Daily Archives: October 11, 2015

JAS: How did Ravi Zacharias become a Christian?

The John Ankerberg Show

Not long ago, my friend, Dr. Ravi Zacharias joined me for a discussion of some of the toughest questions he has been asked during his travels around the world. Starting this week, we will be sharing these conversations with you on the John Ankerberg Show. Ravi provides both thoughtful and compassionate answers to many of the questions people who do not believe in God or the bible ask about the Christian faith.

Ravi, himself, grew up as a non-Christian in India, surrounded by a culture of hundreds of gods. In this week’s program, you will hear his moving story, relating his overpowering sense of hopelessness until he met the one true God.

The Testimony of Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias was raised in India in a Hindu family. His culture presented many views of God, yet he did not know the message of Jesus. At a point of desperation, he attempted suicide and ended up in a hospital. Through the witness of a young man, he heard the good news and came to faith in Christ. He has since grown to become one of the world’s premiere defenders of the Christian faith. As you hear some of the details of how Ravi turned from near death to new life in Jesus, you’ll find inspiration for your own walk with God and become better prepared to share your faith with others.

I encourage you not to miss this powerful program. Please join us by tuning in on television or CLICK HERE to watch online.

I follow Calvin…I follow Apollos…I follow Paul.

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Charles Spurgeon was unapologetic in his view of Calvinism. Such was Spurgeon’s conviction that he equated it with the Gospel. Now, a context is needed, of course, so let’s have a look:

I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith, without works; nor unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor…

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JAS Series: Heaven, Hell and the Afterlife (what it’s like and what happens when you die)

Trying to Peek Behind the Curtain of Death Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. Erwin Lutzer talk about death and what you will experience one minute after you die.

How to Overcome the Fear of Death Dr. Erwin Lutzer and Dr. John Ankerberg explain the information has God given us so that we can overcome the fear of death.

What Actually Happens When You Make the Transition from Life, to Death, to Heaven? Dr. Erwin Lutzer and Dr. John Ankerberg explain what the Bible says will happen one minute after you die.

What Does the Bible Teach About the Death of Infants? Dr. Erwin Lutzer and Dr. John Ankerberg explore difficult question of what the Bible teaches about the death of infants, and whether grieving parents can have the assurance that their child is in heaven.

Your First Hour in Glory, What Will Heaven Be Like? Dr. Lutzer shares what the Bible says about your first hour in glory and what heaven will be like.

The Descent into Gloom: What Is Hell Like? Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. Erwin Lutzer explain what the Bible says about Hell.

(Click here for more information on heaven, hell and the afterlife.)

October 10-11, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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What Does it Mean to Abide in Christ?

“We must never allow ourselves to drift from daily contemplation of the cross as the irrefutable demonstration of that love, or from dependence on the Spirit who sheds it abroad in our hearts (Rom. 5:5). Furthermore, remaining in Christ’s love comes to very concrete expression: simple obedience rendered to Him is the fruit and evidence of love for Him (John 15:10–14).”

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The Attraction of the Cross

An easy way to help people forfeit their own soul is by helping them treasure and seek fulfillment in the things of the world. To them Jesus asks, “What does it profit if you gain the whole world and forfeit your own soul?” Those who live a life of self-denial do so because of the eternal gain that far surpasses any profit the world could offer. 

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The Good News Of The Salvation Has Now Been Announced

“The incarnation was not a parenthesis. It was the fulfillment of God’s eternal plan and intra-trinitarian covenant (pactum salutis) in which God the Son agreed to be our substitute and the Father to give to his Son a people and the Holy Spirit to apply to that people all of Christ’s benefits.”

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Three Steps To Successful Sabbaths

“Balance is an illusion for driven people. Life is way too unpredictable to balance. A better biblical goal is to live a life in rhythm. Athletes understand the need for a pre-season, season, and off-season. So do accountants and politicians. Even nature’s seasons and cycles remind us of God’s rhythm.”

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Everything’s Religious

“The fact is that we are religious beings through and through. All of us, as R.C. Sproul says, are theologians. God made us that way. Even on a day when everyone concedes that the pope might otherwise dominate the news, half a dozen other “religious” stories crowd their way onto the table of contents.”

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Christians in Syria Struggle to Survive Amid Terrors

The pastor, whose name is withheld for security reasons, and his family typify the many Christians scrambling to survive in Syria. With an estimated 700,000 of Syria’s pre-war population of 1.4 million Christians having already fled, he too harbors the question, “Should I flee my country, and if so, when and where should I go?”

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Five Questions About Sanctification and Good Works: How Does Sanctification Differ From Justification?

“Both justification and sanctification are by faith, but whereas faith is the instrument through which we receive the righteousness of Christ, faith is the root and principle out of which and sanctification grows (XVII.i.19). We say that justification is by faith alone, because we want to safeguard justification from any notion of striving or working.”

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The Most Interesting Man in the World

However, all of this is unfulfilling vanity apart from having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Life is empty without taking into consideration the God-man who lives above the sun. Jesus is truly the “most interesting man in the world;” he is the most rich, most famous, most powerful, most wise, most radiant, and most loving man in the universe. With him, we can find satisfaction and contentment regardless of whatever measure of fame, health, skill, wealth, pleasure, and success he sends our way.

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Websites of Most Individual Protestant Churches Cannot Be Located Through Denominational Website

Most Protestant denominations have a website that includes a function to help users find a local church.  But denominations provide accurate links to the websites of only 32% of all local churches, even though three out of four churches have their own website.  Much of the information on denominational websites about member churches is simply missing or wrong, according to a new report from Grey Matter Research.

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Connect for Christ

We also witness by what we say, not in terms of not using profanity or trying to say encouraging things. We witness by sharing the gospel. After all, gospel means “good news.” We bear good news as we point people to God, as we give the Bible’s explanation for the mess the world is in, and as we point to Jesus as God’s remedy for personal sin and for the whole fallen world. We give a reason for the hope within us. Jesus is that reason.

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From Gay Parents to Prom Dates, Faith-Based Schools Face LGBT Dilemmas

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli made comments before the Supreme Court foreshadowing legal problems for faith-based schools. When asked by Justice Samuel Alito if a faith-based school could lose its tax-exempt status over its views on same-sex marriage, Verrilli replied, “It’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that.”

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Theological Education: The Role Of The West In Missions

The Evangelical church in the Global South is growing rapidly. But, what good is a rapidly growing church with horrible theology? When thinking of the bad theology of the Global South, don’t think of hymnals vs. modern music or ties vs. button down shirts. Christian churches in the Global South are spreading an array of bad theology which includes animism, works based theology, witchcraft and more.

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Zwingli: Patriot Reformer of German Speaking Switzerland

Zwingli first served as a pastor in idyllic Einsiedeln (still the home of one of the most ornate monasteries in the world) for two years (1516-1518), prior to beginning his thundering ministry at Zurich’s Grossmunster church on January 1, 1519, making him one of the earliest declared Protestants in the world.

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Tethered to Technology—Escaping the IT Trap

We often want to blame the technology itself rather than the way we use it, including our failure to take control of and limit it. The fact is, devices like smartphones can sometimes be extremely helpful and even liberating. It can be great to be able to still get work done despite being stuck for hours in a physician’s waiting room or at the airport. My wife and I have valued, especially when our children were younger, being able to get out on a date knowing that our children can get hold of us when they need to. The technology is not inherently evil. We just use it, too often, in ways that are unwise.

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The Scottgate Tapes – A Revealing Insight into the Current State of the Church of Scotland

The Church of Scotland is dying. Without a major miracle of renewal and reformation, the Church of Scotland is in its death throes within Scotland. It’s establishment is rotten to the core, its doctrine has become unbiblical nonsense, it’s discipline nonexistent in some cases – tyrannical in others, its membership and congregations are in free-fall and there is little evidence that many in the Kirk are prepared to wake up to the realities of the situation. The ship is sinking and people just want to argue about what uniforms the band is wearing and what tunes they should be playing.

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Christian Missionaries Crucified by ISIS After Refusing to Deny Christ

(CN) — Ten Christian missionaries and a 12-year-old boy lost their lives in August as they were executed by the barbaric Islamic group ISIS because they refused to deny Christ.

Christian Aid Mission (CAM) reports that on Aug. 7th, the indigenous missionaries were captured near Aleppo, Syria after rejecting advice by their ministry director to leave the area due to violence. The men chose to stay to share the gospel with those suffering from the ISIS insurgency.

Archaeologist Believes Remains of Sodom’s Fiery Destruction Have Been Found

(CN) — An experienced archaeologist who has spent a decade searching for the ancient ruins of Sodom is now confident that his team has located the ill-fated biblical city and evidence of its sudden destruction.

Dr. Steven Collins is a distinguished professor of Archaeology at Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque and is also dean of the school’s College of Archaeology & Biblical History. In addition to writing dozens of scholarly books and journal articles, Collins frequently visits the Middle East, where he participates in ongoing archaeological research.

Officials Move to Take Christian Bakers’ Home After Couple Refuses to Pay $135,000 to Lesbians

(CN) — Officials in Oregon have moved to take the home and/or other assets of a Christian couple as they are refusing to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to two lesbian women that filed a complaint after the couple declined to make a cake at their bakery for their “wedding” ceremony.

As previously reported, in February, a judge with the Oregon BOLI declared Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa guilty of discrimination for declining to make the cake because of their Christian convictions, thus moving the matter into the sentencing phase.

Student Who Played Dead in Oregon College Shooting Heard Gunman’s Words to Christians 

(CN) — A female student whose life was spared when she played dead after being shot on Thursday during the Umpqua Community College massacre says that she heard the gunman’s words targeting Christians as he carried out his assault.

Stacy Boylan, the father of Anastasia Boylan, who was struck in the back and is being treated at a local hospital, relayed the story to reporters on Friday.

Other Top News Stories of Interest:


The King Is Coming: Who Cares?

Jan Markell and Eric Barger talk eschatology with Dr. David Reagan for the hour. How can we live for Christ victoriously in these last days? Hardly anyone cares that the King is coming and yet that is today’s only good news. We have society decaying and the church riddled with apostasy. In light of this, how shall we then live?

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Oregon shooting reminds Christians of bull’s-eye on backs

‘This much we do know: There has been an increasing demonization … in our culture’

The torture of Christians and repression of Christianity around the world is common knowledge, from the prison camps in North Korea and the extermination campaigns in the Sudan to the government attacks in China and in large portions of what used to be the Soviet Union.

Then there are the vast Arab lands where converting to Christianity is a capital offense and just being a Christian can land you in jail, or worse.

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Benham Brothers: Satan and Demons Manifesting Themselves in Our Nation

In a video posted on their Facebook page on Friday, twin brothers and celebrity real estate moguls David and Jason Benham said the murder of nine people at a community college in Oregon isn’t about guns or mental health but rather evil that comes from “Satan himself and demons manifesting themselves in our nation.

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Islamic State Threatens to Kill Christians in Syria in Video Showing Executions

The terrorist group Islamic State (IS) killed three Assyrian Christians late last month, presumably in Syria, according to an execution video released Wednesday (Oct. 7).
In the video, the group threatened to kill some 200 other Christians in Syria unless it receives a ransom of $50,000 each for their release.
In the video, three men dressed in orange jumpers are shown kneeling in the sand. The men then give their names and the town they came from. Seconds later, three men in desert uniform each raise a handgun behind the head of each Christian and fire their weapons. The Christians’ lifeless bodies then fall forward, face down.

The garden yields life lessons once again

The garden yields life lessons once again

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Worshiping among Muslims in Malaysia

Worshiping among Muslims in Malaysia

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TRAVEL | WORLD’s ‘Nellie Bly’ files her latest report

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Albert Mohler Calls Gay Conversion Therapy 'Superficial;' Says Homosexuality Is Sinful but People Need Redemption, Not Repair

Albert Mohler Calls Gay Conversion Therapy ‘Superficial;’ Says Homosexuality Is Sinful but People Need Redemption, Not Repair

Posted on October 10, 2015 by Christian Post

Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has suggested that the Church should not seek to convert homosexuals to heterosexuality.

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Five More Absolutely Vital Questions

The Bible is full of questions, and many of them are of utter significance to all of us. How we answer such questions will impact us greatly. Indeed, some of them will determine our eternal destiny. So it is imperative that we pay careful heed to such questions, and answer them carefully and wisely.

I have already asked five of these questions in an earlier article: http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/04/01/five-absolutely-vital-questions/

But Scripture contains plenty more such important questions. Such questions need to be answered, and some of them need answering on a regular basis. Some are directed at non-believers, but most are for Christians. Believers need to do a regular stocktake of their spiritual condition, and many of these key questions must be continuously addressed.

question 2So here then are another five questions which we all must give the utmost diligence to.

One. “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46)
This may be one of the most important questions believers today can ask of themselves, given the overwhelming watering down of the gospel, rampant antinomianism, and a flood of cheap grace and hyper grace teachings making the rounds.

Far too many churches, Christian leaders and teachers have played down or ignored altogether the whole concept of the Lordship of Christ. They think we can have him as Saviour, but making him Lord is just an optional extra. Sorry, but it does not work that way.

It is a package deal, and he cannot save us if he is not Lord over us. The whole concept of salvation entails a transfer of ownership and obedience from self to God. We declare at salvation that we are no longer the lord of our own life, but Christ is. Without that basic transaction, there is no real saving faith.

Two. “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” (Isaiah 6:8)
In this famous passage Yahweh asks who will go in his name and represent Him. Chapter six of this book is about Isaiah’s commissioning as a prophet of God, and the whole of verse 8 goes like this: “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’”

This question may be specific to Isaiah but it is a general question asked of all God’s people. We are to be ambassadors of Christ – his witnesses and his representatives. And of course there can only be one correct answer to this appeal: “Here am I. Send me!”

Indeed, Jesus made it clear that this is not some optional extra for his followers. We are commanded to go, to bear witness for him. That is part of our calling, to make known the good news to those who have not yet heard it. And as a secondary application, this question may be asked of many of us in areas such as overseas missionary work, and so on.

Whatever the particular application of this call, we all have the same duty to respond as Isaiah did. There can be no hemming and hawing here, and no rejection of his call. There can only be a clear and immediate “Yes Lord”.

Three. “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3)
As it stands this is a terrific verse to ask of our non-Christian friends. Salvation is in Christ alone, and to neglect it is to do supreme damage to our very souls. But the immediate context of this verse indicates that it is addressed to those who profess to be followers of the Lord. Verses 1-3 say this:

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.”

This is one of a number of very sombre and sobering warning passages found in Hebrews. Some of the others include Heb. 5:11-6:12 and10:19-39. Of course these passages have generated plenty of discussion and debate, including over the issue of whether a believer can lose his salvation or not.

While that particular debate is a complex and nuanced one, and a discussion I cannot here enter into of course, I do always say that at the very least we must take seriously the warnings of Scripture. They are there for good reason, and we dare not trifle with them or assume they cannot apply to ourselves.

Four. “Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?” (Romans 6:1)
In his magisterial letter to the Romans Paul takes us through the salvation story in great detail. By the time he gets to Romans 4 and 5 he is discussing the great topics of salvation by grace through faith. But like all biblical truths, these can be distorted and abused.

So in Rom. 6 he deals with misunderstandings and clarifies his position on what real grace is all about. If grace so wondrously comes to the sinner, one could be tempted to claim, “Well, the more sin, the more grace”. This is of course a perversion of all that Paul has been saying.

He answers the question of verse one quite clearly in verse 2-4: “By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

And to stress the importance of all this, he repeats the question in Rom. 6:15 “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!” But regrettably some hyper grace teaching actually seems to go in the very direction which Paul denounces here. Thus we must take great care, and never presume upon the grace of God.

Five. “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8)
Luke 17-18, like Matthew 24-25, discuss the return of Christ. Various themes are emphasised in these chapters, such as the need to be on guard and to be ready. And as Matt. 24 makes so very clear, Jesus insists that no one will know exactly when he will return, so that is all the more reason to be prepared.

In Luke 18:1-8 we have the parable of the persistent widow. Jesus says in verses 6-7 that God’s justice will certainly come to those who cry out for it in persistent prayer, but the question of v. 8 is rather open-ended. Will he? To the extent that we can tie a great falling away with the end times, we can say that faith may be much harder to find then.

God will always reserve for himself a believing and faith remnant of course, but it seems that upon his return, things may be getting rather bleak. Whether that is exactly how we are to understand this question in the light of biblical eschatology, we all can apply this question personally to our own lives.

When Christ returns will he find us – you and me – strong in faith? Will each one of us stand strong, continue in prayer and faith, and stay on course until he returns, or until we breathe our last breath? Thus this can be an intensely personal question which we all need to keep asking ourselves.

It is quite interesting how many questions we find being asked in Scripture. As mentioned, how we respond to these questions can be a matter of utmost importance. We need to take these questions quite seriously, and we need to carefully and prayerfully form our answers to them.


Getting It Right on Islam

It is imperative that we get it right on Islam, because if we don’t we are all goners. And there have been far too many Western leaders, opinion makers and ruling elites who have failed time and time again to get it right. Examples of this are as numerous as they are worrying.

Consider this recent exchange with a dhimmi Liberal Senator and Andrew Bolt:

Bolt: Why is Malcolm Turnbull — and Julie Bishop and Andrew Scipione — calling what happened politically motivated violence when the boy was shouting “Allah” when he shot the unfortunate police accountant?
Fierravanti-Wells: Well, Andrew, I think the Prime Minister today … referred to it as politically motivated and then said “and that’s terrorism”.
Bolt: Yes, the word that is missing here is “religious”.
Fierravanti-Wells: Well, Andrew I think there will be things that are going to come out as part of the inquiry …
Bolt: I find it amazing that … the Government keeps calling it a politically motivated attack and not a religious one and I just want to know why.
Fierravanti-Wells: I think, Andrew, that this is an ongoing investigation … Look, there is no doubt that the motivation is a very important issue. People want to know what motivates a 15-year-old boy to walk down a street …
Bolt: Shouting “Allah”.
Fierravanti-Wells: … shouting whatever he is alleged to have shouted.
Bolt: You see, you can’t even say what he is alleged to have shouted. He shouted “Allah”.
Fierravanti-Wells: He shouted what he shouted and did this and it is really important that we do understand what is the motivation.
Get the impression the Government actually has no interest in the motivation if it’s Islam?

islam 75Shocking stuff. So many of these folks are clueless wonders and dhimmi dunces who would rather be politically correct than protect their nation and its values. However in the past few days some of these leaders have made a few worthwhile statements.

Whether they are too little too late is a moot point. Indeed, after years of making excuses for Islam and the terrorists, their newfound firmer voice may not be of much help. But I will mention them briefly anyway. Consider the new Australian Prime Minister: another jihad attack on Australian streets has given him a slight bit of nerve it seems:

Malcolm Turnbull says anyone who cannot abide by the core Australian value of mutual respect should leave the country. In a passionate speech in the wake of a terror attack in Sydney in which a 15-year-old shot dead a police worker, the Prime Minister said violent extremism needed to be tackled head on.
He said those who could not practice harmony should leave the country. “It is not compulsory to live in Australia. If you find Australian values, you know, unpalatable, then there’s a big wide world out there and people have got freedom of movement,” Mr Turnbull said.

Prime Minister David Cameron was even more forthright – finally:

David Cameron yesterday launched a blistering attack on the ‘passive tolerance’ of Islamist extremism and a failure to integrate that has put Britain ‘in danger’. The Prime Minister said there were parts of the UK where ‘you can get by without ever speaking English or meeting anyone from another culture’, and announced new powers to close down religious schools, or madrassas, which children attend before or after school.
To loud applause at the Tory conference, Mr Cameron warned: ‘For too long, we’ve been so frightened of causing offence that we haven’t looked hard enough at what is going on in our communities. This passive tolerance has turned us into a less integrated country; it’s put our children in danger. It is unforgiveable.’ The ‘shadow of extremism is hanging over every single one of us’ and the fight to defeat it was a ‘fight for our existence’, he said.

Yes of course. But he should have been saying all this years ago. And a few others have the courage to speak a bit of truth here. One Labor Party man, Mark Latham – who by the way would probably make for a better conservative leader than Turnbull – was not shy in stating the obvious:

Controversial former Labor leader Mark Latham has claimed that Western Sydney “has got a Muslim problem”, attracting criticism from other panellists on The Verdict. Mr Latham claimed that the region’s Muslim communities had a “serious cultural welfare dependency” issue.
“You’ve got to face the reality that there’s now a serious cultural welfare dependency in the Muslim communities in Western Sydney,” Mr Latham told the panel. “It started with the family reunion – or unskilled migration program in the 1980s. There’s whole suburbs, such as Auburn, Lakemba, areas around Parramatta, where you’ve got young people who aren’t in meaningful work, who aren’t involved in meaningful work.”
Mr Latham claimed that the “idleness” had led to serious problems. “One of the issues for ASIO is to monitor groups where these young fellas sit around bitching about Western culture,” he said. He called for an end to welfare dependency through employment, and a possible “break” for Western Sydney in terms of migration.

Yep. But very few politicians are willing to state the obvious. Thankfully a few columnists are. One is Miranda Devine. She was less charitable than I about the recent Turnbull remarks:

Malcolm Turnbull was at it again on Friday, patronising ¬ordinary Australians. After a week refusing to talk about the terrorist attack on NSW police HQ in Parramatta, the Prime Minister held a press conference in which at least he called the murder of police accountant Curtis Cheng by a 15-year-old Muslim gunman “religiously motivated” — though he couldn’t bring himself to specify a particular religion.
But then he was back to lecturing us about tolerance, commanding us to engage in “mutual respect”. Presumably he still has in mind the fabled ¬Islamophobia backlash that never seems to materialise.
We’ve had three terrorist ¬attacks on home soil in the last year, resulting in the deaths of three innocent Australians and serious injury to two police officers, not to mention the curtailment of our freedoms and a sense of foreboding that is now the backdrop of any public event.
Police and military personnel are under such threat they have been told not to wear their uniforms in public. Journalists have had to move house or beef-up security due to Islamist intimidation. It’s now commonplace for camera crews to be physically assaulted by family members or supporters of Muslim defendants or suspects outside court. This is the new normal.
Despite this assault on our way of life, there are no Islamophobic rampages. That is all a fantasy of moral poseurs, who reveal their own bigotry against ordinary Australians. Perhaps because they live in privileged inner-urban mono-cultural ¬enclaves like the PM’s unrepresentative electorate of Wentworth, they don’t realise that Australia is probably the most harmonious multicultural nation in the world.

Here is some simple truth – truth which most of our leaders and media elites fail to grasp: If we wish to survive as a nation, then we must take seriously known threats against us. When groups say they intend to kill us and enslave us, then we had better take them seriously.

The first step in protecting our nation and our way of life is to identify – and name – the enemy. If we are so gutless and clueless to refuse to take this most basic of steps in national survival, then we probably deserve to lose it all. But I for one will not go down without a fight.

And when necessary, I will always use the “M” word and the “I” word.

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Homosexuality “may be triggered by environment after birth”

According to The Telegraph:

Homosexuality may be triggered by environmental factors during childhood after scientists found that genetic changes which happen after birth can determine whether a man is straight or gay.

The finding is highly controversial because it suggests that some men are not born gay, but are turned homosexual by their surroundings. It also raises privacy concerns that medical records could reveal sexuality.

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The occult practice of automatic writing and A.A.’s twelve steps

Most people are unaware that A.A.’s co-founder Bill Wilson received the details of the 12 Steps through spirit dictation. John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire has taken the time to research A.A.’s beginnings. Following is a smidgen of what he has uncovered over the years:

It’s too late. Alcoholics Anonymous has served its purpose. That purpose has been to weaken the church, dilute the theology of Christians exposed to the 12 Step religion, and to point unbelievers away from Christ.

Through A.A. and other 12 Step groups, millions of Christians have placed Christ in a modern day pantheon, a temple of many gods, and have become used to worshiping with non-Christians. (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

Although frequently (and wrongly) portrayed as Christians, Bill Wilson and A.A. co-founder Dr. Bob Smith delved deeply into the biblically forbidden practice of spiritualism.

The occult practice of automatic writing and A.A.’s 12 Steps


The Christian’s Pledge of Allegiance

The Christian’s Pledge of AllegianceThe Apostles’ Creed first appeared around 140 AD.

It’s old — and it’s bold, bolder than we often give it credit for. In fact, the audaciousness of its historic claims easily get obscured by our familiarity with the ancient lines.

“I feel strongly about this,” John Piper once warned in a sermon, “that among those of us who have grown up in church and who can recite the great doctrines of our faith in our sleep and who yawn through the Apostles’ Creed — that among us something must be done to help us once more feel the awe, the fear, the astonishment, the wonder of the Son of God, begotten by the Father from all eternity, reflecting all the glory of God, being the very image of his person, through whom all things were created, upholding the universe by the word of his power.”

An Act of Rebellion and Allegiance

Yawning through the Apostles’ Creed is absurd when you truly study its claims. This is something of the Christian’s pledge of allegiance, as Matt Chandler reminded The Village Church recently in his kick-off sermon to a 12-week series on the Creed.

“When the early church recited the Apostles’ Creed, it was simultaneously their greatest act of rebellion and their greatest act of allegiance,” Chandler said. “When the church gathered, they didn’t stand in an air conditioned room, protected by rule of law. When they stood, across the centuries, not knowing who would come in, being watched at who’s reciting this, they rejected the popular narratives of their day.”

He went on to explain:

In Rome they rejected that Caesar was lord. They rejected the narrative of the first century and said, “No! Jesus is Lord.” It is a beautiful moment when the people of God recite this creed. They said, “We don’t believe the story our culture is telling.”

The story our culture is telling has some similarities, but it has changed over time. Today, by reciting the Creed — if we believe it — we are saying:

  • We reject the narrative of materialism. We reject that stuff will satisfy our souls.
  • We reject the notion that what I need for physically satisfaction is more and more and more sexual partners.
  • We reject the idea that there are multiple ways to salvation, and everyone has his own way.

“We just fundamentally reject all these narratives,” Chandler said. “Our narrative is that we believe in the God of the Bible. When the church recites this creed, distilled, pulled from, wrung out of the Word of God, we are saying: ‘We reject the modern narrative. We believe the historic narrative — the narrative that God has come into the world to save sinners, that Jesus Christ has died for our sins, and we believe and trust that he has made known to us the path of life.’”

A Faithful Act of Mutiny

Yes, the Apostles’ Creed says all this. It is the Christian’s pledge of allegiance. We can debate a line or two, and we can modify the exact wording over time, but the statement has endured the ages because it is an always-relevant act of cultural mutiny.

                I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
                      Maker of heaven and earth.
                And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
                      Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
                      Born of the Virgin Mary;
                      Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
                      was crucified, dead and buried;
                      He descended into Hades;
                      The third day he rose from the dead;
                      He ascended into heaven;
                      and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
                      From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
               I believe in the Holy Spirit;
                      the holy catholic Church;
                      the communion of saints;
                      the forgiveness of sins;
                      the resurrection of the body;
                      and the life everlasting. Amen.

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25 MORE Hilarious Church Signs That Probably Got The Sign Guy Fired

At long last, the highly anticipated follow-up to last year’s award-winning post:
24 Hilarious Church Signs That Probably Got The Sign Guy Fired

1. Safe bet.

2. Just what we were all looking for.

3. Highly doubtful.

4. Way to keep things balanced.

5. Don’t leave Jesus in Facebook purgatory.

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Caution: False Teacher Creflo Dollar at Work

You are driving down the road and you see that yellow and black sign “Caution: Men at Work”. It is a sign to warn you to drive carefully. But even more importantly, there is a more dangerous warning that needs to be heeded. That is the caution sign of false teachers out there.

Jesus, in His monumental Sermon on the Mount, warned of false teachers.

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”

Matthew 7:15

Paul also issued a similar caution in his farewell address to the Ephesian elders.

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert; remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.”

Acts 20:28-31

One such current false teacher is Creflo Dollar, who posted the following this past week on his Facebook page.

“Jesus bled and died for us so that we can lay claim to the promise of financial prosperity.”

Creflo Dollar

What would you expect from someone of his likes who hangs around the Word of Faith teachers such as Richard Roberts, son of Oral Roberts?

But what makes his post even more blasphemous(yes that is what I intended to say, no Freudian slip here) is that he hashtags it to abundant life.(#ProsperityInChrist #WealthyLiving #AbundantLife). In so doing he misinterprets the words of Jesus Christ. And that is because his hermeneutical lens by which he interprets all Scripture is the false prosperity gospel.

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

John 10:10

What did the Jews, the original audience, understand Jesus meant by abundant life? Their understanding was of course based on their knowledge of the Old Testament. King David talked about green pasture that the LORD, his shepherd provided for(Psalm 23:2). Here Jesus says that the one who is saved, because he enters through the door, namely Jesus, will find pasture(John 10:9).

Sheepherders would provide green pasture for their fold to enjoy and protection from thieves. When thieves would climb to steal the sheep(John 10:1), the sheep would flee because they did not recognise the voice of a stranger (John 10:5). Thus, the only way the thief would be able to take the sheep was to slice the sheep’s throat(John 10:10). Unlike the thieves, as the Good Shepherd, Jesus provides eternal life that begins here and now for His own to enjoy and protection from losing that life He has granted them.

The context of John 10 makes that very clear. Jesus said that His sheep…

…hear and know His voice(John 10:3-4; John 10:27).

…follow Him(John 10:4; John 10:27).

…will not follow a stranger, they will actually flee, for they do not know his voice(John 10:5).

…did not listen to thieves and robbers(John 10:7).

…know Him, the Good Shepherd(John 10:14).

Jesus also said that He, as the Good Shepherd…

…calls His own sheep by name(John 10:3).

…leads them out(John 10:3).

…laid down His life for His sheep(John 10:11; John 10:15).

…knows His sheep(John 10:14; John 10:27).

…gives His sheep eternal life(John 10:28).

What provision! What protection! What abundant life! What assurance! What security!

“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

John 10:28-30

God is against Creflo Dollar, and other false teachers, who distort the Word of God for personal gain by preying upon souls like the ravenous and fierce wolves that they are.

“The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them. “Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: As I live, declares the Lord God, surely because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild beasts, since there was no shepherd, and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep, therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: Thus says the Lord God, Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them.”

Ezekiel 34:1-10


The Clearest Gospel in the Entire Bible

The Clearest Gospel in the Entire Bible

“That, dear friends, is the clearest explanation of the vicarious, substitutionary, sacrificial death of Jesus Christ in the entire Bible. It has no parallel in the New Testament.” – John MacArthur

How many times have your heard Isaiah 53 explained like this? How many times have you heard Isaiah 53 preached at all?


How to Prevent Technology From Ruining Your Relationships

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How Praising Unlocks Heaven on Earth

Do you know the difference between thanking God and praising God? When asked to praise God some people will begin to recite all the things they are grateful for. Essentially their focus is on all God has done for them. Therefore, the emphasis is on them, not on God. But true praise focuses on God, not on us.

It’s not that expressing thanks is bad. I have written several times on the importance of thanking. But the problem is when we stop with thanking, God misses out on the praise He desires and is so worthy of.

Scripture says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!” (Psalm 100:4 ESV).

Thankfulness is the entry point, like outer “gates.” But thankfulness should take us to the intimacy of praise, the inner “courts.”

It’s like the difference between appreciation and affirmation. Charles Swindoll writes about this very important distinction: “We appreciate what a person does, but we affirm who a person is. Appreciation comes and goes because it is usually related to something someone accomplishes. Affirmation goes deeper. It is directed to the person himself or herself. While encouragement would encompass both, the rarer of the two is affirmation.”

When I turned 60 recently, my wife, Carolyn, and my executive assistant, Patty Kepley, conspired to give me a present that is perhaps my favorite ever. It is a book called 60: Mark Williams turns 60! It is filled with words of affirmation from family, friends and coworkers along with photos of those special people.

What is so wonderful is that it focuses more on affirmation than appreciation.

• I am sure you would love to get the same kind of wonderful gift.

• I am sure that God would love to get the same kind of gift from you: praising prayer.

What happens when we are affirmed?

1. We are drawn to the affirming persons.

2. We want to bless the affirming persons.

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12 Truthful Marriage Vows You Won’t Hear at a Wedding

It’s been six years since Tiffani and I exchanged vows. Like most soon-to-be-married couples, we had an idea of what marriage would look like. We watched “chick flicks,” read a few marriage books and spent time with older married couples.

Looking back, I realize I didn’t know much at all about marriage. The words I promised Tiffani at our wedding were idealistic and romantic. This isn’t much different from the traditional vows you hear at most weddings. “To have and hold, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.”

There’s nothing wrong with these vows. But, seriously. Who really understands what they mean?

I know what you’re thinking. Why do marriage vows matter?

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Here’s why. Vows are promises. But not just any promises. Vows are markers that guide your marriage. So, while I’m not against writing vows Casanova would applaud, I am against vows that are more romantic and emotional than practical and honest.

In a culture that idolizes romantic love, we don’t need any more Shakespearean vows. We need vows that will shape and impact marriages.

Here are 12 truthful marriage vows you won’t hear at a wedding.

1.) I promise to never flirt, lust or desire the attention of someone of the opposite sex. 

When you get married, you vow faithfulness to your spouse. You vow exclusivity to them. You promise to never flirt, lust or seek attention from the opposite sex. You promise to protect your mind from images that aren’t your spouse.

You don’t listen to music that degrades people. You don’t allow your eyes to view images or watch shows portraying people as objects and relationships as indispensable. These are obvious, right?

But when you vow exclusivity to your spouse, you vow more than physical purity. You vow emotional purity as well. You promise to never confide in a secretary at work or be flattered by someone of the opposite sex.

Emotional purity is much less obvious than physical purity, but it’s just as destructive. You must fight to give all of your emotions, your desire to impress, your attention, struggles, heartaches and everything in between to your spouse. These don’t belong to other people. Fight for purity, both physically and emotionally.

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Peaches in Paradise—Why I Loved Elisabeth Elliot

At 6:15 this morning, Elisabeth Elliot died. It is a blunt sentence for a blunt woman. This is near the top of why I felt such an affection and admiration for her.

Blunt—not ungracious, not impetuous, not snappy or gruff. But direct, unsentimental, no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is, no whining allowed. Just pull your britches on and go die for Jesus—like Mary Slessor and Gladys Aylward and Amy Carmichael and Gertrude Ras Egede and Eleanor Macomber and Lottie Moon and Roslind Goforth and Malla Moe, to name a few whom she admired.

Her first husband, Jim Elliot, was one of the five missionaries speared to death by the Huaorani Indians in Ecuador in 1956. Elisabeth immortalized that moment in mission history with three books, Through Gates of Splendor, Shadow of the Almighty and The Savage My Kinsman, and established her voice for the cause of Christian missions and Christian womanhood and Christian purity in more than 20 other books, and 40 years of hard-hitting conference speaking.

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Her Suffering

She was not just gutsy with her words. Their daughter was 10 months old when Jim was killed. Elisabeth stayed on, working at first with the Quichua, but then, astonishingly, for two more years with the very tribe that had speared her husband.

In July 1997, I wrote this in my journal:

This morning, as I jogged and listened to a message by Elisabeth Elliot which she had given in Kansas City, I was deeply moved concerning my own inability to suffer magnanimously and without pouting. She was vintage Elliot and the message was the same as ever: Don’t get in touch with your feelings, submit radically to God, and do what is right no matter what. Put your love life on the altar and keep it there until God takes it off. Suffering is normal. Have you no scars, no wounds, with Jesus on the Calvary road?

Just like Jesus, and Jim Elliot, she called young people to come and die. Sacrifice and suffering were woven through her writing and speaking like a scarlet thread. She was not a romantic about missions. She disliked very much the sentimentalizing of discipleship.

We all know that missionaries don’t go, they “go forth,” they don’t walk, they “tread the burning sands,” they don’t die, they “lay down their lives.” But the work gets done even if it is sentimentalized! (The Gatekeeper)

The thread of suffering was not just woven through her words, but through her relationships. Not only did she lose her first husband to a violent death three years after they were married; she also lost her second husband, Addison Leitch, four years after her remarriage.

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Notable Voices: October 10, 2015

Have Churches Been Doing Youth Ministry Wrong Forever? — Chris Martin

Chris challenges us to rethink the breakdown in our next generation ministries in this post. His idea will be a bit radical for some—and possibly a bit crazy for others. But he makes a good point: if we are upset with the attrition rate from high school to college in the church, why are we not doing anything to fix it?


Five Surprising Characteristics of Churches That Are Actually Reaching the Next Generation — Carey Nieuwhof

And for those churches who ARE reaching the next generation well, Carey points out five simple characteristics.


7 Ways to Maintain Respect as a Leader — Ron Edmondson

People will rarely follow someone they do not respect. If they do, it won’t be for long. Ron shares seven ways you can keep that respect as your lead.


Six Things To Look For In A Ministry Resume — Nicole Cochran

Want to get a job in ministry? Keep these tips in mind when building your resume. You would not believe the number of awful resumes churches get when they are looking to fill open positions.


Social Media and the Fruit of the Spirit — Aaron Earls

This is just a short reminder on how the fruit of the spirit should show through us in everything we do.


Church Answers Live: Crossland Community Church Facility Visit  — Church Answers Live

This week we visited Crossland Community Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Pastor Gregg Farrell gave us a tour of the facility and it was jaw dropping.

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Media Distortion & Disinformation

While trust in network media has previously been pretty low, in the last few years, the news media has simply lost all credibility. They have become nothing more than propaganda outlets to shape public opinion … brazenly suppressing news they don’t like and mostly over-promoting ideas they agree with. From all appearances they now feel it is their job to re-educate the masses to think along the lines of their own elite ideology.  The depravity of man is on full display in the press as powerful and wicked people now openly suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Rom 1:18).

The examples of this are too many to count but you can witness it most recently in the way the press has mishandled the entire Planned Parenthood drama. First by not showing the inhuman criminal behavior in the videos that they knew would impact public opinion and next by promoting the argument that they were fabricated and then when demonstrated to be genuine, utter silence (crickets). But the problem is hardly limited to this. Other grossly distorted stories abound and it is alarming. The pervasive use of the words bigotry, hate and ___phobia directed against Christians and other people of faith is not an argument but a tactic and one based on uneducated prejudice and ignorance. The press, being derelict in their duty, perhaps more than anyone else, are doing the greatest harm to our democratic republic and are shaping the public to believe a distorted Manichean picture of the world.

Moral: Things are not always as they seem in the world. Do not believe every piece of (dis)information you hear. Let it sit for a while before making a judgment or drawing a conclusion. Or we could easily fall into promoting the same kind of distortion. Truth is all important here.


Equipping Eve: Interview with Phil Johnson (Part 2)

In this episode of Equipping Eve, Erin continues her discussion with Phil Johnson, Executive Director of Grace to You. It’s a potpourri conversation, covering topics such as women’s ministries, Bible study, and the apparent doctrinal downgrade within the visible church. Click here to listen to this latest episode of Equipping Eve. Click here to listen to sermons by Phil Johnson. Further

Why You Shouldn’t Lose Heart When Prayer Is Difficult

John Newton found prayer to be difficult, but here’s what gave him hope:

How strange is it, that when I have the fullest convictions that prayer is not only my duty—not only necessary as the appointed means of receiving these supplies, without which I can do nothing, but likewise the greatest honor and privilege to which I can be admitted in the present life—I should still find myself so unwilling to engage in it. However, I think it is not prayer itself that I am weary of, but such prayers as mine. How can it be accounted prayer, when the heart is so little affected—when it is polluted with such a mixture of vile and vain imaginations—when I hardly know what I say myself—but I feel my mind collected one minute, the next, my thoughts are gone to the ends of the earth. If what I express with my lips were written down, and the thoughts which at the same time are passing through my heart were likewise written between the lines, the whole taken together would be such an absurd and incoherent jumble—such a medley of inconsistency, that it might pass for the ravings of a lunatic. When he points out to me the wildness of this jargon, and asks, is this a prayer fit to be presented to the holy heart-searching God? I am at a loss what to answer, till it is given to me to recollect that I am not under the law, but under grace—that my hope is to be placed, not in my own prayers, but in the righteousness and intercession of Jesus. The poorer and viler I am in myself, so much the more is the power and riches of his grace magnified in my behalf. Therefore I must, and, the Lord being my helper, I will pray on, and admire his condescension and love, that he can and does take notice of such a creature…. (Quoted in Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ—the best book I’ve read this year.)

Thank goodness “my hope is to be placed, not in my own prayers, but in the righteousness and intercession of Jesus.” May the difficulty you have praying today remind you of the riches of Christ’s grace and love!


Sunday Praise: “Holy Unafraid” by Tim Timmons


Links I like (weekend edition)

 

Kindle deals for Christian readers

Comic Books as Modern Mythology

Jeremy Writebol:

If you haven’t noticed, the number of movies with their origins in comic books has grown rapidly. In the last three decades, Hollywood has borrowed, adapted, or — in more recent years — wholly incorporated many of the best graphic novel stories and characters into full-length feature films. The medium has been so influential that one of the main comic book publishers, Marvel Comics, is now owned by The Walt Disney Company. As the number of comic book films have increased each year, the readership of comic books themselves has grown also. What was once seen as a juvenile boy’s hobby thirty years ago has become a billion-dollar industry with broad demographic appeal.

The comics of today are American versions of Greek mythology complete with origin, philosophy, psychology, and religion.

The Major Life Decision That Put My Theology to the Test

Tim shares about a big change in his life (a really good one, too).

Were Early Christian Scribes Untrained Amateurs?

Michael Kruger:

In the ongoing debates about the reliability of early Christian manuscripts, and whether they have been transmitted with fidelity, it is often claimed that early Christian scribes were amateurs, unprofessional, and some probably couldn’t even read.

About Not Waiting Till Marriage

Ann Voskamp shares on the beauty—and difficultly—of waiting until marriage in this letter to her son.

School Shooting Survivor: How I Stopped Being Afraid

Susie Davis:

Last week, a shooter attacked a classroom at a community college in southern Oregon. In the aftermath, the media recounted incidents of gun violence through the decades. We thought back to the mass killings at a church in Charleston, South Carolina; a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado; a Sikh temple in Wisconsin; and a military installation in Texas. Then, of course, we thought about the horrific school shootings in particular, massacres at Virginia Tech, Columbine High School, and Sandy Hook Elementary.

Some believe we’re becoming numb to these attacks as they continue to occur, but for others, it feels like the opposite: We seem to have more reason to be afraid of our world than ever. The news immediately triggered familiar fears for me, because I am a survivor of a school shooting.


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“It is not worth while to preach unless we preach Christ and him crucified.”
—John Newton—


Weekend A La Carte (October 10)

Thanks to all who read and replied to yesterday’s article The Major Life Decision That Put My Theology to the Test. The response was very encouraging and, in its own way, very confirming. Thank you.

Can the Devil Read My Mind?

R.C. Sproul answers this question.

Lean In To Boredom

“Boredom is not tragic. Properly understood, boredom helps us understand time, and ourselves. Unlike fun or work, boredom is not about anything; it is our encounter with pure time as form and content.”

Reignite Your Prayer Life

This article from Don Whitney is essentially a summary of his book Praying the Bible.

Wise to What’s on the Internet

I was recently a guest on TechTonic podcast. We talked about ad blocking and protecting yourself and your family from pornography.

Your Husband Is Looking at Pornography

Here is some counsel on how to respond if you learn that your husband is looking at pornography or has been involved in other sexual sin. “The question is, now what do you do? How do you deal with this? I want to help you, Christian wife and woman, to see this sin through the eyes of the Lord and the Gospel.”

This Day in 2003. 12 years ago today, Desiring God hosted their first National Conference.

Comic Books as Modern Mythology

This is an interesting argument: “The comics of today are American versions of Greek mythology complete with origin, philosophy, psychology, and religion.”

Why the Reformation Study Bible?

Thanks to Ligonier Ministries for sponsoring the blog this week with an article titled Why the Reformation Study Bible?.


Christian Headlines Daily – Sunday, October 11, 2015

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Top Headlines

Pastor Attacked in Bangladesh by Muslims Who Claimed to be Interested in His Faith

University Removes Chapel Pews to Accommodate Muslim Students

Officials Defend Prayer in Public Schools in Oklahoma and Arkansas

Phil Vischer: What Happened to Veggie Tales and What He’s Working on Now

Christian Actor David Oyelowo: Christian Films Shouldn’t Take an “on the nose” Approach

Public School Choirs Banned from Singing in Area Christmas Show after Atheist Group Takes Action

Islamic State Threatens to Kill Christians in Syria in Video Showing Executions

Creflo Dollar Removes Facebook Post Endorsing Prosperity Gospel

Netanyahu Prohibits Israeli Parliament from Visiting Temple Mount

Homeschool Family Sues New Jersey for $60 Million after Social Worker Enters House without Warrant

Opinion

Be Cautious of Science Driven by Media Hype

Trusting God for Today in an Uncertain Time

Historic Criminal Justice Reform: Back the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

Smugglers Seek to Sell Nuclear Material to ISIS

Tethered to Technology—Escaping the IT Trap


10/11/15 The Lord of Resurrection

READING: Matthew 8:1-13, Luke 7

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  As a young pastor, I don’t think I fully understood the significance of our faith until I stood by the bedside of the dying mother of one of my church members. I had never been around death before; in fact, I had never even been to a funeral.

Now, I watched as in those seemingly endless hours of final breaths, this dear lady passed away. Her body relaxed, and her life this side of eternity was over. I stood there, both humbled and a bit taken back by the reality of the end of life. All of this really does come to an end. Life really does stop. Bodies really do die.

And, if that’s all there is to our existence, this life is indeed a most miserable one. That’s not all there is, though — the Jesus who raised the dead son of the widow of Nain has promised us resurrection to come. Read the story of this son here:

Luke 7:13-15  When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said, “Don’t cry.” Then He came up and touched the open coffin, and the pallbearers stopped. And He said, “Young man, I tell you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.

While our resurrection is yet to come after we’re dead and buried, Jesus remains the resurrection and the life (John 11:25).  Even as He told the grieving mother to discontinue her grieving, He reminds us that we grieve differently than the world. Grieve, yes. Grieve without hope, no.

He will someday speak the word, and the dead in Christ will rise.

ACTION STEPS:  Take time today to think about the genuine hope we have in Jesus. Recall those Christian loved ones who’ve gone on before you. Thank God for the promise of resurrection. Live today in the joy of that truth.

PRAYER: “God, thank You for being the God of eternity. Thank you that death no longer has a sting for Your people. Help me to live differently today because of this truth.


10/10/15 Why Worry?

READING: Matthew 5-7

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  Worry is a funny thing, you know. We apparently think that worrying about something will fix it (or else why would we so often continue to worry?) — but we soon find out that worry only consumes and enslaves us.  We get captured in our wrong thinking . . . and then we worry about that, too!

But, Jesus tells us why we need not worry:

1.  God who takes care of the birds of the air and the wildflowers of the field will surely take care of us who are created in His image (Matt. 6:26, 28). He just does it in His time!

2. Worry can’t add a moment of time to our life (Matt. 6:27). In fact, it probably shortens our life at times.

3. God knows what we need, and He’ll provide that as long as we seek His kingdom first (Matt. 6:33). We need not be like idolaters who seek only temporary “stuff” (Matt. 6:31-32).

4. Worry is consumed by concern about the future — and it consequently risks missing what God is doing today (Matt. 6:33-34). 

Matt. 6:33-34  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

ACTION STEPS:  Every time you worry about something today, turn to God in repentance and prayer. Don’t let consuming worry become an idol you cannot dethrone.

PRAYER: “God, teach me to trust You so much that worry loses its force in my life.”


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.


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Who do you think that I am?

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October 10-11, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Top News – 10/11/2015

Column One: Abbas must be stopped
All the Palestinian terrorist attacks that have been carried out in recent weeks share one common feature. All the terrorists believe that by attacking Jews they are protecting the Temple Mount from destruction. One man stands at the center of this blood libel. PLO chief and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Israeli leader seeks Islamic Movement sanctions
Israel’s prime minister says he is holding consultations to promote sanctions against the Islamic Movement in Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu says…the movement is a part of the “systematic, untrue incitement” against Israel that has sparked recent violence..the group, which runs education and religious services for Israeli Arabs…lies about Israel’s…intentions regarding a…Jerusalem holy site…

Isil fighters advance on Syria’s Aleppo after Russian air strikes in ‘most significant attack’
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants reached the outskirts of Syria’s second city on Friday as the US warned Russia that its campaign to tackle the extremist group was backfiring. The jihadists launched a surprise attack on non-Isil rebel positions north of Aleppo on Thursday night, seizing at least three villages and a former army base that rebels had captured from troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad two years ago.

Iran tests new precision-guided ballistic missile
Iran successfully tested a new precision-guided ballistic missile, Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan was quoted as saying on Sunday, signaling an apparent advance in Tehran’s attempts to improve the accuracy of its missile battery. “The Emad missile is able to strike targets with a high level of precision and completely destroy them,” state news agency IRNA quoted Dehghan as saying.

Zoabi calls for ‘popular intifada,’ and Netanyahu instructs A-G to open criminal investigation
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to open a criminal investigation against Joint List MK Haneen Zoabi for calling for a “popular intifada” against Israel. Netanyahu, who said that Israel would not tolerate incitement from within and will act against it from all directions, quoted from an interview Zoabi granted this week to a Hamas newspaper.

European agency issues alert to airlines following Russian missile strikes in Syria
Russia’s long-range missile strikes against targets in Syria have prompted aviation safety authorities to issue a safety alert to airlines flying in Iraq, Iran, and over the Caspian Sea amid growing concerns about the risk to commercial flying near conflict zones.

Jeremiah Wright: ‘Jesus was a Palestinian’
The controversial religious leader Jeremiah Wright compared Native Americans to Palestinians at the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March on the National Mall on Saturday, going so far as to assert that “Jesus was a Palestinian.”

Lake Chad blasts blamed on Boko Haram kill 37
Three explosions killed 37 people Saturday in a Chadian city on the shores of Lake Chad, security sources said, in the latest atrocity blamed on the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram.

Israeli strike on Hamas in Gaza kills Palestinian woman, child
An Israeli air strike on a Hamas target in the Gaza Strip on Sunday brought down a nearby house killing a Palestinian woman and her daughter, hospital officials said, as a wave of violence in the region triggered fears of wider escalation.

Million Man March Speaker Leads Chant of ‘Down, Down USA’
Crowds gathered at the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. were led in a “down, down USA” chant Saturday morning by a female speaker. The Native American woman proclaimed that Muammar “Gaddafi is still alive” and called for President Barack Obama to pardon Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist who was convicted of murdering two Federal Bureau of Investigation officers in 1975. The woman then led the crowd in a chant of “down, down USA.”

Bombs kill 95 at pro-Kurdish rally in Turkish capital
At least 95 people were killed when two suspected suicide bombers struck a rally of pro-Kurdish and labor activists outside Ankara’s main train station just weeks before elections, in the worst attack of its kind on Turkish soil.

Fierce battles in central Syria amid Russian airstrikes
Syrian troops backed by Russian airstrikes seized a village in central Syria on Saturday amid fierce clashes with rebels, part of a ground offensive launched earlier this week.


Top Headlines – 10/11/2015

Jordan’s Parliament Accuses Israel of ‘Terrorism’

Prosor’s last appeal to UN: It’s time to denounce terrorism against Israel

PA calls on UN to investigate Israel for ‘crimes’ against Palestinians

Palestinian Authority steps up attacks on Israel, blasts ‘crimes’ by IDF, settlers

Death toll climbs as Palestinian unrest spirals

Ten wounded over the weekend as terror attacks continue nationwide

Thousands protest government policy in Nazareth, call for Palestinian state

Netanyahu to Kerry: Palestinian Authority’s wild incitement causing wave of terror

Kerry echoes Netanyahu in call against incitement

Zoabi calls for ‘popular intifada,’ and Netanyahu instructs A-G to open criminal investigation

Opposition demands Netanyahu quit as Right denounces Abbas as ‘gang leader’

PM delays vote on approving illegal settlements; rocket downed over Ashkelon

Iron Dome shoots down Palestinian rocket in skies over southern Israel

Policeman lightly injured as Palestinian driver sets off car bomb

‘Investigation into terror attack near Ma’aleh Adumim pointing towards Hamas’

Dozens of Palestinians attempt to cross Gaza-Israel border

Israeli strike on Hamas in Gaza kills Palestinian woman, child

Hassidic Rabbi: War of Gog and Magog Already Began in Syria

Russian air strikes hit militant command centers in Syria

CIA-backed Syrian rebels were making gains before Russian intervention, officials say

European agency issues alert to airlines following Russian missile strikes in Syria

Islamic State Threatens to Kill Christians in Syria in Video Showing Executions

Turkish military says Syrian jets, missile systems harass its warplanes

Blasts kill scores at peace rally in Turkey in sign of worsening instability

Turkey imposes news blackout on ‘gruesome’ blast images

ISIS themed Halloween display has neighbors enraged

World Bank and UN hope to raise billions of dollars for refugees

Iran tests new precision-guided ballistic missile

Lake Chad blasts blamed on Boko Haram kill 37

Suicide bomber targets foreign forces in Afghan capital, casualties unknown

US to issue ‘condolence payments’ to families of victims of Afghan hospital airstrike

Anti-Islam rallies across USA making Muslims wary

Obama Administration Bans All Pork Products From Prison Menus

N. Korea showcases new ‘nuclear’ long-range missile: state TV

North Korea ready for ‘war’ with ‘American imperialists’

China asks world to impose ‘code of conduct’ on Internet

Angry crowd riots on Phuket after 2 killed in police crash

Million Man March Speaker Leads Chant of ‘Down, Down USA’

Hundreds of thousands protest in Berlin against EU-U.S. trade deal

EPA spends millions on military-style weapons, watchdog group reports

Farrakhan: ‘America Is Under Divine Judgement’ ‘Calamities Are Going to Get Stronger’

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4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Cushing, Oklahoma

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 25,000ft

Monsanto’s Stock Is Tanking. Is the Company’s Own Excitement About GMOs Backfiring?

British Nurse in Isolation After Ebola Symptoms Resurface 10 Months After She First Fell Ill

Israeli scientist helps create first digital brain tissue

Planned Parenthood Defender Refuses to Say if Crushing a Baby for Body Parts is “Too Brutal”

Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling Must Be Rejected by States, 64 Legal Experts Say

Hindu woman fired from US military for ‘witchcraft’

Leaked UK Proposal Calls for Registry for Faith Leaders

Jeremiah Wright: ‘Jesus was a Palestinian’


Top News – 10/10/2015

China warns U.S. it will not allow violations of its waters
China said on Friday it would not stand for violations of its territorial waters in the name of freedom of navigation, as the United States considers sailing warships close to China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea.

Pastor speech-control plan suddenly dropped
A U.K. government plan, uncovered by the London Telegraph, to ensure that religious teaching conforms to “British values” through a national registry of religious leaders has been dropped abruptly. As part of the government’s “anti-extremism” program, the leaders would have been subject to government-specified training and security checks.

Hassidic Rabbi: War of Gog and Magog Already Began in Syria
An important Hassidic rabbinical leader recently offered a surprising Biblical interpretation of the War of Gog and Magog. Rabbi Sholom Berger, also know as the Mishkolitz Rebbe, spoke about the imminent arrival of the Messiah and the War of Gog and Magog. He revealed a surprising interpretation that challenges the usual understanding of where the war will take place, offering reassuring advice as to what we need to do in these darkened times.

Russian air strikes hit militant command centers in Syria
Russian air strikes in Syria have targeted command and communications centers, weapons depots and training centers used by “militants” and “terrorists”, Russian news agencies reported on Saturday, citing a defense ministry representative.

Russian jet SHOT DOWN by Turkey after it flew into their airspace, according to reports
According to reports, eyewitnesses saw a large explosion in Huraytan, northern Syria, while three fighter jets were hovering above. One journalist tweeted that three Turkish planes were responding to “mysterious” lock-ons from Mig-29 jets, which are used by Putin’s forces. Express.co.uk has contacted the Turkish government and the Russian military but neither could be reached for comment.

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded In Grant County
GRANT COUNTY, Oklahoma – Many residents felt a significant jolt early Saturday morning, after a 4.4 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Medford.

West and Russia jockey for position in eastern Europe as details of Washington and Warsaw deal emerge
Tensions between the West and Russia over eastern Europe escalated on Friday as details emerged of a deal between Washington and Warsaw to permanently deploy US heavy military hardware to Poland by next year. The American deployment, aimed at assuaging concern over the threat posed by Russia to Polish and regional security, came as EU diplomats attempted to lure…Belarus…by agreeing to drop sanctions against its president…

Ankara explosion: 30 dead at rally in Turkish capital
Two explosions at a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara have killed at least 30 people and injured 126, the interior ministry says. TV footage shows scenes of panic and people lying on the ground covered in blood, amid protest banners. The blasts took place near the city’s central train station as people gathered for a march organised by leftist groups.

Tanzania closing hydropower plants
All hydropower plants in Tanzania are being switched off because a lack of rain has led to low water levels in the country’s dams. Hydro-electricity generation has fallen to 20% of capacity, making it difficult for the dams to operate. It is the first time the East African nation has closed all hydro plants, which generate 35% of its electricity.

Iron Dome battery deployed in Beersheba
The defense establishment deployed an Iron Dome missile defense system battery in the southern city of Beersheba on Saturday. On Friday, terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at southern Israel. The projectile’s remains were located in the Eshkol Regional Council.

Clashes erupt after Shuafat funeral; firebomb-wielding Palestinian shot, wounded
Palestinian rioters clashed Saturday afternoon with Israeli Border Police at the Shuafat Refugee Camp in east Jerusalem, following the funeral of a Palestinian who was shot by security forces in response to his initial fire. Security forces shot in the leg and wounded a Palestinian who approached them with a firebomb during Saturday’s clashes. The man was evacuated to a hospital in Ramallah for medical treatment.

Another Petro-State Throws In The Towel: The Last Nail In The Petrodollar Coffin
According to the proposed budget submitted by the current ‘blue-blue’ government the Norwegian deficit will reach another record high in 2016. Mainland taxes are expected to bring in 1,008 billion NOKs, while expenditures are estimated at 1,215 billion NOKs. In other words, 2016 will be another year of record mainland deficit which need to be covered by the offshore sector and its 6,900 bn NOK sovereign wealth fund (SWF).

Israel struggles to contain wave of stabbing attacks
Unrest that erupted several weeks ago at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site spread Friday to Gaza in the form of deadly border clashes with Palestinian protesters, as Israeli security forces struggled to contain a wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks against civilians and soldiers.

Iran Revolutionary Guards commander killed in Syria
Islamic State group jihadists have killed a senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in Syria, the elite branch of the Iranian military said Friday.

Bernie Sanders is raising more money than every Republican candidate
Bernie Sanders, the self-described socialist and most left-leaning presidential candidate, is surprising the whole field with unexpected fundraising prowess. Sanders’s campaign says it raised $26 million from July through September, which would be more than every single Republican candidate raised during the same period.

POPE: When Devil Numbs Your Conscience, He Has Won
Pope Francis returned to one of his favorite topics Friday morning, telling his hearers that the devil seeks above all to become master of their consciences, so they no longer can tell right from wrong.


Top Headlines – 10/10/2015

Why is the world ignoring a wave of terror in Israel?

Wave of violence sweeping Israel is ‘terrorism,’ US says

Israel on high alert as stabbing attacks continue

Israel stabbing attacks spread outside Jerusalem

Two hurt in Jerusalem terror stabbing, assailant shot dead

IDF deploys Iron Dome battery to Beersehba

Rocket from Gaza lands in southern Israel triggering sirens

IDF troops kill 6 Palestinians who approached Gaza border fence

Defense sources fear clip of police shooting suspected terrorist could spark more violence

Jordan slams Israel for Palestinian deaths, urges world intervention

Ya’alon urges licensed civilians to carry firearms; Riots reported in Arab towns

Hamas leader declares ‘intifada’ in the West Bank

Abbas working to restore calm in West Bank, Israeli defense sources say

Netanyahu offered vague terms for West Bank withdrawal, former US peace negotiator says

British PM vows to shut down schools that teach anti-Semitism

US warns governments, bankers Iran sanctions still in place

US supplies ‘precision’ shells to Lebanon to help it defend border with Syria

Israel, Iran trade barbs at UN nuclear disarmament panel meeting

Iran Revolutionary Guards commander killed in Syria

Islamic State advances near Syria’s Aleppo despite Russian strikes

Russia Hits 60 Terror Targets in 24 Hours in Syria

As Russia Bombs Syria, U.S. Pulls Aircraft Carrier Out of Persian Gulf

EU must improve Russia ties, says Commission chief Juncker

Despite early signs of Russian buildup in Syria, U.S. officials caught flat-footed

Democratic Senator Tim Kaine: Obama Administration’s Strategy In Syria “A Joke”

Pentagon plans major shift in effort to counter the Islamic State in Syria

Obama Administration Halts Program to Train Syrians to Combat ISIS

Analysis: Gulf states boost aid to Syrian rebels

ISIS Feeds Starving Mother Her 3-Y-O Child; Yazidis Blame Obama’s Inaction for Ongoing Atrocities

Franklin Graham Compares Removing Ten Commandments in the US to ISIS Destroying Christian Churches

Turkey says 30 killed, 126 wounded in Ankara blasts

Turkey says Ankara explosion a ‘terrorist attack’

Yemen crisis: Houthi rebels inform UN they are ready to join talks to end conflict

UN Backs Military Action Against Migrant Smugglers Near Libya

Political Backlash Against Merkel Grows Over Refugee Crisis

Suspected ‘honor killing’ stokes German fears about customs, crimes of Middle Eastern refugees

Massive increase in attacks on refugee shelters

Hundreds face off in Australian town in anti-Islam protest

Man decapitates wife, carries head through streets in India

China starts operating 2 lighthouses on disputed South China Sea reefs

Beijing on alert for U.S. Navy ‘incursion’ near artificial islands in South China Sea

China warns U.S. it will not allow violations of its waters

Kim Jong Un says North Korea ready to stand up to any US threat

Russia, Ukraine fail to reach deal on Kiev debt to Moscow, talks to continue

Ousted Rome mayor warns of mafia return

Obama reportedly considering executive action on gun control

Oregon college shooter’s mother discussed guns, ‘lame’ gun control laws in online posts

Wikileaks release of TPP deal text stokes ‘freedom of expression’ fears

Researchers Say They’ve Recreated Part of a Rat Brain Digitally

Obama weighs expanding background checks through executive authority

The FAA is testing new technology to find dangerous drone operators

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near South Sandwich Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Illapel, Chile

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Bunisari, Indonesia

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

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Molibagu, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

Magnitude-4.4 Earthquake Rocks Oklahoma, Kansas

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 25,000ft

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Records fall as high heat envelopes Southern California

Massive El Nino is now ‘too big to fail,’ scientist says

Mysterious toxic foam falls from the sky in this city

Cholera cases in Iraq top 1,200: ministry

Supreme Court turns away challenge to NY rule that all public school children be vaccinated

The Planned Parenthood Hearings Aren’t About Those Videos – They are group therapy sessions for pro-lifers

Fmr Planned Parenthood Manager: Organization ‘Not Interested’ In Healthcare, Views Women ‘As Profit Centers’

University of Toronto Dumps Transgender Bathrooms After Peeping Incidents

Lawsuit: Baby Jesus doesn’t belong in Christmas play

‘Ridiculous’: University Apologizes for Holding Event That Served Mexican Food


Why Does The EPA Need Military-Style Weaponry To Save The Environment?

The Environmental Protection Agency has spent millions of dollars over the last decade on military-style weapons to arm its 200 “special agents” to fight environmental crime.

EDITOR’S NOTE: To even the casual observer, it should be obvious at this point that while the current administration preaches gun control, the United States government is in fact spending tens of millions to arm even benign agencies like the EPA with military-style weapons and armaments. Why would they do this? So they can ‘enforce the rules’ of the new ‘Climate Change‘ regulations. Welcome to 1984.

Among the weapons purchased are guns, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear and other military-style weaponry and surveillance activities, according to a new report by the watchdog group Open the Books.

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Protecting the environment just got real. With millions of dollars spent on military style weaponry, the EPA is now literally ensconced with all institutional force,” said Adam Andrzejewski, founder of Open the Books and the author of the report.

“Our report discovered that when the EPA comes knocking they are armed with a thousand lawyers, arrest/criminal data, credit, business and property histories, plus a ‘Special Agent’ with the latest in weaponry and technology,” Mr. Andrzejewski added.

The agency spends nearly $75 million each year for criminal enforcement, including money for a small militia of 200 “special agents” charged with fighting environmental crime. Congress granted police powers to the EPA in 1988, during the Reagan administration.

The special agent “enforces the nation’s laws by investigating cases, collecting evidence, conducting forensic analyses and providing legal guidance to assist in the prosecution of criminal conduct that threatens people’s health and the environment,” according to the EPA’s website.

The EPA estimates that each Special Agent costs taxpayers $216,000 per year in salary, travel, equipment, training and other expenses, according to the report.

The EPA’s military weapons spending is just one example of the agency’s questionable purchases highlighted in the 40-page report.

Open the Books, a nonpartisan and nonprofit group based in Illinois, scanned tens of thousands of the agency’s spending contracts totaling more than $93 billion from 2000 to 2014. Among the findings were hundreds of millions of dollars on high-end office furnishings, sports equipment and “environmental justice” grants to raise awareness of global warming.

The report also reveals that seven of 10 EPA employees make more than $100,000 a year and more than 12,000 of its 16,000 employees were given bonuses last year despite budget cuts.

The EPA also employs more than 1,000 attorneys, making it one of the largest law firms in the country. The agency also sent over $50 million since 2000 to international organizations, including groups in Mexico and China. source


Unequal Justice: UK Favouring Muslims Over Non-Muslims In Court

by Johanna Markind
Breitbart London
October 8, 2015

http://www.islamist-watch.org/21111/unequal-justice-uk-favouring-muslims-over-non


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Hamas leader Declares ‘3rd Intifada’ in the West Bank

Posted: 10 Oct 2015 06:24 AM PDT

The War of Psalm 83 may very well be on the near horizon as the the Hamas’ Leader in Gaza on Friday called violence that has hit Israel and the West Bank as of late an “intifada” and is asking for further escalation.“We are calling for the strengthening and increasing of the intifada… It is the only path that will lead to liberation,” Ismail Haniyeh said amid a sermon for week after week Muslim requests to God at a mosque in Gaza City. “Gaza will satisfy its part in the Jerusalem intifada and it is more than prepared for showdown,” he included. The Islamic dread development Hamas rules Gaza, the Palestinian enclave crushed in the middle of Egypt and Israel and isolated from the West Bank.

Gaza has been the site of three wars with Israel since 2008, however it has remained for the most part quiet in the midst of the late turmoil in Israel and the West Bank. Be that as it may, a walk of around 300 individuals on Friday close to the outskirt with Israel in the northern Gaza Strip saw young people toss stones toward Israeli troopers on the opposite side of the frontier, who reacted and brought about two wounds, Gazan salvage administrations said. Different reports put that number at five injured, with a few reports saying a Palestinian had been slaughtered. A rash of cutting assaults in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Israel itself, alongside revolting, have raised reasons for alarm of a third Palestinian intifada, or uprising. SOURCE

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Chinese yuan joins top 4 global currencies

Posted: 10 Oct 2015 06:08 AM PDT

The Chinese yuan turned into the fourth most-utilized cash for cross-fringe installments in August, as indicated by worldwide exchange administrations association SWIFT. It’s the first run through, the yuan has pushed forward of the Japanese yen. There was a “significant” increment in the utilization of the Chinese money in the last week of August, and returned on the of business sector instability, as per a report by SWIFT. This was brought on by worries over the Chinese economy backing off and Beijing’s downgrading of the yuan, the report included. Information demonstrates the yuan was utilized far less as a part of worldwide installments than the US dollar, the euro and the British pound. In August 2012 the yuan was twelfth on SWIFT’s rundown.

The yuan was utilized as a part of 2.8 percent of worldwide installments in August, contrasted and 44.8 percent for the dollar, 27.2 percent for the euro and 8.5 percent for the British pound. More than 100 nations utilized the yuan for installments as a part of August, with more than 90 percent gathered in 10 nations. A large portion of those installments have been prepared in Singapore (24.4 percent) and the United Kingdom (21.6 percent). Overall installments in the yuan were up 14 percent from a year prior, and have been given by more than 1,700 monetary institutions.China’s downgrading was most likely a component which has supported outside trade exchanges in the yuan by worth, as indicated by SWIFT. Exchanges expanded by 20 percent in August from a month prior. FULL REPORT

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4.4 Earthquake Strikes Oklahoma Saturday Morning Felt in Wichita, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa

Posted: 10 Oct 2015 05:51 AM PDT

BREAKING NEWS: A 4.4 Magnitude earthquake has rocked parts of Oklahoma and Kansas early Saturday morning. According to reports the earthquake, centered about 21 miles north of Enid, in north-central Oklahoma at 4:20 a.m. CDT. The Quake was strong enough to be felt as far away as parts of southern Oklahoma and northern Kansas.

The USGS estimated about 3,000 residents felt “moderate” shaking, capable of “very light” damage, including the city of Medford, Oklahoma. So far there has been no reports of damage. Another 1.4 million were estimated to have felt “weak” or “light” shaking. Some shaking was felt in Wichita, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. SOURCE

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Franklin Graham Compares Removing Ten Commandments in the US to ISIS Destroying Christian Churches

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 09:40 PM PDT

Fervent evangelist Franklin Graham has analyzed the expulsion of the Ten Commandments landmarks from open property in the U.S. to the Islamic State tearing down Christian images over the Middle East. “We have been shocked at news reports of ISIS and the Islamic State tearing down all images of Christianity in the Middle East; however consider it — we’re doing it to ourselves here in the U.S. Skeptics, activists, and against God gatherings like the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Military Freedom of Religion Foundation are on a journey to delete or tear down anything connected with the Name of Jesus Christ,” Graham wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.

He connected to a story by USA Today not long ago that covered the late evacuation of the Ten Commandments rock landmarks from the Oklahoma Capitol grounds. Back in June the Oklahoma Supreme Court chose in a 7-2 deciding that the showcase damaged the prohibition on utilizing state property to further religion. The landmark was torn down ahead of schedule Tuesday morning with a specific end goal to keep away from showdowns.

“What are these individuals considering? We need God’s laws — these are the laws that have assisted society with prospering,” Graham said. IS activists have posted various recordings web delineating the demolition of Christian structures and images in the region it has caught crosswise over Iraq and Syria. Back in March, the jihadists shared photographs of the demolition of Christian crosses, statues, and symbols from houses of worship in Ninawa, Irawa, which they supplanted with the bunch’s notorious dark banner. “The pictures show ISIS men occupied with the annihilation of different Christian images, which ISIS sees as being polytheistic and barbarian,” the Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor said in those days. “They couldn’t care less what it’s called; they are simply taking after their philosophy and that implies disposing of houses of worship and minorities. It is the Islamic State, and there’s no space for any other individual,” MEMRI Director Steven Stalinsky added. CONTINUE

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CAIR Celebrates Victory After Government Does Away With Pork in Federal Prisons

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 09:29 PM PDT

The Federal government is cutting more pork – however it’s not the sort of pork you may be considering Regardless, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is presently praising the move as a triumph. “At long last, the administration has chosen to kill pork — from the menu in government detainment facilities,” CAIR said in a tweet conveyed on Friday.

The government Bureau of Prisons, in charge of running 122 jail offices and encouraging their detainees three dinners for each day, said it will quit serving the meat, which is illegal among attentive Muslims and Jews, in light of the fact that detainees simply don’t need it. “Why continue pushing nourishment that individuals would prefer not to eat?” a representative for the agency told the Washington Post.

“Pork has been the most minimal appraised sustenance by prisoners for quite a while.” But the National Pork Producers Council, a Washington, D.C.- based exchange affiliation, says that is foolishness. “I think that its difficult to trust that an overview would have discovered a larger part of any populace saying, ‘No way, I don’t need any bacon,’ NPPC representative Dave Warner said. Warner added that the association arrangements to make sense of precisely how the boycott came to fruition, and after that take it from that point. With respect to any moves it may make going ahead, Warner said that no choices are being precluded. The jail framework as of now makes accessible options for Muslim and Jewish detainees whose religion restricts them from eating certain nourishments, the Post likewise noted. SOURCE

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Up to 1,000 Deer Dead from bluetongue outbreak in Idaho

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 09:17 PM PDT

In light of proceeding with reports of dead deer, Idaho Fish and Game authorities assessment up to 1,000 whitetails have died in the state from a flare-up of bluetongue, an infection transmitted by gnats that is like Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, otherwise called EHD. It is hard to get the careful number of ailing or dead creatures, however the episode is not anticipated that would essentially diminish whitetail populaces, or influence hunting season that opens Oct. 10. Bluetongue is transmitted the same route as EHD and is a comparable ailment. Neither represents a danger to people. Gnats transport the infection from creature to creature.

Episodes turn out to be more serious amid hot, dry summers when creatures assemble around water sources with sloppy shorelines that are prime reproducing ground for gnats. The illness has hit whitetail groups in the Grangeville, Whitebird, Harpster, Juliaetta, Kendrick, Troy, Deary and close-by zones this mid year. The Clearwater zone had a substantial scale flare-up of EHD in 2003, and Fish and Game authorities assessed up to 10,000 whitetails died. There were littler neighborhood EHD episodes in the most recent five years.

Bluetongue is less basic than EHD, however it’s found in domesticated animals all through the Great Basin, albeit once in a while deadly to domesticated animals, as indicated by Mark Drew, Fish and Game’s state natural life veterinarian. Drew noticed that deer that have made due past EHD episodes fabricate invulnerability to the illness and pass that resistance to their posterity, however introduction to EHD does not make them safe to bluetongue. CONTINUE

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El Nino causing tuna crabs to wash ashore in Monterey, latest in string of strange animal behaviors along coast

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 09:10 PM PDT

There is developing proof that the El Nino framing along the equator in the Pacific is getting more grounded. A few specialists trust the mass of warm water could convey seriously required dampness to California this winter. In any case, there may as of now be some surprising and aggravating symptoms coming to our shores.

Fish crabs as of late began washing shorewards by the thousands along the shorelines close Monterey, as Asilomar Beach. The issue is that fish crabs are infrequently seen this far north, the water is normally excessively chilly. Ordinarily, these little crabs live in hotter waters more distant south close to the Baja Peninsula, yet the monstrous El Nino that is framing along the equator is pushing warm water up the coast. bringing the fish crabs along.

This is only the most recent in a string of unusual animal behaviours this year along the coast. Sharks and whales have been found in extensive numbers closer to shore than ordinary amid the spring and summer. The most recent El Nino report from NOAA said that there is presently a 95 percent risk that the warm water mass will stick around through the year’s end, potentially bringing wetter and hotter climate than typical to California. The report additionally said that at some point next spring, the El Nino will most likely begin debilitate. SOURCE

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Israel is braced for Russian aerial intrusions over its Golan border

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 08:56 PM PDT

Instability still hangs over Moscow’s exact aims in regards to its aviation based armed forces flights over the Golan near Israel’s fringe – even following two days of discourses on coordination finished in Tel Aviv Thursday, Oct. 8 between the Russian Deputy Chief of Staff Gen. Nikolay Bogdanovsky and his Israeli partner Maj. Gen. Yair Golan. A coordination system between the two aviation based armed forces was left as unfinished business for further talk, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. So it is still not clear to Israel what should happen if Russian fighters and bombers enter the Syrian-Israeli outskirt region and slip over into Israeli airspace.

The respective talks left Israel with the feeling that this was a particular plausibility. Israeli and Western flight and knowledge specialists don’t perceive how Israel can avert Russia giving air spread to Syrian and Hizballah powers when the war moves near the Israeli and Jordanian outskirts of southern Syria. A week ago, Russian SU-30 and Su-24 warplanes twice damaged Turkish air space in the southern territory of Hatay (called Alexandretta on Syrian maps). Albeit after the Russian barrier service apologized for the first interruption as incidental and enduring only a few moments, our military sources are sure that the Russians were actually intentionally testing Turkish air guard. CONTINUE

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Understanding the “Wheel of God”

Posted: 11 Oct 2015 06:55 AM PDT

In this message you will discover the process most of us will go through in our walk with the Lord that will ultimately mold and shape us to the Man or Woman of God we are called to be! This message was preached LIVE! The Message begins at 1:12 on the video below. Enjoy.

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Why Does The EPA Need Military-Style Weaponry To Save The Environment?

Posted: 11 Oct 2015 06:45 AM PDT

(NTEB) THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY HAS SPENT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE LAST DECADE ON MILITARY-STYLE WEAPONS TO ARM ITS 200 “SPECIAL AGENTS” TO FIGHT ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME.

EDITOR’S NOTE: To even the casual observer, it should be obvious at this point that while the current administration preaches gun control, the United States government is in fact spending tens of millions to arm even benign agencies like the EPA with military-style weapons and armaments. Why would they do this? So they can ‘enforce the rules’ of the new ‘Climate Change‘ regulations. Welcome to 1984.

Among the weapons purchased are guns, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear and other military-style weaponry and surveillance activities, according to a new report by the watchdog group Open the Books. “Protecting the environment just got real. With millions of dollars spent on military style weaponry, the EPA is now literally ensconced with all institutional force,” said Adam Andrzejewski, founder of Open the Books and the author of the report.

“Our report discovered that when the EPA comes knocking they are armed with a thousand lawyers, arrest/criminal data, credit, business and property histories, plus a ‘Special Agent’ with the latest in weaponry and technology,” Mr. Andrzejewski added. The agency spends nearly $75 million each year for criminal enforcement, including money for a small militia of 200 “special agents” charged with fighting environmental crime. Congress granted police powers to the EPA in 1988, during the Reagan administration. CONTINUE

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China Joining Russia In Syria Brings Risks Of World War

Posted: 10 Oct 2015 08:37 PM PDT

Chinese forces head to Syria to join with Russia in filling Obama’s power vacuum and purportedly fight the Islamic State. A false move involving NATO member Turkey could mean world war. Russian and Chinese military sources now confirm that Chinese warships are en route to the Middle East to get in on some of the action of humiliating the U.S. In just a week and a half, Moscow has upended the dynamics of power in the Mideast by taking on the role that President Obama relinquished: acting like a superpower in a regional conflict that has implications extending far beyond the region.

Russian ruler Vladimir Putin launched airstrikes against rebels opposing the terrorist Assad regime in Syria, first with a modest force to gauge the U.S. response and perhaps pull out if threatened. Seeing no threat, Putin has been intensifying Russian operations, even sending in Spetsnaz special forces troops. China’s entry means two major powers are stepping in to do what the U.S. was unwilling to do against IS. It’s a lesson in how fast the tables can turn when America displays weakness — losing wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and proving to be ineffective against IS despite fighting it for a year and three months now. CONTINUE 

 

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Donald Trump Attempting to Lure Religious Leaders and Prove his Faith

Posted: 10 Oct 2015 08:03 PM PDT

According to sources from Fox News, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has faith — or at least he is trying to convince Republican voters that he does. Trump made a new effort Saturday to show he has support within the faith community, a key part of the GOP voting bloc he will need to help win the party nomination. At a press conference before his rally in Norcross, Ga., Trump was joined by several dozen Evangelical and African-American church leaders in a bid to explain why religious officials are behind his candidacy. “I don’t know what type of legislator he would be,” said the Rev. Dr. Darrell Scott, a minister from Cleveland, Ohio. “But I know one thing, he is a hell of a chief executive. He’s a heck of a guy.” Scott, who was sporting a “Make America Great Again” hat, met with Trump in late September and with other religious figures to discuss the billionaire businessman’s ties to faith.

Donald Trump has said that the Bible is very important to him and even showed it off to a crowd at an event last month hosted by the Family Research Council. Not all everyone is swayed by Mr. Trump. In fact “Some evangelical leaders believe that Christians are abandoning their values if they support Trump,” Robert Jeffress, a pastor with the First Baptist Dallas in Texas, told FoxNews.com. “I think that is much too harsh of a judgment.” This isn’t the first time Donald Trump has tried to make his “Faith” public.

Earlier this month, Charisma reported how Paula White set up an invitation-only meeting between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and evangelical pastors. That meeting happened this week—and plenty of Pentecostals were there to lay hands on the billionaire, make declarations over his life and pray. Beyond Paula White, also present were Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Jentezen Franklin, David Jeremiah, Jan Crouch, Steve Munsey, Jews for Jesus Rabbi Kirt Schneider, Bishop George Bloomer, Bishop Darrell Scott and Clarence McClendon. At the end of the day it will be your decision at the voting poll whether or not you believe Mr. Trump is the man for the job!

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Earthquake Swarm Reported in Oklahoma as Another Strong 4.4 Earthquake Reported

Posted: 10 Oct 2015 07:45 PM PDT

Early Saturday morning a Magnitude 4.4 Earthquake struck Oklahoma and was Felt In Wichita, Oklahoma City, And Tulsa. Reports indicated it was strong enough to be felt as far away as parts of southern Oklahoma and northern Kansas. Now according to Fox News, A second 4.5 magnitude quake has been recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey at 5:03 p.m. Saturday about one mile northwest of Cushing. According to reports, Emergency management officials report no significant damage and no injuries.

The city of Cushing is where the world’s most important crude oil storage hub is located and it is used to settle futures contracts traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The U.S.G.S. also reports a 3.7 magnitude quake about 13 miles southwest of Medford at 10:20 a.m. and a 3.0 magnitude temblor one mile northwest of Cushing at 5:20 p.m. There was also a magnitude 2.9 earthquake recorded at 7:53 a.m. five miles east of McLoud in central Oklahoma. What’s interesting and was pointed out in my latest update, was the fact that Just days ago Oklahoma City made headlines as city officials and the Oklahoma Supreme Court physically removed the 6-foot-tall, granite sculpture of the Ten Commandments that was ordered to be removed by Oct. 12. You can watch the video below for more.

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US Plans to Prevent China From Helping Russia to Fight ISIS

Posted: 10 Oct 2015 07:26 PM PDT

According to sources, Washington is planning to send warships near the Spratly Islands which China claims for its own territory to prevent Beijing from helping Russia in its crusade against the Islamic State and other terror networks in Syria, Marco Maier composed for Contra Magazine. The writer noticed that Washington’s turn could likewise be seen as a reaction to China partaking in the Sino-Russian oceanic activity held in the Mediterranean in May. The questionable but then unsubstantiated organization should be approved by the Obama organization and could occur in the following two weeks. The US is relied upon to send no less than one boat to inside of 12 nautical miles of the archipelago in an obvious offer to show that Washington does not perceive Beijing’s power around there.

The Pentagon’s late plans have not been invited with open arms in Beijing. Remote service representative Hua Chunying cautioned the US against stepping in the area and reaffirmed that China would not permit any country to abuse the nation’s regional waters and airspace in the Spratly Islands. Beijing considers most parts of the South China Sea its own particular region yet Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam have made covering cases over this a piece of the Pacific Ocean and a nations’ percentage are occupied with area recovery ventures in the zone. Beijing has been reliably making this point for quite a long time. Besides, China has constantly kept up that its development endeavors on the Spratly Islands are simply quiet in their inclination and won’t influence flexibility of route in the zone. SOURCE

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Guatemala landslide death toll tops 220 and another 350 missing

Posted: 10 Oct 2015 05:34 PM PDT

UPDATE: At least 220 people have been confirmed dead after a massive landslide buried part of a town in Guatemala last week but about 350 people are still missing, the country’s national disaster agency has announced. Loosened by heavy rains, a hillside collapsed on to Santa Catarina Pinula on the south-eastern flank of Guatemala City on 1 October, burying more than 100 homes under tonnes of earth, rock and trees, and sparking a huge rescue effort. CONTINUE 

Now the authorities in Guatemala have ordered some 40 families to leave their homes close to where a landslide killed at least 253 people last week. They say there is a risk of another landslide hitting the area, near the capital, Guatemala City.
The government will decide on Monday whether to suspend the rescue work. An official investigation is under way to determine why houses where built in El Cambray 2 neighbourhood despite warnings of a possible accident. Guatemala’s National Disaster Reduction Commission (Conred) warned as early as 2009 that there was a risk of collapse. The middle-class neighbourhood was built at the bottom of a steep hillside next to a river, some 15km (nine miles) east of Guatemala City. CONTINUE

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Is End-Time Bible Prophecy Manifesting in Russia’s New Alliance?

Posted: 10 Oct 2015 04:52 PM PDT

Many Christians believe Russia plays a major role in biblical prophecy about the end times. CBN News spoke by phone with best-sellingauthor Joel Rosenberg about Russia’s big move into the Middle East and what it might mean for Israel.

Rosenberg refers to the book of Ezekiel and prophecies that involve an alliance of Russia, Syria and Iran all aligned against Israel. He told CBN News that for the first time in 2,500 years that scenario is a reality. He is quick, however, to downplay whether biblical prophecy is in fact being fulfilled with these recent developments. He also blamed the Obama administration for leaving a huge vacuum in the Middle East, which has allowed Russia to move in. 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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Israel makes massive discovery of oil in the Golan Heights. Is this a prelude to the “War of Gog & Magog”? Here’s the answer, Part Two.

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(Central Israel) — It has been a dramatic month here in Israel, and we’re only eleven days in.

At the moment, we’re experiencing a rash of violence, including a series of stabbings by Arab terrorists, Arab rioting in various cities, and other attacks against Jewish people. Last night, terrorists in Gaza also fired a series of rockets at southern Israel. Fortunately, the Iron Dome system shot down one of the rockets and no one was injured by the others. The Prime Minister has deployed additional police and soldiers to increase security. He has also deployed additional Iron Dome batteries in the south. Please pray for a restoration of calm. We’re not worried. Life is going on nearly as usual here. But life is never dull here, and we need the Lord to move mightily to restrain the forces of evil.

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GodLife: Do You Spend Money Wisely?

Scripture:

“You have planted much but harvest little…You earn money, but put it into a bag with holes.” Haggai 1:6

On a hot summer day you can actually see water evaporating from a stream. Does your money appear to be vanishing? Are you constantly spending more than you earn? Maybe the solution is not getting more money into your hands. Let’s go to God’s word to see what the Scriptures say about money. Do you believe God cares about what you do with the money you earn?

Click here for some of the Bible’s teaching about money.