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If therefore thou shalt not watch I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee Rev(3:3)


20 May 15

A 3.0 Earthquake Occurred Monday near Old Faithful
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.0-magnitude earthquake occurred at 5 p.m., Monday, May 18th near the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park (click here for USGS summary). Several people reported feeling this seismic event. While earthquakes are common in Yellowstone these events have also occurred in other areas of the state.  

Earthquake: 4.0 quake strikes near Los Banos, Calif.
A shallow magnitude 4.0 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning 27 miles from Los Banos, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:36 a.m. PDT at a depth of 0.6 miles.  

19 May 15

Permian gets shaken up by earthquake
Earthquakes are becoming more and more frequent these days in oil regions of the U.S., including the Permian Basin. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) officials have confirmed that a 3.1 magnitude earthquake shook the ground in the Permian Basin.  

4.0-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Merced County
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.0 has struck Merced County Tuesday morning. The USGS says the quake hit at 11:36 a.m. and was centered 25 miles southwest of South Dos Palos at a depth of 1 mile.  

Maybe Christianity In America Is Dying Because It’s Boring Everyone To Death
They tell us that in order to bring the sheep into the fold — especially the millennial sheep — Christianity must be as un-Christian as possible. It must be stripped it of its truth, of its sacredness, of its sacrifice, of its morality, of its tradition, of its history, of its hardships, of its joy, and whatever is left will be enough to, if not engage and excite people, at least not scare them away.  

The Debt To GDP Ratio For The Entire World: 286 Percent
Did you know that there is more than $28,000 of debt for every man, woman and child on the entire planet? And since close to 3 billion of those people survive on less than 2 dollars a day, your share of that debt is going to be much larger than that. If we took everything that the global economy produced this year and everything that the global economy produced next year and used it to pay all of this debt, it still would not be enough.  

Police cash confiscations still on the rise
The case of an aspiring Michigan businessman has reignited the debate over limits to the federal government's ability to seize property of those it suspects of being involved in criminal activity.  

While US scales back Mideast peace goals, Europeans talk of re-launching diplomacy
On eve of regional visit, EU foreign policy chief says coming with message that European Union is ready to support a restart of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.  

Ollie North: Obama Invites Iraq 'Bloodbath of Biblical Proportions'
Despite White House assurances to the contrary, the loss of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to Islamic State (ISIS) forces is not a minor setback, retired Lt. Col. Oliver North says. U.S. forces fought "every day" in Ramadi between 2004 and 2007 because of the city's strategic importance, North said Monday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."  

What IS this strange sound from the sky? Noise heard across the globe for nearly a DECADE - but nobody has an explanation
Sounding like a trumpet....from a brass section of an orchestra.  

Stranded sea lion pups fall victim to California's 'ocean deserts'
In an environment without easily accessible nutrients, sea lions are forced to forage farther afield to find food for their pups, and the results can be fatal. Mothers may be gone for up to a week, leaving pups to strike out on their own in search of food, with many arriving on shore.  

Netanyahu: Protecting Israel against enemies is new government's top priority
He said that the first task of the new government will be to protect the country against threats from Israel's enemies in the region. Netanyahu also said that lowering the cost of living is a top priority.  

Jeb Bush sees no constitutional right to gay marriage
Republican Jeb Bush said in a weekend radio interview that he does not believe the Constitution grants a right to gay marriage, emphasizing his support for "traditional marriage."  

Illinois Passes Anti-BDS Bill
Bill requires State of Illinois to divest from all companies that boycott Israel.  

The Hasmoneans and the Pope
To understand the position of the church, one needs to consider the Hasmonean period. ..the Hasmoneans ushered in the eventual demise of the Commonwealth of Israel. Our rabbis teach us this negative aspect of their rule was a direct result of their assuming the “crowns” of both kingship and priesthood.  

Greek Debt Settlement Deal Within Reach – Finance Minister
“We are almost there now… I would say this is a matter of just one week,” Bloomberg quoted Yanis Varoufakis as telling the Greek Star TV channel on Monday.  

Earth is passing through a stream of unsettled solar wind, and this is causing intermittent geomagnetic storms around the poles. May 19th began with a G2-class storm that is subsiding now, but could flare up again in the hours ahead.  

The oil price war has just begun
The first, issued on May 12 by OPEC, says, in essence, that Saudi Arabia’s effort to keep its own oil production at near-record highs is succeeding in wresting market share back from US producers of shale oil, also called “light, tight oil” (LTO). The second, issued a day later by the International Energy Agency (IEA), agrees, but only up to a point.  

IS says German carried out Iraq suicide mission
A German national carried out a suicide bombing against Iraqi security forces near the city of Baiji Monday, the Islamic State group claimed in a statement posted on jihadist forums.  

Iran uses maritime confrontations to project power in Gulf
Iran is using its sea power in the Gulf to show it will not be cowed by Washington's newly assertive Arab allies, prompting critics to accuse Tehran of destabilizing the region. Iranian ships fired shots at a Singapore-flagged tanker which it said damaged an Iranian oil platform, causing the vessel to flee, and seized a container ship in the Strait of Hormuz, the world's most important oil route, over a debt row.  

Greek debt deal within next week, says Varoufakis
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has said he expects an agreement with the country's international creditors within the next week. Greece is fast-approaching bankruptcy and is due to make a payment of €1.5bn (£1.09bn) to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 5 June.  

Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Luz to leave magazine
Charlie Hebdo cartoonist "Luz" who designed the magazine's cover image of Muhammad after the Paris attacks has said he is leaving the publication. Renald Luzier told the French newspaper Liberation that his job had become "too much to bear" following the deaths of his colleagues. Twelve people were murdered when two Islamist gunmen burst into the Charlie Hebdo offices on 7 January.  

18 May 15

Dallas Area Has 3.3 Magnitude Earthquake; Nobody Hurt
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake happened at 1:14 p.m. Monday, with the epicenter 3 miles south-southwest of Farmers Branch.  

Su Valley earthquake rattles Southcentral Alaska
A 4.26-magnitude earthquake struck South central Alaska shortly before 8 a.m. Monday morning. The quake, centered about 17 miles northwest of Willow, was felt at least as far away as Anchorage, where it rattled computers and shook walls at the midtown offices of Alaska Dispatch News.  

Hundreds of Kenyan pastors to Obama: Stop preaching homosexuality
Hundreds of Kenyan pastors have had enough of President Barack Obama’s aggressive push for African nations to forsake their religious convictions and fully embrace homosexual behavior and same-sex “marriage.”  

Scientists Discover First-ever Warm-blooded Fish
In a press release on Tuesday, NOAA Fisheries confirmed that the opah circulates heated blood throughout its body much like birds or mammals, albeit at a much lower temperature. “Fish that typically inhabit such cold depths tend to be slow and sluggish, conserving energy by ambushing prey instead of chasing it,” NOAA stated. “But the opah’s constant flapping of its fins heats its body, speeding its metabolism, movement and reaction times, scientists report today in the journal Science.”  

Sorry, Your Holiness, You Are Dangerously Wrong
Those who forget that the Vatican is a city-state and not just the home office of the Catholic Church got a reminder this past week of just how its sovereignty works. Its decision to formally recognize "Palestine" as an independent nation was not a theological position but one in keeping with the policies of the rest of Europe which has chosen to promote the Palestinian Authority's ambitions despite its repeated refusal to make peace and its lack of control of much of the territory it claims.  

Christians need to face the bad news about Christianity
Christianity isn't normal anymore, and that's good news. The Book of Acts, like the Gospels before it, shows us that the Christianity thrives when it is, as Kierkegaard put it, a sign of contradiction. Only a strange gospel can differentiate itself from the worlds we construct. But the strange, freakish, foolish old gospel is what God uses to save people and to resurrect churches (1 Cor. 1:20-22).  

Turkey to Help Hamas Rebuild 19 Destroyed ‘Missile Mosques’
Turkey has offered money to Hamas to re-build 19 mosques that were used to store or launch missiles on Israel before the IDF destroyed them in last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) radio reported Monday morning.  

Netanyahu Vows on Jerusalem Day, Capital Undivided ‘Forever’
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed Sunday at a Jerusalem Day ceremony that the Israeli capital will remain undivided “forever.” Speaking at the government’s official Jerusalem Day ceremony held at Ammunitition Hill, Netanyahu said, “We need to tell the truth without fear. This is where we began our path as a nation.  

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