Friday, August 29, 2014

UK Raises Terror Threat Level To 'Severe'.........


UK Raises Terror Threat Level To 'Severe'

Britain's government has raised the country's terror threat level to "severe," Home Secretary Theresa May said on Friday.

It's the second highest of five potential threat levels. According to the U.K. government, it means an attack is "highly likely." An attack may be imminent.

May said the threat level was raised because of the risk from the deteriorating situation in Iraq and Syria, where extremist militants from the group calling itself the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL). 

This is the first time Britain's terror threat level has been at "severe" since 2011.

"The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West. Some of these plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have traveled there from the UK and Europe to take part in those conflicts," May said in a statement.

"The first and most important duty of government is the protection of the British people," May said. "We have already taken steps to amend our powers and increase our capabilities for dealing with the developing terrorist threats we face. That process will continue and the British public should be in no doubt that we will take the strongest possible action to protect our national security."

In a statement delivered from Downing Street in London Friday afternoon, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain was facing a "greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before." He said confronting ISIS was part of a generational struggle that he thought could last "decades."

"Poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism is the root cause of the terror threat," Cameron said. "We will always act with urgency when needed."

The West — particularly the U.S. and U.K. — have increased their warnings about ISIS in the wake of the group's brutal murder of American journalist James Foley last week. A 23-year-old former British rapper is considered a prime suspect in Foley's beheading. Cameron said Friday that it "increasingly seems to be a British terrorist recorded on that video" of Foley's murder.

At least 500 people from Britain have traveled to Middle Eastern regions to join ISIS, Cameron said. Western officials have warned about the possibility of ISIS fighters holding Western countries' passports traveling back to those countries to plan and possibly launch attacks.

Cameron said there was "no doubt" in his mind that ISIS is "targeting all of us in Western Europe." He did not commit to joining the U.S. and possibly other allies in taking military action against the group, saying it was just "one element of what we can do."

"We must use aid, diplomacy, and our military," he said.

"We are in the middle of a generational struggle against a poisonous extremist ideology that I believe we will be fighting for years and probably decades."

Warning that "ISIS represents a greater threat than anything before," he plans to introduce new laws to "make it easier to take people's passports away."

A Big Surprise Is Coming!..........BE READY!

How near do you think the rapture might be? 

This or similar questions issue from both believers and nonbelievers. 

Despite innate skepticism, even within believers, one senses that there flows just beneath the surface of decorum a visceral trepidation that there will be such a thing as "the rapture." 

While many genuinely want an opinion on how near the rapture is, there is almost zero interest in that great event within Christ's church in general. 

This singular reality is, by itself, a factor worth examination while contemplating the question: "How near do you think the rapture might be?" 

Strange goings-on

To begin considering matters involved, the question can't be adequately entertained to any degree of understanding without analyzing our strange times—this bordering-on-bizarre generation that Jesus himself was most likely prophesying in the Olivet Discourse and other places in Scripture.

America presently has a collective nervous twitch. 

Worry about our diseased economy is the primary instigator of the societal nervousness. Uncertainty about what direction our very troubled economy will take as well as all of the geopolitical tensions have caused a form of national schizophrenia. The schism separates Americans in crucial areas of politics and morality, which are in most aspects inextricably linked.

Those divisions threaten to raise the national temperature to a fever pitch. There is a sense that a powerful crisis event lurks in the immediate future.  

So, it is more than a matter of curiosity that leads me to think about 
the many issues and events swirling about this generation that seem almost certainly of biblically prophetic significance. This, while there is a massive and very obvious disconnect in the church, from those foreboding issues and events that are everywhere we look.

Money worries and a 
changing world order

Pocketbook issues almost always lead the way with the adult American citizen. This is a fact, whether talking about those who produce income or those who don't. And, therein lies much of the division in America today. The great political—and cultural—schism, like it or not, is provably engendered and perpetuated by those who work, pay taxes, and contribute to the nation's economic progress, versus those who don't work, but receive the taxpayer-funded largesse of growing government that is devoted to taking care of and growing exponentially its voter base from cradle to grave. This is not to say society—particularly private charity—should neglect the truly needy, those who can't work because of physical or mental incapacity.

Cynical? If so, it is cynicism steeped in provable statistics, the presentation of which isn't the thrust of this essay. Such thought—at least in a general sense—is necessary,in order to understand the role that 
riches play in our fallen world and the crisis that is setting up today's prophetic alignment and the nearness of the rapture.

Control and 
power is the goal

The wallet issue that is front and center—that is most intensely focused on—is the "healthcare for everyone" debate. Universal coverage so that no person will go without healthcare is the proclaimed great concern the politicians parade before the sycophantic mainstream media microphones and cameras. But, in the cabals of behind-the-scenes power politics, it is ever-increasing governmental control—not equitable health care for all Americans—that many within government seek. Congressional leaders, as we know, have not been leading the way en masse to give everyone the same premium healthcare system they themselves enjoy.

Control, then, is the operative word in thinking on the question: "How near might be the rapture?" Control of economy, of monetary matters, is the thrust that impels human leaderships within government toward the time of absolute power that will corrupt absolutely. The Antichrist regime is the ultimate government that lurks in the dark haze of the prophetic future.

In the twinkling of an eye

Many are sensing that there hovers just over the horizon an unprecedented moment of crisis. That crisis just might be created on Planet Earth in the twinkling of an eye, as-a-matter-of-fact!

The Rapture will, with unbelievable swiftness, sweep everyone left behind on earth into its vortex of soul-rending calamity.

Love of money Key to Satan's Scheme

"It's the economy, stupid!" is the infamous slogan spewed first by Democrat operative James Carville as a rallying cry for Bill Clinton's presidential bid. The declaration was picked up and echoed, seemingly with glee, by mainstream news pundits and other media types. The electorate's almost total absorption with money matters, as those matters affect their day-to-day lives, continues to plague attempts at bringing about consensus in America that we come together as one mind, one people.

Money is the central point of interest now as freedom once was
, but it is also the societal element that most widely separates we the people. Therein lies the nucleus of the problem for Lucifer's plot to usurp the throne of God. He knows it isn't possible to usurp the heavenly throne, but he observably has a blueprint for ruling on earth. Jerusalem and Mt. Moriah are his ultimate objectives in this regard, more about that later.

Humanism is at the heart of Satan's plot for achieving the installment of his man, the Antichrist, on that earthly throne. He will succeed in doing so for a very brief time. To accomplish this, economy is the ingredient within the human condition that must be brought into governance's total control under Lucifer's authority in order to close the great schism that monetary chaos has produced and continues to perpetuate. The chasm must be breached--not in order to make life better for humanity, but to give Satan a system of buying and selling that will enslave ALL mankind.

"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." 
                                                               Revelation 13:16-17

To avoid any misunderstanding, I am not saying that the people and their obsession with pocketbook issues is a good thing in order to throw the proverbial monkey wrench into Satan's plans to rule on earth. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, the Bible tells us, and Americans are obsessed, probably more than any civilization that has ever existed, with money and the deadly materialism with which it infects this generation. 

The important point is, our economy--and monetary intrigues--will power the engine of humanistic drive from this point forward, as never before. 

Anyone paying attention to what has been happening over the past months with regard to the economic dynamics shaping things in America and the world should know that doing business has forever changed. The economy of the United States continues to be deliberately dismantled--and I believe it is being supernaturally accomplished--by forces determined to restructure the world for setting up the ten-kingdom governance prophesied for the time just before Christ's return to planet earth.

"And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast." 

                       Revelation 17:12-13

One world economic order

In considering the question of "How near might be the Rapture?" I view the rush toward one-world economy almost the equivalent in order of importance to Israel being front and center on the end-times stage. A flood of other end-times-type issues only slightly less consequential than those two mentioned rage through this generation. It is difficult to prioritize them for purposes of determining their order of importance in looking at how near might be Christ's call to the church as prophesied in 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. 

51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." 55 "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"

     1 Corinthians 15:51-55

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord's word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

                                                                                                       1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

I believe, however, that one prophetic symptom of our day has developed that stands out as being almost equivalent to Israel and the drive for one-world economic order in pointing to the nearness of the Tribulation hour: 

Our delusional and cowardly churches.

The Cowardly Church 

Despite the claims that the church--all believers in Christ --is rising to meet the challenges of this troubled age, one is hard-pressed to document any such massive movement. It seems just the opposite if you are paying attention
. Anti-God movements are on the grow, aided and abetted by news and entertainment media. Rather than opposing things going on that run counter to God's Word, there has developed entertainment-oriented, mega-church organizations that do their best to emulate the world's glitz and glamour. 

They teach and preach a feel-good, do-good pabulum that surely makes the Lord of heaven want to wretch. As a matter of fact, God said it would be just this way as the time of Christ's return nears: 

"And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." 

                                   Revelation 3:14-16


The Antichrist spirit is alive and infecting everything in todays world system. No big surprise, right? But the demonstrable fact that it is alive and well at this very moment within so-called Christian church organizations across America is a staggering reality to consider.

Here's what John the apostle, through divine inspiration, had to say two thousand years ago:

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 

                                                                                    1 John 4:1–3

End times church sickens God

The Laodicean church is symbolized as the church that will at the very end of the Church Age (Age of Grace) literally make the God of all creation sick to His stomach. The Lord describes through John that organization's true character, and why He is sickened: 

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. 

                                                                                                              Revelation 3:17

Jesus spoke to the very things that mark the Laodicean church in foretelling the end of the age. The prophecy is prominent—is, as a matter of fact, the very first characteristic Jesus lists in His Olivet Discourse for the time just before His return: 

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the [age]? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 

                                                                  Matthew 24:3-5

Only one who denies that God's Word is truth can miss the importance of the Lord's words here.

Jesus is speaking to the deception that will be tied up in false teachings and false prophesying at the time just before He returns. NOT PREACHING THE WHOLE TRUTH IS DECEPTION! THERE IS NO SALVATION WITHOUT REVELATION!

The "if-we-can't-beat-'em-we-will-join-'em" false religionists of recent years have expropriated the church's personnel and presented a compromised message before the senses of the glitz-mad American public. The tactic has worked. The mega-church super-complexes under whose roofs the masses continue to swell mark this generation, almost certainly, as the Laodicean church. 

These church entities are organizations filled not with the Holy Spirit, but with the spirit of the antichrist.

A primary tactic chosen by most of these organizations to draw the masses is to give people an entertainment spectacle every time they sit in the plush theater pews. Nothing wrong with being physically comfortable while sitting, but to be always spiritually comfortable sitting under preaching and teaching that should point to the more abundant life conviction of the Holy Spirit is devastating to the soul. 

The compromise is in the "Let's talk about it," feel-good, do-good message of "God loves you, and would never condemn you to a hell, which in any case, doesn't exist." God DOES love us—so much so that He sent His only Son, Jesus the Christ, to die as the once-and-for-all sacrifice for our sin, without this we are otherwise lost forever.

The thesis-antithesis-synthesis psychobabble theologizing—"Let's talk about it" compromise—is proof that these organizations of religiosity deny that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation—to reconciliation with God the Father. They are of the Antichrist spirit. These believe they are indeed "rich, and increased with goods, and think they have need of nothing; and know not that they are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked," in God's holy view.

True Church'es willful ignorance breaking God's Heart

Troubling as these unredeemed type of churches are in these fleeting days of this age, the overt, deliberate ignorance of things of God's prophetic Word in those true Christian churches who still adhere to Jesus as the only Way must be heart-wrenching to the Lord of heaven. 

Most Christians are without any understanding of the times in which we find ourselves. !!!!!!!!!!!

To those who study the times in light of Bible prophecy, the seminaries, pastors, teachers, and Christians in the pews of America are observably, for the most part, happily ignorant of the astonishing fact that Israel is being put in the position of Zechariah 12:1-3—that the Jewish state is being forced toward a peace from which will come Antichrist and the Tribulation.

Christians by and large have no idea that the European Union is shaping up to be the matrix out of which Antichrist will come, that the Russian/Iranian/Turkey/ national alignment is configuring for the Gog-Magog war of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.

Today's church can't discern that powerful spiritual as well as geopolitical dynamics are forcing the economies of America and the world into a one-world mold that will eventuate in the ten-kingdom rearrangement of Revelation 17:12-13. 

They don't see that we are in the "perilous times" of Paul's forewarning in 2 Timothy, chapter 3, because they don't want to see, not because it isn't so. 

They don't understand that this nation and the world are filled with the spirit of Antichrist, and that God's judgment and wrath must be near.

As they go through their routines of life, Christians today are doing anything and everything except heeding the words of forewarning of our Lord: 

"And what I say unto one, I say unto all, watch.

                                                                    Mark 13:37 

He said also: 

"For when you see all these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your head, for your redemption draweth near." 

                                            Luke 21:28

They Are Clearly Happening And A Big Surprise Is Coming!

Jesus said one thing more. He forewarned that a great many believers will be caught by surprise at the time of His return in the Rapture: 

"Be ye also ready, for in an hour ye think not, the Son of man cometh." 

                                                                                                    Matthew 24:44

We are clearly in such a "think not" time at present! 

2 Timothy 3 

3 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents,ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

A Final Charge to Timothy

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.



John Winthrop's City upon a Hill, 1630

Now the onely way to avoyde this shipwracke and to provide for our posterity is to followe the Counsell of Micah, to doe Justly, to love mercy, to walke humbly with our God, for this end, wee must be knitt together in this worke as one man, wee must entertaine each other in brotherly Affeccion, wee must be willing to abridge our selves of our superfluities, for the supply of others necessities, wee must uphold a familiar Commerce together in all meekenes, gentlenes, patience and liberallity, wee must delight in eache other, make others Condicions our owne rejoyce together, mourne together, labour, and suffer together, allwayes haveing before our eyes our Commission and Community in the worke, our Community as members of the same body, soe shall wee keepe the unitie of the spirit in the bond of peace, the Lord will be our God and delight to dwell among us, as his owne people and will commaund a blessing upon us in all our wayes, soe that wee shall see much more of his wisdome power goodnes and truthe then formerly wee have beene acquainted with, wee shall finde that the God of Israell is among us, when tenn of us shall be able to resist a thousand of our enemies, when hee shall make us a prayse and glory, that men shall say of succeeding plantacions: the lord make it like that of New England: for wee must Consider that wee shall be as a Citty upon a Hill, the eies of all people are uppon us; soe that if wee shall deale falsely with our god in this worke wee have undertaken and soe cause him to withdrawe his present help from us, wee shall be made a story and a byword through the world, wee shall open the mouthes of enemies to speake evill of the wayes of god and all professours for Gods sake; wee shall shame the faces of many of gods worthy servants, and cause theire prayers to be turned into Cursses upon us till wee be consumed out of the good land whether wee are going: And to shutt upp this discourse with that exhortacion of Moses that faithfull servant of the Lord in his last farewell to Israell Deut. 30. Beloved there is now sett before us life, and good, deathe and evill in that wee are Commaunded this day to love the Lord our God, and to love one another to walke in his wayes and to keepe his Commaundements and his Ordinance, and his lawes, and the Articles of our Covenant with him that wee may live and be multiplyed, and that the Lord our God may blesse us in the land whether wee goe to possesse it: 

But if our heartes shall turne away soe that wee will not obey, but shall be seduced and worshipp other Gods our pleasures, and proffitts, and serve them, it is propounded unto us this day, wee shall surely perishe out of the good Land whether wee passe over this vast Sea to possesse it;

Therefore lett us choose life, that wee, and our Seede, may live; by obeyeing his voyce, and cleaveing to him, for hee is our life, and our prosperity.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Earthquakes Rising.........AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ!

Earthquakes Rising

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

                                                                                                                                          Matthew 24:7-8

Damages from the earthquake that hit the San Francisco area this weekend are estimated to be as high as $4 billion. For many cities around the world, particularly coastal cities situated on the geologically active Ring of Fire, an earthquake could be catastrophically destructive. 

As Michael Snyder rather ominously warns, the quake last weekend is just the start of the shaking in California...

Don't get too excited about what happened on Sunday.  Scientists assure us that it is only a matter of time before "the Big One" hits California.

In fact, the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that hit northern California on Sunday was not even the largest earthquake along the Ring of Fire last weekend.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook the area around Valparaiso, Chile on Saturday and a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Peru on Sunday.

We have moved into a time when seismic activity is steadily rising.  JUST LIKE THE BIBLE HAS SAID THEY WOULD DURING THE LAST DAYS!

It has gotten to the point where even the mainstream media cannot ignore it anymore. GOD WILL NOT BE MOCKED!

For example, just check out the following excerpt from a recent CBS News report…

The average rate of big earthquakes — those larger than magnitude 7 — has been 10 per year since 1979, the study reports. That rate rose to 12.5 per year starting in 1992, and then jumped to 16.7 per year starting in 2010 — a 65 percent increase compared to the rate since 1979. This increase accelerated in the first three months of 2014 to more than double the average since 1979, the researchers report. THE LAST DAYS ARE UPON US AND ANYONE WITH EYES THAT SEE OR EARS THAT HEAR NEEDS TO WAKE UP!

Something is happening that scientists don't understand, and that is a little scary. GOD AND PEOPLE THAT KNOW AND SERVE HIM UNDERSTAND.

Earthquake activity seems to particularly be increasing in the United States.  While the west has been relatively quiet, the number of earthquakes in the central and eastern portions of the nation has quintupled over the past 30 years…

According to the USGS, the frequency of earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. has quintupled, to an average of 100 a year during the 2011-2013 period, up from only 20 per year during the 30-year period to 2000.

"We know the hazard has increased for small and moderate size earthquakes. We don't know as well how much the hazard has increased for large earthquakes. Our suspicion is it has but we are working on understanding this," said William Ellsworth, a scientist with the USGS.

What in the world could be causing this to happen?

Oklahoma, which used to rarely ever have earthquakes, has experienced over 2,300 earthquakes 
so far in 2014. 

That is absolutely staggering. !!!!!!!!!!!

And of course volcanic activity has been rising all over the planet as well.  In 2013, the number of eruptions around the globe set a new all-time high, and right now persistent rumbling under Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has much of Europe on alert...

For more than a week the earth has been rumbling beneath Iceland's looming Bardarbunga volcano. The almost continuous small earthquakes led the government to activate its National Crisis Coordination Centre this week and block off access to the largely uninhabited region around the Bardarbunga caldera.

Major airlines are making contingency plans for a potential eruption that could throw dust into the atmosphere and disrupt flight paths between North America and Europe.

Some scientists are saying that if that volcano erupts, it "could trigger Britain's coldest winter ever".

Clearly something out of the ordinary 
is happening. !!!!!!!!!

All over the world seismic activity is on the rise.

That means that the shaking in California (and in much of the rest of the world) may soon get a whole lot worse.

Remember, these signs are to intensify during the last days, and that is exactly what is happening with earthquakes. It is clear that earthquakes are not only increasing in frequency, but also appearing in more and more "diverse places", which the Bible predicted.

Art Cashin Warns Bulls: "History" Not On Their Side...........

Art Cashin Warns Bulls: "History" Not On Their Side

Yesterday, the venerable Art Cashin had 12 simple words of wisdom for 'traders'. Today he has a more direct warning for those watching the levitation and counting their 'wealth effect' gains...

"Unfortunately, history gives us a picture of it, if you have high volume, you get follow-through very easily.

If you have low volume and you go into September, we've only had big carry-through a few times,"


Ebola Infections Are Spreading Quickly............

Ebola Infections Are Spreading Quickly



When it comes to worthless majors, it is no secret that "liberal arts" are at the top of the heap. This is the conclusion of not just the real world: a recent survey of 68,000 workers by salary information confirmed as much when asking the humanities majors themselves, and where employees with degrees in fields like English, general studies, and graphic design were among the most likely to report feeling "underemployed" at their current jobs.

But what is surprising is that graduates with more "practical" degrees in fields like business administration, ranking second in terms of pay dissatisfaction, also said their jobs didn't put their education, training or experience to work as much as they should.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

America’s Cowardly Pastors Avoid Controversy At All Costs...........

America's Cowardly Pastors Avoid Controversy At All Costs

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

                                                                                                                                              Revelation 3:16

If you are wondering why there are not more pastors and preachers in America with courage, then you need look no further to a two-year study conducted by George Barna. Barna gave the results of the study earlier this month and revealed that while a majority of ministers 
claim they believe the Bible provides specific answers to the issues America faces, they will not speak out on those issues from the pulpit.

"What we're finding is that when we ask them about all the key issues of the day, 90 percent of them are telling us, 'Yes, the Bible speaks to every one of these issues,'" he explained. "Then we ask them: 'Well, are you teaching your people what the Bible says about those issues?' and the numbers drop…to less than 10 percent of pastors who say they will speak to it."

So, why won't they speak out? They don't want controversy. And why don't they want controversy? It's because they think they are the key to a "successful church."

Barna explained that the vast majority of pastors said that they determined whether a church was successful or not based on five things: Attendance, giving, number of programs, number of staff, and square footage. HOW ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC IS THAT?

"What I'm suggesting is those pastors won't probably get involved in politics because it's very controversial. Controversy keeps people from being in the seats, controversy keeps people from giving money, from attending programs," Barna said. THE TRUTH CHASES PEOPLE OUT OF THE CHURCH AND COWARDS WON'T PREACH THE TRUTH. A VERY NASTY CIRCULAR SITUATION WHICH FEEDS ON DOING THE WRONG THING AND CONTINUA LY WORSENS.

Wow! Does that sound anything like what you read in either the Old or the New Testaments? 

The true mark of a successful, biblical Church is are they teaching, preaching and living in obedience to the Word of God? 

It has nothing to do with numbers. 

Just take a look at any of the prophets of the Old Testament. Would Noah or Jeremiah have been considered successful by these standards? How about the Son of God Himself? Would Jesus have been considered successful by the standard of numbers? Yet, He is the One that builds the Church.

These men are not those who care for the sheep, but rather fleece the sheep for their own self-aggrandizement. 

They love money and the approval of men rather than fear God and seek to glorify Him. They fail to feed the people God has entrusted to them. They are building their own little kingdoms upon the earth, rather than seeking after the Kingdom of God and Christ. 

This indicates several things about them:

They are hirelings (John 10:12)
They do not love the people of their congregations (Ephesians 4:15; John 10:13)
They do not love God (John 21:15-17)
They do not honor God (Romans 1:21)
They are cowards!

In addressing the cowardice of America's pulpits and the corruption of politicians, Gordan Runyan wrote these words:

Politics is dirty, dirty business. Thus, I'm told, good, clean Christians ought to stay out of it.

But maybe the reason it's a 
dirty business, and full of every kind of corruption, is because those who are meant to be salt and light in the world have voluntarily left the field?  IF MINISTERS DON'T COMMENT ON WHAT IS WRONG, HOW WILL IT EVER BE MADE RIGHT?

The Christian landscape in America is "teeming" with egoistic entrepreneurs masquerading as ministers, building their own kingdoms on the backs of well-meaning dupes who continue to stuff their coffers for them. 


If they start talking about the strange brew of Islamo-facism and race-baiting communism that animates our President, that may not be good for business: they may wind up preaching in a tiny congregation with a much smaller salary.

Pastor Chuck Baldwin wrote an article recently titled; 
Odds Are that Your Pastor is Keeping the Truth from You Instead of Preaching It, in which he said that the statistics Barna provided caught him off guard. But, is anyone really surprised?

He then states what is obvious. "We are not dealing with IGNORANT pastors; we are dealing with DELIBERATELY DISOBEDIENT pastors. They are PURPOSELY CHOOSING to remain silent. Will that make any difference to the Christians in the pews who say they want their pastor to take a stand but are willing to overlook his 'ignorance?' Probably not. But, at least, we now know what the real issue is, don't we?"  WE ARE DEALING WITH REALLY SHALLOW MEN THAT ARE NOTHING BUT 

It's in the pages of Scripture. This is nothing new.

However, Baldwin does rightly point out what I have said above and then puts it back on Christians to determine whether they want to support such men. "It is time for Christians to acknowledge that these ministers are not pastors; they are CEOs. They are not Bible teachers; they are performers. They are not shepherds; they are hirelings. 

It is also time for Christians to be honest with themselves: do they want a pastor who desires to be faithful to the Scriptures, or do they want a pastor who is simply trying to be 'successful?'"

My friend Dr. Joel McDurmon rightly adds that the first part of the remedy is education, which he wrote about in his book as part of a multi-pronged solution to restoring America. This is where the people must begin. They must understand the Word of God and obey it. That is their repentance.

As for these pastors, repentance is the solution for them as well. I've often pointed out to people that the apostle John lists cowards first among those which will have their part in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). 

Ministers need to be strong and courageous proclaimers of the Word of God, not editing it, not watering it down and certainly not withholding it from the people. 

May God grant these men the grace to overcome their cowardice and to proclaim the truth without apology for the glory of God.

5 Things Successful People Never Do.............

5 Things Successful People Never Do

1. They don't live in the past.

Emotionally intelligent people know that success lies in their ability to rise in the face of failure, and they can't do this when they're living in the past. Anything worth achieving is going to require you to take some risks, and you can't allow past failures to stop you from believing in your ability to succeed.

When you live in the past, that is what happens — and it's nearly impossible to move forward.

2. They don't dwell on problems or hold grudges.

Your emotional state is determined by where you focus your attention. When you fixate on the problems that you're facing, you create and prolong negative emotions and stress, which hinders performance. When you focus on actions to better yourself and your circumstances, you create a sense of personal efficacy that produces positive emotions and improves performance.

People with high emotional intelligence focus on solutions.


When you re-live an event or conversation that angered you, you send your body into fight-or-flight mode. When a threat is imminent, this reaction is essential to your survival, but when a threat is ancient history, holding onto that stress wreaks havoc on your body and can have devastating health consequences over time.

Emotionally intelligent people know that stress and negativity are detrimental to their success — so they avoid holding grudges at all costs.

3. They don't prioritize perfection.

Successful people don't aim for perfection because they know it doesn't exist. Human beings, by our very nature, are fallible. When perfection is your goal, you're always left with a nagging sense of failure, and you end up spending your time lamenting what you failed to accomplish and what you should have done differently instead of enjoying what you were able to achieve.

4. They don't surround themselves with negative people.

Negative people — or those who complain all the time — are toxic.

They wallow in their problems and fail to focus on solutions. They want people to join their pity party so that they can feel better about themselves.

It's human nature to feel obligated to listen to complainers because we don't want to be seen as callous or rude. But there's a fine line between lending a sympathetic ear and getting sucked into their negative emotional spiral.

You can avoid getting drawn in by setting limits and distancing yourself from those people. Think of it this way: If a person were smoking, would you sit there all afternoon inhaling the second-hand smoke? You'd distance yourself,  you should do the same with complainers.

5. They don't say "yes" to everyone, all the time.

Research has found that the more difficulty you have saying "no," the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and depression. Saying no is indeed a major challenge for most people. It is a powerful word that you should not be afraid to wield.

When it's necessary to say "no" to a request, successful people don't beat around the bush. They are typically direct, and avoid phrases like, I don't think I can.

Saying 'no' to a new commitment honors your existing commitments and gives you the opportunity to successfully fulfill them.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

S&P Makes History On Lowest Volume Of The Year............

S&P Makes History On Lowest Volume Of The Year

By the time the cash markets opened yesterday, the narrative of compliant Kuroda and drug-peddling Draghi had been painted as worth more than a yellowing Yellen's hawkish comments. And so it was that stocks, despite weak macro data in the US - bad news is great news - surged as cash markets opened and tagged S&P 2,000 for the first time ever. However, once Europe closed, that exuberance faded in stocks. Treasuries rallied (30Y closed -2bps) with the front-end weakening very modestly. USD strength (on notable EUR weakness) sent oil and precious metals modestly lower on the day but Copper had a good day (+0.6%). Today was the lowest S&P futures (non-holiday) trading of the year.

So to summarize - Bonds Up, Stocks Up, USD Up... But VIX Up, Oil Down

S&P Tags 2,000... on lowest volume day of the year

The divergence between bonds and stocks remains...

The 10 greatest — and worst — trades of all time........A GREAT GRAPHIC!

The 10 greatest — and worst — trades of all time

Pulitzer Prize Winner: Obama Is "The Greatest Enemy Of Press Freedom In A Generation"

Pulitzer Prize Winner: Obama Is "The Greatest Enemy Of Press Freedom In A Generation"

James Risen is not just a phenomenal reporter, he is also an extremely courageous and honorable American patriot. The Obama Administration is threatening the pulitzer prize winning journalist with prison unless he reveals the source behind one of his stories. The fact our own government would resort to threats of incarceration in order to instill fear in the press to prevent it from doing its job is quite telling and extremely dangerous. Mr. Risen understands this danger more than just about anyone else, which is why he has previously stated he is prepared to go to jail in order to defend the First Amendment from 
Obama, who he calls "the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation."

Monday, August 25, 2014

God Whispers.......DO YOU HEAR IT?

God Whispers........

How many of us hear and see the things God is blessing us with relating to His presence in our lives?

The Peace of God be with you...

Central-Planning Always Fails In The End......A MUST READ!

Central-Planning Always Fails In The End

The Fed hasn't made the world a better place with its interventions. It has created moral hazard, encouraged the formation of asset bubbles that eventually pop (leaving economic messes), widened the wealth inequality gap to record levels, discouraged savings and investment, severely penalized retirees on fixed incomes, encouraged spending, funded massive government deficit spending by monetizing the debts, lengthened the recession and likely reduced the number of jobs that would have been created if the economy had been allowed to take its normal course. Eventually the Fed's policy interventions will also have created debilitating, widespread consumer inflation, the "cruelest tax" against the poor and middle classes.

Stock pricings have little to do with the economic strengths, performance and future projections of the underlying businesses. Capital markets no longer serve their intended purposes of raising money to fund the operations of productive businesses. Equity downturns, turn into panics when central banksters and government planners need to create financial chaos to interject their newest consolidation system schemes.

A truly free market in commerce, much less in finance, does not exist. The dollar is not a real medium of exchange, but functions as mandatory barter vehicle for a captured society. Convertible rates of exchange with foreign currencies are more a result of political dynamics, than economic equilibrium.

Well, there you have it. This is the worst economic Catch 22 in memory. Any astute and honest breakdown of these circumstances must conclude that the conditions, that have brought the once greatest economic wealth creation engine to an abrupt seizure, are self-induced to aggrandize a select cabal of global elites.


US Secretary of Defense: ISIS Poses Greater Threat Than 9/11..........

US Secretary of Defense: ISIS Poses Greater Threat Than 9/11

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talks about the "imminent threat" ISIS poses to the US and the World.. .and pulls no punches..."ISIL poses a threat greater than 9/11.

ISIL is as sophisticated and well funded as any group we have seen. They're beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology with a sophisticated strategic and tactical military prowess and they're tremendously well-funded. This is way beyond anything we have seen.

We must prepare for everything. Get Ready!

Evidence is pretty clear. When we look at what they did to Mr Foley and threatend to do to all Americans and Europeans. There is no other way to describe it but barbaric. They have no standard of decency of responsible human behavior. They are an imminent threat to every interest we have.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

True Freedom in Christ............

True Freedom in Christ

"But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life."

Romans 6:22

When Jesus Christ comes into your life, He changes you. Maybe you have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Maybe you struggle with lust, fear, doubt, or self-pity. Maybe you're a slave to public opinion or perfectionism.

But I want to tell you that the Jesus Christ
will set you free.

Our freedom in Jesus Christ isn't the privilege to do what we want. Instead it is the glorious,
abundant, supernatural power to do what we ought.

It is saving grace that sets us free. It is sustaining grace that keeps us free.

Bow before the Lord and thank Him for the freedom you've been given through the great price of Calvary.

Peace, Be Still............

Peace, Be Still

"Keep me as the apple of the eye...hide me under the shadow of Thy wings." 

                                                                                                                          Psalm 17:8

Charles Wesley was walking through the woods on a stormy day when a lightning storm broke out and the rain began to come down in torrents. A bolt of lightning flashed, and a little bird was so frightened that it flew down to Wesley and it tried to hide in his coat.

He was so moved by the scene that he wrote a song we often sing: "Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly, while the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high. Hide me, O my Savior, hide, 'til the storm of life is past; safe unto the haven guide me, O receive my soul at last." 

That's what our Lord does. He hides us, sustains us, and keeps us.

Are the storms of life raging around you? Hide yourself in the dark clouds-they are just the shadow of His wing.

How Passionate Is Our Love for the Lord?............

How Passionate Is Our Love for the Lord?


"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it." 
        Matthew 16:25

When I was a little boy and I found something that didn't belong to me, I'd say, "Finders keepers, losers weepers!"

But do you know what the apostle Paul said? "Keepers weepers, losers finders."

He said, "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ"

                                                                                                                                    Philippians 3:7

Religion does not save us. Jesus saves us. 

And He's calling us to not only turn from our sins, but to turn from our righteousness.

What are you holding onto in your life that brings you security? Let it go to the glory of God! You can trust Him to provide for all your needs.

The Law of Life in Christ...............

The Law of Life in Christ

"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." 

                                                                                                                                                 Romans 8:2

I've always found airplane flight amazing. They are so heavy, yet they fly! The pilot gets behind the controls, moves the throttle, and those great engines begin to roar. And the first thing you know,
you're flying.

Has the law of gravity been canceled? No, but there's another law that comes into effect called the law of aerodynamics, which is a greater law than the law of gravity. 

When you get right with God, the law of sin and death is still there. But there's a new law. It's the law of life in Christ Jesus that sets you free from the law of sin and death. As long as you abide in Jesus Christ, then you are free from the law of sin and death.

Have you been set free? 

Then, it's your turn to set another captive free with the Good News. Go out and share this free gift with someone today.

That I May Know Him..............

That I May Know Him

"That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death."

                                                     Philippians 3:10

One day I was making a call on a businessman with a friend of mine. This dear man of God began giving his testimony of how the Lord saved him. But then he said something that really shocked me. I was speechless. He said, "I used to believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and that He was buried and rose again.

But I don't believe it anymore."

I was stopped dead in my tracks. Then with a smile on his face he said, "I don't believe it anymore. Now, I know it!"

Oh, to go from believing to knowing the Savior! 

What a change of thought. 

What a change of heart. 

What a glorious revelation and transformation!

Do you know Him? 

Really know Him? 

Or do you just believe that He died, was buried, and rose again?

Knowing Jesus...............

Knowing Jesus

"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich." 

                                                                                          2 Corinthians 8:9

Years ago my wife gave me a little card to carry in my billfold. On it she had written her dress size, shoe size, glove size and more. That was nice to have so I could know all about her when I went to do some shopping. But it didn't provide much companionship or encouragement when I was away from her.

It's one thing to have the facts about Jesus, it's another thing to have a relationship with Jesus.

Do you know Jesus...really know Him? Or do you just have the facts about Him?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Nobel economists say policy blunders pushing Europe into depression......AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ!

Nobel economists say policy blunders pushing Europe into depression

An array of Nobel economists have launched a blistering attack on the eurozone's economic strategy, warning that contractionary policies risk years of depression and a fresh eruption of the debt crisis.

"Historians are going to tar and feather Europe's central bankers," said Professor Peter Diamond, the world's leading expert on unemployment.  THE SAME CAN BE SAID OF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE U.S.

"Young people in Spain and Italy who hit the job market in this recession are going to be affected for decades. It is a terrible outcome, and it is surprising how little uproar there has been over policies that are so stunningly destructive." 

It could be avoided with better use of stimulus, and spending on infrastructure. That would boost growth and helped the debt to GDP ratio," Mr Diamond said, echoing a widely-heard critique among the Nobel elites that Europe's policies have been self-defeating. AGAIN EXACTLY THE SAME IN THE U.S.

Professor Joseph Stiglitz said austerity policies had been a "disastrous failure" and are directly responsible for the failed recovery over the first half of this year, with Italy falling into a triple-dip recession, France registering zero growth and even Germany contracting in the second quarter.

"There is a risk of a depression lasting years, leaving even Japan's Lost Decade in the shade. The eurozone economy is 20pc below its trend growth rate," he said.

Mr Stiglitz said the eurozone authorities had massively underestimated the contractionary effects of austerity and continue to persist in error despite claims that the crisis is over. "I am very concerned about the future of monetary union, and they haven't yet felt the impact of geopolitical tensions." WHAT EFFECT DO YOU THINK 

He said the eurozone needs joint debt issuance to repair the structural flaws of EMU, but almost no progress has been made. "Europe suffers from fatal politics," he said.  AND SO DOES THE U.S.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the forum that it was hard to manage a currency for 18 states, when sovereign parliaments refuse to follow polices agreed by the EU institutions. Yet she insisted that the crisis countries had slashed current account deficits and the "first fruits" of durable recovery are in sight.  MERKLE LIVES IN A DREAM WORLD OF HOPE AND DELUSION LIKE MOST POLITICIANS.

Professor Christopher Sims, a US expert on monetary policy, said EMU policy makers had not sorted out the basic design flaws in monetary union, and are driving Club Med nations into deeper trouble by imposing pro-cyclical austerity.

"If I were advising Greece, Portugal or even Spain, I would tell them to prepare contingency plans to leave the euro. There is no point being in the 
EMU if all that happens when you are hit with a shock is that the shock gets worse," he said.

"It would be very costly to leave the euro, a form of default, but staying in the euro is also very costly for these countries. The Europeans have created a system that is worse than the Gold Standard. Countries are in the same position as Latin American states that borrowed in dollars," he said.

Mr Sims warned that the European Central Bank may not be able to carry out a mass purchase of bonds unless the eurozone grasps the nettle on fiscal union, and might itself be engulfed by crisis. "A speculative attack could put the ECB balance sheet at risk," he said.

In the end, ECB president Mario Draghi may be forced to intervene and present Europe's political leaders with a fait accompli.



Have We Forgotten What An Authentic Or Free Market Is? .......AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ!

Have We Forgotten What An Authentic Or Free Market Is?  

Everyone who feels forced to play along plans to exit before the whole rotten structure implodes, but that's not how collapses work.

Identifying the erosion of authenticity is intrinsically difficult for two reasons:

1. The erosion happens slowly over years or even decades, so it's difficult to recall the authenticity of a previous time as anything other than easily dismissed nostalgia.

2. The Status Quo--the state, authorities and the mainstream media--naturally claim their narrative is authentic, lest it be rejected by the public as self-serving propaganda which is what it always is at significant tops.

When I survey the present markets for stocks, bonds and other financial securities, I am reminded of a church in which all the members espouse their faith's noble-sounding values but none actually act on these fine values.

I don't mean a church congregation beset by petty jealousies and gossip--these are characteristics of all human groups and we can't expect any congregation to be entirely free of these oh-so-human failings. In a similar fashion, any market will have companies issuing fraudulent earnings and balance sheets, etc.

The point is that an authentic system doesn't have to be perfect--it has feedback mechanisms and transparency that enable participants to sort things out because the system itself has integrity, even if all the participants do not.

A system, market, congregation, etc. claiming integrity should actually act on its principles rather than just mouth the principles as a form of perception management and self-congratulation.

According to the government, central banks and financial media, the stock and bond markets are free-market engines of capitalist growth. Yet in contrast to this fine-sounding rhetoric, the state and central bank act as if their Proper Role Is to Counteract Market Turbulence Before It Happens.

In other words, the gap between the fine-sounding free-market values and the actions of central states and banks is widening.

Does this chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average reflect an authentic market? It looks more like a market addicted to monetary heroin, bubbles and an awful lot like prior tops just before the crash:

The more inauthentic, self-serving and manipulated the market becomes, the greater the necessity to maintain the illusion of authenticity: if the public truly understood how poorly managed the markets really are, they would awaken to the consequences, which are all negative: once capital markets have been captured for purposes of perception management, they cease being able to discover the real price of assets and risk, and allocate capital very poorly.

Simply put, capital markets that are managed to reflect positively on the current regime are intrinsically inauthentic, and incapable of performing their authentic functions of discovering price and allocating capital.

The "market turbulence" that so frightens central authorities is simply markets discounting unrealistic valuations by rediscovering the price of capital and risk. Markets in which turbulence has been unofficially banned as counter to the desired perception of the economy is a market in name only, a fake that has been stripped of the power to discover price and risk.

The systemic damage wrought by manipulation in service of "counteracting market turbulence before it happens" is two-fold: trust in the market's basic functions is eroded, and the market's self-correcting dynamic is crippled. The erosion of trust in the market's transparent functioning is reflected in the decline of trading volume generated by humans (as opposed to software trade-bots skimming pennies in millions of trades) and the abandonment of the stock market by retail investors--Mom and Pop investors.

There is no other plausible explanation for the remarkable decline in trading volumes other than the erosion of trust which leads to lower and lower participation rates because of all the fraud.

Once markets have been distorted for self-serving, perception-management issues as well as to enrich insiders, their ability to self-correct, i.e. re-establish equilibrium when they break down has been lost. 

This manipulation of markets leads to collapse as participants--knowing the market is rigged/gamed--flee when the facade of authenticity finally crumbles.

The irony of maintaining a veneer of authenticity over a fundamentally inauthentic market is rich: the more the authorities manipulate the market to maintain high valuations and suppress turbulence, the greater the odds of a collapse of trust as inauthentic markets cannot self-correct or discover the price of assets, capital and risk. Once risk has been effectively hidden by perception management, participants lack the essential information they need to make informed decisions.

And so their decisions will be catastrophically mis-informed. This is how declines morph into crashes.

Anyone who hopes to earn a return of some sort is forced to participate in the inauthentic financial markets of today. Everyone knows they're disconnected from the real world, but they feel they have no choice but to play along. THIS IS VERY FOOLISH THINKING THAT WILL BECOME VERY DANGEROUS TO THE FINANCIAL HEALTH OF ALL WHO PURSUE IT. 

Everyone who feels forced to play along plans to exit before the whole rotten structure implodes, but that's not how collapses work. 

The phantom assets have to be re-set in price and risk, and the depth of that decline will be based on the level of inauthenticity the market has reached.

The good thing about the collapse of trust and participation in phony markets is that it will clear the way for a return to markets that actually reflect fundamentals and honesty rather than perception management. THE SAD THING IS THAT THE RESET WILL BE AT MUCH LOWER AND MORE REALISTIC VALUATIONS.

It is peculiar that we avoid inauthentic, phony people as dangerous to our well-being, but we are willing to place our capital in inauthentic markets, even though we are aware that they pose a great risk to our well-being.  PROOF THAT WHEN IT COMES TO MONEY AND MARKETS, IRRATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND DELUSION ARE THE NORM.