"...knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." - Romans 13:11
"But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; the lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers." - Luke 12:47
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." - I John 3:2-3
"And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps." - Matthew 25:6
The first attack of this kind occurred on July 6, 2014, FBI Special Agent Greg Wuthrich told USA Today. ...Investigators haven't revealed much about the spate of 11 California cuts but observers said Tuesday's outage was “coordinated” and that they reflect a failure throughout the U.S. to protect valuable infrastructure.
As of last night, seven predominantly black churches in the South have burned this week ...While only three of these fires have been confirmed as arson and none have been confirmed as hate crimes (investigations are on-going), their temporal proximity to the Charleston shootings, their concentration in the South, and their stature as predominantly black churches—institutions historically thought of as “rallying points” for the civil rights movement...
Editor: Be aware; be awake.
...abolishing the “personal belief” exemption that many parents use as a loophole to avoid vaccinating their children. Now, under California law, which is among the strictest in the country, children would not be able to enroll in public school unless they have been vaccinated against diseases like measles and whooping cough.
The advanced planning and coordinated execution of the attacks show that the long-running insurgency in the area is growing stronger, posing a serious threat to Egypt’s security as the military-backed government struggles to restore stability after years of unrest since the 2011 uprising.
On the streets of the Greek capital, resplendent in the early days of summer, there's still a veneer of normalcy — at least for foreigners, who aren't affected by the draconian rules imposed on Greeks. ...the miserly cash limit at ATMs means it will soon be a massive strain just to run a small business or keep a family going.
Mozambique has decriminalised homosexuality in its new penal code, making it one of a few African countries where same-sex relationships are legal.
On Tuesday, the state’s high court handed down a short but clear ruling saying that the statue must be taken down. According to the court, the Ten Commandments is “obviously” a religious document, and the state constitution prohibits any public property from being used to support a specific religion.
06/30/2015, informedchristians.com, Daniel Valles
A collection of resources and thoughts...
The simulation of a crucifixion with one transsexual playing the role of Christ during the Gay Parade in Sao Paulo, on Sunday (7), caused controversy with religious and in social networks.
Now, the results of new studies of the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone suggest the likelihood of such a disaster occurring in the next 30 years has increased...
Editor: Interesting that this has come out so close to the San Andreas movie, and our article on the Hoover Dam Signal...
Turkey has sent shock waves through the Middle East by preparing plans to send troops into Syria for the first time ...The aim is to establish a buffer zone for refugees and against Isil, but Mr Erdogan has also suggested that the main target of the intervention, if it goes ahead, will be to prevent the emergence of a Kurdish state on Turkey’s doorstep.
Rainbow flags were in full force Sunday in many major cities across the U.S. celebrating in annual Gay Pride parades on a particularly historic weekend.
In his State of the Nation speech last month, Putin asserted that, “Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values… Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan.” Russia has adopted new laws that ban homosexual propaganda and criminalizes the insulting of religious sensibilities.
Editor: While Putin, himself, is indifferent, and uses this as a political tool, is does smart that his public statement is correct.
The shutdown of the banks will last until at least July 6 and cash withdrawals will be limited to €60 a day, according to a Bloomberg report citing a statement by the Greek government.
Editor: This is already having a ripple effect...
People were emptying supermarket shelves, filling up containers at gas stations and lining up at automated teller machines for their daily cash allowance, hoping that the supply of hard cash would not run out before it was their turn.
...markets in Europe were buffeted by worries that the Greek debt crisis would prove contagious and Chinese investors endured another topsy-turvy session.
Naval special forces take control of ship, which carried 20 activists including MK Basel Ghattas, without violence.
At first today, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore said a state supreme court order effectively kept probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for 25 days. Moore, however, later backtracked. "What the order means is that within that 25-day period no (probate judge) has to issue a marriage license to a same sex couple," Moore said.
Tomorrow, however, is the first time a leap second will be added during trading hours since markets went electronic. Naturally, this has some experts concerned with estimates that around 10 percent of large scale computer networks will experience issues that stem from the added second. It happened to Reddit, Mozilla, and Qantas Airways back in 2012. To account for any issues that could occur tomorrow, evening trading will close five minutes early...
Puerto Rico's governor believes the U.S. territory will not be able to pay back its $72 billion public debt, a spokesman told the Associated Press late Sunday. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla's spokesman, Jesus Manuel Ortiz, confirmed that the island's government is seeking to defer payments while negotiating with creditors. ...Puerto Rico's central government could run out of cash as soon as July, possibly leading to a government shutdown...
Several hundred thousand people filled the streets of Berlin for the city’s Gay LGBT Pride parade on Saturday, a day after the US Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage nationwide.
After an absence of roughly 2000 years the Star of Bethlehem may soon be making a return to our night skies on June 30, 2015 — to be more specific Venus and Jupiter will be making their tightest highly visible conjunction in nearly two millennia. ...in 3-2 BC. Some astronomers have in the past speculated that this earlier conjunction is what the “Star of Bethlehem” referred to. ...Roughly an hour or so after sunset is probably a good time ...Relatively close to this conjunction will be one of the brightest stars in the constellation of the Lion, the star Regulus.
Among them were One World Trade Center in New York City, Niagara Falls between Ontario, Canada, and New York State, Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World in Florida and several city halls, including San Francisco’s and Denver’s.
I agree with 81 percent of the people of Alabama who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman," said Bentley ..."Despite the courts ruling this morning I have not changed my mind." But the governor added that now that the court has ruled that same-sex marriage is legal, he expects Alabama courts to follow the law.
“The pride colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and tonight, these colors celebrate a new chapter in the history of American civil rights,” the official added.
“Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back, propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens. And then sometimes, there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt,” Obama said, speaking in the Rose Garden.
Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden. ‘‘No longer may this liberty be denied,’’ said Justice Anthony Kennedy. ...The ruling will put an end to same-sex marriage bans in the 14 states that still maintain them, and provide an exclamation point for breathtaking changes in the nation’s social norms in recent years.
But grumblings or not, gay marriage is now the law of the land. And all of us—right and left, gay and straight, religious and agnostic—need to take a moment to regroup and refocus. From this day on, we need to behave differently toward one another.
After a momentous week, same-sex couples can now marry in all 50 states, the Confederate flag's historic hold on the political institutions of the Deep South is fraying by the hour and Obamacare, after defying another attempt to dismantle it, is now reaffirmed as the law of the land.
The Vatican signed its first treaty with the "State of Palestine" on Friday, calling for "courageous decisions" to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and backing a two-state solution. The treaty, which made official the Vatican's de facto recognition of Palestine since 2012, angered Israel, which called it "a hasty step (that) damages the prospects for advancing a peace agreement".
Davis said the reservoir’s water level could again fall to record lows in the next six to eight weeks, but that it would rebound by the end of December.
06/24/2015, informedchristians.com, Daniel Valles
A clinical and historical examination of possible ethnic, sectarian, and social chaos in the United States of America - See more at: http://informedchristians.com/index.php/Articles/america-controlled-demolition#sthash.vyCs941N.dpuf
Editor: In light of the shooting in Charleston, you need to keep in mind that the intended target was not the people in the church - it was to target a symbol associated with very strong emotions on various sides...
At a reception celebrating Pride Month at the White House on Wednesday, he listed off a series rights and protections the LGBT community has gained under his watch. ...“When I became President, same-sex marriage was legal in only two states. Today, it’s legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia,” he added. “A decade ago, politicians ran against LGBT rights. Today, they’re running towards them.”
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