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Cult Leader And Hate Preacher Fred Phelps Dead At 84.


Hate preacher Fred Phelps had his dispensations wrong. He was preaching like an Old Testament prophet while forgetting that we currently live in the Age of Grace because of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection from the grave. Make no mistake, God indeed does hate the sin of homosexuality, as well as the sin of fornication, drunkenness, gluttony, gossip and all the others mentioned in the bible. But Mr. Phelps forgot to preach what Jesus died and shed His Blood for, and that is simply this:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

If YOU are a lost sinner, run to Jesus with open arms and ask Him to save you in His Shed Blood. The bible says He absolutely will save all those who come to God through Him.

Shame on you, Fred Phelps. You were not a Christian.

(CNN) – Fred Phelps. the founding pastor of a Kansas church known for its virulently anti-gay protests at public events, including military funerals — has died, the church said Thursday. The 84-year-old died of natural causes at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to church spokesman Steve Drain.

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God does hate homosexuality, He calls it an abomination in the bible. But Jesus Christ died to set the homosexual free from Hell. Click image to see how to not go to Hell.

Phelps founded Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, in 1955 and molded it in his fire-and-brimstone image. Many members of the small congregation are related to Phelps through blood or marriage.

According to Westboro, the church has picketed more than 53,000 events, ranging from Lady Gaga concerts to funerals for slain U.S. soldiers. Typically, a dozen or so church members — including small children — will brandish signs that say “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.”

Phelps was often called “the most hated man in America,” a label he seemed to relish. “If I had nobody mad at me,” he told the Wichita Eagle in 2006, “what right would I have to claim that I was preaching the gospel?”

Under Phelps’ leadership, Westboro members have preached that every calamity, from natural disasters to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, is God’s punishment for the country’s acceptance of homosexuality. Phelps had advocated for gays and lesbians to be put to death. source – CNN

by NTEB News Desk

States Buck Public Opinion, Offer Driver’s Licenses to Illegals.


Nevada has become the latest state to allow illegal immigrants to obtain a driver’s license — even as public opinion polls show that the great majority of Americans oppose such measures.
A national poll conducted in October by Rasmussen Reports found that 68 percent of likely U.S. voters think illegal immigrants should not be allowed to obtain state driver’s licenses. Just 22 percent favor licenses for illegals in their state.
Critics say the laws encourage illegal immigration by legitimizing the status of those who come to the United States illegally.

“It is a kind of amnesty. It doesn’t given them any legal status, but by giving them a government-issued ID, it helps them imbed in society,” Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C.,  said in an interview with Newsmax.

“This is a way of protecting illegals from coming to the attention of immigration authorities,” Krikorian said. “It’s a way of documenting the undocumented.”
In Nevada, Democratic-led lawmakers approved a driver’s license law in 2013. It was signed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, the state’s first Hispanic governor, who considers it a public safety measure, and went into effect at the beginning of this month.

“Allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s privilege card will increase the number of drivers on Nevada’s roads that are insured and aware of traffic rules and regulations,” Sandoval said in a statement after signing the bill.

When Nevada began issuing licenses on Jan. 2, long lines formed at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Las Vegas, waiting for the 8 a.m. opening of the office. The Associated Press reported that “thousands of Nevada immigrants” sought to obtain licenses on the first day.

Those applying for the driving privilege cards must show some proof of their identity as well as evidence of Nevada residency and insurance. New drivers must pass a driving test, and pay to retake the test if they fail.

The information provided for the licenses, however, may not be used against them for purposes of enforcing immigration laws, a key provision in a state like Nevada where about a fourth of all residents are Latino.

Other states that have approved similar laws include Utah, Washington, Maryland, Oregon, Connecticut, California, New Mexico, and Illinois, along with the District of Columbia.
Said California’s Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, in signing his state’s law last year: “No longer are undocumented people in the shadows. They are alive and well and respected in the State of California.”

The climate of permissiveness licenses for illegals follows a crackdown period after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacksthat came in response to widespread fears of foreign-born terrorists entering the country.

“After 9-11, things were tightening up. Now those states that are mainly run by Democrats are backtracking,” said Krikorian, noting that Congress has given leeway through the REAL ID law to states to issue immigrant driver’s cards, but those cannot be used for federal identification purposes like boarding planes.
New Mexico, with the nation’s largest Hispanic population, is one state attempting to buck the trend. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is hoping to convince the Democratic-led state legislature to repeal the state’s current law, which offers licenses to illegals.She has tried before and failed, but vows to continue.
Polling shows that Martinez has support for her position, said Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling Inc., a New Mexico firm that has polled for the Albuquerque Journal twice on the issue.

“Both times, the polls that we did for the Journal showed approximately 70 percent of registered voters opposed granting licenses to undocumented workers,” Sanderoff told Newsmax.

“I think it’s a significant issue to the extent that the governor is once again latching onto it,” he said.

New Mexico differs from its heavily Hispanic neighbor Arizona, where its governor, Republican Jan Brewer, has taken an aggressive stance against illegals in her state. In New Mexico, most Hispanic residents are natives, tracing their lineage back to Spain, said Sanderoff.

“Most New Mexicans are Americans, born and raised here, more so than the average state,” he said, which likely explains why voters there oppose the law by a wide margin.

The trend could continue as Congress renews its debate on immigration reform this year and proponents continue to push for the measure in more states.

“The push for it is nationally coordinated,” Krikorian said. “There is a broader push by national groups to have more say in the issue. They see it in two ways. First, as a practical matter, it helps to imbed the illegal immigrants in the U.S., making it less likely they will leave. Also, it will be presented as evidence of nationwide momentum for immigration ‘reform.’”

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© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.
By Andrea Billups

States, Insurers Seek Ways to Bypass Obamacare.


Some insurers and at least one state are seeking ways to decouple from the improved but still flawed federal HealthCare.gov site, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Connecticut, which runs its own Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace, aims to establish enrollees are legal residents without relying on the need to tap into the federal system.
In addition, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is also developing work-arounds that would reduce the need for call-center workers to turn to the federal site when calculating the value of tax credits. This would speed the processing of straightforward applications, according to the Journal.
While navigating the site is now more problem-free for average users, the issues of identity-verification and accurate enrollment data have not been resolved.
Meanwhile, insurers continue to press the Obama administration for ways to enroll customers directly — though doing so undermines Obamacare’s goal of offering comparison shopping to consumers.
Authorities expect a surge in demand on the federal site as millions of Americans — including the uninsured and those who will lose their coverage under Obamacare — rush to meet the Dec. 23 deadline for insurance that commences Jan. 1
According to Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., elected officials are still getting calls “from incredibly distressed citizens who’ve had their policies canceled, and yet are unable to enroll in a new plan.”
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© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

By Elliot Jager

Newtown To Vaporize All Evidence Of What Happened At Sandy Hook School Shooting.


Google the Columbine school shooting and you will find no overt conspiracy theories attached to it. You will get the same results for Fort Hood and Virginia Tech as well. So why is the Sandy Hook School shooting  - whatever really happened there -being treated with a disproportionate sense of secrecy and urgency?

RELATED STORY: Today Marks The 16th American Mass Shooting Since Obama Became President

Could it be the “crisis actors” that kept popping up in all the news photos? Or perhaps it was the complete lack of documentation that a school shooting had actually occurred. Maybe it’s the complete absence of any photographic proof of dead bodies, or what is obviously staged, emotionless actors walking around in circles.

Or, maybe it was this poorly trained actor pretending to be a grieving father caught on a hot mic laughing when he thought the camera was not yet on. We invite you to watch these 3 videos and make up your own mind.

Whatever it is, one thing is for sure. This school is not simply being torn down, it is being vaporized at the molecular level to prevent anyone or anything from discovering the truth of what happened there that day.

NY Daily News: When the demolition is done, almost every trace of the doomed Newtown school will be gone. The bricks and glass that once comprised the Sandy Hook Elementary School will be pulverized.

The steel that supported the structure where a madman with a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle massacred 20 first graders and six brave staff members will be melted down.

And all of it will be hauled off to what officials are calling an “undisclosed location” to spare the Connecticut town more trauma.

Only the memory of the horrors that happened on Dec. 14 — and dust from the debris — will remain when the school is razed next week.

“We want to be absolutely certain to do everything we can to protect the privacy of the families and the Sandy Hook community,” town official Patricia Llodra told the Associated Press.

“We’re going to every possible length to eliminate any possibility that any artifacts from the building would be taken from the campus and . . . end up on eBay.”

Demolition is expected to be finished before the first anniversary of the massacre.

In its place, Newtown will build a new school funded by a $49.3 million state grant.

The destruction — and the construction — will be handled by a project management company called Consigli Construction, which has been sworn to secrecy, The News-Times of Danbury, Conn., reported.

Barricades will be erected around the work site. Security guards will be posted to keep the curious away.And construction workers may be subjected to background checks and will be forbidden to discuss what they are doing. source – NY Daily News.

by NTEB News Desk

Sisters: Capitol Police Wrongfully Shot Woman.


A Connecticut woman who rammed her car into a White House gate last week was not delusional — only frightened and trying to run away from police — when she was fatally shot, her family told the “Today” show Monday.

Miriam Carey, 34, was in the wrong place at the wrong time Thursday, her sisters said.

“My sister was fleeing. She was trying to figure out how to get out of there,” sister Valerie Carey said.

The family also disputed that Carey, a dental hygienist, was delusional and thought President Barack Obama was trying to communicate with her.

“She didn’t have any disputes or political agenda,” sister Amy Carey Jones told NBC. “She never talked badly about President Obama, she was not walking around delusional, which is what we want the public to understand. She was not delusional.”

Valarie Carey made similar remarks to the Daily News the day after the violence, saying her sister had been treated for post-partum depression but was being taken off her medication.

“But that doesn’t mean she’s crazy or that she deserved to have been killed,” she told the News.

Carey had driven to the nation’s capital with her 1-year-old daughter, and was spotted speeding through the streets. Armed police, with their weapons drawn, ordered her to pull over, but she refused.

At one point she was seen completely stopped and surrounded by officers before she rammed a cruiser blocking her path and sped away.

Police say Carey was suffering “serious degradation in her mental health” and that sparked the incident, the News reported.

But her sisters disagreed.

“What I do see is that perhaps my sister was a little afraid being surrounded by officers with their guns drawn,” Valarie Carey told NBC. “If she was not supposed to be in a restricted area, how was she allowed to drive in that area?”

Amy Carey Jones said the family was “trying to make sense of it. There is an investigation going on, but we have a lot of questions.”

© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

By Cathy Burke

Rep. Mike McCaul: DC Suspect Had No Weapons in Car.


Law-enforcement officials declined to say whether the woman shot and killed by police in Washington, D.C., Thursday had weapons, but a member of Congress says he was told that she did not.

“From what I understand, she didn’t have any weapons in the car,” Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, told CNN on Thursday.

McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, described the person who rammed a barricade near the White House before leading police on a chase several blocks to the Capitol as a 34-year-old woman from Connecticut.

None of the information McCaul gave to CNN has been confirmed by Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department, which is heading the investigation.

Police shot the woman to death after her car crashed near the Capitol. She reportedly refused to follow police orders.

The woman may have had mental health issues, McCaul said he has been told by multiple sources. The woman’s 18-month-old daughter was in the car, but was unharmed in the incident.

McCaul said he was told by Homeland Security and the FBI that the incident is likely isolated and not connected to terrorism.

“It hasn’t been ruled out completely,” McCaul told CNN, and the FBI is digging into the woman’s background.

A reporter at an earlier press conference with police officials asked whether the woman, who was black, was of Somali descent. Police would not answer that question, or any others about the suspect, and McCaul said he is unaware whether the woman is American or an immigrant. He also said he has not been told her name.

© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.
By Greg Richter

Aetna Pulls out of New York Health Insurance Exchange.


Aetna Inc, the No. 3 U.S. health insurer, said on Thursday it has decided not to sell insurance on New York‘s individual health insurance exchange, part of the country’s healthcare reform.

New York is the fifth state where Aetna has pulled its application to sell the plans that go on sale on Oct. 1 and into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. It has also reversed course in Maryland, Ohio, Georgia, and Connecticut, where it is based.

Aetna spokesman Cynthia Michener said it made the move after assessing its business strategy, following the acquisition of smaller insurer Coventry Healthcare in May. Coventry also filed applications to sell plans in more than 10 states.

“Our goal for 2014 is to participate in a limited number of state exchanges where we can be competitive and add the most value to the market,” she said in an emailed statement.

She said the company will continue to serve small business and large business customers in New York and will offer individual products outside of the exchanges.

New York’s market for individuals is currently only about 17,000 people, but the exchange is expected to bring in 1 million people during the first three years. The exchange announced insurance participants on Aug. 20. Aetna was not on the list.

© 2013 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Source: NEWSmax.com

Lawyers: Courthouse Safety Harmed by Sequestration.


The U.S. government spending cuts known as sequestration are compromising courthouse safety, a lawyers group said in a letter to President Barack Obama and 47 members of Congress.

Robert Anello, president of the Federal Bar Council, an organization of attorneys who practice before the federal courts in New York, Connecticut and Vermont, said in the letter that it’s “imperative” the president and lawmakers reach an agreement to restore funding to the courts.

“The courts in this circuit have been compromised by cuts to their security and physical maintenance budgets, reduced job security for personnel in all departments, and reduced hours for bankruptcy proceedings,” Anello said in the letter yesterday.

A $50 million shortfall in the account for judicial security nationwide has prevented New York federal courts from making needed upgrades to security cameras and computer systems, Anello said. The courts are considering firing security staff and limiting access to courthouses, he said.

“The sequester has thus compromised the personal safety of the judges and other public servants who administer our court system, and has also compromised the ability of American citizens to observe court proceedings in a secure setting,” Anello said in the letter.

The courts in New York and Brooklyn have reduced non- judicial staffing by 40 percent in the past two years, causing “disruptions and delays,” according to Anello.

The cuts have also resulted in a 20 percent reduction in the budget for the Federal Defender’s office, which represents 40 percent of criminal defendants in the federal districts that cover New York City and surrounding counties, Anello said.

© Copyright 2013 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.
Source: NEWSmax.com

Newtown School Massacre Victims Still Reeling 6 Months Later.


Sandy Hook
(Photo courtesy Walnut Hill Community Church)

It was six months ago Friday, on Dec. 14, that a gunman went into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and left 26 people dead. It was the worst non-university school shooting in American history. (Thirty-two people were killed in the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.)

Six months later, the victims’ families and the entire community are still reeling from the tragedy, and Christians are stepping up to provide counseling at this critical time.

My good friend Clive Calver, senior pastor of Walnut Hill Community Church, has joined forces with the local Assemblies of God and business leaders to raise money for the Sandy Hook Restoration Fund & Fellowship. They have raised approximately $200,000, with a goal to double that amount.

“Today, the streets are congested with TV vans, mobile broadcasting units and the like,” Clive told me in an email. “Tomorrow, all in Newtown will apparently return to sleepy normality. But one thing has changed—the legacy of troubled, disturbed lives of first responders and the personal pain endured by parents who have lost those they love.”

Below, I tell about the need and the program. I believe it’s been well thought out and is sound. Christian Life Missions, our nonprofit partner, has voted to give $10,000 as a matching fund for everything I can raise today from my readers. So, I urge you to read on and give generously.

Remember, Jesus said to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Were you forced to live with such a terrible ordeal, you would appreciate the Christian community rallying around you like this. If each of us would do a little, it would go a long way.

I remember that fateful day when I heard the news. I knew that my friend Clive pastored in Bethel, Conn. While I didn’t know exactly where Newtown was, I knew it couldn’t be too far because Connecticut is not too big. I called Clive and found out that he and his wife live in Newtown and that his church is only 14 minutes away. Clive told me that some of the first responders were from his church and that some of the children who died were actually connected to his church through some of the community outreaches his church does.

I invited Clive to write a commentary on what was happening from the perspective of a local pastor. You can read that by clicking here.

When Clive, who is part of the guiding board of the project, told me this week about the Sandy Hook Restoration Fund &Fellowship and reminded me that the sixth-month anniversary is a traumatic time for the victims’ families, I knew immediately that I needed to respond and share this need.

The Sandy Hook Restoration Fund & Fellowship exists to aid in the healing and rebuilding of the Sandy Hook/Newtown community by enabling and supporting immediate and long-term community, counseling and school needs and initiatives.

These services are being provided through the Fund:

Counseling and support: Providing ongoing professional counseling and trauma support to families who lost children, families of surviving children, first responders and the broader community via one-on-one counseling, public seminars, the GriefShare ministry, women’s programs and counselors being available following major events.

Equipping and training: Professional equipping and training in how to help others work in the areas of trauma and grief for local church leaders, prayer teams, care teams and therapists. In addition to workshops and seminars, resources have been developed and dispersed.

Healing, comfort and unity: Large-scale community events that bring together thousands from the area to heal, receive comfort and experience community.

Evangelism: With approximately 4,000 visitors having come through the doors of Walnut Hill Community Church in the past six months, the gospel has been clearly preached and the love of Jesus clearly shown. Walnut Hill has already seen more than 100 people surrender their lives to Jesus since the tragedy. Hundreds more are on a journey toward Him.

Financial support: Funds were provided to help those directly involved in the tragedy with pressing financial needs immediately following the tragedy in order to give them necessary space to heal. Funds continue to be made available for these purposes.

So often our readers have given generously to needs like this, most recently with the tornados in Oklahoma. Please give this time. Your gift is tax-deductible through Christian Life Missions, and every dollar will go to the Sandy Hook Restoration Fund. Nothing will be taken out for administration. And your gift is matched up to $10,000 from Christian Life Missions.

It’s like Clive Calver told me: “Counsel and support are so needed, and your help to make this possible is incredible. Thank you!”

Please click here to donate to the Sandy Hook Restoration Fund & Fellowship, and please give generously.

By STEVE STRANG

Steve Strang is the founder and publisher of Charisma. He has been friends with Clive Calver since 1992 and served for several years on the board of World Relief when Clive was president. Follow him on Twitter at @sstrang or Facebook (stephenestrang).

Newtown School Massacre Victims Still Reeling Six Months Later.


Sandy Hook
(Photo courtesy Walnut Hill Community Church)

It was six months ago today, on Dec. 14, 2012, that a gunman went into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and left 26 people dead. It was the worst non-university school shooting in American history. (Thirty-two people were killed in the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.)

Six months later, the victims’ families and the entire community are still reeling from the tragedy, and Christians are stepping up to provide counseling at this critical time.

My good friend Clive Calver, senior pastor of Walnut Hill Community Church, has joined forces with the local Assemblies of God and business leaders to raise money for the Sandy Hook Restoration Fund & Fellowship. They have raised approximately $200,000, with a goal to double that amount.

“Today, the streets are congested with TV vans, mobile broadcasting units and the like,” Clive told me in an email. “Tomorrow, all in Newtown will apparently return to sleepy normality. But one thing has changed—the legacy of troubled, disturbed lives of first responders and the personal pain endured by parents who have lost those they love.”

Below, I tell about the need and the program. I believe it’s been well thought out and is sound. Christian Life Missions, our nonprofit partner, has voted to give $10,000 as a matching fund for everything I can raise today from my readers. So, I urge you to read on and give generously.

Remember, Jesus said to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Were you forced to live with such a terrible ordeal, you would appreciate the Christian community rallying around you like this. If each of us would do a little, it would go a long way.

I remember that fateful day when I heard the news. I knew that my friend Clive pastored in Bethel, Conn. While I didn’t know exactly where Newtown was, I knew it couldn’t be too far because Connecticut is not too big. I called Clive and found out that he and his wife live in Newtown and that his church is only 14 minutes away. Clive told me that some of the first responders were from his church and that some of the children who died were actually connected to his church through some of the community outreaches his church does.

I invited Clive to write a commentary on what was happening from the perspective of a local pastor. You can read that by clicking here.

When Clive, who is part of the guiding board of the project, told me this week about the Sandy Hook Restoration Fund &Fellowship and reminded me that the sixth-month anniversary is a traumatic time for the victims’ families, I knew immediately that I needed to respond and share this need.

The Sandy Hook Restoration Fund & Fellowship exists to aid in the healing and rebuilding of the Sandy Hook/Newtown community by enabling and supporting immediate and long-term community, counseling and school needs and initiatives.

These services are being provided through the Fund:

Counseling and support: Providing ongoing professional counseling and trauma support to families who lost children, families of surviving children, first responders and the broader community via one-on-one counseling, public seminars, the GriefShare ministry, women’s programs and counselors being available following major events.

Equipping and training: Professional equipping and training in how to help others work in the areas of trauma and grief for local church leaders, prayer teams, care teams and therapists. In addition to workshops and seminars, resources have been developed and dispersed.

Healing, comfort and unity: Large-scale community events that bring together thousands from the area to heal, receive comfort and experience community.

Evangelism: With approximately 4,000 visitors having come through the doors of Walnut Hill Community Church in the past six months, the gospel has been clearly preached and the love of Jesus clearly shown. Walnut Hill has already seen more than 100 people surrender their lives to Jesus since the tragedy. Hundreds more are on a journey toward Him.

Financial support: Funds were provided to help those directly involved in the tragedy with pressing financial needs immediately following the tragedy in order to give them necessary space to heal. Funds continue to be made available for these purposes.

So often our readers have given generously to needs like this, most recently with the tornados in Oklahoma. Please give this time. Your gift is tax-deductible through Christian Life Missions, and every dollar will go to the Sandy Hook Restoration Fund. Nothing will be taken out for administration. And your gift is matched up to $10,000 from Christian Life Missions.Donate really big

It’s like Clive Calver told me: “Counsel and support are so needed, and your help to make this possible is incredible. Thank you!”

Please click below to donate to the Sandy Hook Restoration Fund & Fellowship, and please give generously.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

STEVE STRANG


Steve Strang is the founder and publisher of Charisma. He has been friends with Clive Calver since 1992 and served for several years on the board of World Relief when Clive was president. Follow him on Twitter at @sstrang or Facebook (stephenestrang).

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