Charisma News | Breaking News. Spiritual Perspective. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:24:57 -0400 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Franklin Graham: We Should Hold Politicians Accountable to Psalm 139

Evangelist Franklin Graham appeared to fire verbal shots at Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with a Facebook post following the debate. 

The issue close to Graham's heart—and the heart of God himself—was not mentioned, though Clinton claims to be a representative of the children. Clinton clearly violates Psalm 139 with her so-called women's rights positions.  

Graham writes:  

Well the first debate is behind us, and everyone has their opinions about who came out on top. There's no question, the difference between the candidates is night and day.
I don't know about your television, but right now mine has more political advertisements than you can watch. Some candidates have entire political ads talking about how they spent their career fighting for the rights of children. Yet they spent their entire career fighting against the rights of unborn children! Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, it is estimated that over 58 million children have been killed by abortion in this country. Doesn't an unborn child have any right to live? God's Word says He knew us in our mother's womb. We need to hold politicians and political parties accountable for consistent positions. You can't say you've spent your life standing up for children when you support killing them in the womb.
Jessilyn Justice Featured Caucus Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:04:06 -0400
Has Glenn Beck Come Unhinged?

The Ted Cruz-Glenn Beck friendship came to a very messy ending Monday morning during the latter's nationally syndicated radio program.

Speaking from his mock-up of the Oval Office with Cruz over the phone, Beck grilled the Texas senator over his decision to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. He then questioned Cruz about "selling" his campaign's email list to the Trump campaign—something every other GOP campaign has done (and has done in past election cycles).

At the end of the interview, Beck told Cruz he strongly disagreed with him, but still respected him. But after the ensuing commercial break, listeners—and viewers on his TheBlaze network—got an entirely different reaction from the radio host.

And now some are wondering if Beck has had some sort of mental breakdown.

"I'm sorry if that was too contentious for people," he said. "I will tell you that's not what I expected, but there was something in there—and I'm not going to go into it—there is something there and where I have private conversations with people and I know private company I know what was said and I know the story, and for the very first time I heard Ted Cruz calculate.

"When that happened the whole thing fell apart for me, and it's my fault. It's my fault for believing that men can actually be George Washington. It's my fault. I should have said, 'You know who can win? you know who could beat Hillary Clinton? Marco Rubio, and I disagree with him on the Gang of Eight members, but 80 percent I do agree with him on and he's kind of a politician but he's a different kind of politician. He's a young politician, He's a Hispanic. He can win, let's go for it.'

"Instead I said, 'Let's find a truly honorable man,' and that will always let you down. Right now we have become PETA. Shame on all of us. Why not just, 'You will vote for Hillary,' or, 'You will vote for Trump.' Why not just cover me in a bucket of blood. Why not just shame me in the public square. Why not run them out of business, they're climate deniers, there is no difference between the two teams anymore.

"Oh sure, one is for a little lower taxes. One is for the border fence, one is not. One is for international rule. One is for national rule. Which one is for the idea that all men are created equal, and that all men have a right to pursue their own happiness and make their own [expletive] decision?

"Which one? Which one? I contend neither of them, and so we will just soak each other in buckets of blood.

"We'll be a happy little bumper sticker community that shames one another in order to make sure you walk in goose-step with all the other Hillary supporters—or walking in goose-step with all the other Trump supporters, because she's going to mean the destruction of America. 'No, no,' says the Hillary supporter, 'You must vote for us because he means the destruction of America.' I contend they both mean the destruction of the idea."

The nasty breakup continued Monday evening on TheBlaze's Dana program when Beck told hostess Dana Loesch Cruz endorsed Trump because the senator "lost faith in Divine Providence." He said "smarmy" members of the Texas GOP establishment threatened to back another candidate for U.S. Senate in 2018, which triggered the change of heart.

He said he'll never endorse a candidate again.

"I actually said to my wife a year ago, 'I want to pray on it, because maybe in 2020, 2024, maybe I'll run for something,'" he added. "Maybe I'll run, not necessarily for president, I don't know. But I want to prepare myself to be worthy enough to run.

"Oh my gosh, Dana not only would I not run, I will never endorse. I won't be around it. It's a cesspool. It's an absolute cesspool."

After hearing that Cruz had praised Trump's debate performance Monday night, Beck lost his mind again. He told his Facebook followers he thought his head might explode. He wrote:

"Really? God help me I think my head is going to explode."

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0400
John Hagee Hits Religious Spirits Between the Eyes

Pastor John Hagee called out religious spirits who condemn the Lord's anointed in a recent Facebook post.  

His social media devotional appears to be straight out of Matthew 23, where Christ condemned the Pharisees.  

Hagee writes

#DailyDevotion: What is condemnation? Condemnation is when someone says disapproving things about you, describing your inability to be a certain way or to accomplish certain things. There are "religious" people who go around condemning other people, declaring how unfit they are to be used by God or the church. They do so to hide their own inferiorities and weaknesses. Don't let people throw their condemnation on you. It is the Holy Spirit's job to condemn and convict, not anyone else's.

Do you agree? Sound off! 

Jessilyn Justice Featured Culture Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:00:00 -0400
Would-Be US ISIS Recruit Sentenced to 30 Years Behind Bars

A would-be Islamic State recruit from California was sentenced on Monday to 30 years in prison for his conviction on charges he sought to join the militant group in Syria and committed bank fraud to pay for a plane ticket there, federal prosecutors said.

Nader Elhuzayel, 25, was found guilty in June by a U.S. District Court jury in Santa Ana, California, of conspiring and attempting to provide material support, namely himself, to a terrorist organization, and 26 counts of bank fraud.

He became the first person tried, convicted and sentenced for such charges in federal court, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles said. More than 70 individuals have been charged in the United States with trying to travel abroad to enlist with Islamic State, with most cases resulting in guilty pleas.

A native-born U.S. citizen, Elhuzayel worked various odd jobs after graduating from high school, took a course in medical billing and attended community college for several semesters, according to a pre-sentencing memorandum.

Elhuzayel was arrested on May 21, 2015, when he tried to board a Turkish Airlines plane at Los Angeles International Airport for a flight to Turkey, from where he had planned to make his way to the Syrian border, federal prosecutors said.

Found in his carry-on bag was a computer storage drive containing graphic photos of Islamic State beheadings and a "hit list" of U.S. Defense Department employee names and addresses compiled by the extremist group, according to evidence presented at trial.

Weeks earlier, prosecutors said, Elhuzayel had posted Twitter messages professing support for a 2015 incident in Texas in which two gunmen attacked an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad and were shot to death by police.

Elhuzayel also appeared in a video swearing allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and pledging to enlist as a fighter in the militant group, which has seized swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria and claimed responsibility for numerous attacks on civilians in Europe.

Prosecutors said Elhuzayel and a co-defendant, Muhanad Badawi, repeatedly used social media to express their support for Islamic State, including its execution of gay men. One Twitter message posted by Elhuzayel declared: "The only thing more beautiful than rain is homosexuals being thrown off tall buildings."

Badawi was convicted in a joint trial with Elhuzayel of conspiring with him to support terrorism, aiding and abetting his efforts by purchasing his one-way plane ticket, and a single count of financial aid fraud in connection with the plot.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 17, and faces up to 15 years in prison for each count relating to providing support for terrorism. {eoa}

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Steve Gorman/Reuters Featured U.S. News Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:30:00 -0400
RNC: The Top 10 Things Hillary Wasn't Asked

Lester Holt is not having a very good Tuesday.

Whether it was the admonition for cheers from Donald Trump supporters—within the rules of the debate—without the corresponding rebukes of pro-Hillary Clinton outbursts, or the frequent "fact checking"—in error, and in violation of the debate rules—of the GOP nominee, but not his Democratic counterpart, Monday's debate moderator is seeing a lot of criticism.

The host of NBC Nightly News faced additional scrutiny over topics he didn't cover—although the debate's scope was limited by the Committee on Presidential Debates beforehand—and questions about follow-up questions that never materialized. So much so the Republican National Convention decided to help out with a list of the top 10 topics he failed to bring up.

Here's the list:

  1. The 5 Aides Given Immunity by the FBI or Her Reckless Secret Server
  2. The Multiple False Statements About How Her "Extremely Careless" Actions Endangered Our National Security
  3. Her "Basket of Deplorables" Insult Toward Millions of Americans
  4. Clinton Foundation Pay to Play Accusations
  5. Her Failures and Lies on the Attacks in Benghazi
  6. Her Support for Obamacare
  7. Her Deep Support From and Ties to Wall Street
  8. Veterans Affairs Scandal She Arrogantly Called "Not Widespread"
  9. Her Comments About Wanting to Put the Coal Industry Out of Work
  10. Her Deception and Lack of Transparency on Her Health

The list, which was published on the GOP's website, has since been taken down—without explanation.

Bob Eschliman Featured Events Caucus Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:00:00 -0400
Lester Holt Served Up Some Home-Cooking to Hillary Clinton

The nation got to see the best and the brightest that the Republicans and Democrats had to offer last night at Hofstra University. Here are six takeaways from the debate: 

1. Somebody forgot to tell the moderator that he was supposed to moderate and not debate Donald Trump. Lester Holt, of the Nobody But Clinton network, was clearly in the tank for Hillary Clinton. I suspect he was secretly auditioning to be her press secretary. Just tally the number of times Holt interrupted Trump and pressed him on follow-up questions and then compare that number to Hillary's. As we say in Dixie, Hillary got some home-cookin'.

2. Hillary Clinton does not hold the American people in high esteem. She previously referred to us as a "basket of deplorables" and irredeemable. But during the debate she accused us of having an "implicit bias" against African-Americans. She seems to believe the only way to redeem all of us gun-toting, Bible-clinging deplorables is to shame us into submission.

3. If Donald Trump's record on women is fair game, then so is Hillary's. She needs to be called out for taking money from countries that treat women as second-class citizens. She needs to be called out for the terrible things she said about her husband's "lady friends." Hillary also took a swipe at Trump's achievements. She said the only reason he was successful was because of his father. To be fair, Trump could argue that the only reason for Hillary's success is because of her husband.

4. Trump needs to let go of the birther stuff—even if the mainstream media won't. And he needs to either release his tax returns or come up with a better excuse for why he won't.

5. There was no clear winner—but that does not mean Trump lost. In spite of the mainstream media's disgusting narrative, millions of Americans tuned in to discover that Trump does not wear gold-lined bed sheets or burn crosses at Mar-a-Lago.

6. There is bipartisan agreement that Hillary should never do another shoulder shimmy on national television. Ever.

Todd Starnes Featured American Dispatch Opinion Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:45:00 -0400
Ted Cruz Hands Out a Surprising Critique of Monday Night's Debate

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is often referred to as a "gifted debater," but that really isn't the half of it.

In 1992 he won both the U.S. National Debating Championship and the North American Debating Championship. Then, three years later, he was a semifinalist in the World Universities Debating Championship.

So, when someone asks him to critique a debate—as nationally syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt did during Tuesday morning's show—he's going to give an expert opinion. What he had to say, however, about Monday night's debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton, got a lot of people's attention.

"Well, last night, I thought it was a very strong debate," he said. "I thought Hillary did not have a good performance. I think throughout the night, she was tired, she was formulaic. The entire debate from Hillary was more Washington as usual. And every proposal she advanced was another big government solution that isn't working, that is failing.

"I thought Donald had the strongest debate performance he's had in this election cycle. I think he really went after Hillary, which was a good thing. And I think he drew strong contrast, particularly on taxes, and on regulation and on law and order, and on the disastrous Iran deal. And so I thought it was a good debate night."

Hewitt pointed to the "conventional wisdom" analysis of the debate, which suggested Clinton had "trounced" Trump, particularly in the latter half. He asked Cruz to address those analyses and to provide his own commentary.

"You know, anyone who is swooning at Hillary's performance last night, that's a pretty good indication that you're a card-carrying member of the liberal media, especially in the first half hour," he said. "I think Donald very much had the upper hand over Hillary. Hillary was tentative and had no real answers. She was on the defensive the entire time.

"And the biggest thing is her answers, they sounded old and tired, and I don't mean that in a comment on her health. I mean it on a comment on her ideas. Her ideas are rehashed 1960s Great Society, big government programs. And to me, they did not rise to the occasion remotely.

"Now of course, the media is going to hyperventilate at how terrific she is, because that's what they do. You know, the idea that they focus on the birther issue I find thoroughly amusing because, unless you are in a college faculty hall, or the newsroom of a major newspaper, I don't think there are a whole lot of voters in this country that give a flying flip about the birther issue.

"And so if the media thinks that was the takeaway from last night, I think that shows just how disconnected they are from working men and women who've been hammered for seven years under the Obama economy and are looking for something different. And if all Hillary cares about is screaming you're a racist, you're a racist rather than actually providing real solutions to the challenges facing working men and women, I don't think that's a good debate night for her."

Hewitt asked why Trump didn't force a conversation about the Supreme Court, and Cruz suggested the line of questions from moderator Lester Holt didn't really afford the opportunity to do so. He said, however, it is the biggest distinction between the two candidates.

"[A]s you know, the developments last week were a major reason why I made the decision to vote for Trump in November, because on Friday, he put out a list of 21 judges, and a couple of important things," he said. "One, as you noted, he put my friend and colleague, Mike Lee, at the top of the list. Senator Mike Lee, I think, would make an extraordinary Supreme Court justice to replace Antonin Scalia.

"But secondly, and this was the most important part of the list, and much of the media missed this, when he put it out, he explicitly committed that the only people he would consider are the 21 names on the list. Previously, they had put out a list of 11 names, but there had been no commitment other than these are among the people we will look at. 

"On Friday, they locked themselves in and said these 21 are the only ones up for consideration. That was a major new development, and it was a major new development exactly along the lines of what I had urged in Cleveland, which is that I wanted to see our nominee defend freedom, defend the Constitution, and the Supreme Court is going to be right at the crossroads of determining whether the Bill of Rights remains vibrant in protecting our liberties, or whether it is rendered a dead letter by a Hillary Clinton judicial activist Court."

Cruz also made an offer the Trump campaign just cannot refuse. Asked by Hewitt if he would be willing to campaign on the GOP nominee's behalf, or to assist with future debate prep, the senator said he had already made that offer.

"I will do whatever I can to defeat Hillary Clinton," he said. "My heavy focus this cycle, in addition to defeating Hillary, is on preserving a Republican majority in the Senate, and I am working hard to help my colleagues get re-elected.

"I'm working hard to raise money for them, to help turn out conservatives in their state. And then I'm also working hard in the state of Texas to turn out conservatives, because if conservatives stay home this cycle, we could see really bad results on down-ticket ballots, on judicial races, on state rep races.

"I don't want to see that happen. So I'm going to do everything I can to urge conservatives to come out and vote, even if they may not be thrilled at the candidates on the ballot. I'm urging them to come out and vote anyway, because the consequences of staying home, I think, are really quite significant."

Bob Eschliman Featured Events Caucus Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:00:00 -0400
How the Holy Spirit Is Obliterating Racial Tension Among Pastors in Charlotte

Don't buy into the media's lies about the chaos erupting in the streets of Charlotte, the Benham brothers say in a recent viral video.

"There is chaos in our streets, but what people don't know is this narrative," Jason Benham says.  

More than two years ago, the Holy Spirit began uniting two pastors of different races, Charlotte-area pastor Jay Stewart tells the Benham brothers.  

Stewart is about to merge his Refuge church with Derrick Hawkins' church, and Hawkins' church will become the Greensboro campus in November.  

"Listen, God is doing an amazing thing with this relationship ... ," Hawkins says. "The Lord's hand is upon this union."

Watch the video to see more. 

Jessilyn Justice Featured U.S. News Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:00:00 -0400
Rick Joyner: This Is the Most Degraded Thing About Our Country

The United States of America's leadership is the most degraded thing in our country, prophet Rick Joyner tells panelists on The Jim Bakker Show.  

"We've had the truly competent soldiers, warriors, officers replaced by those who were politically compliant," Joyner says.  

So what does this mean for America's future?

Watch the video to see!

Jessilyn Justice Featured Opinion Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:30:09 -0400
Clinton May Have Had a Slight 'Medical Episode' Late in the Debate

Following a particularly rough salvo late in Monday night's presidential debate from Republican nominee Donald Trump, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had a very odd reaction that has many speculating she may have had another "medical episode."

"Well, I have much better judgment than she does. There's no question about that. I also have a much better temperament than she has, you know? I have a winning temperament—I know how to win," he said, drawing one of several interruptions from moderator Lester Holt.

But Trump didn't back down.

"Wait. The AFL-CIO the other day, behind the blue screen—I don't know who you were talking to, Secretary Clinton, but you were totally out of control," he added. "I said, 'There's a person with a temperament that's got a problem.'"

Holt asked Clinton to respond, but it wasn't just what came out of her mouth that shocked some observers. Letting out what can only be described as a "Howard Dean yell," she began to shudder.

A momentary shoulder shake would've been entirely appropriate for the moment, but her tremors went on for a couple seconds, during which time she seemed to have difficulty keeping her eyes open. It was eerily similar to her "cold chai moment" in July.

The Clinton campaign apparently wanted to get out ahead of this one, turning it into a .gif—albeit a much shorter version of the events—calling it a "shimmy." With the help of Mashable and the like, the clip is quickly going viral, but not for the reason perhaps it should.

Bob Eschliman Featured Events Caucus Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:00:00 -0400
Has Hillary Been Caught Cheating (Again)?

During the Commander-in-Chief forum held in New York City on Sept. 7, close-up photos of Hillary Clinton's left ear showed she had some sort of earpiece in it, prompting concerns she was receiving on-the-fly coaching from her campaign while taking questions.

Now, a Reuters photo of Clinton shows she may have had the same type of device in her ear again on Monday evening during the first presidential debate with Donald Trump. Was she getting instructions from her campaign team while she was engaged in the debate?

The earpiece used Sept. 7 was a pearl color. The object in her ear Monday night was meant to match her skin tone almost perfectly. But when one zooms in to the photo, her outline of her tragus can be seen overlapping whatever it is.

Ultimately, that's the most important question, though. What does she have in her ear? There are three possibilities:


  •     A hearing aid—loss of hearing or dulled hearing is not uncommon for people of Clinton's age, particularly for those who have suffered a traumatic head injury, like a concussion. Many different companies market hearing aids that are meant to be concealed.
  •     An inductive earpiece—stage actors often use these to help with cues and missed lines during performances. They are meant to be concealed, and with Bluetooth technology, those speaking to Clinton through it wouldn't even have to be in the same city.
  •     An anti-seizure device—sound can trigger certain forms of seizures. A German-engineered device called the Epitect fits inside the ear and can detect and warn of an impending seizure, but more closely resembles a more traditional hearing aid with a component that hangs behind the ear.


None of these paint a particularly good picture for the Democratic presidential nominee. Either she has an as-yet undisclosed health condition, ranging from mild to severe, or she's been cheating during the televised debates.

Either way, she has some questions to answer.

Bob Eschliman Featured Events Caucus Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:30:00 -0400
New Trump Ad to Clinton: Do You Really Have to Ask?

Donald Trump's presidential campaign released a new 30-second web ad that attempts to answer Hillary Clinton's very important question: Why isn't she 50 points ahead?

The ad, titled "Do You Really Need to Ask?" offers up three possibilities:

  • "Maybe it's because you arrogantly call Americans deplorable."
  • "Or, maybe it's because the Director of the FBI said you lied about your emails."
  • "Or, maybe it's because your policies have allowed ISIS and terrorism to spread and made America less safe and less prosperous."

The ad is now running everywhere one can access the internet. Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller said Clinton is becoming more and more frustrated with "how out of touch she is with the American people."

"Her message is not resonating with everyday Americans, as evidenced by the closing poll numbers, and she has completely underestimated the influence of Mr. Trump's movement," he said. "Expect to see more aggressive outbursts from the Clinton camp as she realizes her email scandal, horrific record and disdain for the American people block her from being coronated as she originally intended."

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:30:00 -0400
Here's One Hillary Clinton Would Probably Like to Take Back

Hillary Clinton made a comment during Monday night's debate with Donald Trump that may have seemed innocuous when she said it, but has the potential to utterly destroy her campaign if one were to actually think about the context in which it was said.

During a discussion about law enforcement and policing, moderator Lester Holt—who had just taken a beating from Trump for arguing about a "stop and frisk" policy adopted by the New York City Police Department—asked Clinton to weigh in. He asked, "Do you believe that police are implicitly biased against black people?"

In other words, are police inherently racist?

Given the beating she took earlier in the month for her "basket of deplorables" comment, which she suggested applied to one quarter of the American population, many expected her to sidestep the question. And in a way, that may have been what she was trying to do.

Her answer: "Lester, I think implicit bias is a problem for everyone, not just police. I think, unfortunately, too many of us in our great country jump to conclusions about each other, and therefore, I think we need all of us to be asking hard questions about 'Why am I feeling this way?'"

In other words, everyone's racist.

Unfortunately for Trump, he never pounced on what she said, perhaps because he was still regrouping from his previous exchange with Holt—which violated the rules of the debate established by the Committee on Presidential Debates. Some media outlets did pick up on the comment in their post-debate analysis, though.

As The Daily Caller noted, it remains to be seen if the comments get the attention of the electorate, which has already found the "deplorables" comment off-putting.

Bob Eschliman Featured Events Caucus Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:00:00 -0400
What Would God Say About Last Night's Debate

There's much debate this morning over the results of last night's presidential debate. Since undecided voters will likely decide the race, today's Wall Street Journal is focusing especially on their response. And CNN is fact-checking the debate and discussing its implications for the race.

My question is different: How does God view the debate and what it says about America? I think He would respond in at least two ways.

One: He is grieved by the divisiveness of our culture.

Today's New York Times actually understates the tone of the event: "Trump and Clinton Press Pointed Attacks in Debate." From the email scandal to the birther issue, the candidates spent a great deal of time attacking each other. In this sense, they represented the nation they hope to lead. 

Lee Drutman noted in a recent New York Times article: "Rather than being one two-party nation, we are becoming two one-party nations." Drutman explains: Most large cities, college towns, the Northeast and the West Coast are what he calls "deep-blue Democratic." The South, the Great Plains, the Mountain States and suburban and rural areas in between are "ruby-red Republican strongholds." 

Neither "nation" is changing anytime soon.

"Confirmation bias" has been defined as "a tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one's preconceptions." We do this when we read and listen only to news sources with which we agree. Or when we watch a debate hoping our candidate will win rather than seeking to learn how each candidate would govern.

By contrast, God calls us to "be all of one mind, be loving toward one another, be gracious, and be kind" (1 Pet. 3:8, MEV). How much were these traits on display last night?

The Spirit wants to draw us to the Father that we might find unity in community with our Savior. As you discuss last night's debate and the ongoing campaign, will you be a force for division or a voice for Jesus? For more on ways we can respond to the divisiveness of our culture, please see my latest website article, Why Are We So Divided?

Two: He wants us to serve His children.

I think God cares less who won the debate than He cares who is winning and losing in America. He grieves that 43.1 million people in our country woke up in poverty this morning and that 42.2 million Americans live without access to sufficient food, including 13.1 million children. More than half a million of us are homeless. We are in the grip of "the worst drug addiction epidemic in United States history," according to one expert. Seventy-seven percent of Americans view pornography at least once a month. 

How should we respond to these critical problems? By following God's call to serve those who need our help. Jesus taught us that whatever we do to "the least of these brothers of Mine," we do to Him (Matt. 25:40).

The divisiveness and challenges of our culture will persist long after last night's debate is forgotten. So will our opportunity to speak the truth in love and care for God's children. What our nation needs most can be found only in Christ. 

C. S. Lewis was right: "God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing."

Note: For more on the debate, listen to Nick Pitts on WBAP at 7:15 a.m. and Point of View with Kerby Anderson at 1:00 p.m.

Jim Denison Featured Opinion Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0400
Frank Amedia Makes Bold Prophetic Declaration Over Donald Trump

Televangelist Frank Amedia prophetically declared walls coming down with a Jericho shout for the "redeemed of the Lord Donald Trump." 

The video was taken at an Ohio rally for the presidential candidate earlier this month.  

But the video doesn't stop there. Amedia begins to pray over all those gathered.  

"We ask you to release a spirit upon this nation to vote," Amedia says. "To vote those principles of faith we believe in so dearly." 

Watch the video to see the rest. 

Jessilyn Justice Featured Caucus Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:30:00 -0400
Avowed White Supremacist Church Shooter Dylann Roof's Jury Selection Begins

Several hundred people reported to the U.S. courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday for the start of jury selection in the death penalty case against a white man who shot dead nine black parishioners in a church in June 2015.

Prosecutors have said the man, Dylann Roof, 22, is an avowed white supremacist who carried out a racially motivated attack. Defense lawyers have said he would plead guilty if prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.

Roof sat in shackles and kept his head down as U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel explained the timeline for the trial, which begins on Nov. 7.

Roof faces 33 counts of hate crimes, obstruction of religion and firearms charges in the shooting deaths of the parishioners during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

Twelve jurors and six alternates will be chosen from a total of 3,000 people summoned from several counties for the trial. The final jury panel will be selected after a smaller group is questioned further in court in November.

Jurors will not be sequestered, but the court will pay for their hotel rooms in Charleston, Gergel said.

The judge urged people to avoid researching the case or talking to anyone about it but acknowledged that the killings had received wide publicity.

"I know that many of you have seen, read or heard about this case," Gergel said. 

Roof also faces murder and attempted murder charges in state court, with jury selection in that trial set for January. {eoa}

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Harriet McLeod/Reuters Featured U.S. News Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:45:00 -0400
Chris Pratt Rebukes Fan for 'Being a Jerk' While Wearing a Cross Necklace

Beyond visiting children's hospitals and building giant crosses on hills, actor Chris Pratt of Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World fame is known for being an "all around nice guy." However, the movie star has no qualms speaking his mind to rude fans, especially if they're doing so while wearing cross necklaces.

While exiting an airport, Chris Pratt was swarmed by people looking for autographs. One person looking to get a rise out of Pratt immediately asked him if he heard about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's announced divorce. Pratt responded by simply saying, "I'll be praying for them, man. That's too bad."

After signing several more posters and getting into his car, one fan threw a fit for being missed. Pratt responded, "You should be nicer. You got a cross on your chest and you're cussing me out. I just made you guys a bunch of money right now. Don't be a jerk."

Pratt regularly talks about his faith in interviews and on social media. This week on the Stephen Colbert show while promoting his new movie The Magnificent Seven, he explained the story behind building the steel-beam cross on Easter in Texas with some buddies. Colbert replied, "If you were helping people drag a cross up a hill, I think more people would go to church." Watch the video beginning at 4:31 to see why Pratt carried his cross. 

Movieguide® Featured Culture Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0400
The Gloves Come Off in First 2016 Presidential Debate

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump locked horns over the economy, assailed each other's foreign policy, and interrupted each other repeatedly in heated exchanges at the first U.S. presidential debate on Monday.

After greeting each other with a handshake and a smile, the two opponents went on the attack, with Clinton calling the New York businessman's tax policies "Trumped-up trickle-down" economics and Trump accusing the former secretary of state of being "all talk, no action."

Each accused the other of distortions and falsehoods and urged viewers to check their websites for the facts. She called him Donald, and he called her Secretary Clinton

"I have a feeling I'm going to be blamed for everything," said Clinton, the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party.

"Why not?" Trump retorted.

As the debate opened, they put forward competing visions for the U.S. economy.

"The kind of plan that Donald has put forth would be trickle-down economics all over again. And in fact it would be the most extreme version, the biggest tax cuts for the top percents of the people in this country that we've ever had," Clinton said. "I call it Trumped-up trickle-down, because that's exactly what it would be."

Trump, a real estate tycoon and former reality television star who has never held elective office, criticized Clinton for her trade policies and said she would approve a controversial trade deal with Asian countries despite opposing it as a candidate.

"You were totally in favor of it, then you heard what I was saying, how bad it is, and you said, 'Well, I can't win that debate,' but you know that if you did win, you would approve that," he said.

Clinton rejected the criticism.

"Well Donald, I know you live in your own reality, but that is not the facts," she said.

Clinton, 68, wore a red pantsuit, and Trump, 70, wore a dark suit and a blue tie to the encounter that could shift the course of the tight 2016 race for the White House.

Moderator Lester Holt struggled to rein in the candidates, with discussions about trade policy suddenly shifting to the fight against Islamic State as Trump accused Clinton of giving away information to the enemy by revealing on her website how she planned to defeat the group.

(Writing by Jeff Mason; Editing by Howard Goller)

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John Whitesides and Steve HollandReuters Featured Elections Caucus Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:40:00 -0400
Gary Bauer: Many of Donald Trump's Positions Better Than Today's 'Conservatism'

Not long from now, the American people will go to the polls to elect the next president of the United States. We face tremendous challenges—a stagnant economy, racial tension and growing threats from radical Islam.

Voters increasingly feel the American dream is slipping away, that their children will be worse off, that the system is rigged against them and is not working for them. The vast majority of Americans—as many as two-thirds of us, according to the latest polls—know we are on the wrong track. We need a change.

In this election, Hillary Clinton represents the status quo—more scandals and more Barack Obama. I believe we have had enough of both.

But more importantly, I believe this election may be the last chance we have to stop Obama's fundamental transformation of America, and restore our nation and the values we cherish.

In the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, some Republicans say they may stay home or vote for third party candidates. Some say Trump really is not conservative. But I believe Donald Trump is, on a number of issues, better than what passes for conservatism today.

For example:

  • Trump has directly confronted the smothering, debate-ending left-wing dogma, euphemistically called "political correctness."
  • He has said he supports a litmus test on judges. His Supreme Court appointments will be pro-life.
  • He has made corruption in Washington, D.C. a major theme of his campaign.
  • He rejects nation building in the Middle East—a utopian, not a conservative, adventure that ignores Islam's incompatibility with the basic tenets of freedom, including religious liberty and the equality of women.
  • He exhibits Ronald Reagan's caution on the use of military force, coupled with Reagan's firm belief that when we do use force, we fight to win.
  • Trump is confronting the putrid globalism that believes secure borders are passe and that all cultures are equal. He believes in American exceptionalism and the rule of law.
  • Lastly, but certainly not least, Donald Trump's selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his running mate was a grand slam home run. Mike Pence is a Ronald Reagan conservative who describes himself as "Christian, a conservative and a Republican—and in that order!"

I will not guarantee that conservatives will applaud everything Donald Trump does. But I can guarantee that Hillary Clinton will do nothing conservatives might applaud.

Conservative voters who doubt Donald Trump can trust Hillary Clinton to do everything she promises, such as:

  • Impose a massive amnesty far beyond what Obama has done.
  • Appoint pro-abortion, left-wing judicial activists who will gut the First Amendment and effectively repeal the Second Amendment.
  • Put a lot of coal miners and other energy industry employees out of work.
  • Increase the flow of refugees from Muslim nations by 500%.
  • Raise taxes by $100 billion a year.
  • Continue Obama's foreign policy of appeasement, allowing nations like China, Iran and Russia to expand their influence while America retreats.
  • Empower extremists on the left, such as the radicals in the Black Lives Matter movement and the anti-Israel fanatics on America's college campuses.

What on that agenda appeals to any conservative?

This November, voters who cherish faith, family and freedom have a very clear choice: Voting for Donald Trump gives us a chance to restore America. Not voting or dividing the conservative vote by supporting a third party candidate only empowers the left, and likely means the end of conservatism in America.

Gary Bauer is the founder of the Campaign for Working Families, a political action committee dedicated to electing to federal and state offices "pro-family, pro-life and pro-free enterprise" candidates. He is also the president of American Values, a non-profit organization "committed to defending life, traditional marriage, and equipping our children with" conservative values. An alumni of the Reagan administration he served as President Reagan's Deputy Under Secretary for Planning and Budget in the United States Department of Education, from 1982 to 1987, and as an adviser on domestic policy from 1987 to 1988. Author's titles and affiliations are for identification purposes only.

Gary Bauer/Campaign for Working Families Featured Opinions Caucus Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0400
George Soros' Antagonism Toward Israel Unmasked

Billionaire George Soros generally does not hide the fact that he uses the considerable funds at his disposal to support his extremist, leftist ideals.

So when he does hide something, it should raise some serious questions. A series of leaked documents recently revealed that Soros' philanthropy network, the Open Society Foundations, has been giving money to a number of anti-Israel organizations with the goal of smearing the Israeli government and undercutting its relationship with the United States.

The list of organizations is a veritable who's who of hostile, anti-Israel actors. One of the leaked documents shows that between 2001 and 2015, Soros funneled over $9.5 million into a range of groups including Adalah, the Al-Tufula Center, the Arab Association for Human Rights, Baladna, The Galilee Society, Molad, the New Israel Fund and others. 

Even worse, these documents showed that while the Soros network was systematically and methodically doling out its funds to these controversial groups, it was also working extremely hard to keep its donations and advocacy work quiet.

I can't imagine why.

According to the private documents, which have now been published online, Soros and his network are engaging in these subversive tactics in an effort to "hold Israel accountable" for its supposed violations of international law. In truth, it seems more fitting that Soros be held accountable for his inscrutable policies. His so-called Open Society Foundations certainly don't appear to be so open after all.

By secretly dispersing his money to influence politicians and the media, Soros hopes to drive a wedge between America and Israel without anyone noticing. This approach is wrongheaded and shameful. And it's not new.

A similar strategy was employed by some of those same liberal groups to help the Obama administration sell the catastrophic Iran nuclear deal. Top Obama adviser Ben Rhodes bragged openly to the media how the administration created an "echo chamber" by coordinating with front groups lined up to praise and support the Iran deal despite its devastating drawbacks. 

And here's a piece of information that should surprise no one: One such organization that was working closely with the White House to champion the Iran deal asked the Open Society Foundations for some cash to help them spread their misinformation. 

The American people on the whole were not fooled, but it ended up not mattering since Obama and his allies used parliamentary tricks to jam the Iran deal through Congress without it even receiving a vote.  

Now, having played America for the fool, an emboldened Iran is growing more dangerous and menacing by the day, with no signs of slowing down its nuclear program or moderating its aggressive behavior. The deal was not negotiated for the benefit of the American people or our national security, but for Obama's desire for a foreign policy legacy.

A similar pattern is emerging with regards to this smear campaign against the Jewish state. By attempting to undermine the government of the only democracy in the Middle East, Soros is also undermining American national security. It's simple. Pro-Israel policies are pro-American policies and a strong Israel makes for a stronger America. But Soros misses that point entirely.

Unlike its undemocratic, authoritarian neighbors, Israel has a free press. It's a bit ironic to consider this point, given that Soros is now spending an inordinate amount of time, money and effort trying to influence our own free press.

If you want to hold a government between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean accountable for violating human rights, then you certainly don't have to look far. The leaders of the terror group Hamas in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority, that controls Palestinian areas in the West Bank, aren't exactly known for respecting the sanctity of life or promoting democratic ideals.

The implications of exposing Soros' dirty little secret are huge, but you wouldn't know it from the remarkable lack of attention it has received so far in the mainstream media. Where's the indignation? Where are the Bernie Sanders supporters who decried use of dark money during the primaries, but are nowhere to be seen now? 

Americans should be outraged. People need to wake up and counter this campaign to attack Israel. The American-Israel relationship has been harmed enough by Obama's policies. Our citizens should not allow radical billionaires to have a further detrimental effect upon this crucial alliance.

Israel is our strongest ally and closest friend. We must make that clear, and we must stand strong together. As Israel's enemies skulk around in the dark and attempt to cloak their insidious campaigns attacking the Jewish state, those of us who love America and value our vital relationship with Israel should be proclaiming the many ways it makes us safer and declaring our ongoing support for Israel openly with pride.  {eoa}

Armstrong Williams, author Reawakening Virtues, can be heard on his radio talk show on Sirius/XM UrbanView 126.

Armstrong Williams Featured Opinions Caucus Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400
Justin Bieber: 'I Just Wanna Honestly Live Like Jesus'

With the media and Hollywood constantly bashing Christians, it's refreshing to see a celebrity speak out about his faith—even if it's young pop star turned bad boy turned devout Christian Justin Bieber.

Religion News Service reported that on September 20, Bieber sang the Christian worship song "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever" to tens of thousands of fans on his Purpose Tour in Paris.

As of 2015, Bieber had sold 46.5 million records in the U.S. His album, "My World," went platinum, and Forbes has listed him three times as one of the top ten most powerful celebrities in the world (2011, 2012, 2013).

However, his Purpose Tour wasn't the first time Bieber publicly professed his faith. In 2015, he told Complex, "I just wanna honestly live like Jesus ... He created a pretty awesome template of how to love people and how to be gracious and kind. If you believe it, He died for our sins."

Bieber hasn't always been the devout Christian he is now. Having reached excessive fame by the young age of 13, Bieber spiraled down a dangerous path. Most of his infamous behavior occurred between 2013 and 2014, when he engaged in numerous physical altercations, run-ins with the law, drug use and sex. 

But Bieber has seemingly put all that behind him. "I shouldn't be on the planet still. I think it was by the grace of God ... " he said. "My faith has gotten me to where I am. My faith has brought me to a whole other level. I love talking about my faith."

Bieber does more than just talk about his faith. At a November 13 concert at the Staples Center, Bieber's pastor took to the stage and gave a sermon to the large crowd. In 2014, the pop star was baptized by Pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong Church, Bieber's Church. He has a small cross tattoo on his face, a cross tattoo on his chest, and the word "Yeshua," the Hebrew name for Jesus, tattooed on his rib cage.

Hopefully Bieber stays on the right track and continues to spread his faith, despite the secular influence of Hollywood. {eoa}

This article originally appeared on

Callista Ring/MRC Newsbusters Featured Culture Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:00:00 -0400
Dutch Sheets: We're Past the Point of Personal Prayer and Righteousness

We know America is at a tipping point, but what can we do? 

Nothing on our own, apostle and best-selling author Dutch Sheets says.  

"There were times in the Scriptures when praying and doing what was right on an individual basis simply wasn't enough. On occasion, God said, 'Gather the people to Me,'" Sheets says.  

So now, he is among many Christian leaders who are calling all believers to a time of prayer in October ahead of the election.  

Want to participate? Watch the video to see more. 

Let's Take Action from Dutch Sheets Ministries on Vimeo.

Jessilyn Justice Featured Opinion Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0400
The Difference Between True Revival and False Fire

As believers, we are to discern truth from error, light from darkness and right from wrong, but how? Jeremiah 23:17 offers one answer, "They still say to those who despise Me, 'The Lord has said, "You will have peace"'; and they say to everyone who walks after the imagination of his own heart, 'No evil will come upon you.'" False teachers often don't warn, confront or convict. They offer comfortable messages and a false sense of peace, or they encourage very odd behavior. Many mislead with rules and regulations as found in 1 Timothy 4:2-3—"speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their consciences seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth."

Jesus said in Matthew 24:24 that "false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect." Deception comes in many forms but centers on false hope or legalism. Not all leaders in experience-oriented movements are false and misleading. Many are sincere and open to the work of the Holy Spirit, but when they "toke the Holy Ghost," kick people in the stomach for healing and act very bizarre, it should raise a huge red flag.

What is true revival then? Simply stated: a genuine revival is God reviving His people—"Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?" (Ps. 85:6). Repentance is often a mark of true revival as what was reflected in the life of Griffith Jones, who preached during the Welsh revivals of the 18th century: "The tears [of the congregation] began to flow in streams down their cheeks. Soon, they wept openly and cried out, 'What shall we do to be saved?'"

Further, it was not uncommon for people to tremble and weep or shout for joy under the anointed preaching of George Whitefield. Whitefield was the primary evangelist during the Great Awakening that occurred in the mid-1700s. During this time, old grudges and debts were forgiven, morality improved, many were added to the church, and there was a greater sense of the fear of the Lord.

Those who use past revivals to in an attempt to validate odd events today perhaps have not truly researched revivals. In reading charismatics and Calvinists, Pentecostals and Puritans, Acts and Azusa, as well as countless biographies of leaders such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, John Wesley, Robert Murray M'Cheyne, Charles Spurgeon and D.L. Moody, and Puritans such as Thomas Goodwin, John Bunyan, John Owen and Richard Baxter, nowhere do these leaders encourage the hysteria or the outright weirdness that we sometimes see today. God's Word is the foundation on which all truth stands (1 Tim. 3:15).

Granted, there were times of strong conviction such as when people held on to trees thinking that they were falling into the abyss of hell during the famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Jonathan Edwards. And people did cry out to God and/or fall on the ground under the strong conviction of sin during the Revivals of George Whitefield, John Wesley and Evan Roberts, but this is because sin, righteousness and holiness were preached—"falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you" (1 Cor. 14:25). This is true revival.

Perhaps a balanced end to this is found in an excerpt from Duncan Campbell's book, The Price and Power of Revival: "How is it that while we make such great claims for the power of the gospel, we see so little of the supernatural in operation? Is there any reason why the church today cannot everywhere equal the church at Pentecost? I feel this is a question we ought to face with open minds and honest hearts. What did the early church have that we do not possess today? Nothing but the Holy Spirit; nothing but the power of God. Here I would suggest that one of the main secrets of success in the early church lay in the fact that the early believers believed in unction from on high and not entertainment from men. ... How did the early church get the people? By publicity projects, by bills, by posters, by parades, by pictures? No! The people were arrested and drawn together and brought into vital relationship with God, not by sounds from men, but by sounds from heaven. ... The early church cried for unction and not for entertainment. Unction is the dire and desperate need of the ministry today."

There is a desperate need to preach and proclaim God's Word with genuine power if we are to experience true revival. Without God's authority and power, words are lifeless. Where are those with uncompromising power and authority in the pulpits today? The one thing that all of the great revivals in church history had is the one thing that we often lack—the genuine power of the Holy Spirit. The very thing that we need is the very thing that we are afraid of. Many do not truly want revival because of fear of what it may involve.

A few years ago, I prayed, "Lord, bring revival to the churches"—I was not ready for the response that followed. I felt impressed with these words: "You don't want revival—it will ruin your schedule, your dignity, your image and your reputation as a person who is 'well-balanced.' Men will weep throughout the congregation. Women will wail because of the travail of their own souls. Young adults will cry like children at the magnitude of their sin. With the strength of My presence, the worship team will cease playing. Time will seem to stand still. You won't be able to preach because of the emotions flooding your own soul. You'll struggle to find words, but only find tears. Even the most dignified and reserved among you will be broken and humbled as little children. The proud and self-righteous will not be able to stand in My presence. The doubter and unbeliever will either run for fear or fall on their knees and worship Me—there can be no middle ground. The church will never be the same again."

Do you really want revival?

Shane Idleman Featured Opinion Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400
Cindy Jacobs Urges Intercessors to Battle This Demonic Force on Oct. 2

A growing number of Christian intercessory prayer groups are joining forces—and joining voices—to call for a day of prayer to combat Islamic terrorism on Oct. 2, 2016

"This crisis can't be stopped by natural means. It's simply not humanly possible," says Cindy Jacobs, co-founder of Generals International. "This day of prayer is a Global Prayer Shield. It's a world-wide appeal to heaven to cry out to God to protect our countries from the violence of terrorism. We also want to see those who are currently deceived that this terroristic killing honors their god, to have a visitation from the one, true God. So let's join together and put our shields up!"


The following is the prayer guide. Please follow along day by day, starting Oct. 2:

 Jeremiah 29:7 (MEV)

"Seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace."

Psalm 91:9-11

"Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling, there shall be no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your tent; for He shall give His angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways."

Romans 13:1-2

"Let every person be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment."

Terrorism is now a worldwide concern. Primarily carried out by radical Islamists, this is a type of warfare that comes right into neighborhoods and group events right where we live. Our governmental authorities, intelligence agencies and local law enforcement agencies are working together diligently to root out plots and plans and stop them before they can be carried out, but we believe divine intervention is needed to help them. Please join with us in prayer to this end.

Thank the Lord that He is the one who ultimately protects our cities and nations from harm. Tell Him that we acknowledge Him first above any other source of protection.

Pray for the peace of the city you live in and ask God to provide protection against terrorism. Say that the blood of Jesus protects your city from all harm and that no disaster can befall it.

Pray for wisdom and direction from the Holy Spirit for authorities as they seek out all of those who may be planning harm and that every plot would be found out.

Decree that acts of terrorism being planned in darkness in your state or nation will come into the light and be stopped!

Psalm 127:1b

"Except the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain."

1 Peter 4:11

"If anyone serves, let him serve with the strength that God supplies, so that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ." 

When tragedy strikes, we all look for help. Those who are trained to provide that help, whether it is medical, protective or rescue, are appreciated and honored by the vast majority of those whom they serve. In a day of global terrorism when authorities are under attack, as well as those who misunderstand and distrust even first responders, it is important that we pray for our police, fire and medical response teams worldwide.

Give thanks to the Lord for those who so often put their lives on the line for others. In so many ways, they reflect the giving nature of Jesus who gave Himself for us.

Pray for physical protection for these first responders since there are many situations in which their lives and bodies are placed in danger.

Pray for peace for their families who are aware of the dangers their loved ones often face.

Pray for emotional protection, especially in the United States in light of criticism and attacks due to conflict between some African-Americans and the police. Help them to not be easily offended or hurt by criticism. Protect them from cynicism.

Pray for increased skill and effectiveness in their daily tasks of coming to the aid of others. Ask the Lord to give them confidence in the abilities He has given them and in those they have developed through training.

We must always remember that God is ultimately our shield against the enemy's actions. He is the one we look to first to protect us and save us. Worship Him and thank Him that we can rely on Him 100 percent of the time!

Jennifer LeClaire Featured Watchman on the Wall Opinion Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400
Senate Sets Wednesday Vote for 9/11 Bill Veto Override

Friday, just hours before the deadline, President Obama vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, a bill that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over its involvement in the nation's worst terrorist attack.

Republicans in the House and Senate had promised to vote on an override if that happened. Both chambers passed the measure unanimously by voice vote, all but ensuring the votes exist for an override—potentially a first for Obama's presidency.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had weighed in on the matter over the weekend. In an official statement distributed by his campaign, he said:

"President Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act is shameful and will go down as one of the low points of his presidency. This bipartisan legislation was passed unanimously by both houses of Congress and would have allowed the families of the nearly 3,000 people slaughtered by radical Islamic terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, the opportunity to seek justice in an American court of law.

"That President Obama would deny the parents, spouses and children of those we lost on that horrific day the chance to close this painful chapter in their lives is a disgrace. These are wonderful people, and as a lifelong New Yorker, I am saddened that they will, for now, not have that opportunity. If elected president, I would sign such legislation should it reach my desk."

Monday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced there will be an override vote scheduled for Wednesday. It must pass with a two-thirds majority—67 votes—to force the bill into law.

The stumbling block could be in the House, however. There, a two-thirds majority would be 290 votes. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has dragged his feet a bit more than McConnell, though.

Asked last week if he would bring up an override vote before Congress goes on its pre-election recess, Ryan more or less left it up to the Senate. The override vote could provide an additional motivator for voters in the general election—any Democrat who votes against it faces almost immediate electoral peril.

Republicans need Democratic votes to override the veto. In the Senate, Republicans need the help of just six Democrats, while in the House, if just 43 Democrats vote for the measure, it will pass.

Bob Eschliman Featured Issues Caucus Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400
New Movement Prompts Pro-Israel Christians to Fight BDS

When it comes to the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish movement's financial resources, it might seem that they have it all: expensive media campaigns to boycott Israel products; bullying of artists who announce their tours to Israel; purchasing Israeli products in supermarkets abroad in order to destroy them as well as other means of aggression.

And when it comes to pro-Israeli and pro-Jewish activism, sometimes it looks pale comparing to Israel's enemies. For the many thousands of millions in U.S. dollars, euros and British pounds invested by BDS, it seems that pro-Israel activism is still many steps behind.

But an Israeli company is changing that, radiantly.

Radiant Group, a young and thriving company based in the Galilee region, is bringing tour groups to Israel, connecting them directly to Israeli ministries and thus investing and sowing in the land of the promise. Radiant Group created also a new movement in order to fight boycotts against Israel: UBIS, which stands for Unite, Bless, Invest and Support.

"Radiant Group was founded in January 2016 in response to the pressing need for real and intimate relationships between the body of Messiah in the nations and the body here in the land of Israel," says Gilad Rosinger, founder and CEO of Radiant. "On the macro level, Radiant Group was founded to counter the growing BDS movement and the rise of anti-Semitism worldwide. Specifically to the insane statistic of NGO's spending a total of over 100 million euros per year to delegitimize the state of Israel."

Here is a question-and-answer with Rosinger about Radiant's mission and efforts:

RS: Tell us about the vision for the tour groups. How is that different from other tour companies?

GR: Radiant Tours has launched "Bless Israel Tours." This vision has come to life to help supporters of Israel connect with the Land and the people in a way that has never been offered before. Our focus is on relationships. We understand that supporters of Israel around the World are tired of the "cookie cutter" tours that operate like a factory and are somewhat mechanic in their nature. The typical tour lands at the airport and is then rushed from hotel to hotel and site to site without truly connecting with the land or the people. "Bless Israel Tours" are custom designed, focused on connecting with believers and ministries in Israel. We organize prayer meetings, worship gatherings, volunteer opportunities, meetings in the Knesset, Shabbat dinners in a believing Jewish home and many other activities that are designed to truly impact all people involved. The main goal is to establish lifelong relationships and introduce the kingdom family from the nations to Israel.

RS: Do you work only with local believers, such as tour guides, bus drivers, guest houses and hotels? Or do you work also with unbelievers you reach out to?

GR: We are open to blessing Israel in any way that the Holy Spirit leads us. Our focus, however, is the believers in Israel, and helping them grow in stability so that they can walk into their true calling. Our vision for Radiant Group is not only to bless the tourists, but to bless many ministries, believers and businesses here in the land. We work with guest houses and hotels that are run by believers and also nice hotels that are part of the economy of Israel. We specifically get to know the hearts desires of the group and then we match them up with their wishes.

RS: How does this is going to change the actual picture of tourism to Israel?

GR: This completely changes the game as far as tourism in Israel. Because of our unique connections here, and over 30 years of developing friendships and relationships, we have been blessed with some of the best connections and insight into the real needs in the promised land. We are able to make connections for tour groups that they have been longing for a very long time, but were unable to make. The reason they were unable to do so, is that the conventional tour companies don't deal with relationship connections. The response has been incredible, and we believe that this is the time for action. We live in a time where there is a pressing need to go deeper in our understanding of God's Word and the true spiritual principle of blessing Israel. Radiant Group provides just that.

RS: That is encouraging! Please tell us about UBIS.

GR: UBIS is the global movement we are launching to counter the BDS movement. BDS stands for Boycott, Divest and Sanction. UBIS stands for Unite, Bless, Invest and Support. We have a large network of ministries, businesses and organizations that are doing big things in Israel to bless the Land and the people. Through UBIS we are providing a trustworthy and transparent platform for people to bless Israel and stand with Israel in this critical time.

RS: How can pro-Israel Christians join the UBIS movement?

GR: Pro-Israel Christians and supporters of Israel can take a few actions to support the UBIS movement.

  • They can book a "Bless Israel Tour" through Radiant Tours.
  • They can use a Radiant Group business expert to handle their business needs (website development, video production, project management, marketing services and so forth).
    They can visit our website and click on the UBIS tab and make a donation toward the UBIS movement. This will help us create social media campaigns, bless various ministries and organizations in the land and much more.

RS: How can Israel-based ministries be a part of what Radiant Group is doing?

GR: We are here to serve. Israeli ministries can simply contact us for any other needs or ideas on how you would like to bless Israel. We can add them to our network and, depending on a group's wishes, we can make the connection between them.

RS: Here is a tough question, but it needs to be asked: Do you direct the groups toward certain ministries more than others?

GR: That's a great question. Yes we do. We take our mission seriously and want to make sure that only organizations and ministries which are trustworthy and righteous are being blessed. Currently, we have many partners and we know them personally. This is why people can count on with Radiant Group, that the seeds they sow here, will be sown in fertile soil. We are also open to working with any ministry or organization that is walking in truth and blessing people.

RS: What would you like the Israeli believers both Jews and Arabs would know about Pro Israel Christians around the world?

GR: Israel and the people of Israel are not alone! First of all, the Holy One of Israel has their back! And He is raising awareness—about the local believers and their struggles to minister in Israel—through Christians who truly and wholeheartedly love the God of Israel, His Word, His people and His Land, and they wish to be connected to them—directly. The words of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah 60:1-5 are very much a part of these pro-Israel Christians' lives:

"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For the darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord shall rise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you. The nations shall come to your light and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather themselves together; they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried at your side. Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and rejoice because the abundance of the sea shall be converted to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you." 

So it is time for the body of Messiah in the nations and in Israel to unite and be radiant. {eoa}

Rachel Scapa studied journalism at the Open University TLV under Yedioth Aharonoth's journalist Dudi Goldman. She served as news correspondent for various radio stations abroad, including BBC 3 Counties and Voice of America, both in English and Portuguese, giving the best reports from Israel. Currently she has two radio shows--one in Portuguese, which she has had for more than 13 years, presenting News from Israel and the ME. In the other, in Hebrew, she presents Brazilian music, on an Israeli secular radio station. Rachel is also a columnist for a Christian newspaper in Brazil, distributed over the triple border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Presently she writes for the Israeli Messianic Jewish magazine Kehila News, published in Englsih, Hebrew and Spanish.

Rachel Scapa/Kehila News Israel Featured Standing With Israel Opinion Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400
Oldest Known Evidence of Hebrew Ten Commandments Found in Shocking Location

A boulder inscribed with a Hebrew translation of the Ten Commandments was reportedly found in the last place people may expect: America. 

It is said to be the oldest known Ten Commandments written in Hebrew. 

The controversial carving is located west of Los Lunas, New Mexico, at the bottom of what is called the "Hidden Mountain." 

The 80-ton boulder, which is still being called a "mystery stone," a "Phoenician Inscription Rock" or "Mystery Rock," contains the text of the Ten Commandments written in ancient Paleo-Hebrew. 

"This form of Hebrew writing was used for approximately 1,000 years and fell into disuse around 500 B.C.," explained Roni Segal, an academic adviser with eTeacher, an online language academy. 

According to BreakingIsraelNews, the boulder is so large it may have been in its present-day location since the time of King Solomon. 

"The more square-like Hebrew script used today came into common use after King Solomon's reign," continued Segal. "Since the writing on this stone is in Paleo-Hebrew script, archaeologists surmise that this stone dates back to biblical times."

Harvard scholar Robert Pfeiffer, an expert in Semitic languages, confirmed the Paleo-Hebrew script's authenticity and translated the writings as the Ten Commandments, which include, "I am the Lord, thy God, who brought you out of the land" and "Thou shalt have no other gods."

Some, like Kenneth Feder, professor of archaeology at Central Connecticut State University, are saying that the stone is fake. 

"The stone is almost certainly a fake" because it makes use of some modern Hebrew punctuation and contains numerous stylistic and grammatical errors, he said.

Late professor and archaeologist Frank Hibben, who had a reputation for fabricating archaeological data, was the first to bring up the stone in 1933. He said that he was first shown the Decalogue by a guide who claims to have found it in the 1880s. 

Due to the stone's enormous weight and years of not correctly deciphering the inscriptions, its authenticity has never been proved by a laboratory. {eoa}

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CBN News Featured World News Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0400
Why 3,000 Christian Leaders Are Crying Out Together for These Hot-Button Issues

Some of today's biggest social challenges will be the subject of a massive conference at NYC's Jacob Javits Center on October 25-27, when an expected 3,000 Christian leaders and emerging leaders from 86 countries gather for "Movement Day Global Cities" (MDGC).

An initiative of the New York City Leadership Center in collaboration with the Lausanne Movement, MDGC is designed to transform the world's cities by addressing social challenges including the refugee crisis, human trafficking, poverty, fatherlessness, under-performing education and encouraging collaborative partnerships as a means to transform a city.                                                                                                       

"The greatest demographic in human history is taking place right now," says Dr. Mac Pier, founder and CEO of the New York City Leadership Center and host of the event. "There are 7,000 people moving into sizeable cities every hour, the equivalent of a city the size of San Francisco is being birthed each month. Millennials are moving into cities at a great rate, and the poor are congregating in the cities for survival. So if you want to serve the people of the world today, you want to do mission in cities. That is the focus of Movement Day Global Cities, and it is our hope to gather Christian leaders to educate, celebrate and inspire gospel movements and collaborative ministry in cities around the world."

An annual event, more than 8,000 leaders have attended the Movement Day gathering in New York City since 2010, representing today's leading Christian ministries, churches, businesses, seminaries, universities and foundations. This year's event is unique in that the focus is on global cities and will involve an unprecedented contingent of speakers and thousands of leaders from around the globe, including United Arab Emirates, India, Philippines, Belgium, Rwanda, Lebanon and South Africa.

Each day's schedule will begin with influential speakers from nine countries who will discuss how gospel movements impact cities by affecting urban social challenges. Some of the speakers include:

-         Dr. Tim Keller, senior pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NYC

-         Dr. Luis Palau, Luis Palau Association, Portland, Oregon

-         Dr. Mac Pier, event host, founder and CEO of The New York City Leadership Center

-         Bishop Claude Alexander, senior pastor, The Park Church, Charlotte, NC

-         Dr. Michael Oh – Executive Director of the Lausanne Movement, Nagoya, Japan

-         Ms. Vandana Kripalani, Set Beautiful Free, Mumbai, India

-         Dr. Jayakumar Christian, World Vision India

-         Dr. Tony Evans, radio host and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Dallas, TX

-         Mr. Bob Doll, Chief Equity Strategist and Senior Portfolio Manager, Nuveen Asset Management, Princeton, NJ

Each afternoon, attendees can choose from a number of track discussions led by experts and practitioners, focused on additional topics such as caring for the homeless, ministering to young people, transforming cities through the arts, Christ-centered entrepreneurship, emotionally healthy leadership and much more.

Also, a dozen ancillary events will take place around the city during the week, including a national discussion on race, the executive summit for senior-level leaders, a conference focusing on the global issues impacting children in our cities, gatherings for millennial leaders and a celebration of women church/ministry leaders.

Attendees from 86 countries are currently registered, including church and ministry leaders, directors of college campus ministries, business leaders, arts and education leaders and mission's agency leaders.

Lisa Mazzella Featured U.S. News Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:30:00 -0400
7 Things to Expect at Monday Night's Debate

If you're watching tonight's first presidential debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic counterpart, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, you will be far from alone.

The broadcast, which will air at 9 p.m. EDT on CNN, will also be streaming on the cable network's website,, and its CNNgo app for mobile devices. More than 100 million viewers are expected to watch—putting it in the same league as last year's Super Bowl football game.

The current record for largest debate audience is Oct. 28, 1980, debate between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, which garnered an audience of 80.6 million viewers. The next largest debate audience was in 1992 when George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot sparred on television.

Some will be watching to be better informed. Others will be watching, hoping for one or both of the candidates to have a "moment"—good or bad—that completely redefines the political landscape of the 2016 elections.

Still others are the type who go out of their way to watch a demolition derby.

Regardless, they will see a 90-minute debate moderated by NBC's Lester Holt. It will focus on the direction of the country, the economy, national security and foreign policy.

Here are seven things to be looking for during tonight's debate:

1. Format

The debate will be broken down into six segments. Each segment will feature a question from Holt directed to one of the candidates, who will have two minutes to respond. His or her opponent will then have two minutes of rebuttal. The remaining 10 minutes will feature an open debate and discussion of the central topic.

Hillary Clinton will get the first question of the night.

2. Rules

Unlike the debates held during the primary process, which were controlled by each political party, every aspect of this debate—down to the tiniest detail—is controlled by the rules handed down by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Some of the decisions are arbitrary: Coin tosses decided which side of the stage the candidates are on and who gets the first question.

Others require judgment decisions and negotiations between the two campaigns. For instance, Clinton—who stands just 5 feet 4 inches tall—asked for a step stool to prevent her from being dwarfed by the 6-foot-3-inch Trump.

Although that request was denied, a special podium has been built to try to accommodate the significant height difference between the two.

3. Hillary's Health

Clinton canceled a number of public events in the week following her Sept. 11 pneumonia diagnosis and tonight's debate, prompting additional concerns about her overall health. Those were further intensified after a pool reporter captured video of Clinton carefully walking out of New York City daycare center while wearing what appeared to be a heavy winter coat—on a 70-degree day.

One prominent physician, Dr. Ted Noel, who has publicly stated he believes there is ample video evidence that Clinton is suffering from Parkinson's Disease, has said he will be watching the debate closely for more signs. If she were to have another "medical episode" during the debate, there are no plans for commercial breaks during the debate.

4. No Pinocchios for You

Under the rules of the debate—and unlike in the previous debates during the primary races—Holt will not be allowed to "fact check" either of the candidates' statements. This had been a frustration for many viewers of past debates, particularly when the "fact checking" turned out to just be flat-out wrong.

Instead, it will be up to the candidates to police themselves, which is perhaps why the liberal mainstream media has bombarded the Trump campaign with accusations he has repeatedly lied or "made things up" on the campaign trail. Those attacks were planted by the Clinton campaign—it will be interesting to see how Trump counters those attacks tonight.

5. The Off-Stage Circus

The Clinton campaign invited billionaire Mark Cuban—who has relentlessly bashed Trump for months on Twitter and in interviews—to sit in the front row of the audience. The expectation was likely to goad Trump into a feisty reaction.

Instead, and in true "Trump" fashion, her opponent suggested he might give a seat right next to Cuban to Gennifer Flowers, with whom President Bill Clinton has admitted he had an extramarital affair. Both camps are trying to get under each other's skin before the debate even begins, and it's likely that will spill over to tonight.

6. The Wild Card

Invariably, in the polarized world in which we find ourselves, tonight's debate will often resemble a two-on-one battle. What kind of two-on-one will depend entirely upon the "wild card": moderator Lester Holt.

Both candidates have questioned whether or not he can be impartial, and Trump's claim that he would be facing two Democrats on the stage tonight forced Holt to admit a surprising fact: He's a registered Republican. And, it wouldn't be outside the realm of possibility for Trump and Clinton to team up against the moderator from time to time.

7. The Winner Will Be

Regardless of who wins tonight, both sides will attempt to claim victory in the hopes of swaying a few well-placed media types to agree with them. Winning the first debate has become a critical piece to winning the White House every four years.

The two campaigns will likely have their own armies of surrogates to put out their respective "spin" on the evening's events.

Bob Eschliman Featured Events Caucus Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0400
Hillsong's Carl Lentz: Revival Is Breaking Out in New York

Revival is breaking out in New York City, according to Hillsong's Carl Lentz.  

In an Instagram post, the popular pastor writes, "I refuse to be a Christian that asks to be delivered from my own prayer requests.. 'God bring revival to NYC'!! And then when he does, resent what I used to rejoice about.. No way.." 

The photo reveals hundreds of men and women eager to get inside Hillsong's New York campus to encounter the Holy Spirit.  

Lentz says they wait for hours and most likely will spend the service on their feet, but he doesn't care, and apparently neither does his congregation.  

He writes: 

When churches have buildings they own, it's easy to take for granted how convenient it is to simply have meetings! We have never known that.. Every meeting we have ever had, we have to rent a venue. Pay for it. And it's never big enough! So waiting in a line, to get into an overcrowded room where you just might have to stand the whole time, becomes a normal thing. It's literally a choice to be inconvenienced..We have had people leave our church from time to time and say "you know what, I just want to be somewhere smaller." Not realizing the new place they choose to go, has the same desire to grow!! It just hasn't happened yet, or at the same "speed".. 

He continues: 

Last night, hundreds of people couldn't get into our first service. So they waited two hours to be a part of the "second" one..who knows, perhaps someday soon we will have our own building. But I will never forget THESE DAYS. I'm thankful for the amazing people in our church. I'll tell you that! When comfort calls? They hang up the phone.. May that be said of all of us! Special thanks to our staff of 18 PEOPLE, that do more and carry more and graciously accept the love and complaints of people who will never know just what this road is like! You are the greatest. #occupyallstreets
Jessilyn Justice Featured U.S. News Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:00:00 -0400
Stephen Hawking Gives Bizarre Warning About Alien Contact

Famed physicist Stephen Hawking warned the world that if aliens come calling, we should be wary of answering back.  

"Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus—that didn't turn out so well," Hawking said in a new video.  

Though the alien quip may be an easy takeaway, Hawking's primary focus was to convince the world that space is humanity's only option for survival.  

"I believe that life on Earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster," Hawking says, giving the examples of a sudden nuclear war or a genetically engineered virus.

"I think the human race has no future if it doesn't go to space. We need to inspire the next generation to become engaged in space and in science in general, to ask questions: What will we find when we go to space? Is there alien life, or are we alone? What will a sunset on Mars look like?" 

Biblically, most mentions of space deal with praising the Creator and understanding the depth of His love for us.  

According to Answers in Genesis: 

The Bible indicates in several places that the universe has been "stretched out" or expanded. For example, Isaiah 40:22 teaches that God stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. This would suggest that the universe has actually increased in size since its creation. God is stretching it out, causing it to expand.
Now, this verse must have seemed very strange when it was first written. The universe certainly doesn't look as if it is expanding. After all, if you look at the night sky tonight, it will appear about the same size as it did the previous night, and the night before that.
In fact, secular scientists once believed that the universe was eternal and unchanging. The idea of an expanding universe would have been considered nonsense to most scientists of the past. So it must have been tempting for Christians to reject what the Bible teaches about the expansion of the universe.
I wonder if any Christians tried to "reinterpret" Isaiah 40:22 to read it in an unnatural way so that they wouldn't have to believe in an expanding universe. When the secular world believes one thing and the Bible teaches another, it is always tempting to think that God got the details wrong. But God is never wrong.
Most astronomers today believe that the universe is indeed expanding. In the 1920s, astronomers discovered that virtually all clusters of galaxies appear to be moving away from all other clusters; this indicates that the entire universe is expanding.
You can think of this like points on a balloon. As the balloon is inflated, all the points move farther away from each other. If the entire universe was being stretched out, the galaxies would all be moving away; and that is what they actually appear to be doing.
It is fascinating that the Bible recorded the idea of an expanding universe thousands of years before secular science came to accept the idea. 

Though the universe may be expanding, that does not mean humanity is meant to explore and conquer space.  

When Christ himself talks about the end times, He deals more specifically with what Hawking says will destroy the Earth.  

"So when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains," Jesus says.  

"Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. Let him who is in the field not return to take his clothes. Woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse in those days! Pray that your escape will not be in the winter or on the Sabbath. For then will be great tribulation, such as has not happened since the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be."

Jessilyn Justice Featured World News Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:00:00 -0400
Professor With Stunningly Accurate Track Record Prophesies Presidential Winner

Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history at American University, has a nearly prophetic ability to accurately predict the winner of presidential elections.

As a matter of establishing his "track record," he's correctly predicted the winners of the last eight presidential elections. And, in an interview with The Washington Post, he's made his prediction for a ninth:

"Donald Trump has made this the most difficult election to assess since 1984. We have never before seen a candidate like Donald Trump, and Donald Trump may well break patterns of history that have held since 1860."

But that's not an endorsement. Lichtman accused the Republican presidential nominee of "enriching himself at the expense of others," of being a "serial fabricator," of having "incited violence against an opponent," and of having "invited a hostile foreign power to meddle in American elections." Throughout the interview, he exposes his personal political biases, but the system he has developed for predicting elections does not take those into account.

Putting aside his personal views, he said many indicators are currently pointing to a Trump victory in November.

"Based on the 13 keys, it would predict a Donald Trump victory," he said. "Remember, six keys and you're out, and right now the Democrats are out—for sure—five keys."

The "keys" he mentions are explained in greater detail in his new book, Predicting the Next President: The Keys to the White House 2016. They are:

  1. Party Mandate: After the midterm elections, the incumbent party holds more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives than after the previous midterm elections.
  2. Contest: There is no serious contest for the incumbent party nomination.
  3. Incumbency: The incumbent party candidate is the sitting president.
  4. Third party: There is no significant third party or independent campaign.
  5. Short-term economy: The economy is not in recession during the election campaign.
  6. Long-term economy: Real per capita economic growth during the term equals or exceeds mean growth during the previous two terms.
  7. Policy change: The incumbent administration effects major changes in national policy.
  8. Social unrest: There is no sustained social unrest during the term.
  9. Scandal: The incumbent administration is untainted by major scandal.
  10. Foreign/military failure: The incumbent administration suffers no major failure in foreign or military affairs.
  11. Foreign/military success: The incumbent administration achieves a major success in foreign or military affairs.
  12. Incumbent charisma: The incumbent party candidate is charismatic or a national hero.
  13. Challenger charisma: The challenging party candidate is not charismatic or a national hero.

"The Keys to the White House is a historically-based prediction system," Lichtman told The Post. "I derived the system by looking at every American presidential election from 1860 to 1980, and have since used the system to correctly predict the outcomes of all eight American presidential elections from 1984 to 2012.

"The keys are 13 true/false questions, where an answer of 'true' always favors the re-election of the party holding the White House, in this case the Democrats. And the keys are phrased to reflect the basic theory that elections are primarily judgments on the performance of the party holding the White House.

"If six or more of the 13 keys are false—that is, they go against the party in power—they lose. If fewer than six are false, the party in power gets four more years."

The five keys Lichtman said the Democrats are currently losing are:

  • Key 1—The Democratic Party was trounced in the 2014 midterm elections.
  • Key 3—President Obama is prevented from seeking re-election because he is constitutionally term limited.
  • Key 7—The White House hasn't announced any major policy change (e.g. The Affordable Care Act).
  • Key 11—No major foreign policy success.
  • Key 12—"Hillary Clinton is not a Franklin Roosevelt."

Lichtman said the presence of former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate, is currently providing the sixth "false" answer that could doom Democrats in November. However, one could also make the argument the Obama Administration triggered a "false" answer to keys 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10.

But, going back to his original statement about Trump breaking "patterns of history," he refused to believe the election is guaranteed for either candidate. The patterns could instead point to a general Republican victory while Trump still loses the White House.

"I believe that given the unprecedented nature of the Trump candidacy and Trump himself, he could defy all odds and lose even though the verdict of history is in his favor," he said. "So this would also suggest, you know, the possibility this election could go either way. Nobody should be complacent, no matter who you're for, you gotta get out and vote."

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:00:00 -0400
Wonder What Pope Francis Thinks of Tim Kaine?

Prior to Senator Tim Kaine's selection as Hillary Clinton's running mate, faith was not a subject the Democratic Party boasted much about. Yet, within minutes of the campaign's announcement, Sen. Kaine's faith "resume" was broadcast around the world. With his Jesuit training and missionary stint in Latin America emanating out of the Clinton campaign like a sign from heaven, a veritable halo fell down upon him.

Soon, it was as if there was a mass party conversion at the DNC convention. A gospel choir even kicked off the whole affair—literally! Afternoon and evening sessions were opened and closed in prayers that sounded more like sermons.

Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott invoked the famous exhortation of Micah 6:8 as he introduced Sen. Kaine as the vice presidential nominee:

"The Bible calls us to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly. There are few people who live out that creed as fully and completely as Tim Kaine."

For the Democratic Party, salvation had arrived—or so it seemed—when it was politically helpful. It's been the case since.

The media's consensus has been that Senator Kaine was a sensible, albeit "safe," choice for VP, and at first blush, it's easy to agree with their conclusion. Kaine—a moderate, white Catholic male from a Southern state—checks off a lot of boxes for Secretary Clinton as she attempts to woo voters in the Rust Belt.

They're playing politics, as politicians do.

While I would never question the sincerity of Sen. Kaine's faith, it does strike me as highly suspicious that the Democratic Party has suddenly found God after endorsing an astonishing series of executive, judicial and legislative actions that recently prompted Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of Los Angeles' Simon Wiesenthal Center, to note, "Today, hundreds of millions of minority Baha'i, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims—but chiefly Christians—have no confidence that American power or policy have their backs."

As a Christian, I celebrate when people give their lives and hearts to Christ; and yet it's difficult not to interpret the Democrats' sudden salvation as anything other than political theater. If Sen. Kaine—a Roman Catholic like many in my Hispanic community—does indeed intend to leverage his Christian faith as part of the Democratic platform, I must then ask him to answer two simple questions, directly:

  1. Will he support the appointment of originalist Supreme Court justices who would preserve the religious liberty of evangelicals and Catholics in this country?
  2. Does he believe that life starts at conception and will his policy priorities reflect that conviction?

The answers to these foundational questions strike at the heart of a believer's worldview—and his politics. They are the surest sign of whether Sen. Kaine's Catholicism aligns itself with the majority view of almost all Catholic and evangelical Hispanics. Nothing is more important to us than our faith and our families, not even immigration reform.

In Mr. Kaine's case, it's extremely telling that he received a perfect score from Planned Parenthood while receiving a zero from the anti-abortion Right to Life Committee. This is an issue where Christians of all traditions find common ground.

Shouldn't we be able to expect Sen. Kaine to reasonably disagree with his own party on at least this one Catholic issue? It appears not. In fact, Sen. Kaine has gone on record stating he is a "strong defender of Roe v. Wade."

There are many more legislative issues we could discuss including marriage, families and adoption, but his stance on abortion alone raises serious questions about Sen. Kaine's ability and or willingness to translate his faith into policy. Sen. Kaine has said, "My faith is central to everything I do," and yet this position is clearly contrary to well-established Catholic teachings, positions adamantly held by Pope Francis, who, like Kaine, is also a Jesuit. It all reminds me of words written by James in the Bible: "faith without works is dead."

If the Clinton campaign insists on using Mr. Kaine's faith as a political asset, I respectfully ask that the Senator address these questions head on. Though, I think I already know his answers. {eoa}

Rev. Tony Suarez is Executive Vice President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, America's largest Hispanic evangelical organization, which represents millions assembled in more than 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations worldwide and spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora.

Rev. Tony Suarez/National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Featured Opinions Caucus Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:00:00 -0400
Is Donald Trump the Modern-Day Lincoln or Churchill?

"It is what it is," multitudes echo regarding the 2016 presidential election. Is it?

As three debates get underway and the clock is fast approaching the "two-minute warning" of this unprecedented presidential campaign season, should we succumb to resignation or sharpen our focus, prayerfully assess the situation and move forward in faith that God is hearing our cries and guiding us in discerning who should get our vote for president of the United States?

I choose the latter. It is not what it is; it becomes what we make it. Remember Derek Prince's classic book, Shaping History Through Prayer and Fasting?

79-year-old prophetic evangelist and seasoned Bible teacher Kenneth Copeland cautions us, "Tell my people where ever you go—those who vote for politicians knowing their immoral policies and illegal acts had better repent. They are partners with those politicians and will be responsible for every baby's death."

As a 40-year board member of Intercessors for America national prayer ministry, author, cultural commentator for news services and vocational minister with 44 years of experience, I've prayerfully and thoughtfully made my decision. I don't speak for any church or ministry; I simply share my perspective to hopefully help others who are in a quandary and still searching for answers.

Approaching the Homestretch

For over a year we've watched our political process bring us to this point. President Obama, for whom I've prayed every single day, will leave office. I respectfully opine that he will go down as one of the most-liked presidents (because of the emotional and historic nature of being the first black in office), yet one of our worst chief executives because of the polarization and devastation he leaves upon his departure. Now the time has come for the mantle to be passed on to a new commander-in-chief.

Both presidential candidates stand before us on the stage, personalities and flaws notwithstanding. We basically have two choices and must choose one. You may want filet mignon in a restaurant but if your server says they're out, it's either ribeye or hamburger. Which will you choose?

There is no perfect political candidate. There's only one who fits that description. On our front lawn we have a red, white and blue campaign sign that says in bold letters "Elect Jesus" (I'm not kidding)—but He's not running!

Decision magazine's cover shows both candidates facing off saying they represent two visions for America. That's an understatement! Charisma magazine features the Republican presidential and vice-presidential candidates and asks, "Can They Make America Great Again?"

Peggy Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal that this is "The Year of the Reticent Voter" (9/25/16). "Every four years I ask people if they'll vote, and if they have a sense of how. Every four years they tell me—assertively or shyly, confidently or tentatively. This year is different. I've never seen people so nervous to answer. It's so unlike America, this reticence, even defensiveness. It's as if there's a feeling that to declare who you're for is to invite others to inspect your soul."

Peggy continued, "The most arresting sentence of the week came from a sophisticated man friendly with all sides. I asked if he knows what he'll do in November. 'I know exactly,' he said with some spirit. 'I will be one of the 40 million who will deny, the day after the election, that they voted for him [Trump]. But I will.' "

We've Prayed and God Guided

My wife and I won't deny where God has led us. Donald Trump—political outsider, blunt New Yorker, tough businessman and politically incorrect entrepreneur—has our support. We've prayed, fasted, listened, counseled and watched all the candidates closely since last July when we were in Cleveland for the first Republican debate.

Months ago, I travelled to New York to be part of a thousand leaders who gathered to listen and interact with him. It was a very positive experience for the overwhelming majority who attended. I gave my analysis in my regular "Here's the Deal" commentary.

Days ago we returned from Cleveland where, in a church in the morning, over 700 leaders (about 200 were African-Americans) heard the GOP presidential nominee, his running mate Gov. Mike Pence, Dr. Ben Carson and an amazingly articulate Don King.

In the evening, at another church, I equipped a hundred leaders with the Bullseye Challenge in preparation for the coming election.

Days ago I applauded Senator Ted Cruz's endorsement of Donald Trump (Ted was my first choice) because he demonstrated true humility in seeking counsel, praying earnestly and honoring his commitment made in the primaries to support the Republican candidate. My prayer is that all 18 Republican candidates who made this pledge will be people of their word and get behind the Trump/Pence ticket.

I've watched Donald Trump's transformation, especially over the past few months, because of his association with Mike Pence—an exemplary Christian statesman—and senior leaders like Franklin Graham, Dr. James Dobson, James Robison, Ben Carson, Tony Perkins and brilliant strategists of the Heritage Foundation.

Mr. Trump may not have convinced all in the Christian community but I appeal with my friend Lance Wallnau: "In their period of time, neither Winston Churchill nor Abraham Lincoln was the darling of revivalists or evangelicals."

The Alternative is Hillary Clinton

The prophet Jeremiah saw the moral decay of his day as we see today and he asked, "Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?" He went on to address those "who are accustomed to doing evil" (Jer. 13:23).

I once had a secretarial assistant who knew the Clintons, especially Bill, up close in Arkansas. The first-hand report was not good. When I cautioned her about believing gossip, she communicated emphatically that she knew what she was speaking of from her time working there in Arkansas.

For over 30 years, we've watched the ongoing scandals and corrupt activity of Bill and Hillary Clinton. I believe they are "accustomed to doing evil." Apart from a genuine conversion experience, the "leopard can't change his spots." I for one don't want this unrighteousness back in the Oval Office.

Back in 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama said these words about Mrs. Clinton: "She will say anything and change nothing. Hillary can't be trusted and isn't qualified to be president." Of course, now with his legacy at stake, he's conveniently changed his tune, even implying it would be insult to him if she were not elected!

7 Consequences of Clinton as Commander-in-Chief

1. Abortion will become casual, commonplace and covered by tax dollars. Her party platform is committed to repealing the long-standing Hyde Amendment, forbidding taxpayer funding of abortion.

2. She'll appoint up to three liberal Supreme Court Justices, negatively impacting America for decades. This affects sanctity of life, sanctity of marriage, religious liberties, gun control and beyond.

3. Her misguided, reckless, socialistic spending will likely collapse our fragile economy with our $20 trillion debt.

4. She will dramatically exacerbate the threat to our national security and immigration problem via amnesty, open borders, full work permits, full benefits leading to voting rights, support for "sanctuary cities" and 500% increase in Syrian refugees.

5. Her track record of dishonesty, deceit and scandals will further erode America's moral character at a time when we desperately need a spiritual turnaround.

6. She will facilitate legalization of drugs in line with the official platform of her party: "We encourage the federal government to remove marijuana from its list as a Class 1 Federal Controlled Substance, providing a reasoned pathway for future legalization."

7. She will continue to make reckless decisions with Bill to enrich themselves due to a perceived obsession with accumulating power and wealth.

The majority of Americans don't trust Hillary and view her as dishonest. Her and Bill's financial disclosure for 2001–12 was $136.5 million; their Clinton Foundation continues under scrutiny because of suspicious activity when Hillary was secretary of state. She's lived in mansions and has been chauffeured in limousines most of her life. She hasn't driven a car in over 20 years.

Her track record is riddled with scandals and cover-ups for decades. She's calculating, temperamental, ruthless, manipulative and struggles with numerous, concealed health problems.

Hillary did her college thesis on the radical socialist, Saul Alinsky, one of Barack Obama's heroes, whose book Rules for Radicals was dedicated to Lucifer. It promotes manipulating the masses to achieve goals.

Just as San Francisco 49ers' quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, has now become the most disliked player in the NFL as people have observed him, the more people see and hear Clinton up close, the more they'll dislike her behind the cleverly crafted image.

Donald Trumps Hillary

With Trump, what you see is what you get. And over the past months there has been a noticeable transformation in his demeanor and behavior. Could it be our prayers are being answered for a more righteous leader in this time of civilization and moral crisis?

John F. Kennedy once said, "Mothers want all their sons to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process." Being brutally honest, Hillary has become not only that politician, but a very corrupt one who could once again occupy the White House.

Donald Trump is not your typical career politician! He believes America is capable of so much more. The needless suffering we've been experiencing is unnecessary and can be changed if we turn back to God and our Founders' vision of opportunity for all.

Here's the deal: I could never pull the lever for Hillary Clinton and what she and her dangerously "progressive" and increasingly socialistic party have tragically become. Come November 8, I can in faith cast my vote for Mr. Trump, as I continue to pray for God to be merciful and bless these United States of America.

Larry Tomczak Featured Here's the Deal Opinion Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:15:00 -0400
Here's What Mike Pence Expects From Tonight's Debate

In an interview during Monday's episode of The Hugh Hewitt Show, Republican vice presidential nominee Indiana Gov. Mike Pence gave a preview of what he expects to see happen during tonight's presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Asked if he thought Clinton's use of a private email server would come up during the debate—particularly in light of the FBI's weekend "document dump" late Friday—Pence said he thought "that's all fair game at this or any future debate." The American people, he said, have a right to review her record and her conduct in public life, but he also expects the debate to be "about a whole bunch of issues."

"I think you're going to see in Donald Trump a candidate who's going to continue to focus on the issues that matter most to the American people—national security, economic growth and jobs, the Supreme Court of the United States," he said. "I'm just telling you what, I'm just counting the hours."

Pence, as a former member of Congress, had a security clearance, and as a governor, he's dealt with emergencies. Hewitt asked a couple more questions about Clinton's email server and how it may have compromised national security.

Here's what the governor said:

Well, there's no question that the fact that Hillary Clinton, while she was Secretary of State, had a private server, and actually trafficked in classified information on that server, represented an irresponsible act that placed classified and sensitive information about the United States of America potentially within reach of foreign governments and foreign powers. It's simply no question about that.

The fact that she did that, the reasons for doing that, and the fact that she then used high technology, this BleachBit program to attempt to erase and eradicate those, you know, I'm old enough to remember a president who erased 18 ½ minutes of audio tape and he was run out of Washington, D.C. And here, we have in Hillary Clinton someone who actually used high technology to attempt to erase nearly 18,000 emails.

As I said, that doesn't, that doesn't sound like politics. That sounds like obstruction. And these are all issues the American people ought to be willing to deal with and weigh in their decision ...

I think it just, all of it, the cumulative weight of it, and this story last week that we found out that the President himself had sent emails that had been, had gone to her private server. It just all continues to contribute to the conclusion by the majority of Americans that Hillary Clinton is untrustworthy. And I think all of that, all of that is going to bear upon the decision that we all make as a nation later this fall.

But I do think that at the end of the day, you know, the backdrop of her untrustworthiness, which you know, I continue to hear the pundits say that that's what she's going to try and take on tonight, the American people are still, Hugh, focused on the things that are impacting their families. You know, we began last week with terrorist attacks in New Jersey and New York and Minnesota. We ended the week with five Americans losing their lives in Washington State. We still don't know the motivation for that, but it was someone who was in this country under the law, but was an immigrant from Turkey.

I just think that focusing on security, focusing on economic growth, focusing on, as you do so well, focusing on the fact that the very balance of the Supreme Court and our core Constitutional liberties are literally on the ballot this year, I think are all issues that will come to the fore, and will continue to give great, great momentum behind the campaign of Donald Trump.

Hewitt asked for Pence's advice to Trump on how to deal with the potential of another Clinton coughing fit, should it happen, during tonight's debate. He said the Trump campaign has been praying for their opponent to regain her health.

"We'll, of course, do what we've all done, and that is continue to wish her well and you know, literally, we've prayed for her recovery," he said. "We're glad to see her back out on the campaign trail.

"But you know, all of these things, all these things, I think, in large measure, are not the issue in the debate tonight. The American people are really focused. They're focused on the issues that impact their future—having a president they can trust, having a president who has a vision for a stronger, more prosperous America.

"That's where you're going to see Donald Trump focused tonight, and I've got to tell you, I just think as people see this debate unfold, as they see these two people on the stage, it's going to become more and more clear that Donald Trump is the right choice at the right time to be the 45th president of the United States."

Later in the interview, Pence also noted he played a role in developing Trump's newly revised Supreme Court "short list." The former House Judiciary Committee member also said Trump asked him to provide counsel, should they be elected, when the time comes to nominate federal judges.

"I'm honored to be asked to play that role," he said. "Look, the list speaks for itself. I think the fact that Hugh Hewitt is enthusiastic about the list is a great endorsement. But look, this is a candidate in Donald Trump who is committed to appoint jurists to the Supreme Court and the rest of our federal courts that will uphold the Constitution.

"As you can see from that list, which members of the Federalist Society helped us to develop as well, and gave great input, as did other conservative thought leaders, that Donald Trump is going to keep his word, because this is a time, I think, where with the passing of Justice Scalia, literally the balance of the Court is on the ballot. And that, you know, there may be something altogether fitting about that, that the American people in this election are going to decide the direction of the Supreme Court not for the next four years, but likely for the next 40 years.

"They can rely on the fact, I can assure you, that when Donald Trump is president of the United States, we're going to appoint judges to every level of the court, including our highest court, that will uphold the Constitution."

Bob Eschliman Featured Events Caucus Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:00:00 -0400
Police Shoot Houston Attacker Dead After He Wounds 9

A troubled lawyer opened fire on morning commuters in Houston on Monday, injuring at least nine people before being fatally shot by police, authorities said.

Six victims were taken to hospitals and three were treated at the scene after being shot at while inside their vehicles in the wealthy neighborhood of West University Place, acting HoustonPolice Chief Martha Montalvo told reporters.

One of the victims was in critical condition and another was in serious condition.

Montalvo declined to identify the suspect but said he was a lawyer and had concerns about his law firm. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, in Cuba on a trip to develop trade relations, told reporters, "The motivation appears to be a lawyer whose relationship with his law firm went bad."

The police bomb squad was securing the suspect's car, which had numerous weapons in it and police were planning to search his house.

Broken glass from shattered car windows littered a parking lot in an upscale shopping center near where the suspect fired 20 to 30 shots.

An unidentified woman, standing next to a car with two bullet holes in the windshield, told a local television station she heard "the bullets literally whiz by my window."

Live video streams showed numerous police cars and ambulances in the area. There were also a few vehicles seen with bullet holes. {eoa}

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Terry Wade/Reuters Featured U.S. News Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:05:00 -0400
What They Don't Want You to Know About the Charlotte Riots

Revelation in the News invited a former chief of police to reveal what's fueling the Charlotte riots.  

Last week, a black police officer reportedly shot an armed black man who refused to put down his weapon. Now, the city is approaching day seven of protests as residents and police clash.  

Protesters have thrown rocks at drivers, attacked reporters, looted stores and much more.  

"We out here like the Taliban," some claimed, host Zach Drew says.  

But there's more to the story. Watch the video to see what former Chief of Police Darren Parker reveals. 

Jessilyn Justice Featured Opinion Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0400
Ballot Initiative Launched to Declare Abortion Capital Murder

A new effort underway in Florida would establish the harshest penalties ever proposed for those who both perform and procure abortions.

Abolish Abortion Florida has launched a ballot initiative to amend the state's constitution to punish abortion as capital murder, both for the physician who performs the procedure and the woman who seeks it. Additionally, it defines "abortion" to include "any abortifacient drug or device that can kill an embryo by preventing implantation, as well as the intentional destruction of unwanted IVF embryos."

According to AAFL, the amendment "would define life as beginning at fertilization rather than 'conception,' and declares that 'abortion deprives an innocent human being of the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'" Floridians are encouraged to sign the petition available at the organization's website.

The resolution states:

We the People of the Sovereign State of Florida demand the abolition of abortion.

The people of Florida murder 72,000 babies every year while the "pro-life" politicians we've elected to protect them attempt to regulate the practice of child sacrifice as if it were healthcare, instead of addressing it as murder. The governing authorities of our state possess the moral, legal, and constitutional duty to establish justice for all human beings within their jurisdiction, including the pre-born fatherless by prohibiting the slaughter of children in the womb.

Contrary to widespread misinformation, the right to murder humans is not protected by the Constitution and our legislature is not bound by any law or duty to aid or abet the Supreme Court in their attempted perversion of it. On the contrary, they are duty bound by their oaths to support, obey and defend the United States Constitution and oppose such perversions and abuses of it.

We demand that our legislators stop passing laws to regulate abortion. We demand the total and immediate abolition of human abortion.

Florida is one of 30 states with capital punishment. Capital murder in that state is punishable by either the death penalty or life imprisonment. Earlier this year, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was heavily criticized by many from both sides of the political spectrum for suggesting both the women and doctors should be punished for taking part in abortions.

AAFL's plan is not just limited to collecting enough signatures to get the measure onto the 2018 ballot, but also to encourage legislators to begin putting forward legislation to abolish abortion instead of merely regulating it. The organization made the following statement to announce its plan:

"The Supreme Court cannot make murder legal. Pro-life politicians have passed incremental regulations for decades, but it's time to abolish abortion by recognizing it for what it is—cold-blooded murder—and prosecuting it accordingly."

Bob Eschliman Featured Issues Caucus Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:00:00 -0400
Trump to Netanyahu: I Will Recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

 U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that if elected, the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the campaign said, marking a potential dramatic shift in U.S. policy.

During the meeting that lasted more than an hour at Trump Tower in New York, Trump told Netanyahu that under his administration, the United States would "recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel."

While Israel calls Jerusalem its capital, few other countries accept that, including the United States. Most nations maintain embassies in Tel Aviv.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in a 1967 war, as capital of the state they aim to establish alongside Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu held a separate meeting later on Sunday that lasted just under an hour with Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump's rival in the Nov. 8 U.S. election.

Clinton emphasized her commitment to the U.S.-Israel relationship and her plan to take the relationship to the next level, according to a statement from her campaign.

She also talked about her commitment to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict "that guarantees Israel's future as a secure and democratic Jewish state with recognized borders and provides the Palestinians with independence, sovereignty, and dignity," according to the statement.

"Secretary Clinton reaffirmed her opposition to any attempt by outside parties to impose a solution, including by the U.N. Security Council," the statement said.

During the meeting with Trump, the Republican candidate's campaign said he agreed with Netanyahu that peace in the Middle East could only be achieved when "the Palestinians renounce hatred and violence and accept Israel as a Jewish State."

The Trump campaign said he and Netanyahu discussed "at length" Israel's border fence, cited by Trump in reference to his own controversial immigration policies, which include building a wall on the U.S.- Mexico border and temporarily banning Muslims from entering the country.

Other regional issues, including the fight against Islamic State, U.S. military assistance to Israel - "an excellent investment" - and the Iran nuclear deal, which both parties have criticized, were also discussed. {eoa}

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Alana Wise/Reuters Featured World News Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:15:00 -0400
Walmart Workers Refuse to Make Cop's Retirement Cake

Three Walmart workers in McDonough, Georgia refused to decorate a "thin blue line" cake for a police officer's retirement party because they said it was racist.

A number of my Georgia readers alerted me to the story and on Saturday night I spoke directly with the police officer's daughter. She asked that I not divulge her name and I've agreed to honor her request.

"I was so shocked," she told me. "I didn't know what to do or say or anything. I was trying not to lose my temper or make a scene."

For the record, Walmart has confessed that most of her allegations are true. I'll have more on that a bit later in this column.

The police officer's daughter went to the Walmart on Willow Drive on Sept. 22 to order a flag for her father's retirement party. He was leaving the force after 25-years on the job. 

She showed the bakers a photograph of the police officer's flag—the black and white version of Old Glory with a blue line. 

"One of the bakers told me the design could be perceived as racist and nobody feels comfortable decorating the cake," the police officer's daughter told me. 

As an alternative, she suggested a chocolate-frosted cake with a horizontal, frosted blue line. 

But that design was also rejected by Walmart's cake decorator.

"She said, 'I don't feel comfortable doing this,'" the cop's daughter told me. "I asked her, 'Is there something wrong with cops?'"

After being rejected for a third time, the 21-year-old told the bakers, "I'll find another bakery, thank you."

She was much more polite than I would've been, folks.

"I was disappointed," she told me. "I go to Walmart all the time—at least once a week spend hundreds of dollars. I just wanted to make my dad a cake to show how much I appreciated him."

A friend of the family posted an item about the incident on Facebook and it wasn't long before the Walmart store manager called the police officer's wife and daughter—and apologized. 

"He said he was so sorry," the daughter told me. "He offered to make the cake free of charge and he gave me a $50 gift card."

A Walmart corporate spokesperson confirmed most of the story.

"Our goal is to always take care of customers," the spokesperson told me. "But, sometimes we misstep. We're glad we were able to connect with the family to apologize and make this right."

Walmart did not say if one of their associates called the cake racist.

"I can confirm an associate made a mistake that has since been corrected for the customer," the spokesperson told me.

So how did Walmart right their wrong? The answer to that question is going to curdle your Fruit Loops, folks.

The manager offered to make and decorate a new cake. But there was just one problem—the cake decorators refused to comply.

"So the manager told me that he would decorate it—but it looked terrible," the police officer's daughter said. "It doesn't look professional."

I've attached photographs of Walmart's handiwork—it's absolutely embarrassing and unacceptable.

"I work in retail," the officer's daughter told me. "If I didn't want to deal with a customer—and said 'No'—I would get fired."

Unfortunately, her father's retirement party is Sunday night, so there's no time to go elsewhere. 

"It irritates me that in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Walmart was looted and the cops were protecting them," she said. "And you can't make a cake for the people who are protecting you?"

Walmart needs to make this right and they can start by delivering a professionally decorated cake to the police officer's family.

The three cake decorators need to be told: Either decorate the cake or be fired. 

Just because Walmart is the home of low prices, doesn't mean they have to hire a bunch of low-class, anti-cop bigots.

Todd Starnes Featured American Dispatch Opinion Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:45:00 -0400
Donald Trump: My Campaign Is Taking on the 'Big 3'

During a speech Saturday in the key battleground state of Virginia, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said his campaign is waging a war against the "Big Three" of American politics:

"Our campaign is about breaking up the special interest monopoly in Washington, D.C.," he said. "We're trying to disrupt the collusion between the wealthy donors, the large corporations and the media executives. They're all part of the same political establishment."

After noting a new Rasmussen poll that had him leading by five points, Trump pledged to "replace our failed and corrupt establishment with a new government that serves you, your family and your country." He then spoke about his economic plan and how it will spur job creation.

He also went over his "public safety" agenda, his plans to "repeal and replace" ObamaCare, and his education initiatives, taking swipes at Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's distinctly different agenda. He also noted the grand opening, earlier in the day, of the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

"We congratulate and honor those involved with the project, and recognize today the incredible contributions of the African-American community to this nation," he said. "African-Americans have given so much to this nation and sacrificed so much for this nation.

"Many African-Americans are succeeding so greatly in our country, and I will make sure their success is protected and supported. At the same time, too many African-Americans have been left behind and trapped in poverty. I will fight to make sure every single African-American child in this country is fully included in the American Dream."

Trump said "fixing things" is what he has been doing most of his life, pointing to his New York City projects where he "turned rundown spaces into new centers of business, activity and opportunity." Where others saw only problems, he said he saw only potential, turning empty lots into homes, offices, and "living memories for thousands of workers and families."

"That's what I want to do for our country," he added. "I want to go into the neglected neighborhoods, the failing schools, the forgotten stretches of this nation, and unlock their potential for all of our people. I've made a living for years looking at unused spaces and imagining what they could be. Politicians look at blighted neighborhoods and offer only excuses—I look at those same neighborhoods and offer solutions.

"We spend so much time thinking about how things used to be, we've stopped thinking about how great things could be—all we have to do is tune out the doubters, the cynics and the naysayers. We are a nation of strivers, dreamers and believers—and that's the spirit that will carry us to victory in November, and to great victories as a nation."

But, it's going to take a lot of work in the final six weeks of the campaign. Trump urged his supporters to take to their neighborhoods and help encourage others to support his candidacy.

"You have to knock on doors," he said. "You have to pick up that phone. Go to our website to learn more. You have to campaign on the streets. Spread the love that we have in this room to the people of our country.

"To beat the system, you have to lift your voice, pound the pavement and get out the vote. You have 44 days until the big vote. You have 44 days to make possible every dream you ever dreamed of for your country.

"You have one magnificent chance to deliver justice for every forgotten man, woman and child in this nation. The arrogance of Washington, D.C., will soon come face to face with the righteous verdict of the American voter."

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0400
A Spirit of Violence Rises in America Following the Unveiling of the 'Harbinger of Baal' in New York

Is it just a coincidence that we have seen violence erupt all over America since the unveiling of the arch that served as a gateway to the Temple of Baal in New York City on September 19?

First there were the terror attacks in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota, then there were the unprecedented riots in Charlotte, and over the weekend there was a horrific mass shooting near Seattle. All of these events took place within a week after the Arch of Triumph was put up in New York. Baal was an ancient deity that was often associated with violence and bloodshed, and those that erected this arch have no idea what they are messing with.

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn was standing in the crowd when "the harbinger of Baal" was unveiled last Monday afternoon, and he posted video of the unveiling on YouTube.

In his best-selling book The Harbinger, Rabbi Cahn documented a number of very specific parallels between ancient Israel before it fell and America today, and now he is adding "the harbinger of Baal" to the list. The following is an excerpt from a WND article that Rabbi Cahn just authored about the unveiling of this arch:

But Israel's defiance of God was linked to a specific entity – the god Baal. Baal was the god to whom they sacrificed their children, before whom they practiced sexual immorality and called good "evil" and evil "good." Baal was the god in whose name Israel persecuted the prophets and the righteous of their day.

Baal was their anti-god, their substitute for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the god of their apostasy and the god of their destruction. Baal was their devil god. In fact the name for satan, Beelzebul and Beelzebub, is derived from Baal – meaning "Baal of the flies" and "Baal of dung."

So in the template of "The Harbinger," when the judgment finally fell, when the ancient kingdom of Israel was wiped off the earth, the people were worshiping Baal. In the last days of Israel, when the harbingers appeared, they appeared in a land covered with the images of Baal. It was the worship of Baal that ultimately brought about the harbingers of judgment. Thus Baal was the god of the harbingers.

In his article, Rabbi Cahn also included a stunning photograph from the unveiling of a stone slate that the organizers had placed close to the arch that contained an image of the Temple of Bel (Baal). This was obviously put there to remind people of the connection that this arch has to that ancient pagan temple.

Perhaps it is just a coincidence, but I find it very, very strange that there has been a dramatic outbreak of violence in this country in the week since this arch was put up.

The most recent incident happened over the weekend. A 20-year-old Turkish immigrant named Arcan Cetin walked into a Macy's department store in the Seattle area and started firing. Five innocent people were killed, and this incident immediately made headlines all over America:

Surveillance footage from the mall shows the suspect entering the building late Friday without a weapon but walking into Macy's 10 minutes later with what appeared to be a hunting rifle. He fired in the makeup area, then fled on foot out of range of cameras.

One of the victims was a 16-year-old girl who beat cancer, the Seattle Times and KOMO-TV reported.

Police say that Cetin was in a "zombie-like state" when he was later caught and arrested, and authorities say that his motivation for the attack is "unclear" at this moment.

But we do know that the Somali immigrant that stabbed nine people at a Macy's in central Minnesota just a few days earlier was a radical Islamist, and it has been revealed that the man that planted improvised explosive devices in New York had actually attended a Pakistani seminary:

The alleged New Jersey terrorist charged with trying to blow up Chelsea last weekend with homemade bombs spent weeks getting an "Islamic education" at a Pakistani seminary, according to a report.

Ahman Khan Rahami spent three weeks in Kuchlak, an area described as a longtime "hub" for the Taliban, in 2011, a security official inside the country told the Guardian.

Rahami, 28, attended lectures at the Kaan Kuwa Naqshbandi madrasa.

For a very long time I have been warning that we would see a sharp increase in the number of Islamic terror attacks inside the United States, and it is now happening.

I have also been warning that rioting and civil unrest would get a lot worse in our major cities, and what we witnessed in Charlotte over the past week was absolutely chilling. Stores were looted, objects were being hurled at passing vehicles from overpasses, one news photographer was almost thrown into a roaring fire, and at least 16 police officers were injured.

And of course this is just the latest in a string of riots which has hit our country in recent years. The following is from a list of these riots that the Daily Caller has compiled:

Charlotte – 2016

Milwaukee – 2016

St. Paul – 2016

Baltimore – 2015

Berkeley – 2014

Ferguson – 2014

Brooklyn – 2013

Anaheim – 2012

Los Angeles – 2012

Los Angeles – 2010

Could it be possible that the violence that we have seen during the past week in Charlotte, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and the Seattle area has some sort of connection to "the harbinger of Baal" that was just unveiled in New York City?

I am sure that this will be hotly debated by both sides.

But what should be exceedingly clear to all of us is that a spirit of violence is rising in America. The tensions that are causing riots like we just witnessed in Charlotte continue to intensify, and the growth of radical Islam around the world will continue to motivate jihadists in this country and elsewhere to conduct more terror attacks.

For decades, most of us could just take for granted that we could go about our daily lives in peace without having to worry about some senseless act of violence. But now that is starting to change in a major way, and "normal life" in America is never going to be the same again.

Michael Snyder Featured Opinion Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:30:00 -0400
FBI Does It Again: Weekend Document Dump Sheds More Light on Clinton Email Server

In Washington, D.C., late Friday afternoon or evening is when you release information that is either damaging or you would just as soon no one knew about.

Or both.

The FBI released 189 more pages of documents from its year-long investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state late Friday. It was definitely damaging, and probably something neither the bureau nor the Clinton campaign wanted you to know about.

Here are six of the most bombshell revelations from the document dump:

  1. One Platte River Networks IT worker joked that a 60-day retention policy for Clinton emails would be a "cover-up operation."
  2. Clinton used a Gmail account at least once during a trip to Croatia when storms were disrupting her receipt of emails.
  3. According to interview notes, Bryan Pagliano, who set up and maintained the server, told the FBI some State Department officials had asked him in late 2009 or early 2010 to convey to Clinton's "inner circle" that her use of a private server could pose a "federal records retention issue."
  4. During a separate interview, another State Department official—whose name was redacted from the released document—said, "Wow," before declining to comment further when asked by FBI agents to review specific email exchanges that had been sent using Clinton's unprotected email server.
  5. Contrary to what President Obama has previously said, longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin told the FBI that the White House was made aware she was using a private email when Clinton changed her "primary email address," so she could still send emails directly to President Obama.
  6. In fact, President Obama used a pseudonym—which was redacted from the FBI documents—to communicate with Clinton on her private email server, which even shocked Abedin—prompting a "How is that not classified?" exclamation when she was shown a 2012 email exchange between Clinton and the president.
Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0400
Healing the Black/White Education Gap

"You're getting your inheritance early." Those were my father's words to me as he explained that he was taking money that he might have left me in his will and spending it on my private school tuition. My father's reasoning was that I would be able to create more wealth for his grandchildren if he invested in my education. Thanks to his wisdom, I would go on to graduate from Williams, one of most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the nation and to obtain my MBA from Harvard.

Besides my parents' willingness to sacrifice for my education—a decision my wife and I also made with our own two daughters—there was another key facet of my upbringing that a growing body of research has demonstrated to be extremely helpful to academic achievement. I was born to married parents, and they stayed married. This has turned out to be more important to long term success than both household income and race.

A recent study of Florida schools revealed a paradox: Highly ranked schools were producing only modest student achievement. But a deeper look turned up a likely explanation. The Institute for Family Studies found that, "the share of married-parent families in a county is one of the strongest predictors of high-school graduation rates for Florida counties; indeed, it's a more powerful predictor than family income, race or ethnicity."

It is not hard to imagine why children growing up in households headed by married couples generally have better educational outcomes. Married couples are typically able to provide more emotionally and financially stable environments for children, offering them more attention, supervision and opportunities than most single parents are able to provide. Naturally, the fact that far more black families are headed by single parents has implications for black educational achievement.

In short, to close the education gap, we need to work on closing the marriage gap, something which is widely misunderstood. For several years, conventional wisdom has maintained that traditional marriage is a thing of the past. Although marriage is indeed declining among Americans of all races and income levels, it is declining far more quickly in certain demographic groups. Writing in FiveThirtyEight, Ben Casselman explained, "Affluent, college-educated Americans are increasingly delaying marriage until their 30s. But they aren't abandoning marriage altogether; in fact, they appear likely to get married at close to the same rate as past generations. They rarely have children outside of marriage, and they are relatively unlikely to get divorced." Meanwhile, lower-income, less-educated Americans are not just delaying marriage—many are forgoing it altogether. And when they do get married, they are much more likely to get divorced.

The loosening of sexual morality—which cuts across class and income—has had a disproportionately destructive effect on the poor and less educated. Out of wedlock childbearing leads to children being raised in less stable environments and increases the likelihood that those children will not graduate from high school. The answer that is most often put forward for this is greater access to condoms to mitigate the consequences of sexually promiscuous behavior. Yet a recent study conducted by the University of Notre Dame titled "The Incidental Fertility Effects of School Condom Distribution Programs" found that access to condoms in schools led to a 10 percent increase in teen births, rather than a decrease.

Unfortunately, if these trends aren't addressed effectively, the alarming inequality in our society will only get worse. The best curriculum and the most dedicated teachers can never fully compensate for dysfunctional or unstable families. So what can we do to strengthen families? It stands to reason that if married parents have such a positive effect on student performance, we should at the very least eliminate policies that punish couples for marrying. The government may be limited in its ability to help families, but it certainly shouldn't undermine them.

Beyond public policy, I believe communities of faith are uniquely suited to strengthen marriages and to encourage and facilitate parents' involvement in their children's education. Churches, synagogues and temples can and must fearlessly preach the value of marriage. They should actively encourage young people to enter into healthy marriages and offer both living examples of successful marriages as well as learning opportunities for skills such as communication, home management and the care and discipline of children.

Faith communities can also support the education of children of single parents. In addition to supervised study time and tutoring, they can provide mentoring for the aspects of achievement that are not directly related to academics. These include things like helping parents interact with teachers and school administrators and assistance with the college selection and application process.

Any plan to heal the racial divide must address the education gap. And no plan to close that gap will succeed unless it works to strengthen families. {eoa}

Harry R. Jackson Jr. is senior pastor of 3,000-member Hope Christian Church in the nation's capital. Jackson, who earned an MBA from Harvard, is a best-selling author and popular conference speaker. He leads the High-Impact Leadership Coalition.

Harry Jackson Featured Opinion Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:15:00 -0400
Gunman Wounds at Least 7 in Houston Strip Mall


Several people in the vicinity of a Houston strip mall were injured by a shooter who fired upon vehicles on Monday, and the suspect was shot by police officers, authorities in the Texas city said.

At least seven people were injured, local media reports said.

Several of the victims suffered gunshot wounds to their extremities and a couple of the injuries were more serious, a fire department spokesman told local media. All of the victims were inside their vehicles when they were shot, he said.

"At this time, the shooting scene is believed to be contained," the city said on its emergency page.

People who were shot by the suspect were transported to area hospitals and the exact extent of their injuries was not yet known, Houston police said.

"I do not know if he's dead or not," Fire Department spokesman Richard Mann told media about the shooter. "I know that he's been neutralized and is no longer a threat."

A police bomb squad was dispatched to the area to investigate a vehicle, Fox 26 TV reported, adding a "shelter in place" order was issued for the area.

"I am just hearing the bullets literally whiz by my window," an unidentified woman who witnessed the shooting told the station as she stood next to a car with two bullet holes in the windshield.

Live video streams showed the presence of numerous police cars and ambulances in the area. There were also a few vehicles seen with bullet holes. {eoa}

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Jon Herskovitz/Reuters Featured U.S. News Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:45:00 -0400
Report: Baptist Missionaries Raise a Man From the Dead

An unreached people group in Southeast Asia gave their lives to Christ when their leader apparently dropped dead and came back to life after a group of believers prayed.

David Platt, president of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, recounted the "modern-day resurrection" story during the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee meeting on Sept. 19.

A local Southeast Asian Christian who was brought to faith by some Southern Baptist missionaries took a group of friends and began evangelizing in the remote village, Baptist Press reports.

Villagers responded by bringing idols, necklaces and amulets associated with their occult worship to be burned, Platt said, relaying the account of an IMB worker.

It is reported that shortly after the burning ceremony, the village leader was found dead.

The villagers said they believed they angered the local spirits by giving up their possessions. They asked for their ritual objects to be returned to them.

The Christians, discouraged by the request and the news of the leader's death, traveled to where the leader was laid and prayed over his body "that God would show His mercy to the people in the village, that God would show His glory and His love to that people who were so close," said Platt.

"This Asian believer tells our missionary," Platt said, "that as they were praying there over the man, all of a sudden the man coughed. Everybody in the house got really still. And the man coughed again. People came rushing over, and the village leader started breathing. People started helping him up. Everybody's looking at these Asian believers like, 'What happened?'

"They decided this was as good a time as any to share the Gospel," Platt stated. "So they shared the Gospel, and in the days to come, people started coming to faith in Christ and that village starting burning their idols."

Platt acknowledged that he is not entirely sure if the man was really dead but said the episode illustrated the spiritual fruit that has come as IMB missionaries share the Gospel with "biblical clarity, precision and consistency."

"There are some things I don't know, but here's what I do know: We have the Good News of a God who has conquered death, who has power to say to the dead, 'Come to life.' So brothers and sisters, let's work together to see thousands upon thousands of Southern Baptists proclaiming that Good News to the ends of the Earth," he added. {eoa}

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CBN News Featured World News Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0400
4 Things to Consider During Tonight's Debate

Tonight is the first presidential debate, and this whole election season has me floored. Maybe you identify. Like many American Christians, I find myself in a deep quandary when faced with choosing between our presidential candidates. Frankly, it's because I don't find any of them to be very presidential. Are you with me?

To me, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are deeply flawed candidates. And to be honest, I don't see any of the other candidates having as much as a snowball's chance in you know where of winning the election. What are Catholics, Protestants, Baptists and all who profess to be doing our best to follow Christ to do? For starters, we need to make sure we really are doing our best—and that's not possible if we check out and don't vote.

By saying I'm "floored," I don't mean that I'm flabbergasted. I mean I'm on my knees. You should be too. If you aren't seeking God, asking Him to move clearly and powerfully, you've checked out. And it's more than a shame; it's a sin. We can't care about truth and love if we aren't doing all we can to minimalize lies and hatred.

As you watch tonight's debate, here are a few things to watch for that will help determine how you will vote (Click here to see a side-by-side comparison of where Clinton and Trump stand):

1. Remember that we are electing a president, not a pastor. Jesus is not running for president. And even if He were, I'm fairly confident we wouldn't elect Him. Remember how we treated Him the first time around?

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump identify as Christians, but both have said and done things—often—that defy Christ-following behavior. In this election, I don't think we get to choose a candidate who models our values. I think, instead, that we have no choice but to vote for the candidate who will best enable us to live our values as Christians and allow us to encourage others toward the same without obstruction.

Prayerfully consider which candidate shows the greater potential to allow Christianity and Christian values to flourish. Which candidate would pose the greater threat to the free expression of Christianity and the support and spread of Christian values?

2. Look for what they say or imply about our Constitution, and especially the First Amendment, which recognizes and protects our God-given freedoms, as follows:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Which candidate seems more likely to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution and First Amendment? If these are regulated or belittled, your ability as a Christian to freely love and serve Christ—and to teach others to do the same—will be directly and significantly hindered.

Keep in mind that there are many persecuted and imprisoned Christians in other countries who would love to live in a country where religious freedom were a protected freedom, a right that no one could hinder.

3. Remember that it's not just about electing the president but about the appointment of Supreme Court justices and the next 30 to 50 years of America. Over the next four years, the Supreme Court will make decisions about the following:

  • Planned Parenthood and the protection of the unborn
  • The rights of private citizens to own guns
  • The definition of marriage
  • The definition of gender
  • Religious freedom
  • School choice

The president will also appoint dozens of lower court justices. As these justices go, so goes our nation. Permanently. (Here's a short video to help you understand how important the High Court is).

Look for what the candidates may say about the kinds of judges they would nominate, and their views on the issues, above.

4. Think about the America your children and your children's children will grow up in as a result of the decision we make on Nov. 8. Do you like what America has become over the past seven years? Would you like our current course to continue, or do you think we need to change course? Have the past seven years been friendly or antagonistic toward Christianity and biblical teachings? What if we have more of the same?

Think deeply. Pray hard. Act accordingly. The decision that we will collectively make on Nov. 8 will have consequences for many generations to come. If you sit this election out, and leave it up to others to decide, don't complain when the America you once loved becomes one that makes you squirm. Ignore your freedoms and they will go away. {eoa}

Michael Anthony is founder and president of; founder of the National Week of Repentance (; and lead pastor of Grace Fellowship of York, Pennsylvania. (

Michael Anthony/ Featured Elections Caucus Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:00:00 -0400
26 Incredible Facts About the Economy That Every American Should Know for the Trump-Clinton Debate

Are you ready for the most anticipated presidential debate in decades? It is being projected that Monday's debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could potentially break the all-time record of 80 million viewers that watched Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter debate back in 1980.

Many Americans probably hope to see some personal fireworks between the two nominees, but the two candidates have both expressed a desire to focus on substantive issues. There will likely be quite a few questions about the economy, and without a doubt this is an area where Trump and Clinton have some very sharp differences. The mainstream media would have us believe that the U.S. economy is in pretty good shape, and if that was true that would seem to favor Clinton. But is it actually true? The following are 26 incredible facts about the economy that every American should know for the Trump-Clinton debate:

1. When Barack Obama entered the White House, the U.S. government was 10.6 trillion dollars in debt. Today, the U.S. government is 19.5 trillion dollars in debt, and Obama still has several months to go until the end of his second term. That means that an average of more than 1.1 trillion dollars will be added to the national debt during his presidency. We are stealing a tremendous amount of consumption from the future to make the economy look much, much better than it otherwise would be, and we are systematically destroying the future in the process.

2. As Obama prepares to leave office, the rate at which we are adding to the national debt is actually increasing. During the fiscal year that is just ending, the U.S. government has added another 1.36 trillion dollars to the national debt.

3. It isn't just the federal government that is on a massive debt binge. Total U.S. corporate debt has nearly doubled since the end of 2007.

4. Default rates on U.S. corporate debt are the highest that they have been since the last financial crisis.

5. Corporate profits have fallen for five quarters in a row, and it is being projected that it will be six in a row once the final numbers for the third quarter come in.

6. During the month of August, commercial bankruptcy filings were up 29 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

7. The rate of new business formation in the United States dropped dramatically during the last recession and has hovered at that new lower level ever since.

8. The Wall Street Journal says that this is the weakest "economic recovery" since 1949.

9. Barack Obama is on track to be the only president in all of U.S. history to never have a single year when the U.S. economy grew by at least 3 percent.

10. In August, the Cass Freight Index dipped to the lowest level that we have seen for that month since 2010. What this means is that the total amount of stuff being shipped around the country by air, by rail and by truck is really dropping, and this is a clear sign that real economic activity is slowing down in a major way.

11. Capital expenditure growth has turned negative, and history has shown that this is almost always followed by a new recession.

12. The percentage of Americans with a full-time job has been sitting at about 48 percent since 2010. You have to go back to 1983 to find a time when full-time employment in this country was so low.

13. The labor force participation rate peaked back in 1997 and has been steadily falling ever since.

14. The "inactivity rate" for men in their prime working years is actually higher today than it was during the last recession.

15. The United States has lost more than five million manufacturing jobs since the year 2000 even though our population has become much larger over that time frame.

16. If you can believe it, the total number of government employees now outnumbers the total number of manufacturing employees in the United States by almost 10 million.

17. One study found that median incomes have fallen in more than 80 percent of the major metropolitan areas in this country since the year 2000.

18. According to the Social Security Administration, 51 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.

19. The rate of homeownership in the U.S. has fallen every single year while Barack Obama has been in the White House.

20. Approximately one out of every five young adults are currently living with their parents.

21. The auto loan debt bubble recently surpassed the one trillion dollar mark for the first time ever.

22. Auto loan delinquencies are at the highest level that we have seen since the last recession.

23. In 1971, 61 percent of all Americans were considered to be "middle class," but now middle class Americans have actually become a minority in this nation.

24. One recent survey discovered that 62 percent of all Americans have less than $1,000 in savings.

25. According to the Federal Reserve, 47 percent of all Americans could not even pay an unexpected $400 emergency room bill without borrowing the money from somewhere or selling something.

26. The number of New Yorkers sleeping in homeless shelters just set a brand new record high, and the number of families permanently living in homeless shelters is up a whopping 60 percent over the past five years.

Despite all of the facts that you just read, the truth is that there is one particular group of people that have been doing quite well during the Obama years. I really like how Charles Hugh Smith made this point in one of his recent articles:

The top 5% of households that dominate government, corporate America, finance, the Deep State and the media have been doing extraordinarily well during the past eight years of stock market bubble (oops, I mean boom) and "recovery," and so they report that the economy is doing splendidly because they've done splendidly.

By recklessly creating money out of thin air and pumping it into the financial markets, the Federal Reserve has greatly enriched the elite, but they have also dramatically increased the gap between the very wealthy and the rest of us. Since he has been in the White House during this time, Barack Obama has gotten the credit for this temporary stock market bubble, and most of the elite love Obama anyway.

But in the process the stage has been set for the greatest economic and financial implosion in U.S. history, and the pain that is coming is going to affect every man, woman and child in this country.

During the debate, Trump and Clinton will talk a lot about tinkering with tax rates and regulations, but those measures are essentially going to be meaningless when compared to the massive economic tsunami that is coming. The next president is going to inherit the biggest economic problems that this nation has ever faced, and it is going to take a miracle of biblical proportions to turn the U.S. economy in the right direction.

Michael Snyder Featured Opinion Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:30:00 -0400
From O. J. to Charlotte in Black and White

I remember the moment well.

I was sitting in my car, waiting outside my office, my ear glued to the radio. The newscasters were about to announce the verdict of the O. J. Simpson double murder case. Would he be found guilty or not?

The evidence against him seemed overwhelming. But was he framed? Could the police be trusted? Yet if he was innocent, why did he run?

It seemed all of America was waiting with bated breath. What would the jury decide?

Many Americans stood gathered around TV monitors in public places, and as the words "not guilty" were pronounced something extraordinary happened. Many blacks were absolutely elated while many whites were absolutely shocked, as preserved in more than one iconic photo.

Why such disparate reactions?

Was it simply a matter of skin color, with blacks siding with O. J. and whites siding with the victims?

For some, it may have been that simple, but remember that O. J. was hugely popular in white America, and he had been married to a white American and was living the American dream. And how many blacks would want a cold-blooded, double-murderer, living in privileged white communities, to walk away free?

No, there was something deeper going on, and it had to do with perceptions about "the system," in this case, police and the courts.

Blacks, generally speaking, tended to distrust the system; whites, generally speaking, tended to trust it.

Even today, more than 20 years after the O. J. verdict in June, 1995, "A full 83 percent of white Americans said that they are 'definitely' or 'probably' sure of Simpson's guilt. By contrast, 57 percent of black Americans agreed."

Significantly, 2015 marked the first time that polls indicated that a majority of black Americans also believed O. J. was guilty, in sharp contrast with a 1997 poll where 82 percent of whites and just 31 percent of blacks believed he was guilty.

But the numbers still remain quite disparate today, with the 2015 poll still showing a difference of 26 percent between the views of white and black Americans, and those deep difference in perceptions have surfaced time and again in the last few years (think Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Terrence Crutcher, and Keith Lamont Scott).

After George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin, I wrote an article titled, "The George Zimmerman Trial in Black and White," where I laid out the varied racial perspectives on the trial, arguing passionately for each position and doing my best to expose each side to the perspective of the other side.

Now, this tragic scenario is playing out again with the Charlotte shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

Speaking again in broadly general terms (and I apologize for the obvious over-generalizations), white Americans are grieved over the shooting but see it as justifiable.

After all, the man had a gun, he refused to obey numerous orders by the police officer (hey, he didn't even listen to his wife saying, "Don't do it!"), and he was potentially threatening the life of others. He also had a police record—come on, he previously assaulted someone with a deadly weapon—and his fingerprints, blood and DNA were found on the gun.

And there's more: The officer who shot him is black and the local police chief is black, and the police chief insists that there are eyewitnesses, along with video evidence, confirming that the officer acted properly.

Black Americans are not just grieved over the shooting, they are outraged.

Here was a man sitting peacefully in his car, waiting for his son to come home from school as he did every day, reading a book (the Quran). He posed no threat to anyone, nor did he own a gun or regularly carry a gun.

And for goodness sake, the man had been in a motorcycle accident and had a traumatic brain injury (TBI), making it difficult for him to respond to the police properly. His own wife was shouting, "He doesn't have a gun!" and "He has a TBI!"

As for the gun, the police planted it at the scene (remember the white cop in South Carolina who was charged with murder and who allegedly altered the crime scene to implicate the black man he shot in the back?), and there are eyewitnesses who confirm that it was a white officer who shot Mr. Scott.

White Americans then say, "You've got to be kidding me! You're sticking in your head in the sand. And just look at these lawless rioters and looters. No wonder the police are so quick to shoot."

Black Americans say, "What will it take for you to accept that we are not treated equally? And while these looters do not represent our community, they're expressing a deep frustration we've felt for decades."

And on and it goes, with no end in sight.

A few days ago, my wife Nancy said to me, "How would we feel if, as whites, we were the small minority, brought over on slave ships and sold as slaves, then oppressed by black society for generations, with anti-white prejudice still alive and well in many parts of the society?"

Obviously, we've thought about these things before, but it's almost impossible for us to know how we'd feel since this was not our background and experience (although as Jews, we have had more than our share of suffering in history through the centuries).

At the same time, the perception of the oppressed can also be skewed, especially when agitators play into a perpetual victim mentality that continues to enslave rather than empower.

What, then, is the solution?

At the risk of repeating points I've made in previous articles, here are four simple things we must do.

First, we must determine not to react in a fleshly, emotional, even irrational way, recognizing that carnal anger does not produce positive results. Pointing fingers, insulting others and, worse still, breaking the law, does far more harm than good.

Second, we must talk face to face as much as possible with other fair-minded people across the racial divide, asking them to share their perspectives before allowing us to share ours.

Third, we must ask God to reveal blind spots we might have along with blind spots our friends and colleagues might have.

Fourth, we must commit to following the truth wherever it leads—to pursuing justice, regardless of the consequences and implications—which requires courage and integrity and humility.

Can we do this together?

Do we really have a choice?

Michael Brown Featured In the Line of Fire Opinion Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:00:00 -0400
President Obama Has Shredded What Was Left of the First Amendment

Under the Founders' Constitution—that is, the one written by the Founders, not the one mangled beyond recognition by the Supreme Court—the only entity that can violate the First Amendment is Congress. 

The very first word in the First Amendment is "Congress." The First Amendment was intended as a restraint on Congress and Congress alone. It is simply impossible for any other entity—be it a state, a county, a city, a school district, a school teacher or a student—to violate the First Amendment for the simple reason that it wasn't written to restrain them. 

Only Congress can violate the Founders' Constitution, and it can do so in only two ways. First, it can violate the Establishment Clause by picking one Christian denomination and making it the official church of the United States. As long as Congress doesn't do that, it can do anything it wants with regard to religious expression. It can pay a chaplain to pray Christian prayers and proclaim as many national days of prayer as it would like. 

States under the Founders' Constitution are free to regulate religious expression in any way they would like without any interference from the federal government. States can even have an established religion if they want to, and at the time of the Founding, 10 of them did.

Secondly, only Congress can violate the Free Exercise clause because it applies specifically and exclusively to Congress. Congress—and by extension the entire federal government, including the judiciary—is flatly prohibited from interfering with the free exercise of the Christian religion in any way, shape or form. Any such effort on the part of any branch of the federal government, whether it's the legislative branch, the executive branch or the judicial branch, is flatly and permanently forbidden by the Founders' Constitution. 

The federal government has zero authority to tell schools what they may and may not do with regard to Bible reading in classrooms, prayer at assemblies and graduation ceremonies, or the posting of the Ten Commandments on school room walls. Those matters are for state and local authorities to decide. Period. 

And since the First Amendment has never been amended, it means the same thing today as it did when it was enacted in 1791. It is as unconstitutional today as it was 225 years ago for the federal government to intrude in matters of religious expression. 

This makes a new publication from the United States Commission on Civil Rights an egregiously unconstitutional and dangerous document. In fact, it may be the most dangerous document ever produced by a federal government bureaucracy. It tramples, shreds and mutilates the very constitutional rights it is supposed to protect. 

The Commission just published a new 306-page briefing with the utterly deceptive title "Peaceful Coexistence." However, when it comes to a clash between the gay agenda and religious liberty, there is nothing peaceful about this document, nor is there any discernible co-existence of any kind. Religious liberty is forced to kneel in humble and abject submission before our new pro-homosexual overlords.

Martin Castro, chairman of the Commission, says, "The phrases 'religious liberty' and 'religious freedom' will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance." 

In other words, if you're a Christian, you are a bigot. Period. 

Castro argues that the Establishment Clause, which was intended only to prevent Congress from picking one Christian denomination and making it the official church of the United States, now authorizes government at all levels to brutally repress the free exercise of Christianity anywhere it comes into conflict with special rights based on sexually deviant behavior. 

Says the Commission, "Civil rights protections ensuring nondiscrimination ... are of preeminent importance in American jurisprudence." Translation: Special rights based on non-normative sexuality trump the First Amendment every day of the week. It's no longer the Constitution which is of "pre-eminent importance," it is imaginary rights manufactured out of the ether which triumph over explicit rights guaranteed in the Constitution itself.

The Constitution is no longer the supreme law of the land. The homosexual agenda is. 

Under the Commission's radicalized view of the First Amendment, homosexual activists win every time over Christian bakers, florists and photographers and even churches who are simply engaging in the free exercise of their religious values.

I've often said that the homosexual agenda represents the single greatest threat to religious liberty in the history of the Republic. This document is indisputable proof. If there is any conflict between the homosexual agenda and Christian liberty, the homosexual agenda wins—every single time. 

With regard to the election, there is little question that Hillary Clinton's sympathies lie with the most aggressive proponents of homosexuality and transgenderism. There is not a single First Amendment right that will be safe under a regime led by someone with such views. 

Donald Trump has come out forcefully on behalf of religious liberty, but it remains to be seen if he fully understands the lethal danger the homosexual agenda poses to our first freedom and will take a principled stand against it. It would be helpful for voters to know, for instance, where he stands on the Equality Act, which will enshrine the entire homosexual agenda and essentially criminalize Christianity in the process. 

The left claims their motto is "Co-Exist." But in reality, as the Commission on Civil Rights reveals, it is really "Co-exist—or else." 

Whether religious liberty and the Constitution itself has a future in America is at stake in this election. Let's hope and pray that voters choose wisely. {eoa}

Bryan Fischer is the host of the two-hour weekday "Focal Point program" on American Family Radio.

Bryan Fischer/American Family Radio Featured Opinions Caucus Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0400
Richard Viguerie: Hillary Clinton Poses a Danger to the Peaceful Lives of Ordinary Americans

The 2016 Presidential Election is now about six weeks away—a bit more than a fortnight—but close enough that it should concentrate the mind of every conservative and right-of-center voter in America on what the actual effects of a Hillary Clinton presidency would be on their lives and the lives of their fellow citizens.

Accordingly, [the booklet Hail Hillary: Is There A Clinton Progressive Police State In America's Future?] isn't about why conservatives should support Donald Trump, or Gary Johnson or Jill Stein or any other candidate running for president. Instead, it is a cannonball through the doors of the Ivory Towers of those "conservatives" who continue to obdurately claim that a Hillary Clinton presidency might not be that bad, that the country can recover after four or eight years, and that her policies won't be aimed at marginalizing, if not outlawing, the conservative worldview.

To outline and explain these dangers I asked a group of conservative leaders to share with me their assessment of what a Hillary Clinton presidency would mean to those Americans who hold traditional Judeo-Christian values and who believe in American exceptionalism.

Most of these leaders had not backed Donald Trump during the Republican Primaries, but the response was immediate and overwhelming—far beyond the expected pro forma election year support for the Republican candidate for president.

In fact, each of these respected conservative leaders saw Hillary Clinton not as merely a wrongheaded political opponent, but as a genuine threat to the future of the conservative movement and to the domestic tranquility of this great country.

The dangers that these leaders saw in a Hillary Clinton presidency represent not obscure Capitol Hill policy differences, but dangers to the peaceful lives of ordinary Americans.

What they told me was that Americans who believe in the right-to-life; Americans who believe that marriage between one man and one woman is Biblically ordained; Americans who own guns; Americans who believe in the rule of law and protecting our borders are all at risk. Perhaps most at risk from a Clinton presidency are those Americans who believe that the Constitution is the law that governs and restrains government. 

Richard Viguerie transformed American politics in the 1960s and '70s by pioneering the use of direct mail fundraising in the political and ideological spheres. He used computerized direct mail fundraising to help build the conservative movement, which then elected Ronald Reagan as the first conservative president of the modern era. As the "Funding Father of the conservative movement," Viguerie motivated millions of Americans to participate in politics for the first time, greatly expanding the base of active citizenship. He is our era's equivalent of Tom Paine, using a direct mail letter rather than a pamphlet to deliver his call to arms.

Richard Viguerie/Conservative HQ Featured Opinions Caucus Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400
A Conservative's View of Donald Trump's Revised Supreme Court 'Short List'

On May 18, then-future Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump put out a list of 11 individuals, all sitting judges, who he would consider as a potential replacement for Antonin Scalia, who died unexpectedly last February, on the Supreme Court of the United States. Trump has now added 10 new names to that list.

As was the case with his original list, the men and women who have been added appear to be eminently qualified to sit on the high court. Nine of these individuals (Mike Lee, Thomas Lee, Allison Eid, Raymond Kethledge, Joan Larsen, David Stras, Margaret Ryan, Neil Gorsuch, and Steven Colloton) clerked for Supreme Court justices, and several others held distinguished clerkships as well.

Many of them have taught or continue to teach at prestigious law schools. Mike Lee is a sitting U.S. senator, and Charles Canady served four terms in the House of Representatives. While several served as state or federal prosecutors, at least one (Federico Moreno) served as a federal public defender.

One thing that is particularly striking about the Trump list is the geographic diversity and non-federal judicial experience of many of the identified individuals. As Scalia noted in his dissenting opinion in the same-sex marriage case, the current composition of the Supreme Court hardly reflects "a cross-section of America." He added:

[The] Court ... consists of only nine men and women, all of them successful lawyers who studied at Harvard or Yale Law School. Four of the nine are natives of New York City. Eight of them grew up in east- and west-coast States. Only one hails from the vast expanse in-between. Not a single Southwesterner or even, to tell the truth, a genuine Westerner (California does not count).

Nine of the people on the Trump list, on the other hand, are sitting state supreme court justices from eight different states across the country. Two of them (Diane Sykes and Moreno) sat as state court judges before becoming federal judges. Although not a state court judge, Ryan sits on the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, which would likely give her a different perspective from most other federal judges.

Individuals with experience on state courts are less likely to have a jaundiced view of the competency of state court judges, who are sometimes treated like the figurative poor step-child by the federal judiciary. They are also more likely to pay greater heed to issues involving federalism, which also tends to get short shrift by federal legislators and judges.

This is important, for, as Justice Anthony Kennedy stated for a unanimous court in Bond v. United States:

Federalism secures the freedom of the individual. It allows States to respond, through the enactment of positive law, to the initiative of those who seek a voice in shaping the destiny of their own times without having to rely solely upon the political processes that control a remote central power. ...  [T]he individual liberty secured by federalism is not simply derivative of the rights of the States.

When it comes to interpreting statutes and the Constitution, a judge must keep uppermost in mind that he or she did not write the text and should not attempt to rewrite that text through creative "interpretation" to mean something quite different from what was intended by its drafters, but which he or she personally considers more fair, wise or just.

In other words, a judge should interpret the text and structure of a statute or the Constitution, based on the original public meaning of that text at the time it was adopted, and should not, under the guise of statutory or constitutional interpretation, impose on the rest of society his or her own policy predilections based on that judge's perceptions of contemporary mores. The men and women whose names have been added to the list appear to adhere to this view.

As I wrote in an earlier commentary, which contained my own list of eight individuals (six of whom are on Trump's list), it is not just the Scalia vacancy that needs to be taken into consideration.

By the time the next president takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2017, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be 83 years old, Kennedy will be 80 years old, and Justice Stephen Breyer will be 78 years old. And while I wish them all continued good health, it is a fact that the average life expectancy in this country is 76.3 years for males and 81.3 years for females. Therefore, it is entirely possible that the next president will get to fill several vacancies on the court over the next four to eight years.

With lifetime appointments, all federal court judges, but most particularly Supreme Court justices, exert substantial influence on the development and application of the law over a long period, often for decades after the president who appointed them has left office.

As a colleague and I stated recently, few presidential elections have featured federal court judges among their top five issues. The Supreme Court's odious decision in the Dred Scott case was a central theme in the 1860 race between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. And several controversial decisions by the Warren Court were front and center in the 1968 face-off between Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey.

This may well be another such year. The next president will have the opportunity to leave a massive imprint on the federal courts for a generation or more. The stakes are high indeed.

John G. Malcolm oversees The Heritage Foundation's work to increase understanding of the Constitution and the rule of law as director of the think tank's Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.

This article originally appeared at Used with permission.

Bob Eschliman Featured Opinions Caucus Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400
Thousands Accept Jesus in 10-Day Revival

Hundreds of missionaries flooded Kenya to pray for a revival. They were not prepared to see the thousands of lives that were changed just 10 days later.

More than 640 missionaries from around the globe gathered to bring revival to a Kenyan village called Kakamega. Their mission was simple: show the love of God in practical ways.

They visited prisons, provided treatment to those affected by parasitic fleas and preached to anyone with open ears. These missionaries reached tens of thousands of people. 

"In all, 72,115 people in Kakamega were reached and 6,944 received Christ as their savior," one missionary told Africa Enterprise.

Joel was one of the many street children who gave their lives to Christ. 

"I feel I have hope after being preached to," he said.

Joel is not the only one who experienced hope. One woman's marriage was saved by the hope the missionaries brought with them.

Martha was furious when she found out her husband cheated on her. She went through her house destroying her possessions when she heard a knock on her door from the missionaries, wanting to know why she was so filled with rage. 

Their kindness calmed her anger and she gave her life over to Christ. Her husband soon came home and was so overcome by the love of God that the missionaries shared, he decided to accept Jesus too.

Before the missionaries left, Martha and her husband prayed together asking God to restore their marriage. 

Thousands of others had similar stories of reconciliation to God and renewed hope for the future. 

While only a few hundred missionaries came to Kenya, tens of thousands were impacted and forever changed. 

CBN News Featured World News Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0400
Why the Church Absolutely Needs to Talk About Politics

"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people mourn" (Prov. 29:2). 

Pastor Shane Idleman uses this verse to highlight exactly why the church needs to talk about politics from the pulpit.  

"What cracks me up about this topic—politics in the pulpit—is the gospel permeates every area of our lives," Idleman says in a recent sermon. "So to remove things like abortion, gay marriage, the direction of our nation, to say, 'Oh no, these don't matter, we just need to talk about the gospel.' Yeah, the gospel's our primary focus but ... " 

Watch the video to see the rest. 

9/11/16 "WHEN THE WICKED MAN RULES" – Pastor Shane Idleman from Westside Christian Fellowship on Vimeo.

Shane Idleman Featured Opinion Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn: This Is a Time of Testing

American Christians are watching gospel-preaching pastors endorse a presidential candidate that supports abortion and other antichrist agenda while our nation's future hangs in the balance.

"This is a time of testing ... our testing," says Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of the new best-seller The Book of Mysteries. "What did Messiah say? He said, 'You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.' Well, what happens if the salt loses its saltiness?"

Cahn is quoting from Matthew 5:13 and most Christians know the answer to the question. So where do we go from here with America declining into darkness?

Watch Cahn's recent appearance on The Jim Bakker Show to find a hopeful answer.

Jennifer LeClaire Featured Watchman on the Wall Opinion Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400
The Power of One Hour of Repentance

What's it going to be like after the resurrection? Nothing in this world compares to the blissful thought of entering into the eternal reward of the World to Come.

In that place of "springs of living water," God will "wipe away all tears from their eyes. There shall be no more death. Neither shall there be any more sorrow nor crying nor pain, for the former things have passed away" (Rev. 21:4). The reward of the World to Come utterly transcends our ability to describe or even imagine: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Cor. 2:9). The sages say that "one hour of the bliss of the World to Come is better than the entire life of this world."

Despite that, there is one thing in this world that is even better than the whole World to Come. The Jewish sages explain that one single hour spent repenting and doing good in this world is greater than the whole life of the World to Come.  In the Talmud, it says:

One hour of repentance and good deeds in this world is better than the entire life of the World to Come; and one hour of spiritual bliss in the World to Come than the entire life of this World (m.Avot 4:21).

How can a single hour in this world be better than the infinite delights of Eden, the revealed presence of God experienced eye to eye, and the total restoration of our spiritual potential? Because in the World to Come, repentance and good deeds don't really have any value.

Sin is really possible for us only in this existence. When we enter the World to Come, we will still retain our free will, so perhaps the potential for sin still exists, but in practical terms, there is no sin, because we will be like the angels who behold the infinite light of God. We will be like the Messiah, who beholds the glory of the Father. Then we will be one in purpose, will and spirit with God, filled with infinite light, creatures of light who find no allure in darkness. We will have no desire for sin.

In this world, God's presence remains concealed. We don't see God, and it takes faith to walk with Him; it takes a real effort to set aside our own will for the sake of His. In the World to Come, however, God's presence will be revealed. It won't take faith or effort to submit ourselves to Him.

In view of that future state of glory, it's easy to see why the choice to submit ourselves to God and obey His commandments has meaning only in this world. In the World to Come, every tongue will confess Him, and all creatures will serve Him, but in this world, the path of repentance and good deeds requires a leap of faith and sacrifice of the will. That's why repentance and choosing to do right is something that only has real meaning now.

That also explains why the repentance message is central to Jesus' gospel message. Jesus really had only one main sermon and teaching, and it's the same teaching He told His disciples to present: "Repent! For the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matt. 4:17). He told His disciples that He had been sent only to declare that message (Luke 4:43).

In a Jewish context, "repentance" does not mean to change your mind or even to feel badly about something you have done, but rather, it literally means, "to turn around." It's the same word Moses and the prophets used to describe what the nation of Israel must do to amend her relationship with God when she strayed from the commandments of the Torah.

In a Jewish religious context, "repentance" means only to quit breaking God's commandments, turn around and start obeying them. Sin is transgression of Torah. Quit sinning, start doing good. That message is obvious when the Gospels are read from a Jewish perspective. The vast majority of Jesus' teachings and parables circle around the theme of repentance. For example, consider the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, the prodigal son, the sower and the seed, the rich man and Lazarus, and so forth—they are all parables about repentance.

Likewise, the apostle Paul called the Gentiles to repentance. He described his mission saying that he "declared first to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, do works proving their repentance" (Acts 26:20).

We can't afford to procrastinate with repentance. Do it now, while it still counts for something. Do it while it still counts for something greater than the whole life of the World to Come. {eoa}

Daniel Thomas Lancaster is a writer, teacher, and the Director of Education at the Messianic ministry of First Fruits of Zion (, an international ministry with offices in Israel, Canada, and the USA, bringing Messianic Jewish teaching to Christians and Jews. He is the author of several books about the Jewish roots of Christianity, the Jewishness of the New Testament, and he is the author of the Torah Club Bible study program ( He also serves as the teaching pastor at Beth Immanuel (, a Messianic Jewish synagogue in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Daniel Lancaster Featured Standing With Israel Opinion Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400
Golf Legend Arnold Palmer Dies at 87

Golfing great Arnold Palmer, one of the most popular PGA players of all time who was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, died Sunday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the age of 87.

A seven-time PGA major champion, Palmer's immense popularity drew a legion of fans known as "Arnie's Army" and helped propel the game just as television was coming of age.

"We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest ambassador, at age 87," the USGA said on Twitter.

Nicknamed "The King," Palmer retired from the PGA Tour in 2006 with 62 victories, fifth on the all-time list. He won his first major championship, The Masters, in 1958, and proceeded to that prestigious tournament three other times--in 1960, 1962 and 1964. He won his only U.S. Open championship in 1960, and The Open championship in 1961 and 1962. He won PGA Player of the Year twice (1960 and 1962) and was the PGA Tour's leading money winner four times. 

Palmer helped change the perception of golf as an elite, upper-class pastime to a more democratic sport accessible to middle and working classes.

Palmer received the President Medal of Freedom in 2004 from President George Bush, and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.

Palmer's death comes on the heels of the death of another popular sports figure Sunday. Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was only 24, died in a boating accident early Sunday morning. {eoa}

Charisma Staff and Reuters Featured U.S. News Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:55:00 -0400
Faith Leaders Call for Urgent Prayer Covering Over Trump

Note: Earlier it was stated that Frank Amedia was Donald Trump's liaison for Christian policy. He no longer serves in that volunteer position. A faith advisory council has been appointed for Trump. Amedia is independent of any official role for the campaign.

Many of the nation's faith leaders believe it isn't only Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party that Republican Donald Trump is attempting to defeat in the 2016 Presidential election.

The opposition goes much deeper than that—and to a much higher spiritual plane. That's why pastors like Frank Amedia feel like the Lord has led them to cover Trump—and all of America—in prayer at least until Wednesday, November 9, the day after the election.

As the co-senior pastor of Touch Heaven Canfield Church in Canfield, Ohio, Amedia heeded God's call to lead the Kingdom Wide Prayer Watch on Monday, September 26. The movement urges believers to fast and pray for Trump beginning at 6 a.m. and ending with the completion of Trump's first presidential debate with Clinton.

Trump and Clinton will engage each other in the first nationally televised debate Monday at 9 p.m. ET at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

"We are interceding to pull down strongholds, expose and strike down adversarial plots and strategies, bind every force that opposes the will of God, and loosen upon Mr. Trump the supernatural gifts of grace, favor, wisdom, revelation, power, peace and presidential authority," Amedia said.

"I really don't believe that there is an intentional commitment from any political persuasion to fight against God, because the Bible says that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but the forces of darkness. Speaking for myself, and perhaps for other faith-based leaders, we clearly see that the conservative platform Mr. Trump is committed to is one that we need to support because there are so many areas that line up with our faith. But the spiritual warfare that surrounds this election is nothing that you and I don't experience all the time as children of God."

After receiving a revelation from the Lord, Amedia says he began making phone calls on Thursday to drum up support for the Kingdom Wide Prayer Watch. Generals International's Cindy Jacobs, MorningStar Ministries' Rick Joyner, It's Supernatural television host Sid Roth, New Wine Ministries senior pastor Mario Bramnick (who is also the president of the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition), international speaker and business consultant Lance Wallnau, and Paula White, senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, are among many kingdom leaders spreading the word and getting behind the movement. Other worldwide ministries have joined in, including ones in Pakistan, Africa, Israel and Mexico.

With that type of support, Amedia said he expects "tens of thousands of people committed in a covenant" for fasting and intercessory prayer from early Monday morning through the debate.  

"I wasn't sure there was enough time to get this going, but what the Lord wants, He accelerates," Amedia said. "We just began to get the news out over the weekend, and it simply snowballed from there."

Pam Pryor, faith director for Trump's campaign, says, "The government could decide how we get to practice our faith."

"That's just how crucial every aspect of this presidential election is," Amedia said. "It's about the protection of the unborn. It's about the Supreme Court and appointing righteous judges. It's about our alliance with Israel. It's about the restoration of our military. It's about family values and the protection of our Judeo-Christian heritage. If any of those things mean anything to believers, they need to join us for this prayer watch. Those values have been under assault for many years, and many people have accepted that as the norm. We shouldn't accept that."

If anyone would like to receive specific prayer points and up-to-the-minute notices during the prayer watch, please send an email to Interested individuals can also tune in to throughout the day on Monday for updates on the Kingdom Wide Prayer Watch. {eoa}

Shawn A. Akers Featured U.S. News Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:10:00 -0400
What Many Christians Don't Understand About 'the Anointing'

The Bible sometimes speaks of "anointings," but most don't seem to have any idea about what this term means.

In Scripture, "anointing" spoke of sacred moments when an individual (or object) was smeared with oil and commissioned to accomplish a particular task. It typically referred to those installed into the priesthood, as well as prophets, and those operating as kings.

One example is evidenced in the following: "And you shall anoint Jehu, the son of Nimshi, to be king over Israel, and you shall anoint Elisha, the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah, to be prophet in your place" (1 Kings 19:16).

As we can see from this passage, "anointings" were tied to particular functions and roles. The conferred blessing and favor would remain within the respective perimeters and facilitate the accomplishment of incredible things.

Even in terms of "Messiah," the anointing was connected to a specific vocational role. The "anointed one of God" was installed to establish the heavenly Father's purposes and accomplish a particular work within creation.

Consider what was spoken over Jesus in Luke 4:18-19:

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to preach the acceptable year of the Lord."

The anointing came upon the Son of Man to boldly preach, heal and release those who were under the oppression of darkness. It cannot be overlooked that the anointing always serves a function.

Many confuse anointings with giftings, but they're not the same. What you're able to activate in this season, may have little do with your underlying gift-mixes and abilities. In most cases, it only relates to your current areas of responsibility.

Over the years, people started attending my local church and were put into places of oversight. They soon began to operate in the "anointing of the house." However, some misunderstood their emerging abilities. They presumed that they could leave the congregation and carry this anointing to another place. However, most were unable to do so.

They didn't understand that "the oil" of God's presence was poured out for a particular function. So, if they no longer operated in their appointed role, that anointing is naturally withdrawn.

It is important to understand the differences between giftings and anointings. Although both refer to abilities, each emerges from an entirely different matrix.

Each of us has to consider what God has anointed us to accomplish in this strategic season. Your temporary abilities are likely coming from a place completely outside of you. {eoa}

J.D. King, director of the World Revival Network and co-pastor at World Revival Church, is writing Regeneration: Healing in the History of Christianity. King is a sought-after speaker, writer and author.

J.D. King Featured Opinion Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:00:00 -0400
A Spiritual Warfare Prayer to Encourage Intercessors

A while back, my husband Mike had a challenging week. He and several other members of the intercessory prayer team at our church were under spiritual attacks, especially with physical ailments.

But Mike is a prayer warrior, so when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord within Mike raises up a standard against him!

If you are facing a spiritual attack, then prayer is your first line of defense against it.

Mike wrote this prayer for spiritual warfare to encourage his fellow intercessors. Mike's story and prayer follows:

Praise be to God with grace and blessing to each and every one of you. A few of you are aware that "no-good lying wonder" attacked my body again—in my knee this time.

Suddenly, this past Monday afternoon my left knee swelled up with pain that was almost unbearable. This was the first time I had experienced such an ordeal. I had to use some crutches to get around my house.

But thanks be to God for your prayers because recently I felt a small pop in my knee and the pain with the swelling started to subside. I was able to put pressure/weight on the knee with minimal discomfort. By the time Kim arrived home from church, I was, in my opinion, 89 percent healed. I am now 100 percent completely healed.

I am fully aware why the enemy is attacking me this way and that. I am also aware that he attacks you.

Our enemy may be shrewd with his attacks, but he is very stupid because he picked on the "right" man and the "right" group of people who will come against him and his kingdom with everything within us. With that being said:

Heavenly Father and in the name of Jesus, we honor and praise You today for being with us in all and everything. It is our delight to honor and serve You in any capacity we can. We are truly honored that You read and hear our prayers, and we know that You answer each and every one of them, and for that we thank You.

We come to You today on behalf of all the intercessors and are asking You to equip us for the fight that lies ahead of us in the spiritual, which may be manifested in the physical against Your archenemy.

We know You have seen the multiple attacks that he has and is imposing on Your people. However, nothing he does will stop any of us from pressing on and through to the very end of this assignment.

Our first offensive attack today against this demon is in the form of this digital prayer since the morning is still fairly new and the words in this prayer will be anointed words that will set the tone for my fellow warriors so that they will be on guard throughout this day and every day.

I pray that each one will immediately release any bondage or stressful situation they may be going through. I pray that they stay and remain focused as they face situations today, whether it be in the workplace, at home or in the public sector.

I pray that You heal their bodies immediately Father (right now in the name of Jesus) so that the enemy knows he "ain't stopping nuttin'" and so that Your intercessors can focus on the matters that will disrupt his kingdom.

Father, You know what Your intercessors are going through. May You touch and anoint each one today as confirmation that You have heard their prayer and are working accordingly on their behalf today!

For those who are concerned about their children, who have to face the problems presented to them in the public schools, send Your peace to the student(s) and to the parents, for You are our Jehovah Nissi.

For those who have been attacked in their body with afflictions, diseases and ailments, send healing unto them, for You are our Jehovah Rapha.

For those who are overwhelmed with the lack of financial stability, send them the knowledge and wisdom to be able to manage their finances then follow that up with an immediate supply of money to help them overcome their current situation, as You are our Jehovah Jireh.

Speaking of the money, Father, I pray that You take the money from the dope dealers, destructive rappers, crooked politicians and any other unsavory character, group of people or organization and give it to Your people so that we can put it to good and godly use. Why should our enemy have such tools at his disposal to use against Your people?

We know You are in control and even now working on all of our behalf, and for that we thank You.

There is so much more I want to pray unto You, Father which I shall do indeed. In the meantime, this digital prayer is dedicated to my fellow intercessors. {eoa}

Kimberly Taylor can testify of God's healing power to end binge eating. She is an author and the creator of the Christian weight-loss website Visit today for inspirational health and weight-loss tips.

Kimberly Taylor, C.W.C. Featured Opinion Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:00:00 -0400