Daily Archives: September 13, 2015

September 12-13, 2015 Truth2Freedom Christian Briefing Report

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Ashley Madison, Public Shaming, and the Light of Christ

The Ashley Madison hack and subsequent revelation of its members drive home our society’s glee over exposing the sin of others, particularly when those others are involved in ministry (“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” James 3:1).

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6 Reasons Catechisms Make Truth Stick

“The catechisms are excellent tools to focus like a scope of a rifle. They give us clearer insight into who we are, who God is, how we respond, and how to live life with others. Because of the many faithful pastors who have gone before us, we have at our disposal a collection of confessional, rich, and succinct declarations of our God and our faith.”

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The Quaint Quibbles Dividing Catholics and Protestants

I’ve been involved in ecumenical works for almost thirty years, and am all for divided Christians growing closer to each other, but my heart leaps a bit when I come across a Protestant writer saying “We’re right and they’re wrong.” It may feel like a bucket of ice water thrown on a group hug, but it wakes everyone up.

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Need We Jail Each Other Over Marriage Licenses?

“This zero-sum culture war cannot continue if the social fabric of America is to have any chance of unifying around a robust pluralism. What’s next is unknown, but Christians must exercise due diligence when thinking through the complex webs of navigating religious liberty with the Romans 13 obligation to see law and order followed—even laws we consider contrary to the common good and human flourishing.”

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Navy Stands Behind Chaplain Who Shared Christian Beliefs

“I am relieved the Navy sided with me,” Modder said in a statement released by Liberty Institute, which represented him. “I have served honorably for 20 years in diverse units in the Marine Corps and Navy.”

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Pastoral Reality: Ecclesiastes-Style

“I have come to believe that some of the most helpful pastoral reminders for any man preparing for ministry comes from the book of Ecclesiastes. After all, it was written by “the Preacher!” (Eccl. 1:1). Here are five valuable lessons from Ecclesiastes to remember in pastoral ministry.”

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The Methods vs. The Message

Evangelism, remember, is the proclamation of the gospel—telling the story, announcing the news. Some fear that they don’t know enough to evangelize. I say, “Tell them what you do know.” Leave the defense of the truth claims to the apologist and hold forth the simple message of the gospel.

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3 Reasons Contemporary Worship IS Declining, and What We Can Do to Help the Church Move On

This issue has been framed poorly: It’s not about old vs. new. It’s not about old vs. young (especially these days). It’s not about taste. It’s not about what kind of music God likes more. It’s not really about music. It’s about the very purpose of gathered worship. It’s about unity, not choice. It’s about Holy Scripture, not self-help. It’s about theology, not experience. It’s about participation, not consumption. It’s about liturgy, not jesusy entertainment. It’s about being a church for the world, not getting butts in the seats. It’s about ancient and future, not just now.

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Why Must We Forgive?: A Review

Gale highlights the importance of confessing our sins because, “when we confess our sins, we align ourselves with God” (5). We are acknowledging our sin for what it really is and affirming the goodness of God’s law. And God isn’t only merciful to forgive our sins. This verse says that he is faithful and just, reminding us of the transaction that is taking place in forgiveness on the basis of Christ’s work on our behalf.

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9 Ways to Protect Your Children from Sexual Abuse

Throw out the word “secret.”Explain the difference between a secret and a surprise. Surprises are joyful and generate excitement, because in just a little while something will be unveiled that will bring great delight. Secrets, in contrast, cause isolation and exclusion. When it becomes customary to keep secrets with just one individual, children are more susceptible to abuse. Perpetrators frequently ask their victims to keep things secret just between them.

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All She Had To Do To Get Out Of Jail Was To Say, “I Recant”

On a memorial stone: In the memory of Pastor Pierre Durand, condemned to death and executed in Montpellier. 1700*-1732. And of her sister, Marie Durand, prisoner for 38 years in the Tour de Constance. 1715-1776. “If my Savior calls me to seal his Holy Gospel with my blood, his will is perfect.” – Pierre Durand. “Registez” [resist] – Marie Durand

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Something Rotten in the State of Britain

As a result, it has been estimated that over 1,400 girls were sexually abused from 1997 to 2013—and the Rotherham case is not an isolated incident. There have been at least eight other cases of sexual abuse networks in Britain, all of them involving Muslim men from immigrant communities who, often with the help of drugs, raped underprivileged British girls. How could this happen in an enlightened, civilized country?

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At What Point Does the Homosexual Agenda Become a National Religion?

Why should Christianity and Judaism be any worse off – precisely because they are “deeply rooted in history and tradition” – than a new religion that is the antithesis of something rooted in our history and tradition?  Does the fact that the homosexual agenda is not deeply rooted – the very litmus test required to assert a fundamental right – instill it with more legitimacy to imprison violators than the Christian religion which has been the dominant religion since the founding of the country?

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Samuel Rodriguez on the GOP’s Latino Dilemma

Samuel Rodriguez founded the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which claims more than 40,000 Latino evangelical churches as members. He’s also on the board of the National Association for Evangelicals and a fierce advocate for immigration reform…. To me, immigration reform is not a political issue. It’s the very future of American evangelical Christendom, so that’s what moves me and compels me to address the issue of immigration reform.

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Gospel Light Voluntarily Files for Reorganization Under Chapter 11

Established by Henrietta Mears in 1933, Gospel Light has been a leader in the publishing of Sunday School Curriculum, Vacation Bible School materials, Bible lessons and church ministry resources that help church leaders fulfill the mission of the church, “to know Christ and to make Him known.”

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What exactly is ‘Unconditional Love?’

What exactly is ‘Unconditional Love?’

Posted on September 12, 2015 by World Magazine

FAITH & INSPIRATION | ‘Unconditional love’ is not a ‘get out of jail free’ card

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Judge Orders Removal of Oklahoma Ten Commandments Monument Within 30 Days

Judge Orders Removal of Oklahoma Ten Commandments Monument Within 30 Days

Posted on September 12, 2015 by Christian News

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A state district judge has ordered that a Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma state capitol grounds must be removed within 30 days. Seventh District Court Judge Thomas Prince issued the order on Friday after he denied a motion by Attorney General Scott Pruitt, which asserted that a June order by the Oklahoma…

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Humanist Group Takes Texas Teacher to Task for Christian Cross in Classroom

Humanist Group Takes Texas Teacher to Task for Christian Cross in Classroom

Posted on September 12, 2015 by Christian News

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A Washington-based humanist organization is taking a Texas teacher to task who allegedly has a Christian cross in her elementary school classroom and at times references God to her students. The American Humanist Association (AHA) sent a letter on Thursday to the superintendent of the Brownsville Independent School District and the principal…

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Scholastic comes out of the closet with book for 3rd graders about transgendered 8 year old

Scholastic comes out of the closet with book for 3rd graders about transgendered 8 year old

Posted on September 12, 2015 by Christian Examiner

GEORGE describes the quandary faced by an eight-year-old child growing up during the height of America’s second sexual revolution and searching for a way to tell everyone he is really a she.

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John Piper says Kim Davis likely morally & legally right

John Piper says Kim Davis likely morally & legally right

Posted on September 13, 2015 by Christian Examiner

John Piper, found of Desiring God Ministries, in a Friday podcast, Is Kim Davis Right to Refuse Marriage Licenses? said clearly he believes Kim Davis is morally right and probably legally right in refusing to put her name on same sex marriage licenses.

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Moses' marriage, and why racism is like leprosy

Moses’ marriage, and why racism is like leprosy

Posted on September 13, 2015 by Christian Today

Moses’ marriage provides a devastating rebuke to one of the most grievous sins of this or any age.

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Carson Winning Evangelicals, Trump Most Loved and Most Hated

Dr. Ben Carson is winning among white Evangelicals, and celebrity billionaire Donald Trump is both the most loved and unloved candidate in Iowa, according to the most recent Iowa poll on the Republican presidential race.

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The Pretribulational Rapture Bullies

It’s time we stood up for the truth and opposed the pre-tribulational rapture bullies. They want us to think that Christ could come at any time for His church. We must stop this dangerous deception!

We’ve been through all this before and responded often enough. Some of these critics are even Five Point Calvinists. Think about it. So is there some other dynamic driving their attacks?

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The Most Dangerous Cult: Liberalism

Jan Markell, Eric Barger, and Jill Martin Rische spend the hour discussing the most dangerous cult, the cult of liberalism. Mainline Protestantism caved to it 150 years ago and now evangelicals are doing the same. Liberalism is ravaging our churches, colleges, and seminaries. Find out who the leaders of this movement are and how you can combat liberalism if it is in your world and church. Though the liberal church will say they are Christians, they have taken their eyes off of the important issues of eternity. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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Genuine salvation

The very first time I raised concerns about the Kansas City Prophets and the International House of Prayer over 15 years ago over their extra-biblical activities, I was rebuked by another Christian with this statement, “You just don’t understand what is going on. If people’s lives are being changed then God is working so you should just shut up.”

Back in 2006 when God opened my eyes to what the leadership at our church was doing with the Purpose Driven stuff and I raised the alarm I was rebuked again with pretty much the same argument. I was told that I should just kick back and cooperate so that the church could peacefully go Purpose Driven so that God could work there and people’s lives could be changed. When I began commenting on the old Slice of Laodicea blog about that same time, those PDC apologists who hated our firm stance against it said very much the same thing.

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

(CN) — A 38-year-old woman who survived a saline abortion in 1977 shared her story before Congress on Wednesday, speaking out against abortion and Planned Parenthood’s continued slaughter of unborn children.

Gianna Jessen was miraculously born alive at a Los Angeles Planned Parenthood facility after her mother sought an abortion while seven months pregnant. Her mother had been advised to have a saline abortion, which burns the child with a caustic chemical and then suffocates them to death. The dead child is then removed the following day.

Fox News’ Shepard Smith Rails Against Christians Supporting Kim Davis During Live TV: ‘Haters Are Going to Hate’

(CN) — During live coverage of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ release from prison, Fox News’ Shepard Smith unexpectedly started speaking over the press conference, calling it a “religious play” and chastising Davis and those who supported her decision to refuse to issue “gay marriage” licenses.

Smith, who has had his own run-ins with the law, has had his share of random on-air outbursts, this one occurring during Tuesday’s live news broadcast.

Judge Orders Kim Davis Released, Demands She Not Stop Deputies from Issuing ‘Gay Marriage’ Licenses

(CN) — The judge that ordered Kim Davis to be placed behind bars nearly one week ago has now ordered her release, but simultaneously demanded that she not stop any of her deputy clerks from issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s order came just hours before a rally was set to begin outside of Carter County Detention Center, where Davis had been held for the past six days.

Firebomb Thrown at New York Church

(CN) — Police in New York are investigating after a firebomb was thrown inside of a door at a non-denominational church on Saturday.

The incident occurred early Saturday morning at approximately 5:30 a.m. as a yet unidentified suspect threw a Molotov cocktail through a glass door at the Chapel at Crosspoint in Getzville. The explosive then started a fire in the vestibule, which set off the sprinkler system and flooded the entryway.

Other Top News Stories of Interest:

Iran’s Leader Vows to Terrorize and Destroy Israel, Calls U.S. ‘Great Satan’ as Nuclear Deal Debate Rages On

‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson Slams Iran Nuclear Deal, Voices Support for Israel: ‘Jesus Became Jewish Flesh’

Pastor Saeed Abedini’s Wife Fasting 21 Days for Husband and Persecuted Christians Worldwide: ‘Revival Can Be Brought In Our Country’

Satanic Temple Seeking to Place 9-Foot Statue of Idol Baphomet Next to Ten Commandments on Arkansas Capitol Grounds

Buzzfeed Heavily Criticized for ‘I Am a Christian, But…’ Video Featuring ‘Tolerant’ Millenials: ‘If You Reject Christ’s Teachings, You Are Not a Christian’


For Statists The Government Is The Hero Of The Narrative

Ever since Hegel or maybe Plato, statists have been telling a story about government in which government itself is the hero in an epic struggle.   —Jonah Goldberg

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War Room’s Alex Kendrick and a movie magic medallion

John Lanagan has written a second piece on the hit film War Room.  In his  first piece he informed us that the film’s star, Priscilla Shirer, is into highly unorthodox teaching, which the three Kendrick brothers were unaware of or they wouldn’t have chose her to star in the movie.  Now we learn that writer/producer/director/actor […]

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Heidelberg Catechism 127: Deliver Us From Our Deadly Spiritual Enemies

In the 19th century Karl Marx (1818–83) diagnosed our most basic problem in material terms. He prescribed a future (eschatological) solution that was entirely material. He himself said that he had turned G. W. F. Hegel’s (1770–1831) spiritual view of history and the future “upside down” by materializing it. He replaced Hegel’s “spiritual” dialectic (P […]

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Armed Military, Police Group Offers Kim Davis Protection from Further “Unlawful Arrest”

According to Christian News Network:

An armed group of current former military and police officials offered protection from further arrest to Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis from earlier this week, but was declined by her legal counsel.

Oath Keepers, whose motto is “Not On Our Watch,” is a coalition founded to provide education about, and defense of, the U.S. Constitution. The group issued a statement on Wednesday, outlining that it had offered protection for the now-freed clerk when she returns to her job on Monday.

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But Deliver Us From The Evil One

Whoever has God for his friend will find Satan to be his enemy. He receives the name of Satan, first, because he is the adversary of God himself; and next, because he is the adversary of those whom God honors with his friendship, who love God, who rank on the side of God, who bear […]

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Words of Comfort: Evolution and God are not incompatible.

“You can accept both evolution and God. They’re not incompatible.”

God made Adam in His image. Neither God nor Adam was an ape. Jesus said, “In the beginning God made them “male and female.” He didn’t make them as primordial soup.


Gianna Jessen Asks Congress: “If abortion is about women’s rights, then what were mine?”

“Instead of dying, after 18 hours of being burned in my mother’s womb, I was delivered alive in an abortion clinic in Los Angeles on April the 6th, 1977. My medical records state: “Born alive during saline abortion” at 6 am.”

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Gianna Jessen survived a saline abortion 38 years ago. She is a living miracle and a pro life advocate. She asked a House Judiciary Committee a powerful question. “If abortion is about women’s rights, then what were mine?”Listen to her powerful story here. Life matters.

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W4YW: Internet Repentance, Pro-Life Women, & the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Wisdom For Your Weekend: your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web.

Articles of the Week

Make Time for Books. You’ll Feel Less Busy. Hugh McGuire. You probably don’t believe McGuire. You probably think you simply don’t have time for books. To put it bluntly, you’re wrong. Books are the perfect antidote for the poison of digital stress. McGuire’s got neuroscience to prove it. Perhaps even better, he’s got three rules to help you get back into reading.

When Does Your Religion Excuse You from Doing Your Job? Eugene Volokh. This week’s news welcomes previously unknown Kim Davis to the bright lights of fame—or, more precisely, notoriety. Davis refused to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision (legalizing same-sex marriage), which led to a brief stay at the cozy Carter County Detention Center. Davis’ situation is actually a bit more complex than it initially seems. But all of this raises the bigger question: when is it appropriate to refuse to do your job on religious grounds? Volokh leads the way.

Responding to the Syrian Refugee CrisisMitch M. Many people have been asking how the American church can respond to the increasingly tragic refugee crisis in Syria. It’s not an easy situation, but there are several action steps that we can take. Mitch offers three big ones.

The Power of Pro-Life Women, Katelyn Beaty. The refrain is consistent, and has grown louder in recent days: if you care about women, you will support their right to choose an abortion. But as Beaty points out, this is a false dichotomy. She joins the ranks of many women around the country who are appalled at the idea that abortion is fundamental to women’s power.

11 Easy Steps to Repenting on the Internet, Barnabas Piper. There’s some sting in this one! It’s sad that we all know of a Christian leader who has crossed a line he shouldn’t have—an affair, financial hijinks, or some other shameful misconduct. Contrary to how social media might make it seem, the internet hasn’t created more of these failures. But it has changed the way that repentance happens. And not for the better.

On The Lighter Side

The First Time The New York Times Covered 19 Famous Things, Christine Haughney, Mental Floss. “The big change in Fred Trump’s operations in recent years is the advent of his son, Donald.” … “When the new building of The New York Times shall be completed, why would it not be fitting that the space about the edifice be called ‘Times Triangle’ or ‘Times Square,’ though perhaps it may not be a square?’” … “The Japanese characters pronounced ‘Nintendo’ are harder to translate. They constitute a fanciful expression having no precise dictionary meaning either in Japanese or English.” Yes, these are real. And 16 other goodies in here.

 

Wisdom For Your Weekend is presented to you by Chris Pappalardo, with occasional guidance from J.D. Greear. This is our attempt to reflect Proverbs 9:9: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”


Stephen Colbert: Faith and Logic Complement Each Other

Stephen Colbert is the new host of Late Night succeeding David Letterman. He is known as the host of The Colbert Report which ran from 2005-2014 for a total of 1,447 episodes. He also played a fictional satirist on The Daily Show, Comedy Central’s late-night talk show and satire, which called itself a fake news program.

He asks tough questions. He’s a smart comedian and a compassionate interviewer who is committed to his faith. He is already being called the new Charlie Rose.

He shared his faith in a recent interview. “Hopefully I can use my mind to make my jokes and not deny my love for God,” Colbert said.

Watch this clip of an interview with Father Thomas Rosica.

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Jonathan Cahn Moves the Shemitah Goal Post

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00:06:25 Jonathan Cahn Moves the Shemitah Goal Post
00:13:25 Jim Bakker Expects a September to Remember
00:38:06 William Tapley Weighs in on CERN and Tim Tebow
00:53:03 Patricia King Ministers “In the Spirit”
01:04:24 Good Sermon by Gervase Charmley – God Against the gods


Christ’s Glory Makes Knowing God Possible

Christ’s Glory Makes Knowing God PossibleWhen we discuss God’s glory there are basically two ways we can speak. First, God’s essential glory: the sum of his attributes makes him the “God of glory” (Acts 7:2). His glory is the “sparkling of the deity.” God’s life lies in his glory, and his glory cannot increase or decrease, for his glory is infinite, unchangeable, eternal, and so on. This glory belongs to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit because each person shares in the divine essence. Second, there is a glory which is ascribed to God in terms of what his creatures aim to bring to him (1 Chronicles 16:29). This latter glory has in view our praise, worship, obedience, and delight as we keep the name of the Lord holy in all that we do (Matthew 6:9).

In terms of God’s essential being, we must acknowledge that, even apart from sin, human beings cannot behold the glory of God and live. The triune God’s infinite glory is too high, illustrious, and marvellous for us. It is utterly beyond our powers, and even a small drop of his glory, so to speak, would utterly consume us. With the entrance of sin into the world, this reality is even more pronounced (see Exodus 33:20).

Consequently, we behold the glory of God in the person of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18; 4:6), not only in this life, but also in the life to come! Christ has three distinct glories, all of which we must know if we wish to understand the Christian faith. Christ, because he is God, has an essential glory. But he also has two other glories that are vital for us to know and understand.

Personal Glory: The Glory of the God-man

Jesus has a peculiar glory that is unique to him, and him alone. Even the Father and the Spirit do not possess this specific glory, for they are not fully God and fully man, but simply fully God. Christ is the God-man, what theologians call a “complex person.” Thus he has a distinct glory, also called a “personal glory” by theologians.

The union of the Son to human nature is, according to the Puritan theologian, Thomas Goodwin, “the highest manifestation of the Godhead that could have been communicated to creatures.”

As a result, “more of God’s glory shall instantly shine forth in . . . the man, Christ Jesus, having the God-head dwelling in him personally, than by God’s making millions of worlds . . . furnished with glories.” That is to say, Christ makes the glory of God not only possible, but also visible. John Arrowsmith, a famous theologian during the Puritan era, makes the point that just as God is invisible, his glory would be “too dazzling for our weak eyes.” As we cannot behold the sun in its sphere, we can nevertheless behold the sun in a basin of water. Christ is the “basin” that enables us to behold God’s glory.

If we cannot behold the attributes of God directly, how are we to understand a passage such as Isaiah 6? Did Isaiah not see Yahweh? Did Isaiah not gaze upon the holiness (“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”) of Yahweh? Isaiah did not in fact see God directly (and live), but instead Isaiah saw Christ. And this is precisely how the apostle John interprets Isaiah’s experience. After quoting words from Isaiah 6 (see John 12:40), John writes: “Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him” (John 12:41; see also Acts 7:55–56).

Isaiah saw God’s glory. But he saw God’s glory in the person of Christ, not God’s glory as God sees and knows his own glory. Isaiah saw what was fitting for him as a sinner (see Isaiah 6:5). As sinners, we should be thankful that we see God’s glory in the person of his Son, because that glory, when beheld by faith, saves us rather than consumes us.

Mediatorial Glory: The Glory of His Bride

Christ also has another glory besides his personal glory: a mediatorial glory. This glory is “acquired, purchased, and merited” by his work (in obedience to the Father) on behalf of sinners (Goodwin).

We may call this a “superadded glory.” This glory involves Christ’s people because they are, after all, his bride. And the bride of Christ is, naturally, his glory, just as a woman is the glory of man (1 Corinthians 11:7). We, who are his body, are “the fullness of him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:23).

As the bride of Christ receives the blessings of his work on their behalf, Christ is thereby glorified. He sees the fruit of his labor. The more blessings Christ pours out from heaven as the resurrected king of glory, the more he is glorified. In fact, the more love Christ shows to the church, the more love he shows to himself. For the man who loves his wife loves himself (Ephesians 5:28).

Thus in his bride Christ is glorified:

As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ. (2 Corinthians 8:23)

Jesus prayed, “All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.” (John 17:10)

Since God’s great end is the glory of his Son (Colossians 1:16), Christ must necessarily be glorified in those for whom he died. Christ makes the church pure, beautiful, and holy, which means that the “Lord Christ is, and will be, glorious unto all eternity” (Owen).

If Pastor John Piper has coined the phrase, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him,” then I would like to (by way of complement) coin the phrase, “God is most satisfied in himself when Christ is most glorified in us.” In other words, in God’s purposes for his Son, the world, and his people, he is “most satisfied” when his Son is glorified by those for whom he gave to the Son.

Application

Each of the glories described above have relevance to us.

First, in terms of his divine glory, we are confronted with the fact that God is too great for us. His majesty, holiness, power, and knowledge are utterly beyond our comprehension. Far from causing despair, this truth should comfort us. We do not want a god we can manage; we need to be told time and time again that God is utterly beyond our ability to comprehend.

Second, because this reality is true, and because God desires to have communion with his creatures, he condescends in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ. Christ’s personal glory is the primary glory by which we come to know, love, and enjoy God. The only way we can have any access to God, any sight of God, any knowledge of God, any fruition of God, is in and through the God-man, Jesus Christ. Christ makes theology possible; he makes worship possible; he makes communion with God possible; and he makes heaven on earth possible. Apart from Christ there is no possibility of any divine-human relationship.

Third, the prospect of the beatific vision, whereby we shall be like him because we shall see him (face-to-face) as he is (1 John 3:2), stirs our faith, hope, and love in this life. And faith, hope, and love enable us to bring glory to Christ on earth as his bride. Our desire to be holy and to refrain from sin has, as its primary goal, not our personal happiness, however important that may be, but the glory of Christ. Our chief business on earth is to glorify the glorious one, who is glorious, glorious, glorious.


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How Do I Talk to My Kids About Abortion?

Yesterday the ninth video exposé on Planned Parenthood from The Center for Medical Progress was released. You can watch it and read more on Justin Taylor’s blog.

As the video exposés about Planned Parenthood continue, those with children may be wondering how they can talk to them in age-appropriate ways about the value of life and the reality of abortion.

Someone recently wrote our ministry to ask:

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I have four children, ages eight to almost two. At what age is it appropriate to talk to my young children about what’s going on at Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics? Do you have any tips on how to talk to them about this issue?

EPM staff member Karen Coleman provided this great answer:

In Appendix 2 of Why ProLife? Randy gives a list of “Biblical Passages Relevant to Life Issues.” Those would be good passages to talk to your children about, to help them see God’s heart on the issue in a very general but biblical way.

No one is born pro-abortion, and you can help them grow up knowing how much God is pro-life in every sense of the word. From that list, I would concentrate on the verses in section 5, “God has a special love for children.”

Since the oldest is only eight, you would not want to go into any great detail.  You could say, “There are people who don’t know God and don’t know how much He loves all children. We need to pray for them to come to know Jesus so that they understand His love for even little babies—even babies who aren’t born yet.”

Your older children may remember when your wife was pregnant with the younger ones. You could use that as a general example, reminding them of the time before your youngest was born. Ask them if they think God loved that child when he or she was in your wife’s womb. They will instinctively know He did! If you want to add more information, you can have slightly different conversations with each of them, since the 8-year-old can understand much more than the littler ones.

I think you would want to stick to very general terms. They are too young to understand the videos, and might find them quite upsetting. There are many adults who are traumatized by seeing these videos, and you certainly don’t want to go there with your precious children. At their ages, I think they might even be upset by the concept of abortion as you would try to explain it. Many children would not be ready to comprehend more of the details of this issue until they hit junior high.

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Ashley Madison Is Just the Beginning

Over the past several weeks, I’ve watched one family after another melt down under revelations of a spouse exposed by the hack of the adultery website Ashley Madison. I would love to prognosticate that the Ashley Madison scandal is the jolt we needed to set some things aright, but I’m afraid Ashley Madison is just the beginning.

In order to understand what’s next, we must understand why Ashley Madison “worked.” Why would people sign up for a service promising to match them with others looking for affairs? Ashley Madison succeeded in drawing in 32 million users because it joined original sin to modern technology.

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Ashley Madison utilized digital technology to promise several things that were out of reach for would-be adulterers. The first was opportunity. Many of the users on this site were not the sorts of people who would seek out singles’ bars or airport lounges for available sexual partners. They were hemmed in, many of them, not by moral convictions, but by the inability to know where to start.

Ashley Madison promised to match desire to opportunity. In that sense, Ashley Madison was an expression of our time’s consumer culture. We are promised a seemingly endless set of options for our appetites. Why should I be limited to vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ice cream? If I want licorice gelato or avocado sorbet or salted-caramel-ginger-snap-crunch frozen custard, the market is willing to provide it. Digital technology has made the same cornucopia available for the darker appetites of the flesh as well.

Even more importantly, Ashley Madison provided this service with the illusion of anonymity. Even the advertising logo featured a woman making a “hush” sign over her mouth. The promise was that no one would ever find out about this affair. This promise of cover drew out those who wanted adultery but who didn’t want to be seen as adulterers. In some cases, these were figures who styled themselves as “culture warriors” against decadent sexual permissiveness. They wanted to still be culture warriors, and to be as nasty as they wanted to be, all at the same time. Ashley Madison promised them the cover of secrecy.

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7 Steps to Knowing the Will of God

Many people have written about determining the will of God, and my goal here is not to simply add to those volumes. Instead, here are some simple steps that I hope will counter some wrong understandings and provide you some basic instruction.

  1. Recognize that knowing the will of God really isn’t that complicated. To put it simply, the Bible already tells us much about how we’re to live. We’re to love God will all our being, love our neighbors as ourselves, and make disciples of all the nations (Matt. 22:34-40, 28:18-20). If we get these things right, we won’t wrestle as much with the unknown details.
  2. Read the Bible and pray consistently.  I know that sounds like a Sunday school answer, but Sunday school answers aren’t always so bad. Too many people turn to the Bible and prayer only when they suddenly need to know God’s will. Doing that is like trying to clearly hear and understand the voice of one with whom you haven’t had a conversation in a long time. It’s not nearly as easy as it sounds.
  3. Walk in holiness; make righteous choices. This point’s really quite simple. We’re called to be holy as God is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). If we aren’t being faithful to what is clearly revealed in scripture, why should God trust us with information about the unknown?  Why should He think we will follow Him if He does show us His will?
  4. Be faithfully involved in a local church. God designed us to be in relationship with other people (Gen. 2:18). He creates His local church in such a way that all of us need each other (1 Cor. 12:12-31). We learn from each other. We help each other. We correct and encourage each other. To try to determine God’s will as a loner is a mistake.
  5. Look at needs around you. Sometimes, trying to determine God’s will for our life turns us inward. All we think about is, “God, what do you want for me?” The question is not entirely a bad one, but it’s a dangerous one. We usually don’t need any more inclination toward ourselves. Instead, take a look around at your community. See a non-believing world of billions of people who have no access to the gospel. Then ask, “God, what would you have me do to help spread your message and your glory to my neighbors and the nations?”
  6. In the context of local church fellowship, know your giftedness. God has given all of us spiritual gifts (1 Peter 4:10). He’s also sovereign over our struggles, experiences, pain, and rejoicing; thus, He can use our history and our present to glorify Himself. Work with your church leaders to think about and understand all that God has created in you – and then pray, “Lord, use me however You wish.”
  7. Take steps in the right direction. Kevin DeYoung once made this point this way, “Just do something!” We can spend months and years stymied while we seek certainty in God’s will, or we can do today something we know any Christian is supposed to do today. If we’re faithful over the known things today, we might just discover that the unknown things take care of themselves.

What would you add to this list? 


The Way to Joy is to Die Before You Die

From Dane Ortlund’s book Defiant Grace:

To take up the cross is to take up joy—painful joy, but real joy. For to take up the cross is to walk with the one who in great love bore the ultimate cross in our place. Aim at joy, and you will miss it. Aim at Christ, and his cross-bearing call, and you will find it.

Contrary as it is to all presuppositions, the way to save our life is to lose it. Death was the way to life for Jesus. Death is the way to life for Jesus’ disciples. “Die before you die. There is no chance after,” remarks a character in C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces.

If we tunnel in to the very heart of Christian discipleship as articulated by Mark, we find, echoing the mission of Jesus himself, this startling principle: loss is gain. Death is life. Yielding all guarantees receiving all. Self-denial for the sake of the gospel is the secret to saving our life. This was the way the upside-down mission of Jesus worked out, and it is the path of discipleship for his people. Glad abandon is our only sanity.

Contrary to what all our instincts of self-preservation whisper to us every day, abandonment to Jesus is the safest investment we can make. Our only security is renunciation of all that this world holds secure.

—Dane Ortlund, Defiant Grace: The Surprising Message and Mission of Jesus (Carlisle, Pennsylvania: EP Books, 2011), 61.


Attempts to Blend Christianity with Other Religions

By Maria Kneas (Author of How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution) Numerous attempts have been made to blend Christianity with other religions on a world-wide scale. You can read about them in Carl Teichrib’s article “Unveiling the Global Interfaith Agenda.”1 There are also other attempts to merge Christianity with different religions. For example, […]

Why Demanding Extraordinary Evidence Makes Little Sense

aseMany skeptics approach “the evidence” for Christianity with a closed mind. Hobbled by a number of presuppositions, they typically end up where they begin: convinced that God simply would not have made himself so difficult to detect. Many will back up their position with a challenge – because Christian claims are so “extraordinary,” they say, only “extraordinary evidence” will be sufficient to persuade them. Upon reflection, however, it should be soon apparent that this is a rather odd – and self-defeating – way to go about the task of acquiring knowledge. Odd because it demonstrates a misunderstanding about the way evidence works. Self-defeating because reviewing evidence is supposed to be done so that one can arrive at “the truth” about what occurred, and when one option – a creator God – is set “off limits” at the beginning, there is only one result that can be reached. This may give the atheist comfort – his views remain unchallenged – but it is difficult to describe this as a meaningful search for the truth.

Consider: “evidence” can mean a variety of things, but as it relates to historical events – which, after all, is the basis of Christian belief – it refers to the existence of certain facts which directly or indirectly tend to prove that the event in question occurred. Whether it’s Jesus life – was he real or fictitious? – his death – did it occur on the cross?- and, most significantly, his bodily resurrection from the dead, the process of discernment requires a consideration of all of the evidence to determine whether one can conclude with confidence that the event did in fact occur. Consequently, in assessing the weight and persuasiveness of the evidence, it may appear that certain pieces of evidence line up as probative or not probative, relevant or irrelevant, weighty or weak. But refusing to consider evidence unless it first meets the standard of “extraordinary” reflects a bias against ever reaching a conclusion. Far from being a rational position, it is the abandonment of reason, for reason does not impose upon itself such artificial restrictions. This demand for “extraordinary” evidence is, upon reflection, also rather ironic. Christianity is in fact based on “extraordinary” evidence. It is “out of the ordinary” and “exceptional” and “not commonplace” that

  • 66 books written over dozens of centuries by a variety of unrelated authors could be assembled into a coherent whole, one that tells an overriding message of man, his problem, and the solution God set in motion. The books of the Old Testament presage and predict Christ, and the books of the New Testament demonstrate the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies;
  • the concerns and beliefs of a culture separated from us by thousands of years could still resonate as relevant today, and join via a common system of belief cultures from all across the globe and spanning every conceivable age since Christ walked the earth;
  • the early followers could be so convinced of the truth of what occurred that they were willing to face death rather than deny what they would have known to be false, if indeed they were fabricating a story;
  • a variety of predictions – hundreds by some counts – could find fulfillment in one historical person;
  • modern archeology repeatedly confirms so much of what is written in the texts;
  • items of scientific interest relating to astronomy and physics (for examples, check out the work of the scholars over at http://www.reasons.org) appear to be embedded in books such as Job;
  • the claims of multiple miracles that were witnessed by numerous people;
  • and probably most significantly, a man who preached a radical message of universal brotherhood to a subjugated people who were expecting and hoping for a conquering king could change a world and still be regarded – and embraced – as relevant today.

This is just a partial list. Indeed, entire books and ministries have been devoted to making this case. And while the skeptic can challenge various pieces of evidence, it is difficult to gainsay both the amount and the quality of the evidence upon which Christians base their faith.

This is not to say that Christianity is not about faith – it certainly is. As Paul says in Hebrews, faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the convictions of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1-2) No one can see heaven or preview what eternity with God will entail. Faith provides the assurance that what Jesus promised is true; we can rest confidently in the knowledge that things not seen will be as he promised. But we don’t have “blind faith” that he once lived, or that he has the authority to carry out what he promised. That knowledge is based on the evidence provided by those early witnesses. These men and women lived in extraordinary times and witnessed extraordinary things; sadly, many suffered extraordinarily for their convictions. But what they left to posterity, the evidence of what they saw and heard and experienced – whether or not it rises to the level of “extraordinary” – was certainly sufficient. And it remains so today.

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WHI-1275 | Generation Me

We are continuing our series on authority and the Christian life on the White Horse Inn. This week we will be discussing “Generation Me.” How does the millennial generation view itself? What are its characteristics? Who are the millennials? How is their basic outlook on life different from preceding generations? Why does it matter?

According to certain studies, the period in which you were born has more influence on your personality than the parents who raised you. What are the implications of this? How do generational differences relate to the concept of personal identity? Michael Horton discusses these issues and more with Jean Twenge, professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and author of Generation Me. Join us this week on another edition of the White Horse Inn.

GUEST QUOTE
“The culture is going to creep under the door, no matter what you do as a parent to try and prevent that. As a parent, I have three children myself and am definitely familiar with this day to day battle that so many parents have trying to protect their kids from some of the more negative influences of our culture and to try to give them the right values.
So, it’s not that parents don’t have an impact. It’s actually been shown that parents have more of an influence on values than on personality traits. That statement implies more concerning personality traits, although values are heavily influenced by culture as well. So, cultures change over time. Some of them are good; some of them are bad. It’s a mixed bag. And those cultural changes are going to affect our kids. However, it’s up to us to implement those basic values with which they approach that culture. So, we do have the opportunity to at least give them the tools with which to question maybe some of the things that they hear.”
– Jean Twenge
TERM TO LEARN
Narcissism
Narcissism describes the character trait of self-love. The word is derived from a Greek myth. Narcissus was a handsome Greek youth who rejected the desperate advances of the nymph Echo. As punishment, he was doomed to fall in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. Unable to consummate his love, Narcissus pined away and changed into the flower that bears his name, the narcissus.
(Wikipedia, s.v. “Narcissism”)
In terms of the self, narcissism refers to any aspect of the complex state of self-esteem, and includes such things as overweening pride, arrogance, and sensitivity to insult. A contemporary workable definition of narcissism is a cognitive, affective, and motivational preoccupation with the self. A relationship can be thought of as narcissistic if the individuality of the other is ignored and the focus in one way or another is on the person himself rather than the other person.
(Adapted from Encyclopedia of Psychology s.v. “Narcissism.”)

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How Great Is Our God

How Great Is Our God

May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the LORD!” (Psalm 40:16)

Great is an important word. We use it to talk about something of unusually large size: A great earthquake shook the city. Or a large number: A great crowd filled the stadium. Or unusual power or intensity: She has experienced great pain. Or something that is especially good or wonderful: He is a great player. Or something in an extreme degree: For a long time, we have been great friends.

Not only is the word great flexible — used in five different ways above, to talk about size, number, intensity, goodness, and degree — but it’s also a powerful word. Or at least it used to be. It’s become an easy word to overuse. When day after day is great, and meal after meal is great, and game after game is great, we begin to lose the punch of the word to talk about our wedding day, or an unusually lavish feast, or the championship game that went into overtime.

Reclaim the Word Great

And what about God? The Bible tells us again and again, especially in the Psalms, that our God is great. If we use the word great for the normal and everyday, what language will we have when we need to describe the day or the meal or the game that really is a cut above the typical — or most importantly, the God who really is infinite above all else?

One wonderful thing about this song is that it helps us reclaim the word great. Using simple, but profound language, “How Great Is Our God” turns our attention to the greatness of God. It sets God before us as our standard of true greatness. Perhaps when God increasingly becomes our standard of what is great, then we’ll increasingly become more careful with how easily we dish out the word for days and meals and games.

And just as the word great is flexible and can refer to size, number, intensity, goodness, and degree, so this song gives us several glimpses into the greatness of God.

Four Glimpses into His Greatness

First is the greatness of his majesty and kingly glory. His is the splendor of a king — not just the king of a single tribe or nation, but the king of all the earth. Let all the earth rejoice. He is sovereign over all the nations, arrayed in unparalleled regal glory. He is great in royal majesty.

Second is the greatness of his holiness. As 1 John 1:5 says, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” He is not just great in his majesty, but in his holiness. He is not just in charge and exalted, but he has perfect integrity — he is the standard of truth and character and moral uprightness. When he speaks, the darkness flees. He is great in his holiness.

Third is the greatness of his eternality. He never had a beginning, and he will never have an end. He is Alpha and Omega, he is the beginning and the end — nothing came before him and nothing will come after him. But not only does he stand unmoved from age to age, but “time is in his hands.” Not only is he before and after time, but he controls time, every century and year and hour and minute and second-tick — from him and through him and for him (Romans 11:36). He is great in relation to time.

Finally is the greatness of his mercy. He is not only One, but Three. And not only Father, but Son and Spirit. And these three persons of the Godhead work ever in happy tandem, not simply with the greatness of a Lion, but the greatness of a Lamb. And in his greatness as both Lion and Lamb, we find what it is that truly makes him great.

As great as he is in his majesty and holiness and eternality, it is the greatness of his mercy that truly leaves us in awe, because it his mercy in his Son that brings us sinners into the eternal joy of relationship with him. How great is our God!


Desiring God partnered with Shane & Shane’s The Worship Initiative to write short meditations for more than one hundred popular worship songs and hymns. This meditation accompanies the song “How Great Is Our God” on The Worship Initiative, Volume 2. More from this series below.


Bitterness and The Christian Soul

“There is a world of difference between pundits and prophets.” – Mark Sayers*

Our culture disciples its innocents in disillusionment. “Always ask ‘why?’” we tell our children. We celebrate an ethos of critique, where we are encouraged to put everything on trial. We always stand opposed. We actually celebrate this punk rock “Fight against the man!” attitude. But the funny thing about the “oppositional posture,” as Sayers calls it, is that this stance requires that which it demonizes to exist. For if you are always critical, then you need something to critique. And when your championed cause succeeds, when you have halted every initiative or defeated all your enemies, you are left… alone.

The Bible calls this bitterness. Bitterness is a profoundly nervous self-consciousness. It needs to put others down, bitterness needs others to look away. It is a constant diverting of attention away from oneself so nobody will observe fault within. Bitterness never invites critique… it only gives it. It always points to darkness in the room, but never shines the light on itself.

Are you bitter? Do you catch yourself only giving critique and never giving compliments? Do you find yourself reacting strongly to confrontation but all too willing to enact it yourself? Do you need to insert yourself into every conversation with a “truth-telling” bomb?

Friend, bitterness leaves you alone.

Was not the apostle loving when he pleaded with the Ephesians to purge their soul of this cancer (Eph 4:31-32)? The beautiful thing about the cross is that it is the final condemnation from a God with no darkness at all. Bitterness is not something to celebrate, but we can celebrate that the perfect critique of the world was made at the cross. And because, by faith, we stand justified, we need no longer condemn.

Will you leave your bitterness in his nail-pierced palms? I pray so.

*Mark Sayers, Facing Leviathan (Chicago, Moody Publishers; 2014) 157.

 

This post was originally posted on Thinkcredo.org.


09/12/15 Yahweh is There

READING: Ezekiel 46-48

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  “Yahweh is There.” Those are the last English words of the book of Ezekiel. God would bring destruction on the city of Jerusalem as a means of judgment, but He would eventually return in His glory to the city. All of this we’ve seen in previous devotions.

Now, in Ezekiel’s vision, God restored the city, re-established His kingdom, and promised His presence. Indeed, the new city was named “Yahweh is There.”

Ezek. 48:35  The perimeter of the city will be six miles, and the name of the city from that day on will be: Yahweh Is There.

I am reminded today of the task given to Ezekiel. For more than 20 years he announced God’s Word. He served during the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile of the people into Babylon. Much of his job was to announce judgment, but also to show that God was not judging Israel simply for the sake of judging; He was judging to bring them back to Him and to remind them that He was Yahweh.

Ezekiel’s job surely was not easy, but this he would know: he was on the winning side. God would, in fact, keep His Word to restore His people. He who had once departed the city would not only return, but the city would bear His name. He really would be their God and dwell among His people.

Those same truths give me confidence in doing ministry today. No matter how difficult ministry might be — no matter how hard it is to speak God’s truth sometimes — no matter how much it hurts  to know people will pay the price of their sin — no matter how agonizing it is to watch people turn to false gods — this I know: God will show His glory in the end. We are on the winning side. Yahweh is here.

PRAYER: “Lord, thank You for dwelling among us. You are here. Thank you.”


09/13/15 Tearing My Clothes or Tearing My Heart?

READING: Joel 1-3

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  The book of Joel is a short book that calls God’s people to repentance in preparation for the “Day of the Lord,” a day of coming judgment. I have read this book many times before, but frankly, I somehow read over these significant words (particularly, the heart and clothing comparison):

Joel 2:12-13a  Even now—this is the Lord’s declaration—turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Tear your hearts, not just your clothes, and return to the Lord your God.

To paraphrase Joel’s words, the outward expression of repentance — tearing one’s clothing, a customary sign of grief and repentance in the ancient world — does not matter if one’s heart is not repentant. Other writers of the Scriptures make the same point (e.g., Psalm 51:17, Amos 5:21–24; Mic 6:6–8), but this text in Joel seems so simply and clearly stated that one should not miss it; hence, my personal distress at not catching it before this reading.

My greater concern, though, is whether I’ve always lived by this word. I know I have at times grieved my sin without stopping my sin. I have wept over wrong while suspecting that I’d be praying the same prayer again at some point. Given that admission, I am incredibly grateful for the next words in Joel’s writing:

Joel 2:13b  For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in faithful love, and He relents from sending disaster.

Indeed, God’s graciousness makes me genuinely want to make sure my repentance is real and lasting. I don’t want to go through the motions. Would you pray with me that all of us would truly repent when needed?

PRAYER: “God, You are gracious. Thank You for Your compassion and patience. In light of Your faithful love, bring me to real repentance over any sin in my life today.  Especially as I stand before God’s people this day, cleanse my heart.”


Notable Voices: September 12, 2015

The Value of Goals — Art Rainer

Wandering aimlessly through life as an individual or as an organization is no way to reach a destination. We need goals, and Art shares five reasons why.

 


One Big Ministry Rule That You Should Break — Andy Flowers

We’ve talked a good bit about pastoral succession here at ThomRainer.com, and Andy shares why it is something pastors should be concerned about as they transition away from a church.

 


5 Ways to Attract the Right Candidates with Your Job Description — Nicole Cochran

Sometimes the reason you get a poor group of candidates applying for a job is because the job description is not written well. Nicole shares five tips for writing better better job descriptions as well as news of an upcoming webinar on the subject.

 


10 Things you Can’t Expect from Church Volunteers — Ryan Holck

This is a great list of reminders on how to better deal with volunteers as a ministry leader.

 


5 Easy Tips for Using Periscope in Ministry — Jesse Gruber

I’ve really enjoyed Periscope over the past few months. I’m also planning on expanding my use of it in the future. For now, here are five tips for Periscope use in the church.

 


How I Dumped the Mega-church Model and Found Something Bigger — JD Greear

I appreciate JD’s honesty and candor in this article. We must always remember that Kingdom growth is more important than local church growth.

 


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Links I like (weekend edition)

 

Kindle deals for Christian readers

Zondervan’s Counterpoints sale comes to an end tomorrow (September 13th). Get these titles for $4.99 each:

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Three Sinful Things to Say in Conflict

Lore Ferguson Wilbert:

One thing I am consistently surprised about, though, is the pervasiveness of modern psychology in the midst of conflict between Christians. Phrases like, “You’ve broken my trust in you/him/her/it,” “I was wrong, but…,” and “You shouldn’t have waited until I’d sinned five times in this way before coming to me.” It makes me wonder, truly, how broken is our theology if these are the words coming out of our mouths?

The War on Terror is a War Against Ourselves

Chris Martin:

The horrors of September 11, 2001 are unmatched in my lifetime—it is Millennials’ Pearl Harbor. When the planes crashed and the towers fell, they triggered an earthquake whose aftershocks have not yet ceased. I am so thankful for our military and our local and national law enforcement agencies that have been on the front lines of both the War on Terror abroad and our war on terror here at home. The work of those brave men and women deserves our utmost admiration.

Why You Should Not Wear a Crucifix

Tim Challies, sharing from J.I. Packer’s Knowing God:

Crucifixes have long been a fixture in Roman Catholic worship. But in the past few years I have begun to see more and more Protestants wearing them as well, exchanging their empty cross for one that contains an image of the suffering Savior. J.I. Packer once addressed the issue of the crucifix, and addressed it well.

Do You Know How We Got the Bible?

Ivan Mesa:

I corresponded with Timothy Paul Jones, professor of Christian family ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, about his new book (and accompanying group study DVDHow We Got the Bible. With guides for both leaders and participants, six 30-minute DVD sessions, a reference handbook, and more, the entire kit is a useful resource for parents, church leaders, and educators.

Five Ways to Deepen Your Preaching

Gavin Ortlund:

I’ve been blessed lately with the opportunity to preach a bit more. I really enjoy preaching, and the homiletics training I received at Covenant Seminary during my M.Div. was excellent. But the more I learn about preaching, the more I feel like I’m just beginning to learn what it even means to preach. Preaching to me is like a vast mountain, the top of which is hidden by clouds and cannot be seen, and the higher I climb, the more it stretches up still higher and higher above me.


Weekend A La Carte (September 12)

Welcome to the weekend! And thanks for taking a little bit of it to read A La Carte. I post this just before heading to my church’s morning of prayer, an event I have been looking forward to all week long. Praying and praying together—these are precious gifts.

Giving Your Pastor Feedback After a Sermon

I suppose it would be easy enough to overthink it, but I do appreciate this guidance on giving your pastor feedback on his sermon. Sometimes words that seem helpful actually aren’t.

First Pitch

“On the night of Oct. 30, 2001, President George W. Bush stepped onto the mound at Yankee Stadium to throw out the first pitch at Game 3 of the World Series, just six weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.” This excellent little video recounts the event and its importance. (Note: There is one beeped-out swear word.)

The Viability of Babies Not Considered Legally ‘Human’

“A new study published Sept. 8 found that more infants born before 28 weeks gestation are surviving without disease or other complications compared to 20 years ago. The findings cast further doubt on the adequacy of the viability standard for protecting the unborn.”

Tomorrow in 1541. John Calvin returns to Geneva, having been banished by Geneva’s City Council. After the 3 year separation, Calvin picked up preaching the very next verse from where he left off. *

The Best Day of the Week

“Lord’s Day worship isn’t a burden to endure, but a joyful offering from God to receive.” I enjoyed this refresher on the joy of the Lord’s Day.

How Heaven Became a Secular Word

The Atlantic has quite an interesting article on heaven tourism and 90 Minutes in Heaven. “The movie spends a good number of minutes imagining scenes from the beyond, filled with trippy pastels and all the smiling white people you’ll supposedly see in heaven. According to Polish, these images are at least somewhat based on those described in the Christian scriptures, but they’re light on concrete details—Jesus, for example, is nowhere to be found.”

What’s Up With That?

Why is it so difficult to catch your own typos? According to this Wired article, it’s all your brain’s fault.


Christian Headlines Daily – Saturday, September 12, 2015

http://www.christianheadlines.com/

Top Headlines

People from all Faiths Offer up Prayers in 9/11 Remembrance

Christian Aid Mission: Refugee Crisis is Opportunity to Share Christ’s Love

Billy Graham Assures Seniors it is OK if They Cannot be Physically Present in Church

New TV Series to Help Christians Back up Pro-life Position

Strange Alliance in Northern Ireland: Evangelicals and LGBT Activists Unite Against Same-sex Marriage Referendum

Tebow Returns to ESPN as Analyst after Being Cut by Eagles

Phil Robertson: Against the Iran Nuclear Deal and for Israel

Donald Trump Questions Ben Carson’s Faith, Downplays Accomplishments as Neurosurgeon

Interview: Stephen Colbert Discusses His Faith, the Pope, Islam, and More

Ben Carson Names Favorite Bible Verses

Opinion

Kim Davis May be out of Jail, but Conscience Conflicts Remain

Living and Dying–for Others

14 Years after 9/11: Four Lessons

The Ashley Madison Affair: God’s Grace for Fallen Pastors

Are You Living Fully in the Spirit?


Our Time is Short

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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

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

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

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

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September 12-13, 2015 Truth2Freedom US and World Briefing Report

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Top News – 9/13/2015

Al Qaeda chief urges lone wolf attacks, militant unity
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri called on young Muslim men in the United States and other Western countries to carry out attacks inside there and urged greater unity between militants. “I call on all Muslims who can harm the countries of the crusader coalition not to hesitate. We must now focus on moving the war to the heart of the homes and cities of the crusader West and specifically America,” he said…

Poor nations want U.S. to pay reparations for extreme weather
Poorer nations suffering from extreme weather disasters…want rich nations like the United States to pay for reparations and to relocate populations. …United Nations Conference on Climate Change…in December has representatives…asking for more than …$100 billion per year for climate change mitigation measures.

US and Russian Forces in Syria Aren’t Talking to Each Other
In Syria, where the U.S. is leading an air campaign against Islamic State targets and Russian military advisors are arriving to help the Assad regime, the two militaries aren’t talking to each other. “Coalition forces are focused on conducting counter-ISIL operations, and so to my knowledge there is no military-to-military contact at this point,” Air Force Col. Pat Ryder, spokesman for U.S. Central Command, told reporters…

China economy: New signs of economic slowdown
Growth in China’s investment and factory output in August has come in below forecasts, in a further indication that the world’s second-largest economy is losing steam. Factory output grew by 6.1% from the year before – below forecasts of 6.4%. Growth in fixed-asset investment – largely property – slowed to 10.9% for the year-to-date, a 15-year low.

Egypt government resigns amid corruption inquiry
Egypt’s government has resigned and the country’s oil minister has been asked to form a new cabinet within a week, the office of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has said. No official reason was given for the government’s resignation. However, a senior source was quoted as saying the aim was to reshuffle the cabinet following a corruption scandal.

Clashes erupt on the Temple Mount ahead of Jewish New Year
Israeli police raided the plaza outside Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque on Sunday in what they said was a bid to head off Palestinian attempts to disrupt visits by Jews and foreign tourists on the eve of the Jewish New Year. The Palestinian youths, Israeli police said in a statement, had intended “to disrupt the routine of visits to the Temple Mount on the eve of Rosh Hashana”, the Jewish New Year, which begins at sunset on Sunday.

Conservatives are rightly angry with the political establishment
Free market and limited government advocates were particularly annoyed with Republican President George W. Bush, who expanded government into health care and education in an unprecedented fashion.

Immigrant Welfare Addiction
Non-citizens in the U.S.—and especially recent Middle Eastern refugees—are addicted to welfare programs, two newly released studies suggest. Although open-borders propaganda typically claims that illegal aliens are hardworking and industrious, one of the reports unveiled yesterday showed that among illegal alien households with children, a shocking 87 percent accept benefits from one or more welfare programs, compared to just 52 percent of native households.

Cargo of Refugees, a Planned Invasion
Cargo after cargo of “refugees,” defiant young Muslims seeking a better life in non-Muslim countries with generous welfare programs, are arriving on the Mediterranean shores and at the border of small and much poorer countries than the rich Arab states bordering Syria. Even though they speak the same language, they are taking in zero “refugees” with the excuse that they are trying to minimize the threat of terrorism.

Thousands flock to anti-migrant demos in E.Europe
BRATISLAVA: Thousands of people joined anti-migrant protests in three eastern European capitals on Saturday after leaders from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia opposed an EU scheme to fix refugee quotas. In the Polish capital Warsaw, nearly 5,000 people, many chanting anti-Islamic slogans, marched through the city, an AFP correspondent said. “Islam will be the death of Europe”, one of the banners said.

Poll finds almost a third of Americans would support a military coup
Almost a third of Americans could imagine supporting a military coup against their own government, according to a new poll. The YouGov survey showed 29% of Americans could imagine supporting a coup. Yet, 41% said they could not imagine supporting such an event.

Fatwa Issued Against India’s Double Oscar-Winner A.R.
A Muslim group in India has issued a fatwa against musician A.R. Rahman and Iranian director Majid Majidi. A Sunni group called the Raza Academy issued the fatwa on Friday in protest at Majidi’s film “Muhammad: Messenger of God,” for which Rahman scored the music.

The wealthiest mafia in the world is undergoing a schism and it could get ugly
group, Japan’s Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza, is undergoing a schism that could spark violent gang wars and have significantly affected businesses in and outside of Japan.

Sierra wildfire destroys homes, threatens 6,400 California residences
A fast-moving wildfire in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains destroyed homes and threatened about 6,400 residences on Saturday even as another blaze injured four firefighters in the state, fire officials said.

Germany’s Merkel sees need to cooperate with Russia on Syria
Germany and other western European powers need to work with Russia as well as the United States to solve the crisis in Syria, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday.


Top News – 9/12/2015

Radical Islamists recruit male youths in refugee camps in Germany
Bavaria’s Interior Ministry has confirmed media reports that radical Islamists are trying to recruit young male asylum seekers arriving in the country unaccompanied. Up to 800,000 asylum seekers are set to be taken in by Germany by the end of the year.

House Passes Bill Blocking Obama from Lifting Iran Sanctions
On Friday, Sept. 11, The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted down approval of the Iran Deal and voted to block implementation of the deal. The bill not only seeks to prevent the president from lifting sanctions now, it seeks to prevent him from lifting them until the end of his term as president, which is January 21, 2017.

End Times Prophecy Author’s Dire Warning About ‘Apocalyptic Islam’ and ‘Annihilation
Author Joel C. Rosenberg is warning that the greatest threat to America’s security is now coming from “apocalyptic Islam,” a dangerous, end times philosophy that he said many world leaders simply fail to understand. Differentiating between “radical Islam” and “apocalyptic Islam,” Rosenberg said…he believes that eschatology is now motivating extremists to do the unthinkable.

Pope Francis’ Meeting With 9/11 Families and Multi-Religious Service at Ground Zero to Be Highly Symbolic
That Sept. 25 meeting with 9/11 families will be held outside by the twin reflecting pools at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in downtown Manhattan, Helen Osman, secretary of communications for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, explained during a briefing about the pope’s U.S. visit with reporters Friday.

Just how strong is Iran’s military?
the Iranian threat may not be quite what opponents fear. Experts agree Iran will buy military equipment once the world lifts its sanctions. But the Islamic Republic will spend years rebuilding both its fragile economy and its lackluster military. Much of its equipment is 1970s era hardware America sold it when Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was in power. It takes a lot of cash and creative engineering to keep it all running.

EMERGING SUNSPOT
A new sunspot is emerging in the sun’s southern hemisphere: movie. Since yesterday, AR2414 has more than quadrupled in size, and it has a ‘beta-gamma’ magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class solar flares. This could end a weeks-long stretch of low solar activity.

Physicists show ‘molecules’ made of light may be possible
It’s not lightsaber time, not yet. But a team including theoretical physicists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has taken another step toward building objects out of photons, and the findings hint that weightless particles of light can be joined into a sort of “molecule” with its own peculiar force.

Iran says finds unexpectedly high uranium reserve
Iran has discovered an unexpectedly high reserve of uranium and will soon begin extracting the radioactive element at a new mine, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation said on Saturday. The comments cast doubt on previous assessments from some Western analysts who said the country had a low supply and would sooner or later would need to import uranium, the raw material needed for its nuclear program

Changing behavior through synaptic engineering
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School are the first to show that it’s possible to reverse the behavior of an animal by flipping a switch in neuronal communication. The research, published in PLOS Biology, provides a new approach for studying the neural circuits that govern behavior and has important implications for how scientists think about neural connectomes.

Socialist Corbyn wins UK Labour leadership in landslide
Radical leftwinger Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday won the crown of Britain’s main opposition Labour party in a landslide victory, becoming the nation’s most left-wing political leader for over 30 years. …The newly-elected leader condemned “grotesque levels of inequality” and “an unfair welfare system” in his victory speech to party members in central London.

Obama: China cyber attacks ‘unacceptable’
US President Barack Obama has said that alleged Chinese cyber attacks are “not acceptable”, ahead of a visit from Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Several hacks on US institutions have been blamed on China, including one involving millions of government staff. Mr Obama said the US needed to be more rapid in its response to such attacks.

US man ‘posed as Australian jihadist and plotted 9/11 bomb’
A 20-year-old from Florida is accused of posing as an Australian jihadist and trying to help plan an attack on a 9/11 memorial in Missouri. US officials charged Joshua Goldberg with distributing information on explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction. Mr Goldberg chatted online with an undercover FBI agent, offering information on bomb building.

Sources say Russian weapons in Syria are defensive, housing erected for 1500 soldiers
The first weapons systems have arrived the Russian base in Syria, Western military and intelligence sources said on Saturday, adding that these new weapons are “defensive by nature.” These weapons, they claim, are to be used for base security as opposed to offensive military capabilities, as part of what the West believes is stepped-up military support for embattled President Bashar Assad.

Mexico Earthquake Today 2015: Terremoto Strikes Near Guatemala
USGS indicates to news that a 5.2 magnitude terremoto en Mexico started today September 11, 2015 moments ago. The quake began at 2:16 pm PST and was shallow. Reps indicate that hte quake started only 16 miles below sea level. As a result the quake could be felt across the vicinity. Officials tell news that the quake was 88 miles from Mapastepec. It was about 101 miles west of Huixtla. It was also about 222 miles from Guatemala City.

Strong earthquake jolts Tokyo; no tsunami risk or injuries reported
The magnitude-5.2 earthquake was 35 miles deep and was centered in Tokyo Bay, near Haneda Airport, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It struck at 5:49 a.m.

Crane Collapse at Mecca’s Grand Mosque Kills at Least 107 People
A towering construction crane toppled over on Friday during a violent rainstorm in the Saudi city of Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, crashing into the Grand Mosque and killing at least 107 people ahead of the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage later this month.

Murray: ‘Not on our watch’ will Republicans defund Planned Parenthood
Republicans are threatening to shut down the government over federal funding for Planned Parenthood. And while many political observers are comparing the current situation to that dramatic 2013 fight, it actually has a more relevant precedent: the April 2011 shutdown battle, where Republicans nearly succeeded in shutting down the federal government over a demand to defund Planned Parenthood.

Apocalypse Illinois: IOUs Projected to Hit $10.5 Billion, $163 Billion Total Accumulated Liabilities
Illinois is in serious fiscal trouble. Unpaid bills will hit about $10.5 billion later this year, counting unpaid lotto winners and state university bills. Lotto is a small problem overall, yet symbolic of the mess the state is in.

In pre-High Holidays call, Obama tells US rabbis he plans to meet soon with Netanyahu
President Barack Obama told rabbis in a pre-Rosh Hashanah phone call that security talks with Israel had resumed and he hoped to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by early next month.

Rick Perry abandons presidential run
After months of struggling to gain traction, former Texas governor Rick Perry on Friday said he is suspending his campaign, becoming the first Republican candidate to drop out of the crowded race for the White House.

Sandstorm plaguing Israel is worst in country’s history
Highest concentration of dust particles in air since creation of state in 1948, says Environment Ministry; weather expected to improve over weekend


Top Headlines – 9/13/2015

Report: Iran finds ‘unexpectedly high’ uranium reserve after Dems seal nuke deal for Obama

Iran Could See 4-5% Economic Growth in First 3 Years After Iran Deal, Report Says

Sen. Ted Cruz: We Can Still Stop the Iran Deal – Here’s How

Clashes erupt on the Temple Mount ahead of Jewish New Year

Beirut Conference Calls for Escalating Struggle Against Israel

Egypt’s Cabinet Resigns Days After Detention of a Minister

Report: Egyptian court sentences 12 to death for ISIS affiliation

Sources say Russian weapons in Syria are defensive, housing erected for 1500 soldiers

Germany’s Merkel sees need to cooperate with Russia on Syria

Germany gears up to receive 40,000 migrants over weekend

UN official: Syrian war seen displacing a million more in 2015

Tens of thousands march through London in solidarity with migrants

Thousands join ‘refugees welcome’ rallies as Hungary takes hard line

Eastern Bloc’s Resistance to Refugees Highlights Europe’s Cultural and Political Divisions

Canada announces money for Syrian refugees, but not taking more in

Will flood of Syrian refugees leave US vulnerable to attack?

Radical Islamists recruit male youths in refugee camps in Germany

Doctors warn of disease risk at Hungary refugee camp

Growing unrest in Turkey following deadly attacks by Kurdish militant group

High school student faces 11 months in jail for insulting Turkish president

Saudi Arabia blames stormy weather for deadly crane collapse, opens investigation

Mecca crane collapse ‘act of God’: Engineer

US man ‘posed as Australian jihadist and plotted 9/11 bomb’

Obama Staffers Party, Smoke Cuban Cigars on the Anniversary of Benghazi, 9/11 Terror Attacks

US Diplomat: Russian Sanctions to Stay Until Ukraine Truce Fully Honored

Russia’s Putin welcomes Ukraine ceasefire

Obama: China cyber attacks ‘unacceptable’

Report: No indication Clinton’s e-mail server was ‘wiped’

Drone policing in US seen as ‘Wild West’

Justice Breyer Sees Value in a Global View of Law

Expatriates choosing to leave the U.S. rather than pay taxes

This market is setting a wild volatility record

Video: Partial Solar Eclipse on September 13, 2015

6.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Topolobampo, Mexico

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Bilungala, Indonesia

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

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Lae, Papua New Guinea

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Topolobampo, Mexico

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near south of the Fiji Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Topolobampo, Mexico

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Shizunai, Japan

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 26,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 26,000ft

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 15,000ft

Japan Flood Disaster As Seen In Stunning Before/After Satellite Imagery

Wind, Rain from Post Tropical Storm Henri to Target Western Europe

Four firefighters injured in Northern California wildfire

California wildfire threatens ancient grove of Giant Sequoia trees

Poor nations want U.S. to pay reparations for extreme weather

Drive-through pot shops in Detroit worry Duggan, others

Elton John: I want to meet Putin over gay rights

Christian bus driver fired after refusing to drive Calgary ‘Gay Pride bus’

New Yorkers Less Receptive to Gospel of Jesus Christ 14 Years After 9/11, Says Mennonite Missionary


Top Headlines – 9/12/2015

House rebukes Obama’s nuclear accord with Iran in symbolic vote

Democrats Hand Victory to Obama on Iran Nuclear Deal

How the Iran Nuclear Deal Squeezed Through the Senate

Iran: The Americans Had ‘No Option’ Besides a Deal

Iran to take Parchin military site samples with IAEA present – diplomats

Hamas hatred: New documentary shows Iranian-backed terror group indoctrinating kids

‘We will prevail against militant Islam,’ Netanyahu vows in 9/11 tribute

‘Germany took our Jews and gave us Arabs,’ French right-winger says

‘Deadly arson attack in Duma was carried out by Jewish terrorists’

Sanhedrin Passes Judgement Against Pope Francis, Obama on Mt. Zion

80% of Israelis disapprove of religion-state relationship

Poll: 70% of European Jews conceal their religion

Original Balfour Declaration Presented to Netanyahus

Crane collapse kills 107 people at mosque in Mecca days before Hajj

Saudi Arabia takes zero refugees despite having 100,000 tents able to house 3 million people

War has forced half of Syrians from their homes. Here’s where they’ve gone.

Migrant crisis: People treated ‘like animals’ in Hungary camp

Syrian Refugee Crisis Gives Christians an Opportunity to Share Christ’s Love With Muslims, Christian Aid Mission Says

‘Russia sending advanced air defenses to help Syria’s Assad’

US believes about 200 Russian forces at Syria airfield-sources

Obama says Russia’s involvement in Syria indicates Assad is worried

Obama: Putin largely to blame for Syrian crisis, says Russian strategy is ‘doomed to failure’

Russian build-up in Syria part of secret deal with Iran’s Quds Force leader

Germany says would welcome Russian role in fighting ISIS

Al Qaeda Leader Al-Zawahiri Declares War on ISIS ‘Caliph’ Al-Baghdadi

Egypt says it has killed 98 Islamist militants in Sinai operation

Blast Kills 7 at Nigerian Camp for People Fleeing Boko Haram

At least 20 killed, 75 injured in Indian gas explosion

New Qualcomm Tech Could Lead to the Ultimate Drone

Israeli Internet merger to create $1.2-billion behemoth

Partial Solar Eclipse Sunday, Watch Live!

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Lae, Papua New Guinea

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Ichihara, Japan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Lae, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Mapastepec, Mexico

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

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kainantu, Papua New Guinea

With time ticking, earthquake warning system begins to take shape in Pacific Northwest

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 24,000ft

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 24,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Japan resumes search for 16 missing as flood evacuees wait to return home

Sandstorm plaguing Israel is worst in country’s history

California town of 2,700 told to prepare to leave as wildfire surges

British legislators overwhelmingly reject ‘right to die’ law

Scientists in China Create New Vaccines Using Body Parts From Nine Aborted Babies

Lawyer Who Defended Partial Birth Abortion: Dilation and Evacuation ‘A Very Humane Procedure’

Congress Discusses Planned Parenthood Baby Whose Face Was Cut Open with Scissors to Take Out Brain

Office Depot Refuses Pro-Life Woman’s Print Order Because It “Persecutes” Pro-Abortion People

Murray: ‘Not on our watch’ will Republicans defund Planned Parenthood

Homosexual Activists Tell Kim Davis: ‘We Will Kidnap Your Husband, Tie Him Up And Force Him To Watch Us Raping You. We Will Burn You Alive.’ Civil Unrest Is Coming To America

Rev. Graham: Obama’s Gay Activism ‘Opened Wide’ the ‘Floodgates of Acceptance’ of ‘Sexual Immorality’

‘McJobless in Seattle’ as order screens arrive: Labor Day reality check for $15 minimum wage


 

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This Weekend on LewRockwell.com

 

Weekend Edition, September 12-13, 2015

Thank You For Your Service, Huh, Yeah, Right…

Jack Perry on being an accomplice of the imperial racket.

Psychopaths Rule Us

Gerald Celente talks to Lew Rockwell about a possible antidote.

Gore Vidal’s ‘Empire’

Ira Katz on what it tells us about the American past and future.

When ‘Liberal’ Was Lost

How and why: some enduring lessons.

Washington’s Counter-Insurgency Strategy

Goes domestic. Article by William Norman Grigg.

Fourth Turning

Jim Quinn on the crisis of trust.

Power-Elite Dream

A European super-state. Article by Ryan McMaken.

Hundreds of Thousands Rally for Secession

They want their independence.

Take the Science Quiz

The average American can only manage a “C.”

What’s CoQ10 For?

The cardiovascular and immune systems, but we need more as we age, says Margaret Durst.

What’s the Best Survival Knife?

Tess Pennington on choosing the right compositions and characteristics.

Why Are Middle-Class Heroin Overdoses Skyrocketing?

Dr. Joseph Mercola on how prescription painkiller addiction works.

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Wall Street Expert: Clinton Foundation a ‘Vast Criminal Conspiracy’

Wall Street Expert: Clinton Foundation a ‘Vast Criminal Conspiracy’

Posted on September 13, 2015 by Tru News

Adding to Hillary Clinton’s concern that the FBI may open a criminal investigation into her use of a private email server is evidence among the emails recently released by the State Department that she maintained deep ties to the Clinton Foundation while serving as U.S. secretary of state. In a new report, Wall Street analyst …

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Obama kept key Iran nuclear deal details from Congress, House Republicans allege

Obama kept key Iran nuclear deal details from Congress, House Republicans allege

Posted on September 13, 2015 by Tru News

House Republicans will attempt a last-ditch effort to derail the Iran nuclear agreement by asserting President Obama has withheld key details of the deal from Congress, meaning the 60-day period for Capitol Hill’s review hasn’t even begun, GOP lawmakers said Wednesday. Read Full Article

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US Spies ‘Rebel’, Claim ISIS Intelligence being Manipulated

US Spies ‘Rebel’, Claim ISIS Intelligence being Manipulated

Posted on September 13, 2015 by Tru News

Senior military intelligence spies allege reports on ISIS, Nusra being ‘cooked’ in briefings with Obama to make it look like US is winning. More than 50 US military intelligence analysts have alleged their reports were “cooked”, or manipulated, to make it look like the US is winning its war against the ISIS and Al Qaeda …

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LGBT rights supporters begin civil rights campaign

LGBT rights supporters begin civil rights campaign

Posted on September 13, 2015 by Tru News

The anti-discrimination group Freedom Indiana launched a campaign Wednesday pushing for a new law giving equal rights and protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people statewide. “No one is asking for special rights. We’re just asking lawmakers to ensure fair treatment of groups of citizens who have historically been treated unequally, and we hope …

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Wake up, America. Our country is upside down

We are taking in thousands of refugees from Muslim countries without any idea who they are or what their motives are. Our border is wide open. Caitlyn Jenner is considered a hero, yet, the cops who risk their lives for us are being gunned down in the streets. The country is upside down.

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Before Welcoming Thousands of Syrian Refugees, We Should Consider What Somali Immigrants Have Brought the U.S.

With apologies to Golden Gopher fans, Minneapolis, Minn., is probably not most people’s idea of a destination city. Unless, that is, the traveler in question is Somali, in which case Minneapolis is the closest thing this side of the Atlantic to home. Thanks to American refugee-resettlement and family-reunification policies, Minneapolis has the dubious distinction of hosting the largest concentration of Somalis in the United States —

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‘Something is terribly wrong with the world’

“Our heads are spinning because things are happening so fast, and yet the pulpits are silent, and that’s the problem,” she charged. “The pulpits won’t talk about any of this. Whether they want to be politically correct, whether they don’t want to offend their members – whatever the reason, the pulpits are silent about the issues of the day, most of them, anyway.”

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Obama Staffers Party, Smoke Cuban Cigars on the Anniversary of Benghazi, 9/11 Terror Attacks

Top Obama administration and White House officials partied away on the night of the anniversary of 9-11 and the Benghazi terror attack.

State Department senior communications adviser Marie Harf and White House national security adviser Ben Rhodes joined some friends Friday for a night of partying at the Blackfinn Saloon blocks from the White House.

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San Francisco jails to house transgender inmates based on gender preference

According to the Los Angeles Times:

TransgenderBy the end of the year, San Francisco’s county jails will be among the first in the nation to house transgender inmates by their gender preference, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi said Thursday.

Currently, San Francisco County puts transgender inmates in an isolated wing of its downtown jail facility. But under the policy announced Thursday, Mirkarimi said, he hopes to have transgender inmates living with their preferred population before 2016.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-transgender-san-francisco-jails-20150910-story.html


Muslim terrorists promise “Afro-Americans” mercy if they assassinate & target “racist politicians”

Christian Examiner reports:

Al Qaeda’s newest edition of Inspire, a jihadist magazine aimed at recruiting terrorists from among the English-speaking world, encourages black Americans to rise up against their own government, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has reported.

In the Inspire article titled, “The Blacks in America,” a writer calling himself Abu Abdiliah Al-Moravid claims the recent killings of blacks such as Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Md., and nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., are unlike anything found in Islam.

http://www.christianexaminer.com/article/sept.11.al.qaeda.makes.overture.to.black.community.in.america.stokes.racial.strife/49492.htm


Is It Just A Coincidence That Two Amazing Signs Just Appeared On The 14th Anniversary Of 9/11?

Posted: 11 Sep 2015 07:56 PM PDT

Is it just me, or does our world seem to be getting stranger with each passing day? As an attorney, I was trained to be level-headed and skeptical, and in my writing I typically stick to facts that I can prove. But lately, a whole lot of things have been happening that I don’t have any rational explanation for. Just look at what happened on Thursday. On the eve of the 14th anniversary of 9/11, a double rainbow appeared over the site where the World Trade Center towers once stood. We’ll discuss possible meanings of that sign in a moment.

On Friday, a massive bolt of lightning caused a crane to collapse at the Grand Mosque in Mecca in Saudi Arabia. At least 107 people were killed and at least 238 others were injured. It turns out that this crane was owned by “the Saudi Binladin Group”. If that is a coincidence, it is an awfully bizarre one. The Grand Mosque surrounds the holiest site in all of Islam. So the fact that photos are circulating all over social media that show “the polished tiled floor of the mosque covered in rubble, bodies and pools of blood, and people fleeing the area bleeding and covered in soot” is a very, very big deal. Not only did this happen on the anniversary of 9/11, it also took place just before the Hajj is to begin. FULL REPORT

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Israel engulfed by worst sandstorm in nation’s history

Posted: 11 Sep 2015 07:14 PM PDT

The dense sandstorm that has blanketed Israel with thick yellowish-brown dust in recent days is the worst that the Jewish state has ever endured, the Environmental Protection Ministry said Friday. According to the ministry, the current storm, which began Tuesday, and the one experienced in February of this year have seen the highest concentration of dust particles in the air since the creation of the state in 1948, Channel 10 reported.

The storm is expected to continue throughout the weekend and begin dissipating Sunday. A sharp rise in temperature on Wednesday added to the already difficult weather conditions, and forecasters on Thursday predicted that the dust, heatwave and high humidity would only taper off Saturday evening.By its second day, the massive sandstorm broke both electricity usage and air pollution records across the country. FULL REPORT

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Atheists Attack Christian Teacher Who Wanted to Pray Over Her Students

Posted: 11 Sep 2015 06:42 PM PDT

An atheist organization forced a schoolteacher to paint over her board for student prayer requests. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, a division of the American Humanist Association, sent a letter to the Mississippi school district, threatening a lawsuit if teacher Randi Rogers did not remove her “prayer request” board. “The teacher’s actions in displaying the ‘Prayer Requests’ board, which she seems to acknowledge is illegal, and her insistence on continuing to take prayer requests and keep the board up (even if she must remove the word ‘prayer’) violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” the letter reads.

The Lamar County School District has since complied. The district went so far as to send memos to all principals, teachers and staff, directing them to not promote prayer or religion in school. “After consultation with our board attorney and discussion with the LCSD board, a decision has been made to remove the prayer request board at OGMS,” Superintendent Tess R. Smith wrote. “I am writing to everyone to remind you that, as public employees, you must refrain from using public classrooms to promote religion and prayer specifically.” FULL REPORT

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California wildfire forces evacuation of 2,700, threatens 6,000 structures

Posted: 11 Sep 2015 05:29 PM PDT

Roughly 2,700 people have been ordered to evacuate the town of San Andreas, California as a wildfire rages in the surrounding area, the Associated Press reported. A state of emergency has been declared. Images posted online show the fire creeping closer towards the town, with smoke filling the air.

The “Butte Fire,” as it’s been called, was described as “extremely dangerous” by California state fire spokeswoman Nancy Longmore, the AP stated. “It’s expanding like a balloon,” she said. “It’s moving very fast. There’s many homes threatened.” FULL REPORT

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California wildfire forces evacuation of 2,700, threatens 6,000 structures

Posted: 11 Sep 2015 05:29 PM PDT

Roughly 2,700 people have been ordered to evacuate the town of San Andreas, California as a wildfire rages in the surrounding area, the Associated Press reported. A state of emergency has been declared. Images posted online show the fire creeping closer towards the town, with smoke filling the air.

The “Butte Fire,” as it’s been called, was described as “extremely dangerous” by California state fire spokeswoman Nancy Longmore, the AP stated. “It’s expanding like a balloon,” she said. “It’s moving very fast. There’s many homes threatened.” FULL REPORT

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Saudi Kingdom Says “We Will Build 200 Mosques In Germany!”

Posted: 11 Sep 2015 02:32 PM PDT

Saudi Kingdom Says “We Will Build 200 Mosques In Germany!”SAUDI ARABIA HAS REPORTEDLY RESPONDED TO THE GROWING NUMBER OF PEOPLE FLEEING THE MIDDLE EAST FOR WESTERN EUROPE – BY OFFERING TO BUILD 200 MOSQUES IN GERMANY.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Germany, the same nation that brought you Hitler’s Holocaust just a generation ago, are about to themselves be victims of a new holocaust of jihad, one of their own making. Muslims are focusing their efforts on bringing down Germany, the strongest and wealthiest of all the EU nations. Muslims never assimilate, they patiently gather in number and when in large groups they attack. Just wait till no German pork store will be able to sell their products, and German beer? Fuggetaboutit. The nearly one million Muslim migrants will with one voice rise up and DEMAND Sharia concessions, and they will get them. Welcome to Germanistan.

Syria’s richer Gulf neighbours have been accused of not doing their fair share in the humanitarian crisis, with Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the UAE also keeping their doors firmly shut to asylum-seekers. According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, which quoted a report in the Lebanese newspaper Al Diyar, Saudi Arabia would build one mosque for every 100 refugees who entered Germany in extraordinary numbers last weekend. FULL REPORT

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Giant Double Rainbows Appear Above Ground Zero

Posted: 11 Sep 2015 12:10 PM PDT

On the eve of the 14th anniversary of September 11, 2001, New Yorkers saw something unusual across the sky. But this time, it wasn’t smoke or flashing lights from emergency vehicles. Instead, it was a quiet message of hope, as subtle as it was powerful:As one Facebook commenter pointed out, if you look closely you can see a double rainbow. “Twin bows for twin towers” FULL REPORT

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A Matter of Time Before ISIS ‘Holocaust’ Hits West

Posted: 11 Sep 2015 12:00 PM PDT

A Matter of Time Before ISIS 'Holocaust' Hits WestAfter the Holocaust, the world said “never again.” But a group of religious freedom fighters says the world is allowing genocide to happen again. ISIS is wiping out Christians in entire regions of the Middle East and Persian Gulf. Former Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has seen the evidence himself. “In 2003, there were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq.

Now the number is 300,000,” Wolf, with the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, said at the National Press Club. And ISIS declares it won’t stop there; it will bring this purging to the West. After years of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, America and its allies are tired of war. But that doesn’t mean the Islamic State’s genocidal killers are going to give the civilized world a pass. Professor Gregory Stanton, president of Genocide Watch, says Europe’s pacifism has done nothing but create a huge refugee crisis that probably won’t end until ISIS is defeated. FULL REPORT

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Palestinians now want flag ‘over occupied Jerusalem’

Posted: 11 Sep 2015 11:49 AM PDT

Palestinians now want flag ‘over occupied Jerusalem’Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday welcomed a UN decision authorizing Palestinians to raise their flag at its headquarters in New York. Abbas praised the 119 countries who supported the gesture, saying they were on the side of “truth and justice,” the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

“The struggle will continue until the Palestinian flag flies over our eternal capital, occupied Jerusalem,” he said. The Palestinians aspire to make East Jerusalem the capital of a future Palestinian state, while Israel claims sovereignty in the entire city.Outgoing Israeli ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor derided the resolution as an “empty symbol” and “political showmanship,” and said the Palestinian flag-raising effort had led the UN to “raise a white flag” and surrender its principals. FULL REPORT

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WAR DRUMS – Israel Conducts Airstrikes at Syrian Artillery Near Damascus

Posted: 11 Sep 2015 11:39 AM PDT

WAR DRUMS - Israel Conducts Airstrikes at Syrian Artillery Near DamascusThe Israeli Air Force has carried out airstrikes against an artillery position of the Syrian Army near the town of Zabadani, around 45 km (28 miles) from Syria’s capital Damascus, a military source told Sputnik on Thursday. “Israeli Air Force planes carried out airstrikes at an artillery position belonging to the Syrian Army,” the source said.

“The artillery was used to help the army repel attacks from militants in the eastern part of Zabadani.” The source added that Islamist militants attacked Syrian army positions on the east side of Zabadani in the early hours of Thursday. The Syrian military, supported by the artillery shelling, managed to repel the attack after a three-hour battle.  After the Israeli Air Force carried out the airstrike, militants reportedly launched a second assault attempt, also repelled by the government’s forces, according to the source. FULL REPORT

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Al-Qaida chief urges Muslims in US, West to carry out terror attacks

Posted: 13 Sep 2015 08:25 AM PDT

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri called on young Muslim men in the United States and other Western countries to carry out attacks inside there and urged greater unity between militants. “I call on all Muslims who can harm the countries of the crusader coalition not to hesitate. We must now focus on moving the war to the heart of the homes and cities of the crusader West and specifically America,” he said in an audio recording posted online on Sunday, referring to nations making up the Western-led coalition in Iraq and Syria.

He suggested Muslim youth in the West take the Tsarnaev and Kouachi brothers, who carried out the Boston marathon bombings and Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris respectively, and others as examples to follow. It was not clear when the recording was made but references to former Taliban leader Mullah Mohamed Omar as being alive suggest it is at least two months old. Omar’s death was announced by Afghanistan’s government in late July. FULL REPORT

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6.6 magnitude Earthquake Strikes Gulf of California

Posted: 13 Sep 2015 06:02 AM PDT

The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 has hit in the Gulf of California. It says the earthquake struck Sunday at 1:14 a.m. local time at a depth of 6 miles. The epicenter is 37 miles south-southwest of Topolobampo, Mexico.

The U.S. National Weather Service tweeted that no tsunami is expected from the earthquake. Mexico, which lies on three tectonic plates, is one of the world’s most seismically active regions. The Los Angeles Times

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Merkel calls in 4000 Troops as Germany faces migrant chaos

Posted: 13 Sep 2015 05:56 AM PDT

Germany has put 4,000 troops on standby as the country buckles under the pressure of the record-breaking number of migrants arriving in the country. The German Defence Minister has admitted that the country verges on “an emergency” after cracks have begun to emerge in the ‘German generosity’. Germany has been viewed as a leader on Europe’s worst refugee crisis for 70 years, with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s expectation that the country will take in 800,000 this year alone.

However, the move appears to have backfired as German towns struggle to process the unprecedented number of arrivals. Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said: “For this weekend alone we have put 4,000 soldiers on standby.” He added that the troops would be able “to pitch in in an emergency”. More migrants have arrived at Munich’s train station since the start of September than in the whole of 2014. FULL REPORT

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Geologists Brace for 9.0 Earthquake!

Posted: 13 Sep 2015 05:27 AM PDT

A 9.0 Earthquake such as the one that struck Japan back in March of 2011 produced a massive Tsunami and actually shifted the Earth’s axis! Now Geologists are sounding the alarm that we need to begin bracing for the next Mega-Quake to strike again! Allen Schauffler takes a look at what is being done in anticipation of an earthquake that can cause unprecedented damage. Check out the video below for more information.

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Gay rights group erects billboard in Kim Davis’ Kentucky town

Posted: 12 Sep 2015 09:26 PM PDT

A non-profit organization that advocates for LGBTQ rights has a big message for Rowan County (Kentucky) clerk Kim Davis — a message that is the size of a billboard, to be exact. Planting Peace erected a billboard in Davis’ hometown of Morehead, Ky., that reads: “Dear Kim Davis, The fact that you can’t sell your daughter for three goats and a cow means we’ve already redefined marriage.”

Aaron Jackson, president of Planting Peace, told USA TODAY that the intent of the billboard is to “expose how the anti-LGBT movement is selective in what rules to follow and how they choose to define ‘traditional’ institutions or values.”Davis came into the spotlight this month after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples on the grounds of her religious beliefs, despite the Supreme Court’s 5-4 landmark ruling that legalized same-sex marriage earlier this year. FULL REPORT

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The Bible Believer’s Guide To The Two Different Wars Of Ezekiel 38 And 39

Posted: 12 Sep 2015 09:20 PM PDT

THEREFORE, THOU SON OF MAN, PROPHESY AGAINST GOG, AND SAY, THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD; BEHOLD, I AM AGAINST THEE, O GOG, THE CHIEF PRINCE OF MESHECH AND TUBAL:

“And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:” Ezekiel 39:2 

There is a big difference when you study Bible prophecy through the filter of other people’s commentaries, and when you study it for yourself from the inerrant, preserved word of God. This is not to say that commentaires written by Godly bible believing teachers are not good, because many of them are. But they should only serve as a starting point for your scripture studies, they should not be a destination unto themselves. The 38th and 39th chapters of the prophet Ezekiel is where many students of prophecy get hopelessly tangled up because they have a lot of commonalities, but they also differ in many key aspects which prove they cannot be talking about the same war. It’s two different wars, separated by a minimum of 1,000 years. Let’s take a look and see what we find. FULL REPORT

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Shock Report: U.S. Military Misplaced Samples of Black Plague and Other Deadly Pathogens

Posted: 12 Sep 2015 09:02 PM PDT

What could possibly go wrong when you mix deadly pathogens with inept government bureaucracy? Well don’t look now, but the DoD is out warning that the army might have also mishandled samples of the black plague which isn’t known to be dangerous unless you count the time it wiped out 60% of Europe’s entire population. Here’s more from CNN: The U.S. Department of Defense is looking into possible mishandling of bubonic plague and equine encephalitis samples at its laboratories, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday.
The new inquiry is part of an investigation into the mishandling of anthrax at Department of Defense labs, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said. The department hasn’t determined whether samples containing plague bacteria and specimens of the deadly virus were shipped from its labs, Cook said.

The latest investigation started after CDC inspectors found a sample of the plague in a freezer outside of a containment area on August 17 at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland, Cook said. Investigators are working to determine whether the sample posed an “infectious threat,” Cook said. Army tests found it was not infectious. “That’s the scientific work that’s being done at this particular time, determining exactly what happened there, and whether or not … there was mislabeling,” he said. FULL REPORT

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Kentucky clerk Kim Davis isn’t the only one denying couples marriage licenses

Posted: 12 Sep 2015 08:46 PM PDT

Marriage officiants in several states are quietly refusing to wed same-sex couples by dropping out of the business altogether, a strategy that could test the limits of the US constitution. The most high-profile public official to skirt performing marriages is Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue licenses to same-sex couples under “God’s authority.”

Her deputies are now performing the duty. Most other officials who once refused to marry same-sex couples dropped their opposition after enforcement of the US supreme court’s landmark ruling in June. Now, in North Carolina, Alabama and other states, officiants have opted out of marrying both gay and straight couples to express moral opposition to the court’s decision. But some legal experts believe government officials can’t stop all marriage to avoid wedding same-sex couples without running afoul of the constitution. FULL REPORT

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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)


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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Why Are There So Many Atheists on College Campuses?

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For the last several years I have done a lot of outreach on a major college campus. I have also been the director r of an apologetics ministry as well. On the college campus where I am there are a lot of atheists. One a weekly basis, I must talk to at least four to five atheists a week. Of course, I also talk to plenty of agnostics as well. But over the years I have seen several patterns emerge. In other words, when I probe deeper and ask students why they are atheists or how they define their atheism, I see the same things. So here is what I continue to see:

1. Students/people don’t know how to think about God 

How do we know God exists?  Over the years, when I have been asked this question, I used to just jump to an argument for God. I would sit…

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What’s the difference between Apocalyptic Islam & the “last days” according to Bible prophecy? Glad you asked….

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

Bible-HebrewmanuscriptUPDATED: Shana Tova! Sunday evening at sundown in Israel begins a new Jewish year. And as we begin, the region is full of anxiety over what the future holds.

The good news is that the God of the Bible is the God who knows the future, is all sovereign over the past, present and future, and even gives us a glimpse into the future through prophecy. This year, more than ever, I encourage you to read through — and study careful — the entire Bible, both Old and New Testaments, and especially the prophecies that tell us what the future holds.

Since publishing an article and two fact sheets (here and here) about the nature and threat of “Apocalyptic Islam,”people have been asking me numerous questions.

Among them:

  1. Don’t Christians and Jews also believe in the End of Days?
  2. Are you criticizing all people who study, believe…

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Is Kong Hee being fairly or unfairly persecuted by the Singapore government?

PERSECUTION: WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

We want to remind people why Kong Hee and his church are being ‘persecuted’ by the government.

CHC and Phil Pringle of C3 Church have reported that the Singaporean government has been unfairly persecuting Kong Hee and CHC because of their Christian mission in Singapore. We have extensively recorded (mainly Pringle) for promoting this at his Presence Conferences.

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The idea presented at CHC, C3 and other places around the world is that Kong Hee is being persecuted as a Christian minister by a pagan government. Supposedly this persecution has fallen on him because of his successful ministry in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to a pagan nation. Pringle specifically has portrayed Kong Hee suffering like the Apostle Paul to his church and the thousands of churches that attend his Presence Conferences. Kong Hee has also portrayed himself being persecuted the same way that…

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As the Jewish New Year begins, U.S. & world leaders keep saying the Iran deal will bring “peace & safety.” They repeat it like a mantra. Why, especially when Israelis don’t believe it?

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

President Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon believe the Iran deal will bring peace and safety. President Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon believe the Iran deal will bring peace and safety.

As we begin the Jewish New Year on Sunday evening, many Israelis — both Jews and Arabs — are anxious about what the coming year holds. And the Iran nuclear deal has only increased their concerns.

Why do President Obama, the U.N. Secretary General, and most leaders of the international community support the Iran agreement so strongly, while only 21% of the American people support it, and most Americans and Israelis see the deal as deeply flawed and dangerous?

This is the question I keep being asked in interviews, and it’s an important one.

The short answer is that most world leaders say the Iran deal is “historic” and support it because they are convinced it wil put the world on the path to “peace and safety.”

As you can see from the list of quotes I have compiled below…

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Six Signs That You May Be Ashamed of the Gospel

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Given this was one of the most popular posts of 2014, I have decided to re post it. Enjoy!

We are living in a day of religious pluralism and theological illiteracy. On a very general level many Christians have been told they need to share the Gospel with people. But why? What is it that motivates you to even engage the culture for the Christian faith? Or maybe you just don’t engage it all. Overseas, Christians are being persecuted and killed for their beliefs. So don’t take it for granted that we have the freedom to share what we believe with others.

1. The Starting Point

If you don’t agree with the following syllogism, it makes it hard to want to share your faith: 1. The New Testament documents are historically reliable evidence. 2. The historical evidence of the New Testament shows that Jesus is God incarnate. This claim to…

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How same-sex marriage will be used as a weapon against religious conservatives

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This Public Discourse article talks about the new “Equality Act” proposed by Democrats who are anxious to destroy Judeo-Christian values by using the government as a weapon against faith-based organizations, and individuals.

Excerpt:

So, in concrete terms, what would the proposed law do? Here are just a few of the potential areas of impact, given how the Equality Act would amend various provisions of the Civil Rights Act:

– Employment: would amend Title VII to create new protected classes for “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” with no countervailing exemptions for faith-based organizations that maintain internal standards of sexual conduct rooted in longstanding religious tenets.

– Federal Programs: would amend Title VI, historically limited to race, color, and national origin, to create new protected classes for “sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,” with no countervailing protections for faith-based providers who willingly serve every program-eligible person…

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Misunderstanding the Law: Antinomianism and Legalism

The Reformed Reader

The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way In, The Christian Faith,Mike Horton has some helpful notes that help steer Christians clear of both antinomianism and legalism.  Here are a few parts of a longer section:

In many respects, antinomianism and legalism share the same misunderstandings of the law.  Like human laws, God’s laws are not abstract principles for living but are stipulations in a covenant.  God’s law functions differently depending on the type of covenant.  In a covenant of law, the principle is, ‘Do this and you shall live; break it and you shall die.’  The basis of blessings and curses is personal fulfillment of the covenant’s terms.  However, in the covenant of grace, the basis is the personal fulfillment of the law by our representative head and his bearing of the covenant curses on the cross.  In this exchange – our sins imputed to Christ and his righteousness imputed to us – we are…

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GodLife: Why Should We Forgive Others?

Scripture:

“A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other. But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?” Luke 7:41-42 (NLT)

Once Jesus shared a meal with a very judgmental person. He used this story to show that a person who understands their debt and receives forgiveness will have great love for the one who forgives. Being judgmental and unforgiving shows that you have little regard for God’s forgiveness.

Click here to keep reading about forgiveness.

Who are the genuine children of God

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

28 Καὶ νῦν, τεκνία, μένετε ἐν αὐτῷ, ἵνα ἐὰν φανερωθῇ σχῶμεν παρρησίαν καὶ μὴ αἰσχυνθῶμεν ἀπʼ αὐτοῦ ἐν τῇ παρουσίᾳ αὐτοῦ. 29 ἐὰν εἰδῆτε ὅτι δίκαιός ἐστιν, γινώσκετε ὅτι καὶ πᾶς ὁ ποιῶν τὴν δικαιοσύνην ἐξ αὐτοῦ γεγέννηται. (1 John 2:28-29 NA28)

28 And now little children, abide in him that when he is manifested, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you also know that everyone practicing righteousness has been born of him. (1 John 2:28-29 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

I am sure many of you have ran across the following video lately that many younger “Christian leaders” are saying defines Christianity in the eyes of the “Millennials.”

In 1 John 2:28-3:10, the Apostle John gives us “evidence” that is most definitely not “politically correct” that will enable us to determine…

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