Tuesday, May 31

Council: Pakistani men can beat wives 'lightly'

Where are the Gloria Steinems, the Bella Abzugs, or even the Hillary Clintons, that call themselves champions for women’s rights when it comes to the teachings of Islam? Why aren’t they screaming about the way Islam treats women? The leader of the powerful Council for Islamic Ideology in Pakistan just this week said a husband should be allowed to “lightly beat” his wife. Oh really? According to them, that is permissible if she defies his commands and refuses to dress up perhis desires, does not wear a hijab, interacts with strangers, speaks too loudly, or declines other more personal things. And get this—their proposal says using only a “small stick” is necessary to instill fear. Somehow that’s not very comforting is it. Women of the world, Islam wants to put you behind a veil of horror. With true Christianity, women are treated with dignity and respect. Jesus Christ elevated women, and if you put your faith and trust in Him, He will never let you down.

The leader of a Pakistani Islamic council has proposed a bill that allows husbands to "lightly beat" their wives as a form of discipline.

Read More: Council: Pakistani men can beat wives 'lightly'

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JAN CROUCH PASSED AWAY TODAY

JAN CROUCH PASSED AWAY TODAY: My heart broke today in 1,000 pieces. My great friend and big sister in the lord of 40 years, is gone. From the time in 1976 that I played with her colored pencils outside her office and flirted with her secretary (she never let me forget that) to the time 4 weeks ago that we had dinner alone and shared our new secrets, Jan was always my biggest encourager. For 4 decades Jan would beseech Paul for budgets for my next ministry project. And we always did something great. The thing that bonded Paul, Jan and I was a shared passion for souls. We did music videos, movies, Hosted evening praise, tv shows, helped me promote my first stadium concert and did several TBN live concerts like Halloween 3:16 which lead over 70,000 people to Christ in one night and did 7 times the normal tv ratings. Still a record at TBN. Today while the memories are fresh and tender, I'm asking you to share your favorite TBN memory. For me, the woman I called "Momma Jan", I will sorely miss all the great jokes, the council, comfort and best friend you could have in troubled times. Maybe your memory includes me or maybe not. But we all have a ministry memory to share from TBN. I want to collect all your memories in a post of remembrances. To remind us all that a great work was done and a great woman was at the center of it all. Everybody has something to share, something you heard or saw that touched your heart for Jesus. God bless you for taking this time out of your day. Without Jan, my life will never be the same. Thank You - Carman

Obituary: TBN Jan Crouch is Dead

The beloved Jan Crouch has crossed The River. We are lifting up her precious family.

Statement from TBN:

"Laurie and I have just watched the transition of our precious Mother from this world to the next; watched her step into the presence of Jesus and into her heavenly reward. Jan Crouch, known around the world as Momma Jan, has gone home."

Before her death Jan Crouch suffered a massive stroke and the family requested prayer for a miracle from TBN facebook followers.

Read More: https://t.co/DY4Y3kFBEJ

Monday, May 30

IRAN PLEDGES $70 MILLION IN AID TO PALESTINIAN ISLAMIC JIHAD

“The defense of Palestine amounts to a defense of Islam,” said Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah while in Iran. “The Arab states did not support the popular uprising in Palestine and will never support it since it contradicts their leaders’ agendas. Iran is the only state that supports the intifada and the martyrs’ families.”.
Iran will be renewing financial support to the Gaza- based terror organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad after two years of strained relations.
Read more: http://www.thetower.org/?p=79827


Saturday, May 28

Python Inside Toilet bites man's penis in Thailand

As a man this is my worst fear. For as long as I can remember everytime I go pee this is always on my mind. It's why I will not use porta potties and why I will not use others bathrooms. I have no idea where my giant fear came from but I am glad to hear that my struggle for 35 years was not without merit.

A man in Thailand was rushed to hospital after a python bit his penis in a terrifying toilet encounter.

Read More: Python Inside Toilet bites man's penis in Thailand

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Pastor, 3 Sons Killed in Crash After Bible College Graduation; Wife and Daughter Critical

URRGENT PRAYER: It was a normal family car ride with mom, dad and their 4 children until they were struck from behind by a Tahoe that pushed their vehicle right into the path of an 18-wheeler.

"A lot of the vehicles involved, you couldn't even make out what kind of vehicles they were before the accident happened."

**Please pray for the mom and the daughter. They were the only survivors. Both are in critical condition.


Just hours after he celebrated his graduation from a local Bible college with his family, a Texas pastor and his three sons were killed in a grisly crash on Saturday…

Read More: Pastor, 3 Sons Killed in Crash After Bible College Graduation; Wife and Daughter Critical

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Obituary: TBN Jan Crouch is deadly sick

TBN Trinity Broadcasting Network's Jan Crouch has suffered a massive stroke and the family has requested prayer for a miracle. Facebook family, please pray!!! Read more here:www.charismanews.com/…/57478-breaking-news-tbn-co-founder-j…

Pastor Larry DuRant Sentenced to 20 Years for Sexually Abusing Children

A jury decided Larry DuRant used his position of power in the church to coerce a teen into sexual activity


A Sumter pastor was found guilty of using his position in the church to sexually assault a teenage girl and now faces 20 years in prison.

A Sumter County jury found Larry DuRant, 61, of Sumter guilty of one count of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to a news release from S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office.

Judge Roger Young sentenced DuRant to 20 years in prison, the maximum sentence.

DuRant, pastor of Word International Ministries at 1010 N. Guignard Drive, used his position of authority as a pastor to sexually assault a minor, the release stated.

DuRant was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female member of his church on multiple occasions.

The victim testified in court, along with three other teens ranging in age from 13 to 18 who say they were assaulted in a similar fashion under the guise of religious reasons between December 2012 and May 2013.

Family members told police DuRant coerced victims into having sex with him several times between 2011 and 2013, convincing the girls it was part of the “healing process” and “private prayer.”

Sumter police said the incidents occurred at the church and at the pastor’s residence.

The S.C. Secretary of State’s database showed Durant registered Word International Ministries in July of 1999. The nonprofit’s status was listed as in “good standing” in the database.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article80379047.html#storylink=cpy

Friday, May 27

Muslim mob in Egypt strips elderly Christian woman in violent attack

A christian woman's son has a relationship with a muslim woman. To punish the couple a mob of muslim men strip his mother naked and parade her through the streets?
What the hell Egypt? What the hell muslims? It's truly hard to believe that civilization began in this backwards seeming part of the world.
You were a society since time out of memory -- what the hell happened and why did you let it?
If this happened the other way round there would be rioting and wars. Yet there is peace from Christian and turning the other cheek showing mercy in the face of evil, challenging because I'm not sure I could do that!
This is really a shame on humanity ...

Seven Christian homes ransacked and torched following rumours woman’s son had affair with Muslim woman.

Read More : Muslim mob in Egypt strips elderly Christian woman in violent attack

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S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley signs 20-week abortion ban

I applaud SC Governor Nikki Haley for signing legislation outlawing abortions after 20 weeks in their state. That is good news! It is a step in the right direction and will save lives. We need to pray that ground will continue to be gained and that Roe v. Wade will eventually be overturned in this country. Senator Chip Campsen who voted for the bill said, “I believe that an unborn child is human life and therefore I am compelled to be opposed to abortion.” He is absolutely right—abortion is “taking a human life.” Let Gov. Haley and all of the bold legislators who support this law know that you appreciate their stand in the comments below. All lives matter—born or not yet born.

Only exceptions to the ban are if the mother's life is in jeopardy or a doctor determines the fetus can't survive outside the womb.

Read More: S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley signs 20-week abortion ban

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Thursday, May 26

Transgender Teacher Claims $60k After Co-Workers Use Wrong Pronoun

Misgendered? A transgender 5th grade teacher in Oregon was awarded $60,000 from the school district after she complained that she had been harassed and “misgendered” by coworkers, despite an official investigation stating differently. The school’s principal emailed the staff new policies which “require that all staff address transgender or gender non-conforming employees with their correct names and pronouns. The email also contained this threat, “If you are found to be in violation of these policies, you will be subject to discipline to and including dismissal.” That’s incredible! Use “correct” pronouns? Doesn’t a person’s DNA or birth certificate count for anything? Shouldn’t fact override fantasy? God created people male and female.

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Rev. Scott Morey of Shevlin, Minn gets 33 years in jail for sexual abuse

Minnesota ex-pastor get 33 years for sexually abusing children

May 26, 2016 | UPDATED: 16 hours ago

BAGLEY, Minn. — A former pastor in northwestern Minnesota was sentenced Wednesday to 33 years and 10 months in prison for having sexual contact with children.

The Rev. Scott Morey of Shevlin, Minn., was charged in 2014 with eight first-degree, three second-degree and three fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.

Clearwater County, Minn., Pastor Scott Morey, 43, of Shevlin, was arrested in January of 2015 and charged with multiple counts of felony criminal sexual conduct for acts that allegedly occurred between 2009 and 2014. (Forum News Service)

A jury found the 43-year-old guilty April 20 on 13 of the 14 counts, and he was acquitted on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

At Morey’s sentencing hearing Wednesday afternoon in Clearwater County District Court, the prosecution asked for 44½ years in prison, and the defense countered with 15 years in prison.

Judge Eric Schieferdecker then sentenced Morey to the 33 years and 10 months. He also included a good time contingency, where if Morey successfully completes a sex offender program, he could ultimately spend two-thirds of his sentence in prison, which would be about 22 years.

“In his case, because of the nature and volume of offenses, he’d be on additional release probably for the rest of his life,” Clearwater County Attorney Richard Mollin Jr. said, and he’d be “closely watched” or could be in some lesser form of jail for monitoring.

Read More at http://www.twincities.com/2016/05/26/ex-pastor-minnesota-gets-33-years-for-sexually-abusing-children/

Wednesday, May 25

Mars To Come Closest To Earth In 11 Years

In Roman mythology, ‪#‎Mars‬ was/is the god of War. And I don't know what that means for Earth on May 30th, but somehow I blame Trump for being such an aggressive narcissist that his big head is gravitational-ly(?) pulling Mars closer to our planet. Well, at least that's my working theory.

Mars is approaching its closest point to Earth for 11 years, offering a rare chance for astronomy fans.

Sky watchers will get their best chance in more than a decade to see Mars, as it moves to be just 47.2 million miles from Earth.

Read More: Mars To Come Closest To Earth In 11 Years

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Church of Scotland Votes to Allow Same-Sex Ministers

More and more churches seem to be accepting gay marriage. How should Christians respond?.

The Church of Scotland’s general assembly has voted to allow those in same-sex marriages or partnerships to be eligible for clergy positions in the Church.

Read More: Church of Scotland Votes to Allow Same-Sex Ministers




Why Are So Many Muslim Refugees in Europe Suddenly Finding Jesus?

The Daily Beast : Why Are So Many Muslim Refugees in Europe Suddenly Finding Jesus?

Whether out of conviction or convenience, thousands of migrants in Europe are converting to Christianity.

AMSTERDAM — Hundreds of Pakistanis and Afghans have been lining up at a local swimming pool in Hamburg, Germany, to be baptized as Christians. In the Netherlands and Denmark, as well, many are converting from Islam to Christianity, and the trend appears to be growing. Indeed, converts are filling up some European churches largely forsaken by their old Christian flocks.

All of which raises a question, not least, for the United States: If American presidential candidate Donald Trump gets elected and bars Muslims from entering the country, as he says he will, would the ban apply to Christians who used to be Muslims? How would one judge the quality of their faith?

For the moment, that quandary is a ways off for U.S. Homeland Security, but in Europe even now the phenomenon is fraught with echoes of the past, problems in the present, and omens for the future. Forced conversions of Muslims and Jews during the Spanish Inquisition were a dark page in Europe’s history. More than a little suspicion surrounds some of the current conversions, seen by some to be cynical bids to improve the chance of getting asylum. And, looking forward, it’s potentially quite dangerous for those who embrace the Gospel to return to homelands where abandoning Islam for another faith can be treated as a capital crime.

Still, many preachers are pleased. The German pastor of the Evangelical-Lutheran church in Berlin calls the conversion phenomenon “a gift from God.” In his modest community a staggering 1,200 Muslims, mainly Afghans and Iranians, converted in just three years.

In Hamburg, where German ARD TV showed the Pakistanis and Afghans lining up to be baptized by the pastor of the Persian Church community, more than 600 people reportedly were received into the congregation.

There is no reliable overall figure for converts in northern Europe, but judging by reports from different media outlets, it is safe to assume the number runs into the thousands, maybe even tens of thousands who say they want the Gospel, “the good news,” offered by Jesus Christ.

One young Iranian woman convert told the German news magazine Stern, “I’ve been looking all my life for peace and happiness, but in Islam, I have not found them,” Another convert told Stern he had found in Christianity an element—love—that was missing from the faith he was brought up in. “In Islam, we always lived in fear,” he said. “Fear God, fear of sin, fear of punishment. But Christ is a God of love.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/25/why-are-so-many-muslim-refugees-in-europe-suddenly-finding-Jesus.html

Tuesday, May 24

India recently launched a "mini space shuttle" for just $14 million. 

India recently launched a "mini space shuttle" for just $14 million. Many people commented, expressing their unhappiness at India investing in space travel while so many of their people live in poverty. The space industry is worth more than a hundred billion dollars worldwide. Most of this is dominated by just a few countries. If India can break into this industry at a lower cost, it could provide a massive stimulus to their economy.

And let's take a look at a few of the things that were more expensive than their latest launch, shall we?



Daljinder Kaur , Indian Woman Give Birth to A Miracle Child at 72

Daljinder Kaur said her first baby at the age of 72 was God's destiny for her.

An Indian mother who has given birth to her first baby at the age of 72 said it is God's will for her to conceive a child at a later age.

Read More: Woman gives birth at 72 years old after IVF treatment, says her first baby is God's will

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East Liverpool High School  students reject demand to remove Lord's Prayer from graduation

One report says the students took part in an 'organized revolt,' totally rejecting the demand to ignore God.

A 70-year tradition at East Liverpool High School was removed from the graduation ceremony, but students weren't letting it go easily.The Wisconsin-based Freedom…

Read More: East Liverpool students reject demand to remove Lord's Prayer from graduation

God is a talking God, He is communicating to us non-stop

"Being that God is a talking God, He is communicating to us non-stop, with unrelenting enthusiasm.

Again, the reason we do not perceive the full expression of His Person is that He reveals Himself on wavelengths we have not learned to recognize and receive.

That's why I have abandoned the age old question, 'Why isn't God talking to me?'. I've concluded that such a proficient communicator as God is 'speaking' in a million ways, His voice filling every atom in the universe.

My concern is not that God remains silent, but rather that He's talking to us on so many levels that we do not know how to interpret the spiritual bandwidths through which He communicates." -Larry Randolph (from The Physics of Heaven, Chapter 10)

Monday, May 23

Boston Muslim inmate PLOTTED TO KILL President Obama: “I wish to fulfill Allah’s wishes”

Prisons are a hotbed of jihad activity. Convert the violent, the broken, the vicious - perfect candidates for Islam.

This CBS report never mentions motive, Islam, jihad until the ninth paragraph. Scrub-a-dub.

“I am a brother in faith, a martyr; and as a martyr I wish to fulfill Allah’s wishes and not to live among infidels. The mujahedeen movement is hard but pure."

An inmate at a Bridgewater prison is being charged with threatening to kill President Barack Obama in a “lone-wolf style” attack.

Read More: Boston Muslim inmate PLOTTED TO KILL President Obama: “I wish to fulfill Allah’s wishes”


Philippine leader Duterte vents at 'hypocritical' Catholic church

Its about time. You read the comments left by native Philippinos on how the clergymen live lavishly, drive nice cars, as the poor suffer. What do these men of the cloth do to help? They advise them to "pray" and walk away.

The Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte described the Catholic Church as the country's "most hypocritical institution" on Sunday and said he was ready to take on senior Filipino bishops to debate their wrongdoings before he takes office next month.

Read More: Philippine leader Duterte vents at 'hypocritical' Catholic church

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Lamb Of God Accepts Award From Pastor Joel Osteen Who Didn't Know They're Not A Christian Band

Lamb of God, who was previously named ‘Burn the Priest’, accepted the “excellence in faith outreach” award from mega-church Pastor Joel Osteen, who judging by their name, believed the band to be a Christian band. It was obvious by those in attendance that Osteen was not familiar with the group, having referred to them as a ‘well known country band’.

WATCH: Black Pastor Takes Stage at Trump Event, Crowd’s Response Is Explosive

Black Pastor explains the Trump phenomenon
“We are smart people, we are intelligent people. We know what we are doing, we know what we see, and the truth is that the Democratic Party has drifted further and further away from the traditional values that made our country great in the first place”
Reverend Darrell Scott, Cleveland Ohio.



Nearly 300 Pregnant Women in US Test Positive for Zika Virus

URGENT PRAYER: Health officials fear the situation could get much worse before it gets better. As the weather warms up mosquito populations will explode compared to what they were during the past six months when the Zika virus first appeared on our radar.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that they are following nearly 300 pregnant women in the United States and Puerto Rico who…
Read More: Nearly 300 Pregnant Women in US Test Positive for Zika Virus

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Honolulu Pays Lesbian Couple $80k After Kissing Arrest

Honolulu will pay $80,000 to a lesbian couple who sued the city and a police officer after they were allegedly arrested for showing affection in a grocery store.

A lesbian couple from Los Angeles has been awarded $80,000 by the City of…

Read More: Honolulu Pays Lesbian Couple $80k After Kissing Arrest

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Target Sales Drop Amid Transgender Promotion, Consumer Boycott, $10 Billion Stock Crash

Target stock is tumbling after they announced a pro-transgender restroom policy allowing men to use women’s bathrooms and changing rooms. Stock value has fallen 20% and shareholder value has lost $10 billion since they began promoting this dangerous policy. According to the media,Target CEO Brian Cornell says it’s due in part to “unfavorable weather trends in the Northeast.” Really? He must be in denial. Wake up corporate America and stockholders—American families clearly do not want this. Over 1.2 million people have signed the online petition to boycott Target stores. This is sending a strong message, and I hope that millions more will sign it. I urge you to sign the petition at this link today:https://www.afa.net/action-…/sign-the-boycott-target-pledge/

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Pastor Chris and Anita are back together .

Pastor Chris and Anita are back together .

Glory Latest reports suggests that embattled founder of Christ Embassy, Chris Oyakhilome may have settled his differences with his wife, Anita Oyakhilome and are back together again.
According to sources, Pastor Chris and Anita were seen together at a reunion service, hugging and holding hands. Pastor Anita had filed for divorce in April 2014 on the grounds of adultery, a claim which was immediately squashed by Pastor Chris and his lawyers.
A Facebook user who attends Christ Embassy had uploaded a photo on his page with a caption which read " Thank You Jesus. Glory!" , supporting the claim that the popular pastor and his wife are back on track and have chosen to mend their marriage.
However, when Pulse.ng reached out to Christ Embassy via a telephone conversation, the church officials refused to divulge any information concerning the supposed reconciliation.

Source :http://www.genechy.in/2016/05/breaking-news-pastor-chris-and-his.html

Sunday, May 22

2016: Mars Appears At Its Brightest Tonight As Planet Moves Into Opposition.

Be sure to check out Mars tonight!!

Mars will be the brightest it’s been in two years as it undergoes what’s called Mars opposition, an orbital placement that puts the Earth directly between the sun and the Red Planet.
Mars will be brightly illuminated by the sun’s rays, making it the 3rd brightest object in the Earth’s sky, just behind the sun and moon.
Mars rises in the east just as the sun sets in the west. Then, after staying up in the sky the entire night, Mars sets in the west just as the sun rises in the east.



Backlash in Europe: 'Far Right' Seethes Over Migrant Crisis

Europeans make a stand against Islamic extremism and migrants.
Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy mobilize in protests, rallies and unprecedented shifts to the right.
Read about each country here and ISIS new breeding ground in Kosovo:
https://www.clarionproject.org/…/backlash-europe-far-right-…

A round-up of the latest news about Islamic extremism and the reaction to it on the continent.

CLARIONPROJECT.ORG

Grace Baptist Church children's pastor Jason Kennedy arrested for seeking sex with underage girl

Two Tennessee pastors arrested for seeking sex with underage girl

BY CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Sr. Pastor addresses youth pastor's arrest

WVLT - Knoxville, TN

Two men of God were arrested for seeking sex with a young girl instead of tending to the souls of their flocks.

Jason Kennedy and Zubin Parakh were nabbed in an undercover sting operation in Knoxville, Tenn, after answering an online ad to have sex with an underage prostitute.

Kennedy, a 46-year-old children’s pastor for Grace Baptist Church, and Parakh, a 32-year-old creative pastor at LifeHouse Church, were among 32 men and women arrested by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in an anti-trafficking operation, the agency said Friday.

A police report from Kennedy’s arrest seen by WVLT said that he had agreed to pay $100 for a half hour with two girls, one of whom was 15.

Two Tennessee pastors have been arrested in a prostitution sting — including LifeHouse Church creative pastor Zubin Parakh.

The Baptist preacher was fired from his position and now faces patronizing prostitution and a trafficking charge that could land him up to 60 years in prison.

“The actions of the children's pastor for which he has been arrested were part of his life outside the church, and we have received no questions or concerns related to his conduct within the church or its ministries,” Kennedy’s church said in a statement.

It added that a background check had been done on him before he arrived two-and-a-half years ago, and said that it was praying for the pastor’s family.

(KNOX COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)(KNOX COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)

Grace Baptist Church children's pastor Jason Kennedy (left) and Parakh (right) were both charged with patronizing prostitution and trafficking.

A cached page on the Grace Baptist website said that the man of the cloth is married and has three children.

Parakh, was also charged with trafficking, and like Kennedy, remained in custody as of Saturday morning ahead of hearings on May 31.

The fate of his job was not immediately clear, though his group distanced itself by saying he was only a volunteer.

Grace Baptist Church said that had conducted a background check on Kennedy, and that it had not received any reports of wrongdoing.

(WBIR NEWS/NBC)

References to him were stripped from his parish’s website, which had listed him as a pastor.

A previous page on the church’s site seen by KGW said that he was gifted at music and “committed to seeing lives changed.”

His social media profiles also showcased a number of performances where he sang about God’s love.

TBI’s “Operation Someone Like Me,” the anti-trafficking sting that led to their and others’ arrests made ads on Backpage.com that attracted more than 300 contacts, including more than 24 for an underage listing.

Among the 32 people arrested were men charged with patronizing or promoting prostitution and five women charged with prostitution. 

Saturday, May 21

Atmospheric Administration say there is a 75 percent chance El Niño's warm weather patterns will flip to La Niña by fall of 2016

Multiyear weather cycles keep happening, tho, overall, things keep getting gradually warmer. The US west, where most of my friends and me live, may be in for a cooler winter in 2016-17. Then again, emphasis on the word may. Hard to predict.

Last few winters have seemed warmer than usual. Less chance to test out the better heating in my new (as of 2013) apartment.

La Nina also means the likelihood of dryer conditions in California and the Southwest. After this year's "El Nino driven slight reprieve" of rains in Northern California, drought remains a serious threat in the Golden State.

Who knows. From year to year, warm and cool spots shift around via trillions of tons of heat storage in ocean waters, but over the decades, everything gets gradually warmer.

Conditions are looking ripe for the cooler climate pattern to take over in the Pacific.

Read More: Say Goodbye to a Historic El Niño and Hello to La Niña

SMITHSONIANMAG.COM|BY MARISSA FESSENDEN

T. Rex would've had lips, Toronto paleontologist says

So the original Tyrannosauruses may have actually had feathers and lips? So they looked like giant turkeys with lips? How goofy is that? Not so intimidating really.

"The available evidence would suggest that none of these animals - none of the theropod dinosaurs - should have their teeth sticking out of their mouths. They look more ferocious that way but that's probably not real."

A Tyrannosaurus rex may be normally depicted baring dozens of sharp teeth, but a Toronto researcher says the dinosaur likely had lips to cover them.

Reisz says only a few land animals, such as elephants and wild boars, have exposed teeth and these have no enamel.

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ISIS threatens global war with Israel

Islamic State threatens Israel in an article in its weekly newsletter this week, saying that unlike Hamas, the “war on Israel will not be limited by geographical boundaries or by international norms.”

According to the article in the Al-Naba newsletter identified by the Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor of MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute) and shared with The Jerusalem Post, Israel feels threatened by ISIS because of the “collapse” of neighboring states and the Sunni terrorist group’s advance toward the borders of the Jewish state

Jewish state threatened by group’s advance toward its borders, Islamic State says.

Read More: ISIS threatens global war with Israel

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Over 150 pregnant women in the United States infected with ‪#‎Zikavirus

“Over 150 pregnant women in the United Statesappear to have been infected with ‪#‎Zikavirus‬….‪#‎Zika‬ virus infection has been associated with miscarriage as well as birth defects like unusually small brains, called microcephaly. The exact risk posed by the virus remains unclear, and figuring that out is one reason the CDC is keeping track of affected pregnancies.” ‪#‎contagion‬

The women being monitored now include those who had positive lab tests but no symptoms, according to the CDC. Also affected are 122 women in U.S. territories,…

Read More: CDC: 157 Pregnant Women In The U.S. Have Tested Positive For Zika
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200 Prisoners Accept Christ at Chuckawalla

One of the speakers presented the incarcerated men with a choice. He explained that as Jesus hung on the cross, there was a criminal on either side of Him, one who mocked Him, and one who embraced Him. "Which are you?" he asked them.

“The purpose of the event was to bring value to the men. Let them know they are still valuable, even though society has rejected them, God still gives them value through His grace,” explains Prison Fellowship Field Director Lloyd Lessard.

Read More: 200 Prisoners Accept Christ at Chuckawalla

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Ken Ham : Another Case of the Secular World Calling Good Evil

Another Case of the Secular World Calling Good Evil

It’s sad that we live in a day when it’s considered “socially irresponsible” to teach young people that they were lovingly created in the very image of the Creator. Instead in almost all government-run schools, they’re indoctrinated in the religion of naturalism and atheism.

It’s sad we live in an age where it’s considered “socially irresponsible” to teach young people that they were lovingly created in the image of the Creator.

Read More: Another Case of the Secular World Calling Good Evil

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200 Prisoners Accept Christ at Chuckawalla

One of the speakers presented the incarcerated men with a choice. He explained that as Jesus hung on the cross, there was a criminal on either side of Him, one who mocked Him, and one who embraced Him. "Which are you?" he asked them.

“The purpose of the event was to bring value to the men. Let them know they are still valuable, even though society has rejected them, God still gives them value through His grace,” explains Prison Fellowship Field Director Lloyd Lessard.






Steph Curry: I’m Not Going to ‘Bash People Over the Head with the Bible’

"I’m not a guy who’s going to be trying to bash people over the head with the Bible. I want people to know when they see me play that something is different, that I play for something different, and whether I’m talking about it [or not], I just hope by the way I carry myself and by the way I play the game, they can see there’s something different about that guy. And they find out what it is and then they know. It’s part of who I am." - Stephen Curry

Steph Curry doesn't have a problem discussing his faith, but he doesn’t want it only to be evident in his words.

Read More: Steph Curry: I’m Not Going to ‘Bash People Over the Head with the Bible’

Friday, May 20

College Caves, Fires Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin For Condemning PC Gender Ideology

Lieutenant General William "Jerry" Boykin, USA, Ret. was one of the original members of Delta Force and at one time commanded all of the U.S. Army’s Green Berets—a true patriot who has risked everything to defend our country, and a good friend. He announced yesterday that he had been fired after 9 years of teaching at Hampton Sydney College, the 10th oldest college in America, as a result of a comment he had made regarding the recent bathroom bill controversies. Last night Hampden-Sydney College announced that they are inviting Lt. Gen. Boykin back to teach again this fall. I’m glad they decided not to give in to the LGBT activists on this, and I’m sure the their donors and supporters wouldn’t have agreed with their decision. Lt. Gen. Boykin is an American hero and deserves to be honored.

Lt. Gen. Boykin urges us to “Push back against these bathroom laws, and stand up if not for a moral reason, but for the safety of the women and young girls who would be put at risk.” He’s right. Share this if you agree.

College Caves, Fires Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin For Condemning PC Gender Ideology.

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Thursday, May 19

Tennessee Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson in Legal Showdown With Atheist Group

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson, who posted an Easter message on the department’s Facebook page, said he is considering a countersuit against American Atheists after they sued him in federal court over the message.


American Atheists denounced both the message and the apparent scrubbing of comments critical of the Easter post and Watson's religious views.

Wednesday, May 18

South Carolina Passes Bill Banning Abortion After 19 Weeks

Good news—Yesterday the SC legislature passed a bill that prohibits abortion after 19 weeks. Now the bill goes to Governor Nikki Haley who has said she will almost certainly sign it. I pray that she will. That’s a step in the right direction and will save a lot of lives. SC Representative Wendy Nanney who sponsored the bill said that she hopes the law is a step toward getting rid of abortion altogether. That should be our prayer and our goal! She’s exactly right—“life begins at conception.”

Share this if you agree.

The South Carolina Legislature passed a bill Tuesday prohibiting abortion after 19 weeks, becoming the 17th state to pass the restrictive ban. The legislation will now head to Gov. Nikki Haley's desk.

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Magic Johnson Shows Gratitude to Adventists Oakwood University and church With $550,000 Donation

Former U.S. basketball star Magic Johnson donates more than half a million dollars to Oakwood University and the Oakwood University Church in appreciation for the influence that Seventh-day Adventists have had on his life.

The former basketball player gives the money to Oakwood University and church.
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Obama Appoints Man Who Identifies as Woman to Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnership Council

“These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles. I look forward to working with them." - Barack Obama

The White House has appointed a transgender woman to serve on the President's Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships.

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Tuesday, May 17

Obituary : Mexico: Journalist Manuel Torres Shot Dead in Veracruz

At least 16 journalists have been killed in Veracruz since 2010; another three have disappeared.
Read More : Mexico: Journalist Manuel Torres Shot Dead in Veracruz
Manuel Torres was shot in the head Saturday as he returned home. He worked with a local city council and was editor-in-chief of the news site Noticias MT.
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Will Europe's Third-Largest Church Punish Pastor Sunday Adelaja for Multiple Affairs?

Will Europe's Third-Largest Church Punish Pastor for Multiple Affairs?

Sunday Adelaja loses leaders at Kiev's Embassy of God for not heeding their discipline.

Jeremy Weber

The controversial founder of one of Europe's largest Protestant churches is battling some in his church leadership over his reaction to multiple affairs.

Sunday Adelaja, a Nigerian pastor who leads the charismatic Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, has admitted to having affairs with parishioners. The confession came one month after he posted avideo on his blog titled “Sexual Sin Is Not Enough to Take You to Hell.”

The female parishioners revealed the affairs to other area pastors, who then took the information public, according to the Council of Bishops of Christian Evangelical Churches of Ukraine. (English version here.) The leaders warned Ukrainian Christians about Adelaja, also noting previous allegations that he bilked investors of $100 million in a Ponzi scheme called King's Capital.

Earlier, a website called ZimEye claimed to have exposed Adelaja by having an undercover reporter pose as a “prophet” andsecretly record a February phone call with the pastor. The elders of Embassy of God publicly dismissed the report as a prank.

“If you have listened to the audio recording which was fraudulently obtained, you will notice that Pastor Sunday never once admitted to any wrong doing as the caller was suggesting in his prophetic utterances,” stated the elders. “It was the prophet that was rather putting words into Pastor Sunday’s mouth. If Pastor Sunday had anything to hide he would not have taken the call with his wife present.”

The elders—which include Adelaja’s wife Bose and three others—noted that Adelaja has already acknowledged that he “has had several sexual challenges and has by God’s grace being able to overcome them.”

“Pastor Sunday has always shared with the world that he is in a position to help minister to the world only because he himself has had his own share of trials including sexual trials, problems and victories,” stated the elders.

Then last month, Adelaja confessed to the affairs at a meeting of more than 200 pastors. He was “defrocked” and removed from preaching (among other leadership duties) after confessing to “fornication,” according to the Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith (ROSHVE).

“Although we have had a long time to notice warning signs in the life and ministry of this man, what we talked about and to him personally and publicly in official statements of the Union, we did not want until the last moment to believe that there are such serious sins in his life,” the Spiritual Board of ROSHVEwrote. They questioned whether Adelaja's affairs might have been covered up by those close to him.

“We have serious questions to the ministers, who were and are members of the Council of the Apostles and the elders of the church ‘Embassy of God,’ to the closest aides and deputies [of Adelaja], about their actions (or rather—of the criminal inaction) in this situation,” the board wrote. “After all, the timely and rigorous exposure could prevent this tragedy!”

In a Russian-language press release on March 24, ROSHVE stated that Adelaja would enter a season of “recovery.”

An Embassy of God administrator told CT that the church has not issued a public statement because it is “regarded as an inside matter.” The administrator said Adelaja has voluntarily “decided to step down” for six months due to the recent accusations and the ongoing “strenuous lawsuit” over King’s Capital.

He was also planning to move from Ukraine to Nigeria. “He needs this time to recuperate and prepare,” said the administrator.

The six months would also be "enough time" for some critics within the church to “cool down and find answers.”

But Adelaja’s Facebook and blog have remained active, and neither they nor the church’s website mentions the sabbatical.

Several of those close to him have accused him of thwarting attempts to help or discipline.

“I am not a professional psychiatrist, nor profess to be one, but you never addressed the sins you committed against those innocent women, many of which are married,” wrote Ulysses Tuff, founder and pastor at The Way, The Truth, and The Life Christian Center in Georgia, to Adelaja in a letter obtained by CT. He has been Adelaja’s mentor since 1995.

“If I had to use words to describe and give a very general perspective about you, I would choose such words as hallucination of grandeur, narcissistic, or sociopathic behavior,” Tuff continued.

“Yet, you said that according to 1 Cor. 2:2-10, everything you are going through is connected to your Apostleship,” he wrote. “Not Paul, nor any of the apostles in preparation for apostleship were found to have defiled 20, 30, or more women (this number of women was what you said on my first night meeting with you, you also said there could be more, you don’t remember). It is damaging to the integrity and laws of scriptural interpretation, how you have twisted the scripture to paint a picture of your sainthood and my life as one that was so grievous.”

Tuff said he was officially withdrawing himself as Adelaja’s “spiritual father.”

“It's true you have mastered the technique (voice control, communication skills, strategic planning, etc.), but what you have failed to recognize, like many others, is that what makes or breaks ministers is not teachings, but what goes on within your soul,” he wrote.

Tuff declined further comment to CT.

Anatoly Belonozhko, who is a bishop at the Embassy of God, the director of its missionary center, and the leader of the “spiritual church administration,” announced his withdrawal from the Embassy of God last month.

“For 22 years of service at the Embassy of God, I went through a lot of different tests, and have always remained close to Pastor Sunday, pastors, ministers, and churches,” he wrote. “I also stayed with Pastor Sunday in this last time, despite his fall, which strongly contradicts the Christian and my personal values.”

But as the church elders began to “heal and restore” the church and Adelaja after he stepped down from leadership, Adelaja “in writing categorically rejected our help, humiliating us and saying that we have no power to tell him what to do and how to do it and that he knows how and what to do.”

Adelaja accused the elders of being “intoxicated by power” and told them to let “me do what I need to do,” according to Belonozhko.

“I talked to Pastor Sunday [after the affairs were revealed to church leadership in December], trying to help, remaining in the church in the most difficult time for all of us to save and restore the church and souls of men,” he wrote. “But as I understand it—the pastor does not need my help. I clearly understand that my service in the Embassy of God has come to an end.”

Last month, 11 evangelical leaders declaredthat since the church has not removed Adelaja from control, they are complicit in his sin. Sunday, the church, and any religious communities that remain in his sphere of influence “cannot be regarded as churches,” since they “have turned away from the truth of the gospel,” the leaders said.

Adelaja’s independent charismatic church, which he founded in 1994, is tied for the third-largest Protestant church in Europe, accordingto Leadership Network. He is considered one of the best examples of Nigeria’s exporting offervent charismatic faith.

Adelaja left Nigeria for the USSR when he was 19 and newly born-again, according to his Facebook bio: “After communism persecution, he started a church in Kiev at age 27. By the age 33, the church was the biggest in the history of Europe, passing 15,000 members in year 2000.”

The church just celebrated its 22nd anniversary.

“With all the attacks that I have and with all the criticism, I know that I will not be here forever,” Adelaja told CT in a 2008 interview. Later that year, charismatic leaders in Ukraineaccused him of operating King's Capital as a Ponzi scheme.

CT interviewed Adelaja for a 2008 cover story on Ukraine, which examined how Eastern Europe's most missional church wasrethinking tradition and the Great Commission.

[Photo courtesy of Sunday Adelaja – Facebook]

Saturday, May 14

Phil Robertson: 'Duck Dynasty' Cast Member Comments on Transgender Bathroom Issue

Phil Robertson: 'Duck Dynasty' Cast Member Comments on Transgender Bathroom Issue
"Just because a man may 'feel' like a woman doesn't mean he should be able to share a bathroom with my daughter, or yours," he wrote in an email for Citizens United, shared by The Hollywood Reporter.
“...Just because a man may ‘feel’ like a woman doesn’t mean he should be able to share a bathroom with my daughter, or yours. That used to be called common sense. Now it’s called bigoted.”
~Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty