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Nation

Top Ten Questions To Ask A Liberal: Brian Anderson
Truce Reached in Bundy Ranch Battle with BLM: WatchdogWire
We the People Converging on Nevada force BLM into Retreat: CFP

It’s Not the Time to Go Wobbly: Abort Obamacare: R.S. McCain
Washington Post Op-Ed: You Didn’t Pay For That (And She’s Right): Foundry
A single Battle, nothing more…: III Percent

House Rep: If Eric Holder Were a “Regular Citizen,” He’d Be In Jail : RWN
President Barack Obama and the ‘noble lie’: Christian Schneider
Colorado Sheriff: You Can’t Make Me Enforce Gun Control: ConTrib

Economy

Vermont. Or, ‘Why Obamacare will not lead to single-payer.’: Moe Lane
Paycheck Fairness fraud: USA Today
Puerto Rico bond crisis leaves boxing champ Trinidad ruined: Reuters

Scandal Central

Obama Deliberately Collapsing Our Law Enforcement System: Sara Noble
Former Judge: Congress Should Impeach Eric Holder: ConTrib
Bundy Standoff May Have Ended, But the War is Far From Over: Billboard

Climate & Energy

EPA’s War On Coal Puts US At Risk Of Brownouts And Blackouts: RWN
BLM Also a Problem for Texans: ‘Nox & Friends
Creepy Sculptures Show As What Happens “If We Ignore Climate Change”: Cove

Media

Dana Milbank Is Incoherent On Marriage: Federalist
In Nevada, and Everywhere Else in America, Guns Speak Louder Than Words…: DC Clothesline
Six reasons why I’m glad John Paul Stevens is no longer an active judge: DTG

Three Pictures in Washingtonian that Make Jay Carney Look Ridiculous: Noah Rothman
Epic: Kids everywhere are using social media to fight Michelle Obama’s school lunches: YC
Krauthammer On Sebelius: She’s Clearly a Liability to the Obama Administration: Scoop

Marathon bombing survivor leaves NBC set in tears; calls Meet the Press ‘cowardice, dishonorable’: BPR
New York Court Struggles To Find Jurors Who Don’t Hate The Occupy Movement: Glob
IRS going after decades-old debts from children of debtors ‘unbelievable,’ says Megyn Kelly: BPR

World

Islamic Radicals Mount Influence Operation On Louisiana Leges: Christopher Holton
Ukraine’s Debt And Putin’s Upper Hand: James S. Henry
Forgetting freedom on Passover: Caroline Glick

Exclusive: Key General Splits With Obama Over Ukraine: Eli Lake
Ukraine Crisis: Deadly Clashes Break Out in Slovyansk: WSJ
Tennessee: School enforces sharia, bans town hall on…sharia law: Creeping

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

How Google is transforming power and politics: WaPo
IRS tastes its own medicine, will pay Microsoft millions for Windows XP support: Engadget
Say Goodbye To Microsoft: John Kirk

Cornucopia

If we thought of life as a gift: American Digest
This Proves Racing Flat-Out In Single-Seaters Makes You An Athlete: Car Throttle
Pacquiao beats Bradley by decision in rematch: KABC

Image: Former GOP Rep. Joe Walsh arrives in Nevada with questions as Bundy Ranch standoff ends
Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by: Conservative J.D. Winteregg for Congress: Fire John Boehner

QOTD: “I compared Fort Hood and Pearl Harbor as enemy attacks on US military bases. They’re different in one key respect, of course: These days a sclerotic republic can’t even convict a confessed killer in less time than it took to win the Second World War. Pearl Harbor to the Japanese surrender: three years, eight months, eight days. Fort Hood to the opening of Hasan’s trial: three years, nine months, one day.

…It is striking to me that a country responsible for over 40 per cent of the planet’s military spending apparently has no money to treat its returning warriors with a modicum of dignity. That it should do the same to men and women gunned down by a traitor who set off every alarm bell and was still allowed to proceed to that table at Fort Hood is an absolute disgrace.” —Mark Steyn

Doug Ross @ Journal

Who is investing in you? Whom are you investing in? Every Christian needs to be able to answer these two simple questions.

investedlife-smallAs we head deeper into the new year, how are you investing your life?

According to the Scriptures, every Christian needs to be able to answer two simple questions:

1) Who is investing in you? and

2) In whom are you investing?

In the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20, our Lord Jesus Christ commanded us to go and “make disciples of all nations.”

Jesus made disciples. Then He told His disciples to go make disciples.

The Apostle Paul then followed Christ’s model.

Are we obeying the Great Commission? Are we, like Paul, following Christ’s model?

We each need an “Apostle Paul,” an older, wiser believer to invests in us, teaches us, encourages us, corrects us, and helps us truly grow to maturity in our faith in Jesus Christ. We also need a “Timothy,” a younger believer in whom we can invest, someone we can teach, encourage, correct and help to truly grow in the faith.

Sadly, the American Church is experiencing an epic failure of discipleship. Most older believers are not spiritually investing in the lives of younger believers. We are failing to model and transmit Biblical truth and Christ-like character and a passion for evangelism and discipleship to the next generations. Thus the American Church is weak and failing and in desperate need of revival.

The good news is that the Lord is stirring the hearts of many around the country to rediscover the centrality of the Great Commission, and to begin engaging in making disciples here in our nation, and making disciples of all nations.

How about you? Are you living the invested life?

If so, wonderful!

If not, here are some resources you might find helpful:


Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

NETANYAHU WARNS IRAN LED BY “APOCALYPTIC CULT.” What does Shia eschatology teach? What do Bible prophecies teach about the future of Iran, Syria & Israel? “Damascus Countdown,” now out in paperback & audio formats, explores these very questions.

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>> NETANYAHU WARNS IRAN LED BY “APOCALYPTIC CULT…WILD IN ITS AMBITIONS”

Who is the Twelfth Imam? Do Iran’s leaders believe in the coming of a Shia Muslim “messiah” that will annihilate Israel and the United States and establish a global Islamic caliphate? What is the eschatology of the Iranian regime?

Meanwhile, what does Biblical eschatology teach? What do the ancient prophecies of Isaiah 17 & Jeremiah 49 say about the future of Damascus, and the future of Israel? What does the prophecies of Jeremiah 49 and Ezekiel 38-39 teach about the future of Iran?

Have these prophecies already come to pass, or are they yet to be fulfilled? If they are still ahead of us, how might they transpire?

With the future of Iran, Syria and Israel dominating headlines — and dominating the United Nations General Assembly’s Fall opening session — Tyndale House Publishers and I are excited to announce that Damascus Countdown released nationwide this week in paperback. The New York Times best-selling international political thriller is also available in hardcover, audio, and e-book formats.

Damascus Countdown is a novel that explores these very questions, and envisions one scenario of how some of these ancient texts could come to a cataclysmic conclusion.

What do you think? How do you see the prophecies, and do you think this novel offers a realistic scenario? 

I’d love to your feedback — the good, bad and the ugly. Please post your review via our “Epicenter Team Page” on Facebook or via Twitter, or on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. For those of you who haven’t yet had a chance to read the novel, I hope you’ll have a chance to this Fall, and then please post your review as well.

Every author needs input from his or her readers, and I enjoy hearing from readers, even when they strongly disagree with me. Unfortunately, I don’t have the ability to respond personally to every letter, email, Tweet and Facebook post that comes in because of the volume. But I do try to read it all, as time permits. To me it’s an honor that you would not only read my books, but want to share your thoughts with me. I value such feedback, especially as I map out a new series and think about what is moving — and not moving — people intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

Meanwhile, here are what some leaders have said about the novel in recent months:

Porter Goss, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: “Whenever I see a new Joel Rosenberg book coming out, I know I need to clear time on my calendar. His penetrating knowledge of all things Mid-eastern — coupled with his intuitive knack for high stakes intrigue — demand attention. I’ve read them all, and been richly rewarded. I’m especially looking forward to Damascus Countdown.”

Danny Ayalon, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister: “I’ve loved reading Joel Rosenberg’s books in the past — Epicenter especially comes to mind — and I can’t wait to read this new one, Damascus Countdown. Joel is a stalwart and faithful friend of the State of Israel. He’s a good personal friend. And he’s a great writer. He understands the grave dangers posed by Iran and Syria, and he’s been a bold and courageous voice for true peace and security in the Middle East. If you haven’t read his work yet, I hope you will.”

Lt.-General (ret.) Jerry Boykin, former commander of Delta Force and former U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence: “Joel Rosenberg is the most knowledgeable and well-rounded author in America today regarding the realities of current events in the Mideast, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf. In fact, Joel is a true authority on the geopolitics and history of those regions, and speaks extensively about the serious threats that the Radical elements of Islam present to America and our close ally, Israel….Joel has an incredible ability to write both fiction and non-fiction in a way that the reader senses that they are part of the plot and often, on the front line. If you want to get a better understanding of what is unfolding in the ‘epicenter’ of today’s world, let Joel take you on an incredible and exciting journey.”

Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate:Damascus Countdown will be the most chilling, pulse-pounding thriller you read this year. It will be banned and burned in Tehran and Damascus, but it should be required reading in Washington and Jerusalem. Joel Rosenberg is a good friend and a great writer and he is spot on. Nothing threatens our national security more than the mullahs of Iran and the tyrants in Syria building and deploying weapons of mass annihilation, and an American President who doesn’t have the wisdom or courage to stop them in time. I’ve warned about this for years. Now Joel paints an eerie, terrifying, page-turning picture of a worst-case scenario coming to pass. You have to read this book, and then pray it never happens.”

Steve Forbes, editor in chief of Forbes magazine: “If there were a Forbes 400 list of great current novelists, Joel Rosenberg would be among the top ten.  More than a decade ago we kicked off one of his masterpieces, The Last Jihad, at a book party at the Forbes Media headquarters. Today millions see what we saw then, one of the most entertaining and intriguing authors of international political thrillers in the country. No wonder Joel has sold nearly three million copies – his novels are un-put-downable including his new one, Damascus Countdown!”

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Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog