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August 14, 2015 Truth2Freedom US and World Briefing Report

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Aug. 14, 2015

BLOOMBERG

Factory production rose 0.8 percent, more than economists forecast in July on record automobile assembly, indicating American manufacturing is regaining its footing after a slowdown.

The trader charged over his role in the 2010 U.S. flash crash will be released after four months in a London prison as a judge changed the terms of his bail while he fights extradition. Navinder Singh Sarao won his release by disclosing the existence of roughly 25 million pounds ($39 million) worth of assets invested in Switzerland that will be secured by the U.S. Sarao will have to pay 2.5 million pounds from the Swiss assets to the court once the money becomes available.

Euro-area economic growth unexpectedly slowed last quarter the region’s three largest economies fell short of estimates, highlighting the fragility of the recovery amid uncertainty surrounding the global outlook.

Wholesale prices in the U.S. climbed at 0.2 percent, a slower pace in July, a harbinger of things to come as energy prices plunge.

Bill Gross finally figured out a way to execute what he called his “shorts of a lifetime.” Gross accurately predicted earlier this year that German government debt and Chinese stocks were poised for a slump, but didn’t directly wager against these markets. Instead he sold insurance on German bunds, which depressed returns at his Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund in late April and May when the bonds fell faster and further than Gross had anticipated.

Crude could fall to $10 a barrel as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries engages in a “price war” with rival producers, testing who will cut output first, Gary Shilling, president of A. Gary Shilling Co., said in an interview on Bloomberg Television on Friday.

Oil headed for the longest run of weekly declines since January amid signs the global glut that’s driven prices to the lowest in six years will be prolonged.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. agreed to acquire an online banking unit from General Electric Co. that has about $16 billion of deposits, giving the Wall Street firm access to a cheap source of funding.

A private collection of 25 cars that includes Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bugattis fetched a record $67 million at auction in Monterey, California.

AP Top Stories

The two emails on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private server that an auditor deemed “top secret” include a discussion of a news article detailing a U.S. drone operation and a separate conversation that could point back to highly classified material in an improper manner or merely reflect information collected independently, U.S. officials who have reviewed the correspondence told The Associated Press.

An 11-year-old girl who was denied an abortion after being raped gave birth Thursday, the culmination of a case that put a spotlight on child rape in this poor South American nation and drew criticism from human rights groups.

Russia urged the United States on Friday to scrap plans to station parts of a missile shield system in Europe now that Iran has reached an agreement with world powers to limit its nuclear program.

An Oklahoma man has died after contracting a rare brain-eating disease while swimming in a lake in the southern part of the state, officials said on Thursday.

The powerful El Nino over the Pacific Ocean could bring massive, once-in-a-generation storms to Southern California in 2015, according to a new report.

A Nigerian court granted a 57-year-old man a divorce after hearing that his wife often brought his meals to him too late in the evening, local media reported.

Local authorities in Iraq’s western Anbar province said government airstrikes destroyed a women and children’s hospital in Islamic State-held territory near the city of Fallujah.

Forty Army Ranger students and four instructors were struck by lightning in Florida during a training program aimed at protecting themselves from a thunderstorm’s lightning bolts, the U.S. Army said on Thursday.

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John Kerry became the first US Secretary of State to visit Cuba in 70 years for the ceremony in Havana. Cuba reopened its embassy in Washington last month.

China has ordered a nationwide check on dangerous chemicals and explosives following explosions in Tianjin that left 56 dead and 721 injured.

A top court in the US state of Connecticut has overturned the death penalty for inmates on death row, deeming it unconstitutional. The supreme court’s decision means 11 of the state’s inmates still on death row will now be spared.

At least 30 South Asians stranded in Uganda by suspected traffickers are preparing to return home, police said. The tickets for about 10 Indians and 20 Bangladeshis are being paid for by their families and embassies are helping with new travel documents.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed “profound grief” over his country’s actions in World War Two. In a statement marking 70 years since Japan’s WW2 surrender, he upheld apologies and expressions of remorse made by past governments, but did not issue a new formal apology of his own.

The Greek parliament has backed a new bailout deal after an all-night debate, despite a rebellion by many MPs in the governing Syriza party.

At least 25 people have been killed in clashes between Islamic State (IS) and a rival Islamist group backed by armed civilians in the Libyan city of Sirte.

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In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her – it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.


Top News – 8/14/2015

Michele Bachmann “Extremely Excited” Iran Deal Ushering in End of Days
Bachmann connected the UN Security Council vote on the Iran nuclear agreement with the fulfillment of the End of Days prophecy in Zechariah 12:3. When the UN voted unanimously on July 20th to endorse the agreement and lift sanctions against Iran, Bachmann saw a major prophecy coming true. Interviewed on Jan Markell’s Understanding the Times radio show this past weekend, Bachmann said, “All the nations of the world signed an agreement that slams the door against Israel…

Israel’s Newest Postage Stamp, Inaugurated at United Nations, Honors a King of Persia
“With this stamp, we give our stamp of approval” he said, “to the man who wrote the first known human rights declaration, a king who believed that all people can live side by side in peace, and that everyone is entitled to religious freedom. King of Persia, Cyrus the Great”.

ISIS used Mustard Gas on Kurds, Likely Obtained from Syria
Mustard gas, or sulfur mustard, is a type of chemical warfare agent that is not found naturally in the environment and which today has no medical use. It blisters the skin and may lead to blindness, adverse effects to the respiratory and digestive tracts and bone marrow abnormalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No antidotes currently exist for mustard gas exposure.

Forecasters warn this winter’s El Nino could be historically strong
The current El Nino, nicknamed Bruce Lee, is already the second strongest on record for this time of year and could be one of the most potent weather changers of the past 65 years, federal meteorologists say.

Former Fetal Tissue Company Rep Speaks Out: Planned Parenthood Chops Up Babies ‘Just to Get Money’
O’Donnell outlines that as part of her job, she would ship the labeled “specimens” via FedEx. “The sad thing is that people [at FedEx] would ask what was in the box, and I didn’t know what to say. ‘Oh, there’s dead baby parts in there.’” The Center for Medical Progress decried the revelation as being inhumane and immoral.

A Death Cross, Wild Market Swings And A Currency War – And We Haven’t Even Gotten To September Yet
This is exactly the type of behavior that we would expect to see during the weeks or months leading up to a crash. As any good sailor will tell you, when the waters start getting very choppy that is not a good sign. Does this mean that the time of financial “shaking” has now arrived? A lot of people are extremely concerned about what is going to happen in September, and I think that there are very good reasons to be concerned.

Rebuilding of Old City Synagogue Infuriates Muslims
The start of a project to rebuild the Tiferet Yisrael synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City is infuriating Muslims. The synagogue was built in the 1860s but blown up by the Jordainan army in 1948.

QUIET WITH A CHANCE OF FLARES
Emerging sunspot AR2401 is crackling with minor C-class solar flares. More potent eruptions could be in the offing if the sunspot continues to grow as rapidly as it has in the past 24 hours.

Magnitude 6.6 quake hits Solomons
A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck the Solomon Islands archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey says. The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.8, struck at 5:49 a.m. on Thursday Its epicenter was 175 km southeast of Gizo.

Small earthquake rattles New Jersey overnight
The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-2.5 quake hit around 3:41 a.m. Friday, roughly 2 miles north of Bernardsville at a depth of 3½ miles. Police say there are no reports of damage.

Global warming increases ‘food shocks’ threat
Climate change is increasing the risk of severe ‘food shocks’ where crops fail and prices of staples rise rapidly around the world. Researchers say extreme weather events that impact food production could be happening in seven years out of ten by the end of this century. The authors argue that an over reliance on global trade may make these production shocks worse.

Private-Equity And Hedge-Fund Donors Dominate New Barack Obama Foundation
Hedge-fund and private-equity founders dominate the early giving to the new Barack Obama Foundation, which is raising money for the official Obama Presidential Library, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis.

Freedom And Central Planning Can Never Coexist
The average person is a statist, whether he realizes it or not. It is important that liberty activists recognize and accept this fact because the truth of our limitations as a movement determines the kinds of solutions into which we should ultimately put our time and energy. The fantasy of a final grand march of an awake and aware majority on the doorsteps of power is just that: a fantasy.

Shortages push some Venezuelans to queue overnight for food
As dawn breaks over the scorching Venezuelan city of Maracaibo, smugglers, young mothers and a handful of kids stir outside a supermarket where they spent the night, hoping to be first in line for scarce rice, milk or whatever may be available.

Obama unleashes drilling rigs while fighting global warming
Is President Barack Obama trying to have it both ways? Obama is playing the roles of both climate change warrior and driller-in-chief: At the same time he hails the campaign against climate change he announced last week, he’s opening the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to drilling and is on track to lease land to mine massive amounts of coal in the West.

Planned Parenthood to Raise Funds by Attacking and Defaming Peaceful Prayer and Worship Event in Ida
MERIDIAN, Idaho, —In a fund raising email sent by Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands, Planned Parenthood spread malicious lies about a “Worship for Life” event sponsored by Stanton Healthcare.


Top Headlines – 8/14/2015

Carter: Two-State Solution is Dead – And It’s Israel’s Fault

Jimmy Carter says he has cancer and it has spread

Israel foiled 17 suicide attacks so far this year, Shin Bet says

Palestinian officials: Jewish extremists have committed 375 ‘price tag’ attacks in 2015

Hamas holds talks with Fatah on recent efforts to reach truce with Israel

Fatah launches scathing attack against Tony Blair, calls on Hamas to stop dealing with him

Report: Fearing riots, prisons locked down amid deterioration of Palestinian hunger-striker

Report: Israeli fuel tankers escorted Jordanian fighter jets en route to US

Iranian nuclear agency head says program’s development unhindered by deal

ADL opposed to Iran nuclear deal, urges Congress to vote ‘No’

Dr Ben Carson: White House employing ugly tactics to sell a rotten Iran deal

House Majority Leader McCarthy: Netanyahu ‘not interfering’ on Iran

Cold War echoes in interfaith anti-Iran deal ad

Syria’s top opposition leader says after talks in Moscow that “Russia isn’t clinging to Assad”

Obama administration still predicts ‘Assad’s days are numbered’

Germany: ISIS attacks Iraqi Kurdish forces with chemical weapons

Islamic State likely used mustard gas on Kurds, US says

Over 15,000 Assyrian Christian Families in Danger From ISIS Following Mass Kidnappings of Hundreds

UN Security Council to meet on Islamic State gay attacks

Residents: Islamic State, rival Islamists clash in Libya, 17 killed

US General Says Islamic State Gaining in Afghanistan

‘Soon, Very Soon You Will See’: Pro-Islamic State Hacking Group Issues Chilling Warning to America

Purported ISIS militants post list of 1,400 U.S. ‘targets’

Intelligence sources assess: Mashaal asks Erdogan to let key terrorist operate from Turkey

Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau, Who Has Massacred Thousands of Christians, Has Been Driven Out of Power, Claims Chad’s President

Pakistan military sentences 7 militants to death for attack on school that killed 150

Envoy: North Korea will pursue ‘defensive’ nuclear program

China explosions: What we know about what happened in Tianjin

Toxic fumes detected in 500-meter radius from Tianjin blast area

Tianjin explosion: Dozens dead, areas of Chinese port city devastated

Law curbing public assembly takes effect in Thailand

Police use sound bomb, lock migrants overnight in Greek stadium

Violent Backlash Against Migrants in Germany as Asylum-Seekers Pour In

Kerry to visit Cuba to raise flag at restored Havana embassy

State of emergency in Ferguson, Missouri, extended 24 hours

Drone almost hits medical helicopter carrying patient to Fresno hospital

Facial Recognition Software Moves From Overseas Wars to Local Police

Fidel Castro to US: You owe us millions

U.S. crude oil hits six and a half year low on high stocks, China

China allows yuan currency to drop for third day

Euro zone economy sputters as China risks loom

Greek ruling party heads toward split before bailout vote

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Amsterdam Island, France

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Yonakuni, Japan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Amsterdam Island, France

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Obihiro, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Namie, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

More Tropical Storms May Head Toward Hawaii as El Nino Strengthens

Experts say ‘Godzilla El Nino’ may be coming

California Drought Has Sacramento Tree Leaves Dropping Like It’s Fall In August

Puerto Rico Residents Face Water Rationing That Lasts up to 48 Hours Amid Historic Drought

Drought causes $100 million in crop losses in El Salvador

Study: Phoenix is slowly sinking

Extreme weather poses risk of more food shortages, civil unrest – UK/US report

Shortages push some Venezuelans to queue overnight for food

Air pollution in China is killing 1.6 million people a year, researchers say

Oklahoma man dies from brain-eating amoeba

Fetal Parts Sold for “Scientific Research” on Cosmetics, Flavor Enhancers

Ben Carson: Planned Parenthood Trying to Control Black Population

Paraguayan 11-year-old gives birth after pregnancy sparked abortion debate

Pakistan’s Largest Child Porn Ring Uncovered After One Family Speaks Out; Over 280 Child Victims Found on 400 Videos

Police investigate ‘first cyber-flashing’ case

Food banks struggle to meet surprising demand

Kentucky Clerk Defies Court on Marriage Licenses for Gay Couples

Warning to parents: pro-gay cartoons are on the rise

Georgia Church Kicks Out 92-Y-O Woman for Not Tithing; Nephew Speaks Out: Church ‘Is Not About Money, It’s About God’

President Obama the Antichrist? Not really, but he’s ‘paving the way,’ evangelists say

Letter to the Editor: A Church I Visited is Doing “Soaking” – What is Soaking?

Ben Carson: I have operated on infants pre-birth, I can assure you they are very much alive

Wearable technology: Latest devices allow employers to track behaviour of their workers

110-year-old woman credits God, family and beer for her long life


The Briefing

1) Pro-choice journalist questions position after horror of Planned Parenthood videos

I Don’t Know if I’m Pro-Choice After Planned Parenthood Videos, Daily Beast (Ruben Navarette, Jr.)

2) Secular parents struggle with children’s predisposition to believe in God

The secular parent’s guide to talking to kids about faith, PBS Newshour (Wendy Thomas Russell)

3) Preschool teacher claims role in challenging sexual morality children learn at home

4-Year-Olds Discuss Love and Marriage, Rethinking Schools (A.J. Jennings)

In other news…

Baker’s refusal to make wedding cake for gay couple gets court hearing, Denver Post (Kirk Mitchell)

When life begins in rehab: A baby heals after a mother’s heroin addiction, Washington Post (Lenny Bernstein)

ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape, The New York Times (Rukmini Callimachi)

Daily Digest

August 14, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“No compact among men … can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.” —George Washington, draft of first Inaugural Address, 1789

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Colorado Appeals Court Says Baker Discriminated

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Eventually, the Supreme Court will have to clarify the implications of its Obergefell v. Hodges ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. The dissenting judges warned that the ruling would call into question the free speech and religious rights in this country. And Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, is the most recent proprietor to join the handful of small business owners the court ruled discriminatory because they refused to bake cakes or make floral arrangements for same-sex wedding ceremonies. On Thursday, the Colorado Court of Appeals upheld the decision handed down by the state’s Civil Right’s Commission, saying Phillips’ speech and religion rights do not apply to this situation. “[T]o the extent that the public infers from a Masterpiece wedding cake a message celebrating same-sex marriage,” the court said, “that message is more likely to be attributed to the customer than to Masterpiece.” Phillips’ lawyer, Nicolle Martin, said they plan on appealing the case to the Colorado Supreme Court. But it’s not the end of the road. How much religious liberty do Americans have after Obergefell? SCOTUS opened Pandora’s box, and it’s up to SCOTUS to close it.

Cuba Wields the Soft Power in Dealings With U.S.

The American flag will fly above Havana for the first time in 54 years, as the United States opens its Cuban embassy today and resumes diplomatic relationships with the communist country. Relationship with the Castro regime is still tense. Despite never cashing the decades of rent checks for the use of Guantanamo Bay, Fidel Castro said Thursday the U.S. owes Cuba millions of dollars to compensate for what the Cuban economy lost because of the U.S. embargo. Nevertheless, Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cuba for the flag-raising ceremony. As the Washington Post editorial board says, the Obama administration took a heat gun to the frozen diplomatic relationship in hopes of building a relationship with the country, to exert America’s soft power on the oppressive government. So far, it seems the Castros have exerted more influence on the U.S. than the other way around. The U.S. government did not invite any of the Cuban dissidents struggling against communism and for freedom to the event. Kerry said on the Telemundo network, “That is a government-to-government moment, with very limited space, by the way, which is why we’re having the reception later in the day at which we can have a cross-section of civil society including some dissidents.” By meeting with dissidents in private, he’s cowing to the Castros’ wishes. “Maybe Mr. Kerry can at least leave an empty chair at the ceremony to symbolize the people, and the values, that will be kept outside the fence,” the Post’s editors wrote.

Bush, Odierno and Mustard Gas, Oh My!

Jeb Bush is going to struggle with his brother’s shadow and the question of Iraq for the rest of the campaign. That much was made clear again Thursday in a national security forum in Iowa, where Bush said that “taking out Saddam Hussein turned out to be a pretty good deal.” He’ll no doubt regret such a terrible sound bite. But for the record, Bush is exactly right about one thing he said Tuesday: Barack Obama’s “premature withdrawal was the fatal error, creating the void that ISIS moved in to fill.” He slammed Hillary Clinton, too: “Like the president himself, she had opposed the surge, then joined in claiming credit for its success, then stood by as that hard-won victory by American and allied forces was thrown away.” Bush was smart to go on offense, but his “good deal” comments may erase any forward progress, especially after his previous “knowing what we know now” fumble.

In related news, the Islamic State has mustard gas, which it used against Kurdish forces this week. The jihadis likely obtained the gas from Syria, so it would seem Obama’s deal with Vladimir Putin to dispose of such weapons didn’t work out so well. Witness the cascade of foreign policy failure.

Finally, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno retires today, and we remember his recent comments lamenting the rise of the Islamic State — a turn of events he says “might have been prevented” if the U.S. hadn’t abandoned Iraq. And in a departing op-ed, he warns that now is “no time to cut the U.S. Army.” He says, “We need a force of 490,000 as global dangers rise. It’s at 450,000 and heading down.” Think Obama will listen?

Editor’s Note

Seventy years ago tomorrow, Japanese Emperor Hirohito broadcast to his people that he had accepted terms of surrender, thus effectively ending World War II. The news was received Aug. 14 in the U.S. The official treaty signing occurred on Sept. 2, 1945, aboard the USS Missouri, and that day is the official “VJ Day,” but today’s anniversary is worth remembering. On Aug. 6 and 9, respectively, the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Doing so prevented a likely invasion of the Japanese main island, and thus saved hundreds of thousands of American lives. Today is a reminder that tyranny must be defeated, not appeased, if Liberty is to flourish.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

POW Flag: The New Symbol of Racism?

By Michael Swartz

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Like most leftists, author Rick Perlstein is not a fan of our nation’s efforts in Vietnam, despite the fact he was born in 1969 and, thus, too young to remember much of it himself. Thanks to an op-ed in the progressive Washington Spectator that was picked up by the now online-only Newsweek magazine, we’ve learned that a venerable symbol of that war was just another example of American racism.

Perlstein opens the article by saying, “You know that racist flag? The one that supposedly honors history but actually spreads a pernicious myth? And is useful only to venal right-wing politicians who wish to exploit hatred by calling it heritage? It’s past time to pull it down.”

“Oh, wait. You thought I was referring to the Confederate flag. Actually, I’m talking about the POW-MIA flag.”

Realizing the gravity of his words in the heated aftermath, both Perlstein and Washington Spectator editor Lou Dubose apologized for calling the POW-MIA flag racist. Perlstein admitted, “The word was over the top and not called for.” But his enlightenment didn’t happen before a firestorm of criticism rained down on him from conservative outlets like National Review and RedState.

On the other hand, those on the Left are still defending Perlstein, which isn’t completely surprising in this age of “everyone who disagrees with me is racist.”

As the article goes, it’s just more wailing and gnashing of teeth over events that played out while Perlstein was still in diapers. For example, he asserted, “Richard Nixon invented the cult of the ‘POW/MIA’ in order to justify the carnage in Vietnam in a way that rendered the United States as its sole victim.” He continued, “[Nixon] declared their treatment, and the enemy’s refusal to provide a list of their names, violations of the Geneva Conventions — the better to paint the North Vietnamese as uniquely cruel and inhumane. He also demanded the release of American prisoners as a precondition to ending the war.”

In other words, it was like almost every other war Americans have fought.

Yet Perlstein droned on, “Whenever Nixon or one of his minions talked about the problem, they tended to use the number 1,400. The number of actual prisoners, was about 550. The number of downed, missing pilots were spoken of, prima facia, as if they were missing, too, although almost all of them were certainly dead.”

“And in 1971 that damned flag went up.”

Yes, it’s that familiar black flag — not of war or nationalism, but remembrance. It makes one wonder if Perlstein has something against yellow ribbons, since that’s also been associated with remembrance in wartime thanks to a once-popular song.

The obvious question, though, is why now? It’s been four decades since we abandoned South Vietnam in disgrace, leaving it to the wolves of the Viet Cong. The legacy of protesting that war has been a lesson learned in how to turn public opinion against a just cause — a template the Left has followed all too well with the Long War against Jihadistan. The current regime doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude to wage that war. Aside from a fading recollection of 9/11, many Americans seem far more concerned about the latest dustup involving Donald Trump than our ongoing air war against the Islamic State that is the latest chapter in this epic struggle. One could answer that Perlstein is doing a pre-emptive strike against escalating in Iraq by alluding to Vietnam once again.

The answer may be much simpler than that, though. Perlstein has a book that’s just been re-released in paperback, and what better way to create buzz than to spin a new angle on old news. His article uses the leftist dog whistle of equating racism with the Confederate flag and applies it to a war we fought against others who don’t look like us — for others who don’t look like us, we might add.

When it comes to war, it might be the only flag that satisfies Perlstein is a white one. Or is that racist, too?

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Michael Reagan: “For some reason, many Republicans and conservatives have become their own worst enemies. If they don’t agree with 100 percent of everything a primary candidate says or does, they call him or her a ‘Republican in name only’ and they’re against them. It’s gotten totally nuts and self-defeating. … To make matters worse, if their favorite in the primary doesn’t win, many conservative Republicans won’t show up in the general election to vote for president. Ask Mitt Romney how that works out. Conservatives love to drop my father’s name and try to find candidates that act and think like he did. But they forget that Ronald Reagan was an 80-20 guy. He was happy to agree with 80 percent of a Republican candidate’s views because he knew that he’d never find someone with whom he agreed 100 percent. He didn’t make the perfect conservative the enemy of the good conservative. And he always, always, always supported the final choice of the Republican Party — even after they beat him in the primary. Finally, may I remind everyone that as governor, Ronald Reagan, the great conservative, raised taxes and signed an abortion bill. That would disqualify him as a RINO by today’s standards. Yet he was the best president in our lifetime.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “[F]or a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” –Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Class warfare flashback: “I say it is only reasonable to shift the [tax] burden to those most able to pay.” —Donald Trump, while proposing a 14.25% surtax on the wealthy in 1999

The BIG Lie: “If you think of Watts 50 years ago, if you think of South Central with Rodney King, all of the violence we have seen all the way to today in Baltimore and Ferguson has usually been sparked by police violence.” —Al Sharpton

Braying Jenny: “[Congress] called me back to testify on the IRS ‘scandal,’ and I too[k] the 5th again because [Republicans] had been so evil and dishonest in my lawyer’s dealings with them.” —Lois Lerner in an email dated March 6, 2014

Village Idiots: “I was never a political person — this whole fiasco has only made me lose all respect [for] politics and politicians. I am merely a pawn in [the Republicans’] game to take over the Senate.” —Lois Lerner in an email, June 2014

Belly laugh of the week: “There’s nothing criminal about [Hillary Clinton’s email investigation]. … I think she’s been completely truthful and this is an attempt by the Republicans to smear the front-runner early on. … [T]his, in fact, is nothing but a partisan witch hunt.” —Howard Dean

Late-night humor: “Bernie Sanders has now passed Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire polls. It’s the first time anyone’s ever been passed by a guy in a Prius.” —Seth Meyers

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10 Things That Are Going To Happen Within 15 Days Of The End Of The Shemitah

Time Background Clock - Public DomainIs a great shaking coming to America?  An amazing convergence of events is going to take place during the last several weeks of September 2015.  Many are suggesting that this could indicate that something really big is about to happen.  In fact, some vendors of emergency food are reporting shortages because so many people are stocking up on food and supplies in anticipation of what is coming.  And of course the list I am about to share with you is not necessarily exhaustive.  There are events that are currently unknown or unanticipated that could also fall during this time frame.  But without a doubt, the incredible confluence of events that we already know will happen appears to be unlike anything that we have ever experienced before. (Read More…)


A Death Cross, Wild Market Swings And A Currency War – And We Haven’t Even Gotten To September Yet

Financial Despair - Public DomainThings continue to line up in textbook fashion for a major financial crisis by the end of 2015.  This week, Wall Street has been buzzing about the first “death cross” that we have seen for the Dow since 2011.  When the 50-day moving average moves below the 200-day moving average, that is a very important psychological moment for the market.  And just like during the run up to the stock market crash of 2008, we are starting to witness lots of wild swings up and down.  The Dow was up more than 200 points on Monday, the Dow was down more than 200 points on Tuesday, and it took a nearly 700 point roundtrip on Wednesday.  This is exactly the type of behavior that we would expect to see during the weeks or months leading up to a crash.  As any good sailor will tell you, when the waters start getting very choppy that is not a good sign.  Of course what China is doing is certainly not helping matters.  On Wednesday, the Chinese devalued the yuan for a second day in a row, and many believe that a new “currency war” has now begun. (Read More….)


46 million Americans go to food banks, and long lines for dwindling food supplies begin at 6:30 AM

Children Orphans Eating - Public DomainThose that run food banks all over America say that demand for their services just continues to explode.  It always amazes me that there are still people out there that insist that an “economic collapse” is not happening.  From their air-conditioned homes in their cushy suburban neighborhoods they mock the idea that the U.S. economy is crumbling.  But if they would just go down and visit the local food banks in their areas, they would see how much people are hurting.  According to Feeding America spokesman Ross Fraser, 46 million Americans got food from a food bank at least one time during 2014.  Because the demand has become so overwhelming, some food banks are cutting back on the number of days they operate and the amount of food that is given to each family.  As you will see below, many impoverished Americans are lining up at food banks as early as 6:30 in the morning just so that they can be sure to get something before the food runs out.  And yet there are still many people out there that have the audacity to say that everything is just fine in America.  Shame on them for ignoring the pain of millions upon millions of their fellow citizens. (Read More….)


 
As Americans learn the dangerous details of President Obama’s deal with Iran, Republican leaders should admit their mistake in passing Senator Bob Corker’s (R-TN) bill that reversed the process for treaty ratification. Instead of a treaty requiring approval from two-thirds of the Senate, the Corker bill allows the Iran deal to be disapproved by a simple majority in both houses-subject to a certain presidential veto, which requires two-thirds of both houses to override. Under the Corker procedure, Obama can make a nuclear arms treaty involving Iran with the concurrence of just one-third of…
 


 
Do you recall the smoke spewing in front of the fake giant head of the Wizard of Oz? The whole thing looked intimidating until Toto pulled back the nearby curtain. I was reminded of that while reading Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, explaining away the persecution of the tea parties from 2010 to 2013 by Lois Lerner and her fellow Internal Revenue Service (IRS) operatives. The ranking minority member of the Senate Finance Committee seems to think his puffs of smoke will obscure a mountain of evidence, including a more than 400-page report released Wednesday by his committee that shows…
 


The Truth Is Catching Up With Hillary

The Clinton cover-up begins to unravel.

Hillary Clinton’s spinmeisters are working overtime to deal with the latest developments in her ongoing e-mail scandal. They have an increasingly tough road to hoe as the Clinton cover-up begins to unravel.

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‘Soon, Very Soon You Will See’: Pro-Islamic State Hacking Group Issues Chilling Warning to America

A representative for a pro-Islamic State hacking group issued a chilling warning to members of the U.S. military and government Wednesday, promising that “very soon” followers of the organization would retaliate for overseas bombing targeting the terror organization…………  Click here for full story


World War Three In Space? Fears Over Rise In Anti-Satellite Weapons Created By Russia

A huge rise in anti-satellite weapons being developed by world powers has sparked fears the West could soon be embroiled in a fully-fledged war with Russia and China in outer space……..  Click here for full story


Iranian Military Official: ‘We Laugh’ When US Threatens To Attack

The West’s frequent use of military threats and citing of their ability to attack Iran at will has become a joke among Iranian commanders in the military, according to a high ranking military official in the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Asoudi said “we should thank Obama for refreshing us by referring to his ‘options on the table’, including the military one; we just relax and laugh at such ridiculous words,” Asoudi said.……  Click here for full story


August 13, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — When families of U.S. citizens wounded or killed in Palestinian Liberation Organization terror attacks won $1.1 billion in a seven-week trial in Manhattan Federal Court earlier this year, they probably didn’t expect Barack Obama to intercede in the case – – on the side of the terrorists…. (more)

August 13, 2015
THE DAILY BEAST — These weren’t just ordinary secrets found in Clinton’s private server, but some of the most classified material the U.S. government has. After months of denials and delaying actions, Hillary Clinton has decided to turn over her private email server to the Department of Justice…. (more)


August 13, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — Hillary Clinton’s political problems as she seeks the Democratic Party nomination for president could be compounded next month when the trial of gunrunner Marc Turi begins…. (more)

August 13, 2015
THE HILL — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wants the Obama administration to hand over details on dozens of individuals he says are tied to terrorism, including their immigration status…. (more)

August 13, 2015
BOB UNRUH — A federal judge who last winter ordered a halt to President Obama’s de facto amnesty and then ordered federal officials to testify when they were found to be in violation of his injunction is relenting, just a little…. (more)

August 13, 2015
BOB UNRUH — When U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in late 2013 ruled that the National Security Agency program collecting information on nearly all telephone calls in the U.S. likely is unconstitutional, he delayed enforcement of his ruling to allow an appeal process he expected to be six months…. (more)

August 13, 2015
BREITBART — Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Your World,” former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, a candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination, sounded off on Planned Parenthood, as the so-called women’s health organization has been under fire in recent weeks for a series of videos suggesting they were open to selling aborted fetal tissue for profit…. (more)

August 13, 2015
NEWSMAX — Stopping short of calling for an outright boycott, the Rev. Franklin Graham said customers of Target should consider taking their business elsewhere due to the company’s decision to stop using gender specific signage in the children’s departments of its stores…. (more)

August 12, 2015
MCCLATCHY DC — As pressure builds on Hillary Clinton to explain her official use of personal email while serving as secretary of state, she faced new complications Tuesday. It was disclosed her top aides are being drawn into a burgeoning federal inquiry and that two emails on her private account have been classified as “Top Secret.”… (more)

August 12, 2015
CNN — Hillary Clinton agreed to turn over her private email server to authorities on Tuesday, the same day an intelligence community inspector general told congressional committees that at least five emails from the server did contain classified information…. (more)


August 12, 2015
THE HILL — Democratic senators say Sen. Charles Schumer’s opposition to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran won’t prevent him from becoming their next leader. Even a potential rival to Schumer said Democratic senators who back the Iran deal will not turn on Schumer over the divisive vote…. (more)

August 12, 2015
ADM. JAMES A. LYONS — There is no shortage of critics of the recently concluded nuclear agreement that President Obama has reached with the evil Iranian theocracy. All the “known concessions” by the Obama administration should come as no surprise. Make no mistake – – these concessions were not due to incompetence nor the inability to negotiate…. (more)


August 12, 2015
NEWSMAX — The United States is essentially aiding Iran-sponsored terrorism if Congress agrees to remove sanctions as part of the nuclear deal recently negotiated by the Obama administration, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz tells Newsmax TV…. (more)

August 12, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — Now that Barack Obama and John Kerry have ensured Iran can continue its quest for a nuclear arsenal – – and have even helped finance it – – you might want to hear about Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s new book. It’s called “Palestine.”… (more)

August 12, 2015
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY — As Americans learn the dangerous details of President Obama’s deal with Iran, Republican leaders should admit their mistake in passing Sen. Bob Corker’s bill that reversed the process for treaty ratification. Instead of a treaty requiring approval from two-thirds of the Senate, the Corker bill allows the Iran deal to be disapproved by a simple majority in both houses – – subject to a certain presidential veto, which requires two-thirds of both houses to override…. (more)

August 12, 2015
F. MICHAEL MALOOF — The former director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency claims the Obama administration made a “willful decision” to allow ISIS to form in an attempt to unite Sunni Muslims against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin…. (more)

August 12, 2015
CHARLES HURT — It’s T-R-U-M-P, as in Trump Plaza or Trump Casino or Trump Resort. Say whatever you want about The Donald, no one can deny that he is a marketing mastermind who has turned the button-down political world on its ear…. (more)

August 12, 2015
NEWSMAX — Donald Trump clarified his stance on Planned Parenthood Tuesday, saying he would not necessarily be opposed to the federal government providing funding to the organization. During an interview with CNN, the real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate said he would consider the other services Planned Parenthood provides before making a decision on severing the government’s funding…. (more)

August 12, 2015
CNN — Crowds scatter and duck for cover around him. But a man in a white T-shirt sprints forward, waving what appears to be a gun in his hand. Investigators say that image, captured in a surveillance video released by the St. Louis County Police on Tuesday, shows the chaotic scene that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, as a shooting broke out early Monday during protests marking the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. The man holding a handgun, they say, is 18-year-old Tyrone Harris…. (more)


August 12, 2015
BOB UNRUH — A Clinton-appointed judge who prevented a lawyer who brought an organized crime case against Bill and Hillary Clinton and their family foundation from obtaining evidence has concluded the case must be tossed essentially because of a lack of evidence…. (more)

August 11, 2015
TIM DUNKIN — For the last six weeks or so, Donald Trump has been The Phenomenon in the Republican primary battle. He’s been the guy getting all the attention. He’s been the candidate who has sucked away the oxygen from all the rest like a forest fire. He’s built up a pretty sizeable fan base with his bombastic attacks on illegal immigration, the GOP establishment, and the sorry state of American politics in general…. (more)

August 11, 2015
NEWSMAX — GOP lawmakers are demanding President Barack Obama give Congress details of the side deals related to the Iran nuclear arms deal. In a letter dated Aug. 4, 94 House of Representatives members, along with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R.-Calif., called the lack of details “no small matter.”… (more)

August 11, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Obama’s recent comments comparing Republicans to Iranian hardliners who chant “death to America” is “offensive” and “over the top,” Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass said Monday during an MSNBC interview…. (more)

August 11, 2015
EXPRESS — A HERO SAS sniper gunned down a knife-wielding Islamic State (ISIS) maniac just as he was trying to brutally behead a father and his young son. The brave British marksman saved the terrified eight-year-old and his father after taking out the crazed jihadi with a head shot from 1,000 metres away…. (more)

August 11, 2015
SELWIN DUKE — There has been much written about the Boy Scouts of America’s recent acceptance of openly homosexual scout masters. The organization has been raked over the coals by the right and accused of offering only a half-measure by the left. But few appreciate what the BSA has actually done – – and the BSA has no idea what it has done to itself…. (more)

46 million Americans go to food banks, and long lines for dwindling food supplies begin at 6:30 AM

Posted: 14 Aug 2015 05:35 AM PDT

Those that run food banks all over America say that demand for their services just continues to explode. It always amazes me that there are still people out there that insist that an “economic collapse” is not happening. From their air-conditioned homes in their cushy suburban neighborhoods they mock the idea that the U.S. economy is crumbling. But if they would just go down and visit the local food banks in their areas, they would see how much people are hurting.

According to Feeding America spokesman Ross Fraser, 46 million Americans got food from a food bank at least one time during 2014. Because the demand has become so overwhelming, some food banks are cutting back on the number of days they operate and the amount of food that is given to each family. As you will see below, many impoverished Americans are lining up at food banks as early as 6:30 in the morning just so that they can be sure to get something before the food runs out. And yet there are still many people out there that have the audacity to say that everything is just fine in America. Shame on them for ignoring the pain of millions upon millions of their fellow citizens.

Poverty in America is getting worse, not better. And no amount of spin from Barack Obama or his apologists can change that fact. FULL REPORT

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Democrats want to implant abortion-inducing device into teen girls

Posted: 14 Aug 2015 05:26 AM PDT

Just weeks after a prominent health-care expert predicted that Democrats would begin a nationwide push for taxpayer-funded contraception for schoolgirls, including abortion-inducing drugs, Virginia is proving to be the next battleground. The idea started in a Colorado pilot program, in which teenage girls were given contraceptives including implanted abortafacients known as long-acting reversible contraceptives, or LARCs, and intra-uterine devices, also called IUDs. The program showed marked reductions in teenage births and reported abortions. Efforts then began to enact a taxpayer-funded version of the program, but it died in the Colorado Legislature over conscience and religious liberty concerns.

Writing in the Washington Post, Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who is also a pediatric neurologist, hailed the Colorado numbers as a proven way to bring teenage pregnancies way down. Over the past six years, Colorado observed a 40 percent decline in teen births and a 42 percent decline in teen abortions based on an innovative program that provided education, counseling, administrative support and long-acting, reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to providers and patients upon request,” wrote Northam. FULL REPORT

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Christian Evangelists Claiming Obama is Paving the Way for the “Antichrist”

Posted: 14 Aug 2015 05:20 AM PDT

President Obama isn’t the Antichrist – but he sure is “paving the way” for him, said some Christian evangelists who’ve been watching the White House in biblically prophetic light with alarm.  “Although President Obama is certainly not the Antichrist, his policies are paving the way for the Antichrist,” said Pastor Robert James Jeffress, Jr., of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, Christian Today reported.

“While I am not suggesting that President Obama is the Antichrist, the fact that he was able to propose such a sweeping change in God’s law and still win reelection by a comfortable margin illustrates how a future world leader will be able to oppose God’s laws without any repercussions.”Some of the objectionable perceived anti-Christian policies Obama’s pushed include same-sex marriage and homosexual rights, as well as funding for Planned Parenthood and abortion in his signature Obamacare, the newspaper said. FULL REPORT

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Apocalyptic-Looking Thunderstom Is About To Smash Its Way Across Britain

Posted: 13 Aug 2015 09:27 PM PDT

Dramatic satellite images show the gigantic thunderstorm that is about to smash its way across Britain. The apocalyptic-looking weather front has come across from France – and is sparking fears that up to 50mm of rain will fall over the next two days. That’s roughly what we usually endure over the course of an entire month in August.

The Met Office, which released the pictures on its Twitter feed, has issued severe weather warnings for Wales and all English regions. Torrential rain and thunderstorms are expected to hit everywhere apart from the North East today. FULL REPORT

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Iran says the nuke deal will help it target Israel

Posted: 13 Aug 2015 09:20 PM PDT

President Obama says his nuclear deal with Iran is good not just for America, but also for US ally Israel. Iran’s foreign minister disagrees. Mohammad Zarif was in Lebanon this week, meeting with the head Hezbollah terrorist, Hassan Nasrallah.

Hezbollah’s TV station al-Manar reported, “Zarif said from Beirut that the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the world powers created a historic opportunity for regional cooperation to fight extremism and face threats posed by the Zionist entity.”

Translation: With a “signing bonus” to Iran of $100 billion or more, the nuke deal will empower the Islamic Republic to send more cash, rockets and other arms to Hezbollah and other anti-Israel terrorist groups. It will also boost Tehran’s regional prestige — allowing it to bully other nations into greater hostility toward Israel. FULL REPORT

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The Kraft Heinz layoffs have begun

Posted: 13 Aug 2015 09:05 PM PDT

In a widely expected move, Kraft Heinz is cutting 2,500 jobs, the company announced Wednesday. That amounts to 5% of the company’s 46,000 employees, with affected workers located in the U.S. and Canada. This marks the first round of layoffs at the newly merged food giant after Heinz bought 51% of Kraft in March in a deal brokered by Warren Buffett and the Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital. Given that management group’s reputation for aggressive cost-cutting, most observers expect more layoffs to follow.

3G, which orchestrated Brazilian beer giant InBev’s takeover of St. Louis mainstay Anheuser-Busch in 2008, promptly cut 1,400 jobs from the acquired company. It put executives from InBev in many of the senior positions at Anheuser-Busch, including Carlos Brito, a protégé of 3G founder Jorge Paulo Lemann, as CEO of the newly merged Anheuser-Busch InBev. FULL REPORT

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‘Godzilla’ weather pattern may hit California in Fall, Winter

Posted: 13 Aug 2015 08:54 PM PDT

The National Weather Service on Thursday said a gathering El Niño weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean could become one of the most powerful on record, bringing once-in-a-generation storms later this year to drought-stricken California. Bill Patzert, a climatologist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said the system has the possibility of becoming “the Godzilla El Niño.” Its ocean signal, he said, is stronger than in 1997, when the most powerful El Niño on record developed.

“Everything now is going to the right way for El Niño,” Patzert told the Los Angeles Times. “If this lives up to its potential, this thing can bring a lot of floods, mudslides and mayhem.” The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center said Thursday that all computer models are now predicting a strong El Niño, which would peak in late fall or early winter. That could benefit drought-stricken California — but it could also bring unwanted side effects. FULL REPORT

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Christian baker must provide wedding cakes for same-sex couples

Posted: 13 Aug 2015 08:48 PM PDT

A family bakery owned by a Christian cannot refuse to make wedding cakes for homosexual couples, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. The court affirmed the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s order that Jack Phillips, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act when he refused to make a wedding cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins.

“CADA prohibits places of public accommodations from basing their refusal to serve customers on their sexual orientation, and Masterpiece violated Colorado’s public accommodations law by refusing to create a wedding cake for Craig’s and Mullins’ same-sex wedding celebration,” the court wrote. FULL REPORT

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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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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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Six Christians Attacked with Cleansing Agent, Called ‘Scum’ Outside Oregon Planned Parenthood

(CN) — At least six Christians were attacked with a cleansing agent on Wednesday while preaching the gospel and standing for life outside of a Planned Parenthood facility in Portland, Oregon, but the man who committed with the act was not arrested and was let go without charges.

The pro-life outreach was part of the Biblical Church Evangelism Conference hosted by Beaverton Grace Bible Church and organized by its pastor, Chuck O’Neal.

T.D. Jakes Rebuked by Black Leader for ‘Riding Two Horses’ on ‘Gay Marriage’ in Recent Statements

(CN) — A prominent black leader is calling out T.D. Jakes for his recent comments on homosexuality—including a formal statement yesterday—which indicate that while Jakes is personally opposed to “gay marriage,” he supports the government granting homosexuals the right to “marry” and believes that practicing homosexuals should attend churches that affirm their lifestyle.

“I think he’s trying to ride two horses at the same time,” Jesse Lee Peterson, a California pastor, president of the organization BOND (the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny), and leader of the BOND Leadership Academy for youth, told Christian News Network.

Hillsong Choir’s ‘Gay Couple’ Contradicts Brian Houston: ‘We Have Been Open, Forthright from Get-Go’

(CN) — Two “engaged” homosexual men who have served as ministry leaders at Hillsong’s New York campus have released a statement contradicting claims from leader Brian Houston, outlining that the church has known about their homosexuality from the “very beginning” and still allowed them to serve in ministry roles.

As previously reported, Josh Canfield, a Broadway performer, told Playbill earlier this year that he had become engaged to his boyfriend, Reed Kelly. Both had been featured on the reality show “Survivor: San Juan del Sur—Blood vs. Water.” He outlined that he is a choir director at Hillsong New York City and that he had admitted his homosexuality to his church.

‘I Don’t Believe in God’: Atheist Minister Resists Effort to Boot Her from United Church of Canada

(CN) — An ordained minister with the United Church of Canada is resisting efforts to oust her from the pulpit because she is an atheist.

“I don’t believe in … the god called God,” Gretta Vosper told the Globe and Mail. “Using the word gets in the way of sharing what I want to share.”

She said that she believes the Bible is “mythology,” and denies that Jesus is the Son of God.

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Politics and Christianity

Every four years Americans are given a choice between several political candidates to choose from as our next President.  And of course every one of them promises to “make America great again”.  As Christians we are, of course, to follow Jesus Christ.  Unfortunately, He is not on the ballot.  So how do we balance the […]

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Applying 2 Timothy to the Church Today

When you think of the prophetic books of the Bible, 2 Timothy does not usually jump out first.  But Paul’s message to Timothy warns and encourages not only Timothy, but is also a great teaching for us who live in a post-modern world where individual “morality” has replaced the concept of absolute truth.  Paul’s words […]

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If only Walter Palmer had killed baby humans instead of Cecil the Lion…

The world is in shock. The masses are horrified. Supermodels lead waves of international outrage. Jimmy Kimmel chokes up on air at the mind-blowing ugliness and brutality of it all. “A coward and a killer” sign is placed on the door of the healthcare business owned and operated by Walter Palmer, perpetrator of the repulsive act of extreme evil that has […]

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Everything orbits the Son.

Whether it’s the earth and its moon or the little yellow star around which they twirl, everything ultimately revolves around Christ. Whether Voyager in space or Enterprise in the minds of men, everything ultimately serves Him. Whether art or science or economics or law, everything ultimately lives through Him. That’s the creation in which we live, […]

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Presuppositional Law: Where we begin with law determines where we end.

What is law? What is the basis for law? What ultimately determines whether a thing is lawful or lawless? What we often automatically and unconsciously presuppose about the origin and nature of law determines what we will allow ourselves to see and consider from that point forward. Our presuppositions about the essence of law dictate which “truths” we […]

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The (All-American) Demonic Defenses of Planned Parenthood

If one thing is being made painfully clear these days, it’s that America is a thoroughly satanic culture. Pride defines us. And we’re proud of that. “We the People” see ourselves (and are encouraged by our Corporate-owned American State to see ourselves) as the gold standard for goodness on earth. We’re the “last best hope for humanity”. We’re […]

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A Move of Jesus in the Muslim World?

The spread of radical Muslim terrorism is a real crisis–one that is starting to hit nearly every nation on earth.  Christians being slaughtered for refusing to renounce Jesus Christ has become an almost daily event. But some are reporting that there is a movement of Jesus Christ–the true Jesus Christ–in the Muslim world.  And many […]

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New Campaign Rallies Millions Of US Christians To Urge Congress To Kill Iran Deal

A new campaign is working to rally millions of US Christians to call on Congress to nix the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. The campaign, which is led by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, warns that the Islamic Republic cannot be trusted and intends to destroy both the US and Israel. ………..  Click here for full story


Did Isaac Newton Predict Major Turn In Bible Prophecy This September?

The date Sept. 23 has become ubiquitous among the writings of many prophecy watchers. They don’t know what, if anything, will happen on that date but they question why it keeps popping up everywhere: in movies and concerts, on the pope’s appointment calendar, in the statements of politicians and the calculations of a famous mathematician from the 18th century. Sir Isaac Newton, the English scientist and devout Christian, had a burning desire to study end-times prophecies of Christ’s return. He had a particular interest in Daniel’s prophecies, and he put together calculations that point to Sept. 23, 2015, as a key date………….  Click here for full story


Is Your Hope in the US or the I AM ?

“We are going to take America back for Jesus!” “It’s time to rise up and claim our nation for the Lord.” “Vote em’ all out and put some Christians in Washington.” “We are a Christian nation!”

There is a cycle I witness approximately every four years. It is the cycle of many Christians in America getting on the bandwagon of the: Peace & safety through America mindset. There are different variations of this belief, but at the core is this notion: If we get the right people in office, abolish certain items, and fill this nation with Christian principles, we’ll turn America around. . .

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Is Obama Paving the Way for the Antichrist?

Some Christian leaders say yes . . .

“Although President Obama is certainly not the Antichrist, his policies are paving the way for the Antichrist,” said Pastory Robert Jeffress, Jr., of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, Christian Today reported. “While I am not suggesting that President Obama is the Antichrist, the fact that he was able to propose such a sweeping change in God’s law and still win reelection by a comfortable margin illustrates how a future world leader will be able to oppose God’s laws without any repercussions.”

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The Universe Is Steadily Deteriorating And So Is The Human Race – Why Is This Happening?

There is a common misconception that humanity has been constantly improving and getting better, but scientists have discovered that the exact opposite is actually true. So why is this happening? Why is everything steadily decaying and deteriorating?

These are questions that our scientists don’t really have quality answers for.

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Court: Christian baker must provide wedding cakes for same-sex couples – Todd Starnes

A family bakery owned by a Christian cannot refuse to make wedding cakes for homosexual couples, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

The court affirmed the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s order that Jack Phillips, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act when he refused to make a wedding cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins.

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On Birthdays and Iran

Rumor has it that when a group of 22 Jewish leaders gathered in the Cabinet Room on President Obama’s birthday, he told them: “It’s my birthday and I’m going to be blunt.” At least one quote has it that Mr. Obama complained:

“…it’s been a really busy day. You’d think they’d be nicer to me on my birthday but it’s a tight schedule and I wanted to make sure we had a few hours to discuss this important issue.”

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Carly Fiorina’s Post 9/11 Speech in Praise of Islam Resurfaces

Consider her claims about Islam and America. She says, America is “indebted” to the Islamic civilization, whose “gifts are very much a part of our heritage.”

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Rand Paul and Aid to Israel – Hal Lindsey

Responding to a question from Bret Baier, one of the evening’s moderators, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who favors eliminating all U.S. foreign aid, said, “Each one of my budgets has taken a meat axe to foreign aid….”

When asked if that would harm Israel, Paul said, “…even Benjamin Netanyahu said that, ultimately, they will be stronger when they’re independent.”

Baier followed up by asking: “But you still say that Israel could be one of the countries that is cut from financial aid?”

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Lucifer Makes Prime Time

Jan’s first guest is World Net Daily founder Joseph Farah who says journalists can hardly keep up with breaking news. He also talks about his transformation from a far leftist progressive when he began in journalism to a Bible-believing Christian. Then Jill Martin Rische and Jan discuss the forthcoming Fox TV presentation “Lucifer” due to debut in 2016. They also sound a warning about the popular “Charlie Charlie” demon game that teens are playing around the world. All ages will benefit from Rische’s understanding and warnings about occult-based issues. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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Why I Believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture

By Nathan Jones–Lamb Lion Ministry

11 reasons why Jesus will come back before the Tribulation

Frequently I am asked to explain or defend the end-time view of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church. For that topic, lots of Bible verses, readings and references rattle around in my skull. I can extract each like a Powerball out of an air machine and present it to the inquiring mind, but never in a linear, comprehensive manner in which I particularly appreciate. And so, this article is my attempt to organize my brain on the Pre-Tribulation Rapture view. You’re welcome to come along on the journey!

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Christians: We’re Losing Our Religion

Slowly but surely, America is turning against (not just away from) the same God it relied on to establish the freest, most prosperous nation in history.

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How are evangelicals helping the Church of Rome to reverse the Reformation? Mike Gendron names names and gives quotes of people like Pastor Robert Jeffress calling Pope Benedict a Christian. How should Christians respond? Watch now before this program rolls into the Situation Room. Click here to watch now:http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/evangelicals-catholics-together…  
 

WVW-TV Presents: There is Only One Babylon But There Are Two Harlots

 
THERE IS ONLY ONE BABYLON BUT THERE ARE TWO HARLOTS What is the true interpretation of Revelation 17 & 18 in regards to the great harlot church and city of Babylon? Many theologians teach Revelation 17 as though the the harlot of Revelation 17:1 and the Mother of harlots of Revelation 17:5 are in the same. Some teach that there is a spiritual Babylon in Rome and a Commercial Babylon in actual Babylon. In this study you will see that there are two harlots but only one Babylon. Watch now before this program rolls into the Situation Room for members only. Click here to watch now: http://www….
 

This ‘n’ That

  • This looks like it will be an amazing trip. I wish I could go!
  • Clint Archer discusses disorderly eating at The Cripplegate.
  • Oh, well, this sounds like it will be really…well, it will really be something.
  • I kind of think I want to go for a ride in a hot air balloon.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Listen as No Compromise Radio’s Steve Cooley (aka, The Tuesday Guy) discusses the social gospel on the Echozoe podcast.
  • There are so many things in this article that make me sad.
  • Because this might give you a chuckle.
  • As usual, Carl Trueman nails it, this time in regard to the Tullian issue.
  • Sexual sin does not ‘just happen,’ and one does not simply ‘fall into it.'”
  • Paul—his cloak and his books.
  • Christ is the true vine.

First Shock, then Winning Hearts

The content of these Planned Parenthood videos is difficult to take in, but they are a great opportunity for advancing the truth. I’ll point you to two people who can help us. Listen Now | Download

Blogs

Seven Practices of a Listening Leader | Eric Geiger

Three Reasons Not to Homeschool | Christina Fox

I Want a Bigger Bible | TGC: Trevin Wax

High School Senior, Prepare to Launch | TGC: Joe Rigney

Free eBook: The State of American Theology | Ligonier

The Sixth Planned Parenthood Video | TGC: Justin Taylor


What Will Please God?

What Will Please God?What kind of heart and faith pleases God? In this lab, John Piper looks at several texts to try and understand what it means for us to fear God. How can we be terrified of God and still find hope in him at the same time?

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Bob Wilkins, False Faith, Lordship, and Assurance

Did a Radio Free Geneva today reviewing this video by Bob Wilkins on Calvinists and assurance.  Since he mentioned me by name, seemed appropriate to revisit this important issue.

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Blogs

Colorado Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Against Christian Baker | World Magazine
“The Colorado Court of Appeals upheld a ruling today that a Christian baker must make wedding cakes for same-sex couples or pay fines.”

Was Jesus Morally Depraved? An Assessment | Ref 21: Carlton Wynne
Very important subject with massive and serious consequences if you answer “yes.”

Undercover Videos Critical To Exposing Abuse | USA Today
An animal rights activist defends the use of undercover videos in general because “wrongdoing would go unseen, unpunished without undercover video investigation.”

Short Studies in Biblical Theology | Dane Ortlund
Dane introduces an excellent new series of short books on biblical theology. Yes, you read that right, short books on biblical theology.

Target To Move Away From Gender-Based Signs | Denny Burk
Time to move away from target perhaps.


8 Habits of Christians Who Live Out Their Faith Every Day, Not Just on Sunday

As our society grows more and more complex, our ability to juggle it all deteriorates. We make choices as to which activity, passion or pursuit we’ll entertain with our attention. And in the midst of this, we often push our faith to the margins of our life—to become something we do on the side, when we’re not focusing on our career or taking care of our family.

The danger of today is that in this excess of choice, we’ll choose everything and let the things that matter drown in our flooded schedules.

This is what has happened to many of us. We’ve let our faith become a Sunday thing, not a 24/7 thing.

Of course, I speak this from experience. There were times when I was overwhelmed with zeal and passion for ministry, and then other times when I struggled to do my devotionals. I still struggle with living faith out every day, especially amidst my heavy entrepreneurial schedule. But in bearing the dissatisfaction of a complacent faith, I forced myself to adopt new habits—habits that would allow me to bring my faith to the center of things again.

They are habits I learned from watching others and following their example. Now I’ve put a vocabulary to what they did differently. Consider these few habits, and learn from their example as well:

1. They have restorative times built into their days.

A pastor I know is an introvert, but with his job, he can easily be with people all day. He knows what he needs for his wellbeing is times in which he is quiet and still—but not times in which he is doing nothing. In this time, he is consuming God’s wisdom and taking the time to let something higher influence his actions.

This is what we all need for a healthy faith. In a time where messages are always being thrown at us, we need the space and quiet to let the right thing speak to us. It’s how we oil the gears of our faith so it can operate daily.

2. They don’t see service to others as a special, designated time.

Bob Goff, the author of Love Does, never saw love as something to schedule. He was always acting on his love in whimsical, daily ways. But today, we often designate this kind of service as something special or unique. In our small groups, we set aside time where we work in the soup kitchen. We designate blocked off times to do an act of love. And then we return to not practicing it daily.

We can’t make this distinction with service any longer. Christians are meant to exude this serving love every day, and the more we entertain this perspective of service being something special we do, the more we divorce it from our daily lives.

Love should not be something we schedule. Love should be a reflex.

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Eight Steps to More Effective Discipleship – Rainer on Leadership #150

Podcast Episode #150

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On today’s episode, we discuss a recent post by Chuck Lawless on discipleship and cover eight steps that can lead to more effective discipleship in your church. We also reveal some lead indicators which show that discipleship is growing in your church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • The entire Bible is a discipleship passage—not just certain verses.
  • You will catch more people by example than by dictating.
  • Discipleship is not just content delivery.
  • Pastor will work for hours upon hours on their sermon but not have a clue what is being taught in the small groups in their churches.
  • True accountability takes place in healthy relationships.
  • One of my pet peeves is the silo-ing of evangelism and discipleship.
  • Committed church members used to be at church three times a week—now it’s three times a month.
  • Just because you’re showing up at church doesn’t mean you’re growing as a disciple.
  • If a mom and dad aren’t training their children, they are missing one of the most effective forms of discipleship.
  • Oddly, one of the lead metrics of discipleship growth in a church is giving.

The eight steps to more effective discipleship in your church are:

  1. Lead by example.
  2. Focus on content, application, and accountability.
  3. Ensure evangelism is part of the process.
  4. Church attendance is a good start but it’s not everything.
  5. It takes time and patience to change the discipleship DNA of established churches.
  6. Personal mentoring is one of the most effective forms of discipleship.
  7. Your personal discipleship must not be neglected.
  8. Parents need to be trained to make disciples in the home.

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A La Carte (August 14)

Today’s Kindle deals include many of B&H’s “Perspectives” books which are down to $0.99 each: Perspectives on the Sabbath; Perspectives on the Ending of Mark; Perspectives on Your Child’s Education; Perspectives on Family Ministry; Perspectives on the Doctrine of God; Perspectives on Election; Perspective on Children’s Spiritual Formation; Perspectives on Church Government; Perspectives on Christian Worship. Also consider Preaching in the Holy Spirit by Albert Martin ($3.99); Found: God’s Peace by John MacArthur ($1.99); How to Study the Bible by John MacArthur ($4.61).

We’re All Sadists Now

Carl Trueman: “DeSade’s ideal world is that to which we appear to be heading. Like him, we deny any intrinsic moral significance to sexual activity whatsoever and thus see it as something which is of no more ethical importance than buying a cup of coffee or eating a sandwich.”

The Story

You will enjoy this video which tells how it all began and how it will never end.

Exposing the Hate

“Abortion, racism, violence, moral apathy, and political posturing. This is the suffocating and nauseating smog that dominates American News. It makes Christian’s pray, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Lord.”

This Day in 1822: James Strong was born. The great labor of Strong’s life would be Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. The concordance, which would take him thirty-five years to complete, is still widely used today. *

What To Do After You Preach

Dave Harvey has some wise counsel for preachers. “The conclusion of a sermon is a dangerous moment for the preacher.”

The Coddling of the American Mind

There are lots of interesting takeaways from this article about trigger warnings and the coddling of the American mind. “In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.”

What It’s Like When You Publish a Book

Nick’s experience of publishing his first book sounds an awful lot like mine.


Sophisticated Temples of Modern Idolatry

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For decades, the consumeristic and narcissistic culture in which we live has served the unsuspecting and unconscious worshippers of North America with extravagant buildings in which to showcase the idols of a sophisticatedly synchronistic and paganistic society. In his profoundly insightful and influential 1989 article, “Mall Culture,” Steven L. Shepherd writes:

The malls are the Temples of our culture, and going to the mall is–in truth–an initiation rite. The shopkeepers should be glad about this behavior, because, as the children gaze through the windows of the well-stocked shelves within, they are learning to want, learning to ache for things supplied by others of which there can never be enough…Going to the mall is part of the relentless and powerful seduction of our children by that portion of our culture that affords human beings no more value than the contents of their wallets. It is part of the initiation into a life of wanting that can never be sated, of material desire that will never be satisfied, of slaving to buy and to have, of a life predicated upon unhappiness and discontent.1

Taking a cue from Shepherd, John Pahl, Stanley Hauerwas and James K. A. Smith have helpfully developed this idea in a more robustly theological and sociological way. For instance, Smith notes:

Let’s keep in mind that the mall is a sort of intensification of a wider web of practices and rituals associated with consumer capitalism. In this sense, one may say that marketing is the Mall’s evangelism; television commercials, billboards, internet pop-ups and magazine advertisements are the mall’s outreach. The rituals and practices of the mall and the market are tactile and visceral–they capture our imaginations through the sense of sight and sound, touch and taste, even smell. The hip, happy people that populate television commercials are the moving icons of the consumer gospel, illustrations of what the good life looks like: carefree and independent, clean and sexy, perky and perfect. We see the embodiment of this ideal again in the icon-like mannequins in the windows of the mall.2

While some may rightly suggest that the shopping mall has essentially been supplanted by the internet, there are serval other Temples of idolatry in our culture–for instance, the universities, movie theater, stadium and gym. What makes these “temples of idolatry,” is not so much the size of the buildings as it is the potency of the worldview that preys on the lives of those outside its walls–calling them to enter into the rituals within. Consider how each of the following temples of idolatry function:

The University – The University is the intellectual idol factor in our culture. We continually witness every conceivable ungodly worldview taking root there, while the Christian theistic worldview is the great subject of hostility. In, Desiring the Kingdom, Smith captures the essence of Universities, calling them “Cathedrals of Learning.” Though many of the great Univsities in this country were founded on a Christian and Calvinistic Theistic worldview, they have become bastions of intellectual rebellion against the true and living God. Interestingly, even universities that have always been secular in the inception have take on the architectural form of a Cathedral. Smith notes:

I’ve always thought it fitting that a secular university like the University of Pittsburgh, which has no religious past, features one of the more stunning pieces of academic architecture in the United States: the Cathedral of learning. Towering over the campus (and the city), the building is intentionally gothic, invoking the architectural grammar of the medieval churches and cathedrals. But here the inspiring, pointed architecture is no longer striving to point to the Creator, but rather seeks to serve a different, more imminent ideal: the truth of enlightened human reason, marshaled for the progress of the race.3

Though the allurement of the university is discovered in the freedom that young adults feel as they cast off the restraints of biblical revelation and rely on their own fallen human autonomy, the result has been, for far too many, a lifelong bondage to the idols of the mind. The Psalmist captured, in the rawest form possible, the futility of such idolatry: “Those who make them become like them.”

The Movie Theater – Hollywood is, of course, the great popularizer of the philosophies of the universities–the evangelistic guild of anti-Christian thought. This is not to say that there are not moments in which the truth of Christ break through on the big screen. After all, Jesus is still Lord–and all truth is still His truth. There is no ultimate ideology or idolatry with which to finally and fully suppress the truth. However, what more influential idol factory could there be than these massive, in-ornate Temple-like buildings in which every conceivable worldview streams into our minds on mammoth 90 x 30 ft. screens? The theater takes the religious, philosophical and ethical worldviews propagated in academic form in the Universities and shrouds it narratival clothing, embodies it in the most gifted and gorgeous icons of our culture and dazzles onlookers with faux supernaturalism–all in entertaining form. In this way, the theater takes the idolatry of the University and makes it palatable to the lives of onlookers. The size of the building from which these ideas are spread rival any Temple in the ancient world. The cry, “Great is Diana of Ephesus,” from the towering structure of her wonder-Temple, is matched by the cries of the people as the celebrities of Hollywood walk off of the “big-screen” and into the real world of worshiping image-bearers.

The Stadium – The roaring of the fans, the lights, the music, the demigod like athletes rushing onto the field in a blaze of glory–it doesn’t take a genius to realize the idolatrous nature of sports in our day. Nothing shows just how consumed we are with creature worship as is true of our commitment to a particular team. There is, of course, an identity factor involved. We find solidarity investing the better part of our efforts propagating the liturgy of the football team of the university at which we happened to worship. It’s no wonder that we build the most spectacular amphitheater-like Temples in which to showcase our athletic gods and goddesses on the campuses of our universities.

In most cases in our country, American Nationalism provides the hymns that we sing at these sporting events. Smith again notes:

The rituals of national identity–and nationalism–have been almost indelibly inscribed into the rituals of athletics from Little league to High School football. “As is well known,” Stanley Hauerwas once quipped, “Friday night high school football is the most liturgical event in Texas. The imagination couples these spectacular displays at professional sporting events with the simplicity of the anthem and color guard at a high school football game, and together they build up a story of national unity forged by battle and sacrifice. Over time, these rituals have a cumulative, albeit covert, effect on our imagery. And together, I am arguing, these constitute liturgies of ultimate concern: the ideal of national unity and commitment to its ideals is willing to make room for additional loyalties, but is not willing to entertain trumping loyalties.4

In other words, our society will tolerate–and even promote–the worship athletes while confessing the creeds and singing the hymns of nationalism, but not the confessing of creeds and singing of hymns to Christ. This is not simply true in America. By way of contrast, it is demonstrated by communistic Russia’s desire to implant it’s anti-Christian ideology throughout the world by means of it demi-gods, namely, the members of its national hockey team.

Whatever else may be observed, of this much we can be sure: Worshiping athletes and musicians in Temple-stadiums is one of the greatest forms of sophisticated idolatry.

The Gym – Over the past four years, I have watched several gym instructors at the gym that I attend leave their spouses for someone else with whom they were sculpting their body side-by-side in colossal buildings of full of worshipers. Over the past three decades, the Gym has become a Temple for narcissistic worship of self in our culture.

Interestingly, it has also become, for many in our day, a conduit for eastern mysticism. Hot yoga, Restorative Yoga, Bikram, Hatha, Anusara, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Ashtanga have made their way into the Gym-Temples of North America, at such a speed and with such subtly that most Christians have not given much analytical thought to what is occurring. A number of years ago, Al Mohler wrote an important article titled, “The Subtle Body: Should Christian’s Practice Yoga?” I will never forget the surprise I felt as I read an overwhelmingly slew of vitriolic comments made by professing Christian soccer-moms who found their daily devotional fix at the gym. The comments online revealed the depth of the problem. Instead of giving a fair hearing to what Mohler had to say, multitudes wrapped their arms around the Dagon of their Yoga class and gnashed their teeth at any intimation that there might be something wrong with Christians engaging in eastern pagan mysticism.

At our local YMCA, banners hang down along the walls with depictions of men and women carrying out incredible feats of strength. At the bottom of each banner is a verse of Scripture–taken out of context and applied to these images of motivational and physical liturgies. Just as humanistic as the philosophies taught in the University, these banners fuel an anti-Christian worldview–while throwing it under the cloak of Christianity.

Let me be clear that I am not suggesting that it is necessarily wrong–in and of itself–to go to the Mall, the University, The Theatre, the Stadium and the Gym. What the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians about eating meat offered to idols is applicable in this regard. In fact, I would suggest that there is a great measure of wisdom in knowing the culture in order to effectively speaking the Gospel into the culture. The apostle Paul read the Greek philosophers and utilized them in his preaching in Athens. Paul also drew on the athletics of his day in order to give metaphors for the Christian life. There is wisdom in exercising regularly in order to take care of the body the Lord has given us. However, there are enormous dangers in these things because of the sinfulness of our hearts. We were made to worship. If we are not sitting at the feet of Jesus, singing His praises, reading His truth, feeding on His flesh and blood by faith, we will be engaged in the liturgies of our culture. The Gospel is the cure for our idolatry. Abiding in Christ by faith and abiding in His word on a daily basis protects our hearts from the consumeristic idolatry of the Mall and our minds from the idolatrous philosophies of the Universities and Theaters. Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus protects us from setting them–in an idolatrous way–on the athletic demi-gods of our culture and from our own bodies and the bodies of those around us.

1. Steven Shepherd “Mall Culture” (an article in the Nov./Dec. 1998 edition of the Humanist)

2. James K.A. Smith Desiring the Kingdom p. 95

3. Ibid., pp. 112-113

4. Ibid., p. 106

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Why Don’t You Like the Christians You Know?

Why Don’t You Like the Christians You Know?In three minutes, John Piper asks why so many Christians don’t enjoy other Christians. In fact, many of us, if honest, would rather spend time with our nonbelieving friends. Piper gives us all two important and practical questions to ask about our feelings toward other believers in our lives.


This clip comes from a new sermon John Piper preached this week in Dallas. John Piper unfolds all of Psalm 16, climaxing in a chorus of Christian Hedonism. You can listen to the whole message, or watch the video.


Recent Sermon Clips


The Daily Discovery (August 13, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Meet the Bereans – “I am convinced that the most dangerous lie is the one that is almost true. The regenerate believer can usually see through most pseudo-Christian scams, whether they be online, on TV, or in the pulpit. But Satan doesn’t always deploy his deceptions through shallow charlatans—he also carefully cloaks them in the garb of orthodox Christianity.”

Will You Read “Knowing God” With Me? – One week from today I am going to begin a very public reading of a very good book. I would love for you to join me. Why don’t you read on to see if it would be beneficial to you?  For the past few years I have been running an ongoing program called ‘Reading Classics Together.’ This is the way I force myself to read those classic Christian books that I somehow otherwise neglect. I do it by inviting others to join me so we can read those books together.”

Christians Assaulted Outside Portland Planned Parenthood – “On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, a group of Christians (of which I was a part) went to the Planned Parenthood at 3231 SE 50th Street, Portland, OR. We went to the location as part of an evangelistic outreach, which was organized and led by Pastor Chuck O’Neal, of Beaverton Grace Bible Church. The outreach was part of the third annual Biblical Church Evangelism Conference, which is also hosted by Beaverton Grace Bible Church.”

Where Faith Journey Theology Takes Us – “During the last couple of weeks, it has been revealed that Hillsong Church, NYC, has a festering community of sodomites actively participating in their congregation.  While church officials state that no homosexuals serve or have served on their pastoral staff, the two men at the center of the Hillsong controversy claim to have an active ‘ministry’ at the church including opening their apartment to host Connect groups, which I take to mean the Hillsong version of home Bible studies or small fellowship groups.”

What Will Please God? – “What kind of heart and faith pleases God? In this lab, John Piper looks at several texts to try and understand what it means for us to fear God. How can we be terrified of God and still find hope in him at the same time?”


SERMON:

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Tom Buck – 1 Timothy 4:6-10


VIDEOS:

Presupp with Paul the Drunkard

A Call to Wonder


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

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The Daily Discovery (August 14, 2015)

Gay Teens Have Higher Rates of Pregnancy Than Straight Teens – “A new report on adolescent sexual activity in Minnesota has produced some seemingly counterintuitive findings: Lesbian and bisexual females were three to five times more likely to have been pregnant than straight females while gay males and males who are questioning their sexuality were four times more likely than straight males to report getting someone pregnant.”

Why Don’t You Like the Christians You Know? – “In three minutes, John Piper asks why so many Christians don’t enjoy other Christians. In fact, many of us, if honest, would rather spend time with our non-believing friends. Piper gives us all two important and practical questions to ask about our feelings toward other believers in our lives.”

WWII Pilot Visits the Ark Site and Creation Museum – “While I was away in Australia, we had a special guest come and tour the Ark Encounter property in northern Kentucky. Harry Fike, a World War II pilot, will be 93 next month, and he drove all the way from Iowa by himself to see how construction was coming along on the Ark.”

What I Learned About the Church’s Legal and Financial Responsibilities – “I joined the Church Law & Tax Team of Christianity Today about a year ago. During my time on the team, my eyes were really opened to areas of church responsibility that I was pretty oblivious to before my time here. With that in mind, I wanted to share some areas of concern and resources that I didn’t even think my church needed, but have been thankful to find.”

The Bible Project: Free, Animated Biblical Theology – “The Bible Project is producing some great, free resources for the church. Because the medium they use is animation, you might assume (without watching it) that this is only for kids. But it’s really something that could profit all of us.”


SERMON:

Randy White – The Freedom of the Pulpit: An Essential Right


VIDEOS:

What the Early Church Taught About Abortion?

The Book of Genesis Overview – Part 1 of 2


“All death can do to the believer is deliver him to Jesus.  It brings us into the eternal presence of our Savior.” – John MacArthur

Source


Christian Headlines Daily –

http://www.christianheadlines.com/


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 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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On Returning to God

Regeneration, Repentance and Reformation

Taken and adapted from, “THE RETURNING BACKSLIDER”A Commentary upon the whole X. Chapter of the Prophecy of the Prophet HOSEA.
Written by Richard Sibbes,

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Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips. 3 Assyria cannot save us; we will not mount war-horses. We will never again say ‘Our gods’ to what our own hands have made, for in you the fatherless find compassion.” —Hosea 14:2-3.

THE words, as we heard heretofore, contain a most sweet and excellent form of returning unto God,

…for miserable, lost, and forlorn sinners; wherein so far God discovers his willingness to have his people return unto him, that he dictates unto them a form of prayer, ‘Take with you words, and turn to the Lord; say unto him, Take away iniquity.’Wherein we…

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Sabbath: The First Day of the Week

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The Marrow of Theology Why has the Christian church historically called Sunday “the Lord’s Day” or “The Christian Sabbath?”  Why do we meet for worship on the first day of the week, and rest on it?  William Ames explains this well in his Marrow of Theology (II.XV.27-29):

“Divine not human authority has now changed the last day of the week to the first day – only he can change the day of the Sabbath who is the Lord of the sabbath, namely, Christ (Mt. 12:8).  Therefore, the first day… is properly called the Lord’s Day.  Even though the Lord’s Day is granted to have been of apostolic institution, yet the authority on which it rests is nonetheless divine, for the apostles were guided by the Spirit in holy practices just as they were in propounding the doctrine of the gospel by word of mouth and writing.”

Ames goes on to give nine points to…

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Colorado Court of Appeals rules that Christian must bake cakes for gay wedding

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This is from the Daily Signal.

Excerpt:

A custom cake baker in suburban Denver can’t cite his religious convictions in declining to make a wedding cake for two men, a Colorado appeals court ruled today.

“Cake artist” Jack Phillips said he gladly serves gays and lesbians in his family business. But, Phillips said, he could not in good conscience design a wedding cake for a same-sex couple when, as a Christian, he believes marriage is the union of a man and a woman.

A three-judge panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that not doing so amounts to illegal discrimination based on sexual orientation, Associated Press reported.

You’ll recall that Colorado is one of the states that does not recognize religious liberty as a human right:

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If you live in one of the non-gray states, you’re at risk.

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Atheism as Intellectual Dead End

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Atheism is cool. At least, that’s the popular perception of a worldview that’s enjoyed a rebrand and a renaissance in the last couple of decades. Authors like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have issued forceful public challenges to the claims of the major faiths and the rights they’ve traditionally been granted, while well-respected and high-profile public figures have lent vocal support to their ideas. When Stephen Fry outlined an atheist (or even anti-theist) position on an Irish talk show, the interview went viral in hours, while comedian Ricky Gervais frequently uses his substantial platform to attack and undermine religion in film and stand-up.

Christians can naturally feel a little threatened by this kind of activity. Witness the scores of ‘response articles’ which appeared within days of Fry’s “capricious, mean-minded God” outburst. If we do feel worried or undermined in our faith, it should probably prompt some serious self-examination; a belief…

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My Trip to The Abortion Mill: August 14, 2015 (Warning: Graphic Images)

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Today’s evangelism efforts at the abortion mill was atypical.  Our first trip was to FPA Women’s Health (www.fpawomenshealth.com) in Miramar.  FPA performs non-surgical and surgical abortions.  Outside their buildings look clean, but inside, babies are poisoned and butchered to pieces and scream for their dear life.  I will not even call them doctors, because doctors don’t murder, they attempt to preserve life.  Instead, we have killers living in ivory towers among us.  Satan’s servants paces the hallways waiting for their next victim who can’t speak and who can’t defend themselves.  I don’t like to show graphic pictures, but I must show them in order to reveal the house of horror in our very backyard.  When the allies liberated people from the concentration camps of the Nazi regime, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, Eisenhower made the German citizenry in the towns and villages near the death camps, walk inside them…

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Daily Devotionals: (14th Aug.) Our Conquering Saviour

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Reading: Genesis 3:15

In fullness of time, the Conqueror appears in human form. Satan knows Him well. He heard the voice from heaven, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” He makes one desperate effort to obtain the mastery. The blessed Jesus meets the conflict. Every advantage of outward circumstance is given to the adversary. He musters his strength and all his skill. His empire depends on the outcome. The most that hell can do, is done. But all in vain. Each blow falls harmless before the Word of the Lord. The devil quits the field, baffled and beaten. He finds himself held down by the chain, “He shall bruise your head.”

He makes one effort more. He stirs up wicked men to seize and nail the blessed Jesus to the cross. When the Woman’s Seed bows His head and dies; the enemy seems to triumph…

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