already aired to the public…. (more)

July 23, 2015
MICHELLE MALKIN — Another week, another money-grubbing Planned Parenthood baby-parts harvester exposed. In the second devastating installment of a three-year journalism investigation, the Center for Medical Progress on Monday released undercover video of another top abortion industry doctor haggling over the sale of “intact” unborn baby parts…. (more)

July 23, 2015
DAILY SIGNAL — In the wake of two videos allegedly showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal body parts, Republicans in Congress are working to ensure that Planned Parenthood is stripped of its federal funding…. (more)

July 23, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may someday be competitors, but the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates have enjoyed financial and personal ties over the years…. (more)

July 22, 2015

CMP — A second undercover video shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Directors’ Council President, Dr. Mary Gatter, haggling over payments for intact fetal specimens and offering to use a “less crunchy technique” to get more intact body parts…. (more)


July 22, 2015
BOB UNRUH — At least one member of Congress has taken a step beyond criticism and defunding of Planned Parenthood for its willingness to swap the body parts of unborn children for cash, urging a criminal investigation of the largest player in the abortion industry…. (more)

July 22, 2015
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY — “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part. I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.” That’s how Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services explained to a potential customer (with a hidden camera) how unborn baby body parts are routinely harvested for profitable reuse…. (more)

July 22, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — 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, according to an authoritative new report released Tuesday…. (more)

July 22, 2015
CHERYL CHUMLEY — President Obama, facing widespread criticism, finally ordered Tuesday the U.S. flag flying atop the White House to half-staff, along with those at military bases around the country, in recognition of the four Marines and one sailor who were shot and killed during a Chattanooga, Tennessee, attack…. (more)

July 22, 2015
JOE KOVACS — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is being flayed as a “delusional” dunce who is full of “self-love” and is intellectually “an order of fries short of a Happy Meal.”… (more)

July 22, 2015
CHARLES HURT — Campaigning in Iowa over the weekend, Donald Trump was being, well, Donald Trump, fearlessly bellowing insults without mercy, until he finally landed a big blow on Old John McCain and managed to hit on the ONLY thing you cannot say bad about the senator from Arizona. In mocking and belittling Mr. McCain’s tortured service as a downed Navy pilot in a Hanoi prison camp, The Donald’s meteoric ascent seemed threatened – – but just for a moment…. (more)

July 22, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The father of Kate Steinle, the woman who was shot and killed on a San Francisco pier 20 days ago by an illegal immigrant and seven-time felon, urged Congress on Tuesday to do everything in its power to take illegal immigrants with multiple convictions off America’s streets…. (more)

July 21, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — At the New York Times website this morning, if you dig down under stories on the Donald Trump Circus, you will find a one-line link, buried beneath several other one-line links, to a report titled, “U.N. Vote on Iran Nuclear Deal Irks Congress.”… (more)

July 21, 2015

WORLDNETDAILY — John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home…. (more)


July 21, 2015
STANLEY KURTZ — It’s difficult to say what’s more striking about President Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation: its breathtaking radicalism, the refusal of the press to cover it, or its potential political ramifications…. (more)

July 21, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — House Republican leaders have decided members will vote this week on legislation that would deny millions of dollars in federal funding to “sanctuary cities” that do not enforce federal immigration laws…. (more)

July 21, 2015
NEWSMAX — President Barack Obama should lower the White House flag to half-staff to honor the five service members killed by gunman in Chattanooga last week, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said Monday…. (more)

July 21, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Undercover video of a high-ranking Planned Parenthood official casually discussing the graphic dismemberment of the unborn rocked the abortion debate last week, and the head of the group behind the video says there’s much more to come…. (more)

July 21, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Amid a White House vow not to allow any review of funding for Planned Parenthood, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is investigating the allegation raised in an undercover video that America’s biggest abortion provider is harvesting and selling fetal parts…. (more)

July 21, 2015
WASHINGTON POST — Lawyers for Sen. Robert Menendez accused federal prosecutors and FBI agents Monday of lying to win a corruption indictment against him this spring, saying the Justice Department would “stop at nothing” to try to convict the powerful lawmaker…. (more)


Copper, China And World Trade Are All Screaming That The Next Economic Crisis Is Here

Screaming Smiley - Public DomainIf you are looking for a “canary in a coal mine” type of warning for the entire global economy, you have a whole bunch to pick from right now.  “Dr. Copper” just hit a six year low, Morgan Stanley is warning that this could be the worst oil price crash in 45 years, the Chinese economy is suddenly stalling out, and world trade is falling at the fastest pace that we have seen since the last financial crisis.  In order not to see all of the signs that are pointing toward a global economic slowdown, you would have to be willingly blind.  In recent months, I have been writing article after article detailing how the exact same patterns that happened just before the stock market crash of 2008 are playing out once again.  We are watching a slow-motion train wreck unfold right before our eyes, and things are only going to get worse from here. (Read More….)


Forget Recession: According To Caterpillar There Is A Full-Blown Global Depression

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Caterpillar sales have been declining for over 2 years. Latin American sales have fallen off a cliff. Caterpillar makes heavy industry construction equipment. Draw your own conclusions.

It is interesting to note that the decline is not as sharp as during the “Great Recession,” it’s more stretched out and has been shallower. However it has been steady and steady declines are the thing of maturing depressions.

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Republican Operatives Plot To Sabotage Trump – But That Could Turn Him Into Their Worst Nightmare

Donald Trump At Podium - Photo by Michael VadonCould Donald Trump become the next Ross Perot?  Right now, there is a push by Republican insiders to try to find a way to sabotage the Trump campaign and even potentially exclude him from future debates.  These Republican operatives claim that he is “damaging the party”, but what they really mean by that is that he is playing havoc with their plans of getting Jeb Bush into the White House.  You see, the truth is that most of the other Republican candidates are just there for window dressing.  All of the big money is already lining up behind Jeb Bush, and his campaign recently announced that it has already raised 114 million dollars.  Perhaps Scott Walker or Marco Rubio have an outside chance of contending with the Bush machine, but everyone else is just supposed to be cannon fodder and most of them know it.  If everything goes to plan, Bush will clinch the nomination very early, and that is precisely the way that the Republican establishment wants it. (Read More…)


Obama Ignores Pastors: Gay Rights on Kenya Agenda

Obama Ignores Pastors: Gay Rights on Kenya Agenda

Posted on July 24, 2015 by CBN

Despite requests from African leaders to leave his views on homosexuality at home, President Barack Obama says he plans to make gay rights part of his agenda during his trip to Africa.

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Rubio: ‘Plain Reading’ Of Iran Deal Shows We’re ‘Obligated’ to Defend Program From Israel

America has now become Israel’s #1 enemy. . .

Florida Senator and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 80% said that “any plain reading” of the Iran deal says “we are now obligated to help Iran protect itself, from anybody who tries to sabotage their program. Israel included” on Thursday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel.

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Has Trump awakened the sleeping giant?

David Limbaugh: Silent majority not going to tolerate GOP cowardice much longer

The professional hand-wringers are freaking out over Donald Trump’s straight talk while displaying abysmal indifference to the deserved targets of Trump’s charges. The United States is incinerating, but all they can think about is Trump’s heated rhetoric.

Trump is resonating because, as a presidential candidate, he is giving public voice to many of the concerns that have Americans beside themselves.

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“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part. I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.” That’s how Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services explained to a potential customer (with a hidden camera) how unborn baby body parts are routinely harvested for profitable reuse. Planned Parenthood’s president later apologized for the “tone” of Dr. Nucatola’s chilling remarks at a business lunch with wine, but could not deny that they accurately reflect PP’s…
 

Texas Records 611,234 Crimes Committed By Illegal Aliens Since Obama Took Office

The murder of Kathryn Steinle on the Embarcadero in San Francisco by an illegal alien is the most familiar example of a crime committed by an alien.

In an unreleased internal report by the Texas Department of Public Safety reveals that aliens have been involved in thousands of crimes in Texas alone, including nearly 3,000 homicides.

PJ Media obtained an never-before-released copy of a Texas DPS report on human smuggling containing the numbers of crimes committed by aliens in Texas.  According to the analysis conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety, foreign aliens committed 611,234 unique crimes in Texas from 2008 to 2014, including thousands of homicides and sexual assaults.

The report describes an alien crime wave of staggering proportions exacerbated by federal officials unwilling to enforce immigration laws.

The Texas DPS report says well over 100,000 individual criminal aliens have been booked into Texas jails:

From October 2008 to April 2014, Texas identified a total of 177,588 unique criminal illegal alien defendants booked into Texas county jails. These individuals have been identified through the Secure Communities initiative, in which Texas has participated since October 2008.

There are almost certainly more criminal aliens who haven’t been identified as aliens.  The 177,588 criminal aliens identified by Texas through the Secure Communities initiative only can tag criminal aliens who had already been fingerprinted.  Arrests of illegal aliens who have not been fingerprinted prior to arrest are not included in these arrests numbers derived from the Secure Communities initiative.

That means that the already stratospheric aggregate crime totals would be even higher if crimes by many illegal aliens who are not in the fingerprint database were included.

The Secure Communities initiative is an information-sharing program between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. Presumably, both departments would have data on the number of fingerprint searches conducted that revealed a criminal act involved an alien.

Texas has been ground zero in illegal alien crossings into the United States.  The Texas DPS report shows that in the Rio Grande Valley, 154,453 illegal aliens were apprehended in 2013. Other Texas sectors saw approximately 86,000 illegal aliens apprehended.  All other sectors combined on the southern border only saw approximately 170,000 illegal alien apprehensions in the same time period.  The Obama administration releases a sizable portion of the illegal aliens captured. source

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These 38 Companies Donate Money Directly To Kill Babies At Planned Parenthood

In the wake of two videos allegedly showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal body parts, Republicans in Congress are working to ensure that Planned Parenthood is stripped of its federal funding.

However, it’s not only the government that fills Planned Parenthood’s coffers. According to 2nd Vote, a website and app that tracks the flow of money from consumers to political causes, more than 25 percent of Planned Parenthood’s $1.3-billion annual revenue comes from private donations, which includes corporate contributions.

2nd Vote researched the corporations and organizations to find which supported Planned Parenthood and found that more than three dozen donated to the group. Some companies donated directly, while others matched employee gifts.

Thirty-nine corporations and organizations directly contribute to the group.

Planned Parenthood has come under heavy fire following the release of videos from the Center for Medical Progress.

The first video, released last week, showed Planned Parenthood senior executive Dr. Deborah Nucatola meeting with actors portraying buyers from a “human biologics company.” The “buyers” discussed the sale of fetal body parts with Nucatola over lunch.

In the second video, released today, Dr. Mary Gatter, president of Planned Parenthood’s medical directors council, is seen negotiating the price of aborted fetal body parts.

Here are the 38 companies that have directly funded Planned Parenthood.

  1. Adobe
  2. American Cancer Society
  3. American Express
  4. AT&T
  5. Avon
  6. Bank of America
  7. Bath & Body Works
  8. Ben & Jerry’s
  9. Clorox
  10. Converse
  11. Deutsche Bank
  12. Dockers
  13. Energizer
  14. Expedia
  15. ExxonMobil
  16. Fannie Mae
  17. Groupon
  18. Intuit
  19. Johnson & Johnson
  20. La Senza
  21. Levi Strauss
  22. Liberty Mutual
  23. Macy’s
  24. March of Dimes
  25. Microsoft
  26. Morgan Stanley
  27. Nike
  28. Oracle
  29. PepsiCo
  30. Pfizer
  31. Progressive
  32. Starbucks
  33. Susan G. Komen
  34. Tostitos
  35. Unilever
  36. United Way
  37. Verizon
  38. Wells Fargo

This story originally listed 41 companies; following publication, three contacted The Daily Signal to say Planned Parenthood’s list was inaccurate. Click here for our latest coverage.

Xerox says it was was erroneously listed on Planned Parenthood’s website as having been a donor. “We have communicated with Planned Parenthood. They have removed Xerox from this list of companies that match gifts to the organization. It was not correct,” a Xerox representative told The Daily Signal.

A Ford Motor Co. representative contacted The Daily Signal claiming they had been erroneously listed on Planned Parenthood’s website, and have contacted Planned Parenthood to be removed.

Coca-Cola also asked Planned Parenthood to remove it from the website. “The Coca-Cola Company does not contribute to Planned Parenthood,” a representative told The Daily Signal. “We do not match employee contributions to Planned Parenthood.” source

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John Kerry Warns Israel Not To Strike Iran’s Nuclear Facilities

Less than a day after indicating in a Senate hearing that the Iran nuclear deal would have the US defend Iran from Israel, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Israel on Friday that a unilateral strike on Iran’s covert nuclear program would be a “huge mistake.”

“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3 (KJV)

“That’d be an enormous mistake, a huge mistake with grave consequences for Israel and for the region, and I don’t think it’s necessary,” Kerry answered in an ominous answer. Just on Thursday he was asked in a Senate hearing about a clause in the deal requiring the West to train Iran to block sabotage attempts against its nuclear program.

Kerry refused to directly answer a question in the hearing as to whether the US would have to defend Iran from an Israeli cyber attack due to the deal, saying instead “I don’t see any way possible that we will be in conflict with Israel with respect to what we might want to do there, and I think we just have to wait until we get to that point.”

Israeli concerns about the deal have continued to grow, particularly after it was revealed in the hearing that in classified sections of the deal the US agreed to let Iran test its own covert nuclear facilities where nuclear detonation tests have occurred.

Senior Israeli diplomats responded to the revelation with fury, stating that the deal stipulations that Iran will not be subject to any real inspections.

Concerns over the deal were also raised amid the revelation Friday that in Syria, where the Iran-backed regime was allowed through similar self-disclosure to get rid of its chemical weapons arsenal, a large portion of the arsenal was hidden while deceiving the West.

Regarding an Israeli cyber attack on Iran, Israel is already believed to be behind several cyber strikes that successfully halted Iran’s march to the atomic bomb, most famously the 2010 Stuxnet virus. Ironically the attack was also attributed to US President Barack Obama.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon in May 2012 indirectly hinted that Israel may have been behind a computer virus that followed Stuxnet and was launched against Iran, known as the “Flame” malware.

Chances of an Israeli airstrike against Iran are reaching a key point, after a top Iranian general announced last week that Iran will unveil new missile defense systems in September including its own version of the Russian advanced S-300 system, which may be able to block a strike on the nuclear facilities. source

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Commodities Collapsed Just Before The Last Stock Market Crash – So Guess What Is Happening Right Now?If we were going to see a stock market crash in the United States in the fall of 2015 (to use a hypothetical example), we would expect to see commodity prices begin to crash a few months ahead of time. This is precisely what happened just before the great financial crisis of 2008, and we are watching the exact same thing happen again right now………….  Click here for full story
Major U.S. city Poised To Implement Islamic lawWhile some cities in Texas and other Southern states have been adopting ordinances that protect their citizenry from creeping Shariah-compliant practices, cities such as Seattle are taking the opposite approach. Seattle’s Democrat Mayor Ed Murray was so concerned that Muslims and other residents weren’t buying enough homes in his city that he had a committee investigate how that could be rectified…………..  Click here for full story
Obama To Force Charities To Promote Abortion Or Lose FundingReligious and other pro-life charity organizations that aid sex trafficking victims will longer be awarded federal grants if they are unable to offer abortion counseling services due to religious convictions come this fall after the Obama administration passed a new Department of Health and Human Services grant requirement last month.. ………  Click here for full story
Isis Plotting To Use Drones To Bomb Crowds At Major British EventsTerrorists want to use the unmanned machines – available for as little as £100 on the high street – to drop explosives on large crowds at popular sporting and cultural gatherings………….  Click here for full story
Surveillance Creep: New Google Timeline App Tracks Everywhere You GoThe internet giant has revealed its Timeline feature that shows users all the places they’ve been to on any given day in the past………  Click here for full story

Christian Headlines Daily – Friday, July 24, 2015

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Top Headlines

Niger Churches ‘Abandoned’ after Charlie Hebdo Destruction

Human Rights Group: 1,000 Children Killed, 1.5 Million Wounded for Life in Syria

Christians Who Fled ISIS Face Longterm Future in Refugee Camps

Asia Bibi Could Walk Free after Execution Stayed

School District Fined $7,500 after Pastor Prays at Event

Supreme Court of Pakistan Agrees to Hear Appeal of Christian Mother on Death Row

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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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I Thought Planned Parenthood Protected Family Values

This was a story of heroism. The woman was a matriarch who knew how to take control of her own womb, a loving mother who knew poverty and starvation were far worse than death before birth. This was also a story of a nation. Our country was advancing in its high regard for women, leaving the barbaric days of back-alley abortions and welcoming one where medical care came to the aid of heroic women like my beloved relative.

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That Offends Me!

But there’s another kind of differing believer. Believe me, you will encounter them. They’re the ones who refuse to accept others who make differing judgment calls. Instead, they keep pushing others to conform to their conclusions. They get upset at those who resist. They take offense when no offense is given. Earlier, we saw that it’s a sin to give offense. But we also saw that it’s a sin to take offense when none is given. Now we see why this distinction is so important. You see, the real reason why someone takes offense is not the actions of the other person. It’s his own pride or unbelief.

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What Do You Think Happened to the Emerging Church?

Its death was announce in the late 2000s by many. Url Scaramanga wrote an R.I.P. on the Emerging Church in 2008, Anthony Bradley wrote a “Farewell to the Emerging Church”  in 2010, Susan Gosselin writes that it was an eleven year movement, John Piper said that the emerging church “is a fading reality” in 2010, and even Tony Jones had to explain its demise back in 2013.

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The Way Jesus Loves

God’s love for us doesn’t mean that he will always give us what we want when we ask for it. He might respond in complete silence. He might not bring healing, provide us the job we want, or make our greatest dream come true. But he always gives us just what we need. As the Gospel Transformation Bible puts it regarding this passage, “The gospel is a story of our God doing all things well, not all things easily. His name is Abba Father, but this does not mean that he leads his children in a life of complacent ease and comfort”

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Helping Young Children Learn the Heidelberg Catechism

The Heidelberg Catechism is a real gem. Thoroughly biblical, deeply compassionate, wonderfully comforting – the list could go on. Often times, however, I struggle with teaching it to my kids. Though the answers are rich and wonderful, they are sometimes quite long. Because of this, I have tried some different tactics.

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When Judges Judge Unjustly

Our nation and its well-being are important, yet someday our nation won’t exist. Someday there will be no more United States of America. No more laws, courts or judges. On that day the only thing that will matter is your relation to the Judge. He sent his Son to live the perfect life none of us have lived, and to personally pay for every crime we’ve committed, so we could escape his judgment, be saved and adopted as the Judge’s own children. Jesus was judged so we won’t have to be. Jesus was condemned so we could be received by the Judge as beloved children.

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Historical Precedent for Conscientious Objection to Same-Sex Ceremonies

Other religious accommodations include the legal use of sacramental wine during national prohibition (1920-1933), and the use of the drug peyote in the religious ceremonies of the Native American Church. The latter accommodation, allowed by many states, was disallowed as a constitutional right by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1990, thus moving Congress to enact the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, which restored the standard of requiring the least restrictive means of burdening religious liberty at a statutory, rather than a constitutional level

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Theology Is One Thing; Character Is Another

Tchividjian and Driscoll are both products of the way American showbiz aesthetics and values drive so much of the evangelical subculture. Style and swagger and soundbites — and little else. And they both benefited from the fact that nothing immunizes one to accountability in America like success.  As long as you are successful, no-one calls you on your behaviour, no-one makes you answer the hard questions, and plenty of people are happy to use your name to sell tickets to their gig. 

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The Players in Earth’s Final Battle

Gog, Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Persia, Cush, Put, Gomer and on and on.  These are lands and peoples identified in the Ezekiel 38 War that sets the stage for the return of Jesus Christ to judge all men. Without an understanding of who these people and nations are in our times it makes watching for signs […]

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Hillary Clinton defends Planned Parenthood in wake of damning videos

Secretary Hillary Clinton has finally weighed-in on Planned Parenthood, which has been under fire of the last two weeks for trafficking the body parts of aborted babies. Here are here words as reported by LifeNews.com:

I don’t have all the facts but Planned Parenthood has apologized for the insensitivity of the employee who was taped and they will continue to answer questions for congress and others, but for more than a century Planned Parenthood has provided essential services for women. Not just reproductive health services, including access to affordable family planning, but cancer screenings, for example and other health checkup.

I think it is unfortunate that Planned Parenthood had been the object of such a concerted attacks for so many years and it’s really an attack against women’s rights to choose, to make the most personal, difficult decisions that any women would face based on her faith and her medical advice that she is given. So I am hoping that this situation will not further undermine the very important services that Planned Parenthood provides.

Bottom line: Secretary Clinton defends an organization that routinely kills babies in utero, harvests their body parts, and sells them to buyers. The only moral outrage she musters is against the people who produced the video.

This is the indifference toward innocent human life that must end. Any politician who cannot summon the resolve to oppose the barbarism of Planned Parenthood is not morally serious. And they certainly aren’t worthy of the support of anyone who is.

 
A widely held belief throughout the history of the church has been the notion that Antichrist will be of Jewish origin. This view is still somewhat popular in our own day. However, upon closer examination we find no real Scriptural basis for such a view. In fact, the Bible teaches just the opposite that the Antichrist will be of Gentile descent.   Background A decade ago, when I was doing extensive research into the Pseudo-Ephraem sermon that contained a rapture statement from early-medieval times,[1] I noticed the almost universally held belief of the time that Antichrist was to be a Jew….
 

Peddling Jesus

Andy Stanley and his teachings are being gobbled up by evangelical leaders around the world. His influence is unmistakable and many congregations are strict adherents to his church growth methods. Andy’s emphasis on culture and being relevant has made him a star on the social gospel-seeker sensitive scene. It’s a shame he has the attention of many evangelical pastor’s ears because he makes unfortunate and biblically ignorant statements like this:

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Deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons

1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, (1 Timothy 4:1 NASB)

The “Emergence phenomenon” (or whatever they are calling it nowadays) is not Christian. Oh, many of these self-styled “emergents” insist that their “conversation” is the epitome of what Christianity is supposed to be, but the “movement” is undergoing even more drastic transformations, which now include its members celebrating Ramadan or having Buddhist monks instruct them on meditation techniques. This “phenomenon” is nothing more than deceived people who have been seduced by evil spirits to believe the doctrines of demons. We live in a time of deep spiritual deception.

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Checkmate

More important than how posterity will judge this administration though is how God will judge it. I have said many times that God’s foreign policy is the same today as it was three thousand years ago,

“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse” (Genesis 12:3).

We should all be under no illusions about what this agreement means. Obama and his administration and therefore the country that he leads have now cursed the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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Is God Finished With Israel?

If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to get me more fired up than those who apply the word “escapism” to pretribulationism, it is those who deny national Israel has a future in God’s plan in the face of all the biblical evidence for it.

I’ve come to suspect that much of the opposition against dispensationalism, premillennialism and even pretribulationism stems from how some people view Israel. Those who hold to Replacement Theology (or supersessionism) often remark that we show “too much interest” in Israel and prophecy. They say we do so at the detriment of the gospel.

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A Deal with the Devil – Hal Lindsey

This week, I am going to attempt to give you a succinct explanation of why I think this pact with Iran is virtually a pact with the devil. I’ll also show you why I think it’s all smoke and mirrors. It’s an agreement that does not really limit Iran’s ability to secure a nuclear weapon but, rather, disguises the clear path that Obama/Kerry left open for Iran.

I believe the events of the past few weeks have helped to further set the world’s stage for the great drama of Bible-predicted things to come.

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Franklin Graham Reminds Users of Hacked ‘Adultery Website’ Ashley Madison: ‘God Already Knew-Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out’

Ashley Madison, the paid, online service that connects people looking to cheat on their spouses, recently experienced a scare when it was revealed the website had been hacked, threatening to reveal the identity of its 37 million subscribers.

Beleaguered brethren, relief is on the way

What a blessed relief the rapture is to look forward to!!!In his tremendous sermon delivered last Sunday, July 19, Pastor John MacArthur demonstrated once again the qualities of a superlative shepherd.

After Memorial Day he planned to go on vacation as usual. He delivered a sermon to help his flock prepare for events that may occur while he was gone. He said in his good-bye for now sermon,  “Hope for a Doomed Nation” that

So as we look at our nation – and I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next few weeks when I’m not here. I’m just kind of preempting that a little bit by helping you to be able to think through whatever happens. I have to say at this point that there are many churches who aren’t helping.

One event was obviously what turned out to be the devastating Supreme Court decision to legalize homosexual marriage in all 50 states as the law of the land. We knew that the Supreme Court decision was coming out in early June, and we knew the decision would not likely swing to the moral side of the compass. So the Pastor was preparing his flock to receive bad news and retain their spiritual equilibrium (and ours too, if we listen to GTY). However, in addition to the SCOTUS decision, we also endured the Charleston church shooting, Chattanooga military base terrorist shooting, Louisiana movie theater shooting, and the Planned Parenthood videos. A lot happened while their senior pastor was away.

So much so, that the rapidity of our moral collapse as a nation is dizzying. The collapse is coming from many different directions. That’s partly why it’s dizzying, our heads are swinging from this side to that to detect all the incoming. So though Pastor MacArthur’s vacation was going to be the usual length, most of the summer, MacArthur had an opportunity to return and preach for one Sunday, July 19 before resuming this week. In the face of moral collapse, heightened danger physically and spiritually for every Christian in this country, and grief over the heinousness of the Planned Parenthood videos, how can a pastor best help his flock at such a time as this?

He opened that sermon, We Will Not Bow by saying,

A lot is happening at a very rapid rate. And with all the discussion that’s been going on, I’ve been kind of eager to get to you, and maybe help to give you a perspective.

His phrase, ‘get to you’, was filled with urgency and the word ‘to’ was emphasized. You’ll hear it if you listen. It reminded me of a mama on a playground suddenly hearing her child cry because he fell down, and her instinct is to rush over and scoop him up and protect. That was the attitude in his statement, a shepherd rushing over to protect the sheep, to calm them and give them food. This in itself is encouraging.

The sermon was encouraging as much as it was informative. Toward the conclusion of it, MacArthur focused on the relief that is in store.

No matter what is occurring in the world or the United States ultimately there will be an end. The end for believers will be blessed relief from the corruptions of our flesh, the battles against the temptations of the world, and the deliverance from the presence of satan and sin. It will all end and for us, the end will be a holy blessed relief. It all can be summed up in one word: Jesus. He gives the relief and His work on the cross actuated it.

Part of that relief will be the righteous satisfaction in seeing evildoers punished. The end for those who do not love Jesus is eternal conscious torment after having been judged at the Great White Throne Judgment. I know this isn’t a palatable statement for many to read, but once we are glorified at the rapture and the end of all things plays out, we will be part of Jesus in every way. He longs for making all things right and we will too. Sinners’ sins are so terrible against our Jesus that we will want to see Him enthroned, claiming His position as dispenser of justice.

MacArthur said

But that same event brings us relief, relief. Verse 6, “It is only just for God to repay with affliction.” And implied, it is only just for God to give relief. He will give relief to His own. Affliction will end. Persecution will end. Suffering will end. That’s His promise. And it will end for those that belong to Him—those who have been afflicted by a God-rejecting, Christ-rejecting world.

And what does that relief look like? Verse 10, we’ll be glorified with Him on that day, “to be marveled at among all who have believed.” I love to think of that. We’re going to look at each other and say, “Whoa, did you turn out amazing! I never could have imagined.” I’ve told you before, I know there are many of you, that when we get to heaven, I won’t recognize. Perfection with obliterate any memory of what you used to be.

We’re just passing through, aren’t we? We’re just passing through. (John MacArthur “We Will Not Bow“)

I began this essay saying what a good shepherd John MacArthur is. I have several friends who had opportunity to hear the sermon live last Sunday. They both tweeted how blessed they were to hear it and be comforted along with many other solid believers. I write this essay because not everyone has such a blessing.

As the moral slide gains steam and hurtles down that downgrade, many discerning believers are left adrift inside their local congregations with unworthy shepherds. Some pastors are just plain unskilled at being able to comfort through scriptures. These pastors preach topically, usually three points of self-help sermons such as “Three Ways to Get Your Kids to Listen to You” or “Six Ways to Change Your Life”. Self-help is no help at all when trials come.

Other pastors are ignorant of eschatology or are unwilling to give it credence. Thus they avoid scriptures that refer to the end of all things such as the Matthew 24 or 1 Thessalonians verses, which actually are designed to comfort. (1 Thessalonians 4:18).

Other pastors are not saved and are actually agents of satan. We don’t like to believe this, but it is true far more often than most people realize. S. Lewis Johnson preached,

And so it was inevitable, Paul says, that factions would exist in the church. For there must also be factions among you that those are approved may be recognized among you. In fact, the factions and the process of being approved by the way in which we respond to the problems of the local church is really an anticipation of a separation that is to occur at the judgment seat — well, at the Great White Throne judgment.

There are people who are in ostensible fellowship with local churches that are not going to be in heaven. We know that. The Bible details that, too. Satan is very active in the Christian church seeking to overthrow the ministry of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And so, consequently, he infiltrates the Christian churches. And if it’s a Christian church that is a fruitful church there will be some there that are not emissaries of our Lord but are really emissaries of Satan. Paul talks about that in 2 Corinthians chapter 11.

And he says “not only are they sitting in the pew, they’re standing by the pulpit.” As a matter of fact, the ones standing behind the pulpit are more dangerous and more likely to upset the Church of God. And so Satan is very anxious to have one standing behind a pulpit, or standing behind this pulpit, too, for that matter.

For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17)

So for those who do not have the blessing of a faithful pastor, and/or are attending a church filled with false doctrine but don’t know where else to go, or are dealing with factions and disgruntled members, or who simply feel alone even in the middle of a local congregation, take heart.

We are sojourners on this hostile planet. But that will end. Relief is on the way. Praise Jesus.


The Anatomy of a Sick Church – Rainer on Leadership #144

Podcast Episode #144

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On today’s episode, we explain the 10 symptoms found in sick churches. Some may exhibit a few of these—others may exhibit all of them. Jonathan also shares an idea for a church food blog.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Churches without a joyous spirit are most likely to be ones in decline.
  • There needs to be a way to measure evangelistic fruit in your church.
  • A church with a conversion ratio higher than 40:1 is showing symptoms of evangelistic sickness.
  • Social ministry without sharing the gospel within the ministry context will not lead to evangelistic growth.
  • Consider hosting ESL classes on Sunday mornings as an entry point to worship services.
  • Church guest information cards have become too complicated and often ask too much information.

The 10 symptoms found in a sick church are:

  1. Declining worship attendance.
  2. Decline in frequency of attendance of church members.
  3. Lack of joy and vibrancy in the worship service.
  4. Little evangelistic fruit.
  5. Low community impact.
  6. More meetings than ministry.
  7. Acrimonious business meetings.
  8. Very few guests in worship services.
  9. Worship wars.
  10. Unrealistic expectations of pastoral care.

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A Million and One Reasons I Am Horrified by the Planned Parenthood Video

I wasn’t going to watch it.

I really wasn’t.

But somehow I ended up on Twitter, which somehow linked me up to the most horrifying eight-and-a-half minutes of my life.

No matter how I considered the situation, I couldn’t think of one reason to justify the Planned Parenthood video.

You might have seen it by now. It’s the video about Planned Parenthood selling body parts of aborted babies. If you have not seen it yet, click here to see it. But I warn you, you’ll feel like throwing up afterward.

After seeing it I knew I had to write something about the sickness I had just witnessed.

But I didn’t even know where to start.

I tried to be open-minded in thinking about the various angles and aspects of this issue. So many “progressive Christians,” after all, seem to take great care to protect the woman’s choice in the matter.

But no matter how I considered the situation, I couldn’t think of one reason to justify the Planned Parenthood video.

But I could easily think of a million and one reasons I was horrified by this video on selling body parts for gain.

I won’t bore you with the million and one because only one reason really matters.

Abortion kills babies.

I’m not waving a flag in front of an abortion clinic to make my point.

I’m not showing a video of a decapitated baby to make my point.

I’m not giving you stats and figures to prove to you that I’m right.

I’m not even flaunting the fact that I’m an Emergency Room Pediatrician who knows a thing or two about life.

I’m just telling you what you already know deep in your heart.

There are a million and one reasons to be horrified by the Planned Parenthood video, but only one that really matters:

Abortion kills babies.

If you’ve ever had an abortion, I am deeply deeply sorry for your pain. Know that you can be forgiven in Christ. There is room for you in God’s family. There is grace at the abortion table. I wrote about it here.

Remember that you don’t need a million and one reasons to speak up. You only need one.

Please, please, please, if you’re considering getting an abortion, don’t. Whatever the reason you’re tempted to take that route, know that there are many loving families who would care for your baby. Contact me lina@livingwithpower.org, and I’ll help you find a home for your baby when he or she is born.

If you’re a Christian and you’ve avoided commenting publicly on the Planned Parenthood video, may I ask why? Here’s a great article by John Piper on abortion-related facts to help you talk about this issue intelligently, but remember that you don’t need a million and one reasons to speak up.

You only need one:

Abortion kills babies.

It’s time to speak up on behalf of the innocent lives of our unborn children.

If you enjoyed this post, you may want to read “How Pro-Life Are You Really?


We Will Not Bow!

KnowingTheTimes-2013Throughout his ministry, Martin Lloyd-Jones frequently preached sermons on the state of English culture and society. These messages, known as the “Knowing the Times” sermons, became a vital part of his pastorate as he equipped his flock to understand the the Bible and gave them practical principles for living in a fallen world. Nothing from Downy Street every caught the Lord by surprise, and these messages (he called them “occasional addresses”) were his way of encouraging his congregation to view their culture through a biblical-lens.

Last Sunday, Pastor John MacArthur delivered a prophetic word that immediately reminded me of those “Logic On Fire” Lloyd-Jones addresses. At the evening message, MacArthur began by telling the congregation that while much that is very helpful has already been said regarding the recent legalization of same-sex “marriage,” he wanted to give additional clarity (you can listen to the message here).

He began by pointing out that our country often delineates our history through acts of terror and war. But he wanted us to know that in his opinion, the two biggest acts of terror our country have faced are both from our Supreme Court: the legalization of abortion, and now the legalization of SSM. How are those two connected? Well, the first attacks mothers, and second attacks families. The first means moms without kids, and the second means kids without moms.  

This country talks a lot about terrorist attacks—and rightly so. Almost anybody in America can give you some kind of a listing of the most destructive acts of terror that have happened in our country. But let me suggest to you this: The two greatest attacks of terror on America were perpetrated by the Supreme Court. Not by any Muslim, but by the Supreme Court of the United States. The first one was the legalizing of abortion. Subsequent to that, there have been millions of babies slaughtered in the wombs of their mothers. It’s incalculable to even comprehend that. The blood of those lives cries out from the ground for divine vengeance on this nation.

The second great act of terror perpetrated by the Supreme Court was the legalization of same-sex marriage. The destruction of human life in the womb—in a sense, the destruction of motherhood—and now the destruction of the family itself. No bomb, no explosion, no attack, and no assault on people physically can come anywhere near that kind of terrorism. Our country is being terrorized by the people most responsible to protect it—those who are to uphold the law.”

The responsibility for both of these decisions lies with Supreme Court. Those who have been appointed to protect our country are willing leading to the destruction of the family.

Why would they do that? Well, MacArthur pointed out that every Justice knows what the Bible says about marriage, but five of them just reject it. They know what the Bible says about sin, but they choose to celebrate that, rather than repent from it.

Historically, American government has allowed an usual (by comparison) amount of religious freedom. Thus, while most of the world lives under overt religious oppression, the United States has been relatively successful in allowing our culture some semblance of biblical morality. But, MacArthur pointed out, religious freedom is not what God has promised us. Jesus (John 16:33), Paul (2 Tim 3:12) and Peter (1 Peter 4:12-19) all remind us not to take our freedoms for granted, and warn us that persecution is what awaits.

MacArthur reminded the congregation that almost every form of sexual perversion is described in the first half of Genesis.  In other words, voyeurism, incest, adultery, fornication, and homosexuality is nothing new (see Genesis 3-19).  The Bible teaches that sexual sin and corrupt human nature go hand in hand.  We live in a fallen world of men who are lost and ruined by the fall (note Ephesian 2:1-3, Colossians 1:21-23, Jude 4-25).

This is important because of the purpose of the family. God has designed families to be small unit that represents his nature and work with creation. Inside of the family is the care of the father, the nurturing of the mother, and the joy of children. All of this is built around a covenant, and this is exactly how God relates to his creation.

Meanwhile Satan works to destroy everything that God has designed to be good and noble.  If you read through Genesis you will quickly notice that marriage and family have been in the Devil’s cross-hairs for a very long time. In order to uphold God’s original design for gender, sex, and marriage the Lord gave His people a number of regulations (note Deuteronomy 22:5; 23:1 and Leviticus 18:22).  These instructions are clearly reiterated in the New Testament (see Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-20).

To make matters worse a majority of Supreme Court justices have now legalized that which the Bible clearly calls an “abomination” (note Romans 1:18-32).  Woe to those who call evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).

But what is the goal? The goal of the SSM marriage movement is to further the goal of the abortion culture: the end of the family. As long as there are families on earth, there is conviction in the heart of the sinner. Every family is a beacon of God’s nature, and a reminder of God’s covenant. Thus the goal of the culture that rejects God is to destroy marriage, destroy children, and finally make every child the property of the government, not the family. You already see that today: the government determines what our kids learn, and when they learn it. The goal here is to eradicate any concept of God from our world.
Yet the thrust of the message was not condemnation. MacArthur clearly wanted to encourage belivers, and so he ended with  2 Thessalonians 1:3-10.  In this rich passage, the Thessalonian believers are warmly commended for their “perseverance and faith” in the midst of persecution and afflictions.  Apparently this faithful congregation endured many hardships for the cause of Jesus Christ. Paul wants these believers to find relief in the doctrine of the second coming of Christ.

Paul tried to comfort the Thessalonians by assuring them that judgment will be merciless to those who reject the mercies of God in Christ.

We should be compassionate to homosexuals in our culture. Our compassion is rooted in the knowledge that God’s judgement is coming. Christians who are truly compassionate will warn lost sinners to “flee from the wrath of God” that is to come (see Psalm 2; Matthew 3:7; 2 Peter 3:1-10).

Amen. Come quickly Lord Jesus! 


Brit Hume Gives One of the Best Commentaries on Abortion–Ever!

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comShortly after the first Planned Parenthood video was released last week, Brit Hume took to the airwaves to offer a one and a half minute commentary on abortion. His words are passionate, powerful and to the point.As we continue to grapple with the reality of what abortion does to children and women, it is clear that we cannot remain silent. As those who walk in the name of Jesus, we need to stand for those who have no voice and offer love and support to the mothers of these precious children.

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LECTIO DIVINA – What it is, What it is not, and Should Christians Practice it?

There’s a lot of talk about it today; umpteen books are published and more are on the way about lectio divina; and an increasing number of evangelical/Protestant figures are writing about it, endorsing it, and teaching it. Some people think lectio divina simply means to read a passage of Scripture slowly (or “praying the Scriptures”) […]


Fire from Heaven

Part 3, Why is the Church Powerless? Part 1: Missing the Connection
Part 2: Blessed are the Thirsty

By Pastor Anton Bosch

In the confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel we find a graphic demonstration of the difference between the true fire of God and the lack of fire in false revival (1Kings 18:20-40). With much noise, shouting and dancing the false prophets attempted to move their god to action. Hour after hour they created the impression that something was happening but the only thing that happened was they fell into a mesmeric trance.[1]

Many of the techniques of the prophets of Baal are still repeated in churches today. “Christian TV” abounds with those who claim revival, miracles and a move of God, but it is all smoke and mirrors and no fire: “…there was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention” (1 Kings 18:29). Decibels and dancing do not move God, and these activities do not bring the fire of God down. Yet these are used together all the time, and every week people are told that the trance-like state they achieved is the “presence” of God. That it is not the presence, but rather the absence of God, is clear by the lack of any real change. (No fire, whether natural or spiritual, ever leaves that which it touches unchanged.) It does not matter how loud and how animated the worship becomes, if God does not reveal Himself through the pouring out of the fire of the Holy Spirit, then it is no different than the worship of Baal.

It is vital that we see the clear difference between Elijah’s approach and that of the false prophets. The one is dependent on the Lord and His blessing; the other has to whip people into a frenzy in order to create the illusion of an anointing.

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The Daily Discovery (July 24, 2015)

Just How Sovereign is God? – “I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less than God wishes— that every particle of spray that dashes against the steamboat has its orbit, as well as the sun in the heavens— that the chaff from the hand of the winnower is steered as the stars in their courses.  The creeping of an aphid over the rosebud is as much fixed as the march of the devastating pestilence— the fall of sere leaves from a poplar is as fully ordained as the tumbling of an avalanche.”

The Players in Earth’s Final Battle – “Gog, Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Persia, Cush, Put, Gomer and on and on.  These are lands and peoples identified in the Ezekiel 38 War that sets the stage for the return of Jesus Christ to judge all men.  Without an understanding of who these people and nations are in our times it makes watching for signs of the season of the Lord’s return–something Jesus encouraged us to do–far more challenging.”

Praying the Bible – “Crossway published a terrific little book on prayer that can have a big impact on your prayer life. Donald S. Whitney’s book, Praying the Bible, is under 100 pages. It’ll take no time to read, but it’ll give you plenty of practical, insightful counsel on how to enrich your prayer life by praying through Bible passages.”

Planned Parenthood Criminal Minds – “Planned Parenthood is a Huge supporter of Hillary, But we haven’t heard a peep from her on the selling of baby body parts.”

Undercover Videomaker: ‘Even Worse’ Planned Parenthood Videos Coming – “Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden says his group has hundreds or thousands of hours of undercover video of abortion providers that will be released in the coming weeks and months, and that some of it is “even worse” than the two videos already aired to the public.”


SERMON:

Ray Comfort – Ireland Open-Air


VIDEOS:

Encounter with the RCMP in Banff

The Few – Piper/Washer/Ravenhill/Conway/Leiter


“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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Logic On Fire

Logic On Fire, the new documentary on the life and ministry of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, premiered in April at TGC 2015. Westminster Bookstore’s offering the film for $31 until July 30, and free USPS shipping when you purchase two or more.

What to Do With ‘Some People Are Saying…’

Jared Wilson:

A pastor will sometimes find himself the recipient of hearsay. What I mean is, he will occasionally receive reports of concerns about his character from anonymous parties delivered by parties willing to deliver them. There are few circumstances in which this might be acceptable. But in general, a pastor facing anonymous criticism will be asked to answer to ghosts. Very few things discourage a pastor more than anonymous criticism. More often than not, a wise pastor will need to say, “If someone is concerned about that, they need to bring it to me personally. As it is, I won’t entertain it.” The wise pastor will then personally consider whether the concerns are valid, anonymously generated or not, and “cling to what is good.” But he is under no obligation to entertain the charges of nobody in particular.

What does it mean to have a New York Times Bestseller?

This was actually quite interesting.

Why Bloggers Are Calling It Quits

Tim Challies:

I predict that the blogosphere will continue to grow and thrive. At least, the idea of the blogosphere will grow and thrive. The idea that gave rise to the blogosphere is that it offered people with ideas a voice that circumvented the traditional gatekeepers. Newspaper editors no longer stood between opinions and audiences. Book publishers could no longer determine the authors who would introduce and evaluate the big ideas. Magazines and news shows were no longer the only curators of interesting news and information. That anyone today can have a voice seems normal in 2015, but we forget that fifteen years ago it was a novel idea.

5 Reasons to Keep the Kids In

Nick Batzig:

Being with the congregation in the worship service from childhood is one of the greatest privileges that God has given to children growing up in a Christian home. That begs the question, however, “If our young children can’t understand what is being said from the pulpit, why would we keep them in?” Here are five reasons–with a few caveats–about why you should consider keeping your children in the service:

Challenging the Culture of Quarrelsome ‘Discernment’ Blogging

E. Stephen Burnett:

As a Christian I want to practice biblical discernment, privately and publicly. (I even ran my own discernment-style blog for a while.) Few days pass that I’m not writing a challenge to some recent evangelical irritant, right up to and including this very article. However, I want to do so in a way that shows love for people and points above all to Jesus and the gospel.

That’s why I put “discernment” in quotes. I do not challenge biblical discernment. But I do want to challenge quarrelsome discernment: a counterfeit “discernment” that revels in the fight, refuses to listen to others, is careless with the truth, and twists one biblical instruction — to rebuke false teaching — into a chief end of a Christian’s ministry.


For When Your Thorn Acts Up

In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about having a “thorn” in his flesh. He describes it as “a messenger of Satan” sent to “harass” him, and he says that he begged the Lord to take it from him multiple times (2 Corinthians 12:7-8). I’ve always wondered what the thorn was. Was it a certain temptation? Was it some sort of mental or physical problem?

Regardless, the point is that Paul had a thorn he couldn’t get rid of, and so do each of us. For me, it’s the thorn of anxiety and depression. For others, it’s a chronic illness, a physical limitation, an addiction, or insecurity. What all thorns have in common is that they threaten to displace Christ as Lord in our lives. They try to overwhelm us with their bigness and scare tactics…or in some cases, their appeal.

Lately, my thorn has been acting up at a “messenger of Satan” level. And instead of taking it away, in his goodness the Lord has reminded me of a few things — a few truths to comfort, strengthen, and convict regardless of our particular variety of thorn.

Remember How Small You Are

We can all agree that Job was very familiar with affliction. He had many thorns for a time. In his suffering he was tempted to despair, to doubt, and even to take his own life. What God says when he finally answers Job’s condition is striking:

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? (Job 38:4)

He spends the next four chapters reminding Job of how big he is. He works to bring about repentance and a righted perspective in Job.

As big as our own affliction and temptation can feel, it’s important to remember that it is nothing compared to what our Lord endured to save us. Thorns (in the literal sense) are small, but when they are the focal point of our perspective rather than Christ, they cast a big shadow. It’s really a comfort to remember that it is our Lord who is big, not our suffering. We are actually very small — just pieces of his vast and unsearchable will. But we can rest knowing that in his will, he has purposed all things for good, including affliction and weakness.

Remember How Loved You Are

One of my favorite passages of Scripture is 2 Samuel 9. Out of his love for Jonathan, David gives Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, a lifelong invitation to dine at the king’s table and restores his inheritance. Mephibosheth was “crippled in his feet,” a condition that undoubtedly brought him pain and shame — so much so that this was his response to David’s offer:

What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I? (2 Sam. 9:8, emphasis mine)

This is such a beautiful picture of the gospel. As relentless as a thorn in the flesh can be, God’s love is more so. Over and over, he invites us, though we feel like dead dogs in our sin and suffering, to eternally dine with him at the Lamb’s supper. He offers us a share in Christ’s inheritance rather than the inheritance our crippled bodies and minds deserve. David knew that Mephibosheth was weak and deformed before he extended the invitation, yet he did it anyway. Our perfect Lord sees our every defect and weakness, yet he still longs for us to spend eternity with him.

Remember How Covered You Are

Though Paul never confesses the nature of his thorn, he does tell us the Lord’s answer to it:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

That’s incredible. It’s all covered. The Lord’s grace is sufficient in answer to any weakness or hardship we might experience. Not only that, but he says his power is perfected in it. So what, then, was Paul’s response? He said,

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

He boasted in and was content with God’s grace and its ability to cover his shortcomings and circumstances.

In living with my thorn, boasting and contentedness are not always — almost never — my response. It’s much more tempting to give in to despair, give up, or again resort to begging for its removal. But think about the kind of fruit that could be produced in our lives if, instead, our response was to praise God for these thorns because they are evidence of his power being perfected in and through us.

Whatever our thorns in the flesh may be, the Lord has determined to use them for his good purposes. However, that requires us to submit to the all-sufficient grace of Christ that covers our weaknesses with strength. We have to forsake the temptations that come with the thorns. Whether it’s self-pity, anger, entitlement, or giving in to the temptation itself, we have to persevere in nailing them to the cross of Christ.

And who better to trust with our thorns than Jesus? In his love for us, he wore a whole crown of them.

What’s your thorn? How will you apply these three truths to your thorn today?

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How Can they Accept Him?

Prophetically speaking, if Israel–on the heels of the false peace brokered by the Anti-Christ–will then accept him as its long-awaited Messiah, then doesn’t that mean that the Anti-Christ has to be Jewish by race , religion, and heritage? There’s so much talk today about the AC being Muslim, but wouldn’t Israel reject all but a Hebrew Messiah?

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Israel And The Gentiles

I understand the “tribulation saints are those who come to know the Lord during Daniel’s 70th Week.  My question is:  Do the tribulation saints include both the saved faithful from the nation of Israel, as well as the saved gentiles from all the nations?

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A Desire To See Others Saved

Does a concern and deep desire to reach lost souls with the gospel and a desire to see others saved a good indication of the Holy Spirit at work in ones life?

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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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Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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The Bible and Homosexuality Conference Audio

The Domain for Truth

This is a post that I forgot to share before I posted our Index to Veritas Domain’s Marathon Series on the Christian Response to Homosexuality.   Be sure to check out that post for more resources concerning the issue of homosexuality and the Bible.
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Fred Butler alerted me to this resource over at his blog.  Don Green, a long time pastor at John MacArthur’s Church (Grace Community) and leader at Grace to You Broadcast is now pastoring as a senior Pastor at Truth Community Church.  They have recently completed a conference on the topic of the Bible and Homosexuality in which they are calling the church to have a courageous confidence in Christ.

The nice thing is that they have made the audios to this conference available for the world on their website here.

Here’s the sessions linked to the audios:

1. Refuting the Five Myths on Homosexuality

2. Why…

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Democrats’ “Equality Act” will threaten religious liberty in all 50 states

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First, let’s get the news from the left-leaning U.S. News and World Report.

It says:

Hoping to harness the momentum generated by the Supreme Court’s landmark decision legalizing gay marriage, congressional Democrats on Thursday unveiled sweeping legislation that would extend additional rights to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Equality Act – introduced by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., in the upper chamber and Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., in the House – seeks to expand the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s protections against racial and sex-based discrimination to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

[…]The measure would prohibit discrimination against LGBT persons in categories ranging from employment and housing to education and jury service, and would broaden where discrimination would be illegal in a “public accommodation” to include everything from shopping centers and banks to travel agencies and funeral parlors.

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Obama administration will investigate whistleblowers who filmed Planned Parenthood

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I know, I know. You thought that the Obama administration would investigate Planned Parenthood for being caught selling the body parts of unborn babies. But you were wrong.

The Federalist has the story. (H/T Ari)

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced plans to investigate the group that produced undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood employees admitting that they harvest and sell organs ripped from the bodies of aborted babies. Politico reported the news of the coming DOJ investigation earlier today:

JUSTICE TO PROBE CENTER FOR MEDICAL PROGRESS — While congressional committees investigate Planned Parenthood’s practices, the Justice Department agreed to look into whether the group that released the sting videos obtained the footage legally. In response to a request by House Democrats, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday afternoon that Justice would “review all of the information…

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The Holy Spirit, The Incarnation And Pentecost

Scripture Thoughts

The 1689 Exposition Series has several lessons regarding the Christological view of what happened at Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Some of this material, regarding the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament age as compared to now, was also addressed and in more depth, in David Murray’s blog post series (reference this previous blog post):  the quantitative difference, that the indwelling Holy Spirit in OT saints was like a water-dropper as compared to a pressure washer.

From this 1689 series lesson, another interesting difference between the work of the Holy Spirit in the OT versus now:  The Holy Spirit came in an Official, Formal sense at Pentecost; Christ also made His official/formal entrance at His incarnation.  Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, always existed and was active and present in the Old Testament (before His formal entrance at the incarnation).  Christ even appeared, in…

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Deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, (1 Timothy 4:1 NASB)

The “Emergence phenomenon” (or whatever they are calling it nowadays) is not Christian. Oh, many of these self-styled “emergents” insist that their “conversation” is the epitome of what Christianity is supposed to be, but the “movement” is undergoing even more drastic transformations, which now include its members celebrating Ramadan or having Buddhist monks instruct them on meditation techniques. This “phenomenon” is nothing more than deceived people who have been seduced by evil spirits to believe the doctrines of demons. We live in a time of deep spiritual deception. I have encountered this spirit of deception working through some people who attempted to cause me to stumble through their deceitful tactics. What we must never forget my brethren is…

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A Look at the First Apologists

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Who were the first Apologists? Believe it or not, the first apologists were all Messianic Jews. You may say “Well, what are Messianic Jews?”  Messianic Judaism is not new at all. All the authors of the New Testament were Jewish (with the possible exception of Luke). For many years the early faith in Jesus was strictly Jewish in both orientation and practice. Hence, the early Church was 100% percent Jewish! We see the growth of Messianic Judaism in The Book of Acts: (Acts 2:41) 3000 Jewish people come to faith at Pentecost after Peter’s Sermon (it goes up to 5000 in Acts 4:4);(Acts 6:7) “The number of disciples increased rapidly and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith”; (Acts 21:20) Within twenty years the Jewish congregation said to Paul- “You see how many thousands (in Greek, it is literally “myriads” or “ten thousands”) or “countless thousands”; Hence, we see…

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