I know your works that you have a name that you live, and are dead

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Καὶ τῷ ἀγγέλῳ τῆς ἐν Σάρδεσιν ἐκκλησίας γράψον·
Τάδε λέγει ὁ ἔχων τὰ ἑπτὰ πνεύματα τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ τοὺς ἑπτὰ ἀστέρας· οἶδά σου τὰ ἔργα ὅτι ὄνομα ἔχεις ὅτι ζῇς, καὶ νεκρὸς εἶ. Revelation 3:1 (NA28)

1 And to the angel of the Sardis Church write,’
These things says the one having the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars. “I know your works that you have a name that you live, and are dead.”’ Revelation 3:1 (translated from the NA28 Greek text)

My brethren, the message from Revelation 3:1-6 goes contrary to most of what is taught in Evangelicalism today. The church at Sardis had a name that it was alive yet our Lord bluntly said that even so, they were spiritually dead. Since 2006 since I have been in this ministry I have seen my good friends like the late Ken Silva along with…

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September 28, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Sep. 28, 2016 |

BLOOMBERG

The Senate appears set to defy a last-ditch lobbying effort by the White House and Saudi Arabia by voting Wednesday to override President Obama’s veto of a bill that would allow the kingdom to be sued for involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks.

The red-hot growth in home prices across the U.S. West is starting to slow in some cities as sticker shock and low inventory put off weary buyers.

Even as oil producers have planned $1 trillion worth of spending reductions between 2015-to-2020-cutting staff, delaying projects, and squeezing contractors-they’ve continued to green-light new wells from the Norwegian Sea to Brazil, and from Uganda to the Gulf of Mexico. Those initiatives mean oil production will continue to grow, adding to the supply glut and putting downward pressure on prices.

Hedge funds are facing the most challenging time Tiger Management’s Julian Robertson said he’s seen in an investing career spanning several decades, and the industry pioneer cautioned that their days of charging hefty fees may be over.

China’s long-held desire to provide an alternative to the U.S. dollar will get a boost on October 1, when the yuan enters the International Monetary Fund’s basket of reserve currencies, placing it alongside the pound, euro, yen and dollar. The yuan’s ascent is a validation of the importance of the world’s second-biggest economy and the work policy makers have done to allow freer access to the nation’s markets.

AP Top Stories

Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia.

Syria’s army took control of a rebel-held district in central Aleppo on Tuesday, after days of heavy air strikes that have killed dozens and sparked allegations of war crimes.

The Mavic Pro, unveiled Tuesday, is a folding drone with autonomous capabilities that’s designed to be flown at speeds up to 40 miles per hour and travel as far as 4.3 miles. It can be piloted using either its own new controller or a smartphone. And thanks to its folding design, the new drone can be reduced down to the size of a water bottle. With up to 27 minutes of flight time on a single charge, pilots can use the Mavic Pro’s three-axis gimbal to take photos and record video from a stable aerial platform-making it ideal for aerial selfies or live-streaming video, while sending video directly to the web.

The United States should give African Americans reparations for slavery, UN experts said Tuesday, warning that the country had not yet confronted its legacy of “racial terrorism.”

The missile that downed Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine was transported from Russia, a criminal inquiry revealed Wednesday, adding that more than 100 people were under investigation for the 2014 disaster.

China said on Tuesday it was opposed to any country using its own laws to carry out “long arm jurisdiction”, after the United States sanctioned a Chinese industrial machinery wholesaler tied to North Korea’s nuclear program.

Islamic extremists have killed eight soldiers and wounded 17 in two attacks in northeastern Nigeria. The attacks bring the official toll to 10 troops killed and 24 wounded this past week after a lull during which the extremists confronted a leadership struggle.

Thousands of people march with the parents of 43 missing students in Mexico City, demanding that they be found alive on the second anniversary of their disappearance.

BBC

A long list of world leaders will attend the funeral of former Israeli prime minister and president Shimon Peres, who died on Wednesday at 93.

Indonesian authorities have evacuated some 1,100 tourists after a volcano erupted at one of the country’s most popular hiking destinations. Mount Barujari on Lombok island erupted on Tuesday, shooting ash 6,500 ft. into the air.

The presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was watched by 84 million people on US TV, breaking a previous record set 36 years ago. Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan’s debate in 1980 drew 80.6 million viewers.

Organizers have called off a festival celebrating Haiti’s Afro-Caribbean lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community because of threats of violence and government opposition.

Fierce storms and lightning strikes left the entire state of South Australia without power. More than 21,000 lightning strikes were recorded within a 12-hour period and 1.6m people were left without power.

Business sense suggests you try to buy property at the lowest possible price, but that was not the case for one property in Sydney, Australia. It was just bought by Chinese buyers for A$88,888,888.88. The number eight is considered lucky in Chinese as it sounds like the word for “prosperity”.

Saudi Arabia has unveiled pay cuts for government employees for the first time, as it attempts to further rein in spending at a time of low oil prices. A royal decree said ministers’ salaries would be reduced by 20%, and housing and car allowances for members of the advisory Shura Council cut by 15%.

WND

Florida health officials have confirmed the first case of locally acquired Dengue fever in Miami-Dade County. The infection is primarily spread through bites of infected mosquitoes.

A captured ISIS fighter has admitted that the wives of Free Syrian Army soldiers, the group most closely aligned with the West’s hopes for Syria’s future, are being seized by ISIS and used as “slave girls.”

Several Afghan nationals undergoing military training in the United States disappeared from U.S. military bases this month, according to Pentagon and Homeland Security officials.


Top News – 9/28/2016

Netanyahu mourns loss of Peres as Israel bids farewell to a founding father
US SPECIAL forces are encircling a jihadi stronghold in Syria claimed by ISIS to be in old Islamic prophecy as the site of the final battle – triggering the apocalypse. According to the extremist’s twisted ideology, Dabiq – a tiny town in northern Syria – will see a “major apocalyptic showdown with the armies of the infidel” that will result in the collapse of civilization.

ISIS prepares for FINAL BATTLE: US troops 3 MILES from site of ancient APOCALYPSE prophecy
US SPECIAL forces are encircling a jihadi stronghold in Syria claimed by ISIS to be in old Islamic prophecy as the site of the final battle – triggering the apocalypse. According to the extremist’s twisted ideology, Dabiq – a tiny town in northern Syria – will see a “major apocalyptic showdown with the armies of the infidel” that will result in the collapse of civilization.

US to deploy THAAD anti-missile systems in S. Korea ‘as soon as possible’
The US will deploy the THAAD missile defense system to South Korea “as soon as possible,” Washington confirmed, less than three months after Seoul agreed to host it. The move, opposed by China and Russia, allegedly aims to counter the North Korean threat.

A close encounter of the massive kind
two very massive stars in a long-period orbit with e>0.92 that will pass through periastron in 2017/2018. Around the time of periastron passage the two very strong winds will collide and generate an outburst of non-thermal hard X-ray emission with-out precedent in an O+O binary since astronomers have been able to observe above Earth’s atmosphere.

EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Failed To Take Highest Security Training At State Dept In 2009
Hillary Clinton failed to complete the highest level of security training mandated by the Department of State for the proper handling of the government’s most secret documents when she entered the department in 2009, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation under the Freedom of Information Act.

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes off the coast of Rhodes
The Athens-based Geodynamic Institute says a magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck the area west of Greece’s island of Rhodes. The institute reported that the earthquake hit around 11:57 p.m. local time Tuesday with its epicenter located about 27 kilometres northwest of the Dodecanese island. Its depth was measured at 56 kilometers.

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake strikes northeastern Taiwan
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake jolted northeastern Taiwan at 5:38 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Central Weather Bureau. The earthquake’s epicenter was located at sea about 116.1 kilometers east of Yilan County Hall at a depth of 64.9 km, bureau officials said.

Earthquake hits Greek coast near Kalamata, no damage reported
A magnitude 5 earthquake hit the Greek coast 34 km (21 miles) south southwest of Kalamata on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. “No damage was reported …

Freed Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini: U.S. Told Me to Buy My Own Ticket Home
Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, who was jailed in Iran for evangelization and released in January, said that, upon his release, the U.S. government flew him to Germany for a health check-up but then told him he had to purchase his own plane ticket home to the United States.

At your service: cyber criminals for hire to militants, EU says
Cybercriminals offering contract services for hire offer militant groups the means to attack Europe but such groups have yet to employ such techniques in major attacks, EU police agency Europol said on Wednesday. “There is currently little evidence to suggest that their cyber-attack capability extends beyond common website defacement,” it said in its annual cybercrime threat assessment in a year marked by Islamic State violence in Europe.

Indonesia evacuates tourists after volcano eruption
Indonesian authorities have evacuated some 1,100 tourists after a volcano erupted at one of the country’s most popular hiking destinations. Mount Barujari on Lombok island erupted on Tuesday, shooting ash 2,000m (6,500 ft) into the air. Officials are still searching for several hundred tourists who remain missing, according to the country’s disaster agency.

U.S. Nearly 200 earthquakes hit near SoCal’s Salton Sea, USGS says
Almost 200 earthquakes were recorded in Southern California’s Salton Sea in roughly a 24-hour period, geologists said Tuesday. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the quakes that began Monday and persisted throughout the day. The strongest quake had a magnitude of 4.3, officials said.

Warning of rare BLACK MOON: Astrological event to herald ‘End of Days’ and second coming
On Friday September 30, a rare Black Moon will occur, which many are linking to the apocalypse. The spectacular Black Moon occurs when the illuminated side of the moon is caught in the shadow of the Earth, making it virtually impossible to see.

World’s first baby born using controversial new ‘three-parent’ technique
The world’s first child created using a controversial “three-parent” baby technique has been born in Mexico, it has been announced.

‘Emergency’ need for exorcists after surge in people dabbling in Satanism and black magic
Exorcists are in urgent demand as a result of a sharp rise in people dabbling in Satanism and the occult, experts from the Catholic Church in Italy and the US said.

U.N. Demands U.S. Pay Reparations To African-Americans
A new report released by the United Nations concludes the United States owes reparations to African-Americans for slavery and recent police-involved shooting deaths. The report was produced by the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on African Descent and strongly condemned America’s “racist” history.


The Briefing 09-28-16

Bioethics Journal: Doctors have no right to refuse patients abortion, assisted suicide

In the beginning: Geologist admits scientific community’s origin myth relies on faith, not verifiable

Did civil religion die Monday night? Politics in a post-Christian America

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Frontrunning: September 28

  • Stocks Rally as Deutsche Bank Slump Ends, Oil Gains Before Talks (Read More)
  • German government prepare Deutsche Bank rescue plan (Read More)
  • German financial watchdog not working on emergency plan for Deutsche Bank (Read More)
  • Saudi Arabia Signals Openness to Future Oil Compromise With Iran (Read More)
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev Clinches $103 Billion SABMiller Deal (Read More)
  • Will Congressional Face-off Over Flint Lead to a Government Shutdown? (Read More)
  • Shimon Peres, Israel’s last founding father, dies at 93 (Read More)
  • Elon Musk Outlines Plans for Missions to Mars (Read More)
  • Crowds gather after police fatally wound unarmed black man in southern California (Read More)
  • Five arrested on suspicion of forming European Islamic State cell (Read More)
  • It’s Paul Singer Versus Citigroup in High-Stakes Bankruptcy Feud (Read More)
  • UniCredit to announce capital raising after Italian referendum (Read More)
  • China’s Ambitious Plan to Make the Yuan the World’s Go-To Currency (Read More)
  • Wells Fargo CEO forfeits millions as board orders review (Read More)
  • Deutsche Bank Rises as CEO Sells Assets, Rules Out Capital Hike (Read More)
  • Taliban ‘very interested’ in debate, watched from secret location (Read More)
  • Senators Propose Bill to Include Municipal Debt as Liquid Assets (Read More)
  • Norway appeals court rejects Snowden extradition lawsuit (Read More)
  • German consumer morale falls slightly heading into October (Read More)
  • Putin faces dilemma after vote win: How to prolong a system based on himself (Read More)
  • Uber to Launch Food-Delivery Service in Tokyo (Read More)

Top Headlines – 9/28/2016

Shimon Peres, the last of Israel’s founding fathers, dies at 93

Shimon Peres, Israel’s defense and peace leader, dies after stroke, reports say

Beloved abroad, polarizing at home, Peres was the peace-making face of Israel

Shimon Peres, a pillar of Israel from founding to the Oslo Accords, dies at 93

Shimon Peres dies: Barack Obama leads tributes to Israel’s former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner

Peres ‘changed course of human history,’ Obama says

Obama to attend Shimon Peres funeral

World leaders to arrive in Israel for Friday funeral of Shimon Peres

The hopes for peace between Israelis and Palestinians

Not just Amona: Thousands of settlement homes face possible evacuation

After historic gas deal with Jordan, Israel looking to build Cyprus, Greece pipeline

OPEC set for no deal as Iran rejects Saudi oil output offer

Saudis See Oil-Freeze Deal Possible in November, Not This Week

US announces $400 million more in humanitarian aid for Syrians

Drone footage shows scale of destruction in eastern Aleppo – video

ISIS ‘dead set’ on using chemical weapons, US military official says

Isis poses ‘sustained’ threat to US for years to come despite loss of territory

IS claims blasts that killed at least 17 in Baghdad

Ahead of MH17 report, Russia says if plane shot down, Ukraine pulled trigger

Two bomb attacks take place in Dresden, Germany

Homegrown terrorists to target concerts, sporting events, Homeland Security warns

ACLU representing bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami

U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of ‘racial terrorism,’ says U.N. panel

Terror victim remembers Clinton’s ‘inhuman coldness’

DOD chief says 9/11 bill could be devastating to US military

Obama Nominates First Ambassador to Cuba in Over 50 Years

Stop-gap bill to avoid government shutdown fails Senate procedural vote

How advertisers turned the presidential debate into a new Super Bowl

Trump-Clinton showdown breaks TV debate ratings record as 84 million watch

FBI probes hacks targeting phones of Democratic Party officials – sources

FBI doc dump on email case reveals role of ‘confidential’ Clinton aide

Autocratic UN agency head broke rules with sensitive cybersecurity contract award, report shows

Password breach could have ripple effects well beyond Yahoo

DJI’s new portable drone is so smart it will follow you around like a dog

The era of robots: thousands of builders to lose jobs as machines take over, says construction boss

US looks to accelerate deployment of missile defense system in South Korea

Women leaders urge UN chief to press for Korea peace treaty

Elon Musk’s Plan: Get Humans to Mars, and Beyond

Russian Airline Owner to Challenge Musk, Bezos in Space

Farewell Rosetta: What is it and why will the space probe crash into a comet this week?

Rare Black Moon to rise on Friday in night sky of Western Hemisphere

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Emponas, Greece

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands

Nearly 200 earthquakes hit Salton Sea amid quake swarm

Rinjani volcano in Indonesia erupts to 25,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 25,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

Turriabla volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 16,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

Four dead, hundred injured as Typhoon Megi slams Taiwan

Tropical Storm Matthew will form in Caribbean and may approach US next week

Iowa city braces as flood levels soar; National Guard ready to help

California heat wave intensifies wildfire threatening homes

Pence breaks with Trump, says humans affect climate change

World’s first baby born using controversial new ‘three-parent’ technique

Nurse: Infant who survived abortion cried while left alone in steel pan to die

American journalist and hijabi Muslim Noor Tagouri photographed for Playboy magazine

How decades of divorce helped erode religion

Charlotte is stabilizing because, finally, the church is engaged

‘Offensive’ Christian cross among subjects of complaints to university’s Hate Response Team

Satanic Temple brings ‘After School Satan Club’ to Portland school

‘Emergency’ need for exorcists after surge in people dabbling in Satanism and black magic

Woman burned alive for witchcraft in Peru jungle, prosecutor says

‘Killer clown’ sightings spread to Florida, Virginia, Colorado


 

DAYS OF LOT – Gender-Neutral Homecoming ‘Queen,’ Female ‘King’…

Posted: 28 Sep 2016 10:32 AM PDT

Breaking with the tradition at many of the nation’s schools, students at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School will adopt a gender-neutral homecoming court this year, moving…

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Financial Fears Rising Again as Major Bank in Europe Continues to Spiral

Posted: 28 Sep 2016 10:30 AM PDT

Europe’s biggest lender Deutsche Bank has lost more than half of its value since January, posing a threat to the stability of other banks across…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Germany ‘not preparing rescue plans’ for Deutsche Bank

Posted: 28 Sep 2016 10:24 AM PDT

The German government and Deutsche Bank were at pains Wednesday to quash speculation of a rescue plan for the troubled lender, in an effort to…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Panic, Anxiety Spark Rush for Luxury Bunkers Among the Super-Rich…

Posted: 28 Sep 2016 10:19 AM PDT

Given the increased frequency of terrorist bombings and mass shootings and an under-lying sense of havoc fed by divisive election politics, it’s no surprise that…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

FEMA Announces Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test Planned for Today

Posted: 28 Sep 2016 05:55 AM PDT

You probably heard about the rare black moon, and the Internet takeover coming to the end of September. Well, now it appears that FEMA has announced…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Vermont’s suicide rule requires doctors violate medical ethics

Posted: 27 Sep 2016 07:54 PM PDT

Bureaucrats in the state of Vermont not only have demanded that doctors violate their medical ethics and counsel patients to commit suicide, but they are…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Rise of Satanism another sign of ‘America’s fall from God’

Posted: 27 Sep 2016 07:51 PM PDT

Elementary schools forced by the government to allow “Satan Clubs” on school grounds. Statues of Baphomet are erected in major American cities. And a national…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

DEVELOPING: Missing Afghan military students raise fears…

Posted: 27 Sep 2016 07:44 PM PDT

Several Afghan nationals undergoing military training in the United States disappeared from U.S. military bases this month, according to Pentagon and Homeland Security officials. “During…

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‘Homeland Security’ Concerned With Attacks on Concerts and Sporting Events…

Posted: 27 Sep 2016 07:40 PM PDT

The nation’s top counterterrorism official testified Tuesday that the world’s army of terrorists is “broader, wider and deeper than any point since 9/11,” the day…

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SPREADING: Clown Sightings Spread to Florida, Virginia and Colorado

Posted: 27 Sep 2016 07:25 PM PDT

Reports of “killer clowns” have emerged in three new states, as Virginia, Florida and Colorado struggle with Internet rumors and reported sightings that have left…

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Thousands of builders to lose jobs as machines take over

Posted: 27 Sep 2016 07:15 PM PDT

The result would be huge productivity gains as more work could be done by fewer people – but also mass layoffs as traditionally labour-intensive construction…

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UN Panel Says U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of ‘racial terrorism,’

Posted: 27 Sep 2016 07:09 PM PDT

The history of slavery in the United States justifies reparations for African Americans, argues a recent report by a U.N.-affiliated group based in Geneva. This…

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DAYS OF NOAH – Swedish Scientist Seeks To Edit DNA Of Healthy Human Embryos

Posted: 27 Sep 2016 01:16 PM PDT

A scientist in Sweden has started trying to edit the DNA in healthy human embryos, NPR has learned. The step by the developmental biologist Fredrik…

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Gates Joins Zuckerberg Pledging Billions To Fund DNA Altering Microchips To “Cure All Diseases”

Posted: 27 Sep 2016 01:13 PM PDT

The plan is to invest $3bn over next decade to help scientists develop and utilise tools such as artificial intelligence and blood monitors to treat…

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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.


Please take the time to watch this clip, so that you might understand the authentic Gospel


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.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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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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Is John Piper Disqualifying Himself as a Teacher?

John Piper was once regarded as a great contender for the faith. He was the go-to guy for apologetics in Reformed theology and the one that was looked to when those with twisted soteriology espoused their false doctrine. He has written excellent books on living a holy life for God and had a way of explaining Scripture that made him a desirable teacher for those truly looking to enhance their theological understanding of and relationship with God.


Notice, his reply doesn’t come from Scripture, but solely from his “feelings.” I don’t see anywhere in Scripture that makes exceptions to the complementarian role of women in the church and home for “special occasions,” or “as long as you don’t become dependent on her.” This is not a biblical answer. This is hogwash.

He then goes on to defend his position by mangling the clear teaching of Scripture by saying that women who occasionally teach are not “authoritative teachers,” whatever that means.

Let’s see here, where in Scripture does it say that you can teach the Word of God without authority? Nowhere. It’s almost as if he’s never read the Scriptures pertaining to the roles of men and women in the Church. Further, how can speakers like Beth Moore and Christine Caine regularly take the stage in front of thousands of men and women, attempt to preach the Word of God, and not claim any authority?

This is pure apostasy. 2 John 9-11 essentially says that by taking part with apostates, you become one. It shows that John Piper has taken on an unbiblical position in order to remain popular with a wider audience. It shows that John Piper is not seeking to please God, but man.

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:10 (ESV)