Daily Archives: October 7, 2015

October 7, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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Don’t Try to Impress God

Another way we try to impress God is through busyness. I am more and more convinced that there are lots of people out there, even in the church (and maybe especially in the church!) who think that they will either get into heaven by busyness, or will get a substantially greater reward of another kind by being busy. Busyness is not inherently bad, but which kind of busyness are we espousing and for what reason?

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Caught in the Spotlight: Christian Leaders Who Mishandle Sexual Abuse Disclosures

Victims are marginalized when leaders demand that they not share their stories in the manner in which they have decided, publicly or privately. This tactic is deceptively clever because it attempts to paint a bold survivor as an insensitive perpetrator in a disgusting attempt to shame the survivor into turning off the spotlight and putting the institution back into controlling the narrative. Leaders who really care about abuse survivors shouldn’t be attempting to control or silence them. Instead, perhaps they should be focusing their efforts on providing those other struggling survivors with qualified and experienced assistance.

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When the Devil Points a Gun at You

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. 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.

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Ministering to Pedophiles

A pedophile who refuses to do these things is not repentant and should be put out of the church immediately. The pastor must also make it clear that any ministry the pedophile receives shall not come at the expense of his victims. Just as salvation comes first to the Jew, then to the gentile (Romans 1:16), the victims receive their ministry first. A pastor should never sit on the pedophile’s side of the courtroom while there are victims from his community on the other side. A repentant pedophile would understand this position and encourage the pastor to hold it.

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I Hate the Fall

Dear friend, we all should hate sin and evil. We should hate the Fall. But even as we hate it, we have hope. God has answered the problem of evil by crushing his own Son. And one day, the Son will return to restore this world and make all things new. On that day, the word “hate” will cease to exist from our vocabulary altogether.

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Handling Contentions in the Church

Never simply give in to contentious or complaining congregants for the sake of peace. One of the biggest mistakes that pastors make is to give in to the demands of discontent or contentious congregants simply to keep them happy. By doing so, they inadvertently empower sinful congregants. If pastors give in on one thing for which sinfully discontent congregants contend, be assured that there will be another and another and yet another.

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Sharing God’s Goodness

Sharing God’s Goodness

Posted on October 7, 2015 by Samaritan’s Purse

My time in South Sudan has been incredible, with each day breaking my heart and then rebuilding it through the passion and hope of the refugees. I thank God every day for bringing me here and for daily using me to bless the refugees in this camp. Since arriving, I’ve worked with our warehouse and commodity teams to f

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Religious or not, many Americans see a creator’s hand

Religious or not, many Americans see a creator’s hand

Posted on October 7, 2015 by Religion News

(RNS) A new survey, which asked no questions about evolution, looks at the origin of the universe and human morality in Christian terms.

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How not to evangelise in the workplace

How not to evangelise in the workplace

Posted on October 7, 2015 by Christian Today

The disconnect between the church and the office has perhaps never been so great, but former Silicon Valley exec Katherine Leary Alsdorf says we should be careful about how we evangelise in the workplace.

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Feeling in despair? 10 Bible verses to remind you there is always hope with God

Feeling in despair? 10 Bible verses to remind you there is always hope with God

Posted on October 7, 2015 by Christian Today

Hope is part of what makes us human. Hope keeps us living.

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Owners of Sweet Cakes Bakery Explain Why They Are Fighting Order To Pay Lesbian Couple: 'We Don't Want To Set A Precedent'

Owners of Sweet Cakes Bakery Explain Why They Are Fighting Order To Pay Lesbian Couple: ‘We Don’t Want To Set A Precedent’

Posted on October 7, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Melissa and Aaron Klein, owners of the embattled Sweetcakes by Melissa bakery, are continuing to fight a $135,000 judgement imposed by Oregon officials over their refusal to make a lesbian wedding cake.

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Why Did God Give Me This Feeling?

by Paula Hendricks

“I have feelings for a guy friend. Feelings that I’ve asked God to take away from me several times, but for whatever reason, He has not. Why did God give me feelings I didn’t ask for?”

To the Heart Searching for Comfort

by Samantha Nieves

When the enemy wants to paralyze us with our emotions, the Word reminds us of the truth. And this is the soul-watering truth we need: God is our Comforter.

When God Calls You to Something “Small”

by Erin Davis

It’s awesome when our faith propels us to make giant leaps, but sometimes the harder steps to take are the small ones. I’m a lot less willing to do little things for God.

3 Verses on Beauty Every Girl Needs to Know

by Bethany Baird

The next time the girl in the mirror forgets how beautiful she is, recite these three power-packed verses.


Reparative Therapy, Southern Baptists & Moving the Goalposts

“When even Al Mohler is embarrassed to talk about ‘reparative therapy’ in straightforward terms everyone understands, it means that cultural standards are evolving toward greater hospitality to our LGBTQ sisters and brothers.”                                                                          – Derek Penwell Derek Penwell, senior minister of Douglass Boulevard Christian Church in Louisville and a lecturer at the University of Louisville in Religious Studies and Humanities, was among the protesters this week at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, as it hosted a…


In the World But Not of the World

The Bible is clear that the world as we know it is headed for chaos.  Wars, economic upheaval and the persecution of believers for the sake of Jesus Christ are happening with greater frequency, and will culminate with the return of Jesus Christ who will rule righteously forever. It is so tempting to pray that […]

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You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way

Deuteronomy 12:2–7 reveals important principles regarding the way God desires to be worshiped and, specifically, the relationship between the biblical way to worship and the ways of the pagans.

You shall surely destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. You shall tear down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and burn their Asherim with fire. You shall chop down the carved images of their gods and destroy their name out of that place. You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way.

But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go, and there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, your vow offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the Lord your God has blessed you.

Notice that God commanded that the people destroy the places where pagans worshiper, including their altars, their pillars, their images, and even the names of the places. This is clearly more than simply insisting that they worship Yahweh rather than false gods; this is also stark evidence that God rejects worship that imitates pagan worship in any way. Everything in pagan culture contains meaning, and those elements that are imbibed with pagan meaning must be rejected for use in worship. One might ask why they had to destroy, for example, the altars and pillars; wouldn’t these be useful even for the worship of the true God?

Yet God commanded that they be destroyed. He summarized his desires with the words, “You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way.” Instead, they were to listen to his instructions and find a place of his choosing for their worship and follow his commands.


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Will Americans Perish from Lack of Prophetic Knowledge? – Bill Salus

“My people perish from lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)

Throughout history, nations and empires have been judged and destroyed for transgressing biblically defined moral and spiritual boundaries! Boundaries such as:

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No Escaping Sharia – Muslim vs. Christian Refugees

One would think that having escaped from almost certain death and persecution, all refugees fleeing to Western nations and capitals would finally be safe. Not so: according to recent reports, refugees are routinely lumped together in shelters and camps, irrespective of their religious affiliations and faiths. Not surprisingly the Christian refugee minority is finding increasing persecution from the Muslim majority, just like back home…………..  Click here for full story


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10 Things Every Christian Should Know About Their LGBT Neighbors

The church, in its 2,000-year+ history, has never been here before. What do we do with gay, lesbian and trangender folks who come to our churches? What about all the talk to be “welcoming and affirming”? The coming generations will be looking to us as to how we responded to this emerging challenge. It is something we can’t ignore or just wish would go away.

So what to do?

Here are 10 truths all Christians must keep in mind as we interact with these neighbors. The overarching truth that we must always keep in mind, especially for Christians, is this: They are really no different than you or me. Beyond this foundation, we must both practice and teach our congregations these 10 things.

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1. We are all loved by God.

Christ didn’t hang on the cross for “these” people and not for “those” people. He didn’t do so for some more than others—or for those who really need it. We all really need it, and His love for all is why He died for all. No exceptions.

Your LGBT neighbor is no less worthy of God’s love than you are.

2. We are all stricken by a terminal illness.

Sin has devastated each one of us and to equal degrees, separating each of us in our rebellion eternally from God beyond any of our reach. No exceptions. It is not the case that some of us are more separated than others because of our particular struggles and sins.

3. We are all in need of repentance.

Christ’s death and resurrection is the only means of bridging the hellish gap that exists between us and God. It’s not our nationality, our family name, our socio-economic status, our sexual orientation, what church we attend or even our own righteousness that is able to bridge it.

It is only by repenting over our own sin and casting ourselves upon the abundant and limitless grace of Christ that we can be brought back into right relationship with God. This is needed by all and available to all, regardless of sexual preference.

4. Winking at anyone’s sin is not loving.

God takes all of our sin seriously. If not, there would have been no need for Him to sacrifice His own Son on that horrid cross. Therefore, looking the other way at our own sin and the sin of those who come to us in search of salvation is unloving.

Ignoring someone’s sin or treating it as acceptable actually keeps the remedy for their terminal illness from them. This is true of each of us. We are called to extend grace, but not at the expense of truth—the truth that all sin is an offense to God requiring our honest repentance. Is this not the center of the Gospel? Our gay and lesbian neighbors deserve its hope and transformation as well.

As a lesbian friend told me, “If you guys give me a pass on my sin, I must do the same for you. If that’s how it’s gonna be, why bother with your Christianity?” Indeed.

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Bethel Redding youth leader says Jesus asked him for forgiveness!

John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire gives us the details:

Train wreckBeloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. (Jude 1:3)

One more in a long train wreck of false claims and teachings from Bethel Redding. This youth leader states that in a vision Jesus picked him up, began to weep, and asked his forgiveness.

If you can’t find a passage in the Bible where Christ asks us to forgive Him, it is because it is not in the Bible.

What about the people who heard the youth leader claim this from the pulpit? Who will help them? Other Bethel leaders?

Not likely.

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How to Respond Well to Harsh Criticism

Several years ago, I had just finished leading worship for a big event that had taken a huge amount of my emotional and physical energy, the better part of six months to plan and execute, and a significant amount of ministry capital, when a letter arrived in my mailbox (an actual letter, in my actual mailbox) addressed to (you guessed it …) me.

As any humble worship leader would do, I hoped that this letter would contain high praise for my incomparable musical and spiritual prowess, list specific ways I was awesome, tell me particularly impressive things I had done and possibly contain a financial blessing (i.e. “cash”).

I opened it up, ready to receive the flattering praise of an adoring fan congregation member, and instead read the following (I’ll summarize for time’s sake):

1. That was the worst thing ever.

2. You are the worst worship leader ever.

3. You have ruined everything.

4. Did I mention you are the worst worship leader ever?

5. Grace and peace to you from God our Father.

Let’s just say it wasn’t the glowing letter I was hoping for.

I immediately wrote this person a response that said:

1. That was actually the best thing ever.

2. I’m actually the best worship leader ever.

3. You’re an idiot.

4. Did I mention that I’m the best worship leader ever?

5. May God’s richest blessings be showered upon you.

Then I felt better. And then I crumpled that letter up and threw it away. Then shredded it. Then threw it away again. Then I wiped the servers. Even though the letter was handwritten. It’s never a big deal to wipe servers, apparently, as we all know.

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6 Wrong Reasons to Check Your Phone in the Morning

Our phones now go wherever we go—which is everywhere. And that means most of us sleep with our phones. In the bedroom, our phone wakes us up, tracks our sleep patterns and makes us available in the event of an emergency.

All these benefits are wonderful. The problem comes when our phone is within arm’s reach and we grab it out of habit to check email and social media in our half-conscious state of sleep inertia—before our groggy eyes can even fully open.

In our survey of 8,000 readers of desiringGod.org, over half of you (54 percent) admit to checking your smartphone within minutes of waking up on a typical morning.

Then we asked whether you are more likely to check email and social media before or after your spiritual disciplines on a typical morning, 73 percent of you said before. Here’s the breakdown by age and gender.

We don’t need charts to know we are quick to Facebook and slow to God, and this impulse is a problem if John Piper is right when he says, “I feel like I have to get saved every morning. I wake up and the devil is sitting on my face.”

That’s a startling way to talk about the daily challenge of the Christian life.

Put another way, whatever we focus our hearts on first in the morning will shape our entire day.

So why are we so quick to check email and social media in the morning, and so slow to spend intentional time with God in his word and prayer? And can we find a better way forward in the pages of Scripture?

I asked John Piper. What follows is an edited and abbreviated transcript of what he said (which will be part of an Ask Pastor John episode next month).


Why are we so prone to click on our phones before we do almost anything else? I thought of six possible reasons, which came out of analyzing my heart and temptations.

It seems to me that all of these six things are rooted in sin rather than in the desire to serve others and savor God. And I put it like that because I do think the Great Commandment sets the agenda for our mornings and our midday and our evening.

We are to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength when we wake up in the morning. And we are to prepare ourselves to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37–40).

Very few of us wake up with our whole soul spring-loaded to love God and love people. This disposition takes some refocusing—to put it mildly—by means of the word of God and prayer.

So here are my six guesses for why so many of us are drawn almost addictively to consult with our phones when we wake up in the morning. The first three I call candy motives. The second three I call avoidance motives.

Reason 1: Novelty Candy

We simply love to hear what is new in the world and new among our friends. What happened since we last glanced at the world? Most of us like to be the first one to know something, and then we don’t have to assume the humble posture of being told something that smart and savvy and on-the-ball people already know.

Then maybe we can assume the role of being the informer, rather than the poor benighted people that need to be informed about what happened and if they were smart enough they would have been on their social media earlier.

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Praying for a Breakthrough

A breakthrough is a military concept. When one army is able to weaken its enemy’s forces to the point of collapse, a breakthrough occurs allowing that army to invade and take its enemy’s territory.

But in war, a breakthrough only really matters if it occurs at a strategic location. And the evidence that a location is strategic is almost always revealed by the amount of enemy forces amassed to protect it. An enemy led by skilled generals plans to ferociously protect what it prizes highly.

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This means that an invading army can expect its attempt to achieve a breakthrough to be met by a barrier of fierce enemy opposition. Increasingly intense fighting always precedes strategic breakthroughs. Strategic ground is not yielded easily.

Our Breakthroughs Are Opposed by Powerful Forces

This is as true for spiritual warfare as it is for terrestrial warfare. In the spiritual realm, as opposed to the terrestrial, the church is an invading force. Though we can easily slip into a defensive, circle-the-wagons mindset, Jesus clearly intends for us to be aggressors, not merely defenders. The Great Commission is to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). In a world that “lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19), that’s militant language. Our mission: to liberate those the devil has taken captive to do his will (2 Timothy 2:26).

But we must keep in mind that strategic ground is not yielded easily. Whether we’re battling for breakthroughs against our own stubborn sin or the unbelief of a loved one or breakthroughs in the missional advance of our local church, reaching unreached peoples, rescuing persecuted believers, orphans, sex slaves or the unborn, we are up against “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). We don’t know exactly what that means except that these forces are very strong.

Daniel’s Example

Daniel 10:12–14 gives us a brief glimpse of what’s happening. Daniel had been praying and partially fasting for 21 days to gain greater insight into the revelations he had received (Daniel 10:3) when an angelic being finally showed up with an answer to his prayers. This messenger said that he had been trying to get to Daniel for those 21 days, but had been detained by “the prince of the kingdom of Persia.” The chief angel Michael had to come and free him.

This experience of Daniel is an example to us. It’s not a formula that can simply be boiled down to pray and fast for 21 days and Michael will come help you overcome cosmic forces. But it is an example of what is taking place outside of our sight. God does not want us to know more about the angelic realm than what he has revealed in Scripture, otherwise Scripture would have revealed more. But he clearly wants us to know that there is more going on than we see so that we will pray to him and fast until he gives us an answer.

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Joys of the Local Church

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It’s easy to be drained of joy these days. All you have to do is exist.

But for God’s people, there is joy that is to be regularly had. One of the preeminent places for that is in a biblical local church. None of us would dare say that any local church is thoroughly utopian. Even so, it is a place where joys are to be uniquely experienced.

Here are a few joys we get to experience by immersing ourselves in God’s kind of a local church:

  1. The joy of knowing that the head of the organization is the greatest Person in the universe, the Lord Jesus Christ.

As impressive as many organizations, nations, and empires have been, none of them can lay claim to Christ as their Sovereign Head (Eph. 1:22).

  1. The joy of being in the one institution which Christ promised to build and bless.

No matter the discouragements we experience in the church, Christ is always actively building and blessing her as he sees fit (Matt. 16:18).

  1. The joy of doing what God wants me to do.

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When I immerse myself into a biblical local church, I can be comforted that I am in the will of God (Heb. 13:17).

  1. The joy of being a part of something that is way bigger than me.

No organization has, or ever will have, the human-heaven-time expanse like the true church of Christ (Matt. 16:18, Eph. 3:10). Chronologically, she is the longest existing organization, having been planned in eternity past and continuing into eternity future (Eph. 1:4-5). Sociologically, she is the most diverse organization, made up of every tribe, language, people, and nation (Rev. 5:9).

  1. The joy of understanding how obvious it is that God’s power is behind the church.

By design, the church is composed of the not-mighty (1 Cor. 1:26-31). Yet very powerful things continue to happen through us, mere broken, weak sinners. A power superior to man’s is obviously at work.

  1. The joy of not being able to ruin the church.

Since the church’s existence did not originate with, nor depend upon (1 Cor. 3:7), me, I can’t do anything to destroy it (Matt. 16:18).

  1. The joy of being protected from ruining myself.

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In God’s kind of a local church, there is the comfort of knowing that his loving prescription will be carried out on me should I toss myself into sin (Matt. 18:15-17, Heb. 3:12-14).

  1. The joy of having safeguards against hell.

Similar to the previous point, the local church has been delegated unique and unequaled care to expose the unregenerate church-goer to their deception and to the power of the saving gospel (Matt. 18:15-17, 1 Tim. 4:16, 1 Pet. 5:2-3).

  1. The joy of hearing from God, not man, regarding all things needed for life and godliness.

Since the church is delegated with preaching God’s word, I can be comforted knowing that I am regularly receiving his direction and input from the local men charged with the task (2 Tim. 4:2).

  1. The joy of plunging into the depths of the Bible together.

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As the “pillar and support of truth” (1 Tim. 3:15), the local church is charged with upholding and proclaiming biblical doctrine. Consequently, much of life together involves the pleasure of feasting on doctrinal truth (1 Tim. 4:13-16).

  1. The joy of being under men in leadership whom God wants to be there.

In a biblical local church, the men on the leadership team are qualified to be there by the grace of God, through the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives (1 Tim. 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9, 1 Pet. 5:2-3).

  1. The joy of regularly gathering unto our Head, Christ.

Christ is such a big deal, that we get to weekly assemble to both celebrate and grow in him (Heb. 10:24-25).

  1. The joy of knowing that I will be held accountable to live with biblical integrity.

The local church is charged with loving one another enough to nudge each other so that our profession in Christ matches our practice in life (Gal. 6:1-3, 1 Pet. 5:2-3).

  1. The joy of being around people who understand that I am a sinner with remaining sin.

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Fellow sinners saved by grace in the church are neither surprised nor taken back when I am not perfect (Matt. 5:3, Col. 3:12-15).

  1. The joy of knowing that I can safely and honestly confess my sin to others in the local church.

Every true member of the church knows, and is humbled by, the Spirit-empowered knowledge that we are sinful to the core (Matt. 5:3-4, 6). Knowing that, we can come to each other to experience God’s grace of honest confession with one another.

  1. The joy of experiencing progressive conformity into Christ’s likeness when we know it is otherwise impossible.

Part of what it means that Christ is blessing the church is that he is transforming all her true members into his image (Rom. 8:29, Phil. 2:12-13).

  1. The joy of being with a people who share Christ’s sincere interest in your well-being.

Though the church always needs to grow in love this side of heaven, nevertheless, there is God’s kind of love experienced from her members that is otherwise unexperiencable (1 John 3:14).

  1. treasure in heavenThe joy of expending investing ourselves in something that will last forever.

Though we can struggle to remember it at times, even the smallest investments of our time, money, resources, skills, and giftedness in and for Christ’s Bride matter for all eternity (Matt. 6:20, 25:14-21, 1 Cor. 3:14, 2 Cor. 5:10).

  1. The joy of having a people who bring God’s kind of care to me in suffering.

Because Christ indwells her, and he sympathizes with our weaknesses, it is no surprise to experience facets of his comfort in our most difficult times (Rom. 12:15, 2 Cor. 1:3-4, Heb. 2:18, 4:15).

  1. The joy of being around a people striving for excellence in life, yet not for self-aggrandizement, but for Christ’s pleasure.

Both by the power of the Holy Spirit in us, and the example of church members around us, we are moved to do all things for God’s glory (1 Cor. 10:31).

  1. The joy of seeing God’s supernatural power on display.

In God’s kind of a church, the miraculous is visible all around us; things that only God’s power can accomplish (Phil. 2:12-13). For example, the miracle of salvation; the new-birthed soul who hated Christ, yet now loves, honors, and proclaims him. The miracle of transformed lives in sanctification. The miracle of true humility in a soul. The miracle of sacrificial service for Christ and one another. The miracle of men being raised up into leadership from the ashes of brokenness. The miracle of souls suffering, finishing, and dying well.

  1. The joy of the diversity created and used for unity.

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In just about any local church, there is significant diversity; an assortment of skills, temperaments, backgrounds, giftedness, and more. It’s a joy to watch the Holy Spirit use all of these to exalt the one Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 12:7, 20).

  1. The joy of knowing that the disappointments in the church’s members will be perfected in God’s timing.

It’s amazing to think that Christ would build his Bride from the stock of humanity. That amazement plays out in real discouragement we sometimes experience in light of each other’s remaining imperfection. But soon, his Bride will shine in her garments of pure holiness (Eph. 5:27, Phil. 1:6, Rev. 19:7-8).

  1. The joy of knowing that opposition will do nothing to hinder the existence and propagation of the church.

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Because her builder is the Sovereign King of the universe, not even earthly kings pose a threat to the extinction of the church (Matt. 16:18).

  1. The joy of knowing of knowing what is to come.

One day, our churches will join with all of God’s churches in heaven to celebrate Christ in an unimaginably wonderful existence for all eternity (John 17:24, Rev. 22:3-5).

By God’s grace and design, the local church is a place where there is real joy. And though we will not always experience these joys to the fullness of our liking, for the most part, these are present for the blessing of the redeemed in God’s local churches.


Porn and Worship: A Look At Emotionalism In The Church

Remember the “worship wars” of the Eighties-and-Nineties? Churches were split over whether they should start a “contemporary service” or perhaps jump into the deep end and “go contemporary” altogether. People got mad . . . like, mad. Christians turned on each other over whether we should keep singing “Sweet Beulah Land” with the organ or start awkwardly clapping along with an acoustic guitar while sort of half-knee-bouncing our way through some “Songs from the Loft.”

I was one of the few to spend time in both trenches in this particular skirmish. Full disclosure: in college, I was in a Christian rock band called “Dead Ostrich.” Yes, I know it’s a stupid name. No, I didn’t choose it. It meant something about rejecting ignorance and apathy or . . . something. Anyway, we had a song that touched on the worship wars. The lyrics included these gems:

There you sit with your hands in your pockets

Afraid to show a little emotion.

Your friends may not approve

Your family may not approve

Your preacher might not approve[1]

But I guess it’s up to you

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You really make me sick

You’re such a typical Baptist

Aside: we gave a copy of our CD to Rob Bell (yes, that Rob Bell) and sat in his living room while he explained that, while he really liked the song “Typical Baptist,” we shouldn’t play it at our concerts if we were trying to reach the lost for Christ. Life is weird.

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Anyway.

A few short years later, as the nineties and the worship wars wound down, I—hip-deep in cage-stage Calvinism—did a one-eighty on the topic. My reason for abandoning my college angst in favor of a premature middle age grumpiness was again rooted in emotions. Having embraced a full-on Sola Scriptura stance as well as affirming the total depravity of man, I just didn’t trust them anymore. Extreme emotions threatened to get between God’s Word and me and gum up the works. Better to stick with dusty, albeit doctrinally sound, songs that would engage my mind but little else.

In the ensuing 15-20 years, my personal pendulum has, of course, swung back from the extreme position once again. I found myself having what could be described as “emotional experiences” while worshiping God, and being almost embarrassed about it. With more study, discipleship, and maturity, I’ve come to embrace emotional worship (along with those dusty hymns), while still being on guard against some of the aspects of emotionalism that caused Calvin and Luther to scowl beneath those weird aviator-slash-scholar caps they always wore. (Note to self: get one of those caps.)

Allow me then to offer four reasons to be a little leery of emotionalism in worship and one big reason not to be.

First, emotions can be deceptive. The seat of the emotions in the Bible is alternately the bowels and the heart, and neither are to be trusted intrinsically. The heart of man is deceitful above all else and desperately wicked, after all, and who can know it? (Jer 17:9). In a world where emotions have replaced the written Scriptures as the conduit for God’s will (“God has totally released me from keeping this particular commandment. I can just feeeeel it.”), we do well to be on guard against exalting our feelings to a position equal to God’s word.

And when you add music to the mix, it’s like our emotions are on steroids. Was it St. Francis de Sales or Third Eye Blind who said, “I believe . . . the four right chords can make me cry?” That’s true in the church more than anywhere else. Pelagianism was roundly condemned at two councils and one synod, and yet it hung around for a long time afterwards, largely because there were catchy songs that taught the error floating around in the Christian communities. We see the same thing in many of today’s uberemotional worship songs, many of which are just sort of shallow and many of which are downright heretical (and a few of which are actually solid). But good theology or bad, if they make the singer feel good, they’re unlikely to be rejected.

Secondly, when emotionalism is given undue emphasis, the emotions involved are often contrived. I’ve attended churches where it is clear that people are trying to outdo one another with how passionately “into” the worship they are. Are they all faking it? Doubtful. But when we create the expectation that authentic, sold-out believers in Jesus will necessarily be showing their deep emotions through waving hands, pained expressions, and the like, we leave many with the unfortunate decision between forcing it/faking it and admitting they’re just not that into Him.[2] But maybe they’re just not wired that way.

If lifting your hands helps you worship, do it! But remember, the Church existed for nearly two thousand years without the modern manifestations of hand-raising (see Tim Hawkins for a primer). And if you don’t do it, it doesn’t mean you’re “holding back” or “not giving in to the Spirit.” Likewise, if you are moved to tears in worship, praise the Lord. But God doesn’t command tears every time you praise him and he doesn’t want your fake tears. When we play that game, I imagine we look a little something like this to the Almighty:

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This brings me to my third point: emotions are often used to manipulate in the Church. I’ve been affiliated with a particular church camp for decades: first as a camper, then a counselor, then (for the past seventeen years) as camp pastor one week each year. I love the place, but that whole time, I’ve been increasingly uncomfortable with the prevailing expectation that Thursday night will be a time of moving the junior highers to tears in a high-pressure walk-the-aisle Finneyfest. Now, I’m all for using the Law to convict and then offering the Gospel as the remedy, but it’s neither fair nor biblical to wait until a group of already emotional (see: crazy hormones) adolescents are super sleep-deprived and kind of sad that the week is winding down and then telling emotional stories until the waterworks get going.

I just saw a Kevin DeYoung quote on Twitter that said, “Pastors, do you believe the Word of God will accomplish the work of God? If you don’t, you will resort to gimmicks.” Exactly. And an easy gimmick to employ is the raspy-voice, tinkly piano, vans-will-wait emotional blackmail of the mid-twentieth century, which can still be found in certain settings. Or its successor, the quick-cut video clip that raws-up our emotions so the speaker can come in for the kill amid low lights before the hearer has had a chance to count the cost.

And just as our hearts can use emotions to deceive us within, false teachers can use them to deceive and manipulate people from without, to affect behavior, whether motivating them to give money to a particular cause or to simply fall in with the expectations of the group at large in whatever way. Mormon missionaries have been using this tactic for years: “Do you feel a burning in your bosom while reading the Book of Mormon? That’s totally God!”

Fourth, emotionalism in worship has led to some wonky and embarrassing phenomena in the church: barking like dogs, “Holy Spirit glue,” convulsions, and the like—the sort of stuff that makes John MacArthur even madder than usual. Luther designated such groups “enthusiasts,” meaning not that they were really into model trains or baseball cards, but that they were convinced they were being sort of possessed by God, who was making them do all sorts of bizarre stuff. While probably not a valid reason to throw the baby out the window, there’s been some seriously funky bathwater along these lines. And we are right to lament the negative witness some of the madder manifestations have been to non-believers.

However, even putting aside the logical fallacy of “poisoning the well,” we should remember that Christians have always been mocked as bizarre, refusing to indulge in the world’s carnal pleasures, gathering to eat their God’s flesh and drink his blood, etc. The world will say what the world will say. We don’t want to put any unnecessary stumbling blocks between a sinner and the cross, but fear of freaking out the world cannot be our yardstick for faith and practice.

So now let me unload the one big reason not to let those four cautions turn us into the “Frozen Chosen” or some insufferably elitist ivory-tower Christians: while all four of these concerns have to do with in some sense falsifying emotions (or emotions trying to falsify us), we must not let falsehood determine Truth.

All sin involves taking something good that God gave us and twisting it back toward ourselves. Gluttony, sloth, fornication—all are sinful excesses and abuses of God’s good gifts, but they do not cause us to reject food, rest, or sex. At least, they shouldn’t. This is elementary stuff, of course, but for a long time I failed to make the correlation with worship.

Here’s what I mean. Pornography doesn’t change our view of sex, but confirms our view of fallen humanity. It takes something that should be beautiful—a desire for connection and intimacy that God has placed in us, something we’re supposed to feel and experience—and gives people a fakey, cheap, plastic, lead-paint-covered substitute, by taking a short cut. Can you imagine a married couple discussing sex and concluding, “We can’t do that! We can’t take that crass ‘sex act’ from pornography and sully the sanctity of marriage with it?” I’ve met some Christians who are almost Gnostic enough to go down that road, but it would be both unbiblical and Lloyd-Christmas levels of stupid to do so. As Christians, we must not let the cheap knockoff set the standard instead of the true gift.

Just as porn doesn’t change our view of sex, emotional abuses, artificiality, and manipulations shouldn’t change our view of emotional experience. Yes, someone can use the four right chords to make you feel ecstatic or melancholy, whether at a praise and worship event or a Mumford & Sons concert. It’s not hard to produce a cheap shortcut to give you a momentary emotional high—a sense of fleeting satisfaction that will fade with the sound of the music, but just as the marriage bed is the right place (the ordained place!) to feel sexual gratification, worshipping God is the ultimate place to feel emotional gratification. God wants us to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever.

The cynic in me still gets a little suspicious when the emotions start to well up during worship, and that’s kind of sad. I feel a sense of, Wait, is someone manipulating me? Is this me turning worship into something about ME, not GOD? Am I letting my guard down so my mind won’t be fully engaged?

And I suppose those thoughts are valid enough, but even if it feels similar to the knock-off, remember this is the real thing. Oreos are similar to Hydrox (or, rather, vice versa), but they’re not Hydrox. They’re heavenly. And so is worship. We were made to have a connection with our Creator that involves our minds, hearts, wills, our whole person—including our emotions. And while chasing after warm fuzzies gets worship backwards, we should not be alarmed or concerned when we feel Christ present with us. We should be thankful. Sure, chasing the thrilling “experience” in worship is unbiblical, but so is fearing it.

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[1] You’re correct to assume that these three lines get higher and shriller as they go.

[2] I know worship and fasting are two very different things, but I think we can learn a little something from Matt 6:16-18 here—namely, if we’re consciously twisting and stretching out our facial expressions while worshiping, because we’re conscious of being seen by our fellow humans and aware of what they will think . . . well, we’ve already received any reward or benefit on earth and this whole worship thing isn’t even making it to Heaven.


The Most Important Verse in the Bible

When I was in seminary, one of my professors said that Romans 4:5 was, in his estimation, the most important verse in the whole Bible. That’s a bold claim, but I’m inclined to agree with him. Because if you get Romans 4:5, you get the gospel. But if you don’t grasp what Paul is saying, chances are you’ve wrapped Christian language around a system of works. It all hinges on one word: credited.

“To the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.”
Romans 4:5

The Greek word for “credited” is logizomai. We translate it “credited,” “counted,” or (for the old school among us) “reckoned.” It’s an accounting term, and literally means that we treat something as existing, even though it technically doesn’t. It’s a little confusing, so it’s probably best to first show what “credited” doesn’t mean.

1. “Credited” doesn’t mean that faith MAKES people righteous.

Paul is talking about Abraham in Romans 4, and all you have to do is look at Abraham’s life to see that his faith didn’t automatically make him a righteous man. Even after his moment of faith, he would be plagued with all kinds of inconsistency and compromise. He doubted God’s word and slept with his servant (instead of his wife) to try to produce an heir. And on at least two occasions, he abandoned his wife to powerful kings to do with her whatever they pleased. By God’s grace, those kings never did take advantage of her…but Abraham is still a dirt bag for creating the opportunity.

All of this happens after Abraham’s declaration of faith in Genesis 15:6. So Abraham’s faith being credited to him as righteousness doesn’t mean he starts acting righteously.

2. “Credited” doesn’t mean that faith IS righteousness.

Some people treat faith as the chief of all virtues, the one thing that matters to God. For these folks, as long as you have faith, nothing else really matters. Sure, God wants us to pursue justice, to give generously, to be kind, and to tell the truth…but what he really wants to see us do is exercise faith. Faith, in this view, becomes the gold standard of obedience.

But think about it: if we’re ranking virtues, which one should be on top? Not faith. As Paul said, the chief of all virtues is love. In fact, he said that faith without love was literally worthless (1 Cor 13). Jesus, too, summarized the entirety of the law by saying, “Love the Lord your God.”

Faith is important—crucially, centrally, eternally important. But let’s not make the mistake of assuming that faith is some impressive work that God just likes better than the other virtues.

So what does “credited” mean?

3. “Credited” means that God COUNTS our faith as righteousness, even though it is not.

Both of the previous views are essentially some form of works. Either faith produces righteousness or faith is righteousness—but either way, we think God will be pleased with us because we’re doing good things. He won’t.

Righteousness isn’t something we achieve. It’s something we receive. It’s a gift that God gives us on the basis of faith, and not something we earn.

The best analogy I’ve heard for this is the wild card. When you’re playing a card game, you can decide to treat a certain card (Deuces, Jokers, etc.) as wild, meaning that whenever that card comes up, it counts as something else. You credit it with the value of an 8 or a King or whatever.

Don’t be deceived, though. Our faith in Christ isn’t an arbitrary rubric that God simply “made up” as the way of salvation. There’s a logic to it, because true faith is a declaration of our bankruptcy. It’s us saying to God, “I have to trust you because I know I have nothing else to offer.” When we see faith like this, we realize that faith isn’t exactly a virtue; it’s actually a declaration that we have no virtue.

When we trust in Jesus’ finished work for our salvation, God counts that as righteousness. It’s not an inherently righteous act. But God looks at it and says, Now I can credit you with Christ’s righteousness. Now that you come to me with empty hands, I can finally fill them.” God doesn’t look at our lives and see the number of prayers we’ve prayed, the amount of money we’ve given, or the depth of our devotion to him. When we exercise faith, God sees Jesus’ perfect record.

This is the gift righteousness of God, the endless wonder that separates the gospel from every other path of salvation. Other religions say, “Do this and you’ll earn your way to heaven.” But only the gospel says, “It’s already done. Come broken, come sinful, come empty … and receive life eternal.”

 

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Take a Test on the Trinity

Take a Test on the TrinityHow well do you know the doctrine of the Trinity? In his little book Delighting in the Trinity, Michael Reeves calls the Trinity “the governing center of all Christian belief” and “the cockpit of all Christian thinking.” In other words, it is not an irrelevant or secondary doctrine, but one that is of primary importance.

How well do you know this central doctrine? Together with Rebecca Stark, I have put together a little quiz that will allow you to test yourself. Here are 33 statements related to the Trinity. Simply answer true or false to each one and see your score at the end.

(Can’t see the quiz? Click here: Thirty-three on the three-in-one.)

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A La Carte (October 7)

There are a few excellent Kindle deals today, including Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($1.99); Roman Catholic Theology by Gregg Allison ($4.99); Run to Win the Prize by Thomas Schreiner ($2.99); The Underestimated Gospel edited by Jonathan Leeman ($0.99). New from GLH Publishing is The Precious Things of God by Octavius Winslow ($0.99).

How Do I Know That God Loves Me?

“How do we know God loves us, and what does His love look like? How we answer these questions, and we all hold answers to those questions whether we are aware of them or not, is what determines our view of God and the health of our faith.”

Five Questions about Sanctification and Good Works

This promises to be a good series from Kevin DeYoung. Over the course of 5 days he will answer 5 questions about sanctification and good works. It’s not the easiest reading, but worth pushing yourself, I think. (Also, here is part two.)

‘Captive’ and the Christian Film Industry

This article may be a bit too harsh toward Christian movies, but I think the main point is valid. “No non-Christian is going to see one of these films and think ‘hey, I should follow Jesus now.’ They will watch them and either laugh, or nod off.” God’s Not Dead was an especially bad offender.

This Day in 1873. Extraordinary missionary Lottie Moon arrives in China. She once said, “If I had a thousand lives, I would give them all for the women of China.” *

New Planned Parenthood Video

This is beyond horrifying. “New undercover video footage released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) shows a Planned Parenthood abortionist describing how she tears away preborn babies’ ‘lower extremities’ in an effort to get at their torsos.”

Why Annihilationism is Wrong

Gavin Ortlund: “The traditional doctrine of hell is currently undergoing significant challenges from both within and without the church. Many question the reality of hell outright, while many others opt toward annihiliationism—the belief that the damned won’t suffer eternally but will instead have their consciousness extinguished at some point.”

The Preacher and His Technology

David Murray talks about the preacher and his technology. In the bottom part of the article he discusses how he uses various technologies in his sermon preparation.


The Daily Discovery (October 7, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Joys of the Local Church – “It’s easy to be drained of joy these days. All you have to do is exist.  But for God’s people, there is joy that is to be regularly had. One of the preeminent places for that is in a biblical local church. None of us would dare say that any local church is thoroughly utopian. Even so, it is a place where joys are to be uniquely experienced.”

Take a Test on the Trinity – “How well do you know the doctrine of the Trinity? In his little book Delighting in the Trinity, Michael Reeves calls the Trinity ‘the governing center of all Christian belief’ and ‘the cockpit of all Christian thinking.’ In other words, it is not an irrelevant or secondary doctrine, but one that is of primary importance.”

2 Motivations for Pursuing Holiness – “Peter gives us two truths worth remembering as motivations for our pursuit of holiness. First, we must remember from what we have been ransomed. The Bible says we have been ransomed ‘from the futile ways inherited from [our] forefathers’ (1 Peter 1:18). Life apart from a right relationship with God is futile. ‘Vanity of vanities,’ the Bible calls it (Eccl. 1:2). No matter how religious, lavish, or popular your life before Christ was, it was empty. How empty? The Apostle Paul called it skubalon (‘rubbish, dung, sewage’)…”

Five Questions About Sanctification and Good Works: Can We Fulfill the Law Absolutely in this Life? – “Throughout this week I will be walking through the five questions Francis Turretin tackles in his chapter on ‘Sanctification and Good Works’ (Seventeenth Topic). Here are the five questions, slightly modified for ease of understanding…”

The Dead Cannot See – “John’s Gospel introduces us to a man named Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a Pharisee—an expert in the Scriptures—and a ruler of the Jews. He was also a respectable and important religious leader (see John 3:1). Nicodemus saw Jesus perform signs in Jerusalem. He may have been present when Jesus drove the merchants and animals from the temple with a whip (see John 2:14–15). And so he came to Jesus by night and said, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him’ (John 3:2). Jesus’s teaching about new birth and the kingdom of God explodes Nicodemus’s human categories and exposes that this esteemed scholar is in the dark concerning the true ways of God. Nicodemus asks, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus challenges him, ‘Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?’ (John 3:9–10)”


SERMON:

David Platt – Baptism: More than Just a Symbol


VIDEOS:

John MacArthur talks about Duck Dynasty.

God Sent 2 Bears to Maul 42 Boys?


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


Featured Blogs


Christian Headlines Daily – Wednesday, October 7, 2015

http://www.christianheadlines.com/

Top Headlines

ISIS Extremists Brutally Torture and Crucify Christian Boy and Others

Dyslexia-friendly Bible Released

Despite Rising Violence, Christians Lead Global Prayer Initiative Near Temple Mount

Gospel for Asia Stripped of Membership in ECFA

Three Christians Arrested in India and Accused of Converting Locals

South Carolina: Torrential Rains Leave 12 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Flooded

Islamic Indoctrination Taking Place in Georgia Schools

Arkansas School Pushes Back against Attempt to Ban Prayer

Michigan Pastor Accused of Conspiring against Homosexuals in Uganda, Russia

Oklahoma Republican Party Offers to House Banned Ten Commandments Monument

Opinion

When Tragedy Strikes, Partisan Politicking Offers Cold Comfort

Do You Treat Your Faith Like a Hobby?

Oregon Shooting Hero Making Headlines

Roseburg Killings: How Should Christians Respond?

The War on Loneliness: a Different Look at Addiction


READING: Mark 2

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  I’m sick. You’re sick. Every person in the world is sick. Every person who has ever lived, with the exception of Jesus, has been sick. And, anyone yet to be born will be sick. All of us need a doctor.

By “sick,” I mean, of course, “sinful.” All of us are sinners in need of redemption. We cannot work our way back to pleasing God.  We cannot design our own plan to fix this problem. We cannot read enough books, do enough Google searches, or talk to enough people to overcome our sin illness. Sick people can’t heal themselves.

That’s why it’s so important that Jesus came to us. We were sick, and He was wiling to be the cure:

Mark 2:17  He told them, “Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but the sick do need one. I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

What’s challenging to me is the fact that the God we sinned against is the God who took the initiative to fix our problem. The “doctor” who made the house call to Levi’s house in Mark 2 will take our sin disease upon Himself in Mark 15 so we might become well.  He will heal us by His death.

I suspect that many of us have forgotten just how sick we were without Jesus. Consequently, we take for granted the miracle of God’s plan to redeem us: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, eats with sinners. More importantly, He died for sinners.

And that’s the simple, straightforward, life-changing gospel. Let’s not take it for granted today.

ACTION STEPS:  Think about inviting several unchurched friends to your home for dinner in the next few weeks. Love them, and seek a way to begin telling them the story of Jesus.

PRAYER: “God, I’m guilty of forgetting how lost I was.  I need your help to remind me of my spiritual lostness so I can once again appreciate your grace and tell others about you.”


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.

Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

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

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

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

About Christianity
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October 7, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Oct. 7, 2015

BLOOMBERG

House amendment to abolish Select Cmte on Benghazi to be proposed at a House Rules Committee meeting by Rep. Louise Slaughter, the panel’s top Democrat.

Monsanto Co., the world’s biggest seed company, plans to eliminate 12 percent of its workforce to reduce expenses as it forecasts fiscal 2016 earnings that trailed analysts’ expectations amid weaker commodity markets.

Global financial firms’ estimated $100 billion or more exposure to Glencore may draw more scrutiny as regulatory stress tests approach after the commodity giant’s stock plunge this year, according to Bank of America.

Russia added a new dimension to its military campaign in Syria with warships firing missiles from the Caspian Sea, while President Vladimir Putin urged the U.S. and countries in the region to form a coalition against Islamic State and other militant groups.

Among families with two children, the price of care exceeds rent in 500 of 618 areas, according to data compiled by the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute, a resource group that advocates for workers. Families in Binghamton, New York, are the worst off. There, childcare is almost three times as expensive as checks to landlords.

The average 65-year-old couple retiring this year will face health-care costs of $245,000 in the years ahead, up 11 percent from a 2014 estimate of $220,000, according to a new report.

AP Top Stories

U.S. counter-terror officials have asked Toyota, the world’s second largest auto maker, to help them determine how ISIS has managed to acquire the large number of Toyota pick-up trucks and SUVs seen prominently in the terror group’s propaganda videos in Iraq, Syria and Libya, ABC News has learned.

Russian warships joined in strikes in Syria with a volley of cruise missile attacks Wednesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged his air force would back a ground offensive by government forces.

Chinese tourist attraction open to the public just over two weeks has already had its first major mishap in that it managed to almost kill tourists. The glass skywalk suspended 3,450 ft. in the air on the side of China’s Yuntai Mountain in the Henan Province cracked causing panic among visitors.

Nearly 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, elk, deer, boar and wolves abound in the exclusion zone deserted by humans, researchers say in an international study.

A 20-year-old German woman died at a popular Thai resort island after being stung by a box jellyfish, police said Wednesday, the third reported fatality in Thailand in 14 months from one of the world’s most toxic jellyfish.

A man who says he was a cartel enforcer pleaded guilty Tuesday to nine counts of murder in California after acknowledging to investigators that he had committed killings across the country.

From sunny suburban developments in Irvine, California, to shiny new condominium towers overlooking Manhattan’s skyline, Chinese buyers are sinking cash into U.S. residential real estate. Chinese are now the top foreign buyers of domestic properties, according to the National Association of Realtors, and nearly half of them are paying cash, according to RealtyTrac, a real estate sales and analytics company.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed rules that would prohibit some financial services companies from including a clause in customer agreements that forces class action legal claims to be handled in arbitration. Arbitration is a way for corporations to make sure consumers keep their claims out of court and away from the public eye.

Jorge Lemann, founding partner of 3G Capital. He already controls Burger King, Kraft, Stella Artois, and Heinz. And for a while now, Brazil’s richest man, Jorge Lemann, has been eyeing $178.2 billion beverage-giant Coca-Cola, according to Bloomberg. “We’d love to take a look at Coca-Cola. We could run it with 200 people,” he joked. That would mean cutting most of Coke’s 100,000 employees. Lemann has strung together some of the biggest acquisitions of all time in the past five years through his investment company, 3G Capital. The 76-year-old billionaire is known for his cutthroat management style and the swift layoffs that follow an acquisition.

BBC

Roughly 6,000 federal inmates will be released in the coming weeks in an effort to ease prison crowding and lessen harsh penalties for non-violent offenders. The release is the biggest of its kind in US history, the Washington Post reported. The inmates being released early were all convicted of drug-related charges. An additional 8,500 inmates will be eligible for release starting in November.

An over-reliance on using computers and search engines is weakening people’s memories, according to a study. It showed many people use computers instead of memorizing information. Many adults who could still recall their phone numbers from childhood could not remember their current work number or numbers of family members.

California has put limits on flying drones, in an effort to stop paparazzi photographers from snapping photos of celebrities from afar. The law expands the state’s definition of invasion of privacy to include sending a drone over private property to make a recording or take photos.

The United States Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Haitians to vote in this month’s presidential election and help “develop strong democratic institutions”.

The EU is beginning a new operation in the southern Mediterranean to intercept boats smuggling migrants.

WND

The fastest growing language in the U.S. among roughly 63.2 million residents who do not speak English is Arabic.

A Vanderbilt University days-long seminar sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center in honor of “Healthy Masculinities Week” put forth the theory that men with massive biceps are subtly furthering a sexist message.


 

Top News – 10/7/2015

Earthquake in magnitude of 5.2 shakes Turkey’s Antalya
5.2 magnitude earthquake epicentered in Demre district of Turkey’s Antalya province panics locals, trtworld informs. 30 minor quakes have shaken Turkey throughout Tuesday night, but one in Antalya at magnitude of 5.2 sparked panic among locals that flooded the streets.

Court Orders Release of Man Arrested on Temple Mount For Proclaiming Vitality of Jewish Nation
On Wednesday, the visitor, identified as attorney Itamar Ben Gvir, was arrested for responding to a Muslim chanting “Allahu akbar” with the refrain “Am Yisrael Chai”. The arrest came during the intermediate days of the Sukkot festival on the Temple Mount itself, the holiest site in Judaism.

After TPP: Three Million Signatures Trying to Stop Secretive TTIP Deal
Days after a multi-trillion dollar Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty was signed in secret in America, a three million signature petition has been handed in to the European Commission in London and Brussels calling for an immediate end to negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in Europe.

CERN prepares to test revolutionary mini-accelerator
the council that governs CERN, Europe’s premier particle-physics laboratory, near Geneva, Switzerland, approved a boost in funding for a planned experiment called the Advanced Wakefield Experiment, or AWAKE. Due to switch on next year, AWAKE will accelerate particles by ‘surfing’ them on waves of electric charge created in a plasma, or ionized gas. It is a method that could allow future accelerators to probe matter and the forces of nature at ever-higher energies, without the usual accompanying increase in the instruments’ size and therefore cost.

FBI probe of Hillary Clinton emails expands to second tech company
The FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email has now expanded to include obtaining data from a second tech company, which is fully cooperating with the FBI probe that has threatened Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, Fox News has learned.

Russian military officials visit Israel for Syria talks
Israel’s military confirmed the two-day meeting on “regional coordination,” which comes after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks last month related to Syria. The two agreed on a mechanism to avoid “misunderstandings” and clashes in Syrian airspace between the two militaries’ jets.

Police Agencies Display ‘In God We Trust’ on Patrol Cars, Tell Critics to ‘Go Fly a Kite’
Today, despite fervent efforts to completely separate church and state in America, reverence to God is still seen on our printed money, coins, and some state flags. Lately, however, you may have seen the motto cropping up in an unfamiliar place: on the back of police cars. “In recent months, dozens of Southern and Midwestern law enforcement agencies have added the axiom to squad cars

Tony Blair: we need to challenge the Jihadi narrative
Today we announce the Centre on Religion and Geopolitics, already up and running and now to be expanded, which tracks religious extremism across the world day by day and whose product you can see by going to the Religion and Geopolitics website of my Foundation. It also authors special in-depth reports on connected issues such as the one we publish today. Rather than only removing extremist content, we should work with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google…….

“URBAN AURORAS” DAZZLE ARCTIC CITIES
Last night, Oct. 6th, sky watchers around the Arctic Circle witnessed an outburst of auroras so bright that they were visible alongside glaring city lights. “We enjoyed a wonderful evening of ‘urban auroras’,”

‘We are seeking bigger role for Russia than Americans’ – Iraq defense committee chairman
Baghdad, Russia’s ally in its fight against ISIS, wants Russia to have a bigger role in the anti-terrorist campaign in Iraq than the US and may soon officially request to start airstrikes on its soil, the chairman of Iraqi parliament’s defense committee said.

Franklin Graham calls for ‘biblical principles’at ‘ballot box’
..the solution for America’s woes won’t be coming from Democrats. Or Republicans. Or even the tea party, according to the prominent leader who is organizing the Decision America Tour. He’s Franklin Graham, who serves as CEO both of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Samaritan’s Purse relief-and-development ministry. On Tuesday, he announced the dates for the first four rallies in 2016.

How Iranian general plotted out Syrian assault in Moscow
At a meeting in Moscow in July, a top Iranian general unfurled a map of Syria to explain to his Russian hosts how a series of defeats for President Bashar al-Assad could be turned into victory – with Russia’s help.

Huge Oil Discovery on the Golan Heights
If the oil can be extracted at a reasonable cost, and that is a big “if” now, it would make Israel self-sufficient for decades.

Breaking: Russia Fires 112 Missiles at ISIS Targets in Syria
The Russian defense minister says that his country’s ships in the Caspian Sea have launched 112 missile strikes against ISIS targets in Syria.

Putin/Iran Will Rape Sunni Oil Riches as Stalin/Hitler Raped Poland
In 2015, a mere 3 months after President Obama inked his Vienna-Nuclear appeasement of Iran, Putin and Iran agreed to devour Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, thus inevitably precipitating World War III. Obama’s inane “peace in our time” has already immediately reaped war and death…

Drudge Reveals What Supreme Court Justice Said ‘To My Face’
Matt Drudge warned in a rare interview Tuesday that future decisions on digital copyright laws could stifle free speech… “I had a Supreme Court justice tell me to my face it’s over for me. Said, ‘Matt, it’s over for you. They’ve got the votes… They’re gonna make it so headlines, you can’t even use headlines,’” Drudge said. “To have a Supreme Court justice say that to my face!”

Russian warplanes in Syria destroy U.S.-trained rebels’ weapons depots: commander
Russian air strikes have destroyed the main weapons depots of a U.S.-trained rebel group in Syria, their commander said on Wednesday… The Liwa Suqour al-Jabal, whose fighters have attended military training organized by the Central Intelligence Agency in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, was also hit last week by Russian raids as Moscow began its air campaign in support of Damascus.

Turbulent day as Palestinian storm continues
Tensions remained on a knife’s edge Tuesday as violent clashes wounded at least 50 Palestinians, 3 IDF soldiers, 3 police officers, and a baby girl. Three police officers were lightly wounded by rocks thrown Tuesday night by masked Palestinians during clashes that erupted in Israel’s centrally-located city of Jaffa, just kilometers south of Tel Aviv.

About 6,000 US inmates to be released early
Roughly 6,000 federal inmates will be released in the coming weeks in an effort to ease prison crowding and lessen harsh penalties for non-violent offenders, US media report. The release is the biggest of its kind in US history, the Washington Post reported. The inmates being released early were all convicted of drug-related charges.

Syria conflict: Turkey tells Russia to avoid clash
Turkey will not compromise on border security, but does not want Russian incursions into its airspace to escalate into a crisis with Nato… Russia’s envoy to Ankara has been summoned three times in response to recent violations of Turkey’s airspace. Russia’s air campaign in Syria began a week ago, but Mr Davutoglu said only two of its 57 sorties had targeted jihadists from the Islamic State group.

Migrant crisis: EU to begin seizing smugglers’ boats
The EU is beginning a new operation in the southern Mediterranean to intercept boats smuggling migrants. Under Operation Sophia, naval vessels will be able to board, search, seize and divert vessels suspected of being used for human smuggling. Until now, the EU has focused on surveillance and rescue operations.

Khamenei bans Iran from negotiations with US
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei on Wednesday banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States… Khamenei has not publicly endorsed the deal reached with world powers in July, which was a political victory for the “moderates” led by President Hassan Rouhani. Hardliners inside Iran are still trying to put breaks on the agreement.

How and Why Banks Will Seize Deposits During the Next Crisis
The financial system is predominantly comprised of digital money. Actual physical Dollars bills and coins only amount to $1.36 trillion. This is only a little over 10% of the $10 trillion sitting in bank accounts. And it’s a tiny fraction of the $20 trillion in stocks, $38 trillion in bonds and $58 trillion in credit instruments floating around the system.

Nuclear smugglers sought terrorist buyers
Over the pulsating beat at an exclusive nightclub, the arms smuggler made his pitch to a client: 2.5 million euros for enough radioactive cesium to contaminate several city blocks.

Turkey’s Erdogan warns Russia after airspace incursion
Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Moscow against taking “undesirable steps” following accusations Russia deliberately violated Turkish air space in its bombing campaign in Syria.

CCRKBA Chief Rips President For Politicizing UCC Tragedy
BELLEVUE, WA – The head of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today ripped into President Barack Obama for acknowledging that he wants to “politicize” the shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, calling it “a deplorable exploitation of a tragedy to push an anti-rights agenda.”

Guns Don’t Kill People—Liberals Kill People
Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Another mass shooting, another excuse for the left-wing vultures to prey on the carcasses of the dead. Another opportunity for Pres__ent Obama to grandstand and huff and sigh and affect an air of righteous indignation. Another occasion for left-wingers to roll their eyes and complain about how, even after this shooting, those dastardly right-wingers still won’t support “common sense gun laws.”

A New Global Police to Fight “Violent Extremism” in the U.S.?
The Obama Administration plans to create a global police force that counters “violent extremism” in the United States and elsewhere. The problem is that in Obama-speak “violent extremism” refers not only to jihadists wishing to harm Americans but also to conservatives and Tea Party activists. Just ask all the law-abiding right-of-center nonprofit groups targeted by Lois Lerner’s IRS


Top Headlines – 10/7/2015

The spirit of the intifada, with restraint on both sides

UN chief condemns recent killings of Palestinians, without mention of Israeli terror victims

Israel raps BBC for ‘unethical’ terror attack headline

Palestinians’ Abbas says does not want escalation with Israel

Abbas: Palestinian Violence ‘Helps’ Israel

‘PA instability adding to unrest’

Netanyahu threatens to change up coalition over security critique

Netanyahu: Answer to Palestinian violence doesn’t include new settlement construction

Settlers: US, Europe pressured Netanyahu to reject our request for more building

US denies ultimatum over West Bank settlements

Pilgrim season in danger as fear grips Jerusalem

Despite Rising Violence, Christians Lead Global Prayer Initiative Near Temple Mount

John Kerry: Temple Mount Must Remain ‘In the Hands of Jordan’

UN Asks Iran to Help Foment Peace in Syria

Russian military officials visit Israel for Syria talks

Russia dismisses claims its jets hit Syria’s Palmyra as ‘absolute lie’

Russian TV forecasts ‘good weather for bombing’ in Syria

Report: Mounting evidence that Russians are using cluster bombs in Syria

Is Russia sending 150,000 troops to Syria to battle ISIS?

Russia invites foreign military officers to Moscow to coordinate Islamic State fight

Russian ministry: Turkey suggests joint working group over Syria ops

Erdogan warns Russia not to destroy friendship with Turkey after incursions

Russia says ready for talks with Turkey to avoid ‘misunderstandings’ in Syria

US: Russia says ready to resume US military talks on Syria air safety

Ukraine parallels seen in Russia’s Syria push, Obama under pressure to do more

France plans UN resolution targeting Syrian barrel bombs

Syria’s skies crowded with multiple air forces

Jordanian MP’s Son Joins ISIS, Carries Out Suicide Attack

Thousands of refugees in Jordan return to Syria

EU launches operation to seize migrant smugglers’ boats

Nuclear smugglers sought Islamic State, other terrorists buyers

7 killed in ISIS suicide bombing in Yemeni capital

Islamic state claims suicide attacks on Yemeni government, Gulf troops

Report: Syrian Christians Cry ‘Jesus!’ Before ISIS Mass Beheading

11 Christian Missionaries Crucified and Beheaded Near Aleppo, Syria

Boko Haram terrorists allegedly kill 11 soldiers in Chad

White House: US airstrike on Afghan hospital ‘profound tragedy’

Doctors Without Borders airstrike: US alters story for fourth time in four days

Emails show Clinton rejected peace talks with Libya in 2011

Edward Snowden interview: ‘Smartphones can be taken over’

‘No place at the United Nations’: Ex-UN General Assembly leader accused of pocketing $500,000 in bribes

Merkel, Hollande to present common front for EU in crisis

Obama Administration and UN Announce Global Police Force to Fight ‘Extremism’ In U.S.

Deal reached on Pacific Rim trade pact in boost for Obama economic agenda

Obama: Trade Deal ’40 Percent of the Global Economy’

China cautiously welcomes Trans-Pacific free trade deal

Hatch says Trans-Pacific deal ‘woefully short,’ as Obama begins selling pact

America’s cities will collapse into utter chaos the day the EBT cards stop working

UN delay could open door to robot wars, say experts

Hillary Clinton vows executive action on gun control if elected president

Boy, 11, accused of killing 8-year-old neighbor with shotgun; witnesses say it was over puppy

Justice Department set to free 6,000 prisoners, largest one-time release

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Finike, Turkey

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Illapel, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Typhoon Choi-wan Takes Aim at Northern Japan for Late Week

Hawaii to Escape Direct Hit From Hurricane Oho

Hurricane Joaquin Batters San Salvador

Joaquin to Target Europe Starting This Weekend

Guatemala declares mudslide-hit community uninhabitable

Multiple Dam Failures Aggravate Dangerous Conditions in Flood-Ravaged South Carolina

‘Ant island’ floats on South Carolina floodwaters

Bushfires rage in Australia as ‘Godzilla El Nino’ takes affect

Lunar eclipse detects global cooling (but only a little)

New climate pledges invigorate UN talks but deemed insufficient to halt dangerous warming

Researchers find weak link in flu vaccine

House panel takes up GOP push for special committee probing Planned Parenthood

Harvard Doc Fired for Telling Truth about Homosexuality

Houston transgender bathroom bill debate centers on differing definitions of ‘men’

Tennessee County Introduces Resolution Begging God Not to Destroy Them Like Sodom and Gomorrah for Gay Marriage

Oregon bakery owners refuse to pay damages in gay wedding cake case

The Next Big Science vs. Church Battle: Can Transhumanism and Christianity Co-Exist?

Workers remove Ten Commandments monument from Oklahoma Capitol grounds

Peruvian Teen Convulses After Playing Ouija Board App

Doomsday coming? End of the world is imminent, say Christian believers

eBible Fellowship Predicts World Will End Today

SBC Mega Church Compensation for Sr. Pastors – As Malachi Said in Mal 3:10, the Pastors are Robbing God, Not the Pew Sitters


Frontrunning: October 07

  • How Iranian general plotted out Syrian assault in Moscow (Read More)
  • China FX reserves post record quarterly fall as cenbank steps up yuan support (Read More)
  • MSF calls for independent inquiry into U.S. attack on Afghan hospital (Read More)
  • Yen Advances as Bank of Japan Refrains From Adding to Stimulus (Read More)
  • Abu Dhabi Said to Explore Asset Sales After Slump in Oil Price (Read More)
  • U.S. Oil Approaching $50 Boosts Stocks as Emerging Markets Surge (Read More)
  • Prince Alwaleed ups Twitter stake to 5% Read More)
  • Obama makes pitch to win support for Pacific trade pact (Read More)
  • AB InBev Makes $100 Billion SABMiller Offer Public After Snubs (Read More)
  • Volkswagen to Launch Massive Vehicle Recall in January (Read More)
  • JPMorgan buys more mortgages from other lenders as market shrinks (Read More)
  • The Coal Market Is Even Worse Than People Thought, Glencore Says (Read More)
  • Volkswagen Stock Chart Is Looking Like BP’s After Oil Spill (Read More)
  • Russia Oil Giant Selling Assets (Read More)
  • Four Ways Currency Rigging Transformed the $5.3 Trillion Market (Read More)
  • Retiree Health-Care Costs Rise to a Cool Quarter Million (Read More)
  • In North America’s Costliest City, Rich Chinese Take the Blame (Read More)
  • Once the Biggest Buyer, China Starts Dumping U.S. Government Debt (Read More)

The Briefing

1) Biblical counseling conference at SBTS protested over view of homosexuality as sin

Activists protest Baptists’ seminar on homosexuality, USA Today (Deborah Yetter)

Southern Seminary, ACBC to refute protesters’ claims in morning news conference, Southern News

Your God and My Dignity, New York Times (Frank Bruni)

2) Hillary’s effort to defend slowness to affirm gay marriage shows velocity of moral shift

Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, in Dueling Speeches, Focus on Transgender Rights, New York Times (Amy Chozick)

Hillary Clinton Mocks Ben Carson, Ted Cruz on Gay Rights, ABC News (Liz Kreutz)

3) ABC Family changes name to avoid ‘family friendly’ perception for sake of market

ABC Family is dropping ‘ABC’ and ‘Family’, ABC News (Gary Levin)

In other news…

Pope aims to assure conservatives marriage doctrine safe, Associated Press (Nicole Winfield)

Daily Digest

October 7, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“[I]t is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government…. Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political.” —Thomas Jefferson, 1801

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Reforming Sentencing by Releasing Prisoners?

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Alcatraz. Photo courtesy Pfnatic, Wikimedia Commons

The Justice Department announced it will grant early release to about 6,000 prisoners serving time for drug offenses between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. In the words of The Washington Post, it’s “the largest one-time release of federal prisoners.” The 6,000 prisoners are part of the U.S. prison population who had time on their sentences reduced because of action by then-Attorney General Eric Holder. About a third of the prisoners, who are not U.S. citizens, will be deported. While the move certainly grabs headlines, the real prison reform will come from Congress, and not the Obama administration. Currently, the land of the free has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, and 6,000 prisoners is only a drop in the bucket towards solving this problem. Obama may visit a federal prison, call for more reform and grant clemency to a few politically favored prisoners, but there is only so much he can do. Currently, Congress is considering a prison reform bill backed by the likes of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Koch brothers. Only Congress can reform the practice of mandatory minimum sentencing — a perversion of justice that let bureaucrats determine a prisoner’s punishment years before the crime was committed and needlessly increased the number of Americans jailed. On the other hand, while we agree sentencing should be reformed, one of the reasons crime continues to decline is that many of the people who are incarcerated are the most likely to commit crimes. Releasing a bunch of prisoners could come back and bite Obama just like Willie Horton did for Michael Dukakis.

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Iran and Russia Planned Syrian Involvement Months Ago

In July, the “international community” grew mildly suspicious when Iranian general Qassem Soleimani flew to Moscow for a weekend, as Hot Air’s Allahpundit noted. Whatever did it mean? The United States was wrapping up marathon talks to secure a nuclear future for Iran. Vladimir Putin was, well, being Putin. The purpose for the July meeting became clear last week, as Russia sent bombs raining down from the sky in Syria. Reuters reports, “At a meeting in Moscow in July, a top Iranian general unfurled a map of Syria to explain to his Russian hosts how a series of defeats for President Bashar al-Assad could be turned into victory — with Russia’s help.” Soleimani is no rank-and-file commander in the Iranian army. He commands the Quds Force, answers only to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and is sanctioned from international travel because he branded as a terrorist. In other words, the ramp up of the Syrian Civil War is not because of Putin’s violent statesmanship alone. It is also Iran’s strategy to cut out the United States from the Middle East. Why didn’t the Obama administration see this? Doctored intelligence only goes so far. Barack Obama suffers from a distorted view of how the world works. But you can trust him to know if Iran is cheating on the nuclear deal.

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Assisted Cultural Suicide

“First do no harm” is widely thought to be a part of the Hippocratic Oath taken by medical professionals. It is not, but it derives from this part of the oath: “I will, according to my ability and judgment, prescribe a regimen for the health of the sick; but I will utterly reject harm and mischief.” California became the fifth state to turn that oath on its head with a new law permitting physician-assisted suicide. Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington are the others. It’s considered compassionate these days to allow a terminally ill patient to end his or her own life, but it’s also a predictable descent down the slippery slope of a culture that devalues life. Americans kill over a million children a year for the convenience of the mother, so is it any surprise that end-of-life care becomes something of an economics matter? We don’t argue that there’s an easy answer for those facing terminal illness. Many people suffer for years with no real hope, while others prolong death rather than life with modern medicine. But the sanctity of life means something for all people, and we believe the deliberate taking of life is wrong, excepting war or the service of justice for a crime. Unfortunately, we won’t be surprised to see a terrible union brought about by government health care and assisted suicide. Once it becomes cheaper to kill someone than to care for them, insurers and providers may begin pressuring individuals to consider the easy way out — if they’re given the option at all.

Meanwhile, more than 21,000 suicides are committed each year using firearms. But leftists never separate those deaths from other murders for the obvious reason of pushing gun control, of which California’s is some of the strictest. Perhaps, though, they’d like to explain why those suicides are less valid than the ones California just legalized. Or, given that the California legislature passed the measure during Suicide Prevention Week, we expect they’ll pass on any logical explanation.

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With Trans-Pacific Partnership, Obama’s a Victim of His Own Lies

By Louis DeBroux

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Though the Leftmedia talkingheads are focused on the GOP’s intra-party leadership fight following the unexpected and sudden resignation announcement of House Speaker John Boehner, Democrats are mired in an internal battle of their own.

On Monday, the United States and Japan, along with 10 other North American and Pacific Rim nations (Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Peru, Chile and Vietnam — which together comprise 36% of global domestic product), concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a major agreement that seeks to facilitate greater trade among these nations by reducing tariffs and other barriers to trade.

The negotiations, ongoing for the last decade (i.e., it wasn’t just Barack Obama’s idea), produced an agreement with mixed results for American interests. For example, U.S. negotiators claim the pact will strengthen intellectual property rights (which will benefit American pharmaceutical and technology companies) and open up foreign markets to American agricultural and dairy products. However, it would also reduce the duration that companies have market exclusivity for their products before they compete with generics.

The greatest argument in favor of the trade pact, however, might be as a tool to counter the rise of China as a regional and global player. China has long manipulated its currency to gain trade advantages, and it’s no secret that China has often been guilty of the theft of intellectual property, but in the last few years China has overseen a significant increase in the size and capability of its military, and especially its navy, which could be used to threaten sea lanes as leverage in other negotiations.

But back to the internal Democrat disputes.

Obama has spent the last eight years vilifying Republicans and treating them as America’s greatest enemy (consider how he describes Republicans’ positions and motives compared to the far more accommodating language he uses regarding Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism). However, now he finds himself in a position of needing Republicans in order to pass a trade agreement that he sees as crucial to his legacy.

Democrats are heavily opposed to the deal primarily because labor unions are against it, and labor unions are against it because it increases competition, which they loathe. Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO, warned on Twitter, “Now that negotiators have rushed to reach a final deal, the world will see how bad #TPP really is.”

Environmentalists also rabidly oppose the trade agreement because it increases the production of goods and services, which will lead to increased industrialization. Such opposition is to be expected from ecofascists, who are reflexively against the free market anyway, which they eagerly declare by tweeting on their iPhones while sipping lattes at Starbucks.

Self-described socialist and Democrat presidential nominee Bernie Sanders declared the TPP “disastrous,” claiming that “Wall Street and corporations have won again.” Likewise, seeking to curry favor with the radical leftist base, Hillary Clinton, who supported the deal while serving as secretary of state, is now hedging on that support, fearful of angering the anti-free market primary voters she needs to win the Democrat nomination for president.

And so it is that Obama finds himself needing the majority of Republicans to vote in favor of the deal in order to save it for him.

In any other year and with any other president, this would sail through a House and Senate dominated by Republicans, who are generally champions of free trade and lower taxes. Republicans tend to agree with the wisdom of Alexander Hamilton who, writing in Federalist No. 12, declared, “The prosperity of commerce is now perceived and acknowledged by all enlightened statesmen to be the most useful as well as the most productive source of national wealth, and has accordingly become a primary object of its political cares.”

The problem, as noted earlier, is that Obama has spent the last eight years vilifying conservatives and Republicans, accusing them of hateful hearts and malevolent motives, and using coercion, compulsion, deceit and lawlessness to achieve his aims. Republicans neither respect nor trust Obama, and with good reasons too numerous to recount here.

How ironic, then, that Obama now needs them to rescue one of his signature legislative agenda items, which he desperately needs after the disastrous results of his prior legislative “achievements” like the stimulus bill and ObamaCare.

As of now, it appears to be an uphill battle for Obama. Democrats vehemently opposed the Trade Promotion Authority that Congress passed earlier this year, with only 28 of 188 Democrats voting in favor. TPA was considered a prerequisite for pushing the TPP because it grants Obama an up or down vote of Congress on the trade agreement, with no amendments allowed — arguably necessary for getting other nations to agree to the deal.

Based on the comments from Democrats immediately following the announcement of the completion of the trade deal, Obama may get even fewer Democrats supporting him on TPP than he did on TPA. And with Republicans even more distrustful of Obama now than before, it is not at all assured he will get the necessary Republican votes to pass TPP.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), a big proponent of the TPP in principle, has expressed reservations about the deal as submitted, stating he will “carefully scrutinize” it. Other leading Republicans who previously signaled support for the deal are also now voicing concerns.

There is no small amount of irony in seeing, after years of slamming free trade, Obama now have to defend and champion it while being undermined by his own party, members of which are using the same tsunami of disinformation and character assassination on this deal and its supporters as Obama has so often used against Republicans. Obama, a master of political hackery, is now getting a taste of his own medicine.

As usual with anything Obama touches, it is the American people who will suffer most.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Star Parker: “My organization, CURE, just convened a meeting in Washington, D.C., of 25 black pastors from around the country, each with an average congregation size of about 1,000, to discuss ideas and policy. These are black Americans but they are also Christians, and it is their Christianity that defines their lives. Listening to these black pastors and to many black Christians who approach me in my travels around the country, I hear growing concern about the indifference and disengagement of the Obama administration from the values they hold most dear. … Black voter turnout has increased in every presidential election since 1996, when it was 53 percent. Politico has identified 7 states as ‘toss-ups’ in 2016. The three with the most electoral votes — Ohio, Virginia and Florida — went to Obama in 2012 and to George W. Bush in 2004. And in all three of these states black turnout exceeded white turnout in 2012. A 2012 Pew Research survey showed 56 percent of black Protestants saying they attend church weekly compared to 37 percent of the general public. The black vote can be a game-changer in 2016. Republicans have an opportunity to capture black voters by aggressively representing the Christian values that are dear to them and critical to the future of their communities and the nation.”

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it’s only a hundred billion. It’s less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.” —physicist Richard Feynman (1918-1988)

Upright: “That’s the theme of [Donald Trump’s] campaign: ‘believe me.’ How are you going to build a wall? Believe me. I’ll build it, I’ll come in under budget, it will be a beautiful wall, and it will come in at half of what people say. China, I’ll defeat China. How you going to do it? Believe me, I’ll do it. America. I’m going to bring in the most jobs in the history of mankind. How you going to do it? Believe me. He’s running a campaign on belief and … a lot of it revolves around the fact that not just he’s been a success in business, but he’s been a personality on television for 14 years where the persona is a guy in charge, a guy in command, and it carried over into this campaign. That’s why I think his numbers are high.” —Charles Krauthammer

Braying Jackass: “Look at Medicaid expansion! Do you know how many people are yelling at me? I go to events where people yell at me. You know what I tell em? … [T]here’s a book — it’s got a new part and an old part, they put it together. It’s a remarkable book. If you don’t have one, I’ll buy you one, and it talks about how we treat the poor. Sometimes you just have to lead.” —John Kasich, who doesn’t seem to get that Jesus was talking to his disciples, not government

Warning shot: “The president has frequently pushed his team to consider a range of executive actions that could more effectively keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others who shouldn’t have access to them. That’s something that is ongoing here.” —Obama spokesman Josh Earnest on possible executive action on guns

Non Compos Mentis: “Why are we allowed to have these weapons that blow up … literally blow up animals if you were hunting with them?” —MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski hyperventilating about the relatively small caliber AR-15, which isn’t about to “blow up” anything

Late-night humor: “If Bernie Sanders wins, he will be the first socialist elected president since 2008.” —Jay Leno making a guest appearance on the Tonight Show

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Trump, Bernie And Big Labor All HATE Obama’s Pacific Trade Deal

Trump, Bernie And Big Labor All HATE Obama’s Pacific Trade Deal

Posted on October 7, 2015 by Tru News

Republican president hopeful Donald Trump found common policy ground Monday with Democratic rival Bernie Sanders and labor unions – opposition to President Barack Obama’s trade deal. Trump reaffirmed his opposition not long after the president and the leaders of 11 other Pacific nations arrived at a finalized version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). After years of …

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HERE COMES CHINA: Beijing Sending Troops To Join Russian War In Syria

According to the Russian Senator Igor Morozov, Beijing has taken decision to take part in combating IS and sent its vessels to the Syrian coast.

“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” Revelation 16:12 (KJV)

The following was translated from the Russian news site Pravda: Igor Morozov, member of the Russian Federation Committee on International Affairs claimed about the beginning of the military operation by China against the IS terrorists. “It is known, that China has joined our military operation in Syria, the Chinese cruiser has already entered the Mediterranean, aircraft carrier follows it,” Morozov said.

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According to him, Iran may soon join the operation carried out by Russia against the IS terrorists, via Hezbollah. Thus, the Russian coalition in the region gains ground, and most reasonable step of the US would be to join it. Although the stance of Moscow and Washington on the ways of settlement of the Syrian conflict differs, nonetheless, low efficiency of the US coalition acts against terrorists is obvious. Islamists have just strengthened their positions.

As Leonid Krutakov told Pravda.Ru in an interview, the most serious conflict is currently taking place namely between China and the US. Moscow may support any party, the expert believes, and that is what will change the world order for many years. source

This article first appear on Pravda on September 29, 2015, and since that time Iran’s participation has been 100% confirmed. Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, has sent hundreds of ground soldiers into Syria in the past few days apparently in cooperation with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, said a senior Israeli security official Thursday.

Breitbart New has also confirmed reports of Chinese participation in the ongoing Russian war in Syria.

Looks like the “kings of the East” are waking up.


How Obama will get a Third Term

Make no mistake about this election’s outcome: If a Democrat wins the 2016 presidency, Obama will run him/her from the safety of the sidelines.

Looks like Barack Obama has a third term as POTUS in the bag, and won’t be needing martial law or any other draconic measure to make it happen.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Doorway To A One World Economic System

We have just witnessed one of the most significant steps toward a one world economic system that we have ever seen. Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership have been completed, and if approved it will create the largest trading bloc on the planet. But this is not just a trade agreement. In this treaty, Barack Obama has thrown in all sorts of things that he never would have been able to get through Congress otherwise…………  Click here for full story


ISIS Advancing ‘Apocalyptic Fantasy’ In Europe

ISIS is behind the refugee crisis currently afflicting Europe, and radical Islam expert Robert Spencer says the surge is part of a five-year plan designed by radicals to trigger their apocalyptic vision. In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of alleged Syrian refugees have arrived in Turkey, Greece and eastern European nations like Hungary and Serbia. Spencer says this was no spontaneous human tide. He says ISIS is right on schedule……………  Click here for full story


Chinese Naval Build-Up – Direct Threat To US Power

“China is building its naval forces for eventual global power projection…the Office Of Naval Intelligence is now suggesting, as others have already, that China could soon be projecting naval power in the same manner as the U.S. Navy…the Washington policy community has not yet started to understand, much less respond to this level of strategic challenge.”..……..  Click here for full story


Arabic fastest-growing language in U.S.

‘Nation is headed into uncharted territory’

The great U.S. melting pot is quickly becoming the “Arabic pot.”

The fastest growing language in the U.S. among roughly 63.2 million residents who do not speak English is Arabic, the Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey, or ACS, concluded.

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We as a nation are discussing ways to isolate and treat mental illness in society. How do we identify those who are mentally ill and get them help? These questions are also relevant on the world stage, as Russian President Vladimir Putin poses as the savior of the world. You know that moral confusion is taking hold in society when a conservative website hails Vladimir Putin for his “moral clarity” in the War on Terror, and compares him to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Yet, Dr. Robin McFee, who generally focuses on Weapons of Mass Destruction preparedness as well as medical…
 

Electromagnetic Pulse: One Day We Will Wake Up In An America Without Electricity And Society Will Totally Break Down

Electromagnetic Pulse - Public DomainWhat would you do if the power grid went down and never came back up?  One of these days, and it could be a lot sooner than most people think, we will all wake up in a country without electricity.  And considering how utterly dependent we have become on technology, that is a very frightening scenario to consider.  How would Americans react if nothing worked?  Just imagine a world where everything electronic is dead.  I am talking about lights, cell phones, computers, televisions, ATMs, heating and cooling systems, credit card readers, gas pumps, cash registers, refrigerators, hospital equipment etc.  When the power goes out for a few hours, that can be a major inconvenience, but what if it went out all over the nation and it didn’t come back on for months or even years?  This is one of the greatest potential threats that the United States is facing, and yet very few people are even talking about it. (Read More….)


America Is Done: Only 29 Percent Of Americans Want To Cut Off Funding For Planned Parenthood

Tattered American Flag - Public DomainI recently came across one of the saddest statistics that I have ever seen in my entire life.  Less than a week ago, I was roaming around Denver International Airport and I decided to pick up a copy of USA Today and catch up with what was going on in the world.  As I read the paper, one particular story really grabbed my attention.  A poll had been taken to find out how Americans felt about potentially cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  I figured that it would be pretty close to 50/50, and considering all of the revelations that have come out in recent months I wouldn’t have even been surprised if a majority of Americans wanted to defund the organization.  Well, it turns out that the survey discovered that Americans are against cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood by a more than two to one margin.  Here is an excerpt from that USA Today article(Read More…)


Enormous Oil Deposit Discovered In Israel As Russia Slowly Advances

A huge oil deposit has been found in the Golan Heights in Israel, with enough reserves to last Israel for decades, according to the country’s media.

“And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.” Deuteronomy 33:24 (KJV)

Hook in their jaws: Right now as  you read this, Russia, Iran and China are waging war within the nation of Syria. On the surface, it is to “defeat ISIS” and to “prevent WWIII”. But could the real reason why Russia is suddenly so concerned about “stopping the Islamic State” be a massive deposit of oil discovered in Israel and estimated to be worth in the tens of billions of dollars? When something doesn’t make sense, always follow the money. Has Russia promised to share the wealth with their new allies for their help in taking the oil from Israel?

According to the Russian Times today, the “Israeli presence in the Golan Heights is in dispute. The region is internationally recognized Syrian territory that has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six-Day War between Israel and several Arab states. UN Resolution 242 (1967) demands the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from the territories occupied in the conflict. Israel disagrees with the wording of the resolution, saying the territories are disputable.”

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Reportedly, the potential production may reach billions of barrels, while Israel consumes 270,000 barrels per day. Israel currently imports up to three quarters of its oil from the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq, the Financial Times reported in August.

“We are talking about a strata which is 350 meters thick and what is important is the thickness and the porosity. On average in the world strata are 20-30 meters thick, so this is ten times as large as that, so we are talking about significant quantities. The important thing is to know the oil is in the rock and that’s what we now know,” Israel business website Globes quotes Yuval Bartov, chief geologist of Afek Oil and Gas as saying. Afek is a subsidiary of the America’s Genie Energy.

The reported discovery coincides with the civil war raging in Syria. Israel has been accused of taking advantage of the conflict. The Israeli Golan Heights also border Syrian territory controlled by anti-government rebels. Israel has reportedly provided medical aid to the rebels and has responded to rocket fire from rebel-controlled territory by striking Syrian Army positions. Israel’s explanation has been that it “holds the Syrian military responsible for all events stemming from its territory.” 

Wow, and there you have it. As the other shoe drops, we now see the real reason for the excitement and activity taking place in Syria. Russia has declared themselves to be the liberator and protector of Syria, and the next step will be to advance on Israel to “reclaim” the Syrian land of the Golan Heights. Land that 12 months ago no one in the world outside of Israel cared about. The above-referenced excerpt from the Russian Times repeated uses the phrases “Israeli-occupied land to drive home their not-so-subtle message that Russia plans on coming over the Israeli border to take the Golan Heights.


Jerry Brown makes assisted Suicide legal in California

Posted: 07 Oct 2015 06:02 AM PDT

California’s 77-year-old governor provided insight into his deliberations before deciding to sign a bill allowing terminally ill Californians to legally take their own lives, reflecting on religion and self-determination as he weighed an emotionally fraught choice. Gov. Jerry Brown, a lifelong Catholic and former Jesuit seminarian, said he consulted a Catholic bishop, two of his own doctors and friends “who take varied, contradictory and nuanced positions.”

“In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death,” wrote the Democratic governor, who has been treated for prostate cancer and melanoma. “I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill.” CONTINUE

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One Day We Will Wake Up In An America Without Electricity And Society Will Totally Break Down

Posted: 07 Oct 2015 05:57 AM PDT

What would you do if the power grid went down and never came back up? One of these days, and it could be a lot sooner than most people think, we will all wake up in a country without electricity. And considering how utterly dependent we have become on technology, that is a very frightening scenario to consider. How would Americans react if nothing worked? Just imagine a world where everything electronic is dead. I am talking about lights, cell phones, computers, televisions, ATMs, heating and cooling systems, credit card readers, gas pumps, cash registers, refrigerators, hospital equipment etc.

When the power goes out for a few hours, that can be a major inconvenience, but what if it went out all over the nation and it didn’t come back on for months or even years? This is one of the greatest potential threats that the United States is facing, and yet very few people are even talking about it. An electromagnetic pulse attack could potentially send our nation back to the 1800s in a single moment, but very few of us are equipped to handle life without technology. Tech guru John McAfee recently wrote an article in which he expressed his belief that 90 percent of the population would be dead within 2 years of such an attack… CONTINUE

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Obama’s U.N. plan: Globalize cops against ‘Violent Extremists’

Posted: 07 Oct 2015 05:50 AM PDT

President Obama’s new “Strong Cities Network,” announced with little fanfare last week at the United Nations, appears to be another effort to strip authority from local police departments and to demonize conservative Christians, say advocates of civil and religious liberties. The stated goal of the program is to connect local police departments with their peers around the world in an effort to combat “violent extremism,” according to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who announced the program to the U.N. on Sept. 30.

Lynch, with New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio by her side, told world leaders that the time has come for a more globalized and comprehensive effort to combat violent extremism. She said: “Until now, we have lacked that mechanism. We haven’t had the benefit of sustained or coordinated cooperation among the growing number of cities and municipalities that are confronting this ongoing challenge. Communities have too often been left isolated and alone. But through the Strong Cities Network that we have unveiled today, we are making the first systematic effort in history to bring together cities around the world to share experiences, to pool resources and to forge partnerships in order to build local cohesion and resilience on a global scale. Today we tell every city, every town and every community that has lost the flower of its youth to a sea of hatred – you are not alone. We stand together and we stand with you.” CONTINUE

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Russian jets intercept US predator drones over Syria

Posted: 07 Oct 2015 05:34 AM PDT

Reports indicate that, Russian fighter jets have intercepted U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia’s air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region. The Russians have not attempted to shoot down any of the U.S. drones, but instead have flown intercept tracks, a doctrinal term meaning the Russians flew close enough to make their presence felt, according to one official.

“The first time it happened, we thought the Russians got lucky. Then it happened two more times,” said one official.vBoth officials said that the Russian intercepts took place over ISIS-controlled Syria, including its de facto headquarters in Raqqa and as well as along the Turkish-Syrian border near Korbani. Another intercept occurred in the northwest, near the highly contested city of Aleppo. CONTINUE

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Colima volcano in Mexico erupts again spewing smoke and ash

Posted: 07 Oct 2015 05:26 AM PDT

Mexico’s Colima volcano erupted late on 4 October and continued on until 5 October spewing ash and smoke into the air, authorities reported. According to Jalisco Civil Protection, the plume of gas and ash reached a height of 1,500m, heading north. Along with the ash cloud and gas, the volcano expelled pyroclastic flows that travelled hundreds of metres down the slope. The day before, a spectacular explosion was recorded at 6.29pm, sending clouds of ash and smoke 2,500m above the crater.

Located in the south-western Mexican state of Colima, the Fire Volcano has been exhibiting activity since 9 July. Over the past two months, nearby villages have been blanketed with thick coats of ash, prompting evacuations. Officially known as the Colima Volcano, it was previously active in January and February, and is part of the Pacific’s Ring of Fire. Mexico contains over 3,000 volcanoes but only 14 are considered active. The Colima Volcano has erupted more than 40 times since the 16th century and local authorities have an emergency plan that includes continuous observation of the volcano and mandatory evacuations. SOURCE

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4 Russian warships launch 26 missiles against ISIS from Caspian sea

Posted: 07 Oct 2015 05:21 AM PDT

Russia continues to pummel the Islamic State in Syria as reports indicate that, Four Russian Navy warships have fired a total of 26 missiles at the position of the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced. The missiles were fired from the Caspian Sea. “Four missile ships launched 26 cruise missiles at 11 targets. According to objective control data, all the targets were destroyed. No civilian objects sustained damage,” Shoigu said.

The missiles flew some 1,500 km before reaching their targets, probing their efficiency. The missile attacks came from Russia’s fleet in the Caspian Sea, which borders Russia, Iran and three other littoral countries. The precision weapons hit all intended targets. The attacks apparently required cooperation from Iran and Iraq, as the missiles had to travel through their airspace to reach Syria. Earlier, Russian warships played a key part in deploying the Russian warplanes to Syria, delivering equipment and supplies to an air base near Latakia and the Navy’s old base in Tartus. CONTINUE

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Exposing the Root Of Discord and Division

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 08:02 PM PDT

In this message we dig deep to expose the roots of what generates Division and discord in the Body of Christ. This message was presented LIVE via Periscope at @EndTimeHeadline

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Another False Prophet Declaring the World Will End Soon!

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 07:22 PM PDT

Like a bad sequel, it’s once again time for the “end of the world” as we know it (so well). Biblical calculations made by Chris McCann, head of the eBible Fellowship, predict that October 7 is the day of “annihilation.” Maybe. “There’s a strong likelihood that this will happen. Which means there’s an unlikely possibility that it will not,” McCann says, according to the Guardian. That qualified statement comes after his Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based group spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on billboards and other mass media alerting the world that May 21, 2011 was Judgment Day. Since then, McCann’s following has dwindled.

McCann and the remaining eBible Fellowship members are still sure that day was significant though, it’s just that it was only spiritually significant. “God closed the door to heaven” that day, McCann reported in a Bible study audio clip. The May 2011 date was conceived by Harold Camping, another Christian broadcaster. Camping died in 2013, but his catastrophic 2011 prognostication still holds weight with McCann’s group. They believe May 21 was the last day God picked out churchgoers to save from the apocalypse. The eBible Fellowship teaches that God planned to spend the next 1,600 days following May 21, 2011 on saving non-church goers. The 1,600th day is October 7, 2015, so naturally, with no one left to save, that’d be it for old Creation. 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


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Clouding the Gospel, Confusing God’s People

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  There’s a reason why historic Reformed/Presbyterian churches respond so quickly, strongly, and ecclesiastically (i.e. in a churchly manner) to preaching that clouds the gospel by mixing law/works and gospel/grace.  When we hear things like “works are instrumental in justification” or “final justification at the last day” or “the lawful gospel” or “I’m not sure ‘imputation’ is the best way to talk” or “faith alone means being faithful to Christ’s call” and other confusing statements, we investigate because these types of statements bring on a theological fog that so quickly confuses God’s people about the heart of the faith, the gospel.  Concerning this, Martin Luther made the following outstanding observations in his commentary on Galatians 1:6 (I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel… NASB).  By the way, these statements are totally applicable today in…

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What Putin is teaching us about foreign policy: Obama’s weakness provokes aggression

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Other than Weekly Standard, my two favorite places to read about foreign policy are the Wall Street Journal and the UK Telegraph. And my favorite writer from all three of these is Bret Stephens, columnist at the Wall Street Journal.

Here is his latest article (click through to WSJ), then we’ll go to the UK Telegraph after.

Stephens writes:

David Petraeus testified last month to the Senate Armed Services Committee on U.S. policy in the Middle East. Regarding Syria, the former general and CIA director urged a credible threat to destroy Bashar Assad’s air force if it continues to bomb its own people. He also recommended “the establishment of enclaves in Syria protected by coalition air power, where a moderate Sunni force could be supported and where additional forces could be trained, internally displaced persons could find refuge, and the Syrian…

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TMS: Personhood and the Abortion Dilemma

From a biblical standpoint, when should an unborn baby be considered a ‘person’?

Though pro-abortion advocates argue that personhood does not begin until birth, the Bible recognizes no essential difference between the personhood of a child in the womb and that same child after he or she is born. In other words, Scripture regards the individual as a person from the point of conception and forward. Consequently, as Christians, we should do the same.

Here are five biblical examples that demonstrate this point:

1. Cain

According to Genesis 4:1, “Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, ‘I have acquired a man from the LORD.’” The passage views Cain’s life as a continuity, and his personal history extends back to his conception and not just his birth. Eve makes no distinction between his conception, birth, and life. She regards conception and life as part of the work of God.

2. Job

Job affirms, “May the day perish on which I was born, And the night in which it was said, ‘A male child is conceived’” (Job 3:3). Job’s life has become an intolerable burden to him. As Job laments his existence, he connects his birth and his conception as parallel items in a poetic unit. Both his conception in his mother’s womb and his birth from his mother’s womb form an integral part of his existence as a person.

3. David

The example of David is even more explicit. In Psalm 139, he speaks of God carefully fashioning him while he was still in his mother’s womb. He writes:

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them (vv. 13–16).

David rejoices over Yahweh’s careful watchcare over him even in his mother’s womb. Verse 13 points to God’s personal regard for the psalmist that began when he was yet in his mother’s womb. Verses 14–15 highlight that David was the product of God’s creative work in his mother’s womb.

Elsewhere, David acknowledges that he was a sinner from the moment of his conception. In Psalm 51:5 (NIV) he affirms, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” In reflecting on the sin in his heart, David recognizes that the sin of his heart is not something recent but goes back to the point of his conception in the womb of his mother. Such a moral state could be ascribed only to a person. It is also important to note that the psalmist links his birth with his conception.

4. Jeremiah

God affirmed to the prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jer 1:5). God “knew” Jeremiah even before he was conceived, indicating that Jeremiah was a person before he was born. Moreover, God “sanctified” Jeremiah and “ordained” him a prophet while he was still in the womb.

5. John the Baptist

Finally, John the Baptist is said to have reacted personally when he was yet in the womb of Elizabeth (in the sixth month of her pregnancy). According to Luke 1:44, Elizabeth told Mary, “For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.” When Mary entered the room to see her cousin Elizabeth, her cousin exclaimed that her unborn child leaped for joy in her womb. Such emotions can only be rightly attributed to a person.

As these examples demonstrate, Scripture presents personhood as beginning at the moment of conception. The Bible also teaches that God Himself is the One who forms the fetus and orchestrates the natural processes that bring about the miracle of life (cf. Job 31:15; Ps 119:73; Eccl 11:5, which suggest that God’s providence rules throughout the gestation period of a fetus).

Hence, a survey of the biblical data supports the conclusions of Ronald B. Allen, when he writes:

The Bible never speaks of fetal life as mere chemical activity, cellular growth, or vague force. Rather, the fetus in the mother’s womb is described [in places like Psalm 139] in vivid pictorial language as being shaped, fashioned, molded, and woven together by the personal activity of God. That is, as God formed Adam from the dust of the ground, so He is actively involved in fashioning the fetus in the womb (In Celebrating Love of Life, 6).

Such observations not only magnify the wonder of life in the womb, they also underscore the inescapable fact that the pro-abortion position runs contrary to the clear teaching of Scripture.

Today’s post was adapted from Dr. Grisanti’s longer article, “The Abortion Dilemma” which can be read by clicking here

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