Daily Archives: September 29, 2015

What does it mean to abide in Christ?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my…

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September 29, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

September 28 Quotes


The Most Invisible Christians in Washington

“The world has watched and witnessed the targeted persecution of Christians, suffering violence, displacement, rape, enslavement, and even death,” said Kirsten Evans, executive director of IDC. “Do these crimes constitute genocide under international law, and if so, what the so what are the options the international community has in order to respond?”

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Postmodernism: A Cautionary Tale

“The challenge of a growing suspicion toward metanarratives is that Christianity is unavoidably a metanarrative. Christianity is the one story that rules them all. It is the one narrative that explains mankind’s origins, miseries, death and ultimate destiny. Our faith testifies to an ontological and metaphysical reality that applies to all men – past, present and future.”

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The Desire To Be Desired

“The only way out of this bondage is fairly well known: desire being desired less, and desire God more. To desire less is done through confession and repentance. What could you confess? Narcissism, self-worship, fear of aloneness, a conviction that God is not so good—when possible, reach for something that is ruthlessly accurate.”

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Is Capitalism UnChristian?

“The engine of capitalism is the God-given drive, ability, and responsibility to create, to innovate, to conquer and subdue. When humans make something out of nothing, or when we make the same something more efficiently, we show forth the image of God in us.”

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Germany’s Coming Demographic Revolution

Even as Germany has introduced “temporary” border controls in the past few days, the estimates for the actual number of migrants expected continues to grow. Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel now tells his party that, “There are many indications that in this year we will not see 800,000 refugees, as predicted, but a million.”

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Evangelicals Won’t Cave

The first stumbling block to any Evangelical cave-in is the Bible. Evangelicals are not “fundamentalists” in the way many have come to use the term—characterized by uniformity on secondary or tertiary doctrines along with a fighting sectarian spirit. But conservative Evangelicals are—and always have been—“fundamentalists” in the original meaning of the term, within the context of the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversy of the early twentieth century.

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Why “Strategic Ministry” Makes Me Deeply Uncomfortable

“It is easy for Christians to find themselves thinking that if only we could get a sports star, or celebrity, or high-profile leader converted, then it would be a great coup for the gospel. Such people, by virtue of their position, are deemed to be more strategically valuable than others, and so resources are apportioned accordingly.”

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What Is a Christian’s Responsibility to Government?

“We are told to bend over backwards to honor the king or be obedient to the civil magistrates. That doesn’t mean a slavish obedience to the civil magistrates. There are occasions on which Christians not only may but must disobey the civil magistrates.”

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Victims Blow Whistle on US Religious Persecution

Victims Blow Whistle on US Religious Persecution

Posted on September 29, 2015 by CBN

This past weekend at the same hotel where the Values Voter Summit was happening, an alarm was sounding about the flood of attacks on religious liberty across the country.

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“YELLING IS EFFECTIVE!” Said No One Ever…

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Crosswalk

How should a follower of Christ engage in the political discourse?

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10 Steps to Immediate Church Renewal (That Most Churches Won't Take)

10 Steps to Immediate Church Renewal (That Most Churches Won’t Take)

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Crosswalk

What if I gave you a list of ten things that any church could do that would bring almost immediate renewal and growth. Would you be interested in the list? Most would be.

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#BadEvangelism: How not to do your Twitter bio

#BadEvangelism: How not to do your Twitter bio

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Christian Today

In a bid to prove we can be cool and #relevant, Christians are all over Twitter. The thing is, not everyone’s quite got the hang of it…

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John Piper Says Hollywood Makes Sex Sinful, but It Isn't

John Piper Says Hollywood Makes Sex Sinful, but It Isn’t

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Christian Post

The portrayal of sex by Hollywood might lead many to believe that sex is sinful and that it undermines the beauty of Christ’s holiness, but Christians should not think this way, says theologian John Piper in his latest blog post, which states that sex in marriage belongs to Believers.

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Thousands of Christian Counselors Gather in Nashville to Discuss 'Epidemic' of Suicide in Church, Race and Refugees

Thousands of Christian Counselors Gather in Nashville to Discuss ‘Epidemic’ of Suicide in Church, Race and Refugees

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Christian Post

Close to 7,000 Christian counselors and other mental health professionals have gathered for a three-day meeting in Nashville to discuss the &epidemic& of suicide in the church and other contentious issues, such as race and refugees.

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PCUSA Appoints First-Ever Openly Gay Executive Director to Legally Embattled Mission Agency

PCUSA Appoints First-Ever Openly Gay Executive Director to Legally Embattled Mission Agency

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Christian Post

The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States has for the first time appointed an openly gay individual to serve as interim executive director for one of its agencies.

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How to deal with suffering when pat answers aren't enough

How to deal with suffering when pat answers aren’t enough

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Christian Today

Harry Farley tackles the question of suffering, and how to reconcile the existence of evil with an all-loving God.

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Brave new world: Obama says gay rights trump religious liberty

Brave new world: Obama says gay rights trump religious liberty

Christian Examiner reports:

Freedom of Thought Ben FranklinShould gay rights come into conflict with religious belief, religious liberty will lose, President Barack Obama told an audience of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender activists at the Democrat National Committees annual LGBT Gala in New York Sept. 27.

“We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions,” Obama said. “But we also have to say clearly that our religious freedom doesn’t grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights.”

http://www.christianexaminer.com/article/brave.new.world.obama.says.gay.rights.trump.religious.liberty/49582.htm


On Sunday Obama Warned Christians That LGBT Rights Will Triumph Over Religious Freedom

As Pope Francis flew back to Rome, President Obama issued a stern warning to Christians, warning them their attempts to assert their religious liberty to oppose gay rights would fail.

“And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.” 1 Samuel 8:18 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Obama’s war on Christianity continues unabated and with a newly-discovered sense of purpose and fervor. That Obama is not a Christian is painfully obvious to even the most casual observer. At every possible turn, he supports, funds and fosters legislation that spits in the face of the God of Abraham and the Holy Bible. Never in the history of America has there ever a been a president who was as anti-Christian as this president. This man is the very judgement of God upon us for rejecting Him as a nation, and as such, God has given us the king that we deserve. 

“We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions,” he insisted during a dramatic speech at a LGTB fundraiser in New York City on Sunday night, praising the progress made on gay rights under his administration. “But we also have to say clearly that our religious freedom doesn’t grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights.”

The fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee was specifically billed as an “LGBT gala” held in New York City in coordination with Obama’s trip to the United Nations Assembly.

The fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee was specifically billed as an “LGBT gala” held in New York City in coordination with Obama’s trip to the United Nations Assembly.

During his speech, Obama asserted that his administration was respecting what he described as “genuine concerns” of religious institutions but suggested that Republicans were using the issue just to earn more votes, as they did in 2004.

“America has left the leaders of the Republican Party behind,” he declared proudly.

He ridiculed Ben Carson for suggesting that “prison turns you gay” and added that another Republican candidate had boasted of his introduction of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, likely referring to Sen.

Alluding to Gov. Mike Huckabee, Obama mocked a candidate who said that “Americans should just disobey the Supreme Court’s ruling entirely.”

“I’m sure he loves the Constitution — except for Article III,” Obama said mockingly. “And maybe the Equal Protection Amendment. And 14th Amendment, generally.”

Debbie Wasserman Shultz was in attendance at the fundraiser, and Star Trek’s George Takei also was expected to attend.

Obama proudly told the audience that he would not back down in his efforts to make progress for the LGBT community, and called for all of them to remain vigilant to hold the line on important legal gains in the country.

“What makes America special is, is that though sometimes we zig and zag, eventually hope wins out,” he said. “But it only wins out because folks like you put your shoulder behind the wheel and push it in that direction.” source


From Antichrist to Brother in Christ: How Protestant Pastors View the Pope

This is stunning news in light of the fact that the apostate Roman Catholic Church teaches that Salvation is found in the Roman Catholic Church alone.  Any person who’s not a Catholic is considered anathema — condemned to hell.  Here is the RCC’s official stance: OUTSIDE THE CHURCH THERE IS NO SALVATION, – …it means that […]

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Why Evangelicals and Catholics Cannot be “Together”

Jordan Standridge of The Cripplegate covers the many reasons evangelicals must not unit with the apostate Roman Catholic Church (RCC) even though some of our leaders are doing everything in their power to bring evangelicals and Catholics together under one big tent. Think: Rick Warren, who seems to have forgotten about the Protestant Reformation. But, thankfully, […]

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Pope’s speech troubling, Southern Baptists say

Some high profile Baptists, including Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Russell Moore of  the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, had a lot to say about a Roman Catholic pope’s address to Congress….as a pastor, by the way, not as a political leader.   Mohler makes an excellent point: “Well, let’s just state […]

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Pope praises contemplative pioneer Thomas Merton before Congress

For those who missed it, Pope Francis gave high praise to a Trappist Monk who had an affinity for unbiblical contemplative prayer. John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire has the report: This is how it seems to be going: People are being encouraged into contemplative prayer by men and women such as Rick Warren, […]

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Tim Challies reviews “Eve” written by the author of “The Shack”

On the positive side, I think [William] Paul Young has become a markedly better writer since The Shack. On the negative side, he continues to use his writing to undermine and redefine Christian theology. By my reckoning, that’s a net loss. Where The Shack was meant to revolutionize our understanding of God, his new novel […]

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Climate Change, Planned Parenthood and Witch Doctors

Lee Duigon, contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, draws some apt comparisons between liberals and witch doctors. Here’s Lee’s piece: If someone has to die, in order for you to get what you want, are you okay with that? If that someone is only “fetal tissue,” well, that’s how progress is made in medicine, as […]

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Phyllis Tickle, who championed a church paradigm shift, is dead

It was lung cancer.  Sadly, the emergent-New Ager clung to her teachings that Christendom must evolve. She frequently appeared with Brian McLaren, Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt and those of other faiths to ring in a new era in the modern Church.  (See “Emerging Towards Convergence”) Tickle believed that throughout history, the Christian Church evolves every […]

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Transgendered Catholic meets Pope at the White House

Did you ever imagine a headline like this? The celebration of sin at our own White House, with our president and the so-called “Holy Father” is stunning to those of us who know what the Bible teaches. See Marsha West’s article, “GLAAD-handing: Obama invites gay rights activists to meet Pope Francis“. With that as the […]

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ISIS is planning to target Europe, intelligence officials say

Christian Today reports:

ISIS is developing a foreign policy to strengthen its influence abroad, including carefully planned attacks in Europe, intelligence officials have said.

Islamic State has, until now, focused on perpetuating sectarian violence on its neighbours and minority groups such as Christians, Yazidis and Shia Muslims. The new assessment suggests the organisation is looking beyond its borders, in keeping with its pretension of being a state according to the Financial Times.

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/isis.is.planning.to.target.europe.intelligence.officials.say/65992.htm


When Will the Gospel Be Preached in All the World?

Therefore, we must ask the question, “When will the gospel be preached to all the world?” We ask because those of us who hold to the pre-mil, pre-trib position of the end times routinely preach that there are no prophecies yet to be fulfilled before Jesus comes to take His church out of the world. Since He said the gospel would be preached to the world before He comes, how does that fit?

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The Church Christ Loved

I realize that this is a bold claim here, but it is this writer’s belief, that Dispensationalism saved Evangelical Christianity and extended its stay for another 185 years in the West. Dispensational thought opened up for the first time in millennia, an explosion of new understanding by reconciling all of God’s word in perfect harmony. This wasn’t new revelation as many critics charge Dispensationalism with (i.e…the old and debunked Margaret MacDonald accusation), but by new illumination, by way of rightly dividing the Word that has always been there.

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Attempts to Blend Christianity with Other Religions

by Maria Kneas, 9/13/15 LT Publishing

Numerous attempts have been made to blend Christianity with other religions on a world-wide scale. You can read about them in Carl Teichrib’s article “Unveiling the Global Interfaith Agenda.” There are also other attempts to merge Christianity with different religions. For example, Chrislam tries to combine Christianity with Islam. There are people who call themselves Christian witches (i.e., combining Christianity with Wicca). There are attempts to mix Christianity with Hinduism, and with Buddhism, and with Shamanism. (A shaman is a Native American medicine man.) Some people claim to be Christian witch doctors or Christian sorcerers. You can even buy a book about Christian Voodoo. Nominal Christians are people who are Christians in name only. They call themselves Christians, but they really aren’t. They don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ, they ignore or deny foundational Christian doctrines, and they don’t try to live the way God has instructed us as described in the Bible. Such people can fit in with other religions. However, born-again Christians aren’t able to do that because they have God’s Spirit living inside them Who convicts them of sin and enables them to trust and obey the Lord. And because God is living inside them, He gives them the grace and strength to abide in Him. Simply put, biblical Christianity cannot mix with other religions.

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The New Age Desire versus God’s Desire
by Ray Yungen, 9/14/15 LT Publishing

What it comes down to is the preaching of the higher self versus the preaching of the Cross. The New Age is saying that God is the higher self in man-that God is just a meditation away.
 

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The political author, Joel Rosenberg, said on his blog on August 27, 2015, the following: “From mass shooters… to the genocidal acts of the Islamic State… to the unchallenged rise of a nuclear Iran… to the Planned Parenthood videos about the selling of baby hearts and lungs and livers over a salad and Chardonnay… to corrupt governments and corrupt leaders… to rampant marital unfaithfulness… to an epidemic of suicide and drug use… to the persecution and slavery of people all over the world… to so many other horrifying acts, it is easy these days to feel deeply discouraged and even depressed.”…
 

WVW-TV Presents: How Muslims Forced The Pact of Omar on Jews & Christians in Egypt & What That Means For Religious Liberty

WVW-TV Presents: How Muslims Forced The Pact of Omar on Jews & Christians in Egypt & What That Means For Religious Liberty. Watch this program now before it rolls into the Situation Room for members only.
 


The Principal Acts Of Saving Faith

the principal acts of saving faith are accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace. —Westminster Confession of Faith 14.2

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Machen: Salvation Through Faith vs. Salvation Through Love

To say that our faith saves us means that we do not save ourselves even in the slightest measure. Very different would be the case if our salvation was said to be through love…. J. Gresham Machen, What Is Faith? (1946), 173–4.

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Heidelcast 97: A Secular Faith With Darryl Hart

Evangelical involvement in politics has perhaps never been more intense. The George W. Bush administration had an office of faith-based initiatives. The Obama administration continues to hold prayer breakfasts and regularly invokes the Christian faith when it serves favored policy goals. The national media cover the scandals of evangelical leaders because those evangelicals have political […]

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Deceptive Advertising in Christianity

Every church and ministry has one; but it may not be what it seems to be.  We’re talking about “Statements of Faith” or “What We Believe” professions for organizations professing Christianity. Virtually every Christian church or ministry will state “We believe the Word of God is eternal truth”…yet some of these organizations approve of homosexuality, […]

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From Antichrist to Brother in Christ: How Protestant Pastors View the Pope

From Berean Research:

Galatians 1:8-9This is stunning news in light of the fact that the apostate Roman Catholic Church teaches that Salvation is found in the Roman Catholic Church alone. Any person who’s not a Catholic is considered anathema — condemned to hell. Here is the RCC’s official stance:

OUTSIDE THE CHURCH THERE IS NO SALVATION, – …it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body: – Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation. C of the C C 846

It is in the Church that the fullness of the means of salvation has been deposited. C of the C C 824

(Hat tip Jason Standridge/Why Evangelicals and Catholics Cannot be “Together”)

Obviously the pastors who believe the Pope is their brother in Christ have no clue what the head of the RCC believes about them — unless they join the RCC, they’ll spend eternity in hell. And this includes high profile evangelical pastors, including Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes and Joel Osteen, who “expressed their excitement and support for the papal pomp and circumstance.” Many pastors, including our so-called leaders, seem to have forgotten that the Protestant Reformation was named for protesting Roman Catholicism!

What the survey reveals is that a substantial number of the pastors who took the time to respond were unaware of the pope’s 2014 proclamation in which he stated…

From Antichrist to Brother in Christ: How Protestant Pastors View the Pope


Equipping Eve: Interview with Phil Johnson (Part 1)

In this episode of Equipping Eve, Erin talks to Phil Johnson, Executive Director of Grace to You. It’s a potpourri discussion, covering topics such as women’s ministries, Bible study, and the apparent doctrinal downgrade within the visible church. Click here to listen to this latest episode of Equipping Eve. Click here for a list of articles referenced in this episode of Equipping Eve.


Another Jesus: Cults and Religious Liberals

Over the years we have observed a wide variety of groups who outright reject the Jesus of Scripture but somehow feel the need to attach His name to their group or cause in order to give them an air of legitimacy. It happens with world religions, cults, social causes and politics. Some years ago we […]

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Advice From Our Friend Jerome

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The burning lust for women is a passion bordering on insanity. To gratify this sense we languish, grow angry, throw ourselves about with joy, indulge envy, engage in rivalry, are filled with anxiety, and when we have terminated the pleasure with more or less repentance, we once more take fire, and want to do that which we again regret doing.

Take heed, single males!  [NB- I suppose in these times of ours I should add the word ‘heterosexual’ but I’m not going to.  Just out of principle].


Is Hell Eternal Separation From God?

Many Christians define Hell as eternal separation from God. However, I wonder if this is born out by Scripture. It seems that a lot of people go to Jesus Christ’s cry on the cross to prove this point: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” If Christ experienced Hell on the cross, as most Reformed believers rightly believe, then Hell seems to be defined here as being forsaken by God.

Another argument that seems to point in this direction is the relationship of Revelation 20 to Revelation 21. In Revelation 20, the dragon and the two beasts are thrown into the lake of fire, along with Death, Hades, and everyone whose name is not written in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 20:15). When one reads on into Revelation 21, it says that God will dwell with His people, which seems to suggest that He is not dwelling with those who are in the lake of fire.

To answer the first argument, it is not true that God the Father abandoned God the Son at the cross. The cross did not result in a rift in the Trinity. The abandonment consists of the God-man suffering the full wrath of God the Father. It is a giving up of Jesus to the judicial wrath, not an ontological abandonment. This becomes clear when the judgment context of Psalm 22 is taken into account, from which Jesus’ cry comes.

To answer the second argument, I wonder Who keeps the lake of fire hot? Who throws Satan into it? Who torments Satan day and night forever? Are these not divine passive constructions? Who can administer the justice but God alone? How would we ever trust that the punishment fits the crime perfectly unless it is God who punishes?

A passage that gives a bit more light on this is Revelation 14:6-13. In this passage, those who worship the beast, and receive the mark of the beast will drink the cup of the wrath of God, poured full strength (verse 10). This torment is eternal (verse 11). Therefore, John is talking about eternal punishment in Hell in these verses, not a temporal punishment. The key phrase, then, for our purposes, is the last part of verse 10: “in the presence of the holy angels and the presence of the Lamb.” It is the torment that will happen in the presence of the Lamb and of the angels, a torment that lasts forever. It is, therefore, true that the torment will last eternally in the presence of the angels and of the Lamb.

Another argument can be deduced from the principle of God’s omnipresence. If God is everywhere (see Psalm 139 for an extensive proof of God’s omnipresence), then God is present in Hell as well. Some of us might be uncomfortable saying that, as if God shouldn’t be involved in the punishment of Hell, as if it would dirty His holy hands. I would counter by saying that I wouldn’t want anyone BUT an omniscient God administering punishment for eternity! How else could permanent justice be assured?

I conclude that the formulation of Hell being eternal separation from God needs a bit of tweaking. Hell is eternal separation from the grace and mercy of God. It is not eternal separation from God entirely. I believe that people will fervently wish that they could escape the judging presence of God! Hell is a place where God is present only to judge and punish. Heaven is the place where God is present only to love and cherish.


Fact-checkers claim Planned Parenthood video doesn’t exist

Carly Fiorina’s big moment at the last Republican debate occurred when she described one of the videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby parts. Since the debate, critics have claimed that the video she describes doesn’t exist. Fiorina’s campaign responded with the ad above showing that the video does in fact exist (WARNING: The video is graphic).

Still, the critics have been piling-on as if Fiorina’s claims are completely fabricated. Just yesterday I saw Chuck Todd rake her over the coals about it on “Meet the Press.” Fiorina stood by her guns. So who’s telling the truth here? Fiorina or the fact-checkers?

The best article I’ve seen on this so far is the one published today by Ross Douthat. He shows that the video obviously does exist, even if Fiorina conflated and jumbled some details in her description of it. Douthat also shows that the fact-checkers have yet to undermine her underlying claim–that Planned Parenthood sometimes delivers live babies in an effort to harvest organs to sell to third-party buyers.

Bottom line: The fact-checking boils down to parsing Fiorina’s words while ignoring the bone-chilling inhumanity of Planned Parenthood. And so the fact-checking turns out to be just one more piece of the propaganda propping-up the tax-payer funded butchery of our nation’s leading abortion provider.

If Americans are so indifferent that they can’t see through this cynical distraction from the main issue, God help us. Fiorina is right. This is about the character of our nation.


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Bill Nye, science awry

Back to Science Class for the Science Guy” by Robert P. George and Patrick Lee.

Evangelicals hate Jesus?

https://calvindude.org/dude/2015/09/24/evangelicals-hate-jesus/

How Were Old Testament Believers Saved?

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You don’t really love the god you control

One of my favorite things is to hear my kids tell me they love me. Hannah, my middle girl, always wants me to be home. Always. In fact, after coming home from one trip, she told me in tears that I should never go away again. I should just stay home, and go to work, and then come back home again at night. When I get home from work, Hudson excitedly shouts, “Hey guys! Dad’s home!” and then rams his head into my pelvis while giving me a hug. Abigail loves nothing more than to cuddle, whether it’s convenient or not.

I am indeed, a much loved and very blessed man, friends. I try to do lots of fun things with the kids whenever possible, but they don’t love me because I’m the “fun” dad. They love me because, along with their mom, I help provide stability to their world. That’s what we do with schedules, routines and even discipline. And because they have a stable home, they are free to be themselves.

Strangely, we don’t seem to look at God the same way. While it’s understandable for the non-Christian, sure, but even many believers struggle to be thankful that God is on his throne. Many seem to want him to be anywhere but. Many would prefer a god of love—a god who is love, but who wields no authority. What they want, though, is god they can control. And when they’re reminded that this god doesn’t exist, they lash out.

Spurgeon reminded his hearers—and us today—of this truth when he preached,

 

Men will allow God to be everywhere except on his throne. They will allow him to be in his workshop to fashion worlds and to make stars. They will allow him to be in his almonry to dispense his alms and bestow his bounties. They will allow him to sustain the earth and bear up the pillars thereof, or light the lamps of heaven, or rule the waves of the ever-moving ocean; but when God ascends his throne, his creatures then gnash their teeth; and when we proclaim an enthroned God, and his right to do as he wills with his own, to dispose of his creatures as he thinks well, without consulting them in the matter, then it is that we are hissed and execrated, and then it is that men turn a deaf ear to us, for God on his throne is not the God they love. They love him anywhere better than they do when he sits with his sceptre in his hand and his crown upon his head. But it is God upon the throne that we love to preach. It is God upon his throne whom we trust.

We don’t want a God who has authority in our lives. We want one we can control. We think it’s easier. We think it’s even possible. But it’s not. Even if we believe in a toothless god, we don’t really love it, because we know in our hearts it doesn’t exist. And we don’t have any confidence in such a god anyway, because we’re left without any real sense of stability. We merely have what seems right in our own eyes. And that is an unstable foundation for even the most consistent person.

But we do have something, or rather, someone, better: the true God—the maker of the heavens and the earth, and Father of our Lord Jesus. The one does sit on his throne, and who does what is right and just, whether we like it or not. This is the God we ought to run to because he is the only one worthy of love.


God Gives Us Joy in Grief

God Gives Us Joy in GriefWhat role do trials play in the Christian life? In this lab, John Piper explains a hard, but beautiful truth. God writes hardship and suffering into every believer’s story for the sake of their faith. He wants to secure and deepen our joy in himself, and so he carries us through various trials.

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Popular Popes and Priestly Pretenders

Papacy02Anyone paying attention to the news last week could not have missed Pope Francis’s historic visit to the United States. Perhaps the most alarming aspect of his visit was the way in which some evangelical leaders enthusiastically embraced him. Today’s article addresses one of the many reasons why evangelicals should neither endorse nor applaud the office of the papacy.

The Popularity of the Papacy

Francis is unarguably one of the most popular popes in recent memory. That popularity has been fueled, largely, by his unexpected message of tolerance toward those who have historically been condemned by the Catholic Church.

In last few months, Francis has even shocked many Catholics with statements he has made about homosexuality, divorce, abortion, capitalism, climate change, and how he views of people in non-Catholic religions. Some of his comments have been so surprising, in fact, that it leads one to wonder about the continuing validity of the rhetorical question: “Is the Pope Catholic?” With Francis, it’s getting harder and harder to say for sure.

In spite of all of that, the pope has never been more popular. Type the words “pope Francis souvenirs” into Google and over 1.8 million results show up. There are Pope Francis bobble heads, coffee mugs, commemorative buttons, key chains, wall art, collectible stamps, prayer cards, throw pillows, and a whole lot more.

Incredibly, the pope’s popularity has even spilled over into some Protestant circlesenticing a number of evangelical leaders to embrace him as a brother in Christ, rather than to reject him as a false teacher. In the words of one well-known television preacher, regarding Francis: “I love the fact that’s he’s made the Church more inclusive. Not trying to make it smaller, but to try to make it larger—to take everybody in. So, that just resonates with me.”

But the fact of the matter is that the popularity of this pope or any other pope represents the tragic reality that there are more than a billion people today caught in the clutches of a false religious system. The Roman Catholic church is not the true church. It is an apostate movement that has undermined the gospel by elevating the traditions of men above the Word of God.

[Note: This article continues on the Preachers and Preaching blog.] Click here to Continue reading . . . 


“I AM” Gives Us the Ground Rule for Knowing God

This is the second of a three-part series on God’s name, I AM.” Be sure to read Part One (“‘I AM’ shows us how we encounter God”), and to check back tomorrow for Part Three (“‘I AM’ transforms our identities”).

When God appears to Moses at the burning bush and says, “I am who I am,” that implies, “I am not who you define me to be.” Obvious enough, right? Yet one of the consistent blunders of our generation is that we’d rather remake God into our image than accept him as he is. But he won’t have it. God is not the result of democratic processes. He’s not the puppet of our polls. God is. And in saying, “I am,” God gives us the ground rule for knowing him at all.

Theologians talk about two types of theology—the “theology from above” and the “theology from below.” Theology from below is the result of philosophical speculation. We get together, share ideas about what we think God is like, and after a spirited debate, we make our conclusions. This is, after all, the ideal for how we should make decisions in our contemporary pluralistic society, so it’s natural to think that we can do the same with religion. Let’s bring all of our ideas to the public square and see which God-ideas are best.

Theology from above, on the other hand, isn’t the result of philosophy. It’s not a matter of debate. It’s revealed, and we only have two options—accept it or reject it. The analogy that Plato uses of the cave is a helpful one here. In Plato’s Republic, he uses the image of a cave to describe our pursuit of truth. All of us are in a cave, and as light comes in from outside, we can’t see what’s going on outside, but we can see shadows. So we guess at what the shadows represent. The point, as Plato explains, is that our pursuit of God is largely fruitless…unless someone from outside could come in and tell us what life is like out there. That’s precisely what Christians believe about Jesus.

Which type of theology do you believe in? Is it a theology that arises from below, one that you can modify and adjust as you see fit? Or is it theology from above, a revelation of who God truly is? Most of us Christians would like to say that we believe in a theology from above. But here’s a trick to let you know if you actually believe in it: when theology comes from above, you don’t argue with it.

Do you edit God’s word when it bothers you? Do you ignore the ethical parts that seem too restrictive? Is there any room in your life for God to actually contradict you? If God can never contradict you, then whatever else you say, you’re constructing theology from below. Real people surprise us. They challenge us. They often offend us. God is (in this way) no different. If you believe in a God who never surprises you, challenges you, or offends you, that’s not a real person. That’s a figment of your imagination.

God’s revelation comes down from above. It begins not with us putting our heads together, but with his flat assertion: I am. That’s a revelation that we can receive. It’s a revelation we can reject. But if God is truly alive, then that’s not a revelation we can debate, edit, reshape, or refashion. God is. Receive him for who he is, or just be honest about it and reject him wholesale. There isn’t a third option.


The Difficulty of Prayer (and a solution) (Mark Jones)

Prayer is not easy. I find that true myself, but others whom I respect have also given testimony to the difficulty of prayer. Some chaps make it sound easy; if they spend hours a day in the tent of meeting, they probably have their computer in the tent with them.
Consider the following testimonies, which are filled with thoughts that one ordinarily doesn’t hear when people give their public testimonies, oddly enough:
“Everything we do in the Christian life is easier than prayer.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“There is nothing that we are so bad at all our days as prayer.” Alexander Whyte
“There are times in my life when I would rather die than pray.” Thomas Shepard
Imagine Thomas Shepard saying those words as he is brought to the front of the church to “speak about the wonderful things God has done in his life.” Whatever the case, I find those words from the aforementioned men somewhat comforting. In fact, read this from John Bunyan:
“May I but speak my own Experience, and from that tell you the difficulty of Praying to God as I ought; it is enough to make you poor, blind, carnal men, to entertain strange thoughts of me. For, as for my heart, when I go to pray, I find it so reluctant to go to God, and when it is with him, so reluctant to stay with him, that many times I am forced in my Prayers; first to beg God that he would take mine heart, and set it on himself in Christ, and when it is there, that he would keep it there. In fact, many times I know not what to pray for, I am so blind, nor how to pray I am so ignorant; only (blessed be Grace) the Spirit helps our infirmities [Rom. 8:26].”
That’s a Puritan – ahem – who obviously struggles, as most of us do, with prayer.
Sometimes Christians get in a “prayer rut” and find it difficult to break out of that rut. It isn’t that they give up praying altogether, but they do seem to give up spending time alone with the Lord in what the Puritans called “private, fervent prayer” (see Heb. 5:7).
Of course, there is no rule set down how often and how long we should pray. Yet, we pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17); we are to pray at all times (Eph. 6:18); and we pray suddenly based on need and occasion (Neh. 2:4).
The Bible also gives us examples of those who seemed to have set times or specific times where they devoted themselves to prayer (Matt. 6:6). Consider Daniel, who prayed three times daily, “as he had done previously” (Dan. 6:10). “Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray” (Acts 10:9). And our Lord Jesus “would withdraw to desolate places and pray” (Lk. 5:16).
Given that prayer is difficult, how does Christ motivate us to pray? In Matthew 6:6 he promises his disciples their Father will reward them for what they do (i.e., pray) in secret. Notice how often the word “reward” appears in that chapter alone.
We do have to ask ourselves whether we adequately believe the words in Matthew 6:6. Do we really believe, as we should, that God will reward us? If we did, we would indeed spend a lot more time in secret prayer than we do. We do not have because we do not ask! We do not ask because we lack faith (Matt. 21:22).
Faith is the hand that begs from God: “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Heb. 11:6).
Christ, the man of faith par excellence, certainly grasped this concept in his own prayer life. In fact, he prayed for his reward: “And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed” (Jn. 17:5).
I don’t know precisely how the Lord will reward us for what we do in secret. Sometimes the answers to prayer are either obvious or immediate. Sometimes he rewards us by not giving us what we (sometimes wrongly) ask for. And there are prayers which may not even be answered in our own lifetime (see Stephen’s prayer in Acts 7:59-60, which may have resulted in the conversion of Saul of Tarsus; or notice how Moses’ prayer to see God’s glory in Ex. 33:18 was answered at the Transfiguration).
But I do know this:
The rewards from our Father are of grace:  “It is called a reward, but it is of grace, not of debt; what merit can there be in begging?” (Matthew Henry)
And, he has promised to reward his children when they pray in secret, and that motivation alone should be enough to get us into our “prayer closets” where we ask in order to receive.

Reformation or Revolution? A Review of God and the Gay Christian

Note: A PDF of this review is available here.

Click the link below to go directly to the named section:

Introduction
Summary
Interaction
Conclusion
Pastoral Considerations
Resources for Review

Matthew Vines, God and the Gay Christian, New York: Convergent, 2014. 213 pages


Three Ways to Help Bible Beginners

Three Ways to Help Bible BeginnersLots of people, probably many in your own life, are curious about the Bible or maybe even want to read it, but don’t know where to start. Many of us woke up this morning ourselves wanting to start reading the Bible again, but not sure where to turn today. In two minutes, Ben Stuart gives us a few places to turn when we’ve never read the Bible before or when we don’t know where to turn.

Related Resources


Check out

Blogs

6 Reasons Why Anxiety, Worry, & Fear are Particular Problems for Christians | Ron Edmondson
Can you “over-spiritualize” fear and anxiety?

The Dominant Medium We Neglect | Bob Allen, The Gospel Coalition
In short: Television. Bob examines the current state of Christian television.

James Is, You Know, in the Bible | Rick Phillips, Reformation21
Rick wrestles with Faith and Works.

How An Affair Really Begins | Tim Challies
It’s not with sex.

Reaching a Boiling Point | Barry York, Gentle Reformation
What Deuteronomy 14:21 (“You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk”) has to do with us today.

I Went To Planned Parenthood For Birth Control, But They Pushed Abortion | Sarah Owens, The Federalist
Sarah outlines her personal experience with Planned Parenthood as a teenager and her changing views on a woman’s “right to choose.”

Recommended New Book

Happiness by Randy Alcorn. Although I have a couple of reservations about this book, which I’ll explain in my upcoming review, on the whole I am very positive about it.

Kindle Books

God’s Design for Man and Woman: A Biblical-Theological Survey by Andreas and Margaret Kostenberger $2.99.

Truth in a Culture of Doubt: Engaging Skeptical Challenges to the Bible by Andreas Kostenberger $2.99.

How Do Preaching and Corporate Prayer Work Together? by Ryan McGraw

Video

God in Our Midst: A New Teaching Series from Daniel Hyde | Ligonier
Exciting series from Ligonier and Danny Hyde centering on understanding Jesus through understanding of the Old Testament tabernacle.


Links I like

Kindle deals for Christian readers

Westminster Bookstore’s also got a very good sale going on right now on Crossway’s ESV Thinline series of Bibles. If you’re in the market, I really like this one.

Brothers, Our Daggers Won’t Do

Mike Leake:

If the Spirit does not come in power then not even the best of preacher is strong enough to wield the sword—we are but children playing with daddy’s weapons. But when God uses His Word through us—He can wield it and accomplish the purpose He has set for it.

The Fourth Person of the Trinity?

Nick Batzig:

When I was an intern preparing for ministry at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, I asked Dr. Paul Tripp, “If you could give any one piece of advice to young men preparing for ministry, what would it be?” Speaking from years of pastoral experience, Paul responded, “Don’t become the fourth person of the Trinity for people.” What he obviously meant was, “Don’t try to stand in the place of God and do what only God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit can do in someone’s life.” You can’t effect the change that you labor so diligently to help bring about in the lives of those entrusted to your care–only the Lord can produce real and lasting change (1 Cor. 3:6-8). There are real dangers that pastors face when they function as if they are the fourth person in the Trinity.

How An Affair Really Begins

Tim Challies:

At some point, we have all witnessed the devastation of an affair. On the one hand, it is shocking just how much can be destroyed by the act of one person sharing sexual intimacy with another. But on the other hand, it is not shocking at all when we consider how much meaning God has packed into marriage and into the sexual relationship within marriage.

Wisdom in Contextualization: How Far Is Too Far?

Ed Stetzer:

I am all for innovation. But it should be used as means to better contextualize the gospel, not simply for its own sake. We need to evaluate where that line is, so that we do not cross it and lose the very reason God has placed us here.

Thoughts on note-taking during sermons

Jared Wilson:

Ditching the note-taking preaching ethos both elevates sermons and properly diminishes them. It treats a sermon as proclamation aided by the Spirit, which gives the sermon a supernatural weight. On the other hand, by treating all words in a sermon as expendable to memory, it puts the preacher’s words in the right place compared to the Scripture’s words. It diminishes the impact of a well-turned phrase and magnifies real revelation.


A La Carte (September 29)

There are lots of Kindle deals today. Defending Inerrancy by Norm Geisler ($2.99); Handbook to Scripture by Kenneth Boa ($0.99). The New American Commentary series is also on sale with each volume just $2.99. I have marked with an askterisk the volumes that are considered top-5 on that book of the Bible. New Testament: Matthew*, Mark, Luke*, John 1-11, John 12:21, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians*, Galatians*, Philippians/Colossians/Philemon, 1&2 Thessalonians, 1&2 Timothy/Titus, James, 1&2 Peter/Jude*, 1&2&3 John, Revelation. Old Testament: Genesis 1-11, Exodus, Leviticus*, Numbers*, Deuteronomy, Joshua*, Judges/Ruth*, 1&2 Kings*, 1&2 Chronicles, Ezra/Nehemiah/Esther*, Job, Proverbs/Ecclesiastes/Song of Songs, Isaiah 1-39, Jeremiah/Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea/Joel, Amos/Obadiah/Jonah, Micah-Zephaniah, Zechariah, Haggai/Malachi.

What Pastors Wish Their Worship Leaders Knew

Bob Kauflin offers quite a good list of things pastors wish their worship leaders knew.

Advice for a Young Man Dating a Young Woman

I think this is a tremendously helpful collection of wisdom for the young man pursuing the young lady. My favorite line: “Whether she’s your future wife, or someone else’s, her body is not for your touch and your touch is not ready for her body.”

McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast

McDonald’s all-day breakfast is pretty much the best thing ever. Except for the part about it not being available in Canada! Anyway, this article explains how it came to be.

Step Into the Page

I enjoyed this video of Glen Keane (who animated many of Disney’s best-loved characters) doing what he lives to do, but in virtual reality.

This Day in 1770. George Whitefield preaches his last sermon—the day before he died. He said, “Lord Jesus, I am weary in thy work, but not of it.” *

ESV Thinline

Westminster Books has cut the prices on the Thinline edition of the ESV. It’s cheap enough that you can buy it in quantities and give it away!

The Puritan Influence on the Press

Marvin Olasky: “Publications in the 17th century usually put out only news that would make the king or his officials look good, but New England Puritans encouraged the reporting of bad news because they saw everything, good and bad, as a message from God.”


The Daily Discovery (September 29, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Accidental Saints – “I read it because it was on the New York Times list of bestsellers. That is not only a significant accomplishment for an author but an indication that her work resonates with a wide audience. So I read the book. And, oh my.”

Making Money From End of the World Fears – “I was going to write a book about ‘Why Unbelievers Hate Us’, but not only was I busy with my creation science ministry, but so many examples would make the book so huge, it would fill up a saddlebag and make your horse list to one side.”

Evolution and Original Sin – “The BioLogos website has continued its series on a variety of views of the atonement in light of their belief in molecules-to-man evolution. Previously, we critiqued two posts written by Dr. Joseph Bankard, who argued that the atonement had far more to do with Christ’s life than with His sacrificial death. In this article we will examine two posts on the topic written by George Murphy, a retired Lutheran pastor with a PhD in theoretical physics.”

By What Standard? – The idol of the American state…

A Tale of Two Churches – For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.


SERMON:

The Gay Revolution – Durbin, White, & Brown


VIDEOS:

Life Begins At Conception?

The Atheist Double Standard


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


Featured Blogs


Christian Headlines Daily – Tuesday, September 29, 2015

http://www.christianheadlines.com/

Top Headlines

Anna Duggar Busies Herself with Homeschooling Her Children While Husband is in Rehab

Muslim-Jewish Clashes Escalate at Temple Mount

Pope Skirts Abortion in Speech to Congress

Imprisoned Pastor Worse Off Since Iran Deal

Three Church Buildings Torched in Tanzania

Charity Seeking to Aid Thousands of Christians Suffering Brutal ISIS Violence

Franklin Graham Accuses Senate of Hypocrisy

Hungary’s “Ordinary Heroes” See Mission Opportunity in Migrant Crisis

Argentinian Pastor’s Fight for Religious Freedom Goes on

‘God Weeps,’ Says Pope Francis, Calling for Accountability on Sex Abuse Crimes

Opinion

Do We Have Soul Mates?

Our Gifts Used for God’s Glory

The Power of a Poem: Hannah More and the Abolition of the Slave Trade

Shout Your Abortion or Share Your Faith?

Cherry-Picking Pope Francis


READING: Nehemiah 11-13, Psalm 126

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  The book of Nehemiah begins with Nehemiah’s extended prayer of brokenness over Jerusalem (Neh. 1:2-11), and it ends with a simple prayer of blessing: “Remember me, my God, with favor” (Neh. 13:31). In between are the several prayers we noted in the devotion, “Praying on the Way,” plus additional prayers in chapter 13. Without question, prayer was in Nehemiah’s DNA.

Nehemiah shows us so much about doing God’s work. He began his work in prayer, grieving over the condition of the fallen holy city. He prayed to God before he asked the king’s assistance (Neh. 2:5). He prayed spontaneously whenever petition and intercession were in order. He worked hard and challenged the people to work hard, asking God to remember his “deeds of faithful love” (Neh. 13:14, 22). In the end, he knew he still needed God to remember him with favor.

So, when should we pray? At the beginning of a task, during the task, and when the task is finished. Nehemiah the leader modeled that pattern, and through him we learn that, “A man who approaches God on his knees will stand tall in any generation.”*

PRAYER: “Father, let me not start a project without praying. Let me not take a step without praying. Let me not end a task without praying. If I stand tall, let it be on my knees.”

TOMORROW’S READING: Malachi 1-4

*Smith, J. E. (1995). The Books of History (Ne 13:30–31). Joplin, MO: College Press.


Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.


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


Resource Links

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

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

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

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

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

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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September 29, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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In the end, the handshake happened. Just not with Hassan Rouhani. In the lead-up to the United Nations General Assembly, speculation ran rife about whether President Obama and his Iranian counterpart would cap the success of a nuclear deal by shaking on it. In the end, it was Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who savored the historic gesture, according to a U.S. Administration official who asked not to be identified, citing the sensitivity of the issue.

Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose 5 percent in July from the same month a year earlier, propelled by improving demand and limited supply. The increase in the S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values followed a 4.9 percent advance in June.

Tesla Motors, the smallest publicly held U.S. automaker, hands over the first of its Model X sport utility vehicles Tuesday evening amid growing scrutiny of Volkswagen AG.

Germany pared bond issuance for the second time this year, signaling that Chancellor Angela Merkel has leeway for emergency spending on the refugee crisis.

A typhoon that killed two people forced Taiwan to close its markets Tuesday and left hundreds of thousands of travelers stranded at the height of the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.

The Treasury market is signaling inflation expectations in the U.S. are tumbling, even as Federal Reserve officials stick to forecasts for a pickup. The difference between yields on five-year notes and similar-maturity Treasury Inflation Protected Securities, a gauge of expectations for consumer prices, fell below 1 percentage point Tuesday. The so-called break-even rate is the lowest in six years, after dropping the most in more than eight months on Monday.

AP Top Stories

Volkswagen said Tuesday that 1.8 million commercial vehicles are among those affected by the emissions-rigging scandal, while Spanish unit SEAT said 700,000 of its cars were fitted with the diesel engine in question.

Afghan troops backed by US air support launched a counter-offensive Tuesday to retake Kunduz, a day after Taliban insurgents overran the strategic northern city in their biggest victory since being ousted from power in 2001.

Germany toughened rules Tuesday for asylum seekers from the Balkans as Europe struggled to cope with a record surge in migrants, with those crossing the Mediterranean exceeding the half a million mark.

A man watching a 4-year-old autistic boy for his live-in girlfriend severely beat the child, including pulling three of his teeth out, and left him bleeding and crying overnight, authorities in Pennsylvania alleged Monday.

Six Palestinians came to Washington to secure support against Israeli plans to raze their tiny West Bank village of Susiya, and at the last minute found assistance from US Senator Dianne Feinstein.

For anyone who doubts that education in the U.S. has become overrun by testing, consider this. My daughter’s first day of kindergarten — her very first introduction to elementary school — consisted almost entirely of assessment. She was due at school at 9:30, and I picked her up at 11:45. In between, she was assessed by five different teachers, each a stranger, asking her to perform some task such as cutting, coloring in the lines, reciting her address and phone number, identifying letters and their sounds, and counting. She then had to wait two days, while all the other incoming kindergartners were assessed, to learn of her teacher and begin the school year in earnest.

Poland’s army said Monday it has begun inspecting the southwestern area where two men claim to have discovered an armored Nazi gold train buried at the end of World War II.

BBC

Officials from several countries have said that more than 1,000 people died in last week’s stampede near Mecca during the annual Hajj pilgrimage. The last figure given by the Saudi authorities was 769.

President Obama is set to chair a UN gathering of world leaders to discuss counter-terrorism.

Russia is considering whether to follow the US and its allies in conducting air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets, President Vladimir Putin said.

Cuban President Raul Castro has told the UN that normal relations with the US will only be possible if America takes a number of measures including the abolition of its trade embargo.

Panama’s murder rate has dropped by 21.4% in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the same period last year, official figures suggest. Officials say a program to rehabilitate gang members has been key in driving the figure down.

India’s central bank has cut its key interest rate for the fourth time this year, and by more than expected. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reduced its repo rate to 6.75% from 7.25%, with economists having forecast it would trim rates to 7%.

Bangladesh police are investigating the murder of an Italian aid worker who was shot on Monday night. The Islamic State group says it carried on the attack.

The death toll from a suspected air strike on a wedding party in Yemen on Monday has risen to at least 130, the United Nations and local medics said.

WND

In an apparent attempt to justify the retreat of the United States from international leadership, President Obama praised the United Nations Monday, arguing that global governance has helped spread democracy.

President Obama said at the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT Gala in New York that the Constitution’s protections for “gay” rights trump the protection for religious rights.

A sophomore student in Polk County, Georgia, walked through his high school’s cafeteria Sept. 23 with the Confederate flag on his backpack. The school went on lockdown status just hours after the white teenager had an altercation with two black students.


 

Top News – 9/29/2015

Obama has turned Putin into the world’s most powerful leader
The baton was officially transferred Monday to the world’s new sole superpower — and Vladimir Putin willingly picked it up. President Obama (remember him?) embraced the ideals espoused by the United Nations’ founders 70 years ago: Diplomacy and “international order” will win over time, while might and force will lose.

Miyako, Japan 5M Earthquake, Tuesday Sep. 29 2015
The USGS has reported a 5 magnitude earthquake has struck Miyako, Japan at 08:46:53 Tuesday Sep. 29, 2015 GMT, at a depth of 35 km that was felt locally and in surrounding areas.

Cost of migration crisis means nothing to us, says top EU official
The EU’s leaders “do not care about the political cost” of their handling of the migration crisis because they do not have to face election, one of its top officials has admitted.

Shattered Syria May Never Be Put Back Together
The government, dominated by President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect, controls Damascus, the Alawite heartland along the Mediterranean coast, other cities, and connecting corridors in between. Kurds run their own affairs in the northeast. ISIS controls much of the Sunni heartland in the east. Other Sunni rebels control pockets in the north and south.

Polish Army Securing Nazi Gold Train Area
Polish Soldiers and explosives experts on Monday launched a six-day operation to secure the area where authorities suspect a Nazi-era train loaded with looted gold is buried, news agencies are reporting. The soldiers are searching some three feet below the surface, checking for mines or any other dangerous objects, before municipal workers begin excavations come Oct. 3.

Tropical Storm Joaquin forms in Atlantic Ocean
Tropical Storm Joaquin formed in the Atlantic on Monday, becoming the 10th named storm of the season, while Hurricane Marty ambled toward the south-central coast of Mexico in the eastern Pacific.

Putin ‘worried’ by Israeli strikes in Syria
Russia “must respect Israeli interests” in Syria, but is also “worried” regarding Israeli strikes in Syrian territory, said Russian President Vladimir Putin early Tuesday morning at a press debrief.

Commodity rout hits traders, emerging markets
Shares in commodity trading firms took another tumble on Tuesday, driving global stocks to their lowest in more than two years as pressure built on raw materials prices and emerging markets.

DARK LUNAR ECLIPSE
“It was one of the darkest lunar eclipses I have ever seen,” Other observers (see the gallery) also remarked on the darker hue of this lunar eclipse, compared to others in recent years.

SOLAR FLARE AND RADIO BLACKOUT
a strong M7-class solar flare erupted in the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2422. Extreme UV radiation from the flare ionized the top of Earth’s atmosphere and caused a brief low-frequency radio blackout over South America and the Atlantic ocean:

Marty becomes a hurricane, nears Mexico’s Pacific coast
Hurricane Marty formed on Monday, rolling northeast toward Mexico’s Pacific Coast and threatening to dump heavy rain on the southwest of the country, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The hurricane, which is around 145 miles (233 km) west of the beach resort of Acapulco, was heading northeast at about 6 miles per hour (10 kilometers per hour) and producing maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (129 kph), the Miami-based NHC said.

El Niño persists as positive IOD emerges in a warm Indian Ocean
The tropical Pacific ocean and atmosphere are reinforcing each other, maintaining a strong El Niño that is likely to persist into early 2016. Tropical Pacific sea surface temperatures are more than 2 °C above average, exceeding El Niño thresholds by well over 1 °C, and at levels not seen since the 1997–98 event.

Obama Confronts Russia, China and Iran In Speech to UN
Obama took on a confrontational tone in his speech this morning to the United Nations General Assembly, specifically calling out Russia, China and Iran for destabilizing activities in various world conflicts.Obama opened his speech directly decrying “strong states that seek to impose their will on weaker ones,” then alluded to Russian support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

while Israel can’t depend on the United States with Barack Obama as its president, Israel can work with Russia’s Vladimir Putin…we need to recognize that Russia is not the Soviet Union. Yes, Russia has superpower aspirations, which include projecting its power in the Middle East. But unlike the Soviet Union, Russia’s actions are not informed by an overarching world view that is inherently anti-Semitic.”

Al-Sisi: Palestinian state would remove pretext for terror
The creation of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital would remove one of the most problematic issues in the region, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in his speech to the UN… Al-Sisi added that such a move would also effectively eliminate one of the most dangerous pretexts for extremism and terror, stressing that “the recent events at al-Aqsa emphasize the need for a comprehensive solution.”

Obama’s Global Warming, Syria Push at United Nations Skips Congress
At the United Nations Monday, President Barack Obama touted what are probably the two biggest items left on his to-do list before leaving office — a global warming agreement later this year in Paris and a settlement to the Syria conflict. Congress barely got a mention. The Paris accord, like the Iran deal before it, will be strictly an executive agreement, given that Obama wouldn’t have the votes to pass anything in either chamber.

Syria conflict: Russia considers joining anti-IS air strikes
Russia is considering whether to follow the US and its allies in conducting air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets, President Vladimir Putin says. Mr Putin spoke after meeting Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). But the meeting, and the leaders’ speeches at the UNGA, also highlighted splits about how to end the Syrian war.

Bangladesh: IS claims it killed Italian aid worker
Dhaka police say they are investigating the murder of an Italian aid worker who was shot on Monday night. The Islamic State group says it carried on the attack, shooting dead Cesare Tavella, 50, in the city’s diplomatic quarter. Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said Tavella was jogging when two attackers fired at him from behind.

Afghan forces launch bid to retake Kunduz from Taliban
Afghan forces have begun an operation to retake the city of Kunduz, after suffering a major military reverse when it was seized by the Taliban on Monday. Security forces have cleared the area around the central prison and the police headquarters, officials said. The US said it carried out an air strike on the city early on Tuesday.

‘Israel concerned with build-up of Iranian forces in Syria near Golan border’
Israel is concerned with the build-up of Iranian forces in Syria, near the border with Israel… Steinitz’s comments came amid the recent addition of Russian troops to Syria to bolster President Bashar Assad in his fight against Islamic State and other rebel groups challenging his rule in Syria. However, the Likud minister was more concerned with the infusion of troops from Assad’s other central backer, Iran.

Drafting the Pope into global warming and One World Government Battles a failure
Message to Obama and the UN: Your drafting of the Pope into your decades long battle was an absolute failure because you can never make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, or a global citizen out of a patriot.

Hajj stampede death toll climbs to 1,100
The death toll from one of the worst stampedes during Hajj pilgrimage has hit 1,100, among them 42 Pakistani pilgrims, officials confirmed on Monday. The revised tally came a day after Pakistan’s Religious Affairs Minister Sardar Yousaf told a news conference in Saudi Arabia that 36 Pakistanis were among the stampede victims.

Typhoon lashes Taiwan, killing 2, injuring more than 300
A typhoon struck mainland China on Tuesday after lashing Taiwan, where it killed two, injured hundreds and left hundreds of thousands without power or water.

Rouhani says Iran ready to help bring democracy to Syria, Yemen
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Tehran was ready to help bring democracy to war-torn Syria and Yemen, and blamed the spread of terrorism in the Middle East on the United States.

Putin does not rule out Russian strikes in Syria
President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia had not ruled out air strikes in support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s forces in their battle against jihadist rebels.

Feds returning to local crime fight
Mounting concern over recent violent crime surges in some U.S. cities has prompted the Justice Department to call a meeting next month of more than a dozen local law enforcement officials to deal with persistent public safety threats, ranging from criminal gangs to domestic violence, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told USA TODAY in an interview.


Top Headlines – 9/29/2015

Ban Ki Moon opens 70th debate of UN General Assembly

U.N. General Assembly president: Get ready for a transformative year

World leaders converge on UN with focus on Syria

PA’s Erekat slams Obama for neglecting Palestinians in speech to UN

Abbas adviser suggests US pressured Palestinian leader to nix UN speech ‘bombshell’

In response to UN head’s comments, Liberman says peace only achievable with Abbas’ ouster

Abbas out of options, out of synch with angry Palestinians

Brazilian Pres. says UN cannot procrastinate in constituting a Palestinian state while Israel expands settlements

Sisi: Resolving Israel-Palestinian conflict important factor for regional stability

Al-Sisi: Palestinian state would remove pretext for terror

Jordan’s Abdullah: We reject threats to our holy places and the Arab character of Jerusalem

Joint List MK confronts Jewish visitors at Temple Mount: ‘Criminals, Kahanists’

Israel to Use Administrative Detention on Temple Mount Rioters

World Bank warns of ‘high risk’ of Israel-Palestinian conflict

World Bank: Palestinian economy worsens for third year

Rouhani: Don’t allow Zionist regime to impede nuclear free Middle East

IAEA chief defends nuclear review procedures set for Iran

Putin: We respect Israel’s interests, but are concerned over its attacks on Syria

‘Israel concerned with build-up of Iranian forces in Syria near Golan border’

US support for Israel stokes terrorism worldwide, Rouhani says

Obama: Iran deal is demonstration of international system working ‘the way it should’

Obama: We Must Reject ‘Ignorance That Equates Islam with Terror’

Obama says ‘realism’ leads him to compromise with Iran on Syria

Obama, Putin clash over Syria crisis at the United Nations

Obama, Putin agree militaries to hold talks to avoid conflicts in Syria

Putin does not rule out Russian strikes in Syria

Only Assad truly fighting Islamic State, Putin says

Rouhani says Iran ready to help bring democracy to Syria, Yemen

Islamic State claims responsibility for car bomb attack in Baghdad

Erdogan: Turkish forces kill more than 30 Kurdish militants overnight

Turkey urges renewed global efforts to stem refugee wave

Attacks on refugee shelters in Germany more than doubled, police say

Germany Segregating Christians As Migrant Violence Escalates

Obama Throws Christian Refugees to Lions

Homeless Problem Plagues Cities Asking Obama For More Refugees

Italian aid worker killed in Bangladesh ‘by IS’

As insults fly, Iran-Saudi haj row aggravates regional rifts

Iranian general suggests Saudi tragedies orchestrated by Israel

Hajj stampede death toll climbs to 1,100

Iran raise its haj death toll to 226 of Iranians, 246 still missing

Indonesia criticizes Saudi Arabia’s hajj disaster response, demands more access to the dead

S.Arabia denies coalition behind attack on Yemen civilians

Saudi royal calls for regime change in Riyadh

Taliban capture major city in Afghanistan, free hundreds of prisoners

Afghan forces launch bid to retake Kunduz from Taliban

U.S. military launches airstrike on Kunduz after Taliban assault on the key city

China leader throws support behind UN peacekeeping

Obama says countries pledge 30,000 troops, police for UN

Cuba’s Castro lashes out at superpowers in first UN address

At UN, Castro says US must end embargo to have normal Cuba ties

Lawmakers: U.S. plan for Internet may be unconstitutional

Stocks Close Sharply Lower, With Dow Shedding More Than 300 Points

Nasdaq ‘death cross’ forms ‘four horsemen’ pattern

Icahn warns of potential looming economic catastrophe

Oil rises as tighter U.S. market offsets Asia woes

Anti-India protests erupt in Nepal as fuel rationing bites

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near French Harbor, Honduras

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Miyako, Japan

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 24,000ft

Alaid volcano on the Kuril Islands erupts to 20,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 15,000ft

‘Super typhoon’ Dujuan kills two and injures hundreds in Taiwan

Marty becomes a hurricane, nears Mexico’s Pacific coast

Tropical Storm Joaquin Has Formed in the Western Atlantic; Forecast Track Shifts Closer to U.S. East Coast

Niala weakens to tropical depression as it moves away from Hawaii

Brazil gives boost in push for climate deal

Thought-controlled computer cursor takes a leap forward

UK scientists start stem cell trial of potential blindness cure

New Legionnaires’ disease cluster found in the Bronx

Canada tries to cut cost of US drug, gets sued

Abortion, Genetic Manipulation and Moral Scientific Regress

Planned Parenthood president says she’s ‘proud’ of organization’s actions amid controversy

Planned Parenthood Paid Protestors Who Threw Condoms at Carly Fiorina

Homophobic mobs attack LGBT people in Kenya with impunity

‘Counter to Islamic law’: Saudi diplomat refuses to discuss gay rights at UN

Pope wades into U.S. gay marriage debate after historic visit

Obama Warns Christians: Gay Rights More Important Than Religious Freedom

Oscar Nominee Subjects Are Going to Be a Heavy Dose of Lesbians, Transgenders, Pedophile Priests

High schooler Lance Sanderson suspended for attempting to bring same-sex date to homecoming

San Francisco Nudity Activists Win Right To Hold ‘Nude In,’ Naked March

Walk on the wild side: Horns, extreme piercings and leopard inkings take centre stage at Ecuador tattoo convention

Recreational pot hits Oregon stores Thursday

Texas boy, 14, charged in murder of pregnant mom

Pennsylvania man ripped teeth from autistic boy, 4, police say

The US is preparing for a possible conflict with Russia in the Baltic States


Frontrunning: September 29

  • Commodities in crisis as Asian shares tumble and shipper files for bankruptcy (Read More)
  • Global Rout Eases as S&P 500 Futures Advance With Oil, Glencore (Read More)
  • Chinese Stocks Decline Most in a Month in Hong Kong on Economy (Read More)
  • India cuts interest rates by more than expected (Read More)
  • Glencore Rebounds as $50 Billion Plunge Is Seen as Excessive (Read More)
  • Glencore Shares Plunge as Debt Fears Rattle Investors (Read More)
  • How Congress May Have Saved Goldman Sachs From Itself (Read More)
  • Investors Fall Out of Love With Deals (Read More)
  • Volkswagen to refit cars affected by emissions scandal (Read More)
  • So much for the recovery miracle: Spanish inflation dives, falls to -1.2% (Read More)
  • Obama, Putin spar over Syria (Read More)
  • US allies “strike” again: Death toll from air strike on Yemen wedding party rises above 130 (Read More)
  • U.S. Warplanes Carry Out Airstrike in Northern Afghanistan (Read More)
  • Plaza Hotel Sale Mired in Legal Battle (Read More)
  • Aexl Read More acquires Business Insider for $442 million, “valued” 77% more than Washington Post (Read More)
  • Big Auto look to tech companies to fix cars over the air (Read More)
  • Jeb Bush energy plan emphasizes jobs, lower prices (Read More)

The Briefing

1) America’s future culture, politics reshaped by surging immigration trends among Asians

Asians to Surpass Hispanics as Largest Foreign-Born Group in U.S. by 2055, Wall Street Journal (Mirian Jordan)

Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 Million to U.S., Driving Population Growth and Change Through 2065, Pew Research Center

2) Volkswagen controversy exposes moral significance of trust to economy, civilization

Free market requires moral code, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Steve Brawner)

3) Embryo legal battle between divorcees reveals lack of moral clarity in society

Embryo battles are likely to get a precedent in San Francisco couple’s case, Los Angeles Times (Maura Dolan)

In other news…


September 28, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Help! Somebody rescue Madame Hillary! She is learning big-time what it’s like to be on the wrong end of a presidential attack machine… (more)

September 28, 2015
ALAN KEYES — As my readers know, I’ve been working on a column that details a strategy for the 2016 election with which the American people can reclaim leadership initiative they are supposed to have in America’s political life. That strategy involves, first of all, taking the Constitution as it is written as the basis for understanding our duty as citizens… (more)


September 28, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — With John Boehner now departing as House speaker, an influential Republican Party official is now seeking the ouster of another GOP leader who has frustrated conservatives: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…. (more)


September 28, 2015
NEWSMAX — Barely 48 hours after John Boehner announced his bombshell resignation as speaker of the House Friday, discussion mounted that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was poised to wrap up enough votes from fellow House Republicans to take the speaker’s gavel when Boehner leaves at the end of October…. (more)

September 27, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — Socialist Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is ecstatic over the pope’s address to Congress. In a message to his supporters titled “Why we must listen to Pope Francis,” he was particularly pleased with the fact that in his address to Congress, “Pope Francis spoke of Dorothy Day, who was a tireless advocate for the impoverished and working people in America…. (more)


September 27, 2015
NEWSMAX — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz Saturday won the straw poll of presidential candidates for the third straight year at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit in Washington. The Republican presidential candidate took 35 percent of the votes cast by those attending the three-day summit, which also ended Saturday, The Washington Times reports…. (more)


September 27, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Does Charles Krauthammer get Islam wrong because he gets the Constitution wrong? Or does he get the Constitution wrong because he gets Islam wrong?… (more)

September 27, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — House Speaker John Boehner’s surprise resignation Friday will not necessarily help House conservatives pass their agenda, but it will enable Boehner to garner the Democrat votes he needs to pass legislation that is deeply unpopular with the Republican base, House conservatives told the Washington Examiner…. (more)


September 26, 2015
NEWSMAX — House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation Friday was proclaimed as a “good day” for conservatives, the Heritage Foundation said. “Americans deserve a Congress that fights for opportunity for all and favoritism to none,” said Michael Needham, CEO of the foundation’s Heritage Action lobbying arm. “Too often, Speaker Boehner has stood in the way…. (more)

September 26, 2015
THE GUARDIAN — John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives, will resign from Congress next month, he announced on Friday, in a stunning move that follows intense pressure from conservatives in the House…. (more)

September 26, 2015
NEWSMAX — House Speaker John Boehner announced in a Friday meeting with his fellow Republicans that he will resign his seat in Congress at the end of October, putting down the speaker’s gavel he took up in 2011, The New York Times reported…. (more)

September 26, 2015
WASHINGTON POST — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced his resignation Friday at a time of record personal unpopularity, after leading Congress through a period where public approval of the body hit new record lows…. (more)

September 26, 2015
NEWSMAX — Dr. Ben Carson tells Newsmax TV that House Speaker John Boehner’s attempts to get along with everybody on Capitol Hill did not serve the interests of conservative voters. “I appreciate the fact that he has worked so hard for so many years. I know that he is a person who is kind and tries to get along with a lot of different factions,” Carson said Friday to J.D. Hayworth on “Newsmax Prime.”… (more)


September 26, 2015
BREITBART — According to those sources, outgoing House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) agreed that her Democratic caucus would join Boehner along with a handful of Boehner loyalists and moderate establishment Republicans to continue Planned Parenthood funding, along with a few other budget items President Obama says were must-haves, in order to avoid a Government shutdown…. (more)


September 26, 2015
POLITICO — Speaker John Boehner’s resignation has set off an intense round of jockeying for all four House leadership slots, setting up what’s expected to be a hypercompetitive internal party battle in the middle of a key stretch of the legislative session this fall…. (more)

September 26, 2015
NEWSMAX — The Republican next in line to succeed U.S. House Speaker John Boehner owes his success, in part, to the same grassroots conservatives who have pushed his boss to the exit. California Representative Kevin McCarthy vaulted to the No. 3 leadership position in the House of Representatives after his party won control of the chamber in 2010 by harnessing the conservative Tea Party movement…. (more)

September 26, 2015
GARTH KANT — “Christmas came early,” was the dry but joyous first reaction of former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas. “Speaker Boehner correctly read the tea leaves,” was the succinct summation of former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn…. (more)

September 26, 2015
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) will be the next target of conservatives frustrated with party leadership, according to one of the conservative representatives who pressured House speaker John Boehner in the weeks leading up to his resignation…. (more)

September 25, 2015
DAILY MAIL — A congressman stole the water glass Pope Francis was drinking out of during his address at the White House on Thursday… (more)

September 25, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — The infamous “Ground Zero mosque” debate is officially over. A “market maker” 70-story skyscraper will soon break ground at lower Manhattan’s 45 Park Place, ending any possibility of resurrecting plans for the religious building…. (more)

September 25, 2015
NEWSMAX — On the same week that House Speaker John Boehner is savoring one of the coups of his career – -an historic Thursday visit by Pope Francis to the U.S. Capitol that the Ohio Republican engineered – -some members of his own party were pressing to score a coup of their own. Against Boehner…. (more)

September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz cued up the GOP’s opening bid Thursday to avert a government shutdown by accusing his own party’s leaders of surrendering before the fight, saying they’ve allowed President Obama and his Democratic allies to pull the strings in Washington despite a “tidal wave” of Republican success in the 2014 mid-terms…. (more)


September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Pope Francis on Thursday gave an historic address to a joint meeting of Congress that delivered big applause lines for Democrats on issues like the need to end armed conflict, welcoming immigrants, and taking steps to stop climate change…. (more)


September 25, 2015
TOP RIGHT NEWS — How to be an instant celebrity – – be one of liberals’ favored minority victim classes. Put the guts of an old digital clock in a case that looks like one Jack Bauer would be rushing to diffuse… (more)


September 25, 2015
LEO HOHMANN — Ben Carson’s comment that he would not support a Shariah-compliant Muslim for president because Islamic law is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution led to the former brain surgeon’s roasting among media talkers and politicians of all stripes…. (more)


Daily Digest

September 29, 2015

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“Hence as a private man has a right to say what wages he will give in his private affairs, so has a community to determine what they will give and grant of their substance for the administration of public affairs.” —Samuel Adams, 1772

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Congress Plans to Continue Unconstitutional Redistribution

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A pro-Planned Parenthood rally before the U.S. Capitol. Photo courtesy Michael M. S., Flickr

The clock is winding down to 11:59 p.m. Wednesday and Congress is on its last lap before it approves a temporary spending measure for the new fiscal year that will keep government running until Dec. 11. On Monday, the Senate approved 77-16 the clean spending bill that keeps federal funds flowing to Planned Parenthood. The legislation has been sent to the House, and, if Republicans there don’t halt the process, it will end up on Obama’s desk. While some Republican lawmakers want to block the $500 million that the government gives to Planned Parenthood, there are other political strategies that are less politically fraught. House Speaker John Boehner, despite his flaws, announced that the House will form a special committee to investigate the organization’s trafficking of baby parts. It’s a compromise: As we learned with the House Select Committee on Benghazi, a bulldog-like lawmaker in the vein of Rep. Trey Gowdy can do much to keep focus on an issue. But as for the talk of grinding the government to a halt over Planned Parenthood, unfortunately, it’s become little more than a political fundraiser for both sides. Of course we shouldn’t be funding Planned Parenthood — because there’s no constitutional authority for doing so. While federal money going to the nation’s largest abortion provider is a particular abomination, nothing in the Constitution empowers Congress to take money from taxpayers and redistribute it to special interests of any sort. But there are thousands of such expenditures in every budget. If we’re going to shut down government, let’s do it to stop all of this unconstitutional spending.

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Clinton Indicates Indictment Might Be Imminent

After learning that the FBI was able to recover some of the emails that she deleted, Hillary Clinton launched into damage control, explaining that she didn’t determine which emails were public and which were private. Instead, she claims, she let her lawyers sift through the tens of thousands of emails to weed out any reference to yoga class. “I didn’t look at them,” Clinton now says. “I wanted them to be as clear in their process as possible. I didn’t want to be looking over their shoulder. If they thought it was work-related, it would go to the State Department. If not, then it would not.” But knowing Clinton’s track record in telling the truth regarding this scandal, this statement could be disproven before long. After all, what reason do we have to trust her ever-changing story? Self-preservation is on her brain. As Judge Andrew Napolitano said Monday, “Her most recent troubles show that when she certified under oath, ‘under penalty of perjury,’ to a federal judge that she had surrendered all her emails to the State Department, in fact she had not.” As a result, Napolitano believes the FBI will recommend indicting Clinton over her email use to the State Department. For the first time, Clinton is very clearly saying, “Hey, I was just a bystander here and my lawyers did all of it.” This is a huge shift, the kind of shift you see when she’s really concerned about a felony indictment — and not just for perjury. We can’t see how she avoids an indictment at this point, other than to lay it all on her attorneys. How willing are the Clinton lackeys to fall on a sword for their crumbling political machine?

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Trump: Millions Who Pay No Taxes Will Keep Paying No Taxes

Donald Trump offered his tax plan Monday, and it has quite the populist appeal. His plan says, “If you are single and earn less than $25,000, or married and jointly earn less than $50,000, you will not owe any income tax. That removes nearly 75 million households — over 50% — from the income tax rolls. They get a new one page form to send the IRS saying, ‘I win,’ those who would otherwise owe income taxes will save an average of nearly $1,000 each.” On top of that, he’d lower the top rate from 39.6% to 25%, and reduce corporate taxes from the current highest-in-the-world rate of 35% to 15%. On the other hand, he wants to eliminate deductions that help people like hedge fund managers pay a lower rate than many Americans. We suppose their tax forms will say, “I lose.” Indeed, “eliminating most deductions and loopholes available to the very rich” is how he proposes to keep the plan “revenue neutral.” Fat chance of that. His proposed four brackets of 0%, 10%, 20% and 25% will “simplify the tax code,” he said. “It’ll grow the American economy at a level that it hasn’t seen for decades.” It’s worth noting, as Trump does, that there are already millions of Americans who pay no income tax, though they do have to fill out complex tax forms to reach that conclusion. Thus, they have no “skin in the game,” and everyone should bear some of the burden, even if it’s just 1%. But Trump would expand the numbers paying nothing — smart politics. On the other hand, these same workers pay a disproportionate share of the payroll tax, which supposedly funds the biggest drivers of our debt: Major entitlements.

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Putin Keeps Taking Obama’s Lunch Money

By Lewis Morris

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In dueling speeches at Monday’s UN General Assembly meeting, Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin sounded off in the latest round of tense relations between the U.S. and Russia. Unfortunately, because of Obama’s thoughtless foreign policy America looks weak and clueless on the world stage.

Obama continued to rail against Moscow for its actions in Ukraine. “We cannot stand by when the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a nation is flagrantly violated,” he declared. “If that happens without consequence in Ukraine, it could happen to any nation gathered here today.” Of course, “stand by” is precisely what Obama has done with regard to Ukraine and Crimea.

“Stand by” has also been Obama’s “plan” with regard to Syria. And Putin has used the opportunity to bolster Russia’s presence in the Middle East. In a one-two punch this month, the Kremlin provided military support to bolster longtime Syrian ally Bashar al-Assad, and then — just in time for the UN confab — announced an intelligence sharing agreement with Syria, Iraq and Iran to combat the Islamic State.

The Wall Street Journal explains the significance of that move for Iraq: “It’s hard to fault Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi for the decision. He’s watched for a year while the U.S. coalition has made little progress against Islamic State. His decision risks putting Baghdad further under Tehran’s sway, and pushing more Iraqi Sunnis into Islamic State’s arms. But desperate leaders will act in desperate ways.”

One Iraqi militia leader put it this way: “We believe that Russia and Iran are serious about defeating ISIS while the U.S. doesn’t want to defeat ISIS. We wish that the Iraqi government wouldn’t trust or depend heavily on the U.S. because we’ve had a bad experience with the U.S. in this regard.”

So Obama has not only abandoned Iraq to the Islamic State, but to Iran and Russia.

Russia’s pledge to help Assad catches the U.S. flatfooted after Obama’s own pathetic attempts to combat ISIL in Syria have come to nothing. The haphazard air campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq has had little impact on stopping the terror group’s territorial gains. And the embarrassing $500 million training program that led to a half-dozen pro-Western boots on the ground in Syria didn’t do much more to instill confidence in America’s abilities. In fact, the program has been suspended.

On the positive side, Obama in his remarks promoted the Islamic State from “JV team” to “apocalyptic cult.” Baby steps.

Fox News’ Brit Hume surmised, “Obama’s speech at the UN [Monday] encapsulated perfectly notions that have long driven his foreign policy. He looks upon the behavior of America’s adversaries as not simply self-interested or even evil but mainly outdated, old-fashioned. … Obama warns America against ‘a notion of strength that is defined by opposition to old enemies, perceived adversaries, a rising China or a resurgent Russia, a revolutionary Iran or Islam that is not compatible with peace.’ While those may sound like the very threats we face, Obama further warns against ‘the idea that the only strength that matters for the United States is bellicose words and shows of military force.’ … Does it even occur to him that the problem is not ‘bellicose words’ but following them up by backing down?”

Putin clearly holds the upper hand right now. He has been resolute, bold and committed — all the qualities that Obama has lacked from the beginning. In the name of political expediency, Obama created a power vacuum in Iraq and Syria, allowing the Islamic State to grow and prosper. Now, Russia, which has alternated between being America’s strategic competitor to outright opponent, is stepping in to fill the void.

This is a dangerous situation that will only give Russia (and Iran) a stronger foothold in a region where Obama has steadily ceded U.S. influence and leadership. Regaining the respect of our allies and enemies alike will only get tougher as time goes by. The fact that Putin felt confident enough to call out America at the UN is a prime example of what lies ahead if the U.S. does not regain the mantle of leadership in world affairs.

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Thomas Sowell: “Nowhere has there been so much hand-wringing over a lack of ‘affordable housing,’ as among politicians and others in coastal California. And nobody has done more to make housing unaffordable than those same politicians and their supporters. A recent survey showed that the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco was just over $3,500. Some people are paying $1,800 a month just to rent a bunk bed in a San Francisco apartment. … One of the first things taught in an introductory economics course is supply and demand. When a growing population creates a growing demand for housing, and the government blocks housing from being built, the price of existing housing goes up. … Housing prices in San Francisco, and in many other communities for miles around, were once no higher than in the rest of the United States. But, beginning in the 1970s, housing prices in these communities skyrocketed to three or four times the national average. Why? Because local government laws and policies severely restricted, or banned outright, the building of anything on vast areas of land. This is called preserving ‘open space,’ and ‘open space’ has become almost a cult obsession among self-righteous environmental activists, many of whom are sufficiently affluent that they don’t have to worry about housing prices. … How ‘complex’ is it to figure out that letting people build homes in some of that vast expanse of ‘open space’ would keep housing from becoming ‘unaffordable’?”

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Insight: “Equality, rightly understood as our Founding Fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.” —Barry Goldwater (1909-1998)

Upright: “Every Republican tax-reform plan should be rooted in this reality: If you are going to have federal spending that is 21 percent of GDP, then you can have a.) taxes that are 21 percent of GDP; b.) deficits. There is no c. If, on the other hand, you have a credible program for reducing spending to 17 or 18 percent of GDP, which is where taxes have been coming in, please do share it.” —National Review’s Kevin Williamson

For the record: “Most of the 193 countries that belong to the U.N. are not run by representative governments, but rather by thugs of various hues. … The rules of human history were not suspended with the arrival of the U.N. seven decades ago, and the prevention of a third world war has nothing to do with anyone being dissuaded from aggression by peacekeeping troops sporting sky-blue helmets, or by speeches before the General Assembly.” —Investor’s Business Daily

Braying Jackass: “[C]hanting ‘death to America’ does not create jobs or make Iran more secure.” —Barack Obama at the UN (We can hear Iranians quivering in their boots from here.)

Make America grate again: “Everybody’s got to be covered. … I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. … They’re going to be taken care of. I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. And … the government’s gonna pay for it.” —Barack Obama Donald Trump offering ObamaCare 2.0 (“Government’s gonna pay for it” is called Medicaid, which was greatly expanded under ObamaCare.)

Admit nothing, deny everything, make counter allegations: “It is clear that [the Center for Medical Progress] acted fraudulently and unethically — and perhaps illegally. Yet it is Planned Parenthood, not [CMP head David] Daleiden, that is currently subject to four separate congressional investigations. … Planned Parenthood is proud of its limited role in supporting fetal tissue research.” —Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards in congressional testimony

The meaning of “is”: “I think we did the right thing in the right way. We are, even our critics say [the Clinton Foundation is] much more transparent than most similar foundations.” —Bill Clinton (That’s like saying Planned Parenthood is more transparent than most other abortion providers.)

And last… “How about that? A robot will be one of the featured speakers at a Clinton Foundation event. Must’ve figured they needed someone with more warmth and sincerity than Hillary.” —Fred Thompson

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Obama has turned Putin into the world’s most powerful leader

Barack Obama extends his hand to Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the United Nations General Assembly. Photo: Reuters

he baton was officially transferred Monday to the world’s new sole superpower — and Vladimir Putin willingly picked it up.

President Obama (remember him?) embraced the ideals espoused by the United Nations’ founders 70 years ago: Diplomacy and “international order” will win over time, while might and force will lose.

Putin, too, appealed to UN laws (as he sees them), but he also used his speech to announce the formation of a “broad international coalition” to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

“Similar to the anti-Hitler coalition, it could unite a broad range of forces” to fight “those who, just like the Nazis, sow evil and hatred of humankind,” he said.


First Russia Took Syria, Then Vladimir Putin Took Control From Obama At UN

The baton was officially transferred Monday to the world’s new sole superpower — and Vladimir Putin willingly picked it up.

President Obama (remember him?) embraced the ideals espoused by the United Nations’ founders 70 years ago: Diplomacy and “international order” will win over time, while might and force will lose. Putin, too, appealed to UN laws (as he sees them), but he also used his speech to announce the formation of a “broad international coalition” to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

“Similar to the anti-Hitler coalition, it could unite a broad range of forces” to fight “those who, just like the Nazis, sow evil and hatred of humankind,” he said. And who’d lead this new coalition? Hint: Moscow has always celebrated the Allies’ World War II victory as a Russian-led fete.

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Putin? Nobody applauded him. He’s more interested in being feared than liked. Then again, his words, at most, are meant to explain forceful action. That’s how Putin seized leadership from America.

Oh, and if anyone wondered which Syrian players the coalition would rely on as allies, Putin made it clear: “No one but President [Bashar al-]Assad’s armed forces and Kurd militia are fighting the Islamic State.”

That, of course, isn’t Obama’s view. America’s president said he opposed the “logic of supporting tyrants.” After all, Assad “drops barrel bombs on innocent children.” But Putin has troops in Syria, is arming Assad to the teeth and signed a pact of anti-ISIS intelligence-sharing with Assad, Iran and the leaders of Iraq (the ones America fought to put in power).

And after meeting Obama for the first time in two years Monday, he spoke vaguely about future “joint air attacks on ISIS.” But no agreement on Assad was reached in the 90-minute meeting.

Meantime, if Obama has any realistic Syria plan of his own — beyond having Assad magically “transitioned” out of the country and simultaneously fighting ISIS — he failed to present it during his UN speech. Or any other time.

Instead, he scolded an “isolated” Putin for using force to annex Crimea and other parts of Ukraine. “Imagine if, instead, Russia had engaged in true diplomacy,” said Obama. “That would be better for Ukraine, but also better for Russia, and better for the world.”

Then again, imagine if Obama’s eloquence were backed by, say, American-led NATO. Would Putin so easily be able to eat up Ukraine and take over Syria? Not likely. But even as he chided Russia, China and even Iran for being steeped in the policies of the past, it was Obama who at times sounded like a throwback to days of yore.

His celebration of the United Nations was reminiscent of scenes from 1950s movies that portrayed it as a place where problems are actually resolved. In reality, along the decades (and even more so in the last six years), the UN became so paralyzed that it can no longer serve as arbiter of global security.

Obama’s speech was, as ever, full of promise. His turn from using “might” to claiming to have “right” on his side and relying on diplomacy have led to America’s opening up to Cuba and a key deal with Iran on nukes. But these are yet to yield positive results. “If this deal is implemented,” he said of Iran, “our world is safer.” Big if.

By contrast, Putin’s deployment of forces in Syria and arming of Assad create facts on the ground. They have also propelled him to the top by taking initiative on today’s most consequential world fight.

Although Obama received much less applause during his Monday speech than in past years, he’s still well-liked at the world body. Yet those who count, the ones he scolded in his speech — Putin, Assad, China’s Xi Jinping and even Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani — weren’t in their seats to hear his words.

Because as forceful as Obama’s words are, they’re rarely backed by action.

Putin? Nobody applauded him. He’s more interested in being feared than liked. Then again, his words, at most, are meant to explain forceful action.

That’s how Putin seized leadership from America. And that, to borrow from Obama’s speech, is bad for Syria, where the war will continue as long as Assad remains in power. It’s bad for Europe and Syria’s neighbors, which have no idea what to do with that war’s refugees.

And it’s bad for America. Because sooner or later, after more bloodshed and under even worse conditions than now, our next president will be called upon to retake the leadership baton from Putin. And that could prove tricky. source


Trump’s tax plan would make socialism more popular

Donald Trump announced his tax plan, which would raise taxes on some people and lower them on others. But the one group that deserves the closest scrutiny are those who would be taken off the income tax rolls entirely. Trump promises to remove 75 million households – more than 50% – from the tax rolls. That would be those individuals making $25,000 or under and families making $50,000 or under.

This would be a terrible thing to do.

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Obama argues for global governance in last U.N. address

By Jerome Corsi

Urges working together ‘under the mantle of international law’

NEW YORK – In an apparent attempt to justify the retreat of the United States from international leadership, President Obama praised the United Nations Monday, arguing that global governance has helped spread democracy.

It was his last address to the world body.

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Doorway To A New World Order? UN Security Council Reform Could Change Global Power Structure

“The world is bigger than five,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan famously warned the UN General Assembly in his speech before the global body in 2014. Pressure has been building for years to change the status quo regarding the US, Britain, France, China, and Russia’s ability to have veto power over UN Security Council decisions………….  Click here for full story


Muslim Immigration Impact On American Culture And Politics

With a potential 6.4 million Muslims living in the United States by 2030 due to high birth rates and immigration – are we underestimating the speed by which this nation could develop substantial and influential populations of Islamic extremists or even the impact from moderate Muslims who support the idea of being governed by Sharia Law? …………..  Click here for full story


Pope Francis Embraces Chrislam And Lays A Foundation For A One World Religion

Remarks made by Pope Francis at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan have sparked a firestorm of criticism from those that do not believe that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Many have taken the Pope’s remarks as a major step in the direction of a one world religion, and the truth is that the Pope has made other such statements in the past..……..  Click here for full story


Threats Of A New Intifada As Abbas Prepares To Give Israel Ultimatum In UN Speech

Speculation continues to abound as to what Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will say during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. Mahmoud Habbash, Abbas’s confidant and a former minister of religious affairs, had previously threatened a “bombshell” would be dropped at the UN by Abbas..………..  Click here for full story


Republicans Help MSNBC Create “Global Citizens”

Stephen Colbert, Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), the Chair of the Democratic National Committee, were among those appearing at the Global Citizen Festival on September 26, broadcast by cable channel MSNBC.   Incredibly, despite the left-wing slant of the event, Republican Senators Thad Cochran (MS) and Bob Corker (TN) lent their names to the Honorary Congressional Host Committee for the gathering, while Republican Rep. Charlie Dent (PA) was listed as a participant.    Labeled as an effort to eradicate poverty by 2030, the movement to create…
 


Beware Islam’s Doctrine of Deception :: Ibrahim in PJ Media

PJ Media
September 24, 2015

http://www.meforum.org/5522/ben-carson-taqiyya


Why Do Muslims Flock to the ‘Evil West’? :: Bekdil at Gatestone

The Gatestone Institute
September 17, 2015

http://www.meforum.org/5524/why-do-muslims-flock-to-evil-west


UN Meetings Reflect America's Diminishing Status

UN Meetings Reflect America’s Diminishing Status

Posted on September 29, 2015 by CBN

Two competing Mideast visions by the U.S. and Russia may signal America’s diminishing influence.

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Ron Paul: Congress and the Fed Refuse to Learn From Their Mistakes

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By Ron Paul

 

This month marks the seventh anniversary of the bursting of the housing bubble and the subsequent economic meltdown. The mood in Congress following the meltdown resembled the panicked atmosphere that followed the September 11th attacks. As was the case after September 11th, Congress rushed to pass hastily written legislation that, instead of dealing with the real causes of the crisis, simply gave the government more power.

Just as few understood the role our interventionist foreign policy played in the September 11th attacks, few in Congress understood that the 2008 meltdown was caused by the Federal Reserve and Congress, not by unregulated capitalism. Not surprising to anyone familiar with economic history, the story of the 2008 meltdown starts with the bursting of the Fed-created tech bubble.

Following the collapse of the tech bubble, the Fed began aggressively pumping money into the economy. This money flooded into the housing market, creating the housing bubble. The Bush Administration and the Republican Congress also added fuel to the housing bubble. These so-called “free-market” conservatives expanded federal housing programs in hopes of creating an “ownership society.”

If Congress understood the Austrian theory of the business cycle, it would have allowed the recession that followed the housing bubble’s inevitable collapse to run its course. Recessions are the economy’s way of eliminating the distortions caused by the Federal Reserve. Attempts by Congress and the Fed to end a recession via inflation and government spending will only lead to future, and more severe, economic downturns.

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This Happened In September: The UN Launched ‘The Global Goals’ – A Blueprint For A United World

The Global GoalsHave you heard of “the global goals”?  If you haven’t heard of them by now, rest assured that you will be hearing plenty about them in the days ahead.  On September 25th, the United Nations launched a set of 17 ambitious goals that it plans to achieve over the next 15 years.  A new website to promote this plan has been established, and you can find it right here.  The formal name of this new plan is “the 2030 Agenda“, but those behind it decided that they needed something catchier when promoting these ideas to the general population.  The UN has stated that these new “global goals” represent a “new universal Agenda” for humanity.  Virtually every nation on the planet has willingly signed on to this new agenda, and you are expected to participate whether you like it or not. (Read More….)


Is Glencore The Next Lehman? The World’s Largest Commodities Trading Company Is Toast

Toast - Public DomainAre we about to witness the most important global financial event since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008?  Glencore has been known as the largest commodities trading company on the entire planet, and at one time it was ranked as the 10th biggest company in the world.  It is linked to trillions of dollars of derivatives trades globally, and if the firm were to implode it would be a financial disaster unlike anything that we have seen in Europe since the end of World War II.  Unfortunately, all signs are pointing to an inescapable death spiral for Glencore at this point.  The stock price was down nearly 30 percent on Monday, and overall Glencore stock has plunged nearly 80 percent since May.  There are certainly other candidates for “the next Lehman” (Petrobras and Deutsche Bank being two perfect examples), but Glencore has definitely surged to the front of the pack.  Right now many analysts are openly wondering if the firm will even be able to survive to the end of next month. (Read More….)


A UN Resolution Setting The Parameters For A Palestinian State Is Still In Play

Jerusalem Wire Fence - Public DomainBecause nothing happened in the days immediately following the start of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly on September 15th, most people seem to think that we are not going to see a UN resolution formally recognizing a Palestinian state any time soon.  But according to the Jerusalem Post, such a resolution is still very much in play.  France is still very much interested in introducing such a resolution, but they are not going to do it unless they have the support of the United States.  In other words, the fate of a UN resolution setting the parameters for a Palestinian state is in the hands of Barack Obama. (Read More…)


Pentagon Confirms Today Obama-Backed Syrian Rebels Gave Weapons To Al-Qaeda

U.S. defense officials have confirmed that military equipment issued by the United States to Syrian rebel fighters has been funneled to an al Qaeda offshoot, raising new questions about the ways in which the Obama administration is safeguarding U.S. arms in the war-torn Middle Eastern country.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Obama has no plan to deal with anything in the Middle East, which is why Vladimir Putin has stepped up to take control of the region. Obama thought it would be a great idea to give money and weapons to a “Syrian rebel” group to fight ISIS. Today the Pentagon confirms that those weapons have just been handed over by the “rebels” to the Nusra Front. Look like the “JV Team” is now varsity. Now that’s a plan.

A commander in the New Syrian Forces (NSF), a group being trained and equipped by the United States, was found to have distributed at least 25 percent of the force’s U.S.-provided hardware to the Nusra Front, a terrorist organization affiliated with al Qaeda.

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The equipment, which included U.S.-issued ammunition and pick-up trucks, was “surrendered” to a Nusra Front affiliate in order to ensure that the rebel fighters could pass freely through territories controlled by the terrorist group, the Pentagon said.

A Syrian opposition commander who was leading a group of NSF recruits “self-reported to coalition forces that under threat from al Nusra, they surrendered six trucks and ammunition to a suspected al Nusra Front intermediary to secure safe passage after being told that unless he surrendered some of his NSF equipment, his unit would be ambushed en route to their new location,” according to Col. Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, who provided on Monday with a timeline of what took place.

“We will look at what we can do to prevent such a situation in the future, but given the complexity of the battlefield it is not possible to eliminate all risk,” Ryder added. “We are using all means at our disposal to look into what exactly happened and determine the appropriate response.”

The arms exchange occurred after a group of around 70 NSF graduates crossed into Syria on the morning of Sept. 20, according to the Pentagon.

The following day, the Syrian commander relocated the NSF fighters to a new location inside Syria.

“The Syrian commander began to relocate his NSF fighters to a different town,” the Pentagon said. “According to information provided by the Syrian commander to the Coalition, he had been contacted by a suspected al Nusra Front intermediary and told that unless he surrendered some of his NSF equipment, his unit would be ambushed en route to the new location.”

At that point, six vehicles were transferred to a Nusra Front intermediary. This commander later “provided a portion of the ammunition that had been issued to his NSF fighters to the suspected Nusra Front intermediary,” the Pentagon said.

Ryder said that while U.S. and other collation forces do all they can to prevent this type of incident, they cannot “control every situation.” source


The United Nations Prophecy Bomb Pope Francis Dropped That Nobody Caught

The Name of Jesus Christ, of whom Francis claims to be the “vicar” of, was never mentioned one time in any way, shape or form

“I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.” John 5:41,42 (KJV)

Pope Francis says some amazing things, but he rarely says them in an amazing way. He speaks with a low, weak voice, mostly in Italian, and can be hard to follow even through the interpreter. So like all of you, I did not latch onto to the explosive thing he said in his opening remarks of his speech at the United Nations. From a prophecy perspective, which is the only angle we really are concerned with, his words are literally off the charts.

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While surfing around today on the official UN site of the Holy See, I found an article called Address Of His Holiness Pope Francis To The General Assembly Of The United Nations, and clicked on it. There I found the official Vatican transcript, prepared and approved by the Vatican, of the remarks Francis made in his UN speech over the weekend. When I read the first few lines, I thought I was dreaming, there is no way he actually said that. But, there it was, officially transcribed and approved at the highest level of Vatican authority.

Jesus in the fifth chapter of John, is talking about the difference between the true representative of God on Earth, Himself, and the Satanically-produced counterfeit of the Antichrist and the False Prophet. In verse 43, Jesus utters these astounding, prophecy-packed words:

“I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” John 5:43 (KJV)

He is ultimately referring to a time, far in the future, when someone would come claiming to represent God, but actually coming in his own name, with his own unGodly agenda. Now, listen to what Pope Francis said as he said these words on Rosh Hashanah, in front of a gathering together of nations of the world:

“Thank you for your kind words.  Once again, following a tradition by which I feel honored, the Secretary General of the United Nations has invited the Pope to address this distinguished assembly of nations.  In my own name, and that of the entire Catholic community, I wish to express to you, Mr Ban Ki-moon, my heartfelt gratitude.  I greet the Heads of State and Heads of Government present, as well as the ambassadors, diplomats and political and technical officials accompanying them, the personnel of the United Nations engaged in this 70th Session of the General Assembly, the personnel of the various programs and agencies of the United Nations family, and all those who, in one way or another, take part in this meeting.  Through you, I also greet the citizens of all the nations represented in this hall.  I thank you, each and all, for your efforts in the service of mankind.” source

Pope Francis said that “I come in my own name” and that of the “entire Catholic community”. Not as a representative of Jesus Christ, not as an ambassador of the Gospel, but Francis stated that he came in his own name, his own power, and that of his Roman church. Rome the place and people that killed Jesus on the cross. The same cross that Francis said “ended in failure.” The Name of Jesus Christ, of whom Francis claims to be the “vicar” of, was never mentioned one time in any way, shape or form. What on Earth could possibly possess him to say that he “comes in his own name”? Then I read the end of the transcript, and it all clicked in.

Francis ended his speech with these words:

“Upon all of you, and the peoples you represent, I invoke the blessing of the Most High, and all peace and prosperity.”

Which “most high” was the Pope referring to? When I read my Bible, I see another “most high” lurking in the pages of Scripture:

“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Isaiah 14:14 (KJV)

I see the counterfeit “most high”, you know, the one that “comes in his own name”.

Open up your Bible, find a blank spot next to John 5:43, take a pen and write “FULFILLED” in margin.


Not with a bang, but a whimper…The Islamic Refugee Trojan Horse
by Bill Randles, 9/11/15 Believers In Grace

This is the way the world ends, This is the way the world ends, This is the way the world ends, Not with a bang but a whimper. TS Eliot, The Hollow Men To any thinking person, the spectacle of hundreds of thousands of “refugees” from Africa, and the horrors of the Syrian civil war, spilling out onto the shores of Italy, and forcing themselves over the barriers erected in Hungary is both heartbreaking and ominous. Who wouldn’t be moved at the plight of frightened women and children packed into rust ships, desperate to get away from the wanton slaughter occurring in their Syrian homeland? The apocalyptic warfare taking place in Syria spares neither the elderly, the weak, women nor children. Mind numbing atrocities are being committed on both “sides”of the conflict. (Ishmael cannot find peace, He even fights His brothers). Photos of precious children washed up on the shores, having drowned en-route to European shores tear at the western heart, which had once been softened by centuries of Christian teaching. But a closer examination reveals troubling details. Eyewitnesses report that the vast majority of those seeking asylum are single males of military age.  These ‘poor souls’ are already rioting, and demanding their own food, upon arrival at their generous host countries . Whoever heard of a houseguest demanding his own food be served him at the expense of the host?

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Russia appears to prepare for airstrikes in Syria

Posted: 29 Sep 2015 06:48 AM PDT

Russia continues to position itself to potentially launch airstrikes in Syria — but their movements suggest that their targets are something other than ISIS, according to U.S. officials. Russia did not move significantly more weapons into Syria over the weekend, two U.S. officials told CNN, but the country did make several moves to put itself in the position to launch airstrikes.

Though Russia has also spoken out against ISIS, which the U.S. is already fighting in Syria, the Russian military movements indicate that combating the terror group may not be Moscow’s primary objective for joining the fight in the country.Defense officials have previously told CNN that the U.S. believes Moscow may fear that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may not be able to retain power in the war-torn country and wants to be in position to be able to support a proxy should the situation collapse. FULL REPORT

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Billy Graham: There Is Great Confusion About the End Times

Posted: 29 Sep 2015 06:25 AM PDT

(Charisma) Weeks before his 95th birthday, Billy Graham said, “I am ready to start my next book!” We had recently completed work on his book The Reason for My Hope—Salvation. It was the fall of 2013. Thinking he would want a break from going through drafts of another manuscript, I was stunned at his drive and asked: “Would you like to take a little break and start work on a new book after Christmas?” “No,” he said, “I might not be here next year!”

Oh, but he was—and still is. Nearly two years later, at almost 97 years old, his 33rd book will be released. He had remarked about the contemporary books that had been written on heaven and hell. There was still a book he wanted to write on this subject because, he said, “Many people today do not understand the fundamental truths about mankind’s eternal destinations and that each person has a choice to make concerning the most critical matter of life—where they will spend eternity after death.” “Mr. Graham,” I replied, “you have written and preached on heaven and hell for nearly 80 years.” “Well,” he quipped, “I don’t feel quite that old.”

In spite of his weak eyesight he said with a twinkle, “I just may live until my 100th birthday! … The more I listen to the news of what is going on in the world, and in the church, there is great confusion about the end times. Some people wonder how to get to heaven and others don’t seem to care if they wind up in hell. God has a lot to say about this, and He has not kept His promises hidden, but few pastors preach on it today. I would like to shed some light on what the Bible has to say about the subject of eternity for today’s generations.” FULL REPORT

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Greg Laurie: Prophecy Was Not Given to Scare Us but to Prepare Us

Posted: 29 Sep 2015 06:15 AM PDT

You can hardly pick up a newspaper, go to a news website or turn on the television without some mention of conflict in the Middle East, and more specifically, conflicts involving Israel. Why is this? The answer is quite simple: Israel is in the eye of the hurricane of the great events of the end times. Israel occupies center stage in God’s drama of the ages. She and other players are behind the prophetic curtain, and they are hitting their marks. The curtain on this drama has not yet opened, but it will soon. It all was predicted long ago by the Hebrew prophets.

One of the signs of the end, a supersign, if you will, is the miracle of Israel, the regathering of the Jewish people back to their homeland. In the Old Testament book of Ezekiel, God instructed the prophet to go to a graveyard. As Ezekiel stood there, bodies burst of out of graves, bones came together, muscle was attached to bone, and flesh was attached to muscle. Then God told Ezekiel what it all meant: “Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. … “Pay attention, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up out of your graves. And I shall put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I shall place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I the Lord have spoken and performed it, says the Lord”‘” (Ezek. 37:11-14). FULL REPORT

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Tom Horn on Transhumanism, Grin Tech and the Future of Man and Beast

Posted: 29 Sep 2015 06:09 AM PDT

In 2011, Nita and I released a book called Forbidden Gates, which outlined the future of humanity in light of a dangerous collection of scientific disciplines we call GRIN technology. The acronym refers to Genetics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Nanotechnology, a quartet of scientific imperatives that seek to reshape what it is to be human. Yet even though the book was a best-seller, most Christians I meet are still unaware of the shifting genetic sands beneath our collective feet. But ignorance is no excuse. Every believer should know what their children and grandchildren are about to face, and we have a duty to stand against it.

In his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul explains the church’s responsibility as the agent of God’s wisdom, concluding this was by divine intention. “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms” (Eph. 3:10). Making known the “righteous” and manifold wisdom of God must include human-affirming virtues of Christian morality that are intrinsic to His divine order and the Great Commission. FULL REPORT

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The UN Launched ‘The Global Goals’ – A Blueprint For A United World

Posted: 28 Sep 2015 08:50 PM PDT

While everyone was distracted by the Pope and the blood Moon this month the UN has been working right in the midst of us to develop something most of you have probably never heard of. Have you heard of “the global goals”?  If you haven’t heard of them by now, rest assured that you will be hearing plenty about them in the days ahead.  On September 25th, the United Nations launched a set of 17 ambitious goals that it plans to achieve over the next 15 years.  A new website to promote this plan has been established, and you can find it right here.  The formal name of this new plan is “the 2030 Agenda“, but those behind it decided that they needed something catchier when promoting these ideas to the general population.

The UN has stated that these new “global goals” represent a “new universal Agenda” for humanity.  Virtually every nation on the planet has willingly signed on to this new agenda, and you are expected to participate whether you like it or not. Some of the biggest stars in the entire world have been recruited to promote “the global goals”.  Just check out the YouTube video that I have posted below.  This is the kind of thing that you would expect from a hardcore religious cult…If you live in New York City, you are probably aware of the “Global Citizen Festival” that was held in Central Park on Saturday where some of the biggest names in the music industry promoted these new “global goals”.  The following is how the New York Daily News described the gathering… FULL REPORT

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Saudi Arabia Withdraws Billions From Markets

Posted: 28 Sep 2015 07:53 PM PDT

In a new shocking report, Saudi Arabia has withdrawn as much as $70 billion from global asset managers as OPEC’s largest oil producer seeks to plug its budget deficit, according to financial services market intelligence company Insight Discovery. “Fund managers we’ve spoken to estimate SAMA has pulled out between $50 billion to $70 billion from global asset managers over the past six months,” Nigel Sillitoe, chief executive officer of the Dubai-based firm, said by telephone Monday. “Saudi Arabia is withdrawing funds because it’s trying to cut its widening deficit and it’s financing the war in Yemen,” he said, declining to name the fund managers.

Saudi Arabia is seeking to halt the erosion of its finances after oil prices halved in the past year. The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority’s reserves held in foreign securities have fallen about 10 percent from a peak of $737 billion in August 2014, to $661 billion in July, according to central bank data. The government is accelerating bond sales to help sustain spending. “Foreign-exchange reserve depletion, rather than accumulation, is the new reality for Saudi Arabia,” Jason Tuvey, Middle East economist at Capital Economics, said in an e-mailed note Monday. “None of this should come as much surprise,” given the current-account deficit and risk of capital flight, he said. FULL REPORT

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Nasdaq plunges 3%, Dow loses 313 points

Posted: 28 Sep 2015 04:31 PM PDT

Stocks tumbled Monday to kick off the new week in the red, as Wall Street reacted to fresh data showing China’s economy is in slowdown mode, overshadowing a big deal in the hard-hit energy patch. The Dow Jones industrial average ended down 313 points, or 1.9%. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 2.6% and the Nasdaq composite index plunged more than 143 points, or 3%. Blue chips comprising the Dow temporarily ducked below 16,000 at one point, the first time the index has fallen below that mark since Aug. 25. The U.S. stock market is still coping with its first market correction, or drop of 10% or more, since 2011.

The latest hit to investor sentiment was a continued drop in Chinese Industrial Profits, which fell 8.8% in August vs. the same period a year ago. This is just the latest data point out of the world’s second- biggest economy that suggests economic softening. Another headline putting investors in a risk-off mode are reports that Volkswagen’s ex-CEO is being investigated for criminal charges by German authorities as part of the investigation into the emissions-cheating scandal that has engulfed the carmaker in recent weeks. FULL REPORT

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Earth will only have a 12-hour warning before massive solar storm wipes out grid – are you prepared?

Posted: 28 Sep 2015 04:16 PM PDT

The Military, The Government and now Scientists are warning humanity of the next “Blackout” that will grip the Nation! It has been well over a century since the last major solar storm hit the earth, but sooner or later, it will happen again. It’s only a question of when, and many scientists believe that the recurrence of such an event is overdue. In fact, scientists claim that the likelihood of a coronal mass ejection on the scale of the 1859 Carrington Event – the most devastating solar storm on record – is around one percent annually, which means that it should have already happened, statistically speaking.

As previously reported by Natural News, the Carrington Event fried telegraph networks in several countries and lit up the sky with auroral displays so bright they could be seen even near the equator. When a solar storm of this magnitude hits the earth again, the consequences will be far more disastrous given our complete dependence on electronic devices, electronic systems and the power grid – all of which will almost certainly be wiped out. This will include items such as cell phones, toasters, automobile ignition systems, and the electrical power that we take for granted and rely on more heavily than most of us would care to imagine. 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)


What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.


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


Resource Links

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

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

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

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

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

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Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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Brotherly Love (1 Thessalonians 4:9-10)

Reading Acts

In 1 Thessalonians 4:9–10 Paul encourages the church at Thessalonica to pursue “brotherly love.” What is brotherly love? The noun used here (φιλαδελφία) was only used for literal family relationships before the Christian community began to use it as a metaphor for members of their community (EDNT, 4:434). The only exception appears to be 2 Macc 15:14, the word appears to refer to a fraternal relationship of all Israel. In 4 Macc 13:23, 26, 14:1 the word refers to the mutual love between seven brothers who all suffer instead of reject their Jewish traditions.

The Greeks considered the relationship between brothers to be of primary importance, Plutarch used the term “brotherly love” to describe the proper relationship between brothers.

Plutarch, De fraterno amore 2 …where there is an unanimous accordance amongst brothers, the family thrives and flourishes, and friends and acquaintance, like a well furnished choir, in all…

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EPA: Obama’s energy plan raises electricity rates but has no effect on climate

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This article from Investors Business Daily. It talks about Obama’s plan to save the planet from global warming. The plan is called the “Clean Power Plan”.

Excerpt:

Unveiled in August, this sweeping regulation will force states to slash their carbon dioxide emissions by between 7% and 48%, potentially costing families and businesses some $366 billion in higher electricity costs over the next 15 years. Yet EPA-funded models show that it will have no detectable impact on climate, if it has any impact at all.

E&E Legal unearthed documents showing systemic collusion to promote this scheme. The coordination involves the White House, state governors and attorneys general, and a host of nongovernmental organizations affiliated with “major environmental donors” — especially billionaire Tom Steyer.

The campaign quietly began in December 2013, when the White House met with aides to Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif.; Gov. Jay Inslee…

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A CHECK TO AN UNGOVERNED TONGUE: Part Seven, Final Part. How lewd, and filthy talk, is the breath of hell, and how to keep away from it.

Regeneration, Repentance and Reformation

Taken and adapted from, “THE MISCELLANEOUS WORKS OF THE REV. MATTHEW HENRY” Volume I
Published in 1833.

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Lewd, obscene, and filthy talk, is another of the vile evidence of an unsanctified, ungoverned tongue.

It is a thing to be greatly lamented, that this impudent sin, which bids open defiance to virtue and honor, and wages war with them, like a spreading leprosy, stains the beauty of our land, turns a Canaan into a Sodom, and is become an epidemical disease. For the relief of those who are infected with it, and who are not incurably unclean, I would in a few words show you the evil of it.

1     Consider what an offence it is to the pure and holy God, who takes notice of, and is much displeased with, the uncleanness of your lips, as well as of your hearts and lives. It is a violation even…

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…Without Our Working (Luther)

The Reformed Reader

Galatians: Crossway Classic Commentaries Martin Luther’s commentary on Galatians is indeed one of the finest expositions of this epistle of Paul as well as one of the finest discussions of justification through faith alone by grace alone in Christ alone.  Luther’s introduction is also a gold mine.  In it, he talks about active righteousness (our attempts at obedience) and passive righteousness (receiving righteousness as a gift).  Here are a few excerpts:

…Human weakness and misery is so great that in the terrors of conscience and danger of death we see nothing but our works, our unworthiness, and the law. And when we are shown our sin, in time we remember the evil of our past life. Then the poor sinner groans with great anguish of spirit and thinks, “Alas, what a dreadful life I have lived! Would to God I might live longer; then I would amend my life.” Thus human reason cannot restrain…

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Merkel’s decision to let in tons of “refugees” is backfiring in Germany

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This is from the UK Daily Mail. A good article, that shows what happens when people make decisions with their hearts, and don’t use their heads to ask “what are the consequences for every group, going forward?” I actually thought that Merkel had backed off of her plan, but I guess I was wrong…

Excerpt:

Mrs Merkel’s offer last month to accept all refugees from war-ravaged Syria opened the floodgates. More than a million migrants are expected this year alone, the bulk of them far from genuine asylum seekers. There is now deepening disquiet in this Christian country, dotted with churches, that it is being overwhelmed by people of a different religion and culture.

[…]Police in the Bavarian town of Mering, where a 16-year-old girl was reportedly raped this month, have warned parents not to allow their children outside unaccompanied.

Girls and women have been…

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Wonderful Words of Life

Unfathomable Grace

Is your soul troubled? Are you messed up on the inside? Do you feel cold, distant, and could you use some old-fashioned, Holy Spirit revival?

How about your mind? Is it spinning? Could you use some aid in evaluating options and making wise decisions today?

Wouldn’t you love to skip the loving but painful discipline of the Lord today and enjoy the wonderful consequences of walking in wisdom and obedience?

Friends, King David wishes to be of assistance to you. Listen to his inspired guidance:

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they…

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Our resurrection bodies

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come.” (1 Corinthians 15:35 NASB)

Eternity is the true reality, not this physical life in the temporal. At the heart of our Christian faith is our blessed hope of a bodily resurrection. Many mistakenly believe that all Christians who die are given their eternal body right then, but the Bible is clear that our eternal bodies are resurrected by God from our physical bodies that we have now. There will be an interim between our death and the resurrection before we are given our resurrection bodies, but this post is about what will be after our Lord returns in victory and glory.

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Trump gets 5% in straw poll of informed voters at Values Voters Summit

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I was actually thinking of going to this annual Washington conference of value voters, because the speakers line up so closely with my values. You might think that it’s all social conservatism, but this is actually a really good place to find good talks on the free market system, as well as peace through strength foreign policy.

Anyway, they took a poll of the values voters, and Ted Cruz won:

Sen. Ted Cruz won the Values Voter Summit straw poll for the third year in a row on Saturday, a strong showing of support from evangelical voters for his 2016 presidential bid.

The firebrand Texas senator won a whopping 35 percent in the poll of summit-goers, ahead of runner-up Ben Carson’s 18 percent. That margin is significantly wider than last year, where he edged out Carson by just 5 percentage points.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) took third…

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