September 26, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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26 Incredible Facts About The Economy That Every American Should Know For The Trump-Clinton Debate

donald-trump-hillary-clinton-debate-photo-by-vectoropenstockAre you ready for the most anticipated presidential debate in decades?  It is being projected that Monday’s debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could potentially break the all-time record of 80 million viewers that watched Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter debate back in 1980.  Many Americans probably hope to see some personal fireworks between the two nominees, but the two candidates have both expressed a desire to focus on substantive issues.  There will likely be quite a few questions about the economy, and without a doubt this is an area where Trump and Clinton have some very sharp differences.  The mainstream media would have us believe that the U.S. economy is in pretty good shape, and if that was true that would seem to favor Clinton.  But is it actually true?  The following are 26 incredible facts about the economy that every American should know for the Trump-Clinton debate… (Read More….)


The Secret History of the Commission on Presidential Debates

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The debates are one of the croniest parts of our electoral system. The whole show really is deplorable.

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BATTLE STATIONS: Over 100 Million People Planning On Tuning In For Tonight’s Presidential Debate

The anticipation for Monday night’s face-off between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has reached a fever pitch, with many expecting a defining moment in one of the wildest elections of modern times.

Trump needs a big win on Monday if he is to get on a path to the White House, with polls showing a narrow but meaningful lead for Clinton.

But Clinton’s edge could be gone in an instant if Trump puts in a strong performance in the first debate or if she makes a disastrous misstep. Conversely, Trump’s chances of victory could plummet if he fails to convince voters he’s presidential material.

The clash, which will be held at Hofstra University in this Long Island town just outside New York City, is expected to draw the largest TV audience of any presidential debate in history.

The record is currently 80.6 million viewers, which was reached during a debate in 1980 between President Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Speculation is rife that the Clinton-Trump clash could draw a U.S. audience of 100 million or more.

NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum Donald Trump VS Hillary Clinton:

This is how it went a few weeks ago when the two faced off against each other, albeit not face to face like they will be tonight. Watch Hillary lie like a rug when Lauer asks about her illegal private email server. Haven’t seen hemming and hawing like that since last time I watched Hee-Haw!

The anticipation was tangible Sunday, with cable news networks already broadcasting from the site, a cavernous media center filling with hordes of reporters from the U.S. and beyond and tight security.

The debate takes place against a backdrop of racial tension, with police killings of black men in Tulsa, Okla., and Charlotte, N.C., sparking protests in recent days.

Clinton had planned to visit Charlotte on the eve of the debate but later canceled the trip, with her campaign citing a desire not to stretch the city’s resources. Trump took to Twitter to accuse her of “bad judgement” in the episode.

Beyond that issue, the debate is likely to take in conventional subjects such as jobs, the economy and national security — the final topic an especially pertinent one in the wake of the bombings in New Jersey and New York.

The themes of the debate, selected by moderator Lester Holt of NBC News, will be “America’s Direction,” “Achieving Prosperity” and “Securing America.”

For the candidates, however, the real goal will be damaging the opponent while avoiding disaster during the 90 minutes at the podium.

In the modern era, debates have tended to be memorable as much for missteps or odd moments as for standout performances. The worst example may have been President Gerald Ford’s head-scratching assertion in 1976 that “there is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe.”

FBI coverup for Hillary Clinton’s illegal private server:

Then-Vice President Al Gore’s ostentatious sighing during his first debate in 2000 with George W. Bush hurt him, as did President Obama’s oddly lifeless performance during his initial clash with Mitt Romney in 2012.

A gaffe along similar lines to Ford’s would hurt either candidate but especially Trump, whose readiness to serve is questioned by many voters.

In a New York Times/CBS News poll earlier this month, 67 percent of registered voters said Trump would be a “risky choice” to lead the nation, and 64 percent said he did not have “the right kind of temperament and personality to be a good president.”

On the plus side for Trump, Clinton has her own vulnerabilities, especially on questions of honesty. Her inability so far to give a succinct and persuasive explanation of her use of a private email address and server while secretary of State has frustrated even many Democrats.

The issue is another one sure to come up on Monday, especially after more documents related to the matter were released by the FBI on Friday and it emerged that top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills was given an immunity deal during the investigation.

Clinton has been reported to be working on a more deft answer on the topic, but Trump will surely try to knock her off balance — though whether he will repeat his epithet of “Crooked Hillary,” no one knows.

Clinton’s preparations have featured several different people playing the role of Trump, most notably longtime aide Philippe Reines. A key challenge, according to Clinton aides, is readying their candidate for all of the different demeanors Trump exhibited on the debate stage during the GOP primary process — combative in one clash, relatively restrained in another.

Trump has one important advantage, which is that expectations for him are lower than they are for Clinton. Despite his stunning victory in the Republican nomination battle, he is a political novice who has never before run for office. Clinton’s career in public life has spanned a quarter-century, including stints as U.S. senator and first lady as well as secretary of State.

If Trump surpasses expectations, he could expand the number of voters who see him as a plausible commander in chief — a shift that could reshape the race in fundamental ways. But any gaffe or overly fractious moment could renew those doubts once again. It’s game on for both candidates — and the stakes could not be higher. source


Sep. 26, 2016 |

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Japan scrambled jets Sunday after a fleet of Chinese aircraft flew into a strategically important strait near disputed islands in the East China Sea.

The German government will have to bail out Deutsche Bank AG if its financial situation gets bad enough, Allianz Global Investors AG Chief Investment Officer Andreas Utermann said.

Holders like China and Japan have culled their stakes in Treasuries for three consecutive quarters, the most sustained pullback on record, based on the Federal Reserve’s official custodial holdings. The decline has accelerated in the past three months, coinciding with the recent backup in U.S. bond yields.

Several U.S. senators want the TSA to focus more attention and resources on rail, highway, and marine transportation, which would mean greater security oversight at such places as Amtrak stations and Megabus coach stops.

Mario Draghi will visit Brussels and Berlin this week with his increasingly urgent message that governments must act to bolster the economy. In the German capital, he may have a special request: Spend more, now.

Gold may be in for a bumpy ride in the final quarter as Republican candidate Donald Trump now has a 40 percent chance of winning the presidential election and investors will be preparing for the possibility of higher U.S. interest rates, according to Citigroup Inc.

The Pentagon’s next test of its ground-based system to destroy missiles aimed at the U.S. is tentatively scheduled for the first quarter of 2017, providing the new president evidence of whether the troubled program could stop the nuclear weapons North Korea threatens to launch.

AP Top Stories

Bomb blasts in New York and New Jersey and a police shooting of an African American man triggering violent protests put security concerns back at the forefront of the US presidential campaign this week, as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump prepared for their first televised debate.

A prominent and outspoken Jordanian writer on Sunday was shot dead in front of the courthouse where he had been on trial for posting a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam on social media.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist rebel leader Timochenko will use a pen made from a bullet on Monday to sign an agreement ending a half-century war that killed a quarter of a million people and made their nation a byword for violence.

Electricity was restored to most of Puerto Rico by Saturday following a rare, island-wide blackout caused by a power plant fire, the territory’s power utility said Saturday. Less than 20,000 clients remained without power in some parts of San Juan and other urban areas.

Pope Francis on Saturday called for a “sincere dialogue” between Christians and Muslims as he met grieving relatives and survivors of France’s Bastille Day attack, in which a jihadist ploughed his truck into a crowd.

Eight people, including a three-year-old girl, were hurt in a shooting that Baltimore police called an act of “retaliatory violence” on Saturday night, authorities said.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would visit Russia and China this year to chart an independent foreign policy and “open alliances” with two powers with historic rivalries with the United States. Duterte said the Philippines was at the “point of no return” in its relations with former colonial ruler the United States, so he wanted to strengthen ties with others, and picked two global powers with which Washington has been sparring with on the international political stage.

A couple hundred demonstrators chanted and marched through Charlotte on Sunday, as protests persisted after the release of two videos showing the fatal shooting of a black man by police officers in North Carolina’s largest city.

The first national museum devoted exclusively to the history and culture of African-Americans is now open. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama opened the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall by ringing a bell from a historic African-American church. The museum is the 19th and the newest of the Smithsonians.

This weekend, wildlife officials from some 183 countries were meeting in Johannesburg to decide how best to keep the world’s endangered elephants and rhinoceroses from succumbing to the illegal wildlife trade. On Saturday, activists in more than 140 cities are participating in the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos to draw attention to the plight of both animals and put pressure on world leaders to make sure the protections are the strongest possible.

A suicide bomber in Iraq killed at least seven people who were setting up tents on Sunday ahead of a major Shiite religious observance next month, officials said.

Sales of new homes retreated in August, one month after surging to the highest level in nearly nine years. Activity fell in all regions of the country except the West.

BBC

A Roman Catholic priest who was kidnapped in western Mexico a week ago has been found shot dead. He is the third priest to be found murdered in Mexico in the past week.

Ugandan police have blocked gay pride celebrations from happening in two resorts outside the capital, Kampala.

WND

Australia is not quite where you think it is. The continent has shifted by 4.9 feet since the last adjustment was made to GPS coordinates in 1994.

The world’s largest radio telescope has begun searching for signs of extra-terrestrial life in outer space. The dish, which began operating on Sunday, measures 500 metres in diameter and took five years to construct in China’s Guizhou region.

A new street drug, one so toxic it’s primarily used to sedate elephants. Carfentanil, a synthetic opioid so deadly police say as little as 20 micrograms would be fatal to the average person, with one microgram being smaller than a grain of salt.


Top News – 9/26/2016

Meteor SLAMS into Earth: Earthquake felt as ‘burning objects’ in sky and ‘explosion’ heard
Locals reported feeling tremors after spotting the “burning objects” streaking across the sky and one said they saw a “big ball of fire”. There are reports a meteor, or space junk, hit near Gladstone in Queensland, Australia.

How Far Can the U.S. Military Go to Building a Technology-Enhanced ‘Super Soldier’?
Neuroscience, biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence and new drugs may pave the way for dramatic human enhancements, whether by external devices like exoskeletons; implants that expand endurance, cognitive ability and communication; or new drugs that enhance endurance, strength, perception and cognitive ability.

UK set for HEAVIEST SNOWFALL in years: Long-range forecast warns of Winter 2016 BIG FREEZE
BRITAIN is facing the heaviest snowfalls in years this winter as the country’s first icy blast arrives in SIX WEEKS unleashing FOUR MONTHS of heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures, forecasters have announced.

Insiders: The heat is on Hillary
‘She will have to answer every single question flawlessly, exude gravitas…not cough, wear an acceptable pantsuit, smile enough, be likable, not laugh and have a good hair day. Donald Trump will just have to show up,” said an Ohio Democrat.

‘Hillary cover-up operation’: FBI documents reveal how Clinton IT aide described plan to delete emails
New documents released by the FBI Friday in another late-week document dump revealed that an IT aide to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton once referred to the operation to begin automatically deleting her emails as the “Hillary cover-up operation.”

Deutsche Bank shares plummet to record low as Merkel rules out bailout
Shares in Germany’s largest bank have hit rock bottom on Monday as Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly refused to provide Deutsche Bank state aid in its legal battle with the United States Department of Justice (DoJ).

Ahead of debate, Trump endorsed by US immigration officers
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump picked up the endorsement on Monday of the union representing 5,000 federal immigration officers, a boost of support for his immigration policy ahead of his first debate with Democrat Hillary Clinton.

2 Earthquakes hit off southwest Oregon coast
Two earthquakes hit off the coast of southwest Oregon on Saturday evening and early Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Twin earthquakes strike Japan’s Okinawa Islands, no threat of tsunami
The first quake is said to have struck Japan’s northernmost main island, measuring 5.5 magnitude. The quake struck just off the southern coast of Hokkaido and was rated to be moderate in nature. The quake struck at a depth of 20 kilometres (12 miles). The second quake struck just a few minutes later….

Saudi Arabia Injects $5.3 Billion Into Banks to Ease Crunch
Saudi Arabia’s central bank stepped up efforts to support lenders in the Arab world’s biggest economy as they grapple with the effects of low oil prices. Banks’ shares advanced. The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, as the central bank is known, is giving banks about 20 billion riyals ($5.3 billion) of time deposits “on behalf of government entities.”

Iran’s supreme leader tells Ahmadinejad not to run again for president
Iran’s supreme leader has told former hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to stand again in next year’s elections, state media reported on Monday, effectively eliminating a major challenger to pragmatist incumbent Hassan Rouhani. Ahmadinejad had not announced any plans to run in the vote scheduled for May, but has made several speeches in recent months, prompting speculation of a political comeback.

‘Russia and US tensions over Syria dangerous for Israel’
The escalation in rhetoric between Russia and the United States over Syria’s Civil War is creating a dangerous situation for Israel, former Israeli envoy to the United Nations Ron Prosor told Army Radio on Monday. “We have here a dangerous situation. It is dangerous…also to [Israel], because we find ourselves right in the middle,” Prosor said. “We coordinate with Russia, and the Americans are an important strategic asset for us.”

Southern Japan jolted by 5.7 magnitude quake
Japan’s southern Okinawa island and a chain of neighboring islands were shaken on Monday by an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

Japan Scrambles Jets After China Makes Show of Force in Key Strait
Japan scrambled jets Sunday after a fleet of Chinese aircraft flew into a strategically important strait near disputed islands in the East China Sea. Japan sent out the jets after eight of the Chinese planes crossed back and forth over waters between Okinawa’s main island and Miyako-jima island near Taiwan, the Defense Ministry in Tokyo said in a statement. Two of the planes may have been fighter jets, the ministry said.

Boko Haram leader mocks Nigerian army, parents of missing girls
Boko Haram’s embattled leader, Abubakar Shekau, appears in a new video to deny reports of his death and to taunt the parents of the nearly 300 school girls the group kidnapped from their boarding school in 2014.

Jordanian writer who shared cartoon mocking ISIS killed outside courthouse
A prominent Jordanian writer facing charges for sharing a “blasphemous” anti-ISIS cartoon that outraged Muslim groups was fatally shot in Amman on Sunday, state news agency Petra reported.

Aid delivered to four besieged towns in Syria: ICRC
Seventy trucks of humanitarian aid were delivered on Sunday to four besieged towns in Syria for the first time in almost six months, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

Squeezing North Korea: old friends take steps to isolate regime
From kicking out North Korean workers and ending visa-free travel for its citizens, to stripping flags of convenience from its ships, Cold War-era allies from Poland to Mongolia are taking measures to squeeze the isolated country.

Trump to Netanyahu: I will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s united capital
In meeting the Republican presidential nominee, Netanyahu thanked him for his continued support for Israel, his commitment to continued pressuring of Iran and for his opposition to efforts at the United Nations to impose terms of a peace agreement with the Palestinians.


Top Headlines – 9/26/2016

Trump to Netanyahu: I will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s united capital

After prepping Trump for debate, Giuliani says US should abandon two-state solution

Netanyahu to ask Clinton, Trump to oppose one-sided resolutions against Israel

Clinton to PM: I’ll oppose any outside solution to conflict

Trump, Clinton Assure Netanyahu on Future of U.S.-Israel Ties

Donald Trump links Mexico border wall plan to Israel’s ‘successful’ separation barrier

Israeli official: Gaza underground wall to be done in months

As Gaza spirals downward, the IDF watches, digs in for the next fight

Egyptian official mocks Abbas ‘stupidity,’ says Fatah ‘screwed’ in leaked call

Delegation of Jordanian generals visit Israel

Jordan’s PM re-appointed to form government after elections – was involved with the negotiations that led to Jordan signing a peace deal with Israel in 1994

Christian writer who ‘insulted Islam’ murdered in Jordan

Jews from Aleppo in Israel pained by city’s destruction

At least 23 civilians killed in Aleppo as UN holds emergency meeting over Syria

Syria rebels say peace talks futile while Russia backs Aleppo bombing

British UN ambassador: Russia working with Syria to carry out war crimes

U.S. slams Russian ‘barbarism’ in Syria, Moscow says peace almost impossible

No-fly zone would ‘require war with Syria and Russia’ – top US general

ISIS claims Baghdad suicide bombing that kills seven

Two women detained on suspicion of planning terror attack in France

US terror attacks’ common denominator: Anwar al-Awlaki

Chelsea bombing suspect spent weeks at Islamist seminary in Pakistan

8 Shot, Including Toddler, In ‘Planned’ Baltimore Shooting: Cops

US Air Force set to replace intercontinental nuke arsenal

Self-driving car? How about a self-driving machine gun

Mexico hit by surge of 5K Haitian, African and Asian migrants on their way to the U.S.

Trump vs. Clinton: Debate of the century gets wilder

Pence says Gennifer Flowers will not attend Trump, Clinton debate

Kathleen Willey: Bill Clinton Alleged Sex Victims ‘Could Fill The Entire Audience’ At Presidential Debate

Clinton campaign defends immunity deal for aide Mills, others in FBI email probe

Yahoo faces growing scrutiny over when it learned of data breach

Swiss spy law seen passing with voters on security concerns

Saudi Arabia Injects $5.3 Billion in Bank System Amid Crunch

Deutsche Bank says its recession indicators are flashing red right now, but…

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Shizunai, Japan

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Dukono volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Taiwan braces for landfall of Typhoon Megi

7 overdose deaths in 1 day reported in Cleveland area

AIDS pageant in Uganda seeks to stem stigma, discrimination

Sperm bank offers ‘order a daddy’ app

Mexico: Thousands protest against same-sex marriage proposal

Four Mexican priests ‘outed’ by gay marriage activists

Pledging change: the transgender college students integrating Greek life

National Anthem protests spread to college football, WNBA


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The Briefing 09-26-16

Expected record draw for 1st presidential debate tonight driven by personality and political spectacle

Globalism and realpolitik: Obama less optimistic in final address to UN than first

Do “significant oversimplifications” govern our lives? The 5-second rule isn’t true

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High School Teacher Reassigned After Calling Students ‘Racist’ For Wearing ‘Make America Great Again’…

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 09:04 AM PDT

A Long Island teacher faces backlash over a Facebook post calling some of her students “racist.” The halls of Smithtown High School West echoed with…

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INVASION: Leaked FBI Data Reveal 7,700 Terrorist Encounters in One Year…

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 08:52 AM PDT

Leaked documents with sensitive FBI data exclusively obtained by Breitbart Texas reveal that 7,712 terrorist encounters occurred within the United States in one year and…

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WAR DRUMS: Japan scrambles jets as China flies fleet near disputed islands…

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 08:48 AM PDT

Japan scrambled fighter jets Sunday after China flew a fleet of aircraft near contested islands in the East China Sea. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide…

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DAYS OF LOT: Transgender man gives birth to his OWN BABY in world first

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 08:44 AM PDT

A transgender couple has become the first to have their own child after a man gave birth to his own baby. Fernando Machado, who used…

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DEVELOPING: Moderate earthquakes recorded off Oregon, California Coasts

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 08:40 AM PDT

Scientists say two moderate earthquakes occurred off the Oregon and California coasts late Saturday and early Sunday but neither triggered a tsunami warning. The U.S….

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Once in a generation flood strikes town in New South Wales, Australia

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 07:30 AM PDT

Rising floodwaters expected to inundate two rural NSW towns may cause problems with power and sewage for several days, despite lower and later-than-predicted peaks. Residents…

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Massive Fish-Kill Reported Off Coast Of Florida

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 07:26 AM PDT

The weather is perfect for a beach day, but the water far from it. “It’s our first time coming to Siesta Key,” said beachgoer Robert…

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Ohio Superintendent Warns ‘I will question homeschoolers as I see fit’

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 07:15 AM PDT

An Ohio public school superintendent is insisting that he will continue to question homeschool parents after being advised by a legal group to restrict his…

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Parenting Magazine Warns ‘Blond, Cheerful’ Families Dangerous, Likely Right Wing

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 07:10 AM PDT

Parenting magazine Baby & Family has told readers to beware of families who are “inconspicuous” and “cheerful”, as these warning signs indicate they are right…

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Southern California police agencies missing more than 300 weapons

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 06:58 AM PDT

Authorities in Southern California have had more than 300 weapons lost or stolen over the last five years. The Orange County Register reported Sunday that…

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Thousands Accept Jesus in 10-Day Revival

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 06:33 AM PDT

Hundreds of missionaries flooded Kenya to pray for a revival. They were not prepared to see the thousands of lives that were changed just 10…

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A Spirit Of Violence Rises In America Following The Unveiling Of The ‘Harbinger Of Baal’ In New York

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 06:23 AM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Is it just a coincidence that we have seen violence erupt all over America since the unveiling of the arch that…

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US and South Korean missile destroyers in fresh show of force to North Korea

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 06:18 AM PDT

The US and South Korean navies put on a show of force in the Sea of Japan on Monday, the latest in a string of…

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7 Wounded After Shooting in Houston Shopping Center

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 06:14 AM PDT

The Houston Police Department has responded to an active shooter situation in a shopping center that has left multiple people wounded, according to an alert…

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The Harbinger of Baal Has Now appeared in New York City

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 06:13 PM PDT

(By Rabbi Jonathan Cahn) Another harbinger has appeared in the land – and this one in New York City. In the last days of ancient…

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National Anthem protests spread to college football, WNBA…

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 06:03 PM PDT

Liberty guard Brittany Boyd sat on the bench with her head bowed in prayer during the National Anthem before a WNBA playoff game. Hours earlier,…

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Fears for Mexico’s economy grow as the peso nears the 20-to-the-dollar mark…

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 05:55 PM PDT

The battered Mexican peso has tumbled to historic new lows in recent days, nearing a psychological barrier of 20 pesos to the U.S. dollar and…

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WAR DRUMS: Top US General Warns Syrian ‘No-Fly’ Zone Means War with Russia…

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 05:52 PM PDT

Speaking to the US Senate, the Pentagon’s leaders blamed Russia for the Aleppo aid convoy attack, but admitted they “had no facts.” Only US coalition…

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WAR DRUMS: Britain Accuses Putin Of War Crimes In Syria

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 05:46 PM PDT

Russia is partnering with the Syrian government to carry out war crimes, Britain’s ambassador to the UN has said. Speaking at an emergency meeting of…

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WAR DRUMS: America Accuses Russia Of “Barbarism” Regarding Syrian Conflict

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 05:42 PM PDT

The US accused Russia on Sunday of supporting “barbarism” over the bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo as the west stepped up diplomatic pressure…

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Trump Tells Netanyahu He Will Recognize Jerusalem as Capital of Israel if Elected

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 05:32 PM PDT

Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday morning at the Trump Towers in New York, the Republican presidential candidate pledged, if elected, to recognize…

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President Obama calls Judea and Samaria ‘Palestinian’ – in contradiction to international law.

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 05:28 PM PDT

Obama is at it again! He just didn’t have enough to say about Israel as a new report indicates that, Amid the countless words of…

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Isaiah Washington calls on African-Americans to boycott work

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 02:55 PM PDT

Actor Isaiah Washington is calling on African-Americans to protest the recent killings of black men by police in a very different way. Washington took to…

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Text of Leviticus Found on 1,700-Year-Old Scroll Inside Ancient Israeli Ark

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 02:51 PM PDT

Researchers in Israel expressed excitement this past week after successfully using technology to decipher a 1,700-year-old scroll that was discovered in an ark inside of…

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RISE OF ANTI-AMERICA – Kaepernick visits Oakland team to support National Anthem protest

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 02:48 PM PDT

It’s not “Black Lives Matter” or “All Lives Matter,” but Colin Kaepernick appears to have a new slogan for his protest movement: “Everything you do…

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DAYS OF LOT -New Alleged Research Reveals Same-Sex Couples Make Best Parents

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 02:45 PM PDT

Deceptive conditioning is accelerating to the masses and it is working well as we are seeing culture transform before our very eyes to a darker…

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Walmart workers refuse to make cop’s retirement cake

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 02:38 PM PDT

Three Walmart workers in McDonough, Ga., refused to decorate a “thin blue line” cake for a police officer’s retirement party because they said it was…

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Trump and Netanyahu discuss border fence, status of Jerusalem…

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 02:18 PM PDT

Donald Trump “discussed at length Israel’s successful experience with a security fence that helped secure its borders” during a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…

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DEVELOPING: Massive fire engulfs oil tanker in Gulf of Mexico

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 02:16 PM PDT

A massive fire that erupted on an oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico forced 31 crew members to evacuate the state-owned Pemex vessel, with…

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WAR DRUMS: Syrian Troops Advance in Aleppo Amid War’s Heaviest Bombing…

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 12:30 PM PDT

Syrian troops captured a rebel-held area on the edge of Aleppo on Saturday, tightening their siege on opposition-held neighborhoods in the northern city after what…

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British Sperm Bank Offers ‘Order a Daddy’ App

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 12:25 PM PDT

British women can now select a sperm donor to father their child by using a mobile phone app, believed to be the first service of…

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7 Overdose Deaths in 24 Hours Reported in Cleveland, OH Area

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 12:21 PM PDT

Authorities were trying Sunday to discover the types of drugs involved in a spate of overdoses that killed seven people in the Cleveland area a…

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UPDATE: Washington Mall Shooter An Immigrant From Turkey…

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 12:14 PM PDT

A suspected gunman believed to have killed five people at a Washington state mall was arrested Saturday, according to authorities. At a news conference, officials…

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September 26, 2016
The choice we face is not ‘between Trump and Hillary’
ALAN KEYES — I often hear the argument that the 2016 election is a binary election, offering no choice but Trump or Clinton. If neither of the candidates represents you, this “binary” choice is no election at all. Yet representation is the defining practical goal of the U.S. Constitution. Turning voters into quantities that must go one way or another, according to the programming of an elitist clique that has abandoned America’s common good, reduces human beings to irresponsible objects, doomed to follow the dictates of their master programmers…. (more)

September 26, 2016

BILL FEDERER — Daniel Boone served with George Washington in 1755 during the French and Indian War, under British General Edward Braddock. In 1765, Daniel Boone explored Florida. He once exclaimed: “I can’t say I was ever lost, but I was bewildered once for three days.”… (more)


September 26, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have uncharacteristically managed to keep the number of headlines about themselves to a minimum for the past few days. That is sure to change Monday during the first presidential debate…. (more)

September 26, 2016

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Following in Newt Gingrich’s moon base footsteps, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson believes that humans need to boldly go where no man has gone before…. (more)


September 26, 2016
MIKE LEE — In “Our Lost Constitution”, Senator Mike Lee tells the dramatic, little-known stories behind six of the Constitution’s most indispensable provisions. He shows their rise. He shows their fall. And he makes vividly clear how nearly every abuse of federal power today is rooted in neglect of this Lost Constitution. Examined are the Origination Clause, the Legislative Powers Clause, the Establishment Clause, the Balance of Powers and the Second and Fourth Amendments. Each has been used at some time in our Nation’s history by shortsighted opportunists to defy the Constitution’s safeguards to liberty…. (more)

September 25, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Both sides of the abortion debate are clamoring for NBC’s Lester Holt, the moderator of Monday’s presidential debate, to broach the subject of abortion in America with the candidates… (more)

September 25, 2016

DAVID FRENCH — The dominoes are falling – – as we knew they would. On Friday, Ted Cruz endorsed Donald Trump, just weeks after a mic-dropping moment at the Republican National Convention, where he pointedly refused to endorse the man who insulted his wife and accused his father of conspiring to kill JFK. Instead, in the face of a chorus of boos, he urged delegates to vote their conscience. The implication was clear – a conservative of conscience should not support Trump…. (more)


September 25, 2016
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER — Video footage released Saturday shows Keith Lamont Scott taking four steps slowly backward with his arms at his sides when he is hit in a burst of four gunshots from police, then crumples to the pavement…. (more)

September 25, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — In a time when “narrative” has supplanted factual reporting, Fox’s Bret Baier’s evening news program is usually an oasis in the desert. So I winced when he asserted, amid Thursday’s report on the deadly Charlotte rioting – – euphemized by the media as “unrest” and “protest” – – that blacks are significantly more likely than whites to be killed by police…. (more)

September 25, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — They should have been deported, but hundreds of illegal immigrants from dangerous countries were instead granted citizenship by Homeland Security because officials never checked their fingerprints to find out their real identities, the department’s inspector general said in a staggering report Monday…. (more)

September 25, 2016
SUSAN FERRECHIO — A top Republican is warning House lawmakers to reconsider a vote to override President Obama’s veto of a bill allowing Americans to sue Saudi Arabia over the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks…. (more)

September 25, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — In an email thick with the language of the bureaucracies, National Transportation Safety Board chairman Christopher Hart eliminated any realistic hope of re-opening the investigation into the crash of TWA Flight 800, the 747 destroyed off the Long Island coast in July 1996…. (more)

September 24, 2016

POLITICO — Minutes before Ted Cruz took the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick cornered the senator, huddling with him in a last-ditch effort to coax an endorsement of Donald Trump. It didn’t work…. (more)


September 24, 2016
NEWSMAX — Americans have negative views of both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. He comes off as a little worse. In a new Associated Press-GfK poll, she’s viewed as more qualified, civil and compassionate than Trump, but voters are somewhat more likely to view her as corrupt…. (more)

September 24, 2016

NBC NEWS — Unsettling footage obtained by NBC News shows the moments leading up to the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina. The video, taken by Scott’s wife, does not clearly show the exact moment he was shot by police on Tuesday. Scott is seen on the ground surrounded by police officers moments after the shots were fired…. (more)


September 24, 2016
HEAT STREET — Violence again erupted overnight in Charlotte, North Carolina, following a police shooting that left an armed black man dead. But the national media are largely ignoring – – or burying – – a key fact about the case in order to fit Charlotte into a larger “trend” of racially charged cop shootings nationwide: the police officer involved in the Charlotte shooting was black…. (more)

September 24, 2016

POLITICO — President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday. The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state…. (more)


September 24, 2016

THE HILL — President Obama on Friday vetoed legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S courts, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Congress. “I recognize that there is nothing that could ever erase the grief the 9/11 families have endured,” Obama wrote in his veto message. “Enacting JASTA into law, however would neither protect Americans from terrorist attacks nor improve the effectiveness of our response to such attacks.”… (more)


September 24, 2016

BLOOMBERG — Carbon dioxide doesn’t kill climates; people do. And the world would be better off with fewer of them. That’s a glib summary of a serious and seriously provocative book by Travis Rieder, a moral philosophy professor and bioethicist at Johns Hopkins University…. (more)


September 24, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — A Georgia woman exercised her Second Amendment rights early Friday morning and repelled three armed home invaders, killing one. Surveillance video from a Gwinnett County home just outside Atlanta shows a woman charging forward at three men who just broken into the house at about 4 a.m., authorities said. The local restaurant manager unloaded all her rounds in self-defense, resulting in the death of one suspect in the driveway…. (more)

September 23, 2016
RENEWAMERICA — Recently, actor Zach Galifianakis sat down with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on his show “Between Two Ferns” and asked her a barrage of pointed questions everyone else is asking themselves. The most relevant, undoubtedly, was, “As Secretary, how many words per minute could you type?” – followed by “How does President Obama like his coffee? Like himself? Weak?” Midway through the six-minute exchange, Hillary remarked, “I really regret doing this.” CLICK HERE to see the full interview on YouTube…. (more)

September 23, 2016
RUDY TAKALA — The Obama administration should put the brakes on a transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority away from U.S. control scheduled to take place at the end of the month, a regulator on the Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday…. (more)

September 23, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — The Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man on Sept. 16 has been charged with first-degree manslaughter. District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler filed the charges Thursday against Officer Betty Shelby, 42, after she was captured on video shooting Terence Crutcher, 40…. (more)

September 23, 2016

WASHINGTON TIMES — The House’s investigative committee voted Thursday to hold Hillary Clinton’s chief tech staffer in contempt of Congress after Bryan Pagliano failed, for a second time, to show up and testify about the secret emails of his former boss…. (more)


September 23, 2016
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has cashed out, and nobody is surprised. Boehner, as he passes through the revolving door to K Street lobbying giant Squire Patton Boggs, is following a road well traveled…. (more)

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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The origins of Hillsong (Part 6): Latter Rain theology in Hillsong worship

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Many people assume that the origins of Hillsong originated from Charismaticism, Pentecostalism or the Salvation Army. This is not true.

This series of articles looks at the history of the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) and how it overtook the AOG in NZ, the AOG in Australia and how Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong/Christian Life Center, was instrumental in spreading Latter Rain influences throughout New Zealand and Australian churches.

In this article we will provide a solid example how Hillsong’s theological roots are anchored to the New Order of the Latter Raincult through their music; and how music was the vehicle to indoctrinate Australian Christianity to embrace their heretical beliefs.

05_Code-Blue_NAR The New Apostolic Reformation cult preach a false Jesus, false gospel and New Age metaphysical teachings and strategies in an attempt to bring heaven to earth.

Hillsong music is influenced by the teachings of their Apostolic leadership. An example of this is…

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Furtick invites Joker to Code Orange Revival 2016

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Joyce Meyer claimed,

“I want to really represent Jesus in a way that can make a big difference
in somebody else’s life.”
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However, Joyce Meyer thought it was appropriate to open her message at Code Orange Revival with a pinkle. Even MennoKnight picked up on the inappropriateness of her joke:

Source: Uploaded by Elevation Church, Code Orange Revival | Joyce Meyer, Published on Sep 14, 2016. (Accessed 21/09/2016.)

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Turn My Eyes from Looking at Worthless Things

Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things, and give me life in your ways. (Psalm 119:37)

This verse stopped me in my tracks. How often am I looking to “worthless” things instead of looking to Christ?

Unfortunately, a lot more often than I would like to admit.

I am a stay-at-home mom with two little girls. For me, it’s so hard to get a few minutes to myself throughout the day. Yet, what I choose to do in those few minutes is usually not life-giving. I find myself mindlessly scrolling through my phone, or thinking about the tantrum that my daughter just threw at the store (it was epic!), or getting lost in concerns and worries that are not grounded in truth.

This verse calls me to action, to turn away from worthless things and look to him.

Discern Your “Worthless Things”

I’m not saying that looking at your phone is bad or that relaxing by watching a TV show is sinful. These activities can be restful—assuming we avoid content that is blatantly sinful. But if we choose to focus on these things (even the best of them) with the majority of free moments we are given, the results will not be life-giving. When I make these choices, I often feel more tired, on-edge, and less mindful of ways that I can love others. Overall, worthless things produce a lack of joy and draw us away from better pursuits.


Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things, and give me life in your ways. (Ps. 119:37)


So how do I know when my choices are worthless? My “Type A” personality would love to give you a list of worthless activities that you could explore to see if any of them apply, but I can’t do that here. This requires personal discernment and a searching of your heart. One activity might be worthless for one person and life-giving for another.

So we must examine how we spend our time and what subject matter consumes our thoughts. Write these down for a couple of days to notice any patterns. Then think about those things in light of eternity. Is what you’re spending your time on drawing you closer to Jesus, the giver of life? You may find that certain thoughts or an activity you are pursuing are actually worthless.

Turn to Jesus for Life

So many places in Scripture describe Christ as the giver of life. Psalm 16:11, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” John 5:35 says, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Likewise, 1 John 5:12 teaches, “Whoever has the Son has life…”

God is all-sufficient. He is everything I need and so much more. Too often I believe that he is not enough, that if I look on my phone and see what my friends have been up to lately, or watch a show on Netflix™, that these activities will somehow recharge me to bring him glory with the rest of my day.

But what else could I possibly need than the reminder that Christ gives me life? God sent his only Son to die for me, for my sins, and because Christ rose again I now have this promise of new life with him for eternity. I have a hope that will not perish, that will not fade no matter my circumstances. These truths are worth spending time on and are worth my thoughts.

Five Suggestions for Life-Giving Pursuits

Here are some practical ways that we can turn away from the worthless things we are looking to, whatever they may be, and instead look to Jesus.

1. Read through one chapter of the Bible. Sometimes I’ll choose a book that I want to go through and when I get a chance, I’ll read one chapter at a time. Reading one chapter at a time helps me to dive into the content of that book of the Bible, rather than jumping around to different books each time, and it also helps me to stay consistent with my Bible reading.  It’s much easier to pick up my Bible and read it if I know where I’m turning.

2. Post Scripture cards throughout your home or work space. Then, when you have a free moment remind yourself of truth and work on memorizing it. Post them in places you’ll see them the most, like above the kitchen sink, on the fridge, on your bathroom mirror, on your desk or dashboard, or in the pantry next to your secret stash of chocolate.

3. Listen to a sermon. Play sermons from your home church that you missed, or look up a sermon from one of your favorite pastors. Listening to a sermon on the way to work or on your way home is a great time investment.

4. Get involved with other believers. For stay-at-home moms or people with free evenings, this might be a mid-week Bible study. For others, it could be going through a Bible study with a co-worker during your lunch break, or gathering in the evenings.

5. Play worship music. This has been a game changer for me! Not only does it bring me back to Jesus, but my girls love it, and it brings peace to our house.

You will never regret leaning into the One who is fully worth all your time and energy. Together, let’s commit to discerning our “worthless things,” to turning our eyes from them, and to finding life in Christ through life-giving, better pursuits.

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The Diabolical Sexual Assault on Our Children

There are many more ways to sexually assault a child than with actual physical abuse. Flooding their hearts and minds with all things sexual can be just as damaging and just as deadly. And we are seeing this being played out before our very eyes today.

The sexual revolutionaries, the sexual libertines, and the sexual anarchists not only want open slather for any sort of filth and smut to flood our culture like a tsunami, but they do not give a rip about all the collateral damage done to our children.

Indeed, many of these sexual radicals are deliberately targeting our children, seeking to bring them into their sordid world of decadence and debauchery. They want to sexualise our children. They want to strip away their innocence. They want to drag them into the adult world of depravity and deviancy.

TearsAnd everywhere in the West we see this being played out. Daily examples can be found which will make any normal person sick in the stomach. Consider this Australian news item from yesterday which should shock all of us:

The sexting trend has hit primary schools with principals turning to sexual assault groups for help to deal with the devastating fallout. Experts are alarmed that children as young as 10 are regularly sending nude and semi-naked photos of themselves, with some shared widely among classmates.
Easy access to internet porn and social media use at younger ages are said to have contributed to the problem. Parents have been warned to wake up to the dangers of ignoring minimum-age restrictions for social media sites and letting children set up accounts before they turn 13.
“I am pleading for every parent to report every child to Facebook or Instagram or Snapchat, if they find out they have these accounts underage,” child and adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, of the National Centre Against Bullying, said. “They don’t have the social and emotional maturity to manage their digital footprint. But it seems to be falling on deaf ears.”
Primary schools are increasingly contacting Victoria’s Centres Against Sexual Assault for advice on how to handle difficult situations where students used mobile phones inappropriately, including sexting. CASA forum spokeswoman Carolyn Worth said younger children were more likely to send photos wearing singlets or underwear, but some have been more explicit.

As bad as all this is, it seems to be even much worse in the UK.

Children as young as seven have been caught ‘sexting’ in school, with more than half of all teachers in the UK aware of pupils using social media to share sexual messages, pictures and videos. In one case, girls in year 9 got hold of explicit selfies of one of their classmates and began showing the images to everyone else, which meant that they were in fact distributing child pornography, a new survey has revealed.
The revelations followed concerns of a ‘sexting epidemic’ among thousands of British children who have been caught sharing sexual imagery online. Almost one-third saw a photo or video of them taken without consent, while almost one-tenth experienced threatening behaviour….
Some 63 per cent of teachers said they were aware of 14-year-olds sexting, while 45 per cent said those involved were aged 13. Examples of sexualised messages between pupils also included taking pictures of private body parts and showing them to others and a girl who pretended to be romantically interested, persuaded a boy to take pictures of his genitals and then shared the image.

Ten-year-olds in Australia. Seven-year-olds in England. And it is likely to keep getting worse and worse. And if anyone thinks this is a bit of harmless fun they are kidding themselves. Why do we keep hearing reports about children sexually assaulting other children?

Being exposed to porn and sleaze 24/7 will always take its toll, and children will certainly act on what they have been exposed to and inundated with. Consider this recent horrific incident from Sydney:

Two 12-year-old boys have been charged with the aggravated sexual assault of a female student at a primary school on Sydney’s northern beaches. The six-year-old girl reported the incidents herself, Fairfax Media has been told. It is understood she was raped on two separate days at school in mid-August.
Both boys were allegedly present during both incidents but only one of the boys raped her in the second incident, police allege. The primary school immediately notified the Department of Education, which immediately notified the NSW Police’s Child Abuse Squad. After a two-week investigation, the two boys were arrested at Chatswood police station on Tuesday.
One boy has been charged with four counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10. The second boy was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault and sexual intercourse with a child under 10. Both have been granted bail and will appear in a children’s court over the next two months.

When our children are overwhelmed with all things sexual and pornographic, we can only expect to see much more of this in the days ahead. Many of us have warned about this for decades now. We have sought to fight the porno plague and the sexualisation of society, but we were mocked, ridiculed and vilified.

Consider one such concerned commentator who was sounding the alarm 35 years ago. In his important 1981 volume, The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon, David Elkind said this:

Hurried children are forced to take on the physical, psychological, and social trappings of adulthood before they are prepared to deal with them. We dress our children in miniature adult costumes (often with designer labels), we expose them to gratuitous sex and violence, and we expect them to cope with an increasingly bewildering social environment – divorce, single parenthood, homosexuality. Through all of these pressures the child senses that it is important for him or her to cope without admitting the confusion and pain that accompany such changes. Like adults, they are made to feel they must be survivors, and surviving means adjusting – even if the survivor is only four or six or eight years old.

As he says at the end of his book: “It is children’s right to be children, to enjoy the pleasures, and to suffer the pains of a childhood that is infringed by hurrying. In the end, a childhood is the most basic human right of children.” Quite so. And as always, the social revolutionaries – including the sexual revolutionaries – have children in their sights.

They are the target. They are the prize. We get this everywhere today, including in our comprehensive sex education programs that aim at children from the earliest of ages. The so-called Safe Schools program is just another nasty example of all this.

Any parent who cares the least little bit for their children should be appalled at what is taking place, and should be working overtime to stop this sexual assault on our innocent children. This is a war on our children. It is a war on their innocence. It is a war on our society.

It is time to say enough is enough. If we do not take a stand when our most vulnerable are at risk, then we have ceased to be a civilised society, but have instead fully descended in barbarism.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/alarm-as-primary-school-children-as-young-as-10-caught-sexting/news-story/d4cb2367c5616a7c7320ffdbb4826438
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2016/03/26/children-as-young-as-seven-are-sexting-at-school-teachers-say/
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/two-boys-charged-with-sexually-assaulting-female-student-at-a-primary-school-on-sydneys-northern-beaches-20160901-gr6gpn.html

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Albert Mohler Blog: “For the Bible Tells Me So: Biblical Authority Denied … Again”

In this essay, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. responds to Andy Stanley’s recent sermon on Biblical authority. Mohler writes:

“Let’s be clear — Andy Stanley does not mean to deny the central truth claims of Christianity. In his message, “Who Needs God? The Bible Told Me So,” he affirms the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. But he does so while undercutting our only means of knowing of Christ and his resurrection from the dead — the Bible.

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On Eve Of Big Debate, Hillary Clinton Struggles To Get Down A Half-Flight Of Steps Unassisted

There’s something quite telling about this video taken today in New York City.  This press video is prior to Secretary Clinton’s meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu.

As she was leaving the Appleseeds Kids center yesterday, Hillary Clinton was unaware that she was being filmed. What is captured on video is astonishing as you see here below. For the first few seconds, she is seen staring intently at the handrail the way an elderly person with impaired vision would do. She also did not hear the reporter talking to her right away even though her voice was quite loud.

Clinton just left “Apple Seeds” kids center in Flatiron. Feeling good about debate? “Getting ready, getting ready!” pic.twitter.com/mXxBbMiVcu

— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) September 25, 2016

Secondly, Hillary is seen wearing a thick, full-length winter coat even though the weather in New York yesterday was sunny and warm in the low 70’s. In fact, all summer long Hillary has worn heavy clothing that’s inappropriate to the outside weather conditions.

A quick trip to the official Parkinson’s Disease website shed some light on why she dresses like that:

“Temperature regulation feeling very cold or warm (despite normal room temperature) as well as inappropriate sweating can occur in PD. Less common is the troublesome phenomenon of “acute drenching sweats” requiring patients to change clothes. As with all of the non-motor symptoms, all other causes (including endocrine dysfunction) need to be evaluated.” source

Of course, after it clicks in her brain that she is being filmed and a reporter is asking her questions, she makes a brave attempt to suddenly seem like everything is fine and she is not struggling. But it is too late and her moment recorded for all time. It makes me wonder how on earth she will get through tonight’s debate having to stand on her feet for an hour with no “coughing breaks” allowed.

Please share this article quickly as I am sure the video will suddenly “disappear” from Twitter quite soon.

Source:  On Eve Of Big Debate, Hillary Clinton Struggles To Get Down A Half-Flight Of Steps Unassisted

Obama, Colin Powell help T.D. Jakes celebrate 40 years in ministry

Over the weekend, Word of Faith mogul T.D. Jakes, who now has a talk show that airs on Oprah Winfrey’s television network, OWN, celebrated 40 years of fleecing the flock with help from some big guns.  According to Dallas News:

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Pastors and televangelists from around the world — including Joel Osteen, founder of one of the largest Protestant churches in the U.S., and Brian Houston, founder of Hillsong Church in Australia — sent messages via recorded videos.

Jakes, 59, who grew up in Vandalia, W.Va., also received congratulations from President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Jakes delivered a private sermon that Obama attended at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., the morning of his inauguration.

“With compassion and grace, you’ve inspired and touched the hearts of people across America and around the world through the power of faith,” Obama said in a written statement. “As you reflect on the difference you’ve made, know that I deeply appreciate your friendship, your commitment to expanding possibility, and your prayers for me, my family and this country we love.”

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He knew: Obama used a pseudonym in emails with Clinton, FBI documents reveal

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“Hey Barrack looks like Hillary has some ideas for Libya.”

It should be noted that this comes from Politico.

And by the way this is what Valerie Jarrett Obama’s most important advisor had to say about what the White House knew about Hillary Clinton’s email “issues.”

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Top News – 9/25/2016

After prepping Trump for debate, Giuliani says US should abandon two-state solution
“You can make peace between the two of them, but you can’t treat them the same.” said Giuliani, condemning moral equivalence between the two parties. The US, he said, should “reject the whole notion of a two-state solution in Israel.”

6.8 magnitude earthquake rocks Fiji
An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale shook the Fiji archipelago on Sunday. The local authorities did not report any loss of life or significant damage to property, EFE news reported. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicentre of the tremor, at a depth of 594 km, was located 100 km north of Ndoi island.

Ted Cruz’s Turnaround Support for Trump
In his announcement, Cruz cited two reasons for deciding to support his former nemesis: His promise at the convention to support the party’s candidate, and a victory by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton being “wholly unacceptable”. “When a man’s ways please Hashem, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7

Three Abrahamic Faiths Come Together for Communal Prayer in Shadow of Mt. Zion
In the shadow of Mt. Zion, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious leaders and worshipers this month came together in a unique communal house of prayer, called Amen, for eight days. The singular event required over a year of planning, but in the end, eight religious figures – including an imam from the al Aqsa mosque – created a gathering which defied history, prejudice, and intolerance in the city holy to all three Abrahamic faiths.

Delegation of Jordanian generals visit Israel
A delegation of 12 Jordanian soldiers—all loyal to King Abdullah—recently concluded a secret, three-day visit to Israel, during which it toured the country and met with high ranking Israeli officials and senior IDF officers. The delgation—which requested that the visit be kept low profile—attended an international conference…on military forces in the region preserving the environment and natural resources.

Mexico: Thousands protest against same-sex marriage proposal
Thousands of people in Mexico City have protested against a government proposal to legalise same-sex marriage, which they say would undermine traditional families. Organisers said they were not opposed to gay or lesbian rights, but wanted to defend family values and the institution of marriage. The demonstrators called for a meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Swiss vote in referendum on new surveillance law
Swiss voters have voted in a referendum whether to back new surveillance powers for the country’s intelligence agencies. The new law would allow the authorities to tap phones, snoop on email and deploy hidden cameras and bugs. It would help Switzerland catch up with other countries, supporters say.

China’s colossal radio telescope begins testing
The world’s largest radio telescope, which has been built in China, is beginning an intensive testing phase. Chinese scientists report that the giant dish, which measures 500m (1,640ft) across, is complete and has received its first signals from space. It will now take three years to calibrate the instrument so it can become fully operational.

Netanyahu to ask Clinton, Trump to oppose one-sided resolutions against Israel
If the US presidential candidates don’t come to Jerusalem during the heat of the campaign, Jerusalem will come to them. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet separately in New York on Sunday with both Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Christian writer who ‘insulted Islam’ murdered in Jordan
A gunman shot dead Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar on Sunday outside the court where he was to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion after sharing on social media a caricature seen as insulting Islam, state news agency Petra said. It said the gunman was arrested at the scene.

Pentagon Demands No-Fly Zone For Russia Over Syria
Pentagon officials have called for a ‘no-fly’ zone in Syria – except that it would only apply to Russian and Syrian aircraft. Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee following the recent humanitarian atrocities by airstrikes that occurred in Syria over the past week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and General Joseph Dunford have proposed that a no-fly zone be enforced, with the exception of American aircraft.

US Air Force set to replace intercontinental nuke arsenal
Hidden underground in steel-and-concrete silos across rural America, more than 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles point to the skies, poised for launch — and ready to obliterate cities across the world.

Stabbing attack foiled near Hebron, terrorist shot
A Palestinian terrorist attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at a hitchhiking post at the Elias Junction, near Hebron, Friday. Security forces stationed at the checkpoint subdued the terrorist and prevented any harm to the Israeli civilians in the area. The terrorist was shot in the leg. No Israelis were injured in the incident.

Episcopal Church Decline Continues With Loss of Over 37,000 Members in 2015
The Episcopal Church continued its long trend of decline in 2015, with recently released statistics showing the Mainline denomination losing more than 37,000 members last year. In statistics released earlier this week by the Episcopal Church Office of Research, in 2015 the Church had approximately 1.77 million members in its domestic dioceses, down from about 1.81 million members in 2014.

Obama used a pseudonym in emails with Clinton, FBI documents reveal
President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday. The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

China, Cuba agree to deepen ties during PM Li’s Havana visit
Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang met with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday during a two-day trip to Havana, and the two leaders oversaw the signing of around 30 agreements on economic cooperation in various sectors, Cuban state media reported.

California Enacts Law Requiring IMDb to Remove Actor Ages on Request
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation that requires certain entertainment sites, such as IMDb, to remove – or not post in the first place – an actor’s age or birthday upon request.

Netanyahu to meet Clinton and Trump during U.S. visit: sources
– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is currently visiting the United States, will separately meet U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Sunday, campaign sources and Israeli officials said.


Top News – 9/24/2016

Ancient Rare Text Reveals Purity of Biblical Tradition Through Miracle of Technology
Studies based on historical handwriting placed it at either the first or second century CE. When the researchers read the digitally enhanced text, they discovered that all of the words and paragraph breaks were absolutely identical to the Torah text still used today. “This is quite amazing for us. In 2,000 years, this text has not changed,” Emmanuel Tov, a participant in the study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told the Times of Israel,

Ted Cruz endorses Donald Trump
In a change of stance, Texas Senator who challenged Trump for the Republican nomination endorses him for the presidency.

Responding to aliens is a really, really bad idea – Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking has advised us earthlings to be extremely wary about answering any signals from aliens when they eventually come calling.

Strong 6.4 earthquake hits eastern Japan: USGS
The shallow 6.4 magnitude quake hit at 09:14 AM (0544 IST), about 150 kilometres east-southeast of Katsuura city, the US Geological Survey said. There was no threat of a tsunami, added the Japan Meteorological Agency, which measured it at a slightly higher 6.5 magnitude.

Strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake rattles southern Philippines: USGS
A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern Philippines today but there was no threat of a tsunami or any casualties reported, seismologists and disaster officials said.

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits Romania, no injuries
BUCHAREST: A 5.3 magnitude quake shook Romania early Saturday and was felt in neighbouring Bulgaria and Moldova, the country’s seismological institute said, but there were no reports of injuries or major damage.

Winter 2016-17 Outlook: Post-El Niño Warmth Will Linger, But East Could Be Cold
Winter 2016-17 may be colder in the East, but leftover warmth from the recent El Niño may dominate elsewhere in the U.S., according to an outlook released Friday by The Weather Company, an IBM Business.

Charlotte Police Says 70% Of Arrested Protesters Had Out Of State IDs
Confirming what many had suspected when viewing the sudden and intense collapse into anrchy that occurred in Charlotte this week, Todd Walther, spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police told CNN’s Erin Burnett: “This is not Charlotte that’s out here. These are outside entities that are coming in and causing these problems. These are not protestors, these are criminals.”

Syria conflict: Air strikes leave Aleppo ‘without water’
Intensified attacks on the Syrian city of Aleppo have left nearly two million people without water, the UN says. The UN children’s agency says fierce strikes on Friday prevented repairs to a damaged pumping station supplying rebel-held districts of the city. In retaliation, Unicef says, a nearby station pumping water to the rest of Aleppo has been switched off.

EU Commission refuses to revise Canada CETA trade deal
The European Commission has ruled that a controversial EU-Canada free trade deal – CETA – cannot be renegotiated, despite much opposition in Europe. “CETA is done and we will not reopen it,” said EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom. Ms Malmstrom was speaking as EU trade ministers met in Slovakia to discuss CETA and a similar deal with the US, TTIP, which has also faced criticism.

Report: Netanyahu to meet Clinton, Trump Sunday
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican White House contender Donald Trump will each meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu separately over the weekend, CNN reported Friday. The meetings are expected to take place Sunday in New York City, but It remains unclear what will be discussed during each respective encounter.

‘Syrian Army forces pour into area near Israel border, prepare operation’
The Syrian army has sent additional forces to the city of Quneitra, on Syria’s south west border, close to Israel’s border… A source reportedly told Fars, “A large contingent of the fourth mechanized divisions, comprised of recent graduates from the Syrian Arab Army’s Special Forces schoo…have joined the 90th Brigade’s headquarters in Golan Heights, where they will await orders to launch a large-scale offensive.”

Most Dangerous Person On The Planet Today: Hillary Clinton
On Monday, Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of giving “aid and comfort” to Islamic terrorists, and that terrorists use his rhetoric to recruit fighters. On fighting terrorism, she chastised Trump “I Know How to Do This“. “I’m the only candidate in this race who’s been part of the hard decisions to take terrorists off the battlefield. I have sat at that table in the Situation Room,” said Clinton. Here’s my counterclaim: Hillary Clinton not only sponsors terrorism, she is a terrorist.

Politician witnesses ‘gang’ death before meeting on gang violence
A Brooklyn lawmaker was preparing for a community meeting on gang violence — but he wasn’t prepared for the real-life example just outside the window, including the sound of gunfire and a fleeing, bloodied victim.

UK ‘did not vote for hard Brexit’, George Osborne warns
Britain did not vote for ‘hard Brexit’ in the EU referendum and will have to compromise in exit talks, former Chancellor George Osborne has warned. He said Leave campaigners were naive for thinking the UK could secure everything it wanted in negotiations.

Obama Vetoes Bill To Allow Sept. 11 Victims To Sue Saudi Government
President Obama made good today on earlier threats by vetoing legislation passed unanimously by the House and Senate. The rejected bill would waive sovereign immunity protections for Saudi Arabia and allow victims of the Sept. 11 attacks or their relatives to sue the Saudi government for allegedly helping at least some of the 19 hijackers who carried out those attacks. Fifteen of the attackers were Saudi nationals.

3 Dead in Seattle-Area Mall Shooting, Gunman on the Loose, Say Police
A gunman armed with a rifle is on the loose after three women were fatally shot Friday night at a shopping mall about 65 miles north of Seattle, Washington State Patrol said. The shooting occurred at Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, before 7 p.m. local time.

Police: Teen Filmed Boy, 3, Smoking Pot
An Arkansas teenager allowed his diaper-clad nephew to smoke marijuana, according to cops who arrested the suspect after viewing a Facebook video of the troubling incident.

Officials Rigged Obama’s ISIS Narrative By Changing Facts
Sources tell CBS that top officials at United States Central Command in Tampa, Florida routinely manipulated information and withheld reports that clashed with the Obama administration’s plan for defeating ISIS.

Middle East Nation Forcing All Citizens To Give In Their DNA
A relatively new controversial law in Kuwait is forcing all citizens and foreign residents to turn in their DNA information and now a lawyer in the Middle East country is challenging its constitutionality.


Top Headlines – 9/25/2016

Trump adviser: Israel can annex West Bank and remain Jewish

Kerry said to rail at Israel, decry looming binational state

Israel PM hopes Obama won’t make final push for Palestinians

Netanyahu: I’ve enjoyed all my meetings with Obama

Hamas leader: I won’t run in next elections

Syria says Israeli ‘terrorism’ threatens entire region

Britain, France, US seek urgent Security Council meeting on Syria

Syria conflict: UN chief ‘appalled’ by Aleppo escalation

‘Syrian Army forces pour into area near Israel border, prepare operation’

Syria conflict: Air strikes leave Aleppo ‘without water’

Assad regime sees itself headed for military victory

War crimes tribunal for Islamic State detainees lacks support

Triple suicide attack in Baghdad kills 11 Iraqi troops

Iraq military checkpoint attack kills at least 8

UAE accuses Iran of destabilizing Mideast

Yemen plans UN complaint over Iran weapons transfers

Third deadly drone strike in a week hits Yemen Qaeda

South Sudan Rebel Chief Urges Armed Resistance to Juba Govt

Lawmakers vow to override Obama’s veto of Sept. 11 bill

Pope Francis urges ‘sincere dialogue’ between Christians and Muslims as he meets Nice attack victims

Priests’ murders rattle Mexican city gripped by violence

Charlotte police release video in Keith Lamont Scott’s fatal shooting

Washington Mall Shooter Caught: Suspect Is 20 Year Old Turk

Mall shooting suspect was ‘zombie-like’ when arrested, officials say

Dead people voting in Colorado

Trump Threatens to Seat Former Bill Clinton Mistress in Front Row at Debate and She Accepts!

Obama reportedly used pseudonym to email with Clinton on her private server

Ecuador hopes hearing marks ‘beginning of the end’ of Assange saga

UK ‘did not vote for hard Brexit’, George Osborne warns

India’s Modi hits out at Pakistan after attack in Kashmir

Philippines to Host U.S. War Games After Duterte Softens Stance

S. Korea: We’ll kill Kim Jong Un if we have to

China ‘strips invisibility cloak’ from stealth bomber with new radar

Alien Life: China’s Revolutionary and Most Powerful Radio Telescope to boost Alien research

Has your horoscope changed? NASA ‘does the math’ and reveals 13th Zodiac sign

6.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Jayapura, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Jayapura, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Calama, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Gold Beach, Oregon

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Megi Quickly Strengthening as a Typhoon in the Western Pacific; Taiwan a Likely Target

Floods force mandatory evacuations in Iowa

Thousands take part in pro-choice rally in Dublin

Uganda: Police stop gay pride parade deemed illegal

Transgender man sues over Indiana law blocking name change

Team Obama launches a shocking broadside against religious faith


Top Headlines – 9/24/2016

Mideast Quartet warns that Israeli settlements eroding two-state solution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blames Palestinians for lack of peace in region

Kerry: US, Israel can make progress on two-state solution in coming months

As Obama’s term wanes, so does focus on Israeli-Palestinian issue

Israel’s Netanyahu Will Meet Trump and Clinton This Weekend

Israel repeats promise to improve life in Gaza and the West Bank

3 Palestinians said hurt by IDF fire in riots on Gaza border

Stabbing attack foiled near Hebron, terrorist shot

Ceremony held honoring those killed in latest terror wave

Jordan polls: Muslim Brotherhood and women make gains

Egypt Recovers Over 160 Bodies From Sunken Migrant Boat

US Congress denounces ‘ransom’ payments to Iran in new bill

US continues ‘hunt’ for senior Al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan 15 years after 9/11

Hacker who sent ‘kill list’ of U.S. military personnel to ISIS: ‘I feel so bad’

A ferocious assault on Aleppo suggests the U.S. may be wrong on Syria

‘Doomsday Today in Aleppo’: Assad and Russian Forces Bombard City

Aleppo strikes leave children trapped beneath rubble

Turkey strikes ISIS targets in Syria after missiles hit border town

ISIS builds ‘hell on earth’ around itself in Mosul, US military says

Over 300 Civilians Have Been Killed in Yemen Since August, U.N. Says

Yemen president vows at U.N. to ‘extract Yemen from claws of Iran’

Kingdom Comedown: Falling Oil Prices Shock Saudi Middle Class

Obama Vetoes 9/11 Bill, but Congressional Override Is Expected

Anxiety Spikes Among G-20, An Analysis of UN Speeches Shows

North Korea at UN: US faces ‘consequences beyond imagination’

In defiant U.N. speech, North Korea vows to strengthen nuclear forces

Russia’s Lavrov says wrong to use North Korea to militarize NE Asia

Russia’s Vladimir Putin again reshuffles his inner circle

These 5 Facts Explain Why India and Pakistan’s Kashmir Dispute Is Going to Get Worse

UN fears Mali clashes could hurt peace process

Charlotte protesters take to streets in 4th night of demonstrations

Who Is Behind The Riots? Charlotte Police Says 70% Of Arrested Protesters Had Out Of State IDs

Do ‘White Lives Matter’ in Charlotte? Internet Outrage Grows After Protests Turn Violent

Obama: Violent protests won’t solve policing issues

Media Rushes to Bury Key Fact in Charlotte Riots: Officer in Shooting Is Black

Police searching for lone gunman who killed 4 females at Washington state mall

NY town mourns 4 murdered teens, and some blame federal immigration policy

In dramatic reversal, Cruz says he’s voting Trump

FBI Releases More Hillary Clinton Investigation Records

Yahoo is sued for gross negligence over huge hacking

Uber’s new selfie check helps make sure riders get the driver they’re promised

With U.S. drone rules set, firms race for flight data

BBC builds a ‘holographic’ TV to see how we may watch shows in the future

What if the aliens we are looking for are AI?

Elon Musk to Make Us a Multiplanetary Species (If He Can)

‘Groundbreaking’ Study Links Texas Earthquakes to Wastewater Injection From Fracking

Italian PM: August quake caused at least 4 bln euros of damage

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Tamisan, Philippines

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Nereju, Romania

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Izu Islands, Japan region

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Katsuura, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 25,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 19,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 18,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Megi to threaten Tawian and eastern China as a typhoon next week

Tropical Storm Karl passes near Bermuda, could strengthen

Atlantic tropical wave may pose next threat to Caribbean, North America

Flood risk to extend along 1,000-mile swath of central US this weekend

Up to 10 inches of rain in Midwest leaves 1 dead, soggy mess

More Iowa cities mobilizing for flooding along Cedar River

Red Cross seeks $15.5 mn to help flood-hit N. Korea

26 dead, 19 missing in Indonesian landslides, floods: official

Toxic algae blooms in over 40 California waterways set record for the highest count in state history

War on Zika: Outrage ensues after controversial spray tactic kills millions of bees

UN mobilizes to stop super-bugs

Want to Slow Climate Change? Stop Having Babies

Controversial Human Embryo Editing: 5 Things to Know

At Contentious House Abortion Hearing, a Rare Agreement

Abortion Activist Compares Ban on Taxpayer-Funded Abortions to Slavery: “Set Us Free”

Abortion Survivor: ‘If Abortion Is Merely About Women’s Rights, Then What Were Mine?’

This is America on drugs: A visual guide

Heartbreaking Video Shows Toddler Trying To Revive Unconscious Mom On Store Floor

Ancient cult site in rugged mountains revealed with drones

Jason Lee’s Scientology exit sign of church’s decline, former member says

Brad Pitt’s ‘psychic warned star two years ago that Angelina Jolie would leave him’

Lawyer: School district must allow after-school Satan club

Vatican makes new rules for miracles for sainthood

Episcopal Church Decline Continues With Loss of Over 37,000 Members in 2015

‘The Gathering’: America Can Only Be Saved by Spiritual Revival, Not a ‘Political Awakening,’ Christian Leaders Say

Christians ‘Hung On A Cross Over Fire’, Steamrollered And Crushed To Death In North Korea


Black Lives Matter flag at University of Vermont generates controversy

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 08:08 AM PDT

Apparently, schools are banning the American Flag but condoning the Black Lives Matter flags. A new report is revealing that a Black Lives Matter flag…

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North Korea Warns US could spark ‘nuclear war’ as bombers fly close to border

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 07:59 AM PDT

North Korea has condemned the US for flying bombers over the South and vowed to boost nuclear capabilities despite UN resolutions. Speaking at the UN…

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5.3 Magnitude Earthquake shakes Up Romania, Minor Damage Reported

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 06:32 AM PDT

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake shook Romania and the Republic of Moldova last night, shortly after 2:00 AM. The earthquake had its epicenter in the Vrancea seismic…

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Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Followed by series of 11 quakes Strike Japan

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 06:27 AM PDT

A Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, Followed by a swarm of 11 smaller quakes right in the same area where the…

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Powerful Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake Strikes off Philippines’ Mindanao Island

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 06:17 AM PDT

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off the Philippine’s Mindanao island on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.5,…

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UPDATE: Washington Mall Shooter At Large, 5 Dead

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 06:12 AM PDT

Police were searching for a gunman who killed four women and a man at a Washington state mall Friday before fleeing the area. Washington State…

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THE WRITING ON THE WALL: Technology and the Antichrist

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 06:08 AM PDT

(By Greg Laurie) Jim Croce sang, “You don’t tug on Superman’s cape. You don’t spit into the wind. You don’t pull the mask off that…

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Fingerprints on gun match Charlotte shooting victim, What Now?

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 06:00 AM PDT

About 300 protesters took to the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, in a fourth night of demonstrations on Friday, calling on authorities to “release the…

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Obama: once out of office, I’m gonna stop being polite and start getting real

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 05:57 AM PDT

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has a great new interview with President Obama in Vanity Fair. In the wide-ranging interview, they discuss Abraham Lincoln, Obama’s biggest…

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Hillary Clinton Says We Cannot End Terrorism Without “Gun Control”

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 05:54 AM PDT

In response to questions from AARP Bulletin, Hillary Clinton made clear her position that to be successful, policies for ending terrorism must include gun control…

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High School Teacher Makes Kids Compare Hitler To Trump Speeches

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 08:17 PM PDT

Instead of parsing participles, a public high school English teacher has been using her classroom to wage an ugly propaganda campaign against Republican presidential candidate…

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Billy Graham Addresses the TV ‘Prosperity Gospel’

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 08:14 PM PDT

The prosperity gospel espouses that Jesus wants all His followers to be wealthy. But that’s just the beginning. In order to get wealth, one must…

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Obama used a pseudonym in emails with Clinton, FBI documents reveal

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 07:56 PM PDT

President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday. The disclosure came as…

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DEVELOPING: Active Shooter Situation, At least 4 People Dead at Cascade Mall in Burlington

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 07:51 PM PDT

UPDATE: Washington state police said late Friday that 4 people are dead following a shooting near the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, about an hour…

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Charlotte Police Says 70% Of Arrested Protesters Had Out Of State IDs

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 03:45 PM PDT

Confirming what many had suspected when viewing the sudden and intense collapse into anrchy that occurred in Charlotte this week, Todd Walther, spokesman for the…

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Most Recovered Emails Will Be Released AFTER Election…

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 03:40 PM PDT

Most of Hillary Clinton’s emails recovered during a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into practices from her time as secretary of state won’t be made…

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Hundreds of Thousands of Women Gather to ‘Cry Out’ to God

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 11:20 AM PDT

Hundreds of thousands of women in thousands of locations around the world will be praying for America Friday. It is all part of “Cry Out,”a…

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Rusty patched bumble bee proposed for U.S. endangered species status

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 11:10 AM PDT

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday proposed listing the rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once widely found in the…

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Government preparing to let food stamp recipients shop at online retailers using taxpayer money

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 11:07 AM PDT

Americans receiving taxpayer-funded food stamp benefits are about to have their lives made even more convenient: The Obama administration is set to allow them to…

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UPDATE: Leprosy Has Now Been Confirmed In California…

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 10:47 AM PDT

Lab tests have confirmed that a Jurupa Valley child has leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, Riverside County public health officials reported Thursday, Sept. 22. The findings…

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Mispronouncing A Student Name Now Considered ‘Microaggression’…

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 10:43 AM PDT

A campaign initiated by the National Association for Bilingual Education and the Santa Clara County Office of Education says a teacher who mispronounces a student’s…

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BBC Begins Experiments With Holographic Television.

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 10:37 AM PDT

A research team at the BBC has been working on an incredible new “holographic TV” – and they have already produced some stunning results. The…

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DAYS OF LOT – Nudists To Soon Have Open Access In Paris

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 10:32 AM PDT

Nudists in Paris will be cheered by a new plan to finally allow them to hang out in a designated open air area, without fear…

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Charismatic Leaders Call for 40-Day Appeal to Heaven Over Elections

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 10:25 AM PDT

A national coalition of leaders is calling for a second round of prayer walking the nation for 40 days leading up to the elections. This…

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Russian troops arrive in Pakistan for first-ever joint drill

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 10:21 AM PDT

Russian troops have arrived in Pakistan on Friday to take part in two-week military exercise, a first in the two countries’ modern history. Moscow and…

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Washington Mall Shooter Is 20 Year Old Turk

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 08:43 PM PDT

We are receiving reports from Zero Hedge of a different story than what we have been hearing on the Main Stream Media Outlets. Following last…

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DEVELOPING: Two Giant storms set to Collide and smash into Britain

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 08:33 PM PDT

Two colossal Atlantic storms are on course to smash into each other – forming the PERFECT STORM – before ripping into Britain next week sparking…

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Probabilities Of Catastrophic Earthquake For California Bay Area Increase

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 08:24 PM PDT

The chance of a major earthquake rocking Marin has just increased, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities has…

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A glimpse inside Satanic Temple’s new headquarters in Salem

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 08:15 PM PDT

The US-based Satanic Temple has opened its new headquarters in an old funeral parlor in Salem, Massachusetts. Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves explained why Salem,…

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UPDATE: Police arrest shooter who killed 5 at mall in Washington State

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 08:09 PM PDT

Authorities arrested a man Saturday night in connection with the shooting at a mall in Burlington, Wash., that left five people dead. KING-TV in Seattle…

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Professor who has predicted 30 years of presidential outcomes correctly Says Trump will win Popular Vote

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 08:05 PM PDT

Nobody knows for certain who will win on Nov. 8 — but one man is pretty sure: Professor Allan Lichtman, who has correctly predicted the…

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Team Obama launches a shocking broadside against religious faith

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 08:01 PM PDT

“The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism,…

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DEVELOPING: Multiple victims reported in Baltimore shooting, police searching area

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 06:37 PM PDT

We are receiving breaking news reports of an active shooter situation in Baltimore tonight as police are reportedly sweeping an East Baltimore area for an…

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DEVELOPING: UN Plaza and Civic Center in San Francisco evacuated due to possible gunman

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 12:46 PM PDT

According to a report coming out of California, San Francisco’s Civic Center and UN Plaza have been evacuated while police deal with a man who…

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Israeli researchers find way to stop cancer metastasis in mice

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 12:41 PM PDT

A new Tel Aviv University study finds that treating a primary tumor with combining genetic therapy with chemotherapy delivered to a primary tumor site is…

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NEW NORMAL? Man who was woman gives birth to baby by woman who was a man

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 12:36 PM PDT

They are the couple who made history last year when the transgender ‘father’ fell pregnant by the trans ‘mother’. And now, four months after giving…

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Venezuela brands US ‘largest violence exporter in the world’

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 12:30 PM PDT

Latin American nations accused the US of “neo-colonialism” at the UN General Assembly, with Venezuela going as far as calling the Washington “the biggest exporter…

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Obama Vetoes Bill to Let 9/11 Families Sue Saudi Arabia

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 12:25 PM PDT

President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed controversial legislation aimed at helping the families of the victims of the September 11th attacks sue Saudi Arabia —…

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Indonesia struck by 5.4 magnitude earthquake, Felt as far away as Darwin

Posted: 24 Sep 2016 12:20 PM PDT

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake in the Banda Sea off Indonesia has been felt near Darwin, Australian authorities have confirmed. The quake struck just before 9.30pm…

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Latest FBI Email Release Shows Obama Lied About Not Knowing About Hillary’s Private Email

President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday.

President Obama said he only learned of Hillary Clinton’s private email address use for official State Department business after a New York Times report, he told CBS News in an interview.

CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante asked Mr. Obama when he learned about her private email system after his Saturday appearance in Selma, Alabama. “The same time everybody else learned it through news reports,” the president told Plante.

But FBI emails released late Friday shows the president statement to be untrue

The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

Obama Lies On Tv About Hillary’s Private Emails

The 189 pages the bureau released includes interviews with some of Clinton’s closest aides, such as Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills; senior State Department officials; and even Marcel Lazar, better known as the Romanian hacker “Guccifer.”

In an April 5, 2016 interview with the FBI, Abedin was shown an email exchange between Clinton and Obama, but the longtime Clinton aide did not recognize the name of the sender.

“Once informed that the sender’s name is believed to be pseudonym used by the president, Abedin exclaimed: ‘How is this not classified?'” the report says. “Abedin then expressed her amazement at the president’s use of a pseudonym and asked if she could have a copy of the email.”

The State Department has refused to make public that and other emails Clinton exchanged with Obama. Lawyers have cited the “presidential communications privilege,” a variation of executive privilege, in order to withhold the messages under the Freedom of Information Act.

The report doesn’t provide more details on the contents of that particular email exchange, but says it took place on June 28, 2012, and had the subject line: “Re: Congratulations.” It may refer to the Supreme Court’s ruling that day upholding a key portion of the Obamacare law.


Weekend Snapshot

Sep. 24, 2016
Top Stories This Week
Top Opinion
Rich Lowry: Is Trump a Traitor?
Walter E. Williams: Cruelty to Black Students
Victor Davis Hanson: A Hard Rain Is Going to Fall
More Opinion →
Top Headlines This Week
Charlotte Police Refuse to Release Shooting Video [washingtonpost.com]
Ceasefire in Syria Completely Unravels [reuters.com]
Merkel May Reverse Open-Door Policy [telegraph.co.uk]
More Headlines →
Quote of the Week

“Mrs. Clinton has been in America’s national life for a quarter-century, and in that time people watched, observed and got an impression of her character. If you give the prompt ‘Clinton scandal’ to someone under 30, they might say ’emails,’ or ‘Benghazi’ or ‘Clinton Foundation,’ or now ‘health questions.’ But for those who are older, whose memories encompass the Clinton era, the scandals stretch back further, all the way to her beginnings as a national figure. … You have to wonder, what are the chances it will change?” —Peggy Noonan


 Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 09/24/2016

 

ISIS Releases Video of Jihadis Slaughtering Prisoners Hung From Meat Hooks on Islamic Eid al-Adha   Sep 17, 2016 02:19 pm

isis-still-compressedJihadis with the barbaric Islamic group ISIS released a gruesome video this past week showing yet another twisted way that ISIS has devised to execute prisoners: hanging them from meat hooks at a slaughterhouse. According to reports, the execution took place in Deir ez-Zor, Syria and involved approximately two dozen prisoners who were accused of being spies for…

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First Child Dies Under Belgian Law Allowing Euthanasia of Minors   Sep 20, 2016 04:13 pm

hand-n-hand-1432034-639x426-compressedBELGIUM — The first child in Belgium has been euthanized since the passage of a law removing age restrictions on when doctors may end the lives of terminally-ill patients at their request. Sen. Jean-Jacques De Gucht, who wrote the law passed in 2014, confirmed the death of the child to reporters this week. While he did not provide many details, he said that the…

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Canadian Pastor Ordered to Allow Gay-Straight Alliances at His Christian Schools   Sep 21, 2016 02:51 pm

coldwell-compressedEDMONTON — A Canadian pastor is standing firm after being ordered to allow gay-straight alliances to be formed at his Christian schools. According to reports, on Sept. 2, Alberta Education Minister David Eggen sent a letter to Brian Coldwell, the chairman of the Independent Baptist Christian Education Society and pastor of New Testament Baptist Church, to demand…

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My ‘Faith’ Won’t Allow It: Judge Holds Imprisoned Pastor in Contempt During ‘International Kidnapping’ Trial   Sep 23, 2016 08:46 am

MillerBUFFALO, N.Y. — A federal judge held a Mennonite minister in contempt of court on Thursday after refusing to testify for reasons of “faith and conscience” at the trial of a Virginia man who is being accused of aiding an ex-lesbian turned professing Christian who fled the country with her daughter in 2009 to escape a court order. Kenneth Miller, who is currently…

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Video of 111-Year-Old Woman Reciting 23rd Psalm by Heart Goes Viral   Sep 18, 2016 09:46 am

ford-compressedCHARLOTTE, N.C. — An online video of a 111-year-old reciting the 23rd Psalm by heart has gone viral. Hester Ford of Charlotte, North Carolina was interviewed last month by local television station WBTV about the celebration of her 111th birthday and being the third oldest person in the state. “I married when I was 14 and I had 12 children,” she explained. “I…

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U.S. Department of Housing Expands Rules to Require Admittance of Men in Women’s Homeless Shelters   Sep 21, 2016 07:19 pm

precision-made-bed-compressedWASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a new rule on Tuesday that requires federally-funded women’s homeless shelters to admit and accommodate men who identify as women—and vice versa. “Today, we take another important step to ensure full acceptance of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in the programs…

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Church-State Separation Group, Methodist Minister, Sue School for ‘Pushing Religion on Students’   Sep 17, 2016 11:54 am

School-Bible-pdMESA, Ariz. — A nationally-recognized church-state separation group has sued an Arizona charter school on behalf of a United Methodist minister and an offended parent for allegedly “pushing religion on students” by using curriculum that includes text favorable of Christianity. As previously reported, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU), led…

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Jury Selection Begins for Trial of Second Man Accused of Helping Ex-Lesbian Flee Country With Daughter   Sep 20, 2016 11:42 am

zodhiates-compressedPhoto: WHSV-TV BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jury selection begins today in the case of a Virginia man accused of aiding an ex-lesbian turned professing Christian who fled the country with her daughter seven years ago to avoid a situation she found harmful to her child. Philip Zodhiates of Waynesboro, Virginia is charged with international parental kidnapping and…

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Report: Those Who View Images of Aborted Babies Are Less Likely to Support Abortion   Sep 19, 2016 08:42 am

Michael Marcavage of Repent America displays the reality of abortion to passersby.CALGARY – New research from a Canadian pro-life organization shows that public support for abortion decreases measurably if people are shown images of abortion victims. Whether or not opponents of abortion should disseminate images of abortion victims is an ongoing debate within the pro-life community. While some argue that doing so in an important and…

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Girl Who Identifies as Boy Becomes First ‘Transgender’ Allowed on School’s Football Team   Sep 23, 2016 12:04 pm

cooley-compressedHALIFAX, Canada — A Canadian girl who identifies as a boy has become the first “transgender” player allowed on her school’s football team. Kennedy Cooley, 17, transferred to Halifax West High School after students at her previous school made her feel “unaccepted” for identifying as a boy. She had heard that Halifax West would be more accepting, but was still…

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Famous Faith Healer in Hospital due to Failing Health

The Grand Poobah of the NAR, C. Peter Wagner, has been hospitalized.  Wagner is the former professor of Church Growth at Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission, founder of Global Harvest Ministries, the presiding “apostle” of the International Coalition of Apostles, which he also founded, and co-founder of World Prayer Center. According to Jeff Maples of Pulpit & Pen “Wagner has propagated serious damnable error into the church.”  CRN couldn’t agree more.  Maples goes on to say that. “While his promotion of charismatic nonsense, blaspheming the Holy Spirit regularly, has made major inroads into the professing church, it goes without saying that his false teachings are being exposed right before our eyes.”  Jeff suggests that “our first prayer should be for Wagner to repent and turn to Christ for the forgiveness of sins.”  CRN agrees with him on that, too.

Here’s the story:

peter_wagnerFounder of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), C. Peter Wagner, and proponent of charismatic chicanery such as faith healing, perhaps doesn’t have enough faith to heal himself. The famous huckster and author of the book, How to Have a Healing Ministry in Any Church, has been admitted to the hospital, according to Rebecca Greenwood of Christian Harvest International. Wagner’s wife, Doris, has written a letter asking for prayer, Greenwood reports on her Facebook page, stating,

This past Friday Peter was admitted back into the Heart Hospital in a very weakened condition. After several days of extensive testing, the general consensus of his many excellent doctors is that Peter has become severely dehydrated from the ongoing treatment to control his fluid retention. The treatment is very much a balancing act and the dilemma is that he is now both dehydrated and fluid overloaded at the same time…To further complicate the matter, the treatments for either problem cause the other issue to escalate further.

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Robert Morris: God Needs Us to Pray So He Can Heal the Land

Truth - falseLiberal professor Warren Throckmorton regularly uses his blog over at Patheos to discredit those he disagrees with, including charismatics — and he often gets it right, as he did in this piece where he addresses “The Awakening” that was held at Gateway Church on September 22.  The founder and senior pastor of Gateway is Word of Faith/prosperity preacher Robert Morris. Throckmorton provides a video and transcript of Morris’ welcoming attendees to the event.  Also mentioned in the piece is high-profile pastor Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship.   Here’s what he says about the misuse of 2 Chronicles 7:14 by two prominent pastors who should have a clear understanding of what Scripture teaches:

As Tony Evans did after him, Robert Morris recited the incantation to get God to change his mind (2 Chronicles 7:14):

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Here I will repeat what I wrote about Tony Evans’ misuse of 2 Chronicles 7:14:

I have never understood why people mistake this as a promise to America.  American citizens are not His people called by God’s name. This verse is not addressed to Americans. This verse is the second half of a sentence started in verse 13 and concerns the dedication of the Jewish temple led by King Solomon. …

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The Church Should Take the Lead in Fighting Porn

 

Bret Kunkle of Stand to Reason offers three steps for the Church to take to deal with porn:

Porn isn’t a problem, it’s an epidemic. Even celebrities like Russell Brand,Terry Crews, and Pamela Anderson (yes, that Pamela Anderson, the former Playboy model) are speaking out. So, where’s the church in this battle? Should’t we be leading the fight against this immense social evil?

According to the latest research by Barna, the vast majority of Christian leaders believe porn is a bigger problem than it was two decades ago. Here’s just a sampling of what Barna found in The Porn Phenomenon study:

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Weekend A La Carte (September 24)

It’s hard to believe that we’ve come to Autumn at last. It was a hot, beautiful, brilliant summer but I’m glad to see it finally give way to fall. I get to spend my day today in a church baseball tournament, but will leave you with a collection of interesting reading:

Glasgow University archivists find John Knox’s Bible

This is neat: “Experts believe a unidentified bible held by Glasgow University may have belonged to John Knox – a founding father of the Protestant Reformation.”

In His Own Words

I enjoyed reading Grant Osborne on the thrill of learning and teaching God’s Word: “Even after fifty years of studying and sharing I still get thrilled as I uncover the deep treasures of meaning about Galatians or Romans, and then I have the privilege of writing them down to thrill countless others who will read them…”

The Bible Project Reading Plan

This looks like it could be an interesting way to read the Bible beginning in January.

Which Parts Of The Brain Do What?

This short video explains how researchers figured out which parts of the brain perform different functions.

Breakfast Leftovers

James Faris has a strangely interesting one here: “My students seemed to find history more palatable when they see that they are already familiar with it. So, let’s check out your breakfast menu…”

This Day in 1986. 30 years ago today five Muslim professors in Pakistan demanded Daniel Scot to convert to Islam, resulting in Scot becoming the first Christian charged under Pakistan’s blasphemy law. *

The Hidden Hours of Ministry

Peter Tong provides a strong encouragement for pastors to take sin seriously. “I want to discuss how struggles with sin, even if they are hidden from others, can undermine your ability to serve God more broadly.”

What Type of Steward Are You?

Pastors (and others) will want to check out Mike Leake’s excellent article on two kinds of stewardship.

When Toronto Was Eerily Empty

Torontotonians will find this photo essay interesting. It shows a time when the city had huge pieces of empty land downtown, something that’s almost impossible to imagine today.

Sand Bubbler Crabs

God created some strange and remarkable creatures. Like these Sand Bubbler Crabs.

The Lord is a friend who never changes. There is no fickleness about Him: those whom He loves, He loves unto the end.J.C. Ryle

 


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


Resource Links

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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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Kay Cude poetry: Everlasting Mercy

Kay Cude poetry, used with permission. Click picture to enlarge

Artist’s Statement:

I am consistently drawn to Dore’s work! And each time I utilize one of his profoundly sensitive pieces, I imagine that as he worked on his wood plates, he had no concept of their enduring qualities or that centuries later I and others would be drawn to use them in our efforts to magnify and praise God! How amazed Dore would be to know that his telling works now cover the earth through digital media, or that millions have seen God’s glory through his pieces, and in a more profound way than he could even begin to imagine! Isn’t God just so very wise! His plans to make Himself and His Christ known through art and other forms of media makes our intuitiveness very pale! I believe God selects those desiring to serve Him in this manner and uses their work (spiritual gifts) for His purpose…

More on artist and engraver Gustave Dore and his fabulous and evocative works, many of which are biblical scenes.

 

Source: Kay Cude poetry: Everlasting Mercy

Evolution Just Got Harder to Defend

Dr. Stephen Meyer explains in his book “Signature in the Cell” why this may be Darwinism’s Achilles heel. In order to begin evolution by natural selection, you need a self-replicating unit. But the cell and its DNA blueprint are too complicated by far to have arisen through chance chemical reactions. The odds of even a single protein forming by accident are astronomical. So Meyer and other Intelligent Design theorists conclude that Someone must have designed and created the structures necessary for life.

There’s an old story about a chemist, a physicist, and an economist stranded on a desert island with nothing to eat but a can of soup. Puzzling over how to open the can, the chemist says, “Let’s heat the can until it swells and bursts from the buildup of gases.” “No, no,” says the physicist, “let’s throw it off that cliff with just enough kinetic energy to split it open on the rocks below.” The economist, after thinking a moment says, “Assume a can opener.”

There’s more than one trade that deals in assumptions. The way Darwinists approach the origin of life is a lot like that economist’s idea for opening the can. The Darwinian mechanism of mutation and natural selection explains everything about life, we’re told—except how it began. “Assume a self-replicating cell containing information in the form of genetic code,” Darwinists are forced to say. Well, fine. But where did that little miracle come from?

A new discovery makes explaining even that first cell tougher still. Fossils unearthed by Australian scientists in Greenland may be the oldest traces of life ever discovered. A team from the University of Wollongong recently published their findings in the journal “Nature,” describing a series of structures called “stromatolites” that emerged from receding ice.

“Stromatolites” may sound like something your doctor would diagnose, but they’re actually biological rocks formed by colonies of microbes that live in shallow water. If you visit the Bahamas today, you can see living stromatolites.

What’s so special about them? Well, they appear in rocks most scientists date to 220 million years older than the oldest fossils, which pushes the supposed date for the origin of life back to 3.7 billion years ago.

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Church History: The Racist Heresy In Southern Baptist History

Manly declared that, when it came to his right to buy and to sell African Americans, “I had no more doubt or compunction than in pocketing the price of a horse or anything else that belonged to me.”

The founders of the Southern Baptist Convention and of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary were zealous defenders of biblical orthodoxy.

They were also heretics.

Their heresy was racism, and this heresy ran deep within them.

James Petigru Boyce and John A. Broadus were founding faculty members of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; they were also slaveowners who served as chaplains in the Confederate army. Basil Manly, Sr., served as the founding chair of the board of trustees at Southern Seminary. This same man owned forty slaves and flogged at least one of them as punishment. Manly declared that, when it came to his right to buy and to sell African Americans, “I had no more doubt or compunction than in pocketing the price of a horse or anything else that belonged to me.” Manly’s son and namesake drafted the Abstract of Principles that every professor still signs when elected to the faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The Southern Baptist Convention was founded in 1845

by men who held to an ideology of racial superiority and who bathed that ideology in scandalous theological argument. At times, white superiority was defended by a putrid exegesis of the Bible that claimed a “curse of Ham” as the explanation of dark skin—an argument that reflects such ignorance of Scripture and such shameful exegesis that it could only be believed by those who were looking for an argument to satisfy their prejudices.

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Why you must forgive yourself

Recently I’d read the essay 7 Dangers of Embracing Mere Therapeutic Forgiveness and posted a link to it from this blog. The essay focused on the truth of forgiving others.

I’ve been preaching the past couple weeks on forgiveness. In preparing I’ve found Chris Brauns’ work, Unpacking Forgiveness, to be immensely helpful. A position that I have held for awhile now is that forgiveness isn’t simply about us. We don’t forgive someone primarily because we release ourselves from some prison of bitterness. Though that is certainly a benefit—we forgive because God forgave us.

Recently in a coincidence, our pastor explained the same concept, but from a different perspective. We usually focus more on the process and benefits of forgiving others, but what about forgiving ourselves? The scene he was preaching through was from Genesis 45. Joseph is revealing himself to his brothers, who had sold Joseph into slavery 13 years prior. He is reassuring his brothers that he is not angry and will not harm them. Genesis 45:5 says,

And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.

Joseph is a picture of Jesus. Joseph did the unthinkable, he forgave his brothers for selling him into lsavery and conspiring to murder him. Yet … note the part of the verse that says ‘do not be angry with yourselves’. People in the church today have made up this brand new phrase. It’s not anywhere in the Bible. It goes like this- “I know that God has forgiven me, but I just can’t forgive myself.” My pastor had explained it this way,

It’s a phrase that has become very popular in church circles. ‘I know that God of the Universe has forgiven me, big deal. The REAL issue is I just can’t forgive myself.’ I heard someone explain this issue in a way that shines new light, sheds new light on this issue. It made me never want to use the phrase. This is what I heard from one pastor. He said, “If you’re saying that if I know God has forgiven me, but I’m still angry at myself, I still can’t forgive myself, what you’re saying is, the blood of Jesus may be good enough for God, but the blood of Jesus is not good enough for me. I have higher standards than the God of the universe.” This means you have put yourself above God and you have higher standards than God.

Also as an example, let’s say you did something at work, and you got fired. You did it. You did something wrong and you got fired. You say I know it was sinful and I’ve repented. I know God forgave me for this but I lost my job and I’m still mad at myself. I can’t forgive myself for what I did. This is a sign in that moment that the job was actually more important than God. The job had become my God-replacement. I was getting my meaning, my purpose, my worth and value, my joy. Now that I’ve ruined it, I just can’t move on. That would be an evidence that God hasn’t taken first place yet in your life.

Forgiveness is an attribute of God which demands our attention because it’s so integral to the Gospel. Jesus forgives us our original sin unto justification:

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14).

Jesus forgives us our sins post-salvation when we repent:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:19).

In this verse, we learn about the infinite-ness of forgiveness. Such forgiveness includes riches of His grace (which is infinite), how it is dispensed (lavishly), and that it’s made known to us in all wisdom and insight.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (Ephesians 1:7-10)

Do we have more wisdom than God and more insight as regards forgiveness within the place of His plan? What a ghastly thought! However that is exactly what we are saying when we say we know that God forgives us, but we just can’t seem to forgive ourselves.

On the surface it might sound pious and humble to say that you can’t forgive yourself, but it isn’t. If you knew you sinned and asked Jesus to forgive you, He has. Leave it with Him and go on about your business in confidence of His love and according to the riches of His grace.

 

Source: Why you must forgive yourself

Cult Warning Signs

ABOUT WHOM THIS IS WRITTEN

This post was written to deal with the sub-Christian sect and organization known as “Abolish Human Abortion (AHA),” but can apply to virtually any number of such sects that fit the definition of “cult.” As time progresses and as our Lord tarries, many such cults will arise and Christians would be wise to apprise ourselves of their tactics and strategies.

TERMS

The word cult has several definitions. The term itself invokes thoughts of black-robed and hooded mystics conducting midnight ceremonies deep in the forrest glen. And although that might be accurate of certain cults, most of the time it isn’t that dramatic.

The first and most benign definition of cult is that it is simply a system of religious belief directed toward an object or person of worship. In other words, a cult is basically just a religion, and Christianity qualifies.

Another definition of cult is that it is simply a system of religious belief directed toward a mortal man. In this case, Christianity wouldn’t qualify because Christ is the immortal God-Man. Those cults that would qualify in this definition typically include stand-offs with the ATF and drinking poisoned Kool Aid.

A third definition of cult would be a group that holds to beliefs that are aberrant, false and damnable. This definition of cult isn’t always helpful, because it’s completely subjective based upon who is doing the judging. To Christians, cult might apply to Islam, Buddhism, Animism or any false religion on Earth.

A fourth definition of cult is used in a specifically Christian context, and is determined by historical orthodoxy, and would include those groups ruled heretical or schismatic by church council or creed. For example, this might include Montanists or Judaizers.

A fifth definition of cult is similar to the fourth, but includes any group that claims to represent the Christian Church, but is clearly not, whether or not the belief is ancient enough for historical orthodoxy to have officially denounced it. This definition includes Jehovah’s Witnesses, for example, who even though they weren’t condemned by any historic council, practice the Arian heresy and so they’re to be considered a cult. It might include the Hebrew Roots movement, who even though they weren’t addressed by historic creed or council, practice the Galatian heresy and must be considered accursed.

In this helpful guide that provides warning signs of cult behavior, the characteristics below fall under the fifth definition of a cult. But for for the sake of clarity, instead of using the term cult, we’ll use a term that’s more precise and less confusing (not having four other definitions to contend with), sub-Christian sect. The fifth definition of cult is a sect (a group holding to heretical beliefs that put them outside Christianity) and it is sub-Christian, meaning that the group professes Christ and claims to be Christian.

THE WARNING SIGNS

If you want to discern sub-Christian sects, watch for the following warning signs (these are numbered so you can list the Warning Sign Number when you see the behavior demonstrated in social media; for example, “Cult Warning Sign #8).

PLEASE NOTE: Sub-Christian sects do not necessarily have all the warning signs as listed. Likewise, the presence of a single warning sign does not mean the practitioner is by necessity part of a sub-Christian sect. Orthodox Christians can sometimes fall into these practices, whether due to zeal or foolishness. If more than just a few are present, however, you might just be dealing with a sub-Christian sect.

1. Sub-Christian sects often purport to be the only authentic believers, and characterize all others as sell-outs, compromised, or watered-down imitations of the real Church or of real Christians. This tactic has been particularly powerful since the Restorationist Movement in the mid-19th Century. They will speak of “restoring” the church and going back to the “real church” that was lost in the Apostolic Age. This belief eventually causes them to reject the Visible Church.

2. Sub-Christian sects focus on proselytizing believers rather than evangelizing the lost. The false teachers the church was warned about in Acts 20:30 come into the church, appearing to be disciples, only to “draw men after themselves.” Satan desires to destroy Christians, and typically leaves the pagan alone. Sub-Christian sects, like their lord and master, Satan, spends most of their time trying to proselytize professing, church-going Christians rather than win the lost.

3. Sub-Christian sects spend an inordinate amount of time lobbying for approval of the church-at-large, desperately asking (or demanding) acceptance. Of extreme strategic importance to the schismatic is having established churches lend the sub-Christian cult credibility or to embrace them as orthodox. A massive amount of time and resources of the sub-Christian sect will be spent trying to project themselves as orthodox. Those within orthodoxy simply don’t have to spend much – if any – time desperately trying to gain acceptance by the established church, but sub-Christian sects have to.

4. Sub-Christian sects engage in victory-by-victimhood, projecting themselves as virtuous and long-suffering victims of marginalization or mistreatment. These sects “cry foul” at every given opportunity, clinging to the status of victimization in order to signal help from unsuspecting Christians who are drawn in at the accusation of mistreatment, playing on the good but naive intentions of believers. It could be called the “Servetus Syndrome,” in which five-hundred years after the death of a heretic, people still give sympathy and credence to one who (although he should not have been burned at the stake) was still a heretic and should have been marked as a schismatic and shunned from society. Every accusation against the sect is met with charges of “slander” or “persecution,” a martyr-syndrome that manifests itself in crying for help from well-meaning believers.

5. Sub-Christian sects engage in double-dog daring “are you saying I’m not a brother in Christ” strategy designed to force the critic to anathematize or accept them. A very popular tactic, these schismatics will demand that you call them a “Brother in Christ” or a “fellow Christian” or dare you to say they aren’t. If you concede they seem to be a fellow Christian because the confess orthodoxy on certain soteriological matters, then their charge is that you’re “attacking fellow Christians” and YOU will be made out to be the schismatic. If you say they aren’t Christians, then they’ll demand you explain why, given they agree with this point of theology or that point of theology. They’ll then make you to be an uncharitable curmudgeon. Don’t fall for this. You are not obligated to affirm or disavow anyone’s salvation based upon their profession alone (heretics lie).

6. Sub-Christian sects make their beliefs as nebulous and ill-defined as possible, so as to confuse their opponents and make them harder to discern. They claim “straw man” at virtually every criticism, yet don’t define their convictions clearly enough to be properly understood. Schismatics do not like confessions or exhaustive faith statements, because they like to have beliefs that are fluid and ill-defined. Because their goal is achieving for themselves their own disciples, they find that a wide and shallow theology is more conducive to accomplishing their goals, as it is less exclusive as to who can follow them.

7. Sub-Christian sects commonly twist words and phrases from their intended meanings (also known as ‘equivocation’) to make themselves appear orthodox. For example, Jehovah’s Witnesses advertise celebrating Easter, but only speak of the crucifixion because they don’t believe in a bodily resurrection – and yet, people seeing their fliers at Easter time assume they believe in the resurrection. AHA speaks of their protests (which include picket signs and disrupting church services) as mere “exhortation.” Andy Stanley claims he believes in “inerrancy,” but means that term far different from the way others understand it. Again, this is to fool people into assuming their orthodoxy.

8. Sub-Christian sects are dishonest about the details of how their organization or ‘fellowship’ operate. They want to purport that their sect is just another church, but in order to continue the charade, have to conceal the real truth regarding the details of their organization. Those who follow after them will find out the details after they’ve already been inducted. Pay close attention as to how many people leave the organizations once they’ve joined. Often, the sub-Christian sects have “large back doors” through which a sizable proportion of their converts leave after being within them long enough find out their real beliefs.

9. Sub-Christian sects portray their beliefs as common or ordinary as a means to deflect criticism. Theonomists – those who believe the Mosaic judicial law (including penology) is obligatory for all nations and times – will say that the term “theonomy” is limited to its etymological definition of “God’s Law,” when in fact it means far more than that. AHA claims that the organization is synonymous with abortion abolition, when in the fact the majority of its work is directed towards converting Christians to Sectarian Minimalism and following after their leaders. These sects reduce their beliefs to a simple, often-repeatable mantra that lacks controversy, hiding their actual beliefs and intentions.

10. Sub-Christian sects prefer to project themselves as movements or ideologies rather than as organizations, in order to insulate themselves from criticism. Almost every sub-Christian sect in the last 170 years (since the Restorationist Movement) has claimed that their sect was just a grass-roots or “organic” movement, repudiating “organizationalism” or “insitutionalism.” They repudiate the label of organization (or denomination, etc…) even though they fit the qualifications of such. This way, they can argue that it is a move of the Holy Spirit and not the subtle guise of spiritual schemers. This also insulates the organization from criticism regarding the claims of more honest members, who are sure to be radicalized and ostracized for their unorthodoxy.

11. Sub-Christian sects have a tendency to rove in packs in social media, and they call for help from fellow sectarians in the event of argumentation.  Infiltrating one social media group at a time, the sect targets seemingly vulnerable subjects and strategically “run together” to intimidate, annoy, or in some way coerce Christians into either following after them or risk being abused, shamed or shunned if they speak out against them. This is a very successful and common strategy, as it appears the movement is far larger, when it only has a small handful of highly motivated adherents.

12. Sub-Christian sects often try to win arguments through a victory-by-volume approach to argumentation. The schismatics produce an over-abundance of blogs, articles, books, videos and (in 2016) Internet memes to simply repeat over and again the same talking points. Schismatics, because they are by nature law-oriented and works-focused (as opposed to being Gospel-focused) are highly motivated (their righteousness depends on it), deeply fanatical, tireless individuals who will dedicate the many hours upon hours necessary to win a single argument. Their goal, after all, is building up their organization. Schismatics often believe they’ve won an argument simply because they’ve used more words.

13. Sub-Christian sects often apply ecclesiastical pressure to their critics, taking advantage of orthodox church structure (which they themselves often lack) to silence the opposition. These sects will find out information about their critic, and use it to call their church, pastor, or ecclesiastical authorities (using Sub-Christian Sect Warning Sign #4), accusing them of slander, violating the 9th Commandment, or mistreating of a “fellows Christians.” Often, the threat of controversy alone is enough pressure to silence opposition.

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Atheism, the State, and the Early Christians: Lessons for Today

Socrates was said to have been sentenced to death by the state because he was accused of atheism (impiety) and corrupting youth because he did not acknowledge the gods of Athens. His life was ended by drinking hemlock, but accusations of atheism did not stop there.

The early Christians were accused of similar things. Because they refused to worship the emperor and the gods of the day, they were accused of atheism and persecuted by the state. Back then things were much more black and white: there was no interfaith dialogue; there was no compromise in order to just get along and be accepted; and there was no idea that Christianity could peacefully coexist with pagan religions.

It was Christ or nothing. There could be no syncretism between the state and the new found faith. As Jesus put it, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17). By refusing to worship the state, but only Christ, the early Christians were clearly seen as rebellious and revolutionary.

jesus-caesar-1Indeed, to proclaim Jesus as Lord was seen as an act of treason since only the Roman emperor was to be viewed as Lord. So this new faith was seen not just as some upstart religious movement, but as a serious political threat to the state and the status quo.

Social order was maintained by allowing the people to have their various gods, as long as none was seen as supreme and none rivalled allegiance to the state. Thus when the Romans conquered a foreign people, they were quite happy to add their god to all the others in the Pantheon in Rome.

As long as no one tried to make their own god supreme, and as long as the state was given pre-eminence, such lowest common denominator ecumenicism was quite alright. But Christ came along and upset all this, and the early Christians insisted that there is no Lord but Jesus, there is no King but Jesus, there is no God but Jesus.

That was radical stuff, and that could get you killed back then. And it did, with countless early believers tortured and killed for their allegiance to Christ alone. That in part is why the early believers endured a similar fate to the one reported to have happened to Socrates.

They too were labelled atheists. Let me briefly mention one noted account of all this. There is an early Christian document entitled The Octavius by Minucius Felix. One site says this about the document: “The Octavius by Minucius Felix is an apology for the Christian religion. Either Tertullian depended on this apology, making it perhaps the earliest piece of extant Christian Latin literature, or the author of this apology depended on Tertullian.”

The late 2nd century A.D. document is penned in the form of a dialogue between a pagan Caecilius and a Christian Octavius. In it are 41 brief chapters which includes various charges levelled against Christians by the pagan. In Ch. 8 the charge of atheism is raised. A much more popularised and abbreviated version of this chapter runs as follows:

CAECILIUS: What concerns me is what you really are. This is the reason that you are hated across all the lands of this vast empire. Let’s get to the real problem. You are atheists.
OCTAVIUS: Yes, we are atheists – if you mean that we do not pray to or believe in all of the gods that we are expected to worship. But these are not gods. We worship the one true God, the Lord over all.

I raise all this because of two reasons. One I have already hinted at: the whole interfaith dialogue thing which is all the rage in so many Christian circles today is something that would have been unheard of back then. It was politically expedient then for the rulers to have such interfaith harmony, but for Christians this was the height of spiritual adultery and idolatry which could not be countenanced.

As historian Edward Gibbon put it about the last days of Rome in his The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, “the various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people, as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; by the magistrate, as equally useful.”

Today our political leaders are also pushing the same foolishness in the interests of keeping the masses docile and their rule in check. Thus they compete with one another to be the most naïve and blind about the political ideology of Islam for example.

In the vain attempt to keep the peace, they think they can just appease Muslims and hope that everything will end up just rosy. But we are seeing the bitter fruit of that failed policy all over the West today. As Churchill once put it, “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” All this is a recipe for disaster, and each new day finds another case of blood on the streets in the West.

But there is a second reason I raise all this. Back then being faithful to Christ while resisting the siren calls of compromise and appeasement was a matter of life and death. While we can play our little ecumenical games today with no fear of reprisal, back then this was serious business.

There was no real middle ground there. You either proclaimed Christ as Lord and faced severe consequences, or you did not. There were very few half-hearted and nominal Christians back then. Such creatures would have been an oxymoron.

To follow Christ meant following him 100 per cent. To be his disciple meant being willing to risk everything and to lose everything. Carnal Christianity did not cut it back then. If you made a public declaration of following Christ, you put your life at jeopardy.

And so many believers back then paid the ultimate price for making Jesus Lord, and doing so publicly. But in marked contrast, today our churches are full of compromised and carnal believers. They will never open their mouths in public to defend Christ and biblical truths and values.

Because of their compromise and cowardice, they are effective siding with just one of the original twelve disciples: Judas. They are denying their Lord by not actively promoting and defending him publicly. And Jesus himself made this perfectly clear.

As we read in Mark 8:3, “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” If we are too craven and carnal to speak out about Christ as Lord, we have effectively denied him.

This is serious business folks. Maybe in ‘normal’ times this might suffice, but we are no longer living in normal times. Today the dividing line between light and darkness, truth and falsehood, God and Satan, is becoming crystal clear. So too is the increase in anti-Christian bigotry and persecution.

We no longer have the luxury of just sitting on the fence. Such ‘neutrality’ is impossible for the true Christian. “Whoever is not with me is against me” said Jesus. It is time in these dark days to take a stand and make a choice. Who will it be: the Lord Jesus, or the lord self? It cannot be both. It is one or the other. We either make him Lord of all, or he is not Lord at all.

Your call. Choose wisely. Time is running out.

http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/octavius.html
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http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1-300/why-early-christians-were-despised-11629610.html

Source: Atheism, the State, and the Early Christians: Lessons for Today

September 24, 2016 Lies Young Women Believe

How to Fight Like a Girl: LIVE from the True Woman ’16 Teen Track

by Paula Hendricks Marsteller | 9/23/16

Hey, LYWB Reader! I’m here at the True Woman ’16 national women’s conference in Indianapolis. Are you here too?! The Teen Track just wrapped up, and I thought I’d fill you in a little bit, in case you weren’t able to make it.

Dannah Gresh began the morning by reminiscing about her high school days. There was one particular event where the seniors would “share” with the juniors something they needed. One of the senior girls stood up and said, “I bequeath to Dannah . . . humility.” (Ouch!)

A different time, a friend explained to her, “Dannah, there are three kinds of girls in the world: cute girls, pretty girls, and beautiful girls. You’re pretty.” (All Dannah heard was, “You’re not beautiful.”)

These two sentences festered in her mind from morning to evening for a long, long time. Can you relate? What negative thoughts do you wrestle with?

Dannah went on to ask, “What if I told you those sentences are from Satan?” She pointed the girls to Ephesians 6:12 that says,

We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

She explained that the Devil’s favorite strategy against you and me is lies. John 8:44 calls it like it is:

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

“The native language I speak is English,” Dannah explained. “The native language Betsy speaks is Spanish. When Betsy thinks, she thinks in Spanish. The devil thinks in lies. He is the father of them. He has brought them to be. They exist because he exists.”

His lies—those sentences stuck on repeat in your head—may sound something like this:

“I can control my boyfriend. It won’t go too far.”

“God’s gonna forgive me anyway,”

“I’m not looking because it’s sexual; I’m looking because I’m curious.”

“I did that; God can’t use me all.”

“I did that thing, so God probably doesn’t love me anymore.”

“My past is so messed up; He can’t fix me.”

“This trial must be punishment from God.”

“If I was a real Christian, I wouldn’t have these desires.”

So . . . what is to be done with these lies Satan pummels us with?

Dannah encouraged us to fight by changing our self-talk into Savior talk. By asking Him, “Jesus, what is Your truth? I want to exchange this lie for Your truth.”

We do this by reading our Bible every day, until we build up a stockpile of truth within us. Then we speak Scripture out loud. When we do that, it doesn’t sound like our wimpy voice; it sounds like the powerful voice of God.

Here’s a great illustration. Check out this baby grizzly bear running from a cougar. With nowhere else to run, he finally opens his mouth and squeaks out the best little roar he can manage. Just as he does this, Momma Bear comes behind him, with a roar so mighty it sends that Cougar running in the opposite direction.

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This is how you and I fight like a girl: with the powerful Truth of God. As Dannah pointed out, “Jesus Himself did not have a power encounter with Satan; He had a truth encounter” (Matt. 4:1–11).

So how about you? What negative thoughts—what lies—run laps around your head most often? And what truth straight from God’s Word can you grasp onto and use as you wrestle the spiritual powers that be?

Source: How to Fight Like a Girl: LIVE from the True Woman ’16 Teen Track


Look for the Little Door

by Erin Davis

When you are facing temptation, learn to look for the little door.

He Finishes What He Starts

by Samantha Nieves

Do you feel like you should be further along in your walk with Christ? Chin up! God’s not finished with you yet.

When You Feel Like a Failure

by Leanna Shepard

You know that feeling that you can never measure up? What would you think if we told you it was a good thing?

Does God Care About My Prayers?

by Leanna Shepard

Prayer isn’t about getting what we want; it’s about getting to know God.

The NAR Gospel

The Gospel of the Kingdom is a false gospel invented by the New Order of the Latter Rain and is still preached to this day through the New Apostolic Reformation cult. William Branham does a good job describing the NAR gospel:

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Source: https://churchwatchcentral.com/2016/09/24/why-you-need-to-raise-the-dead-like-xp-media-does/

There Is Hope

If God did not exist, we would be without hope. But because he does, there is always hope. All this may sound like a cliché to many, but as the days grow darker, the need to reaffirm this basic truth becomes all the more important. As everything around us seems to be crumbling, we need an anchor – and that anchor is hope in God.

And when I write pieces like this, I am writing for myself as much as anything. I need to be reminded of these truths, because I so easily can get overwhelmed by what is happening. It is so easy for me to want to just give up when every new day brings even more bad news – spiritually, politically, socially, culturally, etc.

But I must not give up, because God does not give up on me. He must be my hope when everything around me becomes hopeless. And often God allows everything to be taken away from us so that he alone is left. I recently wrote about this in relation to the book of Habakkuk: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2016/09/18/habakkuk-trust-god-nations/

hope-4I know I am not alone however in bouts of despondency and discouragement as the whole world seems to be spiralling out of control. Many are feeling the same. I just had someone share this with me recently: “Just saw someone write: ‘I have had a gut full (of the battle).’ It is how many feel. Tired and very weary.”

I replied, “Yep, but we get a big rest in the next life.” But I certainly understand the feelings of weariness, exhaustion and despair. I will keep fighting the good fight until the day I die, God willing, but I sure can relate to those who are tempted to just want to give up.

It becomes so overwhelming at times. Indeed, it is getting really bad out there, with anti-Christian bigotry and persecution increasing by the day. Someone else recently asked me if I am ready for martyrdom. I replied: “We all have to be ready – and real soon. What’s the point of calling ourselves Christians if we are not willing to go all the way for him, just as he went all the way for us?!”

So we have to persevere and stand strong. But it is tough going. That is where hope comes in. It is an integral part of faith, as we read Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Biblical hope is not just hope in hope, or hope in ourselves, or hope in our circumstances always being rosy. Biblical hope is all about the one we place our hope in: God himself. It is because God is ever true, ever faithful, ever trustworthy, and ever in control, that we have hope.

The Bible speaks about hope hundreds of times. Let me just offer a few of these passages. One of the most amazing texts is found in a book that really does demand a place for real hope: Job. Here is a guy who lost everything, yet he could make an incredible statement such as this: “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” (Job 13:15).

The Psalms of course speak often about hope as well. Here are a few of the key passages:

-Psalm 9:18 But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
-Psalm 25:3-5 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
Show me your ways, LORD,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
-Psalm 33:18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love
-Psalm 62:5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
-Psalm 146:5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.
-Psalm 147:11 the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

The prophets too speak about hope, which is noteworthy, given how much they speak about God’s wrath and coming judgment. As Isaiah puts it (40:31): “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

And Lamentations, which may be the gloomiest book in the entire Bible, also contains a message of hope in the midst of so much judgment, despair and grief. Right in the middle of the book we find 3:21-23:

Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

The New Testament also runs with the idea of hope in numerous places. Of interest is Matthew 12:21 which quotes from Isaiah 42:4: “In his name the nations will put their hope.” It is not just individuals who can have hope in God, but even the nations.

Paul often speaks about hope, and often it is in the context of suffering. A famous passage of his in this regard is Romans 5:1-5:

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Similar thoughts are found in Romans 12:12: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer,” and in Romans 15:4: “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”

As mentioned at the outset, those without God are the ones without hope. Paul puts it this way in Ephesians 2:12: “remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.”

It is Christ particularly who is our hope. It is not just that he offers us hope but he is our hope: “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope” (1 Timothy 1:1). And finally, a passage I alluded to earlier: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19).

Thus we must always ‘keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith’ (Hebrews 12:2). If our eyes remain transfixed on this world and all that is going only we will lose hope real quick. The state cannot be our hope. Politicians and leaders cannot be our hope. Other people will let us down and prove to be a poor help in time of need.

So as things get ever darker all around us, there is all the more need to look much more intently and continuously on the only one who can give us hope. God will not let us down. He is our rock. He is our fortress. Let me finish with the mighty him by Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. Although the word ‘hope’ is not found in the four stanzas, the entire hymn engenders and celebrates hope:

1. A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

2. Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth, his name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.

3. And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

4. That word above all earthly powers,
no thanks to them, abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours,
thru him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill;
God’s truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever.

Source: There Is Hope

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Joel Houston promotes social gospel with #blacklivesmatter.

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The Houston legacy is proving to be an utterly clueless legacy. Like father, like son – Joel Houston appears to be as clueless about the gospel, as his father Brian Houston.

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A few days ago, Joel Houston informed his followers on Instagram that he took time to gather the church to “have an open conversation about the realities of racism and injustice experienced by many across our nation today.” What Joel Houston doesn’t realize is that he’s promoting racism and injustice.

Since the 1980s, Hillsong has been trying to influence Christianity to get on board with their own ‘agenda’. Thirty years later, this movement, and secular society, are on a modern day downgrade – because of the advancement of the Hillsong ‘industry’ that has touched churches and communities all around the world.

For Joel Houston to advocate that he, along with Hillsong, cares about racism and injustice is laughable. Joel…

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The Mystical New Age Roots of Jesus Calling

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We have been searching for a Bible based church. For a long time, my husband and I have been worshiping from home; watching pastors and preachers whom we have come to trust and love via Youtube. We do miss fellowship and we are aware that God wants us to be in fellowship with other believers.

For the last two Sundays we visited a Baptist church. This church ordains women as pastors. The head pastor is a man. We do not believe that the Word of God supports women being pastors.

Knowing that we will probably not find a church where we agree on every point, we know that some things are essential, while others are non-essential to salvation. I have often spoken of the slippery slope in many of my articles that leadership finds itself on when they stray from the Word. It is inevitable.

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Obama’s Affordable Care Act: health care costs rise by the most in 32 years

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Should you entrust a “community organizer” to reform health care? What if he had no record of having successfully reformed health care in his resume – at any level of government? What if he refused to show you his academic transcripts? What if he had not a single private sector job related to health care in his resume? What if he had written an autobiography where he confessed to drug use that has very possibly damaged his brain so that all he can do is play golf and read a teleprompter?

Should you hire someone like that to reform health care? What if he only gives you one reason to hire him: his skin color? Should you hire someone to reform health care based solely on his skin color?

CNN Money explains what Obamacare has done to health care costs:

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