Daily Archives: September 23, 2015

September 23, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

September 21 Quotes


We Attain Heaven Through Faith Alone

We confess explicitly that faith alone is the instrument of our justification and our salvation. As it was for Noah in the flood and for the Israelites at the Red Sea, so it is for us. We are united to Christ by the Spirit through faith alone and through faith alone we commune with him and through faith alone we have been delivered, we are being delivered, and we shall be delivered. Through faith we inherit eternal life.

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Why Should We Come to Church?

First, one of the main signs of the Spirit’s presence is a desire for God’s Word, of which the Spirit himself is the Author.  Therefore, true Christians love God’s Word and desire to be taught its doctrines.  (If you look back at Peter’s sermon in Acts 2, you will find that it is remarkably filled with doctrine.)  Second, Christians need to be protected from ignorance and empowered by biblical knowledge.

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Spiritual Fruits vs. Self-Righteous Fruits

Faced with our own barren tree, we often attempt to achieve in our own strength what is not growing in our hearts. We determine that we will act lovingly to that unlovable person, be kind to that annoying relative, or faithfully serve in that ministry (while grumbling to ourselves about it). We will work harder, be more disciplined, and pick ourselves up by our proverbial bootstraps and get on with it.

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I’m a Christian but I’d Rather Be Cool Than Talk About Jesus

This strategy isn’t working really. I know that I need to have boldness and reach out, and yet I don’t. My swaggar is winning no one to Christ. You see, when I start talking about how cool and relevant I am? That’s lame. Seriously it’s lame. I don’t think non Christians are looking for good alcohol or a great tobacco or single-origin coffee or tattoos or a great man bun or a mountain bike. They’ve got that in plentiful supply. So why do I keep selling that? Why do we keep selling our relevance, when it’s not what they need or even want?

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4 Questions to Ask an Older Woman

In spite of the Titus mandate, we older women are sometimes hesitant to say or do anything because:
1) We hear horror stories of well-intentioned women who offer unsolicited advice to others, and it is not welcomed. We are afraid that our motives could be misunderstood.
2) We are aware that our Christian life/love of husband/parenting skill/knowledge of the Word is not all that it should be. We feel that we are inadequate trainers.

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20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Exegesis

Business Insider recently published an Infographic entitled 20 Cognitives Biases that Affect Your Decision-Making. If Infographics do nothing for you, I’ve summarized the information below. Have a look through and ask yourself: How many of these biases can also affect our exegetical decision-making. There were only two I found that I couldn’t match with exegetical biases (#13 & 19). But maybe you can suggest ways in which these might apply as well.

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5 Things Adoptive Families Wish Their Churches Knew

Adopted children come with a variety of stories. Some may have been abused or neglected. Some may have witnessed and experienced horrific and traumatic things. Some may have developmental delays or a physical disability. Whatever their stories are, they are not our business unless the parents choose to tell us. But we have to be respectful of whatever unique needs they have.

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New Report Shows Planned Parenthood Bilks Medicaid

One of the most recent discoveries happened during a March 2015 audit, when Texas looked into the practices of Planned Parenthood of North Texas. Out of a sample of 210 bills sent to Medicaid, 51 duplicated fees or otherwise inflated prices. The audit concluded the Planned Parenthood affiliate wrongfully billed Medicaid $129,028. Earlier, the Texas Ethics Commission fined the same abortion center for failing to report more than $25,000 in campaign contributions to Wendy Davis and other pro-abortion candidates.

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You Were Made to Shine!

by Erin Davis

Do you see yourself as a bright city, made to shine like a sparkling diamond, or a run-down neighborhood, not worth fixing?

Broken Windows and Your Beauty

by Erin Davis

Why what you think affects how you live.

What I Learned from Visiting Corrie ten Boom’s House

by Bethany Baird

What can a girl who stood up to Nazis teach you about following Christ?

Is Love Boring?

by Erin Davis

I’m prone to chase the feeling that love gives me instead of true love. You, too? What if we’d stop chasing the warm fuzzies and start cultivating a heart for God-defined love?


Phyllis Tickle, who championed a church paradigm shift, is dead

Berean Research has the report:

It was lung cancer. Sadly, the emergent-New Ager clung to her teachings that Christendom must evolve. She frequently appeared with Brian McLaren, Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt and those of other faiths to ring in a new era in the modern Church. (See “Emerging Towards Convergence”)

Tickle believed that throughout history, the Christian Church evolves every 500 years or so, and we are ripe for another paradigm shift. She wrote a book, Embracing Emergence Christianity: Phyllis Tickle on the Church’s Next Rummage Sale. Here is the publisher’s description of this latest apostasy:

Phyllis Tickle, who championed a church paradigm shift, is dead


Strangers And Aliens (1): Christ’s Abounding Graces (1 Peter 1:1–2)

I suspect this sort of idea is difficult for some of us to receive with joy. It is not on many of our agendas to to be so identified with Christ, in this hostile world, as to be required to suffer and die for him. It was only Peter’s agenda, however, and therefore on God’s agenda. Remember, the Lord Jesus had promised Peter, “when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go” (John 21.18). Jesus predicted Peter’s martyrdom and Peter was, in effect predicting suffering, if not martyrdom for his readers.

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Witsius: Works Are Necessary Effects And Evidences Of Salvation

For because Paul had taught, that a man is justified by faith without works, hence some inferred, that in whatever manner a man live, it, equally suffices, that he persuade himself that Christ is his Saviour. Which they could have inferred with no plausibility, if that had been evident which the very learned man will […]

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Transgendered Catholic meets Pope at the White House

Did you ever imagine a headline like this? The celebration of sin at our own White House, with our president and the so-called “Holy Father” is stunning to those of us who know what the Bible teaches. See Marsha West’s article, “GLAAD-handing: Obama invites gay rights activists to meet Pope Francis”. With that as the […]

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On Divine Grace and Judgment

Biblical truth is vitally important and needs to be restated, reaffirmed and re-defended on a regular basis. This is partly so because biblical truth is so very often twisted, perverted and abused. Thus we find the New Testament writers constantly insisting on the vital importance of sound doctrine and solid biblical teaching.

They were fully aware of how much false teaching and how many false teachers were wreaking havoc amongst the churches. So they were constantly engaged in teaching the flock, reteaching, and teaching again. One can never spend too much time on teaching biblical truth.

Yet today most churches actually play down or minimise sound teaching. They think doctrine is a secondary matter at best, and so they spend most of their time on offering “how-to” sermons: how to live your best life now, how to feel good about yourself, how to lose weight for Jesus – all the things the early church never focused on at all.

jesus 19And if there is teaching, often it is woefully bad teaching – teaching which is substandard and sub-biblical. And I am speaking about pastors and Christian leaders here who should know better. They of all people should have the basics of biblical Christianity down pat, but too often they cannot even get that right.

Examples of this are to be found everywhere. Let me offer just one. Sadly one well-known Christian leader posted something recently which I was staggered to read. I had to read it three times to finally be convinced that he really was saying something this theologically and biblically confused. He posted this:

For those prophets stating that God is about to pour out his judgement on the world, you are taking away from Jesus sacrifice on the cross….. All Gods wrath and anger was poured out on him. we live under the dispensation of Grace, not judgment and it is an affront to our Lord to state otherwise. Even under the Old Testament Abraham talked God down from his wrath on Sodom, if there were but 10 righteous in the land……today we only need one – Jesus is our righteousness, He is our Lord who paid the price and redeemed us from the curse.

Wow, there is so much silliness, confusion and muddled theological thinking here that I don’t even know where to begin. But I must begin somewhere, so let me state that he seems to have no or little clue as to what the biblical story line is all about.

He offers us the incredibly unbiblical notion that somehow we are now living in a time of grace (whatever that means) and before this it was all judgment. Um, how can he say this if he has read the Bible through cover to cover? How can any leader make such a patently false and mischievous statement?

The simple truth is this: God always has been and always will be a God of grace, and he has always dealt graciously with us. God was gracious when he created the world. God was gracious when he made Adam and Eve. God was gracious when he provided coverings for the pair after they sinned.

God was gracious when he spared Noah and his family. God was gracious when he chose a godly line to represent him and bring in the Messiah. God was gracious when he rescued Abraham and Lot. God was gracious when he preserved his people in Egypt during times of great famine.

God was gracious when he delivered his people at the Exodus. God was gracious when he led his people through the wilderness. God was gracious when he gave his people the law. God was gracious when he raised up the judges. We could go on and on like this for pages. Everything God did in the OT was an act of grace.

But there is another fully biblical truth which we must never lose sight of: God always has been and always will be a God of justice, righteousness and holiness. Because of that, he must always act against that which defies his character and who he is.

Thus God judges sin, unrighteousness and evil all the time. He did so in the Old Testament and he does so in the New Testament. That divine judgment has not stopped after Calvary is plain to see if we simply read the book of Acts and the epistles.

Thinks of Ananias and Sapphira being struck dead; of Herod being struck down; of Elymas being struck blind; of Hymenaeus and Alexander being handed over to Satan; and so on. Judgment happens throughout the NT, and we see this in full flight in the book of Revelation.

This book is given over to judgment – and Jesus Christ is the righteous judge who does all the judging. Unfortunately it seems our leader cited above is not clear on these basics of Christianity. Yes Jesus judged our sin at the cross, and all those who avail themselves of that substitutionary atonement through faith and repentance are spared final judgment.

But even the believer is still judged in terms of chastisement, in terms of discipline, and in terms of a future judgment of his works. But individuals and nations that continue to shake their fists at God are of course still under the his wrath.

They face the just wrath and judgment of God continuously. If they do not turn in repentance, they will face the music fully when Christ returns. And reprobate and godless nations, which were routinely judged by Yahweh in the OT, are still in the same position today.

While we may not have the same sure word of the prophets as to how and when this is happening as we did in the OT, there is no reason to believe that God no longer cares about and deals with the nations today. Indeed, that message comes through loud and clear in Revelation.

The simple truth is, God does not change, he has not changed, and he will not change. He is forever a God of wonderful grace. But he is also forever a just, pure and holy God who cannot countenance sin in any way. Yes, Calvary was the provision for this for individuals if they accept it and submit to it.

But that does not for a moment mean that he ceases to be holy or angry with sin. His just wrath will alway burn against sin, because he always will be utterly holy and righteous. God today offers the same thing he has always offered to fallen man: grace and judgment.

Indeed, it can rightly be argued that even in his acts of judgment he is being merciful. They actually belong together. It is not a case of choosing which one we might prefer. They are both part of who God is, and we must embrace him fully with all his attributes working as one.

That we can all escape the final act of wrath and judgment if we come to Christ on the basis of what he did for us 2000 years ago is a glorious truth and one we must always proclaim and celebrate. But we must also proclaim and celebrate the fact that God is holy and just, and he will always judge sin. He has to, or he would not be God.

Hundreds of passages can be appealed to here, and in other articles I discuss many of them. Here let me remind you that what we find in Romans 1:18-32 is one of the most important and most powerful passages on these matters – and it was written after Calvary I might add.

Whole libraries are filled with commentary on this significant section of Paul’s epistle. Let me appeal to just one which so well explains what this is all about. R. C. Sproul in his discussion of this portion of Romans says this:

Three times in this section we read about human beings being given up by God. They are given up to their vile passions, the lust of the flesh, and their reprobate minds. When God judges people according to the standard of his righteousness, he is declaring that he will not strive with mankind forever. We hear all the time about God’s infinite grace and mercy. I cringe when I hear it. God’s mercy is infinite insofar as it is mercy bestowed upon us by a Being who is infinite, but when the term infinite is used to describe his mercy rather than his person, I have problems with it because the Bible makes very clear that there is a limit to God’s mercy. There is a limit to his grace, and he is determined not to pour out his mercy on impenitent people forever. There is a time, as the Old Testament repeatedly reports, particularly in the book of the prophet Jeremiah, that God stops being gracious with people, and he gives them over to their sin.
The worst thing that can happen to sinners is to be allowed to go on sinning without any divine restraints. At the end of the New Testament, in the book of Revelation when the description of the last judgment is set forth, God says, ‘He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still’ (Rev. 22:11). God gives people over to what they want. He abandons them to their sinful impulses and removes his restraints, saying in essence, ‘If you want to sin, go ahead and sin.’ This is what theologians call ‘judicial abandonment.’ God, in dispensing his just judgment, abandons the impenitent sinner forever.

Given that the sin homosexuality is singled out by Paul in this section of Scripture as the predominant example of why sinful man deserves the wrath of God, it seems we can say with full assurance that the West is long overdue for God’s righteous judgment. Despite what the leader I quoted may think, we are exactly at the place that Paul speaks about here.

If God judges Washington or San Francisco or Los Angeles or Canberra or Sydney today for this and other grievous sins, he would be entirely justified in doing so. The fact that individuals can now find the forgiveness of God based on what Jesus did at the cross does not in the least take away from the truths enunciated here in Romans, or in Revelation, or in the entire NT.

Because I think Sproul is so utterly spot on here, let me quote him again in closing, this time from his book The Holiness of God:

God’s grace is not infinite. God is infinite, and God is gracious. We experience the grace of an infinite God, but grace is not infinite. God sets limits to his patience and forbearance. He warns us over and over again that someday the ax will fall and His judgment will be poured out.
Since it is our tendency to take grace for granted, my guess is that God found it necessary from time to time to remind Israel that grace must never be assumed. On rare but dramatic occasions He showed the dreadful power of His justice. He killed Nadab and Abihu. He killed Uzzah. He commanded the slaughter of the Canaanites. It is as if He were saying, “Be careful. While you enjoy the benefits of my grace, don’t forget my justice. Don’t forget the gravity of sin. Remember that I am holy.”


The Canaanites, Child Sacrifice And Abortion

Fertility rites and child sacrifice were the hallmarks of Canaanite worship — and yet they appealed to many Israelites. Should we be shocked, or look in the mirror?.…… Click here for full story


ISIS Using Churches As Torture Chambers, Forcing Christians To Convert Or Die

The head of a Christian humanitarian organization reports that the Islamic State terrorist organization has turned captured church buildings into torture chambers that are being used to coerce Iraqi Christians into renouncing Christ and converting to IS’ brand of radical Islam………… Click here for full story


Millions Of Jews Have Begun Searching For The Messiah, Atonement

Today, some 300,000 Jews around the world are followers of Jesus. And millions of Jews are searching for the Messiah and thus reading the Hebrew prophecies, and comparing them with the writings of the New Testament, and trying to decide whether Jesus really is the Messiah we have desperately longed for over so many centuries……… Click here for full story


Obama-Pope Lovefest On Day Of Atonement

The 10 “days of awe” between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, were to be used to take stock of one’s sins and concentrate on repentance before a holy God. America, like the ancient Israelites, has plenty to take stock of this year ……….. Click here for full story


How Much Closer Are We Now? – Markell

By Jan Markell

We hear so much about “converging signs” today. The Bible speaks about end-time signs that will increase like birth pangs near the end. I think we have passed the birth pang process, frankly.

As a popular TV preacher said, “We’re no longer in Kansas, nor the Land of Oz.” Like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”, we’re looking around and seeing that everything is different. Everything we once took for granted and considered normal has been fundamentally transformed and usually not for the better.

But God is allowing it all, even if He isn’t orchestrating chaos, as He is not a God of chaos.

Have you noted recent major stories and how they confirm the words of those of us saying that things aren’t falling apart, they are falling in place. Stories like . . .

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BORN AGAIN BABYLON: U.N Plan to Bring In Luciferian Global State

By Paul McGuire

From September 25 – 27th 2015 the United Nations will present its new fifteen-year plan entitled “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Pope Francis will attend to proclaim The Gospel of “Sustainable Development,” and world leaders and the heads of powerful Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) will organize a planetary transformation so monumental that Nimrod would be proud. This UN plan masquerades as global movement that will end poverty everywhere on Earth through “sustainable development,” “social justice,” and “equal rights to economic resources.”

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7 Traits of False Teachers

A false teacher can be anyone in a position of spiritual authority or claiming to be. Wolves don’t often attack wolves, but they do go after sheep. They bring destructive teachings and lies into the church, often by telling people what they want to hear (Jer. 23). They provide layers of truth mixed with error, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.

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Is the Antichrist a Muslim?

This is one of the questions I’m asked most often – especially in recent years.

For centuries, the overwhelming majority of those who have studied bible prophecy have claimed the Antichrist will come from a revived Roman Empire headquartered in Western Europe. But recent events in the Middle East, such as the rise of ISIS, have led some people to question that claim. They say the Antichrist will be a Muslim headquartered in the Middle East. Could this be true? Let’s examine what the Bible says.

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The Truth About The Roman Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic Church claims to have started in Matthew 16:18 when Christ supposedly appointed Peter as the first Pope. However, the honest and objective student of the Scriptures and history soon discovers that the foundation of the Roman church is none other than the pagan mystery religion of ancient Babylon.

The church and it’s true beginnings. While enduring the early persecutions of the Roman government (65-300 A.D.), most of professing Christianity went through a gradual departure from New Testament doctrine concerning church government, worship and practice. Local churches ceased to be autonomous by giving way to the control of “bishops” ruling over hierarchies. The simple form of worship from the heart was replaced with the rituals and splendor of paganism. Ministers became “priests,” and pagans became “Christians” by simply being sprinkled with water. This tolerance of an unregenerate membership only made things worse. SPRINKLED PAGANISM is about the best definition for Roman Catholicism.

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The Roman Emperor Constantine established himself as the head of the church around 325 A.D., which made this new “Christianity” the official religion of the Roman Empire. The first actual Pope in Rome was probably Leo I (440-461 A.D.), although some claim that Gregory I was the first (590-604 A.D.). This ungodly system eventually ushered in the darkest period of history known to man, properly known as the “Dark Ages” (500-1500 A.D.). Through popes, bishops, and priests, Satan ruled Europe, and Biblical Christianity became illegal.

Throughout all of this, however, there remained individual groups of true Christians, such as the Waldensens and the Anabaptists who would not conform to the Roman system.

The Worship of Mary

“The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead [their] dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.” Jeremiah 7:18

Roman Catholics believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus, remained a virgin after the birth of Jesus and was sinless all of her life. She is worshiped in the Catholic church as the “Mother of God” and the “Queen of Heaven.” St. Bernard stated that she was crowned “Queen of Heaven” by God the Father, and that she currently sits upon a throne in Heaven making intercession for Christians.

The Bible teaches otherwise. In the Bible, Mary was a sinner just like the rest of us. She said herself that she needed a “Saviour” (Lk. 1:47), and she even had to offer a sacrifice for her sins in Luke 2:24. Jesus was only her “firstborn” son, according to Matthew 1:25, because she later had other children as well (Mt. 13:55; Gal. 1:19; Psa. 69:8). There’s only ONE mediator between God and men, and it isn’t Mary (I Tim. 2:5). The last time we hear from Mary in the Bible she is praying WITH the disciples, not being prayed to BY the disciples (Acts 1:14). The Bible never exalts Mary above anyone else. Neither should we.

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Purgatory & The Bible

The Catholic Church teaches that a Christian’s soul must burn in purgatory after death until all of their sins have been purged. To speed up the purging process, money may be paid to a priest so he can pray and have special masses for an earlier release.

This heresy began creeping into the Roman Church during the reign of Pope Gregory around the end of the sixth century, and it has no scriptural support. In fact, Jesus warned us about this pagan practice in Matthew 23:14 when He spoke of those who devoured widows houses and made long prayers for a pretence. Psalm 49:6-7 tells us that a person couldn’t redeem a loved one, even if such a place did exist: “They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:”

Peter addresses this issue in Acts 8:20 when he says, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.” God’s word is clearly against the doctrine of purgatory.

The Mass & The Bible

By perverting the Christian practice of the Lord’s Supper (Mat. 26:26-28; I Cor. 11:23-27), the Catholic Church has created the Mass, which they believe to be a continual sacrifice of Jesus Christ:

“Christ…commanded that his bloody sacrifice on the Cross should be daily renewed by an unbloody sacrifice of his body and blood in the Mass under the simple elements of bread and wine.” (The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 10, Pg. 13, Article: “Mass, Sacrifice of”)

Jesus never made such a command. If you’ll check the above references in Matthew 26 and I Corinthians 11, you’ll see for yourself that the Lord’s Supper is a MEMORIAL and a SHOWING of Christ’s death until He comes again. It is not a sacrifice. The Catholic Encyclopedia states the following:

In the celebration of the Holy Mass, the bread and wine are changed into the body and blood of Christ. It is called transubstantiation, for in the Sacrament of the Eucharist the substance of bread and wine do not remain, but the entire substance of bread is changed into the body of Christ, and the entire substance of wine is changed into his blood, the species or outward semblence of bread and wine alone remaining.” (Vol. 4, pg. 277, Article: “Consecration”)

The Catholic Church teaches that the “Holy Mass” is a LITERAL EATING AND DRINKING OF THE LITERAL FLESH AND BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. The priest supposedly has the power to change the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.

Now, what does God’s word say about such practices? If you’ll read Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 17:11-12, and Acts 15:29, you will find that God absolutely FORBIDS the drinking of blood all through the Bible.

Rome teaches that the Mass is a continual “sacrifice” of Jesus Christ, but God’s word states that Jesus made the FINAL sacrifice on Calvary! This is made perfectly clear in Hebrews 10:10-12:

“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.”

The mass is unnecessary and unscriptural.

Salvation by Works

Through infant baptism, keeping sacraments, church membership, going to mass, praying to Mary, and confession (just to mention a few), the Catholic church has developed a system of salvation through WORKS. God’s word says that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not through works:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9)

“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” (Romans 4:5)

Jesus Christ came into this world to lay down His sinless life for YOU–to pay for your sins, because you couldn’t. Jesus is your only hope for salvation. Only by receiving Him as your Saviour can you enter the gates of Heaven. There is no other way.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)

The Lord Jesus Christ has come and PAID for your sins by shedding His own Blood on Calvary. By receiving Him as your Saviour, you can be WASHED from all your sins in His precious Blood (Rev. 1:5; Col. 1:14; Acts 20:28; I Pet. 1:18-19). Notice these important words from Romans 5:8-9:

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

Jesus PAID your way to Heaven for you! By receiving Him as your Saviour, you will be receiving God’s ONLY means of Salvation for you. Are you willing to forsake YOUR righteousness and receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your ONLY HOPE for Salvation? Romans 10:13 says, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:9 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Are you willing to forsake your own righteousness, and trust Jesus Christ alone? He will save you just as He promised. Why not receive Him today and trust Him to give you a better way of life? source


Do The Intricacies Of This World Point To A Designer? (Video)

J. Warner Wallace, author of God’s Crime Scene, was interviewed by Bobby Conway (The One Minute Apologist) and discussed the appearance of fine-tuning in the universe. Can this fine-tuning be explained from physical necessity, random chance or any other “natural” explanation, or is a Divine Designer the most reasonable inference? (For more information related to Bobby’s great ministry, visit: http://oneminuteapologist.com/)

To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.


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The Doctrines of Grace: By His Grace and for His Glory

“Those who have received salvation are to attribute it to sovereign grace alone, and to give all the praise to Him, who makes them to differ from others.” —Jonathan Edwards

The doctrines of grace are so called because these five major headings of theology, often identified as the five points of biblical Calvinism, contain the purest expression of the saving grace of God. Each of these five doctrines—radical depravity, sovereign election, definite atonement, irresistible call, and preserving grace—supremely display the sovereign grace of God. These five headings stand together as one comprehensive statement of the saving purposes of God. For this reason, there is really only one point to the doctrines of grace, namely, that God saves sinners by His grace and for His glory. These two realities—God’s grace and glory—are inseparably bound together. Whatever most magnifies God’s grace most magnifies His glory. And that which most exalts God’s grace is the truth expressed in the doctrines of grace.

On the other hand, compromising any one of the five points dilutes and diminishes the grace of God. For instance, to speak of a mere partial corruption of man, one in which the lost sinner is only spiritually sick in his sin, makes a misdiagnosis that grossly diminishes the grace of God. Likewise, to espouse a conditional election that is dependent upon God’s foresight of man’s faith corrupts the grace of God. To teach that Christ made a universal atonement, making salvation possible for all (though actual for none), cheapens the grace of God. To believe in a resistible call that allows for the free will of man compromises the grace of God. And to think of reversible grace, which would allow man to fall away from the faith, contaminates the pure grace of God. These views undermine the grace of God, and because of that, sad to say, they rob God of His glory. And yet, such views are widely held in the church today. In any syncretistic Arminian scheme of theology, salvation is seen as being partly of God and partly of man—whether it be that man adds his good works or that he contributes his own self-generated faith to the finished work of Christ. These schemes divide the glory between God and man. To whatever extent one deviates from any of the five doctrines of grace, one marginalizes the glory that is due to God alone for the salvation of sinners.

Giving Glory to God Alone

Writing shortly before his death in 2000, James Montgomery Boice noted:

“Having a high view of God means something more than giving glory to God … it means giving glory to God alone. This is the difference between Calvinism and Arminianism. While the former declares that God alone saves sinners, the latter gives the impression that God enables sinners to have some part in saving themselves. Calvinism presents salvation as the work of the triune God—election by the Father, redemption in the Son, calling by the Spirit. Furthermore, each of these saving acts is directed toward the elect, thereby infallibly securing their salvation. By contrast, Arminianism views salvation as something that God makes possible but that man makes actual. This is because the saving acts of God are directed toward different persons: the Son’s redemption is for humanity in general; the Spirit’s calling is only for those who hear the gospel; narrower still, the Father’s election is only for those who believe the gospel. Yet in none of these cases (redemption, calling, or election) does God actually secure the salvation of even one sinner! The inevitable result is that rather than depending exclusively on divine grace, salvation depends partly on a human response. So although Arminianism is willing to give God the glory, when it comes to salvation, it is unwilling to give Him all the glory. It divides the glory between heaven and earth, for if what ultimately makes the difference between being saved and being lost is man’s ability to choose God, then to just that extent God is robbed of His glory. Yet God Himself has said, ‘I will not yield My glory to another’ (Isa. 48:11).”

This is why the doctrines of grace are so desperately needed in our churches. They give glory to God alone. They define salvation as being all of God. When salvation is correctly perceived in this way, then—and only then—God receives all the glory for it. Only sola gratia produces soli Deo gloria.

This excerpt is taken from Foundations of Grace by Steven Lawson.


10 Questions to Ask Before Judging

“Who are you to judge me?!”

This question makes the rounds frequently. On the blogosphere, in the Twitter feed, pinned and posted, the message is blaring: “You have no right to judge me!”

And in one sense, I totally agree. I have no right to judge you.

If I were the authority of the universe, I would have that right.

If I owned the corner on truth, I would have that right.

If you came into existence because of my will and creative effort, I would have that right.

If my word were the final say, I would have that right.

If I were God, I would have that right.

When we deliver clear Scriptural truth, that is God’s Word bringing judgment.

But the fact is, I am not God, but God has spoken. He has given His judgment on matters of ethics and morality. He is the authority of the universe. He does own the corner on truth. We did come into existence because of His will and effort. His Word is the final say. And God has the right to judge.

In fact, God is the judge.

And He is a gracious judge.

“Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?” (Gen. 18:25).

God has provided us with His judgment through His Word. When Christians address moral issues and make a judgment based on Scripture, we are not “judging” that individual on the basis of our own authority. Our judgment is delivered from the authority of God’s holy Word—not our own fallible word. Admittedly, we can mishandle His Word; we can misinterpret it and muddy the delivery or misunderstand the context at times. But when we deliver clear Scriptural truth, that is God’s Word bringing judgment.

Jesus’ Instructions

Jesus gave some pointed instruction as He warned us about judging others. He didn’t tell us not to deliver judgment; He told us how to deliver it:

“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” (Matt. 7:5).

He gave these specific instructions to warn us that we’d better not confront someone else’s sin until we first deal with our own hearts. This same instruction is repeated in the Gospel of Luke. Later Jesus gave a process we refer to as “church discipline” where the first step involves confronting someone in their sin:

“If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother” (Matt. 18:15).

Hmmm . . . that sounds an awful lot like “judging” someone.

In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he provides us with a bit of guidance in how we approach someone when we need to confront them and “deliver a message of judgment” (a word of truth from Scripture):

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted” (Gal. 6:1).

Jesus provides ample instruction for delivering the truth in love, and when we fail to do that, we aren’t being faithful to love Him or others well.

Paul’s instruction is helpful, it places a guiding principle for us to follow as we approach someone who is “caught” or entangled in a sinful lifestyle. Paul (as inspired by the Holy Spirit) warns us that we are in danger of falling into the snare of sin and we must be careful and watchful of our own hearts. Our motive in having this conversation must be restoration.

Preparing Our Hearts

Some questions that might help with heart preparation before “delivering judgment” would be:

  1. Is my motive pure? Is my greatest concern spiritual deliverance or restoration?
  2. Am I approaching this issue as a self-righteous bigot, or am I offering truth as one who is equally in need of God’s transforming grace?
  3. Am I more concerned about winning an argument for morality than I am concerned about my opponent’s need for salvation or spiritual growth?
  4. Am I prepared to give a biblical and gracious defense of my position?
  5. Am I addressing a truth issue, or is this a preference issue?
  6. Is this the best time to have this conversation?
  7. Have I thoroughly prayed over this conversation?
  8. Am I reacting in pride or humility?
  9. Are my emotions sinfully involved with this issue?
  10. Can I convey love to my opponent as I deliver this message of truth?

Have you been slammed for issuing “judgment”? I hope you’ll run through the questions above when you’re tempted to confront someone. Jesus provides ample instruction for delivering the truth in love, and when we fail to do that, we aren’t being faithful to love Him or others well.

What are your thoughts on “judging others”?

If you enjoyed this post, you may want to read “Does Speaking Truth Mean We’re Judging Others?


Lethal Subjectivity

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Cruising Down the Slippery Slope Toward Sexual Hell

We should see the pattern that is evident in these evolving claims, and be prepared to call them what they really are:

Argument #1:

I have homosexual desires
Therefore I am a homosexual person (with “homosexual” being a newly-created category of “person” in 1973)
You must respect me as a person
Therefore you must respect my homosexual desires.

That does not follow. You are not “a homosexual person”. You are a person, yes, but your homosexual desires are harmful to you. I acknowledge that not many in our culture see it that way.

But we see it again in this Salon article, entitled “I’m a pedophile, but not a monster”:

Argument #2

I have pedophile desires
Therefore I am a pedophile person (with “pedophile” being the newly-created category of person)
You must respect me as a person
Therefore you must respect my pedophile desires.

Pretty soon, as in Argument #1, where the next line item became “laws must be created to protect my homosexuality”, we will start seeing a new line item in Argument #2: “laws must be created to protect my pedophilia”. All of this in the name of equality.

I want to point to a particularly egregious section in this Salon article:

When I was seven years old, I was fondled in the front yard of my grandparents’ home by a man I barely knew. It was a one-time event in my life and not a particularly traumatic one. A man I’ll call Hans, a German who was acquainted with my uncle and aunt from when they lived in Nuremberg, had come to visit America. He spent a day and a night at their place, and they lived next door to my family along with my grandparents, who shared their two-story brick house. That day, the man lingered in the house with my grandma, who was stuck with him while everyone else had gone to work, and as neither could speak the other’s language, it quickly became uncomfortable for both.

Grammy’s solution was to send Hans outside with one of the grandkids. As I happened to be in the room at the time, I was assigned the task. “Take him out and show him Papa’s garden,” she told me. “Tell him the names of the vegetables. He’d probably enjoy that.” I agreed. Besides, even though I knew not a whit of German, I was very much at ease in Hans’s presence. He was painfully thin, with a messy mop of hair and large glasses. I should point out that the men in my life, including my father, were gruff blue-collar types who could intimidate me. Hans was different: gentle, soft-spoken and appealingly awkward—a lot like me!

I took the man’s right hand with my left (my good hand) and led him out into the garden, which took up most of the front lawn at my grandparents’ place. I escorted my new friend down the rows of veggies, calling out each one as we passed it, and Hans would gleefully parrot the names. This went on until we made our way through the entire garden. I was proud to find myself educating an adult rather than the other way around. When the English lesson was over, Hans plopped himself down on a patch of earth near the garden and patted the spot next to him, indicating he wanted me to sit there. I did. I couldn’t believe this peculiar man I barely knew was so eager to connect with me, the weird little kid nobody liked. It felt good.

For long minutes we simply enjoyed each other’s company. Then, out of the blue, Hans slipped a hand into my shorts, even though we were only about 30 feet from the poorly paved country road that meandered through this stretch of country. This went on for several minutes. I was confused but not frightened or troubled. The only thing I could think to say while this was happening was “Peepee,” continuing the English lesson with my pet name for my genitalia even in the midst of my own abuse. Hans chortled and repeated the word: “Peepee.” Eventually this came to an end, and Hans, having gotten what he wanted, shooed me away. I can’t imagine why it didn’t occur to him that I would immediately rat him out; maybe he knew and just didn’t care. Anyway, he could hardly ask me not to, could he? I raced back to Grammy and promptly informed her of what had happened. She deliberated over what to do, in the end asking me to keep it a secret from everyone, including my parents, and ordering me to stay away from Hans. No authorities were called, and life went on as usual. Hans stayed that evening with my uncle and aunt and left the next day. I never saw him again.

We see this fact over and over again: homosexuality is not inherent in one’s personhood. It is caused by early exposure to misplaced (sinful) sexual stimulation. And it causes the recipient of the abuse to have confused thoughts about sexuality. To think that the abuse is a good thing.

We see it happening in this article as well. Instead of the author saying “this was wrong and it affected me in a sinful and harmful way”, this author is saying, “well, this experience wasn’t so bad, and it made me a pedophile, which I suffer with, so feel sorry for my condition”.

We need to challenge this line of thinking in its tracks. The alternative: our culture will adopt more and more of this type of confused and muddled thinking, and worse, more children are certain to be abused and therefore harmed, and who will grow up to be harmful and predatory adults themselves.


A Pardon Must Be Received To Be Valid

One of the biggest myths when it comes to the doctrine of hell (a close second after the oh-so-modern notion that hell doesn’t actually exist) is that God wants to send people there, while people don’t want to go. Many people imagine God as a tyrant, doling out excessive punishment on poor, unsuspecting, and innocent us. The reality is, no one wants us to escape God’s wrath more than God.

You weren’t designed for wrath. And hell wasn’t designed for you. You were designed for glory, for eternal happiness in God’s presence. But God won’t overpower your will. He’ll extend pardon to any and all who receive it—but we have to receive it. A pardon can’t be forced.

I recently read what must be one of the top 5 most bizarre Supreme Court cases of all time—United States v. Wilson, from 1833. The defendant, George Wilson, had pled guilty to several counts of robbery and “endangering the life of a mail driver.” This was apparently a serious enough combination of crimes that Wilson was sentenced to be executed. President Andrew Jackson issued Wilson a full pardon. But then Wilson (for reasons we will probably never know) refused the pardon. The odd case went all the way to the Supreme Court, and this was their verdict:

A pardon is an act of grace … which exempts the individual on whom it is bestowed from the punishment the law inflicts for a crime he has committed. … A pardon is a deed, to the validity of which delivery is essential, and delivery is not complete without acceptance. It may then be rejected…and if it be rejected, we have discovered no power in a court to force it on him.

This is the irony and the tragedy of so many of our friends and neighbors: they will die and go to hell with their sins paid for and pardoned.

It doesn’t matter how gracious the pardon is: if someone refuses to accept it, the pardon does no good. God has already extended the pardon. But we must choose it for ourselves. We are free, like George Wilson did, to reject it. But why? As the 17th century bishop Jeremy Taylor once said, “God threatens terrible things if we will not be happy in him.”

God’s wrath may be a doctrine that pains us—but not nearly like it pains God. There is no one in the universe that wants you to avoid hell more than God. For those who reject God, the last voice they will hear as they step into hell is the voice of Jesus saying, “You don’t have to do this!”

God will not override you. But until the day of your death, he will pursue you, trying to wake you up. Don’t confuse what God intends to be space to repent with his absence. Don’t be lulled into complacency. Flee to Christ, because today is the day of salvation. And none of us are guaranteed tomorrow.

 

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Links I like

Kindle deals for Christian readers

Old Story New by Marty Machowski is 99¢ for the next few days. Also on sale:

Finally, be sure to grab a copy of Are We Together? by R.C. Sproul free from Ligonier. They’re giving away it away in both ePub and MOBI formats.

Tips on Reading Better While Retaining More

Good stuff from Trevin Wax:

If you were to pull a book off my shelf at home and ask me about it, I’d probably be able to tell you the author’s main point, his way of making that point, and how that point coincides or contradicts others in the same field. Then, I’d either recommend it as worthy of your time or point you to another resource.

Friends, We Are Without Excuse

Micah Fries:

Friends, we are without excuse. All over Scripture we are called to serve the physical needs we encounter, yet many of us spend our days focused on our own needs and wants. How is your church addressing this global crisis? How is your family serving those in need in your community? Have you prayed for those who don’t know where to go for their next meal?

How ‘Faith-Based Film’ Became a Dirty Term

Emma Green:

But it’s true that this movie has more in common with John Q than Left Behind; it looks and feels like a Hollywood blockbuster, not a piece of Christian spin.

So why does Captive succeed where others have failed? In part, it may have been strengthened by the filmmakers’ skepticism about the norms of the faith-based genre. As Bird put it: “I don’t think evangelistic filmmaking is either good evangelism or good filmmaking. I think it’s actually pretty bad propaganda most of the time.”

Thinking Christianly About Immigration

https://player.vimeo.com/video/128601302

95 (Twitter) Theses: : Biblical Prescriptions for Engaging Online

These are worth reading.

Is Pro-Life Winning?

Russell Moore:

It’s hard to remember a mobilization of pro-life coalitions like the one we’ve seen in the months since the release of the first video. Planned Parenthood’s human trafficking operations have reignited our political and cultural discussions about abortion and human dignity, and many have testified of the videos’ having a profound—and in some cases, definitive—affect on their views.

So is pro-life winning? Not so fast.


A La Carte (September 23)

I would appreciate your prayers over the next few days. I am currently heading to Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), to speak at Se Hombre. Please pray for safe travels and that I would simply and confidently preach God’s Word.

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Preaching to a Post-Everything World by Zack Eswine ($2.51); How People Change by Timothy Lane ($2.99); One Anothering by Simon Schrock ($2.99); Mormonism Unmasked by Phillip Roberts ($2.99); The Religions Next Door by Marvin Olasky ($0.99).

Are We Together?

Ligonier Ministries is giving away R.C. Sproul’s excellent book Are We Together? In it “R.C. Sproul takes his stand for the cardinal doctrines of Protestantism in opposition to the errors of the Roman Catholic Church.”

Is Pro-Life Winning?

Russell Moore: “It’s hard to remember a mobilization of pro-life coalitions like the one we’ve seen in the months since the release of the first video. Planned Parenthood’s human trafficking operations have reignited our political and cultural discussions about abortion and human dignity, and many have testified of the videos’ having a profound—and in some cases, definitive—affect on their views.”

Open Air Preaching

Geoffrey Kirkland says, “As I frequent the streets to open air preach to the masses, I need to review biblical goals of open air preaching so I remember why I do what I do and to guard me from veering off track.”

Volkswagen’s Scandal

This article explains what Volkswagen did, and how they got away with it. (Note: one or two swear words.) “It sounds like the sinister plot of some straight-to-DVD movie. Since 2009, Volkswagen had been installing elaborate software in 482,000 ‘clean diesel’ vehicles sold in the US, so that the cars’ pollution controls only worked when being tested for emissions.”

This Day in 1950. Happy birthday to Tim Keller, who turns 65 today! You can with him a happy birthday at @timkellernyc.

10 Surprising Facts About LEGO

The article is total clickbait, but still fun.

Reading Better, Retaining More

Trevin Wax has some tips for you.

Hard Not to Cry

It’s hard not to cry watching this video of a man serenading his wife with their old love songs.


The Daily Discovery (September 23, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Is Capitalism UnChristian? – “I’m not interesting in commenting on the specifics of either party’s job plan. There are, no doubt, many good ideas that could help the economy and many bad ideas to avoid. I’ll let you decide which are which.  But I thought it might be worthwhile to think about where private sector jobs come from. Most basically, new jobs come from people with money to spend who want to spend their money on more people. This means…”

Praying the Bible – “What is it about prayer that’s difficult? Maybe we don’t know what to say, or we find what we’re praying about to be trivial—something not worthy of bringing before the Creator of the universe. But maybe you’re like me and when you sit down to pray, you find your mind… wanders.  When this happens to me, my prayers wind up sounding something like this…”

The Doctrines of Grace: By His Grace and for His Glory – “The doctrines of grace are so called because these five major headings of theology, often identified as the five points of biblical Calvinism, contain the purest expression of the saving grace of God. Each of these five doctrines—radical depravity, sovereign election, definite atonement, irresistible call, and preserving grace—supremely display the sovereign grace of God. These five headings stand together as one comprehensive statement of the saving purposes of God. For this reason, there is really only one point to the doctrines of grace, namely, that God saves sinners by His grace and for His glory. These two realities—God’s grace and glory—are inseparably bound together. Whatever most magnifies God’s grace most magnifies His glory. And that which most exalts God’s grace is the truth expressed in the doctrines of grace.”

The Depth of My Depravity – “Testimony—that’s a good Christian word, isn’t it? Each of us has a testimony, an account of how God extended his grace to us. And these testimonies are beautiful things, each one recounting the sovereign work of our great God. Now, much has been said about how we tend to prefer the testimonies that feature the most dramatic lows. We have all heard those tales that almost seem to revel in past sins more than feel regret for them. But we like those stories because we find a certain kind of thrill in hearing how someone turned away from a life of such egregious sin.”

Why the Anglican Communion is Already Divorced – “Is the Anglican Communion about to split over different views of sexual ethics? You might think so after reading headlines about the archbishop of Canterbury’s proposal to “loosen” the structures of the Communion — a way of retaining his relationship to the liberal wing of the Western churches as well as the traditional Anglicans of the Global South. But to interpret the archbishop’s recent announcement as a split over sexuality is to miss the bigger picture. First, the impending dissolution of Anglicanism as it currently exists institutionally is over much more than sex. Second, the divorce has already taken place, just not formally.”


SERMON:

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Tom Buck – Characteristics of a Healthy Church (Part 1)


VIDEOS:

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Christianity vs. Every Other Religion


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



Christian Headlines Daily – Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Top Headlines

Tebow Rumors Fly: Will He Join the Bears or Cowboys?

Democrats Demand Man Who Released Planned Parenthood Videos Testify at Hearing

Anti-Conversion Clause in Nepal’s Constitution Could Threaten Christian Faith

Dozens of Women and Children Freed from Boko Haram

Evangelical Transgender Conference Rejects Notion that Gender Identity Can Change

Israeli Archaeologists Discover Possible Burial Place of the Maccabees

Ben Carson Clarifies His Anti-Muslim Comments

Franklin Graham Tells Obama Veto Pro-Life Bill at Your ‘Own Peril’

Religious Freedom Network Should be as ‘Outspoken and Organised’ as the Extremists

Conservatives Outraged that Gays are on White House Guest List for Pope Francis Visit

Opinion

Religious Liberty, the Founders, and Us

Sensational Science: How Pride Corrupts Peer-Review

Pastor Helps Disarm Gunman in Church

I Have the Nine: a Retrospective on the Charleston Church Shooting

Loving the Foreigner: Seeing Refugees Through God’s Eyes


09/23/15 To Die or Live

By Chuck Lawless on Sep 23, 2015 01:00 am

READING: Esther 1-5

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  Ahasuerus was the king of Persia. Esther, a Jew, was the queen. Haman, a leader in the government, sought a decree to have all the Jews killed. Mordecai heard about the decree and encouraged Esther to approach the king and plead for her people. That task — to approach the king unsolicited — was a frightening task indeed.

Mordecai’s response to Esther is perhaps the best known section of this book:

Esther 4:13-16  Mordecai told the messenger to reply to Esther, “Don’t think that you will escape the fate of all the Jews because you are in the king’s palace. If you keep silent at this time, liberation and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father’s house will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.” Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go and assemble all the Jews who can be found in Susa and fast for me. Don’t eat or drink for three days, day or night. I and my female servants will also fast in the same way. After that, I will go to the king even if it is against the law. If I perish, I perish.”

Esther had no easy choice. If she did nothing, she would die with the rest of the Jews. If she did approach the king when he did not summons her, that could cost her life as well. But then again, Mordecai said, maybe God had raised her up to her position “for such a time as this.”

“For such a time as this . . . ,” he said.

“If I perish, I perish,” she responded.

God had raised her up at that moment in time for that specific situation. It was risky, yes, but God was in charge. Esther called the people to fast, and she confirmed her willingness to go to the king even if it cost her life. She was willing to take that risk for her people.

I am forced to consider this question today: if God calls me to accept a task that risks my life, am I willing to go? Would I rather perish doing what God told me to do than live while ignoring God’s commands?

I pray I would rather die.

After all, that’s what Jesus did for me.

PRAYER: “Give me that kind of faith and trust, God. If You call me, empower me to follow.”


Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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

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September 23, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Sep. 23, 2015

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The FBI has recovered personal and work-related e-mails from the private computer server used by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

California Governor Jerry Brown convinced voters in 2012 they had to raise taxes if they wanted to avoid Draconian cuts to schools. It was temporary, he said. Now, as state coffers are heavy with surplus revenue, advocacy groups and organized labor want to keep the levies in place. The proponents, including teacher and state worker unions, have launched campaigns to qualify two separate initiatives on the statewide ballot to either extend the taxes through the next decade or make some permanent — while raising those levied on the wealthy even more. They want to spend the money on schools and programs for the poor.

Bill Gross said the Federal Reserve needs to raise interest rates as soon as possible, trading some near-term market losses for longer-term stability and a healthier financial system. If zero interest rates become the long-term norm, economic participants will soon run on empty because their investments aren’t producing the gains or cash flow needed to finance past promises in an aging society.

For all the political hand-wringing, a U.S. government shutdown on Oct. 1 would barely nick the world’s largest economy. The partisan debate over the nation’s finances has heated up with almost clockwork regularity, going back to the debt-ceiling fight in 2011 that led to the first-ever downgrade of Treasury debt.

A glider will swoop over south-central Oregon on a test flight on Wednesday, carrying two pilots and one big ambition: to set a new altitude record of 90,000 feet by next year.

Martin Shkreli, chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals AG, said he would lower the price of the drug Daraprim after being criticized for boosting it 50-fold to $750 from $13.50 a pill. He didn’t say what the new price would be.

Royal Bank of Scotland, Britain’s largest taxpayer-owned bank, will eliminate about 100 jobs as part of an overhaul of its investment bank.

An American businesswoman was arrested in China amid accusations of spying after months of detention, shortly ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s arrival in the U.S. for a state visit.

The National Football League can use drones to shoot films, documentaries and television segments, becoming the first major sports league to receive such permission from the FAA.

AP Top Stories

Aerospace giant Boeing has reached deals with Chinese firms to sell 300 aircraft and set up a completion center in China, state media and its local partner said Wednesday, as President Xi Jinping began a visit to the United States.

Egypt has agreed to buy two Mistral warships which France built for Russia before scrapping the sale over the Ukraine crisis, the French presidency said in a statement Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow opened one of the biggest mosques in Europe, warning against the lure of jihadists as the government frets over its citizens fighting for the Islamic State group.

Burkina Faso coup leaders agreed to return to their barracks and said they would restore the deposed president to power, signing a deal with the army that apparently defuses a tense standoff sparked by last week’s putsch.

Russia would be forced to take counter measures to restore the balance of power in Europe if media reports that the United States plans to upgrade its nuclear presence in Germany are true, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said.

This Thursday is Eid al-Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice, one of the biggest holidays of the year for Muslims, and school administrators must decide whether or not to close school for the day.

30 percent of Republican voters in Iowa think Islam should be illegal, according to a new poll.

Nearly half (46%) of moms surveyed for BabyCenter’s 2015 Cost of Raising a Child report said they’ve gone into debt to cover child-rearing expenses, and that’s not terribly surprising, given that the survey puts the average annual cost of raising a kid at $13,248 per child.

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Splits within the EU on the relocation of 120,000 migrants have been further exposed as leaders gather for an emergency meeting in Brussels.

Australian housing sector has “peaked”, increasing the risk of recession, according to new report.

Most people in Europe are too fat, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). It said 59% of the population was either overweight or obese.

Russia’s military build-up in Syria appears to be limited to protecting its own forces in the country, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

A Saudi man said to have once worked as a bodyguard for Osama Bin Laden has been freed from Guantanamo Bay, the Pentagon said. Abdul Shalabi, 39, has been transferred back to Saudi Arabia.

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A school-board meeting in New Jersey descended into chaos when a room full of angry Muslim parents were denied a last-minute request by its members.

A “Black Swan” is an event regarded at the time of its occurrence as unprecedented and unexpected but later, in hindsight, understood to have been inevitable. An EMP is in that category, since scientific experts repeatedly warn that a major EMP event is not a question of if, but when.

President Obama’s hand-picked ISIS war czar once called the terrorist group a “clear and present danger to the U.S.” Retired Gen. John Allen is calling it quits in the Obama administration after only one year on the job. An official announcement is expected within weeks. News of Allen’s departure adds to a string of embarrassing news items for the White House.


Top News – 9/23/2015

Refugees Being Housed in Buchenwald Concentration Camp
Refugees are flooding Europe, and due to a shortage of temporary housing, 21 refugees are being housed in the former Buchenwald camp near Weimar, Germany. The town of Shwerte decided on the unusual move after it absorbed 200 refugees and had no room or funds to provide for more.

Russia Deploys 28 Warplanes to Syria
In a serious escalation of its military presence, Russia deployed 28 combat aircraft to its base in Syria. A senior United States official said on Monday that 12 Su-25 Frogfoot ground-attack planes and 12 Su-24 Fencers had arrived at the Russian base in Latakia, adding the ability to strike at ground-based targets.

Russia’s military Presence in Syria
If the rebels reach Latakia, there is nowhere left to retreat to. The regime and its allies must hold the province or face defeat. The appearance of apparently Russian-crewed BTR-82A APCs on the Latakia battlefield appears to be testimony to Russia’s awareness of this – and its willingness to dig deeper for Assad – even if this means the direct deployment of Russian personnel on the battlefield in a limited way.

Iranian military chiefs deride US passivity, scoff at Republicans
In a new stream of belligerent rhetoric, Iran’s chief of staff on Tuesday derided US Republican opposition to the recent US-backed nuclear agreement, and accused the US and Israel of sponsoring terrorism, while another Iranian military chief scoffed that Tehran had intimidated the US into abandoning the idea of using military force in the region.

Allies Scorned by Obama Continue turn to Russia
In a major strategic shift, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a visit to Moscow on Monday that Israel and Russia had agreed to coordinate military moves in Syria to avoid the possibility of the two countries accidentally trading fire.

Norway gets first of US’s controversial F-35 jets, citing ‘increased Russian activity’ in region
Norway has welcomed the roll-out of the first two of 22 Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets purchased by the Scandinavian state. They are seen as a counter measure to what Norway considers Russia’s boosting military capabilities in the region.

Dr. Carson Is Right About Islam
Todd then asked Dr. Carson if he thinks that Islam is consistent with American values and Carson responded, “No, I do not.” He then expanded to say, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.”

Houses shake as Rutland is hit by its FOURTH earthquake in 17 months as 2.8 magnitude tremor strikes and experts say bigger shocks could be on the way
Residents of tiny Rutland were hit by an earthquake last night – the county’s fourth tremor in 17 months. Experts from the British Geological Survey said the earthquake was about 1.4 miles below the ground.

EQUINOX AURORA WATCH
Today, Sept.23rd, is the northern autumnal equinox. Perfect timing: a CME is expected to deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field on Sept. 23rd.

Since last Yom Kippur, millions of Jews have begun searching for the Messiah, and for atonement for their sins.
Since last Yom Kippur, millions of Jews have begun a quest to find the Messiah. For reasons I cannot fully explain, Jews are suddenly searching for answers to the deepest and most important questions concerning life and death and God and atonement and eternity, in numbers unprecedented in history. Some are searching through the Hebrew Scriptures for answers. A stunning number are actually reading the New Testament,

Obama-pope lovefest on Day of Atonement
So as the symbolic head of the free world, Obama is often lacking moral credibility. Enter the pope of Rome to lend a helping hand. Pope Francis’ visit to the White House on Yom Kippur will give Obama what he craves: the appearance of a moral high ground.

Russia may put missiles in Kaliningrad if U.S. upgrades nuclear arms in Germany
Russia may deploy Iskander ballistic missiles to its enclave of Kaliningrad if the United States upgrades its nuclear weapons in Germany, the Interfax news agency cited a military source as saying on Wednesday.

US-trained Division 30 rebels ‘betray US and hand weapons over to al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria’
Pentagon-trained rebels in Syria are reported to have betrayed their American backers and handed their weapons over to al-Qaeda in Syria immediately after re-entering the country. Fighters with Division 30, the “moderate” rebel division favoured by the United States, surrendered to the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, a raft of sources claimed on Monday night.

Russian jets in Syria mean no-fly zone is ‘out of the question’, warn experts
Russia’s deployment of jet fighters in Syria has effectively destroyed the West’s option of imposing a “no-fly zone” over the country, experts have warned, as the British Defence Secretary said the intervention risked deepening the crisis. The Kremlin’s operation in Syria amounts to the biggest deployment of Russian forces outside the former Soviet Union since the withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989.

FBI Merges Criminal and Civil Fingerprint Database
For years the FBI maintained it had no interest in scanning fingerprints collected by employers — teachers, lawyers, state and federal workers…but that has now changed. “For the first time, fingerprints and biographical information sent to the FBI for a background check will be stored and searched right along with fingerprints taken for criminal purposes,” reports the Electronic Frontier Foundation…

Muslims Are the Fastest Growing Immigrant Community
Muslims are the fastest growing bloc of immigrants, according to new census data published by the Center for Immigration Studies. The report, which analyzes data from American Community Survey (ACS), finds that the foreign-born population in the U.S. hit a new record high 42.4 million in July 2014.

Migrant crisis: EU leaders to discuss disputed quota deal
EU leaders meeting in Brussels are set to discuss a plan to relocate 120,000 migrants across the continent, amid fierce opposition from some members. Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary opposed a mandatory quota scheme, which was approved on Tuesday. Wednesday’s emergency summit will also focus on tightening EU borders and boosting aid to neighbours of Syria, from where many migrants come.

Xi Jinping says China open to foreign business amid economic reforms
Chinese President Xi Jinping has sought to reassure US business leaders, in a wide-ranging speech covering China’s economic reforms and cyber crime. Speaking in Seattle at the start of his state visit to the US, Mr Xi said foreign firms were welcome in China, and that Beijing would not manipulate its currency to boost exports. He also denied Beijing engages in hacking but said China would co-operate with Washington on the issue.

Pro Ben Carson fundraising spikes after Muslim questioning
The super PAC supporting neurosurgeon Ben Carson for GOP president has seen a surge of donations since his appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where Mr. Carson said he wouldn’t advocate for a Muslim to be president of the United States.

Canary Mission: Standing Up to Bigots
What an interesting week here at Canary Mission. There are no limits to the lengths enemies of free speech will go to shut down dissent, stifle the truth and obstruct justice. The anti-Semitic zealots who remain obsessed with our mission to expose bigotry on campus have succeeded in shutting down our Facebook page and possibly downing our website for a full 90 minutes. Those who lack truth rely on criminal tactics such as these in order to stifle any voices alerting the world to their dangerous words and ideas.

Syria insurgents claim to have freed British woman
A coalition of several insurgent groups in Syria claimed it has freed a British woman and her five children who were kidnapped in the country as they fled an area controlled by their rival the Islamic State group.

The Clock Is Ticking On The U.S. Dollar As World’s Reserve Currency
The ultimate irony for this generation of investors is that, despite the occasional obligatory chant about ‘free markets’ and the wonders of capitalism, most of the day is spent obsessing about what the world’s most important central planner will do next. By Supreme Central Planner, I mean, the Fed.

Palestinian killed attacking Israeli forces, woman dies
A Palestinian militant died when a bomb he was trying to throw at Israeli forces blew up near the West Bank city of Hebron overnight, officials from both sides said on Tuesday, as tension mounted on the eve of the Jewish Yom Kippur fast day.

Russia in Syria: Did Putin just clip Israel’s wings?
Seated at the Kremlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Vladimir Putin smiled and shook hands. At a follow-up media briefing, the Israeli leader announced a deal to avoid hostilities between their militaries in and around Syria.

Archaeologist thinks he has found the graves of Americans massacred in 1857
The 1857 massacre was orchestrated by members of the Mormon Church against the Fancher-Baker wagon party as it traveled to California during a time when hostility against non-Mormons in Utah was high, according to an account by the University of Missouri. The church, which didn’t completely acknowledge its role in the tragedy until 2007, erected a monument in honor of the victims at a site 1,000 or more feet away from the newly discovered stone sepulchers.


Top Headlines – 9/23/2015

UN: Record 154 heads of state, government set for gathering

Washington halts for Pope Francis, the most important man in the city this week

Vatican to Raise Flag at UN ‘Without Fanfare’

Security forces on high alert as Jewish Israelis mark Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur War vets: IDF is better prepared now

Israel braces for conflict as Jewish and Muslim holidays Yom Kippur, Eid al-Adha coincide

Latest Jerusalem violence is not more of the same

57% of Palestinians Support New Armed Intifada: Survey

Report: Hezbollah to cease offensive action in Syria

U.N. picks four Europeans to lead groups in Syria talks

European Union approves plan to relocate 120,000 refugees across Europe

Migrant crisis: EU leaders to discuss disputed quota deal

The Syrian Refugee Crisis Shows Far More Young People Want to Flee War Than Fight It

The Refugee Crisis Frontline: Croatia’s Christians Lend a Hand

Russia in Syria: Did Putin just clip Israel’s wings?

Russia Expands Military Presence in Syria, Satellite Photos Show

Petraeus accuses Putin of trying to re-establish Russian Empire

Netanyahu to Putin: ‘I came to prevent misunderstandings between our forces’

More than 2 million Muslims in Saudi Arabia start hajj

U.S. military indifference to Afghan sex abuse led boy to kill Marines, lawsuit claims

Pakistani Mob Sets Christian Family’s Home on Fire to Burn Them Alive

Christian Jailed for Praying Dies After Laos Authorities Deny Him Medication, Watch Him Suffer

School Decides not to Close for Islamic Holiday, Muslim Parents Respond by saying, “We’re Going to be the Majority Soon”

Clock controversy risks backfiring for Obama as critics cast doubt on narrative

China Formally Arrests U.S. Citizen Accused of Spying

Xi Jinping Pledges to Work With U.S. to Stop Cybercrimes

FBI reportedly recovers deleted emails from Clinton server

‘Dazed and confused’: Dow falls 180 on uncertainty

The Clock Is Ticking On The U.S. Dollar As World’s Reserve Currency

‘Supermoon’ Total Lunar Eclipse Offers Risk, Reward for NASA Moon Probe

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Colima volcano erupts to 17,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Increased activity in Bardarbunga and Tungnafellsjokull volcanoes in Iceland

Earthquake activity in Katla volcano in Iceland

Tropical Storm Ida Spinning in the Atlantic

Tropical system pumps extreme moisture into Southwest, flash flood watches in effect

President Obama Declares Major Disaster in California Fire

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

Senate Democrats block GOP bill curbing late abortions

Pedophilia Next ‘Rights’ Battle? Outrage abroad, but a defense of taboo at home

Pedophile Todd Nickerson asks Americans to ‘please understand’ condition

One Million Moms slam new Muppets show as “perverted”

Transgender Woman Humiliated When TSA’s Scan Flags ‘Anomaly’

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis could head back to court over marriage licenses

MLB team to end ‘homophobic’ kiss cam joke

Selfies more deadly than sharks, reports show


Frontrunning: September 23

  • Global Stocks Steady Despite China Slowdown (Read More)
  • European Recovery Saves Markets From China Gloom as Stocks Rally (Read More)
  • Pope starts U.S. trip with tone of conciliation (Read More)
  • FBI Said to Recover Personal E-Mails From Hillary Clinton Server (Read More)
  • Volkswagen chief faces grilling by board over diesel scandal (Read More)
  • ‘European Detroit’ Fear Grips VW Company Town as Scandal Widens (Read More)
  • Berlin finds itself caught up in Volkswagen scandal (Read More)
  • Qatar Wealth Fund May Have Lost Billions on VW, Glencore Stakes (Read More)
  • Iran took samples for IAEA at suspect military site (Read More)
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping Seeks to Reassure U.S. Business Leaders (Read More)
  • After jokes, applause at dinner, China’s Xi gets down to U.S. business (Read More)
  • RBS Said to Eliminate 100 Investment Banking Jobs in Revamp (Read More)
  • Shadow Finance Expansion by Chinese Banks Deepens Credit Mystery (Read More)
  • ECB’s Nowotny Says He’s Wary of Expanding Bond-Buying Program (Read More)
  • Yankees Legend Yogi Berra Dies (Read More)
  • Now buying in China is illegal: China Said to Suspect Citic of Insider Trading During Rescue (Read More)
  • EU Move to Force Relocation of Migrants Deepens Divisions in Europe (Read More)
  • The Fed Is a Lot Closer to Its Target Using This Inflation Measure (Read More)
  • U.S. holiday season in 2015 could be weakest since recession (Read More)
  • Tencent M&A Chief Said to Leave After $19 Billion in Deals (Read More)

The Briefing

1) Overtly political nature of Pope’s visit celebrated by ‘cafeteria progressives’

Pope Francis Lands in U.S. for Historic First Visit, Wall Street Journal (Byron Tau)

The Politics of Pope Francis, Wall Street Journal (Editorial Board)

2) Justice Scalia critiques judicial activism of courts, relativization of Constitutional text

Scalia addresses Constitution, same-sex marriage in speech, Associated Press (Adrian Sainz)

3) Single-issue politics, Doritos, and national park proposal reveal success of moral revolution

Wall Street Money Dries Up for Lawmaker After Anti-Gay Remarks, Bloomberg Businessweek (Robert Schmidt)

Doritos supports LGBT community with rainbow chips, USA Today (WTSP-TV)

Lawmakers Seek National Park in Honor of Stonewall, New York Times (Alexander Burns)

4) Liberal synagogue hosts Planned Parenthood fundraiser illustrating worldview divide between liberal and conservative parts of religion

Synagogue takes Planned Parenthood event in need of a home, The Tennesseean (Joey Garrison)

In other news…

Down Syndrome Blood Test Sparks Abortion Debate, Wall Street Journal (Amy Dockser Marcus)

L.A. to declare ‘state of emergency’ on homelessness, commit $100 million, Los Angeles Times (Peter Jamison, David Zahniser, Matt Hamilton)

Daily Digest

September 23, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“[I]f we are to be told by a foreign power … what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.” —George Washington, 1796

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

President Xi Needs an Uncomfortable Visit to U.S.

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Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping during Obama’s visit to China last year

Last year, Barack Obama visited China in an effort to rally support for an international treaty on climate change and underscore the economic opportunities the two countries have in working together. Oh, how things have changed. Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Washington, DC, this week, and the issues facing the two countries are more … awkward. The Chinese stock market plummeted at the end of August due to an opaque, centrally planned economic system, which rocked the global economy. China continues to grow belligerent in the Pacific, laying claim to vast swaths of the South China Sea, and sending ships to steam off the Alaskan coast while Obama visited the Arctic Circle. Furthermore, the country has detained American Sandy Phan-Gillis since March on charges of “spying and stealing state secrets.” This comes at a time when the U.S. strongly suspects it was China that stole the data of millions of federal employees and everyone who applied for a security clearance. “Denying ourselves engagement with the Chinese would deny ourselves the ability to advance our interests and to make clear to China where we stand,” said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor for strategic communications. “We won’t paper over those differences.” We’re not holding our breath. After all, Obama’s paper tiger diplomacy has created room for China to flex its might toward America. An uncomfortable visit would do much to restore America’s spine in the relationship, so it’s too bad it’s going to be a lavish “state visit” instead.

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Hillary Flip-Flops on Her Keystone Pipeline Legacy

On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton expounded a bit on the legacy she formed while secretary of state. She’s previously boasted of playing a “leading role” in starting the review process for building the proposed Keystone pipeline, which was designed to transport crude oil from Canada to American refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s been gummed up in bureaucratic review since 2010, though Clinton said then she would be “inclined” to approve it. But now, she wants the pipeline buried. “I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone pipeline as what I believe it is — a distraction from important work we have to do on climate change,” Clinton told a crowd in Iowa. “Therefore I oppose it.” Clinton’s decision was not based on principles good for the economy, but rather political gain with her ecofascist base. Fellow Democrat candidate Martin O’Malley said, “On issue after issue, Secretary Clinton has followed — not forged — public opinion. Leadership is about stating where you stand on critical issues, regardless of how they poll or focus group.” (The ironic thing is the public supports the Keystone pipeline by an overwhelming margin.) The result of Clinton’s inaction as secretary resulted in lost jobs and lost economic activity. Now, after the Left has stonewalled the project for years, Clinton wants to simply sweep it aside. Furthermore, she had the “courage” to make this announcement while the media focused squarely on Pope Francis’ visit.

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Iran Prepares to Annex Iraq

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told his nation Tuesday that Iran and Iran alone has the military might in the Middle East to keep the Islamic State at bay. The remarks came during a military parade commemorating the start of the 35-year-old Iraq-Iran War. “[If] terrorists begin to expand in the region, the only hope will be Iran’s army and the Revolutionary Guards,” Rouhani said. And does anyone think they would leave if they came in to wipe out the Islamic State? Rouhani continued, saying the West had little influence in the struggle: “Today, our armed forces are the biggest regional power against terrorism.” Seeing how the United States’ proxy fighters are doing against the Islamic State, the Iranian president might just be correct. The fight against the Islamic State has ground to a standstill in Iraq, as an offensive to retake Ramadi from the Islamic State has been delayed. So the U.S. turns to Syria, where only a handful of American-trained Syrian rebels are still in the fight. Many of the fighters were delayed in Turkey, but when they returned, they handed over their weapons to the al-Qaida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra. This was exactly the worry many people had in giving arms and training to proxy fighters. As Marco Rubio said: Our military “was not built to conduct pinprick attacks.” If we want to take a simplistic route to foreign policy and focus our whole attention to the short term — dealing with the Islamic State — then maybe we should just give Iran $150 billion. Oh, wait…

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Francis Confuses Corporatism and Capitalism

By Nate Jackson

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Pope Francis arrived Tuesday for his first visit to the U.S. He will not only tour a Philadelphia prison and a Harlem school to showcase his trademark concern for the poor and downtrodden, but he will give the first-ever papal address to Congress Thursday on a range of topics. The political angle is that Democrats have finally found a pope with whom they can agree on the issues of climate and poverty — all while ignoring traditional Catholic teaching on marriage and the sanctity of life.

Francis arrived here by way of the Communist paradise poverty-stricken totalitarian island known as Cuba, where he spent four days and met not with dissidents but with Fidel Castro — whom he reportedly thanked for his contributions to world peace. Notably, Francis arrived by plane, not by homemade raft on the shores of Florida as do many of the poor people fleeing Cuba’s oppressive regime for the Land of Liberty.

Indeed, if Francis truly cares for the poor, he showed it quite poorly in this instance.

Of capitalism in general, he said in his recent apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, “Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape. … Such an economy kills.”

It’s no wonder he has an eager audience in the Democrats and Castros of the world.

But it’s important to understand that Francis’ views on capitalism are informed by his experience in his home country of Argentina — a nation beset with powerful families and businesses influential in government. In other words, it’s not the free market and it’s not capitalism. It’s cronyism and corporatism.

It’s also ironic, writes Thomas Sowell, considering “Argentina was once among the leading economies of the world, before it was ruined by the kind of ideological notions [Francis] is now promoting around the world.”

God does warn His people about loving money, and greed and inequity are part of sinful human nature no matter the economic system. But which country’s poor are better off — Cuba’s, Argentina’s or America’s? The truth is that no economic system has done more than capitalism to lift the poor out of poverty.

Tyranny kills, not Liberty.

Furthermore, Jesus never told his followers to perform charity by giving their money to the Romans instead. Contrary to the assertions of far too many, Jesus was not a socialist — He always preached individual responsibility for our brothers and sisters, not collective statist mandates.

In many respects, Francis’ care for the poor is welcome. All Christians ought to see every opportunity to help the disadvantaged among us. But it’s the pope’s methods we object to. He is a proponent — at least tacitly — of liberation theology, a synthesis of Marxism and Christianity born in South America in the 1970s and 80s. Liberation theology embraces collectivization, the subordination of the individual in favor of the group, and the forced redistribution of wealth and property without fair compensation. Furthermore, Marxism is profoundly anti-religion, making its blending with Christian teaching like mixing oil and water.

It’s noteworthy that Francis has thus effectively reversed the position of John Paul II, who was a staunch opponent of such noxious theology, and, together with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, brought down the Soviet Empire. Try to imagine John Paul glad-handing Fidel Castro while dissidents languished in prison.

On the subject of climate change, the onerous regulations and top-down government solutions favored by Francis and his fellow alarmist travelers (and we do mean travelers in fuel-burning jets all over the world) are exactly the policies that will hurt the poor the most.

In his recent encyclical, Francis declared, “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.” He blames the problem on consumerism, corporate greed, overreliance on technology and the poisonous political atmosphere in and among many nations. He called for a radial change in how people conduct their political and economic affairs and suggested that the time has come for each of us to alter our individual lifestyles in response to climate issues.

But The Wall Street Journal retorts, “Well, he should have seen East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the air in Beijing today. Coercive governments are the worst befoulers of the environment. Democratic capitalism has created the wealth and electoral consent to clean the air and water, and only continued economic growth will create the resources to deal with climate change if it does become a serious threat to the Earth.”

Francis says, “Humanity is called on to be aware of the need to change lifestyles, production and consumption” because the world is filled with a “culture of waste.” We’re all for using energy judiciously and curbing waste, but not under the pretense of a UN-Vatican mandate, which is essentially the prescription Francis gives.

In short, while Francis has authority over doctrinal issues in his own church, his message on climate and economics is dead wrong and it should be rejected.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Star Parker: “The Constitution is not a value-free operating manual. The reason the founders created it was to preserve American values. They were quite clear about this in the preamble to the Constitution. The preamble says: ‘We the people’ establish the Constitution to ‘secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.’ I spend much of my time reading the Bible so I can be a good Christian. I don’t feel it is my responsibility to read the Quran and get into the business of trying to understand what Muslims believe. My measuring stick can only be how Muslims behave. And the evidence is overwhelming that Islam does not produce behavior consistent with the American value of freedom, the core value our constitution exists to preserve. It is perfectly constitutional to elect someone with values that will destroy America. It’s just not a very good idea to do it. When Ben Carson says he ‘would not advocate putting a Muslim in charge of this nation,’ only someone who does not care about the future of this nation would question the power of his logic.”

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy.” —Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

Observations: “To undo the supposed evils of Capitalism, intellectualism, and creative economic destruction would be to undo the entire network of interactions that currently feeds and educates [seven billion people]. This would leave Pope Francis with the choice of having about 1/2 of that world die, or having about 1/3 of it enslaved and utterly despoiled to feed the rest. Is this a Hobson’s choice that any believing Christian would feel good about making? In essence, Pope Francis’ theology is the theology of failure. It fails to make the vital distinction between humility in lifestyle and degradation of being.” —RedState’s Repair_Man_Jack

Alpha Jackass: “Here in the United States, we cherish religious liberty. … [W]e stand with you in defense of religious freedom.” —Barack Obama to the pope, the leader of the church he persecutes via ObamaCare mandates

Non Compos Mentis: “Well, there’s nothing in the [Bible] that says anything about abortion. Let’s make sure of that. The Ten Commandments are the Ten Commandments. There’s only ten.” —Whoopi Goldberg (“One might argue she forgot the Sixth Commandment: ‘Thou shall not kill.'” —Newsbusters’ Scott Whitlock)

Unprincipled stand: “I’m prepared to accept that at the moment of conception there’s human life and being, but I’m not prepared to say that to other God-fearing [or] non-God-fearing people that have a different view.” —Joe Biden

Village Idiots: “I would call on [GOP] candidates to stop this dissent into the kind of hateful mean-spirited divisive rhetoric that we have seen too much of in the last few months.” —Hillary Clinton, who knows well that the foundation of Democrat politics is “hateful mean-spirited divisive rhetoric”

Dezinformatsia: “To describe those who don’t accept climate science or dispute the world is warming from man-made forces, use climate change doubters or those who reject mainstream climate science. Avoid use of skeptics or deniers.” —Associated Press guideline revision

Late-night humor: “All the presidential candidates are trying to woo millennials. I’m not sure college kids can identify with 22 people desperately fighting for one job.” —Stephen Colbert

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Senate Democrats block GOP bill curbing late abortions

Fox News reports:

Baby in the womb Senate Democrats blocked Republican legislation Tuesday prohibiting most late-term abortions, the second time since this summer’s release of videos involving Planned Parenthood that they’ve derailed an abortion-related drive by the GOP.

Senators voted 54-42 to move ahead on the legislation, but that fell six short of the 60 votes needed to advance the bill. With Republicans holding 54 Senate seats and the two parties sharply divided over abortion, the outcome was no surprise. But the showdown afforded each side an opportunity to highlight its willingness to fight to its most loyal voters and contributors.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/09/22/senate-democrats-block-gop-bill-curbing-late-abortions/?intcmp=hplnws


America Unprepared For Devastating ‘Black Swan’

Supply-chain disruptions often are the result of adverse weather, unplanned telecom outages, data breaches or even cyber hacking. However, the one “Black Swan” event that would make these instances pale by comparison and result in a cascading disruption is a natural or man-made electromagnetic pulse event…………. Click here for full story


Why is Donald Trump Happening to America?

By Erick Erickson

I confess that I have been struggling to understand the Donald Trump as much or more than any other pundit out there. His appeal is a phenomenon that defies conventional explanation, and if anyone had really come to understand it before now, they could have reduced it. However, no one really has.

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Senate is an ’embarrassment’ over Iran deal

The U.S. Senate’s refusal to debate or vote on the Iran nuclear agreement is a national embarrassment. The culprit is clear: The 60-vote threshold required to stop a filibuster. It’s time to end the filibuster, a relic of the past that is contributing to gridlock and dysfunction.

Recently, I sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to end the filibuster and allow the Iran deal to be decided by a simple majority vote. National security is too important to be held hostage by partisan obstructionists who won’t even allow a debate on the issue.

The filibuster is being abused in the Senate and it needs to stop. It may have made sense at some point in history, but not today. Government dysfunction is at an all-time high and the filibuster is a big part of the reason.


Schiff: I’m right about the Fed, I’ll be right about stocks, “Economy rapidly decelerating”

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3 bold statements just in the headline, but even CNBC granted that Schiff deserved to take what it called a “victory lap.”

Schiff argues that the Fed does not plan to raise rates at all because it can’t raise rates. 7 years ago with the start of ZIRP and QE Schiff says the Federal Reserve entered a “monetary roach motel.” That the Fed is now stuck. Which is of some concern to say the least.

It should be noted also that there seems to be a lot of talk about less than 0% interest rates as of late (LZIRP). So what does that tell you?

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I Am Mourning For America

Mourning - Public DomainI am mourning for America, because she is dying.  I am mourning for a nation that once knew such greatness but that has now fallen to depths that were once unimaginable.  I am mourning for the death and destruction that are coming, and I am mourning for a future that our children and our grandchildren will never get to see.  I am mourning for a nation that has refused to listen to the warnings and that now stands on the precipice of judgment.  I am mourning for games that will never be played, for books that will never be finished, for family vacations that will never get to happen and for memories that will never be made.  I am mourning for the economic depression that is coming, for the horror and suffering that friends and family will endure, and for the coming death of the country where I drew my first breath. (Read More….)


Jersey City Muslims Scream ‘We Are Majority Now’ As They Demand Special Privileges

A Jersey City school board meeting Thursday to vote on whether to close for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Sept. 24 turned contentious before the board ultimately decided not to close schools next week.

EDITOR’S NOTE: When Muslims in their host countries are in the minority, they are obsessed with minority rights. When Muslims are in a majority in any nation, there are no minority rights. They are the only immigrant people group on the face of the earth that refuse to assimilate to the culture of the nations they migrate to. Why? Because all Muslim migration is ultimately about conquering that nation in the name of Allah.

The Jersey City Board of Education had originally proposed to close schools next Thursday so that Muslim students could observe the holiday, and the City Council unanimously supported it a week ago. The academic year would have extended one day to June 23, 2016 as a result.

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“We are no longer the minority. We are going to be the majority.” this Muslim woman declared, barely hiding the veiled threat in her statement.

But during the nearly four hours of debate at the board meeting Thursday, some of the Jewish faith said they felt they were being discriminated against because they weren’t getting their own school days off for holidays like Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

“Many of our Jewish community members are feeling left out,” said parent Roy Tomargo.

As the debate wore on and it became clear that the school board would not close schools next Thursday, Muslim community members nearly walked out in anger and frustration.

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“We feel alienated from the Board of Education, we feel alienated from this system,” said Omar Abouelkhair.

In the original resolution announcing the vote, the board said it was “committed to honoring the great diversity of our district, including our religious diversity,” and that it will “continue to engage our communities to explore ways to support its diverse communities and celebrate our many cultures and faiths.”

Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is one of the most important Muslim holidays, along with the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan.


Got Jesus? Pope Francis Preaches Gospel Of Climate Change And Illegal Immigration

Especially glaring was that Pope Francis had not one word for the 4 hostages suffering in an Iranian prison right now.

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” 2 Peter 2;1 (KJV)

Listening to Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic religion, is an amazing thing. He comes to America, seizes the world’s attention, opens his mouth and preaches….politics! Barely 2 minutes into his speech, he begins to hammer American on the twin gospels of climate change and illegal immigrants. Not one word about Jesus, not one word about salvation through His shed blood, and only had one veiled reference to God when he said something about “the creator”. He sounded more like a man running for office than someone who claims to be “God’s representative” on this Earth.

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Especially glaring was that Pope Francis had not one word for the 4 hostages suffering in an Iranian prison right now. Surely, such a self-proclaimed champion of human rights would be working day and night to secure their freedom, right? Wrong. Christian pastor Saeed Abedini is an American citizen who Obama has ignored time and again. These 4 men – Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, Jason Rezaian, Robert Levinson –  have been forgotten by both Obama and Pope Francis, and that right there tells you everything you need to know about these two end times deceivers.

If I was a Catholic who loved Jesus Christ, I would be by turns both ashamed and outraged at the shameless political maneuvering of Pope Francis. But then again, the Catholic Church does not follow the Bible, they obey the Vatican. And the last time I checked, the Vatican was a political entity with it’s own currency, it’s own army, and it’s own nation. Pope Francis really is a politician, because he certainly is not a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

He is exactly what the Bible says he is, the False Prophet.


I Am Mourning For America

Posted: 23 Sep 2015 07:21 AM PDT

Michael snyder of the “Economic Collapse” Blog states he is “mourning for America”, because she is dying. He goes on to say “I am mourning for a nation that once knew such greatness but that has now fallen to depths that were once unimaginable.” I am mourning for the death and destruction that are coming, and I am mourning for a future that our children and our grandchildren will never get to see. I am mourning for a nation that has refused to listen to the warnings and that now stands on the precipice of judgment.

I am mourning for games that will never be played, for books that will never be finished, for family vacations that will never get to happen and for memories that will never be made. I am mourning for the economic depression that is coming, for the horror and suffering that friends and family will endure, and for the coming death of the country where I drew my first breath. To many, these words will seem “over the top” and overly dramatic. After all, despite the thousands of problems facing this nation, things still seem very “normal” at this moment. Well, if you don’t “get” what I am saying right now, just bookmark this page and come back to it later. Eventually it will make sense to you. FULL REPORT

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Whoopi Goldberg Slams Pro-Life Pope Francis, Says There’s “Nothing in the Bible About Abortion”

Posted: 23 Sep 2015 06:51 AM PDT

The hosts of The View on Tuesday ranted about Catholicism, the Pope and his visit to America. Whoopi Goldberg, offering her thoughts on the faith, complained about Pope Francis ciscussing abortion: “Well, there’s nothing in the Book that says anything about abortion. Let’s make sure of that. The Ten Commandments are the Ten Commandments. There’s only ten.”

One might argue she forgot the Sixth Commandment: “Thou shall not kill.” Apparently, starring as a nun in Sister Act made Goldberg an expert. The entertainer attempted to explain why some conservatives have issues with the current Pope: “The objection to him, if I may, is that people feel, or some of the staunch Catholics feel that he’s too loose….If you’re gay, God hates you. They want to keep that going.” FULL REPORT

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Dirty bomb material goes missing from Texas A&M

Posted: 23 Sep 2015 06:34 AM PDT

DEVELOPING: A package of highly radioactive material that could have been used by a terrorist organization or a drug cartel to construct a so-called “dirty bomb” went missing for a time from Texas A&M University recently, CBS affiliate KBTX reported. The radioactive material was supposed to be delivered to an on-campus office at the university when it went unaccounted for during a period of time. An internal email sent by Christopher Meyer, an assistant vice president with the university’s Office of Safety and Security, said that the shipment was sent from the Science Engineering and Education Company in Edina, Minnesota. The latter is a firm that manufactures radioactive material for equipment and research, according to KBTX.

In a statement to the local station, a spokesperson for the university said the institution was certain that the package never made it to the school’s Radiation Safety Office. “We obviously want to locate this package as quickly as possible because it does contain radioactive material, but we hasten to add it doesn’t present a health threat to the community provided the contents, which are secured in a box with two layers of inner containment, are not disturbed,” the statement said. FULL REPORT

 

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Over Half of This Denomination Now Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Posted: 23 Sep 2015 06:16 AM PDT

The bible clearly warns us that the “Last Days” would bring perilous times not only for the world but also for the Church. In fact the Apostle Paul told us in 1 Timothy Chapter four, that the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron! Now according to new reports, half of the members of the governing body of the Church in Wales have backed the idea of allowing same-sex couples to marry in church. A secret ballot was held on taking the issue forward.

Of the 120 members present, 61 voted in favour of holding same-sex marriages in church. However, this falls short of the two-thirds majority needed for change. And any amendment to the Church’s constitution requires a new bill to be passed by Parliament. The governing body comprises of the six diocesan bishops alongside 51 other clerics and 86 lay people. It is now up to the Bench of Bishops to decide whether to take further steps. FULL REPORT

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5 Prophetic Signs in the Heavens That Converge in 2015

Posted: 23 Sep 2015 06:04 AM PDT

Robert Rite provides insight to a key theme of his book, Blood Moons Rising, on how five prophetic signs, including the four blood moons, are warning that we may be coming upon a very turbulent period for mankind. And as I will discuss, this is already happening. However, I believe that, starting in September and October of 2015 through 2016, it may get progressively worse. There are five great signs in the heavens that all converge in 2015. Among these signs are the blood moons which culminate with the fourth and final total lunar eclipse on Sept. 27, which also happens to be the High Holy Jewish feast day of Sukkot. It is very significant how all the other signs seem to be converging in September/October 2015, and all during High Holy feast days.

A blood moon is a total lunar eclipse. It is called a blood moon because of the reddish color that the moon takes on as the earth passes in between the sun and the moon. After Sept. 27, we will have witnessed 4 blood moons; all four having occurred on high holy feast days that God had appointed for the Hebrews as recorded in the ancient Scriptures. This is significant because the ancient Rabbis reveal that when these signs occur during God’s appointed feast days, it means that God is warning of something big about to happen. FULL REPORT

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7 Traits of False Teachers

Posted: 23 Sep 2015 06:00 AM PDT

A false teacher can be anyone in a position of spiritual authority or claiming to be. Wolves don’t often attack wolves, but they do go after sheep. They bring destructive teachings and lies into the church, often by telling people what they want to hear (Jer. 23). They provide layers of truth mixed with error, but even a broken clock is right twice a day. Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruit” (Matthew 7:15-16). “Beware” means to be on alert, to discern what is being said. False teachers take advantage of the fact that many people are not well-educated in fundamental biblical truths. To detect a counterfeit, one must first know what the original looks like. It’s impossible to gain a clear picture of absolute truth without going directly to God’s Word. Unless one is firmly grounded in God’s Word and led by His Spirit, one can easily be led astray.

Wolves don’t advertise, instead, they “look” like sheep. False teachers aren’t dressed in red holding a pitchfork. They often look the same as everyone else. They subtly challenge the inerrancy and authority of Scripture, and they add to salvation so that it’s not through Christ alone. Legitimate teachers recognize the deity of Christ. False teachers promote salvation through works and not through faith alone. One must belong to their society, institution, or church in order to be saved. This is a false gospel. FULL REPORT

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7 Reasons Why Some Pastors Don’t Preach on End-Time Prophecies

Posted: 23 Sep 2015 05:46 AM PDT

Dr. Tim Lahaye gives his perspective on why some pastors aren’t preaching on “End Time” Prophecies. “After 68 years in the ministry and guest speaking in hundreds of pulpits, I often wonder why many ministers are so silent on teaching Bible prophecy from their pulpits, particularly when at least 28 percent of the Bible was prophetic at the time it was written. Dr. John Walvoord, the great prophecy scholar, identified more than 1,000 prophecies in his book The Bible Prophecy Handbook.” Of those prophecies, more than half have literally been fulfilled, assuring us that the other half are end-time prophecies that will also be fulfilled literally. These fulfilled prophecies should make it easy to believe that we are living in or very near what the Bible calls “the latter days” and “the end times.”

Among the many fulfilled end-time signs, none is more obvious than the very existence of the Jewish people now living in their own homeland, having been driven or voluntarily migrated there from more than 170 nations of the world during the last 125 or so years. Anyone familiar with this greatest end-time prediction recognizes what Jesus Christ meant in the Olivet Discourse when He said, “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: When its branch becomes tender and grows leaves, you know that summer is near” (Matt. 24:32). The fig tree represents the nation of Israel. In other words, when the Jewish people begin to gather back into their land, you will know the sign of His return and the end is “near.” FULL REPORT

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Sunday’s ‘Supermoon’ Blood Moon Eclipse: When and Where to See It

Posted: 23 Sep 2015 05:33 AM PDT

On the evening of Sept. 27, the moon will once again become immersed in the Earth’s shadow, resulting in a total lunar eclipse — the fourth such event in the last 17 months, As with all lunar eclipses, the region of visibility for Sunday’s blood-moon lunar eclipse will encompass more than half of our planet. Nearly 1 billion people in the Western Hemisphere, nearly 1.5 billion throughout much of Europe and Africa and perhaps another 500 million in western Asia will be able to watch as the Harvest Full Moon becomes a shadow of its former self and morphs into a glowing coppery ball.

LUKE 21:25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

The lunar eclipse will also feature the “biggest” full moon (in apparent size) of 2015, since the moon will also be at perigee on the very same day ? its closest point to the Earth ? 221,753 miles (356,877 km) away. The Sept. 27 event is therefore being called a “supermoon eclipse.” The last such eclipse happened in 1982, and the next won’t occur until 2033. 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)


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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GTY – Frequently Abused Verses: Why Pray in Jesus’ Name?

John 14:14; Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24; 1 John 5:15

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by Jeremiah Johnson

What do your prayers sound like to other people? Are you expressing submission to the Lord and His will for your life? Or do you approach His throne with an exhaustive wish list?

If we are honest, we’re all occasionally guilty of treating God like a mystical genie or Santa Claus—as though He exists only to fulfill our requests. Often, such impertinence is the result of immature faith, spiritual short-sightedness, and unbiblical priorities. It must not be the norm.

However there are some who claim to know and love the Lord who routinely approach Him with that kind of presumptuousness, and brazenly defend it with Scripture—specifically, John 14:14, “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” (other verses are similarly abused, including Matthew 21:22, Mark 11:24, and 1 John 5:15).

That verse is a particular favorite within the Word Faith movement—a subset of the charismatic church that’s home to most of the flamboyant prosperity preachers you’ve seen on TBN, along with all other proponents of charismatic “health and wealth” theology. In his book Charismatic Chaos, John MacArthur defines the movement this way:

As the name “Word Faith” implies, this movement teaches that faith is a matter of what we say more than whom we trust or what truths we embrace and affirm in our hearts. A favorite term in the Word Faith movement is “positive confession.” It refers to the Word Faith teaching that words have creative power. What you say, Word Faith teachers claim, determines everything that happens to you. Your “confessions,” that is, the things you say—especially the favors you demand of God—must all be stated positively and without wavering. Then God is required to answer. [1] John MacArthur, Charismatic Chaos, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992) 281.

While there are only microscopic differences between that theology and man-centered psycho-babble like the power of positive thinking, the Word Faith movement legitimizes its lies with a lot of biblical-sounding doublespeak, and the occasional proof text wrenched from its context and twisted beyond recognition. Here’s an example noted in Charismatic Chaos:

Positive confession teaches people that their words are determinative. God is no longer the object of faith; Word Faith devotees learn to put their faith in their own words—or as [Kenneth] Hagin bluntly puts it, “faith in [their] own faith.” Try to follow his logic as he attempts to substantiate that concept:

Did you ever stop to think about having faith in your own faith? Evidently God had faith in His faith, because He spoke the words of faith and they came to pass. Evidently Jesus had faith in His faith, because He spoke to the fig tree, and what He said came to pass.

In other words, having faith in your words is having faith in your faith.

That’s what you’ve got to learn to do to get things from God: Have faith in your faith. . . .

Word Faith believers view their positive confessions as an incantation by which they can conjure up anything they desire. “Believe it in your heart; say it with your mouth. That is the principle of faith. You can have what you say,” Kenneth Hagin claims. Quoting John 14:14 (“If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it”), ignoring the plain implications of the phrase “in My name,” they take that verse to be an unqualified promise they can use in extorting from God whatever kind of cargo they fancy. [2] Charismatic Chaos, 284-285.

Worse still, Word Faith teachers reject the biblical mandate to submit their requests to the will of God, claiming that such submission is unbiblical. In his book, John MacArthur cites two examples of prosperity preachers (Fred Price and Robert Tilton) who guided their followers to pray for blessings and sow monetary seeds that exceeded their financial means. He then explains:

Note that both Price and Tilton recoil from praying, “If it be Thy will.” That is a common characteristic of Word Faith teachers. As we noted, they love to quote John 14:14, “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” But 1 John 5:14 is noticeably missing from their database: “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (emphasis added). Hagin goes so far as to claim that no such truth is taught in the New Testament:

Because we didn’t understand what Jesus said, and because we’ve been religiously brainwashed instead of New Testament-taught, we watered down the promises of God and tacked on something that Jesus didn’t say, and added on something else to it: “Well, He will all right if it’s His will, but it might not be His will,” people have said. And yet, you don’t find that kind of talk in the New Testament.

Hagin has also written, “It is unscriptural to pray, ‘If it is the will of God.’ When you put an ‘if’ in your prayer, you are praying in doubt.” [3] Charismatic Chaos, 287.

Such blatant disregard for God’s will ought to trigger spiritual alarms and offend the consciences of everyone who truly knows and loves the Lord.

Certainly that wasn’t the attitude Christ commended to His disciples when He first spoke the words in John 14:14. In fact, as John MacArthur explains, the presumption of positive confession is a direct contradiction of Christ’s instruction in the upper room.

Jesus’ disciples had left everything and were completely without resources. Without their Master, they would be all alone in a hostile world. Yet, He assured them, they did not need to worry about any of their needs. The gap between Him and them would be closed instantly whenever they prayed. Even though He would be absent, they would have access to all His supplies.

That is not carte blanche for every whim of the flesh. There’s a qualifying statement repeated twice. He doesn’t say, “I’ll give you absolutely anything you ask for,” but rather, “I’ll do what you ask in My name.” That does not mean we can simply tack the words, “in-Jesus’-name-amen” on the end of our prayers and expect the answers we want every time. Neither is it a special formula or abracadabra that will magically guarantee the granting of our every wish.

The name of Jesus stands for all that He is. Throughout Scripture, God’s names are the same as His attributes. When Isaiah prophesied that Messiah would be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), he was not listing actual names, but rather giving an overview of Messiah’s character. “I am who I am,” the name revealed to Moses in Exodus 3:14, is as much an affirmation of God’s eternal nature as it is a name by which He is to be called.

Therefore, praying in the name of Jesus is more than merely mentioning His name at the end of our prayers. If we are truly praying in Jesus’ name, we will pray only for that which is consistent with His perfect character, and for that which will bring glory to Him. It implies an acknowledgement of all that He has done and a submission to His will. [4] John MacArthur, The Upper Room (The Woodlands, TX: Kress Biblical Resources, 2014) 95-96.

God does not intend for His people to use His Son’s name as an incantation for material blessings—that’s nothing more than blasphemy. The whole point of praying in the name of Jesus is that we are submitting ourselves—and our requests—to Him and His will.

If anything, following Christ’s instructions in John 14:14 should break us of the kind of materialism that leads to such blasphemous abuse of His promise. As John MacArthur explains:

What praying in Jesus’ name really means is that we should pray as if our Lord Himself were doing the asking. We approach the throne of the Father in full identification with the Son, seeking only what He would seek. When we pray with that perspective, we begin to pray for the things that really matter, and we eliminate selfish requests. [5] The Upper Room, 96.


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Who pays the scientist who wants global warming skeptics prosecuted?

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This is quite striking. The global warming alarmist who is leading the effort to criminally prosecute those who dissent from global warming alarmism is himself a global warming profiteer.

This article from from Climate Depot explains:

From 2012-2014, the Leader of RICO 20 climate scientists paid himself and his wife $1.5 million from government climate grants for part-time work.

George Mason University Professor Jagadish Shukla  ( jshukla@gmu.edu) a Lead Author with the UN IPCC, reportedly made lavish profits off the global warming industry while accusing climate skeptics of deceiving the public. Shukla is leader of 20 scientists who are demanding RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) charges be used against skeptics for disagreeing with their view on climate change.

Shukla reportedly moved his government grants through a ‘non-profit’. The group “pays Shukla and wife Anne $500,000 per year for part-time work,” Prof. Roger Pielke Jr. revealed.

“The $350,000-$400,000 per year paid leader of the…

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The six accused City Harvest leaders give closing submissions

This article helps recap what the charges are against the six accused, provides a quick summary what their alleged crimes were about and what was revealed in court. This below article was published on the 11th of September.

The New Paper report,

City Harvest leaders give closing submissions

Sep 11, 2015 6:00am BY RONALD LOH

The City Harvest Church leaders’ trial entered its final leg yesterday as the defence presented their closing submissions.

The trial will continue on Monday, with the prosecution expected to give its closing submissions.

CHEW ENG HAN

Faces six charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT) and four charges of falsification of accounts

The real sham is not the bonds but singer-pastor Ho Yeow Sun’s music career and album, said Chew Eng Han yesterday.

The former City Harvest Church (CHC) fund manager accused Kong Hee of using church money to buy Ms Ho’s Mandarin albums thereby inflating its…

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Democrats defeat bill to ban abortions when unborn child can feel pain

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Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood

Well, even with all the attention to the for-profit organ harvesting of born-alive babies, the Democrats went ahead and voted against a bill to stop late-term abortions in the Senate.

Life News has the story.

Senate Democrats today blocked a vote on a pro-life Senate bill to ban late-term abortions — a bill that would save as many as 18,000 unborn babies form abortions each and every year.

The Senate voted today to stop the Democrats’ filibuster of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks — as neither Congress nor state legislatures can vote to ban all abortions under Roe v. Wade. The bill highlights how unborn babies feel intense pain when they are killed in abortions. The vote comes at a time when 10 expose’ videos have exposed the Planned Parenthood abrogation business selling aborted babies…

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A Look at Messianic Prophecy and the Promise of The New Covenant

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Anyone who has studied evidential apologetics will see that many apologists have laid a great emphasis on messianic prophecy as one of the keys to demonstrating Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. One thing that is left out of these discussions is that when it comes to prophecy, it is not always predictive. The Greek word for fulfill is πληρόω (pleroo) – which has a much broader usage than “the prediction of an event.”

For example, in Matthew 5:17- Jesus says he came to “fulfill” the Law and the Prophets. In this passage “fulfillment” has a sense of embodying, bringing to completion, or perfecting. Fulfillment is one of the main themes of the New Testament, which sees Jesus and his work bringing to fruition the significance of the Hebrew Bible. However, let’s look at a case of predictive prophecy. For a prophecy to be predictive it must meet the following criteria…

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The Christian Race

Regeneration, Repentance and Reformation

Written by J. C. Ryle

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“Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

I wish to warn you against forgetting the sure foundation…

I wish to caution you most strongly against losing sight of the root of the whole matter — a simple faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. You must not stumble at the outset by supposing I want you to set up a righteousness of your own. Some think their own endeavors after holiness are to make…

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Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

 13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and returned and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and struck the waters and said, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the waters, they were divided here and there; and Elisha crossed over.
15 Now when the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho opposite him saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him and bowed themselves to the ground before him. (2 Kings 2:13-15 NASB)

As we stand in the thick of the battle, not falling or retreating, it is because we are wearing and using the armor of God. Our God is not a product of man-made religion. He is not created by…

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