Daily Archives: January 25, 2016

January 25, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Jan. 25, 2016

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President Obama and House Speaker Ryan may sit down together for a long-anticipated meeting as soon as next week. The two men haven’t spent significant time together since Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, was sworn in as speaker in October.

Last year topped 2014 as the hottest in recorded history, as the El Nino compounded the effects of climate change to wreak havoc on weather patterns around the world, according to the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization.

New York and New Jersey restored transportation services on Sunday and strove to be ready for a near-normal workweek, while Washington struggled to overcome the blizzard that blanketed parts of the Mid-Atlantic region with two feet of snow. Stock, bond, and commodities markets in New York are planning to operate on regular schedules.

The odds are “vanishingly small” that recent years of record warmth aren’t due to human emissions of greenhouse gases, researchers in the U.S. and Germany said, adding to pressure on world governments to cut back on fossil fuel use.

Morgan Stanley named 156 employees to the title of managing director, five more than last year. Fifty-four percent of those selected for the company’s highest non-executive title work in the investment-banking and trading division.

A Thai airline will allow passengers to purchase seats for life-like dolls that their owners treat as real children due to their belief that they possess supernatural powers.

The $15 trillion rout in global equity markets since May is reawakening the lure of gold for investors seeking safety. Hedge funds more than doubled their net-long position in bullion last week, just three weeks after they were the most-bearish ever. Investor holdings of gold through exchange-traded products are expanding at the fastest pace in a year, and the value of the ETPs has jumped by $3 billion in 2016.

AP Top Stories

One man is dead after a Colorado homeowner selling an item on Craigslist was tied up during a home invasion, got free, grabbed a gun and shot a suspect.

A gun shop owner and his 17-year-old son died in a shootout over a $25 service charge, and another man and his 29-year-old son are hospitalized, Mississippi authorities said.

The Islamic State group has honed the ability to launch global attacks and is set to focus more on Europe following the Paris massacre, the chief of the EU police agency Europol said.

Fish skeletons, dead birds, and fishing boats sit abandoned on the desiccated stretch of land that was once the second-largest lake in Bolivia. Lake Poopó is now practically bone-dry, leaving species decimated and hundreds of people without jobs. The lake-once twice the size of Los Angeles-has shrunk down to just 2 percent of its previous size.

Authorities have issued refugees in the city of Cardiff, the capital of Wales, mandatory red wristbands that “they must wear at all times,” reports the Guardian.

The world’s latest health scare is a seemingly minor illness that carries a killer wrapped inside: Zika, the mosquito-borne virus sweeping Latin America, usually lasts less than a week, except when it derails a whole life.

A judge who planned to host a community meeting Monday over the standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge has canceled it due to safety concerns. Harney County Judge Steve Grasty said in a news release authorities had become aware of plans to protest the meeting and block the entrance to the county senior center, where it was to be held. Earlier Grasty had said that a no-guns policy would be strictly enforced at the meeting.

A magnitude-7.1 quake knocked items off shelves and walls in Alaska, jolting the nerves of residents in this earthquake-prone region.

Sales of rat poison have taken off in Nigeria following an outbreak of Lassa fever that has left at least 76 people dead and sparked fears of contagion across the country.

A British adventurer has died after suffering exhaustion and dehydration while attempting to become the first person to cross the Antarctic alone and unsupported.

Companies from International Paper to United Technologies are increasingly urging employees to keep their nest eggs in their corporate plans when they change jobs or retire.

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The Zika virus is likely to spread across nearly all of the Americas, the WHOhas warned. The infection, which causes symptoms including mild fever, conjunctivitis and headache, has already been found in 21 countries in the Caribbean, North and South America. It has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains and some countries have advised women not to get pregnant. No treatment or vaccine is available.

A cold snap sweeping across East Asia has killed at least 85 people in Taiwan and stranded 60,000 tourists in South Korea.

Pakistan’s Bacha Khan University has reopened, days after more than 20 people were killed on campus in an attack by suspected Taliban militants.

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A Minnesota girl’s basketball team was booted from its league right before a key tournament because the powers-that-be told them: you’re just too good. And Allen West, former U.S. congressman from Florida, said the incident was just a sign of the times under President Obama, who’s fostered the “everybody gets a trophy” feeling that’s hit hard at this generation.

The Olympics are reportedly adopting a new policy that opens the field of competition to transgender athletes. The policy change would allow transgender athletes to compete without having gender reassignment surgery. It only requires athletes to have completed at least one year of hormone replacement therapy.

A poisonous toxin found in freshwater lakes and reservoirs across Britain could be fueling the country’s dementia epidemic, scientists fear.


Top News – 1/25/2016

Why Is The Fox Network Spending Millions To Bring The Devil Into Your Home?
The Fox network wants you to think of them as the “family channel”, and they don’t want you to dwell on the fact that they spend millions producing books, television and movies that glorify the Devil, promote the homosexual lifestyle, and trash biblical Christianity. That makes them by definition both anti-family and anti-Christian.

Biblical Prophecy Reveals Pope’s True Intentions Concerning the Jews
On the surface, it looks like Pope Francis and the Jews are cozying up to one another and becoming besties. Below the surface, an End of Days prophecy that pits Rome against Jerusalem is playing out.

Schengen kaput? ‘Possibility exists’ EU leaders will reintroduce internal border controls
EU ministers will meet in Amsterdam to discuss steps to allow states to reintroduce national border controls for two years, possibly spelling the end for the 30-year-old Schengen Agreement allowing passport-free travel across 26 states, according to reports.

Zika virus suspected of causing brain damage to babies to spread throughout Americas – WHO
The mosquito-borne Zika virus is set to spread in all countries across the Americas, except Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization has warned. Women planning to travel to areas where Zika is circulating should consult their healthcare provider before traveling and on return, the WHO said.

Martial law declared in New York City Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/01/martial-law-declared-in-new-york-city/#lmEITF150L6jIfmW.99
Eleven states as well as Washington D.C. declared states of emergency in the wake of the massive record-breaking snowstorm which blanketed the East. But New York City went a step further. Governor Andrew Cuomo declared martial law in New York City by ordering all people to stay inside under police enforcement. He issued an absolute travel ban for anything that is not an emergency vehicle.

Saudi-Iranian proxy war over Syria spreads to Davos
Senior Saudi and Iranian figures clashed behind closed doors at a private meeting convened by the World Economic Forum in Davos this week to try to promote peace in Syria, participants said. The barbed exchange between Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at an invitation-only meeting on Wednesday underlined the hostility between the two Gulf rivals, who are waging proxy wars in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

Major 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits off south-east Malaga in Spain
A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck in the early hours of Monday morning in the Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain, 100 miles south-east of Malaga, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The shallow quake hit at 4.22am 39 miles (62km) north of the Moroccan city of Al Hoceima and 101 miles (164km) east-southeast of Gibraltar, USGS said. It was followed by a 5.3-magnitude tremor.

Aftershocks, reports of damage follow 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Alaska
A magnitude-7.1 earthquake knocked items off shelves and walls in Alaska early Sunday morning, jolting the nerves of residents in this earthquake-prone region. But there were no reports of injuries. Alaska’s state seismologist, Michael West, called it the strongest earthquake in the state’s south-central region in decades.

Oil tumbles 3 percent but global stocks hold ground
Oil prices tumbled 3 percent on Monday and dragged the dollar down, but world stocks clung onto gains in a sign of stabilization after a horrendous start to the year. Crude oil prices fell 3 percent as Iraq announced record-high oil production feeding into a heavily over supplied market, wiping out much of the gains made in one of the biggest-ever daily rallies last Friday. [O/R]

IDF expands missile fortification of strategic sites
The IDF Home Front Command and government ministries have completed fortification work to secure several strategically vital sites against rocket and missile attacks, a senior IDF source said. Work to secure dozens more sensitive infrastructure sites will commence soon, enabling them to continue to function even if hit by rockets or missiles, the military source told The Jerusalem Post.

Major 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits off south-east Malaga in Spain
A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck in the early hours of Monday morning in the Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain, 100 miles south-east of Malaga, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The shallow quake hit at 4.22am 39 miles (62km) north of the Moroccan city of Al Hoceima and 101 miles (164km) east-southeast of Gibraltar, USGS said. It was followed by a 5.3-magnitude tremor.

Russian economy hit by oil price slide
Russia’s economy contracted by 3.7% in 2015, according to preliminary figures published by the country’s statistics service. Retail sales plunged by 10% and capital investment fell by 8.4% in the economy’s worst performance since 2009. In contrast, Russian GDP increased by 0.6% in 2014.

IS in Afghanistan: We will bury them, says President Ghani
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has promised to “bury” the Islamic State (IS) militant group, whose local offshoot has clashed with government forces and Taliban fighters. In a BBC interview, Mr Ghani said IS was “not an Afghan phenomenon” and its atrocities had “alienated the people”. “Afghans are now motivated by revenge,” he said. “They [IS] have confronted the wrong people.”

East Asia cold snap ‘kills 85 in Taiwan’
A cold snap sweeping across East Asia has killed at least 85 people in Taiwan and stranded 60,000 tourists in South Korea. Taiwanese media reported deaths from hypothermia and cardiac disease following a sudden drop in temperature over the weekend. Meanwhile heavy snow forced the closure of the airport on the Korean holiday island of Jeju, cancelling flights.

NPR illustrative photo wipes Israel off the map
In an article published on National Public Radio’s (NPR) website Monday, a map of the Middle East failed to include Israel, labeling Palestine in its place…The article referenced travelers’ fears of Islamic radicalization and extremism in the region. Immediately following the publication, the website’s comment section was flooded with criticism…

Zika virus, a wolf in sheep’s clothing
The world’s latest health scare is a seemingly minor illness that carries a killer wrapped inside: Zika, the mosquito-borne virus sweeping Latin America, usually lasts less than a week, except when it derails a whole life.

Some of the smartest minds in finance are making a prediction about China that was once taboo
It was once taboo to say that China could be a deflationary force, dragging the world into a slowdown as its own economy modernized. Serious economists and investors pooh-poohed the idea, saying that China’s economy just didn’t have that kind of global impact. Just last weekend in a note to clients, Deutsche Bank’s Torsten Slok said the idea was overblown. But it seems like all of that is changing. The once taboo deflation talk is all over the World Economic Forum at Davos, and the people who are doing the talking are some of the most brilliant minds in the market.

Merkel’s party, sliding in polls, weighs German ‘border centres’
A senior figure in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party has proposed setting up “border centres” along the frontier with Austria to speed up the repatriation of those asylum seekers deemed unqualified to stay.

Alaska Residents seek shelter after quake-related gas leaks, fire destroy Kenai homes
At least 20 people are taking shelter at the National Guard Armory in Kenai after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake triggered a gas leak and caused four houses to catch fire early this morning, according to Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker. Two houses exploded in flames. The other two caught fire as flames spread, said Battalion Chief Tony Prior.

Iran opens new chapter with 114 Airbus planes deal
Iran said on Sunday that it would buy 114 Airbus planes to revitalise its ageing fleet, in the first major commercial deal the country has announced since the lifting of sanctions under its nuclear agreement, the country said at the weekend.

ISIS releases new video of Paris attackers
ISIS has released a gruesome new propaganda video that purports to show final messages from the Paris attackers. The terror group has claimed responsibility for the November attack, which left 130 people dead.


Top Headlines – 1/25/2016

Paris terrorists: ‘With Allah’s help we will liberate Palestine’

Report: 61% rise in London anti-Semitism; most French Jews considering emigrating

‘European anti-Semitism has reached unprecedented levels’

Poll: 67% of Israelis concerned for safety of Jews abroad

Merkel admits: Anti-Semitism is worse than we thought

New UK law raises BDS threat to new level as EU labels settlement products

Netanyahu: US-Israel relationship is strong and solid

2-state solution currently unrealistic, opposition leader says

Netanyahu seeks to return Israeli army-evicted settlers to West Bank houses

Rocket explodes in southern Israel, no injuries

Israel strikes Hamas terror target in Gaza in response to rocket fire

IDF expands missile fortification of strategic sites

Fifth anniversary of Egypt’s 2011 revolution marked by security concerns

Five years on, unrest tests Arab Spring model Tunisia

Tunisians at heart of protest say govt is failing them

Tunisia protests: President vows to end ‘ordeal’ of unemployed

Kurdish leader calls for redrawing Mideast borders

Syria Says It Won’t Make A Single Concession In Peace Talks

Syrian government troops retake Rabia, last rebel stronghold in Latakia

Biden says US, Turkey prepared for military solution against ISIS in Syria

ISIS releases new video showing Paris attackers committing previous atrocities

Malaysia says arrests 7 Islamic State-linked militants suspected of planning attacks

Iran arrests 100 people over attack on Saudi embassy

No explosive device found on Turkish Airlines jet in Shannon

Slain ex-KGB spy accused Putin of pedophilia 4 months before poisoning

China Deepens Its Footprint in Iran After Lifting of Sanctions

Kerry, in Asia, to Press China on North Korean Nuclear Test, South China Sea

Two Chinese killed in bomb blast in Laos

U.S. calls for anyone promoting election violence in Haiti to be held accountable

Disquiet grows over French state of emergency

French minister says state of emergency will not last for ever

Europe’s Top Digital-Privacy Watchdog Zeros In on U.S. Tech Giants

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Al Hoceima, Morocco

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Pangai, Tonga

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Al Hoceima, Morocco

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kayangel, Palau

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 27,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Tengger Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Residents seek shelter after quake-related gas leaks, fire destroy Kenai homes

New York rebounds from blizzard, D.C. stuck in snowy gridlock

US federal government in Washington closed Monday due to snow

Asian markets rise after US snowstorm pushes oil prices higher

On Capitol Hill, Snow cancels House votes on ObamaCare, Iran sanctions

Drug shortages in American emergency rooms have increased more than 400 percent

The next IVF revolution: Older women more likely to have babies with new technique set to trial in UK this year

16-Year-Old Dies After Taking Abortion Pill, Father Will Sue Friends Who Gave Her the Drug

Christian Women Funding $100M to Abortion Industry, Care Net President Warns Church

Georgia lottery winner murdered during home invasion

Jim Bakker – Great Tribulation to Begin in March of This Year

Bill Johnson: “I’ve Never Seen Anything That Violent Before!”

Cruz For President Announces Endorsement of Mike Bickle

America’s 100 Most Bible-Minded Cities of 2016

Nation Marks 43 Years Since Roe v. Wade, Nearly 60 Million Babies Killed and Counting

Christian Women Are Funding the $100m Abortion Industry Warns Care Net President

Pope Francis Continues His Unity Push With Twisted Interpretation of Baptism

Virgin Mary’s ‘Tears’ Soaking Apartment Wall, Drawing Hundreds of Worshipers

UK: Vicars should grow beards to reach out to Muslims, bishop suggests

Australia: Victorian government to crack down on ‘gay conversion’ specialists

Brazil: Headbanging in the house of God: Rio congregation worships with heavy metal

Iceland: In this country, literally no young Christians believe that God created the Earth

Christian Persecution in 2015 at ‘Levels Akin to Ethnic Cleansing’


The Briefing

1) Total erosion of biblical doctrine of creation in Iceland shows rapid acceleration of secularization

In this country, literally no young Christians believe that God created the Earth, Washington Post (Rick Noack)

0.0% of Icelanders 25 years or younger believe God created the world, new poll reveals, Iceland Magazine

Gospel of Christ’s kindness trumps “religious freedom”: The Icelandic Lutheran Church to perform same-sex marriages, Iceland Magazine

2) New York Times editorial board unable to answer origin of human evil and sinfulness

Is Warfare in Our Bones?, New York Times (Editorial Board)

3) World Economic Forum in Davos reminds of man’s inability to save himself

Davos 2016: The 4 big themes facing the World Economic Forum, Financial Times (Yuan Yang)
In other news…

The Missionary Killed by Islamist Terror, Wall Street Journal (Thomas Kidd)
Marriage, Poverty and the Political Divide, New York Times (Andrew L. Yarrow)
Pope Francis defends ‘traditional’ marriage ahead of Italy civil unions vote, The Guardian
Fertility treatment costs scare off employers, Business Insurance (Shelby Livingston)
All at sea, The Economist


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: January 25

  • Oil Drops as Saudis to Maintain Spending, China Diesel Use Falls (Read More)
  • Saudi Arabia is able to withstand low prices says Saudi Aramco Chairman (Read More)
  • Recession Warnings May Not Come to Pass (Read More)… or they May
  • Stocks moving in tandem are squeezing short sellers (Read More)… as first noted here in 2013
  • Problems Found at Theranos Lab (Read More)
  • New York rebounds after blizzard, Washington shuts down government (Read More)
  • China business confidence, recruitment hit record lows in January – SMI survey (Read More)
  • Twitter to Revamp Leadership Under CEO Jack Dorsey (Read More)
  • Johnson Controls to Combine With Tyco, Move Domicile to Ireland (Read More)
  • Birinyi More Worried About Markets Than Any Time Since 2009 (Read More)
  • Wal-Mart: It Came, It Conquered, Now It’s Packing Up and Leaving (Read More)
  • Sanders, Clinton cool to Bloomberg’s possible entry into 2016 race (Read More)
  • Ford Shutting Operations in Japan, Indonesia on Lack of Profit (Read More)
  • China’s Working-Age Population Sees Biggest-Ever Decline (Read More)
  • More holes than fingers? Beijing struggles to plug capital flight (Read More)
  • Chinese Developer Aims Lower Amid Manhattan’s Luxury-Condo Glut (Read More)
  • Merkel’s party, sliding in polls, weighs German ‘border centres’ (Read More)
  • German Business Sentiment Falls as Market Woes Cloud Outlook (Read More)
  • Syria opposition to meet Tuesday, blames Russia for ‘obstacles’ (Read More)
  • U.S. Relies Heavily on Saudi Money to Support Syrian Rebels (Read More)
  • U.S. IPO Market on Track for Slowest Month Since Recession (Read More)
  • Canada’s Trudeau to DiCaprio: Your climate remarks don’t help (Read More)

The Beast System Arises: The Largest Bank In Norway Calls For The Elimination Of Cash

The Beast System - Public DomainThe biggest bank in Norway is calling for the complete and total elimination of cash. Many local bank branches in Norway already don’t deal in cash, but that is not good enough for DNB. They want a blanket ban on the use of cash, and they are selling this as a way to crack down on criminals and money launderers. But in the end, the truth is that they want to be able to force everyone in society to use the banks and it would enable them to collect fees on almost every transaction. It is an agenda that is being driven by greed, but it could also open the door for great tyranny. Unfortunately, we are not just seeing aggressive movement toward a cashless society in Norway. It is also happening in Sweden, in Denmark and in many other nations all around the globe. The Beast system is rising, and yet very few people out there even seem alarmed by this. (Read More…)


 

Daily Digest

January 25, 2016

THE FOUNDATION

“Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country.” —George Washington, 1783

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Sentinel at the Tomb — The Story Behind the Image

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Several years ago, during another snowstorm that shutdown Washington, DC, The Patriot Post published an image of a Sentinel keeping watch at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the midst of heavy snowfall. We distributed it in several versions, which were shared virally across social media platforms.

At the time, we knew the photo was about 30 years old given that Sentinels now wear a winter cap instead of the barracks cover seen in the photo. We determined this Sentinel was SGT Charles Lee “Chuck” Gauldin, Tomb Badge #248, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). However, we were not able to locate him or his family.

Within days of posting this image, though, we received the following message:

“Thank you so much for posting the picture of the Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You see that man — my late husband — meant the world to me then as he does now. That picture was taken when I was pregnant with the first of our two children. Charles died unexpectedly in 1997. His family and I are touched and honored by the picture and thank you and The Patriot Post staff for posting it. What a sweet, sweet memory for us.”

Carmen Gauldin

In the most recent storm to hit the East Coast, national media outlets promoted our Sentinel image and the spirit of honor it reflects, but did not acknowledge who he was.

Now you know. God bless the Gauldin family!

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Sanders Beats Trump?

There is a possibility that despite the most conservative and qualified GOP field in recent history, the Republican nominee may be former Democrat Donald Trump. And it’s also possible he’ll face not the inevitable Hillary Clinton but rather admitted socialist Bernie Sanders. If so, voters will stand at the ballot box come November and ask themselves: What kind of big government do we want? Clinton may face prosecution for her illegal mishandling of classified information, which leaves the avowed socialist holding his party’s nomination by default. Trump and the followers of his personality cult think this is great news. Nothing, Trump says, can shake his high-flying standing in the polls. “The polls, they say I have the most loyal people,” Trump boasted at an Iowa campaign rally Saturday. “Did you ever see that? Where I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? It’s, like, incredible.” Additionally, a Gallup poll from last year found that 50% of the nation wouldn’t vote for a socialist.

But Sanders too is feeling confident. “There would be nothing more in this world that I would like to take on Donald Trump,” Sanders recently said. “We would beat him and we would beat him badly.”

He might be right. A recent survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal and NBC say that it would be Sanders who would win in a Sanders/Trump general election — by a 15-point margin. The pollsters asked respondents from Jan. 9 to 13, “If the election for president were held today, and Donald Trump were the Republican candidate and Bernie Sanders were the Democratic candidate, for whom would you vote?” Sanders got 54% of the support and Trump received 39%.

There are a lot of ‘if’ and ‘buts’ associated with that poll question. We haven’t even had the first presidential debate between Republican and Democrat — and that will be a game changer. Furthermore, polls this early in the game (heck, even exit polls on Election Day) are unreliable, especially polls about hypothetical situations. Often, they amount to “pollaganda,” or the use of polls to influence public opinion instead of describing it. And you wonder why the media is doing everything it can to keep Trump front and center.

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‘Every Single One of Us’?

On the Roe v Wade anniversary Friday, Barack Obama declared he would defend abortion laws against “efforts to undermine or overturned them.” He also said, “In America, every single one of us deserves the rights, freedoms and opportunities to fulfill our dreams.”

Apparently not “every single one of us.”

Slaves and indentured servants lacked Civil Rights in America in the 19th century because their standing was considered less than human. In “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation,” Ronald Reagan wrote, “Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion.”

Jews lacked Civil Rights in Russia and Germany between 1917 and 1945 because their standing was considered less than human. Indeed, history is replete with the slaughter of innocents who were considered less than human. The killing of 58 million unborn children since Roe is now one of the ugliest chapters in that history.

Meanwhile, the Leftmedia generally ignored the fact that tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington, DC, Friday — undaunted in the face of the oncoming blizzard — to March for Life. The Washington Post called it “a small, faithful crowd.” It’s true the crowd was smaller than in previous years, though with the weather shutting down many transportation methods that’s to be expected. What is also completely expected by now is for the national media to ignore the movement of public opinion on the issue of life.

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Cause and (Ferguson) Effect?

By Arnold Ahlert

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Crime data released by the FBI last week show that murders increased by 6.2% in the first six months of last year. The increase seemingly validates a speech made by FBI director James Comey at the University of Chicago Law School on Oct. 23. “Far more people are being killed in America’s cities this year than in many years,” Comey stated. “And let’s be clear: Far more people of color are being killed in America’s cities this year. And it’s not the cops doing the killing.” The cause? “Comey has suggested the increase may be partly due to what police officials call the ‘Ferguson effect’ — a greater reluctance on the part of police officers to engage with suspects for fear of being criticized for alleged abuse or discrimination,” explains The Wall Street Journal.

The so-called Ferguson effect refers to the shooting of Michael Brown by then-Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, and the subsequent rioting that followed. The ongoing unrest was engendered in large part by an utterly irresponsible mainstream media that enshrined the “hands up, don’t shoot” lie thoroughly debunked by a grand jury, and a subsequent Justice Department civil rights investigation led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Both exonerated Wilson, but the lie itself lives on.

Comey was not the only Obama administration official taking that stance. Last November, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) chief Chuck Rosenberg said Comey’s assessment was “spot on.” “I’ve heard the same things,” Rosenberg said. “I think it’s worth talking about. I don’t know if it will turn out to be right or wrong. That’s why Comey called for better data. The data that we have is limited. It just is.”

Not any more. According to released figures, murder has increased 9.9% in the Midwest, 8.6% in the South, and 1.3% and 1.6% in the Northeast and West, respectively. Nonetheless, the Justice Department pushed back, with spokesman Patrick Rodenbush insisting “it is too early to draw any long-term conclusions,” further noting the overall violent crime rate remains historically low.

Low overall crime rates are likely to bring little solace to those in the eye of the criminal storm. As Heather Mac Donald chronicled last May, “gun violence” is skyrocketing in a year-over year comparison of cities like Baltimore, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Atlanta, Los Angles, New York and Chicago. MacDonald also notes that St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson refers to the Ferguson effect, which he described as police “disengaging from discretionary enforcement activity,” allowing the criminal element to feel “empowered.” Thus in many of the same cities, arrests have decreased substantially.

The cause and effect is a double dose of reality. First: “Almost any police shooting of a black person, no matter how threatening the behavior that provoked the shooting, now provokes angry protests,” Mac Donald explains. Second: “Acquittals of police officers for the use of deadly force against black suspects are now automatically presented as a miscarriage of justice.”

The Left’s “solution” to the problem? More gun control measures — apparently by any means necessary. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, for one, made that clear when she told congressional lawmakers that Barack Obama’s executive actions are “consistent with the Constitution” and “laws passed by Congress.”

Senate Appropriations subcommittee chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) wasn’t buying Lynch’s assertion. “It’s clear to me that the American people are fearful that President Obama is eager to strip them of their Second Amendment rights,” he said. “Let me be clear. The Second Amendment is not a suggestion.”

Naturally, Democrats defended the executive overreach. “No one is immune from gun violence,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), “whether you are a congresswoman trying to meet with your constituents named Gabby Giffords, whether your children go to elementary school in the wonderful suburban community called Sandy Hook, whether you’re just simply going to movies, or going to a community college, or sitting in a Charleston church.”

Mikulski is apparently immune to both irony and reality. With the possible exception of Giffords, every other incident was one where the shooter could kill with impunity because victims had no way to defend themselves. For sentient Americans, it remains beyond comprehension how progressives believe any criminals will abide by any gun control laws. And if there is anything that demonstrates their complete disconnect with reality more than posting signs or issuing public edicts about “gun free zones,” one is hard-pressed to imagine what it is.

Which brings us to Chicago. Despite having some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, the Windy City is now America’s foremost example of an urban dystopia. One where only 10 days into 2016, more than 100 people had been shot, including 19 who were killed (the number is up since then, too). During the same period last year, 40 people had been shot, with 9 people killed. Last year, Chicago was the nation’s homicide leader with 468 murders, compared with 416 in 2014. That represents a 12.5% increase. 2015 also saw an astronomical 2,900 shootings, representing an increase of 13% over 2014, and a 29% increase since 2013.

The latest carnage won’t show up until next year’s Justice Department statistics are released.

Adding insult to injury, on Jan. 20, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel headlined the U.S. Conference of Mayors, where he spoke about how to reduce violence and restore the peoples’ trust in the police. That would be the same Rahm Emanuel whose administration withheld for more than a year damning video evidence showing police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald as he lay on the ground. Moreover, the administration paid McDonald’s family $5 million to keep the video under wraps, so it wouldn’t negatively affect Emanuel’s re-election chances. A judge ordered its release, and Van Dyke was charged with murder.

As a result, Emanuel has zero credibility with the people of Chicago, especially black residents living in de facto war zones. Moreover, it’s impossible to say when, if ever, the overwhelming majority of decent police officers, whose reputations have taken an almost irreparable hit, will be greeted with anything other than suspicion and hostility by those residents. Residents who need their protection the most.

Unsurprisingly, in an editorial entitled “Political Lies About Police Brutality,” The New York Times referred to Comey’s remarks as “incendiary” and insisted there is “no data suggesting” the Ferguson effect is real. Rather, Comey was doing nothing more than playing “into the right-wing view that holding the police to constitutional standards endangers the public.”

Now statistics are available, and there is little doubt the Left will do whatever they can to assure Americans they have nothing to do with the Ferguson effect, and that police brutality is a widespread phenomenon. Yet whether one uses the term Ferguson effect or not, one thing is certain: This cycle of “greater reluctance on the part of police officers to engage with suspects for fear of being criticized for alleged abuse or discrimination” is likely to get far worse before it gets better. And the people who will bear the brunt the most are innocent black American men, women and children who will remain in the crosshairs of drug and gang violence, while the racial arsonists known as Black Lives Matter (BLM) exacerbate that cycle. A BLM movement dedicated to demonizing law enforcement, aided and abetted by Obama and other administration officials, who were “privately irritated” with Comey’s candor.

In the end it will be up to the people themselves to decide whether leftist-enabled police demonization, coupled with racial polarization serves their best interests. Unfortunately, it appears they will be forced to do so, even as the amount of mayhem and murder increases.

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Thomas Sowell: “However puzzling the fervent support for Donald Trump may be today, given how little basis there is for it, such blind faith is not unique in history. Other dire or desperate times have produced other charismatic leaders to whom desperate people have turned, with hopes of deliverance. Trump is certainly different from establishment Republicans, but it that enough? … Former governor Jeb Bush looked like the front runner at the outset, especially with his impressive amount of money in his campaign chest. But it is not nearly as easy to buy an election as some commentators seemed to think, so perhaps we can take some solace from the discrediting of that notion. We might also take some solace from the support received by Dr. Ben Carson, despite the media-fed notion that conservatives are racists. Even after his brief time leading the candidates in the polls has passed, Dr. Carson remains the candidate with the highest favorability rating among Republican voters who were polled. But there are few other things to feel positive about as the primaries approach. Common sense by the voters may be the best we can hope for. And that can save the day, after all. In fact, they may be all that can save the day.”

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The Gipper: “Trees cause more pollution than automobiles.”

For the record: “The notion that world-wide weather is becoming more extreme is just that: a notion, or a testable hypothesis. As data from the world’s biggest reinsurer, Munich Re, and University of Colorado environmental-studies professor Roger Pielke Jr. have shown, weather-related losses haven’t increased at all over the past quarter-century. In fact, the trend, while not statistically significant, is downward. Last year showed the second-smallest weather-related loss of Global World Productivity, or GWP, in the entire record.” —Patrick J. Michaels

Pretty much true: “The polls, they say I have the most loyal people. Did you ever see that? Where I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? It’s like incredible.” —Donald Trump

The BIG Lie part I: “We know that oil prices are low. We know that China’s economy is still growing, but at the lowest rate since a quarter of a century ago. So I think we just have to be a little bit patient. Our economy is doing pretty good. You know, creating a lot of jobs.” —Harry Reid (After seven years of Obamanomics, Americans are running low on patience.)

The BIG Lie part II: “The president has spent $108 billion on border security, and we have been successful.” —Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

Village Idiots: “[T]he way I read what [Michael Bloomberg] said was if I didn’t get the nomination, he might consider [running]. Well, I’m going to relieve him of that and get the nomination, so he doesn’t have to.” —Hillary Clinton

Isn’t diplomacy great? “Your job was excellent, interesting and timely and, in fact, we must consider this incident as an act of god, who brought Americans into our waters so they would be arrested through your timely action and in that manner, with their hands held above their heads.” —Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Uh, no: “Those of us who claim to support gun reform efforts — the majority of the country, according to recent polls — have to be as loud or louder to be heard (though perhaps more civil). … Americans not only want tighter controls on gun ownership but also more controllable guns.” —Baltimore Sun’s Tricia Bishop

Late-night humor: “Rapper Will.i.am is supporting Hillary Clinton for president, whereas rapper Killer Mike said he endorses Bernie Sanders. When told all of this, Sanders said, ‘What the hell are you talking about?'” —Conan O’Brien

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The Gaystapo Crackdown on Christianity

Once upon a time governments operated circumspectly, engaging in simple things like keeping the roads in good shape and collecting the garbage. Increasingly however Western governments are becoming coercive utopians, pushing the agendas of radical minority groups.

The Victorian Labor government is certainly competing with others to become one of the most fascist and draconian governments around, cracking down on the majority of its citizens in order to cater to the activist groups. For example, it has recently told us that Christmas carols have to go, and it wants baby killing to go on unhindered. See here: http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/11/27/victoria-anti-god-and-anti-life/

danger_aheadNow it wants to attack every single person in the state who might have problems with homosexuality, and are in any way there to help those with unwanted same-sex attraction. While it speaks about seeking to ban all “gay conversion therapy,” the draconian impact of such moves must be fully understood.

Let me first offer how one newspaper report runs with this very worrying push:

The state government will attempt to crack down on so-called gay conversion therapy through a new public watchdog with the power to investigate people purporting to “cure” or suppress homosexuality….
[The Victorian government] has vowed to take a zero-tolerance approach on anyone attempting to treat homosexuality as a disorder that can be fixed through medical or therapeutic means. Legislation will be introduced into parliament later this year to establish a new watchdog – the Health Complaints Commissioner – with the power to investigate and sanction anyone claiming they can treat homosexuality.
While registered practitioners can already be investigated by authorities, the legislation will close a loophole that currently exists regarding unregistered practitioners making unproven claims that they can covert gay people.
“If they are found to be making false claims and to be acting in a manner that puts people’s physical, mental or psychological health, safety or welfare at risk, the Commissioner will be able to ban them from providing such services,” said Health Minister Jill Hennessy.
“We have zero tolerance for any person purporting to be able to ‘covert’ gay people through medical or therapeutic means. Any attempts to make people feel uncomfortable with their own sexuality is completely unacceptable.”
News of the government’s plans come a week after The Sunday Age reported on the growing push behind the scenes to combat the “ex-gay movement”, which essentially views homosexuality as a sin and remains an insidious part of evangelical church culture in Australia.
Part of the problem, however, is that the size and prevalence of the movement remains unclear, and it is not entirely known to what extent conversion therapy is still being used, either through religious organisations attempting to “pray away the gay” or less formal structures.
In Canberra, Greens senator Robert Simms will move a motion when federal parliament resumes next month, calling on the Turnbull government to investigate potential reforms and urging the states and territories to implement laws banning conversion practices.
Meanwhile, in Victoria, state Greens MP Sam Hibbins has called for a parliamentary inquiry to uncover the extent of the problem and assist in preventing it.

Other states are moving in the same direction, with a nation-wide crackdown looming:

Last April, COAG’s health council also agreed to the terms of a National Code of Conduct for health care workers, which is designed to keep a tighter check on unregistered health practitioners. Gay conversion therapy is expected to fall under the code.

For anyone able to get beyond the double speak here, the implications of all this should be utterly shocking. This of course will not be limited to a few specialist groups helping homosexuals, but will extend to anyone and everyone who even seeks to interact or converse with homosexuals.

Notice how “evangelical churches” were already specifically mentioned in the report above. This is a direct assault on not only Christians, but on all religious and cultural groups which may have any unease about the homosexual lifestyle. And the totalitarian implications of all this should be lost on none of us.

While ex-homosexual groups will certainly be targeted, this is an open-ended assault on all groups and individuals who may seek to help and even pray for homosexuals. If a church has a counselling centre or a pastoral care team, and a homosexual comes in, seeking help for his unwanted attractions, they too will easily fall under such legislation.

If a home bible study group or a parachurch ministry even offers up prayer for such individuals seeking assistance, they do will undoubtedly fall under this Big Brother legislation. Indeed, simply consider the frightening things being said here.

Consider the phrase “unregistered health practitioners”. Just who and what groups might this apply to? As mentioned, will a group of concerned Christian street preachers who are asked for prayer by a homosexual be arrested if they do pray for such a person?

If a church service has a healing or deliverance minister underway, and a person with unwanted homosexual attractions comes forward for prayer, will the entire church be shut down by the authorities for violating these new gaystapo laws?

This is utterly shocking stuff, and every person valuing freedom and religious liberty should be completely incensed by these moves. We all must speak out at how tiny minority groups are getting leftist governments and the heavy hand of the law on their side to persecute and oppress anyone with contrary viewpoints.

This is all-out war on the churches and on Christian conscience, as well as all other faith and cultural traditions which affirm the norm of heterosexuality. Just where will all this end? How many concerned Christians will end up in prison? How many parachurch groups will be forcibly shut down?

How many churches, and even entire denominations, will be dragged to the courts by all this pro-homosexual, anti-Christin bigotry? Of course those churches that never rock the boat, that never engage in anything controversial, and that simply tell people what they want to hear will have nothing to worry about.

But any church, ministry, or believer who is committed to Jesus Christ and the Word of God will be under direct frontal assault here. Be afraid – be very afraid. The homosexual Big Brother is coming to get you.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/zero-tolerance-andrews-to-crack-down-on-gay-conversion-therapy-20160123-gmcimw.html


Karl Barth: 10 things you didn't know about a great 20th century thinker

Karl Barth: 10 things you didn’t know about a great 20th century thinker

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Christian Today

Swiss theologian Karl Barth (1886-1968) was one of the most important figures in 20th century theology.

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Christian Leader: Islam Is More Protected In America Than Christianity

Christian Leader: Islam Is More Protected In America Than Christianity

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Tru News

A preacher at age 18, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson is now the president and CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), an organization that thinks our government protects Islam more than Christianity.

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Planned Parenthood Wants To Keep Videos Hidden From Supreme Court

Planned Parenthood Wants To Keep Videos Hidden From Supreme Court

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Tru News

The man behind the Planned Parenthood videos is now in a legal tussle with a judge whose ruling will keep the evidence hidden from the Supreme Court

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Candidates tap into religious fervor

Candidates tap into religious fervor

Posted on January 24, 2016 by World Magazine

CAMPAIGN 2016 | As the presidential primary season begins, candidates in both parties tap into religious fervor among voters, but spiritual confusion persists, and the contests may last well beyond the first few states

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Paul David Tripp Tells Us about

Paul David Tripp Tells Us about “Awe” and Why We Need More of It

Posted on January 24, 2016 by Crosswalk

Paul David Tripp has written a book for our crazy and fearful times called Awe. In this interview with Crosswalk.com, Tripp explains how getting acquainted with the amazing, inspiring character of God can help us conquer any circumstance, just as …

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LGBT Troops Advance Over Christians, Religious Freedom

It is undeniable the LGBT movement has grown in acceptance, public opinion, influence, and more recently – in boldness throughout the West. Almost simultaneously, just over fifty years ago Christians in America became less active, visible, and vocal in public while LGBT proponents gladly stepped in. As our passion for truth and biblical morality faded, […]


Pope Risks Traditionalist Anger with Martin Luther Commemoration

NewsMax reports:

Risking the ire of Catholic traditionalists, Pope Francis is to take part in a joint Catholic-Lutheran service in Sweden in October marking the start of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s anti-Catholic Reformation.
The service will take place in the southern Swedish city of Lund on Oct. 31, the Vatican said. Lund is where the Lutheran World Federation was founded in 1947.

Luther, a German, is credited with starting the Protestant Reformation in 1517 with writing 95 theses – famously said to have been nailed to a church door in Wittenberg – criticising the Catholic Church for selling forgiveness from sins for money.

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Planned Parenthood Provided Hearts, Brains of Aborted Babies to University of Wisconsin

According to Christian News Network:

The abortion giant Planned Parenthood provided the hearts and brains of unborn babies up to 18 weeks gestation to the University of Wisconsin, records show, despite assertions from both groups that the exchange never occurred.

In a press release earlier this month in which Planned Parenthood announced its lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress and those involved with recording undercover videos of organization officials, it claimed that “Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin does not offer fetal tissue donation for patients.”

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Vatican Announces Today Pope Francis Will Attend 500th Anniv Of Protestant Reformation Ceremony

500 years after the Protestant Reformation, Pope Francis knocks on Lutherans’ door looking for converts

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4 (KJV)

Let me just start of  by saying that I am not a Protestant. I am a Bible believing Christian who attends a Baptist church. The original Protestants were Catholics who objected to some but not all of the teachings of the Catholic Church. I do not agree with any of the teachings of the Catholic church because they do not line up with the Bible. For example, a Catholic will say to me “we both believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation”. I agree that Jesus is the only way to salvation and Heaven. But the Catholic church then tells me that in order to “have Jesus”, I must perform various Catholic sacramental rituals (not found in the Bible), pray the Rosary (not found in the Bible), confess my sins to a priest (not found in the Bible), and ask Mary to “make intercession with her son” for me (also not found in the Bible). The Bible and the Catholic church have never been in harmony, and they will never be in harmony.

So it is with great fascination that we see Pope Francis making his move to bring Protestant back into the Catholic church:

Pope Francis will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by attending an ecumenical service in Sweden as a guest of the Lutheran church, the Vatican said Monday. In a gesture that would even recently have been unthinkable for a Catholic pontiff, Francis will visit the Swedish city of Lund on October 31 for a commemoration jointly organised by his own inter-faith agency and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). source

For the past few years, Pope Francis has been working overtime to bring God’s “wandering children” back under the tent of Mother Rome. He has been surprisingly successful with the televangelists and the Charismatics who, having no Bible to stand on, fall quite easily under the seductive charm of the Vatican spokesperson. See this video below for more on that:

Pope Francis is building his One World Church, and the gates of Hell are helping him to create it. We have long said that before it’s all over, an enormous cross-section of Laodicean Christianity will either join the Pope’s unholy end times church or will be supporters of it. We present the following links as evidence:

Francis is going after the low-hanging fruit in the Lutheran church, they have long since lost any sense of Biblical direction they once had. The same goes for the apostate Presbyterian Church USA as well with their lesbians priests and same-sex marriage ceremonies. The sad part is that millions of Protestants gave their lives to throw off the demonic shackles of Rome and the Vatican. The King James Bible would not have been possible without the Protestant Reformation.

“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.” Revelation 17:5-7 (KJV)

And the idea that Pope Francis could one day woo them back is tragic, but it is also part of end times prophecy. The Vatican is the Whore of Babylon mentioned in Revelation 17 & 18, and the office of Pope has long been associated with the office of the Antichrist.


The Emperor’s New Clothes


The Daily Discovery (January 25, 2016)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Christian Cliches: Traveling Mercies – “‘Please pray for traveling mercies as we go to . . .’I don’t eat a lot of sushi, but when I do, one of the ingredients is usually imitation crab. To me, ‘traveling mercies’ is imitation crab in Christian lingo. The phrase communicates something, but it’s a cheap substitute for biblical truth.”

Should You Share Your Sexual Past? – “Should you share your sexual past with the person you plan to marry? Paul Maxwell explores the ‘How to?’ of this in You Are Not Damaged Goods: On Dating with a Sexual History, but he doesn’t deal with the ‘Should you?’ He gives good advice for couples who decide to have this conversation, but simply assumes that they will have it. But should they?”

When the Mormons Come Calling – “We live just down the road from a large Mormon congregation—or a large church building, at any rate. Not surprisingly, we receive regular visits from the missionaries dispatched to woo and win our neighborhood. Though the individuals vary each time, the pattern is consistent: two clean-cut Caucasian young men with American accents, friendly and engaging, are eager to persuade us to accept a Book of Mormon and to ask God to give us the inner testimony that it is his true revelation.”

What if God calls you to a ministry of rejection? – “I’ll admit it: there’s a part of me that really likes attention. There’s a problem, though: sometimes I can like it a little too much. I don’t seek it out (and if I did, I’d probably do a better job of selling books), but it’s nice to be asked to be part of radio interviews, TV stuff (long story), and podcasts.”

St Paul and the SEALs: An Alternative to HALO Evangelism – “Navy SEALs and other elite military units are experts in a death-defying insertion maneuver known as HALO, or High Altitude Low Opening parachute deployment. From oxygen starved altitudes of 30,000 ft, where the temperature is -45C/ -50F, out of the range of surface to air missiles, the troops free fall at terminal velocity, and deploy their chutes just in time to land on earth alive. The effect on an unsuspecting enemy is undeniable. One moment you are casually plotting the demise of democracy (or whatever villains do nowadays) and the next moment you are inundated with a disorientating shock-and-awe rapid-fire invasion. It’s not only SEAL teams who are trained for this style of descent. We learned to do this in seminary.”


SERMON:

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Nate Pickowicz – The Kingdom of Christ (John 18:28-40)


VIDEOS:

Psychopathic Atheist Turns to Jesus

Peanut Butter youth ministries are everywhere!


“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 (January 25)

Buckle up because there are lots of great Kindle deals today. Here is a selection from Zondervan priced at $3.99: The Gagging of God, Worship by the Book, and Telling the Truth by D.A. Carson; A God-Sized Vision by Collin Hansen; The Pastor Theologian by Gerald Hiestand; The Next Story (revised and expanded) by me; The Pastor’s Family by Brian Croft; Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Crossway also has a selection about women’s ministry at $4.99 each: Women’s Ministry in the Local Church by Ligon Duncan & Susan Hunt; Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin; Word-Filled Women’s Ministry edited by Gloria Furman and Kathleen Nielson.

Scruffy Hospitality

This is good: “Scruffy hospitality means you’re not waiting for everything in your house to be in order before you host and serve friends in your home. Scruffy hospitality means you hunger more for good conversation and serving a simple meal of what you have, not what you don’t have.”

The Most Important Ingredient to Improve Your Marriage

Tim Lane: “What fuels a strong, resilient, enjoyable marriage? Most people would immediately answer with suggestions like better communication and the ability to resolve conflicts. As important as those skills are, it is actually much more simple than that.”

What really happened at Target Canada

This is a fascinating article about what really went wrong with Target’s failed attempt to move into Canada.

Desiring Knowledge and Maturity

Kevin DeYoung says, “All else being equal, I’d rather have a mature Christian with simple theological knowledge than an extremely knowledgeable, well-read Christian without a lot of maturity. But, of course, neither situation is desirable. Let me explain.”

Why Snow Shoveling is Deadly

Take care of yourself out there.

This Day in 1534. 482 years ago today, Martin Luther preached, “To be converted to God means to believe in Christ, to believe that He is our Mediator and that we have eternal life through Him.” *

Why Are Airplane Windows Round?

So you don’t die, of course. Here’s a slightly longer video explanation.

Start a Company Before College

This is a neat idea.

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Show me a church’s songs and I’ll show you their theology. —Gordon Fee


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Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Resource Links

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

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

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Chuck Lawless: Ways to Recognize a “Church Control Freak”

Source: Ways to Recognize a “Church Control Freak”

I don’t like writing this kind of post, but I think it’s necessary. I’ve seen too many churches with laypersons (and pastors, for that matter, though I’m focusing on laity with this post) who want to control the show. Here are some markers of those folks:

  1. They’ve been at the church for a while. At least in the established church, they assume that their tenure gives them the right to take the lead.
  2. They’ve often stepped into leadership voids in the past. Listen to their stories, and you’ll often find that they’ve gained control during previous times of transition or turmoil.
  3. They want to know everything. Knowledge is empowering, and they expect to be in the loop for everything. I call them “information idolaters.”
  4. They don’t listen to opposing views. Particularly in a congregational-polity church, they’ll fight for the right to express their opinion – but then completely dismiss the opinions of others.
  5. They demand being a part of every major decision. In fact, they can’t imagine how the church can wisely decide something without their input. Even if they agree with the decision, they’ll find something wrong if they weren’t part of the process.
  6. Their support for pastoral leadership blows with the wind. If they like what the pastor’s doing, they’re on board. If they don’t like it, though, they quickly become opposition – always “for the good of the church,” they say.
  7. They speak in terms of “some people are saying.”  These “people” may be only themselves and their spouses, but the exaggerated phrase “some people” gives them a sense of support.
  8. They see the negative more than the positive. They see themselves as God’s appointed prophet to make sure the church never goes astray (with “astray” meaning any direction they don’t want to go).
  9. They often use veiled threats against leaders. You’ve probably heard some of them: “people are going to leave”; “we’ll stop giving”; “we’ve seen many pastors come and go” . . . .
  10. They seldom talk about the Word or prayer. Indeed, you’ll seldom hear them talk about their personal walk with God. Control freaks don’t usually need God.
  11. They often focus on the budget. Controlling the purse strings is a primary way they extend their influence.
  12. They’d never admit they’re controlling. In fact, they might not even recognize it. That’s one of the enemy’s subtle ways to mess up the church: he influences control freaks who don’t even recognize what’s happening.

What other characteristics would you add?

Obama administration to assist gay rights group in targeting Christian schools

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Hillary Clinton and her ally, the Human Rights Campaign Hillary Clinton and her ally, the Human Rights Campaign

An article from the Daily Caller.

The Human Rights Campaign — America’s largest gay and transgender civil rights group — is celebrating this week’s decision by the U.S. Department of Education to create a searchable database targeting faith-based colleges and universities that have sought exemptions from federal gay and transgender rights regulations because the regulations violate their religious beliefs.

Clearly, the gay rights group commands the immediate attention of the Obama administration. The announcement that the Education Department will now pointedly identify such religious schools comes just a few weeks after the Human Rights Campaign released a Dec. 18 report naming and attempting to shame the schools.

The Human Rights Campaign is a curious organization. Their co-founder was charged by police for having sex with an underage teen. He is a big Democrat Party donor and supporter.

The Human Rights Campaign leaked the…

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Fear of Missing Out

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fomo (8)In case you didn’t have enough to worry about, there’s a new mental health syndrome on the horizon with a funky acronym. It’s FOMO: the Fear of Missing Out.

Missing out? But on what? On what other people are doing. They’re having exciting experiences that you’re not. They attended the hottest concert in town and you didn’t. Their kids have been accepted into Ivy League schools and yours weren’t. And the beat goes on, and on, and on.

FOMO is especially strong for those who are hooked on social media. Why? Because they’re constantly aware of what others are doing. Visit Facebook and you’ll view your friends’ faces with ecstatic smiles. Read their posts and you’ll find gushing descriptions of their awesome adventures. Person after person is having the time of their lives. And you? Well, not so much.

Teens with FOMO are highly anxious that “everyone’s” chatting about a…

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The Caliphate vs. The Kingdom. What is “the gospel of the kingdom” of Christ and why is it our hope in such dark times?

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GospeloftheKingdomUPDATED: (Dallas, Texas) — This weekend here in Dallas, I taught Part #3 of a series of messages I’m delivering across the country this month on what Apocalyptic Islam is, why it’s a threat to us, and how the Church ought to respond.

Here are the links to my notes for the first two messages.

  1. Part #1 — What’s the difference between Apocalyptic Islamic eschatology & Biblical eschatology? And why does it matter?
  2. Part #2 — ISIS waging war of genocide against Christians in the Mideast. New UN report provides chilling details.

Here at Prestonwood Baptist Church, I spoke on “The Caliphate Vs. The Kingdom.” I explained why Iranian and ISIS leaders are so fervent about the coming of their so-called messiah (the Mahdi) and their Islamic kingdom (the caliphate), and asked whether Christians are anywhere near as passionate about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of His actual, literal…

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Flesh-bound Christians and the Mortification of Sin

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

7 What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “ You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead. 9 I was once alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died; 10 and this commandment, which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me; 11 for sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12 So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
13 Therefore did that which is good…

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