Monthly Archives: September 2015

Our Best Works (Witsius)

The Reformed Reader

Conciliatory or Irenical Animadversions on the Controversies Agitated in Britain I’ve been enjoying Herman Witsius’ discussion of antinomianism and neonomianism in Britain during the 17th century.  The full title is a mouthful: Conciliatory or Irenical Animadversions on the Controversies Agitated in Britain.  Below is a section near the end where Witsius talks about a believer’s good works and why they cannot be part of or count in our justification:

When Paul testifies in Philippians 3:8 that he “counts all things but loss and dung, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, and that he might gain Christ” by these words he excludes, as to justification before God, all works, whether previous to faith, or following it (as is excellently observed by Beza). For the elucidation of which point, it is proper to make the following remarks:
1. The graces of the sanctifying Spirit flow clear and pure from their fountain.
2. But running through the channels…

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September 30, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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Why Evangelicals and Catholics Cannot be “Together”

The Bible Says that Christ Died Once and For all (1 Peter 3:18). He does not need to continue dying like the animals in the Old Testament sacrificial system. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. The only reason he would need to continue dying would be if we needed our sins re-forgiven each week, or if we were trying to earn our salvation. In the Roman Catholic Church Jesus Christ is still on the cross and every week the Father crushes Him over and over again.

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Think the Church’s Precarious Cultural Situation is Unique? Think Again

In fact, it is a return to normal. Of course, I don’t mean normal in the history of America.  In the American experience, the pundits are right: this is an unprecedented cultural shift.  But, in the history of God’s people, this present situation is not at all unusual.  Indeed it has often been the norm; indeed, even the means by which God has advanced his Kingdom in unique and special ways.

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Does Hebrews 12:4 Teach Sanctification Through Works?

It seems evident from Hebrews 12 that our obedience is the logically and morally necessary product of our faith, our union with Christ, and that gracious sanctification. Certainly we do struggle against sin. Certainly we do freely exert ourselves against sin and toward godliness but we do so as those who are being graciously sanctified and we lay hold of all the graces that accompany salvation through faith alone. The power of faith is its object. The object of faith is Christ.

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Some Thoughts on the Reading of Books

Maintain regular reading projects. I strategize my reading in six main categories: Theology, Biblical Studies, Church Life, History, Cultural Studies, and Literature. I have some project from each of these categories going at all times. I collect and gather books for each project and read them over a determined period of time. This helps to discipline my reading, and it also keeps me working across several disciplines.

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Accidental Saints

Let me say it candidly: Bolz-Weber has no business being a pastor and, therefore, no business writing as a pastor. She proves this on nearly every page of her book. Time and again she shows that she is woefully lacking in godly character. Her stories, her word choice, her interactions with her parishioners, her temper, her endlessly foul mouth, her novel interpretations of Scripture—they lead to the alarming and disturbing picture of a person who does not take the office seriously enough to ask if she is qualified to it.

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Reaching a Boiling Point

In light of these videos, clearly both of these mothers are heating up the rhetoric to express their views. They reflect that the very nature of the subject is bringing to the surface the rawest of human emotion. Culturally things appear to be reaching a boiling point. We need to pray that the Lord has not reached His yet with our nation.

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Adding To and Taking Away From the Gospel

For example, the Roman Catholic Church, the New Perspective on Paul, and legalism in its many forms add to the gospel. Even if there is an acknowledgement of what Christ has done, it is not all sufficient to make us right with God. However, liberal theology takes way from the gospel by teaching that we don’t need redemption in the first place. We may need a life coach. We may need some encouragement, but we aren’t as bad as the Bible has made us out to be. But what about systems that do both?

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I Don’t Want Your Good Vibes. I Want Prayer.

The Bible does not offer us any spiritual placebo effect, by which a sugar tablet of good wishes just might have the same effect as the penicillin of prayer. Prayer is the thing that weak, sick, anxious, sinful, needy Christians must have. Do not substitute.

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Restoring Free Speech On Campus

Backed by a strong commitment to freedom of expression and academic freedom, faculty could challenge one another, their students and the public to consider new possibilities, without fear of reprisal. Students would no longer face punishment for exercising their right to speak out freely about the issues most important to them. Instead of learning that voicing one’s opinions invites silencing, students would be taught that spirited debate is a vital necessity for the advancement of knowledge.

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Evangelism: Your Message Means More Than Your Motives

Evangelism: Your Message Means More Than Your Motives

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Crosswalk

God isn’t blind to the fact that my heart can lead me astray and get me completely off track, even when I’m trying to do what’s best and glorify Him.

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10 Ways to Love Your Neighbor (Without Being Weird)

10 Ways to Love Your Neighbor (Without Being Weird)

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Crosswalk

Loving our neighbor doesn’t have to be weird, just be yourself and let spiritual conversations flow from natural relationships.

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Be Filled with the Spirit, Not Alcohol

Be Filled with the Spirit, Not Alcohol

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Crosswalk

The believer is not to be controlled by alcohol, but by the Holy Spirit.

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10 Bible verses for when you're feeling overwhelmed

10 Bible verses for when you’re feeling overwhelmed

Posted on September 30, 2015 by Christian Today

?However well life is going overall, we all have moments when we feel totally overwhelmed – unable to get perspective or see beyond that particular problem.

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More Christians Discovering Biblical Beliefs Could Cost Them Their Jobs

It should come as no surprise that Christians will encounter opposition to their Biblical beliefs at the workplace. What might surprise them is that expressing those beliefs both at work and at home (such as social media) could cost them their job…………..  Click here for full story


8 Reasons Why I Didn’t Change My Name (and 6 Reasons I Did)

by Paula Hendricks

There’s power in a name! Here are good (and not so good) reasons to take your future husband’s name.

Why You Should Risk Losing Their Friendship

by Paula Hendricks

Here’s why you should be brave enough to confront that friend.

Freebie Friday! Graffiti: Learning to See the Art in Ourselves

by Erin Davis

Take our body image quiz for your chance to win the true beauty book, “Graffiti: Learning to See the Art in Ourselves.”

From the Archives: Is It Okay to Date Just for Fun?

by Erin Davis

One of you recently asked, “Is it okay to date just for fun?” In a word—yes. That being said, I think there is a more important question we should be asking. Is it wise to date just for fun? In two words—probably not.


“Please Pray for Me, Holy Father:” Kim Davis Embraces “Pope Francis,” Bursts Into Tears Receiving Rosary

Kim Davis has joined with Rick Warren, Joel Osteen and fellow Oneness Pentecostal T.D. Jakes in fawning over the man who leads the apostate Roman Catholic Church. Christian News Netwwork has the report:

The embattled Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who identifies as an Apostolic Pentecostal, met privately on Thursday with Jorge Bergoglio, also known as “Pope Francis,” who is the head of the Roman Catholic religion, during his visit to the United States.

According to reports, the meeting took place in Washington, D.C. following the pontiff’s address to Congress and just before he flew to New York City. Davis was in the area to receive an award from Family Research Council.

http://christiannews.net/2015/09/30/please-pray-for-me-holy-father-kim-davis-embraces-pope-francis-bursts-into-tears-receiving-rosary/


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The Proof Pope Francis & The Vatican Are Pushing For World Government
The connection between the Church of Rome and the United Nations spans many years. Former U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold noted that “there were two Popes on this planet, a spiritual Pope in Rome and a civilian Pope in New York, namely, the Secretary-General of the UN.” For years, the papacy has done its part to encourage the mutual admiration society between the pope and the secretary general. On October 4, 1965, for example, Pope Paul VI turned over the Papal Tiara, a symbol of the papacy, to the United Nations and declared that the United Nations is “the last, best hope of mankind.” The United Nations and the Vatican are inextricably linked in order to prepare the world population for the coming religious Reich.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/proof-pope-francis-vatican-are-pushing-world-government


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With Pope’s Help, U.N. Bypasses Congress on Global Socialism
Pope Francis didn’t make the list of “Eminent Persons” [1] assembled by the U.N. Secretary General to plan the “global development framework” for the world beyond 2015 and culminating in 2030. But the pope didn’t need to be on the list. After all, the Vatican has endorsed [2] the anti-capitalist “sustainable development” agenda that is being voted on by the nations of the world at the U.N.
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http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/pope-s-help-un-bypasses-congress-global-socialism


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Worldview Weekend Radio: Guest: Susan Heck. Topic: Susan Heck explains why Biblical counseling is the answer and not psychologists. Susan reveals that most psychologists will not tell their client that their problem is sin. Susan and Brannon also discuss how many so-called churches have now turned their members over to psychologists instead of opening the Bible with their church members. What are these staff members being paid for if they cannot give Godly counsel to those under their care as well as those that are paying their salaries? Topic: Susan talks about her new fall Bible study for ladies that has just begun and how any lady is welcome to join the study via worldviewradio.com. Topic: Susan talks about Pope Francis and why he is a false prophet. The comments by Brannon and Susan led to a lady calling into the program to chastise Brannon and Susan. Listen how Susan and Brannon respond to the caller with truth but in love. Topic: Susan explains what she believes Jesus would say to many of the religious leaders of today that did not refute the false gospel of Pope Francis. Susan explains the true meaning of being salt and light and how many of the pro-family and evangelical leaders of today want you to believe that salt and light is Christian activism when the light is the gospel that most of them will not proclaim or defend consistently or accurately. Susan explains why she believes this is the case. Topic: We take your calls.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-september-28-2015


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Women with the Master with Susan Heck:
We will continue on with the last four beatitudes in this lesson, one being that we are blessed when we are persecuted. Perhaps this is not one of your favorite beatitudes, but for the genuine Kingdom citizen it as cherished as much as the other seven. In fact, one pastor in Romania recalls being in solitary confinement with chunks of his flesh being cut from his body and being given no food. Yet amidst that suffering he recounts that the joy of the Lord would so overtake him that he would dance with joy in his prison. To us, this type of suffering might sound foreign. In a short time from now it might not sound so foreign but common place for those who are Gods children. Some of us may be persecuted and yes, even killed for righteousness sake. This my friend is one of the eight beatitudes that Christ taught on the Sermon on the Mount.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/women-master-september-28-2015


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No Compromise Radio with Mike Abendroth: 

Image Matters: What does it mean that we are created in the image of God? The implications are vast and as current as todays headlines.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/mike-abendroth-september-30-2015


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Justin Peters Radio:
Part 2 of the incommunicable attribute of God’s Decree.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/justin-peters-program-september-28-2015


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Steel on Steel with John Loeffler:
This weekend the United Nations is hosting the Sustainable Development Summit 2015, with representatives from around the world in attendance, including Pope Francis. Is sustainable development nothing more than an attempt to establish a one-world government? What will societal change and social justice look like? Will our foundation begin to shake? Joining us for a round table discussion this week are Karen Schoen (www.karenschoen.com), Found of AgEnders and Host of American Freedom Watch Radio, and Tom DeWeese (www.americanpolicy.org), President of the American Policy Center and author of the DeWeese Report. They reveal the truth behind sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda, and discuss wealth redistribution, climate change, abolishment of property rights, and who has ultimate control over water resources, education, and the economy. Beware the fundamental transformation of society!
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/john-loeffler-september-28-2015


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Encounter God’s Truth with Dr. John Whitcomb:
Dr. John Whitcomb concludes his message called, Basic Biblical Answers this week on Encounter Gods Truth. Host Wayne Shepherd invites you to join those who first listened to this teaching when it was given at Appalachian Bible College in Mount Hope, West Virginia, to demonstrate that Gods Word is true from the beginning to the end. In drawing on some life lessons he has learned the hard way, Dr. Whitcomb explains the clear Scriptural basis for contending for the faith. He shows how the self-authenticating message of the Word of God and prayer empowered by Jesus Christ, the living Word of God are the means that we must use when talking with others about our faith. We must never rely on our own limited knowledge or abilities. As Dr. Whitcomb emphasizes, we need to be humble, patient and teachable leaving the results in Gods hands. Thank you for listening to this latest installment in our series on Biblical Apologetics. May the Lord help you as you seek to apply it.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/dr-john-whitcomb-september-28-2015


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Noise of Thunder Radio with Chris Pinto:
THE JESUIT POPE IN AMERICA Chris discusses the past few days of overwhelming media coverage on the visit of Pope Francis to the United States. People have been gushing with adoration over the so-called “holy father,” some even weeping with great emotion — not the least of whom was soon-to-be former Speaker of the House and devout Catholic, John Boehner. Judging from the coverage by Fox, CNN and MSNBC, it is clear that mainstream media serves some purpose other than objective journalism. Ironically, when the Puritans came to the new world, they proclaimed their desire to “raise a bulwark against the kingdom of Antichrist, which the Jesuits labor to rear up in those parts.” What would our forefathers say about this visit from a Jesuit Pope?
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/chris-pinto-september-28-2015


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Prophecy Today with Dr. Jimmy DeYoung:
Today on PTIB Jimmy DeYoung has two of his Broadcast Partners, Steve Herzig and Dr Rob Congdon. Jimmy and Rob will discuss a report on the European Union, and in particular the migrant crisis. But first, Jimmy and Steve will discuss the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles. This is the last of the seven Jewish Feast Days given to the Jewish people by God, Leviticus 23, and is a seven day feast. The Jews around the world will live in a “succa”, a thatched hut similar to the huts the Jews lived in during their wanderings in the wilderness for a forty year period. The Feast also has a connection to the Kingdom yet to come, and promised to the Jews.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/prophecy-today-intell-briefing-september-30-2015


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Crosstalk:
Mark Crutcher has done some very thorough research and investigation on this very issue of Planned Parenthood and their relationship to the Black community. He is the founder and director of Life Dynamics which is widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative and professional pro-life organizations in America. Mark may be best known for his bold undercover operations that have exposed shocking and even illegal activities inside the abortion industry.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/crosstalk-september-30-2015


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Running to Win with Dr. Erwin Lutzer:

When we are the victims of economic collapse or slander, something within us demands an answer. Through the life of Job, lets explore the heavenly reasons for our earthly misfortunes and how Jesus would answer Jobs painful cries.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/dr-erwin-lutzer-september-30-2015


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The Truth About Islam with Usama Dakdok
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/truth-about-islam-september-30-2015


Be Still and Know That YOU Are God? Is That Really What Scripture Says?

By Warren B. Smith Ironically, Psalm 46:10 (“Be Still and Know” . . . )  was the founding credo of the pioneering New Age community of Findhorn in Scotland. Co-founder Eileen Caddy distinctly heard the words “Be still and know that I am God” in a meditation, and as a result, Findhorn was founded on […]


[Allegedly] Homohobic people “more likely to display other undesirable psychological traits”

Not surprisingly a new study has just come out of Italy claiming that people who “harbor homophobic attitudes” suffer from a psychological disorder — a phobia.  So now liberal’s can point to a  scientific study that supposedly shows that people who believe homosexuality is a sexual perversion, such as Bible believers, are “homophobic,” as if […]

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Four Blood Moons and Shemitah Bring Judgment…Upon Charismatics

JD Hall of Pulpit and Pen has something to say to Charismatics in regard to their propensity to dabble in mysticism or what he calls witchcraft. When two prophecies uttered by highly regarded men in the charismatic community failed to come to pass, JD concluded that “God has, in his Providence, chosen to use these astrological omen interpretations to bring judgment against America’s charismatics for their embarrassing naivety, abominable discernment, and systemic false prophecy…”

JD begins by informing us that,

Two “significant” events (read that, rather ordinary, foreseeable and cyclical events that are predictable by the Farmer’s Almanac) recently brought God’s judgment – as expected and promised – by America’s prophets. That God used these “signs” to judge was not surprising, but who God ultimately judged was surprising.

Jonathan Cahn, who calls himself a Messianic Rabbi (whose credentials are dubious), wrote a book detailing ten signs present before Israel’s collapse, comparing them to ten signs now present in America, called The Harbinger. With the success of that book, Cahn springboarded into a new divination, this time pulling from the Old Testament ceremonial law the command in Exodus 20:11 that the ground lay fallow every seven years, which was both agriculturally astute and required the Israelites to trust God for their provision. Debts were also to be canceled during that year as well, which was one of a number of safeguards against the holding of longterm debt in Israel’s economy. This year was called the Shemitah, meaning a “releasing” (referring to release from debt), which Cahn has interpreted more ominously as a “shaking.” Doing the math, Cahn reveals that September 25 2014 to September 13 2015 is the Shemitah Year

Four Blood Moons and Shemitah Bring Judgment…Upon Charismatics


Exposing the Hypocrisy of “Christian” Social Justice

There are few things worse than when the Word of God is twisted and abused to support an agenda of humanism.  Yet it is happening at an increasing rate as the social justice movement gains momentum in our nation.  Disguised as “biblical”, this movement is actually a political and social agenda misusing scripture to advance […]

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Church of Scotland minister says to teach Jesus died for sins is “ghastly theology”

“Jesus did not die for our sins. No No No No. That is Ghastly theology. Don’t go there.” This “Pastor” has now joined the ranks of rank heresy shared by Brian Mclaren, Tony Jones, Rob Bell, Jay Bakker and many others who deny propitiation, or atonement for sins that Jesus’ blood covers. Pastor Scott McKenna, […]

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Bill Nye’s Unscientific Tirade on Abortion

Here is a great response to Bill Nye’s recent attempt to show the problems with the pro life position. 


“Pope Francis” Leads Philadelphia in Prayer to Mary and Joseph to “Protect Families”

Protestants should know that praying to any deceased person is unbiblical. Christian News Network asked former Catholic Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries to comment on this and Mike responded: “The pope would do well to study the truth of God’s word so that he will stop deceiving people. For him to ask people to pray to Mary and Joseph, who are physically dead, is an abomination to the Lord.” Deuteronomy 18:11-12 forbids communicating with the dead. One wonders if Protestants in the crowd bowed their heads and prayed the Hail Mary prayer led by the head of the apostate Roman Catholic Church.

Heather Clark has the full report:

During his final remarks at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia, the Roman Catholic pontiff Jorge Bergoglio, known as “Pope Francis,” led the thousands in attendance in a prayer to Mary and Joseph out of his belief that the former earthly parents of Christ serve as protectors of families in the present.

“Before the final blessing, let’s pray a prayer to Mary and also an invocation to Saint Joseph, so that they can protect our families and they can help us to believe that it’s worth the struggle and the fight for the good of the family,” he said at the conclusion of the event, which included song and dance from various musical celebrities, as well as speeches from Catholic families from around the world.

http://christiannews.net/2015/09/28/pope-francis-leads-philadelphia-in-prayer-to-mary-and-joseph-to-protect-families/


Planned Parenthood’s problems have to do with facts that are not in dispute

I watched a good bit of the testimony that Cecile Richards offered to Congress yesterday, but I suspect that most Americans did not. Most Americans will view news reports about the hearings if they hear anything at all. That means that most Americans are going to be woefully under-informed about what happened yesterday. So let me give you the bottom line about what came out in the hearings.

1. Planned Parenthood harvests organs from aborted babies and gives those organs to researchers in exchange for money. Planned Parenthood disputes the claim that they “profit” from this exchange, but they do not dispute that the exchange happens. They provide the baby parts, and the researchers (or middle men) give them money for the parts. That is the bottom line confirmed again by yesterday’s hearings, and no one disputes those facts.

2. Planned Parenthood’s revenues exceed their expenses by $127 million dollars. This exchange between Representative Mick Mulvaney and Cecile Richards is particularly revealing:

http://www.mrctv.org/embed/139692

Cecile Richards says that Planned Parenthood doesn’t profit from its work. And maybe in some technical, legal sense that is true. But most Americans know what it means that an organization’s revenues exceed expenses by $127 million dollars.

Congress may want to haggle over whether we should call this situation “profit” or “reinvestment.” They may want to argue with Richards about whether the exchange of baby parts for money is a “sale” or a “reimbursement.” But these are just arguments about nomenclature that at the end of the day conceal the reality of the undisputed facts.

Planned Parenthood kills over 300,000 unborn human beings every year. Planned Parenthood receives money in exchange for providing baby parts to researchers. Planned Parenthood’s revenues exceed expenses by $127 million dollars. American taxpayers are funding about 40% of the annual budget of our nation’s leading abortion provider.

Those are the facts, and they are not in dispute. And the undisputed facts should be enough to scandalize every conscience that confronts them.


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5 facts about PP’s congressional testimony

http://erlc.com/article/5-facts-about-planned-parenthoods-congressional-testimony

The Pope or Christ – Who is the Church’s Head?

The fanfare is all over. The speeches to the U.S. Congress and to the U.N.have been given. The Mass was celebrated at Madison Square Garden and in Philadelphia with hundreds of thousands. And now Pope Francis is back at the Vatican after his historical visit to the U.S.

But the question that I would like to consider and that must be asked is: Who is the real Head of the Church – The Pope or Christ?

In his epistle to the Colossians where he highlights the supremacy of Christ, the apostle Paul categorically states in Scripture that Christ is the Head of the Church.

“And he is the head of the body, the church.”

Colossians 1:18

Who is the “he” referring to?

It is referring to the one in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.(Colossians 1:14)

It is referring to the one who is the image of the invisible God.(Colossians 1:15)

It is referring to the one who is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.(Colossians 1:16-17)

It is referring to the one in whom all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell(Colossians 1:19)

It is referring to the one through whom there is reconciliation with God by His death(Colossians 1:20-22)

It is referring to God’s beloved Son!(Colossians 1:13)

Throughout church history, God raised up men to remind us once again that Christ, not the pope, is the head of the church. One such man was Martin Luther.

“I am persuaded that if at this time, St. Peter, in person, should preach all the articles of Holy Scripture, and only deny the pope’s authority, power, and primacy, and say, that the pope is not the head of all Christendom, they would cause him to be hanged.”

Martin Luther(Table Talk)

Another such man was Charles Spurgeon, who declared unequivocally the headship of Christ over His Church in a sermon entitled “The Head of the Church.”

“Of all the dreams whatever deluded men and probably of all blasphemies that were ever uttered, that has never been one which is more absurd and which is more fruitful in all manner of mischief than the idea that the Bishop of Rome can be the head of the church of Jesus Christ. No, these popes die and how could the church live if its head were dead? The true Head ever lives and the church ever liveth in Him.”

Charles Spurgeon

In yet another sermon entitled “Jesus is Lord”, Spurgeon drives the stake home in answering the question of who is the real head of the church.

“It is awful blasphemy for any man on earth to call himself Christ’s vicar and the head of the church, and it is a usurpation of the crown rights of King Jesus for any king or queen to be called the head of the church, for the true Church of Jesus Christ can have no head but Jesus Christ Himself.

Charles Spurgeon

Jesus Christ is the true Head of the Church because it is Christ Himself who loved the Church and gave Himself for her(Ephesians 5:25) Jesus Christ is the true Head of the Church not only because of his loving substitutionary atonement, but also because of His resurrection, conquering death, and because of His exaltation to the right hand of the Father, as head over all!

“that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”

Ephesians 1:20-23


Authentic and Counterfeit Christianity

If you have been united to Christ, Jesus has broken the curse and brought us into fellowship with God. The bondage of sin has been broken.  When as Christians we sin, we are acting in unbelief – not believing that our actions are being openly beheld by God and others. It is to forget our identity and the gift of the Holy Spirit and to live as if we were still under sin’s dominion. Living genuinely and transparently, then, means by the grace of God, to consciously live every moment with the belief that all of our thoughts and life are truly open before God and man. It means to walk in the light (1 John 1:7), to have nothing hidden, but for your life to be laid bare before all (Heb. 4:11-13) So when we do sin, we don’t hide it but confess it (1 John 2:1),we judge ourselves and grieve over it (1 Cor 11:31-32). And then we keep moving toward the goal (Phil 3:14). knowing that we are clean and forgiven in Christ (1 John 1:9).


The 5 Sins of Social Media Users

Social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram are now not only personal expressions but company branding machines. With the proliferation of this new media, I have identified five sins that create weak impact—unless you are into rewarding stupidly bad behavior. And, they drive me crazy! The dark side of social media might hurt you more than help. Many companies see added stats to follower lists, but do they know that their supposed social media manager is cheating a system instead of engaging people? 

Here are five sins of social media users I hope we all can avoid!

1. Follow and dump. This is sometimes called “churning,” where you follow a bunch a people at a time to get them to follow you back. Then, once they do you dump them. This sin represents a bait-and-switch approach to what could otherwise be a human interaction. The tick of an additional follow is more important than connecting. Is this dirty trick really how you would deal with potential customers or clients in real life?

2. Buy your fame. The laziest and most tempting thing you can do is buy your followers. This can be done with anything from Facebook and Twitter to YouTube and Pinterest. These “fake” followers might be from Russia or some other country where a digital sweatshop of people clicking on accounts exists. An employer may be happy to see that his or her social media manager has grown followers, but is that employer being well-served?

3. Robot responses. The automated responses to Twitter are truly more than an annoyance. Spam is one thing, but this is far worse. Also, if you use direct messaging, private messaging or the like, you are violating personal space and spending valuable attention with advertisements. It is one thing to share personal and “live” news, it is another to automate or simply cut-and-paste responses to people. Is your message worth being personal or would you rather be robotic?

4. Fire-hosing dogma. For those of us who are personal or individual brands, sharing too much about our political views is annoying on social media. Discussions with friends online is fantastic. But you may have people who follow you not for your politics or dogma. And if you are using a personal account to constantly push your multilevel marketing scheme, you will not be effective. How much of people’s attention will you take before you give something of value?

5. Spam commenting. If you are truly desiring to connect, a comment on a post is appropriate. Some cut-and-paste a standard “this is great” comment or like a post of yours to get you to follow them. While it is important to interact, it is spam to use someone’s Instagram account simply to get them to follow you. Do you “mean” the like and make the comment personal, or is it all really only about you?

These five sins of social media users are driving me crazy! I would love to hear about your experiences online. What drives you crazy about social media?  

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Our Mighty Fortress

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us.

Martin Luther wrote those stirring words during the height of the Reformation, as he and his friends faced fierce physical persecution—and even death—for their faith. For almost 500 years, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” has been a rallying cry for the church, buoying heavy hearts in the midst of Satan’s attacks.

And while we don’t often encounter the same level of persecution Luther did, his words remain a powerful encouragement to this day. They’re a helpful reminder of the Lord’s sovereignty, especially in the face of institutionalized immorality and the aggressive perversion of God’s design.

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We shouldn’t be surprised when a government full of unrepentant sinners institutes sinful laws and policies. We shouldn’t be shocked when immorality is celebrated and purity is ridiculed. And we shouldn’t be scared when the church is vilified as the enemy of progress, science or society at large.

In fact, no persecution, in any form, should surprise us. Christ Himself warned His followers that they would face fierce opposition: “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you” (John 15:18). The apostle John echoed that warning in 1 John 3:13: “Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you.”

In fact, the surprise is not that Western society has turned against the church in America, but that it ever tolerated the influence of the church in the first place.

This is where we remind ourselves of the great comfort and freedom we know in serving a sovereign God. While the appetite for His Word and tolerance for His people may wax and wane in society, the light of His truth cannot be extinguished. He is still on His throne, and nothing that happens to us is outside of His plans or His control.

The true danger for the church, then, is not any external threat that the culture presents to us. They can mock us, fine us, outlaw us and even kill us—God’s truth will march on.

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If You’re a New Convert, Here’s a Guide for Translating Christian Code

Congratulations on getting saved! Now that you’re a Christian, there are a few things you really should know. First, you must listen to the songs “Secret Ambition” and “Jesus Freak.” These two songs will come up a lot in conversations, and have the potential to make you a lot of friends. Familiarize yourself with them. Be ready to lip sync to them on demand.

Second, get used to drinking awful coffee. Since the very first meetings in Jerusalem, Christians have insisted on drinking coffee that tastes like scalding hot paint thinner. It is one of the trials and tribulations we must endure.

Finally, learn the Christian code words. What you may not have realized is we have our own special code language. If you’re going to communicate with other Christians, you need to memorize our code words and their definitions. What exactly are these code words? I’m glad you asked. What follows is a guide to understanding Christian-speak. Think of this as the Rosetta of the Christian world.

Terms and Definitions

Story—Most people think of a story as something contained within a book. Oh how wrong they are! All of us have a story, and each of our stories is important. Your story (also called “Journey” or “Road”) includes: all your life experiences, the most recent book you’ve read, your friends (even though they have their own stories, they’re also part of your story), your Moleskine journal (in which you record thoughts about your story), that one mission trip that was a defining moment in your story, and the existential crisis you had in college (the dark part of your story). Get used to referring to every experience as being a part of your “story.”

Traveling Mercies—Contrary to popular opinion, “Traveling Mercies” is not the name of a Rich Mullins cover band. Rather, traveling mercies refers to divine mercies, which, oddly enough, can only be found on highways and in airplanes. No matter how much you ask, you simply cannot get traveling mercies for a trip to the grocery store. Regular mercies cover that. However, if you fail to ask for traveling mercies prior to a long trip (not to be confused with “Journey”), there is a 95 percent chance your car engine will catch on fire.

Echo—You’re in a prayer meeting, it’s your turn to pray and your mind goes blank! What do you do? Don’t panic. You simply “echo” what the person before you prayed. To echo another person’s prayer, simply take their exact words, add the word “just” to the beginning and add the words “really asking this” to the end. This simple tactic will rescue you out of every prayer jam (not to be confused with a Prayer Jam, which is praying to hip-hop music).

Do Life—Christians don’t simply live life. No sir, we do life! And don’t you DARE confuse the two. Living life is boring and shallow, while doing life involves thrilling, exciting, awesome things, like Wednesday night Bible studies.

In This Place—This is a phrase included in many of our prayers as a way of making sure God knows exactly where we are located. We want God to bless us, in this place. We don’t want him to accidentally fire his blessings into the church down the street, so we alert him to our precise location. Think of this as the GPS of Christianity.

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Arminianism & Its Hazards

calvins flowerChances are you’ve discussed it lately. Who chose whom? God? Man? Both? Whose will and choice triggers salvation? Man’s? God’s? Both? It’s a common occurrence to spar over Calvinism (the doctrines of God’s sovereign grace) vs. Arminianism.

This post could not possibly address all the issues. Instead, it will take a brief look at some of Arminianism’s consequences. But first, a quick reminder of common Arminian teaching.

Arminianism typically holds that God elects individuals to salvation based on his foreknowledge of their personal worthiness. It’s claimed that God’s election means that he chose those whom he foresaw would trust in Christ for salvation prior to them doing so. God chose those whom he foreknew would choose him. Humanity, therefore, is fallen, but not incapable of seeking God. Though sinful, man is still able to arouse his will so as to choose God savingly. Some reject election, arguing that it is incompatible with human freedom and responsibility, thus rendering things like evangelism, prayer, and discipleship unnecessary. It follows, then, that many argue that one is able to lose their salvation.

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Arminianism has had its propagators over the years. Jacob Arminius, of course. Pelagius before him. Later, John Wesley wrote, “I reject the blasphemy clearly contained in the horrible decree of predestination…I would sooner be a Turk, a Deist, yea an atheist, than I could believe this” (Cited in Demarest, The Cross and Salvation, 102). About 100 years later, Charles Finney held that there are essentially two types of people; the savable and the unsavable. God chose those who inherently possessed the ability by their freedom to choose God and be saved.

Wherever we might find ourselves theologically, there are a number of hazards for consideration which are consequent of Arminian teaching:

  1. Harming the plain sense of a large amount of Scripture.

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At best, much Arminian teaching must violate the natural reading of many passages. For example, the assertion of free will is biblically untenable. Free will indicates that man is free to do as he pleases.

However, our will has two big constraints, rendering it not free. The first is God’s sovereignty (e.g. Prov. 19:21 “Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the LORD will stand”). We are only free to do what God has ordained. The second constraint is human depravity. We are unwilling to seek/choose God so as to be saved (Rom. 3:11 “There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God”). We are unable to seek/choose God so as to be saved (Eph. 2:1 “You were dead in your trespasses and sins”). Whatever the word “dead” asserts, it is not man’s ability. The dead are not able to do anything but stay dead. Thus, Arminianism’s assertion that man is able, and even willing, to choose God is untenable.

God is the only Being whose will is free: “Our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he pleases” (Ps. 115:3). No such statements are made of man. And incredibly, God uses his will, in love, to unlock ours from sin. When it comes to salvation, the only one willing and able to do the choosing and seeking is God. For that reason, Scripture speaks of salvation is an act of grace (Eph. 2:8-9).

Regarding God’s sovereign choice of his people, Ephesians 1:4-5 says, “he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.” From this text, and many like it, we simply cannot responsibly conclude that, “God chose us because he saw that we would choose him.” The word, “chose,” is an aorist middle, indicating an active, willful choice on the part of the subject (God), independent and unconditional of the object of choice (believers). Finally, contrary to much Arminian reasoning, God did not chose because he saw that we would choose, but “according to the purpose of his will.” And the passage continues, emphasizing that God’s work in salvation had nothing to do with man’s foreknown actions, but to the praise of God’s glory.

But what about the word “foreknew” in Romans 8:29? When speaking of God, the word can refer to either the simple knowing of something before or foreordaining. In the biblical context of salvation, to “know” or “foreknow” can refer to an intimate love, thus speaking of God’s independent choice to love his chosen. Further, the focus of the text is not on man’s actions; that God foreknew man would choose him, but on God’s actions; that God foreknew because he sovereignly decided to bestow grace on those he chose to love (hence the word, “predestined,” in v. 30).

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Romans 9 is another passage which contains several massive problems for Arminianism. Arminian friends often ask, “Why do you guys always go to Romans 9 to argue your case?” For the same reason that the Bears always handed off to William “Refrigerator” Perry, when it was 4th and goal at the one yard line.

Some propose that the choosing spoken of in Romans 9 is concerned with nations and groups, not individuals. But that will not do, since Paul mentions individuals (e.g. Isaac, Ishmael, Jacob, Esau, Pharaoh), as objects of his sovereign choice who serve as illustrations of God’s sovereign dealings with humanity. Then, that truth is crystallized, shown to be the manner of God’s sovereign prerogative, as Creator, with all humanity, his creation, in vv. 20-24. If God did not ordain some for salvation and others, not, Romans 9 is not a good way to say that.

Furthermore, v. 19 and following is Paul’s response to Arminian-like rejection. “How can God find fault? If election is true, who can resist his will?” And, if Paul were not arguing for the case of God’s sovereign election of individuals in salvation, then his anticipation of the rejection as stated in v. 19, followed by his response in vv. 20-26 (e.g. “…Has the potter no right over the lay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable useand another for dishonorable use?…”) makes no sense. If Paul is not saying that God chooses individuals for salvation according to his own will, then why ask, “Then who resists his will?”

Many other passages could be brought into the discussion, such as John 1:12-13, John 3, John 6:39, 44, and 65, to name a few. I would point us to thorough treatments on the issue, such as R.C. Sproul’s, Chosen by God, or Bruce Demarest’s, The Cross and Salvation, to name a few contemporary writers.

  1. Tending towards salvation by works. 

Arminian soteriology asserts that the cause of salvation is both God’s grace and man’s ability. The Holy Spirit saves by cooperating with man’s will. Man and God partner to accomplish salvation. Consequently, salvation is the product, in part, of man’s will or ability. Another way to say that is man’s salvation is partly due to his doing, or, his work.

noBut Romans 9:16 is telling. Speaking of the divine election of individuals, the Apostle Paul says, “So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.” The issue could not be more clear. And to that we could add the overwhelming testimony of Scripture declaring that salvation is purely the work of God’s grace (e.g. Eph. 2:8-9). The determining factor pertaining to who will be saved is not man’s will, decision, or ability, but God’s sovereign decision to extend saving mercy.

And as a sidenote, if we are going to reject God’s sovereign grace for Arminianism, then we should stop praying for anyone’s salvation. We should instead pray to the particular man for that man’s salvation: his will is the Sovereign when it comes to his salvation.

  1. Exalting man’s ability to reason over the plain sense of God’s word.

Though not all, much of Arminianism’s rebuttals to the doctrines of grace take the form of, “Then how can God…?” or, “How can man…?” For example:

“How can God be fair and loving if he’s already fixed who will be saved? He cannot be, because he is not really giving everyone the opportunity to be saved.” Paul settled this in Romans 9:20-26. The answer ultimately lies in God and his sovereign prerogative by virtue of being God. Further, if we struggle to understand his love there, let us take an unrushed walk around the cross as a fresh reminder. Perhaps the more clear sheds light on the less.

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“How can man have a free will if he is called to repent but God chooses?” Scripture never says that man’s will is free, but that he is dead in sin. And, the call for man to be saved should not be taken ipso facto that his will is free. Instead, it should be taken plainly: man is responsible to repent. We do well to leash our reasonings from going beyond what is written.

“How can God be loving if he only chose some? Why didn’t he choose more?” On the contrary, even if we are never saved, it would only be right for us to marvel that God would choose to save even one in light of man’s wickedness. Furthermore, Scripture clearly says that God is loving, thus we joyfully submit to the truth, whether or not we can ascertain how God’s dealings are loving in our radically finite minds.

“How can the call for all to be saved be genuine? It is a farce—a false offer—since God has already determined some, not all, to be saved.” God did not come to redeem all humanity (universalism is not true), but his people. And, salvation is a command (Acts 17:30). Just because man is unable and unwilling to obey a command of God’s does not invalidate the command.

“How can we really evangelize? Isn’t it pointless?” Wesley claimed that evangelism would be futile if election was true. But that some are chosen is far more motivation to evangelize than if the choice was up to man. If salvation were contingent on man’s will, then evangelism would be futile since man is unwilling and unable to choose and seek God in his natural state.

The problem with these objections is clear and singular. What is the governing authority common in the rebuttals? Man’s ability to figure out the “How can?” If he cannot, then the plain sense of Scripture is rejected. It boils down to man’s ability to reason.

For the most part Arminianism is man’s fallen philosophical response to God’s clear, biblical self-disclosure. Thus, it appears almost as a theology of response. Many of the objections center more on our fallen philosophical conundrums, than the plain sense of Scripture.

  1. Forbidding God from doing as he wishes. 

Perhaps the most God-ness thing about God is his sovereignty. His sovereignty rules over all (Ps. 103:19). And long, long before puny, sinful man was around to comment on the extent and limitations of that sovereignty, he did as he does now: whatever he pleases. His plan of salvation is simply one area in which he exercises his sovereignty, both in the designing and doing of the plan.

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Sadly, however, we come along (as a consequence of God’s sovereignty), and strap him with boundaries. And, we do so through the grid of our not-Godness; our non-sovereignty. We do things like question and complain and resist the most God thing about God. We are all, by nature, a bit Arminian (cause for more alarm).

But Arminianism permits God to do as he wishes, except when it comes to his most prized doings in history: salvation. He is permitted sovereignty over rocks, rain, rhinoceroses, and raises, but not the plan around which all these things revolve: redemption. God sits in the heavens and does whatever he pleases, except when it comes to exercising his grace. Something is amiss.

Charles Spurgeon said it well: “Some men cannot endure to hear the doctrine of election. I suppose they like to choose their own wives, but they are not willing that Christ should choose his own bride, the church.”

  1. Disregarding the testimony of church history.

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A brief look at church history demonstrates the scores of faithful men who have embraced the doctrines of grace over Arminianism. A small sampling of those includes Tertullian (2nd-3rd century), Athanasius (4th), Augustine (4th-5th), John Knox (15-16th), Luther (16th), Calvin (16th), John Bunyan (17th), the some 150 Westminster Divines (17th), John Gill (18th), Charles Spurgeon (19th), and Martyn Lloyd-Jones (20th). It could not be said that these men were theological novices. And it’s not that they are above theological examination. But it is to say that we do well to carefully examine a teaching, first, because it is backed by sound exegesis and hermeneutics, and second, because it was held by many competent theologians.

I tremble when I hear so many in our day spurn the doctrines of grace as if they are a strange teaching fabricated by theological lightweights.

  1. Man shares glory and credit with God for salvation.

The reason there are so many passages ascribing glory to God in the context of salvation is because he did, and does all, of the work, since man cannot and would not.

“And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord’” (1 Cor. 1:30-31).

“But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Gal. 6:14).

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8-9).

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Now, if salvation depends even the slightest bit upon man (whether his choice or ability to seek God), then man deserves part of the glory and credit for it. If man is able to choose, he contributes something to his salvation, and should be praised for that contribution. We must laud him for his choosing abilities and accomplishment. Ephesians 2:8-9 should, then, be edited to read: “For by grace and your choice you have been saved, through faith and your ability to choose. And this is partly your doing; it is both a gift of God and your ability to choose, so that you and God may boast it up together.”

Bottom line: when it comes to our God’s glorious plan of salvation, we do well to step away from his throne by letting the clear testimony of Scripture speak, permitting him to choose, ordain, predestine, and foreknew whom he wishes from a hopelessly rebellious human race.

Charles Spurgeon: “I believe the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that if God had not chosen me I should never have chosen Him; and I am sure He chose me before I was born, or else He never would have chosen me afterwards; and He must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for I never could find any reason in myself why He should have looked upon me with special love. So I am forced to accept that doctrine.”

“Salvation is from the Lord” (Jonah 2:9).


The Most Common Reason Pastors Give When They Leave a Church

This blog and our podcast have been a blessing to me because of the readers and listeners. I learn so much from your comments on the site, on social media, and in emails. For example, hundreds of you have shared with us your decision-making process when you leave a church. Though there are many different reasons given, these pastors did share one reason much more frequently than any others:

The most common reason pastors leave a church is: from their perspective they have taken the church as far as they can.

But what does that mean? What are the specific areas where a pastor sees such limitations? I have asked that question on numbers of occasions. Here are the most common responses:

  1. “The church has grown as much it will under my leadership.” Commonly, a pastor will lead a church to some growth, but that growth stops after a season. Not understanding why the growth has stopped, the pastor concludes that it is a personal leadership problem.
  2. “I am just not a good fit for this church.” A recent example of which I am aware is where a pastor was significantly culturally different from the church he served as pastor. He deemed those cultural differences to mean he could not lead the church further.
  3. “I’m spending most of my time putting out fires.” In this example, conflict is the problem, and the pastor does not have the solution. Hence, the pastor concludes a departure is in order.
  4. “The church has grown too large for my leadership skills.” I have been surprised to hear from a number of pastors who think their respective churches outgrew them. One pastor, for example, was comfortable leading a church of 150 in attendance. But, four years later, the church had an attendance of 375. He did not think he could lead an organization of that size.
  5. “The church needs to relocate, and I’m not the person to lead them.” That same reason is often used when the church needs to build facilities or become a multi-site church.

Many times, pastors are sincere when they believe the church has outgrown them. But I also believe pastors and other staff can grow and learn. Not all of them need to conclude they can’t take the church further.

I am encouraged by how many pastors and staff persons have joined our Church Answers training and development. It is one way they are saying: “I can grow, and I want to grow.” For that reason, we will keep the subscription open a few more days.

Let me know what you think of this main reason pastors and church staff leave their church? Is it always legitimate? Are there more underlying and unspoken reasons? Let me hear from you.

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A La Carte (September 30)

Today’s Kindle deals include a new title from GLH Publishing: John Owen’s Communion with God ($0.99). You might also consider: 131 Christians Everyone Should Know by Mark Galli ($2.99); Christian Worship by Segler & Bradley ($2.99); Perspectives on Christian Worship by various ($2.99); and The Remarkable Wisdom of Solomon by Henry Morris ($2.99). Also, The Paradox of Choice isn’t a Christian book, but is interesting nonetheless ($2.99).

Sooner Count the Stars

Today marks the release of Sooner Count the Stars, a new album from Sovereign Grace Music. I’ve listened to most of it and have really enjoyed it.

James Is, You Know, in the Bible

Rick Phillips says it well: “I can think of few messages more urgently needed by our worldly churches today than the necessity of pursuing practical holiness through obedience and good works.”

Happiness

Randy Alcorn has a new book out titled Happiness. He is also hosting a webcast and Twitter chat this afternoon and invites you to participate.

Popular Popes and Priestly Pretenders

Nate Busenitz’s article “addresses one of the many reasons why evangelicals should neither endorse nor applaud the office of the papacy.”

Mars and the Majesty of Christ

“The vastness and beauty of the Milky Way should elicit a response from us. That response should be neither one of pagan nature worship nor greedy utility, but of wonder and awe at Christ Jesus in his infinite vastness and immeasurable beauty.”

This Day in 1953. Bruce Ware was born. Happy 62nd birthday, Bruce!

Clean Up Your Gmail Inbox

When and if you run up against GMail’s limits, this article will help you get cleaned up.

The Difficulty of Prayer (and a Solution)

Mark Jones admits the difficulty and works toward a solution.


“I AM” Transforms Our Identity

This is the last of a three-part series on God’s name, I AM.” Be sure to go back and read Part One (“‘I AM’ shows us how we encounter God”), and Part Two (“‘I AM’ gives us the ground rule for knowing God”).

Most of us know what it’s like to feel insecure, to feel like we just aren’t up to a particular challenge. Maybe you just got hired for a job you aren’t sure you can handle. Or you’re dating someone and are nervous about living up to family expectations. Or you’re a parent, and you’re worried that you just don’t have what it takes.

The bad news is that, in ourselves, we probably don’t have what it takes. The good news is that, with God, we don’t need to. Knowing God as “I am” transforms our identities and overcomes our insecurities.

Moses knew insecurity. By the time he meets God at the burning bush, he’s a pretty defeated man. He had started out his life with a lot of confidence, a good-looking guy in a high-paying job. But things went horribly wrong. He tried to stand up for his Jewish people and ended up killing a man. Because of this, the Jews rejected him and Pharaoh banished him. For the next 40 years, Moses was wandering around in the wilderness, nursing that failure.

How does God overcome this? Not with any “power of positive thinking.” He doesn’t say, “Moses, here’s a mirror. Look into it and repeat after me: ‘I see pride! I see power! I see a bad man who won’t take no garbage from nobody!’” None of that. Simply this: “I will be with you.” Real confidence comes not from competence, but from the assurance of God’s presence.

So when Moses says to God, “Who am I?” God says to Moses, “It doesn’t matter who you are. It matters who I am.” Moses says, “I’m not eloquent, or smart or successful.” And God says, “I didn’t choose you because you were those things. I’ve got enough of them for the both of us.” God doesn’t want the guy who has bought his own publicity. He wants the guy who knows he’s an empty vessel.

Feeling inadequate is actually a prerequisite to being used by God. So God says to Moses (and to you and to me):

I am the God of very unpromising material. You think you’re unskilled? Lacking courage? Not very good? You don’t even know the half of it! You’re so weak you can’t even guarantee tomorrow. You’re like a wisp of smoke, a blade of grass. In the scope of this universe, you are smaller than a grain of sand. But it’s not about you! You are not, but my name is I am.”

Whatever you’re not, whatever you need, whatever you didn’t get from your parents, whatever you aren’t getting from someone else … God says, “I am!”

“Who can I trust?” I am.

“I’m not sure who is really on my team.” I am.

“Nobody is listening to me.” I am.

“How am I supposed to know which way to go?” I am.

“My marriage is crashing and I do not know where to turn.” I am.

“I’m 50 years old and I feel like I am starting all over.” I am.

“What if I fail again?” I am.

“I’m not sure I believe anymore.” I am.

“I have given all I can give and it is not enough.” I am.

“I’m pouring into everybody but nobody is pouring into me.” I am.

“I can’t hold on.” I am.

“I am tired.” I am.

“I quit.” I am.

“I need a drink or a fix or a hit.” I am.

“I need a lover.” I am.

“I need a fresh start.” I am.

“I just need somebody to hold me.” I am.”[1]

The name I am is the answer to every insecurity in our lives. And here’s the amazing thing: when we became believers, that name became ours. We took God’s name and became one with him. So when we start to look at ourselves and say, “I am so stupid. I am a loser. I am such a terrible mom,” God says, “I am not any of those things! And if I am in you, you are not either.

So when you say, “God, I am so dysfunctional,” he says, “Yet I am so complete.” You say, “I am so deficient,” and he says, “I am so sufficient.” You say, “I am so doubtful,” and he says, “I am so faithful.” You say, “I am so sinful,” and he says, “I am so gracious.”

When the voices in our lives and in our hearts whisper, “You are not…” we can shout back, “You’re right! But he is, and now I am in him. I am not, but I know the great I AM.”


[1] I’m deeply indebted here to Louie Giglio, and his inspiring book, I Am Not, But I Know I Am.


The Daily Discovery (September 30, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Can You Reject Biblical Inerrancy and Still Be a Faithful Mentor? – “This article is not so much about methods of mentoring as it is about the consequences of mentoring. Mentoring has at its core that of training disciples for the glory of Jesus Christ. When Jesus’ pronounced the Great Commission, discipleship or mentoring was at its core (‘make disciples’—Matthew 28:19-20). He commanded his followers to mentor or make disciples of all nations. The content of mentoring was to be that of His teaching (‘teaching them to observe all the things that I have commanded you’—Matthew 28:20) as well as that of conforming to His Person, i.e. Jesus’ disciples were to be like Him (‘It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master’ (Matt. 10:25).”

A Quick And Easy Guide To The Planned Parenthood Videos – “The journalism project immediately went viral, with millions of people watching the videos. But the media have largely struggled to even mention the videos and what they show. When presidential candidate Carly Fiorina mentioned the videos during the 2nd GOP presidential debate, the media claimed to have no idea what she was talking about. The weak media coverage has left many Americans in the dark about the content of the videos. And sloppy reporting has led to misinformation about the videos.”

When Dad Doesn’t Disciple the Kids – “Three kinds of ‘single moms’ exist in the church: the literal single mom who is raising children on her own, the mom whose husband is an unbeliever and the mom whose husband professes belief but does not partner in the spiritual nurturing of the family. For the true single mom and the mom married to an unbeliever, the task is clear: Train your children in the Lord because no one else will. For the wife of the believing father who is guilty of being spiritually absent, the lines are blurry. She lives in the tension between wanting to honor her spouse and wanting to disciple her children. All three ‘single moms’ desperately need the support of the church, but I want to focus specifically on the third mom, a woman trapped in a dilemma.”

Arminianism & Its Hazards – “Chances are you’ve discussed it lately. Who chose whom? God? Man? Both? Whose will and choice triggers salvation? Man’s? God’s? Both? It’s a common occurrence to spar over Calvinism (the doctrines of God’s sovereign grace) vs. Arminianism.  This post could not possibly address all the issues. Instead, it will take a brief look at some of Arminianism’s consequences. But first, a quick reminder of common Arminian teaching.”

Why Knowing Your Flock Is Critical to Meaningful Preaching – “The preacher paced the stage, staring earnestly out into the congregation. It was time for his weekly invitation. He asked for respondents to raise their hands. Not a single hand was raised. But he had no way of knowing this because he was on a video screen. I was at the nearest campus of this multisite church on assignment from the pastor himself, a man who’d recently hired me to do some freelance research work for him. Visiting one of his many remote services was supposed to help me get a ‘feel’ for his ministry. It certainly did. But I couldn’t help but be struck with the feeling that this way of doing ministry couldn’t really help the preacher get a “feel” for his congregation.”


SERMON:

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VIDEOS:

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“All death can do to the believer is deliver him to Jesus.  It brings us into the eternal presence of our Savior.” – John MacArthur


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Christian Headlines Daily – Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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Top Headlines

Willie Robertson Aligns with Trump

Christian Author Points out Similarities between the Church and ‘The Walking Dead’

Christian Missionaries Told to Leave Nepal

Pastor Saeed Won’t be Freed until U.S. Releases 19 Iranian Criminals, Says Iranian President

Freedom for the Same-Sex Attracted

Pope: Those Who Covered up Sexual Abuse ‘are Guilty’

President of Planned Parenthood Prepares to Testify before Congress

Conflict between Christian and Muslim Refugees Prompts Germany to House Them Separately

Pop Star Ciara Teaching 1-Year-Old Son to Praise Jesus

Anna Duggar Busies Herself with Homeschooling Her Children While Husband is in Rehab

Opinion

Some Thoughts on Reading Books and Tips to Help Cultivate Good Reading Practices

Refugees and the Moral Crisis of Our National Debt

Because of Christians, America Isn’t a Theocracy

Child Abuse in Afghanistan: We Cannot Turn a Blind Eye

Should a Muslim be President?


READING: Malachi 1-4

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  Do I fear God? Do I have sense of holy reverence for who He is? The book of Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, is a reminder — a painful one, actually — that even God’s people can lose their sense of godly fear. The result inevitably is disobedience and idolatry.

1.  The priests had so lost their fear of God that they despised His name by offering Him only their “leftover” animals — those that would cost them the least.

Mal. 1:6  A son honors his father, and a servant his master. But if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is your fear of Me?” says Yahweh of Hosts to you priests, who despise My name.

2.  The people turned against God when they did not fear Him, evidenced in their absolute rebellion.

Mal. 3:5  I will come to you in judgment, and I will be ready to witness against sorcerers and adulterers; against those who swear falsely; against those who oppress the widow and the fatherless, and cheat the wage earner; and against those who deny justice to the foreigner. They do not fear Me,” says the Lord of Hosts.

3.  On the other hand, those who truly feared God would receive God’s blessings, and even the nations would have a healthy fear of Him.

Mal. 1:14, 4:2  For I am a great King,” says Yahweh of Hosts, “and My name will be feared among the nations” . . . .  But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and playfully jump like calves from the stall.

My personal application questions are simple but penetrating ones today:

  • What do I do that reveals my lack of fear of God? What sin do I cling to as if God were not the judge?
  • Will the nations fear God because of my witness before them?

PRAYER: “God, increase my fear of You. May my reverence be evidenced in my obedience.”


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.


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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September 30, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Sep. 30, 2015

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Members of the U.S House Intelligence Committee are pressing FBI Director James Comey for more details of the bureau’s recovery of e-mail messages that Hillary Clinton said had been deleted from a private computer server.

Iranian hard-liners wasted no time labeling Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as “unrevolutionary” for shaking hands with Obama. It’s the first gesture of its kind between a U.S. president and a high-ranking Iranian official in more than three decades. It took place at the United Nations General Assembly in New York and overnight caused a stir back in Tehran.

With Russia and the U.S. sparring over how to fight Islamic State and end Syria’s bloody civil war, European nations besieged by refugees are trying to bridge the gap.

President Vladimir Putin began air strikes to support his beleaguered Syrian ally Bashar al-Assad in Russia’s first use of force in the Middle East since the 1980s. Russia carried out its first air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, hitting arms and ammunition stores and transport and communication means, the Interfax news service reported.

A business unit of Tsinghua University agreed to pay $3.8 billion for 15 percent of hard-drive maker Western Digital, in what would be China’s biggest technology share purchase in the U.S.

Bank of America Corp. is cutting about 200 jobs in its trading and investment-banking units around the world, including dozens in the U.S., after Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan pledged to trim expenses amid a decline in trading revenue.

China’s central bank cut the minimum home down payment to 25 percent from 30 percent required of first-time buyers for the first time in five years, stepping up support for the property market after five interest-rate reductions failed to reverse an economic slowdown.

A report that China may be ready to launch its first domestically made aircraft carrier by the end of the year is credible, though the warship isn’t likely to enter service for four years. The non-nuclear-powered carrier will be launched on Dec. 26 to mark the 122nd birthday of Mao Zedong.

AP Top Stories

The only woman on Georgia’s death row was executed early Wednesday morning, making her the first woman put to death by the state in seven decades.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened a “fierce” reaction Wednesday if Saudi Arabia does not quickly repatriate victims of last week’s hajj stampede.

Pope Francis secretly met a Kentucky county clerk last week who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples and gave her words of encouragement, her attorney said.

Pope Francis raised eyebrows in Italy on Tuesday by slapping down the left-leaning mayor of Rome as someone who “pretends to be Catholic”.

House Republicans advanced legislation Tuesday to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health law that could actually reach the president’s desk.

The Saudi-led coalition said on Wednesday it had seized an Iranian fishing boat in the Arabian Sea loaded with weapons destined for Shiite rebels it is fighting in Yemen.

Kurdish forces attacked Islamic State in northern Iraq on Wednesday in the latest of several offensives aimed at driving the militants away from the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

Oil prices slipped on Wednesday after an unexpectedly big build in U.S. crude inventories, further evidence of an oversupply that has helped halve global spot prices over the last year.

BBC

A 50-year-old man in northern India has been killed in a mob lynching allegedly over rumors that his family had been storing and consuming beef at home. Uttar Pradesh is among a number of Indian states who have tightened laws banning cow slaughter and the sale and consumption of beef. The beef ban has also provoked outrage with many questioning how the government decides what is on their plate.

Peru declared a 30-day state of emergency in the Apurimac region on Tuesday after four people were killed during anti-mining protests.

A suspected Islamist militant accused of destroying cultural sites in Timbuktu has appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC), in the first case of its kind.

At least six people have been killed and dozens were injured in a series of explosions in a small town in the southern Chinese region of Guangxi.

An activist group has said France’s first air strike on Islamic State (IS) militants in Syrian territory killed 30, including 12 child soldiers.

WND

A new study commissioned by Democrats and Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee finds the White House has failed to keep Americans from traveling overseas to join ISIS due to an overall lack of counter-terrorism vision and strategy.

Now, a political party in the United Kingdom wants to solve the dispute, at least in government, by eliminating references to gender on official forms. “A ‘male’ or ‘female’ tickbox on official documents should be phased out or replaced with an ‘x’ option.” The party says its goal is to reduce discrimination against “transgender and intersex people.”

Emerging evidence ties endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure to two of the biggest public health threats facing society – diabetes and obesity.

Hundreds of irate parents are planning to attend the Walton County, Georgia, school board meeting Oct. 10 to convey their outrage over their children being taught the religious beliefs of Islam in middle-school social studies.

At the London Acorn School there are no smartphones, no iPads, no expensive ICT suites, interactive whiteboards or television screens. What’s more, parents who enroll their children have to commit to the same strict regime at home, with no television, computers or films, either during term-time or holiday.


 

Top News – 9/30/2015

DNA Studies Trace Jewish Priestly Lineage From Biblical Times
Scientists have discovered a gene which can be traced from the Biblical figure of Aaron, the first High Priest (kohen) of the Jewish people, to a segment of the Jewish population today which carries the priestly lineage.

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet.

Abbas: Peace process must be multilateral effort
Palestinian leader calls for a change in tactics by international community, looks to UN to end conflict with Israel.

Russian boy finds 3,000-year-old artifact in earth salvaged from Temple Mount
“The dating of the seal corresponds to the historical period of the Jebusites and the conquest of Jerusalem by King David, as well as the construction of the Temple and the royal official compound by his son, King Solomon. “What makes this discovery particularly significant is that it originated from upon the Temple Mount itself.”

Tens of thousands receive Priestly Blessing at Western Wall
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation estimated Wednesday morning’s crowd at 50,000, while media reports put the number in attendance at between 50,000 and 150,000. The mass blessing, called Birkat Kohanim in Hebrew, is held on an intermediate day during Sukkot and Passover, two of the three Shalosh Regalim, or pilgrimage festivals, when the Jews would ascend to the Holy Temple.

Exclusive: UN ignores science council warnings in creating vast Sustainable Development Goals
A better description of the SDGs than a “transformative vision” might be a sprawling and shapeless bid to establish a truly global socialist and progressive agenda, not to mention a blank check required for trillions of dollars annually in development spending to achieve—if even achievable.

Russians tell US to remove warplanes from Syria, senior official says
The official told Fox News that Russian diplomats sent an official demarche ordering U.S. planes out of Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory. U.S. military sources told Fox News that U.S. planes would not comply with the Russian demand.

Stone-throwing, riots and arrests in Jerusalem continue
Police on Tuesday arrested a number of Palestinians suspected of throwing stones, rioting, and attacking Jews, following two consecutive days of violent confrontations on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The secret victories in the war against ISIS
Behind-the-scenes cooperation between CIA, Joint Special Operations Command, NSA create unprecented web of intelligence in Iraq, Syria, leading to victories that few realize are happening.

Israel has some true friends in Europe
As the BDS movement grows, there are people working hard to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism within the European Union.

UN is an ‘entirely corrupt body’ – Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters to RT
British recording artist, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame, told RT that US media is entertainment used to sell soap powder and doesn’t give Americans the news of the world. He also claimed that the UN is a corrupt body, with the US controlling most voting decisions.

Pentagon to open ‘lines of communication’ with Russia over strikes in Syria
The US will open “lines of communication” with Russia to avoid “misjudgment and miscalculation” as a US-led coalition conducts strikes against ISIS in Syria. Moscow is assisting government forces in their fight against the terror group

Aden’s war devastation shows extent of Yemen’s human crisis
Even before the shells started to fall in Yemen early this year it was one of the poorest Arab states, suffering malnourishment, illiteracy, scant medical care, unemployment and weak infrastructure.

Putin wins parliamentary backing for air strikes in Syria
Vladimir Putin on Wednesday secured parliament’s unanimous backing to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, paving the way for imminent Russian military intervention in its closest Middle East ally.

CHANCE OF FLARES
NOAA forecasters estimate a 70% chance of M-class solar flares and a 25% chance of X-flares on Sept. 30th.

UNSTABLE PROMINENCE
If sunspot AR2422 does not explode today, something else might. A spectacular prominence is dancing along the western limb of the sun…

World set for emerging market mass default, warns IMF
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a double warning over higher US interest rates, which it said could trigger a wave of emerging market corporate defaults and panic in financial markets as liquidity evaporates. The IMF said corporate debts in emerging markets ballooned to $18 trillion (£12 trillion) last year, from $4 trillion in 2004 as companies gorged themselves on cheap debt.

Liberals Sign Petition to Ban Talking About Politics & Religion in Public
Mark Dice’s latest ‘man on the street’ stunt…illustrates how people are…ignorant of their…right to free speech under the First Amendment. “We don’t really need people talking about politics or religion out in public,” Dice tells one man who signs the petition… “We’re just trying to mute people’s political and religious speech,” says Dice as the man’s partner signs the petition.

Palestinian flag to be raised at United Nations
The Palestinian flag is to be raised for the first time at the United Nations later in what the Palestinian leader says will be “a most emotional and proud day”. Earlier this month, the UN General Assembly passed a motion to raise the Palestinian and Vatican flags. Israel criticised the move and voted against it, along with the United States and six other countries.

New EU union could tap investor funds across Europe
Britain’s EU Commissioner, Lord Hill, believes his Capital Market Union (CMU) could free up investment across Europe. Most European companies rely on banks to provide capital. CMU aims to encourage alternatives, from crowd funding to investment funds. And this week 17 countries demanded that the European Commission accelerate progress towards a single market.

Taliban attack: Afghan forces struggle to retake Kunduz
Heavy fighting is continuing in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, a day after government forces launched an attack to reclaim it from the Taliban. Two US air strikes on Tuesday halted an attempt by insurgents to seize the airport, the army’s stronghold. The Taliban deny the strikes killed their leader in the province and his deputy. An unspecified number of Nato special forces have now reached the city.

Russian parliament grants Putin right to use military force in Syria
The Russian parliament on Wednesday unanimously granted President Vladimir Putin the right to deploy the country’s military in Syria, a move a top Kremlin aide said related only to the air force. Russia has been building up its military presence in Syria, where it supports the government forces of President Bashar Assad in a conflict that pits him against Islamic State militants and Western-backed rebels.

Report: Russia demands that American planes stay out of Syrian skies
Russia has demanded that American warplanes exit Syrian airspace immediately, a US official told Fox News on Wednesday. The official said that Russian diplomats sent an official message to the US ordering American planes out of Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory, according to the report.

The United Nations’ Green Economy Isn’t 
Sustainable Or Green!
The United Nations intends to replace Capitalism and Free Enterprise with its Green Economy, or Sustainable Development. However, its concepts of development and economy are deeply flawed and reminiscent of fringe ideas from the Great Depression era. (For a full discussion of Technocracy in the 1930s, see Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation.) Sustainable Development, as most recently promoted by the UN’s 2030 Agenda Conference in New York at the end of September 2015, blatantly promises to end poverty everywhere, provide work with dignity and life-long education for all.

Major Afghan city falls to Taliban fighters during Obama UN address
At just about the same time the news media swooned over President Barack Obama’s speech at the United Nations on Monday, hundreds of Islamist terrorists from the group the President boasted about was on the decline during a bloody ambush that recaptured the city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan.

President Obama Repeats His Failed Foreign Policy Mantra at the UN
President Obama delivered his annual speech to the United Nations General Assembly on September 28th. He spoke mostly in generalities, with his usual platitudes extolling the benefits of multilateral cooperation, diplomacy and international law rooted in what he called “universal,” “self-evident” truths. He condemned “the belief that power is a zero-sum game; that might makes right; that strong states must impose their will on weaker ones; that the rights of individuals don’t matter; and that in a time of rapid change, order must be imposed by force.”

Cruz Fights Alone to Stop Senate from Funding Planned Parenthood and Iran Nuclear Deal
Last night Ted Cruz couldn’t get his Republican Senate colleagues to back his proposed amendment to stop funding Planned Parenthood for one year and to prevent the Obama administration from using funds to implement the Iran nuclear deal until Congress can examine the additional agreements or “side deals” between the terrorist state and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Politician Says Homeless People Should Be Put Down By Lethal Injection
A Mexican councillor has provoked outrage after that homeless people should be put down like animals to keep the number of them on the streets down. Olga Gutierrez Machorro believes that beggars should be culled with lethal injection, believing it to be in their best interests.


Top Headlines – 9/30/2015

Netanyahu calls on Abbas to resume direct peace talks as he heads to UN

Abbas: No bilateral talks with Israel while it’s an occupying power

Abbas’ Coming UN Announcement: Bombshell or Gimmick?

Abbas to Tell UN: If Stalemate Continues, PA Will Cease Honoring Past Agreements With Israel

Obama Snub Likely to Set Tone for Abbas’ UN Speech

The First-Ever Raising of Palestine’s Flag at the U.N. Is Our Moment of Hope

Gazan rocket downed by Iron Dome over Ashdod

IDF strikes four Hamas military targets in response to Gaza rocket fire

Heading to UN, Netanyahu says he will speak ‘truth’ to world powers

Netanyahu to tell Palestinians to stop ‘incitement’ in UN speech

Netanyahu: Palestinians rioters to blame for Temple Mount disturbances

Netanyahu: Palestinians using Temple Mount to incite against Israel

Sisi: Temple Mount clashes show peace still faces hurdles

Leading Rabbi: Time for Synagogue on Temple Mount

Thousands to Descend on Jerusalem Over Sukkot Holiday to Perform Rare Biblical Commandment of Hakhel

Labor MKs warn of Corbyn’s ‘disastrous’ anti-Israel stances at UK Labor conference

Political furor erupts after Arab MK berates Jews on Temple Mount

Intelligence minister: ISIS reign in Gaza more likely than Abbas

“If Israel gives up Assad, he’s finished”

Ya’alon Hints Russia ‘Shouldn’t Test’ Israel in Syria

Ya’alon: We made it clear to Russia that Israel will continue to protect its interests

Defense Minister: We’re not coordinating Syria response with Russia

Russian parliament grants Putin right to use military force in Syria

Kremlin says use of Russian force in Syria would be to help Assad, fight terrorism

Indications that Russia has begun airstrikes in Syria, US official says

Russia says Baghdad center helps coordinate air strikes, ground troops in Syria

Syria says it asked Putin for military support

Russia, Iran Draw Close Over Syria at UN

Obama has turned Putin into the world’s most powerful leader

Putin’s new world order

Imperial overreach: How Putin’s move into Syria could bring his government down

Russians tell US to remove warplanes from Syria, senior official says

Across Middle East, ‘Obama Doctrine’ shows signs of failure

US suspends Syria rebel training program

US expands terror blacklist, revealing sprawling IS network

U.S. sanctions Islamic State supporters, targets finances

Study finds increase in foreign fighters heading for Syria, Iraq

Shattered Syria May Never Be Put Back Together

China again calls for political solution for Syria

Egypt’s el-Sissi calls for regional front against Islamic terrorism

Kurds launch offensive against ISIS in north Iraq

Germany’s Merkel warns of risks of ‘safe zone’ in northern Syria

German, Austrian Jews worried about anti-Semitism from refugees

France investigates Syria’s Assad for crimes against humanity

Report: ISIS Has Crucified, Tortured Thousands of Christians in Iraq, Syria

Divided Cyprus’ top Muslim cleric says Christians, Muslims can again live in peace as in past

Ben Carson on Muslim President: I’ll Change My Position If You Show Me Islamic Text Opposed to Shariah

Iran’s leader demands Muslim world probe haj deaths

Pastor Saeed Abedini Won’t Be Set Free Until the US First Releases 19 Iranian Criminals, Says President Rouhani

Afghan assault to retake Kunduz from Taliban collapses as militants surround airport

U.S. troops dispatched to Kunduz to help Afghan forces

Maldives Wants U.S. to Help It Fight Terrorism

Liuzhou, China, Rocked by ‘Massive’ Explosions; 6 Reportedly Dead

President Obama Confronts Russia, China and Iran In Speech to UN

White House says it looks like Congress is on track to avert shutdown

UK press: World set for emerging market mass default, warns IMF

The number of drones expected to sell during the holidays is scaring the government

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Lorengau, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bathsheba, Barbados

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

Pennsylvania will monitor for earthquake activity linked to fracking

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 25,000ft

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Deadly Typhoon Dujuan Batters China After Lashing Taiwan

Hurricane warning issued for Bahamas as Tropical Storm Joaquin nears

Tropical Storm Joaquin to Track Near East Coast, Escalate Flood Threat

Tropical Storm Joaquin could impact N.J., pose biggest threat since Sandy

Tropical Depression Marty Lashes Southwest Mexico With Downpours

Warmest September on Record for NYC, Boston and Others

Video shows dramatic water drop in California lake

U.K. experiencing highest tides in more than 18 years

Scientists to bypass brain damage by re-encoding memories

Mexican Politician Says Homeless People Should Be Put Down By Lethal Injection

Republicans, Planned Parenthood square off in Congress

Planned Parenthood leader: Video allegations are ‘offensive’ and ‘untrue’

Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Do Mammograms, Cecile Richards Finally Admits Under Oath

Pope met Kentucky clerk who refused to give gay marriage licenses secretly to avoid interfering with the pope’s broader message

New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade allows second gay group

TLC’s ‘Sex in Public’ too much?

Joel McDurmon – John Hagee: False Prophet (and the antidote)

J.D. Hall – Four Blood Moons and Shemitah Bring Judgment…Upon Charismatics

Matt Walsh – My balanced and objective analysis of the Planned Parenthood hearings.

Donald Trump prayed for by D. Jeremiah, Paula White, K. Copeland & others

Catholic, Presbyterian and Methodist Officials Sign Statement Backing Planned Parenthood


Frontrunning: September 30

  • Asia shares rally, but on track for worst quarterly loss in four years (Read More)
  • Global Rally Shows Relief at End of $11 Trillion Stocks Meltdown (Read More)
  • Glencore Extends Rebound as Turmoil Shows Signs of Easing (Read More)
  • Putin wins parliamentary backing for air strikes in Syria (Read More)
  • China Cuts Minimum Home Down Payment for First-Time Buyers (Read More)
  • German Unemployment Unexpectedly Rises in Sign of Economic Risks (Read More)
  • Japan Industrial Output Slide Hints at Recession (Read More)
  • Japan Says China Wins Indonesia High-Speed Rail Contract (Read More)
  • China Aircraft Carrier Launch by End-2015 Plausible, Experts Say (Read More)
  • Ralph Lauren Hands Reins to an Outsider (Read More)
  • Elon Musk Delivers Tesla’s First Model X SUVs in California (Read More)
  • In U.S., Xi Touted China’s Role as Global Player (Read More)
  • New Batch of Clinton E-Mails Comes Due Amid Pile of Lawsuits (Read More)
  • Starboard Builds 3.7% Stake in Advance Auto Parts (Read More)
  • Pope secretly met Kentucky clerk over gay marriage licenses (Read More)
  • Trump’s Used Beds, Mirrors and TVs Can All Be Yours (Read More)
  • Alibaba Sees 12 Analysts Cut Forecasts as Slump Hits $75 Billion (Read More)

The Briefing

1) Planned Parenthood president finally appears before Congress

Planned Parenthood leader: Video allegations are ‘offensive’ and ‘untrue’, Washington Post (Sandhya Somashekhar)

2) Bill Nye’s defense of abortion attempts to use ‘science’ as independent moral authority

Bill Nye Brings Down Hammer of Science on Abortion Opponents, Newsweek (Paule Mejia)

Back to Science Class for the Science Guy, National Review (Robert P. George and Patrick Lee)

3) As Chinese consume American culture, American moral messaging spreads

Chinese Embrace America’s Culture but Not Its Policies, New York Times (Chris Buckley)

In other news…

Daily Digest

September 30, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“The rights of neutrality will only be respected when they are defended by an adequate power. A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral.” —Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 11

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Russia Authorizes Boots on the Ground in Syria

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Russia’s parliament Wednesday unanimously gave Russian President Vladimir Putin the authority to use military force in Syria. Unlike the United States, Russia has committed to the conflict, which will result in the defeat of the U.S.-backed Syrian rebels — a Pax Russiana through Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship — and less American influence in the Middle East. While the Obama administration hoped that moderate Syrian rebels would topple the Assad regime and defeat the Islamic State, Obama lacks the fortitude to play Putin’s diplomacy game. As Obama said Monday, “Ultimately, however, it is not going to be enough to defeat ISIL in the battlefield.” While Russia wants the defeat of the Islamic State, Putin told “60 Minutes” last Sunday the only way peace can come to the country is through the Kremlin-backed Assad regime. As commentator Charles Krauthammer said, “This isn’t about the Russians taking on ISIS; this is about the Russians taking over Syria and keeping Assad as a client in place. That’s what happened even as the administration sputters because it has no idea what to do.”

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Surprise! Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Do Mammograms

From Democrats and their political operatives to Hollywood glitterati and Miss America contestants, one of the more pervasive and oft-repeated myths about Planned Parenthood is that it provides mammograms. Whenever an abortion advocate defends the nation’s largest abortion provider — especially arguing that it should continue to receive half a billion taxpayer dollars every year — inevitably, they bring up all the great women’s services Planned Parenthood provides. Like mammograms. Except the organization doesn’t have a single mammogram machine in any of its offices. Don’t take our word for it. Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards told Congress Tuesday, “There aren’t any Planned Parenthood clinics — I believe, to the best of my knowledge, not any have mammogram machines at their facility.” She was answering a question from Rep. Cynthia Lummis, who asked, “How many Planned Parenthood clinics have mammogram machines?” That question, in turn, followed the sycophantic cooing of Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who included mammograms in her list of the wonderful services provided. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirms that, out of more than 8,700 licensed mammogram facilities in the country, exactly zero are run by Planned Parenthood. So why is the myth so prevalent? First, abortion advocates are always fast and loose with the facts because abortion is so abhorrent it can’t be defended on the merits. Second, Planned Parenthood is perfectly content with the false narrative — it boasts of helping women “get access to mammograms” — because it makes the organization look like it just cares about women. Tell that to the 438 unborn baby girls Planned Parenthood kills every day.

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Largest ObamaCare Co-Op Admits Failure, Starts Closing Shop

Joining three other ObamaCare health care co-ops that already found themselves unable to operate in the current health care landscape, Health Republic, the co-op servicing the State of New York, started closing down its operation Friday, Sept. 25. “[A]fter coordinating with state and federal regulators, Health Republic will begin winding down operations in an orderly manner starting today,” CEO of Health Republic Debra Friedman wrote to the co-op’s members. “While we are deeply disappointed with this outcome, we believe it is in the best interests of our members. Starting a new insurance company is a daunting task in any environment, but the systemic challenges placed on us by the structure of the CO-OP program were simply too difficult to overcome.” In other words, ObamaCare’s worst enemy in this case was its own regulations. As The Daily Signal reported, the government loaned out $265 million to get the co-op off the ground. You shall know the program by its fruits: In this case, an effort by ObamaCare to provide more solutions and health care “competition” yielded government waste and failure. Surprise!

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The Iraq Model for Afghanistan?

By Paul Albaugh

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U.S. forces should be allowed to stay and do good

Recent events in Afghanistan indicate that Barack Obama seriously needs to reconsider his plans to withdraw all U.S. forces from the country over the next 16 months. (Not that he will reconsider…) Several major cities that were once held and governed by Afghan forces have been captured by the Taliban. All is not well and it would be foolish and irresponsible for the United States to withdraw too soon. Need evidence? Just look at Iraq.

On Monday, the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan’s sixth largest city, was overrun by the Taliban — the first city taken by the Taliban since it was ousted from Kabul in 2001. Afghan forces mounted a counteroffensive with the aid of U.S. airstrikes and special forces. Afghan forces have retaken the police station, but are still facing fierce resistance from approximately 500 Taliban fighters.

“Obviously, this is a setback for the Afghan security forces,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook. “But we’ve seen them respond in recent weeks and months to the challenges they face, and they’re doing the same thing in Kunduz right now.” The fact that Afghan forces are fighting to take back Kunduz is a good thing — they are doing what the U.S. military trained them to do. But that’s all the more reason why pushing to draw down forces too soon would be catastrophic. Afghan forces still need U.S. backing if they are to be successful.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), chairman of the House Armed Services committee, noted, “The fall of Kunduz to the Taliban is not unlike the fall of the Iraqi provinces to ISIL. It is a reaffirmation that precipitous withdrawal leaves key allies and territory vulnerable to the very terrorists we’ve fought so long to defeat.”

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is optimistic about the Afghan forces’ success, but noted a particular problem that has plagued operations for the last 14 years. During a recent news conference Ghani said, “The treacherous enemy is using civilians as a human shield.” That’s why the government of Afghanistan cannot and will not simply bombard the cities.

Indeed, no responsible government would want to harm its own citizens in the quest for destroying the enemy, which is precisely why the U.S. military has been limited to targeted airstrikes and ground forces have been operating in a training and advisory role. To make matters even more difficult, the Taliban has taken to the streets and the mosques and told residents of Kunduz that they are safe. The residents are of course terrified — and torn between whether to trust the Taliban or risk being caught in the urban gun fire that will be coming soon.

The situation is more complex though. On the one hand we have the Taliban, which is notorious for looting, killing, enslaving and terrorizing the Afghan people. On the other hand, we have a morally bankrupt culture that is causing significant problems for our troops. One recent example is the revelation that there have been instances of “Bacha Bazi” — translated as “boy play” — being perpetrated by members of the Afghan armed forces.

Yes, sadly, the same Afghan forces that Americans have trained.

So what exactly is to be expected of U.S. military personnel who witness or discover the heinous act of a man raping a boy? Is the service member to do nothing, or is he to intervene?

One particular Green Beret, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, chose to intervene — and was discharged from the Army for body slamming and beating an alleged child rapist. Martland’s team leader, Capt. Daniel Quinn, was also stripped of his command for being involved in the same incident.

We don’t know all of the facts about this incident — whether direct orders were disobeyed or whether these soldiers went too far (if there is such a thing when dealing with a child rapist). So what is U.S. policy for its service members to respond to such egregious acts?

One recent report reveals that U.S. Marines and Soldiers have been instructed not to intervene in cases of sexual abuse. Yes, you read that right.

Which brings up another point. Sharia law, which is practiced in Afghanistan, forbids sodomy and sex before marriage. Yet it’s happening and even being tolerated by the very people we have helped to put in positions of power. Is it any wonder the Afghan people can’t quite decide who to trust? The Taliban has cracked down on anyone engaging in “Bacha Bazi,” but the Taliban cracks down on everything to the point of severe oppression.

So our troops are put in harm’s way to fight the Taliban while simultaneously being asked to ignore child rape coming from those we are supposed to be fighting alongside. Quite the dilemma.

Where are Obama and the top brass in the military on this? Why are they turning a blind eye to those who have been punished for intervening on behalf of young boys? For a sitting commander in chief who frequently speaks out against human rights violations, he certainly has not backed up his words with decisive action. Nope, he is still more concerned about fighting climate change and making sure homosexuals can serve openly.

Perhaps the main question should be this: Where do we go from here? Do we continue to fight the Taliban while simultaneously propping up morally bankrupt officials? This president certainly hasn’t shown any indication that he is willing to intervene, which is why he wants to withdraw all troops before he leaves office. It’s better for him to leave it to the next guy. Thanks, Obama — said no Afghan citizen ever.

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Terence Jeffrey: “In its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood revealed that it killed 327,653 unborn babies in its abortion clinics in fiscal 2013. It also stated that in the year that ended on June 30, 2014, it received $524.8 million — or 41 percent of its total funding — from the government. … For Americans who respect innocent life, one obvious question is this: Why is Congress taking hard-earned money from American families struggling to raise their own children in a safe and decent environment and handing it over to a group that kills hundreds of thousands of babies per year and sometimes cuts out their organs? … Planned Parenthood, right now, is waging a war against defenseless unborn girls and boys. It is denying these children their equal opportunity to enjoy what ought to be the blessings of being born in a nation founded on the principle that the right to life is God-given and unalienable. When Rep. Gerry Connolly was mocking members of his committee for questioning Cecile Richards for her salary at a government-funded organization, he did not mention what that salary was. She did: It is $523,000 per year. Thanks to Congress, if you pay taxes, you helped pay that salary.”

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Insight: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” —John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Upright: “Leadership isn’t defined by polls or head counts. It is defined by principles and courage. If polls that reflect what happened yesterday are left to determine what happens tomorrow, why do we need leaders? If politics is the art of the possible, it is leadership that takes what seems impossible and brings it into the realm of the possible. Facts appear to bear out that it is not conservatives but the absence of principled leadership that has hurt the Republican Party.” —Star Parker

Non Compos Mentis: “I do not believe in a God who would consider abortion a sin. God created abortion. As he did all of us. God created choice for all to DECIDE.” —”comedian” Margaret Cho

Annals of the absurd: “I don’t think we do children a favor by forcing women to give birth.” —Rep. Gwen Moore

Braying Jenny: “[I]t’s terrible to see a woman, the only woman running for president, attack Planned Parenthood that helps so many millions of women. It’s a sad day, but it’s the way it is. Not all women are going to fight for women. Carly Fiorina does not.” —Sen. Barbara Boxer

Dezinformatsia: “On my Twitter feed yesterday there was a woman who tweeted at me that said thanks to Planned Parenthood I’m still alive.” —Washington Post editor Jonathan Capehart (“Jonathan, have you given any thought to the six million people who will never be able to tweet you because their lives were ended by Planned Parenthood abortions?” —Newsbusters’ Mark Finkelstein)

Good question: “If the videos were selectively edited, if this was entrapment, all untrue, then why did you apologize?” —Rep. Jim Jordan to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards during congressional testimony

Late-night humor: “Hillary Clinton went on ‘Meet the Press’ yesterday, and I saw that Chuck Todd actually showed her a video of all the times she’s flip-flopped on issues. At first Hillary said she felt bad about it, but now she says she feels OK about it.” —Jimmy Fallon

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Saudi Arabia is Not Our Friend :: Fatah in Toronto Sun

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The McAvany Intel Memo

The elements of people control – the goal of all dictators, would-be dictators, and global socialists – are actually rather simple: 1) They must control all food and food productiona goal that the global socialists hope to achieve on a global basis via GMOs and the tight production and control of all food seeds (i.e., non-reproducible seeds). Even simple gardening is now being prohibited in some parts of America, and food storage (called “hoarding” by the socialists) may soon be outlawed. Total control of all water resources – which are dwindling on a global basis – is an essential part of total food control. If they control the water, they can control what you grow – even in your garden. No water – no growing of food or raising of livestock!

2) They must control all medical care and treatment because sick people are much easier to control, and a 75% global depopulation is the stated goal of the globalists. Hence, the uber-socialist control of medical treatment in America, Europe and many parts of the world – especially the Western world. (i.e., think Obamacare). Hence, the government war against alternate medicine and its practitioners and against the health supplements industry (i.e., think CODEX). Hence, the unholy alliance (i.e., monopoly) between the government (i.e., the FDA), the giant pharmaceutical industry, and the AMA – that is working overtime to stamp out all natural medical treatment and natural substances that they do not completely control and to force vaccinations and inoculations on the public. Here we see an interesting parallel between the Fascist partnership between the Nazi government and IG Farben and other German chemical/pharmaceutical giants in the 1930s and ’40s, and the Fascist partnership between the US government and the large pharmaceutical and ag giants (including Monsanto) now in place here in America today.

[List of people control elements to be continued next week.]

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, May 2015


Obama Brings 1,500 Terrorists To U.S.

The Obama administration allowed 1,519 terror-stained foreign refugees into the U.S. last year because their crimes were allegedly committed “while under duress.”………….  Click here for full story


A UN Resolution Setting The Parameters For A Palestinian State Is Still In Play

France is still very much interested in introducing such a resolution, but they are not going to do it unless they have the support of the United States. In other words, the fate of a UN resolution setting the parameters for a Palestinian state is in the hands of Barack Obama. …………..  Click here for full story


Islam Quiz Has US Parents Outraged

Hundreds of irate parents are planning to attend the Walton County, Georgia, school board meeting Oct. 10 to convey their outrage over their children being taught the religious beliefs of Islam in middle-school social studies.  Perhaps most disturbing to Christian parents was the “correct” answer on a quiz given to students that the Muslim god Allah is the “same god” that is worshiped by Christians and Jews.
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This Is For The ‘Nothing Is Happening’ Crowd…

Wake Up - Public DomainA lot of people out there expected something to happen in September that did not ultimately happen.  There were all kinds of wild theories floating around, and many of them had no basis in reality whatsoever.  But without a doubt, some very important things did happen in September.  As I warned about ahead of time, we are witnessing the most significant global financial meltdown since the end of 2008.  All of the largest stock markets in the world are crashing simultaneously, and so far the amount of wealth that has been wiped out worldwide is in excess of 5 trillion dollars.  In addition to stocks, junk bonds are also crashing, and Bank of America says that it is a “slow moving trainwreck that seems to be accelerating“.  Thanks to the commodity price crash, many of the largest commodity traders on the planet are now imploding.  I wrote about the death spiral that has gripped Glencore yesterday.  On Tuesday, the stock price of the largest commodity trader in Asia, the Noble Group, plummeted like a rock and commodity trading giant Trafigura appears to be in worse shape than either Glencore or the Noble Group.  The total collapse of any of them could easily be a bigger event than the implosion of Lehman Brothers in 2008.  So I honestly do not understand the “nothing is happening” crowd.  It takes ignorance on an almost unbelievable level to try to claim that “nothing is happening” in the financial world right now. (Read More….)


IT BEGINS: Russia Has Begun Air Strikes In Syria To Defend Assad Regime

Russia has begun carrying out air strikes in Syria against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.

“And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:” Ezekiel 38:4 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Less than 24 hours after the Russian leader appeared to speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Vladimir Putin has ordered massive air strikes to begin in Syria. Interesting note, reports are coming in that Russia is not really attacking ISIS so much as they are the multiple enemies of the Assad regime. Is Putin defending Syria, or is he laying the groundwork to advance on Israel? Buckle up, kiddies, things are about to get crazy.

The strikes reportedly hit rebel-controlled areas of Homs and Hama provinces, causing casualties. The US says it was informed an hour before they took place. Russian defence officials say aircraft targeted the Islamic State group, but an unnamed US official told Reuters that so far they did not appear to be targeting IS-held territory.

Syria’s civil war has raged for four years, with an array of armed groups fighting to overthrow the government. The US and its allies have insisted that President Assad should leave office, while Russia has backed its ally remaining in power.

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New satellite imagery shows that Russia’s air combat power in Syria has exploded over the last 48 hours, with 12 Su-25 Frogtfoots adding to the four Su-30SM Flankers and about a dozen or so combat helicopters already stationed at Latakia Air Base in Syria. A dozen Russian Su-24 Fencers are also said to be on the ground there now as well.

Russia’s decision to intervene with its air power greatly complicates the Syrian crisis while probably offering little additional chance of a diplomatic resolution.

Russian sources indicate that Sukhoi Su-24 warplanes were involved, operating out of an airbase near Latakia.

There are serious questions about who exactly the Russian aircraft are targeting. US officials believe that the initial Russian strikes are not in IS-held territory, raising the possibility that Russian air power is being utilised more in the form of close air support for Syrian government forces against the multiple enemies of the Assad regime.

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Of course, many of these enemies are supported by the West’s Arab allies or Turkey. The warning time given by the Russians to the Americans announcing the start of their operations may also raise some eyebrows, suggesting that much more detailed co-ordination may be needed in future to avoid incidents in Syrian airspace.

The upper house of the Russian parliament granted President Vladimir Putin permission to deploy the Russian air force in Syria.

The Russian defence ministry said the country’s air force had targeted IS military equipment, communication facilities, arms depots, ammunition and fuel supplies. Syrian opposition activists said Russian warplanes had hit five towns – Zafaraneh, Rastan, Talbiseh, Makarmia and Ghanto – resulting in the deaths of 36 people, including children.

None of the areas targeted were controlled by IS, activists said. A US defence official said: “A Russian official in Baghdad this morning informed US embassy personnel that Russian military aircraft would begin flying anti-Isil [IS] missions today over Syria. He further requested that US aircraft avoid Syrian airspace during these missions.” source


Cold Atlantic ‘Blob’ puzzles scientists

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 06:55 AM PDT

At first glance, it stands out like a sore thumb. That blob of blue and purple on the map. One of the only places on the globe that is abnormally cold in a year that will likely shatter records as the warmest globally. It’s being called the Atlantic “blob.” It’s a large area in the North Atlantic that is seeing a pronounced cooling trend. The ocean surface is much cooler than normal and in fact record cold in some locations. Scientists began to notice it developing over the last couple of years, this cooling in the Atlantic is the complete opposite of the warming over in the Pacific.

Much of the warming is attributed to El Nino, a natural process where warm water sloshes over the Central Pacific and extends to South America, but scientists are unable to completely explain what has been dubbed the Pacific Blob. This pronounced warming over large areas of the entire Pacific basin has fueled a well above average season for hurricanes and typhoons over the entire Pacific, and could have contributed to everything from the California drought, impacts on the salmon industry, and even tropical sharks seen in waters further north than ever before. FULL REPORT

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WWIII One Giant Step Closer After B61-12 Nukes Reach Europe

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 06:46 AM PDT

Washington’s decision to station 20 next-generation advanced nuclear bombs of Type B61-12 is threatening to turn the specter of WWIII into a terrifying reality, F. William Engdahl warns. Although the Pentagon has advertised its B61-12 as a life extended version of the standard strategic US nuclear bomb, it is in fact a brand new nuclear weapon with vastly improved military capabilities, and the most expensive nuclear bomb project ever, Engdahl, an American-German economic researcher, emphasizes, citing Hans M. Kristensen, Director, Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists.

The deployment of new nuclear weaponry in Germany by Washington “is no minor affair as it brings the likelihood of nuclear war by miscalculation between the United States and Russia one giant step closer and it makes the German Republic a direct high-priority target in any such escalation. Ashton “Ash” Carter and the war-hawks running the US Defense Department appear to be losing all contact with reality,” Engdahl noted in his article for New Eastern Outlook. On July 1, 2015 the Pentagon tested its new B61-12 at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada, prompting sharp criticism Russia. FULL REPORT

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Russian military forces start airstrikes in Syria

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 06:27 AM PDT

The Russian Air Force has begun carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the country’s Defense Ministry said. “In accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces, Vladimir Putin, warplanes of the Russian Air Space Forces today [Wednesday] have started an aerial operation, involving pinpoint strikes on ground targets of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists in Syria,” spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, said.

The Russia airstrikes are targeting military equipment, communication centers, vehicles, arms and fuel depots, belonging to IS terrorists, Konashenkov added. Earlier, a US official told Reuters that Moscow gave Washington one-hour advanced notice of its operations. The bombing is taking place in western Syria, near the city Homs, the official added. A Pentagon official also told Russia’s RIA Novosti that urged the US to clear the skies for the operation. FULL REPORT

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DNA Studies Trace Jewish Priestly Lineage From Biblical Times

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 06:24 AM PDT

Scientists have discovered a gene which can be traced from the Biblical figure of Aaron, the first High Priest (kohen) of the Jewish people, to a segment of the Jewish population today which carries the priestly lineage. The nation of Israel’s priestly class, which is passed down from father to son, began with Aaron (Exodus 28:1). Despite 2,000 years of diaspora, modern science has now proved that the Biblical concept of kohanim has genetic evidence which has allowed the priestly heritage to maintain its integrity, leading to speculation that when the Third Temple is built, modern-day kohanim will be fully qualified to preside over the rituals and rites of the Holy Altar.

Originally, the firstborn of Israel were intended to serve God after He saved them from the plague that killed all of the firstborn sons in Egypt (Exodus 11). When the firstborns participated in the sin of the Golden Calf in the desert (Exodus 32), they disqualified themselves from serving in the Jewish Temple. The tribe of Levi (the tribe of Moses and Aaron) refrained from the sin, so they took the place of the firstborns, serving in the Tabernacle and later in the Temple as musicians, guards, and in several other roles. FULL REPORT

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World set for emerging market mass default, warns IMF

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 06:18 AM PDT

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a double warning over higher US interest rates, which it said could trigger a wave of emerging market corporate defaults and panic in financial markets as liquidity evaporates. The IMF said corporate debts in emerging markets ballooned to $18 trillion (£12 trillion) last year, from $4 trillion in 2004 as companies gorged themselves on cheap debt. It said the quadrupling in debt had been accompanied by weaker balance sheets, making companies more vulnerable to US rate rises.

“As advanced economies normalise monetary policy, emerging markets should prepare for an increase in corporate failures,” the IMF said in a pre-released chapter of its latest Financial Stability Report. It warned that this could create a credit crunch as risks “spill over to the financial sector and generate a vicious cycle as banks curtail lending”. In a double warning, the IMF said market liquidity, or the ease with which investors can quickly buy or sell securities without shifting their price, was “prone to sudden evaporation”, particularly in bond markets, when the Federal Reserve started to raise interest rates. FULL REPORT

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September 30th historically worst day of year for stock-market investors.

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 05:39 AM PDT

We may want to pay close attention to the Stock Market today as September has been tough for stock investors. But if history is any guide, the last day of September may deliver one more blow to already battered markets, according to the financial blog Bespoke. Looking at data as far as 1945, the S&P 500 has posted positive returns just 38% on the last day of September, making it one of the worst trading days of the year, according to Bespoke (as the included table illustrates).

Earlier this month, financial blogger Ryan Detrick pointed out that the 38th, 39th and the 40th weeks of the calendar—which fall in September—tend to be the weakest of the year dating back to 1950. September has marked a particularly rough stretch for the S&P 500 SPX, +0.12% with only the week of Sept. 11 closing higher as China’s slowdown, global economic uncertainties, and lack of clarity on the timing of the Federal Reserve’s expected interest-rate hike have shaken investor confidence. According to FactSet, weekly performance in 2015 for the S&P 500 was among the worst in September. FULL REPORT

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Hurricane Joaquin to Track Near East Coast, Could Cause Massive Flooding

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 05:32 AM PDT

Joaquin may converge with another slow-moving storm in the East to add to a serious flooding situation into early next week. According to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, “The dry spell and local drought conditions will be washed away by heavy rain and flooding.”  Small stream and urban flooding are a given in this case.

How significant river flooding becomes will depend on duration, intensity and location of the subsequent rounds of rain. The nearly week-long pattern has the potential to put some neighborhoods of major cities under water and can flood some communities along streams. According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun, “Very heavy rainfall fell across a large portion of the East on Tuesday, causing localized flash flooding.” FULL REPORT

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Pope Francis met with Davis in Private Meeting

Posted: 29 Sep 2015 08:05 PM PDT

Pope Francis allegedly met with embattled Rowan County court clerk Kim Davis during his recent visit to the United States, according to Davis’ attorney Mat Staver. Staver said the two had a brief, private meeting Thursday in Washington, D.C. Staver said the pope told Davis to “stand strong.” The attorney said the pope gave Davis and her husband rosaries that he blessed. The Vatican has not yet confirmed the meeting. CONTINUE WITH FULL STORY

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Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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

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

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Report evaluates the claim that Planned Parenthood videos were highly edited

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The Daily Signal reports.

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A forensic analysis of undercover videos about Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices are “authentic and show no evidence of manipulation or editing,” according to a report released Tuesday by Alliance Defending Freedom.

The analysis was completed by Coalfire, a digital security and forensics firm that has worked on civil and criminal investigations. The firm had access to all audio and video investigative footage recorded by the Center for Medical Progress.

“The Coalfire forensic analysis removes any doubt that the full length undercover videos released by Center for Medical Progress are authentic and have not been manipulated,” said Casey Mattox, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom. “Analysts scrutinized every second of video recorded during the investigation and released by CMP to date and found only bathroom breaks and other non-pertinent footage had been removed.”

According to the report, the videos only omit footage…

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The Wednesday Word: The Pathetic 12-Months of Mercy!

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Recently, I was stunned when reading the present Pope’s declaration concerning his upcoming ‘Year of Mercy’. Accordingly during that period Pope Francis will give priests a special dispensation of power to forgive those who have committed the sin of abortion.

A line from W.C. Fields sprang to my mind, “Hour of mischief, what kind of skulduggery is this?”

In his statement, the Pope expressed compassion for those who have aborted their babies. Furthermore, during the Holy Year of Mercy, he will permit priests to absolve penitent women of the sin of having had their pregnancies terminated.

How sweet of him, but who in the name of thunder does he think he is to give permission to anyone to forgive sins? Only God can forgive sins…and He doesn’t limit His forgiveness to a 12-month window of opportunity.

This entire Papal proposal reeks of arrogance from start to finish. It is another…

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No Justification Without Sanctification

A Ruby In The Rough

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“Great multitudes of ignorant people that live under the gospel harden their hearts in sin, and ruin their souls for ever, by trusting on Christ for such an imaginary salvation as does not consist at all in holiness, but only in forgiveness of sin and deliverance from everlasting torments. They would be free from the punishment due to sin, but they love their lusts so well that they hate holiness, and would not be saved from the service of sin. The way to oppose this pernicious delusion is not to deny, as some do, that trusting on Christ for salvation is a saving act of faith, but rather to show that none do or can trust on Christ for true salvation, except they trust on Him for holiness; neither do they heartily desire true salvation, if they do not desire to be made holy and righteous in their hearts and…

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