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Consumer-driven pastors are so predictable…

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With the release of the Pokemon GO! phenomena sweeping the globe, we anticipated that sooner or later there would be seeker-driven churches once again relying on worldly methods to try and draw a crowd of people to church. Rather than “contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3), their latest approach as usual, will be entirely man-centered rather than Christ-centered.

The Super Apostle of the Purpose-Driven Life movement is also stooping to rely on the foolishness of this world to “win souls” to Jesus. Yes. Rick Warren is using Pokemon GO! to get people to church. Rick  Warren doesn’t rely on the power of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit to draw people to be saved. He’s relying on the latest gimmick, exchanging the power of God for the latest popular fad?

We ask this question of you Rick Warren. Is “seeking and finding”…

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Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2 (NASB)

The growing apostasy in the Church in our time is actually the culmination of decades of poor, man-centered doctrine within our churches and ministries coupled with relentless assaults of liberalism by unbelieving believers bent on remaking Christianity into a politically correct social institution. Those people behind this see Christianity as just another religion. Since these people have the appearance of godliness, but deny its power, their motives for this could not be to partake of what they are denying, therefore, we must assume that they see the fulfillment of their spiritual journey elsewhere. They refuse to say that Jesus is Lord…

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Strangers in Jenner, Pokémon, Kardashian Country

Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

KardashiansWe love our entertainment in America and it’s so easy to waste a lot of time. But perhaps more important is a fact most people do not seem to realize: how we spend our time affects both soul and spirit, either drawing us closer to God or further away.

It’s the ‘hours of influence’ principle which in early computer days was known as “garbage in, garbage out.” It’s easier to reprogram a computer than it is our minds, which the Bible says we are to renew (Rom. 12:2).

Christians are to be set apart, striving for holiness instead of happiness and godliness instead of ungodly pursuits. We should stand out from the world and shine light in the darkness, not participate in its deeds (Eph. 5:11).

Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus:

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,

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At the root of hypocrisy is pride the antithesis of humility

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

18 Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before stumbling. (Proverbs 16:18 NASB)

At the root of hypocrisy is pride the antithesis of humility, which is exemplified for us by Paul’s attitude to the Ephesian church in Ephesians 3:8. On the other hand, pride is absolutely never portrayed in the Bible in a positive way. Never is pride tolerated. Never is it praised as it is today. However, in the visible church in our time don’t we hear sermons and read teachings about “positive pride” and the building up of self or the searching inside to find the real “you” that God is deeply in love with and only wants you to find it so He can show you what a fantastic you that you really are? Well, I have a Greek word for that, σκύβαλον. In any case, let’s look at the Greek words in…

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July 21, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The number of applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, reaching a three-month low, indicating the labor market remains steady. Initial jobless claims dropped by 1,000 to 253,000 in the week ended July 16.

A $100 million bet says that thousands of Texans will abandon cars and pick-ups for a needle-nosed bullet train that zips past cattle and ranches to deliver riders from Dallas to Houston in 90 minutes — a third of the time required to drive. The Texas Central Railway is only a virtual train, as almost all the $12 billion for the nation’s first privately financed high-speed rail line has yet to materialize, not to mention the land it would require.

It’s getting harder for corporate debt investors to avoid the volume of negative yielding bonds that are now pouring into credit markets. Investors are holding about $512 billion of investment-grade company bonds with yields below zero, an eleven-fold increase on the start of the year,

Temperatures on the Antarctic Peninsula have reversed course, dropping by an average of about 0.5 degree Celsius per decade since the late 1990s while the rest of the world experienced record heat.

Southwest Airlines Co. said technical disruptions grounded some planes, blocked use of its website and prevented travelers from checking in for flights Wednesday. Intermittent issues with “multiple technology systems” started in the afternoon. The problems forced Southwest to ground flights that hadn’t left their airport gates, and to manually process some customers.

AP Top Stories

The gunman who killed three police officers and wounded three others in Louisiana’s capital, Baton Rouge, on Sunday reportedly suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

A video emerged online on Wednesday showing the moments before an unarmed black Florida man was shot by police as he lay in a street with his hands up next to an autistic patient whom he was trying to help. Behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey was hospitalized after he was shot three times in the leg by a North Miami police officer during an incident on Monday

A federal judge is hinting he might issue a ruling forcing the government to stop asking people to declare whether they are male or female to get a passport because of a challenge by a Colorado Navy veteran who doesn’t identify with either gender.

Turkey faced fresh accusations it was flouting the rule of law with its purge of 50,000 people after an attempted coup, as the president gathered security chiefs Wednesday for the first time since the putsch.

A mountain goat in Alaska jumped into the ocean and drowned while trying to escape crowds trying to take its picture.

Gunmen killed eight fishermen in the popular Mexican surf resort of Puerto Escondido late on Monday, prosecutors said, in a rare shooting for a part of the country that has largely avoided serious gang violence.

The holders of the third and final winning ticket from January’s record-smashing Powerball jackpot have finally been identified.

Months after three lottery players matched six lucky numbers in the $1.6 billion drawing, officials revealed Tuesday that Southern California couple Marvin and Mae Acosta came forward Friday to claim their prize. All $528.8 million of it. “We have committed nearly all of this new resource to a trust and to charities that are important to us,” the couple said. “While we are very grateful for the wonderful wishes and encouragement we’ve received, it is not our intention to become public figures, and we ask for and appreciate privacy going forward.”

The fatal shooting of a Kansas City, Kansas, police officer was not part of a planned ambush, but the work of “another criminal” trying to evade arrest, authorities said Wednesday.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack onboard a train in Germany Tuesday that left three people seriously injured, according to the terrorist group’s news agency.

Singapore said Thursday it had seized nearly $180 million linked to scandal-tainted Malaysian state fund 1MDB, raising the pressure a day after Washington moved to grab more than $1 billion in assets over “enormous” fraud.

A 13-year-old from Missouri surrendered to police Wednesday morning after an elderly couple in their 70s were shot and critically wounded at a beauty supply store following a suspected shoplifting.

BBC

Russian track and field athletes will remain banned from the Olympics following claims the country ran a state-sponsored doping program.

Turkey’s president has declared a state of emergency for three months following Friday night’s failed army coup.

US authorities have charged a Ukrainian man alleged to be the mastermind of the world’s biggest online piracy website.

The bodies of 22 people have been found on a migrant dinghy in the Mediterranean, the aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said. More than 200 survivors who were on the dinghy have been transferred to a boat operated by MSF. There were 50 children among them.

WND

A new 21st century map of the human brain contains 180 distinct areas in each hemisphere, including 97 previously undiscovered territories.

Israeli rabbis who are both Zionist and ultra-Orthodox have published a letter opposing Thursday’s gay pride parade in Jerusalem, calling the event a “parade of abomination.”


Top News – 7/21/2016

Goodlatte, Chaffetz Request Perjury Investigation of Hillary Clinton
“The evidence collected by the FBI during its investigation of Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email system appears to directly contradict several aspects of her sworn testimony. In light of those contradictions, the Department should investigate and determine whether to prosecute Secretary Clinton for violating statutes that prohibit perjury and false statements to Congress…

Japan Orders Hundreds Of Missiles, Helicopters, As China Flexes Muscles
The U.S. approved Japan’s request to buy hundreds of anti-aircraft missiles Tuesday, a sale that could be worth as much as $821 million. The U.S. Navy announced earlier this week that four more Bell V-22 Osprey helicopters will be delivered to Japan in the next four years. Japan is eligible to purchase up to 246 SM-2 Block IIIB Standard missiles from U.S. defense manufacturer Raytheon. The missiles “will be used for anti-air warfare at sea,”

Italy will DESTROY EU: Warning as Italian referendum to spark euro economic APOCALYPSE
ITALY is on the brink of financial and political meltdown as the leader of the Eurozone’s third-largest economy tinkers on the edge of career suicide, plunging the already beleaguered European Union into fresh chaos.

Bosses fired woman for refusing to remove her veil – and court backs them
The woman, who converted to Islam and started wearing a full face-covering headscarf in the law offices where she worked, had sued bosses over her sacking.

Mike Pence: ‘I’m a Christian, a Conservative, and a Republican, in That Order’
Pence, he told delegates at the convention, is “a man of solid character who sees public service as a calling, not a career.” “This man is a Reagan conservative through and through, pro-growth, pro-life, pro-strong defense,” said Ryan of the father of three.

Erdogan to world leaders: Mind your own business
“The world is not just the EU,” Erdogan retorted, “the death penalty exists in countries like the US, in Russia, and in China.” The Turkish President didn’t withhold his ire from his French and Egyptian critics either. To the French Foreign Minister, who has harshly denounced the “purge”, the President offered advice that he should “deal with the French’s own problems and stay out of our business.”

Report: Trump raises new questions about commitment to NATO allies
Trump was quoted as saying he would force allies to shoulder defense costs that the United States has borne for decades, cancel longstanding treaties he views as unfavorable, and redefine what it means to be a partner of the United States.

Rate of new HIV infections increased in 74 countries over past decade
A major new analysis reveals that although deaths from HIV/AIDS have been steadily declining from a peak in 2005, 2.5 million people worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2015, a number that hasn’t changed substantially in the past 10 years.

Short, sharp earthquake jolts Central California
A short earthquake rattled Central California, but there are no reports of injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 4.2 magnitude quake struck Tuesday afternoon and was centered 9 miles southeast of Ridgemark.

U.S.-backed Syrian force gives Islamic State 48 hours to leave Manbij
A U.S.-backed force fighting to drive Islamic State out of Manbij said on Thursday it was giving the jihadist group 48 hours to pull out of the surrounded northern Syrian city. A statement from the Manbij Military Council said the Islamic State militants would be allowed to leave the city with light weapons, without a fight.

Turkish academics ‘very scared’ as government imposes travel ban
Israeli and Western researchers involved with Turkey’s academia told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that Turkish academics are living in fear, since the government implemented a travel ban in the aftermath of the recent coup attempt. Academics were banned from traveling abroad on Wednesday in what a Turkish official said was a temporary measure to prevent the risk of alleged coup plotters in universities from fleeing.

‘Palestinians, Sudan working to restrain Israeli breakthrough in Africa’
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki announced on Wednesday that the Palestinian Authority and Sudan are coordinating to “restrain Israeli movements” in the African continent. “President Mahmoud Abbas and his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir discussed developing a strategy for the African continent and coordinating to restrain Israeli attempts to make a breakthrough in Africa,” the Palestinian foreign minister…

Global Warming Expedition Stopped In Its Tracks By Arctic Sea Ice
A group of adventurers, sailors, pilots and climate scientists that recently started a journey around the North Pole in an effort to show the lack of ice, has been blocked from further travels by ice.

“My Own People Hate Me!” – Black Brooklyn Cop Slams “False Narrative Of Black Lives Matter”
I have come to realize something that is still hard for me to understand to this day. The following may be a shock to some coming from an African American, but the mere fact that it may be shocking to some is prima facie evidence of the sad state of affairs that we are in as Humans.

Iraq’s ‘Black Devils’ strike fear in the ISIS terrorists they hunt
Within the Kurdish people’s rugged army is an elite unit that specializes in rooting out ISIS sleeper cells and responds first when the black-clad jihadist army strikes in northern Iraq’s no-man’s land. They are called the “Black Devils” by the terrorists they hunt, and they embrace the name.

Federal Debt Tops $19,400,000,000,000
The federal debt moved above $19,400,000,000,000 for the first time as of the close of business on Tuesday, according to the data released today by the U.S. Treasury.

Rev. Graham: America ‘Is Beginning to Implode, We’re On The Precipice of Anarchy’
Evangelist Franklin Graham held a prayer rally in Cleveland before the start of the Republican National Convention during which he said the nation is in trouble, the nation has ejected God from the public square, “and our country is beginning to implode,” that we are “on the precipice of anarchy.


Top Headlines – 7/21/2016

  • Global stocks nurse nine-month highs before ECB meeting (Read More)
  • Kuroda Says No Need and No Possibility for Helicopter Money (Read More)
  • As Republican Party tries to heal wounds, discord rules at convention (Read More)
  • GOP Divided as Cruz Snubs Trump (Read More)
  • Trump Chooses War With Cruz at Convention Aimed at Unification (Read More)
  • Trump considering fracking mogul Harold Hamm as energy secretary (Read More)
  • Turkey says no return to past repression despite state of emergency (Read More)
  • UK says unlikely to trigger formal EU divorce before year end (Read More)
  • Citadel Hiring About 17 Portfolio Managers From Shuttered Hedge Fund Visium (Read More)
  • Goldman Sachs under spotlight in Malaysian fund scandal (Read More)
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk Announces Heavy Truck, Ride Sharing Fleet of Cars (Read More)
  • France orders Nice policing inquiry after July 14 attack (Read More)
  • Another First for S&P 500 as Record Comes With Yuan in Reverse (Read More)
  • Komatsu to buy U.S. mining equipment rival Joy Global in $3.7 billion deal (Read More)
  • Cryptocurrency Platform Ethereum Gets a Controversial Update (Read More)
  • Exxon Grabs Reins in InterOil Hunt as Rivals Bow Out of Deal (Read More)
  • Son of Bangladesh opposition leader gets seven-year jail term for money laundering (Read More)
  • Chinese Private Equity Funds Are Taking on the World’s Giants (Read More)

Turkey’s Erdogan declares state of emergency after coup bid

Turkey detains more judges and military officers

Turkey blocks access to WikiLeaks after release of 300k govt emails over post-coup purges

Turkey’s Erdogan says foreign states maybe involved in failed coup

Erdogan to world leaders: Mind your own business

Did Turkey help Gaza terrorists fire rockets at Israel?

Hezbollah says Golan explosions caused by Nusra Front rocket fire

Israeli Jet Reportedly Strikes Syrian Army Near Golan, Rebels Say

Hamas sentences three ‘spies for Israel’ to death

Palestinian organization blasts latest Hamas death sentences

Dore Gold: The way it is now, peace talks won’t go very far

Top Trump advisor: Settlement annexation legitimate if PA continues to avoid real peace

Knesset approves controversial law to remove lawmakers from office

Israel renews ties with largely Muslim nation Guinea, part of growing courtship of Africa

Largest French aliya flight of summer lands in Israel

Iraq’s ‘Black Devils’ strike fear in the ISIS terrorists they hunt

Kerry warns of new challenge in securing Iraq after ISIS

Germany fears more ‘lone wolf’ attacks after train rampage

South Sudan government rejects foreign troops, backs protest

In New Threats to West, Iran Prepares Plans to Build Uranium-Enrichment Plant, Boasts Increased War Games

UN chief: Make sure Iran nuclear deal benefits Iranian people

North Korean radio broadcasts string of random numbers

Republicans rattled by fall of Roger Ailes, party’s wizard behind the curtain

Ted Cruz refuses to endorse Trump, receives thunderous boos from RNC crowd

Mike Pence bid for Republican unity marred by clashes on convention floor

Hillary Clinton Hatred Remains Unifying Theme of Third GOP Convention Night

Cleveland Police: Protester Lights Himself On Fire While Trying To Burn American Flag

Trump could seek new law to purge government of Obama appointees

Trump says he might not protect NATO countries against Russia

Theresa May meets Angela Merkel, says UK seeks ‘sensible,’ ‘orderly’ Brexit

Federal Debt Tops $19,400,000,000,000

Hungry Venezuelans cry at the sight of food, as economic crisis deepens

The world’s fastest consumer drone can record 4K video at 85 miles per hour

‘Pokemon Go’ concerns prompt Japan to issue safety guidelines

Mysterious Daily Booms Have Small Town in California Looking to the Sky, Spawn Alien Theories

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Dili, East Timor

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Tenggar Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

At least 75 dead, missing in recent China flooding

Iraq heat wave sends temperatures up to 124 degrees Fahrenheit

A Dangerous and Deadly Heat Wave Is Scorching the Midwest

Global Warming Expedition Stopped In Its Tracks By Arctic Sea Ice

Storage device writes information atom-by-atom

These Physicists Want to Send Your DNA Into Space With Lasers

Intersex person who was denied a passport over gender designation sues U.S. government

Transgender student sues Wisconsin school district over bathroom access

Under unprecedented security, Jerusalem gears up for gay pride march

Jerusalem mayor says he’ll avoid pride parade to not offend religious

Leading rabbis champion peer who called LGBTs ‘deviants’

After rabbi’s anti-gay comments, Ya’alon warns of national religious ‘radicalization’

Church of England Increasingly Divided over Same-Sex Marriage

Christian Students in China Barred From Going to College Unless They Stop Going to Church

Rev. Graham: America ‘Is Beginning to Implode, We’re On The Precipice of Anarchy’

Thousands of Muslims Converting to Christianity in Bangladesh Despite Rising Persecution

TBN’s Holy Land Experience to unload furniture, statues amid financial turmoil

Newport Beach Estate Once Owned by TBN For Sale at $4.6 million

Jan Crouch Left A Personal Net Worth Estimated at $50 million

You Can’t Make this Stuff Up – Churches Are Using Pokémon Go as Evangelism Tool

Thousands of Muslims Converting to Christianity in Bangladesh Despite Rising Persecution

New Post – Let Priest-craft Float Away!

Youth pastor arrested, charged with sexually assaulting teenager

Illinois pastor charged with burglarizing church

Bill Johnson’s Feelings Hurt For Being Called ‘False Teacher’

A Bad Rap (About Tithing)

Christian Zionism Is Not The Gospel of Jesus Christ!


World View Weekend Update


WVW-TV Presents: One of the Most Important TV Programs We Have Produced. Black Lives Matter: Muslims & Marxists Agitating For Guerrilla Warfare

The Black Panthers, Nation of Islam, CAIR, and Black Lives Matter are all united in their hatred of America, hatred of capitalism, hatred of Police, hatred of law and order, hatred of Christianity, and their desire for revolution. Brannon will read from FBI reports going back to the 1960s that reveal the tactics we are seeing in 2016 are right out of the Communist/Marxist playbook. Topic: Did you know that while Campaigning for president Obama appeared with and marched with the Black Panthers? Do you know the worldview of the Black Panthers?Topic: Attorney General Eric Holder refused to prosecute the Black Panthers for voter intimidation and was even involved in giving a pardon to Weather Underground members that the FBI declared terrorists for their war on America and police.

Topic: Muslims and Marxists have infiltrated the American governments at high levels and many of them are agitating for conflict in order to blame it on Capitalism. Brannon explains the connection between communism, black lives matter & murder of cops. The murder of cops today goes back to communists, Students for a Democratic Society or SDS and the weather underground of the 1960s and 1970s and their goal of a Communist revolution in America.

Topic: Communists hate local police under local control but love a police state. Doubt this? Read their writings & praise of Cuba and the former USS. Topic: Four Communist stages of revolution.
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Worldview Radio: Today Brannon begins a look at the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers. The man in Baton Rouge that murdered 3 Police Officers and shot several others was a member of the Nation of Islam. But how much do you know about the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers and their past and present leaders? Topic: Learn about the worldview of Black Panther Stokely Carmichael and how he was praised by Jesse Jackson. Topic: How long have these groups been working to overthrow America and in what manner? How have these groups hijacked important racial issues? How and why have members of our government apparently allowed some of these groups or individuals to be successful and how will they use it for their globalist agenda? Topic: We take your calls.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-july-18-2016

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Obama’s Links to Pro-Terrorist Groups
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/obama-s-links-pro-terrorist-groups

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WVW-TV Presents: Refuting The False Claims of Islam’s Useful Idiots Within Evangelicalism (Part #3)

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/refuting-false-claims-islams-useful-idiots-within-evangelicalism-part-3

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WVW-TV Presents: The Sufficiency of Jesus Christ & How The Church of Rome Denies This Doctrine
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/wvw-tv-presents-sufficiency-jesus-christ-how-church-rome-denies-doctrine
Trump Battles Globalist Republicans

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/trump-battles-globalist-republicans

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Worldview Radio: Four Points To Remember When Watching The Fundamental Transformation of America and the World
1. Working theories are fluid and need to be developed in real time. 2. Pieces of the puzzle have already been built and are being built to complete the global governance puzzle when ready.(Brannon gives examples) 3. Globalist will allow the radical and violent dogs off the leash to further the conflict that produces the change. (Brannon gives examples) 4. The chaos and agitating is about the goal of destroying free-market capitalism, national sovereignty, and individual freedoms. (Brannon gives examples) Topic: We take your calls.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-july-19-2016

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Does Doctrine Matter Anymore?
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/does-doctrine-matter-anymore


19.4 Trillion Dollars In Debt – We Have Added 1.1 Trillion Dollars A Year To The National Debt Under Obama

Debt Debt And More Debt - Public DomainIn 2006, U.S. Senator Barack Obama’s voice thundered across the Senate floor as he boldly declared that “increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.”  That was one of the truest things that he ever said, but just a couple of years later he won the 2008 election and he turned his back on those principles.  As I write this article, the U.S. national debt is sitting at a grand total of $19,402,361,890,929.46.  But when Barack Obama first entered the White House, our federal government was only 10.6 trillion dollars in debt.  That means that we have added an average of 1.1 trillion dollars a year to the national debt under Obama, and we still have about six more months to go. (Read More….)


The War Behind Our Woe – Hal Lindsey

As we go deeper into the last days, we see a growing paradox concerning Satan. A smaller percentage of people in western nations believe in him than at any time in the last thousand years. And yet, his power, chutzpah, rebellious ways, and even his evil are celebrated as heroic throughout popular culture. With fewer and fewer taboos, the craving for forbidden fruit drives humanity lower and lower until finally it begins to praise this abominable embodiment of evil — Satan.

The Bible shows him intensifying his activities in the end times.

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Defiant Cruz stands by refusal to endorse Trump

Ted Cruz on Thursday strongly defended his refusal to endorse Donald Trump during his Republican National Convention speech, saying he’s not “in the habit” of backing politicians who attack his family.

“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” Cruz said at a morning meeting where he faced sharp questions from the Texas delegation in Cleveland.

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Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?

More generally, cell phone use plays a factor in one in four car accidents. Texting by pedestrians has grown into such a significant public safety concern that cities, campuses, and companies are taking measures to curb emergency room visits and even deaths from those “distracted while walking.”

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Voting for Hillary? It may cost your life

Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D., exposes Clinton’s plan to abolish private medicine

At some point in your life, you will be a patient needing medical care. Your very life may depend on the kind of care you receive. You need timely, accessible, affordable, quality medical care without long delays to see specialists, and a variety of specialists without denials due to third-party insurance or government “gatekeepers.”

In this presidential election, you will be choosing between polar opposites on many issues – national security, border integrity, Supreme Court appointments, strength of our military, the economy, jobs, trade and your medical care.

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A La Carte (July 21)

I have returned home from my week-long writer’s workshop in England. It was a very interesting time and at some point, perhaps on the other side of this jet lag, I’ll let you know about it. But for now, enjoy these articles:

Christian Audio $4.99 Sale

Christian Audio has a whole load of books at just $4.99 each and quite a few of them are even new releases. (Also, don’t forget about the bundle I created with them to get you started on a free trial membership).

CBMW’s New President

Yesterday CBMW announced that Denny Burk has become the new president. Here he talks about his vision for the organization.

Which Countries Have the Most Immigrants?

There’s lots of politicizing in this article, but also lots of interesting facts. Naturally, I found the comments about Canada especially interesting.

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Prayer

Melissa offers a few common sense tips on prioritizing prayer even as a busy mom.

As Seemed Best to Them…

And, on the subject of parenting, Nick Batzig offers some helpful thoughts as well. “Most of us would admit, if we were honest, that we often wish that the Scriptures were a detailed handbook for what to do in each and every interaction with our children. While the Bible speaks both directly and indirectly to every aspect of parenting, it does not give us a detailed checklist that–if husbands and wives would simply consult in each and every interaction with their children–would guarantee a favorable outcome.”

Back to the Early Church?

“While there were some great things happening then, I’m not so sure that I am eager to get back to the early church days. They, too, had their problems. Here are a few reasons why we might put the brakes on the glamorization of the early church.”

When We Say, “I Forgive You”

“What do we mean we say, ‘I forgive you’? More importantly, do we mean what the Bible means? When we really dig into Scripture’s teaching on forgiveness, we find that it stretches and challenges us, forcing us into the uncomfortable territory of being more like Jesus.”

This Day in 1936. 80 years ago today, American missionary to the Congo, Bill Chesney, was born. He would be martyred by rebel groups at the age of 28. *

Why Red Light Cameras Don’t Work

Or, at least, why they aren’t an awfully good solution overall.

Flashback: 7 Different Ways to Read a Book

Just like the title says: Here are 7 different ways to approach a book.

MacArthur

The single greatest support of truth in your preaching is the power of an exemplary life. —John MacArthur


Muslim Revial in UK? Muslim Refugees Turning to Christ

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 09:35 AM PDT

Is the United Kingdom witnessing the beginning of a revival among it’s Muslim population? According to a report from CBN, Muslims seeking asylum in the UK are…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS: Iran left with no choice but to confront the US

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 09:23 AM PDT

Iran is left with no choice but to confront the US, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani warned Wednesday. Iran’s Press TV quoted Larijani as issuing…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

China Sees 75 Dead Or Missing In Worst Flooding In Years

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 09:20 AM PDT

It seems like China can’t catch a break lately with all the devastating flooding they have received. Now reports coming out of that region are…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Brazilian police arrest 10 suspected of planning terrorist acts during Olympics

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 09:09 AM PDT

Ten suspects have been arrested by Brazilian police in regards to plotting terrorist acts during the Olympics. According to officials there, The group was motivated by…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Ground collapses in Russia creating enormous crater in the Earth

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 08:43 AM PDT

Russia is definitely not exempt from large sinkholes and one report coming from this region is giving evidence of such. A large 15 meters wide…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Three-Month State of Emergency in Turkey as Purge Continues!

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 08:35 AM PDT

The purge continues in Turkey as we are now receiving reports that 2 Constitutional Court judges have been arrested in Turkey, and  all military judges…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Mysterious Mass Die-Off, 70 Pilot Whales Wash Ashore In Chile

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 08:26 AM PDT

The amount of marine life that has mysteriously washed ashore beaches around the world has become staggering and yet another report indicating that a mysterious whale mass die-off…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

ALERT: Earthquake Swarm In CA Has Produced 70 Quakes In 7 Days

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 08:19 AM PDT

UPDATE: In the last seven days, central California has been shaken by a continual “Earthquake Swarm” that has reportedly produced 70 small earthquakes. This swarm…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Twitter Executives Refuse to Answer Whether They Believe in Freedom of Speech

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 08:05 AM PDT

It’s really hard to believe that Facebook or Twitter truly believe in “Freedom of Speech” when we constantly hear about personal FB pages and Organizations…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Netanyahu Warns “We’ll stop transfer of weapons from Iran to Lebanon”

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 07:53 AM PDT

If Iran believes they will transfer weapons with ease to Lebanon, they better think again! That’s because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed on Tuesday…

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Human DNA sent into Space to ‘back-up’ species so we’re Never extinct

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 07:44 AM PDT

As fears mount the humanity’s time on Earth is limited, scientists are making contingency plans by setting up a cosmic CLOUD of human data. As…

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Man Accused Of Building Chemical Weapon Inside Walmart

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 07:35 AM PDT

I’ve seen a lot of strange things inside a Walmart store, but I have never seen someone building a chemical weapon inside one. But apparently,…

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Police Come Under Rifle Fire In Columbus, Ohio

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 07:24 AM PDT

We’re receiving reports out of Columbus, Ohio that Police officers have come under rifle fire. According to RT News, The incident prompted police to shut…

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Occult Music Festival Invades the Holy Land

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 07:19 AM PDT

(By Kehila News) If the name makes you think of Disneyland, you’re right. “Tomorrowland” is a theme section at Disneyland. The original Walt Disney, a…

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DEVELOPING: India Moves Nearly One Hundred Tanks, Troops to Chinese Border

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 07:23 PM PDT

While we have been focused on the Republican National Convention and the recent Police attacks in America, it appears that War may be on the…

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Could This Bizarre Winged Creature Be A Fairy, An Alien Or A Locust From The Book Of Revelation?

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 07:16 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) I wasn’t going to write about this. I was trained as an attorney and I am skeptical by nature, and so…

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Leading Rabbis Protest ‘Abomination’ of Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 07:08 PM PDT

Did you know that the city of Tel Aviv in Israel is one of the largest Homosexual hotspots in the world? In fact, According to…

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Dollar General sued for firing man over Sabbath

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 06:50 PM PDT

Dollar General Inc. must defend itself at trial against a Seventh-day Adventist store manager’s claim that the company failed to accommodate his religious beliefs when…

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Top Rabbis Claim Unmistakable Signs of Messiah Coming

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 06:44 PM PDT

We are seeing multiple signs of the coming of the Lord all around us from an increase of Wars and Rumors of Wars to Terrorism…

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19.4 Trillion Dollars In Debt – We Have Added 1.1 Trillion Dollars A Year To The National Debt Under Obama

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 06:29 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) In 2006, U.S. Senator Barack Obama’s voice thundered across the Senate floor as he boldly declared that “increasing America’s debt weakens…

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50,000 Gazan Youth Attend Hamas Summer Camps; Prepare For Jihad & Martyrdom

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 06:24 PM PDT

While children around the world spend their summer vacation at camp or enjoying time at the beach, the youth of Gaza are being prepped for…

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Is North Korea Preparing For a Sudden Attack?

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 06:17 PM PDT

North Korea has made headlines quite a bit as of lately and tonight they are back in the headlines once again as reports are indicating…

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Russians stocking up supplies as Fears Of War with NATO Circulate

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 02:19 PM PDT

War could very well be on the horizon, and Russian citizens across the country are making preparations as reports indicate stocking of essential supplies like…

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How The Government Takeover of America Has Already Started

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 02:06 PM PDT

(Reported By Jessilyn Justice) With a flourish of his pen, President Barack Obama initiated the beginnings of martial law—four years ago! Yet many American citizens…

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Sydney primary school bans clapping for the “Noise Sensitive”

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 02:01 PM PDT

The madness continues as a Sydney primary school has apparently banned clapping at an assembly, and insists that it be replaced with students “punching the air,…

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Earthquake swarm continues in California

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 12:18 PM PDT

A couple of days ago we reported on an earthquake swarm that has been occurring in Central California  that has been going on since July 17th and…

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Refugees Secretly Flooding Into US Cities

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 11:58 AM PDT

President Obama has been set on flooding the United States with Syrian refugees delivering 625 to U.S. cities in one week and crossing the 6,000 mark…

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Firefighters forced to remove police flag due to ‘extremist’ fears

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 11:39 AM PDT

Another pathetic and sad story is coming out of California today as a gathering of firefighters in Riverside County, California desired to respect Officers that…

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FBI Special Agent Omits God From Pledge of Allegiance

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 11:18 AM PDT

According to a report coming out today, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins sent a letter today to the FBI Louisiana Field Office tended to…

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L.A. Times Suggests Military Coup Against President Trump

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 11:07 AM PDT

Jamie Kirchick, writing in the Los Angeles Times, requests that readers should envision a military overthrow against a future President Donald Trump — and contends…

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U.S. to bake for days under enormous ‘heat dome’

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 10:57 AM PDT

The United States is about to experience some of the hottest temperatures of summer and will be sweltering for days. What’s being deemed as a…

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.


What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.


The Gospel In A Nutshell

Now, with regard to this rule of faith—that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend—it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief that there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth; that this Word is called His Son, and, under the name of God, was seen “in diverse manners” by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets, at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary, was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ; thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles; having been crucified, He rose again the third day; (then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father; sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe; will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises, and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire, after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened, together with the restoration of their flesh. This rule, as it will be proved, was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics.

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

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Resource Links

CanIKnowGod.com is a website inspired by LifesGreatestQuestion.com, with new content, images, audio and video that will help you understand more about who God is and how to know Him. The site is mobile responsive and has an infinite scroll which makes for a very user-friendly experience. After you indicate a decision on CanIKnowGod.com, you are directed to a page that details what it means to have a new and transformed life through Jesus Christ. There’s even a Facebook page for daily updates, encouragement and scripture sharing.

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30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

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Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.

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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

It is not just a handful of texts that teach the perseverance of the saints: the entire gospel sustains and confirms it. The Father has chosen them before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4), ordained them to eternal life (Acts 13:48), to be conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29). This election stands (Rom. 9:11; Heb. 6:17) and in due time carries with it the calling and justification and glorification (Rom. 8:30). Christ, in whom all the promises of God are Yes and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20), died for those who were given him by the Father (John 17:6, 12) in order that he might give them eternal life and not lose a single one of them (6:40; 17:2); he therefore gives them eternal life and they will never be lost in all eternity; no one will snatch them out of his hand (6:39; 10:28).

The Holy Spirit who regenerates them remains eternally with them (14:16) and seals them for the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). The covenant of grace is firm and confirmed with an oath (Heb. 6:16–18; 13:20), unbreakable like a marriage (Eph. 5:31–32), like a testament (Heb. 9:17), and by virtue of that covenant, God calls his elect. He inscribes the law upon their inmost being, puts his fear in their heart (Heb. 8:10; 10:14ff.), will not let them be tempted beyond their strength (1 Cor. 10:13), confirms and completes the good work he has begun in them (1 Cor. 1:9; Phil. 1:6), and keeps them for the return of Christ to receive the heavenly inheritance (1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:4–5).

In his intercession before the Father, Christ acts in such a way that their faith may not fail (Luke 22:32), that in the world they may be kept from the evil one (John 17:11, 20), that they may be saved for all times (Heb. 7:20), that their sins will be forgiven them (1 John 2:1), and that they may all be where he is to behold his glory (John 17:24). The benefits of Christ, which the Holy Spirit imparts to them, are all irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). Those who are called are also glorified (8:30). Those who are adopted as children are heirs of eternal life (8:17; Gal. 4:7). Those who believe have eternal life already here and now (John 3:16). That life itself, being eternal, cannot be lost. It cannot die since it cannot sin (1 John 3:9). Faith is a firm ground (Heb. 11:1), hope is an anchor (6:19) and does not disappoint us (Rom. 5:5), and love never ends (1 Cor. 13:8).

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation, volume 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008), 270.


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Answering Objections About the Problem of Evil and Suffering, Part 3

Apologetics for the Church

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Several other attempts have been made to address evil and suffering in our world.

  1. Non-Reality of Evil View—Some Eastern religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, deny that evil and suffering are any more than an illusion. By denying that evil and suffering are real, they attempt to avoid any dilemma between the deities in charge of the world and the way the world is. The problem for this view, however, is that the experience of suffering is universal and undeniable. Additionally, these same Eastern religions seek to end oppression and alleviate the very suffering that they deny exists. This is clearly self-refuting.
  2. Weakness of God View—This view argues that God does not overcome all evil because he cannot, even though he wants to. The advantage of this approach is that God cannot be held responsible for what happens in the world…

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Who is Fethullah Gulen, and was he the mastermind behind the failed Turkish coup? (Erdogan wants to put Gulen in prison & has arrested, fired or suspended 60,000 Turks believed to be Gulen’s supporters. Here’s the latest.)

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Who is Fethullah Gulen, and why is the leader of Turkey on a rampage to arrest him and tens of thousands of his followers?

Gulen, now 75, is a Turkish citizen, an Islamic cleric, and a long-time rival of Turkish President Recip Erdogan. He is currently living in exile in Pennsylvania.

In 2013, Time magazine named him one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” Describing him “the most potent advocate of moderation in the Muslim world,” Time said Gulen “preaches a message of tolerance that has won him admirers around the world.”

Others describe Gulen as a “cult leader.”

Erdogan says Gulen is the “mastermind” behind last Friday’s coup attempt. He is demanding the U.S. government extradite Gulen back to Turkey immediately.

Gulen strongly opposes Erdogan, but denies any involvement in last week’s violence and political intrigue.

Gulen “went into self-imposed exile when he moved from Turkey to the United States in 1999 and settled in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania,” reports

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Ted Cruz: It’s Not About You

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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Anyone who reads my articles, knows that I was for Ted Cruz until it was obvious to all that he had no chance.  I loved the fact that he professed his love for the Lord.

Tonight I realized for the first time, that Ted Cruz was not about fixing America. He was not about preserving the Constitution. He was not about securing our border for safety for all Americans.  Tonight I realized that Ted Cruz was about Ted Cruz.

I thought that perhaps he would encourage America to vote for Donald Trump, because not voting for him was, in essence, a vote for Hillary Clinton. The ramifications of a Clinton win this November are so disturbing, it is really hard to fathom.  She will immediately place a Marxist/Socialist on the SCOTUS and tip the scales for the progressives.

Clinton will annihilate the 2nd Amendment and a major gun grab…

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Works righteousness and boasting excluded

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

27 Ποῦ οὖν ἡ καύχησις; ἐξεκλείσθη. διὰ ποίου νόμου; τῶν ἔργων; οὐχί, ἀλλὰ διὰ νόμου πίστεως. 28 λογιζόμεθα γὰρ δικαιοῦσθαι πίστει ἄνθρωπον χωρὶς ἔργων νόμου. 29 ἢ Ἰουδαίων ὁ θεὸς μόνον; οὐχὶ καὶ ἐθνῶν; ναὶ καὶ ἐθνῶν, 30 εἴπερ εἷς ὁ θεὸς ὃς δικαιώσει περιτομὴν ἐκ πίστεως καὶ ἀκροβυστίαν διὰ τῆς πίστεως. 31 νόμον οὖν καταργοῦμεν διὰ τῆς πίστεως; μὴ γένοιτο· ἀλλὰ νόμον ἱστάνομεν. (Romans 3:27-31 NA28)

27 Therefore, where is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of principle? Of works? No, but through a principle of faith. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29 Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is he not the God of the Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcision by faith and the uncircumcision through faith…

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Opinion: Heads or Tails – Doesn’t Matter; Same Coin

As MIA has long believed (and written), America is a one party state with two wings (the Democrats and the Republicans) – which are controlled by the same powerful global socialist elite. This elite Establishment controls the nomination process and thus the nominees for both political parties, and these parties, though different on the surface and in their rhetoric, in reality follow the same global socialist script that is now rapidly taking America toward third world economic status, a dictatorship, and ultimately a world government (which Bush Sr. and Mikhail Gorbachev repeatedly called the New World Order).

Any thinking person should see that the rules, regulations, legislation, taxes, and wars are almost identical under both Republican Administrations (think Bushes Sr. and Jr.) and Democrat Administrations (think Clinton(s) or Obama). Regardless of which party is in power in the Congress or the White House, and regardless of the contrasting rhetoric, the policies and results are almost identical – and America continues moving toward socialism, globalism, and away from our Constitution, freedoms, and traditional values.

Note how the Neocons control the foreign policy (and wars) of both parties – of both the Bush and Obama Administrations. The same group of Establishment elites controls both parties, and is always moving America in the same direction – there is no difference. Our elections are political theater, staged to entertain the masses and convince them that they live in a real democracy – which they don’t! If the candidates of both parties are chosen by the Establishment, the Establishment cannot lose – they will always be in power….

Like the Reagan popular groundswell in 1980, the Establishment did not see the obnoxious real estate tycoon Donald Trump coming out of nowhere and overnight garnering a popular groundswell of support among millions of Americans who are sick of the lies, corruption, wars, and the job/income-killing socialism that the elite have been cramming down their throats. Trump’s message is simple: “The elite of both parties are corrupt; they are driving America into the ground, wrecking the country by opening the borders to tens of millions of illegals including millions of Muslims; they are Islamizing America, killing millions of jobs, getting us into needless wars that only they profit from, and reducing America to third world status – all while enriching themselves.”

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, April 2016)

Together 2016: Unbiblical Unity on the National Mall

Wake up, brethren! Evangelicals are being lured into a web of deception by Church leaders we trust. Read the article we’re posting and you’ll find out who some of these people are.

They’re wolves!  Run!!

For those who missed all the hype, on July 16 an event called Together 2016 was held at the Washington Mall.  Thousands of professing Christians gathered together to pray for Jesus to “reset” the country and their lives.  Sadly, attendees at the mall and on live stream were unaware that the event was rife with false teachers.  They didn’t know that speakers and entertainers braved the blistering heat for one purpose: to reset the Reformation!  What was the rallying cry?  UNITE!  With who?  Our Catholic “brothers and sisters.”

In a piece over at Herescope, Gaylene Goodroad documents the NAR/dominionist’s plan to unite Protestants and Catholics.  This is MUST READ for all serious Christians.

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God’s Warning? “Heat” Shuts Down Apostate ‘Together 2016’ Event

The heavily marketed, highly touted, and Scripture-denying “Together 2016” event was held on the National Mall in Washington, DC on Saturday, July 16. Thousands gathered on the mall and watched by live stream for the purported purpose to pray for Jesus to “reset” the country and their lives.

The stream of celebrity evangelical “leaders,” pastors and musicians across the stage was essentially a who’s who of heresy. For the discerning believer who may have tuned in, markedly absent from the frenzy was a sense of reverence for a Holy God to whom appeals were being made to “fix our problems.”  Oh yeah, the real Gospel was conspicuously absent too.

Of course, the discerning believer will have recognized the real Jesus from the multitude of fictional ones being called upon from the stage’s center circle. The real Jesus would have not twisted Scripture to claim for America promises intended His chosen nation Israel. The real Jesus would not have bellowed out a repentance-free message of love, hope, and personal fulfillment. The real Jesus would not have jerked verses out of Scripture, encouraging listeners to name them and claim them for His, and their own, glory.

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. Romans 16:17-18

Below, then, is a list of those eager celebrity participants in the Together 2016 event who are effectively standing before the world, as well as before the true church, and proclaiming their willingness to disregard Scripture, such as Paul’s command in Romans. These evangelical “leaders” have become, by their own participation in a false festival promoting man-made unity, the very ones about whom Paul has commanded, “Avoid them.”

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Others not listed on the website’s official line-up participated as well, but none perhaps as noteworthy as the grand apostate of the Tiber, Pope Francis. Francis delivered a gospel-void invitation to unite together as a means of combatting what he called youthful “restlessness.”

“God does not leave anyone disillusioned. Jesus is waiting for you. He is the One who planted the seeds of restlessness in your heart.” Pope Francis

Sounding like a late night TV infomercial huckster, Francis offered these words of comfort for those who might be considering trying Jesus.

“Give it a try! You have nothing to lose! Try it. Then you can tell me.” Pope Francis

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Promotion of Pelagian empowerment wasn’t merely limited to Francis the apostate. Others gave similar appeals for listeners to prompt God to save, to reset, and to act based on their decisions.

Dick Eastman, who heads a ministry called Every Home For Christ, offered the crowd truly heretical misrepresentation of regeneration. Citing “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved, “ Eastman said, “that’s about 2/3rds of a tweet, and you’re saved!” Jesus apparently now saves, sans that whole “repent and believe” thing, by merely indicating your choice on Twitter.

Eastman went on to name and claim the nation, including every zip code, every street, and every house, for Jesus according to the Message Bible promises of Deuteronomy 26 that were once incorrectly assigned to Israel.

The event was replete with appeals to a false Jesus, offered by the biggest names in evangelical Christendom, and thoroughly void of a presentation of the authentic Gospel of Jesus. It was a festival of apostasy. Thankfully, we have the names of those willing to forego obedience to Scripture. They should, indeed, be marked as “together” … united in the ecumenical apostasy they promote.

The event was scheduled to run from 9 am to 9 pm. God, however, had other plans. He apparently had enough of those prancing across the dais of deception and brought an early end to the apostasy.

By about 4 pm EST, authorities brought the rally to an early end due to the frequency of heat-related illnesses incurred by those in attendance. Over 400 people had to be treated, overwhelming the available EMT and medical services.

“Heat-related illnesses” … hmm. Sort of a divine warning of things to come, methinks, for those who don’t “Repent and Believe.”

And, if you already do repent and believe, you should mark these “leaders” as those eager to gather “together” for the cause of apostasy. “Avoid them.”

Source: God’s Warning? “Heat” Shuts Down Apostate ‘Together 2016’ Event

Together 2016, know-nothing Millennials, and conceit

The following are actual, direct quotes from the people in the millennial generation, and those who mentor them. I gathered these quotes because I notice how often the millennials and those who mentor them, speak of “this generation.”

“We’re just bringing this single message: that God is offering a reset to this generation,” Nick Hall & Reset Movement.

“Called to disciple a generation,” Jennie Allen, founder, IF:Gathering

“Helping women internalize a leadership identity” Christine Caine, PropelWomen

“Abolish injustice in 21st century”. Christine Caine, A21 campaign’s goal.

“To gather, equip, and unleash the next generation of women to live out their purpose”, IF:Gathering

“This generation is a generation of risk takers.” Bill Johnson, Charismatic Christian revivalist, itinerant speaker, author, and a Senior Pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California.

“There’s a whole Esther Generation rising right here and now and it is us!” Ann Voskamp & Amena Brown Owen.

“The Lord is bringing forth His rising remnant as the Joshua Generation,” Rob Winters, co-founder of an itinerant prophetic ministry based in Phoenix.

“Our Mandate- Mobilizing a generation of revivalists who shape culture and transform nations.” Kim Walker-Smith, Jesus Culture.

“Americans and Venezuelans can be united in one song…so we accelerate the revival in our generation.” Singer Christine D’Clario

Wait…Joshua generation? I thought it was the Esther Generation. Maybe it’s the Esther generation for girls and the Joshua generation for boys. I’m anxious to see when they will call themselves the Eve generation or the Adam generation. We do know there is a Jezebel generation. Jesus said so in Revelation 2:20-23. The boundless confidence these people have to self-identify an entire generation with Biblical heroes and heroines and their conceited call to grandiose action is hubris beyond compare.

Look at one example: Christine Caine’s A21 goal, to “Abolish injustice in 21st century”. Isn’t that what Jesus promised to do when He returns? (Isaiah 9:7, Ecclesiastes 3:17, 2 Thessalonians 1:6). Statements like those are why I say these millennials and mentors of millennials believe they are puffed-up saviors and not humble disciples.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

The millennial generation speaking these things and following its leaders, don’t know anything. They not only don’t know biblical truth, they don’t want to know.

Of course I don’t speak for every single person in that generation, but the bulk of them. There are so many. So very many. See how many filled the Mall at Together 2016, the most recent foremost apostate event to occur which draws these undiscerning, self-styled go-getters:

Many at Together 2016. They follow a false Christ. Above, Nick Hall, organizer.
source- The Gospel Herald

There was a song 50 years ago by The Rascals called “How Can I Be Sure” which sang the refrain “I really, really, really want to know.” Phil Johnson opened his sermon titled “A Certain Uncertainty” by referring to that song and comparing that generation to today’s.

One of the major differences between now and then is that the Millennial Generation doesn’t really, really want to know…anything. The majority of people today like to react to things with great passion. They love slogans and hashtags, and all the symbols of deep conviction, but they really don’t believe anything in the classic sense of belief. You know, with firm conviction and bold confidence. They don’t know and they don’t believe it’s possible to know absolute truth with any kind of settled certainty.

Rejecting and thus lacking the all-important bedrock belief in the doctrines that form our faith, the millennial generation clings instead to an amorphous notion of a wimpy Jesus who provides “a better life”. Of course, anyone who dares to define exactly what that ”better life” consists of is deemed as hopelessly arrogant as the ones who declare biblical truth with certainty. But this kind of Jesus they have created is comfortable because now they can now run off in all directions as duly commissioned disciples “helping” Jesus bring that better life to the masses. We’re shaping nations! We’re changing cultures! We’re abolishing injustice! Having lost the Gospel focus, and because a vacuum must be filled, it’s now the activity in solving social ills that becomes the absolute certainty, not the Gospel.

They’re also absolutely certain that they are the one and only generation to do it.

Have you ever thought about how conceited that is?

But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow wickedness, there will be wrath and anger. (Romans 2:8)

Though they eschew biblical certainty, it’s certainty that drives them. They promote the positive and certain notion that they are the generation that will sweep in and solve everything, by resolving age-old social ills. They claim they are the ones slated to be the generation that shapes cultures, accelerates revival, and transforms cultures. Not to mention resolving injustice along the way. They promise that God has big plans for them. They promise revival and peace.

They are wrong.

The former, however, preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing they can add to the distress of my chains. (Philippians 1:17)

Big plans, revival, and justice is not what Jesus promised, to ‘this generation’ or any other. For those who truly seek Him, they are called to self-deny, slay sin, persevere in faith. This generation, and every generation, is promised not revival, but apostasy, persecution, and trouble. Far from the lofty promises of the Millennials like Nick Hall, this generation and every generation is called to slog through every day life pursuing holiness and witnessing of Jesus.

It’s nice that people like Christine Caine and Nick Hall and Jennie Allen feel they are a cut above with their sweeping call from a christ (not THE Christ). I, however, feel lucky to make it through each day simply not tarnishing my witness, dishonoring my elders, or disobeying my leaders.

Nick Hall on organizing Together 2016. Source.
Personally, I pray for souls to be saved for all eternity.

One thing that reading old missionary stories reveals is just how much of an eternal perspective they had. You see this originally among the Bible’s apostles and pastors. Their work was for disciples of ALL generations, just look at the mandates for all ages in congregations in the New Testament that cross generational lines. But if you listen to these Millennials and those who mentor them, one would think the entirety of Christendom is filled solely with hip young people and no one else.

In this 5-minute Youtube video you see Nick Hall explaining his reason for founding the Together 2016 event held this past weekend at the National Mall in Washington DC. He also founded the “Reset” movement. It was a religious event (not a Christian event) that promoted unity among “this generation”, a coalescing of denominations (which include Roman Catholics), and the certainty that God was going to make a big move at the event.

Perhaps as to that last one, Hall was right. Extreme heat shut it down. Thank you God.

Hall speaks of “this generation” three times in 15 seconds at the beginning of his speech. He says he wanted a generation-defining moment. He wanted to organize an event that would define a generation. A monumental effort to which all the nations would look.

Still from video of Nick Hall explaining his goals for Together 2016.

To really understand the grossness and puffed up ignorance of people like this and movements like this, compare what they say their goals are to Jesus and the apostles. Try to picture one of them saying what  people like Hall say. Did Paul ever tell young Timothy he was called out to define a generation? Did Peter ever tell young Mark to disciple a generation? Did John ever tell any of his disciples that they were going to change the culture? If the incarnated Jesus didn’t transform the culture while He was at His zenith of popularity, what makes people like Nick Hall, Ann Voskamp, Christine Caine, Jennie Allen and the rest think they will do it?

The problem comes from their lack of settled conviction. More to the point, they don’t know the Bible and they don’t want to know it. This means they don’t want to know Jesus. They reject Him outright. Really, you say? Really. They really, really don’t want to know. Here’s a recent statement from Ann Voskamp that the Together2016 campaign tweeted out after they’d received her commitment to attend the event.

Saying she doesn’t need an explanation from God is saying we don’t need the Bible. The Bible IS the explanation from God of who He is and Why He sent His Son. (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The explanation of God is His Son, His inspired Word. Well, this past weekend at Together 2016 Voskamp and the others received their “experience”. They experienced heat, apostasy, mutual ignorance. They experienced a hardening of their reprobate minds into worshiping the creature rather than the Creator. They experienced mutual admiration and temporal promises. They experienced a false unity and a damning conviction.

It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. (2 Corinthians 11:15)

Source: Together 2016, know-nothing Millennials, and conceit

Erdogan: Friend of ISIS and Obama

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

erdogan and ISIS

The mainstream media will never tell the public the truth, if the truth might incriminate Barack Obama.  You have to dig for the truth. You must find credible websites whose owners and writers are not politically correct.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the PM of Turkey is a monster.  Many of my readers know that I believe that BHO is America’s monster. These men are close friends. When people have very close relationships, it is reasonable to assume that they are in agreement about important issues.

Dr. Daniel Pipes, president of Middle East Forum, is a well respected syndicated writer and speaker.  I have communicated with Daniel on numerous occasions. His articles are published in the Washington Times and in many other conservative news sources.

Fromdanielpipes.org ( Middle East Forum)

Turkish Support for ISIS

by Daniel Pipes
The Washington Times
June 18, 2014

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Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. 16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:14-16 NASB)

In our continued look at the growing apostasy within evangelicalism, the more we dig, the more we are finding that those whom we have been suspecting of compromise for some time now, actually have been on that path longer than we suspected. I believe that we are just now discovering this for two reasons. No one was really looking in that direction and God is answering our prayers, opening the doors of information and…

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The Alpha Course–An Evangelical Contradiction

My Word Like Fire

Co-author Chris Lawson writes:

This new Booklet Tract that I co-authored with Mary Danielsen was recently released in May 2016, through Lighthouse Trails Publishing. This booklet is available online if you would like to read it, or purchase a copy. Mary has also written other Booklet Tracts which can be found here.

If you live in the United Kingdom you’ll most likely be aware of the fact that Nicky Gumbel’s ALPHA program has been widely popularized through drastically compromised churches, popular ecumenical leaders and musicians, and the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, ALPHA even has an international Roman Catholic ALPHA series that has been promoted by the popes. Read more about this in my article, ALPHA COURSE: Nicky Gumbel’s Alpha Course Being Absorbed by Roman Catholic Ecumenism.

THE ALPHA COURSE – An Evangelical Contradiction
Published by Lighthouse Trails
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The Justification Controversy: A Guide for the Perplexed

Possessing the Treasure

As I have shared in my posts here on this blog, God saw fit to mature me in Christ and open my spiritual eyes and heart to the truth of His Sovereignty in all things back in 2004-2005.  It was during this time that I became what many flippantly call a ‘Calvinist.’  I prefer the term Reformation Theology. In any case, It was as I was growing up in the Doctrines of Grace that I also became an apologist for them through this ministry. That was eye-opening I must say. However, I digress. To be a good apologist I had to become more educated so I began buying and reading everything I could on these good doctrines. It was amazing. I found that I could base all of my discernment ministry within the bounds of Reformation Theology and address all heretical and apostate behavior within the visible church from a…

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