The Passion 2014 Atlanta Conference kicked off at Philips Arena in Atlanta Friday with over 20,000 university students attending the two-day event from around the world. Students from over 1,200 universities and 33 countries attended this year’s Passion conference in Atlanta. This is the first of Passion’s two large-scale gatherings this year in North America for 18-25 year olds. Passion 2014 Houston will be held on February 14-15 at the Toyota Center. Passion 2014 brings together several internationally renowned pastors, teachers and worship leaders. Joining Passion founders Louie and Shelley Giglio in Atlanta will be John Piper, Christine Caine, and Francis Chan. Grammy award winning artists and worship leaders Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman, are slated to lead worship, along with David Crowder, Kristian Stanfill, Christy Nockels and Hillsong United.
Even with so many well-known speakers and musicians participating, organizers insist that Passion is more than simply a conference or an event. Rather, it is a call for “saying goodbye to lesser things and saying yes to the One whose name is above every name,” a theme that is stated on the Passion website and often echoed by the speakers. ”Passion is about the Jesus Generation uniting for His fame,” said Louie Giglio, founder of the Passion movement and pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta. “At the heart of it all, Passion exists to see a generation stake their lives on what matters most. For us, that is the fame of the One who rescues and restores, and the privilege we have to fully leverage our lives by amplifying His name in everything we do.” Passion’s core scripture, Isaiah 26:8, states: “Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” ”Passion is about the Jesus Generation uniting for His fame,” said Louie Giglio, founder of the Passion movement and pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta. “At the heart of it all, Passion exists to see a generation stake their lives on what matters most. For us, that is the fame of the One who rescues and restores, and the privilege we have to fully leverage our lives by amplifying His name in everything we do.” Passion’s core scripture, Isaiah 26:8, states: “Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” Christian Post
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said “extreme conservatives” don’t fit in with most New Yorkers. ”If they are extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York,” Cuomo said in a radio interview Friday. Cuomo defined “extreme conservatism” as being “anti-gay” by opposing same-sex marriage rights, opposed to abortion rights and favoring legalization of assault weapons. Maybe someone like Buffalo’s Carl Paladino, although Cuomo did not name names. But Paladino isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the Buffalo businessman and conservative who lost to Cuomo in the 2010 election has threatened to campaign not just against Cuomo but against the moderate Republican lawmakers in Albany whom Cuomo says belong in New York’s tent. Paladino called Cuomo’s remarks the thinking of “a liberal elitist … who thinks New York is his little play toy.” ”I think it’s Andrew Cuomo just illustrating what kind of person he is. He doesn’t want any debate. He’s narcissistic. He doesn’t believe in debate or opposition,” Paladino told The Buffalo News. Cuomo, speaking on public radio’s “The Capitol Pressroom” show, said Republicans have to decide if they are “extreme conservatives who are right to life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay.” The examples he gave of “moderate” Republicans include Republicans who partially control the state Senate and the administration of former Gov. George Pataki, who beat Cuomo’s father, Mario Cuomo, in the 1994 gubernatorial election. The governor made his remarks while discussing what he called a power struggle within the state Republican Party between its conservative and moderate wings. ”They are searching to find their soul,” he said of GOP leaders on both sides. ”Moderate Republicans have a place in this state,” said Cuomo, adding that he has cut deals with such moderates in the Legislature on an assortment of social and fiscal matters for the past three years. The head of the Conservative Party called Cuomo’s rhetoric over the top.
“For him to try to paint people who have different points of view that they are odd and extreme, I think is bad language for the governor of the state of New York,” said Michael Long, chairman of the state Conservative Party. Long said he also found it curious that Cuomo’s comments came while talking about internal strife within the Republican Party when Cuomo’s own Democratic Party has its battles between moderate and left-leaning elements. ”I guess the governor believes if you don’t believe the way he does, there’s not room in what he thinks is his state. I believe this state is made up of men and women from Niagara Falls to Montauk Point who have all sorts of views, some who believe in the Second Amendment, some who believe in traditional marriage, some who believe government, especially in New York state, spends too much money and taxes are too high,” Long said. On the issue of campaign finance, Cuomo dismissed as “baloney” issues about how he raised $33.3 million in re-election funds, much of it from deep pocket donors. The New York Public Interest Research group said Thursday that 45 percent of the money Cuomo has raised the past three years came from people and entities giving more than $40,000 apiece. ”I don’t care if someone gave me a ton of money or gave me no money. It makes no difference,” Cuomo said. GOPUSA
A North Carolina law that made women who wanted an abortion get an ultrasound, and then have the image described to them, is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Friday. ”The Supreme Court has never held that a state has the power to compel a health care provider to speak, in his or her own voice, the state’s ideological message in favor of carrying a pregnancy to term and this court declines to do so today,” U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles said in her ruling. The law required abortion providers to perform an ultrasound and place the image in the woman’s line of sight. The fetus would then be described in detail, even if the woman asked the provider not to. Supporters of the law had argued that it would promote childbirth. The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups that brought the lawsuit praised the judge’s decision. ”Today’s court ruling protects the rights of women and their doctors from the ideological agenda of extremist lawmakers,” said Jennifer Rudinger, executive director of the ACLU of North Carolina. Oklahoma lost a similar fight in its own effort to require health care providers to perform an ultrasound before terminating a pregnancy. The U.S. Supreme Court in November refused to accept Oklahoma’s appeal over the law, which lower state courts had found unconstitutional. CNN
Writing for the Atlantic Council, a prominent think tank based in Washington DC, Harlan K. Ullman warns that an “extraordinary crisis” is needed to preserve the “new world order,” which is under threat of being derailed by non-state actors like Edward Snowden. The Atlantic Council is considered to be a highly influential organization with close ties to major policy makers across the world. It’s headed up by Gen. Brent Scowcroft, former United States National Security Advisor under U.S. Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush. Snowcroft has also advised President Barack Obama. Harlan K. Ullman was the principal author of the “shock and awe” doctrine and is now Chairman of the Killowen Group which advises government leaders. In an article entitled War on Terror Is not the Only Threat, Ullman asserts that, “tectonic changes are reshaping the international geostrategic system,” arguing that it’s not military superpowers like China but “non-state actors” like Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning and anonymous hackers who pose the biggest threat to the “365 year-old Westphalian system” because they are encouraging individuals to become self-empowered, eviscerating state control. “Very few have taken note and fewer have acted on this realization,” notes Ullman, lamenting that “information revolution and instantaneous global communications” are thwarting the “new world order” announced by U.S. President George H.W. Bush more than two decades ago.
“Without an extraordinary crisis, little is likely to be done to reverse or limit the damage imposed by failed or failing governance,” writes Ullman, implying that only another 9/11-style cataclysm will enable the state to re-assert its dominance while “containing, reducing and eliminating the dangers posed by newly empowered non-state actors.” Ullman concludes that the elimination of non-state actors and empowered individuals “must be done” in order to preserve the new world order. A summary of their material suggests that the Atlantic Council’s definition of a “new world order” is a global technocracy run by a fusion of big government and big business under which individuality is replaced by transhumanist singularity. Ullman’s rhetoric sounds somewhat similar to that espoused by Trilateral Commission co-founder and regular Bilderberg attendee Zbigniew Brzezinski, who in 2010 told a Council on Foreign Relations meeting that a “global political awakening,” in combination with infighting amongst the elite, was threatening to derail the move towards a one world government. Ullman’s implied call for an “extraordinary crisis” to reinvigorate support for state power and big government has eerie shades of the Project For a New American Century’s 1997 lament that “absent some catastrophic catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor,” an expansion of U.S. militarism would have been impossible. In 2012, Patrick Clawson, member of the influential pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) think tank, also suggested that the United States should launch a staged provocation to start a war with Iran. Ullman’s concern over failing state institutions having their influence eroded by empowered individuals, primarily via the Internet, is yet another sign that the elite is panicking over the “global political awakening” that has most recently expressed itself via the actions of people like Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and their growing legion of supporters. INFO WARS
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