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August 27, 2015 Truth2Freedom US and World Briefing Report

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Aug. 27, 2015

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is visiting Silicon Valley Friday as part of a continuing effort to bridge the divide between the Pentagon and a tech community wary of excessive surveillance and privacy violations.

Consumer confidence in the U.S. improved to a five-week high, buoyed by more positive views about personal finances and the buying climate.

At a time when the oil price is languishing at its lowest level in six years, producers need to find half a trillion dollars to repay debt. Some might not make it. The number of oil and gas company bonds with yields of 10 percent or more, a sign of distress, tripled in the past year, leaving 168 firms in North America, Europe and Asia holding this debt.

The European Union is working on a political agreement that would set the stage for future energy deals in Iran.

China has cut its holdings of U.S. Treasuries this month to raise dollars needed to support the yuan in the wake of a shock devaluation two weeks ago, according to people familiar with the matter. The People’s Bank of China has been offloading dollars and buying yuan to support the exchange rate, a policy that’s contributed to a $315 billion drop in its foreign-exchange reserves over the last 12 months. The $3.65 trillion stockpile will fall by some $40 billion a month in the remainder of 2015 because of the intervention.

China’s top prosecutor is holding 10 officials and port executives as well as a senior Transport Ministry official under criminal detention for alleged neglect of duty and abuse of power in the Tianjin warehouse explosions that killed at least 139 people.

AP Top Stories

President Obama says New Orleans is “moving forward” a decade after Hurricane Katrina dealt it a devastating blow, and has become an example of what can happen when people rally around each other to build a better future out of the despair of tragedy.

Now scientists from the USA have made a breakthrough discovery related to how cells replicate in cancer patients, how to put a stop to the process, and even how to reverse a tumor. Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Florida have identified the cell’s microprocessor that controls cell growth.

Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report on Thursday delving into a major part of its inquiry into possible military dimensions to Tehran’s past atomic activity.

The consequences of global sea level rise could be even scarier than the worst-case scenarios predicted by the dominant climate models, which don’t fully account for the fast breakup of ice sheets and glaciers, NASA scientists said.

The consequences of global sea level rise could be even scarier than the worst-case scenarios predicted by the dominant climate models, which don’t fully account for the fast breakup of ice sheets and glaciers, NASA scientists said.

Poland’s defense minister said Thursday the United States would deploy heavy weapons to the EU state next year, as regional tensions run high over Russia and the conflict in Ukraine.

Taliban fighters seized a district headquarters in Afghanistan’s Helmand province on Monday despite repeated U.S. air strikes to repel them, adding to the insurgents’ recent advances in a heavily fought over region of opium farms and trade routes.

A Texas teenager is fighting for his life after contracting a rare brain-eating disease from swimming in a lake about 70 miles north of Houston, his parents have told a local broadcaster.

Belittled by the judge and jeered by spectators, James Holmes was sent to prison for the rest of his life Wednesday, while the survivors of his murderous attack on a Colorado movie theater wondered aloud how they would spend the rest of their days. Judge Carlos A. Samour sentenced Holmes to the maximum – 12 consecutive life terms without parole plus 3,318 years – then made a final, contemptuous order: “Sheriff, get the defendant out of my courtroom, please.”

A Southern California man who picked up a rattlesnake to pose for a photograph was badly hurt when the reptile bit him on the hand, a Los Angeles television station reported.

China’s central bank on Thursday set its daily reference rate for the yuan currency at a four-year low against the US dollar, but it closed stronger than the previous day.

Even as the job market continues to improve, salaried employees can expect their base pay to increase 3 percent, or about a percentage point smaller than the raises employers were handing out 20 years ago.

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At least 20 migrants have been found dead in a truck abandoned in a motorway lay-by near the eastern border with Hungary, the Austrian authorities said. The number of dead could be as high as 50.

A 16-year-old girl has pled guilty to two terror offences including possessing “recipes for explosives” and a bomb-making guide.

A Chinese state-owned engineering company has signed a deal worth $4.3bn to build factories for a Nigerian cement company run by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.

The Ukrainian government says it has reached a debt restructuring deal with its creditors including a write-off of up to $3.8bn. Ukraine’s sovereign debt, estimated at $19bn, would be cut by 20% and the repayment period extended.

WND

With the passage of a new law this summer mandating vaccines for schoolkids in California, home school advocates and organizations say they are seeing surging interest in off-campus education options that would exempt them from the requirement.

In the wake of two companies now selling the first commercially available flamethrowers in the United States, at least one mayor has called for increased restrictions on their use. And to no one’s surprise, the prospect of prohibition has driven an increase in sales.


Top News – 8/27/2015

We Want ’50 More Baby Livers a Week,’ Says Planned Parenthood Partner Who Jokes About Shipping Severed Heads
another step in the process is to remove the hands and feet from babies’ limbs before they send the body parts to academic labs because researchers don’t want to know that they’re working on aborted babies. Many researches, according to Dyer, leave the field because they cannot ethically and emotionally handle working on aborted babies.

1,000+ black activists endorse boycott of Israel
More than 1,000 African-Americans have signed a letter reaffirming black solidarity with the plight of Palestinians and endorsing resistance to Israel and its products, known as the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

EU envoy warns of more steps against Israeli settlements
John Gatt-Rutter says EU will ‘use more tools’ to force Israel out of Jewish settlements expansion.

Iraq: PM facing calls to sever ties with party, declare state of emergency
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi is facing calls to sever his links to the Islamic Da’wa Party. Several Iraqi lawmakers have also called on Abadi to declare a state of emergency in the country and freeze its current constitution. The calls come amid mounting public anger and widespread, weeks-long protests over corruption, sectarianism, and the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in the country.

Washington Wildfires the ‘Worst in the State’s History’ as Firefighters Travel from Australia and New Zealand to Help Battle the Blazes
Fires are being started by lightning strikes that ignite the tinder-dry forests, quickly spreading on the wind The wildfires spreading across Washington and Oregon are now officially the worst since records began – with firefighters having to be drafted in from Australia and New Zealand to fight the flames.

Obama’s Pentagon Declares Journalists To Be ‘Unprivileged Belligerents’ With No Rights
New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as “unprivileged belligerents” if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy.

History of Unmistakable Divine Wrath Serves as Warning for Nuclear Deal
We have already seen that natural phenomenon can often be seen as divinely guided. Is it a coincidence that after announcing the nuclear deal Iran was hit with an apocalyptic-like heat wave and, in a separate incident, a meteor? While the heavenly warning are clearer to some than others, a quick look at the timeline of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the accompanying natural disasters makes claims of coincidence lose their credibility.

Jeb Bush Seeking Jewish Support
Jeb Bush is preparing to reach out the senior Jewish leaders to endorse him for Republican party’s presidential nominee, the Jewish Insider reported.

Democrat pollster: This 1 issue could kill the party
Obama appears to be on pace to find enough votes to save the Iran nuclear deal, but longtime Democratic pollster and strategist Pat Caddell says the party is at risk of an electoral disaster by propping up a deal the public hates and may well pave the way to a nuclear-armed Iran.

Catholics Support Gay Marriage as Much as General Population and Believe Pope Francis Has Backed It, PRRI Study Finds
A study by the Public Religion Research Institute released in August on the beliefs of American Catholics has found that despite the Church’s teachings, they support same-sex marriage and abortion just as much as the general population. What is more, a large percentage of Catholic respondents mistakenly believed Pope Francis has backed gay marriage.

Putin: Russia Planning to Build Nuclear Plant in Egypt
Russian President says his country will build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, announces greater economic cooperation with Cairo.

GEOMAGNETIC STORM, NOW!
A G2-class geomagnetic storm is underway and intensifying on Aug. 27. This is sparking some of the first visible auroras in months around the Arctic Circle.

Terror Tensions The results of the firebomb on the border police vehicle The results of the firebomb on the border police vehicle The border poli
Several firebombs were thrown at a border police vehicle in East Jerusalem’s A-Tur neighborhood on Wednesday night, mere hours after a convicted killer stabbed a border policeman near Damascus gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. One of the firebombs hit the border police jeep, setting the vehicle alight. The policemen in the vehicle managed to free themselves, while the fire began spreading to nearby cars.

French intelligence fears Islamist ‘missile strike on airliner’ or 9/11-style attack
French security forces are bracing for the eventuality of civil unrest and fear there could be a missile strike on a passenger airliner or a September 11-style attack, according to sources close to French intelligence. “Airlines have been warned of a possible attack on a plane with an anti-tank missile,” a source told The Telegraph. “But pilots are unsure how to take evasive action.”

Venezuela’s Food Shortages Trigger Long Lines, Hunger and Looting
Hours after they looted and set fire to a National Guard command post…earlier this month, a mob infuriated by worsening food shortages rammed trucks into the smoldering edifice, reducing it mostly to rubble. The incident was just one of numerous violent clashes that have flared in pockets around the country in recent weeks as Venezuelans wait for hours in long supermarket lines for basics like milk and rice.

Sydney dam spills as flood clean-up continues
Sydney’s giant Warragamba Dam is spilling for the first time since 2013, in the wake of days of heavy rain in the region. Authorities have warned of flooding in low-lying areas near the dam but don’t expect any homes to be at risk. Residents south of Sydney are still waiting to return to their flood-affected homes after the wild weather.

Report: Hamas summons Palestinian factions to discuss terms of ten-year truce with Israel
Amid rumors of backchannel talks…the Palestinian Islamist organization has reportedly summoned other Palestinian factions to Beirut where the details of a long-term truce with Israel will be discussed. According to…newspaper Rai-al-youm, Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas figure, had already met with some of the factions in the Lebanese capital regarding the possibility of a ten-year truce with Israel.

Israel Air Force targets Hamas munitions operation in Gaza after rocket attack
After a rocket landed in Israel on Thursday, the Israel Air Force responded by attacking a weapons manufacturing target in Gaza, the IDF said. The site belonged to Hamas and was located in the central part of the coastal territory, according to the IDF. The army said that it viewed the “Hamas terror organization as solely responsible for what happens in Gaza.”

US drone strike kills British IS hacker in Syria: sources
A British hacker who US and European officials said became a top cyber expert for Islamic State in Syria has been killed in a US drone strike, a US source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Gunmen in Afghan uniforms kill two US troops in Helmand
Men wearing Afghan military uniforms shot dead two Nato soldiers in the country’s south on Wednesday, the coalition said, the first insider attack on foreign troops since the Taliban’s bitter power transition.

Why Saudi Arabia Won’t Cut Oil Production
Nine months after OPEC decided to leave its production target unchanged and pursue market share instead of trying to prop up prices, the group is facing a set of complex problems and decisions going forward.

David Duke: Donald Trump Is Too Zionist for Me
The white supremacist insists he has not endorsed the billionaire ‘either informally or formally’—because while Duke likes Trump’s immigration plans, his support of Israel is a problem.

Saudi arrested in 1996 bombing that killed 19 Americans
A man described as the mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 American servicemen in Saudi Arabia has been captured, a U.S. and a Saudi official said Wednesday, ending a nearly two-decade manhunt for one of the FBI’s most-wanted terrorists.

Hungary scrambles to confront migrant influx, Merkel heckled
Hungary made plans on Wednesday to reinforce its southern border with helicopters, mounted police and dogs, and was also considering using the army as record numbers of migrants, many of them Syrian refugees, passed through coils of razor-wire into Europe.

Venezuela Is Adding More Zeroes to Its Currency to Deal With Hyperinflation
Venezuela is preparing to issue bank notes in higher denominations next year as rampant inflation reduces the value of a 100-bolivar bill to just 14 cents on the black market. The new notes — of 500 and possibly 1,000 bolivars — are expected to be released sometime after congressional elections are held on Dec. 6, said a senior government official who isn’t authorized to talk about the plans publicly.


Top Headlines – 8/27/2015

Report: Hamas summons Palestinian factions to discuss terms of ten-year truce with Israel

Within week, India restates support for Palestinians, docks warship at Haifa to stress Israel ties

Rocket fired from Gaza lands in Israeli territory

Israel Air Force targets Hamas munitions operation in Gaza after rocket attack

Terror in Jerusalem: Palestinian man attacks Border Policeman with axe

Palestinian President Constructing $13 Million Palace

Palestinians could raise flag at UN before pope visit

Jerusalem sees sharp increase in violent security incidents

Jordan ups Wakf employment in apparent attempt to boost presence on Temple Mount

Prophecy Fulfilled: N. American Jews Return to Israel

Iran seeks partnership with China on Arak redesign

Ex-Obama aides: US should give Israel bunker-buster bombs to prevent Iran from getting nukes

200 retired US generals lobby Congress to reject Iran deal

White House says focused on keeping Congress from ‘spoiling’ Iran deal

Biden will meet Jewish leaders in Miami to promote Iran deal

Iran: No Place for ‘Zionist Regime’ in Talks with Britain

Egypt’s Sissi Turns to Russia’s Putin to Fight Regional Terrorism

Russia, Egypt set to sign deal for nuclear plant, Jordan as leaders visit Moscow

Is Hezbollah behind effort to hijack Lebanese protests?

Syria’s Assad ‘confident’ of Iranian and Russian support

Two-Day Ceasefire Agreed Upon in Three Syrian Towns

Kurds take 10 villages from ISIS in north Iraq

US drone strike kills top cyber expert for ISIS, source says

Muslims not doing ‘enough’ to fight ISIS: Jordan’s Queen Rania

ISIS drives toward Turkey in new offensive

Islamists kill at least seven in southern Somali attack

Algerian troops kill five Islamist fighters in operation

U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan, Taliban grab district

Saudi arrested in 1996 bombing that killed 19 Americans

U.S. plans more Asia-Pacific drills to counter China reclamation

Australia, wary of regional instability, eyes closer US security ties

Paris-bound train attack a ‘wake-up call’ for American rail security

CBO report forecasts unsustainable debt in long term

NY Mellon pricing glitch affects billions of dollars of funds

Bruising sell-off tests market faith in central banks

Market turmoil makes September rate hike ‘less compelling’: Fed’s Dudley

$2.1 trillion erased from U.S. stocks in 6 days

Stocks Explode Upward: Dow Regains More Than 600 Points

Stocks leap about 4% in recovery, best day since 2011

China stocks rise early as Wall Street gains calm global contagion fears

Mini flash crash? Trading anomalies on manic Monday hit small investors

‘Death cross’ appears in Apple’s stock chart

Man reportedly leaps to his death over stock market crash in China

Venezuela Is Adding More Zeroes to Its Currency to Deal With Hyperinflation

Venezuela’s Food Shortages Trigger Long Lines, Hunger and Looting

Why Saudi Arabia Won’t Cut Oil Production

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 30,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 20,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Tropical storm Erika could impact Florida this weekend

Hawaii Keeps Close Eye on Hurricane Ignacio

NSW weather: Warragamba Dam in Sydney spills; south-coast residents count cost of flood damage

Drought-plagued California readies for El Nino storms

4,500 Babies Saved From Abortions After Texas De-Funds Planned Parenthood

662 Babies Saved From Abortions in Wisconsin After Planned Parenthood Funding Cut, Pro-Life Laws

Researchers Buying Aborted Babies Want Hands and Feet Cut Off to Avoid Baby’s Humanity

Appeals court upholds order that holdout Kentucky clerk issue marriage licences to gay couples

Gay Virginia man kills journalists on live TV, blames ‘homophobia and racism’ in suicide note

Black, Gay Reporter Murders Straight, White Journalists – Media Blame the Gun

Virginia killings: Barack Obama expresses concern over gun culture in US

Former Broadcaster in TV Shooting Was a Volatile, Angry Man

Virginia television shooting: Gunman told by TV station ‘to seek medical help’ after colleagues’ complaints

Police: Bryce Williams fatally shoots self after killing journalists on air

Mormons keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite gay leaders

May the force be with you? Turkey fears rise of religion of ‘Jediism’

Donald Trump just dodged two questions about the Bible

Josh Duggar Enters ‘Long-Term Treatment Center’

Anna Duggar and the Dangers of Facile Forgiveness

Outrage spreads as cities plan Ramadan celebrations on 9/11

Wealthy Chinese Come to Southern California to Give Birth

Census Data Disproves Radicals Claims of Forced Conversion to Christianity in India


The Briefing

1) Aurora shooter given 12 life sentences plus as statement on limitations of human justice

Colorado movie gunman sentenced to 12 lifetimes and 3,318 years, Reuters (Keith Coffman)

2) Debate over life without parole, death penalty reflects devaluing of human life

Death without killing, Christian Century (Steve Thorngate)

3) New York Times editors oppose Down Syndrome abortion ban on basis of sanctity of choice

Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortion if Down Syndrome Is Reason, New York Times (Tamar Lewin)

Abortion and Down Syndrome, New York Times (Editorial Board)

4) Clash between law and Indian sect suicide fast exposes clash between worldviews

Sect’s Death Ritual Clashes With Indian Law, New York Times (Ellen Barry and Mansi Choksi)

Ministry in the Killing Fields, Christian History (Evangeline Anderson-Rajkumar)

In other news…

Bryce Williams, Suspect in Virginia News Crew Shooting, Dies, New York Times (Hawer Spencer, Katie Spencer, Katie Rogers, Alan Blinder and Richard Perez-Pena)

Should Prostitution Be a Crime?, New York Times (Gillian Abel and Taina Bien-Aimé)

How we should handle prostitution, Los Angeles Times (Simon Hedlin and Birgitta Ohlsson)
About Those Banners at Old Dominion, The Atlantic (Adrienne Lafrance)

Is feminism destroying the institution of marriage?, The Telegraph (Martin Daubney)

Christian Missions And The Spread Of Democracy, The Federalist (Greg Scandlen)

Mormon church sticking with Boy Scouts Religion News Service (David Noyce and Peggy Fletcher Stack)

Daily Digest

August 27, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the best constitution will be ineffectual, and slavery must ensue.” —John Witherspoon, The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776

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Obama’s Intelligence Echo Chamber

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An American F-16 takes off from Turkey. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

No wonder the Obama administration continues insisting the campaign against the Islamic State is peachy despite the deluge of reports to the contrary. The Pentagon inspector general has launched an investigation after it was alleged that U.S. Central Command was skewing intelligence reports to make it appear the fight against the Islamic State was working, The New York Times reports. That means the Obama administration was told a pie in the sky story about the effectiveness of its no-boots-on-the-ground strategy. National Review’s David French, a veteran of the Iraq war, writes of the investigation, “I keep getting the ominous feeling that the clock is ticking on a truly significant terror attack, one that will leave our political leadership answering to the American people — why didn’t you do more to defeat the enemy? And if one answer is that Pentagon officials lied about success against ISIS, then courts-martial should be the response.” If the IG’s investigation uncovers doctoring of intelligence reports, the next question is why. Were military leaders cowing to Obama’s assumptions? This doctoring may have been the work of civilian appointees at the Defense Department working to prop up the narrative of Obama’s successful leadership. That provides cover for him to avoid taking any further action after his disastrous pullout from Iraq.

Hurricane Obama Blows Into New Orleans on Katrina Anniversary

Ten years ago, on Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina barreled into the Louisiana coast with 145mph winds. Its 27-foot swells surged against the levee protecting New Orleans, crushing concrete and leaving government on all levels unprepared to handle the devastation. This week, Barack Obama will visit the city to remember the decade-old disaster that left 1,800 people dead. Everyone agrees that everything from the outdated levee to flooded school buses to the slow FEMA response was a stark demonstration of government incompetence. It just shows individual preparedness is key. Reuters reports that Obama will tell an audience in New Orleans, “What started out as a natural disaster became a manmade one, a failure of government to look out for its own citizens. But what that storm revealed was another tragedy, one that had been brewing for decades. New Orleans had long been plagued by structural inequality that left too many people, especially poor people of color, without good jobs or affordable health care or decent housing.” Who wants to bet that Obama will skim over the failure of Democrat leadership in the offices of the governor and mayor of New Orleans leading up to the disaster? Instead, he’ll do what he’s always done: Blame George W. Bush — at least by implication, since Bush will also attend. We’re also expecting him to throw in a warning about climate change for good measure. But today a new New Orleans stands on the receded floodwaters. As The Wall Street Journal notes, it was built on education reform, and a mayor and governor that tout fiscal conservatism and business growth.

Veto Fight Over Iran Deal? Too Risky, Hints Obama

Congress was always getting a bum deal when it agreed, thanks to the efforts of Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), to vote to disapprove the agreement with Iran instead of voting to approve it. That means Barack Obama needs only a third of Congress to back his foreign policy wheedling, instead of the usual two-thirds. Obama is only a handful of Democrat votes short from being able to block Congress’ attempt at rejection. But that political path may be too messy for Obama, because a high-profile veto fight may call into question the wisdom of the deal, both here and abroad. So he’s decided to circumvent the political process and lobby Senate Democrats to filibuster the Iran vote, Politico reports. “Is that where they really want to be?” Corker said in an interview. “Do they really want to vote to block consideration of … probably the biggest foreign policy endeavor?” The only significant group supporting this deal now is Democrats in Congress too partisan to oppose Obama. In response to a letter sent by 36 military officers supporting the deal, about 200 retired admirals and generals signed a letter to Congress saying, “The agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous, render the Mideast still more unstable and introduce new threats to American interests as well as our allies.” Despite the outcry from the military, bipartisan distrust and opposition from a majority of Congress and the American people, Obama may still get what he wants. Funny what you can do with a tireless minority.

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Black Homosexual Murders Two Whites and Leftists Still Blame Guns

By Allyne Caan

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Adam Ward and Alison Parker

Yesterday, it happened again: People were going about their daily lives only to be struck down by a crazed murderer. This time, the backdrop was Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, where 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward were up early on a Wednesday morning, delivering a live broadcast for WDBJ, the local CBS News affiliate where both worked.

During the 6:45 a.m. broadcast, the murderer walked up and shot dead both Alison and Adam. He also wounded Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, whom Alison was interviewing. In an act of psychotic narcissism, he filmed his crime and posted the video online before taking his own life. Due to the fire-like speed of social media, many people unintentionally found themselves viewing both versions of the horrific footage as videos auto-played in their browsers or on their phones.

The killer faxed ABC News a 23-page manifesto showing just how deranged he was. In it, he praised by name the killers in the 1999 Columbine High School massacre as well as the man who murdered 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007. Yesterday’s murderer was a former WDBJ employee who claimed discrimination as a homosexual black man and wrote that the Charleston mass murder, in which a white man killed nine black churchgoers in June, was the last straw motivating his homicidal targeting of white individuals.

His anger and instability were no surprise to some. According to his former supervisor at WDBJ, the killer had a history of lodging complaints against co-workers — none of which were ever validated. Eventually, he was fired for bizarre and threatening behavior, and police even had to escort him out of the building.

Yet despite the overwhelming evidence that yesterday’s tragedy was perpetrated by a sick man bent on vengeance, almost immediately Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and other leftists used the tragedy to blame their favorite scapegoat — guns.

First, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters, “This is another example of gun violence that is becoming all too common in communities large and small across the United States.”

Then Obama himself said, “What we know is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism.” So in one astonishingly stupid statement, he managed to blame the tool and minimize the (*jihadi*) terrorist threat that has claimed hundreds of thousands of victims around the world just during his presidency. And, by the way, 3,000 Americans were killed on 9/11 without a single firearm.

His comments also come on the heals of his lament last month that the area he feels “most frustrated and most stymied” is that the U.S. “is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense, gun-safety laws.”

Not to be outdone, Hillary Clinton declared, “We have got to do something about gun violence in America. And I will take it on.”

Likewise, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe used the killings to call for stricter gun control, saying, “There are too many guns in the hands of people who should not have guns. That is why I’ve long advocated for background checks. … This is why we need to restrict access to guns.”

Unfortunately, emotion plays better than facts in times of tragedy — and that’s what Obama, Clinton and McAuliffe are banking on. Contrary to McAuliffe’s insinuation, the murderer passed a background check in order to buy his gun. But leftists won’t stop with more checks because, as McAuliffe said, they’re after “restricting access.”

And despite Obama’s claim of increased gun violence, such violence has actually drastically decreased over the last couple of decades. In fact, in 2010, the gun homicide rate was 49% lower than in 1993, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center study. The downward trend appears to have remained steady since 2011 — all while gun laws have been loosened and gun ownership has increased.

Thanks in part to leftist rhetoric, though, just 12% of Americans believe gun crime is lower now than in the early 1990s. In fact, the 2013 Pew study reveals 56% erroneously believe it’s higher.

Unavoidably, false information leads to faulty judgment, such as one absurdly ignorant tweet saying the county where yesterday’s murders occurred supported Romney in the last presidential election, so it must be gun-friendly. Evidently this person hasn’t heard of Chicago, Baltimore, Ferguson, or any other inner city Democrat poverty plantation where murder and violent crime are rampant.

Yesterday’s killings were perpetrated not by a county, a community, a tool, or the Second Amendment but by a sick individual driven by racial and anti-heterosexual hatred. His hatred — not his gun — drove him to kill. More to the point, the killer wasn’t a Romney voter but reportedly was reprimanded for wearing an Obama button during campaign coverage. That’s a report the American Leftmedia won’t bother getting around to.

Heartbreakingly, this unchecked hatred cost the lives of Adam Ward, who was engaged to be married to a coworker (who saw the murder happen while watching the broadcast in the control room), and Alison Parker, who was also dating a coworker and by all accounts was a vibrant and joyful woman.

Adam and Alison’s deaths should not be used as props for political gain. Instead, they should motivate us to counter the hatred that drives killers to take innocent lives and inflict unspeakable heartache to satisfy their delusional sense of vengeance.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Victor Davis Hanson: “Being white and male supposedly means enjoying innate and undeserved privileged. But now trans-elites reinvent themselves as females or minorities and have access to special advantages or privileges. We are still fighting the old battle between nature and culture. Our 21st-century postmodern culture says that we can become whatever we declare ourselves to be. But age-old realities suggest that only nature determines our gender and race. How odd that progressives publicly insist that we can be what we wish to be, but privately accept the ancient wisdom that we really cannot quite do that — at least not without dropping the accepted criteria for social institutions such as racially based scholarships, female sports programs or affirmative action for women and minorities.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Governments last as long as the undertaxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed.” —American art historian Bernard Berenson (1865-1959)

Upright, part I: “[Virginia shooter Bryce Williams] couldn’t deal with his inadequacy, so he woke up [Wednesday] morning, he looked in the mirror, didn’t like what he saw, and decided the only way he was going to make a name in TV news was to go out and find two people doing their job, that had nothing to do with his … inferiority complex, and take them out so that he could be the headline news. I think the best thing that we can do after today is never speak of this guy again.” —Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

Upright, part II: “We saw evil in Charleston. We saw evil yesterday. Unfortunately, too many are too blind to evil. Those who have eyes to see can see the evil in Planned Parenthood decapitating children and sending their heads in the mail making sure their eyes are closed. Those who have eyes to see can see the evil in the collapse of families and the rise of dysfunctional young people without a relationship with one parent or the other. … Evil is always going to exist. It is never going to be exterminated by us. It will not be legislated away. But it will be exterminated on that final day.” —Erick Erickson

Non Compos Mentis: “Another proud moment for the NRA. Thank you, NYC, for your strict gun laws!” —New York Post columnist Bart Hubbuch on the slaying of a Roanoke, Virginia, television crew

Village Idiots: “I believe we are smart enough, we are compassionate enough, to figure out how to balance the legitimate Second Amendment rights with preventive measures and control measures… There is so much evidence that if guns were not so readily available, if we had universal background checks, if we could just put some time out between the person who is upset because he got fired and the domestic abuse or whatever other motivation may be working on someone who does this, maybe we could prevent this kind of carnage.” —Hillary Clinton

Late-night humor: “The CEO of Starbucks sent a message to Starbucks employees, instructing them to be sensitive to customers who might be feeling stressed out about the market. I like that the place that charges $5 for a cup of coffee is concerned about our finances.” —Jimmy Kimmel

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People Are Going Crazy

Bryce WilliamsHave you noticed that more Americans than ever seem to be going totally insane?  When even reporters start going on racially-motivated shooting sprees, you know that things are getting crazy in this country.  On Wednesday, most Americans were absolutely stunned to learn that a former WDBJ-TV reporter shot and killed a 24-year-old female reporter named Alison Parker and a 27-year-old male cameraman named Adam Ward right as they were in the middle of shooting a live news segment at 6:45 in the morning.  As a reporter, the shooter was known as “Bryce Williams”, but his legal name was Vester Lee Flanagan II.  He fled the scene, but was later tracked down by police.  Before they could take him into custody he shot himself, and he later died at a hospital in northern Virginia.  So what would cause a talented young man to do such a thing? (Read More…)


CNN Tells Americans That The Stock Market Is Not Going To Crash

CNN Newsroom - Photo by Doug WaldronOn Wednesday we witnessed the third largest single day point gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average ever.  That sounds like great news until you realize that the two largest were in October 2008 – right in the middle of the last financial crisis.  This is a perfect example of what I wrote about yesterday.  Every time the market crashes, there are huge up days, huge down days and giant waves of market momentum.  Even though the Dow was up 619 points on Wednesday, overall we are still down more than 2,000 points from the peak of the market.  During the weeks and months to come, we are going to see many more wild market swings, but the overall direction of the market will be down. (Read More….)


200 retired US generals lobby Congress to reject Iran deal

Nuclear talks between the P5+1 and Iran in Vienna on November 21, 2014 (Vladimir Simicek/AFP)

Nearly 200 retired US generals, admirals and former political officials have come out strongly against the Iran nuclear accord, and have called upon Congress to sink the agreement on the grounds that it will “enable Iran to become far more dangerous.”

Among the signatories are top former career officers from every branch of the US military, as well as officials who have served in the White House, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

“The agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous, render the Mideast still more unstable and introduce new threats to American interests as well as our allies,” the letter, which was addressed to Republican and Democratic senators and congressmen, stated.


Yellowstone: Natural Wonder or Cauldron of Death?


The Spirit That’s Taking Over Our Nation—And It’s Not Jezebel

Posted: 27 Aug 2015 07:48 AM PDT

It’s time to repent for a spirit of entitlement that is destroying our testimony.

entitlement
noun en·ti·tle·ment:

the condition of having a right to have, do or get something
the feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something (such as special privileges)

In a self-centered, narcissistic world, one can only presume entitlement would be in the mix, as well. This attitude is doing great harm to our testimony as Christians in addition to creating a proud, lazy people who expect to be served instead of to serve.

“Let nothing be done out of strife or conceit, but in humility let each esteem the other better than himself. Let each of you look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Let this mind be in you all, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped. But He emptied Himself, taking upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in the form of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:3-8).

Attitudes of entitlement have overwhelmed so many and it is actually a clear manifestation of the enemy. His character is defined by selfish ambition. Lucifer presumed it was his right, his portion, to be exalted. MORE

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God’s Redemptive Plan in the Feasts of Israel

Posted: 27 Aug 2015 05:57 AM PDT

In preparation for the fall feasts of Israel, let’s take a step back and look at the feasts as a whole. Are they merely fascinating historical occurrences, or do they hold deeper relevance for believers in Yeshua (Jesus) today, whether you’re Jewish or Gentile Throughout the ages, God has sought after the people of Israel, in order to bless them and to make them a blessing to many peoples (Gen. 12:2-3). He also gave Israel a sacred trust—to bear His Name and to be the nation from which His redemptive plan for the world would go forth (John 4:22). This plan is illustrated in the feasts He ordained.

These annual feasts are called “moedim” in Hebrew, meaning, “appointments.” In a sense, these “appointed times of the Lord” (Lev. 23:4) constitute God’s agenda with His redeemed people. Ultimately, they provide a Biblical and historical foundation for faith in Yeshua. Messiah Yeshua was to be the fulfillment of the feasts; indeed, He is the purpose for their existence. “These (Feasts, Sabbath day …) are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Messiah” (Col. 2:17). Even as all Scripture is inspired and profitable, these “shadows” are relevant for followers of Messiah today because they never stop pointing to Him! (2 Tim. 3:16). FULL REPORT

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Congressional Budget Office warns U.S. debt will soon become unsustainable

Posted: 27 Aug 2015 05:51 AM PDT

The economy is sluggish yet developing and expansion stays low, painting a quite blended picture for the government, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday, saying the financial circumstance is enhancing this year yet will snap back by 2018 to swelling deficiencies and unsustainable obligation. The expansion rate is low to the point that Social Security recipients presumably won’t get an average cost for basic items raise after this year, the CBO said. In any case, charge income is up and spending has stayed pat, which is helping diminish the pool of red ink in the government spending plan.

Joined, those numbers mean the legislature will run a deficiency of $426 billion in monetary year 2015, down about $60 billion from 2014 and denoting the littlest shortfall of President Obama’s residency. The uplifting news will proceed for a few years as the economy belatedly yet completely bounce back from the subsidence of December 2007 to June 2009. By 2018, however, obligation will ascend as government spending develops and the economy will cool once more, the CBO said.

“The development in the red is not reasonable,” CBO Director Keith Hall said in showing the assessments. “Eventually, it’s going to get to an abnormal state. Clearly, you can’t anticipate tipping focuses, yet sooner or later this turns into an issue.” Democrats saw the fleeting viewpoint as advancement and said it’s chance to close tax reductions and acquire more income for spending on speculations, for example, base. Republicans kept their attention on the more extended term notices in the CBO report. They noticed that expenses will stay higher than their memorable normal in the course of recent decades however deficiencies will hold on in light of the fact that spending will even now outpace income. MORE

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Robots will cut 25% of US jobs in 4 years and transform workforce

Posted: 27 Aug 2015 05:45 AM PDT

The encroachment of self-help kiosks and grocery store scanners has led doomsayers to suggest automation threatens the workforce of the future. A new report argues it will create new business sectors and new jobs as well. By studying large companies in various industries, from Delta Airlines Inc. to Whole Foods Market Inc., as well as many startups, analysts have forecast that automation will erase 22.7 million jobs by 2025, or 16 percent of today’s total.

The prediction comes in a report titled “The Future of Jobs, 2025: Working Side-By-Side with Robots,” published by Forrester Research this week. The study’s findings were drawn from government employment data, and interviews with businesses and academics. Automation in daily life is already prevalent and expanding beyond the grocery store scanner. Robots are now delivering room service to guests in the Aloft hotel in San Francisco, and self-service kiosks filling orders at delis rather than humans. Lowe’s hardware is testing Oshbot, a robotic sales assistant that can answer questions, and show customers a floorplan of the store or lead them directly to products they seek. It was recently featured in an RT segment. FULL REPORT

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Chick-fil-A Blocked From Opening At Denver Airport Due To Christian Views

Posted: 27 Aug 2015 05:29 AM PDT

A board of trustees of the Denver City Council has slowed down what was relied upon to be standard approbation of a Chick-fil-A Restaurant at the Denver International Airport after no less than four gathering individuals communicated dissatisfaction with the organization’s charged restriction to same-sex marriage.

Amid an Aug. 18 hearing, chamber part Robin Kniech said she was concerned in regards to a neighborhood establishment creating “corporate benefits used to reserve and fuel segregation,” The Denver Post reported. Councilman Paul Lopez looked at the ace family positions of some Chick-fil-A pioneers to presidential applicant Donald Trump’s remarks about movement and different issues, calling restriction to the air terminal eatery “truly, really an ethical issue.”

The chamber’s Business Development Committee will take up the matter again at its Sept. 1 meeting. At issue is whether to favor a seven-year lease for a Chick-fil-A that would be worked by a 60-40 organization including Atlanta-based Concessions International and Denver’s Delarosa Restaurant Concepts. Chick-fil-A would get 7 percent of the eatery’s benefits, as per The Post. On the off chance that the panel rejects the lease, an individual part could in any case acquaint the matter with the full board. FULL REPORT

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Why did Obama nationalize the U.S. food supply with executive order 13603?

Posted: 27 Aug 2015 05:10 AM PDT

In March 2012, President Obama quietly signed an Executive Order that has major implications should some sort of national emergency arise, such as enabling the federal government to take over management and distribution of all food, water and other resources. In issuing the order, EO 13603, titled, “National Defense Resources Preparedness,” Obama claimed authority under the Defense Production Act of 1950, a Korean War-era statute (50 U.S.C.) (see it here) that gives the government the power to marshal whatever resources are necessary to protect and defend the country during “military conflicts, natural or man-caused disasters, or acts of terrorism within the United States,” the statute says.

In justifying the order, Obama wrote in Section 102 under “Policy:” The United States must have an industrial and technological base capable of meeting national defense requirements and capable of contributing to the technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency. The domestic industrial and technological base is the foundation for national defense preparedness. The authorities provided in the Act shall be used to strengthen this base and to ensure it is capable of responding to the national defense needs of the United States. FULL REPORT

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Elites preparing last phase of New World Order?

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 08:41 PM PDT

There’s a passage of holy writ that has haunted Bible teachers for centuries, confounding and teasing them, to the point where most modern preachers pass right by it like a trucker skirting a weigh station. Who is “Mystery Babylon,” that “great whore” spoken of in Revelation 17-18 that commits “fornication” with world rulers, lives in extreme luxury and gets “drunk with the blood of the saints” before finally meeting her fiery destruction? Who is this mysterious woman?

Popular theories say it’s the Roman Catholic Church. Others point to New York City, seat of the United Nations, Wall Street and all manner of human greed and fleshly lusts. Some say it’s apostate Christianity in general, not just the Catholic Church, or America as a whole, not just New York. Still others point to Mecca and Saudi Arabia’s royal family, which lives in opulence and owns everything from diamond-studded cars, a harem of sex slaves and more than a few Washington politicians. FULL REPORT

 

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North Dakota to use police drones with non-lethal weapons

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 08:33 PM PDT

North Dakota police have been authorized to equip drones with Tasers, tear gas, and other non-lethal weapons after interference from a police lobby group led to an amendment to a bill, which was initially intended to limit police powers to deploy drones. The adopted amendment to House Bill 1328 enables police drones to use “less than lethal” weapons, such as Tasers, bean bags, pepper spray, sound cannons and rubber bullets. The amendment was pushed through by Bruce Burkett of North Dakota’s Peace Officer’s Association, a police lobby group, the Daily Beast reports.

The bill was passed earlier this year and initially prohibited “any lethal or nonlethal weapons” on the drones, but that was eventually amended to permit the deployment of “less than lethal weapons.” “This is one I’m not in full agreement with. I wish it was any weapon,” Rick Becker, the Republican sponsor of the original bill, said at a March hearing as cited by the Daily Beast. “In my opinion there should be a nice, red line: Drones should not be weaponized. Period,” he added. FULL REPORT

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Malaysia To Introduce RFID Tracking For Every Vehicle

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 08:28 PM PDT

Here on Techdirt, nationwide tracking schemes tend to raise a red flag. In Malaysia, by contrast, there seem to be no such worries, as ambitious plans to introduce RFID tagging for all vehicles, reported by The Sun Daily, indicate: A new vehicle security tracking system suitable for all types of vehicles — the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) — will be implemented nationwide by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) by 2018. According to the article, there are plenty of advantages of doing so:

This new system will enable the police and other authorities to effectively track down criminals And: the RFID technology will herald a new era for vehicle security in Malaysia and it could be the answer to combat vehicle theft and cloned vehicle syndicates. Moreover: the RFID can also be used to provide real-time monitoring on road traffic situation. And if you’re worried that ne’er-do-wells might seek to avoid being tracked simply by ripping off said RFID tags, fear not, Malaysia has that covered: the Sun understands that the RFID tag is designed to shatter should any one attempt to tamper with it and can transmit a warning to the JPJ and police, should any one try to remove the sticker. FULL REPORT

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CNN Tells Americans That The Stock Market Is Not Going To Crash

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 08:21 PM PDT

On Wednesday we witnessed the third largest single day point gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average ever. That sounds like great news until you realize that the two largest were in October 2008 – right in the middle of the last financial crisis. This is a perfect example of what I wrote about yesterday. Every time the market crashes, there are huge up days, huge down days and giant waves of market momentum. Even though the Dow was up 619 points on Wednesday, overall we are still down more than 2,000 points from the peak of the market.

During the weeks and months to come, we are going to see many more wild market swings, but the overall direction of the market will be down. Sadly, the mainstream media is still peddling the lie that everything is going to be just fine. So millions upon and millions of Americans are just going to sit there while their investments get wiped out. In the six trading days leading up to Wednesday, Americans lost a staggering 2.1 trillion dollars as stocks plunged, and the truth is that this nightmare is only just beginning. 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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What is The Gospel?


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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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The Radical Assault on Marriage and Family, from Karl Marx to Justice Kennedy

The key here is the rise of the New Left, or the so-called “cultural Marxists.” They switched the fight against the West away from the Marxist class/economic-based revolutionary model to one of culture and sex. Their inability to sell economic Marxism to the world meant that a new means would be needed to bring down the West. Class-based economic warfare would take a back seat to an assault on Western civilization. That was where the rupture had to take place. A primary method would be to saturate Western culture with what Ralph de Toledano called a “miasma of unrestrained sex.”

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I Will Not Treat You Fairly

This is the simple Gospel. Those who demand equitable fairness will spend their days receiving such in the place of eternal condemnation. Contrarily, those who say, “Forget Fairness” will receive mercy and grace from the Son of God who took their sins upon his shoulders, placed his righteousness upon their account, and “forgot fairness” for his friends.

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Why San Francisco’s City Church Is Wrong About Sex

Although the City Church letter appeals to Jesus’ mission to outcasts as a basis for jettisoning a male-female requirement for marriage, it is difficult to claim that the Jesus we encounter in Scripture would have countenanced homosexual sex in the context of a “marriage.” Jesus appealed to the two-sexes requirement for marriage (and thus for all sexual activity) given in Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 as the foundation upon which all sexual ethics must be based, including the limitation of two persons to a sexual union.

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Editorial: Doctors Must Put Patients Before Personal Views

Laws prohibiting medically assisted death in Canada were struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada in February. The court gave the federal government a year to deliver a new law allowing consenting adults with an “intolerable” – though not necessarily terminal – condition the right to seek medical help to end their lives.

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Ben Carson: #BlackLivesMatter Misfire

We should go to Washington. For decades they have fought the “War on Poverty.” Poverty won. We lost. Over 19 trillion dollars has been wasted, but can anyone identify a single battle won as a result? We certainly have not helped the poor “lift themselves out of the ruts of poverty” as Lyndon Johnson promised — far from it. These programs have been a great American failure.

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“Textual, Expository, Redemptive-Historical, Applicatory” Preaching?

A hermeneutical principle can never take the sole place in a homiletical method. This danger can occur with systematic theology as well. We have to integrate the redemptive-historical elements into the sermon as they are naturally highlighted in the immediate context of the text. This is not always an easy task. We have to give ourselves to a diligent study of the text and meditation on its relationship to Gen. 3:15 and redemption.

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Anti-Church Evangelical Trends

Spectator Christians: “Spectator Christianity feeds on the delusion that virtue can come through viewing, much like the football fan who imagines that he ingests strength and daring while watching his favorite pro team.  Spectator sports and spectator Christianity produce the same things – fans who cheer the players on while they themselves are in desperate need of engagement and meaning.”

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Kenya Moves Forward with Strict New Church Regulations

The new rules, announced earlier this year, would require pastors, rabbis, imams, and other religious leaders to obtain certificates of good conduct from the police and clearance from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. Religious leaders opposed the move and asked for more consultations with government officials. 

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Will I Be Forgiven For Abortion?

If you are asking “Will I be forgiven for abortion I had?” then you already feel the guilt of your sin. Perhaps you feel your guilt afresh as a result of the videos exposing the work of Planned Parenthood. What do you do with your guilt?

One young man I met on the street a few years ago knew this guilt. He had grown up in an evangelical Christian home. About twenty years old, he had rejected the God of the Bible and argued vehemently with me against the Lord’s very existence. Our discussion somehow moved to the moral argument for God. Why is murder wrong? What about abortion? At that point, most unexpectedly, the hardened young man burst into tears. He buried his head in his hands and blurted out, “I don’t need any God to know abortion is wrong!” He rapidly recounted impregnating his girlfriend, taking her to the abortion clinic, paying for the abortion, and the guilt he had carried ever since – all while repeating. “I knew it was wrong!”

After a few moments, he gathered himself and looked up. He was as surprised at what he had confessed as I was; we both knew he had said far more than he intended to say. His guilt remained. No matter how much he tried to deny the existence of his Creator and Judge, he could not escape his guilt before God. Guilt is real. It doesn’t just go away with time.

Our culture may tell you, “Don’t worry, it wasn’t wrong.” But guilt cannot be wished away, and we know it, because we cannot escape from God. When King David committed adultery and murder, he hid his sin for a time, but finally confessed it saying, “I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you [God], you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight” (Psalm 51:3-4). Our guilt remains even though the Lord may patiently allow us to continue with life – as we try to make it appear that nothing is wrong because “The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty” (Nahum 1:3).

However, the Lord promises a “guilty” verdict can be turned to “innocent.” But, we need a substitute who is qualified and willing to take our guilt and the resulting punishment of death and the wrath of God. No mere man could do it. So, God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to become man, live without sinning, and die like a sinner before rising from the grave. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus takes the place of his people in punishment, and we gain his place in righteousness. Bethany Jenkins has said it beautifully with respect to this particular sin: “Abortion says, ‘Your life for mine,’ but Jesus says, ‘My life for yours—even if you’ve killed your own child.’”

Your guilt will be taken away forever if you confess that guilt to the God you have offended. Take heed to the word of God from Isaiah the prophet and believe his promise: “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” (Isaiah 1:18). Freedom is waiting for you if you would simply humble yourself before God. If you need some sense of where to start in the midst of your confusion, these words by Dr. David Powlison can serve as a guide. Other forgiven sinners are waiting to help you too. Talk with a pastor or another mature Christian; we long for you to experience forgiveness.

The young man I talked to that night would not confess his sin to the God he denied or trust Jesus’ saving love. But his denial did not erase either God or his own guilt. I do not know what happened to him after we parted. Because the Lord is slow to anger, my friend’s life may have gone on without much visible change. But, his guilt remains if he has not yet turned to the God of mercy. Your guilt does not need to remain.


Elite Abortion Clinic Now Offers ‘Sim Abortions’ For Gay Men

Those willing to pay extra can have the mock abortion include not just the procedure itself but the lead-up as well, including a mock medical examination that may include a doctor reviewing the pregnant man’s options and using a fake ultrasound to see how far along in the “pregnancy” they are. One couple, Caulfield said, even paid to have fake protesters jeer them as they walked into the clinic.

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In The Middle Of The Slippery Slope

…But lay all that aside for now. I introduce the case because it forces us to focus on the logical implications of abolishing the conjugal understanding of marriage in our law and replacing it with the revisionist idea of marriage as sexual-romantic companionship or domestic partnership, all by judicial fiat. Here is where Professor Dworkin’s […]

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“Where Are You God?”

Every one of us as Christians at times has felt overwhelmed or all alone.  In the midst of trials and tribulations, we cry out to God to protect and rescue us.  And we know He is faithful–but sometimes we wish he acted on our timeline instead of His. King David’s life reflected the best of […]

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After This, The Deluge – Church & Culture Blog

After France lost the battle of Rossbach in 1757, the mistress of Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour, attempted to comfort the King by saying, “Après nous, le deluge.”

“After us, the deluge.”

[Or, if Louis XV said it himself, as some contend, it would be “Après moi, le deluge.”]

The idea was that it mattered little what had happened. After all, it could flood tomorrow and all will be gone. So eat, drink and be merry. An alternate reading of the phrase is even more telling. “After this, the flood will come.”

Either reading would make the observation prescient.

Louis XV is widely credited for the severe weakening – internally and externally – of France. And then, fifteen years after his death, the devastation of the French Revolution broke out.

Like many, I have been stunned by the rapidly changing moral landscape; the floodgates that have opened through our culture’s recent moral freefall from earlier understandings of right and wrong, particularly of a sexual nature. And not even of right and wrong, but the obliteration of even the most basic of sexual constraints.

This is more than the legalization of gay marriage or the onslaught of “call me Cait.” Consider those symptoms of a much larger, and more deeply rooted, disease.

Consider the influential statements by outspoken celebrities such as Kristen Stewart, Miley Cyrus and Cara Delevingne. For example, Stewart, when asked about her sexuality in an interview said:

“I think in three or four years, there are going to be a whole lot more people who don’t think it’s necessary to figure out if you’re gay or straight. It’s like, just do your thing.”

And from Miley Cyrus:

“[I don’t] relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.”

And they are not alone.

For example, a recent U.K. study revealed that nearly half of all young people don’t think they are exclusively heterosexual. The YouGov survey revealed that 49% of people between the ages of 18 and 24 identified as something other than 100% heterosexual. This despite the repeated findings that only about 4% of the entire adult population are actually homosexual.

What is being revealed is an increasing “sexual fluidity” that refuses either the homosexual or heterosexual label. The idea is that both labels are repressive. Sexuality should be set free of any and all restrictions and allowed to follow its desire, moment by moment.

This isn’t a slippery slope. It’s something more substantive, more …

… frightening.

I cannot help but think of the telling phrase cited not once, not twice, but three times in Paul’s opening manifesto to the church at Rome. In speaking of, and to, the depravity of humanity, Paul’s prophetic words thundered:

“Therefore God gave them over” (Romans 1:24, NIV).

“Because of this, God gave them over” (Romans 1:26, NIV).

“… since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over …” (Romans 1:28, NIV).

Three times the idea was reiterated: God gave them over.

And to what did God give them over to?

It was the same in each instance:

“… [to] the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another” (Romans 1:24, NIV).

“… to shameful lusts” (Romans 1:26, NIV).

“… to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done” (Romans 1:28, NIV).

In other words, God turned them over to their sin, letting their choice for sin run its natural course as an act of judgment.

Many look at the cultural landscape of the West and either call for, or fear, God’s judgment. But what would the nature of such judgment be? Perhaps it will be nothing more, but nothing less, than being given over to our own choices.

As C.S. Lewis once observed, in the end, there will only be two verdicts: Men and women who said to God, “Thy will be done.” Or men and women hearing from that same God, “Thy will be done.”

“Après nous, le deluge.”

Perhaps that is the greatest judgment of all.

James Emery White

Sources

“Nearly half of young people don’t think they are heterosexual,” by Helena Horton, The Telegraph, August 17, 2015, read online.

“Kristen Stewart, Miley Cyrus and the Rise of Sexual Fluidity,” by Eric Sasson, The Wall Street Journal, August 17, 2015, read online.


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5 Tests to Determine if You’ve Forgiven Someone

5 Tests to Determine if You’ve Forgiven Someone

&And, if you’re struggling to “pass the test” don’t beat yourself up.&

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Kendrick film 'War Room' lauded by Baptists

Kendrick film ‘War Room’ lauded by Baptists

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Baptist Press

‘War Room,’ the latest film by brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, is being applauded by Southern Baptist leaders and others as a picture of God’s power and an effective tool for encouraging Christians in prayer.


How Christians have gotten temptation wrong

How Christians have gotten temptation wrong

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Religion News

Mark Twain once said, “There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.” Christians who’ve read the Bible’s first book know this true for it tells of two humans who ate fruit from a tree they were told by God not to touch. Humans naturally want what they cannot, or perhaps more […]

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“My Pastor is on the Ashley Madison List.

“My Pastor is on the Ashley Madison List.”

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Christianity Today

Too many Christians have been caught using Ashley Madison, many of them pastors and church leaders. What now?

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Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People?

Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People?

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Crosswalk

Bad things happen. We see it in the news everyday. Sometimes these sad realities hit us on a personal level. It’s times like these that we need to remind ourselves that this is all temporary.

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Why We Fail at Family Devotions

Why We Fail at Family Devotions

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Crosswalk

Many fail at family devotions because they make it too hard. All you need to do is read a few verses and pray. Then, the next day, read and pray.

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Why Our Christian Mission Must Include the Reality of Hell

Why Our Christian Mission Must Include the Reality of Hell

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Crosswalk

Hell is not something most people–Christians or non-Christians–generally like to think about, but it is an essential part of the truth of the Gospel.

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Which New World Order Do You Prefer?

A world government cannot have any single nation retain its sovereignty, not even the United States. [5] Therefore, these men, and those backing them, have intentions that are not that of returning the nation to the status established by our Founding Fathers. Any search of the Internet with pertinent keywords will turn up a multitude of references supporting this now “not-so-secret” intention of the global elite.

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Warning: Are Divine Judgments In Our Future?

The Bible tells us that on some future Feast Day in September, the trumpets will sound and the dead will rise to meet our Lord in the sky. At the end of the Feasts, when He tabernacles with us on earth, He will set up His judgment seat, and we must all face Him for what we have done with our lives.

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Donald Trump Meets The Prosperity Gospel

Most interesting is that Paula White is arranging the session. She has a history with Trump as, apparently, some sort of spiritual advisor of sorts. She’s deep within the ranks of the prosperity gospel and from the T.D. Jakes line of things. She’s even received an award from Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Coalition.

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35 Things I Wish I’d Known In High School (And Freebies!)

by Erin Davis | 8/27/15

From the LYWB.com Team: Like it or not, the new school year is about to begin. (It’s already rolling in my neck of the woods.) We know that standing for Christ in your school isn’t easy. We wanted to send you back with a heavy dose of truth, so we dragged this favorite post out of the archives. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom; we’ve got some free printables for your locker.

I turn 35 today.

I know to some of you that may seem ancient. I can see forty over the horizon after all. When I was a teenager, I didn’t think too highly of the thirties either. Weddings are often done by that stage. Babies have usually been born. Career has been picked. What’s left other than to get wrinkles? But as I crest the hill of my mid-thirties I can assure you I won’t be picking out a retirement home any time soon. I’m just getting warmed up. In fact, my thirties have been some of the best, most fruitful, most fun years of my life. One major lesson I’ve learned is the wisdom that can be gleaned from women older than me. There’s gold in them thar hills if I’m willing to mine it! I don’t have life all figured out, but God has taught me some valuable lessons since high school graduation. Here are thirty-five of them.

  1. God’s promises are true.
  2. He really does have a hope and a future for me (Jer. 29:11).
  3. The college, major, and career I pick don’t define me. I am not my work. I am a child of God.
  4. Marrying a guy who loves Jesus really, really matters.
  5. Parents are pretty cool. Their rules are for my good.
  6. Being the prettiest or most popular girl in school matters for about half a second after graduation. In contrast, being the kindest girl in school gets remembered well past your ten-year reunion.
  7. You will look back at pictures of you and think you were stunning. Trust me.
  8. Insecurity is a massive waste of time and energy. Be confident in God’s love.
  9. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (Prov. 16:9). It’s okay to have a ten-year plan, but there’s a 100% chance God will interrupt it. That’s a good thing.
  10. The bands you listen to in high school will be your very favorite bands forever. Keep the t-shirts. They will be “vintage” and awesome when you’re thirty.
  11. You truly do reap what you sow. I love how Nancy Leigh DeMoss says it, “You are what you’re becoming.” Do you want to know your Bible frontwards and backwards later? Study it like crazy now. Do you want to be more like Christ someday? Be more like Him today.
  12. Broken hearts heal. Mine got broken often in high school. All these years later I’ve still never felt a pain like it. But those deep chasms are now all healed up. If your heart is broken, I promise it will heal and someone else will capture it someday.
  13. Start saving money now. I know that top at Anthropologie is super cute, but it’s also crazy overpriced. Imagine dropping that $75 in a savings account and using it for something lasting like a car, an education, or a child sponsorship. Most people think they will start saving “someday.” I wish I had developed the discipline of saving money as a high school student. While we are on the subject of money . . .
  14. Start tithing. The Bible calls all believers to tithe regardless of income. So, if you have an allowance, a part-time job or babysitting money, you have an income. Everything you make belongs to God, but there are tremendous blessings to be found in giving a portion of it back to Him. Don’t wait until you’re rolling in the dough to start tithing.
  15. The world doesn’t revolve around me. That’s a good thing.
  16. Champion others as often as possible. Instead of wanting everyone to cheer you on, figure out ways to cheer them on.
  17. Normal is a mirage. Embrace your weirdness.
  18. I know that boy gives you butterflies, but that won’t carry you through the ups and downs of life. Find someone who loves Jesus (remember point #4), but also someone who is fun to talk to and knows how to cope when the going gets tough. Then, when you least expect it, the butterflies will start to flutter in your tummy once again. Fourteen years after I married my high school sweetheart, I still get butterflies.
  19. I’ve never met someone my age who is glad she partied in high school. Ever. I’ve met lots and lots of them who regretted it. There is no long-term benefit from that scene.
  20. You don’t need a bunch of friends. You need one or two who’ve really got your back.
  21. Worry less about having the right friends and worry more about being the right friend.
  22. Be picky about your friends. The Bible says it this way, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Prov. 13:20). Pick wise friends. Since Proverbs 9:10 tells us that the fear of the Lord is where wisdom begins, wise friends need to be Jesus-loving friends.
  23. Don’t be afraid to fail. Stand up in front of the class and give that speech. Try out for the lead role in the play. Start a club. You may fall on your face. You may not. But at least you went for it.
  24. You can do big things for the kingdom now. Don’t wait to get involved in ministry.
  25. Your parents don’t need to be your friends right now. They need to be your parents, and that means they make and enforce the rules. The good news is, they will likely be your friends someday. Right now God has given them the job of being in charge. Do everything you can to make that job easier.
  26. Find something you are good at and enjoy it, but don’t make it your whole life. Soccer is supposed to be fun, not stressful. So is singing, sculpting, and playing the saxophone.
  27. It’s okay to miss practice for church. In fact, church trumps activities every single time.
  28. Sometimes it’s cool to love Jesus and not the Church, but Jesus loves the Church. If there is something that could be better at your church, then get involved and make it better instead of complaining or checking out. The Church is the Bride of Christ.
  29. Your youth pastor is not your connection to God.
  30. “The things of earth will come to pass, only what’s done for Christ will last.” That’ll preach.
  31. When you get your license, it’s a license to drive, not a license to do stupid things. I know because within a few weeks of getting my license, I got caught racing on the highway and wrapped my car around a telephone pole. I drove dumb so you don’t have to.
  32. When you do something stupid to impress someone, it’s still doing something stupid, and it likely won’t impress them as much as if you did something smart. Do the smart thing instead.
  33. Your siblings are cooler than you think. When you’re thirty-five, they’ll be the people you want to grab coffee with.
  34. Nothing good happens after curfew. Go home.
  35. “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting” (Prov. 31:30). Since outward beauty cannot last, spend your time growing a beautiful heart.

70% of Americans are Christians? Seriously?

A recent report indicates that 70% of Americans are Christians. If this is true, what it says to this writer is that a whole host of people who profess faith in Jesus Christ neglect to read the instruction manual that reveals everything we need to know about the object of our faith. I’m referring to the Bible. Anyone who takes the time to read it knows what Jesus taught and how those who claim to believe in Him must live their lives. Clearly Christians are not reading the Book.

So, isn’t it a bit odd that people who say they believe Christ died for their sins aren’t the least bit curious about who He is and what He taught while He was here? Jesus spent the better part of three years teaching his disciples all sorts of things such as what His mission was (John 1:14-18) and how they were to conduct themselves.

The Lord gave commands, not suggestions. He never said: “It’s not a good idea to murder someone…lie…cheat…steal…sleep around…commit adultery…practice homosexual sex…get drunk…use drugs…have a slew of idols, or anything like that.” Nor did He say: “It would be nice if you’d consider forgiving those who do you wrong.” He never tossed them the “Good job!” compliment when they exercised discernment. Neither was Jesus into high-fiving and “atta boys.” Whenever these sorts of things came up in conversation, He said unequivocally, “Do not”…”You must!” Moreover, He was clear that in order to be saved people must repent of their sins and turn away from the sinful life. “If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:10).

And trust me when I say that there’s no way He would have said to one of His followers: “God smiles when you be you.”

Keeping Jesus’ commands begins with knowing what they are and then, of course, obeying them. The Lord said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

If you love me…

Basic Training

So, could a person become a member of the armed forces without ever having gone through some form of basic training? No! The expressed purpose for a soldier to go through boot camp is to learn to become a lean mean fighting machine. Soldiers leave boot camp with the general knowledge they need to go into combat and fight a brutal enemy, with their goal being to win! Men and women who don’t understand the rules of engagement, what weapons to use in battle and how to use them effectively, will end up on the losing end.

During the 1960s when the battle for the hearts and minds of Americans first began, what if professing evangelicals had understood that we were in the beginning stages of the “culture war”? What if evangelicals had gone all out to stop the small number of progressives from taking control of public schools…higher education…entertainment industry…media… politics…courts…the scientific community and so on?

What if…???

70% of Americans are Christians? Seriously?


Baptist leaders respond to Ashley Madison news

According to Baptist Press:

With the potential affairs of millions exposed by a hack of the adultery-facilitating Ashley Madison website, Southern Baptist leaders have offered counsel to affected families, churches and individuals.

“We are already hearing stories of families torn apart, of children terrified about what is happening to their dad, and of the tragedy of suicide,” LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom Rainer wrote in an Aug. 26 blog post. “Church leaders cannot respond in their own power. God, however, can provide them all they need to respond in such a time of tragedy and hurt.”

http://www.bpnews.net/45370/baptist-leaders-respond-to-ashley-madison-news


Is Atheism a Belief System? Interview Between Christian Andy Bannister and Atheist Ed Turner

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Justin Bierley with the award-winning weekly radio show and podcast, Unbelievable, interviewed RZIM Canada Director Andy Bannister alongside atheist Ed Turner Saturday August 22 on whether or not atheism is a belief system. Andy Bannister raises this same question in his recently-released book The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist. Bannister and Turner debated in 2008, but return to the show to discuss this important question.

Listen to the interview on Unbelievable here.


Applying Homicide Investigation Techniques to the Case for God’s Existence (Video)

J. Warner Wallace previews the approach he’s taken in his latest book, God’s Crime Scene: A Cold Case Detective Examines the Evidence for A Divinely Created Universe (http://godscrimescene.com/). How do detectives know when a murder has occurred? Every death investigation presents one of four possibilities; the victim died accidentally, died from natural causes, committed suicide or was murdered. Only one of these circumstances requires someone outside the room to enter the scene. Accidental deaths, natural deaths and suicides can occur without an intruder. Homicide detectives, therefore, are looking for evidence of outside involvement. One important question must be asked and answered: “Can the evidence ‘in the room’ be explained by staying ‘in the room’?” This question is key to determining whether a death scene is a crime scene. As we examine the universe around us, a similar opportunity awaits those who want to begin the most important of all investigations. Can everything we see in the universe be explained solely from causes found within the natural realm, or is there evidence of an outside “intruder”? Is the universe a “scene” that can be explained by natural “internal” forces, or is an external “intruder” a better explanation? For more information about the video from which this excerpt was taken, please visit: http://impactapologetics.com/gods-crime-scene-dvd-set/. For more information about J. Warner, visit http://www.ColdCaseChristianity.com.

To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.


Conviction in a time of rapid change

Ligonier.org: On August 25th, we were joined by Dr. John MacArthur, president of The Master’s Seminary, and Dr. Stephen Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College. We discussed the urgency to stand with conviction in a time of rapid cultural change.


7 Problems with Christian Opposition to Inerrancy

Listen to this Article Subscribe to Theology Unplugged in iTunes Kyle Roberts, a theologian at United Theological Seminary and a former evangelical, has written a blog article on Patheos entitled “Seven Problems with Inerrancy.” Roberts is an example of a growing number of theologians who argue that we should retain faith in Jesus Christ and […]

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How to Survive World Religions 101

Michael Kruger entered his freshman year at the University of North Carolina as a committed Christian. He thought he was ready for the intellectual challenges college would mount against his faith—that is, until he found himself sitting in a New Testament introduction class with Bart Ehrman as his professor. It left him shell-shocked.

Many students can relate. Churches often have a hard time preparing their youth for a secular university environment. They equip them on a moral level, which is good and important, yet fail to prepare them intellectually and doctrinally. So how can churches better brace young people for the day their faith will be challenged, attacked, and deemed intellectually indefensible by professors and peers?

In the new video above, Kruger, president and professor of New Testament and early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, shares some of the lessons he learned in college. He encourages students to check their expectations, prepare for opposition, dig for answers, and more. Above all, he urges them to anchor themselves in the local church.

Ryan Troglin is an editorial assistant in the Office of the President at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Stacey, are members at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.


Chick-Fil-A Banned From Opening New Restaurant In Denver International Airport

City Council Bars Chick-fil-A from Denver Airport Due to Chain’s Christian Values

“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8 (KJV)

The most amazing thing about the Denver International Airport is not that it is filled to the brim with very freaky occultic symbols everywhere you look, it’s that it is everywhere you look. Instead of trying to hide them, or be clever about it, these works of darkness are on bold display, daring you to figure them out. And there is no question of any kind that all these symbols do indeed tell a story that is yet to be realized. The story of an evil, tragic holocaust. Do I have your attention?

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The Denver City Council was speaking truth when they said that it is a “moral issue”. The Denver International Airport is the very symbol of Godlessness itself, and it is no wonder that they would be horrified to have a Christian-based company within their dark borders.

One of the first things you see when you pull up to it is a giant, angry blue horse in the attack position whose eyes glow devil red at night. They have aptly named him Blucifer. The sculptor of this evil creation was killed after Blucifer fell on him, crushing him to death instantly. This is the mascot of the Denver Airport. Is it any wonder to you now why they have soundly rejected the proposal of Christian restaurant company Chick-fil-a to open a store there?

The popular fast-food chain is currently facing a political roadblock in Denver, Colorado. The city’s council has moved to delay Chick-fil-A’s request to lease a location within Denver International Airport (DIA) due to members’ concerns with the company’s stance on same-sex marriage.

According to The Denver Post, several city council members view a potential seven-year concessions deal with Chick-fil-A as a question of ethics.

Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez called it “really, truly a moral issue on the city.”

Robin Kniech, the council’s first openly gay member, said she worries about a local Chick-fil-A franchise generating “corporate profits used to fund and fuel discrimination.”

There is such an evil spirit present at the occultic Denver International Airport that having a Chick-fil-a there would be like the Wicked Witch screaming “I’m melting!” when she was doused with the pure water of goodness.

I hope the open a store there soon, pray that they do.


From Suicide to Euthanasia

When does the right to suicide become an obligation to die? Once again, Europe is pushing the boundaries. Listen Now | Download

Law-Keeping Cannot Save You

Law-Keeping Cannot Save YouPeople by nature want to boast in their own abilities, efforts, and achievements. Therefore, the cross of Christ is an offense to everyone. In this lab, John Piper looks at why we resist the message of the cross, as well as what the good news of the gospel says to our self-righteousness.

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Five Lessons for Serial Daters

Five Lessons for Serial DatersEvery fall, young men and women descend on college campuses across the country freshly free from parental accountability and looking for love. It’s a unique time of life that likely won’t repeat itself. Never again will you have instant access to so many people of the opposite sex.

Naturally, some young Christians view college as a great time to find Mr. or Mrs. Right. They hit the ground combing through the masses, looking for the most eligible bachelor or bachelorette. Others are only interested in having a weekly or yearly companion to hold hands, snuggle, and take out on dates. There’s no real intention toward marriage.

I know both hearts well. I began college dating without intentions until a friend challenged me. “Can you see yourself marrying her?” Soon after, I started dating to find my wife. Both periods of my life had one thing in common: I was a serial dater — one who dates a lot of people in a short span of time. Here are five lessons I learned for serial daters like me.

Lesson 1: Look before you leap.

Leaping before looking has led to many broken hearts, and some difficult marriages. People leap into relationships for various reasons that are often not filtered through biblical qualifications and principles. Anxiety, for instance, is a common cause of getting into relationships before we’ve carefully examined a person. Doubt overwhelms our minds. Satan whispers: “You’ll never get married if you pass this one by,” or, “You can’t do better than this.”

For others, physical attraction makes us compromise. Proverbs warns us of the deceitfulness of charm and the vanity of beauty (Proverbs 31:30). We’re also warned “desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way” (Proverbs 19:2). Romantic pursuits rooted in beauty and charm usually lead to regrets and heartache.

Consider how your actions have affected the droves of people you’ve been romantically involved in. Entering into a committed relationship with a person you haven’t properly examined not only hurts you, but it hurts them as well. Serial daters view the opposite sex as rides on a playground — you use them to fulfill your momentary desires and move on when you’re bored.

Essentially, you’re looking to your own interests and not to the interest of others (Philippians 2:4). Paul challenges us to “have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). Christ did “nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). When you serial date you’re not operating with the mind of Christ, but in the spirit of the anti-Christ. Christians don’t look before leaping just to protect themselves, but to protect others as well.

Lesson 2: Labor to kill sexual sin in your heart.

The question many Christian students want to know is: “What is God’s will for my life?” The Bible answers this question: “God’s will for your life is that you abstain from sexual immorality” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Scripture paints a beautiful holistic picture of sex. When enjoyed in the marriage bed, it’s pleasing to the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:2–5). But when it’s engaged outside of marriage, it reaps misery and sorrow. Moreover, Christians who engage in unrepentant sexual acts outside of marriage defile the church (1 Corinthians 5:1–13). Sexual deviance is rebellion against God as creator (Romans 1:18-25). It communicates what your heart really thinks: I’m right and God is wrong.

You should labor to kill all sin, but for many of you, sexual sin in pornography or inappropriate dating relationships is likely your greatest adversary. Serial daters endlessly seek satisfaction from relationships, which inevitably leads to sexual immorality. Fulfilled sexual desires alone and out of context will never make you happy. The pursuit of lasting pleasure through sex is a mirage and snare for a thirsty soul. It will always leave you dissatisfied. The Bible offers you something better sex.

Lesson 3: Lean on Jesus to satisfy your soul.

“Jesus is enough.” I know you’ve heard this time and time again and your response is, “I know.” I would love nothing more than to type an answer that’s going to satisfy your desire to discover the magic bullet that radically changes your perspective on your singleness and eliminates all struggles with discontentment. At the end of the day, all I have to offer you is Jesus. And as offended and misunderstood as you may feel by that advice, I still believe he is enough for you.

I entered marriage secretly thinking it was the magic bullet. I thought marriage, sex, and other things would satisfy this unending thirst. I disregarded married people who warned me to cling to Jesus and not view marriage as the answer. Marriage didn’t quench my thirst, but it did expose my idolatry. Marriage is one of the most gracious sanctifying agents that God can give us. At times it hurts, but intertwined in those moments are glimpses of heaven and a picture of the gospel.

Many men and women have pursued love, sex, career, status, fortune, and power only to discover that at the end of their pursuit is more of the unhappiness they thought they escaped. We are indeed “enigmas whose solution can be found only in God” (Our Reasonable Faith, 23). Discontentment is the enemy of the soul that seeks satisfaction in Jesus. Jesus offers our souls true satisfaction in every stage of life that will leave us neither hungry nor thirsty (John 6:35).

Lesson 4: Listen to older men and women.

During my short life, I’ve come to value the wisdom of older men and women. They are a precious gift to young men and women. College students, be intentional about seeking out these relationships. Throughout Scripture we’re given a model of the older instructing the younger (Proverbs 22:6; Psalm 145:4; 1 Peter 5:1–5; Deuteronomy 6:4–9). The apostle Paul instructs older women to “train the young women” (Titus 2:3–5) and Titus is told to “urge the younger men to be self-controlled” (Titus 2:6–8).

Be open and honest with older men and women about your patterns in dating, especially your failures. Observe their marriages. Invite hard and uncomfortable questions. Heed their advice. This will prove fruitful and could break sinful habits.

Lesson 5: Love your Bible more than you love marriage.

College is full of activities that can keep you distracted from reading your Bible. There are always games to watch, friends to hang out with, and love interests to pursue. This can be exciting, but it’s also hazardous for the soul. The Bible teaches that Scripture is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). It is your one-stop shop to know God himself, the truth about sex, marriage, friendship, and the key to real joy.

When you forsake the Scriptures, you forsake divine revelation and wisdom from God. Scripture must shape how you see God, your college experience, and relationships. You must love your Bible more than you love marriage if you want to end a cycle of serial dating.

Regretting the Past and Hope for the Future

I’ve been amazed at how much my past serial dating haunts my marriage. I’ve often reflected on former relationships, and the ways in which they have limited or inhibited my love for my wife, with deep pain and regret. I’ve frequently sat in silence weeping over past heartaches and the trail of broken hearts I’ve left behind.

I take no pleasure in the amount of girls I pursued, but I have found joy in the gospel of grace. God has been kind to give me a wife who, though she can’t relate, constantly applies the balm of grace to my old wounds. And I’m learning day-by-day lessons I want to teach my children so that they live more satisfied in Jesus than I was in their singleness and dating. If you’re a serial dater, you should repent. Abandon broken cisterns and flee to the fountain that never runs dry. Mourn over your past and trust in the righteousness of Christ. There is hope for future freedom in Jesus.


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A La Carte (August 27)

I found no new Kindle deals today but did want to answer a question I have often been asked. What I post day-by-day is a list of curated deals. They are almost all books I can vouch for one way or another—I have read them, they come from a solid publisher, or they have trusted endorsers. There are many more deals to be had, but I focus on deals for good books. And hopefully there will be more tomorrow.

Congregationalism Doesn’t Stop at 8 PM

This is a very strong article on congregationalism and the responsibilities of each church member to all the others. Don’t let the word “congregationalism” intimidate you—read the article!

Should We Watch Murders on Social Media?

I agree with Russell Moore—we’ve got no business watching people get murdered. Wasn’t it Postman who warned that if we watch news we can do nothing about, we are probably actually just entertaining ourselves to death?

Banning Child Labor

It sounds obvious, doesn’t it? We should ban child labor and refuse to support companies that use it. But this article at The Guardian says, “A categorical ban on child labour is a well-intended but poorly thought out measure, because it ignores the direct and indirect effects of such a ban. It is a policy with its head in the sand, one that will overshoot the intended goal of improving the lives of children workers.”

War RoomNew in Theaters: Tomorrow marks the release of War Room, a new film by the Kendrick brothers (Fireproof, Courageous.) Plugged In has an early review. “Even if there’s a degree of cinematic idealization regarding the instant outcome of prayer … the message that the Kendricks deliver here is no less valid or profitable: Prayer is where God reshapes and remolds our souls into the image of His son, Jesus Christ.”

Want Faster Wifi?

Here are some simple, user-friendly tips just about any of us can implement to help the strength of our wifi signal.

Ashley Madison’s Users

This is fascinating, pathetic, and somehow not at all surprising: Almost 100% of the female accounts registered at Ashley Madison were fake. “Ashley Madison is a site where tens of millions of men write mail, chat, and spend money for women who aren’t there.”

Invent a Ministry

As a pastor, I absolutely love to see this in action. “While most churches need workers in the existing ministries, the inability to fit well in one of them may be God’s prompting to start a new one. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a formally recognized ministry.”


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Should We Watch Murders on Social Media?

Russell Moore:

A videotaped massacre can easily be a kind of pornography, turning human beings—made in the image of God–into spectacles, all while giving the illusion of a safe distance between their suffering and the audience. We can justify watching this as “being informed,” but there is a very thin line these days between news and entertainment. The last thing we should ever be entertained by is the taking of human life. That’s why our early Christian ancestors refused to go to the gladiatorial games.

15 Ways to Fight Lust with the Sword of the Spirit

Kevin DeYoung:

The seventh commandment is not just broken in this country; it’s being smashed to pieces.

And sexual sin is not just an “out there” problem. Any pastor will tell you stories about how sexual sin has destroyed people in his congregation. None of us are immune from the dangers of sexual immorality. In a Christianity Today study from several years ago, 40 percent of clergy acknowledged visiting pornographic websites. Another survey found that 21 percent visit regularly. Yet another survey at Pastors.com found that 50 percent of pastors reported to viewing pornography in the previous year. And then there’s the underlying issue of the heart. The seventh commandment doesn’t just forbid adultery and pornography. It forbids every action, look, conversation, thought, or desire that incites lust and uncleanness.

So how in the world, in this world we live in, and with our sex-saturated hearts, can we obey the seventh commandment?

All are welcome here

Ray Ortlund shares a great quote from Octavius Winslow.

Amazon: Easy to Critique, Easier to One-Click

Lisa Slayton:

We may publicly condemn large companies like Amazon and praise small businesses like Hearts & Minds. But when it comes to buying our books and placing our orders, we usually go with the company that offers the fastest and cheapest option—without regard for how it treats it employees.

Who, then, is to blame for “bruising” workplaces, where people are treated like cogs in a machine rather than humans created in God’s image? It may very well be us, the consumers.

Let’s Reach Out with the Gospel to Women Victimized by Abortion

Randy Alcorn:

I encourage you to read through the following perspectives from Diane Meyer, a close friend of ours. In fact, she’s like a third daughter to me and Nanci. She lived with us when our daughters were small and she was a young unwed mother. We had the joy of seeing her come to Christ, and helped her place a baby for adoption.  (Just this last year she was reunited with her 33-year-old son and it was our privilege to be there with Diane’s family and the adoptive parents.)


The Daily Discovery (August 27, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:

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Has America Abandoned God? – “As a culture we are at a strange place, we seem to be headed toward a precipice at breakneck speed. From the recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, to the recent release of the undercover videos showing the management of Planned Parenthood haggling over the price of the its tiny murder victims, and the mindless defense of PP on the part of many and the complete ignoring of the story by the mainstream media (while there was widespread outrage over and wall to wall media coverage of the legal killing of a lion in Zimbabwe) I have heard many believers asking has America abandoned God?”

Congregationalism Doesn’t Stop at 8 p.m. – “Congregationalists argue that local congregations are ultimately responsible for their membership, discipline, and doctrine. But what does that mean? Are congregations responsible for a slice the church’s life while the elders handle the rest? As long as we cast biblically informed votes in a members meeting, are we fulfilling our congregational duty? Or does ‘membership, discipline, and doctrine’ require something more than merely saying ‘aye’ and ‘nay’?”

Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ – “Rosaria Butterfield knits. Balls of yarn at her feet become fingerless mohair mittens for her family of six. But that’s not the only kind of knitting she does. She also wields her needles of theology and experience against the tangled mess of modern sexuality. The result is order where chaos tends to rule.  This order is timely. When it comes to same-sex anything, the church can appear awkward and clumsy. As the pressure mounts, we Christians fumble around with our Bibles, unsure of how to connect the truths in God’s Word to cultural discourse or personal struggles.”

Ken Ham Releases Eye-Opening Ready to Return – “For Ready to Return: Bringing Back the Church’s Lost Generation, thousands of young adults in our churches, as well as thousands more adults in their 40s, were interviewed by ARG with questions about their church participation when growing up, their current levels of church participation, and their beliefs about Bible doctrines, Creation, and Noah’s Ark. The first book in this series, Already Gone, presented the results of a survey dealing with why those who attended church regularly while young are no longer sitting in our pews. This follow-up book shows that many of the 20s generation who still attend church regularly support gay ‘marriage,’ say they are not born again, and 65% believe that if a person is good they will go to heaven. Jeff Kinley assisted Ham in writing this new book.”

Heidelberg 117: Who Defines True Prayer? – “One of the themes that we have been exploring through the exposition of the catechism, which is really an exposition of the Scriptures and the Christian faith as understood and confessed by the Reformed Churches, is the relationship between the objective, that which apart from us, and the subjective, our personal experience. In our age the subjective tends to dominate. People identify themselves in ways contrary to their biology and demand that others accept this self-identification. This is nothing but radical subjectivism. It rests on the belief that all norms are really nothing more than contrivances, conventions, constructions that may be deconstructed at will.”


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America’s Reading Crisis Is Much Worse Than You Think | Sara Kay Mooney at Christianity Today
Sara, a teacher at a Title I middle school, answers the question: “What do you wish the local church knew?”

Open Letter to Right-Wing Evangelical Christians | Ariel Bovat at RAAN
Staggering statistics to consider as she talks about the root causes of abortion.

15 Ways to Fight Lust With the Sword of the Spirit | Kevin DeYoung
“So how in the world, in this world we live in, and with our sex-saturated hearts, can we obey the seventh commandment?”

Good Works and the Christian Life | John Tweeddale at Ligonier
“Just because we are not saved according to our works doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be concerned about pursuing a life of joyful obedience to God’s Word.”

Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ | Book review by Kelsey Hency at The Gospel Coalition
“Once a tenured English professor, [Butterfield] approaches the issue of sexuality with notable scholastic rigor; her theology is profound. Once a committed lesbian, she empathizes with those in the grips of same-sex attraction; her compassion abounds. In her new book Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ, we benefit from both.”

Cotton Mather’s Advice for Seminary Students | Ryan Hoselton at The Gospel Coalition

Fasting for Beginners | David Mathis at Desiring God
Why to fast and how to start, with the reminder that Jesus gave us instructions for “when” we fast, not “if.”

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Highland Hymn: Glory to the Holy One Concert (Saint Andrew’s Chapel)

Lyrics:

Above the mists of Highland hills
E’en far above the clear blue skies
The end of pain and earthly ills
When we shall see His eyes

Refrain

Lutes will sing
Pipers play
When we see Him face to face
On that day

His face now hidden from our sight
Concealed from ev’ry hidden gaze
In hearts made pure from sinful f light
Is the bliss that will amaze

Refrain

We know not yet what we will be
In heaven’s final blessed state
But know we now that we shall see
Our Lord at heaven’s gate

The beatific glory view
That now our souls still long to see
Will make us all at once anew
And like Him forever be

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Christian Headlines Daily – Thursday, August 27, 2015

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Top Headlines

Ted Cruz Tries to Rouse Evangelicals with Campaign against Planned Parenthood

Iraq Forms Committee to Address Christian Persecution

New York Times Baffled By Evangelical Support of Trump

Terrorist Attack Averted at Tomb of Ancient Israeli Patriarch

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Player and Wife Refuse to Abort Baby with Severe Birth Defect

Flooding, Landslides Hit Vast Area of Burma; Christians Denied Aid

Scholars Say “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” Probably a Fake

Pakistani Flood Victims Refused Aid Because of Christian Faith

Ted Cruz Urges 100,000 Pastors to Demand De-Funding of Planned Parenthood

Josh Duggar’s Brother-in-law Condemns Instant Forgiveness for Adultery

Opinion

A Warning about Trigger Warnings

What do Starbucks and Pope Francis Have in Common?

What Anna Duggar Doesn’t Understand about Christian Forgiveness

New Bible Videos on YouTube Helping Christians Understand God’s Word

Train Heroes Receive France’s Highest Honor


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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CanIKnowGod.com

CanIKnowGod.com is a website inspired by LifesGreatestQuestion.com, with new content, images, audio and video that will help you understand more about who God is and how to know Him. The site is mobile responsive and has an infinite scroll which makes for a very user-friendly experience. After you indicate a decision on CanIKnowGod.com, you are directed to a page that details what it means to have a new and transformed life through Jesus Christ. There’s even a Facebook page for daily updates, encouragement and scripture sharing.


“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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CHRIST AND THE CHRISTIAN: Both as a bruised reed.

Regeneration, Repentance and Reformation

Taken and adapted from, “The Bruised Reed”
Written by Richard Sibbes

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The Reed and the Bruising

The prophet Isaiah, being lifted up and carried with the wing of a prophetical spirit, passes over all the time between him and the appearing of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Seeing with the eye of prophecy, and with the eye of faith, Christ as present, he presents him, in the name of God, to the spiritual eye of others, in these words: `Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth’ (Isaiah 42:1 3). These…

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Albert Mohler Blog: “Ashley Madison and the Death of Monogamy”

In this blog essay, “Ashley Madison and the Death of Monogamy,” Dr. R. Albert Mohler reflects on the recent debacle with the adultery website Ashley Madison. Mohler writes:
“Given the numbers involved, the exposures are likely to hit nearly every community, millions of families, countless churches, and just about every major corporation and institution in the nation. Christians face the responsibility to respond to these exposures with the full power of the gospel and the full measure of conviction. This is going to require the courage of every affected congregation, underlining the New Testament’s clear instructions on how to deal with sin in the life of a believer. This moral emergency also calls for the full measure of Christian compassion and care for spouses, families, and friends who are suffering for the sin of others.”

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“I AM”

The Reformed Reader

I appreciate the following words from Ravi Zacharias (emphasis his):

“At the heart of every major religion is a leading exponent.  As the exposition is studied, something very significant emerges.  There comes a bifurcation, or a distinction, between the person and the teaching.  Mohammed, to the Koran.  Buddha, to the Noble Path.  Krishna, to his philosophizing.  Zoroaster, to his ethics.”

“Whatever we make of their claims, one reality is inescapable.  They are teachers who point to their teaching or show some particular way.  In all of these, there emerges an instruction, a way of living.  It is not Zoroaster to whom you turn.  It is Zoroaster to whom you listen.  It is not Buddha who delivers you; it is his Noble Truths that instruct you.  It is not Mohammed who transforms you; it is the beauty of the Koran that woos you.”

“By contrast, Jesus did not only teach or…

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In Ohio, faithful Jews and Christians can no longer serve as judges

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For the past few decades, we have been able to see what happens when the Christian church decides that piety and feelings are more important than truth and evidence. Gradually, pastors decided to eliminate any discussion of apologetics as well as any integration between the Christian worldview and other areas of knowledge, e.g. – economics, politics, science. What was the consequence of this emotionalization of Christianity? The consequence is that we basically handed the commanding heights of the culture to the secular left – including furnishing them with new soldiers from our own pious families.

Consider this article in The Stream about a recent decision by the Ohio Supreme Court.

It says:

The court’s Board of Professional Conduct was responding to a request submitted by several lawyers and judges, including C. Allen McConnell, a municipal court Judge whose predicament we addressedin “The ‘Soft’ Beginning of…

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Obama administration retaliates against Kansas for defunding Planned Parenthood

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Typical immature behavior from our petulant child-President.

This is from Life News.

Excerpt:

The Obama administration has punished the state of Kansas for cutting taxpayer funds for the Planned Parenthood abortion business by cutting its federal Medicaid funding by the same amount.The moves comes at the same time the abortion giant is facing intense criticism over its sales of aborted babies and their body parts.

In 2011, pro-life Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill signed into law a bill that would shift funding away from the Planned Parenthood abortion business and stops abortion funding in health insurance programs. The Kansas Senate passed the measure on a 28-10 vote and the state House followed suit with an 86-30 vote.

The measure has the state budget directing over $300,000  in Title 10 money to local full-service health clinics instead of Planed Parenthood and it places…

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Americans, lawmakers, sometimes ignore or overrule science. That’s a good thing.

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From Dr. Adam Seagrave

The feature article of the March issue of National Geographic attempts to explain the results of a January 2015 Pew Research Center report that demonstrates how many Americans seem to be out of step with the triumphal march of modern science. Not only are decreasing percentages of the American public expressing positive stances toward science in general, but many are rejecting outright the scientific consensus on several key issues. When it comes to topics such as evolution, climate change, vaccination, population growth, and GMOs, large numbers of ordinary people in the US seem to think that they know better than the scientific community. How could so many people—a substantial number of them highly educated, no less—be so backward?

According to the article’s author, it’s because “the scientific method leads us to truths that are less than self-evident, often mind-blowing, and sometimes hard to swallow.” “The scientific…

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Strange Firony…

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely...

I honestly, sincerely wish I could move on from the topic of the Charismatic Movement, but it just keeps on coming up.  It’s been almost two years since the Strange Fire conference, and it seemed like all the parties involved got their shots in.

The Cessationists made their reasonable appeals, made a lot of unreasonable rants, published their stuff, wrote their responses, etc.

The Continuationists basically cried about division and broad brushes.

The Pentecostals basically cried about division and broad brushes.

The Charismatics basically cried about division and broad brushes.

CharismaMagazinekeptondoingeverythingpossiblyintheirpowertoprovideanendlesstsunamiofamazingexamplesastowhytheStrangeFireConferencewasnecessary (and possibly understated things: every single word in that statement links to a separate mind-numbing article, just for a few dozen examples)

There has been biblical proportions of ink spilled on the topic…

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Daily Devotionals: (27th Aug.) The Full Salvation of Our First Parents (Part 1)

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Reading: Genesis 3:1-24

Genesis chapter 3 pulls back the curtain of time to reveal the fullness of the salvation that Adam received from the hand of God. It is the story of Adam’s salvation from beginning to end: from the lure of the forbidden tree to the safe provision of the tree of life, from the depths of depravity to the assured hope of glory.

Think of the depravity of Adam’s sin. It is against an infinitely holy God, contrary to God’s creation and the perfect environment He provided. It was rebellion against God and the homicide of humanity. Who can fail to see the depravity of sin against God and the effects of personal sin on those around us?

Two themes run in juxtaposition throughout this entire chapter: the self-will of man and the corresponding sufficiency of God’s grace. Adam rebels against God and God seeks him; he runs…

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If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. (John 15:4-6 NASB)

I had a Facebook “discussion” today with a fellow who claimed to have the same “theology” that I profess, but had posted an article defending the theology of Roger E. Olsen, a self-proclaimed defender of Arminianism. In his post he linked to this article. The longer the “discussion” went the more…

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