For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:1-2 (NASB) 

The manner of our Lord’s death was one designed by the Romans to humiliate its criminals. The cross was a place of shame, disgrace, humiliation, indignity, degradation, and ignominy. The Roman soldiers were experts at this form of execution in which the criminal was beaten, undressed, arms spread and nailed to a cross-beam, feet nailed to a vertical beam, and hoisted above the ground for the world to see. However, as we read in 1 Corinthians 2:1-2 (above), Paul decided to know nothing among those to whom he preached and ministered except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

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Constructive Christian Criticism (Murray)

The Reformed Reader

There are times when one Christian needs to address the bad habit, sin, or fault of another Christian.  Obviously there’s a wrong way to do it (many of us know this from experience!).  So how do we give constructive criticism in a good, Christian way?  I appreciate David Murray’s advice on this.  He wrote the following on constructive criticism:
1) It is Preceded by Praise.  For criticism to have any hope of accomplishing anything, it should be set in the wider context of praise.
2) It is Infrequent.  Some people think that a little bit of praise sprinkled here and there permits them to launch frequent nuclear missiles at their unfortunate targets.  [Some] recommend a praise-criticism ratio of at least 3:1 and ideally closer to 5:1.
3) It is Limited.  Effective criticism aims at one specific target and refuses to take potshots at anything else.  ‘And while…

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Have We Lost Our Minds?

Our blindness has reached its maturity; we have lost our way, lost our sense of direction, and lost our compass. So warmed by our feelings of “authentic” self-satisfaction and cherished moral autonomy, most Americans don’t even realize we are blindly, and yes, authentically, careening into an abyss. History attests to our demise. More importantly, God assures us of it.

When we 50-somethings were children, American optimism taught us that we could be astronauts, professional athletes, astrophysicists, or neurosurgeons. Our choice. Imagination alone limited potential and opportunity, and dreaming big guaranteed living large. But our societal professors lied to us. They told us social, physical and mental limitations were artificial; leftovers of a less wise age, they were illusions to be rejected. Modern dreams, we were told, come true. Was there a ceiling? Well, only as high as our thoughts could rocket.

Of course the promises failed, because unlimited human potential and catching stratospheric dreams are myths. And even though nearly all of us landed jobs with monetary values tumbling well below the cloudy thresholds, most of us still clung tightly to the lie. Why? We loved it. Even empty optimism tasted good. Even after we abandoned the hollow hopes in a chest of yesteryears, we never forsook the lust for self-fulfillment. We had become junkies for sugary sanguinity. We became fools for the lie that the world really is our oyster.

But it is worse than that. These lies of previous years not only hung around the neighborhood, they reproduced like rabbits. Refusing their confining boundaries, they hopped to new realms and bounded to new heights. Autonomy and opportunity were no longer just about professions, but about our entire existence. Vocational choices, all ours, of course. But so too are personal and moral choices. Sexual freedoms, all ours. Gender choice, all ours. All decisions, all ours. Kuyper’s Christ had met his match. Together with millions of others, we claimed, “There is now not a single square of inch of the universe over which my own heart does not declare, ‘it is mine.’”

It was and is disastrous. Any who still think freedom comes by asserting self, welcome to the cage of sin, the Alcatraz of condemnation. The Almighty himself warned us that defiant claims and defiant dreams shackle every self-proclaimed master of his own fate and captain of his own soul (to coopt Henley’s famous Invictus). Indeed we have boarded our own ships, but rather than charting their courses and piloting to new vistas of self-determination, we find ourselves slavishly gripping the oars with sullen faces and whitened knuckles. As oarsmen chained to our filth and foolishness, we stroke desperately at our moronic immoral monotony.

Consider a few illustrative points, some of which smack very close to home. Yes, even some self-identifying evangelicals sit brashly in the seat of scoffers. Desecrating the law of God, we have demanded the unrestrained murder of infants in the womb. Untold numbers of “Christians” defend a woman’s right to abortion. Defying the Word of God, we have ordered our nation to redefine marriage and normalize homosexuality. Even certain “evangelicals” like Mathew Vines, argue that the church has misinterpreted the biblical sexuality texts for millennia. Hordes, millennials in particular, have grafted themselves into Vines’ “gospel” defense of homosexuality. Denying biblical wisdom, we have told our children they can believe whatever they wish about themselves and their world—their gender, their identity, their religion, their morals, their music, their video games, their gods. “Believe, say, think, and be whatever you want. God will love you anyway.” All such “Christian” versions of my-child-is-the-center-of-the-universe are pagan to their core. Our children have taken our beloved lie and run with it into an abyss of hopelessness.

In Babel-esque form, this 21st century wisdom informs us that God is who we make him to be and that we can get to him on our own terms, in our own way, by our own theological preferences, using our own moral grid. Our lives are for us, defined within us, and governed by us. Our advance is so great, in fact, that should we decide God doesn’t exist, well, poof! He somehow disappears. What power! What freedom! What foolhardiness.

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5 Ways to Discern True and False Repentance

The Bible contains several aides that are designed to help believers distinguish between true and false repentance. It is important that we are able to distinguish the two, because the difference between them determines how we respond to our fallen brother or sister. If we are to bring law to the proud and grace to the humble, then it is essential that we are able to discern between pride and humility.

Every Christian will likely encounter this scenario: someone you know and who professes Christ has a major sin in their life exposed. As a result, relationships are harmed, their reputation is destroyed, and their heart is broken. You, as their friend (or pastor or spouse) are left wondering how to respond.

You know that Christians are called to forgive and restore other believers who have their sin exposed, but you also know that this is only true if they are repentant over their sin. For example, the command in Galatians 6:1Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) to “restore” a fallen believer is paired with an exhortation about the importance of self-examination (vv. 2-4). Or Paul, in 2 Corinthians 7, tell the Corinthians that he stands ready to forgive them, because the exposure of their sin produced godly sorrow as opposed to worldly sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:9-11Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).

So what are you supposed to do? The person in front of you says they are repentant. They saythey are sorry about their sin. But is that enough?

The Bible contains several aides that are designed to help believers distinguish between true and false repentance. It is important that we are able to distinguish the two, because the difference between them determines how we respond to our fallen brother or sister. If we are to bring law to the proud and grace to the humble, then it is essential that we are able to discern between pride and humility.

For example, as I mentioned above, Paul extended the Corinthians grace (instead of law) because he judged their sorrow to be a sign of godly repentance as opposed to worldly sorrow. But how did he know the difference? After all, the person who sits in your living room weeping about their now known sin may or may not be truly repentant, so how could Paul know?

He tells us that godly sorrow leads to repentance because it is accompanied by indignation, fear, deep longing, zeal, and justice (2 Corinthians 7:11Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).

Why did he choose those words? Well, taken together they represent someone who is broken over the nature of their sin more than the consequences of it. They provide five marks that the person is sorry they sinned, rather than sorry they got caught.

Indignation: Godly sorrow is a form of godly anger. This is an anger at sin—not the consequences of sin, but at sin itself. The broken believer is sorry about their sin, but they are more than sorry: they are disappointed and grieved that the depravity brought into the world through Adam resides in their own heart.

Some people are angry their sin was exposed. Their concern is to cover their sin and convince others to do that as well. Like Saul who only wanted Samuel to go with him for appearance’s sake, these people are not grieved over their sin. True repentance doesn’t create anger at those who know the sin, but rather anger at the nature of sin itself. This is why Paul describes true repentance as a form of indignation.

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The Surprising Truth About False Teachers

No matter how twisted the teaching, no matter how publicly shamed the church may feel over the exposé of an unethical leader, no matter how dark the days become, no matter how helpless we may feel in guarding gospel doctrine and preserving gospel-worthy lives, we have this great sustaining hope: Jesus knows how to rescue the godly. Jesus is not only the greatest and truest teacher who ever lived, but he also is the great rescuer, who has redeemed us from sin and will keep those who are truly his from soul-destroying error.

The question is not whether you ever hear the voice of false teachers. You do — probably every day. The question is whether you can discern which messages are false.

If you watch any television, listen to any radio or podcasts, keep up on the news, or interact at depth with just about anyone in modern society, you are being exposed to some form of false teaching. If you cannot identify any voices you hear as false, it’s not because you aren’t being exposed, but because you’re falling for it in some way.

For most of church history, it took extraordinary energy and effort to influence the masses. Messages had to be copied by hand, and teachers had to travel by foot or horseback. There were no cars or airplanes, and no printing presses, websites, or Facebook pages. But today just about every false teacher has a Twitter account.

How, then, does the church discern true teachers from false ones in a world like ours, where it’s easier than ever to spread false teaching?

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Evidence of Christian authenticity and proper use of discernment

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh. James 3:8-12 (NASB) 

Is the following statement true or false? Good works authenticate true faith. I know that for a growing segment of the church visible this is, for them, a loaded question that they will refuse to either address or answer, but if you pin them down, they will say…

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August 24, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Members of Congress are in an unusual position as they demand an explanation for Mylan NV’s 400 percent price hike for the EpiPen and focus attention squarely on its CEO: Heather Bresch. If lawmakers follow the usual script, Bresch could get called up to Capitol Hill next month to explain her company’s justification for raising the price on the life-saving allergy shot. But that could be awkward, since she’s the daughter of Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

As the U.S. draws down the prison population by transferring inmates to friendly nations, the cost of housing terrorism suspects at the detention facility in Cuba has climbed to about $6 million per person, according to an analysis of Defense Department figures. That’s produced a politically convenient byproduct for an administration determined to close the site: sticker shock. The per-inmate cost will only increase as Obama continues to transfer prisoners, as he did last week when 15 detainees were sent to the United Arab Emirates.

Since the beginning of the year, the Baltimore Police Department had been using the plane to investigate all sorts of crimes, from property thefts to shootings. The Cessna sometimes flew above the city for as many as 10 hours a day, and the public had no idea it was there. A company called Persistent Surveillance Systems, based in Dayton, Ohio, provided the service to the police, and the funding came from a private donor. No public disclosure of the program had ever been made.

UBS Group AG and peers on both sides of the Atlantic plan to seek regulatory approval to use a new form of digital cash to settle financial transactions, cutting costs and time.

On Tuesday, Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk released a new, 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack for the dual-motor versions of the Model S and Model X. The upgrade makes the Model S the first all-electric sedan with a range of more than 300 miles, and it cuts the zero-to-60 miles per hour interval to just 2.5 seconds.

Royal Bank of Scotland has told about 3,000 of its global transaction-services clients to speed up their search for another bank. Their checking accounts, cash management and trade-finance services probably won’t work after Dec. 31.

AP Top Stories

The FBI and other U.S. security agencies are investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other U.S. news organizations that are thought to have been carried out by hackers working for Russian intelligence, CNN reported.

Pakistani police charged the exiled leader of a major political party with treason and inciting terrorism Tuesday, as his own second-in-command vowed to disown him a day after a violent protest in Karachi.

Five days after an explosive wildfire in Southern California drove About 82,000 people from their homes, authorities lifted all evacuation orders on Sunday to allow them to return.

In 2007, when drugmaker Mylan bought the autoinjecting device, which contains epinephrine (otherwise known as adrenaline), the list price was $57. Now, a two-pack EpiPen will set you back more than $600 without insurance, according to prescription-drug price comparison website GoodRx. Since 2009, when it was $100 for a pack of two, the price has gone up about 500% (though the price varies among pharmacies). And senators are starting to ask for answers.

New data from the National Safety Council found approximately 19,100 people were killed in crashes on U.S. roads during the first six months of the year, a 9 percent increase over the same period in 2015. The organization blames the increase on a combination of factors, including a stronger economy and lower gas prices, which cause people to drive more miles. There is also an alarming number of teenage drivers who are willing to use social media behind the wheel.

Running a city, especially one with more than 20 million people, is no easy task. Running it from inside a jail cell is infinitely more difficult. But that’s exactly what Waseem Akhtar – the new mayor of Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi – will be doing, the Guardian reports. The charges against him include arranging medical care for alleged terrorists and inciting riots across the city in 2007.

The world’s longest aircraft, the Airlander 10 airship, has crash-landed after a test flight in Bedfordshire, central England, its British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles said on Wednesday.

BBC

At least 73 people have been killed in a magnitude 6.2 earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy, authorities say.

Turkish tanks and other vehicles have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy shelling of an area held by so-called Islamic State (IS). Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes.

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from a submarine off its east coast, say the US and South Korea.

Montana officials have indefinitely closed the Yellowstone River over concerns of a deadly parasite that has killed thousands of fish.

WND

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton is now offering a course called “#StopWhitePeople2K16” as part of routine training for residential assistants.

A 16-year-old boy who contracted a brain-eating amoeba in South Florida before doctors in Orlando diagnosed him was called a “miracle” as he prepared to leave the hospital. The infection has been fatal in 97 percent of the 138 cases in the United States. He is now one of four people in the last 50 years known to have survived an infection of Naegleria fowleri, which is found in warm freshwater.

The heroin epidemic that has plagued the nation’s urban and rural communities alike had not spared West Virginia, but nothing prepared Cabell County officials for 26 overdoses in a four-hour span last week. Victims injected from a batch of the drug believed to have been laced with Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid up to 100 times more potent than morphine.


 Top News – 8/24/2016

Confirmed earthquake hits southern Colorado
The United States geological survey initially reported a 4.5 magnitude earthquake around 26 miles west-southwest of Trinidad, close to the border of Colorado and New Mexico.

Italians evacuate Rome over ‘big one’ fears
Romans are taking it so seriously that local newspapers have even been publishing survival guides with tips of what to do – if – the ground starts to tremble. The panic has been fanned by Facebook, Twitter and text messages around a prediction by Raffaele Bendani, a seismologist who forecast in 1915 that a “big one” would hit Rome on Wednesday.

China’s Covert Weapons Procurement Revealed in Florida Case
China’s government covertly tried to obtain advanced U.S. fighter jet engines and a Reaper drone in a high-technology spying operation uncovered by federal authorities in Florida. A Chinese-born woman, Wenxia Man, was sentenced to 50 months in prison on Friday following her conviction for conspiracy to export restricted American defense articles…

French national screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ stabs British woman to death in Australia
The assault took place on Wednesday at a backpackers’ hostel near Townsville in northern Queensland. A 21-year-old British woman died at the scene, while a 30-year-old British man was taken to hospital in critical condition, state police reported.

Brewing tropical storm may threaten Bahamas, Florida as a hurricane
A budding tropical disturbance has the potential to strengthen significantly and reach Florida with strong winds, coastal flooding and torrential rainfall during Sunday and Monday.

BREAKING: Leaked e-mails show George Soros paid $650K to influence bishops during Pope’s US visit
billionaire globalist George Soros – one of Hilary Clinton’s top donors – paid $650,000 to influence Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the USA with a view to “shift[ing] national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.” “Buy-in of individual bishops to more publicly voice support of economic and racial justice messages…”.

Putin, Netanyahu, Talk Peace Process on Phone
“The leaders exchanged opinions on Middle East settlement issues and topical aspects of the general situation in the region. They agreed to continue active Russian-Israeli contacts at different levels,” the report said.

Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above
…a small Cessna airplane equipped with a sophisticated array of cameras was circling Baltimore…The plane’s wide-angle cameras captured an area of roughly 30 square miles and… transmitted real-time images to analysts on the ground… Since the beginning of the year, the Baltimore Police Department had been using the plane to investigate all sorts of crimes…and the public had no idea it was there.

Syria Jarablus: Turkish tanks roll into northern Syria
A dozen Turkish tanks and other vehicles have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy shelling of an area held by so-called Islamic State (IS). Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels are accompanying the Turkish advance.

Myanmar hit by 6.8 magnitude earthquake
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has hit central Myanmar, and was felt as far away as Thailand, Bangladesh and India, reports say. The quake struck 25km (15.5 miles) west of Chauk, at a depth of 84km, the US Geological Survey said.

Obama Admin Won’t Tell Congress How It Paid Iran $1.3 Billion in Taxpayer Funds
The Obama administration is withholding from Congress details about how $1.3 billion in U.S. taxpayer funds was delivered to Iran… The Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice have all rebuffed a congressional probe into the…$1.3 billion payment to Iran which is part of an additional $400 million cash payout that occurred just prior to the release of several U.S. hostages…

The NSA Leak Is Real, Snowden Documents Confirm
“ShadowBrokers” announced an auction for what it claimed were “cyber weapons” made by the NSA. Based on never-before-published documents provided by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Intercept can confirm that the arsenal contains authentic NSA software, part of a powerful constellation of tools used to covertly infect computers worldwide.

Commentary: Evidence points to another Snowden at the NSA
if Russia had stolen the hacking tools, it would be senseless to publicize the theft, let alone put them up for sale. A more logical explanation could also be insider theft. If that’s the case, it’s one more reason to question the usefulness of an agency that secretly collects private information on millions of Americans but can’t keep its most valuable data from being stolen, or as it appears in this case, being used against us.

Zika virus: Florida announces five new cases
Florida’s governor has announced five new cases of Zika, including one in the Tampa Bay area, 265 miles (425 km) north of Miami. Four other cases of the virus, which is often spread by mosquitoes, were found in Wynwood in Miami, where officials have sprayed pesticides. The Tampa case involves a woman in Pinellas County without a travel history, suggesting local transmission.

North Korea submarine fires ballistic missile
North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from a submarine off its east coast, say the US and South Korea. The KN-11 missile was launched from waters near Sinpo and flew about 500km (300 miles) before falling into the Sea of Japan, a US official said. Japan’s PM said it fell inside Japan’s Air Defence Identification Zone, calling it a “reckless act”.

Russian ‘documentary’ claims Jews behind Titanic, Chernobyl and 9/11
A documentary recently aired on a Russian television station with a potential reach of 100 million viewers laid blame for some of history’s greatest calamities at the feet of the Jews. According to The Jewish Chronicle, the short film, which aired on Russia’s REN TV, claimed that Jews were behind the sinking of the Titanic, the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl and the September 11 terror attacks.

Turkey, US-led coalition launch large-scale border offensive against ISIS
Turkish special forces, tanks and jets backed by planes from the US-led coalition launched their first coordinated offensive into Syria on Wednesday to try to drive Islamic State from the border and prevent further gains by Kurdish militia fighters. Turkish tank units and Syrian rebels backed by the NATO member crossed into northern Syria to push Islamic State out of the border town of Jarablus, military sources said.

ABC News: Hillary Lied About Donor Access During 2009 Confirmation Hearing
The evidence that shows close ties between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department proves Hillary Clinton lied during her confirmation hearing in 2009, according to ABC News.

Celtic fans raise over £136,000 for ‘Palestine’ after Israel match debacle
Celtic fans have so far raised over £136,000 in two days for Palestinian charities after the club received a disciplinary charge from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Last week, fans of Scotland’s Celtic soccer team staged a protest, organized by Green Brigade fans, against Israel when their team faced off with Hapoel Beersheba in the Champions League.

Dozens Killed, Widespread Damage After Strong Quake in Central Italy
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, with reports of fatalities and significant damage surfacing quickly in its aftermath.

Emails: Top Hillary Aide Was Researching Drug That Treats Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s
Jake Sullivan, Hillary Clinton’s top foreign policy adviser, extensively researched the drug Provigil while working for her at the State Department in 2011.

Something “Unexpected” Happened When Seattle Raised The Minimum Wage
Seemingly no amount of empirical evidence can convince progressives that raising minimum wages to artificially elevated levels is a bad idea. Somehow the basic idea that raising the cost of a good ultimately results in lower consumption of that good just doesn’t compute.

US Service Member Killed by IED in Afghanistan
A U.S. service member has died from wounds sustained today in an operation near Lashkar Gah in Helmand province in Afghanistan, the Pentagon confirmed. The service member was conducting “train, advise, assist” activities with Afghan counterparts when the patrol “triggered an improvised explosive device,” or IED, according to a news release from U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

‘Failed State’ Venezuela Now Bleeding Cash
Bad news for distressed asset investors. Venezuela’s cash position is deteriorating and that makes for a lack of clarity on the left wing government’s ability to pay its debts. This is particularly worrisome for PDVSA investors, a favorite holding among foreign investors playing — and praying — for Venezuelan regime change.

Earthquake strikes central Italy
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, south of the city of Perugia, the US Geological Survey says, with the shock also felt in Rome.

Putin offers Middle East peace talks
President Putin is pushing to host peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in the latest sign of his ambition for Russia to replace the United States as chief power broker in the Middle East.


Top Headlines – 8/24/2016

Aqaba spill dumps 200 tons of crude oil into Red Sea

Hamas: We’re Uninterested In New Gaza War

Defense minister: Israel won’t let Hamas rearm

IDF raids West Bank weapons facilities

Israel targeted ‘key Hamas strategic assets’ in Sunday’s barrage

Rivlin at Gaza border: ‘Israel ready to face any threat, above or below ground’

The IDF’s first combat robot

Violent protests in Nablus after Palestinian detainee killed in Palestinian police custody

Hamas accuses Egypt of abducting 4 Palestinians a year ago

French Jewish families make aliyah-to Samaria

Palestinians Fume as Europe Fails to Back BDS

A George Soros-Funded Palestinian Media Outlet Runs an Anti-Semitic Article Series

Honduras seeks Israel’s help against organized crime

Turkish Foreign Minister: Turkey and Israel to appoint ambassadors in coming days

Turkey hunts alleged coup plotter who was Clinton donor

Turkey evacuates town amid anti-IS Syria campaign

U.S. Eyes Aiding Turkish-Backed Rebels Against Islamic State in Syria

‘Apex of horror’ Aleppo faces catastrophe if truce isn’t called to let in aid: U.N.

UN: Over a Million Could Be Displaced by Mosul Offensive

Moscow and Tehran: Russia done launching Syrian airstrikes from Iran

Iran unveils its own version of S-300 air defense system

Iran rounds up 450 social media users for ‘immoral activities’

White House: Payment to Iran was neither ransom nor leverage

Obama Admin Won’t Tell Congress How It Paid Iran $1.3 Billion in Taxpayer Funds

Iran Expanding Terror Network in Latin America

Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria air strike ‘kills commanders’

Nigerian army: Self-declared Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau ‘fatally wounded’

Gang Rape Of Aid Workers In South Sudan Is A Turning Point

Afghans push India for more arms, despite Pakistan’s wary eye

Roadside bomb kills US soldier in southern Afghanistan

Planned Muslim cemetery, mosque face opposition in Georgia community over terror training camp concerns

NYPD repeatedly broke rules when investigating Muslim groups, inspector general report charges

FBI investigating whether Virginia stabbings were ISIS-inspired

Suspect in stabbing says he was hearing voices

Car bomb explodes outside Thai hotel

Anti-Islam group sparks terror scare after staging mock ‘Isil attack’ in Prague

Italy, Germany, France eye beefed up EU defense after recent terror attacks

Following a series of violent attacks last month, German right-wing leader backs citizens’ right to arm themselves

Paris tourism hit by militant attacks, strikes and floods

Paris tourism lost 750 million Euros after attacks

Paris tourism chiefs demand rescue plan as attacks scare off visitors

Worldwide concern over ‘too many immigrants’: study

Washington Post: U.S. needs illegal immigrants for ‘washing dishes,’ ‘mowing lawns’

North Korea lays new landmines near border truce village: report

North Korea test-fires submarine-launched ballistic missile, says Seoul

Crimea ready to sue Ukraine over ’20 years of looting’ – official

Russia, Germany, France raise alarm over fighting in Ukraine

Politico: US Election Is Increasing Russia-Ukraine Tensions

Attempted hack of New York Times might fuel more talk of Russia assisting Trump

Biden vows ‘rock solid’ NATO ties as allies slam Trump

Obama tours Louisiana amid criticism that he’s late

In Louisiana, Barack Obama Dismisses Donald Trump: I’m Leaving In Five Months Anyway

Leaked Docs: Soros Aims to Enlarge Electorate by 10 Million Voters by 2018

Clinton’s pathetic ‘Colin Powell made me do it’ defense

Clinton calls claims about her health ‘wacky’

FBI investigating possible cyberbreach of New York Times reporters’ email accounts

The US Air Force Reveals Radical Plan to ‘Bomb the Sky’ to Improve Radio Reception

Fed Admits Another $4 Trillion In QE Will Be Needed To Offset An “Economic Shock”

Eight Facebook users indicted for mocking Thai junta leader

Prison inspector calls for inmates to be given access to social media and Skype to keep in touch with family

Rare Pokemon sparks stampede in Taipei

Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above

EPA: North Texas earthquakes likely linked to oil and gas drilling

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Nebe, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Mawlaik, Burma

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

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,500ft

Tropical Storm Gaston Forms; Disturbance Eyes Florida

Tropical Storm Gaston Forms in the Eastern Atlantic; Forecast to Strengthen into a Hurricane

Hermine may brew in Atlantic following birth of Tropical Storm Gaston

Brewing tropical storm may threaten Bahamas, Florida as a hurricane

More Than 300 Killed, Hundreds of Thousands Evacuated as Monsoon Rains Flood India

Over 200,000 villagers evacuated by rescue teams in Bihar

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Into New Jersey Marina

National Insitutes of Health Wants Funds for Human-Animal Hybrids

Florida sends another $5 million to fight Zika in Miami-Dade

U.S. lawmakers demand investigation of $100 price hike of lifesaving EpiPens

DA warns of drug ‘10,000 times’ more powerful than heroin

W. Va. city swamped by overdoses, as nation battles surging opioid epidemic

Seattle could open housing for homeless where it’s OK to use heroin

LSD Might Make You More Creative

Suspected face-biter may have ingested ‘caustic’ chemicals from garage, sheriff says

One California city is paying people not to commit crimes

No Scientific Evidence That People Are Born Gay or Transgender, Johns Hopkins Researchers Say

UC Berkeley insurance to cover range of gender-reassignment procedures

New Mexico school sends mixed signals on gender policy

Rodeo clown fired for comments about gender identity at Calhoun Co. fair

The Salvation Army and the LGBT Community

Southern Africans Set to Test Anglican Ban on Same-Sex Unions

Parents fuming over Pledge of Allegiance ‘waiver’


Frontrunning: August 24

  • ‘Voices under the rubble’ after quake hits Italy; at least 38 dead (Read More)
  • Turkish tanks, special forces launch first major push into Syria to battle IS (Read More)
  • A Year After Stocks Armageddon, It’s Smooth Sailing for Markets (Read More)
  • Global stocks ease, dollar holds ground as U.S. rate bets abound (Read More)
  • Merkel Tells Renzi He Can’t Bend Euro Rules to Boost Growth (Read More)
  • Fine-Print Fortune: Two Ex-Goldman Traders Look for Bonanza in Mortgage Bonds  (Read More)
  • Derivatives Users Hit as Negative Rates Raise Collateral Costs (Read More)
  • Philippines says sea dispute not led to shift in ties with China or U.S. (Read More)
  • Lavrov, Kerry to meet on Syria and Ukraine in Geneva on Friday (Read More)
  • France’s DCNS does not rule out ‘economic war’ after documents leak (Read More)
  • Largest Oil Companies’ Debts Hit Record High (Read More)
  • Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above (Read More)
  • EU calls on Greece to defend statistics office (Read More)
  • Voters With Student Debt Flock to Clinton in Poll (Read More)
  • Lockheed’s F-35 Still Falls Short, Pentagon’s Chief Tester Says (Read More)
  • Tesla touts speed and driving range with new upgraded battery (Read More)
  • The Senator’s Daughter Who Raised Prices on Anti-Allergy EpiPen (Read More)

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US State Department Warns Iran Wants to Capture US Citizens

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:57 AM PDT

It appears that Iran would like some more money from the Obama Administration and now the The US State Department has issued a travel warning,…

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Muslim ‘compound’ sparks terror fears in Georgia

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:52 AM PDT

Many Georgians are in an uproar and Hundreds of them turned out Monday night at the Historic Newton County Courthouse in opposition to a Muslim Mosque…

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Christianity in Decline in Britain, Rise of Humanist ‘Pastors’

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:47 AM PDT

I believe this news pertains to not only Britain but also America. According to a report from CNS News, With participation in traditional faiths at near-record…

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UPDATE: North Korea test fires missile towards Japan…

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:39 AM PDT

North Korea appears to be poking a hornet’s nest as they continue to provoke Japan and once again has reportedly fired a submarine-based missile toward…

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Foul-Mouthed Rapper DMX Embraces God’s Calling to the Pulpit

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:31 AM PDT

Did Rapper DMX come to the light? Earl Simmons, aka DMX, fulfilled his God-given calling to be a preacher when he stepped in a pulpit…

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BOMBSHELL: Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:21 AM PDT

Looks the lid is being blown off the Clinton “Donor list” as reports indicate that More than half the people outside the government who met…

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Could Quake In Italy Be Pre-Cursor To Deadly Volcano?

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:07 AM PDT

UPDATE: A powerful earthquake has struck Italy and killed at least 38 and destroyed and reportedly wiped out small mountain villages in Central Italy early…

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Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Strikes Central Burma

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 04:54 AM PDT

DEVELOPING: On the heels of a powerful earthquake that has struck Italy producing death and destruction a powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8…

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Powerful 6.2-Magnitude Earthquake strikes Central Italy

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 07:04 PM PDT

According to reports from the USGS a strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck central Italy early on Wednesday near the city of Perugia, the USGS…

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St. Louis Deemed Most Dangerous City In the United States

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 06:41 PM PDT

According to a new report, St Louis tops the FBI’s list of most dangerous cities across the Unites States. More than 88 violent crimes took…

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“The Decline of the American Empire”

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 06:33 PM PDT

(By Giulio Meotti) At the end of the film “The Decline of the American Empire” (1986), the Canadian director Denys Arcand inserted this monologue of…

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China Takes Huge Step Towards Becoming A Global Military Power

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 05:25 PM PDT

It looks like the Kings of the East are growing into their shoes as a new report is indicating that China is building its first…

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‘Pokemon Go’ Causes Stampede in Taiwan

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 05:12 PM PDT

If you think people are going nuts over Pokemon Go in the United States, You should see what just took place in Taiwan. In a…

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Cher Compares Trump To Hitler

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 05:05 PM PDT

Well, I guess Cher isn’t a big fan of Donald Trump because she just compared him to Hitler, likened his campaign to a “racist” version…

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Doctor Speaks Of Life-After-Death Experience, Rare Glimpse Of Heaven

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 04:58 PM PDT

A doctor claims he had an out-of-body experience while undergoing life-saving surgery. Dr Rajiv Parti was rushed into the emergency room at UCLA Medical Center…

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WAR DRUMS: North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile From Submarine

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 04:50 PM PDT

North Korea continues to flex their military muscles and attempt to intimidate the US and other opponents such as South Korea. In its latest missile test, North…

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Tropical Storm May Threaten Bahamas and Impact Florida as a Hurricane

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 04:47 PM PDT

A budding tropical disturbance has the potential to reach Florida with gusty winds, showers and thunderstorms during Sunday and Monday. Only one of two active…

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700 Inmates have been released from Gitmo — Over 200 Return to the fight…

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 04:43 PM PDT

Last week the Obama Administration approved its largest-ever release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, sending 15 extremists back into the world. By now, the pattern…

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19% of NY Firms Cutting Jobs Due to Obamacare

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 11:25 AM PDT

The ripples of Obamacare is now being felt from the The Federal Reserve Bank of New York which found out today that found that 17…

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DEVELOPING: Nigeria claims Boko Haram killed in raid

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 11:19 AM PDT

Has Nigeria finally eliminated one of the worst terrorists in its history? According to a new report, Nigeria’s military said Tuesday it believes an airstrike…

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Parents fuming over Pledge of Allegiance ‘Waiver’

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 11:15 AM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) A Waiver in Tallahasee, Florida has many parents outraged and in a state of disbelief. At first Micah Brienen thought his sister-in-law’s…

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Conspiracy Theorists Claim ‘Planet X’ on collision course for Earth

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 11:09 AM PDT

And here we go again with yet another doomsday prediction of the “End of the World”. Last month it was the second coming of Jesus…

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New Wonder Drug Melts Cancer Cells Approved For US

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 09:42 AM PDT

Could this be “too good to be true?” Could a new wonder drug now be available to destroy cancer? A tablet developed in Melbourne that…

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What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel In A Nutshell

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

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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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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Poll: Americans giving up on God, miracles

According to the Washington Examiner:

No GodHalf of Americans who have left their church no longer believe in God, leading a surge of nearly one quarter of the nation who have no affiliation with any religion, according to a new survey.

Pew Research Center said Wednesday that 49 percent of what they term “nones” left their church and religion because they “don’t believe.” Another 20 percent said they don’t like organized religion. Other reasons included “common sense” and a lack of believe in miracles.

The survey is the latest from Pew that demonstrates a growing trend in America: More and more people are junking religion and many are giving up on God.

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Charisma News & Hillsong: The Spirit of The Age

I heard a remark the other day, on some intellectual-esque podcast – far above my own cranial capacities, by the way – that the post-modern era has ceased. We are now in a post, post-modern era, as yet unnamed. This may, or may not be true, but a couple of clear carry-overs from the post-modern mindset still prevail – subjectivism and experientialism.

When the modern era, driven as it was by humanistic rationalism, gave way to the post-modern one, the prevailing evidence of its arrival was disdain for concrete rationalism and a recognition that humanism had failed to fulfill man’s nobly inspired ambitions.   Rationalism became subjectivism – we can no longer know anything for certain. What’s true for you is great, it just may not be true for me.

The embrace of absolute truth in the modern era transitioned from a universally accepted reality to a self-defined, personal perspective. What I feel is true, is true … though I can’t even prove that. The spirit of the age – the ubiquitous idol of tolerance – ensures the veracity of your truth for you, and vigorously defends your right to it.  It could not, should not, dare not be challenged. Who are you to say that what I feel is true isn’t, in fact, true?

Believers know the source of this deception.

We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.  1 John 5:19

Whatever this new era in the world may be, the “church” is increasingly vigorous in its embrace of the spirit of post-modernism.  The influence of absolute truth, while lurking virtually unseen in the shadows of popular, modern “Christianity” – where Scripture is given oral homage and practical disregard – is only verified personally by experience. You can know God is at work because of what you feel. The veracity of His inspired Word is insufficient; the implications of your warm fuzzy are far more validating.

One of the clearest examples of this is an August 23rd post in the “news” outlet Charisma News. The article ‘Hillsong: Let Hope Rise’ Shows Revelation 7:9 In Action is exemplary of Biblical ignorance, experiential affirmation, and the pervasive influence of a “you” centered, false form of Christianity. The writer is trapped in a false religious system that promises hope and confirms it with feelings.

“Goosebumps prickled my skin as I immediately recognized the presence of the Holy Spirit in my home. What surprised me, though, was how He entered: through my computer screen.”  (Source)

The opening paragraph highlights the all-important, widely sought-after “goosebumps” experience. The Holy Spirit was present because warm fuzzies confirmed it.

“God wants to give you His Spirit only through His external Word.”  Martin Luther

Now, not to discount the omnipresent attribute of God, if you are a regenerate believer, you’re not going to walk into your home and bump into the Holy Spirit. He’s not going to leap out of your closet, ooze out of your kitchen cabinet, or esoterically un-pixellate Himself from your computer screen.  He does not announce His presence with “Holy Ghost bumps.”

If you are Christ’s, His Spirit indwells you. How do we know? Because Scripture proclaims it … in numerous places. Check out 1 Corinthians 3:16, Ezekiel 36:27, Isaiah 63:11, Romans 8:11, 2 Timothy 1:14. There’s more, of course, but the surest truth of the indwelling of the Spirit in each believer comes from Christ Himself:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”  John 14:15-17

The article’s author, however, seemed to only confirm the presence of the Holy Spirit by her feelings, not by the Christ-promised truth of Scripture. But the goosebump emotionalism wasn’t all. Oh, no. The next level of mystical confirmation came. She started crying.

“Admittedly, tears uncontrollably streamed down my face as I heard “Mighty to Save,” a song I’ve known since high school, sung in different languages. This, I thought, really is the next great move of God.”  (Source)

If emotional experience is the foundation of your faith, you don’t have faith. You have an idol of feelings. Feelings are not the validation of the truth of faith; God’s Word is the validation of the truth of faith, followed by the evident fruit of the Spirit in His sanctifying work.  And, no … tears, goosebumps, and emotionalistic highs are not “fruits of the Spirit.”

“The Spirit and the Word must be combined.   If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions.”  George Mueller

Of the ministries of the Holy Spirit, for the believer His function as illuminator of truth is foremost.  He guides us to understanding His Word.  Never pointing the believer to Himself, the Holy Spirit always points to Jesus in the Word.

“The Holy Spirit is evident as these men and women write songs, record music, spend time with their families and move about town. He fuels their callings, even those who don’t travel. What’s more, He can be felt by anyone so much as watching the documentary. I was alone in my home and keenly aware He was there.”  (Source)

Do you read the experiential validation of faith in this? “He fuels,” “He can be felt by anyone,” “keenly aware He was there” affirm the foundation of this “faith” on feelings as opposed to the propositional truth of God in His inspired Word.  And “anyone” can “feel” the Holy Spirit just by watching a Hillsong documentary?  Really?  Sans regeneration first?  Umm, no.

“I know the Holy Spirit is invisible, the Holy Spirit works in a supernatural, and divine, and imperceptible way within us.”  John MacArthur (Source)

The Apostle Paul’s introductory thanksgiving and prayer in his letter to the church at Colossae give us more than a clue about the eternal importance of our apprehension of truth as knowledge, not emotions.

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.  

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”   Colossians 1:3-11

Paul didn’t pray that the Colossians would have warm fuzzies; he prayed that they would grow in “spiritual wisdom and understanding.” If you’re a believer, take this as encouragement. But if you’re an acolyte of a false, emotions-driven form of faith, take it as a warning. Feelings are not the foundation of faith, nor are they a guide for it. Why? Because the “heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick.”  (Jeremiah 17:9)

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“Let Hope Rise proves worship is a unifying experience among believers. Hillsong United’s lyrics allow Christians to place their own hearts within the songs and cry out to God in a way that feels personal. The documentary shows that this is not a perfected formula, but the heartbeat of the band.”  (Source)

The article’s headline is summarized in this paragraph. However, the vision of the Apostle John in Revelation is of the glorified church in Heaven, not a crowd of ecumenism embracing revelers at a Christianized rock concert from a prosperity gospel church from down under. While the use of narcigetics is a well-known technique by the Word-Faith likes of Hillsong, the author here indicates the great value the technique offers by inserting one’s self within band’s tunes. Doing so helps  “Christians .. cry out to God in a way that feels personal.”  Yippee and pass the Kleenex … I guess.

“Show me a person obsessed with the Holy Spirit, and I’ll show you a person not filled with the Holy Spirit.”  John MacArthur

While Charisma News can be a great source of cathartic comic relief, it reveals the woeful, unscriptural condition of what the world increasingly views as the face of Christianity. In this case, Hillsong is merely one featured evidence of a faux form of faith, falsely called Christian, that is an intrinsic expression of the post-modern spirit of the age in which truth is subjective and experiential. The pursuit, and experience, of “Holy Spirit” feelings is the validation of truth.

Yet, in authentic Christianity, Truth is verified by the Word.

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.  John 8:32

And, oh, don’t think that authentic faith is void of emotions. It isn’t.   But those emotions are eternally permanent, given as promised gifts of Christ to His chosen. The peace, love, joy, and the fruits of the Spirit (John 14:27, John 15:10, Galatians 5:22) that Christ brings, though, are not things the enemy of our Lord, try as he might, can counterfeit. But he does try and, sadly, many fall victim to a deceptive faith founded on feelings.

Rely on the Truth of His Word and take seriously our Lord’s warning in Matthew 24:4, “See that no one leads you astray,” even if you do get goosebumps.

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The Coming Free Speech Apocalypse

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There was a time in this country when liberals were the ones who called for free speech. They marched for it. They fought for it. Berkeley Free Speech – Berkeley – was a real thing. Now however the sons and daughters of this crowd have embraced the totalitarianism their parents and grandparents fought against. It’s not supposed to be totalitarianism. It’s supposed to be “inclusive.” But we stare now at a mini-dark age in academia and in the media.

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Amir Tsarfati: Israel, Islam and the West Part 2

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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ABOUT AMIR TSARFATI

Amir was born to a Jewish family in Jerusalem. He grew up in the Jerusalem area and heard about the Messiah while living with a foster family as a high school senior. It was when he saw the “Jesus” film by Campus Crusade that he accepted Jesus into his heart, the turning point in his life.

Amir joined the Israel Defense Forces in 1990 and underwent basic training during the first Gulf War. He served for close to a year in the IDF Armored (Tank) Corps and after graduating from officer’s academy in 1992, he was stationed in Jericho. Shortly afterward, the peace process began and Jericho was the first city transferred to the Palestinian Authority. Amir, then 21, was appointed as active Deputy Governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley, also becoming one of…

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Amir Tsarfati: Israel, Islam and the West Part 1

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Enjoy this video with Amir Tsarfati and Jack Hibbs:

Please visit Amir’s website:

Behold Israel

You can download the “Behold Israel”App!

ABOUT AMIR TSARFATI

Amir was born to a Jewish family in Jerusalem. He grew up in the Jerusalem area and heard about the Messiah while living with a foster family as a high school senior. It was when he saw the “Jesus” film by Campus Crusade that he accepted Jesus into his heart, the turning point in his life.

Amir joined the Israel Defense Forces in 1990 and underwent basic training during the first Gulf War. He served for close to a year in the IDF Armored (Tank) Corps and after graduating from officer’s academy in 1992, he was stationed in Jericho. Shortly afterward, the peace process began and Jericho was the first city transferred to the Palestinian Authority. Amir, then 21, was appointed as active Deputy Governor of…

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The things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

15 For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:15-18 (NASB) 

Religion, if it is worth anything, is worth everything; but it is worth little if it is not worth suffering for. – Matthew Henry

There has been such a long drought of the…

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Survey of over 200 peer-reviewed studies finds no biological basis for “sexual orientation”

WINTERY KNIGHT

I have a key that will unlock a puzzling mystery I have a key that will unlock a puzzling mystery

This is a big deal.

I was e-mailed and messaged by billions of people to write about this, even though I had already tweeted it Monday morning, from Ryan Anderson, and then again Monday afternoon, from Kelsey Harkness.

Anyway, there was a new report published in the journal The New Atlantis, surveying all the peer-reviewed research that has been done on sexual orientation and gender identity. (H/T Roland, George, William, and many, many others)

This article from the Daily Signal explains what the report is about:

A major new report, published today in the journal The New Atlantis, challenges the leading narratives that the media has pushed regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

Co-authored by two of the nation’s leading scholars on mental health and sexuality, the 143-page report discusses over 200 peer-reviewed studies in the biological, psychological, and social…

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August 23, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian) footnote

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President Obama will visit flooded Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday, four days after the Republican who wants his job flew into the city and chided the president for remaining on vacation during the disaster.

California’s lifetime job security for public school teachers was left intact by the state’s highest court. The court decided not to weigh in on an appeals court ruling in April that found the state’s tenure system doesn’t violate students’ right to an education under the California constitution.

They’re cheap, they’re light, and they can carry a small bomb: The commercial drone is essentially a new terror gadget for organizations such as Hezbollah, Islamic State, or anyone else looking to wreak havoc on a budget.

The net worth of the world’s richest person Bill Gates hit $90 billion on Friday, fueled by gains in public holdings including Canadian National Railway Company and Ecolab Inc. Gates’s fortune is now $13.5 billion bigger than that of the world’s second-wealthiest person, Spanish retail mogul Amancio Ortega.

Delta Air Lines offered its 13,000 pilots a raise of about 27 percent over four years, significantly less than what the employees have proposed.The Air Line Pilots Association, is asking for a 37 percent raise over three years.

The stash of gold, silver and gems stored in the vaults and safe deposit boxes of Malca-Amit in Singapore jumped almost 90 percent in the past year as wealthy investors seek a refuge in a world of negative interest rates, stagnating economies and political uncertainty. The company’s facilities are about 70 percent full and more than 90 percent comprises precious metals.

The surprising rebound in gold prices this year has given new life to unwanted jewelry, coins and trinkets — in the melting pot. More than a third of the world’s bullion supply usually comes from recycled metal, but purchases at pawn shops and cash-for-gold companies had slowed during a three-year slump in the market. That’s all changed. With prices headed for their biggest annual gain since 2010, more people are unloading old treasures, recyclers are expanding capacity and some jewelers are seeing their businesses transformed.

AP Top Stories

Two years after the unrest that followed the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer, Ferguson’s real estate market is on the rebound.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has restored voting rights to almost 13,000 felons on a case-by-case basis after the state Supreme Court blocked his wider clemency effort, he said on Monday. The announcement by McAuliffe, a Democrat, came a month after the high court blocked an executive order issued in April that had restored voting rights to more than 200,000 felons who had completed their sentences.

Activists of a key Pakistani political party clashed with police and ransacked a private television station in the southern port city of Karachi on Monday, leaving at least one man dead and seven others injured.

Storytelling images on a deer-hide “manuscript” from Mexico have been seen for the first time in 500 years, thanks to sophisticated scanning technology that penetrated layers of chalk and plaster. This “codex,” a type of book-like text, originated in the part of Mexico that is now Oaxaca, and is one of only 20 surviving codices that were made in the Americas prior to the arrival of Europeans.

A large rift is widening across an increasingly fragile Antarctic ice shelf, scientists found. The crack is spreading across the Larsen C Ice Shelf at an increased rate, threatening to carve out an iceberg the size of Delaware while destabilizing a larger area of ice roughly the size of Scotland.

Fresh from a two-week vacation, President Obama visits flood-hit Louisiana on Tuesday, hoping to offer support to devastated communities and silence his critics.

Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, as low mortgage rates and a steady job market are fueling a real estate surge.

Days after expressing concerns that Donald Trump’s trip to flood-stricken Louisiana could turn into a “photo-op,” Gov. John Bel Edwards has said that the Republican nominee’s visit was “helpful.” The visit, and accompanying press coverage, were beneficial in drawing attention to the situation in Louisiana, Gov. Edwards said

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Germany may reintroduce a form of national service for civilians to help the army deal with a future disaster.

Attacks by Islamist militants, strikes and floods have caused a big fall in tourism in Paris. There were a million fewer visitors between January and June compared with the same period in 2015.

Most countries in the world have little capacity to deal effectively with invasive species, a study suggests. The spread of non-native species threatens livelihoods and biodiversity, but the issue is worsened by global trade, travel and climate change.

Ramen noodles have overtaken tobacco to become the most valuable commodity in some US prisons, a new study suggests.

Nigeria’s army says it has killed several commanders of the Islamist group Boko Haram in an air strike and seriously wounded its disputed leader.

The head of the Philippines police has said more than 1,900 people have been killed during a crackdown on illegal drugs in the past seven weeks.

Philippine officials believe they may have recovered biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world – weighing a whopping 75 pounds.

WND

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and now the record-setting budget for a new high school football stadium has reportedly ballooned to a whopping $70 million. Voters in McKinney approved a $63.5 million stadium in May, but just three months later, planners have called an audible – tacking on another $6.5 million to the cost of the 12,000-seat gridiron showcase.


Top News – 8/23/2016

PA Senior: Israel Refusing Meeting Ahead of Possible Cairo Summit
According to the official, the Cairo meeting is intended to prepare for the international peace conference which is being planned in Paris by the end of the year, possibly with representatives from both France and the US. Apparently, various sources have advised Netanyahu to send an envoy to meet with a PA representative to prepare the Cairo meeting, but Netanyahu refused.

3 Justice Department Field Offices Wanted to Investigate The Clinton Foundation.
One of the greatest sins of the Obama administration has been the absolute destruction of the Department of Justice. Once the agency tasked with keeping American government honest, the DOJ has now become a designated political hit squad led by the White House.

The Salvation Army and the LGBT Community
The Salvation Army embraces employees of many different faiths and orientations. Our hiring practices are open to all, and we adhere to all relevant employment laws, providing domestic partner benefits accordingly.

UPI/CVoter poll: Donald Trump sticks to script, comes to within 1% of Hillary Clinton’s lead
The UPI/CVoter daily presidential tracking poll released Monday shows Donald Trump closing in on Hillary Clinton’s lead — which now stands at 0.7 percent — possibly a reflection of the Republican sticking largely to the issues last week.

Tropical Storm Gaston to turn into hurricane by Wednesday
Tropical Storm Gaston, which formed Monday and is making its way through the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is expected to turn into a hurricane by Wednesday. The storm system is not yet expected to be a threat to land. Tropical Storm Gaston — with maximum winds of 50 mph — is moving west-northwest at a speed of 18 mph. The storm was about 550 miles west from the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands as of early Tuesday.

Nigerian army: Self-declared Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau ‘fatally wounded’
The Nigerian Army said an airstrike carried out last week “fatally wounded” self-proclaimed Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.

Iran Expanding Terror Network in Latin America
Iran is solidifying its foothold in Latin America, sparking concerns among U.S. officials that the Islamic Republic will enlist these regional allies in its push to launch terror attacks on U.S. soil, according to conversations with congressional sources.

EXCLUSIVE: Condi Rice Also Has No Recollection Of Hillary’s Email Convo With Colin Powell
Former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice has no recollection of a conversation at a 2009 dinner party where Hillary Clinton reportedly claims that Gen. Colin Powell advised her to use a personal email account. Rice’s inability to recall the conversation makes her the second person to publicly undercut Clinton’s claim.

No Scientific Evidence That People Are Born Gay or Transgender, Johns Hopkins Researchers Say
Distinguished scholars at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland released a new 143-page report on Monday that argues that there is not enough definitive scientific evidence available to suggest that gay, lesbian and transgender individuals are born with a certain sexual orientation or gender identity.

German right-wing leader backs citizens’ right to arm themselves
The leader of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has spoken out in favor of people arming themselves with guns and self-defence devices following a series of violent attacks last month.

ISIS Executes Six Accused Spies by Boiling Men in Tar
The barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, recently executed six men accused of being spies by boiling them in tar, reports state. Iraqi News reported the information from a source residing in Nineveh, who stated that the men had been sentenced to death in a Sharia court for their alleged crimes.

Judge orders State Department to review 14,900 Clinton emails
The judge also scheduled a Sept. 23 hearing on when to release the emails, a deadline that raises the possibility some will become public before the Nov. 8 presidential election between Democrat Clinton and her Republican rival, Donald Trump.

Huma Abedin, Hillary’s Bribe Broker
The trove of newly released emails obtained by watchdog group Judicial Watch through the courts appear to show that Abedin served as a gatekeeper auctioning access to the would-be president in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation. When individuals wanted to meet with Hillary, Abedin would say no, and introduce them to the foundation. After the so-called donation was received access to Clinton would be approved.

Germany may reintroduce conscription if defense of NATO borders needed – reports
The German government may revive nationwide conscription in times of crisis, such as situations in which the country needs to “defend NATO’s external borders,” according to local media citing a controversial paper drafted by the Interior Ministry.

Biblical Tent of Meeting May Have Been an Astonishing Six-Story Dome, Engineer Reveals
The Biblical Tabernacle, or Tent of Meeting, may have been not a modest rectangular tent as scholars have believed for centuries, but an enormous circular structure six stories tall, proposes a Wisconsin engineer who has spent years studying the intricacies of the Biblical texts describing the desert structure.

National Insitutes of Health Wants Funds for Human-Animal Hybrids
The NIH, under the leadership of professing Christian Dr. Francis Collins, is proposing lifting a ban on taxpayer funding of experiments that splice human stem cells with animal embryos, creating human-animal chimeras. Proponents, of course, downplay any ethical concerns related to creating new life forms using human genetic material — for either the humans or the animals involved.

No Scientific Evidence That People Are Born Gay or Transgender, Johns Hopkins Researchers Say
Distinguished scholars at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland released a new 143-page report on Monday that argues that there is not enough definitive scientific evidence available to suggest that gay, lesbian and transgender individuals are born with a certain sexual orientation or gender identity.

5.3 magnitude earthquake jolts Dhaka
Duty officer at Bangladesh Meteorological Department told the Dhaka Tribune that the earthquake originated 409km east of their office. According to the US Geological survey, the epicentre of the earthquake was located 40km North-East of Mawlaik, Myanmar.

North Korea lays new landmines near border truce village: report
North Korea has laid landmines in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas…as tension rose on the divided peninsula after the start of annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises. North Korea, which conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and a string of rocket tests since then, regards the joint exercises as akin to war and has threatened to launch a military strike in retaliation.

The US Air Force reveals radical plan to ‘bomb the sky’ to improve radio reception
A fleet of tiny satellites could one day be used to detonate plasma bombs in Earth’s upper atmosphere to improve the range of radio communications. The US Air Force has granted contracts to three research teams to develop the technology needed to do this, with hopes that CubeSats could carry massive amounts of ionized gas to the ionosphere to create radio-reflecting plasma.

China takes control of North Sea oil drilling
China has become the largest crude oil operator in the North Sea despite boasting that it uses deep-water oilrigs as strategic weapons. The scale of Chinese growth in the region meant that Britain handed about £2 billion in tax breaks to one state-run oil company last year, analysis by The Times has shown.

Texas judge blocks Obama’s transgender bathroom directive
A Texas judge has blocked an order by the US government that schools allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. The temporary injunction signed by Judge Reed O’Connor follows a challenge to President Barack Obama’s directive by 13 states and applies nationwide. The injunction was passed the day before many students go back to school.

Turkey shells both IS and Kurdish positions in Syria
Turkey has bombarded so-called Islamic State (IS) targets across the border in northern Syria ahead of an expected ground attack on an IS-held town. Some 1,500 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have also gathered in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, poised for an offensive to drive IS out of Jarablus. Turkey has also shelled Syrian Kurdish forces nearby, apparently to deter them from taking Jarablus themselves.

Philippines war on drugs: ‘1,900 killed’ amid crackdown
The head of the Philippines police has said more than 1,900 people have been killed during a crackdown on illegal drugs in the past seven weeks. Ronald dela Rosa was speaking at a senate hearing into the sharp rise in deaths since Rodrigo Duterte became president. He said police operations had killed about 750 people, but the other deaths were still being investigated.

Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria air strike ‘kills commanders’
Nigeria’s army says it has killed several commanders of the Islamist group Boko Haram in an air strike and seriously wounded its disputed leader. An army spokesman told the BBC’s Hausa service that Abubakar Shekau’s shoulder was badly injured in the strike on Friday in north-eastern Borno state. There has been no independent confirmation of the strike.

The comeback of Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?
It is clear that Iran’s former firebrand-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president from 2005-2013, is attempting a political comeback. …An Iran poll survey suggests that the former president now trails incumbent Hassan Rouhani by just eight percentage points in a head-to-head match-up, compared with 27 points in May 2015.

Thailand bomb attacks the work of ‘at least’ 20 people: police
Thai police on Monday said at least 20 people were involved in carrying out a wave of deadly bombings in the country’s south earlier this month.

Fed Admits Another $4 Trillion In QE Will Be Needed To Offset An “Economic Shock”
In a Fed Staff working paper released over the weekend titled “Gauging the Ability of the FOMC to Respond to Future Recessions” and penned by deputy director of the division of research and statistics at the Fed, the author concludes that “simulations of the FRB/US model of a severe recession suggest that large-scale asset purchases and forward guidance about the future path of the federal funds rate should be able to provide enough additional accommodation to fully compensate for a more limited [ability] to cut short-term interest rates in most, but probably not all, circumstances.”

Clinton’s pathetic ‘Colin Powell made me do it’ defense
The influence that Colin Powell has over Hillary Clinton is something to behold. His word is her command. When he tells her to break the law and endanger the nation’s secrets, she doesn’t hesitate. She salutes smartly and does as she is told.

Moscow and Tehran: Russia done launching Syrian airstrikes from Iran
For now, Russia is done using an Iranian air base to launch airstrikes against targets in Syria, Russia’s defense ministry and Iran’s official state news agency reported Monday.

Elizabeth Smart: Pornography made my living hell worse
Elizabeth Ann Smart, who was kidnapped in 2002 from her home at age 14 and raped daily by her captor for nine months when authorities finally rescued her in 2003, is speaking out know about her horrifying experience and how pornography spurred her captor to rape her even more frequently and compelled him to force Smart to engage in the hardcore practices displayed in the pornography.

Iraq stops would-be child bomber for ISIS
Dramatic video has emerged of Iraqi police stripping an explosive belt from a child suspected in a suicide bombing attempt for ISIS. The footage appears to show security personnel restrain a visibly upset boy while they carefully cut the belt from the youth’s torso in Kirkuk. Once the belt has been removed, the boy is scooped up and taken away.


Top Headlines – 8/23/2016

Egyptian FM sparks uproar by saying Israel not guilty of ‘terrorism’

Poll: Israeli Jews fear Palestinians, reject plan for PA state

Jerusalem: Netanyahu, Abbas don’t need aides to ‘prepare’ meeting between them

Turkey slams Israeli strikes in Gaza despite reconciliation

With 50 raids in 2 hours, has Liberman begun to implement his new security plan?

Hamas blames Israel for Gaza escalation

Hezbollah Threatens to Invade Israel, Destroy Jewish State

France: Assailant shouts ‘Allahu akbar,’ stabs Jewish man in street

State Department issues updated travel warning for Iran

State Dept Warns: Iran Seeking to Capture U.S. Citizens

US officials: Up to 100,000 Iran-backed fighters now in Iraq

Iran says Russian use of air base for Syria strikes over “for now”

Russia ‘showed-off’ over use of Iran airbase for Syria strikes

Iraq stops would-be child bomber for ISIS

Clashes on Turkey-Syria border after vow to ‘cleanse area of Isis’

UN warns Syria has become ‘greatest crisis of our time’

US says 100 troops deployed to troubled south Afghan city

Knife-Wielding Woman Wounds 3 in Belgian Capital

The Latest: Turkey says EU not keeping migrant deal pledges

Reinforce border fence with pigs’ heads to better repel refugees, Hungarian MEP proposes

Southern Command Warns Sunni Extremists Infiltrating From South

Men chant ‘Black lives matter’ before viciously attacking white victims, police say

‘White Lives Matter’ Protesters Rally at NAACP Building in Texas

State: Nearly 15,000 New Clinton Emails Found in FBI Probe

Colin Powell says Clinton officials trying to ‘pin’ email scandal on him

Congressman Says Some of Clinton Emails ‘Classified’ Simply to Avoid Embarrassment

Rudy Giuliani says Hillary Clinton has a secret illness. His supposed proof? Online videos.

New York Times Tech Columnist Calls on Google to Hide Hillary Health Info

Our World: Soros’s campaign of global chaos

Leaked Doc: Soros Open Society Seeks to Reshape Census, Electoral Districts

Bill Gates’s Net Worth Hits $90 Billion: Chart

Ventotene summit to chart roadmap for EU’s response to Brexit vote

‘Assange kill attempt’? Unknown man climbs Ecuador’s London embassy, sheltering WikiLeaks chief

Evidence points to another Snowden at the NSA

Man Who Leaked CERN Sacrifice Found Dead

US ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Philippines Drug Crackdown as Extrajudicial Deaths Mount

North Korea threatens nuclear strike amid US-South Korea drill

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Izu Islands, Japan region

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Ishinomaki, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the South Georgia Island region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Nikol’skoye, Russia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the South Georgia Island region

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

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

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,500ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 12,000ft

Hundreds of flights cancelled as typhoon hits Tokyo

Fiona is holding as tropical depression in the Atlantic

Seventh tropical depression of 2016 Atlantic hurricane season forms

Louisiana Flood Victims Unaware They Live in a Flood Zone

At least 40 dead as floods hit central, eastern India

‘Unprecedented’: Deadly parasite kills thousands of fish, prompts Yellowstone river closure

Teenagers struck by depression ‘epidemic’

Hundreds Of CA Children Sent Home On First Day Of School Due To New Vaccination Law

Aborted Babies Reportedly Cut Open while Still Alive

Judge blocks Obama administration directive on transgender facilities use

Your Facebook photos could be betraying important biometric data

Goodbye Rio, hello robots: Expect high-tech cool at 2020 Tokyo Olympics


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Federal judge sets deadline for huge Hillary email dump

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 09:04 AM PDT

Could it be “Judgment Day” for Hillary Clinton after all? According to a new report a federal judge has ordered the State Department to be…

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Prosperity Preachers Sitting on Golden Thrones Don’t Understand John 16:33

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 08:58 AM PDT

Southern Baptist Convention’s Russell Moore criticized prosperity gospel preachers who literally sit upon thrones of gold and say Christianity is the best way to live,…

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Zika Expanding In Florida, Case Discovered Hundreds of Miles From Miami

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 08:54 AM PDT

It appears that the Zika Virus may be stretching it reaches far beyond Miami. According to reports, Florida officials on Tuesday announced the first case…

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Teacher Eliminates Homework From Curriculum…

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 08:50 AM PDT

A Texas teacher is turning heads as she has made the decision to make a big change when it comes to her students’ homework. In…

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FBI Investigating Possible ISIS-Inspired Attack In Virginia

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 07:28 AM PDT

Has the Islamic State showed their hand in Virginia? According to reports, Federal authorities are investigating a weekend stabbing in Virginia to see whether the…

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5.5 Earthquake Strikes India-Myanmar border region, felt in Assam

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 07:20 AM PDT

A strong magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck the Myanmar-India border region at 7:11 am Tuesday morning, the Indian according to the Meteorological Department (IMD). The…

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2016 Marks Year Of “Extreme Weather Disasters” For The U.S.

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 07:14 AM PDT

In case you haven’t paid attention to the weather this year in the United States it has already seen some of the most extreme weather disasters…

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Tropical Storm Gaston Strengthens in the Atlantic

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 07:03 AM PDT

Tropical Storm Gaston is getting stronger as it moves over the far eastern Atlantic. The storm’s maximum sustained winds had increased early Tuesday to near…

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Email stunner: Huma Abedin left classified material in car

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 06:58 AM PDT

What is the deal with this administration and total “carelessness”? Now reports are indicating that Emails released on Monday show that Hillary Clinton’s top State…

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Liberman signals: The rules of the game have changed

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 06:53 AM PDT

The Defense Minister of Israel displays to the World that “Enough is enough”! Liberman demonstrated on Sunday for the first time that it paid off…

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Christians and Jews Ban Together to Combat Delegitimization of Israel

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 06:37 AM PDT

It appears that exactly what the Prophet Zechariah foretold thousands of years ago regarding the Nation of Israel is taking place before our very eyes. The…

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WAR DRUMS: Air Force Deploys Fleet Of Bombers To Guam

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 09:28 PM PDT

China and North Korea aren’t the only Nations flexing their muscles and showing signs of hostility but now In a strong and unmistakable signal to…

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Record-Breaking Deadly Heat Will Be The New Normal In The Future

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 08:59 PM PDT

July went down as the hottest month ever recorded, according to NASA. And this year is likely to be the hottest year on record. With…

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Pennsylvania Residents Left Baffled By Mystery ‘Sonic Boom’

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 08:23 PM PDT

Mystery booms have been popping up all over the Nation over the last few years and now residents in Pennsylvania are left scratching their heads….

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Detroit Has Gone From Being The Greatest Manufacturing City In The World To A Global Joke

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 08:10 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) In 1960, the city of Detroit was the greatest manufacturing city that the world had ever seen. Nearly two million people lived…

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DEVELOPING: Mysterious gas leak forces 100 people to evacuate San Diego neighborhood

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 08:02 PM PDT

We are receiving a “Breaking News” report of The San Diego Police Department ordering evacuations in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego, California, following a…

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Scientists install ‘memories’ in DNA of human cells

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 07:58 PM PDT

It seems like scientists are always trying to find a way to play God and manipulate creation in some way of fashion. And now Scientists…

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WAR DRUMS: US, South Korea Launch Drills Despite Threats of Nuclear Strike From N.Korea

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 07:55 PM PDT

On the heels of North Korea threatening the United States and South Korea the two are moving forward with planned military drills on the peninsula….

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FBI Uncovers 15,000 More Emails..

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 07:49 PM PDT

What is hidden shall be revealed indeed and the FBI’s year-long investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server has reportedly uncovered 14,900 emails and documents…

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US Air Force reveals radical plan to ‘bomb the sky’ to improve radio reception

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 07:41 PM PDT

A fleet of tiny satellites could one day be used to detonate plasma bombs in Earth’s upper atmosphere to improve the range of radio communications. The…

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Venezuela’s Collapse Producing Mass Exodus

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 07:29 PM PDT

As Venezuela continues to deteriorate the citizens are fleeing by record numbers. “Most Venezuelan families these days hope a member leaves, somewhere, in order to send money…

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Hundreds Of CA Kids Sent Home From School Due To New Vaccination Law…

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 06:21 PM PDT

Multiple California students may be sent home on their first day of school because of a new vaccine law that took effect this year. The…

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China takes control of North Sea oil drilling

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 06:17 PM PDT

China has become the largest crude oil operator in the North Sea despite boasting that it uses deep-water oilrigs as strategic weapons. The scale of…

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Gay clergy to appeal to Anglican bishops for ‘full equality in the Church’

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 01:27 PM PDT

A new report from Christian Today is indicating that a Church of England clergyman who married his gay partner is to publish an open letter…

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Pastor claims “Single Christians” Can Have Sex as Long as It’s ‘Mutually Pleasurable and Affirming

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 01:24 PM PDT

Here we go again with another statement that is contrary to the Bible. Despite the fact that the Bible defines sex outside of marriage as “Fornication”…

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Texas Judge Blocks Obama’s “Transgender Rules”

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 01:13 PM PDT

As the old saying goes “Don’t mess with Texas”! According to a report coming out of the state, A federal judge in Texas has blocked…

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Israel Strikes Syria after Stray Mortar Crosses Into Tts Territory

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 01:07 PM PDT

The Israeli Defense Force has launched an attack against a Syrian Army launch site near Israel’s border in the Golan Heights, after a Syrian mortar…

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The Briefing 08-23-16

Obama administration’s transgender bathroom guidelines blocked by federal judge — for now

The power of consumers: After dim sales report, Target announces new bathroom initiative

Bigger lotteries mean bigger losers: When the government preys on the people

Russian anarchist convention illustrates the best argument against anarchy—implementation

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August 22, 2016
ALAN KEYES — On June 17, 2015, when Donald Trump was asked which of the four most recent presidents (Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, Obama) he thought was the best, he responded, “I would really say Clinton, probably, I would have to say Clinton.” However, he went on to say that Clinton’s problems with women “destroyed him.” When Clinton’s troubles with women were going on, however, Trump did his best to discredit Clinton’s accusers. The Newsweek story detailing Trump’s friendship with the Clintons reports that in one interview back in 1998 Trump called Paula Jones a “loser.”… (more)

August 21, 2016
MICHAEL BARONE — Donald Trump has just made changes, again, in his campaign’s top leadership, shoving aside the seasoned Paul Manafort and installing Breitbart News Chairman Steve Bannon and veteran pollster Kellyanne Conway. He’s obviously acting in response to his falling poll numbers nationally, in target states. and even in some states that have been safely Republican in recent elections…. (more)

August 21, 2016

NATIONAL REVIEW — ‘I think I unraveled her.” That is Trump adviser Michael Cohen describing his encounter Wednesday with CNN anchor Brianna Keilar. What an unraveling looks like to Trump world:… (more)


August 21, 2016

NEWSMAX — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 8 percentage points among likely voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday…. (more)


August 21, 2016

NEWSMAX — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump overhauled his campaign leadership Wednesday after former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes urged that a struggling Trump make dramatic changes, according to a person familiar with the matter…. (more)


August 21, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Casting his campaign chairman aside with just 11 weeks until Election Day, Donald Trump moved ahead with the reboot of his White House bid on Friday with a tour of flood-ravaged Louisiana…. (more)

August 21, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Imagine an American government official, interviewing an alien seeking admission to our country from, say, Syria: U.S. official: “Will you support the United States Constitution?”… (more)

August 20, 2016

NEWSMAX — Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner in the presidential race, political analyst Larry Sabato said Friday, pointing to his new electoral map that shows the Democratic nominee is already far past the 270 Electoral College votes she needs to win the election…. (more)


August 20, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Hillary Clinton must answer under oath a set of written questions in a lawsuit against the State Department over her private emails, a federal judge ruled Friday…. (more)

August 20, 2016

NEWSMAX — Paul Manafort left Donald Trump’s presidential effort on Friday because “he was asked,” campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said. “He was asked and he indeed tendered his resignation,” Conway told WABC Radio host Rita Cosby in an interview. “Mr. Trump accepted his resignation and wished him well and thanked him for his service…. (more)


August 20, 2016

POLITICO — So much for the old accusation that the Republican Party has a “Cold War mentality.” Or if it still does, it has switched sides. The 2016 presidential campaign continues to play out like a Christopher Buckley novel gone completely off the rails, perhaps most implausibly in Paul Manafort’s role in the Russia-friendly Donald Trump campaign…. (more)


August 20, 2016

THE HILL — In late January, Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon was tipped off about a story that he hoped would damage Ted Cruz. Bannon, who this week became CEO of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, was told that a radio advertisement would be landing in Iowa aimed at hurting Cruz with evangelical voters – – the very constituency the senator was depending on to win the state’s caucuses on Feb. 1…. (more)


August 20, 2016
OBSERVER POLITICS — In June, the hacker Guccifer 2.0 released internal Democratic National Committee (DNC) documents proving the DNC treated Hillary Clinton as their nominee before the primaries even began. Not long after these revelations came to light, the law firm Beck & Lee filed a class action lawsuit against now-former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC on behalf of Bernie Sanders supporters…. (more)

August 20, 2016
RADAR ONLINE — The party’s over for Malia Obama! After RadarOnline.com released the shocking video of an eyewitness accusing President Obama’s 18-year-old daughter of smoking pot, furious Barack confronted the teen on their summer vacation, said a source…. (more)

August 20, 2016
BOB UNRUH — A federal judge has ruled that a man who wanted to dress as a woman while working as a funeral director cannot impose his lifestyle choice on his employer, because it would conflict with the religious standards the company advocates…. (more)

August 20, 2016
JERRY NEWCOMBE — A remake of Ben-Hur movie is about to hit the movie screens. What’s fascinating to me is the story behind the book, which has also inspired two previous movies – – the 1925 silent version and the 1959 movie-of-the-year, starring Charlton Heston. That version won 11 Oscars, more than any other movie before it and has only since been tied by Titanic (1997)…. (more)

August 19, 2016

NEWSMAX — Donald Trump Thursday expressed “regret” over some of the incendiary remarks he has made during the presidential campaign – – vowing in North Carolina to “offer the American people a new future of honesty, justice, and opportunity.”… (more)


August 19, 2016
NEWSMAX — Just one month after Republicans tried to unify in Cleveland, The Daily Beast reports that the effort appears to be over after Donald Trump hired Stephen Bannon as his new campaign chief executive – – a businessman and media executive known to “hate” the Republican establishment…. (more)

August 19, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER EDITORIAL BOARD — House Republicans announced Thursday that they will hold hearings in September on whether Hillary Clinton committed perjury while testifying on Capitol Hill. At issue are four specific statements Clinton made under oath which appear to be false…. (more)

August 19, 2016
NEWSMAX — Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy told Newsmax TV Thursday said the classified documents stemming from Hillary Clinton’s FBI interview make the case that she didn’t tell the truth…. (more)

August 19, 2016
THE SUN — AS many as 40,000 Russian troops are massing on the country’s border with Ukraine – – prompting fears of a new military invasion. The Pentagon has identified eight staging areas dotted along the border, suggesting Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is preparing for new incursions…. (more)

August 19, 2016
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER — This week Russian bombers flew out of Iranian air bases to attack rebel positions in Syria. The State Department pretended not to be surprised. It should be. It should be alarmed. Iran’s intensely nationalistic revolutionary regime had never permitted foreign forces to operate from its soil. Until now…. (more)

August 19, 2016
NATIONAL REVIEW — I believe that Vladimir Putin came to power as the result of an act of terror committed against his own people. The evidence is overwhelming that the apartment-house bombings in 1999 in Moscow, Buinaksk, and Volgodonsk, which provided a pretext for the second Chechen war and catapulted Putin into the presidency, were carried out by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB)… (more)

August 19, 2016
RUDY TAKALA — On Wednesday the Washington Examiner reported that the Department of Commerce is set to hand off the final vestiges of American control over the Internet to international authorities in less than two months…. (more)

August 19, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — The U.S. Air Force has removed a Bible from an officer’s desk while it carries out an investigation into the propriety of the religious display. The Scriptures were removed from the desk of Maj. Steve Lewis of the 310th Space Wing in response to a letter sent Wednesday by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which said the holy book’s presence violates Air Force policy and the Constitution’s establishment clause…. (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.


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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Greg Laurie, Calvary Chapel, and New Catholic National Shrine for Marian Apparitions

If it seems like we’re “hitting hard” on Calvary Chapels and Pastor Greg Laurie, I can assure readers that we’re not out to attack anyone. But Laurie’s actions as of late have crossed over from mildly concerning to five-alarm status. Especially for the Calvary Chapel pastors who are sitting on the fence over whether to […]

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New Huma Emails Reveal Hillary Sold Access To The State Department For Clinton Foundation Donations

Crown Prince of Bahrain Forced to Go Through Foundation to See Clinton, after Pledging $32 Million to Clinton Global Initiative

Judicial Watch today released 725 pages of new State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges in which former Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state. In many instances, the preferential treatment provided to donors was at the specific request of Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band.

The new documents included 20 Hillary Clinton email exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to 191 of new Clinton emails (not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department).  These records further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department.

The Abedin emails reveal that the longtime Clinton aide apparently served as a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton while Clinton served as secretary of state. In more than a dozen email exchanges, Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. In many instances, Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band, who worked with the Foundation throughout Hillary Clinton’s tenure at State, coordinated closely with Abedin. In Abedin’s June deposition to Judicial Watch, she conceded that part of her job at the State Department was taking care of “Clinton family matters.”

Included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange revealing that when Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, he was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment. Abedin advised Band that when she went through “normal channels” at State, Clinton declined to meet. After Band intervened, however, the meeting was set up within forty-eight hours. According to the Clinton Foundation website, in 2005, Salman committed to establishing the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) for the Clinton Global Initiative. And by 2010, it had contributed $32 million to CGI. The Kingdom of Bahrain reportedly gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. And Bahrain Petroleum also gave an additional $25,000 to $50,000.

From: Doug Band

To: Huma Abedin

Sent: Tue Jun 23 1:29:42 2009

Subject:

Cp of Bahrain in tomorrow to Friday

Asking to see her

Good friend of ours

From: Huma Abedin

To: Doug Band

Sent: Tue Jun 23 4:12:46 2009

Subject: Re:

He asked to see hrc thurs and fri thru normal channels. I asked and she said she doesn’t want to commit to anything for thurs or fri until she knows how she will feel. Also she says that she may want to go to ny and doesn’t want to be committed to stuff in ny…

From: Huma Abedin [Huma@clintonemail.com]

Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 10:35:15 AM

To: Doug Band

Subject:

Offering Bahrain cp 10 tomorrow for meeting woith [sic] hrc

If u see him, let him know

We have reached out thru official channels

Also included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange in which Band urged Abedin to get the Clinton State Department to intervene in order to obtain a visa for members of the Wolverhampton (UK) Football Club, one of whose members was apparently having difficulty because of a “criminal charge.” Band was acting at the behest of Casey Wasserman, a millionaire Hollywood sports entertainment executive and President of the Wasserman Foundation. Wasserman has donated between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation through the Wasserman Foundation.

From: Tim Hoy [VP Wasserman Media Group]

Date: Tue. 5 May 2009 10:45:55 – 0700

To: Casey Wasserman

Subject: [Redacted] Wolverhampton FC/visa matter

Casey: Paul Martin’s [popular English footballer] client [Redacted] needs to get an expedited appointment at the US Embassy in London this week and we have hit some road blocks. I am writing to ask for your help.

The Wolverhampton FC is coming to Las Vegas this Thursday for a “celebration break.” [Redacted] so he cannot get a visa to the US without first being “interviewed” in the visa section of the US Embassy in London …

I contacted Senator Boxer’s office in SF for help … They balked at the criminal charge and said they “couldn’t help.”

I’m now trying to get help from Sherrod Brown’s office but that’s not going well either. So do you have any ideas/contacts that could contact the US Embassy in London and ask that they see [Redacted] tomorrow?

From: Casey Wasserman

To: Doug Band; Trista Schroeder [Wasserman Media Group executive]

Sent: Tue May 05 2:23:50 2009 [PT]

Subject: FW [Redacted] Wolverhampton FC/visa matter

Can you help with the below [Hoy email], or maybe Huma??? I am copying trista as I am on the plane in case I lose connection … thx.

From: Doug Band

Sent: Tue May 05 7:08:21 2009 [ET]

To: Casey Wasserman; Trista Schroeder

Subject: Re: [Redacted] Wolverhampton FC/visa matter

Will email her.

From: Doug Band

To: Huma Abedin

Sent: Tue May 5 7:26:49 2009

Subject: Fw: [Redacted] Wolverhampton FC/visa matter

[As per subject line, Band apparently forwarded Abedin material sent to him by Casey.]

From: Huma Abedin [Huma@clintonemail.com]

Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 7:39:38 PM

To: Doug Band

Subject: Re: [Redacted] Wolverhampton FC/visa matter

I doubt we can do anything but maybe we can help with an interview. I’ll ask.

From: Huma Abedin

To: Doug Band

Sent: Tue May 05 5:50:09 2009

Subject: Re: [Redacted] Wolverhampton FC/visa matter

I got this now, makes me nervous to get involved but I’ll ask.

From: Doug Band

To: Huma Abedin

Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 7:43:30 PM

Subject:  Re: [Redacted] Wolverhampton FC/visa matter

Then don’t

The Abedin emails also reveal that Slimfast tycoon S. Daniel Abraham was granted almost immediate access to then-Secretary of State Clinton, with Abedin serving as the facilitator. According to the Clinton Foundation website, Abraham, like the Wasserman Foundation, has given between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. The emails indicate that Abraham was granted almost immediate access to Clinton upon request:

From: Huma Abedin

To: H

Sent: Mon May 04 4:40:34 2009

Subject: Danny

Danny abraham called this morning. He is in dc today and tomorrow and asked for 15 min with you. Do u want me to try and fit him in tomorrow?

From: H

To Huma Abedin

Sent: Mon May 04 5:14:00 2009

Subject: Re: Danny

Will the plane wait if I can’t get there before 7-8?

From: Huma Abedin

Sent: Monday, May 04, 2009 5:15:30 PM

Subject: Re: Danny

Yes of course

Additional Abedin emails in which the top Clinton aide intervenes with the State Department on behalf of Clinton Foundation donors include the following:

  • On Friday, June 26, 2009, Clinton confidant Kevin O’Keefe wrote to Clinton saying that “Kevin Conlon is trying to set up a meeting with you and a major client.” Clinton wrote to Abedin, “Can you help deliver these for Kevin?” Abedin responded, “I’ll look into it asap” Kevin O’Keefe donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Kevin Conlon is a Clinton presidential campaign “Hillblazer” who has raised more than $100,000 for the candidate.
  • On Tuesday, June 16, 2009, Ben Ringel wrote to Abedin, “I’m on shuttle w Avigdor Liberman. I called u back yesterday. I want to stop by to see hrc tonite for 10 mins.” Ringel donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
  • On Monday, July 6, 2009, Maureen White wrote to Abedin, “I am going to be in DC on Thursday. Would she have any time to spare?” Abedin responded, “Yes I’ll make it work.” White donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
  • In June 2009, prominent St. Louis political power broker Joyce Aboussie exchanged a series of insistent emails with Abedin concerning Aboussie’s efforts to set up a meeting between Clinton and Peabody Energy VP Cartan Sumner. Aboussie wrote, “Huma, I need your help now to intervene please. We need this meeting with Secretary Clinton, who has been there now for nearly six months. This is, by the way, my first request. I really would appreciate your help on this. It should go without saying that the Peabody folks came to Dick [Gephardt] and I because of our relationship with the Clinton’s.” After further notes from Aboussie, Abedin responded, “We are working on it and I hope we can make something work… we have to work through the beauracracy [sic] here.” Aboussie donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
  • On Saturday, May 16, 2009, mobile communications executive and political activist Jill Iscol wrote to Clinton, “Please advise to whom I should forward Jacqueline Novogratz’s request [for a meeting with the secretary of state]. I know you know her, but honestly, she is so far ahead of the curve and brilliant I believe she could be enormously helpful to your work.” Clinton subsequently sent an email to Abedin saying, “Pls print.” Jill and husband Ken Iscol donated between $500,000 and $1 million to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton subsequently appointed Novogratz to the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

The newly obtained Abedin emails also contain a memorandum sent to Cheryl Mills from State Department White House liaison Laura Pena revealing that Rajiv Fernando was proposed for his controversial appointment to the sensitive International Security Advisory Board as early as June 2009. Fernando was not actually appointed until 2011, and his appointment raised a firestorm because, according to an ABC News report, “he had no obvious experience in the field.” Fernando donated $1 million to the Clinton Foundation.

The Abedin emails reveal that even U2’s Bono got into the act when former Bill Clinton aide Ben Schwerin, who helped set up the Clinton Foundation, urged Abedin to help the aging rock star broadcast from the international space station. In a May 27, 2009, email with the subject line “Bono/NASA,” Schwerin wrote, “Bono wants to do linkup with the international space station on every show during the tour this year.… Any ideas? Thks.” Bono has been a donor to the Clinton Global Initiative. And in 2011, he gathered top entertainers for “A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation.” According to USA Today, “Some tickets were sold to the public for $50 to $550, and premium seats went for $1,000 to $5,000 on the Foundation website.”

“These new emails confirm that Hillary Clinton abused her office by selling favors to Clinton Foundation donors,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “There needs to be a serious, independent investigation to determine whether Clinton and others broke the law.”

This is the tenth set of records produced for Judicial Watch by the State Department from the non-state.gov email accounts of Huma Abedin.  The documents were produced under a court order in a May 5, 2015, Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00684)) requiring the agency to produce “all emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013, using a ‘non-state’.gov email address.”

In June, Judicial Watch uncovered two batches (here and here) of new Clinton email records through court-ordered discovery.  Twice in May, Judicial Watch uncovered new Clinton emails, including emails that show Clinton knew about the security risk of her BlackBerry (see here and here).

Recently, Judicial Watch released other State Department emails (one batch of 103 pages, the second of 138 pages), with newly discovered Clinton emails also going back as far as January 2009.

In March, Judicial Watch released Clinton State Department emails dating from February 2009 that also call into question her statements about her emails. Those emails contained more evidence of the battle between security officials in the State Department, National Security Agency, Clinton and her staff over attempts to obtain secure BlackBerrys.

On August 9, Judicial Watch produced a 2009 email in which Band directed Abedin and Mills to put Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire and Clinton Foundation donor Gilbert Chagoury in touch with the State Department’s “substance person” on Lebanon. Band noted that Chagoury is “key guy there [Lebanon] and to us.”Chagoury has donated between $1 million to $5 million to the Foundation, according to foundation documents. He also pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative.

Hillary Clinton has repeatedly stated that she believes that the 55,000 pages of documents she turned over to the State Department in December 2014 included all of her work-related emails.  In response to a court order in other Judicial Watch litigation, she declared under penalty of perjury that she had “directed that all my emails on clintonemail.com in my custody that were or are potentially federal records be provided to the Department of State, and on information and belief, this has been done.” This new email find is also at odds with her official campaign statement suggesting all “work or potentially work-related emails” were provided to the State Department. source

Source: New Huma Emails Reveal Hillary Sold Access To The State Department For Clinton Foundation Donations

Hillary’s Future Chief Of Staff Worked For A Radical Islamic Journal That Blamed America For 9/11

Huma Abedin - Public DomainHuma Abedin worked for Hillary Clinton when she was a U.S. Senator, when she was Secretary of State, and at this moment Abedin currently serves as her top campaign aide. If Clinton wins the election in November, it seems virtually a certainty that Abedin will become the White House chief of staff. She is already one of the most powerful women in America, and yet the vast majority of Americans have absolutely no idea who she is. Well, it turns out that she worked at a publication run by her mother known as “the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs” for more than a decade as an assistant editor. While Huma Abedin worked there, the journal regularly published articles that promoted radical Islamic causes and that opposed the rights of women. In fact, Abedin’s mother edited a book that was published in 1999 “that justifies the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation under Islamic law“. If you know anything about that insidious practice, then you already know that it is one of the most horrific things being done to women around the globe today. (Read More…)

Almost Everything the Media Tell You About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Is Wrong

Transgender As previously reported, the American College of Pediatricians recently released a statement titled “Gender Dysphoria in Children” by Dr. Paul R. McHugh who is said to be the “most important American psychiatrist of the last half-century.”  Dr. McHugh “urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.”

We learn from Ryan T. Anderson of The Daily Signal that Dr. McHugh teamed up with Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer, an epidemiologist trained in psychiatry, to co-author a report that was published in the journal The New Atlantis.  Their report claims that “a combination of biological, environmental, and experiential factors likely shape how individuals experience and express themselves when it comes to sex and gender.” According to Anderson, the report “challenges the leading narratives that the media has pushed regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.”  Moreover,

the 143-page report discusses over 200 peer-reviewed studies in the biological, psychological, and social sciences, painstakingly documenting what scientific research shows and does not show about sexuality and gender.

The major takeaway, as the editor of the journal explains, is that “some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence.”

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