Daily Archives: September 2, 2015

September 2, 2015 Truth2Freedom US and World Briefing Report


Sep. 2, 2015


President Obama all but wrapped up enough U.S. Senate votes to protect the Iran nuclear deal in Congress as two more Democratic senators said Tuesday they will support the agreement.

$10 billion initiative released by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign today is also aimed at fighting alcohol addiction and changing criminal justice practices to reduce penalties on non-violent drug offenders.

The U.S. Olympic Committee endorsed Los Angeles’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games after the City Council agreed to allow a contract that would require the city to cover financial losses.

Bill Gross said the Federal Reserve has waited so long to raise interest rates that any move now may be labeled “too little too late” as market turmoil restricts the room for policy makers to act. “The ‘too late’ refers to the fact that they may have missed their window of opportunity in early 2015, and the ‘too little’ speaks to my concept of a new neutral policy rate which should be closer to 2 percent nominal, but now cannot be approached without spooking markets.”

As Chinese leader Xi Jinping welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin to Beijing this week to celebrate the anniversary of the end of World War II, the news on the economic front for the two would-be allies isn’t nearly as positive. China’s market plunge over the last few weeks has added to the pressure, helping knock the ruble to the lowest levels in months. Growing doubts about China’s economic outlook have hit prices for oil, Moscow’s main export, pushing Russia deeper into recession.

The rate of total knee replacements almost doubled between 2000 and 2010 for Americans over 45, while the average age of patients decreased by more than two years, to 66.2. The elective surgeries became the most common inpatient hospital procedure for people over 45 in 2008. Almost 700,000 were performed in 2010.

Slumping oil prices are spurring 4,000-mile diversions of tankers filled with diesel and jet fuel as the price of ship fuel plunges, opening up trading opportunities. At least five tankers will deliver refined products to European ports in August and September, sailing around South Africa rather than using the normal shortcut through Egypt’s Suez Canal, ship tracking data show.

Intel’s new design shrinks the chips’ size and electricity consumption to the point where they can be used as the heart of complete computers built into thumb drives that can be plugged into a monitor or TV, for example. That’s just one new format Intel is hoping will catch the eye of consumers and lure them to replace the estimated 1 billion computers in use that are more than three years old.

AP Top Stories

Obama’s historic visit to the Alaska Arctic on Wednesday will shine a rare spotlight on the plight of Alaska Natives and others who live in more than 200 far-flung Alaskan villages under conditions unimaginable in most of the United States.

The off-duty cop found dead in his Texas home Monday may have been the victim of a planned attack by several culprits, according to early reports.

North Korea would have no chance of defeating its southern neighbor and its allies in a conflict, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday, days after the peninsula appeared on the brink of armed conflict.

At least 50 African Union soldiers are believed to have been killed and another 50 are missing after Shebab militants overran a military camp in southern Somalia on Tuesday.

A mass grave has been found in northern Mexico, authorities said Tuesday, as a rights group indicated it could contain 31,000 bone fragments corresponding to at least 31 bodies.

When China rolls out its latest armaments Thursday for a lavish parade commemorating the defeat of Japan in World War II, defense experts and foreign armies will be watching closely for any revelations about new military capabilities.


Hundreds of migrants have protested for a second day at Hungary’s decision to prevent them from travelling on towards Germany and other EU countries.

US agents have arrested more than 90 people and shut down 16 underground labs making illegal steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

Argentina’s central bank has ordered HSBC to replace its chief executive in the country within 24 hours and accused the bank of failing to prevent tax evasion and money laundering.

Australia’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew less than expected in the second quarter of this year as the economy struggled to gain momentum. The economy expanded 0.2% from the previous quarter and was up 2% compared with the same period last year.

Nigeria will deploy drones to monitor the movement of ships in an effort to curb the rampant oil theft in the country, the state oil firm said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said two of its local workers have been shot dead in Yemen.


Hackers have stolen more than 225,000 Apple accounts from iPhone customers. Security company Palo Alto Networks is calling the attack “the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware.”

The number of U.S. residents who are struggling to survive on just $2 a day has more than doubled since 1996, placing 1.5 million households and 3 million children in this desperate economic situation.

NJ – Two former employees of a child daycare center have been charged with instigating fights among a dozen children, ages 4 to 6, recording the incidents and calling them a “fight club.”

It’s not so secret – but the CIA and U.S. Special Operations forces recently kicked off a covert operation to send drones into Syria to root out and kill leaders and key operatives with ISIS.

Top News – 9/2/2015

Finally! Transgender ‘Girl’ Gets Dose of Common Sense from Students, Parents
Time and time again, the rights of the majority are being trumped by a vocal minority. However, in one case involving a boy who is pretending to be a girl (transgender) and is demanding that he use the girls’ restroom, people have actually stood up and said, “Enough is enough!”

End of the Shmita: Aliens, Blood Moons and Economic Collapse
following are three warnings from three completely different groups of people predicting awful things in store for the coming weeks and months. The first is the Israeli chapter of New Age Raelian Movement. The movement’s prophet, who took the name Maitreya Rael, has instructed his Israeli followers to publish an urgent “oracle” in a highly unusual public campaign.

Washington’s Grand Coulee Dam inspected after M4.2 temblor hits nearby
The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake was centered about 25 miles (40 km) north of the dam near the town of Nespelem in heart of the sprawling Coleville Indian Reservation, an area ravaged by a major wildfire in recent days. Weak to light shaking was felt over a wide region, but there were no immediate reports of damage of injuries.

Rare Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Coming This Month
The cosmic event will take place on the night of Sept. 27 when two periodic events — supermoons and lunar eclipses — will happen at the same time, making for a rare coincidence. A supermoon occurs when a full moon happens when it is at the closest point in its elliptical orbit around Earth, making the full moon appear up to 14% larger and brighter than usual.

Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbis
we are also seeing a rise in the internalization of anti-Semitism among some American Jews. The victims of this internalized bigotry adopt the falsehoods and stereotypes of the anti-Jewish racists who manufacture accusations against Israel in order to foment anti-Semitic sentiment and actions. One example of this phenomenon is the so-called “Rabbinical Council” of a purportedly Jewish organization, whose mission is to aid those who seek to delegitimize the Jewish state.

Three major hurricanes pictured over Pacific for first time
It is the first time three storms classed as Category 3 or higher have been pictured together at the same time, Nasa officials said.

Islam expert: Did Quran come before Muhammad?
a recent report in the Daily Mail, which described how several pages were carbon-dated by experts at Oxford, who found not only were some of the pages likely from the oldest Quran in the world, they possibly were created between 568 AD and 645 AD. The dates given for Muhammad’s life often are 570 AD to 632 AD, meaning the fragment could have been in print (hand-written on parchment) two years before Islam’s founder was born.

On Sept. 2nd, a billion-ton coronal mass ejection (CME) slammed into Earth’s magnetic field. Campers in the Rocky Mountains woke up in the middle of the night, thinking that the glow they saw was sunrise. No, it was the Northern Lights. People in Cuba read their morning paper by the red illumination of aurora borealis. Earth was peppered by particles so energetic, they altered the chemistry of polar ice.

Citing God’s authority, clerk defies Supreme Court on gay marriages
Invoking God’s authority, a Kentucky county clerk defied the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday and stood by her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to any couples – gay or straight – since the court in June ruled that same-sex couples had the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution.

Third earthquake hits northeastern Taiwan in less than an hour
Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) A magnitude 4.5 earthquake shook Yilan County at 11:03 a.m. Wednesday, the third in a series of shallow temblors that struck the northeastern county within an hour, the Central Weather Bureau said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries caused by any of the earthquakes.

6.1 magnitude quake strikes Sarangani
Philippines) — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Sarangani, Davao Occidental at 9:18 a.m. Wednesday (September 2), according to the latest earthquake bulletin of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Blood moon has some expecting end of the world
…The night of September 27-28 will bring a “blood moon.” To skywatchers, it simply refers to the copper color the moon takes on during an eclipse, but to some Christian ministers, the fourth and final eclipse in a tetrad — four consecutive total lunar eclipses, each separated by six lunar months — fulfills biblical prophecy of the apocalypse.

Islamic State Terrorists Caught Crossing Into Europe Posing As Refugees
Five men have been arrested as they attempted to cross the Bulgarian-Macedonian border with decapitation videos and Islamic State propaganda on their phones. The terrorist suspects had been posing as refugees. Bulgarian authorities near the Gyueshevo border checkpoint detained the five men, aged between 20 and 24, late on Wednesday, Bulgarian broadcaster NOVA TV reported.

The surging ranks of America’s ultrapoor
By one dismal measure, America is joining the likes of Third World countries. The number of U.S. residents who are struggling to survive on just $2 a day has more than doubled since 1996, placing 1.5 million households and 3 million children in this desperate economic situation.

Islamic State battles Syrian rebel forces in Damascus
Syrian rebel forces have come under attack from Islamic State (IS) on the southern outskirts of Damascus. Militants from the jihadist group are reportedly battling Jaysh al-Islam fighters in the Qadam district and those of Ajnad al-Sham in nearby Asali. The fighting has brought IS closer than ever to the heart of the capital.

El Salvador violence up to civil war-era level
Violence involving street gangs in El Salvador left 907 people dead last month, a level of bloodshed unseen since the civil war of the 1980s, police say. They say the high numbers are due to an increase in clashes between street gangs and the security forces and rival gangs fighting each other. El Salvador is believed to have more then 70,000 gang members.

Migrant crisis: Thousands arrive in mainland Greece
Thousands of migrants are arriving in mainland Greece as the government prepares for talks on tackling the huge number of people reaching its shores. Two ships carrying more than 4,200 people travelled to Piraeus port at night after leaving Lesbos island. The whole EU is struggling to deal with an unprecedented influx of migrants.

IDF puts finishing touches on mass evacuation plan in case of war with Hezbollah
Israeli authorities have already made contingency plans in the eventuality that hostilities are re-ignited with the Shi’ite group Hezbollah just over the border in Lebanon. According to the latest emergency plans formulated by the IDF, residents of the northern frontier towns that are in closest vicinity to the border will be evacuated. These communities would instead be used to quarter soldiers from elite units.

‘CIA launches secret drone campaign to hunt down top ISIS terrorists’
American commandos and the CIA have jointly launched a secret drone operation to track down and kill senior Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in Syria, The Washington Post is reporting in Wednesday editions. According to the Post, the campaign is an independently run initiative that is separate from the overall military effort being waged against the extremist movement by the US and other regional allies.

A retired general thinks the US could get al-Qaeda to fight against ISIS
A retired U.S. Army general and former Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus is publicly floating a new and somewhat surprising proposal for combating the terrorist group ISIS in the Middle East.

A new, deadly drug is extremely popular among high-school students
Synthetic cannabinoids, commonly referred to as synthetic marijuana, are a new deadly drug that are soaring in popularity among high-school-aged students, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

Sheep Led To The Slaughter: The Muzzling Of Free Speech In America
The architects of the American police state must think we’re idiots. With every passing day, we’re being moved further down the road towards a totalitarian society characterized by government censorship, violence, corruption, hypocrisy and intolerance, all packaged for our supposed benefit in the Orwellian doublespeak of national security, tolerance and so-called “government speech.”

Thai prime minister says bombing suspect arrested at border
Thai authorities arrested a man they believe is part of a group responsible for a deadly bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago, the prime minister announced Tuesday. He said the suspect resembles a yellow-shirted man in a surveillance video who police say planted the bomb.

Israel asks UN to reject Palestinian attempt to raise flag
Israel on Tuesday urged U.N. leaders to reject a Palestinian attempt to raise their flag at U.N. headquarters as early as this month’s gathering of world leaders there.

Iranian Guard chief says US ‘still the Great Satan’
The head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard said Tuesday that the U.S. is still the “Great Satan,” regardless of the nuclear deal struck with Americans and world powers over the Islamic Republic’s contested nuclear program.

Top Headlines – 9/2/2015

White House fight to preserve Iran deal is won, Cardin says

Democrats to secure passage of Iran deal through Congress, may prevent vote

Congress is giving the left-leaning Pope a platform ahead of a critical vote on the Iran nuclear deal

After Iran deal, Obama vows to up cooperation with Israel

Despite nuclear deal, US remains Iran’s ‘No. 1 enemy,’ says powerful cleric

Iranian Guard chief says US ‘still the Great Satan’

Putin Plans to Attend UN General Assembly For First Time in 10 Years

Israel asks UN to reject Palestinian attempt to raise flag

Prosor: Efforts to fly Palestinian flag at UN not the way to peace, statehood

What a top U.S. diplomat really thought of Netanyahu – from the Hillary e-mail stash

Netanyahu says willing to meet Abbas for peace talks ‘right now’

Fatah leaders urge Abbas not to resign from PLO leadership

Israel not excited by Abbas threat to quit: ‘Been there, done that’

Rivlin: West Bank settlements are as Israeli as Tel Aviv

Netanyahu: Israel to weigh changing open-fire orders on those throwing rocks and fire-bombs

Gaza Rockets Explode on Palestinian Side, Cause Casualties

IDF: Hamas seizing Gazan construction imports for attack tunnel building

Hamas is willingly delaying Gaza reconstruction, COGAT head says

UN: Gaza could be ‘uninhabitable’ by 2020 if trends continue

US forced to disclose more details of targeted killings, will Israel be next?

IDF puts finishing touches on mass evacuation plan in case of war with Hezbollah

Kuwait charges 26 suspected Hezbollah operatives over arms cache, alleges Iran link

Lebanese protesters storm environment ministry in Beirut

18 Turkish workers kidnapped by masked men in Baghdad

Turkish soldier killed in cross-border fire from ISIS territory in Syria

Kurds suspect another chemical attack by ISIS in Iraq

CIA, Special Operations forces reportedly launch drone war against ISIS in Syria

US drone kills six suspected militants in Pakistan

Iran’s top judge tells US to butt out of cases involving imprisoned Americans

Greece Finds Weapons Shipment Headed for Libya on Cargo Ship

Islamic State Terrorists Caught Crossing Into Europe Posing As Refugees

Germany, Spain urge EU to name safe countries of origin in refugee crisis

EU faces migrant crisis of ‘biblical proportions’ as Germany registers 3,500 new refugees in just one day

Czech President Calls for Army to Defend Border Against Migrants

Summer of crime: Killings soar in big US cities amid debate over policing

Milwaukee Sheriff: Obama ‘Started This War on Police’

DPS Estimates At Least 100,000 Texans Involved In Gangs

The surging ranks of America’s ultrapoor

U.S. stocks plummet on China fears; Dow down 12.5% from peak

Dow plunges 470 points as oil sinks 8% in grim September debut

Putin seeks to dump the dollar in regional trade

Oil Plunges on Weak Global Factory Data

Venezuela Says China to Give $5 Billion Oil Loan

‘Death cross’ patterns spread to all corners of the stock market

Mathematician: Shmittah Market Trends Point to “Really Bad” Crash in September

Australia has slowest quarterly growth in 4 years

Canada officially enters recession

Norwegian bank issues anti-Semitic credit card, says sorry

The Ice War Cometh? Russia makes play for Arctic, Obama seeks more Coast Guard icebreakers

North Korea Denies Apologizing for Land Mine Blasts

Clinton emails contained spy satellite data on North Korean nukes

Clinton Reportedly Used Private Server For Clinton Foundation and State Department Business

More than 225,000 Apple iPhone accounts hacked

Sheep Led To The Slaughter: The Muzzling Of Free Speech In America

Radioactive material sent to Texas A&M goes missing

Mystery Light Streaking Above Hawaii Sky Turns Out to be Russian Spy Satellite

Blood moon has some expecting end of the world

Rare ‘Supermoon’ Total Lunar Eclipse Coming This Month – It will be the first supermoon eclipse since 1982, and the last until 2033

What Would Happen If A Massive Solar Storm Hit The Earth?

Texas regulator says oil and gas companies not causing earthquakes

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hachijo-jima, Japan

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Sarangani, Philippines

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Hachijo-jima, Japan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Iquique, Chile

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Acacoyagua, Mexico

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near the Kermadec Islands region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near We, New Caledonia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Qulansiyah, Yemen

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hualian, Taiwan

Magnitude 4.2 quake strikes near Grand Coulee Dam in Washington

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 25,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 20,000ft

Erika Unleashes New Flooding Risk From Florida to Georgia

Waves up to 20-feet-tall pound Hawaii as hurricane moves north

Dust Storm Barrels Through Parts of Washington

A Giant Glob of Deadly Algae Is Floating off the West Coast

Cause of Mysterious, Fatal Brain Disease Linked to Mad Cow Disease-Like Proteins

Survey: 15% of Med Students in the U.K. Have Considered Suicide

California assisted suicide bill advances in special session

Genetically modified embryos: time for ethics debate, say scientists

McConnell: Planned Parenthood defunding a no-go this year

9th Shocking Video: Planned Parenthood Sells Intact Aborted Babies, One “Just Fell Out” of the Womb

During Jubilee, priests can absolve faithful of abortion sin, pope says

Kentucky clerk ordered to court after refusing to issue gay-marriage licenses

Citing God’s authority, clerk defies U.S. top court on gay marriages

How a ‘Pornographic’ Lesbian Graphic Novel Ignited a Culture War at Duke

Protest staged over transgender student’s right to use girl’s locker room

Christian theologian steps down due to Ashley Madison hack

American Catholics Clash With Church Over ‘Sins,’ Survey Finds

The Briefing

1) Pope’s ‘Year of Mercy’ exemplifies problems of sacramental system, changes nothing

Pope Francis emphasizes forgiveness for women who have abortions, Washington Post (Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Michelle Boorstein)

2) Judge awards religious liberty to March for Life on moral, not religious basis

Judge Allows Moral, Not Just Religious, Contraception Exemptions, New York Times (Adam Liptak)

3) Professor’s syllabus bans use of offensive terms like ‘male’ and ‘female’

University Thwarts Prof’s Attempt to Punish Students for Referring to Men and Women as ‘Male’ and ‘Female’ , National Review (Katharine Timpf)

WST338: Women & Popular Culture, Washington State University (Selena Lester Breikss)

4) Opposition to child-bearing reflects reduction to children to a mere ‘want’

Another reason I won’t have kids: fetal cells stay in your body long after birth, The Guardian (Lilit Marcus)

In other news…

Daily Digest

September 2, 2015


“The essence of government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” —James Madison, speech in the Virginia constitutional convention, 1829


Seventy years ago today, the Japanese surrendered to Allied Forces aboard the USS Missouri, officially ending World War II. Today is therefore known as “VJ Day.” On Aug. 6 and 9, respectively, the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Doing so killed as many as 250,000 Japanese, but it also prevented a likely invasion of the Japanese main island and thus saved hundreds of thousands of American lives. U.S. forces occupied Japan for another six-and-a-half years, which established Japan as a peaceful world player. Today is a reminder that tyranny must be defeated, not appeased, if Liberty is to flourish.

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Email Document Dump Catches Clinton in Serious Lie


Hillary Clinton has repeatedly claimed that she never sent classified emails over her private server. Oh, she might have received some that were unintentionally unmarked, but she claims she was clean as a freshly wiped email server. But in the newest round of Hillary’s emails released Monday, the State Department, sure enough, redacted email after email from public view. The Clinton campaign responded with a memo claiming the emails where just a mildly interesting sideshow into the internal communications of a presidential cabinet member. The memo said of the classified portions, “This group of emails include 125 that have had portions classified after the fact, but as confirmed again by the State Department, nothing she sent or received was marked classified.” But as The Federalist’s Sean Davis reports, the State Department will declassify material 10 or 15 years after the material is either created or after it receives an after-the-fact classification. State chose to declassify this material from the time it was created. In other words, from the moment Clinton’s fingers typed up an email and she hit send, the document should have been classified. But her material never went through the proper classification channels, making her argument now a pathetically circular one. Furthermore, she sent some of these emails to Clinton operative Sidney Blumenthal, a person outside the State Department. What’s worse? Keep in mind that these are only the emails that survived Clinton’s email purge. She knew exactly what she was doing.

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Blumenthal on Boehner: The Truth

From the latest batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails, one notable communiqué is from Sidney Blumenthal in response to the 2010 midterm elections, when Republicans retook the House. Blumenthal wrote to Clinton, “[House Speaker John] Boehner is despised by the younger, more conservative members of the House. … He is louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle. … He is not [Newt] Gingrich, the natural leader of a ‘revolution,’ riding the crest into power. He is careworn and threadbare, banal and hollow…” The unfortunate truth is that many conservatives would have agreed with Blumenthal in 2010 and many more would agree with him today. Boehner has been and remains a colossal failure as speaker of the House, despite the huge Republican victories in both the 2010 and 2014 midterms. Though there have been significant gains in conservative House ranks, Boehner has put up a gauntlet blocking the ascension of most of those genuine conservatives to positions of power in the House.

We certainly agree with Blumenthal’s assessment about his sobriety, too. In fact, we don’t believe Boehner has been sober at a microphone for years. We’ve questioned House members close to Boehner, and they all make excuses for his slurred words and demeanor. Most suggest some variant of, “He is just exhausted.” We believe, however, that Boehner’s cadre of House confidants continue to prop him up, sober or not, because he is the House power broker and their meal ticket.

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Leading the GOP Field: Candidates With No Prior Office

CNN has given Carly Fiorina the chance to appear on the stage at the Sept. 16 presidential primary debate after announcing a changed method for determining which candidates would be invited. Instead of picking the 10 candidates who performed best in the polls conducted from July 16 to Sept. 10, CNN will pick candidates who do well in polls conducted from Aug. 7 to Sept. 10. There haven’t been as may polls during the late summer as CNN predicted, and some candidates who have been gaining popularity would not have made it onto the stage if CNN kept its metric unchanged. With Fiorina’s rise after her stellar debate performance, and Ben Carson closing the gap with Donald Trump in the polls, the Republican field is currently led by three candidates who have never held elected office. It demonstrates that a sizable swath of grassroots conservatives are sick and tired of how the establishment GOP (looking at you, John Boehner) has run Washington. And who can blame them? The GOP in Congress caved to Barack Obama’s demands at the beginning of the year when he sought funding for his executive orders on immigration. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to consider defunding Planned Parenthood, despite the growing disgust over its baby-parts trafficking. The primary season is the time for the party to decide its agenda and leadership style. The status quo will no longer do, and CNN has done it’s part to prevent its rules from rigging that discussion.

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No One Out-Trumps Donald Trump

By Jim Harrington


What has Donald Trump’s candidacy done for the GOP presidential race? Well, beyond creating a spectacle, he has affirmed the legitimate anger of many grassroots voters. And he’s creating some awkward moments for the rest of the field.

Attitude and not-of-the-establishment credibility are key to his rise, but immigration is perhaps the central issue. As if to highlight that fact, the murder of Kathryn Steinle by an illegal alien in the sanctuary city of San Francisco brought the issue into stark relief. Her family is now suing San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, the Bureau of Land Management, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Steinle’s death is among the most noted such cases, but there are hundreds of other citizens across the country assaulted and murdered by illegals. And if people start suing sanctuary cities and winning, it’s going to change policies.

Which brings us to the GOP presidential race, and Republicans eager to sound as tough as Trump.

On Sunday, The Hill reported, “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is open to the idea of building a wall along America’s northern border with Canada.” That story was repeated in news outlets throughout the world.

But Walker didn’t exactly say it. The truth is that his full statement was intentionally skewed by the Leftmedia.

As the Washington Examiner explains, “Walker said in an interview … on ‘Meet the Press’ that he believes the northern border poses a legitimate security issue. As Walker started to elaborate on these concerns, his interviewer, Chuck Todd, asked whether he supports building a wall on the Canadian border.”

Walker’s reply was unclear due to crosstalk, but he said, “Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire. They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks. … So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at.”

The “legitimate concerns” he meant were the ones he had mentioned moments earlier about the security of our borders in general. But suddenly — the Leftmedia tells us — he wants a wall on the northern border.

No doubt Walker should have been clearer. And therein lies the problem with trying to out-Trump Donald Trump. The Leftmedia’s just waiting to pounce on any “racist” or otherwise “offensive” comment from any Republican candidate.

Still, despite the risks, other candidates do continue trying to outdo Trump. Gov. Chris Christie is another example, with his suggestion that he would track immigrants like FedEx does packages.

“I’m going to have Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, come work for the government for three months. Just come for three months to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and show these people,” he said at a town hall meeting. “You go online and at any moment FedEx can tell you where that package is,” he elaborated. “Yet we let people come into this country with visas, and the minute they come in we lose track of them.”

It’s true that people with visas come into this country and just disappear. We have no idea where they are, and, in fact, they make up a large portion of the illegal population. Christie says we need to send someone to immigrants with expiring visas and say, “Time to go.”

Nearly half a million people enter the U.S. on visas annually, but short of outfitting each with an ankle bracelet, how does Christie propose to find any given one? This is a free country; people move about freely, and these people in particular want to avoid being caught.

More vexing, how can we track the hundreds of thousands who sneak into the country without visas each year? It’s true that a significant number get into legal trouble, and they can be deported. But at least for now, they can easily get right back in. FedEx can only track packages it knows exist.

After getting flack for his suggestion, Christie wanted to explain it, and Chris Wallace gave him the chance. His point is that private enterprise can do things better than government, which we all know is true.

But the lesson for Walker, Christie and every other politician in the GOP field is that, because they don’t have Trump’s attitude and style — never mind that most of them are elected politicians and he’s not — the reality-TV show “Keeping Up With Trump” is never going to play well for them.

While Hillary Clinton went off the rails with her Republicans-are-Nazis comments about shipping illegals out of the country in boxcars, such rhetoric plays well among lefties. Rand Paul, likewise struggling to handle a Trump-induced drop in the polls, thought one good Nazi allusion deserved another, so he’s mocked his fellow candidates for supposedly one-upping each other to the point that they’re saying, “I’ll put them in camps.”

Of course, Republicans have been called Nazis so often that it’s lost its bite.

Clinton and Paul don’t see the forest for the trees, however. Investor’s Business Daily reports on its latest poll on illegal immigration. It asked “913 adults coast to coast if they ‘support or oppose mandatory deportation of illegal immigrants…” Some 59% support deportation — and they support it across all income and educational levels, in both urban and rural areas, and across sex and age lines (with the exception of the 18-24 range).

Assuming the poll is even reasonably accurate, its findings pose a significant challenge for the GOP — except for Trump. It’s time for the party to rethink its immigration policy. Republican candidates don’t need to beat Trump at his own game, but they can surely devise an immigration policy that’s humane, equitable and upholds Rule of Law. It’s important to get started before Trump takes all the cards.

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Ryan T. Anderson: “Kim Davis, the clerk for Rowan County, has a sincere religious belief that marriage is the union of husband and wife, and says she cannot in good faith issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple. As a result she stopped issuing marriage licenses to all couples… The result: no one could get a license in Rowan County. This created a problem. The citizens of Rowan County have a right to receive in a timely and efficient manner the various government provisions — including licenses — to which they are entitled. At the same time, the employees of Rowan County (including civil servants) have rights, including religious liberty rights, and they are entitled to religious accommodations. … [T]here are ways in which public policy can create a win-win situation: where all eligible couples can receive a license and where as many employees as possible can be accommodated. North Carolina provides a great example. The state legislature earlier this year passed a law that protects magistrates who object to performing solemnizing ceremonies for same-sex marriages and clerks who object to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. It also makes clear that no one can be denied a marriage license, but magistrates or clerks could recuse themselves from the process behind the scenes should they have sincere objections to same-sex marriage. … Religious objection is not a trump card, but employees’ religious objections should be accommodated when possible.”

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Insight: “Wars in old times were made to get slaves. The modern implement of imposing slavery is debt.” —American poet Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

Observations: “In 2014, [Jeb Bush] told people he would only run for president if he could do so ‘joyfully.’ The problem is that he’s good at telling but pretty bad at showing. To date, he’s displayed all the joy of a man waiting to get called for his colonoscopy.” —Jonah Goldberg

Village Idiots: “[Dan Rather] did get sabotaged. I always had trouble with [George W.] Bush being the president. I thought he was limited and unqualified.” —Robert Redford

Party of Science™: “If I Knew My Daughter Had Down Syndrome, I Would Have Aborted Her — All Women Should Have That Right” —a Yahoo! Parenting article by Hallie Levine

For the record: “In the first year of his administration (December 29, 2009, to be exact), President Obama issued Executive Order 13526, entitled ‘Classified National Security Information.’ … [T]he order makes clear that there is one category of information that is automatically deemed classified: information from foreign governments. … [T]he emails [Hillary] Clinton sent, received and stored via her private server system were rife with information from foreign governments. This information was born classified. It makes no difference that these emails were not stamped ‘top secret’; all national security officials with security clearances know that foreign government information is deemed classified and must be handled as such. Period.” —Andrew McCarthy

Late-night humor: “According to a new poll, Hillary Clinton has lost a third of her supporters in Iowa since May. There’s still debate as to whether she lost them or just deleted them from her database.” —Jimmy Fallon

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September 2015 Sure Started Off With Quite A Bang, Eh?

Bang Explosion - Public DomainAfter enduring their worst August in 17 years, U.S. stocks are off to their worst start to a September in 13 years.  Just yesterday, I declared that we would be entering the “danger zone” this month, and it didn’t take long for the action to begin.  Historically, this month is the worst month of the year for stocks, and most of the biggest stock market crashes throughout our history have come in the fall.  On Tuesday, the Dow plunged another 469 points, and it is now down more than 10 percent from the peak of the market back in May.  That means that we have officially entered “correction” territory.  Asian stocks also crashed hard on Tuesday, so did European stocks, and the price of oil plummeted about 8 percent.  For a long time, there have been a lot of people out there that have been warning that a financial crisis would happen in the second half of 2015, and they are being proven right.  It is actually happening. (Read More….)

China and Russia are Waging War on America

In a typically cynical article, “GOP presidential candidates have a new country to bash: the People’s Republic of China,” Politico complains about “China-bashing” by various Republican candidates. The story by Nahal Toosi [1] carries the headline, “The Republicans’ Red Scare [2],” but only mentions one time that China is a “communist-led state.” Politico uses the term “red scare” to suggest that the problem is being greatly exaggerated. If there is any doubt about the “red” in Red China, consider the Chinese Constitution, which declares [3], “The People’s Republic of China is a socialist…

Welcome to Quantitative Tightening as $12 Trillion Reserves Fall

The great global monetary tightening of 2015 is under way, but it’s not being led by the Federal Reserve.

Even as U.S. policy makers ponder whether to raise interest rates this month, one recent source of central bank liquidity in financial markets is drying up and the loss of it partly explains August’s trading volatility.

Behind the drawdown are the foreign exchange reserves run by the central banks. Bolstered following financial crises in the late 1990s as a buffer against capital outflows and falling currencies, such hoards fell to $11.43 trillion in the first quarter from a peak of $11.98 trillion in the middle of last year, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Driving the decline is a combination of forces including the economic slowdown and recent devaluation in China, the Fed’s pending rate hike, the collapse of oil and decisions in Switzerland and Japan to cease intervening in currencies.

‘Iran will bolster military until Israel defeated, Palestinians free’; Obama and Kerry empowered Iran

Iran will continue to bolster its military capabilities until it has defeated Israel and gained freedom for the Palestinians, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander vowed Wednesday. “They (the US and the Zionists) should know that the Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine,” Iran’s Fars News Agency quoted Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini as saying. Kazzemeini is the IRGC’s top commander in the Tehran Province. “We will continue defending not just our own country, but also all the oppressed people of the world, especially those countries that are standing on the forefront of confrontation with the Zionists,” he said.

Iran will continue to bolster its military capabilities until it has defeated Israel and gained freedom for the Palestinians, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander vowed Wednesday.

“They (the US and the Zionists) should know that the Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine,” Iran’s Fars News Agency quoted Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini as saying. Kazzemeini is the IRGC’s top commander in the Tehran Province.

“We will continue defending not just our own country, but also all the oppressed people of the world, especially those countries that are standing on the forefront of confrontation with the Zionists,” he said.

Cheney: Obama’s Iran deal a ‘train wreck’

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is interviewed by Neil Cavuto for his program “Cavuto,” on the Fox Business Network, in New York Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Dick Cheney says President Obama will regret his nuclear deal with Iran, calling the accord a “train wreck.”

“I cannot explain [President Obama’s] motives other than he thinks this is going to be a great legacy for his presidency,” the former vice president told the Washington Free Beacon on Wednesday. “I think it’s going to be a train wreck, and he’s not going to want to claim it down the road. He’ll have to find a way to blame it on somebody else.”

“I think Obama may want to claim it as his legacy as he leaves office, but I think it will never be forgotten in the Middle East as the time the United States turned its back on all its friends and allies and signed on with the mullahs in Tehran,” he said.

Cheney also said the deal will be a black mark on the records of lawmakers who vote to approve it.

“Those who vote for it will at some point look back on it as a very bad vote,” Cheney said. “The fact that [it would be] pumping over $100 billion to the world’s largest supporter of terrorism, lifting the embargo on things like ballistic missiles and conventional armaments, setting a path for [Iran] to pursue the development of nuclear weapons.”

Fresh Warnings of New Madrid Earthquake and Division of Israel

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 08:05 AM PDT

“For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.

On September 15th, the 70th session of the UN General Assembly will take place and it is being widely reported in the international media that France plans to introduce a resolution which will give formal UN Security Council recognition to a Palestinian state shortly after the new session starts. For years, the U.S. government has vetoed such a resolution, but now Barack Obama is indicating that he may not stand with Israel any longer by default. So what happens if America turns it’s back on Israel and helps to “Divide” her? According to the Prophet Joel and Zechariah it will mean swift judgment!

Zechariah 12:2-3 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.

Joel 3: 1-2 “For behold, in those days and at that time,
When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.

Could America turn it’s back on Israel this September? If so could it setup the Country to be struck with a catastrophic earthquake that has been dormant since 1811-1812? See Video below for more details

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Russia gearing up to be first world power to insert ground forces into Syria

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 06:01 AM PDT

: It looks like the players of future “Prophetic Wars” mentioned in the Bible are slowly lining up! Despite strong denials from Moscow, Russian airborne troops are preparing to land in Syria to fight Islamic State forces. The surprise attack on Monday, Aug. 31, by ISIS forces on the Qadam district of southern Damascus, in which they took over parts of the district – and brought ISIS forces the closest that any Syrian anti-Assad group has ever been to the center of the Syrian capital – is expected to accelerate the Russian military intervention.

Moscow is certainly not ready to endanger the position of President Bashar Assad or his rule in Damascus, and views it as a red line that cannot be crossed. If Russia intervenes militarily in this way, Russia will be the first country from outside the Middle East to send ground forces into the Syrian civil war. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that discussions by the Russo-Syrian Military Commission, which was established last month in Moscow to coordinate the intervention, accelerated during the last few days. FULL REPORT

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Franklin Graham: America’s Walls Are Crumbling But …

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 05:53 AM PDT

In the Bible we read that Nehemiah was discouraged and distressed because the walls of Jerusalem had been broken down and its gates had been burned with fire. He sat down and wept and mourned for his nation—and he cried out to the God of heaven. God heard his prayers and used him to lead the people to rebuild those broken-down walls. They were greatly outnumbered by their enemies and facing opposition and vicious threats. They responded by praying and seeking God, and they went to work rebuilding what had been torn down, even holding their weapons in their hands to protect themselves while they worked. In a miraculously short time—52 days—they rebuilt the walls and hope was restored.

America’s walls of biblical morality are crumbling. Almost everyone I speak with is distraught over the direction our nation is taking. Christianity and our religious freedoms are under siege. Progressives and secularists want to see God removed from everything and to burn every gate of protection. We can’t sit idle. Like Nehemiah we need to take a bold stand. We need to cry out to God on behalf of our nation. Nehemiah confessed the sins and failures of the people, “including myself and my father’s family,” and repented. He prayed, “We have acted very wickedly toward you” (Nehemiah 1:6–7, NIV). FULL REPORT

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U.S. manufacturing slowdown adds wrinkle to economic outlook

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 05:45 AM PDT

U.S. Manufacturing has struck a more than two-year low in August, but sturdy gains in automobile sales and construction spending suggested the economy remained on solid footing. The sharp slowdown in manufacturing, which has been hurt by a strong dollar and deep spending cuts in the energy sector, was probably an early indication of fallout from the recent turmoil in stock markets, economists said. And it could bolster the case against the Federal Reserve raising interest rates later this month, they said. 

“It suggests that the recent eruption in uncertainty toward Chinese and global growth is beginning to affect U.S. business decisions,” said Millan Mulraine, deputy chief economist at TD Securities in New York. “We look for the Fed to take a pass on raising rates this month as they continue to assess the incoming economic data for any evidence of fallout.” Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer told CNBC last week it was too early to decide whether the stock market rout had made a rate hike this month less compelling. The U.S. central bank’s policy-setting committee meets Sept. 16-17. FULL REPORT

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New Russian Internet Law Sparks Surveillance Fear

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 05:30 AM PDT

According to a recent report, new Russian law enacted Tuesday requires companies to store the data they collect about Russian citizens on Russian territory. The new law has caused uncertainty among companies and sparked fears over surveillance and privacy rights, the Financial Times reported.

Following the revelations of former U.S. government contractor Edward Snowden about American spying and data collection, countries including Brazil and Germany have debated having servers on their own territory in order to ensure the privacy of their citizens, Bloomberg reported. The Russian law could impact more than a million companies. While privacy concerns are legitimate, the law comes at a time when the Russian government has been attempting to tighten its control over the Internet. In late August, Russia blacklisted Wikipedia over an article about cannabis before removing the encyclopedia website from its blacklist.

Some experts worry that the new law is an attempt to gain access to personal information for security and monitoring purposes. “The regime is already ramping up censorship and surveillance and using it to target opposition activists, so the requiring of companies to host data on servers in the country makes it easier for the government to access that data,” said Laura Reed, a research analyst from Freedom House, in an interview with Bloomberg. FULL REPORT

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Pope Francis: Priests Can Forgive Abortion If Women Are ‘Contrite’

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 05:25 AM PDT

Pope Francis makes headlines once again, Now according to a new report, He will now allow Roman Catholic priests to absolve women who have had abortions if they seek forgiveness during the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy, the Vatican announced TuesdayThe pontiff said he will allow priests “discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it” during the special year, beginning December 8. “I am well aware of the pressure that has led [women] to this decision,” he wrote in the announcement. “I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal.”

Abortion is considered a grave sin by the Catholic church, and those who seek it are usually excommunicated. In normal circumstances, forgiveness can only be granted by senior church figures. Deputy Vatican spokesman Father Ciro Benedettini told Reuters that “for now” the change would apply only during the Holy Year. The pope’s letter did not mention people who perform abortions. FULL REPORT

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Fortress hedge fund manager David Dredge says markets trouble on the way

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 05:12 AM PDT

Yet another economist has expressed his concern of the current market situation unfolding on Wall Street. According to David Dredge of global hedge fund Fortress, who has built a career studying, predicting and protecting against the world’s major financial crises. The recent convulsions in global sharemarkets are “just the beginning” of a painful adjustment as money drains from the emerging market economies, he says.

 “August 2015 will go down in the record books, much like July 2007 or July 1997, as the beginning of the coming contractionary cycle,” says Dredge who is the co-chief investment officer of Fortress Convex Asia Fund. He’s a believer that markets move in long cycles, which “despite all efforts to the contrary, central bankers have not by any means gotten anywhere close to eliminating”. FULL REPORT

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Why America Should Be On High Alert For A Major Earthquake Along The New Madrid Fault

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 05:04 AM PDT

Did you know that a magnitude 3.5 earthquake hit the New Madrid fault about a week ago? According to Fox News, the New Madrid fault line is approximately twenty times larger than the San Andreas fault in California, and it is starting to wake up. Most people don’t realize this, but this fault zone has produced some of the largest earthquakes in U.S. history. In 1811 and 1812, immensely powerful earthquakes along the New Madrid fault rang church bells in Boston and permanently changed the course of the Mississippi River. If we had similar earthquakes today, the devastation would be unimaginable. Unfortunately for us, earthquake activity in the middle part of the country is becoming much more common.

The USGS says that the number of significant earthquakes in the middle part of the country has more than quintupled in recent years, and the USGS has publicly admitted that the New Madrid fault zone has the “potential for larger and more powerful quakes than previously thought“. Very few Americans are talking about this right now, but as you will see below, the threat is very, very real. According to international insurance giant Swiss Re, if the 1811 and 1812 New Madrid earthquakes were to repeat today, the losses would be in the hundreds of billions of dollars…FULL REPORT

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Our Time is Short

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

Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more

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Down the Decadent “Ashley Madison” Avenue

What the world needs now is genuine expressions of moral purity. Our task is clear: “I urge you, says the Apostle Peter, as sojourners and exiles [in the pagan world] to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation” (1Peter 2:11-12). We must live this way in a corrupt culture but without any sense of superiority or judgmentalism, since God’s love is sheer redeeming grace.

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A Prayer for the Day; A Prayer for a Friend

Paul longs to see his brothers and sisters in Rome again. He desires to encourage them and be encouraged by them. He knows that God grants sustaining grace and peace through the Word, prayer, and the fellowship of the saints. So while they are praying for them, he is praying for them as well.

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The Importance of What We Do in Secret

Nevertheless, hypocrisy lurks everywhere, not least in Christian ministry, and we ignore it at our peril. Godliness must be found in the heart if it is to be genuine. The one who prays more in public than in private, or only gives at special events when likely to be thanked for it, or practices spiritual disciplines and lets everyone know just how difficult a spiritual routine he keeps, is more concerned about the outward appearance than a heart-relationship with Jesus.

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Did Religion Make the American Civil War Worse?

From the Civil War onward, American Protestantism would be locked deeper and deeper into a state of cultural imprisonment, and in many cases, retreating to a world of private experience in which Christianity remained of little more significance to public life than stamp-collecting or bridge parties. Appeals to divine authority at the beginning of the Civil War fragmented in deadlock and contradiction, and ever since then, it has been difficult for deeply rooted religious conviction to assert a genuinely shaping influence over American public life.

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Pope Francis To Followers: “Koran And Holy Bible Are The Same”

The pontiff drew harsh criticisms in December after photos of the 78-year-old Catholic leader was released depicting Pope Francis kissing a Koran. The Muslim Holy Book was given to Francis during a meeting with Muslim leaders after a lengthy Muslim prayer held at the Vatican.

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In A Liberal Society Trinity Western Should Be Free To Educate According To Its Beliefs

The forces against Trinity Western may say that they are in the business of advancing rights and justice, but they are really on a crusade to subdue and punish everyone who does not see the world exactly as they do. Canadians who actually hold liberal principles should support the university’s efforts to have its law program duly recognized.

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University of Tennessee Tells Staff And Students To Stop Using ‘He’ and ‘She’ – and Switch to ‘Xe’, ‘Zir’ and ‘Xyr’ Instead

‘When our organizational culture shifts to where asking for chosen names and pronouns is the standard practice, it alleviates a heavy burden for persons already marginalized by their gender expression or identity.’  There is no information on the numbers of students on campus who do not identify as the traditional genders, as the university’s official data only recognizes male and female…. After a backlash from critics who called the proposals ‘ridiculous’ and ‘absurd’, the university clarified that nobody would be forced into using the terms.

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13 Things a Pastor Should Never Say to a Congregation

“If you don’t [fill in the blank], I will leave.” Never give a congregation an ultimatum, or you will find yourself on the losing end of that proposition.
“In closing. Finally.” (For the 5th time) Never tell the congregation you’re almost through. They will not hear another word you say. But if you do, keep your promise.

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What does Trump believe anyway?

D. C. Innes has a short piece on Donald Trump’s religious beliefs. Here’s the long and short of it. Even though Trump claims to be Presbyterian, he seems only to be a nominal Presbyterian at best. Innes writes:

So Donald Trump, the early Republican frontrunner for 2016, has come under scrutiny for his own religious beliefs. If he were an ordinary candidate, he would simply say he’s a “Presbyterian,” and that would be the end of it. But because he comes across as so arrogant, coarse, and self-absorbed, the opposite of Christian humility, people have been prying into the substance behind his boasts of religion.

He says he’s Presbyterian, but, in his own words, he’s an infrequent churchgoer: “Always on Christmas. Always on Easter. Always when there’s a major occasion.” He attended Sunday school as a boy at a Presbyterian church in Queens. He was later affiliated with New York’s Marble Collegiate Church (Reformed Church in America), where he has fond memories of hearing Norman Vincent Peale, the celebrated author of The Power of Positive Thinking (1952). Peale’s teaching was popular because it downplayed sin and grace, focusing instead on human ability. You can imagine The Donald perking up in his pew. He seems to have little understanding of even the basics of Christianity. He takes the bread and wine because he feels “cleansed” when he does. But he doesn’t ask God for forgiveness; he just tries not to make mistakes. “I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right,” he said last month in Iowa. “I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”

He tells crowds at campaign rallies that his best-seller, The Art of the Deal, is his “second favorite book of all time.” His first, he assures them, is the Bible. But when asked in a recent interview for his favorite passages of Scripture, Trump became uncharacteristically bashful and declined to say. He said it’s very personal, as though he were asked about his medical history or the details of his marriage bed. But it was clear that he simply didn’t know any particular verses, not even John 3:16 or Psalm 23. For evangelicals, this was his Sarah Palin moment.

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Evangelicals in the World of Islam :: Schwartz in First Things Blog

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August 25, 2015


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Chinese Lawyer Faces Up to Six Years Detention for Protesting Cross Removal Campaign, U.S. Calls Arrest a ‘Particularly Alarming Development’

Controversial California Right-to-Die Bill Inspired by Brittany Maynard and Opposed by Rick Warren Advances in Special Session

Former Lesbian Shares How Churches Can Better Minister to LGBT Community: ‘Only Jesus Can Make You Whole’

150 Students Stage Protest After Transgender Student Requests Access to Female Locker Room: ‘Girl’s Rights Matter’

Pope Francis U.S. Visit 2015 Schedule and Dates: Pontiff Invites Rick Warren To Speak at Philadelphia Conference on Family

Interview With Skip Vaccarello, Author of Finding God in Silicon Valley: ‘Take Advantage of Every Opportunity to Reach Out’

Franklin Graham Praises Christian Students at Duke University Who Refused to Read Assigned Porn Novel, Warns Parents About LGBT ‘Propaganda’

R.C. Sproul Suspended from Ligonier Ministries After Visiting Ashley Madison Adultery Website, Says Hacking Scandal Was a ‘Means of God’s Grace’

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Seances, Spirits and 12 Steps

John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire brings to light what most people are unaware of: the occult origin of Alcoholics Anonymous. A.A. is not a Christian organization, brethren:

“[He] knew little of psychics and had heard nothing before this of my adventures.”–A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson, from his official A.A. biography, Pass It On, pg.277

“Do not seek out mediums and spiritists; do not seek out and be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)

Author Richard Burns, better known as Dick B., has been churning out books and articles on the alleged Christian origin of Alcoholics Anonymous for years. Regrettably, in his numerous books, Dick B. has never acknowledged the demonic origin of the 12 Steps.

His books, however, have deeply influenced the Body of Christ. People frequently justify A.A. attendance with statements like, “Well, Alcoholics Anonymous was originally Christian.” Or, “The 12 Steps are based on the Bible.” A common misconception is that one or both Alcoholics Anonymous co-founders, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, were Christians.


Rainbow Reality: Submit or Else

When the militant homosexual lobby and its supporters tell you no one will be adversely impacted when homosexual marriage goes through, they are lying. They knew full well that everything changes – for the worse. Everyone must bow the knee and submit fully to the homosexual jackboot.

In my recent book Strained Relations I documented around 170 cases of this happening. There I offer one shocking case after another of ordinary citizens being dragged over the coals by employers and governments, resulting in the fines, loss of jobs, and even imprisonment.

Try telling these folks that homosexual marriage will not impact them. And while you are at it, try telling Kim Davis this. She is a committed Christian and a Kentucky county clerk who will not allow her faith to be violated by the militants.

She has been another supersaint, standing strong for her faith in the face of severe persecution. Her story goes as follows:

davis, kim 2Davis’ office has steadfastly denied marriage licenses since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage this summer, and that practice continued Tuesday morning when at least two same-sex couples were denied as Davis invoked “God’s authority.” Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins says the federal court alerted him later Tuesday morning that a hearing was scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday in Ashland. Watkins says clerk Kim Davis is summonsed to attend, along with all the deputy clerks who work in her office.
After Davis initially stopped issuing marriage licenses, two gay couples and two straight couples sued her. A federal judge ordered her to issue the licenses, an appeals court upheld that decision and the Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene in the case, seemingly leaving Davis with no legal ground to stand on.
But Davis has refused to issue the licenses, saying her deeply held Christian beliefs don’t let her endorse gay marriages.
As an elected official, Davis can’t be fired. Any impeachment of her would have to wait until the legislature’s regular session next year or could come during a costly special session.
“I have received death threats from people who do not know me,” Davis said in the statement. “I harbor nothing against them. I was elected by the people to serve as the County Clerk. I intend to continue to serve the people of Rowan County, but I cannot violate my conscience.”

Another recent report says this:

A homosexual duo left the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk’s office early Tuesday “red-eyed and shaking,” according to the Associated Press, after the clerk, citing “God’s authority,” refused to issue them a marriage license despite a court order.
Clerk Kim Davis’ appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to stay a lower court’s order to issue the licenses was rejected late Monday.
On Tuesday, she was barraged by catcalls of “bigot” when she met people lined up waiting for services.
AP reported James Yates and Will Smith Jr. “marched” into the office to get a marriage license. Davis, however, continued her position of not issuing marriage licenses for anyone in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision June 24 creating a right to “same-sex marriage.”
Law-enforcement officers told both “gay”-rights activists and the clerk’s supporters to leave.
Randy Smith, who was among Davis’ supporters, said he was aware that Davis might go to jail on contempt charges for defying the federal court order.
“But at the end of the day, we have to stand before God, [who] has higher authority than the Supreme Court,” he said.
When asked on whose authority she would not issue licenses, Davis replied, “Under God’s authority.”
One homosexual activist said, “We’re not leaving until we have a license,” AP reported.
“Then you’re going to have a long day,” Davis reportedly said.

Kim Davis recently issued a very strong statement about why she is risking everything for her Christian convictions:

I have worked in the Rowan County Clerk’s office for 27 years as a Deputy Clerk and was honored to be elected as the Clerk in November 2014, and took office in January 2015. I love my job and the people of Rowan County. I have never lived any place other than Rowan County. Some people have said I should resign, but I have done my job well. This year we are on track to generate a surplus for the county of 1.5 million dollars.
In addition to my desire to serve the people of Rowan County, I owe my life to Jesus Christ who loves me and gave His life for me. Following the death of my godly mother-in-law over four years ago, I went to church to fulfill her dying wish. There I heard a message of grace and forgiveness and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven and I love my Lord and must be obedient to Him and to the Word of God.
I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage. To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me it is a decision of obedience. I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God’s Word. It is a matter of religious liberty, which is protected under the First Amendment, the Kentucky Constitution, and in the Kentucky Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Our history is filled with accommodations for people’s religious freedom and conscience. I want to continue to perform my duties, but I also am requesting what our Founders envisioned – that conscience and religious freedom would be protected. That is all I am asking. I never sought to be in this position, and I would much rather not have been placed in this position. I have received death threats from people who do not know me. I harbor nothing against them. I was elected by the people to serve as the County Clerk. I intend to continue to serve the people of Rowan County, but I cannot violate my conscience.

Yet again we see the intolerant activists, coupled with the heavy arm of the rainbow state, seeking to break the will and the resolve of ordinary men and women who choose to put the lord Jesus Christ over and above the tide of filth and perversion sweeping the land.

These are modern day Christian martyrs, standing steadfast for biblical truth despite everything the gaystapo can throw at them. I and others have been warning about this for many years now. We said this is exactly where we would get to when we start granting special rights to this militant sexual lifestyle group.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. It is getting worse every single day. Please, stand with Kim Davis. She is a hero who needs our prayers and needs our support. And thank God for those groups offering her real tangible help, such as Liberty Counsel.

Also, thank God for others, such as the Foundation for Moral Law in Alabama. As they say in a press release:

The Montgomery-based Foundation for Moral Law, a nonprofit corporation established to defend the Constitution as written and the right to acknowledge God in the public arena, stands firmly with the Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples….
Foundation President Kayla Moore called Ms. Davis a “woman of exemplary courage who is willing to risk her career to stand for what is right.” Ms. Moore added, “I hope and pray that millions will be inspired to follow her example.”
Foundation Senior Counsel John Eidsmoe said, “The reason the Supreme Court’s Obergefell fails to command respect is that it has no basis in the Constitution. Rather, it is simply an edict of five unelected lawyers, two of whom had no business deciding the case because they had themselves performed same-sex marriages. To regain the respect of the American people, the Court needs to interpret the Constitution for what it says rather than what the Justices wish it said.”

It is time for all true Christians to stand against the rainbow warriors and their war on faith, family and freedom. Thank you Kim Davis for leading the way.


The Danger of Islam and “Chrislam”

According to the 1 John 4:3 Islam is a religion of anti-christ.  Islam denies that Jesus Christ is God, instead referring to him as a prophet who is less than Muhammad. Muslim terrorists and fanatics continue to murder innocent Christians and others in the Middle East.  And yet the Bible teaches us to love and […]

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The Willow Creek Church (PCA) Situation Explained…

Who doesn’t love spot on tongue in cheek theological excoriation?


If You Could Get God’s Blessing Without God, Would You Take It?

Most of us assume—effectively if not explicitly—that when life is good, that it’s because we’re good folks. But when things are going wrong, we assume that God isn’t pleased with us. You don’t have to read far in Scripture, however, to see that our circumstances aren’t a great barometer for how God feels about us. In fact, in many places, Scripture actually seems to say that circumstantial success is more dangerous than trouble itself.

You probably don’t believe that. Most of the time, I act like I don’t believe it either. But then I come across a passage like Exodus 33.[1]

By the time we get to Exodus 33, Israel has just left Egypt. They are on their way to the Promised Land, but make an important pit stop at Mt. Sinai to get the Law. As Moses is on top of the mountain collecting the tablets, Israel responds in the worst way imaginable: they melt their jewelry down and make a golden cow to worship. Not good.

God is understandably peeved. So we might expect him to tell Moses that he’s going to bring destruction, or stop blessing them, or just do something bad. But here’s what he says instead:

“Depart; go up from here … I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites … Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you.” (Exodus 33:1–3).

Don’t miss this: God promises Moses all the success he could desire. The Promised Land would be theirs. But there’s a caveat. God won’t be going with them.

Most people—particularly Americans—would actually consider this a dream offer. Outward success coupled with no real obligation to God? No religion, and just blessing? Think of it: if you could get all of the blessings of God with none of the obligations that come with his presence, isn’t that the best of both worlds? What could be better than that?

Moses, however, knows it’s a raw deal. “If your presence will not go with me,” he says, “do not bring us up from here” (Exodus 33:15). In other words, “What’s the point of getting everything we dreamed of … without You? You can keep all that success—money, health, legacy, family. If we don’t have your presence, we don’t have anything at all.”

Moses had a level of insight that most of us lack. He was able to see that God+nothing was the better deal, for two reasons.

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Worship Roots

adam_and_eve_in_the_garden_of_eden_by_wenzel_peter_pinacoteca_vaticanaCreation is the very basis of and foundation for worship. The central principle of biblical worship is the fact that it is God-initiated and based upon his self-revelation. There would be no worship had he not created humankind and revealed himself to them. Indeed, this is the very purpose for which man and woman were created (Rom 1:20-21; Ps 19:1).

God himself expressed this purpose in Genesis 2:15 when he put Adam in the garden to “dress and keep” it. Often we interpret these terms to meant that Adam’s purpose was to be a gardener, but remember that this was before the Fall, and thus there was no need to till the ground or pick the weeds. Rather, most Old Testament scholars note that the Hebrew terms translated “dress and keep” are most often used late in the Old Testament to describe the work of the Levitical priests in the Temple. Adam was placed in the Garden of Eden—the perfect sanctuary of God—to literally “worship and obey.” This purpose for humankind is expressed elsewhere in Scripture, such as in Isaiah 43:7. God created Adam and Even in order that they might serve as priests in his Holy Sanctuary.

What did this worship entail? Several clues give us early indication of what worship is all about. First is the nature of the relationship between God and his image-bearers in the Garden. Each day God “walked” with them in the cool of the garden. His desire was to fellowship with them, to commune with them, not as equals, but as the Creator with his creation. This idea of communion with God in his sanctuary as revealed by him distills the essence of worship as it is developed through the entirety of Scripture.

But other elements appear in the early chapters of Genesis that help to fill out our understanding of biblical worship. For example, this communion with God was on his terms. He set specific boundaries and limits to what that communion would entail, and disobedience of his instructions would result in death—separation from this communion in his very presence.

And, of course, Adam and Eve disobeyed. Their sin broke the perfect communion they had enjoyed with him in his holy sanctuary, and thus God expelled them from his presence. Before he did, however, God himself provided the solution to that broken communion. By slaying an innocent animal and covering Adam and Eve’s nakedness with the animal’s skin, God was already picturing the means by which he would restore the broken communion. He made a promise to Adam and Even in the form of a protoevangelium—a “pre-gospel” in Genesis 3:15. In this way, two key elements of worship that would be developed later appear in the Creation/Fall narrative, namely, atonement and covenant.

Thus all the elements that later describe biblical worship are already available to us in these early pages of Scripture: worship entails drawing near to communion with God himself in his holy sanctuary. This communion is on his terms and it is initiated by his revelation to his people. Sin breaks this communion, however, and erects barriers that prevent people from drawing near to God’s presence. God responds to this terrible situation by establishing a unilateral covenant with his people and providing atonement by which they can draw near to (for now) imperfect fellowship with him.

Tullian Tchividjian Hired as Director of Ministry Development at Willow Creek PCA in Winter Springs, Florida

Tullian Tchividjian
Director of Ministry Development

We’re so delighted to welcome Tullian Tchividjian to the staff of Willow Creek Church. A graduate of Columbia International University (philosophy) and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando (M.Div.), Tullian is a best-selling author, having written seven books on the gospel of Jesus Christ and its liberating implications. Most recently, Tullian served as the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and founded Liberate, a ministry devoted to connecting God’s inexhaustible grace to an exhausted world. He loves the beach, loves to exercise, and when he has time, he loves to surf. He’s also a huge fan of both the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Heat.

From the Willow Creek PCA web site

UPDATE: Willow Creek has removed the video (see end of this post) at Vimeo where Tchividjian’s position was announced. The Daily Announcement series is now set to private requiring a password.

Just days after former Coral Ridge Presbyterian pastor Tullian Tchividjian acknowledged that he filed for divorce, he has taken a ministry position at Willow Creek Church (PCA) in Winter Springs, FL.

The video above was a Daily Announcement provided by pastor Kevin Labby for August 28. It has been removed. I have an email in to Willow Creek asking why they removed the video announcement. For some reason, the church leaders want to remove indications that there was a Daily Update with this information included.


Down the Decadent “Ashley Madison” Avenue

Dr. Peter Jones of truthXchange explores the ways in which our debased culture continues to take a toll on the Church. TruthXchange is a ministry that seeks to understand the culture, as Paul did in his day, so that we will know how share the gospel of Jesus Christ with our neighbors and friends. Because of the research he does, Dr. Jones has become a culture specialist. As always, he offers a biblical perspective on the world the flesh and the devil.

Family ripped apart

Classy name, eh! Thirty nine million adulterers, signed onto “the world’s leading married dating service for discreet encounters.” “Life is short: Have an affair,” intones the publicity, with an accompanying song: “ I’m looking for someone other than my wife.”

Noel Biderman, the entrepreneur behind the company, claimed he was not looking for someone other than his wife. Hypocritically, while he and his wife made millions on cheaters, he claimed he was a devoted husband and father. She said she would be devastated if he were unfaithful. Not surprisingly, when the site was recently hacked, among the millions outed was Biderman himself, with emails proving he had used the site for multiple affairs with other women. The dissimulation continued, since evil has a way of multiplying its effects.


New Planned Parenthood Video: Sometimes Intact Fetuses “Just Fell Out”

The Weekly Standard reports:

AbortionThe Center for Medical Progress is out with another horrifying video exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting the organs from aborted fetuses for money. One of the people that appears in this latest video is Cate Dyer, the CEO of StemExpress, whose sister was the health policy advisor for Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner until very recently. According to CMP’s press release accompanying the video:


Movie Critics ‘Trash’ and ‘Destroy’ Hit Christian Film

The Wrap recently posted a recap of the most scathing reviews, claiming that they “destroy” the film. Just consider, more specifically, what Kimberly Jones of the Austin Chronicle — whose review wasn’t included among the Rotten Tomatoes lot — had to say.

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Satanism At The United Nations And The Coming Antichrist

Months ago, I wrote a two part article on the origins of the occult in the United Nations. I explained what is called the “Lucis Trust” and gave a brief history of Alice Bailey who was instrumental in bringing Luciferian worship to the U.N.

In light of rapidly changing events concerning the United Nations; particularly the scheduled address by Pope Francis on Climate Change and world depopulation, I felt that it would be good to update the prior articles. Christians need to know what is happening and why it is happening. We need to be able to explain to the unsaved how the United Nations will be used by Satan to bring about the NWO – One World Government, and eventually the Antichrist himself.

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Can a Christian Be a County Clerk in America?

Citing her Christian beliefs, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refuses to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Can a Christian be a county clerk in the United States?

This is a question it now appears may ultimately be decided by five Supreme Court justices. With it, too, will ride such questions as: Can a Christian be a doctor? A nurse? A public-school teacher?

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Singing for Pope Francis in an Ecumenical Setting

By The Berean Call CHRISTIAN SONGWRITER DARLENE ZSCHECH IS SINGING FOR POPE FRANCIS IN ST PETER’S SQUARE She will appear alongside fellow worship leader Don Moen and classical tenor Andrea Bocelli at the “Voices in Prayer” event held by Catholic charismatic group ‘Renewal in the Spirit’. Thousands are expected to gather in St Peter’s Square […]

Your Shattered Dreams and Shaken Faith

Your Shattered Dreams and Shaken FaithSometimes my faith is shaken when my dreams are shattered.

I wonder where God is in the midst of my suffering. I cannot sense his presence. I feel alone and afraid. My faith wavers.

I question what I have long believed. I wonder what is real, especially when my experience doesn’t match my expectations.

This wavering deeply troubles me. I have tasted God’s goodness, enjoyed close fellowship with him, rested in his tender care. I have known both his power and his love. Yet in the midst of profound struggle, I have no answers. Just questions.

John the Baptist understood this as he waited in prison. He, above all men, knew who Jesus was. Even in the womb, he leapt for joy in the presence of the unborn savior. At the beginning of Jesus’s ministry, before any of his miracles, John declared, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” He baptized Jesus and saw God’s Spirit descend on him, testifying that he indeed was the Son of God.

And yet, at the height of Jesus’s ministry, John sent word to him from prison, asking, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”

At one point, John was sure that Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus further confirmed his divinity by performing miracles, yet now John was wondering what was true.


Unfulfilled Expectations

John knew from Scripture that he who gave the blind sight, made the lame walk, and preached good news to the poor could surely “open the prison of those who were bound” as prophesied in Isaiah 61. But Jesus didn’t do that for John.

So perhaps at this point, John doubted what he knew. If Jesus was indeed the Messiah, John probably expected to have a role in his earthly kingdom. He wouldn’t have expected to start with such a high calling, preparing the way of the Lord in the wilderness, only to end his life and his ministry in a small prison cell. Besides, John preached that the Messiah would come with an unquenchable fire. With judgment. With power. He likely expected that to be in his lifetime.

None of those expectations coincided with reality. And that may have caused John to doubt. Unfulfilled expectations often elicit that response in me. Especially when I’ve been faithful.

Jesus doesn’t condemn John for his doubts. He even says that no one greater than John has ever lived. He understands why John is asking the question. And Jesus’s response to him reinforces what John already knows — that Jesus is indeed the Messiah.

At the same time, Jesus knows that John’s public ministry is over. Just like the saints in Hebrews 11, John wouldn’t receive all God’s promises but could only greet them from afar. He would not serve with Jesus or see the fulfillment of God’s kingdom. But one day he would. One day he would see his glorious part in God’s magnificent plan. He, the last of the old-covenant prophets, would see how God used him to prepare the world to receive Jesus.

And John would rejoice.

But for now, John has to accept the Messiah’s plans for his life. Plans that are different than what he envisioned. He has to dwell on what he knows to be true rather than fixate on his circumstances. He has to remember who God is and trust him from a dark prison.

And so it is with me.

When Your Plans Crumble

When my plans crumble and God takes me away from my dreams, I must trust in God’s infinite wisdom. When my cup of suffering seems too much to bear, I need to rest in his immeasurable love. When my life spins out of control, I need to remember God’s absolute sovereignty.

I may not understand what is happening. But I cannot stop talking to him. Or turn away in fear. I must simply go to Jesus and tell him my doubts. Ask him to help me see.

John’s doubts are the same as mine. I wonder if God is who he says he is. And if everything is under his control. And if he truly loves me.

And when I doubt, God calls me, as he did John, to trust what I know to be true. To trust the bedrock principles that I know from Scripture and from experience. That God is completely sovereign. And loving. And wise. Not a sparrow falls to the ground apart from his will.

In this life, I may never see how God is using my trials. But one day I will be grateful for them. All I can do now is trust that he who made the lame walk and the blind see, who died on a cross so I could spend eternity with him, is going to do the very best thing for me.

It all comes down to trust. Will I trust my circumstances that constantly change? Or will I trust God who is unchanging?

On Christ the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand.

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The Daily Discovery (September 2, 2015)


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Lazy Writing, Cheap Restoration – “War Room follows the increasingly dreary pattern familiar to anyone who has seen more than a handful of Christian films. Karen Abercrombie and Priscilla Shirer are easy to like as a spiritually mature senior on the one hand and a beleaguered housewife on the other whom the older woman teaches to pray. T. C. Stallings plays a flatter character: Tony, the not-yet philandering but not exactly faithful husband to Shirer’s Elizabeth. The women deliver lines like ‘Devil, you just got your butt kicked!’ and ‘Go back to hell where you belong, and leave my family alone!’ with the requisite earnestness to make viewers believe that they believe.”

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.”

Foolish, Ignorant Controversies – “So, as faithful Christians, we are to be perpetually fleeing these youthful lusts and continually running from these sinful passions that began when we were young.  Further, we should be perpetually pursuing righteousness, faith, love, and peace.  With that context in mind, we move to 2 Tim 2:23 where Paul commands Timothy to, ‘Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.’”

A Sample Statement on Regular Church Attendance – “The following is a statement from the elders at Del Ray Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA. Recently, they began releasing “Shepherd Studies” to help their congregation think well about important Biblical topics that affect the life of their church. This first statement was crafted to help set an expectation of what it means to regularly attend the weekly worship service. This is not a binding document, but rather a study that seeks to help their church understand how they intend to live together.”

Your Newsfeed Is Not New – “Judges is one of those books in the Old Testament where we’re regularly called to pause and stare in bewilderment at Israel. As we read we cannot help but ask, ‘How did they get here? How did things get so bad so quickly?’ But like most of the stories about Israel, they’re not just about Israel—they’re about us. And as I’ve been reading Judges lately, I haven’t been able to help but notice the parallels to our present day.”



Tom Buck – 1 Timothy 5:1-8


Sorry Girls, I’m Gay

A Roman Catholic, a bi-sexual and an Open Air Preacher

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

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A La Carte (September 2)

Here are some Kindle deals that may be worth a look: The Apologetics Study Bible ($2.99); God’s Not Dead by Rice Broocks ($2.99); On Guard by William Lane Craig ($0.99); A Handbook for Minister’s Wives by Dorothy Patterson ($0.99); Visions of Vocation by Steven Garber ($2.99).

Youth-Driven Culture

Stephen Nichols has an important article about the way we perceive age and youth. “There is something about being young that makes the young think they are immune to the mistakes or missteps of those who have gone before. We all think too highly of ourselves and our capacities. Simply put, we need the wisdom of the past and of the elderly.”

My Goal in Every Conversation with Mormons

Here is some helpful counsel for the next time you interact with Mormon missionaries. The point: Don’t expect that one brief conversation will immediately convert them, and don’t let that fact cause you to give up.

A Dangerous Posting

I am quite inclined to agree with Mark Jones here. He finds himself concerned by Paul Tripp’s public statement about Tullian Tchvidijian and the necessity of making such information public.

Word Biblical Commentary Sale

Logos users will want to check out this outstanding sale on the Word Biblical Commentary series which are down to just $9.99 each. Genesis, Psalms, Colossians, the Pastorals, Hebrews—they all come highly recommended by the commentators on the commentaries.

God Made All of MePre-Order Worthy: God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb is available for pre-order and ships next week. It is written for young children to help them recognize and respond to sexual abuse. (Amazon, Westminster Books)

Once In a Blue Moon

Enjoy this incredible footage of a moon rise over Australia.

Should We Go Down the Ashley Madison Rabbit Hole?

Erin Straza wrestles with an important question: When information is made public, as in the Ashley Madison dump, does that give us the right or responsibility to search through it? What are the consequences if we do?

Christian Headlines Daily – Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Top Headlines

Josh Duggar Loses Support from Family Member over Ashley Madison Scandal

#TrumpBible Trends on Twitter, Poking Fun at Trump’s Refusal to Give Favorite Bible Verse

Somali Christians Fleeing Islamic Extremists Lose Family, Fingers

Pastors Say September’s ‘Blood Moon’ Could be Sign of Apocalypse

R. C. Sproul Jr. Suspended from Ministry after Admitting to Visiting Ashley Madison Website

Christians in India Honor 7th Anniversary of Hindu Attack on Christians

Mississippi Church Revokes Prize of Gun for Person Who Brings in Most New Members

Gang Members Being Converted Through California Schools’ Bible Classes

Kentucky Clerk Refuses to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses Despite Supreme Court Ruling

Pro-Life, Pro-Traditional Marriage Rally in South Carolina Attracts Thousands


4 Reasons Hillary Clinton Should Apologize for Her Inflammatory Abortion Rhetoric

Amazing Grace Amazingly Staged

400 Pastors Resigned Last Sunday

God’s Crime Scene: Examining the Evidence for Creation

Learning How to Have Humility

Our Time is Short

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

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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.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more

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Iran nuclear deal will not bring “peace for our time.” Tehran engaged in “massive military shopping spree” in Russia. Also set to receive S-300 missile system by end of year. Could this trigger an Israeli first strike?

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President Obama's nuclear pact with Iran: echoes of Chamberlain's Munich Pact with Germany. President Obama’s nuclear pact with Iran: echoes of Chamberlain’s Munich Pact with Germany.

(Central Israel) — Despite President Obama’s insistence that his nuclear deal with Iran will make the world safer and more secure, it is already driving Iran’s leaders into a “massive military shopping spree”in Russia that will make the Mideast and the world far more dangerous.

For example, Iran’s leaders say they expect to take possession of the Russian S-300 missile system — the most advanced anti-aircraft missile system ever built by the Kremlin — by the end of the year. This billion-dollar system, which Iran has been seeking for years, is state-of-the-art. It would make it far more difficult for any nation’s air force to successfully strike Iran’s nuclear sites in the future.

This raises a sobering question. Does the Israeli government consider the procurement and imminent deployment of the S-300 system in Iran a “red…

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