Daily Archives: August 20, 2015

Why Charles Hodge Supported Christian Education, And Why You Should Too!

Building Old School Churches

TCharlesHodge01he nineteenth century Old School Presbyterian theologian Charles Hodge wrote in his Systematic Theology, “…it is a fact that unless children are brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, they, and the society which they constitute or control, will go to destruction. Consequently, when a state resolves that religious instruction shall be banished from the schools and other literary institutions, it virtually resolves on self-destruction.”

Unfortunately, the twentieth century saw the creation in the United States of precisely the system of public education that Hodge warned against, a system that was self-consciously devoid of Christian religious instruction, and eventually the architects of this new system even succeeded in actually banning the most basic of Christian devotions, namely morning prayers, from the school grounds. This represented a profound change in the way that American children were educated. Prior to the twentieth century, the Bible and the orthodox Christian…

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Marriage, Sex, and Moral Nihilism

The Reformed Reader

Here’s another helpful excerpt from one of Chuck Colson’s previously unpublished short essays:

“We have an absolute duty to start training our children in [the] biblical worldview when they are just beyond the toddler years.  They’ve got to start understanding that there are some basic truths in life, and that if we abandon them, the whole scheme of living unravels.  And marriage is a great example, because very, very few evangelicals, at least that I talk to, have ever heard of marriage talked about this way.  They see it as a covenant with one another and with God – the more devout see it that way – but very few people see it as part of the structure of life built into the fact that God has created us and given us, in His Word, an understanding of man and woman as one [in marriage], and why that is so…

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August 20, 2015 Truth2Freedom US and World Briefing Report

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Aug. 20, 2015

BLOOMBERG

Two unidentified lawyers familiar with the Justice Dept’s inquiry into questions surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail server while secretary of state say a formal criminal investigation is under consideration and may happen soon, NPR reports.

Land in California’s central valley agricultural region sank more than a foot in just eights months in some places as residents and farmers pump more and more groundwater amid a record drought.

Canada’s dairies are protected by some of the world’s most restrictive agricultural trade barriers, which helped to stall talks last month just as negotiators were closing in on a trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Obama administration scrambled Wednesday to convince a Texas judge it shouldn’t be punished for violating his order freezing new immigration rules.

Although the market is still divided on whether or not the Federal Reserve will make its first rate hike in September, analysts at Citi are pretty dead set on it.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week remained historically low. Jobless claims increased by 4,000 to 277,000 in the week ended Aug. 15.

Kazakhstan relinquished control of its exchange rate in the latest sign emerging nations will stop defending their currencies after China roiled global markets by devaluing the yuan. The central Asian nation, which counts Russia and China as its top trading partners, said it was switching to a free float, triggering a 23 percent slide in the tenge to a record 257.21 per dollar.

In Idaho, attorney bar pass rates dropped 15 percentage points, from 80 percent to 65 percent. In Delaware, Iowa, Minnesota, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas, scores dropped 9 percentage points or more. By the time all the states published their numbers, it was clear that the July exam had been a disaster everywhere. Scores on the multiple-choice part of the test registered their largest single-year drop in the four-decade history of the test.

North and South Korea exchanged fire across the demilitarized zone between the two countries in one of the worst incidents since 2010, sparking fears that hostilities will worsen. The incident started when North Korea fired a rocket at a South Korean border area, prompting Seoul’s forces to reply with an artillery barrage. It was unclear whether there were any casualties.

Purchases of previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly rose in July to the highest level since February 2007, consistent with further strength in the housing market. Contract closings increased 2 percent to a 5.59 million annualized rate.

AP Top Stories

Two men in Poland claim they have found a legendary Nazi train that according to local lore was loaded with gold, gems and valuable art and vanished into a system of secret tunnels as the Germans fled advancing Soviet forces at the end of World War II.

The arrest of a drug smuggler in scuba gear led to the discovery of a tunnel from Mexico that’s partially underwater and ends in a canal.

Britain will reopen its embassy in Iran this weekend nearly four years after protesters ransacked the elegant ambassadorial residence and burned the British flag.

Gunmen in Egypt boarded a bus carrying Palestinians from Cairo to Gaza and seized four of the passengers before letting the others continue, Hamas officials in the strip said early Thursday.

Florida treasure hunters found a trove of $4.5 million worth of Spanish gold coins 300 years to the day after a fleet of ships sunk in a hurricane while en route from Havana to Spain. The 350 coins found on July 30 include nine rare pieces, known as royal eight escudos, which were being transported to the King of Spain,

House Democrats have the votes, if necessary, to uphold President Barack Obama’s veto of a resolution against his Iran nuclear deal, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday.

Police are searching for the parents of a baby who was somehow locked in a safe at a hotel in Niagara Falls.

Chinese authorities warned that cyanide levels in the waters around the Tianjin Port explosion site had risen to as much as 277 times acceptable levels although they declared that the city’s drinking water was safe.

An almost complete version of a tiny human brain has been grown in a US lab in a move that could bring major strides to the treatment of neurological diseases, a scientist says.

As concerns rise about a security menace posed by rogue drone flights, U.S. government agencies are working with state and local police forces to develop high-tech systems to protect vulnerable sites.

BBC

Germs spread by opossums in a Venezuelan hospital are believed to have led to the deaths of 17 babies, the country’s media said.

Australian authorities have stopped seven young Australians from leaving the country, fearing they planned to fight in the Middle East.

Two men identified as suspects in the Bangkok bombing have handed themselves in to police, insisting they are tour guides, authorities said.

A Greek government-chartered ferry has arrived at Piraeus port near Athens, after picking up almost 2,500 migrants from islands near the Turkish coast.

Yemen’s conflict has left it on the brink of famine. Food shortages, lack of fresh water, and low fuel stocks have created a “perfect storm” for the Yemeni people, the WFP’s Ertharin Cousin said. The organization estimates nearly 13 million people urgently require help.

WND

Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon that complies with Islamic law should be grounds enough for Congress to kill the agreement between Iran and the West, since just “Shariah-compliant” bomb could “threaten the existence of the United States,” according to two experts.


Top News – 8/20/2015

Tony Blair mediates secret Israel-Hamas talks, negotiating end to Gaza siege
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is acting as a mediator in hush-hush talks between Hamas and Israel in an attempt to halt the Israeli siege of Gaza, reports suggest.

Spanish public broadcaster accuses Jews of promoting Satanism
“Through black magic, the Israelites called on the powers of darkness with demonic rational,” the announcer continues. The synopsis on RTVE’s website for the 30-minute program states: “The Jewish founders of the occult and masonry society introduced the cult of Lucifer” to some organizations.

INCREASING CHANCE OF FLARES
Solar activity is still low. However, it could be set to increase with the emergence of a new sunspot, AR2403. The active region in the sun’s southern hemisphere has doubled in size since yesterday and is starting to crackle with C-class solar flares.

Looking Ahead at Middle East “Peace”
The Obama Administration has made it clear that it will not pursue Israeli-Palestinian “peace talks” while the Iran deal remains fluid. But as the President heads into his last year in office, the “two state solution” apparently remains an important political aspiration.

Magnitude 3.6 quake hits west-central Nebraska
A small earthquake struck early Wednesday in west-central Nebraska. It apparently didn’t leave its mark, at least above ground.

United States Drops In Overall Freedom Ranking
A new report on the freedom of countries around the world ranks the United States 20th, putting countries like Chile and the United Kingdom ahead of the U.S. Last year, the U.S. was ranked 17th, but a steady decline of economic freedom and “rule of law” has dropped the level of freedom, according to the Cato Institute, Fraser Institute and the Swiss Liberales Institut, which created the study together.

Antibiotic-resistant ‘superbug’ found at California hospital
A Los Angeles-area hospital said Wednesday that some of its patients contracted an antibiotic-resistant “superbug” that has been linked to a type of medical scope and infected dozens of people around the country. Huntington Memorial Hospital said…that it notified public health authorities after several patients who had procedures using Olympus Corp. duodenoscopes were found to have the resistant pseudomonas bacteria.

Yemen crisis: Famine threatens war-torn country, warns UN
Yemen’s conflict has left it on the brink of famine, the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) has warned. Food shortages, lack of fresh water, and low fuel stocks have created a “perfect storm” for the Yemeni people, the WFP’s Ertharin Cousin said. The organisation estimates nearly 13 million people urgently require help.

South Korea evacuation after shelling on western border
South Korea has ordered the evacuation of residents from an area of its western border after an exchange of fire with North Korea, reports say. North Korea fired a shell at a South Korean military unit on Thursday, prompting the south to retaliate with several artillery rounds, the South’s defence ministry said. South Korea’s National Security Council is due to hold an emergency session.

IAEA says access to Iran’s Parchin military site meets demands of nuclear deal
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said access it will receive to Iran’s Parchin military site, suspected by some states to have in the past hosted atomic bomb-related experiments, will satisfy its requirements. Without IAEA confirmation that Iran is keeping its promises enshrined in a landmark nuclear deal Tehran reached with world powers on July 14, the country will not be granted much-needed sanctions relief.

IDF deploys Iron Dome to Ashdod area amid fears of renewed rocket fire
The IDF has deployed an Iron Dome battery in the Ashdod area amid fears of renewed rocket fire into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip. A security source confirmed that the deployment of the Iron Dome battery comes as part of preparations for a possible escalation in tensions in connection with the Palestinian prisoner who is in serious condition due to a 65-day hunger strike.

Tropical Storm Danny Is Moving Westward
Tropical Storm Danny is moving slowly westward, far out over the Atlantic, and could still become a hurricane.

Yemen conflict: Country on brink of famine, says UN official
Months of conflict in Yemen has pushed the country to the brink of famine, according to a top United Nations official. Ertharin Cousin, head of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), said markets in the country do not have enough food to feed the population.

Hackers expose millions on cheating site; some in US govt
Hackers say they have exposed unfaithful partners across the world, posting what they said were the personal details of millions of people registered with cheating website Ashley Madison. A message posted by the hackers alongside their massive trove accused Ashley Madison’s owners of deceit and incompetence and said the company had refused to bow to their demands to close the site.

Massive car bomb explodes in Cairo, wounding 6 police
A massive car bomb exploded early Thursday near a national security building in a popular residential neighborhood in Cairo, wounding at least six police officers and blowing the facades off nearby buildings, Egyptian security officials said.

UN warns of risk of Israeli-Palestinian escalation
The U.N. political chief warned Wednesday that the risk of escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “is palpable.” Jeffrey Feltman told the U.N. Security Council the past month has seen “unconscionable crimes of hatred by extremist elements, reprehensible retaliatory violence, provocations at Jerusalem’s holy sites, and a worrying increase in rockets launched from Gaza towards Israel.”

3 firefighters killed in Washington state wildfire
Three firefighters were killed and three to four others were injured, at least one critically, as raging wildfires advanced on towns in north-central Washington on Wednesday, authorities said.


Top Headlines – 8/20/2015

UN to reportedly let Iran inspect its own nuclear sites

IAEA says access to Iran’s Parchin military site meets demands of nuclear deal

White House ‘comfortable’ with IAEA deal with Tehran to ‘self-inspect’ suspect nuke site

Pelosi: House Democrats Will Sustain Obama Veto on Iran Deal

US Reform movement: We can’t choose sides on Iran

Huckabee in Israel: ‘Lose the land, lose the peace’

UN warns of risk of Israeli-Palestinian escalation

Netanyahu: Israel is ready for any scenario

IDF deploys Iron Dome to Ashdod area amid fears of renewed rocket fire

Explosive thrown at IDF position south of Jerusalem, soldier moderately injured

Hamas naval commandos arrest dolphin who ‘spied for Israel’

A year after Gaza war, Israel tests new anti-tunnel measures

Palestinian prisoner Allan ends hunger strike after court suspends administrative detention

U.N. warns Israel that law changes could worsen human rights

Half of Jerusalem Arabs want to be Israelis

US ‘concerned’ over Israel’s treatment of Arab-Americans at Ben-Gurion

Temple Mount’s Glick: “Obligation of All God fearing People” to Take Up Cause of World’s Holiest Site

Rabbi Kanievsky Again Hints at Looming Arrival of the Messiah

Spanish public broadcaster accuses Jews of promoting Satanism

Four Palestinians kidnapped by gunmen in Egyptian Sinai

Egyptian security building in Cairo rocked by bomb blast

ISIS claims credit for Cairo courthouse bomb which wounded 29

US weighs withdrawal of forces from Sinai

US proposes UN arms embargo on South Sudan after president rejects peace deal

Boko Haram crisis: ‘Dozens drown’ fleeing Nigeria attack

Bomb kills 8 Turkish soldiers; new unrest flares in Istanbul

UN says air strikes on Yemen port could worsen aid crisis

Yemen conflict: Country on brink of famine, says UN official

A Shariah-approved nuclear attack – An EMP would accomplish ‘death to America’

U.S. Navy on alert: China, Russia to launch largest-ever joint navy exercise

South Korea fires ‘tens’ of artillery rounds into North Korea

International terrorists ‘unlikely’ responsible for Thai bomb

Police shoot black man in St. Louis, spur fresh protests

US movie chain starts bag searches after recent violence

Jeb Bush: NSA needs broader powers to combat ‘evildoers’

Hackers expose millions on cheating site; some in US govt

Samsung says we can achieve Earth-wide Internet via 4,600 micro-satellites

Asian Stocks Fall a Fifth Day on Slow China Growth, U.S. Rates

US is Gearing Up for Onrushing Economic Apocalypse

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Nchelenge, Zambia

Merapi volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Typhoon Goni Nears Philippines and Taiwan; Japan and South Korea Future Targets

Tropical Storm Danny May Become First Hurricane of 2015 on Path Toward Caribbean

Obama to visit New Orleans next week to mark 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Nearly 30,000 firefighters battling western US blazes

3 firefighters killed in Washington state wildfire

Climate change expert sentenced to 32 months for fraud, says lying was a ‘rush’

South Indian state orders temples to pray for rain

Cyanide in waters near China blast site 277 times acceptable level: government report

Report: Groundwater pumping in California has land sinking

LA ‘black ball’ reservoir rollout potential ‘disaster’ in the making, say experts – ‘It’s going to be a bacterial nightmare’

Antibiotic-resistant ‘superbug’ found at California hospital

Second person contracts plague after visiting Yosemite National Park

UN: Typhoid breaks out in Syria’s Yarmouk camp, situation desperate

Third Louisiana Public Water Supply Site Tests Positive for Brain-Eating Amoeba

7th Shocking Video Catches Planned Parenthood Harvesting Brain of Aborted Baby Who Was Still Alive

Planned Parenthood Clinic Cut Through Dead Baby’s Face to Get His Intact Brain

Pastor Jim Staley, Head of Passion For Truth Ministries Sentenced to 7 Years For Fraud

Danny Lotz, 78, Son in Law of Billy Graham, Husband of Anne Graham Lotz Has Died

Josh Duggar Shows up on Ashley Madison Customer List

Creflo Dollar Still Whining About Jet – Says Only Ungodly People Have an Issue

Russians to Build Tallest Jesus Statue in World on Pacific Coast

Migrants crisis: Slovakia ‘will only accept Christians’


The Briefing

1) Designation of pro-life arguements as extremist exposes lack of middle ground on abortion

Conservatives double down on antiabortion extremism, Washington Post (Dana Milbank)

There is No Pro-Life Case For Planned Parenthood, New York Times (Ross Douthat)

2) In Canada, Europe, assisted suicide laws make death a therapeutic, necessary service

Europe’s sinister expansion of euthanasia, Washington Post (Charles Lane)

Help eligible patients end lives or refer them to someone who will, CMA to urge MDs, National Post (Sharon Kirkey)

Doctor-assisted suicide a therapeutic service, says Canadian Medical Association, CBC News

3) Hackers release data of Ashley Madison users, a reminder that your sin will find you out

Hacker’s Ashley Madison data dump threatens marriages, reputations, Reuters (Josephine Mason and Alastair Sharp)

In other news…

New Planned Parenthood video released Politico (Jennifer Haberkorn)

One Shortcut to a Happy Marriage: Vote Republican, The Atlantic (Emma Green)

Michael Jordan: my image is precious to me, so I sued grocery chain, Guardian (Associated Press)

Ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle charged with paying for sex with minors, will plead guilty, Washington Post (Abby Phillip and Sarah Larimer)


Daily Digest

August 20, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” —Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Trust Obama and Let Iran Verify

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“Trust, but verify.” That was Ronald Reagan’s adage when dealing with the Soviet Union, and we have oft remembered it when it comes to Barack Obama’s foolish nuclear deal with Iran. That isn’t to say Obama’s never heard those words. But he missed the memo that you don’t let the other guy do the verifying. We’ve previously reported that Iran will be allowed to control any sampling at the Parchin Weapons Complex rather than the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) collecting the samples. The deal’s 24-day waiting period for IAEA access to nuclear sites is bad enough, but it defies belief that Iran would be allowed to control sampling at Parchin, where past military-related testing had been one of the major sticking points until Obama and John Kerry waved their hands and said it no longer mattered. It matters enormously, and allowing the suspect to control what evidence is presented for review is incomprehensible. (See the wonders it’s done for Hillary Clinton.)

But wait — it gets worse. Now we learn that a newly disclosed side agreement allows Iran to use its own inspectors, too. According to the Associated Press, which broke the story, “The agreement in question diverges from normal procedures by allowing Tehran to employ its own experts and equipment in the search for evidence of activities it has consistently denied — trying to develop nuclear weapons.” To put that in perspective, the AP reports, “Olli Heinonen, who was in charge of the Iran probe as deputy IAEA director general from 2005 to 2010, said he could think of no similar concession with any other country.” It’s no wonder Obama wanted to keep details secret and resorted to rhetorically bludgeoning his critics. We just hope it’s enough to rally the growing opposition to the deal in Congress.

What Really Constitutes Human Life?

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“Human Capital — Episode 3: Planned Parenthood’s Custom Abortions for Superior Product” is the latest video from the Center for Medical Progress revealing the grisly underworld of harvesting and trafficking baby parts. Of the seven videos to go public so far, this is the worst. The video centers on an interview with former StemExpress “procurement technician” Holly O’Donnell, who recounts her experiences doing unspeakable things. (StemExpress last week severed ties with Planned Parenthood in the wake of the video series.) In fact, O’Donnell struggles to keep her composure and find the right words. “‘I want you to see something kinda cool,'” O’Donnell says her supervisor told her. After looking, however, O’Donnell said she thought, “This is the most gestated fetus and the closest thing to a baby I’ve seen.” She continued, “And [my supervisor] just taps the heart, and it starts beating. And I’m sitting here and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating, and I don’t know what to think.” She adds, “I don’t know if that constitutes it’s technically dead, or it’s alive.” CMP notes in its press release, “State and federal law require that the same treatment be given to an infant born-alive after an abortion as to a normally delivered baby (1 U.S.C. 8, CA Health and Safety Code 123435).” Clearly, that didn’t happen in the instance O’Donnell described.

In fact, it got much worse. As the video shows the most horribly disconcerting scene so far — a mid-gestational baby boy in a stainless steel pan, still moving his legs — O’Donnell says her supervisor instructed her to procure an intact brain from the baby: “She gave me the scissors and told me that I had to cut down the middle of the face. And I can’t even describe what that feels like.”

“I remember holding that fetus in my hands … and I started crying,” O’Donnell says. And as her voice breaks she says, “It’s just really hard knowing you’re the only person who’s ever going to hold that baby.”

We hope the result of these videos is to change hearts and minds. It’s a matter of when life begins and how we take care of that life. Aside from the political ramifications, this is a defining moment for our culture.

(Footnote: The Leftmedia have been virtually silent on the story.)

For Soros, Coal Stocks Are Suddenly a Hot Commodity

Every time environmental blowhards like Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio embark on climate apocalyptic speech tours, they are rightly called out by critics for amassing needless carbon footprints. They call religiously for the world to abolish its addiction to fossil fuels, yet they live in lavish homes and travel on luxurious jets powered by so-called “dirty energy.” Why? Because they’re in it for another kind of green in the form of dollar bills. The same hypocritical mindset applies to George Soros, the billionaire hedge fund manager who provides financial backing to slews of left-wing advocacy groups. But like fellow leftists Gore and DiCaprio, Soros’ disdain for fossil fuels is dwarfed by his love for money. Fox News reports, “Soros, whose Climate Policy Initiative think tank recently urged the world to stop using fossil fuels in general and coal in particular, snapped up 1 million shares of Peabody Energy and half a million shares of Arch Coal, giving him significant stakes in what’s left of the U.S. coal industry.” Peabody was trading at roughly $90 a share when Obama first entered the Oval Office. Today, trading is an abysmal $1 a share. As Heartland Institute’s Sterling Burnett points out, Soros may have an ulterior motive in mind. “If he buys enough stock to have controlling interests in these coal businesses, closes them down and leaves the coal in the ground,” says Burnett, “we might accept that he is a true believer, that his investment was all about stopping climate change and saving the environment. But my suspicion is that he helped to drive stocks down, bought as many shares as he can, and, when stocks rebound, he can sell his shares and make a huge profit.” Considering the numerous groups he bankrolls, we’d put our money on the latter scenario.

Don’t Miss Alexander’s Column

Read Another Teflon Clinton?, on how questions about “private emails” are not what is threatening Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

What About Birthright Citizenship?

By Allyne Caan

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Who thought five little words — “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” — could spark a national debate of presidential, not to mention constitutional, proportions? As 16 Republican contenders try to one-up each other on immigration platforms while striving to be as popular as the 17th, Donald Trump, this lexical quintet from the 14th Amendment is taking center stage.

At issue is so-called “birthright citizenship” for babies born on U.S. soil to illegal aliens. Section 1 of the 14th Amendment states, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

In the land of constitutional make believe, this amendment has been misinterpreted through practice and even court precedent to mean if a pregnant woman manages to sneak across the border just in time to deliver stateside, her child lucks out and wins U.S. citizenship, all rights and privileges thereof accompanying.

While such birthright citizenship has stirred debate before, Trump’s recent declaration, coming as part of his immigration plan, that he would end birthright citizenship, has brought this melting pot to a boil.

His position should not cause shock, however, as birthright citizenship for illegal aliens is nowhere conferred in the Constitution. If anything, the 14th Amendment and surrounding context provide compelling evidence that the Constitution actually denies such citizenship.

As we’ve noted before, the 14th Amendment emerged from the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which was designed to guarantee equal rights to former slaves. To ensure this Act wouldn’t be upended by a future Congress, legislators proposed adding its provisions to the Constitution. Central to the Amendment is the provision that citizenship is limited to those not simply born or naturalized in the U.S. but also “subject to the jurisdiction thereof.”

What does this clause mean? According to legal scholar Lino Graglia of the University of Texas Law School, Illinois Senator Lyman Trumbull, one of the principal authors of the Amendment’s citizenship clause, clarified this phrase as meaning “[n]ot owing allegiance to anybody else.” And fellow author Senator Jacob Howard of Ohio concurred that jurisdiction was all-encompassing, the same “in extent and quality as applies to every citizen of the United States now.”

Hence, individuals born on U.S. soil to foreign diplomats don’t automatically gain U.S. citizenship. Neither do U.S.-born children of American Indians.

Indeed, Graglia writes, “Children born to Indian parents with tribal allegiances were therefore necessarily excluded from birthright citizenship, and explicit exclusion was unnecessary. This reasoning would seem also to exclude birthright citizenship for the children of legal resident aliens and, a fortiori, of illegal aliens. It appears, therefore, that the Constitution, far from clearly compelling the grant of birthright citizenship to children of illegal aliens, is better understood as denying the grant.”

Clearly, the framers of the 14th Amendment had no intention of enshrining birthright citizenship as a reward for crossing the border illegally.

Yet even many on the Right are loath to denounce birthright citizenship.

In a passionate defense of birthright citizenship, The Federalist’s Ben Domenech writes that revoking “American status” and deporting en-masse children of illegal aliens would be a “daunting political and legal proposition.” He calls birthright citizenship “a beautiful example of what makes America unique” and claims that ending birthright citizenship would require a constitutional amendment.

Domenech is almost surely right about the political ramifications because, for one thing, nightly newscasts would be full of stories of families torn apart by immigration officials. But he’s wrong about needing a constitutional amendment to correct the misinterpretation of another one.

We celebrate legal immigration as a beautiful example of American uniqueness, but historical evidence does not support the idea that the 14th Amendment was meant to institutionalize birthright citizenship for everyone born on American soil. Far from it.

Unfortunately, continued misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment has incentivized illegal immigration and worsened our border crisis. Restoring both Rule of Law and the integrity of our immigration system will require ending this misinterpretation — a daunting feat to be sure. But it’s one worth taking on if we hope to preserve the beauty of America for all citizens, natural born and immigrant, who love this nation enough to respect her laws.

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Victor Davis Hanson: “In our litigious society in which plaintiffs sue fast-food franchises for serving excessively hot coffee, why do government bureaucrats escape culpability when the innocent die or are injured as a result of bureaucratic negligence? … The bigger that government gets, the more employees who are hired, and the more unaccountable power that accrues to bureaucracies, the more government takes on a life of its own. Public grandees resemble Hollywood’s out-of-control androids or Frankenstein monsters that turn on their creators — in these cases, us, the taxpayers. Secure, high-level government administrative jobs — where dismissal is rare and automatic promotion common — promote mediocrity. … Under the Obama administration, there is also a more disturbing trend: the equation of big government with social justice and hostility to private enterprise. … Big government has become the new Terminator, at war with those who created it, who fund it — and who must obey it.”

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Insight: “There are in fact four very significant stumbling blocks in the way of grasping the truth, which hinder every man however learned, and scarcely allow anyone to win a clear title to wisdom, namely, the example of weak and unworthy authority, longstanding custom, the feeling of the ignorant crowd, and the hiding of our own ignorance while making a display of our apparent knowledge.” —Roger Bacon (1220-1292)

Upright: “Whether or not the supporters of the agreement admit it, this deal is based on ‘hope’… Hope is part of human nature, but unfortunately it is not a national security strategy.” —Sen. Robert Menendez announcing his opposition to the Iran deal

BIG Lie: “Everybody is acting like this is the first time it’s ever happened. It happens all the time. And I can only tell you that the State Department has said over and over again, we disagree [that the material is classified]. … What you’re seeing now is a disagreement between agencies saying, ‘You know what? They should have,’ and the other saying, ‘No, they shouldn’t.’ That has nothing to do with me.” —Hillary Clinton trying to muddy the waters further on the classified information found in her private emails

Verbal gymnastics: “We don’t agree with the judgment of the inspector general’s office in general. … We have stressed the fact that the emails contained no markings whatsoever that would have designated the material as classified. … [Hillary Clinton was a] passive recipient of unwitting information that subsequently became classified.” —Hillary spokesman Brian Fallon

Missing an opportunity: “I think [Hillary Clinton’s email scandal] is a huge distraction from what we should be talking about as a party.” —Martin O’Malley, who is rumored to be running for the Democrat presidential nomination

Collateral damage: “We know that low-income minority communities would be hardest hit.” —EPA chief Gina McCarthy on the Clean Power Plan

And last… “Yes, it’s true: Iran will inspect its own nuclear sites. So what. We also left Hillary in charge of her own incriminating evidence.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest

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The Big List Of 33 Things That Are Going To Happen In September 2015

33 SignIs September 2015 going to be a month that changes history?  For months, there has been an unprecedented amount of buzz all over the Internet about what is going to happen in September.  And without a doubt, we are going to witness a convergence of events during that month that is quite remarkable.  What I have attempted to do in this article is to put together a list of things that we know will happen next month.  Some of the lists that I have seen contain things that cannot be proven or that are simply inaccurate.  And of course it is very likely that some things will happen in September that we cannot anticipate right now.  I am just providing the information that I have at this time, and it is up to you and your family to prepare for what you believe will happen.  The following is my big list of 33 things that are going to happen in September 2015… (Read More…)


Why Are So Many People Freaking Out About A Stock Market Crash In The Fall Of 2015?

Manhattan Stock Market Crash In 2015 - Public DomainIs the stock market going to crash by the end of 2015?  Of course stock market crashes are already happening in 23 different nations around the planet, but most Americans don’t really care about those markets.  The truth is that what matters to people in this country is the health of their own stock portfolios and retirement accounts.  There are a lot of people out there that are very afraid of what could happen if the money that they have worked so hard to save gets wiped out in a sudden financial collapse.  And right now there is an unprecedented amount of buzz about the potential for a giant stock market crash by the end of this calendar year.  In fact, I don’t think that I have ever seen more experts come out with bold predictions that a stock market crash will happen within a very specific period of time. (Read More….)


A Shariah-Approved Nuclear Attack

U.S. intelligence cannot meet the impossibly high standard of assuring that Iran cannot acquire a single nuclear weapon and, given the regime’s existing nuclear infrastructure, cannot with absolute certainty guarantee that Iran does not already have one…………  Click here for full story


Russia Selling Missiles ‘That Can Bring Down US Aircraft’ To Iran

Despite a ban on arms shipments to Iran under international sanctions, Russia appears willing to proceed with the sale of advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles to the country — in a development triggering objections from the Obama administration…………  Click here for full story


‘Israel Must Be Obliterated’: New Iranian Video Imagines Muslim Invasion Of Jerusalem

A new video out of Iran presents the imagined scenario of Jerusalem being conquered by a military alliance of the country’s Revolutionary Guard forces and Hezbollah and Hamas terrorists, a Jewish news site reported Tuesday……..  Click here for full story


Looking Ahead At Middle East “Peace”

The Obama Administration has made it clear that it will not pursue Israeli-Palestinian “peace talks” while the Iran deal remains fluid. But as the President heads into his last year in office, the “two state solution” apparently remains an important political aspiration ………..  Click here for full story


Danish Politician Convicted of ‘Racism’ For Offending Muslims

A Danish politician has been convicted with “racism” and ordered to pay a fine for offending Muslims under a law which makes insulting someone’s religion a criminal offense.……  Click here for full story


Calling Rachel Dolezal: Is #BlacksLivesMatters Leader Shaun King Actually White?

Shaun King, activist for the Black Lives Matter movement, outed as a white man

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Liberal Left is on a tear these days, using race baiting and violence to pit Americans against each other. George Soros spent over $33 million dollars last year to foment the race riots in Ferguson. Their goal is a new civil war designed to finished the job of destroying America begun by Barack Obama. The Black Lives Matter movement, with their relentless harassment of people is part of this scam to divide. More race riots coming soon to a town near you…

An investigative blogger has accused Shaun King, a key figure in the Black Lives Matter movement, of misleading media icon Oprah Winfrey by pretending to be biracial in order to qualify for an “Oprah scholarship” to historically black Morehouse College. The blogger says King is white and has been lying about his ethnicity for years.

King is a high-profile campaigner against “police brutality” and “justice correspondent” for the liberal Daily Kos website who told Rebel magazine in 2012 that he was biracial, with the magazine reporting that he is the “son of a Caucasian mother and an African-American father.” He has also described himself as “mixed with a black family” on Twitter.

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King has said that his father is black and his mother is white and of Irish descent – but his birth certificate lists his parents as both white.

King has been lionised by the press, praised as hero of civil rights and social activism. He has written extensively about a childhood in which he was terrorised by “decades old racial tensions.” He claims to have been “the focus of constant abuse of the resident rednecks of my school.”

Yet, in recent weeks, rumours have been circulating about his ethnicity. A 1995 police incident report lists Shaun King’s ethnicity as white. And blogger Vicki Pate, who has been assembling forensic accounts of Shaun King’s background and family tree on her blog, “Re-NewsIt!,” has published her findings.

She claims that King is entirely white and says a birth certificate, which Breitbart has since independently acquired from the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics, names a white man as his father.

King’s case echoes that of Rachel Dolezal, a civil rights activist from Washington who claimed to be biracial while in fact being of caucasian origin. Dolezal continues to insist she “identifies as black,” despite her parents revealing that she is entirely white.

EXCLUSIVE: Did #BlackLivesMatter‘s @ShaunKing Mislead @Oprah By Pretending To Be Biracial? http://t.co/keDBHFCU0m pic.twitter.com/VwPxEpiw2l

— Milo Yiannopoulos (@Nero) August 19, 2015

If Pate is right, Shaun King, who often uses black and white photographs of himself online rather than colour images, may have misled African-American hero Winfrey by applying for and accepting an Oprah Scholarship to the historically black Morehouse College. Oprah Scholarships are given exclusively to black men.

In his Daily Kos diary, King refers to himself as a “brother,” writing: “Oprah Winfrey paid my way through Morehouse. The leadership scholarship that I received from her is why I have a college degree today. Five hundred other brothers have the exact same story.”

Shaun King’s biography has attracted the attention of bloggers and journalists thanks to several bizarre inconsistencies in his public claims. He often struggles when asked to recall basic facts about his own life. For instance, in August 2014, King wrote on Twitter that he was father to three “black girls,” while, six months earlier, he claimed to be father to four.

It is of course possible that a family tragedy is responsible for the inconsistency, but the unexplained change in biographical details is not a one-off. In October 2009, King claimed to have endured four spinal surgeries. By February 2010, the number of surgeries had shrunk to three. There is also some confusion about when an alleged car crash may or may not have happened.

King must have known while giving interviews as late as 2015 that Vicki Pate was tracking down his family history. But he continued to deliver craftily-worded answers to interview questions that gave the impression he was a person of color and that he had been the victim of hate crimes. source


Whole Sections Of Arizona No Longer Functioning Under United States Control

Mexican drug cartels operate freely 70 miles north of the border in Arizona

EDITOR’S NOTE: Obama is relinquishing American sovereignty that same way you eat a sandwich, one bite at a time. From giving up control of the Internet to allowing tens of thousands of Illegals to pour across the border, America is being divested of it’s power. Now hundreds of square miles in southern US border towns are no longer functionally under control of t United States local or federal law enforcement agencies. You are watching the disintegration of our once great nation, but honestly, no one really seems to care. Do you?

FLORENCE, Arizona — “Nobody does,” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told Breitbart News when asked who has operational control of this region of the United States of America. Babeu was on a helicopter tour of Mexican drug cartel scout locations in caves in the side of mountains throughout the desert about 70 miles inside the U.S. border. Essentially, that means U.S. sovereignty is gone for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of square miles throughout the American southwest.

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Babeu was leading the helicopter tour with Dr. Ben Carson, a GOP presidential candidate, after briefing Carson on everything happening at the border.

Among other things that Babeu showed Carson and Breitbart News on this helicopter tour were how this far inside the border on high ground there are scores of scout sites where cartel operatives serve as lookouts for smugglers bringing drugs, people and other contraband into the country.

If they can operate up to this degree, 70 miles north of the border, in law enforcement we call that a clue,” Babeu said in a brief exclusive interview outside the helicopter after landing back at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. The lack of United States sovereignty this deep into the country is highly concerning to Carson, who told Breitbart News that this shouldn’t be happening.

We should stop them at the border,” Carson said. “They shouldn’t be 70 miles inside the border. We should stop them at the border. As the sheriff indicated, if we were to take like 6,000 troops and put them at the border, you wouldn’t have those people coming inside the border.” source


Obama Winning ‘Game Of Thrones Battle With Hillary Clinton In Servergate Scandal

 

Hillary Clinton is careening toward possible criminal charges involving her alleged mishandling of classified material on her personal email server while she was secretary of State. And President Obama is driving the bus.

She and her team have, of course, reverted to form, blaming everyone but themselves: a “right-wing conspiracy,” The New York Times, overzealous investigators. What they are missing, however, is the one figure who wants her taken out politically, and who has the power to do it.

She and Mr. Obama have a long history as frenemies. Recall Mr. Obama’s rejoinder at a 2008 debate, when Mrs. Clinton touted her likability: “You’re likable enough.” Or recall President Bill Clinton’s famous put-down of Mr. Obama: “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.”

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Beyond the bad blood, however, Mr. Obama has a more important reason for doing her in. As I have written previously, he needs a successor he can control. Over the years, including recently, he has waxed rhapsodic over a possible third term to continue his “fundamental transformation of the nation.” Mrs. Clinton will not provide it; therefore, she must be sidelined.

If Mr. Obama does not want an investigation to go forward, it does not go forward. Witness the scandals involving the Internal Revenue Service, Benghazi, Veterans Administration and Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning. In each case, Mr. Obama claimed he learned about the scandal “from the news.” (That’s interesting coming from a guy who claims he only rarely watches or reads said “news.”)

He then expressed his “outrage” and vowed to “get to the bottom” of each scandal. Of course, it’s tough to “get to the bottom” of something when you are the bottom of it.

In those cases, he protesteth too much. His faux outrage was a “tell” that he had no intention of investigating. In Mrs. Clinton’s case, he’s been quiet. Too quiet. That’s a “tell” that he wants this investigation pursued, likely to the point of charging her.

The Hillary Clinton Email Scandal, In Two-and-a-Half Minutes

He has others talking, however. Each week, there are damaging new leaks about her personal email and server: that despite her denials, she did, in fact, have top-secret and other highly classified materials on the server, that the FBI is conducting a criminal probe and the bureau is “optimistic” it can retrieve the wiped data, that she may have had a second server, that her top aides — Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan — are now also in investigators’ sights. Mr. Obama is a clever dark knight: he’s not just going after the queen. He’s going after her court, too.

These leaks are not happening by accident.

Gen. David Petraeus, who was prosecuted for mishandling classified material in much more innocuous ways, claimed to a source of mine that Mrs. Clinton faces a “very tough legal environment.” Particularly, if Mr. Obama used the Petraeus prosecution to set the precedent to prosecute Mrs. Clinton: “I’m so sorry about this, but my hands are tied. The law is the law.” (It would be the first time in his presidency that the “law is the law,” but that’s another matter.)

It may be that Mr. Obama set her up from the start, giving her the green light to use a private server. The White House refuses to say whether she got prior approval, suggesting that they probably granted it. After all, a number of top administration folks had private accounts: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, among others. But they didn’t use private email exclusively for government business the way Mrs. Clinton did, nor did they expose classified material. They also weren’t likely presidential candidates. It could be that Mr. Obama gave her the OK knowing that he could use it against her at the opportune moment. Which would be now.

This brings us to the certain presidential candidacy of Vice President Joe Biden, the one person who can effectively give Mr. Obama that third term. Indications are that he is seriously contemplating it, making initial plans, reaching out to potential donors, and benefiting from the Obamaites whipping up Biden buzz. The White House is even floating the idea of one-term for Mr. Biden, to reassure voters that they wouldn’t be making a long-term commitment (even though, as an extension of Obama’s presidency, it would be.)

Like the Clinton investigation, this is not by accident.

Once Mr. Biden joins the race, he will enjoy the full backing of Mr. Obama. With Mrs. Clinton gone, however, Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden will have to make it up to Democratic women and the radical left, which is currently flirting with socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders.

There is only one person who kills both birds with one stone: Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Democratic ticket will be Joe Biden-Elizabeth Warren. That’s what Mr. Obama wants. And what Mr. Obama wants, Mr. Obama gets.

This is “Game of Thrones.” And Mr. Obama is winning. source


One of the World’s Most Respected Investors Predicts 2016 Stock Crash

One of the World’s Most Respected Investors Predicts 2016 Stock Crash

Posted on August 19, 2015 by Tru News

Jeremy Grantham thinks US stocks could crash next year. Grantham is the founder of GMO, a firm that manages $118 billion. He’s widely respected for warning about the 2000 market crash and the 2008 financial crisis. Although most large money managers will tell you to always be in the market (which means you will always …

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China’s Richest Traders Flee Stocks as the Masses Pile In

China’s Richest Traders Flee Stocks as the Masses Pile In

Posted on August 19, 2015 by Tru News

Two months into China’s stock rout, the dynamics of the declines are becoming clearer: The wealthiest investors have been the quickest to bail out of the market. The number of traders with more than 10 million yuan ($1.6 million) of shares in their accounts shrank by 28 percent in July, even as those with less …

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Whole Sections Of Arizona No Longer Functioning Under United States Control

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 07:44 AM PDT

MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS OPERATE FREELY 70 MILES NORTH OF THE BORDER IN ARIZONA

EDITOR’S NOTE: Obama is relinquishing American sovereignty that same way you eat a sandwich, one bite at a time. From giving up control of the Internet to allowing tens of thousands of Illegals to pour across the border, America is being divested of it’s power. Now hundreds of square miles in southern US border towns are no longer functionally under control of the United States local or federal law enforcement agencies. You are watching the disintegration of our once great nation, but honestly, no one really seems to care. Do you?

“Nobody does,” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told Breitbart News when asked who has operational control of this region of the United States of America. Babeu was on a helicopter tour of Mexican drug cartel scout locations in caves in the side of mountains throughout the desert about 70 miles inside the U.S. border. Essentially, that means U.S. sovereignty is gone for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of square miles throughout the American southwest. FULL REPORT

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Bombs Found Planted at New Mexico Churches

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 07:37 AM PDT

Police are searching for clues after bombs were found planted this month outside of three houses of worship in New Mexico. On August 2, police responded to a call about an explosion at Calvary Baptist Church in Las Cruces, where reportedly a bomb had been wrapped in newspapers and placed into a mailbox that had been bolted to the wall. The force of the explosion ripped the mailbox from the building, throwing it approximately 150 feet.

“A house of worship should be a place of peace; making the act of violence especially troubling for us all,” wrote newly-installed pastor Kevin Glenn on Facebook following the incident. “Only our Lord is able to provide ultimate security to each of us through Jesus Christ. However, in our daily lives we must be wise and vigilant to do everything possible to provide an environment within which all can feel both welcome and secure.”

Earlier that morning, a bomb had also been detonated while a Roman Catholic congregation was in the middle of its 8 a.m. service. It had been placed in a garbage can near the front door of the facility. One witness told reporters that he heard a bang followed by the sound of shattering glass. FULL REPORT

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S. Korea orders civilian evacuation near western border, after exchanging fire with N. Korea

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 07:22 AM PDT

South Korean military shelled the North’s fringe zone in light of an obvious prior shelling from the North. South Korean military discharged many mounted guns shells over the outskirt on Thursday, the Yonhap news office reported. The assault came in light of evident shelling of the southern piece of the fringe zone by the North’s military. “A flood of apparently North Korean military shells was identified by (South Korea’s) against battery radar” at 3:52pm, a service authority said as refered to by the organization.

Prior the South Korean Defense Ministry said shelling from over the fringe was identified by counter-battery radar, however that the South didn’t return fire.No losses or harm on the ground was accounted for after the asserted shelling from the North. On the other hand, South Korea requested the clearing of regular people from the outskirt territory toward the west of the Korean Peninsula, where the episode happened.

As indicated by the KBS supporter in South Korea, the North’s shells focused on a military amplifier that has been telecasting hostile to Pyongyang promulgation over the fringe. North Korea has over and again requested the evacuation of such amplifiers, calling them provocative. In the wake of the flame trade, North Korea repeated its requests, saying promulgation must stop inside of 48 hours or military activity will result, as indicated by the South Korean Defense Ministry. SOURCE

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Social Security will be worthless by 2033

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 07:11 AM PDT

It’s become nearly a given among most Americans under the age of 45: By the time they are old enough to qualify for Social Security benefits, there won’t be any left to dole out. The bad news is, that’s partially true. The good news is, that’s only partially true. As noted by Myra Adams, writing recently in National Review Online, the government has essentially, albeit quietly, verified the worst fears of many regarding the long-term solvency of Social Security: Namely, that it isn’t, at least in its current form. She writes:

While engaging in the mundane task of gathering financial statements for a “secure retirement” meeting with my husband’s and my adviser, this Baby Boomer stumbled upon documented proof that our nation does not have the guts to confront one of its most serious economic problems. The realization came when I pulled from my files a document statement innocently titled, “Your Social Security Statement.” FULL REPORT

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July was likely Earth’s hottest month in what’s destined to be Earth’s hottest year

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 07:04 AM PDT

For planet Earth, no other month was likely as hot as this past July in records that go back to the late 1800s. What’s more, the globe is well on its approach to having its most smoking year on record. Both NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) have distributed information that reveal to it was the most blazing July on record. Since July is by and large the planet’s hottest time of year, most would agree temperatures this previous month were at or near their most elevated point ever.

NASA’s guide of July temperatures demonstrates substantial zones of much hotter than typical temperatures in the Pacific Northwest, western Europe, focal Asia and Africa. It additionally uncovers the obvious mark of the capable El Nino occasion, depicted by the much hotter than ordinary ocean surface temperatures in the eastern and focal tropical Pacific. FULL REPORT

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California now a water police state: State orders farmers not to water crops, violating century-old water rights

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 06:54 AM PDT

As California’s drought worsens and the availability of potable water continues to decline quickly, regulators in the state have become increasingly strict in imposing rules and fines in order to conserve what water remains. To do so, state drought regulators have gone to the extreme in recent days, proposing a first-of-its-kind fine of $1.5 million on a group of farmers they insist took water illegally.

As reported by The Associated Press, the fine, announced July 20 by the State Water Resources Control Board, is the first time a fine would be levied against an individual or district that retained senior water rights that are more than 100 years old, and which have historically provided them with immunity from mandatory water conservation requirements. In other words, the state board is now insisting that historic water rights – which these farmers have owned for a century – are no longer valid, and any use over what the board has imposed is now, suddenly, “illegal.” FULL REPORT

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China’s plan to destroy America from 7000 miles away

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 06:50 AM PDT

As a follow-up to the recent article from Naturalnews, exclusive Natural News story on the Tianjin explosion in China — which also covered military helicopters in Beijing and “kinetic retaliation” by the Pentagon using exotic space weapons — I’m offering additional analysis of the global war that’s already under way (and where it’s headed).

There are two things to disclose up front. First, make no mistake: I am pro America in all this. China is an evil, communist regime that enslaves its people and commits heinous crimes against humanity (such as the organ harvesting of political prisoners). Although I am extremely critical of the corrupt Obama regime currently in power in Washington, I am 100% pro-America and pro-freedom (and especially pro-Texas). I offer this information in the hope that America can defend itself against the crippling attacks that will soon be unleashed by China.

Secondly, I thought it was common knowledge that I speak conversational Mandarin Chinese and previously lived in Asia, but it seems a lot of people weren’t aware of that. I can only speak and listen to Mandarin, I cannot read it, so I rely on translators to help me read Chinese documents. (Documents from mainland China are written in “simplified” Chinese, while those from Taiwan are mostly written in traditional Chinese.) For many years, I have maintained contact with dissident sources in mainland China, and while they aren’t 100% accurate, they have proven reliable over time. FULL REPORT

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San Francisco earthquake: Is the ‘Big One’ coming?

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 06:05 AM PDT

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake on the Hayward fault line has increased fears that the ‘Big One’ could come any day. The Hayward fault line experienced a 4.0 magnitude earthquake at 6.49am (2.49pm BST), on August 18. The quake occurred in northern California, with the epicentre less than a mile north of Piedmont, north-east of Oakland.

Tuesday’s quake was preceded by another 4.0 tremor felt at the border of Fremont and Union City on July 21, the second it has experience in less than a month as reported by the US Geological Survey. However, Hayward has not experienced a major seismic event since 1868. Recently the Mainstream Media has even warned of a coming “Mega-Quake” that would decimate cities on the West Coast. FULL REPORT

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New Mexico Infested with huge desert-resistant biting bugs

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 05:51 AM PDT

The Black Rock Desert, New Mexico, site for this year’s Burning Man has been inundated with biting bugs, it emerged this week. Several photos uploaded to Twitter this week showed swarms of bugs, both on the ground and in the air.  User @khloestarr shared one such photograph, writing: ‘Bugs on the playa this year. Not normal.

Shouldn’t a dust storm knock them out? Like Burningman [sic] wasn’t gross enough.’ On Tuesday, a blog post on the page for Voices of Burning Man reported on the insects’ presence. Blogger John Curley wrote: ‘You may have seen the bug rumors on the internet. ‘We are here to tell you that they are all true. ‘Well maybe not all of the rumors, but the bugs are real. ‘They’re everywhere. They bite. They crawl all over you. They get up and in you.’ FULL REPORT

 

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WAR DRUMS: North and South Korea Exchange Fire as Tensions Mount

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 05:07 AM PDT

BREAKING NEWS – South Korea on Thursday fired dozens of shells into North Korea after detecting a rocket fired across the heavily-militarised border, pushing already elevated cross-border tensions to dangerously high levels. Direct exchanges of fire across the inter-Korean land border are extremely rare, mainly, analysts say, because both sides recognise the risk for a sudden and potentially disastrous escalation between two countries that technically remain at war.

Thursday’s incident came amid heightened tensions following mine blasts that maimed two members of a South Korean border patrol earlier this month and the launch this week of a major South Korea-US military exercise that infuriated Pyongyang. 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.

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

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

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

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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

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

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

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

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Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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Millennials Have Turned Away From ‘Cool’ Christianity, But Traditional Churches Are Making A Comeback

Millennials need the church, now more than ever, but they need the church to just be the church. Concert entertainment, coffee, and friends can be easily found. But as Evans wrote, “Church is the only place you can get ashes smudged on your forehead as a reminder of your mortality.” If churches return to the liturgy and tradition that has always sustained them, the pews will fill back up again. Until then, Millennials and other generations won’t find what they’re really looking for.

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Feminists: Defend the Body, Not the Frankenstein

It now appears that the criticism of the abortionists has not been wholly accurate. It’s not that they have calculated fetusus to be worthless but rather that the fetuses are worth less than the sum of their parts. Babies who have been aborted to “save them from being unwanted” by their parents are, conveniently for the humanitarian corporation, highly desirable commodities.

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Shh. If You Suspect He’s Religious, Don’t Ask. If He Is, Don’t Tell

This new Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has comes full circle in the military, too. The same service that once barred gays and lesbians from service now punishes chaplains who quote their scripture in dealing with questions of sex outside of traditional marriage. One case didn’t even involve sexual ethics at all; Navy Captain Joe Lawhorn received disciplinary action for explaining how he relies on Scripture to overcome depression, hardly a novel approach for any Christian minister.

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“These Mothers Don’t Know”

“It really wore me down,” she said. “The environment, it’s morbid. You can hear screaming. You can hear crying.” While she worked for StemExpress, O’Donnell started her days by reviewing sheets of tissue orders. One such sheet shown in the video listed the need for a liver from a baby at 18 to 22 weeks gestation for UCLA, a 14-week pancreas for the University of Massachusetts, and a 16- to 18-week brain that was “complete but can be in pieces” for Temple University.

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Twenty Unnecessary Years

Sadly, for twenty unnecessary years, Israel and God occupied the same house but in an estranged fashion. For twenty unnecessary years, Israel refused the rescue of God and suffered under the domination of the Philistines. For twenty unnecessary years the Ark of the Covenant remained unmoved and there was no mention of a tent or corporate house of worship

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Why Is Norman Lear Sounding More Like Archie Bunker?

Civics courses were an early casualty of an educational establishment that increasingly regarded America as the great problem in the world and the fountainhead of all things evil—racism, sexism, and homophobia, not to mention the misuse of the environment, and the killing of Cecil the lion. Formerly, it was thought that there is something distinctive and worth perpetuating about America to which immigrants should conform, but now the traditional metaphor of the “melting pot” is widely seen as repressive of minorities.  

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When America Put Pastors in Prison

The troubles in Virginia generated a backlash, as Enlightened elites and evangelical Christians alike called for a new era of religious freedom. That reaction birthed the most important statutes regarding religious liberty in American history. Backed by legions of Baptists and other evangelicals, Madison and Jefferson finally secured the adoption of the Bill for Establishing Religious Liberty in 1786, stopping formal support for the Church of England and promising an end to religious persecution. That law was the critical precedent for Madison’s religion clauses in the First Amendment

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Scalia Gets It Pretty Much Right

That is exactly what Scalia predicted in his dissent to Lawrence when he responded to the majority’s insistence that its decision had no implications for the issue of gay marriage. “Don’t you believe it,” Scalia retorted. “If moral disapprobation of homosexual conduct is ‘no legitimate state interest’… what justifications can there possibly be for denying the benefits of marriage to homosexual couples?” He was right, and there is no reason that the logic of his argument should stop there.

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7th Shocking Video Catches Planned Parenthood Harvesting Brain of Aborted Baby Who Was Still Alive

You’d think that it couldn’t get any worse than it already is for abortion mill Planned Parenthood (PP), but with each new video released by The Center for Medical Progress, the American people discover yet another heinous procedure being done on human beings for the purpose of “medical research.” Life News has the story:

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The pro-life advocates behind the five shocking videos exposing Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies for research have released a 6th video today that shows how the abortion business sells body parts of aborted babies without patient consent.

The video features Holly O’Donnell, a licensed phlebotomist who unsuspectingly took a job as a “procurement technician” at the fetal tissue company and biotech start-up StemExpress in late 2012. That’s the company that acts as a middleman and purchases the body parts of aborted babies from Planned Parenthood to sell to research universities and other places.

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/08/19/7th-shocking-video-catches-planned-parenthood-harvesting-brain-of-aborted-baby-who-was-still-alive/


Now it is Infanticide

Two more videos have been released by the Centre for Medical Progress and they keep getting more and more horrific. What Planned Parenthood is getting away with is criminal. They should be shut down immediately and their leaders thrown in prison.

The sixth video documents how women are not even being informed or giving consent about where aborted fetal tissue being supplied to buyers. Holly O’Donnell said that when she came to work each day, she and her StemExpress coworkers had access to Planned Parenthood’s logs and patient records

so they could plan what kinds of “supply” they would be able to procure that day. Even patients coming to the clinic for a simple pregnancy test could be considered part of their agenda for the day. “Pregnancy tests are potential pregnancies, therefore potential specimens,” O’Donnell said. “So it’s just taking advantage of the opportunities.”
O’Donnell described the women she worked with as “cold” and uncaring about the patients who were oftentimes throwing up and crying in the clinics. She said she’s seen women who expressed doubt about having an abortion, and every time a woman would ask her what to do, she’d advise them to run away from the clinic — despite getting in trouble for doing so. “I’m not going to tell a girl to kill her baby so I can get money, and that’s what this company does,” O’Donnell said.

pp 27But it is the horrific revelation from the seventh video that is really hard to stomach. It also involves O’Donnell, a former procurement technician at StemExpress. Her story goes as follows:

At Mar Monte’s Alameda clinic in San Jose a co-worker named Jessica brought over the most fully developed baby she had ever seen and said, “I want you to see something kind of cool.” There she saw the “closest thing to a [fully-developed] baby I’ve seen.”
“It had a face. It wasn’t completely torn up,” she said. “Its nose was very pronounced. She has one of her instruments, and she taps the heart, and it starts beating.” “I’m looking at this fetus, and it’s heart is beating,” O’Donnell said in astonishment. “I don’t know if that constitutes it’s technically dead, or it’s alive,” she continued.
Dr. Ben Van Handel, the vice president of Novogenix Laboratories, says on the video “there are times when, after the [abortion] procedure is done, that the heart is still beating.” O’Donnell said that, after showing her the child’s beating heart, Jessica told her, “This is a really good fetus, and it looks like we can procure a lot from it.”
She then asked O’Donnell to remove the baby’s brain with scissors through the baby’s face. “I can’t even describe what that feels like,” O’Donnell said. “That was the moment I knew I couldn’t work for the company anymore…even if it was the cure for some disease.”

Wow. What can anyone say? But we must say something. We must speak out. And many already have been speaking out. Rush Limbaugh could barely control himself on his radio broadcast about this diabolical butchery:

In case I didn’t make myself clear, I… (disgusted sigh) It’s just tough. The point about the latest video from Planned Parenthood is that the brain harvested from the aborted baby was taken while the baby was still alive, folks. That’s why the StemExpress woman is marveling. She’s holding it. She’s holding it in her hand. It’s actually a baby. It’s a baby.
She says (summarized), “It’s a fetus! I can’t believe it. You just tap it and its heart starts beating.” Not for long. (disgusted sigh) Not for long because Planned Parenthood was right there to harvest the brain. It’s just… I don’t know, folks. I just… I don’t know how talk about this anymore. (long pause) As I say, it’s just unspeakable.

Lila Rose, President of Live Action, said this:

Today we learned of another life cut short by Planned Parenthood, a fully formed baby still intact with a heart still beating as technicians carve his little face in order to harvest a brain. It is difficult to even speak of such horror, and yet our nation allows and even funds these atrocities against our weakest children. This little one is among the hundreds of thousands of lives extinguished every year by Planned Parenthood, a corporation that taxpayers are forced to fund with over a half billion dollars a year while the abortion giant harvests, traffics and profits from the illegal sale of baby organs. It is time for people of decency to fully embrace the humanity and dignity of these innocents and demand an end to these barbaric acts of violence and cruelty. It is time to protect women and children by defunding and shutting down the abusive and criminal enterprise that is Planned Parenthood.

And of course all this harvesting, buying and selling of baby parts – and now, even infanticide – is on top of the core business of PP: baby killing. As Becky Yeh writes, some 7 million unborn babies have been slaughtered by PP over the years:

In July of 1970, Planned Parenthood Center of Syracuse became the first free-standing abortion facility in the nation, just one day after New York legalized abortion. That year, Planned Parenthood reported an estimated 100 abortions.
As the passage of abortion legislation dominoed across the country, Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers spiked the following years, reaching approximately 5,000 in 1973. The Roe v. Wade decision that year paved the way for abortion-on-demand across the country, propelling Planned Parenthood forward as America’s largest abortion chain. In 40-plus years, Margaret Sanger’s corporation grew to become a billion dollar enterprise, killing over 320,000 preborn babies every year.
Based on calculations from 1970, Planned Parenthood has killed over 7 million preborn lives.

And American taxpayers subsidise this appalling baby killing. But, Australians might say, at least we are not paying for this. Yes we are. As Miranda Devine reminds us, “we provide more than $30 million in foreign aid to the international arm of Planned Parenthood, for ‘reproductive health’ activities in the Pacific and Asia.”

She says, “NSW MP Fred Nile wants funding stopped: ‘The Australian Government is aiding the organisation’s unethical, inhumane practice of utilising foetal tissue as a commodity and for monetary gain.’ But the response of the government is just business as usual.”

So we too are involved in all of this. We too are subsidising slaughter on a mass scale. And we too, at least indirectly, are all implicated in taking live babies, slicing open their heads with a scissors, and extracting their brains. You now know.

But the good news is, this is even forcing longstanding pro-aborts to reconsider their position. Consider one such pro-abortion advocate, Ruben Avarrette, writing in the Daily Beast. The title is explosive: “I Don’t Know if I’m Pro-Choice After Planned Parenthood Videos.” He writes:

For the last 30 years, I’ve supported abortion rights. This year may be different.
The only thing I hate more than talking about abortion is writing about it. It’s no accident that, in 2,000 columns over a quarter-century, I have never—ever—written about abortion. I’ve avoided the topic like a root canal.
But that is getting harder to do with the release of what are now five gruesome, albeit edited, undercover videos by The Center for Medical Progress depicting doctors and other top officials of Planned Parenthood discussing, and even laughing about, the harvesting of baby organs, as casually as some folks talk about the weather.
It’s jarring to see doctors acting as negotiators as they dicker over the price of a fetal liver, heart, or brain, and then talk about how they meticulously go to the trouble of not crushing the most valuable body parts. This practice is perfectly legal, and for some people, it is just a business. With millions of abortions each year in America, business is good….
David Daleiden, head of The Center for Medical Progress, issued an unsurprisingly stronger statement: “Planned Parenthood’s system-wide conspiracy to evade the law and make money off of aborted fetal tissue is now undeniable. Anyone who watches these videos knows that Planned Parenthood is engaged in barbaric practices and human rights abuses that must end.”
I agree with that assessment, and I’m pro-choice. At least I thought I was until recently. These days, each time, I express concern, outrage, disgust, or horror over another video—which should come with warnings that they may produce nightmares—some supporter of the organization responds by attacking me and insisting that I was never really pro-choice to begin with.

He concludes: “For those of us who are pro-choice, the Planned Parenthood videos are a game changer. As to whether that means I’ll change my view, I’m not sure. I’m on the bubble. Ask me in a few weeks, after the release of more videos.”

Well, this piece was written a week before the most recent video was released. If he can claim to still be pro-abortion after watching video seven, then he is not a human being, but a heartless piece of stone. So is anyone who can still support baby killing after watching these videos. And at least another five videos are forthcoming.

These videos most certainly are a game changer. They change everything. No civilised society can ever go down this path with a clear conscience again. No one can ever say, “But we didn’t know”. You now know – you now fully know. So what is your response? More business as usual?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/08/12/whistleblower-drops-shocking-allegations-about-fetal-tissue-procurement-process-involving-planned-parenthood-these-mothers-dont-know/
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-i-saw-an-aborted-babys-heart-beating-outside-his-body-new-undercov?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=efc8e92740-LifeSiteNews_com_Intl_Headlines_06_19_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0caba610ac-efc8e92740-326193646
http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2015/08/19/what_s_contained_in_the_latest_planned_parenthood_video_is_simply_unspeakable
http://liveactionnews.org/breaking-brain-harvested-from-intact-baby-with-a-beating-heart-says-eyewitness-inside-planned-parenthood/
http://liveactionnews.org/planned-parenthood-has-committed-over-7-million-abortions-since-1970/
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/miranda-devine-planned-parenthood-scam-shows-us-evil-has-a-way-of-creeping-into-the-world/story-fni0cwl5-1227456749468
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/10/i-don-t-know-if-i-m-pro-choice-anymore.html


Planned Parenthood Whistleblower: Heart of Aborted Fetus Was Still Beating

A whistleblower describes extracting brain tissue from a fetus whose heart was still beating, in a seventh undercover video targeting Planned Parenthood that was released Wednesday morning.

Holly O’Donnell used to help collect aborted fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood clinics as a former lab technician for the California-based biomedical company Stem Express. She appears in past footage released by anti-abortion investigator David Daleiden, and in the latest video, she says she was asked by a colleague named “Jessica” to handle an aborted fetus whose heart was still beating.

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The Coddling of the American Mind – Church & Culture Blog

In 1987, Allan Bloom dropped a cultural bomb on to U.S. intellectual soil with his surprise bestseller, The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students. Bloom (now) famously opened his diatribe against cultural permissiveness and political correctness with the following words:
 
“There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.”
Fast forward to 2015.
 
In a cover article titled, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” authors Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt explore how in the name of “emotional well-being” college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like, and seeking punishment of those who give even accidental offense.
 
In other words, things aren’t just “relative” anymore. “A movement is arising… to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense.”
 
And, of course, the idea of what causes discomfort or gives offense is highly… relative.
 
Two terms loom large on today’s campuses: first, “microaggressions.” These are small actions or word choices that “seem on their face to have no malicious intent but that are thought of as a kind of violence nonetheless.”
 
The second term is “trigger warnings.” This is what a professor is expected to issue “if something in a course might cause a strong emotional response.”
 
Sound good on the surface?
 
Keep in mind the “relative” aspect.
 
During the 2014-2015 school year, the deans and department chairs at the 10 University of California system schools were presented by administrators at faculty leader-training sessions with examples of microaggressions. The list of offensive statements included: “America is the land of opportunity” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job.”
 
As Lukainoff and Haidt note, this is beyond political correctness. The ultimate aim, it seems, is to turn campuses into “safe spaces” where “young adults are shielded from words and ideas that make some uncomfortable… [and] this movement seeks to punish anyone who interferes with that aim.”
 
Ready for another term? Try “vindictive protectiveness.”
 
In essence, in the name of emotional well-being, students can eliminate anything they do not want to think about, read about, or be challenged about. And penalize those who would expose them to it.
 
How?
 
In the name of “offense.”
 
“Emotional reasoning dominates many campus debates and discussions,” write Lukianoff and Haidt. “A claim that someone’s words are ‘offensive’ is not just an expression of one’s own subjective feeling of offendedness. It is, rather, a public charge that the speaker has done something objectively wrong.”
 
For example, a student at Indiana University-Purdue read a book titled Notre Dame vs. the Klan, a book which honored student opposition to the Ku Klux Klan when it marched on Notre Dame in 1924. The cover of the book featured a picture of a Klan rally. Despite the book’s actual content, the student was found guilty of racial harassment by the university’s Affirmative Action Office.
 
Why?
 
Someone was “offended.”
 
Or consider “Hump Day” at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Inspired by Wednesday being known as “hump” day in the workweek, students would be allowed to see and pet a camel.
 
But a group of students created a Facebook group protesting the event for animal cruelty, for being a waste of money, and for being insensitive to people from the Middle East (despite the event being devoid of any reference to Middle Eastern peoples).
 
The event was canceled because the “program [was] dividing people and would make for an uncomfortable and possible unsafe environment.”
 
All to say, the “thin argument ‘I’m offended’ becomes an unbeatable trump card.”
 
This is breeding a generation to “focus on small or accidental slights.” Even more, to then “relabel the people who have made such remarks as aggressors.”
 
Lukianoff and Haidt rightly opine, “What are we doing to our students if we encourage them to develop extra-thin skin in the years just before they leave the cocoon of adult protection and enter the workforce? Would they not be better prepared to flourish if we taught them to question their own emotional reactions, and to give people the benefit of the doubt? … If students graduate believing that they can learn nothing from people they dislike or from those with whom they disagree, we will have done them a great intellectual disservice.”
 
They are right.
 
And it is a closing of the mind that goes beyond anything Bloom would have ever dreamed.
 
Except in a nightmare.
 
James Emery White
 
 
Sources
 
Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” The Atlantic, September 2016, pp. 42-52, read online.
 
Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students (Simon & Schuster, 1987)


Unraveling the Mystery of Biblical Prophecy

It is believed that up to as much as 30% of the Word of God deals with prophecy.  Some has been fulfilled; some has yet to come to pass.  Some is for Israel; some is for the Church.  And sometimes Biblical prophecy is fulfilled numerous times over numerous generations and situations. God has given us […]

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24 Questions for Jack Phillips, the Baker Who Gave Up Wedding Cakes for God

(The Daily Signal, by Ken McIntyre) Jack Phillips knows he can’t do anything about those who call him a hater. He says he just loves to get up each day to design and make cakes, cookies and brownies to honor God—and to make a living. This year, however, Phillips faces a loss of $100,000 or more […]

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Colo. marijuana legalization taking a toll

 

Baptist Press reports:

One Colorado “church” is pushing for its mountain town of 1,500 to become the nation’s first “sanctuary” for “therapeutic and spiritual users of cannabis.”

Legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado is taking a toll in heightened social services and employment issues but also may give the church new opportunities to share Christ.

Calling itself “Closer to the Heart Ministry,” the so-called church in Nederland, Colo., celebrates cannabis — the plant that produces marijuana — as mankind’s “tree of life.”
Baptist pastors in Colorado, however, see no safe haven from recreational marijuana’s toll since its legalization on Jan. 1, 2014.

http://www.bpnews.net/45331/colo-marijuana-legalization-taking-a-toll/


Bombs Found Planted at New Mexico Churches

 

According to Christian News Network:

Police are searching for clues after bombs were found planted this month outside of three houses of worship in New Mexico.

On August 2, police responded to a call about an explosion at Calvary Baptist Church in Las Cruces, where reportedly a bomb had been wrapped in newspapers and placed into a mailbox that had been bolted to the wall. The force of the explosion ripped the mailbox from the building, throwing it approximately 150 feet.

http://christiannews.net/2015/08/20/bombs-found-planted-at-new-mexico-churches/


Kathie Lee Shares Gospel in Tribute to Husband

Kathie Lee Shares Gospel in Tribute to Husband

Kathie Lee Gifford’s tribute to her late husband Frank Gifford is going viral on social media.

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Rev. Graham: “The God of Islam is Not the One True God of the Bible”

CNS News reports:

In reaction to news reports that 26-year-old Kayla Mueller was regularly raped by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before being killed, and that Islamists believe the Quran gives them permission to rape and that it pleases God, Christian evangelist Franklin Graham said “the god of Islam is not the one true God of the Bible.”

“Now it has been released that Kayla Mueller, the 26-year-old American aid worker captured by ISIS and killed in February, was repeatedly raped by ISIS top leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and another senior IS member,” said Rev. Graham in an Aug. 15 post on Facebook.

http://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/rev-graham-god-islam-not-one-true-god-bible/


Genetic research scientist: likely some aborted babies are “alive until their hearts are cut out”

(Breitbart News–by Dr. Susan Barry)  The biomedical scientist—who assisted the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) in its preparation to infiltrate Planned Parenthood and expose its practice of harvesting aborted baby parts for sale to biomedical companies—says she suspects that the “babies in some of these cases were alive until their hearts were cut out” for […]

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Hebrew Roots Pastor Jim Staley Found Guilty Of Fraud Gets 7 Year Prison Sentence

A controversial St. Charles pastor was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in federal prison and ordered to repay $3.3 million to elderly investors he defrauded in an investment scam.

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’t ever get involved with any sales and marketing schemes run by a church, any church. Christianity is not a business, and those who would use a congregation to get gain are not acting in accordance with the teachings of the Bible. You cannot successfully mix working for the Lord and working for the world.

Jim Staley, 40, pleaded guilty in April to four counts of wire fraud, admitting that he cheated others while making $570,000 for himself. In court Wednesday, some victims and their relatives called him “sick, manipulative and deceitful” and a “disgusting and sickening criminal.” They said some elderly investors trusted him because of his professed Christian faith and family values, and some because they were slipping into dementia. Officials said none of them was a member of his church.

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Staley began with basement Bible study, incorporated the Passion For Truth Ministries in 2008 and began live-streaming messages in 2009. He has since appeared on multiple Christian TV networks and radio stations nationwide. His church has about 200 local members, and an international following of believers in the “Hebrew Roots Movement,” who advocate adherence to the Old Testament Bible teachings.

Defense lawyer Scott Rosenblum asked the judge for a five-year term. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dianna Collins wanted something within the federal sentencing guidelines of nine to 11¼ years.

In ordering seven years, U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber cited Staley’s solid marriage and home life and his complete lack of a criminal record or any drug or alcohol abuse. But Webber also said Staley showed “very little interest so far in making restitution” and had repeatedly played down his crime.

In a 35-minute video response to critics posted in 2013, Staley insisted, “I was not conning little old ladies out of their money.” After his indictment last year, he blamed investor losses on an economic downturn.

Although he was warned after the guilty plea not to continue denying responsibility, he said in an Aug. 1 sermon that he simply was in “the wrong place at the wrong time” and had not yet been allowed to share his side. “I know the truth and my King knows the truth,” he said.

Because of those statements, Staley lost a credit that federal sentencing guidelines allow for accepting responsibility. He has repaid just $1,950 — a tiny fraction of the restitution owed to victims — despite an annual church salary of $127,000 and free rent in a $1 million house, according to court testimony.

Rosenblum described Staley’s acceptance of responsibility as a “process,” and said that after an epiphany last week, his client stopped parsing words and accepted that he had nefarious intentions at some point.

Holding back tears, Staley, in a blue button-down shirt and jeans, apologized to the court for being overzealous, not doing enough research on the investments and failing to warn investors of possible losses.

He vowed to repay victims, explaining, “My faith requires it.”

Victims and officials have said that Staley promised guaranteed returns, and persuaded some to cash in annuities, knowing it would result in “substantial” sums lost to penalties. They said he falsely claimed that billionaire Warren Buffet was an investor, and that companies were using the investments in their 401k plans.

Prosecutors said he continued to sell the investment — bundled life insurance policies — and recruit salespeople after realizing the product wasn’t selling and after being ordered to stop. He failed to tell investors about a state cease-and-desist order.

Staley worked as a sales agent for a California company named B&B Equity Group. Other agents and those who recruited them faced criminal investigations elsewhere.

Asked if it appeared that Staley truly accepted responsibility, Collins quoted an earlier statement by Rosenblum about some who put on different faces for different people. “That might just be the face that Staley put on today,” she said.

After the hearing, the daughter of a man who lost $155,000 said she thought Staley’s apology was “staged” for church members. Dozens of them showed up to support Staley — so many that spectators were sitting in the courtroom’s jury box and some were forced to stand. source


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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

With one very small edit (for clarity), below are the chapter headings for 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, presently on sale for only $1.99 (Kindle). Though not an overtly Christian book, the author does speak of how her faith in God helped her through the sudden loss of her mother and then, soon after, her 27-year-old husband.

Read it through the lens of Scripture to weed out anything contrary to Scripture, to identify principles and guidance that are consistent with Scripture (see chapter headings below), and to have these principles explained in more detail.

It’s on that latter point that I found the book most helpful. Many of these 13 strategies are biblical. But the Bible doesn’t give us all the detail about how to argue ourselves out of self-pity, how to set boundaries, etc. That’s where this book excels. Read it with Biblical spectacles, add spiritual analysis, spiritual motivation, and spiritual empowerment, and you have a God-designed package that combines the best of God’s special grace with the best of His common grace. As Jay Adams wrote (in a paragraph that I wish was more consistently applied in the rest of his writing):

I do not wish to disregard science, but rather I welcome it as a useful adjunct for the purposes of illustrating, filling in generalizations with specifics, and challenging wrong human interpretations of Scripture, thereby forcing the student to restudy the Scriptures (Competent to Counsel, 1970, xxi).

It’s not a book just for those who are feeling mentally weak; it’s also for those who want to improve their mental strength and to prepare for times when their resilience will be sorely tested. It will also help you minister to people who are struggling in these areas. Here are the chapter headings:

1. They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves.

2. They don’t allow everyone else to set their boundaries and expectations.

3. They don’t shy away from change.

4. They don’t focus on things they can’t control.

5. They don’t worry about pleasing everyone.

6. They don’t fear taking calculated risks.

7. They don’t dwell on the past.

8. They don’t make the same mistakes over and over.

9. They don’t resent other people’s success.

10. They don’t give up after the first failure.

11. They don’t fear alone time.

12. They don’t feel the world owes them anything.

13. They don’t expect immediate results.

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin.


How Does Joy Overflow in Love?

How Does Joy Overflow in Love?If joy in Christ is so important in Philippians, what about joy in people? Is that a compromise? Is it good? Well, you can’t read this letter and not see Paul exulting in his relationship with the Philippians.

He sets the stage in Philippians 1:3–5, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” When these believers come to his mind, joy happens and prayer overflows. And he says it’s because of their partnership with him in the gospel.

Partnership implies a wonderful linking of lives with other flesh and blood human beings for the sake of the gospel. Paul always links his joy in people with his joy in Christ. Some people, non-Christians and even Christians, do not feel loved when you describe your joy in them that way. Why is that? We’ll come back to that question.

Complete My Joy

Philippians 2:2 says, “Complete my joy.” Think about that. Paul is saying this to people: You complete my joy by having the same mind and the same love, not doing anything from rivalry, but rather counting others more significant than yourselves. Don’t only concern yourself with your own interests, but also with the interests of others. Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

So how will the Philippians complete Paul’s joy? By their unified desire to serve others the way Christ serves us. He links their giving him joy with their having the mind of Christ, which is the way he thinks all over the place. It’s precisely because Christ is being formed in them that he has such overflowing joy in them.

Another example is Epaphroditus in Philippians 2:29. Paul sends Epaphroditus back to the Philippians. Epaphroditus had brought a gift from them to Paul, and Paul is sending Epaphroditus back, probably carrying this letter. Paul writes, “Receive him in the Lord with all joy.” In other words, let the coming of this person you love make you happy. Receive him with all joy.

He goes on to say, “Honor such men, for he nearly died for the work of Christ.” There it is again. Honor — take and express joy in — kind of men? Men who love the gospel so much, love Christ so much, that they are wiling to risk their lives for him. This is not just abstract joy in a friend. It is joy that is rooted most deeply in that friend’s being the kind of person who lays down his life for the gospel.

My Joy and Crown

Philippians 4:1 says, “Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown.” Paul calls the Philippians his joy. You are my joy, my crown. What does that mean? In what way are they the crown of Paul’s life and the joy of Paul’s life? I think the answer is given back in Philippians 2:16, “[Hold] fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.” In other words, if you will hold fast to Christ, if you will hold fast to the word of Christ, then we will arrive together in the presence of Christ. Your whole faith, your whole life — delighting in Christ and following Christ and living a life worthy of the gospel — will be my joy and my crown. You will be the living evidence that my life succeeded in pointing you to Christ and the value of his Word. And that will be my joy.

One last text. Philippians 4:10 says, “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me.” You are making me glad. You have remembered me. You have revived your concern. And you have sent Epaphroditus and brought me gifts. And I am thrilled. And then in Philippians 4:17 he steps back and says, “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.” In other words, ultimately what was making him glad as he saw the revived concern that they had for him was that they were not just offering something to him, they were offering something to God.

The Great Fountain of Love

Every time Paul refers to his joy in his friends, he also refers to his joy in Christ as necessarily connected with it. His delight in other people is coming out of his delight in Christ, and it is aiming at their deeper and greater delight in Christ.

So what if someone will say: “I don’t feel loved when you talk that way. I feel used when you talk that way.” Why would a person say that? Paul says: “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8). For Paul, the greatest happiness resides in seeing, knowing, relating to the greatest person in the universe, Jesus Christ. He believes Christ alone is all-satisfying. And so that is what he wants for other people, as well.

What if a person doesn’t share that value? Christ is not precious to them above their own life or above their family or above their things. They hear you talking like your love for them is coming from your love for him, and your love for them wants them to know that. But they don’t believe in that. They cannot experience that as love, because what they want is for you to make much of them.

That person may say to you: I think Christianity has made you an unloving person. That makes total sense inside of their worldview. It does. And it’s a false worldview. It is a worldview without Philippians 3:8. When that happens, you have to take a deep breath, be patient, and realize they can’t see it any other way. They can’t feel it any other way, because they can’t make sense out of a Christ-centered love, because they are not Christ-centered. At least not yet.

So let us treasure Jesus Christ above all things, and let us enjoy each other and serve each other toward that great end.

This video is the fifth of a six-part series on the theme of joy in the book of Philippi-ans. John Piper walks us through a short study of how to understand joy, pursue it for ourselves, and then apply it in all of life. Here are the other videos in the series:

Part 1: How Do You Define Joy?

Part 2: What Is Christian Hedonism?

Part 3: What Is the Secret of Joy in Suffering?

Part 4: Do We Have to Enjoy God to Believe?

Part 5: How Does Joy Overflow in Love?

Part 6: Does Joy Die in Sorrow? (August 27)


Forgive yourself of sins?

Sin is a word for which we should keep as strictly-defined a definition as possible, straying only under duress. The apostolic definition is lawlessness (1 John 3:4; cf. Romans 5:13). The definition from Piper’s Baptist catechism also works: “Sin is transgression of the revealed will of God which teaches that we are to act in perfect holiness from a heart of faith to the glory of God.”

The Bible is really serious about this. How serious?  Well, think of someone who really, really sinned badly against people — sexually used one, had another killed, betrayed the trust of scores and hundreds. Of course, you know I am thinking of King David. And you know right where I’m going, to his head-scratching confession in Psalm 51:4 — “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.” On the face of it, this is simply an absurd statement. “You only”? What of Bathsheba? What of his own wife/wives? What of Uriah?

Yet David knew the truth that most deeply offends atheists, humanists, everyone who’s bought the big lie: sin is only sin because God defines it as sin. Sin is sin because God says it is sin. Spouse betraying spouse, children failing to honor parents, neighbor slandering or robbing neighbor — all these are sins because God says they are sins.

Apart from God, there would be no sin. All sin is, in the final analysis, against God; for without God there would be no sin. And so, as I have heard D. A. Carson say well more than once, in all sin, God is the primary offended party.

Back to the notion of forgiving yourself. It simply is faddish, man-exalting nonsense to speak of forgiving yourself. In your sin, you aren’t the wronged party. If you (or I) really think that it is meaningful to speak of forgiving ourselves for our sins, then I don’t think we’ve got that whole repentance thing straight. It isn’t our own forgiveness which we need. It is, of course, God’s forgiveness, a forgiveness that cost the Son of God His lifeblood (Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:13-14, 22; 10:4).

It is only meaningful to speak of forgiveness of ourselves, then (A) by God, (B) of sin (C) against God, extended to us only (D) because of the shed blood of Christ, through whom alone we can find forgiveness. Secondarily, it is meaningful to speak of horizontal forgiveness of people upon repentance (that is not the focus of this post; but I can recommend a great book on the subject). But we know that God does command us to repent of our wrongs against others, to pursue restitution for those wrongs. We do those things because God calls us to do them. He defines my sin against my brother, He calls me to repent and pursue restitution and reconciliation (and commands me to forgive those who repent of sins against me). It’s still all about God, and it’s a subject of direct Biblical teaching.

Forgiving myself, however? Never. Biblically meaningless at best.


An Imperfect Mom Is Still a Good Mom

I can still remember sitting with my last baby in the hospital, comfortably secure in the space between the energized adrenalin of post-birth and the life awaiting at home. By this time, I knew what to expect in terms of the family adjustment to come.

There would be the sad and displaced former-youngest, needing plenty of one-on-one time. The older kids to reign in in terms of discipline. There would be the normal marital adjustments. There would be a need for greater flexibility in terms of routine and schedule. There would be many little changes necessary to every aspect of our lives, and it was all these things I looked ahead to as I sat cradling Will, enjoying this last experience of becoming a mom—again.

But what evaded my forward glance was a shocking but painful reality awaiting: I would not be the mother of my dreams.

“Perfect Mother” was out of the question. My blotted record had shown me that already. But maybe “Good Mother” could be enough for my little ones.

For no sooner had I cut the hospital bracelets off my wrists upon returning home than I was awakened to the imperfection and limitations of this new life I had created. The baby was gassy and fussy. The toddler remained high-spirited as ever, her high energy no match for my low supply. The older kids lived in a cycle of school and after-school activities, none of which seemed to mesh with my new sleep schedule—three hours here, one hour there. I became discouraged quickly and realized that I was going to have to employ a new parenting strategy to survive.

“Perfect Mother” was out of the question. My blotted record had shown me that already. But maybe “Good Mother” could be enough for my little ones.

The months following Will’s arrival were marked by pain as God began to strip away my perfectionism slowly, day by challenging day. But they were also months marked by great grace as He began to free me from the exhaustion of unrealistic expectations. Throughout there were countless truths that became clearer with each unrealized goal, each interrupted plan.

Get the Source of Perfection Right

He has accomplished perfection on our behalf, emptying our lives of the need to strive for what cannot be humanly had.

There is only one ultimate root of perfection, and it is found in the person of Christ. Hebrews directs us to fix our eyes on Christ, who is the author and perfecter of our faith (12:2). Christ alone lived a perfect life, ultimately dying in our place so that we could stand before God faultless. Faultless! No longer guilty of the imperfection and sin that stains our every day. He has accomplished perfection on our behalf, emptying our lives of the need to strive for what cannot be humanly had. This is unparalleled news for mothers. Your limitation is covered at the cross!

Focus on Perfect Promises

God is a God of promises. He makes them, and He promises not to break them once He has committed. Scripture teaches us that God is with us when our yoke is heavy (Matt. 11:29). It promises that God generously gives us wisdom when we ask for it (James 1:5). To be unfamiliar with God’s promises is to face the day without armor, emptied of strength. Know His perfect promises, and you will surely see them manifest in your life, day after challenging day.

Focus on Your Strengths

Know your passions, as they are likely your strengths. There are the crafty moms and the serving moms. The academic moms and the organized room moms. There are the ministry moms and the soccer moms.

To be unfamiliar with God’s promises is to face the day without armor, emptied of strength.

We will all be one of the types, but none of us will be all of the types. The surest means of burnout is to try and be all moms in one. Each of us is uniquely gifted by God to be who He has made us to be, and within the framework of motherhood this allows for great freedom of expression and individuality. Be you, and enjoy it!

Lower Your Expectations

This is the white flag of surrender to perfectionist moms. But it is necessary to daily lay down false expectations for our reality, or we will become oh-so-weary so very quickly. It has been my experience that roughly half or less of all my mothering goals are realized, and after twelve years in, this seems to be a rule, not an exception. Though this flawed record can discourage me at times, I try to accept that my desires will always supersede the realities of mom-life.

In his book No Little People, Francis Schaeffer warns against the fight toward perfection when he states, “If we insist on perfection or nothing, we get nothing every time.” There is a piece of me that would love to claim the title of “Perfect Mom,” and I am sure that you would, too. It would be such an honor, such a crown. But since “perfect” is well beyond our grasp, why not strive for “Good Mom”? I am.

And truthfully, life has been much more enjoyable on the other side of perfect.

If you enjoyed this post, you may want to read “Super Woman Is Not God’s Goal for You.”


10 Descriptors of Bad Teachers and Bad Leaders

By Chuck Lawless

Several times in my teaching career, I’ve asked graduate students to give me descriptions of the worst teachers they’ve had. During those same years, I’ve watched leaders, discussed leadership, and read leadership books to learn characteristics of good and bad leaders. Perhaps not surprisingly, I’ve seen that some of the characteristics of bad teachers and bad leaders are the same.

  1. They don’t communicate well. Sometimes they just don’t communicate; they expect others to read their mind and meet their unstated expectations. At other times, they are simply boring when they do try to communicate.
  2. They make others feel dumb. They don’t miss many opportunities to point out when others are wrong. Nor do they miss a chance to show others how much they know. Eventually, no one speaks up around them – and the worst teachers and leaders are too unaware to recognize they are often the problem.
  3. They’re disorganized. Maybe they’re just so busy that it’s hard to stay on top of everything, or maybe they’re just plain disorganized. Either way, they usually can’t figure out why others struggle with following their unclear – and often changing – directions.
  4. They’re disconnected. Many are the students and staff members who are frustrated by teachers and leaders who are nowhere to be found. When the teacher or leader fails to build relationships, those he teaches or leads become means to an end – not people created in the image of God.
  5. They’re lazy. It’s clear from their lack of passion that they lost their focus and energy years ago. They know nothing new, and their teaching/leading has not changed in decades. They may think others don’t realize they’re just “going through the motions,” but they’re kidding no one.
  6. They are arrogant. You know what this trait looks like, even in Christian organizations. These teachers and leaders always talk about themselves. Any sense of humility seems to be forced; in fact, others see it as only another way to point out how good they are.
  7. They’re critical. Not only do they criticize others, but even more importantly, they almost never praise others. The only time you hear from them is when they want to correct something.
  8. They don’t know what they’re talking about. Some teachers don’t know their material well, and some leaders don’t know their field well. In some cases, both have been given their positions for some reason other than their know-how – and it’s obvious.
  9. They don’t enjoy their work. People who spend time with them learn quickly that they have no joy in their day-to-day tasks. Their smiles are forced and their laughter is infrequent.
  10. Their Christian walk is debatable. That is, some who know them best question the depth of their walk with God – primarily because the leaders they are in public are not always the people they are in private. Needless to say, this problem is, among all these listed here, the most serious one for Christian teachers and leaders.

Recognizing that all of us probably show some of these characteristics at times, what other characteristics would you add to this list?

Be sure to check out Dr. Lawless’ daily blog posts at http://www.chucklawless.com. Chuck Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary. You can connect with Dr. Lawless on both Twitter and Facebook.

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Check out

Blogs

New Research: Divorce Divides More Than Just Families | Ed Stetzer
“Pastors are divided about when divorce is sinful and whether or not they would perform the wedding of someone who is divorced.”

The 7th Planned Parenthood Video | Justin Taylor
Nooooooooooo! Long time since my whole being shuddered. I couldn’t get past 6.30.

How Should our Churches Deal with the After Effects of Abortion? | 20 Schemes: Sharon Dickens
“Scotland has the second highest percentage of teenage abortions in the world (Cuba being the highest).”

Recover and Redemption after a Failed Adoption | Biblical Counseling Coalition: Joshua Waulk
A failed adoption presents the Christian family with an emotional trauma that is at once a crisis of faith and an opportunity for the gospel to expand the borders of belief.

Faithfulness in College is Life-Wide | TGC: Stephen Lutz
“In order for academic work to glorify God we have to see it as a high calling, but not the be-all, end-all.”

What is Cage-Stage Calvinism? And what causes it? | R C Sproul Jr.
“Cage­-Stage describes an all too common phenomenon wherein a believer comes to embrace the doctrines of grace, and for a time becomes an obnoxious lout in defending the doctrines to all comers, whether they are interested or not. It suggests that such a newbie should spend some time in a cage until they calm down. If you are a Calvinist you likely have been through this stage. If you are not, you surely have encountered those who were infected.”

How To Get Useful Feedback: A Speaker’s Guide
Let’s start with three truths about feedback:

  1. Most of the feedback you receive as a speaker is not very useful.
  2. Useful feedback is hard to find and uncomfortable to receive.
  3. To reach your potential as a speaker, you require substantial feedback.

Why People Hate Making Phone Calls | The Atlantic”
“Don’t hate the phone call, hate the phone.”

The Town That Decided to Send All Its Kids to College | The Atlantic
“The Baldwin Promise is more than just $5,000 a year for four years of college. It brought with it a complete change in how the town viewed education. Just as elementary school and middle school were in Baldwin, college was a right for everyone.” As long as it doesn’t become “College is right for everyone.”


A La Carte (August 20)

Here are some Kindle deals: Hebrews in The New American Commentary series ($2.99); Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace ($0.99); One Race One Blood by Ken Ham ($2.99); Sermon on the Mount by Charles Quarles ($2.99); The Ten Commandments by Mark Rooker ($2.99).

What Are We to Make of Donald Trump?

Tom Ascol offers some thoughtful reflections on Donald Trump. “In some sense it is like a car accident—you just can’t look away no matter how hard you try.” Be sure to read the final lines before flaming Ascol (or me).

Guardian Angels?

Do we have guardian angels? “While many other objections may be raised … of this much we can be sure–God will not spare to send the entire host of heaven to the aid of His people if He so chooses.”

The Everyday Question of Motherhood

I think Christine Hoover is bang-on here: “As a mother, there is a constant, uncomfortable battle that rages inside of me. It is not the big or dramatic…”

Tools for Evangelism

This week’s deals from Westminster Books will help equip your evangelistic efforts (as an individual or as a church).

This Day in 1920: Seven men, including the now-legendary Jim Thorpe, gathered to organize a professional football league. Has ever a sport had a greater impact on Christians and (American) Christianity than football with its Sunday schedule? *

God For Us, or God Against Us?

Is God for us or against us? Ray Ortlund says, “If we are in Christ, the answer is: maybe both. God is certainly for us, and God might also be against us.”

The Gruesome Reality of Fetal Organ Harvesting

Here’s WORLD’s recap of the new and 7th video in the series exposing Planned Parenthood. (Stand to Reason also has a good article on the matter.)


Browse Worthy: The Evidence Continues to Mount

Today we are visiting dear friends who are expecting another child any day now.  The contrast between a loving, Christian home with a father and mother eagerly awaiting their gift from God, with young siblings anticipating excitedly the arrival, and the callous disregard of the unborn that our culture exhibits could not be more stark.

The sixth and seventh videos of the Center for Medical Progress may be the most chilling yet, but not for what they show visually. Rather, Holly McDonnell, who unsuspectingly took a position as a “procurement technician” for a fetal tissue company, tells of one of her experiences.   No adjective is strong enough to describe the atrocities she recounts here.

For a commentary on what these videos are telling us about us, see Douglas Wilson’s article Not What Scissors Are ForOnly the blood of Jesus can cleanse Holly and us.

 

 


The Seventh Planned Parenthood Video: Ordinary, Everyday Evil

The latest Planned Parenthood video is so evil I’m having trouble handling it.

A former StemExpress tech tells of her supervisor playfully making an aborted baby’s heart start beating again. Of having to cut the baby’s face open in order to get the prized brain ordered by researchers. Was the heart still beating when they did that? Maybe. It’s unclear. Thankfully, there’s no video of either of these things. But you do see a live baby moving on a tray, and that’s enough.

Or, at least, it should be enough.

I can’t stop thinking about the people doing these jobs day in and day out. And of those who watch the videos and either yawn or continue to defend Planned Parenthood. And of how entwined this industry is with the medical community. I just heard that parents who go through IVF can sign a consent form to donate their leftover embryonic children to research. Now that I’ve seen what Planned Parenthood is doing, I can’t help but think: Are IVF doctors getting compensated by researches for providing them with embryonic human beings? Are they pushing parents to create more children so they’ll be able to provide researchers with more and get more benefits in return? This doesn’t seem like an outlandish speculation anymore. There’s money to be had selling human beings.

How far does this go? How much of our entire society is connected to this barbarity? What are we letting happen all around us, every day?

It’s a horror to realize what I should have always known to be true: There was no special evil in Nazi Germany. The human heart is evil. Either the norms of a society keep the evil human heart in check, or they give permission for that evil to be unleashed. But it’s there. In every society. Waiting.

The doctors in the Planned Parenthood videos seem like normal people because they are normal people. It’s normal for human beings to take their cues about proper behavior from the people around them. Everyone around you is cutting babies’ faces off like it’s no different morally from using the copy machine? Well then, it must be normal and okay! How did people shuffle papers for Nazis in thousands of offices? This is how. This is how an entire culture loses its ability to see the evil right in front of its nose. All it sees are regular people, working in ordinary offices, doing something everybody knows about, and surely something so commonplace couldn’t be evil, right? Meanwhile, the evil spreads its tentacles into multiple areas of life (economics, medicine, etc.) until we’re convinced we can’t manage without it. We have so many reasons to keep it around, you see. Like slavery.

We need to rip this evil out of the fabric of our society. Because it’s so intertwined with our way of life, it may rip some things we’ve come to regard as comforts out with it. We may lose some opportunities for research. We may have more children than we were expecting. We may have less control over designing our dream lives. But take a step back for one minute and look at the baby moving on the tray. Look at it! This is the moral cost of those “comforts,” and it is dark and ugly evil. I pray we are not yet too far gone to see it.


Pray for God to Guard You

Pray for God to Guard YouPrayer is vital for the fight to be more like Jesus. In this lab, John Piper looks at prayer in the Bible that models the pursuit of purity. All of our effort in the pursuit of purity and holiness rests on the power and favor of God to guard us from evil.

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The Daily Discovery (August 20, 2015)

Dear Mother – “I love and care for you. I do not write this letter out of hate for you. I write this with compassion. There is too much at stake concerning this matter than to just stand on the fringes and not take any action. I want to protect you from the emotional, physical, and spiritual scarring that many woman have experienced. I write this letter with words not drawn from the well of human subjectivity or rationalism, but it comes from the profundity of God’s Word. They are the words of God that reveals who we are before our Holy Maker. We do not deserve to live, but in His grace, He has preserved our heartbeat. His truth has the power to provide peace and tranquility. But the words of the world that are anchored in lies brings a melancholy spirit that causes the soul to cleave to the dust. The lies of the world destroys lives because it comes from the father of lies, who is Satan. At this moment, he is one of the agents who provides the weapons of death to the medical killers.”

How the apostate church defends abortion – “In this piece Lee Duigon, contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, addresses the left’s fabrication that abortion mill Planned Parenthood is ‘doing God’s work.’ Duigon isn’t buying it, He says scornfully: ‘As if God’s work were to kill babies in the womb and auction their organs. Can you say blasphemy’?”

A Public Service Announcement Regarding Goshen and EMU – “So, at the ‘convenient’ time when the US legalized same-sex marriage across all 50 states, two Mennonite Church USA schools were prepped and ready to flee biblical fidelity.  The US supreme court ruled in favor of Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26, 2015.  Eastern Mennonite University released there newly revised ‘Non-Discrimination Statement‘ on July 16, 2015, and Goshen College released theirs two days later.”

Christians Evangelizing For Secularism – “There’s a growing list of contexts in which many people think we should say little or nothing about God. Think of the radical redefining of separation of church and state and religious liberty in recent decades and the reaction to the intelligent design movement, for example. It’s often considered too divisive, embarrassing, or whatever to bring up religious matters in school, in the workplace, in the media, or at family gatherings. The more that mindset is adopted in some settings, the more it tends to grow in others.”

Easy Pickings for Satan? – “By every measurable standard it is clear that Biblical Christianity in America is on the decline and in a growing state of crisis. Youth, being heavily influenced by a public education system increasingly hostile toward God, are leaving the faith in record numbers. And many professing Christians do not understand, or disagree with, basic tenets of Biblical Christianity.”


SERMON:

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Ken Fryer – The Biblical Qualifications of Church Leaders (Titus 1:3-9)


VIDEOS:

AUDACITY (Full Movie) – Ray Comfort

3 Minutes to Live


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

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Christian Headlines Daily – Thursday, August 20, 2015

http://www.christianheadlines.com/

Top Headlines

Josh Duggar Exposed as Ashley Madison Client

Christianity Growing Among China’s Well-Educated

John Stonestreet Named President of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview

‘Megareverend’ John Oliver Trolls Televangelists with New Tax-exempt Church

Christian Converts Beaten and Arrested During Iranian House Church Raid

Danny Lotz, Husband of Anne Graham Lotz, Has Died

Ted Cruz Says Evangelical Americans Should be More Involved in Politics

Museum of the Bible Allies with Israeli Antiquities Agency

Why Franklin Graham’s Salary Raises Eyebrows among Christian Nonprofits

70-year-old World War II Prayer Book is Returned to Widow of Veteran

Opinion

Archaeology Gives Insights into Jesus’ Hometown

Batman Dies in Car Crash

When ‘Discernment’ Leads to Disaster

Trigger Warning! The Bible May Disturb Your Emotional Health

Sexual Revolution Versus the Gospel


08/20/15 Rejoicing when Nothing Goes Right

READING: Habakkuk 1-3

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  Today’s reading covers the entire book of Habakkuk. At the end of the book are these words that express the prophet’s confidence in God:

Hab. 3:17-18  Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will triumph in Yahweh; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!

The Babylonians would be increasing their empire as they invaded Judah, but Habakkuk knew that God would then in turn bring judgment on the invading armies. The prophet’s role in the meantime was to “quietly wait for the day of distress to come against the people invading us” (Hab. 3:16). God would indeed bring His judgment — but He would do it in His timing.

So, Habakkuk had learned that he could trust God even if everything were messed up — even if the trees produced no buds and the fields produced no food. If nothing went right, still Habakkuk could rely on God. But, not only could he trust God, but he would also rejoice in God.

Rejoicing in God is seldom easy when the bottom drops out beneath us. Rejoicing may not be easy, but still it’s necessary. He is worthy of our worship whether we find ourselves at the top of the mountain or at the bottom of the valley. Rejoicing in the toughest times might, in fact, be one of the strongest witnesses we have.

PRAYER: “God, I don’t know what today will bring. It could bring disaster. If it does, grant me grace to rejoice in You anyway.”


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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Advice for organizing a protest against Planned Parenthood on Saturday, August 22nd

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Young pro-life women defending unborn children's right to life Young pro-life women defending unborn children’s right to life

This Saturday, protests are being held at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics across the nation. One of the people I mentor wanted to organize an event in her home state. So, I arranged a conversation between her and an expert pro-life debater, who has a lot of experience with these things. I listened in and contributed to the discussion, and I took notes, as well. They gave me permission to type up the notes on this blog. I think it makes for an interesting post.

So the first thing the expert said was that it’s a good idea to contact someone at City Hall, in order to get the permit to hold a protest. If you have a protest with more than X people, you need a permit. X depends on where you are doing the protest. The permit normally takes a week…

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THEOLOGY 101 FOR THE NON-BELIEVER

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Unconditional Election

Because man is dead in sin, he is incapable to initiate a saving response to God. In light of this, God, from eternity past, mercifully elected a particular people unto salvation (Ephesians 1:4–6). These people are comprised of men and women from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation (Revelation 5:9). Election and predestination are unconditional; they are not contingent on man’s response to God’s grace (Romans 8:29–30; Ephesians 1:11–12) because man, in his fallen state, is both unable and unwilling to respond favorably to Christ’s offer of salvation.

Limited Atonement

The purpose of Christ’s atoning death was not to merely make men savable and thus leaving the salvation of humanity contingent on man’s response to God’s grace. Rather, the purpose of the atonement was to secure the redemption of a particular people (Ephesians 1:4–6; John 17:9). All whom God has…

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Seventh Planned Parenthood video: cutting through living baby’s face to get intact brain

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A pre-born baby delivered intact so they could take his brain A baby delivered intact so they could cut open his face and and sell his brain

Blogging has always been a challenge for me, because it takes up my time for leisure. But recently, I’ve had a new problem where what I want to write about is so depressing that it makes it even harder to write than normal.

Well, here we go again, with the seventh video:

Anika Smith writes about it at The Stream:

O’Donnell tells the story of a woman seeking an abortion at the Alameda Planned Parenthood clinic who was very upset. “Finally she calmed down and the doctor went in to perform the abortion. It takes a little while, and I’m in the hallway. I see the jar come out, goes into the path lab, and Jessica [her coworker] I can hear is preparing it, rinsing out the jar, rinsing out the linen … then I hear…

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UN to let Iran do its own inspections of alleged nuclear weapons sites. This is insane, but true. [Christian leaders should educate & mobilize people to tell Congress to stop this deal.]

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Iran-Nuclear-Deal-Congress(Central Israel) — A secret side-deal made with Iran by the U.N. will actually allow Iran to “inspect” its  own nuclear sites and provide confirmation to the international community that no illegal nuclear weapons activity is being conducted such sites.

As a novelist, I wish I could tell you that I was making this up. But this is not fiction. Nor is it the figment of the imagination of Stephen Colbert or John Stewart or the writers of Saturday Night Live. This is sheer lunacy, but according to an exclusive report by the Associated Press, it is also true.

This is just one more reason this incredibly dangerous nuclear deal must be stopped. It puts America’s trust in the Radical, murderous, terrorist leaders of Iran rather than in the common sense of the American people (who overwhelmingly oppose the deal) or in the wisdom and experience of our Israeli and Arab allies who also oppose the…

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Let’s Vote Differently This Time

Unfathomable Grace

There are those who elect a candidate based upon his or her political party. It doesn’t matter who the individual is or what their platform consists of, if they are the final representative nominated by their political party, this nominee will get their vote.

Others prefer to base their vote upon the candidate’s family name, region of the country, vibrancy, ethnicity, attractiveness, or brashness. Pomp, pride, presentation, and personality are most important to such voters. After all, it’s been a long time since there has been someone with the swagger of JFK in office.

For most, votes are based upon issues. Some will give their allegiance to the individual who promises the biggest government and the most entitlements. Others are driven by the ideas of tax reform, budget reform, entitlement reform, fiscal reform, educational reform, marriage reform, border reform, and healthcare reform.

However, while some of the issues listed above are petty, and some are vitally important…

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Daily Devotionals: (20th Aug.) The Worth of Womanhood

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Reading: Genesis 3:16

The sin of Eve is reflected in the punishment declared in verse 16. In the original Hebrew there is a play on the words tree and sorrow; she had eaten of the tree and she found multiplied sorrow. She broke the law of God by a desire for sensual pleasure; now she is going to suffer sensual pain. The pain is related specifically to childbirth, but the phrase “and thy conception” indicates that the entire female physiology is affected.

Pregnancy and childbearing were part of the first and perfect creation (Genesis 1:28). Now, however they are accompanied by pain. Again, as in all of God dealings with humanity, this is undergirded with grace. It would serve to remind the woman that she is perpetuating a sinful race; her children are conceived in sin. Women, this is a perpetual reminder that your children need to be brought into…

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