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1st Man in history to scale frozen Niagara Falls


Climber braves treacherous 180-foot wall of ice to become first man in history to scale frozen Niagara Falls


World-renowned ice climber Will Gadd is making history by taking on Niagara Falls. The Canadian climbed the frozen ice of a 180-foot high gorge, just feet away from the raging Horseshoe Falls of Niagara. The area has such heavy icing in the winter months that it is closed off to tourists.

Bob Koshinski, who runs a media and events company, caught a glimpse of Gadd's climb around Terrapin Point, when he decided to document the spectacle on video.

Koshinski told CBS News he had never seen anything like it.

"I grew up in Niagara Falls and I've seen Wallenda and I've seen some of the great stunts and I have been down here for many functions," he said. "I have never seen anybody, certainly in the wintertime, scaling the gorge so close to the cascades of the Horseshoe Falls that he could have reached out and touched it. It was pretty dramatic footage."

Gadd's climb was also filmed by Red Bull, and initially caused some confusion. While the New York State Parks Office approved the stunt,

Canadian climber Will Gadd has become the first man to ever climb the frozen ice of Niagara Falls. As the popular tourist area experiences such heavy ice in winter, it is closed to the public. Gadd, 47, already world-renowned for his feats, used the opportunity to take on the ice of the 180-foot high gorge working his way up just feet away from the Horseshoe Falls.Climber braves treacherous 180-foot wall of ice to become first man in history to scale frozen Niagara Falls


A Power Greater than God?

Did you know that there is a power on earth that claims it is greater than God? Indeed, there is. In fact, so much greater than God they claim, that they boast of changing His law.
Not only has this entity boastfully proclaimed that it has changed God's law; but it even more forcibly declare that the proof of that fact is the large number of people who claim to believe in God but are following after it.  Are you one of them?

Billy Graham: In Our ‘Lawless and Wicked Age … We've Taught the Philosophy of the Devil -- ‘Do As You Please’

World renowned evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, the founder and chairman of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,  said that our children are growing up in a “lawless and wicked age,” infused with the “philosophy of the Devil, who says, ‘Do as you please.’”


Rev. Billy Graham.

Further, rearing children in this culture is difficult because “we have taken God out of our educational systems and thought we could get away with it,” said Rev. Graham. “We have sown the wind, and we are now reaping the whirlwind. We have laughed at God, religion and the Bible.”

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Evidence for Bible's Exodus comes to theaters

A new film examining the archaeological evidence for the Bible’s Exodus event has received such raves from audience members that the one-night-only showing of the film on Jan. 19 has been extended to a second, encore showing on Jan. 29.

“The evidence is so compelling, it’s fantastic!” said one theatergoer highlighted by the producers of “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.”

“This is a must see to drive your faith up a notch,” said another.

“This is a high-level, quality work that is going to stand up to the most rigorous intellectual scrutiny,” said yet a third, “but it’s also a very emotional story that’s going to touch people’s hearts.”

As WND reported, “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” is the culmination of filmmaker Timothy Mahoney’s 12-year search for the truth after scholars in Egypt told him there was “no evidence” for God’s deliverance of the Israelites from slavery, events described in the Bible’s book of Exodus.

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A Quarterback Once Paid $7,500 To Have Footballs Doctored Before Winning The Super Bowl

As the NFL investigates whether the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballsduring their 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game, stories are coming out about how quarterbacks often alter footballs to try to gain an advantage, some through legal means and others not so much.

The most shocking story comes from former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Brad Johnson.

Johnson told the Tampa Bay Times several years ago that four days before the Bucs beat the Raiders by 48-21 in the 2003 Super Bowl, he secretly paid “some guys” $US7,500 to scuff up and break in all 100 balls that would be used in the game.

“I paid some guys off to get the balls right,” Johnson said. “I went and got all 100 footballs, and they took care of all of them.”

During the regular season and other playoff games this would not have been necessary, as each team provides 12 balls that they will use on offence during the game.

2013 New York Times article outlines the extent to which the New York Giants go to to prepare gameday footballs for Eli Manning.

“I want a brand new ball that feels like it’s 10 years old,” Manning told The Times. “You want it to feel like it’s been in your house for 10 years, where you’ve been playing Saturday afternoon games with it for a long time.”  MORE

How the NFL, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and other QBs created DeflateGate

English: American football with clock to repre... (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The DeflateGate controversy ripped back the curtain on a little rule change that has come roaring back from 2006.

It didn’t make enormous headlines when Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and the league’s other marquee quarterbacks lobbied hard for a rule-book tweak that would allow each offense to supply its own footballs. Brady, Manning and the rest of the NFL’s QBs were at the top of their game, TV ratings were skyrocketing, offensive records were falling — why not change a rule if that’s what the marquee stars wanted, even if they’d still be marquee stars without a change? Women were flocking to the game, fantasy leagues were thriving and the league was only too happy to enable its modern golden age of quarterbacks with that change, along with others limiting defenses that have helped keep QBs at the top of their game over the last nine seasons.

As the last week has shown, though, there might be plenty of complications with the idea. The NFL is investigating how footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game became underinflated below the margins of 12.5-13.5 pounds per square inch mandated by the rule book. Coach Bill Belichick and Brady deny any knowledge of how this occurred and the league has brought in its own PSI CSI technicians and investigators to get to the bottom of the matter. It really tracks back, though, to 2006, when the NFL lost custody of footballs, the most important piece of equipment on the field, during games and illustrates how DeflateGate is a problem the NFL created for itself.   MORE

Reason to Hate: Barack Obama’s Racist Roots

The morning after Election Day, 2008, The New York Timesproclaimed that Barack Obama’s victory had swept “away the last racial barrier in American politics.” However, as the President’s first term draws to a close, a case can be made that the historic election was anything but post-racial; rather, it has been the most racially polarizing presidency in modern times.

This is not a surprise, however, to those familiar with Obama’s background and thinking on racial matters, nor to those who have studied the role played by Communist Frank Marshall Davis in raising him as a young man in Hawaii during his critical coming of age period. Davis was not only a slavish follower of Joseph Stalin, but a black racist who saw sinister white plots in the foreign policies of the United States and other Western nations.

Davis, a poet and writer, had written a controversial poem, “Christ is a Dixie Nigger,” dismissing the object of the Christian faith as “another New White Hope.”


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David and Goliath

Almost everyone, Christian or otherwise, is familiar with the Biblical narrative of David and Goliath. The lesson it teaches is that no matter the odds against God's people, He will give them victory when they place their unrelenting trust in Him.
The other thing about the story is that David knew his enemy and was therefore able to stand before him and conquer him in the power of the Lord.
Unlike David,  Christians  today are confronted with a mammoth Goliath of which the overwhelming  majority are totally oblivious. In fact, they find themselves in this position because they are fighting on the enemy's side. You are invited to join a movement, a David compared to Goliath, to stand for the God of creation in the final battle of the Conflict of the Ages.

It Only Takes 1 Person

The story of humanity is woven with epochs of the courage, foresight, fortitude, and commitment of men and women who chose to challenge the established norms of their day. Whether it be in science, art, business, religion, politics, or any other human endeavor, they seized the moment, turned the rudder of their time, and changed the course of history.
Martin Luther defending his faith before the church of Rome
One such champion was an obscure monk on the vast continent of Europe. In the sixteenth century, Martin Luther dared to challenge the most powerful institution of his day. The fruit of his unmitigated boldness has touched, for the better, the lives of virtually every member of the civilized world. Sadly, too many today are turning his ship back to the port from whence it came. But why?

Saudi King Dies:

King Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz in 2002King Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz in 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New Saudi Deputy Crown Prince marks generational shift

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a close friend of the United States and a scourge of Islamist militants, will be the country's first king from the third generation of its ruling dynasty.

King Salman moved swiftly to appoint Mohammed Deputy Crown Prince on Friday, hours after he took the throne following the death of King Abdullah. The decision appeared to settle for many years to come tough decisions over the kingdom's future succession.

By sending an assassin to try to kill Prince Mohammed when he was Saudi security chief in 2009, al Qaeda paid him the compliment of treating him as one of its most dangerous enemies.  MORE>>>>>>


Sign of the Times?

The recent deadly attack on the French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, by Islamist terrorists has not only sparked international protests against terrorism; but it has ignited a conversation on the issue of Religious Liberty.
While many, including Gerard Biard, editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo, have expressed their vehement support in favor of free speech and religious expression; others sound an alarm for the curtailment of such rights. Pope Francis is one of those in the latter camp. 
Even as he voices his opinion for restricted civil and religious liberties, he continues his campaign for world-wide state and religious unity. In the name of peace, he is not only striving for universal church/state union; but is positioning himself to become its sole, authoritative leader. Watch his moves.

Is Prophecy Being Fulfilled?

We live in an age when prophetic pronouncements bombard us from every conceivable corner. There are prognosticators promising great prosperity. Self-proclaimed seers of every cloth and color supply their visionof the fate of humanity. 

Inevitably, they are overwhelmingly wrong. But there is one we can trust implicitly. He has never been wrong. In a little village in ancient Palestine, almost two thousand years ago, He told a few of His closest friends that the entire world would hear about Him before it comes to an end. Here's undeniable evidence of His prophetic words coming to pass.

LAW and Grace: What does God say about it?

There is much debate in Christendom regarding God's law versus His grace. Some believe that God's law was done away with by Jesus's sacrifice on Calvary's cross.


Others contend that grace gives us the license to break God's law. But is law and grace competing with each other; or are they two sides of the same coin? Can we realistically have one without the other?  You decide.

New York's forgotten remembered: Island where one million 'unknown' people are buried

New York's forgotten finally remembered: Forbidden island where over one million 'unknown' people are buried in a mass grave reveals its secrets in online database


Hart Island is a cemetery for the displaced- mostly babies and the homeless - that sits off the coast of the Bronx and a short boat ride from Manhattan, but that the public weren't allowed to access - until now. Of the one million anonymous graves on the atoll (right), information about 60,000 people buried there can now be accessed on a new website, thanks to a group of activists who for years have been fighting for people to better understand. One woman, Lisa Patto, 45, has finally learned the story of her father Kenneth Selesky (inset top), a homeless man who fell out with as a teenager. New York's forgotten finally remembered: Forbidden island where over one million 'unknown' people are buried in a mass grave reveals its secrets in online database

Archaeologists find possible site of Jesus’s trial in Jerusalem

Tower of David MuseumTower of David Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

JERUSALEM — It started 15 years ago with plans to expand the Tower of David Museum. But the story took a strange turn when archaeologists started peeling away layers under the floor in an old abandoned building adjacent to the museum in Jerusalem’s Old City.

for the more than 1 million Christian pilgrims who visit Jerusalem each year, the site is especially significant because it could have been an important place in the life of Jesus.

“For those Christians who care about accuracy in regards to historical facts, this is very forceful,” said Yisca Harani, an expert on Christianity and pilgrimage to the Holy Land. “For others, however, those who come for the general mental exercise of being in Jerusalem, they don’t care as long as [their journey] ends in Golgotha — the site of the Crucifixion.”  Read The Article: 

Oil Prices Fall to Lowest Since 2009

image from static01.nyt.comHOUSTON — Oil prices took another sharp turn downward on Monday to levels not seen since the depths of the 2009 recession. Several international banks predicted even lower prices later this year because of an oversupplied global crude market.

The latest daily downward spiral of more than 5 percent has brought several crude oil benchmarks down by more than 55 percent since June in one of the fastest drops ever for the volatile commodity.

The drop came even as Venezuela and Iran coordinated their efforts to persuade OPEC to cut production; Canadian Natural Resources, a major global producer, announced deep investment cuts; and American companies dropped their rig drilling count at quickening speed.

The day’s plunge began after Goldman Sachs released a bearish oil report Sunday night predicting that the American price benchmark, which dropped to about $46 a barrel on Monday, would fall to $41 in three months and $39 in six months — before recovering to $65 by the end of the year.   MORE


Former German leader calls for "United States of Europe"

Forward by Bob Barney: Readers of the The Plain Truth are well aware of our position that Europe will be the last great revival of the Holy Roman Empire. Herbert W Armstrong coined the term "The United States of Europe" in the 50's and was laughed at! It's going to happen - your Bible says so (if you know where to look). Now all we are waiting for is a worldwide depression and the emergence of another Hitler type and the end will be near.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Sunday called for the creation of a "United States of Europe," saying the bloc needed a common government to avoid future economic crises.

Schroeder, a Social Democrat who ran the country from 1998 to 2005, said in an interview with Der Spiegel that European Union leaders were wrong to expect the euro to drive the bloc on its own.

"The current crisis makes it relentlessly clear that we cannot have a common currency zone without a common fiscal, economic and social policy," Schroeder said.

He added: "We will have to give up national sovereignty."   MORE>>>>>>>

Europe: A New Superpower on the Rise

article by Melvin Rhodes

From: The Good News Magazine

Now that the Lisbon Treaty has gained final approval by all 27 EU member nations, 2010 promises to be a significant year for the European Union. Ever since the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century, Europeans have dreamed of uniting their continent. Is this long dream about to be fulfilled? Are we seeing the birth of a new superpower foretold in Bible prophecy?

Europe: A New Superpower on the Rise

I first heard about the Common Market in the early 1960s. The British conservative government of Harold Macmillan, encouraged by U.S. President John Kennedy, applied to join in 1962. French President Charles de Gaulle replied with a resounding "Non!"

Britain at the time was going through fundamental changes. It was dismantling its empire after four centuries of looking beyond Europe to the wider world. In the words of the former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson in the same year, "Britain has lost an empire and not yet found a role."

In the middle of the tumultuous decade of the 1960s, "pirate" radio ships started broadcasting a steady diet of pop music into Great Britain. They were situated outside of what was then a three-mile limit, thus outside of U.K. government control.

British radio was seriously limited. Only three radio stations existed, none of them commercial, and the content was fairly strictly controlled. The "pirate" stations offered nonstop contemporary music, which automatically gave them a wider audience. They were financed by commercials. This was their big weakness, as the British government found a way to ban them by prosecuting advertisers. On Aug. 15, 1967, they all closed down.

But not before a strong spiritual message had gone out across the country. A radio program called The World Tomorrow taught the Bible like I'd never heard it explained before.

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Clay seals prove that biblical accounts of King David and Solomon are correct

image from centuries, scholars have either dismissed King David and King Solomon as mythological figures, or disputed the era in which they ruled over the Israelites, as told in the Bible.

But the discovery of six official clay seals may finally prove that there was a ruler in the region during the 9th and 10th century BC.

Although the bullae don't directly reference David or Solomon, they do suggest the presence of a government and political activity during their respective supposed reigns.

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STUDY: Carbon dioxide emissions help rainforests grow faster...

Tropical forests are growing faster than scientists thought due to rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

A Nasa-led study has found that tropical forests are absorbing 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year as they photosynthesise and grow.

And this is far more than is absorbed by the vast areas of boreal forest that encircle the Arctic.

Trees and plants in tropical forests (stock image) are absorbing 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. The researchers claim their findings show that rainforests are essential for soaking up excess greenhouse gases, and play a far greater role than had been previously realised
Trees and plants in tropical forests (stock image) are absorbing 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. The researchers claim their findings show that rainforests are essential for soaking up excess greenhouse gases, and play a far greater role than had been previously realised

The researchers claim their findings show that rainforests like the Amazon are essential for soaking up excess greenhouse gases, and play a far greater role than had been previously realised.

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ALSO: Earth's sea ice expands to record high... 

A General’s Regrets..Review: Daniel P. Bolger's 'Why We Lost'

Book Review

Militants from the al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) celebrate the group's declaration of an Islamic state, in Fallujah
BY:   —  January 3, 2015 5:00 am

Daniel P. Bolger’s Why We Lost starts off as a bracing confessional:  “I am a United States Army General, and I lost the Global War on terrorism.  It’s like Alcoholics Anonymous; step one is admitting you have a problem.  Well, I have a problem.  So do my peers.” MORE:A General’s Regrets

What Went Wrong in Afghanistan

Review: Jack Fairweather's 'The Good War'

An Afghan farmer works on a poppy field in the Khogyani district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan
BY:   —  January 3, 2015 5:00 am

What, for over thirteen years, have we been doing in Afghanistan? What have we been fighting for? What has gone so wrong?

Jack Fairweather, in his book, The Good War: Why We Couldn’t Win the War or the Peace in Afghanistan,attempts to address these questions.  A former foreign correspondent for both the Daily Telegraph and theWashington Post, Mr. Fairweather brings a storyteller’s touch to a modern history of Afghanistan that will be of interest to history buffs, conflict connoisseurs, and—as Mr. Fairweather hopes most—policy-makers reflecting on what has happened. Read More: What Went Wrong in Afghanistan

Meet the Arab Christians who want to fight for Israel

The Story the American Media Doesn't Report

image from in front of the family Christmas tree dressed in military fatigues, Amir Shalayan seemed in no doubt about his identity.


“When you go back back in religion, I consider myself a real Jew,” he said, unabashed by the non-Jewish festive decorations in his living room. “Jesus was Jewish and he was observing the Shabbat (Jewish sabbath).”


Mr Shalayan is in fact an Arab Christian, a category he refers to as “Aramean”, but his strong identification with the Jewish faith is offered as explanation for his keen army service. It also accounts for his vocal support of legislation that envisages officially declaring Israel a Jewish state - despite the presence within its borders of around 1.7 million Arabs, including 161,000 Christians, more than 20 per cent of the population.



Why Christians Don’t Celebrate New Year’s

This is apparently the actual ball which will ...This is apparently the actual ball which will drop in Times Square signifying the start of 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Millions keep New Year’s without knowing why—or where it originated. While some question its observance, of course most see nothing wrong with such a celebration. Have you ever considered—much less investigated—why you believe and practice what you do?

January 1st, the stroke of midnight: Phil and Julia party like there is no tomorrow, on a ballroom dance floor crowded with men in tuxedoes and women in evening gowns.

Ralph, feeling happy and warm, weaves through traffic, while drunk behind the wheel of a potential killing machine, oblivious to the danger he presents to himself and to others. Todd and Mara, strangers who have just met, exchange kisses while dancing to 120 beats per minute in a dark nightclub. Fred runs outside his house, points his pistol into the air, and fires off a few rounds. Marta sits on a bench in a cold cathedral and whispers the same prayer over and over again. Susan sits at home watching television and envies the masses that crowd together at Times Square and wishes she was there, anywhere, instead of home alone on New Year’s.

And yet there are a few others scattered around the world who will not be out on New Year’s Eve. They will not be partying on a ballroom dance floor, or drinking and driving, or exchanging illicit kisses with strangers, or firing pistols into the air, or sitting beside other professing Christians, praying by rote. And they will not be sitting at home alone, wishing they were out and about with the rest of the world, ringing in the new year. Instead, they will treat New Year’s like just another ordinary day.


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