Jul 042015
 
Lesbian wedding cake figurine

Lesbian wedding cake figurine

The Daily Caller: “Oregon’s labor commissioner issued a final decree on Thursday forcing the owners of a family bakery in Oregon to pay a lesbian couple $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for their wedding.

The commissioner, Brad Avakian, ruled that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, must pay the hefty sum to Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer for emotional anguish they claim to have suffered for being refused the cake.

“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” wrote Avakian, an elected official, according to The Oregonian. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.”

Opinion: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the  free exercise thereof.”

We could go on for days debunking the argument of the secular left, and all too often the secular right, but none of that will change a thing. To those who have no consideration of God in their lives the matter of same-sex marriage is just as normal as the fight over Roe v. Wade which still rages on after 40 years.

The larger point, one that seems to escape any consideration except from those prophecy nuts that are relegated to the back of the church, is that an attempt at some form of globalized church is now possible.

The world is growing more secular each day. Same-sex marriage is but one more stake in the ground for the Laodicean church of which Christ said is neither hot or cold and, “So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16

We Christians are going to need each other – even though we debate.

Have you hugged a Christian today?

 

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Jul 022015
 

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Breitbart: “Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church’s embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.

The vote came in Salt Lake City at the Episcopal General Convention, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. It passed in the House of Deputies, the voting body of clergy and lay participants at the meeting. The House of Bishops had approved the resolution Tuesday by 129-26 with five abstaining.

The Rev. Bonnie Perry of Chicago, a lesbian married to a fellow Episcopal priest, hugged fellow supporters on Wednesday and said, “We’re all included now.”

Opinion: I’m surprised it only took a few days. In 2003 Gene Robinson, an openly gay Episcopal priest, was elected bishop coadjutor in 2003 and succeeded as diocesan bishop in March 2004. Before becoming bishop, he served as Canon to the Ordinary to the VIII Bishop of New Hampshire.

As liberal denominations move to embrace same-sex marriage, the government will claim justification to remove the tax exemption from churches that hold to the Biblical definition of marriage.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 teaches that perilous times will come with this type of Christian church in the last days, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

That would be today.

 

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Jul 022015
 

Market Watch: “When Chicago Public Schools announced on June 24 that it would borrow $1 billion to make a $600 million-plus pension payment due June 30 an eerie feeling spread across bond investors and taxpayers alike.

It was the same feeling that gripped investors when Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Chicago’s credit rating to junk based almost entirely on the city’s pension problems.

The fear was that elevated pension costs, in cities like Chicago, might push these public entities into insolvency, wiping out much of the holdings of municipal-bond investors.”

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Opinion: In a post from May 28, 2015 economist Martin Armstrong warned “Kiss Your Pension Plan Goodbye” thanks to another Supreme Court ruling that was hidden by the mainstream press.

“The amount in private pension funds is about $19.4 trillion. The question that has been debated in secret behind the curtain is how to justify to the people taking that over. I have been warning that if this is seized by government, it will come after 2015.75. Just how that is to be accomplished was finally settled by the Supreme Court without any justification constitutionally.

“The US Supreme Court ruled last week in the unanimous, 8-page decision in Tibble v. Edison holding that employers have a duty to protect workers in their 401(k) plans from mutual funds that are too expensive or perform poorly. That is simply astonishing since there is no constitutional requirement for even government to provide social benefits.”

How many pension plan failures does the government need to justify a government takeover of the $19.4 sitting in pensions and IRAs?

I’m guessing one big one should do it.

(Thanks to Leo for sending this in)

 

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Jul 022015
 
US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State

The Algemeiner: “High level officials from Gulf and other states have told this newspaper that all attempts to persuade Mr Obama of the need to arm the Kurds directly as part of more vigorous plans to take on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have failed. The Senate voted down one attempt by

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CNS News: “Responding to a question about how the administration will explain its shifting statements on key elements of an Iran nuclear deal, a senior U.S. official at the talks in Vienna said that what Americans will ultimately “care about” will be the quality of the overall final agreement. The official, who spoke on background,

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Jul 012015
 
Could Armenia Be The Next Ukraine?

Zero Hedge: “The economic link with Russia is most profound in the energy sector. Apart from ENA, the Russian state, through Gazprom, owns 100 percent of the country’s wholesale gas supplying company. The bulk of FDI inflows also have Russian origin, and 40 percent of them are targeting the energy sector. In addition, Armenia imports

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