Daily Archives: October 4, 2015

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

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“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” – Matthew 5:9

In an ecumenical bid for Abrahamic restoration we are told by the emergent church leaders that this verse in Matthew 5 is an over arching command by Jesus to initiate peace with Muslims. The peace they preach is political, social, economic, and it promises a world without conflict. But is that what this verse means? Does the Prince of Peace command us to make peace, and if so what kind of peace?

A common misunderstanding amongst the emergent church is the seemingly antithetical nature of Christ to be both divisor and unifier, peacemaker and antagonist. How do we reconcile the Jesus who blesses the peacemaker with the Jesus who “came not to bring peace but a sword”? The answers lie in the context of the verses. An unbalanced person, a manipulator of the scriptures, will selectively pull scriptures to…

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October 3-4, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

September 28 Quotes


Do You Have a Healthy or Superficial Relationship with God?

“A mature relationship with God is not sanitary and starched. It is lived in, worn, and stretched. It is not superficial or free from conflict. Let’s be honest, we have all kinds of issues–with God, ourselves, and others (by issues I mean our sin). But, because of the gospel we can be honest about these things with God.”

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Foolish Sheep Under Faithless Figure Heads

“Some of God’s men are slack in their affection and action. They may have started well, but somewhere along the way they have grown distracted, weary, beaten-up, despondent, indifferent, or lazy. The temporal result of their ministerial failings is the sheep are not discipled well; the divine result is the Great Shepherd is displeased.”

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The Logic Of Fruit As Evidence

“Where at least some of the Fathers had spoken of justification and salvation by grace through faith in something like the way the Protestants would later do, the medievals defined faith rather differently. They defined faith as sanctification. They taught that faith is a virtue, that it has intrinsic power, and that it is “formed” in us through sanctification, i.e., by grace and cooperation with grace.”

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Is Same-Sex Attraction Sinful?

“There is a vital connectedness to the family of God that happens for every single believer and so same-sex attracted persons should not view this as a sentence of loneliness if they are pursuing celibacy in their life.”

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Is America Post-Christian?

“What does it mean to say we are in post-Christian times? Does it mean that there are no Christians left? Of course not, that would be ridiculous. It means that we have left the historical period in which the Christian religion and its precepts were at the core of the moral imagination of the West. It doesn’t mean that Christianity has disappeared.”

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(How) Will Millennials Change the Church?

“Some millennials do stay with the church, however, and they will inevitably change the church because they don’t behave like the rest of us do. For example, older adults in congregations all over the country have been waiting for years for the younger generation to “step up” and take their turn running the committees that run the church.”

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Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? 3 Views on the Bible’s Earliest Chapters

We must ask: is the Jesus we affirm the one who claimed that not simply the ideas but the very letters and words of Scripture matter and point to him (Matt. 5:18)? Is he the Jesus who was the word made flesh (John 1:14), who was “in the beginning with God” and through whom “all things were made” (John 1:2–3)?

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Corporate and Individual Responsibility: An Introduction

“What are some categories that the Bible uses to address the question of corporate and individual responsibility? The first category is a distinction between guilt and consequence. Obviously, guilt is one consequence of sin. However, there are other consequences that can be incurred by someone who has no direct guilt.”

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Soul Mates?

The “soul mate” concept is unworkable and completely unfair to the real other person in your life. It puts enormous pressure on him or her to perform, to meet our impossible expectations. As Jerry Root and Stan Guthrie point out in “The Sacrament of Evangelism,” putting others in God’s place—expecting them to give us what only He can—is a naked form of idolatry and will only lead to deep disappointment.

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The Pope Francis Effect: Enthusiasm, But To What End?

It’s wonderful that some people say that Francis makes them feel the church is more welcoming to them. But if it’s just making people feel more comfortable in their politics, instead of making them feel the comfort of absolution, communion and strengthening of faith, that’s not much to get excited about.

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A Modern Day Psalm – The Lord Will Not Abandon You

Following the wording and style of Psalms, focusing on God as the subject and answer to everyday life, no need for rhymes, but giving attention to flow and patterns. Now it has become one of my recurring devotional exercises, as a way of praying to and praising the Lord. Give it a try sometime! Here is one I put together recently while reflecting on how thoroughly God’s salvation meets our every want and need.

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Lesbian Parents Try to Force a Christian School to Educate Their Child

If this controversy goes to court it will present an interesting lesson for those who believe that Christians can leave the culture wars behind and safely retreat to their own enclaves. The radical left will find you. When the goal is destroying a belief system, there is no safe way to freely exercise your faith.

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Feeling worthless? 10 Bible verses to remind you that you're priceless

Feeling worthless? 10 Bible verses to remind you that you’re priceless

Posted on October 4, 2015 by Christian Today

The Bible tells us time and time again that we’re priceless to God, yet it’s easy to lose sight of just how much we’re loved. Here are 10 Bible verses to remind you that you are precious in his sight.

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12 Christians Brutally Executed By ISIS Refused to Renounce Name of Christ, Died Praying, Reciting Lord's Prayer

12 Christians Brutally Executed By ISIS Refused to Renounce Name of Christ, Died Praying, Reciting Lord’s Prayer

Posted on October 4, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Twelve Christians have been brutally executed by the Islamic State, including the 12-year-old son of a Syrian ministry team leader who had planted nine churches, because they refused to renounce the name of Jesus Christ and embrace Islam.

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‘Are You a Christian?’ Report Confirms Oregon Gunman Shot Those Who Professed Christ in Head

(CN) — A woman whose grandmother was reportedly inside of the Oregon college classroom where 9 students were shot dead on Thursday says that the gunman singled out Christians in his massacre on the campus.

“The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” the woman, identified as Bohdi, wrote on Twitter following the tragedy. “If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs.”

Video Shows ‘Prosperity’ Preachers Kenneth Copeland, Paula White Laying Hands on Donald Trump for Presidency

(CN) — What do Kenneth Copeland, Paula White, Jan Crouch, Dr. David Jeremiah and Robert Jeffress all have in common? A video has surfaced online showing the men and women, along with others, laying hands on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump this week and praying for his potential presidency.

According to reports, an estimated three dozen spiritual leaders from across America met with Trump for over two hours at his Trump Towers on Monday, providing advice. Those in attendance included a number of nationally-recognized televangelists and prosperity preachers, including the aforementioned Copeland, Crouch and White, as well as TBN regulars Jentezen Franklin, Steve Munsey and Clarence McClendon.

Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen Express Excitement Over ‘Pope Francis’ Visit

(CN) — As the Roman Catholic head Jorge Bergoglio, who is known as “Pope Francis,” traveled to the United States this past week for a six-day visit, megachurch leaders Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes and Joel Osteen expressed their excitement and support for the papal pomp and circumstance.

On Wednesday, T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House posted a photo on social media of himself and his wife at the White House, outlining that he had been invited by Barack Obama to be among the VIP’s welcoming Francis to the nation’s capital.

Texas Man Says Landowners Will Arrest City Officials if They Try to Remove Jesus Sign

(CN) — A Texas man is fighting back against efforts to remove a “Jesus” sign from a plot of land that he asserts is privately, not publicly owned, and is warning that the landowners will arrest anyone who tries to remove the sign.

The situation centers around a sign in Hawkins, Texas that reads, “Jesus welcomes you to Hawkins,” which first came under fire from the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) this past June. The atheist organization sent a letter to city officials asserting that the sign runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution.

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Come home, prodigal church

Come home, prodigal church

Posted on October 3, 2015 by World Magazine

CHURCHES | How ‘attractional’ churches treat the Bible as a how-to manual instead of a grace-filled life preserver. An excerpt from The Prodigal Church

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Prominent Association Targets Evangelicals for Science ‘Education’

By Charles Clough Are evangelicals, of all the religious communities in America, the most in need of science education? That would seem to be the take-away if you attended a national conference held in Washington, DC, on March 13, 2015, as I did. Sponsored by the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER), the well-attended presentations claimed to be concerned primarily about the conflicting views that the religious and scientific communities tend to have of one another. One religious community, however, was singled out for special attention: evangelicals. DoSER Director Dr….

Shocking VIDEO CLIP: Why is Southern Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress Calling Pope Francis a Christ Follower & Humble & Why is Jeffress Wrong According to the Bible?

Shocking VIDEO CLIP: Why is Southern Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress Calling Pope Francis a Christ Follower & Humble & Why is Jeffress Wrong According to the Bible?   Please e-mail, tweet, and post on Facebook. Helps us get out the truth and the gospel in this short video clip.http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tube/video/video-clip-why-southern-bapti…


Did Todd Bentley REALLY Raise the Dead?

Chrystal Whitt of Slaughter of the Sheep has written a piece on  NAR super star Todd Bentley’s claim to have raised a Pakistani man from the dead. Chrystal reminds us that all that glitters is not gold.   On Facebook this week, a friend posted a video supposedly showing Todd Bentley, of Lakeland Outpouring fame, […]

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Many Shall Come in My Name

Jan Markell and Eric Barger host former New Ager Warren Smith for the hour. This movement is now called the “new spirituality” and you would be surprised how even evangelical leaders fit into it. The chief proponent of it is Oprah Winfrey who is now utilizing Rob Bell to further this Satanic agenda. Why would Rick Warren tap into three men with involvement in this “new spirituality” to be a part of a program at Saddleback Church? Hear from one who attended this outrageous seminar.

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Gotquestions.org makes excuses for advertising heretical The Message “Bible”

John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire shares his concerns about the popular blog Got Questions which is one of the go to places for people who have questions about the Bible. He writes:

CluelessGotquestions.org has let the Body of Christ down by approving and linking to a splashy advertisement for the heretical The Message “Bible”–which is not really a Bible at all.

This is shocking, because for years Gotquestions.org has served as a faithful and reliable ministry.

Is this simply one more indication of the grievous state of the visible church? We are now watching ministers and ministries offend Christ and mislead the saints with growing regularity. Because I objected to gotquestions.org carrying this ad, thus lending credibility to The Message, I was offered the option of unsubscribing if I no longer wanted to receive their emails.

The response about The Message was far different than the time gotquestions.org advertised the heretical Noah movie. Then, a representative acknowledged they had made a mistake and said it would not happen again. Gotquestions.org manned up. I wrote about it in Gotquestions.org comes through!

Times have changed.

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Christian Gun Owners Are Heretics

In this piece over at airō, evangelist Justin Edwards pulls no punches.  He writes: Yep, gun owners are heretics according to “Formerly Fundy” Patheos blogger and Fuller Seminary doctoral candidate, Benjamin L Corey. Following the anti-Christian hate crime by the son of the devil who slaughtered nine people professing the name of Christ, Mr. Corey seized the moment […]

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Australia deports top U.S. pro-life leader who helped mastermind Planned Parenthood videos

According to LifeSite News:

American pro-life activist Troy Newman, one of the pro-life leaders behind the recent series of undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood, has been ordered by the Australian Hight Court to immediately leave the country after ruling that the Ministry of Immigration was justified in withdrawing his visa.

Newman, a prominent U.S. pro-life leader who is the president of the organization Operation Rescue, was already en route to the country earlier this week, accompanied by his wife, when he found that his entrance visa had been revoked due to a smear campaign by pro-abortion activists in Australia. He was traveling to give a speaking tour with Right to Life Australia.

“It is a sad day when downright lies and twisted words triumphs over truth, but that is exactly what happened today,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue, in a press release.

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“Pope Francis” Met with Homosexual Man and His Partner Day Before Meeting Kim Davis

Christian News Network reports:

The day before meeting with embattled Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, the Roman Catholic pontiff known as Francis met with a friend and former student who has been in a homosexual relationship for 19 years.

Yayo Grassi told reporters that he brought his partner, Iwan Bagus, and other friends to meet Francis during a private meeting last Wednesday. He told CNN this week that he had personally arranged the meeting with the pontiff, who was his former literature and psychology teacher at Inmaculada Concepción in Argentina.

“Three weeks before the trip, he called me on the phone and said he would love to give me a hug,” Grassi told the outlet.
He said that Francis has known for some time that he is a homosexual, and met his partner once in Rome.

http://christiannews.net/2015/10/03/pope-francis-met-with-homosexual-man-and-his-partner-day-before-meeting-kim-davis/


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Shocking VIDEO CLIP: Why is Southern Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress Calling Pope Francis a Christ Follower & Humble & Why is Jeffress Wrong According to the Bible?
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Video Clip: Donald Trump Run From The Copelands, Paula White, David Jeremiah, Robert Jeffress, & The TBN Broadcasters
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WVW-TV Presents: The White Magic of Evangelicalism (Part Three)
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WVW-TV Presents: No-Co TV and What Does a Godly Marriage Resemble & How is it Achieved?
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Prominent Association Targets Evangelicals for Science ‘Education’
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The Moscow-Washington-Tehran Axis of Evil

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When the Devil Points a Gun at You

Can you imagine the despair in the room? Put yourself in the shoes of the students in that classroom as they watched their teacher drop. As the gunman shouted to the Christians to make themselves known! What would you do?

As a College minister I can’t help but be deeply affected by it. Tragedy has struck yet another college campus. Just yesterday I talked with several students on their way to class, and asked them if they were to die tonight gun-pointed-at-you-in-your-face-aim-aimedwhat would they say to God. Words like these are not scare tactics. We all are literally on the verge of eternity.

So many people are using this situation as a political tool. Some are calling for stricter gun control.  Some say that the man specifically targeted the school because it was a gun-free zone.  Others are blaming anti-depression medication as they say that all of the major shootings in the last few years came from kids who grew up taking drugs. It’s obvious that the world is confused, is without direction, and is jumping to conclusions. As Christians we know that the only place to get the answers is the Scripture. I wish I could visit Oregon and spend a few days praying with students and bringing them the hope that they need.  We need to pray for the Church in Oregon to wisely know how deal with this situation. Here are some truths that we know when tragedy strikes.

The world will hate Christians

I have to begin with this as we heard that the gunman singled out Christians in the shooting. He hated organized religion and made it a point to shoot the Christians in a fatal way. Jesus was clear that Christians will be persecuted (2 Timothy 5:12).  He also tells his disciples that the world will treat them just like He was treated (John 15:20-21). When the devil points a gun at you, he desperately wants to kill Christ but he can’t get to him. But we know Christ will ultimately crush his head.

The world can’t stop the Gospel

On the day of their executions, Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley knew that their burning would only enflame thehugh latimer nicholas ridley light of the Gospel even more. Though John Bunyan’s tongue was silenced, the Gospel spread through his writing at a higher rate than ever before. Time and time again the world has tried to silence Christians and yet you cut a head off and two grow back. You can’t stop the Gospel.  Though the devil seems to win battles, he will not win the war. When the Devil points a gun at you he desperately wants to stop the Gospel, but he can’t and it always spreads further.

You can’t stay silent

These are important moments. People rarely focus on their death. And though the temptation is often to fear, fear that the next person I talk to could hate Christianity, we cannot stay silent. We must keep pressing and shining the light of the Gospel on this lost world. God is in the business of bringing light out of darkness, but he uses our lips to do that. We must be like the disciples who although wounded and hurting, went away from the beating thankful that they had been considered worthy to suffer for Christ’s sake and went on preaching even more boldly (Acts 5:40-42). When the Devil points a gun at you he desperately wants you to cower away and hide, but it wont happen. God uses these moments to make true believers more bold.paul and silas

You must call people to repent

The students at Umpqua Community College were not worse sinners. Jesus is very clear that when tragedy strikes, our focus should not be the judgment on the people, but rather the souls of those who are still alive (Luke 13:1-5). We must call them to repent. We must see them as souls who will spend eternity somewhere! We cannot change the message in order to make it more palatable, or to make it less likely that we will be persecuted. We must plead with people and preach the message God himself wants us to preach. We must remember that when the Devil points a gun at you he desperately wants you to change the Gospel, but it wont happen because tragedy’s like this only cause us to rely more on God’s words and not our own.

Let’s not forget to pray for those who were affected by this tragedy, and to thank the Lord for the boldness of those who fearlessly claimed Christ as their Savior, and lets not coward away and waste an opportunity to bring light in the midst of incredible darkness.


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The Church is in Trouble

The Church is in Trouble

“The church today, the church code of Jesus Christ is working very hard to be as much like the culture as possible instead of fleeing those things. For decades, it has been popular for church leaders to make people come to church and feel like they’re at some worldly event…We don’t do what they do. We don’t think the way they think. We don’t talk the way they talk. This should be an alien environment, as we are set apart onto God.” – John MacArthur


Satan’s Subtle Art of Destruction

Satan’s Subtle Art of DestructionIn recent months, I have found myself reflecting on twenty years of ministry in the church. The reflection has inspired me to ponder future years of ministry, if God should sustain me in it. The lessons he continues to teach me are, I believe, not only for pastors and those engaged in vocational ministry, but for all Christians. It is my hope to offer some of these lessons and cautions in a way that is similar to how C.S. Lewis offered his concerns in The Screwtape Letters.

Lewis wrote through the lens of the fictitious Uncle Screwtape, a senior demon who mentored his nephew, Wormwood, in order to tempt and destroy Wormwood’s Christian patient. While we can rest assured that there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1) — he who is in us is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4) — we also know that our enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). So, I offer the following thoughts to the end that you would not be outwitted by Satan, or be ignorant of his schemes, as you fix your eyes on Christ, the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:1).

My Dear Wormwood

First, encourage your patient to make a name for himself and build his own kingdom. Inspire him to believe his own press — fondle every good thing he hears about himself and his ministry, especially flattery. It shouldn’t be too hard, since we have almost won the battle on this front. It is almost universally accepted now that Christians, and especially pastors, should try to make a name for themselves, build their own kingdoms, and cultivate cult-like followings — always commending their own books and ministry activities, praising themselves, and getting others to do so as well. In sum, convince your patient that our Enemy didn’t really mean what it seems when he said, “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them” (Matthew 6:1).

Second, seek to persuade your Christian patient that being cool, dressing cool, talking cool, and acting cool really matters. That just the right hair style and just the right look is what can make the difference in the church and ministry, and that being holy and modest is not cool. Acting, dressing, and speaking in a way that doesn’t bring extra attention to yourself is for ordinary people, for uncool people — in short, for losers.

Third, do everything in your power to keep your patient from regular communion with our Enemy, and convince him that being busy in life and ministry is an acceptable excuse not to spend regular time in prayer. If you can, get him to rationalize that because he offers short prayers to the Enemy throughout the day, he doesn’t need to have a dedicated and disciplined time of prayer. And if you can get him to the point where he tells people he prayed for them, without actually praying for them, even better.

Fourth, our Enemy calls himself the “chief shepherd,” and he has called our patient to be a shepherd — a pastor — but you must get this notion out of his head. The Enemy has called him to shepherding, and we must distract him from it. If possible, cause him to despise mundane work. Convince him that he only needs to be a “pulpiteer” or talking head — not a shepherd. Convince him that “preacher” is a legitimate office in the church, and that the daily hard work of pastoring is something from which he can graduate with just a little bit of ministry success. Get him to think that he can someday move beyond dealing with little things and little people in life and ministry.

Fifth, use every scheme available to you to help your patient rationalize the sins in his life that no one sees. Get him to think that keeping up appearances is what matters — not guarding his heart, not caring about what he does when he is alone, or not considering how he treats his wife. Convince him that his public Christianity, his public ministry, is really just a stage play. Convince him that he’s an actor and that he simply needs to act holy, humble, loving, and repentant. He needs to act like he really prays for people, act like he really cares about people’s problems, and act like he is passionate for the Enemy. If you can do all this, you have him right where you want. Get him to think he doesn’t have to examine his heart and that all he has to worry about is not getting caught in secret sin. After all, he’s one of the Enemy’s “special ones,” so he thinks, and too big and important to fall. Rationalization guarantees our long-term success in this regard.

Sixth, persuade him that the ordinary Christian life and the radical Christian life are mutually exclusive, and that he needs to choose a side. Convince him that ordinary is boring and that radical is excessive. Convince him that being ordinary is beneath him, and then convince him that being passionate is amateurish. Thus, leave him slightly bewildered and vacillating. In the end, convince him that he needs to act like and look like the world in order to fit in with the world and win the world. Obscure from him the truth that a radically ordinary life is a great threat to our purpose and mission.

Seventh, convince him that grace is for other people, but not for himself — that grace is for really bad people, but not for pastors. Make him pompous so that he not only thinks he has all the grace he needs from God, but also that he is above receiving grace from others — particularly those he serves. Persuade him to stop fighting for joy in his life, to stop praying for joy, and to think that God doesn’t care if he is joyful because, after all, life is hard and full of complexities and miseries. Be sure to help him realize that not to be joyful is actually a way to trick people into thinking that he is really quite holy and wise.


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Never Give Up

By Roger Oakland Understand the Times, International Jesus made it clear that understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way one can enter into the Kingdom of God. If this is true, would it not be reasonable to suggest that Satan, God’s adversary, would do all he could do to prevent people from […]

Re-Ignite Bible Reading That’s Become Boring

We’ve all been there. Reading the Bible can become boring. Our eyes are on the page but our minds are everywhere else; because everywhere else is just so much more interesting. That black book without pictures just isn’t quite so exciting as the black device that can show us anything in the world in just a click. We may pick up our Bibles, open the pages and scan the lines, but our hearts just aren’t in it. We force ourselves to read our chapter(s) or fill up our allotted time, but we really can’t wait to finish and get on to much more fascinating and enjoyable things.

It’s not good, is it? You know it’s bad, but you don’t know what to do. Well, here are some ideas to help you re-ignite your Bible reading. If you have any strategies that have helped you, leave them in the comments box to help others too, will you?

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1. Routine. If our Bible reading is not fixed for a particular time each day, and we’re just hoping a time slot appears, we’ll end up squeezing it into too small a space. Best to pick a time and get into a habit of reading each day at that time. If you are already in a good habit of reading at the same time each day, and your reading has become boring, the worst thing you can do is give up your routine and only “read as the Spirit moves.” You’ll hardly read at all then. Pick a time, and stick at it.

2. Sleep. No, not during your reading, but before it. Many times boredom sets in because we’re shattered with exhaustion and we just don’t have the energy to read in an interactive and profitable way. Get yourself a good seven to eight hours of sleep each night and you’ll find that a much brighter mind will produce much brighter reading.

3. Ban the cellphone. If you check your phone before you check your Bible, the Bible is going to lose. The Internet and social media arre crack cocaine for the brain. The Bible requires careful cutting, chewing and digesting. The former is quick thrills; the latter is a slow roast. Check your Bible first and it won’t feel such a let down to your brain. And put your phone away as you read; even if it’s not pinging and buzzing, the brain sees it and is expecting it, causing further distraction.

4. Read a different version. Sometimes we’ve become too familiar with the words we’ve read many, many times. Why not read a different version alongside your favorite one, to jog your mind out of its normal ruts and make you see words and sentences in a fresh light.

5. Read more slowly (or quickly). If you are reading a chapter a day, slow down to just a few verses a day to make you think and meditate more (10 tips on meditation here). Or speed up for a time, reading more chapters more quickly in order to get a better overview of a book. Just change it up a bit. If you are in a difficult part of the Old Testament, add a few verses from the New each day.

6. Read a devotional first. Sometimes our hearts need to be warmed up. I usually sing or read part of a Psalm before reading my chapters in the Old and New Testament. You could read a daily devotional or sing a spiritual song to light up that cold heart.

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10 Reasons Why Church Members Just Sit

If your church is typical, you have some attenders who are faithful every Sunday but otherwise uncommitted; that is, they are not doing ministry through your congregation. My evidence is anecdotal, but our Lawless Group and personal interviews with uninvolved members have shown at least these reasons for inactivity:

  1. Churches allow them to sit.  If the church has no clearly stated expectations, and if the church has no intentional strategy to move people into ministry, they shouldn’t be surprised when people just sit.
  2. They’ve never been challenged one-on-one to get involved. Pulpit and bulletin announcements simply don’t work when recruiting workers. Do what Jesus did – call out people personally, clearly, passionately.
  3. They’re worn out.  Some folks are just plain tired from previous service, whether in your church or another. They just need a break, at least for a while.
  4. They don’t see the need. From the pew, it might be that all they see is a church that seems to be functioning quite well. Nobody talks about needs, and nothing evidently shows a need. Thus, sitting might make sense.
  5. They’re skeptical about support. Past experience concerns them. They might want to serve, but they’re not convinced they’ll get the training they need and want. They fear they’ll be thrown into the battle alone.
  6. They’re unbelievers. Let’s just be honest. Some folks don’t serve because they really don’t know the Lord – even though they themselves haven’t recognized that truth yet.
  7. They’re genuinely busy otherwise. Some folks really are busy, even with good activities. Putting something else on their plate seems almost impossible. Not getting involved makes more sense to them than doing God’s work with half effort.
  8. They have sin in their life. Few people who are living in sin are passionately open to using their gifts in God’s work. Hiding in anonymity seems the better option.
  9. They’ve never read or heard (or can’t remember ) 1 Corinthians 12.  We’ve been surprised how often folks want to get involved more after we simply explain the “body” concepts of 1 Corinthians 12 – and give them some means to determine their spiritual giftedness and opportunities in the body.
  10. Nobody’s really been praying for laborers.  Jesus told workers in the harvest to pray for more workers (Luke 10:1-2). When our churches don’t consistently, intentionally, and strategically pray that way, we shouldn’t expect more workers to come forth.

What would you add to this list? 


Are You Prepared For Persecution?

Christian persecution is not something new to us in the 21st Century. Throughout church history, believers have suffered persecution. “They have been beaten, ridiculed, defrocked, and defamed. They have suffered poverty, isolation, betrayal, and disgrace. They have been hounded, harassed, and murdered.”*

Persecution Should Not Surprise Us

Persecution should come as no surprise to Christians. In John 15:19, we learn that we will be hated by the world: “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”

Also, in 2 Timothy 3:12 and 1 Peter 4:13, we learn that we “will” — not “might” — face persecution. So if we are following the Lord, we will face persecution in some way, shape, or form; it is inevitable because we are rubbing against the world’s ideas. We are telling them what they want, what they believe, and what they do is not ok, even if we are not explicitly stating it. By the simple fact that we aren’t doing, wanting, or believing, what they believe is enough to cause the world to hate us. People love their sin (Jer. 14:10). They want it to be approved of, even celebrated. When someone, or a group of people, is not willing to do that, persecution arises.

What is Persecution?

Persecution occurs anytime we are attacked for our beliefs. Attacks may include anything from the loss of a job, to a verbal or physical assault, to being driven from our home, or even killed for what we believe. Persecution takes many forms. But it is nothing new. It has been happening from the beginning – Cain killed Abel because God looked on him in favor – and it will continue until Jesus returns.

The Advantage of Knowing

Knowing persecution is coming, actually works to our advantage because it allows us to prepare for it now. Prepare is something we must do. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to be blindsided or sucker-punched by persecution. Instead, we should be prepared.

How Should We Prepare For Persecution?

(1) Meditate on the Promises of God

Reading and meditating on God’s promises, particularly those that deal with His return (Matt. 16:27; 24:4-5; 11; 23-27; 24:30-31; 24:37-39; Mark 8:38; Luke 17:28-30; 21:34-36; Jn, 14:1-3; 1 Jn 1:7-9; 1 Jn, 3:2), should help us see that persecution is not the end. Jesus will return. He will be victorious (Ps. 2; Dan. 2:44; 7; Phil. 2:9-11; Rev 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16). We will be vindicated for our beliefs (Rev. 6:9-11). We will live in a perfect world free of persecution (Rev. 19; 21). Knowing and understanding these things are huge, if we are to face persecution with hope.

(2) Learn More About God and His Plan

We need to know that our God is not oblivious to persecution, as if He is sleeping in the heavens, while Christians are getting their heads cut off on earth. He knows what happens in this world, because He is intimately involved (Matt. 6:25-34).

We also need to know that our God is not powerless to defeat our enemies. Nor does persecution happen outside of God’s plan. He has a plan and purpose for everything that happens in this world (Ps. 139; 15-16; Dan. 7; Jn. 17:1-8). As such, He is able to work all things together for good, according to His will (Rom. 8:28). We may not understand or even know the purpose of our suffering, but God does.

As Christians, we must trust that God knows best and His will is perfect (Is, 43:3). We can trust God because of who He is. Scripture tells us our God is All-Powerful (Jer. 10:10), All-Sovereign (Is, 64:8; Acts 1:7), Omniscient (Matt. 6:25-34), Holy (Lev. 22:2; Is. 43:15; Matt. 6:9), Righteous (1 Pet. 1:17), Just (1 Pet. 1:17), Compassionate (Matt. 7:11), Loving (Ex. 34:6), and much more. Since our God possesses these attributes, we can trust His will, even if we can’t understand it.

(3) Seek Support 

Christians are born again into community. At the moment of salvation, we become apart of a body – the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12). As members of the body of Christ, we are called to seek and give support and comfort to one another in times of persecution (2 Cor. 1:4), bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2), and encourage and build one another up (1 Thess. 5:11), as we face trials of various kinds (James 1:2).

Don’t let persecution sucker-punch you. Instead, prepare for it now, because it is coming.

* George Grant, A History of Persecution, Table Talk Magazine August 2015, 11.


When Can A Child Respond to the Gospel?

Few issues weigh more heavily on Christian parents than the salvation of their children. For credobaptists this issue takes on a special significance as we hold to the idea that our children must be converted in order to become Christians.[1] As a result, credobaptist parents and churches often struggle with the question of when a child is ready for the Gospel. While the Bible does not provide a fully-developed treatment of child-development, a careful study of the Old Testament (OT) reveals several presuppositions about the nature of children which can be applied to questions regarding their readiness for the Gospel.

1. Children should be instructed in the Gospel from their earliest days

Within the OT, children are always part of the faith community.[2] As a result, it is not surprising to find that even small children are singled-out as needing to learn to fear the Lord. In Deut. 31:12-13 small children learn such through hearing the recitation of law. In Deut. 6 this occurs through the recitation and display of the Shema to one’s children. In Josh. 4:6-7 seeing stone monuments brings the fear of the Lord about. Clearly, small children are intended to witness the teachings of the faith community. The application of this to the contemporary situation is obvious: parents and churches have an obligation to begin instructing, reciting, and exposing their children to the Gospel and the story of the Bible from birth forward. There should never be a time when a child should not be being instructed in the Gospel.

2. Children should be present at the practices of the church from their earliest days

Not only are children instructed in the faith teachings beginning at birth, they are also incorporated into services and functions of the faith community at birth. For example in Deut. 16:11, Deut.  14:21ff 31:10-13, and Josh. 4:6-7, 21-24, parents are explicitly commanded to bring their children to the festivals and religious services of Israel.

As a parent and as a preacher I am often tempted to remove my children from church services and events. Children are frequently loud, active, distracting and disruptive. Including them in church services feels counterproductive to a quality preaching and praise experience.

While including children in the functions of every service is not required, it is antithetical to the child discipleship process outlined in the OT to exclude children from a majority of church functions.

3. Children’s questions indicate a readiness for the Gospel

As children observe the events of the faith community and are exposed to its teaching, questions naturally arise in their minds. Moses anticipated this when he instructed Israel about the Passover and the Shema. In both instances, Moses told the Israelites that children observing these rituals and teachings will eventually ask questions about their meaning (Exod. 13:14, Deut. 6:21). Within the OT context then, the education and discipleship of the children is, as one OT scholar notes, in “response to the child’s curiosity. [It] even waits for the strategic moments, the receptivity implied in the [child’s] question.”[3] In a similar fashion, Christian parents and churches should be prepared for the questions of their children. Such questions indicate a readiness for the Christian Gospel.

4. Children should be taught the why and not just the what

In the OT, children not only learn the rules and go to the services, they also learn the reason for these rules and rituals. The Shema is a great example of this. The Shema (Deut. 6:4-9) stands as the central faith statement of Israel and the summation of who God is to the Hebrew people. It emphasizes the repetition of both the Ten Commandments (Deut. 4-5) broadly and the confession of the uniqueness of Yahweh particularly to one’s children (Dt 6:7-9). In response to children’s questions about the meaning of these rules and recitations, parents are to tell their children about God’s deliverance from their slavery in Egypt (Dt. 6:20ff). Applying this to a Christian context, as children seek to understand why they have to go to church, why their family has the standards and rules that it does, the appropriate response is the story of God’s deliverance from their slavery to sin.

5. Children are required to understand and respond to God

Since children are to learn the why and not just the what, it is unsurprising that the OT expectation of children is remarkably similar to its expectation of adults. Both are regularly to encounter the polity of Israel through its oral recitation (Dt. 4:9-10, 31:10-13) in order that both young and old will learn of and not forget the divine instruction. This instruction results in both children and adults learning to fear the Lord, to observe the law, and to live long and prosperous lives. Thus, both adults and children are accountable to know (the commandments/polity of Israel), to be (fearing the Lord), and to do (the commands). The same things based on the same motivation.

Proverbs builds on this idea of child accountability in that both children and adults are to pursue wisdom (Proverbs 1-9, esp. 1:5a). This wisdom is manifested in an appreciation for and application of discipline to one’s life. The discipline is something both the young and the wise welcome (Prov. 9:8, 10:17, 12:1, 17:10).

This brief study regarding the OT nature of children reveals several truths which can be applied to our question regarding children’s readiness for conversion. First, children are valid candidates for discipleship and should be part of the life of the church.  Second, while exposure to this discipleship process begins from the earliest age, children self-identify as to when they come to know and understand the significance of the religious rituals of the community through asking questions. Third, it follows that as children are exposed to the teaching of the gospel, they will ask questions as to its meaning. Fourth, these questions and the corresponding comprehension by children would be indicative of a child’s receptivity to the gospel message and conversion. Fifth, children are cognitively and volitionally as capable of being discipled as adults.

[1] As opposed to our paedobaptists friends who frequently argue that children can be nurtured in such a way that they are never outside the saving love of Christ and his Church.

[2] I believe that my paedobaptist friends incorrectly take such as a mandate for baptizing infants. Still, I think we would all agree that at a minimum such OT teachings indicate that children should be exposed to the teachings of the Christian faith at the earliest ages. For those interested in why Baptists reject the OT practice of circumcision as normative for NT baptism  I would recommend the articles by Stephen Wellum, Shawn Wright, and Duane Grant in the book Believer’s Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ.

[3] Patrick D. Miller, “That the Children May Know: Children in Deuteronomy,” in The Child in the Bible, ed. Marcia J. Burge (Grand Rapids, MI: William, 2008), 51.


Two Obstacles to a Relationship with God

Two Obstacles to a Relationship with God

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:19–22)

The writer to the Hebrews commands us to draw near to God.

This letter exhorts us to persevere, and this profound call to draw near to God is right at the heart. In the midst of difficulty and temptation, we’re told to come closer. To move in. To draw near. This command to draw near might be summarized as a summons to live in a rich God-accomplished relationship with God.

Rich — And Accomplished by God

It’s a rich relationship, not a mechanical one. It requires a “true heart in full assurance of faith.” This is a full and rich and satisfying relationship — one that is more real to us than anything else.

It’s a God-accomplished relationship, not one that we contrive. This relationship we’re called to is not our building a tower, or our climbing stairs, or our somehow trying to maneuver our way to get close to him. Notice the language: We’re to draw near “with our hearts sprinkled clean from a evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” This echoes the God-centeredness of the New Covenant, when God promised that he’d write his law on our hearts, that he’d give us his Spirit, that he’d make us clean (Jeremiah 31:33). The point is that God is behind this. God did it. Draw near to him.

Two Obstacles in the Way

But it’s not that simple. There are obstacles in our way. There are many things, in fact, that might deter you from a rich relationship with God, but two in particular are worth mentioning: 1) the fear of judgment and 2) the fear of disappointment.

The fear of judgment keeps you from a rich relationship with God because you just can’t believe that God can forgive your sin. You know your sin and guilt, and although you like the idea of a closer relationship with God, you wouldn’t dare pursue it. You think a person as messed up as you just isn’t supposed to be close to God. The fear of judgment imagines God frowning, crossing his arms, annoyed, angry, fed up with your mess-ups. He is not a Father running to meet you, but one waiting to punish you. How could you draw near to him?

The fear of disappointment, on the other hand, says, “Oh yeah, I get that relationship stuff. I’ve tried it before. Have you seen how crazy my life is?” This is a fear that doesn’t tempt us to stop believing; it tempts us to forfeit a life of intimacy with Jesus because we just don’t think that kind of life is possible for us. We’ve tried it. We just can’t do it. And therefore we’ve bunkered down into a Christian life solely about survival.

But God has something to say. If we struggle with either of these obstacles, Hebrews 10 speaks up with the good news that Jesus abolishes both fears at the cross.

Jesus Died for Us

First, we can have a rich God-accomplished relationship with God because of Jesus’s sacrifice (Hebrews 10:19–20).

Notice how verse 19 begins, “Therefore, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus.” He means that we have access to God now because Jesus died in our place. The once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus has completely absorbed God’s anger towards us. Yes, we have sinned. Yes, we are sinners. Yes, we deserve punishment. But Jesus was the sacrifice for us. He died in our place. He bore our sins in his body on the tree. He suffered the wrath of God on our behalf.

We don’t have to be afraid of God’s judgment anymore. If you are united to Jesus by faith, the anger is gone. The punishment has been paid. There is no more condemnation. God looks at you as a loving Father with his arms wide open and he says to you, “Draw near by the blood of my Son.”

Jesus Prays for Us

Second, we can have a rich God-accomplished relationship with God because Jesus prays for us (Hebrews 10:21).

The second part of verse 21 gives us another reason to draw near to God: Jesus prays for us. The writer tells us “. . . and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near . . .” Right beside the foundation of Jesus’s death in our place is this glorious picture of Jesus praying for us. The death of Jesus and the intercession of Jesus, then, provide the grounds by which we can have a rich relationship with God.

This is better than anything we could imagine. Jesus has an active, priestly role for our sake at the Father’s right hand. Hebrews 7:25 tells us, “Jesus is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” He is always praying for us, always fueling the furnace of our faith. When the stresses of this world and the worst of suffering might seem to extinguish our hope, it doesn’t. It can’t. Jesus is praying.

There are two glorious ways Jesus abolishes the fears that might keep us from a rich relationship with God. He gave us a once-for-all sacrifice and he gives us never-ceasing intercession. The sinless Savior died and he ever lives and pleads for me. Our sinful souls are counted free and our names are written on his heart. He is our perfect, spotless righteousness and our lives our hid with him on high.

“No tongue can bid me thence depart” — nor can anything else in all creation separate us from his love.


Desiring God partnered with Shane & Shane’s The Worship Initiative to write short meditations for more than one hundred popular worship songs and hymns. The Worship Initiative is an online platform devoted to training musicians for songwriting and worship leading.

This meditation was written to accompany the song “Before the Throne of God Above” which is included in The Worship Initiative, Volume 3. Other meditations from Desiring God include:


DON’T GIVE UP

Commentary by Roger Oakland
Understand The Times International: Roger Oakland Ministries
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Jesus made it clear that understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way one can enter into the Kingdom of God. If this is true, would it not be reasonable to suggest that Satan, God’s adversary, would do all he could do to prevent people from hearing and understanding the gospel? Have you ever met opposition when you have attempted to present the gospel?

When Paul was called to be a witness for Christ on the road to Damascus, he was told that the task of witnessing to unbelievers would not be without opposition. However, Jesus promised to deliver Paul from the Jews and the Gentiles (unbelievers) who would be the source of the opposition.[1] Of course, we encounter the same kind of opposition, although nearly 2,000 years have passed.

One of the most outspoken and hostile individuals I ever encountered crossed my path the very first time I spoke publicly in defense of the biblical creation view. The meeting was held in a very small church in a Saskatchewan farming community. At the end of the meeting, the local biology teacher (who had been invited by a student) attacked what I had said and defended her evolutionary view with great zeal. Her comments were so rude and insulting, for several days thereafter, I questioned whether or not I should continue in ministry.

Of course, there have been many other encounters since but none as devastating as that first experience. Today, as I look back over the many years I have been in ministry, I can see how Satan was attempting to discourage me from witnessing in obedience to God.

If you are an active witness for Jesus Christ, I am sure you have met opposition. This opposition does not necessarily come as a physical confrontation. Often when new Christians attempt to share their new-found faith with their relatives, they are met with rejection that can have deep emotional implications. What we have to remember is that Satan, “the god of this world,” is very upset with the fact he has lost another to God’s Kingdom. He will do all he can to try and prevent those who are closely related to the new believer to reject them and try to make them believe they are fools.

It is important to remember that the Bible teaches us that “our battle is not against flesh and blood.” Over the years that I have been involved in ministry, I have observed that men and women who oppose the gospel with the greatest hostility are the ones who are usually under strong conviction from the Holy Spirit.

We must never give up just because someone opposes us or rejects us. Remember, it is God’s grace that brought us into the Kingdom, and it must also be God’s grace that will influence our friends, relatives, and acquaintances. When opposition comes, don’t take it personally. It’s God’s battle. He knows what He is doing.

[1]  Acts 26: 17


This Week in Calvinism – October 2, 2015

  • How do we know that Calvinists are not Christians? Because the Bible tells us that heretics are not saved. Um…yeah.
  • Sheldon Long wants you to watch four videos that purport to expose Calvinism as error. Nothing new here.
  • According to Jennie M. Xue of Singapore, non-Christian Indonesians may be confused “as to why the U.S., as a country established on the spirit of Christianity, does not reflect the [economic] values urged by the Pope.” The reason? Calvinism, of course.
  • Joel Watts responds to Charles Spurgeon’s claim that “Calvinism is the gospel”:

    There is no greater sin than that which is exemplified by Spurgeon, who would set aside the Gospel of Jesus preached for 1500 years before Calvin and without Calvinism and to reject everything else but Calvinism as a sign of the Gospel. This requires a self-delusion so powerful that it cannot help but prove absolute depravity.

    That quote from Spurgeon comes from “A Defense of Calvinism.” Perhaps Mr. Watts should take time to read the entire thing rather than create a straw man argument based on one sentence.

  • Dr. Rick Patrick expresses his concern about “Youth Targeted Calvinism.” Yes, we have to keep our children safe from preying Calvinists. We wouldn’t want them turning out to be like John Piper, R. C. Sproul, or even Charles Spurgeon.
  • Dr. James White responds to Dr. Patrick in the first part of the Oct. 1 episode of The Dividing Line.

Notable Voices: October 3, 2015

What Pastors Wish Their Worship Leaders Knew — Bob Kauflin

Bob article is helpful in that it focuses on unity and cohesion of direction for the pastor and worship leader. Few things are more awkward and obvious than when a pastor and worship leader are not on the same page in a worship service.


Four Indications You Have an Untrustworthy Team Member — Eric Geiger

Church staff teams and other leadership teams are generally no larger than 8-10 people. So when one is untrustworthy, it can really harm the direction and effectiveness of the team.


Improve Your Writing Now: 5 Tips from C.S. Lewis — Aaron Earls

The difference between good writing and poor writing is typically both noticeable and correctable. The five tips Aaron lists can help any writer instantly.


What to Look for in a New Church — Aaron Armstrong

Whether you are looking to become a member or going on staff, these five characteristics are important to look for in a new church.


Is This Missing from Your Sermon Prep? — Erik Raymond

The sermon is not only about the hearers. The preacher should also be affected by the text. As Erik states, let the text wreck you and rebuild you, preacher.


The Truth about Church Websites — Austin Brown

Just another reminder about why church websites should be done with excellence and done for guests. This is your church’s one opportunity to make a great first impression. Don’t drop the ball with your website.


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Weekend A La Carte (October 3)

Kindle deals today include: Truth in a Culture of Doubt by Andreas Kostenberger ($3.50); Contending with Christianity’s Critics by Paul Copan ($3.50); Fear and Faith by Trillia Newbell ($3.03); Discerning Truth by Jason Lisle ($2.99).

What “Orwellian” Means

Most people use the word wrong. This is a great little video that describes what it really means (and why we want to use it rightly).

A Quick And Easy Guide To The Planned Parenthood Videos

Mollie Hemingway provides a quick and easy guide to the 10 videos that have been released to this point.

Don’t Neglect the Work of Speck Removing

Are we actually supposed to remove the speck from a brother’s eye? And can we see clearly enough to do that? John Piper answers in his inimitable way.

FactChecker: The Umpqua Community College Shooting

Joe Carter: “In an attempt to help dispel and clarify some of the claims being made I’ve put together what we know so far. There is still much we do not know about this mass killing, and even most of what we know is tentative so I’ll update this article as necessary.”

Why Four Gospels?

Why did God give us four gospels instead of just one? It’s a valid question.

Tomorrow in 1692. Increase Mather published his “Cases of Conscience Concerning Evil Spirits,” which ended the Salem Witch Trials. *

The Execution of Alfredo Prieto

“It is undeniably disturbing to drive to the scheduled killing of another.” This article tells how an execution actually unfolds.

Don’t Leave Jesus Behind

Thanks to P&R for sponsoring the blog this week with “Don’t Leave Jesus Behind.” Sponsors play a crucial role in helping keep the blog going, so I am grateful for each one.


Christian Headlines Daily – Saturday, October 3, 2015

http://www.christianheadlines.com/

Top Headlines

Coptic Christians in Hiding from Muslims

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Stamp Goes on Sale

Divers Begin Construction on World’s First Underwater Church

Are Homeschooled Children More Religious?

Oregon College Shooter Specifically Targeted Christians

Pastor Saeed’s Parents Break Down in Tears after Seeing Trauma He Endures

Annual Day of Prayer for Jerusalem this Sunday

Benjamin Netanyahu Harshly Criticizes Iran Nuclear Deal in Speech

Christians in Syria Struggle to Survive amid Terrors

Former Yazidi Sex Slave Says She was ‘Owned’ by American ISIS Leader

Opinion

It’s Time for Evangelicals to Speak up for Animals

How ABC’s ‘The Muppets’ Killed Jim Henson’s Vision of Making the World a Kinder Place

How to Talk to Your Teens about Young Adult Books Promoting the Gay Lifestyle

Shooter Kills 9 at Oregon College

Why Pastors Need to Preach More about Hell


Our Time is Short

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


10/04/15 The Reality of My Pride

READING: Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  I have often thought about whether John the Baptist might have been tempted with pride. I readily admit my fallen nature, but I think I would have been seriously tempted with arrogance if all the following marked my life:

  • My  birth was supernatural, granted to aged parents and announced by an angel (Luke 1:10-20).
  • People from all over Jerusalem and Judea came to hear me preach (Mark 1:5).
  • They not only came to hear me, but they also responded to my message (Matthew 3:5).
  • I baptized Jesus (Mark 1:9).
  • I preached a hard word to religious leaders of the day, calling all to repentance (Matthew 3:7-12, Luke 3:7-14)
  • People thought I was the Messiah (Luke 3:15).
  • Even Jesus said I was a great prophet (Matthew 11:7-15).

Even with all of these realities in front of him, though, John knew his place. Listen to his words:

Matt. 3:13-14  Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. But John tried to stop Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and yet You come to me?”

Mark 1:7  “Someone more powerful than I will come after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of His sandals.”

Frankly, I hope I would have been as humble, but I don’t know if I would have been. Given that I still sometimes can’t wait to hear an affirmation after preaching and look longingly for positive reviews of my writings, I know pride still lurks in my heart.

I wonder sometimes if we might say, “I’m not worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals” while also thinking in our head, “But other people still need to recognize how important my sandals are.” To claim humility in the presence of Jesus while allowing pride to linger in the presence of others is nothing less than hypocrisy.

ACTION STEPS:  Take a risk to pray the prayer below, and listen as the Lord reveals your heart. Then, do something intentional today that serves somebody else — but do it for God’s glory, without an expectation of honor or recognition.

PRAYER: “Lord, show me every ounce of my pride today.”


10/03/15 He Grew, and We Worship

READING: Matthew 2, Luke 2:39-52

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  Jesus has always been amazing, even as a child. He grew like other boys did, yet He clearly was more than others:

Luke 2:40  The boy grew up and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God’s grace was on Him.

Matt. 2:11 Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they [the magi] worshiped Him.

Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people.

Jesus was the boy King whom the prophet announced (Matt. 2:6), the wise men worshiped (Matt. 2:11), and Herod feared (Matt. 2:16). At the age of 12, He had knowledge that no others had — so much so that even the religious leaders of His day were astounded at His wisdom (Luke 2:46-47). Moreover, He knew at that age that He had a unique relationship to the Father; He knew He was the Father’s Son who had a mission to fulfill: “Didn’t you know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49b).

Jesus was, indeed, both fully human and fully God. He grew like others, but others worshiped Him. He who knows our life is worthy of the same response from us.

ACTION STEPS: To worship and love Jesus is to obey Him. Choose a particular area of weakness in your life today, and choose to obey Him without compromise. He deserves that kind of obedience.

PRAYER: “Lord, I don’t want to fail You today. I know Your Son is worthy. Help me to worship Him through my obedience.”


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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October 3-4, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Top News – 10/4/2015

Jordan threatens to recall ambassador
The Jordianian government plans to reconsider its diplomatic stance because of developments at the Temple Mount, in order to take effective action “required to stop the Israeli attacks at al-Aqsa Mosque”, Jordanian government sources told London-based newspaper al-Hayat. The sources added that there is pressure in the parliament to take more drastic steps, recalling the Jordanian ambassador from Israel – which occurred last year.

Syrian crisis: Russia vows to intensify air strikes
Russia has pledged to intensify its air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, saying the bombing has significantly weakened the militants. A Russian military official said “panic and desertion” had started among the militants and some 600 “mercenaries” were trying to escape to Europe. However, Britain said Russia’s strikes were supporting its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Guatemala landslide deaths rise to 73, with hundreds missing
The Guatemalan authorities say the number of people killed when a hillside collapsed on houses in the village of El Cambray, 15km (nine miles) outside the capital, has risen to 73. They said another 350 people were still believed to be missing under tonnes of rock and earth that slipped onto homes on Thursday night. Rescue teams were using dogs to try to reach people trapped under the rubble.

France floods: 16 dead on Riviera after storms
Violent storms and flooding have hit south-eastern France, killing at least 16 people with three more missing, officials say. Three elderly people drowned when their retirement home near the city of Antibes was inundated with floodwater. Others died trapped in their cars in tunnels and underground car parks as the waters rose.

‘Wide-scale operation may be needed to control Jerusalem terror’
A wide-scale operation may be needed to counter the recent wave of deadly terror attacks against Israelis, said Minister of Intelligence Israel Katz on Sunday. “We will toughen our measures against the Palestinians,” he said speaking to Army Radio. “There could be a need for another Operation Defensive Shield.”

Former British MP George Galloway expresses support for third intifada
George Galloway, a vehemently anti-Israel former British politician, announced his support for a third intifada, saying “Whenever it comes I will support it with every breath God gives me.” In the tweet posted on his Twitter account on Sunday, Galloway wrote that “a new intifada may have begun in Palestine. Or won’t be long delayed.”

Rains not seen for 200 YEARS: Two dead, 22 million on flood watch and New Jersey homes already consumed by high tides in bombardment of weekend storms
A record-setting ‘once-in-200-years rainfall event’ left 22 million Americans on the East Coast on flood watch as rains have closed down roads, waterlogged crops and showed little sign of stopping. Meteorologist Ryan Maue of Weather Bell Analytics told NBC New York: ‘It’s going to be a slow-motion disaster’.

In an Oregon gun shop, President Obama’s message does not sit well
The first thing customers entering the Roseburg Gun Shop see is a life-sized cardboard cutout of President Barack Obama with a Middle Eastern scarf around his head and a badge pinned to his chest that reads: “Gun salesman of the year.”

Joe Biden could decide presidential run in the next week
Vice President Joe Biden is nearing a decision on whether to run for president, and it could come as early as within the next seven to 10 days, according to three people familiar with his deliberations.

Abortion, Birth Control, Race Top Supreme Court’s Agenda
Abortion, birth control and race are among the most divisive issues the Supreme Court will confront over the next nine months, amid a presidential election campaign in which some candidates are talking pointedly about the justices and the prospect of replacing some of them in the next few years.

Israel Saved from Having to Endure Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters’ “The Wall”– Won’t Be Released There
For Roger Waters, it’s another brick through the window. He’s written another crazy anti-Semitic essay on Salon.com– which they, by the way, love to publish.

The Day Christians Were Martyred on American Soil
Christians were martyred for their faith — on American soil — a fact mostly ignored by most of the Mainstream Media and the White House.


Top Headlines – 10/4/2015

Report: Palestinian goes on stabbing spree in Jerusalem’s Old City, wounds four

EU Calls For Palestinian State After Henkin Murders

Netanyahu to Kerry: World must condemn Palestinian lionizing of terrorists

Pressure grows on Netanyahu to act with ‘iron fist’ in light of Palestinian terror onslaught

Netanyahu: Palestinians, our so-called peace partners must fight terrorism

Katz blames ‘Abbas’ incitement’ for Jerusalem terror attack

Jerusalem mayor: Israel must arrest those inciting Palestinian ‘lone wolf’ terrorists

Liberman: Jerusalem attack result of Israel’s loss of deterrence

‘Netanyahu lost control over security of Israeli citizens,’ Herzog says

Agriculture minister says terror aimed at ‘Jews who are guilty of being Jewish’

Back in Ramallah from UN, Abbas still silent on deadly attack

Israel ‘playing with fire’ on Temple Mount, Erdogan warns

Mass exodus of Jews from Europe feared after reported rise in Antisemitism

Khamenei: Iran will support anyone who strikes at Israel

American Officials: Netanyahu Has Ended Fight Against Iran Deal

Islamic State reportedly gains ground near Israeli Golan Heights

Syria claims Israel propping up rebel forces

U.N. not fixing Syria crisis anytime soon

‘This is a major world event’: The Syrian war is now fueling a ‘global cold war’

Obama says Syria ‘is not some superpower chessboard contest’

Egypt says Russia’s intervention in Syria will counter terrorism

Russia says its air strikes in Syria have hurt military potential of terrorists there

In Assad’s heartland, villagers see Russians as saviours

Russia bombs Syrian targets for 4th day as international concerns grow

France tells Putin to confine airstrikes to Islamic State

Netanyahu says Israel’s relationship with Russia is good

Obama: World not fooled by Putin’s strategy in Syria

US weighs new support for Syrian rebels against ISIS

Eurotunnel services suspended as migrants storm tunnel

British Teen Receives Life Sentence For Islamic State-Inspired Terror Plot

Islamic State claims responsibility for killing Japanese man in Bangladesh

Aid group phoned NATO, US officials as bombs hit Afghan hospital for nearly an hour

UN rights chief says US bombing of Afghan hospital may be war crime

15 killed in multiple bomb blasts in Nigerian capital, officials say

Sheriff: Gunman who killed 9 at Oregon college committed suicide

To name or not to name: media wrestle with naming mass shooter

‘Cyber banging’ drives new generation of gang violence

Deaths Draw Attention to Wall Street’s Grueling Pace

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Coquimbo, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 10,000ft

Flash Floods, ‘Once in 200 Years Rainfall Event’ Loom in South Carolina

Obama declares state of emergency in South Carolina

Hurricane Joaquin Remains a Severe Category 4 Hurricane, May Threaten Bermuda Next

Tropical Storm Mujigae to Impact China and Vietnam by Sunday

Guatemalan mudslide death toll reaches 56, hundreds missing

California wildfire evacuees return to looted homes

More Than 70 Overdose Cases Reported in Chicago in 72 Hours

Abortion, birth control, race top Supreme Court’s agenda

Pledging to Fight Injustices, Hillary Clinton Focuses on Transgender Rights in Speech

Clinton assails Carson, Cruz on gay rights issues, warns about electing anybody in GOP field


Top News – 10/3/2015

In South China Sea, a Tougher U.S. Stance
The United States is poised to send naval ships and aircraft to the South China Sea in a challenge to Beijing’s territorial claims to its rapidly-built artificial islands… The move toward a somewhat more muscular stance follows talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama…which fell far short of a breakthrough over how territorial disputes should be settled in the strategic South China Sea.

Weapons That Could Change Geophysical Landscape, Human DNA to Appear Soon
…Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations warned about new threats, including geophysical and genetic weapons that could pose threats to Russia’s well-being in the future. Future weapons will be based on energy, electromagnetic, radiological, geophysical and genetic principles. There will also be special information weapons to change people’s perception, completely changing their mind, the Ministry said.

Record 94,610,000 Americans Not in Labor Force
The number of Americans not in the labor force exceeded 94 million for the second time in a row last month hitting a new record high, according to new government data released Friday morning. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that a record 94,610,000 people (ages 16 and over) were not in the labor force in September. In other words they were neither employed nor had made specific efforts to find work in the prior four weeks.

Guatemala mudslide leaves hundreds missing
Rescue workers in Guatemala are digging through rubble from a mudslide that hit a village not far from the capital, in search of hundreds missing. At least 26 bodies have so far been recovered from the village of El Cambray Dos, rescue services say. Heavy rains swept a torrent of boulders and mud onto houses on Thursday, 15km (nine miles) east of Guatemala City.

Nigeria’s Abuja hit by two blasts with at least 15 dead
Two bomb blasts that hit the outskirts of the Nigerian capital Abuja have killed at least 15 people and injured many more, officials say. The first struck near a police station in Kuje, 25 miles (40km) from Abuja. The second hit a bus stop in Nyanya. No group has said it carried out the attacks yet but suspicion has fallen on Boko Haram Islamists.

US weighs new support for Syrian rebels against ISIS
The United States is considering extending support to thousands of Syrian rebel fighters, possibly with arms and air strikes, to help them push Islamic State from a strategic pocket of Syrian territory along the Turkish border, US officials say. US backing for the plan would come as moderate rebels in Syria, some trained and backed by the United States, say they have been targeted by Russian air strikes…

France tells Putin to confine airstrikes to Islamic State
With Russian warplanes bombing Syria for a third day, French President Francois Hollande told President Vladimir Putin on Friday that Moscow’s airstrikes must be confined to attacking Islamic State militants, not other rebels opposing the Damascus government.

Hospital hit, three staff killed in bombing of Afghan city: Medecins sans Frontieres
Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said its hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz was badly damaged, three staff were killed and 30 staff were unaccounted for after overnight bombing.”We are deeply shocked by the attack, the killing of our staff and patients and the heavy toll it has inflicted on healthcare in Kunduz,” MSF said in a statement.

‘This is a major world event’: The Syrian war is now fueling a ‘global cold war’
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 21. One day after launching a campaign of airstrikes in Syria, Russia announced that it was considering going into Iraq.

Obama: Never Letting a Good Mass Shooting Go To Waste
The Radical-in-Chief grabs the Oregon atrocity and opens fire on the Second Amendment. Mere hours after a young, mixed-race religion-hater fatally shot at least nine apparently Christian victims at an Oregon college, President Obama tried to harangue Americans into supporting fresh restrictions on guns, the most severely regulated consumer goods in America.

This is What Happens When American Jobs Go to Mexico.
American Middle Class Jobs Moving to Mexico are Fueling a New Mexican Middle Class.

Google Claiming it Can Make us Gods
OMG, here comes Google. Now that the UN is prepping to force a robot like lifestyle on unsuspecting humanity with its Agenda 21 morphed into Agenda 2030, Search Engine giant Google, will impose robot-hood on human beings on the same 2030 deadline.

Mr Netanyahu: It’s time to #ENDARABOCCUPATION of Israel; Release the Levy Report
How do you find a compromise with people whose government pays a lifelong dividend to the families of those they proudly call “martyrs;” those who target civilians: children, women and men, grandparents, in cafés, on beaches, in hotels, on Holy Sites, and who attack cars and buses with impunity?


Top Headlines – 10/3/2015

‘Oslo accords are over,’ top Palestinian official says

Netanyahu to Kerry: World must condemn Palestinian lionizing of terrorists

Netanyahu attacked by right-wing flank for ‘not doing enough’ against terror

Israel denies claim Palestinians sent warning of impending shooting attack

At funeral of slain couple, president vows terror won’t halt settlement building

Photos: Judea and Samaria Residents Protest Terror Attack

Tensions High in West Bank After Killing of Israeli Settler Couple

Report: Hotovely, Jordanian FM engage in verbal spat at UN over Temple Mount

Thousands of evangelical Christians descend on Jerusalem for Feast of Tabernacles

EU Report: Lack of Cohesive Policy Leading to ‘Gross’ Underreporting of Antisemitism in Europe

South Africa increasingly seen as key ISIS pipeline for jihadis, cash

The Christian zeal behind Russia’s war in Syria

Obama warns Russia of ‘quagmire’ in Syria

Obama: US will not make ‘proxy war’ with Russia over Syria

Obama says Iran and President Assad represent Russia’s entire coalition in Syria

Kurds Urge Obama, Putin to Put Egos Aside to Defeat ISIS

Russia launches media offensive on Syria bombing

Putin Hailed as Humanity’s Savior as Kremlin PR Machine Kicks In

Putin Has His Own No-Fly Zone in Syria

Iran Sends Troops for Mass Syrian Ground Offensive

Iranian troops move into Syria as White House blames Russia for worsening crisis

Syria conflict: Russia strikes ‘will fuel extremism’

Syria’s political opposition says rejects transitional role for Assad

Merkel says there is no link between Syria and Ukraine crises

Downsize UN role in refugee crises, US relief agency suggests

US’s Kerry, Iran’s Zarif discuss nuclear deal

State media: Yemen severs diplomatic ties with Iran

Saudi Arabia deters bid for U.N. human rights probe in Yemen

Taliban hold out in northern Afghan city, district in northeast falls

Nigerian city of Maiduguri ‘attacked by five child bombers’

Boko Haram kills over 34, injure 39 in Maiduguri

GOP candidate Ben Carson goes after Muslim advocacy group’s tax status

Australian officials say Sydney police HQ shooting ‘linked to terrorism’

Oregon Shooting: Umpqua Gunman Chris Harper Mercer – What We Know

Lockdown at school area in Texas over suspected gun

There’s been no calendar week without a mass shooting during President Obama’s second term

Obama goes after guns, says GOP-controlled Congress responsible for ‘routine’ mass shootings

UN report on web harassment could open door to gov’t control of Internet, critics warn

An ailing global economy starts to weigh on US job market

Record 94,610,000 Americans Not in Labor Force

Wall Street Caps Volatile Session with a Rally After September Jobs

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Tondano, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ovalle, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ovalle, Chile

Over 200 earthquakes gone and more to come to Barbados

A dozen buildings damaged in Polish earth tremor

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 25,000ft

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 10,000ft

Major Hurricane Joaquin Still Battering the Central Bahamas; Tropical Storm Watch in Effect for Bermuda

Hurricane Joaquin downgraded to Category 3 storm as east coast prepares for more rain and flooding

31 Americans among the crew on cargo ship missing in Hurricane Joaquin

Northern Vietnam braces for tropical storm Mujigae

NASA sees Tropical Depression Choi-wan form in West Pacific

Guatemala mudslide leaves hundreds missing

Death toll in Guatemala landslide rises to 26

Google exec: With robots in our brains, we’ll be godlike

Vatican says pope met with gay couple and meeting with Kim Davis not a form of support

Vatican Source: Pope Blindsided By Meeting With Controversial Kentucky Clerk

Calif. mom claims retailer booted her for complaining about man in girls’ restroom

Arrest Warrant Issued for Teen Mania Founder Ron Luce

Compassion International Sues Teen Mania over Canceled Acquire The Fire Events


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Russia in Syria: Putin Fills Strategic Vacuum in the Middle East :: Spyer in Australian

by Jonathan Spyer
The Australian
October 3, 2015

http://www.meforum.org/5537/russia-in-syria


“50 Years of Dangerous Immigration Legislation” – Pipes in NRO, #1426

by Daniel Pipes
Oct 3, 2015
Cross-posted from National Review Online, The Corner

http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2015/10/50-years-of-dangerous-immigration-legislation


Why Obama Won’t Stay at the Waldorf

Although every U.S. President since Herbert Hoover has stayed at the famous luxury Waldorf Astoria Hotel when visiting New York City, President Obama will not be bunking there this week. Along with hundreds of American officials who used to occupy whole floors of the Waldorf during the September meetings of the UN General Assembly, Obama will move to a different hotel. No explanation has been announced, but the obvious reason is that U.S. officials wouldn’t be safe or secure there. The Waldorf was bought last year by a Chinese insurance company whose directors are connected to the Chinese…

The Moscow-Washington-Tehran Axis of Evil

The conventional wisdom is that Vladimir Putin has blindsided Barack Obama in the Middle East, catching the U.S. off-guard. It’s another Obama “failure,” we’re told. “Obama administration scrambles as Russia attempts to seize initiative in Syria,” is how a Washington Post headline described it. A popular cartoon shows [1] Putin kicking sand in the faces of Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry on a beach. The conventional wisdom is driven by the notion that Obama has the best of intentions but that he’s been outmaneuvered. What if his intention all along has been to remake the Middle East…

Yes, This Is A Financial Crisis – 11 TRILLION Dollars In Stock Market Wealth Was Wiped Out In The 3rd Quarter

Dollars - Public DomainDid you know that 11 trillion dollars in global stock market wealth was wiped out during the third quarter of 2015?  When I was emailed this figure by a friend, I was stunned for a moment.  I knew that things were bad, but were they really this bad? When I first received this information, I had just finished a taping for a television show in which I had boldly declared that 5 trillion dollars of stock market wealth had been wiped out around the world.  Unfortunately, the final number has turned out to be much larger than that.  Over the past three months, the stock markets of all major global economies have been crashing simultaneously, and 11 trillion dollars of “paper wealth” has now completely vanished.  The following comes from Fortune(Read More….)


Today’s Teens: Good Grief What a Bunch of Babies Their Parents Have Raised

Today’s teens are seeking counseling in order to deal with the ‘stress’ of ‘coping’ with social media.  No, it’s not the Onion.  What a generation.  Generation #Fail.

Children at leading independent schools are being forced into the hands of professional counsellors to help them cope with the pressures of appearing popular on social media, a leading headmaster has warned.

There has been a rapid expansion in the numbers of counsellors employed by schools to meet the mental health needs of teenagers struggling to deal with the “modern world”, said Chris King, the new chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) of schools.

The pressure to accumulate friends and positive comments on social media – alongside the need to perform well in exams – is leading to significant issues for some young people, Mr King said.

Generation #Fail.


Our Ruling Elites and their Anti-Christian Agenda

My case is quite simple: in the West, much our leadership and mainstream media is overwhelmingly anti-Christian. At the same time it is predominantly secular left, and usually pro-Islam as well. Thus almost every opportunity will be used to engage in anti-Christian bigotry, while supporting the agendas of minority groups which so often hate God, Christianity and freedom.

Examples of this are to be found every day, and yesterday we had more cases of how the media and our leadership tend to operate. Consider the two tragic shootings, one in America and one in Australia. In America a number of Christians were deliberately targeted by a gunman, one who was proud to be an angry atheist.

oregon 1While most media reports played down or ignored altogether the twin facts of an atheist killer and Christian victims – including President Obama – some media outlets managed to spill the beans, as this one did:

A gunman singled out Christians, telling them they would see God in “one second,” during a rampage at an Oregon college Thursday that left at least nine innocent people dead and several more wounded, survivors and authorities said.
“[He started] asking people one by one what their religion was. ‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them, and if you’re a Christian, stand up. And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.’ And then he shot and killed them,” Stacy Boylen, whose daughter was wounded at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., told CNN.
A Twitter user named @bodhilooney, who said her grandmother was at the scene of the carnage, tweeted that if victims said they were Christian, “then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs.” Gunman Chris Harper-Mercer’s disdain for religion was evident in an online profile, in which he became a member of a “doesn’t like organized religion” group on an Internet dating site.

And in Sydney yesterday we had yet another Islamic attack on our streets, this time at a police station, resulting in one being killed, along with the assailant. A news item on this (one of the few to suggest the ‘I’ word – although not actually using the term) runs as follows:

The gunman who shot dead a police staffer was a 15-year-old who had visited Parramatta Mosque on his way to commit murder. The teenager, a naturalised Australian who arrived his with his family from Iran, had walked to the police headquarters in Charles Street from his home in North Parramatta before opening fire on a civilian police employee. Police are today trying to track down the teenage killer’s family who may have left the area.
His victim was a father-of-two, a son and a daughter, who is understood to have worked in the finance area for police.
Witnesses have said that after shooting dead the civilian employee, the teenager ran up and down in front of police headquarters waving his handgun in the air and shouting: “Allah. Allah.” It was then that two special constables on security duty ran from the police building and shot the gunman dead.

OK, so another Muslim closely following the Islamic faith goes on a killing spree, yet most folks in the media still can’t bring themselves to mention the ‘M’ word or the ‘I’ word. Our leaders and the media instead skirt around the blatantly obvious, and fear to even come close to stating the true religious motivations here.

The bottom line in all this – once again – goes like this: We just had Christians shot and killed in Oregon by an atheist, and police shot and killed in Sydney by a Muslim. And the media reaction to these obvious hate crimes? Crickets chirping – as least as to the obvious motivations here.

But just imagine if things were reversed. If Christians were killing atheists or Muslims, this would be front page news and everyone would be calling for the closing down of Christian churches and saying what a hate-filled and violent religion Christianity is.

The government, the media and the commentariat would all at least be demanding inquiries into the Christian religion and organised Christianity, asking why this is such an evil and violent religion. Most ruling elites, the chattering classes, and the intelligentsia would be making a strong case that it is time something is done about the violent faith of Christianity.

And this is just what happens anytime anyone claiming to be a Christian, or even just assumed to be a Christian, does anything out of line. We are told with full assurance that these are hate crimes and stern punishment must be meted out.

But when it comes to atheists or Muslims, then we do everything we can to downplay any ideological or religious motivation. We instead bend over backwards making excuses for them, especially when it comes to Islamic jihadist attacks. We are assured that this was just a lone wolf, and that it had nothing to do with Islam, a religion of peace we are told.

On another site a friend rightly just said this: “Yeah it seems out the Oregon shooter, the Sydney shooter and Troy Newman, Troy Newman is the most evil and sinister of all three.” Exactly. Her concern and mine is not just about the overwhelming reluctance of most of our politicians and the media to dare mention Islam or atheism.

Indeed, according to the lamestream Australian media, neither of these two killers were anywhere near as bad or as ideologically motivated as the really bad dude of recent days, Troy Newman. The American pro-lifer has of course just been unceremoniously booted out of our country because he believes babies deserve a chance to live and not be slaughtered. In the eyes of most of our elites, he is the really bad guy out of the three.

Such are the utterly warped and bankrupt values of those now calling the shots in Australia and the West. In their jaundiced eyes, Muslims never kill people in the name of Islam, and atheism has nothing to do with any evil done in its name.

But if anyone who even comes close to being a Christian does anything not in sync with the secular left value system and worldview, then they are immediately demonised and treated as scum. Muslim and atheist killers we must tolerate, learn to “understand,” and be sympathetic with – but monsters like Christian prolifers merit no mercy.

The simple truth is this: there is a very real war between good and evil out there. And guess what: Christians are not the bad guys here. Those who hate God and Christians are often the problem. Those who adhere to a political ideology which demands the killing of infidels are the problem.

Someone just mentioned to me about a quote heard on FoxNews by Bill O’Reilly concerning the Oregon shootings. While I do not consider him to be much of a conservative or much of a Christian, he got it right on this occasion:

“All the gun control laws in the world won’t stop maniacs from committing murder. . . . As the world becomes more secular, civilised restraints to bad behaviour drop. Anything goes if you believe in nothing. It seems the Oregon killer was targeting Christians. That doesn’t surprise me. There’s an intense battle between good and evil on this earth.”

It certainly is a battle and it certainly is heating up. And as our ruling elites justify the real bad guys while continuously vilifying and attacking the good guys – Christians – then you know things are simply going to get a whole lot worse in the West.

All of this perfectly fits in with what the prophet Isaiah said so long ago: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).

http://nypost.com/2015/10/01/oregon-gunman-singled-out-christians-during-rampage/
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/parramatta-shooting-multiple-shots-fired-outside-police-hq-on-charles-street/story-fni0fee2-1227554485028


 

Obama’s Speech On Oregon Mass Shootings Declares Open Season On Christians

by Geoffrey Grider

Their spilt blood was apparently not worthy of even word spoken in solidarity with the cause of Christ.

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Matthew 24:9 (KJV)

The man who gunned down nine people at an Oregon community college was enrolled in the class where the fatal shootings occurred, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said Friday. Stacy Boylan, the father of Anastasia Boylan, who was wounded, said she told him the gunman,Chris Harper-Mercer, singled out Christians.

She said the gunman entered her classroom firing, told the professor teaching the class, “I’ve been waiting to do this for years,” and shot him point blank, Stacy Boylan said. While reloading his handgun, the man ordered the students to stand up and asked whether they were Christians, Boylan told her family.

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Look around you, Christian America, and you will see that the Obama government is against you.

“And they would stand up, and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,’ ” Stacy Boylan told CNN, relaying his daughter’s account. “And then he shot and killed them.”

President Obama gave a speech yesterday where he decried the Oregon mass shootings, and then made a nearly 10 minute plea to take away America’s guns. But glaringly absent from his copious amounts of spewed words was any mention at all that the gunman specifically targeted Christians, and only Christians. Just two days earlier at the United Nations, he gave a speech where he warned that “intolerance towards Islam” would not be tolerated. Then, when Christians were targeted and killed for being Christian, he said nothing on their behalf. In doing so, the message he sent to the entire country was that Christians neither deserve nor will receive any special protection as Christians.

President Obama Oregon Full Speech. ‘Some How This Has Become Routine’

Targeting Christians because they are Christian is, by definition, a hate crime. When race riots broke out in Ferguson, Obama stood on the side of the rioting criminals. When race riots broke out in Baltimore, Obama stood on the side of the rioting criminals. At the United Nations, Obama embraced the mantle of Islam and gave an impassioned speech against those who would impugn it. But Christians targeted and slaughtered for their faith in Jesus Christ? Their spilt blood was apparently not worthy of even word spoken in solidarity with the cause of Christ.

Look around you, Christian America, and you will see that the Obama government is against you. Just this week he saidwe also have to say clearly that our religious freedom doesn’t grant us the freedom to deny our fellow LGBT Americans their constitutional rights.” Want to go to jail? Open a Christian bakery or flower shop.

Why Obama Defends Islam But Attacks Christians

9 dead Christian Americans, slaughtered in cold blood for their faith in Jesus Christ, and all Obama could say was “more gun control”. What Obama didn’t say spoke volumes more than what he did say, and the message he sent unmistakable. That the targeted murder of Christians rates no special mention and carries no special punishment. Open season on Christians.

Want to guess how his speech would have been different if it was 9 Muslims who were killed for being Muslims?

Re-Digging the Wells of Revival: Dutch Sheets’ Visits to Cane Ridge and Wales

Posted: 04 Oct 2015 06:55 AM PDT

(Dutch Sheets) Scripture makes it clear that the Lord accomplishes His purposes on the earth not through one man or movement, but through the labors and legacy of many across multiple generations (Heb. 11:39-12:2). Working through a divine timeline that extends beyond a single lifetime, the Lord desires that we honor and build upon the foundations laid by those who have gone before us. In Genesis 26, we are told that when Isaac dug water wells, he didn’t get to start with his own. Isaac recognized his hereditary right and responsibility to re-dig and restore the ancient wells of his father Abraham, which the Philistines stopped up after he died.

It was after re-digging his father’s wells that that the Lord appeared to Isaac and pronounced over him the same blessing previously spoken over Abraham. Not long after that, the Lord allowed Isaac’s servants to unearth his very own well. I have spent more than a decade of my life teaching about the synergy of the ages; exhorting believers that in order for us to move forward in fulfilling God’s purposes for our generation, we must reach back to remember, honor and add to what He has done through previous generations. Through a recent sequence of events, however, the Lord once again invited me to tap into some historic wells of revival in order to release a fresh river of His glory to flow into our generation. CONTINUE

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Doctor faces inquisition over ‘Gay’-Health comments

Posted: 04 Oct 2015 06:50 AM PDT

If you’re in the health profession you may want to be aware of this story coming out! That’s because the board of directors of Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will hold a hearing next Wednesday in the case of a veteran medical expert who was dismissed for citing federal government statistics about the dangers of homosexual activity. WND previously reported on the case that has threatened the career of Dr. Paul Church. He had been on the staff of the Boston hospital for nearly 30 years before his removal earlier this year, noted the non-profit group Mass Resistance.

So what exactly was His offense? Citing government statistics showing that the “gay” sex lifestyle poses deadly health risks. Church, who also is a member of the Harvard Medical School Facility and has conducted life-saving research on diagnosing bladder and prostate cancer, spoke with WND earlier in the dispute. “It is incredible to think they would be able to silence me and revoke my ability to be on the staff as a result of my raising valid health concerns over a risky lifestyle,” he said. “This is almost a fascist effort at mind control.” The facts, he contends, are on his side.  CONTINUE 

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Scientists Baffled by underwater volcano in Southeast

Posted: 04 Oct 2015 06:39 AM PDT

About two years ago, geologists studying an ocean channel near Ketchikan spotted something unusual. It was a submerged volcano, about 150 feet below the surface. It was dormant. The experts estimated it hadn’t erupted for about 10,000 years. Now, scientists have discovered another underwater volcano, near Dixon Entrance, just north of Alaska’s maritime border with British Columbia. “Nothing like that had been mapped in the area before, so we knew then that we had discovered something new,” said Gary Greene, a marine geologist working with the Sitka Sound Science Center.

He and a Canadian counterpart found the volcano Sept. 23 during a study of the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather Fault System. That’s been the epicenter of some recent earthquakes. “We had just completed some survey work and we modified our line to go to another place to look. And as we were transiting, we came across this big plume and this big cone where the plume was coming out of,” he said. The plume, made up of methane gas, was being released by a volcanic vent about 3,000 feet below. It stretched up about two-thirds of the way to the ocean’s surface. But Greene said there was no fresh lava — or anything else to worry about. “We worked over the vent, right over the vent. And we’re still around to tell about it. So I think it’s probably OK for mariners,” he said. CONTINUE

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U.S. President Obama says Syria ‘is not some superpower chessboard contest’

Posted: 03 Oct 2015 07:53 PM PDT

President Obama defended his response to the growing crisis in Syria on Friday by pointing to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, cautioning against a commitment that risks drawing the U.S. into a new quagmire in the Middle East. Obama appeared determined to take on critics whom he portrayed as impatient and ignorant of the complexity of the warring factions in Syria. He laughed off suggestions that Russian airstrikes in recent days against fighters opposed to President Bashar Assad, an ally of Moscow’s, have President Vladimir Putin looking stronger than Obama in Syria. “We’re not going to make Syria into a proxy war between the United States and Russia,” Obama insisted during an afternoon news conference at the White House. “This is not some superpower chessboard contest. And anybody who frames it in that way isn’t paying very close attention to what’s been happening on the chessboard.”

He acknowledged that U.S. strategy, particularly his program to train and equip Syrian fighters to counter Islamic State extremists who have taken over parts of the country, has been less successful than he had hoped. But a deeper military engagement won’t necessarily result in success, Obama warned. Once we start something, we’ve got to finish it, and we’ve got to do it well,” Obama said. “Unless we can get the parties on the ground to agree to live together in some fashion, then no amount of U.S. military engagement will solve the problem. “And we will find ourselves either doing just a little bit and not making a difference and losing credibility that way or finding ourselves drawn deeper and deeper into a situation that we can’t sustain.” CONTINUE

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UK must prepare for WAR with Russia: Army calls for fleet of battle tanks to take on Putin

Posted: 03 Oct 2015 07:47 PM PDT

It comes as tensions between NATO countries and Moscow continued to mount, with Russia threatening “nuclear counter measures” over a plan to bolster nuclear facilities in Germany. David Cameron is currently trying to find a “compromise deal” with Russian president Vladimir Putin over tackling the IS terror group in Syria. But Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, an increase in NATO air-space incursions by Russian bombers, and the development of a new Russian “super tank” has led senior commanders to admit that the prospects of a conventional ground war In Eastern Europe can no longer be ignored. The British Army has 227 Challenger 2 main battle tanks but, while they are still respected, they are in urgent need of upgrade.

Last year the British Army took part in live-fire NATO exercise in Poland with more than 100 armored vehicles. Operation Black Eagle “highlighted the British Army’s ability to deploy an armored battle-group at short notice anywhere in the world in support of the nation’s allies.” However the Sunday Express has learned that, unlike its NATO allies, Britain not able to deploy a full squadron of 14 tanks plus two in reserve within the regulation 30 -days time limit. CONTINUE

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Wars and Rumors of Wars

Posted: 03 Oct 2015 07:18 PM PDT

Jesus warned us in Mark 13 of the very things we are seeing unfold in the Mideast and around the world. We are seeing Wars and Rumors of Wars increase and involving key players of Bible Prophecy including Russia, China, Syria and Iran. Watch Video for more

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Russian Air Force hits 50 ISIS targets in Syria over 3 days, ‘significantly’ damaging militants

Posted: 03 Oct 2015 06:32 PM PDT

The Russian Air Force has conducted more than 60 flights and bombed over 50 Islamic State targets in three days, according to Russia’s top armed forces official. He added the strikes have significantly reduced the terrorists’ combat capabilities. “The airstrikes were being conducted night and day from the Khmeimim airbase and throughout the whole of Syria. In three days we managed to undermine the terrorists’ material-technical base and significantly reduce their combat potential,” Lieutenant General Andrey Kartapolov, head of the Main Operation Directorate of the General Staff of Russia’s armed forces, told reporters on Saturday.

He added that according to Russian intelligence the militants are fleeing the area that was in their control. “There is panic and defection among them. About 600 mercenaries have left their positions and are trying to reach Europe,” he said. Washington has notified the Russian Defense Ministry that there were only militants in the areas of Russia’s military operation against IS in Syria, he added. “The Americans informed us during contacts that there was no one except terrorists in this region,” he said. CONTINUE

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36,000 troops, 200 aircraft & 60 vessels: NATO launches biggest war games in 13 years

Posted: 03 Oct 2015 06:19 PM PDT

War Drums intensify as Reports indicate that NATO has started its biggest exercise since 2002 with 36,000 international troops from 30 states, including non-NATO nations, participating in the drills which are taking place at sea, in the air and across the territory of three European states. The alliance has kicked off its massive “Trident Juncture 2015” exercises which will last until November 16. Along with the NATO member states, seven more partner nations are participating in the drills: Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Sweden and Ukraine.

Some 36,000 troops as well as more than 60 warships and about 200 aircraft will participate in the drills which makes it the biggest since 2002 when about 40,000 troops took part in NATO’s “Strong Resolve” military exercise. “The purpose of the exercise is to train and test the NATO Response Force, a highly ready and technologically advanced multinational force made up of land, air, maritime and Special Forces components,” said General Hans Lothar Domrose, the Commander of Joint Force Command Brunssum. CONTINUE

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African Crops, Economies at risk as El Nino threatens to scorch and soak

Posted: 03 Oct 2015 09:37 AM PDT

Standing waist-deep in a hole, South African maize farmer Tom van Rooyen digs at the side with a small pickaxe. “There is moisture 25 centimeters down but nothing beyond that. If we get below-average rains, it will be a disaster,” he said, wiping the red dust from his calloused hands. Poor rains are forecast for South Africa’s maize belt because of the El Nino weather pattern, expected to bring more drought to already-parched southern regions in Africa and potential flooding in the east. This will add misery to the world’s poorest continent, already reeling from a collapse in commodity prices triggered by China’s slowing economic growth.

Aid agency Oxfam warned this week that 10 million people, mostly in Africa, face hunger because of droughts and unusual rainfall patterns caused by a “super” El Nino. Also called “Little Boy” or “Christ Child” – Peruvian fishermen first noted it around Christmas – El Nino is a warming of ocean surface temperatures in the eastern and central Pacific that occurs every few years. The last “super” El Nino occurred in 1997-1998. CONTINUE 

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Millions face hunger due to climate change, ‘Super El Nino’

Posted: 03 Oct 2015 09:22 AM PDT

At least 10 million poor people face hunger this year and next because of droughts and erratic rains linked to record global temperatures and an expected “super” version of the evolving El Nino weather pattern, aid charity Oxfam has warned. In Ethiopia alone, 4.5 million people need food aid because a combination of El Nino and long-term climate change has made the rainy season more unpredictable, according to United Nations agencies.

El Nino, caused by Pacific Ocean warming, leads to dry weather in some parts of the world and causes floods in others. This year the phenomenon is expected to peak between October and January and could turn into one of the strongest on record. The last “super El Nino” was in 1997-8. “Rice and maize crops are both at risk, with serious implications for millions of poor people from Southern Africa to Central America who are dependent on these staples,” Mark Goldring, Oxfam GB’s chief executive, said in a statement on Thursday. CONTINUE

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Historic Flooding IN South Carolina Excpected

Posted: 03 Oct 2015 09:12 AM PDT

As much as two feet of rain is expected in South Carolina this weekend, which could produce the worst flooding in the state since records began. Governor Nikki Haley has already declared a state of emergency for the state. For comparison, the worst SC floods on record occurred in 1903, 1908, 1940, 1945, and 1990.

Flooding has already begun in Charleston, where 5-7 inches of rain has accumulated as of this morning and some water rescues are being made. North Myrtle Beach has received 9.30 inches so far. Here is the latest GFS model predicted rain totals by Monday morning. Purple areas in the above image indicate over 12 inches of predicted rainfall. So far, most of the rain has been restricted to the eastern half of the state where several inches have fallen, but the heavy rain will spread over the rest of the state today. CONTINUE

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ACLU sues to force Catholic hospitals to do abortions

Posted: 03 Oct 2015 08:28 AM PDT

A disturbing story is developing in which the American Civil Liberties Union sued Trinity Health Corporation for refusing to perform abortions on women whose unborn babies were supposedly near death. In a federal lawsuit against Trinity, which is one of the largest Catholic health systems in the country, the ACLU explained that their doctors refused to perform abortions on five women who suffered preterm, premature rupture of membranes.

This complication arises when the amniotic sac breaks and leaves no fluid around the unborn child. Sarah Prager, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington, said the condition almost always results in fetal death. She said, “This is a situation where there is virtually no chance that the fetus will survive. The miscarriage has started. It just hasn’t completed.” Additionally, Prager said that if care is denied women are at risk for infection and termination of pregnancy is considered “the standard of care.” USA Today reports that Trinity believes the case has no merit. In a statement, they said, “A federal court already dismissed a similar ACLU claim, and we will seek dismissal of this suit for the same reason. CONTINUE

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Does the Bible Predict End Times Destruction in Syria? Expert’s Key Question About ‘Prophetic Implications’ Involving Russia and Iran

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 07:35 PM PDT

(TheBlaze) It’s not uncommon for evangelical Bible scholars to regularly ponder what relation and role, if any, current events have to eschatology — or, as it’s more commonly known: the study of the end of the world. The ongoing crisis in Syria is no exception, with Bible experts questioning whether Old Testament scriptures predicted the chaos that is unfolding in the Middle East eons before it actually began. With Russia’s recent airstrikes targeting rebels in Syria, this end times subject matter is once again getting some attention,

though it remains controversial, as many counter that the Old Testament simply doesn’t offer up any eschatological proclamations about the modern era. Joel C. Rosenberg, a communications specialist, author and end times expert, published a blog post on Thursday claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “working hand-in-glove with Iran’s government” in formulating operations in Syria. This follows reports that Iran is waging a ground attack, while Russia carries out assaults from the air. CONTINUE

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11 TRILLION Dollars In Stock Market Wealth Was Wiped Out In The 3rd Quarter

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 07:08 PM PDT

Did you know that 11 trillion dollars in global stock market wealth was wiped out during the third quarter of 2015? When I was emailed this figure by a friend, I was stunned for a moment. I knew that things were bad, but were they really this bad? When I first received this information, I had just finished a taping for a television show in which I had boldly declared that 5 trillion dollars of stock market wealth had been wiped out around the world.

Unfortunately, the final number has turned out to be much larger than that. Over the past three months, the stock markets of all major global economies have been crashing simultaneously, and 11 trillion dollars of “paper wealth” has now completely vanished. The following comes from Fortune…CONTINUE

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Scientists find evidence of 800ft wave caused by a collapsing volcano and say it could happen again

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 07:04 PM PDT

Scientists working off west Africa in the Cape Verde Islands have found evidence of a megatsunami that dwarfs anything humans have ever seen. They say the sudden collapse of a volcano around 73,000 years ago created an 800-foot wave that engulfed an island more than 30 miles away. They warn the collapse of volcanoes could be far more catastrophic that previously thought. The study appears today in the journal Science Advances, and revives the debate over whether sudden giant collapses present a realistic hazard today around volcanic islands or distant continental coasts.

‘Our point is that flank collapses can happen extremely fast and catastrophically, and therefore are capable of triggering giant tsunamis,’ said lead author Ricardo Ramalho, who did the research as a postdoctoral associate at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. ‘They probably don’t happen very often.  ‘But we need to take this into account when we think about the hazard potential of these kinds of volcanic features.’ The apparent collapse occurred some 73,000 years ago at the Fogo volcano, one of the world’s largest and most active island volcanoes.  Nowadays, it towers 2,829 meters (9,300 feet) above sea level, and erupts about every 20 years, most recently last fall. CONTINUE 

 

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ACLU Launches Full Scale Assault on ‘God Bless You’

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 03:58 PM PDT

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana has launched a full-scale assault on Airline High School after the principal wrote the words, “May God Bless You All” in a message posted on the school’s website. “The Future Starts Today – May God Bless You All,” wrote Principal Jason Rowland in September. The ACLU also complained about plans by the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes to place prayer request boxes around the campus. That was all the evidence the ACLU needed to accuse Bossier Parish Schools of engaging “in a pattern of religious proselytization.”

“There is no question that the principal has violated these legal mandates by invoking God, prayer and Christianity in school publications and on school grounds,” Esman wrote. “This unlawful religious coercion is improper from any school employee but it is particularly egregious coming from the school principal, whose job is to teach and uphold, rather than violate, the legal rights of all.” They allege the principal broke the law with his online message. And they allege the students broke the law by placing “prayer boxes” around the campus. CONTINUE

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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


Resource Links

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

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

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

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GodLife: Why Am I Sick?

Scripture:

“[The Lord] said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9a

What is your health like? Do you know that God loves you and can work in your life, even if you are suffering physically?

Click here to keep reading about what the Bible says about Health.

A Life Well-pleasing to God

5 Pt. Salt

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2

In God’s sight the life that is good and well-pleasing to Him is a life striving toward perfection. See Matthew 5:48 and add Philippians 3:7-11. Paul doesn’t say, “Substitute one external habit for another.” He’s warning us against giving in to the appearance of worldliness we’re surrounded with. Do not be devoted to the world, but cultivate a spirit demonstrating union with Christ, attached to God, His kingdom, cause, His glory. ‘Renewing the mind’, although a work of the Spirit, the verb is in the imperative mood, and thus the believer is not released from responsibility. All external changes, if the mind remains unchanged, would be useless. Christianity seeks to reign…

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