Daily Archives: December 21, 2015

Are We Missing Something About Christmas?

Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

christmas without christOn Christmas, most of us will gather with family or friends, exchange presents, watch kids tear through wrapped boxes in record time, and eat way too much food. Others will be faced with loneliness, health or financial issues, a broken family, and some will consider suicide.

But it’s “the most wonderful time of the year,” right?

The truth is even Christians don’t always feel joy and peace in this world or with other people. In fact, conflict often seems to be the norm. This temporary world is not our home as our citizenship is in Heaven (Phil. 3:20) and we truly are just passing through. But why does lasting peace seem so elusive, even during Christmastime?

Isn’t there supposed to be “peace on earth”? What did the angels mean when they appeared to the shepherds praising God and saying,

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December 21, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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Star Wars & Christians: Old, new analyses awaken

Star Wars & Christians: Old, new analyses awaken

Posted on December 21, 2015 by Baptist Press

The latest Star Wars movie has awakened a force of Christian-themed commentary touching on subjects from the film’s theological errors to its relation to the storyline of the Bible.

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Pastor Greg Laurie on the Ultimate Gift to Share This Christmas

Pastor Greg Laurie on the Ultimate Gift to Share This Christmas

Posted on December 21, 2015 by Christian Post

Pastor Greg Laurie of the Harvest Church based in Atlanta, Georgia has encouraged Christians this Christmas season to appreciate God’s gift of eternal life and share it with others.

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What Kind of Astronomical Marvel was the Star of Bethlehem?

What Kind of Astronomical Marvel was the Star of Bethlehem?

Posted on December 21, 2015 by Christianity Today

And was it even a star? A biblical scholar investigates the mysterious object that guided the Magi to Jesus.

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The Magi, Herod and a national security crisis

The Magi, Herod and a national security crisis

Posted on December 21, 2015 by Christian Today

Herod was a brutal, violent, murderous king. His rationale wouldn’t strike us as that different from the ways hawkish politicians justify our wars today.

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How did the Star of Bethlehem manage to stop over the stable?

How did the Star of Bethlehem manage to stop over the stable?

Posted on December 21, 2015 by Christian Today

It stopped over the place where the child was – which is very odd behaviour for a star.

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'Preacher's Daughter' who defeated UCF's Ronda Rousey, reads her Bible when she's not slugging it out in the ring

‘Preacher’s Daughter’ who defeated UCF’s Ronda Rousey, reads her Bible when she’s not slugging it out in the ring

Posted on December 20, 2015 by Christian Examiner

Holly Holm stunned the sports world by defeating previously undefeated Ronda Rousey last month. The daughter of a preacher, 34-year-old Holm makes her faith in Christ a priority.

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Should I be Offended by

Should I be Offended by “Xmas”?

Posted on December 20, 2015 by Crosswalk

What if I told you “Xmas” is a clear observance of our coming Savior?

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5 Ways to Comfort the Hurting at Christmas

5 Ways to Comfort the Hurting at Christmas

Posted on December 20, 2015 by Crosswalk

Holidays can bring out pain. Could you give us some advice on how to heal some of the hurts we may encounter?

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Do You Know These 5 Facts about Luke?

Do You Know These 5 Facts about Luke?

Posted on December 20, 2015 by Crosswalk

Luke didn’t write his gospel for fame or recognition, he wrote a true history of our glorious Savior so that a wider audience might come to understand salvation.

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5 Thoughtful Gifts Your Spouse Will Love

5 Thoughtful Gifts Your Spouse Will Love

Posted on December 20, 2015 by Crosswalk

It doesn’t require a huge wad of cash to make a big impression on your spouse this Christmas. It just takes a little thought.

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Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on Dec 20

Proclaim Top 10

Each week we publish the top 10 most-played songs from weekend services around the world and point out tracks that are rising fast on the charts. Check back every week to learn which worship tracks are hot right now.
  1. “Joy To The World”
  2. “Angels We Have Heard on High”
  3. “Go Tell It On The Mountain”
  4. “The First Noel”
  5. “Silent Night”
  6. “O Holy Night”
  7. “Away in a Manger”
  8. “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”
  9. “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”
  10. “O Come All Ye Faithful”

Freebie Friday! The Gospel for Muslims

by Paula Hendricks Marsteller

A Freebie Friday tailor made to help you share Christ with others.

Stand for Truth Thursday: 3 Tips for Sharing the Gospel with Muslims

by Paula Hendricks Marsteller

Wondering how to share Christ with your Muslim friend or neighbor? Here are three takeaways from the book “The Gospel For Muslims.”

The Bravest Sentence in the Whole Bible

by Erin Davis

Since nothing is impossible with God, let’s all be brave!

8 Ways to Fight for Purity

by Bethany Baird

Being a pure girl in a wild world isn’t easy. Here are eight tips to help you stand for purity.


Prayer rooms for Muslim students are the big new thing at Christian colleges now

Rev. Dr. Robert K. Flowers, Wesleyan’s chaplain, offered two main reasons for the place of Islamic worship.

“One, to show hospitality to our foreign students and, two, our campus needs to be open and tolerant of other faith traditions whether it is Islam, Hindu, Jewish, or otherwise,” the chaplain told The Rambler.

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Guns In Church? Security Is Heightened As FEMA Helps Churches Prepare For ‘Active Shooter Incidents’

Church In New York City - Public DomainDo you ever wonder if someone might come marching into your church one Sunday morning and start shooting? When I was growing up, I never even imagined that some mentally-imbalanced individual or a group of Islamic terrorists would ever attempt to attack a church service that I was attending, but times have changed. There have been more mass shootings in America during the presidency of Barack Obama than under the previous four presidents combined, and the primary target of the Islamic terrorists in San Bernardino was a Messianic Christian. The shooters in San Bernardino could have very easily decided to hunt him down at his place of worship instead of at a workplace Christmas party if they had wanted to. And we all remember the horrific mass shooting that took place at a church in South Carolina earlier this year. Our churches are very vulnerable “soft targets”, and Christians all over America are starting to realize that security needs to become a higher priority. (Read More…)


Christian Love Gone Wrong – “I’m a Christian and I LOVE the Qur’an”

“I’m a Christian and I LOVE the Qur’an” reads the sign of Jordan Denari, a Christian woman protesting Islamphobia at a recent Washington DC rally. The sign represents the latest attempts to show public displays of support for Muslim refugees and Muslims in general by Christians………  Click here for full story


Christianity And LGBT Rights: More Christians Than Ever Say Gays Should Be Accepted By Society

International Business Times reports:

More American Christians are accepting LGBT people, even if their churches strongly oppose gay and lesbian relationships, according to a Pew Research Center report of U.S. religious beliefs and practices released Friday. While more non-Christians accept gay relationships than Christians, the number of Christians who say LGBT relationships should be accepted and not discouraged has grown by 10 percentage points since 2007, the study found.

Overall, 54 percent of Christians say gay people should be accepted, compared with 76 percent of non-Christians and 83 percent of religiously unaffiliated people. Across the general U.S. population, 62 percent accept gay relationships, up from 50 percent in 2007. Most churches teach gay relationships are an act of sin or “intrinsically disordered,” the Pew study said.

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Billy Graham’s Muslims Are “Saved” Remarks Revived After Son Franklin Opposes “Same God” Professor

According to Christian News Network:

Billy and Franklin GrahamRemarks from Billy Graham asserting that Muslims and those of other religions who “turn to the only light they have” without consciously trusting Christ are saved—despite clear warning in Scripture—have come back to light after his son Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), expressed disagreement with a Wheaton professor who contends that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

As previously reported, associate professor Larycia Hawkins posted to Facebook two photos of herself wearing a hijab earlier this month, and stated in a lengthy explanation that she plans to wear it everywhere she goes during the Advent—including at the professedly Christian college and to church.

“I stand in human solidarity with my Muslim neighbor because we are formed of the same primordial clay, descendants of the same cradle of humankind—a cave in Sterkfontein, South Africa that I had the privilege to descend into to plumb the depths of our common humanity in 2014,” Hawkins wrote.

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The Daily Discovery (December 21, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Just Drop the Blanket – “Last week A Charlie Brown Christmas aired on national primetime television for the 50th time. In a world where the latest greatest technology is outdated in a matter of months, and social media trends come and go in a matter of days, 50 years of anything becomes quite meaningful. I am a fan of all things nostalgic and all things Christmas, and so when the two are combined I am hooked. The Charlie Brown Christmas special falls squarely into that category.”

Putting the X back in Christmas – “I’m all for putting Christ back in Christmas. And there is no doubt that our secularized culture is working hard at surreptitiously ushering the Baby out, without losing the murky bathwater of gift-giving and commercial celebration. But I’d like to address the misinformed concern that the use of ‘Xmas’ as a placeholder for ‘Christmas’ is part of the conspiracy to excise Christ from his holiday.”

Deconstructing Christian Reconstructionism – “Christian Reconstruction (CR), though a movement in decline, remains a source of controversy and study. CR’s proponents define it as a faithful attempt to systematically apply the Bible to every area of life and society. CR’s prescriptions have attracted many evangelical critics; its secular critics charge CR with intent to establish an intolerant theocracy. While there has been much handwringing in journalistic and academic circles about such ‘dominionism,’ university presses are only now publishing dedicated histories of the CR movement.”

The Fruit of Grief in Miscarriage – “I stood in front of two women, one beautifully round at 35 weeks pregnant; the other listening intently to her story. Just days before, the expectant mother’s doctor told her the baby had stopped growing. After several previous miscarriages, the mom was bracing herself to once again trust God amid grief. The other woman sat attentively, listening to her weeping friend. Then something miraculous happened.”

One Big Tip to Make Your Resolutions Stick – “‘Tis the season to begin to consider those annual New Year’s resolutions. ’Tis the season to first evaluate whether such resolutions are a good idea or a bad one. Speaking personally, I am a believer in New Year’s resolutions. I believe our lives benefit when we take time to think, evaluate, and dream a little, to consider how we are doing and how we have been living, and to compare it to how we want and ought to live. The dawn of a new year gives us a fresh opportunity and a helpful context to create resolutions and to put them into action. I do not make resolutions every year, but often I do. I think this is one of those years.”


SERMON:

Voddie Baucham – A Biblical Worldview on Abortion


VIDEOS:

Matt Chandler Calls Out Men

Donall and Conall Meet Richard Dawkins


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


A La Carte (December 21)

Daily News Headlines Kindle DealsToday’s Kindle deals include The NIV Zondervan Study Bible ($3.99); The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones ($1.99); Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley ($4.99); Strange Fire by John MacArthur ($2.99); Politics by Wayne Grudem ($3.99); What’s Best Next by Matt Perman ($2.99); Ordinary by Michael Horton ($2.99); How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth by Gordon Fee ($3.99); Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi ($2.99); The MacArthur Study Bible NKJV ($3.99); A History of Israel by Walter Kaiser ($2.99); Text-Driven Preaching and Engaging Exposition edited by Daniel Akin ($2.99 each).

Can Hobby Lobby Buy the Bible?

The Atlantic covers Hobby Lobby and their Museum of the Bible. “In just the past six years, the evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby have amassed one of the world’s largest private collections of biblical antiquities. Why?”

Fervent

Aimee Byrd is going through some bestselling women’s books, and this time turns to Fervent by Priscilla Shirer (having also just looked at Beth Moore’s Audacious).

Muslims and Christians Do NOT Worship the Same God

Thabiti: “Our Muslim neighbors believe Christians are guilty of the greatest sin–making partners with God. Christians believe their Muslim neighbors are guilty of the greatest sin–idolatry. The two views of the nature of God are irreconcilable.”

Made to Marvel

It’s familiar territory, but a good reminder: “We were made to marvel. We were created to have our hearts drawn after beauty through our senses.”

This Day in 1946. 69 years ago today, D.A. Carson was born. Happy birthday to you, Don!

The Art of Turning Around an Airplane

An article like this satisfies my inner geek.

Robert Gagnon on Homosexuality

Here is some very direct and helpful talk from Robert Gagnon. “If Jesus is that wrong about sexual ethics, something that he regarded as the very foundation of sexual ethics and sexual purity—if he is wrong about that, I don’t know why you even bother listening to him.”

Who is a Refugee?

This little infographic shows how a refugee comes to America.


 

Top Headlines

 Chinese Christian Says He and His Church do Not Fear Government Persecution
 ACLU Sues Christian Hospitals for Their Refusal to Perform Abortions
 Refugees from Syria, Iraq Seek Help to Survive
 High School Football Coach Suspended for Praying While Buddhist Coach Allowed to Chant
 Survey Shows Evangelical Insiders Favor Rubio and Cruz
 Israeli Government Discriminates against Christian School
 Christian Family from Syria Being Held in Detention Camp in U.S.
 Discovery of Ancient Marble Slab Proves Existence of Jewish Settlement
 5 Years on: What has the Arab Spring Meant for Christians?
 Little Boy Asks Mall Santa to Pray with Him for Hospitalized Baby

Opinion

 Political Correctness: When Christian Morality is Labeled ‘Hate Speech’
 Steve Harvey Crowned Wrong Miss Universe
 Exercising Our Rights: Preparing for Religious Freedom Day
 Santa Claus Will Travel 226 Million Miles Next Friday
 What Do ‘Radical Islam’ and ‘Terrorism’ Really Mean?

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.


What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

If you picked up a hitchhiker (not that I recommend doing that) and he saw a Bible on your car seat and said, “I’ve heard about this thing called the Gospel – can you explain it to me before you drop me off in one minute up the street?” What would you say?

Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?

Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.


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.

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Resource Links

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Religion in Star Wars

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Star WarsSo. The latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, was finally released and it, shall we say, awakened the millions of fans who were enthralled with the original series back some 35 years ago. (I’m not counting the terrifically bad episodes 1-3 when I say “enthralled).

Latched onto all of the pop culture excitement for the new movie like mynocks sucking on power cables are Christian fundamentalist types wagging their fingers and earnestly lecturing us how Star Wars is nothing more than New Agey propaganda that is a Jim Bakker CERN particle accelerating portal to unleashing devil worshiping all over the world. If kids go watch Star Wars, by golly, the next step is Ouija boards, consuming Monster Energy drinks, and a spiraling descent into a hellish, Chick tract witch coven nightmare!

Over the weekend of the movie’s release, I got into a tussle with one of those…

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“21 Misunderstandings of Calvinism”: The Eleventh, Twelfth, and Thirteenth Misunderstandings

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By Sam Waldron

I’ve dealt with four misunderstandings of Calvinism related to the doctrine of total depravity. Now I am dealing with a number of misunderstandings related to the doctrine of unconditional election. Here are the seventh, eighth, and ninth of those (numbers 11-13 overall).

II. Misunderstandings related to Unconditional Election

(7) It is not the duty of the non-elect to believe in Christ for salvation! Calvinists do not believe in the free offer of the gospel.

This is, indeed, the doctrine of a few Hyper-Calvinists, but it has never been the doctrine of mainstream Calvinism. The 1689 Baptist Confession (7:2) affirms: “Moreover, man having brought himself under the curse of the law by his fall, it pleased the Lord to make a covenant of grace, wherein he freely offereth unto sinners…..

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DHS whistleblower: Obama more concerned with protecting Islamists than Americans

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Is Barack Obama focused on protecting the American people? Is Barack Obama focused on protecting the American people?

This PJ Media article is by Debra Heine.

Excerpt:

Philip Haney, the Homeland Security whistleblower whose investigation into Islamic infiltration of the U.S. might have prevented the San Bernardino attack, has written an important op-ed for The Hill, warning of President Obama’s misplaced priorities when it comes to national security. In brief, says Haney, “the Obama administration is more concerned with the rights of non-citizens in known Islamist groups than with the safety and security of the American people.”

There are terrorists in our midst and they arrived here using legal means right under the noses of the federal law enforcement agencies whose mission is to stop them. That is not due to malfeasance or lack of effort on the part of these officers; it is due to the restrictions placed on them by the Obama administration.

Not only did the Obama administration shut down an important…

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December 21, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Dec. 21, 2015

BLOOMBERG

After months of lagging in the polls, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham announced Monday that he’s quitting his bid to win the Republican presidential nomination.

The U.S. approved an entry visa for Tashfeen Malik, one of the couple who staged a deadly attack in California this month, even though she never provided the extra evidence requested by an immigration official, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said on Saturday.

Tom Hayes, the former UBS Group AG and Citigroup Inc. trader found guilty of manipulating Libor, had his sentence cut to 11 years from 14 years by a London appeals court.

The U.S. should cease sending ships and planes to China’s South China Sea islands, stop showing off its military might and respect China’s core interests, Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Secretary of State John Kerry.

Brent crude slumped to $36.17 a barrel, the lowest level since 2004, amid speculation suppliers from the Middle East to the U.S. will exacerbate a record glut as they continue fighting for market share.

The $3.5 billion U.S. cannabis market is emerging as one of the nation’s most power-hungry industries, with the 24-hour demands of thousands of indoor growing sites taxing aging electricity grids and unraveling hard-earned gains in energy conservation.

The U.S. greenback broke above $1.40 versus the Canadian dollar late last week in the wake of a softer than expected inflation and wholesale sales prints north of the border.

Azerbaijan’s manat plunged to the weakest on record after the central bank relinquished control of its exchange rate, the latest crude producer to abandon a currency peg as oil prices slumped to the lowest in 11 years. The third-biggest oil producer in the former Soviet Union moved to a free float on Monday to buttress the country’s foreign-exchange reserves and improve competitiveness amid “intensifying external economic shocks.”

AP Top Stories

Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria over the weekend, and accorded him a funeral of the kind reserved for its top commanders.

Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired before dawn Monday from Yemen towards its southern border region, the coalition said, in the latest such attack despite a ceasefire and peace talks.

Police said a woman intentionally swerved her car onto a busy sidewalk two or three times Sunday and mowed down people outside a Las Vegas casino, killing one person and injuring at least 30 others.

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support its version of what happened.

French police on Monday detained a retired policeman over the discovery of a fake bomb on board an Air France flight which made an emergency landing in Kenya, a legal source said.

Stretched thin and under pressure by increasing air strikes, the Islamic State group has been forced into a defensive position in areas under its control in Syria and Iraq.

Iranian hackers breached the control system of a dam near New York City in 2013, an infiltration that raised concerns about the security of the country’s infrastructure, the WSJ reported.

From clothes to appliances to cell phones, Chinese goods are now proving to be as durable as those made in Japan and nearly as precise as those emerging from high-tech hubs like Taiwan.

Police and federal agents announced today they seized a “staggering” load of 136 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $3 million, in the Bronx where it had been shipped from Massachusetts, and arrested two men from Puerto Rico alleged to be part of a major drug trafficking network.

Malaysia’s first Islamic-compliant airline Rayani Air began operations Sunday with its maiden flight taking off from the capital to the resort island of Langkawi, local media reported.

BBC

A suicide vehicle bomb attack on a patrol near a base at Bagram in eastern Afghanistan has killed six foreign soldiers and injured six other people.

A group of Kenyan Muslims travelling on a bus ambushed by Islamist gunmen protected Christian passengers by refusing to be split into groups, according to eyewitnesses. They told the militants “to kill them together or leave them alone”, a local governor told Kenyan media. At least two people were killed in the attack.

More than 47,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2014 – the most ever recorded in one year, US officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on Friday that showed overdose deaths jumped 7% from just one year earlier.

The Australian state of Tasmania is considering raising the legal age for buying cigarettes to at least 21 and potentially as high as 25.

Hundreds of rescue workers are looking for survivors after a landslide hit 33 buildings in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. Seven people were pulled from the rubble with minor injuries but 85 are still missing. About 900 were evacuated as the landslide struck on Sunday.

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Driving instructors in Holland are now legally allowed to accept sex as payment for lessons.

Seventeen schools in Nashua, New Hampshire, shut down Monday after administrators received an email threat to harm students.

Christians are “filthy” in the sight of Allah and worthy of being looted and slaughtered “in a time of jihad,” according to an American imam and professor of religious studies at a prestigious private college in Tennessee.


 

Top News – 12/21/2015

Terrifying Storm Eva: 70mph gales and torrential rain to hit Britain in time for Christmas
BRUTAL gales and torrential downpours will kick off a turbulent run up to one of the warmest Christmases ever.

Russia will DESTROY ISIS with NUCLEAR cruise missiles if necessary warns Putin
PUTIN has said today that he will continue to improve Russia’s nuclear arsenal in a bid to deter potential threats to his country – including arming cruise missiles with nukes to destroy ISIS.

Pope determined to reform Vatican govt
Pope Francis said Monday that reform of the Curia, the Church’s governing body, would “move forward with determination, clarity and firm resolve”, during his annual address to cardinals, bishops and priests running the Holy See.

Free Syrian Army Claims Killing of Hezbollah’s Samir Kuntar – ‘Not Israel’
The FSA vowed Monday in its statement to Arab media that it would also target other Hezbollah fighters in future attacks, the Lebanon-based Daily Star reported. The group explained in a video that Hezbollah blamed Israel for the strike in order to avoid upsetting fellow terrorists – “the morale of its mercenaries” – according to the Lebanese Naharnet website. Hezbollah would rather have lost a skirmish to Israel than to the FSA, the opposition force said.

First Step to Annexation? The Real Reason Turkey Sent Troops to Iraq
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to take advantage of the power vacuum in northern Iraq to create a proto-state loyal to Ankara, if not annex this territory, defense analyst Stanislav Ivanov wrote for New Eastern Outlook.

U.S. college prof: Christians ‘filthy’ in eyes of Allah
Christians are “filthy” in the sight of Allah and worthy of being looted and slaughtered “in a time of jihad,” according to an American imam and professor of religious studies at a prestigious private college in Tennessee.

Franklin Graham Says Hijab-Wearing Wheaton Prof. Wrong About God, Christians and Muslims
“Can you believe this Wheaton College professor who says she’s going to wear a hijab for the holidays this year to show solidarity with Islam? Shame on her! She said that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Well she is absolutely wrong — she obviously doesn’t know her Bible and she doesn’t know Islam,” Graham wrote…

David’s Sling passes final round of tests
Air defense system, capable of intercepting medium-range missiles, low-flying aircraft or cruise missiles, is now on course for deployment within the next four months.

Tech and Banking Giants Ditch Bitcoin for Their Own Blockchain
Several major companies from across both the technology and financial industries—including IBM, Intel, and Cisco as well as the London Stock Exchange Group and big-name banks JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, and State Street—have joined forces to create an alternative to the blockchain, the global online ledger that underpins the bitcoin digital currency. The blockchain is essentially a database that runs across a worldwide network of independent machines—a database that’s controlled by no single entity but can still reliably track the exchange of assets, thanks to some nifty mathematics.

Driver plows onto Las Vegas Strip sidewalk ‘like bowling ball’, one dead
One person was killed and dozens were injured on Sunday night when a woman deliberately drove her car onto a crowded sidewalk on the Las Vegas Strip, police said, near the hotel where the Miss Universe beauty pageant was being held.

French defense chief to ask Russia to step up anti-ISIS ops
Ahead of his visit to Moscow on Monday, the French defense minister told journalists Paris would ask Russia to increase its action against Islamic State, and would offer intelligence sharing and plans for a joint vision on combating terrorist groups in Syria.

GEOMAGNETIC STORM
A G1-class geomagnetic storm is in progress on Dec. 21st as Earth moves through the wake of a CME that struck our planet’s magnetic field Saturday.

Evangelical Beliefs on Israel Match Prophetic Doomsday Scenarios
Brookings Institute, a Washington DC-based think tank, recently released the results of their survey entitled American Attitudes Toward the Middle East and Israel. Among the more noteworthy results of their survey are two findings related to Evangelical Christian beliefs about Israel and the End of Days.

Tawau rattled by tremor from 6.2 magnitude Indonesia quake
The tremors of the 6.2-magnitude earthquake, which occurred at 2.47am, were also felt in several other east coast districts, such as Kunak, Semporna and Lahad Datu, said Tawau Fire and Rescue Department chief Mohd Razali Ag Ahmad.

3.1M Earthquake Strikes Newport Beach Area
According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s incident page, the temblor was centered about 3 miles east of Newport Beach, 3 miles south southeast of Costa Mesa and 7 miles southwest of Irvine. The temblor, which struck at 3:22 p.m., was felt by more than 1,650 residents in Costa Mesa, Tustin, Irvine and beyond.

Prominent Catholic High School In Detroit Now Offers Muslim Prayer Room
A prestigious Catholic high school in a ritzy, estate-filled suburb of Detroit now features a prayer room for Muslim students to pray. The school is Brother Rice High School, an all-boys bastion affiliated with the Congregation of Christian Brothers in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., reports Detroit Fox station WJBK.

Apple CEO opposes government back door to encryption
Apple CEO Tim Cook is defending his opposition to providing intelligence agencies with back doors to access encrypted information on his company’s products. In the wake of the Paris terrorist attack, in which assailants are believed to have used encrypted devices to avoid government surveillance, politicians and law enforcement agencies have called for measures to prevent tech companies from fully encrypting users’ communications.

Slovenia rejects gay marriage in referendum
Slovenians have rejected same-sex marriage by a large margin in a referendum. Almost two-thirds of voters said no to a bill that defined marriage as a union between two consenting adults. …But MPs from the United Left party, which initially proposed the change in the law, said the result was a temporary setback. “It’s not over yet. Sooner or later the law will be accepted…

Homes destroyed in Australia bushfires
Twelve Australian families have lost their homes to bushfires near Melbourne, days ahead of Christmas. Fire authorities are also warning of dangerous hot and windy conditions on Christmas and Boxing Day. Crews were still tackling a blaze at Scotsburn, west of the city, for a third day on Monday.

Netanyahu to Albanian PM: Our friendship goes back to Albania protecting Jews from Nazis
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Monday morning upon his arrival for a two-day visit to Israel. The leaders signed…a friendship…and a mutual cooperation agreement… Netanyahu noted that…the friendship…goes back much farther. During the Holocaust Albania stood by the Jews and refused to turn them over to the Nazis, said Netanyahu.

Israel completes trial of David’s Sling which can destroy missiles over enemy territory
The Defense Ministry and Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency completed on Monday the last phase of trials for the David’s Sling air defense system, and the Israel Air Force is expected to take possession of the system in the first quarter of 2016. The trials occurred in recent days in southern Israel, and were led by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, which is developing David’s Sling, together with the US defense company Raytheon.

This Poll Shows How Christians in America Really Feel About Homosexuality
A new Pew Research Center survey suggests that growing numbers of Christians have come around on homosexuality, with a full 54% of all Christians agreeing that “homosexuality should be accepted, rather than discouraged, by society.”

Iran: Changes to US visa waiver program contradict nuke deal
Changes to a U.S. visa waiver program that impose travel restrictions on those who visit Iran contradict the landmark nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said Sunday.

Dozens killed in suspected Russian strikes
At least 43 people have been killed in a series of air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian planes in the Syrian city of Idlib, according to activists and residents.

Fire traded over Israel-Lebanon border after militant’s death
Fire has been traded over the Israel-Lebanon border hours after a Lebanese militant was killed in a rocket strike in Syria. The Israeli army said had fired artillery shells into southern Lebanon in response to rocket fire. There are no reports of injuries on either side. The exchange came after Samir Qantar was killed in a rocket strike near the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Putin: ‘We don’t want the USSR back but no one believes us’
Russia is not trying to bring back the USSR, President Vladimir Putin said in a documentary aired Sunday, but the problem is that “nobody wants to believe it”.


Top Headlines – 12/21/2015

Amid strong Israeli-Greek ties, Greece’s parliament to recognize Palestinian state

Benjamin Netanyahu ‘threatens to strip Jerusalem residency from 230,000 Palestinians’

After 2,000 years, Christians disappearing from Gaza

Danon urges UN to condemn rocket attacks on northern Israel

IDF Spokesman: ‘The IDF is ready in the north and on all borders to thwart any possible threat’

Fire traded over Israel-Lebanon border after militant’s death

Commander of Hezbollah Freed by Israel Is Killed in Syria

Report: Kuntar planning major terror attack on Israel when he was killed

ACRI: Recent terror wave led to infringement on rights, excessive use of force

Iran: Changes to US visa waiver program contradict nuke deal

More Americans concerned with Iran’s nuclear program than year ago, poll finds

US Special Forces thrown out of Libya after secret mission revealed

Cease-fire Violations Scuttle Yemen Peace Talks

Putin: ‘We don’t want the USSR back but no one believes us’

Syria conflict: Dozens killed in suspected Russian strikes

Turkish military offensive kills 110 Kurdish militants in six days: security sources

Clinton backs Obama’s Islamic State strategy in Democratic debate

IS jihadists stole ‘tens of thousands’ of blank passports: report

‘Possibly Intentional’: One Dead, 26 Injured When Car Plows Into Vegas Sidewalk

Hunt continues over Indonesia terror plot

Fake bomb hidden in toilet of Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris

Isis Pharma changes “unfortunate” name to avoid confusion

Prominent Catholic High School In Detroit Now Offers Muslim Prayer Room

The Professor Suspended for Saying Muslims and Christians Worship One God – It was her theology – not her hijab – that got her in trouble with the evangelical college

Miss Puerto Rico Destiny Velez suspended after anti-Muslim rant

Canada aims to double intake of Syrian refugees next year

Confederate flag controversies heat up for the holidays

Gasoline Falls Below $2 a Gallon for First Time in 6 Years

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tarakan, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

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

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

China landslide: Many missing after buildings collapse in Shenzhen

Warmest Christmas Eve on record to unfold across eastern US

Homes destroyed in Australia bushfires

St. Paul man sues state for medical aid in gender change surgery

Abortion Group Asks Court to Ban Undercover ‘Baby Body Parts Scandal’ Videos

Israel’s Shalom resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations; to be replaced by first gay Likud MK

U.S. Support of Gay Rights in Africa May Have Done More Harm Than Good

Slovenia rejects same-sex marriages in a referendum

German church celebrates ‘Star Wars’ at a Sunday service

Kingdom Citizens Against Pimps Post of the Week – Mike Murdock

Get A Tattoo Onstage During The Sermon!!

Bruce AKA ‘Caitlyn’ Jenner Attends Houston Mega-Churches for Photo-Op

German church celebrates ‘Star Wars’ at a Sunday service

The Latest Technology for Sucking Money From the Pockets of Church Goers – Text Giving

7 Christians Jailed in Mexico for Refusing to Convert to … Catholicism

Massachusetts Court: Catholic School Can’t Refuse To Hire Married Gay Man

Connecticut Court rules Confiscation of Firearms Legal and Constitutional

Court Ruling Could Nullify First Amendment

French court fines Christian politician for quoting Bible, offending gays

Obama administration invites Muslim group with terror ties to White House meeting

Doctor Pushes Health Care Rationing, Wants to Prohibit Elderly From ICUs


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: December 21

  • Splintered Spanish vote points to fraught coalition talks (Read More)
  • Brent Oil Falls to 11-Year Low in London as Global Glut Persists (Read More)
  • Oil prices hit lowest since 2004 as supply balloons (Read More)
  • U.S. Probes Theranos Complaints (Read More)
  • Driver plows onto Las Vegas Strip sidewalk ‘like bowling ball’, one dead (Read More)
  • Yellen, Bull Markets and Extinction in a Seven-Year Stock Rally (Read More)
  • Twitter account of pharmaceutical executive Shkreli hacked (Read More)
  • Azerbaijan’s Shift to Free Float Sends Manat to 20-Year Low (Read More)
  • Banker Bonuses Have Nowhere to Hide Under EU’s Final Pay Rules (Read More)
  • Martin Shkreli Says Drug-Price Hikes Led to Arrest (Read More)
  • As Pot-Growing Expands, Power Demands Tax U.S. Electricity Grids (Read More)
  • Miss Universe host announces wrong winner before Miss Philippines crowned (Read More)
  • Bezos Takes Hands-On Role at Washington Post (Read More)
  • FIFA Bans Blatter and Platini From Soccer for Eight Years (Read More)
  • Some of China’s most wanted live openly in U.S. and Canada (Read More)
  • Trump calls Clinton ‘liar’ for Islamic State recruiting claim (Read More)
  • Iranian Hackers Infiltrated New York Dam in 2013 (Read More)

 


The Rate Hike Stock Market Crash Has Thrown Gasoline Onto An Already Raging Global Financial Inferno

Inferno - Public DomainIf the stock market crash of last Thursday and Friday had all happened on one day, it would have been the 7th largest single day decline in U.S. history.  On Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 367 points after finishing down 253 points on Thursday.  The overall decline of 620 points between the two days would have been the 7th largest single day stock market crash ever experienced in the United States if it had happened within just one trading day.  If you will remember, this is precisely what I warned would happen if the Federal Reserve raised interest rates.  But when news of the rate hike first came out on Wednesday, stocks initially jumped.  This didn’t make any sense at all, and personally I was absolutely stunned that the markets had behaved so irrationally.  But then we saw that on Thursday and Friday the markets did exactly what we thought they would do.  The chief economist at Gluskin Sheff, David Rosenberg, is calling the brief rally on Wednesday “a head-fake of enormous proportions“, and analysts all over Wall Street are bracing for what could be another very challenging week ahead. (Read More….)


Obama Accuses Trump of Exploiting Working-Class Fear; Spoken by the Master of Division

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President Obama said in a radio interview airing on Monday that Donald J. Trump, a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination, is exploiting the resentment and anxieties of working-class men to boost his campaign. Mr. Obama also argued that some of the scorn directed at him personally stems from the fact that he is the first African-American to hold the White House.

Demographic changes and economic stresses, including “flatlining” wages and incomes, have meant that “particularly blue-collar men have had a lot of trouble in this new economy, where they are no longer getting the same bargain that they got when they were going to a factory and able to support their families on a single paycheck,” Mr. Obama said in the interview with National Public Radio.


Angela Merkel’s Muslim Migrant Immigration Policies Creating New German Far-Right Movement

Germans, facing an influx of more than one million Muslim migrant asylum seekers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, are rushing to arm themselves

All across Germany, a country with some of the most stringent gun-control laws in Europe, demand is skyrocketing for non-lethal self-defense weapons, including pepper sprays, gas pistols, flare guns, electroshock weapons and animal repellents. Germans are also applying for weapons permits in record numbers.

The scramble to acquire weapons comes amid a migrant-driven surge in violent crimes — including rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults — in cities and towns throughout the country.

German authorities, however, are going to great lengths to argue that the German citizenry’s sudden interest in self-defense has nothing whatsoever to do with mass migration into the country, despite ample evidence to the contrary.

Muslim Migrants warn Germans their days are numbered:

This is one of the many reasons why German citizens no longer feel safe in their own nation. Their reaction to Angela Merkel’s liberal Muslim immigration policies? Buy. A. Gun.

In recent weeks, German newspapers have published dozens of stories with headlines such as: “Germany is Afraid — And Grabs for the Weapon,” “Germans are Arming Themselves: The Demand for Weapons Explodes,” “More and More People are Buying a Weapon,” “Security: Hands Up!” “The Need for Security Increases,” “Boom in Weapons Stores,” and “Bavarians are Arming Themselves— Afraid of Refugees?

Since Germany’s migration crisis exploded in August 2015, nationwide sales of pepper spray have jumped by 600%, according to the German newsmagazine, Focus. Supplies of the product are now completely sold out in many parts of the country and additional stocks will not become available until 2016. “Manufacturers and distributors say the huge influx of foreigners in recent weeks has apparently frightened many people,” Focus reports.

According to KH Security, a German manufacturer of self-defense products, demand is up by a factor of five, and sales in September 2015 — the month when the implications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door migration policy began to dawn on many Germans — were the highest since the company was founded 25 years ago. The company says there is an increased demand not only for self-defense weapons, but also for home alarm systems.

Another manufacturer of self-defense products, the Frankfurt-based company DEF-TEC Defense Technology, has reported a 600% increase in sales this fall. According to CEO Kai Prase:

“Things took off beginning in September. Since then, our dealers have been totally overrun. We have never experienced anything like this in the 21 years of our corporate history. Fear: This is not rational. The important term is: ‘refugee crisis.'”

The same story is being repeated across Germany. According to the public broadcaster,Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, citizens in Saxony can regularly be seen queuing up in large numbers waiting for gun shops to open.

A store owner in the Saxon town of Pirna said he is now selling up to 200 cans of pepper spray each day, compared to five cans a week before the migrant crisis began. He said he is seeing many new customers who are not the typical clientele, including women of all ages and men who are buying weapons for their wives.

Günter Fritz, the owner of a gun shop in Ebersbach, another town in Saxony, told RTL News, “Since September, all over Germany, also at my shop, sales of self-defense products have exploded.” He added that his clients come from all walks of life, ranging “from the professor to the retired lady. All are afraid.”

Andreas Reinhardt, a gun shop owner in the northern German town of Eutin, said he now sells four to five self-defense weapons each day, compared to around two per month before the recent influx of asylum seekers. “The current social upheaval is clearly driving the current rush to self-defense,” he said. “I never thought that fear would spread so quickly,” he added.

Eric Thiel, the owner of a gun shop in Flensburg, a city on the Baltic Sea coast, said that pepper spray is no longer available: “Everything is sold out. New supplies will not arrive until March. Everything that has to do with self-defense is booming enormously.”

Wolfgang Mayer, the owner of a gun shop in Nördlingen, a town in Bavaria, said he has an explanation for the surge in gun licenses: “I think with the influx of refugees, the rise in break-ins and the many tricksters, the people are demanding greater protection.”

Mayer added that there is a growing sense within German society that the state cannot adequately protect its citizens and therefore they have to better protect themselves. “Since the summer, sales of pepper spray have increased by 50%,” Mayer said, adding that buyers are mainly women, of all ages — from the student in the city up to the widowed grandmother.

Pepper spray and other types of non-lethal self-defense weapons are legal in Germany, but a permit is required to carry and use some categories of them. Officials in all of Germany’s 16 federal states are reporting a spike in applications for such permits, known as the small weapons license (kleinen Waffenschein).

In the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, nearly 10,000 people now hold a small weapons license, an “all-time record level,” according to the regional interior ministry. Retailers in the state are also reporting an “unprecedented surge” in sales of self-defense weapons, with supplies of pepper spray sold out until the spring of 2016.

In Saxony, retailers are reporting an unprecedented boom in sales of pepper spray, tear gas, gas pistols and even cross bows. Some stores are now selling more self-defense weapons in one day than they did in an entire month before the migrant crisis began.

Saxon officials are also reporting a jump in the number of people applying for the full-fledged firearms license (großen Waffenschein). The rush to arms can be attributed to a “subjective decline in the people’s sense of security,” Saxon Interior Minister Markus Ulbig said.

In Berlin, the number of people holding a small weapons license increased by 30% during the first ten months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014, while the number of those holding the full-fledged firearms license jumped by some 50%, according to local police.

In Bavaria, more than 45,000 people now hold a small weapons license, 3,000 more than in 2014. This represents a “significant increase,” according to the regional interior ministry. As in other parts of Germany, Bavarian retailers are also reporting a boom in sales of self-defense weapons, including gas pistols, flare guns and pepper spray.

In Stuttgart, the capital city of Baden-Württemberg, local gun shops are reporting a four-fold increase in sales of self-defense weapons since August. One shop owner said she now sells more weapons in one week than she normally sells in one month. She added that she has never seen such high demand.

In Heilbronn, another city in Baden-Württemberg, local officials report that sales of pepper spray have doubled in 2015. According to one shopkeeper, the demand for pepper spray began surging in August, when many mothers started purchasing the product for their school-aged daughters. “Our clients are extremely afraid,” the shopkeeper said. “We are seeing this everywhere.”

In Gera, a city in Thuringia, local media reported that at one store, the entire inventory of 120 cans of pepper spray was sold out within three hours. The store, which subsequently sold out of another batch of 144 cans, is now on a waiting list to obtain more because of supplier shortfalls.

A woman in Gera who bought pepper spray for her 16-year-old daughter said:

“I think it is fundamentally proper for me to protect my daughter. She is at that age where she is out alone in the evening. If she says she needs this for protection, I think this is not unjustified. Of course, due to the current situation that we now have in Germany. We just do not know who is here. There are quite a lot of people who are not registered.”

The same trend toward self-defense is being repeated in the German states of Brandenburg,Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony-Anhalt and North Rhine-Westphalia, where spiraling levels of violent crime perpetrated by migrants is turning some neighborhoods into no-go zones.

Apologists for mass migration are accusing German citizens of overreacting. Some point to recent studies — commissioned by pro-migration groups — which claim, implausibly, that the number of crimes committed by migrants is decreasing, not increasing.

Others deny that the rush to self-defense has anything to do with migrants at all. They blame a variety of different factors, including the early darkness associated with the end of daylight savings time, the jihadist attacks in Paris (which occurred in November, three months aftersales of self-defense weapons began to spike), and the need for protection from wild wolves in parts of northern Germany.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung described the deception this way:

“Anyone who asks for the reasons for the surge in weapons purchases encounters silence. Officially, the regulatory agencies say that anyone who applies for the small weapons license does not need to provide a justification and therefore the government offices have no explanation. ‘But it is true that sometimes we clearly get the message that they are afraid because of the refugees,’ says one, on condition that his name and office will not be mentioned in the newspaper. ‘People have already told me: I want to protect my family.’ We have reported this to the Ministry…

“The retailers also say nothing officially about the reasons for the increase in sales. Call a small gun shop. Many refugees arrived at the end of August, and since September the numbers are up, can there not be a connection? ‘If you do not use my name: Sure, what else?’ Says the man on the phone. The people who come to the store are afraid. They believe that among the refugees there are ‘black sheep.’ Some customers openly admit it.”

Empirical evidence shows an indisputable nationwide spike in migrant-driven crime, includingrapes of German women and girls on a shocking scale, as well as sexual and physical assaults, stabbings, home invasions, robberies, burglaries and drug trafficking.

The spike in violent crimes committed by migrants has been corroborated by a confidential police report leaked to a German newspaper. The document reveals that a record-breaking 38,000 asylum seekers were accused of committing crimes in the country in 2014. Analysts believe this figure — which works out to more than 100 crimes a day — is only a fragment: many crimes are not reported.

Not surprisingly, a new poll shows that 55% of Germans are pessimistic about the future, up from 31% in 2014 and 28% in 2013. The poll shows that 42% of those between the ages of 14 and 34 believe their future will be bleak; this is more than double the number of those (19%) who felt this way in 2013. At the same time, 64% of those aged 55 and above are fearful about the future.

The poll also shows that four-fifths (79%) of the German population believe the economy will deteriorate in 2016 due to the financial burdens created by the migration crisis, and 70% believe that member states of the European Union will drift further apart in the coming year. The most predictable finding of all: 87% of Germans believe their politicians will experience a decline in public support during 2016. source


Inside Obama’s plan to bypass Congress on guns

Stymied by Republicans in Congress, President Barack Obama is expected to act alone to take executive action to tighten restrictions on gun sales.

White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, speaking at a vigil last week for victims of the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, shooting, confirmed that the president has asked his staff to complete a proposal that would expand background checks on gun sales without congressional approval.

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Obama — Disengaged, Delusional, or Diabolical?

No one thought at the time that he might have in mind the weakening of America to the point of our being so vulnerable as to possibly being taken over by an Islamic caliphate that his neglect had made possible. And while this may seem far-fetched, let’s take a closer look at what Barack Obama and his feckless former secretary of state have accomplished in just seven short years.

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Dennis Prager Shut Down Oxford University With This Extraordinary Speech

This is a must-see speech to really understand the moral bankruptcy of today’s liberal multi-cultural academic world.

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Bush immigration official: Trump’s Muslim ban is ‘completely legal’

‘Congress has delegated that power to the president’

But Temple University School of Law Professor Jan C. Ting says, while the merits of the Trump plan ought to be fully debated, there’s no doubt that the Constitution permits it.

“The proposed temporary suspension would be completely legal and completely constitutional. And if that’s the case, then it’s reduced to a policy dispute,” said Ting, who served as deputy commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service at the Justice Department in the George H.W. Bush administration.

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Sliding Down the Censorship Trail

What could be wrong with seeking out and censoring hateful online propaganda from terror groups like ISIS or al-Qaeda? The problem is that eventually, the definition of ‘bad guy’ will expand to include anyone who doesn’t agree with the politically correct mindset.. ……..  Click here for full story


US In The Middle Of Rising Tensions Between China & Neighbors

According to a recent BBC.com account, the US Department of Defense assesses that as of June 2015, China had reclaimed 17 times more land in 20 months in the South China Sea than all the other claimants combined over the past 40 years. Admiral Scott Swift, America’s top military commander for the Pacific has warned that a dangerous arms race over the disputed waters of the South China Sea could “engulf” the region………  Click here for full story


Daily Digest

December 21, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“Is the relinquishment of the trial by jury and the liberty of the press necessary for your liberty? Will the abandonment of your most sacred rights tend to the security of your liberty?” —Patrick Henry, 1788

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Clinton’s Potty Break Interrupted by Demo ‘Debate’

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Roughly 99.99% of Americans missed the fact that there was a Democrat presidential debate Saturday night. It’s painfully obvious that the Democratic National Committee is protecting Hillary Clinton by scheduling debates when no one will be watching because they’re out last-chance Christmas shopping and at the movies for opening weekend of Star Wars. So Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley can be forgiven for complaining. The party, which was once a raucous bunch that reveled in the old Will Rogers line — “I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.” — is now bending over backwards to make sure Hillary’s path to coronation is not blocked again. Even if she’s late back to the stage after a bathroom break.

Naturally, there weren’t many highlights. Whereas Republicans are engaged in a spirited debate about immigration, foreign policy and NSA surveillance, the three Democrats on stage Saturday offered nothing but leftist platitudes primarily on national security. They seek to gently criticize the atrocious state of affairs (under Barack Obama’s leadership, they’d rather you didn’t notice) while reminding viewers that Republicans are just plain terrible people.

Since Clinton will be the nominee, we’ll focus on her with three lowlights. An example of the lightly treading around Obama’s failures was Clinton’s reference to “glitches” in ObamaCare — like skyrocketing premiums and deductibles. She’s fix that, though, she promises. On Syria and the Islamic State, she said, “We now finally are where we need to be.” Famous last words that will show up in many a Republican campaign ad. And on Republicans and the Islamic State, she insisted that the GOP frontrunner “is becoming ISIS’s best recruiter.” She explained, “They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.” Then again, Clinton doesn’t have a great track record blaming videos for trouble in the Middle East.

All in all, you were better to finish that Christmas shopping than to sit through the Democrat drivel.

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Obama Blames Cable News For Terrorism Concern

It was a vignette that the Obama administration didn’t want The New York Times to publish. Barack Obama held an off-the-record meeting with journalists last week to explain his antiterrorism strategy and the ground rule was that anything Obama said could not be attributed to him. It was a way for Obama to mold the media into a more forceful propaganda arm for his agenda. Initially, the Times wasn’t going to play the commander in chief’s political game. In an article originally published Thursday evening, the Times wrote, “In his meeting with the columnists, Mr. Obama indicated that he did not see enough cable television to fully appreciate the anxiety after the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, and made clear that he plans to step up his public arguments. Republicans were telling Americans that he is not doing anything when he is doing a lot, he said.” You don’t hear Obama complaining how the media has distorted gun culture in this nation, but he defended his antiterrorism policies by blaming criticism of his strategies on the media and stupid Americans.

Later that night, as The Federalist reported, the editors did not stand up to the executive branch like the time it published the Pentagon Papers. Instead, it deleted the telling paragraph and inserted a paragraph of administration catch phrases. Commentator Charles Krauthammer said of Obama’s statement, “This is his usual professorial condescension.” Over the weekend, Obama doubled down on his assertion, telling NPR the media has been hyping the Islamic State: “All you have been hearing about is these guys with masks or black flags who are potentially coming to get you.” As for the citizens of this nation worried about security, let them eat cake.

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Court Rules Against School That Didn’t Hire Homosexual

A judge in Massachusetts severely restricted the ability of religious organizations to fulfill their missions when he ruled that a Catholic school was guilty of discrimination for rescinding its job offer to a man later discovered to be homosexual. Matthew Barrett interviewed for the position of director of food services at Fontbonne Academy, an all-girls Catholic school, in 2013 and he was offered the job. But when he listed his husband as his emergency contact, the school rescinded his offer.

Judge Douglas H. Wilkins ruled the academy was guilty of discrimination, despite the school arguing that Barrett’s lifestyle was inconsistent with its teachings. As the school’s lawyer told Boston’s ABC affiliate WCVB, teaching doesn’t occur just outside the classroom, and Barrett’s employment would conflict with what is taught in the theology classroom. “As an educational institution, Fontbonne retains control over its mission and message,” Wilkins wrote. “It is not forced to allow Barrett to dilute that message, where he will not be a teacher, minister or spokesperson for Fontbonne and has not engaged in public advocacy of same-sex marriage.”

Furthermore, the judge ruled that the school could have ​been exempt from the state’s discrimination laws​ if ​the school only ​taught ​girls who believed the same things as the school. In making this ruling, the judge from the first state to legalize same-sex marriage is standing directly against Christian institutions charged with going into all the world to heal the sick, visit those in prison and feed the hungry. Using this same thinking, it’s not much of a stretch for the state to force Christian hospitals to perform gender-reassignment surgery, or perform abortions.

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Nonjudgmental Absurdity

By Arnold Ahlert

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It’s been a slow year for the Christmas bashing that’s become rather routine at the Capitol rotunda in Tallahassee, Florida. Pam Olsen, president of the Florida Prayer Network, the group that has provided a Nativity scene there for the last two years, is taking a pass. “After much prayer, I truly want the message of Christ, The Son of God, born in a manger so long ago in Bethlehem, to be heard very clearly at this difficult time, instead of the dissension in the Capitol rotunda — this is not the year for that kind of debate in our rotunda,” Olsen said in an open letter.

The “debate” to which Olsen refers has been the recent effort to turn the rotunda into a citadel of competing displays, that mostly illuminate the determination of those who can’t stand to see Christians enjoying themselves during the holidays. It is coupled with the timidity of public officials cowed by political correctness. Political correctness that demands equal respect for the sacred and the profane.

Thus in 2014, for the sake of “balance,” the rotunda sported a protest display from the Satanic Temple. It featured an angel falling into a pit of fire. “There’s no significance to it; it’s just a display that we put up to counteract the Nativity scene,” explained Satanic Temple member John Porgal at the time. “It’s all or none, and this represents the other side of the manger scene.”

All or none also included a six-foot pole comprised of beer cans celebrating “Festivus,” a fictitious holiday spawned by the sitcom “Seinfeld.” Other atheist banners, including a display from the “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” whose followers are known as “Pastafarians,” were also part of the mix.

This year, because the FPN is taking a pass, the Satanic Temple is too. But they warn that could change if another group decides to put up a Christmas display. “As the assertion of plurality is always primary in our holiday displays, and many of our activities, we feel that our Satanic Holiday displays work best in a forum where a Nativity is present,” the Satanic Temple stated in an email.

Plurality? One suspects a willful dilution of the Christmas message is more accurate.

As of Dec. 7, the only applications for a display were submitted by the Chabad Lubavitch of the Panhandle-Tallahassee, a group that wished to display a menorah, and Chaz Stevens, a political blogger from Deerfield Beach, who wants his Festivus pole.

Make no mistake: All of this is perfectly legal. Any doubt of that was removed last year, when the state caved following the Satanic Temple’s enlistment of legal counsel from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which threatened to sue lawmakers to get its display into the rotunda. Comically, the same lawmakers that countenanced Festivus and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster had somehow determined that a display by the Satanist group was “grossly offensive.” “Free speech is for everyone and all groups,” said Americans United executive director Barry Lynn. “State officials simply can’t get into the business of deciding that some unpopular messages are ‘offensive’ and must be banned.”

That is certainly correct, but it provokes an essential question: When did Americans become so petty and self-righteous that every display of genuine religious conviction had to be offset with absurdities designed to offend? And not just in Florida. A Satanist in Oklahoma plans to pour fake blood, along with sulfur powder and ash, over a statue of the Virgin Mary outside of St. Joseph Old Cathedral on Christmas Eve. “The purpose of the blood is to add another layer of corruption to Mary, which is an emblem of the Catholic Church,” contends Adam Daniels, whose display is entitled “Virgin Birth is a Lie.”

Such insults are only possible in a country that has embraced a culturally suicidal proposition: All ideas have equal merit. Thus a religion with more than a billion followers over thousands of years is “no better or worse” than one created by TV sitcom writers in the 1990s, or one whose adherents call themselves Pastafarians.

This is the essence of “nonjudgmentalism,” a progressive-based theory that asserts any discrimination of thought constitutes some type of bigotry. This nonsense has been pounded into the heads of public school children over the better part of two decades, and the results are both predictable and tragic: for millions of Americans, freedom and license are now interchangeable terms.

Yet conferring equal amounts of legitimacy on solid and dubious concepts is hardly limited to religious displays. Bums, drug addicts, alcoholics and mentally disturbed people are now homeless, and illegal aliens are undocumented immigrants. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. There is no right and wrong, only shades of gray. Everyone gets a trophy just for showing up. And despite one’s genitalia and chromosomal makeup, one is a woman trapped in a man’s body — or black person trapped in a Caucasian one.

Blowback against such perniciousness was inevitable. Yet in perhaps the greatest irony of the ages, the most indoctrinated generations of Americans have not only rejected the notion that all ideas have equal merit, but that any idea with which they disagree has no merit whatsoever, and must be labeled with trigger warnings at best, or stricken altogether from the national conversation at worst.

Last week, Congress passed a massive “bipartisan” spending package that will add billions of additional dollars to the national debt. Donald Trump remains on top in the GOP presidential polls. The spending package testifies to the reality that any judgment regarding the mathematical certainty of national bankruptcy has no more value than the “spirit of compromise” used to sell this monstrosity. Trump’s continuing popularity testifies to the reality that millions of Americans have had quite enough of the notion all ideas have equal merit — especially those that could get us killed by religious extremists.

If not? Perhaps there will be an Islamic State flag hanging in the Capitol rotunda in Tallahassee next Christmas.

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Peggy Noonan: “[A]bout 18 million people watched the fifth Republican debate on CNN. It was the third-most-watched primary debate of all time. The first debate, on Fox News in August, broke all records with about 25 million viewers. All the debates in between were heavily watched. All featured fisticuffs, argument, real to-and-fro. The Democrats in that time had two debates, with little fanfare, with a vibe of ‘please don’t watch.’ It was less like public officials running for president than people in the witness protection program accidentally strolling onto a stage. … The Republicans are out there on every show and get cuffed about. They expose themselves to the scrum every day and take all comers. Mrs. Clinton considering interview requests is like a queen pointing at necklaces arrayed on a jeweler’s pillow: ‘I’ll take that one, not that one. I’ll think about that one.’ The Republicans are finally, fitfully fighting out real issues — ISIS, privacy. Mrs. Clinton is forced to fight no one, makes pronouncements and glides on. The Republicans draw censure with their big, bodacious brawl. The Democrats should draw it for not struggling, grappling. … The Republicans are all chaos and incoherence, it’s true. But at least they’re alive. At least they’re fighting as if it matters.”

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The Gipper: “Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.”

Upright: “At the current pace, Obama’s hometown of Chicago will have had nearly 4,000 murders … while he was president. … Since Obama has been in office he has devoted no energy to and shown no interest in the many and manifest social problems afflicting America’s cities. … What Obama has done, though, is drive race relations to a twenty-year low and has set those communities most in need of effective policing at war with their police departments. … And that will be his legacy.” —RedState’s streiff

Village idiots: “Guns, in and of themselves, in my opinion, will not make Americans safer. We lose 33,000 people a year already to gun violence. Arming more people … is not the appropriate response to terrorism.” —Hillary Clinton

Non Compos Mentis: “That’s kind of a no-brainer. If somebody is loading guns and ammunition into a house, I think it’s a good idea to call 911. Do it.” —Bernie Sanders

For the record: “Republicans … were willing to concede so much.” —Nancy Pelosi on Congress’s trillion-dollar tax-and-spend boondoggle

Demo-gogues: “If you’ve been watching television for the last month, all you have been seeing, all you have been hearing about is [Islamic State] guys with masks or black flags who are potentially coming to get you. So I understand why people are concerned about it. Look, the media is pursuing ratings. This is a legitimate news story. I think that, you know, it’s up to the media to make a determination about how they want to cover things.” —Barack Obama (Funny how media sensationalism is suddenly relevant when it exposes Obama’s reckless policies.)

Braying jackass: “The Republican Party in the United States is perhaps literally the only major party in the developed world that is still engaging in climate denial.” —Barack Obama

Late-night humor: “There will be a full moon on Christmas this year. The last time that happened was in 1977, which is also the year the first ‘Star Wars’ movie came out.” —Jimmy Kimmel (That’s no moon…)

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Did Obama Just Pull the Race Card on Donald Trump?

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 07:26 AM PST

(Written By Julie Hirschfeld Davis) President Obama said in a radio interview airing on Monday that Donald J. Trump, a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination, is exploiting the resentment and anxieties of working-class men to boost his campaign. Mr. Obama also argued that some of the scorn directed at him personally stems from the fact that he is the first African-American to hold the White House. Demographic changes and economic stresses, including “flatlining” wages and incomes, have meant that “particularly blue-collar men have had a lot of trouble in this new economy, where they are no longer getting the same bargain that they got when they were going to a factory and able to support their families on a single paycheck,” Mr. Obama said in the interview with National Public Radio.

“You combine those things, and it means that there is going to be potential anger, frustration, fear — some of it justified, but just misdirected,” the president added. “I think somebody like Mr. Trump is taking advantage of that. That’s what he’s exploiting during the course of his campaign.” The comments were Mr. Obama’s most pointed response to Mr. Trump since the Republican candidate suggested that Muslims be barred from entering the United States after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. The attack was carried out by a couple who apparently were radicalized Muslims, one of whom had entered the United States on a fiancée visa. CONTINUE

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Of Course Christians and Muslims Don’t Worship The Same God

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 07:14 AM PST

(Written By Dr. Michael Brown) It is true that the three primary monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all believe in an eternal, uncreated Creator God to whom all human beings must one day give account. But it is self-evident that Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God. First, God is the heavenly Father of Christians, but Allah is not the Father of Muslims. This is one of the most fundamental revelations of the Bible, which is why Jesus taught His followers to pray the “Our Father” prayer on a daily basis (Matt. 6:9-13). The New Testament even goes as far as saying that God has put the spirit of sonship into our hearts so that we can call God “Abba,” just as Jesus called His Father “Abba” (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6).

But Allah is not seen as the heavenly Father in Islam, let alone as “Abba,” an even more endearing term. That’s why “father” is not one of the 99 names of Allah in Islamic theology. Second, through Jesus, we can have intimate fellowship—even friendship—with God. Already in the Old Testament, God referred to Abraham as His friend (Is. 41:8), but in the New Testament, Jesus takes this even further, saying to His disciples: “Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:13-14). CONTINUE

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Learning to Grieve Part 1 of 3

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 07:09 AM PST

(Written By Kelly Mcdonald Jr) “Better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for that is the end of all men; and the living will take it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for by a sad countenance the heart is made better.” Eccl. 7:2-3

Each of us has lost loved ones. Sometimes we lose them suddenly through a car accident or a stroke. Sometimes we lose them through long-term debilitating illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. However they may pass, it is important that we learn to grieve. In our society, there is a tendency to think that displaying emotion in the face of loss is a sign of weakness. This is especially true among males. The old adage I heard growing up is to “be strong” by not showing emotion. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The verses for this devotional come from Ecclesiastes 7:2-3. Solomon was a man into which God imparted divine wisdom. He said that it was better to be with those grieving than those who are rejoicing because a sad countenance brings health to the heart. In Ecclesiastes 3, he said that there was a time for everything under the sun. There is a time to show emotion, especially tears of grief. There is healing in our sadness. Grieving is part of the healing process.

Why would it be better to spend time with mourners than those who rejoice? When someone has passed away, everyone who knew that person considers the brevity of life. Psalm 90:12 reads, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” The reality of life sets in when someone passes away. We look at ourselves and think – “That could have been me!” When someone passes away, it is important for us to evaluate our lives and make adjustments. What are we doing with our time? If you died today, would you be right with God? Have you made amends with other people? It is wise for us to number our days and ponder our lives. Grieving is part of numbering our days by remembering the days of those who have passed away. We will continue next time with practical ways to grieve. Follow Kelly Mcdonald, JR

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7 Ways That Adolf Hitler Was A Perfect Type Of The Biblical Antichrist.

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 07:04 AM PST

(Written By NTEB) ON APRIL 30, 1945, AFTER 3 MONTHS OF COWERING IN HIS UNDERGROUND BUNKER, HITLER DIED THE COWARD’S DEATH OF SUICIDE, WITH NONE OF HIS GENERALS OR ANY OF HIS FORMERLY-MASSIVE ARMY TO DEFEND HIM

“And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” Daniel 11:45 

Since Nazi Germany and WWII came to an end, a near endless amount of books, movies and documentaries have been produced to study the morbidly fascinating life of Adolf Hitler. He was by all accounts a charismatic end times monster bent on creating a “master race” of perfect , German people. But did you also know that in many ways, his life and exploits almost match perfectly with how the Bible says The Antichrist will be when he arrives on the scene in the days after the Rapture of the Church? Here now we present to you 7 ways that Adolf Hitler was a perfect type of the Biblical Antichrist.

#1: THE ANTICHRIST WILL BE A POWERFUL SPEAKER WITH A FIERCE COUNTENANCE

“And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.” Daniel 8:23,24 

When Adolf Hitler burst upon the world stage in 1933, he was at once a mesmerizing and fearsome figure. People could not ever remember as having seen his equal. His speeches were flamed-filled invectives of his desire to create a “master race” of people to follow him to either death or glory. Almost immediately, all of Germany fell under his hypnotic oratory, and vowed to follow him wherever he would lead. CONTINUE

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New Rich Wilkerson JR Reality Show Displays Gospel of Deception and Compromise

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 07:00 AM PST

Here we go again! A new reality show has launched and this one will once again make a mockery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! This reality show will follow the life of a so-called “celebrity pastor” who married Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and whose congregation attracted a visit from pop star Justin Bieber which is also being characterized as “heartbreaking” by a pastor who speaks and writes about the glorification of ungodliness in Hollywood and the secular music industry. The name of this new reality show is “Rich in Faith” and began airing on Dec. 2 on the Oxygen channel and features Rich Wilkerson, Jr., as he launches a new congregation called “Vous Church.”

Rich claims “I come from a different perspective. I don’t think people are interested in a bunch of religion, like tell me what I can and can’t do,” , stated in the promotional video for the reality show. “But I think people are interested in having a relationship with a higher power.”  Sounds real spiritual doesn’t it? However the preview shows Wilkerson getting a tattoo, lying on the beach with his bikini-clad wife, and telling his parents that he plans to hold his first service at a bar.  Really? This is what a relationship with a “Higher Power” looks like? Even Rich Wilkerson’s father was shocked when he heard the news. He stated.  “You’re starting in a bar?” asks his father, Rich Wilkerson, Sr., who leads Trinity Church in Miami Gardens. “What are people going to think, Rich?” his mother Robyn chimes in.

Wilkerson previously led a 1,500-member young adult group called “The Rendezvous” at Trinity and became known for marrying rap star Kanye West and Playboy cover model Kim Kardashian last year. He had met the couple two years prior after they visited his father’s congregation. An apparent relationship developed between the parties as they started emailing and calling each other. collaborated on a few things: art, fashion, music, Jesus,” Wilkerson told People Magazine last year. “He invited me to write a few things for his tour, and I’ve been able to counsel him on a few things.”  In case you didn’t know? Kanye West is known for his album “Yeezus,” and for bringing a man dressed as Jesus on stage during a show in Seattle. “White Jesus, is that you?,” he asked on stage. “Oh [expletive]!”

According to a report Wilkerson says that he believes in Hell and acknowledges that a person goes through a process of sanctification after coming to Christ, he says that specific sins are not discussed much from the pulpit.  He states “At our church, homosexuality is not a topic I like to chat about very much, but I don’t talk about a whole lot of issues,” Wilkerson told the Miami New Times last year. “I talk about what Jesus is for, not what he’s supposedly against.”   Wilkerson states “I don’t know who’s going to Hell. I just know that followers of Jesus are going to Heaven — that’s what the Bible says,” he said. “My message isn’t ever who’s going where.”  Joe Schimmel, pastor of Blessed Hope Chapel in Simi Valley, California, and host of the documentary “They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll,” said that it “breaks his heart” in considering what he called the “greasy grace” and “circus”-like “gimmicks” that Wilkerson is employing.

“Wilkerson’s church is a place where one can feel comfortable while involved in any number of sins and scandals,” he stated. “Wilkerson’s church one can be involved in adultery or homosexuality and not be concerned about hearing about who will go to Hell as Jesus often preached (Luke 16:19-31; Matthew 7:21-23; 25:31-46; Revelation 14:9-12; 21:8).” SOURCE

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Shiveluch volcano erupts in Russia’s Far East

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 06:41 AM PST

(TASS) Lava descending from the Shiveluch volcano in Russia’s Far East has raised columns of ash up to five kilometers above the sea level, scientists from the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) told TASS on Monday. “The volcano continues erupting. Lava has descended today from the top of the Young Shiveluch. Columns of ash were raised up to five kilometers above the sea level,” scientists said adding that there is no threat to settlements in the area. The ash cloud is drifting to the east and south-east, with the plume covering the area of around 15 kilometers.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s department in the Kamchatka region said that no ash falls were reported in the area.
An orange alert was issued over the eruption of the Shiveluch which can spew ash up to 10 kilometers above the sea level at any moment. Airlines that fly near the Shiveluch are recommended to change their routes. There are over 150 volcanos on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia’s Far East, and up to 30 of them are active. CONTINUE

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Second venomous sea snake washes ashore popular California beach, Not seen in 30 years

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 06:35 AM PST

What are the odds of a rare deadly snake that hasn’t been seen since 1972 washing ashore in Southern California? But wait now it has happened again! According to a report from DailyMail, For the second time in two months, a rare deadly sea snake has washed ashore at one of southern California’s most popular beaches. El Nino seems to be the culprit but one has to wonder if perhaps we may be seeing the signs of a coming Mega-Quake? Is this a result of Fukushima? Nevertheless a dead 27-inch-long male yellow bellied sea snake was discovered last week during a coastal cleanup campaign by volunteers for the Surfrider Foundation in Huntington Beach, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In October, a two-foot-long yellow bellied sea snake was discovered slithering onto Silver Strand State Beach in Ventura County, but it died shortly after being taken to a US Fish and Wildlife Service office nearby. The venomous sea serpent, known to scientists as Pelamis platura, was first spotted in 1972 during an El Niño in San Clemente. A descendant of Australian tiger snakes, experts believe the arrival of the sea snake is a harbinger of El Niño because the last time it appeared in California was during the weather system in the ’80s. Greg Pauly, herpetological curator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, said this latest discovery is only the third time the snake has ever been spotted in California. CONTINUE WITH FULL REPORT

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4 Areas Where the Mind Must Be Renewed

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 06:21 AM PST

(Written By F. Dean Hackett) The ability to live each day with purpose and destiny comes from the dynamic of new thinking and positive emotions. The apostle Paul dealt with this in his writings to the church in Ephesus. “Therefore this I say and testify in the Lord, that from now on you walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their minds, having their understanding darkened, excluded from the life of God through the ignorance that is within them, due to the hardness of their hearts. Being calloused they have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. But you did not learn about Christ in this manner, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off the former way of life in the old nature, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that you put on the new nature, which was created according to God in righteousness and true holiness” (Eph. 4:17-24).

The apostle was urging the believer to not be shaped or controlled by the philosophies, culture or ideologies of the world around them. Their life must reflect the clear will of God.

This happens when the transforming power of the Holy Spirit renews the mind. The Greek word for “transformed” is metamorphooomai. The English word metamorphosis is derived from this Greek word. Metamorphosis means “a change of form, structure, substance or function,” according to Webster’s New World Dictionary (Neufeldt, 1990). Metamorphosis is that life transformation that changes a wooly worm into a butterfly or a tadpole into a bullfrog.

“Bull frogs and butterflies have both been born again,” sang Barry McGuire.

There is a spiritual metamorphosis that must take place in the life of a person. A wooly worm changes its “form, structure, substance and function” from that of a wiggly and fuzzy worm that frightens little girls into a beautiful and graceful Monarch. Once controlled by ungodly thinking, negative emotions and carnal appetites, a person can be transformed into a saint of God; filled with righteous thinking and the fruit of the Holy Spirit. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE 

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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.


What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

If you picked up a hitchhiker (not that I recommend doing that) and he saw a Bible on your car seat and said, “I’ve heard about this thing called the Gospel – can you explain it to me before you drop me off in one minute up the street?” What would you say?

Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?

Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.


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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Heaven Is Not For Sale

The Reformed Reader

How does the Christian maintain holiness in his daily walk? Of course there are things like prayer, God’s Word, public and private worship, and the sacraments that help the Christian in the area of holiness. William Gurnall also mentions a few more, including one I’d like to point out here. Again, the question is: “How does a Christian continue in holiness day by day?”

Be sure to propound a right end to yourself in your righteous holy walking, and be sure you are not standing on a legal end. That is, do not think that by your righteousness you can purchase anything from God’s hand. Heaven stands not for sale to anyone. ‘The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord’ (Rom. 6.23). What God sold to Christ he gives to us. Christ was the purchaser, believers are but heirs…

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Give Them All the Grace

Unfathomable Grace

In my own readings, I have been going back and forth between the “Grace Boys” and the “Law Boys.” Both groups are greatly concerned over the church’s errant teachings of that DEMANDED or COMPELLED by God’s free gift of love, mercy, and grace.

For the most part, these two camps agree in their soteriology. Their roots are all planted deeply in the Westminster Confession of Faith and other evangelical presentations of doctrine.

However, takento extremes, radicals in the first group might promote “cheap grace,” while extremests in the other camp might encourage “cooperating grace.” The first group, in their error, might present grace without any demands or compulsions. The second group might push the ideas of performance, demand, and compulsion too far. Immoderate “Grace Boys” might lean towards antinomian sloppiness and Rob Bell-like universalism. Unbalanced “Law Boys” might find themselves drifting toward a Roman Catholic, Federal Vision, Wesleyan, or legalistic…

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Spurgeon and the Prayer of Jabez. Or, Separating True Blessings from the Imaginary

Regeneration, Repentance and Reformation

Taken and adapted from, Sermon No. 994,
Delivered by C. H. Spurgeon,
At the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington

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“Oh that you would bless me indeed!”
–1 Chronicles 4:10

Sowing in Tears, Reaping in Joy

We know very little about Jabez, except that he was more honorable than his brethren, and that he was called Jabez because his mother bare him with sorrow. It will sometimes happen that where there is the most sorrow in the antecedents, there will be the most pleasure in the sequel. As the furious storm gives place to the clear sunshine, so the night of weeping precedes the morning of joy (Psalms 30:5). Sorrow the harbinger; gladness the prince it ushers in. Cowper says:

“The path of sorrow, and that path alone,
Leads to the place where sorrow is unknown.”

To a great extent we find that we must sow in tears before we can reap in…

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The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

11 The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
The world and all it contains, You have founded them. (Psalms 89:11 NASB)

The real work done via Diaprax by Leadership Network and those it sponsors such as Rick Warren is done in the background in a way that will not be obvious to the Church. Why? It is done this way because what is being done can only be accomplished via deception. If these people were upfront with what they were trying to accomplish, it would be stopped cold. However, we are now in a stage in their process where we see the carnage of apostasy with local church after local church all across this globe going the way of man-focused seeker-sensitivity, losing their eternal focus, and along with that, the Gospel itself. This was accomplished as a fruit of deceit. In the New Testament, the word…

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