Daily Archives: August 1, 2015

It is necessary for Him to increase, but for me to decrease

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

30 ἐκεῖνον δεῖ αὐξάνειν, ἐμὲ δὲ ἐλαττοῦσθαι. (John 3:30 NA28)

30 It is necessary for him to increase, but for me to decrease.” (John 3:30 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

We often think that false doctrine concerning the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ will begin with denials of His deity or the fall of man et cetera. Consider this my brethren. All it takes to get the gospel wrong is to make man the focus of it rather than the glory of the Father through the glorification of the Son as He lived that sinless life and through that perfect obedience became the propitiation for those He came to save. Then he deliberately laid down His life to be that perfect sacrifice on their behalf. He went to that cross so that those chosen before the foundation of the world, given to the Son by the…

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August 1-2, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend News/Commentary Collection

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Updated Throughout the Weekend


Top News – 8/1/2015

US officials admit Isil just as strong as when air campaign began
Almost a year after the US launched its multi billion dollar military campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant the violent jihadist group shows no signs of weakening, according to the assessments of American intelligence agencies. Its hold on social media and flow of oil revenue means it can draw on a steady stream of recruits and has held on to almost all its territory despite losing 10,000 fighters.

Myanmar floods: President declares state of emergency
Myanmar’s president has declared a state of emergency in four regions after heavy floods left 27 people dead. Monsoon rains over many weeks have led to flooding in most of the country (also known as Burma). Myanmar’s President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in four regions – Chin, Magwe, Sagaing and Rakhine.

New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour calls for unity
The new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, has called for unity in an audio message, saying that the group will continue fighting. Mullah Mansour was named as the new leader on Thursday, after the death of former head Mullah Omar was confirmed. But a Taliban spokesman told the BBC he had not been appointed “by all Taliban”, going against Sharia law.

Meanwhile, on the Palestinian track…
…The 60-day congressional review of the Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, ends September 17. …What that all means is that the question of whether the Iran nuclear deal will go through as it is now stands will – by September 27 – be behind us… Many of them will then turn to business still unfinished – namely the Israeli-Palestinian track.

North Korea Marches Captive Canadian Pastor Out For Show-Trial Photo Op
North Korea marched a Canadian Christian hostage out in front of cameras, so he could admit to crimes against the glorious State—specifically, the crime of placing God above the “Dear Leadership.”

Obama Judge Fines School Over Christian Prayer
Gov’t turning Christians into second-class citizens. An Obama-appointed district judge fined a Mississippi school district over $7500 after a pastor led a prayer before an optional school assembly. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said the Rankin, Miss., public school district defied his prior order barring prayer at school events by allowing Rev. Rob Gill to begin an assembly honoring students with above-average ACT scores with a prayer.

Poll: No, Mr. President, you would not win a third term
It seems that Americans can add “no more Obamas” to the oft-heard calls for no more Bushes or Clintons, despite the president’s belief that he would be a shoo-in for a third term. Rasmussen Reports on Friday released a poll showing that just one third of likely U.S voters would keep President Obama in office if he ran again. Even among Democrats, only 57 percent would vote for him a third time.

Jeb Bush grabs cash from Iran and Cuba émigrés while opposing Obama policies
Émigrés from Iran and Cuba are at the top of Jeb Bush’s record-breaking presidential fundraising haul, according to campaign finance disclosures that paint the former Florida governor’s opposition to Barack Obama’s twin foreign policy priorities in stark new light.

Planned Parenthood President Made 39 Visits To Obama’s White House Since 2009
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, head of the taxpayer-subsidized abortion giant currently facing a firestorm for allegedly selling body parts harvested from aborted babies, has made personal visits to the White House 39 times since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, White House records show.

Iran calls for Israel’s nuclear disarmament
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says now that his country has accepted strict curbs on its nuclear program, it’s time for Israel and the world’s other nuclear powers to begin their disarmament.

Al-Qaida attacks HQ of rebel group it calls US ‘agents’
Members of al-Qaida’s branch in Syria launched an attack early Friday on the headquarters of a rebel faction in northern Syria believed to have been trained by the U.S. government, killing at least five fighters and wounding more than a dozen, the militants and an activist group said. The Nusra Front, which has also abducted several members of the faction known as Division 30, vowed to cut off “the arms” of the American government in Syria.

Afghan govt hopes to divide and conquer Taliban
The new leader of the Afghan Taliban faces the twin challenges of bringing together an insurgency that he ran for years under another man’s name and uniting a fractured movement that has seen fighters desert for more extreme groups such as the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the Afghan government believes it can seize on the Taliban leadership crisis it has created by announcing that Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years to further weaken the insurgency.

Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa
An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday.

Baltimore hasn’t seen this many killings in 4 decades
Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 43 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.


Top Headlines – 8/1/2015

Palestinians to haul Israel before ICC in wake of arson attack, Abbas says

Hamas Calls for All Arabs to Attack ‘All Soldiers, Settlers’

West Bank violence flares after funeral for Palestinian baby killed in attack

Netanyahu tells Abbas Israel shocked by act of ‘heinous terror’

Israel hasn’t done enough to combat Jewish terrorism, Rivlin says

Jordanians march in solidarity with Palestinian ‘day of rage’

Iran calls for Israel’s nuclear disarmament

PM to make direct appeal to US Jews in bid to thwart Iran deal

Netanyahu to bring case against Iran deal to N. American Jews in live webcast event

PM: Opposition to Iran deal is intensifying in the US

Congress goes on break, pausing debate on Iran deal

UN nuclear watchdog chief to meet US senators next week

Obama tells liberals: I can’t carry Iran deal on my own

Afghan govt hopes to divide and conquer Taliban

ISIS Forces Assyrian Christian Woman to Trample Jesus Christ’s Image at Gunpoint

Islamic State document reveals plan to bring ‘end of the world’

Seven Libyan soldiers killed in clashes with ISIS

Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch threatens to attack all U.S.-backed rebels

Tent Cities Test Germany’s Resolve to Support Swell of Syrian Refugees

Illegal immigration prevention spending in Central America backfires, entices migrants

Homeland Security warns drones could be used in attacks

Delta plane spots drone hovering near JFK airport

Ky. man arrested after shooting down $1,800 drone hovering over sunbathing daughter

Windows 10: Microsoft under attack over privacy

Forget About The Apple Watch, Implantables Are Coming

Who needs the Fed? The rate hike cometh on its own

Chicago Mulls Borrowing That Puerto Rico Rejected as Risky

Greek Debt Crisis Adds to a Spike in Burglaries and Robberies

Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Rainbow Beach, Australia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Rainbow Beach, Australia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Pali, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Yunaska Island, Alaska

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pueblo Nuevo Tiquisate, Guatemala

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 22,000ft

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Volcano Erupts on Reunion Island Where Suspected MH370 Debris Washed Up

Heat index in Iran hits staggering 163 degrees

Half of Columbia River sockeye salmon dying due to hot water

Number of Legionnaires’ Cases Rises Amid Deadly Outbreak in NYC: Officials

U.S. government begins human trials of genetically modified Ebola vaccine

Robot Maggots Feed On Brain Tumors

Fetal organs harvested for lab rats

‘Abortion pill’ legalised in Canada

Cecil The Lion Stirs More Outrage Than Abortion Mogul Cecile The Lyin’

Abortion Supporters Get Help From Courts in Video Fight

Planned Parenthood President Made 39 Visits To Obama’s White House Since 2009

Christie Says He’d Cut Planned Parenthood Money Following Videos

Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate, won’t rule out employing U.S. troops, FBI to stop abortion


Top News – 8/2/2015

Myanmar floods: UN says death toll ‘to rise’
The death toll from floods in Myanmar is expected to rise over the coming days, the United Nations has warned. Four western regions have been declared disaster zones after heavy floods, caused by monsoon rains, left at least 27 people dead.

Iraqi Kurds warn PKK amid Turkey air strikes
Iraq’s Kurdistan region has urged Turkish Kurd separatist forces of the PKK to leave civilian areas amid continuing Turkish air strikes. The call follows reports that civilians have been killed in Turkish raids on PKK targets which resumed a week ago. Turkey’s official news agency says about 260 Kurdish fighters have been killed in strikes in northern Iraq and Turkey itself since then.

Turkish troops killed in ‘Kurdish PKK suicide blast’
Two Turkish security troops have been killed and 31 wounded in a suicide attack by Kurdish PKK militants, the regional governor’s office says. A tractor laden with explosives was driven at a military police station, reports by Turkish media say. The attack happened early on Sunday near the town of Dogubayezit in Agri province, near the border with Iran.

Myanmar floods: UN says death toll ‘to rise’
The death toll from floods in Myanmar is expected to rise over the coming days, the United Nations has warned. Four western regions have been declared disaster zones after heavy floods, caused by monsoon rains, left at least 27 people dead. But rescue teams have not yet reached many areas and are still awaiting reports on the worst-hit regions.

Obama Stopped Being a Christian American Upon Election to POTUS
January 20, 2009, was the date; the infamous date when the destroyer of the country called the United States of America began his crusade to kill off as many citizens as possible, and as many symbols and patriotic sayings as he possibly could annihilate. If some took actual lives with his deadly thrusts, the happier he was and the more he enjoyed being the “Messiah” of doom.

Palestinian shot by Israeli troops during protest dies
An 18-year-old protester shot by Israeli troops during a demonstration over the killing of a Palestinian toddler died of his wounds Saturday, Palestinian health officials said.

U.S. Asks Judge to Drop Immigration Plan Contempt Hearing
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asked a judge not to find him and other Obama administration officials in contempt after his agency recovered work permits mistakenly issued after the court halted a controversial immigration initiative.

Calais migrant crisis: UK and France urge EU action
The UK and France have urged other EU nations to help address the root causes of the Calais migrants crisis. In the Sunday Telegraph, Home Secretary Theresa May and her French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve said the situation was a “global migration crisis”.

Iran publishes book on how to outwit US and destroy Israel
While Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama do their best to paper over the brutality of the Iranian regime and force through a nuclear agreement, Iran’s religious leader has another issue on his mind: The destruction of Israel.

Mideast Hit With 165F Heat, ‘Highest Ever Recorded’
“That was one of the most incredible temperature observations I have ever seen — and it is one of the most extreme readings ever in the world,” AccuWeather meteorologist Anthony Saglia told The Telegraph of the 165-degree heat-index reading in the western Iran city of Bandar Mahshahr.


Top Headlines – 8/2/2015

Iran’s parliament has no power over nuclear deal, top negotiator says

Iran publishes book on how to outwit US and destroy Israel

Dems still weighing Iran deal, but happy with Obama outreach

Iranian Official: Senate Cannot Review Our Agreement with IAEA

Two rockets fall near Israel’s border fence

Hamas leader’s car fire-bombed in West Bank

‘Netanyahu shuns peace because he wants another intifada,’ Abbas tells Meretz MKs

Abbas orders PA security forces to prevent revenge attacks

Herzog: Jewish and Muslim terror should be dealt with in the same way

Protests against homophobia and Jewish ‘terror’ take place throughout Israel

The expulsion of Baghdad’s Jews and the unraveling of the Middle East

Egyptian forces kill top ISIS figure, seal security pact with Saudi Arabia

US officials admit Isil just as strong as when air campaign began

NY terror suspect becomes 48th ISIS-related arrest in 2015

The flow of jihadists into Syria dries up as Turkey cracks down on the border

Kurdish militia in Syria accuses Turkey of ‘provocative’ attacks

Iraq’s Kurdistan laments being caught in middle of Turkey-PKK fight

Refugees flee ISIS to Iraqi Kurdistan, ‘the Israel of the Arab states’

Why Obama Admin Won’t Use ‘Islamic’ Term to Describe Terror Attacks

New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour calls for unity

Member of Russian Taliban accused of masterminding attack against US soldiers

Ukraine FM calls on Russia to negotiate end to war in battle-torn east

On Army Day, China warns of growing border security risks

Columnist Says Navy To Bring Charges Against Commander Of Chattanooga Naval Center Who Fired At Shooter

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport ticketing area temporarily evacuated after bag tests positive for explosives

NYPD To Hunt For Drones During Pope Francis’ Visit In The Fall

Extended slump in oil taking toll on industry, economy

Iran expects oil output to rise by 1 million barrels per day

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near San Jose de Jachal, Argentina

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Lapase, Philippines

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 22,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

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

Suwanosejima volcano in Japan erupts to 13,000ft

Tropical Storm Soudelor to Threaten China, Taiwan after crossing Mariana Islands

India and Myanmar monsoon rains leave dozens dead

No Foreseeable Relief After Iran City Feels Like Exceptional 163 F

Extreme heatwave expected across Israel

Calif. National Guard sending helicopters to fight wildfires

Firefighter dies after battling 1 of several California wildfires, agency says

Obama to Unveil Tougher Climate Plan With His Legacy in Mind

Four dead, 65 sick in New York City Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

CDC’s top modeler courts controversy with disease estimate

Christian Pharmacy Forced to Sell Abortion Drugs

Is Planned Parenthood Selling “Fully Intact” Babies Born Alive and Left to Die?

Big Labor defends Planned Parenthood, calls attacks ‘extremist,’ ‘politically motivated’

Slaying the Abortion Giant – Senate to vote Monday on Defunding Planned Parenthood

Fetal cannibalism, Planned Parenthood style in China


Dispatch from Iraq: the Stealth Iranian Takeover Becomes Clear :: Spyer in PJ Media

by Jonathan Spyer
PJ Media
July 31, 2015

http://www.meforum.org/5412/iraq-iranian-takeover


The iWatch Is Already Old Technology, Get Ready For Implantables

With implantables, the stakes are high. The data collected with implantable devices is so personal.

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16,17 (KJV)

For nearly the past 6 years, we here at NTEB have been telling you that the New World Order has a 3-step plan for us regarding technology. Step 1 was to get us in front of computers, that began in 1994. Step 2 was to get technology on us, that began in 2007 with the launch of the iPhone. Step 3 is to get the technology inside us via implantable devices, and that is about to be released in just a few months.

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Implantable, also referred to as “embeddable,” technology refers to a class of objects that can be inserted directly into the human body to modify, enhance or heal in ways that non-embedded devices cannot. Don’t believe it? Implanted GPS tracking chips are already common for pets.

Forbes reports today that the movement into an era of implantables is already in full swing with wearables and attachables like FitBit. These are just the first generation of gadgets that go beyond monitoring and measuring your body movements. Startups like Thync are pushing the envelope with their neurosignaling patch that uses low voltage electrical currents to alter a person’s mood and energy. News of Google GOOGL -1.01%’s smart contact lens has the tech industry excited to see how they might monitor a person’s glucose levels or other vital signs with the technology. And these are just the daily applications. Developments in the world of healthcare are reaching new heights. Some devices are not only preventative, they can also improve conditions and even save lives. A startup out of Sylmar, California has developed a bionic eye, or retinal implant that allows the blind to see. Companies like Proteus Digital Health are working on implantable “smart pills.” These smart pills work with Bluetooth to inform doctors and family members if a patient has taken his or her medicine. The problem of adherence – patients not taking their medicine as prescribed – costs the country nearly $300 billion annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Smart pills could help save lives, but they could also save money. That’s smart business. And it’s only the beginning.

Humanity has been groomed long enough that we are now ready to accept a future where our lives will be run by implantable, computer-enabled devices living inside our bodies and connecting us to the Internet of Everything. By the time that the Antichrist shows up, people will already be used to buying and selling with the internal microchips inside their bodies.

It’s not the future, it’s right now.


Iran buys 100 Russian refueling aircraft for its air force to reach any point in the Mid East
 Article: Miscellaneous

In defiance of the international arms embargo, Iran last week placed an order with Moscow for a huge fleet of 100 Russian IL78 MKI tanker aircraft (NATO: Midas) for refueling its air force in mid-flight, thereby extending its range to 7,300 km. This is reported exclusively by debkafile from its military and intelligence sources. The transaction runs contrary to the terms of the nuclear accord the six world powers and Iran signed in Vienna earlier this month.

These tanker planes can simultaneously refuel six to eight warplanes. Their acquisition brings Israel, 1.200km away – as well the rest of the Middle East – within easy range of Iranian aerial bombardment. It also puts Iran’s air force ahead of Israel’s in terms of the quantity and range of its refueling capacity.

 

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Neuroscientists Develop Wireless Neural Implant for Remote Brain Control
 Article: Miscellaneous

Neuroscientists funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed an ultrathin, minimally invasive device for controlling brain cells with drugs and light, and demonstrated that the device allows for wireless brain control by remotely drugging and controlling mice.

Optogeneticsis a relatively new neuroscience approach that combines genetics with the physics of light. It uses light to monitor and control neurons that have been genetically modified to sense and respond to light. Optogenetics allows neuroscientists to control and monitor the activities of individual neurons in living tissue.

 

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Iran’s Khamenei hails his people for demanding death to America and Israel
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Iran’s supreme leader on Saturday hailed the Iranian masses for demanding the destruction of Israel and America, and said he hoped that God would answer their prayers. In a viciously anti-US speech delivered in Tehran four days after Iran and the world powers signed an accord designed to thwart Iran’s nuclear program, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised “the slogans of the people of Iran” which “indicated what directions they’re heading for,” according to the English translation of his speech by Iran’s Press TV. 

At Al-Quds day rallies last week, Khamenei noted appreciatively, “You heard ‘Death to Israel’, ‘Death to the US.’ You could hear it. The whole nation was shaken by these slogans. It wasn’t only confined to Tehran. The whole of the nation, you could hear, that was covered by this great movement. So we ask Almighty God to accept these prayers by the people of Iran.

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The Bankruptcy Of The Planet Accelerates – 24 Nations Are Currently Facing A Debt Crisis
 Article: Miscellaneous

There has been so much attention on Greece in recent weeks, but the truth is that Greece represents only a very tiny fraction of an unprecedented global debt bomb which threatens to explode at any moment.  As you are about to see, there are 24 nations that are currently facing a full-blown debt crisis, and there are 14 more that are rapidly heading toward one.  Right now, the debt to GDP ratio for the entire planet is up to an all-time record high of 286 percent, and globally there is approximately 200 TRILLION dollars of debt on the books.  That breaks down to about $28,000 of debt for every man, woman and child on the entire planet.  And since close to half of the population of the world lives on less than 10 dollars a day, there is no way that all of this debt can ever be repaid.  The only “solution” under our current system is to kick the can down the road for as long as we can until this colossal debt pyramid finally collapses in upon itself.

 

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Deal Reached to Commercialize Microchip Drug-Delivery Implant
 Article: Miscellaneous

An implantable, microchip-based device may soon replace the injections and pills now needed to treat chronic diseases: Earlier this month, MIT spinout Microchips Biotech partnered with a pharmaceutical giant to commercialize its wirelessly controlled, implantable, microchip-based devices that store and release drugs inside the body over many years.

Invented by Microchips Biotech co-founders Michael Cima, the David H. Koch Professor of Engineering, and Robert Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor, the microchips consist of hundreds of pinhead-sized reservoirs, each capped with a metal membrane, that store tiny doses of therapeutics or chemicals. An electric current delivered by the device removes the membrane, releasing a single dose. The device can be programmed wirelessly to release individual doses for up to 16 years to treat, for example, diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and osteoporosis.

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Iran Bans U.S. Inspectors from All Nuclear Sites
 Article: Miscellaneous

U.S. and Iranian officials confirmed Thursday that no American nuclear inspectors will be permitted to enter the country’s contested nuclear site under the parameters of a deal reached with world powers this week, according to multiple statements by American and Iranian officials. Under the tenants of the final nuclear deal reached this week in Vienna, only countries with normal diplomatic relations with Iran will be permitted to participate in inspections teams organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

The revelation of this caveat has attracted concern from some analysts who maintain that only American experts can be trusted to verify that Iran is not cheating on the deal and operating clandestine nuclear facilities.

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The Most Evil Government In American History

Evil Demon Demonic - Public DomainAmerica is not a great nation, and it hasn’t been for a very long time.  Any government that gives hundreds of millions of dollars each year to an organization that systematically murders babies, harvests their internal organs and ships them off to laboratories where they are used in experiments can hardly be called “great”.  Back in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as “the evil empire”, but today it is the Russians that are calling us “evil” and “godless”.  And you know what?  When Vladimir Putin called us “godless” he was 100 percent correct.  Someday when history judges us, we will fully deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China and Hitler’s Germany.  Our consciences have been so seared that we have absolutely no sense of perspective anymore.  We get all bent out of shape over the killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe, but the trafficking of the body parts and internal organs of millions of our own babies hardly elicits any reaction at all. (Read More…)


11 Red Flag Events That Just Happened As We Enter The Pivotal Month Of August 2015

Red Flags - Public DomainAre you ready for what is coming in August?  All over America, economic, political and social tensions are building, and the next 30 days could turn out to be pivotal.  In July, we saw things start to turn.  As you will read about below, a major six year trendline for the S&P 500 was finally broken this month, Chinese stocks crashed, commodities crashed, and debt problems started erupting all over the planet.  I fully expect that this next month (August) will be a month of transition as we enter an extremely chaotic time in the fall and winter.  Things are unfolding in textbook fashion for another major global financial crisis in the months ahead, and yet most people refuse to see what is happening.  In their blind optimism, they want to believe that things will somehow be different this time.  Well, the coming months will definitely reveal who was right and who was wrong.  The following are 11 red flag events that just happened as we enter the pivotal month of August 2015… (Read More….)


Here are the most and least diverse religious groups in America

Pew notes that the study is not trying to claim some type of “ideal standard of diversity.” The survey is simply a tool to compare groups in a country whose population and religious organizations continue to grow more diverse. (Levin, Chron,com)


Netanyahu to make direct appeal to US Jews in bid to thwart Iran deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to ABC News on the Iran nuclear deal, July 19, 2015 (screenshot: ABC)

In the latest of a series of attempts to persuade US voters to push their legislators to reject the Iran nuclear deal, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will deliver an address to the North American Jewish community next week to discuss the agreement, which he staunchly opposes.

The announcement, issued by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, comes a day after President Barack Obama held a mass conference call with supporters of the deal, to rally them behind the controversial agreement.

According to Conference of Presidents, Netanyahu will address US and Canadian Jewish communities through a live webcast on Tuesday afternoon. In addition to delivering remarks, the prime minister will also take questions from participants.

“The prime minister will deliver remarks directly from his office in Jerusalem, which will be transmitted to computers, cell phones and flat screens set up in synagogues, organizations and Jewish community centers large and small throughout the continent,” the Conference of Presidents said in an announcement Friday afternoon.


Erdogan’s dangerous gambit

TURKEY’S allies in the West have felt increasingly queasy about its wayward president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. At home he has become authoritarian and wants to change the constitution to give himself more power. Abroad he has been indulgent towards militants passing through his country to fight in Syria. In the year since the jihadists of Islamic State (IS) declared their caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, and America gathered a coalition to “degrade and ultimately destroy” them, Mr Erdogan has refused to let NATO allies use Turkish bases.

Perhaps he feared that the jihadists would target Turkey. Or perhaps he thought they were useful pawns in the violent geopolitics of the Middle East. Such illusions should have been blown away on July 20th, when a suicide-bomber killed 32 people in Suruc, a Turkish town on the border with Syria. Within days Turkey said it would allow America to use its base at Incirlik, and its own jets bombed IS. There is now talk of creating a buffer zone in Syria to cut off IS’s last supply lines.

Many hope Mr Erdogan has at last had a moment of clarity about the IS menace. So far, though, he has only added to the murk of the region’s wars. His air force has mostly bombed the Kurds who, in various guises, have proved to be the most resolute fighters against IS. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting an on-off insurgency against Turkey for decades, invited retribution by breaking a two-year ceasefire and killing several policemen and soldiers, in reprisal for Turkey’s supposed collusion in the Suruc bombing, which hit a Kurdish cultural centre. But Mr Erdogan is being reckless, too. By deliberately stirring nationalist, anti-Kurdish sentiment, he is endangering the chance of a lasting settlement of the Kurdish question and weakening the fight against IS.


Feels-Like Temp Reaches 163 Degrees in Iran; Days Off Ordered as Mideast Broils in Extreme Heat Wave

Even in the Middle East, where scorching heat is part of everyday life during the summer, coping with extreme temperatures has its limits. A heat wave that has been building for days is testing those limits – and will test the region’s national temperature records too.

The searing heat has led to an impromptu, mandatory four-day holiday in Iraq beginning this past Thursday.

The government has urged residents to stay out of the sun and drink plenty of water, but for many of the more than 3 million Iraqis displaced by violent conflict, that poses a dilemma.

Chronic electricity and water cuts in Iraq and other conflict-ridden countries make heat waves like the present one even more unbearable – particularly for the more than 14 million people displaced by violence across the region. In the southern Iraqi city of Basrah earlier this month, protesters clashed with police as they demonstrated for better power services, leaving one person dead.


Obama Prepared to Go ‘Beyond What’s Allowed By Law’ to Push Iran Deal Through?

Following a White House meeting, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) seemingly suggested this week that President Barack Obama might be prepared to go “beyond what’s allowed by law” to push through the Iran nuclear deal.

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Ten Signs Something Big Is About to Happen

NOTE: This ministry does not necessarily agree with the importance of all of these 10 signs but acknowledge that the author is pointing out unusual happenings, some of which deserve our attention! — OTM

The impending crisis that the swirling vortex of signs and events is pressing upon this world brings to mind that song of Johnny Cash titled, “Five Feet and Rising,” where he progresses through the song’s narrative of flood waters overwhelming his family’s farm. [1]

Not only does it identify with all the turbulent storms and flooding in recent months, but it resonates with the flooding of crime, murders, rioting, sexual assaults and social immorality. Not a pretty sight, for sure! One of the prophecies proves my point, however, according to 2 Timothy 3:1-5:

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Geraldo Rivera explains the position of liberal Jews toward Iran

NOTE: We post this to further reveal the delusional thinking of today’s dangerous Left. — OTM

Geraldo Rivera illustrated why many Jews are unconcerned with Iranian threats to both Israel and the Jews; they do not believe something like the Holocaust can ever happen again. The term “Never again” is simply a statement of fact. No matter what happens it will never happen again. Rivera and his ilk say what the Iranians say is simply rhetoric. It may very well be but when Hitler was sitting in a jail cell writing Mein Kampf, it was only rhetoric.

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The Bankruptcy Of The Planet Accelerates – 24 Nations Are Currently Facing A Debt Crisis

There has been so much attention on Greece in recent weeks, but the truth is that Greece represents only a very tiny fraction of an unprecedented global debt bomb which threatens to explode at any moment. As you are about to see, there are 24 nations that are currently facing a full-blown debt crisis, and there are 14 more that are rapidly heading toward one.

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Hear Olive Tree Ministries recent program with Gary Kah which discusses this here.


Department Of Homeland Security Preparing To Unleash Surveillance Robots Across America

The Department of Homeland Security has sent an intelligence assessment to police agencies across the country about drones being used as weapons in an attack.

The bulletin went out Friday and warned that unmanned aircraft systems or drones could be used in the U.S. to advance terrorist and criminal activities. Law enforcement sources say, “emerging adversary use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems present detection and disruption challenges.”

According to federal officials, “The rising trend in UAS incidents within the National Airspace System will continue, as UAS gain wider appeal with recreational users and commercial applications.”

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The bulletin goes on to say, “while many of these encounters are not malicious in nature, they underscore potential security vulnerabilities… that could be used by adversaries to leverage UAS as part of an attack.”

There are 5 Homeland Security Surveillance Robots You Should Know About

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Unarmed Predator surveillance drones inside the United States have had a rocky history. The Department of Homeland Security’s sub-agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has flown them off-and-on along the U.S.-Mexico border since 2004. Flights were suspended in 2006 after one of them crashed in Arizona, and drone flights were suspended again in 2010 after a Predator lost communications with its operators. At one point, drone boosters in Congress allocated funding for more drones than CBP had people to fly them.

How things have changed. In the past two years, DHS expanded Predator flights into the Caribbean to hunt for drug traffickers, and has taken to using the drones in an ad-hoc program to help out local police agencies, such as during a June 2011 standoff between SWAT officers and alleged cattle rustlers in Washington state. The drones have been used more broadly than that, reportedly assisting in police investigations from the Midwest to Texas. DHS has also gotten around to expanding its drone fleet. In November, DHS was revealed to be planning toexpand its inventory of 10 Predators to 24, and is constructing a testing ground for small surveillance drones at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

BIOSWIMMER

Catch it if you can. In September, the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate premiered a prototype of its tuna-shaped robot calledBIOSwimmer, developed by Boston Engineering Corporation. The concept revolves around eventually deploying the swimming robot to use in port security operations, and could prove to have several advantages over human divers. For one, it can get into tighter spaces, and can work in areas that have been contaminated with oil or other hazardous chemicals that could pose a risk to human health. But mainly, it’s designed to inspect ships and “flooded bilges and tanks, and hard to reach areas such as steerage, propulsion and sea chests,” noted a DHS statement.

ShadowHawk Unmanned Aerial System

SHADOWHAWK

In a way, the trials of the ShadowHawk represent why police drones remain limited, at least for the time being. The Department of Homeland Security handed $220,000 to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department — just north of Houston, Texas — for one of these 50-pound helicopter drones in 2011. Aside from a mishap in which developer Vanguard Defense Industries crashed a ShadowHawk into the department’s armored SWAT vehicle during a photo-op, it seemed like a great idea. The drone has a maximum speed of 55 miles per hour, a range of 15 miles, and a turbine engine powered by jet fuel that can keep it in the air for more than an hour. For surveillance, it can be equipped with a Sony FCB EX-1020 camera or a Photon 320 thermal imaging camera, and in theory would’ve allowed the county’s law enforcement to cease relying on over-worked and tight-budgeted agencies in Houston for aircraft.

VERSATRAX 150

The past decade has seen a big build-up in border security under Homeland Security’s watch, including a doubling of Border Patrol agents and hundreds of miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. But to keep their wares flowing, the drug cartels in Mexico have turned to an inventive tactic: digging more and more tunnels deep underground. Then in 2008, the DHS tunnel task force — a joint team of agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection and the DEA — got its hands on a Versatrax 150 crawler-bot, designed by Canadian robotics firm Inuktun.

DRAGANSLAYER X6

The Draganflyer X6 mini-helicopter is perhaps the first police drone to see regular active use inside the United States by a local police agency. In July 2010, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office in western Colorado used funding from the Department of Homeland Security to buy one of the machines, while also becoming one of the first police agencies for the FAA to authorize using the drones for police work. Weighing about four and a half pounds, the X6 can only stay in the air under its own power for about 20 minutes, but can travel at 30 miles per hour — allowing it to travel about six miles in one go. The drone packs either a Panasonic DMC-ZS20camera or an infra-red thermal imaging camera, and can transmit video (when it’s not recording) in real-time back to an operator. The camera is stabilized against vibration, and a sensor head made of carbon fiber contains the gyros, accelerometers, GPS receiver and a barometric pressure sensor to keep it in the air. Mostly, the sheriff’s office claims it uses the drones to map out crime scenes and traffic accidents, although the office claims (.pdf) it’s been used to help a SWAT team track an armed suspect, and photograph a minor airplane crash.

Meanwhile, the DHS provided more than $80,000 to the Seattle Police Department for a pair of X6 drones. The department claims it intends to use the drone for criminal investigations and search-and-rescue operations. But Seattle hasn’t yet been approved by the FAA to use them in actual police work beyond training officers in how to fly it, and it hasn’t made it this far without objections from civil libertarians. On Feb. 4, Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell proposed legislation to prohibit the department using its drones for “general surveillance” — that is, spying on anything or anyone other than an individual suspect with a warrant. source


U.S. State Dept. Bars Christians from Testifying about Persecution

 

Muslim Persecution of Christians, May 2015 via Raymond Ibrahim. During the height of one of the most brutal months of Muslim persecution of Christians, the U.S. State Department exposed its double standards against persecuted Christian minorities. Sister Diana, an influential Iraqi Christian leader, who was scheduled to visit the U.S. to advocate for persecuted Christians in […]

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Iranian ex-Muslim: Halt Muslim Refugee Resettlement to US, Limit Legal Immigration from Muslim Countries

More people are speaking up. Will it be enough? Will future generations thank us or question how we let this happen to them? Shahram Hadian, a former Muslim, says that Idaho’s refugee programs should be halted, and that legal immigration from Islamic countries be limited. He voices his message on the Nate Shelman show. More […]

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Obama Fumes As Iran Publishes ‘Palestine’, An Anti-Israel Book That Could Sink Nuclear Treaty Deal

 

While Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama do their best to paper over the brutality of the Iranian regime and force through a nuclear agreement, Iran’s religious leader has another issue on his mind: The destruction of Israel.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has published a new book called “Palestine,” a 416-page screed against the Jewish state. A blurb on the back cover credits Khamenei as “The flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.”

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The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran has published a new book called “Palestine”.

A friend sent me a copy from Iran, the only place the book is currently available, though an Arabic translation is promised soon. Obama administration officials likely hope that no American even hears about it.

Khamenei makes his position clear from the start: Israel has no right to exist as a state.

He uses three words. One is “nabudi” which means “annihilation.” The other is “imha” which means “fading out,” and, finally, there is “zaval” meaning “effacement.”

Khamenei claims that his strategy for the destruction of Israel is not based on anti-Semitism, which he describes as a European phenomenon. His position is instead based on “well-established Islamic principles.”

One such principle is that a land that falls under Muslim rule, even briefly, can never again be ceded to non-Muslims. What matters in Islam is ownership of a land’s government, even if the majority of inhabitants are non-Muslims.

Khomeinists are not alone in this belief. Dozens of maps circulate in the Muslim world showing the extent of Muslim territories lost to the Infidel that must be recovered. These include large parts of Russia and Europe, almost a third of China, the whole of India and parts of The Philippines and Thailand.

However, according to Khamenei, Israel, which he labels as “adou” and “doshman,” meaning “enemy” and “foe,” is a special case for three reasons. The first is that it is a loyal “ally of the American Great Satan” and a key element in its “evil scheme” to dominate “the heartland of the Ummah.” The second reason is that Israel has waged war on Muslims on a number of occasions, thus becoming “a hostile infidel,” or “kaffir al-harbi.”

Finally, Israel is a special case because it occupies Jerusalem, which Khamenei describes as “Islam’s third Holy City.” He intimates that one of his “most cherished wishes” is to one day pray in Jerusalem.

Khamenei insists that he is not recommending “classical wars” to wipe Israel off the map. Nor does he want to “massacre the Jews.” What he recommends is a long period of low-intensity warfare designed to make life unpleasant if not impossible for a majority of Israeli Jews so that they leave the country.

Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran’s stance toward US ‘won’t change’

His calculation is based on the assumption that large numbers of Israelis have double-nationality and would prefer emigration to the United States and Europe to daily threats of death.

Khamenei makes no reference to Iran’s nuclear program. But the subtext is that a nuclear-armed Iran would make Israel think twice before trying to counter Khamenei’s strategy by taking military action against the Islamic Republic.

In Khamenei’s analysis, once the cost of staying in Israel has become too high for many Jews, Western powers, notably the US, which have supported the Jewish state for decades, might decide that the cost of doing so is higher than possible benefits.

Thanks to President Obama, the US has already distanced itself from Israel to a degree unimaginable a decade ago. source


Meteor Strikes Iran, Was this a Sign of the Soon Coming Mahdi?

Posted: 01 Aug 2015 05:39 AM PDT

Luke 21:25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;

According to multiple sources and confirmation from Iran a Meteor appears to have struck Iran and has made multiple impacts! The meteor landed in Avaj in the province of Qazvin, Mohammad Ali Ahani, director of Qazvin Crisis Management Staff said, Mehr news agency reported July 31.

Also, there have been reports that some pieces of rock have hit areas in Eshtehard, Alborz Province, Arsalan Qasemi, governor of Boeen Zahra, county in Qazvin Province, said. Another local governor of Takestan County, Qazvin Province, said that the area witnessed the passing of the meteor, but nowhere in the district under his supervision had been hit.

A sign before the return of the Mahdi: “a star will appear in the East giving out as much light as the moon.” Ka’b said: “It is a star that rises from the East and illuminates for the people of the Earth like the illumination of a moon in a full-moon night.” MORE

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Heat and Drought cook fish alive in Pacific NorthwestPosted: 31 Jul 2015 07:43 PM PDT

Freakishly hot, dry weather in the Pacific Northwest is killing millions of fish in the overheated waters of the region’s rivers and streams. “We’ve lost about 1.5 million juvenile fish this year due to drought conditions at our hatcheries,” Ron Warren of Washington State’s Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement. “This is unlike anything we’ve seen for some time.”

Sockeye salmon losses in the Columbia River due to the heat are in the hundreds of thousands, said Jeff Fryer, senior fishery scientist with the river’s Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. The fish were returning from the ocean to spawn when the “unprecedented” warm water killed them, he said. Water temperatures in the Columbia River — part of which runs along the border of Oregon and Washington — reached the low 70s shortly after July 4, something that doesn’t usually happen until August, if at all, Fryer said. MORE

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First-Ever Televised Exorcism This Halloween Celebrates 66th Anniversary Of ‘The Exorcist’Posted: 31 Jul 2015 07:11 PM PDT

DESTINATION AMERICA IS TAKING THE REALITY TELEVISION GENRE TO A PLACE IT’S NEVER BEEN BEFORE, BY AIRING AN EXORCISM LIVE ON TV, WITH “EXORCISM: LIVE!” IN OCTOBER.

“And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.” Revelation 9:6

EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the past few years, America has become obsessed with dark things, even Pope Francis can’t stop talking about performing exorcisms. Just last weekend, an 8 foot high statue of Baphomet was unveiled and hundreds bowed down to worship it. The Age of Grace is nearly at an end now, and what is waiting in the wings is truly frightening. But if you know Jesus as your Saviour, you can miss the coming time of Great Tribulation.

“Exorcism: Live!” will air in October, just in time for Halloween, and to commemorate the 66th anniversary of “The Exorcist.” The event will follow the Tennessee Wraith Chasers, as well as the psychic medium Chip Coffey as they search through the Exorcist House, using state of the art technology to do daytime and nighttime investigations, documenting as much evidence as they can of demonic entities on live TV. MORE

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Venomous Spiders Force Penn. School To Close For 3rd TimePosted: 31 Jul 2015 06:05 PM PDT

A Pennsylvania school district has closed one of its elementary schools due to an infestation of venomous spiders. WHTM-TV reports this is the third time brown recluse spiders were found at Montgomery Elementary School in Mercersburg. The Tuscarora School District made the decision to close the school Tuesday after officials met with the district’s pest control management company. The company found five to six spiders in the school’s library in mid-July. They were also found last year at different times in the lunchroom kitchen and the boiler room.

Superintendent Dr. Charles Prijatelj says crews are spraying pesticides outside the school and the district plans to fog the entire building. Staff have already sealed cracks in the school’s walls Steve Miller, of Home Paramount Pest Control, says the spider bites are usually painless but it produces an ulcer. The spider is not native to the region. MORE

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Fireball turns sky green over ArgentinaPosted: 31 Jul 2015 04:52 PM PDT

A massive fireball soared through the sky over Argentina, triggering a wave of social media posts. The mesmerizing show, which lasted just a few seconds, colored the sky green. The bright object could be clearly seen from Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires. Other reports of the dazzling display came in from Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, as well as neighboring Uruguay. Most of the observers said the spectacle lasted for some 10 seconds, as the massive fireball burnt up in the atmosphere. Witnesses said no sound was heard. MORE

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Major U.S. City Poised To Implement Islamic lawPosted: 31 Jul 2015 04:43 PM PDT

While 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. One of the committee’s recommendations: Banks need to offer “Shariah-compliant” mortgage loans for Seattle’s growing Muslim community. Muslims are forbidden by their religious law, Shariah, from paying interest on loans so they must be offered loans structured in such a way that interest is not part of the package.

The 28-member committee recommended the city convene lenders and community leaders to explore options for increasing access to Shariah-compliant loans, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported. “We will work to develop new tools for Muslims who are prevented from using conventional mortgage products due to their religious beliefs,” said Murray, at a recent press conference. “More and more lenders are offering Shariah-compliant financing, according to a USA Today report,” the Journal reports. “The sector has grown to more than $1.6 trillion in assets worldwide over the past three decades, and analysts see potential for continued growth as the number of Muslims in the United States and Europe grows.” MORE

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Islamic Group Sues Florida Gun Store for ‘Muslim-Free Zone’Posted: 31 Jul 2015 04:37 PM PDT

A Florida gun store that proclaimed itself a Muslim-free zone was sued on Wednesday in federal court by the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on the grounds that the restriction is discriminatory. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale accuses Florida Gun Supply of Inverness of violating the federal public accommodations law and seeks an injunction to stop the discrimination, according to the complaint.

Andrew Hallinan, the gun shop’s 28-year-old owner, referred calls for comment to his lawyer, Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center. The law firm aggressively seeks to advance and defend the country’s Judeo-Christian heritage, according to its website. Muise denied that the store had discriminated and called the lawsuit “absolutely bogus.”

Hallinan announced the Muslim-free zone in a video posted on his store’s Facebook page on July 18 in reaction to the deadly shootings at Tennessee military sites by a suspect officials have described as a homegrown extremist. MORE

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Lou Engle Expects Coming Revival to Fill StadiumsPosted: 31 Jul 2015 04:27 PM PDT

Since 2000, a prayer movement labeled “The Call” has gathered hundreds of thousands of people across America for times of prayer, fasting, repentance and worship. The Call co-founder Lou Engle says his expectations for coming years are higher than ever and he’s asking the church to join him in faith. Engle is believing for what he calls “stadium Christianity,” an outbreak of revival that will bring believers to stadiums across the country to worship and experience a new power in the Holy Spirit.

His dream is to hold “The Call” in Los Angeles Memorial Stadium on April 9, 2016, on the 110th anniversary of the Azusa Street Outpouring, which kicked off the Pentecostal/Charismatic renewal in the United States. “Can you believe with us that denominations will unite, that the races could come together, that God could make us one, as the antidote to the terrific division in our day?” Lou asks. MORE

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11 Red Flag Events That Just Happened As We Enter The Pivotal Month Of August 2015Posted: 31 Jul 2015 04:19 PM PDT

Are you ready for what is coming in August? All over America, economic, political and social tensions are building, and the next 30 days could turn out to be pivotal. In July, we saw things start to turn. As you will read about below, a major six year trendline for the S&P 500 was finally broken this month, Chinese stocks crashed, commodities crashed, and debt problems started erupting all over the planet. I fully expect that this next month (August) will be a month of transition as we enter an extremely chaotic time in the fall and winter.

Things are unfolding in textbook fashion for another major global financial crisis in the months ahead, and yet most people refuse to see what is happening. In their blind optimism, they want to believe that things will somehow be different this time. Well, the coming months will definitely reveal who was right and who was wrong. The following are 11 red flag events that just happened as we enter the pivotal month of August 2015…MORE

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U.S. government begins human trials of genetically modified Ebola vaccinePosted: 31 Jul 2015 04:14 PM PDT

Just as predicted, vaccine companies are soon planning to unveil an Ebola vaccine in response to the manufactured Ebola outbreak that’s allegedly still spreading throughout West Africa. A genetically-modified (GM) Ebola vaccine that’s currently undergoing human clinical trials will be a spray rather than an injection, and its administration, according to one virologist, “…will not require trained medical personnel.” Much like an inhaler, the novel GM Ebola vaccine will be delivered through a special “breathing device” that anyone can pick up and use without a doctor’s help.

It’s made from a common respiratory virus known as human parainfluenza virus type 3, or HPIV3, that scientists artificially engineered to contain genes from the Ebola virus. These genes purportedly encode the proteins of Ebola virus on the outside of the HPIV3 virus, prompting an immune response. Researchers publishing their work in the Journal of Clinical Investigation say the vaccine has already been tested on six rhesus macaques, whose respiratory tracts were deliberately infiltrated with the GM virus. One month later, these same monkeys were injected with a dose of Ebola virus that was 1,000 times higher than the level that would normally kill them, but they survived. MORE

 

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North Carolina pushing bill to eliminate free speech, prohibit sharing of nutritional information for sick children

Posted: 02 Aug 2015 06:33 AM PDT

The same folks in North Carolina that tried to sue blogger Steve Cooksey simply for sharing information online about how to treat diabetes naturally are now going after all speech related to health and nutrition. The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition (NCBDN) has launched an all-out assault against free speech with its antithetically named “Modernize Dietetics/Nutrition Practice Act,” or House Bill 796, which would make it a crime to share health advice or food strategies with non-family members who are suffering from health conditions.

The bill, which has already passed its first reading in the North Carolina State Senate, would prohibit unlicensed individuals from offering “medical nutrition therapy,” which the proposed legislation defines as the “provision of nutrition care services for the purpose of managing or treating a medical condition.” MORE

 

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Obama, Putin, Rouhani, Xi and Hollande to address UN on same day

Posted: 02 Aug 2015 06:15 AM PDT

It promises to be a rhetorical battle of the titans, on a scale not seen for at least a decade. On a Monday morning in late September, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani, Xi Jinping and François Hollande are all scheduled to deliver speeches at the United Nations in New York, setting out their visions of the geopolitical landscape at the outset of a highly uncertain era.

The vagaries of the timetable at the general assembly meeting marking the 70th anniversary of the UN mean all five leaders will be addressing the chamber within the space of a couple of highly charged hours. Putin’s plans to attend for the first time in a decade has added spice. It will also be Xi’s general assembly debut.

It will be the first joint appearance on a public stage of Obama and Rouhani since the Iran nuclear deal agreed this month in Vienna, and there is great anticipation that the two presidents could meet for the first time. Last year they spoke by phone as Rouhani was leaving town. On this occasion, by the time the presidents mount the famous green marble podium, the US Congress is expected to have voted to reject the Vienna agreement, and Obama could be in the position of counting votes in a scramble to ensure he can sustain a presidential veto of the congressional vote. The domestic politics around an Obama-Rouhani meeting could once more prove awkward. MORE

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Federal Judge Blocks Release of Additional Recordings by Anti-Abortion Group Amid Planned Parenthood Controversy

Posted: 02 Aug 2015 06:09 AM PDT

A federal judge on Friday blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of an abortion providers’ association by an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader. Judge William Orrick in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.

In his three-page order, Orrick said the federation would likely suffer irreparable injury absent a temporary restraining order “in the form of harassment, intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy, and injury to reputation.” MORE

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How Jezebel Killed One of the Greatest Revivals Ever

Posted: 02 Aug 2015 06:00 AM PDT

Before Azusa Street in 1906, there was the Welsh Revival in 1904. It was one of the greatest revivals ever and perhaps the one with the most tragic end. That’s because the spirit of Jezebel cut off the voice of Evan Roberts, a young man God used to set a nation on fire for God. As history tells it, over 100,000 souls came to Jesus in Wales over the course of nine months. Hundreds of thousands more would come to know the Lord over the next couple of years—and it all started in Moriah Chapel in Loughor, South Wales where Roberts gathered with a few youth and began to pray, “Bend us! Bend us!” and eventually “Bend me! Bend me!”

“It was the very next month that Roberts had his first vision. While strolling in a garden, Evan looked up to see what seemed to be an arm outstretched from the moon, reaching down into Wales,” writes Roberts Liardon, author of God’s Generals. “He later told a friend, ‘I have wonderful news for you. I had a vision of all Wales being lifted up to heaven. We are going to see the mightiest revival that Wales has ever known—and the Holy Spirit is coming just now. We must get ready.” MORE

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Terrorists Open Fire on John Hagee Ministries in Israel

Posted: 01 Aug 2015 09:21 PM PDT

One of eight ambulances donated by John Hagee ministries was attacked earlier this month by Palestinians. Hagee Ministries had donated the ambulances through Heart to Heart, which works to save lives in Israel through paramedic, ambulance and blood-bank organizations. Heart to Heart Director Jonathan Feldstein tells Breaking Israel News that through Hagee Ministries’ donation, more than 30,000 lives have been saved.

Now, though, the organization is down two vehicles after attacks. “This ambulance was donated with love and mutual interest to save lives in Israel by John Hagee Ministries,” Feldstein says. “While Jews strive to save lives all over the world, our enemies put no restraints on whom they seek to harm.” MORE

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The iWatch Is Already Old Technology, Get Ready For Implantables

Posted: 01 Aug 2015 09:09 PM PDT

WITH IMPLANTABLES, THE STAKES ARE HIGH. THE DATA COLLECTED WITH IMPLANTABLE DEVICES IS SO PERSONAL.

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16,17 

For nearly the past 6 years, we here at NTEB have been telling you that the New World Order has a 3-step plan for us regarding technology. Step 1 was to get us in front of computers, that began in 1994. Step 2 was to get technology on us, that began in 2007 with the launch of the iPhone. Step 3 is to get the technology inside us via implantable devices, and that is about to be released in just a few months. Forbes reports today that the movement into an era of implantables is already in full swing with wearables and attachables like FitBit. These are just the first generation of gadgets that go beyond monitoring and measuring your body movements. Startups like Thync are pushing the envelope with their neurosignaling patch that uses low voltage electrical currents to alter a person’s mood and energy. News of Google GOOGL -1.01%’s smart contact lens has the tech industry excited to see how they might monitor a person’s glucose levels or other vital signs with the technology. MORE

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Department Of Homeland Security Preparing To Unleash Surveillance Robots Across America

Posted: 01 Aug 2015 09:02 PM PDT

THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS SENT AN INTELLIGENCE ASSESSMENT TO POLICE AGENCIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ABOUT DRONES BEING USED AS WEAPONS IN AN ATTACK.

The bulletin went out Friday and warned that unmanned aircraft systems or drones could be used in the U.S. to advance terrorist and criminal activities. Law enforcement sources say, “emerging adversary use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems present detection and disruption challenges.” According to federal officials, “The rising trend in UAS incidents within the National Airspace System will continue, as UAS gain wider appeal with recreational users and commercial applications.”The bulletin goes on to say, “while many of these encounters are not malicious in nature, they underscore potential security vulnerabilities… that could be used by adversaries to leverage UAS as part of an attack.” MORE

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Thousands battle California wildfires

Posted: 01 Aug 2015 07:38 PM PDT

Thousands of firefighters were battling nearly two dozen blazes across drought-parched California, while at least two of the infernos shut down miles of highway traffic, authorities and media said. “Due to #RockyFire near Clear Lake, Highway 20 is closed from Highway 16 to Highway 53 for all through traffic in both directions,” said CAL FIRE spokesman Daniel Berlant. Berlant said on Twitter that the Rocky fire in Lake County grew to 22,500 acres and was five percent contained.

Meanwhile firefighters took on another blaze in the Cajon Pass, shutting down several lanes of the 15 Freeway, The Los Angeles Times reported. About 8,000 firefighters have been deployed across the state, said the California National Guard, which has been called into action. And a firefighter died while battling one of the blazes earlier in the day. MORE

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Iran publishes book on how to outwit USA and destroy Israel

Posted: 01 Aug 2015 07:30 PM PDT

While Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama do their best to paper over the brutality of the Iranian regime and force through a nuclear agreement, Iran’s religious leader has another issue on his mind: The destruction of Israel.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has published a new book called “Palestine,” a 416-page screed against the Jewish state. A blurb on the back cover credits Khamenei as “The flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.” A friend sent me a copy from Iran, the only place the book is currently available, through an Arabic translation is promised soon. MORE

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Scientists fear toxic algae bloom spreading on Pacific coast

Posted: 01 Aug 2015 12:21 PM PDT

The toxic algae blooms in the Pacific Ocean stretching from southern California to Alaska — already the largest ever recorded — appear to have reached as far as the Aleutian Islands, scientists say. “The anecdotal evidence suggests we’re having a major event,” said Bruce Wright, a scientist with the Aleutian Pribilof Island Association, the federally recognized tribal organization of Alaska’s native Aleuts. “All the populations [of marine mammals] are way down in the Aleutians.”

While algal blooms are not uncommon in the Pacific, 2015’s blooms appear to be the largest on record, scientists say. Stretching from Southern California to Alaska, the blooms are responsible for unprecedented closures of fisheries and unusual deaths of marine life up and down the Pacific coast. Pseudo-nitzchia is one species of algae that produces domoic acid, a neurotoxin that can be lethal to humans and wildlife. The toxin is ingested by shellfish and krill that, when consumed, pass the toxin onto the predator — in some cases, people. MORE

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Baphomet Statue Unveiled to Shouts of ‘Hail Satan,’ Satanist Men Kissing

(CN) — At least 100 people attended the unveiling of a Satanic statue depicting Baphomet being flanked by children on Saturday—a statue that was originally intended to be placed at the Oklahoma state capitol and now may be the subject of an effort to erect it next to a Ten Commandments monument in Arkansas.

As previously reported, the New York-based Satanic Temple had scheduled the unveiling for July 25th in Detroit, Michigan. The group says that it chose Detroit because it has a “good community” of followers, with over 200 members, billing the event as “a night of chaos, noise, and debauchery.”

‘Science Supports Genesis’: Geneticist Says Evidence Confirms Biblical Adam and Eve

(CN) — A respected molecular geneticist explores the historicity of Adam and Eve in a newly-released documentary, explaining that modern findings in the field of genetics confirm the Bible’s teachings that all humans descended from an original couple created by God.Dr. Georgia Purdom earned a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Ohio State University and has published papers in a number of scientific journals, including the Journal of Neuroscience and the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Formerly a biology professor, Purdom is now a researcher and speaker for the Christian apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG).

‘Some Things We Don’t Share’: Kenyan President Rejects Obama’s Call for Homosexual Advocacy

(CN) — During a press conference on Saturday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta rejected calls from Barack Obama to give greater attention to the homosexual agenda.“We want to focus on other areas that are day-to-day living for our people,” Kenyatta said in response to Obama’s comments about the matter. “This issue is not on the foremost mind of Kenya—and that is a fact.”

Private Group Buys Land Under Cross Memorial to Save Display Opposed by Atheist

(CN) — A private group in California has bought land from the U.S. government on which sat a controversial cross memorial that has been the subject of an atheist lawsuit since the 1980’s.According to reports, the Mount Soledad Memorial Association (MSMA) has purchased the land in San Diego from the U.S. Department of Defense for $1.4 million.

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Christian Mother of 3 Kidnapped, Forced into ‘Islamic Marriage’

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Only Two Religions!

I don’t know if you know this but there are only two religions in the entire world.

You might say I’m nuts.  There are hundreds if not thousands!

wearing masksBut there is one religion that likes to put on hundreds if not thousands of different masks on, and so ultimately there are only two: the religion of Human Achievement and the religion of Divine Accomplishment.

You see Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Judaism and every single religion that you have ever heard of, ultimately teaches some form of a works-based salvation. They say that you have to be a little more good than bad in order to make it to heaven. These religions encourage you to hand God a resume when you face Him one day. The resume will be filled with all your accomplishments. It will list everything you’ve done for other people, every penny you’ve given to charity and every good deed you’ve done. God will look over this resume and say, “Good job! You’ve made it into heaven”.

The problem is that if you were to enter into heaven because of a resume based on your accomplishments God would get no glory; you would be the one who gets all the praise. In fact, Ephesians 2:9 would say that salvation is not of works lest you patting-self-on-back-1should boast! Genesis chapter one shows us that God created the entire universe including you. Everything He created is designed to bring Him glory. The problem is that sin has entered the world, and from birth we all have replaced exalting God with exalting ourselves. Everything we do from birth is geared towards bringing us glory and bringing praise to ourselves. We all have a throne in our hearts that God should be sitting and reigning on, but instead we are born with ourselves sitting on it. We are so used to it we don’t even notice it to the point where we all think that our resumes are good enough to get us into heaven.

my mom thinks im coolOf course we are going to think that we are good people! Of course my mom is going to tell me I’m a good person! But what does your Creator think? He says in Romans 3:23 that we all have sinned and fall short of His glory. He also says in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death. So if we stand before God and start listing accomplishments or hand Him a resume we might as well slap Jesus in the face because God is going to look at the resume and say, “I killed my only Son because you were not good enough to get to me!”

And that’s where the only other religion comes in.

The religion of Divine Accomplishment. God saw your situation, and decided that since man was so sinful and could not save himself, that He would come Himself and take the form of a man. He humbled himself, spent nine months in a womb he created, grew up with every temptation you and I face every day, but without sinning. He then died on the cross for our sins, and then rose from the dead and defeated death. He made it possible for human beings to stand before God one day and not hand Him a resume and condemn themselves further, but rather, tell God that they deserve His wrath but have placed their faith and trust in the work that Jesus did on their behalf on the cross and through His resurrection.

You see we need someone to be a substitute for us because no matter how hard we try, we can never bridge the gap between God and us. And the substitute can’t be merely a human.  It must be God Himself.

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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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Understanding Domestic Persecution (Part 2)

“The persecution of Israel’s prophets, and that of the saints of the New Testament and this age find their nexus in the life and Person of Christ. He sets the pattern for persecution within an inhospitable culture, and Scripture shows us at least two ways of understanding Him from this angle.”

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Politics of Inclusion

“Is bi-partisanship really a gospel imperative when practically every oped writer for the Times and the Post promotes crossing the aisle in Congress? Do we need to gussy up bi-partisanship with the gospel? Is that why Christ died?”

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Setting The Stage

“As the century opened, the reform movement of Jan Hus allowed for the creation of a separate Czech church. Hus stood on the text of Scripture to reject the theological changes of the medieval Catholic church, though he was also spurred by the love of his country to seek independence from the Holy Roman Empire.”

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Mr. Walker Goes to Washington

A friend of Walker and Lawndale Baptist Church’s senior pastor, Joe Giaritelli, said he never doubted Walker would make it to Washington. “I didn’t care what the polls were saying,” Giaritelli told RealClearReligion. “I just knew in my heart that he was going to win that, that God was going to open up doors.”

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Irenaeus on Reading and Understanding Scripture

“A sound mind,” he wrote, “and one which does not expose its possessor to danger, and is devoted to piety and the love of truth, will eagerly meditate upon those things which God has placed within the power of mankind [i.e., power to understand], and has subjected to our knowledge, and will make advancement in them, rendering the knowledge of them easy to him by means of daily study.”

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Why I Am (Still) An Evangelical

“Although I certainly simplified the matter, the truth was that as I read more, learned more, and thought more, the evangelical understanding of the biblical narrative of creation–fall–judgment–redemption impressed itself upon me, continuing to recount the story of my own life while making sense of the world in a way that nothing else that I studied did.”

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Sola Scriptura or Sola Cardia?

“It would follow then that a sufficient Bible that must be read, obeyed and applied would be preached. Pastors who do not preach the Bible betray any commitment to sola Scriptura. As nice and entertaining as stories, jokes, and authenticity are–they cannot bear the freight of God’s work in the pulpit. God means to have his people’s minds renewed.”

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Nothing In, Nothing Out

When you are thinking of the judgment: We check everything at the grave. When the multi-billionaire John D. Rockefeller died, his assistant was asked, “How much did he leave?” “Everything,” he replied. Why not print this verse and stick it on everything you have or want: We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”

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Keeping Gossip Out of Prayer Requests

Anyone can be tempted to gossip. But we can avoid it if we slow down and evaluate whether we are the right person, with the right motivation, talking to the right audience with the right information. A good prayer request comes from the good stored up in a good heart, and one day, we’ll all have to give an account for the prayer requests we passed on (cf. Matthew 12:35-36). May we be found faithful.

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This Is The Last Post You Will Ever Need To Read On Why They Don’t Sing In Church Anymore

We may not be able to turn the tide in the rest of our culture, but with intentionality over the next generations, we can change the culture of singing in the church. This is not a non-essential of faith. This is not adiaphora. This is important stuff. If the ancient principal of lex orandi, lex credendi is true, if how we believe is determined by how we worship, then we must learn to sing well, just as we must learn to preach well and to pray well.

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Where Did All The Preachers Go, And What Did You Do To Them?

Bottom line, do you want the sort of minister that gives you what you need, or the charlatan who gives you what you want? And what will be your response to the faithful man of God who week-in and week-out unflinchingly proclaims God’s Word in your hearing? Will you judge him for being too long? Will you condemn him for lacking the entertaining qualities of others? I think you might need to be careful before you answer these questions.

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You Can Trust Scientific Research Reports (We Think; We Hope)

It is always wise and prudent to be skeptical about scientific research. Good science gives us valuable new insights into the world in which we live. Nevertheless, even when properly conducted, science does not yield “proof.” The testing of hypotheses is based on statistics and probabilities. Scientific research always includes some probability that the findings resulted from random noise rather than systematic effects.

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One Simple Way To Encourage Your Pastor

Don’t worry about his head getting too big. The Lord knows how to keep his pastors humble so you can worry about keeping your pastor going. Who knows what season of doubt your minister may be enduring? Who knows what discouragement constantly plagues him? Who knows how close he may be to leaving the ministry (by quiet resignation or by public scandal)?

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The Errors Of Liberation Theology

Liberation theology arose in the 1960s and 70s as a response to the widespread poverty and injustice in Latin America. It began with the Gospel premise that Christians have a special obligation to help the poor. But like so many theological movements which depart from sound Catholic principles

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How Rich Corporate Elites Are Lobbying Lawmakers to Crush Marriage Advocates

The basic idea is that LGBT activists couldn’t persuade a majority of citizens to vote to redefine marriage, so they got five unelected judges to redefine marriage for the entire country. Now, they’re using corporate giants to pressure lawmakers in D.C. to enact legislation that would eliminate any dissent. It gets worse.

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An abuse survivor speaks to the church

An abuse survivor speaks to the church

Posted on August 2, 2015 by Religion News

Powerful and personal words that call for the church to reflect the genuine image of Jesus.

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How to talk to those who disagree with you

How to talk to those who disagree with you

Posted on August 1, 2015 by World Magazine

Q&A | How to talk with those who disagree with you

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Evangelical Pastors Serving in Cities Known for Advocating Homosexuality Say: 'Don't Water Down the Gospel'

Evangelical Pastors Serving in Cities Known for Advocating Homosexuality Say: ‘Don’t Water Down the Gospel’

Posted on July 31, 2015 by Christian Post

Evangelical pastors who lead churches in cities known for their strong support of homosexuality have stressed the need to preach the Gospel lovingly toward the LGBT community.

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What Is Christian Hedonism?

What Is Christian Hedonism?

Posted on July 31, 2015 by Desiring God

What is Christian Hedonism? John Piper has used the short phrase for years to describe how our joy in God makes much of God. In other words, God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. In ten minutes, he explains where that idea came from, and why he believes it is biblical.

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Sadie Robertson Reminds Fans 'We Serve a God Bigger Than Our Insecurities' in Inspirational Post

Sadie Robertson Reminds Fans ‘We Serve a God Bigger Than Our Insecurities’ in Inspirational Post

Posted on July 31, 2015 by Gospel Herald

“Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson recently encouraged fans who may be going through a hard time to cast their cares on God, as He is bigger than human insecurities and has “already defeated it all on the cross.”

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China’s Christians protest ‘evil’ Communist campaign to tear down crosses

China’s Christians protest ‘evil’ Communist campaign to tear down crosses

Posted on July 31, 2015 by Tru News

Christian leaders – including an 89-year-old bishop – have taken to the streets of eastern China to protest against an “evil” campaign to remove crosses that many see as a coordinated Communist party attack on their faith. Activists say more than 1,200 crosses have been stripped from churches in Zhejiang province since the government initiative …

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Heidelberg 104: Authority And Submission

In the fall Adam chose to exercise autonomy, to rebel against God.  Since the fall humans have carried on Adam’s ignominious tradition. Cain rebelled against worshiping God truly and, in a jealous rage, murdered his brother who did worship God truly. We, the world that then was (2 Pet 3:6), became so rebellious against God […]

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Watchmen Warn: Anybody Listening?

Jan Markell’s first guest, Avi Lipkin, an Israeli, says Israel will go it alone in an attack against Iran, if necessary. He warns of the Islamic immigration to America and reminds us that Iran sees America as the “Great Satan.” Progressives are all too quick to be friends with evil. Then John Haller gives his perspective that the Iran treaty could lead to the “covenant” with the Antichrist. Israel longs for peace and in the short-term, only war is looming. The Antichrist will offer solutions. Watch Haller’s weekly “Prophecy Update” on YouTube: Fellowship Bible Chapel. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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Eating a Slice of Humble Pie

Yesterday I had an opportunity to spend 3 hours with a local pastor and get an insight into some of the difficult work some of our Pastors do that often goes unnoticed. Years earlier this pastor faced a very tough personal economic situation where he and his family weren’t sure how they were going to […]

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Can We Define “Christian”?

First, for our international audience, please bear with us as we try to solve problems we are experiencing in our online streaming.  You can always catch our podcasts posted later today. More than 80% of the citizens of our nation call themselves “Christians”.   But many of them profess beliefs directly contradicted by the Word […]

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Shocking gender indoctrination in California: VIDEO

Do not be surprised, but  Young children are being taught that they can choose to be a boy or a girl — or both. Boys, for example, should be comfortable wearing girls’ clothes and nail polish, etc. And there aren’t just two genders, there can be a range. And, of course, the school does not allow […]

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Our children, confusion and clarity

The visible church certainly has some challenges these days with the legality of same sex marriage and a culture of sin becoming more acceptable in the pews, and even in some who shepherd the flock. But wait, there’s more. There is a dramatic push in our schools to indoctrinate boys and girls as young as […]

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“I’m a Christian” Would You Define That Please?

The Bible warns us in many places that many who profess to be of the faith would fall away in the last days. The Church has always faced false teachings and false prophets seeking to infiltrate the Body of Believers to draw people away from the pure truth of God’s Word and the gospel of […]

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Planned Parenthood President Compares Pro-Lifers to Murderers

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20 If you haven’t seen the interview ABC’s George Stephenopolis did with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, you need to hear how she spins the […]

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Of Future Kings and Anti-Christs

What are pastors teaching their flocks about The AntiChrist, how kings are appointed and the ministry of Jesus Christ?

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Submitting to authority

The Bible teaches Christians to submit to authority. But what kind of authority? Is there ever a time to not submit? We’re talking about that with our guest today, Pastor Saiko Woods. Pastor Woods is from His Word His Way Fellowship Church in Sugar Land, Texas, where he preaches God’s Word is our final authority. […]

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Is it okay to ask the military what happened to our freedom?

I know that this is touchy. I know that we’ve been conditioned to avoid even the consideration of such thoughts and subjects. I know that even asking the question will have many tempted to immediately tar and tag me as “unpatriotic” or some sort of commie pinko who should just shut up, stop thinking such things, […]

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Confronting Americult

For those hoping, praying, and pulling for true restoration in America, the past weekend offered us the clearest sign yet that we are nowhere near even beginning to head in that direction as a people. The one thing to watch for in this or any other culture where death is near and restoration is desperately […]

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How’s that Pagan “conservatism” workin’ out for ya, Christian?

So how is our Pagan “conservatism” and America worship working out for us? How’s that 40+ year “pro-life commitment” from the GOP panning out? (See: Note to ‘Merica: There is no “God-given right” to murder children. Repent accordingly.) How’s that GOP/”conservative” defense of “family values” playing out? (See: Of course Jeb Bush is “fine” with […]

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Rob Bell promotes “Mother God” and “apophatic meditation” in new “Liturgists” show
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In addition to (or perhaps because of) his new The Rob Bell Show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel, Rob Bell has been busy with his ZIMZUM of Love book promotions and now his new The Liturgists program, a podcast he has quietly launched with a dozen or so other theological partners who “do not actively promote our names and personal images” for ego reasons.

What do The Liturgists talk about when they talk about God the Father? Well actually, they talk about God the Mother.  That’s not a typo.  Says Bell:
Created in honor of Mother’s Day, God our Mother is a liturgy that explores both the scriptures that speak of God in a maternal context and the limits of human language in describing an infinite God. God Our Mother includes an apophatic contemplative meditation. Apophatic disciplines seek to push beyond language and rational thinking in the context of God’s Holiness, and can be very powerful. For this reason, we recommend that spiritual practices like apophaticism are best moderated through scripture, tradition, and some form of spiritual community.

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Something Catastrophic Is Coming: Should We Tune Out?

While the biblical principle of balance and moderation is always in order, are there not seasons where desperate times require desperate measures? Just as birth pangs increase in intensity and frequency until delivery, are there not unique times in history when more is required of us because the pace is quickening and it’s imperative as “watchmen on the wall” to remain vigilant? Could we be in just such a time?

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This Viral Meme is Wreaking Havoc on Christian Minds

by Eric Holmberg

We can now add to the list of risks associated with the homosexual lifestyle its impact on the frontal lobes and logic centers of the evangelical brain. Faced with the rising “gay” tide, multiple thousands—perhaps millions—of professing Christians are becoming both hosts and transmitters of a peculiar form of cognitive dissonance: embracing two incompatible ideas and somehow making peace with the disharmony.

I’m speaking here of the idea that active, unrepentant sexual activity between two same-gendered people is consistent with Christian beliefs and practices.

The solvent for forging this artificial union or peace (see Jer. 6:14)? A skewed view of Christian love, grace, mercy and forgiveness.

An important distinction needs to be made here between this and the other, more manifestly rebellious method some professing Christians use to reconcile the two: twisting scriptural references to homosexuality to mean something other than their clear meaning and what 99% of biblical scholars over three millennia have taken them to mean. In other words, advocating that when properly practiced God blesses homosexual behavior and that it is just as conducive to human and societal flourishing as heterosexuality. I am specifically addressing here Christians who still believe that homosex is wrong—or at least sub-optimal—but also believe that Christian love and forgiveness call for us to accept it.

I was recently confronted with this insidious meme for the umpteenth time while strolling through a special event held at an upscale shopping and dining development. It was a Kid’s Fare and the streets were dotted with booths and presentations catering to pre-teens. One was sponsored by a local church. Still looking for a congregation to join after moving to Cleveland, I stopped and visited with a nice lady who was handing out gift bags and talking up the impressive variety of programs her church had to offer children in the community. As we chatted, it was clear she was genuinely sincere and excited about Jesus and her faith. Yes, her church believed in the inerrancy of Scripture. Ditto the bodily death and resurrection of Christ. And yes, Jesus was the way, the truth and the life. Not wanting to monopolize her time, I decided to cut to the chase and ask “the question”—one that sadly has become one of the better gauges as to a particular church’s position on the “pillar and ground of truth” scale. (1 Tim. 3:15)

“Where are you guys in relation to the issue of homosexuality and gay marriage?”

She blinked and opened with what I have found to be a standard, evasive response: “We love and support all people and want to help them on their journey with God.”

“Fantastic!” I replied. “But what does that practically mean for someone who is actively engaged in a homosexual lifestyle?”

After a few more ambiguous comments, she finally cut to the chase, revealing the infectious meme. To better understand this affliction, I will break it down…

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Three Models for How Christians Can Engage Culture

by Eric Chabot

Given the current cultural climate, the hot topics that always being talked about are issues such as the same sex marriage and abortion debate. But what I have noticed over the years is that Christians are still struggling to figure out how to exactly engage the culture around them. In other words, should a Christian care about governmental laws? Should they be involved with politics? Should they be trying to impact legislation? Should Christians just pray and let God fight the battles around them? As for myself,  I have invested plenty of time trying to engage the university. Allow me to go ahead and expand on this topic with three models for cultural engagement:

1. The Withdrawal Model: In this model, many Christians are just so disgusted with the evil in the culture that they have decided to separate from it completely. When I say ‘separate’  I mean that these Christians only socialize with other Christians and generally won’t engage the dangerous places like universities. Thus, they tend to always expect non Christians to behave like Christians and  are convinced America will eventually return to its Christian foundations.

Let me tell a quick story: I once participated in an Interfaith panel on a university campus (e.g, we had a Muslim, a Jewish rabbi, a Buddhist, along with myself). Sadly, one of my Christian friends rebuked me for participating in such as event. Hence, he said I should never sit on a panel with people who were from different faiths. When I challenged him on being salt and light (Matt. 5: 13-14) and that we need to engage the dark areas of our culture, he only got more defensive.  In many cases people who adhere to the withdrawal model forget that judgment comes to the household of God first (1 Pet. 4: 16-17). We can’t keep expecting non Christians to adhere to our values and beliefs. This ends up making the Gospel into the moral Gospel rather than a supernatural message…

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An Interview With Dr. Douglas Groothuis

Doug Groothuis is one of America’s leading Christian apologists. Author of Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Christian Apologetics, as well as many other books and articles, Dr. Groothuis is Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary.

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Herb: What motivated you to become interested in apologetics?

Doug: I became a Christian after studying philosophy my first year in college. And then I went back and tried to be philosophical about Christianity and think through the Christian worldview and how it related to other worldviews. And I ended up getting a PhD in philosophy and studying other religions and other philosophies, writing about those. And I had some facility in doing that and it ministered to people. I love to build Christians up in their faith and also try to speak the truth in love to unbelievers, understand them, be able to interact logically with people that I disagree with.

Herb: Wonderful. I have a ministry that ministers to men and so a question I have for you involves the tremendous worldview change in our culture over the last several decades. How do you feel that that has affected men?

Doug: Well, the changes are profound, really titanic. And it has to do with not considering God as the ultimate moral authority. We’re concerned more about what’s contingent and what culture thinks. So laws are changed with no regard to the fear of God. And sexual ethics have gone insane in recent years. So I think men are told any sexual relationship they want is legitimate as long as it’s consensual. And that’s wrong. I think when people stop exercising dominion, as we’re called to do. We’re called to cultivate the planet–it’s true for men and women–that they often resort to the strongest feelings they have. And in many people, those are erotic feelings. So men and women need to practice self restraint, self control, and also have a worldview that makes sense out of sexuality. God created us male and female for marriage. Pretty simple. And if we stay within heterosexual, monogamous marriage and faithfulness within marriage, then we’ll have a framework for our lives and we won’t be tossed about by all these bizarre sexual ideas that assail us all the time.

Herb: When our culture had a theistic worldview, a Christian worldview, that men had a template of what they were supposed to do.

Doug: Right.

Herb: And now, with a materialistic worldview, men tend to think of themselves as just mere animals.

Doug: Well that’s right because people are trying to erase the distinction that exists between the human and the non-human. And often behaviors are justified or explained on the basis of what’s called evolutionary psychology which, as Francis Schaefer said, has a view of human beings where you look down, you don’t look up. You look down at your supposed evolutionary history. And you don’t look up in terms of your creator who made you in his image and likeness. So we lose a law above the law. We lose an orientation to God and we look only to the biological and only to the social world. And that means that we won’t have abiding standards and we won’t have reasons to say no to ourselves because we’re saying yes to God and his kingdom. And once that becomes a part of culture, anything goes. It’s like the psalmist says, “When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” What we do is we cling to God. We read the Bible. We believe the Bible. We attend church. We try to be salt and light in the culture. But we can’t underestimate the philosophical consequences of this belief that God has nothing to say to the human condition…

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Eternal Truth for Changing Times: An Interview With Dr. Douglas Groothuis


Does the Cumulative Case for Design Point to a Divine Designer?

By J. Warner Wallace

Much has been written about the evidence for design in biological organisms. In fact, the appearance of design is largely uncontroversial. Even famed atheist and evolutionist, Richard Dawkins has written, “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.” But what, precisely, are the attributes of design most of us believe (either consciously or unconsciously) are most reasonably explained by an intelligent designer? In my new book, God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for A Divinely Created Universe, I make a case for Intelligent Design based on the contributions of many great scientists and thinkers, my own experience as a designer (my education and training is in design and architecture) and my professional investigative career as a detective. The result: a cumulative case approach to the appearance of design and the reasonable inference of an Intelligent Designer. I believe there are eight attributes of design we employ when reasonably inferring the existence of a Designer. To make them easier to remember, I’ve assembled them in an acronym (DESIGNED):

D- Dubious Probability (Given Chance)
Is random chance an insufficient explanation for the formation and assembly of the object we are examining?

E -Echoes of Familiarity
Does the object resemble other structures we know (with certainty) were designed by intelligent designers?

S- Sophistication and Intricacy
Does the object display specificity, sophistication and intricacy consistent with the involvement of an intelligent agent?

I – Informational Dependency
Is there any evidence the object was directed and created by way of instructional information?

G – Goal Direction (and Intentionality)
Does the form and assembly process of the object process to be goal-directed?

N – Natural Inexplicability (Given Laws of Physics or Chemistry)
Are the laws of physics and chemistry insufficient to account for the form and function of the object?

E – Efficiency / Irreducible Complexity
Does the object display efficient, irreducible complexity reflecting the involvement of an intelligent designer?

D – Decision / Choice Reflection
Does the object display evidence of conscious choices indicative of an intelligent designer?

Like every cumulative case built on a collection of seemingly innocuous pieces of evidence, no single aspect of the case may appear all that compelling. But the cumulative collection of evidences, when they all point to the same reasonable inference, provide us with good reason to believe an intelligent agent has been involved in the design process…

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Does the Cumulative Case for Design Point to a Divine Designer?


Sieg Heil Planned Parenthood

Each passing day as we learn more about the money-hungry killing machine known as Planned Parenthood, the more we see obvious and clear parallels to the Nazi killing machine. There seems to be so much common ground here that PP is really no different morally speaking than the Nazis were.

Indeed, the origins should tell us all we need to know. Adolf Hitler was greatly impressed with and influenced by the diabolical eugenicist Margaret Sanger – who just happens to be the founder of Planned Parenthood. The odious worldview of the Nazis aligned so very well with that of Sanger.

For more on how greatly Hitler was influenced by the eugenicists of the day, including Sanger, one should consult the important 2003 volume by Edwin Black , War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race.

Given those connections, we should not be surprised about the shocking revelations emerging today about this mega baby killing machine. The same mindset and ethos prevails, and the same horrible outcomes are being realised. PP alone is responsible for the death of more babies than Hitler was of Jews.

Of course the same callous disregard for human life can be found in both groups. Jews and others were viewed as subhuman by the Nazis, and so could be killed or “medically” experimented upon as they liked. PP treats the unborn baby in exactly the same fashion.

And the same rationale is being used here as well: ‘If these folks are going to die anyway, why not put to good use their body parts.’ Just yesterday on Fox News I heard one radical leftist guest say exactly this. ‘Hey, they are going to die so we might as well make good use of them.’

Um, where have we heard all this before? During the Nuremberg Trials after WWII we heard plenty of testimony about what was being done with the body parts of Jews and others. Consider the case of Nazi doctor Julius Hallervorden. As one author says,

“Hallervorden, who was shipped six hundred preserved brains of ‘mercy death’ victims for his research in neuropathology, testified after the war: ‘There was wonderful material among those brains. . . . Where they came from and how they came to me was really none of my business.”

Said Dr.Hallervorden: “If you are going to kill all these people, at least take the brains out so that the material can be utilised.” Hmm, sound just like the officials at PP and their defenders. Needless to say, Hallervorden was ultimately found guilty of major war crimes. But when it comes to PP, we still treat them as heroes.

But let me mention one more Nazi doctor, and you tell me if you see any parallels with what PP or any other abortionists are doing to babies:

oberheuserDr. Herta Oberheuser, in order to kill them, would inject oil and evipan into children’s blood streams. While the children were still conscious, she removed their vital organs and limbs with no anesthetics. They usually had about 3-5 minutes before death would come. Herta also focused on inflicting wounds that were similar to the wounds the German soldiers got on patients. She would then rub objects such as; glass, wood, rusty nails, and sawdust into the wounds. Herta was the only female defendant at the Nuremberg Medical Trials. She received a 20 year sentence, but only served 10. After being released in the April of 1952, she became a family doctor in Stocksee, Germany. Her license was revoked in 1958.

Richard Cromwell has recently penned a piece entitled ” It’s Getting Tough To Tell Planned Parenthood From Nazis”. He begins his article this way:

German SS officer and Auschwitz “physician” Josef Mengele once wrote, “There’s only one truth and one true beauty …There’s no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ in nature. There’s only ‘appropriate’ or ‘inappropriate’… Both sides receive equal chances. Nevertheless, nature provides a strainer. Things that are ‘inappropriate’ fall through since they lose in the struggle for survival.”
More lately, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director for medical services, had this to say: “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.”
It’s almost like Planned Parenthood is the strainer and babies, those inappropriate little consequences of life, fall through in the struggle for survival while the organs, the appropriate parts, survive and get sold at market. Ain’t progress grand?

He concludes,

Planned Parenthood is run by a bunch of nihilists, as evidenced by the fact that they obviously find life meaningless. Nihilists! I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, at least it’s an ethos, a philosophy of life that attempts to provide meaning to and excuses for butchery. When it comes to harvesting organs for sale, solely for the sake of $30 to $100, you’ve officially abandoned any claim to an ethos, even a disgusting and misguided one. When you have no intention of stopping, because progress! even as the death toll rises, you’re nothing more than state-sponsored murderers.

Currently we now have ten US state investigations and three Congressional investigations into the goings on of PP. Texas is one such state. Consider this recent report:

Anti-abortion activists rallied at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday to applaud the state’s Republican leaders for investigating Planned Parenthood.
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will meet Wednesday to discuss Planned Parenthood’s role in fetal tissue donation programs. The investigation is one of three ordered by state leaders following the release of undercover videos showing several national Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal tissue procurement methods and reimbursement fees.
Fetal tissue donation for research is legal, but the group behind the videos, the Center for Medical Progress, alleges that Planned Parenthood is illegally profiting from the reimbursements they receive for tissue procurement. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards has called the accusations untrue.
At the rally Tuesday, Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, compared the procurement and research of fetal tissue to Nazi experiments.
“This is no different than what happened in Nazi Germany,” Laubenberg said. “No different than doing experiments on the old men and old women, and now doing them on the babies.”
She called Planned Parenthood “liars” and “destroyers of human life.”
She and the other rally speakers applauded the state’s success in banning Planned Parenthood from the state’s Women’s Health Program and recently the state’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening program.

But all these investigations should not be limited to some of the more obvious dodgy deals of PP. The very rationale and purpose of PP (the killing of innocent human life) should be called into question. While the defunding of PP is long overdue, we should look more closely at not just curtailing taxpayer funding, but at curtailing the entire organisation.

http://www.kawvalley.k12.ks.us/schools/rjh/marneyg/04_holocaust-projects/04_mccune_medical-experiments.htm
http://thefederalist.com/2015/07/15/its-getting-tough-to-tell-planned-parenthood-from-nazis/


Christian Mass Murderers (Or Clueless Wonders)

 

There is absolutely no question that the Nazis were mass murderers. And there is absolutely no question that groups like Planned Parenthood are mass murderers. Both have slain their millions. Both are guilty of crimes against humanity, and both are on the wrong side of history – certainly God’ history.

Yet incredibly we have some “Christians” actually defending mass murder. They are siding with the killers against God and his holy hatred of the shedding of innocent blood. These folks are not Christians at all, but woefully deceived dupes of Satan.

pp 16They are doing Satan’s work for him by attacking real Christians who resist the shedding of blood, while they in fact defend the murderers. This is just so mind-boggling that you would have to argue this just can’t be happening. But sadly it is occurring.

Consider one fellow on another website who rightly posted on Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, the world’s biggest baby killing operation. He correctly referred to her as a “murderous lady”. Well of course she is. She and Hitler are like sister and brother when it comes to genocide and the slaughter of the innocents.

Yet some completely clueless wonder who claims to be a Christian actually got all upset and sent in a strong comment condemning him! I kid you not! This is what he said:

Don’t you get it? Jesus explicitly says not to judge. Your posts go way beyond disagreeing with this lady. You are in the realm of vilification and slander. Do you think it is okay to accuse this lady of breaking God’s law, when you are yourself by publically denouncing her? I know I am being blunt here, but the bible says that Daddy God has no darkness in Him – there is no concept of doing the wrong thing to achieve a good outcome in His Kingdom.

Wow, mind boggling. He is actually claiming the slaughter of babies and the seeling of their baby parts for profit is no worse than calling out those who do this! Sorry, but when I find stuff that is this morally and mentally challenged I feel compelled to respond. So I sent in this reply to the guy:

So, Elijah was wrong to judge (condemn) the Baalists, Isaiah was wrong to judge the false idols, Jesus was wrong to judge the Pharisees, Paul was wrong to judge the Judaisers, John was wrong to judge the antichrists, Wilberforce was wrong to judge the slave traders, and the Allies were wrong to judge the Nazis? How utterly foolish.
No wonder the church is in such a mess when clueless wonders will defend mass murderers of babies while whining about (and judging and condemning!) those believers who rightly stand against such evil.

Imagine that: not only is he 100 per cent wrong on the issue of judging, and not only does he judge others while telling them how wrong it is to judge, but he actually goes to bat for baby killers. If this is the stuff of Christianity these days, we might as well just close down all the churches, turn them into gay discos, and just give the whole thing away.

But wait, there’s more. If it were just one-off fruit loops like this guy, it would not be so bad. But we actually have entire denominations shrilling for Planned Barrenhood (or is it Banned Parenthood?) while attacking true followers of Jesus Christ. Consider a recent report on this uber-madness and gross spiritual deception:

According to a group of liberal clergy, killing babies in abortions and selling their body parts to the highest bidder is “God’s work.”
On July 29, the Planned Parenthood Clergy Advocacy Board said the undercover videos portraying their executives haggling over the cost of aborted babies’ body parts are simply an attack on health care.
Jeffrey Walton from the Institute on Religion and Democracy reports that the board is made up of religious leaders from the United Church of Christ, Episcopal Church and American Baptist Churches as well as clergy from Reformed Jewish and Unitarian Universalist congregations.
In a statement the clergy said, “As faith leaders committed to justice, honesty, and liberty, we are troubled by the decades-long campaign of harassment against Planned Parenthood and those they serve. Our faiths demand care for those marginalized by poverty and other oppressions. Faith leaders have supported Planned Parenthood for nearly 100 years because of our shared goals: every person — regardless of income, race, or religion — deserves access to safe, affordable, high-quality health care.”
They concluded, “Our religious traditions call us to offer compassion, not judgment. People who work for Planned Parenthood give care and respect to those in need, doing God’s work. For this we are grateful.”

OK, so let me get this right: killing babies and selling their body parts is doing God’s work. OK, got that. And there I thought that God was a God of life and love. But it seem he is really a God of death and hate. Hmmm, so all those centuries we have got God wrong, and these trendy folks are here to set the record straight. Right.

How is this satanic deception over PP one bit different from entire church bodies defending the work of the Nazis and telling us they were doing God’s work? They might as well have formed the First Church of the Nazis. They might as well have served as deacons, priests and alterboys for the Hitler House of Heaven.

They might as well have established the Christian Congregation of Concentration Camps. They might as well have belonged to the House of Holocaust Holiness. Christians spruiking for Hitler and the Nazis are no different from Christians spruiking for PP and abortion.

When people flat out reject God and his Word that is one thing, but when they actually seek to use God as a cover for pure evil and everything that God hates, then you know that demonic deception is in full swing. These church leaders and groups are serving the Synagogue of Satan, not the living and true God.

So, are these fake Christians mass murderers? Well perhaps not directly, But as they do everything they can to defend, promote and exonerate those who are mass murderers, they are just as bad in my books. They are doing the devil’s work big time. And one day they will stand before a Holy God to give an account.

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/07/31/episcopal-and-church-of-christ-clergy-praise-planned-parenthood-for-doing-gods-work/


The Sacrament Of Autonomy

Even partial-birth abortion is — must be — a sacrament in the Church of “Choice.” This sect knows that its entire edifice depends on not yielding an inch on its insistence that what an abortion kills never possesses a scintilla of moral significance.   —George Will, “Planned Parenthood and the barbarity of America”

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HIllsong NYC Church Has An ‘Engaged’ Openly Homosexual Couple Leading The Choir

 

“We have a lot of gay men and women in our church and I pray we always do.” – Pastor Carl Lentz, Hillsong NYC

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

Hillsong Church in New York City attracts over 7,000 energized worshippers every week. It’s pastor, Carl Lentz, has a half-shaved head, ripped jeans, is covered with tattoos and draws a celebrity audience of people like Justin Beiber and NBA star Kevin Durant. When it comes to the topic of same-sex marriage, however, their official position is shrouded in half-answers and obfuscation. But one thing is quite clear: they allow an openly and unrepentantly gay couple to lead their choir.

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Meet your Hillsong NYC church choir leaders Josh Canfield and Reed Kelly.

As seen above, Josh Canfield and Reed Kelly, are a proudly-out homosexual couple who preach the gospel of the LGBT Agenda. They became “engaged” last year and are planning a “wedding” for sometime in 2016. They feel no conviction of any kind for the lifestyle they lead, and yet, shockingly, they are allowed to lead the worship choir during church services. Pastor Lentz, when asked about homosexuality, had this to say:

“Jesus was in the thick of an era where homosexuality, just like it is today, was widely prevalent.  And I’m still waiting for someone show me the quote where Jesus addressed it on the record in front of people.  You won’t find it because he never did,” he said.

Well, if Pastor Lentz would turn down the Marshall stacks on his platform and open his Bible, he would find exactly where Jesus condemned homosexuality. All through Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus preached an adherence to the Law of Moses, as we see here:

“For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5:18 (KJV)

And what does that same Law that Jesus commanded be kept have to say about homosexuality? Read it for yourself, Pastor Lentz:

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Leviticus 20:13 (KJV)

That God is against homosexuality is a theme that is repeated three times in the New Testament as well, so even the most least-read Bible student should be able piece together what the Bible’s ultra-clear stand on homosexuality might be. But this seems to be a feat unable to be accomplished within the Hillsong theology circles.

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:14-16 (KJV)

But an inability to understand Scripture is not the problem with Hillsong Church, in New York City, in Australia, or around the world. The problem is money. The Hillsong Church global corporation is a multi-million dollar cash cow that provides an opulent lifestyle for all it’s leaders. And the millions of dollars that now flow in from parishioners would come to a grinding halt if they ever started preaching Bible truth. The only reason why thousands line up to attend their services is because there is no conviction of sin, no preaching about Biblical righteousness, no hard truths from the Scriptures. What they get is a “christian” rock concert with strobe lights and massive video displays, so that the people who were out in the clubs the night before will feel right at home.


Making It Free

As a pastor of a small church, I notice that music is one of those things upon which a church could spend a whole lot of money. I wrote elsewhere a while back about my seething wrath toward CCLI, then dialed back my indignation after learning that CCLI is a necessary evil in these days of vampiric Christian “artists” and record labels. But I still am mystified by the prospect of having to pay so much for rights to material that is self-consciously designed to go out of style, even when I could not not recommend 99.999% of that material as worthy of Christian contemplation.

In another year, another bill will come, along with another batch of “hot” Christian worship songs that all the cool kid churches will be performing. Not tempting.

But what about hymnals? I’ve found that the devotion to this cult of ephemerality has invaded the publication of hymnals as well. Whether is embodied in poorly-bound songbooks full of contemporary favorites and older songs that can be performed to sound like contemporary favorites, or lavishly-bound songbooks full of the same, hymnal publishing has become a way to get favorites into people’s hands who want something in their hands. I’m not a historian of hymnody nor of hymnal publication, but I imagine this started back when people still expected hymnals in their churches, but demanded that those hymnals be full of favorites. Outfits like Singspiration, Hope, Rodeheaver, and even many of the denominations were only too willing to comply, pounding out new hymnals every few years as people’s fickle tastes demanded that new favorites be included. Did Harry Emerson Fosdick or George “Beverly” Shea or Ralph Carmichael or the Gaithers produce a new hit? Time for a new hymnal!

But things have changed somewhat. Hymnals are rarer now, for one thing, as projection screens have largely replaced them in a silent affirmation of the cult of taste. So hymnal publishers are less likely to sell enough hymnals to cover their costs, much less be able to serve meat at the company picnic.

But favorites are also more expensive than they used to be. Favorites are more expensive because Christian artists are expensive. Guitars, drums, basses, cables, microphones, monitors, and vehicles to move all that stuff to shows are expensive. Studio time is expensive. Pressing and publication are expensive. The whole Christian music industry is one big expensive expensive. And industries, bless their little hearts, don’t become industries by only charging enough to cover their costs.

Is this ministry? What would change if ministry became the priority again?

Here is an opinion on that matter:

Grace Music Group | To My Fellow Musicians: Make It Free


Be Still . . .

…So You Can Be God?!

Our Spiritual Adversary would have everyone believe that we are all “one” because God is “in” everyone and everything. Using every promotional means possible—including a creative and ingenious perversion of quantum physics—he is attempting to convince the world and the church that while Jesus was Christ, so is everyone. And while Jesus was God, so is everyone else.[1]

By Sarah H. Leslie

Is the purpose of the modern meditation movement(s) to desensitize people into believing that “we are all one” and “we are god”? The extent to which these ideas have now entered the evangelical church world is quite alarming. Our research friend Warren B. Smith has just released a new booklet Be Still and Know That You are Not God!—God is Not “in” Everyone and Everything that examines this issue in a simple and concise overview.

For the 20+ years that I’ve known Warren Smith he has been consistently warning about this rising heresy.  In fact, in 2007 Herescope ran an excerpt from an updated Internet version of Smith’s 2002 book Reinventing Jesus Christ where he described his meditation experiences while he was in the New Age Movement. He explained how he was supposed to “be still” so that he could then affirm that “I am God”:

In our New Age meditations we would often meditate on and contemplate certain passages of Scripture. At an Edgar Cayce conference I once attended, we began each day by meditating on Psalm 46:10—“Be still, and know that I am God.” Looking back on that experience now, I realize why that particular verse of Psalm 46 was used by so many New Age groups for contemplation. The spirit world was only too willing to take something God was saying about Himself and translate it into something that the New Age was saying about man. It was very clever.

We were being “still” and we were quoting Scripture, but we were continually affirming that we were God by emphasizing the “I” and repeating the phrase “I am God” over and over again. We were “going within” to the “God within”—“Be still” and know that “I” am God. In our unguarded state of “being still” we were not being taught that God was God. We were being taught that we were God.

The “Jesus” of A Course in Miracles also used Psalm 46:10 to teach this New Age concept. We were to “be still” and to “know” that we were “God.” This false Jesus actually used the “Be still” verse to preface his false teaching that “the journey to the cross should be the last ‘useless journey.’” Our New Age journey was around the cross not through the cross. We were being taught by A Course in Miracles and our other New Age teachings that if we were “being still,” and if we “knew” that we were God, then we didn’t need the cross and we didn’t need Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We could save ourselves by “being still” and “awakening” to the inner “self-realization” that we were God. A Course in Miracles lesson number 70 is “My salvation comes from me.” (Chapter 5 Update, subsection “Be Still”)[2]

Smith’s latest booklet first presents a helpful summary of biblical truth. Smith then recounts example after example of the error as it has been taught by New Agers and church leaders over the past eight decades. Seeing these quotations compiled together in one long list illustrates the magnitude of the problem. The evangelical church world has been tolerating these heretical teachings, probably because the leaders were so “esteemed,” for a long time!

Smith diligently and effectively counters these false teachings, and makes the following observations about their significance in the world today:

Scripture makes it clear that God is not an immanent/quantum/panentheistic force or “ground of all being” that interpenetrates His creation. Scripture exhorts believers to lay up “a good foundation”—the true Jesus Christ—for the challenging days ahead. It also warns us to beware of a false foundation that purports to be scientifically proven—like the quantum/New Age/New Spirituality. God is our creator, but He is not “quantum-ly” embedded in His creation. He is not “in” everyone and everything….

It has been rightly said that God is God and we are not. However, tremendous pressure is being continually mounted to convince everyone there is a New Age/New Spirituality/New Worldview that can save the world from its present problems. We are being told that if we accept the new revelation that “we are all one” because “God is in everyone and everything” then world peace can happen. But we know from Scripture that a false Christ—Antichrist—“shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice” and “by peace shall destroy many” (Daniel 8:25). The Bible warns that what will appear to be a wonderful “peace and safety” will suddenly turn into terrible “destruction” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).

Be Still and Know That You are Not God!—God is Not “in” Everyone and Everything is available from Lighthouse Trails and can be accessed in its entirety online. Purchasing information for the booklet is posted at the same page: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=17572. It is well worth a read!

For those who wish to do further research on this topic, see Pastor Larry DeBruyn’s excellent biblical analysis of the Psalm 46:10 passage in his article “Be Still: Contemplative or Listening Prayer & Psalm 46:10” posted on Herescope.[3]

Endnotes:
1. Be Still and Know That You are Not God!—God is Not “in” Everyone and Everything, Warren B. Smith, http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=17572
2. Read: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2007/11/what-is-rethinking.html
3. Read: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2012/09/be-still.html


Broken but Breathing—A Sobering Update from Tullian Tchividjian

Tullian shared this vulnerable message on Facebook this week sharing his struggle and the daunting rode ahead for him and his family.

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Church, I think it’s time we start seriously praying for our pastors and leaders.  These men and women are human, just like us, and need the support and protection of prayer.  We can stand in the gap and raise up the arms of leaders in the church, our cities and our country.

“The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.” – Andrew Murray

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3 Things I Wish the Church Would Say About J Lo and Sexuality

3 Things I wish the Church Would Say About J Lo and Sexuality

Jennifer Lopez got in trouble for her provocative performance in Morocco.  Apparently, there was so much curve showing and booty shaking that she now has a lawsuit on her hands.  Honestly, I find this kind of humorous. After all, J Lo was really just being J Lo.  (Not an appropriate Christian response, I know).

I’m not here to pick on Jennifer Lopez.  She is beautiful and talented.  Interestingly, she helped positively change the definition of beauty for women with her curves and confidence.

Don’t panic, but I’m here to pick on the church … just a little bit.  I don’t think we’re talking about modesty, purity and sexuality in a way that empowers, equips and honors men and women.  So, how do we talk about this in the church?

Here are three things I wish the church would say about sexuality and purity more often:

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1. Your Body is Beautiful!

This is a far cry from, “Cover up! You might make someone stumble.” I grew up in a Christian home, attending church and going to a Christian school.  That’s a lot of Jesus, people.  The truth is, I loved it.  However, there were some messages I received that just weren’t helpful growing up.  They were messages that shamed girls for their beauty and sexuality.  We need young girls to feel comfortable in their own skin.  Body-shaming leads to embarrassment and insecurity.  What if the church was that clear voice that offered positive language about our bodies?

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2. You are Uniquely Made in God’s Image

I heard a sermon for college students about men and women that went like this: Men are like thermos containers and women are like crystal goblets.  They both hold liquid, but if you drop them, one breaks while the other just dents.

That’s got to be the least helpful sermon I’ve heard.  It’s definitely not honoring men and women to insinuate that some people shatter and some people can be bounced around.  God equally created men and women in His image as fearfully and wonderfully made to reflect His glory and character.  Let’s celebrate our strengths, gifting, passions and differences.

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3. God Made You this Way, Don’t be Ashamed

I think the message in the church should be “you are loved, you are seen, and you are delighted in.”  God is a God of beauty.  There should be a holy acknowledgement of beauty without a fear of sexuality.  Our conversations about modesty, purity and sexuality should be soaked in grace.  We are a people of freedom, not under the law.  Can we speak about boundaries and values in a way that creates space for free spirits, love and safety?  We need to define beauty by God’s standards and not by culture’s, and the church can be the vessel for these bold conversations to happen.

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So where does that leave us?

People who know who they are and whose they are don’t need to flaunt their… assets.  Let’s celebrate beauty and confidence without demeaning girls.  Let’s talk about sex without condemnation.  Let’s model modesty and purity without being weird.  Let’s open up this conversation in homes, at small group, at youth group and learn from each other.

This girl knows what she’s talking about:

You see me hanging with my fam, but that don’t mean I’m living in a bubble
You’ll find me at church, but that don’t mean I can’t cause trouble
Stir up a little scene ’cause isn’t that what you want?

Thinking maybe they’ll let me sing songs about real things
And baby who knows maybe I can sell out shows without taking off my clothes
God made me sexy I don’t care if only I know

Want some fun resources?  Here are just a few people who are doing this well – with style, grace and courage:

  1. SWIMSUIT READY OR NOT by Shauna Niequist
  2. Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model.
  3. Colbie Caillat – Try
  4. The lady stripped bare – Tracey Spicer
  5. Dear Women & Daughters: When You’re Tired of Media Voices Telling You What Beauty & Love Is – by Ann Voskamp

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On Grace, Football and Tom Brady

Word has it Tom Brady deflated some footballs. I don’t know what was wrong with the inflated ones; maybe it’s just a personal preference. The NFL found out (surprise!) and let Brady know he had to sit out the next few games. Brady said he didn’t do it (see his long Facebook post here). Next he destroyed his phone after saying he never texted or emailed anyone about this issue. (That’s not suspicious at all).

Oh, Tom Brady of little faith. We’ve all been there too. Maybe we haven’t deflated footballs and crushed our phones, but we’ve all made mistakes and tried to avoid the consequences of our actions. It sucks having to swallow our pride. I feel for you Tom Brady (even though I don’t like football very much).

In the game of life, we’re all Tom Brady. We all have sinned and fallen short. The playing field was officially leveled long ago on the cross. In God’s economy, we’re all equal.

I’m so thankful Christ humbled himself to do life with us on earth and to take our punishment upon himself so we could forever be with him. And that forever starts today. As Believers, we have the incomparable joy of eternal life right now. The kingdom of heaven is right here and right now. Why do we live in fear instead of walking in grace?

We play it safe to avoid pain and mistakes, yet miss out on life to the fullest. Or we throw caution to the wind to experience it all – both good and bad. Can we rest in the healthy tension of audacious daring and the favor and influence of God?

It takes great courage to humble ourselves, admit our mistakes and then make restitution. It’s not fun. Sometimes it even hurts. We won’t make it through life without making mistakes, but we have a choice to try to dodge fair punishment or to make things right.

“Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?” ― Ernest Hemingway

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Intercepted Document Reveals ISIS militants’ Apocalyptic Plan to End the World

A chilling document has been obtained from the jihadist group exposing their plans of a terrorist attack on India to provoke an “end of the world” war with the United States.

This recruitment document was received by the American Media Institute and was translated from Urdu by a Harvard researcher and translator.  U.S. intelligence officials believe the document is authentic based on unique language and markings.

Reflected in the document is an alarming hunger for genocide and relentless violence as they detail plans to attack U.S soldiers as they depart Afghanistan, and target American diplomats and Pakistani officials.

ISIS seeks to encourage Pakistani and Afghan Taliban factions to join with them as one army to form a worldwide caliphate.  They plan to use an attack on India to trigger the United States’ involvement in what they hope will start an apocalyptic war to “end the world.”

For further reading on how we can help with the refugee crisis in the Middle East click here, to learn more about the ISIS caliphate watch here, and to reach about what ISIS wants click here.

How can the church respond to this threat to domestic security?  How can the church stand in the gap for the innocent suffering in the Middle East?

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0-100: What Is Love?

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Forward From Conversion: How We Can Focus on Spiritual Growth and Transformation

One of the most exciting moments within the life of a church is when someone comes to know Jesus Christ as Savior. We celebrate having new believers in our churches, but are we leading them to become lifelong disciples of Jesus?

Are we helping them continue through the transformation process or are we leaving them in convert mode?

Conversion is not the end. It is the glorious beginning.

We have become masters at getting “decisions.” Conversion is a powerful event in the life of the believer. It is a great moment. But it isn’t the end of the game. Converting those decisions into disciples must be part of the church’s purpose.

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Conversion is a powerful event in the life of the believer. It is a great moment. But it isn’t the end of the game.

Sometimes we put such an emphasis on that moment, we make people think that is all we are after. The not-so-funny joke is that some people are willing to receive Christ just so the pastor will leave them alone. Our goal is often for conversions. But God’s goal is for transformation, which really just begins at conversion.

Paul remarks in his letter to the Philippians (1:6), “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” Conversion is central to the beginning of new life, being relocated (spiritually) to another kingdom. Colossians 1:13 tells us that we are “transferred through the domain of darkness into the kingdom of the Son He loves.”

They have been born again, Jesus says in John 3. So there is now a spiritual life present that was not present before. The Spirit of God dwells in them. They have new life. They are a new creation in Christ even as Christ in them is the “hope of glory.” But that event is not the end. It is a taste of the ongoing transformation that will come.

Spiritual growth should always follow spiritual birth.

How do we follow up for spiritual growth?

It’s a really bad idea to give birth to a baby and leave them on their own. We call that abandonment. People go to jail for that—and rightfully so. But I think sometimes we do that in church.

I call people to trust and respond to Christ every week in our church service. We ask them to share that decision through a card. Others use an altar call where new believers are connected with an established believer.

Whatever you use, it is at this point the process of partnership in spiritual growth is now stewarded to you and your church. We need to prioritize the discipling of anyone who has trusted Christ in our church.

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08/01/15 Trembling at His Word

READING: Isaiah 64-66

TEXTS AND APPLICATION: I love reading God’s Word. The truths are rich, and the blessings are many. I wonder, though, if I tremble at His Word.

Today’s reading covers the final three chapters of the book of Isaiah, chapters that reveal God’s restoration of His people and His kingdom after judgment. In particular, God points to the kind of person He blesses:

Isa. 66:2  I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, submissive in spirit, and trembles at My word.

I understand “humility” and being “contrite (submissive) in spirit.” God wants us to be broken and tender, open to His leading and listening to His pleading. Do I, however, tremble at His Word?

It seems to me that if I tremble at His Word, I will . . .

  • be amazed and grateful that I have the Word of God in my hand and in my language
  • read the Word with caution, pausing to think deeply on passages that warn of judgment
  • read the Word with wonder, learning that a perfectly holy God loves and seeks me
  • see life change — particularly, forsaking sin and seeking God — as a result of reading; that is, I ought to fear more if I read but don’t see repentance and faith as a result
  • desire to read God’s Word regularly simply because it is His Word
  • be both alarmed and longing when I choose not to read the Word
Do I tremble at His Word? I don’t know. What I do know is that this God gives me new beginnings each day. I know that He wants me to call upon Him; indeed, He says, “Even before they call, I answer; while they are still speaking, I will hear” (Isa. 65:24). It sounds strange, I know, but I’m praying that He will make me tremble more.

PRAYER: You know the prayer today: “God, let us be a people who tremble at Your Word.”


08/02/15 Bad Use of a Second Opportunity

READING: 2 Kings 20-21

TEXTS AND APPLICATION: These chapters tell the story of Hezekiah’s illness and miraculous recovery. Through the prophet Isaiah, God sent word to the king that he was about to die. Hezekiah prayed and wept, and God granted him 15 more years of life (2 Kgs. 20:6). The king who had been faithful to this point was granted additional years to be a faithful witness for God.

In apparent arrogance, though, Hezekiah displayed all his wealth before the son of the king of Babylon, and he may well have considered a treaty with the Babylonians against the Assyrians.

2 Kgs. 20:13 Hezekiah gave them a hearing and showed them his whole treasure house—the silver, the gold, the spices, and the precious oil—and his armory, and everything that was found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his palace and in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them.

Isaiah again appeared, this time to announce God’s judgment: His people would be carried off to Babylon (2 Kgs. 20:16-18).
What is most striking to me is how easy it is to forget the miracles of God and lean on self. God had miraculously given Hezekiah 15 additional years to live, and the king misused those years. I wonder how many times God has granted me a second chance, additional time to serve Him — and I’ve focused that time more on me than on Him.
As I think about it, though, every day is another day of God’s grace. If I have life at all today, it’s because God has graciously granted me breath despite the fact that I remain a sinner. I live today only because He allows me to live today. I owe Him my best, confessing all the while that even my best is a result of His grace.

 

PRAYER: Pray with me that all of us will give God our best today, knowing that we live only because of His grace.


Sin’s Here—- Part One

Sin is a huge topic. We will certainly not be able to do more than scratch the surface in these posts. And of course part of the problem is when you make a list of sins, some people will see this as a ‘to do’ list, or at least a ‘to attempt’ list. Such is [Read More…]


Sin’s Here— Part Two

It comes as a surprise to some that there are gradations of sin according to the Bible. There are more serious and less serious sins, which is the basis of the later distinction between mortal and venial sins. It comes as even more of a surprise to many that there is no atonement in the [Read More…]

BCC Weekend Resource: Gospel-Driven Counseling for Suffering

A Word from Your BCC Team: Often on weekends we like to highlight and link back to one of our many free resources. Today, we link back to a resource produced by The Summit Church and authored by Brad Hambrick: Augustine: Confessions: A Guided Tour of Overcoming a Besetting Sin. Continue reading

Is Cecil the lion more devastating than the Planned Parenthood videos?

Karen Swallow Prior:

While elective abortion and trophy hunting are different issues surrounded by different ethical and political questions, both news stories offer — regardless of one’s views on either issue — an opportunity to consider the moral responsibility that comes with knowledge — and the moral responsibility that comes with willful ignorance.

Conservative Progressives: How to Pass the Baton from Generation to Generation

Joe Rigney:

But sidelong glances won’t be the only challenge. Leadership transitions within churches and institutions are also full of pitfalls for those moving on out and those moving on up. Passing the baton from one generation to another has never been easy. But it’s also never been optional. The Christian faith, after all, is something that’s handed down (2 Tim. 2:2). It’s entrusted from one generation to another.

Which means we must learn to make the generational handoff without dropping the baton.

Pastors, Don’t Be Passive on Planned Parenthood

Dan Darling:

Millions of people are seeing the brutal reality of what has always been labeled by abortion providers as a safe and clinical practice. New technologies, such as ultrasound machines, smart phones that capture video, and social media have converged to cause us to see what we didn’t previously: the humanity of the unborn and the gruesome nature of abortion. As Columnist Ross Douthat puts it, we’re just starting to realize that “an institution at the heart of respectable liberal society is dedicated to a practice that deserves to be called barbarism.”

But how do pastors and church leaders lead their people through the outrage to champion the sacred value of human life? How do we bring the hope of the gospel into the brokenness of our world?

7 False Assumptions Made About Introverts

Ron Edmonson offers a helpful correction about what extroverts think us introverts are like.

Exceptionally Ordinary

Nick Horton:

Do you really think God needs you or I to do anything in order to accomplish what he wills? We’re overestimating our value by 100% if we do. God uses means to accomplish his will, yes. However, he decides the means, not us. He chooses his servants, both great and small, to accomplish the tasks he wants them to do. We’re going by the wrong economy if we measure kingdom impact by worldly numbers.


A La Carte (August 1)

Here are some deals to start your month: The Unquenchable Flame by Michael Reeves ($2.99); Double Play by Ben Zobrist ($0.99); The Ultimate Proof of Creation by Jason Lisle ($2.99). You’ll also find a new list of books spanning all genres in their list of monthly deals.

Free from Christian Audio this month is Rosaria Butterfield’s excellent Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert.

It’s Board Game Day at Amazon and they’ve got lots of good ones on sale. We love Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Smallworld, Dominion, and others.

I rather enjoyed this article titled A Company Copes With Backlash Against the Raise That Roared. It is all about a company owner who decided to offer every one of his employees at least $70,000 per year. Who would have thought that move would make people mad?

This TED talk (which has quite a lot of rough language, especially in the tweets it displays on the screen) shows How One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life. The Internet outrage machine can destroy people’s lives.

Logos users will be interested in this New Source for Free Logos Training. I think most of us only barely scratch the surface of Logos’ power.

Jamie Brown has a massively sarcastic article about nonsensical worship music: Flammable Sound And Its Implications.

The Art of the Interchange shows the unexpected beauty in highway interchanges. Yes, I said highway interchanges.

Mark Altrogge offers some pastoral words: There Are No Accidents With God. “Wherever we find ourselves and whatever we have to deal with we can know that God in his infinite wisdom has designed it for our good and to make us like Christ and bring him glory.”

What Should We Do When They Stray? Nick Batzig says, “There are many difficult and painful experiences that ministers face, but the spiritual rebellion of a child of a believer weighs heavily on the heart of any true minister of the Gospel.”


Notable Voices: August 1, 2015

7 False Assumptions Made About Introverts — Ron Edmondson

Ron, a fellow introvert, shares some false assumptions people make of him due to his introversion. I’ve experienced these as well from time to time.

 


3 Sermon Prep Tips for Bi-vocational Pastors — Marty Duren

Sermon prep is difficult for any pastor, but for bi-vocational pastors it can be even more so. Marty gives two planning tips and one technology tip for bi-vocational pastors to prepare their sermons more efficiently and effectively.

 


13 Numbers You Need to Know about Abortion and the Planned Parenthood Videos — Aaron Earls

The numbers Aaron has compiled are almost as disturbing as the videos which have been released over the past few weeks. One example: 0 — Pew surveyed individuals in 40 nations, in none of them did a majority of people say abortion is morally acceptable.

 


Three Questions for New Fall Ministries — Chris Hefner

Fall ministries and activities kick off soon in many churches. Chris shares three helpful questions to gauge your preparedness for the start of any new ministries.

 


8 Reasons Why Loving Money Is so Dangerous — David Murray

This short post from David examines our relationship with money and issues eight warnings about turning it into an idol.

 


Should a Pastor’s Wife Play Second Fiddle? — Chad Ashby

Chad cautions pastors not to put their relationship with the church they pastor above their relationship with their wife.

 


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Booklet Review: Be Still . . . So You Can Be God?!

By Sarah H. Leslie Herescope Is the purpose of the modern meditation movement(s) to desensitize people into believing that “we are all one” and “we are god”? The extent to which these ideas have now entered the evangelical church world is quite alarming. Our research friend Warren B. Smith has just released a new booklet […]

The Daily Discovery (August 1-2, 2015)

Homosexuals Aiming for Your Kids – “The New York Times reported on July 27, 2015 that the ‘Boy Scouts End Ban on Gay Leaders.’  The Boy Scouts of America claims its child abuse prevention program is the best in the country. However, there have been over 2,000 cases of abuse in the Boy Scouts. Here are some examples.”

Church Responsibility – “I love the The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is a compelling story and so, so well-made. If you have seen the films, you might recall a brief scene in the first part of the saga, The Fellowship of the Ring, where Frodo Baggins attempts to slip away from his traveling companions in a boat so he will not put them at risk any longer. It is a noble action, met by nobler response from his gardener and trustworthy friend, Samwise Gamgee.”

Novel Presents Abortion as “Funny” – “A new graphic novel, reportedly the ‘first graphic novel about abortion,’ apparently illustrates ‘two women going through the ‘abortion process.” Supposedly it is an ‘often funny,’ and ‘even humorous look at what a woman can go through during an abortion.’ Reportedly the description of the book heavily emphasized the idea that the book was humorous. Interestingly enough this graphic novel about abortion apparently doesn’t even show the actual abortion—it doesn’t even show a baby on the ultrasound screen monitor! Why not? Well, presumably it’s because in reality, abortion—the murder of a baby inside of his or her mother’s womb—is simply not funny.”

Image Bearers at Planned Parenthood – “Unborn babies bear God’s image. It is His sanctity that makes them holy, not their own. It is not their genetic background, their capacity to feel pain, their wide open futures, their potential capabilities that makes them imbued with dignity and value. It isn’t their relative moral innocence, but the image of God, graciously given to all, no matter the circumstances of their conception, no matter their viability, no matter the relative development of their organs.”

The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth – “The title of this post is borrowed from chapter nine of Dr. Albert Mohler’s excellent treatment of the Ten Commandments, Words From The Fire. Mohler makes the case that the worst possible lie we can tell is about God. If our theology is wrong we are, in essence, lying about God.”


SERMON:

Matt Chandler – God is for God


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A Professing “Christian” Could Not Stop the Preaching of the Gospel

Tim Hawkins Discount Grocery Stores


“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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Only Two Religions!

I don’t know if you know this but there are only two religions in the entire world.

You might say I’m nuts.  There are hundreds if not thousands!

wearing masksBut there is one religion that likes to put on hundreds if not thousands of different masks on, and so ultimately there are only two: the religion of Human Achievement and the religion of Divine Accomplishment.

You see Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Judaism and every single religion that you have ever heard of, ultimately teaches some form of a works-based salvation. They say that you have to be a little more good than bad in order to make it to heaven. These religions encourage you to hand God a resume when you face Him one day. The resume will be filled with all your accomplishments. It will list everything you’ve done for other people, every penny you’ve given to charity and every good deed you’ve done. God will look over this resume and say, “Good job! You’ve made it into heaven”.

The problem is that if you were to enter into heaven because of a resume based on your accomplishments God would get no glory; you would be the one who gets all the praise. In fact, Ephesians 2:9 would say that salvation is not of works lest you patting-self-on-back-1should boast! Genesis chapter one shows us that God created the entire universe including you. Everything He created is designed to bring Him glory. The problem is that sin has entered the world, and from birth we all have replaced exalting God with exalting ourselves. Everything we do from birth is geared towards bringing us glory and bringing praise to ourselves. We all have a throne in our hearts that God should be sitting and reigning on, but instead we are born with ourselves sitting on it. We are so used to it we don’t even notice it to the point where we all think that our resumes are good enough to get us into heaven.

my mom thinks im coolOf course we are going to think that we are good people! Of course my mom is going to tell me I’m a good person! But what does your Creator think? He says in Romans 3:23 that we all have sinned and fall short of His glory. He also says in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death. So if we stand before God and start listing accomplishments or hand Him a resume we might as well slap Jesus in the face because God is going to look at the resume and say, “I killed my only Son because you were not good enough to get to me!”

And that’s where the only other religion comes in.

The religion of Divine Accomplishment. God saw your situation, and decided that since man was so sinful and could not save himself, that He would come Himself and take the form of a man. He humbled himself, spent nine months in a womb he created, grew up with every temptation you and I face every day, but without sinning. He then died on the cross for our sins, and then rose from the dead and defeated death. He made it possible for human beings to stand before God one day and not hand Him a resume and condemn themselves further, but rather, tell God that they deserve His wrath but have placed their faith and trust in the work that Jesus did on their behalf on the cross and through His resurrection.

You see we need someone to be a substitute for us because no matter how hard we try, we can never bridge the gap between God and us. And the substitute can’t be merely a human.  It must be God Himself.

Do you see the difference between Christianity and every other religion?

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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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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


Ready to start your new life with God?

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.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

Jesus Booklet
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.

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Fact Checking Dan Barker: From our Recent Debate June 6, 2015

Daniel B. Wallace

This is a guest post by Dr. Justin W. Bass regarding his recent debate with well-known atheist, Dan Barker. The debate topic was “Jesus of Nazareth: Lord or Legend?”

“I discovered that there is no evidence for Christianity” –Dan Barker (Losing Faith in Faith, 69).

Dan Barker wrote these words in 1992 in his first book Losing Faith in Faith recounting his de-conversion from a fundamentalist Christian pastor to a promoter of atheism and free-thought.

Dan first came out publicly as an atheist on the Oprah Winfrey show in 1984. Since that time he has been a preacher of atheism and free-thought as a kind of “reverse penance” (Losing Faith, 10), he says, for all the years he proclaimed the gospel.

At 15, he accepted a calling from God to live and preach for Jesus Christ. He was a self-admitted fundamentalist from the beginning believing “every…

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Good Memes Refuting Defense of Planned Parenthood (8/1/15)

The Domain for Truth

Pictures are worth a thousand words they say.  These memes and pictures were too good not to share.  I’ve given links to where the original could be found so that you can also further share them on Social Media with the first two Memes being what we made.

I think it is good to speak out against Planned Parenthood even if the politicians don’t defund them.  To raise this issue to the public conscience will convict people that this is a sin and perhaps God may use to spare another abortion.

If there are other good ones you would like to share let us know!

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How does she stand with planned parenthood

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Daily Devotionals: (1st Aug.) Satan: The Great Deceiver

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Reading: Genesis 3:1-24

Satan is man’s greatest enemy; he is a liar par excellence and the destroyer of souls. If he loses a soul to grace he will work at destroying the life. He pulls apart (“devours”) the life as a lion does his prey. Peter tells us therefore to be sober and vigilant because of the subtlety and deceit of Satan (I Peter 5:8).

He approached the vulnerable part of humanity. He addressed the woman first; she was more attractive to him because she was the one with the greater sensibility, with more feeling and more emotionally responsive.  As Satan aimed at the weaker part of humanity in the first temptation, so today he attacks that weaker part of our lives, wearing us down until we yield to his overtures.

He took the position of pretended ignorance. He asked a question. This was a confidence-builder for Eve, giving her…

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Resource: Exposing Word of Faith “little gods” heresy

This is an article that is exposing the Word of Faith heresy, particularly their teaching that we are “little gods.” Below Chris Rosebrough plays soundbites of Word of Faith heretics teaching the heresy that we are all little gods. He had sound bites of the following teaching that we are “little Gods”:

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Listen to this resource here:

Are You A God?

Click Here to Download this episode

Program segments:

• Ken Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer, Paul Crouch & Benny Hinn teach that we’re little gods.
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• Albert Mohler On Inerrancy & Hermeneutics from the Shepherd’s Conference

Source: Chris Rosebrough, Are You A God?, Fighting for the Faith, http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/2015/03/are-you-a-god.html, Published 13/03/2015. (Accessed 20/03/2015.)

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Federal judge blocks release of future sting videos of Planned Parenthood

WINTERY KNIGHT

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The Stream as the story.

Excerpt:

A federal judge on Friday blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of an abortion providers’ association by an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader.

Judge William Orrick in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.

[…]David Daleiden, a leader of the Center for Medical Progress who is also named in the suit, said in a statement that Planned Parenthood and its allies were trying to silence the group and suppress investigative journalism.

“The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work and will contest all attempts from Planned Parenthood and their allies to silence our First Amendment rights,” he said.

The order is effective…

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Revival and Discipline

Unfathomable Grace

It is not uncommon for an individual to suffer cardiac arrest while working out at the local gym or health club. For this reason, many establishments have purchased and mounted Automatic External Defibrillators on various walls. It is a wonderful blessing to be able to save a life by shocking a diseased and dead heart back into operation. However, following these extreme acts of love, a change in the daily disciplines of the diseased individual must occur. For this sick individual to enjoy his new lease on life, he must eat and drink differently; he must exercise more regularly; he must monitor his situation more closely; he might even need to undergo some further corrective procedures or surgeries. Yes, the reviving of his heart made the dead person alive; it made the formerly sick individual much more healthy than he once was, but his heart is still diseased, and he must grow in discipline in order to…

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Foolish Chances

Regeneration, Repentance and Reformation

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“What must I do to be saved?”
–Acts 16:30

It was late one Saturday in winter, a clergyman was sent for in haste to see a dying woman…

Mounting the stairs he gathered from her mother that she had caught cold after her confinement, and that her hours were numbered. On entering the room there was a scene of woe. In a little cradle by the fire, rocked by a woman who wept as she rocked it, in it was an unconscious infant, which would never to know the preciousness of a mother’s love. At the foot of the bed, and on the left side of it, were the mother and sister; on the right side knelt her husband, clasping her hand in his, and weeping as only men can weep.

And then, as they made way for the minister of God, the dying woman roused herself: with her…

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