Aug 23 2014

When GOD cannot be found

Tag: The Bible: Inspired WordSage @ 6:59 pm

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Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near:
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.

This suggests a time when God cannot be found.

6 times sinners cannot find God:

1 - When they turn their hearts away from Him and will not hear [Dt. 30:17-18; 1 Sam. 38:6 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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2 - When they mock God and scorn at His dealings until calamity comes [Pr. 1:23-31 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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3 - When they become too proud and stubborn to humble themselves before Him [Num. 16 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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4 - When they neglect to settle all matters with Him until judgment falls [Acts 5:1-11 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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5 - When they die in sin [Heb. 9:27 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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6 - When they blaspheme the Holy Spirit [Matt. 12:31-32 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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- Dake A.R.B. Page 782

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Aug 23 2014

Bear Misunderstandings

Tag: Spiritual ReflectionsSage @ 5:06 pm


•• Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake,”
•• Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you,” (Matt. 5:11, 12 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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To be misunderstood, even by those whom one loves, is the cross and bitterness of life. It is the secret of that sad and melancholy smile on the lips of great men which so few understand. It is the cruellest trial reserved for self-devotion. It is what must have oftenest wrung the heart of the Son of Man; and if God could suffer, it would be the wound we should be for ever inflicting upon Him. He also–He, above all-is the great misunderstood, the least comprehended .•• He was accustomed to this,” says Henry Drummond .•• ‘Tis because He was accustomed to walk by a light that others could seldom see. All His life He had been misunderstood - by His disciples, by His relations, by His enemies, by His friends.”

Alas I alas I never to tire, never to grow cold; to be patient, sympathetic, tender; to look for the budding flower and the open¬ing heart; to love always-this is duty.

Martin Luther said, •• “I am persuaded that for the last hundred years, there has not existed a man whom the world at large hated more than it hates me. You cannot know how delighted I am, at seeing day after day my adversaries rising higher in their fury against me. I never feel prouder, more full of lofty daring than when I hear from time to time their denunciations upon me.”

Yesterday’s heretics often become to-day’s saints.

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Aug 23 2014

Their Eyes were Holden

Tag: Spiritual ReflectionsSage @ 4:58 pm

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But their eyes were holden that they should not know Him.

The disciples ought to have known Jesus; they had heard His voice so often, and gazed upon that marred face so frequently, that it is wonderful they did not discover Him.

Yet, is it not so with you also? You have not seen Jesus lately. You have been to His table, and you have not met Him there.

You are in dark trouble this evening and though He plainly says, “It is I, be not afraid,” yet you cannot discern Him. Alas! Our eyes are beholden.

We know His voice; we have looked into His face; we have leaned our head upon His bosom, and yet, though Christ is very near us, we are saying, “Oh that I knew where I might find Him!”

We should know Jesus, for we have the Scriptures to reflect His image; and yet how possible it is for us to open that precious book and have no glimpse of the Well-beloved!

Dear child of God, are you in that state? Jesus feedeth among the lilies of the word, and you walk among those lilies, and yet you behold Him not. He is accustomed to walk through the glades of Scripture, and to commune with His people, as the Father did with Adam in the cool of the day, and yet you are in the garden of Scripture, but cannot see Him, though He is always there.

And why do we not see Him? It must be ascribed in our case, as in the disciples’, to unbelief. They evidently did not expect to see Jesus, and therefore they did not know Him.

To a great extent in spiritual things we get what we expect of the Lord. Faith alone can bring us to see Jesus.

Make it your prayer, “Lord, open Thou mine eyes, that I may see my Savior present with me.’ It is a blessed thing to want to see Him; but oh! It is better far to gaze upon Him.

To those that seek Him He is kind; but to those who find Him, beyond expression is He dear!

- C.H. Spurgeon : Evening by Evening.

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Aug 23 2014

Words You Can Count On

Tag: Marriage/CouplesSage @ 4:21 pm

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Just as you must trust the Lord in all you do, so also should you trust His Word.

Years ago, shortly after I (JCD) left my positions at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California School of Medicine, I discovered that my frequent travel and speaking engagements on behalf of families were taking a toll on my own family. As I wrestled with this problem, I came across a Scripture passage that showed me the solution. Moses was exhausted from solving all his people’s disputes. Jethro, his father‐in‐law, recognized this and advised Moses to appoint others to help, saying “If you do this, and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied” (Exodus 18:23 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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). The next day I canceled all but two of my speaking appointments for the following year and determined to stay home. That decision led to the start of Focus on the Family and a film series seen by 80 million people!

The wisdom contained in the world’s leading bestseller—the Bible— has sustained husbands and wives for thousands of years. Wouldn’t it be foolish to trust God, yet ignore His Word?

Just between us…

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What Scripture verse has made the biggest difference in your life?

Do you feel that we spend enough time reading the Bible as a couple?

How can we allocate more time for reading the Word?

Which book of the Bible would you like to study next?

How can we get even more out of our Scripture reading?\

Dear God, thank You so much for giving us a trustworthy, written guide to show us how we should live. Help us to increasingly rely on the Bible for Your wisdom for our lives. Amen.

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Aug 23 2014

Discovering God’s Design: Heart, Mind and Possessions

Tag: Infinite GodSage @ 4:15 pm

Heart, Mind and Possessions

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They were “one in heart and mind” (Ac 4:32). The unity that Jesus had prayed for, the “great power” and “grace” with which the Spirit had infused them were being abundantly expressed in their immediate and practical concern for one another (see Ac 4:33). Pastor and author Gene Getz offers these thoughts on this passage:

As the church continued to grow and expand, the Christians’ unselfish attitudes toward material possessions continued to permeate the total community … When Luke recorded that people “shared everything they had,” he did not mean to imply that everyone sold everything and put the total proceeds in a common fund. Rather, he clarified this statement when he said, “there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them” (Ac 4:34). As the needs of people became obvious, people who could, and desired to do so, responded by liquidating their property in order to provide money to meet these people’s needs. This was a voluntary system, which must have greatly impacted the “God-fearing” but non-Christian Jews who were used to a rather rigid, legalistic approach to giving. The believers shared their material possessions out of hearts of love, both because of their commitment to Jesus Christ and because of human needs.

Getz points out that the “supracultural principle” here is that “Christians should be willing to make special sacrifices in order to meet the material needs within the body of Christ.”

Theologian John R. Schneider agrees with Getz and points out that this situation constituted “special conditions” and that paradigms for Christian generosity should come “from a more complex analysis of economic development in the context of Christian commitment to the proposition that all human beings—Christians or not—are creatures made in the image and likeness of God.”

But, says Schneider, Acts does present another principle of Christian community.

Luke’s vivid picture [is] of the new community in constant celebration and delight. He stresses that the first gatherings were more like feasts than like some of our contemporary somber services. In breaking bread they mirrored the banquets of Deuteronomy as filtered through the eating and drinking the disciples had enjoyed with Jesus. In the koinonia of these very first Christians, it seems that they adumbrated in the present the messianic banquet that was yet to come. This feature of their gathering also supports thinking that the ideals Luke upholds for Christians are those of the exodus in Christian form. They are ideals in which the people embody God’s vision of human dominion and delight and the virtues of humility and compassion that follow from it.

Think About It

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How might the principles of giving be applied today?

What would bring about a group of Christians living with one “heart and mind”?

Act on It

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The description of the Christians in Acts is not a fairy tale or a myth. These were real people. Determine to pray for your own church or community to be unified, living together “one in heart and mind.”

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Aug 23 2014

Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon - 23rd August

Tag: Verse of the DaySage @ 4:08 pm

Morning

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The glorified weep no more, for all outward causes of grief are gone. There are no broken friendships, nor blighted prospects in heaven. Poverty, famine, peril, persecution, and slander, are unknown there. No pain distresses, no thought of death or bereavement saddens. They weep no more, for they are perfectly sanctified. No “evil heart of unbelief” prompts them to depart from the living God; they are without fault before his throne, and are fully conformed to his image. Well may they cease to mourn who have ceased to sin.

They weep no more, because all fear of change is past. They know that they are eternally secure. Sin is shut out, and they are shut in. They dwell within a city which shall never be stormed; they bask in a sun which shall never set; they drink of a river which shall never dry; they pluck fruit from a tree which shall never wither. Countless cycles may revolve, but eternity shall not be exhausted, and while eternity endures, their immortality and blessedness shall co-exist with it. They are forever with the Lord. They weep no more, because every desire is fulfilled. They cannot wish for anything which they have not in possession. Eye and ear, heart and hand, judgment, imagination, hope, desire, will, all the faculties, are completely satisfied; and imperfect as our present ideas are of the things which God hath prepared for them that love him, yet we know enough, by the revelation of the Spirit, that the saints above are supremely blessed. The joy of Christ, which is an infinite fulness of delight, is in them. They bathe themselves in the bottomless, shoreless sea of infinite beatitude. That same joyful rest remains for us. It may not be far distant. Ere long the weeping willow shall be exchanged for the palm-branch of victory, and sorrow’s dewdrops will be transformed into the pearls of everlasting bliss. “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

Evening

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Beyond measure it is desirable that we, as believers, should have the person of Jesus constantly before us, to inflame our love towards him, and to increase our knowledge of him. I would to God that my readers were all entered as diligent scholars in Jesus’ college, students of Corpus Christi, or the body of Christ, resolved to attain unto a good degree in the learning of the cross. But to have Jesus ever near, the heart must be full of him, welling up with his love, even to overrunning; hence the apostle prays “that Christ may dwell in your hearts.” See how near he would have Jesus to be! You cannot get a subject closer to you than to have it in the heart itself. “That he may dwell;” not that he may call upon you sometimes, as a casual visitor enters into a house and tarries for a night, but that he may dwell; that Jesus may become the Lord and Tenant of your inmost being, never more to go out.

Observe the words–that he may dwell in your heart, that best room of the house of manhood; not in your thoughts alone, but in your affections; not merely in the mind’s meditations, but in the heart’s emotions. We should pant after love to Christ of a most abiding character, not a love that flames up and then dies out into the darkness of a few embers, but a constant flame, fed by sacred fuel, like the fire upon the altar which never went out. This cannot be accomplished except by faith. Faith must be strong, or love will not be fervent; the root of the flower must be healthy, or we cannot expect the bloom to be sweet. Faith is the lily’s root, and love is the lily’s bloom. Now, reader, Jesus cannot be in your heart’s love except you have a firm hold of him by your heart’s faith; and, therefore, pray that you may always trust Christ in order that you may always love him. If love be cold, be sure that faith is drooping.

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Aug 23 2014

Am I sought out?

Tag: Sermons - Charles SpurgeonSage @ 4:03 pm

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You that have ability, and have talents, devote yourselves to God’s cause.

Give yourselves up to his ministry. I would to God there were more of those who are successful in professions, men who either in medicine or law would attain eminence, who would consecrate their talents to the ministry; they need not fear that in giving themselves to God he will not take care of them, and as to honour, if it be found anywhere, it is the sure heritage of the faithful ambassador of Christ. If you have been sought out, my brother, I do not blush to recommend you to give up the most lucrative employment to seek out others.

If you have the power to stir others’ hearts, if God has given you the tongue of the eloquent, devote it to the plucking of brands from the burning; become a herald of the cross, and let the whole world, as far as possible, hear from you the tidings of salvation. The preaching of the gospel is not the only means; it is a way of seeking out most commonly used, but there are other methods. We are not to preach merely to those who come to listen. We must carry the gospel to where men do not desire it. We should consider it our business to be generously impertinent; thrusting the gospel into men’s way, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear. Let us hunt for souls by visitation. There are thousands in London who never will be converted by the preaching of the gospel, for they never attend places of worship. We may shudder when we say it; it is believed there are thousands in London who do not even know the name of Christ, living in what we call a Christian land, and yet they have not heard the name of Jesus.

For meditation: What lasting good would have been done by the New Testament writers Matthew, Luke, Paul and Peter if they had ignored God’s definite call to the ministry and remained a tax-collector, doctor, tentmaker and fisherman respectively? Even without a call to a specific office, every believer is called into the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:12 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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) as an unofficial ‘deacon’

with gifts to minister to others (1 Peter 4:10 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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). How are you advancing Christ’s kingdom?

Sermon no. 525 / 23 August (1863)—Charles Spurgeon

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Aug 23 2014

Five fears

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Fear may be yoked into the service of God. True fear, not fearing, but believing, saves the soul; not doubt, but confidence, is the strength and the deliverance of the Christian. Still, fear, as being one of those powers which God has given us, is not in itself sinful. Fear may be used for the most sinful purposes; at the same time it may be so ennobled by grace, and so used for the service of God, that it may become the very grandest part of man. In fact, Scripture has honoured fear, for the whole of piety is comprehended in these words, “Fear God”; “the fear of the Lord”; “them that fear him.” These phrases are employed to express true piety, and the men who possess it. Fear, I have said, may ruin the soul. Alas! It has ruined multitudes. O Fear, you are the rock upon which many a ship has been wrecked. Many a soul has suffered spiritual destruction through you, but then it has been not the fear of God, but the fear of man. Many have rushed against the thick bosses of the Almighty’s shield, and defied God, in order to escape the wrath of feeble man.

Many through fear of worldly loss have brought great guilt into their consciences; some through fear of ridicule and laughter have not had the boldness to follow the right, and so have gone astray and been ruined. Yea, and where fear does not work utter destruction it is capable of doing much damage to the spirit. Fear has paralysed the arm of the most gigantic Christian, stopped him in his race, and impeded him in his labours. Faith can do anything, but fear, sinful fear, can do just nothing at all, except prevent faith from performing its labours.

For meditation: The one you seek to please is the one you fear (Galatians 1:10 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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Sermon no. 148 / 23 August (1857) —  Charles Spurgeon

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Aug 23 2014

PJ Media: News Index - 23rd August 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 3:54 pm

From PJ Media.Com

Build the Border Fence Already!
By Roger L. Simon
Build a fence across our entire Southern border and do it now. Make it as secure as we can.  Spare no expense. Add whatever high tech accoutrements deemed necessary.
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How Responsible Are Michael Brown’s Parents for His Demise?
By Patricia Dickson
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It is long past time for parents to take responsibility for their children’s behavior instead of showing up demanding justice and blaming others after their deaths.
Legal Analysis: Perry Indictment Will Get Thrown Out by a Judge, or Rejected by a Jury (Bryan Preston)
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Rick Reed is a Democratic attorney in Austin, TX. A criminal defense attorney, he has analyzed the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry.

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Was Michael Brown an innocent young boy, or was he a thieving bully? Are Ferguson protesters peacefully highlighting injustices, or are they looting thugs? It’s liberal excuses for their behavior that’s getting people killed, says Alfonzo Rachel. Hear more on this new ZoNation.
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Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Stephen Green have the video of Barack Obama’s solemn vow of service to Americans. Really. Tune into this members-only Trifecta to get the whole story.
What You May Have Missed
Armed Services Chairman: Leak on Unsuccessful Rescue Op Puts Hostages, Informants, Troops at Risk (Bridget Johnson)
[VIDEO] After Hours — From Ferguson to ISIS: The World in Chaos!
Riding the Big Government Mobius Loop with Eric Holder (Ed Driscoll)
Romney Defends Coal Record on Stump for W.Va. Senate Hopeful (Rob Longley)
It’s Alive (Richard Fernandez)
Gaza Defeat Threatens Hamas and Iranian Regime (Michael Ledeen)
How Big Government Ruined Parks and Recreation (Spencer Klavan)
The Practical Side of Star Wars (Stephen Green)
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Aug 23 2014

Jihad Watch: News Index - 23rd August 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 3:43 pm

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Mehdi Hasan peddles Islam for dummies

Aug 22, 2014 10:38 pm | Robert Spencer

UK media darling Mehdi Hasan frequently dissembles about how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah to justify hatred, violence and supremacism, and this piece is a particularly clever example, chock full of his trademark diversions and sleights of hand. Here he extrapolates from the apparent fact that two jihad […]

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4-year-old Israeli boy killed by mortar fired from UNRWA school in Gaza

Aug 22, 2014 05:45 pm | Robert Spencer

There needs to be an investigation of the United Nations. As I wrote on July 29: “There needs to be an investigation of the UNRWA over this. Could it really keep happening without any UN officials knowing what was going on? The problem is, who can investigate the United Nations? Not Obama’s investigative or intelligence […]

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Islamic State threatens jihad mass murder attack in Chicago

Aug 22, 2014 04:33 pm | Robert Spencer

“we are in your state/ we are in your cities / we are in your streets. You are our goals anywhere.” “we are here #america near our #target sooooooooooooon.” The Islamic State is doing all it can to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60). “Photo implies ISIS threat to Chicago,” […]

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One year after Morsi’s ouster, looted Coptic churches turn into trash dumps

Aug 22, 2014 02:18 pm | Robert Spencer

The new Egyptian government had pledged to rebuild the churches, but they may face too much public opposition actually to be able to do that. After all, the Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Egypt haven’t all vanished into thin air, and rebuilding the churches is just the kind of thing that could provoke them. “One Year […]

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Hamas-linked CAIR’s Nihad Awad: “Israel is the biggest threat to world peace and security”

Aug 22, 2014 01:56 pm | Robert Spencer

Bigger than the Islamic State. Bigger than Boko Haram. Bigger than al-Qaeda. Bigger than al-Shabaab. Bigger, of course, than Hamas and Hizballah and Islamic Jihad. Bigger than the genocidal anti-Semites of the Iranian mullahcracy. As far as the Islamic supremacist Nihad Awad of Hamas-linked CAIR is concerned, none of those jihadis are as big a […]

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Americans among 12,000 Muslims from 50 countries waging jihad in Syria

Aug 22, 2014 01:16 pm | Robert Spencer

Where did these Americans learn their understanding of Islam? We all know, on pain of charges of “Islamophobia,” that no Muslims in the U.S., none, agree with the Islamic State, or want to bring Sharia Westward, or have any desire to restore the caliphate. None, you greasy Islamophobe. So how did these Americans come to […]

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Australia: Muslim jailed for threatening to slit Commonwealth Officer’s throat

Aug 22, 2014 01:03 pm | Robert Spencer

“When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Qur’an 47:4) But it’s OK — he expressed “remorse,” so maybe he doesn’t believe in that passage of the Qur’an anymore. “Sydney man jailed for threatening to slit Commonwealth Officer’s throat,” by Jamelle Wells, ABC News Australia, August 22, 2014 (thanks to Kenneth): A Sydney man has […]

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Obama “heartbroken” over Foley beheading, then goes back to golf game

Aug 22, 2014 12:32 pm | Robert Spencer

“Aides said the golf game did not reflect the depth of his grief over Mr. Foley.” Oh, then it’s OK. The New York Times does its best to cover for Obama in this piece, but it is a losing battle. Cheney was right that Obama would “rather be on the golf course than he would […]

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Kentucky Catholic church paints ن on door in solidarity with Christians persecuted by Islamic State

Aug 22, 2014 11:45 am | Robert Spencer

Kudos to Fr. Jim Sichko and the parishioners of St. Mark’s Church. The Islamic State painted the ن on the door of the homes of Christians in Mosul to mark them for extortion (as per Qur’an 9:29) or extermination. Christians and all free people worldwide should be standing in solidarity with those persecuted Christians, but […]

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Hagel: Islamic State “an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else”

Aug 22, 2014 11:15 am | Robert Spencer

“We’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self reliant Iraq with a representative government that was elected by its people. We’re building a new partnership between our nations and we are ending a war not with a final battle but with a final march toward home. This is an extraordinary achievement.” — Barack Obama, December […]

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Iraq: Shi’ite jihadis murder 40 people in attack on Sunni mosque

Aug 22, 2014 10:40 am | Robert Spencer

Many times we have seen both Sunnis and Shi’ites attack mosques of the opposing group, and murder many people. Yet the Sunni-Shi’ite jihad gets little notice in the international media or from the global “human rights community.” They are much more focused on “Islamophobia,” although “Islamophobes” have never killed anyone in any mosque. “Forty Killed […]

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Islamic State jihadis stone man to death for adultery

Aug 22, 2014 09:42 am | Robert Spencer

They are simply implementing Islamic law in the Islamic State. The caliph Umar, one of Muhammad’s closest companions, maintained that the punishment of stoning for adultery (this story doesn’t specify the method of punishment, but the outcome of the punishment is the same in any case) was originally in the Qur’an: ‘Umar said, “I am […]

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Video: Robert Spencer on Michael Coren’s Sun TV show on Foley beheading and the future of the Islamic State

Aug 22, 2014 09:12 am | Robert Spencer

Last night. Video thanks to AlohaSnackbar01.

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Foley’s parents “did not realize how brutal they were”

Aug 22, 2014 08:51 am | Robert Spencer

James Foley’s parents cannot be faulted for this naivete. After all, the official U.S. government line is that Islam is utterly peaceful and benign. This group calls itself “the Islamic State,” and is, of course, “extremist,” but the Foleys may have hoped that they would ultimately recall some of the vaunted peaceful, tolerant, benevolent and […]

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Australia Muslim groups reject new terror laws: “There is no solid evidence to substantiate this threat”

Aug 22, 2014 08:26 am | Robert Spencer

It takes a particular quality of chutzpah to claim that there is no evidence to substantiate this threat just as Islamic jihadists behead James Foley, threaten to drown the U.S. in blood, and continue to advance not only in Iraq but in Nigeria and elsewhere. “It is instructive that similar issues about Australian troops travelling […]

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