Daily Archives: October 22, 2015

Run in such a way that you may win the prize

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. (1 Corinthians 9:24 NASB)

Back in the late 1970’s, through the 1980’s and even into the late 1990’s I was a runner. I trained on long daily runs between 6 and 7 minutes per mile. During a race, I could lower that by quite a bit when the time was right, like the last few hundred yards to the finish line. You would never believe that that was true by looking at me now that I am in my mid-60’s. My left knee will not allow me to run anymore. I miss it. However, I do remember very well preparing for a race and that high anxiety, high-energy period leading up to the starting gun. Then there would be…

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Barna Update | New Research on Books in a Digital World

The State of Books and Reading in a Digital World

There is an almost symbiotic relationship between intelligence and reading, but it is difficult to ignore the deluge of bite-sized content that bombards our screens each day, vying for our attention and drawing us away from the bookshelf.

If reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body, what is America’s state of reading health? Barna Group conducted a study to examine the reading habits of Americans in the age of the Internet and smartphones. Read the study to find out:

• The degree to which Americans read books

• Whether fiction or non-fiction is the favorite

• How online retailers like Amazon have affected local bookstores and libraries

•Whether women read more than men

And much more…

Read the report here >

October 22, 2015 Christian Briefing Report


New Study Reveals Most Children Unrepentant Sociopaths

“The most disturbing facet of this ubiquitous childhood disorder is an utter lack of empathy,” Mateo said. “These people—if you can even call them that—deliberately violate every social norm without ever pausing to consider how their selfish behavior might affect others. It’s as if they have no concept of anyone but themselves.”

[Editor’s Spoiler Alert: The Onion is a magazine that writes articles spoofing cultural views and ideas. In order for sarcasm to work there has to be a modicum of truth. In this article, The Onion, in its attempt to address selfish behavioral patterns in children, stumbled into a truth the Bible teaches that we are all born in and with sin. David confessed, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Ps. 51:5). So what was intended as a parody of our supposed young “innocents” is really a theological reality.]

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8 Reasons the Worship Industry Is Killing Worship

It spreads bad theology. Mostly because it comes from the wrong sources. The best of the church’s hymnody was written by pastors and theologians. It was crafted by poets and scholars. The result are texts of high quality. But the industry in its quest to be marketable only has room for marketable people who write marketable songs. It entrusts sacred storytelling to many with dubious credentials as artists, poets, or theologians.

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Houston Pastors Fight Gender-Bending Rule

Last week, HAPC held a news conference to demonstrate the unity within the racially, denominationally, and politically diverse coalition opposed to the Equal Rights Ordinance (ERO), which makes sexuality and gender identity protected classes. Pastors representing 150 churches gathered at the 70,000-member Second Baptist Church on Oct. 7 to make clear their opposition to Proposition 1 and urge Christians to do their civic duty and vote.

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You’re Not As Virtuous As You Think

We would see fewer headlines about scandal and malfeasance, and we could get our actions to better match our expectations, if we tempered our moral overconfidence with some moral humility. When we recognize that the vast majority of us overestimate our ability to do the right thing, we can take constructive steps to limit our fallibility and reduce the odds of bad behavior.

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Insomnia – The Non-Sleeping Giant

If you have never had a problem with sleeping, you are blessed.  However, don’t be proud about it because things can sometimes change quickly and unexpectedly.  Your first confrontation with a sleepless night may be a crisis, but take hope, there is help.  Don’t blame it on a lack of faith.  Sometimes you just have to blame it on the genes.  Seek medical attention, and of course, even in the midst of a crisis, keep that hope in Christ.

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Evangelicals Now Officially Divided on Death Penalty

Last week, the board of directors voted to update the NAE’s stance, and acknowledge for the first time that opposition to the death penalty is also a legitimate application of Christian ethics. “Evangelical Christians differ in their beliefs about capital punishment, often citing strong biblical and theological reasons either for the just character of the death penalty in extreme cases or for the sacredness of all life, including the lives of those who perpetrate serious crimes and yet have the potential for repentance and reformation.”

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Church Discipline and Jesse James

Accountability is always in order; discipline is not. So we must be discerning about when and when not to discipline. We do not want to be like a church in northeast Arkansas with which I am familiar. The minutes from one of its business meetings of long ago tell how the congregation debated whether or not watching a square dance was grounds to be “churched.” Not dancing, mind you, but just seeing others dance. The church concluded that this indeed was sufficient cause and duly kicked out the guilty parties.

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Why Trying To Help Poor Countries Might Actually Hurt Them

Deaton argues that, by trying to help poor people in developing countries, the rich world may actually be corrupting those nations’ governments and slowing their growth. According to Deaton, and the economists who agree with him, much of the $135 billion that the world’s most developed countries spent on official aid in 2014 may not have ended up helping the poor.

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 Why Halloween is a 'Tricky' Holiday

Why Halloween is a ‘Tricky’ Holiday

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Crosswalk

It’s that time of the year when the world—or at least the United States—seems to embrace the dark side of Halloween revelry.

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Mass Evangelism: Is it Still Necessary?

Mass Evangelism: Is it Still Necessary?

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Crosswalk

&And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”

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7 Ways Senior Pastors Can Keep Teenagers Listening to Their Sermons

7 Ways Senior Pastors Can Keep Teenagers Listening to Their Sermons

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Church Leaders

Engaging the short attention span of teenagers (and even adults) is not easy.

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8 Advantages of the Local Church

8 Advantages of the Local Church

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Church Leaders

&Most people have no idea how many Christians there are in the world: More than 2 billion people claim to be followers of Jesus Christ.&

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Kong Hee and City Harvest Church: How a music 'ministry' led to a megachurch pastor's downfall

Kong Hee and City Harvest Church: How a music ‘ministry’ led to a megachurch pastor’s downfall

Posted on October 22, 2015 by Christian Today

The Kong Hee case appears to epitomise most of what can go wrong with megachurch ministries.

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RC Sproul and Ashley Madison: The Prodigal Son vs Reformed Theology

RC Sproul and Ashley Madison: The Prodigal Son vs Reformed Theology

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Christian Today

How do we empower Christians to remain faithful to their spouses and avoid today’s siren songs of pornography and easy hook ups?

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Singapore megachurch leaders convicted in pop music fraud case

Singapore megachurch leaders convicted in pop music fraud case

Posted on October 22, 2015 by Religion News

The mix of money, faith and scandal in the case has fascinated the public in affluent Singapore.

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Platform: why a culture of self-promotion threatens to throttle the church

Platform: why a culture of self-promotion threatens to throttle the church

Posted on October 22, 2015 by Christian Today

The biggest danger to our emerging leaders is their own egos, writes Martin Saunders.

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It’s chaos out there: Christian moral pluralism in America today

It’s chaos out there: Christian moral pluralism in America today

Posted on October 22, 2015 by Religion News

The spectrum of moral views among Christians on just about every subject spans dizzyingly from one extreme to another.

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Are Smartphones Making Christianity Too Convenient?

Are Smartphones Making Christianity Too Convenient?

Posted on October 22, 2015 by Christianity Today

When there’s an app for everything, practicing my faith doesn’t feel like a sacrifice.

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David Was a Rapist. Abraham Was a Sex Trafficker

David Was a Rapist. Abraham Was a Sex Trafficker

Posted on October 22, 2015 by Christianity Today

What we miss when we downgrade Old Testament abuse stories to sexual peccadilloes.

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PERSECUTED CHURCH: Britain should seek release of Chinese lawyer & Christians during state visit

PERSECUTED CHURCH: Britain should seek release of Chinese lawyer & Christians during state visit

Posted on October 22, 2015 by Christian Examiner

Even as Chinese President Xi Jinpin begins a four-day visit to great Britian in what the Queen described as a defining moment of relations between the two nations — an official representing the persecuted church worldwide is urging the release of illegally detained Christians.

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Do science and religion conflict? It’s all in how you ‘see’ it

Do science and religion conflict? It’s all in how you ‘see’ it

Posted on October 22, 2015 by Religion News

(RNS) Most say there’s a clash of worldviews &in general& but only 30 percent say so when asked if their own belief conflict with science.

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Pew: Churchgoers Least Likely to See Science and Religion in Conflict

Pew: Churchgoers Least Likely to See Science and Religion in Conflict

Posted on October 22, 2015 by Christianity Today

Survey finds ‘surprising number of topics’ where faith does not influence views on science.

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5 Fun Ways to Share Jesus with Your School This Year

by Erin Davis

How can you point people to Jesus this school year? Here are five fun ideas to try.

The Next Time You’re Offended

by Paula Hendricks Marsteller

So you feel angry? Insulted? Provoked? Offended? Downright mad? Now what?

When Marriage Meets Insecurity

by Samantha Nieves

A boyfriend or a husband won’t be your ticket to freedom from insecurity. Jesus Christ is the true source of confidence, security, and freedom.

Freebie Friday! Project Modesty

by Erin Davis

Here’s a fashion-forward freebie!

Thou shalt not bow to the gods of the culture. Living faithfully in Babylon. Great chapel sermon by Mike Kruger.

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Bethel Redding children’s pastor and the finance angel?

From John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire:

Lanagan writes:

The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it? (Jeremiah 5:31)

As previously covered, Bethel Redding children’s pastor Seth Dahl has blasphemously claimed that in a vision Christ came to him and asked Dahl for forgiveness. You can watch this right here.

In the above video, Dahl tells the Bethel Redding congregation of his experience with an enormous angel. Dahl asked the angel his name and then googled in the angel’s answer. The angel’s name was the same as that of a finance company. Dahl then realized the angel was “here for our finances at Bethel…”

Dahl states, “You just need to hear a testimony so you can know what’s available to you ’cause I’m not trying to preach a sermon, I’m trying to invite you to a new way of life.”

Yes, a way of life full of false visions and prophecies and dreams. Bethel Redding has taken many away from biblical Christianity.

But it is apparent something else is happening as well. Because of these excesses (from Bethel Redding and elsewhere) many Christians are now afraid to draw near to God.

“Experiencing God” has become a dreaded term. The great Reformed preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones, were he alive today, would be criticized by some well meaning discernment ministries for speaking about the “presence of God.”

Related videos: Bethel Redding Snack Pack

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Strangers And Aliens (6): Like Newborn Infants (1 Peter 2:1–3)

The word “therefore” is more important in Scripture than we probably realize. It signals a relationship between what is being said now to what was just said. Remember, the chapter divisions we have in Scripture are not original. They were introduced into the text in the 13th century AD. Chapters were divided into verses by […]

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Al Mohler: Contraceptives and divorce led to same-sex marriage

In an interview with Christian Today Albert Mohler tells it like it is:

A leading Southern Baptist theologian and commentator is to issue a call for “faithful, biblical witness” in a book to be released next week.

The president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Rev Dr Al Mohler, reflects in We Cannot Be Silent on the legalisation of same-sex marriage, the emergence of “transgenderism” and on divorce.

Interviewed for the seminary’s Southern News, Mohler said: “I am confronted daily with Christians who are asking one of the most basic questions and that is, ‘How did this happen?'”

In his book, Mohler says America’s Supreme Court will be held accountable by the court of “divine judgment” for legalising same-sex marriage.


Christianity and Civil Disobedience

In Romans 13, Paul tells us to obey the governing officials–because they are supposed to be God’s enforcers of true justice.  But what do we do as Christians when those governing us approved the murder of unborn children, redefine marriage and pass other laws in direct conflict with the Word of God? Are we supposed […]

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God’s Top Secret – Church & Culture Blog

I am often surprised by the number of people I talk to – including pastors and leaders – who struggle with feelings of unworthiness.
It reminds me of a game that psychotherapist and author Larry Crabb once wrote about.
A group therapist would play a game with people in his groups called “Top Secret.” Here’s how the game worked.
He would ask them to write out the one thing about themselves that they were the least inclined to share, and to then return the paper unsigned. In other words, write down the one thing that nobody knows about you – the one thing you’ve never shared.
Over the years, one answer consistently emerged as the most frequently admitted top secret: “I feel utterly worthless.”
When we are real, open, vulnerable – willing to be truthful with ourselves and the world – what we admit is that we do not consider ourselves of much real value.
Many may not know this, but Martin Luther felt the same way. In 1527, he wrote, “For more than a week I was close to the gates of death and hell. I trembled in all my members. Christ was wholly lost.”
This reached a point of spiritual crisis, with Luther writing that “the content of the depressions was always the same, the loss of faith that God is good and that he is good to me.”
So what made the difference?
Luther insisted on listening to another, more important, voice.
The voice of the truth of God’s Word, over and against his own insecurities, doubts and misgivings.
Even over the accusing voice of the evil one.
He tells of how the devil approached him one day and accused him of the enormous sin in his life. Satan laid out a long list of sins of which Luther was guilty, and thrust them under his nose in accusation.
Luther said to the devil, “Think a little harder; you must have forgotten some.” So the devil thought a little harder and added another few hundred to the list. When the devil was finished, Luther said, “Okay, now take a pen and some red ink and write across that list ‘The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin.’”
You can take up the same pen, writing as Luther himself did in his magnificent hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” the title now etched around the tower of Castle Church,
And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.
God desires nothing more than to infuse your heart and mind with a sense of meaning and purpose, and to call you to the front lines of what He is doing on this planet in light of His divine plan for your place and role.
Your mission, your place, will be unique from all others. He has a vision for your life that is yours and yours alone.
But following that vision will demand listening to His voice. Yes, it may include the voice of conviction, but never the voice of accusation. And the loudest voice of all will be that of affirmation.
Because if you answer the call of God, and walk with Him in obedience, submission and devotion, if you give your life over to Him – then you will become who you were created to be. And you will do incredible things.
Because God is a big God, who wants to do big things and He wants to do them through us.
That’s God’s “top secret” for you.
James Emery White

10 Reasons Church Leaders Should Admit It If They’ve Never Been Discipled

It’s tough to admit, but I was a local church pastor before anyone truly discipled me. Sure, I grew as my Sunday school teachers and pastors taught me, but still I needed a disciplemaker to take me under his wing. It’s even tougher to admit that I didn’t always invest in leaders myself, so I often had church leaders who themselves were not discipled. I’m convinced, though, that all of us who were not discipled need to admit it and start on a strategic journey of discipleship. If that’s your situation, here’s why this admission matters:

  1. Your story is not unusual. Over the years, I’ve met far more undiscipled people than discipled ones. I sense that pattern is changing, but that still leaves many of us longing for help and growth. There’s nothing wrong with being honest about where you are.
  2. If you’re undiscipled, that’s not where God wants you. God wants us, especially as leaders, to move past the milk of the Word to the meat of His Word. He wants us to be growing – and that process takes intentionality. God is glorified as we are transformed to be more like Jesus.
  3. You’re missing out if you’ve not been discipled. Something happens when we learn to love God more, devour His Word more, and pray to Him more often. There’s an unexplainable joy in really knowing God.
  4. Your work will be easier when you’re growing as a disciple.  Church work is not easy. It takes effort and patience. It demands a godly spirit. To do God’s work well, we need to know Him more and more each day.
  5. Your leadership will be more godly. I’ve met many Christian leaders whose Christian walk is weak. The more you know them, the more you wonder about their discipleship. Often, these same folks will admit that no one ever invested in them. Strong discipleship helps address that problem.
  6. Your church will grow stronger as you’re discipled. God’s church is people – sinful people, yes, but people who should be in the process of becoming more and more Christlike. God honors and blesses that congregation that intentionally helps each other follow Him.
  7. You’ll have opportunity to admit and overcome your weaknesses. You might be like so many other believers who hide their weaknesses and carry the weight of their sin alone. The more a person becomes a leader in the church, in fact, the less likely it is that he or she will admit failures. That’s carrying a burden you don’t have to carry if you’re in a discipleship relationship.
  8. Others will recognize your growth. When God really works in even the holiest life, other people take note. When He moves in our life, our loved ones and friends will take note that something’s different. The door will be open to being a Great Commission witness.
  9. Somebody wants to walk beside you. If you’re honest enough to admit it if you’ve never been discipled, I’m trusting that some leader in your church will be willing to invest in you. If you’re a pastor, I’m trusting that you’ll help your members find a discipler. And, if you’re a pastor in need of discipleship, I trust that some other pastor in your area will help you grow. God will provide somebody.
  10. Honesty is a first step toward victory. Being honest might be painful, but it could also be the first step toward integrity and growth. Admit where you are, church leader, if this blog post represents you.

3 Barometers for Church Growth

I am a numbers guy. I enjoy analyzing and trying to find trends or indicators that point to how well we are doing. I was genuinely excited when invited to look at our church’s 2016 numbers with another elder. I had been taught as a kid, “Numbers don’t lie.” My father drilled that concept into my head. In the business world, I spend much of my time calculating what is needed to be purchased to complete open sales orders, timing when I will bring those in (inventory control), and scheduling production to complete the orders. Every week I am looking over our company’s financial reports to make sure there is nothing amiss and ensure our company continues to grow and expand.

But it’s different for the church. Well, I guess, some don’t see a difference. Oftentimes, people — and as one who struggles with this, I count myself in this lot — measure success in a church by sheer attendance on a Sunday morning. The more people who show up, the healthier a church is though to be.

We can’t discount attendance numbers, of course. I believe they do give a good indication on certain aspects of a church. But I don’t see attendance numbers as a reliable barometer for church health. I know of (and I am sure you do too) many large churches that are, for all intents and purposes, spiritually dead, and I know of many many small churches that are vibrantly alive in Christ.

So how does one measure health in the church? This has been a question that has plagued me for years. How do we take a step back and take an honest view about where we are at as a church?

The issue comes down to the fact that as church leaders we cannot truly judge the hearts of another. We see the fruit (or lack thereof) in lives and bring up the issue, but only God truly knows the heart.

I tend to think that through 1) baptisms, 2) participation, and 3) membership, one can gauge the health of a church.


Baptism doesn’t justify an individual. Yet, there is something significant that takes place in the baptismal waters. Baptism is an outward reflection of an inward heart commitment. When one stands to be baptized, one is declaring their participation in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. Ideally and normally, those participating in baptism are new converts. So when we see individuals being baptized, we should rejoice that the Spirit has softened their hearts and moved them in such a way that they desire to make a public proclamation of faith. Baptisms helps to indicate the health of the church as your church reaches out and proclaims the goodness of God.


How involved are congregants in the life of the church and each other? Are individuals involved in Community Groups where they rub shoulders week to week encouraging and admonishing each other to abandon sin and cling to Christ?

Sunday morning is not necessarily the barometer for the health of the church; what goes on the rest of the week is. If our people begin to live in such a way that Sunday morning is what they see as the highlight of their spiritual formation, then we as leaders have done nothing more than to lead our people to embrace our own idol, Sunday attendance report. It is throughout the rest of the week where faith is being worked out — in Community Groups, Discipleship Groups, Prayer Meetings, and other informal gatherings.


How committed to the local church are our people? This is not merely a tactic to make individuals commit to a church, but membership reveals a heart that is willing to covenant with others to the glory of God. In membership, individuals commit to support each other, love each other, challenge each other, and pray for each other. They give permission to the church to speak into their lives and to highlight blind spots that they are not seeing.

Membership is also a reflection of our love for Christ. As Christ’s body, as Christ’s bride, when individuals refuse to be accountable or to covenant in community, they are also refusing Christ. It would be like having a relationship with out the commitment of marriage. I have long hated the expression “I love Christ but hate the church” because it’s basically nonsensical! To hate the church is to hate Christ. Active, participating members in the local church are a great barometer to a church’s health.

How do we measure success in the church? Is it through programs, attendance, or finances? Though we can’t truly see another heart, actions reflect where our hearts are at. When we see baptisms taking place, we see individuals coming to know the Lord in such a way as they desire to make a public proclamation of an inward commitment. When individuals participate in the life of the church they show their heart and desire for sanctification, the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit through the word and others. In membership, one commits to each other to always be there for each other.

Ten Dangers of Passive Sanctification

Having highlighted Five Attractions of Passive Sanctification, here are ten dangers that accompany this error.

1. The danger of lost doctrine

One danger of passive sanctification is of confusing and conflating sanctification with justification, which may end up with us losing both of them. Thus, the worthy desire to exalt justification ends up with us losing it, and the commendable desire to connect sanctification with justification in this way ends up with us losing both. As Kevin DeYoung wrote:

If in trying to honor justification by faith alone we provide the same formula for sanctification, we are destroying the former as much as the latter.

It’s like hot and cold water. When I want a shower, I want piping hot water. When I want a refreshing drink, I want the water to be ice cold. But if I mix the two, I end up have a disgustingly lukewarm drink and a very brief and unpleasant shower.

2. The danger of lost law

There is a real danger here that we lose God’s moral law from the Christian’s life. I’m not saying that those who advocate passive sanctification deliberately aim for this. But it’s the end result at least for many who read and follow such teaching.  The only imperative left seems to be “Believe in your justification.”

But if salvation is from sin, and sin is transgression of God’s moral law, then we surely want God’s moral law in our lives at least to help us identify the sins we are to confess and flee from, and, as God’s children, to know what pleases Him.

3. The danger of lost effort

Passive santification seems to focus all effort and work upon resting in Christ’s effort and work for us. However, there’s a lot more effort and work than that if sanctification is to happen. In his classic work, Holiness, J.C. Ryle said:

In justification the word to be addressed to man is believe — only believe; in sanctification the word must be ‘watch, pray, and fight.’

The very same apostle who says in one place, “the life that I live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God,’ says in another place, “I Fight,” “I run,” “I keep under my body”; and in other places, “let us cleanse ourselves,” “Let us labour,” “Let us lay aside every weight.

The effort is much more than merely spiritual or intellectual. There’s a muscular physicality to it involving our eyes, our mouths, our arms, our hands, our legs, our muscles, our tendons, our sexual organs, and every other part of our body. organs,

4. The danger of lost motivation

By reducing the motivation for obedience to one item (justification) we lose multiple motivations to holiness. Kevin DeYoung wrote that he found 20 motivations for holiness in 2 Peter alone! I need all the motivations I can get.

5. The danger of a lost dimension

If nothing we do can influence our experience of God’s love, then the primary focus of good works becomes our fellow man. However, the Bible says that, by God’s grace, we can do good works of Christian service to others which ALSO please God as sweet-smelling sacrifices (Phil. 4:16; Heb 13:16; Heb 13:21).

In other words, our works on a horizontal level also impact our vertical relationship with God. Our creature-to-creature relationships influence our creature-Creator relationship.

6. The danger of lost love

Although the advocates of passive sanctification believe they are exalting and securing God’s love for the believer, there’s a real danger of their views leading to a loss of the sense and experience of God’s love for them. How so? Because, contrary to what they teach, God does respond to our obedience with more manifestations of His love.

Yes, we love Him only because He first loved us (1 John 4:19); and, yes, we love him first then keep His commandments, not vice versa (John 14:15); but yes also, when we do respond to His love with love-fueled obedience, Christ responds to that with loving indwelling, divine communion, and Trinitarian manifestation (John 14:15, 21, 23). What a powerful motivation to active sanctification!

God’s love for the believer never changes, but the believer’s experience of that love can change. God may withdraw the assurance and the daily experience of His Fatherly love because of my disobedience. He loves me no less, but I don’t have his love shed abroad in my heart to the same extent or degree. But He also may pour more of that love into my heart in response to loving service and obedience.

7. The danger of lost chastisement

If there is no link between our works and pleasing God, then there can be no link between our afflictions and displeasing God. Although we certainly want to avoid the error of Job’s friends who said all suffering is a result of personal sin, we must also avoid the idea that it never has anything to do with our conduct and character.

There is a benefit from suffering if we see it as the loving discipline of a loving heavenly Father, all for our good. We cannot make infallible links between sin and suffering but God does sometimes link them and calls us to search for these links too.

Paul expects moral and ethical change to result from our sufferings (Rom. 5:3-5) and the Apostle expects fruit form our suffering (Heb. 12:10-13).

8. The danger of lost spirituality

There’s so much more to Christian experience than the rather one-dimensional presentation of it in passive sanctification. Yes, the Spirit drives us back to Christ’s finished work every day. That’s one element of the Spirit’s work in us – and it is a wonderful experience, no question – but the Psalms, John 14:21&23, Revelation 3:20, and many other places, invite us to a far wider, deeper, richer, and more soul-satisfying experience of communion with God through His Spirit. There’s a vast amount of Christian literature, not least among the Puritans, that widens the vista of the life of God in the soul of man way beyond this limited view of the Spirit’s subjective work.

9. The danger of lost unity

This teaching around passive sanctification often divides God’s people, weakening the church. Now if it was truth that was causing the division, we would accept that. However, as I hope has been demonstrated, it is not truth, or at least not a biblically balanced and complete presentation of truth. J C Ryle says it best of the passive sanctification teaching of his own day.

I must deprecate, and I do it in love, the use of uncouth and newfangled terms and phrases in teaching sanctification. I plead that a movement in favor of holiness cannot be advanced by new-coined phraseology, or by disproportioned and one-sided statements, or by overstraining and isolating particular texts, or by exalting one truth at the expense of another…and squeezing out of them meanings which the Holy Ghost never put in them… The cause of true sanctification is not helped, but hindered, by such weapons as these. A movement in aid of holiness which produces strife and dispute among God’s children is somewhat suspicious.

10. The danger of losing Christ

The Gospel is not justification. But one of the dangers of this imbalanced emphasis on justification is that it seems to put justification in the foreground and Christ in the background. As W Evans wrote:

The fact of the matter is that the heart of the gospel is not justification.  Nor is it sanctification.  It is Jesus Christ himself, who is “our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” The Apostle Paul came preaching “Christ crucified” and more often than not he directed Christians, not to their own justification, but to the crucified and risen Christ in whom they are both justified and sanctified.  The gospel involves freedom from both the penalty and the power of sin, and the latter is not simply to be collapsed into the former.  Only when we begin with Christ and our spiritual union with him will we give both justification and sanctification their proper due.

Lies About Anger

Have you let anger get the best of you? Did you blow up and toss pointy words across the room? Did you clam up, steely eyed and mouth shut, and kill with silence?

Anger is an emotion brought on when you’ve been wronged, real or perceived. In this post I hope to help you learn common lies about anger so you can handle this emotion well and live a life that brings you peace and honors Jesus Christ.

Like you, I’ve believed lies about anger. My mom snapped an embarrassing photo of me at age 3. My bottom lip protruded from Chicago to Shanghai, my blue eyes glared.

Back then I believed the lie that the best way to handle anger is to not talk about it. Last week I felt wronged when I learned that the cost of our family’s health insurance would increase $150 a month. I complained to my husband who took the high road and said, “It could be a lot worse,” then resumed watching TV. I responded to his indifference with more quiet anger.

Can you identify a few lies you’ve believed about anger? Did you know anger ranges from mild irritation to frustration to self-pity to rage? 

Lie 1: Anger Is Sinful

Anger is a God-given emotion. It is neither morally right nor wrong. Consider Jesus, fully God and fully man, who never sinned. He became angry at the sight of money changers in the temple.

Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” Matthew 21:12-13, NIV

Some thirty times in Psalms the word anger is used, often referring to God’s anger. God’s anger is always righteous. Righteous anger is holy.

Shepherd-King David implored God regarding his enemies:

Pour out your indignation upon them,
    and let your burning anger overtake them. Psalm 69:24, ESV

Lie 2: Punch a Pillow When Angry

The way you express anger determines whether it becomes sin, or a violation of God’s will.

Ephesians 4:26 says, “In your anger do not sin.” This suggests it is possible for you to angry without sinning. But let’s be honest: You and I almost always express this emotion by acting out loudly and destructively–yelling, slamming doors, using fists, name-calling, and punching pillows. Or. . .

Lie 3: Hold in Your Anger

We bottle it. Bottled anger may set up an unexpected volcanic blow up or even despair and depression.

Did you know that suicide might be considered an extreme and tragic expression of anger turned inward?

The apostle Paul says,

Instead, speaking the truth is love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15, NIV

When I was little, I missed the memo on speaking out loud. Yes, I said awful things to myself. My soul-speak was full of condemnation for those who violated my “rights,” quite often my older brother who snatched the last chocolate chip cookie, and toward myself. My self-talk overflowed with lying Lucy words like “You’re not enough” and “You’re a loser.”

Do you tend to hold in your anger? When you speak to your soul, what do you often say?

Practical Solutions to Expressing Your Anger

Now that you know several lies about anger, you may wonder how to handle this emotion.

First know the common sources of anger. They are:

  1. Hurt. When you feel hurt, you may use anger to protect yourself from additional emotional pain.
  2. Fear. When you feel threatened, you may give in to worry because you lack trust in God.
  3. Injustice. When you sense that your rights have been violated, you probably will feel anger.

At its root, anger is based on a wrong belief that life should be fair.

When you believe that life should be fair, and you’ve been mistreated, you’ll probably think your anger is justified, even good. You may believe that expressing it–loudly or quietly–is your right.

Second, exchange your wrong belief with a right belief. This is was a right belief sound like.

Right belief:

“God is in control of all my circumstances so I can trust him and give him my rights. I believe that when I act upon the truth of the Bible, no matter how I feel, God will bring about a good result. I choose to allow my anger to motivate me to do what God wants me to do.”

Finally, look upon anger as a type of warning signal.

It tells you something is amiss. Recognizing your emotion helps you stomp lies about anger and choose to handle it well.

May I Pray for You?

Heavenly Father,

Please help me when I feel angry. Let it be a motivator to speak the truth in love to the person who has wronged me or to simply accept a situation that seems unfair. Give me patience and deeper faith. Amen.

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The myth of race

One of the most harmful effects of evolutionary theory is the concept of race. Despite having zero scientific validity to it, the idea that human beings can be categorized into general “races” that are supposedly connected to their biology has wormed its way into our world views. It needs to make a quick exit—stage left.

Thabiti Anwaybwile (pastor of Anacostia River Church in DC) said it this way: “Believing in race is like believing in unicorns, because neither exist.”

Certainly cultures exist. Certainly ethnicities exist. And certainly racism exists (largely fueled by the whole notion of race to begin with).

But unicorns do not, and neither does race.

Here is a definition of race, followed by four reasons you should evict the concept of race from your vocabulary and your worldview: 


Dictionaries and biology textbooks define race this way: “Each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics.” When different races are listed, they often consist of African-American, Caucasian, Asian, Native-American, Native Hawaiian, and other sub-sets. Hispanics are considered (by those who consider such things) to not be a race but to be a subset of White.

Race is distinguished from culture/ethnicity. Race is supposedly fixed, objective, genetic and scientific. Culture is flexible, subjective, linguistic and social.

Here four reasons why you should reject the validity of race as a concept:

Race goes against logic

There is no logical grid for race. If a man can trace his ancestry back 500 years in Africa, and then immigrates to the United States, does that make him African-American? How long does he need to be in the United States before he becomes “American?” If immigration can change his racial status, in what sense is it biological?

And does it matter if his skin is white? What race is he then? Or his kids?

I suppose exceptions like this used to be just that—exceptions to the fixed concepts of race. But in today’s world, those exceptions are the rule. From our President (what race is someone with a Kenyan father, white mother, born in Hawaii, school in Asia, but the president of the Untied States?) to our friends, multi-ethnic marriages are becoming the norm. The concept of fixed races has simply become illogical.

And while we are on “illogical,” how can Hispanics be considered a subset of Caucasian, when the entire concept of “Hispanic” is connected to the mixing of African slaves with Spanish and Native Americans? Plus, Hispanics make up 20% of the American Population! If a concept of race misses—by definition—at least 20% of the population, it is ceased to become functional.

Race goes against science

Simply put: there is no scientific evidence that human beings can be categorized in any meaningful way by genetics.

University of New Mexico professor (Go Lobos!) Susan Chavez Cameron wrote a 2011 article surveying the history of scientific inquiry into race. She concluded that humans share at least 99.8% similarities in genes, but that the last .2% diversity is not connected to traits normally associated with race. In fact, only about .0002% of genetic diversity fits into what we might consider “racially identifiable” characteristics.

Chavez Cameron goes on to say that genetic diversity is actually greater within racial groups than it is outside of them. She ends her article by saying the concept of race “itself is passe” and “leads to harm” in counseling, medical treatment, and other areas.

Eloise Menses, Anthropology Professor at Eastern, has written a similar article covering the anthropologic evidences that humans can be categorized by race. She concludes:

“Essentially all anthropologists have given up the attempt to identify races of human beings. This is very simply because the best evidence indicates that there are physically no clear boundary lines between the various communities of people around the world. All of the traits that distinguish human beings from one another are found in all communities, although in varying degrees.”

Collin Kidd, a professor at University of  St. Andrews and the author of The Forging of Races, examined all manner of genetic diversity in humans, trying to categorize people by skin color, height/weight, stature, enzymes, hair types, and even ear wax types (who knew?). He concluded that while people can be divided along those lines, those divisions do not produce anything close to our concept of race.

Which should be obvious. You can have two people stand up side-by-side, and they can look identical, but be two different races; there is no underlying genetic differences that validate our desire to separate them by race.

Race goes against history

Throughout history, the concept of race has been used to oppress people. Here is the logic: if you agree that different races developed differently, and that these differences are genetic, then the obvious conclusion is that they are not equal. And if they are not equal, then some races (or at least one race) must be superior.

This gives way to banning inner-racial marriages—after all, you have to guard the purity of the elevated race. This gives justification for slavery—if people are inferior, ought they serve the superior?

In fact, much of our culture’s current understanding of race can be traced back to the German doctor Johan Blumenbach. In the early 1800’s, he examined skulls from around the world and declared that there were five races (Caucasian, Mongolian, Ethiopian, Malay, and American). Blumenbach is the first that I know of to divide races by color (white, yellow, brown, black, red).  But he also argued that because of this diversity, a hierarchy must be established.

Well, it turns out that not only is the concept of a hierarchy based on skin color absent of any scientific backing, but it also is the source of much harm. That harm has been manifest in perhaps every nation of the world, and certainly one of the main evils in American history. While the harm of the past cannot be undone, eliminating the concept of race from our world view would be a good start.

Race goes against the Bible

If you believe in a historic Adam and Eve, then this should be a no-brainer.

The Bible makes it clear that we are all descended from Adam, and that we are all one blood. Every human being has the same genetic core, because we all have a common ancestor. Genesis 1:27 describes the creation of all humans, and 2:7 shows that his occurred through the physical creation of Adam. His name means “man” because we would all come from him.

After the flood, the earth is populated again, but this time with a different approach. All the genetic diversity of the pre-diluvium world was in Noah’s three sons, and the divisions at Babel can trace their roads back to the ark (Gen 10:1-6).

This is why Paul says that all people on the earth are really “one blood” (Acts 17:26; KJV). The Holman says it this way: “From one man he has made every nation.”

The Bible never uses the concept of race, but it does use the concept of ethnicity. God is glorified with there is diversity in the church. The gospel is powerful enough to transcend cultures, social classes, languages, continents, and centuries. Heaven will be a diverse place, and the diversity comes from the transcendent power of the gospel, not from genetic make-up supposed classes of people.

I know our culture treats race like an idol, but the emperor has no clothes, and underneath our skin and hair, we are all pretty much the same. Celebrate diversity of cultures and ethnic groups, but run far away from the idea that humans can be meaningfully divided by race.

Seven Ways to Involve Older People in Your Church

By Chuck Lawless

I’m not that old – I’m 54 – but I increasingly realize that I’m not young, either. Sometimes I, too, long for what I thought were the “good old days.” At the same time, I realize the importance of being involved in a local church today. I may not speak for all older folks, but here’s how you could get me more involved in your church’s ministry:

  1. Understand that I’m not opposed to change. I’m honestly not. I may not like change, but it’s more because everything seems to be changing than it is my opposition to church change. Help me understand the change, and I’ll be with you. What I’m opposed to is change that’s not well thought out.
  2. Ask me to serve. Sometimes it easy for me to think I’m not as needed as I used to be. I realize the church needs younger leadership at some point, and I don’t want to get in the way of that transition. I’ll help in any way I can, but you may need to recruit me directly.
  3. Trust me with some of your prayer concerns. Some of us have spent decades trying to figure out how to pray, and many of us have more time than others to pray. I want to pray specifically and intentionally for you as my spiritual leaders. Share a bit of your heart with me, and I’ll be on board with you.
  4. Invite me to join you on a ministry visit. I know that would take more of your time, but I’d be genuinely honored to assist you. If I can, I’ll even clear my calendar to help you. I’ve been around long enough to know not to take your invitation lightly.
  5. Keep reminding me that you want to reach my kids and grandkids. I want them to be faithful to God, yet I don’t always have the answers to lead them. They really are a different generation. If you can help me figure out how to help them walk with God, I’ll be willing to overlook little things that tend to bug me.
  6. Help me understand that younger folks really do want older folks in their lives. I’m learning that young people understand the importance of cross-generational relationships much better than my generation has. They even like to listen to my stories about black-and-white TV’s, dot matrix printers, and computer modems that sounded like an airplane. Connect me with young people who like to hang out with me, and I’ll have new life in church.
  7. If you’re a church planter, recruit me. I’d want you to talk to my pastor also, but you might find that I’m praying about and looking for a new adventure. The older I get, the more I want to make sure I’m maximizing my gifts for the kingdom. I can tell you for certain that I’ll be your friend if we’re walking together for God’s glory.

Older folks, what would you add? Younger readers, what do you think? Let us hear from you.

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

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Grace Supplies Strength for Today

Grace Supplies Strength for TodayIf grace empowers us to live like Christ, how do we access that grace day after day? What does it mean to live in the strength that God supplies? In this lab, John Piper unpacks a life sustained by faith in God’s future grace, where God’s power meets our needs for his glory moment by moment.

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Held in Honor: Wisdom for Your Marriage from Voices of the Past by Robert Plummer and Matt Haste.

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A Path Through Suffering by Elisabeth Elliot $1.99.

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A La Carte (October 22)

Here are a couple of new Kindle deals. The big one is the brand new NIV Zondervan Study Bible (edited by D.A. Carson) at just $7.99. The Church: Why Bother? by Jeff Johnson is a bargain at $0.99.

Ten Dangers of Passive Sanctification

David Murray: “Having highlighted Five Attractions of Passive Sanctification, here are ten dangers that accompany this error.”

11 Steps to Memorizing an Entire Book of the Bible

“How do we go about memorizing an extended section or an entire book of the Bible? Here are 11 basic steps I’ve followed and commend to others…”

The Church is Not a Drive-Through Restaurant

“Because of cultural influences on the church in America in our time, we tend to treat the church like a drive-through restaurant.” It’s true of Canada, too.

The Pleasure of Pleasing God

“God so cares about us as a Father, that he finds happiness in our obedience and sadness in our disobedience.”

This Day in 1746. The charter for the College of New Jersey—whose Board of Trustees included men from William Tennent’s Log College—was granted to revival leader Jonathan Dickenson 269 years ago today. The College would later become Princeton University. *

Five Steps to Meditating on the Bible

“To meditate is to think deeply about what God has said to us in the Bible and to prepare our minds and hearts for prayer. Scripture is the foundation of our praying; meditation readies us for it by helping us focus, understand, remember, worship, and apply.”

Preach As If You Would Die & Go to Heaven When You’re Finished

“If it were revealed to you that you were about to preach the last sermon you would ever give, how would you preach and what would you do different?” Here is some sound counsel.

Christian Headlines Daily – Thursday, October 22, 2015


Top Headlines

Christian Drummer Shot Dead by Policeman after His Car Broke Down on the Interstate

Man Sends Partner a Text While She Waits in Abortion Clinic Which Saves Unborn Child’s Life

Evangelicals Soften Death Penalty Stance

Eric Metaxas Says Carson, Fiorina, Trump His Top Presidential Picks

Couple Behind Viral Pregnancy Announcement Video Asks for Prayer for Preemie Son

Israeli Cafe Offers Discount to Jews and Arabs Who Dine Together

Republicans Hope to Find ‘Missing’ Evangelical Voters

Video Released from Libya of Beheading of Christian from South Sudan

Huckabee Given an ‘A,’ Trump an ‘F’ According to ‘Christian Voting Guide’

Church Attack Routs Thousands of Indonesian Christians


How to Effectively Argue against Evolution and for Creation

Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Belief’: ‘Millions of Ways’ to God?

Ben Carson Wouldn’t Vote for Muslim President Because He Takes Religion Seriously

Planned Parenthood Changes Its Plans, But We Do not

Lindsay Lohan for President?

10/22/15 Do Whatever It Takes

READING: Matthew 18

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  How hard do you and I work to eradicate sin from our lives? The words of Matthew 18:8-10 sound much like the previous words of Matthew 5:29-30, thus creating emphasis through repetition and reminding us again about the serious nature of sin:

Matthew 18:8-10  If your hand or your foot causes your downfall, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes your downfall, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, rather than to have two eyes and be thrown into hellfire!

Matthew 5:29-30  If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to go into hell!

In both cases, Jesus’ point is clear: He so demands that we live godly, pure lives that He uses intentional, dramatic, heart-stopping hyperbole to catch our attention. While it might be easy to hear the word “hyperbole” and think Jesus didn’t mean what He said, to go that route is to miss the point completely. It’s true that He didn’t mean the words literally, but He still meant what He said. We are not to take sin lightly. We are to take whatever measures are necessary to walk in godliness. Repentance may not be easy, but it is always necessary — regardless of the cost.

ACTION STEPS: Consider today what steps you need to take to avoid sin in your life. Is it to be fully honest with somebody? To avoid going to certain places or watching particular shows? To toss your computer or phone? Drastic steps, even when painful, are worth the effort to please Jesus.

PRAYER: “God, grant me wisdom and courage to do whatever it takes to live in purity.”

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

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October 22, 2015 US and World Briefing Report


Oct. 22, 2015


Under scrutiny for her handling of the Benghazi attacks and her use of a private e-mail server, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to invoke the memory of slain U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens to defend her approach to diplomacy, saying they shared a common belief in the need for America to lead.

U.S. home prices rose in August as low borrowing costs and sustained job growth fueled demand amid a tight inventory of properties on the market. Prices climbed 0.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from July.

Deutsche Bank may cut the bonus pool for its investment bank by as much as $566 million, or almost a third, as co-Chief Executive Officer Cryan seeks to slash costs in the securities unit.

The U.S. Treasury Department said it will postpone the two-year note auction previously scheduled for Tuesday, as an impasse over the debt limit constrains the nation’s borrowing.

3M said it plans to cut 1,500 jobs and trimmed the top end of its 2015 profit forecast as it fights the effects of a strong U.S. dollar that’s crimping overseas sales.

Spanish unemployment fell to 21.2 percent from 22.4 percent the previous quarter, the lowest since 2011 in the third quarter.

Bitcoin got a boost at the European Union’s top court after judges said exchanging virtual currencies should be exempt from value-added tax in the same way as traditional cash.

AP Top Stories

A white dwarf star in the Constellation Virgo turns out to be a “death star” worthy of “Star Wars.” Astronomers have discovered a rocky object coming apart in a death spiral around this distant star. They used NASA’s exoplanet-hunting Kepler spacecraft to make the discovery, then followed up with ground observations. “This is something no human has seen before,” said Andrew Vanderburg of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the lead author. “We’re watching a solar system get destroyed.”

Iraqi forces said Wednesday they found 19 different mass graves containing the bodies of 365 fighters from the Islamic State group in the reconquered town of Baiji.

U.S. Representative Paul Ryan did not secure enough votes from the conservative “Freedom Caucus” for a formal endorsement as speaker of the House of Representatives but may get enough support to win if he decides to run, congressmen said on Wednesday.

Two alleged Palestinian attackers attempted to board a bus carrying children west of Jerusalem on Wednesday, and stabbed an Israeli before being shot, police said.

As attitudes and laws in the U.S. have become more tolerant of marijuana, the proportion of adults using and abusing the substance at least doubled between 2001 and 2013.

It speaks volumes that Russia, rather than Israel, has been going public with details of a “hotline” and joint air exercises they have launched to avoid an accidental clash in the skies over Syria.

Dense haze from Indonesian forest fires has caused some of the worst pollution in southern Thailand for a decade, officials said Thursday, cancelling flights in an area popular with tourists.

Sweden will make across-the-board spending cuts and raise borrowing to cope with as many as 190,000 refugees fleeing war in countries such as Syria and Iraq this year, the government said .

North and South Korean families divided by war for more than 60 years said a final, traumatic farewell after a reunion event that, for most, marked the last time they will ever see each other.

The US Air Force recently lost control of two armed Predator drones in separate incidents in Turkey and Iraq. The Predators were both carrying air-to-surface Hellfire missiles when they crashed, but these were safely recovered along with the aircraft.

Migrants traded punches and scuffled with police at a Serbian border crossing and a man was stabbed in a similar clash on the Slovenian border Thursday as pent-up pressures on their trek toward hoped-for safe haven in the European Union boiled over.

The era of China’s “one-child” policy may finally be over. Shifting demographics are largely responsible. Although China’s population stands at 1.37 billion today, Chinese officials estimate that it will decline to 1.3 billion by 2050, due to extremely low birth rates, and the census reveals that China faces both an aging population and a declining workforce.


A US-Iraqi military operation has freed 70 Kurdish hostages held by Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, but one US soldier was killed, US media reported.

A masked man armed with a sword has killed a pupil and a teacher at a school in Sweden. Two further victims were seriously injured at the school in the western town of Trollhattan.

The CIA has condemned the hacking of director John Brennan’s personal email account, describing it as a “crime” carried out with “malicious intent”.

In Chile, a new law comes into force which will make it easier for unmarried co-habiting couples to co-own property and make medical decisions. The law will apply to both heterosexual and same-sex couples.

The UN has accused Czech authorities of “systematic” rights violations in their treatment of refugees and migrants.


An arsonist targeted a seventh St. Louis-area church Thursday — the latest in a series of fires set in mostly black neighborhoods in recent days.

Secret Service agents are now allowed to use cellphone-tracking technology, the devices known as Stingrays, without having to obtain warrants from a court, a Homeland Security official told Congress in a hearing about the federal law enforcement division’s new policy.

Japan has acknowledged a possible first casualty from radiation at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant — a worker who was diagnosed with cancer after the crisis broke out in 2011.


Top News – 10/22/2015

Scientists at Large Hadron Collider hope to make contact with PARALLEL UNIVERSE in days
The staggeringly complex LHC ‘atom smasher’ at the CERN centre in Geneva, Switzerland, will be fired up to its highest energy levels ever in a bid to detect – or even create – miniature black holes. If successful a completely new universe will be revealed – rewriting not only the physics books but the philosophy books too. It is even possible that gravity from our own universe may ‘leak’ into this parallel universe, scientists at the LHC say.

Germany ‘to deport economic migrants in military transport planes’
The German government is reportedly planning to use military transport aircraft to speed up the deportation of tens of thousands of economic migrants. With public opposition to her refugee policy rising, Angela Merkel is under pressure to do more to deter economic migrants with no genuine claim to asylum.

Bible Distributing Breaks Record for 2014
Last year saw the highest number of Bibles being given out by Bible Societies around the world. There was a six percent rise from 2013 as almost 34 million Bibles were distributed according to United Bible Societies. There were a total of 428.2 million scriptures being given out by international Bible Societies in 2014, including full Bibles, Testaments, Gospels and other smaller scripture items.

Things Are Getting Scary: Global Police, Precrime and the War on Domestic ‘Extremists’
If you believe in and exercise your rights under the Constitution (namely, your right to speak freely, worship freely, associate with like-minded individuals who share your political views, criticize the government, own a weapon, demand a warrant before being questioned or searched, or any other activity viewed as potentially anti-government, racist, bigoted, anarchic or sovereign), you have just been promoted to the top of the government’s terrorism watch list.

Batu Tara volcano (Sunda Islands, Indonesia) activity update
An ash plume at estimated 5,000 ft (1.5 km) altitude was reported extending 50 km SW of the volcano this morning.

Einstein wouldn’t like it: New test proves universe is “spooky”
Writing in the journal Nature, researchers detailed an experiment showing how two electrons at separate locations 1.3 km (0.8 mile) apart on the Delft University of Technology campus demonstrated a clear, invisible and instantaneous connection. Importantly, the new study closed loopholes in earlier tests that had left some doubt as to whether the eerie connection predicted by quantum theory was real or not.

Magnetic fields around sunspot AR2434 erupted during the early hours of Oct. 22nd, producing a solar flare that lasted for hours. The CME does not appear to be heading directly for Earth, but it might have an Earth-directed component.

Carson Would Use Education Department to Monitor Colleges for ‘Extreme Political Bias’
GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson sat down with Glenn Beck on his radio show Wednesday for a rapid-fire, yes-or-no interview. Beck covered everything from immigration reform to climate change, but it was the former neurosurgeon’s response to a question on education reform that stood out as a unique perspective among the current GOP field.

M5.5 quake jolts Fukushima, Kanto region
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 struck Fukushima Prefecture at 3:04 p.m. Wednesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, adding there was no danger of a tsunami.

Neo-Nazis infiltrate German refugee shelters amid far-Right resurgence
Neo-Nazi sympathisers and other far-Right elements are infiltrating German refugee centres leaving migrants vulnerable to abuse, a German television investigation has found. The highly disturbing findings will fuel fears that Germany is experiencing a resurgence of far-Right extremism as it struggles to cope with an influx of up to 800,000 migrants this year.

Kerry urges Netanyahu to ‘move beyond rhetoric’ and take steps to end wave of violence
US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Berlin on Thursday, saying that the time had come for Israel and the Palestinians to agree on the steps that must be taken to “move beyond condemnations and rhetoric” and stop the current round of terror attacks plaguing Israeli cities. Kerry was beginning a four-day trip to Europe and the Middle East aimed at deescalating the violence…

ISIS trying to hijack Palestinian jihad as its own
Islamic State media have recently increased its rhetoric in support of the wave of Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israel in an effort to co-opt the cause as part of its own. The jihadist group presents itself as the political and religious authority for Muslims everywhere, with its Caliphate supporting Sunnis fighting against its enemies.

UN Asked to Take Action Against Iran for Recent Missile Test
The United States, France, Britain and Germany asked the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to investigate and take “appropriate action” against Iran for conducting a ballistic missile test earlier this month, which they say violated U.N. sanctions.

Assad Comes to Daddy in Moscow
Syria’s embattled dictator Bashar al-Assad made a surprise visit to the Kremlin. No reporters in Russia’s state-controlled press were informed of his arrival on Tuesday night; it was only when Assad had already departed home for Syria that Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, informed journalists of the talks.

Pakistan to tell U.S. it won’t accept limits on tactical nuclear arms
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will tell U.S. President Barack Obama this week that Islamabad will not accept limits on its use of small tactical nuclear weapons, Pakistani officials said on Wednesday.

Iran will not back Syria’s Assad ‘forever,’ minister says
Iran will not work to keep Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in power “forever”, Iran’s deputy foreign minister said during a trip to Britain on Wednesday.

Genesis Bible Codes: “End of Ishmael” May Happen This Year
Despite the fact that it can be trick to define which nations today are descended from Ishmael, especially in the case of Iran, Rabbi Mattityahu Glazerson, a renowned Bible Codes expert, told Breaking Israel News that, when it comes to Bible Codes, any mention of “Ishmael is basically Islam, so Iran also is included.” He also mentions that “many [Jewish rabbinic] commentators say that in Ishmael today, there many, many nations, as mentioned in Psalm 83.”

Top Headlines – 10/22/2015

Abbas meets with UN’s Ban, says Israeli incitement will lead to ‘big explosion’

Five West Bank terrorist attacks leave 7 Israelis wounded

Two Palestinian stabbers shot after attacking Israeli man in Beit Shemesh

Suspect tries to stab passengers on bus, steal weapon

Jew believed to be attacker shot, killed in Jerusalem

Gaza rocket strikes southern Israel

Roadblocks removed in East Jerusalem

‘Illegal’ Muslim Temple Mount Agitator Groups – Have Returned

A Request to Pope Francis to Return Temple Menorah And Other Temple Vessels Hidden in the Vatican

Jewish House Lawmakers Agree: UNESCO Temple Mount charges against Israel are lies

Unesco Resolution Criticizes Israel Over Handling of Holy Sites

Arab nations back down from plan to claim Western Wall

UNESCO Passes Arab Resolution: Cave of Patriarchs ‘Islamic’

Bennett calls to ‘truly unite Jerusalem’

With Harper’s Defeat in Canada, Israel Loses a Friend, UN Loses a Critic

Israel’s Netanyahu heads to Berlin to meet Kerry

Kerry Hopes Talks will Result in ‘Breathing Space’

Merkel says Israeli settlements ‘counterproductive’

‘Palestinian mufti convinced Hitler to massacre Europe’s Jews,’ Netanyahu says

Netanyahu causes uproar by blaming Palestinians for Holocaust

After Netanyahu comments, Germany says responsibility for Holocaust is ours

Neo-Nazis infiltrate German refugee shelters amid far-Right resurgence

Germany considers using military planes to deport some migrants

Merkel says migrant influx a fallout from globalisation

Security officials acknowledge ‘risk’ in admitting Syrian refugees into US

Jimmy Carter offers help for Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria

White House slams Russia ‘red carpet’ treatment for Syria’s Assad

At Kremlin, Assad discusses military support for Syria with Putin

Russia says Islamic State talking to Al-Nusra about uniting against Syrian army

Iraq’s ruling alliance, militias urge PM to seek Russian strikes

ISIS trying to hijack Palestinian jihad as its own

ISIS’ Ethnic Cleansing Forces 100,000 Christians to Flee City in Single Night

Iran will not back Syria’s Assad ‘forever,’ minister says

UN Asked to Take Action Against Iran for Recent Missile Test

Pakistan to US: We won’t accept limits on tactical nuclear arms

Taliban seize British stronghold in Helmand as security unravels

Christian Persecution Reaches ‘Extreme’ Levels in These 10 Countries

Jon Voight: ‘Progressive’ is a very devious term… created as a substitute for ‘communist’

Surge of illegal children, families accelerates – 10,000 caught at border in September

Pay up or go to jail: how a Mississippi town resurrected the debtors’ prison

White House Calls for Bigger U.S. Role in Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

Secret Service allowed to use warrantless cellphone tracking

WikiLeaks publishes CIA director John Brennan’s emails

Twitter Boasts of What It Can Do with Your Data

L.A. County will require cat owners to microchip their pets

5.5 earthquake shakes Japan’s Fukushima & Miyagi regions

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Scotia Sea

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits the Mid-Indian Ridge

More Than 200 Earthquakes Rattled California In The Past Week

NASA gives 99-Percent probability Of 5.0 earthquake In LA within the next two-and-a-half years

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 28,000ft

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 21,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 18,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Geologists: Hidden Cascades volcano may pose a threat

Tropical Storm Patricia Prompts Hurricane Warning for Mexico

Typhoon Koppu death toll reaches 54 as Philippines battles devastating floods

Canada Winter Forecast: El Nino to Promote One of Warmest Winters on Record

Iraq cholera cases grow, spread to Kurdish region

Mystery deaths in Sierra Leone spread fear of Ebola relapses

Gallup: Support for legal marijuana at an all-time high and likely to grow

Marijuana use in US adults doubles in decade, surveys show

Confessions of a female cartel boss

Man Pushes His Mother in Killing Herself in an Assisted Suicide Because She Was Getting Old

Mother Outraged After Driver Hits, Kills Son – Then Posts Pictures of Body on Twitter

Three sex-cult members are convicted of murdering Marine wife

First Exorcism To Happen On Live TV Will Air Just In Time For Halloween

Polish church suspends priest who is gay and has boyfriend

IRS: ‘Husband’ and ‘wife’ apply to same-sex couples, too

When Churches Get Burnt by the Offering – Should ministries return stolen donations?

Civil Suit Filed Against Gothards Institute in Basic Life Principles – Alleges Sexual Abuse

Houstonians Could Face $5K Fine If They Object to Men in Women’s Bathrooms

New York Says Farewell to American Bible Society, and Its Building

Daily Digest

October 22, 2015


“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” —George Washington, 1795

Publisher’s Note: Clinton Testifies


As we go to press today, the House Select Committee on Benghazi is grilling Hillary Clinton. Despite the grandstanding from committee Democrats, her felonious complicity in and her subsequent cover-up of the true story of the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi is on full display.

First, for more than a year, Clinton has endeavored to escape accountability for unlawfully maintaining all of her official secretary of state communications outside of official networks. Clearly, this was an effort to protect her 2016 presidential bid from the plethora of nefarious activities reflected in those emails. Despite Clinton’s claims — “I did not email any classified material to anyone” and “There is no classified material” — it is now apparent that hundreds and perhaps thousands of her unsecured email communications contained sensitive and classified content. Transmitting that content is a felony. But not only was her arrogant “above the law” use of unsecured email illegal, it was deadly because it exposed policy directives and the names of covert operatives. We can assume Russia and China had full access to all of Clinton’s unsecured communication.

Second, additional details may surface about how her emails demonstrate her complicity in formulating the political lie about the murder of our personnel in Benghazi — Christopher Stevens, his aide Sean Smith, and two diplomatic security officers, former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. Her Benghazi lie was an effort to provide Barack Obama political cover for his “al-Qa’ida on the run” campaign theme just weeks ahead of the 2012 presidential election. So determined was Clinton to propagate this lie that she shamelessly stood in front of those four flag-draped caskets and declared to the families of the dead, “We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with.” We will cover this testimony in detail Friday.

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Biden Takes a Pass


Despite a couple of well-placed endorsements from Barack Obama, Joe Biden passed on a presidential run in a Rose Garden speech Wednesday. That huge sigh of relief you heard was from the Hillary Clinton campaign. After the May death of his son, Beau, Biden wrestled with the decision and ultimately decided against it, concluding that “the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president … has closed.” Another way to look at it is that Clinton’s debate performance cut off Biden a day after Jim Webb quit the race. It solidifies her iron grip on the nomination.

As Obama did in distancing himself from Clinton over her email server, however, Biden implicitly repudiated the Democrat frontrunner for her political divisiveness. “I believe we have to end the divisive partisan politics that is ripping this country apart. … It’s mean-spirited, it’s petty and it’s gone on for far too long. I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our opposition. They’re not our enemies.” That was a clear reference to Clinton’s debate remark that Republicans were her most notable enemies. But it’s ironic that Biden made his comments while standing next to Obama, who has done more to make enemies of his political opponents than anyone.

Many thought Biden would be a Plan B for Democrats if Clinton is indicted by the FBI — and it’s a remote possibility that he will remain so, as his remarks were basically an “I’m running” stump speech minus the “I’m running.” Obama’s recent dismissal of any national security implications from Clinton’s careless handling of classified material makes an indictment even less likely, and Biden’s stepping aside may indicate Obama knows it. We don’t anticipate that a Democrat president is going to allow the Democrat frontrunner to be indicted, even if there’s no love lost between the two. Finally, while we’d never support Biden, we will miss the hilarity he would no doubt have brought to the campaign trail.


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Speaker Ryan Will Bring Leadership, Not Management

The House Freedom Caucus has found its speaker. The group of 40 lawmakers that drove the Department of Homeland Security to the edge of a shutdown in February over Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty and that was instrumental in the ouster of current Speaker John Boehner, announced that a “supermajority” of its members would support Rep. Paul Ryan for the speakership. Unlike Boehner, who squandered his role by trying to manage the herd of cats known as the House, Ryan plans to lead the chamber by bringing vision to the position. “Paul is a policy entrepreneur who has developed conservative rhans eforms dealing with a wide variety of subjects, and he has promised to be an ideas-focused Speaker who will advance limited government principles and devolve power to the membership,” the Freedom Caucus said in a statement. Ryan said he would only run for the speakership if he got the backing from all the Republican groups in the House, ensuring that his leadership would bring a measure of unity. The Freedom Caucus torpedoed the speakership bid of House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, so its support is vital for the next speaker. If all goes well, Republicans will vote for the new speaker Oct. 29, Boehner will resign his position the next day, and the GOP will have its speaker who will lead them into a new presidential administration. So far, Ryan seems to have the votes.

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OPM’s Hack Job on Security

Earlier this year, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) discovered malicious cyber theft of background investigation records of current, former and prospective federal employees. Sensitive information was stolen, including the Social Security numbers of 21.5 million individuals. In a letter to those affected, OPM seems to have taken a one-size-fits-all approach that does not account for obvious disparities in the potential impact and threat among those whose data was stolen. From what we have learned thus far, the entry-level janitor at DHS is given the same level of “protection” as the Seal Team 6 operator, the nuclear submarine commander or the Jet Propulsion Laboratory rocket scientist whose personal data may have been compromised. “Fairness” and expediency trump common sense as the administration attempts to sweep under the rug this massive and unprecedented breach of security.

It doesn’t take that JPL rocket scientist to realize that our “adversary” (the politically correct term being used to describe the Red Chinese military hackers involved) will certainly prioritize the stolen data to identify high-value targets. The threat spectrum involved could run from targeted assassination in the worst case to blackmail, covert spying recruitment and military or economic espionage. Identity theft is one of the least damaging possibilities to anyone thinking big-picture national security.

To simply place all 21 million of the affected individuals in one group and provide them three years of credit monitoring and identity theft insurance is nice, but it’s also the height of insult and, frankly, stupid. Such boneheaded lack of vision and forethought is what brought us such a debacle in the first place. Even worse — those responsible for preventing this nightmare are still safely ensconced at OPM, a bureaucratic haven of incompetence if ever there was one. Not a single person has been fired, demoted or jailed for this incredible breach of our security, though Katherine Archuleta did step down as OPM director. Finally, we are not at all surprised to see that OPM used the disaster to ask Congress for more money.

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Editor’s Note

In yesterday’s story about Jim Webb, we listed several of his military awards but neglected to mention his foremost one, the Navy Cross, though we had noted it in previous coverage. That oversight has been corrected.

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Planned Parenthood Fights Defunding Efforts

By Kelly Bartlett


Texas Governor Greg Abbott informed Planned Parenthood that it would be dropped from the state’s Medicaid program. Abbott, a Republican, issued a press release Monday explaining, “The gruesome harvesting of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood will not be allowed in Texas and the barbaric practice must be brought to an end.” Amen to that.

Undercover videos from The Center for Medical Progress exposed PP employees describing the harvesting of body parts from aborted babies. The fifth video was filmed in Houston and featured regional Director of Research Melissa Farrell, who implied that abortionists could change the procedure in order to obtain better “specimens.” Farrell said, “If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, we can make it part of the budget that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. It’s all just a matter of line items.”

Planned Parenthood reacted by pretending that women will no longer have access to health care. Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens called the Texas defunding “outrageous” and blamed it on “thoroughly discredited, fraudulent videos.” She claimed this will “cut women off from preventive health care.” PP has long sought to brand itself as synonymous with women’s health care, but, as CEO Cecile Richards admitted to Congress last month, the organization doesn’t own or operate a single mammogram machine.

However, Abbott made clear that excluding PP “will not affect access to care because there are thousands of alternate providers in Texas.” The governor also requested “cooperation in informing all clients” where to obtain Medicaid services from “providers in good standing.”

Three other states have also defunded PP, including neighboring Louisiana. When the latter’s governor, Bobby Jindal, excluded the abortion organization from his state’s Medicaid reimbursement program, PP promptly sued him, which resulted in a temporary restraining order signed by U.S. District Judge John deGravelles Sunday. Louisiana must continue funding PP for the next two weeks. It is not yet known whether PP will bring a similar lawsuit against Texas.

On Monday, Jindal said, “I hope every governor will defund Planned Parenthood. They can’t sue us all.”

Louisiana intends to appeal the restraining order. Jindal spokesman Mike Reed said, “Instead of going through the same administrative review as any other Medicaid provider, they are running to the federal courts and asking for special treatment.” Just how much special treatment? Fox News calculates PP has received over $4 billion in government funding over the past 10 years.

No wonder PP is fighting back with lawsuits.

Selling human fetal body parts is not only repulsive, it’s a felony. However, Cecile Richards claimed the agency has never sold tissue but rather donated it at cost. Nevertheless, the abortion giant announced earlier this month that it would no longer accept reimbursements for donating body parts.

However, this is too little, too late for many, including Tennessee Rep. Diane Black, who intends to continue defunding efforts. “It is curious that, while Planned Parenthood officials maintain there has been no wrongdoing, they still find it necessary to change their policy,” Black said. “Clearly, this was a decision motivated by optics rather than the organization’s conscience.”

CMP’s reaction: “This only raises more serious questions about what Planned Parenthood leadership has been allowing its clinics to do with money and baby parts, and intensifies the need for Congress to pursue full auditing and oversight of Planned Parenthood’s unaccountable criminal enterprise of baby parts trafficking.”

Harvesting baby organs for free isn’t going to cut it. If PP declines reimbursement for slicing through the face of a fetus to obtain the brain, who will pay the bill for this extra labor? The taxpayer?

By changing its policy to donate parts without reimbursement, it appears Richards is missing the point. As appalling as paying for body parts is, the action of killing the baby in the first place is most horrific. “Fetal tissue donation” exposes the lie that abortion merely removes an unwanted clump of cells.

Understanding how horrendous it sounds to carve out baby hearts, lungs and eyeballs, PP realized it needed a public relations makeover and hired the “Democratically aligned” communications firm SKDKnickerbocker for damage control by the time CMP released its third video.

Defunding is important to stop the flow of tax dollars into the coffers of PP. But these undercover videos are even more crucial in swaying the hearts and minds of Americans as they witness what goes on behind the scenes at an abortion clinic. Seeing is believing.

Planned Parenthood, you’ve come a long way, baby, from “women’s health care.” Now, it’s simply “Baby Body Parts.”

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Jeff Jacoby: “Voting-rights law has gone off the rails … and the longer the Supreme Court tolerates race-conscious rules in drawing district lines, the worse the political damage will get. The old rule — voters’ skin color may not be considered when electoral districts are drawn — is the better rule, less polarizing and more decent. The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments should be read to enjoin strict colorblindness when state legislatures make their maps. The means to that end is not rocket science. While continuing to require that districts be roughly equal in population, the court should require as well that they be geometrically compact, and that they take no account of voters’ party registration or voting history. The parameters couldn’t be simpler; a computer could do the job. Incumbent politicians might lose the ability to choose their constituents. But voters would be equal at last, exercising their franchise under a Constitution that is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.”

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Insight: “[N]othing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.” —Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Upright: “The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has analyzed about 70% of total global development aid and found that about one in four of those dollars goes to climate-related aid. In a world in which malnourishment continues to claim at least 1.4 million children’s lives each year, 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty, and 2.6 billion lack clean drinking water and sanitation, this growing emphasis on climate aid is immoral. … Providing the world’s most deprived countries with solar panels instead of better health care or education is inexcusable self-indulgence. Green energy sources may be good to keep on a single light or to charge a cellphone. But they are largely useless for tackling the main power challenges for the world’s poor.” —Bjorn Lomborg in The Wall Street Journal

Alpha Jackass: “[Tea Partiers] come from states that used to own slaves. They come from states that the Confederate Army was pledged allegiance to. They come from states that the Ku Klux Klan and voters rights and all of those things came into play. … It is their view that if they can bring down the government they can rebuild in their image.” —Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY)

Demo-gogues: “Republicans are wasting the American people’s time with a partisan vote on the Donald Trump Act. That’s what we’re going to vote on at 2:15. That’s what the House members have called it, and I think it’s a pretty good description of what we’re doing out there.” —Harry Reid just before Democrats blocked a bill reigning in sanctuary cities

Village Idiots: “[W]hen I hear a United States senator say, ‘I’m not a scientist so I can’t make a judgment,’ or a candidate for president for that matter, I’m absolutely astounded. … [W]hen more than 6,000-plus peer-reviewed studies of the world’s best scientists all lay out that [global warming] is happening and mankind is contributing to it, it seems to me that [climate skeptics] disqualify themselves fundamentally from high public office with those kinds of statements.” —John Kerry

Wrong prescription: “I want to see our post office be reinvigorated. … I think that the postal service, in fact, can play an important role in providing modest types of banking service to folks who need it.” —Bernie Sanders

And last… “Hillary’s physician says her 2012 concussion has no lingering effects, except for possible one day memory lapses every 3 years.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest

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Expert That Correctly Predicted Market Moves In July, August And September Says Stocks Will Crash In November

Dollars Folded - Public DomainWhen someone is right over and over and over, eventually people start paying attention.  Personally, I have learned to tune out the “forecasts” of most “economic experts” out there.  As an attorney, I was trained to be skeptical, and I have found that most forecasts about what the financial markets are going to do are not worth the paper they are printed on.  However, once in a while something comes along that really gets my attention.  Over the past few days, I have seen a number of references to the remarkable forecasts of Bo Polny of Gold 2020 Forecast.  In recent months he has correctly predicted that U.S. stocks would begin to drop in July, that there would be a huge plunge in August and that that the month of September would be rather uneventful.  Now he is saying that he expects “November to be a complete meltdown on the U.S. and world markets”.  Just because he has been right in the past does not guarantee that he will be correct this time around, but lots of people (like me) are starting to pay attention. (Read More….)

The Largest Behavioral Conditioning Experiment In History Has Begun

The largest behavioral conditioning experiment in the history of mankind has just begun in China and for those who value their freedoms in the West – one can only pray it never makes it here. A citizen score system has been developed which will rate each citizen on the basis of their political views, their expression on social media, the kinds of purchases they make and their credit scores…………..  Click here for full story

Prisons Become Breeding Ground For Radical Islam

It was almost nine years ago that then FBI director Robert Mueller first described the radicalization of U.S prisons to a senate committee. He pointed out that prisoners, both Muslim and Non Muslim were easy targets for the growing population of radical Islamists inside correctional facilities all over the country. His words seem almost prophetic now as survey after survey shows a dramatic rise in the Muslim population thanks to conversions being done with the use of coercive tactics including physical and mental intimidation………….  Click here for full story

The Subtle Propaganda Battle Over Maps Of Israel

Recently released maps that purport to demonstrate a progressive theft of Palestinian land by Israel since the late 1940’s to date, have caused an uproar in news circles. The highly controversial graphics were aired on cable news network MSNBC earlier this week, which later labeled them “factually wrong” in an apologetic retraction. One might think that the recent MSNBC map distortion was an isolated ‘once in a blue moon’ type oversight. Yet, there seem to be an increasing number of similar cases in which otherwise reputable map publishers tend to overlook the geographical existence of Israel. .……..  Click here for full story

The Growing Move Towards A Cashless Society

The ‘Cashless Society’ bandwagon is off to the races, and cash is increasingly becoming the “odd currency out”; the jilted lover of today’s digitally driven global economy. Economic and financial experts worldwide are recommending doing away with cash entirely. And they are being listened to…………  Click here for full story

Mufti Advised Hitler on Holocaust, Says Middle East Forum Scholar

October 21, 2015


Mother of all highs: A determined push to win over moms is under way

This piece is about winning moms over to marijuana. The Economist reports:

CandyAT A soirée on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, one woman greets her fellow guests with a delicate bowl of vanilla sea-salt caramels, each one laced with marijuana. “It’s quite subtle,” she insists. “I just keep a few in my bag for when I’m feeling stressed out.” Over light chat about family and work, the group quickly cleaned up the bowl.

It is a scene Americans will be accustomed to by about 2025, according to Jazmin Hupp, head of Denver’s Women Grow society. “Once moms are on board, that’s it,” she explains, taking a drag on a hot pink e-cigarette filled with cannabis oil. Her battle cry explains the recent surge in products such as vegan weed bonbons, cannabis kale crisps, cannabis spiced almonds and “high tea”.


Pope Francis Has Catholic Church On Verge Of Civil War Over LGBT Inclusion

Vatican meeting reveals growing Catholic divide over divorce and homosexuality

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Vatican has long said that the Catholic Church “never changes”, but guess what? It is in the death throes of a cataclysmic change at this very moment. Just as Obama made homosexuality and the LGBT Agenda an evil ordinance of the United States, so Pope Francis is attempting to wreak that same unGodly havoc upon the already Godless Catholic church corporation. The ensuing war is splitting the Catholic church right down the middle. Mark it down, there will be blood.

VATICAN CITY At one point during a major summit of the Roman Catholic hierarchy that ends this weekend, a senior conservative bishop took the floor inside the Vatican’s assembly hall and promptly charged his liberal peers with doing the devil’s work.

The three-week gathering, known as a synod, has erupted into a theological slugfest over Pope Francis’s vision for a more inclusive church, displaying the most bitter and public infighting since the heady days of Catholic reform in the 1960s.


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Archbishop Tomash Peta of Kazakhstan captured the intensity of the divide, raising eyebrows — and even a few incredulous laughs — as he decried some of the policy changes being floated at the synod as having the scent of “infernal smoke.”

It was just another day at a synod that — more than any single event since Francis began his papacy in 2013 — has highlighted the extent his outreach to once-scorned Catholics has triggered a tug-of-war for the soul of the Catholic Church. More important, it underscored just how hard it may be for Francis to recast the church he serves in his image.

In fact, the pushback by traditionalists has been so strong at the synod that the chances of fast changes on hot-button family issues — including whether to offer communion to divorced and remarried Catholics and more welcoming language to homosexuals — have substantially dimmed, if not gone completely out.

As the synod races towards a close, there has been a last-ditch push to find common ground that could at least open the door to policy alterations. But some observers are already comparing Pope Francis to President Obama — a man whose reformist agenda was bogged down by a conservative Congress.

“Francis has the same problem that Obama had,” said the Rev. Thomas Reese, a senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter. “He promised the world, but Congress wouldn’t let him deliver. If nothing much comes of this synod, I think people will give the pope a pass and blame the bishops for stopping change.”

For Francis, the synod — the Vatican’s second in 12 months on issues related to the family — sets up perhaps the most important decision of his papacy.

The 270 senior church officials from 122 countries are set to finish voting on a final document by Saturday. But Francis has the final say, holding the power to simply accept the synod’s recommendations, go beyond them, or withhold judgment to encourage further debate. All of those avenues, however, carry a measure of risk.

Using his powers to go beyond the synod’s recommendations could rouse the wrath of conservatives, some of whom are already openly questioning the trajectory of his papacy. Yet if the final recommendation of the synod falls short of liberal hopes, simply rubber stamping it, or encouraging more debate, could generate disappointment among Francis’s fans worldwide. They may begin to see him as a revolutionary in gestures and words, but not on substance.

If he agrees fully with the synod’s recommendations, “there might be a collapse of his popularity in world public opinion, but there might also be an increase of his popularity among Catholics,” said Massimo Franco, author of The Crisis of the Vatican Empire and a columnist at the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

Even by Vatican standards, the level of drama at the synod has been extraordinary.

As recently as Wednesday, the Vatican strenuously denied a report in the Italian press that Francis had a small brain tumor. That came after the synod started off with a bang in early October, when another leak in the Italian press brought to light a letter to the pope signed by 13 conservative cardinals — including Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York — that seemed to question the pope’s handling of the synod process.

Adding to the mystery, some of the 13 denied they had signed the letter. Some Vatican watchers saw Francis’s recent warning to the synod not to be taken in by conspiracy theories as a thinly veiled reference to the missive. To some senior Vatican officials, the letter appears close to open sedition.

“The widespread opinion I perceived among the fathers has been a sense of disgust,” Bishop Marcello Semeraro, one of the senior clerics who will draft the final synod document, told the Vatican Insider web site.

Yet by telling bishops that nothing is off the table for discussion, Francis has undoubtedly lifted the lid on what can be examined — including his management style. Conservatives bishops, however, see him as having also opened a Pandora’s box, allowing a free flow of ideas that have startled some traditionalists and provoked a sharp backlash.

Of the many issues under debate here, two have emerged as the most polemic.

One is whether to grant divorced and remarried Catholics — who are technically committing adultery in the church’s eyes — access to communion. In addition, there is the question of whether to offer a warmer welcome to gays and lesbians, including striking references to homosexuality as “intrinsically disordered” from church teachings.

The divide is not just liberal vs conservative, but also geographic with prelates in Africa, for instance, denouncing the “Eurocentric” and “Western” fixation with issues such as homosexuality. Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah linked the push for gay rights to abortion and Islamic extremism, comparing them all to what “Nazi-Fascism and Communism were in the 20th century.”

The vehemence of the backlash has shocked even some moderate conservatives, suggesting the rise of a Tea Party-like faction of bishops within the hierarchy.

“Some of them are talking now like this is Armageddon,” Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, Australia, said in an interview with The Washington Post.

“They see themselves as the sons of goodness and others as the sons of darkness and evil. I have been very surprised by this apocalyptic view of things at the synod . . . This isn’t the way discussions are done,” he added.

The sniping has gone surprisingly public — and personal. The powerful conservative Cardinal George Pell, for instance, suggested in an interview with Le Figaro that an epic “battle” was taking shape in the church between the conservative theology of Benedict XVI and the liberal German Cardinal Walter Kasper, who is seen as a Francis ally and the architect of some of the most progressive measures being fielded at the synod.

Pell’s comment provoked a rare public rebuke this week from the German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who called out Pell by name at a Vatican press conference.

“In the synod, we are not in a battle. We are not Ratzinger vs. Kasper,” Marx said, using Pope Benedict’s birth surname.“That is not okay.”

The plot thickened further on Thursday as an article appeared on a conservative Catholic Web site claiming to be from “ a very wise, knowledgeable and highly influential cleric” and entitled “The Failed Francis Pontificate.”

In it, the author writing under the pen name Don Pio Pace and using insider terminology, argues that the divided church is now “intrinsically ungovernable” and decried this “strange synod” for being overwhelming focused on “adulterous couples and homosexual couples.”

Some have also denounced the general sense of chauvinism hanging over the debates in which only male clerics have voting rights.

Maureen Kelleher, an American nun serving in one of the non-voting roles at synod, told the National Catholic Reporter that there were “times that I have felt the condescension so heavy, you could cut it with a knife.”

Speaking of women in general, she added: “I see a high level of non-acceptance of us as holding up half the sky.” source

HERE WE GO AGAIN! Colorado Cake Owner Under Fire For Not Making Cake For “Gay Wedding”

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 08:03 AM PDT

Jack Phillips and his bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop, came under attack when Jack respectfully declined to create a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage, even though same-sex marriage is not recognized in Colorado where Masterpiece Cakeshop is located. Jack declined because using his God-given talents to promote same-sex marriage would go against his religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. While Jack could not use his artistic skill to design and create a cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage, he offered to create cakes for the same-sex couple for different events or sell them pre-made items from the bakery.

Alliance Defending Freedom and its allies came to Jack’s defense after the two men contacted the ACLU and filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for sexual-orientation discrimination. They explained to the commission that Jack did not engage in sexual orientation discrimination because his objection was to the message the cake would send, not the people requesting the cake. They also explained that any state attempt to force Jack to create cakes celebrating same-sex marriages would violate the First Amendment. FULL REPORT

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Secret Service officers found asleep on duty

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 07:58 AM PDT

A federal watchdog plans to send the U.S. Secret Service a formal warning Thursday about the security risks of overworking its employees — after discovering two Secret Service officers asleep at their posts, according to three government officials familiar with the findings. The Inspector General who oversees the Secret Service is expected to issue a management alert about the incident this week, as early as this afternoon. That formal designation indicates investigators have found a problem so urgent or sweeping that its requires swift attention from senior management.

The management alert stems from a routine check this August of alarms and communication equipment at facilities protected by the Secret Service, the three officials said. In the wake of radio failures when a fence-jumper got inside the White House in September 2014, auditors with the Department Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General rode around to various sites with Secret Service staff. They found one officer at an embassy post and another stationed at the White House complex who appeared to be asleep while on duty. FULL REPORT

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The Pretribulation Rapture Of The Church As Found In The Book Of Revelation

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 07:48 AM PDT


“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heardwas as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” Revelation 4:1,2 

In our day and age, the Church Age, as inconceivable as it might sound, there are many Christians who assail and attack the Bible doctrine of the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ. Scoffers go on to say, and wrongly so, that this doctrine was not taught before Mary McDonald and John Nelson Darby spoke about it in the early 1830’s. Some even say it was an invention of CI Scofield in his reference study Bible. Again, these statements have no bearing on the truth of any kind, as this article will endeavor to point out. Part of the “confusion” for some comes because there is more than one rapture in the Bible, and there is more than one time the phrase “come up hither” is used. A healthy dose of 2 Timothy 2:15 is the sure antidote for this pressing malady. So let’s get started, shall we? FULL REPORT

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6 Warning Signs of Spiritual Abuse

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 07:41 AM PDT

(J.Lee Grady) The church is called Word of Life Christian Center, but the tiny Pentecostal congregation in New Hartford, New York, is now known for death. It made headlines earlier this month when a 19-year-old member, Lucas Leonard, died during a so-called “counseling session” that involved 10 hours of beatings and interrogation. Six members of the church now face criminal charges for the incident, which also left Lucas’ 17-year-old brother, Christopher, hospitalized. Most of the group’s 20 members were afraid to speak to the media. But a former member, Chadwick Handville, who now lives in Arizona, told The New York Times that the church had become a cult.

“Everybody who’s gone there is a victim of abuse,” Handville said. “This was a cult. This was not a church; I don’t care what words they use on the building. The spirit of that place was not freedom.” How does this happen? Handville said Word of Life was not always unhealthy. But founder Jerry Irwin reportedly used manipulation, shaming, heavy-handed threats and even sleep deprivation to control the lives of church members. Even the parents of the young man who died felt helpless to stop the fatal beatings because members were never allowed to question church leadership. FULL REPORT

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High School Quarterback Penalized for Thanking God

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 07:34 AM PDT

(Todd Starnes) Mexico High School quarterback Dante Turo was raised by his parents to give glory to God—especially on the football field. “When you score touchdowns, when you make big plays, it’s easy to become proud,” Geno, his dad, told me. “It’s easy to take credit for yourself. I didn’t want my son to get caught up in that.” Geno, who lives in a small town north of Syracuse, New York, encouraged his son to find a subtle way to praise the Lord after making big plays.

“He wanted to do something at that moment to take credit away from himself and give glory to God,” Geno said. “God gives us the ability and the talent. As Christians, we want to be sure to give that back immediately.” So on Oct. 17 when Dante ran 73 yards for a touchdown, the 17-year-old quarterback raised a single finger to the sky. Dante was honoring the Lord. But a referee said he was taunting. Video shows the quarterback running into the end zone and briefly raising his finger before tossing the pigskin to the referee. As soon as he raised his finger, the ref tossed a flag. He was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct—excessive celebration. FULL REPORT

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Justin Trudeau Vows to Bring 25000 Syrian Refugees to Canada

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 07:29 AM PDT

In addition to withdrawing Canadian warplanes from the U.S.-led bombing campaign against ISIS, Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to reverse his predecessor Stephen Harper’s policy and accept 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada by the end of the year. The Associated Press notes, without elaboration, that “some analysts have questioned whether Trudeau’s goal is realistic.” Increased Syrian immigration was one of the promises Trudeau made on the campaign trail. “Canadians get it, that this is about doing the right thing, it is about living up to the values that we cherish as a country and it is also an extraordinary way to continue to grow our country,” he said in early September.

“Canada must immediately accept 25,000 Syrian refugees, stop dragging its heels and understand that we must once again be the country that we like to think of ourselves as. This is something that goes beyond politics. It is about who we are and what we want to continue to be.” Last month, Trudeau spoke of organizing massive airlifts of refugees from Syria to Canada and dismissed questions about security by saying it was a simple question of “employing more case workers and increasing screening capacity,” as reported by the Globe and Mail. He described Harper’s concern about security as “quite frankly a distraction from a lack of political will to get it done.” FULL REPORT

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Spirit Of Antichrist Grows As Even The Jewish Press Says Jerusalem MUST BE DIVIDED!

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 07:08 AM PDT

In the last decade, the number of Jews living in East Jerusalem has remained static at 200,000. By contrast, the number of Palestinians has risen by 69,000 to almost 350,000, making them some 40 percent of the city’s population. A decade ago, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Giora Eiland warned Sharon, “There is great significance as to when we reach a permanent arrangement. It’s preferable that we don’t reach a situation where we go to a permanent arrangement when half the capital’s residents are Palestinians.”

That warning is about to be realized. Members of Netanyahu’s government did not make do with building in Jewish neighborhoods, but also sought changes on the Temple Mount. One privately commissioned report last year stated, “The confrontations are occurring on the backdrop of gradual but significant changes that were made to the Muslims’ entrance arrangement to the Temple Mount. The regular ascendance by Jews … a large portion of them activists who go up to the Mount a number of times with various groups … This increase in numbers is accompanied by the presence of… FULL REPORT

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Do We Need To Worry About Gog and Magog?

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 07:03 AM PDT

Almost every end-time teaching today has Gog/Magog invading Israel before the coming of Messiah. All the Biblical nations mentioned in this invasion have been matched up with today’s countries and are being carefully monitored. With Russia’s sudden reentry into the Middle East allied with Syria and Iran many are asking nervously, “is this Gog’s Axis of Evil? But could all our concern about Gog’s army be completely misplaced? The Bible only mentions Gog and Magog in two places: Ezekiel 38:1- 39:16 and Revelation 20:7-11. Ezekiel’s prophecy doesn’t give us a precise timing for Gog’s attack other than he will be summoned “in the latter years.”

But John’s revelation is very specific. He places Gog’s invasion at the end of the 1000-year reign of Messiah. So why are so many biblical prognosticators certain Gog will attack before Yeshua even gets here? Especially when the conditions needed to provoke his attack in Ezekiel’s prophecy depict the supernatural peace of the Messianic Age? Ezekiel’s prophecy describes an Israel – “restored from the sword, whose inhabitants are …all living securely, all of them…and without walls and having no bars or gates.” But how can that type of peace and security exist prior toYeshua coming and destroying Antichrist and the evil world system? (Rev. 19:11-21) 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

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NYPD cop murdered by criminal who was released early


Crime rates in major cities, all Democrat-run Crime rates in major cities, all Democrat-run

I keep hearing all these compassionate Democrats complaining that too many people are behind bars.  The solution? Release lots and lots of prisoners.

The leftist Washington Post reports on efforts by the Obama administration to release harmless drug offenders at the federal level:

The Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 inmates early from prison — the largest one-time release of federal prisoners — in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades, according to U.S. officials.

The inmates from federal prisons nationwide will be set free by the department’s Bureau of Prisons between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. About two-thirds of them will go to halfway houses and home confinement before being put on supervised release. About one-third are foreign citizens who will be quickly deported, officials said.


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Whose Call Will I Heed Today?

Unfathomable Grace

Jesus Christ, throughthe “Woman of Wisdom” is calling out to me:

Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars. She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her young women to call from the highest places in the town, “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks sense she says, “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.” Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase…

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Why did Hillary Clinton blame the Benghazi terrorist attack on an “Internet video”?


What difference does national security make? What difference does national security make?

Who should I link to to prepare us to understand and discuss the showdown between the Benghazi Select Committee and Hillary Clinton? How about Stephen Hayes from the Weekly Standard – you can’t do better than that.

He says:

Critics of Clinton on Benghazi are most angry about the exchange she had with surviving family members at the solemn ceremony held to receive the bodies of the victims. Pat Smith, the mother of information specialist Sean Smith, who was killed in the attacks, says Clinton told her that the Obama administration would bring to justice the man who made the anti-Islam video that the administration initially blamed for the attacks. “She blamed the video just like all the rest of them did and she also told me she was going to get back to me.”

Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, a NAVY Seal killed…

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Hillsong’s homophobic leadership

ChurchWatch Central

Pulpit & Pen writes,

Brian Houston Inc. (aka Hillsong) Are The Real Homophobes

The worldwide international corporation known as Hillsong Church has an excellent business model. In 2013, Hillsong Australia alone had nearly 86 million in total revenue, with nearly 39 million in total assets and over 19 million in net assets.  Bottom line, Hillsong is banking.

So why is this company so successful financially? Because they deliver a product that their customers want. They produce ear-tickling music that allows fence sitters to pretend to be Christian while not quite giving up their love of the world. They serve drugs so powerful that you can alter your state of mind without taking a single dose of physical substance. And they deliver motivational speeches designed to have people from all walks of life leave feeling like the world revolves around them. In other words, you can live as you please, do…

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Slander or discernment?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

8 But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11 But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. (Matthew 23:8-12 NASB)

This discernment ministry stuff is not for everyone. I often wonder if I am cut out for it at all. I do not like conflict. On the other hand, God gifted me with the makeup that loves the truth and seeks justice because it is His truth and I am compelled, quite often, to speak out when false prophets besmirch His truth and the Gospel is treated as optional by…

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